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ST. LOUIS, MO - DECEMBER 16: Brett Favre #4 of the Green Bay Packers laughs while on the sideline against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome December 16, 2007 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Packers beat the Rams 33-14. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Odd and premature sports retirements

The Detroit Lions announced Tuesday that WR Calvin Johnson has retired. Johnson, who walks away at age 30, signed a 7-year contract extension in 2012 worth $113.5 million. Here's a look back at some other odd, abrupt or premature retirements by star athletes over the years.

  • Michael Crabtree touched his shoulder and was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct

    Michael Crabtree is one unsportsmanlike conduct penalty from an automatic ejection after getting penalized for doing nothing wrong. Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree wasn’t able to avoid the penalty Sunday, even though he didn’t even do one. Crabtree celebrated a 2-yard touchdown pass against the Jacksonville Jaguars just before halftime by tossing the ball.

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  • Chelsea rout Manchester United 4-0 to ruin Jose Mourinho's return (Video)

    Jose Mourinho accomplished something on Sunday that he was incapable of doing last season as Chelsea manager: motivate Chelsea’s players. The return of the Special One to Stamford Bridge – for the first time since being fired last December – was all the inspiration the Blues needed as they rampaged to a 4-0 Premier League victory over Mourinho’s listless Manchester United. It took just 30 seconds for Chelsea to grab the lead.

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  • Pep Guardiola discusses Manchester City's 1-1 draw

    After 45 minutes in the dressing room, Pep Guardiola emerged to discuss Man City's 1-1 draw with Southampton. Despite moving to the top of the league, Guardiola did not seem happy following the match.

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  • Does Kyle Schwarber's AFL assignment signal chance of World Series return?

    Kyle Schwarber might have a shot to return to the Cubs during the World Series. Here’s some news that will no doubt pique the interest of Chicago Cubs fans. It should also have the Cleveland Indians paying close attention.

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  • Matt Kenseth on race strategy: You can't afford to go up and get wrecked

    Matt Kenseth advanced to the Round of 8 but was one of three Joe Gibbs Racing teams that hung in the back at Talladega. Kenseth says none of them enjoyed it, but was something they needed to do to advance in this format.

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  • ESPN anchor uses unfortunate metaphor to explain Charlie Strong's job status at Texas

    When ESPN’s Adnan Virk used an ill-advised metaphor to talk about coach Charlie Strong’s situation at Texas, the Twitter backlash was swift. Virk, who was hosting ESPN’s College Scoreboard, told co-hosts Joey Galloway and Danny Kanell, “It’s getting awfully

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  • Kyle Busch advances in Chase after ‘dull’ day at Talladega

    Kyle Busch finished 30th at Talladega after what he calls a “frustrating” and “dull” day. Despite the poor finish, a result of Joe Gibbs Racing’s plan to ride around in the back all day, Busch advances to the Round of 8 and expects “heck of a lot more exciting days.”

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  • Don’t glare: Heritage Classic start time delayed

    It’s not a familiar situation for the NHL, but it has happened before: a weather delay for a hockey game. The Winnipeg Jets confirmed that the start time for their Heritage Classic game against the Edmonton Oilers has been delayed. The glare of the sun appears to be too much. At the moment, it is not yet known how severe the delay will be. Puck drop was originally scheduled for just after 3 p.m. ET.

  • Rudy Gay gave George Karl a pretty dark welcome to Sacramento

    Rudy Gay ponders another day in hell. The Sacramento Kings have been one of the worst and most unstable franchises in the NBA for the better part of a decade. Small forward Rudy Gay was apparently in that dark frame of mind when George Karl became Kings head coach in February 2015.

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  • NFL FANTASY - Charles and Ware battle it out in the K.C. backfield

    Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football expert Liz Loza breaks down the battle between Jamaal Charles and Spencer Ware in the K.C. backfield.

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  • Christian Pulisic salvages draw for Dortmund day after Barcelona link emerges

    Christian Pulisic scored the tying goal in injury time. Muted by the worldwide hack on Friday was the shocking news of Barcelona (yes, that Barcelona) scouting Christian Pulisic (yes, that Christian Pulisic). The report from Spain found its way to the United States, but it didn’t get quite the holy-smokes-can-you-believe-this reaction it would’ve received if American Soccer Twitter had not been so rudely interrupted.

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  • Terry Francona and Tyronn Lue are typically awkward acquaintances

    Indians manager Terry Francona (left) and Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue are still on good terms despite a text message mix up. Indians manager Terry Francona and Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue are the leaders behind the sports renaissance in Cleveland. According to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, the two men first met years ago in Boston when Francona was managing the Red Sox and Lue was an assistant coach for the Celtics.

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  • PHOTO: The Moment Clinton Learned the Cubs Are World Series-Bound

    Hillary Clinton's travelling press secretary captured the moment that the Democratic presidential candidate learned that her beloved Chicago Cubs were headed to the World Series. Nick Merrill snapped the photo Saturday night onboard the campaign plane, where Clinton -- who was raised in the Chicago suburb of Park Ridge -- was handed a phone and watched highlights from the game. The Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0. It will be the team's first time in the World Series since 1945. "That look when you cap off a day on the trail by watching the @Cubs cement their trip to the #WorldSeries. #FlyTheW," tweeted Merrill. The game had just ended as Clinton was boarding a plane in Philadelphia, where

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  • Alabama DL makes lineman whiff and then jumps over running back for sack

    Maybe Texas A&M needs to start using three people to block Alabama defensive lineman Jonathan Allen. Because two didn’t work. Allen made an incredible sack in the first quarter of Saturday’s game vs. the Aggies by making a lineman whiff and then jumping

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  • The Jimmy Vesey show leads Rangers over Capitals

    Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin had the big highlight early in the game on Saturday night, but it was New York Rangers rookie Jimmy Vesey that ended up stealing the show. Vesey scored a pair of goals for the Rangers — the first multi-goal game of his career —  to help lead his team to a 4-2 win in Washington. Even though he had never played a game in the NHL before this season, Vesey was still one of the most sought after free agents this summer after he completed his college career at Harvard. He eventually signed an entry level deal with the Rangers, and given how much attention his free agency saga generated it seemed hard to believe that he could ever match the hype. Especially

  • What Sprint Cup drivers said after the Chase race at Talladega

    Joey Logano won the Hellmann’s 500 at Talladega Superspeedway, advancing himself to the Round of 8 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Here’s what the field of drivers had to say about their afternoon at Talladega. JOEY LOGANO – Winner:  “It’s never a layup here at Talladega. It’s always close. You never get a big lead … Todd made some good adjustments during the race and found some speed in the car, so that was pretty neat to see some of that. We got that track position and just hung onto it. I was able to stay on the bottom and try to run the bottom and keep everyone in line, and that worked out really well. Kevin (Harvick) did a good job with that, which ultimately got us all a great finish.

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  • Joey Logano: 'This feels good to win on a clutch moment' at Talladega

    Forced to come to pit road after dragging a jack around the race track, Joey Logano says his team performance the best under pressure and everyone stayed focus in order to capture the win at Talladega.

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  • Taylor Swift ready to get into a F1 frame of mind Saturday at COTA

    If you’re a fan of both Formula One and singer Taylor Swift, you should be at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Saturday. Swift will perform her only scheduled concert of 2016 after Saturday’s action concludes on the racetrack. To get her fans even more excited about the concert, Swift – who is apparently already in Austin for rehearsals – took to Instagram earlier this week and posted several videos. The first clip was a short scene showing Swift playing an acoustic guitar. The second clip, which she captioned “Band practice,” showed Swift and her band rocking out on her 2012 hit, “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.” And then the third Instagram clip shows an exuberant Swift

  • Women's Soccer Star Undergoes Surgery To Remove Brain Tumor

    Former U.S. women’s national team star Lauren Holiday had surgery on Thursday to remove a brain tumor. She was diagnosed with a benign, operable brain tumor in June while carrying her child with New Orleans Pelicans player Jrue Holiday, and doctors induced birth early to expedite surgery which was slated for Thursday. Many friends and fans sent well-wishes to Holiday on social media as she prepared to undergo surgery: At their game on Wednesday, USWNT players wore wristbands that said LH12, for Holiday’s initials and the number she wore on her jersey. Teammates still call her “Cheney,” which is her maiden name: There have been no updates from Holiday or her husband since the surgery and information

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  • Syracuse football wins, surviving late rally from Boston College

    Syracuse almost went 1-1 on Saturday, but managed to beat Boston College and not themselves. The Orange (4-4, 2-2 ACC) tried their darnedest to submarine their own efforts by turning the ball over three times, giving up five sacks, and committing 16 penalties, but managed to pull out a 28-20 win over BC on a soggy, breezy day in Chestnut Hill. The defeat extended the Eagles' (3-4, 0-4) ACC losing streak to a dozen while snapping SU's streak of eight straight conference losses on the road. The school-record 16 infractions included a half dozen flags for false starts by the Syracuse offense. Fortunately, there were some positive notations made by the Orange in their own record book.

  • P.K. Subban clearly had a blast as Titans’ 12th man

    When P.K. Subban shows up at your event, you expect to be entertained. And he basically always delivers. His trend of delighting Nashville Predators fans continued on Sunday, as he made a glorious appearance as the Tennessee Titans’ “12th Man.” If you close your eyes and picture a scene, you probably wouldn’t be that far off; it still doesn’t make this any less fantastic. (Even if the Titans eventually dropped a 34-26 loss to the Colts.) The photo he posted on his personal Twitter account was great: This GIF of him using a sword feels like it will get some mileage on Twitter. After totally convincing other people about your sports/political/hot-dog-being-a-sandwich opinion, and then drop the

  • Kyle Hendricks' masterful start sends Cubs to World Series

    When it comes to pitchers who have won a NLCS game to send the Chicago Cubs to the World Series, the list consists of exactly one member: Kyle Hendricks. While many expected his counterpart Clayton Kershaw to turn in the night’s defining start, the 26-year-old righthander was brilliant instead. Hendricks threw 7 1/3 innings of scoreless baseball in the Cubs’ 5-0 win in Saturday’s Game 6, allowing only two hits while striking out six and walking none.

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  • Report: Bucks preparing for Greg Monroe to opt in next summer

    The Bucks got a rude awakening about Greg Monroe‘s value when they tried to sell low on him this offseason – and still got no takers. Now, Milwaukee seems to have gotten the picture. Monroe – whose agent claimed the center could name his contract terms from multiple teams last year – might opt into the final year of his deal, which would pay $17,884,176. Zach Lowe of ESPN: Milwaukee is already preparing for the possibility Monroe opts into his deal for 2017-18, league sources say. The Bucks indicated this thinking when they extended Giannis Antetokounmpo‘s contract, putting a large 2017-18 salary rather than a relatively low cap hold on the books to begin next offseason. If Monroe opts in, the

  • Early Fantasy Football Pickups for Week 8

    Yahoo Sports Fantasy Football expert Liz Loza reveals her top three waiver claims for Week 8 based on Sunday’s early game results.

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  • Lewis Hamilton Leads Mercedes F1 Smack Down in USGP Qualifying

    AMG Mercedes F1 team driver Lewis Hamilton took the pole in the United States Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The 31-year-old Brit turned a lap nearly a quarter second faster than his teammate, Nico Rosberg. That’s practically

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