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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

Yahoo SportsMarch 8, 2016

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.

  • Why only Paul Pierce, returning for a 19th NBA season, can stop himself

    Paul Pierce can’t stop, and he won’t stop. Paul Pierce was not good last season, and it pains me to say that, since The Truth was everything to a 20-something who did dumb things in Boston during the early 2000s before becoming a fully realized professional, because he was me. My post-college life in Boston coincided almost entirely with Pierce’s 15 seasons there, and our paths crossed for a few years after I began covering the Celtics in 2010.

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  • Pat Riley: Dion Waiters ‘is not a room-exception player’

    The Heat signed Dion Waiters to a room-exception contract. Heat president Pat Riley, via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald: “Dion is not a Room Exception player. He wanted to play for the Miami Heat and chose to forgo other more lucrative financial opportunities to be a part of our championship organization. We are very honored that he made the commitment to come to South Florida and sign with us. Dion is young, athletic and explosive, which fits in with our roster. He will add a great dimension for us at the off-guard spot. I really like the depth and versatility that we now have in our perimeter positions. Welcome aboard Dion!” I’m really curious about those “more lucrative financial opportunities.”

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  • Chapman has trouble remembering convo with Cubs management about off-field behavior

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  • Michael Bennett's contract complaints could signal trouble for Seahawks

    It’s still in the early stages but there might be some contract trouble brewing in Seattle. Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett is unhappy with his current deal. Bennett made that clear in a recent interview with the Huffington Post.

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  • David Wright is not alone in naming his child after Shea Stadium

    New York Mets third baseman David Wright and his wife, Molly, welcomed a daughter into the world over the weekend and named her Olivia Shea Wright, leading to mass speculation in the media in New York that the Wrights gave their daughter a middle name in honor of the stadium the Mets called home from 1964-2008. The Wall Street Journal went to the trouble of examining baby names in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut over the past 40 years to see how many people possibly named their kids Shea and if there might be a correlation to the Mets and Shea Stadium.

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  • Video: Adrian Beltre belts a walk-off home run on Monday against the Athletics

    The Rangers found themselves in a 5-1 hole after three innings against the Athletics on Monday, but scratched out some runs in the middle innings. That allowed them to enter the bottom of the ninth inning trailing by only one run, 6-5, facing A’s closer Ryan Madson. Adrian Beltre, who hit a solo home run in the seventh inning, stepped to the plate with a runner on first base and two outs. He was the Rangers’ last hope to keep the game alive. The veteran third baseman swung at Madson’s first pitch, a 96 MPH fastball, and drilled it to left-center field for a walk-off two-run home run. Beltre now has nine walk-off home runs in his career. While the 37-year-old isn’t quite the offensive dynamo he

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  • Adam Clendening feels he is a good fit in the Rangers system

    Adam Clendening said that he has been interested in joining the Rangers ever since he knew he wasn't going to return to the Oilers this season. (NYR) He said that he knows the Rangers needed a player like him "who can move the puck from the back end and has a good shot." (NYR) Clendening said that the Rangers were interested "right away" and figured it would be a good fit. (NYR) He said that Alain Vigneault's style of play fits how he likes to play, making plays, joining the rush, moving the puck quickly, and anticipates it working out "pretty well." (NYR) Asked to describe his game, Clendening said that he is a "good puck moving defenseman" who can be a PP QB, makes a good first post, plays

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  • Reserve Ohio State DL Dylan Thompson academically ineligible for the fall

    “Do something. And underline that. Do something.” Those were the words of Urban Meyer back in May when discussing the status of Dylan Thompson with his Ohio State football program.  Fastforward two months, and Thompson did indeed do something, albeit it’s a something that’s not even remotely positive. At the Big Ten Media Days Tuesday, the OSU head coach announced that Thompson is academically ineligible for the fall semester.  That means the defensive lineman likely won’t play at all in 2016, and it could mean it’s the end of the road for the player in Columbus. Thompson came to the Buckeyes as a three-star 2014 signee, rated as the No. 21 strongside defensive end in the country and the No.

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  • Rudy Gay has 'no idea' what the Sacramento Kings are doing

    Rudy Gay’s no stranger to trade rumors. The latest round of rumors came a couple of weeks back courtesy of ESPN.com’s Marc Stein, who reported that the Sacramento Kings “are actively seeking to move Gay as well as big man Kosta Koufos and guard Ben McLemore” as they look to shuffle up their roster in pursuit of better results — like, say, a .500 record and outside shot at the West’s No. 8 seed — for what feels like the umpteenth year in a row.

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  • Police helped Rangers' top prospect Joey Gallo get to game on time

    Texas Rangers top prospect Joey Gallo was called up to the major leagues Tuesday and inserted into the starting lineup while he was still miles away from the ballpark fighting his way through traffic hoping to make it to the game on time. The Rangers

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  • Did Red Wings overpay Danny DeKeyser with 6-year deal?

    The Detroit Red Wings signed 26-year-old defenseman Danny DeKeyser to a six-year, $30-million deal on Tuesday that carries a $5 million cap hit. Did the Red Wings overpay here? DeKeyser, 26, has established himself as a top-four regular since being signed out of university in the spring of 2013.

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  • Upset over contract status, Chiefs' Eric Berry won't report to camp

    In the days leading up to the July 15 deadline for teams to sign their designated franchise players, the Kansas City Chiefs and safety Eric Berry were reportedly “miles apart” on a deal. Since Berry has not signed his franchise tag, and is therefore not under contract, he cannot be fined by the club. Berry’s recent battle with Hodgkin’s disease played a role in negotiations, with NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo reporting that the Chiefs wanted Berry to pay for a disability insurance policy that would have named the team as beneficiary.

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  • Pirates take on Mariners in Free Game of the Day

    For a while there, things looked bleak for the Pittsburgh Pirates. After many years of futility, the Pirates have become one of the best franchises in the game. On top of that, there were suggestions the team might be better off trading superstar outfielder Andrew McCutchen.

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  • Settling the Scores: Tuesday’s results

    The Nationals took a 6-4 lead into the bottom of the ninth inning at Progressive Field on Tuesday night against the Indians, but Jonathan Papelbon couldn’t hold on. Gio Gonzalez put together 6 1/3 solid innings, ultimately yielding three runs (two earned) on five hits and a pair of walks with four strikeouts. Even better, the Nats’ offense chased Indians starter and AL All-Star Danny Salazar after four innings. Papelbon walked Jose Ramirez to kick off the bottom half of the ninth, then served up an RBI double to Tyler Naquin to make it a 6-5 game. Chris Gimenez moved Naquin to third base with a sacrifice bunt, but first baseman Ryan Zimmerman‘s throw to second baseman Daniel Murphy went wide,

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  • How Venus Williams Quietly Became a Successful Entrepreneur (and Why She Can't Go to Movies)

    Unless you've been living totally off the grid for the past twenty-two years, you know Venus Williams: ranked the world's #1 tennis player on three separate occasions; winner of 7 Grand Slam singles titles; winner of 14 Grand Slam doubles championships; 4-time Olympic gold medalist... I could go on and on. What you probably don't know is that Venus has quietly crafted a successful career as an entrepreneur, launching her active wear brand EleVen, a clothing company that makes tennis clothing and performance women's clothing for yoga, fitness, running and dance. Venus has never felt she should just focus on tennis: she can be a tennis player and a student and a designer and an entrepreneur.

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    Islanders Captain John Tavares suggested on Tuesday that he wants to remain in New York for the long haul. Early in the day, he made a guest appearance Tuesday at the Gatorade GCamp, taking part in a light skate with 14-to-19 year olds who represent the best the amateur game has to offer. Afterwards, word got out on Twitter from Joe Buono, who runs IslesBlog, that the captain spoke to Sportsnet 590 - The Fan about his much discussed future, even though the captain is two years removed from unrestricted free agency. Needless to say, as I waited for my day to end in the financial market, I didn't expect anything other than a lighthearted summer conversation about one of Tavares' passions, his hometown

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  • Amar'e Stoudemire was so much more than his highlights

    History will not view the newly retired Amar’e Stoudemire as one of the best players of his era, but he is sure to go down as one of the memorable. It’s to Stoudemire’s credit that all those incredible moments seem more like the punctuation to his fantastic NBA career than they do the substance. At one time, the knock on Stoudemire was that he would be too inconsistent to make a major pro impact.

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  • Fabregas sent off as Chelsea edges Liverpool in testy ICC clash

    Chelsea’s back line did most of the work in Thursday’s International Champions Cup opener against Liverpool. Gary Cahill’s early header stood up as Chelsea weathered Liverpool’s attack and a second-half red card to Cesc Fabregas in a contentious 1-0 win at the Rose Bowl. Klavan left the match momentarily before returning and appears lucky to not have escaped a more serious injury to his left foot.

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  • Lawsuit: Baylor players gang raped student, school knew

    The allegations against Baylor University and its football program continue to get uglier by the day. Most recently, a woman who has filed a lawsuit against the school is claiming several players gang raped a fellow student in 2011. Jasmin Hernandez, a former Baylor student who was raped by a football player in 2012, filed a lawsuit in March against the university, former athletic director Ian McCaw and former head football coach Art Briles for failing to comply with Title IX law. The suit was amended last week and a woman identified as “Jane Roe 4” was added. A portion of the amendment reads as follows, according to Suzanne Halliburton of the Austin American-Statesman: Plaintiff is informed,

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  • NASCAR issues warnings to five Sprint Cup teams

    Five Sprint Cup teams were given warnings Wednesday for inspection failures last weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. For failing the laser inspection station twice in prerace, NASCAR warned the No. 5 Chevrolet of Kasey Kahne, the No. 27 Chevrolet of Paul Menard and the No. 83 Toyota of Matt DiBenedetto. It’s the fourth warning this season for DiBenedetto’s car, which means the team would lose pit selection for Sunday’s race at Pocono Raceway. It’s the first warning for Kahne and third for Menard. NASCAR also issued warnings because the No. 41 Chevrolet of Kurt Busch and the No. 43 Ford of Aric Almirola failed template inspection twice before qualifying. It’s the second warning for both teams.

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  • Reports: Cowboys' suspended DE Randy Gregory checks into treatment facility

    Already suspended for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, Dallas Cowboys’ DE Randy Gregory is facing an even longer suspension after another drug test failure, according to an ESPN report. Gregory was a second-round pick in 2015 who was considered a first-round talent but fell after he failed a drug test for marijuana at the scouting combine (as well as other, nebulous concerns). Randy Gregory may get more games tacked onto his current suspension.

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  • High school player steals home by sliding through teammate's legs

    High school player Graham Tews went between his teammate’s legs on this steal of home. (@DrewEich14 Screenshot) Stealing home is already pretty cool. It’s the ultimate swagger move. You’re not only going to steal a base, but you’re going to beat the pitch

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  • White Sox fan supports Chris Sale's jersey protest in unique way

    Chris Sale’s feud with the Chicago White Sox over the club’s 1976 throwback jerseys has put the team’s fans in an uncomfortable position. One fan has made up his mind. We here at The Stew aren’t going to take an official stance on the matter, but we will say that the above picture does provide some compelling evidence in support of Sale. There are things no person should have to see, and it’s possible Sale was trying to save us from that reality.

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