Athlete retirement

Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal reacts in the finish area after the men's downhill race, at the alpine ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Trovati)
February 09, 2019 - 11:53 am
ARE, Sweden (AP) — If anyone had to beat Aksel Lund Svindal in his final race, he seemed just fine with it being Norwegian teammate Kjetil Jansrud. After an emotional moment when he leaned back, stretched his arms out and looked to the sky, Svindal was all smiles despite finishing a close second in...
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Switzerland's Lara Gut competes during a women's downhill training at the Alpine Ski World Championships in Are, Sweden, Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Shinichiro Tanaka)
February 06, 2019 - 9:27 am
ARE, Sweden (AP) — The Latest from the skiing world championships (all times local): ___ 3:15 p.m. Former overall World Cup champion Lara Gut-Behrami led the second downhill training session at the world championships, which was shortened because of the men's super-G. Swiss teammate Joana Haehlen...
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FILE - In this Feb. 11, 2007, Norway's Aksel Lund Svindal, wearing a tape to protect his face from the cold, celebrates after taking the gold medal in the Men's Downhill at the World Alpine Ski Championships in Are, Sweden. Even the world's top skiers can struggle to keep warm in extremely cold conditions, which will likely be a factor at the Alpine world championships opening in Are, Sweden, next week, from 5–17 February 2019. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno, file)
February 05, 2019 - 6:40 am
ARE, Sweden (AP) — Aksel Lund Svindal is approaching the final days of his skiing career with a mixture of nervousness and excitement. Maybe some apprehension, too. "Saying it out loud is really scary," the 36-year-old Norwegian said of his impending retirement after 17 years of World Cup...
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United States' Lindsey Vonn waves as she stands in the finish area after completing an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandro Trovati)
February 01, 2019 - 11:00 am
Lindsey Vonn has only two races remaining on her aching knees. The women's all-time leader in World Cup wins announced Friday that she will retire from ski racing after this month's world championships in Sweden. The 34-year-old Vonn had been planning to retire in December but changed her plans...
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FILE - In this Feb. 12, 2018, file photo, Kelly Clark competes in the women's halfpipe qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Though she’s saying goodbye to competition, Clark will remained involved in the sport, mainly through Burton, the snowboard maker that has backed her career through thick and thin. She’s designed an environmentally friendly snowboard for women called The Rise that will go into limited production. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
January 25, 2019 - 2:18 am
DENVER (AP) — What was perhaps Kelly Clark's most memorable trip down a halfpipe had nothing to do with winning. It was the Winter X Games in 2011. Clark had already secured the title. With one lap left — a victory lap, as they call it in snowboarding — she decided to try something no woman had...
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United States' Lindsey Vonn holds a bunch of flowers she was given after completing an alpine ski, women's World Cup super-G in Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019. (AP Photo/Giovanni Auletta)
January 21, 2019 - 11:41 am
CORTINA D'AMPEZZO, Italy (AP) — A passing of the torch moment. A generational transformation marked by a veteran's tears and the unbridled joy of youth. Call it what you want, it seemed like destiny played a role when Mikaela Shiffrin won what could very well turn out to be Lindsey Vonn's last race...
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Switzerland's Roger Federer makes a backhand return to Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)
January 14, 2019 - 7:16 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on Monday at the Australian Open: (all times local): 11:10 p.m. Defending champion Roger Federer began his quest for a record seventh Australian Open title with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Denis Istomin. Playing before a capacity crowd of more than 15,000 at Rod...
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Britain's Andy Murray reacts during a press conference at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 11, 2019. A tearful Murray says the Australian Open could be his last tournament because of a hip injury that has hampered him for almost two years.(AP Photo/Mark Baker)
January 11, 2019 - 12:17 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray is still hoping to make it to one more Wimbledon tournament before his problematic hip forces him into retirement. For now, he's only committing to the Australian Open. In an emotional news conference Friday, when a tearful Murray had to leave the room...
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From left are 2018 file photos showing Robinson Cano, Welington Castillo, Roberto Osuna and Colby Rasmus. Spending on Major League Baseball payrolls dropped last season for the first time since 2010, an $18 million decrease attributable to drug and domestic violence suspensions and a player retiring at midseason. Seattle second baseman Robinson Cano lost about $11.7 million and Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo approximately $3.5 million after positive drug tests. Closer Roberto Osuna’s domestic violence suspension cost him roughly $2.1 million from Toronto and Houston, and Baltimore outfielder Colby Rasmus walked away from about $1.5 million rather than try to come back from a hip injury. (AP Photo/File)
January 09, 2019 - 1:40 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Spending on Major League Baseball payrolls dropped last season for the first time since 2010, an $18 million decrease attributable to drug and domestic violence suspensions and a player retiring at midseason. Still, even a year with flat payrolls is unusual for MLB. The only...
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck (12) calls a play against the Tennessee Titans in the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)
December 30, 2018 - 9:53 pm
The Latest on Week 17 of the NFL's regular season (all times Eastern): 9:50 p.m. The Indianapolis Colts lead the Tennessee Titans 17-10 at halftime in the race for the AFC's final playoff spot. Andrew Luck has thrown for 196 yards and two touchdowns compared to Blaine Gabbert who has 73 yards...
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