Athlete retirement - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Athlete retirement Coupling up: Joe Sharp and Rosie Napravnik in Kentucky Derby LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Rosie Napravnik steers Girvin off the track at Churchill Downs under the watchful eyes of trainer Joe Sharp. They head back to the barn together, with Napravnik in the saddle and Sharp walking alongside the horse. Napravnik was once one of the top jockeys in North America before retiring. Now she works as an assis... Thu, 04 May 2017 17:40:00 GMT 2017-05-04T17:40:00Z CEO says NASCAR 'not isolated' in fighting to attract fans RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France says the challenge of connecting with a new, younger generation of fans is something that all sports are trying to figure out, and one that NASCAR will take some time to figure out. Speaking at Richmond International Raceway before Sunday's Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race, France compared the... Sun, 30 Apr 2017 19:13:00 GMT 2017-04-30T19:13:00Z NASCAR has huge hole to fill after Earnhardt retires CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — There was a moment during the Bristol Motor Speedway race that captured the essence of Dale Earnhardt Jr. He was walking briskly to the care center for a mandatory health check after a crash. Flanked by a television reporter on one side, a handler on the other, he was explaining why he wrecked while hustling to his destination. A fan approached him fro... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 06:54:00 GMT 2017-04-26T06:54:00Z The Latest: NASCAR CEO calls Earnhardt a proven leader CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Latest on Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s announcement that he will retire from racing at the end of the season (all times local): 4:55 p.m. NASCAR's chairman and CEO is praising Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s passion for the sport, saying it will "leave an impact on NASCAR that will be felt over its entire history." ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:17:00 GMT 2017-04-25T22:17:00Z NASCAR star Dale Earnhardt Jr. to retire after season CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — It's never easy to be the son of a legend, especially when he is a tough-as-nails hero and the most feared man in his profession. Follow in his footsteps? Forget it. Just being able to drive cars was enough for Dale Earnhardt Jr., and if it made his daddy proud, well, hopefully somebody would tell him. ... Tue, 25 Apr 2017 22:15:00 GMT 2017-04-25T22:15:00Z AP Sources: Steve Fisher retiring as SDSU basketball coach SAN DIEGO (AP) — Steve Fisher is retiring from a basketball coaching career that includes a national championship at Michigan, directing the Fab Five and then turning San Diego State from a laughingstock into a West Coast power. Two people with knowledge of the situation said Monday that Fisher, 72, is retiring after 18 seasons at SDSU. The people spoke o... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 03:04:00 GMT 2017-04-11T03:04:00Z AP source: Lynch visits Raiders amid talk of comeback ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Retired running back Marshawn Lynch visited the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday as he decides whether to come back to the NFL and the team decides whether it wants to acquire the hometown favorite. A person familiar with the visit says Lynch came to the facility to meet with Raiders officials. The person spoke on condition of anonymity... Thu, 06 Apr 2017 13:26:00 GMT 2017-04-06T13:26:00Z Cowboys QB Tony Romo retiring, replacing Phil Simms at CBS DALLAS (AP) — Tony Romo couldn't bring himself to use the word "retired" and didn't have an answer for whether he would have decided to replace another former quarterback in Phil Simms as lead analyst for CBS if he hadn't lost his starting job in Dallas. This much Romo did know: Teams were interested in him continuing his chase for an elusive Super Bowl, ... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:16:00 GMT 2017-04-05T00:16:00Z Vettel breaks Ferrari's F1 drought with victory at Aussie GP MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Sebastian Vettel broke Ferrari's Formula One drought with a victory over the Mercedes team of Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas on Sunday at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix. Ferrari hadn't won an F1 GP since Vettel's victory in Singapore in 2015, and so his leap up onto the top of the podium at the finish in Australia... Sun, 26 Mar 2017 08:27:00 GMT 2017-03-26T08:27:00Z DeMarcus Ware announces his retirement from NFL ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — DeMarcus Ware won't be returning to either the Dallas Cowboys or the Denver Broncos as expected. The 12-year NFL veteran is instead retiring from the NFL. Ware announced his decision Monday on Twitter. Next to a split image of the Cowboys and Broncos, Ware wrote, "After a lot of thought and pra... Tue, 14 Mar 2017 01:27:00 GMT 2017-03-14T01:27:00Z UN chief warns women globally are suffering 'new assaults' UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres warned Monday that women are suffering "new assaults on their safety and dignity" around the world, pointing to extremists subjugating women and governments curtailing women's freedoms and rolling back laws against domestic violence. He told the opening session of the Commission on the Status of Wom... Mon, 13 Mar 2017 23:52:00 GMT 2017-03-13T23:52:00Z Taylor-made move lands brothers, Jeff Gordon win in Rolex 24 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — He's one of the top racers in America, and almost always overlooked, even on the day the boldest move of his career gave him the biggest win of his life. Ricky Taylor used a gutsy pass with less than 7 minutes remaining in the Rolex 24 at Daytona to fearlessly grab the win for Wayne Taylor Racing. After, he stood in the background in victory lane. ... Mon, 30 Jan 2017 01:03:00 GMT 2017-01-30T01:03:00Z NASCAR's Carl Edwards does not rule out US Senate run in '18 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Two weeks after his abrupt retirement as a full-time driver in NASCAR, Carl Edwards on Wednesday would not rule out a potential U.S. Senate campaign in his home state of Missouri next year. Terry Smith, a political science professor at Columbia College, speculated in a Wednesday piece for KBIA's Talking Politics that Edwards will ch... Wed, 25 Jan 2017 19:16:00 GMT 2017-01-25T19:16:00Z Steelers QB Roethlisberger not ruling out retirement PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger isn't sure he'll be back in 2017. Roethlisberger said during his weekly appearance on 93.7 The Fan on Tuesday that he is going to take some time to evaluate whether he wants to keep playing. The two-time Super Bowl winner will turn 35 in March and has missed time in each of the last two seasons with knee is... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 19:33:00 GMT 2017-01-24T19:33:00Z Kenseth doesn't understand Edwards' retirement CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Matt Kenseth has had several conversations with Carl Edwards, and none has given him any insight into why his teammate suddenly retired. Edwards abruptly walked away from the final year of his contract with Joe Gibbs Racing two weeks ago. Team owner Gibbs informed his drivers of Edwards' decision on a Sunday night conference call, and nothing that Edwa... Tue, 24 Jan 2017 18:51:00 GMT 2017-01-24T18:51:00Z Ravens linebacker Orr retires at 24 with spinal injury OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Ravens linebacker Zachary Orr announced his retirement Friday after learning he has a congenital spinal condition. The 24-year-old Orr led the Ravens this season with 132 tackles. He joined Baltimore in 2014 as an undrafted free agent out of North Texas and stepped into a starting role this year, playing the middle linebacker position once held by Ra... Fri, 20 Jan 2017 18:44:00 GMT 2017-01-20T18:44:00Z Australian Open quotes: Rafael Nadal says no plans to retire MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Rafael Nadal isn't planning to give up tennis anytime soon. Johanna Konta won't take too seriously her dominating win in the Sydney International last Friday. And Sam Stosur, who has never done well at her home Grand Slam tournament, isn't getting too down on herself after her preparation — or lack of it— for Melbourne Park. ... Sun, 15 Jan 2017 08:17:00 GMT 2017-01-15T08:17:00Z Former No. 1 Wozniacki beats Olympic champion Puig in Sydney SYDNEY (AP) — Former No. 1-ranked Caroline Wozniacki stepped up her preparations for the Australian Open with 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win over Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig at the Sydney International on Monday. Wozniacki, who finished back-to-back years at No. 1 in the rankings in 2010 and '11, has never won a major and is determined to make up for a first-rou... Mon, 09 Jan 2017 12:32:00 GMT 2017-01-09T12:32:00Z 2-time Olympic decathlon champion Ashton Eaton retiring Two Olympic decathlon gold medals. Rewriting the world record not once but twice. Ashton Eaton really can't envision accomplishing much more in an event that comes with the label of world's greatest athlete. So, he's stepping away less than three weeks shy of his 29th birthday. Eaton and heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton announced their retirements Wednes... Wed, 04 Jan 2017 19:10:00 GMT 2017-01-04T19:10:00Z Mathis plans to retire following Colts' season finale INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Outside linebacker Robert Mathis announced Friday he will retire following the Indianapolis Colts' season finale against Jacksonville on Sunday. Mathis spent all 14 of his NFL seasons with the Colts and his 122 career sacks are a franchise record. But at age 35 and with his contract about to expire, Mathis decided to... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 18:57:00 GMT 2016-12-30T18:57:00Z Panthers LB Kuechly: No plans to retire after 2nd concussion CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Luke Kuechly said he isn't going to let a second concussion end his football career. The Panthers three-time All-Pro middle linebacker said Wednesday he has no plans to retire from playing football after his second concussion in as many years. The 25-year-old has missed seven games in the past two years with concu... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 22:46:00 GMT 2016-12-21T22:46:00Z Jagr ties for 2nd in career points, Panthers beat Sabres SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Jaromir Jagr isn't even thinking about retiring. Jagr had three assists to pull into a tie for second place on the NHL's career points list, Aleksander Barkov and Vincent Trocheck scored in the shootout, and the Florida Panthers beat the Buffalo Sabres 4-3 on Tuesday night. Jagr pulled even with Mark Messier with 1,... Wed, 21 Dec 2016 05:01:00 GMT 2016-12-21T05:01:00Z Red Sox get ace Chris Sale from White Sox for hefty package OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — No surprise that Chris Sale got traded, it was time to go. The real shocker? That the Boston Red Sox swooped in to snag him. The reloading Red Sox pulled off the biggest deal yet at the winter meetings, acquiring the dominant ace from the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday for a hefty package of four prospects. "The abil... Wed, 07 Dec 2016 02:32:00 GMT 2016-12-07T02:32:00Z Yankees to retire Jeter's No 2 on May 14, last single digit NEW YORK (AP) — Derek Jeter's No. 2 is being retired, the last of the New York Yankees' single digits. The Yankees said Tuesday the number will be retired on May 14 before a Mother's Day game against Houston, and a plaque in his honor will be unveiled in Monument Park during the ceremony. Jeter's number is the 21st retired by the team. ... Tue, 06 Dec 2016 15:56:00 GMT 2016-12-06T15:56:00Z Olympic hero Michael Phelps looks to dip his toes in tech SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Michael Phelps wants to dive into Silicon Valley's investment opportunities as he tries to make the transition from Olympic swimming star and product pitchman to entrepreneur. "I would love to get involved, whether it's in a couple little startups here and there, take a little risk, have some fun and see where it goes," Phelps said in an interview dur... Fri, 02 Dec 2016 00:59:00 GMT 2016-12-02T00:59:00Z Jenson Button's F1 finale ends early with steering failure ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Jenson Button's Formula One farewell ended in sad style when he retired early in the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Sunday because of a suspension problem. Button has an option to drive for the McLaren team in 2018, but he said before this race that he does not expect to come back. "My race was short, but I lo... 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