Latest Athlete retirement News

Goalie Roberto Luongo retires after 19 NHL seasons

Jun. 26, 2019 3:28 PM EDT

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Roberto Luongo wanted to keep playing and keep chasing the elusive Stanley Cup, largely because he believes the Florida Panthers are finally in position to be a playoff contender. His body wanted otherwise. And Luongo ultimately listened. The most popular player in Panthers history...

Orpik retires after 15 NHL seasons, 2 Stanley Cup titles

Jun. 25, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

Brooks Orpik called it a career Tuesday after 15 bruising NHL seasons in which he established himself as a big-hitting, shutdown defenseman and won the Stanley Cup twice. The 38-year-old played 1,171 regular-season and playoff games for the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. He won the Cup with...

Rangers will retire Michael Young's No. 10 jersey in August

Jun. 18, 2019 8:22 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Michael Young was really bummed about being traded to the Texas Rangers in the summer of 2000. Texas became home for the kid from California, and later this summer the Rangers will retire the No. 10 jersey of the former seven-time All-Star infielder, who has played more games and...

QB Josh McCown retires after 16 NFL seasons

Jun. 17, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Josh McCown was sometimes the starting quarterback, often the backup — and always among the most-respected and well-liked players in whatever locker room he was in. And there were many. McCown, who turns 40 on July 4, wrote in a piece for The Players' Tribune posted Monday that he is...

Tony Parker says he's retiring from NBA after 18 seasons

Jun. 10, 2019 2:27 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker's impressive career is over. Parker announced Monday he's retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA. The 37-year-old guard said on Twitter it was an emotional decision. "It's with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an...

The fire still burning, Witten wants his snaps with Cowboys

Jun. 10, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Jason Witten talks a lot about just wanting to blend in now that he's back for a club-record 16th season with the Dallas Cowboys following a year in retirement. Ask about playing time among a group of decidedly younger tight ends, and, well, the franchise leader in catches and yards...

Hanging up No. 29: Rangers retire Adrián Beltré's jersey

Jun. 8, 2019 10:00 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrián Beltré got one more tap on the top of the head from Elvis Andrus, and a visit by the person who brought the four-time All-Star third baseman up to the major leagues as a teenager. The Rangers retired Beltré's No. 29 jersey on Saturday night after he spent the...

Nowitzki soaking up retirement after 21 seasons with Mavs

Jun. 8, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dirk Nowitzki eventually plans on working out again. The recently retired star of the Dallas Mavericks wants to stay in somewhat decent shape. The big German hasn't put a timeline on it — he's assuming several more rounds of pizza and ice cream will come first. Nowitzki looks...

Home run: Sabathia sees old spots in last trip to Cleveland

Jun. 7, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — There was the mandatory stop at CC Sabathia's favorite sandwich shop for an Italian sub before swinging by his old house to visit neighbors — and their grown kids — he hadn't seen in years. Back in his old neighborhood in suburban Westlake, Sabathia was thrilled to see the...

Longtime NFL linebacker NaVorro Bowman retires

Jun. 4, 2019 7:39 PM EDT

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Longtime NFL linebacker NaVorro Bowman has retired. Bowman announced his retirement Tuesday at the headquarters of the San Francisco 49ers. He spent eight-plus seasons in San Francisco after being drafted in the third round in 2010 and was a key part of a defense that went to...