Latest Athlete retirement News

Jockey Ken Church, winner of over 2,000 races, dies at 90

Jul. 13, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

Ken Church, who rode over 2,000 winners during a 20-year career that included four mounts in the Kentucky Derby, died Monday. He was 90. Church was diagnosed with pneumonia a week ago at the retirement facility where he lived in Reno, Nevada, and was taken to a hospital. He contracted COVID-19 there and died, his...

Seahawks' Olsen to join Fox as NFL analyst after retirement

Jul. 13, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Seahawks tight end Greg Olsen told The Associated Press he has agreed to a contract with Fox Sports to become its No. 2 NFL game analyst once he retires from football. Olsen signed a one-year, $6.9 million contract with the Seahawks earlier this offseason after spending nine seasons...

Penny Taylor steps away from Phoenix assistant coach job

Jul. 6, 2020 8:00 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Phoenix Mercury assistant coach Penny Taylor is stepping away to focus on being a full-time mother, the team announced Monday. Taylor, who married Mercury star Diana Taurasi in 2017, played 10 seasons for the Mercury from 2004-16 before retiring. She and Taurasi have a 2-year old son, Leo....

British diver Blagg retires at 23 because of shoulder injury

Jul. 6, 2020 7:03 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British diver Alicia Blagg is retiring from the sport because of a shoulder injury that has ended her chances of competing in a third Olympics at next year's Tokyo Games. The 23-year-old Blagg has won medals at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships but said “injury after...

Veteran Brazilian midfielder Juninho retires from LA Galaxy

Jun. 30, 2020 3:34 PM EDT

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Veteran Brazilian midfielder Juninho has retired with the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy announced the three-time MLS Cup winner's decision Tuesday. The 31-year-old Juninho spent the most memorable days of his professional career with the Galaxy, making 189 appearances and scoring 18 goals....

Atlanta Hawks guard Vince Carter, right, hugs former Hawk Dominique Wilkins as he leaves the court following an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Vince Carter, 43, retires after record 22 NBA seasons

Jun. 25, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

Vince Carter made his retirement official on Thursday, announcing on his podcast that his 22-year NBA career, the longest in league history, has come to an end. The announcement was largely a formality because the 43-year-old Carter had said many times over the course of this season that this would be his last in...

Sounders midfielder Shipp retires after 7 MLS seasons

Jun. 16, 2020 7:01 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Sounders midfielder Harry Shipp announced his retirement on Tuesday after seven seasons with three different Major League Soccer teams. Shipp's decision came ahead of MLS' return to action next month with a tournament in Florida. Shipp played the last four seasons with the Sounders...

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, file photo, Conor McGregor smiles after defeating Donald

Conor McGregor makes 3rd retirement announcement in 4 years

Jun. 7, 2020 2:20 AM EDT

Conor McGregor has announced his retirement for the third time in four years. McGregor abruptly made his latest dubious declaration Sunday morning on his Twitter account, where the former two-division UFC champion also announced his retirement in 2016 and 2019. “Hey guys I’ve decided to retire from...

In this May 25, 2020 photo, former pro wrestler Jimmy

Welding and wrestling: The life of ‘King Cobra’ Jimmy Kimble

May. 30, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — From his office chair in the back-right corner, Jimmy Kimble leaned back and peered through the window into the spacious Republic Services welding complex in South Memphis. The tool-covered warehouse has been his kingdom for most of his life — 55 years to be exact. Friday the...

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, Buffalo Bills' Frank Gore arrives for an NFL football game against the New York Jets in Orchard Park, N.Y. Gore just turned 37. Entering his first season with the Jets, Gore is feeling fresh and ready to help carry the load with Le'Veon Bell in New York's backfield. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus, File)

Age-defying Gore still running, excited to help Jets win

May. 21, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Gore just keeps running — defying logic and Father Time with each hard-fought yard. At 37 years old, the star running back is considered ancient in football terms, playing a position at which most guys his age and with his workload would have been long retired. But Gore is...