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Tennis: Seventh seed Thiem retires hurt, Popyrin advances

Tennis – Australian Open – Second Round – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, January 17, 2019. Austria’s Dominic Thiem receives medical attention during the match against Australia’s Alexei Popyrin. REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Seventh seed Dominic Thiem’s Australian Open campaign came to a premature end with the Austrian retiring hurt in his second round clash against wildcard Alexei Popyrin on Thursday. Thiem appeared frustrated during the match, smashing one of his racquets, as he trailed 7-5 6-4 2-0 before retiring. Local favorite Popyrin will play the winner of Lucas Pouille…

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Nash retires from NHL, citing concussion symptoms

Former No. 1 overall NHL draft pick and six-time All-Star Rick Nash has retired because of concussion-related symptoms, his agent said Friday. FILE PHOTO: Apr 28, 2018; Tampa, FL, USA;Boston Bruins left wing Rick Nash (61) celebrates as he scores a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the second period of game one of the second round of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports Until his retirement, Nash trailed only Alex Ovechkin and Patrick Marleau with career goals scored among active…

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Wrestling – Triple Olympic gold medalist Yoshida retires

FILE PHOTO: Japan’s Saori Yoshida reacts after defeating Canada’s Tonya Lynn Verbeek on the final of the Women’s 55Kg Freestyle wrestling at the ExCel venue during the London 2012 Olympic Games August 9, 2012. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem/File Photo TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s three-times Olympic wrestling champion Saori Yoshida announced her retirement on Tuesday at the age of 36. Yoshida, who also won silver at Rio 2016, made the announcement on Twitter. “I have decided to end the 33 years of being a wrestler,” she said. “Thanks to all your encouragement and…

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Johanna Konta retires from Sydney International as Heather Watson wins in Hobart

Johanna Konta (right) spoke with tour physio Belinda Smith before retiring British number one Johanna Konta is out of the Sydney International tournament after retiring from her second-round qualifying match. It is understood Konta suffered a neck injury, just a week before the Australian Open starts on 14 January. Konta called a halt to play 18 minutes into her match against Russian Ekatarina Alexandrova when 4-1 down. Compatriot Heather Watson reached the Hobart International main draw with a qualifying win over Isabelle Wallace. Watson, 26, the British number two and…

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Katherine Copeland retires from rowing after 11-year career

Copeland (right) won gold alongside Sophie Hoskings at London 2012 London 2012 gold medallist Katherine Copeland has retired from rowing after an 11-year career. The 28-year-old competed at two Olympics and secured gold alongside lightweight double sculls partner Sophie Hoskings at London 2012. Copeland also claimed a European title in 2015 and has contested four World Championships, winning silver in 2015. “To wake up and train every day, travel abroad and race internationally has been a dream come true,” said Copeland. “My favourite parts have been everything from big to…

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Russian Olympic biathlete Shipulin retires

FILE PHOTO: Russia’s Anton Shipulin celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the men’s biathlon 4 x 7.5 km relay at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games, Russia February 22, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria/File Photo MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian biathlete Anton Shipulin, who won gold at the 2014 Sochi Olympics in the men’s 4×7.5 km relay, announced his retirement on Tuesday as Russian biathlon remains under increased scrutiny. “I have made a very serious decision to end my professional career,” Shipulin, who also won bronze in the 4×7.5 km…

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Missy Franklin retires, saying ‘I’m ready not to be in pain every day’

Missy Franklin won four gold medals at the 2012 London Olympic Games as a 17-year-old Five-time Olympic champion Missy Franklin has announced her retirement from swimming aged 23, saying she is “ready not to be in pain every day”. The American won four gold medals at London 2012 as a 17-year-old amateur. But a shoulder injury and issues including depression have affected her since, and she is “ready” to retire. In a letter to ESPN, Franklin wrote: “I began to realise that my greatest dream in life, more so than…

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Dani Rowe: Olympic team pursuit gold medallist retires from cycling

Dani Rowe (left) won Olympic team pursuit gold with Laura Kenny and Joanna Rowsell Shand in 2012 London 2012 gold medallist Dani Rowe has announced her retirement from cycling. The Briton, 28, won team pursuit gold at London 2012 and three consecutive World Championship titles in the event between 2011 and 2013. More recently a road racer, Rowe – formerly King – won bronze at April’s Commonwealth Games. “Today marks both the end of one chapter in my career, and the start of a new one,” she said. “After 14…

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Longtime Kansas State coach Snyder retires

Longtime Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder announced his retirement on Sunday. Nov 24, 2018; Ames, IA, USA; Kansas State Wildcats head coach Bill Snyder talks to officials during their game with the Iowa State Cyclones at Jack Trice Stadium. The Cyclones beat the Wildcats 42 to 38. Mandatory Credit: Reese Strickland-USA TODAY Sports Snyder, 79, is credited for taking a program deep in the doldrums and turning it into a perennial contender for a bowl berth. The announcement was made to the players Sunday afternoon. Kansas State’s athletic director…

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Tony Bellew: Britain’s former world cruiserweight champion retires from boxing

Tony Bellew was beaten by Oleksandr Usyk at the Manchester Arena on 10 November in his final fight Former world cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew has confirmed his retirement from boxing, 12 days after his defeat by Oleksandr Usyk. In the aftermath of the eighth-round loss to the Ukrainian, the Briton said his career in the ring was “over”. Everton fan Bellew said his greatest achievement was beating Ilunga Makabu at his beloved Goodison Park in 2016 to win the WBC cruiserweight title. “There will be no more fighting from me,”…

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