Red Sox great Dustin Pedroia announces retirement at 37 after battling injuries for three seasons

After more than three years of trying to come back from debilitating pain in his left knee, the 37-year-old Pedroia walked away from baseball while he could still walk and announced his retirement Monday.

“Every day I woke up looking to find a way to help our team win a baseball game,” Pedroia said. “I got to do it in front of the best fans in the best city.”

The Red Sox remain responsible for the $12 million remaining on Pedroia’s contract, and its $13.3 million average annual value against their luxury-tax payroll. He is now off the 40-man roster.

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LeSean McCoy Reflects on Eagles Career, Ponders Retirement

When LeSean McCoy talks, people still listen, especially in Philadelphia.

Even though his career is winding down, and his role mostly irrelevant the past three years, during which he’s played with three different teams, he is still the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher and his name appears many times in the team’s record book.

McCoy, who will turn 33 in July, spoke on Zoom during player availability at Super Bowl LIV in Tampa on Tuesday. He is there with the Buccaneers trying to win his second straight Super Bowl championship, after having done it with the Kansas City Chiefs last year.

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Ashley Williams: Wales captain proud of career as he ponders next role

Ashley Williams, shown here with the League Cup in 2013, was playing for fourth division Stockport County when he was first considered for Wales selection

Ashley Williams knows he has done the right thing in retiring, he just does not know what will come next.

Williams, capped 86 times by Wales, announced last week that he was calling it a day, bringing an end to a career that went from part-time jobs to the Premier League and a starring role in Welsh football fairytales.

He freely admits it all feels a bit strange, both that he actually achieved what he

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Biden to tap career diplomat as Latin America envoy

MIAMI (AP) — President Joe Biden intends to nominate as his top envoy for Latin America a veteran African American diplomat who while on a sensitive assignment in Zimbabwe spoke out against police brutality in the U.S. following the death of George Floyd, according to two people familiar with the decision.

Brian A. Nichols, the current U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, would be the first Black assistant secretary of state for Western Hemisphere affairs since Terence Todman in the late 1970s.

Biden is expected to name him as his choice for the post as early as this week, said the two

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Minnesota Wild prospect Marco Rossi’s NHL career delayed by COVID-19

Six days into Minnesota Wild training camp, head coach Dean Evason was asked to give a progress report on rookie center Marco Rossi.

“They tell me he’s unavailable,” Evason said. “[So] he’s unavailable for me.”

Evason was asked about his interactions with Rossi, the No. 9 pick in the 2020 NHL draft.

“I have not met him yet,” he said.

What about the notion that Rossi, 19, could find a regular spot in the Minnesota lineup this season?

“I honestly have no idea.”

The mysterious answers were later clarified by the Wild, who said Rossi was unavailable due to an

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Sitting out 2018 ‘kind of reset my body’ to help ‘elongate my career’

Le’Veon Bell cemented his place in NFL history in 2018 when he received the franchise tag, refused to sign it and chose to sit out the entire season.

The results since then haven’t been very good, yet Bell has no regrets about his decision.

“Oh no, no. That never crossed my mind,” Bell said. “I feel like me sitting out, how I look at it is it helped me on the back end of my career. The year that I came back, last year, it felt like I was a rookie all over again. I was so excited to get

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