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Maria Sharapova is retiring from professional tennis at the age of 32 after five Grand Slam titles and time ranked No. 1.

She has been dealing with shoulder problems for years.

Sharapova played only two matches this season and lost both.

In an essay written for Vanity Fair and Vogue about her decision to walk away from the sport, posted online Wednesday, Sharapova asks: "How do you leave behind the only life you've ever known?"

She burst onto the tennis scene at 17 when she won Wimbledon in 2004 and went on to complete a career Grand Slam with two titles at the French Open and one each at the U.S. Open and Australian Open.

The Russian, who moved to Florida as a child, served a 15-month ban after failing a doping test in 2016.


Deal moving closer

The NFL began dealing with the likelihood of soon having a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement in place, after a key early-morning decision by the players' union to put the deal to a majority vote by the players in the next week or two.

While the vote still needs to take place, there has been a widespread belief on both sides that a vote of all players would lead to the agreement being ratified.

The deal, which was previously approved by the owners of the 32 NFL teams, would put an expanded set of playoffs into effect for the 2020 season, implement a 17-game regular season and a reduced preseason later on and bring changes to the sport's marijuana policy and system of player discipline.

The NFLPA's team-by-team player reps, meeting at a hotel in the Indianapolis area, voted early Wednesday morning to put the proposed CBA to a vote of all players, by a tally of 17-14 with one abstention.

... Former TCU and Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin was sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges from the 2018 beating of his girlfriend.


Laviolette to coach U.S. national team

Peter Laviolette is returning to the bench after being selected as the coach of the United States men's national team competing at the world hockey championships in May.

The move comes seven weeks after Laviolette was fired by the Nashville Predators. Laviolette ranks 16th in NHL wins with 637 covering four teams over 18 seasons, including the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Hurricanes. He also coached the Islanders and Flyers.

around the horn

Colleges: Dick Tamburo, an athletic director at three major schools and an All-American center at Michigan State, has died. He was 90. Tamburo served as the athletic director at Texas Tech, Arizona State and Missouri. He was a three-year letter-winner at Michigan State from 1950-52 and an All-American after leading the Spartans to a 9-0 record and the 1952 national championship.

... Former Timberwolves guard and Penn coach Jerome Allen was hit a 15-year show-cause penalty after he accepted $300,000 in bribes to get a wealthy Florida businessman's son into Penn. The Quakers also were slapped by the NCAA with two years of probation, fined $5,000 and given recruiting punishments.

Baseball: Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton likely will miss opening day because of a strained right calf.

Figure skating: Chris Knierim, one half of the husband-and-wife duo that helped the U.S. win team gold at the Pyeongchang Olympics, announced his retirement while Alexa Knierim said she will continue skating with a new partner.