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SHANE MOSLEY, Boxing Retirement date: June 4, 2012 (Credit: AP)

SHANE MOSLEY, Boxing
Retirement date: June 4, 2012
56 total fights, 46 wins, 8 defeats, 1 draw, and 39 wins by KO
Mosley reportedly said he plans on trying to help his oldest son become a boxer, and to start promoting fights.

Notable sports retirements in 2012

Athletes and coaches who retired in 2012.

LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, Football Retirement date: June 18, 2012
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LADAINIAN TOMLINSON, Football
Retirement date: June 18, 2012
13,684 rushing yards, 145 rushing touchdowns, fifth and second all-time, respectively
After two seasons with the Jets, Tomlinson signed a one-day contract to retire as a San Diego Charger.

SHANE MOSLEY, Boxing Retirement date: June 4, 2012
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SHANE MOSLEY, Boxing
Retirement date: June 4, 2012
56 total fights, 46 wins, 8 defeats, 1 draw, and 39 wins by KO
Mosley reportedly said he plans on trying to help his oldest son become a boxer, and to start promoting fights.

SHAWN JOHNSON, Gymnastics Retirement date: June 3, 2012
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SHAWN JOHNSON, Gymnastics
Retirement date: June 3, 2012
Won a gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the balance beam, and a silver medal in the all-around
After a brief comeback attempt, the 20-year-old called the sport “brutal,” and ended up retiring.

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MAGGLIO ORDONEZ, Baseball Retirement date: June 3, 2012
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MAGGLIO ORDONEZ, Baseball
Retirement date: June 3, 2012
2,156 hits, 294 home runs, 1,236 RBIs, six-time All-Star
Hampered by injuries since 2010, Ordonez retired in a ceremony held at Comerica Park.

NIKLAS LIDSTROM, Hockey Retirement date: May 31, 2012
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NIKLAS LIDSTROM, Hockey
Retirement date: May 31, 2012 1,564 games played, 264 goals, 878 assists, won a gold medal with Sweden in the 2006 Olympics
The 42-year-old defenseman spent his entire 20-year career with the Detroit Red Wings.

KORDELL STEWART, Football Retirement date: May 30, 2012
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KORDELL STEWART, Football
Retirement date: May 30, 2012
Pro Bowl selection in 2001, AFC Offensive Player of the Year 2001, 14,746 career passing yards
Stewart was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995, and played for Pittsburgh until 2002. He finished his career with the Baltimore Ravens in 2005. Stewart signed a one-day contract on May 30, 2012 in order to retire ”as a Steeler,' nearly a decade after he last played for the team

KERRY WOOD, Baseball Retirement date: May 18, 2012
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KERRY WOOD, Baseball
Retirement date: May 18, 2012
88-75, 1,582 strikeouts, two-time All-Star, NL Rookie of the Year
Wood announced he would retire following a final appearance with the Cubs on May 18, 2012. He struck out the final batter he faced.

MATT LIGHT, Football Retirement date: May 7, 2012
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MATT LIGHT, Football
Retirement date: May 7, 2012
Four Pro Bowls, All-Pro in 2007, selected to the Patriots’ All-2000s and 50th Anniversary teams
After retiring, Light revealed that he had battled Crohn’s disease for his entire NFL career. He was first diagnosed in 2001, and said that the disease nearly killed him in 2004.

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IVAN RODRIGUEZ, Baseball Retirement date: April 23, 2012
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IVAN RODRIGUEZ, Baseball
Retirement date: April 23, 2012
14-time all star, 13 Golden Glove awards (the most for any catcher), 2,844 hits, 311 home runs, 1,332 RBIs
Rodriguez signed with the Rangers at the end of his 21-year career to retire as a member of the team.

BRIAN DAWKINS, Football Retirement date: April 23, 2012
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BRIAN DAWKINS, Football
Retirement date: April 23, 2012
Eight-time Pro Bowler, four-time All-Pro, 1,146 tackles, 36 forced fumbles, 37 interceptions and 26 sacks
After 16 seasons, the safety announced on Twitter that he was retiring. Dawkins missed the postseason in his final season due to a serious neck injury.

PAT SUMMITT, Basketball Retirement date: April 18, 2012
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PAT SUMMITT, Basketball
Retirement date: April 18, 2012
Eight NCAA championships, two Olympic medals, and NCAA-record 1,098 victories
Summitt announced in September 2011 that she had early-onset Alzheimer’s. She coached the rest of the season, and announced her retirement the following offseason.< br>

PAUL HAMM, Gymnastics Retirement date: March 28, 2012
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PAUL HAMM, Gymnastics
Retirement date: March 28, 2012
The only American male to win a world or Olympic all-around title (2003 Worlds, 2004 Olympics)
Hamm had been plagued by injuries since before the 2008 Olympics.

HINES WARD, Football Retirement date: March 20, 2012
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HINES WARD, Football
Retirement date: March 20, 2012
Pittsburgh's all-time leader with 1,000 receptions, 12,083 receiving yards and 85 receiving touchdowns; eighth player in NFL history to record 1,000 career receptions
Ward opted to retire as a Steeler rather than test free agency. He spent his entire career with Pittsburgh.

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T.J. FORD, Basketball Retirement date: March 12, 2012
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T.J. FORD, Basketball
Retirement date: March 12, 2012
Eighth overall pick in the 2003 NBA draft, NBA All-Rookie Second Team, 4,797 points, 1,331 rebounds and 2,495 assists
The San Antonio Spurs reserve point guard abruptly retired after a neck injury. Ford had previously sustained an injury to his spine that required surgery.

JASON VARITEK, Baseball Retirement date: March 1, 2012
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JASON VARITEK, Baseball
Retirement date: March 1, 2012
Batted .256 with 193 home runs and 757 RBIs; three-time All-Star
Varitek, the Red Sox captain from 2005-11, retired after being offered a minor league contract by the team in 2012.

KRIS DIELMAN, Football Retirement date: March 1, 2012
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KRIS DIELMAN, Football
Retirement date: March 1, 2012
Four –time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro selection
Dielman, 31, finished 2011 on injured reserve after suffering a seizure following a concussion during an October game. Doctors told him his long-term quality of life would be better if he retired.

BRYAN MCCABE, Hockey Retirement date: February 27, 2012
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BRYAN MCCABE, Hockey
Retirement date: February 27, 2012
1,135 games played, 149 goals, 383 assists
McCabe went unsigned through free agency, and at 36 years old, opted to retired.

MARION BARBER, Football Retirement date: February 23, 2012
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MARION BARBER, Football
Retirement date: February 23, 2012
4,780 yards rushing on 1,156 carries, 53 rushing touchdowns
Barber retired the day after Michael Bush signed a four-year contract with the Bears.

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TIM WAKEFIELD, Baseball Retirement date: Feb, 17, 2012
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TIM WAKEFIELD, Baseball
Retirement date: Feb, 17, 2012
Third in Red Sox history with 200 wins, posted a 4.41 ERA over his career
The knuckleballer, who started his career as a first baseman, retired after being offered a minor league contract by the Red Sox.

MIKE COMRIE, Hockey Retirement date: February 13, 2012
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MIKE COMRIE, Hockey
Retirement date: February 13, 2012
589 games played, 168 goals, 197 assists
Comrie retired after undergoing hip surgery for a third time.

TORY HOLT, Football Retirement date: April 4,
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TORY HOLT, Football
Retirement date: April 4, 2012
920 receptions, 13,382 receiving yards, 74 receiving TDs
Holt played in St. Louis from 1999-2008. He signed a ceremonial contract with the team in 2012 to retire as a Ram. When Holt retired, he was 10th all-time in receiving yards, and 13th in receptions.

OWEN NOLAN, Hockey Retirement date: February 7, 2012
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OWEN NOLAN, Hockey
Retirement date: February 7, 2012
1,200 games played, 422 goals, 463 assists, five-time All-Star, won gold with Canada at the 2002 Olympics
Nolan hadn’t played in the NHL since the 2009-10 season when he announced his retirement.

MIKE MARTZ, Football Retirement date: January 17, 2012
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MIKE MARTZ, Football
Retirement date: January 17, 2012
Compiled a 56-36 head coaching record, led the Rams to the Super Bowl XXXVI title
The architect of the Rams' "Greatest Show on Turf," Martz retired after serving as the Bears’ offensive coordinator for two seasons.

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