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Legendary German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger retires from professional soccer after 17-year career

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German soccer legend Bastian Schweinsteiger is hanging up the cleats.

Just two days after the Chicago Fire’s 5-2 win over Orlando City SC, the 35-year old officially announced his decision to retire from professional soccer.

“Dear Fans, the time has now come, and I will be finishing my active career at the end of this season.” said Schweinsteiger via his official Instagram account.

“Saying goodbye as an active player makes me feel a little nostalgic, but I am also looking forward to the exciting challenges that await me soon.”

Schweinsteiger accumulated 70 combined goals in 535 appearances over a span of 15 seasons split between Bundesliga powerhouse Bayern Munich and popular BPL club Manchester United before going overseas to play for MLS club Chicago Fire for the twilight of his career.

He also made 124 appearances for the German men’s national soccer team from 2004-2016, scoring 24 goals and winning the World Cup in 2014.

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Mikko Koivu’s days with the Minnesota Wild are numbered

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It’s the end of an era in Minneapolis.

The Minnesota Wild announced on Friday that they will not be bringing back captain Mikko Koivu for the 2020/2021 campaign.

“His hard work, dedication and team-first mentality will be extremely difficult to replace in our lineup. Off the ice, Mikko’s impact in the State of Hockey was immeasurable as he went out of his way to make a positive impact on so many people in our community, including his charitable contributions to Children’s Minnesota.” said Wild GM Bill Guerin.

“We thank Mikko for everything he has done for our organization and wish him and his family the best in the future.”

The 37-year old has spent his entire 15-year NHL career with the franchise. During his tenure in Minnesota, he posted 205 goals, 504 assists and a plus-70 rating in 1028 games. Koivu, who was been the Wild captain since 2009, is the franchise leader in games played, assists and points.

Rumors have suggested that the veteran will continue his playing career in his native Finland. He is not interested in playing for any NHL franchises other than the Minnesota Wild.

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The Big Ten aiming to start football season in October

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The Big Ten are giving fans some great news heading into the fall.

The conference announced on Tuesday that they have voted unanimosly in favor of starting the 2020/2021 season on October 23-24. This news comes just over a month after it was decided the season would start in the Spring of 2021 due to safety reasons stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

The proposed season would consist of eight games in eight weeks, and then a conference championship game that would take place on December 19. A Big Ten team would then have an opportunity to compete for the National Championship.

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Geoff Ward becomes 20th head coach in Flames history

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The Calgary Flames have decided that Geoff Ward is their guy moving forward.

The team officially removed the interim tag from the 58-year old, making him the full-time head coach heading into the 2020/2021 season. He has officially become the 20th head coach in franchise history.

Ward, who replaced Bill Peters behind the bench in November due to his racism scandal, led the Flames to a 25-15-3 record this past season.

The Flames ended up beating the Winnipeg Jets 3-1 in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, but fell short in the first round of the playoffs against the Dallas Stars.

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