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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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Pedro Strop weighing offers from several clubs; Cubs and Rangers among those interested

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Veteran reliever Pedro Strop appears to be close to making a decision on where he will spend the 2020 MLB season.

According to a report from Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, the 34-year old Dominican has received contract offers from at least three different teams. It is yet to be determined which exact teams are involved, but we do know that the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers have all expressed interest in his services this offseason.

Strop is coming off an underwhelming 2019 campaign with the Cubs, posting a 2-5 record, 4.97 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 50 appearances. It ended a streak of six straight seasons where he finished with an ERA under 3.00.

He will be entering his 12th MLB season in 2020.

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Tyson Fury wants boxing match with UFC star using smaller MMA gloves

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Former heavyweight champion Tyson Fury is looking to join in on all the boxing vs MMA hype.

The 31-year old Brit, who has a rematch with Deontay Wilder scheduled for February 22nd, revealed that he is hoping to fight a UFC star in a ‘modified’ boxing match that would involve the use of smaller MMA gloves during the bout.

He spoke about it in his recent conversation with ESPN.

“I don’t want to go into an MMA fight, rolling around the floor and all that, no. But I would fight one of their champions in small gloves,” said Fury.

“Maybe in a cage, but with boxing rules. I think that would be very interesting…With UFC gloves, the little 4-ounce gloves, that would be good for me.”

This is more than just a passing interest. Fury explains that he will engage in negotiations with the UFC to get this done after his Wilder fight.

“After I beat Deontay Wilder next month, I’m going to have a sit-down with Dana White and we’re going to go for it, run some numbers and see if the fight makes sense. Whoever’s available from that side, and whoever’s willing to get their ass kicked in the cage by the heavyweight champion of the world, he’s the one I want.”

Fury has posted a 30-0-1 record with 20 knockouts in 31 career boxing matches dating back to his debut in December 2008.

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Patrick Kane becomes second youngest American player in NHL history to reach 1000-point mark

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Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane accomplished quite the feat during the team’s 5-2 win over the Winnipeg Jets on Sunday.

By assisting on Brandon Saad’s third period goal to make it 4-1 Chicago, Kane recorded his 1000th career NHL point. The significance of that? Well it puts him among the all-time great U.S. born players.

This made him the 10th American ever to reach the milestone. At 31 years of age, he is also the second youngest player among those lucky 10, only trailing the great Jeremy Roenick by eight days.

He was emotional about it following the game.

“That was special…What a moment, obviously, with everyone coming onto the ice and sharing that moment with me” said Kane.

“You see some faces in that pile that have been a big part of a lot of those points, whether it’s been [Jonathan Toews] or [Duncan Keith] or [Alex] DeBrincat recently. Saader to finish it off I think was pretty cool.”

Kane, who was selected first overall in the 2007 NHL Draft, has spent his entire career with the organization. Along with winning three Stanley Cups, multiple awards, and making nine NHL All-Star games, he has managed to compile 380 goals and 620 assists over a span of 12-plus seasons and 953 regular season games with the Blackhawks.

He has 60 points in 52 games this season.


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