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  • 19 April 2019
    The San Antonio Spurs will retire the No. 21 jersey of future Hall of Famer Tim Duncan on Dec. 18, the team announced Wednesday.A veteran of 19 NBA seasons -- all with the Spurs -- Duncan retired in July with five NBA titles, two NBA MVP awards, 15 All--Star appearances and a spot on many lists as the greatest power forward of all time.He also partnered with Gregg Popovich to post the most wins by a player and coach in NBA history, with 1,001.?After drafting Duncan in 1997, the Spurs posted a 1,072-438 regular-season record -- the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and tops in the four major U.S. sports in that period.A four-year star at Wake Forest, Duncan was the No. 1 pick by the Spurs in the 1997 draft. He made an immediate impact, winning the NBA Rookie of the Year award and earning All-NBA First-Team honors, the first of 10 selections in his career. He led the Spurs to a championship in his second season, in 1998-99, and was named Finals MVP.He would go on to win four more titles, in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, and he was named Finals MVP twice more, in 2003 and 2005. San Antonio posted a win percentage of at least .600 in 19 straight seasons with Duncan, the longest such run in NBA history.Duncan finishes his career with averages of 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.2 blocks per game. He ranks 14th all time in points (26,496), sixth in rebounds (15,091) and fifth in blocks (3,020).Duncan made the NBA All‐Defensive First Team eight times. He is only the third player in NBA history to win 1,000 career regular-season games. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Parish are the only players with more career victories.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Nike Free Running Shoes Uk . In Europe, top teams seem to be largely happy with their squads after spending nearly $1 billion in the off-season. And although English league clubs are unlikely to splash cash in January, Arsenal and Chelsea could be tempted to strengthen their squads with new strikers. Nike Free Clearance Uk .J. Ellis hit two-run homers and the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-0 Saturday night. . -- The plastic that was taped across the lockers in Oaklands clubhouse came down and the champagne that was on ice went back into the cooler. Nike Free Shoes On Sale . Ashley Youngs cross was inadvertently headed by Chester into his own net in the 66th minute, allowing United to claim a third straight league win. "We had to dig deep with our fighting spirit and weve done that," United striker Wayne Rooney said. Nike Free Sale Uk . Arsenal failed to take full advantage of its main rivals stumbles on Saturday as substitute Gerard Deulofeu levelled with a hard shot from a tight angle in the 84th minute to give Everton a deserved point. Ahead of a crucial fortnight that will see them play against Napoli in the Champions League, Manchester City and Chelsea, Arsenal leads by five points ahead of Liverpool and Chelsea. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons are hurting at linebacker.Deion Jones, DeVondre Campbell and Paul Worrilow are all injured and will miss Sundays game at Denver. Jones and Campbell are starters and Worrilow is a former starter.Whats more, linebacker Sean Weatherspoon was placed on injured reserve with an Achilles tendon injury from last weeks win over Carolina. Weatherspoon started against Carolina because Campbell had an ankle injury.LaRoy Reynolds is expected to join Philip Wheeler and Vic Beasley Jr. as starters. Reynolds has started only four games in five seasons with Jacksonville, Chicago and Atlanta. Newly signed veteran A.J. Hawk likely will be active as a backup.Coach Dan Quinn said Reynolds, who has four tackles in four games, is ready to start at middle linebacker and call the defensive signals.We have great confidence in him just because hes been in it and done it and shown it, Quinn said. Hes a very physical player.Defensive end Brooks Reed and backup strong safety Kemal Ishmael could help at outside and inside linebacker, respectively.ddddddddddddeve got a good group of guys, Reynolds said. Everybody knows their position, how were going to line up. ... Same preparation. Well be ready.Jones left last weeks game with an ankle injury that was initially described as a calf injury. Worrilow missed the game with a groin injury.Jones, Campbell and Worrilow worked on the side with a trainer during Fridays practice.Punter Matt Bosher, held out earlier in the week with a hamstring injury, had full participation.Quinn said cornerback Jalen Collins, who completed his four-game suspension for violating the NFLs policy on performance-enhancing drugs, will return to the roster. Quinn said he didnt know if Collins, who started two games in 2015, will be active for Sundays game.---AP NFL websites: and AP NFL Twitter feed: ' ' '