Parker calls it quits

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Four-time NBA cham­pion Tony Parker’s im­pres­sive ca­reer is over.

The 37-year-old guard an­nounced via so­cial me­dia yes­ter­day that he was re­tir­ing af­ter 18 NBA sea­sons.

Six-time All-Star Parker played 17 sea­sons for the San An­to­nio Spurs and made the post-sea­son ev­ery year of his ca­reer, be­fore join­ing the Char­lotte Hor­nets last sea­son and miss­ing the play-offs.

He won ti­tles with the Spurs in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. David Or­tiz has ar­rived in Bos­ton from the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic where the former Red Sox slug­ger was am­bushed by a gun­man at a bar in his na­tive coun­try.

The 43-year-old had his gall­blad­der and part of his in­tes­tine re­moved, ac­cord­ing to spokesman Leo Lopez.

He said Or­tiz’s liver was also dam­aged in Sun­day night’s shoot­ing.

Or­tiz, af­fec­tion­ately known as Big Papi, is one of the most beloved fig­ures in the Do­mini­can Re­pub­lic and Bos­ton.

He led the Red Sox to three World Se­ries cham­pi­onships, is a 10-time All-Star and hit 541 home runs. Aus­tralian three-time ma­jor win­ner Jan Stephen­son and dual US Open cham­pion Retief Goosen have been in­ducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Stephen­son and Goosen were se­lected through the com­pe­ti­tion cat­e­gory for their play­ing ca­reers.

The bi­en­nial in­duc­tion was held the week of the US Open at Peb­ble Beach in an ef­fort to at­tract Hall of Fame mem­bers, and 28 of the 160 mem­bers at­tended.

Stephen­son was among the first to bring sex ap­peal to women’s golf, with her most fa­mous mo­ment out­side the course be­ing when she posed in a bath­tub, her body cov­ered only by golf balls.

She backed up her celebrity by win­ning 16 times on the LPGA Tour, in­clud­ing three ma­jors. Aus­tralia in­sist their coach­ing switch from Alen Sta­j­cic to Ante Mili­cic isn’t af­fect­ing their World Cup hopes.

The Matil­das’ shock 2-1 loss to Italy on Sun­day at­tracted fren­zied crit­i­cism ahead of the show­down with Brazil on Fri­day morn­ing, WA time.

Vet­eran Alanna Kennedy de­nied on Sta­j­cic’s con­tro­ver­sial sack­ing was to blame for their wob­ble.

“He’s not in our camp. And his name isn’t, ei­ther,” she said.

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