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duncan: I stopped having fun

Spurs star Tim Duncan says he decided to retire after 19 seasons because playing basketball wasn't "as fun anymore."

Two days after the Spurs announced Duncan's retirement in a news release, he sat down for an interview with longtime friend Rashidi Clenance. The interview was streamed online via ViVid Streaming on Wednesday.

Duncan, 40, said he simply "started not enjoying myself as much. It wasn't fun as much. When it's not fun anymore, I'm done." He said he has no regrets after deciding to end his career with five championships and two MVP awards. He grew emotional as he said he "enjoyed the ride," and he thanked Spurs fans and all of those who have reached out in the past two days.

Duncan said he has no immediate plans for the next phase of his life, which is just the way he wants it. "That's the beauty of it. There is no script," Duncan said. "For the first time in 20-something years, I don't have a script. I don't have somewhere I have to be and something I have to do. So, I get to go out and enjoy my kids (son Draven and daughter Sydney) even more. Outside of that, I get to do a little living."

nhl

Lightning brings back forward Conacher

Cory Conacher, the forward the Lightning traded to the Senators for goalie Ben Bishop near the end of the 2012-13 season, is back with Tampa Bay, having signed a one-year, one-way contract worth $575,000.

Conacher, 26, has played in 141 career NHL games, including 35 for the Lightning in 2012-13, totaling nine goals and 24 points before he was traded.

Conacher also has played for the Sabers and Islanders. He played last season for former Lightning and current Senators coach Guy Boucher with Bern in Switzerland's National League, where he had 22 goals and 52 points in 48 games.

Las Vegas: Former Capitals general manager George McPhee was named the first GM of the expansion franchise that begins play in 2017-18.

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College basketball: Former Clemson point guard Demontez Stitt, the only player in program history to start on four straight NCAA Tournament teams, was found dead at his home in Charlotte, N.C. on Tuesday night. No trauma was found on the body of Stitt, 27, and foul play is not suspected, said lead investigator Eric Wheeler in the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner's Office. Stitt played with the Tigers from 2007-2011.

College golf: Tim Mickelson, brother of pro golfer Phil, stepped down as Arizona State's men's coach to pursue business opportunities, he said. He led the Sun Devils to two top-10 NCAA finishes in five seasons.

NFL: Browns starting defensive end Desmond Bryant, who led the team in sacks last year, will miss this season with a torn pectoral muscle suffered during a workout last week.

Olympics: Ukrainian weightlifter Yulia Kalina was stripped of her bronze medal from the 2012 Olympics, the first athlete formally disqualified by the International Olympic Committee after the retesting of doping samples from the past two Summer Games. … IOC president Thomas Bach said the absence of many of the top male golfers from next month's tournament in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, will be taken into account in evaluating the sport's Games future. Golf is part of the Games for the first time since 1904. Twenty male players, including the top four in the world rankings, have pulled out, many citing the Zika virus and schedule concerns.

Tour de France: Peter Sagan won the windy 11th stage after getting in a late four-man breakaway that also included overall leader Chris Froome. It was Sagan's second victory in this Tour and his sixth career win in cycling's biggest race. Froome moved 28 seconds ahead of Adam Yates.

Roger Mooney, Times staff writer; Times wires

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