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thankful garnett retires

MINNEAPOLIS — Timberwolves forward Kevin Garnett on Friday announced his retirement after 21 seasons, leaving with a championship in 2008 when he was a Celtic and a legacy as one of the best defensive players in league history.

Garnett, 40, posted an Instagram video of him walking alone through Target Center with sunglasses on, saying "farewell" and "thank you for the journey."

"I'm just thankful. I can't even put that into words," Garnett said. "I never would have thought that people love me like this. But, for it to be reality is just something else, man. Man."

The Timberwolves will waive Garnett so he can collect this season's $8 million salary.

He came into the league straight from high school in 1995, his success paving the way for Kobe Bryant, LeBron James and Tracy McGrady to follow. The 2004 MVP made more than $330 million in his career, the most in league history. His key numbers: third in NBA history in minutes (50,418) fifth in games played (1,462), ninth in rebounds (14,662) and 17th in points (26,071) .

Garnett always insisted on being listed at 6 feet 11 even though he was at least 2 inches taller. He didn't want to be pigeon-holed as a big man who had to stay around the basket.

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Knicks to discuss protests

Knicks president Phil Jackson plans to meet with players to get a teamwide agreement regarding public protests during the national anthem. "We want to do something that's unified and representative of who we are," Jackson said. Meanwhile, Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who grew up in the inner city, said recent police shootings "hit home for me. It's getting to a point that there's something that needs to be changed in that aspect. I'm going to use my voice as much as possible to relay that aspect."

BOSH QUESTIONS: Heat forward Chris Bosh had a preseason physical, and the team said it couldn't clear him, dealing a blow to his attempt to come back after two years of blood clot issues. The team said there is no timetable for his return.

WNBA: Chicago's Elena Delle Donne will miss Sunday's second-round playoff game because of a right thumb injury.

autos

Edwards on Bad Boy pole

Carl Edwards had a lap of 135.453 mph to win the Sprint Cup pole for Sunday's Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Martin Truex is also on the front row. Chris Buescher and Austin Dillon failed to get out of the first round. Kurt Busch, Joey Logano, Kevin Harvick and Tony Stewart failed to get out of the second round. Chris Buescher (28th) and Austin Dillon (29th) have the worst starting spots among Chase drivers.

ET CETERA

soccer: A case into alleged irregularities regarding the transfer of striker Neymar to Barcelona has been reopened and the Brazil star could face a trial for fraud, a Madrid court said. Brazilian investment group DIS brought a complaint against Neymar, his father, former Barcelona president Sandro Rosell, Brazilian club Santos and its former president, Odilio Rodrigues. All deny wrongdoing.

tennis: Stan Wawrinka faces Roberto Bautista Agut in today's semifinals of the St. Petersburg Open in Russia. The other semifinal: Tomas Berdych versus Alexander Zverev. … Agnieszka Radwanska beat Olympic gold medalist Monica Puig and faces Caroline Wozniacki in today's semifinals of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo. The other semifinal pits Naomi Osaka against Elina Svitolina.

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ACC recap: Top sound bites from Charlotte

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Sports on TV/radio for Friday, July 20

TODAYAction sportsX Games9 p.m.ESPNArena FootballPhiladelphia at Baltimore7 p.m.CBSSNAutosMonster Energy Cup: Foxwoods Resort Casino 301 qualifying4:30 p.m.NBCSNBaseballCardinals at Cubs2 p.m.MLBMarlins at Rays7 p.m.Fox Sun, FSF; 620-AMMets at Yankee...
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Florida State defensive forecast not that simple

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Rays journal: Catcher needed with Wilson Ramos on DL

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ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays did not have any answers Thursday about the state of their catching situation as to how long Wilson Ramos will be out and who will be added to replace him Friday against the Marlins.Ramos was placed on the DL Wednesday...
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Quarterback rankings: The best seasons in Buccaneers history

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Judge grants ex-girlfriend’s restraining order against ex-Plant QB Robert Marve

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Willie Taggart: Francois’ offseason problems are ‘behind us’

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