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Mac says he'll retire

Just 17 homers short of 600, Mark McGwire is retiring, ESPN reported Sunday night. McGwire, who hit 583 career home runs, fifth on the career list, announced he will not return to the St. Louis Cardinals next season and that his career is over. The first baseman struggled with injuries throughout last season, hitting .187 with 29 homers in 97 games. He strongly hinted several times over the course of his struggles that he was considering retirement. In the spring, McGwire agreed to a two-year, $30-million extension, but Cardinals manager Tony La Russa said McGwire never signed it. The extension would have paid him $14-million next season and $16-million in 2003, with much of it deferred. "After a considerable discussion with those close to me, I have decided not to sign the extension, as I am unable to perform at a level equal to the salary the organization would be paying me," McGwire said in a statement. "I believe I owe it to the Cardinals and the fans of St. Louis to step aside so a talented free agent can be brought in as the final piece of what I expect can be a world championship-caliber team." According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, McGwire is trying to recruit Oakland free-agent first baseman Jason Giambi to St. Louis to take his place.

QUESTION OF THE DAY

Before realignment, what were the four NHL divisions and two conferences called?

Answer below.

ANSWER

The divisions were the Patrick, Adams, Norris and Smythe. The conferences were the Prince of Wales and Campbell.

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