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PITTSBURGH -- James Harrison spent a decade as one of the NFLs most feared players. What the five-time Pro Bowl linebacker fears now, however, is missing out on the childhood of his two young sons. Harrison announced his retirement on Saturday, saying the urge to squeeze in one more season no longer competes with the need to stay at home. "My love for the game isnt strong enough to make up for missing one more birthday or first day of school," Harrison posted on his Facebook page. "I am retiring as a man who is truly grateful for all of his blessings." The 36-year-old was a free agent after spending the 2013 season with the Cincinnati Bengals. He visited the Arizona Cardinals earlier in the week but did not sign a contract. He called the decision "a difficult one" but insisted he has no regrets. "My love for my family and the need to be there for them outweighs my desire to play the game," he wrote. Harrison built a reputation as one of the NFLs toughest and most intimidating players during 11 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he worked from undrafted free agent to the 2008 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. His 100-yard interception return for a touchdown to end the first half of the 2009 Super Bowl against the Arizona Cardinals is one of the most electric plays in league history and showcased the relentlessness that made him respected in the locker room and a polarizing figure in the league office. A seemingly perfect fit for defensive co-ordinator Dick LeBeaus 3-4 defence, Harrison finished with 66 career sacks, including 16 in 2008 when he helped guide the Steelers to their sixth championship. As the years wore on, however, the injuries -- and the fines from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell -- piled up. He parted ways with the Steelers in March, 2013 when he declined to take a pay cut. He landed in Cincinnati, where he had two sacks and an interception in a diminished role. The Bengals cut him in March and while he continued to work out hoping the phone would ring, he couldnt find the proper landing spot. In many ways Harrisons success was emblematic of "The Steeler Way." Signed as training camp fodder in 2002, Harrison spent two years on the practice squad before getting signed by the Baltimore Ravens, who sent the undersized Harrison -- listed at 6-feet -- to NFL Europe for some seasoning. The Ravens eventually cut him loose and Pittsburgh brought him back hoping he had matured. It ended up being one of the better bargains in team history. From 2007-11 Harrison was one of the best outside linebackers, a stretch when the Steelers finished in the top five in fewest yards allowed each year and made it to the Super Bowl twice. Yet Harrisons violent play sometimes came at a hefty price. He was fined multiple times for hits to the head. Feeling he was being unfairly persecuted by the league, Harrison called Goodell a "crook" and a "devil" during an interview with Mens Journal in early 2011. Harrison later apologized and promised to clean up his act. It didnt exactly work. Harrison was suspended for a game in December, 2011 after his helmet smacked into Cleveland quarterback Colt McCoys facemask a moment after McCoy released the ball. Harrison did not receive any letters from the commissioners office in 2012, but his physical style of play took a toll on his body. He missed all of training camp with a knee injury and admitted he had endured "a dozen" concussions over the course of his career. Rather than risk another one, hes staying home for good. Jose Martinez . The team announced that it exercised the options on 15 players including goalkeepers Evan Bush, Maxime Crepeau and Troy Perkins, defenders Matteo Ferrari, Karl W. Red Schoendienst . The league announced Thursday that Tom Higgins is leaving that post effective immediately. http://www.custommlbcardinalsjersey.com/...71q.html.9 million deal Thursday. The 25-year McGinn had 19 goals and 19 assists in 79 games last season in helping the Avalanche tie a franchise record with 52 wins. Alex Reyes . The Toronto Argonauts signed the veteran linebacker to a three-year deal Tuesday, hours after the start of CFL free agency. Miles Mikolas . Or at least on everyone elses expectations. Costa Rica followed up its surprise win over Uruguay with another World Cup stunner on Friday, beating four-time champion Italy 1-0 to secure a spot in the next round and eliminate England in the process.LISBON, Portugal -- Cristiano Ronaldo sat out Portugals exhibition match against Greece on Saturday and his flair was sorely missed as the two World Cup-bound teams produced a tedious 0-0 draw. The muted game at the National Stadium in Lisbon did little to brighten the hopes of the two European teams ahead of the tournament in Brazil that begins June 12. The under-strength Portuguese lacked a spark that could have translated their sporadic forward moves into goals. As well as Real Madrid star Ronaldo, who is recuperating from a series of leg injuries and sore muscles, Portugal felt the absence of playmaker Joao Moutinho in midfield and Pepe in the central defence. Greece, though initially fielding its strongest team, looked ordinary and rarely got out of first gear. "One situation we have to be prepared for is not having our regular players available," Portugal coach Paulo Bento said. "Wee paid the price of our lack of effectiveness in attack.dddddddddddd" Portugal will start the World Cup in Group G with Germany, Ghana and the United States. Greece is in Group C with Colombia, Japan and Ivory Coast. With Nani busy on the right flank as the Manchester United player tried to make his mark after an injury-hit league season, Portugals best chances came in the first 10 minutes as Greek goalkeeper Orestis Karnezis tipped over a Bruno Alves header and dived low to his right to deny Ricardo Costa. A series of second-half substitutions sapped the games fluency. The Portuguese dominated possession but couldnt break down the solid Greek defence. Hugo Almeida found Nani unmarked on the right of the Greek penalty area in the 67th but the winger took too long to set up his shot. In the final minutes, Giorgos Karagounis slammed a close-range shot against goalkeeper Betos legs. ' ' '
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