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Nation + world: Yankees’ Jorge Posada to retire

Jorge Posada is planning to retire after 17 seasons with the New York Yankee rather than pursue opportunities with other teams.

A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press on Saturday that the five-time All-Star catcher will announce his retirement this month. Posada's plans were first reported by sports radio station WFAN.

Posada, 40, won five World Series titles with the team that drafted him in the 24th round of the 1990 draft. He became a free agent after a trying season in New York, the final year of a four-year, $52-million contract.

Earlier this off-season, Posada acknowledged that his career with the Yankees was over but said he had offers from several other teams.

Only Bill Dickey and Yogi Berra caught more games in pinstripes than Posada (1,574). Posada hit .273 with 275 home runs and 1,065 RBIs, winning the Silver Slugger five times as best hitting catcher in the American League.

Golf: Steve Stricker took a big step toward booking another trip to Maui with a 10-under 63 to build a five-shot lead through two rounds at the Tournament of Champions in Kapalua, Hawaii. Stricker played his final five holes in five under that gave him some separation from Webb Simpson and the eagle-eagle finish by Kevin Na. Stricker was at 15-under 131.

Skiing: Elisabeth Goergl of Austria ended Lindsey Vonn's four-race unbeaten streak in speed events by winning the World Cup downhill at Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, in 1 minute, 48.40 seconds. Julia Mancuso of the U.S. was second, 0.16 back. Vonn, who was bothered by a stomach ailment last week, finished fourth and maintained the lead in the downhill and overall World Cup standings.

Junior hockey: The U.S. Women's National Under-18 Team fell to Canada, 3-0, in the championship game of the IIHF Women's World U18 tournament in Zlin, Czech Republic. Team USA finished 4-1.

Free Press News Services

Article source: http://www.freep.com/article/20120108/SPORTS18/201080582/Nation-world-Yankees-Jorge-Posada-to-retire

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