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Diarmuid Connolly: Dublin forward ends inter-county career at the age of 33

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Diarmuid Connolly made his Dublin debut in 2007
Diarmuid Connolly won six All-Ireland medals and he was regarded by many as the best forward of his generation

Dublin star Diarmuid Connolly has retired from inter-county football.

Connolly, 33, returned to the squad last year and helped them secure an historic All-Ireland five-in-a-row after opting out of the 2018 campaign.

However, the St Vincent’s man has now decided to call time on a Dublin career which him winning six All-Ireland medals and two All-Stars.

“I have been fortunate enough to play with an incredible group of players,” said Connolly in a statement.

“Throughout my journey with Dublin, I was lucky to have shared it with an exceptional collection of friends who displayed unwavering support and loyalty to me during my time.

“I would like to thank my club, St Vincent’s GAA and the Dublin county board for giving me the opportunity to represent Dublin from underage to senior level.

“I would like to express my eternal appreciation to the incredibly loyal, passionate and devoted Dublin supporters, who were always there for us, no matter the score. You will always hold a special place in my heart. Thanks for the memories.”

Connolly’s Dublin career, which began in 2007, also saw him winning 10 Leinster medals and four National League titles.

His excellence in the Dublin jersey led to him being regarded by many as the best forward of his generation.

However, he was at the centre of controversy in 2017 when he was handed a 12-week suspension after being found to have pushed a linesman in a Leinster Championship game against Carlow.

Connolly only played 30 minutes of football for Dublin in 2018 before opting to spend most of that summer in Boston.

He was a peripheral figure in the Dublin squad for much of 2019 as he was largely

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Rangers to buy out goalie Henrik Lundqvist, per reports; ends 15-year career in New York

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It’s the end of an era in New York.

Per multiple reports — the first from the New York Post — the Rangers on Wednesday will announce the buyout of goalie Henrik Lundqvist, who has spent the entirety of his sterling 15-year career with the Blueshirts. He will leave as the team’s most accomplished goalie ever, accumulating a 459-310-96 record, 23,509 saves, a 2.43 goals against average and a 91.8 save percentage.

The buyout of the final season of his seven-year, $59.5 million contract will free up $3 million in cap space for the Rangers in of 2020-21, per CapFriendly.com. It will create $1.5 million in dead cap hit the following season. With the move, the Rangers will have $25.7 million in cap space — fourth-most in the NHL — per Spotrac.

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It’s uncertain whether Lundqvist will retire or choose to sift through the free agency market. The 2012 Vezina Trophy winner almost certainly will have suitors, but issues of team fit and cap space will be factors in whether he chooses to retire.

Should Lunqvist retire, he would do so as the sixth-winningest goalie in NHL history. That aptitude helped the Rangers reach the postseason in 11 of Lundqvist’s 15 seasons in New York, including two trips to the Eastern Conference finals and one to the Stanley Cup Final. The only thing missing was the Stanley Cup itself; the closest Lundqvist came to hoisting it came in 2014, when his Rangers lost to the Kings 4-1 in the Stanley Cup Final.

That certainly doesn’t detract from Lundqvist’s storied career, however. He leaves New York with multiple NHL and Rangers records. He is the only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of his first