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Daily Jolt, June 13: RB Lynch retiring?; Melo choosing free agency?

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Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch ready to retire?

If Marshawn Lynch had been lacking leverage in his quiet quest for a new contract, he may have found some. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday on NFL Total Access, via a source close to Lynch, that the running back told two teammates during the 2013 season that he would consider retiring if the Seahawks won Super Bowl XLVIII. Asked by Rapoport if Lynch would seriously contemplate retirement now that Seattle has a Lombardi Trophy, the source replied, "He could. I could see him walking away." Lynch is a different cat. Having saved his money, it's quite possible he could stand his ground. ... Team sources have explained to Rapoport that they have added [Christine Michael and Robert Turbin] in the draft over the past few years because Lynch's actions are so unpredictable. (NFL.com) Comment

'Melo sticking with plan to become free agent

The clock is ticking down to June 23 -- and, even then, he could return to New York -- but he may already have made up his mind. Carmelo Anthony hasn't wavered from his year-long intent to become a free agent this summer despite Phil Jackson's hopes to keep Anthony under contract through the 2014-15 season. Barring a dramatic change of heart, Anthony will opt out of his contract on July 1 and become an unrestricted free agent, the Daily News has learned. Jackson, the new Knicks' president, revealed two weeks ago that he had suggested to Anthony to "opt in" and postpone his free agency until July 1, 2015, which would give the Knicks added flexibility to pursue another "max" free agent. However, a Knicks source claims that Anthony will stick to his plan to test free agency next month. (New York Daily News) Comment

Rays putting Price on trade block early

Say what you will about the weakness of the AL East or the long baseball season, but things don't seem destined to turn around for the Rays. Naturally, then, this leads to a discussion of David Price. Because while the Rays could entertain offers for veteran position players Ben Zobrist or Matt Joyce or David DeJesus, Price is undoubtedly one of the most intriguing potential players in the summer swap market and would seemingly fetch Tampa Bay its biggest prospect haul. The word is that, at this juncture, the Rays are willing to listen to discussions about Price, because, well, why not? Executive vice president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman has shown a shrewd understanding in the past that players are assets with an expiration date. (MLB.com) Comment

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  • 1948 -- The New York Yankees officially retire Babe Ruth's No. 3 jersey.
  • 1997 -- Steve Kerr's late jumper over the Utah Jazz clinches the Chicago Bulls' fifth NBA title in seven years.
  • 2003 -- Roger Clemens records his 300th win and 4,000th strikeout while leading the New York Yankees to a win over the St. Louis Cardinals.
  • 2012 -- Matt Cain tosses the 22nd perfect game in MLB history and the first ever by a San Francisco Giants pitcher.
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