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Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek wipes a tear while announcing his retirement Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla. The 39-year-old team captain says "the hardest thing to do is walk away from your teammates" after 15 seasons. (Associated Press)

Boston Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek wipes a tear while announcing his retirement Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla. The 39-year-old team captain says "the hardest thing to do is walk away from your teammates" after 15 seasons. (Associated Press)

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The biggest villains in sports

Ray Rice is just the latest famous athlete to draw the ire of the American public. Sports stars haven’t always acted as role models — both on and off the field.