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Bob Ryan to retire from Globe this year

Longtime columnist will depart after the Olympics

Bob Ryan, an award-winning sports columnist for the Boston Globe, plans to retire after the London Olympics this summer.

“After 43 years and a career of enormous satisfaction, I think it’s time to scale back and step aside,’’ said Ryan. “I’ve accomplished everything I’ve ever dreamed of accomplishing. I’m just ready to step aside.’’

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Ryan, 65, will continue to write for the Globe on a part-time basis following the Olympics.

Ryan, a Boston College graduate, started at the Globe as a summer intern in 1968, and became the Celtics beat writer in October of 1969. He covered a wide range of sports before becoming a full-time columnist in 1989. He is also a frequent guest on ESPN programs.

Ryan is the author of several books, including “Forty-Eight Minutes: A Night in the Life of the NBA,’’ with fellow sportswriter Terry Pluto; “Drive: The Story of My Life,’’ with Larry Bird; and “Wait Till I Make The Show: Baseball in the Minor Leagues.’’

He also co-authored “as told to’’ books about Celtics greats John Havlicek and Bob Cousy.

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