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Huddersfield Giants have been rocked by the news that playmaker Luke Robinson has been forced to retire with immediate effect. Greg Olsen Jersey . The 31-year-old half-back/hooker took the decision to hang up his boots after consulting with specialists in relation to a hip injury.Robinson, who made six appearances for England, has been with the Giants since 2008 when he joined them from Salford. He started his career with Wigan and also had a loan spell at Castleford.He said: In many ways, the decision was taken out of my hands by listening in the cold light of day to what the specialist said. Put simply, my long-term mobility was greatly at risk if I continued to train and play the sport.You never want to hear those sorts of words and it does shock you but after a few days, the message sinks in and you have to do whats right for yourself and your family.I am blessed with a supportive family who have given so much support to me during my career that now is the time to give something back by taking proper advice and ensuring that I can do all the things that parents do with their children and whilst of course its with a heavy heart that I make this announcement, it is the right course of action. Robinson touches down for the Giants My immediate future will be rehabilitation from an operation which the club are fully supporting me through and then we have said well sit down and look at where I can be of benefit to the club. Over these past few years, I have come to regard this as my club and its the only one I want at be at and it is how Ive felt for a good while now.I want to put something back into them and the local community that has been so supportive of my time here but we have said well assess that as and when I am back mobile and able to contribute.Words cannot describe how difficult it was telling the lads of the decision to hang the boots up - especially at the current moment when we are low on numbers - but as I keep saying, I really have no choice. The 31-year-old is keen to find an off-field role that will benefit Huddersfield Giants managing director Richard Thewlis paid tribute to Robinson and said the club would continue to support Robinson through his rehabilitation.Thewlis said: This is a very sad day for all concerned but as he himself says, its one that will allow him to move on to the next chapter of his rugby league career safe and secure physically with every possible support we can give him. Watch Huddersfield Giants in Super League action at home to Wigan Warriors on Friday night, live on Sky Sports 1 HD from 7.30pm.  Or watch for £6.99 without a contract, on NOW TV Also See: Shenton out for season WATCH: Top five tries No recall for Sinfield Set of six Daryl Worley Jersey . -- Kyrie Irvings last-minute 3-pointer helped seal another victory for Cleveland -- and the Cavaliers longest winning streak since LeBron James left. Chris Scott Jersey . - Blake Griffin had 30 points and 12 rebounds, J. http:///...ain-munnerlyn-jersey . Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play. SAN FRANCISCO -- For his second start in the majors, Ty Blachs task was pretty simple: Beat Clayton Kershaw, boost San Franciscos playoff chances.Easy.The rookie left-hander outpitched Kershaw, and the Giants held onto their lead for the last NL wild-card spot going into the final day of the regular season, blanking the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0 Saturday.Anytime you get the chance to go out there in a playoff race and give your team a chance, its a lot of fun, the 25-year-old Blach said. I appreciated the opportunity and tried to make the most of it.The Giants stayed one game ahead of St. Louis for the second NL wild-card slot. The Cardinals beat visiting Pittsburgh 4-3 earlier in the day.Matt Moore will start for the Giants on Sunday, and a win -- or St. Louis loss -- puts them in the playoffs. The New York Mets will host the NL wild-card game on Wednesday night.Were not getting too giddy here, Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. We have work to do.Blach (1-0) earned his first big league victory, pitching eight innings of three-hit ball. He struck out six and walked one, and also got his first two hits.This was the fourth game in the majors for Blach since he made his major league debut in September.Thats one of the best pitching performances Ive seen, with this kid having a month in the major leagues, the stage he was on, whats at stake, who he was going against, Bochy said. He just had great focus and great command. This kid was locked in. Its hard to go pitch a better game than he did today.Sergio Romo pitched a hitless ninth for his fourth save.Kershaw (12-4) gave up three runs, two of them unearned, in seven innings. Angel Pagan homered in the fifth to break a scoreless tie.Kershaw is already set to pitch the opener in the best-of-five Division Series against Washington. The Dodgers loss gave the Nationals home-field advantage in that matchup.Were on a little bit of a slide here, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said following his clubs fourth loss in five games. Today wasnt a good day for the quality of at-bats. Some with the lack off familiarity (with Blach), but even with that I think we gave away a lot of at-bats. Mario Addison Jersey. The Dodgers-Giants result was posted on the videoboard at Nationals Park in the seventh inning while Washington played Miami. It was announced that the Nationals had clinched the home field, and the crowd responded with a standing ovation.One day after gaining national attention for body-slamming a fan who had run onto the field, Pagan hit a 1-1 pitch from Kershaw into the left-field stands. It was Pagans 12th home run of the season and his first off Kershaw in 68 career at-bats.The Dodgers were limited to three singles and got only one runner to second base.Blach got Joc Pederson to ground into an inning-ending double play in the second after the Dodgers put two on, struck out the side looking in the third and retired 11 straight during one stretch.No matter how big the stage is, you have to go out and do the same thing as a pitcher, Blach said. I felt pretty good. We were able to get rolling in the first inning and after the second, with a couple guys on, was able to bounce back and just get into cruise mode from there and execute pitches.Los Angeles third baseman Justin Turner also committed a throwing error in the seventh when the Giants scored a pair of unearned runs off Kershaw.Kershaw retired 12 of the first 13 before Pagans one-out homer leading off the fifth.TRAINERS ROOMGiants: Eduardo Nunez ran on a treadmill but is all but certain to sit out the regular season finale and likely the wild card round of the playoffs. The team is optimistic that the veteran infielder can return if San Francisco gets deeper into the postseason.UP NEXTDodgers: Kenta Maeda (16-10) pitches the finale at AT&T Park on Sunday. The right-hander is unbeaten in three career starts against San Francisco.Giants: Moore (12-12) faces the Dodgers after matching his career-high of 11 strikeouts against Colorado in his previous start. 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