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5 stories, including Nicklas Lidstrom leaves behind legacy

06/01/2012 01:16 EDT | Updated 07/31/2012 05:12 EDT

Detroit Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom is hanging up his skates, the Calgary Flames found their man behind the bench in Bob Hartley, the San Antonio Spurs' 20-game winning streak was snapped and Milos Raonic is sticking around a little longer at Roland Garros. All of that plus more in Thursday's top stories:

1. Four Stanley Cups, seven Norris Trophies, 12 all-star appearances and a plethora of jaw-dropping stats are just part of the legacy Nicklas Lidstrom will be leaving behind. The 42-year-old announced his retirement Thursday, ending a 20-year career and triggering fans to express their well-wishes on Twitter. Lidstrom, a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame, also drew flattering remarks from current and former NHLers in the Twitterverse. But is he the best defenceman ever? Vote here.

2. Old friends are reuniting in Calgary, where general manager Jay Feaster and the Flames announced Bob Hartley will be given the coaching reigns. He's not exactly shying away from the challenge of leading the team back to the playoffs, either. The connection between Feaster and Hartley dates back to the late 1990s with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears, who won a Calder Cup in 1997. Hartley, 51, is also the godfather of Feaster's son Ryan.

3. Sprinter Usain Bolt rebounded from a relatively lacklustre performance in dramatic fashion, running a season-best time of 9.76 seconds to win the Diamond League's stop in Rome. The Jamaican was coming off a less-than-impressive — by his standards — 10.04 in Ostrava, Czech Republic last week. Meanwhile, the Canadian quartet of Dontae Richards-Kwok, Gavin Smellie, Jared Connaughton and Justyn Warner broke through in the men's 4x100-metre relay, taking gold with their fastest time of the year (38.63).

4. Canada's Milos Raonic made sure he'll be sticking around to fight another day on the clay courts at Roland Garros. The hard-serving Thornhill, Ont. native breezed by American Jesse Levine, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2, advancing to the third round at the French Open for the first time on the strength of an average serving speed of 210 kilometres per hour.

5. The Oklahoma City Thunder made sure the San Antonio Spurs wouldn't breeze through the playoffs unbeaten, snapping the Spurs' 20-game win streak with a 102-82 Game 3 victory. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 22 points, while teammate Thabo Sefolosha poured in a post-season career best 19 points and six steals.

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