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Press Box: Report: Red Wings' Lidstrom to retire

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Despite still being one of the best defenseman in the NHL 20 years into his career, Nicklas Lidstrom will announce his retirement Thursday, according to the Detroit Free Press.

A press conference is set for Thursday in Joe Louis Arena.

Lidstrom, 42, is one of the all-time hockey greats. He has won four Stanley Cups with Detroit, where he began playing in the 1991-92 season. He's also won seven Norris Trophies, which is awarded annually to the league's top defenseman.

Lidstrom is one of two players, Doug Harvey is the other, to win seven Norris Trophies. Bobby Orr won the award a record eight consecutive times. Lidstrom won as recently as the 2010-11 season.

The native of Sweden has been the Red Wings' captain since 2006.

Lidstrom has 264 goals and 878 assists, and has a +/- total of 450 for his career.

TENNIS

Roger Federer advanced to the third round of the French Open in record-breaking fashion.

In eliminating 92nd-ranked Adrian Ungur in four sets, Federer earned his 234th Grand Slam match victory. That breaks a tie with Jimmy Connors for most career wins at major tournaments in the Open era, which began in 1968.

Federer, a 16-time Grand Slam champion is 234-35 in the sport's top four tournaments. The 2009 French Open champion is heading toward a semifinal match against No. 1 Novak Djokovic, who has won the past three Grand Slam singles titles.

Last year, Djokovic lost to Federer in the French Open semifinals, ending a 43-match winning streak.

NBA

Boston Celtics guard Ray Allen has shifted back to full speed.

One day after considering whether to sit Allen for Game 2 because of an injured ankle, the team changed course and told Allen to return to his normal routine, rather than limiting his off-day activity.

To that end, Allen arrived early for extra shooting on Wednesday.

"That's Ray," Rivers told reporters. "Someone said, 'Should you go another way?' and I said, 'No, you want to give Ray a chance, every game, because you know he's going to do everything it requires.' He's going to give himself a chance and you know that. Ray is a tough, determined individual. He's Ray Allen, because that's what he does. He'll come early and do the same shooting. Ray wants to play well, and he's not going to let injury or anything else be a reason why he doesn't.

"Like I said yesterday, we don't know what the right prescription is for him. We tried it the other way, we told him, 'Don't shoot, don't do anything.' Well, that didn't help him because he's a great shooter. So we told him, 'Just do your routine, and if you feel great, great; if you don't, then we'll do something else.'"
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