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Lidstrom will return for a 20th season

June 21, 2011

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Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom agreed to a one-year deal yesterday worth $6.2 million to return to Detroit for his 20th season. Lidstrom, 41, a Norris Trophy finalist as the league’s best defenseman, would tie Doug Harvey’s total and trail Bobby Orr’s record by one if he wins the award for the seventh time this week. Zdeno Chara of the Bruins and Nashville’s Shea Weber are the other finalists . . . The Canadiens re-signed left winger Max Pacioretty to a two-year extension, three months after he suffered a concussion and a fractured vertebra on a hit from Chara. Pacioretty, 22, missed the rest of the regular season and the playoffs . . . The Blue Jackets hired former Wild coach Todd Richards as an assistant.

College Baseball
North Carolina freshman stifles Texas North Carolina freshman lefthander Kent Emanuel pitched the first shutout at the College World Series in five years in a 3-0 victory that eliminated Texas in Omaha. Emanuel (9-1) limited the Longhorns to four singles and a walk while striking out five in his third win of the NCAA Tournament. Jacob Stallings had a two-run single and Ben Bunting finished a four-hit day with an RBI double in the ninth for the Tar Heels. In the nightcap, rain and heavy winds forced suspension of the Florida-Vanderbilt game until today. Florida leads, 3-1, with two outs in the bottom of the sixth . . . A court in the Bahamas dismissed a rape case against Florida International star Garrett Wittels and two friends who were accused of sexually assaulting two American teens after a night of drinking at an island resort. Wittels’ 56-game hitting streak ended this year in the opener against Southeastern Louisiana, leaving him two shy of Robin Ventura’s Division 1 record, and four short of the all-divisions mark set by Damian Costantino of Division 3 Salve Regina from 2001-03.

Rams’ Vobora wins $5.4 million lawsuit A federal judge in St. Louis ordered a Florida supplements company to pay more than $5.4 million to Rams linebacker David Vobora, who sued over what he said was a contaminated supplement that led to a four-game suspension by the NFL for violating its anti-drug policy . . . Broncos defensive end Jason Hunter was struck in the left upper chest by a kitchen knife hurled at him by his girlfriend during an argument April 27 over cellphones, according to a Detroit police report. Hunter told police the woman waved the knife and told him to stay back before throwing it “on accident’’ . . . A trial began in Newport Beach, Calif., for former Patriots and Colts linebacker Eric Naposki and his ex-lover, who are accused of killing a wealthy Southern California businessman in 1994. Prosecutors say Naposki, 44, a UConn product from Greenwich, Conn., was convinced by Nanette Packard to shoot Francis McLaughlin at his home. Packard, prosecutors say, stood to collect $1 million in life insurance from the death.

Kuchar, Johnson lead in Rhode Island Matt Kuchar rolled in a 12-foot putt on the 18th hole to give his team a record-tying 13-under-par 58 and a one-stroke lead over defending champions J.B. Holmes and Rickey Barnes in the best-ball format at the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington. Kuchar, who tied for 14th at the US Open, combined with Zach Johnson (tied for 30th at the US Open) to birdie the first four holes on the back nine for the lead. The lone eagle was recorded by Hall of Famer Juli Inkster, who sank a 10-foot putt on the par-4, 333-yard sixth hole. Kuchar and Johnson tied the tournament’s low one-round score, set in 2001 by the teams of Brad Faxon-Gary Player and Dudley Hart-Tim Herron.

Report: Raptors hire Casey as coach The Toronto Raptors agreed to hire Dwane Casey as coach, according to a report . . . The Denver Nuggets offered contracts to restricted free agents Arron Afflalo, Wilson Chandler, and Gary Forbes, while exercising their fourth-year option on guard Ty Lawson . . . Jack Warner quit as a FIFA vice president, and soccer’s governing body dropped a bribery investigation of him, saying the “presumption of innocence is maintained.’’ Warner and Asian soccer chief Mohamed bin Hammam were suspended by FIFA last month . . . Brazilian soccer club Figueirense said striker Dudu was involved in a car crash in Florianopolis that killed two people over the weekend. Dudu reportedly lost control of his car and crashed into a traffic sign. The car caught on fire and the two passengers who died were trapped inside.