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PHILADELPHIA -- Brad Lidge, who was perfect as a closer during Philadelphias 2008 World Series championship season, formally retired as a member of the Phillies on Thursday. Dan Girardi Stanley Cup Jersey . Lidge hasnt pitched in the majors since last June with the Washington Nationals. He spent four years with Philadelphia from 2008-11, saving 100 games in that span. "That game and that post-season will forever stand out for me," Lidge said about striking out Tampa Bays Eric Hinske in the World Series clincher. "That memory is still really vivid for me." Lidge was 41 for 41 in the regular season and 7 for 7 in the post-season when the Phillies won the second World Series title in franchise history. The 36-year-old righty was a two-time All-Star during 11 seasons with Houston, Philadelphia and Washington. He had 225 career saves and 18 more in the post-season. Anton Stralman Stanley Cup Jersey . But Bourque, who has missed three games with a lower-body injury, wont be in the lineup when the Habs travel to Buffalo to take on the Sabres on Wednesday. Cedric Paquette Stanley Cup Jersey .C. -- Glenn Howard needed an extra end to move into the Masters Grand Slam of Curling final. http:///...-stanley-cup-jersey/ . As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors point guard with a smattering of MVP chants.ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Jason Jones signed with Detroit this off-season. Willie Young has been on the Lions for a while now. They do have one thing in common, though -- this training camp is a chance for both defensive ends to earn a bigger role for 2013. When Detroit cut veteran Kyle Vanden Bosch and lost Cliff Avril via free agency, the Lions suddenly needed to replace both starting defensive ends from last season. First-round draft pick Ziggy Ansah could fill one of those spots, but the more experienced Jones and Young are competing for playing time as well. Whoever is on the ends of the line will have to produce to prevent offences from gearing up too much against defensive tackles Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley. "Weve got two big guys in the middle who are wreaking havoc and causing a lot of trouble and confusion," Young said. "Its going to be critical that we set solid, strong edges, so those guys can play around in the middle." Avril flourished at times in Detroits defensive scheme. He had 29 sacks over the past three seasons before signing with Seattle. The Lions, meanwhile, nabbed a defensive end from the Seahawks when they signed Jones. After 12 games with Seattle last season -- and no starts -- the 6-foot-5, 276-pound Jones returns to the Detroit area. He is from nearby Southfield and went to Eastern Michigan. "Just coming back in and having the opportunity to start in the NFL is big anywhere," Jones said. "Playing with the guys here right now, I think the skys the limit for us." Jones started 28 games in the 2010 and 2011 seasons with the Tennessee Titans. He has 18 1/2 sacks in his five-year career. Although hes never started, Young played all 16 games last season for the Lions. Now Avril and Vanden Bosch are gone, meaning he could be on the field more this year. "Thats a part of tthe business," Young said. Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup Jerseys. . "Its definitely an opportunity for myself and every defensive end." Jones and Ansah are listed as the starters on Detroits depth chart, with Young and Israel Idonije the top backups. Young was drafted in the seventh round in 2010. "I think that he has skills that fit what we need from that position," coach Jim Schwartz said. "Hes playing with another increase in understanding. Hes a young veteran player now. Hes not a young player anymore." Ansah was taken with the fifth overall pick in this years draft. Detroit is counting on the former Brigham Young standout to develop into a star despite limited experience. He grew up in Ghana, playing soccer and basketball, before playing football for the first time in 2010. Schwartz told reporters not to focus too much on whether Ansah works with the starters or the backups during training camp. "Reps are reps in camps. ... The only guys that are worried about what group people are running with are you guys," Schwartz said. "Our guys are just out there practicin