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The Thursday 13—a rundown of the sports' headlines that moved one writer's needle this week in the world of sports.

1) It may be the week of the Winter Olympics and Valentine's Day, but what's more fun than talking baseball when it's frosty out? Especially when the fifth best pitcher of his generation announces his retirement from the game?

Tom Glavine accepted a position in the Braves front office today, ending his brilliant major league career. Glavine will join Randy Johnson in the hall of fame in five years as first ballot selections, one year after Galvine's long-time teammate Greg Maddux breezes in on his first try.

With Roger Clemens calling it quits after the 2007 season (and promptly going off the reservation), four of the top five pitchers of the last 20 years have called it quits. Only Pedro Martinez still clings to vain hopes of renewed glory.

Glavine will likely be remembered as the second member of the vaunted Braves rotation that led Atlanta to 13 straight division titles in the '90s and '00s, behind Maddux and in front of John Smoltz and, for a time, Steve Avery.

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