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Favre asked Jets for release twice
Just spoke to one of my guys and he gave me some behind-the-scenes insight on why the Jets officially released quarterback Brett Favre from the reserve/retired list on Tuesday night. First, following the draft, Favre asked the Jets for his unconditional release for a "second time," I'm told. If you remember, when he retired last February, Favre and his agent, Bus Cook, denied they had asked the Jets for his official release. But now with Mark Sanchez in the fold, Favre figured he could force the Jets' hand and gain his release. Secondly, the Jets didn't want any "Favre drama" hanging over their heads with Sanchez trying to find his way. If Sanchez struggled this summer in training camp, for instance, the club didn't want the specter of a possible return by Favre hanging over their heads. Sure, the Jets didn't have to grant Favre his wish, but they had nothing to gain by holding onto him and trying to get some compensation (he cost them a third-round pick) if a team wanted to sign him. They felt a mid-round draft pick (at best) wasn't worth the headache. Although Favre said in a statement on Tuesday and through his agent again on Wednesday that he has no intention of returning to football next season, his actions -- asking for his release from the Jets twice -- don't jive with his words. (Newark Star-Ledger)
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Spurs interested in McDyess?
November, when the trade came, the Nuggets were excited. So were the Spurs. Denver had obtained Chauncey Billups, and he would turn George Karl into a smart coach again. But also included in the deal with Detroit was Antonio McDyess; from the start, everyone knew the Nuggets and McDyess would agree to a buyout, and McDyess would be free to sign with any team. The Spurs searched for his phone number immediately, and they made contact. According to McDyess' agent, so did 16 other franchises. But no team had a chance, with McDyess intending to return to Detroit, until now. Weighing money and talent and need, the Spurs may not find a better option this summer than McDyess. (San Antonio Express-News)
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Ewing still wants head-coaching job
Magic assistant coach Patrick Ewing said his agent is sending out feelers, but Ewing sounds resigned to the fact he will not land an NBA head-coaching job this offseason. "Nothing so far," Ewing said. "I know the Sacramento job is open after they fired their coach [interim coach Kenny Natt]. I don't know. Seems like in most of those jobs that they are bringing back the coaches they had." Ewing has been an assistant with the Magic for two seasons -- working primarily with all-star Dwight Howard -- and served as an assistant with the Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. He has yet to be granted an interview for a head-coaching job. (Orlando Sentinel)
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Must-See Photo
 
Mariners right fielder Wladimir Balentien makes a diving catch to rob White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin, but Chicago still won the game 6-3. (AP)
 
Must-See Video
Josh Smith throws down on the Heat, helping the Hawks take a 3-2 series lead.
 
Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 1, Game 6: Celtics at Bulls, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT.
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This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More Phillies
1919 -- Phillies beat Brooklyn Dodgers 9-0 in 20 innings.
1971 -- 25th NBA Championship: Milwaukee beats Baltimore Bullets in four games.
1976 -- Muhammad Ali beats Jimmy Young in 15 rounds for heavyweight boxing title.
1990 -- As Mets pitcher David Cone argues a call at first base, two Braves score.
 
 

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