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Did Favre hire personal trainer?
Latest buzz is that new free-agent QB Brett Favre has hired a personal trainer at home in Mississippi. It will be surprising if Favre isn't with the Vikings in training camp. Why did Favre now want to get released from the Jets? Favre's sudden arrival on the market makes you wonder if that's the reason the Vikings haven't spent much on free agency this year. Maybe they knew something. There could be two motives: wanting to play for the Vikings, who have wanted him for a year, and a $20 million pot of gold. The $20 million isn't a new playing contract. The Vikings probably could sign Favre for about $7 million for the coming season, with about $3 million more available in performance bonuses, such as winning the Super Bowl. The $20 million, remember, is what the Packers, for whom Favre played 16 seasons, offered Favre nearly a year ago to retire from Green Bay. The 10-year marketing deal would have made Favre an ambassador for the franchise. Now that the future hall of famer has been released by the Jets, Favre could have new leverage: Give me the $20 million and I'll stay retired. If not, I'll sign with the Vikings and make life miserable for the Packers. (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
Inside Mavs-Nuggets feud
Moments before the opening tip of the opening game of their opening-round NBA playoff series against New Orleans, Nuggets guard J.R. Smith made a point to run down from his bench to the opposing one to give a hug to Hornets coach Byron Scott, a frequent antagonist during his days with the club. Rest assured there will be no such niceties with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban on Sunday before the start of the Western Conference semifinals. "Naw. I'm not a big fan of his and I think everybody knows that," Smith said after Denver's 107-86 series-clinching win Wednesday. "He's just another thing we have to get by on the way to the championship." Cuban often sits courtside during his team's games, a spot that often turned out to be something akin to center ring when it came to Smith. The duo engaged in a running battle throughout the regular season, culminating in an incident during a Jan. 13 game at the Pepsi Center, when Cuban confronted Smith at halftime over an elbow the player allegedly threw at Dallas' Antoine Wright. (Denver Post)
Rookie's remark irks Redskins veteran
On Sunday, third-round draft choice Kevin Barnes said fellow cornerback Fred Smoot was "getting a little bit older." Smoot, 30, responded to the rookie today. "They come in like that until they go to three days of [minicamp] and [then] they humble," Smoot said. "It don't bother me. I'm going to take him through some things. I haven't seen the guy. I don't even know his name and I love football so that tells you [something]. I know who's going to get drafted where. I didn't know the kid." (Washington Times)
Must-See Photo
A rider makes his way to the track on Friday as workouts continue for the 135th Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. (AP)
Must-See Video
Joakim Noah makes a pivotal steal and dunks on Paul Pierce in the Bulls' thrilling 3OT win.
Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 1, Game 6: Hawks at Heat, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN.
Atlanta Hawks
Miami Heat
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Eagles
1906 -- Phillies' John Lush no-hits Brooklyn Dodgers, 6-0.
1920 -- Brooklyn Dodgers tie Boston Braves, 1-1, in 26 innings.
1940 -- The 1940 Olympics are cancelled.
1969 -- Leonard Tose buys Philadelphia Eagles for $16,155,000.
1992 -- L.A. Dodgers postpone three games due to racial riots over Rodney King.

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