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Jets players call Favre selfish
The Jets' old quarterback, Brett Favre, is making headlines with speculation about another comeback, which chafes some of his former teammates. To a man, the Jets said they weren't surprised by the latest on Favre, and many wished him well, but there were traces of bitterness. After all, he quit after only one season with the Jets, claiming he was finished with football. Now there's talk of him playing for the Vikings. The media-friendly Kerry Rhodes refused to discuss Favre, saying, "I don't want to get into it." Jerricho Cotchery said, "Before he came to us, the whole thing was he wanted to go to Minnesota. You kind of feel bad if you were the team he settled for." Another player, who requested anonymity, launched this salvo at the future Hall of Famer: "I'm tired of being part of his soap opera. If he really wanted to win a championship, he'd be right here. Let's call it for what it is: He wants to play for Minnesota so he can stick it to Green Bay twice a year. He's just being selfish. I'm not surprised." (New York Daily News)
Sources: Dirk's jailed girlfriend is pregnant
Cristal Taylor, 37, remained jailed Thursday night in Dallas County jail with bail set at $20,000 on the theft of services charge and no bail allowed on the probation violation. She could face an extradition hearing in the coming days. Taylor has a history of financial crimes and numerous identities that dates back at least a decade and spans two states, records and interviews show. How much, if any, Dirk Nowitzki knew about her criminal history is unclear, but there is little doubt they had a close relationship. When reached by phone in St. Louis on Thursday evening, Taylor's mother, Shirley, told The News she did not want to divulge details of the relationship between her daughter and Nowitzki but characterized him as a genuine, intelligent and private person. She said he had met other members of her family. Two local TV stations, KTVT (Channel 11) and WFAA (Channel 8), cited unidentified sources in reporting Thursday that Taylor had been engaged to Nowitzki and is pregnant with his child. Sources who spoke to The News did not, or could not, confirm her pregnancy. "I'm not commenting on that," Nowitzki said, when asked about the reports. Shirley Taylor said she was aware of neither an engagement nor a pregnancy. She said she speaks with her daughter frequently, and has done so several times since the arrest. (Dallas Morning News)
Boras clients linked to steroids
Manny Ramirez is just the latest Major League Baseball player represented by superagent Scott Boras to be linked to performance-enhancing drugs: Barry Bonds: Former Boras client was indicted on perjury and obstruction of justice charges for allegedly lying to BALCO grand jury when he testified that he never knowingly used steroids. Kevin Brown: Mitchell Report says former Yankee pitcher put Boras' headquarters as a return address when he overnighted cash to steroid supplier Kirk Radomski. Eric Gagne: Three days after Boras helps closer land $10 million contract with Milwaukee Brewers, Mitchell Report is released and says Gagne bought human growth hormone in 2004. Scott Schoeneweis: Former Mets reliever received six shipments of steroids from Signature Pharmacy, target of Albany Internet drug investigation. Rick Ankiel: Daily News reported in 2007 that Cardinals' pitcher-turned-outfielder received 12-month supply of human growth hormone from Signature Pharmacy. Ron Villone: Former Yankee pitcher bought three kits of growth hormone from Radomski, according to Mitchell Report. Ivan Rodriguez: Jose Canseco says in his book "Juiced" that he taught All-Star catcher all about steroids when they were teammates in Texas. Gary Sheffield: Former Boras client told BALCO grand jury he unknowingly used steroids. Alex Rodriguez: A-Rod admitted using steroids after Sports Illustrated reported in February that he tested positive during 2003 survey testing. (New York Daily News)
Must-See Photo
The day his suspension was announced, Dodgers fans showed their support for Manny Ramirez(AP)
Must-See Video
In case you tuned out of the Cavs complete destruction of the Hawks early, a look at one incredible no-look pass from LeBron.

Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 2, Game 3: Lakers at Rockets, 9:30 p.m. ET
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Jackie Robinson
1988 -- Mike Tyson crashes his $183,000 Bentley on Varick St in NYC.
1984 -- USSR announces it will not participate in the Summer Olympics in LA.
1970 -- The New York Knicks beat the LA Lakers for the NBA championship.
1947 -- A movement among Card players to protest its 1st meeting with Jackie Robinson and the Dodgers is aborted by a talk from owner Sam Breadon.
1946 -- Red Sox player Johnny Pesky scores six runs in one game.

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