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Truth & Rumors
Sources: Favre willing to have surgery
Whether Brett Favre and Brad Childress sat on a bench in the back yard of Favre's Mississippi home on Wednesday night and shot the breeze about the quarterback playing for the Vikings is unknown. But Childress reportedly left the Twin Cities on a commercial flight Wednesday and, according to people with knowledge of the situation, the Vikings coach was scheduled to begin meeting with the for-now-retired, record-setting quarterback over dinner. Discussions about Favre wearing a Vikings uniform this fall will continue today, most likely in Hattiesburg. One key topic will be the condition of the partially torn biceps in Favre's throwing arm that derailed his only season as a member of the New York Jets. But a resolution to that situation appears close -- and the sides could reach a deal quickly. Favre, according to NFL sources, is agreeable to undergoing a minor procedure in which surgeons complete the cutting of the tendon. The recovery period would be quick, and Favre would be ready to go long before training camp. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
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Sources: Girardi's job safe
Hal Steinbrenner was in town Tuesday and yesterday and again demonstrated he isn't wired the same way his father is when it comes to reacting to an underachieving baseball team that has cost his family millions in talent. Instead of stopping by the clubhouse to give the Yankees a tongue lashing in the wake of them being 0-for-5 against the Red Sox, Hal focused on ticket issues with staff members. Manager Joe Girardi said he didn't talk with Hal during his stay in The Bronx. At 13-14 after last night's 4-3 loss to the Rays, voices in and out of baseball are wondering if Girardi, who is in the second season of a three-year contract, is safe. According to several organizational sources Girardi's job security isn't an issue. Too many injuries too early in the season and slow starts by CC Sabathia and Mark Teixeira. And he hasn't had cleanup hitter Alex Rodriguez play a game, lost Chien-Ming Wang early and Jorge Posada recently. (New York Post)
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Did Knicks damage Marbury?
Bill Russell believes Stephon Marbury can continue to help the Celtics in the playoffs -- if he's able to get over what the Knicks did to him. "If it's up to the team, he'll have a positive effect," the 75-year-old NBA legend told The Post yesterday at the NBA Store in midtown. "But you don't know how much he's been damaged psychologically playing here." "Here" of course, is with the Knicks, where his rocky tenure came to a disastrous end when it became clear that coach Mike D'Antoni had no intention of playing him and team president Donnie Walsh long refused to buy him out of his $21 million contract. When asked if he thought the point guard indeed had been "damaged psychologically" by the Knicks, Russell said: "He may have been. No matter how strong you are, that kind of stuff that went on this season was so ridiculous." After suiting up in the preseason, Marbury was banished to the bench and later told to stay away from the team before finally being bought out and signing with the Celtics on Feb. 27. "I think what the Knicks did to him, having the whole thing play out in the papers [was wrong]," said Russell. (New York Post)
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Must-See Photo
 
Kobe Bryant displays his passing savvy by dishing the ball behind Yao Ming's back. Bryant's Lakers beat Yao's Rockets 111-98 in Game 2 of the Western semis. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)
 
Must-See Video
Stephen Curry may be turning pro, but he still loves Davidson's food court -- and wants to let us know through the majesty of song. (Head to the 59-second mark for Curry's appearance.)

 
Game To Watch
NBA Playoffs, Round 2, Game 2: Hawks at Cavs, 8:00 p.m. ET
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This Day In Sports History
 
 

SI Vault: More Denver Nuggets
1994 -- The Denver Nuggets become the NBA's first No. 8 seed to beat a No. 1 seed (the Seattle Supersonics) in Round 1.
1992 -- Jockey Angel Cordero retires after winning over 7,000 horse races.
1982 -- Federal jury rules the NFL violated antitrust laws in preventing the Raiders from moving to L.A.
1960 -- Dodgers Larry and Norm Sherry become baseball's 10th brother battery.
1951 -- The International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in the 1952 Olympics.
 
 

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