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Lakers in market for big man
So where will the Lakers turn to now that they have pulled the deals they offered to Lamar Odom off the table? The Lakers could do a sign-and-trade for Odom, or trade another player to get a quality player. The Lakers probably will look for a big man, someone who can play backup power forward and center. Players such as Chris Wilcox, Joe Smith and Drew Gooden fit that mold and are still available, but probably will get the mid-level exception or a portion of it. Stromile Swift, Sean May, Jarron Collins, Sheldon Williams, Mikki Moore, Ike Diogu, Tim Thomas, Juwan Howard and former Laker Chris Mihm could be possibilities for the Lakers. (Los Angeles Times)
Favre: 'Running out of time'
Brett Favre acknowledged he's "running out of time" to decide whether he'll play for the Minnesota Vikings this season. The quarterback told the Associated Press on Wednesday that he will give the Vikings an answer on whether he will play by the July 30 deadline to report to training camp, which begins July 31. Favre's agent, Bus Cook, had no comment on the deadline. Favre has been working out with the Oak Grove High School football team three days a week all summer but added a Sunday workout this week. t sure looked like Favre's arm was fixed Wednesday when a jovial Favre hit a variety of passes to high school and college wide receivers. He was crisp on short timing passes and was hitting receivers in the end zone from about 50 yards away. He attempted a few deep passes off bootlegs and usually hit his targets in stride. (AP)
Most likely Mariners trade
One thing looks certain for the Seattle Mariners as they prepare to embark on the post-All-Star part of the schedule. And that's the fact that, buyers or sellers, the Mariners seem destined to make some trades before the July 31 deadline. Who is most likely to leave town? Well, let's start with Miguel Batista. While Batista isn't exactly a fan favorite at times, he has been a reliable bullpen arm for the team as it coped with the loss of starter Erik Bedard due to injury, not to mention the injury suffered by Shawn Kelley. (Seattle Times)
Must-See Photo
Tiger Woods tees off from the ninth during the opening round of the British Open at Turnberry. (AP)
Must-See Video
One fan pays homage to every AL All-Star's batting stance -- in under a minute.

Game To Watch
Astros at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m ET
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Giants
1993 -- San Francisco outfielder Darren Lewis sets record by playing 267 consecutive errorless games.
1988 -- Carl Lewis runs a wind-assisted 9.78-second 100-m.
1970 -- The Reds spoil the Pirates' debut in Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium.
1960 -- A record 205,000 show up for the Brazil-Uruguay World Cup match.
1944 -- The Dodgers score eight unearned runs against the Braves to win 8-5 and break their 18-game losing streak.


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