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Jets protect Favre from media
The Jets offensive linemen are not the only members of the organization responsible for protecting Brett Favre. Thursday, one notebook covering the Jets approached Favre in the locker room to casually introduce herself and make small talk. Suddenly, according to two sets of eyeballs, Jets PR types interceded to break up the impromptu session, scolding the inquiring mind for daring to approach the quarterback. While their reaction is reminiscent of the Secret Service swooping in to protect the President, it should come as no surprise. When Favre arrived at Jets camp, a rule was immediately set: He would give no one-on-one interviews. (New York Daily News)
Hal Steinbrenner: Yanks not done
Hal Steinbrenner's impromptu meetings with Joe Girardi and Brian Cashman added another body last Friday at Yankee Stadium. Wanting to make sure the players understood the front office still believed in the players and interested in hearing another voice, Steinbrenner invited captain Derek Jeter into Girardi's office for the first time this season. "I wanted to let him know that ownership believes and is optimistic," Steinbrenner told The Post from Tampa yesterday. "It was kept that simple. I wanted him to know that was the case." The message from George Steinbrenner's youngest son came three days after his older brother, Hank, explained injuries have cost the Yankees this year and turned his eyes toward 2009. (New York Post)
Bogat's injury worries Bucks
Andrew Bogut, limping heavily toward Australia's locker room, said he feared the worst. "I think it's a ligament," Bogut said. Halfway around the world, the Milwaukee Bucks were holding their collective breath. Bogut was to undergo an MRI today to determine the severity of an ankle injury he suffered during Australia's 116-85 loss to the United States in the men's basketball quarterfinals at the Olympic Games on Wednesday night. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
Must-See Photo
Japan's team celebrates winning the gold medal against the U.S. by tossing coach Haruka Saito in the air. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Must-See Video
Reggie Bush scores an impressive TD.

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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Dwight Gooden
1950 -- Althea Gibson becomes 1st black competetor in natl tennis competition.
1965 -- Dodgers pitcher Juan Marachal hits Giants catcher John Roseboro on the head with his bat causing a 14-minute brawl.
1984 -- Mets pitcher Dwight Gooden becomes 11th rookie to strikeout 200.

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