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Truth & Rumors
Favre hinting at retirement
Four days away from the biggest game of the season, Brett Favre sounded nostalgic, beaten up -- hinting at a possible shoulder injury-- tired and almost resigned to the fact the Jets blew their shot at the playoffs. If the end for Favre isn't Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at Giants Stadium, it may be soon thereafter. Favre said he'll meet with general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Eric Mangini soon after the season because he doesn't want things to drag on and get ugly, as they did last season in Green Bay. Favre talked about how he has had a great career and he's not going to chase ghosts, meaning another shot at the Super Bowl. (Newark Star-Ledger)
Source: Yanks don't regret spree
The Yankees have no regrets about their December spending spree, a source said, despite criticism from other clubs. But their winter pickups may be done, perhaps leaving no room for Andy Pettitte. The Yankees are comfortable with their outlay of $423.5 million on Mark Teixeira, CC Sabathia and A.J. Burnett, the source said, for several reasons. They believe they got the best players on the market and ones that filled true needs. They had massive payroll coming off the books in the form of Jason Giambi, Bobby Abreu, Mike Mussina, Pettitte and Carl Pavano; and even after the three big additions, their 2009 payroll should be slightly below that of 2008. And finally, the Yankees pay a luxury tax that goes to other teams, and are well within baseball rules to spend as they choose. (New York Newsday)
Would Pistons trade Rip for Boozer?
So what's the solution for the Pistons? There are two, and neither is likely to happen. One is another blockbuster trade involving either Richard Hamilton or Allen Iverson, but president Joe Dumars vehemently said recently he will let things play out. But let's say the Jazz get antsy about losing Carlos Boozer without compensation, knowing he's going to opt out of his contract this summer. Wouldn't they consider swapping Boozer for Hamilton? It's not likely to happen, but it's not out of the realm, either. The second potential solution might be less drastic but not any less difficult. (New York Post)
Must-See Photo
Kevin Garnett stretches during yesterday's game at Staples Center. (Noah Graham/Getty Images)
Must-See Video
The Suns bench erupts as Shaquille O'Neal proves he's still a force to be reckoned with.

Game To Watch
Bulls at Heat, 5:00 p.m. ET -- The top two picks of the '08 draft clash in Miami.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Patrick Roy
1908 -- Jack Johnson knocks out Tommy Burns to become the first black heavyweight champion.
1960 -- The Eagles defeat the Packers at Franklin Field for the NFL championship, handing Vince Lombardi the only postseason defeat of his career.
2001 -- Colorado's Patrick Roy becomes the first goalie in NHL history to win 500 games.

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