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Truth & Rumors
Source: Favre not talking trade
According to a source with knowledge of the trade talks, Brett Favre has refused to speak to any of the teams the Packers have identified as possible trade partners, making it unlikely one of those teams would risk giving away a draft pick or a player for someone who might retire again if he doesn't like the trade. If the Packers can't find a trading partner willing to meet their demands and Favre follows through on his decision to return to the NFL, the future Hall of Fame quarterback could be in a green and gold uniform Friday playing backup to Aaron Rodgers. That's something neither side wants, but it would be the next stage in the game of dare that Favre and the Packers are playing. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
All quiet on trade front for Dunn
Adam Dunn is the man without a rumor. The Reds would deal him, but none of the teams out there looking for outfield help seem to be interested, and it's one of the more confounding aspects of this year's deadline. Dunn is 28 years old. He's on track for a fifth straight 40-homer season. His on-base percentage is .386, which would be the highest on the Angels, White Sox, Tigers, Brewers, Marlins and Rays and the second-highest on the Mets. Negatives include his astronomical strikeout totals and the perception (articulated last month publicly and somewhat embarrassingly by Toronto GM J.P. Ricciardi) that Dunn is a soft, unmotivated player who doesn't come through in the clutch. (Newark Star-Ledger)
Rush Limbaugh an NFL owner?
Talk-radio host Rush Limbaugh said if the St. Louis Rams came up for sale, he might be interested in buying the team. Limbaugh, who is from Cape Girardeau, Mo., told KMOX radio in St. Louis that NFL ownership is a "billionaire's club." He said he's not part of that club but is in good financial shape. Limbaugh said any move he makes would be a business decision, and not based on his ties to the region. (Palm Beach Post)
Must-See Photo
Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva reacts after breaking her own world record in the pole vault by clearing 16½ feet at the Herculis Super Grand Prix meet in Monte Carlo, Monaco, on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)
Must-See Video
Adam Jones and Deion Sanders have a deal for you.

Game To Watch
Angels at Red Sox, 7:05 p.m. ET -- Mark Teixeira is expected to make his Angels debut.
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More George Steinbrenner
1980 -- Astros ace J.R. Richard, the NL starter in that year's All-Star Game, suffered a career-ending stroke during a workout at the Astrodome.
1988 -- The Reds' John Franco sets a record with 13 saves in one month.
1990 -- Commissioner Fay Vincent banned George Steinbrenner from running the Yankees after the Boss paid gambler Howard Spira for dirt on Dave Winfield.

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