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KU-UNC call Packer's last straw?
Packer, once a relatively non-descript player, made his bones as a college basketball analyst at NBC and CBS because he was smart, quick-witted and informative. As the years passed, however, he grew overbearing, arrogant, condescending, dismissive and petulant. One theory being advanced Monday was that Packer finally went too far during this year's Kansas-North Carolina NCAA semifinal when he declared the game over in the first half. It wasn't viewers he offended, it was network suits. Sure Kansas was up 38-12 at the time; but advertisers, and by extension, network executives don't take kindly to broadcasters who tell viewers there is no reason to watch anymore. Packer should have known better. (Dallas Morning News)
Ravens unlikely to pursue Favre
The Ravens are unlikely to show interest in acquiring retired Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, a team source said. The team is set to hold an open competition among Troy Smith, Kyle Boller and Joe Flacco in training camp. One obstacle facing the Ravens if they were to acquire Favre is salary cap space. The Ravens need to sign most of their draft picks, including No.1 pick Flacco, and they are working on a new contract for Terrell Suggs. (Baltimore Sun)
Posey favors Celtics return
James Posey and Eddie House, key reserves in the Celtics' NBA championship run last season, last night expressed a desire to remain with the team. Posey played down the possibility of returning to Cleveland, his hometown, though an NBA source said the Cavaliers might up the ante in an effort to get a talented player to aid LeBron James. Other teams interested in Posey include Detroit, New Orleans, Washington, and the Lakers. Mark Bartelstein, who represents both Posey and House, hoped to have something in place yesterday, but he said there was nothing new with either client. (Boston Globe)
Must-See Photo
Boston Red Sox's David Ortiz and Manny Ramirez laugh with New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez during batting practice at the Major League Baseball All-Star Home Run Derby at Yankee Stadium. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Must-See Video
"Bizarre Baseball Brawl"

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