A Brett Favre signing with the Minnesota Vikings is expected to be announced in time for the start of the team's single-game ticket sales July 20. The Vikings will play Favre's former team, the Green Bay Packers, Oct. 5 at the Metrodome on Monday night on ESPN. The Vikings are planning to require anyone buying a ticket to that game to also buy a ticket to the Aug. 21 exhibition game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Meanwhile, a little birdie heard that quarterback Brett Favre and wife Deanna last weekend made a $30,000 deposit on a condominium near 50th and France in Edina. (St. Paul Pioneer Press) Comment
According to club sources, the Phillies are scheduled to watch Pedro Martinez throw a bullpen session in the Dominican Republic today. The Phillies are still in an exploratory mode, one source said. In other words, a signing is not imminent, or even likely. The team also has had discussions about veteran free-agent Paul Byrd, who posted a 4.60 ERA in 30 starts for the Indians and Red Sox last season.(Philadelphia Daily News) Comment
"Sugar" Shane Mosley has decided to stop waiting for Manny Pacquiao. The Pomona boxer on Monday told his promoter, Richard Schaefer, to stop attempts to land a fight later this year against the world's top pound-for-pound fighter, who clearly has his sights set on a Nov. 14 fight against Miguel Cotto in Las Vegas. "Shane says he'll be the last man standing, anyway," Schaefer told The Times Monday afternoon. The promoter said Mosley's "marching orders" were for Schaefer to pursue a fight on HBO later this year against a field including another world welterweight champion, Andre Berto, or Paul Williams, Joshua Clottey or Kermit Cintron. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
A reported 80,000 supporters attended Cristiano Ronaldo's official presentation as a new Real Madrid player at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium yetserday in Madrid, Spain. (Victor Carretero/Getty Images)
Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins surprises fans in the parking lot during their Fourth of July tailgates.
1937 -- Cleveland's Earl Averill hits a line drive in the All-Star Game that breaks the toe (and alters the career) of St. Louis pitcher Dizzy Dean. 1985 -- West Germany's Boris Becker, 17, becomes the youngest champion in Wimbledon history with his victory over Kevin Curren in the gentlemen's final. 1990 -- Martina Navratilova wins a record ninth Wimbledon women's singles title.
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