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Former Vikes QB Tarkenton rips Favre

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Fran Tarkenton, who has taken some shots at Vikings quarterback Brett Favre in the past, took a few more Thursday during an interview with radio station 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia. "I think the Vikings were clearly the best team," Tarkenton said. "Their offense turned the ball over five times, the Viking offense. But still if (Favre) didn't make that stupid play at the end of the game they would have won the game. I have never seen any quarterback much less, well he is going to be a Hall of Fame quarterback, make plays like that at a critical time." (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)Comment

Minaya: I'm still calling Mets shots

Omar Minaya tried to lay to rest scuttlebutt that he's not calling all the shots in the Mets' baseball operations department, saying on SNY's "Hot Stove" show Thursday night that he has "full autonomy." "Yes, I do," Minaya told host Kevin Burkhardt. "I know there's been some talk about that, but I have full autonomy." He added, "We feel good about working together and we'll continue to work together (in the front office)." (New York Post)Comment

Wizards still in state of flux

The Wizards franchise is left to deal with myriad concerns. As one team insider put it on Thursday, "The worst isn't behind us yet." The foundering team, which many picked in the preseason to be among the conference's best with its $79.2 million payroll, is in desperate need of a makeover and opposing teams are looking to pluck talent from the Wizards' underachieving roster between now and the Feb. 18 trade deadline. And, more than two months after the death of owner Abe Pollin, his family and prospective buyer Ted Leonsis appear at odds over the sale of the team, leaving the future of the franchise in flux. (Washington Post)Comment

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