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Mariucci sheds light on Favre

A Steve Mariucci radio appearance Tuesday may have shed some light on Brett Favre's future, which is made more cloudy by a slow-healing ankle. "He's trying to determine: Is his body telling him something here? Or is he going to be feeling better in due time. He still hasn't made up his mind and the Vikings are not rushing him." ... This isn't good news for the Vikings considering Favre will turn 41 in October and this has almost certainly impacted whatever offseason conditioning he can do. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Comment

White Sox in trouble early

It's not so much about what the White Sox aren't doing, but what the Twins are -- taking control of the division. On the South Side, you can start picking out the coffin, the plot and the pallbearers.Yes, the White Sox are far from flat-lined. Writing off a team three weeks into the regular season is a moronic practice, especially when said team is also the one you boldly predicted would win the Central Division just a month ago. ... Can the Sox fix this and compete in September? Absolutely. Will they be given the opportunity? That's the problem. (Chicago Sun-Times)Comment

Denver's Dantley dilemma

For the Nuggets' head coach, on-the-job training is proving less than ideal. Adrian Dantley has the single most difficult job in this NBA postseason and he knows it. His players know it, as does everybody who plays against his Denver Nuggets. All Dantley is being asked to do is lead a team of headstrong characters with championship aspirations deep into the playoffs while the man best suited to coach them, his boss George Karl, battles throat and neck cancer. Even Coby Karl, George's son who is a reserve guard on the team, said the other night, "If you were going to give an interim coach a team, this one wouldn't be his first choice." (Washington Post)Comment

Must-See Photo

Marlins shortstop Hanley Ramirez throws to first after forcing out Houston Astros' Tommy Manzella. (AP)

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The first Yankee triple play since 1968.

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NBA Playoffs, Game 3: Celtics vs. Heat, 7 p.m. ET

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This Day in Sports

  • 1954 -- The NBA adopts the 24-second shot clock.
  • 1969 -- Jerry West scores 53 points to lead the Los Angeles Lakers over Boston 120-118 in the opening game of the NBA finals.
  • 2007 -- Alex Rodriguez is the first player in major league history to hit 14 homers in the first 18 games of a season.