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Vikes poised for Favre's return

Conspicuous absence barely covers it. Sage Rosenfels said he isn't assuming anything when it comes to Favre-a-palooza II. Tarvaris Jackson, however, admitted he has a certain gut feeling about Brett Favre's plans for 2010. "I'm not going to share it," he said. "But I think everybody has their feeling. And I think everybody is pretty much on the same page." Jackson's response drew laughs from a group of reporters Wednesday, but it was right on the mark. Though Favre has yet to make any public declaration about whether he will play again, most NFL observers believe he will return for his 20th season. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Comment

Discord growing in Mets clubhouse?

David Wright took a seat Wednesday night, and while he wasn't specifically critical of Jerry Manuel, he didn't agree with the move. "The important thing is to go out there and win," Wright said. "If he feels (Fernando) Tatis gives us the best chance to do that tonight, I'm all for it." Tuesday night, after Wright went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and made a throwing error that ended a 3-2 loss to Atlanta, Manuel said that he would give Wright a rest. Minutes later, Wright said he did not need or want one. "That could be one of the worst things right now," he said then. "I want to get out there and get the taste out of my mouth." He said Wednesday that he tried briefly to convey that to Manuel. "Of course, I told him that I would rather play, but ultimately it is his decision," Wright said. "You want to play, but I don't fill out the lineup card." (New York Daily News)Comment

Would pay cut send Jackson packing?

Would a pay cut send Phil Jackson packing from L.A.? Here it is, as ridiculous as it might sound asking the guy who has won more championships than any other NBA coach, "Have you been told you will take a salary cut if you return?" "Yes, it's been indicated," Phil said. ... "I'm not going to say down," he said in showing the good sense not to appear as if he was bellyaching being paid something like $5 million. "I'm not going to say down, it's weird to say stuff like that ... it's still a ridiculous salary whatever is." ... If true, he might have six or fewer home games remaining in his Lakers career. One more title. (Los Angeles Times)Comment

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