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Morning Jolt: Charles Barkley wants to be a GM

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Monday, June 14

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Barkley wants to be a GM on his terms

Owners, pick up the phone! The itch to delve into management has increased for [Charles Barkley] and he feels qualified to run his own team. But he has a list of stipulations. Barkley is not going to take over a team that has no intentions of winning. ... "I'm ready to get into management," he said before last night's game. "But it's going to have to be a great situation. I'm not going to give up a great situation for a bad situation. I got a great situation here but I'm ready to be a GM. It's just time for that, but like I said, it's going to have to be under my own terms and I am going to have to have complete control. I ain't going to work for somebody else if I am going to get the blame." (The Boston Globe)Comment

Key to David Wright's resurgence

His power has returned, and his strikeouts are slowing in their rate -- so, after another two home runs Sunday, is David Wright back? "David," Mets hitting coach Howard Johnson said, "is a very unorthodox hitter." ... After hitting a career-low 10 home runs last year, Mr. Wright saw his power return this year???but with a price: He was striking out so frequently that he was on pace to challenge the major-league single-season record. A vital step was missing from his routine at the plate. The machine wasn't functioning properly. "He has to make sure all those things are firing at the right time," Mr. Johnson said. When Mr. Wright is in a slump, "there's no easy fix. There are so many different parts to him. The thing with David is that his timing has to be spot on." (Wall Street Journal)Comment

Rosenfels falling off Vikings' radar

Sage Rosenfels, who for the second day declined comment about the situation, may be a man without a country come late July. While [Brett] Favre sat at his Mississippi home contemplating retirement (wink, wink) this past weekend, Sage Rosenfels appeared to fall behind rookie Joe Webb on the depth chart as the Vikings conducted their three-day minicamp. ... That meant a sixth-round pick out of Alabama-Birmingham (Webb) and an undrafted rookie out of William & Mary (Archer) got more work than a 10-year veteran. Rosenfels' role as a spectator made one wonder if he even will be wearing purple when the Vikings report to training camp in late July. (Minneapolis Star-Tribune)Comment

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