Morning Jolt: Former teammate finds Favre's quest sad

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Former teammate finds Favre's quest sad

Former teammate LeRoy Butler has a different take on Brett Favre. [Butler] told fellow former NFL player Tom Waddle in a radio interview in Chicago today that he pities Favre for his inability to find something else to do with his life. "I actually feel sorry for the guy because he can't do like we do," Butler said. "I've always said, from the day when he cried in front of the media in Wisconsin and retired, the guy is a football player. He's not good at anything else." ... And he says Favre will return to the Vikings, because Favre can't imagine a life without football. "He's a football player," Butler said. "That's the only thing he wants to do and he's going to continue to do that." (

White Sox nearing deal for Jackson

To date unable to land Adam Dunn, the White Sox, according to a report, "are on the verge" of acquiring Diamondbacks pitcher Edwin Jackson for rookie Daniel Hudson and a prospect. ... While the White Sox coveted Dunn, they shifted their focus to a starting pitcher after growing discouraged about their chances of completing a trade with the Nationals, sources say. The Sox need for another starting pitcher arose after right-hander Jake Peavy was lost for the season with a shoulder injury. Hudson, who replaced Peavy, has a 6.32 ERA in three starts and is next scheduled to pitch Friday night against the A's. Jackson threw a no-hitter against the Rays on June 25, but issued eight walks and overall is 6-10 with a 5.16 ERA. (

Haynesworth a model citizen after conditioning fail

For a disgruntled guy who failed a conditioning test that, according to a report, only he had to take, Albert Haynesworth seems to be doing the right things. When told he had failed the test, Haynesworth was "first-class all the way" in accepting the news, according to Redskins coach Mike Shanahan. The coach indicated no harsh words were exchanged. Shanahan maintained that Haynesworth wasn't set up to fail. The coach said all the other Redskins linemen essentially passed the test by participating in offseason workouts. ... Shanahan said Haynesworth will take the test once a day until he passes. If Haynesworth fails, he'll have to spend extra time on the treadmill -- as he did Thursday -- and will continue to be absent from practice. (

Must-See Photo

France's Marion Bartoli prepares to hit a return to Serbia's Ana Ivanovi during the Bank of the West tennis tournament in Stanford, Calif., on Thursday. (AP)

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Terrell Owens arrives at training camp for his first practice with the Bengals.

Game To Watch

Phillies at Nationals, 7:05 p.m. ET, CSN/MASN

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This Day in Sports

  • 1966 -- England captures its first-ever World Cup with a 4-2 victory in extra time before a partisan crowd of 100,000 at Wembley Stadium.
  • 1976 -- California's Bruce Jenner wins the gold medal in the decathlon at the Montreal Olympics with 8,618 points.
  • 2001 -- Lance Armstrong becomes the first American to win the Tour de France three consecutive times.