Friday, August 6
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Brett Favre nearly bit his tongue. Instead of stopping in front of the cameras, Favre hopped into his white Ford F-250 pickup truck. He began to close the door. Then -- you guessed it -- he seemed to change his mind. A reporter asked him if he could ride back to Favre's house in Favre's truck. "I'm not going back there yet," Favre said. "I'm going for a [bike] ride." Was there anything he wanted to say, in the wake of reports that he had told some Vikings teammates at training camp in Mankato, via text, that he was retiring and that the Vikings were prepared to offer him a raise if that would persuade him to return? "No," he said, quietly, shaking his head. "No." Favre started the engine, and, as shutters clicked, he was asked if the Vikings were aware of his intentions. "I talked to them," he said. "They know." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)Comment
In taking his talents to South Beach, LeBron James may also be influencing a "boom in real estate." [Millionaire] Russell Wright and his wife dropped $4.2 million on the penthouse atop the luxury Marquis skyscraper -- three blocks from American Airlines Arena -- the same day LeBron announced his decision. That's the most spent on any downtown apartment so far this year, according to the article. Edgardo Defortuna, head of Fortune International Realty, says the LeBron effect is real but hard to quantify. He says 49 units at Icon Brickell have sold since LeBron's announcement, and July sales for downtown were nearly double the number in June. "I've had friends from South America call and tell me they'll buy an apartment," he says, "but only if I can find them Heat tickets first." (The Plain Dealer)Comment
Joey Votto leads the league in batting, recently held the home run lead, and he's close in the RBI race -- but he may wind up settling for an unusual "Double Crown." It isn't all that rare for a player to win two legs of the Triple Crown. But it's exceptionally rare for a guy to win the two legs Votto has the best shot at -- homers and batting average -- in the same season. Barry Bonds never did it. Willie Mays never did it. Stan Musial never did it. Not in the same year, anyway. In fact, only three men ever did: Ted Williams in 1941, Johnny Mize in 1939 and Babe Ruth in 1924. Good group. Historic group. And Votto is in excellent position to join them. (ESPN.com)Comment
New England quarterback' Tom Brady sprays water from a hose during a rookie hazing at NFL football training camp (AP).
Don't expect to see Kevin Youkilis dancing anytime soon. It was announced yesterday that the Red Sox first baseman will miss the rest of the season with a thumb injury.
Game To Watch
Red Sox at Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
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This Day in Sports
- 1890 -- Cy Young achieved his first major league victory. He would accumulate 511 in his career.
- 1952 -- Satchel Paige, at age 46, became the oldest pitcher to complete a major league baseball game.
- 1981 -- Lee Trevino was disqualified from the PGA Championship in Duluth, GA when he had his scorecard signed by Tom Weiskopf instead of himself.
- 1988 -- Cub reliever Goose Gossage becomes the second player in major league history to record 300 career saves as he retires one batter in a 7-4 victory over the Phillies.