Morning Jolt: Tuesday, June 21

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Jagr approaches Pens about return

If Ryan Smyth reportedly wants back in on Edmonton, why not? One of Pittsburgh's greatest athletes wants to return. Jaromir Jagr has approached the Penguins about resuming his hockey career with his original NHL franchise, multiple sources confirmed to the Tribune-Review on Monday. Jagr's new agent, former player Petr Svoboda, contacted Penguins general manager Ray Shero over the weekend to express his client's intent to play again in the NHL after a three-year stint in the Kontinental Hockey League. Shero didn't return messages seeking comment about Jagr, who can sign before the July 1 free-agent period opens because his previous contract was not with an NHL club. (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review)Comment

Silver lining to losing Pujols

Adam Wainwright, David Freese, Bryan Augenstei and Kyle McClellan have all battled injury this season, but none may compare to the loss of Albert Pujols. No one in the Cardinals' front office would dare say it, nor should they. But if there is a silver lining in the dark clouds of losing the multiple NL Most Valuable Player in the thick of the regular season when you are locked in a tight race for the NL Central Division, it is the fact that everyone gets to see a short test ride without Pujols in the lineup. Management gets to see if their winter gamble to not re-sign baseball's best player to a long-term deal before he tested free agency was a stroke of negotiating genius or a colossal folly that will come back to haunt them. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch)Comment

Big Baby looking for greener pastures

Glen Davis just wants to be Glen Davis, whether that's in Boston remains a significant question. The future of the 6-foot-8 forward, an unrestricted free agent as of July 1, is very much in doubt as a member of the Green team. Several factors will come into play as to whether he re-signs with the C's, among them being his relationship with head coach Doc Rivers. ... When asked on Monday by whether Boston was his first choice, Davis replied, "My choice is what's best for my family and career. That's what I concentrate on. I love being here in Boston. But if it's not going to benefit me and my family, I'll pick up (and play elsewhere). That's my concern. That's the only thing I'm focused on now; my family's well-being and my career as a player ... what situation is going to help Glen Davis be Glen Davis." (

Must-See Photo

Andy Murray began his bid to become the first British man to win Wimbledon since 1936 on Monday with a four-set win over Daniel Gimeno-Traver.

Must-See Video

Sam Amick breaks down Tuesday's important labor negotiations in the NBA.

Game To Watch

Cubs at White Sox, 8:10 p.m. ET, WGN, CSN

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SI Vault: More Gary Player

This Day in Sports

  • 1964 -- The Phillies' Jim Bunning pitches a perfect game, giving him a no-hitter in both leagues.
  • 1965 -- Gary Player claims the U.S. Open to becomes the third man to win all four majors in his career.
  • 2007 -- Peter Wessels, ranked 488th on the ATP Tour, beats top-seeded Tommy Robredo at the Ordina Open.