May 18, 2009
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Truth & Rumors
Defiant Mayfield may seek legal action
Jeremy Mayfield denied on Saturday that he took a substance that violated NASCAR's substance abuse policy and plans to do whatever he has to, even if that means legal action, to override his indefinite suspension. Mayfield, talking publicly for the first time since the governing body announced the suspension last Saturday at Darlington, denied he took an illegal drug and maintained that his positive test came from combining two over-the-counter Claritin D 24 hours with a prescription drug. "I'm going to move as quickly as I can," Mayfield said from the Lowe's Motor Speedway infield before Saturday night's All-Star race. "Yeah, I'm denying it. Illegal drugs? Yeah, definitely." The 39-year-old driver said he has no plans to go through the rehabilitation process that NASCAR says is necessary for reinstatement into the sport. "Why would I?" Mayfield said. Mayfield under the terms of the suspension was not allowed into the Cup garage. He attended the race as a spectator atop the National Guard hospitality hauler in the infield.(
Agent: No substance to speculation
Coming on the heels of a report that Brett Favre recently sought the advice of a noted surgeon about his battered throwing arm, Favre's agent, Bus Cook couldn't confirm nor deny the report on Saturday, but said "there's absolutely no substance to all the speculation" surrounding the veteran quarterback's un-retirement. Cook did however acknowledge that Favre has changed his mind in the past, and might do so again.(Hattiesburg American)
Sources: Roy has offer to coach Avs
Five weeks after the conclusion of the Avalanche's season, Tony Granato officially still is the head coach. But perhaps not for long. Former Avs star Patrick Roy has been offered Granato's job and is mulling over the offer, according to multiple NHL sources who are close to Roy. The Hall of Fame goalie could not be reached for comment Sunday night, and the Avs had no comment about the possibility of Roy replacing Granato. Granato has not yet been told he's out of a job. Roy, the co-owner, general manager and coach of major-junior hockey's Quebec Remparts, has made no secret of his desire to move into NHL coaching at some point. He met 10 days ago with Avalanche officials to discuss the possibility of rejoining the organization.(Denver Post)
Must-See Photo
Colorado Rockies left fielder Ryan Spilborghs (19) fends off center fielder Dexter Fowler (24) to retire Atlanta Braves' Yunel Escobar in the ninth inning of Monday night's game. (AP)
Must-See Video
Rajon Rondo has plenty of time to show off his house.
Game To Watch
Twins vs. Yankees, 7:05 p.m ET. Yankees seek fourth straight walk-off win.
Minnesota Twins
New York Yankees
This Day In Sports History

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