Brett Favre's friend J.D. Simpson says only the quality of the Vikings roster has kept Favre's meandering through the maze of possibilities. "If this had been a year ago, bang, he'd be in Minnesota right now," Simpson said. "I think this decision is tougher for him than any of them. He really sees Minnesota as a legitimate team that can go all the way. I think in his mind he was retired, but the quality of that team makes this a tough one." Simpson acts as team chaplain for Oak Grove High School, where Favre works with the football team to stay in shape. Oak Grove athletic director and offensive coordinator Tim Heldt said Favre has worked out with the team for four years and become close with many of the coaches and players. (Minneapolis Star Tribune) Comment
Former Red Sox infielder Lou Merloni has caused a bit of a storm lately with comments that the Red Sox taught players how to use steroids. This is a hot topic in Boston because former Red Sox outfielder Manny Ramirez failed a performance-enhancing drug test while with the Dodgers. Merloni, an analyst on Comcast's "The Baseball Show," had this to say Saturday: "I'm in spring training, and I got an 8:30-9:00 meeting in the morning," said Merloni, who was in the Red Sox minor-league system from 1996-97 and played in the big leagues with them from 1998-2002. "And I walk into that office, and this happened while I was with the Boston Red Sox before this last regime, I'm sitting in the meeting. There's a doctor up there and he's talking about steroids, and everyone was like 'Here we go, we're gonna sit here and get the whole thing -- they're bad for you.' No. He spins it and says 'You know what, if you take steroids and sit on the couch all winter long, you can actually get stronger than someone who works out clean, if you're going to take steroids, one cycle won't hurt you, abusing steroids it will.' He sat there for one hour and told us how to properly use steroids while I'm with the Boston Red Sox, sitting there with the rest of the organization, and after this I said 'What the heck was that?' And everybody on the team was like 'What was that?' And the response we got was 'Well, we know guys are taking it, so we want to make sure they're taking it the right way'... Where did that come from? That didn't come from the Players Association." Merloni said he couldn't remember the name of the doctor or what year the meeting took place. Boston's general manager at the time, Dan Duquette, adamantly denied the accusations to Boston.com. (New York Post) Comment
If Eddie Jordan chooses to be the Kings' next coach, indications remain strong his chances are better than the rest. But as the Kings may soon learn, it simply isn't that simple. While the Kings on Monday announced their intention to interview former Seattle and Phoenix coach Paul Westphal, Philadelphia announced its coaching search. And according to numerous league sources, the news that interim coach Tony DiLeo would head to the front office and create another vacancy meant one thing for the Kings: competition. With Jordan believed to be high on the 76ers' list of candidates, the Kings will get the first chance to lure him. Jordan told the Washington Post he will meet with Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof and basketball president Geoff Petrie today and Wednesday. According to a league source, Westphal will follow Jordan and be interviewed in Las Vegas on Wednesday. Where this road leads from there, however, is anybody's guess. While Jordan has publicly voiced his desire to reunite with Petrie in Sacramento -- where he coached from late in the 1996-97 season (6-9) and for the entire 1997-98 campaign (27-55) before he was fired -- he may also have incentive to look long and hard at what the 76ers have to offer. (Sacramento Bee) Comment
An ice girl for the Chicago Blackhawks clears hats off the ice after Patrick Kane scored his third goal of the night in the third period of their 7-5, series-clinching win in Game 6 against the Vancouver Canucks. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
In Game 6 against the Canucks, Patrick Kane records the first Chicago Blackhawks post-season hat trick since Gary Suter in 1994.
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