August 04, 2008
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Truth & Rumors
Packers, Vikings talking Favre trade
The Packers welcomed back quarterback Brett Favre from the reserve-retired list Sunday knowing full well that they've already taken the first step toward trading him to the Vikings. An executive in personnel for a National Football League team with close ties to clubs in the NFC North Division told the Journal Sentinel that the Packers called the Vikings on Friday informing them that Favre was available. "They've kind of said through one of their (front-office) guys that if Favre did report they would potentially trade him within the division," the executive said late Sunday afternoon. The source said the conversation between officials from the two bitter rivals was brief. There was no discussion about possible compensation. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel)
Slumping Giambi shaves mustache
The 'stache is gone. Jason Giambi inspired the Yankees faithful with his retro mustache, which he grew in early May to try to snap himself out of a horrific slump. It worked, but only for a time. Giambi, 12-for-66 (.182) since July 3 after going 0-for-3 yesterday, shaved off the mustache after the Yankees' 14-9 win over the Angels. "There's no more hits in it," Giambi said as he boarded the team bus for the team's flight to Dallas. "No more hits."(Newsday)
Who replaces Rice at Rutgers?
For now, a running back-by-committee approach appears to be the plan at Rutgers. But if Kordell Young quickly re-establishes himself following knee surgery, he will probably get the bulk of the carries. The trio of Young, Mason Robinson and Jourdan Brooks gives Rutgers depth and versatility -- something that was lacking last year. Here's the thing: If those three can combine for, say, 1,700 yards, what's the difference if it comes from several players or just one? All Rutgers needs is the threat of a productive running game to set up its explosive passing game. (Newark Star-Ledger)
Must-See Photo
Kansas City's Miguel Olivo is restrained by White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski as Olivo charges the mound in the fifth inning Sunday afternoon in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)
Must-See Video
A few of the Lakers discuss the significance of their tattoos.
Game To Watch
Yankees at Rangers, 8:05 p.m. ET
New York Yankees
Texas Rangers
This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Carl Lewis
1984 -- Carl Lewis wins the 100m gold medal at the Los Angeles summer Olympics.
1949 -- NBL and NBAA merge to become the National Basketball Association.
1945 -- Byron Nelson notches record-setting 18th tournament win in a single season

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