The Ravens have been mentioned by some national publications and Web sites as a potential alternative if the Packers tell Brett Favre to stay retired. They lost Steve McNair to retirement and are faced with some difficult choices as they prepare to open training camp. Favre, theoretically, would give them an elite short-term quarterback and serve as a perfect mentor for QB-in-waiting Joe Flacco. The Ravens have legitimate concerns about the viability of Kyle Boller and Troy Smith, but they have installed a new coach and a new offensive coordinator and appear to be in the midst of a dynamic transition that could be sidetracked if the team gave into the temptation to go for a quick fix behind center. (Baltimore Sun) Comment
Paul Pierce knows all about monumental turnarounds. The year before they won the NBA title, the Celtics won just 24 games. So the NBA Finals MVP knows one move that would help the Knicks rebuild from the rubble of the Isiah Thomas Era - dump Stephon Marbury. "He makes the biggest contract and he's one of the oldest players on the team," Pierce said yesterday while signing collectibles at Steiner Sports offices in New Rochelle. "That doesn't really fit into a rebuilding plan, just to be honest. "I'd try to trade him or buy him out at this point," added Pierce. "I just think he needs a fresh start somewhere else. Marbury needs to be on a veteran team where he fits into what they're trying to do a little bit more." (N.Y. Daily News) Comment
Dodgers owner Frank McCourt won't discuss the future of general manager Ned Colletti, saying, "I think it would be unfair to point fingers, it doesn't do anybody any good." But after two years of bad luck and bad decisions, Colletti's shaky tenure was clearly rattled again this week with a story that spoke of either chaos or subterfuge. In a report in the Daily News, sources told veteran scribe Tony Jackson that McCourt had killed a proposed deal for Cleveland Indians pitcher CC Sabathia because of money concerns. McCourt was initially angry because, after funding baseball's seventh-highest payroll at about $118 million, how could he be accused of pinching pennies? But the bigger issue is, who would have given that information to Jackson in the first place? If it came from within the organization, which is likely, then either somebody is trying to embarrass Colletti or embarrass McCourt. (L.A. Times) Comment
Spectators Curtis Broadbent, left, and Stephanie Broadbent dance in mud during the second day of the second annual Rocklahoma music festival in Pryor, Okla. (Aram Boghosian/AP)
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