A rumor was prominent yesterday that the Yankees were pursuing Barry Bonds. But reality was different. The Yanks are not after Bonds or currently stalking any high- profile position player on the trade market. As for Bonds, Brian Cashman said, "We have had no discussions regarding Barry Bonds." The Yankee GM did not want to comment further on the controversial home-run king. But multiple Yankee officials said they would not pursue Bonds because: 1.) He has not played since last season and, at age 44, they did not know what shape he is in and how long his body would endure regular play even as a DH. 2.) They did not want to be involved with an unpopular, disgraced, potentially disruptive player currently under federal indictment. (New York Post) Comment
The Sacramento Kings have expressed interest in acquiring Dallas Mavericks forward/guard Josh Howard in a trade for All-Star forward Ron Artest, but the Mavericks aren't interested, according to an NBA source. The Mavericks reportedly were willing to offer forward Brandon Bass and guard Jerry Stackhouse for Artest. But the Kings wanted Howard included in the deal, halting the discussions. Because the Mavericks won't budge on Howard, a potential trade for Artest is all but dead, the source said.(Dallas Morning News) Comment
Former Oakland Raiders great Tim Brown says Brett Favre should stay retired and that there's "absolutely, positively" no way the star quarterback will return to the Green Bay Packers. "There's no way he's going to be back in that locker room now," Brown said this week. "Absolutely, positively no way. They're just trying to say the right thing, hoping that he comes to his senses." Brown, who retired in 2005 after 16 seasons with the Raiders and one with Tampa Bay and has been an NFL commentator on FSN, said all Favre can do at this point by coming back is damage his legacy.(Los Angeles Times) Comment
Camilo Villegas of Colombia lines up a putt on the 16th green during the first round of the British Open Golf championship on Thursday Thursday. (AP Photo/Jon Super)
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