The Green Bay Packers, driven to the brink of desperation in their ongoing spat with Brett Favre, have discussed internally the possibility of trading the quarterback within the NFC North Division. A source close to the situation told the Journal Sentinel on Wednesday that the Packers were considering seeking a deal with one of their division rivals, most probably the Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears, if backed into a corner by the National Football League and public sentiment. On Monday, general manager Ted Thompson said flatly that the Packers would not trade Favre within the division. But having no prospects of trading Favre anywhere else and under increasing pressure from Commissioner Roger Goodell, the Packers are considering doing almost the unthinkable: not only trading Favre, but also to the Vikings, a team that will be their opponent Sept. 8 on opening night at Lambeau Field. (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel) Comment
Billionaire Mark Cuban, who's trying to buy the Cubs, has received a recommendation from an unexpected source: NBA Commissioner David Stern. Cuban, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks, has been fined more than $1.3 million by Stern for criticizing referees. And yet Stern, when asked what he would tell Major League Baseball owners about Cuban, replied in an e-mail, "They should welcome him." Cuban is among five bidders trying to buy the Cubs from Tribune Co., which is selling the franchise, Wrigley Field and a stake in Comcast SportsNet. "Despite what the public perception is, the commissioner and I have a great relationship," Cuban said. "I truly appreciate his support." (Chicago Tribune) Comment
On the eve of the non-waiver trade deadline, the Dodgers and San Diego Padres were in discussions about a potential deal involving pitcher Greg Maddux, according to baseball sources who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the talks. The deadline is 1 p.m. today. The Dodgers acquired the veteran right-hander Maddux at the trade deadline from the Chicago Cubs in 2006 and went on to reach the playoffs. He signed with the Padres as a free agent the next winter. (Los Angeles Times) Comment
Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler dives to snag a line drive by Mariners designated hitter Bryan LaHair in the second inning of Wednesday's game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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Diamondbacks at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET -- Arizona leads L.A. by one game in the NL West.
1981 -- Major League Baseball's second strike ends after 42 days. 1984 -- The U.S. men's gymnastics team wins the gold medal at the Olympics in Los Angeles. 1990 -- The Rangers' Nolan Ryan, 43, beat the Brewers to become the 20th pitcher to win 300 games.
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