Morning Jolt: Favre to make decision by Friday?

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Favre to decide by Friday?
If Brett Favre were deciding upon a 19th NFL season that involved a venue closer to his Hattiesburg, Miss., home -- say New Orleans -- the answer would already be yes. If there was a regular-season game to be played in two weeks, his answer would already be yes. Minus those deal-makers, Favre is mulling the potential deal-breakers. He thinks his body -- and specifically his arm -- can withstand season-long exertion. He questions whether he wants to endure the toil of a training camp, a preseason, and all of the mandatory NFL minutiae. Ultimately, the Minnesota Vikings expect the answer to be yes. And those closest to Favre do, too. They expect that he will provide his answer well before the July 30 deadline he recently offered. They expect that he will reveal his decision by Friday. (
Sources: Minaya's job not so safe
Omar Minaya and Jerry Manuel received votes of confidence from chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon two weeks ago, the GM said Monday night, after joining the Mets in Washington to watch a 6-2 victory against the Nationals. Still, sources have indicated to the Daily News that Wilpon's view of Minaya clearly has shifted. A source recently told The News that Minaya's three-year extension, which runs through 2012 and is believed to be annually worth $1.1 million, would not be an impediment to jettisoning the GM after the season. (New York Daily News)
T-Wolves closer to securing Rubio?
Confronting the Ricky Rubio contract snarl head on in Spain this week, Timberwolves president David Kahn shed three veteran players and their contracts Monday, trading Mark Madsen, Craig Smith and Sebastian Telfair to the Los Angeles Clippers for 29-year-old swingman Quentin Richardson. Kahn explained the deal was more about creating roster and salary cap flexibility than getting Richardson, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard who comes to Minnesota three days after the Clippers acquired him from Memphis. He also cautioned it was "not a precursor of any sort" to an imminent buyout of Rubio's contract with DKV Joventut in Spain.(St. Paul Pioneer Press)
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Pittsburgh Pirates' Jack Wilson, Freddy Sanchez, Delwyn Young, Garrett Jones and Andrew McCutchen celebrate after the Pirates defeated the Brewers 8-5 on Monday. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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This Day In Sports History

SI Vault: More Arnold Palmer
1968 -- Arnold Palmer becomes the first golfer to make a million dollars in career earnings after he tied for second place at the PGA Championship.
1975 -- Mets infielder Joe Torre becomes the first player in NL history to hit into straight four double plays in one game.
2006 -- Going deep in the third inning, Yankees 3B Alex Rodriguez collects his 2,000th career hit and at the same time becomes the youngest player to reach 450 home run plateau.
2008 -- Randy Johnson becomes the first major leaguer to collect 2,000 strikeouts for two different teams.

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