No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg said that "I haven't heard from the Nationals" since he was drafted, other than receiving a minor league contract -- a technicality that prevents him from becoming a free agent. While the Nationals have not spoken directly to Strasburg, acting general manager Mike Rizzo has been in frequent contact for weeks with Strasburg's agent, Scott Boras, according to Nationals President Stan Kasten. Strasburg seemed a bit perplexed by the lack of communication since the signing deadline is Aug. 17 and many other Nats draft picks are already under contract. (Washington Post) Comment
The longer the Minnesota Vikings take to announce Brett Favre will be their quarterback next season, the more money appears to be the holdup. The Vikings plan to put single game tickets on sale Monday. Favre's agent, Bus Cook, obviously knows that. He also knows if/when Favre's signing is announced, the Vikings will reap boatloads of new cash in ticket and apparel sales. Cook and Favre clearly have enough leverage to extract at least a $10 million deal for the coming season, assuming Favre remains healthy. Ultimately, it's up to owner Zygi Wilf to determine Favre's worth to the Vikings, who certainly are justified in offering an incentive-laden contract. (St. Paul Pioneer Press) Comment
Carlos Boozer doesn't expect to be playing for the Utah Jazz this season. Just two weeks ago, Boozer opted to remain with the Jazz for the final year of his contract. But Boozer told a Chicago radio station Tuesday he expects the Jazz to trade him. "The Jazz told me they want to go in a different direction and I respect their decision," Boozer said Tuesday during an interview with WMVP. "We mutually agreed to work out a trade that was beneficial for them and beneficial for my family and me. So with that being said I'm gonna be traded relatively soon or in good time." (Houston Chronicle) Comment
Talk about a front-row seat. Eager fans grabbed prime real estate along a parking garage fence to watch players arrive for Tuesday's MLB All-Star game in St. Louis. (AP)
If only Roger Clemens and Mike Piazza had settled their on-field dispute this way.
1996 -- After playing 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin moved to third base. 1980 -- Johnny Bench hits his 314th home run as a catcher, breaking Yogi Berra's record. 1973 -- California's Nolan Ryan throws his second no-hitter, beating the Tigers 6-0. 1968 -- The New Jersey Americans become the ABA's New York Nets. 1909 -- Ty Cobb hits two inside-the-park homers in one game.
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