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This Week in Sports :: July 14-18, 2008

Jul 17, 2008

Is Brett Favre coming out of retirement? Has he been secretly been talking to the Minnesota Vikings? We got the answer to the Favre saga as well as all the latest sports news this week!

Favre to Vikings?

In the past month, legendary quarterback Brett Favre has let it be known that he wants to be in an NFL uniform this season. The problem is, Favre probably won't be representing the team he spent his entire 16-year career with, the Green Bay Packers. Favre has accused the Packers of forcing him into retirement - a charge Green Bay officials deny. The former Packer quarterback claims that Green Bay didn't want him on the team anymore. Since then, Favre has asked the Packers to release him from his retirement so he can sign with another team. The saga took a dramatic turn this week as it was reported on Wednesday that the Packers might have accused the Minnesota Vikings of contacting Favre without their permission.

MLB All Star Game

The 79th annual MLB All Star Game was historic on a variety of different levels. Aside from being the last All Star game at the legendary Yankees Stadium, it was also the longest mid-season classic ever! The game lasted 15 innings and four hours and 45 minutes! In the end the home team, the American League prevailed 4-3. The two teams battled back and forth through extra innings, before a sacrifice fly by the AL's Michael Young scored Justin Morneau in the bottom of the 15th inning! Morneau's go ahead run gave the AL the victory over the NL for the 12th straight time! JD Drew of the AL was named game MVP after a 2-4, 2 RBI performance.

Yao's Back!

For the first time since he fractured his foot six months ago, Yao Ming played his first organized basketball game. On Thursday Yao joined the China national team in an Olympic warmup game against Serbia. Yao scored six points in seven minutes in a 96-72 victory. After the injury, many feared Yao might miss the Olympic Games which is held in his home country of China. After rehabbing the foot, Yao returned to light training late last month. Although he is still not at 100 percent, Yao will play in two more exhibition games before the Beijing Olympics start on August 8. China is expected to compete for a medal in men's basketball.

Notes Around the Sports World

  • The Denver Nuggets traded Marcus Camby to the Los Angeles Clippers for a future second round draft pick.
  • After 12 years in the majors, Hideo Nomo retired on Thursday from professional baseball. The 39-year-old Nomo was only the second player from Japan to reach the MLB and was the 1995 Rookie of the Year. He is credited with leading the Japanese rush of players to make the majors. He was released by the Kansas City Royals in April.
  • The New York Mets have continued their hot streak as they have won their last 10 games. As of Friday, their record stands at 52-44, and are tied for first place in the NL East with Philadelphia.
  • Ever dream of winning Olympic gold but lack in the athletic dept.? Play in the Rejected Olympic Games where you can participate in a bunch of fun, nonsensical games like connecting the dots to watermelon chopping. For more info on this unique event head to www.gaiaonline.com/olympics.

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