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Favre sheds light on football future

NEW YORK (AP) - Quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv) has acknowledged there's a chance he could continue his NFL career this season.

The 39-year-old Favre says he is considering coming out of retirement for a second time, adding that the Minnesota Vikings are the only team he has spoken to about a comeback. He made the statement during the premier of HBO's "Joe Buck Live" tonight, his first public appearance since retiring from the New York Jets in February.

Favre underwent surgery on his right biceps 2 1-2 weeks ago and says the surgeon told him it would take up to five weeks to know if the procedure is a success.

Favre said Vikings coach Brad Childress wanted him to attend Minnesota's recent organized team activities, but he declined.

Taking Rooney Rule a step farther

(AP) - The NFL is broadening its "Rooney Rule" by requiring teams to interview at least one minority candidate when seeking to fill its senior football operations positions.

Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') informed the NFL's 32 member teams of the new requirement, which received strong endorsement at league meetings last month. The change is expected to provide minorities more opportunities to fill each franchise's one senior football post.

The new rule builds on the requirement that applies to head-coaching vacancies that was established seven years ago by an NFL committee led by Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney.

Burress case on hold

NEW YORK (AP) - Former New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress (PLEK'-sih-koh BUR'-ihs) is negotiating with several NFL teams to return to pro football this season after a judge delayed his trial on gun possession charges.

Burress made a brief appearance in court Monday, accompanied by his wife and his lawyer.

Outside court, attorney Benjamin Brafman said it was "inconceivable" that Burress would face trial on the charge before 2010. He says several teams are trying to sign his client.

Lloyd in, Marshall wants out

DENVER (AP) - Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall has told the team's flagship radio network KOA he wants to leave Denver. The station reported that Marshall requested a trade in a meeting Friday with team owner Pat Bowlen.

Marshall walked out of the meeting with several boxes of belongings and didn't speak with reporters.

The team already is preparing for the possibility of Marshall's departure, signing veteran receiver Brandon Lloyd.

Cardinals tight end suspended

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizona Cardinals tight end Ben Patrick has been suspended for four games for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. His agent Kevin Omell said today that Patrick tested positive for the drug Adderall, an amphetamine.

Behm's back with Cowboys

CARROLLTON, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys scouting assistant who was paralyzed from the waist down on May 2 when the team's practice facility collapsed, has attended the start of minicamp.

Rich Behm sat in the pressbox Monday to watch the first practice session of the Cowboys' only mandatory minicamp. He was in a booth with other team scouting officials.

Harangody staying at Notre Dame...Meeks leaving Kentucky

(AP) - Luke Harangody (har-an-GOH'-dee) is giving himself a chance to become Notre Dame's all-time leading scorer and rebounder.

The 6-foot-8 forward has decided to put the NBA draft on hold and return to the Irish for his senior season. He averaged 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds last season, leading the Big East in both categories for the second straight season. He was the league's player of the year in 2008.

In other college basketball news:

Jodie Meeks has decided to leave Kentucky a year early and remain in consideration for the NBA draft. Meeks led the Wildcats in scoring last season and provided 1 of the few highlights of a lackluster campaign when he scored a team-record 54 points against Tennessee.

Wake Forest star Jeff Teague is staying in the NBA draft, ending his college career after just two seasons. Teague was a second-team all-ACC pick who helped the Demon Deacons to a No. 1 ranking in January.

Georgia Tech has learned that Gani Lawal will be back for his junior year. The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 15.1 points and 9.5 rebounds last season.

Gonzaga forward Austin Daye and Texas A&M forward Chinemelu Elonu were among the other notable players who chose to remain draft eligible. Maryland guard Greivis Vasquez will be back at College Park next season.

Coyotes staying put

PHOENIX (AP) - Hamilton, Ontario, will remain a city without an NHL team for at least another year.

A bankruptcy judge has rejected the proposed sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie, who would have moved the team to Hamilton.

In his 21-page ruling the judge concluded that the June 29 deadline imposed by Balsillie did not allow enough time to resolve the many issues raised in the complex case.

The ruling is a victory for the NHL, which had argued Balsillie was using the U.S. Bankruptcy Court to make an end-run around the league's rules regarding team ownership and location.

Minnesota wild hires Sharks' assistant

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Wild have hired San Jose Sharks assistant Todd Richards to be their next head coach.

A person with knowledge of the hire confirmed it to The Associated Press.

Richards spent a season with the Sharks after two years as head coach of Pittsburgh's top farm club. New Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher was an assistant GM for the Penguins at the time.

He's the second coach in the team's nine years. Jacques Lemaire resigned in April.

Penguins honored in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (AP) - Four months after celebrating the Steelers' Super Bowl victory, tens of thousands of people converged on downtown Pittsburgh Monday for another parade of champions. This time, they honored the Stanley Cup champion Penguins, who won their third NHL title Friday with a 2-1 victory over the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7.

Hatcher moving upstairs

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Philadelphia defenseman Derian Hatcher has announced his retirement two weeks after knee replacement surgery. The 37-year-old former Flyers captain joined the coaching staff as player development coach.

Hatcher finished his career with 80 goals and 331 points in 1,045 games for the Minnesota North Stars, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings and the Flyers.

Izzy done for season...Sizemore prognosis very good...Escobar DL'd again

(AP) - Tampa Bay closer Jason Isringhausen (IHZ'-ring-how-zehn) needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

The 36-year-old right-hander tore a ligament in his surgically-repaired right elbow while working the eighth inning of Saturday's win over Washington. The tear was discovered in an MRI today.

Isringhausen was 0-1 with a 2.29 ERA in nine games this year.

Also in major league injury news, All-Star outfielder Grady Sizemore could come off the disabled list and return to the Cleveland Indians' lineup in seven to 10 days. An MRI exam today revealed much of the inflammation in his left elbow has subsided, which will allow him to avoid arthroscopic surgery was an option.

Los Angeles Angels pitcher Kelvim Escobar is heading back to the disabled list and will be used as a reliever once he returns. Escobar already spent time on the 60-day DL with a sore shoulder after missing last season with a torn labrum.

Virginia beats Cal State Fullerton

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - LSU is one win away from reaching the College World Series finals.

The third-seeded Tigers belted three homers and ran their winning streak to 12 games by blasting an SEC rival, whipping Arkansas 9-1.

LSU is off until Friday, when it faces the winner of Wednesday's elimination game between the Razorbacks and Virginia.

The Cavaliers stayed alive by pulling off an upset, knocking out No. 2 seed Cal State Fullerton 7-5.

USGA going back to back at Pinehurst in 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The USGA will hold the U.S. Open and the U.S. Women's Open at Pinehurst No. 2 a week apart in 2014. It will mark the first time they will be on the same course in consecutive weeks.

The U.S. Open was already scheduled for Pinehurst No. 2 in 2014, the third time in 15 years its premier championship has been played on the Donald Ross course in the sandhills of North Carolina. The U.S. Women's Open has been held at Pine Needles, but never at Pinehurst No. 2.

Putting both events a week apart will save the USGA money in setting up the course, building grandstands and erecting concession, media and hospitality tents.

Green has leg amputated

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Champions Tour golfer Ken Green has had his lower right leg amputated because of severe injuries caused by a car accident.

Green's leg was injured in a fatal accident June 8 in east Mississippi that killed his brother and his girlfriend.

Richardson says the golfer will go through rehabilitation and be fitted for a prosthetic limb. He says Green hopes to play golf again and has set a goal of returning to competition.

AP, others sue NCAA, FSU on public records law

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - The Associated Press and other Florida news organizations are suing the NCAA and Florida State University, saying they violated open government laws by not making public correspondence about an academic cheating scandal at the school.

The 21-page lawsuit was filed Monday in Leon County circuit court.

The dispute is over a response the NCAA gave Florida State on its appeal of sanctions resulting from an academic cheating scandal. The school would be stripped of wins in 10 sports, including football. That would seriously hurt Bobby Bowden's bid to become college football's all-time winningest coach.

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