The Minnesota Vikings have reportedly told Brett Favre to decide this week whether he wants to play this season. Coach Brad Childress imposed the deadline on the star quarterback, according to ESPN, which cited two unidentified sources Monday. The Sirius NFL Radio network, however, reported later in the day without citing a source that a deadline is not in place. When Favre, a three-time NFL Most Valuable Player, retired in February for the second time, he blamed a partially torn biceps tendon for his poor play late in the season for the New York Jets. ESPN reported Favre had arthroscopic surgery last month on his ailing right shoulder, but that it hasn't responded.
Redskins: : The team and the Virginia Lottery unveiled a $20 scratch-off ticket featuring the team's logo, taking advantage of a new NFL rule that allows teams to sign licensing deals with state-sponsored lotteries. The ticket has a top prize of $1 million.
Daly falls short at qualifying for U.S. Open; St. Jude next
In his first time competing in America since the PGA Tour lifted his six-month suspension, John Daly managed only four birdies over 36 holes of a U.S. Open qualifier in Germantown, Tenn. He shot 1-over 143 and didn't come close to getting one of 13 spots available in Tennessee. Daly has been awarded a sponsor's exemption for the St. Jude Classic, which starts Thursday.
Nadal having medical tests on knees in Barcelona
Rafael Nadal is having his knees checked by doctors and expects to announce his status for Wimbledon in the coming days. A posting on Nadal's Web site said the reigning Wimbledon champion is in Barcelona for medical tests Monday and today. He is expected to make an announcement by Wednesday. Nadal withdrew from this week's Wimbledon tuneup at Queen's Club in London, citing knee trouble. His 31-match winning streak at the French Open ended with a fourth-round loss. Wimbledon starts June 22.
Wimbledon: : Former No. 1 player Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain received a wild card.
'Rachel' works out; next race might be Mother Goose
Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra has had another workout at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., but the filly's next race is not yet set. Rachel Alexandra worked six furlongs in 1 minute, 13.80 seconds over a fast track with exercise rider Dominic Terry aboard. Last week, the 3-year-old filly went four furlongs in her first workout since winning the Preakness on May 16. Trainer Steve Asmussen says the filly rode beautifully and "seems very happy." Co-owner Jess Jackson has mentioned the Mother Goose Stakes at Belmont on June 27 as the next possible start.
College baseball: : Freshman Taylor Jungmann allowed two hits over six innings and top-seeded Texas earned its first trip to the College World Series since 2005 with a 5-2 win over Texas Christian in Austin. Kevin Keyes homered in the first inning for the Longhorns (46-14-1), who have won six national titles.
College basketball: : An NCAA committee approved a men's rules change intended to clarify block-charge calls. Secondary defenders now must establish position outside the area between the backboard and the front of the rim to draw a charge call. The playing rules oversight panel said in a release that the change was based on surveys, rules forums and the coaches' desire to reduce the amount of contact occurring underneath the basket. ... Kristijan Krajina, a 6-foot-9, 235-pound power forward from Osijek, Croatia, and Blue Ridge School in Virginia, committed to attend Mount St. Mary's this fall. ... LSU forward Tasmin Mitchell withdrew from the NBA draft and will return to the Tigers as a fifth-year senior next season.
Colleges: : Frostburg State, currently a member of the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference, will join the Capital Athletic Conference as a full member for the 2010-11 academic year. Other CAC schools include Salisbury, St. Mary's, Hood and Stevenson. Gallaudet last week announced its withdrawal from the CAC after the 2009-10 academic year.
College soccer: : UMBC hired Kerry Smith as women's assistant coach. Smith spent the past two years at Virginia Military Institute.
Soccer: : Real Madrid has announced the signing of Brazilian star Kaka from AC Milan. Madrid gave no financial details but reports said the Spanish club will pay Milan 65 million euros ($92 million) for the attacking midfielder, making it one of the richest deals in history. The largest previous transfer was set by Zinedine Zidane when he joined Madrid from Juventus for $65 million in 2001.
Auto racing: : Richard Petty Motorsports laid off nine employees and reduced salaries throughout the organization, a byproduct of Chrysler's bankruptcy filing. RPM officials took the measures because of anticipated cutbacks from Dodge, a person familiar with the moves told the Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding RPM's contract with Chrysler.
Broadcasting: : MASN Orioles broadcasters Gary Thorne and Buck Martinez were honored Saturday night at the National Chesapeake Bay Chapter Emmy Awards. Thorne won for best sports play-by-play, and Martinez was honored as the top sports analyst.
NBA: : Spurs forward Fabricio Oberto, 34, who has been bothered by arrhythmia the past few seasons, had a heart procedure and could resume strenuous exercise in about a month.
- From Sun staff and news services