Insider: Will Favre have number retired?
Packers exec wants to retire Favre’s number
The Green Bay Packers president says he’d like to see the team retire Brett Favre’s number before the former quarterback gets inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.
A WTMJ-TV report says Packers president Mark Murphy held a recent question-and-answer session on the team’s website. During the session he revealed plans for helping to end a long rift between Favre and the team.
Murphy says Favre will be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He says the team wants to retire his No. 4 prior to that induction.
Murphy says he knows many fans were upset that Favre played for the Minnesota Vikings. But he says as time has passed, wounds have healed and fans have refocused on all the great things Favre did as a Packer.
Former NFL player sues Redskins over knee injury
A former NFL player is suing the Washington Redskins and former assistant coach Gregg Williams, saying a career-ending knee injury is the result of a bounty program where Redskins coaches encouraged players to intentionally injure opponents.
Barrett Green, a linebacker who played for the Detroit Lions and the New York Giants between 2000 and 2005, says a career-ending knee injury during a game on Dec. 5, 2004 was the result of a bounty program and a “unusual, outrageous, and an obvious cheap shot.”
After leaving the Redskins and spending one season with Jacksonville, Williams became defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints in 2009 and was considered the mastermind behind the bounty scandal that led to unprecedented sanctions from the NFL. He was suspended for one year by the league and is now a senior defensive assistant with the Tennessee Titans. The lawsuit also names former Redskins player Robert Royal, the tight end who hit Green.
Rams won’t get dome upgrades, could leave
The organization that runs the Edward Jones Dome has made it official: The facility will not get a publicly funded $700 million upgrade that the St. Louis Rams requested, possibly leaving the city without an NFL team for the second time in almost 30 years.
St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission President Kathleen Ratcliffe informed the Rams of the decision in a letter dated Tuesday.
The outcome was no surprise. After arbitrators ruled in favor of the Rams’ plan over a much more modest CVC proposal, the CVC said in February it was unlikely to implement the plan.
The Rams can now break their lease with the dome after the 2014 season. The team has been noncommittal about its plans, and its offices were closed Friday for the long Fourth of July holiday. A spokesman was unreachable. The former St. Louis Cardinals left for Arizona in 1987.
Froome’s Tour de France bid gaining momentum
Given the way Chris Froome is riding, he could take a big step toward winning the Tour de France on Wednesday.
That’s when Froome gets the chance to extend his lead over the likes of two-time champion Alberto Contador, 2010 winner Andy Schleck and 2011 winner Cadel Evans in the Tour’s first individual time trial, one of his favorite disciplines.
Froome’s rivals are already lagging behind after two punishing days of climbing in the Pyrenees that underlined the British rider’s status as the clear favorite.
Contador is nearly two minutes back but has not given up hope. He says “everyone’s legs are hurting, but if you don’t think you can succeed then you never will. So we have to take a few risks.”
— Associated Press/Staff reports