Web site: Sharapova to miss Olympics (AP)

Maria Sharapova will miss the Beijing Olympics because of a right shoulder injury. The three-time Grand Slam singles champion said on her Web site Thursday that an MRI exam and other medical tests showed she has two small tears in tendons in her shoulder. The right-handed Sharapova pulled out of the WTA tournament in Montreal because of the shoulder on Wednesday night — after winning a nearly…

Angels acquire 1B Teixeira from Braves (AP)

The Los Angeles Angels acquired slugging first baseman Mark Teixeira from the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, a trade that further bolsters the team with the best record in the major leagues. The Angels, with a whopping 11 1/2 -game lead in the AL West and clearly aimed at making a World Series run, sent first baseman Casey Kotchman and minor league pitcher Steve Marek to Atlanta.

Favre faxes reinstatement letter to NFL

Brett Favre has faxed his reinstatement paperwork to the NFL and is awaiting approval from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, league spokesman Randall Liu confirmed Tuesday.

Once Favre is granted reinstatement, a step considered a formality, the Packers will have 24 hours to release the star quarterback or return him to their active roster. Green Bay general manager Ted Thompson has said the team will not release Favre.

ESPN first reported that Favre sent the letter earlier Tuesday.

Forget Favre, there are other great stories

Michael Rosenberg is getting sick of all the Brett Favre nonsense, especially when there are other compelling stories out there.