What the heck are the Packers thinking?

While the Packers and Brett Favre decide their future, Terry Bradshaw is disgusted with Green Bay’s offer to keep the QB retired.

Favre mulling Packers’ offer; reinstatement delayed

Brett Favre’s reinstatement to the NFL was held up again Friday as the three-time MVP mulled getting paid not to play through a marketing deal with the Green Bay Packers that could resolve the standoff over his retirement.

The potential agreement, worth a reported $20 million over 10 years, might end Favre’s bid to return just months after retiring.

Panthers WR Smith sent home after fight (AP)

Carolina Panthers receiver Steve Smith was sent home from training camp Friday after he punched teammate Ken Lucas at practice, leaving the starting cornerback holding an ice pack to his left eye before he was carted to the locker room. Panthers coach John Fox said Smith and Lucas returned to Charlotte, about 80 miles away, after the fight.

US rolls to 120-84 win over Lithuania (AP)

The Americans are headed for Shanghai. They look ready to go right to Beijing. With Kobe Bryant defending the way he did last summer and Dwyane Wade soaring again, the U.S. Olympic basketball team has easily won its first three exhibition games. Two more until they start to count. “I think we’re in pretty good shape defensively,” forward Carmelo Anthony said.

Handicapping the pennant races after deadline

Half the divisions in baseball have been turned on their heads. Kevin Hench tells you what to expect after a crazy deadline day.

Ramirez headed to Dodgers in 3-way deal (AP)

Manny Ramirez is heading west, a summer rental of sorts for the Los Angeles Dodgers following an ugly exodus from Boston. The Dodgers acquired the future Hall of Famer from the exasperated Red Sox on Thursday, giving up two minor leaguers in a stunning three-team trade that sent outfielder Jason Bay from Pittsburgh to Boston.

NCAA to investigate Memphis booster’s phone call

The Memphis basketball program is under NCAA investigation over a booster’s phone call to top recruit Abdul Gaddy’s mother.

Report: Packers to trade Favre to division rival?

Still locked in a standoff with Brett Favre and facing the potential for a major disruption in training camp, the Green Bay Packers apparently are considering trading the three-time MVP to a division rival.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Thursday that Packers officials have had internal discussions about trading Favre to the Minnesota Vikings or Chicago Bears as a “last resort” to resolve the smoldering controversy.