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Thu., Feb. 12, 2009


Here we go again: Favre retires

Brett Favre swears this is the real deal – no more last-minute comebacks.

The 39-year-old quarterback retired again Wednesday and insisted he won’t look back. Well, at least for now.

“I have no reason to wonder why you would be so skeptical,” Favre said Wednesday with a slight chuckle after announcing he was leaving the game after 18 record-setting seasons.

Favre, who retired last March only to return a few months later, kept this goodbye simple – no tearful farewell or jam-packed news conference. He spoke to the New York Jets on Wednesday morning, telling owner Woody Johnson, general manager Mike Tannenbaum and coach Rex Ryan that he was calling it a career.

“I have family and friends who are like, ‘All right, Brett. Is this the real deal?’ ” Favre said during a conference call. “To me, it is. It is. Believe me. It’s been a wonderful career, I couldn’t ask for anything more. It was worth a shot for me to go to New York. I wish I could’ve played better down the stretch. I didn’t.

“It’s time to leave.”


Ex-girlfriend sues Alomar

An ex-girlfriend of Roberto Alomar filed an explosive lawsuit alleging the former baseball star insisted on unprotected sex for four years despite having AIDS.

The lawsuit, filed Jan. 30 and transferred to U.S. District Court on Wednesday, contains accusations that could not be corroborated but portray Alomar as someone who demanded sex without a condom despite showing obvious signs of HIV.

Ilya Dall is seeking at least $15 million in punitive damages from the 41-year-old former infielder.

Alomar, who was once engaged to tennis star Mary Pierce, spent 17 years in the majors and was one of the game’s great second basemen.

“This is a very private, personal matter and I greatly appreciate all the support I have received in the past few days from my family, friends and colleagues in baseball,” Alomar said in a statement. “I am in very good health and I ask that you respect my privacy during this time.”


Yarno, Lappano join Lions staff

Detroit Lions coach Jim Schwartz completed his first coaching staff, which now includes three assistants who played at Washington State and Idaho.

Former Washington State player and assistant George Yarno was named offensive line coach and former Idaho player Tim Lappano will be the tight ends coach. Last season Yarno was an assistant for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lappano was offensive coordinator for the Washington Huskies. Previously, Schwartz had named former Idaho star Scott Linehan offensive coordinator.

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