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ESPN: Favre considers return to NFL

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre is considering coming out of retirement, according to an ESPN report.

ESPN's Chris Mortensen said Wednesday that a Packers source told him the 38-year-old Favre told coach Mike McCarthy in the past two weeks that he has the itch to play.

"The Packers have no reaction," team spokesman Jeff Blumb told The Associated Press.

Favre's agent, James 'Bus' Cook, didn't return a message seeking comment. Packers general manager Ted Thompson and McCarthy were on vacation.

Favre retired March 6 after a 17-year career.

• COLLEGE BASEBALL -- The College of Charleston is set to name South Carolina assistant Monte Lee as baseball coach, according to a person close to the Cougars' athletic department.

Lee would replace John Pawlowski, the Cougars' longtime coach hired for a similar position with Auburn of the Southeastern Conference. Lee would likely be introduced on campus Thursday, according to a source who did not wish to be identified since Charleston's announcement had not yet been made.

Lee played outfield for the Cougars from 1996-99 and was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 39th round following his senior year. He's spent the past six seasons on South Carolina's staff and served as recruiting coordinator this past year.

• PRO BASKETBALL -- The SuperSonics will move to Oklahoma City for the 2008-09 season as part of a settlement with the city of Seattle, ending a contentious relationship that resulted in a trial in which the judge was due to issue her ruling.

The settlement calls for Sonics owner Clay Bennett and the Professional Basketball Club LLC to pay up to $75 million to the city in exchange for the immediate termination of the KeyArena lease between the NBA team and the city.

The team's name and colors will be staying in Seattle.

• COLLEGE FOOTBALL -- Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer will earn $2.4 million this season and $3.3 million in 2014, the last year of his new seven-year contract.

His previous contract was worth just over an average $2 million a year through 2013. The raise -- Fulmer's first in three years -- makes his contract worth nearly $3 million a year on average.

The pay increase keeps Fulmer, 57, in the middle of the Southeastern Conference coaching pack when it comes to salaries.

Fulmer, whose overall record now stands at 147-45, took a topsy-turvy 2007 regular season with several tough losses and came out with 10 wins, an SEC Eastern Division title and a win in the Outback Bowl.

• COLLEGE BASKETBALL -- Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl will make an average of $2.3 million annually through his new six-season contract, which ranks him among the best-paid basketball coaches in the country.

Pearl will earn $1.6 million in the 2008-09 season but is also receiving a one-time $250,000 bonus and an upfront retention bonus of $1.5 million this year. His salary will increase incrementally to $2.2 million in the 2013-14 season.

• TRACK AND FIELD -- A former track star from Gaffney who had been scheduled for trial next week on heroin distribution charges instead has opted for a plea hearing Thursday.

Olympic gold medalist Tim Montgomery's plea agreement hearing is set for 2 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Norfolk, according to the court docket. Montgomery previously had pleaded not guilty and requested a jury trial on the charge, which carries a minimum 5-year prison term.

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