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Goodell wants Favre, Pack dispute solved

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- NFL commissioner Roger Goodell hopes to have Brett Favre's standoff with the Green Bay Packers resolved by Monday -- even if he has to force the issue.

In an interview with the NFL Network on Saturday, Goodell said, "I think we've gotten to the point where we kind of have to force it."

Favre retired in March but is having second thoughts about playing this season. The team has offered him a marketing agreement reportedly worth $20 million over 10 years, and he presumably would remain retired if he accepts it. But Favre also could be reinstated and show up to Packers camp early next week, perhaps forcing the team to trade him.

• Oakland Raiders receiver Javon Walker reportedly told the team he wanted to retire and offered to return his $11 million signing bonus before being talked out of it by owner Al Davis.

ESPN, citing an unidentified source, reported Saturday that Walker told the team on Thursday of his intentions to retire. Walker has been at practice the past two days and apparently has had a change of heart.

The Raiders had no immediate comment on the report and messages left with Walker and his agent were not immediately returned.

Walker's tenure with the Raiders got off to a rocky start after he signed a six-year, $55 million deal in March that included the $11 million signing bonus.

• PRO BASEBALL -- Willie Randolph is enjoying the good life since being fired as manager of the New York Mets -- beach days, picnics, family reunions.

Don't take that as a sign he's content being out of baseball, though.

"I'd love to manage again, see if I could get back on the wheel again," Randolph said before participating in the final Old-Timers' Day at Yankee Stadium.

Randolph took time out from being a "regular dude" to make his first official appearance at a baseball function since the Mets dismissed him in the middle of the night during a West Coast trip in June.

• OLYMPICS -- Swimmer Jessica Hardy will try to have her possible two-year suspension "reduced substantially" after a failed drug test cost her a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said the 21-year-old sprinter had withdrawn from the team nearly a month after she tested positive for a low level of clenbuterol, a prohibited anabolic agent, at the Olympic trials.

"She accepts the fact that the testing was properly done and the results properly reported," her lawyer, Howard Jacobs, said in a statement released late Friday night.

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