– QB Brett Favre has officially filed retirement papers with the NFL, sources tell FOXSports’ Alex Marvez. Favre also filed retirement papers in February of 2009, but this time feels final. After dealing with major injuries, declining play and off-field drama this season, it’d be a complete shock if the third time “retiring” wasn’t the charm. If Favre chose to play, however, his options on the free agent market would probably be limited. With his papers filed, Favre will be eligible for the Hall of Fame in five years, where he’ll be locked in as a first-ballot candidate.
– Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Yankees are nearing a 1-year contract with free agent OF Andruw Jones. Jones will be asked to serve as the Yankees’ fourth outfielder behind starters Brett Gardner, Curtis Granderson and Nick Swisher. He should also see some action at DH when Jorge Posada needs rest. The 33-year-old isn’t what he once was defensively, but he destroyed lefty pitching last season and should do well in limited looks this year.
– Bobcats’ F Tyrus Thomas has been suspended for Monday’s game after intentionally elbowing Hornets’ F Emeka Okafor in the head on Saturday. Charlotte plays four times this week.
– Former WWE and TNA wrestler Sean Morley, best known as “Val Venis” during WWE’s Attitude Era, has launched ScriptDanger.com to raise awareness about the dangers of abusing prescription medication. The site’s mission statement reads:
“The purpose of ScriptDanger.com is to effectively spread the powerful message that prescription drug abuse is a dangerous activity that can and will lead to life destroying addiction and ultimately death. Sean Morley (aka Val Venis) inspires and motivates people to refrain from abusing prescription drugs and provides resources for those who currently need help. Sean speaks to schools, sports teams, church groups, corporations, small and large businesses, and many other organizations around the world.”
The site includes some startling statistics about prescription drug abuse. Between 1995 and 2005, treatment for dependence on prescription drugs grew by more than 300%.