IN BRIEF

PRO FOOTBALL

Favre rumors rekindled by report of surgery

Brett Favre recently had arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right shoulder, ESPN reported Sunday night, another indication the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player is considering coming out of retirement.

ESPN, citing two anonymous sources, reported Favre had surgery last month to repair the torn biceps tendon that bothered him late last season with the New York Jets. Favre retired in February, but the Jets released him at his request in April — making him a free agent.

According to the report, Favre has thrown on a limited basis since the surgery but isn’t close to 100 percent. A source told ESPN the quarterback wouldn’t return “unless he makes significant progress.”

Minnesota said it would be interested in Favre if he comes out of retirement.

Also: Indianapolis Colts receiver Anthony Gonzalez missed the team’s practice because of an injured right leg.

Coach Jim Caldwell didn’t give details about the injury, which occurred during Saturday’s minicamp practice. Gonzalez stayed on the field after hurting his leg, but he spent the rest of practice stretching it out.

MIXED MARTIAL ARTS

Brown retains title with win over Faber

Mike Brown successfully defended his World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight title with a unanimous decision over Urijah Faber, narrowly hanging on to the belt he took from Faber seven months ago.

Showing no intimidation from a raucous crowd of more than 12,000 in Faber’s hometown of Sacramento, Calif., Brown’s superior ground game and solid defense separated him from Faber on all three judges’ scorecards in his second title defense.

Brown (22-4) took the 145-pound title from Faber (22-3) with a first-round stoppage last year, dramatically ending Faber’s lengthy reign atop the division.

MISCELLANEOUS

Rookie Massey earns NHRA Top Fuel victory

Top Fuel rookie Spencer Massey raced to his first career victory, taking the title in the NHRA Route 66 Nationals in Joliet, Ill., by beating points leader and No. 1 qualifier Antron Brown in the final.

Massey finished in 3.856 seconds at 308.35 mph to edge Brown, whose dragster trailed with a 3.870 at 301.54.

Tony Pedregon (Funny Car), Jeg Coughlin (Pro Stock) and Matt Guidera (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won their respective categories.

Also: Brawn GP’s Jenson Button won the Turkish Grand Prix in Istanbul, Turkey, for his sixth victory in seven Formula One races.

Button overtook pole sitter Sebastian Vettel on the first lap following a mistake by the Red Bull driver and held on for a 6.7-second win over Red Bull’s Mark Webber.

In-Kyung Kim finished with a flourish, sinking birdies on two of her final three holes to capture the State Farm Classic in Springfield, Ill., winning by a stroke over Hall of Famer Se Ri Pak.

Kim fired a 7-under-par 65 to finish at 17-under 271, giving the South Korean her second LPGA Tour victory. In the process, she denied Pak (66) her first win in two years.

Bernhard Langer shot a final-round 67 and cruised to a six-shot victory over Mark O’Meara in the Champions Tour’s Triton Financial Classic in Lakeway, Texas. Langer finished at 15-under 201.

Olympic gold medalist LaShawn Merritt bested his own Hayward Field record by winning the seldom-run 300 meters in 31.30 seconds at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.

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