WHAT, NO `BRETT FAVRE PASS'? The three-time Most Valuable Player of the National Football League may not get a Green Bay, Wis., street named after him after all.
The City Council decided on a 7-5 vote Tuesday night to send the proposal to rename part of a street as "Brett Favre Pass" back to committee.
The action came after critics said streets should be named after former government officials, prominent business leaders or war veterans - preferably after they are deceased.
"It's not a good idea to name a street after a living person," Alderman Eugene Schmitz said. "I'm not saying he's not a great football player. But what if he commits a crime?"
"I cannot understand these objections," Alderwoman Darlene Marcelle said. "Brett Favre has given a lot to Green Bay and the area. The work he does alone for the Boys & Girls Club shows that."
CLANCY WITHDRAWS BID: Author Tom Clancy is withdrawing his bid to buy the Minnesota Vikings, according to a newspaper report. But Clancy's main adviser in the purchase, Marc Ganis, disputed the report.
A source close to Clancy told the Saint Paul Pioneer Press that Clancy plans to advise the NFL of his decision Wednesday in a letter to NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue.
The Star Tribune reported Ganis planned to meet with a potential new lead investor in Chicago.
The bid was already in jeopardy when Clancy and Ganis skipped a meeting with the NFL's finance committee Monday in Coral Gables, Fla.
OLE MISS PLAYER DROWNS: A Mississippi football player drowned while he and two companions attempted to retrieve golf balls from a small pond at the Mississippi State University Golf Course in Starkville, Miss.
Joey Embry, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive tackle, was pronounced dead at the scene. The body was recovered after local and state authorities responded to a missing persons call about 1:19 a.m.
Oktibbeha County coroner Michael Hunt said Embry had diabetes and believed Embry may have drowned during a diabetic seizure.
DREW STILL A PHILLY: J.D. Drew, the former Florida State outfielder who was the second overall choice in the 1997 draft, remained property of the Phillies after an arbitrator declined to make him a free agent.
The Phillies retain Drew's negotiating rights through next Monday. If he doesn't sign by 12:01 a.m. EDT Tuesday, he is available to be selected by any team in the 1998 amateur draft, which starts June 2.
Philadelphia, which has the top pick in this year's draft. would not be allowed to re-draft Drew without his consent.
WORLD TEAM CUP: At Duesseldorf, Germany, Sergi Bruguera lost to France's Fabrice Santoro 6-2, 1-6, 6-0, but Spain won the deciding doubles and beat France 2-1 at the $1.9 million World Team Cup.
Spain's Carlos Moya routed Cedric Pioline 6-1, 6-1 in the first singles.
In the second blue group match, Germany downed Slovakia 2-1 as Boris Becker teamed with David Prinosil to win the deciding doubles.
RAIFFEISEN CUP: At St. Poelten, Austria, second-seeded Patrick Rafter of Australia, a finalist last year, lost to Zimbabwe's Byron Black 6-3, 6-4 in the opening round of the Raiffeisen GP.
Top-seed Marcelo Rios of Chile, 1996 winner, defeated Australian Scott Draper 6-1, 6-3; third-seeded Thomas Muster outlasted fellow Austrian Clemens Trimmel 4-6, 6-1, 7-5; and defending champion Marcelo Filippini of Uru-guay eliminated fifth-seeded Guillaume Raoux of France 6-2, 6-2.
Fourth-seeded Andrea Gaudenzi of Italy and sixth-seeded Francisco Clavet of Spain also advanced.
STRASBOURG OPEN: At Strasbourg, France, fifth-seeded Yayuk Basuki of Indonesia was upset by Russian Elena Likhovtseva, 6-1, 7-6 (7-5), while eighth-seeded Henrieta Nagyova of Slo-vakia advanced with a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 victory over South African Mariaan de Swardt in the first round of the Strasbourg Open.
TOUR OF ITALY: At Forte Dei Marmi, Italy, Ukraine's Serguei Gontchar moved into the overall lead in the Tour of Italy, replacing Switzerland's Alex Zuelle, who was delayed by a spill involving four cyclists.
Gontchar, who trailed Zuelle by one second in the standings, crossed the finish line in the third stage 13 seconds ahead.
Italy's Nicola Minali won the 121 1/2-mile stage in four hours, 44 minutes, 34 seconds.