Leading Off

Holmes wins fourth West race this year

Escalon's Eric Holmes parlayed his fourth pole of the Camping World Series West season into his fourth victory at the Toyota/Bi-Mart Firecracker in Roseburg, Ore. Holmes set a track record of 90.168 mph. After leading the first 98 laps, he suffered a flat right front tire. He climbed back through the 19-car field at Douglas County Speedway and overtook Jason Bowles with seven laps remaining. Holmes extended his points lead, but Modesto's Mike David dropped to third behind Bowles. David didn't finish a race for the first time this season, falling out after 69 laps because of overheating problems.

Packers don't plan on releasing Favre

The Green Bay Packers aren't about to let Brett Favre become a free agent. And while he's now free to return to Green Bay for another season, there's no guarantee he'll be the Packers' starting quarterback if he does. In an interview with The Associated Press, Packers General Manager Ted Thompson and coach Mike McCarthy said Saturday they don't plan to grant Favre the release he's seeking from his contract and are committed to Aaron Rodgers as their starter.

Pelé: Soccer stars are not like 'slaves'

Pelé dismissed a comment by FIFA president Sepp Blatter that soccer players are often bound to teams in a form of "modern slavery." Blatter spoke in response to Cristiano Ronaldo's standoff with Manchester United over a move to Real Madrid, saying players seeking a transfer should be allowed to leave. Blatter told Sky News that "in football, there is too much modern slavery." Said Pelé, a three-time World Cup winner with Brazil: "You are a slave if you work without a contract or you don't get paid. If you have a contract then in any job, you have to finish the contract. I think that when he finishes his contract, then he should be free to go wherever he wants to go."

Fantasy money

Even though many fantasy football leagues offer monetary prizes, bragging rights are often the more cherished prizes. But one league is looking to change that, writes the Los Angeles Times. The Fantasy Football Championship on is offering a first prize of $1 million in a league that costs $125 to join. "Right now, there are millions and millions of people who play fantasy sports, many of them fantasy football, and there's no real championship for all of them to participate in," said Stan Misthios, designer of the game he says "can truly crown a national champion."