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Favre considering $20 million offer

The $20 million offer that Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy made to Brett Favre on Wednesday, aimed at making a long-term commitment to him regardless of whether he plays this season, might be enough to keep the quarterback on the sideline. Late Thursday night, ESPNews reported that Favre was seriously considering the offer, which would call for him to make public appearances and engage in various marketing campaigns for the Packers. If Favre takes the offer, it would end weeks of uncertainty and growing dissatisfaction among his many fans and allow him to bow out of a contentious situation gracefully. In turn, it would bail the Packers out of a public relations nightmare they helped create with poor communication with Favre during the off-season.

Way down in Big Air

Skateboarder Jake Brown made a dramatic return to the X Games Big Air mega ramp a year after a terrifying spill, but Bob Burnquist and Danny Way (pictured) provided the real theatrics Thursday. Burnquist won his second consecutive gold medal on his fifth and final run after watching his friend Way, the event's inventor, take two terrible tumbles. Way still finished the competition despite a broken bone in his foot and took silver. Page C-2

NFL legend Brown sues game makers

NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown has filed a lawsuit in New York claiming Sony and video game maker Electronic Arts are using his name and likeness without his permission. The former Cleveland Browns star's lawsuit said the companies sell a game featuring a character who looks like him and wears his No. 32. It doesn't specify which video game, but notes the character is part of the game's All Brown's Team. Brown, 72, seeks unspecified damages and an injunction barring the companies from "taking a free ride on the trade value" of the former running back's name and image. Brown played nine seasons with the Browns, before turning to Hollywood.

Cal State Stanislaus field is taking shape

Workers from Musco installed stadium lights on Thursday as part of the Student Recreation Complex project at Cal State Stanislaus. The $16.1 million project, which includes a student recreation facility, track and soccer field with stadium seating, is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2009. Information on the project and construction updates can be found online at