Favre sets deadline to announce plans

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Brett Favre acknowledged he's "running out of time" to decide whether he'll play for the Minnesota Vikings this season.

The quarterback said Wednes-day that he'll give the Vikings an answer on whether he'll play by the July 30 start of training camp. Favre has been working out with the Oak Grove High School football team in Hattiesburg, Miss., three days a week all summer, but added a Sunday workout this week.

"There's two weeks left and I'm doing everything I can," he said. "I'm trying to get everything to where I feel 100 percent when I go in. I can't go in any less. When you're 39 years old, it's hard enough. But it's getting there."

FALCONS: Owner Arthur Blank has agreed to sell minority shares of the team to four investors.

The team did not disclose how much of the franchise the new investors will own, but Blank will continue to hold more than 90 percent of the shares.

PANTHERS: The deadline to strike a long-term deal with defensive end Julius Peppers passed without an agreement.

Pepper will play under a one-year contract worth at least $16.7 million, creating the prospect for another off-season of uncertainty next year.

RAVENS: Linebacker Terrell Suggs signed a six-year, $63 million deal, making him the highest-paid linebacker in NFL history.

BROWNS: Signed running back James Davis , a four-year letterman at Clemson.

COLTS: Finalized an agreement for players to wear an Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance sponsor logo when they open training camp Aug. 3.

LABOR: NFL players swarmed Capitol Hill on Wednesday, asking key lawmakers to take a tough look at team owners' profits as delicate talks begin over how the two sides will divide millions in television revenue.

Players in the lobbying effort included San Francisco 49ers linebacker Takeo Spikes , a former Washington County High School standout.

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