Noon Headlines: Brees Wins Franchise Tag Dispute, and Joey Votto Could Miss All Star Game

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Jun 24, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto (19) talks to first base coach Billy Hatcher (22) after being hit by a pitch during the third inning against the Minnesota Twins at Great American Ball Park. The Twins defeated the Reds 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


Arbitrator Stephen Burbank ruled in favor of Drew Brees that his 2005 franchise tag by the Chargers applied as the first for calculating future franchise tag values. This means that if Brees is again tagged by the Saints next season, not only will he be paid around $23.5 million in 2013, but it will count as his 3rd and last franchise tag.


Reds GM Walt Jocketty said Monday that 1B Joey Votto could miss the All-Star Game as he recovers from an ailing knee injury.


NFL rookies should listen carefully to former wide receiver Michael Irvin’s message.


Colts owner Jim Irsay will donate $10,000 to charity for Irrelevant Week.


A Raiders ticket promotion yields $54,000 for Oakland schools.


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