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If only Bill Belichick shared his owner's fondness for Tim Tebow, the former Florida star might still be in New England. Kraft appeared on CBS News' CBS This Morning Tuesday to discuss the recent concussion lawsuit settlement. And while he was there, Charlie Rose also asked the Patriots owner about Tebow's release -- Kraft says he "very much wanted" Tebow to make the team. "I love Tim Tebow and I very much wanted him on the team," Kraft told Rose on CBS This Morning. "If you look at four of the last five years, we've only carried two quarterbacks. And when a cut-down time comes, you need those last three or four positions for depth, and we happen to have, I think, the finest quarterback in the history of the game, and he's not going off the field except by injury." (CBS Sports) Comment
According to none other than Mariano Rivera himself, no pleas from manager Joe Girardi will change the legendary closer's retirement plans. In an ESPN report before Tuesday's come-from-behind Yankee win over Chicago, Girardi was quoted as saying he would talk to Rivera during the offseason, "and make sure (retiring) is really what (Rivera wants) to do." But the 43-year-old Rivera said in blunt terms after earning his 40th save of 2013 that this season is his last. Period. "I already told you guys. I don't want to come back like that again," Rivera said at his locker, after wondering aloud why reporters were circling his locker. "I made my decision. They can do whatever they want. That's fine. I don't tell (Girardi) what to do. But on my behalf, I already made my decision in spring training." (New York Daily News) Comment
The Jay-Z ownership era is over in Brooklyn. [Jay-Z] is selling his minority ownership in the Brookyn Nets to coach Jason Kidd, sources exclusively tell Page Six. We're told Kidd will take over Jay's .067 percent (1/15th of a percent) stake in the team for about $500,000. The move comes as Jay was forced to sell his Nets shares over a conflict of interest after he started a sports agency, Roc Nation, signing clients including Yankee Robinson Cano and Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant. A source told us, "Other owners want to give Jason a part ownership of the team, and urged Jay to sell his shares to him." ... According to reports, Jay helped design the team logos and choose the Nets' stark black-and-white color scheme, and personally appealed to [NBA] officials to drop their objections to it. (New York Post) Comment
David Ortiz and Prince Fielder, two of baseball's largest players, share a laugh at first base during Tuesday's Red Sox-Tigers game. (Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
With the NFL season set to kick off tomorrow, here's a look back at last year's Super Bowl between the Ravens and 49ers.