NFL: Patriots to sign Tebow
June 11, 2013 11:00 AM

BOSTON (AP) — Tim Tebow may have a future in the NFL after all.

The New England Patriots seem to think so and plan to sign him today if he passes a physical.

He won’t be a starting quarterback, of course, with Tom Brady on hand in Foxborough. But certainly he’s an intriguing reclamation project — yet another chance for coach Bill Belichick to torture the New York Jets, who failed to find a role for Tebow last season.

• ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills released quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in a move that nudges rookie first-round draft pick EJ Manuel one step closer to winning the starting job. The move was announced a day before Buffalo opens a three-day mandatory minicamp.

Former WR sentenced to jail

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL star Chad Johnson was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail for a probation violation in a domestic violence case by a judge who angrily rejected a no-jail plea deal after Johnson playfully slapped his attorney on the backside in court.

Johnson had reached a deal with prosecutors calling for community service and counseling instead of jail.

Broward County Circuit Judge Kathleen McHugh said she would tack on an additional three months’ probation because Johnson had failed to meet with his probation officer during three previous months.

It was all set until Johnson, when asked by McHugh if he was satisfied with his lawyer Adam Swickle, gave the attorney a light swat on the rear — as football players routinely do on the field. The courtroom erupted in laughter and at that McHugh said she wouldn’t accept the deal because Johnson wasn’t taking the proceedings seriously.

• CINCINNATI (AP) — Court documents show Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones was arrested and jailed on an assault charge after police said he tried to hurt a woman. A police complaint

said Jones is accused of striking the Cincinnati woman shortly before midnight June 5. The police report listed the injury as apparently minor.

Hollins out as Grizzlies’ coach

MEMPHIS (AP) — The Grizzlies decided to part with the winningest coach in the franchise’s history, telling Lionel Hollins they will not be renewing his contract as head coach coming off their first trip to the Western Conference finals.

• DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons hired former 76ers and Trail Blazers coach Maurice Cheeks. Detroit fired Lawrence Frank in April, a day after the once-proud franchise finished 29-53.

Frank was 54-94 in two seasons with the Pistons. Cheeks was 284-286 in the regular season and 5-11 in the playoffs as coach of the 76ers and Trail Blazers.

Three NBA teams fined

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks and two other teams were fined an undisclosed amount by the NBA for tampering.

A league spokesman said a memo was sent to teams informing them of the penalties, but didn’t say which clubs were punished or provide the amount of the fines. However, the Hawks said they were one of them, saying that they “fully understand and respect the NBA’s decision.”

The team recently sent a letter to potential ticket-buyers promoting its chances of signing Chris Paul and Dwight Howard, who will become free agents on July 1.

Teams are not allowed to discuss their interest in players who are under contract to other teams.

• JONESBORO, Ga. (AP) — Former NBA All-Star Daron “Mookie” Blaylock is out of the hospital and in jail, charged with vehicular homicide in a car crash south of Atlanta.

Blaylock is also charged with driving on a suspended license, making an improper lane change and crossing the median in the head-on crash that killed a 43-year-old woman in Jonesboro on May 31. Blaylock is being held without bond.

• NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Kobe Bryant reached a settlement with a New Jersey auction house that allows his mother sell a small amount of his memorabilia, while also getting an apology from his parents, who thanked him for his financial support.

Kenneth Goldin, founder of southern New Jersey-based Goldin Auctions, said Monday that his company and the Los Angeles Lakers star had reached a settlement.

Through a publicist, an attorney for Bryant also confirmed the dispute had been resolved.

Indians’ Perez pleads not guilty

CLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians two-time All-Star closer Chris Perez and his wife pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor possession charges after marijuana was mailed to their home in their dog’s name. The pleas were sent by fax to suburban Rocky River Municipal Court by their attorneys. The faxed pleas included a request that a requirement that the couple appear in person for a June 19 arraignment be dropped.

• TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter slightly increased his baseball activities by fielding grounders hit directly at him. Jeter and injured teammate Eduardo Nunez took grounders on the outfield grass at the Yankees’ minor league complex. Jeter also continued playing catch.

The 13-time All-Star hasn’t played this season after breaking his left ankle in the playoffs last year and having surgery.

• PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Diamondbacks television analyst Mark Grace was released from a Phoenix jail after completing a four-month DUI sentence under a work-release program.

The 48-year-old former first baseman with the Diamondbacks and the Chicago Cubs pleaded guilty on Jan. 31 to felony endangerment and misdemeanor driving under the influence of alcohol.

Oilers hire Eakins as coach

EDMONTON, Alberta — The Edmonton Oilers hired Dallas Eakins as their new coach, replacing the fired Ralph Krueger. Eakins is the fourth coach in the past five seasons for the Oilers, who have not made the playoffs since reaching the Stanley Cup finals in 2006.

The 46-year-old Eakins spent the past four seasons with the AHL’s Toronto Marlies, reaching the Calder Cup final in 2012.

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