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Wednesday September 4, 2013
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Kraft wanted Tebow on the Patriots

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

Not even Girardi can bring back Mo

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

Jay-Z sells ownership stake to Kidd

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

Must-See Photo
Must-See Photo

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)

Must-See Video

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.

This Day in Sports
SI Vault: More Mark Spitz
  • 1972 -- Mark Spitz wins his seventh swimming gold medal at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany, becoming the first Olympian to do so. Spitz set world records in all seven events in which he swam.
  • 1988 -- Following a fight with then-wife Robin Givens, Mike Tyson crashes his silver BMW into a tree near the Catskills, NY.
  • 1993 -- New York pitcher Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians at Yankee Stadium, 4-0. The Michigan native, who was born without a right hand, becomes the first Yankee in a decade to throw a no-no.
  • 2002 -- Led by Manu Ginobili, Argentina defeats the United States, 87-80, in the World Basketball Championships at Indianapolis. It's the first loss for a U.S. team in 59 games since the Americans began sending NBA players to international tournaments in 1992.
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