Quarterback Tim Tebow, a free agent after being cut by the New York Jets last week, was selected as America's most influential athlete, according to a survey released by Forbes.com.
Forbes survey says Tebow
is most influential athlete
Even on the unemployment line, Tim Tebow remains a popular presence.
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The former Jets quarterback, cut by New York last week after one disappointing season and thus a free agent, was selected as America’s most influential athlete, according to a survey released Monday by Forbes.com.
Tebow had the most influence on fans, according to 29 percent of respondents, finishing ahead of ex-Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps (25 percent), superstar sprinter Usain Bolt (23 percent) from Jamaica and New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (22 percent).
Forbes.com used surveys from Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research to determine the winner, and took into account Nielsen’s measurement for a player’s endorsement potential.
The next-closest NFL players were quarterbacks Peyton Manning, who replaced Tebow in Denver last offseason, and Drew Brees, of New Orleans, at 21 percent.
Snyder is a 49er again
The San Francisco 49ers signed guard Adam Snyder to a two-year contract, bringing him back to the franchise after a season with the Arizona Cardinals.
Snyder, 31, was released by the Cardinals last week after starting 14 games for them last season.
Minnesota releases Kluwe
The Vikings released punter Chris Kluwe, bringing an end to his colorful and outspoken eight-season stay in Minnesota.
Kluwe, 31, announced the news on Twitter shortly after meeting with Vikings general manager Rick Spielman.
During his time with the Vikings, Kluwe earned a reputation as one of the most opinionated players in the league. He criticized union leadership during the lockout, wore a patch on his uniform to protest the lack of punters in the Hall of Fame and, most notably, became a vocal supporter of gay rights.
Ex-UCLA player Kluwe was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seahawks in 2005. The Seahawks released him before that season and he went to the Vikings.
Minnesota also released receiver Nicholas Edwards, who played for Eastern Washington last year and was not drafted.
Steelers’ Greene leaves job
Pittsburgh legend Joe Greene, 66, is stepping down from his job as a special assistant for pro and college personnel for Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert.
Defensive lineman Greene earned four Super Bowl rings with Pittsburgh.
Williams, Roddick join
WTT ownership group
Venus Williams and Andy Roddick are part owners of World TeamTennis, co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s.
Officials for WTT, which features male and female pro players, announced Williams and Roddick will join majority owner King and a group of four other part-owners that includes the U.S. Tennis Association.
Williams, 32, is an active player and Roddick, 30, retired from ATP tennis last year.
WTT boss mentions Seattle
as potential expansion site
World TeamTennis has eight teams, but commissioner Ilana Kloss said there are plans to expand to 16 by 2018.
Kloss said WTT is looking at potential teams in markets including Seattle, Chicago, Denver, Toronto, Vancouver, B.C., and Austin, Texas.
FIFA proposes tougher
sanctions on racism
The new FIFA Task Force Against Racism and Discrimination is proposing tougher sanctions against teams whose players, officials or fans are found guilty of racist or discriminatory behavior.
Meanwhile, FIFA has provisionally banned outgoing executive-committee member Chuck Blazer of the United States from all soccer-related activities for 90 days. Blazer, ex-secretary general of CONCACAF, was accused of embezzling at least $21 million by compensating himself with the body’s funds without authorization.
• Forward Thierry Henry of the New York Red Bulls is Major League Soccer’s highest-paid player for the second consecutive season, although his total compensation fell from $5.6 million to $4.35 million this year, according to figures released by the MLS Players Union.
• Kansas athletic officials are reviewing allegations the former AAU basketball coach of guard Ben McLemore received cash payments aimed at steering the standout freshman to a sports agent.
McLemore announced last month he was leaving the Jayhawks to enter the NBA draft. AAU coach Darius Cobb told USA Today he received $10,000 from Rodney Blackstock, the founder and CEO of Hooplife Academy in Greensboro, N.C.
• Boxer Manny Pacquiao (54-5-2) will meet Brandon Rios (31-1-1) in a Nov. 24 welterweight bout in Macau, promoter Bob Arum said.
• Kutusha rider Luca Paolini of Italy won the third stage of the Giro d’Italia cycling race and took the overall lead.
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