Thursday's Sports in Brief

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NEW YORK (AP) -- A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that quarterback Tim Tebow, acquired from Denver on Wednesday, must sign a rewritten contract because of a technicality before he can officially join the Jets.

That issue keeps Tebow on Denver's salary cap for 24 hours after he signs the new deal, according to the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the reason for the delay hadn't been announced by the Jets.

ESPN first reported the contract issue.

Tebow arrived at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J., but the Jets won't officially introduce him until Monday because of the delay.

The initial trade between the teams first hit a snag because of another contract issue before they completed it eight hours later.

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Senate wants to grill the NFL about bounties. And the NBA, NHL, NCAA and Major League Baseball are invited, too.

Sen. Dick Durbin is setting up a Judiciary Committee hearing about bounties in professional football and other major sports in the wake of news that New Orleans Saints players received extra cash for hits that hurt particular opponents.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) -- The Broncos lured two key free agents to Denver, including cornerback Tracy Porter, who picked off one of Peyton Manning's passes in the New Orleans Saints' win over the Indianapolis Colts in the Super Bowl three years ago.

Free agent receiver Andre Caldwell also signed with the Broncos 48 hours after Manning's arrival.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) -- The Chicago Bears agreed to a four-year contract with running back Michael Bush.

Bush will join Matt Forte, who got a franchise tag from the Bears, in Chicago's backfield.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) -- The 49ers signed Ted Ginn Jr. to a one-year deal hours after officially announcing the addition of Mario Manningham with a two-year contract. The team later announced it signed quarterback Josh Johnson to a two-year deal to back up Alex Smith.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Jacksonville Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey insists he wanted quarterback Tim Tebow.

Speaking before a fan event, Mularkey indicated that reports saying otherwise were false.

"Don't believe everything you hear or read in the media," he said.

There were reports that Jacksonville's front office and coaching staff didn't really want Tebow. Owner Shahid Khan certainly did, telling general manager Gene Smith to explore a trade for the quarterback.

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) -- Andrew Luck smiled, joked with teammates and looked more comfortable than anybody on a jam-packed Stanford practice field for the school's pro day.

Projected to go No. 1 overall to the Indianapolis Colts in the NFL draft, Luck relished the spotlight as one of a dozen former Cardinal players trying to impress more than 125 league scouts and executives.

Luck completed 46 of 50 passes, with three of the incompletions drops by his receivers, including a perfect 70-yard-plus spiral that Chris Owusu mishandled in the end zone -- the final pass of the day, requested by scouts to test Luck's arm strength.

MARCO ISLAND, Fla. (AP) -- DeMaurice Smith was re-elected NFL Players Association chief executive without opposition.

Smith gets a second three-year term after guiding the players through last year's lockout to a new collective bargaining agreement with the league.

GOLF

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Charlie Wi and Tiger Woods both felt a lot better walking off the golf course compared with their last rounds.

Coming off a final round at Innisbrook in which he made a 13 on one hole, Wi had a 6-under 66 for a share of the lead with Jason Dufner in the Arnold Palmer Invitational.

Woods shot a 69 in his first PGA Tour round since he was driven away in a golf cart after withdrawing in the middle of the final round at Doral with soreness and swelling in his left Achilles tendon.

CARLSBAD, Calif. (AP) -- Top-ranked Yani Tseng shot a 5-under 67 for a share of the first-round lead with Ji Young Oh and Caroline Hedwall in the Kia Classic.

Michelle Wie opened with a 77.

AGADIR, Morocco (AP) -- Ireland's Damien McGrane shot a 7-under 65 to take a two-stroke lead after the first round of the European Tour's Hassan II Trophy.

John Daly opened with a 77.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky asked a judge to throw out the child sex-abuse charges against him, arguing some counts are not specific enough, evidence is lacking in others and the statute of limitations may have run out regarding eight of the 10 alleged victims.

The catch-all motion also sought to delay the trial's May 14 start.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- North Carolina coach Roy Williams has a "strong, strong inclination" that Kendall Marshall will not be in the lineup for Friday's game against 13th-seeded Ohio (29-7) because of his broken right wrist.

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Old Dominion senior Kent Bazemore was arrested shortly before tipoff Wednesday night against Mercer for failing to complete a court-ordered alcohol safety program.

Virginia Beach police arrested Bazemore in Norfolk at the Constant Convocation Center. He was booked into jail and later released.

Court records show Bazemore pleaded guilty in August to driving while intoxicated.

VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) -- Villanova junior guard Maalik Wayns will forego his final season of eligibility and remain in the pool of candidates for the NBA draft.

TENNIS

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Playing in her backyard tournament for the first time since 2009, five-time champion Serena Williams beat wild card Zhang Shuai 6-2, 6-3 at the Sony Ericsson Open.

The victory marked Williams' return to tournament tennis after a two-month absence.

BASEBALL

ATLANTA (AP) -- Flanked by his family, his former manager and a group of teammates he hates to leave behind, Chipper Jones choked up a bit and delivered the news that's been looming for years:

It's time to call it a career.

With his 40th birthday approaching and a long string of injuries slowing him down, Jones announced he will retire after one more season as the Atlanta Braves' third baseman.

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) -- Ryan Howard is working out without a boot on his left foot.

The 2006 NL MVP fielded grounders while sitting on a stool and wasn't wearing the protective boot on the field for the first time since a setback three weeks ago.

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Jeff Moorad stepped down as the CEO of the San Diego Padres, perhaps believing he won't get the number of votes needed to take control of the club.

The Padres said that Moorad will remain as the franchise's vice chairman and will be responsible for overseeing the Padres' involvement in the development of Fox Sports San Diego. Padres COO and President Tom Garfinkel will assume the CEO duties in the interim, taking over day-to-day operation of the club.

SOCCER

LONDON (AP) -- Tottenham will play the Los Angeles Galaxy and New York Red Bulls in July during a preseason tour to the United States.

The English Premier League club said it will play the Galaxy and former Spurs striker Robbie Keane at the Home Depot Center on July 24. It faces the Red Bulls in the inaugural New York Invitational Cup a week later.