Jets trade picks to acquire Tebow

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Jets trade picks to acquire Tebow

The New York Giants can have the Lombardi Trophy. The city's sports pages now belong to the New York Jets. Indefinitely.

The Jets acquired Tim Tebow from the Broncos on Wednesday in exchange for two draft picks, a fourth rounder and a sixth rounder, according to reports. The Jets also acquired a seventh round selection in the deal.

Rex Ryan's bunch couldn't crack the postseason in 2011, but with this move they've succeeded once again in doing what they do best -- making noise.

It's unclear how Tebow will be used in New York. He wants to play quarterback, but we'll have to wait and listen for the Jets to explain themselves.

One would have to imagine that Mark Sanchez -- he of the newly reconstructed five-year contract -- is squirming in a chair somewhere.

In terms of traditional quarterbacking skill sets, Sanchez has Tebow beat. But New York can be a fickle and intimidating place. Despite the fact that Sanchez is currently a better pocket passer, and likely a better reader of defenses, who can say how he will handle the pressure of playing with Tebow looming over his shoulder?

It's a risky move to be sure. If Sanchez struggles, the world will be calling for Tebow. If Sanchez crumbles, the Jets will be stuck with Tebow. The Jets, just a season removed from making the AFC Championship game, could find themselves relying on a quarterback with a legion of fans but a 46.5 completion percentage.

Will Tebowmania play in New York? Will Sanchez withstand the heat? Will the Patriots indirectly benefit from how it all plays out? No one can say for sure just yet. What we do know: Things just got a whole lot more interesting in the AFC East.

Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

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Haggerty's NHL Power Rankings: So long, Wings' streak

The Washington Capitals remain on top, but it's time to recognize the Red Wings' 25-year playoff streak that will come to an end this spring.

Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

Red Sox rally for 8-7 spring training victory over Twins

Brian Bogusevic's RBI single in the eighth inning gave the Red Sox a come-from-behind, 8-7, spring training victory over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday in Fort Myers, Fla.

Bogusevic, 32, an outfielder signed to a minor league deal this winter, played in Japan last season and hasn't been in the major leagues since 2015 with the Phillies.

Reliever Tyler Thornburg, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Travis Shaw to the Milwaukee Brewers, had a rough outing in his Red Sox debut. He allowed five runs (four earned), four hits and a walk in 2/3 of an inning as the Red Sox fell behind 7-3 by the fourth inning.

Left-hander Roenis Elias started for Boston and allowed a first-inning home run to Byungho Park. He struck out three in two innings.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-3 with a double and first base prospect Sam Travis, hitting .500 this spring, tied it at 7 with an RBI double in the sixth.

Red Sox manager John Farrell said earlier Saturday that Eduardo Rodriguez is scheduled to make his first start on Thursday against the Tampa Bay Rays in Fort Myers and Chris Sale will make his first start March 6 against the Houston Astros in West Palm Beach. Rodriguez injured his knee in winter ball in Venezuela and threw his first batting practice session on Saturday.

The Red Sox next travel to Port Charlotte to play the Rays Sunday at 1:05 p.m.