Kraft embraces Tebow's presence in AFC East

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Kraft embraces Tebow's presence in AFC East

PALM BEACH -- For the past few years, the Jets have had a lefthanded backup quarterback, but Robert Kraft was never asked about Mark Brunell.

The new Jets backup? A topic.

"I think it's exciting, I think it's a lot of fun," Kraft said when asked about Tim Tebow's presence with the Jets. "The NFL is about rivalries and . . . (verbal journey down a sidestreet for Kraft to say he's happy Peyton Manning's back) I'm a big fan of Tim Tebow. I love that he's into spirituality. I think it makes the rivalry even a bigger rivalry and I don't know if there'll be a lot of media hype around the game but it'll be a lot of fun."

Kraft demurred when asked about his team's interest in a deal but added, "I know that both (Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels) are big fans of Tim Tebow and appreciate his unique skills. He's just a great young man and we're looking forward to the rivalry."

In addressing another arrival in the division, Kraft took a gentle swipe at the Buffalo Bills heavy spending on their defensive line primarily with the signing of Mario Williams in free agency.

"I think they have like 26 or 28 million tied up in the defensive line," Kraft pointed out. "Our O-line is gonna have to do a great job. I'm sure some of that was geared toward coming after our boy No. 12, but congratulations to them, they really improved their D-line. Mario Williams is probably the best player at his position in the league. They really improved and it's just another good rivalry."

The NFL schedule will be released next month. Kraft said the league will probably continue scheduling division games in bookend fashion.

"What you saw happen last year, (the scheduling) kept the interest," he explained. "There will be certain games that'll be opening games but we're trying to have (teams) play their first couple games within the division and their last couple games within the division and keep the rivalries and keep it as competitive as we can keep it."

Segura's single in 13th rallies Mariners past Red Sox, 6-5

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Segura's single in 13th rallies Mariners past Red Sox, 6-5

SEATTLE - Jean Segura rolled an RBI single up the middle with two outs in the 13th inning to cap a two-run rally and give the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox in a game that ended early Wednesday morning.

Mitch Haniger walked with one out in the 13th off Doug Fister (0-5), pitching his third inning, and was forced at second on Ben Gamel's fielder's choice. Guillermo Heredia, who had a three-run homer in the second, singled Gamel to third. Gamel scored on a wild pitch to tie it, with Heredia advancing all the way to third. Mike Zunino then walked. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts fielded Segura's roller behind second, but his off-balance throw was way late.

The Red Sox, who stranded two runners in the eighth, ninth and 11th innings, had taken a 5-4 lead in the top half when Sandy Leon singled home Hanley Ramirez with two outs off Tony Zych (5-2).

Mike Zunino opened the seventh inning with his 15th home run to bring Seattle even at 4-4.

BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Tom Brady better now than in 2007?

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BOSTON SPORTS TONIGHT PODCAST: Tom Brady better now than in 2007?

0:41- How much is John Farrell to blame for David Price’s altercations with media members? Evan Drellich joins BST to discuss if the Red Sox manager needs to take more action against his players.

3:58 - Phil Perry joins Tom Curran and Kayce Smith to debate if Tom Brady is better now than he was 10 years ago in the 2007 season. 

10:06 - Kyle Draper joins BST to discuss the report that LeBron James is not happy with Kyrie Irving and ‘wants to kick his ass’ for asking out of Cleveland.

14:42 - How much does David Price dislike being in Boston? What are the chances he opts out of his contract in 2018? Evan Drellich, Tom Curran, Michael Holley, and Tom Giles break it down.