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The Los Angeles KISS, a new Arena Football League team co-owned by the legendary rock band, offered quarterback Tim Tebow a three-year contract, the team announced Monday.

Tebow, a former Heisman Trophy winner, was cut by the New England Patriots on Aug. 31.

Tebow is the first player co-owners Brett Bouchy, Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley and Doc McGhee have approached. The team begins its inaugural Arena League season in March 2014. It will play its home games at the Honda Center in Anaheim.

"Tim Tebow is one of the most recognized and respected athletes in sport," Stanley said in a press release. "His joining us would mean great things for his fans and for our team, especially from a business standpoint. His credibility within the sports arena is paramount and with our commitment to bringing football without compromise back to LA, we're excited to see how this offer turns out."

If Tebow accepts, the contract still needs approval from the league's board of directors and players' union.

Tebow reportedly turned down an NFL team interested in him because he refuses to switch to another position. He has also rejected offers from the Canadian Football League and USA Rugby because he only wants to play in the NFL as a quarterback.

AUTO RACING

Richard Childress Racing announced Monday that it hired Ryan Newman to drive the No. 31 Chevrolet next season.

Newman replaces Jeff Burton, who announced last week that he is leaving RCR at the end of this season. Newman has won 17 NASCAR Sprint Cup races in his career.

Newman said he nearly struck a deal with Childress five years ago.

"RCR has a long history of winning races and championships, and I want to add to that tradition," he said in a statement.

Stewart-Haas Racing let Newman go because driver/co-owner Tony Stewart said the team did not have room for him with Kevin Harvick coming aboard next year. Harvick is leaving RCR.

However, SHR since decided to expand to four cars by adding Kurt Busch.

GOLF

The green jacket owned by Horton Smith, who won the first Masters, sold for nearly $700,000 at an auction Sunday.

The winning bidder was not identified by Green Jacket Auctions, which is based in Denville, N.J.

Smith's jacket, a 43 long, was thought to be lost but Green Jacket Auctions got a call from a distant family member who lives near Atlanta. The jacket had been in a closet for decades.

Smith won the first Masters in 1934 when it was called the Augusta National Invitation Tournament. He also won the tournament in 1936.

The winning bid of $682,229.45 for the jacket was the highest price paid for a piece of golf memorabilia, according to Green Jacket Auctions.

Smith, who was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1990, won 32 events on the PGA Tour and played in 27 Masters through 1963. He died that year at age 55.

He was the last player to beat Masters founder Bobby Jones in match play at the 1930 Savannah Open, the same year Jones won the Grand Slam.

NBA

The Brooklyn Nets announced Monday that they will retire Jason Kidd's No. 5 jersey before their Oct. 17 preseason game against the Miami Heat.

Kidd, entering his first year as the Nets coach, averaged 15 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in six seasons with the team, including leading it to the NBA Finals in consecutive seasons (2002 and '03). He was also a four-time All-Star and received MVP votes in that span.

He played for the Dallas Mavericks (1994-97, 2007-12), Phoenix Suns (1997-01), New Jersey Nets (2001-08) and New York Knicks (2012-13). For his career, he averaged 12.6 points, 8.7 assists and 6.3 rebounds per game. He won an NBA title with the Mavericks in 2011.

---Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant said he expects injured teammate Russell Westbrook to be ready for the start of the regular season, according to Hoops Hype.

Durant made the comment during his Nike tour of Europe in Barcelona when he was asked about Westbrook's recovery from knee surgery.

Westbrook tore the meniscus in his right knee during the first round of the playoffs in April. Recovery time is typically four to six months.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Connecticut suspended starting center Tyler Olander indefinitely, the school announced.

According to the Hartford Courant, Olander was charged late Saturday night with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol/drugs, operating (or towing) an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle in violation of classification.

Olander, a 6-foot-11 senior who was a captain of the team, started 26 games for the Huskies last year and averaged 4.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.

---Wichita State freshman guard D.J. Bowles, who collapsed during a workout last week, was resting comfortably at home on Monday after being released from a hospital on Sunday.

Bowles, a 6-foot-2 guard, spent five days in a Wichita hospital while doctors tried to figure out what caused him to collapse. According to multiple reports, doctors are not sure why he collapsed.
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