Sports briefs: Tim Tebow tops Forbes list of influential athletes
FOOTBALL • Even on the unemployment line, Tim Tebow remains a popular presence. The quarterback, cut by the New York Jets last week after one disappointing season and now 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 Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps (25 percent), Jamaican track star Usain Bolt (23 percent) and 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 player was Denver's Peyton Manning, who replaced Tebow with the Broncos last offseason and finished fifth in the survey.
• Heisman Trophy winner Vinny Testaverde of Miami has been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. Testaverde is one of 12 former players to be picked by the National Football Foundation as part of the latest Hall of Fame class. The rest of the class, which also will include two coaches, will be announced Tuesday.
• Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Joe Greene, 66, is retiring after nine years as a special assistant in the team's player personnel department.
FIFA bans American accused of fraud
soccer • FIFA provisionally banned outgoing executive committee member Chuck Blazer of the United States from all soccer-related activities for 90 days on Monday after he was accused of embezzling at least $21 million. Blazer is a former secretary general of CONCACAF and was accused of stealing funds from the organization.
From wire reports
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