Italian league offers Tim Tebow a 4-month contract

Italian league offers Tim Tebow a 4-month contract

ROME — Tim Tebow has been offered a four-month contract by the Italian federation for American football, and the Milano Seamen are hoping to sign the free agent quarterback.

Excerpts of an offer sent by federation president Leoluca Orlando to Tebow's representatives were posted on the federation's website Thursday.

A federation spokesman, James Dewar, told AP that the offer is for $200,000 and that it was sent Wednesday on the recommendation of a sponsor.

The 26-year-old Tebow was cut by the New England Patriots before this NFL season. He would be the most prominent player to appear in the Italian league — by far.

The eight-team Italian league is divided into two divisions. The other teams are located in Ancona, Bologna, Bolzano, Parma, Reggio Emilia and Rome, while Milan has two teams.

The season begins in March and concludes with the Italian Super Bowl in July.

ATLANTA — It's unclear if the University of Washington has reached out to Missouri's Gary Pinkel about its head-coaching vacancy, but Pinkel and his boss at Mizzou made it clear Thursday: He's not going anywhere.

In a national interview on ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike Show, Pinkel responded to a question about the job at Washington, where Pinkel spent 12 years as an offensive assistant under former Huskies legend Don James. Earlier this week, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian left the Pac-12 school for the head-coaching job at Southern California. A few media outlets have listed Pinkel as a potential replacement.

"I coached there for 12 years, and Don James is my mentor," said Pinkel, whose No. 5 Tigers (11-1) play No. 3 Auburn (11-1) Saturday for the SEC championship. "I'll be quite frank: I'm staying at the University of Missouri. I and with the administration's help, will continue to build a national program in a quest for a national championship. I'm a Missouri Tiger, and I'm going to stay a Missouri Tiger."

Chicago Fire's Mike Magee wins MLS MVP

CHICAGO — Chicago Fire forward Mike Magee has been selected Major League Soccer's Most Valuable Player, capping a career season with the top individual prize.

He beat out Los Angeles' Robbie Keane, Montreal's Marco Di Vaio and New York's Tim Cahill in a vote by media, players and club management. The results were announced Thursday. Acquired by the Fire from Los Angeles on May 25, Magee scored 15 goals and had four assists in 22 games for Chicago. He had six goals before the trade, bringing his seasaon total to 21 and easily eclipsing his previous high of seven as a rookie with the MetroStars in 2003.

Compiled from wire reports