Tebow appearance draws 15,000 at Texas Easter service

Tim Tebow drew a crowd estimated at 15,000 to an outdoor Easter service Sunday in Georgetown, Texas, telling the gathering it's important to be outspoken about faith, and admonishing athletes about not being better role models.

"In Christianity, it's the Pope and Tebow right now," Celebration Church pastor Joe Champion he said. "We didn't have enough room to handle the Pope."

Tebow -- devout Christian, backup NFL quarterback and cultural phenomenon -- has a flock of admirers drawn as much to his religious leanings as his Heisman Trophy skills.

Tebow told them he welcomed the attention on his convictions as well as the "Tebowing" prayer pose he often strikes on the field, because it puts his faith and prayer in the public conversation.

"It's being talked about," he said. "That's exciting."

Also: Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Terrance Knighton had eye surgery after an undisclosed incident.

According to Knighton's Twitter page, he was at Pure nightclub in Jacksonville, but team officials said they are "gathering information about what happened and are not able to further comment at this time."

Knighton has started 45 games in three seasons and become a staple in the middle of Jacksonville's defense.

Blair Kiel, the former Notre Dame quarterback and punter who played for Tampa Bay, Indianapolis and Green Bay in the NFL, died at 50 in Columbus, Ind.

Bartholomew County coroner Allen Smith said he's waiting on toxicology results and tissue samples to determine the cause of death.


UNLV women's tennis nets victory against Boise State

The UNLV women's tennis team held off Boise State 4-3 in a neutral-site match at Air Force Academy, Colo.

UNLV (14-8, 4-2 Mountain West Conference) dropped the doubles point after losing two of three matches, but came back to win four of six in singles.

Lucia Batta paced UNLV with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Sonia Klamczynska at No. 1 singles. Aleksandra Josifoska (No. 2), Nives Pavlovic (No. 3) and Anett Ferenczi-Bako (No. 6) also won.

Also: The UNLV men's tennis team lost to New Mexico 6-1 in a Mountain West match at the Fertitta Tennis Complex.

The Lobos swept the three doubles matches for the first point, then won five of six in singles. Rene Ruegamer had the only point for the Rebels (7-12, 1-2 MWC), winning at No. 1 singles.

Former UNLV standout Andres Gonzales completed a wire-to-wire victory in the Soboba Golf Classic in San Jacinto, Calif., beating Andrew Svoboda by two strokes for his first Nationwide Tour title. Gonzales, 28, closed with an even-par 71 for an 8-under 276 total and won $135,000.

Kansas basketball standout Thomas Robinson, a junior forward, will appear with coach Bill Self at a news conference today at Allen Fieldhouse. The All-American is expected to declare for the NBA Draft, after leading the Jayhawks to the NCAA championship game, which they lost to Kentucky.

Trent Johnson resigned as Louisiana State's basketball coach, on the eve of his expected introduction as Texas Christian's coach. TCU said a "major announcement" involving its men's basketball program would be made during a news conference today.

Manchester United surged closer to a 20th English Premier League soccer title, opening an eight-point lead by beating Queens Park Rangers 2-0 while floundering neighbor Manchester City lost 1-0 at Arsenal.

Having spent most of the season in City's shadow in the Premier League, United has eclipsed its big-spending rival to take control of the Premier League title race.