Jets' Tim Tebow works on mechanics with pitcher

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New York Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow has been working on his throwing mechanics with former major league pitcher Tom House, ESPN.com reported Friday.

Tim Tebow (front) worked with ex-major league pitcher Tom House this week in Los Angeles. House is a volunteer pitching coach at Southern California.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tim Tebow (front) worked with ex-major league pitcher Tom House this week in Los Angeles. House is a volunteer pitching coach at Southern California.

Tebow, whose unorthodox throwing motion has been often criticized, spent this week with House at the University of Southern California. House, a volunteer pitching coach for the Trojans, has worked with several NFL quarterbacks over the years, including Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Alex Smith.

House tells ESPN.com he thinks Tebow is “getting better, but the proof is in the pudding. Being out here at USC is different than being with the New York Jets.”

Tebow was traded from Denver to New York in March and is expected to back up Mark Sanchez but will have a major role in the offense, likely in wildcat-style packages.

TITANS: Wide receiver Kenny Britt was charged with driving under the influence early Friday as he attempted to pass through a security gate at the Fort Campbell Army installation on the Tennessee-Kentucky state line, military officials said.

Britt was attempting to drive onto the post at Gate 4, which is on the Kentucky side of the installation, and his driving prompted military police to administer a field sobriety test, which showed indicators of intoxication, said Bob Jenkins, a spokesman for the post.

He refused to take a Breathalyzer test and was charged with DUI and implied consent and taken into custody around 3:30 a.m., Jenkins said.

BUCCANEERS: Signed first-round draft pick Mark Barron to a five-year contract.

The hard-hitting safety from Alabama was the seventh overall selection after helping the Crimson Tide win the BCS championship last season. He’s expected to become a starter for a team that allowed an NFL-high 494 points in 2011.

CHARGERS: Released retired guard Kris Dielman from the team’s reserve-retired list.

Dielman retired in March, 4 1/2 months after sustaining a concussion in a helmet-to-helmet collision with a Jets defender.

COURTS: The NFL asked a U.S. District Court judge on Friday to dismiss Jonathan Vilma’s motion seeking to have his season-long suspension overturned.

The Saints linebacker is scheduled to have a hearing on Thursday. But the NFL wants the case dismissed because the collective bargaining agreement reached last August to end the lockout gives Commissioner Roger Goodell the authority to punish players for ‘’conduct detrimental’’ to the NFL.

Vilma and Saints coach Sean Payton have been suspended for the 2012 season for their roles in the bounty program the NFL says went on for three seasons.

The NFL also states that Vilma and three other players suspended refused to defend themselves during the appeals process. Saints defensive end Will Smith is suspended for four games, current Packers DE Anthony Hargrove got eight games, and current Browns linebacker Scott Fujita is out for three games.

Favre’s back: Brett Favre is returning to football - as an assistant high school coach in Mississippi.

His agent, Bus Cook, told The Associated Press Friday that Favre will work at Oak Grove High School this fall “to help out in some capacity, but I’m not sure exactly what his role will be.”

The school is near the former NFL quarterback’s home in Hattiesburg, Miss.


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