FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Tim Tebow is back on the field with an NFL team - the New England Patriots.

The Patriots announced the signing of the former Jets quarterback Tuesday, six weeks after he was cut by the Jets and just in time for the start of the three-day Patriots minicamp that runs through Thursday.

Tebow practiced with veteran New England starter Tom Brady and backup Ryan Mallett. The newest Patriot wore No. 5, not his familiar 15 - which belongs to Mallett - on his shorts and helmet.

"I just want to thank the Patriots for giving me an opportunity. I'm very thankful," Tebow said after practice.

"Anything we do, we feel is in the best interests of the team," Belichick said at a standing-room-only news conference before practice. "We'll see how it goes."

• Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III (knee) did some "explosive sprinting" - dashing from sideline to sideline in the end zone of the Redskins practice bubble - then said he hopes to be full-go when training camp starts next month. "I've said it a bunch a times," Griffin said. "I'm pretty confident I'll be ready."


Wildcats not in final Top 25

After losing in the regional round for the first time since the NCAA softball tournament expanded, the Arizona Wildcats on Tuesday finished outside the Top 25 of both of softball's final national polls.

The UA received 13 votes in the Softball Collegiate Top 25, making the Wildcats the de facto No. 32 team in the country. The Cats did not appear at all in the USA Today/NFCA Div. I Top 25, released Tuesday.

The 33-26 Wildcats finished the season with the most losses in program history and the fewest wins since 1986.

National champion Oklahoma, which appeared atop the Softball survey for every week of the regular season, was No. 1 in both polls.

Arizona State football

Ex-Nogales player dismissed from Devils

Former Nogales High School football player Andres Garcia has been kicked off the ASU team after he was arrested in Tempe on suspicion of two counts of sexual assault and one count of assault/domestic violence following an incident that occurred early Friday morning.

Garcia joined the Sun Devils last season as a non-scholarship player and contributed on ASU's special teams.

• Notre Dame's game at ASU in 2014 will take place after all. The schools struck a deal to play the game in Tempe on Nov. 8, two weeks later than scheduled, after the Irish's move to the ACC put it in jeopardy of being cancelled.

Patrick Finley Includes material from The Arizona Republic