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Tebow preaches to flock of 15,000

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

"In Christianity, it's the Pope and Tebow right now," Celebration Church pastor Joe Champion 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."

Some at the "Easter on the Hill" morning service under sunny skies about 20 miles north of Austin drove more than 100 miles to hear Tebow speak. The service took on the feel of a rock concert with more than 100 school buses shuttling people to the sprawling mega-church campus from local shopping centers and the nearby college.

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KU's Robinson expected to enter draft

Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson will appear with coach Bill Self at a news conference today at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence.

The school didn't disclose the reason for the news conference in a news release. A message left for Self through a spokesman wasn't immediately returned.

Robinson is a bruising All-American who grew from role player into one of the nation's premier interior presences. He piled up his 27th double-double in a national championship loss to Kentucky.

Most expect him to declare for the NBA draft.

In Texas, meanwhile, TCU has scheduled a news conference today for what it says will be a "major announcement" involving its basketball program.

The school's release Sunday gave no other specifics, but a person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that LSU's Trent Johnson will be introduced as TCU's new coach. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no official announcement was made.

The news conference comes a week after TCU officials said Jim Christian was leaving after four seasons. Christian returned to the Mid-American Conference, taking the Ohio University job on Tuesday.

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Amerks dump Phantoms

Alex Biega and Paul Szczechura scored in the third period and the Rochester Americans defeated the Adirondack Phantoms, 4-2, in Glens Falls.

With one week left in their season, the Amerks moved into a three-way tie for the final two playoff spots in the American Hockey League's Western Conference.

Evan Rankin and Phil Varone also scored, while David Leggio made 46 saves in goal.

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Oxford rower leaves hospital

The Oxford bow man who collapsed after the Boat Race has been released from the hospital, a day after Cambridge won the event that was interrupted by a swimming protester.

Dr. Alexander Woods was taken to Charing Cross Hospital after collapsing post-race. Paramedics later said Woods was in a stable condition but kept overnight for monitoring before returning to Oxford on Sunday.

"I think it was just a case of somebody being able to row themselves absolutely to a state of exhaustion," Oxford coach Sean Bowden told the BBC.

Protester Trenton Oldfield, who studied contemporary urbanism at the London School of Economics, claimed responsibility for the stunt on a blog. He was charged with a public order offense.

On Sunday, Australian Associated Press said Oldfield was Australian.

From News Staff and wire service reports