MONDAY’S BROADCAST HIGHLIGHTS:
College football: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Fresno State vs. SMU, 8 p.m. (ESPN)
AROUND THE WEB:
‘¦ Tim Tebow  did not play in the Jets’ 27-17 loss to the visiting Chargers  on Sunday, and there are reports that the backup quarterback told his coaches he did not want to be used in the wildcat package because he was frustrated with having been passed over for the starting job.
Jets coach Rex Ryan  would only say (through a spokesman) that it was a “coach’s decision,” and Tebow stated, “It just kind of happens.”
There have been reports in the past few days that Tebow will join the Jaguars next season, either via a trade or as a free agent after a release from the Jets. Tebow, who has 39 passing yards this season, remained confident Sunday.
“I believe in my God-given ability to play this game of football and I think I can play it for a long time,” he said. “And I look forward to playing it some more.”
‘¦ Neither the Panthers nor Raiders will be in the postseason, but both teams played with playoff intensity Sunday, with Carolina taking a 17-6 victory. Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer  was knocked out of the game on a hit by Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy in the first quarter, and Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly  admitted that his team wanted revenge  on Cam Newton .
“You take our guy out we’re going to go and try to take your guy out,” Kelly said. “We’re not out to hurt someone, but when that happens ‘¦”
Kelly was flagged for unnecessary roughness in the second quarter following a sack of Newton, and the QB responded by kicking Kelly off him. Newton later received a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct when he bumped an official while complaining about a hit he felt was late.
‘¦ Former major leaguer Ryan Freel was found dead  of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Saturday, according to police in Jacksonville, Fla. The 36-year-old hit .268 and had 143 stolen bases in 594 career games with the Blue Jays (2001), Reds (’03-08), Orioles (’09), Cubs (’09) and Royals (’09).
Tweeted former teammate Sean Casey : RIP Ryan Freel!! Great teammate, great guy, n loved his family! Such a sad day today with his passing! Awful news! Prayers are with his family!
ON THIS DAY TRIVIA: On Dec. 24, 1960, the Celtics  set an NBA record for most rebounds in a game during a 150-106 rout of the visiting Pistons. How many rebounds did the Celtics get: 87, 94, 101 or 109?
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “We played pretty terrible out there. It came down to the wire and our defense made some plays. That was a bad 60 minutes of football. We got out-competed out there, out-fought. We were lucky to win.” — Tom Brady , after the Patriots held off the Jaguars for a 23-16 victory  Sunday
STAT OF THE DAY: 18 — Career games with 10 or more receptions for Patriots receiver Wes Welker  — who had 10 catches for 88 yards Sunday — giving him one more than Jerry Rice  and Andre Johnson  for an NFL record
‘NET RESULTS: Tyler Gron of the Central Hockey League’s Bloomington Blaze sores a nifty goal, faking out two defenders and finishing off his hat trick.
TRIVIA ANSWER: 109
SOOTHING SOUNDS: Lee Dorsey, who died in 1986, was born on this day in 1924.