By Amy Sawitta Lefevre BANGKOK (Reuters) - Her eyes welling with tears, Thai Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra pleaded on Tuesday for anti-government demonstrators to clear the streets and support a snap election, but defiant protest leaders called for her to step down within 24 hours. After weeks of sometimes violent street rallies, protesters rejected her call on Monday for a general election and said she should be replaced by an unelected "people's council", a proposal that has stoked concern Southeast Asia's second-biggest economy may abandon the democratic process. Yingluck said she would continue her duties as caretaker prime minister until the election, which is set for February 2. Yingluck, a 46-year-old former businesswoman, had no political experience before entering a 2011 election that she won by a landslide, largely on the back of rural support.
New England Patriots all-star tight end Rob Gronkowski is likely out for the remainder of the season after suffering a right knee injury, the NFL team announced. New England placed the 24-year-old Gronkowski on injured reserve list on Monday after the American reportedly tore his ACL and MCL in his knee. He was hurt in the third quarter of Sunday's wild 27-26 comeback win over Cleveland after catching a pass from quarterback Tom Brady. Gronkowski was hit in the right knee by Browns defensive back T.J. Ward on the play.