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Jets exposing Tebow to more plays, hits

Tim Tebow stands out in Jets camp, whether going shirtless or lining up as the only lefty.

Tim Tebow stands out in Jets camp, whether going shirtless or lining up as the only lefty.

Tim Tebow may have found his place in New York — the goal line.

The former Florida QB ran for two touchdowns and threw for another in a four-play goal-line sequence that got the crowd at Jets training camp fired up Thursday.

On one play, Tebow took a snap from the shotgun, faked a handoff and sprinted into the end zone. Coach Rex Ryan yelled to the defense before the drills that Tebow was “live” — meaning he could be tackled if he left the pocket. Ryan said it was the first time in a practice that he made the quarterback “live,” something Tebow also said he had never experienced.

Tebow scrambled for a TD Thursday.

Tebow ran for two TDs Thursday.

Ryan was pleased with what he saw. “Obviously, Tim, this was his best day of camp,” the coach said.

Starting quarterback Mark Sanchez led the first-team offense to two scores in four chances. He seems willing to step aside for Tebow as drives reach the goal line — so far.

“We’ve …

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Cubs’ Dempster discusses tirade, Braves

Ryan Dempster can veto any trade because he's a player with 10 years of major league experience and five with his current team.

Ryan Dempster can veto any trade because he’s a player with 10 years of major league experience and five with his current team.

Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, the subject of trade talks between Chicago and the Braves earlier this week, had some interesting comments Wednesday night after what might be his last start in a Cubs uniform.

Dempster allowed three runs in six innings of a 3-2 loss to the Pirates and threw a tantrum after being pulled by manager Dale Sveum before the seventh inning. Dempster slammed a cooler lid, tossed aside a cooler and threw a full plastic bottle.

After the game, he talked about his actions, Atlanta GM Frank Wren, and the possibility of being dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.

When asked if he had ruled out accepting a deal to the Braves, Dempster responded, ‘I never said that.”

Dempster has blocked a trade to the Braves so far, hoping he’d instead be traded to the Dodgers. Wren said Wednesday morning that “it’s highly unlikely” the Braves …

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Isner advances at BB&T Atlanta Open; UGA/GT tandem lose

John Isner fired 16 aces to advance to the quarterfinals of the BB&T Atlanta Open with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over Ruben Bemelmans on Thursday night at Atlantic Station.

Because he was playing his first hard-court match since Miami in March, Isner said he didn’t feel comfortable early in he first set in which Bemelmans broke his second serve.

“I just told myself not to get too frustrated and to try to let the match run its course,” Isner said.

Isner bounced back, breaking Bemelmans’ first serve in each of the next two sets to take command. Isner, the No. 1 seed and a former standout at Georgia, will play 19-year-old Jack Sock on Friday, not before 9 p.m.

Isner is attempting to win his second consecutive tournament after taking the title in Newport, R.I. last week. He is one of four U.S. players in the BB&T who will represent the U.S. in the Olympics.

The match was delayed for 25 minutes between the second and third sets when a circuit breaker overheated in a bank of …

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Why aren’t Atlanta fans buying sports tickets?

Metro Atlanta fans tell the AJC that, partly as a result of the extended economic slump, they’ve cut back on buying tickets to sports events. Attractive rates for TV sports packages and convenient Internet access are also cited as factors keeping fans away from games.

The Braves, Hawks and Thrashers have all seen attendance decline, with the Thrashers showing the lowest drop at less than 1 percent. The Hawks saw the biggest drop in regular-season attendance, falling 5.4 percent from last season. The Falcons do not disclose season-ticket sales and renewal figures.

Tell us: Have you cut back on the number of sporting events you attend? Did you cancel season tickets for a favorite team? If so, was it because of the economy or better deals via TV or Internet?

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