FOOTBALL

Sanchez: Jets helped fuel media frenzy over Tebow

Mark Sanchez suggests the media frenzy that accompanied Tim Tebow’s presence with the New York Jets was partly fueled by the team itself.

The Jets quarterback said in an interview with FOX Sports Radio in Los Angeles that the media coverage during training camp in Cortland, N.Y., last summer was more intense than usual — including ESPN camping out for a week — because of Tebow’s popularity.

“I just don’t know if it was the best situation for either of us,” Sanchez told the “Petros & Money Show” on Friday.

He added that “ESPN didn’t necessarily sneak in overnight at our training camp. They had to get permission to go.”

Cincinnati reached agreement on a two-year deal with former Steelers linebacker James Harrison.

The Chicago Bears agreed to a three-year contract with kicker Austin Signor.

Kicker Steven Hauschka, an unrestricted free agent, re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks.

The Dallas Cowboys re-signed safety Danny McCray after the best season of his career.

GOLF

PGA: Kevin Streelman, Charley Hoffman and rookie Steve LeBrun were tied for the RBC Heritage lead, and Brandt Snedeker was on the verge of missing the cut when second-round play was suspended for the day because of rain at Hilton Head Island, S.C.

LPGA: Suzann Pettersen shot a 4-under 68 at wind-swept Ko Olina to maintain a one-stroke lead after the third round of the LPGA Lotte Championship at Kapolei, Hawaii.

South Korea’s Hee Kyung Seo was second after a 66.

CHAMPIONS TOUR: Bart Bryant and David Frost topped the first-round leaderboard in the rain-delayed Greater Gwinnett Championship at Duluth, Ga.

The start of play was delayed four hours by rain and the round was later suspended because of darkness.

EUROPEAN TOUR: Peter Uihlein of the United States shot a 4-under 68 to take a one-shot lead after the second round of the Spanish Open at Valencia, Spain.

Chile’s Felipe Aguilar remains in contention for his second European Tour victory. He is one stroke behind with France’s Raphael Jacquelin and Sweden’s Rikard Karlberg.

SOCCER

NWSL: The Portland Thorns expect more than 13,000 fans at Sunday’s match against the Seattle Reign at Jeld-Wen Field.

It is the Thorns’ home opener and the first of a National Women’s Soccer League rivalry the players hope will be as spirited as the rivalry between Major League Soccer’s Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders.

The Thorns have sold more than 7,500 season tickets for their 11 home games.

The expected attendance far exceeds the average of 3,321 in the NWSL’s opening week.

FC Kansas City drew 6,784 fans for its home opener match against the Thorns last Saturday. That match ended with a 1-1 draw.

MSL: Seattle Sounders FC signed former University of Virginia forward Will Bates and waived defender Andrew Duran.

Bates, 22, had 46 goals in 77 games in four seasons at Virginia.

TENNIS

MONTE CARLO MASTERS: Rafael Nadal edged Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 to win his 45th straight match and reach the semifinals at Monaco.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, despite a balky ankle, had less trouble with Jarkko Nieminen, beating the Finnish veteran, 6-4, 6-3.

FED CUP: American Sloane Stephens will open the World Group playoff match between the U.S. and Sweden against 54th-ranked Sophia Arvidsson at Delray Beach, Fla.

The second match Saturday features world No. 1 Serena Williams of the U.S. against 66th-ranked Johanna Larsson of Sweden.

PREP SCHOOLS

BOYS’ LACROSSE: The Hyde School of Bath lost 11-4 at The Hyde School of Woodstock, Conn.

– From staff and news services