According to a report from a Jacksonville television station, the Jaguars are trying to engineer a trade with the Jets for Tim Tebow before Thursday's NFL trading deadline.

CBS 47 Action News credits a source as indicating the team's interest. Jaguars owner Shad Khan previously has expressed an interest in Tebow, who starred at the University of Florida before being drafted by the Broncos. Tebow, voted most overrated in a Sports Illustrated poll of NFL players, was traded from Denver to New York last offseason and has seen limited action behind Jets starter Mark Sanchez.

The Mavericks open the season Tuesday night with a game against the Lakers, and they'll do so without troubled guard Delonte West. The onetime Celtic was dismissed on Monday following his second suspension in as many weeks.

West, who has bipolar disorder, was expected to be a key role player for the Mavs, but his behavior during the preseason forced Dallas to make the move. The Mavericks, who will be without Dirk Nowitzki for a while as he recovers from knee surgery, start the season with nine new players and four new starters.

Following a week of trash-talking, mainly emanating from New York, the Jets went out and dropped a 30-9 decision to the Dolphins on an embarrassing afternoon for Gang Green.

"When you're playing against another team and they're running their mouth, you're going to go out and play harder. That's part of the game," Dolphins center Mike Pouncey said. "It feels good. We said during the week, if people are going to talk, we're going to go out there and just play harder."

According to a poll of 180 NFL players by Sports Illustrated, Jets backup quarterback Tim Tebow is by far the most overrated player in the league for the second straight season, receiving 34 percent of the vote. And No. 2 is New York's starter, Mark Sanchez (tied with Cowboys QB Tony Romo at 8 percent). Eagles QB Michael Vick ranks fourth (4 percent) and Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis is fifth (3 percent). The only Patriot in the top 20 is Tom Brady, ninth at 2 percent.

Rex Ryan and the Jets have moved on from the Patriots to their next controversy. Two days after getting defensive in the face of questions about his team's conservative play-calling in Sunday's loss in Foxboro, Ryan said he wants an apology from Dolphins running back Reggie Bush for comments Bush made earlier in the season.

Forbes magazine has the results of a Nielsen/E-Poll Market Research survey of NFL fans that attempted to determined which players are the most and least popular. Ranking No. 1, with a 63 percent appeal rating, is Steelers defensive back Troy Polamalu. At the bottom of the list is Lions defensive end Ndamukong Suh, whose dirty play and off-field issues led to his 19 percent rating.

Normally brash Jets coach Rex Ryan found himself in unfamiliar position on Monday -- defending his team for appearing scared down the stretch of a game against the rival Patriots.

The drumbeat in New York continues for the Yankees to trade Alex Rodriguez, but general manager Brian Cashman is showing loyalty -- at least publicly -- to the team's embattled slugger. While acknowledging he will listen to offers for any of his players, Cashman insisted Sunday that it's "unrealistic" to think he's going to trade A-Rod.

"If anyone wastes their time thinking Alex Rodriguez is not going to be with us in spring training, they'd be wrong," Cashman told the New York Daily News.

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The Yankees were swept out of the postseason Thursday night in Detroit, but the beginning of the end came days earlier in the Bronx. An unidentified Yankees player told the New York Daily News that the team was stunned by the way New York fans turned on the offensively inept team last weekend, and the players were unable to regain their composure.

"I really think the booing spooked a lot of guys," the player said. "A lot of guys hadn't been booed before, and they couldn't believe how nasty it got in the stands.