Judge: man competent for Jewish center bomb plot trial

MIAMI (AP) -- A South Florida man has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial on charges of plotting to bomb a synagogue and Jewish school in support of the Islamic State terrorist group. Prosecutors say a Miami judge issued the decision Thursday for 41-year-old James Medina, who is scheduled to stand trial in August. His attorney had questioned Medina's mental state and ability to assist in his defense.

Iguana causes a racket at Miami Open for several minutes

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- An iguana caused quite a racket during a professional tennis match at the Miami Open, perching atop a scoreboard and then scurrying across the court. The rather large reptile showed up at Court 1 midway through the final set of Jiri Vesely's 6-7 (5), 6-3, 7-5 victory over Tommy Haas on Wednesday, delaying play for several minutes. At first, they tried to continue with the match.

Spring flings: 6 intriguing quarterback competitions

College football teams can be divided into two groups during the spring: Those with quarterback competitions and those without. The ones without are usually kind of boring. There might be position battles all over the depth chart, but nothing quite piques interest like an opening at QB1. Two of the most intriguing quarterback situations this spring might not qualify as genuine competitions.

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NBA-BASKETBALL Whiteside leads Heat past Suns 112-97 MIAMI (AP) -- Hassan Whiteside had 23 points and 14 rebounds before leaving late with blood on his right hand, and the Miami Heat beat the Phoenix Suns 112-97 Tuesday night. Tyler Johnson scored 17 for the Heat (35-36), who had seven players in double figures. Goran Dragic scored 16, Josh Richardson had 14 and Willie Reed added 12 for Miami.

Injured Yanks shortstop Gregorius expected to miss 1st month

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) -- New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius is expected to miss the first month of the regular season because of a strained right shoulder. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Tuesday that Gregorius is likely to be sidelined six weeks. Opening day for the Yankees is April 2 at Tampa Bay. "It's not what I wanted to hear," Gregorius said. "It is what it is now.

Oregon and Quinnipiac crash women's Sweet 16 field

NEW YORK (AP) -- Oregon and Quinnipiac are crashing the Sweet 16. The two double-digit seeds joined a field of mostly top seeds in the women's regional semifinals that will be played next weekend. It's no shock that No. 1s UConn, Baylor, South Carolina and Notre Dame made it out of the first weekend. Seeing these two newcomers, though, brings an unexpected buzz to the tournament.

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NBA Boston over Washington in key Eastern Conference faceoff BOSTON (AP) -- Isaiah Thomas scored 25 points after missing the previous two games with a bruised right knee, leading the Boston Celtics to a 110-102 victory over the Washington Wizards in another testy matchup between two of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

Silver tells NBA team owners to take note of rest issue

MIAMI (AP) -- NBA Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to the league's board of governors Monday, calling the way teams are choosing to rest starters in some games "an extremely significant issue for our league" and pressing owners to be more involved in the decision-making process.

Long shots: Quinnipiac beats Miami 85-78 for Sweet 16 berth

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- The long shots kept making long shots. And the Sweet 16 is Quinnipiac's reward. Morgan Manz scored 22 points and made six 3-pointers, Aryn McClure added 15 and 12th-seeded Quinnipiac stunned fourth-seeded Miami 85-78 in a second-round NCAA Tournament game Monday night. Quinnipiac (29-6) next heads to Stockton, California and plays top-seeded South Carolina on Saturday, now just two games from the Final Four.

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Results from the second round of the women's NCAA Tournament on Monday: ___ BRIDGEPORT REGION STORRS, Conn. (AP) -- Kia Nurse scored 29 points and tied an NCAA Tournament record with nine 3-pointers to lead UConn to a 94-64 win over Syracuse on Monday night in a second-round rematch of last year's national championship game.

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BASEBALL-SPRING TRAINING-WBC As regular season beckons, competition for jobs intensifies in Major League Baseball UNDATED (AP) --New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius has a bruised right shoulder, ending his time at the World Baseball Classic and leaving his status for opening day in doubt. Yankees manager Joe Girardi didn't put on a timetable on a return, only saying, "He's going to be sidelined for a bit.

It's been a season of coaching stability, rare for the NBA

MIAMI (AP) -- There were 10 coaching changes in the NBA during this past offseason, an unusually high number. Stability has somehow reigned since. With less than a month remaining in the regular season, all 30 coaches who started back in October are still in their jobs. If that holds, this would be the first time in 53 years that no team has made an in-season change for any reason.

Lillard's 49 points lift Blazers over Heat, 115-104

MIAMI (AP) -- The end of a five-game road trip, capped by a back-to-back, is not the usual scenario for someone to have an offensive explosion. Damian Lillard apparently disagrees. Lillard scored a season-high 49 points, tied a career high with nine 3-pointers, and carried the Portland Trail Blazers past the Miami Heat, 115-104 on Sunday night.

Jackson's strong second half lifts Kansas past Spartans

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Everything about Josh Jackson's demeanor screamed this game was personal, from the back-and-forth chirping with childhood friend Miles Bridges to his emphatic late-game dunk and celebration. Playing against the school he grew up cheering for, Jackson channeled that emotion into a dominating performance to help top-seeded Kansas advance to the Sweet 16 for a second straight year with a 90-70 victory over Michigan State on Sunday.

Miami, Quinnipiac ready for shot at Sweet 16

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Miami coach Katie Meier and Quinnipiac coach Tricia Fabbri spent time together in Portugal last summer, talking about their teams and getting to know each other while watching a European tournament. Meier was impressed by Fabbri's confidence. And now she knows it isn't misguided, either. There were four upsets in the first round of the NCAA Tournament -- none bigger than the one pulled off by Quinnipiac.

Miami holds off FGCU and moves on, 62-60

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) -- Keyona Hayes made her move, and Taylor Gradinjan hit the floor. No call. No upset, either. Hayes scored 16 points, including the go-ahead basket inside with 1.5 seconds remaining when she simply overpowered Gradinjan, and fourth-seeded Miami rallied to beat 13th-seeded Florida Gulf Coast 62-60 in an NCAA Tournament first-round game Saturday.

Andy Murray out of Miami Open with right elbow injury

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. (AP) -- Andy Murray has pulled out of the Miami Open with a right elbow injury. The world's top-ranked player and part-time South Florida resident made the announcement in a tweet on Saturday, saying he will turn his focus to the upcoming clay-court season. Murray lost his only match at Indian Wells last week in straight sets to Canada's Vasek Pospisil.

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NCAA TOURNAMENT-SCHEDULE Trojans, Rams deliver big stunners UNDATED (AP) -- Southern California and Rhode Island have become the second and third No. 11 seeds to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. And tenth-seeded Wichita State made it five double-digit seeds reaching Round 2. Sixth seed SMU had won 16 in a row until Elijah Stewart led the 11th-seeded Trojans to a 66-65 triumph over the Mustangs in Tulsa.

Ward leads Michigan State's furious rally past Miami

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Michigan State coach Tom Izzo wasn't sure if his talented but inexperienced freshmen were ready to abandon their more comfortable up-tempo ways and play "smash mouth" basketball. Two of those freshmen showed they could play any way they wanted in their NCAA Tournament debuts, leading the ninth-seeded Spartans (20-14) to an opening-round 78-58 win over No. 8 seed Miami on Friday night.