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.

Latest North Carolina and South Carolina sports

HAWKS-HORNETS Hornets hand Hawks 4th straight loss, 105-90 CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Nicolas Batum and Kemba Walker each had 16 points and the Charlotte Hornets handed the slumping Atlanta Hawks their fourth straight loss, 105-90 on Monday night. The Hornets scored 17 points off 18 turnovers and led by as many as 23 in the fourth quarter. Frank Kaminsky provided more strong play off the bench for Charlotte with 14 points and five assists.

Update on the latest in sports:

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.

Yankees shortstop Gregorius hurts shoulder, return uncertain

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." The Yankees start the regular season April 2 at Tampa Bay.

Tim Tebow heading to Mets' Class A team: Columbia Fireflies

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Tim Tebow is joining the Columbia Fireflies. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback will start his pro baseball season with the Mets' Class A franchise in Columbia. New York Mets manager Terry Collins announced the move Monday. The 29-year-old Tebow has been in spring training with the Mets and is hitting .235 with four hits in 17 at-bats.

Wizards road winning streak over ... Columbus Blue Jackets-Franchise Record ... NCAA Basketball-Weather

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- It couldn't last forever. The Washington Wizards were trying for a road sweep, but fell short by a game. Karl-Anthony Towns had 39 points and 13 rebounds to lead the home-standing Minnesota Timberwolves to a 119-104 win. The Wizards finished their 5-game road trip 4-1 and fell a half-game further off the pace with the Eastern Conference leaders in Cleveland.

Column: Instead of ridicule, some options for Tim Tebow

It would be easy to pile on Tim Tebow. To say he has no business playing baseball, that he's making a mockery of the game and it's time for him to get on with the rest of his life. But that would be too easy. Instead, let's figure out what he should do next, after what will surely be a short-lived career with the New York Mets comes to an inglorious end.

BC-AP Sports Digest

The supervisor is Fred Lief, followed by John Nicholson at 5 p.m. and Jay Cohen at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EST.

BC-AP Sports Digest

The supervisor is Doug Feinberg, followed by Fred Lief at 9 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EST.

Tebow has tough day in debut; Porcello nicked by grounder

Tim Tebow made his first rookie mistake even before stepping into the batter's box. The New York Mets newcomer walked behind home plate and took his practice swings near Boston's on-deck circle. "I didn't know who that was back there. I thought it was the ball boy," AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello said. The former NFL quarterback's debut as a big leaguer didn't go much better Wednesday.

BC-AP Sports Digest

The supervisor is Rebecca Miller, followed by John Nicholson at 5 p.m. and Doug Feinberg at 1 a.m. The New York sports desk can be reached at 800-845-8450, ext. 1630. Sports Photos, ext. 1918; graphics, ext. 7636; agate, ext. 1635. AP stories and accompanying photos also can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com For reruns, call the Service Desk (800 838-4616) or your local AP bureau. All times EST.

Hey, Rookie! Mets' Tebow takes practice swings on wrong side

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow made his first rookie mistake even before stepping into the batter's box. The New York Mets newcomer walked behind home plate and took his practice swings near Boston's on-deck circle. "I didn't know who that was back there. I thought it was the ball boy," AL Cy Young Award winner Rick Porcello said. Tebow's debut as a big leaguer didn't go much better Wednesday.

Tim Tebow hits 9 homers in batting practice at Mets workout

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- Tim Tebow quickly got into the swing of spring training, hitting nine home runs in batting practice Monday during his first workout with the New York Mets. The former Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback is hoping to make to the majors as an outfielder. He signed a minor league contract last September. The 29-year-old Tebow played in the Arizona Fall League, struggling against top prospects from other teams.

Tebow learns from Jacksonville neighbor Daniel Murphy

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. (AP) -- After struggling in the Arizona Fall League last year, New York Mets prospect Tim Tebow turned his attention to his hometown of Jacksonville for some help and inspiration. Washington second baseman Daniel Murphy, a former Met, also lives in the north Florida city. "We became friends and went up to a place by our houses and trained a lot.