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Spurs maul Heat by 24...Green clicks for 41

UNDATED (AP)— The two-time NBA champion Miami Heat have hit a late-season slump. Losing their second straight game from start to finish, the Heat were dismantled by the San Antonio Spurs 111-87. Tim Duncan led the Spurs with 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Tony Parker scored 17 points, including 14 in the first half. Boris Diaw (DEE'-ow) added 16 and Kawhi (kuh-WY') Leonard had 11 for San Antonio, which has won five straight.

Chris Bosh had 24 points, LeBron James added 19, Dwyane Wade had 16 and Michael Beasley 11 for Miami.

In other NBA action:

— Gerald Green scored 25 of his career-high 41 points in the third quarter and the Phoenix Suns erased a 16-point deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 128-122. Russell Westbrook had 36 for the Thunder.


'Nova sews up first Big East title in 32 years

UNDATED (AP) — Darrun Hilliard scored 19 points and No. 6 Villanova clinched the outright Big East championship for the first time in 32 years by holding off Xavier 77-70. JayVaughn Pinkston added 15 points for Villanova, which is 27-3 overall and 15-2 in the Big East. 'Nova has won five straight and 11 of 12.

Villanova, which last won the title alone in 1981-82, is scheduled to wrap up its regular season Saturday at home against Georgetown.

In other AP Top-25 hoops:

— With one game left in the inaugural American Athletic Conference regular season, it's a dead heat between No. 15 Cincinnati and No. 11 Louisville. The Bearcats climbed into a tie by knocking off 20th-ranked Memphis 97-84 behind Sean Kilpatrick's season-high 24 points.

— — Keith Appling scored in double figures for the first time in more than five weeks and No. 22 Michigan State looked healthier than it had in months in an 86-76 victory over No. 24 Iowa. Appling had 12. Travis Trice led the Spartans with 14.


Coach K feeling better after dizzy spell

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) is out of the hospital after feeling light-headed after Wednesday's loss at Wake Forest. The school said in a statement that Krzyzewski was taken to Duke University Hospital in Durham for a precautionary examination after the game. The school says his symptoms and condition have improved considerably and he was sent home early Thursday.

The 67-year-old Hall of Fame coach could be seen taking a knee during a timeout in the second half of the game. He did not attend the postgame news conference.


Gamecocks suspend coach

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has suspended basketball coach Frank Martin for one game for harsh language aimed at his players during a loss to Florida Tuesday. Martin won't be with the team when it plays at Mississippi State on Saturday. Associate head coach Matt Figger will take over against the Rebels.

Late in the 26-point loss, Martin was caught on camera shouting and cursing at freshman point guard Duane Notice. A clip of the incident went viral. Earlier in the second half, Martin was seen cursing at forward Michael Carrera.


Rebels' Dejean-Jones suspended 1 game

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV leading scorer Bryce Dejean-Jones will not play in the Rebels' regular-season finale at Nevada on Saturday. Coach Dave Rice said in a statement that the junior guard was being suspended through the weekend for conduct detrimental to the team.

In addition to sitting out the Nevada game, Rice said the 21-year-old would not practice with the team on Thursday or Friday.

Dejean-Jones has started 26 games and is averaging 13.4 points per game.


Rask breaks through against Caps...Six straight for the Kings

UNDATED (AP) — Tukka (TOO'-kuh) Rask notched his sixth shutout of the season as the Boston Bruins blanked Washington 3-0. It's the first career victory for Rask over the Caps. He had been 0-3-3 lifetime against Washington.

Gregory Campbell and Loui Eriksson scored second-period goals. Brad Marchand added an empty-net goal against Washington, which has lost three straight. Boston has won three in a row.

The Bruins outshot the Caps 43-16.

In other hockey action:

— Mike Richards scored the winner on a Winnipeg Jets' giveaway to give the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-1 win. That's six in a row for the Kings.

— Jhonas Enroth (YOH'-nuhs EHN'-rawth) made 43 saves to spoil the return of Tampa Bay star Steven Stamkos and the Buffalo Sabres beat the Lightning 3-1. Stamkos had been sidelined since breaking his right shin Nov. 11 at Boston, causing him to miss 45 games.

— Andre Benoit (BEHN'-way) scored off an assist from rookie Nathan MacKinnon with 31.4 seconds left in overtime, lifting the Colorado Avalanche to a 3-2 win over the Detroit Red Wings

— Andrew Shaw and Jonathan Toews (tayvz) had two goals apiece, and the Chicago Blackhawks beat the Columbus Blue Jackets 6-1.

— Ian Cole had a goal and an assist to lead the St. Louis Blues to their third straight win, 2-1 win over Nashville.

__ Phoenix outscored Montreal 5-2. Radim Vrbata (rah-DEEM' vur-BAH'-tah) scored twice for the Coyotes.

— Tyler Seguin (SAY'-gihn) had three goals and two assists to lead the Dallas Stars to a 6-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks.

__ Sam Gagner scored unassisted in overtime as Edmonton rallied from a two-goal deficit to beat the New York Islanders 3-2.


Champ Bailey released

DENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos say they have released cornerback Champ Bailey after 10 seasons with the team. His release was a cost-cutting move, with the 12-time Pro Bowler scheduled to make around $10 million next season.

Broncos boss John Elway called the decision "difficult." Denver coach John Fox said he considered it a "privilege to have coached Champ."

Bailey's 52 interceptions are the most among active cornerbacks.


Hester and Bears part ways

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears say they will not re-sign record-setting return specialist Devin Hester. The team said in a statement it is parting ways with the three-time Pro Bowl pick after eight seasons, confirming what he told the NFL Network the previous day. So instead of a return to Chicago, he'll hit the market as a free agent.

General manager Phil Emery said the Bears were "honored" to have Hester and he "redefined the pinnacle standard of the return position."

In other NFL news:

-- Indianapolis has signed former Browns linebacker D'Qwell Jackson. A second-round draft pick in 2006, the 6-foot, 240-pound linebacker has started 48 consecutive games and has 891 career tackles, 11½ sacks, eight interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.

__ Cleveland kicker Billy Cundiff, who had the unenviable job of replacing retired Phil Dawson last season, agreed to a one-year, $1.02 million contract with the Browns. Cundiff was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent last week, but Cleveland locked him up for another year.


Hamels update

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Cole Hamels says he won't throw off the mound for at least another week because of fatigue following his latest throwing session.

The Phillies opening day starter last season entered camp behind schedule because of biceps tendinitis that began in November. Hamels indicated he was healthy after arriving at camp last month.

But after throwing off the mound Saturday for the third time this spring, Hamels no longer feels so good.

The 30-year-old Hamels went 8-14 with a 3.60 ERA in 33 starts last season.

In other spring training news:

— Derek Jeter has ended his 0-for-spring. The Yankees shortstop got two hits that ended an 0-for-10 slide at the start of spring training in the New York Yankees' 4-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies. Jeter, limited to 17 games last season after breaking an ankle during the 2012 playoffs, has said this will be his final season in pinstripes.

— Arizona pitcher Bronson Arroyo is expected to miss a week to 10 days because of a back injury. Arroyo was scratched from a scheduled start Tuesday and had an MRI, which revealed a slightly bulging disk.


English earns overnight lead

DORAL, Fla. (AP) — Rain held up play and darkness ended it before the first round of the Cadillac Championship was completed. Harris English was one of the few to finish 18 holes and holds the clubhouse lead after posting a 3-under 69.

Phil Mickelson is even par through 14 holes and Tiger Woods is struggling at 2-over through 10.

Match Play Championship winner Jason Day withdrew due to a thumb injury.

Tiger Woods is five shots behind the leaders, but had no reoccurrence of the back problems that caused him to withdraw last week.


Stuard leads after a 66

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (AP) — Brian Stuard birdied seven his first 12 holes en route to a 6-under 66 in windy conditions to take the first-round lead in the Puerto Rico Open, the regular PGA Tour stop this week. Jason Gore and Danny Lee shot 67.


Sherrif seeks to charge Hernandez in jail fight

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts sheriff is seeking a criminal complaint against former NFL star Aaron Hernandez after a recent jail scuffle with another inmate. The former Patriots tight end is in jail without bail after pleading not guilty to murder in the 2013 death of 27-year-old Odin Lloyd, a Boston man dating Hernandez's fiancee's sister.

Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson told Boston's WHDH-TV the paperwork has been filed in district court. A clerk magistrate will review it.

Hodgson said neither inmate required medical attention after the Feb. 25 fight in the Bristol House of Correction.


IBF light middleweight champ arrested

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A scheduled fight this weekend between IBF light middleweight champion Carlos Molina and challenger Jermall Charlo appears in jeopardy Thursday, with Molina jailed in Las Vegas on a federal immigration hold and an arrest warrant from Wisconsin.

Police say the 30-year-old Molina, of Mexico, was arrested Tuesday by Las Vegas police on a 2007 felony warrant from Outagamie County, Wisc., accusing him of failing to register as a sex offender.


First Tommy John surgeon dies

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Frank Jobe (johb), a pioneer in the field of sports medicine who was the first to perform an elbow surgery that resurrected the careers of countless major league pitchers, has died. He was 88.

A Dodgers spokesman says Jobe died Thursday in Santa Monica after being hospitalized recently with an undisclosed illness.

Jobe performed groundbreaking elbow surgery in 1974 on pitcher Tommy John, who had a ruptured medial collateral ligament in his left elbow. That surgery now is commonly referred to as a Tommy John operation.

"Today I lost a GREAT friend," John said via Twitter.

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