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Group blames Trump for jump in attacks on US Muslims

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) - A Muslim civil rights group blasted President Donald Trump and his administration Monday, saying his words and policies led to a sharp increase in attacks and bias against Muslims in 2017.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations said Monday the number of reported anti-Muslim hate crimes and reported incidents of discrimination, bullying, harassment and other acts of anti-Muslim bias both jumped 15 percent last year. The group blames the increase on the president, particularly his push to ban immigrants from several Muslim-majority countries. The ban now includes Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, along with non-Muslim North Korea and some Venezuelan officials. It originally also included Iraq.

The report says "Trump's xenophobic rhetoric ... emboldened those who sought to express their anti-Muslim bias and provided a veneer of legitimacy to bigotry."

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Trump has said the goal of the ban is to "keep radical Islamic terrorists out."

"We only want to admit those into our country who will support our country and love deeply our people," the Republican president added as he signed the order days after his January 2017 inauguration.

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday on whether the ban is constitutional.

CAIR said the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes reported jumped from 260 in 2016 to 300 in 2017 while the incidents of anti-Muslim bias rose from 2,213 to 2,599.

Wilfredo Ruiz, a CAIR spokesman, and CAIR attorney Omar Saleh conceded that some of the increase might be attributable to the Washington-based group getting better at documenting incidents and Muslims being more likely to report abuse. But they said there also has been an increase in attacks on mosques and Islamic centers since Trump began speaking about Muslims during the 2016 campaign. Such incidents have always been recorded, he said.

"Targeting an entire group of people on how they worship God is contrary to our shared American values," Ruiz said. "American Muslims share the same American values and freedoms all cherish and deserve the same opportunities as we are all Americans."

CAIR said many anti-Muslim attackers cite Trump during their assaults. For example, a traveler kicked and cursed a Muslim employee at New York's Kennedy Airport in March 2017. The employee, who was wearing a Muslim head covering, recalled him saying, "Trump is here now. He will get rid of all of you. You can ask Germany, Belgium and France about these kinds of people. You see what happens." The man was apparently referring to terror attacks carried out by Muslim extremists in those countries.

In another case, a man threw rocks at a Muslim family's home near Chicago, also in March 2017, yelling, "Open the door, I want to kill you." When police asked him why he did it, he told them, "That's what Trump would do."

Injuries to key players put Horned Frogs' season on brink

TCU came into the season shooting for a fifth straight trip to the College World Series. With a month left in the regular season, the Horned Frogs will be hard-pressed to even make the NCAA Tournament.

The Frogs (19-17, 6-8) are fifth in the Big 12 and No. 86 in the RPI after losing three straight at Baylor over the weekend. They'll likely have to win the Big 12 Tournament to make an NCAA regional for the 14th time in 15 years.

"No question about that," coach Jim Schlossnagle said Monday. "If we went on some crazy run, we might be able to do it. It's certainly headed toward a conference tournament situation."

For the second straight year, TCU will finish the season without offensive star Luken Baker. The junior first baseman broke a bone in his left leg while running the bases against Abilene Christian last Tuesday. Last year, he injured his left arm in a collision at first base and missed the last 21 games.

The Frogs also have been without No. 1 starting pitcher Jared Janczak for all but one inning since March 30, and he likely won't return until the first week of May as he recovers from a nerve inflammation.

TCU's margin for error already was thin. Three players in their recruiting class got drafted and didn't come to school, and the Frogs entered 2018 having to replace six everyday players.

"Being a private school that doesn't have extra financial aid, we're like a small-market team in the big leagues," Schlossnagle said. "The guys that we're invested in, they have to stay healthy, they have to have good seasons, and when they do, we can compete with anybody. When we have misfortune or we make a mistake in recruiting or get hit in the draft, then the depth of our team gets exposed."

Schlossnagle was counting on pitching to carry the Frogs. But in addition to Janczak's problems, Saturday starter Sean Wymer had back issues in February and March. Janczak, Wymer and the other weekend starter, Nick Lodolo, have a combined 4.36 ERA - "not up to the level we like to pitch at," Schlossnagle said.

"Hopefully we figure something out and make a late run," the coach added, "but without Baker offensively, we have to play super, super clean fundamental baseball - especially against good teams - to win."

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Florida (34-8), which lost a midweek game to Jacksonville before winning two of three at Kentucky, remained No. 1 in the and Baseball America rankings. Stanford (30-5) swept three games at Arizona and was promoted to No. 1 by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.


At 25 in a row, Tennessee Tech is on the longest win streak in Division I since Illinois reeled off 27 straight in 2015. The Golden Eagles (34-5) outscored Southern Illinois 33-9 in a three-game weekend sweep. They visit Tennessee on Tuesday.


George Mason freshman Jared DiCesare matched a national season high by pitching 10 innings Sunday against VCU, and he was efficient doing it. DiCesare threw just 99 pitches and retired the last 22 batters he faced after allowing three singles in the first three innings. He struck out seven, walked none and threw a first-pitch strike to 27 of 32 batters. He got no decision, however, as his team lost 1-0 in 12 innings.


Washington State recorded its second no-hitter in two weeks, with four pitchers combining to pull off the feat in a 5-0 win over Santa Clara on Sunday. Scotty Sunitsch no-hit Oregon on April 8. Parker McFadden, A.J. Block, Collin Maier and Ryan Walker gave the Cougars a second no-hitter in the same season for the first time since 1976.


Texas' Jake McKenzie played all nine positions in a 13-2 seven-inning win over Texas-Rio Grande Valley last week. McKenzie started at catcher, then played an inning at first, second, third and shortstop. He manned all three outfield positions in the sixth. He came on in relief in the seventh and got the last two outs.

Longhorns coach David Pierce said last fall he came up with the idea to have McKenzie play every position in a game. Pierce said it was not meant as disrespect to TRGV or the game. "It was a tribute to our true utility guy, and it was exciting to watch," Pierce said. "I'm really excited that we pulled it off."

Serial killer's assault trial is delayed

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island trial of a notorious serial killer who allegedly tried to stab a fellow inmate to death in Florida has been delayed at the request of the defense.

The Providence Journal reports 44-year-old Craig Price's trial was delayed Monday to May.

Price's public defender Michael Bryant declined to comment on why he requested the move.

Price is charged with attempting first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing inmate Joshua Davis with a homemade knife at the Suwanee Correctional Institution in Florida in April 2017.

He admitted in 1989 to several Rhode Island murders, and has served sentences for prison officer assaults.

His Rhode Island sentence ran out in October 2017, and a probation violation petition was filed by the state's Attorney General for the alleged Florida assault. Price refuses to file a plea, challenging the legality of the charging document.


Information from: The Providence Journal,

Police: Driver crashes car on bridge, plunges to his death

EUREKA, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say a driver who crashed his car on a Florida bridge and then crawled out a window has plunged more than 70 feet (20 meters) to his death.

News outlets cite a release from the Florida Highway Patrol as saying 20-year-old Chad Lee Melnyk struck a concrete railing with his car Sunday night on the State Road 40 bridge, spanning the Ocklawaha River near Silver Springs.

The statement says it appears Melnyk crawled out of the driver's side window and then fell over the guardrail to the ground below.

Authorities say it's unclear why the car had crossed from an eastbound direction into the westbound lane, striking the railing with its left side.

Melnyk was pronounced dead at the scene by a fire rescue official.

Florida's Bryan looks to turn NFL potential into production

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Taven Bryan's draft stock has more to do with potential than production.

The Florida defensive tackle had 67 tackles, including 5 sacks, in three seasons with the Gators. He was a 6-foot-4, 291-pound enigma his first two years in Gainesville, but came on as a junior in 2017. He had 40 tackles last season, including six for loss and four sacks, while playing solely inside.

He really played well down the stretch, showing a quick first step and the ability to disrupt offenses. Although he never took over a game, he routinely demanded double teams on a defense that lacked depth and talent up front.

NFL scouts and general managers believe Bryan is just getting started. That's why he's widely considered a first-round pick and a lock to be the first Florida player chosen when the three-day draft begins Thursday night.

"It would mean a lot really," Bryan said at Florida's pro day last month. "You always want to be better. You want to be the first pick, but sometimes that's not realistic. You always wonder like how you could do a little bit better, maybe improved a little better, maybe interview a little better. Just working at the small things to get better at what I do."

Bryan admittedly took his football talent for granted early in his college career.

He realized he was blessed physically, but he never thought much about it. He would casually talk about bench-pressing 450 pounds or squatting more than 600 pounds.

Teammates recant stories of his work ethic and weight-room feats.

"Squat, bench, curl, whatever it is, that man is a beast," Florida defensive end Keivonnis Davis said. "Like a real-life beast. ... He's a monster."

Added Gators running back Lamical Perine: "We would have a full workout, and he would go back in after everyone was done and have his own workout. He could lift the whole weight room if he wanted to."

So no one at Florida was surprised to see Bryan raise eyebrows at the NFL combine in March.

He covered the 40-yard dash in 4.98 seconds, one of five defensive tackles to break the 5-second mark, and benched-pressed 225 pounds 30 times. He topped all defensive tackles in the vertical jump (35 inches), the broad jump (9 feet, 11 inches), the three-cone drill (7.12 seconds) and the 20-yard shuttle (4.48 seconds).

"The guy's an animal," Florida safety Duke Dawson said. "He comes out to practice and shows it. He shows it in games."

Bryan's background has a lot to do with him getting this far.

He grew up in Casper, Wyoming, as the son of an ex-Navy SEAL. Bryan often tagged along with his dad to build houses. When they weren't working, they were hunting, fishing and exploring mountain ranges and the high plains.

"He brings a kind of a hardcore type of attitude thing, never letting me slack off or getting away with things," the younger Bryan said.

Football took over Bryan's life as a teenager, eventually turning him into a big-time recruit from the Cowboy State. He ended up 1,600 miles away in Gainesville, looking to following in the footsteps of fellow Florida defensive stars Dominique Easley and Dante Fowler.

Now, he's likely to join them as first-round picks Thursday night.

"I feel like I got a lot better," Bryan said. "I just try to look back on everything and learn from my mistakes. ... I think I'm a very powerful rusher. I never get blown off the ball. I always hold my gap, pretty stout for 290."


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FL Lottery

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ These Florida lotteries were drawn Monday:

Estimated jackpot: $96 million


(four, zero)


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(five, one, four, zero)


(five, nine, two, six, two)

Estimated jackpot: $158 million

Pick 2 Midday

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Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 5 Midday' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 5 Midday" game were:


(five, nine, two, six, two)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 2 Midday' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 2 Midday" game were:


(four, zero)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 4 Midday' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 4 Midday" game were:


(five, one, four, zero)

Winning numbers drawn in 'Pick 3 Midday' game

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Monday afternoon's drawing of the Florida Lottery's "Pick 3 Midday" game were:


(eight, seven, four)

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