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11 p.m. update: Tiger gets subpoenaed; Heat-Spurs postscripts, reaction; UM notes

On Wednesday evening, the eve of the start of the WGC Championship at Doral, Tiger Woods received something he assuredly wished he had not: a trial subpoena. Woods, who was served at Miami Beach Marina, is supposed to testify Monday in Miami-Dade Circuit Court as part of a South Florida company’s civil suit against Woods’ corporation, ETW.

Bruce Matthews, a South Miami resident, and his company (Gotta Have It Golf Inc.) allege that Woods breached a 2001 licensing agreement by not providing a specified number of autographs and photographs.

“Our client is very frustrated that ETW has not lived up to its agreements and that it has taken this long for the matter to be heard in court,” said Eric Isicoff, one of Matthews’ attorneys.

Matthews’ company is seeking $1.75 million plus another $1 million or so in attorney’s fees.

A six-person all-female jury is hearing the case. The trial began Wednesday. 

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Postscripts from Miami's 111-87 setback at San Antonio, the Heat's most lopsided loss of the season:

### Miami's defeats to Houston and San Antonio marked the first time in the Big Three era that the Heat didn't lead a single time over two consecutive games.

### Miami was betrayed by its defense early (37 Spurs first-quarter points) and was undone by its offense late, which is unusual for the NBA's most efficient team offensively.

The Heat was outscored 29-13 in the fourth, a quarter in which Miami committed 10 turnovers and shot 5 for 16. Chris Bosh was Miami's most effective player tonight (24 points, 10 for 16 shooting), but he had three of those 10 turnovers.  LeBron James had two turnovers in the fourth and five for the game and shot just 6 for 18 on a 19-point night.

James' jump shot has eluded him much of the past two games, after his historic 61-point outburst Monday. James has 41 points on 15 for 36 shooting in the past two games, including 0 for 6 on three-pointers. Kawhi Leonard did good work against him defensively on Thursday.

James blamed his poor shooting partially on wearing sleeved jerseys. The NBA required the Heat and Spurs wear those jerseys Thursday as part of a "Latin Night" promotion. The Heat won't have to wear sleeved jerseys again this season.

"Every time I shoot, I feel like it's pulling underneath my arm," James said. "I already don't have much room for error on my jump shot. Not a big fan of the jerseys.... I missed some shots I'm capable of making. You just move on to the next one."

James, who had his second-worst field-goal percentage of the season, said the Spurs "played me the way they did in the Finals, went under the pick and roll and dared me to shoot."

James, incidentally, ditched his mask during a game, leaving his broken nose exposed two weeks after breaking it. He said before the game that he expected to wear the mask for another week.

"I was frustrated," James said of removing the mask. "It didn't help taking it off. I got a message from my wife at halftime telling me to put it back on, so I may be in trouble when I get home."

"It was his decision to throw it off," Erik Spoelstra said, noting he wasn't medically cleared to do it. "We didn't throw it back at him."

### The Heat's point guard play was some of its worst of the season, with Mario Chalmers closing 2 for 7, with three assists, four turnovers and a minus-21 plus/minus, and Norris Cole finishing 0 for 4 with two assists and a turnover.

Spoelstra opted to use neither of them midway through the fourth quarter, choosing instead to use Michael Beasley alongside Ray Allen and the Big Three. That unit --- which would be a lethal offensive group on some nights --- couldn't make a late push, with the Spurs extending the lead during that stretch.

"Once we got defensive stops, we shot ourselves in the foot," Spoelstra said. "We have to regroup. At times we had decent ball movement. When we fell behind double digits, it looked like we were pressing.... Just four days ago, we were on top of the world. We have to keep perspective."

### Beasley made two of his best defensive plays in memory, one against Tim Duncan and another on a nifty steal early in the fourth. But after scoring nine points in the first half, Beasley couldn't do much offensively with his fourth quarter minutes, closing with 11 points and six rebounds in 21 minutes.

### The Heat fell two games behind Indiana for the No. 1 seed in the conference.

### These slow defensive starts need to stop. Houston scored 39 points against Miami in the first quarter of Tuesday's game, and the Spurs had 37 Thursday.

The last three weeks we've been defending very well," Spoelstra said. "That hasn't been the case the past two weeks. We have to fix it by Sunday [against Chicago]. Setting the tone the beginning of the game hasn't been adequate. That typically isn't a good formula for us."

### San Antonio outrebounded Miami, 45-36, something the Heat couldn't overcome on a night it committed 20 turnovers and shot 43 percent from the field.

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Some Canes notes on a Thursday afternoon:

### Al Golden said “it’s time” for the defensive tackles who have been around, and haven’t seized on their opportunity, to ahem, start seizing on that opportunity. He was speaking of Earl Moore, Jelani Hamilton and Corey King.

“It’s time for those guys,” Golden said a few hours ago. “They’re not young anymore. They have to get it going.”

Asked who’s most improved of the three, Golden mentioned Moore first and then Hamilton.

### Kevin Olsen continues to draw praise through four days of spring football. “Kevin is getting better, playing with a lot more confidence,” Golden said. “He’s seeing it better, playing faster.”

### Ryan Williams threw an interception early in 11-on-11 drills but later threw a touchdown.

"Ryan's doing good,” Golden said. “He's distributing the ball really good for us right now. He's really smart. He gets the ball to guys in a position where they can catch and run, especially on the in-cuts and shallows. A lot of run after catch with Ryan. His length lets him see the in-cuts really well. He's continuing to lead."

### Golden said linebacker Juwon Young, an early enrollee, “has to spend more time studying football. He’s not trusting his key right now. So he’s peeking and reaction. We have to get him to read his keys.”

### Most eye-opening comment from Golden at practice today: He said Ereck Flowers is the only offensive lineman more “gifted” than Taylor Gadbois “in terms of athleticism.” Gadbois is being given every chance to win the starting right tackle job.

“He's punching probably better than anyone on the O-line right now,” Golden said. “For Taylor, it's time. He was patient, got strong. We have to keep working on his conditioning. But I'm excited about Taylor."

Golden also likes how Danny Isidora has played at right guard.

### Early enrollee Braxton Berrios, the four-star receiver from Raleigh, N.C., should return from his torn ACL by June, Golden said. He will be a slot receiver, kick returner and punt returner for UM.

### Golden said Tyriq McCord "is working right now on being a more complete player, and that's going to allow us to play him in every situation [at end or linebacker]. I'm excited about Tyriq right now. He's coachable." Golden said Al-Quadin Muhammad and Trent Harris are also playing at that hybrid defensive end/outside linebacker position.

### Defensive end David Perry, who has had a generally anonymous career at UM, quit the team this week. But Golden didn’t rule out his return.

### Though Gus Edwards has performed well early in camp, Walter Tucker said Edwards had to run on the side Thursday because he was late to practice. Tucker wasn’t throwing Edwards under the bus; he was asked why he was running with Edwards on the side. Even though Tucker wasn’t late, he indicated ran on the side with Edwards as a show of support, to build a bond with his backfield mate.

### Tucker –-- whose other scholarship offers were from Clemson, Purdue, UCF and USF --– said he expected to play linebacker at UM but is happy at running back. He’s splitting time between tailback and fullback. “I’m more of a power back,” he said.

By the way, UM doesn't practice again for 12 days because of spring break.

### UM basketball coach Jim Larranaga said because the Hurricanes’ RPI is not good enough, UM definitely will not be going to the NIT Tournament. So UM’s season will be over after next weekend unless it shockingly wins next weekend's ACC Tournament, which carries an automatic NCAA Tournament berth. UM (15-15, 6-11 in conference) closes its regular season at home Saturday against Wake Forest.

### Larranaga said losing a scholarship each of the next three seasons as part of the school’s NCAA sanctions is very hurtful and has put “handcuffs” on UM. He called this “the most complicated recruiting situation I’ve been involved in,” with UM losing its top six players last year and several seniors this year.

Please see the last post for Dolphins notes from this morning (Miami lost out on a player earlier today) and Heat notes from last night.... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

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canesallltheway

braxton should reshirt, no need to waste a year.

canesallltheway

*redshirt.

Barry, whats the word on Chickillo??

Marios

Larranaga is the best BB coach we've had, even better than Hamilton. This year's team has practically no experienced talent yet he is at .500, great job believe it or not and has good players coming in next year.

frostdog0819

Coach L..and we got one game to go and the tournament..they might be over 500...Go Canes!!!!The defense will be a lot better this year.Not saying I'm a fan of D'Onofrio, but the talent is there.My man Deon Bush is gonna ball out this year."I GOTTA PUT MY CITY BACK ON THE MAP"!!!!!DAMN IM READY FOR LABOR DAY

billpr

"even better than Hamilton". Hamilton was and is terrible, can't recruit and game management sucks. JL is pretty much as good as we'll ever have. We are not a "hoop" school..

u are u ... no DT u ... still

Some Canes notes on a Thursday afternoon:

### Al Golden said “it’s time” for the defensive tackles who have been around, and haven’t seized on their opportunity, to ahem, start seizing on that opportunity. He was speaking of Earl Moore, Jelani Hamilton and Corey King.

“It’s time for those guys,” Golden said a few hours ago. “They’re not young anymore. They have to get it going.”

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ahem ... now they're just mature upper classmen that can't play a lick ...

Not our rival

Posted by: u are u ... no DT u ... still | 03/06/2014 at 06:32 PM

Hush nerd, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry.

In real life UM smashed your team last year and we're not scheduled to play again.

Go find a chat room if you want to troll people on the internet.

naplescane

We have to coach these guys up. We gone need better play out of those tackles baby!!! Go Canes

naplescane

I think the freshman and juco guys will end up playing more than those other guys anyway unless they start ballin. But we have to let the front seven attack more this season.

RichmondHeightsCanes

I think the coaching staff is providing too much information on the progress of the players. Please keep Williams' perferences of where he likes to go with the football in house. The DTs over the past 3 years have not produced, and it is not just the players. I rather the camp is closed to the public, and the coaching staff make the necessay changes to improve the overall team concept (Passion, energy, power, and speed). I am tired of hearing about size and UTough. What about performance on game day by the coaches and players?

RichmondHeightsCanes

Furthermore, I am old-school! The best linemen should be the DTs, and I believe the coaching staff should look within. It is just my observation, but it appears we are loading up on OL. Just play the best 22 first...then fill in the reserves.

RichmondHeightsCanes

Let's hear from the DL, LB, and DB coaches too. What are they doing this year to improve their respective positions? Who are the defensive position coaches? If coach Golden is going to name players to step-up...call out the coaches too. This is the main reason I would respect if he just close camp, and focus on everyone being held accountiable.

Who cares about TDs, Ints, and tackles in the spring or summer training camps! Who cares about a player was awarded to wear a black jersey, because he gained weight and out performed another player in the weight room! What I am interested in this year is to see pre-game and game day adjustments...based on the opponent.

frostdog0819

@RichmondHeightCanes..I like Golden, but he definitely points at his players and not himself. It starts at the top and that is him. I think the defense will be better, but how much I don't know.Also you are right about the assistant coaches.The writing is on the wall,and it reads Boom or Bust.I personally think we will get ten or eleven wins, but the coaching will still be questionable(especially in the losses). I think James Coley is going to be a Great Coach.I remember coach Fisch's first year(the second year was awesome),Coley and the offense is gonna put up numbers. James Coley just turned 40 this year, he is still learning.

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