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Verdict against Bayer, BASF may hold far-reaching implications for similar cases BY BRYCE GRAY

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CAPE GIRARDEAU — A federal jury on Friday found in favor of Bader Farms, a Campbell, Missouri-based peach grower that blamed agrochemical giants Bayer and BASF for encouraging the use of the weedkiller dicamba and causing irreparable damage to its business. Jurors awarded Bader Farms $15 million of the $20.9 million it sought. They also found Bayer — the German company that acquired Creve Coeur-based Monsanto in

2018 — must pay punitive damages. That amount will be decided Saturday. The verdict, which likely will be appealed, is expected to hold far-reaching implications for a wave of similar litigation that also blames dicamba for millions of acres of crop damage seen across U.S. farms in recent years, as the weedkiller has soared to prominence in commercial agriculture. The jury ruled in Bader Farms’ favor on Please see DICAMBA, Page A4

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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Friday revealed that it will not charge former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe, a longtime target of President Donald Trump’s wrath, exacerbating a divide among Trump, his attorney general and federal law enforcement officials. The development came just a day after Attorney General William Barr made a televised entreaty to Trump to stop tweeting about criminal cases — and just hours after Trump defied that request. While three White House officials said Barr, one of Trump’s most loyal Cabinet secretaries, was in no immediate danger of being fired, the attorney general’s relationship with the president seems to be facing its gravest threat yet. Inside and outside the Justice Please see DOJ, Page A10

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Libla put $25,000 into company that failed to win license BY JACK SUNTRUP

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Report details ties between Greitens’ campaign, PAC that attacked rivals

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A graduate of Hazelwood East High School recently filed a federal lawsuit claiming he was held at gunpoint by police while traveling with his college swim team and falsely arrested because he’s black. Jaylan Butler says in his lawsuit that he was the only black member of the Eastern Illinois University swim team and was on his way back from a South Dakota meet on Butler the evening of Feb. 24, 2019. The team’s charter bus stopped on a frontage road off Interstate 80 in northwestern Illinois and a

JEFFERSON CITY — In the summer of 2016, as political newcomer Eric Greitens was running in the four-way GOP primary for governor, a mysterious political action committee began running advertisements attacking two of his top rivals. At the time, the treasurer of LG PAC denied any coordination between the group and the Greitens campaign. Such entities are not allowed to coordinate with candidates. But a report released by the Missouri Ethics Commission on Thursday details evidence of coordination between the

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JEFFERSON CITY — One of the Legislature’s most outspoken critics of the way Missouri awarded medical marijuana licenses acknowledged on Friday that he’d invested about $25,000 in a company that failed to secure a license. Libla “I have invested in one, that’s true,” Sen. Doug Libla, R-Poplar Bluff, told the Post-Dispatch. Libla said he didn’t believe it was a conflict of interest for him to criticize the Department of Health and Senior Services on the Senate floor at the same time he had business before the state. He said

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Alton tours to trace history of Underground Railroad JOE HOLLEMAN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

RIGHTEOUS PATH: Local history buffs will want to climb on board a civil rights-inspired tour starting later this month in Alton. The Underground Railroad, the system of trails and shelters that escaped slaves used to flee the South before the Civil War, is the subject of two-hour guided tours by the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau. The first shuttle tour is Feb. 29, with 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. trips. Other tours will follow on the last Saturday of the month through June. The tours will be conducted by history professor and author J.E. Robinson of Alton. Sites on the tour include two churches that played crucial roles in the underground operation: The Union Baptist Church in Alton, organized in 1836, is one of the oldest black churches in Illinois. The congregation was started by John Anderson, who was the newspaper pressman for abolitionist Elijah P. Lovejoy. In 1837, Lovejoy was killed by a pro-slavery mob. New Bethel-Rocky Fork AME Church in Godfrey was one of the first stops, as early as 1816, for slaves escaping Missouri, according to the National Park Service. Tours begin at the Alton Visitors Center, 200 Piasa Street. Tickets are $25 per person. For tickets or information, call 618-465-6676 or 1-800-258-6645, or go to visitalton.com/shuttle.

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A tunnel at 325 Third Street in Alton was once part of the Underground Railroad. lard home and office of Dr. Franz Arzt. Other guests will be author and Route 66 expert Joe Sondermann; St. Louis Browns baseball historian Ed Wheatley; Mike Truax, head of the 1904 World’s Fair Society; and historian Chris Naffziger. The day begins at 10 a.m. in the museum’s Lee Auditorium, with music by Jim Ford and Steve Galati. It is free and open to the public. DOING GOOD: When it comes time to send Valentines, the St. Louis Crisis Nursery has sent a big one to Sandon and Karen Wool of Town and Country. The pair was named as the agency’s “Couple of the Year.” This is the 23rd year that the agency has bestowed the award on an STL couple who has aided the agency’s goal to prevent child abuse and neglect. DiAnne Mueller, the agency’s chief executive, said the Wools “are longtime, very generous supporters of the St. Louis Crisis Nursery and they are particularly sensitive to the homeless population we serve.” The award will be presented to the Wools on April 4 at the nursery’s Razzle Dazzle Ball at the Sheraton Westport Lakeside Chalet. KMOV host/reporter Laura Hettiger will serve as emcee.

ODD ASSORTMENT: The Rabbitt, as in Johnny, never rests. Radio veteran Ron Elz will host another history program Thursday at the Missouri History Museum — one that will feature the Post-Dispatch’s Weatherbird artist Dan Martin. The subject of the event is “Our Own Oddities,” inspired by the popular illustrated feature in the P-D, drawn by Ralph Graczak from 1940 to 1990. Martin, who worked with Graczak and wrote the foreword to the newspaper’s 2009 book about the column, will talk about the late artist. Also on hand with personal recollections will be Ralph Graczak Jr. Former KSHE Radio stalwarts Ron SteHOUSE NOTE: If your American Dream vens and Joy Grdnic will talk about the includes owning a home, then STL is a oddities and eccentricities uncovered during their restoration of the 1875 Sou- good place to dream.

Karen and Sandon Wool St. Louis was No. 10, among the largest 100 U.S. cities, in a list from RealtyHop that compares average home prices. The average cost in our fair burg is $165,000. RealtyHop is an online real estate site. Comparing it to our major-city neighbors, we are not as affordable as Memphis, Tennessee, ($155,000) or Cincinnati ($161,000). We are slightly cheaper than Indianapolis ($165,700), Kansas City ($175,000) and Louisville, Kentucky, ($189,000). Both Chicago and Nashville, Tennessee, are far pricier, with homes averaging $310,000. The most expensive homes are in San Francisco ($1.45 million); the cheapest are in Detroit ($50,000). Joe Holleman • 314-340-8254 @stlsherpa on Twitter jholleman@post-dispatch.com

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King Princess turns up volume on her album at Pageant BY DANIEL DURCHHOLZ

Special to the Post-Dispatch

“We need to get me another hit; I’m so (bleeping) tired of playing this song,” King Princess pouted before playing “1950” near the end of her concert Thursday night at the Pageant. “But,” she added, “I do love it.” Loving it would be something she shares with her fans, who filled the venue to capacity and seemed to know every word of “1950” and, indeed, the whole of the young singer’s repertoire: the 13 tracks from her debut album, “Cheap Queen,” which was released in October, plus the 2018 EP that preceded it, “Make My Bed,” which includes “1950.” Don’t bet against King Princess — real name Mikaela Straus — scoring another hit, or maybe even many. At 21, she has already released a number of songs that sound like they were built for bigger venues. Possessed of both confidence and insouciant charm, she worked the

Pageant stage and bantered with the audience — “I’m a little drunk. I feel like talking,” she quipped at one point — like a veteran performer. Some of that talk was a little loopy. She said she thought the venue smelled like waffles and talked about her shoes, which she said a fan insisted on buying for her. She also asserted that her album is good, adding, “I know you think it’s good because you bought the damn tickets.” Straus played “Cheap Queen” in its entirety, although not in sequence, plus some earlier songs. Much of her material deals with ex-girlfriends or relationships teetering on the brink. The drama is right there in the titles, such as “Do You Wanna See Me Cry?” “You Destroyed My Heart” and “Trust Nobody,” and it was palpable onstage. She also connected with “Homegirl,” on which the singer wrestles with her sexuality, as well as “Pussy Is God,” which celebrates it forthrightly.

Backed by a four-piece band, Straus sang, danced and struck poses, occasionally sitting down to play piano. But she really kicked up the energy in the room when she strapped on a guitar. Her songs alternate between cool, understated pop tracks such as “Prophet” and the swaying “Ain’t Together” and celebratory dance numbers like “Hit the Back.” But Straus also rocks, and her songs often hit harder in concert than they do on record. That was scarcely possible on “Ohio,” one of two encore numbers drawn from the deluxe edition of “Cheap Queen” (which was released Friday), whose original is itself a barn-burner. That elusive new hit King Princess is hoping for may come sooner than later. She’s got the goods to make it happen. Industrial/hip-hop artist Kilo Kish opened the show. There was also a brief lip-sync appearance by a local drag performer whose name was not announced.

is 65. Singer Ali Campbell (UB40) is 61. Actor Joseph R. Gannascoli (“The Sopranos”) is 61. Bassist Mikey Craig of Culture Club is 60. Actor Steven Michael Quezada (“Breaking Borstein Bad”) is 57. Country singer Michael Reynolds of Pinmonkey is 56. Actress Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”) is 49. Actress Renee O’Connor (“Xena: Warrior Princess”) is 49.

Actress Sarah Wynter (“24”) is 47. Singer Brandon Boyd of Incubus is 44. Drummer Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers is 44. Singer-guitarist Adam Granduciel of The War on Drugs is 41. Actress Groening Amber Riley (“Glee”) is 34. Rapper Meghan Thee Stallion is 25. Actor Zach Gordon (“Diary of a Wimpy Kid” films) is 22.

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS Actress Claire Bloom is 89. Songwriter Brian Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland) is 79. Drummer Mick Avory of The Kinks is 76. Jazz saxophonist Henry Threadgill is 76. Actress Marisa Berenson (“Barry Lyndon”) is 73. Actress Jane Seymour is 69. Singer Melissa Manchester is 69. Actress Lynn Whitfield (“Madea’s Family Reunion”) is 67. Cartoonist Matt Groening (“The Simpsons”) is 66. Model Janice Dickinson is 65. Actor Christopher McDonald (“Harry’s Law,” “Family Law”)

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ST. LOUIS — Aldermen on Friday advanced a bill that would raise pay for city civil service employees for the next two years in a bid to address staffing shortages and give most workers a one-time $1,000 bonus in April. The Board of Aldermen on Friday gave preliminary approval to Board Bill 200, sponsored by Alderman Carol Howard, D-14th Ward. The bill is up for a final vote Friday. If approved, the pay hikes would go into effect over the next two fiscal years beginning next summer. The bill would increase the annual merit raise for civil service workers to 3% from the current 1.5% for fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Full-time workers employed as of March 29 would also receive a one-time $1,000 bonus in April. The pay raises would help retain city staff and attract new hires, Howard said. The city has experienced an uptick in eco-

‘We call on them for all kinds of things and I think that they are well deserving of this pay increase.’ Carol Howard, alderman nomic growth in recent years, but civil service employees haven’t had a meaningful raise since 2003, she said. “We call on them for all kinds of things and I think that they are well deserving of this pay increase,” Howard said. Aldermen Sharon Tyus, D-1st Ward, and Jesse Todd, D-18th Ward, said they supported raises for city employees but that the city could better address staffing shortages by cutting unneeded positions, marketing vacancies to residents and connecting them with job training programs. “I do not think we are doing everything we can to hire people,” Tyus said.

Board Bill 200 also includes a provision writing into city ordinance a $15 minimum wage for civil service employees, which was ordered by the mayor last month. Mayor Lyda Krewson issued an executive order setting $15 as the new minimum wage for civil service employees. The order, which takes effect this month, raises the pay for about 720 current workers and about 300 to be hired on a seasonal basis in the spring and summer. The pay increases in Board Bill 200 will cost the city about $4.8 million in fiscal year 2020, $6.7 million in fiscal year 2021 and $13.6 million in fiscal year 2022, according to estimates. The statewide minimum wage set by Missouri law is $9.45 an hour, up from $8.60 in 2019. The federal minimum wage, which hasn’t changed since 2009, is $7.25 an hour. Nassim Benchaabane • 314-340-8167 @NassimBnchabane on Twitter nbenchaabane@post-dispatch.com

Two women, two girls killed in crash in Lake Saint Louis Judge dismisses double murder case BY KIM BELL

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. CHARLES COUNTY — The Missouri Highway Patrol identified two of the four people killed after a pickup truck crossed a grassy median on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) and veered into oncoming traffic on Friday morning. All four killed were from Louisville, Kentucky, the state patrol said. The two 44-year-old women are Carrie McCaw and Lesley Prather. Two 12-year-old girls also died, and the patrol did not release their names because they are minors. The crash occurred about 11 a.m. near Highway N and Exit 4A. The eastbound pickup crossed into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with two passenger vehicles, including a minivan. All four occupants of the minivan were killed, said patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson. The driver of the pickup suffered

injuries not considered life-threatening, Thompson said. Two people in the other passenger car suffered no serious injuries, he added. Two of the people in the minivan died at the scene and the other two died at a hospital. Thompson said he didn’t know whether the four were related. Authorities have not revealed what may have caused the driver of the pickup to lose control. An investigation is underway. The highway there has cable barriers running along the median designed to protect against crossover crashes. Thompson said the cable barrier was intact at the crash site. The pickup apparently breached the barrier by rolling over it in the crash, he said. Lake Saint Louis police said the crash closed both westbound lanes of the highway from Winghaven Boulevard to Lake Saint Louis Boulevard. All lanes were reopened by 2 p.m. Friday.

Suspect has been jailed for months without indictment BY JOEL CURRIER

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis judge has dismissed a double murder case against a man who’s been jailed since August without a preliminary hearing or indictment. Associate Circuit Judge Craig Higgins on Thursday dismissed Willie E. Little’s case after Little’s public defender, Nora Curran, argued Little’s nearly six months in jail without an indictment or preliminary hearing violated Missouri Supreme Court rules. Prosecutors also filed a memo Thursday dismissing the two counts of first-degree murder

and two counts of armed criminal action against Little. Little, 63, was charged in August in the shooting deaths of Toni Washburn, 41, and Mark Kuhlenberg, 62. Washburn was the mother of Little’s two children and Kuhlenberg was her new boyfriend. Curran and District Defender Matthew Mahaffey said Friday that Little’s 176 days in jail exceeded a Missouri Supreme Court rule that says “a preliminary hearing shall be held within a reasonable time” after felony charges are filed. For most criminal cases in the 22nd Circuit, prosecutors seek grand jury indictments within 90 days of charges being filed instead of holding preliminary hearings. Curran and Mahaffey said they didn’t know why the circuit attorney’s office didn’t or couldn’t

secure a grand jury indictment in Little’s case. A spokeswoman for the circuit attorney’s office said investigators are awaiting additional DNA evidence, which they expect back in March, and then plan to refile the charges. Police said last year that Little admitted that he was in the apartment in the 1400 block of Benton Street where Washburn and Kuhlenberg were fatally shot — days before their bodies were found in the bed of a pickup truck in the 1100 block of North Market Street. Residents called police Aug. 16 to report blood leaking from a pickup that had been parked there for a couple of days. They also reported a foul odor and swarming flies. Joel Currier • 314-340-8132 @joelcurrier on Twitter jcurrier@post-dispatch.com

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A worker downtown makes his way through a cloud of steam rising from underground utilities on Chestnut and 11th streets as morning temperatures hovered in the single digits on Friday.

Judge dismisses double murder case Suspect has been jailed for months without indictment BY JOEL CURRIER

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — A St. Louis judge has dismissed a double murder case against a man who’s been jailed since August without a preliminary hearing or indictment. Associate Circuit Judge Craig Higgins on Thursday dismissed Willie E. Little’s case after Little’s public defender, Nora Curran, argued Little’s nearly six months in jail without an indictment or preliminary hearing violated Missouri Supreme Court rules. Prosecutors also filed a memo Thursday dismissing the two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of armed criminal action against Little. Little, 63, was charged in August in the shooting deaths of

Toni Washburn, 41, and Mark Kuhlenberg, 62. Washburn was the mother of Little’s two children and Kuhlenberg was her new boyfriend. Curran and District Defender Matthew Mahaffey said Friday that Little’s 176 days in jail exceeded a Missouri Supreme Court rule that says “a preliminary hearing shall be held within a reasonable time” after felony charges are filed. For most criminal cases in the 22nd Circuit, prosecutors seek grand jury indictments within 90 days of charges being filed instead of holding preliminary hearings. Curran and Mahaffey said they didn’t know why the circuit attorney’s office didn’t or couldn’t secure a grand jury indictment in Little’s case. A spokeswoman for the circuit attorney’s office said investigators are awaiting additional DNA evidence, which they expect back in March, and then plan to refile the charges.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY — Four people, two women and two girls, were killed Friday in a head-on collision near Lake Saint Louis while traveling to a weekend volleyball tournament. Those killed were identified as Carrie McCaw, 44, Kacey McCaw, 12, Lesley Prather, 44, and Rhyan Prather, 12, all of Louisville, Kentucky. The Missouri Highway Patrol said the four were riding in a minivan when a pickup truck crashed into them after crossing into a median on Highway 40 (Interstate 64) and veering into oncoming traffic. The crash occurred about 11 a.m. near Highway N and Exit 4A. The eastbound pickup crossed into the westbound lanes and collided head-on with two passenger vehicles, including the minivan. All four occupants of the minivan were killed, said patrol Cpl. Dallas Thompson. The driver of the pickup suffered injuries not considered life-threatening, Thompson

said. Two people in the other passenger car suffered no serious injuries, he added. The women and their daughters were headed to a volleyball tournament in Kansas City, according to a statement from Jared Rudiger, the tournament director. “Everyone connected to the Triple Crown NIT is devastated at learning of the loss of four members of the KIVA family who died in a car accident Friday on their way to the tournament,” the statement said. KIVA is the Kentucky Indiana Volleyball Academy. “Words are unable to express our sadness at the loss of Carrie and Kacey McCaw and Lesley and Rhyan Prather; we have been close partners with KIVA through the building of this event, and we will stand by them in this moment, along with all the KIVA families and loved ones,” the statement said. Carrie McCaw was identified as a Louisville firefighter. The city’s mayor, Greg Fischer, tweeted: “My heart is breaking at the loss of four Louisvillians,

including a Louisville firefighter, killed in a tragic accident today in Missouri. I ask that you join me in keeping their families, friends and co-workers in your hearts and prayers.” Lesley Prather played volleyball at the University of Louisville from 1998 to 2001, according to a tweet from the university. Authorities said an investigation is underway to determine what caused the driver of the pickup to lose control. The highway there has cable barriers running along the median designed to protect against crossover crashes. Thompson said the cable barrier was intact at the crash site. The pickup apparently breached the barrier by rolling over it in the crash, he said. Lake Saint Louis police said the crash closed both westbound lanes of the highway from Winghaven Boulevard to Lake Saint Louis Boulevard. All lanes were reopened by 2 p.m. Friday. Taylor Tiamoyo Harris of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this article.

Aldermen advance civil service pay hike bill BY NASSIM BENCHAABANE

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — Aldermen on Friday advanced a bill that would raise pay for city civil service employees for the next two years in a bid to address staffing shortages and give most workers a one-time $1,000 bonus in April. The Board of Aldermen on Friday gave preliminary approval to Board Bill 200, sponsored by Alderman Carol Howard, D-14th Ward. The bill is up for a final vote Friday. If approved, the pay hikes would go into effect over the next two fiscal years beginning next summer. The bill would increase the annual merit raise for civil service workers to 3% from the current 1.5% for fiscal years 2021 and 2022. Full-time workers employed as of March 29 would also receive a one-time $1,000 bonus

in April. The pay raises would help retain city staff and attract new hires, Howard said. The city has experienced an uptick in economic growth in recent years, but civil service employees haven’t had a meaningful raise since 2003, she said. “We call on them for all kinds of things and I think that they are well deserving of this pay increase,” Howard said. Aldermen Sharon Tyus, D-1st Ward, and Jesse Todd, D-18th Ward, said they supported raises for city employees but that the city could better address staffing shortages by cutting unneeded positions, marketing vacancies to residents and connecting them with job training programs. “I do not think we are doing everything we can to hire people,” Tyus said. Board Bill 200 also includes a

provision writing into city ordinance a $15 minimum wage for civil service employees, which was ordered by the mayor last month. Mayor Lyda Krewson issued an executive order setting $15 as the new minimum wage for civil service employees. The order, which takes effect this month, raises the pay for about 720 current workers and about 300 to be hired on a seasonal basis in the spring and summer. The pay increases in Board Bill 200 will cost the city about $4.8 million in fiscal year 2020, $6.7 million in fiscal year 2021 and $13.6 million in fiscal year 2022, according to estimates. The statewide minimum wage set by Missouri law is $9.45 an hour, up from $8.60 in 2019. The federal minimum wage, which hasn’t changed since 2009, is $7.25 an hour.

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LOCAL DIGEST ST. LOUIS — Meeting on freeholders set: An aldermanic committee that has delayed approval of the city’s appointees to the regional Board of Freeholders will meet Tuesday for the first time since Nov. 22. The 1 p.m. session of the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee was called Friday by vice chairwoman Sharon Tyus, who acted amid chairman Sam Moore’s continued absence from City Hall because of health issues. It was unclear, however, how close the panel is to an agreement on sending a slate of nine city freeholders appointees to the full Board of Aldermen for approval. The freeholders board, spurred by petition drives in the city and St. Louis County,

is assigned to consider changes in the two jurisdictions’ governmental structure for possible submission to area voters at an election. The county’s nine members and one state-appointed member held an initial meeting Nov. 12 but have not met again while they await the approval of the city members.

judge of the 32nd Judicial Circuit, which covers Bollinger, Perry and Cape Girardeau counties. He was born in 1979 and lives in Cape Girardeau. He earned a bachelor of arts in political science in 2001 and a law degree in 2004 from the University of MissouriColumbia. Gardner is a member of the Missouri Bar Foundation JEFFERSON CITY — Cape board of trustees as well as a Girardeau judge named to member of the Cape West appeals court: Gov. Mike Rotary Club. Parson appointed on Friday Judge Michael E. Gardner to ST. LOUIS — Court plans warthe Missouri Court of Ap- rant amnesty: The St. Louis peals, Eastern District. Municipal Court will hold a Gardner, a native of Cape four-day warrant amnesty Girardeau, succeeds Judge program Feb. 24-27. Lawrence E. Mooney, who Defendants with outretired in September 2019. standing bench warrants for Gardner serves as circuit many types of city ordinance

violations can show up in court on those days to pay fines without facing arrest. Defendants also can request payment plans. Those unable to pay can ask to perform community service. Bench warrants are issued for the arrest of people who don’t show up for scheduled court appearances. Such defendants normally can be arrested and forced to pay for bail in addition to a fine for the original charge. The amnesty excludes people charged with driving under the influence, leaving the scene of an accident and prostitution. The court, at 1520 Market Street, will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the first three days and from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 27.

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Bill Bader, owner of Bader Farms in Campbell, Mo., surveys trees for damage in August 2016. The peach grower blamed agrochemical giants Bayer and BASF for encouraging the use of the weedkiller dicamba and causing irreparable damage to his business.

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every count — determining that Bayer and BASF committed negligence and acted together in a conspiracy to promote dicamba product systems. Lawyers for the companies claimed during the trial that Bader Farms’ losses stemmed from root fungus and adverse weather events, such as hail and ice storms, rather than drift from the herbicide. They pointed to tree losses and challenges the farm faced before the 2015 emergence of the new dicamba technology under fire. But Bader Farms’ lawyers argued that rampant dicamba damage was a foreseeable consequence of the introduction of new crop varieties genetically engineered to tolerate dicamba. In fact, they argued that the volatile chemical’s tendency to drift and move off-target was a selling point recognized by the companies: Farmers using dicamba spray and seeds that tolerate the chemical were immune from damage, while those with other crops nearby risked damage when the weedkiller didn’t stay in the intended fields.

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he didn’t disclose his investment on the Senate floor. Rejected applicants have heaped criticism on the state, saying a third-party scorer hired to grade applications dropped the ball, unfairly dooming businesses that had invested hundreds of thousands of dollars. Libla said his personal experience with the scoring process gave him insight

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coach suggested Butler take a selfie in front of a “Buckle Up. It’s the Law” sign for the team’s social media account, the suit said. He was walking back to the bus when police cars arrived, emergency lights flashing. Butler, remembering his father’s advice when encountering police, dropped his cellphone and fell to his knees with his hands up, the suit said. Butler was compliant and

“It was part of the plan the whole time,” said Billy Randles, the lawyer making closing arguments on behalf of Bader Farms. He pointed to internal company documents that anticipated damage from off-target dicamba drift before the new technology’s release, and “defensive planting” sales to farmers seeking to protect themselves. “They mapped out the number of people they were going to hurt, and put it out, anyway,” Randles said. “It was not compatible with Midwestern agriculture,” he said. “You buy it, or else.” Bader Farms, Randles argued, is particularly vulnerable, given Southeast Missouri’s status as a national epicenter of dicamba damage complaints in recent years, and the heavy adoption of dicamba-tolerant crops in the area. “Bader Farms is an island in a sea of dicamba,” he said. Bayer’s defense focused largely on what it framed as the “core issue” of establishing proof that dicamba was the specific cause of problems on the orchard. “The story of what has been happening at Bader Farms has not been consis-

tent,” said Jan Paul Miller, the attorney providing Bayer’s closing argument. He outlined past issues the farm’s trees have faced, ranging from hail to non-dicamba harm from a crop duster in recent years — problems he said could account for lost productivity, rather than dicamba. “If you add those things together, you’re back up to the yield they should have been having,” he said. Lawyers for BASF, which produces a popular form of new dicamba spray called Engenia, said there wasn’t evidence that its products hurt Bader’s operation. “The plaintiffs have not offered any evidence at all that they think it was specifically Engenia herbicide that reached their farm,” said attorney John Mandler, adding that no witnesses could “confirm what source or product it was that made it to Bader Farms.” He also fought accusations that the company coordinated with Monsanto, which was characterized as a fierce competitor, rather than a conspirator. “They each controlled their own products,” Mandler said. “We didn’t know where the seed was even planted.”

One key issue raised in the case is that new, “lowvolatility” forms of dicamba spray — less prone to vaporizing and drifting off target — had not yet been approved for use, when the first varieties of dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybean seeds were introduced. The availability of the seeds without the intended spray led to a situation where some farmers illegally used older, more volatile forms of the chemical instead, knowing that their crops would be unaffected. Those “off-label” applications were blamed for driving dicamba complaints in the 2015 and 2016 growing seasons, before improved formulations were on the market. But even after new products debuted in 2017, reports of dicamba damage persisted, and even accelerated, as more acreage was sprayed with the chemical. Both Bayer and BASF argued that their product labels clearly warned farmers with dicamba-tolerant seeds not to spray illegal alternatives. The companies also pointed to the Environmental Protection Agency’s independent approval of new dicamba sprays as a testament to safety, if used properly.

into the problems that occurred. “I’m looking out for everybody that’s invested in this,” he said. “A lot of people have sent me their information,” he said, adding that their problems “kind of resembles everything that I’ve seen also on our own application.” Libla said he invested a minority stake in a company led by Colby Robertson. According to state records, Robertson filed three applications to open cul-

tivation facilities: two in Butler County and one in Ripley County. The name of the company is Ozark Med Manufacturing. All three applications were rejected, according to state records. The same company also applied for two marijuana-infused products manufacturing licenses, but the state rejected those applications as well. Libla has described the medical marijuana scoring process as a “boondoggle” with “serious flaws.” He has

said he would introduce legislation to fix the problems, but he had proposed no bills as of Friday. The state has declined to release copies of each business applicant’s “ownership structure form,” which would reveal any ownership stakes in medical marijuana companies by elected officials or others. Elected officials do have to make personal financial disclosures with the Missouri Ethics Commission annually.

did not resist, but officers forced him face down into the snowy ground at gunpoint, used profanity and one put a gun to his head and threatened to “blow your (expletive) head off,” the suit says. After the bus driver and a coach intervened, the officers allowed Butler up but did not remove the handcuffs, the suit said. Instead, they told him he was being arrested for resisting arrest, patted him down and searched his coat pockets before detaining him in a police vehicle. Several minutes later, police

removed his handcuffs and allowed him to retrieve his ID from the bus. They did not tell Butler why they detained him, didn’t document the stop and search as required under Illinois law or give him a “stop receipt” with the name and badge number of the arresting officer, which is also required, the suit said. The incident traumatized Butler, who is now angry, scared and depressed, the suit said. Butler told the Post-Dispatch on Friday that immediately after the incident, “I

tried to bury it. Tried to put on a brave face.” He said he didn’t want to be asked about it or reminded of it. He said his teammates and coaches were “shaken up pretty bad. You could just feel the change of energy on the bus.” The lively, joking mood inspired by good results at the conference championship in South Dakota turned into sounds of crying and sniffling, he said. Butler speculates that if he had ignored his father’s advice and had run back to the bus, he might have been shot or killed.

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Eric Greitens, center, talks with his campaign manager Austin Chambers, left, in August 2016 at a watch party in Chesterfield after Greitens was declared the winner of the Republican primary for governor. Greitens signed a consent order with the Missouri Ethics Commission this week, acknowledging that regulators had probable cause to believe his campaign had committed two violations of state campaign finance law in 2016.

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by Greitens for Missouri.” The commission fined the Greitens campaign $178,000 on Thursday — in part for failing to report in-kind donations from LG PAC — but the ethics commission said the campaign could pay $38,000 so long as it commits no more violations. Jordan Libowitz, spokesman for Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said the ruling bolsters the group’s assertions. The group had filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission alleging outside groups purposely worked to hide the source of donations. “It makes us feel pretty validated,” Libowitz said Friday. “You don’t often see this kind of coordination exposed in this kind of way.” Libowitz said coordination between PACs and campaigns “defeats the purpose” of campaign finance laws, which require candidates to report their donors. Though Missouri officials fined the Greitens campaign for failure to report help from LG PAC, the commission dismissed an allegation that the Greitens campaign illegally tried to conceal donors “given the legal framework that allows committees and candidates to fundraise for other entities.” The 21-page report by the Missouri Ethics Commission, the culmination of a 20-month investigation, describes events dating to 2015. That spring, Greitens’ campaign began working with two consultants from C5 Creative Consulting, headed by Nick Ayers. Ayers went on to serve as chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence after the 2016 election. The report says that in October 2015, one of the C5 consultants left to become Greitens’ campaign manager. The report doesn’t name the campaign manager, but Austin Chambers, a former C5 consultant, was Greitens’ campaign manager. Chambers did not respond to a request for comment. In October 2015, the campaign manager emailed Greitens with a list of objectives that he and the consultant, presumably Ayers, had developed. The objectives included conducting opposition research on Greitens’ Republican rivals: former House Speaker Catherine Hanaway, businessman John Brunner and then-Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder. “This is a potential outside expense,” the campaign manager said in the memo, clarifying that research on Kinder could be conducted in-house. “The goal this week is to determine what research we want to gain for each,

Butler started swimming at Hazelwood East and swam there all four years, graduating in 2018, he said. Now a sophomore at Eastern Illinois University, he is again on its swim team this year. The lawsuit was filed last month in U.S. District Court in the Central District of Illinois and announced by the ACLU of Illinois this week. It seeks unspecified damages for state and federal claims including unlawful search and seizure, excessive detention, excessive force and false arrest. Named as defendants were officers with

and to finalize vendor/ timeline.” In the second half of 2015, the Greitens campaign put together a list of potential donors “who either could not give, or elected not to give, directly to” the Greitens campaign, according to the report. In 2015 and 2016, according to the report, the unnamed political consultant directed Greitens campaign officials to forward names of the potential donors to Tom Norris, of Freedom Frontier, a Texas-based nonprofit that doesn’t have to reveal its donors. According to the ethics commission, Freedom Frontier contributed $4.4 million to LG PAC between June 1 and July 29, 2016, when the GOP primary for governor was heating up. Freedom Frontier was LG PAC’s only donor, according to the report. Contributions from Freedom Frontier appeared to correspond with more than $4.3 million in ad buys that summer, according to the ethics commission. The ethics commission mentions four LG PAC ads, all negative and all against Hanaway and Brunner. The PAC’s name was an attempt to tie the ads to Kinder, the thenlieutenant governor, has said. “Catherine Hanaway led the fight to get taxpayers to pay hundreds of millions for a new Cardinals’ stadium,” one ad said. “Hanaway for governor? Hmm ... I don’t think so.” (Hanaway, a partner with the Husch Blackwell law firm, went on to represent Greitens in campaign finance matters.) When LG PAC made the purchases, according to the ethics commission, one of the Greitens campaign vendors sent an email alert to the campaign manager. The campaign manager’s response appears to refer to Ayers. “Hoping this is NA,” the campaign manager said. “Pretty boy to the rescue,” another vendor said the next day in an email chain, in an apparent reference to Ayers. The report says the consultant was “ostensibly disconnected” from the Greitens campaign in the months before the August 2016 primary. In July 2016, according to the report, the campaign manager (Chambers) spoke to the consultant (Ayers) by phone and “expressed a concern” about the Springfield, Missouri, media market. After that conversation, according to the report, LG PAC spent nearly $100,000 on advertising in Springfield. On July 28, the campaign manager emailed a Greitens vendor about the Springfield ad buy. “Well at least he listened when I told him we were worried about Brunner in Springfield.”

the Hampton Police Department, the East Moline Police Department and the Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office. Rock Island County Sheriff Gerry Bustos said officers were involved in a manhunt for a fugitive at the time. He denied the claims against his deputies, saying they arrived after Butler was in custody, the Quad-City Times reported. East Moline police Chief Jeff Ramsey declined to comment via email Thursday. Hampton police did not return a message seeking comment.


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Kraft Heinz is downgraded, rekindling bond market fears

BUSINESS DIGEST long downturn but is facing a fresh challenge from Boeing’s troubles, which also affect hundreds of suppliers. Manufacturing output is down 0.8% in the past year, hurt by the U.S.-China trade war and slower global growth.

Caleres shares fall on sales news: Caleres shares fell 20% Friday after the Clayton-based shoe manufacturer reported a 3% decline in fourth quarter sales. The shares closed at $14.27, their lowest level since August 2012. The results, which Caleres said were preliminary, showed a 5.1% increase in same-store sales at the Famous Footwear chain but a 9% decline in the company’s brand portfolio. “Holiday sales at a number of our retail partners were disappointing and our selling in the value channel has been difficult,” CEO Diane Sullivan said in a statement. “Retail partners continue to tightly manage inventory levels and limit reordering and replenishment.” The company completed an early-retirement program in the fourth quarter, which ended Jan. 31, and took other restructuring actions that it expects will save between $8 million and $10 million a year.

sizable portion of its business in order to reduce debt. Kraft Heinz also needs to cut its dividend, Fitch said in August, but the company said Thursday it would maintain the annual $2 billion payout to shareholders. “We believe it’s important to Kraft Heinz shareholders to maintain our dividend during this time of transformation,” Michael Mullen, a spokesman for the company, said in an emailed statement. Kraft Heinz remains committed to reducing leverage “over time,” he said. The company plans to release a more detailed turnaround plan around the time of its next earnings report in early May. Until then, the maker of Jell-O and Classico pasta sauce is giving credit raters little reason to be patient. S&P rates the company one step above junk and is reviewing it for downgrade, while an equivalent rating from Moody’s now carries a negative outlook as of Friday. Kraft Heinz closed Friday at $26.88, down 89 cents. The company’s shares are down nearly 44% in the past year.

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Kraft Heinz Co., the iconic food giant created in a merger five years ago, was downgraded to junk on Friday by Fitch Ratings, raising fresh worries among investors that a slowing economy could threaten the broader corporate bond market. Fitch cut its long-term rating on the packaged-food company by one level, from BBB- to BB+, but kept its outlook at stable. A BB level, or “junk,” rating for companies is seen as having higher risk to lenders. Though Kraft Heinz, with just under $30 billion of debt, is a relatively small investment-grade issuer, it would become one of the top three in high yield if another credit rater follows Fitch. It’s just one of many companies that have wound up with a massive debt load as the result of deals, jeopardizing credit ratings in the process. The food giant, created in a merger orchestrated by Warren Buffett and the private equity firm 3G Capital, is in the midst of a turnaround as its brands fall

Boeing, engineers’ union reach deal: Boeing Co. said it has agreed to a tentative deal with its engineers’ union to extend its labor contract by another four years. Under the agreement, an incentive plan for employees will be raised to 5% of eligible earnings from 3.85%, the company said late on Thursday. It will also establish fixed salary adjustment funds for each year from 2020 through 2026. Boeing’s current contract is set to expire in 2022. The contract with Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA) will cover about 18,000 engineering and technical employees, the company said. The deal was endorsed by SPEEA’s board and is expected U.S. retail sales rose in January: to be put for voting by the union U.S. retail sales rose a modest 0.3% members between Feb. 24 and in January, a slight improvement March 9, the company said. over December, as unseasonably warm weather boosted sales at Motorola wins big trade secrets hardware stores and furniture case: Motorola Solutions Inc. said stores. The gain was in line with on Friday it had won a $764.6 milexpectations. lion jury verdict in a trade secret The Commerce Department theft and copyright infringement said Friday that the January ad- case against Chinese rival Hytera vance followed a 0.2% rise in sales Communications Corp. in December. A U.S. jury in Chicago found Consumer spending accounts Shenzhen-based Hytera used for about two-thirds of economic Motorola Solutions’ confidential growth and economists are count- documents and copyright-proing on consumers to remain strong tected source code to compete to offset weakness in other areas in the market for two-way radio of the economy such as trade and communications. business investment. Hytera, a former distributor of Motorola Solutions products, told Max troubles weigh on manufac- jurors it had developed its radios turing: U.S. manufacturing out- on its own. put fell slightly in January, driven The verdict was the maximum lower by Boeing’s decision to halt amount Motorola Solutions had production of its troubled 737 Max asked jurors to award. aircraft. Motorola Solutions said it was The Federal Reserve said Friday planning to seek an injunction that factory output declined 0.1% preventing Hytera from further last month after eking out a 0.1% misappropriating trade secrets gain in December. Excluding the and infringing copyrights. A lawyer for Hytera did not reproduction of airplanes and parts, spond to a request for comment. factory production rose 0.3%. U.S. manufacturing has shown From staff and wire reports signs of recovering from a year-

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Bottles of Heinz ketchup are shown on a shelf of a market in Barre, Vt. Kraft Heinz Co. was downgraded to a “junk” rating on Friday. out of favor with consumers. It reported a drop in fourth quarter sales Thursday that sent its bonds and stock tumbling, the latest sign that the company’s turnaround plan still has a long way to go. “Kraft is to investment grade as Velveeta is to cheese,” said Christian Hoffmann, a portfolio manager at Thornburg Investment Management. “The ingredients dictate what something is and Kraft Heinz is junk.” Fitch, in its downgrade, said Kraft Heinz may need to divest a

Southwest union seeks mediation BY TRACY RUCINSKI

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CHICAGO — The union representing Southwest Airlines’ passenger service and reservation employees said on Friday it was seeking federal mediation to help contract negotiations after two years of talks. Last year budget-friendly Southwest reached a contract agreement with a separate union representing its mechanics after seven years of talks fraught with legal disputes and flight disruptions. Now the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers (IAM), representing 7,852 Southwest workers, said it has in-

voked its right to mediation with the National Mediation Board. “While many contract issues remain unresolved, the one issue that has completely derailed negotiations is Southwest’s treatment of its employees,” the union said in a statement, citing demands that employees return to work after their shift has ended, forcing overtime. Instead the airline should properly staff its operation, the union said. Southwest, the dominant passenger airlines at St. Louis Lambert International Airport, did not respond to a request for comment. Under the Railway Labor Act,

the law governing labor relations in the airline industry, a union must seek federal mediation for help in resolving negotiations before taking other action. The company can also request mediation. Analysts have highlighted labor issues as a major concern for airlines this year, in addition to rising fuel costs and the grounding of Boeing Co.’s 737 Max jets after two fatal crashes. Early talks between Southwest and its pilots union over the contract, which becomes amendable on Aug. 31, are due to begin the first week of March, a spokesman for the union said. Shares of Southwest closed Friday at $57.97, down 57 cents.

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-1.4 +29.7 11

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52.05

71.92 70.16

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55.98

78.38 73.51 +.37 +0.5

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54.26

Energizer Holdings

ENR

32.54

53.84 51.47

-.38 -0.7

+2.5 +19.1 34

1.20 WalMart

WMT

96.53 125.38 117.89 +.45 +0.4

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38.09

48.81 45.19

-.56 -1.2

-6.3 +2.1 14 0.72f Walgreen Boots

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2.46

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LOCAL

A6 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

M 1 • SATURDAY • 02.15.2020

OUTTAKES A COLLECTION OF IMAGES TAKEN EARLIER THIS YEAR BY POST-DISPATCH PHOTOGRAPHERS

J.B. FORBES, JFORBES@POST-DISPATCH.COM

Blues goalie Jordan Binnington prepares for the game against the San Jose Sharks on Jan. 7 at the Enterprise Center in St. Louis.

LEXI BROWNING, LBROWNING@POST-DISPATCH.COM

Odessa Harris slips while plunging into frigid waters during the Lake Saint Louis Polar Plunge on Feb. 2. The event raises funds for Special Olympics Missouri. LEFT • A soldier holds his son at the conclusion of a mobilization ceremony of the Illinois Army National Guard, 2nd Battalion, 130th Infantry Regiment, on Jan. 21 at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. RIGHT • Jessica Crampton with the Animal Cruelty Task Force holds a rescued dog while meeting the news media at the Humane Society of Missouri on Macklind Avenue. The dog was one of 26 animals rescued Jan. 8 from a hoarding situation in Hickory County, Mo. LAURIE SKRIVAN, LSKRIVAN@POST-DISPATCH.COM

HILLARY LEVIN, HLEVIN@POST-DISPATCH.COM

DAVID CARSON, DCARSON@POST-DISPATCH.COM

Jordan Harchard, 1, arrives at the finish line of a baby crawl during the halftime show of the men’s basketball game between the University of Massachusetts and St. Louis University on Jan. 5 at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis. More than 20 babies competed, with the winner receiving a $1,000 savings bond.


02.15.2020 • SATURDAY • M 1

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH • A7

NATION&WORLD DIGEST

Avenatti convicted of extortion attempt NEW YORK — Michael Avenatti, the combative lawyer who gained fame by representing porn star Stormy Daniels in lawsuits involving President Donald Trump, was convicted Friday of trying to extort sportswear giant Nike. The verdict was returned by a federal jury in Manhattan after a three-week trial in which prosecutors said Avenatti threatened to use his media access to hurt Nike’s reputation and stock price unless the company paid him up to $25 million. The convictions for attempted extortion and honest services fraud carry a combined potential penalty of 42 years in prison. His lawyer, Scott Srebnick, said he would appeal the conviction but otherwise declined to comment. A judge set sentencing for June.

China reports drop in new virus cases BEIJING — China reported Saturday a figure of 2,641 new virus cases, a major drop from the higher numbers in recent days since a broader diagnostic method was implemented. The number of new deaths rose slightly to 143, bringing the total fatalities in mainland China to 1,523. The total number of confirmed cases in the country now stands at 66,492, according to a notice from China’s National Health Commission. COVID-19, a disease stemming from a new form of coronavirus, has spread to more than 24 countries since December, when the first infections appeared in central China. Saturday marks the second day the number of new COVID-19 cases fell since a spike Thursday, when the hardesthit province of Hubei began including clinical diagnoses in its official count. Using the wider scope of classification, the central Chinese province reported 15,152 cases, including 13,332 that were diagnosed using doctors’ analyses and lung imaging, as opposed to the prior standard of laboratory testing. BRIEFLY INFORMATION LEAK: A government watchdog is launching a nationwide probe into how marketers may be getting seniors’ personal Medicare information aided by apparent misuse of a government system, officials said Friday. WEINSTEIN: Harvey Weinstein considered himself such a big shot in Hollywood that he thought he could get away with treating aspiring actresses like “complete disposables,” Assistant District Attorney Joan Illuzzi-Orbon told a jury in closing arguments Friday at the film executive’s New York rape trial. IMPEACHMENT FALLOUT: Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Friday there is no investigation into Lt. Col. Alex Vindman, the Army officer who until last week worked at the White House National Security Council and was a key witness in the impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump. TRESPASSING: Jing Lu, a Chinese woman convicted of resisting arrest after she was chased from President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, was sentenced Friday to six months in jail. Lu, 56, said she made “an honest mistake” when she walked onto Trump’s Palm Beach property Dec. 16 and started taking photos. She was chased off by a security guard but returned through a side entrance and took more pictures. ARMS CONTROL: The White House has not made a decision about whether to extend the only treaty that constrains U.S. and Russian nuclear forces because administration officials want more time to coax China into a three-way arms control pact, said a senior administration official who briefed reporters at the White House on Friday. SEXUAL ASSAULT: A jury on Friday convicted former Michigan State University gymnastics coach Kathie Klages of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997, almost 20 years before he was charged. — Associated Press

US, Taliban agree to truce BY MATTHEW LEE AND KATHY GANNON

Associated Press

MUNICH — The United States and the Taliban have agreed to a temporary truce that, if successful, would open the way for a deal that would bring American troops home from Afghanistan and end 18 years of war. The peace deal would call for negotiations between Afghans on both sides of the conflict to start next month, an eventual countrywide cease-fire and a commitment from the Taliban not to harbor terrorist groups like al-Qaida, while setting a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. The truce marks a milestone in efforts to end America’s longestrunning conflict and fulfill President Donald Trump’s campaign pledge to bring U.S. troops home from foreign conflicts. But prospects for a real and lasting peace remain unclear. Details were provided separately Friday by a senior U.S. official and a Taliban official, who were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter and spoke on

the condition of anonymity. The U.S. official said the agreement for a seven-day “reduction in violence” is “very specific” and covers the entire country, including Afghan government forces. There were indications a formal announcement could come as early as the weekend. The official said the Taliban had committed to a halt in roadside and suicide bombings as well as rocket attacks. If the Taliban uphold their commitments, a U.S.Taliban peace agreement would be signed within 10 days. The Taliban official said the signing had been tentatively set for Feb. 29, with the start of the Afghan talks planned for March 10. The official said Germany and Norway have offered to host the talks but there has been no decision on the venue. That Taliban official said the agreement would provide for the release of 5,000 Taliban prisoners before the start of the negotiations. Much will depend on the results of the all-Afghan negotiations, if

and when they get off the ground. The presence of “spoilers” — those happy with the status quo — will remain a threat to peace efforts throughout the process, the U.S. senior official acknowledged. Also uncertain are the gains made for Afghan women and girls since the fall of the Taliban months after the U.S. military response to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks ordered by Osama bin Laden from Afghan soil. But, for the Taliban, the proposal represents a way to gain the political legitimacy they never had in the late 1990s when they first came to power. The new developments came as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper met Friday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of an international security forum in Munich. To make good on its promise to release Taliban prisoners, Washington is going to need the cooperation of Ghani, who has been critical of the way U.S. envoy Zalmay Khalilzad has conducted the

talks with the Taliban, complaining about being kept in the dark. Ghani has also bickered with his partner in the current Unity Government, Abdullah Abdullah, over who will represent Kabul at the negotiating table. Ghani has insisted he lead the talks, while his political opponents and other prominent Afghans have called for more inclusive representation at the negotiating table. The Taliban and those familiar with the details of the Afghan negotiations say the representatives from Kabul will include government officials but they will sit across from the Taliban as ordinary Afghans and not as government representatives. U.S. officials have not publicly spelled out their timetable for an initial drawdown of U.S. troops in Afghanistan, but the expectation is that a reduction from the current total of about 12,000 to approximately 8,600 will begin after the signing of a U.S.-Taliban deal. That initial reduction is likely to stretch out over a period of weeks or months.

GHAITH ALSAYED, ASSOCIATED PRESS

BITTER COLD COMPOUNDS PAIN FROM SYRIAN OFFENSIVE Turkish soldiers fire a missile Friday at a Syrian government position in the province of Idlib, Syria. Turkey, backer of Syria’s opposition, has been deploying equipment and troops in the region in an attempt to halt the Syrian military’s advances. The campaign in Idlib province and the nearby Aleppo countryside has also killed hundreds of civilians, and a bitter winter has compounded the pain. The freezing conditions have contributed to at least 10 deaths, including four who suffered from hypothermia.

Medicaid work rules dealt a blow Appeals court panel finds administration effort goes beyond law BY RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR AND JILL BLEED

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s effort to remake Medicaid by requiring low-income people to work for health care suffered a serious setback Friday when a federal appeals court ruled it goes beyond what’s allowed by law. The unanimous decision by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit means President Donald Trump will have little to

show for one of his major health care initiatives ahead of the November elections. The case involves Arkansas, but the ruling is expected to affect other states pursuing work requirements. The court found that it is “indisputably correct that the principal objective of Medicaid is providing health care coverage” and that work requirements for “ablebodied” people lack specific legal authorization. Moreover, the court ruled that administration officials failed to thoroughly examine the risk that some Medicaid recipients would lose coverage in approving Arkansas’ experiment with work requirements. The state later reported more than 18,000 people dropped from the rolls, but it

wasn’t clear how many obtained other coverage. “Failure to consider whether the project will result in coverage loss is arbitrary and capricious,” Judge David B. Sentelle wrote for the court. He was nominated to the federal bench by Republican President Ronald Reagan. “The text of the statute includes one primary purpose, which is providing health care coverage without any restriction geared to healthy outcomes, financial independence or transition to commercial coverage,” wrote Sentelle, dismissing several justifications cited by the administration for work requirements. Nearly 20 states are in various stages of trying to implement re-

quirements, after the Trump administration invited states in 2017 to submit such proposals. Kentucky has reversed course under a new Democratic governor and dropped its requirements. In a statement, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said it “is reviewing and evaluating the opinion and determining next steps.” Advocates for low-income people called the decision a solid win. “This really challenges all of the administration’s theories,” said Leo Cuello, health policy director for the nonprofit National Health Law Program, which joined in suing the administration. “Whatever yarn they spin, this really reins them in.”

ICE forces headed Military chief defends to ‘sanctuary’ cities funding shift to wall Official says illegal immigrants are freed from jails too quickly BY BEN FOX

Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Federal agents who patrol the U.S. border will deploy to “sanctuary” cities across the country where local jurisdictions are hindering stepped up immigration enforcement, officials said Friday. The deployment of Customs and Border Patrol agents, some with tactical training, to the interior of the country is unusual and represents another escalation in the confrontation between the Trump administration and the local jurisdictions that have set up roadblocks to immigration enforcement.

Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matthew Albence said additional forces are needed because people without legal authorization to be in the country are being released from local jails in sanctuary cities and counties before his agents can take them into custody. ICE then has to make “at large arrests” of these immigrants who have been released, Albence said in a statement. He did not disclose when or where the agents would be deployed but an official, speaking on condition of anonymity to disclose details not provided in the statement, said they would include major sanctuary cities such as San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Boston and Detroit. Albence also did not provide details on the specific types of agents being deployed.

‘Border security is national security,’ says Pentagon secretary BY ROBERT BURNS

Associated Press

MUNICH, Germany — U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Friday defended his decision to divert billions of dollars in funding for Navy and Air Force aircraft and other military programs to help pay for President Donald Trump’s promised wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Esper was asked by a reporter about criticism from Democrats and Republicans in Congress, including Rep. Mac Thornberry, a Republican from Texas, who called the diversion of funds contrary to the constitutional authority of Congress. “Border security is national

security,” Esper said, “and national security is our mission.” He added, “The action we took is legal under the law, and so it should be no surprise, and I’ll just leave it at that for now.” The Pentagon announced on Thursday that Esper approved shifting $3.8 billion in funds that Congress had previously authorized for F-35 fighter aircraft and other military programs. The money is being diverted to help the Department of Homeland Security build portions of the border wall. The Pentagon indicated that more such actions could be coming to provide additional funding for Trump’s signature campaign promise. Thornberry said that while the administration’s constitutional role is to recommend how tax dollars are spent, final choices are made by Congress.


A L E E E N T E R P R I S E S N E W S P A P E R • F O U N D E D B Y J O S E P H P U L I T Z E R D E C . 1M 2 , 11 8• 7SATURDAY 8 A8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH • 02.15.2020

SATURDAY • 02.15.2020 • A8 RAY FARRIS PRESIDENT & PUBLISHER

Short takes

GILBERT BAILON EDITOR •

TOD ROBBERSON EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR

POSTCARD FROM MOUND CITY

From cheer-off to slug-fest Three cheers for Trinity Catholic High School for deciding to cancel its cheerleading season after a brawl broke out during a deliberately provocative cheer-off with East St. Louis High School. The whole idea of the cheer-off is for competing cheerleader squads to get in each other’s face, supposedly in the name of good-natured fun. But the cheers can turn into taunts and insults, and that’s when things get serious. These silly antics have been going on for decades. The 2000 film “Bring It On,” a tongue-in-cheek dramatization of cheerleading competitions, turned out to be oddly prophetic about the ridiculous depths to which cheer-offs can sink. The film yielded the unforgettable lines, forever etched in cheerleading’s noble heritage: “Well, then you better bring it!” to which the opposing cheerleader responds, “Oh, it’s already been broughten.” Fast-forward 20 years to the real-life cheer-off between Trinity Catholic and East St. Louis High School on Feb. 1 at Alton High School. A viral video depicts the exchange of cheering taunts, complete with scolding fingers and high-kicked knees. Clearly, some words got exchanged. All of a sudden, a Trinity Catholic girl starts swinging. Squad mates try to hold her back, but she breaks free and makes contact. Chaos follows. Dan Grumich, president of Trinity Catholic, said his school intends to partner with East St. Louis “in an effort to reconcile the recent incident together” between the two squads. Bring it on.

At home with the Busches A reality TV show starring St. Louis’ first family of beer? Hey, we’re there. MTV on March 5 will roll out the new reality series “The Busch Family Brewed.” It will follow the exploits of William K. “Billy” Busch, great-grandson of Anheuser-Busch founder Adolphus Busch. The show will include the seven children of the younger Busch and wife Christi with particular focus on life on the family’s 700-acre St. Louis-area estate. Yes, there will be Clydesdales. And there will be a groundbreaking of a new craft brewery on the estate. Also, as the Post-Dispatch’s Dan Neman reports, Christi will dance on a bar, son Gussie COURTESY OF MTV will pour beer William K. “Billy” Busch (center) with his family, over his bare which will be featured on “The Busch Family chest and “at Brewed” least one male member of the family gets hit painfully in the groin with a water balloon.” Dumb? Yes. But at least it will highlight St. Louis for something other than shootings — and it’s less damaging to democracy than that other reality show underway in the White House.

Good hair day The Oscar for short animated film last week went to “Hair Love,” about an African American father’s attempt to do his daughter’s hair for the first time. From the stage, filmmaker Matthew A. Cherry called attention to a real-life hair issue: the ongoing attempt to get the Crown Act passed in all 50 states to combat discrimination based on hair texture and style. Cherry, a former NFL wide receiver, wrote and directed the seven-minute film because he wanted to “normalize black hair,” he said in Sunday’s Oscar acceptance speech, before highlighting the Crown Act. The “Create a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair” Act expands the definition of race in the Fair Employment and Housing Act and Education Code to provide protection in workplaces and schools against discrimination based on hair style. California, New York and New Jersey have already passed it, and it’s pending in 22 other states, including Missouri and Illinois. Some local jurisdictions have passed it as well. A federal version is pending in Congress.

Sunny disposition The sun has been plainly visible in the sky to human beings for as long as there have been human beings, yet we’ve never gotten a good look at the top or the bottom of it. A solar probe that lifted off recently aims to remedy that. Earth rotates around the sun in the same flat, central plane as all the planets and other bodies in the solar system. Hold a basketball in front of your face, and you have a good view of the middle but not of the top or bottom. That’s essentially how humans have seen the sun forever. A joint project between NASA and the European Space Agency seeks to get a look at those unglimpsed regions by sending a solar orbiter to pass over the sun’s poles. The orbiter, launched last Sunday from Florida, is scheduled to complete 22 close passes around the sun in 10 years. What it finds could help develop methods to predict solar flares and other events that directly affect life on Earth.

‘Law and order’ party? Right. Republican Sen. Mitt Romney’s safety would be in danger if he attends this year’s annual Conservative Political Action Conference, the organization’s chairman warned last week. This from the party of “law and order.” Romney was the lone Republican senator to vote to remove President Donald Trump from office after pressuring Ukraine for political help in exchange for military aid. For his courage in seeing this clearly proven, clearly impeachable abuse of power for what it was, Romney has become a pariah among less courageous conservatives of the law and order party. CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp last month publicly uninvited Romney from the convention because he voted to allow witnesses in the Senate trial — a once-obvious concept that the law and order party apparently no longer supports. Schlapp followed up in an interview last Sunday that he would be “afraid” for Romney’s “personal safety” if he attended. Did we mention that Republicans used to call themselves the law and order party?

YOUR VIEWS • LETTERS FROM OUR READERS

Liberal arts educators need to learn a hard lesson in reality Regarding Jeffrey Bishop’s guest column, “SLU’s core meltdown runs the risk of losing its distinctiveness” (Feb. 8): Perhaps the reason fewer and fewer people view a liberal education as necessary is because those like Bishop, with their talk of global citizens and building a sustainable world, cannot bring down education from these imaginary heights into the actual lives the students live. There is a question of what it is to be a good person and to be a good citizen. A humane, liberal education should address this and ask whether there is a conflict between the two. Nevertheless, both are at least grounded in something real. The student can relate to another person as a fellow human being or as a citizen. The false notion of a global citizen cannot bring about similar considerations. Citizenship is based upon exclusivity. To try to universalize it is to create a contradiction in terms. If those like Bishop want to maintain a traditional, liberal education, they should stop their obsession with pushing predominantly left-wing causes and address themselves to the real forms of human relationships in which the students participate in their daily lives. Liberal education at St. Louis University needs a better defender. Caleb Bucshon • O’Fallon, Ill.

Domestic abusers must never have access to deadly firearms Regarding Leslie Washington’s guest column, “Missouri laws enable abusers instead of keeping firearms out of their hands” (Feb. 4): In addition to personal stories such as Washington’s, data also provides compelling evidence: In the U.S., more than one in three women report experiencing abuse from a partner in their lifetime. Access to a gun in these domestic violence situations makes it five times more likely that a woman will be killed. The result: Each month, an average of 52 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner. The impact of this gun violence extends to the children who witness or live with it and the family members and law enforcement officers who respond to it. In more than half of mass shootings over the past decade, the perpetrator shot a current or former intimate partner or family member as part of the rampage. Missouri needs to pass legislation to ensure that domestic abusers do not have firearms. While federal law prohibits people convicted of either felony or misdemeanor domestic violence offenses from possessing guns, without a matching Missouri law, state and local law enforcers cannot enforce these provisions. Many Republican legislatures in other states have updated their laws to protect victims of domestic violence, and it’s time for Missouri to do the same. Cathy Gilbert • Ballwin

Trump makes little effort to reach out beyond his base Regarding “Trump plunges into New Hampshire race, aiming to rattle Dems” (Feb. 11): While not surprising, I was a little curious as to why President Donald Trump would call on his base to disrupt the Democratic caucus process in Iowa and the New Hampshire primary. It’s not like these borderline morally acceptable tactics would dissuade a blue voter to give up and then go red. My guess, it would have the opposite effect. Trump has made absolutely no outreach to move me or those like me. Instead, every day it’s mean-spirited and bullying behavior that

serves to stoke his base. But it still surprised me that some of his followers were happy to mindlessly follow his lead to disrupt and basically cheat our fair election process. It’s just another day in America under Trump’s presidency. At the end of each day, I comfort myself by being thankful he’s not married to my daughter. Terese McGrath • St. Louis County

Don’t share with those who aren’t willing to work as hard Wake up America, and see what is happening. The Democratic presidential candidates seem to be telling us we need to share what we have worked hard for. And if you don’t live in this country, come in and we will share with you our wealth, even if it means plunging this country into more debt. We need to get back to where this country was when people actually looked for work, not handouts from the government. We worked to support ourselves and gain respect from others. All lawmakers say they represent the American people, but really they are only in it for themselves. Let our legislators know that things need to change. Don’t give us campaign promises that are used just to get reelected. It may cost them a few votes, but it is the right thing to do. Wake up America, before it is too late. Nothing is free. Work for what you want and share with those who deserve it or warrant it. Don’t let someone tell you that you must share with those who don’t want to work. We should greet immigrants with open arms, but they must work to get the same rights as everyone else. There should no longer be free rides. Term limits for all members of Congress would be a great place to start, along with reevaluating all of their perks. Ken Schatz • Oakville

Blunt and Hawley enable Trump’s destructive behavior Unfortunately for us and for their place in history Sens. Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley have cast themselves as enablers. In therapy, those are people who can make a difference but instead encourage or facilitate another’s negative, destructive behavior. Contrary to the fantasizing of colleagues such as Sens. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Lamar Alexander (RTenn.), the lesson President Donald Trump will take away from these months will be for the worse. When Trump eventually does proverbially “shoot someone in the middle of Fifth Avenue” because he knows he can, Sens. Blunt and Hawley will have abetted that action. Unfortunately, it’s the nation — our standing, security, welfare and integrity — that will be the victim. Joseph Dunne • Crestwood

Democracy sometimes blurs line between church and state The November elections will be on us before we know it. And many of us will head off to our local voting stations, which in many cases will be a church building. Then in December the Nativity scenes will appear at various venues, including city halls. Apparently, we have no difficulty voting for our government officials at a church, but we don’t want Nativity scenes at our government buildings. How is this not a question of inconsistency at best and hypocrisy at worst? T. Robinson • St. Charles County Read more letters online at STLtoday.com/letters

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New wave of flu hits amid global outbreak BY MIKE STOBBE

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NEW YORK — A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade. The number of child deaths and the hospitalization rate for youngsters are the highest seen at this point in any season since the severe flu outbreak of 2009-10, health officials said Friday. And the wave is expected to keep going for weeks. Experts say it is potentially a bad time for an extended flu season, given concerns about the new coronavirus out of China, which can cause symptoms that can be difficult to distinguish from flu without testing. If coronavirus were to begin spreading in the U.S., there could be confusion about whether people are getting sick with it or the flu, said Dr. William Schaffner, an infectiousdiseases expert at Vanderbilt University. This flu season got off to its earliest start in 15 years, with surges of flulike illnesses seen in parts of the South as early as October. Most cases were caused by a type of flu that usually causes substantial infections only in the spring, at the tail end of the flu season. That wave peaked in late December and dropped steadily for weeks afterward. But a second surge began in late January. Last week saw another rise in the percentage of doctor’s office visits that were due to flulike illness, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We have not yet peaked for influenza. We are still on our way up,” Dr. David Weber, a University of North Carolina infectiousdiseases specialist, said of the patient traffic

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Wendy Kerley gives Ethan Getman, 15, a shot of the flu vaccine Jan. 3 at the Cordova Shot Nurse clinic in Memphis, Tenn. in Chapel Hill. Overall, the CDC estimated that 26 million Americans have gotten sick with flu this past fall and winter, with about 250,000 flurelated hospitalizations and about 14,000 deaths. The viruses behind both waves can be hard on children and young adults. But they aren’t considered as dangerous to retirement-age people — good news, since most flu deaths and hospitalizations each winter occur in the elderly. In fact, the overall death and hospitalization rates this season are not high “because we haven’t seen the elderly as involved in this flu season,” said the CDC’s Lynnette Brammer. But 92 flu-related deaths have already been reported in children, a higher total at this point of the year than in any season in

the past decade. And the hospitalization rates also are far higher than what’s been seen at this point. The CDC said the reason is that two strains of the flu that are tough on children are spreading in the same season. The health agency is expected to release an estimate next week of how effective the flu vaccine has been. So far, only 15 U.S. cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed, and no deaths. All but two of the cases were in people who had traveled to Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the international outbreak. The remaining two were spread from travelers to their spouses. Schaffner said that for the time being, it is easy to determine a likely coronavirus case by asking about a patient’s travel history. It’s possible that concern about the coronavirus has led some people with flu symptoms to go to the doctor for testing this year, whereas they might have just stayed home in other years, Brammer said. But there is nothing in CDC data that shows that’s been happening, she added. Still, it’s OK if it does happen, said the CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier. “People being a little worried and seeking care doesn’t especially worry me, because that’s the point. We’re looking for broader spread within the community,” she said. To that end, health officials will be using five public health labs that usually test for flu to start checking also for coronavirus. The labs are in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Seattle. When a specimen tests negative for flu, it will then be tested for coronavirus, Messonnier said.

No link between cellphones, cancer, FDA reaffirms BY SCOTT MORITZ AND MICHELLE FAY CORTEZ

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NEW YORK — After reviewing 11 years of published scientific studies, the Food and Drug Administration remains convinced there’s no obvious health risk posed by exposure to radio waves from mobile phones, according to a new report. “The available epidemiological and cancer incidence data continues to support the agency’s determination that there are no quantifiable adverse health effects in humans caused by exposures at or under the current cellphone exposure limits,” according to the

report. The finding coincides with the global expansion of next generation, or 5G, networks, which has reawakened decades-old fears that radio-frequency radiation poses a health threat. The report, an update of a similar finding in 2018, says there’s no conclusive evidence, “no consistent pattern” that supports concerns about tumors or cancer. The report stops short of a 100% conclusion. In fact, the FDA continues to urge researchers to conduct live studies on animals and humans, as well as shift some of the focus from the general population to subsets of

people who may be predisposed to tumor risk. One study, published in 2018 by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, showed rats exposed to very high levels of electromagnetic radiation developed tumors. But the FDA report found flaws with that research, and said those findings were both inconclusive and not applicable to humans. The fears of mobile phone radiation have created a backlash against network expansion in places like Wohlen, Switzerland, where the village banned new wireless antennas. The tensions have risen because proposed 5G networks require more cell sites

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BOCA RATON, Fla. — Charles “Chuckie” O’Brien, a longtime associate of Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa who became a leading suspect in the labor leader’s disappearance and later was portrayed in the Martin Scorsese film “The Irishman,” has died. O’Brien’s stepson, Harvard Law School professor Jack Goldsmith, said in a blog post that O’Brien died Thursday in Boca Raton, Florida, from what appeared to be a heart attack. He was 86. O’Brien was a constant companion to Hoffa in the decades when the labor leader developed the Teamsters into one of the largest and most powerful unions in the nation from the late 1950s to the early 1970s. After Hoffa’s still-unsolved disappearance in 1975, O’Brien became a leading suspect when the federal government publicly accused him of picking up Hoffa and driving him to his death. Goldsmith called the accusation untrue. “But practically everyone believed it,” he said. FBI agents questioned O’Brien about the death at least a dozen times. In an interview with The Associated Press in 2006, O’Brien denied having anything to do with Hoffa’s disappearance and said he didn’t think the mystery of his death would ever be solved. O’Brien said he viewed Hoffa as a father figure. He was a child when Hoffa took him in, along with his mother. Hoffa was Teamsters president from 1957 to 1971. The FBI has said his disappearance was probably connected to his attempts to regain power in the union. It was known that Hoffa intended to testify before the special U.S. Senate investigative panel, known as the Church Committee, about Mafia involvement in U.S.-backed plots to assassinate Cuban President Fidel Castro, O’Brien told the AP.

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a film and television production designer and art director, passed away at the age of 76 on February 10, 2020, in New York City. Pisoni was a frequent collaborator with renowned directors Herbert Ross and Sidney Lumet. The films he designed include The Verdict, starring Paul Newman directed by Lumet, Steel Magnolias, The Secret of My Success, starring Michael J. Fox, and True Colors, all directed by Ross; The Hand That Rocks the Cradle directed by Curtis Hanson; 84 Charing Cross Road starring Anne Bancroft and Anthony Hopkins; and Jacknife, starring Robert DeNiro. Episodic television designs include Damages, starring Glenn Close; and the pilot episode of The Sopranos, for which he received a Television Academy Emmy Award nomination. Born on March 25, 1943, in St. Louis, Missouri, to Angeline and Anthony Pisoni, Edward grew up in the Italian neighborhood, The Hill. He attended St. Louis University High School, studied theater at St. Louis University and then earned a Master of Fine Arts in Drama in 1967 from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, in Pittsburgh. Following graduation, Edward accepted a position at Eastern Illinois University, and then at Illinois Wesleyan University where he taught theater arts and designed sets for many of the schools' theatrical productions. In 1972, Edward relocated to New York City where he started out as a theater set designer and eventually segued into an accomplished career in the film business. Before moving up to production design, as an art director his films include The King of Comedy, The Purple Rose of Cairo, Death Trap, and Prince of the City. A number of his set drawings for his design of The Verdict and several other films are held by the Museum of the Moving Image, in Queens, New York. Through his years at university and beyond, Edward collected a large group of devoted friends with whom he shared his love of the arts, especially opera and theater. Edward is survived by his twin brother Michael Pisoni, of Milan, Italy; his older brother James Pisoni, of Arnold, Missouri; beloved niece, nephews, and more great-nieces and nephews. He was loved and cared for by his New York City family, including Robert Berg, Robert Braun, John Kasarda, and Catherine Tambini. His family and friends will all miss him profoundly. Services: A funeral Mass will be held at St. Ambrose Catholic Church in St Louis, Missouri, on Saturday February 15, 2020, at 10 AM. A celebration of Edward’s life will be held at a later date in New York City. Please consider making a donation in Edward’s name to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (www.michaeljfox.org) or SAGE’s Friendly Visitor Program (sagenyc.org/nyc).

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Department, officials watched warily — some questioning whether Barr was truly at odds with Trump, others heartened by what seemed to be Barr defending the institution’s historical independence, and all wondering what comes next. The day began with a defiant Trump reacting on Twitter to Barr’s interview Thursday with ABC News, during which the attorney general asserted that Trump had never asked him to do anything related to a criminal case. “This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” Trump added. A Justice Department spokeswoman declined to comment on Trump’s tweet. Hours later, the department made a move that might be seen as exerting its independence, revealing that it would not charge McCabe with lying to investigators about a media disclosure several years ago. Officials familiar with the matter, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss Trump’s interactions, said the president was not told about the McCabe decision in advance and was upset. White House lawyers, including White House counsel Pat Cipollone, moved to calm the president, these people said. One official said Trump “believes very strongly that action should be taken.” Trump, who is spending the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago Club in Florida, did not address Barr’s TV interview or the Mc-

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Cabe case publicly before departing the White House. He and Barr spoke Friday afternoon, but the substance of their discussion was not immediately clear, a person familiar with the matter said. White House aides are counseling Trump not to discuss McCabe at all, according to those familiar with the matter. Democratic lawmakers and legal analysts, meanwhile, remained wary of what Barr was up to, and another development Friday indicated he remained closely aligned with the president’s views on other issues. According to people familiar with the matter, Barr has tasked outside prosecutors — in the deputy attorney general’s office and from the U.S. attorney’s office in St. Louis — to review the handling of the criminal case against former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn and other sensitive national security and corruption prosecutions in the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington. Among the other cases are the investigation into Blackwater founder Erik Prince for potentially lying to Congress, along with other matters that have not been made public, a person familiar with the matter said. The prosecutors began their work in recent weeks, coinciding with the transition of office leadership from former U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu to interim U.S. Attorney Timothy Shea, a former Barr counselor. A Justice Department official said a prosecutor with the St. Louis U.S. attorney’s office is working with Flynn prosecutor Brandon Van Grack on a review of the case. That has fueled concerns among career prosecutors and others that the depart-

ment’s political leadership is making a push to exert more control at a key point in sensitive, high-profile cases. Flynn was one of the early people to plead guilty in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, admitting he lied to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, though he has since tried to withdraw his plea and allege misconduct on behalf of prosecutors. The review was first reported by The New York Times. Trump has consistently sought to undermine Mueller’s probe and those involved in it — either by asking for investigations of the investigators or, in more extreme cases, that criminal charges be filed against them. That has been particularly true for McCabe and his former boss, James Comey. Behind the scenes, Trump has raged over the lack of legal action against the pair, including last August — when officials announced that Comey would not face charges for his handling of memos he wrote while FBI director — and in January, when The Washington Post reported that a reexamination of corruption allegations related to Hillary Clinton had come up empty, according to people familiar with the discussions. As a top law enforcement official, McCabe authorized the FBI to begin investigating Trump personally for possible obstruction of justice in connection with the probe into whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to influence the 2016 election. McCabe became the focus of a grand jury probe over allegations from the Justice Department inspector general that he lied to

investigators exploring a media disclosure. Department officials authorized prosecutors to seek an indictment of him last year, and in September a grand jury that had been hearing evidence was summoned back to consider the case after a monthslong hiatus. But the day came and went with no public charges being filed. McCabe’s legal team sought to press the Justice Department for a status update but was told nothing. A spokeswoman for the District of Columbia U.S. attorney’s office, which led the investigation, declined to comment. McCabe, a CNN contributor, said on the network Friday that the investigation was a “horrific black cloud that’s been hanging over me and my family for almost the last two years” and that the formal end of it was a “relief” he could not put into words. Trump’s attacks made a prosecution of McCabe especially complicated. According to materials made public Friday in a Freedom of Information Act case related to the investigation, a federal judge warned prosecutors in the case that the public was watching and that comments from the White House were detrimental. “I just think it’s a banana republic when we go down that road and we have those type of statements being made that are conceivably, even if not, influencing the ultimate decision,” Judge Reggie Walton said. “I think there are a lot of people on the outside who perceive that there is undue, inappropriate pressure being brought to bear.” Barr, too, reportedly had been concerned with Trump’s tweets about criminal cases, and on Thursday he decided to make his feelings known publicly.

contact with a high school student. Willie J. Williams, 29, of St. Ann was charged with sexual contact with a student by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office. Williams, a teacher at McCluer High School, contacted the student on social media and sent the student naked pictures of himself, according to the probable-cause statement. He also had sexual contact with the student. The contact allegedly occurred between Jan. 1 and Feb. 13. Williams gave the student money after each incident and told the student not to tell anyone, police said. Williams is being held in St. Louis County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.

Donald, beginning in August 2017, falsely claimed to be an experienced trader managing millions of dollars who would produce 10% to 50% monthly returns. At least 12 investors placed at least $440,000 with McDonald and his company, Perfection PR Firm LLC, and most or all of their money was lost, the complaint said. Perfection PR and McDonald placed investors’ money in accounts in their own names and falsified account statements, the complaint said. The company and McDonald were not registered. McDonald used some of the money for personal expenses, according to the complaint. In 2018, Missouri officials issued a ceaseand-desist order saying the 24-year-old McDonald bilked four Missouri residents out of $260,000. McDonald was also indicted in federal court in St. Louis last month on four counts of wire fraud.

found the man. He was pronounced dead at the scene. St. Louis police did not release the victim’s name Friday or any other details.

LAW AND ORDER SWANSEA — Dentist pleads guilty to submitting false bills: Dr. Yun Sup Kim, 48, of St. Louis, has pleaded guilty to three counts of health care fraud and agreed to repay $719,830, the U.S. Attorney’s office said Friday. Kim, who practiced in Swansea, pleaded guilty Thursday in U.S. District Court in Benton, Illinois, prosecutors said. Kim admitted submitting false bills for fillings and surgical tooth extractions for patients from August 2014 through December 2017, prosecutors said. He falsely claimed to have filled cavities for more than 1,300 patients, overbilled for simple extractions and falsified dates of service to evade Medicaid billing rules, according to prosecutors. Kim will lose his dental license in Illinois for at least three years as part of a plea deal. Prosecutors agreed to recommend three years of probation and no fine at Kim’s sentencing in June.

MARYLAND HEIGHTS — Woman charged with stealing from employer: A St. Louis woman who worked in her company’s accounts payable department stole more than $74,000 by secretly cutting checks to herself for more than a year, prosecutors said. Donna S. Brooks, 59, of the 3900 block of Crosby Drive, was charged Thursday with felony stealing of $25,000 or more. Charges filed in St. Louis County Circuit Court said Brooks, who worked for American Plastics in Maryland Heights, issued unauthorized checks to herself totaling $74,214.02 between March 7, 2019, and Feb. 6. Brooks carried out the scheme, charges say, by disabling company alerts that notified her chief financial officer when nonpayroll checks were issued. Brooks failed to disable the alerts on the two most recent checks, prompting an investigation, charges said. Authorities said she admitted issuing checks to herself but was unable to explain why. Bail for Brooks was set at $75,000. Police said in court documents that she told investigators that she planned to join her husband in Maine, where he moved a couple of months ago.

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis man charged with murder: Ricardo L. Robinson Jr., 31, was charged Thursday in connection with a shooting at a high-rise apartment building in Downtown West that left one person dead and another injured. Robinson faces charges of first-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of armed criminal action stemming from the Feb. 5 shooting at the CityView Apartments, 110 North 17th Street. Robinson got into an argument with resident Jim Floyd, 22, near the elevators shortly after midnight. A security guard intervened, but Floyd pointed a gun at Robinson before walking away and giving his weapon to the security guard, police said in charging documents. Moments later, charging documents say, Robinson rounded the corner armed with his own firearm and began shooting at Floyd and two bystanders. Floyd was shot four times in the back and was pronounced dead at the scene. A 20-year-old woman was shot in the abdo- ST. LOUIS — Texas man accused of scammen and was treated at a hospital, charging ming Missouri investors: The Commodity documents said. Robinson was denied bond. Futures Trading Commission on Friday said a Texas man bilked at least 12 investors in FLORISSANT — Teacher accused of sexual Missouri and elsewhere in a foreign curcontact with student: A Florissant teacher rency exchange scam. was arrested and charged Thursday after The complaint filed in U.S. District Court law enforcement officials said he had sexual in St. Louis said Joshua Christian Mc-

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ST. LOUIS — Man killed in shooting: A man was found dead from apparent gunshot wounds in north St. Louis on Friday morning, police said. Officers responded to a 911 call about 11:30 a.m. in the 5600 block of Mimika Avenue in Walnut Park West where they

ST. LOUIS COUNTY — Teen linked to texts may be in danger: A missing 17-year-old girl whose phone sent “disturbing” text messages may be in danger, St. Louis County police said Friday. Jordyn Davis was dropped off at the Shrewsbury MetroLink station at 6:40 a.m. Thursday, and her mother received the text messages from Jordyn’s cellphone at 8:16 p.m. and no texts since. Officer Tracy Panus with St. Louis County police said the texts were strange and out of character for the girl. Police can’t be sure if Jordyn or someone else sent them, Panus said. The Missouri Highway Patrol issued an endangered person advisory for Jordyn about midnight Thursday, based on information from county police. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or county police at 636-529-8210. Jordyn is black, 5-foot-7 and 125 pounds. She was last seen wearing a gray tracksuit and white shoes. The pants of her tracksuit had a flower design on the side.


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The Blues certainly have had longer trips, but none more draining, more wrenching than the two-game trek over four days to Anaheim and Las Vegas. They left one of theirs behind in defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, who collapsed on the bench in Tuesday’s game in Anaheim due to a cardiac episode before being revived. For the most part the team was still in almost a

shellshocked stage Wednesday when they arrived in Vegas. There, they got a muchneeded off day to exhale and reset, with not only teammates but their fathers around for emotional support on the annual Dads’ Trip. “A lot of the guys got together (Wednesday) afternoon,” Alex Pietrangelo said. “I think a lot of us got together (Wednesday) Please see BLUES, Page B4 ISAAC BREKKEN, AP PHOTO

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Vegas’ Jonathan Marchessault, right, celebrates with Mark Stone after the Knights’ overtime goal Thursday.

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Cardinals starting pitcher Dakota Hudson leads some teammates to the next fielding drill during spring training on Friday in Jupiter, Fla.

Hudson hoping new mechanics pay dividends

When Carpenter speaks, Cards players are listening

Proposed playoff changes would water down October

BENJAMIN HOCHMAN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JUPITER, Fla. — Let’s look at the state of Dakota. “South Dakota”: Like his sinking fastball, Dakota Hudson’s ERA dropped in the final two months last season, and he finished the year at 3.35, third-lowest among rookies in all of baseball with at least 100 innings pitched. “North Dakota”: In the same 2019 season, so many important statistics were frighteningly high for Hudson, notably his 86 walks (most in baseball) and his 4.92 FIP (the highest Fielding Independent Pitching rating in the National League). “When you’re looking at having success at the major league level, and as you’re thinking about sustainability, there are some things that you have to see happen,” said John Mozeliak, the Cardinals’ president of baseball operations. “And I think for him, when you’re looking at walk rate and strikeout rate, if those are getting too close, and you look at the history of bigleague pitching, that’s not sustainable. And so, ultimately I hope there’s a change in that trajectory. And we have a lot of confidence there can be.” As we enter 2020, Dakota is on the Mount Rushmore of pitchers set in stone in the Cardinals’ rotation. But for all the fun about his rookie season (his Please see HOCHMAN, Page B7

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Special assistant Chris Carpenter talks with pitcher Jack Flaherty before a bullpen session Thursday in Jupiter, Fla. BY RICK HUMMEL

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JUPITER, Fla. — The Cardinals have two respected pitching coaches in Mike Maddux and bullpen coach Bryan Eversgerd. But there always is room for one more set of eyes when Cardinals Hall of Famer Chris Carpenter, a front office assistant, is in town. Maddux welcomes any visit from the 44-year-old Carpenter, who was on two World Series championship teams with the Cardinals and won a Cy Young Award in 2005.

“Carp always has golden things to say,” Maddux offered Friday at Cardinals camp. “And I look forward to everything he has to say. He helps a lot of people. And not just players. “He’s very humble and he’s worn every hat that a player can wear. Everything from aspiring prospect to under-performing to rehab performer to elite performer, world champion, Cy Young. He’s worn a lot of hats.” Earlier this week, president Please see CARDS, Page B7

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Grounds crew members touch up the World Series logo in 2016 in Cleveland.

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Losers will get a shot at the World Series. That’s really all you need to know about Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred’s latest idea to save America’s pastime. Let’s spit in the face of the 162-game grind that is the regular season. Let’s drop the postseason

bar so low that some teams on the wrong side of .500 get to call themselves contenders. Let’s spin a change that screams blatant money grab for TV revenue into a pitch that attempts to convince fans this is as good for the game as it is for owners’ bottom lines. It would be nice, just once, if the people who decided what is best for baseball would surprise us, wouldn’t it? Prepare for propaganda that diminishes the significance of the regular season Please see FREDERICKSON, Page B6

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In his first year as coach of the SIU Carbondale men’s basketball team, former Saluki Bryan Mullins has the team near the top of the MVC standings.

SIUC better than expected in Year One under Mullins BY STU DURANDO

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As Bryan Mullins approached the start of his first season as a head coach, news came that his team at Southern Illinois University Carbondale had been picked to finish last in the Missouri Valley Conference. This was not necessarily surprising. Neither was it significant to Mullins, who played on some of the best teams that SIUC has produced. “We never really addressed it,” he said. “It was like we didn’t care about that. They didn’t know what we have. We had enough to accomplish what we wanted. We knew what we had to do every day and how much we had to invest. We’re happy it’s starting to pay off.” The Salukis (15-11 overall, 9-4 MVC) not only are not in last place, but they are tied for second and still within reach of the top of the standings entering Saturday’s home against Bradley. Valparaiso ended SIUC’s win streak at seven games this week in a particularly poor offensive showing by the Salukis. But no one saw the win streak coming when the team was sitting below .500 in mid-January. Mullins has worked around a season-ending injury suffered by point guard Aaron Cook (Westminster Christian) to build a team in his image — a scrappy team that ranks No. 9 in the country in scoring defense. Mullins had a lot to figure out after adding 10 players to the roster between his hiring and the start of school. But one thing was guaranteed. “In terms of us playing hard and our toughness and being competitive every possession, that was not negotiable with this program,” he said.

Mo. Valley N. Iowa Loyola Chicago SIU C’dale Bradley Indiana St. Drake Valparaiso Missouri St. Illinois St. Evansville

Conf 11-2 9-4 9-4 8-5 7-6 6-7 6-7 6-7 3-10 0-13

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Saturday Bradley at SIUC, 1 p.m. Valparaiso at Illinois St., 6 p.m. N. Iowa at Loyola Chicago, 7 p.m. Sunday Evansville at Drake, 3 p.m. Missouri St. at Indiana St., 3 p.m. Besides Cook, SIUC has three players from the St. Louis area, including starter Ronnie Suggs Jr. (Washington), who is a graduate transfer after spending time at Bradley and Mizzou. Brendon Gooch (Althoff) and Karrington Davis (Chaminade) play in reserve roles. But it has been freshman Marcus Domask who has emerged as a potential star of the future. He leads the team in scoring, with a 14.5 average, and has made 43% of his 3-point attempts. In a game last week against Missouri State, Domask hit a shot at the buzzer to give the Salukis a victory over the team that was picked to win the MVC. “We’ve got positive vibes in the locker room,” he said. “Sometimes when things start to click, people start to relax like they’ve kind of made it. But everyone on this team has a chip on their shoulder. Practice every day is a grind and we’re getting after it, so I think there are just more big things to come for us.” Mullins was the pick at SIUC af-

ter he worked a long stretch on the staff at Loyola-Chicago. He played for the Salukis from 2005-2009, averaging 7.7 points, 4.2 assists and 2.1 steals. The Salukis underwent a near complete makeover after coach Barry Hinson left the program after last season. Mullins added players left and right. They came in the form of graduate transfers such as Suggs and center Barret Benson from Northwestern. He picked up junior-college transfers and freshmen, who have stepped in to contribute. Before the turnaround, SIUC was losing some lopsided games, including six by more than 10 points. Since then, the Salukis have been involved in a series of tight finishes with six of the seven straight wins coming down to the final minute. “There’s definitely some maturity and belief they’re going to win,” Mullins said. “We’ve made mistakes and turnovers. But in every timeout and every huddle, everyone is saying the same message. The belief is always there and different guys have stepped up.” The Salukis had good regular seasons under Hinson in his last two years, capturing the No. 3 seed for the MVC tournament in 2019 and No. 2 in 2018. They still are waiting to break through for an NCAA Tournament berth. They have five games remaining to establish their seeding. Those include another meeting with Northern Iowa and three home games at the Banterra Center, where they are 11-1. “The best thing about our group,” Mullins said, “is that we don’t know how good we can be. We’re still figuring each other out.” Stu Durando @studurando on Twitter sdurando@post-dispatch.com

DIGEST Olympics still on track despite virus concerns

vens will save $7 million with his release. Also, Ravens offensive lineman James Hurst has been suspended for the first four games of next seaTokyo Olympic organizers and the International son for violating the NFL policy on performance Olympic Committee said Friday there is no “Plan enhancers. (Baltimore Sun) B” for the 2020 Summer Games, which are scheduled to open in just over five months and have been Enfinger wins trucks opener: NASCAR opened its jolted by the outbreak of a virus in neighboring truck series season with one fiery crash, a truck China. stuck on its roof and Grant Enfinger in victory The coronavirus has infected almost 64,000 lane following overtime and a door-to-door race people globally with almost 1,400 deaths in China, to the finish line. Enfinger beat Jordan Anderson but only one in Japan — where fear is rising with so in a frantic push to the finish that drew sparks as much attention focused on the outbreak. the trucks banged in Friday night’s closing lap at “Certainly the advice we’re received externally Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway. from the (World Health Organization) is that there’s The race had been delayed by rain, stopped when no case for any contingency plans or cancelling the a crash caused Ty Majeski to flip onto his roof, and games or moving the games,” John Coates, the head then oddly delayed in a crash in which a fiery truck of an IOC inspection team, said Friday. “We can stopped on the apron when it was rear-ended from confirm that Tokyo 2020 remains on track.” (AP) behind in a case of faulty equipment. Enfinger cycled into a lead after late accidents Man City gets ban: English Premier League soccer and was out front when the race went to a two-lap champion Manchester City was banned by UEFA overtime shootout. He first used a block on Ross from the Champions League for two seasons for Chastain to preserve the win, then had to beat An“serious breaches” of spending rules in a seismic derson to the finish line. (AP) ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest clubs. City plays Real Madrid in the Champions MU wins, SLU falls in baseball: The University of League round of 16 this month but would not get Missouri baseball team began its season with a to defend the title if it wins the European Cup. 10-4 win at Jacksonville State, getting home runs The team also was fined $33 million after an in- from Seth Halvorsen and Chad McDaniel. Luke vestigation showed City overstated sponsorship Mann (Vianney) singled home two runs for MU and revenue in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play starter Ian Bedell earned the win. (Dave Matter)• regulations. The punishment could have a signifi- Tennessee-Martin scored four runs in the top of the cant impact on the club’s ability to sign players and ninth inning to rally for an 8-4 win over St. Louis retain manager Pep Guardiola. University in the season opener for both teams. City said it would appeal the sanctions. (AP) Corrigan Bartlett homered for the Billikens, who committed two errors in the ninth leading to three Prominent NFL players cut: The Redskins released unearned runs. (Stu Durando) cornerback Josh Norman with one year left on a big contract, and wide receiver Paul Richardson after MU softball sweeps, SLU swept: The No. 16 Mistwo disappointing, injury-plagued seasons. souri softball team stayed unbeaten with a 5-4 win Norman struggled to live up to the expectations over Liberty and a 3-2 victory over Oklahoma State set by the $75 million, five-year deal he got after in Clearwater, Fla. Against Liberty, Brooke Wilmes putting together an All-Pro season in Carolina and hit a solo home run and Kim Wert added an RBI being released from the Panthers’ franchise tag. double . Against OSU, Imani Myint scored the winWashington saves $12.5 million against the salary ning run on a wild pitch in the eighth inning to push cap in 2020 by cutting him now. (AP) Mizzou to 8-0 . (Dave Matter) • The Ravens released safety Tony Jefferson af• St. Louis University’s softball team mustered ter his third and most inconsistent season in Balti- only eight hits in two games, losing 13-2 to Wichita more. Jefferson, 28, struggled in coverage last year State in five innings and 4-1 to Texas State. Saand suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week die Wise and Maria Connell homered for SLU vs. 5. He was owed $11.2 million in 2020, and the Ra- Wichita State in San Marcos, Texas. (Stu Durando)


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Bills return after a layoff

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BY STU DURANDO

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — By the time the first media timeout came on Tuesday, Illinois had already dug itself a hole. Missed shots. Flat offense. Turnovers. A lack of closeouts on shooters. The Illini ran the gamut of mistakes in a flat start to the game. When there was 15:47 left in the first half, Illinois was 1-of-5 with three turnovers and Michigan State, that night’s opponent, was 4-of-7 with three 3-pointers and no turnovers and held an 11-3 lead. Not that it got much better after that. All told, the Spartans ran the lead up to 20 points early in the second half before Illinois frantically cut the margin and briefly took the lead from the Spartans only to lose by one point. That’s the kind of start No. 22 Illinois needs to avoid at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at Rutgers if the team intends to snap a three-game losing streak and hand the Scarlet Knights their first home loss this season. Underwood said sophomore guard Ayo Dosunmu is “day-to-day” after suffering a knee injury with “no structural damage” at the end of Tuesday’s game. “He’s done some work,” Underwood said, adding that Dosunmu had practiced and will travel to Rutgers. Underwood said he’s yet to figure out why the Illini has been struck by slow starts. “Our team walked in before the game and I literally asked the coaches after they left, I said, ‘Are we ready?’ It was almost like a somber funeral,” the head coach said after Tuesday’s game. “Before the Maryland game, we were probably too high. We were through the roof. We played like it in the first half, not to take anything away from Michigan State.” Slow starts have popped their ugly head this season, but until Tuesday hadn’t been much of an issue recently. Against Maryland, Illinois (16-8, 8-5) had a 14-point lead early in the first half before the Terps rallied for the win. The most obvious slow start prior to Tuesday was a non-conference home loss to Miami where the Hurricanes led by 27 points in the first half before Illinois rallied for a chance to win the game on the final possession, but didn’t. After that game, the players vowed a change was afoot and that slow starts weren’t coming along with them for the rest of the season’s ride — one that has the Illini in the mix to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013. That’s what made Tuesday’s start even more surprising. “I have no idea why we had a slow start to be honest,” center Kofi Cockburn said. “We have a really bad reputation of doing that, starting the game off slow.” A slow start like that at Rutgers will not go over as well. The energetic crowd from the State Farm Center on Tuesday that helped Illinois claw back in the game will be replaced by fans and a team that are trying to protect a 16-0 home record this year. Illinois will see Knights guard Geo Baker, who missed the game in Champaign as he recovered from an injury. He’s averaging 11.2 points for a team that wins with the 11th-best defensive efficiency in the country, according to KenPom. “One of the parts I’m trying to be better at is I’m trying to be on the same page as him,” senior guard Andres Feliz said. “Every time I see the locker room down like that, I’m going to try to step up more, be more vocal because I think that’s one of the reasons we have slow starts. I won’t let that happen again. For my part, I’m going to try to step up as a leader and try to be on the same page as the coach.” Illinois’ start to the game, of course, will hinge on who starts for Illinois. Underwood’s starting lineup has been set in stone recently, but Dosunmu’s potential absence will obviously shake things up, and the struggles from sophomore Giorgi Bezhanishvili could really throw a wrench into what has been a steady starting five. Perhaps Alan Griffin, who has been instrumental off the bench, moves into the lineup. Underwood could also keep things as close to normal as possible and simply sub Feliz into the lineup for his first start since that Miami game.

A week has passed since St. Louis University’s last game, a span of time that would have given coach Travis Ford a wealth of insight into last season’s team that reached the NCAA Tournament. But as the Billikens prepare for the final stretch of the Atlantic 10 schedule, Ford said he is never quite sure what to expect. The personality of this team is that much different. “With some teams I can get a gauge,” Ford said. “If they’re practicing well, they’re going to play well, or if they’re practicing bad they’re not going to play well. This team has been hard to tell either way. I haven’t seen a big difference in them since the Dayton game. They’ve been very positive. I hope they’ve gotten the message why they played better at Dayton.” SLU plays Saturday at home against La Salle at 1:30 p.m. for the first time since giving No. 6 Dayton a run a week ago. But Ford doesn’t have a good read on how the Billikens might respond to that result and a week of extensive individual workouts, weight lifting and practice. He said the difference in team personality is “100 percent like night and day” after having four key seniors last season. The new Billikens are youthful, with only one senior. “Last year we were just a much more veteran team that had moodiness and a little more drama,” Ford said. He said this team is “pretty loose.” “They don’t get too high or too low. They just enjoy each day and I think that’s because there are so many new guys. A lot of guys last year had been through a lot of battles and took every game as do or die almost. This team doesn’t do that. I don’t think it’s good or bad either way.” SLU has lost its last two games, but Ford saw a big change in the loss at Dayton. He felt the Billikens had more fight than the previous three or four games and gave themselves a chance to win until the final minute. They are in a tie for seventh place with Davidson in the A-10. It’s roughly where the Billikens were picked to finish in the preseason but disappointing after a strong nonconference performance had them thinking big. Terrence Hargrove Jr. said Ford put the team through a challenging week that included a pair of 6 a.m. weight room sessions. “The days have been long but will pay off in the long run,” he said. “We can’t

No. 22 ILLINI AT RUTGERS When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Rutgers Athletic Center, Piscataway, New Jersey TV/radio: BTN, KFNS (590 AM) Records: Illinois 16-8, 8-5; Rutgers 17-8, 8-6 Of note: Illinois has won three Big Ten road games, tied with Maryland and Michigan State for second-most in the league behind only Penn State (4). ... Illinois leads the Big Ten in scoring defense during conference play, allowing 62.9 ppg. ... The Illini head to Rutgers looking for their sixth Quad 1 win of the season. Three of Illinois’ five Quad 1 victories have come on the road: at Michigan (28), at Purdue (29) and at Wisconsin (31), with the home wins against Michigan (28) and Purdue (29). Big Ten Conf Maryland 10-3 Penn St. 9-4 Michigan St. 9-5 Illinois 8-5 Rutgers 8-6 Iowa 8-6 Wisconsin 7-6 Purdue 7-7 Ohio St. 6-7 Indiana 6-7 Michigan 6-7 Minnesota 6-7 Nebraska 2-11 Northwestern 1-12

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Saturday Purdue at Ohio St., 11 a.m. Northwestern at Penn St., 11 a.m. Wisconsin at Nebraska, 1:15 p.m. Illinois at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. Maryland at Michigan St., 5 p.m. Sunday Indiana at Michigan, noon Iowa at Minnesota, noon

SLU VS. LA SALLE When: 1:30 p.m. Saturday Where: Chaifetz Arena Records: SLU 17-7, 6-5; La Salle 2-9, 11-12 TV, radio: NBCSN, WARH (106.5 FM) All-time series: SLU leads 17-9 About the Billikens: SLU won the first meeting against La Salle in Philadelphia when Terrence Hargrove Jr. and walk-on Joshua Hightower came up with big plays in overtime. … The last four opponents have combined to shoot 45.5%, considerably higher than the 40.6% SLU has allowed for the season. … The Billikens are averaging only 10 turnovers in the last six games. … Jordan Goodwin is averaging 38.5 minutes in conference games.

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St. Louis University’s Terrence Hargrove Jr. blocks a shot by Massachusetts guard Sean East II last month at Chaifetz Arena. complain about it because we need these last seven games. Everybody’s mindset has changed. Everybody is just locking in because we need these last seven.” As a reflection of Ford’s challenge in reading this team, he said he wasn’t sure about Hargrove’s assessment. But he hopes it’s accurate. Ford typically has an idea of what is in store from the Billikens once a game begins, no sooner. “I can tell at the beginning of a game right away where we’re at,” he said. Ford hopes to see more of the fight he witnessed at Dayton. If the Billikens want to have any chance of finishing in the top four, they are going to need to start winning. They already have a win at La Salle in overtime. Then comes a second meeting with Massachusetts which SLU beat at Chaifetz. VCU then visits for a game that will play a role in determining the final pecking order. Ford was not fond of having a midweek bye this late in the season and hopes the Billikens emerge with some energy. He kept the players ultra busy during the week, he said, to maintain their competitiveness and to keep them from losing their conditioning.

About the Explorers: Ed Croswell had career highs of 24 points and 18 rebounds in the first meeting between the teams. … The Explorers are 9-1 when they hold their opponent to fewer than 70 points. The only loss was by three at Rhode Island. … Junior guard David Beatty has warmed up, averaging 13.2 points and making 39 percent of his 3s in the last six games. … The Explorers ended a seven-game losing streak on Feb. 2. Atlantic 10 Conf Dayton 11-0 Rhode Island 10-2 Richmond 8-3 St. Bona. 9-4 Duquesne 7-4 VCU 7-4 Davidson 7-5 St. Louis U. 6-5 Massachusetts 4-7 Geo. Washington 4-7 George Mason 3-8 La Salle 2-9 Fordham 1-10 St. Joseph’s (Pa.) 0-11

Friday Davidson 93, St. Bonaventure 64

All 22-2 18-6 18-6 17-9 17-6 17-7 13-11 17-7 10-14 10-14 14-10 11-12 7-16 4-20

Saturday St. Joseph’s at Rhode Island, 11 a.m. Dayton at UMass, 11:30 a.m. La Salle at St. Louis, 1:30 p.m. VCU at Richmond, 3 p.m. Geo. Washington at George Mason, 3:30 p.m.

He’ll soon find out how they’re going to respond. “After six days you can get out of shape and lose a competitive edge, and you try to keep them sharp physically and mentally,” Ford said. “We had a chance to work on a little bit of everything. … I just think our team has done better playing games and then using two or three days to prepare. Some teams need days off, and maybe we did. We’ll see.” Stu Durando @studurando on Twitter sdurando@post-dispatch.com

Tigers find success using two point guards BY DAVE MATTER

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

COLUMBIA, Mo. — As Missouri’s two best ball-handlers, Dru Smith and Xavier Pinson spent every day of preseason workouts matched against each other. “Iron sharpens iron,” forward Mitchell Smith said after a summer practice. “They’re going at it every day.” Lately, as the Tigers navigate around their latest bout with injuries, the two natural point guards are sharing space in the same backcourt. Coincidence or not, the Tigers have shown glimpses of their best basketball of the season. With Mark Smith sidelined by a lower back injury since halftime of Mizzou’s Jan. 28 win over Georgia, Torrence Watson buried in a season-long shooting slump and freshman Mario McKinney off to a junior college, Cuonzo Martin isn’t left with many options on the perimeter. Perhaps by default, he’s finding some success with Pinson and Dru Smith playing together, with Pinson at the point and Smith on the wing. The Tigers (11-13, 3-8 Southeastern Conference) relied heavily on the combo in last Saturday’s overtime win over Arkansas, with Pinson and Smith playing 41 and 39 minutes, respectively. Pinson never shifted out of attack mode and finished with 24 points and seven rebounds. They rarely came off the floor Tuesday at No. 25 Louisiana State, a game Mizzou lost by four but led for 33 minutes. “It speeds the game up a little bit for us because either one can get the ball and go,” teammate Javon Pickett said. “They’re getting up the floor, being able to get to the basket, facilitate, find people for open shots. They’re really good finishers around the basket. They can knock down those shots and they can make the perimeter shot, so it’s been good so far. I like it.” Get used to it, Javon. Mark Smith has missed the last four games with a lower back injury and isn’t expected back for Saturday’s 5 p.m. game against No. 11 Auburn (22-2, 9-2) at Mizzou Arena. Martin doesn’t think center Jeremiah Tilmon will play either. He’s missed 10 of the last 11 games with a stress fracture in his left foot. “I’m not 100 percent, but I don’t think they’ll play tomorrow,” Martin said Friday. Tilmon’s situation remains a bit of a mystery. He played 12 minutes off the bench at Texas A&M on Feb. 4 and a few days later said his foot felt about 80 percent recovered. Since making those comments on Feb. 6, he’s yet to play a minute in a game. Asked Friday if Tilmon suffered a setback after the Texas A&M game, Martin said, “I assume so, because he felt good in the game. That’s more his call. He felt good about it (at Texas A&M). After that he said he was a little sore and we went from there.” Dru Smith has joined them in the

MISSOURI vs. No. 11 AUBURN When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: Mizzou Arena Series; Last meeting: Auburn leads 6-4; Auburn 81, Missouri 71, March 14, 2019 Records: Missouri 11-13/3-8, Auburn 222/9-2 TV, radio: ESPN2, KTRS (550 AM) JEFF ROBERSON, AP PHOTO

Missouri’s Xavier Pinson heads to the basket as Georgia’s Rayshaun Hammonds defends in a game last month. training room while recovering from a sprained ankle but hasn’t missed any time on the floor in games. Martin decided to hold Smith out of Thursday’s practice but expects the team’s leading scorer to play Saturday. During the SEC Network broadcast of Tuesday’s game, analyst Andy Kennedy said Martin told him Smith’s ankle injury was as bad as the injuries that have sidelined his teammates. Asked about that comment Friday, Martin pushed back some. “I’m not sure if that’s necessarily the case,” he said. “Dru’s battling. You can see that out on the floor. That’s understood. Mark obviously has a serious injury. Jermiah has a serious injury. … We kept (Dru Smith) out of practice yesterday. We don’t do a lot this time of year anyway, but he practiced today and he’ll be ready to go tomorrow. All guys’ (injuries), they’re all serious.” Despite the ankle injury, Smith was a major reason the Tigers nearly toppled LSU. He finished with 20 points, four assists and three steals. At times wincing in pain, he came out for a breather in the first half for 2 minutes and 6 seconds and sat for all of 30 seconds in the second half. “I think I’m fine,” he said Friday. “I think yesterday was just to give me a little extra day of rest. … Honestly, (I) just try to play normal and just try not to worry about it. If it’s going to hurt, it’s going to hurt at the end of the day.” “Dru’s one of the tougher players that I’ve ever played with,” center Reed Nikko said. “Dru goes through a lot every day. You can see it just in his style of play. He wants to be in the paint. He wants to be at the basket. We have a lot of respect for what he’s playing through right now.” “He’s one of those guys,” Martin said, “(who asks), ‘Can it get any worse? No? OK, let’s go.’” As long as his foot stays attached to his lower leg, it appears Smith will stay in Martin’s suddenly potent backcourt. For now, the ball’s in good hands, times two. “Two experienced ball-handlers, two

About Auburn: The Tigers were one of college basketball’s few remaining unbeaten teams until a two-game January road skid, where Bruce Pearl’s team lost at Alabama and Florida by a combined 43 points. They’ve since recovered and won seven straight, most recently Wednesday’s 95-91 overtime win over Alabama. Four of Auburn’s last five games have gone into overtime. … Freshman forward Isaac Okoro, the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.1 points per game, is considered questionable with a hamstring injury, Pearl told reporters Friday. … Guard Samir Doughty, one of four senior starters for Pearl, leads Auburn with 16 points per game. Point guard J’von McCormick adds 11.4 points and 4.8 assists. About Missouri: The Tigers had LSU on the ropes Tuesday in Baton Rouge, La., leading for 33 minutes and by as many as a dozen points. … Cuonzo Martin doesn’t expect center Jeremiah Tilmon (foot) or guard Mark Smith (lower back) to play Saturday. They’ve missed a combined 15 games this year and a combined 29 games over the last two seasons. … Center Reed Nikko continues to string together the best games of his career. In MU’s last two games he’s averaged 12 points and 9.5 rebounds. … Point guard Xavier Pinson has averaged 13.8 points the last five games and led the Tigers in scoring in three of those games. SEC Conf Auburn 9-2 Kentucky 9-2 LSU 9-2 Florida 7-4 So. Carolina 7-4 Mississippi St. 6-5 Tennessee 6-5 Alabama 5-6 Texas A&M 5-6 Arkansas 4-7 Mississippi 4-7 Missouri 3-8 Georgia 2-9 Vanderbilt 1-10

All 22-2 19-5 18-6 15-9 15-9 15-9 14-10 13-11 11-12 16-8 13-11 11-13 12-12 9-15

Saturday Mississippi St. at Arkansas, noon Mississippi at Kentucky, 1 p.m. Georgia at Texas A&M, 2:30 p.m. LSU at Alabama, 3 p.m. Auburn at Missouri, 5 p.m. Tennessee at South Carolina, 5 p.m. Vanderbilt at Florida, 7 p.m.

guys that are good drivers, good decision-makers also guys that can make shots,” Martin said. “They move your offense because they can make plays. … We need them to be aggressive. We need them to look for offense more. And that opens up other parts for the other guys.” Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter dmatter@post-dispatch.com


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AREA COLLEGE ATHLETES

Bouwmeester has heart Lady Bears rolling control device implanted along in the Valley BY TOM TIMMERMANN AND JIM THOMAS

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Jay Bouwmeester had an implantable cardioverter defibrillator placed in his chest to monitor and control his heartbeat, the Blues announced Friday. The procedure was done at the UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange County, Calif.. Bouwmeester had a cardiac episode on the bench during the Blues’ game Tuesday at Honda Center against the Anaheim Ducks. He collapsed and had to be revived with a defibrillator. An ICD is a small, batterypowered device that monitors heart rhythm and detects irregular heartbeats. If an abnormal rhythm is detected, it can deliver electric shocks to the heart. It is, according to the Mayo Clinic’s website, usually placed under the left collarbone and is different from a pacemaker. According to Mayo, people who need ICDs have sustained ventricular tachycardia (an abnormal heartbeat), survived a cardiac arrest or fainted from a ventricular arrhythmia. The procedure was performed by the cardiology department at UC Irvine. When Bouwmeester is released, he will fly back to St. Louis and be monitored by BarnesJewish Hospital and Washington University physicians. The Blues said the next update on Bouwmeester will come early next week. Blues general manager Doug Armstrong told the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday that Blues players undergo fitness testing and medical testing at the start of each season. “Yeah, they get their heart checked, they get everything checked,” Armstrong said. In terms of Bouwmeester’s fitness, Armstrong said, “he’s at the top of that group, too. So it’s shocking when it happens to anyone, but (especially) someone that seems to be at that level of fitness.” Fans attending Saturday’s 2 p.m. game against the Nashville

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The Blues’ Jay Bouwmeester, left, checks Calgary’s Buddy Robinson during a January game in Calgary. Predators at Enterprise Center Sanford’s first goal came just can show their support for Bou- 25 seconds into Thursday’s 6-5 wmeester by signing or writing a overtime loss to the Vegas Golden message on a banner that will be Knights. in the arena concourse — at Portal 15 — until the end of the second Blue notes intermission. The Blues have only two sets of back-to-backs remaining this Sanford makes history season, and they both come over The Blues have had play- the next seven days. They play ers score twice in a game on 15 Nashville on Saturday in St. Louis occasions this season, led by and then on Sunday in Nashville. Brayden Schenn, who’s done it On Thursday, they play Arizona three times: Oct. 24 against the at home and then play at Dallas Los Angeles Kings; Dec. 23 at the next day. the Los Angeles Kings; and Feb. So far this season, the Blues 4 against Carolina. are 3-3-1 on the front end and The team’s only hat trick of 5-2-0 on the back end of backthe season was by David Perron to-backs. The Nashville contests on Dec. 16 against Colorado. marks the only back-to-back this But when it comes to Zach season against the same team. Sanford, he became only the • Sanford’s four-goal night eighth player in Blues history gives him a career-high 12 goals to score four goals in a game, for the season. He’s among and the first since David Backes eight Blues who have either set on Jan. 6, 2015 against Arizona. or matched their career-high in This season, he’s the fifth player goals scored already this season. in the NHL to score four times in The Blues still have 25 games left one game. to play. “It’s a pretty cool thing,” San• The Vegas contest marked the ford said. “I owe it to my team- second time in six days and the mates and stuff. sixth time this season that the “It’s always good to get one Blues have blown a two-goal lead early. Right off the bat. I just and lost a game. All six of those shoot one and it goes through ev- losses have come in overtime or eryone and finds its way in. When a shootout. you can get one early, or even get Jim Thomas a couple good shifts in, it helps @jthom1 on Twitter build your confidence and gets jthomas@post-dispatch.com you into it a little bit more.”

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night for dinner. That’s what you do, you lean on each other. When you have a group as close as our group is, it helps in these situations.” Thursday brought a sense of normalcy because of the gameday routine. Coach Craig Berube thought there was good energy during the morning skate and in team meetings. And then came another knock-down, drag-out affair with the Vegas Golden Knights on Thursday night. It was similar in many ways to the Blues’ contest in Vegas on Jan. 4 because in both games the Blues were minus one of their elite defensemen, blew a multi-goal lead, and then lost in overtime. On Jan. 4, Colton Parayko was out with an upper-body injury, the Blues squandered a 3-0 first-period lead, and lost 5-4 in overtime. On Feb. 13, while Bouwmeester was at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange County, Calif., the Blues couldn’t hold a 4-2 second period lead and lost 6-5 in overtime. They were a physically and emotionally spent bunch after Thursday’s OT setback, a group that couldn’t wait to get home. “I think we’re all looking forward to getting home and going to see Bo’s wife (Devon),” Pietrangelo said postgame in the visitors’ locker room at T-Mobile Arena. “And hugging our kids and our wives.” The team returned to St. Louis on Friday afternoon. If anything, the events of the past few days brought an already tight-knit group even closer together. “They rallied around Bo obviously and care a lot about him, and they care about each other,” Berube said. “It’s a good group of guys and tight. He’s just family, right? It’s tough.” On the ice, the show goes on. Suddenly struggling to stay atop the Central Division and the entire Western Conference, the Blues play division rival Nashville on successive days — at 2 p.m. Saturday at Enterprise Center and Sunday at 5 p.m. in Nashville. Defense and goaltending continue to be THE issues. The Blues came out of their Christmas break ranked fourth overall in defense, yielding only 2.53 goals per game.

BLUES VS. PREDATORS When, where: 2 p.m. Saturday, Enterprise Center. TV, radio: FSM, WXOS (101.1 FM). About the Predators: Nashville (27-22-7) entered the weekend on the fringe of the Western Conference playoff picture, in 10th place with 61 points. The Predators are 6-4-0 in their last 10 contests, routing the New York Islanders 5-0 in their most recent game on Thursday. The Predators have taken both games against the Blues this season, 4-2 on Nov. 23 in St. Louis and 3-2 in a shootout two days later in Nashville. In the Nov. 23 game, Nashville scored 20 seconds into the game on a Filip Forsberg goal and led 3-1 after one period, peppering Jordan Binnington with 22 shots on goal in that period. Robert Bortuzzo received a four-game suspension for cross-checking Viktor Arvidsson, resulting in a lower-body injury that sidelined Arvidsson for a month. In the Nov. 25 game, Daniel Carr — called up from the AHL to replace the injured Arvidsson — scored the game-winner in the fourth round of the shootout. — Jim Thomas

In the 19 games since then, starting with a 5-4 overtime victory in Winnipeg on Dec. 27, they are tied for last in the league in defense — allowing 3.53 goals per game — with Ottawa. That’s right. Ottawa. Last. It boggles the mind because it’s so out-of-character for the Blues. Over the past eight seasons, the Blues have ranked seventh or better on defense seven times, and finished in the top five on five occasions. It’s what they do. Play defense and stop pucks. “Yeah, absolutely,” Ryan O’Reilly said. “I think that is our identity, where we make it tough on teams. We make it tough for them to score goals. And we’ve been giving up way too much. “I think of our team as a defend-first mentality, frustrate, and then the offense comes. That’s the fun part. Or we get creative and things open up that way.” Scoring is up league-wide in

the NHL so far this season, so factor that into the discussion. And the Blues still rank 10th in defense, but their current 2.86 goals allowed per game is on pace to be their worst figure since the 2006-07 squad — a team that finished under .500 at 34-35-13 — allowed 3.02 goals per game. “We just need to get back to our details,” said Zach Sanford, whose four-goal night wasn’t enough to get the Blues two points against Vegas. “We’re just loose down low, not closing out guys, and giving up too many extra opportunities. We saw that (Thursday) on a couple goals. I think we just need to take a step back, focus up, and get back to our details.” In terms of goals, both scored and allowed, three is the magic number. Score at least three goals and you’re going to win a lot more often than you lose. Allow three goals or more and you’re going to lose much more than you win. Well, the Blues are 2-5-3 in their last 10 games and have allowed three or more goals in all 10 games. (And four or more goals seven times in that stretch.) There’s a lot that goes into it. “I think we’re playing too much in our end,” Pietrangelo said. “When we’re good, we’re playing in the offensive zone. You guys (reporters) always hear us talk about how playing in the Ozone is obviously the best way to play defense. “We’re just not really occupying the offensive zone like we were before. Teams are getting more chances, more shots on goal.” And more goals. “It’s on everybody, goalies included,” Berube said. “We gotta be better. A little tighter and manage the puck a little bit better. A lot of the goals are caused by turnovers and things like that.” Speaking of “goalies included,” things have reached the point with struggling Jordan Binnington that the question had to be asked following the 6-5 loss to Vegas: Do you think about playing Jake Allen more, given Binnington’s struggles? “Well, we started Jake last game (in Anaheim), and then a lot went down,” Berube said. “We just felt that this was the game for Binner (against Vegas). But Jake’s gonna get his opportunities for sure. He’s gonna play.” Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter jthomas@post-dispatch.com

MISSOURI STATE ATHLETICS

Senior Alexa Willard averages 16.8 points for the No. 24 Missouri State women’s basketball team. BY JOE LYONS

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Missouri State women’s basketball team might be looking for a little payback this weekend. The Lady Bears, ranked 17th in the coaches poll and 24th by The Associated Press, are 20-2 overall and 10-1 in the Missouri Valley Conference entering a 3 p.m. Saturday league showdown with Southern Illinois University Carbondale (13-9, 5-6) at JQH Arena in Springfield, Mo. Missouri State has won 11 of its last 12 games, with the only loss in that stretch coming on Jan. 17 when host SIUC won 70-68 on a basket with 1.3 seconds remaining from junior Gabby Walker, a St. Charles High product and a transfer from Lindenwood University. With five of their final seven regular-season games at home, where they are 10-0 this season, the Lady Bears are seeking to gain a bit of momentum heading into the postseason. Under first-year coach Amaka “Mox” Agugua-Hamilton, the Bears are led by senior Alexa Willard (16.8 points), who’s shooting 48% from the field, 47% on 3-pointers and 89% from the foul line. The team’s other double-figure scorers are junior Brice Calip (13.0 points, with a team-leading 90 assists) and sophomore Jasmine Franklin (10.8 points, 9.1 rebounds). Since its inaugural season in 1969-70, Missouri State has established itself in the sport, qualifying for the NCAA Tournament 15 times. The squad made Final Four trips in 1992 and 2001 and Sweet 16 appearances in 1993 and last year. It also played in eight WNITs, capturing a championship in 2005.

MU wins wrestling title The 24th-ranked Missouri wrestling squad has claimed its ninth consecutive conference title, winning 35-7 Wednesday at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Tigers have won 22 consecutive Mid-America Conference duals and will seek to claim the MAC tournament championship March 7-8 in DeKalb, Ill. The Tigers had six bonus-point wins Wednesday, getting a pin from Cameron Valdiviez (125), technical falls from Dylan Wisman (184), Wyatt Koelling (197) and CBC grad Cevion Severado (133) and major decisions from Peyton Mocco (165) and Francis Howell grad Connor Flynn (174). Winning by decision for Mizzou was Alex Butler (141) and Brock Mauller (149). The Cougars received a major decision from Justin Ruffin, at 157, and a decision from heavyweight Colton McKeirnan.

Honor roll The Webster women broke a school record for points, recently beating visiting Principia 115-36. The Gorloks are 14-7 overall and tied with Fontbonne at 12-2 atop the St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference standings. Webster also set records for points in a half (45), field goal attempts (84), steals (31) and turnovers forced (42). The Gorloks had five double-figure scorers — Kiara Rhines (17), Jaysea Morgan (14), Incarnate Word Academy product Naomi Johnson (13), Lindbergh High graduate Julie Baudendistel (13) and Hannah Cottrell (11). • St. Louis University’s Danny Hopkins and Alex Oleson were honored as Atlantic 10 Conference track and field performers of the week. Hopkins, a sophomore from Summit High, won the 400 meters and anchored the Billikens’ winning 4x400 relay squad at the Mizzou Open. At the same meet, Oleson broke a school record in winning the high jump with a leap

of 7-1. • In women’s basketball, SLU senior Kendra Wilken (Breese Central) earned A-10 player of the week honors after averaging 24 points and 8.5 rebounds while shooting 78.3% in wins over St. Joseph’s and George Mason. • Lindenwood senior Kallie Bildner repeated as Great Lakes Valley Conference women’s basketball player of the week after averaging 28 points and 13.5 rebounds in a pair of league wins. She scored a career-high 36 with 11 rebounds, two assists and a steal at Quincy and followed with 20 points, 16 rebounds and two steals at Truman. She shot 65 percent from the floor and made 17 of 20 free throws. • In softball, SLU senior Kat Lane was named A-10 player of the week after hitting .667 with eight hits, six runs and 11 total bases. Freshman Kayla Swiderski (Lindbergh) was co-rookie of the week; she went two for six with two walks and delivered a gameending hit to beat Southern Mississippi. • For the third time this season, Maryville’s Don Jackson (Fox) was named GLVC field athlete of the week. At Northwest Missouri’s Bearcat Open, he finished second in the high jump (6-9¾) and fifth in the long jump. • McKendree’s Daniel Filipek (Warrenton) won the title at 184 pounds at the University of Indianapolis’ Greyhound Open. He beat teammate Michael Aldrich (Parkway South) in the title match. Also in the event, Maryville’s Ryan Herman (St. Clair) and Max Darrah (Whitfield) placed second at 197 and heavyweight, respectively. Maryville’s Tyler Harrington (165) was named GLVC wrestler of the week after beating a pair of foes, including No. 12-ranked Shane Gantz of Wisconsin-Parkside. • Missouri Baptist’s Emily Bayer (Oakville) was named American Midwest Conference outstanding athlete at the conference’s indoor championships after winning in the 1,000 meters, the mile, and the distance medley relay. Bayer finished second in the 600 meters and 4x400. • Lindenwood had a pair of players honored by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association. After a comeback win over Florida Tech, the Lions’ Connor Ciemiewicz had the win, coming up with 15 saves while Covington, from Chaminade, finished his Lions’ debut with four goals and an assist. • Lindenwood swept the first GLVC women’s lacrosse honors following a 19-7 win over No. 14 Colorado Mesa. The Lions’ Carly Fedorowski scored eight points for offensive honors while teammate Shannon Modl, who had eight draw controls, earned defensive honors. • Maryville’s Ellie Paul averaged 203 in six games and finished second overall, earning alltournament honors at the Wildcat Classic to earn GLVC bowler of the week honors. • For the third time this season and in back-to-back weeks, Lindenwood gymnast Gayla Griswold has been named Midwest Independent Conference newcomer of the week. She had a careerbest scores in the floor exercise, the beam and the vault against Missouri State. • Washington University’s Greig Dimailig was named University Athletic Association track athlete of the week after placing second in the 400 and helping the Bears’ 4x400 relay take first at the Keck D-III Select Invitational in Bloomington, Ill. Joe Lyons @joelyonspd on twitter jlyons@post-dispatch.com


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STANDINGS & SCHEDULE Atlantic GP Boston 58 Tampa Bay 58 Toronto 58 Florida 57 Montreal 60 Buffalo 58 Ottawa 57 Detroit 59 Metropolitan GP Washington 57 Pittsburgh 56 N.Y. Islanders 56 Philadelphia 58 Columbus 59 Carolina 57 N.Y. Rangers 57 New Jersey 57

EASTERN CONFERENCE W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 35 11 12 82 192 144 20-2-9 15-9-3 11-5-3 38 15 5 81 206 153 19-7-2 19-8-3 16-2-0 30 20 8 68 205 192 15-8-7 15-12-1 8-7-2 30 21 6 66 200 194 16-11-2 14-10-4 10-7-1 27 26 7 61 181 184 13-15-4 14-11-3 8-10-2 26 24 8 60 166 181 17-10-4 9-14-4 9-11-2 19 27 11 49 150 193 13-10-6 6-17-5 7-7-5 14 41 4 32 121 220 9-18-2 5-23-2 7-12-0 W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 37 15 5 79 205 174 16-9-4 21-6-1 9-10-1 35 15 6 76 186 151 20-5-4 15-10-2 7-3-3 33 17 6 72 166 156 18-7-4 15-10-2 11-7-2 32 19 7 71 190 172 19-5-4 13-14-3 10-4-4 30 18 11 71 152 146 18-11-3 12-7-8 10-6-3 33 21 3 69 186 159 19-9-1 14-12-2 6-10-1 30 23 4 64 188 178 16-12-2 14-11-2 11-5-0 21 26 10 52 158 201 9-10-10 12-16-0 6-9-2

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div St. Louis 57 32 15 10 74 183 166 18-5-5 14-10-5 10-5-2 Colorado 56 33 17 6 72 202 157 15-8-4 18-9-2 9-8-2 Dallas 57 33 19 5 71 154 144 17-9-2 16-10-3 11-6-2 Winnipeg 59 29 25 5 63 176 179 14-14-3 15-11-2 10-6-4 Nashville 56 27 22 7 61 183 183 12-11-4 15-11-3 8-5-0 Minnesota 57 27 23 7 61 176 185 17-8-5 10-15-2 7-9-1 Chicago 57 25 24 8 58 166 181 12-12-4 13-12-4 6-8-3 Pacific GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div Vancouver 58 32 21 5 69 190 175 19-6-3 13-15-2 11-6-1 Edmonton 57 30 21 6 66 182 179 15-9-4 15-12-2 10-8-2 Vegas 59 29 22 8 66 188 183 15-10-4 14-12-4 11-5-2 Calgary 59 30 23 6 66 170 178 13-10-4 17-13-2 11-9-1 Arizona 60 28 24 8 64 167 165 13-11-4 15-13-4 10-7-4 San Jose 57 25 28 4 54 150 189 14-14-1 11-14-3 11-11-1 Anaheim 57 23 27 7 53 146 179 12-11-3 11-16-4 7-9-1 Los Angeles 58 20 33 5 45 142 186 12-12-1 8-21-4 9-12-1 Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffs. Thursday’s results San Jose 3, Winnipeg 2 Buffalo 4, Columbus 3,OT Carolina 5, New Jersey 2 Dallas 3, Toronto 2 Saturday’s games New Jersey 4, Detroit 1 Detroit at Boston, noon Tampa Bay 3, Edmonton 1 Nashville at St. Louis, 2 p.m. Philadelphia 6, Florida 2 Edmonton at Florida, 3 p.m. Ottawa 3, Arizona 2 Philadelphia at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. Nashville 5, N.Y. Islanders 0 N.Y. Rangers 4, Minnesota 3, SO San Jose at Minnesota, 4 p.m. Washington 3, Colorado 2 Dallas at Montreal, 6 p.m. Calgary 6, Anaheim 0 Toronto at Ottawa, 6 p.m. Vegas 6, St. Louis 5, OT Los Angeles vs. Colorado, 7 p.m. Chicago at Calgary, 9 p.m. Friday’s results Washington at Arizona, 9 p.m. Pittsburgh 4, Montreal 1 N.Y. Islanders at Vegas, 9:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers 3, Columbus 1

STAT OF THE DAY

120

Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman David Savard often doesn’t make an impact on the scoreboard, but he is the only NHL player with at least 120 blocked shots and 100 hits this season. — Associated Press

STANDINGS & SCHEDULE EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W Toronto 40 Boston 38 Philadelphia 34 Brooklyn 25 New York 17 Southeast W Miami 35 Orlando 24 Washington 20 Charlotte 18 Atlanta 15 Central W Milwaukee 46 Indiana 32 Chicago 19 Detroit 19 Cleveland 14

L 15 16 21 28 38 L 19 31 33 36 41 L 8 23 36 38 40

Pct. .727 .704 .618 .472 .309 Pct .648 .436 .377 .333 .268 Pct .852 .582 .345 .333 .259

GB — 1½ 6 14 23 GB — 11½ 14½ 17 21 GB — 14½ 27½ 28½ 32

L10 9-1 8-2 5-5 7-3 5-5 L10 4-6 3-7 6-4 3-7 4-6 L10 8-2 3-7 3-7 2-8 2-8

Str Home Away Conf L-1 21-7 19-8 29-8 W-1 23-5 15-11 25-9 W-3 25-2 9-19 22-14 W-2 16-12 9-16 17-16 L-2 8-19 9-19 12-24 Str Home Away Conf L-1 22-3 13-16 23-7 W-2 15-13 9-18 17-17 W-2 13-13 7-20 14-19 W-2 8-17 10-19 12-20 L-2 9-17 6-24 8-28 Str Home Away Conf L-1 25-3 21-5 28-4 W-1 19-10 13-13 20-15 L-6 11-16 8-20 13-24 L-4 11-19 8-19 12-28 W-1 7-22 7-18 9-28

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest W Houston 34 Dallas 33 Memphis 28 San Antonio 23 New Orleans 23 Northwest W Denver 38 Utah 36 Okla. City 33 Portland 25 Minnesota 16 Pacific W L.A. Lakers 41 L.A. Clippers 37 Phoenix 22 Sacramento 21 Golden State 12

L 20 22 26 31 32 L 17 18 22 31 37 L 12 18 33 33 43

Pct .630 .600 .519 .426 .418 Pct .691 .667 .600 .446 .302 Pct .774 .673 .400 .389 .218

GB — 1½ 6 11 11½ GB — 1½ 5 13½ 21 GB — 5 20 20½ 30

Wednesday’s results Cleveland 127, Atlanta 105 Orlando 116, Detroit 112, OT Indiana 118, Milwaukee 111 Brooklyn 101, Toronto 91 Washington 114, New York 96 Memphis 111, Portland 104 Charlotte 115, Minnesota 108 Dallas 130, Sacramento 111 Phoenix 112, Golden State 106 Utah 116, Miami 101 L.A. Lakers 120, Denver 116, OT

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Luka Doncic finished with 33 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists in Dallas’ win over Sacramento on Wednesday. It was the 17th 30-10 game of his career as he passed LeBron James for the most such games before turning 21 in NBA history. — Associated Press

L10 6-4 5-5 8-2 3-7 6-4 L10 7-3 5-5 7-3 6-4 1-9 L10 7-3 6-4 3-7 6-4 2-8

Str Home Away Conf W-1 19-8 15-12 21-16 W-1 15-14 18-8 19-14 W-2 16-13 12-13 18-16 W-1 14-12 9-19 13-19 L-1 11-17 12-1514-210 Str Home Away Conf L-1 21-7 17-10 25-9 W-4 20-5 16-13 21-13 W-1 17-12 16-10 22-14 L-2 15-11 10-20 15-23 L-2 7-20 9-17 8-25 Str Home Away Conf W-3 18-7 23-5 28-6 L-2 22-5 15-13 21-12 W-1 11-18 11-15 13-24 L-2 11-15 10-18 15-19 L-4 7-19 5-24 7-29

Thursday’s results Boston 141, L.A. Clippers 133, 2OT Okla. City 123, New Orleans 118 Friday’s result 2020 Rising Stars Challenge Team USA 151, Team World 131 Saturday All-Star Saturday events (skills, 3-point, slam dunk), 7 p.m. Sunday’s games All-Star Game: Team Giannis vs Team LeBron, 7 p.m., Chicago

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NHL ROUNDUP

Surging Rangers win 4th straight ASSOCIATED PRESS

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Chris Kreider scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, Alexandar Georgiev had 36 saves and the New York Rangers topped the Columbus Blue Jackets 3-1 on Friday night. Kreider scored on a wrist shot from the slot with 3:12 left in the game, just 2 seconds after a Rangers’ power play ended and Columbus’ Jakob Lilja was rushing out of the box. Ryan Strome added an empty-netter with 1:11 left. Pavel Buchnevich also scored for the Rangers, who have won four straight and are 7-2 in their past nine. They swept a back-to-back, beating Minnesota in a shootout on Thursday night. Friday’s win put them within seven points of wild-card teams Columbus and Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt.

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Blue Jackets goalie Elvis Merzlikins makes a save in front of teammate Boone Jenner, center, and the Rangers’ Brendan Lemieux during the third period Friday in Columbus, Ohio.

on a perfectly executed rush in the second period to push his point streak to six games and help host Carolina beat HURRICANES 5, DEVILS 2: New Jersey in Raleigh, North Andrei Svechnikov scored Carolina

SHARKS 3, JETS 2: Melker Karlsson and Timo Meier scored within an 89-second span in the third period to lift San Jose over host Winnipeg.

PENGUINS 4, CANADIENS 1: Newly-acquired left wing Jason Zucker scored his first two goals with host Pittsburgh in a victory over Montreal.

NOTEBOOK

Wild’s Boudreau eighth coach fired ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Wild fired coach Bruce Boudreau on Friday with the goal of correcting some inconsistencies and making a late-season push for a playoff spot. First-year general manager Bill Guerin said he felt the timing was right to move on from Boudreau, 65, and replace him with interim coach Dean Evason despite the Wild having won seven of their past 11 games. Boudreau was fired in the aftermath of a shootout loss to the New York Rangers. This is the eighth coaching change in the NHL this season, and Boudreau, who was in his fourth season, is the sixth fired for team

BLACKHAWKS: Forward Zack Smith will be out 7-10 days for Chicago after his hand was sliced by a skate. SENATORS: Mark Borowiecki will be out indefinitely because of a lower-body injury. BRUINS: Defenseman Jeremy Lauzon, 22, signed a two-year, $1.7 million contract with Boston. SABRES: Buffalo placed injury-plagued defenseman Zach Bogosian, 29, on waivers just over a week performance reasons. That from Evason helps the Wild ahead of the league’s trade deadline. matches the most for one return to the playoffs. season, according to the BRIEFLY Elias Sports Bureau. OILERS: Edmonton forMinnesota is 27-23-7 and MAPLE LEAFS: Left wing ward Zack Kassian was three points out of a playoff Andreas Johnsson will have suspended seven games for spot in the Western Con- knee surgery and be out at kicking an opponent in the ference with 25 games left. least eight weeks for the chest. Guerin hopes a “new voice” Toronto Maple Leafs. — Wire reports Bruce Boudreau was in his 13th season after having coached in Washington and Anaheim. His 567 wins are 22nd all time.

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AROUND THE NBA

Winner of legendary 1988 contest still no slam dunk

Bryant headlines 2020 Hall class

Jordan, Wilkins put contest on map that year in Chicago TIM REYNOLDS AND STEVE REED

Associated Press

CHICAGO — Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins never have talked to one another about the 1988 dunk contest. They might be the only ones. It is still the dunk contest by which all other dunk contests are measured. Jordan left the old Chicago Stadium that night with the trophy. To this day, many believe Wilkins was the rightful winner. Either way, it was a never-to-be-forgotten show — and now, for the first time since that night 32 years ago, the dunk contest is returning to Chicago on Saturday night. “I did have a homecourt advantage, yes,” Jordan said this week. “The fans got their money’s worth,” Wilkins said in a separate interview. This season’s dunk contest entrants — Orlando’s Aaron Gordon, Miami’s Derrick Jones Jr., the Los Angeles Lakers’ Dwight Howard and Milwaukee’s Pat Connaughton — will have quite a show to follow to stand the test of time. Wilkins believes he should have won. But he still tips his cap to Jordan. “We love the fact that they still talk about it because we knew what we brought,” Wilkins said. None of this year’s four dunk contest participants is an All-Star. It was different 32 years ago, when the dunk contest was being held for only the fourth time. Jordan was the MVP in 1988, Wilkins was sixth in that season’s MVP voting, and they were the only players

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Bulls star Michael Jordan dunks during the 1988 slam dunk contest in Chicago. that season who averaged more than 30 points per game. “It’s a little bit different today. And it’s probably much harder today because how many times can you do the same dunks over and over again?” Jordan said. “So they are trying to create things that people haven’t seen and that means jumping over people and cars and stuff like that. We didn’t have to do that because we didn’t have anything preceding us.” The 1988 field was stacked. Wilkins had won in 1985. Spud Webb won in 1986. Jordan won in 1987. They were all in the field, along with Greg Anderson, Clyde Drexler, Jerome Kersey and Otis Smith. Of course it came down to Wilkins vs. Jordan. Three dunks apiece to decide the title. Both got a perfect score — 50 — on their first

dunk in the final round. Wilkins got another 50 in the second round, with Jordan getting only a 47. That meant Wilkins, who was first to dunk in each round of the finals, needed only a 48 to clinch the win over Jordan. Wilkins went with a two-handed windmill for his final dunk. The judges’ score: 45. Drexler looked on in disbelief. “I was surprised at his score,” Jordan said. The door was open for Jordan. He tried a dunk from the foul line and missed, but the rules allowed two chances per attempt. The second effort is the one replayed about a billion times since: He took off from just inside the foul line, pulled the ball back a bit before finishing off the slam, and got the perfect score of 50. Final score: Jordan 147, Wilkins 145.

CHICAGO — The list of finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame is considerably shorter than usual. Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett — 48 AllStar nods between them — headlined the class of eight finalists announced Friday by the Hall of Fame. Each will need to collect 18 votes from a 24-person panel before officially becoming Hall of Famers. The class was kept smaller than usual based on its star power. “We did it because of the enormity, even before Kobe’s death, that we think Kobe and Duncan and Garnett bring to it,” said Jerry Colangelo, Chairman of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “We’ve never had a class that strong at the top.” Bryant died in a helicopter crash in Southern California on Jan. 26. Bryant, Duncan, Garnett and 10-time WNBA AllStar and four-time Olympic gold medalist Tamika Catchings are all first-time finalists. The others include: Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, former Houston Rockets coach Rudy Tomjanovich, five-time Division II women’s coach of the year Barbara Stevens of Bentley, and four-time national men’s college coach of the year Eddie Sutton. This year’s enshrinement class will be announced on April 4 at college basketball’s Final Four in Atlanta. Induction will be Aug. 29 in Springfield, Massachusetts. BRIEFLY USA WINS: Eric Paschall scored 23 points, and Collin Sexton had 21 to lead Team USA over Team World 151131 in the Rising Stars Challenge at All-Star Weekend festivities Friday night in Chicago. Team USA hit 17 3-pointers. RJ Barrett led the World squad with 27 points and Brandon Clarke had 22. — Wire reports


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BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

Hader, players suffer another loss ASSOCIATED PRESS

PHOENIX — All-Star closer Josh Hader lost his salary arbitration case against the Milwaukee Brewers, dropping players to 1-6 in hearings this year. Hader will earn $4.1 million rather than his $6.4 million request. Arbitrators Mark Burstein, Dan Brent and Frederic Horowitz made the decision Friday, a day after hearing arguments. A shaggy-haired left-hander who turns 26 in April, Hader had 37 saves in 44 chances and went 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA in his second straight All-Star season. He failed to hold a 3-1 lead in the eighth inning of the NL wild-card game, loading the bases by hitting one batter, walking another and allowing a bloop single, then giving up a two-out, basesloaded single to Washington’s Juan Soto that scored three runs. The Nationals won 4-3 and went on to their first World Series title. After making $687,600 last year, Hader just made the arbitration eligibility cutoff with 2 years, 115 days of major league service. Teams also beat Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez, Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson, Minnesota pitcher José Berríos, Atlanta reliever Shane Greene and Colorado catcher Tony Wolters. Dodgers reliever Pedro Báez has been the lone player to win. Seven players remain scheduled for hearings, which run through Feb. 21.

Surgery for Clevinger

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Brewers relief pitcher Josh Hader last season had 37 saves in 44 chances and went 3-5 with a 2.62 ERA in his second straight All-Star campaign.

Spring camp just opened this week, but the Cleveland Indians already have news that fans won’t like. The team announced that Mike Clevinger underwent knee surgery on Friday. The right-hander hurt his knee while training at the team’s complex in Goodyear, Ariz., on Wednesday and on Thursday was diagnosed with a partial tear of his left medial meniscus. Dr. Tim Kremcheck performed the surgery. A timetable for his return has

not yet been established. Clevinger was 13-4 with a 2.71 ERA last season following campaigns of 12-6 and 13-8 following his debut in 2016.

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a breaking ball to the 2017 Astros. The biggest one is the undercutting of the importance of baseball’s marathon regular season, a 162-game grind that is supposed to mean something to players and fans who dedicate more than six months to it every year. Four division winners would lose the benefit of a guaranteed appearance in a best-of-five division series, instead sliding back into the new best-of-three first round, where their only advantage would be playing on their home field, a benefit one wild-card team would receive as well. There are few better ways to diminish a division won. It gets worse. Baseball introduced the second wild card to the postseason in 2012. If it had instead implemented these changes at that time, as Neil Greenberg of the Washington Post found, five teams with .500 records or worse would have made the playoffs in the last seven years. That group would have included two losing teams in 2017. Five at or below .500 in seven postseasons seasons. Two losing teams in one postseason. You know that sick feeling you get when you see a losing college football team celebrate a bowl bid? I’m feeling that feeling, but worse. Supporters of the change will argue this will make teams more competitive. That ignores reality. Look at the evidence already available. Despite the success of a team like the 2019 Washington Nationals, which went from wild-card team to World Series champion, teams rarely use the notion of going the distance as a wild-card success story to justify trade-deadline upgrades. They instead point to the randomness of a one-game coin flip, using the incentive already added to justify passivity. This would not change that. It would reward it. Teams that twiddle thumbs will be more likely to get lucky, and less likely to trade players to true contenders. Teams that twiddle thumbs and don’t get lucky will simply cite the randomness of a three-game series as their reason for not giving chase. Forget the annual buyer and seller discussion. Baseball would have a crowd of sit-and-waiters. And why not sit and wait when 79 wins might get you in? Pushing hard for postseason magic is less appealing when the commissioner seems determined to deliver it on a silver platter. That TV money must be awfully sweet to stomach a watered-down October.

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and downgrades the prestige of the postseason. Prepare to be sold on a made-for-TV gimmick that makes the rose ceremony from “The Bachelor” look mature. Prepare for more mediocrity, because why snuff out the plague that is suffocating the sport when there is money to be made by embracing it? Another depressing step in a pitiful, predictable direction could come as early as 2022, if the league follows through on the potential postseason changes Joel Sherman of the New York Post broke news of this week. Here’s hoping a few powerful owners push back. Here’s hoping the players’ union values the importance of the regular season and the integrity of the postseason more than the commissioner does. Manfred and the game’s leaders, per Sherman, are “seriously weighing” increasing the number of teams in the postseason from 10 (five from both the American and National Leagues), to 14 (seven from both). Not only would the wild-card round expand in size, but in games, shifting to three best-of-three series on each side of the bracket, a growth that would send only two of the six division winners directly to the division series. That herd would be labeled round one. Suddenly, some of Manfred’s other trial balloons — like putting a runner on second base to start extra-inning games — look better by default. Here are more details, in Sherman’s own words: • In this concept, the team with the best record in each league would receive a bye to avoid the wild-card round and go directly to the division series. The two other division winners and the wild card with the next-best record would each host all three games in a best-of-three wild-card round. • The division winner with the second-best record in a league would then get the first pick of its opponent from those lower three wild cards, then the other division winner would pick, leaving the last two wild cards to play each other. • The plan is to have this all play out on a show on the Sunday night the regular season ends and have representatives picking teams on live TV — think the NCAA selection show, but just with the teams making the selections. One question: Would Chris Harrison host the pick-your-date portion of the evening? Problems are easier to spot than

Hellickson to retire Jeremy Hellickson, a righthanded pitcher who compiled a 76-75 record with a 4.13 ERA in 232 games with the Tampa Bay Rays, Arizona Diamondbacks, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles and, most recently, the Washington Nationals, said he

Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred on Twitter bfrederickson@post-dispatch.com

plans to retire. Hellickson, 32, told the Des Moines Register he suffered a shoulder setback a few weeks ago that would have required surgery and rehab.

Milone joins Orioles Left-hander Tommy Milone completed a minor league contract with the Orioles on Friday and will try to earn a roster spot at big league spring training. Milone, who turns 33 on Sunday, is 50-47 with a 4.47 ERA in

nine major league seasons with Washington, Oakland, Minnesota, Milwaukee, the New York Mets and Seattle. • First baseman Yonder Alonso and the Atlanta Braves finalized their minor league contract. If added to the 40-man roster, he would get a one-year contract with a $1 million salary while in the major leagues. • Relief pitchers Brooks Pounders and Deck McGuire have agreed to minor league contracts with the Rays.

The Rays announced the agreements Friday and expect the right-handers in spring training on Saturday.

Around the league The Toronto Blue Jays have shut down right-hander Ryan Borucki due to elbow stiffness. ... Veteran outfielder Rajai Davis agreed to play for Acereros de Monclava of the Mexican League. He will join veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon, who agreed to a deal Thursday.

GOLF ROUNDUP

Kuchar surges while Woods sags at Riviera BY DOUG FERGUSON

Associated Press

LOS ANGELES — Matt Kuchar made a mess of the easiest hole at Riviera. He couldn’t find the fairway and felt he was on the defensive all afternoon Friday in the Genesis Invitational. He was good enough with the short irons that Kuchar still managed a 2-under 69 and built a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and two others going into the weekend at Riviera. “It definitely wasn’t my best stuff today,” Kuchar said. “Two under was an awfully good score for the way I drove it.” Tiger Woods happily would have taken a score like that. Instead, he made his bid for a first victory at Riviera and a record 83rd title on the PGA Tour a lot tougher. Two swings with a wedge wound up costing Woods three shots, and his 73 left him nine shots behind. “I made some pretty bad mistakes out there,” Woods said. He can’t afford any more, not with 44 players ahead of him, including past champions Adam Scott and Dustin Johnson, and players who would desperately like to add their name to the list of winners at this historic club. McIlroy, in his return to No. 1 in the world, handled the par 5s and kept mistakes to a minimum in his round of 67, which puts him in the final group Saturday with Kuchar and Harold Varner III, who had a 68 in the morning. Kuchar was at 9-under 135. He began with a bogey on the par-5 opening hole, one of only two players in the 121-man field to not make par or better. Kuchar went long past the green, took two chips to get on the green and missed a 15-foot par putt. “You feel like you’ve already given up two shots on the day. Never a fun way to start,” Kuchar said. “But knowing there’s 17 holes to go, there’s still room to figure it out.” Wyndham Clark had a 68 and joined McIlroy and Varner in the group two shots behind. “I’m managing my game well,” McIlroy said. “I’ve hit a couple loose shots here and there, but I’m thinking my way around the golf course and that’s what this place is all about. You can hit a few squirrelly shots and get away with it as long as you miss it in the right places, and for the first couple days I’ve done that. I’m feeling pretty good about my

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Matt Kuchar putts on the 13th green during the second round of the Genesis Invitational golf tournament at Riviera Country Club on Friday in the Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles. He shot 69 and has a twoshot lead. game.” Scott has a trophy from Riviera, just not an official victory. He won in 2005 when there was so much rain the tournament was reduced to 36 holes, and he won in a playoff Monday. He returned from a two-month break with a 7-under 64 that left him three shots behind. Scott hasn’t played since he won the Australian PGA Championship three days before Christmas. “You’re never quite sure coming off eight weeks how it’s going to feel, but I was really hitting the ball out of the middle of the club,” Scott said. “That gave me a bit of confidence to just kind of keep doing what I’m doing and it’ll all fall into place rather than go in search for what I’m doing wrong.” Woods didn’t have to search long to figure out his errors. He started well enough with a smart choice to hit iron on the reachable par-4 10th because of the back right pin position, a wedge into about 12 feet and a birdie. And he was never in too much trouble. The 15th hole did not appear to present any problems, especially after Woods crushed a 335-yard drive to the middle of the fairway. He hung his head immediately after a chunked pitching wedge that plugged into the bunker short of the green, leaving no shot to a front pin. He blasted that through the green, chipped back to 7 feet and missed putt for double bogey. “I just hit it fat,” he said. “Honestly, I was just trying to

cut a little wedge in there and get it up in the air.”

Other events Park leads LPGA tourney: Seventime major champion Inbee Park moved into contention for her 20th LPGA Tour victory by taking a share of the second-round lead at the Women’s Australian Open, in Adelaide. Park shot 4-underpar 69 to put her at 10-under 136, tied with first-round leader Jodi Ewart Shadoff (70). Jillian Hollis (69), was in third place, one stroke behind. Defending champion Nelly Korda (73) was six strokes back. Tie in Champions field: Doug Barron and Scott Parel each had a score of 7-under 64 to tie for the lead after the first round of the Chubb Classic, a Champions Tour tournament in Naples, Fla. Fred Funk, Ken Tanigawa, Bernhard Langer and Stephen Leaney were at 65. (News services) Virus’ impact grows: Two men’s tournaments co-sanctioned by the European and Asian tours in Malaysia and China have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak in China. They are the Maybank Championship in Kuala Lumpur, was set for April 16-19, and the China Open in Shenzhen, which had been planned for April 23-26. Rescheduling is being discussed. The LPGA already has cancelled of three scheduled events — in Thailand, Singapore and China. (AP)


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Cardinals give Astros failing grade ers, and there have already been times when they’ve abandoned traditional signs altogether. Manager Mike Shildt said he’s also drawn the same line in the clubhouse that he did at the Winter Warm-Up for how his team will play. He said hopefully illegal sign-stealing “is a dead issue in our game,” but even so he’s “been sleeping pretty well at night.” “I’m not naïve to the fact that it’s not always a level playing field,” Miller said. “I’ve played through eras when guys have been suspended for PEDs and stealing signs. … We have to have some sort of moral compass that keeps us within the bounds. There is a lot of money at stake. There are a lot of rewards for being successful. It can be tempting to step over the line. You have to figure out your own moral code and stick with it.”

BY DERRICK GOOLD

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JUPITER, Fla. — While the active players who participated in and benefited from Houston’s illegal sign-stealing caper have escaped punishment, they have yet to face their peers on the field, and Thursday’s haphazard apologies did not add perfume to the sense that a World Series title and the Astros’ accomplishments still reek to other players. Several Cardinals said Houston’s 2017 title is diminished by cheating. “Yes,” pitcher Miles Mikolas said, pausing before elaborating. “If a guy sets a world record at something but you find out he left the starting line a second early, is that still the world record? It’s not the same. “If I hit a golf ball 400 yards downhill, downwind, I didn’t really hit it 400 yards. They won a World Series. There is still a lot left to speculate. Until they come out and come clean, it’s going to be all speculation, and people are always going to speculate the worst.” The scandal that usurped baseball’s offseason cost three managers their jobs and led to the firing of Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow. Only one player was connected by name to the illegal use of tech to steal signs, and Carlos Beltran was dismissed from his job as Mets manager before he spent a day on the field. An investigation by the commissioner’s office described the sign-stealing as “player-executed” and “player-driven.” Yet there was no player suspended or fined because it was a condition of their cooperation in the investigation. Their punishment is left to the public, or peers. “The sign-stealing stuff that has popped up, 15 to 20 years ago wouldn’t have happened because there would have been

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of baseball operations John Mozeliak allowed Carpenter to sit in on the organizational meetings preceding the start of camp. “Super fun. I appreciated it,” said Carpenter. “It was really neat to just listen to the knowledge they have on all the players who are going to be here this year. It was something I hadn’t experienced in this role.” Manager Mike Shildt says Carpenter’s influence encompasses a wide sphere. “He’s a little bit of everything,” Shildt said. “He’s got so many different experiences that few people can relate to, and Carp’s able to capture them. Ollie (bench coach Oliver Marmol) and I were talking about Carp last year and what he brings to us, and it’s a lot. Ollie summed it up by saying, ‘Every time Carp speaks, there’s value that comes out of his mouth.’ “There’s wisdom in a lot of shapes and forms,” Shildt said. “He’s got the heart to share with people and he’s also got the accountability to back it up. He’s just a wonderful resource for us for a lot of reasons.” One reason, Mozeliak said, is that “Carp is a very sharp, insightful, thoughtful person. If you were a young player, you’d be crazy not to try to tap into this.” Staff ace Jack Flaherty has recognized Carpenter as a resource, and Carpenter, in turn, has some thoughts on Flaherty’s immediate future. “You saw great growth in what Jack did last year,” said Carpenter. “But you have to be super careful in hoping that he’s going to repeat an 0.91 ERA in the second half. The expectation on him should be that he’s going to be that solid guy who’s going to take the ball every fifth day. “I think his growth also is going to take place in that clubhouse where he starts to handle himself as that professional, the one who’s going to take (Adam Wainwright’s) spot when Waino is gone. That’s Jack’s next role. “I think it’s going to be a big step for Jack this year. He’s going to be pulled on by you (media) guys more. Everybody’s going to be talking about money. Everybody’s going to be talking about him repeating what he did last year, that he’s going to be Bob Gibson consistently. Even Bob Gibson can’t do that. And he’s Bob Gibson. “Jack just needs to continually grow in all areas.” Carpenter then had thoughts on other prospective rotation members: “You saw in Dakota (Hudson) as a starter that he was able to make

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Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller recalled his team raising concerns about the Astros when he played for Cleveland in 2018. somebody thrown at, there would have been a fight,” Cardinals veteran pitcher Andrew Miller said. “I think we realize how dangerous it is to let someone throw a projectile at 100 mph at somebody. If something like that was going on, instead of changing your signs you’d just deck the guy. We don’t have that. That’s left the game.” In its report, the commissioner’s office described a culture that allowed illegal sign-stealing to flourish with the Astros. Houston’s owner, Jim Crane, and the players acknowledged the cheating in a press conference Thursday yet insisted it didn’t give them any benefit in the 2017 postseason or in 2018’s playoffs. Hogwash, many play-

some really good strides. You saw some inconsistencies which are going to happen when you’re young. But you expect to see him grow again.” As for Miles Mikolas, who slipped to 9-14 from 18-4 in his second season back from Japan, Carpenter said, “Miles has No. 1-type stuff. Part of that is command. He can command all of his pitches. “When he comes over and did what he did that first year, I don’t think anybody expected him to be that good, right? Now all of a sudden, there are extra pressures and expectations coming into last year and people thinking, ‘We have to repeat this.’ You’re still talking about a very inexperienced big-league pitcher. He’s going to grow maturity-wise. Part of the maturing process is that you’ve got to learn how to deal with those expectations of success. “That’s just as hard as dealing with failure.” Discussing Carlos Martinez’s projected return to the rotation after presumably overcoming shoulder injuries, Carpenter said, “There’s no question that if you throw Carlos in like he was a few years ago, with health and maturity and the ability to do what he does and put him with Jack and Dakota and Waino and Miles, you’re talking about an elite five guys. “And that’s pretty exciting.” The blueprint for Cardinals success remains the same, Carpenter said. “To be a championship-caliber team, if you don’t pitch and you don’t defend, it doesn’t matter how much you hit,” he said. “It will be interesting to see with (Marcell) Ozuna gone and Jose (Martinez) gone. What people I don’t think saw in Ozuna was his professionalism and the way he competed every day, although everybody can have their opinion … on how he played left field. But he was always in the right spot. He was always doing the best he could and he never took games off. He was always a pro. That’s nice for a pitcher to know that your best players are going to be consistent every day. “It will be interesting to see who takes on that (outfield) role. We definitely have some quality young talent. Unproven talent, but quality. Like Tyler (O’Neill), but you have to keep him on the field. Who knows what he can do? He can do all kinds of great things in this game. “But you can’t count on that. You’ve got to trust that he can be on the field. And Lane Thomas is a quality talent. I really like Lane, and I hope he gets an opportunity.” Rick Hummel @cmshhummel on Twitter rhummel@post-dispatch.com

ers said. In 2018, Miller’s Cleveland team faced Houston and raised concerns about the Astros’ shenanigans with baseball officials. Miller called it “a poorly kept secret among players” that Houston and other teams were warping the rules. Oakland made several complaints, according to reports. Nothing was done — not until a player spoke to The Athletic. “This probably doesn’t happen without a player policing other players,” Cardinals catcher Matt Wieters said, referencing former Houston pitcher Matt Fiers, who detailed the Astros’ scheme for The Athletic. “As players we expect us to do our job in the clubhouse and the

commissioner to do his job for whatever can be done outside for the rules. That’s how the checks and balances should work. The Astros probably have more pressure on them than any team has ever had on them in a really long time to go out there and actually be a good team.” In the opening days of spring training, Cardinals pitchers and catchers have already worked on various ways to shift their pitch signs and protect how they call games. The Cardinals admit they were late to do so in recent years, unaware of the lengths opponents would go to use tech to decipher their games. Now, the Cardinals have individualized signs for each pitcher, cards that will detail them for the infield-

With each spring blooms discussions of contract extensions within the Cardinals clubhouse. While catcher Yadier Molina is due to negotiate one that could take him to the end of his career, second baseman Kolten Wong is nearing the end of his contract and said he’d be open to talking about an extension that puts him closer to “being with the Cardinals my whole career.” “I would love for it to end that way,” Wong said. “Or to extend my career with the Cardinals and see how far we can push it.” Wong, 29, is coming off his first Gold Glove Award and a careerbest season offensively. He has one more guaranteed year remaining on an extension he signed four years ago in spring. The Cardinals hold a $12.5 million option for 2021. Derrick Goold @dgoold on Twitter dgoold@post-dispatch.com

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Cardinals pitchers Dakota Hudson, left, and Carlos Martinez stretch before throwing a bullpen session Thursday.

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16 wins helped propel him to fifth in the rookie of the year voting), he must alter some of those high numbers. He’s started by altering his mechanics. “I had to take a step back mechanically and iron some things out this offseason to where I could get my arm stroke a little bit cleaner,” the righty Hudson shared in the Cards’ clubhouse Friday at spring training. “I try to shorten up, and I feel like that’s put me in a better spot to be. I’m able to replicate my best stuff more often.” The St. Louis Cardinal worked out in the offseason with his pitching instructor, a St. Louis native who even pitched in the Cardinals organization. Bob Zimmermann was a De Smet grad who pitched at Missouri State and was drafted in the fourth round by Anaheim in 2003. He never made it to the major leagues, but now he works with major leaguers out of Premier Baseball in Kansas City. “That’s where I spent my offseason,” Hudson said, “and (we worked on) trying to free up and get back into a smooth, very whip-like delivery. Kind of taking some things I worked on last year — keeping my hands down a little bit as I separate my hands, and then kind of turning that into letting my arm take over.” Here’s thinking Hudson will improve this season. He’s equipped. He’s been groomed with the Cardinals’ pitching

pedigree and has the mindset — and humility — to be a continuous learner. That will make him better in 2020 … but he must be better in 2020. He can’t have full months of disappointment, and he had two of them last year. Fortunately for St. Louis, neither of those months was one of the final two months. He pitched pretty strong down the stretch, maximizing his groundballs and reducing the batting average of opponents, who hit .275 against him from his first March start through July, but hit just .180 in the last two months. “I was really impressed by Dakota last year in the sense of a first full season, his learning curve; he allowed it to be fairly quick,” Cards manager Mike Shildt said. “It goes down before it goes up sometimes, and he worked through it. He was very intentional about getting better and learning from the experiences — and learning from Adam Wainwright and Jack Flaherty and Miles Mikolas and some of the other guys. He can grow from other’s experiences, and that’s how we grow the fastest — and he’s doing it. I just want him to continue on that trajectory. … “A blanket statement is — we have expectations that guys throw strikes and control counts. Control early counts. We do that, the numbers speak for themselves. We want our starters to go deep in games and be able to eat innings. And that’s where Jack took that next step – he’s still a strikeout guy, he’s got his punch outs, but Jack started to initiate

contact earlier in counts and he controlled counts better. “If Dakota does that, he goes deeper in games, more efficient, lets our defense play? That’s a recipe for us to have success, and let’s shake hands after the game.” Flaherty and Hudson are linked for many reasons, though each is a different style of pitcher. But both are righthanded firstround draft picks who mastered each step in the minors methodically. Flaherty is a year ahead, you could argue, in the sense that he had a few starts in 2017, became a rotation starter and fifth in the rookie of the year voting in 2018, while Hudson had those years in 2018 and 2019. Flaherty, of course, became the Cardinals’ ace in 2019. There are other signs that Hudson can become a crisper pitcher in 2020. He’s a battler, there’s no question. While he gets guys on base, they often stay there — he’s among the league leaders in hunkering down. As for reducing the infuriating walks, “it’s trusting your stuff, being in attack mode, working ahead,” Shildt said. “Finding out what plays. And also thinking about one thing we have, which is an asset we use from our baseball development department and our own instincts and what the competition tells us: how we sequence which pitches work. What do you need to do to be most effective against righties and lefties? And experience also helps with that, too.” Benjamin Hochman @hochman on Twitter bhochman@post-dispatch.com


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Hopes abound for rookie trio Christopher Bell

BY DAN GELSTON

Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Christopher Bell started to unzip his firesuit and attach a microphone at a TV session with Fox when Jimmie Johnson popped by and teased the production team. “With rookies, you have to put it down the leg personally,” Johnson told a staffer. Bell got a good laugh out of the moment, the seven-time NASCAR champion on the way out of the sport having fun with a rookie touted as one of its brightest future stars. Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Bell were the Big Three of NASCAR’s No. 2 series, a trio of drivers pegged as future stars who ran roughshod over the field and raced for the championship. “I’ve raced against them more than I’ve raced against anybody else,” Bell said. The next time they go headto-head-to-head will be Sunday at the Daytona 500. Reddick, Custer and Bell combined for 21 wins in 33 Xfinity Series races last season — and won nine straight in one stretch — en route to promotions to the Cup Series. Checkered flags, bragging rights, the rookie of the year award — and the pressure to keep the high-profile jobs — all are up for grabs. Each hopes to finish at the top of his class. “I hope I smoke ‘em,” Bell said. Bell, Reddick and Custer are the linchpins of a rookie field that also include Quin Houff, John Hunter Nemechek and Brennan Poole. It’s NASCAR’s best class in ages and the sport’s next big hope that this youth movement will usher in a new generation of future cham-

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The 25-year-old Bell won the 2017 Truck Series championship and thrived as a developmental driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR’s loaded lineup of Cup champions Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., two-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones left Bell without a ride. JGR farmed out Bell, who grew up racing on dirt tracks in Oklahoma, to the No. 95 Toyota and Leavine Family Racing. “I’m just grateful to be along for the ride,” Bell said. “Hopefully we can go out there and make everyone proud.”

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Christopher Bell watches the leader board Sunday during qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. pions and fan favorites. NASCAR’s rookie classes have produced few stars the last several years. Daniel Hemric had only two top-10 finishes last season and finished 25th in the standings driving for Richard Childress Racing to win the top rookie award in an underwhelming class. His reward? He was dumped by RCR and will run a part-time schedule this season in the Xfinity Series. Where have you gone Brett Moffitt? The 2015 winner has made just seven Cup starts since he won and none since 2017. Kevin Conway, Andy Lally and Stephen Leicht were among the recent

underwhelming winners over the last decade no longer with full-time Cup rides in NASCAR. Daytona 500 pole winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a former winner of the rookie award. So are Chase Elliott, Busch Clash winner Erik Jones, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. The Xfinity Series championship hasn’t guaranteed much success, either. Daniel Suarez, the 2016 champion, is already on his third team, while 2015 champion Chris Buescher has one rainshortened Cup victory and 2017 champion William Byron is 0 for 72 starts. Trevor Bayne was the last driver

Tyler Reddick The 24-year-old Reddick won the last two Xfinity Series championships and will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet this season for Richard Childress Racing. Reddick has two Cup starts, including a 27th-place finish for RCR in last season’s Daytona 500. He finished ninth in his second race at Kansas. “You can’t make the mistakes that you can normally get away with with a good team in the Xfinty Series,” Reddick said. “You can be really fast, but it won’t mean you’ll win races.”

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AUTO RACING NASCAR DAYTONA 500 LINEUP Thursday’s qualifying; race Sunday At Daytona International Speedway Daytona, Fla. Lap length: 2.5 miles (CAR NUMBER IN PARENTHESES) Row 1 (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet Row 2 (22) Joey Logano, Ford (24) William Byron, Chevrolet Row 3 (10) Aric Almirola, Ford (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet Row 4 (6) Ryan Newman, Ford (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet Row 5 (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford Row 6 (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet (41) Cole Custer, Ford Row 7 (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet (20) Erik Jones, Toyota Row 8 (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford Row 9 (95) Christopher Bell, Toyota (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet Row 10 (17) Chris Buescher, Ford (77) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet Row 11 (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet Row 12 (38) John Hunter, Ford (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet Row 13 (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet (34) Michael McDowell, Ford Row 14 (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota Row 15 (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford (36) David Ragan, Ford Row 16 (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet (66) Timmy Hill, Ford Row 17 (16) Justin Haley, Chevrolet (15) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet Row 18 (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford Row 19 (51) Joey Gase, Chevrolet (52) BJ McLeod, Ford Row 20 (62) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet (27) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series NEXTERA ENERGY 250 RESULTS Friday At Daytona International Speedway Daytona, Fla. Lap length: 2.5 miles (Starting position in parentheses) 1. (11) Grant Enfinger, Ford, 106. 2. (23) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 106. 3. (21) Codie Rohrbaugh, Chevrolet, 106. 4. (16) Derek Kraus, Toyota, 106. 5. (30) Natalie Decker, Chevrolet, 106. 6. (15) Austin Hill, Toyota, 106. 7. (5) Johnny Sauter, Ford, 106. 8. (4) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 106. 9. (12) Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet, 106. 10. (31) Jason White, Chevrolet, 106. 11. (6) Zane Smith, Chevrolet, 106. 12. (1) Riley Herbst, Toyota, 106. 13. (2) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 106. 14. (19) Cory Roper, Ford, 106. 15. (10) Matt Crafton, Ford, 106. 16. (25) Todd Gilliland, Ford, 106. 17. (27) Brennan Poole, Toyota, 106. 18. (9) Korbin Forrister, Toyota, 106. 19. (29) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 105. 20. (8) Raphael Lessard, Toyota, 105. 21. (28) Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 105. 22. (3) Christian Eckes, Toyota, 105. 23. (14) Tanner Gray, Ford, Accident, 98. 24. (26) Jesse Little, Chevrolet, Accident, 98. 25. (13) Ben Rhodes, Ford, Accident, 97. 26. (20) Gus Dean, Chevrolet, Accident, 97. 27. (7) Tyler Ankrum, Chevrolet, Accident, 97. 28. (32) Angela Ruch, Chevrolet, Accident, 65. 29. (22) Bryan Dauzat, Chevrolet, Accident, 65. 30. (18) Tate Fogleman, Chevrolet, Accident, 62. 31. (24) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, Accident, 15. 32. (17) Ty Majeski, Chevrolet, Accident, 15.

FOOTBALL XFL EAST DIVISION W L Pct DC 1 0 1.000 New York 1 0 1.000 St. Louis 1 0 1.000 Tampa Bay 0 1 .000 WEST DIVISION W L Pct Houston 1 0 1.000 Dallas 0 1 .000 Los Angeles 0 1 .000 Seattle 0 1 .000 Saturday, Feb. 15 New York at DC, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 Dallas at Los Angeles, 2 p.m. St. Louis at Houston, 5 p.m.

to win the Daytona 500 in his first start, and he never won again.

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The 22-year-old Custer took Suarez’s ride in the No. 41 Ford at Stewart-Haas Racing and has won consistently. The son of Stewart-Haas Racing executive Joe Custer was raised around the racetrack. He started racing when he was 5 and quickly rose through the ranks to the Truck Series. He became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series race at New Hampshire in his seventh career truck start in 2014. He was 16 years, 7 months, 28 days. He clearly joins the best team of all the rookies, added to a lineup that includes veterans Harvick, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer. “I talked with Kevin a lot through my Xfinity stuff and he’s been extremely helpful and one of the most helpful people I’ve ever talked to,” Custer said. “But even in our post-practice meeting with Clint and Aric, I ask those guys for advice and they’re extremely open also so if I can get advice from any of those guys it’s going to be huge.”

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THE GENESIS INVITATIONAL PAR SCORES Friday At Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, Calif. Purse: $9.3 million Yardage: 7,322; Par 71 Second Round Matt Kuchar 64-69—133 -9 Harold Varner III 67-68—135 -7 Rory McIlroy 68-67—135 -7 Wyndham Clark 67-68—135 -7 Sung Kang 69-67—136 -6 Adam Scott 72-64—136 -6 Vaughn Taylor 69-67—136 -6 Russell Henley 67-69—136 -6 Chez Reavie 69-68—137 -5 Rafa Cabrera Bello 68-69—137 -5 Jon Rahm 70-68—138 -4 J.B. Holmes 69-69—138 -4 Justin Rose 69-69—138 -4 Si Woo Kim 69-69—138 -4 James Hahn 68-70—138 -4 Carlos Ortiz 68-70—138 -4 Dustin Johnson 72-66—138 -4 Paul Casey 69-69—138 -4 Sebastián Muñoz 69-69—138 -4 Bryson DeChambeau 68-70—138 -4 Joel Dahmen 68-71—139 -3 Luke List 71-68—139 -3 Scott Piercy 70-69—139 -3 Scott Brown 71-68—139 -3 Brian Harman 70-69—139 -3 Adam Schenk 67-73—140 -2 Collin Morikawa 73-67—140 -2 Kyoung-Hoon Lee 67-73—140 -2 Brian Stuard 72-68—140 -2 Patrick Cantlay 68-72—140 -2 Andrew Landry 68-72—140 -2 Sergio Garcia 70-70—140 -2 Rory Sabbatini 72-68—140 -2 Sam Burns 73-68—141 -1 Denny McCarthy 69-72—141 -1 Max Homa 72-69—141 -1 Lanto Griffin 71-70—141 -1 Patrick Reed 68-73—141 -1 Kyle Stanley 71-70—141 -1 Matthew Fitzpatrick 71-70—141 -1 Alex Noren 71-70—141 -1 Scottie Scheffler 69-72—141 -1 Ryan Palmer 71-70—141 -1 J.T. Poston 69-72—141 -1 Patrick Rodgers 71-71—142 E Ryan Moore 71-71—142 E J.J. Spaun 73-69—142 E Talor Gooch 70-72—142 E Adam Hadwin 71-71—142 E Tiger Woods 69-73—142 E Jordan Spieth 72-70—142 E Marc Leishman 70-72—142 E Brooks Koepka 69-73—142 E Xander Schauffele 72-70—142 E Tyler Duncan 73-69—142 E Martin Laird 71-71—142 E Cameron Tringale 74-69—143 +1 Abraham Ancer 76-67—143 +1 Bud Cauley 74-69—143 +1 Steve Stricker 72-71—143 +1 Tony Finau 72-71—143 +1 Charles Howell III 77-66—143 +1 Martin Trainer 72-71—143 +1 Pat Perez 73-70—143 +1 Joseph Bramlett 74-69—143 +1 Brendon Todd 73-70—143 +1 Jason Dufner 75-68—143 +1 Hideki Matsuyama 71-72—143 +1 FAILED TO MAKE THE CUT Sepp Straka 71-73—144 +2 Danny Willett 73-71—144 +2 Adam Long 71-73—144 +2 Joaquin Niemann 72-72—144 +2 Jim Furyk 70-74—144 +2 Nick Taylor 71-73—144 +2 Troy Merritt 73-71—144 +2 Ryan Armour 70-74—144 +2 Aaron Baddeley 71-73—144 +2 Charley Hoffman 73-71—144 +2 Scott Stallings 69-75—144 +2 Jhonattan Vegas 75-69—144 +2 Sungjae Im 69-75—144 +2 Bubba Watson 72-72—144 +2 Jason Day 68-76—144 +2 Russell Knox 74-70—144 +2 Dylan Frittelli 74-70—144 +2 Nick Watney 71-74—145 +3 Michael Thompson 69-76—145 +3 Justin Thomas 74-71—145 +3 Jason Kokrak 72-73—145 +3 Chris Stroud 71-74—145 +3 Emiliano Grillo 71-74—145 +3 Kevin Chappell 71-74—145 +3 Corey Conners 70-75—145 +3 Kevin Tway 72-73—145 +3 Danny Lee 72-73—145 +3 Erik van Rooyen 71-74—145 +3 Branden Grace 73-73—146 +4 Jimmy Walker 75-71—146 +4 Peter Malnati 74-72—146 +4 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 71-75—146 +4 Bronson Burgoon 71-75—146 +4 Jim Herman 73-73—146 +4 Phil Mickelson 72-74—146 +4 Cameron Smith 74-72—146 +4 Brian Gay 72-74—146 +4 C.T. Pan 72-75—147 +5 Kevin Na 74-73—147 +5 Nate Lashley 76-71—147 +5 Matthew Wolff 74-73—147 +5 Sam Ryder 76-72—148 +6 Aaron Wise 73-75—148 +6 Cameron Champ 75-73—148 +6 Keegan Bradley 75-73—148 +6 Matt Jones 79-70—149 +7 Matt Every 73-76—149 +7 Andrew Putnam 72-77—149 +7 Francesco Molinari 75-75—150 +8 Roger Sloan 74-76—150 +8 Sean Yu 78-73—151 +9 Kyongjun Moon 80-72—152 +10

ISPS HANDA WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN PAR SCORES Friday At Royal Adelaide Golf Club Adelaide, Australia Purse: $1.3 million Yardage: 6,689; Par: 73 Second Round (a-amateur) Inbee Park 67-69—136 -10 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 66-70—136 -10 Jillian Hollis 68-69—137 -9 Ayean Cho 69-69—138 -8 Marina Alex 68-70—138 -8 Celine Boutier 70-69—139 -7 Madelene Sagstrom 69-70—139 -7 Yu Liu 73-67—140 -6 Maria Fassi 73-67—140 -6 Elizabeth Szokol 71-69—140 -6 Yealimi Noh 71-69—140 -6 Mi Hyang Lee 71-69—140 -6 Ashleigh Buhai 71-69—140 -6 So Yeon Ryu 71-69—140 -6 Brittany Altomare 70-70—140 -6 Dottie Ardina 70-70—140 -6 Ally McDonald 70-70—140 -6 Lizette Salas 70-70—140 -6 Hannah Green 69-71—140 -6 Amy Olson 68-72—140 -6 a-Ho Yu An 69-72—141 -5 Kristen Gillman 69-72—141 -5 Jeongeun Lee6 67-74—141 -5 Perrine Delacour 72-70—142 -4 Lauren Stephenson 72-70—142 -4

Champions Tour CHUBB CLASSIC PAR SCORES Friday at The Classics at Lely Resort Naples, Fla. Purse: $1.6 million Yardage: 6,845; Par 71 (35-36) First Round Doug Barron 31-33—64 Scott Parel 32-32—64 Fred Funk 32-33—65 Ken Tanigawa 32-33—65 Bernhard Langer 33-32—65 Stephen Leaney 34-31—65 Mark Brooks 34-32—66 Tim Petrovic 33-33—66 John Huston 33-33—66 Brandt Jobe 34-32—66 Woody Austin 34-32—66 Bob Estes 36-31—67 Scott Verplank 32-35—67 Marco Dawson 34-33—67 Wes Short, Jr. 34-33—67 Scott McCarron 31-36—67 Fred Couples 33-34—67

Area colleges schedule SATURDAY, FEB. 15 M: Bradley at SIU Carbondale, 1 p.m. W: Maryville at Illinois Springfield, 1 p.m. W: Lindenwood at McKendree, 1 p.m. W: UMSL at Southern Indiana, 1 p.m. W: Webster at Blackburn, 1 p.m. W: Westminster at Fontbonne, 1 p.m. W: Missouri Baptist at William Woods, 1 p.m. W: Harris-Stowe at Park, 1 p.m. W: Columbia College at LU-Belleville, 1 p.m. W: Hannibal-LaGrange at STL Pharmacy, 1 p.m. W: Lincoln Trail at Southwestern Illinois, 1 p.m. W: Lewis & Clark at Lincoln Land, 1 p.m. W: Metropolitan at St. Louis CC, 1 p.m. W: SIU Edwardsville at Southeast Missouri, 2 p.m. W: Crowder at Jefferson, 2 p.m. W: SIU Carbondale at Missouri State, 3 p.m. M: Lindenwood at McKendree, 3 p.m. M: UMSL at Southern Indiana, 3 p.m. M: Maryville at Illinois Springfield, 3 p.m. M: Webster at Blackburn, 3 p.m. M: Westminster at Fontbonne, 3 p.m. M: Missouri Baptist at William Woods, 3 p.m. M: Harris-Stowe at Park, 3 p.m. M: Columbia College at LU-Belleville, 3 p.m. M: Hannibal-LaGrange at STL Pharmacy, 3 p.m. M: Lewis & Clark at Olney, 3 p.m. M: Metropolitan at St. Louis CC, 3 p.m. M: SIU Edwardsville at Southeast Missouri, 4 p.m.

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TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with LHP Tommy Milone on a minor league contract. BOSTON RED SOX — Signed OF Kevin Pillar to a one-year contract. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Agreed to terms with OF Domingo Santana on a minor league contract. HOUSTON ASTROS — Named Chris Speier quality control coach. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Agreed to terms with RHP Brooks Pounders and RHP Deck McGuire to minor league contracts. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Agreed to terms with 1B Yonder Alonso on a minor league contract. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Agreed to terms with RHP Seth Frankoff on a minor league contract.. BASKETBALL Women’s NBA DALLAS WINGS — Acquired F Katie Lou Samuelson and a 2021 first-round draft pick from the Chicago Sky for F Azura Stevens. PHOENIX MERCURY — Signed C Brittney Griner to a multi-year contract. FOOTBALL National Football League NFL — Suspended Baltimore OL James Hurst for the first four games of the 2020 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. BALTIMORE RAVENS — Terminated the contract of S Tony Jefferson. BUFFALO BILLS — Will not renew the contract of chief administrative officer Dave Wheat. HOUSTON TEXANS — FReleased CB Vernon Hargreaves III. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Released DB Kenny Ladler, CB Josh Norman, DE Chris Odom and WR Paul Richardson Jr. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Suspended Edmonton Oilers F Zack Kassian seven games for kicking Tampa Bay F Erik Cernak in the chest during a game Thursday night. BUFFALO SABRES — Placed D Zach Bogosian on waivers. MINNESOTA WILD — Fired coach Bruce Boudreau. Named Dean Evason interim coach. NEW YORK RANGERS — Recalled D Joey Keane from Hartford (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer LOS ANGELES FC — Signed F Bradley Wright-Phillips. MINNESOTA UNITED — Signed D José Aja. SPORTING KANSAS CITY — Acquired D Winston Reid on loan from West Ham (EPL). VANCOUVER WHITECAPS — Signed M Damiano Pecile. National Women’s Soccer League ORLANDO PRIDE — Signed G Erin McLeod. COLLEGE MINNESOTA — Agreed to a contract extension with women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen through the 2024 season. RUTGERS — Announced women’s freshman basketball G Noga Peleg Pelc has left the team due to personal reasons.

FRIDAY’S SCORES EAST Brown 75, Penn 63 Dartmouth 65, Columbia 63 Davidson 93, St. Bonaventure 64 Fairfield 57, Marist 53, OT Harvard 85, Cornell 63 Iona 80, Manhattan 57 Monmouth (NJ) 85, Canisius 71 Siena 73, Rider 64 St. Peter’s 84, Quinnipiac 72 Yale 88, Princeton 64 SOUTH N. Kentucky 84, IUPUI 70 MIDWEST Akron 80, Cent. Michigan 67 Buffalo 83, Toledo 67 N. Dakota St. 80, Fort Wayne 70 S. Dakota St. 90, Denver 78 Wright St. 75, Ill.-Chicago 58 SATURDAY’S TOP 25 SCHEDULE No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 14 West Virginia, 3 p.m. No. 2 Gonzaga at Pepperdine, 9 p.m. No. 3 Kansas vs. Oklahoma, 11 a.m. No. 5 Louisville at Clemson, 3 p.m. No. 6 Dayton at UMass, 11:30 a.m. No. 7 Duke vs. Notre Dame, 3 p.m. No. 8 Florida State vs. Syracuse, 11 a.m. No. 9 Maryland at Michigan State, 5 p.m. No. 10 Seton Hall at Providence, 7 p.m. No. 11 Auburn at Missouri, 5 p.m. No. 12 Kentucky vs. Mississippi, 1 p.m. No. 13 Penn State vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m. No. 16 Colorado at Oregon State, 9 p.m. No. 19 Butler vs. Georgetown, 1:30 p.m. No. 20 Houston at SMU, 5 p.m. No. 22 Illinois at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. No. 23 Creighton vs. DePaul, 6:30 p.m. No. 24 Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, Noon No. 25 LSU at Alabama, 3 p.m.

Women’s basketball HOW THE TOP 25 FARED Friday 1. South Carolina (24-1) did not play. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Monday. 2. Baylor (22-1) did not play. Next: at Oklahoma State, Saturday. 3. Oregon (22-2) at No. 7 UCLA, late. Next: at Southern Cal, Sunday. 4. N.C. State (22-2) did not play. Next: vs. Georgia Tech, Sunday. 5. UConn (20-3) did not play. Next: at South Florida, Sunday. 6. Mississippi State (22-3) did not play. Next: at No. 18 Kentucky, Sunday. 7. UCLA (21-2) vs. No. 3 Oregon. Next: vs. No. 11 Oregon State, Monday. 8. Stanford (22-3) beat Utah 97-64. Next: at Colorado, Sunday. 9. Louisville (22-3) did not play. Next: vs. Notre Dame, Sunday. 10. Maryland (21-4) did not play. Next: at Penn State, Sunday. 11. Oregon State (19-5) at Southern Cal, Late. Next: at No. 7 UCLA, Monday. 12. Arizona (20-4) beat Washington 64-53. Next: vs. Washington State, Sunday. 13. DePaul (23-3) beat Butler 89-60. Next: vs. Xavier, Sunday. 14. Florida State (20-4) did not play. Next: at Duke, Sunday. 15. Gonzaga (24-2) did not play. Next: vs. Santa Clara, Saturday. 16. Texas A&M (19-5) did not play. Next: at No. 25 Tennessee, Sunday. 17. Iowa (20-5) did not play. Next: vs. Wisconsin, Sunday. 18. Kentucky (18-5) did not play. Next: vs. No. 6 Mississippi State, Sunday. 19. Northwestern (21-3) did not play. Next: vs. Nebraska, Sunday. 20. Indiana (20-6) did not play. Next: vs. Ohio State, Sunday. 21. South Dakota (23-2) did not play. Next: at Oral Roberts, Saturday. 22. Arizona State (17-8) beat Washington State 62-59. Next: vs. Washington, Sunday. 23. Arkansas (19-5) did not play. Next: at Mississippi, Sunday. 24. Missouri State (20-3) did not play. Next: vs. Southern Illinois, Saturday. 25. Tennessee (17-7) did not play. Next: vs. No. 16 Texas A&M, Sunday.

SOCCER English Premier League

GP W D L GF Liverpool 25 24 1 0 60 Man City 25 16 3 6 65 Leicester 26 15 5 6 54 Chelsea 25 12 5 8 43 Sheffield United 26 10 9 7 28 Tottenham 25 10 7 8 40 Wolverhampton 26 8 12 6 35 Everton 26 10 6 10 34 Man United 25 9 8 8 36 Arsenal 25 6 13 6 32 Burnley 25 9 4 12 28 Newcastle 25 8 7 10 24 Southampton 25 9 4 12 31 Crystal Palace 26 7 9 10 23 Brighton 26 6 9 11 31 Bournemouth 26 7 5 14 26 Aston Villa 25 7 4 14 32 West Ham 25 6 6 13 30 Watford 26 5 9 12 24 Norwich 25 4 6 15 24 Friday, Feb. 14 Wolverhampton 0, Leicester 0 Saturday, Feb. 15 Southampton vs. Burnley, 6:30 a.m. Norwich vs. Liverpool, 11:30 a.m.

GA 15 29 26 34 24 32 32 38 29 34 38 36 46 32 38 40 47 43 40 47

Pts 73 51 50 41 39 37 36 36 35 31 31 31 31 30 27 26 25 24 24 18

HOCKEY NHL SAN JOSE 3, WINNIPEG 2 San Jose 1 0 2 — 3 Winnipeg 0 2 0 — 2 First Period—1, San Jose, Sorensen 6 (Gambrell, True), 14:51. Penalties—Winnipeg bench, served by Bourque (Delay of Game), 14:51. Second Period—2, Winnipeg, Connor 29 (Wheeler, Pionk), 8:21 (pp). 3, Winnipeg, Wheeler 18 (Ehlers, Copp), 9:47. Penalties— Winnipeg bench, served by Bourque (Too Many Men on the Ice), 2:34; Kane, SJ (Interference), 6:33; Noesen, SJ (High Sticking), 11:09; Morrissey, Win (Holding), 19:54. Third Period—4, San Jose, M.Karlsson 4 (Noesen, Kellman), 5:18. 5, San Jose, Meier 19 (Burns, Labanc), 6:47. Penalties—Roslovic, Win (Cross Checking), 6:55; Sorensen, SJ (Roughing), 6:55; Kane, SJ (Elbowing), 13:17; Goodrow, SJ (Slashing), 20:00. Shots on Goal—San Jose 13-11-11—35. Winnipeg 3-11-18—32. Power-play opportunities—San Jose 0 of 3; Winnipeg 1 of 4. Goalies—San Jose, Dell 12-11-2 (32 shots-30 saves). Winnipeg, Hellebuyck 24-18-5 (35-32). A—15,325 (15,321). T—2:31. Referees—Eric Furlatt, Justin St Pierre. Linesmen—Ryan Daisy, Travis Gawryletz. N.Y. RANGERS 3, COLUMBUS 1 N.Y. Rangers 1 0 2 — 3 Columbus 0 1 0 — 1 First Period—1, N.Y. Rangers, Buchnevich 13 (Trouba, Kreider), 0:22. Penalties—Robinson, CBJ (Tripping), 18:58. Second Period—2, Columbus, Bjorkstrand 19 (Harrington, Nyquist), 18:52. Penalties— Buchnevich, NYR (Holding), 7:34; Buchnevich, NYR (Unsportsmanlike Conduct), 7:34. Third Period—3, N.Y. Rangers, Kreider 23 (Fox, Zibanejad), 16:49. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Strome 14 (Di Giuseppe, Panarin), 18:49 (en). Penalties—Columbus bench, served by Lilja (Too Many Men on the Ice), 14:47; Nyquist, CBJ (Tripping), 19:21. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Rangers 11-7-10—28. Columbus 6-22-9—37. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Rangers 0 of 3; Columbus 0 of 2. Goalies—N.Y. Rangers, Georgiev 14-11-1 (37 shots36 saves). Columbus, Merzlikins 12-8-5 (27-25). A—18,888 (18,500). T—2:27. Referees—Jon Mclsaac, Dan O’Rourke. Linesmen—Brad Kovachik, James Tobias. CAROLINA 5, NEW JERSEY 2 New Jersey 1 0 1 — 2 Carolina 2 1 2 — 5 First Period—1, Carolina, Niederreiter 8 (Necas, Fleury), 3:43. 2, New Jersey, Mueller 2 (Gusev, Zajac), 7:07. 3, Carolina, Foegele 11 (Staal, Pesce), 11:23. Penalties—Staal, Car (Holding), 1:13. Second Period—4, Carolina, Svechnikov 23 (Teravainen, Aho), 13:46. Penalties— Coleman, NJ (Holding), 1:15; Simmonds, NJ (Tripping), 14:28. Third Period—5, Carolina, Necas 15, 1:44. 6, Carolina, Edmundson 5 (Pesce, Niederreiter), 14:36. 7, New Jersey, Anderson 1 (Merkley), 14:57. Penalties—Edmundson, Car (Slashing), 12:28; Pesce, Car (Tripping), 15:17; Staal, Car (Tripping), 16:05. Shots on Goal—New Jersey 11-8-18—37. Carolina 8-14-9—31. Power-play opportunities—New Jersey 0 of 4; Carolina 0 of 2. Goalies—New Jersey, Domingue 3-7-2 (31 shots26 saves). Carolina, Mrazek 19-15-2 (37-35). A—18,680 (18,680). T—2:25. Referees—Jean Hebert, Frederick L’Ecuyer. Linesmen—Devin Berg, Mark Shewchyk. PITTSBURGH 4, MONTREAL 1 Montreal 0 1 0 — 1 Pittsburgh 0 3 1 — 4 First Period—None. Penalties—Pettersson, Pit (Hooking), 7:29. Second Period—1, Pittsburgh, Letang 13 (Hornqvist, Crosby), 7:25 (pp). 2, Pittsburgh, Zucker 15 (Crosby, Simon), 18:00. 3, Montreal, Gallagher 20 (Tatar, Mete), 19:06 (pp). 4, Pittsburgh, Zucker 16 (Crosby, Pettersson), 19:42. Penalties—Kovalchuk, Mon (Slashing), 5:35; Chiarot, Mon (Slashing), 9:29; Aston-Reese, Pit (Tripping), 15:41; Hornqvist, Pit (Slashing), 18:22. Third Period—5, Pittsburgh, Aston-Reese 6 (Tanev, Blueger), 18:16 (en). Penalties— Tatar, Mon (Tripping), 12:57. Shots on Goal—Montreal 6-11-18—35. Pittsburgh 8-12-8—28. Power-play opportunities—Montreal 1 of 3; Pittsburgh 1 of 3. Goalies—Montreal, Price 24-21-4 (27 shots24 saves). Pittsburgh, Jarry 19-8-1 (35-34). A—18,650 (18,387). T—2:16. Referees—Peter MacDougall, Francois St Laurent. Linesmen—Derek Amell, Kory Nagy.


SPORTS

B8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

M 2 • SATURDAY • 02.15.2020

Hopes abound for rookie trio Christopher Bell

BY DAN GELSTON

Associated Press

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — Christopher Bell started to unzip his firesuit and attach a microphone at a TV session with Fox when Jimmie Johnson popped by and teased the production team. “With rookies, you have to put it down the leg personally,” Johnson told a staffer. Bell got a good laugh out of the moment, the seven-time NASCAR champion on the way out of the sport having fun with a rookie touted as one of its brightest future stars. Tyler Reddick, Cole Custer and Bell were the Big Three of NASCAR’s No. 2 series, a trio of drivers pegged as future stars who ran roughshod over the field and raced for the championship. “I’ve raced against them more than I’ve raced against anybody else,” Bell said. The next time they go headto-head-to-head will be Sunday at the Daytona 500. Reddick, Custer and Bell combined for 21 wins in 33 Xfinity Series races last season — and won nine straight in one stretch — en route to promotions to the Cup Series. Checkered flags, bragging rights, the rookie of the year award — and the pressure to keep the high-profile jobs — all are up for grabs. Each hopes to finish at the top of his class. “I hope I smoke ‘em,” Bell said. Bell, Reddick and Custer are the linchpins of a rookie field that also include Quin Houff, John Hunter Nemechek and Brennan Poole. It’s NASCAR’s best class in ages and the sport’s next big hope that this youth movement will usher in a new generation of future cham-

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The 25-year-old Bell won the 2017 Truck Series championship and thrived as a developmental driver for Joe Gibbs Racing. JGR’s loaded lineup of Cup champions Kyle Busch and Martin Truex Jr., two-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin and Erik Jones left Bell without a ride. JGR farmed out Bell, who grew up racing on dirt tracks in Oklahoma, to the No. 95 Toyota and Leavine Family Racing. “I’m just grateful to be along for the ride,” Bell said. “Hopefully we can go out there and make everyone proud.”

Cole Custer

JOHN RAOUX, ASSOCIATED PRESS

Christopher Bell watches the leader board Sunday during qualifying at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. pions and fan favorites. NASCAR’s rookie classes have produced few stars the last several years. Daniel Hemric had only two top-10 finishes last season and finished 25th in the standings driving for Richard Childress Racing to win the top rookie award in an underwhelming class. His reward? He was dumped by RCR and will run a part-time schedule this season in the Xfinity Series. Where have you gone Brett Moffitt? The 2015 winner has made just seven Cup starts since he won and none since 2017. Kevin Conway, Andy Lally and Stephen Leicht were among the recent

underwhelming winners over the last decade no longer with full-time Cup rides in NASCAR. Daytona 500 pole winner Ricky Stenhouse Jr. is a former winner of the rookie award. So are Chase Elliott, Busch Clash winner Erik Jones, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch and Kevin Harvick. The Xfinity Series championship hasn’t guaranteed much success, either. Daniel Suarez, the 2016 champion, is already on his third team, while 2015 champion Chris Buescher has one rainshortened Cup victory and 2017 champion William Byron is 0 for 72 starts. Trevor Bayne was the last driver

Tyler Reddick The 24-year-old Reddick won the last two Xfinity Series championships and will drive the No. 8 Chevrolet this season for Richard Childress Racing. Reddick has two Cup starts, including a 27th-place finish for RCR in last season’s Daytona 500. He finished ninth in his second race at Kansas. “You can’t make the mistakes that you can normally get away with with a good team in the Xfinty Series,” Reddick said. “You can be really fast, but it won’t mean you’ll win races.”

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AUTO RACING NASCAR DAYTONA 500 LINEUP Thursday’s qualifying; race Sunday At Daytona International Speedway Daytona, Fla. Lap length: 2.5 miles (CAR NUMBER IN PARENTHESES) Row 1 (47) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Chevrolet (88) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet Row 2 (22) Joey Logano, Ford (24) William Byron, Chevrolet Row 3 (10) Aric Almirola, Ford (48) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet Row 4 (6) Ryan Newman, Ford (42) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet Row 5 (2) Brad Keselowski, Ford (4) Kevin Harvick, Ford Row 6 (43) Bubba Wallace, Chevrolet (41) Cole Custer, Ford Row 7 (3) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet (20) Erik Jones, Toyota Row 8 (19) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota (21) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford Row 9 (95) Christopher Bell, Toyota (1) Kurt Busch, Chevrolet Row 10 (17) Chris Buescher, Ford (77) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet Row 11 (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota (8) Tyler Reddick, Chevrolet Row 12 (38) John Hunter, Ford (13) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet Row 13 (9) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet (34) Michael McDowell, Ford Row 14 (12) Ryan Blaney, Ford (18) Kyle Busch, Toyota Row 15 (14) Clint Bowyer, Ford (36) David Ragan, Ford Row 16 (37) Ryan Preece, Chevrolet (66) Timmy Hill, Ford Row 17 (16) Justin Haley, Chevrolet (15) Brennan Poole, Chevrolet Row 18 (00) Quin Houff, Chevrolet (32) Corey LaJoie, Ford Row 19 (51) Joey Gase, Chevrolet (52) BJ McLeod, Ford Row 20 (62) Brendan Gaughan, Chevrolet (27) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet

NASCAR Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series NEXTERA ENERGY 250 RESULTS Friday At Daytona International Speedway Daytona, Fla. Lap length: 2.5 miles (Starting position in parentheses) 1. (11) Grant Enfinger, Ford, 106. 2. (23) Jordan Anderson, Chevrolet, 106. 3. (21) Codie Rohrbaugh, Chevrolet, 106. 4. (16) Derek Kraus, Toyota, 106. 5. (30) Natalie Decker, Chevrolet, 106. 6. (15) Austin Hill, Toyota, 106. 7. (5) Johnny Sauter, Ford, 106. 8. (4) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 106. 9. (12) Sheldon Creed, Chevrolet, 106. 10. (31) Jason White, Chevrolet, 106. 11. (6) Zane Smith, Chevrolet, 106. 12. (1) Riley Herbst, Toyota, 106. 13. (2) Brett Moffitt, Chevrolet, 106. 14. (19) Cory Roper, Ford, 106. 15. (10) Matt Crafton, Ford, 106. 16. (25) Todd Gilliland, Ford, 106. 17. (27) Brennan Poole, Toyota, 106. 18. (9) Korbin Forrister, Toyota, 106. 19. (29) Spencer Boyd, Chevrolet, 105. 20. (8) Raphael Lessard, Toyota, 105. 21. (28) Stewart Friesen, Toyota, 105. 22. (3) Christian Eckes, Toyota, 105. 23. (14) Tanner Gray, Ford, Accident, 98. 24. (26) Jesse Little, Chevrolet, Accident, 98. 25. (13) Ben Rhodes, Ford, Accident, 97. 26. (20) Gus Dean, Chevrolet, Accident, 97. 27. (7) Tyler Ankrum, Chevrolet, Accident, 97. 28. (32) Angela Ruch, Chevrolet, Accident, 65. 29. (22) Bryan Dauzat, Chevrolet, Accident, 65. 30. (18) Tate Fogleman, Chevrolet, Accident, 62. 31. (24) Austin Wayne Self, Chevrolet, Accident, 15. 32. (17) Ty Majeski, Chevrolet, Accident, 15.

FOOTBALL XFL EAST DIVISION W L Pct DC 1 0 1.000 New York 1 0 1.000 St. Louis 1 0 1.000 Tampa Bay 0 1 .000 WEST DIVISION W L Pct Houston 1 0 1.000 Dallas 0 1 .000 Los Angeles 0 1 .000 Seattle 0 1 .000 Saturday, Feb. 15 New York at DC, 1 p.m. Tampa Bay at Seattle, 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 16 Dallas at Los Angeles, 2 p.m. St. Louis at Houston, 5 p.m.

to win the Daytona 500 in his first start, and he never won again.

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The 22-year-old Custer took Suarez’s ride in the No. 41 Ford at Stewart-Haas Racing and has won consistently. The son of Stewart-Haas Racing executive Joe Custer was raised around the racetrack. He started racing when he was 5 and quickly rose through the ranks to the Truck Series. He became the youngest winner in a NASCAR national series race at New Hampshire in his seventh career truck start in 2014. He was 16 years, 7 months, 28 days. He clearly joins the best team of all the rookies, added to a lineup that includes veterans Harvick, Aric Almirola and Clint Bowyer. “I talked with Kevin a lot through my Xfinity stuff and he’s been extremely helpful and one of the most helpful people I’ve ever talked to,” Custer said. “But even in our post-practice meeting with Clint and Aric, I ask those guys for advice and they’re extremely open also so if I can get advice from any of those guys it’s going to be huge.”

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THE GENESIS INVITATIONAL PAR SCORES Friday At Riviera Country Club Pacific Palisades, Calif. Purse: $9.3 million Yardage: 7,322; Par 71 Second Round Matt Kuchar 64-69—133 -9 Harold Varner III 67-68—135 -7 Rory McIlroy 68-67—135 -7 Wyndham Clark 67-68—135 -7 Sung Kang 69-67—136 -6 Adam Scott 72-64—136 -6 Vaughn Taylor 69-67—136 -6 Russell Henley 67-69—136 -6 Chez Reavie 69-68—137 -5 Rafa Cabrera Bello 68-69—137 -5 Jon Rahm 70-68—138 -4 J.B. Holmes 69-69—138 -4 Justin Rose 69-69—138 -4 Si Woo Kim 69-69—138 -4 James Hahn 68-70—138 -4 Carlos Ortiz 68-70—138 -4 Dustin Johnson 72-66—138 -4 Paul Casey 69-69—138 -4 Sebastián Muñoz 69-69—138 -4 Bryson DeChambeau 68-70—138 -4 Joel Dahmen 68-71—139 -3 Luke List 71-68—139 -3 Scott Piercy 70-69—139 -3 Scott Brown 71-68—139 -3 Brian Harman 70-69—139 -3 Adam Schenk 67-73—140 -2 Collin Morikawa 73-67—140 -2 Kyoung-Hoon Lee 67-73—140 -2 Brian Stuard 72-68—140 -2 Patrick Cantlay 68-72—140 -2 Andrew Landry 68-72—140 -2 Sergio Garcia 70-70—140 -2 Rory Sabbatini 72-68—140 -2 Sam Burns 73-68—141 -1 Denny McCarthy 69-72—141 -1 Max Homa 72-69—141 -1 Lanto Griffin 71-70—141 -1 Patrick Reed 68-73—141 -1 Kyle Stanley 71-70—141 -1 Matthew Fitzpatrick 71-70—141 -1 Alex Noren 71-70—141 -1 Scottie Scheffler 69-72—141 -1 Ryan Palmer 71-70—141 -1 J.T. Poston 69-72—141 -1 Patrick Rodgers 71-71—142 E Ryan Moore 71-71—142 E J.J. Spaun 73-69—142 E Talor Gooch 70-72—142 E Adam Hadwin 71-71—142 E Tiger Woods 69-73—142 E Jordan Spieth 72-70—142 E Marc Leishman 70-72—142 E Brooks Koepka 69-73—142 E Xander Schauffele 72-70—142 E Tyler Duncan 73-69—142 E Martin Laird 71-71—142 E Cameron Tringale 74-69—143 +1 Abraham Ancer 76-67—143 +1 Bud Cauley 74-69—143 +1 Steve Stricker 72-71—143 +1 Tony Finau 72-71—143 +1 Charles Howell III 77-66—143 +1 Martin Trainer 72-71—143 +1 Pat Perez 73-70—143 +1 Joseph Bramlett 74-69—143 +1 Brendon Todd 73-70—143 +1 Jason Dufner 75-68—143 +1 Hideki Matsuyama 71-72—143 +1 FAILED TO MAKE THE CUT Sepp Straka 71-73—144 +2 Danny Willett 73-71—144 +2 Adam Long 71-73—144 +2 Joaquin Niemann 72-72—144 +2 Jim Furyk 70-74—144 +2 Nick Taylor 71-73—144 +2 Troy Merritt 73-71—144 +2 Ryan Armour 70-74—144 +2 Aaron Baddeley 71-73—144 +2 Charley Hoffman 73-71—144 +2 Scott Stallings 69-75—144 +2 Jhonattan Vegas 75-69—144 +2 Sungjae Im 69-75—144 +2 Bubba Watson 72-72—144 +2 Jason Day 68-76—144 +2 Russell Knox 74-70—144 +2 Dylan Frittelli 74-70—144 +2 Nick Watney 71-74—145 +3 Michael Thompson 69-76—145 +3 Justin Thomas 74-71—145 +3 Jason Kokrak 72-73—145 +3 Chris Stroud 71-74—145 +3 Emiliano Grillo 71-74—145 +3 Kevin Chappell 71-74—145 +3 Corey Conners 70-75—145 +3 Kevin Tway 72-73—145 +3 Danny Lee 72-73—145 +3 Erik van Rooyen 71-74—145 +3 Branden Grace 73-73—146 +4 Jimmy Walker 75-71—146 +4 Peter Malnati 74-72—146 +4 Kiradech Aphibarnrat 71-75—146 +4 Bronson Burgoon 71-75—146 +4 Jim Herman 73-73—146 +4 Phil Mickelson 72-74—146 +4 Cameron Smith 74-72—146 +4 Brian Gay 72-74—146 +4 C.T. Pan 72-75—147 +5 Kevin Na 74-73—147 +5 Nate Lashley 76-71—147 +5 Matthew Wolff 74-73—147 +5 Sam Ryder 76-72—148 +6 Aaron Wise 73-75—148 +6 Cameron Champ 75-73—148 +6 Keegan Bradley 75-73—148 +6 Matt Jones 79-70—149 +7 Matt Every 73-76—149 +7 Andrew Putnam 72-77—149 +7 Francesco Molinari 75-75—150 +8 Roger Sloan 74-76—150 +8 Sean Yu 78-73—151 +9 Kyongjun Moon 80-72—152 +10

ISPS HANDA WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN PAR SCORES Friday At Royal Adelaide Golf Club Adelaide, Australia Purse: $1.3 million Yardage: 6,689; Par: 73 Second Round (a-amateur) Inbee Park 67-69—136 -10 Jodi Ewart Shadoff 66-70—136 -10 Jillian Hollis 68-69—137 -9 Ayean Cho 69-69—138 -8 Marina Alex 68-70—138 -8 Celine Boutier 70-69—139 -7 Madelene Sagstrom 69-70—139 -7 Yu Liu 73-67—140 -6 Maria Fassi 73-67—140 -6 Elizabeth Szokol 71-69—140 -6 Yealimi Noh 71-69—140 -6 Mi Hyang Lee 71-69—140 -6 Ashleigh Buhai 71-69—140 -6 So Yeon Ryu 71-69—140 -6 Brittany Altomare 70-70—140 -6 Dottie Ardina 70-70—140 -6 Ally McDonald 70-70—140 -6 Lizette Salas 70-70—140 -6 Hannah Green 69-71—140 -6 Amy Olson 68-72—140 -6 a-Ho Yu An 69-72—141 -5 Kristen Gillman 69-72—141 -5 Jeongeun Lee6 67-74—141 -5 Perrine Delacour 72-70—142 -4 Lauren Stephenson 72-70—142 -4

Champions Tour CHUBB CLASSIC PAR SCORES Friday at The Classics at Lely Resort Naples, Fla. Purse: $1.6 million Yardage: 6,845; Par 71 (35-36) First Round Doug Barron 31-33—64 Scott Parel 32-32—64 Fred Funk 32-33—65 Ken Tanigawa 32-33—65 Bernhard Langer 33-32—65 Stephen Leaney 34-31—65 Mark Brooks 34-32—66 Tim Petrovic 33-33—66 John Huston 33-33—66 Brandt Jobe 34-32—66 Woody Austin 34-32—66 Bob Estes 36-31—67 Scott Verplank 32-35—67 Marco Dawson 34-33—67 Wes Short, Jr. 34-33—67 Scott McCarron 31-36—67 Fred Couples 33-34—67

Area colleges schedule SATURDAY, FEB. 15 M: Bradley at SIU Carbondale, 1 p.m. W: Maryville at Illinois Springfield, 1 p.m. W: Lindenwood at McKendree, 1 p.m. W: UMSL at Southern Indiana, 1 p.m. W: Webster at Blackburn, 1 p.m. W: Westminster at Fontbonne, 1 p.m. W: Missouri Baptist at William Woods, 1 p.m. W: Harris-Stowe at Park, 1 p.m. W: Columbia College at LU-Belleville, 1 p.m. W: Hannibal-LaGrange at STL Pharmacy, 1 p.m. W: Lincoln Trail at Southwestern Illinois, 1 p.m. W: Lewis & Clark at Lincoln Land, 1 p.m. W: Metropolitan at St. Louis CC, 1 p.m. W: SIU Edwardsville at Southeast Missouri, 2 p.m. W: Crowder at Jefferson, 2 p.m. W: SIU Carbondale at Missouri State, 3 p.m. M: Lindenwood at McKendree, 3 p.m. M: UMSL at Southern Indiana, 3 p.m. M: Maryville at Illinois Springfield, 3 p.m. M: Webster at Blackburn, 3 p.m. M: Westminster at Fontbonne, 3 p.m. M: Missouri Baptist at William Woods, 3 p.m. M: Harris-Stowe at Park, 3 p.m. M: Columbia College at LU-Belleville, 3 p.m. M: Hannibal-LaGrange at STL Pharmacy, 3 p.m. M: Lewis & Clark at Olney, 3 p.m. M: Metropolitan at St. Louis CC, 3 p.m. M: SIU Edwardsville at Southeast Missouri, 4 p.m.

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TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Agreed to terms with LHP Tommy Milone on a minor league contract. BOSTON RED SOX — Signed OF Kevin Pillar to a one-year contract. CLEVELAND INDIANS — Agreed to terms with OF Domingo Santana on a minor league contract. HOUSTON ASTROS — Named Chris Speier quality control coach. TAMPA BAY RAYS — Agreed to terms with RHP Brooks Pounders and RHP Deck McGuire to minor league contracts. National League ATLANTA BRAVES — Agreed to terms with 1B Yonder Alonso on a minor league contract. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Agreed to terms with RHP Seth Frankoff on a minor league contract.. BASKETBALL Women’s NBA DALLAS WINGS — Acquired F Katie Lou Samuelson and a 2021 first-round draft pick from the Chicago Sky for F Azura Stevens. PHOENIX MERCURY — Signed C Brittney Griner to a multi-year contract. FOOTBALL National Football League NFL — Suspended Baltimore OL James Hurst for the first four games of the 2020 regular season for violating the NFL policy on performance-enhancing substances. BALTIMORE RAVENS — Terminated the contract of S Tony Jefferson. BUFFALO BILLS — Will not renew the contract of chief administrative officer Dave Wheat. HOUSTON TEXANS — FReleased CB Vernon Hargreaves III. WASHINGTON REDSKINS — Released DB Kenny Ladler, CB Josh Norman, DE Chris Odom and WR Paul Richardson Jr. HOCKEY National Hockey League NHL — Suspended Edmonton Oilers F Zack Kassian seven games for kicking Tampa Bay F Erik Cernak in the chest during a game Thursday night. BUFFALO SABRES — Placed D Zach Bogosian on waivers. MINNESOTA WILD — Fired coach Bruce Boudreau. Named Dean Evason interim coach. NEW YORK RANGERS — Recalled D Joey Keane from Hartford (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer LOS ANGELES FC — Signed F Bradley Wright-Phillips. MINNESOTA UNITED — Signed D José Aja. SPORTING KANSAS CITY — Acquired D Winston Reid on loan from West Ham (EPL). VANCOUVER WHITECAPS — Signed M Damiano Pecile. National Women’s Soccer League ORLANDO PRIDE — Signed G Erin McLeod. COLLEGE MINNESOTA — Agreed to a contract extension with women’s basketball coach Lindsay Whalen through the 2024 season. RUTGERS — Announced women’s freshman basketball G Noga Peleg Pelc has left the team due to personal reasons.

FRIDAY’S SCORES EAST Brown 75, Penn 63 Dartmouth 65, Columbia 63 Davidson 93, St. Bonaventure 64 Fairfield 57, Marist 53, OT Harvard 85, Cornell 63 Iona 80, Manhattan 57 Monmouth (NJ) 85, Canisius 71 Siena 73, Rider 64 St. Peter’s 84, Quinnipiac 72 Yale 88, Princeton 64 SOUTH N. Kentucky 84, IUPUI 70 MIDWEST Akron 80, Cent. Michigan 67 Buffalo 83, Toledo 67 N. Dakota St. 80, Fort Wayne 70 S. Dakota St. 90, Denver 78 Wright St. 75, Ill.-Chicago 58 SATURDAY’S TOP 25 SCHEDULE No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 14 West Virginia, 3 p.m. No. 2 Gonzaga at Pepperdine, 9 p.m. No. 3 Kansas vs. Oklahoma, 11 a.m. No. 5 Louisville at Clemson, 3 p.m. No. 6 Dayton at UMass, 11:30 a.m. No. 7 Duke vs. Notre Dame, 3 p.m. No. 8 Florida State vs. Syracuse, 11 a.m. No. 9 Maryland at Michigan State, 5 p.m. No. 10 Seton Hall at Providence, 7 p.m. No. 11 Auburn at Missouri, 5 p.m. No. 12 Kentucky vs. Mississippi, 1 p.m. No. 13 Penn State vs. Northwestern, 11 a.m. No. 16 Colorado at Oregon State, 9 p.m. No. 19 Butler vs. Georgetown, 1:30 p.m. No. 20 Houston at SMU, 5 p.m. No. 22 Illinois at Rutgers, 3:30 p.m. No. 23 Creighton vs. DePaul, 6:30 p.m. No. 24 Texas Tech at Oklahoma State, Noon No. 25 LSU at Alabama, 3 p.m.

Women’s basketball HOW THE TOP 25 FARED Friday 1. South Carolina (24-1) did not play. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Monday. 2. Baylor (22-1) did not play. Next: at Oklahoma State, Saturday. 3. Oregon (23-2) beat No. 7 UCLA 80-66. Next: at Southern Cal, Sunday. 4. N.C. State (22-2) did not play. Next: vs. Georgia Tech, Sunday. 5. UConn (20-3) did not play. Next: at South Florida, Sunday. 6. Mississippi State (22-3) did not play. Next: at No. 18 Kentucky, Sunday. 7. UCLA (21-3) lost to No. 3 Oregon 80-66. Next: vs. No. 11 Oregon State, Monday. 8. Stanford (22-3) beat Utah 97-64. Next: at Colorado, Sunday. 9. Louisville (22-3) did not play. Next: vs. Notre Dame, Sunday. 10. Maryland (21-4) did not play. Next: at Penn State, Sunday. 11. Oregon State (19-6) lost to Southern Cal 72-66. Next: at No. 7 UCLA, Monday. 12. Arizona (20-4) beat Washington 64-53. Next: vs. Washington State, Sunday. 13. DePaul (23-3) beat Butler 89-60. Next: vs. Xavier, Sunday. 14. Florida State (20-4) did not play. Next: at Duke, Sunday. 15. Gonzaga (24-2) did not play. Next: vs. Santa Clara, Saturday. 16. Texas A&M (19-5) did not play. Next: at No. 25 Tennessee, Sunday. 17. Iowa (20-5) did not play. Next: vs. Wisconsin, Sunday. 18. Kentucky (18-5) did not play. Next: vs. No. 6 Mississippi State, Sunday. 19. Northwestern (21-3) did not play. Next: vs. Nebraska, Sunday. 20. Indiana (20-6) did not play. Next: vs. Ohio State, Sunday. 21. South Dakota (23-2) did not play. Next: at Oral Roberts, Saturday. 22. Arizona State (17-8) beat Washington State 62-59. Next: vs. Washington, Sunday. 23. Arkansas (19-5) did not play. Next: at Mississippi, Sunday. 24. Missouri State (20-3) did not play. Next: vs. Southern Illinois, Saturday. 25. Tennessee (17-7) did not play. Next: vs. No. 16 Texas A&M, Sunday.

SOCCER English Premier League

GP W D L GF Liverpool 25 24 1 0 60 Man City 25 16 3 6 65 Leicester 26 15 5 6 54 Chelsea 25 12 5 8 43 Sheffield United 26 10 9 7 28 Tottenham 25 10 7 8 40 Wolverhampton 26 8 12 6 35 Everton 26 10 6 10 34 Man United 25 9 8 8 36 Arsenal 25 6 13 6 32 Burnley 25 9 4 12 28 Newcastle 25 8 7 10 24 Southampton 25 9 4 12 31 Crystal Palace 26 7 9 10 23 Brighton 26 6 9 11 31 Bournemouth 26 7 5 14 26 Aston Villa 25 7 4 14 32 West Ham 25 6 6 13 30 Watford 26 5 9 12 24 Norwich 25 4 6 15 24 Friday, Feb. 14 Wolverhampton 0, Leicester 0 Saturday, Feb. 15 Southampton vs. Burnley, 6:30 a.m. Norwich vs. Liverpool, 11:30 a.m.

GA 15 29 26 34 24 32 32 38 29 34 38 36 46 32 38 40 47 43 40 47

Pts 73 51 50 41 39 37 36 36 35 31 31 31 31 30 27 26 25 24 24 18

HOCKEY NHL SAN JOSE 3, WINNIPEG 2 San Jose 1 0 2 — 3 Winnipeg 0 2 0 — 2 First Period—1, San Jose, Sorensen 6 (Gambrell, True), 14:51. Penalties—Winnipeg bench, served by Bourque (Delay of Game), 14:51. Second Period—2, Winnipeg, Connor 29 (Wheeler, Pionk), 8:21 (pp). 3, Winnipeg, Wheeler 18 (Ehlers, Copp), 9:47. Penalties— Winnipeg bench, served by Bourque (Too Many Men on the Ice), 2:34; Kane, SJ (Interference), 6:33; Noesen, SJ (High Sticking), 11:09; Morrissey, Win (Holding), 19:54. Third Period—4, San Jose, M.Karlsson 4 (Noesen, Kellman), 5:18. 5, San Jose, Meier 19 (Burns, Labanc), 6:47. Penalties—Roslovic, Win (Cross Checking), 6:55; Sorensen, SJ (Roughing), 6:55; Kane, SJ (Elbowing), 13:17; Goodrow, SJ (Slashing), 20:00. Shots on Goal—San Jose 13-11-11—35. Winnipeg 3-11-18—32. Power-play opportunities—San Jose 0 of 3; Winnipeg 1 of 4. Goalies—San Jose, Dell 12-11-2 (32 shots-30 saves). Winnipeg, Hellebuyck 24-18-5 (35-32). A—15,325 (15,321). T—2:31. Referees—Eric Furlatt, Justin St Pierre. Linesmen—Ryan Daisy, Travis Gawryletz. N.Y. RANGERS 3, COLUMBUS 1 N.Y. Rangers 1 0 2 — 3 Columbus 0 1 0 — 1 First Period—1, N.Y. Rangers, Buchnevich 13 (Trouba, Kreider), 0:22. Penalties—Robinson, CBJ (Tripping), 18:58. Second Period—2, Columbus, Bjorkstrand 19 (Harrington, Nyquist), 18:52. Penalties— Buchnevich, NYR (Holding), 7:34; Buchnevich, NYR (Unsportsmanlike Conduct), 7:34. Third Period—3, N.Y. Rangers, Kreider 23 (Fox, Zibanejad), 16:49. 4, N.Y. Rangers, Strome 14 (Di Giuseppe, Panarin), 18:49 (en). Penalties—Columbus bench, served by Lilja (Too Many Men on the Ice), 14:47; Nyquist, CBJ (Tripping), 19:21. Shots on Goal—N.Y. Rangers 11-7-10—28. Columbus 6-22-9—37. Power-play opportunities—N.Y. Rangers 0 of 3; Columbus 0 of 2. Goalies—N.Y. Rangers, Georgiev 14-11-1 (37 shots36 saves). Columbus, Merzlikins 12-8-5 (27-25). A—18,888 (18,500). T—2:27. Referees—Jon Mclsaac, Dan O’Rourke. Linesmen—Brad Kovachik, James Tobias. CAROLINA 5, NEW JERSEY 2 New Jersey 1 0 1 — 2 Carolina 2 1 2 — 5 First Period—1, Carolina, Niederreiter 8 (Necas, Fleury), 3:43. 2, New Jersey, Mueller 2 (Gusev, Zajac), 7:07. 3, Carolina, Foegele 11 (Staal, Pesce), 11:23. Penalties—Staal, Car (Holding), 1:13. Second Period—4, Carolina, Svechnikov 23 (Teravainen, Aho), 13:46. Penalties— Coleman, NJ (Holding), 1:15; Simmonds, NJ (Tripping), 14:28. Third Period—5, Carolina, Necas 15, 1:44. 6, Carolina, Edmundson 5 (Pesce, Niederreiter), 14:36. 7, New Jersey, Anderson 1 (Merkley), 14:57. Penalties—Edmundson, Car (Slashing), 12:28; Pesce, Car (Tripping), 15:17; Staal, Car (Tripping), 16:05. Shots on Goal—New Jersey 11-8-18—37. Carolina 8-14-9—31. Power-play opportunities—New Jersey 0 of 4; Carolina 0 of 2. Goalies—New Jersey, Domingue 3-7-2 (31 shots26 saves). Carolina, Mrazek 19-15-2 (37-35). A—18,680 (18,680). T—2:25. Referees—Jean Hebert, Frederick L’Ecuyer. Linesmen—Devin Berg, Mark Shewchyk. PITTSBURGH 4, MONTREAL 1 Montreal 0 1 0 — 1 Pittsburgh 0 3 1 — 4 First Period—None. Penalties—Pettersson, Pit (Hooking), 7:29. Second Period—1, Pittsburgh, Letang 13 (Hornqvist, Crosby), 7:25 (pp). 2, Pittsburgh, Zucker 15 (Crosby, Simon), 18:00. 3, Montreal, Gallagher 20 (Tatar, Mete), 19:06 (pp). 4, Pittsburgh, Zucker 16 (Crosby, Pettersson), 19:42. Penalties—Kovalchuk, Mon (Slashing), 5:35; Chiarot, Mon (Slashing), 9:29; Aston-Reese, Pit (Tripping), 15:41; Hornqvist, Pit (Slashing), 18:22. Third Period—5, Pittsburgh, Aston-Reese 6 (Tanev, Blueger), 18:16 (en). Penalties— Tatar, Mon (Tripping), 12:57. Shots on Goal—Montreal 6-11-18—35. Pittsburgh 8-12-8—28. Power-play opportunities—Montreal 1 of 3; Pittsburgh 1 of 3. Goalies—Montreal, Price 24-21-4 (27 shots24 saves). Pittsburgh, Jarry 19-8-1 (35-34). A—18,650 (18,387). T—2:16. Referees—Peter MacDougall, Francois St Laurent. Linesmen—Derek Amell, Kory Nagy.


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GIRLS BASKETBALL | FATHER MCGIVNEY 53, METRO-EAST LUTHERAN 27

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FRIDAY’S RESULTS BOYS BASKETBALL

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Father McGivney senior Madison Webb (32) celebrates with the regional plaque after the Griffins defeated Metro-East Lutheran to win the Class 1A Metro-East Lutheran Regional final on Friday in Edwardsville.

HISTORY LESSON Webb leads Griffins to first regional title with career-best effort BY STEVE OVERBEY

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EDWARDSVILLE — Madison Webb can look back and laugh. The Father McGivney senior forward smiled when she recalled the first year of the program just four short seasons ago. “We’d lose a lot, by a lot, but we were having fun,” she said. “And learning.” The Griffins certainly gleaned a lot from those early beatings. Webb pumped in a career-high 28 points on Friday to lead the Glen Carbon-based school to a 53-27 win over Metro-East Lutheran in the championship game of the Class 1A Edwardsville Regional at Lutheran High. McGivney (25-7) will face Carrollton (22-6) in the semifinal round of the Centralia Sectional at Christ Our Rock at 7 p.m. on Monday. The regional championship is the first for the program, which is in its fourth season of competing on the varsity level. The Griffins struggled in

their initial campaign, losing 17 of 24 games. Webb and current senior starter Macy Hoppes took their lumps and hoped for better times. “It hurt, but we kept telling ourselves it was going to get better,” Hoppes said. “The last two years, it has.” The Griffins compiled a 21-11 mark last year but bowed out of postseason play in the first game for the third year in succession. All of that changed this year. Father McGivney won its first 13 contests and solidified itself as a serious state contender with landmark wins over Alton Marquette, Marissa and Carrollton — established programs with post-season history. The Griffins beat Brussels 57-19 on Wednesday for their first postseason victory. Two days later, they made history with a nearflawless effort. “The seniors, they had some rough couple years in the beginning,” Father McGivney coach Jeff Oller said. “To get to this point,

(it’s taken) a lot of hard work and I’m proud of them.” Webb, a 5-foot-9 tower of power, has epitomized the growth of the team. She has progressively gotten better each year and battled through a series of injuries to sharpen her game. “That first year definitely wasn’t easy,” Webb said. “But those up and downs definitely helped us to get where we are.” Webb called the win a, “monumental moment in history.” Hoppes was overjoyed, “This is what we’ve been aiming for four years. Now that’s it here, it feels so good.” Father McGivney took control early and never let up off the gas. Webb, who added seven rebounds, triggered a 14-2 start with five quick points. Junior sharpshooter Anna McKee, who finished with 13 points, canned a 3-pointer and closed the run with a driving layup. Sophomore Charlize Luehmann added a key basket. Metro-East Lutheran (5-

21) never got closer than to within seven points the rest of the way. The Griffins used their trademark pressing defense to force 22 turnovers, including eight in the opening seven minutes. “We didn’t execute the game plan we had worked on,” Metro-East coach Rob Stock said. “Any time you give that many extra possessions to a team that good, it’s going to be really tough to overcome.” Father McGivney stretched the lead to 29-12 at the half and put the running clock in motion early in the fourth quarter. “The girls executed what we’ve been trying to do all year,” Oller said. “They played hard, that’s all you can ask for.” Hoppes did a solid job of running the offense. Riley Zumwalt added some key early points. The Griffins are looking for bigger things now that they’ve established themselves as a serious threat. “We’re not through yet,” Hoppes said. “We feel like we can keep winning.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL | KIRKWOOD 51, PARKWAY NORTH 50

Bruns caps Pioneers’ comeback victory BY JIM FAASEN

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With the game in her hands, all Kirkwood High senior forward Natalie Bruns could do was think about her fingertips. Bruns lifted the Pioneers to a 51-50 comeback victory at Parkway North by sinking a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left in the Suburban Conference Yellow Pool girls basketball game. “I had a coach one time tell me to focus on one detail, one thing, and that’s it in a situation like that,” Bruns said. “The goal is to get rid of all the distractions. I just wanted to get the ball up on my fingertips and just feel the ball there as I shot it. It felt really good to get this one after how things started.” Bruns’ free throws provided the final score and completed Kirkwood’s crawl out of a 15-point hole in the third quarter. A last-second 3-pointer by Parkway North’s Amy Jordan missed off the back iron. Kirkwood trailed 34-19 but got back to within 4139 by the end of the third quarter thanks to some defensive adjustments and the fact Bruns and senior guard Rylee Mulvaney provided a potent one-two offensive punch. The other end of the court, though, is where it all started, Mulvaney said. Stopping Parkway North junior guard Aliyah Williams, who had 16 of her game-high 24 points in the first half, became

Webster 15 14 18 9 56 Miller Career 14 10 12 6 42 W (16-6): Chartrand 13, Phiffer 12, Banks 10, Enright 10, Maupin 10, Conners 1. FG 23 (2), FT 8-13. Pky. West 4 13 12 20 49 Lindbergh 16 8 7 9 40 P (7-13): Wich 15, Loaney 12, Bell 8, Wayne 8, Reed 4, Wright 2. FG 18 (1), FT 12-21. L (7-14): Kopp 9, Kearney 8, Knuckles 8, Ludwig 8, Abeln 4, Scott 3. FG 15 (3), FT 7-17. CSOMB 4 16 14 9 43 Bayless 12 12 19 10 53 B (5-17): Gunter 21, Grant 12, Ladouceur 12, Muratovic 6, Martin 2. FG 22 (1), FT 8-17. Metro 5 15 8 12 40 Gateway STEM 11 14 19 10 54 M (5-12): Isom 16, Wright 8, McNamee 6, Boyle 4, Ndacaisaba 4, Blank 2. FG 14 (2), FT 10-17. G (8-12): Cole 17, Jones 11, Harrell 10, JeanBaptiste 6, Brown 5, Muya 3, Love 2. FG 21 (3), FT 9-14. Gtwy Snce Ac. 5 12 12 13 42 Valley Park 19 12 13 12 56 G (3-21): FG 0 (0), FT 0-0. V (7-11): Lockhart 20, Marietta 14, Cahalane 11, Bruns 6, Rose 2, Copeland 1, Johnson 1, Steinkamp 1. FG 16 (4), FT 20-42. Duchesne 17 10 8 6 41 O’F Christian 11 18 22 16 67 O (19-5): Black 22, Alexander 18, R. Horry 15, R. Horry 8, Bolden 2, Dotson 2. FG 23 (7), FT 14-22. Luth. North 10 25 29 11 75 Principia 9 4 9 5 27 P (5-16): Legard 10, Ellis 8, Hoffman 5, Morse 2, N. Omondi 2. FG 7 (3), FT 10-14. Timberland 6 15 16 13 50 FZ South 19 11 9 15 54 T (8-13): Markovich 15, Brave 11, Lyerla 8, Lamb 5, Love 4, Busateri 3, Davison 2, King 2. FG 18 (4), FT 10-13. F (17-4): Blair 13, Bekebrede 9, Bensing 9, Nunn 9, Schwepker 7, Katambwa 5, Brownlee 2. FG 21 (2), FT 10-15. Howell 21 24 24 24 93 FH North 4 8 5 7 24 H (22-1): Cogle 15, Schark 14, Maddox 13, Engelhard 10, Trupiano 9, Fortner 8, James 5, Thompson 5, Wibbenmeyer 5, Williams 4, Lohmar 3, Kearbey 2. FG 36 (13), FT 8-11. Normandy 23 23 6 19 71 Pky. North 16 23 13 21 73 P (10-12): Petty 31, Berry 15, Neely 8, Popoola 5, James 4, Powell 4, Kapetanovic 3, Xu 3. FG 24 (7), FT 18-22. Windsor 16 13 18 21 68 Perryville 7 18 13 19 57 W (12-10): Martin 20, Amabile 10, Metteer 9, Alford 6, Siegel 6, Tanner 6, P. Hartmann 5, Williams 4, Kinworthy 1, Witte 1. FG 25 (4), FT 14-25. Vianney 13 11 18 28 70 De Smet 21 17 19 20 77 D (19-5): Walker 32, Taylor 21, Lovette 6, Skoff 6, Gassama 5, Barfield 3, Redmond 3, Keita 1. FG 24 (8), FT 21-37. Eureka 18 15 13 16 62 McCluer North 13 10 19 12 54 E (17-5): Burke 12, Laudel 11, Ruckman 11, Brown 8, Parker 8, Asher-Sanders 4, Roellig 4, Powers 2, Smith 2. FG 24 (8), FT 6-10. FZ West 9 16 6 14 45 Troy 10 15 16 16 57 T (11-11): B. Nett 23, Ludwig 9, St. Pierre 8, Fessenden 6, Juergensmeyer 5, Rasco 4, Ryan 2. FG 15 (6), FT 21-31. Freeburg 10 12 14 8 44 Wesclin 11 12 7 8 38 W (14-14): Serrano 11, Fridley 9, Brandmeyer 5, Macke 5, Wessel 5, Elmore 3. FG 12 (8), FT 6-7. Carlyle 9 10 13 13 45 Columbia 11 18 13 16 58 Ca (8-20): Beer 12, McIntosh 12, Heinzmann 9, Becker 7, Hoffmann 3, Kampwerth 2. FG 15 (3), FT 12-13. Co (16-11): Holmes 18, N. Horner 11, O’Connor 10, James 6, Wagner 6, S. Horner 4, Pautler 3. FG 26 (2), FT 4-8. MICDS 16 17 13 23 69 JohnBurroughs 12 6 12 14 44 M (19-4): Pronger 20, Mitchell-Day 18, Hendricks 15, Spann 8, Kacmarek 2, Nunn 2, Roper 2, Brooks 1, Sant 1. FG 21 (3), FT 24-35. Bellvl. West 7 22 14 12 55 E. St. Louis 12 5 16 16 49 B (13-10): Wells 17, Williams 16, Price 14, Wallace 5, Lampley 3. FG 16 (7), FT 16-22. E (17-10): Williams 19, Anderson 16, Olivaria 12, Rich 2. FG 17 (4), FT 11-15. Okawville 17 13 21 10 61 Red Bud 13 9 6 12 40 O (17-8): Meyer 15, Frederking 10, Kolweier 10, Parsley 8, Heckert 6, Unverfehrt 6, Harre 4, Jansen 2. FG 25 (4), FT 7-18. R (10-18): Wiegard 11, Kueker 8, Amman 6, Birkner 6, Cowell 6, Grohman 2, Malott 1. FG 15 (5), FT 5-6. Triad 18 16 17 21 72 Jerseyville 15 14 9 20 58 J (15-11): Shalley 18, Jackson 17, McGuire 8, Churchman 6, Strebel 4, Sullivan 4, Spencer 1. FG 23 (4), FT 8-12. New Athens 6 8 15 14 43 Marissa 21 15 14 21 71 N (12-14): Range 22, Lintker 12, D. Boone 3, Juenger 2, Page 2, Vielweber 2. FG 13 (5), FT 12-16. O’Fallon 8 19 12 18 57 Bellvl. East 15 10 18 9 52 O (21-5): Algee 19, Lowery 11, Tebbe 7, Blakemore 5, Burton 5, Porter 5, Mosely 3, Bonner 2. FG 18 (4), FT 17-23. B (16-10): Brown 15, B. Stacker 15, Pickett 8, Ivy 7, E. Wade 4, Hamilton 3. FG 18 (6), FT 10-18. Carlinville 14 19 15 15 63 Litchfield 19 9 15 12 55 C (10-13): Byots 17, Trimm 15, Roper 14, Kessinger 13, Naugle 2, Wiser 2. FG 23 (3), FT 14-22. L (9-18): Bishop 18, B. McGill 14, Niehaus 10, Corso 8, Boston 5. FG 18 (6), FT 13-24.

North Tech 10 11 6 2 29 Mater Dei 27 17 27 18 89 N (7-16): Jackson 13, Francis 8, Fraction 4, Chillers 2, Huntspon 2. FG 14 (1), FT 0-3. M (23-5): Schadegg 13, Zurliene 12, Goebel 11, Haake 11, Gerdes 9, Kreke 7, Johnson 5, Loepker 5, Jasper 4, Kassen 4, Napovanice 4, Albers 2, Moss 2. FG 38 (7), FT 6-12. Centralia IL 14 19 29 17 79 Cahokia 8 14 15 6 43 Ce (21-6): Wilmoth 18, Johannes 16, Westbrook 14, Long 8, Pryor 7, Fleeman 5, Isaiah 3, Walker 3, Dobbs 2, Seacrest 2, Glenn 1. FG 24 (11), FT 20-23. Ca (1-23): Baker 17, Singleton 9, Neal 5, Harvey 3, Jones 3, Binford 2, Giles 2, Sanders 2. FG 15 (8), FT 5-8. Carterville 12 5 11 7 35 Nashville 12 17 15 14 58 C (0-6): Downen 14, Pearson 6, Garbe 4, Laird 4, Burkey 3, Anderson 2, Sumner 2. FG 13 (4), FT 5-5. N (24-5): Hercules 15, Turner 11, Parker 10, Ritzel 8, Goforth 6, Anderson 5, Pelczynski 3. FG 24 (4), FT 6-12. OTHER SCORES Warrenton 44, Winfield 43 Hazelwood Central 98, Marquette 72 Kirkwood 70, Summit 53 St. Clair 65, New Haven 54 Waterloo 73, Highland 57 Edwardsville 73, Mascoutah 39 Pacific 53, Hermann 51 Westminster 45, Whitfield 33 Francis Howell Central 56, Holt 50 Washington 53, Fort Zumwalt East 37 St. Pius X 59, Jefferson 53 Clayton 49, Seckman 41 St. Dominic 86, Lutheran St. Charles 37 Carbondale 57, Marion 51 Tolton 57, Borgia 40 Pana 79, Hillsboro, Illinois 34 St. James 98, Owensville 46 CBC 66, SLUH 52 Sullivan 67, Union 39 Collinsville 68, Alton 46 Roxana 53, Piasa Southwestern 43 Granite City 57, Gateway Legacy 37 Greenville 61, Vandalia 42 Crystal City 66, Herculaneum 61 St. Charles 58, Orchard Farm 37 GIRLS BASKETBALL Jennings 13 14 17 11 55 U. City 7 11 8 22 48 J (12-9): Carrawell 26, Raiford 9, Scott 7, Keely 5, Richardson 4, Woods 4. FG 18 (2), FT 17-32. U (8-13): Brooks 16, Brown 12, BoldenJackson 6, D. Green 6, Billingsley 2, Booth 2, Hudson 2, Williams 2. FG 17 (2), FT 12-24. FZ West 9 7 10 12 38 Troy 4 16 12 16 48 T (12-9): Illig 20, Cook 10, Caldwell 7, Mennemeyer 4, Shields 4, DeClue 3. FG 14 (5), FT 15-26. Kirkwood 9 10 20 12 51 Pky. North 14 17 10 9 50 K (20-3): Mulvaney 22, Bruns 21, Behnam 6, Musson 2. FG 19 (6), FT 7-8. P (16-7): Williams 24, Rhodes 11, A. Jordan 6, Adolphsen 4, A. Jordan 3, Bryan 2. FG 17 (8), FT 8-10. Liberty 5 3 12 8 28 FZ North 14 8 13 11 46 L (12-10): VanPamel 14, Orf 6, Italiano 4, Gordley 3, Patterson 1. FG 9 (5), FT 5-17. Ladue 22 21 18 3 64 McCluer North 5 10 8 4 27 L (17-4): Minkler 15, Peete 12, Collins 8, Douglas 8, Rogers 8, Claney 7, Hopkins 3, Speicher 3. FG 23 (10), FT 8-16. Howell 19 9 12 9 49 FH North 6 10 18 22 56 F (5-16): Delarue 25, Teasley 15, Ermeling 8, Hahn 3, Wortman 3, Oetting 2. FG 16 (5), FT 19-29. Confluence 2 0 2 3 7 Northwest Ac. 37 12 21 10 80 N (11-8): K. Snow 27, Watkins 21, Sims 15, Blake 7, Gary 6, Rollins 4. FG 38 (1), FT 3-6. Mehlville 10 9 12 8 39 Oakville 21 10 13 14 58 M (4-15): Moore 17, Rapp 9, Angeles 6, O’Shea 3, Mrguda 2, Tremusini 2. FG 16 (5), FT 2-3. O (15-7): FitzWilliam 21, Gicante 14, Elguezabal 8, Halamicek 8, Minor 4, Kohm 3. FG 21 (4), FT 12-19. MICDS 10 11 9 9 39 JohnBurroughs 7 6 11 13 37 M (12-8): Brooks 16, Small 7, Gira 5, Nwamu 4, Lee 3, Fall 2, Rickers 2. FG 16 (2), FT 5-9. J (14-9): P. Starks 12, Rayner 10, Polk 9, S. Starks 3, Walther 2, Crowley 1. FG 10 (4), FT 13-16. Webster 9 11 16 21 57 Haz. West 4 7 6 11 28 H (9-7): Mathews 8, Brooks 6, Gray 6, Carter 5, Burrus 3. FG 9 (1), FT 9-19. Lindbergh 13 2 6 8 29 Eureka 16 11 8 16 51 L (9-12): Wolfard 9, Headrick 6, Forbes 4, Jones 3, Wymer 3, Bommarito 2, Glaser 2. FG 11 (3), FT 4-9. Pittsfield 13 14 6 13 46 Carlinville 11 11 15 15 52 P: Cox 18, Ten Eyck 11, Lemons 7, Merryman 6, Heavner 2, A. Waters 2. FG 16 (4), FT 10-19. C (28-3): G. Reels 16, Stayton 13, Stewart 13, Baker 8, DeNeve 2. FG 17 (6), FT 12-19. Fath.McGivney 16 13 20 4 53 ME Lutheran 5 7 10 5 27 F (25-7): Webb 28, McKee 13, Luehmann 5, Zumwalt 3, Bond 2, Hoppes 2. FG 19 (3), FT 12-19. M (5-21): Daniel 9, Stewart 8, Langendorf 3, Williams 3, Leitner 2, Reynolds 2. FG 11 (5), FT 0-2. OTHER SCORES Summit 72, Fox 26 Valley Park 60, Gateway Science 57 Fort Zumwalt South 63, Timberland 48 St. Charles 46, Orchard Farm 36 Francis Howell Central 47, Holt 35 Herculaneum 63, Crystal City 23 Metro 44, KC Center 35

POSTSEASON SCORES, SCHEDULE ILLINOIS GIRLS BASKETBALL CLASS 2A CARLINVILLE REGIONAL Championship Carlinville 52, Pittsfield 46 CLASS 1A EDWARDS COUNTY REGIONAL Championship Okawville 44, Woodlawn 34

CLASS 1A M-E LUTHERAN REGIONAL Championship Father McGivney 53, Metro-East Lutheran 27 CLASS 1A NOKOMIS REGIONAL Championship, Saturday Hardin Calhoun vs. Christ Our Rock, 7 p.m.

SATURDAY’S SCHEDULE

PAUL KOPSKY, STLHIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.COM

Kirkwood’s Rylee Mulvaney (11) and Natalie Bruns celebrate the Pioneers’ come-frombehind win over Parkway North in a girls basketball game on Friday at Parkway North High School. a key. “We just knew we had to lock down and play as a team and the defensive effort would help us get back into this,” Mulvaney said. “(Williams) killed us and we knew that (playing defense) would give us a chance.” Bruns scored 13 points in the final 16 minutes to finish with a team-high 21 and Mulvaney had 20. Kirkwood (20-3 overall, 3-0 conference) won for the seventh consecutive outing and 14th time in 15 games. “That Parkway North team is so good, but we were able to make adjustments,” Kirkwood coach Monica Tritz said. “Lucky for us, it was a

good thing we had a week to prepare — you wouldn’t know it by watching that first half.” Kirkwood didn’t take its first lead of the game until 1 minute and 40 seconds remained when a Mulvaney rebound and putback made it 49-48. Two Williams free throws with 26 seconds left put Parkway North ahead 5049, setting up Kirkwood’s successful finish with Bruns at the line. After Williams’ effort, the Vikings got 11 points from junior guard Mackenzie Rhodes. “That’s the difference in the game, they started hitting shots,” Vikings coach Brett Katz said. “It just stinks and I feel for

our kids. They played really hard.” Parkway North (16-7, 1-1) failed to match its season high with a fourth consecutive victory and also fell short of repeating its 50-49 victory against Kirkwood from the quarterfinals of the Visitation Christmas Tournament in December. Since that game Dec. 26, 2019, the Pioneers have lost only once. “We’ve gone through things like this before and have come back,” Bruns said. “We just went out and had faith that things would start falling for us if we work hard. Knowing how to deal with this definitely gave us a lift tonight.”

BOYS BASKETBALL ME Lutheran (11-14) vs. Williamsville (0-1), at Riverton, 10:30 a.m. Bismarck (0-1) at Crystal City (8-11), 11 a.m. Madison (17-10) at Mount Olive (3-17), 1 p.m. Lovejoy (18-10) at Cairo (7-6), 2 p.m. Auburn (2-0) at Hillsboro, Ill. (10-16), 2 p.m. Poplar Bluff (1-2) at Ladue (14-7), 2:30 p.m. Vashon (15-5) at Hickman (2-5), 2:30 p.m. Cardinal Ritter (15-6) at St. Mary’s (9-14), 3 p.m. Cape Notre Dame (5-0) at Carbondale (18-6), 3:30 p.m. Vandalia (12-10) at Nokomis (15-10), 4:15 p.m. St. Pius X (16-6) at Capital City (1-5), 4:30 p.m. Warrenton (7-11) at Clopton (7-5), 4:30 p.m. Staunton (15-11) at Pawnee (1-4), 6 p.m. Miller Career (12-8) at Chaminade (14-6), 6 p.m. Rochester (1-0) at Civic Memorial (8-18), 6:30 p.m. Festus (9-11) at Hillsboro (16-4), 7 p.m. Jerseyville (15-10) at Teutopolis (5-4), 7 p.m. Breese Central (13-14) at Columbia (15-11), 7:30 p.m. Gibault (5-19) at Valmeyer (11-11), 7:30 p.m. Nashville (23-5) at Pinckneyville (11-3), 7:45 p.m. GIRLS BASKETBALL 40TH UNION INVITATIONAL Championship Sullivan (18-2) vs. Webster Groves (12-8), 1 p.m. NON-TOURNAMENT GAMES Duchesne (11-10) at O’Fallon Christian (1-15), 9:45 a.m. Notre Dame de Sion at Incarnate Word (19-4), 11:30 a.m. Metro (15-10) at St. Michael the Ar, 12:30 p.m. St. Paul Lutheran (3-4) at Lutheran South (14-7), 1:30 p.m. Parkway South (5-13) at Jackson (3-4), 2:30 p.m. St. Pius X (18-3) at Grandview (14-6), 3 p.m. New Haven (10-10) at Union (14-4), 7 p.m. Park Hills Central (12-4) vs. North County (16-4), at Mineral Area, 7 p.m. BOYS WRESTLING ILLINOIS CLASS 3A QUINCY INDIVIDUAL SECTIONAL at Quincy, Ill., 9 a.m. Teams: Alton, Belleville East, Belleville West, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Granite City, O’Fallon

CLASS 2A MASCOUTAH INDIVIDUAL SECTIONAL at Mascoutah, 9 a.m. Teams: Cahokia, Carbondale, Centralia, Illinois, Civic Memorial, East St. Louis, Highland, Marion, Mascoutah, Mount Vernon, Illinois, Triad, Waterloo CLASS 1A VANDALIA INDIVIDUAL SECTIONAL at Vandalia, 9 a.m. Teams: Althoff, Carlinville, Carlyle, Hillsboro, Illinois, Litchfield, Metro-East Lutheran, Mount Olive, Red Bud, Roxana, Vandalia, Wood River MISSOURI CLASS 4 DISTRICT 1 at Northwest Cedar Hill, 10 a.m. Teams: CBC, Eureka, Fox, Jackson, Kirkwood, Lafayette, Lindbergh, Marquette, Mehlville, Northwest Cedar Hill, Oakville, Parkway South, Poplar Bluff, Seckman, Vianney CLASS 4 DISTRICT 2 at Francis Howell, 10 a.m. Teams: Chaminade, De Smet, Fort Zumwalt North, Fort Zumwalt West, Francis Howell, Francis Howell Central, Francis Howell North, Hazelwood Central, Hazelwood West, Holt, Pattonville, Ritenour, SLUH, Timberland, Troy Buchanan CLASS 3 DISTRICT 1 at Farmington, 10 a.m. Teams: Cape Girardeau Central, De Soto, Farmington, Festus, Gateway STEM, Hillsboro, North County, Pacific, Sikeston, St. Mary’s, Summit, Union, Washington, Webster Groves, Windsor (Imperial) CLASS 3 DISTRICT 2 at St. Charles, 10 a.m. Teams: Clayton, Fort Zumwalt East, Fort Zumwalt South, Hannibal, Hazelwood East, Ladue, Liberty (Wentzville), McCluer, McCluer North, MICDS, Parkway Central, Parkway North, Parkway West, St. Charles, Warrenton, Westminster CLASS 2 DISTRICT 1 at St. Clair, 10 a.m. Teams: Affton, Cape Notre Dame, Dexter, John Burroughs, Kennett, Miller Career, Normandy, Park Hills Central, Potosi, Roosevelt, Soldan, St. Clair, St. James, Ste. Genevieve, Sullivan, University City CLASS 2 DISTIRCT 2 at Mexico, 10 a.m. Teams: Blair Oaks, Boonville, Borgia, Fulton, Kirksville, Lutheran St. Charles, Mexico, Moberly, Orchard Farm, Owensville, Priory, Southern Boone, St. Charles West, Winfield, Wright City CLASS 1 DISTRICT 1 at Whitfield, 10 a.m. Teams: Brentwood, Cleveland, DuBourg, Gateway Science Academy, Hancock, Herculaneum, Lift For Life , Maplewood-RH, McCluer South-Berkeley, New Madrid County Central, O’Fallon Christian, Principia, Valle Catholic, Whitfield


B10 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

M 1 • SATURDAY • 02.15.2020

ST. LOUIS FIVE-DAY FORECAST

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

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Partly sunny and milder WIND SSW 7-14 mph

Mostly cloudy

Partly sunny WIND SE 4-8 mph

Mostly cloudy and colder WIND NW 10-20 mph

Sunny, but cold

WIND WSW 3-6 mph

Mild with occasional rain WIND SSE 7-14 mph

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32°

A storm will spread spotty snow and flurries across the Upper Midwest as temperatures moderate today. Meanwhile, cold air will linger in the Northeast. Rain showers will riddle southern and central Florida as much of the rest of the Southern states will be dry. A storm will spread more low-elevation rain and mountain snow to the Northwest. Shown are noon positions of precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.

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80

Peoria 55 74 Macomb 36/24 36/24 Bloomington Urbana 36/23 36/25

Kirksville 40/23

Quincy 38/25

Decatur 39/25

Springfield 57 38/26 Effingham 70 55 45/29

35

Columbia 42/29 St. Louis Mount Jefferson Vernon 49/32 City 47/32 47/29 Union 55 50/30 57 44 Rolla Carbondale 49/31 47/33 Farmington 48/33 Cape Girardeau 48/34 Springfield 51/34 Poplar Bluff West Plains 48/34 55 50/33

Kansas City 45/26

Joplin 51/35

70

44

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Location

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13.96 -0.03 12.34 -0.09 15.48 +0.24 12.08 -0.05 18.62 -0.17

16 11.92 -0.14 15 11.77 +0.06 25 17.51 -1.63 26 18.29 -1.37 18 15.50 -0.16 419 416.42 +1.09 21 12.87 -0.63 30 17.91 -1.62 27 23.09 -0.81 32 30.70 +0.04 20 18 14

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16.80 +0.02 15.22 -0.07 16.11 -0.03

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none +1.17 +2.13 -0.03 +0.36 +0.34 +0.36 +0.20 -0.20 +0.07 -0.32 -0.03

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Trace 1.44” (1.13”) 7.93” (3.53”) 1.81” (1949)

Source: St. Louis County Degree days are an indicator of energy needs. The more the total degree days, the more energy is necessary to heat.

Friday Month to date Normal month to date Since July 1 Normal since July 1

50 396 429 3041 3218

RealFeel Temperature® Today An exclusive index of effective temperature, wind, humidity, sunshine intensity, cloudiness, precipitation, pressure and elevation on the human body.

43° 4 p.m.

40° 8 p.m.

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El Paso 68/40

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Heating Degree Days

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New York 31/29

Chicago 32/24

Denver 39/25

Houston 63/53

Chihuahua 74/42

Trees Weeds Grass Mold

0

Minneapolis 34/12

Los Angeles 69/50

25°/5° 45°/27° 64°/30° 74° (1954) -2° (1905)

Pollen Yesterday

39° noon

Detroit 32/28

Kansas City 45/26

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Monterrey 69/54

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28/23/s 56/30/s 16/9/c 55/39/pc 64/48/pc 37/28/s 59/43/pc 44/38/r 32/27/s 58/41/s 47/35/pc 49/31/pc 32/24/sf 43/33/pc 37/32/pc 61/47/pc 71/60/pc 39/25/pc 42/21/c 64/52/s 32/28/pc 30/22/s 82/71/pc 63/53/pc 42/30/pc 45/26/pc 68/47/s 57/42/pc

43/27/c 60/34/s 18/14/sn 56/43/c 75/57/pc 51/35/c 60/46/c 47/26/c 47/33/c 60/49/sh 51/34/pc 56/38/c 36/27/pc 44/29/pc 41/27/pc 67/57/s 75/62/sh 47/24/c 42/32/pc 62/59/sh 39/25/pc 45/26/c 81/69/pc 76/59/pc 42/29/pc 50/38/pc 71/50/pc 60/51/c

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Los Angeles Louisville Memphis Miami Milwaukee Minneapolis Montgomery Nashville New Orleans New York City Oklahoma City Omaha Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland, Maine Portland, Ore. Sacramento Salt Lake City San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Seattle Tampa Tucson Washington, D.C. Wichita

69/50/s 48/36/pc 56/44/pc 80/71/c 35/24/sf 34/12/c 63/42/s 53/40/pc 68/58/pc 31/29/s 58/36/pc 47/27/pc 75/60/pc 35/28/s 72/47/s 37/31/pc 24/19/s 48/37/r 67/44/pc 47/39/c 64/49/pc 65/51/s 60/49/pc 49/38/r 76/61/s 69/40/s 40/32/s 50/28/s

69/50/s 49/33/pc 57/49/c 79/71/pc 34/26/pc 26/19/pc 61/49/c 54/42/pc 68/62/r 46/34/pc 60/45/pc 49/34/pc 81/65/pc 50/34/pc 73/49/s 41/26/c 41/25/c 48/36/r 67/43/pc 46/30/sh 75/59/c 65/52/s 61/47/pc 47/37/r 79/66/pc 73/45/s 53/39/c 52/39/pc

High: 88 West Palm Beach, Fla.

Rise

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5:38 p.m. 10:59 a.m.

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Low: -39 Cotton, Minn.

WORLD FORECAST

Forecast index based on presence of manmade particulates affecting aspects of human health.

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SATURDAY • 02.15.2020 • EV DUSTIN • By Steve Kelley and Jeff Parker

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HOROSCOPE • JACQUELINE BIGAR Note: Bigar’s Stars is based on the degree of your sun at birth. The sign name is simply a label astrologers put on a set of degrees for convenience. For best results, readers should refer to the dates following each sign. HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR SATURDAY, FEB. 15, 2020: This year, you battle your inner demons. Your conflicting sets of opinions make it difficult to unite ideas or theories. If single, potential suitors could back off from you as they might find you more complicated than necessary. That is their choice; you make yours. If attached, the two of you use your innate resourcefulness to get through seemingly difficult disagreements. Respect your different opinions rather than try to merge them. SCORPIO can be contrary and sarcastic at times. ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) HHHH Do whatever you need to in order to get to the bottom of a problem. Still, you might find it difficult to get to the ultimate cause of the hassle. Stop pushing if unsuccessful. Give others time and space. Tonight: Let go and relax to a good movie. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) HHHH Defer to others. What you hear might not make sense to you or anyone else. Just sit in that space for a while to see what is happening on a deeper level. If you still cannot get past an emotional wall, let it go. Tonight: Out at a favorite restaurant. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) HHH Plunge into a project that needs to be completed. You might not understand what is happening between you and another party. Given time and space, information will come forward. Tonight: Let someone else call the shots. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) HHHH You might want to creatively brainstorm or make plans that have little to do with recent tension. Let your inner child emerge. You could be surprised at what occurs if you let go. Tonight: Get into a project. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) HHHH Stay close to home. Be open to a conversation that could pop up out of nowhere yet may be significant. Allow a loved one to express frustration around recent events. Tonight: Nap and then decide. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) HHHH Reach out for a friend or close relative whom

you might need to clear the air with. You have gone through your set of ups and downs as of late. Opening up a discussion and attempting not to make any judgments could be smart. Tonight: Take it easy. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) HHH Go over recent spending and take a hard look at budget control. You do not feel good when this area of your life goes out of whack. Do your best to create some limits. Tonight: Back off from an argument that pops up from nowhere. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) HHHH You might want to clear the air and not get into a squabble for no reason. If involved with a misunderstanding, apologize but say little more until you have gotten down to the real issue. Tonight: Play it cool. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) HHH You feel as if you would like to share some of your feelings involving a problem. Until you have more clarity about what motivated you and a partner, be more open to hearing other views. You are best advised to say little. Tonight: Relax before making a decision. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22-JAN. 19) HHHH A friendship might be on the line. You could be having problems clearing the air. Sometimes it is best to say very little and let the other party speak. Expect your emotions to run high. Tonight: Join friends at a spontaneous happening. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) HHH Take your time responding to an older relative or friend. You might even hear from a boss for some strange reason. Understand that people are off-kilter and just trying to stabilize. Tonight: Minimize your questions. Just be present. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) HHH You might wonder about others and how hard they could be pushing to gain insight. Stay open to feedback and refuse to make judgments. You might not agree with all you hear, but encourage people to express their feelings. Tonight: A force to behold. BORN TODAY Women’s rights activist Susan B. Anthony (1820), cartoonist/writer Matt Groening (1954), comedian Chris Farley (1964)

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DEAR ABBY

Separate sleeping quarters offer peace Dear Abby • My wife and I have been married for 45 years. When she moved out of our bedroom, I was shocked. I thought she didn’t love me anymore. Then I realized that both our sleeping habits have changed over the years. She snores, and I toss and turn. She needs the room dark, while I like a night light so I can see while I walk to the bathroom. I wasn’t around when my parents got old, so I didn’t realize our sleeping arrangement was going to change. We still love each other, but just sleep in different rooms. Is this normal? — Wondering in California Dear Wondering • The reason for the change is what’s important. In your case, it’s not because of discord or lack of love.

While I would have suggested your wife try various kinds of sleep masks to block out your night light, your new arrangement is not an indication that there is trouble in your relationship. Many couples do this. So stop worrying about whether this is normal and be glad you have a solution that works. Dear Abby • The last of our children has graduated and left the nest. My wife and I are now starting to go through years of boxes, mostly papers and photos. In the process, we have discovered several checks written to us that we never cashed — mostly for Girl Scout cookies or other fundraising items and birthday gifts for the kids. The checks are mostly more than 15 years old, but they add

up to around $300. Would it be proper to ask the check writers to reissue their checks so long after they were written? We could use the money now. — Questioning in Pennsylvania Dear Questioning • You should have been more careful with those monetary gifts. To ask that the checks be rewritten after 15 years would be an imposition and likely not well received. Furthermore, if they were intended for your children for birthdays, Christmas, graduations, etc., any replacement checks should be made out to them, not you. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069.

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‘Losers’ party’ goes from bad to worse Dear Miss Manners • I was nominated for an award, which I did not win — and that’s fine. Prior to the awards ceremony, all nominees were given an invitation to the “losers’ party” after the ceremony. The party was off-site and we (losing nominees and our plus-ones) were taken there in a series of buses. I was on the second bus, and when we arrived, we found out that entry into the party venue had been cut off due to capacity concerns. Our bus driver refused to take us back to the original venue, and we were all left standing in the street on a chilly evening, wearing our nice clothes — “we” being at least 50 people. We were then told to stand and wait, because if other people left, an equal number could be let in. Initially we were told that only nominees could enter, without our plus-ones, though this was later changed. At that point, I physically couldn’t stand any longer (I have bad joints, and I know I’m not the only one with physi-

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Can’t afford to take our visitors out for dinners Adapted from a recent online discussion.

Dear Carolyn • My husband and I have friends coming to visit us next month, and we were planning to take them out for two really nice dinners while they were here. My husband thought it was going to eat our discretionary spending budget for that one month, but one of the restaurants is far more expensive than he thought and it’s actually going to take two months’ discretionary spending. He still wants to do it because they’re celebrating one of those once-ina-lifetime milestones. For me, we’re already under a lot of marital and budgetary stress from me being chronically ill and too sick to work, and the thought of basically not being able to spend money to go out to eat or do fun things together is killing me. I feel like we need to be able to do those sorts of things together to sustain our marriage. What to do? — Host Answer • Skip the waymore-expensive restaurant and find one that brings the cost down to the onemonth-budget threshold. Better, well below it. You have serious things going on. Fragile health and unemployment and money scarcity and all the marital stresses they either cause or compound are legitimate and urgent priorities for you. Yay, your friends are achieving a happy milestone. A round of genuine applause for them. You can celebrate them by setting a table for four in your own home and preparing them something special. And if that’s not physically possible, or if your joy levels need the boost from a night out with friends, then just choose a different restaurant and don’t give it another thought. Seriously. These things can take on Big Meaning when you’re too close to them, and it can feel like Restaurant A is the bearer of all symbols of all things, but the bigger meaning is just time with friends. And you can do that at Restaurant B. Or, again, by feeding them at home! If your husband is fixated on Restaurant A, though, and no sensible alternatives gain traction, then it actually might make more sense to drop it and be broke than to keep litigating it with him. Re: Dinner • I would be absolutely horrified if I found out my friends’ generosity was causing marital strife. Seriously, good friends can have just as good a time sitting around eating hot dogs as they can at the finest restaurant in town. — Anonymous Dear Carolyn • Spouse is sold. How do we explain the change of dinner plans to our friends? — Host again Answer • You: “Change of plan, we’re going to ____.” They, possibly, but I hope not: “What happened to _____?” You: “We couldn’t make it work,” or, “It’s out of our reach.” I don’t have kind thoughts toward people who would respond poorly to these.

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