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ndy Puzder’s nomination as President Donald Trump’s labor secretary had always been on tenuous ground. On Wednesday, a day in which video of his ex-wife talking about alleged abuse proliferated through the internet, he backed out.

relationship with them. “I owe it to you all to give you clarity on the political reality in the United States and to state the fair demand from my country’s people in concrete terms,” Mattis said. “America will meet its responsibilities, but if your nations do not want to see America moderate its

The former St. Louis lawyer and current chief executive of the fast food chain CKE Restaurants issued the following statement:

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“After careful consideration and discussions with my family, I am withdrawing my nomination for Secretary of Labor. “I am honored to have been considered by President Donald Trump to lead the Department of Labor. While I won’t be serving in the administration, I fully support the president and his highly qualified team.”

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the opening of four parks and said visitors to the state topped 20 million in 2016. As a parting gift before he re-entered the private sector as an attorney at a Clayton law firm, the DNR quietly announced that a mostly undeveloped 1,200-acre tract of land near Ironton would carry Nixon’s name. That move, however, has angered local lawmakers, sparked legislation to strip Nixon’s name of the park and was cited as a potential factor in the ouster of the state’s park director. And, now, the remote facility is closed. “The status of Jay Nixon State Park was re-evaluated due to limited access and lack of facilities,” DNR spokesman Tom Bastian wrote in an email to the Post-Dispatch

County police veteran who was once picked to become the department’s liaison to the gay community is now suing the department for discrimination. In a lawsuit filed Jan. 10, Sgt. Keith Wildhaber claims a former St. Louis County Police Board member told him to “tone down your gay- Wildhaber ness” if he ever wanted to be promoted. Wildhaber declined to comment for this story. His attorney, Russell Riggan, did not respond to multiple requests for comment. The sergeant ranked third among 26 people who took a promotions test in February 2014, and also was third in a second round of tests in February 2015, according to the lawsuit. But Wildhaber has watched as virtually all of his peers were promoted, even though his written performance reviews show that he “exceeds standards” or is

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Jay Nixon State Park is closed after a month BY KURT ERICKSON St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY • Just a month after it opened under mysterious circumstances, Missouri’s newest state park has been closed. The Missouri Department of Natural Resources confirmed Wednesday that Jay Nixon State Park in Reynolds County was shuttered on Feb. 8 due to “potential public safety concerns.” The closure is the latest twist in a controversy that caught fire in the waning days of Nixon’s final days as governor. Nixon, a Democrat, championed the state park system during his two terms in oice, arguing that an expansion will help draw tourism spending to the state. In the weeks before he left oice, Nixon oversaw

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WAVELENGTHS • Longtime KMOX radio host Doug McElvein is coming back to the airwaves, this time a little to the left on the radio dial at KTRS-AM 550. McElvein, who was laid off from the “Voice of St. Louis” in January 2016, will be heard next week in the 10 a.m.-to-noon slot on “The Big 550” — the one recently vacated by Martin Kilcoyne and Randi McElvein Naughton. KTRS program director Kent Martin said McElvein also will host other shifts as needs arise. McElvein had been at KMOX for more than 22 years, 17 years as a host of “Total Information AM,” before getting pinkslipped 13 months ago. FLYING RIGHT • Two security oicers at St. Louis Lambert International Airport — Jarrett Lloyd and Constance Zimmer — were honored Tuesday with “Ambassadors of the Year” awards. T h e two re c e ive d their honors at an employee recognition ceremony, with airport director Rhonda HammNiebruegge handing out the hardware. Lloyd The oicers were nominated by Zenobia Perry, the mother of an autistic 24-year-old. Perry said the oicers were kind and sensitive while helping her son, who has difficulty speaking, handle the Zimmer stress related to airport security and traveling during the Christmas holiday. “I can’t begin to tell you how positive of an experience this was for us,” Perry said. “The kind way that you greet and help us, makes a huge diference.” DOG GONE • Good to see STL get some TLC from the WKC, even if it didn’t end in ultimate victory.

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Aftin, a miniature poodle with Wentzville owners, won the non-sporting group elimination Monday night at the Westminster Kennel Club show. Then on Tuesday, the 2-year-old bitch owned by Daniel Chavez, and James Moses and Janet Moses of Wentzville competed in the Best in Show competition, but did not notch a win. The big prize went to a German shepherd, Rumor. The runner-up was an Irish setter, Adrian. Also, it is oddly coincidental that James Moses’ dog lost to a German shepherd, given that his expertise with the breed was what made him the subject of a 2013 feature in the New York Times. THANKS AGAIN • Last week, the PostDispatch held its first “A St. Louis Thing: The Post-Dispatch Trivia Night” at the Missouri History Museum, with 190 competitors testing their local skills. The competition was quite stout, as the winning table answered 96 of the 100 ques-

tions correctly. With all tabulations in, the bash appears to have been a big winner, raising more than $5,400 for the P-D’s 100 Neediest Cases ($5,407, to be exact). Handfuls of Post-Dispatchers joined the Weatherbird to work the event, including editor Gilbert Bailon and deputy managing editor Bob Rose. Other stafers taking care of business were Debra D. Bass, Lisa Brown, Cristina Fletes, Jim Gallagher, Bryce Gray, Valerie Schremp Hahn, Gary Hairlson, Dan Martin, Mike Meiners, Dan Neman, Andrew Nguyen, David Nicklaus, Beth O’Malley, Tim O’Neil, Jesus Ortiz, Gail Pennington and Aisha Sultan. Ben Frederickson, Benjamin Hochman, Bill McClellan, Tony Messenger and Judith Newmark contributed to the silent auction. Joe Holleman • 314-340-8254 @stlsherpa on Twitter jholleman@post-dispatch.com

A new addition to St. Louis’ restaurant scene joins three repeat semifinalists for the James Beard Foundation’s “Best Chef: Midwest” award. Jesse Mendica of Olive + Oak, which opened in early 2016 (and was No. 1 on our critic’s list of the year’s best new restaurants), is a first-time Beard semifinalist. The other St. Louis semifinalists are Kevin Nashan of Sidney Street Café, Mike Randolph of Público and Kevin Willmann of Farmhaus. Nashan and Willmann have been semifinalists multiple times this decade. Randolph was a semifinalist for the first time last year.

Both Nashan and Willmann were among the five finalists last year for the “Best Chef: Midwest” award, which was won by Paul Berglund of the Minneapolis restaurant the Bachelor Farmer. Berglund is a St. Louis native. Ashley Shelton of Gerard Craft’s Pastaria is a semifinalist for “Rising Star Chef of the Year,” given to a chef age 30 or younger “who displays an impressive talent and who is likely to make a significant impact on the industry in years to come.” This is the second national award to honor Shelton. Last year, dining website Eater named her one of its “Young Guns.” Craft was named “Best Chef: Midwest” in 2015, his sixth time as a nominee. He is the first St. Louis-based chef to win a James Beard Award, generally re-

garded as the nation’s most prestigious culinary honor. (He isn’t eligible to win “Best Chef: Midwest” again.) The finalists in each category will be announced March 15. The winners of the awards will be announced May 1 at the James Beard Foundation Awards Gala, held at the Lyric Opera in Chicago. The foundation announced last month that Gioia’s Deli of St. Louis received the “America’s Classics Award,” just one of five restaurants nationwide to receive the honor. The James Beard Awards are voted on by a panel of several hundred food and restaurant writers and previous James Beard Foundation award winners. PostDispatch restaurant critic Ian Froeb sits on the committee.

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FundMe account has been set up for the children of a couple who died here Monday in what police say was a murder-suicide. Kenna Daly, 41, was killed Monday morning by her estranged husband, Christopher Daly, 45, of Webster Groves. They were separated, police said. Other relatives, including three of the Dalys’ children, were present when the shooting occurred at a home in the 7800 block of Cardinal Ridge Court, where Kenna Daly was living. But nobody else was hurt, police said. The three boys are in the care of their grandparents in a suburb of St. Louis, said Shelly Duncan, who created the GoFundMe and is a friend of the family. “Their family is devastated, just completely devastated” she said. “These children have lost both

their parents. It’s just terrible.” Duncan, of Crystal Lake, Ill., said she is a neighbor of and close friends with Kenna Daly’s sister. “She was wonderful,” Duncan said about Kenna Daly. “Joyful and lovely. She was very kind and a wonderful, wonderful person.” Kenna and Christopher Daly also have an adult daughter, Duncan said. Their three boys will be reared by their grandparents, who are retired and on a fixed income, she said. “I know that they can

really use the help right now,” Duncan said. “We’re just trying to do whatever we can to make it a little easier for them.” The fund had raised nearly $35,000 in 18 hours, as of Wednesday morning. Police said Christopher Daly did not force his way into the home. He lived in the 200 block of North Bompart Avenue in Webster Groves. Kenna Daly was living with relatives at the home on Cardinal Ridge in Shrewsbury. Nassim Benchaabane • 314-340-8167 @NassimBnchabane on Twitter nbenchaabane@post-dispatch.com

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derle didn’t have high hopes for her GoFundMe account raising money for college tuition, but it was worth a shot. Every dollar would help. S h e ra i se d a l m os t $2,200. The Woodson Terrace native’s story was highlighted by GoFundMe in a report released Wednesday that spoke to the growing trend of students using crowdfunding for tuition costs, as well as the company’s new platform to make that efort smoother for students. According to the report, more than 2,000 Missouri college students have turned to the crowdfunding website seeking help with college costs. Those students have raked in about $676,000. Nationwide, that number climbs to 130,000, receiving $60 million in donations. Helderle quickly realized that between financial aid and loans, she was $5,000 short of what she needed for her freshman year at Park University, a private college just north of Kansas City. That prompted her to set up the GoFundMe account. Her friends’ donations helped get her through her first semester, but she wasn’t able to make her second semester work financially. Now, Helderle is working through her general education classes at St. Louis Community College, which is paid for by her financial aid. She’s also working part time at a grocery, saving up her money to potentially go back to Park University, at $391 per credit hour, or the University of Missouri-St. Louis, at $335 per credit hour. GoFundMe is promoting a new “guidebook” with tips for students like Helderle on boosting their odds on their fundraising pages gaining traction. The guide explains the importance in showing donors the value of what they’re paying for by touting awards and experiences with updates. “I am officially moved in to my dorm and it is because of your help and support,” Helderle shared in a post last semester, including a photo of her unpacked dormitory. “It’s always worth trying,” she says now about the experience with GoFundMe. When the time comes to transfer back to a four-year school to finish her bachelor’s degree in business administration, Helderle said she might breathe more life into her fundraising page. Ashley Jost • 314-340-8169 @ajost on Twitter ajost@post-dispatch.com

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JEFFERSON CITY > Greitens pledges action on prescription drug database • Gov. Eric Greitens pledged Wednesday to bring Missouri in line with the rest of the nation when it comes to creating a database designed to combat prescription drug abuse. In a question-and-answer session on Facebook, the political newcomer suggested that he has a plan to overcome opposition to a prescription drug monitoring program and put it into state law. “This is an incredibly important issue,” Greitens said. “I know we can get this done.” The pledge came as Greitens answered preselected questions from Facebook users during a 15-minute session broadcast from his Capitol oice. Legislation is expected to be debated on the Senate loor in the coming weeks that would prevent individuals from going to multiple doctors for multiple prescriptions. Opponents, including fellow Republican Sen. Rob Schaaf, a doctor, have blocked previous measures over privacy concerns. Local governments, including St. Louis County, have moved to create their own drug databases during the standof at the state level. (Kurt Erickson)

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TOP • Workers with EHM structure movers begin the process of moving the family home of Charlesetta Taylor from its place in the 2500 block of North Market Street on Wednesday, to its eventual space at St. Louis Avenue and 22nd Street, less than a mile away. Taylor did not initially believe it when city oicials told her City Hall would pick up the tab for having the house relocated to make way for the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency campus planned for the site in north St. Louis.

ABOVE • Charlesetta Taylor, 81, stands nearby as EHM structure movers begin the process of moving her family home on Wednesday. She has lived in the house since 1945, when she was 10 years old.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY > Committee drops lawsuit seeking revote on tax hike • A campaign committee for a Francis Howell School District tax increase rejected by voters in November is withdrawing its lawsuit seeking a new vote at the upcoming April 4 election. The group, Citizens for Prop Howell, on Wednesday iled a notice of dismissal in St. Charles County Circuit Court. The proposed property tax hike was defeated, 52.4 percent to 47.6 percent, in the Nov. 8 election. In December, the committee sued, contending that inaccurate school boundary lines used by the county Election Authority “cast doubt on the validity of the election.” The committee’s attorney said then that the group questioned whether there were widespread systemic problems with the vote. Election Authority director Rich Chrismer had fought the suit. He has said that fewer than 20 Howell district voters were given ballots that failed to include the tax measure, far below the margin of defeat of more than 3,180 votes. (Mark Schlinkmann) DES PERES > City gets federal money for Bopp Road repairs • Des Peres has won a federal grant of more than $400,000 to make improvements along Bopp Road. Improvements will include resurfacing, repairing damaged curbs, installing curb ramps and constructing crosswalk enhancements near St. Clement School. Project costs are estimated at $522,148, but the Surface Transportation Program grant will provide reimbursements of 80 percent, up to $417,719. Design will take place next year, with easement acquisitions in 2019 and construction in 2020, said Steve Meyer, public works director. The Board of Aldermen will take a inal vote on the agreement at its next regular meeting. (Special to the Post-Dispatch)

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three positions on the University of Missouri Board of Curators on Friday, including one representing part of the St. Louis area. The three appointees are Republicans Jef Layman of Springfield and Jamie Farmer of Jeferson City; plus Democrat Darryl Chatman. All three names were submitted to the Senate for confirmation consideration. Layman, who has a bachelor’s in business administration and management from Missouri State University, works as a senior vice president at Morgan Stanley in Springfield. He replaces Donald Cupps, whose term expired Jan. 1. He also

worked as finance chairman for Greitens’ campaign. Jamie Farmer is president of Capital Sand Proppants LLC, a Jeferson City-based construction materials company. She replaces Pamela Henrickson, whose term also expired Jan. 1. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Trulaske School of Business, and holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis. Chatman, a St. Charles County native, is listed as general counsel for the Department of Agriculture, starting under former Gov. Jay Nixon. He has four degrees from Mizzou: bachelor’s and master’s degrees in animal science, a master’s in agricultural economics and a J.D. He

also has a master’s in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. The announcement came days after the typically nine-member board met at Mizzou. Six members showed up for the meeting, including two curators whose terms recently expired. It’s standard that board members continue to attend after their term expires until a replacement is chosen. “Our state has excellent students, talented teachers, and a people committed to education,” Greitens said in a statement Wednesday. “There are also many areas where higher education can be improved. We can encourage more intellectual diversity and become the best state in the country at preparing students for rewarding careers.”

Rauner ofers guidance on tax hike to end budget stalemate

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Illinois governor is open to raising levies on services such as car repairs BY JOHN O’CONNOR associated Press

S P R I N G F I E L D , I L L . • Gov. Bruce Rauner gave more specifics Wednesday on what steps he’d accept to end the state’s nearly twoyear budget stalemate, telling lawmakers he’s open to raising taxes on services such as car repairs or haircuts but not on food, medicine or retirement income. During a 45-minute speech, the first-term Republican endured derisive laughs from Democrats who control the Legislature when he criticized “pointing fingers or assigning blame.” However, he praised the Senate for making “real progress” on a compromise. “There is no one single bullet, no one single ‘must have,’ for our administration,” Rauner said. “But for the future of our state, change must be real, not just a

newspaper headline.” Despite having no annual spending plan since July 2015, state government continues to operate largely because of court orders and intermittent appropriations by lawmakers. But the picture is bleak. Without action, Illinois will have a $5.3 billion deficit when the current fiscal year ends June 30. There is a backlog of $11 billion in overdue bills. State pension programs are $130 billion short of what they need to pay promised benefits to retired and current employees. Rauner reasserted his demand that a budget agreement must come with regulatory changes — some of which are in the Senate plan — such as reducing workers’ compensation costs to boost commerce. The property-tax freeze the Senate has floated would end after two years while the personal income tax

would increase from 3.75 percent to 4.99 percent. Rauner said he won’t accept a permanent income-tax hike without holding the line on property taxes permanently too. “The final result must be a good deal for taxpayers and job creators; a grand bargain that truly balances the budget once and for all, and really moves the needle when it comes to job creation,” Rauner said. He rejected taxing retirement income and increasing the sales tax on food and medicine, included in the Senate plan. But he said he’ll listen to plans to create a tax on services. And he demanded “a hard cap on spending that forces state government to live within its means, balance the budget and pay of the state’s debt.” “Spending reductions in the budget need to be real — not smoke and mirrors,” Rauner said.

candidates to return funds BY KEVIN McDERMOTT st. Louis Post-dispatch

ST. LOUIS • Several Dem-

ocratic mayoral candidates may have to return more than $71,000 in campaign contributions made to them since mid-December — donations that used to be legal in Missouri but are no longer allowed under the state’s newly instituted contribution limits. A Post-Dispatch review of records found that candidate Lyda Krewson alone may have to return almost $50,000 in donations that appear to violate the new prohibitions on accepting direct contributions from corporate entities or from other candidates’ campaign committees. Fe l l ow D e m o c ra t i c mayoral candidates Lewis Reed, Jeffrey Boyd and Tishaura Jones may have to return smaller levels of donations made to them from those sources in the past two months. In all, the newspaper found, St. Louis mayoral candidates have received more than $71,000 in apparently prohibited donations, as defined under a campaign-contribution limits ban approved by the voters in November. Those bans apply to donations made since Dec. 8. The new rules have produced confusion around the state, in part because of the various exceptions to them. Most of the state’s new limits don’t apply to candidates for mayor and other local oices, but the prohibitions on corporate and campaign committee donations do, election officials say. The Missouri Ethics Commission last week issued a series of opinions specifying how the new rules should be interpreted. State election officials have said they will give candidates time to return prohibited donations without penalty as the campaigns adjust to the new rules. Since Dec. 8, records show, Krewson’s campaign has taken in about $48,000 from donors that are listed as corporate entities by the state, and another $200 from another campaign committee. Krewson spokesman Ed Rhode said in a written statement that the campaign already has begun

returning checks to corporate donors and “exchanging corporate checks for personal checks” from the people at those corporations to adhere to the new rules. “Now that the new campaign finance laws are in place there are a lot of questions, so the Krewson campaign reached out to the Missouri Ethics Commission seeking advice to understand the new campaign finance laws as passed in November,” Rhode wrote. “We have also hired outside counsel looking for guidance.” Boyd’s campaign has accepted about $10,000 from apparently prohibited corporate sources, records show. Reed and Jones have accepted about $6,000 each in prohibited donations, with about $1,600 of those donations to Jones coming in the form of money from other candidates’ campaign committees. “Any government rule that takes two months and a panel of lawyers to explain should probably have been written in simpler language,” Jones spokesman Richard Callow said in a written statement. “That said, the campaign has begun refunding all of the questioned contributions.” Most if not all the money donated to the mayoral candidates directly from corporations would be allowed under the new rules if those corporations were to move that money first into political action committees — even PACs created by the corporations. Donations from PACs to candidates aren’t prohibited under the new rules. Those rules were created by passage of a referendum Nov. 8 amending the Missouri Constitution, which previously contained no limits on campaign contributions. Among the changes is a cap on contributions at $2,600 per candidate, per election cycle from each donor — though that limit applies only to state-level posts, not local mayoral races. Challenges to the new law are pending. Walker Moskop of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report. Kevin McDermott • 314-340-8268 @kevinmcdermott on Twitter kmcdermott@post-dispatch.com

Slay to join law irm Spencer Fane after term ends BY KORAN ADDO AND LISA BROWN st. Louis Post-dispatch

ST. LOUIS • Mayor Francis Slay

plans to join the law oice of Spencer Fane after he concludes his fourth term as mayor in April. The Kansas City-based law firm’s local oice is in Clayton, but Slay will be based in a new oice in downtown St. Louis. Slay’s announcement marks the end of the constant drumbeat of rumors and speculation about his professional life after leaving City Hall. Slay said he has been debunking rumors for months, but acknowledged that he never shut the door to running for oice statewide. “I kept that option open as a possibility,” he said. “There was nothing specific, but I didn’t rule it out.” Slay, who has been taking continuing legal education courses for the past several months, said he will be practicing as a general business attorney and likely handling cases related to international commerce, public finance and regulatory work. He added that serving as mayor also helped him keep up with changes in the law. “The variety of legal issues that you deal with as mayor day-to-day are endless,” he said. When you look at “personnel issues and business finances and business disputes, the

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city has very similar issues.” In spite of the similarities that may exist, Slay said both he and Spencer Fane will be diligent to avoid any issues or cases that could present a conflict of interest. Frank Neuner, a managing partner at Spencer Fane’s St. Louis office, also said he doesn’t anticipate any conflicts, but the firm will “wall of” the mayor should any issues arise. While acknowledging that hiring a former mayor will bring visibility to Spencer Fane, Neuner said

the decision was based on a number of factors, including Slay’s personal relationships with other attorneys at the firm. Before becoming mayor, Slay practiced law at Guilfoil Petzall & Shoemake. A number of lawyers from that firm now work at Spencer Fane. “Several of our attorneys have long-standing relationships with (Slay),” Neuner said. “We are thrilled to have him. He will be a valuable resource for us and our clients, both public and private.” Slay said he is looking forward to joining a firm that is looking to grow in St. Louis. “I want to help them do that,” he said. Spencer Fane currently has about 40 attorneys working in its Clayton oice. Neuner said several of them will move to the St. Louis oice once the firm settles on a location. The downtown oice is expected to open this summer, if not sooner, Neuner said. Slay received his law degree from St. Louis University School of Law, and he has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Quincy College. He was a private practice attorney for 20 years before he was elected as mayor. He was president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen from 1995 until he was elected mayor in 2001.

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Shooting by of-duty oicer ruled justiied BY JOEL CURRIER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch’s oice has concluded that an of-duty St. Louis County police officer acted in self-defense last summer when he fatally shot an intruder at his home in Lakeshire, a small city in South County. The document, provided to the Post-Dispatch on Wednesday, notes that Tyler Gebhard, 20, had violently broken in, was impaired by marijuana, was known to have mental illness and had spoken Gebhard of killing police. It calls the shooting justified. Neither McCulloch’s report nor police have publicly identified the oicer, but officials have said he had been on the force for three years and was assigned to MetroLink. Gebhard, of the Affton area, was shot in the kitchen of the officer’s home about 5:25 p.m. July 9 after throwing a 120-pound concrete planter through back door windows and entering the home, police and the report say. The man was acquainted with the officer through a church group. The oicer’s

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A concrete planter sits on the loor inside of a Lakeshire home after an intruder threw it through a window on July 9, 2016. The intruder was fatally shot.

The review says the officer “fired his personal weapon in the proper exercise of self-defense, defense of others, and under the protection of the Castle Doctrine.” That refers to Missouri’s self-defense law, passed in 2007, that protects homeowners from being charged or being found liable for damages if they harm invaders. “The evidence clearly establishes that (the oicer) was justified in using deadly force to protect himself and his family against the unlawful entry made by Gebhard into the residence,” McCulloch’s report concludes. His stepfather told police Gebhard’s behavior at times “had spiraled out of control,” the report says. Gebhard’s family last had contact with him July 8, when he told a stepsister that “this is the last time you’re ever going to see me. I’m headed to Dallas to start killing cops.” (Five Dallas police oicers had been slain by a sniper the day before.) His family tried to contact him the next day but failed and reported his vehicle missing to police. McCulloch’s report says that a toxicologist concluded Gebhard’s “perception and judgment were impaired” because of the level of marijuana in his system.

wife, their 2-year-old and 2-month-old daughters and his mother-in-law were present, and had hid in a bedroom. Gebhard told the officer several times that he believed he was Jesus and told the oicer to give him a gun, McCulloch’s report says. Gebhard lunged at the officer and the officer fired, grazing Gebhard in the neck. The oicer then ordered Gebhard to the ground but he refused and charged again, prompting the oicer to fire his .40-caliber Glock semi-automatic handgun, hitting him twice in the chest. Gebhard died at St. Anthony’s Medical Center. Gebhard had visited the oicer’s home the day before the shooting, the report says. At that time, he spoke to the oicer’s wife about tension between police and the community and said he could not trust officers. She reminded him her husband was a police oicer, and he left. Gebhard’s family has told police he suffered from bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and that he had a history of not taking his medications, according to police. Gebhard was a graduate of Affton High School, where he played football, and had attended Southeast Missouri State University. His grandparents have been critical of the investigation. They could not be reached about the report Wednesday.

Joel Currier • 314-621-5804 @joelcurrier on Twitter jcurrier@post-dispatch.com

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Fresh of her shift as a bus driver, raquel Jordan plays with her 1-year-old son, Paisley, as she waits in the afternoon sunlight for the MetroBus to take her home on Wednesday along Tower Grove Avenue in St. Louis. Thursday is expected to bring a taste of spring, with highs near 70 for the next few days. WEATHER • A19

Park sparked political tussle PARK • FROM A1

Wednesday. On Wednesday, a House committee heard debate on a plan to rename the park as Proitt Mountain State Park in honor of pioneers who settled the area, which abuts Taum Sauk State Park and Johnson’s Shut-Ins State Park. Rep. Paul Fitzwater, R-Potosi, suggested the change, saying it fits the region better than a park named after Nixon. “I don’t have anything against naming something after the governor,” Fitzwater said. “I appreciate his many years of service as governor and attorney general.” But, “This parcel of land, and the history behind this parcel of land, is why we’re trying to do this,” he added. The son of a man who was murdered in connection also said he supported the renaming of the park. Troy Jones, 48, told the committee that a former owner of the property had killed his father over a disagreement over an easement on the property. Jones’ family had originally sought to have the park named after their late patriarch. Rep. Sonya Anderson, R-Springfield, told the committee that she also had heard the park was currently inaccessible. “It’s not in any condition to hike,” Anderson said. Contacted at his new job Wednesday, Nixon declined to comment. Kurt Erickson • 573-556-6181 @KurtEricksonPD on Twitter kerickson@post-dispatch.com

Gay sergeant iled complaint, was reassigned LAWSUIT • FROM A1

“superior” in all rated categories, the suit says. “Defendant believes plaintif’s behavior, mannerisms, and/or appearance do not fit the stereotypical norms of what a ‘male’ should be,” according to the lawsuit. Police Chief Jon Belmar would not comment on the suit or agree to an interview about his department’s interaction with gay oicers, said a department spokesman, Sgt. Shawn McGuire. Gay oicers can use the department’s Employee Assistance Program to raise concerns, McGuire added. During a routine business check at Bartolino’s restaurant in 2014, Wildhaber visited with its owner, John Saracino, according to the lawsuit. Saracino was a member of the department’s civilian police board at the time. “The command staff has a problem with your sexuality. If you ever want to see a white shirt (i.e. get a promotion), you should tone down your gayness,” Saracino allegedly told Wildhaber. Reached Wednesday, Saracino said: “I never had a conversation like that. I would never say anything like that. That’s not me.” Saracino later resigned from the board in controversy over a letter of support he asked Belmar to write to a federal judge who was sentencing Saracino’s nephew in a marijuana ring. On April 1, 2016, Wildhaber filed a charge of discrimination with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Missouri Commission on Human Rights, alleging that he was un-

fairly passed up for advancement. About a month and a half later, the department reassigned him from afternoon shifts at the Afton precinct to midnights in the Jennings precinct, the suit says. It says that the new assignment was about 30 miles from Wildhaber’s home in Oakville, according to the suit. Several large departments nationally, including St. Louis city, have members appointed as liaisons to gay residents and oicers, and diversity recruitment eforts. A Justice Department report critical of the St. Louis County police response to Ferguson protests in 2014 suggested that the department create a diversity council to advise commanders on recruitment and other issues regarding an array of people — including ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and linguistic minorities. The department has not acted on the recommendation, McGuire said. “No liaison has been assigned, so there is no status update,” McGuire said in a prepared statement. “Our main focus in recruiting is attempting to recruit outstanding candidates who want to become part of our organization, no matter what their status, race, religion, sexual preference, political belief, or aspiration is.” The St. Louis County Police Association has asked Wildhaber to serve on a committee it is forming to “ensure all of our members are treated equally and fairly in the workplace, which is a bedrock principal of our organization,” said Joe Patterson, its president and a county police detective. “We have been actively recruiting LGBT members and minority members to serve on steering committees in order

to bring forth not only their concerns, but their ideas on how to improve the police association,” Patterson said. He said the association is eager to work with the police department and community. “In the course of our duties, we encounter people from all walks of life and all backgrounds, and our police department should be reflective of the population we serve,” he said. “I don’t think you can be overly inclusive in 2017.” In St. Louis, Police Chief Sam Dotson appointed Lt. Col. Angela Coonce as the department’s LGBT liaison about three years ago. The department also has had a recruitment booth at the PrideFest diversity celebration for about the same amount of time. “She advocates for policies, and when we were talking about the transgender community, she became the subject matter expert and liaison into the community to help me when issues arise internally,” Dotson said. About the time Coonce became the city police liaison, county Police Chief Tim Fitch asked Wildhaber to serve in that role in the county. Belmar replaced Fitch as chief in January 2014 and it didn’t happen. Wildhaber took the test to become a lieutenant the next month. He remains a sergeant. Wildhaber, with the department since 1994, previously served four years in the Army. In 1998, he won a medal of valor from the department for rescuing someone from a burning car. Christine Byers • 314-340-8087 @christinedbyers on Twitter cbyers@post-dispatch.com


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County judge with pending Lawyer’s stealing charge dropped, but case isn’t over DWI, other charge retires BY JOEL CURRIER st. Louis Post-dispatch

CLAYTON • A stealing charge against

a St. Louis County lawyer was dropped this week on the same day he was to stand trial. But St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert P. McCulloch said his oice will refile the case. On Tuesday, a prosecutor dropped a misdemeanor stealing charge against Scott C. Ehlermann, an attorney who Ehlermann allegedly swiped a document from a court file dealing with an order of protection against him. Ehlermann, 52, who lives in Chesterfield and whose oice is in Creve Coeur, vowed to fight any new charge. “He’s basically trying to judge-shop and it’s not going to work,” Ehlermann said. “I was an intern under (McCulloch) and I guess he’s got a vendetta. All they’re trying to do is smear my name.” He originally was charged, in 2014, with felony stealing; McCulloch said a recent Missouri Supreme Court decision knocked it down to a misdemeanor. McCulloch said his oice dropped the charge Tuesday after a last-minute ruling by St. Louis County Circuit Judge Brian May that would have barred any mention at trial of terms such as “adult abuse,” “order of protection,” “domestic violence,” and “special prosecutor.” Mc-

Culloch said that would have required “an inordinate amount of time” to prepare for trial. “We thought that was unreasonable,” said McCulloch, who called May’s ruling “unusual” and perhaps the result of his inexperience as a “brand new” judge. May, appointed in October by former Gov. Jay Nixon, could not be reached. The original charge said Ehlermann told a clerk at the St. Louis County Courthouse in March 2014 that he was an attorney working on an adult abuse case in which he was really the respondent. But Ehlermann says he told the clerk who he was and signed in to access the case file. Clayton police said two witnesses reported seeing Ehlermann remove a piece of paper before returning the file to a clerk. Police said a special prosecutor confirmed that a document was missing. Ehlermann denied it Wednesday, telling a reporter: “Nothing happened. Nothing was taken from the file. A guy in the crowd thought that I did take something from the file but it was a piece of paper that I was taking out of my pocket.” He added, “I think McCulloch’s got it out for me. I don’t know why they’ve been pushing this for three years when their evidence is extremely weak.” Joel Currier • 314-621-5804 @joelcurrier on Twitter jcurrier@post-dispatch.com

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CLAYTON • A St. Louis County judge with pending DWI and failure-to-comply charges retired Friday, as he was about to hit the state’s mandatory retirement age for judges. Associate Circuit Judge Lawrence J. “Larry” Permuter turned 70 on Feb. 14, Court Administrator Paul Fox said in an email Wednesday. Permuter was arrested Permuter by Richmond Heights police on Dec. 31, 2015, and later charged in municipal court with DWI and failure to comply with the reasonable direction of an oicer. A witness had called police at 12:39 p.m. to report that Permuter’s car crossed one lane of traic on westbound Highway 40 and crashed into a concrete wall. Permuter then tried to get back on the highway before crashing again, she told police. Permuter told police that he had hit the wall but “could not tell me why,” the officer’s report says. The report says that alcohol contributed to the accident, which damaged the front, rear and passenger

side of Permuter’s 2003 Ford Escort. Permuter sufered minor cuts and bruises but declined medical attention. After the charges became public, his then-lawyer, Joel Eisenstein, said Permuter’s blood-alcohol level, at 0.06 percent, did not meet the legal definition of intoxication of 0.08 percent. At the time, neither police nor Eisenstein would say what led to the failure-tocomply charge, but Eisenstein did say his client later apologized to oicers. It’s not clear whether Permuter faced a disciplinary investigation over the incident, as complaints or investigations are confidential unless Missouri’s Commission on Retirement, Removal and Discipline formally recommends discipline to the Supreme Court. Permuter’s current lawyer could not be reached for comment. Permuter, of Richmond Heights, was appointed to an associate judgeship in 2008 by then-Gov. Matt Blunt. Associate judges earn $136,000 per year. Permuter graduated from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and got his law degree from Washington University. Robert Patrick • 314-621-5154 @rxpatrick on Twitter RPatrick@post-dispatch.com

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“whooped” them and “made (them) bleed,” according to court documents. Police said the scars on the children’s torsos, backs, legs and genitals indicated they were beaten with a belt or cord. Green had been dating the children’s mother for about six months, police said. His cash bail was set at $50,000. ST. CHARLES > Walmart robber gets 10-year term • Maliq Ale Shabazz, 23, was sentenced last week to 10 years in prison for robbing the Walmart store at 2897 Veterans Memorial Parkway in 2015. Shabazz, of the 1900 block of Bermuda Drive in Normandy, had pleaded Shabazz guilty of robbery. Court records say Shabazz and Michael A. Daniels, 29, were accused of taking $4,777 in bank bags from a shopping cart used to move money from cash registers. A trial for Daniels Daniels, of the 10000 block of Jepson Drive in Bellefontaine Neighbors, is scheduled for May 30. ST. LOUIS > Police investigated over sex allegations • Internal afairs investigators are looking into allegations that city police oicers may have engaged in illegal sexual activity at a federally funded apartment complex, sources said. The allegations surfaced months ago after a domestic dispute between an oicer and his 18-year-old girlfriend. An acquaintance of hers accused oicers of using an apartment at the O’Fallon Place complex, in the 1400 block of North 16th Street, to have sex, sources said. What happened, and whether any women involved were underage, prostitutes or sex traickers, is under investigation, the sources said — as well as whether the oicers were on duty at the time. Police Chief Sam Dotson issued a statement saying, in part, “It is early in that investigation and the department is unable to comment on the veracity of the accusations. Illegal or unethical behavior by anyone sworn to protect and serve our community will not be tolerated.”

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U.S. gives NATO Trump’s White House seems ultimatum derailed under crush of crises over defense spending ANALYSIS

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commitment to the alliance, each of your capitals needs to show its support for our common defense.” Mattis’ statements were made at a closed-door meeting with defense ministers from other NATO countries and were provided to reporters traveling with the defense secretary to Brussels. His ultimatum marks an escalation in Washington’s long-running frustration that many NATO countries do not spend at least 2 percent of their gross domestic product as they have pledged. President Donald Trump often made that point during his run for the White House. Mattis, a retired Marine general, recalled Wednesday that when he was NATO’s supreme allied commander of transformation from November 2007 to September 2009, he watched as then-Defense Secretary Robert Gates warned NATO nations that Congress and the American people “would lose their patience for carrying a disproportionate burden” of the defense of allies. That impatience, Mattis said, is now a “governmental reality.” “No longer can the American taxpayer carry a disproportionate share of the defense of Western values,” Mattis said. “Americans cannot care more for your children’s security than you do. Disregard for military readiness demonstrates a lack of respect for ourselves, for the alliance and for the freedoms we inherited, which are now clearly threatened.” Currently, just five of NATO’s 28 countries spend at least 2 percent on defense: the United Kingdom, Estonia, Poland, Greece and the United States. Major members of the alliance that do not spend that amount include France (1.78 percent), Turkey (1.56), Germany (1.19), Italy (1.11) and Canada (0.99), according to NATO figures. Others have pledged to do so but not until 2024. Despite a series of Pentagon cuts, the Obama administration spent 3.61 percent of U.S. gross domestic product on the military last year, according to the data. The total, about $664 billion, was more than twice as much as the other NATO governments combined. Mattis said Washington needs the help of other nations already spending 2 percent to urge the others to do so. Those already with a plan to boost spending must accelerate it, and countries without one must establish one soon, he said. The remarks come as NATO nations confront how to handle Russia following its 2014 annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and U.S. intelligence assessments that Russia hacked Democratic Party officials during the presidential campaign last year. Michael Flynn resigned under pressure Monday night as Trump’s national security adviser after revelations that he misled Vice President Mike Pence about secret communications with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian ambassador to the United States, regarding sanctions imposed by the Obama administration in response to the alleged hacking. “Fellow ministers, when the Cold War ended, we all had hopes,” Mattis said. “The year 2014 awakened us to a new reality: Russia used force to alter the borders of one of its sovereign neighbors, and on Turkey’s border [Islamic State] emerged and introduced a ruthless breed of terror, intent on seizing territory and establishing a caliphate. While these events have unfolded before our eyes, some in this alliance have looked away in denial of what was happening.”

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg sought to downplay any suggestion that Mattis’ message constituted a threat, saying that the U.S. was simply pressing its allies to live up to their own commitments. “This is not the U.S. telling Europe to increase defense spending,” Stoltenberg said at a news conference after the tough meeting. “This is 28 allies, heads of state, that all were sitting around the same table in 2014, and looking into each other’s eyes and agreeing that we shall increase defense spending. “I welcome all pressure, all support to make sure that happens,” Stoltenberg said, adding that Lithuania and Romania have pledged to reach 2 percent soon. Others in the room when Mattis spoke saw his message diferently. “If you pardon my French, we got the message. Pay up or be” pushed, one European diplomat said, using a more vulgar term for what the United States might do to its allies. “If you take him literally, then the message is indeed that there’s no unconditional guarantee of security any more,” the diplomat said, speaking on condition of anonymity to speak openly about the reaction. But not every leader felt that the message was a major departure from longtime U.S. policy to ratchet up its allies’ defense spending. “It’s nothing new, to be honest,” Dutch Defense Minister Jeanine HennisPlasschaert said in an interview. “Mattis asked for milestones, so all of us will go home and work on them.” Public opinion in the Netherlands — which currently spends 1.17 percent of its annual economic output on defense — is in favor of spending increases, she said. “Public support has increased because it’s a rough world out there and people have noticed,” she said. “Europe and also the Netherlands for way too long were accustomed to peace and American leadership.” Mattis’ ultimatum could have the largest effect for Germany. If it were to meet the 2 percent bar, it would boost its defense spending to about $75 billion per year, resulting in a military larger than Britain’s. That would be a profound shift for a country that has long had a pacifist tradition that held it back from embracing a global defense presence as great as its economic might. Mattis’ demands were echoed by British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon, who met head-to-head with the U.S. defense chief before the main NATO conclave. Fallon said that Britain — which spends the second-largest amount on defense in the alliance — is proposing that countries that spend less than NATO guidelines commit to an annual defense budget increase. Fallon told a small group of reporters that Mattis had underlined a “100 percent commitment” to NATO. Britain has generally tried to ally itself with the Trump administration as London negotiates an exit from the European Union. But British leaders have urged Trump to maintain his military commitment to NATO and to Europe. Tribune News Service contributed to this report.

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President Donald Trump talks to Russian President Vladimir Putin last month. Trump is with (from left) chief of staf Reince Priebus, Vice President Mike Pence, press secretary Sean Spicer and national security adviser Michael Flynn. BY JONATHAN LEMIRE Associated Press

WASHINGTON • Less than a month into his tenure, Donald Trump’s White House is beset by a crush of crises. Divisions, dysfunction and highprofile exits have left the young administration nearly paralyzed and allies wondering how it will reboot. The bold policy moves that marked Trump’s first days in office have slowed to a crawl, a tacit admission that he and his team had not thoroughly prepared an agenda. Nearly a week after the administration’s signature travel ban was struck down by a federal court, the White House is still struggling to regroup and outline its next move on that signature issue. It’s been six days since Trump — who promised unprecedented levels of immediate action — has announced a major new policy directive or legislative plan. His team is riven by division and plagued by distractions. This week alone, controversy has forced out both his top national security aide and his pick for labor secretary. “Another day in paradise,” Trump quipped Wednesday after his meeting with retailers was interrupted by reporters’ questions about links between his campaign staf and Russian oicials. Fellow Republicans have begun voicing their frustration and open anxiety that the Trump White House will derail their high hopes for legislative action. Sen. John Thune of South Dakota on Wednesday demanded that the

White House “get past the launch stage.” “There are things we want to get done here, and we want to have a clear-eyed focus on our agenda, and this constant disruption and drumbeat with these questions that keep being raised is a distraction,” said Thune. Sen. John McCain of Arizona blasted the White House’s approach to national security as “dysfunctional,” asking, “Who is in charge? I don’t know of anyone outside of the White House who knows.” Such criticism from allies is rare during what is often viewed as the honeymoon period for a new president. But Trump, an outsider who campaigned almost as much against his party as for it, has only a tiny reservoir of good will to protect him. Officials have begun trying to change some tactics, and some scenery, with the hope of steadying the ship. The White House announced Wednesday that Trump would hold a campaign-style rally in Florida on Saturday, the first of his term. The president has often mentioned how much he loves adoring crowds and affirmation from his supporters. To be sure, pinballing from one crisis to the next is not unprecedented, but the disruptions that have swirled around Trump achieved hurricane force early and have not let up. On Wednesday his choice for labor secretary, fast food CEO Andy Puzder, withdrew his nomination while the administration continued to navigate the fallout from the forced resignation of National Se-

curity Adviser Michael Flynn. Flynn was ousted on the grounds that he misled the vice president about his contacts with a Russian ambassador. Flynn’s departure marked the return of an issue Trump is not likely to move past quickly. The president’s relationship with Moscow will continue to be scrutinized and investigated, sometimes apparently fueled by leaks from within his own administration. Not just leaks, but also legal woes, have derailed Trump’s early eforts. After the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected his immigration ban last week, Trump emphatically tweeted “SEE YOU IN COURT!” and the administration vowed that it would re-appeal the block and either revise its original executive order or write a new one from scratch. Confusion soon followed. After first indicating they would not take a temporary restraining order to the Supreme Court, administration stafers squabbled over the accounts emerging in news reports. When the dust settled, a new statement was printed out and handed to journalists, stating, “to clarify,” that all options were on the table. But, despite Trump’s vow to have a plan in place by Tuesday, one has not emerged. The collapse of the ban, which poured fuel on simmering staff rivalries, was followed by a period of stark inaction by a White House suddenly put on the defensive. Trump did sign legislation Tuesday that rolled back a financial regulation, but his administration has not issued any executive orders in days.

Puzder withdraws as labor nominee PUZDER • FROM A1

Puzder, 66, had drawn opposition from a broad spectrum of Democratic-allied interests, including labor unions, who accused him of being hostile to higher wages and good working conditions, and women’s groups, who called his company’s hamburger ads sexist and who said that allegations of abuse by Puzder’s ex-wife, Lisa Fierstein, should have disqualified him. Fierstein has since recanted those allegations, and she issued a statement last year supporting his nomination and calling her initial claims of abuse false. But a video of an appearance that Fierstein made on Oprah Winfrey’s show in 1990 began widely circulating on the internet Wednesday, the day before Puzder’s scheduled hearing. The title of the show was “High Class Battered Women.” Puzder’s defenders said his upbringing in a working-class Cleveland family and his early-adult life of working blue-collar jobs to put himself through law school made him a good fit, because as a CEO he had seen how excessive government regulation thwarted job creation. But in a 52-48 Republican Senate, any erosion of support puts a presidential nominee on shaky ground. Several confirmation hearings for Puzder before the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee were postponed, and he had to bat down social media rumors that he was withdrawing. George Thompson, a public relations executive hired personally by Puzder to help prepare for the hearing, characterized Puzder — normally active on social media and in giving speeches — as eager to answer his critics. But the criticism of Puzder mounted. Even conservatives said

that recent revelations that he had hired an undocumented immigrant to do housework for five years undercut Trump’s stance and policies against illegal immigration. Four Republican senators on the HELP Committee told the PostDispatch this week that they would withhold their support for Puzder until after the hearing. Puzder is a 1978 Washington University law school graduate, and he served as a trial lawyer in St. Louis until joining CKE in 1991. Puzder worked for a time in the law oices of Morris A. Shenker, an attorney for Teamsters’ union boss Jimmy Hofa. At CKE, the parent of Hardee’s and Carl’s Jr., he helped the company avoid bankruptcy, appealing to younger men with advertisements of scantily clad models eating hamburgers. Throughout, Puzder has been a prolific public speaker and, in recent years, maintained a strong social media presence. His unapologetic defense of the bikini-burger ads as “very American” and an extension of his personality drew praise from supporters as refreshing candor in a politically correct world. But detractors cast it as sexism. In the 1980s and early 1990s, Puzder was one of Missouri’s top anti-abortion lawyers, sometimes representing activists pro bono. He helped write and get passed a state law declaring life begins at conception and prohibiting state money being used in abortions. Missouri’s Sen. Roy Blunt called Puzder “a good friend and forward thinker” after Trump nominated Puzder late last year. But lately, Republicans like Blunt increasingly were compelled to defend their support for him, as criticism mounted. On Tuesday, Blunt was asked by a Post-Dispatch reporter how a senator could support a nominee

to run the labor department who had once hired an undocumented worker. Blunt responded not by defending Puzder, but by citing the fact that former President Barack Obama’s Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was approved by the Senate despite not having paid thousands of dollars in taxes while working for the International Monetary Fund. After Puzder withdrew, Blunt called it “unfortunate.” “I believe Andy Puzder would have done a really good job,” Blunt said. “But it’s not unusual for qualified nominees to run into roadblocks and take themselves out of further consideration.” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., said last week there were “red flags all around” Puzder. “Secretary of Labor, and you’re not paying taxes on illegal immigrants working in your own home?” she said. “That’s a problem.” The interest groups that had lined up for and against Puzder continued their fight after his withdrawal. The Communications Workers of America said the nomination was “outrageous” to begin with, and that Puzder’s withdrawal was “a victory for working families and demonstrates the power of grass-roots resistance and mobilizing against corporate greed.” But Cicely Thompson, executive vice president of the National Restaurant Association, called the news “extremely unfortunate.” “We hope that President Trump’s next labor secretary nominee, like Andy, has experience creating jobs and a deep understanding of how to get business and government to work together to grow the economy,” she said. Chuck Raasch • 202-298-6880 @craasch on Twitter craasch@post-dispatch.com

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McCaskill, Blunt clash on how probe should proceed BY CHUCK RAASCH st. Louis Post-dispatch

WA S H I N GTO N • Missouri’s U.S. senators, who serve on key national security committees, differ on how former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s and President Donald Trump administration’s contacts with Russia should be investigated. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee that has been looking into Russian influence on the election, recommends that his group continue as the point investigative committee. “I think Congress is the best place to do this, and partly because we could do it right now,” Blunt told the Post-Dispatch. Starting a new investigation “means you would be six months down the road before you would get to where the Senate Intelligence Committee is today.” Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, is calling for a “bipartisan select committee.” “It’s critical that we fully understand the extent of the Russian government’s attempts to influence our elections and government,” she said. Other members of the St. Louis-area delegation in Congress are splitting along party lines, as well. Rep. Ann Wagner, RBallwin, said that she wants the investigation to remain within the House and Senate Intelligence committees and to include leaks of information that led to Flynn’s downfall. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, called for an “independent, bipartisan investigation.” Rep. John Shimkus, RCollinsville, said he also wants the two congressional intelligence committees to do the investigation, and he stressed that he wants it to look into national security leaks that led to Flynn’s resignation. Shimkus “believes that, rather than debating in-

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complete news reports based on anonymous sources, the immediate focus of the administration and the Senate should be on filling vital national security posts in a timely manner,” spokesman Jordan Haverly said. Some Democrats say their Republican colleagues weren’t as interested in investigating leaks during the campaign, when Wikileaks published online volumes of Hillary Clinton’s hacked emails. Clay said it was wrong for Trump to have known about potential problems with Flynn since Jan. 26 but to have waited until news reports exposed them. Rep. Rodney Davis, RTaylorville, Ill., said that he was “glad President Trump asked for General Flynn’s resignation.” He said he had “complete confidence that their investigation will be thorough and unbiased,” Davis said. Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, Mo., said it was “appropriate” for Trump to ask Flynn to resign, and added: “I am confident that the appropriate agencies and committees of jurisdiction will examine and review all relevant information.” Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, Ill., “believes these allegations warrant further review, a review which is currently ongoing in the intelligence community and may continue alongside congressional committees of jurisdiction,” his spokesman, George O’Connor said. Some Democrats have called for open hearings. Blunt, who is privy to some of the nation’s deepest secrets as a member of the Intelligence Committee, told reporters that he was unsure what public testimony should be allowed. Some answers may involve sources and methods of intelligence gathering, for instance, he said. Blunt said a final report of an Intelligence Committee investigation should be public.

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Did Trump keep Pence in dark over Flynn-Russia call?

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In this photo from December, national security adviser-designate Michael Flynn waits for an elevator in the lobby at Trump Tower in New York. Flynn was ousted from the post this week, thanks to a steady erosion of trust, aides said.

President knew for weeks that Flynn had misled VP BY JULIE PACE AND VIVIAN SALAMA associated Press

WASHINGTON • Just six days into his presidency, Donald Trump was informed that his national security adviser had misled his vice president about contacts with Russia. Trump kept his No. 2 in the dark and waited nearly three weeks before ousting the aide, Michael Flynn, citing a slow but steady erosion of trust, White House officials said. Flynn was interviewed by the FBI about his telephone conversations with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S., a sign his ties to Russia had caught the attention of law enforcement oicials. But in the White House’s retelling of Flynn’s downfall, his error was not that he discussed U.S. sanctions with the Russian before the inauguration — a potential violation of a rarely enforced law — but the fact that he denied it for weeks, apparently misleading Vice President Mike Pence and other senior Trump aides about the nature of the conversations. White House officials said they conducted a thorough review of Flynn’s interactions, including transcripts of calls secretly recorded by U.S. intelligence officials, but found nothing illegal. Pence, who had vouched for Flynn in a televised interview, is said to have been angry and deeply frustrated. Trump lashed out at the news media Wednesday morning, sending out a tweet berating some news organizations for focusing on “This Russian connection non-sense.” In a post on his verified Twitter account, Trump said, “The fake news media is going crazy with their conspiracy theories and blind ha-

tred.” He added that the news reporting was “merely an attempt to cover-up the many mistakes made in Hillary Clinton’s losing campaign.” Trump also asserted in a tweet: “Information is being illegally given to the failing @nytimes & @washingtonpost by the intelligence community (NSA and FBI?). Just like Russia.” At the White House Tuesday, press secretary Sean Spicer told reporters: “The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable incidents is what led the president to ask General Flynn for his resignation.” Flynn, in an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, said Monday “there were no lines crossed” in his conversations with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.

UNANSWERED QUESTIONS The explanation of the episode left many questions unanswered, including why Trump didn’t alert Pence to the matter and why Trump allowed Flynn to keep accessing classified information and taking part in the president’s discussions with world leaders up until the day he was fired. White House officials also struggled to explain why Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway had declared that the president retained “full confidence” in Flynn just hours before the adviser had to submit his letter of resignation. Later Tuesday, the New York Times reported that U.S. agencies had intercepted phone calls last year between Russian intelligence officials and members of Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team.

Current and former U.S. oicials who spoke to the Times anonymously said they found no evidence that the Trump campaign was working with the Russians on hacking or other efforts to influence the election. Flynn’s firing heightened questions about the president’s friendly posture toward Russia. Democrats called for investigations into Flynn’s contacts, and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham said Congress needed to know whether he had been acting with direction from the president or others. Trump initially thought Flynn could survive the controversy, according to a person with direct knowledge of the president’s views, but a pair of stories in The Washington Post in recent days made the situation untenable. As early as last week, he and aides began making contingency plans for Flynn’s dismissal, a senior administration official said. While the president was said to be upset with Flynn, he also expressed anger with other aides for “losing control” of the story and making his young administration look bad. Pence spokesman Marc Lotter said Pence became aware that he had received “incomplete information” from Flynn only after the first Washington Post report Thursday night. Pence learned about warnings from the Justice Department to the White House regarding Flynn around the same time. The officials and others with knowledge of the situation were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and requested anonymity.

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publicly that Flynn had not discussed sanctions in his talks with the Russian ambassador. On Jan. 26, Acting Attorney General Sally Yates contacted White House counsel Don McGahn to raise concerns about discrepancies between the public accounting and what intelligence oicials knew to be true about the contacts based on routine recordings of communications with foreign oicials who are in the U.S. The Justice Department warned the White House that the inconsistencies would leave the president’s top national security aide vulnerable to blackmail from Russia, according to a person with knowledge of the discussion. The president was informed of the warnings the same day, Spicer said. Flynn was interviewed by the FBI around the same time, according to a U.S. official who was briefed on the investigation. It was not immediately known what questions the FBI asked of Flynn or what he told law enforcement oicials. Before resigning Monday night, Flynn told the investigative news nonprofit affiliated with the website The Daily Caller that he and Kislyak spoke only generally about the Russian diplomats expelled by President Barack Obama as part of the previous administration’s response to Moscow’s interference in the U.S. presidential election. “It wasn’t about sanctions. It was about the 35 guys who were thrown out,” Flynn said. “It was basically: ‘Look, I know this happened. We’ll review everything.’ I never said anything such as, ‘We’re going to review sanctions,’ or anything like that.”


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Boycott culture forces CEOs to walk a tightrope in Trump era By JENNIFEr KaPLaN Bloomberg

When the Budweiser brand prepared to release a potentially controversial commercial two weeks ago, its social media monitoring team got to work. The ad tackled the hot-button subject of immigration by depicting co-founder Adolphus Busch coming to the U.S. in the 19th century, and the company wasn’t sure how customers would react. It tracked tens of thousands of posts to see how the commercial was received and took solace when 78 percent of online conversations were neutral or positive. Despite some pleas to boycott Budweiser — misspelled in a Twitter hashtag as “Budwiser” — managers decided they had made the right decision to air the ad. Such deliberations are increasingly common for companies in a politically polarized America. Advertise on Breitbart News and get boycotted. Stop advertising on Breitbart and get boycotted. Cooperate with Trump and get boycotted. Don’t cooperate with Trump and get boycotted. It’s no longer possible for companies to avoid controversy, so they often have to decide which groups are less risky to ofend. “Consumers are holding brands accountable as though they were political candidates, and they’re voting again and again,” said Micho Spring, head of global corporate practice at Weber Shandwick, a public relations firm. A Weber Shandwick study, released Wednesday, found that 57 percent of top executives believe boycotts can afect a company’s bottom line. The survey polled more than 1,000 executives and 2,100 consumers around the globe last year, just as Donald Trump was wrapping up the Republican nomination on his way to the White House. During the campaign, Trump himself urged consumers to

TIF commissioners balk at adding hotel space downtown By JaCOB BarKEr St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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A scene from Budweiser’s commercial aired during the Super Bowl on Feb. 5 depicts when Anheuser-Busch co-founder Adolphus Busch (foreground) is welcomed to St. Louis after traveling from Germany.

boycott brands, including Macy’s and Oreo cookies. More recently, he upbraided Nordstrom for dropping the product line of his daughter Ivanka. Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Starbucks, Nike, Uber, Under Armour and Kellogg are just some of the companies that have faced consumers’ wrath recently. Their reactions have included direct challenges to the president’s policies, attempts to stay above the fray by appearing nonpolitical — and silence. “It’s more important than ever for companies to understand who they are and the value that they contribute to society, to their employees, to their communities and to their consumers,” Spring said. “Because those values need to be the platform upon which they decide whether or not to respond to current events.” Anheuser-Busch InBev, which owns the Budweiser brand, is a case in point. Its immigration-themed commercial, which aired during the Super Bowl on Feb. 5, included a man shouting “Go back home!” at the company’s immigrant founder. A-B InBev marketing head Marcel Marcondes said that although the piece wasn’t meant to be controversial, “you can’t reference the American

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dream today without being part of the conversation.” The Weber Shandwick survey makes clear that executives must figure out how to walk the tightrope. Thirty-four percent of consumers say they buy more from companies or brands that share their values. Coca-Cola Chief Executive Oicer Muhtar Kent joined the debate after Trump signed an executive order banning immigrants from seven mostly Muslim countries. Kent said Trump’s ban, which has been blocked by the courts, was against the company’s core values. Coca-Cola, like Budweiser, was subject to a boycott hashtag the day after the Super Bowl. Even if boycotts don’t affect sales, a tarnished reputation can hurt a brand or hinder a company’s ability to hire and retain talented employees, Weber Shandwick’s Spring said. Under Armour was downgraded by an analyst at Susquehanna International Group after CEO Kevin Plank called Trump a “real asset” to the U.S. The comments drew rebukes from Under Armour’s own spokesmen, including basketball star Steph Curry, and could take a toll on the company’s stock price and reputation, analyst Sam Poser said in a report.

The developers who hope to turn St. Louis’ old Municipal Courts Building into a hotel aren’t the only ones looking to add new rooms to the downtown market. At least four proposals are in motion that could add about 600 rooms to the downtown area, and the latest proposal for the vacant city-owned courts building could add 150 more. Behind the latest downtown hotel proposal is a joint venture between Nelson Construction and Development of Des Moines, Iowa, and St. Louis-based Vertical Realty Advisors. They hope to start construction this summer after finalizing a $2.4 million deal to buy the city-owned property, which began emptying out in 2002 when the building’s courtrelated functions moved to the old federal courthouse on the other side of Tucker Boulevard. The hotel could open in spring 2019. Financing the $60 million project hinges on winning a number of state and local incentives, including about $8 million in tax increment financing assistance from St. Louis. During a presentation Wednesday to the city’s TIF Commission, commission member Christina Bennett questioned whether the market could handle more hotel rooms. Nine hotels are already operating, the developers said. “You’re saying that nine hotels plus the extra four is not going to oversaturate a city?” Bennett asked. The developers argued that their project would be “uniquely positioned” next to Scottrade Center and near the renovated Gateway Arch grounds, Soldiers Memorial and a planned aquarium in Union Station. “There is a lot of momentum as far as tourist traic in St. Louis,” Hasan Adelani of Vertical

Realty said after the hearing. Otis Williams, head of the city’s economic development office, told commissioners that his staf has examined the hotel market. He noted that 780 hotel rooms were taken of the market when the Millennium closed four years ago. “The number that is being added back is seen as a replacement,” Williams said. TIF commissioners will delve into the project details and take comments during a public hearing scheduled for April 12. Preliminary figures indicate about 42 percent of the project’s financing would come from a $20.5 million private loan and $4.9 million in investor equity. The rest would come from sources such as TIF, which captures increases in sales and property taxes. Also part of the package are Missouri brownfield tax credits, historic tax credits and the establishment of two special taxing districts that each can levy up to a 1 percent sales tax. TIF commissioner Bennett asked whether the equity committed to the project was low compared to others, and she said she was concerned that the city has been subsidizing companies “that do not need it.” The developer’s attorney, though, said the building needs extensive updates to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act and maintain a historic structure with an odd floor plan that includes six courtyards and eight courtrooms with 35-foot high ceilings. It has been more than four years since Vertical first proposed buying the building and turning it into restaurants and oices. It is a “complicated, risky and expensive project,” attorney Robert Preston of Spencer Fane said. The Municipal Courts building was built in 1911 in the Beaux Arts style.

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MARKET WATCH

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TRACK YOUR STOCKS AND GET THE LATEST NEWS • STLTODAY.COM /BUSINESS Stocks closed higher Wednesday after investors welcomed reports on retail sales and consumer price inflation. Health care stocks led the gainers. Bond yields rose, leading to a sell-off in utilities and other big dividend-paying stocks.

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A-B adds voice recognition • As voice recognition gadgets such as Amazon Echo and Google Home gain popularity, Anheuser-Busch is adding the technology on its Budweiser.com and Budlight.com websites. The technology allows visitors to press a microphone button and say their birthday instead of typing it in. A-B says it’s the irst consumer packaged goods company, and the irst alcohol company, to use voice recognition for age veriication. The technology will eventually be added on the brewer’s apps, contests and sweepstakes. Inlation accelerates • U.S. consumer prices rose in January at the fastest pace in nearly four years, strengthening the case for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates. The Labor Department said consumer prices rose 0.6 percent last month, the most since February 2013. A 7.8 percent jump in gasoline prices accounted for nearly half the increase. Stripping out food and energy prices, core consumer inlation rose 0.3 percent in January. Overall, consumer prices rose 2.5 percent from a year earlier, the most since March 2012. Gander Mountain reviews strategy • Gander Mountain has hired investment bank Houlihan Lokey as an advisor in a business review, the outdoor equipment chain said Wednesday. The announcement follows a recent Reuters report that Gander Mountain was considering iling for bankruptcy. Three of the chain’s 162 stores are in the St. Louis area. Gander Mountain said that “recent speculative news articles have caused concern among some of our customers, employees, and trade partners.” “We are conident that the outcome of the review will identify the right go-forward strategy,” the company added. Wal-Mart buys outdoor retailer • Wal-Mart has acquired outdoor clothing and gear seller Moosejaw for $51 million as it expands its online oferings. Moosejaw, based in Madison

Heights, Mich., is largely online and sells more than 400 brands. Wal-Mart said it will keep operating its site and stores and will keep its 350-plus employees based in Michigan. Wal-Mart says buying Moosejaw gives it the experience of a wellestablished e-commerce player with strong industry relationships. Jeep layofs in Ohio • Fiat Chrysler is temporarily laying of about 3,200 workers in Toledo, Ohio, as it shifts Jeep Cherokee production to Belvidere, Ill. The automaker is making room for the Toledo plant to build a new version of the Jeep Wrangler and, eventually, a new pickup. The temporary layofs will start in April and last at least six months. Bunge shares surge • Agricultural trader Bunge Ltd. reported a better-than-expected quarterly proit and forecast strong earnings growth in 2017 on expected massive corn and soybean harvests in South America. Its shares rose nearly 7 percent Wednesday. Earnings were propelled by higher sugar and ethanol prices and improved edible oil margins in Brazil, and rose despite weaker results from its core agribusiness segment. Executives reiterated their optimistic outlook for 2017. Bunge employs more than 550 people in the St. Louis area, where it is building a new North American headquarters in Chesterield. Giant data center opens • Las Vegas-based Switch has opened the largest data center in the world next to Tesla Inc.’s battery factory near Sparks, Nev. The new building has 1.3 million square feet of data center space. Previously, the largest single data center was Chicago’s Lakeside Technology Center at 1.1 million square feet. Clients at the Nevada center, which is powered by 100 percent renewable energy, include eBay and Renown Health. Switch plans to build half a dozen similar buildings on the site, totaling 7.2 million square feet. From staf and wire reports

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Trump reassures retail CEOs on imports, says they’ll ‘love’ tax plan BY JOSHUA BOAK AND ANNE D’INNOCENZIO associated Press

WASHINGTON • President

Donald Trump met Wednesday with the chief executives of large retailers, who are worried about a possible border tax on imported goods. The president has provided scant details about his tax overhaul, but said people will “love” his changes. He assured retail CEOs Wednesday that tax rates would be lowered and simplified in a “massive” plan that “will be submitted in the not too distant future.” Retailers called the hourlong meeting positive and productive but ofered few details. During the public portion of

the meeting, Trump provided no insight as to whether he still intends to levy a border tax on imports. Trump has threatened a border tax in order to protect U.S. factory jobs. House Republicans have separately proposed a border adjustment tax system that would help to lower overall corporate tax rates. The Trump administration has dismissed the House plan at times, but has also hinted that it’s a viable way to help pay for a wall on the southern border with Mexico. Retailers fear that a border tax could raise prices as much as 20 percent on items from gas to food to clothing. The meeting Wednesday included CEOs from Target, Gap,

AutoZone, Best Buy and J.C. Penney. Target said they had a good discussion “about policies that would promote economic growth and job creation,” and also talked about the border tax proposal. Target called that a “priority” issue because it “will raise prices for American families on everyday essentials.” “At Target, we believe that anything that raises prices for families is not a good idea for America,” the company said. AutoZone CEO Bill Rhodes, who is also chairman of the Retail Industry Leaders Association trade group, called the meeting “positive and productive.” After the meeting, the CEOs met with several lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

New warning of cyberattack on Yahoo Verizon wants a cut in deal price to ofset liability FROM NEWS SERVICES

LONDON • Yahoo is warning users of potentially malicious activity on their accounts between 2015 and 2016, the latest development in the internet company’s investigation of a breach that exposed 1 billion users’ data several years ago. Yahoo confirmed Wednesday that it was notifying users that their accounts had potentially been compromised but declined to say how many people were afected. In a statement, Yahoo tied some of the potential compromises to what it has described as the “state-sponsored actor” responsible for the theft of private data from more than 1 billion user accounts in 2013 and 2014. The stolen data included

email addresses, birth dates and answers to security questions. The catastrophic breach raised questions about Yahoo’s security and destabilized the company’s deal to sell its email service, websites and mobile applications to Verizon Communications. Sources briefed on talks told Reuters and Bloomberg that Verizon is asking for a price cut of at least $250 million from the original price of $4.83 billion. Reuters reported that the price cut might be as high as $350 million. Verizon had been trying to persuade Yahoo to amend the terms to reflect the economic damage from two cyberattacks. A source told Reuters that the deal, which could come as soon as this week, will entail Verizon and Yahoo sharing the liability from potential lawsuits related to the data breaches. A representative from Verizon declined to comment. Yahoo did not immediately respond to re-

quests for comment. “Maybe this isn’t quite as much of a discount as initially thought, but it’s at least something,” said Dave Heger, senior equity analyst at Edward Jones. Verizon hopes to combine Yahoo’s search, email and messenger assets, as well as advertising technology tools, with its AOL unit, which Verizon bought in 2015 for $4.4 billion. Verizon has been looking to mobile video and advertising for new sources of revenue outside an oversaturated wireless market. Yahoo has been under scrutiny by federal investigators and lawmakers since disclosing the largest known data breach in history in December, months after disclosing a separate hack. The Securities and Exchange Commission is investigating whether Yahoo should have disclosed the breaches, which occurred in 2013 and 2014, sooner, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal last month.


REVIEWS

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M 1 • THUrSDAy • 02.16.2017

Rep takes fresh approach Two creative small plays feel bigger than they look to an American classic BY JUDITH NEWMARK St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The main characters in “To Kill a Mockingbird” — the beloved novel by Harper Lee, the movie based on it and the stage adaptation by Christopher Sergel — are three children. That’s a challenge for any director. Finding three kids who are audible can be an accomplishment all by itself. But Risa Brainin, who directs the new stage production at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, sets a much higher bar than volume. And it works. Kaylee Ryan, her twin brother, Ronan Ryan, and Charlie Mathis give full-out, convincing performances as brotherand-sister Scout and Jem Finch and as their neighbor Dill, a remarkably dramatic younger boy spending the summer in the Finches’ small Alabama hometown. The three children are white. So is Atticus Finch (Jonathan Gillard Daly), the widowed lawyer who emerges as a courtroom hero. Think back on the book or the movie, and you may have trouble recalling any black characters at all, other than the Finches’ housekeeper Calpurnia (poised Tanesha Gary) and tragic Tom Robinson (the self-possessed Terrell Donnell Sledge), whom Atticus defends in court. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is essentially Scout’s coming-of-age story. But it’s a civil-rights story as well, and the absence of black characters has been, to say the least, conspicuous. Not anymore. In this

‘TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD’ When • Through March 5 Where • Browning Mainstage, Loretto-Hilton Center, 130 Edgar Road, Webster Groves How much • $18-$81.50 More info • 314-968-4925; repstl.org

production, director Risa Brainin includes a group of black actors called The Community. They are clearly part of the town, and they are devastated by the vicious lie about Tom. They appear together, always, often singing gospel songs led by their dignified minister (Michael Keck, who is also the play’s composer and music director). They are not deeply inflected characters. But for that matter, the colorful white characters in the story — Tom’s slatternly accuser (Rachel Fenton), her vicious father (Alan Knoll), the Finches’ reclusive neighbor Boo Radley (Christopher Harris), etc. — aren’t particularly nuanced, either. At least this production reminds us that not just Tom, but lots of people, sufer under an inherently unjust system. Also, Keck’s music adds a tender, almost tangible dimension to the simply styled production. Still, Scout is the centerpiece, so important that she’s played by two performers. Kaylee Ryan portrays Scout as an appealing, curious tomboy, hands in her pockets and chin upturned, perhaps to look others in the face. She is shorter than her twin, a dramatic plus. Ronan Ryan, as the pro-

tective and keen-eyed Jem, is supposed to be a few years older than she is. Lenne Klingaman plays the grown-up Scout, now going by her full name, Jean Louise. She’s our narrator, looking back on the summer when her father taught her why you don’t kill mockingbirds — because it’s wrong to abuse whatever power you have on those who have none at all. A smart child, Scout comes to understand what that means through the major event of that summer, a trial in which her father defends Tom Robinson, wrongly accused of raping a young, white woman. It’s Alabama in 1935. The verdict is nearly certain. But Atticus, deftly played by Daly, doesn’t just go through the motions. Eschewing the glamour associated with the character (thank you, Gregory Peck), Daly makes a slump-shouldered entrance that reveals the lawyer’s fatigue and worry before he even opens his mouth. That nuance shades his every action — his kindness to strange little Dill, the meticulous way he removes his jacket. By the time he gives his summation — the climax of the play — Daly has peeled back the layers to reveal Atticus as a genuinely decent man. That’s a lot more complicated, and much simpler, than it sometimes seems to be. Judith Newmark • 314-340-8243 Theater critic @judithnewmark on Twitter jnewmark@post-dispatch.com

‘THE WAY WE GET BY’

BY JUDITH NEWMARK St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Two “small packages” opened last weekend at theaters here — full of good surprises. Neil LaBute’s “The Way We Get By” at the St. Louis Actors’ Studio and Kevin Kling’s “The Ice Fishing Play” at the West End Players Guild may look modest in scope. But both offer appealing performances and plenty of imagination. “The Way We Get By” finds two attractive New Yorkers, Doug (Andrew Rea) and Beth (Sophia Brown), on the awkward morning after a night together. They didn’t expect things to turn out like that; they’re having trouble just making conversation. Doug compliments Beth on her apartment’s décor, and she says that’s really the doing of her absent roommate, Kim. And she doesn’t like Kim to begin with. “Kim,” she explains, “wants everything in its proper slot.” But what slot do Doug and Beth fit? Under the direction of Nancy Bell, Rea and Brown have a nice touch with LaBute’s sharp, up-tothe-minute dialogue and a good rapport with each other. By turns touching, shocking and pretty funny, their conversation reveals some genuine surprises that make it impossible for Doug and Beth to fit into any slot. Of course, maybe they don’t need to. It’s entertaining to puzzle that out with them. Despite its rom-com gloss, “The Way We Get By” is beyond risque, both visually and in language.

When • Through Feb. 26 Where • Gaslight Theater, 358 North Boyle Avenue How much • $30-$35 More info • 1-800-982-2787; ticketmaster.com

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U.S. detention of ‘Dreamer’ seen as shift in policy

Trump administration ushers in changes to Obama health care law Insurers wanted curbs on special enrollment

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BY RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR AND TOM MURPHY associated Press

WA S H I N GTO N • The Trump administration took steps Wednesday intended to help calm jittery insurance companies and make tax compliance with former President Barack Obama’s health law less burdensome for some people. The moves announced separately by the Health and Human Services Department and the IRS don’t amount to sweeping changes to the Afordable Care Act. That would fall to Congress, where Republicans are struggling to reach consensus over how to deliver on their promise to repeal and replace the health coverage law. But the administration’s actions do signal a change in direction. For consumers, the proposed HHS rules mean tighter scrutiny of anyone trying to sign up for coverage outside of open enrollment by claiming a “special enrollment period” due to a change in life circumstances such as the birth of a child, marriage, or the loss of jobbased insurance. Also, sign-up season will be 45 days, down from the current three months. For insurers, the curbs on special enrollment periods are a big item. The industry claimed that some consumers were abusing special enrollment by signing up when they needed expensive treatments, only to drop out later. Insurers also would

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Supporters of the Afordable Care Act rally last month in Denver. President Donald Trump has ordered federal agencies to look for ways to ease requirements of the law.

gain more flexibility to design low-cost coverage tailored to younger people. In another move aimed at consumers who move in and out of coverage, insurers would be able to collect back premiums from customers who had stopped paying, then tried to sign up again for another year. Separately, the IRS is backing of from a tighter approach to enforcement that was in the works for this tax-filing season. Under the law, people are required to have health coverage or risk fines from the IRS — a penalty usually deducted from a taxpayer’s refund. That underlying requirement remains on the books, and taxpayers are still legally obligated to comply, the IRS said. But the agency is changing its approach to enforcement. Originally, the IRS had planned to start rejecting returns this year if a taxpayer failed to indicate

whether he or she had coverage. Now the IRS says it will keep processing such returns, as it has in the past. Many of the law’s supporters consider the coverage requirement essential for nudging younger, healthy people into the insurance pool to keep premiums in check. Hours after his inauguration, President Donald Trump signed an executive order directing federal agencies to look for ways to ease requirements of the 2010 health care law. The IRS said in a statement that it is following through, but “taxpayers remain required to follow the law and pay what they may owe.” Administration oicials said the HHS rules will help to stabilize the individual health insurance market for next year. That could buy time for congressional deliberations on the ultimate fate of the health care law. Trump’s health sec-

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retary, former Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., was confirmed just Friday. The industry group America’s Health Insurance Plans commended the administration but said in a statement that more action is needed. In particular, insurers want Trump and Congress to remove a legal cloud over billions of dollars in subsidies that they are obligated to pay to cover deductibles and copayments for low-income people. It remained unclear whether insurers would be swayed. Only Tuesday, Humana announced it will not participate next year in the governmentrun marketplaces, where insurer exits have already diminished consumer choice. Supporters of the health care law reacted sharply to the administration proposal, saying it would raise costs for consumers and take away choices.

S E AT T L E • Lawyers for 23-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina say he was asleep in a suburban Seattle house last week when immigration agents showed up to arrest his father, who authorities described as a previously deported felon. Despite Ramirez’s participation in a federal program to protect those brought to the U.S. illegally as children, the agents took him away as well — thrusting Ramirez into a national debate over the immigration priorities of President Donald Trump. Some saw the detention as the opening salvo in an attack on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, while federal authorities suggested it was simply a routine exercise of their authority. Federal oicials insisted Ramirez admitted he is a gang member. His lawyers adamantly deny that, saying he has no criminal record and is the father of a 3-year-old son who is an American citizen. “If there is a shifting of the sands in terms of federal immigration policy, then we deserve to know that so people can prepare for what’s about to happen,” said Seattle City Councilwoman Lorena Gonzalez, who grew up in a migrant farmworker family in central Washington. She added: “This arrest is a symbol of that uncertainty, which is continuing to grow as this president continues to be unclear about what he’s intending to do with DACA recipients.” Ramirez was apprehended in the Seattle sub-

urb of Des Moines, Wash. Many questions about the case remain unanswered, including whether federal authorities have any evidence of gang involvement beyond his purported admission. One of Ramirez’s lawyers, Mark Rosenbaum, said Ramirez “unequivocally denies being in a gang” and that “he was repeatedly pressured by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to falsely admit ailiation.” The DACA program — referred to as “Dreamers” by supporters and derided as “illegal amnesty” by critics — has protected about 750,000 immigrants since its inception in 2012. It allows young people who were brought into the country illegally as children to stay and obtain work permits. The Department of Homeland Security said in a statement Ramirez was being held at a detention center in Tacoma, Wash., pending deportation proceedings. The statement said participants’ status can be revoked if they’re found to pose a threat to national security or public safety. The program is considered an exercise in prosecutorial discretion by the Department of Homeland Security, which warns on its website that “deferred action may be terminated at any time.” But Ramirez’s legal team argued in a petition to U.S. District Court in Seattle seeking his release that the government’s discretion is limited to the rules governing the DACA program. Ramirez’s arrest violated his constitutional right to due process and to be free from unlawful seizure, the lawyers argued.

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Radioactive racist Pressure mounts for Bob Romanik to get of the air.

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dvertisers are waking up to the reality that Belleville radio talk show host Bob Romanik is a racist and homophobe. Romanik acknowledged on air Tuesday that he expects advertising to be pulled from his show amid adverse national publicity about his repeated racial and anti-gay slurs. Syndicated content providers also reportedly have threatened to withdraw. Romanik says he doesn’t care, but his deflated on-air demeanor and recent flip-flop statements about canceling his show suggest otherwise. It’s important for the public to mount pressure and get him off the air. The Federal Communications Commission must do its duty to intervene when a broadcaster abuses the public airwaves to spew blatantly offensive and obscene language. Remaining advertisers also could use some pressure.Romanik’s show on KQQZAM once carried Rolaids antacids ads , but no longer. He now must rely on the likes of Schiller’s Playhouse in Centralia, the national Veterans of Foreign Wars and an upcoming recreational vehicle show at the Belleville fairgrounds as revenue sources. They apparently don’t care or haven’t heard Romanik’s on-air rants, for days on end, loudly calling rapper Waka Flocka Flame the N-word and referring to a political opponent as a cross-dressing “faggot.” Romanik insists on his shows that he’s not a racist or homophobe, yet he screams at callers who challenge his views. One caller on Tuesday suggested that Romanik might be backing off his on-air

use of the N-word, which he invoked after viewing a video of Waka Flocka on stage using a Donald Trump T-shirt as toilet paper. Romanik exploded in anger.“I’ve used the nigger word four or five times,” he said proudly on Tuesday. Another caller suggested that racist language only receives attention when it is aimed at blacks. Romanik responded, “The white people … we never stand our ground.” He berated the Black Lives Matter movement as “stupid idiots.” He added, “Let’s get rid of those son of a bitches.” On Wednesday, he doubled down, again invoking the N-word: “You white people, you’d better wake up.” He said he didn’t care about slavery.“I wasn’t there.” Romanik denounces his critics, including this newspaper, and insists that under the First Amendment,“I believe I have every right to say what I want.” He’s correct. But that right doesn’t extend to the airwaves, which are owned by the public and regulated by the FCC. Romanik routinely violates minimal norms of decency, as defined by the Supreme Court. There already are plenty of reasons why the FCC and Illinois election authorities should intervene against Romanik’s blatant on-air promotion of political candidates without reporting in-kind donations. But if they won’t do their jobs, at least advertisers should recognize that this is the time to declare an emphatic ‘no’ to Romanik’s radioactive, racist rants.

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Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., speaks at a news conference Wednesday calling for a Senate investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael T. Flynn.

Country before party Trump aides’ contacts with Russia, not leaks, threaten America’s security.

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t’s not about the leaks. No matter how President Donald Trump and some congressional Republicans tried to spin it on Wednesday, the scandal behind Michael T. Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser is this: According to The New York Times, key advisers to Trump, including Flynn, were in regular contact with Russian intelligence officers during the 2016 presidential campaign. Contacts continued until at least three weeks before Trump’s inauguration Jan. 20. Flynn is not the victim here, nor is Trump, much as he embraces that role. On Monday, he determined (after knowing about it for weeks) that Flynn had misled him. On Wednesday, he defended Flynn as a “wonderful man” who had been mistreated by the “fake media.” No, they are real media and this is a real problem and it’s not about leaks. U.S. intelligence officials, rightfully concerned at Russia’s meddling in the election and Trump’s cavalier attitude about it, took their concerns to the Times and The Washington Post. On Wednesday, at a joint appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump donned his familiar air of grievance. “From intelligence, papers are being leaked, things are being leaked,” Trump said.“It’s a criminal action, criminal act, and it’s been going on for a long time before me, but now it’s really going on. And people are trying to cover up for a terrible loss that the Democrats had under Hillary Clinton.” Nonsense. This is about the secret

relationships between a foreign power and the man who is now president of the United States. This is about Russian attempts to sway an election. This is information the American public deserves to know. The Times interviewed four current and former U.S. intelligence officers who said that in addition to Flynn, former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and former campaign aides Carter Page and Roger Stone “had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election.” No evidence has surfaced that Trump’s people colluded with Russian intelligence on the cyberattacks on Democratic National Committee computers. They said the FBI continues probing the findings of a controversial dossier compiled by a wellregarded former British intelligence agent who reported Moscow holds personally compromising information about Trump. House and Senate intelligence committees have begun looking into the cyberattacks. Some Republican leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, a member of the intelligence committee, have said it is likely that Flynn will be called to testify. It is legislators’ job to pursue this story fearlessly, wherever it leads and without partisan favoritism. This is not about leaks, nor about Trump’s fragile ego. It’s about America’s security. Republicans would do well to remember the motto of Sen. John McCain’s 2008 GOP presidential campaign: “Country first.”

yOUR VIEWS • LETTERS FROM OUR READERS Governor should not cut funding for in-home care

Trump doesn’t deserve credit for immigration raids

Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens submitted his budget proposal for the next state fiscal year to the Legislature. The overall state budget for the upcoming year will reflect spending cuts of $572 million because of declining state tax revenue. The revenue shortfall has been partially blamed on the numerous special interest tax cuts that have been enacted by the Legislature in recent years. Sadly, in-home care services for the elderly and disabled will receive a drastic funding reduction. In-home care enables people to remain in their home versus entering a nursing home. Remaining at home is not only preferable but it is also less expensive than living in a nursing home. Many Missourians will lose these services. It is tragic that the governor has chosen this program for reductions. Recipients of state-sponsored in-home care are poor, elderly and disabled. They have no powerful lobbyists or wealthy corporations to work on their behalf in our state capital, and they are an easy target for budget cuts. We ask that the governor reconsider his decision to reduce funding for in-home care. We also ask the members of the Legislature to restore funding for this valuable program. The recipients of the in-home care program are some of our most vulnerable citizens. Many of these individuals will suffer great harm if the cuts are enacted. Dave Damico • Jeferson City President, Missouri Coalition for Quality Care

The editorial “Shock and awe” (Feb. 14) gives President Donald Trump inappropriate credit for the recent arrests and deportations and perpetuates the notion that he is fulfilling campaign promises. As the editorial notes, these periodic sweeps by Immigration and Customs Enforcement oicers, about three to four times a year, have been conducted for years under President Barack Obama and did target those with criminal violations, not just “hardened criminals,” much of that time. They also included deportations of others, including recent arrivals of women and children, that many of us who practiced immigration law deplored. The rest of the editorial makes very good points on the consequences of wholesale deportations of those with no criminal violations. I hope the PostDispatch continues to accurately reflect the real consequences of what is occurring and not give the president credit, as he would like, for what is standard practice. It only perpetuates the idea he is accomplishing anything. Doreen Dodson • Kirkwood

Trump needs to learn to show some tact Since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, the left’s rallying cry is “No to Trump”; the right’s,“Give Trump a chance.” As a political independent and person who practices good citizenship, I’m willing to give any human being a chance to succeed if the person acts with respect and decency. Our president, who maligns political correctness, the synonym for which is “respectful tact,” has yet to earn my respect. He speaks like the enraged autocrats of mid-20th century Axis countries; he repeatedly says dishonorable things. He’s like the boss who threatens and belittles; the bedeviled employee can only hope that the boss is sooner rather than later demoted or fired. I wager that our president, when a company boss, never required his employees to read and abide by Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits of Highly Efective People”; he certainly does not practice the “Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood” habit. America first? How about the president first dedicate himself to lift his respectful tact from nonexistence? Then I would consider giving him a chance. Russ Vanderbeek • Ballwin

President’s adviser reminds us of infamous lawyer During the Cold War, attorney Roy Cohn defended Sen. Joe McCarthy when he claimed, without any evidence, that there were hundreds of Communists in the State Department at that time. Cohn later represented Donald Trump against charges of racial discrimination. McCarthy left the Senate in disgrace, and Cohn was eventually disbarred. Both in style and substance, presidential adviser Stephen Miller eerily reminds one of the late Roy Cohn when he defends Trump’s assertion, without any evidence, that millions of people voted illegally in the last election. Alan Rudolph • St. Louis County

Youth group grateful for emergency preparedness course Our youth group recently took emergency preparedness training through the Mid America Teen CERT course. The instructors gave up their entire weekend to teach 40 youth and adults for free, using their own supplies and materials. Somehow, the trainers were able to grab and hold the interest of the students throughout the intense weekend. There are not many programs that have that kind of caring, commitment and generosity. We want others to know about this extraordinary team and to express our sincere gratitude and thanks for a job very well done. Andrew Byall • Belleville

Medicare Advantage can make a diference for seniors As a resident of Creve Coeur and a City Council member, the number of residents who trust me with their questions and concerns humbles me. Because of my 28 years of experience with health insurance, many inquiries deal with health care. One of the most pressing issues: How can a senior citizen get the best health coverage within a limited budget? I usually recommend a Medicare Advantage health plan. There are many reasons I like Medicare Advantage. First, Medicare Advantage gives seniors choices, so they can select what works best for their situation. Second, these health plans are comprehensive. There is no need to “mix and match” Medicare and supplemental insurance, which can get expensive. With Medicare Advantage, seniors can get major medical, physician care, prescriptions, wellness and preventive care programs, dental and vision insurance, and even fitness programs for little, if any, monthly premium. Plus, the co-pays are low and there is a cap on out-of-pocket expenses. I have only an inkling of the challenges facing President Donald Trump as he takes the reins for the nation. I had one thing to tell him, however, I’d highlight Medicare Advantage. I’ve seen what a difference it makes for seniors. I would urge him to preserve and strengthen this program. Ted Ruzicka • Creve Coeur Immediate past president, St. Louis Association of Health Underwriters Read more letters online at STLtoday.com/letters

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I know that my retirement will make no diference in its cardinal principles, that it will always ight for progress and reform, never tolerate injustice or corruption, always ight demagogues of all parties, never belong to any party, always oppose privileged classes and public plunderers, never lack sympathy with the poor, always remain devoted to the public welfare, never be satisied with merely printing news, always be drastically independent, never be afraid to attack wrong, whether by predatory plutocracy or predatory poverty • JOSEPH PULITZER • APRIL 10, 1907 PLATFORM •

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A CONTEMPT FOR WEALTH • A man with a sizable roll of cash, drafts and government bonds was dragged into a Kansas City police court, charged with being a vagrant. The poor quality of his garments, his unshaven face and matted hair tended to support the charge. How can Kansas City expect to get along if it so contemptuously treats the foibles of wealth? Access the full item at stltoday.com/news/opinion

he real world of single parenting and poverty Despite calls for welfare reform, Missouri already does little to help single moms. BY GLENN KOENEN

Last Friday, I read with interest columnist Stacy Washington’s tired ideas pushing welfare reform for Missouri. Despite what she thinks, and what conservative think-tanks have been saying for years, Missouri has been continuously pushing welfare reform for two decades. In the war on poverty, Missouri surrendered. The result is that Missouri now does little to help single moms like Jane. She is a smiling, eloquent 30-something woman who visits her community’s food pantry most months. Though she’s had the same job with a major national restaurant chain for several years, most of the time her income drops well below the poverty line (currently $24,600 a year for a family of four). Her three kids are the love and focus of her life. She does all

she can to provide for them, stays active in their schools and strives to be the best mom she can. Being a single parent is hard work. And, yes, single-parent households are more likely to live in poverty than two-parent homes. No one argues that in a perfect world, both parents would take responsibility for their kids, which they wouldn’t conceive before being financially and emotionally ready to raise them. We don’t live in a perfect world, and you can’t create one by punishing people. Let’s look at the real world of single parenting and poverty. First, let’s remember that the number of out-of-wedlock births is declining. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports for 2015 (the latest data available), out-of-wedlock births overall have dropped every year

from 2007 to 2015. So, yes, while births to unmarried women are not uncommon, it is less of an issue now that it was a decade ago. Second, private- and publicfunded efforts to encourage active fatherhood are increasing. St. Louis’ well-respected Fathers Support Center is especially active in helping minority dads, many with meager incomes. The state of Missouri allocates $4 million a year out of a federal block grant for fatherhood education and assistance. Add in the men who cohabitate with the mother of their children (around 7 percent of all American households with kids in a recent Pew Research Center study) and the trend is slowly moving away from absent, nonsupportive dads. Third, well, not all fathers are good men. Over decades working in street-level social service

organizations, I met a tremendous number of women with kids stuck in abusive marriages. Most often, mom felt forced — sometimes by counsel from clergy and family — to stay with their abuser “for the good of the children.” (I still recall a south city mom who had her pastor tell her “he beats you because that’s the only way he can show he loves you.”) Being a single parent by choice is not easy, but it often is the safe choice. Fourth, poverty remains a painful, persistent condition for better than one in six Missourians. All types of households, all ages of people are at risk of poverty. Still, it tends to hit young families — especially single-parent young families — hardest. The time limit for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families was slashed. The number of Missourians getting those benefits

has dropped from 101,185 people in December 2012 to just 32,270 in December 2016. The size of the grants has not been raised for a generation. This December, the average grant was $228 per family. That’s why the vast majority of single parents in Missouri are moms like Jane who do not receive Temporary Assistance grants. They take responsibility for their lives and do the best they can for their kids. Yes, visits to the pantry help her keep food on the table. In that regard, Jane is like one of every five Missourians who, in the course of a year, will visit a food pantry. (Most are not singleparent families.) When Jane looks over her kids’ report cards or helps them get ready for bed, she can take pride in her kids, her life. Glenn Koenen of Oakville is the retired executive director of Circle of Concern.

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A house in the 1000 block of Bittner Street in St. Louis’ Baden neighborhood is demolished in 2015 by Diamond H Acquisition Corp. Neighbors are hopeful the MSD buyout of many flood-prone properties to make a storm water control area can become an amenity to boost property values and attract new residents to the area.

Digging deep to ight blight No city can thrive if the ingredients of decay aren’t addressed. TOD ROBBERSON St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Why does blight matter so much to the overall health of a city? We don’t necessarily have to be talking about St. Louis — blight is the visible evidence of any city’s decay. Think of it in dental terms: It doesn’t matter how straight and shiny those front teeth appear if all the teeth behind them need fillings, root canals and dentures. I make no claim of special insights into the history of the blight that plagues St. Louis, but anyone who has studied urban blight can spot the results regardless of the location. A downtrodden neighborhood in Detroit, Dallas, Baltimore or Knoxville contains pretty much the same profile of uneven development and neglect. In 2014, as part of a White House-commissioned task force, Dan Gilbert, the founder and CEO of Quicken Loans, looked into the biggest problems blocking Detroit’s revitalization. The top challenge he cited was overcoming blight. In Baltimore, experts cite blight as a chief obstacle to recovery because empty buildings serve as magnets for drug users, criminals and vagrants. Business decision-makers look closely at these issues before making a relocation decision, according to Entrepreneur magazine. If city leaders want job creation, they must address blight. I know the effects of blight because I spent nine years studying and mapping it in southern Dallas, a poor, minority-dominated, blighted area the size of Atlanta. I worked closely with Timothy Bray, a University of Missouri-St. Louis scholar who now heads the Institute for Urban Policy Research at the University of Texas at Dallas. Together, we

dug down deep into the ingredients of blight affecting five large districts of southern Dallas. Bray sent a group of researchers street by street with handheld computers. They recorded everything they could see: abandoned houses, stray dogs, cracked or nonexistent sidewalks, nonfunctioning street lights, broken windows, sagging roofs, overgrown lawns, junk cars in the yard. We mapped every item and created a first-of-its kind online, interactive map and database open for public access. We dug deep into U.S. Census data to create a profile of the residents and businesses in each area. We tracked unemployment, poverty, crime, educational attainment, incomes and commute times from home to work. All of these figures told us something important. For example, if an area is dominated by single-parent households where the head of household commutes 45 minutes each way to work, that’s evidence of a home where children are spending a big chunk of the day without parental supervision — an invitation for trouble. Supermarkets shun blighted areas. That’s how food deserts develop. If a single parent commutes long distances, then has to spend another hour getting to and from a supermarket to buy dinner, that’s even more evidence of a household where kids must spend an inordinate amount of time fending for themselves. I mapped out the performance levels of the schools in southern Dallas, which were uniformly abysmal compared with counterparts in the city’s wealthy, white-dominated northern half. Did conditions of blight, crime, unemployment and parents’ low educational attainment contribute to those low performance scores? Of course they did. I tracked the relationship between slumlords and blight. I documented the decrepit condition of the worst rental properties

in southern Dallas, then mapped and photographed the mansions of the owners. All this work was part of the package that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing. The Federal Reserve of Baltimore invited Bray and me to be the keynote speakers at a gathering of urban planning and blight-mapping specialists from around the country to explain how we did what we did. I worked with Dallas Police Chief David Brown to map out crime hotspots. I produced a separate interactive map overlaying the placement of public housing inside high-crime areas. The map I created found its way into arguments presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark 2015 decision about discriminatory public housing policies. Perhaps most important was the impact this project had on Dallas city council and mayoral elections. Because of the pressure this project created, politicians seeking local public office began presenting plans to address the economic and social imbalances dividing Dallas. Mike Rawlings presented the most comprehensive plan of attack and won The Dallas Morning News’ editorial endorsement for mayor in 2011. He won, and true to his word, he asked me to publish a report card every six months on his efforts to fix the many problems pulling southern Dallas down. We worked on this for three years, then I moved to St. Louis. Rawlings’ attention to the blight problem was unprecedented in the city’s history. And it’s because of this experience that, today, I’m pressing candidates for St. Louis mayor to bury their egos and embrace the same challenge. If any mayoral candidate is sidestepping this issue, that’s a candidate who doesn’t deserve your vote. trobberson@post-dispatch.com Twitter: @trobberson 314-340-8382

By now a few million Americans have met “Rick,” the aide-decamp who carries the nuclear “football” for President Trump, and Richard DeAgazio, a Mar-aLago club member who posted a selfie of the two on his Facebook page. The entire Saturday evening in Palm Beach, where Trump hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the Mar-a-Lago terrace among assorted high-dollar patrons, felt like touring comedy director Adam McKay’s imagination. World leaders huddling over documents, reading by the light of an aide’s cellphone; a Hugh Hefneresque character played by the president receiving news about a North Korean missile launch; and a Palm Beach fat cat snapping a picture of the nuclear satchel and posing with Rick. Love the trailer; when’s the movie? Kidding aside, we who worry, worry. Shouldn’t the football be sitting quietly in a discreet corner, minding its own business? Things have gotten so wacky in Week Four of the Reality Presidency, even Vladimir Putin must be wondering: Is anybody in charge over there? To calm my nerves, I called a former nuclear-football minder, now a happily anonymous civilian family man, about the photo and other concerns. “Jack,” I’ll call him, is beyond careful with his words. Ever faithful to mission, he’s a patriot who follows the rules and stays in his own lane. He’s so cautious, every other answer is “I can’t tell you that.” But he did tell me enough to ease my mind, so I thought I’d share. First, Jack says he wouldn’t have posed for the photograph, but doesn’t think it was a breach of any sort, nor did it pose a security risk. Jack still doesn’t have a Facebook account as it was a firing offense when he was “in.” Everything on the nonpolitical side of things in Washington is governed by rules, and there was zero tolerance for mistakes. The president may goof around, but the people in charge of keeping him alive and the continuity on course are deadly serious. The satchel also has strict rules. It must always be within a specified number of feet to the president. It is essentially a portable command center, not a nuclear launch pad per se. When the president activates the satchel, he is sending a message to the Pentagon

rather than firing off missiles at his whim, as some would have you believe. The case, as others have described it, contains a book of retaliatory options, another of classified site locations, a manila folder containing procedures for the Emergency Alert System and, of course, the essential 3x5-inch card with the authentication codes. Yes, it’s a little chilling to imagine Trump trying to read the codes with a flashlight app while the Palm Beach set posts videos to Instagram. One may find comfort, however, in being reminded that the military aide holding the bag, so to speak, isn’t the only one with eyes on the suitcase.“There are a million things going on behind the scenes that people don’t understand,” Jack says, reassuringly. Standing close by are at least two others locked, loaded and poised to act to protect the football if necessary. “The point always is continuity of the presidency,” says Jack.“The country should never be without the ability to use the nuclear arsenal for more than a minute.” Continuity was interrupted once when President Clinton misplaced his “biscuit,” his personal identifier code, as related in the autobiography of Gen. Hugh Shelton, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during Clinton’s second term. The vice president has the same satchel and biscuit, by the way, but they’re inoperable until and unless the president is confirmed dead or is otherwise unable to perform his duties. This would include being under sedation during surgery. The transfer of power and the making operable of those alternate instruments are executed immediately. Those worried that Trump might get his nose out of joint and start Armageddon should probably relax. There’s no red “launch” button in the bag. Once the president sorts through his options, and decides on a course of action, he launches a process — have you ever loved that word more? — including discussions with key military and civilian advisers, who may talk him out of the attack. In the end, the president has sole authority and the Pentagon has to follow orders. But,“there are checks and balances everywhere and they’re extremely classified,” says Jack.“The most important thing is for you to make people feel safe and stop with the frickin’ ... “ He stops himself and just says, “I’m not fretful.” If Jack’s not worried, I’m not worried. Sort of. Not. Worried. Kathleen Parker kathleenparker@washpost.com Copyright The Washington Post

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OBITUARIES Arnold, M. Lee - St. Louis Bauer - see Mehlick Branham, Penelope A. "Penney" - St. Louis Calloni, Carol Ann - St. Louis Charlton, William T. - St. Louis Chirco, Pietro - St. Louis Daly, Christopher Michael - St. Louis Daly, Kenna Fletcher - St. Louis Dunlap, LaVerne Pauline - Kirkwood Durbin, Donald D. - Baltimore, MD, formerly of Omaha, NE and St. Louis Glover, Patrick - St. Louis

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Hoevelmann, James Allen - Sullivan, MO, formerly of St. Louis Jennings - see Moeller Johnson, Lewis E. - St. Louis Kosloff, Judith Anne "Judi" - Ellisville McCallum, Kathleen M. - St. Louis McNair, William L., Lt. Commander, USNR(Ret) - St. Louis Mehlick, Gertrude T. "Trudy" - St. Louis Mengersen, Donald C. - St. Louis Moeller, Genevieve Jennings - Richmond Heights O'Keeffe, Thomas E. - St. Louis Peters, Mary - St. Louis

Daly, Kenna Fletcher taken from us too soon on February 13, 2017. L ovin g mot h er of R y a n n , Spencer, Fletcher and Hunter; loving daughter of Deeds and Faith Fletcher; loving sister of Coeli Scott, Paul (Jaime) Fletcher, Kristin (Stephen) Famolaro, Elisa (Eric) Moss, and Cailin (Sam) Carel; favorite aunt of Nicholas, Zachary, Jonathan, Christian, Is a b el l a , K e e g a n , D o m i n i c , Hannah, Frankie, Pickle, Xavier, Dayton, Elliotte, Clay, Ella, Ethan, Aiden, Noah, Jen, Max, and Charlie; loving niece, cousin, and friend to countless others. Our beautiful, kind, unconditionally loving, caring, devoted, strong, brave, hilarious, generous and faithful Kenna we will Arnold, M. Lee forever miss everything about you. We will carry you in our 89, Feb. 13, 2017, services pending. For more information go to hearts forever. Save us a dance. www.hutchensmortuary.com Services: Visitation starts at 10:00 am on Friday, Feb. 17 at Our Holy Redeemer, 341 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, with a Memorial Mass at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers gifts can be made Branham, Penelope A. "Penney" Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on to the Kenna Fletcher Daly Memorial Boy's Tuition Fund, at US Bank, 110 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves, 63119. Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Larry J. Branham; loving mother of Condolences may be left at Lawrence (Turie) and Jeffrey (Jill) Branham, Stacey (Jeffery) www.hoffmeistercolonial.com. Welch and Steven (Megan) Branham; loving grandmother of Arin, Paige, Taylor, Jeffrey, Jr., Jordan, Jessica, Joshua, Jenna, Dunlap, LaVerne Pauline Alyson, Brendan, Christopher, Kimberly, Maxwell and Nicholas; long-time resident of Kirkwood MO, Tues., Feb. 14, 2017. dear great-grandmother of Cael and the late Harrison; daughter Beloved wife of the late Denford Dunlap; devoted mother to the of the late Thomas D. and Yvonne R. Kenney; dear sister of late Dennis Dunlap, Terry Dunlap (Janelle), Cheryl Dunlap (Chris) Edith, Tom (Brenda), Frank (Maureen), Karen, Michael (Debbie) and Judy Dunlap - loving daughter in law; loving grandmother and Donna (the late Robert); our dear aunt, great-aunt, cousin to:Jennifer Dunlap (Jason), Jill Peterson (Brian), Matt Dunlap, and friend to many. Becky Houston (Frank), Andi Kierst (Jeff), Lexi Trempe (Kevin); Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois and 7 great grandchildren: Jacob, Daniel, William, Greta, Eddie, Rd, on Saturday, February 18, 9:15 am to Immaculate Aubriella, Frankie. She enjoyed her travels with her late husConception Catholic Church (Maplewood) for 10 am Mass. band and extended family. Interment Park Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, Services: Vis. Fri., Feb. 17, 8 am, with funeral at 9 am, at BOPP donations to Caris Healthcare, appeciated. Visitation CHAPEL, Kirkwood. Interment J.B. Nat. Cem. Boppchapel.com Friday 4-8 pm.

Calloni, Carol Ann 74, passed away Tues. Feb. 14, 2017. Carol was born in St. Louis, MO on July 4, 1942 to the late John and Lena Mulvany. She graduated from Laboure High School and went on to obtain her Master's Degree from the University of Missouri St. Louis. Carol's career as a High School English teacher at McCluer North High School allowed her to influence the lives of many students. She retired after teaching for over 36 years. Carol enjoyed reading, watching political news, and gardening. In addition to her parents, Carol was preceded in death by her former husband, Donald L. Calloni. Those left to cherish her memory include her son, Don Calloni; daughter, Megan Calloni (Nate Proctor); and her grandson, Jack Proctor. Services: A gathering to honor Carol's memory will be held at Newcomer Funeral Home in St. Peters on Sat., Feb. 18 from 1011 am with a Service of Remembrance beginning at 11am. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Arthritis Foundation.

Charlton, William T. died on February 10th, 2017 at his home at age 79. Bill was a Presbyterian minister for 53 years in CA, OR, and MO. He is survived by his wife Marcia, five sons, and nine grandchildren. Services: A memorial service will be held at Second Presbyterian Church, 4501 Westminster Place, on March 18th, 2017 at 2 pm.

Chirco, Pietro Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Beloved husband of 40 years to Rosa Chirco (nee Randazzo); loving father of Anna Wyrick, Antoinette "Toni" (Jim) Anderson, Margherita "Margaret" Chirco and Liborio "Leo" Chirco; dearest grandfather of Gabriella, Luke, Andrew, Jonah, Pietro, Logan, Dean and Antonio; dear brother of Vito (Maria) Chirco and the late Salvatore (surviving Kathy) and Rosa (surviving Carl) Evola; proceeded in death by his parents Anna (nee LaFata) and Liborio Chirco; dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Pietro was a member of the Carpenter's Union for 48 years. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois Rd, Saturday February 18, 12:00 pm to St. Catherine Laboure Catholic Church for 12:30 pm Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The American Kidney Foundation or American Diabetes Association. Visitation Friday, 4 -8 pm.

Daly, Christopher Michael Age 45, born in St. Louis, MO on Jan. 28, 1972, passed away on Mon., Feb. 13, 2017. Son of Margaret (nee Sturgeon) and the late Anthony Daly; father of Ryann, Spencer, Fletcher and Hunter; brother of Sadie (Mike) Woodling, Anthony Daly and Mark (Toni) Daly; loving nephew, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Services: Visitation at St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral 931 Lebanon Dr., St. Louis, MO 63104, Saturday, February 18, from 10am until time of funeral Mass at 11am. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Desmet Jesuit High School. KUTIS AFFTON service.

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Pickering, Norman P. - St. Charles Pineda - see Mehlick Poliette, Roger Alexander Sr. - Fort Meyers, FL, formerly of Hillsboro, MO Rome, William H. - St. Louis Schnuck, Julia "Julie" Mather - Ladue Stanec, Marjorie A. - St. Louis Walling, Carol Lee - St. Louis Windler, Betty Louise - St. Louis Yoakum, Holly Liana - Crestwood Yost, Christopher L. - Chesterfield Zimmerman, Margaret M. - St. Louis

Mehlick, Gertrude T. "Trudy" (nee Bauer) February 13, 2017, Baptized into the hope of Christ's Resurrection. Beloved wife of George J. Mehlick; loving mother of Bryan Mehlick, Amy Pineda, and Mark Mehlick; grandmother of Cruz, Carissa, and Niko Pineda; dear sister of Theresa, Mary, Dee, Martin, and the late Joe, Betty, Tony, John, Agnes, Norbert, and Ralph; our dear sister-in-law, aunt, great-aunt, cousin & friend. Services: Mass will be celebrated 10:00 a.m., Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Incarnate Word Catholic Church, 13416 Olive Blvd., Chesterfield, MO 63017. Visitation 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at ORTMANN-STIPANOVICH Funeral Home, 12444 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, MO 63141 and again Saturday morning 9:15 a.m. until time of Mass. MEET AT CHURCH. Interment Holy Cross. Arrangements by Kevin and Ellen O'Sullivan. Ortmann Stipanovich Funeral Home osfuneralhomes.com

Mengersen, Donald C. 85, passed Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Please referral to www.hutchensmortuary.com

Moeller, Genevieve Jennings

February 27, 1939 - February 14, 2017 She is survived by her loving h u s b a n d G a r r y E. M oel l er; devoted mother of Mary Berra (Paul), Steven Moeller, Alice Wittich (Mike), Peggy Eakle, Patty Johnson (Tony), Billy Moeller (Maeghan), Gen Norby (Marc), Michelle Moeller; wonderful "Gammy" to twentyfour grandchildren and seven great grandchildren; dear sister of the late Jack J en n in gs Durbin, Donald D. (Michiko) and Jane Corbett; On February 11, 2017, in Baltimore, Maryland, peacefully, after a s u rvived b y s ib l in gs : D ick long decline, Donald Dean Durbin, age 88, husband of the late Jennings (Charlene), Mary James Doris Durbin (née Mueller) and beloved father of Lynne Durbin and her husband, John-Francis Mergen, and Carol Durbin and (Dick) , Bill Jennings (Fran DeGregorio) and Tom Jennings her husband, David Middleton, beloved grandfather of Christo- (Eleanor). Gen enjoyed sunny days, big snowflakes, the beauty of Forest pher Mergen, beloved uncle and great-uncle of numerous nieces Park, traveling, the Fabulous Fox, movies and dining out. and nephews, particularly Beth (Binder) Gray. Don was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He moved to Although, Gen's greatest joy in life was loving her friends and Omaha, Nebraska in the early '80's where he completed a family! successful career in retailing, retiring as a Vice President of Services: The Visitation and Funeral Mass will be held on Pamida, Inc. during the mid-'90's. He moved to Baltimore to be Saturday, February 18, 2017, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 7148 Forsyth Blvd St. Louis, 63105. Visitation from near his daughters in 2011. Services: A memorial service will be held in Baltimore this 9:30-11:00am. Funeral mass at 11:00am. Immediately following weekend. Interment will be in St. Louis at a later date. In lieu of the mass a reception will be held in the Church cafeteria. flowers, donations may be made to Project Harmony, Omaha, Interment Calvary Cemetery. Nebraska (www.projectharmony.com). Additional details may In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Melissa's Hope Orphanage or to the charity of be found at www.ruckfuneralhomes.com. ones choice. Please wear pink in celebration of Gen! Glover, Patrick A Service Of on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. The Lupton Chapel Beloved husband of Adrian Glover (nee Sensabaugh); beloved father of Alivia and Sophia Glover; dear brother, brother-in-law, O'Keeffe, Thomas E. uncle, cousin, son-in-law and dear friend to many. February 14, 2017. Services: Funeral Friday 11:00am at JOHN L. ZIEGENHEIN & Beloved son of the SONS Funeral Homes 7027 Gravois. Interment: Mt. Hope late Hugh & Margaret C e me t e r y Vis it a t ion : Th u rs d a y 4 : 0 0 t o 9 : 0 0 p m . O'Keeffe; loving husband of ziegenheinfuneralhome.com M a r y a n n O'Keeffe (nee Bogdanovich); loving father of Hoevelmann, James Allen Garland Wilson (Jay); Dan 74, died Saturday, February 11, 2017. (Julienne); Mic (Melissa); Heather Beloved husband of Patricia (Vandegriffe) Hoevelmann. For B l a k e s l e e (E d w in ) ; Ad orin g full obituary and service details visit eatonfuneralhome.com Grandfather of Bailey, Austin, Mia, Delaney, Jack, Henry, Ellie, Tommy; dear brother of Sr. Johnson, Lewis E. Eileen O'Keeffe, Barry (Mary Fortified with the Ellen); Sheila Boul & the late Sacraments of Holy David O'Keeffe; dear brother-in -law, uncle, great uncle, cousin Mother Church on & friend. Tom donated his body to St. Louis U. Med. School. Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Services: Memorial Mass, Sat. Feb. 18, 1 pm, DeSmet Jesuit Beloved husband of the late H.S. Chapel, 233 N. New Ballas Rd 63141. Vis. and reception to Mary G. "Jerry" Johnson (nee follow, school cafeteria. In lieu of flowers, donations to SLU Maguire); dear father of Patty School of Med. Cardiology research. (David) Krieger, Gini (John) O ' Con n or, Tom (Etta), Larry Peters, Mary (Anne) and Michael (Martha) Johnson; dear grandfather of (nee Polizzi) died Feb 10, 2017. Services: Visitation Fri. 4-8pm Tim, Katie (Jamie), Trisha (Jim), at JOHN L. ZIEGENHEIN & SONS FUNERAL HOMES (4830 Lemay Amy (J os ep h ) , Kel l y (Gary), Ferry) Memorial Mass St. Roch Parish Sat. Feb. 18 at 10 am. Matthew, Patrick (Katie), Tracie (Eric), Maggie, Nick and Maddie; dear great-grandfather of Jack, Pickering, Norman P. David, Tess, Lily, Brooke, Gabriella, Gwen, Caroline, Addison, of Saint Charles, MO, passed away Tuesday, February Samantha, Harper, Thomas, Amelia, Benjamin and Madelyn; 14, 2017, at the age of 94. dear son of the late Lewis E., Sr. and Hattye (nee Branson) Loving husband of Ruth Ann Pickering; beloved son Johnson; dear brother of the late Thomas F. and Genevieve M. of the late John and Laura Pickering; devoted father of Norma Johnson; our dear brother-in-law, uncle and friend of many. Services: Memorial Visitation at Curé of Ars Catholic Church, (Ted) Yeater, Patricia Flanagan, Robert (Pat) Pickering, Susan 670 South Laclede Station Rd., 63119, on Saturday, February 18, (Scott) Irvin, and Sally (John) Q u a t t l eb a u m; cherished 10 am until Celebration of Mass at 11 am. Memorials may be grandfather of 11 and great grandfather of 18; dear brother of made to the Saint Louis University Joseph Boland, S.J. Memorial Mary Wilson and the late Howard Pickering, Eula Mae Ernest, Jane Kirk, and Laverne DuBois. Scholarship Fund, 3674 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO, 63108, or Norman proudly served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and was Webster University Lewis E. Johnson Business & Finance a member of the American Legion. He retired from McDonnell Scholarship, 470 E. Lockwood Ave. Webster Groves, MO Douglas as a machinist. He was a Charter member of Our Savior 63119. A Service of KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL. Lutheran Church. He enjoyed golfing, gardening, and coaching little league baseball and softball. He was dearly loved, and will Kosloff, Judith Anne "Judi" be greatly missed by all who knew him. 54, January 28, 2017. Services: Visitation at Baue Funeral Home, 620 Jefferson Memorial gathering at Schrader Funeral Home, Ballwin, Street, St. Charles, MO on Thurs, Feb 16, 2017 from 4:00 pm Sun., 2-5 pm. For more info see Schrader.com 8:00 pm. Funeral Service Fri, Feb 17 at 10:00 am at Baue Funeral Home Chapel. Interment Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Memorial contributions to Our Savior Lutheran McCallum, Kathleen M. Church. Visit Baue.com 47, passed away Feb. 11, 2017. Services: Visitation, Mon., Feb. 20, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Memorial Service: 3:00 p.m., Parker-Millard Poliette, Roger Alexander Sr. Funeral Home, Columbia, MO. visit www.parkermillard.com 75, formerly of Hillsboro died February 09, 2017, in Fort Myers, McNair, William L., Florida. Roger was the owner and operator of Poliette Painting Lt. Commander, USNR (Ret) Co. until his retirement in 1994. Baptized into the hope of Christ's Resurrection Born November 25, 1941 in St. Saturday, February 11, 2017. Louis, he was the son of the late Beloved husband of Kristen (nee Jameson) McNair: Clifford and Myrtle (Klingler) dear father, stepfather, grandfather and father in law of Carl Poliette. He was preceded in (Kim) Hernas, Cara (Adam) Field, Kristin (Paulo Carvalho), death by his sister, Jane Steven (Kelly) McNair, Ryan McNair, Sean McNair, Ashley (Poliette) Dace. McNair, Tesse McNair; dear grandfather of 7, dear cousin of Bill He is survived by his wife Sandra (Ceil) Crawshaw, Ray (Carol) Cunio. L. (Rose) Poliette; six children: Bill was passionate about operating St. Louis Cold Drawn, Constance (Greg) Nickelson, Jane which was started by his parents in 1971 and continues the Daphne Jennewein, Donna (Ryan) Tucker-Hunt, Roger (Angie) tradition and is operated by his sons, Steven and Ryan. Services: Vistation 10-11 AM Friday, Februrary 17, 2017 at St. Poliette Jr., William Poliette, and Gerald (Jennifer) Poliette; two Anselm Catholic Church, "The Priory", 500 S. Mason Rd., Creve step-children: Rhonda (Jeremy) Sharp, and Pammy Neels; 24 Coeur, MO with Mass at 11:00 AM. Interment Valhalla Cemetery. grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; sister: Mary (Jerry) Memorials to Catholic Charities,4445 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, MO Nieder; brother: Donald (Sharon) Poliette, and his beloved dog 63108, w w w.ccstl.org, appreciated. Online guestbook at "Harley"; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and countless friends. Roger's motto "Every day's a good day!" will live on www.hutchensmortuary.com in our hearts forever. Services: Visitation will be 2-8 p.m. Friday, February 17th, and Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, February 18, at WRITE YOUR LOVED ONE’S LIFE STORY Kutis Funeral Home (Affton Chapel), 10151 Gravois Rd., St. STLtoday.com/obit Louis, MO 63123. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Lung Association. www.lung.org/donate


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Trump asks Israel to ‘hold of’ on settlements Two-state solution isn’t necessarily the goal, president says BY JILL COLVIN AND VIVIAN SALAMA associated Press

WA S H I N G T O N • Charting a striking new course for the Middle East, President Donald Trump on Wednesday withheld clear support for an independent Palestine and declared he could endorse a one-nation solution to the long and deep dispute between Palestinians and Israel. The American president, signaling a new era of comity between the U.S. and Israel after rocky relations under President Barack Obama, said he was more interested in an agreement that leads to peace than in any particular path to get there. Standing beside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Trump broke not only with recent U.S. presidents but also distanced the United States from the prevailing position of much of the world. While Trump urged Netanyahu to “hold of” on Jewish settlement construction in territory the Palestinians claim for their future state, he ofered unwavering support for Israel, a pledge he appeared to substantiate with his vague comments about the shape of any agreement. While it once appeared that a two-state solution was the “eas-

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President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak to reporters Wednesday at the White House. Trump said he’d accept any solution that brought lasting peace to the Mideast.

ier of the two” options for the Palestinians and Israel, Trump said he’d be open to alternatives. “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like,” he told reporters. “I can live with either one.” The United States has formally backed the two-state solution as oicial policy since 2002, when President George W. Bush said in the White House Rose Garden that his vision was “two states, living side by side in peace and security.” In practice, the U.S. already had embraced the policy informally. President Bill Clinton, who oversaw the Oslo Accords in the 1990s that were envisioned as a steppingstone to Palestinian statehood, said before leaving

oice that resolution to the conflict required a viable Palestinian state. Separately on Wednesday, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas called on Netanyahu to end settlement building and expressed “willingness to resume a credible peace process.” Also on Wednesday, CIA chief Mike Pompeo secretly held talks in the West Bank with Abbas, the first high-level meeting between the Palestinian leader and a Trump administration oicial, senior Palestinian officials said. The White House wouldn’t comment on the meeting. All serious peace negotiations in recent decades have assumed the emergence of an independent Palestine. The alternatives ap-

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pear to offer dimmer prospects for peace, given Palestinian demands for statehood. Dozens of countries, including the U.S., reairmed their support for a twostate accord at an international conference in Paris last month, before Trump’s inauguration. In Cairo on Wednesday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said: “There is no Plan B to the situation between Palestinians and Israelis but a twostate solution. … Everything must be done to preserve that possibility.” At one point Wednesday, Trump noted the need for compromise in achieving any Mideast peace. Netanyahu interjected: “Both sides.” Echoing language used by Trump over a need to combat “radical Islamic extremism,” Netanyahu said that for peace to be sustainable, two “prerequisites” must be met: “Recognition of the Jewish state and Israel’s security needs west of the Jordan” River. While a two-state solution would involve Israel ceding occupied territory that is strategically and religiously significant, many in the country believe a single binational state would be even more diicult to maintain. It would mean granting millions of Palestinians citizenship and voting rights, threatening Israel’s Jewish majority and its Jewish character. Trump’s campaign platform made no mention of a Palestin-

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(nee Warden) fortified with the Sa cra men t s of H ol y Mother Church on Tue., Feb. 14, 2017. Beloved wife of Vincent F. S t a n e c , Jr. ; d ea r mot h er of Schnuck, Julia "Julie" Mather Vincent F. (Lori) III, John M. Fortified with the Sacraments of (Rebekah), Amy L. (Andrew Hull), Holy Mother Church. and Jim R. (Amanda) Stanec; Beloved wife of Scott C. dear grandmother of Vincent IV, Schnuck, peacefully passed away Nicole, Allison, Renee, Scotia, on Tuesday, February 14, 2017, Katherine, and Virginia; our dear at the age of 68. sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and She was the devoted mother of friend to many. Scott M a t h e r "M a t t " (Nancy M a r g e left us after a long Kohn), Jason Michael (Carrie struggle with cancer. She passed comfortably in her home Carlson) and Thomas Galvin surrounded by family. Marjorie was many things to many (Natalie McNulty) and loving people over her 78 years - loving wife, mother, friend, flight grandmother "Birdie" of Oscar, attendant and golfing buddy. We have been blessed beyond Sam, Oliver and Madeline. She is words. We invite all to celebrate her wonderful life with us this also survived by her cherished Friday at St. Anselm Church. mother, Marie Mather, and sister, Monica Smith of San Diego, Services: Visitation Friday, February 17, at St. Anselm Catholic and her niece Liz Legg. She was preceded in death by her Church, 530 S. Mason Rd. from 1:00 pm until time of Mass at beloved father Claire Mather. 2:00 pm. Interment Bellerive Gardens Cemetery. Memorials to Julie was born in Franklinville, NY, and graduated from Cornell the Siteman Cancer Center or St. Jude Children's Research University, where she met Scott. The couple lived in New York Hospital appreciated. kriegshausermortuary.com and Palo Alto before moving to St. Louis in 1975 when Scott joined his family's business, Schnuck Markets. Walling, Carol Lee (nee Hurley) Everyone who knew Julie loved her for her quick wit and personality and also respected her keen business sense. Julie Saturday, February 11, 2017. loved to play golf, especially with Scott and their three boys. Loving mother of Dale (Lucy) Julie was founding co-president of the St. Louis Archdiocese Walling, Carla (John) Dotson, Foundation for Special Education, member of the St. Louis Cindy (the late Gus) Sittmann, Garden Club, and a valued partner to the Schnucks floral Kim (Gary) Sullivan & the late department. Jim Walling; dear grandmother Her greatest passion was her love of birds. Julie was on the of Shelley Dotson, Becky (Mike) Cornell Lab of Ornithology Administrative Advisory Board and Miller, Eric (Michelle) Walling, enjoyed birding trips to Costa Rica, Texas, Louisiana and Erin (Mike) Tayloe, Lindsay Arizona. Julie was actively involved with the creation of the Au(Val) Adkins, Megan (Tracy) dubon Center at Riverlands in West Alton, MO, and was the first Miller, Ryan Sullivan, Claudia president of the advisory board for Riverlands. Sittmann, Lauren Sullivan & Following her diagnosis of a glioblastoma brain tumor in the Katia Sittmann; greatSpring 2015, Julie boldly agreed to be "Patient 1" in a grandmother of Lucas, JoDee, personalized, revolutionary immune vaccine approach to fight Emmalee, Colton, Elijah, Abby, Lucy, Caroline, Loralei & Jonah. incurable brain tumors. Julie and Scott helped launch the Julia Beloved sister of Pat (Roy) Baum; dear aunt of Nancy (Ken) M. Schnuck Personalized Immune Vaccine Trial at Washington Ohlemeyer & great-aunt of Grace Anna, godmother & friend. University with a $2 million lead gift, and also secured an addi- Services: Friday, February 17 at Valhalla Funeral Chapel, tional $1.3 million in support. 7600 St. Charles Rock Rd, St. Louis, MO 63133. Visitation Julie's family is grateful to her wonderful caregivers: Sterla, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Memorial Service immediately Pedra, Brittany and Ashley for their loving care during Julie's following visitation at 2 p.m. fight. Thanks also to Bonnie, Nicki and Ted for their loving In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spina Bifida St. support. And special thanks to Julie's best friend, Loraine Louis (http://www.sbstl.com/), St. Louis Effort for Aids Budke, who was with her most every day of her journey. (http://www.stlefa.org/) or a charity of your choice. Services: A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at the Cathedral Balsilica of St. Louis, Lindell at Newstead, on Friday, March 10, Windler, Betty Louise at 10 am. A reception with the family will follow. A Private Funeral Mass for the family will be celebrated on (nee Heseman) Asleep in Jesus, Tues. Feb. 14, 2017. Beloved wife of the late Hilmar T. Windler, dear mother of Saturday, February 18. In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Julie may be Brad (Michelle) Windler and Lisa (Mike) Lafferty, dear grandmade to Washington University, Department of Neuro Surgery- mother of Bailey Osborne (special friend Joshua Schildroth), Glioblastoma Research, 7425 Forsyth, Suite 2100, St. Louis, MO, Ashley and Zach Lafferty, and Kayla Thornley, dear sister of Bernice (Leonard) Hemminghaus, dear sister-in-law of Dorothy 63105, or to the Julie Schnuck Center for Avian Monitoring Windler, Elaine (Butch) Spenner, and the late Elvirda (the late Ecology at the A u d u b o n Center at Riverlands Clarence) Moehle, Norma (the late Victor) Harre, and Arvin (www.riverlands.org or 301 Riverlands Way, West Alton, MO, Windler, dear aunt, great-aunt, cousin and friend 63386. Services: Visitation and funeral service will be held Sat. Feb. A Service Of 18 at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 13765 Olive Blvd . The Lupton Chapel Visitation at 9:30 a.m. with the service to follow at 11 a.m. Interment St. John's Cemetery, New Minden, IL. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Lutheran Hour, King of Kings, or the Alzheimer's Assn. appreciated. KRIEGSHAUSER BROTHERS

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ian state, and his inner circle included allies of the West Bank settler movement. A delegation of settlement leaders was invited to Trump’s inauguration. But after weeks of dancing around the issue of expanded Israeli settlement construction, Trump asked Netanyahu to “hold back on settlements for a bit.” In recent weeks, Netanyahu has approved construction of more than 6,000 new settler homes in the West Bank and east Jerusalem, territories Israel seized in the 1967 Mideast War. He also allowed Parliament to pass a law retroactively legalizing some 4,000 settlement homes built on private Palestinian land. Still, Netanyahu indicated he was open to some sort of arrangement. “We’ll work something out, but I’d like to see a deal be made. I think a deal will be made,” he said. And Naftali Bennet, the head of Israel’s pro-settler Jewish Home Party, hailed the new atmosphere between Trump and Netanyahu, saying: “The Palestinian flag was today lowered from the mast and replaced with the Israeli flag.” American presidents have long struck a delicate balance in addressing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, stressing the close U.S. friendship with Israel but also sometimes calling out Israel for actions seen as undermining peace eforts, such as expanding settlements.

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The Defense Department might propose that the U.S. send conventional ground combat forces into northern Syria for the irst time to speed up the ight against Islamic State. “It’s possible that you may see conventional forces hit the ground in Syria for some period of time,” one defense oicial told CNN. But the oicial emphasized that any decision is ultimately up to President Donald Trump. The move would signiicantly alter U.S. military operations in Syria if approved and could put troops on the ground within weeks. Until now, only small teams made up largely of Special Operations forces have operated in Syria, providing training and

U.N. pauses delivery of aid in Mosul • The United Nations said Wednesday it was temporarily pausing aid operations to neighborhoods in the eastern half of the Iraqi city of Mosul as attacks by the Islamic State group continue to inlict heavy civilian casualties there. Lise Grande, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Iraq, said U.N. agencies “made the decision that until security improves, it will be diicult for us to provide assistance.” She spoke during a visit to a camp for Iraqis displaced from Mosul on Wednesday. EU says migrant deaths rise on Mediterranean • Migrant deaths have risen to a record level on the

Libya-to-Italy Mediterranean Sea smuggling route, and the increasing number of rescue boats trying to prevent mass drownings there might actually be helping the smugglers, the European Union’s border and coast guard chief says. Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said Wednesday that authorities face a “sad paradox,” for as the international community increases its eforts to send more rescue ships close to Libya, more people die as smuggling rings pack ever more people onto tiny dinghies and push them out toward the open sea. He said the recorded number of migrant drowning deaths on the route in 2016, which might be much less than the true loss of life, was 4,579. From news services

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Immigrants urged to boycott work, shops • Organizers in cities across the U.S. are telling immigrants to miss class, miss work and not patronize businesses Thursday. “A Day Without Immigrants” is meant to show how critical they are to the U.S. economy and the country’s way of life. Actions are planned in cities including Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas. Hate groups reportedly on the rise • American hate groups — and particularly anti-Muslim groups — are on the rise, fueled in part by the recent presidential election, according to a new report from a liberalleaning advocacy group that tracks domestic extremism. The Southern Poverty Law Center attributed some of the growth to President Donald Trump, whom it described Wednesday in its quarterly Intelligence Report as having “electriied the radical right,” and whose campaign rallies, the report’s author claims, were “illed with just as much antiestablishment vitriol as any extremist rally.”

Boeing workers reject union • Production workers at Boeing’s South Carolina plant voted Wednesday not to join the Machinists, maintaining southern reluctance toward unionization. Vote totals weren’t immediately available. Under NLRB rules, workers must wait a year before another union vote. In a statement, Machinists organizer Mike Evans said the union was disappointed with the vote but vowed to stay in close touch with Boeing workers to igure out next steps. The vote among nearly 3,000 workers at the North Charleston plant

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Russian spy ship tracked of East Coast • Oicials are tracking a Russian spy ship that cruised up the East Coast to within 30 miles of the U.S. Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., Wednesday in what some lawmakers called another aggressive action from Russian President Vladimir Putin. “A Russian spy ship patrolling 30 miles from the Groton sub base underscores that the threats posed by a resurgent Russia are real,” U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-Conn., said in a written statement. Two retired U.S. Navy submarine commanders downplayed the signiicance of the Russian presence, saying the ship presents little threat to U.S. security. Inluential group wants God in classrooms • A policy manifesto from an inluential conservative group with ties to the Trump administration urges dismantling the Education Department and bringing God into American classrooms. Names of the council’s members are closely held. But the Southern Poverty Law Center published a 2014 membership directory showing that Steve Bannon — now chief White House strategist for President Donald Trump — was a member, and that Kellyanne Conway — now counselor to the president — served on the council’s executive committee. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ mother, Elsa Prince Broekhuizen, was named on the council’s board of governors. Her father-in-law, Amway founder Richard DeVos Sr., twice served as president, most recently from 1990 to 1993. And she and her husband have given money to the council as recently as 2007 through their family foundation, according to federal tax records. From news services

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Congress rolls back rule on guns for mentally ill

In this photo from December 2012, parents leave a staging area after being reunited with their children following the mass murder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where a man said to be mentally ill killed 20 children and six educators.

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Blues are loving life on the road Victory over Detroit ends a perfect ive-game stretch BY TOM TIMMERMANN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Detroit left winger Justin Abdelkader screens a shot on Blues goalie Carter Hutton in the second period.

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DETROIT • The Blues made their fi-

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nal trip to Joe Louis Arena, which has an appointment with the wrecking ball at the end of the season. And at the building outside St. Louis they’ve played more games than anywhere else, they did something they never had done before in the franchise’s 50 seasons. After winning the first four of five consecutive road games and making a brief pit stop back home, they

went back on the road and won again, beating Detroit 2-0 on Wednesday. In the franchise’s history, while the Blues have won five straight on the road before, they’ve never done it without an intervening home game. On a trip that looked like a major test of how this team’s season would play out, they got a perfect grade. Ivan Barbashev, who was in the

AHL for much of the team’s earlier road struggles, had the decisive goal, scoring 2:06 into the game. The Blues held on the rest of the way, with Jaden Schwartz adding an empty-net goal with 10.3 seconds to play as the Blues scored on their first and last shots of the game. Carter Hutton, coming of a shutout at Philadelphia to start this run of road games, closed it the same way. He was severely tested on a power play early in the third period See BLUES • Page B5

CARDS GET THE BAD NEWS Reyes will miss entire season after having surgery on elbow BY DERRICK GOOLD St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JUPITER, FLA. • An offspeed pitch attempted last week in New Jersey by a 22-year-old with one of the most promising arms in baseball instantly reshaped the Cardinals’ season days before it oicially began. Rookie Alex Reyes will miss

Young pitcher, his parents hurting after report comes in

the entire season after rupturing a ligament in his right elbow. Five days after Reyes felt pain spiral through his pitching arm, the Cardinals confirmed Wednesday the diagnosis they feared: Their young righthander will have Tommy John surgery as early as Thursday in Jupiter. His sudden and complete See CARDINALS • Page B3

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Alex Reyes JUPITER, FLA. • Not long after

> Rosenthal wants to contribute again. B3

Alex Reyes learned that he needed Tommy John surgery, Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez saw the de-

jected rookie struggling to cope with the devastating news. Martinez then walked to Reyes’ locker stall from across the Cardinals’ clubhouse at Roger Dean Stadium. “Lift your head up,” Martinez told Reyes in Spanish. “Hold your head up high. You’ll see how things See ORTIZ • Page B3

FIGHT FOR THE FIFTH SPOT Entering spring training, the Cardinals intended to pit 2013 NLCS MVP Michael Wacha against rookie Alex Reyes for the fifth spot in the rotation. With Reyes headed for elbow surgery and a yearlong rehab, the team has reason to open up starts and innings for a wider competition. Here are the early or eventual candidates already in the clubhouse:

MICHAEL WACHA, RHP Age: 25 | MLB (4 years): 33-21, 3.74 ERA, 91 games (82 starts), 1.269 WHIP A chronic shoulder issue interrupted 2016, but if righthander proves his health and strength, he can be the power fastball-changeup fiend who was a sensation just three years ago.

PHOTOS BY CHRIS LEE • P-D

LUKE WEAVER, RHP

TREVOR ROSENTHAL, RHP

TYLER LYONS, LHP

MARCO GONZALES, LHP

Age: 23 | MLB (1 year): 1-4, 5.70 ERA, nine games (eight starts), 1.596 WHIP Swift-riser beat Reyes to the majors with his unerring eiciency. Strayed away from his strengths, and that cost him. Can be reliable, strike-throwing starter.

Age: 26 | MLB (5 years): 8-20, 2.92 ERA, 278 games (zero starts), 110 saves, 1.323 WHIP Former All-Star closer has long wanted a chance to start. Team wanted him to “stretch out” this spring, possibly as a multi-inning reliever. He’ll get as long a look as he earns.

Age: 28 | MLB (4 years): 7-9, 4.05 ERA, 70 games (20 starts), 1.174 WHIP A persisting knee injury led to ofseason surgery, delaying Lyons’ work. He’ll be ready during Grapefruit League games and has intrigued team in the past as a lefty option.

Age: 24 | MLB (2 years): 4-2, 4.82 ERA, 11 games (six starts), 1.634 WHIP Like Lance Lynn, lefty is returning from Tommy John surgery. Set to throw a bullpen session Friday, he could be ready in April — a late entry into the contest. — Derrick Goold

Mizzou runs out of home magic vs. Alabama BY DAVE MATTER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

COLUMBIA, MO. • Just like that,

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Missouri’s K.J. Walton takes the ball up court ahead of Alabama’s Corban Collins.

Missouri’s home winning streak of two perished at Mizzou Arena. In a game the Tigers led for 28 minutes, a late meltdown against a suddenly resurgent Alabama Crimson Tide led to a 57-54 defeat,

spoiling some late-season momentum for the Tigers at home. Mizzou (7-18, 2-11) had climbed out of last place in the Southeastern Conference with consecutive home wins over Arkansas and Vanderbilt but lost its momentum with Wednesday’s loss. The Crimson Tide (1510, 8-5), a mess offensively most of the night, broke a late tie and

took the lead for good on consecutive 3-pointers by Dazon Ingram, who finished with a game-high 18 points. K.J. Walton led the Tigers with 12 points, while Kevin Puryear added 11. Wednesday’s game was a

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Blues are loving life on the road Victory over Detroit ends a perfect ive-game stretch BY TOM TIMMERMANN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Detroit left winger Justin Abdelkader screens a shot on Blues goalie Carter Hutton in the second period.

BLUES

2 RED WINGS 0

DETROIT • Before the Blues’ game

> UP NEXT: 7 p.m. Thursday vs. Vancouver, FSM > INSIDE: Short-handed goal yet to come. B5

with the Red Wings on Wednesday night, coach Mike Yeo heard that goalie Carter Hutton had three shutouts in his past five road starts. “I said, ‘Well, four in six sounds a lot better than that,’ ” he said, “not expecting that. So I guess I’ll say five in seven is way better than that.” Hutton, the Blues’ backup goalie, put an amazing cap on an amazing run of road wins for the Blues.

He stopped all 25 shots he faced as the Blues won their fifth consecutive road game, beating the Red Wings 2-0 in the Blues’ final trip to Joe Louis Arena. It marked the first time that the Blues have ever gone on a five-game trip and won all five games, and they did it by allowing just three goals total. They got two shutouts from Hutton, in the first and

last games, and another from Jake Allen as the Blues have begun to assert themselves since Yeo took over for Ken Hitchcock. “An unbelievable job” by Hutton, Yeo said. “I think that our guys defended really well. but they threw a lot of pucks at the net and there were a lot of scrums around the net and I thought he stood really strong.” Coming into this season, Hutton had four career shutouts. Now he’s had that many in a month and a day. See BLUES • Page B5

CARDS GET THE BAD NEWS Reyes will miss entire season after having surgery on elbow BY DERRICK GOOLD St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JUPITER, FLA. • An offspeed pitch attempted last week in New Jersey by a 22-year-old with one of the most promising arms in baseball instantly reshaped the Cardinals’ season days before it oicially began. Rookie Alex Reyes will miss

Young pitcher, his parents hurting after report comes in

the entire season after rupturing a ligament in his right elbow. Five days after Reyes felt pain spiral through his pitching arm, the Cardinals confirmed Wednesday the diagnosis they feared: Their young righthander will have Tommy John surgery as early as Thursday in Jupiter. His sudden and complete See CARDINALS • Page B3

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Alex Reyes JUPITER, FLA. • Not long after

> Rosenthal wants to contribute again. B3

Alex Reyes learned that he needed Tommy John surgery, Cardinals ace Carlos Martinez saw the de-

jected rookie struggling to cope with the devastating news. Martinez then walked to Reyes’ locker stall from across the Cardinals’ clubhouse at Roger Dean Stadium. “Lift your head up,” Martinez told Reyes in Spanish. “Hold your head up high. You’ll see how things See ORTIZ • Page B3

FIGHT FOR THE FIFTH SPOT Entering spring training, the Cardinals intended to pit 2013 NLCS MVP Michael Wacha against rookie Alex Reyes for the fifth spot in the rotation. With Reyes headed for elbow surgery and a yearlong rehab, the team has reason to open up starts and innings for a wider competition. Here are the early or eventual candidates already in the clubhouse:

MICHAEL WACHA, RHP Age: 25 | MLB (4 years): 33-21, 3.74 ERA, 91 games (82 starts), 1.269 WHIP A chronic shoulder issue interrupted 2016, but if righthander proves his health and strength, he can be the power fastball-changeup fiend who was a sensation just three years ago.

PHOTOS BY CHRIS LEE • P-D

LUKE WEAVER, RHP

TREVOR ROSENTHAL, RHP

TYLER LYONS, LHP

MARCO GONZALES, LHP

Age: 23 | MLB (1 year): 1-4, 5.70 ERA, nine games (eight starts), 1.596 WHIP Swift-riser beat Reyes to the majors with his unerring eiciency. Strayed away from his strengths, and that cost him. Can be reliable, strike-throwing starter.

Age: 26 | MLB (5 years): 8-20, 2.92 ERA, 278 games (zero starts), 110 saves, 1.323 WHIP Former All-Star closer has long wanted a chance to start. Team wanted him to “stretch out” this spring, possibly as a multi-inning reliever. He’ll get as long a look as he earns.

Age: 28 | MLB (4 years): 7-9, 4.05 ERA, 70 games (20 starts), 1.174 WHIP A persisting knee injury led to ofseason surgery, delaying Lyons’ work. He’ll be ready during Grapefruit League games and has intrigued team in the past as a lefty option.

Age: 24 | MLB (2 years): 4-2, 4.82 ERA, 11 games (six starts), 1.634 WHIP Like Lance Lynn, lefty is returning from Tommy John surgery. Set to throw a bullpen session Friday, he could be ready in April — a late entry into the contest. — Derrick Goold

Mizzou runs out of home magic vs. Alabama BY DAVE MATTER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

COLUMBIA, MO. • Just like that,

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Missouri’s K.J. Walton takes the ball up court ahead of Alabama’s Corban Collins.

Missouri’s home winning streak of two perished at Mizzou Arena. In a game the Tigers led for 28 minutes, a late meltdown against the suddenly resurgent Alabama Crimson Tide led to Wednesday’s

57-54 defeat, spoiling some lateseason positivity for the Tigers. Mizzou (7-18, 2-11) had climbed out of last place in the Southeastern Conference with consecutive home wins but lost its momentum with Wednesday’s loss, a game frittered away after an official’s call left Kim Anderson biting his tongue.

Alabama (15-10, 8-5), a mess offensively in the first half, broke a late tie and took the lead for good on consecutive 3-pointers by Dazon Ingram, the player Anderson called “the diference in the game.” But before Ingram’s heroics came the call that set of Mizzou Arena

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Blues • blues.nhl.com | 314-622-2583 Thursday 2/16 vs. Vancouver 7 p.m. FSM

Saturday 2/18 at Bufalo noon FSM

Monday 2/20 vs. Florida 7 p.m. FSM

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Cubs still feeling the love But time for World Series champs to turn the page

*Exhibition game Tuesday 2/28 12:05 p.m. at Braves*

Mizzou men’s basketball • mutigers.com | 800-228-7297 Saturday 2/18 at Tennessee Noon SEC Network

Tuesday 2/21 vs. Kentucky 8 p.m. SEC Network

Saturday 2/25 at Ole Miss 2:30 p.m. SEC Network

Tuesday 2/28 vs. Texas A&M 6 p.m. SEC Network

SLU men’s basketball • slubillikens.com | 314-977-4758 Saturday 2/18 at Fordham 1 p.m.

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Wednesday 3/1 vs. La Salle 7 p.m. FSM

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OTHER EVENTS MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE • St. Louis Ambush home games Sun. 2/26: vs. Baltimore, 3:05 p.m. FAIRMOUNT PARK HORSE RACING • Simulcasting: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily.

ON THE AIR BASKETBALL 5 p.m. College women: Michigan at Indiana, BTN 6 p.m. College: Wisconsin at Michigan, ESPN 6 p.m. College: Texas A&M at Vanderbilt, ESPN2 6 p.m. NBA: Wizards at Pacers, FSM Plus 6 p.m. College women: Vanderbilt at South Carolina, SEC Network 6 p.m. College: Alabama-Birmingham at Marshall, CBSSN 6 p.m. College: SIU Edwardsville at Murray State, ESPNU, WSIE (88.7 FM) 7 p.m. College women: Northwestern at Iowa, BTN 7 p.m. NBA: Celtics at Bulls, TNT 8 p.m. College: Utah at Oregon, ESPN 8 p.m. College: Memphis at Connecticut, ESPN2 8 p.m. College: Arizona at Washington State, FS1 8 p.m. College women: Auburn at Mississippi, SEC Network 8 p.m. College: Middle Tennessee State at Western Kentucky, CBSSN 8 p.m. College: Morehead State at Tennessee State, ESPNU 10 p.m. College: Arizona State at Washington, FS1 10 p.m. College: San Diego at BYU, ESPNU GOLF 1 p.m. PGA: Genesis Open, irst round, GOLF 10 p.m. LPGA: ISPS Handa Women’s Australian Open, second round, GOLF HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. Avalanche at Sabres, NBCSN 7 p.m. Blues vs. Canucks, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM) SOCCER 9:50 a.m. UEFA Europa League: FC Krasnodar vs. Fenerbahce SK, FS2 Noon UEFA Europa League: KAA Gent vs. Tottenham Hotspur, FS1 Noon UEFA Europa League: Borussia Monchengladbach vs. ACF Fiorentina, FS2 2 p.m. UEFA Europa League: Manchester United vs. AS Saint-Etienne, FS1 2 p.m. UEFA Europa League: Villarreal vs. AS Roma, FS2 WINTER SPORTS 5:30 a.m. (Fri.) FIS Alpine Skiing: Audi World Championships, Men, Giant Slalom, irst Run, NBCSN

DIGEST Study inds former soccer players had dementia The degenerative damage potentially caused by repeated blows to the head in soccer has been highlighted by a rare study in Europe of brains of a small number of retired players who developed dementia. Fourteen former players were part of the research that began around 40 years ago and six brains, which underwent postmortem examinations, had signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Four brains were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) pathology, a possible consequence of repeated impacts to the brain, including heading the ball and concussion injuries from headto-head collisions. A previous study of 268 brains from the general population in Britain found a far lower CTE detection rate, 12 percent. The small sample size of former soccer players prevented researchers from University College London and Britain’s National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery from drawing any conclusions about the dangers posed by playing soccer as they released their research. But researchers hope the study will provide the impetus for more substantial research in conjunction with soccer authorities. The researchers require current or retired players to be willing to take part of investigations that could take decades to produce conclusions. “Our indings show there is a potential link between repetitive head impacts from playing football and the later development of CTE,” lead author Dr. Helen Ling of the UCL Institute of Neurology told The Associated Press. “This will support the need for larger scale studies of a larger number of footballers who need to be followed long term, looking at various aspects in terms of their mental functions, imaging of the brain and also markers that might identify neurological damage.” (AP) Mizzou wrestlers cruise by SIUE • Ranked 10th in the nation, the Missouri wrestling team closed its home schedule with a 34-12 victory over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Cougars are coached by former Tiger Jeremy Spates. Mizzou (11-4) received pins from Jaydin Eierman (141 pounds) and Matt Manley (157), a technical fall from Matt Lemanowicz (184) and major decisions from Mascoutah High product Lavion Mayes (149) and Daniel Lewis (165). Heavyweight Austin Myers won by decision while three-time All-American and two-time NCAA champ J’den Cox (197) improved to 20-0 with a forfeit win. For the Cougars (4-12), John Muldoon (133) won by fall, with Freddie Rodriguez (125) and Jake Residori (174) picking up decisions. (Joe Lyons) Illini add football assistant • Illinois coach Lovie Smith hired former NFL cornerback Donnie Abraham as a defensive assistant coach and he primarily will work with safeties. Abraham played nine seasons in the NFL, including six with Tampa Bay when Lovie Smith was its linebackers coach and Illini defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson was a Pro Bowl linebacker. Abraham spent three seasons with the New York Jets before retiring from the NFL in 2004. (AP)

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Vegas this winter, Kris Bryant finally understood just how much the Cubs championship meant far beyond the Windy City. He felt the constant love from fans just by seeing people in the streets wearing Chicago gear. Or when many recognized him and offered congratulations for his huge part in the franchise’s first title in 108 years. Besides, he’s hard to miss at 6-foot-5. “I didn’t really realize how many fans we had around the country and I really got a sense of that this year,” Bryant said Wednesday, when the World Series champs held their first workout for pitchers and catchers this spring. “It was kind of hard to even go places in my hometown. I was just seeing Cubs hats everywhere driving my car down the road or guys running in a Cubs hat. I’m like, ‘This is crazy.’ It really shows what we did, and it’s something that we can be proud of.” Pitcher Jake Arrieta gets it. He experienced the same thing, and he can’t always hide behind his signature bushy brown beard. “Kris can’t go anywhere without getting recognized,” Arrieta quipped. “He’s got beautiful hair and being 6-foot-5 it’s a little hard to stay hidden for him. But the beard for me kind of gives me away. I was able to fly under the radar for a couple weeks without facial hair but it came back pretty quickly.” Now that this group has its

banners and baseball’s bragging rights until a new winner is crowned this fall, the Cubs want to do it again — keep flying that “W” in Wrigleyville. No doubt the fanfare has reached the Arizona desert, where the Cubs were a main attraction in Mesa when they formally began 2017. Around Sloan Park and the club’s adjacent training complex, there are signs of winning: Large decorative baseballs declaring “2016 World Series Champions” and banners hanging from light posts that read “2016 World Champs.” Manager Joe Maddon has a firm but good-natured message. He is encouraging the Cubs to stay “uncomfortable,” to keep pushing. He absolutely believes the “psychological crap” he speaks of matters greatly. “The hangover component, I already started talking about it today not using the word hangover, but just addressing the method by which we’re going to be able to get back there and do it again,” Maddon said. “It’s important that we, staff, manager, deliver the message but then the peer group delivers the message also that we don’t stand or put up with anything less than that same kind of attitude that got us there. Having said all that, one of the main components of us getting there is we have fun here, and I want us to continue to have fun.” Bryant has repeatedly rewatched the jaw-dropping 8-7, 10-inning Game 7 win against Cleveland and also a film on the Cubs ending their drought at long

last. “Oh, yeah. I’ll be watching that for the rest of my life,” he said. “Going through what we did last year and winning the whole thing it just makes you want to go through it all over again. Playing in the Game 7, that’s the most stressful game you can probably play in in sports. I think all our nerves heading into this year are pretty calm that we played in one of the most stressful games in the history of this game. I think we’ll be fine.” Arrieta’s spring start was immediately a success. “I’m glad to have the blood test done. I didn’t pass out this year, which was nice,” the ace righthander said. He loves the energy surrounding the team from every angle. “You get the goosebumps and the positive nervous anxiety to start another year,” Arrieta said. “The appreciation from the fans all across the country continues to pour in and that’s a really good feeling. There’s support in California to Florida, where I’m at in Texas. I’ll randomly get, people will walk up and I’ll get a pat on the back from lifelong Cubs fans or people that just had an appreciation for what we were able to do and just like to come up and say hello. It feels great to say you’re a world champion, but to be able to try and repeat and do it all again would be a little bit more special for us.” And Bryant is clear about one thing as a new season begins: “It’s still like a World Series tour,” he said. “We’ve got to turn the page.”

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK Kershaw: ‘No worries’ about his back troubles After an injury-interrupted 2016 season, Clayton Kershaw hopes to remain healthy this season. “I’m here to make every start this year,” the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace said Wednesday after reporting to the team’s spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz. “I feel like that’s what I’m here to do.” Kershaw threw a bullpen session, a day ahead of the oicial start of workouts for pitchers and catchers. He did not pitch for the Dodgers from June 26 until Sept. 9 last year because of a herniated disk in his back. The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner went 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA. After returning, he made four starts and one relief appearance in the playofs. “I’m doing good,” said Kershaw, who turns 29 on March 19. “I’m excited to give the back a good test this spring. But there’s no worries or concerns for me.” The physical regimen has changed some for the six-time AllStar, who has thrown 1,760 regularseason innings during nine major league seasons. “The routine is a little diferent, yeah, but no drastic changes, which is great,” Kershaw said. “I feel like I’m still able to get the work in. I’m a little more aware. Instead of my pushing through stuf, I’m just a little more aware. For the most part, not a lot has changed.” Kershaw threw of the mound four or ive times before arriving in Arizona. His wife, Ellen, gave birth to a son, Charley, in November. He is their second child. “One was tough,” Kershaw joked. “Two is just adding to the chaos.” He sees familiarity in the Dodgers clubhouse as the team tries to reach

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Clayton Kershaw missed much of last season because of a back ailment.

the World Series for the irst time since winning the 1988 title. Kershaw igures to make his seventh straight opening-day start, which would match the club record Don Sutton set from 1972-78. Don Drysdale made seven — but not consecutively — from 1958-69. Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda are likely to follow in the rotation, but the inal two slots are unclear. Julio Urias, a 20-year-old who debuted last year, is a possibility as is Hyun-jin Ryu, who is coming of elbow surgery. Meanwhile, the Dodgers bolstered their bullpen as Sergio Romo oicially signed a $3 million, one-year deal Wednesday after nine seasons with the archrival San Francisco Giants. He is likely to be the setup man for closer Kenley Jansen. Romo is 32-26 with a 2.58 ERA and 84 saves while winning three World Series titles with San Francisco. Woods’ KC deal done • Travis Wood, a 30-year-old lefthander, inalized a $12 million, two-year contract with the Royals. Wood, coming of a World

Series title with the Cubs, hopes to earn a starting slot in a rotation shaken by the death of Yordano Ventura in a car accident in the ofseason. Wood was 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA as a reliever in 77 appearances last season. He will compete for the ifth slot in the starting rotation with a pair of righthanders: Chris Young was 1-8 with a 7.39 ERA in 13 starts last season. Nathan Karns went 6-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 15 starts with Seattle. Chen to return • Nearly two years after he retired from baseball, pitcher Bruce Chen is getting ready to pitch for China in the World Baseball Classic next month. Chen, 39, retired after Cleveland designated him for assignment in May 2015 and no teams claimed him of waivers. When the team from China reached out to him late last year, Chen wondered if it was looking for a pitching coach. “Two days later, they told me they wanted me to pitch,” Chen said. Associated Press


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DIGEST Study inds former soccer players had dementia The degenerative damage potentially caused by repeated blows to the head in soccer has been highlighted by a rare study in Europe of brains of a small number of retired players who developed dementia. Fourteen former players were part of the research that began around 40 years ago and six brains, which underwent postmortem examinations, had signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Four brains were found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) pathology, a possible consequence of repeated impacts to the brain, including heading the ball and concussion injuries from headto-head collisions. A previous study of 268 brains from the general population in Britain found a far lower CTE detection rate, 12 percent. The small sample size of former soccer players prevented researchers from University College London and Britain’s National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery from drawing any conclusions about the dangers posed by playing soccer as they released their research. But researchers hope the study will provide the impetus for more substantial research. “Our indings show there is a potential link between repetitive head impacts from playing football and the later development of CTE,” lead author Dr. Helen Ling of the UCL Institute of Neurology told The Associated Press. “This will support the need for larger scale studies.” (AP) Mizzou wrestlers cruise by SIUE • Ranked 10th in the nation, the Missouri wrestling team closed its home schedule with a 34-12 victory over Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. The Cougars are coached by former Tiger Jeremy Spates. Mizzou (11-4) received pins from Jaydin Eierman (141 pounds) and Matt Manley (157), a technical fall from Matt Lemanowicz (184) and major decisions from Mascoutah High product Lavion Mayes (149) and Daniel Lewis (165). Heavyweight Austin Myers won by decision while three-time All-American and two-time NCAA champ J’den Cox (197) improved to 20-0 with a forfeit win. For the Cougars (4-12), John Muldoon (133) won by fall, with Freddie Rodriguez (125) and Jake Residori (174) picking up decisions. (Joe Lyons) MU’s Reedy sets SEC mark • Lauren Reedy set Southeastern Conference meet and Missouri school records as she claimed the women’s 1-meter springboard title at the SEC swimming and diving championships in Knoxville, Tenn. Reedy, who was the 1-meter runner-up last year at the SEC meet, tallied a six-round score of 364.3. That beat her old school mark of 355.8 and the SEC meet record of 358.85. The title was the irst of Reedy’s career. (News services) Illini add football assistant • Illinois coach Lovie Smith hired former NFL cornerback Donnie Abraham as a defensive assistant coach and he primarily will work with safeties. Abraham played nine seasons in the NFL, including six with Tampa Bay when Lovie Smith was its linebackers coach and Illini defensive coordinator Hardy Nickerson was a Pro Bowl linebacker. Abraham spent three seasons with the New York Jets before retiring from the NFL in 2004. (AP)

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Vegas this winter, Kris Bryant finally understood just how much the Cubs championship meant far beyond the Windy City. He felt the constant love from fans just by seeing people in the streets wearing Chicago gear. Or when many recognized him and offered congratulations for his huge part in the franchise’s first title in 108 years. Besides, he’s hard to miss at 6-foot-5. “I didn’t really realize how many fans we had around the country and I really got a sense of that this year,” Bryant said Wednesday, when the World Series champs held their first workout for pitchers and catchers this spring. “It was kind of hard to even go places in my hometown. I was just seeing Cubs hats everywhere driving my car down the road or guys running in a Cubs hat. I’m like, ‘This is crazy.’ It really shows what we did, and it’s something that we can be proud of.” Pitcher Jake Arrieta gets it. He experienced the same thing, and he can’t always hide behind his signature bushy brown beard. “Kris can’t go anywhere without getting recognized,” Arrieta quipped. “He’s got beautiful hair and being 6-foot-5 it’s a little hard to stay hidden for him. But the beard for me kind of gives me away. I was able to fly under the radar for a couple weeks without facial hair but it came back pretty quickly.” Now that this group has its

banners and baseball’s bragging rights until a new winner is crowned this fall, the Cubs want to do it again — keep flying that “W” in Wrigleyville. No doubt the fanfare has reached the Arizona desert, where the Cubs were a main attraction in Mesa when they formally began 2017. Around Sloan Park and the club’s adjacent training complex, there are signs of winning: Large decorative baseballs declaring “2016 World Series Champions” and banners hanging from light posts that read “2016 World Champs.” Manager Joe Maddon has a firm but good-natured message. He is encouraging the Cubs to stay “uncomfortable,” to keep pushing. He absolutely believes the “psychological crap” he speaks of matters greatly. “The hangover component, I already started talking about it today not using the word hangover, but just addressing the method by which we’re going to be able to get back there and do it again,” Maddon said. “It’s important that we, staff, manager, deliver the message but then the peer group delivers the message also that we don’t stand or put up with anything less than that same kind of attitude that got us there. Having said all that, one of the main components of us getting there is we have fun here, and I want us to continue to have fun.” Bryant has repeatedly rewatched the jaw-dropping 8-7, 10-inning Game 7 win against Cleveland and also a film on the Cubs ending their drought at long

last. “Oh, yeah. I’ll be watching that for the rest of my life,” he said. “Going through what we did last year and winning the whole thing it just makes you want to go through it all over again. Playing in the Game 7, that’s the most stressful game you can probably play in in sports. I think all our nerves heading into this year are pretty calm that we played in one of the most stressful games in the history of this game. I think we’ll be fine.” Arrieta’s spring start was immediately a success. “I’m glad to have the blood test done. I didn’t pass out this year, which was nice,” the ace righthander said. He loves the energy surrounding the team from every angle. “You get the goosebumps and the positive nervous anxiety to start another year,” Arrieta said. “The appreciation from the fans all across the country continues to pour in and that’s a really good feeling. There’s support in California to Florida, where I’m at in Texas. I’ll randomly get, people will walk up and I’ll get a pat on the back from lifelong Cubs fans or people that just had an appreciation for what we were able to do and just like to come up and say hello. It feels great to say you’re a world champion, but to be able to try and repeat and do it all again would be a little bit more special for us.” And Bryant is clear about one thing as a new season begins: “It’s still like a World Series tour,” he said. “We’ve got to turn the page.”

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK Kershaw: ‘No worries’ about his back troubles After an injury-interrupted 2016 season, Clayton Kershaw hopes to remain healthy this season. “I’m here to make every start this year,” the Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace said Wednesday after reporting to the team’s spring training camp in Glendale, Ariz. “I feel like that’s what I’m here to do.” Kershaw threw a bullpen session, a day ahead of the oicial start of workouts for pitchers and catchers. He did not pitch for the Dodgers from June 26 until Sept. 9 last year because of a herniated disk in his back. The three-time National League Cy Young Award winner went 12-4 with a 1.69 ERA. After returning, he made four starts and one relief appearance in the playofs. “I’m doing good,” said Kershaw, who turns 29 on March 19. “I’m excited to give the back a good test this spring. But there’s no worries or concerns for me.” The physical regimen has changed some for the six-time AllStar, who has thrown 1,760 regularseason innings during nine major league seasons. “The routine is a little diferent, yeah, but no drastic changes, which is great,” Kershaw said. “I feel like I’m still able to get the work in. I’m a little more aware. Instead of my pushing through stuf, I’m just a little more aware. For the most part, not a lot has changed.” Kershaw threw of the mound four or ive times before arriving in Arizona. His wife, Ellen, gave birth to a son, Charley, in November. He is their second child. “One was tough,” Kershaw joked. “Two is just adding to the chaos.” He sees familiarity in the Dodgers clubhouse as the team tries to reach

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Clayton Kershaw missed much of last season because of a back ailment.

the World Series for the irst time since winning the 1988 title. Kershaw igures to make his seventh straight opening-day start, which would match the club record Don Sutton set from 1972-78. Don Drysdale made seven — but not consecutively — from 1958-69. Rich Hill and Kenta Maeda are likely to follow in the rotation, but the inal two slots are unclear. Julio Urias, a 20-year-old who debuted last year, is a possibility as is Hyun-jin Ryu, who is coming of elbow surgery. Meanwhile, the Dodgers bolstered their bullpen as Sergio Romo oicially signed a $3 million, one-year deal Wednesday after nine seasons with the archrival San Francisco Giants. He is likely to be the setup man for closer Kenley Jansen. Romo is 32-26 with a 2.58 ERA and 84 saves while winning three World Series titles with San Francisco. Woods’ KC deal done • Travis Wood, a 30-year-old lefthander, inalized a $12 million, two-year contract with the Royals. Wood, coming of a World

Series title with the Cubs, hopes to earn a starting slot in a rotation shaken by the death of Yordano Ventura in a car accident in the ofseason. Wood was 4-0 with a 2.95 ERA as a reliever in 77 appearances last season. He will compete for the ifth slot in the starting rotation with a pair of righthanders: Chris Young was 1-8 with a 7.39 ERA in 13 starts last season. Nathan Karns went 6-2 with a 4.56 ERA in 15 starts with Seattle. Chen to return • Nearly two years after he retired from baseball, pitcher Bruce Chen is getting ready to pitch for China in the World Baseball Classic next month. Chen, 39, retired after Cleveland designated him for assignment in May 2015 and no teams claimed him of waivers. When the team from China reached out to him late last year, Chen wondered if it was looking for a pitching coach. “Two days later, they told me they wanted me to pitch,” Chen said. Associated Press


CARDINALS

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JUPITER, FLA. • Trevor Rosenthal, who set a Cardinals singleseason record with 48 saves in 2015, finished his 2016 work, pitching the third, fourth and fifth innings — all scoreless — in the next-to-last game of a disappointing, injury-plagued season. Rosenthal, who said Wednesday he battled a forearm problem from the first game of the season and in July went on the disabled list with an inflamed right rotator cuf, was yanked from his closer’s role in midseason. He had said all along, even during his salad days as a reliever, that he would like a chance to start, and the Cardinals said they would try stretching him out in starter fashion this spring. With so many potential starters in camp, it didn’t seem likely that Rosenthal could crack the rotation, but with Alex Reyes going down for the season with elbow surgery probably to be performed Thursday, Rosenthal might get that crack. But the righthander made it sound Wednesday after his first bullpen session of the spring that it wasn’t that big a deal. “(Reyes) was a piece we were looking forward to having,” said the 26-year-old Rosenthal. “There definitely are going to be innings to fill. But for my mindset, I’m just looking forward to getting out there. I just want to pitch well. If I pitch well, it’s all

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Cardinals manager Mike Matheny talks with pitcher Trevor Rosenthal on Wednesday before Rosenthal threw his irst bullpen session.

going to work itself out. “That’s where I feel comfortable keeping my focus. If something comes up (starting) and it keeps rolling, that would great. If it goes in another direction, that would be great, too. Proving I can get people out is going to be a good goal.” Performance (2-4, 4.46 ERA, 14 saves) last year was affected by injury, Rosenthal said, but he didn’t say anything much about being hurt until late July. “I didn’t feel 100 percent but I feel I was able to keep pushing to do my best. Sometimes, it’s a good choice, sometimes not. As I saw, when I had time to recover

and kind of get back to feeling healthy and strong, the results were a lot different. It makes me realize that pushing through some things and ultimately having to miss a lot more time than if you took rest earlier sometimes is not the best choice. As an athlete, that’s easier said than done.” Rosenthal’s last game in 2016 tied the longest appearance of his career as the Cardinals went through six relievers after starter Michael Wacha failed to last past the first inning. “That was a unique situation,” said Rosenthal, “where I really wasn’t thinking about anything except the fact that we had two

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will work out fine. Just keep focused on your recovery. Life delivers some tough blows at times, but you just have to absorb them and be strong.” Fortunately for Reyes, strength and work ethic have never been a problem for him. The son of Dominican Republic immigrants learned the importance of perseverance and hard work growing up in Elizabeth, N.J., where his father, Tomas, supported the family by working double shifts as a security guard at the Elizabeth Board of Education. Tomas and Dignora Reyes always let Alex and his two older brothers know that they would put in the work necessary so the boys could chase their dreams. So it was no surprise Wednesday when Reyes, 22, rushed to call the two people who had nurtured his big league dreams since he first declared them during a grammar school writing exercise. There’s no greater love than a parent’s. When your child is hurting, you’re hurting. When they succeed, you celebrate for them. Reyes was hurting Wednesday, and his parents were hurting, too. Reyes’ father “was very sad because you know this was going to be a big year for me,” Reyes said. “He just told me that these are diicult moments and you have to march forward.” There are many long hours of rehab ahead. You can bet your Cardinals’ season tickets that Reyes has the work ethic necessary to overcome this injury. This is merely one unexpected obstacle, a detour, not a stop sign. This was supposed to be a big year for Reyes. Baseball America recently rated him as baseball’s No. 1 pitching prospect. He was among the early favorites for the National League Rookie of the Year Award. Although Reyes has thrown only 46 major league innings, he had already shown enough brilliance to earn a spot on the Dominican Republic’s World Baseball Classic team. The WBC will have to wait. The Cardinals must wait as well, until at least the 2018 season. Reyes, who routinely hit 101 mph on the radar gun last year, knew something was terribly wrong Friday when a sharp pain shot through his right elbow after he threw an otherwise innocent ofspeed pitch. He informed the Cardinals immediately and then held out hope. By the time he was sent for an MRI of his elbow Tuesday, the threat of Tommy John surgery sent a cloud of dread throughout the or-

ganization. The worst fears were confirmed Wednesday morning, delivering a debilitating blow to Reyes, his family and the Cardinals. If you want reason for optimism, though, it’s important to realize that most pitchers return after undergoing ulnar collateral reconstruction surgery. “The way (Tommy John) surgery is now ... they just do such a great job with the recovery and the training stuf,” said veteran righthander Adam Wainwright, who went through the same procedure in 2011 and returned to lead the staf. “They know the recovery so well. “It seems like it’s getting better and better. I didn’t know if that was possible, but it is. The odds of him coming back very, very strong are great.” Fortunately for Reyes, he realizes he is not alone. He has a strong family to lean on, whether by blood in New Jersey or through Cardinal red in St. Louis. Martinez made that clear Wednesday morning when he rushed over to give his young teammate some crucial words of encouragement. “Carlos just talked to me and told me to remain strong and keep my head up,” Reyes said. “He told me things like this happen. He told me that God willing if I take the right steps I’ll return to the level where I was. “He’s always made me feel like a friend before a teammate. He’s always been a good friend. The whole St. Louis organization has focused on that since the minors to try to make the clubhouse more like family than friends or work colleagues.” There is no denying that there’s a long rehab ahead. The threat of setbacks is real. Some days will be excruciating. He should take comfort knowing that he was already one of those rare top prospects who lived up to the hype after he made his debut last Aug. 9. He was 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA and one save in 46 innings over 12 games after he was called up from Class AAA Memphis. He overpowered hitters with an electric fastball and a wicked curveball. His march to prominence has been stalled for now. Fortunately for him, his parents set a perfect example to follow. “It (stinks) just to go through this and miss an entire season,” he said. “But if those are the things that have to happen to get back on the field at 100 percent, then that’s what I have to do.” Jose de Jesus Ortiz @OrtizKicks on Twitter jortiz@post-dispatch.com

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games left and we were trying to make the playoffs. My competitive nature just really took over there. Every year we’d been there. I really loved it. If that one game meant something, I wanted to have a chance to contribute.” Once the exhibition schedule reaches the midway point, or perhaps later this spring, Rosenthal’s role may be more clear. “Coming up as a starter, I just really loved the routine of it,” said the Lee’s Summit, Mo., product. “I loved that sort of competition, pitching deep into a game. But, on the same side, the opportunities I’ve had to pitch in big situations out of the bullpen have been really fun, too. “There’s pros and cons to everything. Pitching well, it’s going to be fun to contribute on a team that wins. We have a lot of really good pieces already there and we could be an exceptional staf. Realizing that, just focusing on doing well — whatever position I’m going to be in or multiple positions — it’s going to be good.”

LITTRELL SUSPENDED Lefthanded reliever Corey Littrell, a non-roster pitcher, has received a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball following a second positive test for a drug of abuse, believed to be marijuana. The suspension of Littrell, who is on the Memphis roster, will be efective at the start of the Pacific Coast League season, and general manager John Mozeliak said that Littrell wouldn’t report to Jupiter

until April 1. Littrell would work out there until he could join Memphis. Mozeliak said, “It’s disappointing. He had a nice fall (in the Arizona Fall League). From a baseball projection, he was trending in the right direction. This isn’t a death sentence. It’s a setback and hopefully, he understands the mistake he made and resumes his career after 50 games.” At Class AA and Class AAA last season, Littrell went 2-4 with a 3.90 ERA in 53 games.

GONZALES TO THROW; SIEGRIST DOESN’T Lefthander Marco Gonzales, who was out all last season after elbow surgery, will throw his first bullpen session Friday. Lefthander Kevin Siegrist did not throw, as scheduled, on Wednesday, but manager Mike Matheny, wasn’t worried. “Some early spring shoulder tightness but we seem to be ahead of it,” said Matheny. “Nothing structural. Just sore. “Even as a young player, he was always good about letting us know when something just didn’t quite feel right, so this is the perfect time of year to make sure we jump all over that.” Siegrist, who had a similar experience two springs ago, said he wouldn’t be held back long. “I feel better already,” he said. Rick Hummel @cmshhummel on Twitter rhummel@post-dispatch.com

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absence from this year’s rotation throws wide open a competition that will see two former All-Stars, a revitalized Michael Wacha or repurposed Trevor Rosenthal, make their claim to the fifth starter’s job. “Clearly he was someone who we had talked about competing for that fifth spot,” general manager John Mozeliak said. “So now we have one less. I don’t think it’s a panic mode by any means where we have to go out and fill. Overall, I still feel we have that depth, and that’s why you collect it. “As you look at the depth question, now it’s a great opportunity.” Reyes entered spring training as the No. 1 pitching prospect in the game and a favorite for the National League Rookie of the Year award, but not a certain starter for the Cardinals. The club expected him to have an impact in that role at some point this season, even for the majority of the season. The idea was to pit him against Wacha and others for the starting job to open the year. That changed this past Friday when, during a throwing session near his home in Elizabeth, N.J., he tried to throw an ofspeed pitch. Discomfort bolted through his elbow, and he notified the Cardinals. Travel delays meant that he did not see the team’s medical staf until Tuesday, the first official workout day of spring training. An MRI later that day revealed a complete tear of his UCL, and there was no other option but Tommy John surgery. Rehab requires at least a year. The Cardinals told Reyes on Wednesday morning. “Apparently this is what has to happen,” Reyes said. “It was just the kind of pain throughout my elbow that I haven’t felt before. The thoughts that have been going through my head is, ‘It (stinks).’ … That’s something you never want to go through, and unfortunately it’s here.” Cardinals officials commented on Reyes’ surgery shortly before several of the candidates for the No. 5 spot took the mounds nearby for their first throws in front of coaches. Three years removed from arriving at spring as a sensation like Reyes, Wacha got his first chance to show the Cardinals the work he put in to build up strength and prevent what has become a chronic shoulder concern. While Reyes’ youth and eiciency were questions he brought into the season, the Cardinals are without many certainties on the starting staf. Adam Wainwright is coming of the most frustrating season of his career, Mike Leake had his struggles heightened by a faulty defense, and Lance Lynn is coming back from Tommy John surgery after missing the entire 2016 season. Carlos Martinez, the Cardinals’ leading pitcher last year, carries the least concern, while challengers to Wacha all have some hurdle to clear. Like Wacha, Rosenthal had an injury last year that led to troubles. Rosenthal had his elbow examined out of concern for a severe injury. Tyler Lyons and Marco Gonzales, two lefties, are both coming back from surgery, and righthander Luke Weaver strayed from his strengths in spot major league starts last year. Weaver, Lyons, Wacha and Rosenthal all threw bullpen sessions Wednesday. Wacha’s “was as good as I’ve seen him throw in a long time,” manager Mike Matheny said. “The base. The fluidity of it. Right now, we don’t look so much at the end results but how all the components look. He looked to me as right as I’ve seen him in a long time.” Wacha spent the winter building strength in and around his shoulder, throughout his core, and even into his legs. He did not arrive at spring train-

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Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak conirms to the media Wednesday that pitcher Alex Reyes will require Tommy John surgery.

ing more musclebound, but with “the right muscles firing in the position they need to be to throw a baseball the correct way.” Two of the three previous years have been interrupted by a stress reaction in his scapula, and this winter he geared his workouts around alleviating the stress that causes the unusual injury. The Cardinals have expanded the tests they use to determine weaknesses that could lead to future injury, and Wacha has continued to take those. In 2013, Reyes received treatment for a partial ligament tear in his right elbow, one that at the time did not require surgery. He had shoulder troubles in 2015, and in recent years, the Cardinals revealed, had missed some time with flexor irritation. In January, when the Cardinals examined players, Reyes did not have any issues. He said the soreness emerged while he was throwing Friday, and the Cardinals said it’s possible the rupture was an “event” injury, not wear over time. “Both times I’ve been hurt I’ve come back and I’ve felt 100 percent,” Reyes said. “We treat it when we feel it. Those injuries have never come back until my elbow started bothering me now.” Reyes said he did not increase or hasten his preparation for spring because of his possible role in the World Baseball Classic next month. The Dominican Republic’s team had him on their taxi squad of pitchers. A year ago, closer to the end of spring, the Cardinals learned that shortstop Jhonny Peralta would start on the disabled list with a hand injury, and that upended the Cardinals’ planned infield. Reyes’ injury comes early in spring at a position where the Cardinals have advertised their depth, and still it causes a familiar sinking feeling. In 2011, Wainwright’s elbow gave way in the first weeks of spring training, and the presumed ace missed the entire season. In 2013, both closer Jason Motte and starting shortstop Rafael Furcal had elbow injuries that required reconstruction and cost them the season. In 2011, Kyle McClellan moved into the rotation for 17 starts before a midseason trade keyed the Cardinals for their World Series title run. Pete Kozma took over for Furcal in 2013 and struggled at the plate but was one of the league’s best fielders, and Edward Mujica would eventually get 37 saves in the ninth as Motte’s replacement. “It’s obviously very disappointing. We had very high expectations for (Reyes),” Mozeliak said. “It’s a frustrating injury any time you lose this type of talent. … We have lost some key pitchers on day one. We have to remain optimistic and positive. In this game, there are injuries, and when you think about timing, sure it’s not great, but when is it ever great?” Derrick Goold @dgoold on Twitter dgoold@post-dispatch.com


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M 1 • THUrSDAy • 02.16.2017

Baseball Bills try to rebound from down year Coach hopes good winter weather will give SLU a boost as season is about to begin BY STU DURANDO St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A mild winter with plentiful opportunities to put his team through workouts on a field instead of in a gym did wonders for St. Louis University baseball coach Darin Hendrickson. The lingering stench of 2016 fizzled with a bit of fresh air, providing an early enthusiasm for a college season that starts Friday for the Billikens with four games in San Antonio. The weather allowed SLU to play nine scrimmages this winter instead of the usual one or two. The team rarely was indoors during a six-week period that often is spent on wooden floors. “We’ll be as prepared as ever to start a year,” Hendrickson said. “We’ve been able to scrimmage, go live and get at-bats and reps — all the things that you need.” The Billikens are coming of a season in which they lost their four-year grip on the Atlantic 10 Conference championship. They finished third and posted a 25-31 overall record that started with a season-opening eight-game losing streak and included a 10game slide late in the year. The Billikens struggled to hit up to their standards. They had injuries. They had off-the-field turmoil involving racist comments by departed players that came to light. “Last year was certainly the worst I’ve had, not just as far as wins and losses,” Hendrickson said. “It was my worst year personally in 19 years of coaching as

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SLU left ielder Trent Leimkuehler is coming of a season in which he hit 10 home runs and drove in 39 runs.

far as enjoyment, and the players would probably say the same thing. You can’t always look at it in terms of wins and losses.” It is now time to reset, and Hendrickson is hoping that a new season and an influx of talent will help the Billikens do just that. He added 15 players, including the atypical approach of signing five junior college players. The freshman class was rated No. 61 in the country — neck and neck with No. 59 Missouri — at a time when the gap between the mid-

majors and power conferences is widening. SLU was picked to finish third in the A-10, behind Rhode Island and Virginia Commonwealth, and tied with St. Joseph’s. All the others received firstplace votes. The Billikens are in the unusual position of being viewed as an underdog. “We were the team to beat and then got caught and run down,” Hendrickson said. “To say we got a chink in our armor is an understatement. I don’t think the league is as intimidated by us as

Walton leads MU with 12 in defeat

they used to be. Maybe it’s OK to be the underdog for a while.” In a bid to regain the previously lofty status, Hendrickson added experience to a lineup that was young last season. Returning starters will, byand-large, retain their positions. That includes catcher James Morisano, left fielder Trent Leimkuehler, right fielder Parker Sniatynski, shortstop Alex King and second baseman Cole Dubet. The holes will be filled by junior college players — center fielder Aaron Case, first baseman Nick

MU’s Cullen VanLeer (rear), Alabama’s Bola Olaniyan and Missouri’s Jordan Barnett ight for the ball during the irst half.

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rematch of Alabama’s 68-56 win over the Tigers four weeks ago in Tuscaloosa, a game Mizzou never threatened to win but kept close enough that Alabama never pulled away. On Wednesday, it was Missouri that couldn’t create enough distance from the Tide. For the game’s first 30 minutes, Missouri and Alabama showed why they were the SEC’s two lowest scoring teams when the night began, Alabama especially. The Crimson Tide went 10 minutes and 38 seconds between field goals during the first half until Braxton Key finally broke the drought with a three-point play with 4:44 left, ending a 9-0 Mizzou run. As horribly as the Tide played on the offensive end, they got within five points in the final minutes of the half until Cullen VanLeer’s 3-pointer and Jordan Geist’s transition layup gave the Tigers a cushion. The Tigers went scoreless the rest of the half and Alabama chipped away at the foul line and headed to halftime down 23-18. The Tide had to feel fortunate to trail by only five considering they had more first-half turnovers (seven) than field goals (five). In the first half, Missouri had a 23-18 edge on the boards against one of the country’s best rebounding teams and corralled six offensive rebounds, one more than the Tigers managed in the first meeting last month. Alabama attacked the glass in the second half and finished with a 39-36 advantage. After playing just three min-

ALABAMA 57, MISSOURI 54 FG FT Reb ALABAMA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Hall -0-2 4-6 2-6 0 2 4 Key -- 4-11 1-2 0-3 3 3 9 Olaniyan -1-2 0-0 6-14 1 3 2 Ingram -- 5-12 5-7 4-9 1 2 18 Norris -4-9 0-0 0-2 0 3 9 Taylor -3-6 3-4 1-2 0 5 9 Collins -0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Hale -0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Davis -0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Fuller -0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Johnson -2-5 1-2 0-0 0 1 6 Totals 200 19-53 14-21 13-37 7 20 57 Percentages: FG.358, FT.667. 3-point goals: 5-20, .250. Team rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 10. Blocked shots: 1. Turnovers: 10. Steals: 5. Technical fouls: None. FG FT Reb MISSOURI Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Puryear 35 4-11 3-4 3-5 0 3 11 Woods 15 1-2 0-1 1-2 0 4 2 Phillips 22 1-4 4-6 0-3 1 2 6 VanLeer 27 1-5 2-2 0-0 0 1 5 Walton 30 3-6 5-7 2-5 3 3 12 Barnett 29 2-10 1-2 2-12 0 2 5 Geist 22 4-7 0-0 0-2 1 1 9 Hughes 14 1-4 1-2 0-1 0 1 4 Nikko 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Totals 200 17-50 16-24 8-31 6 17 54 Percentages: FG.340, FT.667. 3-point goals: 4-19, .211. Team rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 9. Blocked shots: 3. Turnovers: 9. Steals: 7. Technical fouls: None. Alabama 18 39 — 57 Missouri 23 31 — 54

utes in the first half before getting his second foul, Missouri forward Russell Woods picked up his third just a minute into the second half, forcing Kim Anderson to go with a smaller lineup for long stretches. Alabama answered with a 7-0 run to get within two points of the Tigers and later tied it at 3535, but Mizzou resumed control, first with a Woods basket in the lane, then a Geist layup. With 7:52 left, Geist pushed the Tigers in front 45-39 with the night’s most improbable shot. Unaware the shot clock was approaching zero, he hoisted a step-back 3-pointer from the wing that bounced of the back of the rim and through the net. Alabama fought back again

with the help of a fortunate call. With the score tied 47-47, Terrence Phillips’ jumper from the corner fell short but appeared to go of the hand of Alabama’s Ingram. The oicials saw it differently, giving the ball to Alabama. Anderson was irate on the sideline, backed by boos from the home crowd. Ingram promptly drilled a 3-pointer on the next possession for Alabama’s first lead since the game’s fifth minute. Missouri’s implosion continued on the next series when Phillips missed a pair of free throws. Ingram’s eruption continued on the next series when he sank another 3-pointer for a six-point lead. The Tigers clawed back with free throws, but Ingram’s runner kept ’Bama in front by four. The Tigers weren’t finished. Walton converted a steal into a three-point play to snip the deficit to a point with 1:31 left. With a minute to play and Alabama in front by one, Woods forced a tie-up in the lane and gave his team possession but couldn’t handle Phillips’ pass, resulting in a Mizzou turnover. The Tigers got the ball back for another chance, but Woods’ hook shot touched nothing but air. Alabama’s Key missed a free throw in the final seconds, but the Tide corralled the loose ball and absorbed another late foul. Ingram sank two free throws for a three-point lead, and as the buzzer sounded, Phillips’ 3-point heave fell short. Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter dmatter@post-dispatch.com

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Wichita State downs SIUC, remains tied for MVC lead FROM STAFF, WIRE REPORTS

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Reeser and third baseman Carter Hanford — who are being counted on to make big contributions. “We had to fix some things and some of that was just getting older people in here that understand the rigors of the long season,” Hendrickson said. “All three juco (starters) are from very successful programs, so we’re leaning on them for leadership.” Hendrickson expects big seasons from Morisano, who hit .262 last season, Leimkuehler (10 home runs, 39 RBIs) and Sniatynski (team-leading 39 runs). Devin Mahoney again will double as a starting pitcher and designated hitter after going 4-3 with a 3.61 earned-run average and hitting .331. He joins Miller Hogan (3-8, 3.27) as the team’s top returning starting pitchers. The nonconference portion of the season will be spent finding a third starter and testing a bullpen that could be among SLU’s strengths. The schedule is relatively strong in the early going, with games against Oklahoma State, Michigan and Creighton among others. It’s a schedule not built to compile an overload of wins but to prepare for the A-10, which will play its postseason tournament at SLU. “The best way to describe our team is pretty simple. We are a good college baseball team with no superstars,” Hendrickson said. “I’ll continue to say that, and I like that.”

Conner Frankamp scored 14 points to lead a balanced ofense as Wichita State led wire-towire and defeated host Southern Illinois University Carbondale 87-68 on Wednesday night. Landry Shamet and Markis McDuffie each scored 13 points, Shaquille Morris and Rauno Nurger added 12 each as Wichita State made 35 of 63 shots (56 percent) and 10 of 16 3-pointers. The Shockers (24-4, 14-1 Missouri Valley Conference) got their ninth straight win in pursuit of a fourth consecutive conference title. Wichita State has not lost since falling to MVC co-leader Illinois State Jan. 14. Illinois State also won Wednesday, at Missouri State. Mike Rodriguez scored 15 points to lead SIUC (14-14, 7-8) while Sean O’Brien added 14 and Thik Bol 10. The Salukis had only four assists in the game — two by Rodriguez and Leo Vincent — and were outrebounded 44-27. (AP) Illinois State 67, Missouri State 66 • Deontae Hawkins scored 19 points to lift the visiting Redbirds to victory, hanging on when the Bears’ Dequon Miller missed on a 3-point shot just before the buzzer. It came from just outside the arc and capped a wild gameending flurry. With seven seconds left, Missouri’s State’s Obediah Church missed two free throws. Then Illinois State’s DJ Clayton was quickly fouled and missed the front end of a oneand-one free throw chance to set up Miller’s last-gasp shot. The Redbirds improved to 225, 14-1. Alize Johnson’s 17 points paced Missouri State (15-13, 6-9) and Jarrid Rhodes had 16. (AP) Tatum sparks Duke • Jayson Tatum (Chaminade) scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half and No. 12 Duke pulled away late to beat No. 14 Virginia 65-55, the visiting Blue Devils’ sixth win in a row. Tatum hit three 3-pointers as the shot clock approached 0:00 in the second half, all coming after the Cavaliers pulled within 43-42. Luke Kennard added 16 points for the Blue Devils (21-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who are now tied for second in the league with Florida State and Louisville. All are a game behind No. 10 North Carolina. London Perrantes scored 14 points to lead Virginia (18-7, 8-5) and Ty Jerome had 13. (AP) North Carolina rolls • Joel Berry II scored 18 points to help No. 10 North Carolina (22-5, 10-3) beat North Carolina State 97-73 on the road. Dennis Smith Jr.’s 27 points led the Wolfpack (14-13, 3-11). SLU women win • Sadie Stipanovich scored 28 points, on 13-for-19 shooting, and St. Louis University remained in contention for the Atlantic 10 title with

HOW THE TOP 25 FARED 1. Gonzaga (26-0) idle. Next: vs. San Francisco, Thursday. 2. Villanova (25-2) idle. Next: at Seton Hall, Saturday. 3. Kansas (23-3) idle. Next: at No. 4 Baylor, Saturday. 4. Baylor (22-4) idle. Next: vs. No. 3 Kansas, Saturday. 5. Arizona (23-3) idle. Next: at Washington State, Thursday. 6. UCLA (23-3) idle. Next: vs. Southern Cal, Saturday. 7. Oregon (22-4) idle. Next: vs. Utah, Thurs. 8. Louisville (21-5) idle. Next: vs. Virginia Tech, Saturday. 9. West Virginia (20-6) idle. Next: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday. 10. North Carolina (22-5) beat N.C. State 97-73. Next: vs. No. 14 Virginia, Saturday. 11. Wisconsin (21-4) idle. Next: at Michigan, Thursday. 12. Duke (21-5) beat No. 14 Virginia 65-55. Next: vs. Wake Forest, Saturday. 13. Kentucky (21-5) idle. Next: at Georgia, Sat. 14. Virginia (18-7) lost to No. 12 Duke 65-55. Next: at No. 10 North Carolina, Saturday. 15. Florida (21-5) idle. Next: at Mississippi State, Saturday. 16. Purdue (21-5) idle. Next: vs. Michigan State, Saturday. 17. Florida State (21-5) idle. Next: at Pittsburgh, Saturday. 18. Cincinnati (23-3) beat South Florida 68-54. Next: vs. Tulsa, Saturday. 19. SMU (23-4) beat Tulane 80-75. Next: at Houston, Saturday. 20. Creighton (21-5) lost to Seton Hall 87-81. Next: vs. Georgetown, Sunday. 21. South Carolina (20-6) lost to Arkansas 83-76. Next: at Vanderbilt, Saturday. 22. Saint Mary’s (22-3) idle. Next: vs. Loyola Marymount, Thursday. 23. Maryland (22-4) beat Northwestern 74-64. Next: at No. 11 Wisconsin, Sunday. 24. Butler (20-6) beat St. John’s 110-86. Next: vs. DePaul, Sunday. 25. Notre Dame (20-7) idle. Next: at N.C. State, Saturday.

a 79-74 win at La Salle. The Billikens (21-6 overall, 11-3 in the A-10) survived three 3-pointer attempts on La Salle’s final possession in a three-point game and Jordyn Frantz then made two free throws as SLU remained tied for second with George Washington, one game behind first-place Dayton. The Billikens play at Dayton in their final conference game (Stu Durando)

NOTEBOOK K-State fans chastised • The president of Kansas State University has asked Wildcats fans to stop using vulgar language targeted at the Kansas Jayhawks when the rivals meet in Bramlage Coliseum. Kansas State students chanted an expletive followed by“KU”in a variety of songs when the Jayhawks visited Manhattan on Feb. 6. (AP) Gators lose center • The No. 15 Florida Gators enter the season’s closing stretch without starting center John Egbunu, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Tuesday. He ends the season averaging 7.8 points and a teamleading 6.6 rebounds in 24 appearances, including 19 starts. (Orlando, Fla., Sentinel)


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COLLEGE SPORTS

M 2 • THUrSDAy • 02.16.2017

Baseball Bills try to rebound from down year Coach hopes good winter weather will give SLU a boost as season is about to begin BY STU DURANDO St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A mild winter with plentiful opportunities to put his team through workouts on a field instead of in a gym did wonders for St. Louis University baseball coach Darin Hendrickson. The lingering stench of 2016 fizzled with a bit of fresh air, providing an early enthusiasm for a college season that starts Friday for the Billikens with four games in San Antonio. The weather allowed SLU to play nine scrimmages this winter instead of the usual one or two. The team rarely was indoors during a six-week period that often is spent on wooden floors. “We’ll be as prepared as ever to start a year,” Hendrickson said. “We’ve been able to scrimmage, go live and get at-bats and reps — all the things that you need.” The Billikens are coming of a season in which they lost their four-year grip on the Atlantic 10 Conference championship. They finished third and posted a 25-31 overall record that started with a season-opening eight-game losing streak and included a 10game slide late in the year. The Billikens struggled to hit up to their standards. They had injuries. They had off-the-field turmoil involving racist comments by departed players that came to light. “Last year was certainly the worst I’ve had, not just as far as wins and losses,” Hendrickson said. “It was my worst year personally in 19 years of coaching as

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SLU left ielder Trent Leimkuehler is coming of a season in which he hit 10 home runs and drove in 39 runs.

far as enjoyment, and the players would probably say the same thing. You can’t always look at it in terms of wins and losses.” It is now time to reset, and Hendrickson is hoping that a new season and an influx of talent will help the Billikens do just that. He added 15 players, including the atypical approach of signing five junior college players. The freshman class was rated No. 61 in the country — neck and neck with No. 59 Missouri — at a time when the gap between the mid-

majors and power conferences is widening. SLU was picked to finish third in the A-10, behind Rhode Island and Virginia Commonwealth, and tied with St. Joseph’s. All the others received firstplace votes. The Billikens are in the unusual position of being viewed as an underdog. “We were the team to beat and then got caught and run down,” Hendrickson said. “To say we got a chink in our armor is an understatement. I don’t think the league is as intimidated by us as

Walton leads MU with 12 in defeat

they used to be. Maybe it’s OK to be the underdog for a while.” In a bid to regain the previously lofty status, Hendrickson added experience to a lineup that was young last season. Returning starters will, byand-large, retain their positions. That includes catcher James Morisano, left fielder Trent Leimkuehler, right fielder Parker Sniatynski, shortstop Alex King and second baseman Cole Dubet. The holes will be filled by junior college players — center fielder Aaron Case, first baseman Nick

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MIZZOU • FROM B1

and gave the Tide the break they needed. Down 10 in the first half, Alabama fought back to tie the score 47-47 with 4:51 left. Trying to regain the lead, Mizzou guard Terrence Phillips left a jumper short, but the ball clearly glanced off Ingram’s hand on the way out of bounds. The officials saw it differently, signaling Alabama ball. Anderson erupted on the sideline, backed by the estimated crowd of 5,991. Ingram promptly drilled a 3-pointer on the next possession for Alabama’s first lead since the game’s fifth minute. The Tide never trailed again. “I can’t really comment on (the official’s call),” Anderson said, “but I probably saw the same thing you saw. You guys can draw your own conclusions. I don’t make that much money (to aford a fine.)” Ingram wasn’t done. Missouri’s implosion continued on the next series when Phillips missed a pair of free throws, followed by another Ingram 3-pointer. “You can say what you want about the call, but obviously we came down and gave them back-to-back 3s,” Anderson said. “You have to give Ingram credit. … When they needed a bucket, he got the bucket.” “After that out of bounds call and the two 3s, the ball was pretty much in their court at that point,” Missouri forward Kevin Puryear said. “It definitely changed momentum of the game.” The Tigers weren’t finished. K.J. Walton converted a steal into a three-point play to snip MU’s deficit to a point with 1:31 left. On the defensive end, Rus-

ALABAMA 57, MISSOURI 54 FG FT Reb ALABAMA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Hall -0-2 4-6 2-6 0 2 4 Key -- 4-11 1-2 0-3 3 3 9 Olaniyan -1-2 0-0 6-14 1 3 2 Ingram -- 5-12 5-7 4-9 1 2 18 Norris -4-9 0-0 0-2 0 3 9 Taylor -3-6 3-4 1-2 0 5 9 Collins -0-2 0-0 0-0 2 0 0 Hale -0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Davis -0-4 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Fuller -0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Johnson -2-5 1-2 0-0 0 1 6 Totals 200 19-53 14-21 13-37 7 20 57 Percentages: FG.358, FT.667. 3-point goals: 5-20, .250. Team rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 10. Blocked shots: 1. Turnovers: 10. Steals: 5. Technical fouls: None. FG FT Reb MISSOURI Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Puryear 35 4-11 3-4 3-5 0 3 11 Woods 15 1-2 0-1 1-2 0 4 2 Phillips 22 1-4 4-6 0-3 1 2 6 VanLeer 27 1-5 2-2 0-0 0 1 5 Walton 30 3-6 5-7 2-5 3 3 12 Barnett 29 2-10 1-2 2-12 0 2 5 Geist 22 4-7 0-0 0-2 1 1 9 Hughes 14 1-4 1-2 0-1 0 1 4 Nikko 7 0-1 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Totals 200 17-50 16-24 8-31 6 17 54 Percentages: FG.340, FT.667. 3-point goals: 4-19, .211. Team rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 9. Blocked shots: 3. Turnovers: 9. Steals: 7. Technical fouls: None. Alabama 18 39 — 57 Missouri 23 31 — 54

sell Woods forced a tie-up in the lane to give his team possession but couldn’t handle Phillips’ pass, resulting in a Mizzou turnover. The Tigers got the ball back for another chance, but Woods’ hook shot touched nothing but air. Still, Alabama left Mizzou with chances to rally. With seven seconds left, Braxton Key missed the front end of a oneand-one free throw, but teammate Donta Hall secured the rebound and got the ball to Ingram. The Tigers fouled him with three seconds left and he made both shots, setting up Phillips for a last-second heave that smacked against the rim. The Tide had more turnovers (seven) than field goals (five) through the first 20 minutes and trailed 23-18 at halftime but made just enough critical plays down the stretch in their fifth conference road win.

“People will say, ‘Coach, why are you so excited about this win?’” Alabama’s Avery Johnson said. “It’s not just the win tonight. It’s the way we won. … This was a game we could have easily laid down and quit because Coach Anderson is doing a great job with his team under the circumstances. They lost double-digit games in a row (13) and now they’ve come back and beat Arkansas at home, beat Vanderbilt at home, lost a tough one at Texas A&M. Under the circumstances he really has his ball club playing at a high level.” Ingram finished with a gamehigh 18 points, while Walton led the Tigers with 12. After scoring 23 points in consecutive games, MU’s Jordan Barnett missed 10 of 12 shots and finished with just five points. “He was a major focus, huge focus,” Johnson said. “We had probably about five different stars by his name in the locker room. We thought if he continued to play like he’s played recently we weren’t going to be in great shape.” “I never thought Jordan got started,” Anderson said. “I just never thought he got comfortable.” “I’m disappointed for these guys because they fought for 40 minutes,” he added, “but we weren’t big enough and strong enough to make the plays on the boards. Both teams turned it over toward the end, but you’ve just got to be able to make plays.” Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter dmatter@post-dispatch.com

Stu Durando @studurando on Twitter sdurando@post-dispatch.com

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Wichita State downs SIUC, remains tied for MVC lead FROM STAFF, WIRE REPORTS

MU’s Cullen VanLeer (rear), Alabama’s Bola Olaniyan and Missouri’s Jordan Barnett ight for the ball during the irst half.

Reeser and third baseman Carter Hanford — who are being counted on to make big contributions. “We had to fix some things and some of that was just getting older people in here that understand the rigors of the long season,” Hendrickson said. “All three juco (starters) are from very successful programs, so we’re leaning on them for leadership.” Hendrickson expects big seasons from Morisano, who hit .262 last season, Leimkuehler (10 home runs, 39 RBIs) and Sniatynski (team-leading 39 runs). Devin Mahoney again will double as a starting pitcher and designated hitter after going 4-3 with a 3.61 earned-run average and hitting .331. He joins Miller Hogan (3-8, 3.27) as the team’s top returning starting pitchers. The nonconference portion of the season will be spent finding a third starter and testing a bullpen that could be among SLU’s strengths. The schedule is relatively strong in the early going, with games against Oklahoma State, Michigan and Creighton among others. It’s a schedule not built to compile an overload of wins but to prepare for the A-10, which will play its postseason tournament at SLU. “The best way to describe our team is pretty simple. We are a good college baseball team with no superstars,” Hendrickson said. “I’ll continue to say that, and I like that.”

Conner Frankamp scored 14 points to lead a balanced ofense as Wichita State led wire-towire and defeated host Southern Illinois University Carbondale 87-68 on Wednesday night. Landry Shamet and Markis McDuffie each scored 13 points, Shaquille Morris and Rauno Nurger added 12 each as Wichita State made 35 of 63 shots (56 percent) and 10 of 16 3-pointers. The Shockers (24-4, 14-1 Missouri Valley Conference) got their ninth straight win in pursuit of a fourth consecutive conference title. Wichita State has not lost since falling to MVC co-leader Illinois State Jan. 14. Illinois State also won Wednesday, at Missouri State. Mike Rodriguez scored 15 points to lead SIUC (14-14, 7-8) while Sean O’Brien added 14 and Thik Bol 10. The Salukis had only four assists in the game — two by Rodriguez and Leo Vincent — and were outrebounded 44-27. (AP) Illinois State 67, Missouri State 66 • Deontae Hawkins scored 19 points to lift the visiting Redbirds to victory, hanging on when the Bears’ Dequon Miller missed on a 3-point shot just before the buzzer. It came from just outside the arc and capped a wild gameending flurry. With seven seconds left, Missouri’s State’s Obediah Church missed two free throws. Then Illinois State’s DJ Clayton was quickly fouled and missed the front end of a oneand-one free throw chance to set up Miller’s last-gasp shot. The Redbirds improved to 225, 14-1. Alize Johnson’s 17 points paced Missouri State (15-13, 6-9) and Jarrid Rhodes had 16. (AP) Tatum sparks Duke • Jayson Tatum (Chaminade) scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half and No. 12 Duke pulled away late to beat No. 14 Virginia 65-55, the visiting Blue Devils’ sixth win in a row. Tatum hit three 3-pointers as the shot clock approached 0:00 in the second half, all coming after the Cavaliers pulled within 43-42. Luke Kennard added 16 points for the Blue Devils (21-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference), who are now tied for second in the league with Florida State and Louisville. All are a game behind No. 10 North Carolina. London Perrantes scored 14 points to lead Virginia (18-7, 8-5) and Ty Jerome had 13. (AP) North Carolina rolls • Joel Berry II scored 18 points to help No. 10 North Carolina (22-5, 10-3) beat North Carolina State 97-73 on the road. Dennis Smith Jr.’s 27 points led the Wolfpack (14-13, 3-11). SLU women win • Sadie Stipanovich scored 28 points, on 13-for-19 shooting, and St. Louis University remained in contention for the Atlantic 10 title with

HOW THE TOP 25 FARED 1. Gonzaga (26-0) idle. Next: vs. San Francisco, Thursday. 2. Villanova (25-2) idle. Next: at Seton Hall, Saturday. 3. Kansas (23-3) idle. Next: at No. 4 Baylor, Saturday. 4. Baylor (22-4) idle. Next: vs. No. 3 Kansas, Saturday. 5. Arizona (23-3) idle. Next: at Washington State, Thursday. 6. UCLA (23-3) idle. Next: vs. Southern Cal, Saturday. 7. Oregon (22-4) idle. Next: vs. Utah, Thurs. 8. Louisville (21-5) idle. Next: vs. Virginia Tech, Saturday. 9. West Virginia (20-6) idle. Next: vs. Texas Tech, Saturday. 10. North Carolina (22-5) beat N.C. State 97-73. Next: vs. No. 14 Virginia, Saturday. 11. Wisconsin (21-4) idle. Next: at Michigan, Thursday. 12. Duke (21-5) beat No. 14 Virginia 65-55. Next: vs. Wake Forest, Saturday. 13. Kentucky (21-5) idle. Next: at Georgia, Sat. 14. Virginia (18-7) lost to No. 12 Duke 65-55. Next: at No. 10 North Carolina, Saturday. 15. Florida (21-5) idle. Next: at Mississippi State, Saturday. 16. Purdue (21-5) idle. Next: vs. Michigan State, Saturday. 17. Florida State (21-5) idle. Next: at Pittsburgh, Saturday. 18. Cincinnati (23-3) beat South Florida 68-54. Next: vs. Tulsa, Saturday. 19. SMU (23-4) beat Tulane 80-75. Next: at Houston, Saturday. 20. Creighton (21-5) lost to Seton Hall 87-81. Next: vs. Georgetown, Sunday. 21. South Carolina (20-6) lost to Arkansas 83-76. Next: at Vanderbilt, Saturday. 22. Saint Mary’s (22-3) idle. Next: vs. Loyola Marymount, Thursday. 23. Maryland (22-4) beat Northwestern 74-64. Next: at No. 11 Wisconsin, Sunday. 24. Butler (20-6) beat St. John’s 110-86. Next: vs. DePaul, Sunday. 25. Notre Dame (20-7) idle. Next: at N.C. State, Saturday.

a 79-74 win at La Salle. The Billikens (21-6 overall, 11-3 in the A-10) survived three 3-pointer attempts on La Salle’s final possession in a three-point game and Jordyn Frantz then made two free throws as SLU remained tied for second with George Washington, one game behind first-place Dayton. The Billikens play at Dayton in their final conference game (Stu Durando)

NOTEBOOK K-State fans chastised • The president of Kansas State University has asked Wildcats fans to stop using vulgar language targeted at the Kansas Jayhawks when the rivals meet in Bramlage Coliseum. Kansas State students chanted an expletive followed by“KU”in a variety of songs when the Jayhawks visited Manhattan on Feb. 6. (AP) Gators lose center • The No. 15 Florida Gators enter the season’s closing stretch without starting center John Egbunu, who suffered a season-ending knee injury Tuesday. He ends the season averaging 7.8 points and a teamleading 6.6 rebounds in 24 appearances, including 19 starts. (Orlando, Fla., Sentinel)


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But Blues have reason to be happy with penalty-killing BY TOM TIMMERMANN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

we continue to do that, then we’re in good shape.”

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Wednesday’s game with the fifthbest penalty-killing in the league, stopping opponents on 84.2 percent of their power plays. They are also the only team in the league not to score a short-handed goal this season. Part of that is the way the Blues kill penalties, stressing getting the puck out of their own end and then regrouping. Some of it is also a matter of chance; the Blues have had some short-handed breakaways and haven’t been able to finish them. One finish by Kyle Brodziak or Alexander Steen, and that stat goes out the window. “I think an aggressive penalty kill is always the way,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. “A lot of the short-handed goals, you do a good job in your zone, you create a turnover, you catch them out of position and when you have a chance to go you go, for sure. But the flip side of that is you have to make sure you’re pushing things to the extreme. If you try to score one short-handed goal every 10 games but you give up three or four powerplay goals against, then that doesn’t equate. “Sure, there are some situations, maybe you can read the forwards on the back end and you can challenge them more aggressively. Our penalty kill has been strong; as long as

The arrival of center Wade Megan on Wednesday meant that one-third of the Blues’ forwards against the Red Wings, four out of 12, were until very recently playing for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. That included one whole line, as Yeo put Kenny Agostino, Ivan Barbashev and Magnus Paajarvi together on a line, while Megan centered the fourth line between Scottie Upshall and Ryan Reaves, the same group he played with on his previous trip to the NHL, on Nov. 22 against Tampa Bay. “It’s good to see some familiar faces,” Megan said. “It helps ease the tension coming into a new team.” That those four are all playing while the Blues once again scratched Dmitrij Jaskin and Nail Yakupov (though if one of them could play center they could well have been in the lineup) as healthy scratches says something about their contributions. It also speaks to hockey coaches liking to stick to the same lineup as long as a team is winning. “Part of why (Megan) came up is he’s got that identity as a player,” Yeo said. “Obviously, the game is about scoring goals, but the game is also about preventing scoring goals. Inside of that, there’s momentum shifts in each and every game. He’s the type of player that can help us get to our

game, help us bring momentum, help us create energy as far as how he gets in on the forecheck, how he wins battles, how he plays in the ofensive zone.” Another thing this has done is left the cabinet a bit bare in Chicago, but the Wolves have gone 3-1 since Agostino and Paajarvi were called up. “It’s been a next-guy-up mentality,” Megan said. “The lineup’s a little thin, but it’s been good. They’ve been able to find a way to win some games, which is what counts.”

ON THE BALL One thing Yeo has learned since moving to St. Louis: You’d better be a baseball fan. “I am now,” he said. “I’m now oicially a very big Cardinals fan. I’m excited for their season and I’m excited to learn more about their group. I already know and I’ve already gotten a taste of what the Cardinals mean to this area. I’m excited to be part of that.” When Yeo was hired as associate head coach and coach-in-waiting, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny invited him out for cofee. “Nothing too fancy,” he said. “It was a nice opportunity to meet him. A real good guy. He’s got a fan in me and I hope that they have an unbelievable season.” Tom Timmermann • 314-340-8190 @tomtimm on Twitter ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com

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but made a series of saves to keep Detroit of the board. Hutton came into the game with three shutouts in his previous six starts, with all of the shutouts coming on the road. His four shutouts match his career total going into the season. The team’s road success is a good sign for the rest of the season, since even after playing five straight away from Scottrade Center, the team has 14 of its final 25 games away from home, meaning whether or not this team makes the playoffs will be decided in another area code. The change has been rather dramatic. Under Ken Hitchcock, the Blues were 8-13-1 on the road and had been outscored by 19 goals. Under Mike Yeo, they are 5-0 and have outscored their opponents by 13 goals. The game started a run of not just three games in four days, but just about the quickest three-in-four possible. The Blues were to fly home after the game, arriving early Thursday (for television purposes, the game started at 8 p.m. Eastern time), and they’ll be on a plane again Friday afternoon for a game in Buffalo that starts at noon (St. Louis time) Saturday. That adds up to the Blues playing three games in about 65 hours, or three games in less than three full days. It figured to be an emotional game for the Red Wings. Instead of a morning skate, they went to Detroit’s Fox Theater for the visitation for team owner Mike Ilitch, who died Friday. Ilitch, who also owned the Tigers, the Fox Theater and Little Caesars pizza, was a beloved figure in the Detroit community and respected around the league as one of its best owners. Before the game, there was a moment of silence for Ilitch, commemorated on the ice as Mr. I in front of the Red Wings bench, which led to a standing ovation. That was followed by a video tribute to Ilitch, which led to another

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NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Thursday NY Rangers at NY Islanders, 6 p.m. Winnipeg at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Ottawa at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Colorado at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Blues, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Edmonton, 8 p.m. Arizona at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. Friday Pittsburgh at Columbus, 6 p.m. Colorado at Carolina, 6:30 p.m. Florida at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

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ovation. But if there was going to be some cosmic vibe for the struggling Red Wings, who have the worst record in the Eastern Conference and are likely to see their run of 25 straight playoff appearances come to an end, it wasn’t there at the start. Barbashev scored his second goal on this trip when the Red Wings decided they didn’t need to cover him particularly closely. Carl Gunnarsson got the puck deep, Kenny Agostino won a battle with Niklas Kronwall behind the Detroit goal, and Barbashev picked up the puck. He skated around with no one interfering, made a big circle to come back to the left dot and put a quick wrist shot under goalie Petr Mrazek’s blocker. The Blues went five for five on scoring first on this road trip, and recent history has shown they’re better playing from ahead. Each team had a power play but neither could score. The Blues killed of a delay of game call on Scottie Upshall while the Red Wings killed of Brendan Smith’s trip of Vladimir Tarasenko. The Blues had a great chance on that one, but Tarasenko needed to settle a pass from Kevin Shattenkirk and lost his window of opportunity. Even though the three hadn’t played together with the Wolves — Wade Megan normally centered Agostino and Magnus Paajarvi, not Barbashev — Yeo figured the familiarity of the three minor leaguers would work well together, and it did. Neither team scored in the second period, though the Blues had two power plays and the Red Wings had one. It was another dominant second period for the Blues, as they outshot the Red Wings 16-4 and had a few good chances, but Mrazek made the saves.

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First period B: Barbashev 2 (Gunnarsson, Agostino), 2:06. Penalties: Smith, DET, (tripping), 12:24; Upshall, STL, (delay of game), 16:11. Second period None. Penalties: Green, DET, (cross checking), 0:41; Reaves, STL, (tripping), 4:01; Nielsen, DET, (tripping), 8:58. Third period B: Schwartz 19:49. Penalties: Jensen, DET, (holding), 2:31; Berglund, STL, (hooking), 5:05. Shots on goal Blues 7 16 6 29 Detroit 11 4 10 25 Power-plays Blues 0 of 4; Detroit 0 of 3. Goaltenders Blues, Hutton 9-7-2 (25 shots-25 saves). Detroit, Mrazek 12-15-6 (28-27). A: 20,027. Referees: Kevin Pollock, Garrett Rank. Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, Brad Kovachik.

Blues center Ivan Barbashev (49) celebrates his first-period goal against Detroit with Kenny Agostino, who had an assist.

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Blues • The Blues are back at home for the first time since a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Feb. 4, a stretch of 12 days. They went 5-0 on their five-game road trip, wrapping it up with a 2-0 win in Detroit on Wednesday. ... The Blues have met Vancouver just once this season, falling 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 18. They led 1-0 before the Canucks tied the score with 2:55 remaining in regulation and lost on Henrik Sedin’s gamewinner in OT. ... Jake Allen, who is expected to get the nod in net, is 4-1 with a 1.40 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in his last five starts. Canucks • Vancouver enters Thursday’s game with 56 points, four points out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. ... The stop in St. Louis marks the end of a six-game road trip for the Canucks. The team is 2-3 on the trip thus far, dropping to 8-18-3 away from home this season overall. ... Vancouver is coming of a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh, which was the Canucks’ seventh shutout of the season. They rank 27th in the NHL with 2.30 goals a game. Injuries • Blues — C Paul Stastny (lower-body), LW Robby Fabbri (knee) and C Kyle Brodziak (foot), out. Canucks — C Bo Horvat (bone bruise), questionable; LW Sven Baertschi (concussion), RW Anton Rodin (knee), D Erik Gudbranson (wrist) and RW Derek Dorsett (back), out. Jeremy Rutherford

Five Columbus players scored goals and backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves as the host Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Wednesday night. Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner, Josh Anderson, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Matt Calvert scored goals, and Alexander Wennberg, Zach Werenski and Seth Jones had a pair of assists each for the Blue Jackets. Columbus moved into a tie with Pittsburgh for second place in the Metropolitan Division two days before the Penguins visit Nationwide Arena. Nazem Kadri scored both goals for Toronto, and Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves.

NOTEBOOK Nyquist suspended six games • Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist was suspended for six games without pay by the NHL for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face on Sunday. The suspension will cost Nyquist $158,333. The 27-year-old Swede has seven goals and 22 assists in 56 games this season. Vermette facing suspension • Anaheim center Antoine Vermette is facing the likely prospect of a 10-game suspension from the NHL for slashing a linesman. Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso’s legs after losing a faceof to Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu in the third period of the Ducks’ 1-0 win Tuesday night. Caps get Gilbert from LA • Washington added some insurance at defenseman ahead of the NHL trade deadline by acquiring Tom Gilbert from Los Angeles for a conditional draft pick. Kings call up Kempe, LaDue • Los Angeles recalled top forward prospect Adrian Kempe and defenseman Paul LaDue from their AHL ailiate in Ontario. They also sent Devin Setoguchi to the minors.

NHL SUMMARIES Blue Jackets 5, Maple Leafs 2 Toronto 0 1 1 — 2 Columbus 2 2 1 — 5 First period: 1, Columbus, Anderson 11 (Jones, Karlsson), 4:30. 2, Columbus, Jenner 11 (Werenski, Dubinsky), 11:15. Penalties: Jenner, CBJ, (interference), 18:24. Second period: 3, Columbus, Bjorkstrand 1 (Saad, Wennberg), 1:32. 4, Columbus, Foligno 20 (Wennberg, Werenski), 9:56 (pp). 5, Toronto, Kadri 22 (Leivo, Komarov), 17:28. Penalties: Zaitsev, TOR, (interference), 2:25; Martin, TOR, (holding), 5:17; Bozak, TOR, (slashing), 9:03; Toronto bench, served by Matthews (too many men on the ice), 18:30. Third period: 6, Toronto, Kadri 23 (Leivo), 6:19. 7, Columbus, Calvert 9 (Jones), 17:39. Penalties: Johnson, CBJ, (roughing), 6:57; Bozak, TOR, (roughing), 6:57; Atkinson, CBJ, (tripping), 15:19. Shots: Toronto 15-7-11: 33. Columbus 18-12-5: 35. Power-plays: Toronto 0 of 2; Columbus 1 of 4. Goalies: Toronto, Mcelhinney 4-4-2 (34 shots-30 saves). Columbus, Korpisalo 4-1-0 (33-31). A: 14,548.

Leaders

Through Tuesday’s games

Goal Scoring GP Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 49 Jeff Carter Los Angeles 55 Max Pacioretty Montreal 58 Cam Atkinson Columbus 55 Auston Matthews Toronto 55 Michael Grabner NY Rangers 55 Patrik Laine Winnipeg 51 Alex Ovechkin Washington 56 Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis 56 David Pastrnak Boston 51 Mark Scheifele Winnipeg 56 Brent Burns San Jose 57 Brad Marchand Boston 58 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 48 T.J. Oshie Washington 47 Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia 56 Chris Kreider NY Rangers 50 Rickard Rakell Anaheim 47 Patrick Eaves Dallas 57 Tyler Seguin Dallas 58 Assists GP Connor McDavid Edmonton 57 Nicklas Backstrom Washington 56 Patrick Kane Chicago 57 Erik Karlsson Ottawa 54 Victor Hedman Tampa Bay 53 Brent Burns San Jose 57 Duncan Keith Chicago 57 Tyler Seguin Dallas 58 Jamie Benn Dallas 54 Mikael Granlund Minnesota 56 Phil Kessel Pittsburgh 55 Brad Marchand Boston 58 Alexander Wennberg Columbus 55 Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 51

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Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Mitchell Marner Toronto Jakub Voracek Philadelphia Evgeny Kuznetsov Washington Artemi Panarin Chicago Joe Thornton San Jose Power Play Goals Brayden Schenn Philadelphia Patrick Eaves Dallas Mike Hoffman Ottawa Alex Ovechkin Washington Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia Jamie Benn Dallas Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Leon Draisaitl Edmonton Nazem Kadri Toronto Shea Weber Montreal Cam Atkinson Columbus Jeff Carter Los Angeles Nick Foligno Columbus Patric Hornqvist Pittsburgh Matt Moulson Buffalo Tyler Seguin Dallas Patrik Laine Winnipeg Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Nino Niederreiter Minnesota Max Pacioretty Montreal Plus/Minus Brooks Orpik Washington Justin Schultz Pittsburgh Jason Zucker Minnesota Jared Spurgeon Minnesota Ryan Suter Minnesota Michael Grabner NY Rangers Mikko Koivu Minnesota Mikael Granlund Minnesota Dmitry Orlov Washington T.J. Oshie Washington Mathew Dumba Minnesota Karl Alzner Washington Kevin Hayes NY Rangers Ian Cole Pittsburgh Nino Niederreiter Minnesota Jay Beagle Washington Nick Holden NY Rangers Evgeny Kuznetsov Washington J.T. Miller NY Rangers Brett Connolly Washington Goaltenders wins GPI MIN Devan Dubnyk MIN 44 2655 S. Bobrovsky CBJ 45 2624 Braden Holtby WSH 43 2528 Martin Jones SJ 48 2804 Cam Talbot EDM 51 3022 Tuukka Rask BOS 46 2615 Peter Budaj LA 48 2733 H. Lundqvist NYR 42 2329 Carey Price MTL 43 2559 F. Andersen TOR 46 2700 Corey Crawford CHI 37 2194 John Gibson ANA 45 2551 Pekka Rinne NSH 43 2512 Jake Allen STL 41 2226

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Short-handed goal yet to come

EASTERN CONFERENCE

But Blues have reason to be happy with penalty-killing BY TOM TIMMERMANN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

we continue to do that, then we’re in good shape.”

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Wednesday’s game with the fifthbest penalty-killing in the league, stopping opponents on 84.2 percent of their power plays. They are also the only team in the league not to score a short-handed goal this season. Part of that is the way the Blues kill penalties, stressing getting the puck out of their own end and then regrouping. Some of it is also a matter of chance; the Blues have had some short-handed breakaways and haven’t been able to finish them. One finish by Kyle Brodziak or Alexander Steen, and that stat goes out the window. “I think an aggressive penalty kill is always the way,” Blues coach Mike Yeo said. “A lot of the short-handed goals, you do a good job in your zone, you create a turnover, you catch them out of position and when you have a chance to go you go, for sure. But the flip side of that is you have to make sure you’re pushing things to the extreme. If you try to score one short-handed goal every 10 games but you give up three or four powerplay goals against, then that doesn’t equate. “Sure, there are some situations, maybe you can read the forwards on the back end and you can challenge them more aggressively. Our penalty kill has been strong; as long as

The arrival of center Wade Megan on Wednesday meant that one-third of the Blues’ forwards against the Red Wings, four out of 12, were until very recently playing for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL. That included one whole line, as Yeo put Kenny Agostino, Ivan Barbashev and Magnus Paajarvi together on a line, while Megan centered the fourth line between Scottie Upshall and Ryan Reaves, the same group he played with on his previous trip to the NHL, on Nov. 22 against Tampa Bay. “It’s good to see some familiar faces,” Megan said. “It helps ease the tension coming into a new team.” That those four are all playing while the Blues once again scratched Dmitrij Jaskin and Nail Yakupov (though if one of them could play center they could well have been in the lineup) as healthy scratches says something about their contributions. It also speaks to hockey coaches liking to stick to the same lineup as long as a team is winning. “Part of why (Megan) came up is he’s got that identity as a player,” Yeo said. “Obviously, the game is about scoring goals, but the game is also about preventing scoring goals. Inside of that, there’s momentum shifts in each and every game. He’s the type of player that can help us get to our

game, help us bring momentum, help us create energy as far as how he gets in on the forecheck, how he wins battles, how he plays in the ofensive zone.” Another thing this has done is left the cabinet a bit bare in Chicago, but the Wolves have gone 3-1 since Agostino and Paajarvi were called up. “It’s been a next-guy-up mentality,” Megan said. “The lineup’s a little thin, but it’s been good. They’ve been able to find a way to win some games, which is what counts.”

ON THE BALL One thing Yeo has learned since moving to St. Louis: You’d better be a baseball fan. “I am now,” he said. “I’m now oicially a very big Cardinals fan. I’m excited for their season and I’m excited to learn more about their group. I already know and I’ve already gotten a taste of what the Cardinals mean to this area. I’m excited to be part of that.” When Yeo was hired as associate head coach and coach-in-waiting, Cardinals manager Mike Matheny invited him out for cofee. “Nothing too fancy,” he said. “It was a nice opportunity to meet him. A real good guy. He’s got a fan in me and I hope that they have an unbelievable season.” Tom Timmermann • 314-340-8190 @tomtimm on Twitter ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com

Blues make it ive in a row on road

And what looked like the Achilles’ heel that was going to doom the team is now a strength. In his past six starts on the road, Hutton is 5-1 with a .963 save percentage and a 1.05 goals-against average. His four road shutouts tie the franchise record for a season set by Jake Allen last season and Ty Conklin in 2009-10. “For me and Jake, it’s nice to quiet some of the critics,” Hutton said. “I think the whole time I stood by my guns. Jake had a birth in his family, he’s settled in and been electric. Every night we’re excited to come to the rink.” Even if Hutton and Allen were in a bubble, it was pretty easy for them to know what was going on in the world around them. “It was pretty easy,” Hutton said. “No offense, but there were questions about it all the time. It’s the business we’re in. It’s the life we live. Being a goalie can be a lonely position. … We’re now on the right track and trying to chip away each night.” “They took a lot of heat earlier on,” defenseman Joel Edmundson said. “We as a team knew it wasn’t them. It was the whole group of us.” Ivan Barbashev, who was in the AHL for much of the team’s earlier road struggles, had the first goal, scoring 2:06 into the game, and the Blues held on the rest of the way, with Jaden Schwartz adding an empty-net goal with 10.3 seconds to play as the Blues scored on their first and last shots of the game. The team’s road success is a good sign for the rest of the season, since even after playing five straight away from Scottrade Center, the Blues have 14 of their final 25 games away from Scottrade Center, meaning whether or not this team makes the playofs will be decided in another area code. The change has been rather dramatic. Under Hitchcock, the Blues were 8-13-1 on the road and had been outscored by 19 goals. Under Yeo, they are 5-0 and have outscored their opponents by 13 goals. The Blues weren’t perfect. They were 0-4 on the power play, missing the chance to make their life a lot simpler, but at the time of year when they need wins and

Tom Timmermann • 314-340-8190 @tomtimm on Twitter ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com

OT 8 6 6 11 10 10 7 10 OT 6 7 5 1 7 10 10 7

Pts 70 64 64 63 60 58 57 54 Pts 84 77 77 75 61 60 58 55

GF 165 145 157 174 140 141 154 141 GF 192 197 182 192 148 162 131 140

GA 150 146 155 167 158 161 160 171 GA 121 155 138 147 171 165 159 156

Home 18-7-4 16-9-6 15-13-0 14-9-4 14-10-3 13-10-4 14-10-2 11-13-5 Home 24-5-1 23-3-3 20-8-1 18-11-1 17-9-4 18-8-6 12-10-4 17-6-1

Away 13-12-4 13-10-0 14-10-6 12-10-7 11-10-7 11-13-6 11-14-5 11-12-5 Away 15-6-5 12-10-4 16-7-4 19-7-0 10-14-3 7-12-4 12-12-6 7-16-6

Div 11-3-5 8-9-1 15-6-1 12-5-2 9-7-5 9-10-3 9-5-3 6-9-5 Div 11-6-5 13-5-0 9-6-1 11-7-0 6-8-1 7-6-4 7-5-2 6-12-2

GF 187 166 163 158 171 160 109 GF 161 152 162 152 138 135 131

GA Home 130 19-7-1 147 18-7-4 165 17-9-4 151 16-7-6 187 14-14-1 187 15-9-6 184 7-19-1 GA Home 141 18-7-3 147 17-6-3 148 14-10-3 165 15-14-0 136 15-8-1 164 17-8-3 174 12-13-3

Away 18-6-5 17-10-1 13-13-1 11-14-2 12-15-3 7-17-4 8-18-1 Away 16-11-3 13-12-7 16-9-5 14-12-3 13-15-3 8-18-3 7-16-4

Div 12-4-3 13-8-1 9-9-2 12-8-1 14-7-1 8-13-4 6-13-0 Div 10-7-3 11-3-4 12-4-3 9-9-2 8-6-0 8-7-1 7-11-5

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP Minnesota 56 Chicago 57 Blues 57 Nashville 56 Winnipeg 59 Dallas 58 Colorado 54 Pacific GP San Jose 58 Anaheim 58 Edmonton 57 Calgary 58 Los Angeles 55 Vancouver 57 Arizona 55

W 37 35 30 27 26 22 15 W 34 30 30 29 28 25 19

L 13 17 22 21 29 26 37 L 18 18 19 26 23 26 29

OT 6 5 5 8 4 10 2 OT 6 10 8 3 4 6 7

Pts 80 75 65 62 56 54 32 Pts 74 70 68 61 60 56 45

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Wednesday Columbus 5, Toronto 2 Blues 2, Detroit 0 Calgary 3, Philadelphia 1 Florida 6, San Jose 5, OT Tuesday Pittsburgh 4, Vancouver 0 New Jersey 3, Colorado 2 Toronto 7, NY Islanders 1 Buffalo 3, Ottawa 2 Winnipeg 5, Dallas 2 Anaheim 1, Minnesota 0 Edmonton 5, Arizona 2

Thursday Ottawa at New Jersey, 6 p.m. NY Rangers at NY Islanders, 6 p.m. Winnipeg at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Colorado at Buffalo, 6:30 p.m. Vancouver at Blues, 7 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Edmonton, 8 p.m. Arizona at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. Friday Pittsburgh at Columbus, 6 p.m. Colorado at Carolina, 6:30 p.m. Florida at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

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points, they’re doing that. After starting the season 5-11-1 on the road, they’ve now won eight of their past 10. In the wins, they’ve outscored the opponents 25-4. The game started a run of not just three games in four days, but just about the quickest three-in-four possible. The Blues were to fly home after the game, arriving early Thursday (for television purposes, the game started at 8 p.m. Eastern time), and they’ll be on a plane again Friday afternoon for a game in Buffalo that starts at noon (St. Louis time) on Saturday. That adds up to the Blues playing three games in about 65 hours, or three games in less than three full days. It figured to be an emotional game for the Red Wings. Instead of a morning skate, they went to Detroit’s Fox Theater for the visitation for team owner Mike Ilitch, who died Friday. Ilitch, who also owned the Tigers, the Fox Theater and Little Caesars pizza, was a beloved figure in the Detroit community and respected around the league as one of its best owners. But if there was going to be some cosmic vibe for the struggling Red Wings, who have the worst record in the Eastern Conference and are likely to see their run of 25 straight playoff appearances come to an end, it wasn’t there at the start. Barbashev scored his second goal on this trip when the Red Wings decided they didn’t need to cover him particularly closely. Carl Gunnarsson got the puck deep, Kenny Agostino won a battle with Niklas Kronwall behind the Detroit goal, and Barbashev picked up the puck. He skated around with no one interfering, made a big circle to come back to the left dot and put a quick wrist shot under goalie Petr Mrazek’s blocker. “There was no one on me,” Barbashev said. “I’m like, I’m just going to take a shot.” The end of the game got pretty frantic, with Detroit pulling Mrazek and buzzing all about the Blues net in the final two minutes but unable to put the puck past him.

L 19 19 23 19 20 23 24 25 L 11 13 15 18 23 20 22 22

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W 31 29 29 26 25 24 25 22 W 39 35 36 37 27 25 24 24

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BLUES VS. CANUCKS

Blues center Ivan Barbashev (49) celebrates his first-period goal against Detroit with Kenny Agostino, who had an assist.

GP 58 54 58 56 55 57 56 57 GP 56 55 56 56 57 55 56 53

Blue Jackets top Leafs with balanced efort

First period B: Barbashev 2 (Gunnarsson, Agostino), 2:06. Penalties: Smith, DET, (tripping), 12:24; Upshall, STL, (delay of game), 16:11. Second period None. Penalties: Green, DET, (cross checking), 0:41; Reaves, STL, (tripping), 4:01; Nielsen, DET, (tripping), 8:58. Third period B: Schwartz 19:49. Penalties: Jensen, DET, (holding), 2:31; Berglund, STL, (hooking), 5:05. Shots on goal Blues 7 16 6 29 Detroit 11 4 10 25 Power-plays Blues 0 of 4; Detroit 0 of 3. Goaltenders Blues, Hutton 9-7-2 (25 shots-25 saves). Detroit, Mrazek 12-15-6 (28-27). A: 20,027. Referees: Kevin Pollock, Garrett Rank. Linesmen: Scott Cherrey, Brad Kovachik.

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Atlantic Montreal Ottawa Boston Toronto Florida Bufalo Tampa Bay Detroit Metropolitan Washington Pittsburgh Columbus NY Rangers Philadelphia NY Islanders New Jersey Carolina

TV, radio • Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX (1120 AM) Blues • The Blues are back at home for the first time since a 4-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Feb. 4, a stretch of 12 days. They went 5-0 on their five-game road trip, wrapping it up with a 2-0 win in Detroit on Wednesday. ... The Blues have met Vancouver just once this season, falling 2-1 in overtime on Oct. 18. They led 1-0 before the Canucks tied the score with 2:55 remaining in regulation and lost on Henrik Sedin’s game-winner in OT. ... Jake Allen, who will get the nod in net, is 4-1 with a 1.40 goalsagainst average and a .953 save percentage in his last five starts. Canucks • Vancouver enters Thursday’s game with 56 points, four points out of the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference. ... The stop in St. Louis marks the end of a six-game road trip for the Canucks. The team is 2-3 on the trip thus far, dropping to 8-18-3 away from home this season overall. ... Vancouver is coming of a 4-0 loss to Pittsburgh, which was the Canucks’ seventh shutout of the season. They rank 27th in the NHL with 2.30 goals a game. Injuries • Blues — C Paul Stastny (lower-body), LW Robby Fabbri (knee) and C Kyle Brodziak (foot), out. Canucks — C Bo Horvat (bone bruise), questionable; LW Sven Baertschi (concussion), RW Anton Rodin (knee), D Erik Gudbranson (wrist) and RW Derek Dorsett (back), out. Jeremy Rutherford

Five Columbus players scored goals and backup goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 31 saves as the host Blue Jackets beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 5-2 on Wednesday night. Nick Foligno, Boone Jenner, Josh Anderson, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Matt Calvert scored goals, and Alexander Wennberg, Zach Werenski and Seth Jones had a pair of assists each for the Blue Jackets. Columbus moved into a tie with Pittsburgh for second place in the Metropolitan Division two days before the Penguins visit Nationwide Arena. Nazem Kadri scored both goals for Toronto, and Curtis McElhinney made 30 saves.

NOTEBOOK Nyquist suspended six games • Detroit forward Gustav Nyquist was suspended for six games without pay by the NHL for high-sticking Minnesota Wild defenseman Jared Spurgeon in the face on Sunday. The suspension will cost Nyquist $158,333. The 27-year-old Swede has seven goals and 22 assists in 56 games this season. Vermette facing suspension • Anaheim center Antoine Vermette is facing the likely prospect of a 10-game suspension from the NHL for slashing a linesman. Vermette slapped his stick against the back of linesman Shandor Alphonso’s legs after losing a faceof to Minnesota’s Mikko Koivu in the third period of the Ducks’ 1-0 win Tuesday night. Caps get Gilbert from LA • Washington added some insurance at defenseman ahead of the NHL trade deadline by acquiring Tom Gilbert from Los Angeles for a conditional draft pick. Kings call up Kempe, LaDue • Los Angeles recalled top forward prospect Adrian Kempe and defenseman Paul LaDue from their AHL ailiate in Ontario. They also sent Devin Setoguchi to the minors.

NHL SUMMARIES Blue Jackets 5, Maple Leafs 2 Toronto 0 1 1 — 2 Columbus 2 2 1 — 5 First period: 1, Columbus, Anderson 11 (Jones, Karlsson), 4:30. 2, Columbus, Jenner 11 (Werenski, Dubinsky), 11:15. Penalties: Jenner, CBJ, (interference), 18:24. Second period: 3, Columbus, Bjorkstrand 1 (Saad, Wennberg), 1:32. 4, Columbus, Foligno 20 (Wennberg, Werenski), 9:56 (pp). 5, Toronto, Kadri 22 (Leivo, Komarov), 17:28. Penalties: Zaitsev, TOR, (interference), 2:25; Martin, TOR, (holding), 5:17; Bozak, TOR, (slashing), 9:03; Toronto bench, served by Matthews (too many men on the ice), 18:30. Third period: 6, Toronto, Kadri 23 (Leivo), 6:19. 7, Columbus, Calvert 9 (Jones), 17:39. Penalties: Johnson, CBJ, (roughing), 6:57; Bozak, TOR, (roughing), 6:57; Atkinson, CBJ, (tripping), 15:19. Shots: Toronto 15-7-11: 33. Columbus 18-12-5: 35. Power-plays: Toronto 0 of 2; Columbus 1 of 4. Goalies: Toronto, Mcelhinney 4-4-2 (34 shots-30 saves). Columbus, Korpisalo 4-1-0 (33-31). A: 14,548.

Flames 3, Flyers 1 Philadelphia 1 0 0 — 1 Calgary 1 1 1 — 3 First period: 1, Philadelphia, Cousins 6 (Read), 1:30. 2, Calgary, Tkachuk 11 (Backlund, Hamilton), 4:28. Penalties: Chiasson, CGY, served by Tkachuk, Major (spearing), 7:41; Chiasson, CGY, Misconduct (misconduct), 7:41; Monahan, CGY, (delay of game), 10:33; Philadelphia bench, served by Cousins (too many men on the ice), 13:53; Bennett, CGY, (roughing), 17:10. Second period: 3, Calgary, Brodie 4 (Tkachuk, Engelland), 12:45. Penalties: Versteeg, CGY, (high sticking), 9:34; Ferland, CGY, Major (fighting), 14:41; Bellemare, PHI, Major (fighting), 14:41. Third period: 4, Calgary, Giordano 7, 19:21. Penalties: Neuvirth, PHI, served by Cousins, (delay of game), 12:37; Simmonds, PHI, (roughing), 19:59; Simmonds, PHI, (roughing), 19:59. Shots: Philadelphia 15-10-9: 34. Calgary 8-5-10: 23. Power-plays: Philadelphia 0 of 4; Calgary 0 of 3. Goalies: Philadelphia, Neuvirth 9-6-1 (22 shots-20 saves). Calgary, Elliott 12-13-2 (34-33). A: 18,815. Referees: Mike Leggo, Tim Peel. Linesmen: Devin Berg, Lonnie Cameron.

Leaders

Through Tuesday’s games

Goal Scoring GP G Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 49 30 Jeff Carter Los Angeles 55 29 Max Pacioretty Montreal 58 28 Cam Atkinson Columbus 55 27 Auston Matthews Toronto 55 27 Michael Grabner NY Rangers 55 26 Patrik Laine Winnipeg 51 26 Alex Ovechkin Washington 56 26 Vladimir Tarasenko St. Louis 56 26 David Pastrnak Boston 51 25 Mark Scheifele Winnipeg 56 25 Brent Burns San Jose 57 24 Brad Marchand Boston 58 24 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 48 23 T.J. Oshie Washington 47 23 Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia 56 23 Chris Kreider NY Rangers 50 22 Rickard Rakell Anaheim 47 22 Patrick Eaves Dallas 57 21 Tyler Seguin Dallas 58 21 Assists GP A Connor McDavid Edmonton 57 45 Nicklas Backstrom Washington 56 43 Patrick Kane Chicago 57 39 Erik Karlsson Ottawa 54 38 Victor Hedman Tampa Bay 53 36 Brent Burns San Jose 57 35 Duncan Keith Chicago 57 35 Tyler Seguin Dallas 58 35 Jamie Benn Dallas 54 34 Mikael Granlund Minnesota 56 34 Phil Kessel Pittsburgh 55 34 Brad Marchand Boston 58 34 Alexander Wennberg Columbus 55 34 Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim 51 33 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 48 33 Mitchell Marner Toronto 55 33 Jakub Voracek Philadelphia 56 33 Evgeny Kuznetsov Washington 56 32 Artemi Panarin Chicago 57 32 Joe Thornton San Jose 57 32 Power Play Goals GP PP Brayden Schenn Philadelphia 53 12 Patrick Eaves Dallas 57 11 Mike Hoffman Ottawa 49 11 Alex Ovechkin Washington 56 11 Wayne Simmonds Philadelphia 56 11 Jamie Benn Dallas 54 10 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 49 10 Leon Draisaitl Edmonton 57 10 Nazem Kadri Toronto 55 10 Shea Weber Montreal 58 10 Cam Atkinson Columbus 55 9 Jeff Carter Los Angeles 55 9 Nick Foligno Columbus 53 9 Patric Hornqvist Pittsburgh 49 9 Matt Moulson Buffalo 57 9 Tyler Seguin Dallas 58 9 Patrik Laine Winnipeg 51 8 Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 48 8 Nino Niederreiter Minnesota 56 8 Max Pacioretty Montreal 58 7


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NBA STANDINGS Wednesday Cleveland 113, Indiana 104 San Antonio 107, Orlando 79 Boston 116, Philadelphia 108 Detroit 98, Dallas 91 Milwaukee 129, Brooklyn 125 Toronto 90, Charlotte 85 Miami 117, Houston 109 New Orleans 95, Memphis 91 Minnesota at Denver, late Phoenix 137, LA Lakers 101 Utah 111, Portland 88 New York at Oklahoma City, late Atlanta at LA Clippers, late Sacramento at Golden State, late

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Boston Toronto New York Philadelphia Brooklyn Southeast Washington Atlanta Miami Charlotte Orlando Central Cleveland Indiana Chicago Detroit Milwaukee

W 37 33 23 21 9 W 33 32 25 24 21 W 39 29 27 27 25

L 19 24 33 35 47 L 21 23 32 32 37 L 16 27 29 30 30

Pct .661 .579 .411 .375 .161 Pct .611 .582 .439 .429 .362 Pct .709 .518 .482 .474 .455

GB — 4½ 14 16 28 GB — 1½ 9½ 10 14 GB — 10½ 12½ 13 14

L10 9-1 4-6 3-7 4-6 0-10 L10 9-1 6-4 8-2 1-9 3-7 L10 8-2 5-5 4-6 6-4 4-6

L 13 18 24 34 34 L 22 25 31 33 35 L 9 21 32 39 39

Pct .768 .690 .586 .404 .393 Pct .614 .554 .446 .411 .386 Pct .836 .618 .429 .328 .316

GB — 4 10 20½ 21 GB — 3½ 9½ 11½ 13 GB — 12 22½ 28½ 29

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

Str W-4 W-1 W-1 L-1 L-14 Str W-3 W-1 W-1 L-4 L-1 Str W-3 L-5 W-1 W-1 W-3

Home 20-8 19-10 14-15 13-16 7-24 Home 24-7 16-11 13-14 16-13 9-18 Home 24-5 20-9 16-11 17-11 14-14

Away 17-11 14-14 9-18 8-19 2-23 Away 9-14 16-12 12-18 8-19 12-19 Away 15-11 9-18 11-18 10-19 11-16

Conf 24-9 20-12 14-19 14-19 3-33 Conf 22-14 22-11 14-19 16-19 13-20 Conf 25-6 16-17 18-16 15-18 17-21

Home 19-6 21-7 18-11 14-15 14-14 Home 20-11 19-8 15-13 14-13 14-18 Home 23-3 17-8 12-15 12-14 10-18

Away 24-7 19-11 16-13 9-19 8-20 Away 15-11 12-17 10-18 9-20 8-17 Away 23-6 17-13 12-17 7-25 8-21

Conf 22-8 23-9 24-13 11-21 13-22 Conf 21-15 19-14 16-20 16-20 11-21 Conf 29-7 22-13 14-17 9-25 7-32

Tuesday Chicago 105, Toronto 94 Cleveland 116, Minnesota 108 Sacramento 97, LA Lakers 96

W 43 40 34 23 22 W 35 31 25 23 22 W 46 34 24 19 18

Str W-2 L-1 L-1 W-2 L-2 Str W-1 L-2 L-1 L-3 W-1 Str L-1 W-3 W-4 L-2 W-1

Eight of the top 10 players in the world are part of the ield at Genesis Open

Thursday Washington at Indiana, 6 p.m. Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m. Friday No games scheduled.

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest San Antonio Houston Memphis New Orleans Dallas Northwest Utah Oklahoma City Denver Portland Minnesota Paciic Golden State LA Clippers Sacramento LA Lakers Phoenix

Tiger is missing, but ield at Riviera has plenty of stars

Saturday No games scheduled. Sunday Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference at New Orleans, LA, 7:30 p.m. Monday No games scheduled. Tuesday, Feb. 21 No games scheduled. Wednesday, Feb. 22 No games scheduled. Thursday, Feb. 23 Portland at Orlando, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Houston at New Orleans, 7 p.m. New York at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Denver at Sacramento, 9:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

Spurs win in romp over short-handed Magic ASSOCIATED PRESS

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 22, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-79 victory over the host Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. San Antonio’s frontcourt took advantage of a Magic team that was down a key player after newly acquired swingman Terrence Ross was unable to suit up because Serge Ibaka did not complete his physical in time. The Magic sent Ibaka to Toronto for Ross and a first-round draft pick on Tuesday.

NOTEBOOK Embiid out of All-Star weekend • Philadelphia center Joel Embiid will not participate in the Rising Stars Challenge or the Skills Challenge at All-Star weekend in New Orleans because of an injured left knee. Oklahoma City’s Alex Abrines will replace Embiid on the World Team for Friday night’s Rising Stars game. Denver’s Nikola Jokic will take Embiid’s spot in the Skills Challenge on Saturday night. Embiid has not played since Jan. 20 because of the knee problem.

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Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard tries to shoot over Magic forward Aaron Gordon on Wednesday night.

Other news • Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks has been picked to replace Cavs forward Kevin Love in the All-Star Game .... The Bucks say the knee surgery on forward Jabari Parker was success and he is expected back in approximately 12 months.

NBA SUMMARIES Spurs 107, Magic 79

Celtics 116, 76ers 108

Jazz 111, Trail Blazers 88

San Antonio: Leonard 8-18 4-4 22, Aldridge 10-13 3-4 23, Dedmon 5-6 0-1 10, Parker 2-10 1-2 5, D.Green 1-4 0-0 3, Bertans 1-7 2-2 5, Anderson 3-6 1-1 8, Lee 3-3 0-1 6, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Murray 1-2 0-0 2, Mills 5-11 0-0 13, Simmons 2-7 4-4 8, Ginobili 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 42-89 15-19 107. Orlando: J.Green 4-11 3-3 11, Fournier 3-11 2-3 9, Gordon 3-9 5-5 11, Vucevic 7-16 2-2 16, Watson 3-4 0-0 7, Rudez 0-0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 0-1 0-0 0, Biyombo 1-2 2-3 4, Payton 3-8 0-0 7, Augustin 2-4 1-3 6, Hezonja 4-10 0-0 8. Totals 30-76 15-19 79. San Antonio 30 24 31 22 — 107 Orlando 16 21 27 15 — 79 3-point goals: San Antonio 8-31 (Mills 3-7, Leonard 2-5, Anderson 1-3, D.Green 1-3, Bertans 1-6, Parker 0-3, Simmons 0-4), Orlando 4-18 (Watson 1-1, Payton 1-2, Augustin 1-3, Fournier 1-5, Hezonja 0-1, Gordon 0-2, J.Green 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: San Antonio 50 (Dedmon 11), Orlando 33 (Vucevic 10). Assists: San Antonio 25 (Parker 8), Orlando 15 (Fournier 5). Total fouls: San Antonio 16, Orlando 19.

Philadelphia: Covington 7-12 0-0 18, Noel 7-10 2-2 16, Ilyasova 2-9 1-1 5, McConnell 6-9 0-0 12, Henderson 4-9 3-4 11, Saric 9-18 1-1 20, Okafor 2-5 0-2 4, Rodriguez 3-7 0-0 8, Stauskas 3-8 4-6 11, Luwawu-Cabarrot 1-6 1-2 3. Totals 44-93 12-18 108. Boston: Crowder 5-13 7-9 18, Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Horford 4-8 2-3 12, Thomas 9-19 11-13 33, Smart 7-11 4-7 21, Green 0-3 0-0 0, Jerebko 0-0 0-0 0, Olynyk 6-8 2-3 16, Zeller 1-1 0-0 2, Rozier 1-6 0-0 2, Young 4-7 1-1 10. Totals 38-80 27-36 116. Philadelphia 29 32 18 29 — 108 Boston 29 32 26 29 — 116 3-point goals: Philadelphia 8-31 (Covington 4-6, Rodriguez 2-3, Stauskas 1-6, Saric 1-8, Henderson 0-2, Luwawu-Cabarrot 0-3, Ilyasova 0-3), Boston 13-28 (Thomas 4-7, Smart 3-7, Olynyk 2-2, Horford 2-3, Young 1-2, Crowder 1-5, Green 0-1, Rozier 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Philadelphia 47 (Saric 11), Boston 39 (Olynyk 7). Assists: Philadelphia 23 (McConnell 8), Boston 21 (Smart 5). Total fouls: Philadelphia 23, Boston 18. Technicals: Henderson 2. Ejected: Henderson. A: 18,624 (18,624).

Portland: Harkless 3-5 1-1 8, Davis 3-5 1-2 7, Leonard 4-8 0-0 10, Lillard 3-19 6-8 13, McCollum 8-19 0-0 18, Layman 0-0 0-0 0, Vonleh 0-0 0-0 0, Nurkic 5-5 3-4 13, Napier 3-5 1-2 8, Quarterman 1-3 0-0 3, Connaughton 0-2 3-3 3, Crabbe 2-8 0-0 5. Totals 32-79 15-20 88. Utah: Ingles 7-9 0-0 18, Hayward 8-18 4-6 22, Favors 1-3 0-0 2, Gobert 4-5 5-8 13, Hill 7-15 3-4 19, Johnson 4-7 3-4 13, Lyles 0-0 0-0 0, Diaw 1-4 0-0 2, Withey 1-4 0-0 2, Exum 6-9 0-0 12, Neto 1-1 1-1 3, Burks 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 42-81 16-23 111. Portland 17 20 25 26 — 88 Utah 18 22 34 37 — 111 3-point goals: Portland 9-22 (Leonard 2-4, McCollum 2-5, Quarterman 1-1, Harkless 1-1, Napier 1-2, Crabbe 1-3, Lillard 1-4, Connaughton 0-2), Utah 11-22 (Ingles 4-6, Johnson 2-4, Hill 2-5, Hayward 2-6, Burks 1-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Portland 41 (Vonleh, Connaughton, Nurkic 7), Utah 46 (Gobert 12). Assists: Portland 14 (Lillard 7), Utah 19 (Hayward 7). Total fouls: Portland 21, Utah 17. Technicals: Portland defensive three second, Portland team, Gobert.

Cavaliers 113, Pacers 104 Indiana: George 4-19 2-2 13, Robinson 7-10 2-2 19, Turner 7-12 1-3 15, Seraphin 2-3 0-0 4, Teague 5-14 3-3 15, Miles 2-3 3-3 8, Niang 1-2 0-0 2, Christmas 0-1 0-0 0, A.Jefferson 3-7 0-0 6, J.Young 1-2 0-0 2, Brooks 1-3 1-1 4, Stuckey 1-2 0-0 2, Ellis 6-8 0-0 14. Totals 40-86 12-14 104. Cleveland: James 12-17 3-4 31, Frye 1-8 2-2 4, Thompson 6-11 0-0 12, Irving 7-17 9-9 26, Shumpert 2-5 0-0 6, R.Jefferson 0-2 2-2 2, Williams 2-7 1-2 7, Felder 0-0 0-0 0, McRae 0-1 0-0 0, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 1-2 0-0 3, Korver 8-12 0-0 22. Totals 39-82 17-19 113. Indiana 32 22 26 24 — 104 Cleveland 28 29 26 30 — 113 3-point goals: Indiana 12-24 (Robinson 3-5, George 3-6, Ellis 2-2, Teague 2-4, Miles 1-2, Brooks 1-2, Niang 0-1, J.Young 0-1, Turner 0-1), Cleveland 18-39 (Korver 6-8, James 4-5, Irving 3-7, Shumpert 2-4, Williams 2-5, Jones 1-2, R.Jefferson 0-2, Frye 0-6). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Indiana 43 (George, Turner 7), Cleveland 40 (Thompson 12). Assists: Indiana 30 (Teague 11), Cleveland 23 (Irving 7). Total fouls: Indiana 17, Cleveland 19. A: 20,562 (20,562).

Heat 117, Rockets 109 Miami: Babbitt 3-4 0-0 9, Whiteside 9-13 5-8 23, Dragic 8-14 5-7 21, Waiters 8-17 3-4 23, McGruder 4-8 0-0 11, Reed 1-2 1-2 3, J.Johnson 3-10 0-0 6, Ellington 2-5 0-0 5, T.Johnson 6-11 2-3 16. Totals 44-84 16-24 117. Houston: Ariza 2-7 0-0 5, Anderson 6-16 0-0 17, Capela 5-7 2-3 12, Beverley 2-5 3-4 7, Harden 10-21 14-16 38, Brewer 2-4 0-0 4, Dekker 3-6 0-0 6, Harrell 0-1 0-0 0, Hilario 2-5 4-7 8, Gordon 4-15 1-1 12. Totals 36-87 24-31 109. Miami 34 24 30 29 — 117 Houston 28 17 28 36 — 109 3-point goals: Miami 13-35 (Waiters 4-9, Babbitt 3-4, McGruder 3-6, T.Johnson 2-6, Ellington 1-3, J.Johnson 0-2, Dragic 0-5), Houston 13-40 (Anderson 5-10, Harden 4-10, Gordon 3-10, Ariza 1-5, Brewer 0-1, Hilario 0-1, Dekker 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Miami 46 (Whiteside 14), Houston 41 (Harden 12). Assists: Miami 27 (Waiters 7), Houston 22 (Harden 12). Total fouls: Miami 20, Houston 23. Technicals: Anderson. A: 16,967 (18,055).

Bucks 129, Nets 125 Milwaukee: Antetokounmpo 13-25 7-10 33, Snell 4-7 0-0 10, Beasley 7-9 0-1 14, Maker 1-2 1-2 4, Dellavedova 3-5 3-6 10, Teletovic 0-3 0-0 0, Monroe 12-16 1-2 25, Brogdon 1-3 5-6 8, Middleton 7-13 5-5 20, Vaughn 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 50-88 22-32 129. Brooklyn: Lopez 12-20 6-8 36, Dinwiddie 7-12 4-4 19, Bogdanovic 6-12 1-1 14, Hollis-Jefferson 1-3 1-3 3, Foye 1-4 0-0 2, Booker 7-8 4-4 18, Hamilton 1-3 0-0 3, Whitehead 3-5 1-1 7, Harris 5-9 0-0 14, Kilpatrick 3-9 0-0 7, LeVert 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 46-88 19-23 125. Milwaukee 39 23 33 34 — 129 Brooklyn 33 27 22 43 — 125 3-point goals: Milwaukee 7-15 (Snell 2-5, Brogdon 1-1, Maker 1-1, Middleton 1-1, Dellavedova 1-1, Vaughn 1-4, Teletovic 0-1, Antetokounmpo 0-1), Brooklyn 14-36 (Lopez 6-10, Harris 4-6, Hamilton 1-2, Dinwiddie 1-3, Bogdanovic 1-4, Kilpatrick 1-5, Booker 0-1, Hollis-Jefferson 0-1, Whitehead 0-1, Foye 0-1, LeVert 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Milwaukee 39 (Antetokounmpo 9), Brooklyn 42 (Hollis-Jefferson 10). Assists: Milwaukee 27 (Middleton 7), Brooklyn 30 (Dinwiddie 8). Total fouls: Milwaukee 19, Brooklyn 21. A: 16,182 (17,732).

Pistons 98, Mavericks 91 Dallas: Barnes 7-16 2-2 16, Nowitzki 9-19 2-2 24, Williams 4-14 2-2 12, Curry 5-9 0-0 13, Matthews 4-13 0-0 8, Finney-Smith 1-2 1-1 3, Powell 0-0 0-0 0, Bogut 2-4 0-0 4, Mejri 0-0 0-0 0, D.Harris 1-6 4-4 6, Ferrell 2-8 0-0 5, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-91 11-11 91. Detroit: Morris 3-11 0-0 6, Leuer 5-7 10-10 20, Drummond 4-8 1-2 9, Jackson 8-12 3-4 22, Caldwell-Pope 7-15 0-0 16, T.Harris 4-9 4-4 13, Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Baynes 1-8 0-0 2, Smith 4-10 2-2 10. Totals 36-83 20-22 98. Dallas 17 18 28 28 — 91 Detroit 27 35 16 20 — 98 3-point goals: Dallas 10-36 (Nowitzki 4-6, Curry 3-7, Williams 2-7, Ferrell 1-3, Finney-Smith 0-1, D.Harris 0-1, Barnes 0-4, Matthews 0-7), Detroit 6-20 (Jackson 3-4, Caldwell-Pope 2-7, T.Harris 1-2, Smith 0-1, Morris 0-3, Johnson 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Dallas 38 (Nowitzki 10), Detroit 57 (Morris 14). Assists: Dallas 22 (Williams 6), Detroit 15 (Jackson 4). Total fouls: Dallas 21, Detroit 16. Technicals: Detroit defensive three second, Detroit team. A: 13,549 (19,971).

Raptors 90, Hornets 85 Charlotte: Kidd-Gilchrist 2-7 2-2 6, Williams 2-9 0-0 5, Kaminsky 11-18 2-2 27, Walker 8-15 2-2 24, Batum 3-9 2-3 10, Tobey 1-3 0-0 2, Roberts 1-2 0-0 2, Belinelli 1-6 0-0 3, Lamb 3-5 0-0 6, Graham 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-76 8-9 85. Toronto: Carroll 4-13 2-2 13, Valanciunas 4-6 2-2 10, Lowry 8-20 1-1 21, Powell 5-12 4-6 17, DeRozan 5-19 0-2 10, Nogueira 0-0 0-0 0, Poeltl 1-3 0-0 2, Wright 3-5 5-6 11, Joseph 2-6 0-0 6. Totals 32-84 14-19 90. Charlotte 20 21 34 10 — 85 Toronto 31 13 14 32 — 90 3-point goals: Charlotte 13-38 (Walker 6-10, Kaminsky 3-7, Batum 2-7, Belinelli 1-4, Williams 1-7, Lamb 0-1, Roberts 0-1, Graham 0-1), Toronto 12-32 (Lowry 4-11, Powell 3-7, Carroll 3-8, Joseph 2-2, Wright 0-1, DeRozan 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Charlotte 44 (Kidd-Gilchrist 14), Toronto 46 (Carroll, Valanciunas 11). Assists: Charlotte 21 (Walker 9), Toronto 19 (Lowry 6). Total fouls: Charlotte 18, Toronto 13. A: 19,800 (19,800).

Pelicans 95, Grizzlies 91 New Orleans: Hill 8-11 3-4 23, Davis 9-20 0-0 18, Ajinca 3-6 6-8 12, Holiday 8-13 1-4 19, Hield 2-4 0-0 5, Motiejunas 2-3 2-4 6, Galloway 1-3 1-2 4, Evans 2-7 0-0 4, Moore 2-8 0-0 4. Totals 37-75 13-22 95. Memphis: Parsons 3-6 2-2 9, Green 3-8 0-1 6, Gasol 6-17 3-3 15, Conley 5-16 4-6 17, Allen 0-4 0-0 0, Ennis 2-5 0-0 4, Randolph 5-11 6-6 16, Wright 3-3 0-0 6, Douglas 4-9 0-1 8, Daniels 1-3 2-2 5, Carter 1-7 2-4 5. Totals 33-89 19-25 91. New Orleans 28 22 27 18 — 95 Memphis 22 21 18 30 — 91 3-point goals: New Orleans 8-18 (Hill 4-6, Holiday 2-3, Galloway 1-2, Hield 1-2, Davis 0-1, Evans 0-1, Moore 0-3), Memphis 6-33 (Conley 3-10, Daniels 1-3, Parsons 1-4, Carter 1-5, Randolph 0-1, Ennis 0-2, Green 0-2, Douglas 0-3, Gasol 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: New Orleans 38 (Ajinca 10), Memphis 48 (Gasol 12). Assists: New Orleans 18 (Holiday 7), Memphis 22 (Gasol 9). Total fouls: New Orleans 23, Memphis 19. Technicals: Holiday. A: 16,145 (18,119).

Suns 137, Lakers 101 L.A. Lakers: Ingram 1-7 1-2 3, Young 2-10 0-0 5, Randle 4-9 5-5 13, Black 0-2 2-2 2, Russell 7-20 5-5 21, Deng 3-6 2-2 9, Nance 1-4 0-0 2, Zubac 3-6 2-4 8, Huertas 1-4 0-0 2, Clarkson 6-12 1-3 15, L.Williams 7-13 4-5 21. Totals 35-93 22-28 101. Phoenix: Warren 4-5 3-3 11, Chriss 4-11 7-9 15, Chandler 3-5 2-2 8, Bledsoe 7-14 8-9 25, Booker 9-14 1-2 23, Jones 3-3 0-0 6, Tucker 3-6 2-2 9, Dudley 1-3 0-0 3, A.Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Len 5-10 5-6 15, Knight 5-10 0-0 11, Ulis 1-1 0-0 2, Barbosa 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 49-88 29-34 137. L.A. Lakers 15 33 28 25 — 101 Phoenix 32 36 34 35 — 137 3-point goals: L.A. Lakers 9-26 (L.Williams 3-4, Clarkson 2-5, Russell 2-6, Deng 1-3, Young 1-6, Ingram 0-1, Huertas 0-1), Phoenix 10-24 (Booker 4-7, Bledsoe 3-6, Tucker 1-2, Dudley 1-3, Knight 1-4, Chriss 0-2). Fouled out: Len. Rebounds: L.A. Lakers 36 (Randle 10), Phoenix 60 (Bledsoe 10). Assists: L.A. Lakers 16 (Nance 5), Phoenix 32 (Bledsoe 13). Total fouls: L.A. Lakers 27, Phoenix 20.

NBA LEADERS Through Tuesday’s games Scoring Westbrook, OKC Thomas, BOS Harden, HOU Cousins, SAC Davis, NOR DeRozan, TOR Lillard, POR Leonard, SAN Durant, GOL James, CLE Curry, GOL Irving, CLE Butler, CHI Towns, MIN McCollum, POR Anthony, NYK Antetokounmpo, MIL Wiggins, MIN Wall, WAS Lowry, TOR

G FG FT PTS AVG 56 562 488 1733 30.9 51 475 407 1521 29.8 57 473 529 1657 29.1 54 499 423 1515 28.1 52 529 367 1451 27.9 49 486 364 1355 27.7 50 424 322 1298 26.0 50 431 334 1297 25.9 55 502 311 1421 25.8 51 491 245 1314 25.8 54 452 225 1347 24.9 48 437 183 1172 24.4 50 372 417 1218 24.4 56 510 243 1327 23.7 55 484 189 1293 23.5 55 463 237 1278 23.2 53 442 306 1228 23.2 56 474 264 1282 22.9 52 432 268 1189 22.9 55 395 283 1254 22.8

FG Percentage Jordan, LAC Howard, ATL Capela, HOU Gobert, UTA Gortat, WAS Jokic, DEN Adams, OKC Kanter, OKC Whiteside, MIA Durant, GOL

FG 263 265 224 254 285 315 272 265 361 502

Rebounds Whiteside, MIA Drummond, DET Jordan, LAC Howard, ATL Gobert, UTA Davis, NOR Towns, MIN Gortat, WAS Chandler, PHX Love, CLE

G 51 55 55 50 56 52 56 54 46 46

OFF 182 225 194 212 217 118 193 176 152 115

FGA 379 411 348 398 478 534 472 471 647 935 DEF 536 536 560 434 492 507 463 444 376 395

PCT .694 .645 .644 .638 .596 .590 .576 .563 .558 .537 TOT 718 761 754 646 709 625 656 620 528 510

AVG 14.1 13.8 13.7 12.9 12.7 12.0 11.7 11.5 11.5 11.1

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Jordan Spieth follows his shot from the third fairway Sunday en route to victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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LOS ANGELES • Gone are the

days when some of golf’s best players felt the PGA Tour season didn’t really begin until it reached Florida. There is no shortage of star power in LA. And it wasn’t that much different across the West Coast swing, which started in Kapalua. Hawaii and ends this week at Riviera Country Club at the Genesis Open with a field that features eight of the top 10 players in the world. It would have been nine of the top 10 if Rory McIlroy were not recovering from a rib injury. The Riviera course in Pacifc Palisades, Calif., has a lot do with that. “It’s my favorite golf course on the PGA Tour, so I’m very excited to start my season here like I have a few times in the past, and hopefully kind of pick up where I left of here last year,” said Adam Scott, the Australian who makes his American debut this week. Scott finished one shot behind last year, then went to Florida and won the next two events. He also was the wrong guy to ask about the importance of getting of to a good start in a week where the forecast is ominous. Rain is expected to be heavy and steady Friday, with traces still lingering over the weekend. Scott’s only “victory” at Riviera still doesn’t count. That was in 2005, when it rained so hard that the field managed only 36 holes, and Scott won in a playoff on Monday. He received the money and got his name on the trophy, though the tour requires at least 54 holes to be completed to count it as oicial. “I’m determined to get an official win here, and hopefully, it’s this week,” he said. It won’t be easy. Jordan Spieth is coming off a four-shot victory at Pebble Beach in which he found the right recipe for putting on poa greens. Spieth is concerned only with the speed of the putt, not whether it goes in. He took only 23 putts in the third round when he built a big lead, and played the final 28 holes without a bogey. So when he was practicing at Riviera on Tuesday and was on the putting green, he couldn’t help but notice the number of players watching him. Spieth is regarded among the best putters on tour, anyway, but there was special attention paid because of the poa greens. “Putting on poa annua greens, you see guys get so frustrated and they start second-guessing themselves,” Spieth said. “You see more putter changes in the West Coast swing, probably double than you see the rest of the year. So just experience of recognizing that you’re going to hit good putts that don’t necessarily go in because the type of grass is a little stickier and the footprints are more significant and it can kind of shoot balls ofline easier.” For all the stars at Riviera — British Open champion Henrik Stenson is the only other player from the top 10 not at the Genesis Open — the tournament lost a little buzz from Tiger Woods withdrawing because of recur-

ring back problems. Woods was supposed to play his hometown event for the first time since 2006, a product of his foundation taking over as the host organization. Even before that, Riviera typically had the strongest field of an increasingly strong West Coast because of the fabled golf course. But the entire West Coast has shown more signs of a youth movement. The last seven PGA Tour events have been won by players in their 20s. And unlike a few generations ago, when the likes of Greg Norman, Nick Price and even Curtis Strange never really got going until Florida, there have been pockets of great players competing the last six weeks. Justin Thomas swept Hawaii. Hideki Matsuyama won again in Phoenix. Sergio Garcia, who also makes his American debut this week, won two weeks ago in Dubai. And now they have congregated of Sunset Boulevard. “It speaks about the quality of the golf course, the quality of the event, and it’s as simple as that,” Garcia said. “For the top players, at the end of the day you try to look for tournaments that fit your schedule but at the same time tournaments that you think the course is a good, solid test. Riviera is definitely one of those.” Jason Day, the No. 1 player in the world, is at Riviera for the first time since 2012. He could lose the No. 1 ranking this week if Matsuyama or Dustin Johnson were to win. Spieth can only go as high as No. 2 without another victory, and he’s as confident as anyone in the field. Spieth has won in back-toback weeks only once in his career. That was at the end of 2014, when he won the Australian Open and then flew halfway around the world to Florida and won the Hero World Challenge. This was only a short flight down the coast.

DALY ON CLUB TOSS John Daly has thrown golf clubs during fits of frustration over the course of his wild career. He says his putter going into a lake at a PGA Tour Champions event last week was not one of them. “If I throw a putter, it’s going to be in two pieces, not one,” Daly said Wednesday. “And it’s going to be 50 yards in the lake, not five.” Daly says reports of him throwing his putter into the lake at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida, were lacking context. The two-time major champion said his sciatic nerve was acting up and he probably shouldn’t have played. He decided to withdraw after the seventh hole and while walking off the green, he flipped the putter over his shoulder to his caddie, who wasn’t watching, and the club went into the water. There was no video of the incident. A writer for www.linksmagazine.com posted a photo on Twitter of the top of Daly’s putter in the water as fans gathered around for a look. Daly said the thick, foam grip enabled it to float.


SPORTS

B6 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH NBA STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Boston Toronto New York Philadelphia Brooklyn Southeast Washington Atlanta Miami Charlotte Orlando Central Cleveland Indiana Chicago Detroit Milwaukee

W 37 33 23 21 9 W 33 32 25 24 21 W 39 29 27 27 25

L 19 24 34 35 47 L 21 24 32 32 37 L 16 27 29 30 30

Pct .661 .579 .404 .375 .161 Pct .611 .571 .439 .429 .362 Pct .709 .518 .482 .474 .455

GB — 4½ 14½ 16 28 GB — 2 9½ 10 14 GB — 10½ 12½ 13 14

L 13 18 24 34 34 L 22 25 31 33 35 L 9 21 33 39 39

Pct .768 .690 .586 .404 .393 Pct .614 .561 .446 .411 .386 Pct .839 .625 .421 .328 .316

GB — 4 10 20½ 21 GB — 3 9½ 11½ 13 GB — 12 23½ 29 29½

L10 9-1 4-6 3-7 4-6 0-10 L10 9-1 5-5 8-2 1-9 3-7 L10 8-2 5-5 4-6 6-4 4-6

Str W-4 W-1 L-1 L-1 L-14 Str W-3 L-1 W-1 L-4 L-1 Str W-3 L-5 W-1 W-1 W-3

Home 20-8 19-10 14-15 13-16 7-24 Home 24-7 16-11 13-14 16-13 9-18 Home 24-5 20-9 16-11 17-11 14-14

Away 17-11 14-14 9-19 8-19 2-23 Away 9-14 16-13 12-18 8-19 12-19 Away 15-11 9-18 11-18 10-19 11-16

Conf 24-9 20-12 14-19 14-19 3-33 Conf 22-14 22-11 14-19 16-19 13-20 Conf 25-6 16-17 18-16 15-18 17-21

Home 19-6 21-7 18-11 14-15 14-14 Home 20-11 20-8 15-13 14-13 14-18 Home 24-3 18-8 12-15 12-14 10-18

Away 24-7 19-11 16-13 9-19 8-20 Away 15-11 12-17 10-18 9-20 8-17 Away 23-6 17-13 12-18 7-25 8-21

Conf 22-8 23-9 24-13 11-21 13-22 Conf 21-15 19-14 16-20 16-20 11-21 Conf 30-7 22-13 14-18 9-25 7-32

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest San Antonio Houston Memphis New Orleans Dallas Northwest Utah Oklahoma City Denver Portland Minnesota Paciic Golden State LA Clippers Sacramento LA Lakers Phoenix

W 43 40 34 23 22 W 35 32 25 23 22 W 47 35 24 19 18

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

Str W-2 L-1 L-1 W-2 L-2 Str W-1 W-1 L-1 L-3 W-1 Str W-1 W-4 L-1 L-2 W-1

Wednesday Cleveland 113, Indiana 104 San Antonio 107, Orlando 79 Boston 116, Philadelphia 108 Detroit 98, Dallas 91 Milwaukee 129, Brooklyn 125 Toronto 90, Charlotte 85 Miami 117, Houston 109 New Orleans 95, Memphis 91 Minnesota 112, Denver 99 Phoenix 137, LA Lakers 101 Utah 111, Portland 88 Oklahoma City 116, New York 105 Golden State 109, Sacramento 86 LA Clippers 99, Atlanta 84 Thursday Washington at Indiana, 6 p.m. Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m. Friday No games scheduled. Saturday No games scheduled. Sunday Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference at New Orleans, LA, 7:30 p.m. Monday No games scheduled. Tuesday No games scheduled. Wednesday, Feb. 22 No games scheduled. Thursday, Feb. 23 Portland at Orlando, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Houston at New Orleans, 7 p.m. New York at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Denver at Sacramento, 9:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 No games scheduled.

M 2 • THUrSDAy • 02.16.2017

Tiger is missing, but ield at Riviera has plenty of stars Eight of the top 10 players in the world are part of the ield at Genesis Open

Spurs win in romp over short-handed Magic ASSOCIATED PRESS

LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and Kawhi Leonard added 22, leading the San Antonio Spurs to a 107-79 victory over the host Orlando Magic on Wednesday night. San Antonio’s frontcourt took advantage of a Magic team that was down a key player after newly acquired swingman Terrence Ross was unable to suit up because Serge Ibaka did not complete his physical in time. The Magic sent Ibaka to Toronto for Ross and a first-round draft pick on Tuesday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard tries to shoot over Magic forward Aaron Gordon on Wednesday night.

NOTEBOOK Embiid out of All-Star weekend • Philadelphia center Joel Embiid will not participate in the

Rising Stars Challenge or the Skills Challenge at All-Star weekend in New Orleans because of an injured left knee. Oklahoma City’s Alex Abrines will replace Embiid on the World Team for Friday night’s Rising Stars game. Denver’s Nikola Jokic will take Embiid’s spot in the Skills Challenge on Saturday night. Embiid has not played since Jan. 20 because of the knee problem. Other news • Carmelo Anthony of the Knicks has been picked to replace Cavs forward Kevin Love in the All-Star Game .... The Bucks say the knee surgery on forward Jabari Parker was success and he is expected back in approximately 12 months.

NBA SUMMARIES Spurs 107, Magic 79

Celtics 116, 76ers 108

Clippers 99, Hawks 84

San Antonio: Leonard 8-18 4-4 22, Aldridge 10-13 3-4 23, Dedmon 5-6 0-1 10, Parker 2-10 1-2 5, D.Green 1-4 0-0 3, Bertans 1-7 2-2 5, Anderson 3-6 1-1 8, Lee 3-3 0-1 6, Anthony 0-0 0-0 0, Murray 1-2 0-0 2, Mills 5-11 0-0 13, Simmons 2-7 4-4 8, Ginobili 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 42-89 15-19 107. Orlando: J.Green 4-11 3-3 11, Fournier 3-11 2-3 9, Gordon 3-9 5-5 11, Vucevic 7-16 2-2 16, Watson 3-4 0-0 7, Rudez 0-0 0-0 0, Zimmerman 0-1 0-0 0, Biyombo 1-2 2-3 4, Payton 3-8 0-0 7, Augustin 2-4 1-3 6, Hezonja 4-10 0-0 8. Totals 30-76 15-19 79. San Antonio 30 24 31 22 — 107 Orlando 16 21 27 15 — 79 3-point goals: San Antonio 8-31 (Mills 3-7, Leonard 2-5, Anderson 1-3, D.Green 1-3, Bertans 1-6, Parker 0-3, Simmons 0-4), Orlando 4-18 (Watson 1-1, Payton 1-2, Augustin 1-3, Fournier 1-5, Hezonja 0-1, Gordon 0-2, J.Green 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: San Antonio 50 (Dedmon 11), Orlando 33 (Vucevic 10). Assists: San Antonio 25 (Parker 8), Orlando 15 (Fournier 5). Total fouls: San Antonio 16, Orlando 19.

Philadelphia: Covington 7-12 0-0 18, Noel 7-10 2-2 16, Ilyasova 2-9 1-1 5, McConnell 6-9 0-0 12, Henderson 4-9 3-4 11, Saric 9-18 1-1 20, Okafor 2-5 0-2 4, Rodriguez 3-7 0-0 8, Stauskas 3-8 4-6 11, Luwawu-Cabarrot 1-6 1-2 3. Totals 44-93 12-18 108. Boston: Crowder 5-13 7-9 18, Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Horford 4-8 2-3 12, Thomas 9-19 11-13 33, Smart 7-11 4-7 21, Green 0-3 0-0 0, Jerebko 0-0 0-0 0, Olynyk 6-8 2-3 16, Zeller 1-1 0-0 2, Rozier 1-6 0-0 2, Young 4-7 1-1 10. Totals 38-80 27-36 116. Philadelphia 29 32 18 29 — 108 Boston 29 32 26 29 — 116 3-point goals: Philadelphia 8-31 (Covington 4-6, Rodriguez 2-3, Stauskas 1-6, Saric 1-8, Henderson 0-2, Luwawu-Cabarrot 0-3, Ilyasova 0-3), Boston 13-28 (Thomas 4-7, Smart 3-7, Olynyk 2-2, Horford 2-3, Young 1-2, Crowder 1-5, Green 0-1, Rozier 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Philadelphia 47 (Saric 11), Boston 39 (Olynyk 7). Assists: Philadelphia 23 (McConnell 8), Boston 21 (Smart 5). Total fouls: Philadelphia 23, Boston 18. Technicals: Henderson 2. Ejected: Henderson. A: 18,624 (18,624).

Atlanta: Bazemore 0-4 2-2 2, Millsap 3-12 1-2 8, Howard 5-8 1-4 11, Schroder 5-15 3-4 15, Hardaway Jr. 5-11 0-0 11, Bembry 2-3 0-0 4, Prince 3-8 1-1 8, Scott 1-2 0-0 2, Humphries 1-2 1-2 3, Muscala 3-4 1-1 7, Delaney 2-4 3-3 7, Patterson 1-4 0-0 3, Dunleavy 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 32-79 13-19 84. L.A. Clippers: Griffin 6-15 4-4 17, Mbah a Moute 2-3 0-0 5, Jordan 3-4 1-2 7, Redick 5-11 0-0 15, Rivers 5-11 2-2 13, Anderson 1-4 0-0 3, W.Johnson 4-8 0-0 11, Bass 1-2 2-2 4, Speights 4-8 0-0 8, Stone 0-0 0-0 0, Felton 5-6 0-0 11, Crawford 1-7 2-2 5. Totals 37-79 11-12 99. Atlanta 22 18 24 20 — 84 L.A. Clippers 21 33 29 16 — 99 3-point goals: Atlanta 7-26 (Schroder 2-6, Dunleavy 1-1, Patterson 1-3, Hardaway Jr. 1-4, Prince 1-4, Millsap 1-4, Howard 0-1, Humphries 0-1, Bazemore 0-2), L.A. Clippers 14-37 (Redick 5-8, W.Johnson 3-5, Felton 1-2, Mbah a Moute 1-2, Griffin 1-3, Rivers 1-3, Anderson 1-4, Crawford 1-6, Speights 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Atlanta 45 (Howard 15), L.A. Clippers 40 (Jordan 16). Assists: Atlanta 20 (Schroder 7), L.A. Clippers 24 (Griffin 9). Total fouls: Atlanta 13, L.A. Clippers 17. A: 19,060 (19,060).

Cavaliers 113, Pacers 104

Pistons 98, Mavericks 91

Indiana: George 4-19 2-2 13, Robinson 7-10 2-2 19, Turner 7-12 1-3 15, Seraphin 2-3 0-0 4, Teague 5-14 3-3 15, Miles 2-3 3-3 8, Niang 1-2 0-0 2, Christmas 0-1 0-0 0, A.Jefferson 3-7 0-0 6, J.Young 1-2 0-0 2, Brooks 1-3 1-1 4, Stuckey 1-2 0-0 2, Ellis 6-8 0-0 14. Totals 40-86 12-14 104. Cleveland: James 12-17 3-4 31, Frye 1-8 2-2 4, Thompson 6-11 0-0 12, Irving 7-17 9-9 26, Shumpert 2-5 0-0 6, R.Jefferson 0-2 2-2 2, Williams 2-7 1-2 7, Felder 0-0 0-0 0, McRae 0-1 0-0 0, Liggins 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 1-2 0-0 3, Korver 8-12 0-0 22. Totals 39-82 17-19 113. Indiana 32 22 26 24 — 104 Cleveland 28 29 26 30 — 113 3-point goals: Indiana 12-24 (Robinson 3-5, George 3-6, Ellis 2-2, Teague 2-4, Miles 1-2, Brooks 1-2, Niang 0-1, J.Young 0-1, Turner 0-1), Cleveland 18-39 (Korver 6-8, James 4-5, Irving 3-7, Shumpert 2-4, Williams 2-5, Jones 1-2, R.Jefferson 0-2, Frye 0-6). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Indiana 43 (George, Turner 7), Cleveland 40 (Thompson 12). Assists: Indiana 30 (Teague 11), Cleveland 23 (Irving 7). Total fouls: Indiana 17, Cleveland 19.

Dallas: Barnes 7-16 2-2 16, Nowitzki 9-19 2-2 24, Williams 4-14 2-2 12, Curry 5-9 0-0 13, Matthews 4-13 0-0 8, Finney-Smith 1-2 1-1 3, Powell 0-0 0-0 0, Bogut 2-4 0-0 4, Mejri 0-0 0-0 0, D.Harris 1-6 4-4 6, Ferrell 2-8 0-0 5, Anderson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-91 11-11 91. Detroit: Morris 3-11 0-0 6, Leuer 5-7 10-10 20, Drummond 4-8 1-2 9, Jackson 8-12 3-4 22, Caldwell-Pope 7-15 0-0 16, T.Harris 4-9 4-4 13, Johnson 0-3 0-0 0, Baynes 1-8 0-0 2, Smith 4-10 2-2 10. Totals 36-83 20-22 98. Dallas 17 18 28 28 — 91 Detroit 27 35 16 20 — 98 3-point goals: Dallas 10-36 (Nowitzki 4-6, Curry 3-7, Williams 2-7, Ferrell 1-3, Finney-Smith 0-1, D.Harris 0-1, Barnes 0-4, Matthews 0-7), Detroit 6-20 (Jackson 3-4, Caldwell-Pope 2-7, T.Harris 1-2, Smith 0-1, Morris 0-3, Johnson 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Dallas 38 (Nowitzki 10), Detroit 57 (Morris 14). Assists: Dallas 22 (Williams 6), Detroit 15 (Jackson 4). Total fouls: Dallas 21, Detroit 16. Technicals: Detroit defensive three second, Detroit team.

Heat 117, Rockets 109

Raptors 90, Hornets 85

Miami: Babbitt 3-4 0-0 9, Whiteside 9-13 5-8 23, Dragic 8-14 5-7 21, Waiters 8-17 3-4 23, McGruder 4-8 0-0 11, Reed 1-2 1-2 3, J.Johnson 3-10 0-0 6, Ellington 2-5 0-0 5, T.Johnson 6-11 2-3 16. Totals 44-84 16-24 117. Houston: Ariza 2-7 0-0 5, Anderson 6-16 0-0 17, Capela 5-7 2-3 12, Beverley 2-5 3-4 7, Harden 10-21 14-16 38, Brewer 2-4 0-0 4, Dekker 3-6 0-0 6, Harrell 0-1 0-0 0, Hilario 2-5 4-7 8, Gordon 4-15 1-1 12. Totals 36-87 24-31 109. Miami 34 24 30 29 — 117 Houston 28 17 28 36 — 109 3-point goals: Miami 13-35 (Waiters 4-9, Babbitt 3-4, McGruder 3-6, T.Johnson 2-6, Ellington 1-3, J.Johnson 0-2, Dragic 0-5), Houston 13-40 (Anderson 5-10, Harden 4-10, Gordon 3-10, Ariza 1-5, Brewer 0-1, Hilario 0-1, Dekker 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Miami 46 (Whiteside 14), Houston 41 (Harden 12). Assists: Miami 27 (Waiters 7), Houston 22 (Harden 12). Total fouls: Miami 20, Houston 23. Technicals: Anderson.

Charlotte: Kidd-Gilchrist 2-7 2-2 6, Williams 2-9 0-0 5, Kaminsky 11-18 2-2 27, Walker 8-15 2-2 24, Batum 3-9 2-3 10, Tobey 1-3 0-0 2, Roberts 1-2 0-0 2, Belinelli 1-6 0-0 3, Lamb 3-5 0-0 6, Graham 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 32-76 8-9 85. Toronto: Carroll 4-13 2-2 13, Valanciunas 4-6 2-2 10, Lowry 8-20 1-1 21, Powell 5-12 4-6 17, DeRozan 5-19 0-2 10, Nogueira 0-0 0-0 0, Poeltl 1-3 0-0 2, Wright 3-5 5-6 11, Joseph 2-6 0-0 6. Totals 32-84 14-19 90. Charlotte 20 21 34 10 — 85 Toronto 31 13 14 32 — 90 3-point goals: Charlotte 13-38 (Walker 6-10, Kaminsky 3-7, Batum 2-7, Belinelli 1-4, Williams 1-7, Lamb 0-1, Roberts 0-1, Graham 0-1), Toronto 12-32 (Lowry 4-11, Powell 3-7, Carroll 3-8, Joseph 2-2, Wright 0-1, DeRozan 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Charlotte 44 (Kidd-Gilchrist 14), Toronto 46 (Carroll, Valanciunas 11). Assists: Charlotte 21 (Walker 9), Toronto 19 (Lowry 6). Total fouls: Charlotte 18, Toronto 13.

Bucks 129, Nets 125

Warriors 109, Kings 86

Milwaukee: Antetokounmpo 13-25 7-10 33, Snell 4-7 0-0 10, Beasley 7-9 0-1 14, Maker 1-2 1-2 4, Dellavedova 3-5 3-6 10, Teletovic 0-3 0-0 0, Monroe 12-16 1-2 25, Brogdon 1-3 5-6 8, Middleton 7-13 5-5 20, Vaughn 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 50-88 22-32 129. Brooklyn: Lopez 12-20 6-8 36, Dinwiddie 7-12 4-4 19, Bogdanovic 6-12 1-1 14, Hollis-Jefferson 1-3 1-3 3, Foye 1-4 0-0 2, Booker 7-8 4-4 18, Hamilton 1-3 0-0 3, Whitehead 3-5 1-1 7, Harris 5-9 0-0 14, Kilpatrick 3-9 0-0 7, LeVert 0-3 2-2 2. Totals 46-88 19-23 125. Milwaukee 39 23 33 34 — 129 Brooklyn 33 27 22 43 — 125 3-point goals: Milwaukee 7-15 (Snell 2-5, Brogdon 1-1, Maker 1-1, Middleton 1-1, Dellavedova 1-1, Vaughn 1-4, Teletovic 0-1, Antetokounmpo 0-1), Brooklyn 14-36 (Lopez 6-10, Harris 4-6, Hamilton 1-2, Dinwiddie 1-3, Bogdanovic 1-4, Kilpatrick 1-5, Booker 0-1, Hollis-Jefferson 0-1, Whitehead 0-1, Foye 0-1, LeVert 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Milwaukee 39 (Antetokounmpo 9), Brooklyn 42 (Hollis-Jefferson 10). Assists: Milwaukee 27 (Middleton 7), Brooklyn 30 (Dinwiddie 8). Total fouls: Milwaukee 19, Brooklyn 21. A: 16,182 (17,732).

Sacramento: Koufos 0-2 1-2 1, Cousins 6-14 0-1 13, Collison 5-9 3-4 14, McLemore 3-10 0-0 9, Afflalo 1-4 1-1 4, Barnes 5-12 4-4 15, Tolliver 1-7 1-2 3, Labissiere 0-2 0-0 0, Papagiannis 2-3 0-0 4, Cauley-Stein 6-16 1-1 13, Richardson 4-10 2-2 10. Totals 33-89 13-17 86. Golden State: Durant 10-15 0-0 21, Green 0-3 2-2 2, McGee 4-5 0-0 8, Curry 4-14 3-4 13, Thompson 12-18 4-7 35, Looney 2-4 1-2 5, McAdoo 3-6 1-2 7, Jones 0-0 1-2 1, Weber 0-3 0-0 0, Livingston 0-2 0-0 0, Iguodala 2-4 0-0 5, Clark 3-6 0-0 8, McCaw 1-4 2-2 4. Totals 41-84 14-21 109. Sacramento 25 25 15 21 — 86 Golden State 28 19 42 20 — 109 3-point goals: Sacramento 7-24 (McLemore 3-6, Afflalo 1-2, Collison 1-2, Cousins 1-3, Barnes 1-5, Richardson 0-1, Tolliver 0-5), Golden State 13-36 (Thompson 7-12, Clark 2-3, Curry 2-8, Iguodala 1-2, Durant 1-4, Looney 0-1, Weber 0-1, Green 0-2, McCaw 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Sacramento 50 (Barnes 14), Golden State 46 (McGee 10). Assists: Sacramento 23 (Cousins 6), Golden State 32 (Curry 9). Total fouls: Sacramento 17, Golden State 16. Technicals: Golden State defensive three second, Golden State team, Green 2, McGee. Ejected: Green.

Pelicans 95, Grizzlies 91 New Orleans: Hill 8-11 3-4 23, Davis 9-20 0-0 18, Ajinca 3-6 6-8 12, Holiday 8-13 1-4 19, Hield 2-4 0-0 5, Motiejunas 2-3 2-4 6, Galloway 1-3 1-2 4, Evans 2-7 0-0 4, Moore 2-8 0-0 4. Totals 37-75 13-22 95. Memphis: Parsons 3-6 2-2 9, Green 3-8 0-1 6, Gasol 6-17 3-3 15, Conley 5-16 4-6 17, Allen 0-4 0-0 0, Ennis 2-5 0-0 4, Randolph 5-11 6-6 16, Wright 3-3 0-0 6, Douglas 4-9 0-1 8, Daniels 1-3 2-2 5, Carter 1-7 2-4 5. Totals 33-89 19-25 91. New Orleans 28 22 27 18 — 95 Memphis 22 21 18 30 — 91 3-point goals: New Orleans 8-18 (Hill 4-6, Holiday 2-3, Galloway 1-2, Hield 1-2, Davis 0-1, Evans 0-1, Moore 0-3), Memphis 6-33 (Conley 3-10, Daniels 1-3, Parsons 1-4, Carter 1-5, Randolph 0-1, Ennis 0-2, Green 0-2, Douglas 0-3, Gasol 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: New Orleans 38 (Ajinca 10), Memphis 48 (Gasol 12). Assists: New Orleans 18 (Holiday 7), Memphis 22 (Gasol 9). Total fouls: New Orleans 23, Memphis 19. Technicals: Holiday. A: 16,145 (18,119).

T’Wolves 112, Nuggets 99 Minnesota: Wiggins 15-26 8-11 40, Towns 8-19 7-8 24, Dieng 3-9 0-0 7, Rubio 1-5 4-4 6, Rush 3-6 0-0 7, Muhammad 5-7 5-5 15, Bjelica 3-5 0-0 7, Jones 2-5 0-0 4, Dunn 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 41-86 24-28 112. Denver: Hernangomez 1-6 0-0 3, Plumlee 4-8 3-6 11, Jokic 6-19 1-2 15, Nelson 7-15 1-1 16, Harris 8-17 3-4 22, Barton 7-15 4-5 18, O’Bryant 0-1 0-0 0, Murray 5-13 0-0 14. Totals 38-94 12-18 99. Minnesota 32 30 23 27 — 112 Denver 31 29 19 20 — 99 3-point goals: Minnesota 6-18 (Wiggins 2-4, Bjelica 1-1, Dieng 1-2, Rush 1-2, Towns 1-2, Muhammad 0-1, Jones 0-2, Rubio 0-4), Denver 11-34 (Murray 4-8, Harris 3-6, Jokic 2-5, Nelson 1-5, Hernangomez 1-5, Plumlee 0-1, Barton 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 45 (Towns 19), Denver 49 (Jokic 14). Assists: Minnesota 20 (Dunn, Rubio 5), Denver 25 (Nelson 11). Total fouls: Minnesota 15, Denver 19. Technicals: Jokic. A: 13,924 (19,155).

Jazz 111, Trail Blazers 88 Portland: Harkless 3-5 1-1 8, Davis 3-5 1-2 7, Leonard 4-8 0-0 10, Lillard 3-19 6-8 13, McCollum 8-19 0-0 18, Layman 0-0 0-0 0, Vonleh 0-0 0-0 0, Nurkic 5-5 3-4 13, Napier 3-5 1-2 8, Quarterman 1-3 0-0 3, Connaughton 0-2 3-3 3, Crabbe 2-8 0-0 5. Totals 32-79 15-20 88. Utah: Ingles 7-9 0-0 18, Hayward 8-18 4-6 22, Favors 1-3 0-0 2, Gobert 4-5 5-8 13, Hill 7-15 3-4 19, Johnson 4-7 3-4 13, Lyles 0-0 0-0 0, Diaw 1-4 0-0 2, Withey 1-4 0-0 2, Exum 6-9 0-0 12, Neto 1-1 1-1 3, Burks 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 42-81 16-23 111. Portland 17 20 25 26 — 88 Utah 18 22 34 37 — 111 3-point goals: Portland 9-22 (Leonard 2-4, McCollum 2-5, Quarterman 1-1, Harkless 1-1, Napier 1-2, Crabbe 1-3, Lillard 1-4, Connaughton 0-2), Utah 11-22 (Ingles 4-6, Johnson 2-4, Hill 2-5, Hayward 2-6, Burks 1-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Portland 41 (Vonleh, Connaughton, Nurkic 7), Utah 46 (Gobert 12). Assists: Portland 14 (Lillard 7), Utah 19 (Hayward 7). Total fouls: Portland 21, Utah 17. Technicals: Portland defensive three second, Portland team, Gobert.

Suns 137, Lakers 101 L.A. Lakers: Ingram 1-7 1-2 3, Young 2-10 0-0 5, Randle 4-9 5-5 13, Black 0-2 2-2 2, Russell 7-20 5-5 21, Deng 3-6 2-2 9, Nance 1-4 0-0 2, Zubac 3-6 2-4 8, Huertas 1-4 0-0 2, Clarkson 6-12 1-3 15, L.Williams 7-13 4-5 21. Totals 35-93 22-28 101. Phoenix: Warren 4-5 3-3 11, Chriss 4-11 7-9 15, Chandler 3-5 2-2 8, Bledsoe 7-14 8-9 25, Booker 9-14 1-2 23, Jones 3-3 0-0 6, Tucker 3-6 2-2 9, Dudley 1-3 0-0 3, A.Williams 1-2 0-0 2, Len 5-10 5-6 15, Knight 5-10 0-0 11, Ulis 1-1 0-0 2, Barbosa 3-4 1-1 7. Totals 49-88 29-34 137. L.A. Lakers 15 33 28 25 — 101 Phoenix 32 36 34 35 — 137 3-point goals: L.A. Lakers 9-26 (L.Williams 3-4, Clarkson 2-5, Russell 2-6, Deng 1-3, Young 1-6, Ingram 0-1, Huertas 0-1), Phoenix 10-24 (Booker 4-7, Bledsoe 3-6, Tucker 1-2, Dudley 1-3, Knight 1-4, Chriss 0-2). Fouled out: Len. Rebounds: L.A. Lakers 36 (Randle 10), Phoenix 60 (Bledsoe 10). Assists: L.A. Lakers 16 (Nance 5), Phoenix 32 (Bledsoe 13). Total fouls: L.A. Lakers 27, Phoenix 20.

Thunder 116, Knicks 105 New York: Anthony 11-20 2-2 30, Porzingis 4-13 2-2 11, Hernangomez 3-6 2-2 8, Rose 11-21 3-3 25, Lee 7-13 0-0 16, Thomas 1-2 1-1 3, O’Quinn 1-3 0-0 2, Holiday 1-4 1-2 4, Baker 2-4 1-2 6. Totals 41-86 12-14 105. Oklahoma City: Sabonis 3-8 0-0 6, Adams 4-9 3-4 11, Westbrook 13-22 9-13 38, Oladipo 9-17 0-0 21, Roberson 3-8 3-4 10, Grant 3-3 5-8 13, Lauvergne 3-8 2-2 9, Payne 0-6 0-0 0, Abrines 2-5 0-0 5, Morrow 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 41-88 22-31 116. New York 39 21 20 25 — 105 Oklahoma City 27 35 26 28 — 116 3-point goals: New York 11-21 (Anthony 6-7, Lee 2-5, Baker 1-2, Holiday 1-3, Porzingis 1-4), Oklahoma City 12-23 (Westbrook 3-5, Oladipo 3-6, Grant 2-2, Roberson 1-1, Morrow 1-1, Lauvergne 1-2, Abrines 1-2, Sabonis 0-1, Payne 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: New York 39 (Hernangomez 10), Oklahoma City 48 (Westbrook 14). Assists: New York 19 (Rose 7), Oklahoma City 21 (Westbrook 12). Total fouls: New York 21, Oklahoma City 13. Technicals: New York team. A: 18,203 (18,203).

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Jordan Spieth follows his shot from the third fairway Sunday en route to victory in the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

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LOS ANGELES • Gone are the

days when some of golf’s best players felt the PGA Tour season didn’t really begin until it reached Florida. There is no shortage of star power in LA. And it wasn’t that much different across the West Coast swing, which started in Kapalua. Hawaii and ends this week at Riviera Country Club at the Genesis Open with a field that features eight of the top 10 players in the world. It would have been nine of the top 10 if Rory McIlroy were not recovering from a rib injury. The Riviera course in Pacifc Palisades, Calif., has a lot do with that. “It’s my favorite golf course on the PGA Tour, so I’m very excited to start my season here like I have a few times in the past, and hopefully kind of pick up where I left of here last year,” said Adam Scott, the Australian who makes his American debut this week. Scott finished one shot behind last year, then went to Florida and won the next two events. He also was the wrong guy to ask about the importance of getting of to a good start in a week where the forecast is ominous. Rain is expected to be heavy and steady Friday, with traces still lingering over the weekend. Scott’s only “victory” at Riviera still doesn’t count. That was in 2005, when it rained so hard that the field managed only 36 holes, and Scott won in a playoff on Monday. He received the money and got his name on the trophy, though the tour requires at least 54 holes to be completed to count it as oicial. “I’m determined to get an official win here, and hopefully, it’s this week,” he said. It won’t be easy. Jordan Spieth is coming off a four-shot victory at Pebble Beach in which he found the right recipe for putting on poa greens. Spieth is concerned only with the speed of the putt, not whether it goes in. He took only 23 putts in the third round when he built a big lead, and played the final 28 holes without a bogey. So when he was practicing at Riviera on Tuesday and was on the putting green, he couldn’t help but notice the number of players watching him. Spieth is regarded among the best putters on tour, anyway, but there was special attention paid because of the poa greens. “Putting on poa annua greens, you see guys get so frustrated and they start second-guessing themselves,” Spieth said. “You see more putter changes in the West Coast swing, probably double than you see the rest of the year. So just experience of recognizing that you’re going to hit good putts that don’t necessarily go in because the type of grass is a little stickier and the footprints are more significant and it can kind of shoot balls ofline easier.” For all the stars at Riviera — British Open champion Henrik Stenson is the only other player from the top 10 not at the Genesis Open — the tournament lost a little buzz from Tiger Woods withdrawing because of recur-

ring back problems. Woods was supposed to play his hometown event for the first time since 2006, a product of his foundation taking over as the host organization. Even before that, Riviera typically had the strongest field of an increasingly strong West Coast because of the fabled golf course. But the entire West Coast has shown more signs of a youth movement. The last seven PGA Tour events have been won by players in their 20s. And unlike a few generations ago, when the likes of Greg Norman, Nick Price and even Curtis Strange never really got going until Florida, there have been pockets of great players competing the last six weeks. Justin Thomas swept Hawaii. Hideki Matsuyama won again in Phoenix. Sergio Garcia, who also makes his American debut this week, won two weeks ago in Dubai. And now they have congregated of Sunset Boulevard. “It speaks about the quality of the golf course, the quality of the event, and it’s as simple as that,” Garcia said. “For the top players, at the end of the day you try to look for tournaments that fit your schedule but at the same time tournaments that you think the course is a good, solid test. Riviera is definitely one of those.” Jason Day, the No. 1 player in the world, is at Riviera for the first time since 2012. He could lose the No. 1 ranking this week if Matsuyama or Dustin Johnson were to win. Spieth can only go as high as No. 2 without another victory, and he’s as confident as anyone in the field. Spieth has won in back-toback weeks only once in his career. That was at the end of 2014, when he won the Australian Open and then flew halfway around the world to Florida and won the Hero World Challenge. This was only a short flight down the coast.

DALY ON CLUB TOSS John Daly has thrown golf clubs during fits of frustration over the course of his wild career. He says his putter going into a lake at a PGA Tour Champions event last week was not one of them. “If I throw a putter, it’s going to be in two pieces, not one,” Daly said Wednesday. “And it’s going to be 50 yards in the lake, not five.” Daly says reports of him throwing his putter into the lake at the Allianz Championship in Boca Raton, Florida, were lacking context. The two-time major champion said his sciatic nerve was acting up and he probably shouldn’t have played. He decided to withdraw after the seventh hole and while walking off the green, he flipped the putter over his shoulder to his caddie, who wasn’t watching, and the club went into the water. There was no video of the incident. A writer for www.linksmagazine.com posted a photo on Twitter of the top of Daly’s putter in the water as fans gathered around for a look. Daly said the thick, foam grip enabled it to float.


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SOCCER

Area scores, schedule

NBA Favorite Points O/U Underdog Wizards 1.5 (216.5) PACERS* BULLS PK (212.0) Celtics* COLLEGE BASKETBALL Favorite Points Underdog VANDERBILT 3.5 Texas A&M TOWSON 1.5 Elon MICHIGAN 1 Wisconsin DELAWARE PK Drexel NC-Wilmington 4.5 NORTHEASTERN MARSHALL 5 Uab William & Mary 3.5 JAMES MADISON Charleston 2 HOFSTRA LOUISIANA TECH 13 Fla Atlantic Wright St 5 YOUNGSTOWN ST CLEVELAND ST PK No Kentucky Utep 4 N TEXAS RICE 14 Utsa Florida Int’l 1 SOUTHERN MISS OREGON 9.5 Utah Arizona 12.5 WASHINGTON ST Middle Tenn St 8 W KENTUCKY GONZAGA 22 San Francisco CONNECTICUT 3 Memphis Colorado 11 OREGON ST PORTLAND 3 Pacific SANTA CLARA 9 Pepperdine LONG BEACH ST 3.5 Cal-Davis Hawaii 4 CAL-SANTA BARB WASHINGTON NL Arizona St BYU 15.5 San Diego ST. MARY’S-CA 16 Loyola-M’mount CAL-RIVERSIDE 1 CS-Fullerton Added Games SIENA 10 Manhattan MURRAY ST 14.5 SIU-Edw’ville MONMOUTH 15 Niagara NEBRASKA-OMAHA 6 Oral Roberts BELMONT 16.5 E Kentucky E Illinois 1.5 AUSTIN PEAY TENNESSEE ST NL Morehead St MONTANA 10.5 Sacramento St MONTANA ST 4 Portland St WEBER ST 13 No Colorado N Dakota 5.5 IDAHO ST NHL Favorite Odds Underdog PENGUINS -$230/+$190 Jets DEVILS -$110/-$110 Senators Rangers -$110/-$110 ISLANDERS SABRES -$175/+$155 Avalanche BLUES -$200/+$170 Canucks WILD -$200/+$170 Stars OILERS -$160/+$140 Flyers KINGS -$225/+$185 Coyotes Grand Salami: Over/under 45.5 goals. Home team in CAPS © 2017 Benjamin Eckstein

English Premier League

Women’s basketball

TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Named Howie Clark assistant major league hitting coach. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with LHP Travis Wood to a two-year contract. Placed LHP Brian Flynn on the 60-day DL. National League NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with RHP Fernando Salas on a one-year contract. FOOTBALL National Football League CHICAGO BEARS — Signed OL Eric Kush to a two-year contract. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed CB Bene Benwikere. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Re-signed QB Chad Henne and DT Abry Jones. HOCKEY National Hockey League LOS ANGELES KINGS — Recalled F Adrian Kempe and D Paul LaDue from Ontario (AHL). Assigned RW Devin Setoguchi to Ontario. WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Acquired D Tom Gilbert from Los Angeles for future considerations and assigned him to Hershey (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer MINNESOTA UNITED — Traded its No. 1 Allocation Ranking Order spot to Vancouver for $100,000 General Allocation Money in 2018 and $125,000 Targeted Allocation Money in 2018, and an international roster spot for the 2017 MLS season. Signed M Josh Gatt. NEW YORK CITY FC — Signed M Maximiliano Moralez to a three-year contract. COLLEGE CINCINNATI — Named Willie Martinez cornerbacks coach. HARVARD — Named Anthony Fucillo assistant defensive backs coach. ILLINOIS — Named Donnie Abraham defensive assistant coach. LSU — Announced junior DE Arden Key is taking a leave of absence from the football program for unspecified personal reasons.

GP W D L GF GA Chelsea 25 19 3 3 52 18 Manchester City 25 16 4 5 51 29 Tottenham 25 14 8 3 46 18 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 54 28 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 54 30 Manchester Utd. 25 13 9 3 38 21 Everton 25 11 8 6 40 27 West Brom. 25 10 7 8 34 31 Stoke 25 8 8 9 30 36 West Ham 25 9 5 11 34 43 Southampton 25 8 6 11 28 31 Burnley 25 9 3 13 27 36 Watford 25 8 6 11 29 42 Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 35 49 Swansea 25 7 3 15 31 54 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 19 27 Leicester 25 5 6 14 24 43 Hull 25 5 5 15 22 49 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 32 46 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 24 46 Saturday Crystal Palace vs. Middlesbrough 9 a.m. Everton vs. Sunderland, 9 a.m. West Brom vs. Bournemouth, 9 a.m. Hull City vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Chelsea vs. Swansea City, 9 a.m. Watford vs. West Ham, 11:30 a.m. Sunday Tottenham vs. Stoke City, 7:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27 Leicester City vs. Liverpool, 2 p.m.

Pts 60 52 50 50 49 48 41 37 32 32 30 30 30 26 24 22 21 20 19 19

COLLEGES Women’s basketball top 25 1. UConn (25-0) idle. Next: at Tulane, Saturday. 2. Maryland (26-1) beat Wisconsin 89-40. Next: at No. 12 Ohio State, Monday. 3. Mississippi State (25-1) idle. Next: vs. Georgia, Thursday. 4. Baylor (24-2) idle. Next: vs. Oklahoma State, Saturday. 4. Florida State (23-3) idle. Next: at Virginia, Thursday. 6. South Carolina (21-3) idle. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Thursday. 7. Notre Dame (23-3) idle. Next: at Clemson, Thursday. 8. Texas (21-4) idle. Next: at No. 19 Oklahoma, Saturday. 9. Washington (24-3) idle. Next: at No. 18 UCLA, Friday. 10. Stanford (22-4) idle. Next: at California, Thursday. 11. Oregon State (23-3) idle. Next: at Colorado, Friday. 12. Ohio State (22-5) idle. Next: at Nebraska, Thursday. 13. Duke (22-4) idle. Next: at Wake Forest, Thursday. 14. Louisville (22-6) idle. Next: vs. North Carolina, Sunday. 15. N.C. State (19-6) idle. Next: at Boston College, Thursday. 16. Miami (19-6) idle. Next: at No. 13 Duke, Sunday. 17. DePaul (22-5) idle. Next: at Marquette, Sunday. 18. UCLA (18-7) idle. Next: vs. No. 9 Washington, Friday. 19. Oklahoma (20-6) idle. Next: vs. No. 8 Texas, Saturday. 20. Michigan (21-5) idle. Next: at Indiana, Thursday. 21. Syracuse (18-8) idle. Next: vs. No. 7 Notre Dame, Sunday. 22. South Florida (20-5) idle. Next: vs. Temple, Sunday. 23. Texas A&M (19-6) idle. Next: at LSU, Thursday. 24. Kansas State (18-8) lost to West Virginia 66-59. Next: at TCU, Saturday. 25. Drake (20-4) idle. Next: at Indiana State, Friday.

Webster 106, MacMurray 61 St. Louis CC 100, Lindenwood-Belleville JV 38 SIU Edwardsville 76, Austin Peay 69 SLU 79, La Salle 74 Iowa Wesleyan 48, Fontbonne 44

Men’s basketball Illinois State 67, Missouri State 66 Wichita State 87, SIU Carbondale 68 Webster 68, MacMurray 41 Mineral Area 66, St. Louis CC 51 Iowa Wesleyan 108, Fontbonne 82

THURSDAY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE W: McKendree at Bellarmine, 4:45 p.m. W: Missouri S&T at UMSL, 5:30 p.m. W: Drury at Maryville, 5:30 p.m. W: Park at Harris-Stowe, 5:30 p.m. W: Missouri at Florida, 6 p.m. M: SIU Edwardsville at Murray State, 6 p.m. M: McKendree at Bellarmine, 7 p.m. W: LU-Belleville at Stephens, 7 p.m. M: Missouri S&T at UMSL, 7:30 p.m. M: Drury at Maryville, 7:30 p.m. M: Park at Harris-Stowe, 7:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball scores EAST Albany (NY) 78, UMBC 69 Army 52, Holy Cross 47 Boston U. 69, Colgate 68 Duquesne 96, UMass 66 Fordham 53, Rhode Island 43 LIU Brooklyn 82, St. Francis Brooklyn 45 Lafayette 78, American U. 65 Lehigh 74, Navy 55 Loyola (Md.) 78, Bucknell 77 New Hampshire 64, Maine 51 Providence 75, Xavier 63 Seton Hall 87, Creighton 81 St. Bonaventure 83, La Salle 65 Stony Brook 66, Hartford 54 Vermont 87, Mass.-Lowell 66 SOUTH Arkansas 83, South Carolina 76 Charleston Southern 72, Campbell 69 Chattanooga 74, VMI 68 Cincinnati 68, South Florida 54 Davidson 74, George Washington 63 ETSU 79, Samford 77 East Carolina 78, Temple 64 Furman 74, W. Carolina 62 Gardner-Webb 70, Radford 59 Miami 70, Georgia Tech 61 Norfolk St. 81, SC State 70 North Carolina 97, NC State 73 UNC-Asheville 89, Presbyterian 48 UNC-Greensboro 74, Wofford 55 Winthrop 83, Longwood 63 MIDWEST Alabama 57, Missouri 54 Fort Wayne 77, N. Dakota St. 61 Iowa St. 87, Kansas St. 79 Loyola of Chicago 64, Indiana St. 46 Maryland 74, Northwestern 64 N. Iowa 64, Bradley 61 S. Dakota St. 81, IUPUI 67 Wichita St. 87, S. Illinois 68 SOUTHWEST Oklahoma St. 71, TCU 68 Texas A&M-CC 97, Incarnate Word 81 FAR WEST Nevada 78, Air Force 59

GOLF Area holes in one Pheasant Run • Bill Schnable, hole No. 9, 100 yards, pitching wedge, Feb. 11. Columbia • Anthony Canman, hole No. 4, 130 yards, 9-iron, Feb. 12. Landings at Spirit • Matt Martinez, hole No. 17, 115 yards, pitching wedge, Feb. 11. Old Hickory • Jeff Sanders, hole No. 8, 104 yards, pitching wedge, Feb. 15.

PGA Tour schedule Feb. 17-19 • Chubb Classic, The TwinEagles Club (Talon Course), Naples, Fla. March 17-19 • Tucson Conquistadores Classic, Omni Tucson National (Catalina Course), Tucson, Ariz. March 31-April 2 • Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss. April 14-16 • Mitsubishi Electric Classic, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga. April 21-23 • Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, Top of the Rock-Buffalo Ridge Springs Course, Ridgedale, Mo. May 5-7 • Insperity Invitational, The Woodlands CC (Tournament Course), The Woodlands, Texas May 18-21 • Regions Tradition, Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Ala. May 25-28 • KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, Trump National GC, Washington June 9-11 • Principal Charity Classic, Wakonda Club, Des Moines, Iowa

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SLUH outlasts Chaminade, clinches share of MCC title BY JOE HARRIS special to sTLhighschoolsports.com

In the 25-year history of the Metro Catholic Conference, the St. Louis U. High basketball team had never won a conference championship. Until Wednesday night. Behind strong efforts from the senior trio of Brandon McKissic, Anthony Hughes and Brent Smith, the Jr. Billikens led for all but three minutes against visiting Chaminade in a 60-58 victory. The win clinched at least a share of the MCC title for SLUH (19-6 overall, 6-1 MCC), No. 6 in the STLhighschoolsports large school rankings. The win also prevented No. 2 Chaminade (19-5, 5-2) from clinching at least a share of its ninth MCC title in the past 11 years. “Just beating Chaminade, I’ve been on the team for four years now and I’ve never beaten Chaminade and it’s the last time I’m facing them in the regular season,” said Smith, who more than doubled his season scoring average with 16 points. “So it feels good.” The conference championship was definitely on the minds of SLUH’s players and fans. Even the school’s public address announcer joked earlier in the day that the Jr. Billikens “were going for their first conference championship since 1905” during the school announcements. But the end of the game was no laughing matter as Chaminade launched a furious comeback, outscoring SLUH 27-19 in the fourth quarter. The Red Devils even had a chance to tie it at the buzzer after Jadis White was fouled taking a 3-pointer with two seconds left. White made the first two free throws to cut SLUH’s lead to 60-58 and intentionally missed the last one. Reggie Crawford came down with the offensive rebound and he and Karrington Davis each had shots that didn’t go before the buzzer sounded. “With a veteran group, an experienced group, to make the bonehead plays we had, we’ve got to go back to the textbook,” SLUH coach Erwin Claggett said. “We’ll get some things fixed, but up until then I

thought the guys did a good job of fighting and competing.” Chaminade’s comeback gained momentum when leading scorer Jericole Hellems fouled out after scoring just 13 points, well below his season average of 23.7. White picked up the slack, scoring nine of his 13 points in the fourth, and Davis had six points as Chaminade chipped away at what was at one point a 13-point deficit. “We just had to slow it down, try to lower the turnovers that we made and just make our free throws,” McKissic said. “Even though we missed some of those, we got some stops on defense.” The big play for SLUH came with 33 seconds left. McKissic made the first of two free throws but missed the second. Smith swooped in and got a putback to give the Jr. Billikens a 57-51 lead. “I saw Brandon miss it and it missed in the right spot,” Smith said. “I was able to tip it up and finish it. It felt good to get that bucket.” Davis scored a game-high 17 for Chaminade. SLUH’s defense not only kept Hellems below his average but also allowed just seven points from Crawford, who averages 16.4. “It was just a game where our flow wasn’t the best and as a result we were taking whatever we could get, which isn’t the way we play,” Chaminade coach Frank Bennett said. “We play unselfish and take the best available shot.” Claggett said SLUH’s defense has been a trademark all season. The victory for SLUH avenged a loss to the Red Devils on Dec. 12. The teams, both of which went to state last season, could meet again in the district championship in a couple of weeks. For now, SLUH’s only focus is to clinch sole possession of the MCC title, which would happen with a win Saturday against CBC. “We definitely want to leave our spot in this school and do something that’s never been done before,” Smith said. “But we’re just focused on CBC and we really hope to win that game and win the conference.”

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS GIRLS BASKETBALL McKinley 8 9 7 11 35 Metro 15 13 15 19 62 Me (20-7): Flowers 33. FG 26 (3), FT 7-10. Luth. South 17 7 13 14 51 JohnBurroughs 10 11 16 27 64 L (16-7): Member-Meneh 32, Lawson 13. FG 23 (0), FT 5-10. J (9-13): FG 0 (0), FT 0-0. Lift For Life 5 4 12 0 21 North Tech 6 11 7 16 40 N (18-6): Randle 18, Stith 11. FG 17 (4), FT 2-8. U. City 10 10 5 10 35 Riverview 10 8 5 14 37 R (6-15): Moore 10. FG 15 (3), FT 4-12. Haz. East 14 3 15 6 38 Jennings 5 13 14 19 51 H (4-18): Balley 14, Rush 11. FG 16 (3), FT 3-12. J (9-11): Gary 24, Caldwell 12, White 12. FG 12 (4), FT 23-33. Rock Bridge 14 5 10 14 43 Miller Career 9 10 6 4 29 M (14-6): C. Hodges 13. FG 10 (2), FT 7-8. Pky. West 8 12 4 13 37 Westminster 7 4 9 8 28 P (5-18): N. Rath 13, Poppen 12. FG 10 (2), FT 15-28. Timberland 7 8 13 17 45 FZ North 13 13 15 17 58 T (11-11): Armstrong 15, Raines 13. FG 15 (6), FT 9-12. F (17-6): Pudlowski 19, Nesslage 17. FG 19 (3), FT 17-23. Liberty 18 16 11 15 60 Holt 14 21 17 22 74 L (9-13): Schaefer 17, Kruse 16, Ingle 13, Baumann 10. FG 20 (10), FT 10-16. H (10-12): N. Griesenauer 27, E. Griesenauer 16, Adam 15. FG 23 (5), FT 23-32. Bayless 1 7 9 2 19 Trinity 6 11 16 8 41 B (0-23): Clemons 10. FG 8 (2), FT 1-2. Duchesne 8 14 11 16 49 Rosati-Kain 13 5 11 12 41 R (3-19): Bruce 22, Bloeser 11. FG 14 (3),

FT 10-19. Seckman 12 15 14 1 42 Windsor 0 3 5 2 10 S (7-13): Harris 11. FG 17 (2), FT 6-12. Haz. West 18 7 8 5 38 Lafayette 11 9 13 6 39 H (13-8): Chappel 16. FG 14 (4), FT 6-12. L (15-7): Robbe 12, Terry 10. FG 15 (2), FT 7-9. Pky. North 11 18 10 16 55 St. Dominic 4 11 13 10 38 P (18-5): Pimentel 17. FG 18 (6), FT 13-22. S (13-8): Kasubke 12. FG 12 (3), FT 11-14. Clayton 9 8 4 12 33 Summit 7 6 17 14 44 C (19-4): Jones 7. FG 7 (1), FT 3-6. S (10-12): Needy 15, Manuel 12, Bayer 10. FG 16 (4), FT 8-11. DuBourg 19 18 11 12 60 Hancock 0 9 13 8 30 D (11-12): Droege 28, Payne 12. FG 24 (3), FT 9-25. Jeferson 16 10 16 6 48 Valle 12 21 8 12 53 J (6-18): Weik 12, Becherer 10, Floyd 10. FG 20 (4), FT 4-11. Glenwood 2 11 14 20 47 O'Fallon 18 13 11 21 63 O (19-9): Durk 22, Chamberlain 12. FG 20 (4), FT 19-26. BOYS BASKETBALL St. Mary’s 15 15 16 15 61 Ritter 17 17 16 8 58 S (22-3): Rasas 18, Collins 12, Jones 10. FG 22 (7), FT 10-16. R (17-6): Phillips 14, Womack 14, Davis 12. FG 22 (4), FT 10-13. Gtwy Snce Ac. 11 7 12 12 42 Afton 22 21 19 10 72 A (13-9): Williams 25, Little 14, Muminovic 13. FG 30 (4), FT 8-16. Maplewood-RH 9 14 9 7 39 Pky. West 17 12 14 9 52 M (10-13): Womak 15. FG 16 (2), FT 5-9. P (17-5): Yess 16, Swiney 14, Gieseking 10.

FG 23 (2), FT 4-6. McCluer North 8 22 18 31 90 Pattonville 20 14 24 21 93 P (15-7): Williams 33, Henderson Jr. 21, Boyce III 14, Byndom 11. FG 33 (6), FT 21-36. Wood River 12 13 9 17 51 Dupo 23 38 15 9 85 W (7-20): Biesk 21. FG 12 (0), FT 27-41. D (6-20): Swims 32, Francis 16, Stanek 12, Richardson 11. FG 28 (12), FT 17-26. Crossroads 8 8 19 0 35 Hancock 18 40 21 22 101 H (20-4): A. Williams 47, Warren 15, Turner 11. FG 42 (7), FT 10-15. Orchard Farm 12 21 5 16 54 Brentwood 14 20 14 23 71 O (13-11): Burgess 25, Williams 11. FG 20 (5), FT 9-14. B (14-9): Jones 25, NTatin 12, Harris 10, Sappington 10. FG 27 (3), FT 14-15. Chaminade 11 7 13 27 58 SLUH 22 5 14 19 60 C (19-4): Davis 17, Hellems 14, White 12. FG 18 (3), FT 19-30. S (19-6): Hughes 16, Smith 16, McKissic 14. FG 22 (4), FT 12-23. Windsor 20 18 13 21 72 Seckman 24 10 30 16 80 W (8-14): Schmidt 24, Haight 16, Davis 15. FG 29 (10), FT 4-7. Clayton 11 10 20 21 62 U. City 12 13 18 26 69 C (9-13): Almond 17, C. Heusel 16, Watkins 11. FG 17 (8), FT 20-27. U (10-14): FG 0 (0), FT 0-0. Ladue 22 10 12 24 68 Whitfield 10 22 23 26 81 L (15-8): Hotz 19, Rhoads 18, Lucier 13. FG 27 (12), FT 2-2. W (16-9): Watson 28, C. Alexander 14, Ramsey 13, Taylor 10. FG 27 (7), FT 20-30. Fath.McGivney 8 3 10 14 35 Freeburg 22 23 14 12 71 Fa (2-25): Shumate 14, Loeler 13. FG 10 (2), FT 13-15. Fr (16-11): Mack 12, Bonta 11, Weiss 10. FG 31 (7), FT 2-5.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE GIRLS BASKETBALL Whitfield at Notre Dame, 6:45 a.m. St. James at St. Clair, 5:30 p.m. Fort Zumwalt East at Liberty, 5:30 p.m. Lutheran North at John Burroughs, 5:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s at Visitation, 5:30 p.m. FH Central at Francis Howell, 5:30 p.m. Soldan at Northwest Academy, 6 p.m. Fort Zumwalt South at Nerinx Hall, 6 p.m. Sumner vs. Gateway STEM at Miller Career, 6 p.m. Orchard Farm at Winfield, 6:30 p.m. Hazelwood East at Cardinal Ritter, 6:30 p.m. Borgia at St. Dominic, 6:45 p.m. Pacific at Sullivan, 7 p.m. Ste. Genevieve at Festus, 7 p.m. Ursuline at Lutheran South, 7 p.m. Hillsboro at Grandview, 7:30 p.m.

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St. Louis Patriots at North County, 7:30 p.m. New Haven at Hermann, 7:30 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Maplewood-RH at Bayless, 5 p.m. Lebanon at Bunker Hill, 6 p.m. Grandview at Bismarck, 6 p.m. McKinley vs. Metro at Miller Career, 6 p.m. Sumner vs. Roosevelt at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Cleveland at Med. and Biosc, 6 p.m. Crystal City at Valle, 6 p.m. Hazelwood East at Normandy, 6 p.m. Herculaneum at Valley Park, 6:30 p.m. Trinity at O’Fallon Christian, 6:30 p.m. Borgia at Duchesne, 6:45 p.m. Lutheran North at John Burroughs, 7 p.m. Fort Zumwalt East at Liberty, 7 p.m. St. James at St. Clair, 7 p.m.

De Soto at Windsor, 7 p.m. Webster Groves at Vashon, 7 p.m. FH Central at Francis Howell, 7 p.m. Orchard Farm at Winfield, 8 p.m. WRESTLING ILLINOIS CHAMPIONSHIPS At State Farm Arena, Champaign 1A first round, 1 p.m. 2A first round, 3 p.m. 3A first round, 5 p.m MISSOURI CHAMPIONSHIPS At Mizzou Arena, Columbia Class 1 and 2 first round and wrestlebacks, 10 a.m. Class 3 and 4 first round and wrestlebacks, 5 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL • ILLINOIS POSTSEASON CLASS 3A ROXANA REGIONAL Semifinals | Tuesday Civic Memorial 71, Cahokia 31 Triad 37, Jerseyville 24 Championship | Thursday Civic Memorial vs. Triad, 7 p.m. CLASS 3A BREESE CENTRAL REGIONAL Semifinals | Tuesday Highland 59, Freeburg 29 Breese Central 56, Waterloo 26 Championship | Thursday Highland vs. Breese Central, 7 p.m.

CLASS 4A SPRINGFIELD REGIONAL At Springfield HS Semifinals | Wednesday Springfield 57, Quincy 30 O’Fallon 63, Chatham Glenwood 47 Championship | Friday O’Fallon at Springfield, 7 p.m. CLASS 4A COLLINSVILLE REGIONAL Semifinals | Tuesday Edwardsville 66, East St. Louis 19 Belleville East 51, Belleville West 39 Championship | Thursday Edwardsville vs. Belleville East, 7 p.m.

CLASS 2A JOHNSTON CITY SECTIONAL Semifinals | Tuesday Nashville 36, Harrisburg 32 Championship | Thursday Mater Dei vs. Nashville, 7 p.m. CLASS 1A HARDIN CALHOUN SECTIONAL Semifinals | Tuesday Hardin Calhoun 61, Lebanon 50 Championship | Thursday Okawville vs. Hardin Calhoun, 7 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL • AREA RANKINGS LARGE SCHOOLS Rank, school 1. Edwardsville 2. Webster Groves 3. Chaminade 4. East St. Louis 5. Belleville West 6. SLUH 7. CBC 8. Belleville East 9. McCluer 10. Francis Howell

Record 23-1 19-2 19-3 15-7 15-8 18-6 15-8 14-10 16-7 18-4

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SMALL SCHOOLS Rank, school Record 1. Vashon 18-2 2. St. Mary’s 21-3 3. Althof 14-9 4. Breese Central 23-3 5. Jennings 19-3 6. Okawville 24-3 7. Alton Marquette 26-3 8. Cahokia 17-8 9. Cardinal Ritter 17-5 10. Northwest Academy 14-9

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Area scores, schedule

NBA Favorite Points O/U Underdog Wizards 1.5 (216.5) PACERS* BULLS PK (212.0) Celtics* COLLEGE BASKETBALL Favorite Points Underdog VANDERBILT 3.5 Texas A&M TOWSON 1.5 Elon MICHIGAN 1 Wisconsin DELAWARE PK Drexel NC-Wilmington 4.5 NORTHEASTERN MARSHALL 5 Uab William & Mary 3.5 JAMES MADISON Charleston 2 HOFSTRA LOUISIANA TECH 13 Fla Atlantic Wright St 5 YOUNGSTOWN ST CLEVELAND ST PK No Kentucky Utep 4 N TEXAS RICE 14 Utsa Florida Int’l 1 SOUTHERN MISS OREGON 9.5 Utah Arizona 12.5 WASHINGTON ST Middle Tenn St 8 W KENTUCKY GONZAGA 22 San Francisco CONNECTICUT 3 Memphis Colorado 11 OREGON ST PORTLAND 3 Pacific SANTA CLARA 9 Pepperdine LONG BEACH ST 3.5 Cal-Davis Hawaii 4 CAL-SANTA BARB WASHINGTON NL Arizona St BYU 15.5 San Diego ST. MARY’S-CA 16 Loyola-M’mount CAL-RIVERSIDE 1 CS-Fullerton Added Games SIENA 10 Manhattan MURRAY ST 14.5 SIU-Edw’ville MONMOUTH 15 Niagara NEBRASKA-OMAHA 6 Oral Roberts BELMONT 16.5 E Kentucky E Illinois 1.5 AUSTIN PEAY TENNESSEE ST NL Morehead St MONTANA 10.5 Sacramento St MONTANA ST 4 Portland St WEBER ST 13 No Colorado N Dakota 5.5 IDAHO ST NHL Favorite Odds Underdog PENGUINS -$230/+$190 Jets DEVILS -$110/-$110 Senators Rangers -$110/-$110 ISLANDERS SABRES -$175/+$155 Avalanche BLUES -$200/+$170 Canucks WILD -$200/+$170 Stars OILERS -$160/+$140 Flyers KINGS -$225/+$185 Coyotes Grand Salami: Over/under 45.5 goals. Home team in CAPS © 2017 Benjamin Eckstein

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TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL American League BALTIMORE ORIOLES — Named Howie Clark assistant major league hitting coach. KANSAS CITY ROYALS — Agreed to terms with LHP Travis Wood to a two-year contract. Placed LHP Brian Flynn on the 60-day DL. National League NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with RHP Fernando Salas on a one-year contract. FOOTBALL National Football League CHICAGO BEARS — Signed OL Eric Kush to a two-year contract. CINCINNATI BENGALS — Signed CB Bene Benwikere. JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Re-signed QB Chad Henne and DT Abry Jones. HOCKEY National Hockey League LOS ANGELES KINGS — Recalled F Adrian Kempe and D Paul LaDue from Ontario (AHL). Assigned RW Devin Setoguchi to Ontario. WASHINGTON CAPITALS — Acquired D Tom Gilbert from Los Angeles for future considerations and assigned him to Hershey (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer MINNESOTA UNITED — Traded its No. 1 Allocation Ranking Order spot to Vancouver for $100,000 General Allocation Money in 2018 and $125,000 Targeted Allocation Money in 2018, and an international roster spot for the 2017 MLS season. Signed M Josh Gatt. NEW YORK CITY FC — Signed M Maximiliano Moralez to a three-year contract. COLLEGE CINCINNATI — Named Willie Martinez cornerbacks coach. HARVARD — Named Anthony Fucillo assistant defensive backs coach. ILLINOIS — Named Donnie Abraham defensive assistant coach. LSU — Announced junior DE Arden Key is taking a leave of absence from the football program for unspecified personal reasons.

GP W D L GF GA Chelsea 25 19 3 3 52 18 Manchester City 25 16 4 5 51 29 Tottenham 25 14 8 3 46 18 Arsenal 25 15 5 5 54 28 Liverpool 25 14 7 4 54 30 Manchester Utd. 25 13 9 3 38 21 Everton 25 11 8 6 40 27 West Brom. 25 10 7 8 34 31 Stoke 25 8 8 9 30 36 West Ham 25 9 5 11 34 43 Southampton 25 8 6 11 28 31 Burnley 25 9 3 13 27 36 Watford 25 8 6 11 29 42 Bournemouth 25 7 5 13 35 49 Swansea 25 7 3 15 31 54 Middlesbrough 25 4 10 11 19 27 Leicester 25 5 6 14 24 43 Hull 25 5 5 15 22 49 Crystal Palace 25 5 4 16 32 46 Sunderland 25 5 4 16 24 46 Saturday Crystal Palace vs. Middlesbrough 9 a.m. Everton vs. Sunderland, 9 a.m. West Brom vs. Bournemouth, 9 a.m. Hull City vs. Burnley, 9 a.m. Chelsea vs. Swansea City, 9 a.m. Watford vs. West Ham, 11:30 a.m. Sunday Tottenham vs. Stoke City, 7:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 27 Leicester City vs. Liverpool, 2 p.m.

Pts 60 52 50 50 49 48 41 37 32 32 30 30 30 26 24 22 21 20 19 19

COLLEGES Women’s basketball top 25 1. UConn (25-0) idle. Next: at Tulane, Saturday. 2. Maryland (26-1) beat Wisconsin 89-40. Next: at No. 12 Ohio State, Monday. 3. Mississippi State (25-1) idle. Next: vs. Georgia, Thursday. 4. Baylor (24-2) idle. Next: vs. Oklahoma State, Saturday. 4. Florida State (23-3) idle. Next: at Virginia, Thursday. 6. South Carolina (21-3) idle. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Thursday. 7. Notre Dame (23-3) idle. Next: at Clemson, Thursday. 8. Texas (21-4) idle. Next: at No. 19 Oklahoma, Saturday. 9. Washington (24-3) idle. Next: at No. 18 UCLA, Friday. 10. Stanford (22-4) idle. Next: at California, Thursday. 11. Oregon State (23-3) idle. Next: at Colorado, Friday. 12. Ohio State (22-5) idle. Next: at Nebraska, Thursday. 13. Duke (22-4) idle. Next: at Wake Forest, Thursday. 14. Louisville (22-6) idle. Next: vs. North Carolina, Sunday. 15. N.C. State (19-6) idle. Next: at Boston College, Thursday. 16. Miami (19-6) idle. Next: at No. 13 Duke, Sunday. 17. DePaul (22-5) idle. Next: at Marquette, Sunday. 18. UCLA (18-7) idle. Next: vs. No. 9 Washington, Friday. 19. Oklahoma (20-6) idle. Next: vs. No. 8 Texas, Saturday. 20. Michigan (21-5) idle. Next: at Indiana, Thursday. 21. Syracuse (18-8) idle. Next: vs. No. 7 Notre Dame, Sunday. 22. South Florida (20-5) idle. Next: vs. Temple, Sunday. 23. Texas A&M (19-6) idle. Next: at LSU, Thursday. 24. Kansas State (18-8) lost to West Virginia 66-59. Next: at TCU, Saturday. 25. Drake (20-4) idle. Next: at Indiana State, Friday.

Webster 106, MacMurray 61 St. Louis CC 100, Lindenwood-Belleville JV 38 SIU Edwardsville 76, Austin Peay 69 SLU 79, La Salle 74 Iowa Wesleyan 48, Fontbonne 44

Men’s basketball Illinois State 67, Missouri State 66 Wichita State 87, SIU Carbondale 68 Webster 68, MacMurray 41 Mineral Area 66, St. Louis CC 51 Iowa Wesleyan 108, Fontbonne 82

THURSDAY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE W: McKendree at Bellarmine, 4:45 p.m. W: Missouri S&T at UMSL, 5:30 p.m. W: Drury at Maryville, 5:30 p.m. W: Park at Harris-Stowe, 5:30 p.m. W: Missouri at Florida, 6 p.m. M: SIU Edwardsville at Murray State, 6 p.m. M: McKendree at Bellarmine, 7 p.m. W: LU-Belleville at Stephens, 7 p.m. M: Missouri S&T at UMSL, 7:30 p.m. M: Drury at Maryville, 7:30 p.m. M: Park at Harris-Stowe, 7:30 p.m.

Men’s basketball scores EAST Albany (NY) 78, UMBC 69 Army 52, Holy Cross 47 Boston U. 69, Colgate 68 Duquesne 96, UMass 66 Fordham 53, Rhode Island 43 LIU Brooklyn 82, St. Francis Brooklyn 45 Lafayette 78, American U. 65 Lehigh 74, Navy 55 Loyola (Md.) 78, Bucknell 77 New Hampshire 64, Maine 51 Providence 75, Xavier 63 Seton Hall 87, Creighton 81 St. Bonaventure 83, La Salle 65 Stony Brook 66, Hartford 54 Vermont 87, Mass.-Lowell 66 SOUTH Arkansas 83, South Carolina 76 Charleston Southern 72, Campbell 69 Chattanooga 74, VMI 68 Cincinnati 68, South Florida 54 Davidson 74, George Washington 63 Duke 65, Virginia 55 ETSU 79, Samford 77 East Carolina 78, Temple 64 Furman 74, W. Carolina 62 Gardner-Webb 70, Radford 59 Miami 70, Georgia Tech 61 Norfolk St. 81, SC State 70 North Carolina 97, NC State 73 UNC-Asheville 89, Presbyterian 48 UNC-Greensboro 74, Wofford 55 Winthrop 83, Longwood 63 MIDWEST Alabama 57, Missouri 54 Butler 110, St. John’s 86 Fort Wayne 77, N. Dakota St. 61 Illinois St. 67, Missouri St. 66 Iowa St. 87, Kansas St. 79 Loyola of Chicago 64, Indiana St. 46 Maryland 74, Northwestern 64 Minnesota 75, Indiana 74 N. Iowa 64, Bradley 61 S. Dakota St. 81, IUPUI 67 Wichita St. 87, S. Illinois 68 SOUTHWEST Oklahoma St. 71, TCU 68 SMU 80, Tulane 75 Texas A&M-CC 97, Incarnate Word 81 FAR WEST Cal Poly 85, CS Northridge 71 Fresno St. 77, San Jose St. 59 Nevada 78, Air Force 59 San Diego St. 66, Utah St. 62

GOLF Area holes in one Pheasant Run • Bill Schnable, hole No. 9, 100 yards, pitching wedge, Feb. 11. Columbia • Anthony Canman, hole No. 4, 130 yards, 9-iron, Feb. 12. Landings at Spirit • Matt Martinez, hole No. 17, 115 yards, pitching wedge, Feb. 11. Old Hickory • Jeff Sanders, hole No. 8, 104 yards, pitching wedge, Feb. 15.

PGA Tour schedule Feb. 17-19 • Chubb Classic, The TwinEagles Club (Talon Course), Naples, Fla. March 17-19 • Tucson Conquistadores Classic, Omni Tucson National (Catalina Course), Tucson, Ariz. March 31-April 2 • Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic, Fallen Oak, Biloxi, Miss. April 14-16 • Mitsubishi Electric Classic, TPC Sugarloaf, Duluth, Ga. April 21-23 • Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf, Top of the Rock-Buffalo Ridge Springs Course, Ridgedale, Mo. May 5-7 • Insperity Invitational, The Woodlands CC (Tournament Course), The Woodlands, Texas

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SLUH outlasts Chaminade, clinches share of MCC title BY JOE HARRIS special to sTLhighschoolsports.com

In the 25-year history of the Metro Catholic Conference, the St. Louis U. High basketball team had never won a conference championship. Until Wednesday night. Behind strong efforts from the senior trio of Brandon McKissic, Anthony Hughes and Brent Smith, the Jr. Billikens led for all but three minutes against visiting Chaminade in a 60-58 victory. The win clinched at least a share of the MCC title for SLUH (19-6 overall, 6-1 MCC), No. 6 in the STLhighschoolsports large school rankings. The win also prevented No. 2 Chaminade (19-5, 5-2) from clinching at least a share of its ninth MCC title in the past 11 years. “Just beating Chaminade, I’ve been on the team for four years now and I’ve never beaten Chaminade and it’s the last time I’m facing them in the regular season,” said Smith, who more than doubled his season scoring average with 16 points. “So it feels good.” The conference championship was definitely on the minds of SLUH’s players and fans. Even the school’s public address announcer joked earlier in the day that the Jr. Billikens “were going for their first conference championship since 1905” during the school announcements. But the end of the game was no laughing matter as Chaminade launched a furious comeback, outscoring SLUH 27-19 in the fourth quarter. The Red Devils even had a chance to tie it at the buzzer after Jadis White was fouled taking a 3-pointer with two seconds left. White made the first two free throws to cut SLUH’s lead to 60-58 and intentionally missed the last one. Reggie Crawford came down with the offensive rebound and he and Karrington Davis each had shots that didn’t go before the buzzer sounded. “With a veteran group, an experienced group, to make the bonehead plays we had, we’ve got to go back to the textbook,” SLUH coach Erwin Claggett said. “We’ll get some things fixed, but up until then I

thought the guys did a good job of fighting and competing.” Chaminade’s comeback gained momentum when leading scorer Jericole Hellems fouled out after scoring just 13 points, well below his season average of 23.7. White picked up the slack, scoring nine of his 13 points in the fourth, and Davis had six points as Chaminade chipped away at what was at one point a 13-point deficit. “We just had to slow it down, try to lower the turnovers that we made and just make our free throws,” McKissic said. “Even though we missed some of those, we got some stops on defense.” The big play for SLUH came with 33 seconds left. McKissic made the first of two free throws but missed the second. Smith swooped in and got a putback to give the Jr. Billikens a 57-51 lead. “I saw Brandon miss it and it missed in the right spot,” Smith said. “I was able to tip it up and finish it. It felt good to get that bucket.” Davis scored a game-high 17 for Chaminade. SLUH’s defense not only kept Hellems below his average but also allowed just seven points from Crawford, who averages 16.4. “It was just a game where our flow wasn’t the best and as a result we were taking whatever we could get, which isn’t the way we play,” Chaminade coach Frank Bennett said. “We play unselfish and take the best available shot.” Claggett said SLUH’s defense has been a trademark all season. The victory for SLUH avenged a loss to the Red Devils on Dec. 12. The teams, both of which went to state last season, could meet again in the district championship in a couple of weeks. For now, SLUH’s only focus is to clinch sole possession of the MCC title, which would happen with a win Saturday against CBC. “We definitely want to leave our spot in this school and do something that’s never been done before,” Smith said. “But we’re just focused on CBC and we really hope to win that game and win the conference.”

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS GIRLS BASKETBALL McKinley 8 9 7 11 35 Metro 15 13 15 19 62 Me (20-7): Flowers 33. FG 26 (3), FT 7-10. Luth. South 17 7 13 14 51 JohnBurroughs 10 11 16 27 64 L (16-7): Member-Meneh 32, Lawson 13. FG 23 (0), FT 5-10. J (9-13): FG 0 (0), FT 0-0. Lift For Life 5 4 12 0 21 North Tech 6 11 7 16 40 N (18-6): Randle 18, Stith 11. FG 17 (4), FT 2-8. U. City 10 10 5 10 35 Riverview 10 8 5 14 37 R (6-15): Moore 10. FG 15 (3), FT 4-12. Haz. East 14 3 15 6 38 Jennings 5 13 14 19 51 H (4-18): Balley 14, Rush 11. FG 16 (3), FT 3-12. J (9-11): Gary 24, Caldwell 12, White 12. FG 12 (4), FT 23-33. Rock Bridge 14 5 10 14 43 Miller Career 9 10 6 4 29 M (14-6): C. Hodges 13. FG 10 (2), FT 7-8. Pky. West 8 12 4 13 37 Westminster 7 4 9 8 28 P (5-18): N. Rath 13, Poppen 12. FG 10 (2), FT 15-28. Timberland 7 8 13 17 45 FZ North 13 13 15 17 58 T (11-11): Armstrong 15, Raines 13. FG 15 (6), FT 9-12. F (17-6): Pudlowski 19, Nesslage 17. FG 19 (3), FT 17-23. Liberty 18 16 11 15 60 Holt 14 21 17 22 74 L (9-13): Schaefer 17, Kruse 16, Ingle 13, Baumann 10. FG 20 (10), FT 10-16. H (10-12): N. Griesenauer 27, E. Griesenauer 16, Adam 15. FG 23 (5), FT 23-32. Bayless 1 7 9 2 19 Trinity 6 11 16 8 41 B (0-23): Clemons 10. FG 8 (2), FT 1-2. Duchesne 8 14 11 16 49 Rosati-Kain 13 5 11 12 41 R (3-19): Bruce 22, Bloeser 11. FG 14 (3),

FT 10-19. Seckman 12 15 14 1 42 Windsor 0 3 5 2 10 S (7-13): Harris 11. FG 17 (2), FT 6-12. Haz. West 18 7 8 5 38 Lafayette 11 9 13 6 39 H (13-8): Chappel 16. FG 14 (4), FT 6-12. L (15-7): Robbe 12, Terry 10. FG 15 (2), FT 7-9. Pky. North 11 18 10 16 55 St. Dominic 4 11 13 10 38 P (18-5): Pimentel 17. FG 18 (6), FT 13-22. S (13-8): Kasubke 12. FG 12 (3), FT 11-14. Clayton 9 8 4 12 33 Summit 7 6 17 14 44 C (19-4): Jones 7. FG 7 (1), FT 3-6. S (10-12): Needy 15, Manuel 12, Bayer 10. FG 16 (4), FT 8-11. DuBourg 19 18 11 12 60 Hancock 0 9 13 8 30 D (11-12): Droege 28, Payne 12. FG 24 (3), FT 9-25. Jeferson 16 10 16 6 48 Valle 12 21 8 12 53 J (6-18): Weik 12, Becherer 10, Floyd 10. FG 20 (4), FT 4-11. Glenwood 2 11 14 20 47 O'Fallon 18 13 11 21 63 O (19-9): Durk 22, Chamberlain 12. FG 20 (4), FT 19-26. BOYS BASKETBALL St. Mary’s 15 15 16 15 61 Ritter 17 17 16 8 58 S (22-3): Rasas 18, Collins 12, Jones 10. FG 22 (7), FT 10-16. R (17-6): Phillips 14, Womack 14, Davis 12. FG 22 (4), FT 10-13. Gtwy Snce Ac. 11 7 12 12 42 Afton 22 21 19 10 72 A (13-9): Williams 25, Little 14, Muminovic 13. FG 30 (4), FT 8-16. Maplewood-RH 9 14 9 7 39 Pky. West 17 12 14 9 52 M (10-13): Womak 15. FG 16 (2), FT 5-9. P (17-5): Yess 16, Swiney 14, Gieseking 10.

FG 23 (2), FT 4-6. McCluer North 8 22 18 31 90 Pattonville 20 14 24 21 93 P (15-7): Williams 33, Henderson Jr. 21, Boyce III 14, Byndom 11. FG 33 (6), FT 21-36. Wood River 12 13 9 17 51 Dupo 23 38 15 9 85 W (7-20): Biesk 21. FG 12 (0), FT 27-41. D (6-20): Swims 32, Francis 16, Stanek 12, Richardson 11. FG 28 (12), FT 17-26. Crossroads 8 8 19 0 35 Hancock 18 40 21 22 101 H (20-4): A. Williams 47, Warren 15, Turner 11. FG 42 (7), FT 10-15. Orchard Farm 12 21 5 16 54 Brentwood 14 20 14 23 71 O (13-11): Burgess 25, Williams 11. FG 20 (5), FT 9-14. B (14-9): Jones 25, NTatin 12, Harris 10, Sappington 10. FG 27 (3), FT 14-15. Chaminade 11 7 13 27 58 SLUH 22 5 14 19 60 C (19-4): Davis 17, Hellems 14, White 12. FG 18 (3), FT 19-30. S (19-6): Hughes 16, Smith 16, McKissic 14. FG 22 (4), FT 12-23. Windsor 20 18 13 21 72 Seckman 24 10 30 16 80 W (8-14): Schmidt 24, Haight 16, Davis 15. FG 29 (10), FT 4-7. Clayton 11 10 20 21 62 U. City 12 13 18 26 69 C (9-13): Almond 17, C. Heusel 16, Watkins 11. FG 17 (8), FT 20-27. U (10-14): FG 0 (0), FT 0-0. Ladue 22 10 12 24 68 Whitfield 10 22 23 26 81 L (15-8): Hotz 19, Rhoads 18, Lucier 13. FG 27 (12), FT 2-2. W (16-9): Watson 28, C. Alexander 14, Ramsey 13, Taylor 10. FG 27 (7), FT 20-30. Fath.McGivney 8 3 10 14 35 Freeburg 22 23 14 12 71 Fa (2-25): Shumate 14, Loeler 13. FG 10 (2), FT 13-15. Fr (16-11): Mack 12, Bonta 11, Weiss 10. FG 31 (7), FT 2-5.

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE GIRLS BASKETBALL Whitfield at Notre Dame, 6:45 a.m. St. James at St. Clair, 5:30 p.m. Fort Zumwalt East at Liberty, 5:30 p.m. Lutheran North at John Burroughs, 5:30 p.m. St. Joseph’s at Visitation, 5:30 p.m. FH Central at Francis Howell, 5:30 p.m. Soldan at Northwest Academy, 6 p.m. Fort Zumwalt South at Nerinx Hall, 6 p.m. Sumner vs. Gateway STEM at Miller Career, 6 p.m. Orchard Farm at Winfield, 6:30 p.m. Hazelwood East at Cardinal Ritter, 6:30 p.m. Borgia at St. Dominic, 6:45 p.m. Pacific at Sullivan, 7 p.m. Ste. Genevieve at Festus, 7 p.m. Ursuline at Lutheran South, 7 p.m. Hillsboro at Grandview, 7:30 p.m.

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St. Louis Patriots at North County, 7:30 p.m. New Haven at Hermann, 7:30 p.m. BOYS BASKETBALL Maplewood-RH at Bayless, 5 p.m. Lebanon at Bunker Hill, 6 p.m. Grandview at Bismarck, 6 p.m. McKinley vs. Metro at Miller Career, 6 p.m. Sumner vs. Roosevelt at Cleveland, 6 p.m. Cleveland at Med. and Biosc, 6 p.m. Crystal City at Valle, 6 p.m. Hazelwood East at Normandy, 6 p.m. Herculaneum at Valley Park, 6:30 p.m. Trinity at O’Fallon Christian, 6:30 p.m. Borgia at Duchesne, 6:45 p.m. Lutheran North at John Burroughs, 7 p.m. Fort Zumwalt East at Liberty, 7 p.m. St. James at St. Clair, 7 p.m.

De Soto at Windsor, 7 p.m. Webster Groves at Vashon, 7 p.m. FH Central at Francis Howell, 7 p.m. Orchard Farm at Winfield, 8 p.m. WRESTLING ILLINOIS CHAMPIONSHIPS At State Farm Arena, Champaign 1A first round, 1 p.m. 2A first round, 3 p.m. 3A first round, 5 p.m MISSOURI CHAMPIONSHIPS At Mizzou Arena, Columbia Class 1 and 2 first round and wrestlebacks, 10 a.m. Class 3 and 4 first round and wrestlebacks, 5 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL • ILLINOIS POSTSEASON CLASS 3A ROXANA REGIONAL Semifinals | Tuesday Civic Memorial 71, Cahokia 31 Triad 37, Jerseyville 24 Championship | Thursday Civic Memorial vs. Triad, 7 p.m. CLASS 3A BREESE CENTRAL REGIONAL Semifinals | Tuesday Highland 59, Freeburg 29 Breese Central 56, Waterloo 26 Championship | Thursday Highland vs. Breese Central, 7 p.m.

CLASS 4A SPRINGFIELD REGIONAL At Springfield HS Semifinals | Wednesday Springfield 57, Quincy 30 O’Fallon 63, Chatham Glenwood 47 Championship | Friday O’Fallon at Springfield, 7 p.m. CLASS 4A COLLINSVILLE REGIONAL Semifinals | Tuesday Edwardsville 66, East St. Louis 19 Belleville East 51, Belleville West 39 Championship | Thursday Edwardsville vs. Belleville East, 7 p.m.

CLASS 2A JOHNSTON CITY SECTIONAL Semifinals | Tuesday Nashville 36, Harrisburg 32 Championship | Thursday Mater Dei vs. Nashville, 7 p.m. CLASS 1A HARDIN CALHOUN SECTIONAL Semifinals | Tuesday Hardin Calhoun 61, Lebanon 50 Championship | Thursday Okawville vs. Hardin Calhoun, 7 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL • AREA RANKINGS LARGE SCHOOLS Rank, school 1. Edwardsville 2. Webster Groves 3. Chaminade 4. East St. Louis 5. Belleville West 6. SLUH 7. CBC 8. Belleville East 9. McCluer 10. Francis Howell

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SMALL SCHOOLS Rank, school Record 1. Vashon 18-2 2. St. Mary’s 21-3 3. Althof 14-9 4. Breese Central 23-3 5. Jennings 19-3 6. Okawville 24-3 7. Alton Marquette 26-3 8. Cahokia 17-8 9. Cardinal Ritter 17-5 10. Northwest Academy 14-9

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Sam Bayer Summit basketball A 5-foot-7 senior guard, Bayer scored 24 points to lead the Falcons to their irst win over Webster Groves in six years. Earlier this season, she scored her 1,000th career point and has become Summit’s career leading scorer. She also set the school’s single-game scoring record with 36 points on December 29 against Francis Howell North. She has been named to all-tournament teams at Marquette, Summit and Borgia this season and was a irst-team all-Suburban XII South pick last season. Bayer is averaging 14.5 points and is being recruited by Lindenwood-Belleville and St. Louis Community College. Danny Conley Chaminade wrestling A junior who placed sixth at 182 pounds in Class 3 as a sophomore, Conley knocked of defending state champion Jackson Berck of Francis Howell Central 2-1 in overtime Saturday to capture the Class 4 District 2 championship at 220 at Fort Zumwalt North. Conley (45-1) is ranked irst at 220 by rankwrestlers.com and fourth at 195 by missouriwrestling.com. Conley made a late-season decision to move up to 220 after competing most of the season at 195. He also has won tournaments Chaminade, Vianney and De Smet and inished second at Francis Howell. Ryan Courtney Valley Park basketball A 6-foot-1 junior center, Courtney has surpassed the 1,000-point mark for his career. He achieved the feat during a 92-36 win over Crossroads in which he had a double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds along with ive assists and three steals. For the season, Courtney is averaging 14 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals. Last season, he was an all-South Central Athletic Association honoree. A three-year starter in basketball, Courtney also plays baseball and was the goalkeeper for the soccer team. Cade Jones Brentwood basketball A 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, Jones recorded four double-doubles with 96 points and had 53 rebounds in four games last week. He put up big numbers in wins over Valley Park (30 points, 20 rebounds), Cleveland (30 points, 11 rebounds) and Bayless (18 points, 12 rebounds) and in a three-point loss to against Hancock (18 points, 10 rebounds). Jones, who started every game as a freshman, is leading the team in scoring (15.5) and blocks (2.2) and is averaging 8.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.9 steals. He was an all-tournament selection at Valley Park to kick of the season. Janelle Randle North Tech basketball A 5-foot-10 guard and forward, Randle led the Eagles to victories against St. Teresa’s Academy and Notre Dame de Sion in Kansas City. Against Notre Dame de Sion, Randle had 17 points on 7-of-13 shooting along with 13 rebounds and eight steals as the Golden Eagles won a thriller, 34-32. She then got the triple-double that eluded her against de Sion by scoring 19 points on 8-of-19 shooting with 11 rebounds and 12 steals in a 56-54 win over St. Teresa’s. To kick of the season, Randle was named to the all-tournament team at the Winield Classic, where she led the tournament in points, steals and blocks. Kyle Thompson Granite City wrestling A two-time regional champion and returning state qualiier, Thompson (36-8) won the Class 3A sectional championship at Normal Community in impressive fashion. In the 195pound semiinals, the Warrior senior avenged a midseason loss with a 3-2 win over sixth-ranked Matt Hennessey of Plainield North and then came up with a takedown for a 3-1 overtime victory over No. 8 Isaiah Herrera of Bolingbrook for the title. Ranked seventh by Illinoismatmen.com, Thompson has a football scholarship to Quincy University. Mackenzie Wieberg Westminster swimming A senior team captain, Wieberg led the Wildcats to their second successive Metro League championship in the seven-team meet at Westminster. She won the 50 freestyle (25.01), the 100 butterly (1:00.12) and anchored the 200 freestyle relay to victory in 1:43.20. Other highlights this season for Wieberg include helping the Wildcats to a second-place inish in the 19-team Ladue Invitational by winning the 50 free and inishing fourth in the 200 free relay and winning the 50 free and 100 free in a dual victory over John Burroughs. She has qualiied for state in the 50 free, 100 ly, 200 free relay and 200 medley relay. Compiled by Paul Kopsky. Send nominations to pkopsky@stltoday.com

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Eureka’s Alec Hagan celebrates a year ago after winning the Class 4 state wrestling title at 138 pounds. Hagan and his twin brother, Kyran, hope to both win championships this weekend at Mizzou Arena in Columbia, Mo.

TWO FOR THE SHOW Hagans hope to repeat Eureka history by winning state titles in same year BY JOE LYONS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

For years, Alec Hagan and twin brother Kyran have dominated the local wrestling scene. The Eureka seniors enter their final high school competition — the 87th Missouri championships, set to run Thursday through Saturday at Mizzou Arena — as the St. Louis area’s only three-time state medalists. Alec, who is two minutes older than Kyran, is a threetime finalist in Columbia. He finished second at 113 pounds as a freshman and was a runner-up again at 126 in 2015. A year ago, he capped a 42-0 season with a 5-3 win over Blue Springs South’s Sam Hampton in the title match at 138. Kyran placed second at 106 in 2014 and finished 41-0 as a sophomore champion at 120. A year ago, at 132, Kyran ended up third after sufering a 1-0 semifinal loss to eventual threetime champion Colby Smith of Holt. Year-round competitors who got their wrestling start at age 8, both Alec and Kyran are also accomplished national-level wrestlers. In the latest InterMat national rankings, Kyran (48-1) is No. 11 at 145 while Alec (44-1) is ranked 17th at 152. In November, the Hagans accepted scholarships to the Ohio University. “We were definitely a package deal,” said Alec, who said they also considered Oklahoma, Virginia, North Dakota State and Kent State. “We’re originally from Ohio — our mom went to Ohio University — and we really liked the campus and the coaches. And they made us a very good ofer.”

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Eureka’s Kyran Hagan (top) is shooting for the second state title of his career this weekend.

The Hagans are looking forward to competing for the Bobcats, who wrestle in MidAmerican Conference along with the University of Missouri. But first, they have some goals for the final weekend of their prep careers. “I’m pumped about going out and finishing strong,” Alec said. “I’m excited for our team — this is the best group we’ve ever taken to state — and it’d be great if we could somehow find a way to come home with a team trophy. “And I’d really like to win state in the same year as my brother.” The last time twins won state titles in the same season in Missouri was 2009 when Eureka’s Matt and Nick Lester finished with back-to-back championships. Interestingly, Nick Lester, an NCAA AllAmerican while wrestling at the University of Oklahoma in 2012, is on the Eureka wrestling staf. “When they graduated, I was hoping at least one of

WRESTLING • AREA STATE QUALIFIERS ILLINOIS CLASS 3A • Alton 182: Keontay Holmes, senior, 35-10 • Collinsville 126: Jevon Pargo, senior, 45-6 • Edwardsville 106: Luke Odom, freshman, 39-4 113: Noah Surtin, sophomore, 34-6 145: Rafael Roman, senior, 38-9 152: Baylor Montgomery, junior, 33-12 • Granite City 195: Kyle Thompson, senior, 36-8 • O’Fallon 120: Alek Ziegler, senior, 35-4 160: Jack Bond, junior, 37-2 182: Mason Hewitt, senior, 35-5 195: Kobey Bosworth, senior, 31-6 220: Brian Ahle, senior, 33-5 CLASS 2A • Cahokia 113: Lamonte Barns, freshman, 10-2 132: Rodney Evans, junior, 33-10 145: Martell Boone, junior, 35-1 160: Rozell Baker, junior, 23-5 • Civic Memorial 195: Brandon Carpenter, senior, 35-3 • East St. Louis 106: Anthony King, junior, 27-6 132: Tyler Dunn, senior, 37-2 • Highland 152: Trent Rakers, senior, 31-0 • Mascoutah 113: Nicholas Norwood, junior, 27-16 • Triad 120: Will Hillard, freshman, 27-6 126: Garrett Bakarich, freshman, 25-12 285: Christian North, senior, 27-13 • Waterloo 138: Dalton Viglasky, sophomore, 31-13 CLASS 1A • Althoff 120: Anthony Federico, freshman, 38-6 126: Chase Bittle, junior, 42-1 132: Max Kristoff, so. 37-9 145: Danny Braunagel, junior, 43-0 170: Zac Braunagel, junior, 42-1 • Carlyle 182: Jacob Muench, junior, 31-6 • Roxana 285: Brett Nyswonger, senior, 38-5 • Wood River 106: Drew Sobol, senior, 41-2 132: Zac Blasioli, senior, 32-1 285: Jon Wright, senior, 25-9

MISSOURI CLASS 4 • Chaminade 113: Sam Schultz, freshman, 38-13 220: Danny Conley, junior, 45-1 • CBC 106: Cevion Severado, sophomore, 41-3 120: Malik Johnson, junior, 29-1 126: Kyle Prewitt, sophomore, 35-12 132: Joshua Sanders, freshman, 32-5 152: Andrew Gentry, senior, 19-22 160: D.J. Shannon, junior, 44-0 195: Charlie Cadell, junior, 29-10 285: Faze Thomas, sophomore, 23-15 • De Smet 160: Cory Peterson, sophomore, 39-5 • Eureka 120: Ryan Lester, sophomore, 34-15 145: Kyran Hagan, senior, 48-1 152: Alec Hagan, senior, 44-1 160: Matt Gentry, sophomore, 36-19 182: Kyle Dickhaus, junior, 39-3 195: Brendan Carter, junior, 25-16

• Fort Zumwalt North 152: Christopher Viehmann, senior, 23-12 182: Nate O’Neal, junior, 21-17 • Fort Zumwalt West 152: Blake Reiter, sophomore, 5-10 285: Jordan Williams, junior, 40-4 • Fox 106: Dylan Looney, sophomore, 26-10 220: Shane Wiegand, senior, 40-8 285: Joey Johnson, sophomore, 25-17 • Francis Howell 106: Josh Kyle, freshman, 29-9 120: Tyler Kreith, senior, 31-3 132: Moses Powell, junior, 12-11 145: Tyler McGhee, senior, 25-10 160: Ty Purler, senior, 28-3 170: Antonio Jenkins Harris, senior, 31-2 182: Dylan Komperda, senior, 35-0 195: Jack Flynn, junior, 33-1 • Francis Howell Central 106: Alex Flerlage, freshman, 21-22 126: Andrew Godier, sophomore, 22-5 132: Quentin Smith, junior, 20-8 138: Corey Wait, sophomore, 25-4 145: Trevor Liggett, junior, 37-12 160: Jonathan Floyd, sophomore, 35-12 195: Dylan Gillette, senior, 28-16 220: Jackson Berck, senior, 38-2 • Francis Howell North 132: Jacob Smith, junior, 18-1 145: Dillon Lauer, sophomore, 24-17 170: Myron Crawford, senior, 31-7 • Hazelwood Central 138: Cameron Sharp, senior, 32-8 220: Robert Greco, junior, 30-13 285: Norman Deverse, junior, 20-15 • Hazelwood West 170: Dylan Crawford, senior, 27-12 182: Christian Brinkley, junior, 22-9 • Holt 106: Carter Smith, freshman, 42-4 113: Nathan Undertajlo, freshman, 34-11 120: Kyle Tucker, sophomore, 27-16 126: Max Worth, junior, 27-15 132: Joel Hagemeier, sophomore, 22-18 138: Jeff Farris, junior, 28-15 152: Colton Hawks, freshman, 39-6 182: Cole Mueller, sophomore, 23-13 195: Sam Vining, senior, 22-7 • Kirkwood 113: Mark Mackenzie, senior, 35-16 • Lafayette 106: Jayden Carson, sophomore, 42-9 113: Jaylen Carson, sophomore, 43-8 132: Cameron Wegener, junior, 47-4 145: Anthony Michaels, junior, 36-7 152: Caleb Covert, senior, 31-11 170: Austin Stofer, senior, 46-3 182: Austin Wegener, sophomore, 37-14 220: Cortez Woods, junior, 34-11 • Lindbergh 126: Dawson Javier, sophomore, 31-16 182: Dustin Jones, senior, 36-7 220: Logan Wells, junior, 42-3 • Marquette 113: Jack Lenox, sophomore, 41-5 132: Joshua Galmiche, senior, 36-11 160: Jalen Gayfield, junior, 29-12 • McCluer North 120: Jacob Roberson, junior, 29-10 145: Lejon Paynes, senior, 24-15 170: Cameron Young, senior, 28-7 285: Matthew Wilke, senior, 33-6 • Mehlville 182: Timothy Ghormley, senior, 35-6 • Northwest Cedar Hill 120: Gavin Newhouse, junior, 32-5 132: Dakota Thevel, senior, 42-6 138: Tyler Stegall, senior, 46-3 170: Chase Stegall, freshman, 42-4 • Parkway South 126: Garret Kloeppel, sophomore, 40-0 138: Bryce Raphael, senior, 30-17

them would go into education and coaching,” Eureka head coach Mark Gentry said. “Having Nick back with us has been incredible. He knows exactly what these guys are going through and he’s a great example for all our wrestlers, but especially for Alec and Kyran. “He a guy who’s competed at the highest levels and knows the commitment and the sacrifice it takes to succeed in this sport.”

JOINING THE CLUB “Finally.” That’s what Alec Hagan uttered after winning the state title last February. “Getting that championship meant everything to me, especially after what I’d been through the previous two seasons,” he recalled. “At that moment, it just felt like a tremendous weight was lifted of me.” In both previous state tournaments, Alec’s title-match losses came in overtime — to Rock Bridge’s Josiah Kline in 2014 and to four-time medalist and three-time finalist Weston

145: David Marlow, senior, 36-6 195: Jack Marak, senior, 43-5 • Ritenour 126: Austin Cornell, junior, 39-11 160: Ryan Howerton, junior, 40-9 • Seckman 106: Jack Wrocklage, junior, 34-9 113: Kai Orine, sophomore, 44-1 120: Cameron Fusco, junior, 35-4 145: James Hummel, junior, 26-23 160: Blake Fritz, sophomore, 27-16 170: Jermey Ashlock, sophomore, 39-8 285: Jacob Vogel, senior, 39-12 • Timberland 106: Brandon Khoury, freshman, 17-15 113: Anthony Pisciotta, senior, 33-3 120: Cameron Spires, senior, 37-4 126: Caleb Conedera, sophomore, 34-10 152: Justin Steffeny, sophomore, 19-20 195: Joseph McCoy, senior, 25-11 220: Ben Holmes, sophomore, 24-11 285: Cody Brave, senior, 18-8 • Troy 113: Jacob Williams, junior, 22-10 138: Luke Hardy, junior, 33-7 CLASS 3 • De Soto 126: Zachary Nash, senior, 26-19 132: Ethan Ladyman, senior, 34-12 152: Logan Zimmermann, sophomore, 42-5 170: Michael Manning, senior, 36-6 182: Logan Smith, junior, 38-10 195: Johnathon Williamson, senior, 27-16 285: Landon Porter, freshman, 36-6 • Festus 152: Justin Harris, senior, 39-6 195: Tyler Sexton, senior, 40-5 • Fort Zumwalt East 120: Shakboz Hasanov, sophomore, 32-21 126: Cameron Legrand, junior, 17-19 132: Rylan Besaw, junior, 22-12 152: Nathan Vortherms, senior, 36-16 • Fort Zumwalt South 113: Nick Lindley, junior, 29-3 126: Cameron Rudy, senior, 44-2 132: Steve Tran, senior, 37-12 138: Jake Kiethline, senior, 19-6 145: Austin Denson, senior, 33-10 152: Caleb Knobel, junior, 24-8 160: Chase Mercer, junior, 25-14 182: Dennis Land, senior, 38-7 • Hazelwood East 106: Fedrick Johnson, senior, 31-4 145: Pierre Snodgrass, junior, 24-6 285: Derron Funches, sophomore, 26-11 • Hillsboro 106: James Short, freshman, 39-9 113: Nick Short, junior, 39-3 120: Dillon Owens, junior, 42-1 126: Isaiah Beck, senior, 33-11 220: Paul Stewart, junior, 27-7 285: Joe Becker, sophomore, 33-12 • Ladue 132: Kyle Cody, senior, 41-6 160: Jacob Orsay, junior, 38-0 170: Aiden Morley, junior, 41-4 182: Leor Goldfarb, senior, 23-14 • Liberty 106: Cameron Steinhoff, junior, 36-7 113: Jacob Simpson, junior,, 37-12 120: Hunter Chaney, junior, 39-10 138: Christian Zeik, sophomore, 23-1 145: Trentin Helton, sophomore, 32-14 • MICDS 106: Zion Thomas, sophomore, 22-15 138: Richard Harmon, senior, 26-10 195: Lyndel Owens, senior, 25-12 • McCluer 120: Ronald Cobb, junior, 20-10 132: De’Marco Poole, sophomore, 20-18 • Pacific 120: Noah Patton, sophomore, 46-7 126: Jai Thompson, senior, 38-13 132: Gage Kassing, junior, 34-9 138: Ben Courtney, sophomore, 41-16 160: James Anding, sophomore, 48-7

Basler of Seckman in 2015. “To get that close and not win, it’s hard to shake of,” Alec explained. To make matters worse, his runner-up finishes drew some harsh but good-natured ribbing from Kyran and Nick Lester. “They’d stop talking when I came around, saying that I wouldn’t understand because it was a state champion thing,” Alec said. “They even had some kind of special handshake. “But I guess I’m in the club now.” The Hagans’ only losses this season came in the same dual, against Tolton in the Missouri Duals at Jeferson City in early December. “The crazy thing is, those were the only losses we had in the dual,” coach Gentry recalled. “But what was interesting about it was the way Alec and Kyran reacted. They didn’t get mad and they didn’t pout. They learned from it and they moved on. In fact, we had them talk about it at practice a couple of days later. “To me, the biggest difference in the Hagans this season has been their team approach. Because of their backgrounds, almost all the top kids in the sport know each other and they become friends. But from November to February, we want our guys focused on Eureka wrestling and that’s something both Alec and Kyran have really bought into. Last weekend at districts, when my nephew was wrestling, nobody in the gym was yelling louder or offering more encouragement than Alec Hagan.” Joe Lyons jlyons@post-dispatch.com

• Parkway West 113: Joshua McCallister, junior, 32-5 126: Benjamin Hermann, senior, 19-8 • St. Charles 106: Ben Bohr, sophomore, 42-4 126: Alex Clutter, junior, 38-9 195: Dahvonte Henry, sophomore, 16-14 220: Justin Mowry, freshman, 13-8 285: Cody Imbierowicz, sophomore, 38-9 • St. Mary’s 285: Corbin Lee, senior, 25-3 • Summit 113: JT Hale, sophomore, 28-15 132: Sam Frankowski, sophomore, 41-3 138: Sourya Mogallapu, senior, 41-4 • Union 106: Carter Sickmeier, freshman, 25-13 145: Dawson Sickmeier, senior, 39-6 152: Josh Clark, senior, 39-9 182: Haiden Meyer, sophomore, 36-7 195: Dylan Ahern, senior, 35-6 • University City 113: Gabriel Sekou, junior, 41-12 170: Tramel Harrell, senior, 38-7 285: Jonathan York, junior, 40-6 • Warrenton 152: Hayden Love, senior, 23-17 160: Jerrett Villinger, sophomore, 38-4 170: Drake Meine, senior, 34-2 182: Michael Riggs, senior, 19-16 220: Jacob Null, senior, 35-2 285: Brendon Cotner, senior, 27-16 • Washington 113: Cody Hey, senior, 32-5 120: Joe Omer, senior, 39-12 126: Tommy Kelpe, sophomore, 27-20 132: Calvin Obermark, senior, 30-21 138: Johnathan Kelpe, senior, 42-9 145: Austin Gaebe, senior, 19-17 170: Jack Carico, sophomore, 21-21 220: Alex Holtmeyer, senior, 41-10 • Webster Groves 160: Noah Perkins, senior, 38-5 195: Marcell Jones, senior, 37-7 • Westminster 138: Lucas Chimento, senior, 20-26 195: Charlie McCracken, junior, 41-7 220: Patrick Andrews, sophomore, 13-13 • Windsor 138: Grant Pauli, freshman, 34-9 145: Jacob Warren, junior, 42-5 182: Ryan Yarnell, junior, 40-1 220: Andrew Marler, senior, 25-16 CLASS 2 • Affton 160: Michael Moran, sophomore, 18-10 • Borgia 113: Adam Hellebusch, junior, 33-6 138: Dylan Hellebusch, junior, 35-3 • John Burroughs 152: Dhruv Shetty, senior, 26-9 160: Sam Mulligan, junior, 27-10 182: Aidan Reid, senior, 18-6 220: Lawrence Jones, junior, 29-4 • Lutheran South 126: Carl Paetow, senior, 31-4 • McCluer South-Berkeley 126: Robert Givens, junior, 10-13 285: Kemond Murray, senior, 8-7 • Miller Career 113: Lavonte Hinkle, senior, 34-5 145: Robert Collins, senior, 30-7 182: Robert Strong, senior, 35-2 195: Arondo Harris, senior, 32-8 220: Brandon Harris, senior, 23-1 • O’Fallon Christian 106: Jonathan Cochrum, junior, 35-3 • Owensville 126: Wyatt Lauth, senior, 30-15 138: Dustin Jahnsen, junior, 30-10 145: Blaine Schoenfeld, sophomore, 23-11 152: Cooper Bombach, junior, 24-12 160: Tanner Rector, junior, 29-11 170: Colton Moore, junior, 21-18 220: Jace Ellis, senior, 15-7

285: Camren McQueen, junior, 27-17 • Priory 160: Greg Rowles, junior, 41-7 182: Tony Kraus, senior, 34-7 • St. Charles West 145: Trevor Hachtel, sophomore, 30-15 152: Brandon Carbray, junior, 39-7 170: Tristan Hachtel, sophomore, 21-23 285: Marcus Paddack, senior, 38-5 • St. Clair 106: Dalton Thompson, freshman, 40-6 126: Jason Landing, junior, 41-4 145: Ryan Herman, sophomore, 33-2 152: Lucas Davis, senior, 38-9 160: Codie Stroup, senior, 42-5 170: Aaron Herman, sophomore, 31-7 220: Josh Richards, junior, 40-3 • Soldan 106: Tyrek Cutts, senior, 40-3 120: Trevon Robinson, sophomore, 33-6 170: Richard Gillespie-Taylor, senior, 33-7 • Winfield 132: Ben Provost, junior, 25-3 138: Kai Rogers, senior, 50-0 145: Clark Rogers, freshman, 43-8 CLASS 1 • Brentwood 106: Corvon Johnson, sophomore, 17-24 138: Chase Lynch, junior, 29-7 170: Tayveon Brown, junior, 17-10 182: Justin Shipley, senior, 27-7 • Cleveland 160: Antonio Norman, junior, 29-3 170: Lawrence Bourrage, junior, 28-7 • Hancock 113: Tristin Benson, junior, 34-8 132: Ashton Wynn, sophomore, 35-7 160: Devin Schlereth, senior, 15-8 220: Davonte Trotter, junior, 13-7 • Herculaneum 145: Jim Todaro, junior, 32-2 • Lutheran North 170: Louis Culton, freshman, 16-13 182: Jeremy Perry, senior, 16-16 285: Devin Hart, senior, 18-9 • Lutheran St. Charles 106: Adam Runge, freshman, 20-8 113: Isaac Conrad, freshman, 33-14 120: Quinn Kelly, sophomore, 18-29 220: Anthony Heard, sophomore, 25-20 • Maplewood-Richmond Heights 113: Luke Arias, freshman, 13-12 126: Garrett Anderson, sophomore, 22-6 152: Matt Green, senior, 24-5 170: Evan Roberts, junior, 16-6 • Principia 106: Gabe Keeley, senior, 18-8 120: Caleb Kelly, senior, 29-5 126: Josh Aleman, senior, 25-12 132: Garrett Sheets, sophomore, 20-14 145: Barrett Pierce, senior, 29-10 152: William Buchanan, junior, 21-18 160: Noah Ostler, senior, 22-9 195: Alex Reyes, sophomore, 13-15 285: Ty Youngblood, senior, 24-11 • Sumner 126: Keon Hollis, junior, 29-8 138: Keith Clay, junior, 42-6 145: Daryus Webb, junior, 41-10 195: Promise Cooper, sophomore, 24-17 220: Daniel Young, junior, 34-11 • Whitfield 106: Connor McAteer, freshman, 36-11 113: Wade Raeman, sophomore, 34-9 120: Mike McAteer, junior, 43-3 126: Legend Alicea, sophomore, 16-20 132: Richard Jordan, senior, 25-11 138: Ethan Hovis, sophomore, 30-18 145: Dylan Shotwell, senior, 41-6 152: Matt Schueddig, freshman, 17-26 160: Zac Russell, sophomore, 46-6 182: Noah Elmore, junior, 43-7 195: William Boldt, junior, 30-9 285: Max Darrah, junior, 43-2


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4050

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Buick

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4040

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Cadillac

4060

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4065

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4070

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4145

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4155

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4125

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4130

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Lincoln

4170

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Mercedes Benz

4190

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Mini Cooper

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4185

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Scion

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4210

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4283

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Toyota

4300

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Mazda

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Misc. Autos

4220 Chevrolet Trucks

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Nissan/Datsun

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4220 Volkswagen

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4310

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Michigan wide receiver Jehu Chesson (86) can’t come down with the catch during a Nov. 12 game at Iowa. Chesson, who’s from Ladue High, is among four St. Louis area players invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Four highly-successful college players from the St. Louis area are among the list of invitees to this year’s NFL Scouting Combine. Michigan wide receiver Jehu Chesson (Ladue High), Wyoming running back Brian Hill (Belleville West High), Southern California cornerback Adoreé Jackson (Belleville native), and Florida State ofensive tackle Roderick Johnson (Hazelwood Central High) will all participate in the combine, scheduled for Feb. 28-March 6 in Indianapolis. The oicial combine list was released Wednesday and it includes 330 players. Last year, about twothirds of the combine participants ended up being drafted. Hill, Johnson, and Jackson all turned pro early. At Wyoming, Hill rushed for 1,860 yards and scored 22 rushing touchdowns this season, both school records. His career rushing total of 4,287 yards is also a Wyoming record. Johnson started 31 straight games at Florida State and won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy in both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. The trophy goes to the top offensive lineman in the Atlanta Coast Conference. Jackson was a consensus All-American this season at USC and was named the Jim Thorpe Award winner, which goes to college football’s top defensive back. He attended Belleville East High School as a freshman before moving to California. Chesson’s numbers tailed off this season at Michigan, but he still finished with career totals of 114 catches for 1,639 yards and 12 TDs. He was named team MVP in 2015, when

he caught 50 passes for 764 yards and nine touchdowns, including a fourTD performance against Indiana. Michigan had 14 players invited to this year’s combine, the most for any school. Also receiving combine invitations were defensive end Charles Harris of Missouri and linebacker Connor Harris of Lindenwood. Four defensive players from coach Lovie Smith’s Illinois squad also are heading to Indy: defensive ends Carroll Phillips and Dawuane Smoot, defensive tackle Chunky Clements, and linebacker Hardy Nickerson Jr. Florida defensive end Bryan Cox Jr., the son of former East St. Louis High and Western Illinois great Bryan Cox, also got a combine invite. (Jim Thomas) Jets cut Clady • The New York Jets have released left tackle Ryan Clady after just one season in which he played only nine games because of a shoulder injury. Clady was due $10 million next season — with a $1 million roster bonus due Wednesday. Clady’s release

was not listed on Wednesday’s oicial league transaction report, but the move was reported by ESPN and then confirmed by The AP through an anonymous source. (AP) Foles done in KC? • The Chiefs likely will pass on a 2017 contract option for backup quarterback Nick Foles, the Kansas City Star confirmed in a story first reported by Fox Sports. Foles is due $6.4 million in base salary, obviously a lot of money for a backup. Walking away from Foles would leave the Chiefs with starter Alex Smith backed up by Tyler Bray and Joel Stave. (AP) Elsewhere • Jacksonville re-signed backup quarterback Chad Henne and defensive tackle Abry Jones. Jones signed a four-year deal worth $16 million, with $6.5 million guaranteed. ... The Bengals signed cornerback Bene Benwikere, who was the Panthers’ fifth-round draft pick in 2014. He started 14 games in three seasons with Carolina, including four last year before he was cut. (AP)

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BRIDGE TIPS • BOB JONES North-South vulnerable, South deals NORTH ♠A 8 5 ♥K Q 5 4 2 ♦8 5 3 ♣6 3 WEST EAST ♠Void ♠9 7 6 2 ♥10 9 8 6 ♥7 3 ♦J 9 7 4 2 ♦A K Q 10 6 ♣K J 9 7 ♣4 2 SOUTH ♠K Q J 10 4 3 ♥A J ♦Void ♣A Q 10 8 5 The bidding: SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♠ Pass 2♠ Pass 3♣ Pass 4♠ Pass 5♥ Pass 6♠ All pass Opening lead: Four of ♦ The slam is excellent, needing only a 2-2 or 3-1 trump split to be cold. When this deal was played in a tournament, many declarers went down when the trumps split 4-0. Zoly Nagy, from Adelaide, Australia, found the winning line. Nagy rufed the opening diamond lead and led the king of spades, getting the bad news. He followed by cashing the ace of clubs and then leading a low club. West won and continued with another diamond. Nagy rufed this, rufed a club with

dummy’s ace of spades, and then drew all of the outstanding trumps. This was the position before the last trump: NORTH ♠Void ♥K Q 5 4 2 ♦Void ♣Void WEST EAST ♠Void ♠9 ♥10 9 8 6 ♥7 3 ♦Void ♦A K ♣K ♣Void SOUTH ♠10 ♥A J ♦Void ♣Q 10 West was helpless when the last spade was led. A heart discard and all of dummy’s hearts would be good. A club and declarer’s clubs are good. Nicely played. Nagy’s line of play is very strong. He will succeed with 3-3 splits in either hearts or clubs, when a doubleton king of clubs comes down, or when the same defender holds both the long hearts and the long clubs. Holding a void in spades, West is quite likely to hold at least three cards in both hearts and clubs. (02/16/17)

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35 Government stance on texting while driving 36 Santa ___ 37 Word following 35-/36-Across, appropriately 38 Throw on the floor 40 How things typically are 43 Lamebrains 44 Fruity libation 45 Give meds 46 Ones attending to patients, for short 47 Tiny bit 51 Pity evoker 55 Called from a stall, say 58 Sequentially 59 What you might accidentally try to put your head through when getting into a sweater

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If Feb. 16 is your birthday • This year your intensity and determination emerge as a strong combination. If you are single, you probably will meet someone of interest anytime from now until November. If you are attached, the two of you become very visible as a couple. Scorpio tends to ind out about your deepest secrets.

WORD GAME February 16 WORD — ALLAYING (ALLAYING: uh-LAY-ing: Reducing the intensity of.) Average mark 19 words. Time limit 35 minutes. Can you find 28 or more words in ALLAYING? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — VISCERA cries scare vair race sear varies raise serac vase rase sire vicar rave care vice rice caries visa rise carve vise rive case sari acre cave save arise cire saver aver crave scar RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed.

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Antacid brand “Dude!” ___ doll Words following 61-/62-Across, appropriately

Down 1 “___ how?” (words of disbelief) 2 Spanish article 3 Instrument in swing 4 Entree in a shell 5 Some are named after presidents 6 Something a shopaholic might be in 7 Biting 8 Put a finger on, in a way 9 With, to Renoir 10 Onetime CW sitcom 11 It could carry a tune in the 1950s 13 Big brand of sports equipment 15 Savage 16 Walloped 21 Subject of an old wives’ tale? 22 Its postal codes start with K, L, M, N and P — but, oddly, not O 23 Well-known octet 26 Old video game maker

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. The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Diicult.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★ Conversations between you and trusted associates seem to have a harsh tone. You might be told that you are a bit too sarcastic. Be smart, and refuse to have a knee-jerk reaction. Tonight: Join great company at a favorite place. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★★★ Initiate talks, and refuse to give in to someone’s need for control. Remember that you can win a power play only by not getting involved. You have a charming quality about you that appeals to many admirers. Tonight: Go along with the moment. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★ Pace yourself, knowing that you have a lot of ground to cover. Be more direct in how you handle a personal matter. Others might not be as clued in to what is going on as you are. Tonight: Get some extra R and R. CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★★ You have a unique sense of humor that is likely to take you in a diferent direction. While bosses or associates are complaining, you will be of accomplishing more than your fair share of work. Tonight: Enjoy the moment. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★ You can’t get past a problem and come to an understanding without the cooperation of a roommate or close associate. You understand that it will take both of you working together to ind a response. Tonight: Out and about.

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VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★★ You will speak your mind clearly, and others will hear what you are saying. Your intensity emerges as well. An associate or loved one could be reactive, as he or she doesn’t seem to understand where you are coming from. Tonight: Find your friends. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ★★★★ You could be out of control right now. Share more of what is on your mind. Someone close to you might push to have his or her way. Opt for clear communication. Tonight: In the limelight. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ★★★★ Your willingness to verbalize an internal issue indicates the importance of you wanting and needing to resolve it. Others seem drawn to you, and they are more than willing to work out a problem. Tonight: Be where the action is.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★ You’ll sense that something is going on behind the scenes. You might want to open up this matter for discussion. The wise move is to say and do nothing for now. Tonight: Keep your own counsel. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★★ You might believe that you have everything under control, but know that you could experience some discomfort on a personal level. An issue involving real estate is likely to emerge. Tonight: Ready to take of. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ★★★★ You are a great source of information, but when someone hears too many facts, he or she might feel overloaded and get upset. Take this reaction as your cue to walk away from the situation. Tonight: At a favorite haunt.

WORDY GURDY

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ★★★★ You could have a lot of chatter inside your head that keeps popping up at random times. You might not be sure which way to go. Tonight: Think “spring getaway.” STLtoday.com/horoscopes Get expanded horoscope information: star charts, peak times, outlooks and Chinese Zodiac data.

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of alcoholics. Visit nar-anon.org. Dear Abby • Five years ago I discovered my wife had been cheating on me with an ex-boyfriend for eight years. We have two young children, so we resolved our differences and decided against divorce. Now she says she wants us to have another baby. I feel I cannot handle a pregnancy with her because of her infidelity. As a handson father, I would want to be part of the pregnancy and the complications/changes that come with it. — HANDS-ON DAD Dear Dad • Clearly you are not over your wife’s infidelity, and frankly, I can’t blame you. The best way to get the message across to her would be during marriage counseling. Dear Abby • Several years ago I gifted one of my nephews, who was serving in the military at the time, with a .38-caliber revolver that had belonged to my uncle and reportedly had been used during

World War I. I also gave his older brother a Colt .45 pistol from World War II. The nephew with the .38 revolver suffered from PTSD and died several years ago. The gun went to his father. My question is, shouldn’t I have been asked if I wanted the revolver returned? I didn’t give it to his father but to him. The father has made no attempt to return it to me — EMPTY HOLSTER IN TEXAS Dear Empty Holster • Technically, once a gift is given it becomes the property of the person who receives it. Because your nephew is deceased — and I’m assuming his father is his next of kin — the gun became the father’s property. Since the gun has emotional significance to you, depending upon your relationship with the father, you can ask him to return it — or ofer to buy it back from him. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069.

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Dear Abby • My daughter and son are heroin addicts. After living through this hell for 11 years, I have reached my breaking point. My daughter, who just turned 18, is in jail. My heart is broken. Therapists, parent sessions, etc. haven’t helped. I’m 60 years old and should be retiring, but my retirement money was all spent on rehabs, etc. I won’t even go into the many items that were stolen from me. How do I move on? I’m so depressed I can’t get out of bed in the morning, and I cry all day. I don’t want to take meds for depression because drugs have caused all my misery. My marriage is falling apart too. How do I carry on with this misery? — MISERABLE IN CONNECTICUT

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Dear Dr. Fox • I am amazed at your anger about the breeding of domestic cat-wild cat hybrids — but I’m very glad. My most recent experience with this type of experiment is in southwest Florida. It seems that some university folks thought it was a great idea to cross Florida panthers with Texas pumas, arguing that is how you save the panther. I understand the puma, a more aggressive breed, is considered quite a problem in Texas for us humans and domestic animals. It has proven to be the case here, as well. When will we understand not to confuse interfering with Mother Nature and good stewardship, care and concern? — D.W., Naples, Florida Dear D.W. • Yes, after close to 50 years of advocating animals’ rights to humane treatment and respectful stewardship to provide them with a life worth liv-

ing, I am angry on many fronts when it comes to our collective exploitation and abuse of fellow creatures. Creating “misfits” like wild cat-domestic cat hybrids, and keeping “exotic” species as pets, are ethically questionable when appropriate environments are not (and generally cannot) be provided for them. We must question subjecting any creature to a deprived existence simply for our own pleasure or dubious “educational” purposes for children and entertainment. The scientific basis for hybridization is valid when striving to save endangered species and subspecies like the cougar. I asked Will Stolzenburg, author of “Heart of a Lion,” a wonderful book about the history and status of America’s cougar or panther, to give more insight on the situation you mention. He writes: “Concerning the Florida pan-

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ther situation, I have to side with the scientists on this one, who decided that the Florida panther (so terribly rare and inbred at the time that their eyes were crossed, their tails kinked, even their sperm was deformed) was doomed without introduction of fresh genes. (By the way, there’s debate as to whether they’re even separate subspecies, despite morphological differences that experts can easily detect.) “The move has proved warranted, as the population has since rebounded from a scant 30 to more than 100. The idea that the fresh-blooded panthers of Florida, or the Texas cougars from which they were bolstered, are more aggressive, I’ve yet to see any scientific evidence of this.”

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Dear Dr. Roach • In 1973, I was hospitalized for three days in an Air Force hospital in Thailand with an unknown viral illness. I quickly recovered and went back to my duties. In 1992, I started having one problem after another for about six months, culminating in losing my ability to walk in about 10 minutes. My bowels and bladder were paralyzed also. A doctor at the VA hospital connected the dots with my 1973 illness. The viral illness I had, which was never precisely diagnosed, destroyed the myelin sheath on my nerves, causing me to “short out.” I was given a guess diagnosis of acute disseminated encephalomyelitis. I recovered enough to be able to stand after pushing up with my arms, but that is about all. What is being done with stem cell research in this or any spinal area? I have heard nothing positive. — A.M.

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