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WORLD AQUARIUM CITED FOR DIRTY FACILITY, UNFED ANIMALS

AQUARIUM TO BE OUSTED City Museum asks nonprofit to leave facility

Jordan Dinwiddie (left) and Christopher Hancock place a white sturgeon into the World Aquarium’s Mississippi River exhibit at City Museum on in July 2014. The aquarium has been cited for a series of violations.

The aquarium houses more than 40 mammals, and hundreds of fish, birds, reptiles and amphibians, according to the USDA. The nonprofit opened last decade in leased space at City Museum, a popular tourist attraction downtown. The aquarium previously had been situated in the Hanley Industrial Court in St. Louis County. Inspections had turned up few if any violations in recent years. The aquarium

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nonprofit aquarium tucked inside downtown’s City Museum, has been cited for a series of violations stemming from poor sanitation, murky water and unfed animals. An inspection last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture found 12 specific violations. Inspector Amanda J. Owens ordered swift remedial action.

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Weathering park jams

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District’s proposal would put tax at top Tight inances in aluent community rule residents BY JESSICA BOCK St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Unfortunately, park visitors seem to be ignoring the words of wisdom that traic planners have tried to drive home for the past several years: Try to use entrances other than Hampton Avenue. Traic on eastbound Highway 40 (Interstate 64) backed up between Hampton and Interstate 170 by 10 a.m. Monday before MoDOT partially closed the ramp to park traffic, said Deanna

small-town feel, beautiful older homes and tree-lined, walkable streets attracted Liz Austin and her husband to Webster Groves before they started a family. They also heard good reviews about the schools, positive experiences that were confirmed after they had children, Austin says. But those same features also have contributed to the rise in the school district’s tax rate, poised to become the highest in St. Louis County if voters approve two proposals in April. It’s a cost Austin is willing to pay. Still, others say they’re growing weary — the district has asked voters to approve increases in the operating tax rate every five years since 2000. “I’m frustrated with the frequency of the requests,” said Kris L’Ecuyer, whose three children went to parochial schools. She also is concerned about older residents, including relatives, who are on fixed incomes.

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Bridget Carter, 16, gets directions from Park Ranger Darryl McKnuckles as traic backs up Monday along Hampton Avenue at the entrance to Forest Park. Carter, who lives in Chesterfield, says she sat in 45 minutes of traic just trying to get into the park.

Spring break, sunshine feed Hampton clog leading into Forest Park

ST. LOUIS • Spring weather has arrived, and

that means slow going again on the main highway feeding Forest Park. Thousands of motorists descended upon Forest Park using Highway 40 (Interstate 64) over the weekend and again on Monday — drawn by the irresistible combination of warm sunshine and spring break at many area schools. Tuesday’s St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dogtown will draw more people to the area and bring street closures to further complicate things.

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Ferguson jobs center to rise from ashes Urban League shows plans for former QuikTrip, turning ‘a tragedy into a triumph’ BY NANCY CAMBRIA St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis displayed on Monday artist renderings of a new jobs education center to be built in the footprint of QuikTrip destroyed by arsonists after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Urban League Chief Executive Officer Michael McMillan said the project marked a phoenix rising from the ashes of tragedy. “We will be turning what was a tragedy into a triumph,” McMillan told a crowd of media and guests. The Ferguson Community Empowerment Center represents more than $1.5 million of investment on the troubled stretch of North Florissant Avenue near where Brown was killed by a Ferguson police oicer last August. The QuikTrip corporation will donate the land as well as the cost of demolition and remediation of the site at a cost of more than $1 million, as well as $100,000 to the Urban League. “Today we want to be part of

cil and $5,000 from the Centric Group, all to be used toward construction. Great Rivers Greenway also pledged $100,000 in trail ranger jobs for students in the job training program. The $500,000 building, which will feature a memorial mural, will also be host to counseling for housing, rent and utility assistance as well as mental health services through Provident Inc. and Better Family Life. McMillan said he and others interviewed area residents and protesters after Brown’s death and were told repeatedly that young men needed jobs and better economic opportunities. The program will focus on how to get and keep a job, how to earn promotions and how to remain marketable. Students are likely to get jobs in construction, general business, food service and perhaps coding, McMillan said.

An artist’s rendering shows the new jobs education center planned for the site of the burnt-out QuikTrip in Ferguson. The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis is planning to train 500 black men over the next several years to help them find jobs. QuikTrip has donated the land and cost of demolition and remediation.

the solution. We want to be a part of the community’s healing,” said Michael Johnson, a member of the board of directors of QuikTrip, who grew up in East St. Louis. Plans to construct the building were first announced last week. On Monday, McMillan gave details about the programs it will ofer. Representatives from

various private companies, civic groups and politicians — along with current Urban League job training students — attended the announcement. The building will formally house the Urban League’s new Save Our Sons job training program, which aims to train 500 black men, over the course of the next several years, in month-long

programs. McMillan said construction was expected to be underway by the year anniversary of Brown’s death, Aug. 9. Additional pledges include $250,000 for programming and construction from Ameren Missouri and another $145,000 from Civic Progress, $100,000 from the Regional Business Coun-

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Embattled Ferguson mayor Records requests get varied results is focus of recall efort BY JEREMY KOHLER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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FERGUSON • For the past few months, a series of protests have targeted the homes of politicians, and Mayor James Knowles III figured his turn was coming soon, especially after Friday, when five residents filed an aidavit to remove him from oice. And sure enough, about 6:45 a.m. Monday, roughly 10 protesters were outside his house, playing music along with sound bites of his own comments through a bullhorn. Knowles said he had warned his wife that if the protesters showed up at his door, he was going to open it, and so he did. “They were clearly not expecting that,” he said. With his chin-strap beard and glasses, Knowles has served as the public face of a city at the center of a national debate about race relations for the past seven months, ever since then-Ferguson police Oicer Darren Wilson shot 18-year-old Michael Brown. Now that five city employees have lost their jobs in the aftermath of a blistering Department of Justice report on the city’s police department and municipal court, the calls for Knowles’ head have grown increasingly loud. Knowles said that there had been moments when he questioned whether he should leave, but that ultimately, the city needed stability. “Walking away right now is just not the way I roll,” he said. But the mayor, 35, may not have a choice. Five residents notified city hall that they had formed a committee to gather signatures to force a recall election, the first step in a removal process outlined in the city’s charter. It appears the group would have 60 days to gather roughly 1,800 signatures, about 15 percent of the number of people who were eligible to vote in the last mayoral election. Nick Kasoff, one of the signees, said

Knowles had repeatedly embarrassed the city with tone-deaf statements, including one about a week after Brown’s shooting, when Knowles told a reporter that the city did not have a racial divide. “It’s like he’s pulling random things out of thin air and making Ferguson look ridiculous,” Kasof said. The DOJ report found that the city used its police department as a “collection agency,” to ticket residents and generate revenue through fines and court fees. It criticized Knowles for trying to have a ticket dismissed for someone he knew through volunteer work. Knowles, who is a weak mayor without veto power, noted that his role was mostly ceremonial and said one of the most frustrating parts of speaking for the city was that people assumed he has more power than he actually does. According to an email obtained by the Post-Dispatch, Knowles had advocated in October for dismissing Ron Brockmeyer, the city’s former municipal court judge. The email, addressed to the rest of the City Council, details how DOJ representatives and residents brought concerns about Brockmeyer that “overshadowed even concerns about the Police Department.” It goes on to describe Brockmeyer’s taking cellphone calls during trials and his “blatant disregard for due process.” “I’m tired of hearing about him,” Knowles wrote. “I didn’t want him reappointed last time anyway because of issues that I’ve heard over the years.” In an interview, Knowles declined to say why the council did not remove Brockmeyer before the he stepped down last week. City Manager John Shaw and Police Chief Tom Jackson have also resigned in the aftermath of the DOJ’s report. Stephen Deere • 314-340-8116 @stephencdeere on Twitter sdeere@post-dispatch.com

Many local governments in greater St. Louis fall short of the transparency required by the state Sunshine Law, according to a report being issued Tuesday by a nonprofit organization that is studying consolidation of governments. Better Together St. Louis says it has spent nearly $16,000 collecting public records from cities and fire districts. Almost all the costs were incurred from requests to 58 municipal police departments on Nov. 4 for a list of 30 items ranging from copies of department accreditations to general orders to professional contracts exceeding $5,000 in the past year. Of the cities that complied with the request, the average time it took was 62 days. But more than 130 days later, 14 departments had yet to turn over the requested material. Of those, one — Wellston — had not even responded. “We’ve been so short and so busy with so many things going on,” Wellston Police Chief G. Thomas Walker told the Post-Dispatch on Monday. He acknowledged that he knew something about the request and asked a reporter to send him a copy. The police department desperately needs help policing this 0.93-square-mile section of north St. Louis County, Walker said. He said he had needed to assign a lieutenant to help the only officer on the early Monday morning shift; by 11 a.m. they had already responded to 11 calls. As for the nonprofit’s request, he said,

“I apologize for not being able to do it, but there are just so many hours in the day.” Dave Leipholtz, Better Together’s director of community-based studies, said providing access to public records was an important responsibility of the government. If government agencies aren’t transparent to a nonprofit group publishing public records to a website, imagine how open they are to residents, he said. The group pointed to vast diferences in time and cost it took for municipalities to provide the records. At no cost, Bel-Ridge and Breckenridge Hills provided the material in five days, St. Louis County in six, the city of St. Louis in 10 and Normandy and Shrewsbury within 14. Bellefontaine Neighbors took 85 days to fulfill the request and charged $770.90; Des Peres took 65 days and charged $738.50; Pacific took 63 days and charged $1,082.64. Manchester has charged $800 but has not yet fulfilled the request. Among the cities that Better Together said had yet to provide the records: Berkeley, Beverly Hills, Clayton, Country Club Hills, Hazelwood, Hillsdale, Kinloch, Lakeshire, Manchester, Pine Lawn, St. Ann, University City and Vinita Park. The group commended Ballwin, which operates a “document center” on its website that provides thorough and up-to-date financial information by department. Jeremy Kohler • 314-340-8337 @jeremykohler on Twitter jkohler@post-dispatch.com

CORRECTIONS & CLARIFICATIONS The Post-Dispatch welcomes your comments. If you have a correction to report in a specific area of the newspaper, please call the appropriate editor, listed on this page. • Missouri State Parks employee Tom Uhlenbrock wrote the story titled “Luxe Around the Lou” that ran recently in the Columbia Daily Tribune. Due to an error on the Tribune’s website, Bill McClellan’s Friday column credited the wrong writer. • An association of Missouri associate circuit and municipal judges holds a conference every year at the Lake of the Ozarks. A story on Sunday’s front page misstated the name of the group that holds the conference. • French nuns arrived in the Carondelet neighborhood of St. Louis in 1836, nearly two centuries ago. A story on Monday’s front page misstated the time span.

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by a nurse when booked into the county jail, standard procedure for all incoming inmates. “The nurse released Williams as fit for confinement,” he said. Williams is accused of shooting the two officers Thursday outside Ferguson’s police station, which has been the scene of protests since last summer’s fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Williams, 20, appeared in court Monday morning, one day after his arrest on charges of felony assault, armed criminal action and a weapons ofense. His case was continued until March 31. Christmas did not appear at the brief hearing and said he first

spoke with his client late Monday afternoon. “This wasn’t any type of ambush shooting,” Christmas said in an interview, countering an earlier description by St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar of the March 12 shooting. “Those oicers were shot accidentally.” Williams also told investigators he had been aiming instead at someone with whom he had a dispute, authorities said. But that assertion was met with skepticism by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch. “We’re not sure we completely buy that part of it,” the prosecutor said Sunday.

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City Museum asks aquarium to leave facility

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passed an inspection in November with zero violations, according to USDA records. But when Owens arrived Feb. 18, she found a litany of problems ranging from “numerous empty food bowls, contaminated water receptacles, apparent failure to spot clean, filled litter boxes, and general lack of cleaning throughout the facility.” General admission to the aquarium is $7.95 a person, in addition to the basic City Museum general fee of $12. The aquarium operates separately from the City Museum. On Monday, Rick Erwin, the executive director of the City Museum, said the museum had asked the World Aquarium to vacate the second-floor space. “It started last year with them being behind on rent, then it sort of escalated,” Erwin said. “We have standards that we’d like to see for the World Aquarium. We want to make sure those animals are safe and that they go to a good space.” Erwin said the museum had received complaints over the last few months that the animals were going unfed. He said the aquarium’s operator, Leonard Sonnenschein, assured them everything was fine. Sonnenschein attributed the problems to disgruntled employees. “We’ve had issues with employees and their behavior,” Sonnenschein said Monday. “They are no longer here.” Sonnenschein said all of the problems cited by the USDA had been addressed. “Some of the stuf they found was immediately taken care of,” Sonnenschein said. “Sometimes the animals eat all of their food and we aren’t right there to replace it.” Sonnenschein said City Museum hadn’t lived up to its requirements in a lease, and said they hadn’t maintained certain things. “City Museum wants the aquarium to leave,” Sonnenschein said. “They are doing things that are inhospitable to make us leave.” The USDA report depicted an understaffed, dusty environment to the detriment of the fish and animals who live there. The report highlighted the death of an anteater over the Christmas holiday. It alleged that aquarium operators knew the anteater, which had been taken of display, was sick, but didn’t provide adequate veterinarian care. A necropsy showed it died of renal failure. “The animal should have been examined by a veterinarian as soon as it was discovered to be so ill so its painful condition could have been managed appropriately,” Owens wrote in the report. A caretaker believed the animal was dehydrated. It was given a saline treatment but was never examined by a veterinarian. In addition to the anteater, Owens’ inspection on Feb. 20, noted overall unsanitary conditions at the facility, in the City Museum’s large warehouse building. Owens found soiled fish nets, cobwebs, murky water, moldy boxes, signs of rodents, and cluttered junk and trash. “There was also evidence that generalized cleaning in the building was not occurring,” Owens wrote. In an area called “the Jungle,” the inspector found frozen drain pipes and a pool with water that had not been drained or replaced in 11 days. “In ‘the Jungle,’ all the feces from the sloth and kinkajou from the past 11 days was hosed into the pool and there was thick, brown sediment covering the entire bottom,” the report stated. The World Aquarium advertises its chief mission as “to present, promote and protect the world of water.” The cleanliness issue

was partly attributed to the lack of a janitor. At the time of inspection, a person who had cleaned the facility four days a week was no longer employed there — and no one had been hired to do that job. The inspection report noted that the facility significantly cut back the hours of several employees in December. The lead curator went to 24 hours a week from 40. Two other employees were dropped to 14 hours a week from 24. The day before the inspection, only one person had been present at the facility. The following morning the inspector noted finding empty food bowls and unclean water. Sonnenschein said that the animals were being fed and that the facility had hired two additional employees to take care of them. Earlier this month, the aquarium hosted an “adult night” party advertised “in the spirit of Bob Cassilly,” the late founder of the City Museum who helped bring the aquarium to the downtown facility. Now, the museum said it hoped the aquarium vacated the space by August. Sonnenschein said the aquarium was actively looking for a new home. “Because of the number of animals and the number of exhibits, its not something we can do overnight,” Sonnenschein said. Nicholas J.C. Pistor • 314-436-2239 @nickpistor on Twitter npistor@post-dispatch.com

Venker, St. Louis area engineer for the Missouri Department of Transportation. “This is probably one of the worst ones I’ve seen,” Venker said. Wi t h te m p e ra t u re s hovering just north of 80 degrees by Monday afternoon, there were still plenty of spaces in the northern and eastern sections of the park. But motorists still were jockeying for parking spaces on Wells and McKinley drives to the west. Temperatures are expected to cool to a high in the mid-50s on Tuesday, giving way to a 60 percent chance of rain by Wednesday night, according to the National Weather Service. The possibility of rain will extend into Thursday, before temperatures warm up again in time for this weekend. MoDOT and Forest Park Forever are again urging park-goers to consider the multiple alternative entrances to the park to relieve the strain on Hampton. In past years, three of every five cars entering the park used Hampton to get there. David Lenczycki, a project engineer at Forest Park Forever, said the nonprofit, along with the city of St. Louis and the St. Louis Zoo, implemented a traffic relief route to keep cars moving in and out of the park. When the relief route is in effect, the Hampton roundabout is closed to northbound traffic, which

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Park Ranger Cornelius Watson directs traic Monday around the partially closed roundabout at the Hampton Avenue entrance into Forest Park. Traic oicials urge park visitors to consider using other entrances to the park to relieve the strain on Hampton.

is then diverted east on Wells to McKinley. There is free parking throughout the park. But many drive slowly, searching out a space along the park’s meandering road system. Park visitors, Lenczycki said, will find more directional signs once they are inside the park this season. In addition, the Forest Park Trolley service will begin operating among popular venues — but not until May 1. The service will run through Sept. 27. Patti Beck, a spokeswoman for the Metro transit agency, said those heading to Forest Park might consider parking their cars at one of the free

MetroLink park-ride lots and taking light-rail to the Forest Park-DeBaliviere station. From there, the 90 Hampton bus runs through Forest Park, stopping at some — but not all — of the venues. Stops include the zoo, the Missouri History Museum and the art museum, Beck said. That service will provide only short-term relief this year, Beck said. Removal of the DeBaliviere bridge — part of the Loop Trolley project — will disrupt direct bus access to the park beginning on March 30. Venker said MoDOT monitored traffic on the highway leading to the park. Traffic jams pose a

significant safety issue on Highway 40, Venker said. When cars begin to clog the Hampton off-ramp, the state closes it to those making a left from eastbound Highway 40 onto northbound Hampton. Electronic message signs guide drivers to other exits, such as Kingshighway and McCausland Avenue. Within 20 minutes of implementing the traffic relief route Monday , the backups began to dissipate and traffic began to flow freely on the interstate. Venker said of the congestion, “It is what we ultimately try to avoid.” Ken Leiser • 314-340-8215 @kenleiser on Twitter kleiser@post-dispatch.com

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East St. Louis mayor’s name of ballot By VAlerie Schremp hAhn St. Louis Post-Dispatch

EAST ST. LOUIS • The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Monday that East St. Louis Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. cannot have his name on the ballot for the April 7 municipal election because he did not have enough valid signatures on his petitions. One of his opponents, Emeka JacksonHicks, brought the case to the high court after bringing it to the Election Board, St. Clair County Circuit Court and the state Court of Appeals, all of which sided with Parks. Parks, the city’s mayor since 2007, is vying for his third term. He needed 136

signatures on his petitions to be considered for the primary, according to the judgment and opinion written by state Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier. Parks filed the petiJacksontions on time, with 171 sigHicks natures. But during a hearing, an Election Board attorney submitted evidence that at least 48 signatures were invalid, and that 12 others may have been from people who weren’t registered to vote at the time. Still, the election board said that “there had been substantial compliance in that 136 signatures are required and (Parks’)

nominating papers contain 123 valid signatures,” and that “substantial compliance” was something they said was allowed by law. Karmeier wrote that while “substantial compliparks ance” can be used in some circumstances, those didn’t apply here. “As we have explained, the clear and unambiguous standard adopted by the General Assembly requires compliance with a specific numerical threshold determined according to a specific mathematical formula,” he wrote. “A candidate either meets that minimum threshold or does not. There is no close enough.”

The Supreme Court voted 7-0 in Jackson-Hicks’ favor. They also asked the Election Board to disregard votes cast for Parks prior to his name’s being removed. Neither candidate could be immediately reached for comment Monday night. They also face challenger Courtney Hofman. Jackson-Hicks, an East St. Louis City Council member and daughter of Democratic state representative Eddie Lee Jackson, opposes a proposal by Parks to allow nightclubs to remain open until 6 a.m. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, who is from East St. Louis, has endorsed Jackson-Hicks. Valerie Shremp Hahn • 314-340-8246 @valeriehahn on Twitter vschremp@post-dispatch.com

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The financial predicament facing the school district might sound peculiar. After all, Webster Groves is one of the region’s more affluent communities, with a median household income of $84,400. That’s well above the St. Louis County median of $58,900. Webster’s property values are also far higher than the county average. But what the city has in residential wealth, it lacks in a retail and commercial tax base. For the most part, it doesn’t have the large shopping, business and manufacturing areas of other school districts. “We don’t have the commercial property” for tax revenue, said Diane Moore, an assistant superintendent and chief operations oicer for the district. “The burden is on our residents.” Meanwhile, Webster receives little in terms of state education funding, which is aimed largely at poorer school districts. Of the district’s $60.1 million in annual revenue, about $6.6 million, or 11 percent, comes from the state. The state average is 34 percent. To find more revenue to support its 10 schools, five of which are considered overcrowded because of enrollment growth, the district has turned to homeowners. The lack of space has intensified the issue, and the proposal for a new elementary school could mean redistricting for the 2017-18 school year. Others are raising eyebrows at the $6 million price tag to renovate Moss Field and its stadium. Residents are weighing two separate ballot questions: • A 65-cent tax-rate increase that the district says is for salaries; lower class sizes; an increased operating fund balance; tuition-free, full-day kindergarten; and additional preschool scholarships for lowincome children. The ballot item asks voters to approve 70 cents. The School Board says it would approve just 65 cents when it sets the tax rate next school year. The increase includes 45 cents that would allow the district to give increases to keep salaries at or above the county median, and 3 cents for free kindergarten. Webster Groves and Lindbergh are the only districts in Missouri that still charge tuition for full-day kindergarten. The operating tax-rate increase would provide 1.8 percent average yearly salary increases over five years. The average teacher salary in Webster Groves was $65,225 last year; about 74 percent have a master’s degree or higher. In Kirkwood, the average was $68,417, with 85 percent having a master’s degree or higher. • A $28 million bond issue that would raise the debt-service tax rate by about 28 cents for every $100 of assessed value. That money would pay for several projects to alleviate crowding in the elementary

A look at 2014 residential property tax rates for St. Louis County school districts, per $100 of assessed valuation. If both proposals pass in Webster Groves, and the school board levies a total of a 93-cent increase, the total residential tax rate could go to $6.78 for each $100 of assessed valuation. Top fiVe

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schools, including converting Steger Sixth Grade Center to an elementary school, and building a wing at Hixson Middle School. That proposal also includes the upgrade to Moss Field. Oicials stress that Moss Field and its stadium haven’t been renovated since opening in 1948. The stadium has infrastructure issues that need to be addressed. District leaders haven’t determined whether the field would have natural or artificial turf but said at a recent meeting they anticipated grass — unless fundraising could make up the cost diference. If only the 65-cent operating tax increase passes, the school district’s total residential rate would rise to $6.50 for each $100 of assessed valuation, second only to Jennings School District if no other tax rates changed. If only the bond issue passes, the residential rate would go to $6.13, which would keep Webster Groves’ rate at the fourth-highest in the county. If both are approved, the total residential tax rate would be $6.78 for each $100 of assessed value. For the owner of a $200,000 home, the annual increase would be $353. The commercial property rate also would be the county’s highest at $6.16. Moore says there has been belt-tightening. Even so, the 2014-15 budget anticipates a year-end deficit of $1.5 million. About 30 to 33 staf positions would need to be cut to make up the diference. And without a rate increase, the district’s fund balance, or savings account, would meet the state’s definition of financially stressed in 2017-18.

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candidates for prime minister. Netanyahu, who has governed for the past six years and has long been the most dominant personality in Israeli politics, has watched his standing plummet in recent weeks. Recent opinion polls show his Likud Party lagging behind Isaac Herzog’s Zionist Union. Herzog, who has vowed to revive peace efforts with the Palestinians, repair ties with the U.S. and reduce the growing gaps between rich and poor, confidently predicted an “upheaval” was imminent. Late Monday night, it was announced that Herzog’s main partner, former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, had given up an agreement to rotate the prime minister post with him if their alliance wins. It was widely thought that the unusual arrangement was driving away voters. Tuesday’s election caps an acrimonious three-month campaign that is widely seen as a referendum on Netanyahu. While his comments Monday appeared to be election rhetoric, they nonetheless put him further at odds with the world’s other nations, boding poorly for already strained relations with the U.S. and other key allies if he wins a third consecutive term. The hard-line leader has portrayed himself as the only politician capable of confronting Israel’s numerous security challenges, while his opponents have focused on the country’s high cost of living and presented Netanyahu as imperious and out of touch with the common people. As Netanyahu’s poll numbers have dropped in recent days, he has appeared increasingly desperate, stepping up his

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nationalistic rhetoric in a series of interviews to local media to appeal to his core base. Netanyahu has also complained of an international conspiracy to oust him, funded by wealthy foreigners who dislike him, and on Sunday night, he addressed an outdoor rally before tens of thousands of hard-line supporters in Tel Aviv. The strategy is aimed at siphoning of voters from nationalistic rivals, but risks alienating centrist voters who are expected to determine the outcome of the race. Speaking to the nrg news website, Netanyahu said that turning over captured territory to the Palestinians would clear the way for Islamic extremists to take control and attack Israel. “Whoever ignores that is burying his head in the sand. The left is doing that, burying its head in the sand time after time,” he said in the video interview. When asked if that means a Palestinian state will not be established if he is elected, Netanyahu replied, “Indeed.” It was the latest — and clearest — attempt by Netanyahu to disavow his earlier support for Palestinian independence, which he first laid out in a landmark 2009 speech. “If we get this guarantee for demilitarization and necessary security arrangements for Israel, and if the Palestinians recognize Israel as the state of the Jewish people, we will be willing in a real peace agreement to reach a solution of a demilitarized Palestinian state alongside the Jewish state,” he said at the time. Despite that pledge, two rounds of peace talks have failed and Netanyahu has continued to expand Jewish settlements. Reaching a two-state solution has been a top foreign policy priority for President Barack Obama.

But faced with what could be a total of a 93-cent tax increase — the fourth time in 15 years that voters have been asked to pay more — some residents are balking. They question whether stadium renovations and free kindergarten are luxuries that Webster Groves should not consider. Five years ago, voters approved a 55cent operating tax rate increase and a $36 million bond issue. The bond issue paid for new technology and science labs, arts rooms and an addition at the high school. The rate increase was approved with 55 percent of the vote. The district hit its highest enrollment at about 8,000 when baby boomers were school age. When they graduated, the district shrank, closing seven schools in the late 1970s and ’80s. The district’s enrollment is about half the size today. Webster Groves School District has supported the county assessor’s review of tax-exempt properties. In 2013, the Post-Dispatch reported that retirement properties owned by two nonprofit companies that operate in Webster Groves — Lutheran Senior Services and Bethesda Health Group — enjoyed tax exemptions despite ofering a level of luxury. The review is ongoing. At a meeting last month, one man told administrators that the high tax rate would have families choosing to buy a home in Lindbergh or Kirkwood, where ACT scores are similar and the tax rate is lower. Others have shrugged of the increases as a trade-off for living in a community they love with quality schools but are concerned about the growing opposition. “People’s emotions are raw. The econ-

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AlSO On the April 7 BAllOt Webster Groves is one of four St. Louis County school districts with issues on the April 7 ballot. For more information, check out the Post-Dispatch voters guide March 27. Ferguson-Florissant • $31 million bond issue, which would not raise the tax rate, for safety and security, technology, maintenance repairs, renovations including the conversion of a building for a science, technology, engineering, art and math school. Maplewood-Richmond Heights • $6.1 million bond issue for building new classrooms to address crowding at the early childhood center and elementary school. The bond issue includes $1.75 million for land acquisition, site development and other costs, and $4.35 million for construction of a new eight-homeroom preschool and renovation of the current preschool into a kindergarten center. Rockwood • $68.95 million bond issue, which would not raise the tax rate, for upgrading technology and high school science labs; improving safety and security throughout the district; installing synthetic ields and replacing the tracks at the high schools, and upgrading electrical controls at the high schools to improve energy savings.

omy is tough,” said Dave Buck, who has three children in Webster Groves schools and plans to vote yes for both measures. “I don’t think it’s going to be a laid-out hand.” Jessica Bock • 314-340-8228 @jessicabock on Twitter jbock@post-dispatch.com

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were rumors that a girlfriend had secretly delivered a baby. Some longtime Kremlinologists even posited there had been a coup. The intense guesswork, however, carried at least one clear message: how deeply Russia now depends on the whims of a single man. In the absence of any real institutions or alternative structures of authority, power has centralized around Putin more than any leader since the era of Joseph Stalin’s iron-grip rule. Other Soviet leaders were accountable to the Communist Party. One of them, Nikita Khrushchev, was even removed. “It would be boring without gossip,” Putin, 62, told reporters outside St. Petersburg in his first public event since March 5. He met Almazbek Atambayev, the president of Kyrgyzstan, in the Constantine Palace just outside the city. In comments apparently encouraged by the Kremlin, Atambayev gave a personal appraisal of Putin’s health, telling reporters, “Vladimir Vladimirovich showed me around, drove around, he himself was at the wheel — so that there will be less gossip.” A rosy-faced Putin smiled broadly, stroked his nose, then laughed. But he made no further public comments about his health before reporters were ushered from the room where the two leaders were sitting in gilded armchairs. Putin appeared to wince briefly as he sat down in his chair after strolling in with his Kyrgyzstani counterpart. The appearance lasted a little over two minutes. Neither Putin nor the Kremlin ofered

any details about why he missed a series of meetings and postponed one state visit during the period. On Thursday, Putin’s spokesman announced that the president would not attend a meeting with the Federal Security Service, which he usually attends. Putin also postponed a trip to Kazakhstan at the last minute; it has been rescheduled for this week.

mOcKinG rUmOrS The spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, mocked on Monday the rumor mill that had preoccupied many in Russia’s elite in recent days. “Have you seen the paralyzed president who was captured by the generals? He has just come back from Switzerland, where he attended the delivery” of the baby, Peskov told journalists. There still has been no official comment from the Kremlin on why Putin was out of the public eye — nor any acknowledgment that anything was out of the ordinary. It was a rare absence for a leader who has built a reputation for hands-on leadership and personal vigor. Putin’s predecessor, Boris Yeltsin, sometimes dropped out of view, incapacitated by health issues or alcohol. Elderly Soviet leaders in the 1980s dropped dead, three in quick succession. But during those eras there were stronger structures to ensure stability if the top person was out of the picture. Putin, a former KGB oicer, has no obvious political heir. Nor is it entirely clear who would be in charge of Russia’s stockpile of nuclear weapons during times in which the leader is incapacitated.


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Murray, Foresight to create coal giant Company would be key player in Illinois, with reserves larger than Peabody or Arch By JacoB Barker St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A deal to create one of the largest companies in the beleaguered coal industry was inked last weekend, combining the most productive underground mines in the country with the sizable holdings of one of the industry’s most outspoken proponents. The $1.4 billion combination of Murray Energy, based in St. Clairsville, Ohio, and St. Louisbased Foresight Energy would create the nation’s “premier” coal miner, the two companies said Sunday evening in an announcement. With a combined 9 billion tons of coal reserves under its control, the new company would boast reserves larger than the country’s two biggest producers, St. Louisbased Peabody Energy and Arch Coal of Creve Coeur. Peabody and Arch, with substantial holdings in Wyoming, would still produce far more coal annually than any other domestic companies. But Murray and Foresight would produce about 88 million tons of coal a year,

according to Murray Energy’s website and Foresight’s financial disclosures. That’s near the annual production totals of Alpha Natural Resources and Cloud Peak Energy, the country’s next two largest producers. The deal would give Murray CEO Bob Murray controlling stakes in Foresight’s general partner while leaving Foresight founder Chris Kline with a large stake in the company and a spot on Foresight’s board. Murray is financing the deal with $2.5 billion in debt he also plans to use to refinance existing loans. Foresight, which sold stakes in its limited partner to the public last summer, has a relatively small St. Louis presence. The company only employs 65 people directly. Another 888 are contract workers employed at its four Southern Illinois mine complexes. Representatives from the companies did not respond to messages seeking comment. While the industry’s existing big players dominate sales of low-sulfur Western coals, the Murray and Foresight deal will create a heavyweight east of the

Mississippi River. Chuck Welsh, a coal salesman who has been in the industry for 50 years, said the merger makes sense because of each one’s distinctive markets. “Kline’s been focusing on local utilities that have historically taken Illinois Basin coal, but they’ve also focused on exporting through New Orleans,” said Welsh, a partner in St. Louisbased Castle Rock Carbon and Coal. “The Murray organization has been focusing on utilities in the East and Northeast and parts of the Midwest. So it’s a good merger from the standpoint of the origins of the coal, because there are no duplications.” Battered by the boom in natural gas production, tightening environmental regulations and overproduction, the fuel is struggling with its worst slump in decades. Still the largest fuel source for the country’s electricity production, U.S. coal consumption has fallen 18 percent since its 2007 high, according to the Energy Information Administration. This year, 13 gigawatts of coal power plants are expected to shut down, the EIA notes.

But despite the industry’s struggles, Foresight has managed to post profits while other coal miners consistently take losses. In 2014, it made $139 million in net income on $1.1 billion in revenue. The difference for Foresight has been its Illinois longwall mines developed during the last eight years. The assemblies use huge saws to shear through long seams of coal, and while expensive to develop, they can produce lots of coal cheaply once they’re set up. Kline was one of the first to place a big bet on Illinois, a coalproducing region that had fallen out of favor due to its dirty variety of the fuel. But as more power plants installed equipment to scrub out the sulfur content of coal, Illinois coal has become a cheaper alternative to more expensive Appalachian varieties. Murray has also managed to stay in expansion mode amid the industry downturn. While best known for his outspoken criticism of Preisdent Barack Obama’s environmental policies, Murray has also built a

McDonald’s employees cite injuries Workers want OSHA inspections; move is part of push for $15 pay, unionization By aLeJandra cancino and JeSSica wohL Chicago Tribune

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ers in 19 U.S. cities are asking the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to inspect their workplaces, alleging they have been injured because of a lack of training and protective equipment. The complaints are the latest in a number of legal actions against the burger giant as labor groups try to force it to improve working conditions and raise wages. The campaign’s goal is to form a union. The complaints against McDonald’s, which is based outside Chicago, were announced Monday in a telephone news conference by the Fight for $15 campaign, which is backed by the Service Employees International Union. Scott Allen, an OSHA spokesman, said the agency was investigating some McDonald’s in several states. In a statement, McDonald’s said its franchisees “are committed to providing safe working conditions for employees in the 14,000 McDonald’s brand U.S. restaurants. We will review these allegations. It is important to note that these complaints are part of a larger strategy orchestrated by activists targeting our brand and designed to generate media coverage.” Fight for $15 said 28 complaints against McDonald’s and its franchisees had been submitted since March 2. Nine complaints were against corporate-owned restaurants and 19

portfolio of lower-cost Appalachian mines, which still supply a large segment of the U.S. power industry. Murray has also increasingly looked eastward toward Illinois, adding 100 million tons of Illinois Basin reserves to his existing holdings in the state in October. He’s even tangled with Kline in the state, suing Foresight last year for an alleged scheme to buy up land in the path of Murray’s mines and block his expansion plans. The two companies no longer will have to worry about competing. Phil Gonet, president of the Illinois Coal Association, said the two companies have obvious strengths in longwall mining, and he noted that Murray Energy owns a longwall equipment repair company in Centralia, Ill. “You’ve got two coal companies that have expertise in longwall mining,” Gonet said. “It seems to me that combining them make sense.” Jacob Barker • 314-340-8291 @jacobbarker on Twitter jbarker@post-dispatch.com

Craft beers feeling oats as sales soar in U.S. Many local brewers are expanding By LiSa Brown St. Louis Post-Dispatch

rollment period” after Democrats and advocacy groups raised concerns that many residents were first learning about the law’s penalty when filing taxes. They argued that residents would find out about the fee and then be unable to acquire health insurance to avoid being hit again next year when the penalty jumps to a $325 minimum. “Our goal right now is making sure Missourians understand their options for finding coverage and avoid paying further penalties for not having coverage in 2015,” said Nancy Kelley, a program director for the Cover Missouri Coalition. Kelley added that the coalition was partnering with tax helpers to get the word out about the special enrollment period and that enrollment counselors already had appointments this week for people looking to get insurance. The administration says consumers would still owe a portion of the 2015 penalty even if they sign up for coverage during the next few weeks. That’s because the law assesses the penalty on a monthly basis and consumers who sign up still would be uninsured for the first part of this year. Roughly 254,000 Missourians and 347,000 Illinoisans have already selected 2015 health plans.

Makers of craft beer are brewing a lot of green. Sales of craft beers in the U.S. surged 22 percent to $19.6 billion last year, the Colorado-based Brewer Association reported Monday. That’s 19.3 percent of the $101.5 billion generated last year by sales of all kinds of beer. Craft brewers’ volume grew 18 percent in 2014, capturing 11 percent market share — up from 7 percent market share in 2013. Craft brewers’ volume totaled 22.2 million barrels. The numbers are preliminary, the Brewers Association said, adding it plans to release its list of the 50 largest U.S. craft brewers on March 31. The Brewers Association, which defines craft brewers as independent, traditional brewers that produce 6 million barrels or less of beer annually, has a goal of capturing 20 percent market share by 2020. The total domestic beer market was up only 0.5 percent last year, said Bart Watson, chief economist at the Brewers Association. “We’re seeing a shift in the overall beer market, where beer lovers want more full flavored beers and variety, and increasingly they want beer that’s locally produced,” Watson said. The St. Louis Brewery, Schlafly beer’s parent company, is St. Louis’ largest craft brewer. It produced 60,000 barrels of beer in 2014, up from more than 56,000 barrels in 2013. Many local craft brewers are expanding to meet growing demand. One of the region’s largest craft brewers, O’Fallon Brewery, plans to open a new $10 million brewery in Maryland Heights in May that will have the capacity to brew 25,000 barrels. Last year, 615 craft brewers nationwide opened their doors, and there were 3,418 craft breweries operating at the end of the year, up from 2,683 in 2013. There are more than two dozen craft breweries locally. One of the newest is The Old Bakery Beer Co. in Alton that opened in January in a building that previously housed three bakeries. James Rogalsky and his wife Lauren Pattan opened the brewery and pub after both worked at St. Louisbased craft brewer Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. The Old Bakery Beer Co. has about a dozen beer varieties on draft now, including its Golden Oat Beer, a golden American ale made with flaked oats. The brewery has the capacity to brew 10,000 barrels annually and plans to begin beer distribution in the Metro East soon and ultimately in St. Louis.

Jordan Shapiro • 314-340-8114 @jordanshapiro13 on Twitter jshapiro@post-dispatch.com

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People protest in December outside a McDonald’s in Miami. McDonald’s workers in 19 cities have iled complaints over workplace hazards, in an ongoing campaign to win pay of $15 an hour and unionization.

against locations run by franchisees. Complaints include one from a New Orleans worker who cited lack of training and equipment for burns sufered while filtering grease, according to documents provided by the campaign. The campaign also alleges that a Philadelphia worker who was burned was told by a manager to use mayonnaise to treat the burn. Workers said understaffing and pressure to work faster resulted in injuries. Those injuries, they added, were not properly treated. One of the two workers who spoke about their injuries during Monday’s call was Brittney Berry of Chicago. Berry said she was rushing, slipped on a greasy

floor and caught her arm on a hot grill, which led to a “devastating” injury. “The burn almost burned my entire forearm,” said Berry, adding that she fell and twisted her wrist, leading to nerve damage. “Rather than help me with medical treatment, my manager told me to put mustard on my arm. That’s it.” Berry previously was among a group of people arrested during a Chicago protest with Fight for $15. OSHA received more than 9,500 complaints in 2013 and conducted more than 39,000 inspections that year, according to the latest data available on its site. If an inspector determines a violation has occurred, a company could face fines of up to

$70,000 for each violation. The Fight for $15 labor group has also filed hundreds of claims against McDonald’s with the National Labor Relations Board, alleging the company violated labor rights of its employees at various restaurants nationwide. More than 100 were found to have merit. In December, the board’s general counsel said McDonald’s was a joint employer with its franchisees. Hearings before an NLRB administrative law judge are set to begin at the end of the month in New York. Additional hearings are expected in Chicago and Los Angeles. If settlements aren’t reached, McDonald’s and its franchisees could be required to pay back wages and reinstate fired workers.

Stocks rebound Health enrollment window is open on weaker dollar for those trying avoid tax penalty From wire reportS

By Jordan Shapiro St. Louis Post-Dispatch

NeW yORK • U.S. stocks bounced back

Monday as the dollar weakened ahead of a key two-day Federal Reserve meeting. The euro rose 0.7 percent to $1.05, after marking its biggest weekly fall last week since September 2011. The currency has lost about a quarter of its value against the dollar since mid-2014, a slump that many investors have speculated is overdone. A stronger dollar is a problem for big U.S. companies because it makes their goods more expensive in foreign markets and reduces the value of the profits they bring back home to the U.S. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index rose 27 points, or 1.4 percent, to 2,081. It was the biggest gain for the index in six weeks. The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 228 points, or 1.3 percent, to 17,977. The Nasdaq composite jumped 57 points, or 1.2 percent, to 4,929. The focal point this week for investors is the Fed’s two-day policy meeting that starts Tuesday. Many investors and analysts expect the U.S. central bank will signal in a statement after the meeting that they are considering raising interest rates this year. The Fed has kept its benchmark lending rate near zero for more than six years, underpinning a strong rally in U.S. stocks.

Last weekend marked the start of a six-week window for Missouri and Illinois residents to sign up for health insurance and avoid a tax penalty. The enrollment session, which runs through April 30, is open only to consumers who say they weren’t aware of the Affordable Care Act mandate to buy insurance. To qualify, residents must also certify that they were penalized for going without health coverage last year. The current tax season marks the first time Americans have to pay up for not having insurance under the federal health care law. Those who didn’t have insurance at any point last year could owe a minimum of $95. The amount is usually deducted from a person’s tax refund. Congressional estimates project about 4 million Americans will owe some type of penalty. Many more people are uninsured, but the law provides penalty exemptions for those with lower incomes or other issues. Residents who meet the criteria for the special enrollment period can visit HealthCare.gov to view coverage options and fill out an application. Those who need assistance can also visit covermissouri.org and getcoveredillinois.gov. Federal officials granted the “special en-


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Blackstone buys Chicago’s Willis Tower • The Blackstone Group LP agreed on Monday to buy the Willis Tower, the former Sears Tower that for 25 years was the world’s largest building, in a deal that features an observation deck as a tourist attraction and unique revenue stream. The acquisition was valued at $1.3 billion, making it the highest price paid for a U.S. oice tower outside of New York, according to MarketWatch, which irst reported the news. Lift Time Fitness to go private • Gym chain Life Time Fitness Inc. is selling itself to two private equity irms for more than $2.8 billion. The companies value the deal at more than $4 billion, when debt is included. Leonard Green & Partners and TPG will pay $72.10 for each share of Life Time Fitness, an 8 percent premium from its close of $66.73 on Friday. Life Time Fitness operates 114 large gyms across the U.S. and in Canada that ofer itness classes, spa services and personal training, including a gym in Ellisville.

Valeant raises ofer, wins Salix bid • Valeant raised its ofer for Salix Pharmaceuticals to about $11.11 billion in cash on Monday, and rival bidder Endo International withdrew its ofer. Valeant, a Canadian drugmaker, said it would now pay $173 per Salix share, a 2 percent premium over Friday’s closing price of $169.40. The companies put the deal’s enterprise value at about $15.8 billion. Salix, based in Raleigh, N.C., specializes in medicines for gastrointestinal disorders.

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Cracks form in planned merger of cement makers Holcim, Lafarge Ste. Genevieve-area plant, St. Charles County quarry involved BY ReuteRs

ZURICH • Holcim called a halt

Monday to its merger with Lafarge, pressing the French company to renegotiate the terms of the deal. The deal, which would produce the world’s biggest cement maker with $34 billion in annual revenue, was presented as a marriage of equals in April 2014. Since then, the surge in the value of the Swiss franc against the euro, as well as diverging company results and share prices, have strengthened Holcim’s position. The Swiss company’s largest shareholder has been press-

ing for a revision of the agreement for some time, and now the board has stated the deal will not happen without a renegotiation, both of the price and management positions. “The Holcim board of directors has concluded that the combination agreement can no longer be pursued in its present form,” Holcim said in a statement, saying it was ready to talk about the share exchange ratio and “governance issues.” Lafarge said in a separate statement that it would consider revising the share exchange ratio, but nothing else. The differences between Holcim and Lafarge came to a head during the transition pe-

riod in which they were seeking antitrust approvals globally and selling of assets to comply with various regulators’ requests. Approvals for the deal are still needed in India, the United States and Canada. Holcim, based near Zurich, employs 71,000 people and has production sites in about 70 countries. Its U.S. facilities include a massive cement plant near Ste. Genevieve, Mo., which opened in 2009 with about 250 employees. Paris-based Lafarge, meanwhile, employs 65,000 people and operates in 64 countries. Locally, Lafarge operates a quarry near the Family Arena in St. Charles County.

Union pushes for election at S.C. Boeing plant AssociAted PRess

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Versa wins Wet Seal auction • Versa Capital Management said Monday that it is the winning bidder in the auction of troubled teen clothing retailer Wet Seal, which iled for Chapter 11 bankruptcy two months ago. In January, Wet Seal abruptly closed two-thirds of its stores, including several in St. Louis, and iled for bankruptcy a week later.

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Holbrook leaves Post Holdings • Jim Holbrook, an executive vice president at Post Holdings and president and CEO of its Consumer Brands division, has left the company. The Brentwood-based food company that makes Honey Bunches of Oats and Grape-Nuts said Holbrook’s last day with Post was March 13. Post said in a regulatory iling that it was paying Holbrook a lump sum of $1.2 million in exchange for a non-compete and non-solicitation agreement. Additionally, the company’s board approved accelerating vesting 55,667 shares of restricted stock units and 290,000 non-qualiied stock options held by Holbrook with an estimated value of more than $16 million, based on Friday’s closing price of $47.85 a share.

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ternational Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers is asking a federal agency to set an election so more than 2,400 Boeing production workers in South Carolina can vote on whether to form a union. In a statement, the union said a petition was filed Monday with the National Labor Relations Board.

Under NLRB rules, 30 percent of the workers in a potential union bargaining unit must sign authorization cards for an election to be held. “We are confident we have achieved the minimum requirement,” said Frank Larkin, spokesman for the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers. Gov. Nikki Haley, a Republican, opposes unions and has urged Boeing workers to reject

unionization eforts. Union organizer Mike Evans has called on Haley to remain neutral leading up to the vote. Boeing opened last month a propulsion plant in North Charleston and employs about 7,500 people in South Carolina. Company spokeswoman Candy Eslinger says Boeing opposes a union in South Carolina and that position has not changed.


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COLUMNIST SCHEDULE Sunday • Bill McClellan Monday • Bill McClellan Wednesday • Bill McClellan Friday • Bill McClellan Saturday • Joe Holleman’s “Joe’s St. Louis”

What’s up • From events.stltoday.com 03.19

03.20

03.21

Career Night • Concordia University will host a career night at 6 p.m. Thursday at its St. Louis Center, 10733 Sunset Oice Drive, Suite 425, near the southwest corner of Interstate 44 and Lindbergh Boulevard. The event is for people who want to learn more about how they can invest in their future and expand their career opportunities. Prospective students considering Concordia University also will have the opportunity to talk with admission counselors to learn more about admission requirements, inancial aid, program and degree options, and they can tour the center. The university is ailiated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia University System. Free. cuw.edu Beneit trivia night • The Pulmonary Hypertension Association Midwest Chapter and its St. Louis Support Group will host its second-annual St. Louis Trivia Night at 6 p.m. Friday at Orlando’s Banquet Center, 2050 Dorsett Village in Maryland Heights. Proceeds from the event will beneit the ight against pulmonary hypertension. There will be rales and other games throughout the night. Individual registration cost is $25, and teams of eight players are $200. The price includes trivia, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. The corporate team with the highest score at the end of the night will take home the PHA Trivia Night Team Cup. To register and for more information, visit events.org/PHATrivia15. Dinner mystery theater • Afton CenterStage Theatre will present a dinner theater production of “Death of a Doornail” at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Royale Orleans, 2801 Telegraph Road. The mystery theater will include some audience participation. Tickets cost $25, or $23 per person if reserving for groups of 10 or more. For reservations and more information, call 636-349-6880. To list a community event or meeting, submit it online at events.stltoday.com.

HEADS UP Spring break travel tips • The Better Business Bureau has this advice for students and others looking for the best travel deals for spring break: • Book through a reliable travel agent or travel site. Check its BBB Business Review at bbb. org or ind a BBB Accredited Business. • Get details about your trip in writing. Be sure to conirm the details, such as total cost, any restrictions, lights, hotel reservations and car rental. • Pay with a credit card. If something goes wrong, you can challenge the charges. • Consider purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance provides coverage for particular perils, which are speciic conditions under which it will pay claims. Be sure to shop around and read the terms and conditions before purchasing. • Use caution when considering deals. If a deal or package ofers a lot for a very low price, be wary. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is. • Be wary of claims that you “won” a trip. Generally if you’ve truly won something, it will be given to you as a gift, and there are no hidden fees. Be especially leery if the ofer is unsolicited. Check on any unsolicited ofers by calling BBB at 314-645-3300. For more information, visit bbb.org. To submit items, email them to headsup@post-dispatch.com or fax them to 314-340-3050.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY > Man admits fatal stabbing • A man from O’Fallon, Mo., who set up a fatal encounter with another man on Craigslist pleaded guilty Monday to four felony charges, McAnelly including second-degree murder. Peyton K. McAnelly, 23, of the irst block of St. Paul Court, admitted he and his accomplice, Avery Cornuelle, put an ad on Craigslist for a man seeking another man with the intent to rob whoever answered the ad. McAnelly said Joseph Givens, 45, of St. Louis agreed to meet him and Cornuelle at their friend’s house in the 800 block of Blackberry Lane in O’Fallon on June 8, 2012. While the two were in Givens’ vehicle, McAnelly claimed he had forgotten his wallet, and Givens pulled back into the home’s garage so he could retrieve it. In reality, that was the cue for the two to rob Givens. McAnelly said he was seated behind Givens, and he pulled out a steak knife. He stabbed Givens four times — in the shoulder, upper torso, neck and head. After that, he and Cornuelle led the scene. Givens died of his injuries a week later. McAnelly pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action without securing a deal with prosecutors. Sentencing is set for May 4. He faces the possibility of life in prison on the murder charge, a minimum of three years each on the armed criminal action charges and a maximum of 15 years on the attempted robbery charge. Under the sentencing guidelines, he must serve 85 percent of whatever sentence he gets for the murder charge before being eligible for parole. Cornuelle, 21, of the irst

block of Lord Edward Court in O’Fallon, previously pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. ST. LOUIS > Death is ruled homicide • The death Feb. 1 of a man from St. Louis who was shot and wounded in November has been oicially ruled a homicide, police said. Fernando Bland, 50, of the 800 block of Canaan Avenue, died at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis from gunshot wounds he sufered Nov. 17 in the 800 block of Canaan Avenue, authorities said. A man, 44, and a woman, 29, who were with Bland when he was shot told police a gunman had approached their vehicle and opened ire. Only Bland was hit. Police said that two people were arrested in the shooting and that prosecutors took the case under advisement without charging them. EAST ST. LOUIS > 17-year term in child porn case • A man, 35, from Alhambra has been sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison for child pornography. During a search of Robert E. Godsey’s home in 2014, special agents with the Department of Homeland Security found a computer in his bedroom that contained images and videos of minors engaged in sex acts, including images of children under 12. On the same day, Godsey provided a videotaped statement in which he admitted collecting and trading the images and videos with other collectors of child pornography via the Internet. He pleaded guilty to distribution of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, receipt of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of visual depictions of prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was sentenced Friday to 210 months in prison.

ALTON > Two killed in train incidents are identiied • Authorities identiied on Monday two men who were killed in separate train accidents in Illinois on Sunday. Henry D. Bloodworth, 80, of Alton, was the man killed when an Amtrak train hit a truck at a crossing in Alton about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. The truck was hit broadside on the driver’s side. None of the crew members or 256 passengers aboard the train was hurt. David Waltz, 71, of Vandalia, was killed when he was struck by a westbound CSX freight train as he was standing on a track about 4 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. Waltz was struck at Eighth and Main streets in Vandalia. ST. LOUIS > Last-minute appeals for condemned inmate • Missouri’s oldest death row inmate is hoping the U.S. Supreme Court or the governor spares him from being executed Tuesday for the fatal shooting in 1996 of a sherif’s deputy. Attorneys for Cecil Clayton, 74, argued in last-minute appeals that he has dementia and lingering efects from a 1972 sawmill accident that forced surgeons to remove part of his brain. Clayton’s attorneys are seeking a competency hearing. They say he’s not mentally it to be put to death. Clayton was convicted of gunning down sherif’s deputy Christopher Castetter in rural southwest Missouri’s Barry County while Castetter was investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle. The Clayton Missouri Supreme Court declined on Saturday to intervene. He is set to be executed on Tuesday. A spokesman for Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, says only that Nixon is weighing Clayton’s clemency request.

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INSIDE THIS SECTION A7 • Heads Up A8 • Opinion A9 • Other views A10 • Funeral notices A12 • Weather A12 • People

COLUMNIST SCHEDULE Sunday • Bill McClellan Monday • Bill McClellan Wednesday • Bill McClellan Friday • Bill McClellan Saturday • Joe Holleman’s “Joe’s St. Louis”

What’s up • From events.stltoday.com 03.19

03.20

03.21

Career Night • Concordia University will host a career night at 6 p.m. Thursday at its St. Louis Center, 10733 Sunset Oice Drive, Suite 425, near the southwest corner of Interstate 44 and Lindbergh Boulevard. The event is for people who want to learn more about how they can invest in their future and expand their career opportunities. Prospective students considering Concordia University also will have the opportunity to talk with admission counselors to learn more about admission requirements, inancial aid, program and degree options, and they can tour the center. The university is ailiated with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia University System. Free. cuw.edu Beneit trivia night • The Pulmonary Hypertension Association Midwest Chapter and its St. Louis Support Group will host its second-annual St. Louis Trivia Night at 6 p.m. Friday at Orlando’s Banquet Center, 2050 Dorsett Village in Maryland Heights. Proceeds from the event will beneit the ight against pulmonary hypertension. There will be rales and other games throughout the night. Individual registration cost is $25, and teams of eight players are $200. The price includes trivia, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks. The corporate team with the highest score at the end of the night will take home the PHA Trivia Night Team Cup. To register and for more information, visit events.org/PHATrivia15. Dinner mystery theater • Afton CenterStage Theatre will present a dinner theater production of “Death of a Doornail” at 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday at the Royale Orleans, 2801 Telegraph Road. The mystery theater will include some audience participation. Tickets cost $25, or $23 per person if reserving for groups of 10 or more. For reservations and more information, call 636-349-6880. To list a community event or meeting, submit it online at events.stltoday.com.

HEADS UP Spring break travel tips • The Better Business Bureau has this advice for students and others looking for the best travel deals for spring break: • Book through a reliable travel agent or travel site. Check its BBB Business Review at bbb. org or ind a BBB Accredited Business. • Get details about your trip in writing. Be sure to conirm the details, such as total cost, any restrictions, lights, hotel reservations and car rental. • Pay with a credit card. If something goes wrong, you can challenge the charges. • Consider purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance provides coverage for particular perils, which are speciic conditions under which it will pay claims. Be sure to shop around and read the terms and conditions before purchasing. • Use caution when considering deals. If a deal or package ofers a lot for a very low price, be wary. If something seems too good to be true, it usually is. • Be wary of claims that you “won” a trip. Generally if you’ve truly won something, it will be given to you as a gift, and there are no hidden fees. Be especially leery if the ofer is unsolicited. Check on any unsolicited ofers by calling BBB at 314-645-3300. For more information, visit bbb.org. To submit items, email them to headsup@post-dispatch.com or fax them to 314-340-3050.

ST. CHARLES COUNTY > Man admits fatal stabbing • A man from O’Fallon, Mo., who set up a fatal encounter with another man on Craigslist pleaded guilty Monday to four felony charges, McAnelly including second-degree murder. Peyton K. McAnelly, 23, of the irst block of St. Paul Court, admitted he and his accomplice, Avery Cornuelle, put an ad on Craigslist for a man seeking another man with the intent to rob whoever answered the ad. McAnelly said Joseph Givens, 45, of St. Louis agreed to meet him and Cornuelle at their friend’s house in the 800 block of Blackberry Lane in O’Fallon on June 8, 2012. While the two were in Givens’ vehicle, McAnelly claimed he had forgotten his wallet, and Givens pulled back into the home’s garage so he could retrieve it. In reality, that was the cue for the two to rob Givens. McAnelly said he was seated behind Givens, and he pulled out a steak knife. He stabbed Givens four times — in the shoulder, upper torso, neck and head. After that, he and Cornuelle led the scene. Givens died of his injuries a week later. McAnelly pleaded guilty to second-degree murder, attempted robbery and two counts of armed criminal action without securing a deal with prosecutors. Sentencing is set for May 4. He faces the possibility of life in prison on the murder charge, a minimum of three years each on the armed criminal action charges and a maximum of 15 years on the attempted robbery charge. Under the sentencing guidelines, he must serve 85 percent of whatever sentence he gets for the murder charge before being eligible for parole. Cornuelle, 21, of the irst

block of Lord Edward Court in O’Fallon, previously pleaded guilty to the same charges and was sentenced to 25 years in prison. ST. LOUIS > Death is ruled homicide • The death Feb. 1 of a man from St. Louis who was shot and wounded in November has been oicially ruled a homicide, police said. Fernando Bland, 50, of the 800 block of Canaan Avenue, died at Kindred Hospital in St. Louis from gunshot wounds he sufered Nov. 17 in the 800 block of Canaan Avenue, authorities said. A man, 44, and a woman, 29, who were with Bland when he was shot told police a gunman had approached their vehicle and opened ire. Only Bland was hit. Police said that two people were arrested in the shooting and that prosecutors took the case under advisement without charging them. EAST ST. LOUIS > 17-year term in child porn case • A man, 35, from Alhambra has been sentenced to more than 17 years in federal prison for child pornography. During a search of Robert E. Godsey’s home in 2014, special agents with the Department of Homeland Security found a computer in his bedroom that contained images and videos of minors engaged in sex acts, including images of children under 12. On the same day, Godsey provided a videotaped statement in which he admitted collecting and trading the images and videos with other collectors of child pornography via the Internet. He pleaded guilty to distribution of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, receipt of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of visual depictions of prepubescent minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. He was sentenced Friday to 210 months in prison.

ALTON > Two killed in train incidents are identiied • Authorities identiied on Monday two men who were killed in separate train accidents in Illinois on Sunday. Henry D. Bloodworth, 80, of Alton, was the man killed when an Amtrak train hit a truck at a crossing in Alton about 9:30 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. The truck was hit broadside on the driver’s side. None of the crew members or 256 passengers aboard the train was hurt. David Waltz, 71, of Vandalia, was killed when he was struck by a westbound CSX freight train as he was standing on a track about 4 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. Waltz was struck at Eighth and Main streets in Vandalia. ST. LOUIS COUNTY > Teen accused of stealing snake • A St. Louis County teen is accused of slithering out of an exotic pet store with a snake stufed into his sweatshirt. Zachary W. Whitener, 17, of the 300 block of Carr Manor Court near Ballwin, was charged March 6 with a felony count of stealing an animal. His bail was set at $5,000. St. Louis County police say a ball python snake was swiped Nov. 5 from the Exotic Amphibian and Reptile Center, 343 Lemay Ferry Road. A store employee witnessed the theft, which was also captured by store surveillance cameras, according to court records. Police say Whitener removed a python from an aquarium and hid it in the front pocket of his Whitener sweatshirt before leaving the store. The store owner got a tip from someone who saw surveillance video of the theft, and a store worker identiied Whitener in a photo lineup. Whitener was not in custody Monday.

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THE WAGE TRAP Our view • From ‘right-towork’ to the ‘servant economy.’ Two Mondays ago, Scott Walker, the governor of Wisconsin and a fast-rising Republican star, signed a “right-to-work” bill into law in his state, calling it “one more tool that will help grow goodpaying, family-supporting jobs here in the state of Wisconsin.” In fact, if experience from other right-to-work states is any indicator, it’s likely to do just the opposite. It may, indeed, attract more jobs, but most of them won’t pay enough to support a family. The decline of America’s middle class in the past four decades is attributable to many factors, one of them being the decline in union membership; right-to-work depresses union membership further. It will decrease dues payments that unions tend to spend on candidates who support unions, most of whom are not Republicans. Missouri, largely because of good labor-management relations in St. Louis, remains a union shop state. But only 8.4 percent of workers in Missouri belong to a union. Wisconsin’s union membership rate in 2014 was 11.7 percent. Wisconsin’s median household income of $52,413 is 9.6 percent higher than Missouri’s $47,380. Now that Wisconsin is a right-to-work state, perhaps it will sink closer to Missouri. But let’s assume Mr. Walker is correct and employers start adding jobs in Wisconsin. According to MIT’s invaluable Living Wage Calculator, a full-time job would have to pay $19.66 an hour to support a family of two adults and two children living in Milwaukee County, from which Mr. Walker hails. That assumes one parent stays home to care for the kids. To cover child care, a single parent with two kids would need $27.55 an hour. A full-time worker at the Harley-Davidson motorcycle engine plant in suburban Milwaukee gets $30.50 to $38 an hour. But those are highly prized union jobs, and the company has been downsizing and demanding wage concessions. Now that Wisconsin is a right-to-work state, they may get harder to come by. By comparison, Texas — a ferociously right-to-work state that has led the nation in job growth since the beginning of the 20072009 recession — reported a median hourly wage of $12.82 for men in 2013. For women, it was $11.11. A single mother of two in Houston would need two of those full-time jobs to earn the $23.06 hourly wage that MIT says she needs for a living wage. There is no law, not even the law of supply and demand, that says non-living wages have to be the norm. These are political choices. They are choices that are made when people like Scott Walker and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry are elected to office, often with the help of people falling out of the middle class. (Though to be fair to Mr. Walker, when he ran for re-election last year, he said that he had no interest in pursuing right-to-work in 2015. But when the Legislature passed it, he signed it). Low wages, and wage stagnation, were choices made when Congress passed tax bills and trade agreements that made it easier to send jobs overseas without first securing better job options at home. Low wages are the choice that is made when workers don’t stand up for each other. When they turn down a chance to unionize. When they cross picket lines. When they won’t pay another 25 cents for a hamburger. When they Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker don’t pay attention. Low wages are the choice that is made when schools aren’t fully funded; when prekindergarten classes aren’t made available, when higher education budgets are cut. Low wages are the choice when those dollars are spent instead on “incentives” for companies that don’t create good jobs. Low wages are the choice when lawmakers refuse to expand Medicare in Missouri and pump money into an industry that keeps people healthier. Low wages are the choice when Congress won’t raise the $7.25 federal minimum wage much less consider the Obama administration’s $10.10 an hour proposal. Since 1979, worker productivity in the United States has risen 650 percent. In terms of buying power, the mean level of compensation for that work is up 8 percent. Gains have been raked off by executive-level employees and shareholders. This was made possible by policy choices. The people who paid attention and invested in politicians and public policy gained. Given job growth in the past months, and the declining unemployment rate, it should follow that wages would be climbing. For the most part, this hasn’t happened, though companies like WalMart and Aetna insurance have begun boosting wages. The official unemployment count may be down, but there are vast numbers of people who haven’t looked for work in the past four weeks, and they’re depressing wages. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that by 2022, threefourths of all U.S. jobs will require a high school education or less. Nearly all of them will be low-wage service industry jobs. Some experts have gone so far as to suggest that a new “servant economy” is emerging, an upstairs/downstairs model made possible by the extraordinary gains of the few and the desperation of the many. America needs another “Great Awakening,” not a religious one this time, but an economic one. The country must make better choices, and the people who have been sent downstairs are going to have to make them.

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YOUR VIEWS • LETTERS FROM OUR READERS Close the divide between black and white The word Ferguson is a group of letters that denote a place on a map. The people that reside there are basically no different than people in any other community. In Ferguson and every other community in America, there is a divide between black and white. Neither side tries very hard to enter the huge gray area between them. For every black man who throws bricks and starts fires, there are a thousand trying to earn a living and feed their kids. For every white man who writes racist emails or participates in a vulgar municipal court system, there are a thousand trying to earn a living and feed their kids. We need a gray world where black people vote regularly and try to treat the police respectfully. We need a gray world where white people attend black churches and hold their farmers markets on Canfield Drive. The gray world has black couples who speak at schools about the importance of marriage, abstinence and birth control. The gray world has communities who pay their white police oicers to walk through black neighborhoods and smile and listen. The gray world has black families who encourage their children to think about law enforcement as a career, and white families who encourage their children to teach in lowincome neighborhoods. Or, black people can continue to live in a parallel universe that puts down the kind of behavior called “acting white,” and white people can move to their parallel universe farther and farther away from black people. Everything in life is not in a fixed position in black or white. The answers, and the meaningful changes we need, are in the gray area. Kevin Walsh • Maplewood

To protect police, ban protests from dusk to dawn The shootings of police in Ferguson under cover of darkness clearly give ample reason for a dusk-todawn ban on protest assemblies. With the coming of spring and daylight saving time, there are enough daylight hours for exercising our rights of speech and assembly without putting the police at undue risk. Richard Mayer • University City

Article rightly mentions Oicer Wilson’s innocence In reading the article “Gunfire after resignation” (March 12), I would like to compliment Christine Byers. After mentioning “a white officer, Darren Wilson, shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old, in a street confrontation,” she went on to write, “A state grand jury declined to indict Wilson, and the Justice Department separately concluded the officer was under attack and justified to shoot.” In all fairness, the fact that two separate investigations found Wilson should not be charged with any wrongdoing should be attached when the Brown-Wilson confrontation is mentioned. Fred Busse • Weldon Spring

Oicer’s essay helps us relate to others’ pain Regarding the front-page article Friday reporting the tragic killing of 6-year-old Marcus Johnson and the essay, written by Officer Donald Re, concerning this incident: I have often wondered what would happen if some of the reports of senseless mayhem committed in less-aluent areas were reported on the front page rather than listed inside the paper? Friday, all who read the news story and its accompanying essay had a chance to collectively grieve such a tragic, senseless loss and its efect on the oicers and medics who arrived on the scene. Deepest thanks to Officer Re for his heartfelt essay, allowing the readers of the Post-Dispatch to emotionally relate to the pain suffered by so many of our citizens. To quote the last lines of the essay:

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“This is all too sad, and it needs to stop. Someone please figure out how.” Charlene Gordon Schneider • St. Louis County

Holder remakes Ferguson The name of the city of Ferguson should be changed now to ERICHOLDERVILLE. All caps — to shout it out to the world. Once the speeding tickets, the “manner of walking” tickets, the illegal parking tickets, the police department, the city courts and the city administration are gone, the city will become a model for the world to emulate. So action should be taken now to, in perpetuity, commemorate and remind us of who made it happen. Mr. Holder should not be allowed to slip off the stage without this proper and forever recognition. Tom Lawrence • Ballwin

Stadium investment is in state’s best interest As a MBA student specializing in the area of project management, I support the state and local effort to build a new football stadium for the Rams. Building a new stadium will revitalize the city and state’s economic infrastructure. The Edward Jones Dome is an asset for the region. Nobody is suggesting to destroy it. Rather, it will be used for its original purpose: as a convention center. The new stadium will give the convention center the ability to hold more conventions and the Rams to play simultaneously. The dome and the proposed stadium will generate tax revenue from conventions and sporting events in a more profitable way. From an investment perspective, it is in the state’s best interest to pursue the new St. Louis stadium. When members of the Legislature deliberate the final measure of the stadium, they should consider how the future revenue will help them and their constituents. Bernard Schaper • St. Louis County

Spellers show America’s ethnic richness After reading the names of children in the Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee, I was heartened to ponder the ethnic richness of American society to come. Gokul Venkatachalam, winner of the Anne Nelson • St. Louis 2015 Post-Dispatch Spelling Bee

Suicides are not event-driven Suicide occurs in the presence of depression, literally, the most common medical illness in the world. The illness is present in hard-working, seriousminded and responsible individuals. The illness is associated with insomnia, loss of appetite, crying spells, lack of energy, trouble concentrating, feelings of worthlessness, inappropriate guilt, persistent low moods (without relief), ineffectiveness at work, diminished interest in pleasure. There is a family history of depression and on occasion suicide. Depression most often lasts six months to two years. The illness most often is once in a lifetime. If one stays alive and out of irrevocable problems, recovery is virtually assured. The message is that the illness can be readily recognized and treated. Suicide can be prevented. The illness, not life events, is the source of suicide. Dr. Edwin Wolfgram • St. Louis

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Keaveny’s bill would allow the guilty to escape justice

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Criminal justice • Measure tries to legislate the minute details of police procedure in ways not yet proven by science.

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BY DANIEL K. KNIGHT, ERIC G. ZAHND AND JENNIFER M. JOYCE

State Sen. Joe Keaveny’s commentary “Protecting against the dangers of wrongful convictions” (Feb. 6) contains some fundamental misunderstandings about current criminal procedures that could have serious consequences. Sen. Keaveny, D-St. Louis, lists several wrongful convictions yet fails to note that only a small fraction of cases end with the wrong person being convicted. Make no mistake. The conviction of an innocent person is a prosecutor’s worst nightmare. While one innocent person convicted is one too many, the good news is that it occurs very Joe Keaveny rarely — in only 0.004 percent of all cases prosecuted. That’s a success rate that doctors, car manufacturers, and nearly every other industry would envy. And when the rare mistake has occurred in Missouri, it was prosecutors who worked to secure the immediate release of the innocent individuals. Consider the cases cited by Sen. Keaveny. Johnnie Briscoe was exonerated by an investigation spearheaded completely by the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney. Lonnie Erby was freed upon a motion by the St. Louis city circuit attorney. Armand Villasana’s charges were voluntarily dismissed by the Greene County prosecuting attorney. Anthony Woods’ sentence was vacated upon agreement by the St. Louis city circuit attorney. Of course, we want to do everything reasonably possible to ensure that not a single innocent person is convicted. However, we must be careful to approach an issue that affects such a small portion of cases in a way that does not inadvertently affect the many guilty offenders we are trying to hold accountable. Unfortunately, Sen. Keaveny’s proposed legislation would have unintended ramifications that would allow the guilty to escape justice. Investigations and subsequent convictions rarely hinge on any single piece of evidence. Often one piece of evidence merely leads to the discovery of another piece Hosie L. Taylor of incriminating evidence. Consider this example from St. Louis County: In 2012, Hosie Taylor killed his girlfriend and set her home on fire. While fleeing the scene, he was identified by a neighbor child from a standard photo array with six photos in two rows of three. Once identified, he was arrested and his car was impounded and searched. Taylor’s DNA matched the DNA found under the victim’s nails and the semen in her vagina, and her blood was found in his car. He made a statement to the police, trying to minimize his involvement. He eventually pleaded guilty to murder in the second degree and was sentenced to life in prison plus seven years. Under Sen. Keaveny’s bill, the eyewitness identification of Taylor would become illegal. The bill attempts to legislate the minute details of police procedure in ways not yet proven by science. It is an area scientists are studying carefully, but where no consensus has emerged. Missouri should not mandate eyewitness identification procedures until science tells us what process is most reliable. Had Sen. Keaveny’s plans been in place at the time of this murder, the neighbor child could not have legally identified Taylor in the photo array and the subsequent investigation leading to a conviction may never have occurred. Sen. Keaveny’s other bill encourages recorded interrogations. That’s a good thing, and because of the efforts of Missouri’s prosecutors and law enforcement officers, it’s already the law. Prosecutors and our law enforcement colleagues drafted and supported the current recorded interrogation statute six years ago. We are not aware of any issues that have arisen with the application of this statute. The law works well, and we suggest it be expanded to all felonies against persons, something Sen. Keaveny’s bill would not do. Prosecutors are continually looking for ways to improve the criminal justice system.That’s why we have launched a Best Practices Initiative to study and promote ways to improve the efficiency and protect the integrity of the criminal justice system. We are working with Missouri’s law enforcement officers and victims’ advocates to ensure that every citizen in Missouri receives the highest level of prosecution services possible. This approach, not the cumbersome legislative process, is the path toward even better criminal justice outcomes. We are hopeful Sen. Keaveny will support that effort. We are confident he wants the same thing we do — to seek justice for the guilty and the innocent. Daniel K. Knight is president of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and Boone County prosecuting attorney. Eric G. Zahnd is chair of the Missouri Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Best Practices Committee and Platte County prosecuting attorney. Jennifer M. Joyce is St. Louis circuit attorney.

AP Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at Georgetown University in Washington.

Email episode • She didn’t want anyone snooping around her virtual ile cabinet. KATHLEEN PARKER Washington Post

On March 2, the story broke that Hillary Clinton had possibly violated email regulations while secretary of state. You could almost hear the collective gasp in Washington: Oh, no, here we go again. But then the next evening, Clinton was feted at the EMILY’S List 30th Anniversary Gala dinner as though nothing had happened. Only the trumpets were missing from what felt like her coronation as the Democratic presidential nominee and, possibly, the next president of the United States. Fast-forward a dozen days and Clinton’s position in the presidential sweepstakes seems less assured, her inevitability not so inevitable. The most perplexing question isn’t about the emails themselves, but why she put everything at risk over such a small detail, declining to segregate her personal and business email. There can only be one answer and it isn’t “convenience,” as Clinton claims. Think of another word that begins with the letter C: control. Clinton claims she opted for the convenience of one cellphone and a personal server — rather than use a government-issued phone for business and another device for personal matters. Too much stuff to lug around? So the whole question of her conduct as secretary of state boils down to a few ounces of electronic equipment. Hate to say it, but only a woman could come up with such an excuse. It’s all about the purse.

Plainly, Clinton didn’t want anyone snooping around her virtual file cabinet, and who does? But this isn’t the point. When you are secretary of state and are mulling a run for president, you steer clear of anything and anyone remotely questionable. No one should know this better. Questions that merit serious consideration include whether the Clinton server was secure. Hillary insists that it was because her New York home, where the server lives, is protected by the Secret Service. Given the optional sobriety of agents these days, this is less than reassuring. Then, too, hacking doesn’t require on-site handling. Here’s the real muddle for Clinton. Whether her server suffered no breaches — and whether there’s nothing in those 32,000 deleted personal emails — matters little. In politics, you’re guilty as perceived. It looks bad. Most likely this error (rather than crime) is a function of remoteness more than dishonesty. The Clintons have been around so long, they are the essence of bubble life. Removed from the hubbub of ordinary existence — escorted, driven, valeted, catered to, styled, fluffed and obeyed — being Clinton means never having to hear the word “no.” It must be easy to forget that you have to live by the same rules as everyone else. This is a concept the Clintons have never fully accepted. One can understand, given their extended public life — and the hyper-scrutiny under which they live — that they might seek to erect high walls around their private lives. Fame and celebrity breed not just insularity but also paranoia. Maybe there’s nothing of interest in those personal emails, but how would we know? Team Clinton handpicked the

“personals” and now they’re deleted, thus creating the impression that she is hiding something. The Clintons always seem to be hiding something. Not so much holding their cards close to the chest as kicking the body back behind the dust ruffle. Even though investigations into every “gate” associated with them in the past — Travelgate, Filegate, Troopergate, you-name-it-gate — failed to produce much more than a blue dress, there seemed to be something not quite right. And now there’s this. Not illegal per se, but not quite right. Clinton says she figured that because all her communications to state staff went to the .gov server, they automatically would have gone into storage as required. True, but what about the rest? What’s in those deleted emails? Don’t we imagine that personal and business often overlap in the Clinton Rolodex? Adding to the suspicion is that the 55,000 pages of emails that Clinton did turn over to the State Department surfaced only after the House select committee investigating Benghazi requested her correspondence about the attack. Would she have turned them over anyway? Maybe. Still and again, it doesn’t look good. And the entire mess serves as a reminder of a movie we’ve seen before — and it wasn’t so great the first time. Whether this episode proves fatal remains to be seen, but we won’t hear the end of it until every note of condolence, yoga date and wedding plan is known to someone other than Hillary.

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A GOP adrift Politics • Opposition to Obama — rather than any set of ideas, values or principles — is the party’s North Star. EUGENE ROBINSON Washington Post

It’s been just a few weeks since Republicans took full control of Congress, but already it is safe to say they have no earthly idea of what they want to accomplish. What we’re seeing is not just a bit of sputtering before the GOP machine cranks up and begins to systematically fulfill its governing plan. There is no plan. Republican majorities in both the House and Senate are so out of control that they’ve managed a feat once thought impossible: They make the Democratic Party look like a model of unity and discipline. House Speaker John Boehner has never really been in charge of his caucus. But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was supposed to be a masterful orchestrator, a consummate dealmaker, a skillful herder of cats. So far, he is looking, well, kind of Boehneresque. McConnell should be deeply embarrassed that a mere freshman, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., could invite widespread ridicule by convincing 46 of his colleagues (including McConnell himself) to sign a dangerously inappropriate letter to the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran. At once bellicose and patronizing, the letter threatens to undo any agreement President Obama may reach on limiting the Iranian nuclear program. It is one thing for a rookie senator, perhaps impressed with his new status, to decide he can barge into sensitive international negotiations that are clearly the president’s to conduct. But to convince so many others to go

along with such a bad idea suggests a disturbing lack of adult supervision. Predictably, Senate Republicans who signed Cotton’s missive have had to spend days explaining why. The better question, in my view, is how: Specifically, how could McConnell allow his majority to be hijacked in this manner? Not that McConnell showed any greater ability to control events during the long and pointless fight over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Senate Democrats remained united throughout — and, in the end, Republicans who had hoped to reverse Obama’s executive actions on immigration had to capitulate. McConnell, a master of the Senate’s arcane procedures, was reduced to complaining about how the mean old Democrats were using the rules to get their way. Did McConnell allow the scenario to play out as a way of teaching House Republicans the limits of their power? If so, it was a triumph of hope over experience. We’ve seen this movie again and again, and it always ends the same way: with the House leadership apparently shocked to learn it takes 60 votes to get anything done in the Senate. For all the post-election talk about how the GOP was going to show the nation it is capable of governing, by now it is clear that many Republicans in Congress do not share this goal. Since Republicans do not hold the White House or veto-proof majorities in either chamber, governing requires compromise. Refusing to make the compromises needed to pass mandatory legislation, such as budget appropriations, leads to self-inflicted wounds such as government shutdowns for which Congress is blamed. These are not difficult concepts to

grasp. Yet many House Republicans — either for ideological reasons or because they fear inviting a primary challenge from the right — will not compromise at all. They find it more advantageous or satisfying to vote 50-plus times to repeal all or part of Obamacare, knowing they have no chance of succeeding, rather than look for ways to make the program work better for their constituents. That explains Boehner’s ineffectiveness. But what about McConnell’s? Why hasn’t he taken the reins? One reason is the number of Republican senators who are thinking about running for president. Opposition to Obama — rather than any set of ideas, values or principles — is the party’s North Star. So if a letter that seeks to torpedo the president’s Middle East policy is circulating in the Senate cloakroom, anyone thinking about the Iowa caucuses is going to sign on. Another reason might be that McConnell is simply a better counterpuncher than initiator. Or perhaps he just needs to rethink his approach. His failure to get a single Democrat to defect on the Homeland Security votes should convince him that if he is going to be effective in leading the Senate, something’s going to have to change. As things stand, it is possible to argue that the most capable field marshals in Congress are Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. Which makes you wonder just what in the world the Republican Party thinks it might be accomplishing. Eugene Robinson eugenerobinson@washpost.com Copyright the Washington Post


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Death Notice Index Allen, Joan B. - St. Louis Behan, Pat - O'Fallon, MO Block, Virginia C. - O'Fallon, MO Brinkmann - see Hodge Brusca, Mary Lou - Hazelwood Burnham, Thomas E. - Herculaneum Chasteen, Albert L. - St. Charles Chiotti - see Moreno Daniels, Ruth J. - St. Louis Dean, Venita Barton - St. Louis

DeCheff, Jean Lee (Podesva) - Overland Park, KS Devereux, William J. "Bill" - St. Louis DeVore, James R. - St. Louis Ebeling - see Eckert

Eckert, Martha "Marty" Elizabeth - St. Louis Eldridge, Charles "Chuck Ryan" - St. Louis Etheridge, LTC. William R. (Ret.) - St. Louis Fletcher, Eleanor H. - St. Louis Fronckewicz, Louise "Anne" - O'Fallon, MO Germanese, Mary Grace - St. Louis Gibson, Ellen Leona (Elliott) - St. Louis Goldfarb, Melvin J. - St. Louis Hailey - see Kolb Hanneken, Edwin J. - St. Louis

Harris, Richard A. - San Antonio, TX, formerly of Waverly, MO Heidenreich, Clarence F. - St. Louis Hennen, Verna M. - St. Louis

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DeCheff, Jean Lee (Podesva)

Eldridge, Charles "Chuck Ryan"

Fronckewicz, Louise "Anne"

83, resident of SeniorCare Homes, Overland Park, KS, died March 13, 2015. Jean was born on May 28, 1931 in Butler County, Missouri, near Poplar Bluff. She grew up and graduated from high school in St. Louis, MO. Following her education she enjoyed working at the famous Miss Hulling's Cafeteria in downtown St. Louis. During this time she met her husband of 60 years, Michael DeCheff, Jr while attending a dance held at Scott Air Force Base, Belleville, IL. They were married on October 10, 1951 at the Scott AFB chapel. Mike and Jean began their family with the first daughter born in St. Louis, MO and the second daughter born in Belleville, IL. In 1969, the family moved to Kansas City, MO as a result of her husband's AT&T job transfer. While Mike and Jean resided in Platte County- a place they called home for 43 yearstheir family grew further still with two sons-in-law and three grandchildren. During those years Jean was active in the Northland New Neighbors League, University of Missouri Extension Homemakers and the ladies group at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. Her hobbies were crafting, sewing, and flower gardening. Jean enjoyed being a homemaker for her family. She loved reading books to and playing with her grandchildren when they were young. Her joy in decorating for every season and holiday brought warmth to her home and family. Jean is preceded in death by her husband, Michael DeCheff, Jr and her parents, Charles and Jewell (Davidson) Podesva. She is survived by her brother, Joseph Podesva and her sister, Dorothy (Podesva) Davis and husband, Ron Davis of the St. Louis Area; her daughters, Susan (DeCheff) Anderson and husband, Richard Anderson of Platte City, MO; Sharon (DeCheff) VanCleave and husband, Jack VanCleave of Weatherby Lake, MO; and three grandchildren: Crystal (Anderson) Taylor and husband, James Taylor of Owasso, OK; Brittany (Anderson) Wolfe and husband, Devin Wolfe of Kansas City, MO; and Michael Anderson of Platte City, MO. Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Association. Services: The family visitation will take place at Terrace Park Funeral Home, 801 NW 108th St. (169 Hwy & Shoal Creek Pkwy) Kansas City, MO 64155 on Friday, March 20th from 12:30pm to 2:00pm. A graveside service will follow the visitation.

Sunday, March 15, 2015. Loving son of Joyce J. Eldridge and the late Charles H. Eldridge; cherished brother of Andrew Perry Eldridge; beloved grandson of the late Evelyn A. and Eugene R. Allison and dearest and loving friend to many. Charles Ryan was a graduate of Mehlville High School in 1989. He was a gifted entertainer who touched many lives through his music and his love. He will be deeply missed. Services: Funeral at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd., Thursday, March 19, 1:00 p.m. Interment Lakeview Memorial Gardens. Visitation Wednesday, 4-8 p.m.

Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on March 15, 2015 at the age of 80. Dear wife of the late Francis Fronckewicz; dear mother of Dana (Don) Ellebracht, Eileen Mullins, Kathleen (James Morrow) Tayloe; dear grandma of Christy (Jayson) LeRoy, Joel (Bethany Beccue) Tayloe, Angela (Andrew Welker) Mullins, Sean Mullins; dear great-grandma of Isabella & Zoe LeRoy and Remington Welker. Services: The Stygar Family of Funeral Service is caring for Anne's family. Funeral Friday, March 20 at 9:15 a.m. from the STYGAR MID RIVERS Funeral Home and Crematory, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr., (St. Charles) to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1355 Motherhead Rd., Cottleville, MO for a 10:00 A.M. Celebration of Mass. Interment National Cemetery Jefferson Barracks Cemetery. Visitation Thursday, March 19 from 3:00 until 8:00 P.M. www.stygar.com

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Allen, Joan B. (nee Deck) Asleep in Jesus Sunday, March 15, 2015. Beloved wife of Samuel Allen; dear mother of William (Melanie) and Len (Loretta) and late Samantha Jean Allen; dear grandmother of Joshua and Samantha; our dear sister, sister-in-law and aunt. Services: Mrs. Allen in-state at KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois, Wednesday, March 18, 3-8 p.m. then taken to Martin Luther Church (10151 Sappington Rd. 63128) for services Thursday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. Interment Oak Hill Cemetery. Contributions to Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Center appreciated.

Burnham, Thomas E.

Dean, Venita Barton

on Sunday, March 15, 2015. Loving husband of Sharon Burnham (nee Ramsey); loving father of Sheryl (Frank) Ponzer and Shelly and Thomas Burnham; loving grandfather of Tyler, Connor and Dylan; dear brother of Robert (Linda) Burnham and Cathy (Chris) Markiewicz; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Services: Funeral at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd. on Thursday, March 19, 12 p.m. Interment St. Trinity Cemetery. Visitation Wednesday 4-8 p.m.

Venita was born in Leachville, Arkansas on March 17, 1931. Dear daughter of the late John Henry and Matrey Molly (nee Bruce) Chipman. The beloved wife of the late Lonnie Lee Barton. She passed away March 10, 2015 at the West County Care Center at the age of 83. Dear Mother of Brenda Michel of St. Louis, Daryl L. Barton of Van Buren, Lonnie and Janice Barton of Galena, Shirley and Art Morrison of St. Louis, Wilma and Joe Dirkers of St. Louis, Laura and Heriem Johnson of St. Louis, Donna Barton of St. Louis, Frances and James Beard of Bonne Terre, and the late Connie Barton (deceased 2009) and Donald Barton (deceased 2013). Dear Grandmother of 21, Dear Great Grandmother of 47 and Great Great Grandmother of two. Dear Sister of Wilma Grooms of California, Lloyd and Sercey Chipman of Orlando, Florida, Alice Looney of Van Buren, and Josephine Ward of Hot Springs, Arkansas. Dear Aunt. Venita was a member of the Van Buren Baptist Church, DAVA Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, South Side Coalition, the first president of the Lafayette Square Restoration Association, and the the first paid crossing guard. Services: Memorial Service Tuesday, March 17, 2015. Visitation 12:00 until service time beginning at 2:00 p.m. at McLaughlin Funeral Home, 2301 Lafayette Ave. St. Louis, MO 63104 Interment: Private burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

Chasteen, Albert L. Behan, Pat of O'Fallon, MO, died on Saturday March 14, 2015, at the age of 68. Loving wife of Arthur Christopher Behan; beloved daughter of James Carroll and Gertrude Estelle Abell; devoted mother of Chris (Tracie) Behan; cherished grandmother of Bryce Behan and Erin Behan; dear sister of Jim (Lisa) Abell, Judy (Tom) Walsh, and Rick Abell. Dear aunt, great aunt, cousin, and friend to many. Services: The family is being served by the Baue Funeral and Memorial Center, 3950 West Clay Street, St. Charles, MO where a visitation will be held on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, March 18, 2015 10:30 a.m. at Assumption of the B.V.M. Catholic Church. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorials to St. Jude's Children's Hospital. Visit Baue.com

Friday, March 13, 2015. A member of law enforcement for 25 years. Survived by wife, 4 children and 7 step-children, sister and best friend. Celebration of life April 11, 2-6 p.m. at Wapelhorst Park, 1875 Muegge Rd., St. Charles, MO 63303.

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Brusca, Mary Lou (nee Roth) fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church Sunday, March 15, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Robert D. Brusca; dearest mother of Carol (Jim) Dempster, Daniel (Kathy), David (Deb) Brusca and the late Paul (survived by Elizabeth) and Philip Brusca; sister of Cathy Peek; our dear grandmother, great-grandmother, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend of many. Services: Funeral Wednesday, March 18, 9 a.m. from COLLIER'S Funeral Home 3400 N. Lindbergh Blvd. (St. Ann) to St. Martin De Porres Parish 615 Dunn Rd. (Hazelwood) for 9:30 a.m. Mass. Interment Sacred Heart Cemetery. Masses preferred. Visitation Tuesday 4-8 p.m. www.colliersfuneralhome.com

(nee Hilbun), on Wednesday, March 11, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Dwight Daniels; dear mother of Deborra (Rick) Duncan, Denise (Ron) Chappuis, Deanne Daniels and Dana (Jason) Daniels; beloved grandma of Teresa, Kimberly, Nicole, Hannah, Miranda, McKenzie, Summer and Paige; dear great-grandma of Matthew, Ellisen Ruth, Caleb, Avery and AJ; dear sister-in-law of Beth (Robert) Lake; our dear aunt, cousin and friend to many. Services: Visitation at KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, on Saturday, March 21, 2 p.m, until memorial service at 4 p.m. If desired, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice of St. Louis.

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Devereux, William J. "Bill" Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Monday, March 16, 2015 in Columbia, MO at the age of 95. Beloved husband of the late Adrienne R. Devereux (nee Campion) beloved father of Diane (Ken) Terry, Denise Holdorf and Paul (Liza) Devereux, dear grandfather of Michele, Brian, Amanda, Tara, Austin, Carissa, Elise, Meghan and Samuel; dear great grandfather of 6; dear brother of Margaret McDaniel and the late Celestine Leahy, Charles Devereux and Sister Ann Celestine O.P.; dear uncle, cousin and dear friend to many. Veteran of the Battle of the Bulge as a member of the 4th Infantry. Bill was a life long Cardinal fan and an avid Notre Dame Football fan. Services: Funeral Thursday 9:30 a.m. from JOHN L. ZIEGENHEIN & SONS, 7027 Gravois to St. Michael the Archangel Church (Shrewsbury) for 10:00 a.m. Mass. Interment: Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital appreciated. VISITATION: WEDNESDAY 5-8 P.M.

Etheridge, LTC. William R. (Ret.)

Germanese, Mary Grace

Passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015. Loving son of Rachel McChesney; cherished father of Jonathan and Christopher Etheridge and their mother Paula Algya; dear brother of Wanda (William) Caulk, and the late Shirley (Dan, survives) Dandino; loving partner-companion of Marsha Mitchell and stepfather of Asher and Drue Smith; and dear uncle, cousin and friend of many. Bill was a highly decorated member of the US Air Force and spent over 30 years on both active and reserve duty, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. For over 20 years he served with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations and was the commander of an elite protective service and antiterrorism team protecting dignitaries both in the US and overseas. For his service, Bill was named the OSI Special Agent of the Year. Bill was very proud of his service with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department as a patrolman in the 3rd and 6th Districts. He also worked for the federal government prior to his position as the Director of Corporate Security at Maritz. Bill was the driving force in creating the Corporate Security Advisors Association, he was a long-time member of the Overseas Security Advisory Council, earned his Bachelor's Degree from St. Louis University and was a graduate of the Air Force Special Operations Academy and Air War College. Bill's latest passion was Team Backstoppers, the cycling team he established in demonstration of his commitment to both the Backstoppers organization and the uniformed Police Officers throughout the St. Louis area. What many will remember most about Bill, is his selflessness. He was a patriot and a great man whose presence will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Services: Funeral at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 5255 Lemay Ferry Road, on Thursday, March 19, 10:00 a.m. Interment with Full Military honors at J.B. National Cemetery. Memorials to the Backstoppers organization, appreciated. Visitation Wednesday, 3:00-9:00 p.m.

baptized into the hope of Christ's resurrection, Friday, March 13, 2015 at age 90. Beloved wife of the late Vincent Germanese, loving mother of Fran Schuster, Julie Germanese-Clark and the late Vince Germanese and Norm Germanese, dear mother-in-law of Jenni Germanese, dear grandmother of Jim (Katie) Germanese, Joe Germanese, Jessica Germanese, Christy (Jason) Sales, Bob Schuster, Michael Clark and John Clark, loving great grandmother of Annabelle Germanese, Teddy Germanese and Grace Sales, beloved sister of Virginia Roberts, Mike (Lora Mae) Lombardi, Bob (Kathy) Lombardi and the late Ann Hamilos and Dolores Mort, dear aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend to many. Mrs. Germanese was an avid Cardinal fan, enjoyed bowling, gardening, playing Bridge, she was an excellent cook and baker. She volunteered many years for NAMI. Services: Funeral from the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Friday, 10:00 a.m. to St. Anselm Catholic Parish 530 S. Mason Road, Creve Coeur for 10:30 a.m. Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Louis University High School Germanese Family Scholarship, 4970 Oakland Avenue St. Louis, MO 63110 or to NAMI Independence Center (National Alliance of Mental Illness), 4245 Forest Park Ave., St. Louis, MO 63108. Visitation Thursday 4-8 p.m. Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.

Gibson, Ellen Leona (Elliott)

Fletcher, Eleanor H.

DeVore, James R. 56, on Sun., Mar. 15, 2015. Beloved husband of Mary (nee Duddy) DeVore; loving father of Christopher, Megan, Michael (Cindy), Danielle, and Sara (Timothy); brother of Joan, Kathleen and Anita; grandfather of 11; cousin, uncle, and friend to many. Services: Visitation 4-8 Fri. Funeral from ALEXANDER-WHITE-MULLEN Funeral Home Sat. 11am. Interment Mount Lebanon Cemetery. Contributions suggested to American Lung Assoc. Condolences may be sent to www.alexanderstlouis.com.

Eckert, Martha "Marty" Elizabeth Passed away on the 15th of March 2015 at the age of 75 in the presence of her loving family. Dear wife of the late Jack and devoted mother (mother-in-law) to Vicki (Chris) Mueller, John (Susie) Eckert Jr., Kathleen "Happy" (Mike) Burke and Kevin (Erika) Eckert, and enthusiastic grandmother to Bradley and Alex Mueller, Emily and Paul Eckert, Elizabeth and Emma Burke, and Ethan and Aidan Eckert. Loving sister to John Ebeling and Margo (Ebeling) Brady and Aunt to Michael (Melissa) Ebeling and Laura (Ryan) Zehl and sister-in-law to Pat (Joe) Pelch. Dear daughter of the late Joseph and Marcella Ebeling. Marty, throughout her life in the St. Louis area, was committed and dedicated to family and friends, her spirituality and many community organizations. Services: A private burial will be held for family followed by a memorial service at St. Gerard Majella on Tuesday March 17th at 1pm, located at 1969 Dougherty Ferry Road in Kirkwood MO. Memorial contributions, in lieu of flowers, preferred to St. Gerard Majella "light the lot campaign" (address above) and Backstoppers www.backstoppers.org.

(nee Hansen) age 94, on Sat., March 14, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Stephen Fletcher, dear mother of Susan Fitzpatrick and the late Melanie Schaufert, dear grandmother of Ryan (Rachel) Fitzpatrick, Alyssa (Steven) Randman, Christy Rawls (Rolf Gelert), Matthew (Lindsay) Schaufert, dear great-grandmother of Athena, Aurora, Tommy, Liam, Amelia and Scarlett, dear aunt and dear friend to many. She was the owner and manager of her own marketing research company, Field Service, Inc. for over 35 years. Services: Memorial service Sat., March 21, 10 a.m. at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Webster Groves.

5/12/1920 - 3/15/2015 Ellen Leona "Toots" Gibson, age 94, passed away peacefully at The Quarters at Des Peres nursing home on March 15, 2015. Leona was pre-deceased by her parents, her husband Virgil Gibson, her son Amby Gibson, a grandson Kent Gibson and 11 siblings. She is survived by a sister, Jane Nord (Earl), of St. Louis, Missouri, 2 grandchildren, Lisa Johnson (Mike) & Kevin Gibson, 5 great-grandchildren and 5 greatgreat grandchildren. Cousin, aunt and friend. Ellen was originally from Potosi, Missouri and lived in St. Louis and more recently at Gambrill Gardens retirement home in Ellisville. Special thanks to Linda Brent, a dear family friend who was always there for Ellen. A special thanks to the wonderful staff at The Quarters at Des Peres, who gave her outstanding care in her last days. Services: Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the O'Sullivan-Muckle Funeral Home, 13996 Olive Street Road, Chesterfield, Mo. A funeral service will be held at O'Sullivan-Muckle at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2015.

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At nuclear talks, Iran brings up GOP’s letter of warning ASSociAted PreSS

LAUSANNe, SwitzerLANd • Iranian diplomats twice con-

fronted their American counterparts about an open letter from Republican senators who warned that any nuclear deal could expire the day President Barack Obama leaves office, U.S. officials said Monday. The officials, noting the administration’s warnings when the letter first surfaced, said the GOP intervention was a new issue in the tense negotiations facing an end-of-month deadline for a framework agreement. The letter came up in nuclear talks Sunday between senior U.S. and Iranian negotiators, the oicials said, and the Iranians raised it again in discussions Monday led by Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Goldfarb, Melvin J. age 91, died peacefully on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. Loving son of the late Sol and Sarah Goldfarb of Wood River, IL. Loyal to both his twin brother, the late Jack Goldfarb, and to his older brother, the late Irvin Goldfarb. Dear father to his daughter, Abbe and to his son, Judd. Mr. Goldfarb was predeceased by his daughter, Lynda. Grandfather of nine and great-grandfather of four. Loving uncle to Marc (Holiday) Goldfarb, Lawrence (Deborah) Goldfarb, and Joanne (Ronald) Lefcourt, all of St. Louis, MO as well as to Alan (Jane E. Mayer) Bearman of Providence, RI. Attentive great-uncle to Matthew Goldfarb and Allison Goldfarb, Sean (Melissa) Donegan, Ryan Donegan, Megan Donegan, Molly (Steven) Gossin, Claire (Matthew) Leffler, Lori Meg Lefcourt, and Elise Lefcourt. A dear friend to Marty Hyatt and George Spooner. Mr. Goldfarb moved to Beverly Hills, CA in 2000 to enjoy his final years with the love of his life, his beloved fiancee, Diane Marks. He served his country proudly during World War II in the United States Army. Our sincere gratitude to the professional staff at Parc Provence for their daily and gentle care of Mr. Goldfarb. In lieu of flowers, memorials to a charity of the donor's choice appreciated. Service and funeral to be private.

Hanneken, Edwin J. fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Monday, March 16, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Evelyn Hanneken (nee Stallard); dear father of Sandy (Michael) Halperin, John (Dorina) Meyer and Jane (Bob) Rogers; dear grandfather of John Meyer, Louis Meyer, Robbie Halperin and Jacob Rogers; dear brother of Tom (Sally) Hanneken; our dear great-grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend. Mr. Hanneken was one of the original St. Louis County Sheriffs that were sworn in, in 1955, as a St. Louis County Policeman and he retired from St. Louis County Police Department as a Captain. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Friday, March 20, 9:45 a.m. to Seven Holy Founders Catholic Church for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Contributions to Backstoppers appreciated. Visitation Thursday 4-8 p.m.

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Zarif was quoted by Iranian state media after the meeting as saying the topics included the potential speed of a softening of U.S. economic sanctions and the new issue of the letter from the senators. “It is necessary that the stance of the U.S. administration be defined about this move,” he was quoted as saying. Kerry and Zarif met for nearly five hours in Lausanne, the start of several planned days of discussions. Most of the Iranians then departed for Brussels, where they were to meet with European negotiators. In Brussels, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said that “we are entering a crucial time, a crucial two weeks.” And German Foreign Minister FrankWalter Steinmeier said that after “more than 10 years of negotiations, we should seize this opportunity.”

Harris, Richard A.

of San Antonio, Texas died suddenly on March 12th, at the age of 74. Richard was born September 10, 1940 in Leavenworth, Kansas and grew up in Waverly, Missouri. He received his undergraduate degree in economics from William Jewell College, graduating as a member of the Phi Epsilon Honor Society before beginning his distinguished career with Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in St. Louis, Missouri in 1962. Richard began his career as an assistant staff manager and moved quickly through a series of management positions of increasing responsibility for revenue development and enhancement, eventually becoming the youngest Vice President for Revenues and Public Affairs in the history of the company. During his tenure at SBC, he became the Chairman of the Boards of the major unregulated subsidiaries, i.e., Southwestern Bell Yellow Pages, Southwestern Bell Mobile Systems, Southwestern Bell Freedom Phone and Southwestern Bell Telecom. In 1989, Richard was named Senior Executive Vice President of Southwestern Bell Corporation. He retired in 1994 after 32 years of service. In addition to his role as a Senior Executive of a Fortune 50 Company, Richard served on the Boards of Directors for Lindenwood College in Missouri, the St. Louis Zoo, and the Ecumenical Society of San Antonio. In his 21 years since retirement, Richard enjoyed travelling with Susan, fly fishing around the country, and collecting automobile memorabilia. He was comfortable in a Corporate Boardroom, a river in Colorado or attending a San Antonio Spurs game with his wife. Richard is survived by his wife, Susan Fox-Harris of San Antonio; his children, Diane Junger (Christopher) of St. Louis Missouri, Keith Harris (Catherine) of Atlanta, Georgia, Matthew Fox (Cory) of Leesburg, Virginia, and his brother Roger Harris of Kearney, Missouri. Six grandchildren that were the light of his life also survived him: Ashley, Austin, and Rachel Junger of St. Louis, Riley and Connor Harris of Atlanta, and Aidan Fox of Virginia. He was preced ed in death by his parents, Grey and Marjorie Harris and his first wife, Joan Harris. Richard's expressed wishes were not to have a memorial service and to be cremated through the Neptune Society. The family appreciates all of the kind thoughts and wonderful memories of Richard expressed by his family and friends. Any donations can be made to William Jewell College, Liberty, MO, noting that the donation is in memory of Richard A. Harris Class of '62.

Heidenreich, Clarence F. fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Beloved husband for 55 years of Diana (nee McMahan) Heidenreich. Loving father of Steven Heidenreich, June "Samm" Vohs and Mary (Kevin) Hussey and the late Theresa Heidenreich. Dear grandfather of Emily, Billy-Joe, Abigail, Benjamin, Lauren and Vivian. Dearest great grandfather of Luke and Joseph Nicholas. Clarence retired from McDonnell Douglas after 43 years and was a member of the National Guard for 24 years. Services: Funeral Services from STYGAR FLORISSANT CHAPEL & CREMATION CENTER, 13980 New Halls Ferry Rd., on Friday, March 20th at 9:45 a.m. and process to Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in West Alton, MO for 11 a.m. Mass. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Gateway Chapter, 1972 Innerbelt Business Center Drive, St. Louis, MO 63114. VISITATION THURSDAY 3-8 p.m. Online condolences and guestbook may be found at www.stygar.com

/obituaries Hennen, Verna M. (nee Clifton) on Sunday March 15, 2015. Beloved wife of Richard Hennen. Loving mother of the late Roger Vinita and stepmother of Damon Hennen. Dear sister of Curtis (Yukona) Clifton. Dear sister-in-law, aunt, and friend to many. Services: Visitation Wednesday March 18th, 9 a.m. until time of time of Funeral Service beginning at 10:30 a.m. at Bopp Chapel. Interment York Chapel Cemetery, Longtown, MO. www.boppchapel.com

GOP weighs increase in war funds to skirt Pentagon limits War spending is outside automatic ‘sequestration’ budget cuts ASSociAted PreSS

WASHINGTON • House Re-

publicans are considering adding tens of billions of dollars to President Barack Obama’s request for overseas military operations in an effort to get around tight limits on Pentagon spending. The move comes as Republicans are set to announce their latest budget plan. Obama requested $51 billion for Pentagon operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere, but GOP aides said Monday that party leaders were weighing figures above $90 billion — enough to surpass Obama’s proposal to spend $38 billion above the limits for the budget year beginning in October.

Hodge, Dorothy I.

(nee Politte), called home to God, Sunday, March 15, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Henry Hodge. Adoring mother of Robert "Bob" (Kim) Brinkmann. Dear sister, aunt and friend to many. Services: Funeral service will be held at the family's St. Albans Home, Thursday 11:00 a.m. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Outreach Program/Dorothy's Way c/o Windsor Crossing, 114 N. Eatherton Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63005. Visitation will also be held at the family's St. Albans Home, Wednesday 4-8 p.m. A service of the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory. Friends may sign the family's on-line guest book at Schrader.com

Kolb, Wilbert E. on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Beloved husband of Helen Kolb (nee Mayer); dear brother of Stanley (Sharon) Kolb and Joann (John) Hailey; our dear brother-in-law, uncle and cousin. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, on Wednesday, March 18 at 10:00 a.m. Interment Sunset Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday, 5-9 p.m.

Kontras, Nicholas J.

65, of Cedar Hill, MO, Monday, March 16, 2015. Vis. Wed 3/18 5-8pm at Chapel Hill Mortuary. Service Thurs 10am at Fenton Methodist Church.

GOP defense hawks have promised not to support any budget that doesn’t at least match Obama’s $561 billion request for defense, but a 2011 budget “sequestration” law imposes a $523 billion limit on the defense budget — an automatic cut of $54 billion below previously agreed levels. War spending, however, is outside the limits and ofers a way around the automatic cuts imposed after the failure of lawmakers to replace sequestration with alternative deficit-cutting moves. The exact figure has yet to be determined and was still the subject of debate among top House Republicans on Monday. But the move is likely to rile conservatives who want to stick

Moreno, Ricardo Carlos PsyD Baptized into the Hope of Christ's Resurrection at the age of 57 on Friday, March 13, 2015. Survived by his wife, Chris; daughters Amanda and Kara Bray Moreno; sister Julie Moreno Hamilton and father Carlos "Buddy" Moreno; Ric was the best and most loving husband and father. Ric was a committed mental health practitioner and mentor. He had a very strong belief in the Jesuit teachings and lived his life to help others. Cycling for Ric was the closest thing to heaven. Thanks to all of his colleagues, friends and cycling family for the tremendous outpouring of support. He taught us a lot while he was here and above all else, family was first. We will love him always. Go Billikens! Services: A Memorial Mass will be conducted at St. Francis Xavier (The College Church), 3628 Lindell Blvd., at Grand Blvd., St. Louis, on Friday March 20, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. A reception will immediately follow the Mass, at the church, in the Xavier Ballroom. Private interment. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions appreciated to Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, 2121 Ward Court, N.W., 5th Floor, Washington, D.C. 20037 (1.866.202.9788) www.railstotrails.org or Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition, 1750 South Brentwood Blvd., Suite 210, St. Louis, MO 63144. No visitation. Online condolences www.luptonchapel.com A SERVICE OF LUPTON CHAPEL

Mueller, Walter N. fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, on Saturday, March 14, 2015. Beloved husband of Mary A. Mueller (nee Vogelsang); dear father of Ruth, Larry (Connie), Janet (Scott), Cathy (Bob), Nancy, and Carol (Steve); dear grandfather of 12 wonderful grandchildren. Services: Visitation at Cure of Ars Catholic Church, 670 S. Laclede Station Rd., 63119 on Friday, March 20, 9:00 a.m. until celebration of Mass at 10:00. Private interment following Mass. In lieu of flowers, masses and prayers are appreciated. A service of KUTIS AFFTON Chapel.

Mulligan, James Clement 68, March 13, 2015. He is survived by his sons Ross and Ian, daughterin-law Lara, brother Patrick, sisters Rita Baker and Jill Bush.

Friday, March 13, 2015 Beloved husband of the late Marie Glitsos Kontras for 53 years; loving father of Demitra Kontras Muenks, Nicolette (Michael) Gertken, and Maria (Andreas) Xiaris; dearest grandfather "Pappou" of Cassandra Marie, Jared, Alexi, Ryan, and Sofia; endeared brother, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend to many. Nicholas was born in Granite City, IL to immigrant parents. After completing the Army Specialized Training Program, he served in the US Army during WWII. He graduated from University of Missouri School of Business and then moved to St. Louis to begin a 42 year career as an insurance broker, becoming Vice President/Partner at the Daniel and Henry Co. He retired in 1991. Services: Funeral service Saturday, March 21st, 10:00 am at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 4967 Forest Park Ave., 63108. Interment St. Matthew Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions preferred to the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Family Life Center. Visitation at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, Friday, 4-8 pm with 6 pm Trisagion Service. www.boppchapel.com

Lockos, Lewis G.

Sat. March 14, 2015. Dear brother of Deborah (Roger) Mitchell; dear uncle of Michael and Jamie. Services: Funeral service 10 a.m., Thur., Mar. 19, at. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 4967 Forest Park, Blvd., Interment St. Matthews Cemetery. Visitation 5-8 p.m. Wed., at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood. Trisagion service Thurs. 9 a.m. at Bopp Chapel.

Lott, Theresa 84, of Owensville, MO. Visitation Tues. March 17, 2015 4-8 p.m. Service Wed. March 18, 2015 11 a.m. Chapel Hill Mortuary, Kirkwood, MO

McArthur, Patricia 83, March 13, 2015. Visit Wed, 10am-1pm. Funeral service at Schrader Funeral Home, Ballwin, Wed, 1pm. See Schrader.com

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of Webster Groves, died March 16, 2015. Visitation Wednesday 3/18 from 4-6 p.m. at Gerber Chapel 23 W. Lockwood, Webster Groves, with services Wednesday at 6:00 p.m.

Nobbe, Robert C. 3/16/15 Funeral 10 AM Wed. Mar. 18, Immanuel Lutheran Church. Visitation 4 PM to 8 PM Tues. Mar. 17 Quernheim FH Waterloo.

Patton, R. Glenn

died peacefully at home in Kirkwood MO on Thursday, March 12, 2015, at age 91. Beloved husband of 65 years to Irene (Wenz) Patton; dear father of Richard (Christine) Patton of Fenton MO and Nancy (Graham) Wood of London UK; cherished grandfather of six; treasured son, brother, uncle, cousin, friend and neighbor. Born in DeSoto MO, he was a lifelong resident of the St Louis area. Glenn served during both WWII and the Korean conflict. He earned great respect in the travel industry. In 1958, he founded Travelers Service Inc. of Olivette MO, a pioneer in corporate travel, growing to serve many of the area's largest companies. Later, he co-founded and co-directed Woodside Management Systems, a prominent national consortium of travel agents. In retirement, Glenn volunteered tirelessly for the US Olympic Festival '94, the American Red Cross and Meals on Wheels. Services: Visitation Thursday, March 19, 4 - 7pm at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Road, Kirkwood, MO, 63122, www.boppchapel.com. Funeral Friday, March 20, 10am at Webster Groves Presbyterian Church, 45 W Lockwood, 63119, burial at 11:30am, Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, reception to follow. Donations to Meals on Wheels, www.mowstl.org.

with the tight spending limits. House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price, R-Ga., plans to reveal his 2016 budget blueprint Tuesday. Price promises to balance the nation’s budget within a decade and rein in major programs such as food stamps and Medicare. He also promises to avoid tax increases. Senate Armed Service Committee Chairman John McCain, R-Ariz., said Monday that he’d like to swap a 10-year deficitcutting plan to reverse two years’ worth of Pentagon cuts, which total more than $100 billion over 2016-17. McCain opposes padding accounts for overseas military operations to ease cuts to the Pentagon’s core budget.

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Shatz, Norman J.

(nee Kerber), Sunday, March 15, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Silvio Pucci; loving mother of Patricia (Melvyn) VonderHaar, Linda M. Pucci, Gino (Margaret nee Pfeil) Pucci, Robert A. (Lynn Kramer) Pucci and Mario (Sandra nee Ricciotti) Pucci. Dear grandmother of Kurt (Susan) and Erik VonderHaar, Angela (David) Kilcrece, Loryn (Edin) Nalic, Kimberly and Bryan (Melissa) Crowley, Rebecca (Jeff) Johnson, Aaron (Jill Jasper) Pucci, Nickolas (Miranda), Lisa, Krista and Anthony Pucci. Dear great-grandmother of 10; beloved mother, grandmother, greatgrandmother, sister, aunt and friend, was loved and will be missed. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Thursday, March 19, 1:30 p.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. Contributions to The American Cancer Society or The American Heart Association appreciated. Visitation Wednesday, 4-8 p.m.

Rosen, Milton March 15, 2015. Beloved husband of Rose Rosen; dear father and father-inlaw of James (Rosemary) Rosen, Jeffrey (Dana Kaplan) Rosen and Terri (James) Hanson; dear brother and brother-in-law of the late Helen (late Paul) Thaller, late Betty (late Sidney) Yaffee and late Mickey (Adrienne) Rosen; dear grandfather of Matthew (Nancy) Rosen, Joshua Rosen, Jessica (Jordan) Gatewood, Shaun (Pearl) Hanson, Eric (Liz) Hanson and Zachary Hanson; dear great-grandfather of Clara Gatewood, Alex Gatewood, Dirk Hanson, Eleanor Hanson and Nishant Hanson; dear brother-in-law of MayJean (Louis) Wolff, Sherlye (Leonard) Kinker, Susan (Marvin) Cytron and Jackie (Jack) Mestman; dear uncle, greatuncle, cousin and friend. Services: Graveside service Thursday, March 19, 11:00 am at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery-White Road, Chesterfield, MO. Memorial contributions preferred to a charity of your choice. Please visit bergermemorialchapel.com for more information. BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE

Schaefer, Kimberly Rae Friday, March 13, 2015. Cherished daughter of Thelma Jean Schaefer (nee Shaw) and the late Frank Schaefer. Loving sister of Angela Schaefer (Collin Cox ). Loving mother of Connor Johnson. Dearest best friend of Daniel Johnson. Loving partner of Tim Eveker. Our dear niece, cousin, and friend to many. Kimberly was a sign language interpreter, certified at the MICS Master level. She provided interpreting services throughout the state in a variety of situations including medical, legal, business and post secondary education and performance. She mentored newer interpreters and students and had a knack for being able to encourage and build skills like no other mentor. Her passion was performance interpreting. She was well known, and requested throughout the area for her skilled interpretations of plays, concerts, and festivals. She was an amazing interpreter, trusted colleague, and treasured friend. Services: Funeral Service Friday, March 20, 1:00 p.m. at the Hutchens Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd. Florissant. Interment Private. Visitation Thursday, March 19, 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Memorial Contributions may be made to, Gateway Pet Guardians, or Lung Cancer Connection.

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Steffen, Edgar Henry Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the age of 96. Beloved husband of the late Mary Virginia Steffen (nee Longheinrich); dear son of the late Henry and Anna (nee Gestring) Steffen. Edgar is survived by 3 daughters and their husbands, Sharon (Bruce) Hagy, Susan (Douglas) Hurt and Carol (Thomas) Schueddig; grandchildren Abigail (Andrew) Berthold, Emily Hagy, Megan (Nicholas) Arb, Rebecca Hurt, Bryan and Kurt Schueddig; greatgrandchildren Augustine and Anna Berthold; dear brother, brother-inlaw, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend. The family would like to thank Bethesda Southgate staff and hospice for the loving care given to their parents. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois, Thursday, March 19, 10:30 a.m. Interment at St. Lucas U.C.C. Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to St. Johns United Church of Christ, 11333 St. Johns Church Rd., 63123 appreciated. Visitation Wednesday, 4-8 p.m.

Stehr, Sylvester "Cowboy" Age 92, of O'Fallon, MO, died on Monday, March 16, 2015. Contact (636) 240-2242 or visit baue.com

Watterson, Desiree H. (nee Rolf) Sunday, March 15, 2015. Beloved mother of Cassandra J. Watterson; dearest daughter of Jean Rolf (Dale Shockley) and the late Dave A. Rolf; our dear niece, cousin and friend. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Wednesday, March 18, 11 a.m. Interment St. Trinity Cemetery. Visitation Tuesday 3-8 p.m.

Whitehead, Norma Jean passed away 3/16/15. Visitation Wed., March 18, 4-8 p.m. Apostolic Faith Pentecostal Church, 4095 Loughborough. Funeral services Thursday, 12 p.m. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Visitation 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. service. www.McLaughlinFunerals.com Mizpah Mt. Moriah Lodge #40 will have a stated communication on Tues., March 17. Dinner at 6:30pm meeting at 7:30pm. All Master Masons are invited to attend.

Schuette, Walter "Jake" passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15, 2015 at the age of 85. Beloved husband of Wanda, dear father of Jim (Vicki) Schuette and Rhonda (Scott) Walker; loving grandfather of Chris (Danielle), Michael and Brandon Schuette, Dan (fiancée Amanda) Walker and Molly (Keaton) Droney; great-grandfather of Allison and Levi Schuette; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister and a grandson. Services: Visitation at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd. on Tuesday, March 17, 4-8 p.m. and Wednesday, March 18, 9 a.m. until time of service 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Arnold. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery with full military honors. Memorials in Jake's memory can be made to First Baptist Church of Arnold Worship (Music) Ministry.

Shanika, Barbara 82, passed March 12, 2015, Services Fri. Grace Dotrine Church. Visitation HUTCHENS Mortuary Thurs. 4-8pm www.hutchensmortuary.com

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March 15, 2015 Beloved husband and best friend of Carolyn Kranzberg; dear father of David and Eric Shatz, Elise ShatzLeahy, Marti, Jill and Jayme Kranzberg; loving grandfather and greatgrandfather; dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend. He was a mensch and true hero. Our beloved Norm will be missed by all. Services: Graveside service Wednesday, March 18, 11:30 a.m. at B'nai Amoona Cemetery, 930 North and South Road. Contributions in his memory may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. A RINDSKOPF-ROTH SERVICE

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Show-biz sweetheart Betty White is about to get another dose of love, this time from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. White, 93, will be honored with this year’s lifetime achievement award next month at the 42nd Annual Daytime Emmy Awards. In the 1960s, White was a frequent contestant on “Password,” where she met and subsequently wed its host, Allen Ludden. She also appeared on “The Match Game” and “The $25,000 Pyramid.” She was the irst woman to receive an Emmy Award for outstanding game show host for the show “Just Men.” Previous honorees include Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Walters and Regis Philbin. “The Breakfast Club’’ reunion • Actresses Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy reminisced about making “The Breakfast Club,” at a screening of the fully restored iconic 1985 movie. Ringwald and Sheedy conducted a question-andanswer session at Monday’s screening at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. The re-mastered movie hits theaters March 26.

In court • Actor Emile Hirsch made his irst court appearance Monday on allegations that he put a studio executive in a chokehold and dragged her across a nightclub table while in Utah for the Sundance Film Festival. The “Into the Wild” star declined to comment Monday outside court in Park City. His attorney said Hirsch, 30, was receiving counseling after going to rehab. The actor is charged with felony assault, which is punishable by up to ive years in prison and a $5,000 ine. He also faces a misdemeanor count of intoxication.

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Music and hoops • Grammy Award winners Rihanna and the Zac Brown Band will headline this year’s March Madness Music Festival. The free three-day concert series will be held April 3-5 in Indianapolis. For the irst time, the concerts also will be streamed live online at ncaa. com/musicfest.

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Fiat

4105

'13 Fiat 500 Abarth: Sunroof/Moonroof, Leather, Balance of Manufacturer Wrnty Available, Call Now, $14,877 #8256B

'07 Taurus SEL, loaded, very clean, Stk# 36266A $6,997

Sunroof, Bluetooth, Heated Leather Seats, $30,261 #94222A

'08 Jeep Liberty Limited: 4WD, Heated Leather Seats, Clean Carfax, Power Seat, 4-Speed Automatic, Call Now, $13,251 #75124B

'10 Jeep Patriot Sport: 4 New Tires, Call Now, Great Value,

'06 Buick Lucerne CX: 4 New Tires, Clean Carfax, Power Seat, Great Value, 4-Speed Automatic, JUST REDUCED! $9,250 #8371A

'11 Buick CXL Russelsheim: GM Certified, Sunroof, Bluetooth, Heated Lthr Seats, One Owner Clean Carfax, $16,795 #P8203

'12 Buick LaCrosse Convenience Group: GM Certified, One Owner Clean Carfax, Low Miles, Great Value, $18,995 #36021A

Cadillac

4060

'11 Cadillac SRX: Bluetooth, Leather, ABS Brakes, XMRadio, 3.0L V6, Heated Door Mirrors, Call Today! $23,927 #P8184

'12 Cadillac CTS: AWD, 3.0L V6, 23K Miles, One Owner, Off Lease, $21,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701

St. Peters Cadillac Certified (855) 972-9658 6 Yr/70K Bumper to Bumper Warranty '11 CTS Performance: AWD, 19" Sport Whls, 27K Miles, $27,920 '11 CTS Premium: AWD, 19" Sport Whls, 31K Miles, $26,990 '11 Escalade: AWD, Chromes, DVD, Navigation, $43,780 '12 CTS Performance: AWD, 15K Mi, White Diamond, $28,990 '13 Escalade: Premium, Chromes, Loaded, DVD, $54,990 '11 CTS Luxury: Black Ice, Chromes, AWD, $22,990 '11 CTS Luxury: AWD, Skyview, White Diamond, $23,490 '11 Escalade: 37K Miles, Navigation, DVD, $43,780 '14 SRX Performance: 40 Miles!! DVD, AWD, Navigation, $48,580 '15 Escalade: AWD, White Diamond, Loaded, 4K Mi, CALL '12 CTS Premium AWD, 13K Miles, One Owner, CALL '12 SRX Luxury: AWD, Black Raven, Roof, $28,990 '12 SRX Performance: AWD, Navigation, Mocha, $32,990 '12 SRX Luxury: AWD, Navigation, 18K Mi, Roof, $31,990 '13 Escalade EXT: AWD, Chromes, Loaded, $52,990 '11 CTS: Coupe, Premium, AWD, $29,490 '11 Escalade EXT $44,990 '12 SRX Luxury: 14K Miles, AWD, Silver, $30,490 '12 CTS Coupe: Performance, AWD CALL

$9,466 #7884A

'09 Cobalt LT 4 Dr, Auto, One Owner, Clean Carfax, #340942A $8,577

'06 Chevy Cobalt LS Coupe, Auto, One Owner, Clean Carfax, 86K miles, #36711A

'10 Chevy Corvette 3LT: GM Certified, Nav/GPS, Bluetooth, Leather, Clean Carfax, heated Door Mirrors, $33,995 #36067A

'14 CRUZE 2LT 10K Miles, Leather, GM Certified, $16,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701 '14 Chevy Cruze LTZ: Sunroof, 11K Miles, GM Certified, $18,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

'07 Chevy Impala One Owner, Clean Carfax, Loaded, #36686A $8,997

'14 Impala Limited LTZ: Sunroof, 12K Miles, GM Certified, $18,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701 '14 Impala LT Lmtd: Sunroof, 9K Miles, One Owner, GM Certified, $17,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701 '14 Chevy Impala 2LT: V6, 16K Miles, Black, GM Certified, One Owner, $23,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701 '14 Malibu LTZ: 4 Cyl, Heated Leather, 31K Miles, One Owner, SHARP!, $19,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701 '12 MALIBU LS 29K Miles, 4 Cyl, GM Certified, One Owner, $14,495 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701 '07 Chevy Monte Carlo LT: Sunroof, Heated Leather Seats, 59K Mi, Warranty, $11,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701 '12 Volt 5 Door, Leather, 30k Mi., GM Cert, 1 Owner $19,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

Chrysler

4070

'14 Chrysler 200 LX: 4 Door, 4 Cyl, 33K Miles, One Owner, $14,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701 '13 Chrysler 300: 4 Door, V6, Leather, 27K Miles, One Owner, Black, $20,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701

'04 Crossfire LTD Loaded, Auto, Clean Carfax, Very Clean, 61K miles, #29647A, $10,777

4185 Subaru

'10 Mazda CX-7 Silver, Loaded, One Owner, Clean Carfax, #29314A, $13,777

'12 Mazda Miata PRHT: Grand Touring, Mazda Certified, Heated Lthr Seats, Clean Carfax, Bluetooth, $AVE! $22,995 #25322B

4290 Ford Trucks

4340 Sport Utilitiy

'12 Subaru Impreza WRX STI: 39K Mi., $29,990

'10 Ford F-150 XLT: 4 New Tires, Blueooth, Clean Carfax, Trailer Tow, 4WD, Alloys Wheels, Call Today, $25,399 #75539A

Toyota

'12 F-150: Lariet, Super Crew, 4x4, V6, Heated Leather, 26K Miles, $33,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701

4300

'12 Ford Taurus SEL: Bluetooth, Audi Care Included, Heated Lthr Seats, Power Seat, CALL TODAY! $15,780 #P8129B

Honda

4120

'09 Honda Accord EX-2: Loaded, Very Clean, Full Power, Stk #31023A, $13,777

'12 Honda Accord Coupe: V6, EX-L, 2K Mi., CALL

'13 Honda Accord Coupe: V6, EX-L W/Nav, $22,990

'05 Honda Civic EX SE, Auto, Black, Loaded, Stk #36299B $6,777

'10 Civic LX, 2dr, loaded, 35xxx miles, one owner, clean carfax, Stk# 29454A $14,997

'13 Honda Civic Si: Sedan, 15K Miles, One Owner, $18,990

Hyundai

4125

'13 Hyundai Veloster: Sunroof/Moonroof, Bluetooth, One Owner Clean Carfax, Super Gas Saver, Call Now, $16,586 #36153A

Ininiti

'10 Wrangler Unlimited, custom wheels, hard top, loaded, only 36xxx miles, #36123B $25,997

4130

'12 Infiniti G37 X Sport Appearance Edition: AWD, Infiniti Certified, Nav, One Owner Clean Carfax, Htd Lthr Sts, $27,349 #P8200

'08 Infiniti G37: Coupe, Liquid Platinum, $16,490

'08 Infiniti G37 Sport: Navigation/GPS, Sunroof, One owner Clean Carfax, Heated Leather Seats, Sport Package, $20,895 #94136A

'07 Wrangler Unltd, 4x4, red, hardtop, auto, loaded, Stk# P5370B $19,477

'08 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, Sahara, Auto, Hardtop, Loaded, Lifted, Must See! $21,997 #29569B

Lexus

4165

'07 Lexus ES 350: Heated Leather Seats, Clean Carfax, Power Seat, 3.5L V6, 6-Speed Automatic, Call Now, $13,424 #8381A

'07 Lexus ES 350: Heated Leather Seats, Clean Carfax, Power Seat, 3.5L V6, 6-Speed Automatic, Call Now, $13,424 #8381A

'12 Lexus IS 350: Nav/GPS, 4 New Tires, Sunroof, Clean Carfax, Heated Leather Seats, Bluetooth, AWD, $31,495 #25466A

Mazda

4185

'12 Mazda 2: 5 Door, Touring, Alloys, 59K Miles, One Owner, $10,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

'12 3, Silver, Grand Touring, leather, m/r, GT, only 900 mi! Mazda Cert. #P5398A $18,777 '12 Mazda 5: Wagon, Grand Touring, 21K Miles, Certified, $19,490

'12 Mazda3 i Grand Touring: Mazda Certified, Nav/GPS, Sunroof, Bluetooth, Heated Lthr Seats, One Owner Clean Carfax, $16,569 #94055A

'13 Mazda 3 i Touring: Mazda Certified, B/Tooth, One Owner Clean Carfax, 6Speed SKYACTIVE Sport Automatic, $15,944 #P8112B

'06 Mazda 3 S Grand Touring: Loaded, Leather, Very Clean, $10,997 #31024A

TREND CERTIFIED

1-855-972-9658 '12 Ford Fusion SE $12,420 '08 Mercury Mariner Hybrid 4WD, Local Trade, $11,990 '12 Ford Focus SEL $13,490 '12 Ford Fiesta SES $13,780 '12 Ford Fiesta H/Back, 17K Miles, Rare Red, $13,420 '12 Ford Escape XLT Blue Flame, $12,990 '12 Chevy Cruze 2LT Auto, White, 29K Mi, $14,990 '07 Cad CTS 65K Miles, Spt. Pkg, Auto, $13,490 '07 Ford Escape XLS $9,990 '12 Chevy Cruze LTZ $14,990 '12 Chevy Sonic LS $11,490 '10 VW Routan S $13,990 '13 Nissan Sentra 22K Miles, Auto, $14,490 '12 Chevy Malibu 2LT One Owner, $13,990 '11 VW Golf Hatchback, 48K Miles, $14,990

Mitsubishi

Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

'07 Solara Convertible, Auto, Local Trade, $13,900

'12 Toyota Yaris Auto, 5 Door, 52k Mi., $11,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

Volkswagen

'13 VW TDI: Wagon, Sunroof, 33K Miles, One Owner, $21,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1855-972-9701

'13 VW Jetta GLI 27K Miles, VW Certified, $21,490

'14 VW Jetta SE: 4 Door, Leather, 4 TO CHOOSE, One Owner, $15,495 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

'04 VW Passat GLS FWD, Loaded, Full Power, Clean Carfax, 76K mi., Stk #29749A $7,777

4215 Volvo

'01 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT Spyder: Clean Carfax, Great Value, 3.0L V6, Automatic, Call Today, $6,995 #P8168A

4310

'12 Juke SL: AWD, Sunroof, Leather, 71K Miles, $15,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

'13 Nissan Sentra: Sedan, Auto, $14,920

'07 Versa SL: Auto, Loaded, Full Power, Very Clean, One Ownr, Clean Carfax, $8,997 #270016B

Pontiac

4250

'06 Pontiac G6 GT Coupe, White, M/R, Leather, Loaded, Stk #36133A, $10,777

'08 G6 4 Door, Black, Loaded, #29823A $9,777

Saturn

4390

'11 Mercedes GL450 4MATIC: Navigation/GPS, 4 New Tires, Heated Leather Seats, Clean Carfax, Sunroof, 3rd Row, $39,103 #94102D

'12 Buick Enclave Leather Group: Bluetooth, 3rd Row, Heated Lthr Seats, One Owner Clean Carfax, $25,795 #36029A

'09 CAD Escalade: ESV Platinum, White Diamond, AWD, $31,990

'13 Cadillac Escalade Ext: CPO Certified, Loaded, $52,990

'11 Cadillac Escalade Luxury: AWD, Sunroof, Heated Leather, Seats, Bose System, Power Seat, Trailer Tow, $38,595 #75496A

'13 Chevy Silverado: Crew Cab LT Z71, 39K Miles, Call

'06 Chevy Avalanche, Leather, 4X4, Roof, 24" Wheels, $16,490

'14 Chevy 1500 LT: Crew Cab, AllStar, 17K Miles, GM Certified, $32,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701 '07 Chevy 1500 LT: Crew Cab, 5.3L V8, 79K Miles, One Owner, $17,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

'09 Colorado LT Crew Cab, Loaded, Clean Carfax, #34804A, $12,997

'09 Silverado, Ext. Cab, P/U, auto, very clean, white, loaded, #36615A $16,997

'13 Chevy 1500 LS: Crew Cab, 4x4, V8, 25K Miles, One Owner, $26,995 Don Brown Chevrolet

AWD, 4 Cyl, 17K Miles, One Owner, $23,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701 '14 Chevy Captiva 2LS: Sport, 15K Miles, GMCertified, $17,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701 '14 CAPTIVA LT Sunroof, Heated Leather, 15K Miles, GM Certified, $19,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

'12 Equinox LS AWD, Black, Loaded, GM Certified $17,997 #340993A

'05 Chevy Equinox, AWD, LT, m/r, loaded, very clean, must see! #36570A $9,997

'10 Chevy Equinox LS, Black, Loaded, Must See! Stk #31020A, $14,997

'07 Chevy Equinox LT 1LT: AWD, Clean Carfax, Super Gas Saver, Economy Smart, 3.4L V6, AWD, $6,995 #8356A

'12 Chevy Suburban LTZ: Chromes, DVD, 4WD, Call

4280 Dodge Plymouth Trucks 4335

'14 CHEVY CAMARO 2SS

'14 CHEVY MALIBU LTZ

'13 CHEVY SILVERADO LS

STK# K3006PA

SUNROOF, 2K MI., V8, GM CERT., #150082A

4 CYL., 28K, HTD LTHR STS, STK# P04806

1500, CREW CAB, 4X4, 24K, 1 OWNR, #P04792

$20,995 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 1-855-972-9701

CERAME FORD www.cerame.com 855-972-9691

$32,995 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 1-855-972-9701

$33,995 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 1-855-972-9701

'08 Dodge Dakota SLT: Crew Cab, 4WD, 2 Sets of Keys, Call Now, Trailer Tow, 4.7L V8, 5-Speed Automatic, $15,595 #36149B

$19,990 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 1-855-972-9701

'08 Chevy Suburban 1500 LT LT2: Rear DVD, 3rd Row Seat, Leather, Call Now, Great Value, Trailer Tow, $13,574 #25340A

$27,990 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 1-855-972-9701

'03 BMW 5 SERIES 525I

'12 CADILLAC CTS AWD

'10 CHEVY HHR LT

'14 CHEVY CREW CAB

'11 CHEVY 1500 LTZ

'14 CHEVY CRUZE LTZ

'11 CHEVY EQUINOX LTZ

CLEAN CARFAX, LTHR, ROOF, #25299E

V6, 21K MI, LTHR, 1 OWNER, #P04782

63K MILES, TRADE WARRANTY, #141125A

4X4, LT, 6K, V8, WHITE, STK# 150345A

4X4, CREW CAB, 73K, HTD LTHR, #141175A

SNRF, 36K MI, 4 CYL., 1 OWNR, # 150469A

$7,654 BOMMARITO WEST COUNTY 1-855-972-9431

$22,990 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 1-855-972-9701

TURBO, SUNROOF, 11K, GM CERTIFIED #P04825

$9,990 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 1-855-972-9701

$33,995 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 1-855-972-9701

$28,995 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 1-855-972-9701

'12 GMC Yukon XL Denali: Loaded, Like New $42,990

'12 GMC Yukon Denali: AWD, GM Certified, 3rd Row, Leather, Heated/ Cooled Leather Seats, Trailer Tow, $40,895 #75460A

$18,990 DON BROWN CHEVROLET

'09 GMC Yukon XL Denali: AWD, Rear DVD, 3rd Row, Heated Leather Seats, One Owner Clean Carfax, $29,895 #75394A

'05 GMC Envoy Black on Black, Well Serviced, 4WD, $8,490

'11 GMC Terrain SLT-2: GM Certified, Sunroof, Bluetooth, Heated Leather Seats, One Owner Clean Carfax, $19,889 #7872A

'02 GMC Yukon XL: SLT, 4x4, Black, Loaded, Very Clean, $8,777 #29648A

'14 Honda CRV EX: 4x4, Sunroof, 7K Miles, One Owner, $25,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701

'06 Honda Element EX-P: 4x4, New Tires, $12,900

'07 Hyundai Santa Fe SE, Loaded, Full Power, Very Clean, 75K Mi., #29436A $11,777

'14 CHEVY SILVERADO 1500

$18,417 BOMMARITO WEST COUNTY 1-855-972-9431

'09 GMC Yukon Denali, AWD, Chromes, Roof, Sharp, $28,990

'11 Chevy Equinox LTZ: Sunroof, 4 Cyl, 36K Miles, One Owner, $20,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701 '14 Chevy Equinox LT: AWD, 4 cyl, 24K Miles, GMCertified, $24,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

LT, 4X4, 16K MI, RED, V8, GM CERT, #140927A

'13 BUICK LACROSSE 4 DR, 4 CYL, ALLOYS, 17K, GM CERT. #P04751

'12 Ford Escape XLT: Blue Flame, Certified, $12,490

'13 Honda Pilot EX: AWD, Loaded, 3rd Row, One owner Clean Carfax, 15K Miles, $27,997 #36259A

'08 CHEVY IMPALA LT

'10 BMW 5 SERIES 528i

'07 Ford Escape: 72K Mi, One Owner, Local Trade, $9,990

'07 Chevy Equinox LT 1LT: AWD, Clean Carfax, Super Gas Saver, Economy Smart, 3.4L V6, AWD, $6,995 #8356A

'12 Infiniti G37 X: AWD, Infiniti Certified, Nav/GPS, Heated Leather Seats, One owner Clean Carfax, Premium Pkg,

'07 Saturn Ion 2: Loaded, Full Power, Very Clean, $7,777 #36293A

AWD, Surnoof/Moonroof, Leather, One Owner Clean Carfax, 3.0L V6, CALL TODAY! $6,995 #75470A

4315 '14 Mazda CX5: Touring,

'11 Volvo XC90 3.2: AWD, Rear DVD, Nav/GPS, Sunroof, Bluetooth, One Owner Clean Carfax, Leather, $24,254 #25485A

'08 Mitsubishi Galant Chevrolet Trucks 4330 ES, Loaded, Full '11 Chevy Power, Clean CarSilverado: fax, Stk #29393A, Crew Cab LT Z71, 46K Miles, Call Nissan/Datsun 4220

'05 Nissan 350Z Convertible, Red, Loaded, Clean Carfax, Must See, $13,997 #29555A

Sport Utilitiy

'07 Chrysler PT Cruiser: Touring, Super Gas Saver, Economy Smart, Great Value, 4-Spd Automatic, CALL TODAY! $7,295 #74556D

LTHR, CLEAN CARFAX, ROOF, #24568B

4390 Sport Utilitiy

'10 Chevy Tahoe LTZ: 4x4, Roof, Nav, Black, 79K Miles, $28,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701 '14 Chevy Tahoe LTZ: 4x4, Roof, Nav, DVD, 12K Miles, Black, GM Certified, $53,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701

'12 Traverse LT '01 Toyota Camry FWD, M/R, 2nd Row LE, 4 Cyl., Auto, Buckets, Black, Clean Carfax, 92K GM Certified, 37K miles, #29353A, Toyota Trucks 4385 mi., $7,777 Stk #340944A '13 Tacoma SR5: Jeep 4145 $23,777 Double Cab, 4x4, Mercury '06 Jeep Grand 4195 Loaded, Must See! Ford 4110 '07 Camry LE: Cherokee: Only 22K Mi, 4 Cyl, Leather, Load- $27,997 #P2370AA '09 Mercury Milan Auto, Loaded, '09 Ford Focus SE, '13 Chevy ed, Premier, Leather, White, 4x4, auto, 4Dr, one ownTraverse LT: Very Clean, Loaded, Clean Car$10,977 #36252B er, clean Black, M/R, AWD. fax, Stk carfax, Stk# P5358A GM Certified, '13 Toyota Tacoma #36255A, $10,977 $7,777 14K Miles, Double Cab, 4WD, '11 Toyota Camry LE: $28,997 #P5402 '12 Jeep Grand TRD-Off Road, 7K Clean Carfax, 2 Sets of Keys, Cherokee: 4WD, 1 Yr Paintless Dent Removal Mi., $32,990 Coverage, Pwr Seat, EconoLeather, Roof, Nav, my Smart, '11 Ford Fusion $28,990 $13,964 #7386B '15 Chevy Traverse Misc. Autos SEL, Leather, 4210 2LT: Rear Buckets, 16K Miles, FWD, Loaded, Very '13 Toyota Tundra GMCertified, $30,995 Clean, Clean Crew Cab, 6K Mi., Don Brown Chevrolet Bommarito St. Peters '12 Jeep Grand '14 Camry SE: 4 Cyl, 1-855-972-9701 Carfax, #29711B, 4WD, $39,990 15 Car's Under $15,000 Cherokee Overland: Alloys, 29K Miles, '04 Ford Excape Limited: One Owner, $18,995 ALL MOTOR 4WD, Navigation/GPS, $13,777

'08 Chevy Cobalt '10 Ford Mustang: 4 Dr., Auto, Loaded, 83K miles 12K Miles, auto, Local Trade, #36685A $8,777 $17,990 '07 Chevy Cobalt LT Coupe, Full Power, Very Clean, 5 Speed, $7,777 #29379A

'06 Infiniti G35 Cpe: One Owner, One Owner, Local Trade, $12,990

4055

'06 Buick Lucerne CX: 4 New Tires, Clean Carfax, Power Seat, Great Value, 4-Speed Automatic, JUST REDUCED! $9,250 #8371A

4130 Mazda

'12 Infiniti G37 X: AWD, Infiniti Certified, Navigation/GPS, Sunroof, Bluetooth, Backup Camera, Lthr, $25,143 #P8202

$20,995 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 1-855-972-9701

4390

'07 Kia Sorento LX Auto, Loaded, One Owner, Clean Carfax, $9,377 #36239A

'08 Kia Sorento EX: Sunroof/Moonroof, Heated Leather Seats, One Owner Clean Carfax, Trailer Tow, $11,694 #36006B

'08 Kia Sorento EX: Sunroof/Moonroof, Heated Leather Seats, One Owner Clean Carfax, Trailer Tow, $11,868 #36006B

'11 Kia Sportage LX: Clean Carfax, 2 Sets of Keys, 1 Year Paintless Dent Removal Coverage, 2.4L, $12,845 #94193C

'12 Mazda CX-9, black, grand touring, loaded, Mazda Certified, one owner, clean carfax, #36504A, $26,777 '14 Mazda CX-9 Sport: V6, 2WD, 8K Miles, One Owner, $24,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701

'06 Mercury Mariner Hybrid: 4WD, Local Trade $11,990

'14 Nissan Pathfinder Platinum: 4WD, Nav/GPS, Sunroof, Bluetooth, Leather, One Car Clean Carfax, $35,958 #75284A

'13 Lexus RX 350 F Sport: AWD, Nav/GPS, 4 New Tires, Sunroof, Heated Lthr Seats, One Owner Clean Carfax, $36,584 #75238A

'12 Toyota Highlander SE: AWD, Bluetooth, Backup Camera, Leather, One Owner Clean Carfax, Trailer Tow, 3.5L V6, $26,645 #75223A

'08 Toyota Highlander Sport: SRoof/MRoof, Clean Carfax, 1 Year Paintless Dent Removal Coverage, $16,995 #94291A

'02 Toyota Sequoia Limited: 4WD, 4 New Tires, New Timing Belt, 4-Speed Automatic with Overdrive, CALL! $9,495 #94093B

'02 Toyota Sequoia Limited: 4WD, 4 New Tires, New Timing Belt, 4-Speed Automatic with Overdrive, CALL! $9,495 #94093B

Mini vans

4420

'14 Chrysler Town & Country: Touring, Leather, Rear DVD, 34K Miles, One Owner, $22,995 Don Brown Chevrolet (855) 972-9701 '12 Dodge Grand Caravan Crew: 30K Miles, One Owner, Rear DVD, $18,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-855-972-9701 '10 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT: Clean Carfax, Power Seat, Super Gas Saver, Economy Smart, 3.8L V6, CALL TODAY! $12,841 #94173A

'10 Honda Odyssey EX-L: Rear Entertainment/DVD, Sunroof/Moonroof, Leather, One Owner Clean Carfax, 8th Seat, $19,895 #94213A

'04 Mazda MPV ES Gold, Loaded, One Owner, Clean Carfax, Stk #31029A $7,777

'11 Nissan Quest 3.5 S: Rear Entertainment/ DVD, Clean Carfax, Super Gas Saver, Economy Smart, Call, $16,683 #36107B

'04 Infiniti FX45: Black, Loaded, Full Power, Clean Carfax, Vans 4430 $14,777 #36194A '03 Chevy Astro Van: Gray, Loaded, Very '08 Infiniti QX56: AWD, Rear DVD, Nav, Clean, STK Roof, 3rd Row, Heated #36505A, $7,777 Lthr Seats, Clean Carfax, Trailer Tow, $22,576 #P8195

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NATION DIGEST Millionaire faces charge of murder after broadcast Robert Durst, a troubled millionaire from one of America’s richest families, was charged Monday with irst-degree murder in the shooting in Los Angeles 15 years ago of a woman who some believe knew too much about the disappearance of his wife in 1982. The news came only hours after Sunday’s inale of a six-part HBO documentary detailing Durst’s life of privilege and links to three deaths: his friend in Los Angeles, Susan Berman; his wife in New York, Kathleen Durst; and Morris Black, an elderly neighbor in Texas. Durst is heard muttering that he “killed them all, of course,” at the end of “The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst.” Also, a Louisiana State Police trooper said Durst has been booked on weapons charges in that state. Trooper Melissa Matey said that an arrest warrant was issued for Durst and he was rebooked in the Orleans Parish Jail on Monday under two new charges: convicted felon in possession of a irearm and possession of a weapon with a controlled dangerous substance. Matey said the controlled substance was a small amount of marijuana. Mother who left children in hot car pleads guilty • A woman from Phoenix who left her two young sons alone in a hot car during a job interview has pleaded guilty to felony child abuse. The plea deal between Shanesha Taylor and prosecutors calls for her to serve 10 years of probation, undergo parenting classes and pay an unspeciied amount in restitution. Taylor attracted sympathy from around the nation after her tear-stained mug shot went viral. Her story of trying to get a job but not being able to ind child care resonated with the public, and she received more than $114,000 in donations through an online site. But she became the target of backlash after she missed deadlines to fund a trust for her children and questions arose about where the money went. Crew in fatal copter crash identiied • The Louisiana National Guard identiied on Monday the pilots and crew of a Black Hawk helicopter that crashed in the Santa Rosa Sound along Florida’s Panhandle in a nighttime training exercise in dense fog last week with seven elite Marines aboard. All eleven on the Black Hawk were killed when the helicopter crashed into about 25 feet of water in the channel of the sound. Three members of the light crew were from Louisiana and one was from Virginia. Piloting the helicopter were Chief Warrant Oicer George Wayne Griin Jr. of Delhi, 37, and Chief Warrant Oicer George David Strother of Alexandria, 44. Both were decorated veteran pilots.

WORLD DIGEST Also killed were Staf Sgt. Lance Bergeron, 40, of Thibodaux and Staf Sgt. Thomas Florich, of Fairfax, Va. Young adults want news, survey shows • Young adults have a reputation for being connected to one another and disconnected from the news. But a survey has found that mobile devices and social networking are keeping them more engaged with the broader world than previously thought. They want news, they say, though they don’t always aggressively seek it out — perhaps simply happening upon it on a friend’s online feed. And they want it daily. The survey of Americans ages 18 to 34, sometimes called the millennial generation, found that two-thirds of respondents said they consume news online regularly, often on a social networking site. Of those, 40 percent do so several times a day, according to the poll, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Afairs Research and the American Press Institute. It’s been a slowly building trend in news consumption that experts say is trickling up to older generations — and that young people say helps them stay current, even if they never read an actual newspaper or watch the evening news on TV. Snowden leaks afect Americans online • In the nearly two years since Edward Snowden leaked secrets about U.S. government online surveillance, about a third of U.S. adults have taken steps to guard their Internet behavior more closely, according to a new survey. But few have adopted the strongest measures to protect their privacy. The Pew Research Center survey found that 87 percent of U.S. adults queried had heard about the Snowden leaks, and 34 percent of them subsequently took at least one action to shield their privacy. Some adjusted social media settings or put of social media altogether. The biggest change noted was with passwords — 25 percent have adopted stronger ones. Email was also a big pivot point, with 18 percent of adults aware of the U.S. surveillance eforts saying they have changed their email usage at least somewhat. Sea lions stranded on California beaches • Rescue centers in California are struggling to keep up with hundreds of sick and starving sea lion pups washing up along the coast. More than 1,650 pups have been rescued since January from beaches, but also from inside public restrooms, behind buildings and along railroad tracks. Scientists aren’t sure what’s causing the crisis, but suspect that warmer waters from this winter’s mild El Niño weather pattern are afecting the sea lion birthing grounds along the Channel Islands of the Southern California coast. From news services

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Toll rises from Vanuatu cyclone The United Nations reported Monday that 24 people are conirmed dead and 3,300 have been displaced by Cyclone Pam in the South Paciic archipelago of Vanuatu. Radio and telephone communications with outer islands have not yet been established two days after what the country’s president called a “monster” storm, the U.N. Oice for the Coordination of Humanitarian Afairs said. It said 3,300 people were sheltering in 37 evacuation centers on the main island of Efate and in the provinces of Torba and Penama. Military aircraft from New Caledonia, Australia and New Zealand have been conducting aerial assessments of the damage. Vanuatu’s president, Baldwin Lonsdale, was rushing back to his country from northeastern Japan, where he had been attending a U.N. disaster conference. Vanuatu is already sufering devastating efects from climate change, with coastal areas being washed away. Assad dismisses Kerry’s remarks • Syrian President Bashar Assad said Monday that only Syrians could decide his future — apparently dismissing U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s remark that Washington would be willing to talk with Assad to help broker a political resolution to the country’s civil war. Asked about Kerry’s statement regarding potential talks with the Syrian government, Assad said, “We are still hearing statements and have to wait for actions. Then we will decide.” He added that any “talk about the future of the Syrian president is for Syrian people alone.” Assad said Damascus was not concerned about comments made from abroad, describing them as “bubbles that disappear after some time.” The Syrian leader spoke to Iranian TV after a meeting with visiting Iranian Economy Minister Ali Tayebnia. Tehran is one of Assad’s closest allies and strongest backers in his battle against rebels trying to remove him from power. Kerry said in an interview with CBS News that the U.S. was pushing for Assad to seriously discuss a transition strategy to help end Syria’s four-year conlict, which has killed more than 220,000 people since it started four years ago. Troops oust Boko Haram from town, village • Nigerian troops have ousted Boko Haram from a northeastern town while Cameroon soldiers killed several of the extremists in an attack on a Nigerian village, military oicials reported Monday of the latest successes in a multinational bid to curb the Islamic uprising in northeastern Nigeria. “FLASH: Nigerian troops have this afternoon routed terrorists from Bama

... Mopping up operation is ongoing,” the Nigerian Defense Headquarters announced on Twitter. An earlier tweet Monday said they had “completed clearing terrorists out of Goniri” in neighboring Yobe state. By last week, the regional ofensive that began at the end of January had liberated 36 towns, Mike Omeri, the Nigerian government spokesman on the insurgency, said Wednesday. Egypt court sentences 14 Islamists to death • Egypt’s oicial news agency says a criminal court has sentenced 14 people, including the leader of the country’s banned Muslim Brotherhood, to death. The Giza Criminal Court issued its decision on Monday. However, the court set an April 11 date to formally issue the ruling after consulting with the country’s grand mufti; the mufti reviews all death penalty cases, but his ruling is not binding. France targets model ads • France’s health minister says she supports plans to criminalize the use of advertising with anorexic models in France. The measure would put France, a world capital of fashion, with countries such as Israel and Spain that are cracking down on the gloriication of dangerously thin models. Socialist lawmaker Olivier Veran, who is also a doctor, wants to add language to a coming health bill to make it illegal to employ models deemed to have an eating disorder. Suicide bombers attack churches in Pakistan • A pair of suicide bombers attacked two churches in the eastern Pakistani city of Lahore on Sunday as worshippers prayed inside — killing 15 people in the latest assault against religious minorities in this increasingly fractured country, oicials said. A spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, Ahsanullah Ahsan, claimed responsibility for the assault in a statement emailed to reporters, and warned, “There will be more of such attacks.” Afterward, an angry Christian mob blocked a major highway, ransacked a bus terminal and burned two people to death who they suspected of being involved in the attacks. Christian demonstrators blocked roads in other major Pakistani cities. U.S. diplomat released in Congo • An American diplomat has been released after being detained in Congo in a raid in which journalists and democracy activists were also arrested, the Congolese government spokesman said Monday. Sunday’s detentions come at a time of rising tension in Congo, where some fear President Joseph Kabila is attempting to prolong his time in power after his term ends next year. From news services


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Blues boast better depth down stretch Players added at deadline heat up battle for ice time

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Defenseman Zbynek Michalek was one of the players added at the trade deadline.

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Cardinals starter John Lackey works in the second inning of an exhibition game Monday against the Detroit Tigers.

Cubs are betting on their batting

Lackey cruises through 3 innings BY DERRICK GOOLD St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BERNIE MIKLASZ St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JUPITER, FLA. • What the fans could

see on the scoreboard and the Cardinals would later confirm with their high-tech tracker at Roger Dean Stadium, starter John Lackey knew in his fingertips because, as he said with that Texas accent, he’s “thrown a few pitchers” in his career. That’s why throwing 91 mph consistently with his fastball struck him, too. “Honestly, yeah, it’s probably a little bit too early to be throwing that hard,” Lackey said, grinning. “I might back of a little bit the next time. Then bring it back later on.”

JUPITER, FLA. • The power lines have

been redrawn in baseball, with the primary source of energy shifting from the batter’s box to the pitcher’s mound. Home-run rates have crashed. Strikeout rates are popping. MLB teams averaged only 0.86 homers per game in 2014, the lowest rate in a season since 1992. But last season pitchers averaged 7.73 strikeouts per nine innings, the highest in MLB history.

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Cardinals shortstop Pete Kozma drives in a run with a base hit Monday.

> 12:05 p.m. Tuesday vs. Miami, FSM > Notebook • Wainwright looks sharp. B3

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ON GOLF > BY DAN O’NEILL • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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An audience with the King Palmer’s graciousness makes big impression on young writer

he old Bogeyman doesn’t usually endorse television, not since “The Gong Show” went of the air. But if you have access to Golf Channel, you might be interested in viewing a 60-minute special Tuesday, “Arnie & Me.” The program will show at 9 p.m., preceded by the replay at 6 p.m. of the “Arnie” documentary that first aired last April. The “Arnie & Me” segment includes some 40 remembrances of Palmer. T h e s to r i e s c o m e f ro m

celebrities like NFL quarterback Peyton Manning and supermodel Kate Upton. Most important, they also come from non-celebrities, connections that truly make Palmer “The King.” One story it will not include took place Aug. 11, 1989. The occasion was the PGA Championship at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, just northwest of Chicago. The Post-Dispatch sent a reporter who had never covered a golf championship. There were people living in Yakutsk who knew more See GOLF • Page B10

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CALGARY, ALBERTA • When Zbynek Michalek was ready to make his Blues debut against Minnesota on Saturday, captain David Backes acknowledged that it was good news for the team. But Backes also noted, “The down side is that there’s going to be a good defenseman not playing because we’ve got plenty of them.” The competition for a spot in the Blues’ lineup has been fierce since the team added three players — Michalek, Robert Bortuzzo and Olli Jokinen — at the NHL’s trading deadline. The club has not suited up the same 20 players in its last six games, and may not again Tuesday night when it continues its six-game road trip in Calgary. The battle is particularly close on defense, but there are also nightly decisions at forward, as Blues coach Ken Hitchcock has had the power in the past week to make Patrik Berglund and Steve Ott both healthy scratches. “The competitive caldron is what makes a team,” Hitchcock said. “It’s competition for ice time, it’s competition for special teams, it’s competition for staying in the lineup. That’s what makes the See BLUES • Page B5 > 8 p.m. Tuesday at Calgary, FSM > Inside • Previewing Tuesday’s game. B5

Bracket busting: Finding teams set to pull upsets JOE STRAUSS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The primary story for this year’s NCAA Tournament is whether Kentucky can complete an undefeated season. Las Vegas gives the Wildcats virtually the same chance of winning the tournament as the other 67 teams combined. We’ll leave that proposition to chalk players. Succeeding in your office bracketology often comes down to picking a team that can pull an upset or two. It happens every year as a mid-major or a previously underachieving team from a power league sets brackets ablaze from coast to coast. In last year’s tournament, poorer seeds won eight opening-round games and 23 during the entire tourney. Finalists Connecticut and Kentucky did much of the damage as Nos. 7-8 seeds. It probably is foolish to expect a similar run by long-shot teams this time; however, early chaos remains part of March Madness’ fabric. As a public service, we present these 10 potential bracket-busters for your enjoyment. (All suggestions are for entertainment value only, of course.) See STRAUSS • Page B6

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ON THE AIR BASEBALL Noon Exhibition: Atlanta vs. Boston, MLB Network 12:05 p.m. Exhibition: Cardinals vs. Miami, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM) 3 p.m. Exhibition: LA Angels vs. Colorado, MLB Network 6 p.m. Exhibition: Toronto vs. New York Yankees, MLB Network HOCKEY 6:30 p.m. NHL: Bufalo at Boston, NBCSN 8 p.m. NHL: Blues at Calgary, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM) BASKETBALL 6:30 p.m. NBA: Memphis at Detroit, FSM Plus Men’s NCAA Tournament 5:30 p.m. Hampton vs. Manhattan in Dayton, Ohio, TruTV, WXOS (101.1 FM) 8 p.m. Brigham Young vs. Mississippi in Dayton, Ohio, TruTV, WXOS (101.1 FM) TruTV • Charter cable 63, 772 (HD); Direct 246; Dish 148, 242 (HD); AT&T U-verse 164; Cable America (Maryland Heights) 57; Fidelity (Sullivan) 55. Men’s NIT 6 p.m. George Washington at Pittsburgh, ESPN 6 p.m. North Carolina Central at Miami, ESPN2 6 p.m. Iona at Rhode Island, ESPNU 8 p.m. Illinois at Alabama, ESPN • Game will be played at Alabama because of Illinois stadium renovations. Illinois will be the home team. 8 p.m. Texas-El Paso at Murray State, ESPN2 8 p.m. Montana at Texas A&M, ESPNU 10 p.m. California-Davis at Stanford, ESPN2 LACROSSE 6 p.m. College men: Colgate at Cornell, Fox Sports 1 SOCCER 2:30 p.m. UEFA Champions League: Monaco vs. Arsenal, Fox Sports 1 2:30 p.m. UEFA Champions League: Atletico vs. Leverkusen, Fox Sports 1 9 p.m. CONCACAF Champions League: Herediano vs. Club America, Fox Sports 2 TENNIS 12:30 p.m. ATP-WTA: Paribas Open (third round and round of 16), Tennis Channel

DIGEST Seavey leads Iditarod; Zirkle is in third Defending champion Dallas Seavey has grabbed the lead from veteran musher Aaron Burmeister in Alaska’s 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Parkway West’s Aliy Zirkle, a 1988 graduate, was in third place, Jessie Royer in fourth and Norwegian musher Joar Ulsom in ifth Monday afternoon. Seavey was the irst to reach the checkpoint at Koyuk, 123 miles from the inish line in Nome, even though he left the previous checkpoint at Shaktoolik more than an hour behind Burmeister. Seavey arrived in Koyuk at 12:34 p.m. Monday, and Burmeister was three minutes behind him. Murray advances to fourth round of BNP Paribas Open • Andy Murray outlasted Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 in a nearly twohour baseline slugfest under a hot sun at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday in Indian Wells, Calif. Murray earned the only two breaks of the third set and closed out the win when Kohlschreiber’s forehand went wide, one of 35 unforced errors by the German. Murray moved on to a fourth-round match against Adrian Mannarino, who beat 14th-seeded Ernests Gulbis, 6-4, 6-4. Fifth-seeded Kei Nishikori was stretched to three sets before overcoming Fernando Verdasco, 6-7 (8), 6-1, 6-4. John Isner beat 18th-seeded Kevin Anderson, 7-6 (8), 6-2. On the women’s side, former Indian Wells winner and No. 4 seed Caroline Wozniacki was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by 31st-seeded Belinda Bencic. Qualiier Lesia Tsurenko defeated 20th-seeded Alize Cornet, 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. Eugenie Bouchard defeated CoCo Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-2 to reach the fourth round. Five women lacrosse players suspended • Five members of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County women’s lacrosse team have been suspended indeinitely for writing text messages that threatened freshmen on the squad, the school’s athletics director, Tim Hall, said Monday. Hall did not discuss speciics of the texts in an interview Monday, but he says the school has taken steps to protect the team’s freshmen. In addition to suspending the ive players, the squad has been practicing recently without any contact drills. McIlroy to be face of EA Sports PGA Tour • Rory McIlroy now has something else that that once belonged to Tiger Woods — the cover of EA Sports’ latest video game. Electronic Arts Inc. announced Monday that McIlroy will be the new face of its golf series. “EA Sports Rory McIlroy PGA Tour” is to be released in June and will be the irst EA Sports series to use the new Frostbite technology that provides sharper pictures and eliminates load times between holes. EA Sports built its PGA Tour series around Woods from 1998 until it ended its relationship with him in 2013 when Woods was still No. 1 in the world. McIlroy has been No. 1 since August. McIlroy and Woods shared the cover in 2011. The game will be available for Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Associated Press

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Less is more for Kendricks Tight end stays with Rams despite getting a bigger ofer elsewhere By JIM THOMAS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It’s almost always about the money when it comes to NFL free agency. But there is an exception here and there, such as Rams tight end Lance Kendricks. Kendricks said he was offered more money from Atlanta last week but decided to stay with the Rams instead. “A lot of teams were interested right of the bat,” Kendricks said. “Atlanta really pushed hard to get me, and they made their interest known very soon.” New England also showed interest, but not as much as anticipated. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels had the same job title in St. Louis in 2011 and pushed hard for Kendricks in the draft that season. It seemed only natural that McDaniels would lure Kendricks to Foxborough, but it didn’t happen. “I think they had some things tied up in other positions, so they weren’t able to really pursue me like I think they wanted to,” Kendricks said. So it’s back to the Rams for the versatile and durable Kendricks, who has missed only two of 64 games as a pro and can play in the backfield, on the line, and split out wide. Even though he left money on the table in Atlanta, he won’t be scrounging to make ends meet. His four-year deal is for $18.5 million and includes $10 million in guaranteed money. “I think this is meant to be,” Kendricks said. The contract breaks down as follows: • He gets a $4 million roster bonus this year, plus a base salary of $1.5 million during the 2015 season. • In 2016, he receives a $3.25 million base salary, plus a roster bonus of $1.25 million. • In 2017 and 2018, the numbers are the same: a $3.75 million base salary and a roster bonus of $500,000 in both seasons. Additionally, in each of the four seasons Kendricks can earn $100,000 in incentives. His salary cap numbers over the length of the contract are $5.6 million in 2015, $4.6 million in 2016 and $4.35 million in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. In summary, Kendricks should be financially secure for life at age 27. Years of hard work have gone into reaching that status. “It’s still kind of surreal for me,” Kendricks said. “I guess it’ll hit me when the money starts coming in. Like you said, it’s just being rewarded for all the hard work I’ve put in — and other players have put in over all the years. And it just shows that the team really cares. And that’s important.” It’s always nice to be wanted. And nothing says ”we want you back” like millions of bucks. Beyond that, Kendricks said he returned because he likes the system, his coaches and his team-

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Rams tight end Lance Kendricks catches a 23-yard touchdown pass against the Giants in a game Dec. 21.

mates. “I was drafted here,” he said. “Being able to help build this team from the ground up was always a big thing for me. So I’m just glad to be back, and I’m glad to get to work and glad to work with some of the guys.” One of the guys he won’t be working with is quarterback Sam Bradford, who was traded to Philadelphia for Nick Foles last Tuesday in a transaction that occurred after Kendricks had agreed to terms. “I actually was surprised,” Kendricks said. “I didn’t see it coming. But he’s a great friend, a great quarterback, and I hope he does well in Philly.” Kendricks’ most productive year as a pass-catcher was 2012, the only season during his four seasons in St. Louis in which Bradford was fully healthy and played all 16 games. He caught 42 passes for 519 yards that season — both easily career highs — and scored four touchdowns. Bradford knew where to find Kendricks in the offense and looked for him with regularity. When he learned Bradford had been traded, Kendricks said, “We didn’t panic or anything. I know Nick’s a really good quarterback. He’s made a lot of plays and he’s done a lot of things with the Eagles. ... I think here, our system is simple enough and it’s under-

standable, and it’s a system that I think he’s gonna be able to thrive in.” Kendricks had some drops and lacked consistency as a rookie in 2011 but has been one of the Rams’ most dependable targets, starting with that 2012 season. Over the past three seasons, 68.2 percent of the passes thrown his way — or 101 of 148 — have resulted in catches. Partly because of the arrival of fellow tight end Jared Cook in free agency in 2013, Kendricks has been targeted less frequently. He had gone from being targeted a career-high 64 times in 2012, to 46 times in 2013 and 38 last season, when he caught a career-low 27 passes. “With the quarterback changes that we had going on last year, it was really hard for everyone to kinda get into a rhythm,” Kendricks said. “So Coach (Rob) Boras and Coach (Frank) Cignetti, they spoke to me Thursday about implementing more options for me in the passing game.” Cignetti is the Rams’ new offensive coordinator; Boras has added assistant head coach/offense to his duties as tight ends coach. “I’m excited to see what they have in the works,” Kendricks said. Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter jthomas@post-dispatch.com

NFL NOTEBOOK Is ‘Tebow Time’ looming in Philly? Tim Tebow worked out Monday for the Philadelphia Eagles, two people familiar with the session told The Associated Press. One said Tebow worked out at quarterback and left the facility without discussing a contract. Considering all the ofseason moves made by coach Chip Kelly, taking a look at the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner with the huge following shouldn’t be a surprise. Tebow could run zone-read plays better than Philadelphia’s four current quarterbacks — Sam Bradford, Mark Sanchez, Matt Barkley and G.J. Kinne. Tebow has not been on an NFL team since the 2012 season. He was released by the Jets, then attended training camp in the summer of 2013 with the Patriots but was cut. One of the most successful college quarterbacks, at Florida, Tebow started 14 games for Denver over two years after being selected in the irst round of the 2010 draft. He threw for 316 yards in a playof victory for the Broncos, who traded him to the Jets for a fourth-round pick after they signed Peyton Manning. Tebow has been working in television as an analyst for the SEC Network and ESPN. Although Tebow had some success in Denver, his inaccurate passing and lack of pocket presence have plagued him in the NFL. His strength has been running the ball or improvising. There’s also been some thought that Tebow might switch to tight end or fullback, although he has balked at such a move in the past. The Eagles have depth at tight end, but no fullbacks on the roster. Kelly likes versatile players, though Tebow tried out at QB. Texans get Wilfork • Nose tackle Vince Wilfork, who has spent his entire 11-year NFL career with the Patriots and was selected to ive Pro Bowls, signed with the Texans. He’ll join a Houston unit led by NFL defensive player of the year J.J. Watt and featuring last year’s No. 1 draft pick, Jadeveon Clowney — who was injured for most of last season. Wilfork started all 16 games for the Patriots last year and had 53 tackles, two for losses, and an interception. He was a locker room leader as well. But the team did not pick up his contract option in a salarycap related move. Houston also signed wide receiver Cecil Shorts III, who led the Jaguars with 53 catches last season for 577 yards. The four-year veteran has been Jacksonville’s leading receiver over that span. The Texans need a wideout to replace Andre Johnson, who has signed with the Colts.

Borland, fearing head injury, plans to retire • 49ers linebacker Chris Borland, 24, told ESPN he is retiring in fear of the long-term impact of head trauma. “I just honestly want to do what’s best for my health,” Borland, one of the NFL’s top rookies last season, told ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” show. “From what I’ve researched and what I’ve experienced, I don’t think it’s worth the risk.” Elsewhere • The Raiders released Matt Schaub less than one year after acquiring him to be their starting quarterback. He was beaten out for Oakland’s starting job by rookie Derek Carr last year and became expendable after the team signed former Viking Christian Ponder last week to be Carr’s backup. • The Cowboys are one of at least six teams that have expressed some interest in embattled defensive end Greg Hardy. A week into free agency, Hardy still remains one of the top defensive players available on the open market because he could get a six-game suspension to start the season after he was convicted in June 2014 of assaulting his ex-girlfriend. The charges were dismissed on appeal in February after his accuser failed to show up for court. Meanwhile, the Cowboys signed two linebackers — Jasper Brinkley, who had been with the Vikings, and Andrew Gachka, who had been with the Chargers. • Former 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald iled a defamation lawsuit against a woman who accused him of rape. McDonald says security camera footage will show a consensual sexual encounter occurred in his hot tub. The 49ers cut McDonald in December after learning of the allegation. The Santa Clara (Calif.) County district attorney is considering whether to ile criminal charges. McDonald’s lawyer says the unresolved accusations are preventing McDonald from signing with an NFL team. • Former Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston, projected by some to be the top pick in this year’s NFL draft, reportedly won’t attend the event. Sports Illustrated’s Peter King said Winston, who has made headlines for of-ield problems as well as his success in games, will spend that time with family and friends. • The Browns signed cornerback Tramon Williams and defensive lineman Randy Starks. Williams had been with the Packers and Starks with the Dolphins. • The Panthers signed former Chiefs safety Kurt Coleman, who started three games last season. • NFL player representatives voted to retain DeMaurice Smith as executive director of the union. From news services


BASEBALL

03.17.2015 • TUESDAY • M 1

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH • B3

CARDINALS NOTEBOOK

Wainwright expects ‘real game’ next Ace looks good against teammates; Lackey is sharp as Cardinals shut out Tigers CARDINALS 1, TIGERS 0

BY RICK HUMMEL St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JUPiTEr, fla. • The two graybeards of the Cardinals’ rotation, Adam Wainwright and John Lackey, dazzled fans in morning and afternoon sessions Monday as it was a very good day for Cardinals pitching. For one thing, the Cardinals didn’t walk anybody and struck out 12 in a 1-0 win over the Detroit Tigers. Before Lackey, 36, made his spring debut in perfect fashion for three innings before a sellout crowd of 7,650 at Roger Dean Stadium, Wainwright, 33, took to Field 1 at the Cardinals’ complex, and with a smaller but enthusiastic audience observing, faced teammate Jon Jay and assorted minor leaguers. This was Wainwright’s last tuneup before expected game action Saturday, and it was a good one. Although manager Mike Matheny said he wouldn’t announce any pitching plans until Tuesday, Wainwright said, “Real game is next.” Wainwright is on pace to have three Grapefruit League starts before he plans to face the Chicago Cubs in the season opener April 5 in Chicago. Not only did Wainwright achieve a higher pitch count Monday with 50, he also had an assortment of pitches. “If you show them a few diferent things, there’s no way to look for one thing or sit on one pitch,” Wainwright said. “It’s always kind of a guessing game. When I get them guessing, I’ve got them right where I want them. That’s what I want to carry on.” Matheny and pitching coach Derek Lilliquist were standing directly behind a screen close to the plate. “I think from everybody I talked to,” Wainwright said, “I passed all tests that needed to be passed.”

THE KOZMA SHOW Pete Kozma, who already has appeared at five positions this spring, took a spin at third base

DETROIT

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Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright says he’s ready to face hitters on other teams for his next assignment.

Monday and turned in the play of the game, snatching a short hop on Bryan Holaday’s smash in the seventh and starting a double play. Kozma also singled in Randal Grichuk in the sixth for the game’s only run and is hitting .400 for the spring. Grichuk, running aggressively, had taken second on a short wild pitch after drawing a walk. A former starter at shortstop for the Cardinals, Kozma is in the pool for a utility job this spring and, barring a reversal in the next couple of weeks, he should win that job. Infield coach Jose Oquendo said, “That was a great play. He always takes ground balls everywhere, so he has an idea of how the ball comes to that third-base side. He’s been chasing balls in the outfield, so he’s been prepared.” Some 30 years ago, Oquendo, a natural shortstop, was trying to make the Cardinals’ club – and

he did – by playing several positions. But Oquendo said, “He’s a better athlete. “The key is that he can catch the ball and throw the ball. We always wish he could hit a lot more and, in the future, I think he might hit a little bit more. Once he gets more confidence in what he’s doing, he’s going to be a great player.”

ADAMS TRIES TO BUNT On Matheny’s suggestion, Matt Adams, who has faced and will continue to face defenses shifted to the right side, has been trying to learn to bunt. Against Detroit lefthanded ace David Price in the first inning, Adams took a couple of awkward jabs, almost as if he were trying to drag bunt. He failed on both occasions and ended up striking out. “I was happy to see Matt make an attempt to bunt and he’s going to have to,” said Matheny. “I don’t mind Jason (lefthandedhitting Jason Heyward) doing it

either, to be honest with you. If they’re going to give you a base hit. ... I just know how hard those were to come by. “Matt’s going to have to show that he can do it — not just attempt it.” Adams hit just .190 against lefthanders last year. “I think he has a whole lot more time (to bunt) than he realizes,” Matheny said. “He doesn’t have to be perfect. ... Scouts are looking (at Adams). He hasn’t shown he’s going to do anything. It’s frustrating for him when he tries twice and ends up striking out. Then, it’s ‘Why did I even waste that pitch?’ That’s not what we want. We want to open up the field for him.” Bunting, said Matheny, “is a lost art. That’s getting translated all the way through every level and these kids are getting here without ever bunting. Especially when you’re Matt Adams. What coach is ever going to have him bunt?”

Lackey is perfect in his Grapefruit League debut Cardinals • from B1

After settling on a delayed schedule to save mileage on his arm, the senior member of the Cardinals’ rotation made his Grapefruit League debut Monday with three perfect, expedient innings. He didn’t have an inning longer than 14 pitches. He was never behind in a count after the second pitch. He struck out four and was showered, dressed and ready to get on with his day before the Cardinals had a run in their 1-0 victory against the Detroit Tigers. Lackey, the pitcher the Cardinals acquired at the July trade deadline, set the scoreless pace for the pitcher who thought the Cardinals might acquire him at the deadline, former Rays lefty David Price. “That was the fan base I heard from the most,” said Price after striking out five in four superb innings Monday. “I don’t know who was closest. I never knew that the Tigers were even in the running. In my mind the Cardinals were the head of the pack, more than everybody else because the circumstances fit so well. They had a good minorleague system. In a position to win that year. I guess I kind of did think it would be the Cardinals.” The Cardinals explored trading for Price, and one executive with a rival team called it “the obvious fit.” Mozeliak wouldn’t name the Rays, but that’s who he meant when he said the teams “clearly could have matched up, but didn’t want to go down that path.” The Tigers triangulated a three-team deal to get Price, while the Cardinals had to send All-Star Allen Craig and Joe Kelly to Boston for Lackey. At the time, Mozeliak intended to create playing time for prospect Oscar Taveras, not trade him. There was also the cost — the initial cost of talent, which was rich for the Cardinals, and also the future contract cost, which was richer for Price. Both Lackey and Price came with team control for 2015 and free agency looming. Price’s salary would be set by arbitration, Lackey’s by a curious contract clause. In January, Price signed a one-year, $19.75 million deal, a record for arbitration-eligible players. Lackey will be paid the

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Cardinals starter John Lackey pitches against Detroit on Monday. He retired all nine men he faced.

minimum, $507,500. The best deals aren’t always for the best player. It’s often the best value. Lackey has expressed an interest in reworking his contract, which triggered the minimumsalary summer when he missed a year to injury. He said Monday he’d “love to hear something from the Cardinals. I’d listen to any offers. The ball is in their court.” Whether the Cardinals sweeten his contract with mutually beneficial incentives or don’t, the 36-year-old former All-Star is expected to provide a treasured commodity at low cost. Consistency. “I think the actual value is that he’s a guy who is normally right there when you need someone to eat up some innings,” manager Mike Matheny said. “He just wants to pitch. Turn around and you see that you’re in the seventh inning and he’s right where

he needs to be. That consistency where it’s not an overpowering guy one day and the next day it just doesn’t look right. It’s going to be a challenge every year for him to keep that reputation. But that’s certainly who he is in our mind.” Price, a Cy Young winner, confounded the Cardinals with a fastball at 95 mph, a cutter at the back edge of the plate, and wily ofspeed stuf. Lackey tested the Tigers with strikes. “He always throws a lot of strikes,” Price said. Lackey needed nine pitches to retire the first three batters. Mark Reynolds stole a base hit with an excellent catch at first on a sinking liner in the second inning, and Lackey cruised from there. He struck out a batter on an 81 mph ofspeed pitch, and he finished his game with a 91 mph fastball for a strikeout. With each pitch, Lackey added incremental elasticity to the strike zone so that eventually he had

hitters fishing on the edges because he got those calls. “Lack is just a guy who keeps making pitches, keeps stretching them, and yo-yoing them a little bit, changing speeds and changing movements and not looking like he’s working that hard,” Matheny said. “He’s at that spot where he’s a Woody Williams-style pitcher. He’s able to start it in the same spot and put some movement on it. Those are getting those quick outs (that) allow him to go deep in the game.” Since 2003, Lackey has had 199 starts last at least six innings with no more than three earned runs. There are only seven active pitchers in baseball with more starts of at least seven innings and three or fewer earned runs than Lackey’s 138. After coming to the Cardinals, Lackey pitched at least six innings in eight of his 10 starts. (It took an ejection to keep him from a ninth.) That kind of stability is essential for a rotation that will have at least two pitchers coming back from injury and at least two pitchers who have never thrown more than 110 innings in a big-league season. He’s a known quantity, a steadying force every fifth day. Matheny remarked that Lackey threw with velocity Monday the Cardinals didn’t see late last season. Overall, Lackey’s fastball has averaged 91.1 mph to 91.7 each of the past seven healthy seasons. He’s pitched 175 innings in nine of the past 11 healthy seasons and made at least 27 starts nine times in his career. Steady as he goes. FanGraphs assigns dollar values to player production to reflect what it would be worth in the open market and Lackey has been consistent – worth at least $15.5 million in four of his past five seasons. If he can do that, he’ll give the Cardinals value beyond price. “It’s all about being healthy and feeling good at the right time,” Lackey said. “Just building toward the real deal. First full year in a new league. New team. A lot of stuf going on. I still feel I can pitch a little bit so I think the rest of that stuff takes care of itself.” Derrick Goold @dgoold on Twitter dgoold@post-dispatch.com

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EXTRA BASES Matheny said righthander Lance Lynn, who missed one start with a mild hip flexor strain, will pitch a simulated game Wednesday on the minor-league side, with Jay again to get a number of atbats. Lynn, should he pass this test, will return to the rotation to make what should be three starts to get ready for the second game of the season April 7 in Chicago. Matheny said that Jay, recovering from offseason left wrist surgery, was about ready for game duty. ... Jhonny Peralta got his first spring hit, a single, after 13 hitless at-bats. ... Former Holt High (Wentzville) lefthander Tim Melville pitched a scoreless eighth for the Tigers. Rick Hummel @cmshhummel on Twitter rhummel@post-dispatch.com

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK Rose asks to be reinstated Pete Rose has submitted a new request to be reinstated to baseball, hoping to have a successful outcome from new Commissioner Rob Manfred after Manfred’s predecessor, Bud Selig, did not overturn Rose’s banishment. Rose agreed to a lifetime ban in 1989 following an investigation for Major League Baseball by outside lawyer John Dowd that concluded MLB’s career hits leader bet on the Reds to win while managing the team. Rose applied for reinstatement in September 1997 and met in November 2002 with Selig, who never ruled on the application. Manfred succeeded Selig in January. Manfred said he will consider the appeal and talk to representatives of Rose “about how we’ll handle it from a process perspective. “I want to make sure I understand all of the details in the Dowd Report and Commissioner Bart Giamatti’s decision. I want to hear what Pete has to say, and I’ll make a decision.” Rose, who turns 74 next month, denied for 15 years that he bet on baseball. In his 2004 autobiography, he reversed his stand and acknowledged he bet on the Reds while managing the team. Lee to DL • The Phillies put pitcher Clif Lee on the 60-day disabled list to give him time to attempt to rehabilitate an injury without having surgery. Lee has a torn tendon in his left (pitching) elbow and was told last week to stop throwing and surgery was recommended. He is in the final season of a $125 million, five-year contract. Surgery for Floyd • Indians pitcher Gavin Floyd is to have surgery on a fractured bone in his right (pitching) elbow and could miss the season. He missed most of last year, when with Atlanta, because of the same injury. Reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber was named the club’s opening-day starter. Elsewhere • The Reds put pitcher Tony Cingrani in the bullpen. He is coming of shoulder problems and was considered a leading candidate to regain a starting role. • Season-ending Tommy John surgery is likely for Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler, who has a torn ligament in his right (pitching) elbow. • Sonny Gray was named the Athletics’ opening-day starting pitcher for the second straight year. From news services


SPORTS

B4 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Wade’s fast start lifts Heat over Cavs; James falls to 0-2 in Miami this season ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dwyane Wade scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half, Goran Dragic added 20 points and nine assists, and Miami handed LeBron James another loss on his former home floor with a 106-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. That pushed the Heat back into the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference playof race. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Mario Chalmers finished with 16 points of the bench for the Heat, who won both of James’ regular-season trips to Miami this season — his first two games back since leaving the team and returning to Cleveland last summer. James scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter for Cleveland, which had its winning streak snapped at four games. Beal sparks Wizards • Native St. Louisan Bradley Beal scored 23 points and John Wall had 21 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and two blocks to help Washington beat visiting Portland 105-97 after allowing a 25-point lead dwindle to three.

AssociAted Press

Miami’s Dwyane Wade scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half Monday night.

ated after games this week against Sacramento, Golden State and Oklahoma City. Korver, the NBA’s most accurate 3-point shooter this year (50.4 percent), was hurt Sunday when taking an offensive foul from the Lakers’ Ed Davis.

NOTEBOOK Korver sidelined • Atlanta guard Kyle Korver will miss at least three games because of a broken nose. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Korver had a procedure performed Monday and will be re-evalu-

Thunder’s Ibaka out • Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka is out indefinitely because of lingering soreness in his right knee. He is averaging 17.1 points and 9.4 rebounds since the All-Star break.

M 1 • TUESDAY • 03.17.2015

NBA STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W Toronto 40 Boston 30 Brooklyn 27 Philadelphia 15 New York 13 Southeast Division W x-Atlanta 52 Washington 39 Miami 30 Charlotte 29 Orlando 21 Central Division W Cleveland 43 Chicago 40 Milwaukee 34 Indiana 30 Detroit 23 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W Memphis 47 Houston 44 Dallas 43 San Antonio 41 New Orleans 36 Northwest Division W Portland 44 Oklahoma City 37 Utah 30 Denver 26 Minnesota 14 Pacific Division W x-Golden State 52 LA Clippers 42 Phoenix 35 Sacramento 22 LA Lakers 17

L 27 36 38 52 53 L 14 28 36 36 47 L 26 28 32 36 43

Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf .597 — 3-7 W-1 22-12 18-15 28-13 .455 9½ 7-3 W-5 18-16 12-20 18-21 .415 12 4-6 W-2 11-19 16-19 15-22 .224 25 3-7 L-2 10-24 5-28 10-32 .197 26½ 3-7 L-2 8-23 5-30 8-32 Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf .788 — 8-2 W-2 30-4 22-10 32-9 .582 13½ 6-4 W-4 25-10 14-18 25-18 .455 22 5-5 W-1 15-18 15-18 20-20 .446 22½ 6-4 L-1 16-18 13-18 22-17 .309 32 2-8 L-4 11-22 10-25 13-31 Pct GB L10 Str Home Away Conf .623 — 6-4 L-1 24-9 19-17 26-14 .588 2½ 4-6 L-2 20-14 20-14 23-15 .515 7½ 3-7 L-2 19-12 15-20 23-16 .455 11½ 7-3 L-2 18-16 12-20 22-18 .348 18½ 0-10 L-10 12-21 11-22 15-22

L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away 20 .701 — 6-4 W-2 26-7 21-13 22 .667 2½ 6-4 W-1 24-9 20-13 25 .632 4½ 5-5 W-2 23-11 20-14 24 .631 5 7-3 W-1 25-8 16-16 30 .545 10½ 7-3 L-1 22-12 14-18 L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away 21 .677 — 7-3 L-1 28-6 16-15 30 .552 8 5-5 L-1 23-9 14-21 36 .455 14½ 9-1 W-6 17-16 13-20 42 .382 19½ 5-5 L-1 16-19 10-23 52 .212 30½ 2-8 L-5 9-25 5-27 L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away 13 .800 — 8-2 W-1 29-2 23-11 25 .627 11 5-5 L-2 24-10 18-15 33 .515 18½ 5-5 W-1 19-15 16-18 43 .338 30 2-8 L-2 13-19 9-24 48 .262 35 3-7 L-2 10-23 7-25

x-clinched playoff spot

Conf 29-13 25-16 23-17 23-18 21-16 Conf 24-14 20-21 15-22 16-25 6-35 Conf 30-8 28-14 17-22 14-25 7-32

Monday Wash. 105, Portland 97 Toronto 117, Indiana 98 Boston 108, Philadelphia 89 Memphis 92, Denver 81 Brooklyn 122, Minn. 106 Miami 106, Cleveland 92 Dallas 119, Okla. City 115 Utah 94, Charlotte 66 Atlanta at Sacramento, (n) Lakers at Golden St., (n) Sunday Okla. City 109, Chicago 100 Houston 100, LA Clippers 98 Den. 118, N.Orleans 111 (2ots) Cleveland 123, Orlando 108 San Antonio 123, Minn. 97 Portland 113, Toronto 97 Phoenix 102, New York 89 Atlanta 91, LA Lakers 86 Tuesday Memphis at Detroit, 6:30 S.Antonio at New York, 6:30 Milw. at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Orlando at Houston, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Clippers, 9:30

Leaders Rebound average Jordan, LAC Drummond, Det Cousins, Sac Gasol, Chi Chandler, Dal Randolph, Mem Vucevic, Orl Aldridge, Por Monroe, Det Davis, NO Love, Cle Asik, NO Noah, Chi Duncan, SA Faried, Den • Through Sunday

14.7 13.2 12.3 12.0 11.5 11.2 11.2 10.5 10.4 10.4 10.1 10.0 9.8 9.5 8.9

NBA SUMMARIES Jazz 94, Hornets 66 Charlotte: Kidd-Gilchrist 2-7 3-4 7, Ma.Williams 1-5 0-0 3, Jefferson 5-11 0-0 10, M. Williams 3-12 0-0 7, Henderson 1-6 2-2 4, Walker 1-8 2-2 5, Biyombo 0-0 1-2 1, Maxiell 1-3 0-0 2, Stephenson 6-13 5-6 17, Taylor 0-6 0-0 0, Roberts 1-4 0-0 2, Vonleh 0-1 2-2 2, Daniels 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 23-78 15-18 66. Utah: Hayward 5-12 5-6 18, Favors 5-9 0-0 10, Gobert 2-4 5-8 9, Exum 4-8 0-0 11, Hood 9-11 1-1 24, Ingles 2-3 0-0 5, Millsap 2-7 0-0 5, Burke 3-14 0-0 8, Booker 0-5 0-2 0, Cooley 1-3 0-0 2, Evans 0-0 2-2 2, Cotton 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-78 13-19 94. Charlotte 16 14 16 20 — 66 Utah 30 31 24 9 — 94 3-point goals: Charlotte 5-19 (Daniels 2-2, Walker 1-2, Ma.Williams 1-3, M. Williams 1-8, Stephenson 0-1, Taylor 0-1, Roberts 0-1, Henderson 0-1), Utah 15-24 (Hood 5-5, Hayward 3-5, Exum 3-5, Burke 2-5, Ingles 1-1, Millsap 1-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Charlotte 42 (Jefferson 7), Utah 67 (Gobert 22). Assists: Charlotte 9 (Walker, M. Williams 3), Utah 19 (Burke 4). Total fouls: Charlotte 11, Utah 19. A: 16,743.

Mavericks 119, Thunder 115 Oklahoma City: Waiters 6-16 2-4 15, Kanter 7-12 5-5 19, Adams 5-8 5-6 15, Westbrook 7-17 9-10 24, Roberson 1-1 0-0 3, Morrow 5-11 0-0 13, Collison 0-0 3-4 3, McGary 5-11 2-4 12, Augustin 3-11 0-0 6, Singler 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 40-90 28-35 115. Dallas: Parsons 10-14 8-9 31, Nowitzki 8-18 2-2 22, Chandler 1-4 3-6 5, Rondo 5-8 0-0 11, Ellis 8-20 8-11 24, Villanueva 4-8 0-0 10, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Stoudemire 5-9 0-1 10, Jefferson 0-2 3-4 3, Barea 1-5 1-2 3. Totals 42-89 25-35 119. Oklahoma City 29 34 29 23 — 115 Dallas 27 26 39 27 — 119 3-point goals: Oklahoma City 7-26 (Morrow 3-7,

Roberson 1-1, Singler 1-2, Westbrook 1-4, Waiters 1-5, Augustin 0-7), Dallas 10-25 (Nowitzki 4-7, Parsons 3-5, Villanueva 2-5, Rondo 1-2, Jefferson 0-1, Barea 0-2, Ellis 0-3). Fouled out: Adams, Westbrook. Rebounds: Oklahoma City 68 (Kanter, McGary 13), Dallas 46 (Chandler 7). Assists: Oklahoma City 19 (Westbrook 12), Dallas 27 (Rondo 13). Total fouls: Oklahoma City 34, Dallas 27. Technicals: Collison, Kanter, Chandler, Nowitzki, Stoudemire. Flagrant fouls: Westbrook, Chandler. A: 20,231.

Heat 106, Cavaliers 92 Cleveland: James 8-19 6-8 26, Thompson 3-8 1-2 7, Mozgov 4-7 2-3 10, Irving 5-15 9-11 21, Smith 3-8 0-0 8, Shumpert 3-7 0-0 7, Jones 2-8 0-0 6, Dellavedova 0-3 2-2 2, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0, Marion 2-4 1-1 5, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-79 21-27 92. Miami: Deng 5-9 0-0 11, Haslem 0-0 0-0 0, Whiteside 6-12 4-6 16, G.Dragic 7-13 6-6 20, Wade 13-18 6-8 32, Chalmers 6-10 2-2 16, Walker 1-4 0-0 3, Andersen 2-4 0-0 4, Beasley 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 42-76 18-22 106. Cleveland 22 16 25 29 — 92 Miami 27 29 27 23 — 106 3-point goals: Cleveland 11-33 (James 4-8, Smith 2-6, Irving 2-7, Jones 2-8, Shumpert 1-3, Dellavedova 0-1), Miami 4-15 (Chalmers 2-5, Deng 1-2, Walker 1-4, Beasley 0-1, Andersen 0-1, G.Dragic 0-2). Fouled out: Walker. Rebounds: Cleveland 42 (Thompson 8), Miami 51 (Whiteside 11). Assists: Cleveland 17 (Irving 6), Miami 21 (G.Dragic 9). Total fouls: Cleveland 21, Miami 21. A: 19,626.

Grizzlies 92, Nuggets 81 Denver: Chandler 4-10 3-6 13, Arthur 1-11 1-2 3, Nurkic 0-2 2-4 2, Nelson 11-18 0-0 24, Foye 6-14 2-2 16, Hickson 3-12 3-5 9, E.Green 1-5 0-0 2, Barton 1-5 2-2 5, Lauvergne 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 3-4 0-0 7. Totals 30-81 13-21 81.

Memphis: Je.Green 2-4 2-2 6, Randolph 9-20 3-4 21, Gasol 4-13 6-8 14, Udrih 4-8 0-0 9, Lee 3-7 2-2 9, Allen 5-10 4-4 14, Calathes 5-11 2-2 12, Koufos 1-3 2-2 4, Carter 0-4 3-4 3, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-80 24-28 92. Denver 18 19 26 18 — 81 Memphis 24 23 18 27 — 92 3-point goals: Denver 8-18 (Chandler 2-2, Nelson 2-5, Foye 2-6, Harris 1-2, Barton 1-2, Arthur 0-1), Memphis 2-9 (Lee 1-2, Udrih 1-3, Calathes 0-1, Je.Green 0-1, Carter 0-1, Randolph 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Denver 47 (Chandler 8), Memphis 63 (Randolph 16). Assists: Denver 14 (Barton 4), Memphis 14 (Calathes, Gasol 3). Total fouls: Denver 24, Memphis 16. A: 16,614.

Nets 122, Timberwolves 106 Brooklyn: Johnson 10-14 0-0 22, Young 8-17 3-4 19, Lopez 7-8 2-3 16, Williams 3-9 2-2 8, M.Brown 1-4 0-0 2, Jack 6-10 4-4 16, Plumlee 2-2 2-2 6, Jefferson 2-6 0-2 4, Bogdanovic 10-15 0-0 21, Anderson 2-4 0-0 6, Jordan 1-1 0-0 2, Morris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 52-90 13-17 122. Minnesota: Wiggins 5-13 3-4 13, Payne 3-8 0-0 6, Dieng 4-7 3-4 11, LaVine 8-15 0-0 20, Martin 7-16 6-6 23, Hamilton 6-14 3-3 15, Budinger 8-10 0-0 18, L.Brown 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 41-88 15-17 106. Brooklyn 33 34 31 24 — 122 Minnesota 29 26 24 27 — 106 3-point goals: Brooklyn 5-13 (Anderson 2-2, Johnson 2-5, Bogdanovic 1-3, Jack 0-1, Williams 0-2), Minnesota 9-15 (LaVine 4-6, Martin 3-5, Budinger 2-3, Wiggins 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Brooklyn 51 (Plumlee 9), Minnesota 40 (Wiggins, Hamilton 6). Assists: Brooklyn 21 (Williams 7), Minnesota 27 (Martin 6). Total fouls: Brooklyn 15, Minnesota 15. A: 14,234.

Celtics 108, 76ers 89 Philadelphia: Thompson 5-9 1-2 13, Mbah a Moute 4-8 1-4 10, Noel 7-15 4-6 18, Canaan 4-11 1-2 11, Richardson 1-7 0-0 2, Smith 7-13 1-2 16, Covington 1-8 1-2 4, Grant 2-5 1-2 6, Robinson 2-5 3-4 7, Sims 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 34-84 13-24 89. Boston: Turner 5-9 0-0 10, Bass 6-10 0-0 12, Zeller 11-15 4-4 26, Smart 4-10 1-1 11, Bradley 8-14 0-0 20, Olynyk 0-6 1-2 1, Datome 4-8 0-0 10, Crowder 5-7 0-0 10, Pressey 1-7 3-4 5, Jerebko 0-1 2-2 2, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Randolph 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 44-88 12-15 108. Philadelphia 18 16 34 21 — 89 Boston 38 19 32 19 — 108 3-point goals: Philadelphia 8-24 (Thompson 2-5, Canaan 2-7, Mbah a Moute 1-1, Smith 1-2, Grant 1-3, Covington 1-4, Richardson 0-2), Boston 8-20 (Bradley 4-7, Smart 2-3, Datome 2-4, Jerebko 0-1, Pressey 0-1, Crowder 0-2, Olynyk 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Philadelphia 53 (Noel 7), Boston 55 (Bradley 10). Assists: Philadelphia 20 (Smith 4), Boston 27 (Bradley 6). Total fouls: Philadelphia 20, Boston 21. Flagrant fouls: Turner. A: 16,55.

Raptors 117, Pacers 98 Toronto: Ross 3-6 0-0 9, A.Johnson 3-7 4-5 11, Valanciunas 7-10 0-1 14, Lowry 7-13 1-3 20, DeRozan 6-19 10-11 22, Patterson 1-1 2-2 4, Vasquez 3-8 0-0 8, Hansbrough 1-1 3-4 5, Williams 8-17 7-7 24, Fields 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-82 27-33 117. Indiana: S.Hill 4-8 3-4 11, West 3-8 1-1 7, Hibbert 5-13 7-8 17, G.Hill 9-15 4-5 23, Miles 4-12 3-4 12, Mahinmi 0-2 0-0 0, Stuckey 9-16 2-2 20, Scola 1-3 0-0 2, Watson 3-8 0-1 6, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Copeland 0-2 0-0 0, Rudez 0-0 0-0 0, Sloan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-88 20-25 98. Toronto 29 29 30 29 — 117 Indiana 24 30 27 17 — 98 3-point goals: Toronto 12-23 (Lowry 5-8, Ross 3-4, Vasquez 2-4, A.Johnson 1-1, Williams 1-6),

Indiana 2-19 (G.Hill 1-3, Miles 1-7, Sloan 0-1, S.Hill 0-2, Copeland 0-2, Watson 0-2, Stuckey 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Toronto 58 (Valanciunas 12), Indiana 46 (West 9). Assists: Toronto 19 (Lowry 10), Indiana 21 (S.Hill, Stuckey 4). Total fouls: Toronto 24, Indiana 22. Technicals: DeRozan. A: 17,060.

Wizards 105, Trail Blazers 97 Portland: Batum 4-12 2-2 12, Aldridge 10-19 4-6 24, Lopez 3-6 2-3 8, Lillard 5-18 2-2 14, Afflalo 5-9 3-3 15, McCollum 2-5 0-0 5, Kaman 5-8 2-2 12, Blake 1-4 0-0 3, Wright 0-2 2-2 2, Leonard 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 36-89 17-20 97. Washington: Pierce 4-9 6-8 16, Nene 5-13 2-4 12, Gortat 8-10 0-0 16, Wall 10-23 1-2 21, Beal 8-13 3-6 23, Gooden 4-7 0-0 9, Butler 2-6 1-2 5, Sessions 0-0 3-4 3, Seraphin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-82 16-26 105. Portland 20 20 34 23 — 97 Washington 27 33 21 24 — 105 3-point goals: Portland 8-28 (Afflalo 2-5, Batum 2-6, Lillard 2-8, McCollum 1-2, Blake 1-3, Wright 0-1, Aldridge 0-1, Leonard 0-2), Washington 7-12 (Beal 4-4, Pierce 2-5, Gooden 1-1, Wall 0-1, Butler 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Portland 54 (Batum 15), Washington 53 (Wall, Gortat 9). Assists: Portland 19 (Lillard 9), Washington 25 (Wall 11). Total fouls: Portland 19, Washington 17. Technicals: Portland Coach Stotts. A: 17,324. (SUNDAY)

Rockets 100, Clippers 98 Houston: Ariza 7-15 3-3 19, T.Jones 7-14 1-2 16, Motiejunas 3-15 3-5 9, Beverley 3-7 4-4 11, Harden 7-16 17-18 34, Terry 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 2-7 0-0 4, Brewer 3-10 1-2 7, Dorsey 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 32-86 29-36 100. L.A. Clippers: Barnes 7-12 0-1 19, Griffin 4-10

3-3 11, Jordan 2-3 1-8 5, Paul 7-21 8-8 23, Redick 5-15 2-2 15, Rivers 2-5 0-2 4, Hawes 0-1 0-0 0, Robinson 3-5 0-0 7, Davis 3-5 0-0 6, D.Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 36-82 14-24 98. Houston 22 36 26 16 — 100 L.A. Clippers 30 20 24 24 — 98 3-point goals: Houston 7-30 (Harden 3-5, Ariza 2-7, T.Jones 1-2, Beverley 1-5, Terry 0-2, Motiejunas 0-2, Smith 0-3, Brewer 0-4), L.A. Clippers 12-26 (Barnes 5-9, Redick 3-9, Hamilton 2-3, Robinson 1-1, Paul 1-3, Rivers 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Houston 55 (T.Jones 12), L.A. Clippers 62 (Jordan 20). Assists: Houston 17 (Harden 7), L.A. Clippers 24 (Griffin 8). Total fouls: Houston 22, L.A. Clippers 30. Technicals: Brewer, Griffin. Flagrant fouls: Barnes. A: 19,211.

Suns 102, Knicks 89 New York: Thomas 4-8 6-10 14, Amundson 1-3 0-0 2, Bargnani 7-16 4-5 18, Galloway 2-7 2-2 7, Shved 6-15 4-8 18, Hardaway Jr. 1-1 2-2 4, Aldrich 2-8 0-0 4, Early 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 2-3 2-2 7, Larkin 4-5 0-1 8, Wear 3-7 0-0 7. Totals 32-73 20-30 89. Phoenix: Marc.Morris 9-14 0-4 20, Mark. Morris 5-11 3-4 14, Wright 7-8 4-5 18, Bledsoe 8-15 4-6 21, Tucker 2-9 0-0 5, Warren 2-3 2-2 6, Goodwin 3-10 1-2 7, Curry 0-2 0-0 0, Green 2-6 0-0 5, Barron 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 41-83 14-23 102. New York 29 19 18 23 — 89 Phoenix 23 24 28 27 — 102 3-point goals: New York 5-14 (Shved 2-6, Smith 1-1, Wear 1-1, Galloway 1-3, Bargnani 0-3), Phoenix 6-18 (Marc.Morris 2-3, Mark. Morris 1-1, Bledsoe 1-3, Green 1-4, Tucker 1-4, Barron 0-1, Goodwin 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: New York 42 (Aldrich 10), Phoenix 60 (Wright 11). Assists: New York 22 (Galloway 4), Phoenix 24 (Bledsoe 11). Total fouls: New York 22, Phoenix 22. Technicals: . A: 17,264.

Cubs go against the grain, decide to stockpile young hitters Miklasz • froM B1

Power arms rule, with the radar guns taunting hitters. The miles per hour readings have gone berserk. There are no speed limits on a fastball, and the rewiring has has led to a major change in the game’s balance. Back in 2000, teams MLB averaged a record 1.17 homers a game. A combination of bulkedup sluggers, shrinking strike zones, a livelier baseball and more compact ballparks led to 47 players hitting at least 30 homers in 2000. Only 11 hitters reached the 30plus barrier in 2014. MLB has gone from brawny to scrawny. The impact of the power drain has been felt by the Cardinals, who ranked 28th among the 30 MLB teams in homers over the past two seasons. The Cardinals also had more regular-season and postseason wins over the two-year period — proving that it is possible to prevail through other means. Most of all the Cardinals have used very good pitching to suppress homer and runs-scored totals by opponents. Over the past two seasons, while rolling up the MLB-most wins, the Cardinals ranked sixth in the majors in ERA (and fourth in starting-pitcher ERA) and were tied for second in allowing the fewest homers. That’s one of the reasons Cards GM John Mozeliak believes that pitching is still the most desirable commodity. He sees how far pitching has carried his team, even during dull or drought-like conditions on ofense. The rival Chicago Cubs have taken a diferent approach under president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer. Carrying out a planned draft strategy as an essential part of their roster reconstruction, the Cubs have stockpiled an impressive number of young power hitters who have the muscle and the verve to possibly rearrange the NL Central standings. With so many other teams stressing in the eternal treasure hunt for pitching, the Cubs went the other way. Drug testing has helped scrub the game and make the competition cleaner, but no one ever said that hitting home runs is illegal. Not yet, anyway. In a year or two, the Cubs’ massive and unchecked power

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Chicago’s Kris Bryant (right), one of numerous young sluggers on the Cubs, celebrates after hitting a home run in an exhibition game Saturday.

buildup may require United Nations intervention. By the way: Why are the Cubs remodeling Wrigley Field now? Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber and the additional cast of potential wrecking-ball sluggers may come along and knock down the bleachers all over again. According to the New York Times, Epstein believes the best hitting prospects have much more favorable odds of becoming quality players in comparison to pitching prodigies who often break down or fail to develop. “We’re not saying pitching isn’t important,” Epstein told the NY Times. “Pitching is hugely important. But given the batterpitcher dynamic now, it’s easier to develop pitching, easier to find pitching. Pitchers have naturally more confidence because the

rules are tilted in their favor right now, and it takes special bats to be able to perform at truly elite levels. So we went for certainty, and we went for scarcity.” Given the acute shortage of power hitters, the Epstein-Hoyer enterprise may eventually qualify as visionary thinking. Trying to corner the power market — well, why not? Remember Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and the summer of home run love? The Cubs may end up with a young McGwire AND a young Sosa in the lineup (steroids-free, of course). Moreover, the Cubs will have enough money to buy all of the pitching they want. Lefthanded ace Jon Lester was the first purchase. With the Cubs lining up all these projectiles and aiming them at St. Louis, do the Cardi-

nals sense an imminent threat? If Mozeliak finds this unnerving or imposing, he isn’t showing it. “I don’t know the answer,” Mozeliak said. “Hitting home runs — it’s a strange game. I mean, Ryan Ludwick hit 37 for us one year. The way you define success offensively is consistency. If the power production that teams are collecting can prove to do it year in and year out — yeah, it’s concerning. But time will tell.” Mozeliak added: “It’s really about runs, frankly. How you score runs. Whether it’s stringing four hits together or a double or a home run, it really doesn’t matter as long as you have more than the other guy.” But in our talk Mozeliak agreed that the Cardinals are in need of more home-run power — projectable power — for the long

term. But how do they get it done? The Cubs have had the advantage of making their draft picks early in the first round. Chronic losing gave Epstein and Hoyer a chance to select some of the best power-hitting prospects — big bats that weren’t accessible to the Cardinals, who usually draft much later in the first round because of their success in the previous season. Consider this a mini-series of columns. In tomorrow’s piece, I’ll continue my discussion with Mozeliak and take a closer look at the Cardinals’ organizational power outage. And what, if anything, can be done to restore it. Bernie Miklasz @miklasz on Twitter bjmiklasz@post-dispatch.com


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Wade’s fast start lifts Heat over Cavs; James falls to 0-2 in Miami this season ASSOCIATED PRESS

Dwyane Wade scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half, Goran Dragic added 20 points and nine assists, and Miami handed LeBron James another loss on his former home floor with a 106-92 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. That pushed the Heat back into the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference playof race. Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 11 rebounds and Mario Chalmers finished with 16 points of the bench for the Heat, who won both of James’ regular-season trips to Miami this season — his first two games back since leaving the team and returning to Cleveland last summer. James scored 16 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter for Cleveland, which had its winning streak snapped at four games. Beal sparks Wizards • Native St. Louisan Bradley Beal scored 23 points and John Wall had 21 points, 11 assists, nine rebounds and two blocks to help Washington beat visiting Portland 105-97 after allowing a 25-point lead dwindle to three.

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Miami’s Dwyane Wade scored 21 of his 32 points in the first half Monday night.

ated after games this week against Sacramento, Golden State and Oklahoma City. Korver, the NBA’s most accurate 3-point shooter this year (50.4 percent), was hurt Sunday when taking an offensive foul from the Lakers’ Ed Davis.

NOTEBOOK Korver sidelined • Atlanta guard Kyle Korver will miss at least three games because of a broken nose. Coach Mike Budenholzer said Korver had a procedure performed Monday and will be re-evalu-

Thunder’s Ibaka out • Oklahoma City forward Serge Ibaka is out indefinitely because of lingering soreness in his right knee. He is averaging 17.1 points and 9.4 rebounds since the All-Star break.

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NBA STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W Toronto 40 Boston 30 Brooklyn 27 Philadelphia 15 New York 13 Southeast Division W x-Atlanta 53 Washington 39 Miami 30 Charlotte 29 Orlando 21 Central Division W Cleveland 43 Chicago 40 Milwaukee 34 Indiana 30 Detroit 23 WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest Division W Memphis 47 Houston 44 Dallas 43 San Antonio 41 New Orleans 36 Northwest Division W Portland 44 Oklahoma City 37 Utah 30 Denver 26 Minnesota 14 Pacific Division W x-Golden State 53 LA Clippers 42 Phoenix 35 Sacramento 22 LA Lakers 17

L 27 36 38 52 53 L 14 28 36 36 47 L 26 28 32 36 43

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GB L10 Str Home Away Conf — 3-7 W-1 22-12 18-15 28-13 9½ 7-3 W-5 18-16 12-20 18-21 12 4-6 W-2 11-19 16-19 15-22 25 3-7 L-2 10-24 5-28 10-32 26½ 3-7 L-2 8-23 5-30 8-32 GB L10 Str Home Away Conf — 8-2 W-3 30-4 23-10 32-9 14 6-4 W-4 25-10 14-18 25-18 22½ 5-5 W-1 15-18 15-18 20-20 23 6-4 L-1 16-18 13-18 22-17 32½ 2-8 L-4 11-22 10-25 13-31 GB L10 Str Home Away Conf — 6-4 L-1 24-9 19-17 26-14 2½ 4-6 L-2 20-14 20-14 23-15 7½ 3-7 L-2 19-12 15-20 23-16 11½ 7-3 L-2 18-16 12-20 22-18 18½ 0-10 L-10 12-21 11-22 15-22

L 20 22 25 24 30 L 21 30 36 42 52 L 13 25 33 44 49

Pct GB L10 Str Home .701 — 6-4 W-2 26-7 .667 2½ 6-4 W-1 24-9 .632 4½ 5-5 W-2 23-11 .631 5 7-3 W-1 25-8 .545 10½ 7-3 L-1 22-12 Pct GB L10 Str Home .677 — 7-3 L-1 28-6 .552 8 5-5 L-1 23-9 .455 14½ 9-1 W-6 17-16 .382 19½ 5-5 L-1 16-19 .212 30½ 2-8 L-5 9-25 Pct GB L10 Str Home .803 — 8-2 W-2 30-2 .627 11½ 5-5 L-2 24-10 .515 19 5-5 W-1 19-15 .333 31 2-8 L-3 13-20 .258 36 3-7 L-3 10-23

Away 21-13 20-13 20-14 16-16 14-18 Away 16-15 14-21 13-20 10-23 5-27 Away 23-11 18-15 16-18 9-24 7-26

Conf 29-13 25-16 23-17 23-18 21-16 Conf 24-14 20-21 15-22 16-25 6-35 Conf 31-8 28-14 17-22 14-25 7-33

x-clinched playoff spot

Monday Wash. 105, Portland 97 Toronto 117, Indiana 98 Boston 108, Philadelphia 89 Memphis 92, Denver 81 Brooklyn 122, Minn. 106 Miami 106, Cleveland 92 Dallas 119, Okla. City 115 Utah 94, Charlotte 66 Atlanta 110, Sacr. 103 Golden St. 108, Lakers 105 Sunday Okla. City 109, Chicago 100 Houston 100, LA Clippers 98 Den. 118, N.Orleans 111 (2ots) Cleveland 123, Orlando 108 San Antonio 123, Minn. 97 Portland 113, Toronto 97 Phoenix 102, New York 89 Atlanta 91, LA Lakers 86 Tuesday Memphis at Detroit, 6:30 S.Antonio at New York, 6:30 Milw. at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Orlando at Houston, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Clippers, 9:30

Leaders Rebound average Jordan, LAC Drummond, Det Cousins, Sac Gasol, Chi Chandler, Dal Randolph, Mem Vucevic, Orl Aldridge, Por Monroe, Det Davis, NO Love, Cle Asik, NO Noah, Chi Duncan, SA Faried, Den • Through Sunday

14.7 13.2 12.3 12.0 11.5 11.2 11.2 10.5 10.4 10.4 10.1 10.0 9.8 9.5 8.9

NBA SUMMARIES Jazz 94, Hornets 66

Heat 106, Cavaliers 92

Nets 122, Timberwolves 106

Raptors 117, Pacers 98

Hawks 110, Kings 103

(SUNDAY)

Charlotte: Kidd-Gilchrist 2-7 3-4 7, Ma.Williams 1-5 0-0 3, Jefferson 5-11 0-0 10, M. Williams 3-12 0-0 7, Henderson 1-6 2-2 4, Walker 1-8 2-2 5, Biyombo 0-0 1-2 1, Maxiell 1-3 0-0 2, Stephenson 6-13 5-6 17, Taylor 0-6 0-0 0, Roberts 1-4 0-0 2, Vonleh 0-1 2-2 2, Daniels 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 23-78 15-18 66. Utah: Hayward 5-12 5-6 18, Favors 5-9 0-0 10, Gobert 2-4 5-8 9, Exum 4-8 0-0 11, Hood 9-11 1-1 24, Ingles 2-3 0-0 5, Millsap 2-7 0-0 5, Burke 3-14 0-0 8, Booker 0-5 0-2 0, Cooley 1-3 0-0 2, Evans 0-0 2-2 2, Cotton 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 33-78 13-19 94. Charlotte 16 14 16 20 — 66 Utah 30 31 24 9 — 94 3-point goals: Charlotte 5-19 (Daniels 2-2, Walker 1-2, Ma.Williams 1-3, M. Williams 1-8, Stephenson 0-1, Taylor 0-1, Roberts 0-1, Henderson 0-1), Utah 15-24 (Hood 5-5, Hayward 3-5, Exum 3-5, Burke 2-5, Ingles 1-1, Millsap 1-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Charlotte 42 (Jefferson 7), Utah 67 (Gobert 22). Assists: Charlotte 9 (Walker, M. Williams 3), Utah 19 (Burke 4). Total fouls: Charlotte 11, Utah 19. A: 16,743.

Cleveland: James 8-19 6-8 26, Thompson 3-8 1-2 7, Mozgov 4-7 2-3 10, Irving 5-15 9-11 21, Smith 3-8 0-0 8, Shumpert 3-7 0-0 7, Jones 2-8 0-0 6, Dellavedova 0-3 2-2 2, Perkins 0-0 0-0 0, Marion 2-4 1-1 5, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-79 21-27 92. Miami: Deng 5-9 0-0 11, Haslem 0-0 0-0 0, Whiteside 6-12 4-6 16, G.Dragic 7-13 6-6 20, Wade 13-18 6-8 32, Chalmers 6-10 2-2 16, Walker 1-4 0-0 3, Andersen 2-4 0-0 4, Beasley 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 42-76 18-22 106. Cleveland 22 16 25 29 — 92 Miami 27 29 27 23 — 106 3-point goals: Cleveland 11-33 (James 4-8, Smith 2-6, Irving 2-7, Jones 2-8, Shumpert 1-3, Dellavedova 0-1), Miami 4-15 (Chalmers 2-5, Deng 1-2, Walker 1-4, Beasley 0-1, Andersen 0-1, G.Dragic 0-2). Fouled out: Walker. Rebounds: Cleveland 42 (Thompson 8), Miami 51 (Whiteside 11). Assists: Cleveland 17 (Irving 6), Miami 21 (G.Dragic 9). Total fouls: Cleveland 21, Miami 21. A: 19,626.

Brooklyn: Johnson 10-14 0-0 22, Young 8-17 3-4 19, Lopez 7-8 2-3 16, Williams 3-9 2-2 8, M.Brown 1-4 0-0 2, Jack 6-10 4-4 16, Plumlee 2-2 2-2 6, Jefferson 2-6 0-2 4, Bogdanovic 10-15 0-0 21, Anderson 2-4 0-0 6, Jordan 1-1 0-0 2, Morris 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 52-90 13-17 122. Minnesota: Wiggins 5-13 3-4 13, Payne 3-8 0-0 6, Dieng 4-7 3-4 11, LaVine 8-15 0-0 20, Martin 7-16 6-6 23, Hamilton 6-14 3-3 15, Budinger 8-10 0-0 18, L.Brown 0-5 0-0 0. Totals 41-88 15-17 106. Brooklyn 33 34 31 24 — 122 Minnesota 29 26 24 27 — 106 3-point goals: Brooklyn 5-13 (Anderson 2-2, Johnson 2-5, Bogdanovic 1-3, Jack 0-1, Williams 0-2), Minnesota 9-15 (LaVine 4-6, Martin 3-5, Budinger 2-3, Wiggins 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Brooklyn 51 (Plumlee 9), Minnesota 40 (Wiggins, Hamilton 6). Assists: Brooklyn 21 (Williams 7), Minnesota 27 (Martin 6). Total fouls: Brooklyn 15, Minnesota 15. A: 14,234.

Toronto: Ross 3-6 0-0 9, A.Johnson 3-7 4-5 11, Valanciunas 7-10 0-1 14, Lowry 7-13 1-3 20, DeRozan 6-19 10-11 22, Patterson 1-1 2-2 4, Vasquez 3-8 0-0 8, Hansbrough 1-1 3-4 5, Williams 8-17 7-7 24, Fields 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-82 27-33 117. Indiana: S.Hill 4-8 3-4 11, West 3-8 1-1 7, Hibbert 5-13 7-8 17, G.Hill 9-15 4-5 23, Miles 4-12 3-4 12, Mahinmi 0-2 0-0 0, Stuckey 9-16 2-2 20, Scola 1-3 0-0 2, Watson 3-8 0-1 6, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Copeland 0-2 0-0 0, Rudez 0-0 0-0 0, Sloan 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 38-88 20-25 98. Toronto 29 29 30 29 — 117 Indiana 24 30 27 17 — 98 3-point goals: Toronto 12-23 (Lowry 5-8, Ross 3-4, Vasquez 2-4, A.Johnson 1-1, Williams 1-6), Indiana 2-19 (G.Hill 1-3, Miles 1-7, Sloan 0-1, S.Hill 0-2, Copeland 0-2, Watson 0-2, Stuckey 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Toronto 58 (Valanciunas 12), Indiana 46 (West 9). Assists: Toronto 19 (Lowry 10), Indiana 21 (S.Hill, Stuckey 4). Total fouls: Toronto 24, Indiana 22. Technicals: DeRozan. A: 17,060.

Atlanta: Carroll 6-10 1-2 16, Millsap 8-13 2-2 19, Brand 2-5 2-2 6, Teague 6-16 9-11 23, Bazemore 4-12 1-2 11, Mack 5-10 1-2 14, Antic 1-3 2-4 5, Schroder 3-12 4-5 10, Muscala 3-3 0-0 6. Totals 38-84 22-30 110. Sacramento: Casspi 6-13 2-2 16, Landry 1-3 2-2 4, Cousins 7-19 6-8 20, McCallum 4-8 0-0 10, McLemore 5-11 1-2 11, Stauskas 2-8 2-3 7, Williams 0-5 0-0 0, Miller 6-7 2-2 16, Thompson 7-7 4-4 18, Evans 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 38-81 20-25 103. Atlanta 28 26 28 28 — 110 Sacramento 29 18 29 27 — 103 3-point goals: Atlanta 12-31 (Carroll 3-6, Mack 3-7, Teague 2-4, Bazemore 2-8, Millsap 1-2, Antic 1-2, Schroder 0-2), Sacramento 7-20 (Miller 2-2, McCallum 2-4, Casspi 2-5, Stauskas 1-4, Cousins 0-1, McLemore 0-2, Williams 0-2). Fouled out: McLemore. Rebounds: Atlanta 49 (Millsap 10), Sacramento 53 (Cousins 13). Assists: Atlanta 25 (Teague, Schroder 6), Sacramento 23 (Miller 7). Total fouls: Atlanta 24, Sacramento 29. Technicals: Cousins. A: 16,835.

Rockets 100, Clippers 98

Celtics 108, 76ers 89

Wizards 105, Trail Blazers 97

Philadelphia: Thompson 5-9 1-2 13, Mbah a Moute 4-8 1-4 10, Noel 7-15 4-6 18, Canaan 4-11 1-2 11, Richardson 1-7 0-0 2, Smith 7-13 1-2 16, Covington 1-8 1-2 4, Grant 2-5 1-2 6, Robinson 2-5 3-4 7, Sims 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 34-84 13-24 89. Boston: Turner 5-9 0-0 10, Bass 6-10 0-0 12, Zeller 11-15 4-4 26, Smart 4-10 1-1 11, Bradley 8-14 0-0 20, Olynyk 0-6 1-2 1, Datome 4-8 0-0 10, Crowder 5-7 0-0 10, Pressey 1-7 3-4 5, Jerebko 0-1 2-2 2, Young 0-0 0-0 0, Randolph 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 44-88 12-15 108. Philadelphia 18 16 34 21 — 89 Boston 38 19 32 19 — 108 3-point goals: Philadelphia 8-24 (Thompson 2-5, Canaan 2-7, Mbah a Moute 1-1, Smith 1-2, Grant 1-3, Covington 1-4, Richardson 0-2), Boston 8-20 (Bradley 4-7, Smart 2-3, Datome 2-4, Jerebko 0-1, Pressey 0-1, Crowder 0-2, Olynyk 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Philadelphia 53 (Noel 7), Boston 55 (Bradley 10). Assists: Philadelphia 20 (Smith 4), Boston 27 (Bradley 6). Total fouls: Philadelphia 20, Boston 21. Flagrant fouls: Turner. A: 16,55.

Portland: Batum 4-12 2-2 12, Aldridge 10-19 4-6 24, Lopez 3-6 2-3 8, Lillard 5-18 2-2 14, Afflalo 5-9 3-3 15, McCollum 2-5 0-0 5, Kaman 5-8 2-2 12, Blake 1-4 0-0 3, Wright 0-2 2-2 2, Leonard 1-6 0-0 2. Totals 36-89 17-20 97. Washington: Pierce 4-9 6-8 16, Nene 5-13 2-4 12, Gortat 8-10 0-0 16, Wall 10-23 1-2 21, Beal 8-13 3-6 23, Gooden 4-7 0-0 9, Butler 2-6 1-2 5, Sessions 0-0 3-4 3, Seraphin 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-82 16-26 105. Portland 20 20 34 23 — 97 Washington 27 33 21 24 — 105 3-point goals: Portland 8-28 (Afflalo 2-5, Batum 2-6, Lillard 2-8, McCollum 1-2, Blake 1-3, Wright 0-1, Aldridge 0-1, Leonard 0-2), Washington 7-12 (Beal 4-4, Pierce 2-5, Gooden 1-1, Wall 0-1, Butler 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Portland 54 (Batum 15), Washington 53 (Wall, Gortat 9). Assists: Portland 19 (Lillard 9), Washington 25 (Wall 11). Total fouls: Portland 19, Washington 17. Technicals: Portland Coach Stotts. A: 17,324.

Mavericks 119, Thunder 115 Oklahoma City: Waiters 6-16 2-4 15, Kanter 7-12 5-5 19, Adams 5-8 5-6 15, Westbrook 7-17 9-10 24, Roberson 1-1 0-0 3, Morrow 5-11 0-0 13, Collison 0-0 3-4 3, McGary 5-11 2-4 12, Augustin 3-11 0-0 6, Singler 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 40-90 28-35 115. Dallas: Parsons 10-14 8-9 31, Nowitzki 8-18 2-2 22, Chandler 1-4 3-6 5, Rondo 5-8 0-0 11, Ellis 8-20 8-11 24, Villanueva 4-8 0-0 10, Harris 0-1 0-0 0, Stoudemire 5-9 0-1 10, Jefferson 0-2 3-4 3, Barea 1-5 1-2 3. Totals 42-89 25-35 119. Oklahoma City 29 34 29 23 — 115 Dallas 27 26 39 27 — 119 3-point goals: Okla. City 7-26 (Morrow 3-7, Roberson 1-1, Singler 1-2, Westbrook 1-4, Waiters 1-5, Augustin 0-7), Dallas 10-25 (Nowitzki 4-7, Parsons 3-5, Villanueva 2-5, Rondo 1-2, Jefferson 0-1, Barea 0-2, Ellis 0-3). Fouled out: Adams, Westbrook. Rebounds: Okla. City 68 (Kanter, McGary 13), Dallas 46 (Chandler 7). Assists: Okla. City 19 (Westbrook 12), Dallas 27 (Rondo 13). Total fouls: Okla. City 34, Dallas 27. Technicals: Collison, Kanter, Chandler, Nowitzki, Stoudemire. Flagrant fouls: Westbrook, Chandler. A: 20,231.

Grizzlies 92, Nuggets 81 Denver: Chandler 4-10 3-6 13, Arthur 1-11 1-2 3, Nurkic 0-2 2-4 2, Nelson 11-18 0-0 24, Foye 6-14 2-2 16, Hickson 3-12 3-5 9, E.Green 1-5 0-0 2, Barton 1-5 2-2 5, Lauvergne 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 3-4 0-0 7. Totals 30-81 13-21 81. Memphis: Je.Green 2-4 2-2 6, Randolph 9-20 3-4 21, Gasol 4-13 6-8 14, Udrih 4-8 0-0 9, Lee 3-7 2-2 9, Allen 5-10 4-4 14, Calathes 5-11 2-2 12, Koufos 1-3 2-2 4, Carter 0-4 3-4 3, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-80 24-28 92. Denver 18 19 26 18 — 81 Memphis 24 23 18 27 — 92 3-point goals: Denver 8-18 (Chandler 2-2, Nelson 2-5, Foye 2-6, Harris 1-2, Barton 1-2, Arthur 0-1), Memphis 2-9 (Lee 1-2, Udrih 1-3, Calathes 0-1, Je.Green 0-1, Carter 0-1, Randolph 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Denver 47 (Chandler 8), Memphis 63 (Randolph 16). Assists: Denver 14 (Barton 4), Memphis 14 (Calathes, Gasol 3). Total fouls: Denver 24, Memphis 16. A: 16,614.

Houston: Ariza 7-15 3-3 19, T.Jones 7-14 1-2 16, Motiejunas 3-15 3-5 9, Beverley 3-7 4-4 11, Harden 7-16 17-18 34, Terry 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 2-7 0-0 4, Brewer 3-10 1-2 7, Dorsey 0-0 0-2 0. Totals 32-86 29-36 100. L.A. Clippers: Barnes 7-12 0-1 19, Griffin 4-10 3-3 11, Jordan 2-3 1-8 5, Paul 7-21 8-8 23, Redick 5-15 2-2 15, Rivers 2-5 0-2 4, Hawes 0-1 0-0 0, Robinson 3-5 0-0 7, Davis 3-5 0-0 6, D.Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Hamilton 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 36-82 14-24 98. Houston 22 36 26 16 — 100 L.A. Clippers 30 20 24 24 — 98 3-point goals: Houston 7-30 (Harden 3-5, Ariza 2-7, T.Jones 1-2, Beverley 1-5, Terry 0-2, Motiejunas 0-2, Smith 0-3, Brewer 0-4), LAC 12-26 (Barnes 5-9, Redick 3-9, Hamilton 2-3, Robinson 1-1, Paul 1-3, Rivers 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Houston 55 (T.Jones 12), LAC 62 (Jordan 20). Assists: Houston 17 (Harden 7), LAC 24 (Griffin 8). Total fouls: Houston 22, LAC 30. Technicals: Brewer, Griffin. Flagrant fouls: Barnes. A: 19,211.

Warriors 108, Lakers 105

Suns 102, Knicks 89

L.A. Lakers: Johnson 7-12 0-0 16, Hill 6-14 2-2 15, Black 1-3 2-2 4, Clarkson 7-13 2-2 17, Ellington 6-13 2-2 17, Lin 3-8 8-10 15, Boozer 5-12 0-0 10, Brown 2-4 1-1 5, Davis 1-2 2-2 4, Kelly 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 39-85 19-21 105. Golden State: Barnes 3-8 4-4 11, Green 7-14 1-1 16, Bogut 4-6 0-0 8, Curry 5-14 7-7 19, Thompson 10-22 3-3 26, Iguodala 4-7 0-0 8, Ezeli 2-3 2-2 6, Livingston 3-5 0-0 6, Lee 1-2 3-4 5, Holiday 1-3 1-2 3, McAdoo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-84 21-23 108. L.A. Lakers 30 24 24 27 — 105 Golden State 30 28 24 26 — 108 3-point goals: L.A. Lakers 8-15 (Ellington 3-5, Johnson 2-2, Hill 1-1, Clarkson 1-2, Lin 1-3, Brown 0-1, Kelly 0-1), Golden State 7-27 (Thompson 3-9, Curry 2-6, Barnes 1-4, Green 1-5, Iguodala 0-1, Holiday 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: L.A. Lakers 52 (Hill 12), Golden State 42 (Green 8). Assists: L.A. Lakers 24 (Hill 5), Golden State 28 (Curry 9). Total fouls: L.A. Lakers 19, Golden State 21. A: 19,596.

New York: Thomas 4-8 6-10 14, Amundson 1-3 0-0 2, Bargnani 7-16 4-5 18, Galloway 2-7 2-2 7, Shved 6-15 4-8 18, Hardaway Jr. 1-1 2-2 4, Aldrich 2-8 0-0 4, Early 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 2-3 2-2 7, Larkin 4-5 0-1 8, Wear 3-7 0-0 7. Totals 32-73 20-30 89. Phoenix: Marc.Morris 9-14 0-4 20, Mark. Morris 5-11 3-4 14, Wright 7-8 4-5 18, Bledsoe 8-15 4-6 21, Tucker 2-9 0-0 5, Warren 2-3 2-2 6, Goodwin 3-10 1-2 7, Curry 0-2 0-0 0, Green 2-6 0-0 5, Barron 3-5 0-0 6. Totals 41-83 14-23 102. New York 29 19 18 23 — 89 Phoenix 23 24 28 27 — 102 3-point goals: New York 5-14 (Shved 2-6, Smith 1-1, Wear 1-1, Galloway 1-3, Bargnani 0-3), Phoenix 6-18 (Marc.Morris 2-3, Mark. Morris 1-1, Bledsoe 1-3, Green 1-4, Tucker 1-4, Barron 0-1, Goodwin 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: New York 42 (Aldrich 10), Phoenix 60 (Wright 11). Assists: New York 22 (Galloway 4), Phoenix 24 (Bledsoe 11). Total fouls: New York 22, Phoenix 22. Technicals: . A: 17,264.

Cubs go against the grain, decide to stockpile young hitters Miklasz • froM B1

Power arms rule, with the radar guns taunting hitters. The miles per hour readings have gone berserk. There are no speed limits on a fastball, and the rewiring has has led to a major change in the game’s balance. Back in 2000, teams MLB averaged a record 1.17 homers a game. A combination of bulkedup sluggers, shrinking strike zones, a livelier baseball and more compact ballparks led to 47 players hitting at least 30 homers in 2000. Only 11 hitters reached the 30plus barrier in 2014. MLB has gone from brawny to scrawny. The impact of the power drain has been felt by the Cardinals, who ranked 28th among the 30 MLB teams in homers over the past two seasons. The Cardinals also had more regular-season and postseason wins over the two-year period — proving that it is possible to prevail through other means. Most of all the Cardinals have used very good pitching to suppress homer and runs-scored totals by opponents. Over the past two seasons, while rolling up the MLB-most wins, the Cardinals ranked sixth in the majors in ERA (and fourth in starting-pitcher ERA) and were tied for second in allowing the fewest homers. That’s one of the reasons Cards GM John Mozeliak believes that pitching is still the most desirable commodity. He sees how far pitching has carried his team, even during dull or drought-like conditions on ofense. The rival Chicago Cubs have taken a diferent approach under president of baseball operations Theo Epstein and GM Jed Hoyer. Carrying out a planned draft strategy as an essential part of their roster reconstruction, the Cubs have stockpiled an impressive number of young power hitters who have the muscle and the verve to possibly rearrange the NL Central standings. With so many other teams stressing in the eternal treasure hunt for pitching, the Cubs went the other way. Drug testing has

AssociAted Press

Chicago’s Kris Bryant (right), one of numerous young sluggers on the Cubs, celebrates after hitting a home run in an exhibition game Saturday.

helped scrub the game and make the competition cleaner, but no one ever said that hitting home runs is illegal. Not yet, anyway. In a year or two, the Cubs’ massive and unchecked power buildup may require United Nations intervention. By the way: Why are the Cubs remodeling Wrigley Field now? Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Javier Baez, Kyle Schwarber and the additional cast of potential wrecking-ball sluggers may come along and knock down the bleachers all over again. According to the New York Times, Epstein believes the best hitting prospects have much more favorable odds of becoming quality players in comparison to pitching prodigies who often break down or fail to develop. “We’re not saying pitching isn’t important,” Epstein told the NY Times. “Pitching is hugely important. But given the batter-

pitcher dynamic now, it’s easier to develop pitching, easier to find pitching. Pitchers have naturally more confidence because the rules are tilted in their favor right now, and it takes special bats to be able to perform at truly elite levels. So we went for certainty, and we went for scarcity.” Given the acute shortage of power hitters, the Epstein-Hoyer enterprise may eventually qualify as visionary thinking. Trying to corner the power market — well, why not? Remember Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa and the summer of home run love? The Cubs may end up with a young McGwire AND a young Sosa in the lineup (steroids-free, of course). Moreover, the Cubs will have enough money to buy all of the pitching they want. Lefthanded ace Jon Lester was the first purchase. With the Cubs lining up all

these projectiles and aiming them at St. Louis, do the Cardinals sense an imminent threat? If Mozeliak finds this unnerving or imposing, he isn’t showing it. “I don’t know the answer,” Mozeliak said. “Hitting home runs — it’s a strange game. I mean, Ryan Ludwick hit 37 for us one year. The way you define success offensively is consistency. If the power production that teams are collecting can prove to do it year in and year out — yeah, it’s concerning. But time will tell.” Mozeliak added: “It’s really about runs, frankly. How you score runs. Whether it’s stringing four hits together or a double or a home run, it really doesn’t matter as long as you have more than the other guy.” But in our talk Mozeliak agreed that the Cardinals are in need of more home-run power — projectable power — for the long

term. But how do they get it done? The Cubs have had the advantage of making their draft picks early in the first round. Chronic losing gave Epstein and Hoyer a chance to select some of the best power-hitting prospects — big bats that weren’t accessible to the Cardinals, who usually draft much later in the first round because of their success in the previous season. Consider this a mini-series of columns. In tomorrow’s piece, I’ll continue my discussion with Mozeliak and take a closer look at the Cardinals’ organizational power outage. And what, if anything, can be done to restore it. Bernie Miklasz @miklasz on Twitter bjmiklasz@post-dispatch.com


NHL

03.17.2015 • TUESDAY • M 1

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH • B5

Blues have had depth before, but nothing quite like this BLUES • FROM B1

BLUES AT FLAMES

team. So good on (Blues general manager Doug Armstrong) to provide the coaching staff with the depth. When you have a team that has a competitive caldron within its own framework, that’s how you get better.” The Blues have boasted about their stockpile of players before, but Backes says, “I’ve never seen this much.” The club has eight healthy defensemen, six of whom have played 43 games or more this season, while the whole group has played 20-plus. That does not include All-Star Kevin Shattenkirk, who is expected to return later this month from his abdominal injury. “We have real options on defense,” Hitchcock said. “That’s where it’s significant. We have nine defensemen who all can play in the National Hockey League.” When Michalek stepped into the lineup against Minnesota, the “good defenseman” sitting out that night wound up being productive rookie Petteri Lindbohm. Against Dallas on Sunday, it was Bortuzzo. Bortuzzo had played in five consecutive games since being acquired from Pittsburgh, racking up 17 hits and 12 shots on goal. “Obviously it’s a talented group on the back end,” Bortuzzo said. “I feel confident in my abilities and when I’m in there. Obviously the coach has his decision on what he wants to do, so the only thing you can do is work hard and play well when you’re in there.” Bortuzzo may not have done anything wrong before sitting out against the Stars. Hitchcock said the depth allows the Blues even more flexibility than just keeping players who are performing on the ice. The wide array of physical characteristics among the defensemen also afords the opportunity to make decisions based on the opponent. “We can play a diferent lineup and impact the game in a diferent way,” Hitchcock said. “We can play a skating game with the way we put our players out there.

When • 8 p.m. Tuesday Where • Scotiabank Saddledome TV, radio • Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX (1120 AM) Blues • The Blues continue their six-game road trip in Calgary, where they have yet to play this season. They have seen the Flames only once this season, in St. Louis, where the Blues pulled out a 4-1 victory on Oct. 11. The Blues arrived in Calgary after a 3-0 win over Dallas Sunday to kick of their longest trip of the season. The team had goals from Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie, while Jake Allen made 28 saves to post the club’s second shutout in three games. Despite Allen pitching his fourth shutout of the season, Brian Elliott is expected to get the call in net tonight for the Blues, who are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games against Calgary. Flames • Calgary has been one of the NHL’s surprise teams this season. The Flames open a critical five-game homestand against the Blues, holding down third place in the Pacific Division with 81 points, two ahead of LA. The club is coming of a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday night but has played well lately, going 3-1-1 in its last five games and scoring 23 goals in that stretch. Rookie Johnny Gaudreau, the 5-foot-9, 150-pound Hobey Baker winner, is living up to the hype with 19 goals and 53 points in 68 games this season. Goalie Jonas Hiller, who made 35 saves in the Blues’ win earlier this season over the Flames, is expected to start in net Tuesday. Injuries • Blues — D Kevin Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery), out. Flames — D Mark Giordano (torn triceps), C Paul Byron (lower-body) and D Ladislav Smid (upper-body), out.

CHRIS LEE • clee@post-dispatch.com

Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (left) is another player GM Doug Armstrong added at the trade deadline.

We can put a physical group back there if we think that’s what is needed. It allows you, depending on the opposition and the way they play, you can alter your lineup to counteract what they do.” With 13 games remaining and the Blues still in a dead heat with Nashville for the Central Division title, Hitchcock has no interest in settling into defensive pairs, which would change when Shattenkirk returned anyway. “I don’t worry about settling,” he said. “To me, settling lasts one day, one period ... because the minute you think you’re settled, you get an injury. To me, it’s helping the team win every day, that’s my focus. There’s still a month left in the season. I look at what’s going to help us in Calgary and what’s going to help us in Winnipeg. That’s how I look

NHL SUMMARIES

NHL STANDINGS

Lightning 4, Canadiens 2

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central

GP

Blues

69 44 20

Atlantic

GP W

Capitals 4, Sabres 3

Montreal

70 43 20

Washington 1 1 1 0 — 4 Buffalo 2 0 1 0 — 3 First period: 1, Buffalo, Ennis 18 (Ristolainen, Gionta), 5:02 (pp). 2, Washington, Glencross 13 (Ward, Niskanen), 9:23 (pp). 3, Buffalo, Hodgson 5 (Schaller), 10:08. Penalties: Ovechkin, Was, served by Kuznetsov, double minor (roughing), 3:28; Weber, Buf (roughing), 3:28; D’Amigo, Buf (hooking), 7:36. Second period: 4, Washington, Green 6 (Johansson, Laich), 6:09. Penalties: Fehr, Was (holding), 1:50. Third period: 5, Washington, Kuznetsov 8 (Niskanen), 5:55 (pp). 6, Buffalo, Larsson 4 (Ruhwedel, Moulson), 13:50. Penalties: Zadorov, Buf (delay of game), 4:10; Brouwer, Was (tripping), 9:49. Overtime: None. Penalties: None. Shootout: Washington 1 (Kuznetsov G, Backstrom NG), Buffalo 0 (Ennis NG, Moulson NG, Varone NG). Shots: Washington 11-15-5-7: 38. Buffalo 15-8-7-3: 33. Power-plays: Washington 2 of 2; Buffalo 1 of 3. Goalies: Washington, Holtby 34-18-9 (33 shots-30 saves). Buffalo, Lindback 2-11-2 (38-35). A: 19,070. Referees: Ghislain Hebert, Gord Dwyer. Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Steve Miller.

Tampa Bay Detroit Boston

L OT Pts 5

GF

GA

93 214 170

Home

Away

71 43

21

7

93 203 173

26-7-1 17-14-6 15-6-3

68 41

21

6

88 198 157

21-9-5 20-12-1 14-9-0

Minnesota

69 38 24

7

Winnipeg

69 34 23

12

80

Colorado

69 32 26

11

75 184 193 19-14-3 13-12-8 11-12-4

Dallas

70 32 28 10

Pacific

GP

83 196 173 19-10-5 19-14-2 13-6-4 191 186

17-11-5

17-12-7

74 218 229 13-14-8 19-14-2

L OT Pts

GF

GA

Home

Away

13-7-4

5-13-7 Div

Anaheim

71 44 20

7

95 208 195 23-10-3 21-10-4 15-6-5

Vancouver

68 39 25

4

82 193 184

19-13-1 20-12-3

12-9-3

Calgary

69 38 26

5

81 205 181

19-12-3 19-14-2

19-6-1

Los Angeles 68 33 22

13

79 185 172

21-8-7 12-14-6

11-4-6

8

76 193 193

69 34 27

Arizona

69 21 40

8

Edmonton

69 18 39

12

17-16-5

17-11-3 13-9-4

50 145 230 10-20-5 11-20-3 11-11-0 48 160 238 10-20-2 8-19-10

3-17-3

EASTERN CONFERENCE L OT Pts

GF GA

Away

Div

22-8-5 21-12-2

13-8-3

Home

93 230 184

27-7-1 16-14-6

15-3-3

87 200 183

19-7-7 19-12-4

9-9-6

69 36 23 10

82 184 175 21-10-5 15-13-5

12-6-3

Ottawa

68 33 24

11

77 194 180 17-11-5 16-13-6

13-8-2

Florida

69 31 24 14

76 170 192 16-10-7 15-14-7

11-4-4

ASSOCIATED PRESS 7

93 184 157

71 43 21

7

68 38 19

11

Toronto

70 27 37

6 60 187 222 19-14-1

8-23-5 10-10-2

Bufalo

69 19 43

7

7-24-3 8-16-4

Metropolitan GP W

45 132 234 12-19-4

L OT Pts

GF GA

95 207 158

Home

Away

Div

NY Rangers

68 44 17

7

22-7-5 22-10-2

18-5-1

NY Islanders

71 43 24

4 90 221 199 23-12-0 20-12-4

19-5-1

Pittsburgh

69 39 20 10 88 196 173 21-12-3

Washington

71 38 23 10 86 209 175 20-11-5 18-12-5 14-8-4

Philadelphia

71 29 27 15

73 186 202 20-9-6

18-8-7

9-18-9

9-11-4

9-12-4

New Jersey

69 29 29

11 69 158 179 17-10-8 12-19-3

9-9-5

Columbus

69 30 35

4 64 180 218 13-20-2 17-15-2

11-11-3

Carolina

68 26 34

8 60 161 187 15-14-4 11-20-4

9-11-4

(SUNDAY)

Hurricanes 3, Blue Jackets 2 Carolina 0 3 0 — 3 Columbus 1 1 0 — 2 First period: 1, Columbus, Foligno 25 (Johansen), 19:59 (pp). Penalties: Rask, Car (slashing), 1:04; Tyutin, Clm (interference), 13:11; Tyutin, Clm (hooking), 16:48; Dwyer, Car (holding), 19:00; Carolina bench, served by Lindholm (bench), 20:00. Second period: 2, Carolina, Faulk 14 (Rask, Nestrasil), 8:11 (pp). 3, Carolina, Hainsey 2 (Terry, Nestrasil), 9:45. 4, Columbus, Hartnell 21 (Dano, Bobrovsky), 12:27. 5, Carolina, Malone 7 (Bellemore, Dwyer), 14:00. Penalties: Hartnell, Clm (tripping), :22; Savard, Clm (tripping), 2:20; Murray, Clm (high-sticking), 6:56. Third period: None. Penalties: Bellemore, Car (delay of game), 10:37; Atkinson, Clm (holding stick), 11:49. Shots: Carolina 9-14-4: 27. Columbus 6-7-11: 24. Power-plays: Carolina 1 of 6; Columbus 1 of 4. Goalies: Carolina, Khudobin 8-13-3 (24 shots-22 saves). Columbus, Bobrovsky 20-17-2 (27-24). A: 15,258. Referees: Dean Morton, Mike Leggo. Linesmen: Don Henderson, Tony Sericolo.

Jeremy Rutherford

24-9-2 20-11-3 13-9-0

Chicago

San Jose

Joe Lyons jlyons@post-dispatch.com

Div

Nashville

W

playoff spots. They are fighting for their life right now. We can’t have games where you’re not very good, that’s just the way it is right now.” Backes said it would take an attitude such as that for the Blues to use their depth to their advantage and not have it be a distraction. “It’s going to take a team-first mentality to keep our head right,” Backes said. “We need them all in and team first to help us win the next game. It’s going to be something new for us, but good teams have that depth, and in a playof series when guys are getting hurt or carted of, we’re going to need someone to fill that void. The good thing is we feel we have a lot of bodies to do that.”

Capitals need a shootout to down Sabres

Montreal 0 1 1 — 2 Tampa Bay 2 1 1 — 4 First period: 1, Tampa Bay, Filppula 12 (Hedman, Stamkos), 10:07 (pp). 2, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 38, 15:58. Penalties: Morrow, TB, double minor (high-sticking), 2:21; Pateryn, Mon (high-sticking), 9:29; Prust, Mon, major (fighting), 12:09; Angelidis, TB, major (fighting), 12:09; Galchenyuk, Mon (high-sticking), 15:04; Hedman, TB (roughing), 15:04. Second period: 3, Tampa Bay, Hedman 10 (Killorn, Callahan), 2:45. 4, Montreal, Plekanec 21 (Subban, Markov), 11:10 (pp). Penalties: Prust, Mon (goaltender interference), 6:39; Gallagher, Mon, major (fighting), 9:40; Namestnikov, TB, major (fighting), 9:40; Brown, TB (roughing), 10:31; De La Rose, Mon (hooking), 13:51. Third period: 5, Montreal, Parenteau 7 (Plekanec), :34. 6, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 39 (Namestnikov, Garrison), 18:55 (en-pp). Penalties: Prust, Mon, major (fighting), 3:08; Angelidis, TB, major (fighting), 3:08; Callahan, TB (hooking), 12:58; Eller, Mon (holding), 17:38. Shots: Montreal 12-12-10: 34. Tampa Bay 14-11-9: 34. Power-plays: Montreal 1 of 4; Tampa Bay 2 of 4. Goalies: Montreal, Price 38-15-4 (33 shots-30 saves). Tampa Bay, Bishop 34-11-4 (34-32). A: 19,204. Referees: Marc Joannette, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen: David Brisebois, Scott Driscoll.

W

at it.” The same can be said at forward, where the Blues added Jokinen at the trade deadline and Marcel Goc a few weeks before. Both veterans are on the downward slope of their career and may be more highly thought of because of their name recognition than what they have left to ofer, but along with Chris Porter, they still give Hitchcock options. Last week, the Blues inserted Porter in place of Berglund, and on Sunday, Jokinen went into the lineup for Ott. “The team is so good now,” Berglund said. “Obviously it’s really good for the playofs to have real depth on the team. You know you’ve got to be on your game. These last games, we’re up there (in the standings), but we are not satisfied yet and we have a bunch of teams that are chasing

Monday Washington 4, Buffalo 3 (so) Tampa Bay 4, Montreal 2 Toronto at Edmonton, (n) Arizona at Los Angeles, (n) Sunday Blues 3, Dallas 0 Ottawa 2, Philadelphia 1 (so) Detroit 5, Pittsburgh 1 NY Rangers 2, Florida 1 Carolina 3, Columbus 2 Washington 2, Boston 0 Anaheim 4, Nashville 2 Tuesday Blues at Calgary, 8 p.m. Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 6 Ottawa at Carolina, 6 p.m. Buffalo at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Montreal at Florida, 6:30 Minnesota at Nashville, 7 San Jose at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. Islanders at Chicago, 7:30 Phila. at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

Leaders Faceoff win pct. Boston Blues Montreal Detroit Carolina Chicago Arizona San Jose Washington Anaheim Philadelphia Los Angeles Dallas Colorado Minnesota • Through Sunday

53.6 53.4 53.1 52.6 52.5 52.0 51.9 51.7 51.5 51.4 51.4 51.4 51.1 50.8 49.7

Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov puts the puck between the legs of Sabres goaltender Anders Lindback for the game-winning shootout goal Monday night.

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Evgeny Kuznetsov scored in regulation and had the lone goal in the shootout to lead the visiting Washington Capitals to a 4-3 win over the last-place Bufalo Sabres on Monday night. Matt Niskanen had two assists for the Capitals, who overcame a pair of one-goal deficits. Curtis Glencross and Mike Green also scored for Washington, which matched last season’s win total and opened a four-point edge over eighth-place Boston in the Eastern Conference standings. Braden Holtby made 30 saves in his 14th consecutive start and was coming of a 2-0 shutout over the Bruins on Sunday. Johan Larsson tied the score with 6:10 left in the third, when he deflected in defenseman Chad Ruhwedel’s shot from the right point. Tyler Ennis and Cody Hodgson also scored for the Sabres, who dropped to 0-5-2 in their past seven games. Kuznetsov scored on the Capitals’ opening shootout attempt. Slowly winding his way to the net, he finally got the puck on his forehand and snapped a shot just inside the left post.

NOTEBOOK GMs discuss possible changes • NHL general managers discussed diving and embellishment, and protecting goaltenders in the crease on the opening day of three days of meetings. The league is debating whether it should offer referees a list of players known to be frequent ofenders for making dives or embellishing fouls. Also of concern is how much con-

tact or crease presence by skaters constitutes goalie interference. That topic is expected to be discussed more fully Tuesday. Adding a 3-on-3 component to overtime, similar to what the American Hockey League is doing, is on the agenda, but it wasn’t discussed Monday. Rangers • New York will be without veteran forward Martin St. Louis for 10 to 14 days with a right knee ailment. St. Louis was injured late in New York’s 2-1 home victory over Florida on Sunday night when he fell while tangled up with Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov during a puck battle. Kulikov’s left shoulder landed on St. Louis’ knee with 4:32 left. St. Louis, an alternate captain who has played in all 68 games this season, has 20 goals and 47 points. Blue Jackets • Columbus has added left winger Ryan Craig on emergency recall from their American Hockey League affiliate in Springfield, Mass. Penguins • Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin will miss Tuesday night’s game in New Jersey, but coach Mike Johnston says Malkin could be available later this week. The NHL’s sixth-leading scorer left Saturday’s loss to Boston in the first period with a lower-body injury and missed Sunday’s lopsided defeat to Detroit. The Penguins will also be without forward Patric Hornqvist for at least the next three games. Hornqvist suffered an undisclosed injury against the Red Wings.


NHL

03.17.2015 • TUESDAY • M 2

ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH • B5

Blues have had depth before, but nothing quite like this BLUES • FROM B1

BLUES AT FLAMES

team. So good on (Blues general manager Doug Armstrong) to provide the coaching staff with the depth. When you have a team that has a competitive caldron within its own framework, that’s how you get better.” The Blues have boasted about their stockpile of players before, but Backes says, “I’ve never seen this much.” The club has eight healthy defensemen, six of whom have played 43 games or more this season, while the whole group has played 20-plus. That does not include All-Star Kevin Shattenkirk, who is expected to return later this month from his abdominal injury. “We have real options on defense,” Hitchcock said. “That’s where it’s significant. We have nine defensemen who all can play in the National Hockey League.” When Michalek stepped into the lineup against Minnesota, the “good defenseman” sitting out that night wound up being productive rookie Petteri Lindbohm. Against Dallas on Sunday, it was Bortuzzo. Bortuzzo had played in five consecutive games since being acquired from Pittsburgh, racking up 17 hits and 12 shots on goal. “Obviously it’s a talented group on the back end,” Bortuzzo said. “I feel confident in my abilities and when I’m in there. Obviously the coach has his decision on what he wants to do, so the only thing you can do is work hard and play well when you’re in there.” Bortuzzo may not have done anything wrong before sitting out against the Stars. Hitchcock said the depth allows the Blues even more flexibility than just keeping players who are performing on the ice. The wide array of physical characteristics among the defensemen also afords the opportunity to make decisions based on the opponent. “We can play a diferent lineup and impact the game in a diferent way,” Hitchcock said. “We can play a skating game with the way we put our players out there.

When • 8 p.m. Tuesday Where • Scotiabank Saddledome TV, radio • Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX (1120 AM) Blues • The Blues continue their six-game road trip in Calgary, where they have yet to play this season. They have seen the Flames only once this season, in St. Louis, where the Blues pulled out a 4-1 victory on Oct. 11. The Blues arrived in Calgary after a 3-0 win over Dallas Sunday to kick of their longest trip of the season. The team had goals from Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexander Steen and T.J. Oshie, while Jake Allen made 28 saves to post the club’s second shutout in three games. Despite Allen pitching his fourth shutout of the season, Brian Elliott is expected to get the call in net tonight for the Blues, who are 8-2-1 in their last 11 games against Calgary. Flames • Calgary has been one of the NHL’s surprise teams this season. The Flames open a critical five-game homestand against the Blues, holding down third place in the Pacific Division with 81 points, two ahead of LA. The club is coming of a 3-2 loss to Colorado on Saturday night but has played well lately, going 3-1-1 in its last five games and scoring 23 goals in that stretch. Rookie Johnny Gaudreau, the 5-foot-9, 150-pound Hobey Baker winner, is living up to the hype with 19 goals and 53 points in 68 games this season. Goalie Jonas Hiller, who made 35 saves in the Blues’ win earlier this season over the Flames, is expected to start in net Tuesday. Injuries • Blues — D Kevin Shattenkirk (abdominal surgery), out. Flames — D Mark Giordano (torn triceps), C Paul Byron (lower-body) and D Ladislav Smid (upper-body), out.

CHRIS LEE • clee@post-dispatch.com

Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo (left) is another player GM Doug Armstrong added at the trade deadline.

We can put a physical group back there if we think that’s what is needed. It allows you, depending on the opposition and the way they play, you can alter your lineup to counteract what they do.” With 13 games remaining and the Blues still in a dead heat with Nashville for the Central Division title, Hitchcock has no interest in settling into defensive pairs, which would change when Shattenkirk returned anyway. “I don’t worry about settling,” he said. “To me, settling lasts one day, one period ... because the minute you think you’re settled, you get an injury. To me, it’s helping the team win every day, that’s my focus. There’s still a month left in the season. I look at what’s going to help us in Calgary and what’s going to help us in Winnipeg. That’s how I look

NHL SUMMARIES

NHL STANDINGS

Lightning 4, Canadiens 2

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP W L OT Pts Blues 69 44 20 5 93 Nashville 71 43 21 7 93 Chicago 68 41 21 6 88 Minnesota 69 38 24 7 83 Winnipeg 69 34 23 12 80 Colorado 69 32 26 11 75 Dallas 70 32 28 10 74 Pacific GP W L OT Pts Anaheim 71 44 20 7 95 Vancouver 68 39 25 4 82 Calgary 69 38 26 5 81 Los Angeles 69 34 22 13 81 San Jose 69 34 27 8 76 Arizona 70 21 41 8 50 Edmonton 70 19 39 12 50 EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic GP W L OT Pts Montreal 70 43 20 7 93 Tampa Bay 71 43 21 7 93 Detroit 68 38 19 11 87 Boston 69 36 23 10 82 Ottawa 68 33 24 11 77 Florida 69 31 24 14 76 Toronto 71 27 38 6 60 Bufalo 69 19 43 7 45 Metropolitan GP W L OT Pts NY Rangers 68 44 17 7 95 NY Islanders 71 43 24 4 90 Pittsburgh 69 39 20 10 88 Washington 71 38 23 10 86 Philadelphia 71 29 27 15 73 New Jersey 69 29 29 11 69 Columbus 69 30 35 4 64 Carolina 68 26 34 8 60

Montreal 0 1 1 — 2 Tampa Bay 2 1 1 — 4 First period: 1, Tampa Bay, Filppula 12 (Hedman, Stamkos), 10:07 (pp). 2, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 38, 15:58. Penalties: Morrow, TB, double minor (high-sticking), 2:21; Pateryn, Mon (high-sticking), 9:29; Prust, Mon, major (fighting), 12:09; Angelidis, TB, major (fighting), 12:09; Galchenyuk, Mon (high-sticking), 15:04; Hedman, TB (roughing), 15:04. Second period: 3, Tampa Bay, Hedman 10 (Killorn, Callahan), 2:45. 4, Montreal, Plekanec 21 (Subban, Markov), 11:10 (pp). Penalties: Prust, Mon (goaltender interference), 6:39; Gallagher, Mon, major (fighting), 9:40; Namestnikov, TB, major (fighting), 9:40; Brown, TB (roughing), 10:31; De La Rose, Mon (hooking), 13:51. Third period: 5, Montreal, Parenteau 7 (Plekanec), :34. 6, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 39 (Namestnikov, Garrison), 18:55 (en-pp). Penalties: Prust, Mon, major (fighting), 3:08; Angelidis, TB, major (fighting), 3:08; Callahan, TB (hooking), 12:58; Eller, Mon (holding), 17:38. Shots: Montreal 12-12-10: 34. Tampa Bay 14-11-9: 34. Power-plays: Montreal 1 of 4; Tampa Bay 2 of 4. Goalies: Montreal, Price 38-15-4 (33 shots-30 saves). Tampa Bay, Bishop 34-11-4 (34-32). A: 19,204. Referees: Marc Joannette, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen: David Brisebois, Scott Driscoll.

Capitals 4, Sabres 3 Washington 1 1 1 0 — 4 Buffalo 2 0 1 0 — 3 First period: 1, Buffalo, Ennis 18 (Ristolainen, Gionta), 5:02 (pp). 2, Washington, Glencross 13 (Ward, Niskanen), 9:23 (pp). 3, Buffalo, Hodgson 5 (Schaller), 10:08. Penalties: Ovechkin, Was, served by Kuznetsov, double minor (roughing), 3:28; Weber, Buf (roughing), 3:28; D’Amigo, Buf (hooking), 7:36. Second period: 4, Washington, Green 6 (Johansson, Laich), 6:09. Penalties: Fehr, Was (holding), 1:50. Third period: 5, Washington, Kuznetsov 8 (Niskanen), 5:55 (pp). 6, Buffalo, Larsson 4 (Ruhwedel, Moulson), 13:50. Penalties: Zadorov, Buf (delay of game), 4:10; Brouwer, Was (tripping), 9:49. Overtime: None. Penalties: None. Shootout: Washington 1 (Kuznetsov G, Backstrom NG), Buffalo 0 (Ennis NG, Moulson NG, Varone NG). Shots: Washington 11-15-5-7: 38. Buffalo 15-8-7-3: 33. Power-plays: Washington 2 of 2; Buffalo 1 of 3. Goalies: Washington, Holtby 34-18-9 (33 shots-30 saves). Buffalo, Lindback 2-11-2 (38-35). A: 19,070. Referees: Ghislain Hebert, Gord Dwyer. Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Steve Miller.

Oilers 4, Maple Leafs 1 Toronto 1 0 0 — 1 Edmonton 4 0 0 — 4 First period: 1, Edmonton, Pouliot 15 (Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins), :53. 2, Edmonton, Eberle 19 (Schultz, Nugent-Hopkins), 7:16 (pp). 3, Edmonton, Pouliot 16 (Yakupov, Aulie), 8:08. 4, Edmonton, Lander 6 (Purcell, Eberle), 10:59 (pp). 5, Toronto, van Riemsdyk 24 (Phaneuf, Kessel), 13:27 (pp). Penalties: Hendricks, Edm (interference), 1:49; Phaneuf, Tor (tripping), 6:37; Brewer, Tor (roughing), 9:46; Lander, Edm (unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:37. Second period: None. Penalties: Edmonton bench, served by Fraser (too many men), 7:11; Aulie, Edm (cross-checking), 13:43. Third period: None. Penalties: Kadri, Tor (illegal check to head minor), 10:58; Yakupov, Edm (tripping), 13:03; Bozak, Tor, served by Kozun (tripping, unsportsmanlike conduct), 16:11; Brewer, Tor (tripping), 18:07. Shots: Toronto 8-13-8: 29. Edmonton 14-8-10: 32. Power-plays: Toronto 1 of 5; Edmonton 2 of 6. Goalies: Toronto, Bernier 20-23-6 (4 shots-1 saves), Reimer (8:08 first, 28-27). Edmonton, Scrivens 13-22-9 (29-28). A: 16,839. Referees: Kevin Pollock, Tim Peel. Linesmen: Kiel Murchison, Vaughan Rody.

Monday Washington 4, Buffalo 3 (so) Tampa Bay 4, Montreal 2 Edmonton 4, Toronto 1 Los Angeles 1, Arizona 0 Sunday Blues 3, Dallas 0 Ottawa 2, Philadelphia 1 (so) Detroit 5, Pittsburgh 1 NY Rangers 2, Florida 1 Carolina 3, Columbus 2 Washington 2, Boston 0 Anaheim 4, Nashville 2

Kings 1, Coyotes 0 Arizona 0 0 0 — 0 Los Angeles 0 1 0 — 1 First period: None. Penalties: Cunningham, Ari (hooking), 6:04. Second period: 1, Los Angeles, Andreoff 1 (Nolan, McNabb), 18:55. Penalties: Stone, Ari (holding stick), 3:25; Shore, LA (tripping), 13:18; Erat, Ari (roughing), 19:53. Third period: None. Penalties: Nolan, LA (hooking), 6:37. Shots: Arizona 6-10-9: 25. Los Angeles 10-14-11: 35. Power-plays: Arizona 0 of 2; Los Angeles 0 of 3. Goalies: Arizona, Smith 11-35-5 (35 shots-34 saves). Los Angeles, Quick 30-18-11 (25-25). A: 18,230. Referees: Eric Furlatt, Brad Meier. Linesmen: John Grandt, Mark Shewchyk.

at it.” The same can be said at forward, where the Blues added Jokinen at the trade deadline and Marcel Goc a few weeks before. Both veterans are on the downward slope of their career and may be more highly thought of because of their name recognition than what they have left to ofer, but along with Chris Porter, they still give Hitchcock options. Last week, the Blues inserted Porter in place of Berglund, and on Sunday, Jokinen went into the lineup for Ott. “The team is so good now,” Berglund said. “Obviously it’s really good for the playofs to have real depth on the team. You know you’ve got to be on your game. These last games, we’re up there (in the standings), but we are not satisfied yet and we have a bunch of teams that are chasing

playoff spots. They are fighting for their life right now. We can’t have games where you’re not very good, that’s just the way it is right now.” Backes said it would take an attitude such as that for the Blues to use their depth to their advantage and not have it be a distraction. “It’s going to take a team-first mentality to keep our head right,” Backes said. “We need them all in and team first to help us win the next game. It’s going to be something new for us, but good teams have that depth, and in a playof series when guys are getting hurt or carted of, we’re going to need someone to fill that void. The good thing is we feel we have a lot of bodies to do that.” Jeremy P. Rutherford jprutherford on Twitter jrutherford@post-dispatch.com

Jeremy Rutherford

Kings win, improve status in playof race GF 214 203 198 196 191 184 218 GF 208 193 205 186 193 145 164

GA 170 173 157 173 186 193 229 GA 195 184 181 172 193 231 239

Home 24-9-2 26-7-1 21-9-5 19-10-5 17-11-5 19-14-3 13-14-8 Home 23-10-3 19-13-1 19-12-3 22-8-7 17-16-5 10-20-5 11-20-2

Away 20-11-3 17-14-6 20-12-1 19-14-2 17-12-7 13-12-8 19-14-2 Away 21-10-4 20-12-3 19-14-2 12-14-6 17-11-3 11-21-3 8-19-10

Div 13-9-0 15-6-3 14-9-0 13-6-4 13-7-4 11-12-4 5-13-7 Div 15-6-5 12-9-3 19-6-1 12-4-6 13-9-4 11-12-0 3-17-3

GF 184 230 200 184 194 170 188 132 GF 207 221 196 209 186 158 180 161

GA 157 184 183 175 180 192 226 234 GA 158 199 173 175 202 179 218 187

Home 22-8-5 27-7-1 19-7-7 21-10-5 17-11-5 16-10-7 19-14-1 12-19-4 Home 22-7-5 23-12-0 21-12-3 20-11-5 20-9-6 17-10-8 13-20-2 15-14-4

Away Div 21-12-2 13-8-3 16-14-6 15-3-3 19-12-4 9-9-6 15-13-5 12-6-3 16-13-6 13-8-2 15-14-7 11-4-4 8-24-5 10-10-2 7-24-3 8-16-4 Away Div 22-10-2 18-5-1 20-12-4 19-5-1 18-8-7 9-11-4 18-12-5 14-8-4 9-18-9 9-12-4 12-19-3 9-9-5 17-15-2 11-11-3 11-20-4 9-11-4

Tuesday Blues at Calgary, 8 p.m. Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 6 Ottawa at Carolina, 6 p.m. Buffalo at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Montreal at Florida, 6:30 Minnesota at Nashville, 7 San Jose at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. Islanders at Chicago, 7:30 Phila. at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

Leaders Faceoff win pct. Boston.......................................... 53.6 Blues ............................................ 53.4 Montreal .......................................53.1 Detroit.......................................... 52.6 Carolina........................................ 52.5 Chicago ........................................ 52.0 Arizona..........................................51.9 San Jose ........................................51.7 Washington...................................51.5 Anaheim........................................51.4 Philadelphia..................................51.4 Los Angeles...................................51.4 Dallas ............................................ 51.1 Colorado.......................................50.8 Minnesota.................................... 49.7 • Through Sunday

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Coyotes defenseman Oliver Ekman-Larsson jumps on Kings center Nick Shore, in front of Arizona goalie Mike Smith, in the second period Monday night.

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Andy Andreoff scored his first NHL goal, late in the second period, and Jonathan Quick earned his sixth shutout of the season to lead the Los Angeles Kings to a vital 1-0 victory over the visiting Arizona Coyotes on Monday night. The defending Stanley Cup champions, who are 13-4-1 since an 0-3 trip through Boston, Washington and Florida, climbed back into the second and final Western Conference wild-card spot. They have 13 games left on the schedule. Only seven times has a Stanley Cup champion missed the playofs the following season. Andreoff, a third-round pick by the Kings in the 2011 draft, got a cross-ice pass from Jordan Nolan a few feet to the right of the net and slid the puck under Smith’s left leg 65 seconds before the second intermission. The 23-year-old forward was playing in his 15th NHL game, and it was only the second time he played in back-to-back contests. Quick made 25 saves en route to his franchise-record 37th shutout. The Coyotes, whose 145 goals are the fewest in the league, were blanked for the 10th time and second time by a 1-0 score.

NOTEBOOK GMs discuss possible changes • NHL general managers discussed diving and embellishment, and protecting goaltenders in the crease on the opening day of three days of meetings. The league is debating whether it should offer referees a list of players known to be frequent ofenders for making dives or embellishing fouls. Also of concern is how much con-

tact or crease presence by skaters constitutes goalie interference. That topic is expected to be discussed more fully Tuesday. Adding a three-on-three component to overtime, similar to what the American Hockey League is doing, is on the agenda, but it wasn’t discussed Monday. Rangers • New York will be without veteran forward Martin St. Louis for 10 to 14 days becaus of a right knee ailment. St. Louis was injured late in New York’s 2-1 home victory over Florida on Sunday night when he fell while tangled up with Panthers defenseman Dmitry Kulikov during a puck battle. Kulikov’s left shoulder landed on St. Louis’ knee with 4:32 left. St. Louis, an alternate captain who has played in all 68 games this season, has 20 goals and 47 points. Penguins • Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin will miss Tuesday night’s game in New Jersey, but coach Mike Johnston says Malkin could be available later this week. The NHL’s sixth-leading scorer left Saturday’s loss to Boston in the first period with a lower-body injury and missed Sunday’s lopsided defeat to Detroit. The Penguins will also be without forward Patric Hornqvist for at least the next three games. Hornqvist suffered an undisclosed injury against the Red Wings. Blue Jackets • Columbus has added left winger Ryan Craig on emergency recall from their American Hockey League ailiate in Springfield, Mass.


COLLEGE BASKETBALL

B6 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

M 1 • TUESDAY • 03.17.2015

10 candidates to make bracket racket

Inconsistency at SLU caused rotation shule

STRAUSS • FROM B1

Crews says no one earned the right to play more, except for Yacoubou BY STU DURANDO St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The decision by basketball coach Jim Crews to start the season using the entire 12-man roster was an indication that a hierarchy had yet to develop within the St. Louis University roster. That pronouncement wasn’t surprising given the turnover in personnel. And Crews made good on his promise to play everyone, including all six freshmen, when the Billikens opened in November. The approach continued into December and changed little with the start of the Atlantic 10 schedule in January. Ultimately Crews did something that is diicult to pull of, as all 12 Billikens averaged at least 10 minutes for the majority of the season. In the end, only Tanner Lancona dipped below at 9.8. The inability to settle on a shorter player rotation stemmed from a lack of consistency in performance, Crews said. That never changed as SLU finished with a five-game losing streak and an 11-21 record. “You have to earn things,” Crews said. “No one earned enough to do it consistently. If I say we’re going with these eight but they’re not consistently providing help-side defense or they’re turning the ball over, why keep doing that? You have to earn your minutes. We didn’t have enough consistency to earn minutes.” Crews said the one exception was junior guard Ash Yacoubou, who led the Billikens in minutes played. Crews used all 12 players in 20 of 32 games and concocted 11 starting lineups. Players who missed entire games or played Crews minimal minutes during brief stretches of the season sometimes found themselves starting soon after. Some players would start and then see their minutes reduced dramatically. “It’s good from the standpoint that a lot of guys got experience,” Crews said. “I don’t think if we had done it a diferent way it would have been better. The bad thing is it’s hard to get a rhythm from an ofensive standpoint. So, probably there are pluses in terms of the big picture. In the short term it’s not good.” SLU struggled at both ends of the floor. The Billikens were last in scoring and field goal percentage defense in the A-10. They were next to last in rebound margin. With freshmen getting slightly more than half of the playing time, the growing pains were not unexpected. But although Crews said for much of the season that the team was ahead of schedule, he was unable to implement many things he would have liked. For instance, he wanted to play some zone defense but felt that trying to do too many things would be an overload. So, the Billikens never really worked on it. And it was that way in many areas. Crews said he started to install new schemes at times, only to pull back. “You can do a lot of things in the base ofense, but our guys are still trying to learn the basics of things, so we’d screw them up,” Crews said. “I tried to do a little bit, but that was my mistake. It screws up some of the other stuf. So, I’ve fallen short in my responsibility on that in that I’ve given them too much.” Freshman Milik Yarbrough finished as the leading scorer with a 10.0 average and topped Yacoubou by one rebound for the team lead. Freshmen Davell Roby and Marcus Bartley tied for the lead in assists, and Roby came out on top in steals. Late in the season some of the upperclassmen saw minutes fade. Senior John Manning averaged five minutes in the last seven games. Junior Austin McBroom, who scored 24 and 26 points in early-season games, lost his starting job and played single-digit minutes in many games over the last half of the season. Crews said he never made a conscious decision to use the freshmen more late in the season. But he conceded that if a freshman and veteran were performing equally in practice, the nod went to the freshman in games. A question about McBroom’s playing time persisted in recent months. Crews’ explanation was similar. “If you have older guys that are inconsistent and younger guys, you need to go with the younger guys,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you’re eliminated. All you had to do was get more consistent.” That never happened as a group. The Billikens will lose two seniors — Manning and Grandy Glaze, who missed the entire season with a shoulder injury. They have two big men on the way to fill the gaps. One thing is certain: Next season’s team will still be exceptionally young. Crews just hopes to avoid similar pitfalls. Stu Durando • @studurando on Twitter • sdurando@post-dispatch.com

ST. LOUIS U. STATISTICS rebounds Player

gp

fg-fga 3fg-fga

Yarbrough 32 129-274

ft-fta off def

tot avg pf

a to blk stl pts avg

5-25 58-102 52 102 154 4.8 64 47 68 12 20 321 10.0

Yacoubou 32 105-267

15-65

Crawford

67-107 44 109 153 4.8 79 44 65

6 28 292

9.1

32

77-166

25-66

55-69

1 10 234

7.3

McBroom 32

69-183

42-98

33-43 10 29

39 1.2 28 52 35

Roby

3

62-168

25-77

53-85 16

87 2.8 70 55

Bartley

32

52-126

37-86

17-29

6 47

64-87

7 34

Reynolds

26

19-66

2-19

Agbeko

32

43-82

0-0

Gillmann

32

44-99

Manning

28

Hollander

1

Lancona Jolly Leazer

15 37

71

52 1.6 48 33

53

31

0 24 213 6.7

51

1 29 202 6.5

1.7 82 55 44

3 12 158 4.9

41 1.6 37 30 27

1 17 104 4.0

31-51 38 74

112 3.5 46

0

7 117 3.7

16-46

9-18

15 52

67 2.1 54 34 33 12

4 113 3.5

21-52

0-1

14-18

8 45

53 1.9 49 14 16 23

1-2

0-0

0-0

1

0

1 1.0

22

17-52

3-26

6-18

5 18

23 1.0

30

13-50

2-19

29-39

11

15

1

0-0

0-0

0-0

0

0

Team

62 56

5

56 2.0

0

0

0

0

2 2.0

15 13

11

1

8

43 2.0

26 0.9 57 12 18 12

6

57 1.9

0

0 0.0

0 0.0 118

0

2 30

0 1

0

0

0

14

SLU

32 652-1587 172-528 436-666 290 689 979 30.6 630 391 443 72 170 1912 59.8

Opp.

32 729-1607 190-532 474-700 322 774 1096 34.2 638 419 436 140 219 2122 66.3

Texas Pan-American W, 75-69

RESULTS

Vermont

W, 58-55

SIU Carbondale

W, 62-59

Vanderbilt

L, 70-55

at Indiana State

W, 69-56

Rhode Island

L, 65-53

Texas A&M-C.C. (x)

L, 62-56

at Geo. Washington

L, 75-72

N. Carolina A&T (x)

W, 57-54

at Davidson

L, 89-54

vs. Mississippi St. (x) L, 75-50

Duquesne

W, 78-69

vs. Bradley (x)

W, 60-57

at Dayton

L, 61-45

Rockhurst

W, 80-48

VCU

L, 63-61 L, 68-60

at Wichita State

L, 81-52

at George Mason

South Dakota State

L, 62-55

Massachusetts

SIU Edwardsville

W, 67-61

St. Joseph’s

L, 60-56 W, 68-61 (ot)

at Fordham L, 83-65 Dayton L, 51-44 at Rhode Island L, 81-68 at VCU L, 74-54 La Salle W, 68-64 (ot) at Duquesne L, 79-66 George Mason L, 78-50 St. Bonaventure L, 64-48 at Richmond L, 67-51 vs. Duquesne (y) L, 61-55 (x) Corpus Christi Classic (y) Atlantic 10 tournament

Archie Miller

Travis Trice

DAYTON, No. 11 seed East • The overachieving Flyers enjoy a Wednesday play-in contest on their intimidating home floor against Boise State. Dayton lacks a player over 6-foot-6 and predictably struggles on the boards. Still, coach Archie Miller took last year’s team to the Elite Eight and squeezed 25 wins from this year’s edition, which shot better than 46 percent. Even better, Boise State shares Dayton’s rebounding deficiencies. No. 6 seed Providence awaits the first-round winner. The Friars last won an NCAA tourney game in 1997. They boast a solid backcourt of Kris Dunn and LaDontae Henton but managed to lose six of their last 12. Unpredictable. Dayton would also benefit from playing its second (and third) game(s) in nearby Columbus, Ohio.

Tyler Harvey

Tyler Kalinoski (left) and Jordan Barham

EASTERN WASHINGTON, No. 13 seed South • It’s not that winning the Big Sky Conference’s automatic bid merits pause. It’s that the Eagles (26-8) are playing a perennial March underachiever, Georgetown. The Hoyas have lost to double-digit seeds in their last five trips to the Big Dance. They’ve lost as a No. 2 seed, making this week’s No. 4 seem somewhat less impressive. The Eagles defeated tourney teams Texas Southern and Indiana before conference play and are led by the nation’s leading scorer, Tyler Harvey. Burden of proof rests with Hoyas coach John Thompson III.

Kyle Collinsworth

DAVIDSON, No. 10 seed South • The Atlantic 10 regular-season champion scores a lot (79.9 points a game) within a system that produced the nation’s thirdmost assists per game. Their loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the A-10 tourney semifinals snapped a 10-game winning streak in which they broke 80 points four times and 90 points three times. Senior guard Tyler Kalinoski is the conference player of the year and coach Bob McKillop is comfortable on this stage. His 2008 team featuring Steph Curry advanced to the Elite Eight. After benefiting from a soft late conference schedule, Iowa is coming of a baling loss to Penn State in the Big Ten tourney and could be primed for an early exit.

Fred VanVleet

BRIGHAM YOUNG, No. 11 seed West • Play-in teams have a track record, beginning with VCU’s run to the Final Four in 2011. The Cougars recently toppled Gonzaga and had won eight consecutive games before the Zags got revenge in the West Coast Conference tournament. BYU can score (83.6 ppg), which should put it in good stead against poor-shooting Ole Miss, which scraped into the field despite losing five of its last eight. The Rebels have one win over a tournament team since Dec. 18. The winner gets No. 6 seed Xavier, one of the field’s most unpredictable teams despite its balanced scoring. Matt Stainbrook leads X in scoring and rebounding and is second in assists. The Cougars would counter with junior forward Kyle Collinsworth, who had six triple-doubles this season.

TEXAS, No. 11 Midwest • The Longhorns probably deserve a No. 1 seed in the NIT rather than a berth here. Strength of schedule punched their ticket. A recent win over Baylor and narrow losses to Kansas and Oklahoma allowed them to pass the NCAA Tournament committee’s “eye test.” (Might someone suggest bifocals?) Twelve of Texas’ 13 losses came against teams in the tournament field. The Longhorns played 15 games against teams in the RPI Top 50. Now Bevo draws No. 6 seed Butler, which has 11 tournament wins over the last five years. The Longhorns will have the best player on the court, Myles Turner, and could pound the Big East runner-up on the boards. Matchups matter.

MICHIGAN STATE, No. 7 seed East • The Spartans took Wisconsin to overtime in the Big 10 championship game and received a No. 7 seed in return. Consider five of Michigan State’s 11 losses came in overtime and five came against a demanding nonconference schedule. Sparty finished on a 10-4 rush with two of the losses to No. 1 seed Wisconsin. The Spartans rank nationally in the top 10 percentile in assists and field goal percentage and barely miss the same status in rebounding. They first face a road-averse Georgia team in their first game before they would encounter No. 2 seed Virginia, which they bounced from last year’s East Region semifinal. This bracket is set up for coach Tom Izzo’s improved team to make noise. A Final Four run is not out of the question.

BUFFALO, No. 12 Midwest • The 23-9 Bulls, MidAmerican Conference champs, are making their first trip to the tournament. Much will be made of coach Bobby Hurley, point guard on two Duke national championship teams. More should be made of conference player of the year Justin Moss. Buffalo draws fifthseeded West Virginia and Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins is undefeated in his teams’ first tourney game as a No. 5 seed or better. The Mountaineers’ top player, Juwan Staten, missed the Big 12 tourney but is expected back. The Bulls have won eight straight games and rank 18th nationally in rebounding. Junior forward and conference player of the year Moss leads the Bulls in scoring and rebounding but was rather ordinary in the MAC tournament. West Virginia has lost six of 11 and is among the poorest shooting teams in the field (41.2 percent). They are 6-9 against teams that made the Dance.

WICHITA STATE, No. 7 seed Midwest • The 28-4 Shockers were ranked eighth nationally before losing to Illinois State in the Missouri Valley semifinals. The heavy tumble to a No. 7 seed seems rather severe as they must face Indiana in their opener with the potential for a third-round matchup against Kansas — which refuses to play them during the regular season. The Shockers have won 18 of 20 games and seem capable of a deeper run after drawing Kentucky in last March’s second game. Kansas, having fumbled the Big 12 tournament final to Iowa State., appears vulnerable. How long the Big 12 regular season champions will be without forward Clif Alexander remains uncertain given a lingering eligibility issue.

N. IOWA, No. 5 East • The MVC tournament champions were assigned a No. 5 seed for a 30-3 record. They get lowscoring Wyoming, which stole a bid by beating San Diego State in their conference final. A very experienced Northern Iowa team carries a 14 RPI and was 8-2 against teams in the RPI top 100. Senior forward and conference player of the year Seth Tuttle is a brilliant passer who retains value when his scoring is checked. Few teams are better at limiting turnovers. The Panthers probably would draw overseeded Louisville (a No. 4) in the third round.

Joe Strauss • @joestrauss on Twitter • jstrauss@post-dispatch.com

OHIO STATE, No. 10 West • The winner of Ohio State-VCU almost certainly gets a secondround appointment with Arizona, a probable dead end. However, the Buckeyes are the tournament’s most underseeded team and are up against a 26-9 Virginia Commonwealth team that struggled after losing defensive leader Briante Weber. True, VCU won the A-10 tourney with four wins in four days but remains overly reliant on the 3-ball. VCU played the nation’s toughest nonconference schedule; however, its injury-related problems arose in league and they lost three of their last four regularseason games. Buckeyes senior guard Shannon Scott will have much to say about handling VCU’s pressure defense. The Rams were 5-13 against the point spread before beating Richmond, Davidson and Dayton in Brooklyn.


COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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32-1

Notre Dame 31-2 1

8 p.m. Saturday

6:30 p.m. Friday

16 St. Fr. (Brk.) 15-18 Monday

8 Rutgers

24-8 16

Minnesota

23-9 8

Sunday

22-9

5:30 p.m. Saturday

9 Seton Hall

4 p.m. Friday

28-5

DePaul Mar. 28

5 Texas

22-10

Oklahoma

4 p.m. Friday Sunday

4 California

Quinnipiac

31-3 12

Stanford

24-9 4

Monday

23-9

6:30 p.m. Friday

13 Wichita St.

5:30 p.m. Saturday

29-4

6 S. Florida

ALBANY, N.Y.

26-7

Mar. 30

Mar. 29

CS-Northridge 23-9 13

OKLA. CITY Chesapeake Energy Arena

Times Union Center

Washington 23-9 6

TAMPA, FLA.

11 a.m. Friday

11 LSU

17-13

3 Louisville

25-6

Miami (Fla.) 19-12 11 Monday

Sunday

Iowa

3 p.m. Saturday

14 BYU

23-9 Mar. 28

25-6

11 a.m. Friday Sunday

23-9

1:30 p.m. Friday

15 Tenn. St.

18-12

1ST ROUND

Baylor

30-3 2

2ND ROUND S. Carolina

Sunday, April 5, 5:30 and 8 p.m., ESPN

16 N. Mexico St. 22-7

Savannah St.21-10 16 Sunday

Tuesday, April 7, 7:30 p.m., ESPN Amalie Arena, Tampa, Fla.

30-0

10:05 a.m. Saturday

30-2 1

4 p.m. Friday

CHAMPIONSHIP Monday

Syracuse

21-9 8

6:30 p.m. Friday

28-4

Nebraska

21-10 9

Mar. 27

Ohio State 23-10 5

22-10

J. Madison

29-3 12

N. Carolina

24-8 4

1:30 p.m. Friday

12:30 p.m. Saturday Sunday

4 Duke

Monday

21-10

11 a.m. Friday

13 Albany

10:05 a.m. Saturday

SPOKANE, WASH.

24-8

6 Geo. Wash.

Mar. 29

Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena

29-3

6:30 p.m. Friday

GREENSBORO, N.C. Greensboro Coliseum

23-9 6

Monday

Games televised on ESPN or ESPN2

26-4

4 p.m. Friday

Arizona State 27-5 3 5:30 p.m. Saturday

14 S. Dakota St. 24-8

Ohio Mar. 28

27-4 14

Mar. 27

Fla. Gulf Coast 30-2 7

7 Chattanooga 29-3 19-11

Okla. St. Monday

20-11 10

Monday

27-5

Florida State 29-4 2

12:30 p.m. Saturday

12:30 p.m. Saturday

15 Boise State 22-10

Alabama St. 17-14 15

ROUNDUP Georgia State coach has torn Achilles tendon Coaching can be a painful business. Just ask Georgia State’s Ron Hunter. His team is heading to the NCAA Tournament, but has to figure out a way to coach the Panthers with his left leg in a cast after sufering a torn Achilles tendon at the end of their victory in the Sun Belt Conference championship game. One of the country’s most animated coaches, Hunter leaped of the bench Sunday when Georgia Southern’s final shot — a potential game-winning 3-pointer — bounced of the rim. He then felt a sharp pain running through his left leg, “like someone had shot me in the back of the leg.” For now, Hunter is getting around on a four-wheeled scooter, pushing the device with his right leg. He’ll have to come up with another plan for Thursday’s game, when the 14th-seeded Panthers take on No. 3 seed Baylor. Kentucky vs. everybody else • That unbeaten Kentucky is good — make that very good — isn’t debatable among Las Vegas’ bookmakers. Kentucky’s dominance is reflected by bettors being able to take every other team in the field to win the national title and only having to risk $130 to win $100. Kentucky is an even-money favorite — a successful $100 bet would return just $200. And bookmakers said that even if all No. 1 seeds reach the Final Four, the Wildcats would be favored by at least 5½ points in any game. Elsewhere • Pennsylvania hired Steve Donahue, a former assistant at the school, as its coach. That’s after he had head coaching stops at Cornell and Boston College. He replaces Jerome Allen, who resigned following the regular-season finale. • San Diego fired coach Bill Grier after he went 117-144 in eight years — 15-16 this season. Associated Press

AP POLL

USA TODAY POLL

team 1. Kentucky (65) 2. Villanova 3. Wisconsin 4. Duke 5. Arizona 6. Virginia 7. Gonzaga 8. Notre Dame 9. Iowa State 10. Kansas 11. N. Iowa 12. Maryland 13. Oklahoma 14. Wichita State 15. N. Carolina 16. Baylor 17. Louisville 18. SMU 19. Utah 20. West Virginia 21. Arkansas 22. Georgetown 23. Michigan St. 24. Butler 25. VCU

w-l 34-0 32-2 31-3 29-4 31-3 29-3 32-2 29-5 25-8 26-8 30-3 27-6 22-10 28-4 24-11 24-9 24-8 27-6 24-8 23-9 26-8 21-10 23-11 22-10 26-9

pts 1,625 1,522 1,460 1,406 1,405 1,333 1,229 1,178 1,043 995 979 935 740 737 703 680 614 485 455 398 373 177 159 142 109

pv 1 4 6 2 5 3 7 11 13 9 10 8 15 12 19 16 14 20 17 18 21 23 — 22 —

Other votes: Oregon 91, Providence 62, Xavier 18, Davidson 16, Ohio St. 12, Stephen F. Austin 12, Wyoming 6, Boise St. 5, LSU 5, BYU 3, Valparaiso 3, Harvard 2, Murray St. 2, Wofford 2, Colorado St. 1, Dayton 1, Iowa 1, Purdue 1.

team w-l 1. Kentucky (32) 34-0 2. Villanova 32-2 3. Wisconsin 31-3 4. Arizona 31-3 5. Duke 29-4 6. Virginia 29-3 7. Gonzaga 32-2 8. Notre Dame 29-5 9. Northern Iowa 30-3 10. Iowa State 25-8 11. Kansas 26-8 12. Maryland 27-6 13. Wichita State 28-4 14. North Carolina 24-11 15. Oklahoma 22-10 16. Louisville 24-8 17. Baylor 24-9 18. Utah 24-8 19. SMU 27-6 20. Arkansas 26-8 21. West Virginia 23-9 22. Michigan State 23-11 23. Butler 22-10 24. Georgetown 21-10 25. Oregon 25-9

pts 800 747 730 689 675 646 597 587 509 504 482 470 379 347 336 292 291 232 216 213 191 93 79 69 66

pv 1 3 5 6 2 4 7 9 11 15 10 8 12 19 14 13 16 17 21 20 18 28 22 23 28

Other votes: Virginia Commonwealth 46, Providence 37, San Diego State 18, Brigham Young 11, Stephen F. Austin 9, Davidson 8, Valparaiso 7, Ohio State 6, Xavier 6, Wyoming 5, Dayton 2, Boise State 2, Murray State 1, Purdue 1, Texas 1.

• 25 points for a first-place vote (parentheses)

TALLAHASSEE, FLA.

10:05 a.m. Saturday

10:05 a.m. Saturday

2 Tennessee

Texas A&M

Ark.LittleRock 28-4 11 Sunday

10 Pittsburgh

26-6 13

3 p.m. Saturday

24-7

3 Oregon St.

Liberty

TEMPE, ARIZ.

11 Gonzaga

Mar. 30

CHAPEL HILL, N.C.

26-6

5 Miss. St. DURHAM, N.C.

17-13 10

N'western St.19-14 15

Mar. 28

CORVALLIS, ORE.

Arkansas

1:30 p.m. Friday

SEMIFINALS

30-2

9 Green Bay

23-8 7

Sunday

SWEET 16 REGIONALS 3RD ROUND

2ND ROUND SWEET 16 REGIONALS

12:30 p.m. Saturday

8 Princeton

N'western

COLUMBIA, S.C.

COLLEGE PARK, MD.

1 Maryland

24-8 14

11 a.m. Friday

NCAA BASKETBALL DIVISION I WOMEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP

18-12

2 Kentucky

American Mar. 27

WACO, TEXAS

LEXINGTON, KY.

7 Dayton 10 Iowa State

24-7 3

1:30 p.m. Friday

IOWA CITY, IOWA

5:30 p.m. Saturday

KNOXVILLE, TENN.

20-11 5

3 p.m. Saturday

12 Western Ky. 30-4

12 Tulane

26-7 9

Mar. 27

STANFORD, CALIF.

BERKELEY, CALIF.

Montana

SOUTH BEND, IND.

STORRS, CONN.

1 UConn

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UConn tops women’s ield of 64 ASSOCIATED PRESS

Geno Auriemma and his Connecticut Huskies are ready to begin their quest for a third straight national championship. The Huskies earned the first overall seed in the women’s NCAA Tournament and were placed in the Albany Region. They are seeking their 10th overall title. “This is why you coach,” Auriemma said. “This is why you come to Connecticut if you are one of these players. Are we mature enough to handle it? We will find that out very soon.” Though Connecticut is favored, Auriemma said winning another title isn’t a guarantee. “The fact that everybody thinks it’s a done deal, that we’re going to win the whole thing,” Auriemma said, “those are probably people who have never coached, or haven’t coached in a Final Four or have won a national championship.” Joining the Huskies as top seeds in the 64-team tournament, which begins Friday, are Maryland, South Carolina and Notre Dame. Notre Dame and UConn, former Big East rivals, met in the national championship game last season as undefeated teams with the Huskies winning 79-58. The team played this season in South Bend, Ind., and the Huskies won by 18 points. UConn (32-1) also beat South Carolina on Feb. 9 by 25.

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Breanna Stewart leads Connecticut, which is 32-1 and winning by an average of 42 points a game.

The Huskies, who are led by Breanna Stewart’s 17.4 points per game, seem to be improving and have been rolling — winning games by an average of 42 points this season. Their only loss came early in the season, in overtime at Stanford. UConn will open Saturday at home against St. Francis (N.Y.), which is making its first tournament appearance. The Terriers (15-18) are the 10th team to enter the NCAAs with a losing record. The Irish are the top seed in the Oklahoma City Region. Notre Dame has played in the past four Final Fours but has come up short of

a title each time. Baylor, Iowa and Stanford are the top seeds in the region that will try and derail the Irish. The Gamecocks will face Savannah State in the first round, a team they beat by 62 points earlier this year. Florida State, Arizona State and North Carolina will try to stop South Carolina in the Greensboro Region. Last season the Gamecocks lost to North Carolina in the regional semifinals. Maryland is the top seed in the Spokane Region. The Terrapins became the second team to go unbeaten in the Big Ten, the conference they just joined this year. They will open up against New Mexico State on Saturday. Undefeated Princeton, which is the 15th team to enter the NCAA Tournament unbeaten, is an eightseed — the highest in Ivy League history. The Tigers will face Green Bay. It’s the third time in five tournament appearances that the Tigers will play in the 8 vs. 9 game.

MIZZOU HEADS TO WNIT Missouri accepted an invitation to the Women’s National Invitation Tournament and will play Thursday at Northern Iowa. Tip-of time is to be announced Tuesday. The Tigers are 17-13. The Panthers are 17-14. Missouri State (18-14) also is in the field and entertains Tulsa (17-13) on Friday at a time to be announced.

With NIT game on tap, Illinois needs to move on BY MARK TUPPER Decatur Herald & Review

In looking for an edge in Tuesday night’s National Invitation Tournament opener in Tuscaloosa, Ala., it may come down to a simple question for Illinois and Alabama: Can either team find inspiration in disappointment? There’s no question Illinois is trying to move past the disappointment of having lost its two most recent games, a regular-season finale at Purdue and a blowout loss to Michigan in the Big Ten tournament. Illinois was an NCAA Tournament bubble team until those defeats, and coach John Groce knows his team was feeling awful on its way back home from Chicago. “I’ll be honest, I don’t know how much I want them to forget the way we played (against Michigan) on Thursday,” Groce said after learning

> NIT • Illinois at Alabama, 8 p.m., ESPN

Illinois would be a No. 3 seed in the NIT. “I’m going to remember that one for a long, long, long time. Those are the things that drive you. To say that they are just going to snap their fingers and completely forget about it, I don’t know if that’s necessarily the case.” Alabama has a different kind of disappointment to deal with. After a loss to Florida in the first round of the Southeastern Conference tournament, the Tide finished its season 18-14. Three days later coach Anthony Grant was fired, and it appears the Crimson Tide players would like to make a statement on Grant’s behalf. Players said Monday they were shocked by the firing. “It’s unheard of to lose your coach and still make the postseason,” leading scorer Levi Randolph said. “It’s

very emotional because we lost our leader.” Groce said he has told his players they have a chance to make something positive out of a diicult situation. “We’re grateful to be playing because it’s a great opportunity,” he said. “Are we disappointed? Yeah, sure, guys wanted to be in the NCAA Tournament. But we’re going to try to make the most out of the opportunity.” Illinois (19-13) was in the NIT last season and split two games, winning at Boston University before losing at Clemson. “If you don’t make the NCAA Tournament, where are you mentally for the NIT?” Groce said. “Last year it was good. This year, we’ll see. “A lot of that will be dependent on the older guys. It’s big when the seniors have the right kind of mindset.”


B8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

STLHIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.COM

CLASS 5 STATE SEMIFINAL PREVIEW

M 1 • TUeSDAy • 03.17.2015

CLASS 3A SUPER-SECTIONAL PREVIEW

MONDAY’S RESULTS

Edwards revels in his role for Althof

Girls soccer

Senior battles inside for Crusaders By Jim inghram STLhighschoolsports.com

Gordon radford • Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

Cor Jesu’s Jenn Mayberger signals a play during a Class 5 sectional game Wednesday against Fort Zumwalt West at Maryville University.

Mayberger says conference fueled Cor Jesu’s playof run Chargers have four players with state experience By Jim FaaSen STLhighschoolsports.com

Cor Jesu’s 42-41 Class 5 quarterfinal girls basketball victory against Kirkwood may have surprised many. Chargers senior guard Jenn Mayberger said the result Saturday was a product of what the team experienced during its Metro Women’s Athletic Association schedule. The MWAA is headlined by two-time defending Class 4 state champion Incarnate Word, and Cor Jesu is making its second Class 5 state semifinal appearance in three seasons. Last season, another MWAA team — St. Joseph’s — was a state semifinalist in Class 5. “I think our conference has been really strong the past couple of years,” Mayberger said. “It’s not just Incarnate, it’s been us, it’s been St. Joe, it continually shows each year what these teams can do. This is an exciting moment for us now. We’re still letting it sink in.” The Chargers (20-10) take on three-time defending state champion

Rock Bridge (22-7) in the opening Class 5 state semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at Mizzou Arena. Rock Bridge beat Cor Jesu 55-39 as part of the Webster Winter Challenge. Cor Jesu was within five points at halftime in that Feb. 3 game. “Rock Bridge is just loaded with talent,” Cor Jesu coach John Nef said. “When they sub, they don’t seem to change. They’re deep and they’re talented. We played them at Webster and we played them really good in the first half then they took of on us.” Cor Jesu heads to Columbia on a four-game win streak that ties its best of the season. Mayberger is part of the team’s core group of players who also played for Cor Jesu during its fourth-place state showing in 2013. The experience was evident Saturday when Mayberger hit the gamewinning shot to lift Cor Jesu over Kirkwood, the No. 2 large school in the STLhighschoolsports. com rankings. Mayberger, who stands 5-foot-10, is averaging

6.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. “She is probably one of the best athletes to ever go to Cor Jesu,” Nef said. “She just does not want to lose. She just has that mindset that says I’ve got to find a way to help my team win this game. She could care less whether she’s scored 30 points or three points. She is one of the most unselfish kids I have ever coached. All she wants to do is win and she did it again (Saturday).” Other returners from the 2013 Chargers state tournament team are Kristina Schmelter and Natalie Chrisco — the leading two scorers — and Claire Boyce. Mayberger said playing with composure will be a key for Cor Jesu’s chances of reaching the second state championship game in program history. “The thing we learned from two years ago is just that we really need to keep our composure,” Mayberger said. “It’s been a while since we’ve been in that moment at state. We just can’t let it get too big for us.”

Rick Edwards wears all the name tags and takes pride in every one of them. He’s the glue guy. Or the one player who will do all the dirty work. You can add another — winner — even though Edwards and his Althof High boys basketball teammates are still a few victories from the ultimate goal. Edwards, a 6-foot-5 senior, is the one true post player, the one true bruiser on a Crusaders’ roster filled with athletic, long, quick players. Edwards is not nearly as quick but has some length, is strong and has good athleticism. “My role on the team is to do the dirty work,” Edwards said. “I bang for rebounds, set screens. If there is a play that calls for a screen you can almost bet it will be me setting the screen. “I’m an enforcer. I’m one of the bigger people on the team. I like to be involved in any play that requires hustle. I like to make great passes, anything as long as it helps us win.” The combined play of the Crusaders (27-3) has them in the Class 3A Super-sectionals at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Mahomet-Seymour (23-10) at Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield. The winner advances to the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Peoria. There are a couple of players on the roster a bit taller than Edwards, but they are better suited for play on the perimeter. Edwards knew his inside presence was going to be heavily relied upon so he spent the summer working in the weight room to get stronger. “I know my role and what is expected of me,” Edwards said. “I’ve bought into it. I enjoy the role. I don’t need people telling me I’m this or that. My teammates know what I do and that’s the thing that matters most.” Edwards, who averages

2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, knows his eforts help teammates glide in the open court. And he knows what the other Crusaders players can contribute. Jordan Goodwin leads the team with 20.6 points per game, Tarkus Ferguson averages 14.1 points and Brendon Gooch provides 13.4. “First of all it’s kind of nuts watching these guys,” Edwards said. “It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was the freshman. I was the young guy looking up to the older guys for guidance. But these guys came into high school with so much ability. I remember the first game Jordan’s freshman year he had two dunks against a really good team. My freshman year we were below .500 and my sophomore year we were right around .500, so I’d never thought we’d be in this position. And any accolades or nice things said or written about them is deserved. We are just blessed with young talented players.” Edwards usually battles against the opponent’s biggest player. Sometimes that means a 6-3 foe, but a few cases he’s battled players that are 6-10 to 7-foot. Against Mahomet-Seymour, Edwards will have to contend with 6-9 post player Christian Romine, who has signed with UTEP. Romine has nice post moves, can handle the ball and take it outside to about 15 feet. He is best in the lane where his array of moves are tough to stop and is an excellent passer. “Rick will be in there ready to give us good minutes,” Althoff coach Greg Leib said. “He’s a tough rebounder, he gets some putbacks and is a big physical presence for us. He brings the old metal lunch box with him into the lane. If this was the (1950s), he’d have a pack of smokes rolled up in his sleeves. “All year, all his career. He comes out and does what he does and he does it to best of his ability.”

BOYS LACROSSE PREVIEW

MICDS, Kay use mental approach in title defense first career game when the Rams beat SLUH 9-2 to open the season last week. On defense, junior Jake Burmeister is still a staple. New to the squad after a year away from the game is football standout Cole Sigmund. He made is presence known very quickly in the SLUH game with a strong showing.

By Ben Loewnau STLhighschoolsports.com

The MICDS boys lacrosse players and coaches read like champions. It’s fitting since the Rams are the reigning MSLA Division 1 champions and of to a 2-0 start. But they’ve started their repeat campaign by collectively reading the books of champions. “We’re reading Pete Carroll’s book right now, we will read Mike Krzyzewski’s book ‘Leading With the Heart’ a little bit later in the season,” MICDS coach Andy Kay said. “We’re doing weekly essay writing, we’ve got guys that will stand up on Friday afternoons to deliver the weekly speech and it’s just kind of an immersion, a leadership immersion program.” Lacrosse doesn’t become a game of sticks and goals at 3:30 p.m. every afternoon for the Rams. It becomes a mental gauntlet Kay and his coaching staf have made and designed to be attainable for each player. The lessons never stop and the expectations are the same. “We’re a next-man-in type of team,” Kay said. “For our kids, our expectation is to win the state championship again this year.” From physiology to leadership, the players and coaches are immersed in a culture of learning and leadership. The expectation runs much deeper than working on repeating as champions for the first time since the Rams won titles in 2004 and 2005. The 2014 team that hoisted the trophy is not this group. There are new faces and position changes around the field but the message will resound through the years. “There’s such a tremendous work ethic that happens here, out culture is really strong,” Kay said. “We spend a lot of time on culture (and) a lot of leadership training.” But to be able to cultivate that leadership culture and to even have a sniff at another title, the

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Ben Loewnau • STLhighschoolsports.com

MICDS’ Gaines Bundy (19) is congratulated by Will Cella (60) after scoring one of his two goals during MICDS’ 9-2 win to open this season.

Rams have been taking steps beyond run-of-the-mill exercises. It’s the brain work the Rams put in that will be the staple of the 2015 edition. “Being a leader on the lacrosse field, it transitions a lot to the classroom,” MICDS sophomore Harry Wellford said. “You’re going to find on the lacrosse team, the first guys to speak up in the classroom are the lacrosse guys because we’re always talking all the time in practice and communicating.” Being a leader is one thing, but the communication is the key that starts the engine that runs MICDS lacrosse. The culture starts with creating an environment where lacrosse can be the focus and the truth is not hidden. “You’re not going to walk into team meeting, in a business environment, and get very much out of your employees if you start screaming at them for the jobs that they’re not doing,” Kay said. “You’ve got to find a way to be the skeleton key to unlock every kid.”

new FaCeS aBounD From the 2014 squad, the Rams graduated 178 points. 62 of the 73 assists handed out by players no longer with the team were dished out by the duo of 2014 Post-Dispacth All-Metro Player of the Year JT Thiemann and Jack Zurlinden. The two also combined for 83 of MICDS’ 105 goals. With Thiemann and Zurlinden gone, this year’s captains and upperclassmen play a similar role in helping newcomers grow into their roles. “As a leader, you have to be able to listen to your peers and listen to what they’re saying,” MICDS senior captain Will Cella said. “If there’s a problem and someone doesn’t want to go up to Coach Kay, they’ll go up to you as a captain and say ‘Hey, we have this, hey we have that.’ ” Cella, goalie Thomas O’Hara and Michael Gianino are the captains this season for the Rams. Also, freshman Henry Gillis started out on the first line of the attack. He had two goals in his

In the last full week of March, the Rams make a trip to Charlottesville and Alexandria in Virginia to play a trio of top-notch lacrosse programs. From the March 25-28, MICDS plays St. Anne-Belfield School, Penn Charter School and St. Stephen and St. Agnes. “We want to kind of put Missouri on the map this year,” Wellford said. “We want to climb a little more and put Missouri lacrosse up there.”

weLLForD PLeDgeS Wellford, who is expected to make an impact this season, has made a verbal commitment to play for the University of Virginia. Wellford made a dent in the stat sheet as a freshman in 2014 with 27 goals, 23 assists and 30 ground balls. “I just loved the campus, the coaching staff and really everything about it,” Wellford said of Virginia. “The academics are great and I wanted a public school.” The Cavaliers, ranked eighth in the country by the NCAA and off to 5-2 start through March 16, were 12th in the country with 12.57 goals per game through their first seven games. “I’m pretty set that I want to go there,” he said. “I could change if I want to go to another school and they ofer me but I got ofered from all the schools that I wanted to and UVA was definitely my favorite, so I’m pretty set in stone that I’m going there.”

Roxana 1, ME Lutheran 0 (R: Miranda Cunningham; shutout by Samantha Hurst) Metro Cup - Preliminary round Bellvl. East 2, Columbia 1 (B: Grace Brauer, Julia Moran; C: Casey Wood) Metro Cup - Preliminary round Mascoutah 1, Wesclin 0 (M: Alaina Lewis ; shutout by Sam Barnhart) Metro Cup - Preliminary round Althof 1, Highland 0 (A: Amanda Kaltwasser; shutout by Emily Lassman)

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULES Girls soccer -Breese Central at Greenville, 4:30 p.m. -Waterloo vs. Alton Marquette, at Oerter Park, 5 p.m. -Roxana vs. Civic Memorial, at Bethalto Spor, 5:30 p.m. -Centralia, Illinoi vs. Gibault, at Oerter Park, 7 p.m. -Alton vs. Triad, at Oerter Field, 7 p.m.

BASkETBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULES BoyS BaSkeTBaLL ILLINOIS CLASS 3A SUPER SECTIONALS Tuesday at various sites -Morgan Park vs. Hillcrest, 7 p.m. at Joliet Central -Althof vs. Mah. Seymour, 7 p.m. at Prairie Capitol Convention Center -Peoria Manual vs. Rockford Lutheran, 6 p.m. at Northern Illinois University -Westchester-St. Joseph vs. St. Patrick, 7 p.m. at Hofman Estates MISSOURI -CLASS 5 STATE TOURNAMENT Semiinals, Friday at Mizzou Arena -Blue Springs South vs. SLUH, 2:30 p.m. -Park HIll South vs. Chaminade, 4:15 p.m. Third place Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal losers, 11 a.m. Championship Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal winners, 6:40 p.m. -CLASS 4 STATE TOURNAMENT Semiinals, Thursday at Mizzou Arena -Hillcrest vs. Cape ND, 3:30 p.m. -Bolivar vs. St. Charles, 5:10 p.m. Third place Friday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal losers, 11 a.m. Championship Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal winners, 3 p.m.

girLS BaSkeTBaLL MISSOURI -CLASS 5 STATE TOURNAMENT Semiinals, Saturday at Mizzou Arena -Rock Bridge vs. Cor Jesu 6 p.m. -Parkway North vs. Liberty, 8:30 p.m. Third place Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal losers, 12:50 p.m. Championship Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal winners, 8:30 p.m. -CLASS 4 STATE TOURNAMENT Semiinals, Friday at Mizzou Arena -Hillcrest vs. MICDS, 6:50 p.m. -Benton vs. Incarnate Word, 8:30 p.m. Third place Friday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal losers, 12:50 p.m. Championship Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal winners, 4:50 p.m.

AREA LEADERS BoyS BaSkeTBaLL Points Jayson Tatum, Chaminade J. Cox-Bradley, P. Cent. Zeke Moore, Riverview Cullen VanLeer, Paciic Malik Barnett, McKinley

Pts 707 657 556 634 395

Avg 26.2 25.3 25.3 23.5 23.2

Rebounds Craig Vardiman, Warrenton Damarkis Gary, NW Acad. Chris Blocker, Maple-RH Mike Stimac, Wood River Colby Maynard, Bayless

No 416 366 361 329 310

Avg 16.0 15.9 13.4 13.2 12.4

3-Point Field Goals Adam Mennemeyer, Troy Trace Gentry, Roxana Shandon Boone, A. Marq. Zach Glotta, FZ North Broderick Ross, Trinity

No 80 94 53 78 68

Avg 3.08 2.94 2.94 2.89 2.83

Assists Skylar Sappington, B’wood Jahmouri Robinson, Ritter Tanner Meyer, Liberty Chr. Jacob Rueter, Gibault Dan Marinko, Edwardsville

No 203 225 268 208 179

Avg 8.46 8.33 8.12 6.93 6.88

Steals Josh Sargent, St. Dominic Satchel McDonald, Maple-RH Dan Marinko, Edwardsville Zach Glotta, FZ North Stephen Poth, Priory

No 74 117 109 107 110

Avg 4.93 4.33 4.19 3.96 3.93

girLS BaSkeTBaLL Points Napheesa Collier, In. Word Alexian Collie, Carnahan Kyra Hardesty, Washington Allie Troeckler, Civic M. Shay Fluker, Bellvl. West

Pts 769 434 622 694 644

Avg 26.5 25.5 21.4 21.0 20.8

Rebounds Chrishana Wilson, Gateway D. Jennings, Cahokia Brianna Watkins, Haz. West Janaye Randle, North Tech Romekia Wallace, Ritter

No 176 256 341 343 393

Avg 17.6 15.1 14.2 13.7 13.6

3-Point Field Goals Kyra Hardesty, Washington Faith Sherrow, De Soto Caitlyn Demaree, Principia Sydney Kremer, Notre Dame Kavita Krell, Lindbergh

No 102 85 82 83 73

Avg 3.52 3.27 3.04 2.86 2.81

Assists Marshelle Franklin, B’wood Bethany Coons, Union Jordan Oetting, Festus Courtney Reimer, Duchesne Ally Isenhower, Wesclin

No 162 156 127 164 74

Avg 7.04 6.78 6.35 5.86 4.93

Steals Jordan Oetting, Festus Marshelle Franklin, B’wood Nija Price, Brentwood Janelle Randle, North Tech Mackenzie Null, Jeferson

No 144 147 130 109 107

Avg 7.20 6.39 5.42 4.95 4.46


B8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

STLHIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.COM

CLASS 5 STATE SEMIFINAL PREVIEW

M 2 • TUeSDAy • 03.17.2015

CLASS 3A SUPER-SECTIONAL PREVIEW

MONDAY’S RESULTS

Edwards revels in his role for Althof

Girls soccer

Senior battles inside for Crusaders By Jim inghram STLhighschoolsports.com

Gordon radford • Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

Cor Jesu’s Jenn Mayberger signals a play during a Class 5 sectional game Wednesday against Fort Zumwalt West at Maryville University.

Mayberger says conference fueled Cor Jesu’s playof run Chargers have four players with state experience By Jim FaaSen STLhighschoolsports.com

Cor Jesu’s 42-41 Class 5 quarterfinal girls basketball victory against Kirkwood may have surprised many. Chargers senior guard Jenn Mayberger said the result Saturday was a product of what the team experienced during its Metro Women’s Athletic Association schedule. The MWAA is headlined by two-time defending Class 4 state champion Incarnate Word, and Cor Jesu is making its second Class 5 state semifinal appearance in three seasons. Last season, another MWAA team — St. Joseph’s — was a state semifinalist in Class 5. “I think our conference has been really strong the past couple of years,” Mayberger said. “It’s not just Incarnate, it’s been us, it’s been St. Joe, it continually shows each year what these teams can do. This is an exciting moment for us now. We’re still letting it sink in.” The Chargers (20-10) take on three-time defending state champion

Rock Bridge (22-7) in the opening Class 5 state semifinal at 6 p.m. Friday at Mizzou Arena. Rock Bridge beat Cor Jesu 55-39 as part of the Webster Winter Challenge. Cor Jesu was within five points at halftime in that Feb. 3 game. “Rock Bridge is just loaded with talent,” Cor Jesu coach John Nef said. “When they sub, they don’t seem to change. They’re deep and they’re talented. We played them at Webster and we played them really good in the first half then they took of on us.” Cor Jesu heads to Columbia on a four-game win streak that ties its best of the season. Mayberger is part of the team’s core group of players who also played for Cor Jesu during its fourth-place state showing in 2013. The experience was evident Saturday when Mayberger hit the gamewinning shot to lift Cor Jesu over Kirkwood, the No. 2 large school in the STLhighschoolsports. com rankings. Mayberger, who stands 5-foot-10, is averaging

6.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game. “She is probably one of the best athletes to ever go to Cor Jesu,” Nef said. “She just does not want to lose. She just has that mindset that says I’ve got to find a way to help my team win this game. She could care less whether she’s scored 30 points or three points. She is one of the most unselfish kids I have ever coached. All she wants to do is win and she did it again (Saturday).” Other returners from the 2013 Chargers state tournament team are Kristina Schmelter and Natalie Chrisco — the leading two scorers — and Claire Boyce. Mayberger said playing with composure will be a key for Cor Jesu’s chances of reaching the second state championship game in program history. “The thing we learned from two years ago is just that we really need to keep our composure,” Mayberger said. “It’s been a while since we’ve been in that moment at state. We just can’t let it get too big for us.”

Rick Edwards wears all the name tags and takes pride in every one of them. He’s the glue guy. Or the one player who will do all the dirty work. You can add another — winner — even though Edwards and his Althof High boys basketball teammates are still a few victories from the ultimate goal. Edwards, a 6-foot-5 senior, is the one true post player, the one true bruiser on a Crusaders’ roster filled with athletic, long, quick players. Edwards is not nearly as quick but has some length, is strong and has good athleticism. “My role on the team is to do the dirty work,” Edwards said. “I bang for rebounds, set screens. If there is a play that calls for a screen you can almost bet it will be me setting the screen. “I’m an enforcer. I’m one of the bigger people on the team. I like to be involved in any play that requires hustle. I like to make great passes, anything as long as it helps us win.” The combined play of the Crusaders (27-3) has them in the Class 3A Super-sectionals at 7 p.m. Tuesday against Mahomet-Seymour (23-10) at Prairie Capitol Convention Center in Springfield. The winner advances to the state tournament Friday and Saturday in Peoria. There are a couple of players on the roster a bit taller than Edwards, but they are better suited for play on the perimeter. Edwards knew his inside presence was going to be heavily relied upon so he spent the summer working in the weight room to get stronger. “I know my role and what is expected of me,” Edwards said. “I’ve bought into it. I enjoy the role. I don’t need people telling me I’m this or that. My teammates know what I do and that’s the thing that matters most.” Edwards, who averages

2.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, knows his eforts help teammates glide in the open court. And he knows what the other Crusaders players can contribute. Jordan Goodwin leads the team with 20.6 points per game, Tarkus Ferguson averages 14.1 points and Brendon Gooch provides 13.4. “First of all it’s kind of nuts watching these guys,” Edwards said. “It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was the freshman. I was the young guy looking up to the older guys for guidance. But these guys came into high school with so much ability. I remember the first game Jordan’s freshman year he had two dunks against a really good team. My freshman year we were below .500 and my sophomore year we were right around .500, so I’d never thought we’d be in this position. And any accolades or nice things said or written about them is deserved. We are just blessed with young talented players.” Edwards usually battles against the opponent’s biggest player. Sometimes that means a 6-3 foe, but a few cases he’s battled players that are 6-10 to 7-foot. Against Mahomet-Seymour, Edwards will have to contend with 6-9 post player Christian Romine, who has signed with UTEP. Romine has nice post moves, can handle the ball and take it outside to about 15 feet. He is best in the lane where his array of moves are tough to stop and is an excellent passer. “Rick will be in there ready to give us good minutes,” Althoff coach Greg Leib said. “He’s a tough rebounder, he gets some putbacks and is a big physical presence for us. He brings the old metal lunch box with him into the lane. If this was the (1950s), he’d have a pack of smokes rolled up in his sleeves. “All year, all his career. He comes out and does what he does and he does it to best of his ability.”

BOYS LACROSSE PREVIEW

MICDS, Kay use mental approach in title defense first career game when the Rams beat SLUH 9-2 to open the season last week. On defense, junior Jake Burmeister is still a staple. New to the squad after a year away from the game is football standout Cole Sigmund. He made is presence known very quickly in the SLUH game with a strong showing.

By Ben Loewnau STLhighschoolsports.com

The MICDS boys lacrosse players and coaches read like champions. It’s fitting since the Rams are the reigning MSLA Division 1 champions and of to a 2-0 start. But they’ve started their repeat campaign by collectively reading the books of champions. “We’re reading Pete Carroll’s book right now, we will read Mike Krzyzewski’s book ‘Leading With the Heart’ a little bit later in the season,” MICDS coach Andy Kay said. “We’re doing weekly essay writing, we’ve got guys that will stand up on Friday afternoons to deliver the weekly speech and it’s just kind of an immersion, a leadership immersion program.” Lacrosse doesn’t become a game of sticks and goals at 3:30 p.m. every afternoon for the Rams. It becomes a mental gauntlet Kay and his coaching staf have made and designed to be attainable for each player. The lessons never stop and the expectations are the same. “We’re a next-man-in type of team,” Kay said. “For our kids, our expectation is to win the state championship again this year.” From physiology to leadership, the players and coaches are immersed in a culture of learning and leadership. The expectation runs much deeper than working on repeating as champions for the first time since the Rams won titles in 2004 and 2005. The 2014 team that hoisted the trophy is not this group. There are new faces and position changes around the field but the message will resound through the years. “There’s such a tremendous work ethic that happens here, our culture is really strong,” Kay said. “We spend a lot of time on culture (and) a lot of leadership training.” But to be able to cultivate that leadership culture and to even have a sniff at another title, the

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Ben Loewnau • STLhighschoolsports.com

MICDS’ Gaines Bundy (19) is congratulated by Will Cella (60) after scoring one of his two goals during MICDS’ 9-2 win to open this season.

Rams have been taking steps beyond run-of-the-mill exercises. It’s the brain work the Rams put in that will be the staple of the 2015 edition. “Being a leader on the lacrosse field, it transitions a lot to the classroom,” MICDS sophomore Harry Wellford said. “You’re going to find on the lacrosse team, the first guys to speak up in the classroom are the lacrosse guys because we’re always talking all the time in practice and communicating.” Being a leader is one thing, but the communication is the key that starts the engine that runs MICDS lacrosse. The culture starts with creating an environment where lacrosse can be the focus and the truth is not hidden. “You’re not going to walk into a team meeting, in a business environment, and get very much out of your employees if you start screaming at them for the jobs that they’re not doing,” Kay said. “You’ve got to find a way to be the skeleton key to unlock every kid.”

new FaCeS aBounD From the 2014 squad, the Rams graduated 178 points. 62 of the 73 assists handed out by players no longer with the team were dished out by the duo of 2014 Post-Dispacth All-Metro Player of the Year JT Thiemann and Jack Zurlinden. The two also combined for 83 of MICDS’ 105 goals. With Thiemann and Zurlinden gone, this year’s captains and upperclassmen play a similar role in helping newcomers grow into their roles. “As a leader, you have to be able to listen to your peers and listen to what they’re saying,” MICDS senior captain Will Cella said. “If there’s a problem and someone doesn’t want to go up to Coach Kay, they’ll go up to you as a captain and say ‘Hey, we have this, hey we have that.’ ” Cella, goalie Thomas O’Hara and Michael Gianino are the captains this season for the Rams. Also, freshman Henry Gillis started out on the first line of the attack. He had two goals in his

In the last full week of March, the Rams make a trip to Charlottesville and Alexandria in Virginia to play a trio of top-notch lacrosse programs. From the March 25-28, MICDS plays St. Anne-Belfield School, Penn Charter School and St. Stephen and St. Agnes. “We want to kind of put Missouri on the map this year,” Wellford said. “We want to climb a little more and put Missouri lacrosse up there.”

weLLForD PLeDgeS Wellford, who is expected to make an impact this season, has made a verbal commitment to play for the University of Virginia. Wellford made a dent in the stat sheet as a freshman in 2014 with 27 goals, 23 assists and 30 ground balls. “I just loved the campus, the coaching staff and really everything about it,” Wellford said of Virginia. “The academics are great and I wanted a public school.” The Cavaliers, ranked eighth in the country by the NCAA and off to 5-2 start through March 16, were 12th in the country with 12.57 goals per game through their first seven games. “I’m pretty set that I want to go there,” he said. “I could change if I want to go to another school and they ofer me but I got ofered from all the schools that I wanted to and UVA was definitely my favorite, so I’m pretty set in stone that I’m going there.”

Roxana 1, ME Lutheran 0 (R: Miranda Cunningham; shutout by Samantha Hurst) Metro Cup - Preliminary round Bellvl. East 2, Columbia 1 (B: Grace Brauer, Julia Moran; C: Casey Wood) Metro Cup - Preliminary round Mascoutah 1, Wesclin 0 (M: Alaina Lewis ; shutout by Sam Barnhart) Metro Cup - Preliminary round Althof 1, Highland 0 (A: Amanda Kaltwasser; shutout by Emily Lassman)

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULES Girls soccer -Breese Central at Greenville, 4:30 p.m. -Waterloo vs. Alton Marquette, at Oerter Park, 5 p.m. -Roxana vs. Civic Memorial, at Bethalto Spor, 5:30 p.m. -Centralia, Illinoi vs. Gibault, at Oerter Park, 7 p.m. -Alton vs. Triad, at Oerter Field, 7 p.m.

BASkETBALL PLAYOFF SCHEDULES BoyS BaSkeTBaLL ILLINOIS CLASS 3A SUPER SECTIONALS Tuesday at various sites -Morgan Park vs. Hillcrest, 7 p.m. at Joliet Central -Althof vs. Mah. Seymour, 7 p.m. at Prairie Capitol Convention Center -Peoria Manual vs. Rockford Lutheran, 6 p.m. at Northern Illinois University -Westchester-St. Joseph vs. St. Patrick, 7 p.m. at Hofman Estates MISSOURI -CLASS 5 STATE TOURNAMENT Semiinals, Friday at Mizzou Arena -Blue Springs South vs. SLUH, 2:30 p.m. -Park HIll South vs. Chaminade, 4:15 p.m. Third place Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal losers, 11 a.m. Championship Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal winners, 6:40 p.m. -CLASS 4 STATE TOURNAMENT Semiinals, Thursday at Mizzou Arena -Hillcrest vs. Cape ND, 3:30 p.m. -Bolivar vs. St. Charles, 5:10 p.m. Third place Friday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal losers, 11 a.m. Championship Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal winners, 3 p.m.

girLS BaSkeTBaLL MISSOURI -CLASS 5 STATE TOURNAMENT Semiinals, Saturday at Mizzou Arena -Rock Bridge vs. Cor Jesu 6 p.m. -Parkway North vs. Liberty, 8:30 p.m. Third place Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal losers, 12:50 p.m. Championship Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal winners, 8:30 p.m. -CLASS 4 STATE TOURNAMENT Semiinals, Friday at Mizzou Arena -Hillcrest vs. MICDS, 6:50 p.m. -Benton vs. Incarnate Word, 8:30 p.m. Third place Friday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal losers, 12:50 p.m. Championship Saturday, Mizzou Arena Semiinal winners, 4:50 p.m.

AREA LEADERS BoyS BaSkeTBaLL Points Jayson Tatum, Chaminade J. Cox-Bradley, P. Cent. Zeke Moore, Riverview Cullen VanLeer, Paciic Malik Barnett, McKinley

Pts 707 657 556 634 395

Avg 26.2 25.3 25.3 23.5 23.2

Rebounds Craig Vardiman, Warrenton Damarkis Gary, NW Acad. Chris Blocker, Maple-RH Mike Stimac, Wood River Colby Maynard, Bayless

No 416 366 361 329 310

Avg 16.0 15.9 13.4 13.2 12.4

3-Point Field Goals Adam Mennemeyer, Troy Trace Gentry, Roxana Shandon Boone, A. Marq. Zach Glotta, FZ North Broderick Ross, Trinity

No 80 94 53 78 68

Avg 3.08 2.94 2.94 2.89 2.83

Assists Skylar Sappington, B’wood Jahmouri Robinson, Ritter Tanner Meyer, Liberty Chr. Jacob Rueter, Gibault Dan Marinko, Edwardsville

No 203 225 268 208 179

Avg 8.46 8.33 8.12 6.93 6.88

Steals Josh Sargent, St. Dominic Satchel McDonald, Maple-RH Dan Marinko, Edwardsville Zach Glotta, FZ North Stephen Poth, Priory

No 74 117 109 107 110

Avg 4.93 4.33 4.19 3.96 3.93

girLS BaSkeTBaLL Points Napheesa Collier, In. Word Alexian Collie, Carnahan Kyra Hardesty, Washington Allie Troeckler, Civic M. Shay Fluker, Bellvl. West

Pts 769 434 622 694 644

Avg 26.5 25.5 21.4 21.0 20.8

Rebounds Chrishana Wilson, Gateway D. Jennings, Cahokia Brianna Watkins, Haz. West Janaye Randle, North Tech Romekia Wallace, Ritter

No 176 256 341 343 393

Avg 17.6 15.1 14.2 13.7 13.6

3-Point Field Goals Kyra Hardesty, Washington Faith Sherrow, De Soto Caitlyn Demaree, Principia Sydney Kremer, Notre Dame Kavita Krell, Lindbergh

No 102 85 82 83 73

Avg 3.52 3.27 3.04 2.86 2.81

Assists Marshelle Franklin, B’wood Bethany Coons, Union Jordan Oetting, Festus Courtney Reimer, Duchesne Ally Isenhower, Wesclin

No 162 156 127 164 74

Avg 7.04 6.78 6.35 5.86 4.93

Steals Jordan Oetting, Festus Marshelle Franklin, B’wood Nija Price, Brentwood Janelle Randle, North Tech Mackenzie Null, Jeferson

No 144 147 130 109 107

Avg 7.20 6.39 5.42 4.95 4.46


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MLS gives St. Louis a glimmer of hope Commissioner says league will evaluate possible expansion to more than 24 clubs By Tom Timmermann st. Loui= Po=t-di=patch

Don Garber, the commissioner of Major League Soccer, released a statement Monday that offered a glimmer of hope for those who would like to see the league someday come to St. Louis. Garber said Minneapolis is the front-runner for the league’s next expansion team and a decision could come in 30 to 45 days, but, in the comment most relevant to St. Louis, he said that the league would look into having more than 24 teams. “Over the course of 2015,” Garber said, “we plan to evaluate potential expansion beyond 24 clubs.”

Twenty-four teams has long been viewed as a logical stopping point for MLS: It’s a good, easily divisible number and it’s already much bigger than just about every other league in the world. MLS has 20 teams now, with a second team in Los Angeles (replacing the shuttered Chivas USA) and a team in Atlanta starting in 2017, to bring the league to 22. Minnesota would be the 23rd team. David Beckham is pursuing a team in Miami, needing only a suitable venue for a stadium, and Sacramento, Calif., has made a strong bid as well, kick-started by its successful USL franchise. If the league were to stop at 24, it would be case closed at that point. Expanding beyond

24 teams is the only hope for St. Louis to get an MLS team. The new NFL stadium, if it’s built, would not be ready until close to 2020, and if the league were to stop at 24, its dance card will long since have been filled. A few other cities beyond Minneapolis and Sacramento have been mentioned as expansion possiblities, Las Vegas and San Antonio most prominently. “During the past several months,” Garber’s statement read, “we have conducted expansion meetings with representatives from Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Sacramento and visited all three markets. We have also met with representatives from San Antonio and St. Louis. We re-

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Monday | In Porto Sant’Elpidio, Italy Stage 6: 130.5 miles from Rieti to Porto Sant’Elpidio 1. Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo, 5:04:13 2. Gerald Ciolek, MTN - Qhubeka, same 3. Jens Debusschere, Lotto Soudal, st 4. Magnus Cort Nielsen, Orica, st 5. Maximiliano Richeze, Lampre, st 6. Edvald Boasson Hagen, MTN-Qhub., st 7. Nikias Arndt, Giant-Alpecin, st 8. Sam Bennett, Bora-Argon 18, st 9. Ramunas Navardauskas, Cannon-Gar, st 10. Alexey Lutsenko, Astana, st 11. Matthias Brandle, IAM Cycling, st 12. Wouter Poels, Sky, st 13. Luca Paolini, Katusha, st 14. Bauke Mollema, Trek, st 15. Gianluca Brambilla, Etixx, st 16. Matteo Montaguti, AG2R, st 17. Rigoberto Uran, Etixx - Quick-Step, st 18. Daniel Oss, BMC, st 19. Julien Vermote, Etixx - Quick-Step, st 20. Greg Van Avermaet, BMC, st Other riders 21. Damiano Caruso, BMC, st 23. Domenico Pozzovivo, AG2R, st 24. Thibaut Pinot, FDJ, st 26. Adam Yates, Orica GreenEdge, st 27. Davide Formolo, Cannon-Garmin, st 28. Joaquim Rodriguez, Katusha, st 34. Alberto Contador, Tinkoff-Saxo, st 36. Nairo Quintana, Movistar, st

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION 1. Nairo Quintana, Movistar, 24:58:58 2. Bauke Mollema, Trek, :39 3. Rigoberto Uran, Etixx - Quick-Step, :48 4. Thibaut Pinot, FDJ, :57 5. Alberto Contador, Tinkoff-Saxo, 1:03 6. Adam Yates, Orica GreenEdge, 1:04 7. Domenico Pozzovivo, AG2R, 1:06 8. Joaquim Rodriguez, Katusha, 1:07 9. Stephen Cummings, MTN-Qhub., 1:12 10. Wouter Poels, Sky, 1:13 11. Roman Kreuziger, Tinkoff-Saxo, 1:15 12. Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Lotto Sou., 1:22 13. Przemyslaw Niemiec, Lampre, 1:23 14. Damiano Caruso, BMC, 1:47 15. Giampaolo Caruso, Katusha, 2:03 16. Mikel Nieve, Sky, 2:05 17. Jonathan Castroviejo, Movistar, 2:12 18. Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, 2:23 19. Alberto Losada, Katusha, 2:27 20. Kanstantsin Siutsou, Sky, 2:48 Other riders 24. Maxime Monfort, Lotto Soudal, 3:26 25. Michele Scarponi, Astana, 3:51 26. Dan Martin, Cannondale-Garmin, 3:58 30. Leopold Konig, Sky, 9:08 38. Brent Bookwalter, BMC, 13:32 39. Louis Meintjes, MTN - Qhubeka, 15:12 46. Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo, 20:41

TUESDAY’S STAGE • (ITT) San Benedetto del Tronto - 10 km > The top 10 in the final GC may change and it will be a surprise not to see Nairo Quintana as the overall winner of Tirreno-Adriatico. The course is flat and fast, with few turns to slow the riders.

World Tour leaders 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

rider Richie Porte Rohan Dennis Michal Kwiatkowski Simon Spilak Cadel Evans Rui Costa Tom Dumoulin Geraint Thomas Ruben Fernandez Tony Gallopin Domenico Pozzovivo Daryl Impey Jakob Fuglsang Gorka Izaguirre Rafael Valls Jarlinson Pantano Davide Cimolai Michael Matthews Alexander Kristoff Heinrich Haussler André Greipel Juan Jose Lobato Tim Wellens George Bennett Arnaud Demare

team points Team Sky 198 BMC Racing Team 114 Etixx - Quick Step 89 Team Katusha 78 BMC Racing Team 76 Lampre - Merida 64 Team Giant - Alpecin 64 Team Sky 54 Movistar Team 52 Lotto Soudal 46 AG2R La Mondiale 40 Orica Greenedge 39 Astana Pro Team 32 Movistar Team 32 Lampre - Merida 21 IAM Cycling 10 Lampre - Merida 10 Orica Greenedge 9 Team Katusha 7 IAM Cycling 6 Lotto Soudal 6 Movistar Team 6 Lotto Soudal 4 Team Lotto NL - Jumbo 4 FDJ 4

Team points

1.

Team Sky

252

2.

BMC Racing Team

191

3.

Lampre - Merida

96

4. Etixx - Quick Step

93

5.

Movistar Team

93

6. Team Katusha

86

7.

66

Team Giant - Alpecin

8. Lotto Soudal

58

9.

50

Orica Greenedge

10. AG2R La Mondiale

41

11. Astana Pro Team

38

12. IAM Cycling

16

13. Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo

4

14. FDJ

4

15. Trek Factory Racing

3

16. Tinkoff - Saxo

2

• Rankings through Paris-Nice

BaSeBall Exhibition standings NATIONAL LEAGUE

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Los Angeles Miami Colorado Arizona Philadelphia Cardinals Pittsburgh San Diego Cincinnati New York Washington Chicago Atlanta San Francisco Milwaukee

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l 2 3 4 6 6 5 5 6 7 8 7 9 9 11 9

w l Kansas City 11 3 Minnesota 6 3 New York 9 5 Boston 8 5 Houston 6 4 Oakland 9 6 Texas 7 6 Toronto 7 7 Los Angeles 6 7 Seattle 6 7 Tampa Bay 5 6 Cleveland 6 8 Chicago 5 7 Detroit 6 10 Baltimore 4 11

• Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Monday Cardinals 1, Detroit 0 Boston 4, NY Mets 3 Houston (ss) 2, Atlanta 2 (tie) Washington 2, Houston (ss) 1 Baltimore 16, Philadelphia 4 San Diego 7, Chicago Cubs 0 Cincinnati 10, San Francisco 4 Kansas City 6, Cleveland 5 LA Dodgers 10, Oakland 5 LA Angels 5, Texas 3 Arizona 6, Chicago White Sox 2

Cardinals statistics Batting Cruz Holliday Stanley Pham Heyward Kozma Molina Wilson Piscotty G.Garcia Diaz Kelly Grichuk Carpenter AdamsM Scruggs Reynolds Moore Easley Ortega Wong Anna Peralta Bourjos Kelly Tilson Valera

ab 11 13 9 17 15 20 16 24 21 13 7 21 22 16 21 19 15 20 8 16 18 12 14 20 3 1 3

r 3 1 5 3 1 3 0 6 1 0 0 3 7 1 1 0 2 3 0 1 1 2 0 2 0 1 2

h 2b 3b hr rbi avg 6 2 0 0 0 .545 6 2 0 0 0 .462 4 2 0 1 3 .444 7 0 0 1 5 .412 6 0 0 0 2 .400 8 0 0 0 3 .400 6 0 0 0 1 .375 9 4 0 1 3 .375 7 1 0 0 5 .333 4 1 0 0 2 .308 2 0 0 0 1 .286 6 1 1 0 2 .286 6 1 0 3 6 .273 4 0 0 0 1 .25 5 1 0 0 3 .238 4 1 0 0 1 .211 3 0 0 2 6 .200 3 1 0 0 0 .150 1 0 0 0 1 .125 2 1 0 0 2 .125 2 0 0 0 0 .111 1 0 0 0 2 .083 1 0 0 0 0 .071 1 0 0 0 0 .050 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000 0 0 0 0 0 .000

Pitching w l era ip h r Belisle 0 0 0.00 4.0 2 0 Choate, 0 0 0.00 4.1 2 0 Freeman 0 0 0.00 3.0 2 1 Gonzales 2 0 0.00 6.0 2 0 Harris 0 0 0.00 3.0 0 0 Hatley 0 0 0.00 2.2 1 0 Lackey 0 0 0.00 3.0 0 0 Maness 0 0 0.00 4.0 4 0 Reyes 0 0 0.00 1.0 0 0 Siegrist 0 0 0.00 3.0 3 0 Socolovich 0 0 0.00 3.2 5 1 Wacha 0 0 0.00 5.0 2 0 Cooney 1 0 1.13 8.0 4 1 Walden 0 0 2.25 4.0 2 1 Tuivailala 0 0 3.00 3.0 2 1 J.Garcia 1 0 3.38 5.1 5 2 Kiekhefer 0 0 3.86 2.1 2 1 Petrick 0 1 6.00 6.0 5 4 Martinez 1 0 6.75 8.0 7 6 Rosenthal 0 1 6.75 4.0 4 3 Villanueva 0 1 6.75 6.210 5 Greenwood 0 0 9.00 3.0 5 3 Lynn 0 0 9.00 1.0 0 1 Lyons 0 2 12.6 5.0 9 7 Saves: Socolovich 2, Kiekhefer, Rosenthal, Siegrist

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so 5 2 2 3 0 2 4 4 0 4 3 6 5 5 0 6 1 5 7 2 8 1 0 4

collegeS Baseball Missouri Baptist 15, Hannibal-LaGrange 0 Bellarmine 4-5, Maryville 2-3 SIU Edwardsville 11, Murray State 0 UMSL 5-12, McKendree 1-11 Mineral Area 3-3, St. Louis C.C. 2-12 Softball UMSL 10-0, Illinois Springfield 0-1

TenniS Paribas Open Monday | In Indian Wells, Calif. Purse: Men: $7.1 million (Masters 1000); Women: $5.38 million (Premier) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Men’s third-round singles Adrian Mannarino def. Ernests Gulbis (14), 6-4, 6-4. Andy Murray (4) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (26) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Kei Nishikori (5) def. Fernando Verdasco (28) 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-4. Thanasi Kokkinakis def. Juan Monaco 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (5). John Isner (18) def. Kevin Anderson (16) 7-6 (6), 6-2. Women’s third-round singles Eugenie Bouchard (6) def. CoCo Vandeweghe (30), 6-3, 6-2. Lesia Tsurenko def. Alize Cornet (20), 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. Belinda Bencic (31) def. Caroline Wozniacki (4), 6-4, 6-4. Jelena Jankovic (18) def. Madison Keys (16), 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Caroline Garcia (25) def. Ana Ivanovic (5), , 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

WTA singles rankings 1. Serena Williams, 9592 2. Maria Sharapova, 8215 3. Simona Halep, 6571 4. Petra Kvitova, 6395 5. Caroline Wozniacki, 4825 6. Ana Ivanovic, 4425

Men’s tennis McKendree 9, William Jewell 0 Women’s tennis William Jewell 5, McKendree 4 Men’s volleyball Missouri Baptist def. McKendree 25-27, 25-18, 25-17, 25-15

FairmounT park ATP singles rankings

Tuesday’s intertrack

1. Novak Djokovic, 13205 2. Roger Federer, 9205 3. Rafael Nadal, 5675 4. Andy Murray, 5425 5. Kei Nishikori, 5415 6. Milos Raonic, 4980 • Rankings through March 8

Parx 11:25 a.m. Mahoning 11:45 Monticello (H) 11:50 The Meadows (H) 11:55 Yonkers (H) noon Louisiana (Q) 1 p.m. Turf Paradise 3:25

Dover (H) 3:30 Northfield (H) 5p.m. Western Fair (H) 5:15 Rosecroft (H) 5:40 Mountaineer 6 p.m. Australia 8 p.m.

cently announced that Las Vegas is no longer being considered for this round of expansion.” Of course, even with a larger league, St. Louis has some formidable barriers. The city has long been viewed as a promising spot for a team because of its Midwest location and soccer history, but it has lacked two big components: ownership and a place to play. Absent those two components, MLS isn’t coming to St. Louis. In announcing the plans for a riverfront stadium in an effort to keep the Rams, the possibility of an MLS team also using it was floated, though that may have been as much to help justify a facility that otherwise would have a regular tenant for just 10 events

a year. Stadium backers have met with Garber to talk about the stadium and its prospects. In a statement released Monday, Dave Peacock, one of the people spearheading the new stadium project, said: “It’s excellent news to hear MLS Commissioner Don Garber acknowledge the possibility of expansion beyond 24 clubs. The emphasis of our task force is to develop plans for a stadium ... that could be the new home for the St. Louis Rams and a future MLS expansion club. We look forward to hosting MLS Commissioner Garber later this year.” Tom Timmermann • 314-340-8190 @tomtimm on Twitter ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com

BaSkeTBall Men’s NCAA Tournament FIRST ROUND | In Dayton, Ohio Tuesday Hampton (16-17) vs. Manhattan (19-13), 5:40 p.m. BYU (25-9) vs. Mississippi (20-12), 8:10 p.m.

Wednesday North Florida (23-11) vs. Robert Morris (19-14), 5:40 p.m. Boise State (25-8) vs. Dayton (25-8), 8:10 p.m.

East Regional

Midwest Regional

Thursday | second round Pittsburgh Villanova (32-2) vs. Lafayette (20-12), 5:50 p.m. N.C. State (20-13) vs. LSU (22-10), 8:20 p.m.

Thursday | second round Louisville, Ky. Cincinnati (22-10) vs. Purdue (21-12), 6:10 p.m. Kentucky (34-0) vs. Hampton-Manhattan winner, 8:40 p.m. Pittsburgh Notre Dame (29-5) vs. Northeastern (23-11), 11:15 p.m. Butler (22-10) vs. Texas (20-13), 1:45 p.m.

Friday | second round Charlotte, N.C. Michigan State (23-11) vs. Georgia (21-11), 11:40 p.m. Virginia (29-3) vs. Belmont (22-10), 2:10 p.m. Columbus, Ohio Oklahoma (22-10) vs. Albany (24-8), 6:26 p.m. Providence (22-11) vs. Boise State-Dayton winner, 8:56 p.m. Seattle Northern Iowa (30-3) vs. Wyoming (25-9), 12:40 p.m. Louisville (24-8) vs. UC Irvine (21-12), 3:10 p.m.

Friday | second round Columbus, Ohio West Virginia (23-9) vs. Buffalo (23-9), 1:10 p.m. Maryland (27-6) vs. Valparaiso (28-5), 3:50 p.m. Omaha, Neb. Kansas (26-8) vs. New Mexico State (23-10), 11:15 p.m. Wichita State (28-4) vs. Indiana (20-13), 1:45 p.m.

South Regional

West Regional

Thursday | second round Louisville, Ky. Iowa State (25-8) vs. UAB (19-15), 11:40 p.m. SMU (27-6) vs. UCLA (20-13), 2:10 p.m. Portland, Ore. Utah (24-8) vs. Stephen F. Austin (29-4), 6:26 p.m. Georgetown (21-10) vs. Eastern Washington (26-8), 8:56 p.m.

Thursday | second round Jacksonville, Fla. Baylor (24-9) vs. Georgia State (24-9), 12:40 p.m. Xavier (21-13) vs. BYU-Mississippi winner, 3:10 p.m. North Carolina (24-11) vs. Harvard (22-7), 6:20 p.m. Arkansas (26-8) vs. Wofford (28-6), 8:50 p.m. Portland, Ore. Arizona (31-3) vs. Texas Southern (22-12), 1:10 p.m. VCU (26-9) vs. Ohio State (23-10), 3:40 p.m.

Friday | second round Charlotte, N.C. Duke (29-4) vs. North Florida-Robert Morris winner, 6:10 p.m. San Diego State (26-8) vs. St. John’s (21-11), 8:40 p.m. Seattle Iowa (21-11) vs. Davidson (24-7), 6:20 p.m. Gonzaga (32-2) vs. North Dakota State (23-9), 8:50 p.m.

Friday | second round Omaha, Neb. Oregon (25-9) vs. Oklahoma State (18-13), 5:50 p.m. Wisconsin (31-3) vs. Coastal Carolina (24-9), 8:20 p.m.

Men’s NIT Tuesday | first round Geo. Washington (21-12) at Pittsburgh (19-14), 6 p.m. Cen. Michigan (23-8) at Louisiana Tech (25-8), 6:30 p.m. NC Central (25-7) at Miami (21-12), 6 p.m. Iona (26-8) at Rhode Island (22-9), 6 p.m. William & Mary (20-12) at Tulsa (22-10), 7:15 p.m. Illinois (19-13) at Alabama (18-14), 8 p.m. UTEP (22-10) at Murray State (27-5), 8 p.m. Montana (20-12) at Texas A&M (20-11), 8 p.m. UC Davis (25-6) at Stanford (19-13), 10 p.m.

Women’s NIT Wednesday | first round Eastern Washington (20-11) at Washington State (17-14) Cleveland State (19-12) at Michigan (16-14) Radford (17-13) at East Carolina (21-10) Tenn.-Martin (22-10) at Mississippi (17-13) Western Michigan (20-12) at Arkansas State (23-10) Thursday | first round Sacramento State (16-15) at Pacific (21-9) San Francisco (19-13) at Fresno State (22-9) Northern Colorado (20-12) at Colorado State (23-7)

Wednesday | first round Arizona State (17-15) at Connecticut (20-14), 6 p.m. Bucknell (19-14) at Temple (23-10), 6 p.m. Char. Southern (19-11) at Old Dominion (24-7), 6:15 p.m. St. Francis (NY) (23-11) at Richmond (19-13), 6:30 p.m. Green Bay (24-8) at Illinois State (21-12), 7 p.m. Vanderbilt (19-13) at Saint Mary’s (Cal) (21-9), 8 p.m. South Dakota St. (23-10) at Colorado St. (27-6), 9 p.m.

Creighton (17-13) at South Dakota (25-7) CS Bakersfield (23-8) at UCLA (13-18) Long Beach State (22-9) at San Diego (24-6) Akron (22-8) at Kansas State (18-13) Missouri (17-13) at Northern Iowa (17-14) Texas Southern (19-10) at Southern Mississippi (22-10) Stephen F. Austin (23-7) at TCU (17-13) Virginia (17-13) at Old Dominion (20-12) Army (23-7) at St. John’s (21-10) Central Connecticut St. (19-12) at Fordham (20-11) Hampton (18-12) at Drexel (20-10) Buffalo (19-12) at West Virginia (18-14) Duquesne (21-10) at Youngstown State

(21-10) NC State (16-14) at ETSU (21-11) Hofstra (20-12) at Penn (20-8) Temple (16-16) at Marist (21-11) Elon (19-12) at Georgia Tech (18-14) Ball State (17-13) at Middle Tennessee (21-9) Friday | first round Hawaii (23-8) at St. Mary’s (Cal) (20-10) Wright State (25-8) at Toledo (18-13) Eastern Michigan (22-12) at Drake (20-10) Tulsa (17-13) at Missouri State (18-14) Maine (23-8) at Villanova (19-13) Richmond (18-13) at Stetson (23-7) • Times to be announced

Odds to win the NCAA Tournament

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• From America’s Line by Benjamin Eckstein

Monday | first round NJIT 84, New Hampshire 77

Kentucky ....................... 11-10 Arizona..............................7-1 Wisconsin......................... 8-1 Duke................................. 9-1 Villanova .........................10-1 Virginia............................10-1 Gonzaga ..........................15-1 Notre Dame ................... 20-1 Iowa State.......................25-1 Utah................................ 30-1 Michigan State................35-1 Kansas.............................35-1 North Carolina...............40-1 Baylor............................. 50-1 Oklahoma ...................... 50-1 Wichita State ................. 50-1 Louisville........................60-1 Maryland........................ 70-1 Northern Iowa ............... 70-1 Smu.................................75-1 Arkansas ........................80-1 Ohio State .................... 100-1 Texas ............................ 100-1 VCU............................... 100-1 Providence................... 100-1 West Virginia................ 100-1 Lsu................................ 100-1 Georgetown ................. 100-1 Butler ........................... 100-1 Xavier............................150-1 Byu ...............................200-1 Indiana.........................200-1 Iowa..............................200-1 NC State .......................200-1

Oregon .........................200-1 Mississippi....................200-1 Purdue .........................200-1 San Diego State ...........200-1 St. John’s......................200-1 Georgia.........................300-1 Boise State...................300-1 Davidson ......................300-1 Cincinnati.....................300-1 Ucla ..............................300-1 SF Austin......................300-1 Oklahoma State...........300-1 Dayton..........................300-1 Wyoming......................300-1 Belmont .......................500-1 Buffalo .........................500-1 Albany..........................500-1 Eastern Wash. .............500-1 Harvard........................500-1 N. Dakota State............500-1 Georgia State...............500-1 Valparaiso....................500-1 New Mexico St. ............500-1 Wofford........................500-1 Cal-Irvine .....................500-1 Uab...............................500-1 Texas Southern............500-1 Northeastern...............500-1 Manhattan .................1000-1 Coastal Carolina ........1000-1 Lafayette....................1000-1 Hampton....................1000-1 North Florida.............1000-1 Robert Morris ............1000-1

Tuesday | first round Eastern Illinois (17-14) at Oakland (16-16), 6 p.m. James Madison (19-13) at S.C.-Upstate (23-11), 6 p.m. Bowling Green (20-11) at Saint Francis (Pa.) (16-15), 6 p.m. Norfolk State (20-13) at Eastern Kentucky (19-11), 6 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette (20-13) at Incarnate Word (18-10), 7 p.m. Wednesday March 18 Maryland-Eastern Shore (18-14) at High Point (22-9), 6 p.m. Dartmouth (14-14) at Canisius (16-14), 6 p.m. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (19-13) at Florida Gulf Coast (22-10), 6 p.m. Cleveland State (24-8) at Western Michigan (20-13), 6 p.m. Kent State (21-11) at Middle Tennessee (19-16), 6 p.m. IPFW (16-14) at Evansville (19-12), 6:05 p.m. UNC Wilmington (18-13) at Sam Houston State (25-7), 6:30 p.m. Northern Arizona (19-14) at Grand Canyon (17-14), 7 p.m. Sacramento State (20-11) at Portland (17-15), 9 p.m.

CBI Tuesday | first round Rider (21-11) at Loyola, Chicago (19-13), 7 p.m. Wednesday | first round Stony Brook (23-11) at Mercer (18-15), 6 p.m. Vermont (18-13) at Hofstra (20-13), 6 p.m. Eastern Michigan (21-13) at Louisiana-Monroe (21-12), 7 p.m. UC Santa Barbara (19-13) at Oral Roberts (18-14), 7 p.m. Radford (21-11) at Delaware State (18-17), 7 p.m. Gardner-Webb (20-14) at Colorado (15-17), 8 p.m. Pepperdine (18-13) at Seattle (16-15), 9 p.m.

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TranSacTionS FOOTBALL National Football League CAROLINA: Signed Kurt Coleman to a two-year contract. CHICAGO: Signed G Vladimir Ducasse to a one-year contract. CLEVELAND: Signed DB Tramon Williams. Agreed to terms with DL Randy Starks. HOUSTON: Signed NT Vince Wilfork. KANSAS CITY: Signed DB Ron Parker. MINNESOTA: Named Andrew Janocko quality control-offense coach and Robert Rodriguez assistant defensive line coach. NEW ENGLAND: Signed TE Scott Chandler. NY GIANTS: Re-signed G John Jerry and CB Chykie Brown. OAKLAND: Released QB Matt Schaub. TENNESSEE: Agreed to terms with CB Perrish Cox. WASHINGTON: Signed S Jeron Johnson. HOCKEY National Hockey League BUFFALO: Recalled D Chad Ruhwedel from Rochester (AHL). COLUMBUS: Recalled LW Ryan Craig from Springfield (AHL). DALLAS: Reassigned D Jamie Oleksiak to Texas (AHL). VANCOUVER: Recalled G Jacob Markstrom from the Utica (AHL). Reassigned G Joacim Eriksson to Utica.

SOCCER Major League Soccer COLUMBUS: Waived F Sagi Lev-Ari. NY RED BULLS: Signed D Kemar Lawrence. COLLEGE ALABAMA: Named John Brannen men’s interim basketball coach. ARIZONA STATE: Suspended junior LB Davon Durant for a violation of team rules. COLORADO: Announced sophomore G Dustin Thomas is leaving the men’s basketball program. DETROIT: Announced it will not renew the contract of women’s basketball coach Autumn Rademacher. GEORGE MASON: Fired men’s basketball coach Paul Hewitt. GEORGIA: Announced the retirement of women’s basketball coach Andy Landers. SAN DIEGO: Fired men’s basketball coach Bill Grier. UMBC: Suspended Mackenzie Reese, Alyssa Semones, Amber Kovalick, Meghan Milani and Brittany Marquess indefinitely from the women’s lacrosse team after being accused of threatening freshman teammates in text messages. UNC GREENSBORO:Signed men’s basketball coach Wes Miller to a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

FedExCup leaders points 1. Jimmy Walker 1,150 2. Bubba Watson 1,088 3. Patrick Reed 1,076 4. Dustin Johnson 910 5. Robert Streb 903 6. Ryan Moore 877 7. Jordan Spieth 864 8. Sang-Moon Bae 862 9. Jason Day 847 10. Brandt Snedeker 834 11. Charley Hoffman 825 12. Brooks Koepka 790 13. Hideki Matsuyama 772 14. James Hahn 736 15. J.B. Holmes 733 16. Ben Martin 719 17. Bill Haas 708 18. Shawn Stefani 603 19. Daniel Berger 603 20. Harris English 603 21. Brendon de Jonge 589 22. Nick Watney 584 23. Scott Piercy 581 24. Matt Kuchar 574 25. Russell Knox 534

money $2,353,349 $2,680,950 $2,168,233 $2,440,667 $1,791,267 $1,961,126 $1,907,796 $1,863,411 $1,888,178 $1,867,882 $1,686,707 $1,693,981 $1,696,904 $1,490,639 $1,754,520 $1,430,452 $1,425,386 $1,107,933 $1,188,405 $1,110,965 $928,759 $1,240,359 $1,041,269 $982,934 $1,047,686

Hole in one Wentzville: Jim Violette with a pitching wedge on the 147-yard No. 12 hole.


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03.17.2015 • Tuesday • M 2

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MLS gives St. Louis a glimmer of hope Commissioner says league will evaluate possible expansion to more than 24 clubs By Tom Timmermann st. Loui= Po=t-di=patch

Don Garber, the commissioner of Major League Soccer, released a statement Monday that offered a glimmer of hope for those who would like to see the league someday come to St. Louis. Garber said Minneapolis is the front-runner for the league’s next expansion team and a decision could come in 30 to 45 days, but, in the comment most relevant to St. Louis, he said that the league would look into having more than 24 teams. “Over the course of 2015,” Garber said, “we plan to evaluate potential expansion beyond 24 clubs.”

Twenty-four teams has long been viewed as a logical stopping point for MLS: It’s a good, easily divisible number and it’s already much bigger than just about every other league in the world. MLS has 20 teams now, with a second team in Los Angeles (replacing the shuttered Chivas USA) and a team in Atlanta starting in 2017, to bring the league to 22. Minnesota would be the 23rd team. David Beckham is pursuing a team in Miami, needing only a suitable venue for a stadium, and Sacramento, Calif., has made a strong bid as well, kick-started by its successful USL franchise. If the league were to stop at 24, it would be case closed at that point. Expanding beyond

24 teams is the only hope for St. Louis to get an MLS team. The new NFL stadium, if it’s built, would not be ready until close to 2020, and if the league were to stop at 24, its dance card will long since have been filled. A few other cities beyond Minneapolis and Sacramento have been mentioned as expansion possiblities, Las Vegas and San Antonio most prominently. “During the past several months,” Garber’s statement read, “we have conducted expansion meetings with representatives from Las Vegas, Minneapolis and Sacramento and visited all three markets. We have also met with representatives from San Antonio and St. Louis. We re-

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NBA Favorite Points Underdog Spurs.........................13......................KNICKS Grizzlies..................... 7.....................PISTONS PELICANS.................NL........................ Bucks ROCKETS................. 11.5....................... Magic CLIPPERS .................9.5 ....................Hornets COLLEGE BASKETBALL Favorite Points Underdog NCAA Tournament Manhattan ...............8.5 ................. Hampton Byu ............................ 3.................Mississippi (Wednesday) N Florida ..................2.5 ..........Robert Morris DAYTON....................3.5 ....................Boise St (Thursday) In Jacksonville, Fla. Baylor.......................7.5.................Georgia St Xavier.......................NL............................Byu or Xavier.......................NL................Mississippi N Carolina ................9.5 ................... Harvard Arkansas ..................6.5 ................... Wofford Thursday In Pittsburgh Notre Dame ............12.5.......... Northeastern Texas ........................1.5........................Butler Villanova .................. 23.................. Lafayette NC State .................... 2............................. Lsu In Louisville, Ky. Iowa St ....................13.5.......................... Uab Smu..........................3.5 ..........................Ucla Purdue ...................... 2.................. Cincinnati Kentucky ..................NL................Manhattan or Kentucky ..................NL.................. Hampton In Portland, Ore. Arizona..................... 23..............Tx Southern Ohio St .....................3.5 ........ Virginia Comm Utah..........................6.5 ........Stephen Austin Georgetown .............7.5........... E Washington (Friday) In Charlotte, NC Michigan St ..............5.5 ....................Georgia Virginia......................17....................Belmont Duke.........................NL...................N Florida or Duke.........................NL...........Robert Morris San Diego St.............. 3................... St. John’s In Columbus, Ohio W Virginia ................4.5 .....................Buffalo Maryland..................4.5 ............... Valparaiso Oklahoma .................13...................... Albany Providence...............NL......................Dayton or Providence...............NL.....................Boise St In Omaha, Neb. Kansas..................... 11.5.........New Mexico St Wichita St.................5.5 .................... Indiana Oklahoma St ..............1.......................Oregon Wisconsin................. 20.............Coastal Caro In Seattle No Iowa....................6.5 ................. Wyoming Louisville................... 9...................Cal-Irvine Iowa..........................2.5 ..................Davidson Gonzaga .................. 17.5............. N Dakota St NIT Tournament PITTSBURGH............3.5 ........... George Wash MIAMI-FLORIDA.......8.5 ............... NC Central RHODE ISLAND........6.5 ..........................Iona LOUISIANA TECH .....5.5 ...............C Michigan TULSA........................ 5..........William & Mary ALABAMA.................2.5 ......................Illinois MURRAY ST............... 5...........................Utep TEXAS A&M...............12................... Montana STANFORD ................ 9....................Cal-Davis (Wednesday) CONNECTICUT..........4.5 ................Arizona St TEMPLE...................12.5...................Bucknell OLD DOMINION.........11 ...........Charleston So RICHMOND................12...........St. Francis-NY ILLINOIS ST ............... 3.........Wisc-Green Bay ST. MARY’S-CA .........1.5................ Vanderbilt COLORADO ST..........9.5 ..............S Dakota St CBI Tournament LOYOLA-CHI .............. 4..........................Rider (Wednesday) MERCER ...................1.5..............Stony Brook HOFSTRA................... 6.................... Vermont DELAWARE ST..........PK.................... Radford Cal-Santa Barb.......... 3......... ORAL ROBERTS UL-MONROE...............1.................E Michigan COLORADO.............. 11.5.........Gardner-Webb Pepperdine ..............5.5 ...................SEATTLE College Insider Tournament OAKLAND.................6.5 ...................E Illinois SC UPSTATE............... 4......... James Madison ST. FRANCIS-PA........4.5 .........Bowling Green E KENTUCKY ............. 8.................. Norfolk St UL-Lafayette ............. 3.... INCARNATE WORD (Wednesday) HIGH POINT............... 9.............Mary E Shore CANISIUS................... 3................ Dartmouth FLA GULF COAST......6.5 ......... Texas A&M-CC W MICHIGAN ............PK............. Cleveland St MIDDLE TENN ST ...... 2.......................Kent St EVANSVILLE.............7.5...........................Ipfw SAM HOUSTON ST....7.5.........NC-Wilmington No Arizona ...............1.5.......GRAND CANYON PORTLAND...............8.5 ........ Sacramento St NHL Favorite Odds Underdog Senators...........-$125/+$105....HURRICANES DEVILS......................NL...................Penguins Canadiens ........-$150/+$130 .......PANTHERS BRUINS............-$500/+$400 .............Sabres JETS...................-$120/even................Sharks PREDATORS .....-$140/+$120 ..................Wild BLACKHAWKS .. -$155/+$135...........Islanders Blues .................-$120/even............. FLAMES CANUCKS..........-$160/+$140...............Flyers Home team in CAPS © 2015 Benjamin Eckstein

Monday | In Porto Sant’Elpidio, Italy Stage 6: 130.5 miles from Rieti to Porto Sant’Elpidio 1. Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo, 5:04:13 2. Gerald Ciolek, MTN - Qhubeka, same 3. Jens Debusschere, Lotto Soudal, st 4. Magnus Cort Nielsen, Orica, st 5. Maximiliano Richeze, Lampre, st 6. Edvald Boasson Hagen, MTN-Qhub., st 7. Nikias Arndt, Giant-Alpecin, st 8. Sam Bennett, Bora-Argon 18, st 9. Ramunas Navardauskas, Cannon-Gar, st 10. Alexey Lutsenko, Astana, st 11. Matthias Brandle, IAM Cycling, st 12. Wouter Poels, Sky, st 13. Luca Paolini, Katusha, st 14. Bauke Mollema, Trek, st 15. Gianluca Brambilla, Etixx, st 16. Matteo Montaguti, AG2R, st 17. Rigoberto Uran, Etixx - Quick-Step, st 18. Daniel Oss, BMC, st 19. Julien Vermote, Etixx - Quick-Step, st 20. Greg Van Avermaet, BMC, st Other riders 21. Damiano Caruso, BMC, st 23. Domenico Pozzovivo, AG2R, st 24. Thibaut Pinot, FDJ, st 26. Adam Yates, Orica GreenEdge, st 27. Davide Formolo, Cannon-Garmin, st 28. Joaquim Rodriguez, Katusha, st 34. Alberto Contador, Tinkoff-Saxo, st 36. Nairo Quintana, Movistar, st

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION 1. Nairo Quintana, Movistar, 24:58:58 2. Bauke Mollema, Trek, :39 3. Rigoberto Uran, Etixx - Quick-Step, :48 4. Thibaut Pinot, FDJ, :57 5. Alberto Contador, Tinkoff-Saxo, 1:03 6. Adam Yates, Orica GreenEdge, 1:04 7. Domenico Pozzovivo, AG2R, 1:06 8. Joaquim Rodriguez, Katusha, 1:07 9. Stephen Cummings, MTN-Qhub., 1:12 10. Wouter Poels, Sky, 1:13 11. Roman Kreuziger, Tinkoff-Saxo, 1:15 12. Jurgen Van Den Broeck, Lotto Sou., 1:22 13. Przemyslaw Niemiec, Lampre, 1:23 14. Damiano Caruso, BMC, 1:47 15. Giampaolo Caruso, Katusha, 2:03 16. Mikel Nieve, Sky, 2:05 17. Jonathan Castroviejo, Movistar, 2:12 18. Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, 2:23 19. Alberto Losada, Katusha, 2:27 20. Kanstantsin Siutsou, Sky, 2:48 Other riders 24. Maxime Monfort, Lotto Soudal, 3:26 25. Michele Scarponi, Astana, 3:51 26. Dan Martin, Cannondale-Garmin, 3:58 30. Leopold Konig, Sky, 9:08 38. Brent Bookwalter, BMC, 13:32 39. Louis Meintjes, MTN - Qhubeka, 15:12 46. Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo, 20:41

TUESDAY’S STAGE • (ITT) San Benedetto del Tronto - 10 km > The top 10 in the final GC may change, and it will be a surprise not to see Nairo Quintana as the overall winner of Tirreno-Adriatico. The course is flat and fast, with few turns to slow the riders.

World Tour leaders 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25.

rider Richie Porte Rohan Dennis Michal Kwiatkowski Simon Spilak Cadel Evans Rui Costa Tom Dumoulin Geraint Thomas Ruben Fernandez Tony Gallopin Domenico Pozzovivo Daryl Impey Jakob Fuglsang Gorka Izaguirre Rafael Valls Jarlinson Pantano Davide Cimolai Michael Matthews Alexander Kristoff Heinrich Haussler André Greipel Juan Jose Lobato Tim Wellens George Bennett Arnaud Demare

team points Team Sky 198 BMC Racing Team 114 Etixx - Quick Step 89 Team Katusha 78 BMC Racing Team 76 Lampre - Merida 64 Team Giant - Alpecin 64 Team Sky 54 Movistar Team 52 Lotto Soudal 46 AG2R La Mondiale 40 Orica Greenedge 39 Astana Pro Team 32 Movistar Team 32 Lampre - Merida 21 IAM Cycling 10 Lampre - Merida 10 Orica Greenedge 9 Team Katusha 7 IAM Cycling 6 Lotto Soudal 6 Movistar Team 6 Lotto Soudal 4 Team Lotto NL - Jumbo 4 FDJ 4

Team points

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Team Sky

252

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BMC Racing Team

191

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96

4. Etixx - Quick Step

93

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Movistar Team

93

6. Team Katusha

86

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66

Team Giant - Alpecin

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41

11. Astana Pro Team

38

12. IAM Cycling

16

13. Team Lotto Nl - Jumbo

4

14. FDJ

4

15. Trek Factory Racing

3

16. Tinkoff - Saxo

2

• Rankings through Paris-Nice

BaSeBall Exhibition standings NATIONAL LEAGUE

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w l Kansas City 11 3 Minnesota 6 3 New York 9 5 Boston 8 5 Houston 6 4 Oakland 9 6 Texas 7 6 Toronto 7 7 Los Angeles 6 7 Seattle 6 7 Tampa Bay 5 6 Cleveland 6 8 Chicago 5 7 Detroit 6 10 Baltimore 4 11

• Split-squad games count in the standings; games against non-major league teams do not. Monday Cardinals 1, Detroit 0 Boston 4, NY Mets 3 Houston (ss) 2, Atlanta 2 (tie) Washington 2, Houston (ss) 1 Baltimore 16, Philadelphia 4 San Diego 7, Chicago Cubs 0 Cincinnati 10, San Francisco 4 Kansas City 6, Cleveland 5 LA Dodgers 10, Oakland 5 LA Angels 5, Texas 3 Arizona 6, Chicago White Sox 2

Cardinals statistics Batting Cruz Holliday Stanley Pham Heyward Kozma Molina Wilson Piscotty G.Garcia Diaz Kelly Grichuk Carpenter AdamsM Scruggs Reynolds Moore Easley Ortega Wong Anna Peralta Bourjos Kelly Tilson Valera

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Pitching w l era ip h r Belisle 0 0 0.00 4.0 2 0 Choate, 0 0 0.00 4.1 2 0 Freeman 0 0 0.00 3.0 2 1 Gonzales 2 0 0.00 6.0 2 0 Harris 0 0 0.00 3.0 0 0 Hatley 0 0 0.00 2.2 1 0 Lackey 0 0 0.00 3.0 0 0 Maness 0 0 0.00 4.0 4 0 Reyes 0 0 0.00 1.0 0 0 Siegrist 0 0 0.00 3.0 3 0 Socolovich 0 0 0.00 3.2 5 1 Wacha 0 0 0.00 5.0 2 0 Cooney 1 0 1.13 8.0 4 1 Walden 0 0 2.25 4.0 2 1 Tuivailala 0 0 3.00 3.0 2 1 J.Garcia 1 0 3.38 5.1 5 2 Kiekhefer 0 0 3.86 2.1 2 1 Petrick 0 1 6.00 6.0 5 4 Martinez 1 0 6.75 8.0 7 6 Rosenthal 0 1 6.75 4.0 4 3 Villanueva 0 1 6.75 6.210 5 Greenwood 0 0 9.00 3.0 5 3 Lynn 0 0 9.00 1.0 0 1 Lyons 0 2 12.6 5.0 9 7 Saves: Socolovich 2, Kiekhefer, Rosenthal, Siegrist

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collegeS Baseball Missouri Baptist 15, Hannibal-LaGrange 0 Bellarmine 4-5, Maryville 2-3 SIU Edwardsville 11, Murray State 0 UMSL 5-12, McKendree 1-11 Mineral Area 3-3, St. Louis C.C. 2-12 Softball UMSL 10-0, Illinois Springfield 0-1

TenniS Paribas Open Monday | In Indian Wells, Calif. Purse: Men: $7.1 million (Masters 1000); Women: $5.38 million (Premier) Surface: Hard-Outdoor Men’s third-round singles Adrian Mannarino def. Ernests Gulbis (14), 6-4, 6-4. Andy Murray (4) def. Philipp Kohlschreiber (26) 6-1, 3-6, 6-1. Kei Nishikori (5) def. Fernando Verdasco (28) 6-7 (6), 6-1, 6-4. Thanasi Kokkinakis def. Juan Monaco 6-2, 5-7, 7-6 (5). John Isner (18) def. Kevin Anderson (16) 7-6 (6), 6-2. Women’s third-round singles Eugenie Bouchard (6) def. CoCo Vandeweghe (30), 6-3, 6-2. Lesia Tsurenko def. Alize Cornet (20), 7-5, 1-6, 6-2. Belinda Bencic (31) def. Caroline Wozniacki (4), 6-4, 6-4. Jelena Jankovic (18) def. Madison Keys (16), 5-7, 6-4, 6-3. Caroline Garcia (25) def. Ana Ivanovic (5), , 6-2, 5-7, 6-2.

WTA singles rankings 1. Serena Williams, 9592 2. Maria Sharapova, 8215 3. Simona Halep, 6571 4. Petra Kvitova, 6395 5. Caroline Wozniacki, 4825 6. Ana Ivanovic, 4425

Men’s tennis McKendree 9, William Jewell 0 Women’s tennis William Jewell 5, McKendree 4 Men’s volleyball Missouri Baptist def. McKendree 25-27, 25-18, 25-17, 25-15

FairmounT park ATP singles rankings

Tuesday’s intertrack

1. Novak Djokovic, 13205 2. Roger Federer, 9205 3. Rafael Nadal, 5675 4. Andy Murray, 5425 5. Kei Nishikori, 5415 6. Milos Raonic, 4980 • Rankings through March 8

Parx 11:25 a.m. Mahoning 11:45 Monticello (H) 11:50 The Meadows (H) 11:55 Yonkers (H) noon Louisiana (Q) 1 p.m. Turf Paradise 3:25

Dover (H) 3:30 Northfield (H) 5p.m. Western Fair (H) 5:15 Rosecroft (H) 5:40 Mountaineer 6 p.m. Australia 8 p.m.

cently announced that Las Vegas is no longer being considered for this round of expansion.” Of course, even with a larger league, St. Louis has some formidable barriers. The city has long been viewed as a promising spot for a team because of its Midwest location and soccer history, but it has lacked two big components: ownership and a place to play. Absent those two components, MLS isn’t coming to St. Louis. In announcing the plans for a riverfront stadium in an effort to keep the Rams, the possibility of an MLS team also using it was floated, though that may have been as much to help justify a facility that otherwise would have a regular tenant for just 10 events

a year. Stadium backers have met with Garber to talk about the stadium and its prospects. In a statement released Monday, Dave Peacock, one of the people spearheading the new stadium project, said: “It’s excellent news to hear MLS Commissioner Don Garber acknowledge the possibility of expansion beyond 24 clubs. The emphasis of our task force is to develop plans for a stadium ... that could be the new home for the St. Louis Rams and a future MLS expansion club. We look forward to hosting MLS Commissioner Garber later this year.” Tom Timmermann • 314-340-8190 @tomtimm on Twitter ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com

BaSkeTBall Men’s NCAA Tournament FIRST ROUND | In Dayton, Ohio Tuesday Hampton (16-17) vs. Manhattan (19-13), 5:40 p.m. BYU (25-9) vs. Mississippi (20-12), 8:10 p.m.

Wednesday North Florida (23-11) vs. Robert Morris (19-14), 5:40 p.m. Boise State (25-8) vs. Dayton (25-8), 8:10 p.m.

East Regional

Midwest Regional

Thursday | second round Pittsburgh Villanova (32-2) vs. Lafayette (20-12), 5:50 p.m. N.C. State (20-13) vs. LSU (22-10), 8:20 p.m.

Thursday | second round Louisville, Ky. Cincinnati (22-10) vs. Purdue (21-12), 6:10 p.m. Kentucky (34-0) vs. Hampton-Manhattan winner, 8:40 p.m. Pittsburgh Notre Dame (29-5) vs. Northeastern (23-11), 11:15 a.m. Butler (22-10) vs. Texas (20-13), 1:45 p.m.

Friday | second round Charlotte, N.C. Michigan State (23-11) vs. Georgia (21-11), 11:40 a.m. Virginia (29-3) vs. Belmont (22-10), 2:10 p.m. Columbus, Ohio Oklahoma (22-10) vs. Albany (24-8), 6:26 p.m. Providence (22-11) vs. Boise State-Dayton winner, 8:56 p.m. Seattle Northern Iowa (30-3) vs. Wyoming (25-9), 12:40 p.m. Louisville (24-8) vs. UC Irvine (21-12), 3:10 p.m.

Friday | second round Columbus, Ohio West Virginia (23-9) vs. Buffalo (23-9), 1:10 p.m. Maryland (27-6) vs. Valparaiso (28-5), 3:50 p.m. Omaha, Neb. Kansas (26-8) vs. New Mexico State (23-10), 11:15 a.m. Wichita State (28-4) vs. Indiana (20-13), 1:45 p.m.

South Regional

West Regional

Thursday | second round Louisville, Ky. Iowa State (25-8) vs. UAB (19-15), 11:40 a.m. SMU (27-6) vs. UCLA (20-13), 2:10 p.m. Portland, Ore. Utah (24-8) vs. Stephen F. Austin (29-4), 6:26 p.m. Georgetown (21-10) vs. Eastern Washington (26-8), 8:56 p.m.

Thursday | second round Jacksonville, Fla. Baylor (24-9) vs. Georgia State (24-9), 12:40 p.m. Xavier (21-13) vs. BYU-Mississippi winner, 3:10 p.m. North Carolina (24-11) vs. Harvard (22-7), 6:20 p.m. Arkansas (26-8) vs. Wofford (28-6), 8:50 p.m. Portland, Ore. Arizona (31-3) vs. Texas Southern (22-12), 1:10 p.m. VCU (26-9) vs. Ohio State (23-10), 3:40 p.m.

Friday | second round Charlotte, N.C. Duke (29-4) vs. North Florida-Robert Morris winner, 6:10 p.m. San Diego State (26-8) vs. St. John’s (21-11), 8:40 p.m. Seattle Iowa (21-11) vs. Davidson (24-7), 6:20 p.m. Gonzaga (32-2) vs. North Dakota State (23-9), 8:50 p.m.

Friday | second round Omaha, Neb. Oregon (25-9) vs. Oklahoma State (18-13), 5:50 p.m. Wisconsin (31-3) vs. Coastal Carolina (24-9), 8:20 p.m.

Men’s NIT Tuesday | first round Geo. Washington (21-12) at Pittsburgh (19-14), 6 p.m. Cen. Michigan (23-8) at Louisiana Tech (25-8), 6:30 p.m. NC Central (25-7) at Miami (21-12), 6 p.m. Iona (26-8) at Rhode Island (22-9), 6 p.m. William & Mary (20-12) at Tulsa (22-10), 7:15 p.m. Illinois (19-13) at Alabama (18-14), 8 p.m. UTEP (22-10) at Murray State (27-5), 8 p.m. Montana (20-12) at Texas A&M (20-11), 8 p.m. UC Davis (25-6) at Stanford (19-13), 10 p.m.

Women’s NIT Wednesday | first round Eastern Washington (20-11) at Washington State (17-14) Cleveland State (19-12) at Michigan (16-14) Radford (17-13) at East Carolina (21-10) Tenn.-Martin (22-10) at Mississippi (17-13) Western Michigan (20-12) at Arkansas State (23-10) Thursday | first round Sacramento State (16-15) at Pacific (21-9) San Francisco (19-13) at Fresno State (22-9) Northern Colorado (20-12) at Colorado State (23-7)

Wednesday | first round Arizona State (17-15) at Connecticut (20-14), 6 p.m. Bucknell (19-14) at Temple (23-10), 6 p.m. Char. Southern (19-11) at Old Dominion (24-7), 6:15 p.m. St. Francis (NY) (23-11) at Richmond (19-13), 6:30 p.m. Green Bay (24-8) at Illinois State (21-12), 7 p.m. Vanderbilt (19-13) at Saint Mary’s (Cal) (21-9), 8 p.m. South Dakota St. (23-10) at Colorado St. (27-6), 9 p.m.

Creighton (17-13) at South Dakota (25-7) CS Bakersfield (23-8) at UCLA (13-18) Long Beach State (22-9) at San Diego (24-6) Akron (22-8) at Kansas State (18-13) Missouri (17-13) at Northern Iowa (17-14) Texas Southern (19-10) at Southern Mississippi (22-10) Stephen F. Austin (23-7) at TCU (17-13) Virginia (17-13) at Old Dominion (20-12) Army (23-7) at St. John’s (21-10) Central Connecticut St. (19-12) at Fordham (20-11) Hampton (18-12) at Drexel (20-10) Buffalo (19-12) at West Virginia (18-14) Duquesne (21-10) at Youngstown State

(21-10) NC State (16-14) at ETSU (21-11) Hofstra (20-12) at Penn (20-8) Temple (16-16) at Marist (21-11) Elon (19-12) at Georgia Tech (18-14) Ball State (17-13) at Middle Tennessee (21-9) Friday | first round Hawaii (23-8) at St. Mary’s (Cal) (20-10) Wright State (25-8) at Toledo (18-13) Eastern Michigan (22-12) at Drake (20-10) Tulsa (17-13) at Missouri State (18-14) Maine (23-8) at Villanova (19-13) Richmond (18-13) at Stetson (23-7) • Times to be announced

Odds to win the NCAA Tournament

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• From America’s Line by Benjamin Eckstein

Monday | first round NJIT 84, New Hampshire 77

Kentucky ....................... 11-10 Arizona..............................7-1 Wisconsin......................... 8-1 Duke................................. 9-1 Villanova .........................10-1 Virginia............................10-1 Gonzaga ..........................15-1 Notre Dame ................... 20-1 Iowa State.......................25-1 Utah................................ 30-1 Michigan State................35-1 Kansas.............................35-1 North Carolina...............40-1 Baylor............................. 50-1 Oklahoma ...................... 50-1 Wichita State ................. 50-1 Louisville........................60-1 Maryland........................ 70-1 Northern Iowa ............... 70-1 Smu.................................75-1 Arkansas ........................80-1 Ohio State .................... 100-1 Texas ............................ 100-1 VCU............................... 100-1 Providence................... 100-1 West Virginia................ 100-1 Lsu................................ 100-1 Georgetown ................. 100-1 Butler ........................... 100-1 Xavier............................150-1 Byu ...............................200-1 Indiana.........................200-1 Iowa..............................200-1 NC State .......................200-1

Oregon .........................200-1 Mississippi....................200-1 Purdue .........................200-1 San Diego State ...........200-1 St. John’s......................200-1 Georgia.........................300-1 Boise State...................300-1 Davidson ......................300-1 Cincinnati.....................300-1 Ucla ..............................300-1 SF Austin......................300-1 Oklahoma State...........300-1 Dayton..........................300-1 Wyoming......................300-1 Belmont .......................500-1 Buffalo .........................500-1 Albany..........................500-1 Eastern Wash. .............500-1 Harvard........................500-1 N. Dakota State............500-1 Georgia State...............500-1 Valparaiso....................500-1 New Mexico St. ............500-1 Wofford........................500-1 Cal-Irvine .....................500-1 Uab...............................500-1 Texas Southern............500-1 Northeastern...............500-1 Manhattan .................1000-1 Coastal Carolina ........1000-1 Lafayette....................1000-1 Hampton....................1000-1 North Florida.............1000-1 Robert Morris ............1000-1

Tuesday | first round Eastern Illinois (17-14) at Oakland (16-16), 6 p.m. James Madison (19-13) at S.C.-Upstate (23-11), 6 p.m. Bowling Green (20-11) at Saint Francis (Pa.) (16-15), 6 p.m. Norfolk State (20-13) at Eastern Kentucky (19-11), 6 p.m. Louisiana-Lafayette (20-13) at Incarnate Word (18-10), 7 p.m. Wednesday | first round Maryland-Eastern Shore (18-14) at High Point (22-9), 6 p.m. Dartmouth (14-14) at Canisius (16-14), 6 p.m. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (19-13) at Florida Gulf Coast (22-10), 6 p.m. Cleveland State (24-8) at Western Michigan (20-13), 6 p.m. Kent State (21-11) at Middle Tennessee (19-16), 6 p.m. IPFW (16-14) at Evansville (19-12), 6:05 p.m. UNC Wilmington (18-13) at Sam Houston State (25-7), 6:30 p.m. Northern Arizona (19-14) at Grand Canyon (17-14), 7 p.m. Sacramento State (20-11) at Portland (17-15), 9 p.m.

CBI Tuesday | first round Rider (21-11) at Loyola, Chicago (19-13), 7 p.m. Wednesday | first round Stony Brook (23-11) at Mercer (18-15), 6 p.m. Vermont (18-13) at Hofstra (20-13), 6 p.m. Eastern Michigan (21-13) at Louisiana-Monroe (21-12), 7 p.m. UC Santa Barbara (19-13) at Oral Roberts (18-14), 7 p.m. Radford (21-11) at Delaware State (18-17), 7 p.m. Gardner-Webb (20-14) at Colorado (15-17), 8 p.m. Pepperdine (18-13) at Seattle (16-15), 9 p.m.

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TranSacTionS FOOTBALL National Football League CAROLINA: Signed Kurt Coleman to a two-year contract. CHICAGO: Signed G Vladimir Ducasse to a one-year contract. CLEVELAND: Signed DB Tramon Williams. Agreed to terms with DL Randy Starks. HOUSTON: Signed NT Vince Wilfork. KANSAS CITY: Signed DB Ron Parker. MINNESOTA: Named Andrew Janocko quality control-offense coach and Robert Rodriguez assistant defensive line coach. NEW ENGLAND: Signed TE Scott Chandler. NY GIANTS: Re-signed G John Jerry and CB Chykie Brown. OAKLAND: Released QB Matt Schaub. TENNESSEE: Agreed to terms with CB Perrish Cox. WASHINGTON: Signed S Jeron Johnson. HOCKEY National Hockey League BUFFALO: Recalled D Chad Ruhwedel from Rochester (AHL). COLUMBUS: Recalled LW Ryan Craig from Springfield (AHL). DALLAS: Reassigned D Jamie Oleksiak to Texas (AHL). VANCOUVER: Recalled G Jacob Markstrom from the Utica (AHL). Reassigned G Joacim Eriksson to Utica.

SOCCER Major League Soccer COLUMBUS: Waived F Sagi Lev-Ari. NY RED BULLS: Signed D Kemar Lawrence. COLLEGE ALABAMA: Named John Brannen men’s interim basketball coach. ARIZONA STATE: Suspended junior LB Davon Durant for a violation of team rules. COLORADO: Announced sophomore G Dustin Thomas is leaving the men’s basketball program. DETROIT: Announced it will not renew the contract of women’s basketball coach Autumn Rademacher. GEORGE MASON: Fired men’s basketball coach Paul Hewitt. GEORGIA: Announced the retirement of women’s basketball coach Andy Landers. SAN DIEGO: Fired men’s basketball coach Bill Grier. UMBC: Suspended Mackenzie Reese, Alyssa Semones, Amber Kovalick, Meghan Milani and Brittany Marquess indefinitely from the women’s lacrosse team after being accused of threatening freshman teammates in text messages. UNC GREENSBORO:Signed men’s basketball coach Wes Miller to a two-year contract extension through the 2018-19 season.

FedExCup leaders points 1. Jimmy Walker 1,150 2. Bubba Watson 1,088 3. Patrick Reed 1,076 4. Dustin Johnson 910 5. Robert Streb 903 6. Ryan Moore 877 7. Jordan Spieth 864 8. Sang-Moon Bae 862 9. Jason Day 847 10. Brandt Snedeker 834 11. Charley Hoffman 825 12. Brooks Koepka 790 13. Hideki Matsuyama 772 14. James Hahn 736 15. J.B. Holmes 733 16. Ben Martin 719 17. Bill Haas 708 18. Shawn Stefani 603 19. Daniel Berger 603 20. Harris English 603 21. Brendon de Jonge 589 22. Nick Watney 584 23. Scott Piercy 581 24. Matt Kuchar 574 25. Russell Knox 534

money $2,353,349 $2,680,950 $2,168,233 $2,440,667 $1,791,267 $1,961,126 $1,907,796 $1,863,411 $1,888,178 $1,867,882 $1,686,707 $1,693,981 $1,696,904 $1,490,639 $1,754,520 $1,430,452 $1,425,386 $1,107,933 $1,188,405 $1,110,965 $928,759 $1,240,359 $1,041,269 $982,934 $1,047,686

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B10 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

M 1 • TUESDAY • 03.17.2015

Illini wrestlers know tough competition Illinois has qualiied all 10 starters for the NCAA championships here this weekend NCAA WRESTLING CHAMPIONSHIPS

BY JOE LYONS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The University of Illinois wrestling team is nothing if not battle-tested. Ranked 12th to close out the season, the Illini faced No. 2 Iowa, No. 4 Minnesota, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 11 Nebraska in Big 10 duals. Then, in the Big Ten tournament at Ohio State, Illinois also competed against seventh-ranked Penn State, the four-time defending NCAA champion. In addition, the Illini faced No. 1 Missouri in the National Duals quarterfinals and met No. 9 Lehigh in a nonconference dual. “We’ve faced a lot of top-level teams and, for the most part, we’ve been pretty competitive,’’ said Jim Heffernan, in his sixth season as head coach in Champaign. “Wrestling’s a tough sport, a sport that pushes you and tests you. Our guys have been through some wars and hopefully that helps them in St. Louis. Right now, that’s our focus.’’ Illinois, which finished 13th last year in Oklahoma City, has qualified all 10 starters for this year’s NCAA Division I championships, which run Thursday through Saturday at Scottrade Center. “For us, competing in St. Louis has always been positive,’’ Heffernan said. “It’s fairly close to home, which eliminates at least some of the travel concerns, and it’s somewhere a lot of these guys have competed before.

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Illinois’ Jesse Delgado is a two-time defending champion at 125 pounds but has been hampered this season by a shoulder injury and has a 9-3 record.

“St. Louis always seems to do a great job, and we’re looking forward to another great tournament.’’ Nine of the 10 Illinois wrestlers earned automatic bids to nationals during the team’s sixthplace finish at the Big Ten tournament earlier this month. Last week, with an at-large bid at 141 pounds, junior Steven Rodrigues (16-11) made it 10. Expected to lead the way for the Illini are top-seeded Isaiah Martinez (29-0) at 157 and senior Jesse Delgado (9-3), the twotime defending national champion at 125. A redshirt freshman from California, Martinez won the Illini’s

lone Big Ten title and was voted the conference freshman of the year. “He just seems to get better and stronger as the season goes on,’’ Hefernan said. Another California native, Delgado is unseeded despite being a three-time All-American and two-time defending champ. That is because of a shoulder injury that kept him out of the lineup for more than two months. “He’s getting closer (to 100 percent) all the time,’’ Hefernan said just before the Big Ten tournament. “In all my years in this sport, I’ve never been around a more competitive person than

Jesse. He knows how to win at this level and I know he’s going to do whatever it takes.’’ Other Illinois wrestlers earning seeds were sophomore and Carbondale native Zane Richards (23-6), who’s No. 5 at 133, senior Jackson Morse (26-6), who’s No. 9 at 165, and sophomore Zac Brunson (26-8), who’s No. 11 at 174. This is Morse’s third trip to the NCAAs and the second for both Richards and Brunson. Rodrigues joins sophomore Nikko Reyes (24-10) at 184 as the other returning national qualifiers for the Illini. First-time qualifiers for the Illini are freshman Kyle Langenderfer (21-13) at 149, junior Jef Koepke (20-15) at

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197 and freshman heavyweight Brooks Black (17-14). “At this point, it’s not about seeding or records, it’s about wrestling your match for seven minutes,’’ Heffernan said. “You you have to be ready with your best effort from the opening whistle.’’ Joe Lyons jlyons@post-dispatch.com

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about the game. But when Arnold Palmer went out the first day of the championship and fired a 68, it became a “Sportswriting For Dummies” moment. He was tied for third, two shots of the lead, suggesting he could win a major championship and complete the career Grand Slam at age 59. A little voice told the uninitiated writer it was something to pay attention to. Even he had heard of Arnold Palmer. The next morning, he was inside the ropes, tracking Palmer. It was like being introduced to baseball by following Babe Ruth around the bases. The galleries were thick at every stop. The “Army” was out in full force. As he walked each fairway, as he hit every shot, Palmer was encouraged with loud ovations. Each time, he raised his arm and waved in acknowledgment. Jaime Garcia would have needed surgery just to get through the front nine. It was a long round of golf, with many stops and starts. It was mid-August heat and humidity, temperature that eventually reached the 90s. Palmer was just two months shy of his 60th birthday. He had not won a major in 25 years (1964), not won a PGA Tour event since 1973. Palmer was supposed to be ceremonial,

not serious. When he birdied No. 4 to go to 5 under, the grounds exploded. But fatigue, and reality, were in pursuit. Palmer’s gait became more deliberate as the day wore on. His shirt was soaked, his shoulders sagged. He three-putted No. 11, then double-bogeyed 13. There were no more birdies forthcoming, and he settled for a 74. It was good enough to make the cut — his last at a major. But it took him out of contention. As Palmer finished, the demands were just beginning. He made his way off the course, signing autographs at seemingly every step. Then came several television interviews, followed by a lengthy session with the print media. The correspondent continued to linger, hoping for a moment that seemed less and less likely. Palmer was transported to the clubhouse, and the reporter hustled after. When he got there, he entered the locker room and saw Palmer. Arnie sat in front of his locker, hunched over, spent and for the first time that day, momentarily alone. It was now or never. The hesitant reporter cleared space in his constricting throat and went for it: “Mr. Palmer, forgive me for asking, but I wondered if it would be possible to get in a couple of questions with you?” Twisting of one of his shoes, the weary

Palmer looked up, paused for a moment and gave a response the writer will never forget: “Sure, son. If I could have just a minute here to change my shirt and shoes … we’ll go upstairs and find somewhere more comfortable to talk.” It wasn’t a line. It wasn’t Mark McGwire saying he would be right back, then sneaking out a back door of the clubhouse. It was genuine. Palmer changed shoes, put on a dry shirt and led the way upstairs to an empty couch. He ordered a soft drink and one for the scribe and said, “OK, this is better.” Still disbelieving, the interviewer felt compelled to ofer, “I won’t take too much of your time.” “No, no,” Palmer reassured him. “This

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Bridge Tips • BoB Jones Neither vulnerable. North deals. NORTH ♠A 7 6 5 4 ♥K J 9 ♦A K 5 ♣A 4 WEST ♠K 2 ♥8 7 5 4 3 ♦9 7 ♣8 7 5 3

EAST ♠Q J 10 9 ♥Q 10 2 ♦Q J 10 2 ♣K 2

SOUTH ♠8 3 ♥A 6 ♦8 6 4 3 ♣Q J 10 9 6

The bidding: NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST 1♠ Pass 1NT Pass 2NT Pass 3NT All pass Opening lead • Four of ♥ North bid his hand timidly. The two no trump rebid showed a balanced 18-19 point hand, but is that really a correct evaluation of his hand? The 19 high-card points are almost all in aces and kings — prime cards — and there is a five-card suit. Many good players would treat this hand as worth 20-21 points and open two no trump. South had enough to carry on over North’s given sequence anyway and a sound game was reached.

West found the most efective lead, a heart, giving declarer a chance to go wrong. This heart combination is a common one, and it is normal for declarer to play the nine from dummy at trick one. He would be hoping that the nine either held the trick or forced the queen. Should the nine be covered by the 10, declarer can still win his ace and lead low to the jack later. This sequence of plays increases declarer’s chance to take a third trick in the heart suit from 50 percent to 75 percent. On today’s deal, however, playing dummy’s nine at trick one, or the jack, for that matter, would be a blunder! South must remember to keep his eye on the prize — nine tricks in this contract. South should play dummy’s king at trick one, then continue with the ace of clubs and another club, establishing the clubs in his hand while retaining the ace of hearts as an entry. (03/17/15)

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30 Port-au-Prince’s home 32 Crack, as lips 34 Concerning 38 The ailing meteorologist was … 41 Two, for binary arithmetic 42 “___ kleine Nachtmusik” 43 Lowly workers 44 Nonfatty 46 Dollar : U.S. :: ___ : Cuba 47 The ailing golfer was … 52 Keg part 55 Like two U.N. secretaries general 56 Fashion inits. 57 Possible result of owing money 58 British gun 59 The ailing trash collector was … 62 Related 63 Capital of Qatar

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WORD GAME March 17 WORD — REVEILLE (REVEILLE: REV-uh-lee: An early morning bugle wake-up call.) Average mark 18 words. Time limit 30 minutes. Can you find 25 or more words in REVEILLE? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — EXAMPLE meal exam pale expel palm alee peal ample peel apex plea axel lame axle lamp male leap maple 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.

64 Movie ticket category 65 Make ___ meet 66 Dish with a little of this and a little of that 67 Hunts and pecks, e.g.

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Horoscope • Jacqueline Bigar Note: Bigar’s Stars is based on the degree of your sun at birth. The sign name is simply a label astrologers put on a set of degrees for convenience. 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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If March 17 is your birthday • This year you will be more open to others. You will focus on your work and on integrating a new element into your life. At times, you will want to retreat. Make that OK. It would be wise to develop a stress-reducing hobby, like yoga. Aquarius helps you through your problems. ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ You might decide to indulge yourself or a loved one. You will follow through with this behavior, even if you are trying to restrain yourself right now. Expect some surprises along the way. Try to get rid of any limiting thoughts. Tonight: Live it up! TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★★ Others look to you to take the lead. You probably are not even aware of what a commanding igure you are. You’ll appreciate the sentiment, but you might want to do something else instead of being a role model. You don’t have to make excuses. Tonight: Paint the town green. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★★ You will be weighing the pros and cons of an idea. You might not be ready to share it with others yet. In any case, a friend will try to reel you in. Rather than being annoyed, join this person. Share some of your private thoughts. Tonight: Returns calls and emails. CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★★ If you don’t feel like joining your loved ones, know that that’s OK. You usually are a people person, but perhaps you have better plans. You don’t need to share everything that is on your mind. Deal with a touchy person carefully. Tonight: With a favorite person. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★★ You could be rethinking a relationship. You might want to test out some of your thoughts or at least discuss them. You will ind that others have surprising reactions to what you say. Don’t worry so much; everything will work out. Tonight: Sort through the possibilities. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★ You might want to go out at some point, but a sudden

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introverted streak could take over. You don’t need to explain why; just gracefully duck out and do what you want. Sometimes you need to cancel plans in order to go down your own path. Tonight: Not to be found. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ★★★★ You might have a serious meeting on your schedule, but you still will make time to visit your Irish friends. You can get quite intense if you feel a lack of control. Realize that the only person you can control is you. Others surprise you with their choices. Tonight: Go for naughty. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ★★★★ You might be in the mood to stay home, yet St. Patrick’s Day happenings will lure you out the door. You might discover that a child or loved one seems to be acting quite spontaneous. Enjoy this sudden change, as it won’t last forever. Tonight: Go green. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★★★★ You generally are full of fun, yet you seem to be more serious right now. A friend will try to tease you out of your mood. Just be true to yourself. You could be surprised by what happens as a result. Tonight: Hang out. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★ Listen to news with an ear to the inancial implications involved. Understand that this situation is in a state of lux, so avoid making decisions right now. You might be short several facts, or perhaps you just can’t see the whole picture yet. Tonight: Treat an Irish friend to a drink. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ★★★★ You’ll see a new beginning as others seem to reveal much more. You have the ability to add excitement wherever you are. You might get a little too assertive in a conversation. Tonight: You might not be Irish, but you can act like you are. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ★★ Don’t expect a project to go exactly the way you would like it to. Part of the problem is that you want your ideas to be accepted by others. Share your views, and allow others to express their free will. Tonight: A vanishing act.

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30 Center 31 Flag carrier of Japan 32 Pants material 33 “The Little Red ___” 35 Typical western 36 X 37 Hosp. areas where you might hear “Scalpel, please” 39 Blue shade

40 One doing impressions 45 Time after dusk, to poets 46 Susceptible to sunburn 47 Garbage 48 ___ Martin 49 150 bushels an acre, e.g. 50 George who signed the Declaration of Independence

51 Sarcastic “Oh, sure” 53 Beatles record label 54 Blog entries 57 Former New York mayor Giuliani 59 Checkpoint necessities 60 & 61 What “dis” is?

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To ind low-cost services, dial 2-1-1 the baby’s father will be legally responsible for child support. It is important that you also tell your mother what’s going on. She may not be thrilled to hear the news, but I doubt she will put you and her grandchild-to-be out on the street. A generation or two ago that might have happened, but no longer.

Dear Staf • Thank you for taking the time to ofer it to my readers. Dear Abby • I am 28 and engaged to marry a wonderful man, “Ryan.” Before I met him, I was involved in an affair with my married boss and was deeply in love with him. (I still am.) We continued our affair even after I met Ryan, and now I think I’m pregnant. I told my boss and, naturally, he’s not happy about it. I don’t know how to tell Ryan or if I even want to. I have always wanted to be a mother, and now I have the chance. But I may end up doing it alone in poor financial shape. I also won’t have a home to live in once my old-fashioned mother finds out I’ve gotten myself pregnant before marriage. Any advice? — Scared Stupid in New Jersey

Dear Abby • I know if a girl breaks off the engagement, she’s supposed to return the ring to her ex-fiance. Does the situation of a wife filing for divorce fall under the same set of rules? I need a response soon. — Craig in Houston Dear Craig • No. If the rings were given with the promise of marriage and the promise was fulfilled, she is not expected to return them. 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.

Dear Scared Stupid • Yes. Take a pregnancy test to determine whether you really are pregnant. If it turns out that you are, then you must tell your fiance everything. Even if Ryan walks away,

Diferences: 1. Arm is moved. 2. Pocket is lower. 3. Backpack is smaller. 4. Wall is not as wide. 5. Line in sidewalk is moved. 6. Fence is wider.

Dear Abby • We are writing in response to the question you printed (Jan. 13) about where to find afordable counseling. Your suggestions were helpful, but we want to share another one: 2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember telephone number that, where available, connects people to information about critical, free or low-cost health and human services in their community. 2-1-1 reaches about 270 million people (90 percent of the U.S. population), covering all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Canada. It is a free, confidential resource. Similar to dialing 9-1-1 for emergencies, calling 2-1-1 helps people seeking training, employment, food pantries, shelter, assistance for aging parents, addiction prevention programs for teens, afordable housing options and support groups. It provides a one-stop service for referrals. Abby, won’t you share this information with your readers? — Staf of 2-1-1, Orange County, Calif.

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Dear Miss Manners • I love to entertain and host get-togethers and dinner parties often, and big parties usually two or three times a year. However, since the Internet became popular, I noticed that people are really being kind of jerky when it comes to answering invitations. Before accepting, they want to know who else is going, what is being served, and are wishywashy about attending until the very last minute. I thought I had found the perfect solution to this, since I was getting a little peeved about the fact that most people know the time, expense and efort it takes me to set these events up — and yet still act like they are doing me a favor by attending. I sent out somewhat vague paper invitations with instructions that once they RSVP’d to me, they would then be added to a page on Facebook that would give them all the

Miss Manners trusts you mean that people are increasingly shameless about being rude. Perhaps you do need another set of friends. You may tell your current friends that you are sure something better will come along for them.

information they needed to know. I thought this couldn’t possibly fail. Except out of the 40 people I have invited to this birthday party of mine, which I am arranging, FIVE have already called me to say, “Yeah, put me down as going. Unless something else comes up that day.” The first time someone said this, I thought they were joking and I laughed. The second time, I was astounded and couldn’t respond. The next three times, I was angry and said something along the lines of, “Well, it would mean a lot to me to have you attend, so please let me know ASAP if you change your mind.” Is this a thing now? Or do I need new friends? I am appalled by the lack of manners here and would appreciate help on what to say if anyone else tells me “until something better comes along.”

Dear Miss Manners • How quickly should thank-you notes for a baby shower be sent? Gentle Reader • Well before you complain to Miss Manners that with an infant in the house, you are too busy and too sleepdeprived to express gratitude to your generous friends. Send questions to Miss Manners, aka Judith Martin, on her website, missmanners.com; to her email, dearmissmanners@gmail.com; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Mo. 64106. Miss Manners’ son, Nicholas Ivor Martin, and her daughter, Jacobina Martin, contribute to this column.

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Wash hands before or after toilet? FUNKY WINKERBEAN • By Tom Batiuk Dear Dr. Roach • I just read your comment about washing hands after using the restroom. Why wash your hands after using the restroom? After all, your “private parts” have been in your pants (whether male or female) and out of contact with the world. What germs will you eradicate by washing, given this? It seems to me the best procedure would be to wash your hands before going to the bathroom in order to avoid contaminating your privates. What do you think? — J.D.

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BIZARRO • By Dan Piraro

Answer • I think you are wise to wash your hands twice: Once before using the restroom to protect yourself from what germs you might have collected on your hands, and once afterward to wash off the bacteria that we all have on our skin. The “privates” certainly have bacteria (without any contact from the environment necessary) that it would be hygienic not to spread around.

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Dear Dr. Roach • The idea that replacing saturated fats with polyunsaturated oils rich in omega-6 linoleic acid to prevent heart disease is controversial. In the Lyon Diet Heart Study, in which omega-6 was reduced to about 4 percent, subjects experienced a 70 percent decline in morbidity and mortality. There are no long-term trials in which omega-6 intake gets reduced to historic levels of 2 percent of total caloric intake. Do you think such a trial would be beneficial? — D.B.

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Answer • Omega-3 fatty acids are well-known, and there is increasing evidence that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids (one type, ALA, is found in some vegetable oils and green vegetables; the other two, EPA and DHA, are found in fatty fish) reduces heart disease risk. Omega-6 fatty acids are essential in that they are necessary for health, but there is a theory that too many (relative to omega-3) are harmful. However, the most recent evidence has suggested that this might not be the case, and that omega-6 fatty acids do not increase heart disease risk. One omega-6 acid, GLA, appears to have significant anti-inflammatory effects. The results of the Lyon Diet Heart Study can be interpreted in several ways, since the dietary interventions led to multiple changes, and it may be that the ratio of omega-3 to omega-6 is not as important as once was thought. I am always in favor of trials that can shed light on disease, especially in preventing heart disease, the biggest killer in industrialized countries.

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