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TURNOUT WAS KEY FOR REED Incumbent won primary for aldermanic president despite winning fewer wards than Nasheed or Green BY DOUG MOORE AND MARK SCHLINKMANN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

WARD RESULTS IN THE PRIMARY FOR ST. LOUIS BOARD OF ALDERMEN PRESIDENT

In the end, Reed walked away with nearly 36 percent of the vote compared to just under 32 percent for Nasheed and 31 percent for Green. Just 144 votes separated Green and Nasheed. Ken Warren, professor of political science at St. Louis University, said Reed’s strong performance in the south part of town plus his status as an incumbent helped push him to victory. Another factor, Warren said, was the fact that Reed wasn’t overwhelmed in many wards he didn’t win. While carrying only five, he finished second in 20. “It is very difficult to lose when you’re an incumbent,” Warren said, noting that all aldermanic incumbents seeking re-election also won their primaries Tuesday. But the vote total, Warren said, “clearly shows he doesn’t have citywide support in any significant numbers.” Lana Stein, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, said Green’s strong performance in her

Lewis Reed won only five of the city's 28 wards in the Democratic primary race for aldermanic president, but those areas had relatively high turnouts. He also was helped by finishing second in 20 other wards.

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ST. LOUIS • Lewis Reed won only five of the

city’s 28 wards in Tuesday’s Democratic primary race for president of the city’s Board of Aldermen, but those victories came in historically high voting areas, providing enough support for him to prevail in a close battle with two opponents. By comparison, state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed won 13 wards, dominating the north side. Alderman Megan Ellyia Green won 10, with a strong showing in the central part of the city including her Tower Grove South neighborhood. Despite Nasheed’s and Green’s faring well geographically, it was the turnout in the wards Reed won that made the difference.

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A ‘NATURAL LEADER’ Godfrey fire captain with deep roots in Metro East dies in blaze

Gardner ‘playing games’ with probe, circuit judge says BY JOEL CURRIER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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he believed the Circuit Attorney’s office was “playing games” with a grand jury in- Gardner vestigation and would decide next week whether the top city prosecutor must comply with a search warrant for electronic data on the office servers. Circuit Judge Michael Mullen, in a heated See GARDNER • Page A14

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A firefighter wipes away tears on Wednesday at the fire station in Godfrey while he listens to Chief Erik Kambarian during a news conference talk about Capt. Jacob “Jake” Ringering, who died in a fire on Tuesday.

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Godfrey fire captain killed when a burning home near Bethalto partly collapsed came from a firefighting family and had worked in Metro East departments since 2001. Capt. Jacob “Jake” Ringering of the Godfrey Fire Protection District and three other firefighters were injured in the fire late Tuesday afternoon. Ringering died from his injuries after being taken to a hospital. He was 37. “Jake was gold,” Godfrey Fire Chief Erik Kambarian said in an emotional news conference Wednesday. “He embodied this department. People joined this department because of Jake, and people wanted to be like Jake.” Ringering’s father, Larry Ringering, was a longtime fire chief in East Alton. His grandfather, Ed Ballard, retired as a fire captain with the East Alton depart-

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A Godfrey firetruck passes on Wednesday a message in tribute to Capt. Jake Ringering (above).

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ment, where a young Jake Ringering got his career start. “I’ve known Jake since he was a kid,” East Alton’s fire chief, Rodney Palmer, told the Post-Dispatch. “He’s just a great all-around man.” Palmer said Jake Ringering was “a heck of a firefighter, very well trained.

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He was an instructor himself. He was aggressive. He went in there and got the job done. It’s really a shock, the whole thing.” Ringering and another Godfrey firefighter, Luke Warner, were outside the

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DINING HAUL • Some serious shoutout for STL from the food-infatuated folks at Yelp. A recent look at recommendations filed on their restaurant review site puts our metropolis at No. 2 for the “Top 10 Foodie Cities.” The blurb for our metro states that we are a “Midwest hotspot” that “holds a wealth of to-die-for eateries.” A company release said its “Data Science team” looked at ratings, reviews, cuisine diversity and percentage of food photos posted to their site. (For the record, “foodie” and “todie-for” seem to be used without irony or sarcasm; not sure on “Data Science team.”) “From the s’mores french toast at Half and Half (Clayton) and the gaucho steak at Olive + Oak (Webster Groves), the Gateway City’s food scene has something to offer for every meal,” our blurb in the article states. Other STL dining spots highlighted as being the most recommended by Yelp users were Broadway Oyster Bar and Union Loafers Cafe in St. Louis and the multisite Mission Taco. The only city to top us was San Francisco. Rounding out the list, Nos. 3-10, were: Honolulu; Plano, Texas; San Diego; Las Vegas; Richmond, Va.; Pittsburgh; Baltimore; and Austin.

AULD GREEN DEAL • For the 50th time, downtown St. Louis will play host to the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade at noon on March 16. Leading this march will be parade founder and St. Louis Irish Consul Joseph McGlynn Jr.; parade committee chair Vincent Via; Irish guest of honor Aidan Davitt, a senator in Ireland; and honorary parade marshal Kevin Short, CEO of Clayton Capital Partners. The parade will step off at noon from 20th and Market streets; proceed east on Market to Broadway; and south on Broadway to where it will disband at Clark Street. (Motorists take note: Market will be closed at 7:30 a.m. from Compton to Broadway.) The parade will feature more than 130 units and 5,000 marchers. In the past, with accommodating weather, more than 350,000 people have attended the parade, organizers said. Starting at 9 a.m., some inflatable bal-

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loons will be filled on the east side of Aloe Plaza, near Union Station. Also at 9 a.m., the 41st Annual Michelob Ultra St. Patrick’s Day Parade Run will begin. Both a 5-mile and a 3-kilometer run will be featured. This year’s runs will bring back the “Best Costume Award” competition, which in the past gave the crowd numerous running potatoes and several St. Patricks chasing snakes. For information, call 314-241-7287 or go to irishparade.org. The traditional St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Dogtown, presented by the Ancient Order of Hibernians, will be held on St. Patrick’s feast day, March 17. The stepping off begins at 11 a.m. at Tamm and Oakland avenues. The following outdoor festival runs from 1 to 6 p.m. For information, go to stlhibernians.com. SPEAKING O’ GREEN ... • St. Louis is ranked as one of the top 20 cities in the nation when it comes to the “Best Cities for St. Patrick’s Day.” Personal finance website WalletHub puts our fair burg at No. 18 out of the 200

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Chamber music is an accessible and intimate art form. Not intended to be performed in concert halls — and frequently intended to be performed by talented amateurs — it’s best enjoyed up close and personal. The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis performs in the fourth-floor ballroom of the Sheldon Concert Hall & Art Galleries, with a cabaret-style setup that seats patrons at small tables. You can enjoy a drink or a snack during the concert, although it’s probably best not to crunch potato chips during a soft passage. Artistic director Marc Gordon provides light-hearted spoken program notes between numbers; afterward, there’s a meet-andgreet opportunity with the musicians. On Tuesday night, the program included five familiar works, from a piano piece often used in classic cartoons to the first composition to combine a piano part with a string quartet. Seven instrumentalists performed, all of them members of, or affiliated with, the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. (An eighth, violist Susan Gordon, served as page turner for pianist Peter Henderson; others could be spotted in the audience.) This concert began with Henderson performing three piano solos. Two of them were from Felix Mendelssohn’s “Songs without Words:” the much-

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largest cities in the U.S., higher than any of our major-city neighbors — other than Chicago, which finished at the top of the entire list. The analysis was broken down into four main categories. Our best showing, No. 10, was in the area of traditions, where the criteria included: number of parades, parties and festivals; share of population with Irish ancestry; number of Irish pubs and restaurants; and access to bars, a category in which we finished No. 3 in the entire U.S. We were No. 49 when it came to having pleasant weather on the holiday, and No. 102 in the cost area, which took into account hotel, bar and restaurant prices. Our worst showing was in the safety category, where we were ranked No. 176. The 10 best cities: Chicago; Philadelphia; Madison, Wis.; Boston; Tampa; Naperville, Ill.; New York; Pittsburgh; Rockford, Ill.; and Dayton, Ohio.

parodied “Spring Song” and “On Wings of Song.” The other was Clara Schumann’s lovely Impromptu in E major. All were well and thoughtfully played. The first half was completed by a sterling reading of the Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano by Johannes Brahms. Brahms composed it in 1865, in reaction to the death of his mother, and it contains passages of heartbreaking beauty. Violinist Andrea Jarrett, principal horn Roger Kaza and Henderson made for a well-balanced ensemble in every way, from the passionate opening to the spirited finale; they gave a nearperfect performance. Robert Schumann’s groundbreaking Piano Quintet in E-flat major was the sole work in the second half. Jarrett and the omnipresent Henderson were joined by violinist Eva Kozma, violist Chris Tantillo and cellist Bjorn Ranheim for an ensemble that was superb both individually and collectively. This piece gave the program its title, “Brilliance,” and it fits, from the brilliant beginning through a more reflective second movement to further brilliance in the third and fourth movements. Tuneful, appealing and frequently exciting, the quintet was an inspired choice to end the evening. Sarah Bryan Miller • 314-340-8249 Classical music critic @sbmillermusic on Twitter sbmiller@post-dispatch.com

‘Jeopardy’ host Trebek has cancer “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek says he has been diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer but intends to keep on working. In a video posted online Wednesday, he said he was announcing his illness directly to “Jeopardy!” fans in keeping with his long-time policy of being “open and transparent.” Trebek, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, Canada, has been host of the syndicated quiz show since 1984. Trebek, who holds a philosophy degree from the University of Ottawa, was a TV and radio reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Company before moving to the United States. He became a U.S. citizen in 1998. He’s won five Emmys as best game show host and received a lifetime achievement award from the TV academy in 2011. Aldean is artist of the decade • Reigning entertainer of the year Jason Aldean will receive the artist of the decade award at this year’s Academy of Country Music Awards. The ACM announced Wednesday that Aldean would join only five other honorees who have received the award since 1969: Marty Robbins, Loretta Lynn, Alabama, Garth Brooks and George Strait. The award is given to a country artist or group who has dominated the genre over the decade through radio, digital media, sales and streaming, events, touring, television and artistic merit. The ACMs will air live from Las Vegas on April 7 on CBS.

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was shot during a raid by FBI agents and St. Louis County police last year pleaded guilty Wednesday to federal charges that could mean at least nine years in prison. Myron Cornelius Wilson Jr., 27, pleaded guilty

in U.S. District Court in St. Louis to a felony charge of aggravated assault with Wilson a firearm on a federal officer and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime. As police and federal agents looked on, Assis-

tant U.S. Attorney Sirena Wissler recounted the events of April 17, when the FBI’s Most Violent Offenders unit was serving a search warrant April 17 in the 4100 block of Camellia Avenue. A number of people were on or near the porch of the house, and Wilson, who had a pistol, fled to the rear of the home, Wissler said.

Wilson pointed that gun at task force members, Wissler said, and agents and police fired at him. “Are all those facts true and correct?” U.S. District Judge Henry Autrey asked Wilson, who replied, “Yes, sir.” Under the terms of his plea agreement, Wilson could face at least two years in prison on the as-

sault charge and a consecutive sentence of seven years to life on the brandishing charge. Wilson was shot and hospitalized in critical condition after the shooting. He was in a wheelchair in court Wednesday. The task force traced fentanyl linked to a fatal overdose in St. Louis County to the Camel-

lia Avenue home, charging documents filed in a related case say. Another man who fled from the raid, Vergil Thomas, also was caught with a gun and is now serving a three-year federal prison sentence. Robert Patrick • 314-621-5154 @rxpatrick on Twitter RPatrick@post-dispatch.com

DIGEST EDWARDSVILLE > Food truck guidelines • The City Council approved on Tuesday an amendment to establish fire prevention and protection guidelines for food trucks operating in and around the city. Officials said the language for the ordinance mirrored the safety guidelines of the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Agency. The Madison County

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loss “shows there’s getting to be more progressivism and the idea of wanting change developing on the South Side and maybe the (central) corridor.” Reed said his team focused on the wards where contested aldermanic races also were on the ballot, driving more people to the polls. Reed said history showed that a win in southwest city is a must for a successful candidate. And that’s exactly where he cleaned up. Citywide, turnout was 17.8 percent. The average turnout for the five wards that went for Reed was nearly 21 percent. By comparison, the average turnout from the 13 wards Nasheed won was 14.9 percent. The average for the 10 wards won by Green was 19 percent. But on the north side, Green performed poorly. In the 11 north city wards that Nasheed won, Green placed third in each of them, and often by a significant amount. For example, in the 1st Ward, which includes the Penrose and Wells Goodfellow neighborhoods, Nasheed racked up 622 votes, Reed, 271, and Green, 37. A similar pattern emerged in the 2nd, which includes Baden and College Hill. There, Nasheed got 526 votes, Reed, 333, and Green, 56. Going in as the sole white candidate against two well-known

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Linda Primer (left) congratulates Lewis Reed as he celebrated his victory Tuesday in the Democratic Party primary for president of the Board of Aldermen in St. Louis.

black candidates was something Green and her team knew would be an uphill climb in north city neighborhoods, which are predominately African-American. But they were hoping Green could make enough inroads into southwest city, the heavily white part of town where former Mayor Francis Slay’s political career bloomed. Instead, Reed, an African-American, won handily there. “We knew we needed to perform well in southwest city because historically that part of the city turns out in a larger fashion,”

Green said. “We knew we had to beat (Reed) there in order to win,” Green said. “We fell just short, unfortunately.” Reed was helped in that part of town by a strong set of endorsements from aldermen and Mayor Lyda Krewson, who performed well in southwest city when she won a narrow victory two years ago against four black candidates. Reed also got the endorsement of the firefighters union. And the police union took to social media to attack Green, including digitally adding Green’s head to

an image of the body of Chairman Mao, who led China’s communist revolution. Another post stated: “Better Dead Than Red.” Green has been a vocal critic of police and pushed for law enforcement reform as part of the young progressive movement. Green said it was unclear whether the police union antics helped or hurt her efforts in southwest city. “It shored up the base and got the base excited to vote,” Green said. And “it very well may have cost us some votes.” Reed’s dominance in the south city wards of 10, 12, 16 and 23 were what led him to victory, especially with a weak showing by Nasheed. In the 16th Ward, which includes St. Louis Hills and Lindenwood Park, Reed got 1,125 votes, compared with 560 for Green and 178 for Nasheed. In the 12th Ward, which includes Boulevard Heights and Carondelet, Reed got 993 votes, Green got 571 and Nasheed got 148. Nasheed’s wins were not all on the north side. Voters gave her the nod in the 20th Ward, which includes Gravois Park and Dutchtown, and the 17th Ward, which includes Forest Park Southeast and part of the Central West End. In the 17th, only 88 votes separated the three candidates. Reed squeaked out a victory in the 28th Ward, which

includes the Central West End and Skinker DeBaliviere neighborhoods and the residence of Mayor Krewson, who endorsed Reed. He beat Green there by six votes. Nasheed, who lives in the CWE, came in a distant third. “Voters throughout the city overwhelmingly chose change,” Nasheed said Wednesday, referring to the majority of votes going to candidates other than Reed. “The voters disagreed on how we get there.” Former Mayor Vincent C. Schoemehl Jr., who endorsed Green, said that Reed’s slim victory meant he would have to show he has what it takes to continue to effectively head the city’s legislative board. “In a close election like this so evenly divided, Lewis is going to have a challenge to establish himself as the leader of the Board of Aldermen,” Schoemehl said. “He can do it, but it’s going to take some time and attention on his part to establish himself again.” Reed arguably had the most to lose on Tuesday. Had he lost, his political career would have been over, at least for now. Green has two more years on her term as alderman. Nasheed’s term as state senator runs through next year. Reed will face a Green Party candidate in the April 2 general election.

Wall collapses, killing Godfrey fire captain battling house blaze

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Firefighters hug on Wednesday at the Godfrey Fire Protection District station before the start of a news conference at which Fire Chief Erik Kambarian talked about the loss of Capt. Jacob “Jake” Ringering, who died fighting a fire on Tuesday.

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burning home when a portion of brick wall collapsed and struck the men, Kambarian said. Ringering died at Alton Memorial Hospital. Warner was taken by helicopter to a hospital in St. Louis with two broken legs and other injuries not considered lifethreatening. He underwent surgery Wednesday and was reported to be stable. Two firefighters with the Bethalto Fire Department were also injured in the collapse Tuesday. They were both treated at a hospital and released.

FIRE UNDER INVESTIGATION The Madison County sheriff’s office first received a call about the fire, in the 4000 block of Culp Lane just outside Bethalto, about 4:30 p.m. The Fosterburg Fire Department responded to the scene and then requested aid from the Bethalto, Cottage Hills, Brighton, Dorsey and Godfrey fire departments. T. Mike Dixon, chief of investigations for the Madison County

Ex-Air Force pilot McSally says officer raped her MILITARY • FROM A1

McSally, a military veteran, made the disclosure at a Senate hearing on the military’s efforts to prevent sexual assaults and improve the response when they take place. Lawmakers also heard from other service members who spoke of being sexually assaulted and humiliated while serving their country. McSally said she did not report being raped because she did not trust the system, and she said she had been ashamed and confused. She said she was impressed and

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Firefighters work at the scene of a house fire on Culp Lane near Bethalto on Tuesday. A Godfrey fire captain was killed and three other firefighters injured when part of the home collapsed while they were fighting the flames.

‘A CLASSY, CLASSY GUY’ Ringering had been with the Godfrey fire district since 2010, and worked his way up through the ranks to captain. Godfrey hired him from East Alton, where he had been a full-time firefighter for five or six years, Palmer said. Before that, he served as an on-call paid firefighter beginning in 2001. Godfrey Chief Kambarian called Ringering a “natural leader who set the example” in the department. “If we had a time machine and we could go back, we would,”

said Kambarian. “But we have to live with this now and make our department stronger, and never forget that Jake is going to be with us.” Ringering represented the paid firefighters as union president, and had worked as a fire science instructor at Lewis and Clark Community College. Ringering is survived by a wife and three children. The BackStoppers Inc. announced it would be financially assisting the family. Warner, the other injured Godfrey firefighter, is a Navy veteran and had been with the department since 2003. Firefighters from neighboring departments were standing in for Godfrey firefighters at fire stations Wednesday so Ringering’s co-workers could be with family as they mourned. “Every heart in the community of Godfrey is hurting,” Mayor Mike McCormick said. Steven Rynders, who has served on the Godfrey Fire District’s Board of Trustees about 10 years, said the original Godfrey

fire department was formed in the 1950s. It’s still a small department today made up of a combination of paid firefighters and volunteers. “We’ve never lost a man in the line of duty,” he said. “Never.” Rynders was at the hospital Tuesday night, along with Ringering’s parents, when Ringering was pronounced dead. “They’re taking it rough,” he said. “Everybody is.” In Godfrey on Wednesday, flags were flown at half-staff and signs on businesses and schools displayed messages mourning Ringering, including area business Bob’s Lawn and Garden. Owner Rick Crivello, a former Godfrey volunteer firefighter, said Ringering was well-known. “He was the kind of guy who would drive the firetruck to the school so kids could take a ride,” Crivello said. “I couldn’t believe this happened here.”

change the system. In her remarks, McSally did not go into much detail. She did not say whether her assaults happened at the academy or during active duty. She didn’t name any names. She focused on the need for accountability at the commander level and down, and the improvements she’s already seen in the system. McSally stayed silent for years. But later, as she watched the military grapple with how to handle sexual assaults, she felt she should speak out. “I was horrified at how my attempt to share generally my experiences was handled,” she said. She almost left the Air Force after 18 years. “Like many victims, I felt like the system was raping me all over again.” Reports of sexual assaults across the military jumped nearly 10 percent in 2017 — a year that also saw an online nude-photo sharing scandal rock the Defense

Department. Reporting for 2018 is not yet available. Reports of sexual assaults were also up at the military academies, most at West Point . McSally said she shared in the disgust of the failures of the military system and many commanders who haven’t addressed the problems of sexual misconduct. She said the public must demand that higher-ranking officials be part of the solution, setting the tone for their officers. “We have come a long way to stop military sexual assault, but we still have a long way to go,” the senator said. “It took many years and too many lives ruined.” Defense officials have argued that an increase in reported assaults reflects a greater willingness to report attacks, rather than indicating assaults are rising. Sexual assaults are a highly underreported crime, both in the military and across society as a whole. Greater reporting, they argue, shows there is more con-

fidence in the reporting system and greater comfort with the support for victims. McSally served in the Air Force from 1988 until 2010 and rose to the rank of colonel before entering politics. She deployed six times to the Middle East and Afghanistan, flying 325 combat hours and earning a Bronze Star and six air medals. She was also the first woman to command a fighter squadron. McSally, who had worked as a national security aide for Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., was elected to the House in 2014 and served two terms. She was appointed by Gov. Doug Ducey, R-Ariz., in December to replace the late GOP Sen. John McCain after she narrowly lost last year’s race for Arizona’s other Senate seat to Democrat Kyrsten Sinema. She will serve until 2020, when voters will elect someone to finish the final two years of McCain’s term.

sheriff’s office, said the people who lived there were not at home when the house was in flames. The Madison County sheriff’s office is working with the state fire marshal to investigate the cause and origin of the fire. Investigators will look at the structure of the building to see if there was something unusual that would have caused it to collapse. The road leading to the fire scene was still closed Wednesday, at the order of the fire marshal. The scene is difficult to clear, Dixon said. With the partial collapse, thousands of pounds of roof material are on the floor. And there is thick ice, after water quickly froze in the frigid temperatures. “It will take a long time for the fire marshal to determine a source,” Dixon said. The small, three-bedroom home sits on 10 acres just east of Interstate 255. Jeffery Golike lives across Culp Lane and to the west of the house that burned. He was outside Tuesday afternoon clearing snow from his car. Trees block his view of the home, he

said, but he knew something was wrong when he saw firetrucks race by. “It was already burned through the roof when the firefighters were hooking up their hoses,” Golike said. Golike said he didn’t know his neighbors. His aunt had told him no one lived there, but Golike thought otherwise because every evening the small display of Christmas lights on the brick home was illuminated.

grateful to the survivors who came forward to help change the system. She was in the ninth class at the Air Force Academy to allow women, and said sexual harassment and assault were prevalent. Victims mostly suffered in silence, she said. Reading from a prepared statement, she spoke of her pride for the military and her service to the country and her deep conflict over suffering abuse while doing it. She referred to “perpetrators” who had sexually assaulted her, an indication that she had been attacked more than once. The Senate Armed Services Committee room was silent as she went on. During a break, McSally hugged others who were appearing before the committee, including a West Point graduate who detailed being raped by her commander. McSally she said she was impressed and grateful to the survivors who came forward over the years to help to

Rachel Rice and Erin Heffernan of the PostDispatch contributed to this report. Rachel Rice • 314-340-8344 @RachelDRice on Twitter rrice@post-dispatch.com


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O’Fallon, Mo., man took photos of women tanning at gym, police say BY BLYTHE BERNHARD st. Louis Post-dispatch

ST. CHARLES COUNTY • A man from O’Fallon, Mo., was charged Tuesday with three counts of invasion of privacy after secretly taking photos of nude women including his girlfriend, sister and dozens of women in tanning beds at a local gym where he worked. Michael A. Koch, 26, posted the photos taken between May 2016 and November 2017 to a Russian photosharing website, according to the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. The photos included six images of his girlfriend nude and engaging in sexual acts with Koch, according to

LAW & ORDER ST. LOUIS > Homicide victim identified • A 26-year-old man’s body was found Tuesday evening in the 5500 block of Palm Place near Fairground Park, police said. Officers were called to reports of a person down about 6:30 p.m. and found the body of Jarvon Fields of the 8400 Block of Atherton in Vinita Park. He appeared to have several gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene. The body was in front of a house with boarded-up windows. Investigators walked around the building with flashlights and knocked on doors of neighboring homes Tuesday night. ST. LOUIS > Man sentenced for carjacking • One of two men who tried to carjack an Audi sedan from a garage near Busch Stadium in 2016 was sentenced

DIGEST BRIDGETON > Opposition to citycounty merger • The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday to oppose the Better Together plan that would consolidate the governments of St. Louis city and St. Louis County municipalities. The resolution passed 7-0, saying the merger plan would “disenfranchise local voters by submitting a purely local matter to a statewide referendum.” After the vote, Councilman Ferd

the St. Peters police detective. The girlfriend told police that she was unaware the pictures were taken and posted online. Koch also phoKoch tographed his sister with a hidden camera when she was fully nude, according to charging documents filed in St. Charles County Circuit Court. The photos appeared to be taken in the bathroom of the home in O’Fallon where the siblings lived, police said. The sister told police she did not know she had been photographed and had not given permission. Another 41 pictures Koch posted online were of unidentified women

in various states of undress inside tanning booths, according to a special agent with the Department of Homeland Security, which assisted in the investigation. The agent believed the photos were taken at the St. Peters Club Fitness at 3651 N. St. Peters Parkway, where Koch worked from 2010 to 2017. In a separate incident on Sept. 17, 2018, Koch was seen “holding his cellphone over the partition wall of a tanning booth at the St. Peters Club Fitness while a female customer was in the adjoining booth,” according to police. Bond was set at $15,000 on two felony counts of invasion of privacy and one misdemeanor count of attempted invasion of privacy.

Wednesday to 10 years and three months in prison. Michael Corey Williams Jr., 32, was sentenced on charges of carjacking and brandishing a firearm during a federal crime of violence, prosecutors said. Williams and his co-defendant, Christopher Don White, pulled up next to the Audi in a stolen Ford F-150 in the Stadium West garage on June 25, 2016, prosecutors said. White pointed a small revolver at the Audi’s driver and ordered him out of the car while Williams took the passenger’s purse, prosecutors said. After White was unable to operate the sedan, both robbers fled in the truck. Police traced one of the victim’s phones and found fingerprints and DNA in the truck, which had been stolen five days earlier in Arkansas, prosecutors said. White, then 39, pleaded guilty in February to the same charges and is scheduled to be sentenced May 15.

ST. CHARLES > Man charged with rape • A Wentzville man was charged Monday with three counts of rape, kidnapping and sodomy for an alleged sexual assault of a woman he met at a bar. Ronald L. Mergenthal, 47, of Wentzville met the woman Saturday night at the Dog Prairie Tavern in St. Paul, according to the charging documents filed in St. Charles County Circuit Court. The victim told police she does not remember leaving the bar or arriving at Mergenthal’s house in Wentzville. Surveillance video shows the victim leaving with Mergenthal, and the tavern owner said she remembered the victim’s being intoxicated, police found. The victim told police that she yelled and tried to prevent the sexual assault. She then escaped the home naked and ran to a neighbor’s house, she told police. Mergenthal told police that he threw out the victim’s clothing, which police later found.

Fetsch said, “I’m really offended that the mayor of St. Louis city would vote in favor of the merger.” Bridgeton joins other St. Louis County cities including Chesterfield in opposing the plan. A copy of the resolution will be delivered to state legislators and posted at municipal buildings, according to the council.

for all employees and the purchase of a new police car, a dump truck and several computers. The $7.4 million budget includes no new programs and no cuts to services, according to City Administrator Jennifer Yackley. In her letter to the mayor, board and residents about the budget, Yackley wrote that the city had three commercial projects in the past year — a new car wash, exterior renovations to a McDonalds and a new office building.

ROCK HILL > Budget details announced • The 2019-2020 budget introduced at a public hearing Tuesday will include a 3 percent salary increase

Lots of questions at town hall for Better Together merger plan BY DAVID HUNN st. Louis Post-dispatch

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church full of skeptics arrived at Better Together’s town hall meeting on Wednesday night, the first since the advocacy group announced its sweeping proposal to merge the governments of St. Louis, St. Louis County and all 88 county municipalities. About 110 showed up at the Greater St. Mark Family Church in north St. Louis County to hear Better Together staff describe its plan to consolidate police departments, courts, economic development and leadership into one “metropolitan city.” And at least a dozen lined up after the presentation to grill staffers on the proposal’s details, from its lack of focus on education to its unification of police departments to its requirement for a statewide vote. A few heckled Better Together Deputy Director Marius Johnson-Malone as he led the meeting, yelling accusations from the back. But others, while skeptical, said they were undecided, and wanted real answers to real questions. “I cannot understand why education isn’t a part of this study,” said Black Jack resident Gail Woods, who urged Better Together to consider the links between schools, jobs and population growth. Johnson-Malone rattled off answers to a litany of common questions: Better Together didn’t tackle education because it didn’t have the resources to reform local

governments and school districts at the same time. There’s no guarantee one police department will be more sensitive to issues of race and poverty than the region’s current 55. But reforming one is easier than reforming dozens. And the statewide vote, while not ideal, JohnsonMalone conceded, is necessary to combine police departments, create new types of governments and make the kinds of changes Better Together has envisioned. One resident pushed Johnson-Malone to consider requiring the measure to pass locally as well as statewide, listing several options he said Better Together could add to its amendment, including a second vote in St. Louis city and county, that could enact the statewide change. Johnson-Malone said, however, that St. Louis’ unequal cities, police and court systems are still hurting residents, even now. St. Louis, he said, doesn’t have time to jump through more hoops. By the end of the meeting, however, few said their minds had been changed. Some were still opposed. Many said they just didn’t know. “I’m undecided,” said Mary Brock, 68, of Jennings. “I think on the one hand it’s good. On the other hand it’s not.” “How,” she continued, “is my lot in life going to improve once someone else is controlling the purse strings?” David Hunn • 314-340-8121 @davidhunn on Twitter dhunn@post-dispatch.com

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House budget chair rebuffs Parson’s infrastructure plan BY JACK SUNTRUP St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY • The chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee broke Wednesday with Gov. Mike Parson’s administration by saying he would not support the governor’s plan to bond millions of dollars for bridge improvements. House Budget Chairman Cody Smith, R-Carthage, said that instead of borrowing $350 million to fund repairs for more than 200 bridges across the state, he would recommend the state put $100 million toward road and bridge repairs next fiscal year. “Our state transportation department already has a heavy debt load and has paid more than $700 million in debt

payments in just the last two years. The solution to fix our roads isn’t to go further into debt, but instead to invest wisely and responsibly in our transportation network with the funds we have available,” Smith said in a statement. Parson’s plan would allow for the sale of bonds to pay for four years of projects at a cost of about $29.9 million annually for 15 years. The bonds would have an interest rate of 3.25 percent, meaning taxpayers would be on the hook for $100 million in interest payments. Smith said he wanted the state to put $100 million in general revenue toward infrastructure projects for the next four years. He said that using general revenue instead of issuing bonds would help the state avoid additional debt service. “During the State of the State, the

Governor shared his vision and top budget priorities that focus on workforce development and infrastructure,” Parson’s spokesman, Steele Shippy, said in a statement. “With plenty of time left in this year’s session, we are confident a final agreement is possible.” Smith’s move came as the House Budget Committee was considering on Wednesday the latest draft of the state’s $30 billion spending plan for fiscal year 2020, which begins on July 1. The budget panel will vote next week on amendments to the revised plan before budget legislation moves to the full House for consideration at the end of the month, Smith said. When the House approves the spending blueprint, it will move to the Senate for consideration.

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Trump and Ocasio-Cortez are two ‘P’s’ in political pod CHUCK RAASCH St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“I enjoyed it so much that I came back for a second one, then a third. Then I said, ‘What the hell, let’s run for president.’ ” — President Donald Trump Telling the Conservative Political Action Conference that he decided to run because of the favorable reception he got at the nation’s top annual conservative gathering.

“2016 was a year of awakening for a lot of individuals. … I felt, at this point, we had nothing to lose.” — Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. Telling MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” why, like Trump, she decided to run for office for the first time.

PHOTOS BY LAURIE SKRIVAN • lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

ABOVE • Alma Camarillo prays at Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic church in Ferguson on Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of the penitential season of Lent. Ash Wednesday derives its name from the placing of repentance ashes on foreheads: “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” BELOW • The Rev. Eric Olsen marks the forehead of first-grader Deja Johnson, 7, with ashes at the Mass on Wednesday at Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Amazon driver lacks insurance, may be paralyzed AMAZON • FROM A1

The injured man, 21, was taken to a hospital, where he was in critical but stable condition with a gunshot wound to the back, authorities said. He is at risk of paralysis. A posting to a GoFundMe page started for the victim identifies him as Jaylen Walker and says he has no feeling in his lower extremities. The page says he has no Walker health insurance and set a $50,000 goal for assisting in his recovery. He works for a third-party provider that delivers for Amazon. “This young man will be injured permanently,” St. Charles Prosecuting Attorney Timothy A. Lohmar said at a press conference, adding that it was over illegally parking in a handicappedaccessible spot. “Is that a reason to get shot in the back? No,” Lohmar said. “You don’t point a gun at anyone unless you have intention of destroying them.” Walker’s family members declined requests for interviews. The dispute began just before noon outside the store at 3881 Mexico Road,

police said. Walker had illegally parked his delivery van in a handicapped-accessible parking spot and was talking to the driver of a different Amazon van. Thomlison pulled out a cellphone to photograph the illegally parked delivery van, and posted the image to social media, according to charges. Then Thomlison, who was driving a car with a handicapped placard, confronted Walker about the parking spot, charges say. He put his phone “in the face of” the Amazon driver in an attempt to photograph him. Walker pushed the phone away and Thomlison punched the driver, charges say. There was a tussle, and authorities said they ended up on the ground. During the struggle, Walker noticed Thomlison had a gun, according to the charges. Walker backed away from Thomlison, then turned and ran, the charges say. Thomlison then pulled the gun from his waistband and shot Walker in the back, charges say. The interaction was captured on security cameras, charges say, and witnesses also saw the incident. Thomlison admitted his role in the confrontation and shooting, charges say. He told police he called 911 and his

spouse after the shooting. Thomlison, who lives on Lost Meadow Court about a mile and a half from the shopping center, was arrested at a nearby Famous Footwear store. He was jailed with bail set at $100,000 cash. Court records did not list an attorney for Thomlison. At a press conference Wednesday, the prosecutor said that Thomlison should have been more responsible because he had been through the St. Charles Police Citizen Academy. He was also a member of the Community Emergency Response Team, a group of area volunteers who receive training from professionals in basic response skills such as performing CPR or treating various injuries. Authorities said he had a concealed carry permit. Thomlison’s actions eliminated an argument of self-defense, the prosecutor said. “He showed clear reckless disregard for life,” Lohmar said. “Any responsible gun owner will tell you this is not OK.” Nassim Benchaabane of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report. Denise Hollinshed • 314-340-8319 @Hollinshed57 on Twitter dhollinshed@post-dispatch.com

America’s two biggest political provocateurs — with a capitol “P” — have a lot in common beyond their New York borough roots: • Based on Ocasio-Cortez’s surprised reaction on primary night and the “he didn’t expect to win” assertions by Trump associates, the latest coming from his former lawyer Michael Cohen, both came into office feeling like they were playing with house money. Hence, both try to marginalize, rather than win over, doubters in their own parties. • Each feeds perceptions that their parties are moving far afield from the political middle, cowing or co-opting elected members of their parties who don’t always agree with them into mostly muffled resistance so far. • They’ve built huge ideological armies on Twitter that predominantly give little quarter to opposing views. • Both, in different ways, fight with and blame the press as a political strategy. Trump attacks the integrity and work of members of the Fourth Estate who question his facts or claims. Ocasio-Cortez confronts on social media members of the Fourth Estate who write critical things about her or her policies. • Finally, both, in their distinct ways, are accidental politicians. They’ve proven once again the power of timing in American politics. Trump didn’t create the Tea Party, but he rode its coattails to election. For years, left-wingers have complained their voice was not being adequately heard in a big-tent Democratic Party. Ocasio-Cortez, who in her second month in office proposed a massive makeover of the U.S. economy and society, and was surrounded by veteran Democrats as she did so, has become the face of a new-generation Democratic left. And rarely has an American politician risen so rapidly to prominence on the basis of so few votes as Ocasio-Cortez, 29. She got 16,898 of them in defeating 10term incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley in a sleepy New York primary last year that Crowley did not take seriously until it was too late. That’s less than a third of the votes that some Missouri state senators got. Winning that low-vote primary was a ticket to Washington in a district so heavily Democratic she barely had token opposition in November. Three months later, she stood outside the Capitol, flanked by veteran Democrats, to introduce the Green New Deal, a blueprint to either election or oblivion for a resurgent Democratic left wing. Many in her generation and in her political quadrant embrace the idea of a world in which planes are grounded and the internal combustion engine is banned. But while Democratic presidential candidates are lining up in support, many in her party, starting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi, are not fully on board. Leaked reports out of a closed-door Democratic caucus last week exposed a rift between moderate Democrats elected from swing district where Republicans could mount comebacks, and OcasioCortez, who threatened to recruit left-wing challengers of Democrats who don’t vote lock-step with the party majority. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-University City, was one of those on Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 hit list. She campaigned for his primary opponent, Cori Bush. Clay, while last month endorsing the Green New Deal in what could be seen to blunt another primary challenge, says he has also warned Ocasio-Cortez that Democrats won the majority by taking about 40 swing districts and are more moderate than she is. Other Democrats are saying the same thing. “My main gripe about AOC is that while I respect her voice in the party, I don’t think she respects mine or anyone else’s who differs with her on policy or comes from a different political electoral reality,” Democratic pollster John Anzalone tweeted. In Republican fundraising appeals, OcasioCortez is challenging Pelosi as the GOP’s top money-making target. Trump, of course, is a gift to Democratic money people. But, like Ocasio-Cortez, he also has doubters in his own party: “Never Trumpers,” such as opinion journalist Bill Kristol, and 2016 campaign foes such as John Kasich, the former governor of Ohio. Trump called Never Trumpers “basically dishonest people” in his CPAC speech, and mocked them for having little power inside the GOP. “They are on mouth-to-mouth resuscitation,” Trump said, to laughter and applause. Chuck Raasch • 202-298-6880 @craasch on Twitter craasch@post-dispatch.com


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U.S. auto fleet sets mpg record, may have topped out By daVId shEPardsON Reuters

WashINGTON • The average fuel efficiency of U.S. cars and trucks hit a record high in the 2017 model year, but the Environmental Protection Agency is citing “legitimate concerns” about the industry’s ability to meet higher future requirements. Average efficiency rose to 24.9 mpg in 2017 from 24.7 the previous year, the EPA said Wednesday. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said “there are legitimate concerns about the ability to costeffectively achieve the Obama Administration’s standards in the near future.” Just three of 13 major automakers met the 2017 requirements without using credits. A u to m a k e rs e a r n

credits for overcomplying with fuel efficiency requirements and can save them for future years. Automakers worry that without significant changes, they will not be able to meet requirements after 2020 because many credits expire. The EPA report also shows that preliminary fuel efficiency for 2018 jumped by 0.5 mpg to 25.4 mpg. Among automakers, Honda had the highest average fuel economy at 29.4 mpg, followed by Mazda at 29 mpg and Hyundai at 28.6 mpg. U. S. a u to m a k e rs , which sell more trucks than competitors, were at the bottom of the list. Ford and General Motors were at 22.9 mpg, ahead of only Fiat Chrysler at 21.2 mpg.

Trade deficit jumps to 10-year high of $621B By JOsh BOaK Associated Press

WashINGTON • The U.S. trade deficit jumped nearly 19 percent in December, pushing the trade imbalance for all of 2018 to a decade-long high of $621 billion. The gap with China on goods widened to a record $419.2 billion. The Commerce Department figures released Wednesday undermined a key commitment by President Donald Trump, who promised to cut the trade imbalance. America’s appetite for imports appears to have increased after Trump imposed tariffs last year on foreign steel and aluminum and Chinese products. The uptick in imports probably reflects an acceleration in economic growth from Trump’s debt-funded tax cuts, which were designed to increase spending by consumers and businesses. The gap between what the United States sells and what it buys from other countries rose to $59.8 billion in December from $50.3 billion in November. Adjusted for inflation, December was the highest imbalance on trade goods in U.S. history. Stephen Stanley, chief economist at Amherst Pierpont Securities, suggested that the trade gap climbed so quickly because importers were rushing to bring their goods into the United States before a planned Jan. 1 expansion of tariffs on Chinese products. The tariff increases have since been postponed as trade talks with China continue. The increased trade gap along with weak home construction figures for December means that economic growth slowed during the final three months of 2018, according to Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics. O’Sullivan estimated that annualized growth in

the October-December quarter will be revised down to 2.4 percent from 2.6 percent. On an annual basis, the trade gap widened 12.5 percent and was the largest since 2008’s $708.7 billion. December’s trade imbalance worsened because U.S. imports rose 2.1 percent as Americans bought more household appliances, cellphones and computer products from abroad. U.S. exports fell 1.9 percent as foreign demand for civilian aircraft and oil products declined. Trump hit roughly half of Chinese imports with taxes last year. China retaliated, and the simmering trade war roiled financial markets last year. U.S. and Chinese officials have recently signaled that they’re close to some kind of agreement, although China has only bolstered its commitment to investing in and developing its technology sector. In addition to a record trade gap in goods with China, the imbalance reached new peaks with Mexico ($81.5 billion) and the European Union ($169.3 billion). The U.S ran a record surplus last year with South and Central America.

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The last compact car rolled off the line Wednesday at General Motors’ massive assembly plant in Ohio as the automaker began moving toward its future while workers wondered about theirs. GM is eliminating all 1,700 hourly positions, perhaps for good, at the factory near Youngstown, the first of five North American auto plants that it intends to shut by early next year. The plant closings are part of a major restructuring for GM, which plans to shed as many as 14,000 workers and shift its focus to making trucks, sportutility vehicles and electric and autonomous vehicles. Most of the jobs being slashed companywide are white-collar positions. There’s still uncertainty about the fate of the plants because the closings must be negotiated with the United Auto Workers this summer. The mood inside the plant was somber as more than 50 years of car manufacturing came to an end. Workers took photos of the last Chevrolet Cruze, a car made in Lordstown since 2011 that has become a victim of consumer tastes in an era of inexpensive gasoline. It will be made in Mexico for markets outside the U.S. The Cruze was the only vehicle made at the plant and will no longer be

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Longtime GM employees Tammy Daggy (left) and Marisol Bowers hug Wednesday in front of the assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, which is shutting down.

sold in the U.S. Signs with messages such as “Save this Plant” were scattered outside the plant where about 100 workers gathered to say goodbye in the cold. “It’s frustrating,” said Jeff Nance, who worked at Lordstown for 17 years. “I’m angry and bitter. Watching that last car go by was a kick in the gut.” Like many workers, Shaun Winkler said he was still considering whether to transfer to another GM plant. “It started out as a normal day, but when that last car came into our area, and there was nothing but empty racks behind it, then it got sad,” he said. Dave Green, president of UAW Local 1112, took an emotional walk around the factory floor during the final shift. “It’s gutwrenching. People were crying, they’re frustrated

Company President Mark Reuss said in January that GM was looking at options for the plant but hadn’t decided whether Lordstown could get a new vehicle. GM can’t operate a plant with a slow-selling vehicle such as the Cruze and have enough money to invest in the future, he said. It also doesn’t want to get caught as it did in 2008 with too many factories and workers, a problem that helped push the company into bankruptcy. “We’ve got some history of that, to be honest,” Reuss said. “We don’t want that history to repeat.” The other plants slated to close this year are assembly plants in Detroit and Oshawa, Ontario, and transmission plants in Warren, Mich., and near Baltimore.

and they feel like they’ve done everything right,” he said. The UAW claims in a federal lawsuit that its current contract prohibits GM from idling plants. Green has urged workers to remain hopeful, saying their fate will ultimately be decided at the bargaining table. The UAW’s national contract with GM expires in September. President Donald Trump and a coalition of Ohio lawmakers have been pressuring the automaker to find a way to bring new work to the plant, which employed 4,500 people just two years ago. Trump has shown a particular interest in the Lordstown plant. It’s in a state that will be important to him in the 2020 election, and it’s where he told supporters at a rally last year that manufacturing jobs were coming back.

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BUSINESS DIGEST 390 Family Dollar stores may close • Dollar Tree is closing up to 390 Family Dollar stores this year and rebranding about 200 others under the Dollar Tree name. The company also slashed the value of its struggling Family Dollar chain, booking a $2.73 billion charge in its fiscal fourth quarter. Dollar Tree Inc. acquired Family Dollar in 2015 for almost $9 billion. The company said it’s seeking rent concessions at the 390 stores that may close. Aon says deal is off • Aon Plc said Wednesday that it had scrapped plans to pursue a merger with rival insurance brokerage Willis Towers Watson Plc, a day after revealing that it was considering an all-stock offer for the Irish company. Aon did not give a reason for abandoning the deal. It had confirmed early-stage talks Tuesday after a report by Bloomberg News. Exxon to boost spending • Exxon Mobil Corp. has said it plans to open its wallet and boost spending for several years to restore flagging oil and gas production. Its shares fell 1 percent in reaction to the investment plan, which includes between $33 billion and $35 billion of spending next year, up from $30 billion this year. Chief Executive Officer Darren Woods said the strategy amounted to “leaning in as our competitors are leaning back.” With global demand for oil and gas rising, he added, the declining output of existing wells must be replaced. Amazon closing pop-ups • Amazon said Wednesday that it would shut all its pop-up shops and open more bookstores as it rethinks its brick-and-mortar strategy. The online retail giant has 87 pop-up shops in malls, Whole Foods grocery stores and Kohl’s department stores that sell Amazon’s Echo voice-activated devices, Kindle tablets and other gadgets. The Wall Street Journal, citing anonymous sources, reported that the shops would be shuttered at the end of April. Tariffs could kill Volvo electric plans • Volvo Cars, owned by

China’s Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, will not sell its all-electric Polestar models in the United States if the company faces tariffs, the Financial Times reported. “The business case for bringing the car to the U.S. is highly dependent on the type of tariffs we have,” Polestar Chief Executive Officer Thomas Ingenlath said. The brand announced its first fully electric sedan in February. Louisiana lands helicopter plant • Swiss company Kopter Group AG says it will assemble helicopters in Lafayette, La., bringing 120 jobs. Kopter will lease a facility from the Lafayette Regional Airport that was previously the home of a Bell Helicopter operation. The company will invest more than $4 million in new equipment for the building. France to tax internet giants • The French government announced plans to slap a 3 percent tax on the French revenue of internet giants including Google, Amazon and Facebook. The bill is an attempt to get around tax avoidance measures by multinationals. The tax will apply to digital companies that have global revenues of over 750 million euros ($848 million) and French revenue over 25 million euros. About 30 companies will be affected. MoviePass pivots to filmmaking • MoviePass, the discount filmsubscription service rocked by heavy losses, said it planned to rely more on movies it produces itself, reducing its dependence on studios and theater chains. MoviePass will be working with a production company owned by its parent, Helios & Matheson Analytics Inc., and promoting the effort with its Moviefone arm. It’s unclear how the changes will affect current MoviePass subscribers, but its original model proved unsustainable. The company racked up losses by letting subscribers see a movie every day for $9.95 a month. The company has retooled the service several times but hasn’t found a winning formula. From wire reports

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Close: $25.70 4.35 or 20.4% The retailer’s Hollister brand helped push an important sales measure higher in the fourth quarter.

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Close: $79.28 -0.91 or -1.1% The energy company plans to increase its capital spending by about $4 billion in 2019.

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Gender pay reporting may start in weeks across corporate America BY PAIGE SMITH, REBECCA GREENFIELD AND JEFF GREEN Bloomberg

Companies with more than 100 employees will have to report to the U.S. government data on workers’ pay by sex, race and ethnicity, possibly as soon as this spring, according to a new court ruling. The pay disclosures were ordered by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2016, but the Office of Management and Budget froze the expanded requirements after President Donald Trump took office. The National Women’s Law Center and other groups sued, and Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled in their favor Monday, saying that the government didn’t properly justify its decision. The OMB could appeal, and it’s not clear whether companies will have to comply by the original deadline of May 31. Still, the decision comes amid a rising global push to get companies to show that their pay practices are fair. Under shareholder pressure,

most big U.S. banks released modified information last year on their gender pay gaps. The U.K.’s new gender pay gap reporting requirements are entering their second year. “This is part of a real cultural shift we’re seeing around transparency in pay,” said Emily Martin, vice president for education and workplace justice for the National Women’s Law Center, one of the groups that sued to get the wage information included. “In order to have equal and fair pay, employees need more information about their employers’ pay policies. So this is one step, but it’s not the last step.” Employers already submit demographic data to the EEOC annually. The new disclosures would call for more granular analysis, requiring them to report the racial and gender makeup of employees in each job category (executive level, professionals, sales workers, etc.) within 12 pay ranges, for each of a company’s physical locations. The current form fits on one page; the expanded form may

need 10. “It’s kind of in-the-weeds, really technical detailed stuff,” said Michael Eastman, senior vice president with the Center for Workplace Compliance. “That’s where the burden comes in.” The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which opposed the expanded reporting, said it would cost businesses more than $400 million annually. The EEOC says it’s more like $53 million. “This is not some radical new calculation that they are being asked to do,” said Martin, pointing out that companies provide a wide range of pay information to a range of entities and can draw the rest of the data from employee tax forms. “They are being asked to submit the data they already collect.” A study from several business schools, including INSEAD, Columbia University and the University of Copenhagen, found that in Denmark, which requires companies with more than 35 employees to report pay data by gender, the gender pay gap shrank by 7 percent.

Zuckerberg pledges privacy-friendly Facebook BY MICHAEL LIEDTKE associated Press

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erberg said Facebook would start to emphasize new privacyshielding messaging services, encrypted so the company can’t read users’ private thoughts and pictures. In effect, the Facebook cofounder and CEO promised to transform a service known for devouring users’ personal information. Zuckerberg didn’t suggest any changes to Facebook’s core newsfeed-and-groups-based service, or to Instagram’s social network, the fastest growing

part of the company. “It’s not that I think the more public tools will go away,” Zuckerberg said in an interview Wednesday. “All indications that Facebook and Instagram will continue growing and be increasingly important.” Critics aren’t convinced Zuckerberg is truly committed to meaningful change. “This does nothing to address the ad targeting and information collection about individuals,” said Jen King, director of consumer privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society. “It’s great for your relationship with other people. It doesn’t do anything for your re-

lationship with Facebook itself.” Zuckerberg laid out his vision Wednesday in a blog post, following a rocky two-year battering over revelations about leaky privacy controls. Zuckerberg said the company planned to stitch together its Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram messaging services so users will be able to contact each other across all of the apps. His multiyear plan calls for all of these apps to be encrypted so only senders and recipients can see the contents of messages. WhatsApp already has that security feature, but Facebook’s other messaging apps don’t.


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Mandate for change Reed has no time to waste charting a more effective course for St. Louis.

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oard of Aldermen President Lewis Reed emerged victorious in Tuesday night’s Democratic primary, but he must not mistake winning 35.6 percent of the vote as a mandate for status-quo leadership. St. Louis is in crisis, and top-level elected officials must begin conveying a sense of urgency and resolve to produce positive change. Because Democrats have long dominated St. Louis, the primary virtually determines the April 2 general election result. Two-thirds of Democrats voted against Reed, making clear that current, ineffective solutions to high crime, depopulation, blight and skewed development are unacceptable. But voters made the right choice favoring Reed over his two major competitors, state Sen. Jamilah Nasheed and 15th Ward Alderman Megan Ellyia Green. Theirs was a wrecking-ball approach to change. Nasheed’s mean-spirited election night sniping offered a glimpse of the disruptive leadership style she would have brought. No wonder she came within 144 votes of a third-place finish. Reed doesn’t need to wait until April 2 to begin a course correction. We await his public pledge that he will cease employing incumbent aldermen as paid workers on future campaigns. The $4,250 his campaign paid to 21st Ward Alderman John Collins-Muhammad — even as Collins-Muhammad was voting on key bills on Reed’s agenda — created a troubling appearance of impropriety. It must not happen again, and CollinsMuhammad needs to join in pledging to halt that practice.

A major challenge confronting Reed is the voter mandate to reduce the number of aldermanic wards from 28 to 14 by 2022. Reed insists that he should lead the complicated process of redrawing ward boundaries, along with the racial, economic and political sensitivities that entails. We believe that the redistricting formula adopted statewide under the Clean Missouri plan, using an independent demographer to ensure integrity and impartiality, is the far better route. The mark of a good leader is his or her ability to delegate important tasks, and this is one Reed needs to delegate to a qualified, independent professional. Reed, like Mayor Lyda Krewson, favors conducting a feasibility study on privatizing St. Louis Lambert International Airport. As long as such a study isn’t front-loaded to yield a desired result, there’s certainly no harm in weighing the pros and cons. Amid pressure during the campaign, Reed stated that he supports a binding voter referendum on privatization. Reed should now remove roadblocks to legislation ensuring such a referendum would take place if privatization moves forward. The Better Together city-county merger plan is another hugely controversial issue that requires resolute city leadership. If Reed decides to fight it, it’ll be up to him and Krewson to produce a better, more workable alternative. But on this issue and so many others, it’s clear that status quo fragmentation and stagnation aren’t the answer. This is Reed’s moment to chart a better course for change.

End this legal scam Missouri could soon shut down de facto debtors prisons around the state.

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he Missouri House this week gave near-unanimous approval to a measure that would stop local court systems from trapping those who commit minor crimes in an endless cycle of escalating fines and incarceration. The Senate should waste no time passing this bill so Gov. Mike Parson, a supporter of criminal justice reform, can sign it. This system of de facto debtors prisons only came to lawmakers’ attention because of an ongoing series of columns by the Post-Dispatch’s Tony Messenger. His reporting serves as a reminder of the importance of a free and vibrant press. Messenger spotlighted a phantom industry of local courts squeezing lowincome defendants for more and more money once they’ve been jailed for even minor infractions. Under state law, defendants can be billed for the expense of jailing them. Those who can’t afford these bills can end up back in jail for non-payment — which adds additional debt to their room-and-board bill. In this way, defendants who have been arrested for traffic offenses or other misdemeanor infractions that might normally cost a few hundred dollars in fines and a few days in jail can instead rack up thousands of dollars in jail fees. An inability to pay prompts more and more jail time. It’s a self-perpetuating scam. The longer the defendant is jailed, the more fees are charged, making it harder to pay, which is used as justification for

still more jail time and bills. For many defendants, there’s no way to break this cycle. But the Legislature can, and it looks like it soon will. As the Post-Dispatch’s Jack Suntrup reported this week, the pending measure would forbid courts in the state from jailing defendants for failure to pay previous jail fees. Counties could still use civil action to collect those fees, but they could no longer treat poor defendants like monetary investments that grow each time they’re slapped back in jail. The measure, House Bill 192, passed the House Monday on a 156-1 vote. That’s an unusual level of agreement on any substantive issue these days, but in this case, the legislation makes so much sense that the only surprise is that there was even one vote against it. All indications are it will get through the Senate with similar ease. It seems a good bet that the governor would sign it, given that he has strongly and correctly made the case for criminal justice reform in general. This is the very definition of such reform. Missouri should close this dark chapter in its jurisprudence, but it’s important for all to remember how this distorted system was exposed. It wasn’t reformers in the court system or Legislature who initially flushed out this injustice; it was the free press — an institution politically and economically beset from all sides today, but one without which democracy cannot survive.

The truth is out there: Earth will have to fend for itself

Don’t ignore issues plaguing area in favor of sensationalism

Regarding “The apparent decline of UFO culture is for the best. Still, we’ll miss E.T.” (March 3): I thought Kevin McDermott would tell one of those stories of being stopped by little green men who took him to their flying saucer. However, it is delightfully humorous that this UFO sighting was discovered to be a cell tower and substation. I, too, think with the billions of stars in the universe there must be thousands of planets similar enough to Earth to have evolved other beings, as Enrico Fermi suggests. Yet it’s implausible considering most such planets are at least thousands of light years away. So the likelihood of Earth receiving visitors from another planet defies mathematical probabilities. Others suggest that if we do have such visitors they are likely more advanced than we are just to have made it here. They would walk upright. They would have a thumb in order to have developed and used tools, probably have eyes looking forward rather than sideways to have escaped predators. They would also be meat eaters in order to have ingested enough protein for a brain to develop to such intelligence. Eating vegetation alone they would have spent too much time hunting for enough protein to have developed such intelligence to be here. I am intrigued by those considerations. Not to deny those who prefer to think of divine creation. But as Kevin says, even an electronic message from such a distant world would have had to have been sent before there was a human population on Earth. It’s a humorous proposition, and one has to agree that in spite of such overpowering numbers, we earthlings must find a way to get along with each other more than looking for rescue from outer space. Ron Jones • Alton

Regarding the online Post-Dispatch article “Remember these notable St. Louis-area serial killers?”: Seriously? Our town is dealing with real, current problems: institutional racism, police-citizen distrust, citycounty cynicism, abandoned properties, the opioid crisis and carjackings, just to name a few. So, you decide to heap on to that a wistful stroll down serial killer lane? What is wrong with you? Are you actively trying to drive business and investment away from the area? What’s next, “Does this famous St. Louis pedophile live next door to you?” Anyone with Google can generate a list of serial killers like this useless, space-filling article. Get up from behind your computer, go outside and do some real investigative reporting. Madonna Laws-Lowell • Crestwood

Regarding Karen Carney’s March 4 letter, “Merged government would support area’s children equally”: The Better Together plan has actually abandoned the often-stated ideal of ending disparity. The city and county school districts would not be consolidated. Poorly funded and poorly performing districts will remain so. The municipal districts will control many public services and parks and recreation. But the current poorly funded areas will remain so. There is no explicit action to eliminate blight and restore neighborhoods. Better Together merges top level governments, police and courts, but does little else to address key areas of disparity in the city and county. Stuart Clark • Bridgeton

Systemic lack of accountability is leading country to decay

Legislative scrutiny behind Clean Missouri defies logic

I watch in horror and disbelief as the institutions and dignity of the country crumble. This degradation pervades our society at every level. I endured such an experience recently as a complainant in a wrongful death suit regarding my daughter, against local medical establishments that enjoy (undeserved) high reputations. She had the misfortune of dying in Missouri, where the compassionate lawmakers have decreed that wrongful death awards be capped at $350,000 — just step one in the devaluing of the victim’s life. Conveniently, juries in such actions are not made aware of this restriction, so may have the false impression that there is serious money at stake for families of the deceased. Large corporate defendants have little financial risk, so they go to court just for the victory. In this pursuit, they pay teams of mercenary attorneys who specialize in defending their incompetence and/or lack of concern for the patient they have failed. They trot out superexpensive medical experts from prestigious medical centers, who will justify their paymaster’s behavior with whatever absurd excuse is required. And then there’s the jury. Even when dishonest testimony by an implicated physician was exposed, nine members found that this didn’t warrant a finding of responsibility. This lack of accountability is leading our country to decay. For my beloved daughter, it was the final, grievous insult. Nancee Magilson • Alton

I would invite our secretary of state, Jay Ashcroft, to reflect on his comment during the Republican Lincoln Days gathering on Saturday, when he said, “We the people of this state should decide what our constitution is … and I am pushing as hard as I can in the Legislature ... to make sure that if we put it into our constitution, at least 60 percent of people agree with it.” Well, at last check 62 percent of Missourians voted for Amendment 1, also known as Clean Missouri. Help me understand why that is getting scrutinized and rewritten by the Missouri Legislature. Trish Gunby • Manchester

Merger lacks solutions for underfunded areas, schools

Wagner’s vote against gun measure makes no sense Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, voted against reporting illegal immigrants who fail an FBI gun background check to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“Votes in Congress,” March 4). Her vote makes no sense. I thought President Donald Trump wanted a wall to prevent entry by illegal immigrants, especially those who would fail a FBI gun background check. The GOP amendment did pass the House of Representatives but will likely die in the Senate. In Congress, common sense happens only by pure chance. Dan Gould • Ballwin Read more letters online at STLtoday.com/letters

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A VICTORY FOR PREJUDICE • Efforts to promote unity at home, and to correct by education the racial prejudices of which our Axis enemis make great capital, have suffered a seback at the hands of the Army and the House Military Committee. A 33-page book, intended entirely to refute the Nazi “master race” doctrine, is under attack by certain race-sensitive persons in Congress. Access the full item at stltoday.com/opinion

On coal industry, it’s mission not accomplished ‘Trump people’ are ultimate victims as reality overtakes president’s hype DANA MILBANK Washington Post

Last August, President Donald Trump went to Charleston, W.Va., for a “mission accomplished” moment. He had already boasted to his Fox News fan base that “I’ve turned West Virginia around, because (of) what I’ve done environmentally with coal.” In Charleston, he said that “we are putting our great coal miners back to work” by ending what he had dubbed the Obama administration’s “war on coal” and that, under his leadership, West Virginia had become “on a per capita basis one of the most successful GDP states in our union.” “The coal industry is back,” Trump declared.

Alas, it was an illusion — or, as Trump might put it, a hoax. Last week, the Commerce Department reported that during the third quarter of 2018 — the period during which Trump took his Charleston victory lap — West Virginia’s gross domestic product grew exactly 0.0 percent. As in zilch. As in the worst in the nation. Quarterly figures are volatile, but clearly, two years into the Trump presidency, both West Virginia and the coal industry remain in bad shape. Coalplant closures nationwide reached a near-record in 2018, production was off sharply, and U.S. coal consumption hit a 40-year low. Jobs in coal have barely budged, from 51,000 at the end of 2016 to 52,700 today. West Virginia’s poverty rate, meanwhile, rose to 19.1

percent, among the nation’s highest, in 2017, the most recent year of reported data. The state is being propped up by temporary jobs (often held by out-of-state workers) to construct pipelines for natural gas. And the national economy, though humming along, isn’t near the level of growth Trump promised his debt-expanding tax cuts would deliver. Trump pulled out of the Paris climate agreement, led a rollback of environmental regulations such as the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, attacked renewable energy and sought bailouts for failing coal-fired power plants. He quickly claimed success. “Coal production up 7.8% past year,” he tweeted in October 2017. The main threat to coal, however,wasn’t a regulatory “war” but market trends favoring natural gas and renewables. Inevitably, reality overtook Trump’s hype. Last week, owners of one of the largest coalfired power plants in the

country said they would resume plans to shut the Arizona plant down after negotiations to save it had stalled. Days earlier, the Tennessee Valley Authority said it would shutter a Kentucky plant despite pleas from Trump. U.S. utilities last year closed an estimated 14.3 gigawatts of coal-plant capacity, double the closures of the year before and nearly matching the record 14.8 gigawatts that were retired in 2015, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence. West Virginia’s coal industry has been a bit luckier because demand for its metallurgical coal has been healthier, but signs suggest that demand is now cooling. The state’s unemployment rate remains among the nation’s highest. The national economy, though performing far better overall than the coal industry and West Virginia, is also falling short of the hyped promises that

Trump has made. During the campaign, Trump said of annual economic growth: “We’re bringing it from 1 percent up to 4 percent. ... I think you can go to 5 percent or 6 percent.” In December 2017, he saw “no reason why we don’t go to 4 percent, 5 percent and even 6 percent.” White House forecasters assumed a decade of 3 percent annual growth, which would require much higher growth in boom years to offset downturns. But last week, the government reported 2018 growth of 2.9 percent — despite the maximum stimulative benefit of Trump’s $1.5 trillion tax cut and a boost from massive deficit spending in an already expanding economy. Certainly, 2.9 percent growth is good — equaling the best year of Barack Obama’s presidency, 2015. And manufacturing job growth has accelerated under Trump. But this isn’t

close to the “4 percent, 5 percent and even 6 percent” Trump predicted, and forecasters see growth slowing this year and in 2020. As Bloomberg News reported, a just-published study by economists from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and elsewhere found that Trump’s trade policies were costing U.S. companies and consumers $3 billion a month in tax costs, and businesses an additional $1.4 billion in other losses. Another study, by a group that includes the World Bank’s chief economist, found that “workers in very Republican counties bore the brunt of the costs of the trade war.” They, like the coal miners, the steelworkers and West Virginians — those whom Trump’s trade adviser recently dubbed “Trump people” — are the ultimate victims of Trump’s economic hoax. Dana Milbank @Milbank Copyright The Washington Post

Child care crisis must be addressed in the U.S. Too many families struggle because they lack quality options for children. more available, and of higher quality. Child care is a particularly Sometimes, it takes a crisis to pressing problem in our state, bring people together. where over half of MissouriIt’s rare to see an issue ans live in child care “deserts,” that can unite leaders who which are areas with no child might otherwise be divided care providers, or so few that by ideology, experience or there are three times as many geography. children as licensed child care Yet, that’s exactly what slots. Meanwhile, infant care happened recently when I in a Missouri center averages joined over 50 senior busiabout $9,800 per year, more ness executives from across than the $8,900 average cost the country to sign a letter to Congress. We urged lawmak- of public college tuition. Congress must continue ers to address the child care the recent trend of strong crisis that impacts parents, Child Care and Development businesses, taxpayers and, Block Grant (CCDBG) fundmost importantly, children, ing, which enables lowerespecially infants and todincome parents to afford child dlers. care while holding How severe is this jobs that lead to long crisis? As a recent term self-sufficiency. research report In 2018, Congress from the bipartisan made a historic business-leader group investment in these ReadyNation showed, grants, nearly douthe infant and toddler bling federal funding child care crisis costs Clark for the program. Misour country $57 billion souri’s Sen. Roy Blunt was every year. instrumental in securing this When parents don’t have increased funding to help affordable, high quality child Missouri children. This year, care options, their attenI hope that the senator and tion, time and resources are his colleagues sustain their divided during work hours. commitment to prioritize This distraction causes their grant funding, as well as productivity to drop, which explore new, innovative ways creates negative impacts for to enhance child care options employers, taxpayers and the nationwide. parents themselves. Here in Missouri, the Infant and toddler child increased child care funding care challenges cost busiis already having tangible, nesses $13 billion per year positive impacts. First, it nationwide due to lost prohas directly expanded the ductivity and higher costs number of child care providassociated with rehiring and ers, thereby raising access training. Taxpayers lose $7 to quality, reliable child care billion a year due to reduced for working families. The tax revenue. Individual grant funds have also helped parents take the biggest hit, child care providers improve losing $37 billion annually health and safety of their because of lower earnings, facilities and programs, as weaker job prospects and well as allowing Missouri to extra costs to look for alteroffer professional developnative work and child care ment opportunities for the arrangements. child care workforce. These All of this creates a sigimprovements will make a nificant economic burden real difference in the lives of that operates in tandem with the infants and toddlers who negative impacts on children are served by grant-funded themselves. child care. The children most affected Like any successful by this crisis are infants and business leader, my career toddlers, both because care is wouldn’t have been possible typically the most expensive without a strong, focused for children up to 3 years old, workforce. Affordable, high and because children in that quality child care options age range are in the midst of a unique time of brain develop- will provide critical supports for kids that can help them ment. go on to be more successful Failing to provide high in school, careers and life. At quality supports to a child the same time, these options during that window of will help parents be producopportunity can create achievement deficits that last tive employees today. For the sake of a stronger a lifetime. Research shows that deficits in early cognitive economy, stronger workor social-emotional skills can force, and stronger families, I urge Congress to heed linger for years, if not forever. the call of business leaders Once these children become throughout our country to working adults, these effects end the child care crisis and hurt our future productivity continue investing in the and economic strength. Child Care Development To break this damaging Block Grant. cycle and pave the way for a stronger workforce, state Maxine Clark is the founder of Buildand national lawmakers a-Bear Workshop, CEO of the Clark-Fox must take action to make Family Foundation, and a member of ReadyNation. She lives in St. Louis. child care more affordable, BY MAXINE CLARK

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President Donald Trump looks to the cheering audience at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Saturday.

The only game in town? Trump became a human pseudo-event at CPAC. JONAH GOLDBERG Los Angeles Times

Two years ago, at the dawn of the Trump administration, Kellyanne Conway predicted that 2017’s CPAC would really be TPAC, or “Trump Pac.” What was premature spin then is conventional wisdom now. The Conservative Political Action Conference has always been what historian Daniel Boorstin called a “pseudo-event.” It has no formal role within our politics and no binding power outside of it. It’s part trade show, part infomercial, part convention for the various tribes of the right. I was invited to speak at CPAC this year, which is a good sign given that I’m not exactly beloved by MAGA Nation these days. I passed. Still, I don’t begrudge conservatives attending CPAC, nor do I think that going amounts to an endorsement or rejection of the president and his ideas. If you’ve been to CPAC, you know it’s a bit like a right-wing Comic-Con, albeit with marginally fewer cosplayers. Some go to be part of the show, others just to take it all in. No one expects everybody dressed as Marvel’s Thor to endorse DC’s Superman. But to the extent that CPAC is an infomercial for what the organizers want to sell as conservatism today, it really was TPAC, with the commander in chief cast as the Man of Steel, by which I mean the allegedly hamburger-hunting Stalin himself, whose nom de guerre literally meant “man of steel.”

Trump is not a dictator, but his two-hour speech, possibly the longest ever delivered by a U.S. president, shared many of the traits associated with demagogues who feed off a cult of personality. Very long speeches are a way of proving dominance over an audience. In 2013, Russian President Vladimir Putin held a press conference that lasted for nearly five hours. Fidel Castro would routinely give speeches that exceeded that. Got somewhere to go? Too bad, I’m the only game in town. Stalin once gave a lengthy speech that was later released on vinyl. The entire B-side consisted of recorded applause. Trump’s speech was a virtuoso performance, showing off the man in full. But the overriding theme was that there is only Trump. One of the great challenges for conservatives in the Trump era has been to navigate between supporting the man’s policies and supporting the man. Over the last two years, you could hear echoes of this tension in the ubiquitous refrain: “He’s better than Hillary would have been.” That’s a defensible proposition for conservatives, but never before in the history of the conservative movement have conservatives lowered the bar to the Democratic nominee the president faced in the prior election. No serious conservative defended George H.W. Bush by saying, “At least he’s better than Dukakis would have been!” And no one denounced conservative critics of the 41st president as being secret Michael Dukakis supporters. In Trump’s sprawling address, which he began by literally hugging the American flag, he denounced

and castigated any competing sources of conservative authority, including several people who served in his own administration. His fact-challenged braggadocio and his whining — about the media, the special counsel’s probe and every other source of inconvenience — was an at times brilliant, at times pathetic effort to encourage the audience to invest themselves in Trump himself, not his ideas or the ideas that have formed the glue of the conservative movement for decades. Trump’s instincts now have papal authority. The schism between defending the man and the agenda was obliterated. Instead of loving what he’s doing despite his faults, the audience was implicitly asked to love him because of his faults. His celebrity is all that matters, and his narcissism is infectious. In his 1962 masterpiece “The Image,” in which he introduced the concept of the pseudo-event, Boorstin posited that a celebrity is a “human pseudo-event.” “We try to make our celebrities stand in for the heroes we no longer have, or for those who have been pushed out of our view,” Boorstin wrote. “Yet the celebrity is usually nothing greater than a morepublicized version of us. In imitating him, we are simply imitating ourselves.” That was the part of the message that got Trump the nomination and the White House two years ago. And now it’s the entirety of the message from the main stage at TPAC. Jonah Goldberg goldbergcolumn@gmail.com Copyright Tribune Content Agency


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Harmon, Dale Lee of Saint Charles, MO, passed away Sunday, March 3, 2019 at the age of 67. Beloved son of the late Albert Lee and Mary Alice Harmon; loving husband of Susan Kienzle H a r m o n ; d evot ed fa t h er of Amber Nicole Harmon, Mindi (Mike) Concialdi, and Leslie (Dan) Fluri-Ruzeu; cherished grandfather of Lucy Concialdi, Sca rl et t R u z e u , and H a r p e r Ruzeu; dear brother of David (Cheryl) Harmon, and Don (Colleen) Harmon; brother-in-law to, Michael (Valerie Battle) Kienzle, and Mary Kienzle; beloved uncle, nephew, cousin, godfather, coach and friend. Dale is preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Mark Kienzle; father and mother-in-law, Robert and Barbara Cohen, Donna M. Kienzle. (nee DeGuire) Friday March 1, Dale was a three-time National Champion with Florissant 2019. Loving wife of Dr . Ray Valley Junior College soccer and St. Louis University soccer and Cohen; loving mother of Sarah a four-time All American. Dale was inducted into the St. Louis Cohen, Melissa Canada, Jenifer University Hall of Fame for soccer. In 1972 he was listed in Canada, Jason Canada and the Who's Who of College Athletes. Dale was drafted by the late Nicholas Canada; dear sister Philadelphia Atoms of the NASL. After his athletic career he of Diane (Kenny) Schultz, Darlene went into teaching, coaching, and was a Principal in the (David) Lansing, Debbie (Bob) Hazelwood School District. After retiring he enjoyed traveling Lynam, Danny DeGuire, Darrell the world with his family. Dale was dearly loved and will be (Debbie) DeGuire, Denise (Rick) greatly missed by all who knew him. Granger and Duane DeGuire; Services: The family is being served by the Baue Funeral Home. sister-in-law of Ed (Carol) Cohen, There will be a Celebration of Life on Saturday, March 09, 2019, Stan Cohen, and Ruth (Brian) from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m. at Professional Firefighters of Eastern Kominsky; dear grandmother, Missouri Hall (PFEM) located at 115 McMenamy Rd, St Peters, great grandmother, aunt, cousin and a friend to many. MO 63376. Casual attire is encouraged. In lieu of flowers please Donna loved her family more than anything in the world. She make donations to Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and will be greatly missed. Feral Companion Dog Rescue, at 2725 January, St Louis, Services: Visitation will be held on Saturday March 9, 2019 MO 63139. Visit Baue.com from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm (Please note time change of visitation) at the Kriegshauser West Mortuary 9450 Olive Blvd. Heine, Virginia "Ginny" Olivette, MO. with a reception to follow the visitation at Forest Hills Country Club, Chesterfield, MO. Memorial donaSun. 3/03/19. Vis. Sun., 3/10, 2-6 pm, John L. Ziegenhein & tions in Donna's honor may be made to a charity of Sons, 7027 Gravois. Funeral Mon., 10:15 am to Assumption one's choice. Please share your condolences and sign Catholic Church for 11 am Mass. Burial Jefferson Barracks. the guest book online at www.kriegshausermortuary.com

Corrigan, Michael A. March 5, 2019, age 68. Vis. at Baue Cave Springs, Sun., Mar. 10, 5-9 pm. Mass at All Saints Catholic Church on Mon., Mar. 11, 10:00 am, vis. one hour prior. Visit baue.com

Deppe, Audrey Louise 82, of St. Charles, March 4, 2019. Vis. March 10, 4-8pm Baue, 3950 West Clay, Vis. March 11, 10am First Baptist St. Charles, Funeral at 11. Contact 636-946-7811 or visit Baue.com

Feuring, L. Catherine (nee Noe), April 18, 1924 - March 6, 2019, formerly of Overland. Services: Visitation at SHEPARD FUNERAL CHAPEL, 9255 Natural Bridge Rd. at I-170 (314-426-6000), Friday, March 8, 10:30 a.m. until Funeral Service at 12 p.m. Private Burial. Additional details at www.ShepardFuneralChapel.com

Greeves, Joann (nee Carter) of St. Louis, passed away on March 6, 2019. Dear mother of Kimberly (Steven) Taylor, the late Patrick Greeves, and Shawn (Kyrin) Greeves; grandmother of Heather Taylor, Stephanie (Michael) Lucey, Garrett Greeves, and Drew Branson; great grandmother to Sophia and Jacob Lucey; dear sister and friend to many. Services: Friends may visit on Friday, March 8, from 4-8 p.m. at Alexander White Mullen Funeral Home in St. Ann. Burial at 10 a.m. at Bellerive Cemetery on Saturday. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.alexanderstlouis.com.

Hutson, Christine Marie (nee Richter), fortified with the Sa cra men t s of H ol y Mother Church, Monday, March 4, 2019. Beloved wife of Joe H u t s on . L ovin g daughter of M a ril yn Richter (nee Grothe) and the late Ronald Richter; dearest sister of Shelly (Ed) Q u a n t e; dear daughter-in-law of Jim and Kathy (Hines) Hutson; sister-in-law of D a n (Kerry) and M a t t (Erin) Hutson, Anne (Paul) Keveen; aunt, niece, cousin, godmother, friend to many and her sweet, 4legged Stella. We are so very proud of the courage, strength and integrity Chris showed during her selfless fight with Pancreatic Cancer. Her beautiful smile and bright eyes will be missed by so many. Many thanks to her cousin, Rob Grothe and Dr. Rama Suresh and all the staff at Siteman Cancer Center for taking excellent care of Chris over the past three years. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Siteman Pancreatic Cancer Research, in Chris' name, would be appreciated. Services: A Memorial Mass will be held on Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 10 a.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church, 15 Forest Knoll Dr., Fenton, MO 63026. The family will be receiving condolences at 9 a.m. prior to Mass.

Jones, C. Eulah 90, of St. Charles, March 3, 2019. Services: Baue 3950 W. Clay St., vis. Thurs., March 7, 4 to 8 pm. Funeral service on Friday, March 8, 2019 at 1:30 pm. Visit baue.com

Kopec, Lillian M. (nee Sander) 88, Mar. 3, 2019. Vis. Thurs., 3/7/19, 4-8 p.m., Lawlor Funeral Home, Columbia, IL. Funeral Serv. 10 a.m., Fri., 3/8/19, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Columbia, IL.

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Asleep in Jesus, Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Beloved husband of Eva Landgraf; loving father of Brian (Peggy) and Michael (Polly) Landgraf and Kristeen (Jeff) Clark; dear grandfather of 10. Services: Visitation at KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Friday, March 8, 4-8 p.m and at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, Saturday, March 9, 9 a.m. until service at 10 a.m.

Noblot, Gail A. Tuesday, March 5, 2019. Beloved daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Visitation at KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois, Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m. until service at 1 p.m.

Raskin, Lawrence M. March 5, 2019. Beloved husband for 68 years of Miriam Raskin; dear father and father-in-law of Laurie Morgan (Charles), Karen Kleiman (Bruce), and Richard Raskin (Alba Alexander); dear grandfather of Hannah and Julia Morgan, Jeff Kleiman (Michelle Taransky Kleiman), Melanie Spera (Joseph), Sam Raskin (Charlotte Krontiris), Abby Raskin, and Molly Raskin (Joseph Bongi); dear great-grandfather of Julie, Sammy, and Arthur; dear brother-in-law of Susan Spiegel (Stewart Halperin); dear brother of the late Marlene Ruth Orenstein; dear uncle. Larry was a certified public accountant, who practiced for many years in partnership with his father Max Raskin, his cousin Albert Melman, and others. He loved sports and the outdoors and was an avid tennis player for most of his life. Services: Visitation Friday, March 8, 12:30 p.m. at BERGER MEMORIAL CHAPEL, 9430 Olive Boulevard, followed by funeral service at 1:00 p.m. Interment follows at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Cemetery, 9125 Ladue Road. Memorial contributions preferred t o Cen t ra l Reform Con grega t ion . P l ea s e visit bergermemorialchapel.com for more information.

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(nee Bolte), Asleep in Jesus, Saturday, March 2, 2019 at the age of 71. Beloved wife of Frank Reahr; loving mother of Dawn (Eric) Wolff and Stephanie (Ryan) Deisner; dearest Mawmaw of Ava and Maddie; dear sister of Bill Bolte and Mary (the late Marion) Budzinski; dear sister-in-law of William (the late Terrye) Reahr; dear aunt, cousin and friend of many. Betty loved her family unconditionally, especially spoiling her grandkids. She cherished her annual family trips to Pensacola Beach, FL and enjoyed giving her time to her church, Peace Lutheran. Services: A Funeral Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 8, 2019 at HUTCHENS-STYGAR Funeral & Cremation Center, 5987 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. (St. Charles). Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Memorial contributions in Betty's name are appreciated to Peace Lutheran Church, 9320 Phoenix Village Pkwy., O'Fallon, MO 63368 or Siteman Cancer Centers in St. Louis. VISITATION 3-8 p.m. Thursday, March 7. www.hutchensfuneralhomes.com

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Schallom, Robert R. Jr. Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Beloved husband of Janet Schallom (nee Weber) for over 34 years; dear father of Robert III, Thomas and Richard Schallom and the late Angel Adam Schallom; our dear friend. Services: Funeral from KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd., Saturday, March 9, 9:30 a.m. to St. Simon the Apostle Catholic Church for 10:00 a.m. Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the Sick and Elderly Program of The Hill appreciated. Visitation Friday, 3-8 p.m.

Shand, Linda Charlene February 21, 2019, age 63. Graveside service at 1:00 p.m. March 8 at St. Charles Memorial Gardens, 3950 West Clay St., St. Charles. www.baue.com

Wedepohl, Richard "Rick" Lance Richard "Rick" Wedepohl, 59, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loved ones on Monday March 4 at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis. Rick was born May 9, 1959 in St. Louis, son of the late Richard and Teresa Wedepohl. Rick graduated from Loyola University Chicago in May 1982 with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Finance. This began a long and very successful career in Crude Oil Future Trading that took him all over the world. He lived for more than a decade in both New York City and London, UK, two cities he adored. Among many other responsibilities, he over saw trading desks globally and frequently traveled to Asia for work. Rick was a highly talented man who truly lived a full and exciting life. He retired six years ago and moved back home to his beloved St. Louis, where he enjoyed a slower pace of life spent with family and friends. A skilled golfer, he enjoyed courses around the world. A dedicated fan of Arsenal Football Club and the St. Louis Blues, Rick was a true sportsman. He also enjoyed fly fishing, traveling, and cooking. Rick was a loving brother of Stephen (Karen) Wedepohl, Karen (Patrick) Devereux, Ronald (Jenifer) Wedepohl, Lisa (Joseph) Meehan, and Tracy (Paul) Gildehaus, a caring uncle to twelve nieces and nephews, and a cousin and dear friend to many. Anyone who knew Rick, knew his clever wit, his fun-loving spirit, and his deep love of family. Services: Visitation is Saturday, March 9 from 9-10:30 a.m. with a Mass directly following at Christ Prince of Peace Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society in his honor.

Wolf, William James "Bill" of O'Fallon, Missouri, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019, at the age of 81. Beloved son of the late Joseph J. and Caroline L. Wolf; loving brother of Joseph L. (the late Marjorie) Wolf, Carolyn (the late James) Vehige, Richard (Dorothy) Wolf, Sr. Julie "Betty" Wolf, C.PP.S., Margaret "Meg" (the late Arthur) Korte, Patricia "Pat" (Mark) Leuchtmann, Ruth (Duane) Randell, Mary (the late James) Leiling, and Doris (Steve) Bridegan; dearest uncle of 34 nieces and nephews, dear great and greatgreat-uncle to many. Bill retired after more than 45 years as a tax preparer and bookkeeper. He was a member of Assumption Catholic Church, and was an honorary greeter before Mass on Saturday evenings, especially to all the ladies. He truly was a faithful, humble, and patient follower of Jesus. He was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus, and received the Knight of the Year award. Bill also prepared the newsletters and served as financial secretary for many years for the Knights. He dedicated many years as a volunteer for the state of Missouri vital records to help convert manual record keeping to online data. Bill loved fishing, playing computer games, and watching baseball. He also enjoyed researching genealogy and being the family "Historian." In his spare time, he liked reading, working crossword puzzles, playing chess, painting, and winning at Rummikub. Among his hobbies, he also collected coins and small cars. He was a handyman and mentor to many, and liked working on projects with his family to create and invent new gadgets or just to improve things around the house. Bill was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all of his family and friends. Memorial contributions may be made in Bill's name to Masses or Assumption Catholic Church Building Fund. Services: Baue Funeral & Memorial Ctr., 3950 West Clay St., St. Charles, MO, where Visitation will be Friday, March 8, 2019, 4-8 p.m.; 2nd Visitation Saturday, March 9, 2019 at 9:30 at Assumption Catholic Church, 403 N. Main St., O'Fallon, MO, with Funeral Mass to follow at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Assumption Catholic Cemetery. Contact Baue (636) 9467811 or visit baue.com.

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Cohen turns over documents to House panel BY MARY CLARE JALONICK AND ERIC TUCKER associated Press

WASHINGTON • Michael Cohen, Presi-

dent Donald Trump’s former lawyer, turned over to the House intelligence committee on Wednesday documents related to a real estate project in Moscow planned by President Donald Trump’s company — a subject Cohen lied to the committee about in 2017. The documents are relevant to Cohen’s false statement, according to a person familiar with Cohen’s interview who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the confidential meeting. Cohen was on Capitol Hill for a fourth day of congressional testimony. Lawmakers have been interested in talking to Cohen about the Moscow project ever since he pleaded guilty to lying

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to Congress about the subject. Cohen acknowledged in his guilty plea last year that he misled lawmakers by saying he had abandoned the project in January 2016 when he pursued it for months after that as Trump campaigned for the presidency. In public testimony last week, Cohen told the House Oversight and Reform Committee that Trump’s attorneys, including Jay Sekulow, had reviewed and edited the statement he provided to Congress. Sekulow has denied wrongdoing, saying in a statement after the hearing that the “testimony by Michael Cohen that attorneys for the President edited or changed his statement to Congress to alter the duration of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations is completely false.” The Trump Tower Project is one of many under scrutiny as the Democrat-led panel investigates Russian interference in

the 2016 election and whether Trump’s campaign was involved, among other matters, including Trump’s foreign financial dealings. Cohen has become a key figure in congressional investigations after turning on his former boss and cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. He was interviewed privately by both the Senate and House intelligence committees last week and had another daylong meeting with the House intelligence panel behind closed doors on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty last year to lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and other charges and is set to begin a three-year prison sentence in May. During last week’s testimony, he called Trump a con man, a cheat and a racist. Among the issues discussed in Cohen’s closed-door interviews with the House and Senate last week was pardons, according to

people familiar with those interviews. They spoke on condition of anonymity to reveal the confidential discussion. The committee was expected to discuss the subject in Cohen’s second day before the committee, according to one of the people familiar with the meeting. Cohen told Congress last week that he had never asked for and would not accept a pardon from Trump. But that may not be the full story. According to people with knowledge of the situation, a lawyer for Cohen expressed interest to the Trump legal team in a potential pardon for his client after a raid last April on Cohen’s hotel room, home and office. The people spoke on condition of anonymity. The president’s attorneys were noncommittal in the conversation with Cohen’s lawyer, the people said. Cohen did not participate in the conversation.

School lessons targeted by Nevada cites U.S. warnings climate change doubters

in bid to block plutonium shipments

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SPRINGFIELD, ILL. • A former cam-

paign worker for Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan whose federal lawsuit claims her career was hindered when she complained about sexual harassment has alleged in court filings that “nothing was done in response” to other complaints against a Madigan staffer in 2015 and 2016. The powerful Democratic speaker’s office responded that the staff member, Travis Shea, was reprimanded. But it said that the speaker, who has faced criticism for more than a year over his handling of sexual harassment complaints among legislative office and campaign staffs, was not made aware of the incidents at the time. Alaina Hampton’s lawsuit against Madigan’s campaign committees and the state Democratic Party contends that Travis Shea faced no repercussions for complaints against him by two women and that he continued to work on Madigan’s staff for two years. “Both females reported Travis Shea’s sexual harassment and/or assault directly to attorney Heather Weir Vaught but nothing was done in response,” the lawsuit filing states. “In fact, Mr. Shea remained on the speaker’s staff for an additional two years thereafter.” Madigan’s office issued a statement late Tuesday defending his staff’s action against Shea. It said that two women complained that Shea intimidated them and threatened to “make or break” their careers to Vaught, the House Democrats’ ethics officer. It says then-chief of staff Timothy Mapes reprimanded Shea and told him the alleged behavior must cease. Shea’s supervisor, Jessica Basham, then met with other women in Shea’s unit to elicit other potential complaints, but there were none. “Speaker Madigan was not made aware of the allegations,” the statement said. “Had the allegations been brought to the speaker at the time, he would have terminated any employment relationship with Mr. Shea, as he has done on other occasions upon learning of such incidents.” However, the alleged incidents occurred years before Madigan sent a letter to lawmakers in early 2018 in which he acknowledged that he had not done enough to eradicate unsavory behavior, and that his previously employed “‘knock it off’ mentality is not enough.” Madigan, 76, is the longest serving state House speaker in U.S. history, having held the gavel in Illinois for all but two years since 1983. He also is chairman of the state Democratic Party and is often mentioned as the most powerful politician in the state.

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Water from the Delaware Bay approaches the East Point Lighthouse in Maurice River Township, N.J., in November. Rising seas and erosion are threatening lighthouses around the world. Some politicians are doubtful that global warming is real and man-made.

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HARTFORD, CONN. • A Connecticut

lawmaker wants to strike climate change from state science standards. A Virginia legislator worries teachers are indoctrinating students with their personal views on global warming. And an Oklahoma state senator wants educators to be able to introduce alternative viewpoints without fear of losing their jobs. As climate change becomes a hotter topic in American classrooms, politicians around the country are pushing back against the near-universal scientific consensus that global warming is real, dire and man-made. Of the more than a dozen such measures proposed so far this year, some already have failed. But they have emerged in growing numbers, many of them inspired or directly encouraged by a pair of advocacy groups, the Discovery Institute and the Heartland Institute. “You have to present two sides of the argument and allow the kids to deliberate,” said Republican state Sen. David Bullard of Oklahoma, a former high school geography teacher whose bill, based on model legislation from the Discovery Institute, ran into opposition from science teachers and went nowhere. Scientists and science education organizations have blasted such proposals for sowing confusion and doubt on a topic of global urgency. They reject the notion that there are “two sides” to the issue. “You can’t talk about two sides when the other side doesn’t have a foot in reality,” University of Illinois climate scientist Donald Wuebbles said. Michael Mann, director of the Earth System Science Center at Penn State University, said these legislative proposals were dangerous, bad-faith efforts to un-

dermine scientific findings that the fossilfuel industry or fundamentalist religious groups don’t want to hear. Among mainstream scientists, there is little disagreement about the basics that greenhouse gases from the burning of coal, oil and gas are causing the world to warm in a dangerous manner. More than 90 percent of the peer-reviewed studies and scientists who write them say climate change is a human-caused problem. A Nobel Prize-winning international panel of scientists has repeatedly published reports detailing the science behind climate change and how the world is likely to pass a level of warming that an international agreement calls dangerous. The U.S. government issued last year a detailed report saying that “climate-related threats to Americans’ physical, social and economic well-being are rising.” Instruction on the topic varies widely from place to place, but climate change and how humans are altering the planet are core topics emphasized in the Next Generation Science Standards, developed by a group of states. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia have adopted the standards, and 21 others have embraced some of the material with modifications. By early February, the Oakland, Calif.based nonprofit National Center for Science Education flagged more than a dozen bills this year as threats to the integrity of science education, more than the organization typically sees in an entire year. Several of them — including proposals in Oklahoma, North Dakota and South Dakota — had language echoing model legislation of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute, which says teachers should not be prohibited from addressing strengths and weaknesses of concepts such as evolution and global warming.

RENO, NEV. • Nevada’s latest bid to block incoming shipments of weapons-grade plutonium points to the U.S. Energy Department’s own scientific warnings about the dangers of prematurely moving the highly radioactive material out of South Carolina. State lawyers say in briefs filed this week with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the administration of President Donald Trump is engaged in a clandestine “charade” intended to turn Nevada “into the nation’s radioactive dump.” They want the San Francisco-based court to overturn a Reno judge’s refusal to temporarily halt all plutonium shipments to a site near Las Vegas. U.S. District Judge Miranda Du denied the request Jan. 30, concluding that any potential harm was speculative. That was the same day the government revealed it secretly shipped 1,102 pounds of plutonium from South Carolina to Nevada sometime before Nov. 30. Nevada lawyers said in Monday’s filing that the “stealth” truck shipment increased residents’ radiation exposure equivalent to getting 100 to 200 chest X-rays annually for three years. State Attorney General Aaron Ford and his deputies cite numerous legal briefs that the U.S. government filed when it argued unsuccessfully in court in 2017 and again in a failed appeal to keep the plutonium at South Carolina’s Savannah River Site because of the risks of moving it elsewhere. Nevada’s lawyers noted the Energy Department had claimed repeatedly that “it would be impossible to safely transport and store that much plutonium before the year 2025.” The agency argued at the time that Savannah River was the only place with the “required capacity, security, safety analysis and surveillance program to receive and store any significant amount of plutonium in the form and packaging configuration as it exists today.” Nevertheless, a judge ordered the government in December 2017 to remove at least 2,204 pounds of plutonium from South Carolina by Jan. 1, 2020. The Department of Energy appealed to the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, arguing that removal “within two years is simply impossible if DOE also complies with (the National Environmental Policy Act) and the applicable regulations.” Eight months after the appeal was denied, “the impossible happened,” Nevada’s lawyers wrote.

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A Dec. 5 satellite image provided Tuesday shows North Korea’s Sohae facility. The image is among those showing new activity at the North Korean rocket launch site.

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SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA • North Korea is restoring facilities at a long-range rocket launch site that it dismantled last year as part of disarmament steps, according to foreign experts and a South Korean lawmaker who was briefed by Seoul’s spy service. The finding follows a high-stakes nuclear summit last week between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and President Donald Trump that ended without any agreement. South Korea’s National Intelligence Service provided the assessment about the North’s Tongchang-ri launch site to lawmakers during a private briefing Tuesday. “I would be very disappointed if that were happening,” Trump told reporters at the White House, adding that he would be “very, very disappointed in Chairman Kim.” He said it was “a very early report” and that “we’ll see what happens. We’ll take a look. It will ultimately get solved.” An article from 38 North, a website specializing in North Korean studies, cited commercial satellite imagery as indicating that efforts to rebuild some structures at the site started sometime between Feb. 16 and March 2. Dismantling parts of its long-range rocket launch facility was among several steps the North took last year when it entered nuclear talks with the United States and South Korea. North Korea has carried

out satellite launches at the site in recent years, resulting in U.N. sanctions over expert claims that they were disguised tests of banned missile technology. It wasn’t immediately clear how the report might affect nuclear diplomacy. The Trump-Kim summit fell apart because of differences over how much sanction relief North Korea could win in return for closing its main nuclear complex. The U.S. and North Korea accused each other of causing the summit breakdown, but both sides left the door open for future negotiations. Trump said Kim told him that North Korea would continue to suspend nuclear and missile tests while negotiations are underway, and South Korea and the U.S. announced Sunday that they are eliminating massive springtime military drills and replacing them with smaller exercises in an effort to support the talks. The 38 North report published Tuesday said the rail-mounted processing building, which is where space launch vehicles are worked on before they’re moved to the launch pad, is being reassembled. It said two support cranes can be seen at the building, and walls have been erected. At the engine test stand, the website said it appeared that the engine support structure was being reassembled. It said new roofs have been installed on the fuel and oxidizer buildings. Beyond P arallel, a website run by the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank, issued a similar assessment of the Tongchang-ri site.

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court hearing Tuesday afternoon, accused Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner’s office of impeding a grand jury investigation into alleged perjury by a former FBI agent hired last year to investigate ex-Gov. Eric Greitens. “It’s amazing that the Circuit Attorney’s office is fighting this,” Mullen told Chief Trial Assistant Rachel Smith in court Tuesday. Smith denied trying to impede the investigation and said the office was “working hard to cooperate.” The special grand jury, which convened in January to investigate perjury claims against private investigator William Don Tisaby, and possibly other crimes, had scheduled testimony from Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner next Thursday, and one of her associates this week. “I think your office is playing games with this,” Mullen told Smith in a hearing Tuesday. The search warrant in question is part of a grand jury investigation led by special prosecutor Gerard “Jerry” Carmody and his firm, whom Mullen appointed last year. The special grand jury convened in January to investigate perjury allegations against Tisaby, the former FBI agent hired by Gardner to investigate the invasion of privacy case against Greitens. Gardner dismissed the case against Greitens in May during jury selection for his trial after the judge ruled she could be questioned under oath about Tisaby. Gardner had appealed the appointment of a special prosecutor, but the Missouri Supreme Court upheld it. Mullen issued on Tuesday a gag order on both sides involved in Gardner’s attempt to quash the Feb. 21 search warrant that Mullen authorized, seeking “any and all stored electronic email communications and files” on the Circuit Attorney’s office servers between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2018. Greitens was indicted in February 2018 on a charge that he took a photo of a partly nude woman without her consent. The woman, in a conversation with her ex-husband which he surreptitiously recorded, said she began an affair with Greitens at his Central West End home in March 2015, when Greitens taped her to exercise equipment, blindfolded her and took a picture of her partly clothed. The woman said he threatened to release the photo if she told anyone about the affair. In exchange for Greitens’ resignation as governor, Gardner later dropped a felony computer tampering charge alleging Greitens misused donor lists from his former charity. The search warrant served on the Circuit Attorney’s office last month seeks emails and other data stored on servers. The search terms for the information include the names of people and words such

as: governor, notes, bullet points, video, malfunction, Enterra (the name of Tisaby’s firm), tape and EG, the ex-governor’s initials. The search warrant had been under seal, but Gardner went public with it Monday by issuing a statement condemning it as an “unconstitutionally broad” attempt to undermine her authority. “The warrant is unconstitutionally wide-ranging, improperly exceeding the scope of the investigation and the special prosecutor’s appointment, and also places the safety, security, and privacy of St. Louis residents at risk,” she said in a statement. The search warrant was due back to the court Monday. Gardner’s motion to block the search warrant also was sealed, but her spokeswoman provided a copy of the search warrant with the names of people blacked out. The revelation Tuesday that the warrant and Gardner’s motion had been given to the media prompted an exasperated Mullen to issue the gag order. The special grand jury that has been meeting in St. Louis is led by Carmody with assistance from his daughter Ryann Carmody and son Patrick Carmody. All previously worked as assistant prosecutors in the Circuit Attorney’s office. Mullen was the judge who appointed the Carmody firm as special prosecutor last June, affording it the same powers as the elected prosecutor to investigate crimes “in connection with” the Gretiens’ invasion of privacy case. Mullen’s order did not appear to limit the investigation to Tisaby, though Gardner’s office argued that it did. Gardner’s office wants the grand jury to focus solely on Tisaby’s alleged perjury and not look into allegations aired in court last year by Greitens’ defense team that Gardner knowingly allowed Tisaby to lie under oath — also called suborning perjury. Gardner has denied allegations against her and has said claims against Tisaby were “unfounded.” Her motion to quash the search warrant was signed by Smith and three private attorneys from Kansas City and Washington, hired by Gardner and the Circuit Attorney’s office. The motion sought a public hearing on the issue and defends Gardner’s political record as an African-American woman working to reform the criminal justice system. The motion also appears to take credit for double-digit percentage drops in overall crime and homicides since she took office in January 2017. Her motion emphasized that the search warrant usurps her authority. With grand jury testimony from key witnesses this week and next, Mullen said he hoped to rule on the search warrant motion by Tuesday.

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Angry and defiant, IS families surrender in tiny enclave in Syria BY SARAH EL DEEB associated Press

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uating from the last shred of territory held by Islamic State militants in Syria praised the extremist group Wednesday and chanted “Islamic State will remain,” in a menacing show of support, even as defeat loomed. There were no signs of combat as calm prevailed for a third day to allow for evacuations from the eastern Syrian village of Baghouz. Associated Press journalists positioned across from IS’ riverside pocket of land saw lines of pickups, motorcycles and people walking on foot, apparently a group of evacuees. The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, which is spearheading the fight against IS in Syria, has been surprised by the large number of civilians — family members of IS fighters in the thousands — who have been streaming out of the tiny enclave. In recent weeks, the Kurdish-led SDF has been alternately applying military force to put pressure on militants who refuse to surrender and holding fire long enough to allow for evacuations and surrender. Thousands of people have trickled out of Baghouz in the last few days. The latest wave of evacuations brings the IS a step closer to defeat by the Kurdish-led SDF. That would be a milestone in the devastating four-year campaign to defeat the group’s so-called “caliphate” that once

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Women and and children gather near trucks Wednesday after being evacuated from the last territory held by Islamic State militants outside Baghouz, Syria.

covered a vast territory straddling both Syria and Iraq. The fight against IS has taken place amid Syria’s nearly 8-year-old civil war. On Wednesday, hundreds of evacuees walked through the dusty desert plateau to get on trucks to carry them to displaced persons camps miles away. As defeat neared, the anger of defiant supporters among the evacuees was pal-

pable. Women seen at a reception area set up in the desert, where they were screened by SDF officials, were rowdy and aggressive. They angrily denounced journalists and praised IS. The militants — many of them foreigners, including Iraqis and Central Asians along with some Syrian fighters — are now fighting their final battle, holed up in tunnels and caves inside Baghouz.

India and Pakistan shell Kashmir army posts Countries have stepped up diplomatic efforts BY MUNIR AHMED AND AIJAZ HUSSAIN associated Press

SRINAGAR, INDIA • Indian and Pakistani soldiers shelled military outposts and villages along their highly militarized frontier in disputed Kashmir on Wednesday, in an outbreak of new violence despite stepped-up diplomatic efforts by the rival countries to ease tensions. The two armies accused each other of initiating the artillery and mortar fire and small-arms gunfire. No casualties were immediately reported. Tensions have been high since Indian aircraft crossed into Pakistan last week, carrying out what India called a preemptive strike against militants blamed for a Feb. 14 suicide bombing in Indian-

controlled Kashmir that killed 40 Indian troops. Pakistan retaliated, shooting down two Indian planes and capturing a pilot, who was later returned to India in a peace gesture. The two countries have also resumed bus and train services that were stopped following the escalation of tensions, the most serious in the long-simmering conflict since 1999, when Pakistan’s military sent a ground force into Indian-controlled Kashmir. In Pakistan, foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said its ambassador to India was returning to New Delhi and a Pakistani delegation will also travel to India on March 14 for talks on opening the first visa-free border crossing between the nations, a corridor that will allow Sikh pilgrims to easily visit their shrines on each side of the border. India’s foreign ministry also confirmed the talks. “Tension has eased because of our suc-

cessful diplomacy,” said Qureshi, who led diplomatic efforts in recent weeks to muster the support of the international community to prevent a possible war with India. However, border tensions continued. The new violence flared up at several places along the Line of Control that divides the Himalayan territory of Kashmir between India and Pakistan. Both of the nuclear-armed rivals claim the entire territory. Both sides accused the other of violating a 2003 cease-fire accord and said their soldiers retaliated “befittingly and effectively.” Tens of thousands of people live in rugged, mountainous and lush greenforested areas along the frontier on both sides of divided Kashmir despite a climate of constant fear. Each year cycles of border violence break out between the two countries. Hundreds of civilians have died in the skirmishes.

‘Jewish terror’ surging by settlers in West Bank Lack of Israeli law enforcement cited as cause BY LOVEDAY MORRIS AND RUTH EGLASH Washington Post

DEIR DIBWAN, WEST BANK • Palestinians in this town

woke one morning last month to find their mosque vandalized, with a Star of David painted on the exterior alongside Hebrew graffiti accusing it of preaching “incitement.” “We are at an alarming point,” said Barakat Mahmoud, the mosque’s imam. “We’ve never had direct confrontation with the settlers in this town.”

The incident was one in a recent spate of attacks blamed on Israeli settlers that officials on both sides of the conflict say are spiking. Israel’s security agency, Shin Bet, documented 295 of what it calls “Jewish terror” incidents last year, a 40 percent increase. Although no Israeli government figures were available for January, the United Nations had recorded at least 30 incidents this year in which Israeli settlers were accused of causing casualties or damaging property, with a total of 14 Palestinians injured and one killed. The most serious incident took place in January near the rural West Bank village of alMughayyir, when a Palestinian was shot dead, allegedly

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Awad Naasam looks through the broken window of his tractor, which he said Jewish settlers tried to steal, in al-Mughayyir.

by settlers belonging to a volunteer security team for the nearby Israeli settlements. According to the United Nations, nine other Palestinians suffered gunshot wounds when the settlers opened fire during a confrontation on the out-

skirts of the village. Israeli monitoring groups say the surge in settler violence, in part, reflects a lack of Israeli law enforcement and a response to a rash of particularly distressing attacks by Palestinians against Israelis.

WORLD Embattled Venezuela expels German ambassador The Venezuelan government ordered the German ambassador on Wednesday to leave the country after he expressed support for Juan Guaido, escalating a diplomatic standoff with a group of about 50 nations that recognize the opposition leader as the country’s interim president. Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza tweeted a statement saying Ambassador Daniel Kriener interfered in Venezuela’s internal affairs and allied himself with “extremist sectors” of the opposition. Kriener and some other diplomats greeted Guaido when he returned to Venezuela on Monday and vowed to intensify his campaign to topple the government of President Nicolas Maduro. Only 22 of endangered porpoises found • Experts say only 22 vaquitas remain in the Gulf of California, the only place where the world’s smallest and most endangered porpoise is found. Researcher Jorge Urban said Wednesday a commission of experts detected the 22 vaquitas over a network of acoustic monitors in the Gulf, also known as the Sea of Cortez. The number is higher than many had expected. Some experts had predicted only 12 to 15 would be found. Emboldened fishermen have attacked the vaquita’s last line of defense, environmentalists from the Sea Shepherd group. Sea Shepherd boats haul in illegal nets set for totoaba, a fish whose swim bladder is a delicacy in China. The nets catch and drown vaquitas. Russia says it has right to missiles • Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says his country reserves the right to deploy missiles prohibited by a nuclear arms treaty that the administration of President Donald Trump withdrew from. Lavrov says if U.S. withdrawal from the treaty gives it a free hand to begin deploying such missiles, “We reserve the right to do the same so that our missiles are deployed in the same region.” He added: “I reiterate, this is not our choice.” Lavrov spoke to reporters Wednesday in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, after trips to Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar. President Vladimir Putin suspended Russia’s participation in the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty after the U.S. announced its withdrawal a month ago, setting the stage for it to terminate in six months. Russian minister rebuked • Russia’s minister for economic development has been rebuked in parliament, an unusual show of tension in the circles loyal to President Vladimir Putin. Maxim Oreshkin was speaking to the Duma, the lower house of parliament, on Wednesday when speaker Vyacheslav Volodin halted his remarks and criticized Oreshkin for being unprepared and short on specifics. Volodin, who was Putin’s deputy chief of staff before becoming parliament speaker, said he wanted to know more about what Oreshkin was doing to fulfill the economic initiatives that Putin announced last month. Oreshkin is seen as a rising star in Russian politics and some of his recent remarks have suggested he may hold ambitions to succeed Putin. Afghan blasts kill 17 • Militants in Afghanistan set off a suicide blast on Wednesday morning and stormed a construction company near the airport in Jalalabad, the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing at least 17 people, officials said. The dawn assault triggered an hourslong gunbattle with local guards, drawing in U.S. forces to assist the Afghan troops in the shootout. Among those killed were 16 employees of the Afghan construction company EBE and a military intelligence officer, said Attahullah Khogyani, the provincial governor’s spokesman. No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack but both the Taliban and the Islamic State group are active in eastern Afghanistan. From news services

MSD RATE CHANGE NOTICE Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD) has referred to its Rate Commission a proposal for wastewater rates for fiscal year 2021 through fiscal year 2024 (July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2024). The proposal addresses increases in wastewater rates. These proposed changes would apply to all MSD customers. RATE COMMISSION PROCESS: In 2000, changes to MSD’s Charter were approved by area voters that required the creation of an independent Rate Commission. Composed of 15 memberorganizations representing a broad cross-section of MSD’s customers and the community it serves, the Rate Commission is designed to provide public input into how rates are set. The Rate Commission process includes multiple public hearings and can last up to 165 days. This process began when a rate proposal was formally presented to the Rate Commission by MSD staff on Monday, March 4, 2019. Over the next several months, the Rate Commission will review these rates and hold hearings to gather public input. COMPARISON OF EXISTING AND PROPOSED WASTEWATER RATES WASTEWATER RATES: Wastewater rates must be sufficient to continue MSD’s Proposed Wastewater Charges Effective July 1 ongoing multi-billion dollar, multi-decade capital construction program. From Type of Monthly Charge (per Bill) Existing FY2020 (1) FY2021 FY2022 FY2023 FY2024 fiscal year 2021 through fiscal year 2024, MSD proposes spending nearly Base Charge $1.6 billion on construction and related work. Largely driven by state and federal Billing & Collection Charge $ 6.67 $ 7.38 $ 5.11 $ 5.31 $ 5.51 $ 5.72 regulatory requirements, this work will reduce overflows into area waterways, System Availability 17.16 18.97 21.40 22.21 23.05 23.92 alleviate basement backups, and help ensure water quality in the St. Louis area’s rivers Total Base Service Charge $ 23.83 $ 26.35 $ 26.51 $ 27.52 $ 28.56 $ 29.64 and streams. Compliance Charge (2) Effective July 1, 2019, the typical customer owning a single-family home will pay Tier 1 $ 3.05 $ 3.14 $ 4.44 $ 4.55 $ 4.71 $ 4.85 $55.57 per month for wastewater Tier 2 60.89 62.61 62.16 63.64 65.80 67.67 services. MSD is proposing four rate Tier 3 133.96 137.75 133.20 136.37 140.99 144.98 Proposed Typical Monthly Wastewater Bill Tier 4 197.91 203.49 177.60 181.83 187.98 193.30 increases between July 2020 and Customer Class Tier 5 258.79 266.10 222.00 227.29 234.98 241.63 July 2024 to fund its operations and Single-family Multi-family Commercial capital construction program. These Volume Charge FY2019 $50.23 $199.83 $524.72 FY2020 $55.57 $221.15 $575.96 Metered - $/Ccf $ 4.40 $ 4.87 $ 5.02 $ 5.21 $ 5.41 $ 5.62 increases will raise the typical FY2021 $56.63 $227.31 $590.67 Unmetered single-family wastewater rate to $63.36 FY2022 $58.78 $235.92 $612.16 Each Room $ 2.61 $ 2.89 $ 2.97 $ 3.09 $ 3.21 $ 3.34 per month. FY2023 $61.02 $244.96 $635.36 Each Water Closet 9.70 10.72 11.07 11.49 11.93 12.38 FY2024 $63.36 $254.44 $659.31 For more information on the Each Bath 8.08 8.93 9.23 9.58 9.94 10.32 rate proposal or the Rate Commission Each Separate Shower 8.08 8.93 9.23 9.58 9.94 10.32 Single-family - based on average 6 Ccf volume. Process, please visit MSD’s webMulti-family - based on average 40 Ccf volume/average 6 Extra Strength Surcharges - $/ton (2) site at www.stlmsd.com or contact Units. Suspended Solids > 300 mg/l $ 277.03 $ 283.87 $ 314.00 $ 321.47 $ 332.35 $ 341.76 Commercial - based on Normal strength with average 100 Ccf BOD > 300 mg/l 691.50 708.56 898.00 919.37 950.46 977.36 Marion Gee, Director of Finance, at volume. Tier 2 Compliance Charge. COD > 600 mg/l 345.76 354.30 449.00 459.69 475.24 488.69 (314) 768-6299. Ccf - Hundred Cubic Feet mg/l - milligram per liter

(1) Final rate increase of Rate Change Plan approved October 2015 (2) Applicable only to non-residential customers.

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No Democratic debates for Fox News The Democratic National Committee says it won’t pick Fox News to televise one of the upcoming debates being held for its 2020 presidential contenders. The party chairman, Tom Perez, says he’s concluded that the network isn’t in a position to host a fair and neutral debate. He’s citing a New Yorker magazine article released Monday that details Fox’s relationship with President Donald Trump. Even before the article, some Democratic activists were complaining about the committee’s consideration of Fox as a potential broadcast partner. The Democrats have announced 12 debates for later this year, with NBC News and CNN set to broadcast the first two. Fox says it hopes the Democrats will reconsider. Judge rules against citizenship question • A second federal judge has ruled that the decision by the administration of President Donald Trump to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census is illegal. Judge Richard Seeborg in San Francisco said Wednesday that the government’s move was arbitrary and capricious and would violate a constitutional requirement that the census count everyone in the country. Seeborg said evidence showed the question would result in a significant undercount of noncitizens and Latinos. The effect of his decision is limited. A federal judge in New York had previously blocked the administration from adding the question to the population count, and the U.S. Supreme Court agreed last month to review that decision. Cleanup of military bases would cost $2 billion • The Pentagon says it would cost $2 billion to clean up a toxic class of chemicals released at more than 400 bases. The estimate was detailed by Defense Department official Maureen Sullivan at a House Oversight subcommittee hearing Wednesday. The chemicals, called PFAS, are contaminating drinking water supplies around the country. The military uses PFAS in firefighting foam. Industries use it to make products stainand water-repellent. Anti-abortion video appears on city’s website • Virginia residents logging on to a city website expected to find video of the most recent Charlottesville City Council meeting but were instead greeted with an anti-abortion short film. Charlottesville spokesman Brian Wheeler told The Daily Progress a technical glitch Tuesday is responsible for posting the anti-abortion short, which had aired on public access television. With a runtime of more than 30 minutes, the film follows a high school student named Jimmy who breaks into an abortion clinic with a shotgun and kidnaps his pregnant girlfriend. The pair flee to Mexico, but Jimmy is later prosecuted for assault and kidnapping. Deputy Director of Communications Joe Rice says the video came from a company that provides “sex-education” videos. The film has since been replaced with a recording of Monday’s meeting. Vandalism at Ohio mosque called hate crime • Islamic leaders are calling recent vandalism at an Ohio mosque a hate crime. Police are investigating the Feb. 28 damage to several windows at the Islamic Society of Greater Dayton mosque. Video appears to show a white male with a gun in his hand outside the mosque at the time windows were smashed. Islamic leaders say the vandalism came during a morning prayer time. No injuries were reported. From news services

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DeJong has plan to stay in one place Shortstop wants to show position can be long term

Reggie Jackson can’t say enough things in praise of Cardinals’ Goldschmidt

BY DERRICK GOOLD St. Louis Post-Dispatch

TAMPA, FLA. • As a young player gifted

with middle-order production and middle-infield agility, All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been there, balancing both halves of two of baseball’s biggest demands. That’s part of the reason he’s found himself here. On Field 2 of the Yankees’ spring training complex, Tulowitzki took batting practice and worked on a swing that he hasn’t taken into a game since July 2017. Injuries derailed his run as the game’s best all-around shortstop and ultimately led to signing a league-minimum deal with the Yankees while the team that dismissed him, Toronto, pays him millions to be elsewhere. Walking back to the clubhouse, he revisited his youth, the twin challenge of the position and production, and facing questions that Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong is already considering.

BEN FREDERICKSON St. Louis Post-Dispatch

TAMPA, FLA. • Paul Goldschmidt’s most accomplished secret admirer asked to borrow a phone. Reggie Jackson’s cell was somewhere in his locker at George M. Steinbrenner Field, and the 14-time All-Star, 11-time division winner, five-time World Series champion, two-time World Series MVP, 1973 American League MVP and first-ballot Hall of Famer had a point to make right now. The Cardinals’ trade for Paul Goldschmidt was, in the words of the straw that stirred the drink, “the best deal of the winter, by far.” No, wait. It was even better than that. “Steal of the century,” Mr. October told the Post-Dispatch. Reggie!

Paul Goldschmidt bats during a spring training game with his new team.

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> SPLIT SQUAD EXHIBITION: Friday, 12:05 p.m. vs. Nationals; 5:05 p.m. at Astros.

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Del Zotto and parents catch break

ISABELL BOOSTS BILLS Guard scores 39 points to carry St. Louis University to victory SLU DUQUESNE

Blues’ trip to Anaheim coincides with vacation

BY STU DURANDO St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY JIM THOMAS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ANAHEIM, CALIF. • When Michael

Del Zotto was traded to Anaheim from Vancouver in mid-January, his parents planned a March vacation to Southern California to visit their son and watch him play for the Ducks. Alas, the veteran defenseman was traded again on Feb. 25, to the Blues. “It was too late for them to > 9:30 p.m. cancel their vacation, and ToThursday at ronto’s cold this time of year,” Kings, FSM Del Zotto said. “So they went out there to enjoy some sun.” But the NHL schedule-makers smiled on the Del Zottos. St. Louis played the Ducks on Wednesday at Honda Center, and Mom and Dad were on hand, still on vacation, to watch their son make his Blues debut. “They put their years in at work, so they’re enjoying retirement right now,” Del Zotto said. “So they’re traveling, enjoying life, enjoying the sunshine here. It’s a little cold back home in Toronto, so I can’t blame them.” See BLUES • Page B2

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Brayden Schenn of the Blues celebrates a goal by Ryan O’Reilly against Anaheim in the first period Wednesday night. The game in Anaheim was not over in time for this edition. Visit stltoday.com/blues for coverage.

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St. Louis University’s Tramaine Isabell Jr. shoots Wednesday night, when he scored 39 points to set the Chaifetz Arena record for a Billiken. But the performance was topped in the same game by Duquesne’s Eric Williams Jr., who had 40 for the overall mark.

Tramaine Isabell Jr. admittedly was at a loss as to how he fit into St. Louis University’s offense for the first three months of the season. The answers began to emerge in February. And as March began, the senior guard owned senior night at Chaifetz Arena. Isabell scored 39 points Wednesday night as the Billikens remained in the hunt for fourth place in the Atlantic 10 Conference with an 85-75 win over Duquesne. It would have been the arena record except that Duquesne’s Eric Williams Jr. scored 40 points. SLU’s Kwamain Mitchell held the old mark of 33, set in 2009 > UP NEXT: Noon against UMKC. at Isabell made Saturday St. Bona. 12 of 25 shots and added 10 free throws as he finished one point short of his career-high of 40, which he scored last season playing for Drexel. “He’s been playing well and does things for our team like create his own shots,” coach Travis Ford said. “I did see he was kind of feeling it, and I put the ball in his hands a lot. I let him create for himself and others, and he was doing that. I was confident he wasn’t going to force it. I thought he did a great job.” Williams turned in an equally impressive outing as he made 15 of 20 shots and made seven 3-pointers. The Billikens (10-7 in the A-10, 19-11 overall) would finish fourth in the league with a win Saturday at St. Bonaventure. The top four teams get a double bye in the conference tournament, in New York, which opens Wednesday. With a loss they’d finish anywhere from fifth to See SLU • Page B3

Loyola-Chicago looks for MVC repeat ARCH MADNESS BENJAMIN HOCHMAN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Loyola guard Clayton Custer reacts after making a shot against Bradley in the MVC tournament last year.

One March ago, after Clayton Custer cut down the net, he tied a piece of the nylon to the snap-back of his hat, which screamed CHAMPIONS across the front. Loyola-Chicago had just won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Noting that Custer was just a junior, it was stated in this column space: “With the way things are going with this pro-

gram, here’s thinking this won’t be Custer’s last strand.” For the record, the line was in reference to Loyola winning the next year’s conference tournament, not a trip to the 2018 Final Four … which, famously and miraculously, happened. This week, the floor general Custer and the Ramblers return to where it all started. Arch Madness. They’re again the top seed in the MVC tournament, which begins Thursday, and some familiar See HOCHMAN • B5

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DeJong has plan to stay in one place Shortstop wants to show position can be long term

Reggie Jackson can’t say enough things in praise of Cardinals’ Goldschmidt

BY DERRICK GOOLD St. Louis Post-Dispatch

TAMPA, FLA. • As a young player gifted

with middle-order production and middle-infield agility, All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki has been there, balancing both halves of two of baseball’s biggest demands. That’s part of the reason he’s found himself here. On Field 2 of the Yankees’ spring training complex, Tulowitzki took batting practice and worked on a swing that he hasn’t taken into a game since July 2017. Injuries derailed his run as the game’s best all-around shortstop and ultimately led to signing a league-minimum deal with the Yankees while the team that dismissed him, Toronto, pays him millions to be elsewhere. Walking back to the clubhouse, he revisited his youth, the twin challenge of the position and production, and facing questions that Cardinals shortstop Paul DeJong is already considering.

BEN FREDERICKSON St. Louis Post-Dispatch

TAMPA, FLA. • Paul Goldschmidt’s most accomplished secret admirer asked to borrow a phone. Reggie Jackson’s cell was somewhere in his locker at George M. Steinbrenner Field, and the 14-time All-Star, 11-time division winner, five-time World Series champion, two-time World Series MVP, 1973 American League MVP and first-ballot Hall of Famer had a point to make right now. The Cardinals’ trade for Paul Goldschmidt was, in the words of the straw that stirred the drink, “the best deal of the winter, by far.” No, wait. It was even better than that. “Steal of the century,” Mr. October told the Post-Dispatch. Reggie!

Paul Goldschmidt bats during a spring training game with his new team.

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> SPLIT SQUAD EXHIBITION: Friday, 12:05 p.m. vs. Nationals; 5:05 p.m. at Astros.

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Blues rally with a pair of late goals

ISABELL BOOSTS BILLS Guard scores 39 points to carry St. Louis University to victory SLU DUQUESNE

Thomas and Pietrangelo score 12 seconds apart

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BY JIM THOMAS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ANAHEIM, CALIF. • For all their trials and tribulations over the first 3 1/2 months of the season, the Blues never lost more than three consecutive games in regulation. And three in a row happened only once — against San Jose, Los Angeles and Nashville just before BLUES 5 Thanksgiving. After losses to Carolina DUCKS 4 and Dallas over the weekend, the Blues were in jeopardy > 9:30 p.m. of having it happen again. Thursday at But at the venue where their Kings, FSM franchise-record 11-game winning streak began Jan. 23, the Blues got back on the winning track Wednesday, defeating the Anaheim Ducks 5-4 with a dramatic late comeback at Honda Center. At 35-25-6, good for 76 points, the Blues moved three points ahead of Dallas in third place in the Central Division. And they’re four points ahead of Minnesota, which holds down the second wild-card spot (behind Dallas) in the Western Conference. Anaheim, seventh in the Pacific Division and well out of playoff contention, fell to 26-33-9. See BLUES • Page B2

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Alex Pietrangelo celebrates his go-ahead goal for Blues with less than a minute remaining Wednesday night.

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St. Louis University’s Tramaine Isabell Jr. shoots Wednesday night, when he scored 39 points to set the Chaifetz Arena record for a Billiken. But the performance was topped in the same game by Duquesne’s Eric Williams Jr., who had 40 for the overall mark.

In most games, Tramaine Isabell Jr. would have been the entire story Wednesday night at Chaifetz Arena. The St. Louis University senior sparked a game-changing run for the Billikens. He scored his 34th point to break the arena record — albeit temporarily — with four minutes remaining. The mark had been set by SLU’s Kwamain Mitchell, who scored 33 points against Missouri-Kansas City in 2009. And he finished with 39 points as the Billikens posted an 85-75 win over the Dukes to remain in contention for fourth place in the Atlantic 10. Ultimately, though, Isabell had to concede the arena > UP NEXT: scoring record to Noon at Duquesne’s Eric Saturday St. Bona. Williams Jr., who tallied 40 and kept the Dukes in the game until the final minute. It was an epic duel that Isabell didn’t mind losing because SLU gave itself a chance to capture fourth place in the Atlantic 10 if it can win at St. Bonaventure on Saturday. “I wouldn’t say I came out felling especially good, but I saw a few go in, I got some easy ones and it just got going,” he said. “My whole family’s here and you kind of feel the energy. My teammates rallied around me.” Isabell made 12 of 25 shots and added 10 free throws as he finished one point short of his career high of 40, which he scored last season while playing for Drexel. Isabell had several opportunities to surpass 40 points. He missed four free throws in the final four minutes and a contested breakaway layup with under a minute remaining. See SLU • Page B3

Loyola-Chicago looks for MVC repeat ARCH MADNESS BENJAMIN HOCHMAN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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Loyola guard Clayton Custer reacts after making a shot against Bradley in the MVC tournament last year.

One March ago, after Clayton Custer cut down the net, he tied a piece of the nylon to the snap-back of his hat, which screamed CHAMPIONS across the front. Loyola-Chicago had just won the Missouri Valley Conference tournament. Noting that Custer was just a junior, it was stated in this column space: “With the way things are going with this

program, here’s thinking this won’t be Custer’s last strand.” For the record, the line was in reference to Loyola winning the next year’s conference tournament, not a trip to the 2018 Final Four … which, famously and miraculously, happened. This week, the floor general Custer and the Ramblers return to where it all started. Arch Madness. They’re again the top seed in the MVC tournament, which begins Thursday, and some See HOCHMAN • B5

MVC tournament • Check out our full-page Arch Madness preview. B4

Mizzou rolls over Georgia • Tigers catch fire in second half against SEC rival. B3

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Blues • blues.nhl.com | 314-622-2583 Thursday 3/7 at Kings 9:30 p.m. FSM

Saturday 3/9 at Sharks 3 p.m. FSM

Tuesday 3/12 vs. Coyotes 7 p.m. FSM

Thursday 3/14 at Senators 6:30 p.m. FSM

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While still with the Anaheim Ducks, defenseman Michael Del Zotto (44) passes the puck during a game against Washington on Feb. 17. Del Zotto is now a member of the Blues.

OTHER EVENTS INDOOR SOCCER • St. Louis Ambush home games Fri. 3/29: vs. Milwaukee, 7:35 p.m.

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ON THE AIR BASEBALL 12:05 p.m. Exhibition: Twins at Red Sox, ESPN 8:05 p.m. Exhibition: Athletics at Giants, MLB Network BASKETBALL 10 a.m. Women’s ACC tournament: Syracuse vs. Virginia, FSM 11 a.m. Women’s Big Ten tournament: Northwestern vs. Michigan State, BTN 11 a.m. Women’s SEC tournament: Louisiana State vs. Tennessee, SEC Net. 1 p.m. Women’s ACC tournament: North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech, FSM 1:30 p.m. Women’s Big Ten tournament: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, BTN 1:30 p.m. Women’s SEC tournament: Missouri vs. Florida, SEC Network 5 p.m. Women’s SEC tournament: Arkansas vs. Georgia, SEC Network 5:30 p.m. Women’s Big Ten tournament: Minnesota vs. Indiana, BTN 6 p.m. College: Iowa at Wisconsin, ESPN 6 p.m. College: Cincinnati at Central Florida, ESPN2 6 p.m. MVC tournament: Indiana State vs. Valparaiso, FSM, KTRS (550 AM) 6 p.m. College: Temple at Connecticut, CBSSN 7 p.m. College: Illinois vs. Indiana, Fox Sports 1, KFNS (590 AM) 7 p.m. NBA: Pacers at Bucks, TNT 7:30 p.m. Women’s SEC tournament: Auburn vs. Alabama, SEC Network 8 p.m. Women’s Big Ten tournament: Nebraska vs. Purdue, BTN 8 p.m. College: Southern Methodist at Houston, ESPN 8 p.m. College: UCLA at Colorado, ESPN2 8:30 p.m. MVC tournament: Illinois State vs. Evansville, FSM Plus, KTRS (550 AM) 9 p.m. College: Southern California at Utah, FS1 9:30 p.m. NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, TNT 10 p.m. College: California at Stanford, ESPNU GOLF 1 p.m. PGA: Arnold Palmer Invitational, first round, GOLF 1:30 a.m. (Fri.) European PGA: Qatar Masters, second round, GOLF HOCKEY 6 p.m. Blue Jackets at Penguins, NBCSN 9:30 p.m. Blues at Kings, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM) LACROSSE 6 p.m. College: Loyola (Md.) at Duke, ESPNU TENNIS 1 p.m. ATP: BNP Paribas Open, first round, WTA first round, Tennis Channel 9 p.m. ATP: BNP Paribas Open, first round, WTA first round, Tennis Channel

Del Zotto’s parents have been vacationing in nearby Palm Desert, but they had dinner with their son and Blues teammate Alex Pietrangelo on Tuesday night, then attended Wednesday’s game. “So it was nice to catch up with them,” Del Zotto said. “It’s been awhile since I’ve seen them, and obviously since they’ve seen Petro.” Pietrangelo has known Del Zotto since their youth hockey days in Toronto; they played on a summer team together. Appropriately enough, the team was called the Toronto Blues. “But the craziest part was our dads coached,” Pietrangelo said, laughing. “They had no idea what they were doing. They still don’t know what they’re talking about.” But with a roster that included Pietrangelo, Del Zotto, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and Toronto’s John Tavares as 10-year-olds, even the dads couldn’t mess that up. “I think we lost one game,” Pietrangelo said. “We might have been like 49-1 or something like that. We had a good stretch.”

With all that future NHL talent on the roster, how did they lose that one game? “I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus,” Pietrangelo replied. There were no Toronto Blues stories at dinner Tuesday night, and no Italian food despite Del Zotto’s ancestry. “We ate at a healthy food place,” Del Zotto said. “I don’t eat Italian too much. It’s not the same unless my mom’s cooking it, to be quite honest with you. But we had a great time and that’s all that matters.”

SANFORD SITS With forward Brayden Schenn (upper body) coming off injured reserve and returning to the lineup against the Ducks, Zach Sanford was a healthy scratch. Interim coach Craig Berube said he wants to see more urgency and bite in Sanford’s game. “I talked to Sanford about just having more energy out there, skating harder, being more physical, getting to the net more,” Berube said. “Little things like that. He’s a good player.” It marked the second time in

five games Sanford has been a healthy scratch, but only the third time he has been benched since Jan. 3. In 46 games for the Blues, Sanford has seven goals and seven assists, and is plus-6. But he has only two goals and one assist over the past two months, and he wasn’t playing as effectively as he did early in the season. In one stretch in late October and the beginning of November, he had three goals and four assists in a five-game stretch, playing on a line with Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron. “He looked like he had maybe more jump or pop to his game (earlier),” Berube said. “He was with O’Reilly and Perron — they were a good line for a while and he was producing a little bit. But I just find right now that he’s not really moving his feet very well. He’s a big body and he needs to get in there and be a heavier player.” The Blues’ other scratches Wednesday were Robert Bortuzzo and Robby Fabbri. Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter jthomas@post-dispatch.com

DIGEST Manchester United, Porto win in Champions soccer Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty-kick goal sent Manchester United through to the Champions League soccer quarterfinals on Wednesday, securing a 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg. Referee Damir Skomina awarded the kick after a lengthy video review showed defender Presnel Kimpembe jumping to block Diogo Dalot’s shot with an elbow. Rashford kept his nerve, blasting the ball past Gianluigi Buffon. United had only a slim chance after losing 2-0 at home in the first leg of the last-16 match, with Solskjaer’s task made even harder by the fact that 10 of his players either were injured or suspended. That included midfielder Paul Pogba, who was sent off at Old Trafford. • Video review played a key part in the night’s other match, too. Alex Telles scored on a penalty kick in extra time to send Porto into the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory at home over Roma, overturning a one-goal deficit from the first leg. He converted the spot kick after Alessandro Florenzi had been penalized following a review. (AP) FIFA wants more World Cup teams • FIFA, soccer’s governing body, continues the push to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, considering Kuwait and Oman becoming co-hosts with Qatar. FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants to add 16 more countries to the planned 32-team tournament. That’s too many games for the eight stadiums spread over just a 30-mile radius in Qatar. (AP) NFL moves • Cleveland released linebacker Jamie Collins, who was in line to be paid $10.5 million this season and $12.5 million in 2020. The Browns obtained him in a trade with New England midway through the 2016 NFL season. But he wasn’t consistent for Cleveland. • The Bears signed kicker Chris Blewitt, the University of Pittsburgh’s career scoring leader (from 2013-16). He has not played in the NFL. The Bears also signed kicker Redford Jones in January. Chicago plans to release kicker Cody Parkey next week. • Denver cut safety Darian Stewart, a starter dating to 2015. (AP) Parkway West grad leads Iditarod • Aliy Zirkle, a 1988 Parkway West High graduate, took the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She was first to leave the Ophir checkpoint, 432 miles into the event. Frenchman Nicolas Petit, who led earlier, was second. Zirkle is seeking to become the first woman to win the title since Susan Butcher reigned from 1986-1990. Zirkle is a three-time runner-up in the 1,000-mile trek across Alaskan wilderness. (AP) Receiver now says no to Illini • A.D. Miller, the Oklahoma receiver who had committed to leave for Illinois, has chosen to stay with the Sooners, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley announced. (AP)

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The Blues’ Vladimir Tarasenko and Hampus Lindholm of Anaheim fall to the ice during the first period Wednesday night in Anaheim.

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BLUES AT KINGS When/Where • 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Staples Center TV/Radio • FSM, KMOX (1120 AM) About the Kings • Only Ottawa has a worse record than Los Angeles (24-34-8) in the NHL, nonetheless the Kings are seeking a series sweep against the Blues. LA won the only game in St. Louis, a 2-0 verdict Nov. 19 that resulted in Mike Yeo’s firing 90 minutes after the game. Two months later, the visiting Blues squandered a 2-0 lead losing 4-3 in what was Jordan Binnington’s first regulation loss. The Kings have won only once since Feb. 7 (1-7-4), allowing four or more goals in eight of those 12 contests. They rank 30th in offense at 2.38 goals per game and 22nd in defense (3.14 goals allowed) — not a good combination. There’s more. Their power play ranks 27th (15.6 percent) and they’re 30th in penalty kill (75.1 percent). Jim Thomas


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Cardinals • cardinals.com | 314-345-9000 Friday 3/8 SS vs. Nationals/ at Astros* 12:05/5:05 p.m.

Saturday 3/9 vs. Astros* 12:05 p.m. FSM Plus

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Sunday 3/10 at Mets* 12:10 p.m. FSM

Monday 3/11 vs. Nationals* 12:05 p.m.

Blues • blues.nhl.com | 314-622-2583 Thursday 3/7 at Kings 9:30 p.m. FSM

Saturday 3/9 at Sharks 3 p.m. FSM

Tuesday 3/12 vs. Coyotes 7 p.m. FSM

Thursday 3/14 at Senators 6:30 p.m. FSM

St. Louis U. • slubillikens.com | 314-977-4758 Men’s basketball Saturday 3/9 at St. Bonaventure Noon

Women’s basketball Wednesday 3/13 Friday 3/8 A-10 tourn. vs. Duquesne A-10 tourn. (Pittsburgh) 6 p.m., ESPN+ time/opp. TBA (New York)

Mizzou • mutigers.com | 800-228-7297 Men’s basketball Saturday 3/9 vs. Mississippi 2:30 p.m. SEC Network

Women’s basketball Wednesday 3/13 SEC tourn. time/opp. TBA (Nashville)

Thursday 3/7 SEC tourn.: vs. Miss./Fla., 1:30 p.m., SEC Net.

Friday 3/8 SEC tourn. vs Kentucky (if nec.) 1:30 p.m., SEC

Illinois men’s basketball • fightingillini.com | 217-333-3470 Thursday 3/7 vs. Indiana 7 p.m. Fox Sports 1

Sunday 3/10 at Penn State 11 a.m. Fox Sports 1

Wednesday 3/13 Big Ten tourn. time/opp. TBA (Chicago)

Thursday 3/14 Big Ten tourn. time/opp. TBA (Chicago)

St. Louis FC • saintlouisfc.com | 636-680-0997 Saturday 3/9 vs. Indianapolis 1 p.m.

Saturday 3/16 at Nashville 7 p.m.

Saturday 3/23 vs. Tampa Bay 1 p.m.

Saturday 3/30 vs. Charlotte 1 p.m.

OTHER EVENTS INDOOR SOCCER • St. Louis Ambush home games Fri. 3/29: vs. Milwaukee, 7:35 p.m. FAIRMOUNT PARK HORSE RACING • Simulcasting: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily.

ON THE AIR BASEBALL 12:05 p.m. Exhibition: Twins at Red Sox, ESPN 8:05 p.m. Exhibition: Athletics at Giants, MLB Network BASKETBALL 10 a.m. Women’s ACC tournament: Syracuse vs. Virginia, FSM 11 a.m. Women’s Big Ten tournament: Northwestern vs. Michigan State, BTN 11 a.m. Women’s SEC tournament: Louisiana State vs. Tennessee, SEC Net. 1 p.m. Women’s ACC tournament: North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech, FSM 1:30 p.m. Women’s Big Ten tournament: Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, BTN 1:30 p.m. Women’s SEC tournament: Missouri vs. Florida, SEC Network 5 p.m. Women’s SEC tournament: Arkansas vs. Georgia, SEC Network 5:30 p.m. Women’s Big Ten tournament: Minnesota vs. Indiana, BTN 6 p.m. College: Iowa at Wisconsin, ESPN 6 p.m. College: Cincinnati at Central Florida, ESPN2 6 p.m. MVC tournament: Indiana State vs. Valparaiso, FSM, KTRS (550 AM) 6 p.m. College: Temple at Connecticut, CBSSN 7 p.m. College: Illinois vs. Indiana, Fox Sports 1, KFNS (590 AM) 7 p.m. NBA: Pacers at Bucks, TNT 7:30 p.m. Women’s SEC tournament: Auburn vs. Alabama, SEC Network 8 p.m. Women’s Big Ten tournament: Nebraska vs. Purdue, BTN 8 p.m. College: Southern Methodist at Houston, ESPN 8 p.m. College: UCLA at Colorado, ESPN2 8:30 p.m. MVC tournament: Illinois State vs. Evansville, FSM Plus, KTRS (550 AM) 9 p.m. College: Southern California at Utah, FS1 9:30 p.m. NBA: Thunder at Trail Blazers, TNT 10 p.m. College: California at Stanford, ESPNU GOLF 1 p.m. PGA: Arnold Palmer Invitational, first round, GOLF 1:30 a.m. (Fri.) European PGA: Qatar Masters, second round, GOLF HOCKEY 6 p.m. Blue Jackets at Penguins, NBCSN 9:30 p.m. Blues at Kings, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM) LACROSSE 6 p.m. College: Loyola (Md.) at Duke, ESPNU TENNIS 1 p.m. ATP: BNP Paribas Open, first round, WTA first round, Tennis Channel 9 p.m. ATP: BNP Paribas Open, first round, WTA first round, Tennis Channel

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Del Zotto, parents catch a break BY JIM THOMAS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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ANAHEIM, CALIF. • When Michael Del Zotto was traded to Anaheim from Vancouver in midJanuary, his parents planned a March vacation to Southern California to visit their son and watch him play for the Ducks. Alas, the veteran defenseman was traded again on Feb. 25, to the Blues. “It was too late for them to cancel their vacation, and Toronto’s cold this time of year,” Del Zotto said. “So they went out there to enjoy some sun.” But the NHL schedule-makers smiled on the Del Zottos. St. Louis played the Ducks on Wednesday at Honda Center, and Mom and Dad were on hand, still on vacation, to watch their son make his Blues debut. “They put their years in at work, so they’re enjoying retirement right now,” Del Zotto said. “So they’re traveling, enjoying life, enjoying the sunshine here. It’s a little cold back home in Toronto, so I can’t blame them.” Del Zotto’s parents have been vacationing in nearby Palm Desert, but they had dinner with their son and Blues teammate Alex Pietrangelo on Tuesday night, then attended Wednesday’s game. “So it was nice to catch up with them,” Del Zotto said. “It’s been awhile since I’ve seen them, and obviously since they’ve seen Petro.” Pietrangelo has known Del Zotto since their youth hockey

days in Toronto; they played on a summer team together. Appropriately enough, the team was called the Toronto Blues. “But the craziest part was our dads coached,” Pietrangelo said, laughing. “They had no idea what they were doing. They still don’t know what they’re talking about.” But with a roster that included Pietrangelo, Del Zotto, Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos and Toronto’s John Tavares as 10-year-olds, even the dads couldn’t mess that up. “I think we lost one game,” Pietrangelo said. “We might have been like 49-1 or something like that. We had a good stretch.” With all that future NHL talent on the roster, how did they lose that one game? “I don’t want to throw anybody under the bus,” Pietrangelo replied. There were no Toronto Blues stories at dinner Tuesday night, and no Italian food despite Del Zotto’s ancestry. “We ate at a healthy food place,” Del Zotto said. “I don’t eat Italian too much. It’s not the same unless my mom’s cooking it, to be quite honest with you. But we had a great time and that’s all that matters.”

SANFORD SITS With forward Brayden Schenn (upper body) coming off injured reserve and returning to the lineup against the Ducks, Zach

Sanford was a healthy scratch. Interim coach Craig Berube said he wants to see more urgency and bite in Sanford’s game. “I talked to Sanford about just having more energy out there, skating harder, being more physical, getting to the net more,” Berube said. “Little things like that. He’s a good player.” It marked the second time in five games Sanford has been a healthy scratch, but only the third time he has been benched since Jan. 3. In 46 games for the Blues, Sanford has seven goals and seven assists, and is plus-6. But he has only two goals and one assist over the past two months, and he wasn’t playing as effectively as he did early in the season. In one stretch in late October and the beginning of November, he had three goals and four assists in a five-game stretch, playing on a line with Ryan O’Reilly and David Perron. “He looked like he had maybe more jump or pop to his game (earlier),” Berube said. “He was with O’Reilly and Perron — they were a good line for a while and he was producing a little bit. But I just find right now that he’s not really moving his feet very well. He’s a big body and he needs to get in there and be a heavier player.” The Blues’ other scratches Wednesday were Robert Bortuzzo and Robby Fabbri. Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter jthomas@post-dispatch.com

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Robert Thomas enjoys the moment after scoring against Anaheim Ducks goaltender John Gibson to tie the score in the third period Wednesday night. It was Thomas’ second goal of the game.

DIGEST Manchester United, Porto win in Champions soccer Marcus Rashford’s injury-time penalty-kick goal sent Manchester United through to the Champions League soccer quarterfinals on Wednesday, securing a 3-1 win at Paris Saint-Germain to overturn a two-goal deficit from the first leg. Referee Damir Skomina awarded the kick after a lengthy video review showed defender Presnel Kimpembe jumping to block Diogo Dalot’s shot with an elbow. Rashford kept his nerve, blasting the ball past Gianluigi Buffon. United had only a slim chance after losing 2-0 at home in the first leg of the last-16 match, with Solskjaer’s task made even harder by the fact that 10 of his players either were injured or suspended. That included midfielder Paul Pogba, who was sent off at Old Trafford. • Video review played a key part in the night’s other match, too. Alex Telles scored on a penalty kick in extra time to send Porto into the quarterfinals with a 3-1 victory at home over Roma, overturning a one-goal deficit from the first leg. He converted the spot kick after Alessandro Florenzi had been penalized following a review. (AP) FIFA wants more World Cup teams • FIFA, soccer’s governing body, continues the push to expand the 2022 World Cup to 48 teams, considering Kuwait and Oman becoming co-hosts with Qatar. FIFA President Gianni Infantino wants to add 16 more countries to the planned 32-team tournament. That’s too many games for the eight stadiums spread over just a 30-mile radius in Qatar. (AP) NFL moves • Cleveland released linebacker Jamie Collins, who was in line to be paid $10.5 million this season and $12.5 million in 2020. The Browns obtained him in a trade with New England midway through the 2016 NFL season. But he wasn’t consistent for Cleveland. • The Bears signed kicker Chris Blewitt, the University of Pittsburgh’s career scoring leader (from 2013-16). He has not played in the NFL. The Bears also signed kicker Redford Jones in January. Chicago plans to release kicker Cody Parkey next week. • Denver cut safety Darian Stewart, a starter dating to 2015. (AP) Parkway West grad leads Iditarod • Aliy Zirkle, a 1988 Parkway West High graduate, took the lead in the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. She was first to leave the Ophir checkpoint, 432 miles into the event. Frenchman Nicolas Petit, who led earlier, was second. Zirkle is seeking to become the first woman to win the title since Susan Butcher reigned from 1986-1990. Zirkle is a three-time runner-up in the 1,000-mile trek across Alaskan wilderness. (AP) Receiver now says no to Illini • A.D. Miller, the Oklahoma receiver who had committed to leave for Illinois, has chosen to stay with the Sooners, Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley announced. (AP)

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A 3-1 second period lead for the Blues became a 4-3 third-period deficit on perhaps the worst goal allowed by Jordan Binnington this season. Binnington couldn’t quite handle a long-distance wrist shot from defenseman Jaycob Megna. It plopped out of Binnington’s glove, and he left the crease to grab it but was unsuccessful. That led to a scramble, with Adam Henrique getting to the loose puck and sending a backhand past Binnington for his 14th goal of the season and a 4-3 Ducks lead with 14:53 to play. Binnington prevented it from being a 5-3 lead with one of his best saves of the night on a backhand attempt from in close by Rickard Rakell with 7:24 remaining. Then, with 3:18 to play, the Blues got a big chance to tie it when Sam Steel went off for tripping. Just after the penalty, Robert Thomas tied the score at 4-4 with his second goal of the night and his seventh of the season, which came with 1:04 remaining. And then Alex Pietrangelo scored on a shot that deflected in off Henrique’s skate with just 52 seconds left in regulation. The Blues got the game’s first six shots. But the Ducks got the first goal — on their first shot of the game. Troy Terry won a puck battle with Michael Del Zotto, making his Blues debut, behind the St. Louis net. Terry dished to Nick Ritchie, who with no Blues defender around, beat Binnington with a wraparound move to give Anaheim a 1-0 lead at the 5:28 mark of the opening period. But the Blues didn’t take long to respond. With the Ducks’ Megna off for interference on Thomas, the Blues struck on the power play. Brayden Schenn, in his first game back from an upper-body injury, parked in front of the Anaheim net and tipped in a Vladimir Tarasenko shot for his 12th goal of the season. For Tarasenko, it was his 200th career assist. Anaheim went to the penalty box again late in the period when Hampus Lindholm was

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First period A: Ritchie 9 (Holzer, Terry), 5:28. B: Schenn 12 (Tarasenko, O’Reilly), 8:03 (pp). B: O’Reilly 25 (Bozak, Pietrangelo), 15:55 (pp). Penalties: Megna, ANA, (interference), 7:50; Lindholm, ANA, (holding), 14:52; Sundqvist, STL, (tripping), 16:29; Schenn, STL, (tripping), 18:52. Second period B: Thomas 6 (Parayko, Schwartz), 13:53 (pp). A: Rakell 10 (Fowler, Terry), 15:39 (pp). A: Megna 1 (Steel, Silfverberg), 17:51. Penalties: Lindholm, ANA, (hooking), 11:57; Edmundson, STL, (roughing), 14:43; Kesler, ANA, (cross checking), 18:24. Third period A: Henrique 14 (Megna, Terry), 5:07. B: Thomas 7 (Tarasenko, Parayko), 18:56. B: Pietrangelo 12 (Schenn), 19:08. Penalties: Edmundson, STL, (tripping), 12:02; Steel, ANA, (tripping), 16:42. Shots on goal Blues 13 10 10 Anaheim 6 13 8 Power-plays Blues 3 of 5; Anaheim 1 of 4. Goaltenders Blues, Binnington 16-3-1 (27 shots-23 saves). Anaheim, Gibson 18-21-8 (33-28). A: 16,854.

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BLUES AT KINGS When/Where • 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Staples Center TV/Radio • FSM, KMOX (1120 AM) About the Kings • Only Ottawa has a worse record than Los Angeles (24-34-8) in the NHL, nonetheless the Kings are seeking a series sweep against the Blues. LA won the only game in St. Louis, a 2-0 verdict Nov. 19 that resulted in Mike Yeo’s firing 90 minutes after the game. Two months later, the visiting Blues squandered a 2-0 lead losing 4-3 in what was Jordan Binnington’s first regulation loss. The Kings have won only once since Feb. 7 (1-7-4), allowing four or more goals in eight of those 12 contests. They rank 30th in offense at 2.38 goals per game and 22nd in defense (3.14 goals allowed) — not a good combination. There’s more. Their power play ranks 27th (15.6 percent) and they’re 30th in penalty kill (75.1 percent). Jim Thomas

sent off for holding Tarasenko. Once again, Schenn was parked in front of the net, screening Anaheim goalie John Gibson. This time there was no tip-in, just a Ryan O’Reilly goal on a shot from about 35 feet out with 4:05 left in the first. It was O’Reilly’s 25th goal of the season, and coupled with an assist on Schenn’s goal, it gave him

a career-high 65 points for the season (25 goals, 40 assists). It also marked only the second time since Nov. 28 that the Blues had scored two power play goals in a game. So the Blues left the first period with a 2-1 lead, marking the first time since Feb. 23 against Boston that they were on top after one. Although Anaheim had the edge in play early in the second period, the Blues took a 3-1 lead on — you guessed it — a power play goal. This time it was Thomas, who had gone 16 games without a goal, beating Gibson glove side at the 13:53 mark of the second. It was Thomas’ sixth goal of the season, his first since Jan. 10 in Montreal, and it gave the Blues three power-play goals in a game for the first time this season. They had scored two power-play goals in a game seven times previously, with five of those seven coming in October when their power play was humming. Jaden Schwartz got an assist on the Thomas goal, for his 300th NHL point. But the Ducks, the NHL’s lowest-scoring team entering Wednesday’s game, averaging 2.15 goals a game, scored twice late in the period to tie the game at 3-3. Momentum changed after Joel Edmundson was sent off for roughing, a sequence that began when Binington and Anaheim forward Corey Perry got into it in front of the St. Louis net. Binnington shoved Perry just as Edmundson arrived on the scene to help his goalie, and it was Edmundson’s shove that drew the penalty. In any event, Rakell beat Binnington back side for a power play goal, trimming the St. Louis lead to 3-2 with 4:21 left in the period. A little over two minutes later it was a tie game, on Megna’s first NHL goal, a shot from inside the blue line through some traffic. It marked the first time as an NHL goalie that Binnington had allowed three goals in back-to-back games. He allowed three goals in Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Dallas. Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter jthomas@post-dispatch.com


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Smith’s defense helps MU roll at Georgia BY DAVE MATTER st. Louis Post-dispatch

ATHENS, GA. • It’s never too late.

That’s what Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has told his players and anyone else who listens for the last couple of weeks. Until the season officially expires, it’s never too late to make it right. Mitchell Smith reminded himself of that message minutes before Wednesday’s tipoff at Georgia, right when he learned he’d be making his first career start — a start nobody saw coming at Stegeman Coliseum. Senior Kevin Puryear had just scored a season-high 18 points in Saturday’s win over South Carolina, but he found himself on the bench to open Wednesday’s game. Smith was Martin’s surprise choice to match against Georgia’s best player, 6-11 springy sophomore Nicolas Claxton. Smith hadn’t played more than eight minutes in almost a month. But when Martin read off the Tigers’ opening assignments in the locker room, “He called Claxton’s name out,” Smith said, “and then he called my name out. “I was ready to go.” So were the rest of the Tigers, eventually, in what turned into Mizzou’s most lopsided conference victory in six years, a 64-39 defensive clinic. Claxton, the best thing going in an otherwise dreary Georgia season, was UGA’s most fearsome player on Martin’s scouting report, a lengthy

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Georgia forward Nicolas Claxton tries to get by Missouri guard Jordan Geist during the first half Wednesday night in Athens, Ga.

point forward who can create offense in the backcourt and finish at the rim. Mizzou’s starting lineup had an odd look — Smith was an afterthought in the rotation a few times the last couple months — but it was straight out of Martin’s playbook: Defense always comes first. At 6-10, Smith has the length to hang with Claxton inside and, unlike Puryear or 6-10 center Jeremiah Tilmon, the quickness to shadow Claxton on the perimeter. Smith picked up two early fouls but pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds, part of MU’s overpowering night on the boards, and helped hold Claxton to one of his worst offensive showings all year. He made just three shots in 33

Final games looming for Jordan with Illini BY JOEY WAGNER decatur (Ill.) herald & review

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. • Aaron Jordan had a pretty simple plea on social media against time. The Illinois senior guard wrote on Twitter: “Dear Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ... please take your time. Sincerely, Aaron.” Four years, two full-time head coaches, one interim head coach, a chance to transfer, and an increased role later, Jordan is wrapping up his career on the Illinois basketball team. All of those turns in the road led Jordan and the Illini (11-18, 7-11) to 7 p.m. Thursday for his final game at the State Farm Center against Indiana (15-14, 6-12). Jordan, a Plainfield East grad, has had requests from everyone seeking old photos to use in a video montage, a reminder that he can’t quite escape the fact that his time in Champaign is running out, even if he tries to dodge reality. “I don’t think it’s really sat in that this is my last home game here,” Jordan said. “I’ve thought about it and tried not to think about it and keep myself busy. “It’s a remarkable thing. Just being on this journey. The people I met, the things I was able to do, it means something.” Jordan, grad transfer Adonis De La Rosa, walk-on Drew Cayce, the team managers and Coordinator of Special Projects Rod Cardinal will be honored. Jordan has been around. He’s developed from a corner 3-point specialist to a player with more in his offensive arsenal. On defense, head coach Brad Underwood tried to hide Jordan on the opposing team’s worst offensive threat last season. Not anymore. Underwood will throw Jordan against anyone. “He’ll be the guy I’ll never forget because he’s been part of the solution,” Underwood said. There’s been growth for Jordan, who is fifth on the Illini with 8.1 points per game. He turned in a 10-rebound game against Northwestern on Sunday and has been forced to play in the post on a team that lacks size. But Jordan hasn’t complained. In a culture that has seen an increase in transfers amid coaching changes and lack of playing time, Jordan stayed the course. “That was probably one of the best decisions in my life other than to come here in the first place,” he said of not transferring. “That was a difficult time. It was a difficult time for a lot of people, but it was nothing I couldn’t get through.” When Underwood arrived in Champaign prior to last season, he looked at the tape of who was returning, but generally tried to give each player a clean slate without judgement. In Jordan, he saw a player who averaged 1 point per game as a sophomore, shot 16.7 percent from the field and made just six 3-pointers in 6.9 minutes per game. Jordan worked and developed

minutes and finished with nine points. Surely Smith felt some nerves bubble up before tipoff? “Not really enough time to be nervous,” he said. “You can’t be nervous playing for Coach Martin. You have to be ready.” Tilmon told a different story. “Before the game he was like, ‘Man, I’m nervous,’” Tilmon said. “I was like, ‘Bro, it’s just another game. All you’re doing is playing early. You’re coming off the bench with everyone else. Just relax.’ He came out and hooped.” Not necessarily on the offensive end, but Smith attacked the glass, initiated contact all over the place and played with the fight Georgia’s

Tom Crean never saw in his team. Claxton “is a big guy but he doesn’t like contact like that,” Smith said. “Coach Martin preaches toughness, and I feel like I just had to be tough with him.” In what began as a race to see who could miss more 3-pointers, the Tigers caught fire midway through the second half, just as the hapless Bulldogs missed their first 11 shots. Back on the court where he instigated a bench-clearing scuffle two years ago, Mizzou’s Jordan Geist let his scoring do the damage this time, finishing with 18 points and six assists. Torrence Watson had his third straight productive scoring game with 17 points. With the win, Missouri (14-15, 5-12 SEC) returns home Saturday to host Ole Miss with a chance to close the regular season back at .500. Depending on Saturday’s games, Mizzou and Georgia (1119, 2-15) could meet again next Wednesday in the first round of the SEC tournament. Looking every bit like two teams destined for a rematch on the dreaded first day of the tournament, Missouri and Georgia clanged all 22 of their 3-point attempts off the rim in the first half. “We were both setting basketball back offensively to start the game,” Crean said. “That’s where you have got to keep going. They did. We didn’t.” Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter dmatter@post-dispatch.com

MISSOURI 64, GEORGIA 39 FG FT Reb MISSOURI Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Mi.Smith 17 0-2 0-2 4-11 2 4 0 Tilmon 28 4-7 0-4 3-8 0 5 8 Geist 38 8-12 2-2 0-3 6 2 18 Pickett 21 0-4 0-0 1-7 2 2 0 Pinson 22 2-11 1-2 2-3 4 3 5 Watson 31 6-12 0-0 1-3 1 1 17 Puryear 24 3-5 0-0 0-4 2 3 7 Nikko 10 4-4 0-0 2-4 0 0 8 Suggs 7 0-2 1-2 0-3 0 0 1 Wolf 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ford 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 200 27-59 4-12 13-46 17 20 64 Percentages: FG.458, FT.333. 3-point goals: 6-21, .286. Team rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 8. Blocked shots: 1. Turnovers: 8. Steals: 8. Technical fouls: None. FG FT Reb GEORGIA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Claxton 33 3-6 3-4 2-10 0 3 9 Ogbeide 16 1-6 3-4 0-2 0 3 5 Harris 26 3-7 0-0 0-3 0 2 7 Harrison 15 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Jackson 28 1-8 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 Crump 24 3-9 0-3 2-4 0 1 6 Wilridge 18 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 1 2 Fagan 11 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Toppin 10 1-4 3-4 1-1 0 0 6 Ngumezi 6 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Hightower 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 O’Neill 3 0-0 1-2 1-1 0 0 1 Edwards 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Sargiunas 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 200 13-51 10-17 7-27 5 14 39 Percentages: FG.255, FT.588. 3-point goals: 3-20, .150. Team rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 11. Blocked shots: 4. Turnovers: 11. Steals: 6. Technical fouls: None. Missouri 25 39 — 64 Georgia 14 25 — 39 A: 7,180.

SEC STANDINGS Team Tennessee LSU Kentucky Auburn So. Carolina Mississippi St. Mississippi Florida Alabama Arkansas Texas A&M Missouri Georgia Vanderbilt

Conf 15-2 15-2 14-3 10-7 10-7 9-8 9-8 9-8 8-9 7-10 6-11 5-12 2-15 0-17

All 27-3 25-5 25-5 21-9 15-15 21-9 19-11 17-13 17-13 16-14 13-16 14-15 11-19 9-21

Bills win, have shot at fourth in A-10

ILLINI VS. INDIANA When • 7 p.m. Thursday Where • State Farm Center, Champaign, Ill. TV/radio • Fox Sports 1, KFNS (590 AM) Records • Illinois 11-18, Indiana 15-14 Of note • A win against Indiana could secure a first-round bye in next week’s Big Ten Tournament, and also double the total number of Big Ten wins from last season, when Illinois won four games in conference. Indiana has two wins over Michigan State, which is vying for the conference championship. Illinois upset the Spartans in Champaign last month. BIG TEN STANDINGS Team Conf Michigan 15-4 Michigan St. 15-4 Purdue 15-4 Wisconsin 12-6 Maryland 12-7 Iowa 10-8 Minnesota 9-10 Ohio St. 8-11 Rutgers 7-11 Illinois 7-11 Indiana 6-12 Penn St. 5-13 Nebraska 5-14 Northwestern 4-15

All 26-4 24-6 22-8 20-9 21-9 21-8 19-11 18-12 14-14 11-18 15-14 12-17 15-15 13-17

while carving out a role on the team. He’s made more 3s — 96 and counting in the last two seasons — and unofficially leads the team in high-leg-kicks after big plays. “He showed me the passion you have to play with and the fans that come out a lot, how much love they show to the university,” Ayo Dosunmu said. “When I first came in here, I didn’t know much about college or anything. It’s always good to have seniors here who can help me.” Despite going down memory lane, Jordan knows there’s still a game on Thursday night against Indiana (15-14, 6-12). The Hoosiers have won two in a row after defeating Michigan State and Wisconsin, which came after Indiana lost 11 of 12 games from January to February. The wins gave new life to the possibility of making the NCAA Tournament behind do-it-all freshman Romeo Langford. The game is equally important for Illinois, which is trying to avenge a loss against Indiana earlier in the season and close the regular season on a high note and avoid a Wednesday game in the Big Ten Tournament in the process. There’s a feeling that the team still has at least one more run left in the tank. And, they want to send Jordan and the other seniors out of the State Farm Center on a high note. “His leadership, his commitment, his dedication and his improvement is everything we want this thing to be about,” Underwood said of Jordan. “We value his opinions and his ideas and he’s the first one to step up when guys aren’t doing the right things. His leadership has been outstanding. “Here’s a young man you know is going to make it in whatever endeavor he takes on in his life. He’s one of my guys.”

PHOTOS BY COLTER PETERSON • cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis University guard Fred Thatch Jr. crawls after the ball after stripping it from Duquesne guard Tavian Dunn-Martin during the first half on Wednesday night. SLU • FROM B1

seventh, depending on other results on the season’s final day. SLU trailed by three points at halftime but pulled away with a 16-3 run in the second half. The Billikens then had to fight off the Dukes (10-7, 19-11), who traded baskets with the home team over the final eight minutes to keep things interesting. The Billikens overcame a poor rebounding first half by dominating the Dukes on the boards in the second half 36-16. SLU had 24 offensive rebounds and scored 22 second-chance points. Hasahn French led the way with 12 rebounds. The Billikens also turned Duquesne’s 17 turnovers into 22 points. Javon Bess had a slow start in his final home game but finished with 13 points. Isabell had several opportunities to surpass 40 points as he missed four free throws in the final four minutes and a contested breakaway layup with under a minute remaining. SLU finishes the season with a 15-2 home record, the only losses coming in consecutive games in January against Davidson and Richmond. Ford started his four seniors in their final home game along with Elliott Welmer, who hadn’t played in two years because of a series of foot injuries. He came out after a minute and a half. SLU had a ceremony after the game to honor seniors Bess, Isabell, D.J. Foreman and Dion Wiley along with Welmer. Welmer is a senior academically. “It’s been a pretty rough four years, I’m not going to lie,” Welmer told the crowd after the game. “I’ve been through a lot. Growing up as a 10-year-old I had a dream of being a Division I basketball player and to have it taken away time and time again is so horrific I can’t put it into words.” The Billikens put together a 10-0 run after a slow start to take their only lead of the first half, 13-12. Duquesne then used its 3-point shooting and an aggressive rebounding attack to pull away. The Dukes opened a ninepoint lead by outrebounding the

St. Louis University’s Javon Bess slips in for a layup past Duquesne’s Michael Hughes (left) and Sincere Carry in the first half. ST. LOUIS U. 85, DUQUESNE 75 FG FT Reb DUQUESNE Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Weathers 29 2-7 0-0 3-8 6 4 5 M.Hughes 24 3-9 0-6 2-6 0 5 6 Carry 34 4-11 4-4 0-3 3 3 13 F.Hughes 29 1-6 0-0 0-4 2 1 3 Williams 33 15-20 3-3 1-5 2 4 40 Dunn-Martin 20 1-5 2-2 0-2 2 2 4 Norman 16 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 4 2 Bizeau 10 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Wade 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kelly 2 1-1 0-0 2-3 0 0 2 Totals 200 28-62 9-15 9-35 15 25 75 Percentages: FG.452, FT.600. 3-point goals: 10-27, .370. Team rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 17. Blocked shots: 6. Turnovers: 17. Steals: 8. Technical fouls: None. FG FT Reb ST. LOUIS U. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Foreman 24 4-5 1-3 2-6 0 4 9 Welmer 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Bess 37 3-12 7-8 1-8 2 2 13 Isabell 38 12-25 10-16 6-8 2 2 39 Wiley 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Goodwin 38 2-9 2-10 3-9 7 1 7 French 27 3-6 0-0 6-12 0 4 6 Thatch 24 3-8 2-2 6-7 2 2 8 Hankton 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 200 28-68 22-39 24-50 13 16 85 Percentages: FG.412, FT.564. 3-point goals: 7-20, .350. Team rebounds: 0. Team Turnovers: 13. Blocked shots: 4. Turnovers: 13. Steals: 10. Technical fouls: None. Duquesne 34 41 — 75 St. Louis U. 31 54 — 85

Billikens 22-14 in the half and making six 3s. But Isabell almost singlehandedly kept SLU in the game. He scored 16 of the team’s 31 points, making six of his nine

ATLANTIC 10 STANDINGS Team

Conf

All

VCU

15-2

24-6

Davidson

13-4

22-8

Dayton

12-5

20-10

St. Bona.

11-6

15-15

St. Louis U.

10-7

19-11

Duquesne

10-7

19-11

George Mason

10-7

16-14

Rhode Island

8-9

15-14

La Salle

7-10

9-20

St. Joseph’s (Pa.)

6-11

13-17

Richmond

6-11

12-18

Massachusetts

4-13

11-19

Geo. Washington

4-13

8-22

Fordham

3-14

12-18

shots. The rest of the Billikens made five of 17 before the break. Stu Durando @studurando on Twitter sdurando@post-dispatch.com


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Smith’s defense helps MU roll at Georgia BY DAVE MATTER st. Louis Post-dispatch

ATHENS, GA. • It’s never too late.

That’s what Missouri basketball coach Cuonzo Martin has told his players and anyone else who listens for the last couple of weeks. Until the season officially expires, it’s never too late to make it right. Mitchell Smith reminded himself of that message minutes before Wednesday’s tipoff at Georgia, right when he learned he’d be making his first career start — a start nobody saw coming at Stegeman Coliseum. Senior Kevin Puryear had just scored a season-high 18 points in Saturday’s win over South Carolina, but he found himself on the bench to open Wednesday’s game. Smith was Martin’s surprise choice to match against Georgia’s best player, 6-11 springy sophomore Nicolas Claxton. Smith hadn’t played more than eight minutes in almost a month. But when Martin read off the Tigers’ opening assignments in the locker room, “He called Claxton’s name out,” Smith said, “and then he called my name out. “I was ready to go.” So were the rest of the Tigers, eventually, in what turned into Mizzou’s most lopsided conference victory in six years, a 64-39 defensive clinic. Claxton, the best thing going in an otherwise dreary Georgia season, was UGA’s most fearsome player on Martin’s scouting report, a lengthy

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Georgia forward Nicolas Claxton tries to get by Missouri guard Jordan Geist during the first half Wednesday night in Athens, Ga.

point forward who can create offense in the backcourt and finish at the rim. Mizzou’s starting lineup had an odd look — Smith was an afterthought in the rotation a few times the last couple months — but it was straight out of Martin’s playbook: Defense always comes first. At 6-10, Smith has the length to hang with Claxton inside and, unlike Puryear or 6-10 center Jeremiah Tilmon, the quickness to shadow Claxton on the perimeter. Smith picked up two early fouls but pulled down a career-high 11 rebounds, part of MU’s overpowering night on the boards, and helped hold Claxton to one of his worst offensive showings all year. He made just three shots in 33

Final games looming for Jordan with Illini BY JOEY WAGNER decatur (Ill.) herald & review

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. • Aaron Jordan had a pretty simple plea on social media against time. The Illinois senior guard wrote on Twitter: “Dear Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday ... please take your time. Sincerely, Aaron.” Four years, two full-time head coaches, one interim head coach, a chance to transfer, and an increased role later, Jordan is wrapping up his career on the Illinois basketball team. All of those turns in the road led Jordan and the Illini (11-18, 7-11) to 7 p.m. Thursday for his final game at the State Farm Center against Indiana (15-14, 6-12). Jordan, a Plainfield East grad, has had requests from everyone seeking old photos to use in a video montage, a reminder that he can’t quite escape the fact that his time in Champaign is running out, even if he tries to dodge reality. “I don’t think it’s really sat in that this is my last home game here,” Jordan said. “I’ve thought about it and tried not to think about it and keep myself busy. “It’s a remarkable thing. Just being on this journey. The people I met, the things I was able to do, it means something.” Jordan, grad transfer Adonis De La Rosa, walk-on Drew Cayce, the team managers and Coordinator of Special Projects Rod Cardinal will be honored. Jordan has been around. He’s developed from a corner 3-point specialist to a player with more in his offensive arsenal. On defense, head coach Brad Underwood tried to hide Jordan on the opposing team’s worst offensive threat last season. Not anymore. Underwood will throw Jordan against anyone. “He’ll be the guy I’ll never forget because he’s been part of the solution,” Underwood said. There’s been growth for Jordan, who is fifth on the Illini with 8.1 points per game. He turned in a 10-rebound game against Northwestern on Sunday and has been forced to play in the post on a team that lacks size. But Jordan hasn’t complained. In a culture that has seen an increase in transfers amid coaching changes and lack of playing time, Jordan stayed the course. “That was probably one of the best decisions in my life other than to come here in the first place,” he said of not transferring. “That was a difficult time. It was a difficult time for a lot of people, but it was nothing I couldn’t get through.” When Underwood arrived in Champaign prior to last season, he looked at the tape of who was returning, but generally tried to give each player a clean slate without judgement. In Jordan, he saw a player who averaged 1 point per game as a sophomore, shot 16.7 percent from the field and made just six 3-pointers in 6.9 minutes per game. Jordan worked and developed

minutes and finished with nine points. Surely Smith felt some nerves bubble up before tipoff? “Not really enough time to be nervous,” he said. “You can’t be nervous playing for Coach Martin. You have to be ready.” Tilmon told a different story. “Before the game he was like, ‘Man, I’m nervous,’” Tilmon said. “I was like, ‘Bro, it’s just another game. All you’re doing is playing early. You’re coming off the bench with everyone else. Just relax.’ He came out and hooped.” Not necessarily on the offensive end, but Smith attacked the glass, initiated contact all over the place and played with the fight Georgia’s

Tom Crean never saw in his team. Claxton “is a big guy but he doesn’t like contact like that,” Smith said. “Coach Martin preaches toughness, and I feel like I just had to be tough with him.” In what began as a race to see who could miss more 3-pointers, the Tigers caught fire midway through the second half, just as the hapless Bulldogs missed their first 11 shots. Back on the court where he instigated a bench-clearing scuffle two years ago, Mizzou’s Jordan Geist let his scoring do the damage this time, finishing with 18 points and six assists. Torrence Watson had his third straight productive scoring game with 17 points. With the win, Missouri (14-15, 5-12 SEC) returns home Saturday to host Ole Miss with a chance to close the regular season back at .500. Depending on Saturday’s games, Mizzou and Georgia (1119, 2-15) could meet again next Wednesday in the first round of the SEC tournament. Looking every bit like two teams destined for a rematch on the dreaded first day of the tournament, Missouri and Georgia clanged all 22 of their 3-point attempts off the rim in the first half. “We were both setting basketball back offensively to start the game,” Crean said. “That’s where you have got to keep going. They did. We didn’t.” Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter dmatter@post-dispatch.com

MISSOURI 64, GEORGIA 39 FG FT Reb MISSOURI Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Mi.Smith 17 0-2 0-2 4-11 2 4 0 Tilmon 28 4-7 0-4 3-8 0 5 8 Geist 38 8-12 2-2 0-3 6 2 18 Pickett 21 0-4 0-0 1-7 2 2 0 Pinson 22 2-11 1-2 2-3 4 3 5 Watson 31 6-12 0-0 1-3 1 1 17 Puryear 24 3-5 0-0 0-4 2 3 7 Nikko 10 4-4 0-0 2-4 0 0 8 Suggs 7 0-2 1-2 0-3 0 0 1 Wolf 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Ford 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 200 27-59 4-12 13-46 17 20 64 Percentages: FG.458, FT.333. 3-point goals: 6-21, .286. Team rebounds: 4. Team Turnovers: 8. Blocked shots: 1. Turnovers: 8. Steals: 8. Technical fouls: None. FG FT Reb GEORGIA Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Claxton 33 3-6 3-4 2-10 0 3 9 Ogbeide 16 1-6 3-4 0-2 0 3 5 Harris 26 3-7 0-0 0-3 0 2 7 Harrison 15 0-0 0-0 0-2 0 2 0 Jackson 28 1-8 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 Crump 24 3-9 0-3 2-4 0 1 6 Wilridge 18 1-4 0-0 0-1 3 1 2 Fagan 11 0-1 0-0 1-2 0 0 0 Toppin 10 1-4 3-4 1-1 0 0 6 Ngumezi 6 0-3 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Hightower 5 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 O’Neill 3 0-0 1-2 1-1 0 0 1 Edwards 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Sargiunas 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 200 13-51 10-17 7-27 5 14 39 Percentages: FG.255, FT.588. 3-point goals: 3-20, .150. Team rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 11. Blocked shots: 4. Turnovers: 11. Steals: 6. Technical fouls: None. Missouri 25 39 — 64 Georgia 14 25 — 39 A: 7,180.

SEC STANDINGS Team Tennessee LSU Kentucky Auburn So. Carolina Mississippi St. Mississippi Florida Alabama Arkansas Texas A&M Missouri Georgia Vanderbilt

Conf 15-2 15-2 14-3 10-7 10-7 9-8 9-8 9-8 8-9 7-10 6-11 5-12 2-15 0-17

All 27-3 25-5 25-5 21-9 15-15 21-9 19-11 17-13 17-13 16-14 13-16 14-15 11-19 9-21

Bills win, have shot at fourth in A-10

ILLINI VS. INDIANA When • 7 p.m. Thursday Where • State Farm Center, Champaign, Ill. TV/radio • Fox Sports 1, KFNS (590 AM) Records • Illinois 11-18, Indiana 15-14 Of note • A win against Indiana could secure a first-round bye in next week’s Big Ten Tournament, and also double the total number of Big Ten wins from last season, when Illinois won four games in conference. Indiana has two wins over Michigan State, which is vying for the conference championship. Illinois upset the Spartans in Champaign last month. BIG TEN STANDINGS Team Conf Michigan 15-4 Michigan St. 15-4 Purdue 15-4 Wisconsin 12-6 Maryland 12-7 Iowa 10-8 Minnesota 9-10 Ohio St. 8-11 Rutgers 7-11 Illinois 7-11 Indiana 6-12 Penn St. 5-13 Nebraska 5-14 Northwestern 4-15

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while carving out a role on the team. He’s made more 3s — 96 and counting in the last two seasons — and unofficially leads the team in high-leg-kicks after big plays. “He showed me the passion you have to play with and the fans that come out a lot, how much love they show to the university,” Ayo Dosunmu said. “When I first came in here, I didn’t know much about college or anything. It’s always good to have seniors here who can help me.” Despite going down memory lane, Jordan knows there’s still a game on Thursday night against Indiana (15-14, 6-12). The Hoosiers have won two in a row after defeating Michigan State and Wisconsin, which came after Indiana lost 11 of 12 games from January to February. The wins gave new life to the possibility of making the NCAA Tournament behind do-it-all freshman Romeo Langford. The game is equally important for Illinois, which is trying to avenge a loss against Indiana earlier in the season and close the regular season on a high note and avoid a Wednesday game in the Big Ten Tournament in the process. There’s a feeling that the team still has at least one more run left in the tank. And, they want to send Jordan and the other seniors out of the State Farm Center on a high note. “His leadership, his commitment, his dedication and his improvement is everything we want this thing to be about,” Underwood said of Jordan. “We value his opinions and his ideas and he’s the first one to step up when guys aren’t doing the right things. His leadership has been outstanding. “Here’s a young man you know is going to make it in whatever endeavor he takes on in his life. He’s one of my guys.”

PHOTOS BY COLTER PETERSON • cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

St. Louis University guard Fred Thatch Jr. crawls after the ball after stripping it from Duquesne guard Tavian Dunn-Martin in the first half on Wednesday night. ST. LOUIS U. 85, DUQUESNE 75 FG FT Reb DUQUESNE Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Weathers 29 2-7 0-0 3-8 6 4 5 M.Hughes 24 3-9 0-6 2-6 0 5 6 Carry 34 4-11 4-4 0-3 3 3 13 F.Hughes 29 1-6 0-0 0-4 2 1 3 Williams 33 15-20 3-3 1-5 2 4 40 Dunn-Martin 20 1-5 2-2 0-2 2 2 4 Norman 16 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 4 2 Bizeau 10 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 2 0 Wade 4 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Kelly 2 1-1 0-0 2-3 0 0 2 Totals 200 28-62 9-15 9-35 15 25 75 Percentages: FG.452, FT.600. 3-point goals: 10-27, .370. Team rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 17. Blocked shots: 6. Turnovers: 17. Steals: 8. Technical fouls: None. FG FT Reb ST. LOUIS U. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Foreman 24 4-5 1-3 2-6 0 4 9 Welmer 2 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Bess 37 3-12 7-8 1-8 2 2 13 Isabell 38 12-25 10-16 6-8 2 2 39 Wiley 9 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 Goodwin 38 2-9 2-10 3-9 7 1 7 French 27 3-6 0-0 6-12 0 4 6 Thatch 24 3-8 2-2 6-7 2 2 8 Hankton 1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 200 28-68 22-39 24-50 13 16 85 Percentages: FG.412, FT.564. 3-point goals: 7-20, .350. Team rebounds: 0. Team Turnovers: 13. Blocked shots: 4. Turnovers: 13. Steals: 10. Technical fouls: None. Duquesne 34 41 — 75 St. Louis U. 31 54 — 85

ATLANTIC 10 STANDINGS

St. Louis University’s Javon Bess slips in for a layup past Duquesne’s Michael Hughes (left) and Sincere Carry in the first half.

SLU • FROM B1

“He’s been playing well and does things for our team like create his own shots,” coach Travis Ford said. “I did see he was kind of feeling it, and I put the ball in his hands a lot. I let him create for himself and others, and he was doing that. I was confident he wasn’t going to force it. I thought he did a great job.” Williams turned in an even more impressive shooting performance, making 15 of 20 shots and seven 3-pointers. The Billikens (10-7 in the A-10, 19-11 overall) remained in the hunt for fourth place and a double bye in the A-10 tournament, next week in New York. They would finish fourth with a win at St. Bonaventure on Saturday. With a loss they could finish anywhere from fifth to seventh depending on other results on the season’s final day. “We’re trying to get this double bye,” Isabell said. “You don’t want to play four games in four

days. We’re trying to get three in three days and get this championship.” SLU trailed by three points at halftime but pulled away with a 16-3 run in the second half. The Billikens then had to fight off the Dukes (10-7, 19-11), who traded baskets with the home team over the final eight minutes to keep things interesting. It was a heated Ford who delivered some sharp words to awake his team at the break. “I was not happy,” he said. “Duquesne was more aggressive than us, more physical than us. They kind of set the tone. That’s not who we are. We woke up.” The Billikens overcame a poor rebounding first half by dominating the Dukes on the boards in the second half 36-16. SLU had 24 offensive rebounds and scored 22 second-chance points. Hasahn French led the way with 12 rebounds. The Billikens also turned Duquesne’s 17 turnovers into 22 points. Javon Bess had a slow start in

Team VCU Davidson Dayton St. Bona. St. Louis U. Duquesne George Mason Rhode Island La Salle St. Joseph’s (Pa.) Richmond Massachusetts Geo. Washington Fordham

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his final home game but finished with 13 points. SLU finishes the season with a 15-2 home record, the only losses coming in consecutive games in January against Davidson and Richmond. Ford started his four seniors in their final home game along with Elliott Welmer, who hadn’t played in two years because of a series of foot injuries. He came out after a minute and a half. SLU had a ceremony after the game to honor seniors Bess, Isabell, D.J. Foreman and Dion Wiley along with Welmer. Welmer is a senior academically. “It’s been a pretty rough four years, I’m not going to lie,” Welmer told the crowd. “I’ve been through a lot. Growing up as a 10-year-old I had a dream of being a Division I basketball player and to have it taken away time and time again is so horrific I can’t put it into words.” Stu Durando @studurando on Twitter sdurando@post-dispatch.com


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M 1 • THURSDAY • 03.07.2019

MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT THURSDAY-SUNDAY | ENTERPRISE CENTER | TEXT BY STU DURANDO 1. LOYOLA (12-6, 19-12)

2. DRAKE (12-6, 23-8)

Coach • Porter Moser (241-221) Skinny • Marques Townes became the team’s second consecutive MVC player of the year. … The Ramblers are No. 1 in the MVC and seventh nationally in scoring defense, allowing an average of 60.9 points. … Loyola also is tops in the conference in shooting, at 49.7 percent, but last in free throw accuracy (66.9 percent). … Cameron Krutwig leads the club in rebounding (7.3 per game). Lucas Williamson recently returned to the lineup after missing 10 games because of an injury.

Coach • Darian DeVries (23-8) Skinny • The Bulldogs are the Missouri Valley’s highest-scoring team, with 75.9 points per game. … They also have the best rebounding margin, plus 2.2. Forward Nick McGlynn leads the conference in rebounding (8.5 average). … Brady Ellingson has made 48.2 percent of his 3-point attempts to rank fourth in the country in accuracy. … The team’s 23 victories are the most in the country for a firstyear coach.

Marques Townes

Cameron Krutwig

Nick McGlynn

Darian DeVries

3. SO. ILLINOIS (10-8, 17-14)

4. MISSOURI STATE (10-8, 16-15)

5. BRADLEY (9-9, 17-14)

6. NORTHERN IOWA (9-9, 14-17)

Coach • Barry Hinson (316-243) Skinny • Leading scorer Armon Fletcher was suspended for six games at midseason for violating team rules, but has returned to average 16.6 points and 6.1 rebounds. … The Salukis lead the MVC in 3-pointer accuracy, making 37.7 percent. Five players who have made at least 35. … SIUC won seven of its last 10 contests to reach the No. 3 spot, which is where it was picked in the preseason.

Coach • Dana Ford (72-80) Skinny • Senior guard Josh Webster is 12th in the country in assist-to-turnover ratio, 3.06-1, and leads the MVC in assists (5.2 per game). … Senior forward Obediah Church was released from the team in late January. … The Bears made a schoolrecord 17 3-pointers in a game against William Woods this season. … Missouri State had nine new players on the roster when the season started.

Coach • Brian Wardle (149-138) Skinny • Guard Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye became the fourth Bradley player to reach 1,000 points, 500 rebounds and 300 assists. … The Braves had a huge edge in 3-pointers over their opponents in league games of about 8 percentage points. … The roster includes players from Cameroon, Sudan, Netherlands, Canada, England and Australia. … Six different players have scored 20 points in a game.

Coach • Ben Jacobson (264-167) Skinny • The Panthers have made at least one 3-pointer in 625 consecutive games, which is the longest streak in the MVC. Three players are among the league’s top 15 in 3s made per game. … Freshman AJ Green leads the team in scoring (15.2 average) and is the only Panther averaging in double figures. … Northern Iowa has been dangerous from the free throw line lately, making 81.8 percent in its last 10 games.

Armon Fletcher

Josh Webster

Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye

AJ Green

7. ILLINOIS STATE (9-9, 16-15)

8. INDIANA STATE (7-11, 15-15)

9. VALPARAISO (7-11, 14-17)

10. EVANSVILLE (4-12, 10-20)

Coach • Dan Muller (138-95) Skinny • Milik Yarbrough, who started his career at St. Louis University, is the first Illinois State player since 1999-2000 to lead the Redbirds in scoring (16.8), rebounding (7.0) and assists (3.1). … The Redbirds have won their last seven overtime games. It’s the third longest OT streak in the country. … Illinois State, picked second in the MVC, started league play at 7-3 but then hit a five-game losing streak.

Coach • Greg Lansing (148-141) Skinny • Tyreke Key leads the MVC in scoring, with a 17.3 average. … Junior Jordan Barnes was on the Lou Henson Award watch list for the country’s top mid-major player. He has made 56 3-pointers and averages 14.7 points. … The Sycamores ended a ninegame losing streak against ranked teams by beating Butler in December. … They started the season 8-3 but did not win consecutive games during MVC play.

Coach • Matt Lottich (53-43) Skinny • The Crusaders enter the tourney having not scored more than 55 points in their last three games. … Javon Freeman leads the league with 56 steals and a 1.8 average, making him the first Valpo freshman to lead a league in steals since 1982. … The Crusaders started the league schedule 5-1 but lost 10 of their last 12 games. … Forward Ryan Fazekas has returned after missing 10 games with an injury.

Coach • Walter McCarty (10-19) Skinny • Despite their struggles, the Purple Aces did beat the MVC’s top two teams, including a 19-point win over Loyola. … First-year coach Walter McCarty recently dismissed grad transfer Shea Feehan from the team. He was averaging 9.8 points and had 54 3-pointers. … Evansville attempts 24 3-pointers per game and shoots 34.2 percent from beyond the arc. … K.J. Riley leads the team in scoring and assists.

Milik Yarbrough

Tyreke Key

Evansville: 1.5% Illinois St.: 3.3%

Drake: 23.6%

N. Iowa: 8.8%

THURSDAY

ATTENDANCE WOES

Valparaiso: 1.5%

Indiana St.: 3.4%

A look at all-session attendance at the MVC tournament since 1997, the rst year with the current format.

SUNDAY

noon, FSM

6 p.m., FSM 2:30 p.m., CBSSN

4 Missouri St. (16-15) 2:30 p.m., FSM

5 Bradley (17-14) 70,000

All games at Enterprise Center

60,000

Missouri St.: 10.4%

TITLE GAME 1 p.m., KMOV (4)

2 Drake (23-8)

Loyola: 23.1%

AREA PLAYERS Player Jordan Barnes Emondre Rickman Josh Webster Aaron Cook Armon Fletcher Brendon Gooch Deion Lavender

SATURDAY

1 Loyola (19-12) 8 Indiana St. (15-15)

80,000

Bradley: 9.8%

SIUC: 14.8% School Indiana St. Indiana St. Missouri St. SIUC SIUC SIUC Valparaiso

FRIDAY

9 Valpo (14-17)

90,000

Chances to win the tournament, per Ken Pomeroy:

K.J. Riley

Vitals 5-11 Jr. G 6-9 Sr. C 6-3 Sr. G 6-2 Jr. G 6-5 Sr. G 6-5 So. F 6-3 Sr. G

High school Of note CBC 14.7 PPG, 3.3 APG Collinsville 6.3 PPG, 3.5 RPG CBC MVC-best 5.2 APG Westminster 10.6 PPG, 3.7 APG Edwardsville Last 6: 22.6 PPG Althoff Appeared in 16 gms. Alton Marq. 8 PPG, 5.1 RPG

50,000

7 Illinois St. (16-15)

6 p.m., FSM

8:30 p.m., FSM Plus

40,000

2018: 34,810

10 Evansville (11-20)

5 p.m., CBSSN

30,000

3 SIUC (17-14)

20,000

6 N. Iowa (14-17)

8:30 p.m., FSM

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2007

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RADIO

WHAT ARE THE ODDS?

Matt Lottich

KTRS (550 AM) will carry all games except Saturday’s, which will air on WSDZ (1260 AM) if MSU plays, or KXFN (1380 AM) if the Bears are eliminated. On other days, Bears games will air on KXFN (1380 AM). SIU Carbondale games are on KATZ (1600 AM).


SPORTS

03.07.2019 • Thursday • M 1

Sister Jean back as Ramblers try for repeat in MVC

sT. LOuIs POsT-dIsPaTCh • B5

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HOCHMAN • FROM B1

faces will return to Enterprise Center, be it Custer or coach Porter Moser or Sister Jean. The team’s 99-year-old celebrity chaplain “wouldn’t miss the tournament for anything,” Moser said. Born in 1919 — the same year as Jackie Robinson, Evita Peron and Liberace — Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt gives LoyolaChicago this divine dynamic, after she carved a unique nook in sports culture. As the boys made their run to the Final Four — which included two last-second shots to just make the Sweet 16 — Sister Jean became the unexpected face of the program, sharing her soothing sayings and proud prayers. And as we enter this year’s MVC tournament, her presence is a present. “She’s that kind of person when you walk in, and she smiles, she makes everyone feel good,” said Moser, who was previously an assistant coach at St. Louis University. “And she’s just a huge part of our family, our basketball program and the university. She’s kind of like our comfort blanket.” Sister Jean gives the tourney a little special spice, but once the ball is tipped, she’s like any of us, watching intently and curiously — Can Loyola do it again?

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Loyola University of Chicago’s Sister Jean shows off her NCAA Final Four ring.

If the Ramblers do, they’ll need some of the last March’s benediction, but it’ll also take a different strategy, without the graduated Ben Richardson. They don’t spread the floor and fire 3-pointers as much this season. And they have a new go-to guy, even though the old go-to guy is still on the court. This is a rare one in hoops — the reigning conference player of the year returned, and he wasn’t even the best player on his own team. Custer averaged 11.4 points a game and 2.6 assists this season, after averaging 13.2 and 4.1 a season ago. “If you just looked at the numbers, then it’s been down,” Moser said, “but he’s the same thing — he means everything to us. One of the greatest videos is when, after the game against Bradley, we had like a little awards deal. We had a microphone and the whole crowd, when they were introducing Marques Townes was chanting ‘MV-P.’ Clayton was the MVP last year — and he didn’t have that kind of year (this year) — and you can see him in the video, he’s leading the chants. ‘M-V-P’ for Marques. “(Custer) is about winning, he’s about our program, he means everything to us — the ball’s in his hand a ton. You’re still going to see that. He leads us, he’s vocal, he’s the hardest practice player every day. So in terms of the meaning to our team? It’s the same as last year — or more.” Here’s thinking the talk of the tournament will be Townes. The 6-foot-4 senior led the team in scoring (15.9) and assists (3.5), while also gobbling 5.0 rebounds a game. He indeed won the league’s MVP award, named after Larry Bird. And it’s Larry’s old team Indiana State (No. 8) that plays Valparaiso (No. 9), with Thursday’s winner earning a date with Loyola on Friday. Now, some skeptics think Loyola isn’t the team to beat in the conference tourney. The Ramblers did “only” tie for the conference title with Drake (the No. 2 seed), instead of bulldozing through the conference like a season ago. And you may have heard about the parity in this league. But Loyola has most of its key players back, and the team will feature an added dynamic that wasn’t part of conference play. Guard Lucas Williamson is a brilliant defensive player. But he twice injured his hand during the season and just returned for the final two games of the regular season. “The intangibles (are) what you can’t quantify,” Moser said. “And just having (his teammates) know there’s another guy that’s been through the trenches, that’s been through some things with them, I think those guys feel extra-confident with him alongside them. He makes key plays, he did it all the time last year. At Northern Iowa he had a key steal and hit a big shot. He’s one of those guys every coach will point to, when you review the film, and you’re like, ‘Man, they make a lot of winning plays that sometimes don’t show up in the box score.’ He’s one of those kinds of young men.” Looking back at the regular season, Moser called it “an amazing grind.” He said the Ramblers had a “target” on them for every game — because if you beat them, it meant you beat a team that just went to the Final Four. Loyola-Chicago finished 19-12, with some quality wins and also some frighteningly large losses. But now in the MVC tournament? “Nobody has a target on their back,” Moser said, “because everyone is chasing the same thing — a tournament title.” Sunday’s scissors await large hands. Benjamin Hochman @hochman on Twitter bhochman@post-dispatch.com

Malek Green had a career-high 23 points as Morehead State nipped Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 72-68 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, in Evansville, Ind. The Eagles opened a 37-24 halftime lead, but SIUE roared back and took a 56-55 lead on a layup by Brandon Jackson with 8:08 to go. The Cougars never led again, and the Eagles were six-of-six from the free throw line in the final 19 seconds to hang on. Jackson had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars, who finished their season at 10-21. Cameron Williams had 11 points. Morehead State (13-19) moves to the quarterfinals, where it will face Austin Peay on Thursday. The Governors (21-10) had a first-round bye. No. 10 LSU 79, Florida 78 • Getting to overtime was the tough part for Louisan State. Winning in the extra frame? That’s pretty much what the Tigers have done all season. Tremont Waters dribbled the length of the court for the tying basket with 3 seconds remaining in regulation and hit a 3-pointer early in overtime, helping LSU escape with a victory on the road. The Tigers (25-5, 15-2 Southeastern Conference) improved to 5-1 in OT games in league play. “It’s kind of what we’ve done all year,” coach Will Wade said. “It’s not very pretty.” The Gators had a chance to win it with 7.8 seconds left in the extra period, but Jalen Hudson slipped then KeVaughn Allen failed to get off a shot before the final buzzer. “Golden opportunity,” Florida coach Mike White said. Waters finished with 19 points, six assists, six turnovers, three rebounds and three steals. The Tigers will clinch a share of the SEC regular-season title with a victory Saturday against lowly Vanderbilt. They already have

1. Gonzaga (29-2) idle. Next: WCC semifinals, Monday. 2. Virginia (27-2) idle. Next: vs. Louisville, Saturday. 3. North Carolina (25-5) idle. Next: vs. No. 4 Duke, Saturday. 4. Duke (26-4) idle. Next: at No. 3 North Carolina, Saturday. 5. Tennessee (27-3) idle. Next: at Auburn, Saturday. 6. Kentucky (25-5) idle. Next: vs. Florida, Saturday. 7. Michigan (26-4) idle. Next: at No. 9 Michigan State, Saturday. 8. Texas Tech (25-5) idle. Next: at Iowa State, Saturday. 9. Michigan State (24-6) idle. Next: vs. No. 7 Michigan, Saturday. 10. LSU (25-5) beat Florida 79-78, OT. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday. 11. Purdue (22-8) idle. Next: at Northwestern, Saturday. 12. Houston (27-2) idle. Next: vs. SMU, Thursday.

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Florida’s Jalen Hudson (left) fends off Louisiana State’s Naz Reid (center) to get up a shot in overtime Wednesday night.

locked up a double-bye in next week’s SEC tournament. Hudson’s season-high 33 points paced Florida. Seton Hall 73, No. 16 Marquette 64 • Myles Powell scored 34 points to boost the host Pirates, who closed with an 18-0 run to revive their NCAA Tournament hopes. Powell had 10 straight points in the run, tying it 6464 with 2:55 to play and hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 left. Seton Hall (1712, 8-9 Big East) snapped a losing streak at three games and handed Marquette (23-7, 12-5) its third straight loss. Sam Hauser led Marquette with 25 points, but the big thing was the Pirates’ defense on conference scoring leader Markus Howard. He came in averaging almost 26 points in league action and was limited to six, on two-of-11 shooting.

WOMEN Purdue 72, Illinois 60 • Karissa McLaughlin scored 17 points to lead four Boilermakers in double figures en route to winning in the first round of the Big 10 tournament, in Indianapolis. Purdue (18-14) will play sixth-seeded Nebraska in Thursday’s second round. Brandi Beasley had 18 points and Mackenzie Blazek added 15 for the Illini, who finish at 10-20. Belmont 74, SEMO 65• Ellie Harmeyer’s 24 points carried the Bruins to victory in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tourney, in Evansville, Ind. Adrianna Murphy scored 20 points for Southeast Missouri State, which ends at 1317. Belmot (24-6) next plays Friday, against the winner of Thursday’s Tennessee TechAustin Peay contest.

13. Kansas (22-8) idle. Next: vs. Baylor, Saturday. 14. Florida State (24-6) idle. Next: at Wake Forest, Saturday. 15. Virginia Tech (22-7) idle. Next: vs. Miami, Friday. 16. Marquette (23-7) lost to Seton Hall 73-64. Next: vs. Georgetown, Saturday. 17. Nevada (27-3) idle. Next: vs. San Diego State, Saturday. 18. Kansas State (23-7) idle. Next: vs. Oklahoma, Saturday. 19. Buffalo (27-3) idle. Next: vs. Bowling Green, Friday. 20. Cincinnati (25-4) idle. Next: at No. 25 UCF, Thursday. 21. Wisconsin (20-9) idle. Next: vs. Iowa, Thursday. 22. Wofford (26-4) idle. Next: vs. VMI or Western Carolina, Saturday. 23. Villanova (22-8) idle. Next: at Seton Hall, Saturday. 24. Maryland (21-9) idle. Next: vs. Minnesota, Friday. 25. UCF (22-6) idle. Next: vs. No. 20 Cincinnati, Thursday.

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

Former Cardinal Norris joins Blue Jays ASSOCIATED PRESS

Bud Norris, who had 28 saves for the Cardinals last year, finalized a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and he will report to major-league spring training, it was announced Wednesday. If added to their 40-man roster, he will get a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and have the chance to earn $1.25 million in performance bonuses. Norris, who turned 34 Saturday, had 47 saves over the past two seasons combined for the Angels and Cardinals. He went 3-6 with a 3.59 ERA in 64 appearances with the Redbirds last year. Norris won 15 games for Baltimore in 2014, and it was only in the past two seasons in which he became almost exclusively a reliever. In 10 bigleague seasons, Norris is 6790 with a 4.45 ERA. The Blue Jays also singed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a $3 million, one-year contract. The 34-year-old righthander and two-time All-Star is expected to join a starting rotation that includes Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. Buchholz signed with Kansas City late in spring training last year, was released on May 1 and signed with Arizona three days later. He made his first big-league appearance on May 20 and was 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts. He suffered an elbow injury while warming up on Sept. 13 and did not pitch again. Harper causes stir • Major League Baseball is investigating whether new Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper committed a tampering violation when he lobbied for Mike Trout, who isn’t a free agent for two more seasons, to join the Phillies. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he doesn’t want players recruiting other players, a practice that has been winked at in the NBA. Manfred said he didn’t want to see the same thing happen in baseball. “Given our rules, players

LAURIE SKRIVAN • lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

Bud Norris pitches against the Dodgers last year, when he had 28 saves and a 3.59 ERA for the Cardinals.

recruiting other players who are still under contract or under reserve to another club is a rule violation,” he said at the Boston College Chief Executives Club. “So, obviously not anxious to see that.” Harper signed a $330 million, 13-year contract with the Phillies last week, and said at his introductory news conference: “There’s another guy in about two years that comes off the books. We’ll see what happens with that.” That probably would not be tampering, but he might have crossed the line when he told Philadelphia radio station WIP: “If you don’t think I’m gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you’re crazy.” Trout, a two-time American League MVP with the Los Angeles Angels, grew up near Philadelphia, attended the Phillies’ victory parade in 2008 as a 17-year-old and has season tickets for the Eagles. The 27-year-old outfielder is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. A baseball rule prohibits “negotiations or dealings respecting employment, either present or prospective, be-

tween any player, coach or manager and any Major or Minor League Club other than the Club with which the player is under contract.” Manfred wouldn’t say if he thought Harper’s comments constituted tampering. “We’re in the process of gathering information about the comments and the context in which they were made,” he said. Boston hurler suspended • Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will sit out the first 80 games of the season after testing positive for Human Growth Hormone, a second suspension for the knuckleballer who missed 15 games last year for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy. Wright, 34, said in a statement issued through the Major League Baseball Players Association that he learned of the positive test during the offseason. “Although I do not dispute the validity of the test, I was shocked as I have never intentionally ingested anything for performance-enhancing purposes,” the statement said.“I ...

will continue to try and identify the source of the result.” A starter for most of his career, Wright spent the bulk of last season in the bullpen, going 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 games. Perez has surgery • Royals catcher Salvador Perez has had Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow, a procedure that will sideline the six-time AllStar for the upcoming season. The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers’ team physician. The recovery time usually is about a year, meaning Perez could be back for opening day next season. He suffered the injury during drills last week. He hit 27 homers and had 80 RBIs last year. Bregman ailing • Astros third baseman Alex Bregman left his team’s 11-5 exhibition victory over the Marlins because of back stiffness. Manager A.J. Hinch said Bregman probably will be held out a day and return to the lineup Friday.


SPORTS

03.07.2019 • Thursday • M 2

Sister Jean back as Ramblers try for repeat in MVC

sT. LOuIs POsT-dIsPaTCh • B5

COLLEGE BASKETBALL ROUNDUP

Morehead State ends SIUE’s season HOW THE TOP 25 FARED

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HOCHMAN • FROM B1

familiar faces will return to Enterprise Center, be it Custer or coach Porter Moser or Sister Jean. The team’s 99-year-old celebrity chaplain “wouldn’t miss the tournament for anything,” Moser said. Born in 1919 — the same year as Jackie Robinson, Evita Peron and Liberace — Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt gives LoyolaChicago this divine dynamic, after she carved a unique nook in sports culture. As the boys made their run to the Final Four — which included two last-second shots to just make the Sweet 16 — Sister Jean became the unexpected face of the program, sharing her soothing sayings and proud prayers. And as we enter this year’s MVC tournament, her presence is a present. “She’s that kind of person when you walk in, and she smiles, she makes everyone feel good,” said Moser, who was previously an assistant coach at St. Louis University. “And she’s just a huge part of our family, our basketball program and the university. She’s kind of like our comfort blanket.” Sister Jean gives the tourney a little special spice, but once the ball is tipped, she’s like any of us, watching intently and curiously — Can Loyola do it again?

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Loyola University of Chicago’s Sister Jean shows off her NCAA Final Four ring.

If the Ramblers do, they’ll need some of the last March’s benediction, but it’ll also take a different strategy, without the graduated Ben Richardson. They don’t spread the floor and fire 3-pointers as much this season. And they have a new go-to guy, even though the old go-to guy is still on the court. This is a rare one in hoops — the reigning conference player of the year returned, and he wasn’t even the best player on his own team. Custer averaged 11.4 points a game and 2.6 assists this season, after averaging 13.2 and 4.1 a season ago. “If you just looked at the numbers, then it’s been down,” Moser said, “but he’s the same thing — he means everything to us. One of the greatest videos is when, after the game against Bradley, we had like a little awards deal. We had a microphone and the whole crowd, when they were introducing Marques Townes was chanting ‘MV-P.’ Clayton was the MVP last year — and he didn’t have that kind of year (this year) — and you can see him in the video, he’s leading the chants. ‘M-V-P’ for Marques. “(Custer) is about winning, he’s about our program, he means everything to us — the ball’s in his hand a ton. You’re still going to see that. He leads us, he’s vocal, he’s the hardest practice player every day. So in terms of the meaning to our team? It’s the same as last year — or more.” Here’s thinking the talk of the tournament will be Townes. The 6-foot-4 senior led the team in scoring (15.9) and assists (3.5), while also gobbling 5.0 rebounds a game. He indeed won the league’s MVP award, named after Larry Bird. And it’s Larry’s old team Indiana State (No. 8) that plays Valparaiso (No. 9), with Thursday’s winner earning a date with Loyola on Friday. Now, some skeptics think Loyola isn’t the team to beat in the conference tourney. The Ramblers did “only” tie for the conference title with Drake (the No. 2 seed), instead of bulldozing through the conference like a season ago. And you may have heard about the parity in this league. But Loyola has most of its key players back, and the team will feature an added dynamic that wasn’t part of conference play. Guard Lucas Williamson is a brilliant defensive player. But he twice injured his hand during the season and just returned for the final two games of the regular season. “The intangibles (are) what you can’t quantify,” Moser said. “And just having (his teammates) know there’s another guy that’s been through the trenches, that’s been through some things with them, I think those guys feel extra-confident with him alongside them. He makes key plays, he did it all the time last year. At Northern Iowa he had a key steal and hit a big shot. He’s one of those guys every coach will point to, when you review the film, and you’re like, ‘Man, they make a lot of winning plays that sometimes don’t show up in the box score.’ He’s one of those kinds of young men.” Looking back at the regular season, Moser called it “an amazing grind.” He said the Ramblers had a “target” on them for every game — because if you beat them, it meant you beat a team that just went to the Final Four. Loyola-Chicago finished 19-12, with some quality wins and also some frighteningly large losses. But now in the MVC tournament? “Nobody has a target on their back,” Moser said, “because everyone is chasing the same thing — a tournament title.” Sunday’s scissors await large hands. Benjamin Hochman @hochman on Twitter bhochman@post-dispatch.com

Malek Green had a career-high 23 points as Morehead State nipped Southern Illinois University Edwardsville 72-68 on Wednesday night in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament, in Evansville, Ind. The Eagles opened a 37-24 halftime lead, but SIUE roared back and took a 56-55 lead on a layup by Brandon Jackson with 8:08 to go. The Cougars never led again, and the Eagles were six-of-six from the free throw line in the final 19 seconds to hang on. Jackson had 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars, who finished their season at 10-21. Cameron Williams had 11 points. Morehead State (13-19) moves to the quarterfinals, where it will face Austin Peay on Thursday. The Governors (21-10) had a first-round bye. No. 10 LSU 79, Florida 78 • Getting to overtime was the tough part for Louisan State. Winning in the extra frame? That’s pretty much what the Tigers have done all season. Tremont Waters dribbled the length of the court for the tying basket with 3 seconds remaining in regulation and hit a 3-pointer early in overtime, helping LSU escape with a victory on the road. The Tigers (25-5, 15-2 Southeastern Conference) improved to 5-1 in OT games in league play. “It’s kind of what we’ve done all year,” coach Will Wade said. “It’s not very pretty.” The Gators had a chance to win it with 7.8 seconds left in the extra period, but Jalen Hudson slipped then KeVaughn Allen failed to get off a shot before the final buzzer. “Golden opportunity,” Florida coach Mike White said. Waters finished with 19 points, six assists, six turnovers, three rebounds and three steals. The Tigers will clinch a share of the SEC regular-season title with a victory Saturday against lowly Vanderbilt. They already have

1. Gonzaga (29-2) idle. Next: WCC semifinals, Monday. 2. Virginia (27-2) idle. Next: vs. Louisville, Saturday. 3. North Carolina (25-5) idle. Next: vs. No. 4 Duke, Saturday. 4. Duke (26-4) idle. Next: at No. 3 North Carolina, Saturday. 5. Tennessee (27-3) idle. Next: at Auburn, Saturday. 6. Kentucky (25-5) idle. Next: vs. Florida, Saturday. 7. Michigan (26-4) idle. Next: at No. 9 Michigan State, Saturday. 8. Texas Tech (25-5) idle. Next: at Iowa State, Saturday. 9. Michigan State (24-6) idle. Next: vs. No. 7 Michigan, Saturday. 10. LSU (25-5) beat Florida 79-78, OT. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Saturday. 11. Purdue (22-8) idle. Next: at Northwestern, Saturday. 12. Houston (27-2) idle. Next: vs. SMU, Thursday.

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Florida’s Jalen Hudson (left) fends off Louisiana State’s Naz Reid (center) to get up a shot in overtime Wednesday night.

locked up a double-bye in next week’s SEC tournament. Hudson’s season-high 33 points paced Florida. Seton Hall 73, No. 16 Marquette 64 • Myles Powell scored 34 points to boost the host Pirates, who closed with an 18-0 run to revive their NCAA Tournament hopes. Powell had 10 straight points in the run, tying it 6464 with 2:55 to play and hitting the go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:28 left. Seton Hall (1712, 8-9 Big East) snapped a losing streak at three games and handed Marquette (23-7, 12-5) its third straight loss. Sam Hauser led Marquette with 25 points, but the big thing was the Pirates’ defense on conference scoring leader Markus Howard. He came in averaging almost 26 points in league action and was limited to six, on two-of-11 shooting.

WOMEN Purdue 72, Illinois 60 • Karissa McLaughlin scored 17 points to lead four Boilermakers in double figures en route to winning in the first round of the Big 10 tournament, in Indianapolis. Purdue (18-14) will play sixth-seeded Nebraska in Thursday’s second round. Brandi Beasley had 18 points and Mackenzie Blazek added 15 for the Illini, who finish at 10-20. Belmont 74, SEMO 65• Ellie Harmeyer’s 24 points carried the Bruins to victory in the first round of the Ohio Valley Conference tourney, in Evansville, Ind. Adrianna Murphy scored 20 points for Southeast Missouri State, which ends at 1317. Belmot (24-6) next plays Friday, against the winner of Thursday’s Tennessee TechAustin Peay contest.

13. Kansas (22-8) idle. Next: vs. Baylor, Saturday. 14. Florida State (24-6) idle. Next: at Wake Forest, Saturday. 15. Virginia Tech (22-7) idle. Next: vs. Miami, Friday. 16. Marquette (23-7) lost to Seton Hall 73-64. Next: vs. Georgetown, Saturday. 17. Nevada (27-3) idle. Next: vs. San Diego State, Saturday. 18. Kansas State (23-7) idle. Next: vs. Oklahoma, Saturday. 19. Buffalo (27-3) idle. Next: vs. Bowling Green, Friday. 20. Cincinnati (25-4) idle. Next: at No. 25 UCF, Thursday. 21. Wisconsin (20-9) idle. Next: vs. Iowa, Thursday. 22. Wofford (26-4) idle. Next: vs. VMI or Western Carolina, Saturday. 23. Villanova (22-8) idle. Next: at Seton Hall, Saturday. 24. Maryland (21-9) idle. Next: vs. Minnesota, Friday. 25. UCF (22-6) idle. Next: vs. No. 20 Cincinnati, Thursday.

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Bud Norris, who had 28 saves for the Cardinals last year, finalized a minor-league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays and he will report to major-league spring training, it was announced Wednesday. If added to their 40-man roster, he will get a $3 million salary while in the major leagues and have the chance to earn $1.25 million in performance bonuses. Norris, who turned 34 Saturday, had 47 saves over the past two seasons combined for the Angels and Cardinals. He went 3-6 with a 3.59 ERA in 64 appearances with the Redbirds last year. Norris won 15 games for Baltimore in 2014, and it was only in the past two seasons in which he became almost exclusively a reliever. In 10 bigleague seasons, Norris is 6790 with a 4.45 ERA. The Blue Jays also singed pitcher Clay Buchholz to a $3 million, one-year contract. The 34-year-old righthander and two-time All-Star is expected to join a starting rotation that includes Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez. Buchholz signed with Kansas City late in spring training last year, was released on May 1 and signed with Arizona three days later. He made his first big-league appearance on May 20 and was 7-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 16 starts. He suffered an elbow injury while warming up on Sept. 13 and did not pitch again. Harper causes stir • Major League Baseball is investigating whether new Philadelphia slugger Bryce Harper committed a tampering violation when he lobbied for Mike Trout, who isn’t a free agent for two more seasons, to join the Phillies. Commissioner Rob Manfred said he doesn’t want players recruiting other players, a practice that has been winked at in the NBA. Manfred said he didn’t want to see the same thing happen in baseball. “Given our rules, players

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Bud Norris pitches against the Dodgers last year, when he had 28 saves and a 3.59 ERA for the Cardinals.

recruiting other players who are still under contract or under reserve to another club is a rule violation,” he said at the Boston College Chief Executives Club. “So, obviously not anxious to see that.” Harper signed a $330 million, 13-year contract with the Phillies last week, and said at his introductory news conference: “There’s another guy in about two years that comes off the books. We’ll see what happens with that.” That probably would not be tampering, but he might have crossed the line when he told Philadelphia radio station WIP: “If you don’t think I’m gonna call Mike Trout to come to Philly in 2020, you’re crazy.” Trout, a two-time American League MVP with the Los Angeles Angels, grew up near Philadelphia, attended the Phillies’ victory parade in 2008 as a 17-year-old and has season tickets for the Eagles. The 27-year-old outfielder is set to become a free agent after the 2020 season. A baseball rule prohibits “negotiations or dealings respecting employment, either present or prospective, be-

tween any player, coach or manager and any Major or Minor League Club other than the Club with which the player is under contract.” Manfred wouldn’t say if he thought Harper’s comments constituted tampering. “We’re in the process of gathering information about the comments and the context in which they were made,” he said. Boston hurler suspended • Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright will sit out the first 80 games of the season after testing positive for Human Growth Hormone, a second suspension for the knuckleballer who missed 15 games last year for violating baseball’s domestic violence policy. Wright, 34, said in a statement issued through the Major League Baseball Players Association that he learned of the positive test during the offseason. “Although I do not dispute the validity of the test, I was shocked as I have never intentionally ingested anything for performance-enhancing purposes,” the statement said.“I ...

will continue to try and identify the source of the result.” A starter for most of his career, Wright spent the bulk of last season in the bullpen, going 3-1 with a 2.68 ERA in 20 games. Perez has surgery • Royals catcher Salvador Perez has had Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow, a procedure that will sideline the six-time AllStar for the upcoming season. The surgery was performed in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers’ team physician. The recovery time usually is about a year, meaning Perez could be back for opening day next season. He suffered the injury during drills last week. He hit 27 homers and had 80 RBIs last year. Bregman ailing • Astros third baseman Alex Bregman left his team’s 11-5 exhibition victory over the Marlins because of back stiffness. Manager A.J. Hinch said Bregman probably will be held out a day and return to the lineup Friday.


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Jackson is quite the fan of Goldschmidt FREDERICKSON • FROM B1

A pregame conversation with the baseball legend before the Cardinals’ 9-5 spring training defeat of the Yankees on Wednesday took an unexpected turn. Jackson, now a special adviser to the Yankees, had been asked about an entirely different topic, but that interview had ended, and suddenly he was gushing, unprovoked, about the Cardinals’ new first baseman. Yes, his comments could be printed. Sure, he would elaborate. He’s never been short on words. “This ... guy,” Jackson said. “Go to Baseball Reference.” It’s one thing to look up a player’s stats. It’s another to have Reggie Jackson walk you through them. “He’s too good,” Jackson said. “He’s too good. He plays every day. He plays 155 (games). He hits 30 (home runs), drives in 110-115 (runs). He hits .295 to .300.” The fingers of a grip that smacked 563 home runs reached for a phone screen and bookended Goldschmidt’s non-debut seasons. “Look at the games played,” Jackson said, referencing Goldschmidt’s average of 149 games per season from 2012-18. “Those are numbers that Pete Rose, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, those kind of guys posted. Or, Reggie Jackson.”

His perfectly executed humble brag behind him, Jackson rolled on. “Look at the at-bats (546 per season),” he said. “Look at the runs scored (97 per season). Look at the power production! Those are a lot of hits (163 per season) for a guy that gets that many walks (91 per season). Look at the walks!” Goldschmidt, Jackson explained, is a certified “big bopper.” His Yankees have two in Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge. Goldschmidt belongs in the group. By now, Jackson was pointing to Goldschmidt’s career on-base plus slugging percentage of .930. “Look at that,” he said, noting his own lifetime OPS of .846. “These are big-time numbers.” Jackson then shifted the conversation to what Baseball Reference can’t say about Goldschmidt. “He’s the guy that will make the Cardinals 10 to 15 games better, because he gives you presence in the clubhouse,” Jackson said. “You look around and see him cinching up his belt. He ain’t gonna get hurt. He’s not going to have a headache. He ain’t going to get a toothache. He ain’t going to get the flu.” Jackson pointed to a clubhouse wall, to a spot where a lineup might hang. “He’s going to post every day,” Jackson said. For how long, though? Gold-

schmidt’s 31. Baseball’s treating 30 like the new 40. “He’s going to hit for another four, five more years,” Jackson said. “I hit until I was 39. I hit 39 home runs when I was 36. I hit 27 homers when I was 39. Now, I’m not a lot of guys. But he’s not a lot of guys. This guy is a player, buddy. He’s a diamond. I love that guy.” Jackson wasn’t interested in telling Cardinals manager Mike Shildt how to build his lineup, but if he was the one taping it to the wall, he knows how it would read. “I hope he doesn’t hit second,” Jackson said. “I’m from the old school. He hits fourth, OK? He will make every one in front of him better, and a guy or two behind him. He will make five guys in the lineup better, without a doubt. But if he hits second or third, or wherever they hit him, just let him play.” Word made its way to Shildt. The manager confirmed, with a smile, that he will have no problem letting Goldschmidt play. As far as the ringing endorsement of his first baseman from the first player to hit 100-plus homers for three different teams? Add it to the list. “The thing that is so impressive to me is the why, Mr. (George) Kissell would say, of why he’s received those welldeserved accolades from Reggie Jackson, Tony La Russa, the game itself,” Shildt said. “I just

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have the utmost respect for Paul in that he is so sincere, and loves and has a passion for this game. He wants to be good at everything. It’s clear to me he has been serious about that. You can take a deep dive in any baseball conversation, whether it’s holding a runner at first, stepping on first base and making a turn, the hitting part, baserunning, defense, bunt plays. “He is just first-rate across the board, and he is sincere about wanting to be the best player he can be, wanting to honor his gifts. But he is equally and even more sincere about the guys around it understanding it (for themselves). And about us winning. He wants to win.” Jackson had thoughts on that topic, too. During his morning praise of Goldschmidt, he explained how the Cardinals’ trade altered the National League Central and the Cardinals’ hopes of reclaiming it. “The Cubs have to play good now,” Jackson said. “And they are going to play good. They had a bad year last year. They have some youth that can get pissed off with a lot of high energy. They’ve got players. They’ve got a manager. They have great ownership. They are embarrassed about last year. “But the Cardinals are the Cardinals. They are the secondmost in baseball with championships, second to us. And now? They’ve got a player. He makes

them an absolute contender. They just need to pitch, and follow his lead.” Jackson had never met Goldschmidt before Wednesday. He feared Goldschmidt would not make the trip, as big stars tend to stay home in the spring. He was thrilled to find out he guessed wrong. After starting at first against the Phillies in Clearwater on Tuesday, Goldschmidt was back in the lineup in Tampa, appearing as the designated hitter in his first back-to-back of the spring. “I’m going to go watch him hit,” Jackson said upon hearing the news. Goldschmidt was one of the last Cardinals to leave the field following batting practice. After his time in the cage, he took grounders. He talked defense with second baseman Kolten Wong. He practiced his thirdbase lead while discussing hitting with pitching coach Mike Maddux. He signed autographs for a row of kids calling his name. It was then and there when Jackson slid beneath Goldschmidt’s arm the bat Jackson had borrowed from the first baseman during their introduction at the batting cage. His admiration was no longer a secret. “Hopefully,” Goldschmidt said, “I can make him look smart.” Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred on Twitter bfrederickson@post-dispatch.com

CARDINALS NOTEBOOK

Gant labors but finds his stuff

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“I think at a young age there were days when I ran myself into the ground from a work-ethic standpoint and maybe didn’t cover all of my bases recovery-wise,” said Tulowitzki, 34. “We would grind in the cage a lot after games. At times, that took its toll. For myself, it’s just over time things started adding up and instead of taking care of it, I just went to the field every day and tried to tough through it. Eventually it was too much to take.” A year ago this week, the Cardinals and DeJong agreed on a six-year extension that guaranteed him $36 million and came with a pledge. The team saw him as its everyday shortstop, and less than 17 months after shifting to the position, so did he. Coming off a rookie season in which he hit for power as few shortstops have, DeJong focused on agility and flexibility. He slimmed down and shaped up in a crash-course on positioning with coach Jose Oquendo. This winter, he modified his workouts again, moving away from weightlifting and toward work geared around baseball movements. He incorporated his curiosity for science, studied the importance of tendons and started planning ways he could, at 25, help his body become more durable at 34. He wasn’t thinking only of the coming year, but having a career. “I want to play this game this way as long as I can,” DeJong said. In the Cardinals’ 9-5 victory against the Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field, DeJong showed the many ways his spot in the field and potential spot in the order could influence games. Cardinals farm director Gary LaRocque often asks coaches for the ways a player “can beat the other team.” DeJong put on a clinic Wednesday. He doubled home a run in his second at-bat, and he fought back in the count to earn a leadoff walk in the sixth inning. DeJong knew the opposing pitcher was slow to the plate, so he stole second, and that set up his first run of the game. His second came an inning later when he mashed an 0-1 pitch for his first homer of spring training. “Paulie has a complete skill set,” manager Mike Shildt said. “Paulie has a special skill set. So you look up and this guy can beat you with his bat. He can beat you with his approach with the bat. He can beat the other team with his defense. He can beat the other team with his intelligence with his defense. And then he can beat the other team with his technique and intelligence

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Cardinals infielder Paul DeJong takes batting practice in Florida. He remained productive in the second half last season despite a drop in his batting average.

with his baserunning. Complete player.” But to be complete, DeJong knows he has to do what Tulowitzki could not in recent years – stay on the field – and what a handful of others haven’t – stay at the position. In his rookie season, DeJong hit 25 homers, drove in 65 runs and had a .532 slugging percentage to go with an .857 OPS. He was the only player that season to have 25 homers, 60 RBIs, a .500 slugging percentage and an .800 OPS and also play 80 percent of his games at shortstop. Only 12 other shortstops have had a season like that since 2000, and from 2009 to 2015 only one shortstop did: Tulowitzki. He did it four times. Ankle and leg injuries eroded his playing time from there. Others on the list, like Alex Rodriguez and Hanley Ramirez, changed positions. Manny Machado became the 13th shortstop on the list this past season, and this year he’ll play third base, again. “It can be done. It can be done,” Tulowitzki said when asked if there’s staying power at shortstop. He motioned to the Yankees insignia all around him. “Look around. A few guys have. Derek Jeter comes to mind. He played short until he was 40. It can be done, trust me. Some of the better guys who moved to third, and I think they definitely regret it.” At the start of this spring, DeJong spoke to a crowd of 100 at The Society of the Four Arts in Palm Beach, Fla. His agent’s father, Dr. Lawrence Rocks, a chemist, joined him as they discussed two specific areas of longterm athletic performance: tendons and respiration. DeJong spoke from his expe-

rience, and Dr. Rocks pulled from his studies. The chemist later said that “weightlifting is great – makes you feel like Superman. But you lose the edge on flexibility.” That was an echo of DeJong’s pivot in his workouts. Tulowitzki described how he would follow Todd Helton into the cage to hit away the night sometimes. DeJong sets a plan to limit his swings so that it’s “quality over quantity.” “You’re trying to keep your body on the field,” DeJong said. “You’re not training to get strong. You’re training for strength on the baseball field.” A fractured hand kept him off the field last year for more than a month, and when he returned he played the second half of the year with a screw in his hand. That limited his power and left him with a .231 average after his return. Shildt pointed to how DeJong found a way to make the most of that average. Only MVP Christian Yelich and the Mets’ Michael Conforto had more RBIs in the NL than DeJong’s 49 after the All-Star break. In the second half, with runners in scoring position, DeJong hit .311 with a .514 slugging and .877 OPS in one fewer at-bat than Machado, who hit .307 with a .493 slugging percentage and .900 OPS. Whether it’s in the field or in the order, in the middle of it all is durability, and DeJong described how if he can maintain that, he can “trust my eyes, rely on my instincts” on the field and let them make plays. “If I can do that for 10 years,” DeJong said, “then I’ll stay at this position.” Derrick Goold @dgoold on Twitter dgoold@post-dispatch.com

Yankees lineup he’d face Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field told John Gant about the test awaiting him. “They sent the bullies out,” he said. One of the leading candidates to seize the opening in the Cardinals’ rotation, Gant skipped around an inefficient inning and two of baseball’s biggest sluggers to complete three innings and eventually find a feel for his changeup. The Yankees stacked former Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge and former National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, in the order, and other than hanging a curveball that Judge popped up, Gant kept both Yankees quiet. Stanton struck out on a 2-2 fastball, and Judge went zero for two against Gant. It took Gant 67 pitches to get six outs, and he allowed three runs on four hits. “Found a way to get through it,” manager Mike Shildt said. “Had trouble getting in a rhythm. Trouble getting his bread-and-butter going with his changeup. Had trouble repeating it. Made some pitches when he had to.” The Cardinals concluded their three-day trip to the Tampa Bay area with their first win of the swing, thumping the Yankees 9-5. The trip offered a tour of the Cardinals’ pitching, from the “pitchabiltiy” they want from Adam Wainwright to the blowtorch and sliders the Phillies saw Tuesday in Jack Flaherty, Jordan Hicks and Alex Reyes. Gant offers a third dimension to the rotation conversation — consistency. The Cardinals see Gant as a reliable presence, either in relief or in the rotation, and that comes from shouldering innings and the 3.47 ERA he had in 2018. The wart on his line last season was his walk rate, and those added pitches and work from the stretch kept him from being as efficient as his stuff would allow. Nearly half of his pitches Wednesday came in the second inning, and that included a walk immediately before a three-run homer. Gant threw a series of curves as he fiddled for his changeup, and then got it in the third to end his start with a double play. “Walks absolutely killed me pitch count-wise” in 2018, Gant said. “Probably the biggest goal for me is no free bases.”

MOLINA NABS THREE In his first game-speed simulation of spring, catcher Yadier Molina didn’t take long to neutralize speed in the game. During a controlled-setting squad game, the Cardinals placed runners on base to simulate different situations for pitcher Miles Mikolas, and three times Molina threw a minorleaguer out who was trying to steal. Molina also hit every inning of the squad game and had two singles in six at-bats. Mikolas threw four innings and because of the setting, he was able to work on his changeup in a “consequence-free environment.” He threw 65 pitches – the same target as other pitchers in their third games of Grapefruit League play. PENA OPTIMISTIC The Cardinals dialed back the prognosis on backup catcher Francisco Pena’s absence after classifying his injury as a “mild strain” of a left oblique muscle.

Originally expected to miss as much as two weeks, if not more, Pena (and the Cardinals) suggested he could miss a week. “I have my strength there,” Pena said at the team’s facility in Jupiter, Fla. “I feel much better. It’s not as tight as it was after the game.” In the seventh inning Tuesday, Pena felt a grab along his rib cage, and the initial diagnosis was an injury that could force him to miss at least 10 days. The Cardinals spent Wednesday morning determining if a scan of the area was necessary, and by noon Wednesday were encouraged by how Pena felt. The area of the injury is notorious for tricky returns, and a lengthy absence would almost erase Pena’s bid to return as the team’s backup. Veteran Matt Wieters was signed a week ago to contend with Pena. The Cardinals’ backup this past season started the spring with five hits in his first 11 at-bats, and shortly before the injury he threw out a runner to end an inning. “I think I have a good shot to make the team,” Pena said. “And that’s why I was a little disappointed when I got hurt.”

SHIFTY BUSINESS Several times on the road trip the Cardinals revealed a more aggressive use of shifts than in previous years, and that included stuffing three infielders on the left side of second base for righthanded-hitting batters like Andrew McCutchen and Aaron Judge. Shildt said the Cardinals have approached the spring games as they would the regular season when it comes to scouting hitters and utilizing shifts, and this week they’ve talked about using different shifts for different types of pitches. The shift against McCutchen, for example, wasn’t as lopsided to the left side with Jordan Hicks on the mound as it was with Jack Flaherty. On Wednesday, Kolten Wong started to the left of second and stole a hit from Judge. “Here we are. Modern baseball,” Shildt said. “We’re already prepping for the game like the regular season. We’ve done our homework on guys.” EXTRA BASES Alex Reyes recovered well from his first Grapefruit League appearance of the season and will be scheduled for another game this weekend, Shildt said. The righthander will probably see another inning of work, though the Cardinals still plan to stretch out his workload in the coming weeks. … Infielder Yairo Munoz (bruised hand) returned to game play Wednesday with a single in his first at-bat since being struck by a pitch. … Tyler O’Neill’s first four hits of spring training were homers, including one Wednesday. His fifth was a double. … The Cardinals’ pitching plan for Friday’s split-squad game will have Michael Wacha starting the day game against Washington and Dakota Hudson getting the night game against Houston. Daniel Ponce de Leon will follow Hudson in the evening game. … Luke Gregerson (shoulder) threw off the mound Wednesday for the first time this spring. The Grapefruit League schedule may run out before he’s ready for a game. Rick Hummel of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this story from Jupiter, Fla. Derrick Goold • @dgoold on Twitter dgoold@post-dispatch.com


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ADVERTISEMENT AMERICA’S LINE NBA Favorite Points Underdog BUCKS 10.5 Pacers BLAZERS 3.5 Thunder COLLEGE BASKETBALL Favorite Points Underdog APPALACHIAN ST 8 Troy CONNECTICUT 1 Temple WISCONSIN 7.5 Iowa COASTAL CARO 6 S Alabama C FLORIDA 2 Cincinnati ARK-L ROCK 1 UL-Lafayette UL-Monroe 3 ARKANSAS ST ILLINOIS 2 Indiana HOUSTON 14 Smu COLORADO 6 Ucla UTAH 3 Usc CAL-DAVIS 2.5 Hawaii Cal-Santa Barb 2 CS-NORTHRIDGE Cal-Irvine 12 CAL-POLY SLO STANFORD 11.5 California Missouri Valley Conf. Tournament, St. Louis Indiana St 2 Valparaiso Illinois St 3.5 Evansville West Coast Conf. Tournament, Las Vegas Pepperdine 1.5 Pacific San Diego 13 Portland Added Games No Colorado 4 SOUTHERN UTAH WEBER ST 17.5 Idaho IDAHO ST PK E Washington SACRAMENTO ST 1.5 Montana St Montana 5 PORTLAND ST Metro Atlantic Athletic Conf., Albany, NY Marist 2.5 St. Peter’s Fairfield 1.5 Manhattan Monmouth 2 Niagara NHL Favorite Odds Underdog BRUINS -$210/+$175 Panthers PENGUINS -$125/+$105 Blue Jackets RED WINGS -$110/-$110 Rangers Islanders -$220/+$180 SENATORS LIGHTNING -$240/+$200 Wild STARS -$125/+$105 Avalanche BLACKHAWKS -$135/+$115 Sabres OILERS -$145/+$125 Canucks Flames -$135/+$115 COYOTES Blues -$140/+$120 KINGS SHARKS -$190/+$170 Canadiens Grand Salami: Over/under 67.5 goals. AAF Favorite Points Underdog Open/Current Saturday Orlando 5.5/5.5 BIRMINGHAM SAN DIEGO PK/PK Salt Lake Sunday ATLANTA PK/PK Memphis ARIZONA 3.5/3.5 San Antonio Home team in CAPS © 2019 Benjamin Eckstein

TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL | Major League Baseball OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER — Suspended Boston RHP Steven Wright 80 games after testing positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. American League DETROIT — Optioned 2B Dawel Lugo to Toledo (IL) and RHP Eduardo Jimenez to Erie (EL). HOUSTON — Optioned RHPs Francis Martes and Brady Rodgers to minor league camp. Reassigned LHP Ryan Hartman, C Lorenzo Quintana and RHPs Jose Hernandez and Erasmo Pinales to minor league camp. NY YANKEES — Optioned RHP Domingo Acevedo to Trenton (EL). Reassigned RHPs Brady Lail and Trevor Stephan to minor league camp. TEXAS — Signed RHP Jose Leclerc to a four-year contract. TORONTO — Signed RHP Bud Norris to a minor league contract. BASKETBALL | NBA GOLDEN STATE — Signed C Andrew Bogut. FOOTBALL | NFL ARIZONA — Released LB Josh Bynes. BALTIMORE — Terminated the contract of S Eric Weddle. CAROLINA — Tendered a contract to DE Bryan Cox Jr. CLEVELAND — Terminated the contract of LB Jamie Collins Sr. GREEN BAY — FB John Kuhn announced his retirement. SOCCER Major League Soccer COLUMBUS CREW — Traded an international roster spot to the LA Galaxy for general and targeted allocation money. Loaned G Ben Lundgaard to Pittsburgh (USL) and D Aboubacar Keita to Richmond (USL). FC CINCINNATI — Acquired M-D Kenny Saief on loan from RSC Anderlecht (Belgium). LA GALAXY — Signed D Diedie Traore. NASHVILLE — Named Gary Smith coach. TORONTO — Loaned D Robert Boskovic, F Shaan Hundal and M Aidan Daniels to Ottawa (USL) for the upcoming season. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS — Signed D Brendan McDonough. National Women’s Soccer League WASHINGTON SPIRIT — Named Gretchen Hamm chief marketing officer. COLLEGE IOWA — Announced the retirement of defensive line coach Reese Morgan. NYU — Named Herb Melendez assistant softball coach.

COLLEGES Area results Men’s basketball MIAA, first round: Southwest Baptist 76, Lindenwood 75 Women’s basketball MIAA, first round: Missouri Western 55, Nebraska Kearney 47

Area basketball schedule THURSDAY W: SIU Carbondale at Indiana State, 6 p.m. W: Missouri State at Evansville, 6 p.m.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE At Greenville, S.C. First Round • Wednesday Florida 64, Mississippi 57 Alabama 74, Vanderbilt 57 Second Round • Thursday LSU vs. Tennessee, 11 a.m. Missouri vs. Florida, 1:30 p.m. Georgia vs. Arkansas, 5 p.m. Auburn vs. Alabama, 7:30 p.m.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE At Asheville, N.C. First Round • Thursday Mercer vs. Western Carolina, 10 a.m. ETSU vs. Wofford, 12:15 p.m. Furman vs. Samford , 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga vs. UNC Greensboro, 4:45 p.m. Semifinals • Friday Mercer-Western Carolina winner vs. ETSU-Wofford winner, 10 a.m. Furman-Samford winner vs. ChattanoogaUNC Greensboro winner, 12:15 p.m.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE At Las Vegas First Round • Thursday Portland vs. San Francisco, 2 p.m. Santa Clara vs. San Diego, 4:30 p.m. DIVISION I — MEN

ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE At Higher-Seeded Schools First Round • Monday NJIT 83, Florida G.C. 76 North Florida 76, North Alabama 66 Liberty 72, Jacksonville 58 Lipscomb 86, Kennesaw State 71 Semifinals • Thursday North Florida at Liberty, 6 p.m. NJIT at Lipscomb, 7 p.m.

BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE First Round • Tuesday Presbyterian 106, UNC Asheville 59 Charleston S. 71, SC Upstate 52 Hampton 77, Longwood 71 At Gore Arena, Buies Creek, N.C. Quarterfinals • Thursday Radford vs. Presbyterian, 11 a.m. Winthrop vs. Charleston S., 1:30 p.m. Campbell vs. Hampton, 5 p.m. Gard.-Webb vs. High Point, 7:30 p.m.

HORIZON LEAGUE First Round Tuesday Wright State 71, IUPUI 56 Green Bay 82, UIC 77 Wednesday Oakland 88, Youngstown St. 84 N. Kentucky 99, Detroit 88 Detroit Semifinals • Monday, March 11 Wright State vs. Green Bay, 6 p.m. Oakland vs. Northern Kentucky, 8:30 p.m.

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONF. Albany, N.Y. First Round • Thursday Marist vs. Saint Peter’s, 4 p.m. Manhattan vs. Fairfield, 6:30 p.m. Monmouth vs. Niagara, 9 p.m.

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE At Higher-Seeded Schools First Round • Wednesday LIU Brooklyn 71, Sacred Heart 62 Saint Francis (Pa.) 67, Bryant 63 Fair. Dickinson 84, Wagner 46 Robert Morris 69, St. Francis (N.Y.) 65, OT Semifinals • Saturday LIU Brooklyn at Fair. Dickinson, 11 a.m. or 1 a.m. Robert Morris at Saint Francis (Pa.), 11 a.m. or 1 a.m.

OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE Evansville, Ind. First Round • Wednesday Morehead St. 72, SIU Edwardsville 68 Eastern Illinois vs. UT Martin, late Second Round • Thursday Austin Peay vs. Morehead State, 6:30 p.m. Jacksonville State vs. Eastern Illinois-UT Martin winner, 9 p.m. Semifinals • Friday Belmont vs. Austin Peay-Morehead State winner, 7 p.m. Murray State vs. Jacksonville State-Eastern Illinois-UT Martin winner, 9:30 p.m. Championship • Saturday Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

PATRIOT LEAGUE At Higher-Seeded Schools First Round • Tuesday Holy Cross 79, Lafayette 74 Boston University 71, Loyola (Md.) 63 Quarterfinals • Thursday Boston University at Colgate, 6 p.m. Holy Cross at Bucknell, 6 p.m. Army at Lehigh, 6 p.m. Navy at American, 6 p.m.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE At Las Vegas First Round • Thursday Pepperdine vs. Pacific, 8 p.m. San Diego vs. Portland, 10:30 p.m. DIVISION II — WOMEN

First Round • Wednesday Maine 69, New Hampshire 36 Hartford 65, UMBC 48 Stony Brook 69, Vermont 58 Albany 61, Binghamton 56 Semifinals • Sunday Albany at Maine, TBA Stony Brook at Hartford, TBA

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE Greensboro, N.C. First Round • Wednesday Virginia 77, Boston College 61 Virginia Tech 85, Wake Forest 63 Duke 86, Pittsburgh 64 Second Round • Thursday Syracuse vs. Virginia, 10 a.m. North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech, 1 p.m. Clemson vs. Virginia Tech, 5 p.m. Florida State vs. Duke, 7:30 p.m.

ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE First Round • Tuesday UMass 86, George Mason 80, 2OT Saint Joseph’s 61, George Washington 49 Dayton 65, La Salle 38 Davidson 74, St. Bonaventure 49 Duquesne 106, Rhode Island 69 Saint Louis 58, Richmond 49 At Pittsburgh Quarterfinals • Friday VCU vs. Saint Joseph’s, 10 a.m. Dayton vs Davidson, 1 p.m. Fordham vs. UMass, 3:30 p.m. Duquesne vs. Saint Louis, 6 p.m.

BIG TEN CONFERENCE At Indianapolis First Round • Wednesday Wisconsin 65, Penn State 57 Purdue 72, Illinois 60 Second Round • Thursday Northwestern vs. Michigan State, 11 a.m. Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, 1:25 p.m. Minnesota vs. Indiana, 5:30 p.m. Nebraska vs. Purdue, 7:55 p.m.

HORIZON LEAGUE First Round Tuesday Wright State 83, Oakland 60 IUPUI 60, Northern Kentucky 44 Wednesday Youngstown St. 64, Milwaukee 58 Green Bay 73, Cleveland State 30 At Detroit Semifinals • Monday Wright State vs. IUPUI, Noon Youngstown State vs. Green Bay, 2:30 p.m.

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONF. Albany, N.Y. First Round • Thursday Niagara vs. Fairfield, 8:30 a.m. Siena vs. Iona, 11 a.m. Manhattan vs. Saint Peter’s, 1:30 p.m.

OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE At Evansville, Ind. First Round • Wednesday Belmont 74, Southeast Missouri 65 Morehead State 77, Jacksonville State 60 First Round • Thursday Tennessee Tech vs. Austin Peay, 1 p.m. UT Martin vs. Murray State, 3:30 p.m.

PACIFIC-12 CONFERENCE At Las Vegas First Round • Thursday Arizona State vs. Colorado, 1:30 p.m. Arizona vs. Southern Cal, 4 p.m. California vs. Washington State, 8 p.m. Utah vs. Washington, 10:30 p.m.

BASEBALL Spring training standings AL W L Pct. Los Angeles 9 3 .750 Seattle 6 3 .667 Baltimore 7 4 .636 Kansas City 7 5 .583 Houston 6 5 .545 Boston 6 6 .500 Minnesota 6 6 .500 New York 5 5 .500 Detroit 6 7 .462 Tampa Bay 6 7 .462 Oakland 5 6 .455 Cleveland 5 6 .455 Texas 4 6 .400 Toronto 4 6 .400 Chicago 3 8 .273 NL W L Pct. Philadelphia 7 3 .700 San Diego 7 4 .636 Chicago 8 5 .615 Los Angeles 6 4 .600 Washington 6 5 .545 Pittsburgh 6 5 .545 Atlanta 7 6 .538 New York 6 6 .500 Arizona 5 5 .500 Milwaukee 5 7 .417 San Francisco 4 6 .400 Cardinals 4 6 .400 Cincinnati 4 6 .400 Colorado 3 7 .300 Miami 4 9 .308 Wednesday Pittsburgh 6, Boston 1 Baltimore 9, Tampa Bay 6 Cardinals 9, NY Yankees 5 Atlanta (ss) 4, Miami (ss) 0 Houston 11, Miami (ss) 5 Atlanta (ss) 8, Detroit 2 Toronto 9, Philadelphia 7 Chicago Cubs 4, Kansas City 1 Texas 12, San Francisco 5 Milwaukee 5, Arizona 4 LA Angels 6, Colorado 5 Cincinnati 6, San Diego 4 Oakland vs. Seattle, late Cleveland vs. LA Dodgers, late Thursday Minnesota vs. Boston, 12:05 p.m. NY Mets vs. Washington, 12:05 p.m. Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh, 12:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Tampa Bay, 12:05 p.m. NY Yankees vs. Philadelphia (ss), 12:05 p.m. Houston vs. Miami, 12:05 p.m. Philadelphia (ss) vs. Detroit, 12:05 p.m. LA Angels (ss) vs. Kansas City, 2:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Chicago Cubs, 2:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Chicago White Sox, 2:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Arizona, 2:10 p.m. Texas vs. San Diego, 2:10 p.m. LA Dodgers vs. LA Angels (ss), 2:10 p.m. Seattle vs. Cincinnati, 7:05 p.m. Oakland vs. San Francisco, 8:05 p.m.

SOCCER Champions League (Home teams listed first)

ROUND OF 16 at Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City First round, Wednesday G1: Missouri Western 55, Nebraska Kearney 47 G2: Central Oklahoma 68, Missouri Southern 60 Quarterfinals, Thursday G3: Fort Hays State vs. Mo. Western, 6 p.m. G4: Central Mo. vs. Central Okla., 8:15 p.m. Quarterfinals, Friday G5: Washburn vs. Emporia State, 8:15 p.m. G6: Lindenwood vs. Pittsburg State, 8:15 p.m. Semifinals, Saturday G3 winner vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m. G4 winner vs. G6 winner, 8:15 p.m. • Championship, 3:15 p.m. Sunday

GREAT LAKES VALLEY (At Vadalabene Center, SIU Edwardsville) Quarterfinals, Friday Southern Indiana vs. Bellarmine, noon Lewis vs. William Jewell, 2:30 p.m. Drury vs. McKendree, 6 p.m. Truman State vs. Maryville, 8:30 p.m. • Semifinals, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday • Championship, 3:30 p.m. Sunday DIVISION II — MEN

MID-AMERICA First round, Wednesday Emporia State 72, Northeastern State 68 G2: Southwest Baptist 76, Lindenwood 75 Quarterfinals, Thursday G3: Northwest Missouri vs. Emporia State, noon G4: Washburn vs. SW Baptist, 2:15 p.m. Quarterfinals, Friday G5: Fort Hays State vs. Lincoln, noon G6: Missouri Southern vs. Pittsburg State, 2:15 p.m. Semifinals, Saturday G3 winner vs. G5 winner, noon G4 winner vs. G6 winner, 2:15 p.m. • Championship, 1 p.m. Sunday

GREAT LAKES VALLEY (at Vadalabene Center, SIU Edwardsville) Quarterfinals, Thursday Indianapolis vs. Drury, noon Lewis vs. Truman State, 2:30 p.m. Bellarmine vs. Rockhurst, 6 p.m. Southern Indiana vs. UMSL, 8:30 p.m. • Semifinals, noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday • Championship, 1 p.m. Sunday

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Top 25 schedule 1. Baylor (27-1) Big 12 quarterfinals, Saturday. 2. UConn (28-2) AAC quarterfinals, Saturday. 3. Louisville (27-2) ACC quarterfinals, Friday. 4. Notre Dame (27-3) ACC quarterfinals, Fri. 5. Mississippi State (27-2) vs. LSU or Tennessee, Friday. 6. Oregon (27-3) vs. Arizona or Southern Cal, Friday. 7. Stanford (25-4) vs. California or Washington State, Friday. 8. Maryland (26-3) vs. Northwestern or Michigan State, Friday. 9. N.C. State (25-4) ACC quarterfinals, Friday. 10. Iowa (23-6) vs. Minnesota or Indiana, Friday. 11. Oregon State (24-6) vs. Utah or Washington, Friday. 12. South Carolina (21-8) vs. Georgia or Arkansas, Friday. 13. Kentucky (24-6) SEC quarterfinals, Friday. 14. Gonzaga (27-3) WCC semifinals, Monday. 15. Texas A&M (23-6) SEC quarterfinals, Friday. 16. Miami (24-7) ACC quarterfinals, Friday. 17. Marquette (24-6) vs. St. John’s or Seton Hall, Sunday. 18. Syracuse (22-7) Next: vs. Virginia or Boston College, Thursday. 19. Iowa State (23-7) Big 12 quarterfinals, Saturday. 20. Arizona State (19-9) vs. Colorado, Thursday. 21. Texas (22-8) Big 12 quarterfinals, Saturday. 22. Drake (23-5) vs. Illinois State, Thursday. 22. Florida State (22-7) vs. Duke or Pittsburgh, Thursday. 24. Rice (24-3) at UTSA, Thursday. 25. UCLA (19-11) vs. No. 20 Arizona State or Colorado, Friday.

> Second leg Tuesday Borussia Dortmund (Germany) 0, Tottenham (England) 1, Tottenham advanced on 4-0 aggregate Real Madrid (Spain) 1, Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) 4, Ajax advanced on 5-3 aggregate Wednesday Paris Saint-Germain (France) 1, Manchester United (England) 3, 3-3 aggregate; Manchester United advanced 3-2 away goals Porto (Portugal) 3, Roma (Italy) 1, Porto advanced on 4-3 aggregate Tuesday, March 12 Juventus (Italy) vs. Atletico Madrid (Spain), 3 p.m. Manchester City (England) vs. Schalke (Germany), 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 Barcelona (Spain) vs. Lyon (France), 3 p.m. Bayern Munich (Germany) vs. Liverpool (England), 3 p.m.

Major League Soccer EASTERN W L T Pts GF GA Toronto FC 1 0 0 3 3 1 D.C. United 1 0 0 3 2 0 Montreal 1 0 0 3 2 1 New York City FC 0 0 1 1 2 2 Orlando City 0 0 1 1 2 2 Columbus 0 0 1 1 1 1 New York 0 0 1 1 1 1 New England 0 0 1 1 1 1 Chicago 0 1 0 0 1 2 Philadelphia 0 1 0 0 1 3 Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 2 Cincinnati 0 1 0 0 1 4 WESTERN W L T Pts GF GA Seattle 1 0 0 3 4 1 Minnesota United 1 0 0 3 3 2 LA Galaxy 1 0 0 3 2 1 Los Angeles FC 1 0 0 3 2 1 Portland 0 0 1 1 3 3 Colorado 0 0 1 1 3 3 Real Salt Lake 0 0 1 1 1 1 FC Dallas 0 0 1 1 1 1 Houston 0 0 1 1 1 1 Vancouver 0 1 0 0 2 3 Sporting K.C. 0 1 0 0 1 2 San Jose 0 1 0 0 1 2 NOTE: Three points for win, one point for tie. Saturday Orlando City at Chicago, Noon Colorado at New England, 1 p.m. Columbus at New England, 1 p.m. LA Galaxy at FC Dallas, 2:30 p.m. Montreal at Houston, 4 p.m. Vancouver at Real Salt Lake, 5 p.m. Minnesota United at San Jose, 7 p.m. Colorado at Seattle, 9 p.m.

English Premier League GP W D L GF GA Man City 29 23 2 4 76 20 Liverpool 29 21 7 1 64 15 Tottenham 29 20 1 8 56 30 Man United 29 17 7 5 58 38 Arsenal 29 17 6 6 61 39 Chelsea 28 17 5 6 49 30 Wolverhampton 29 12 7 10 37 35 Watford 29 12 7 10 41 41 West Ham 29 11 6 12 37 41 Everton 29 10 7 12 39 39 Leicester 29 10 5 14 35 41 Bournemouth 29 10 4 15 39 54 Crystal Palace 29 9 6 14 35 39 Newcastle 29 8 7 14 26 36 Brighton 28 8 6 14 30 41 Burnley 29 8 6 15 32 53 Southampton 29 6 9 14 32 49 Cardiff 29 7 4 18 25 57 Fulham 29 4 5 20 27 65 Huddersfield 29 3 5 21 15 51 Saturday Crystal Palace vs. Brighton, 6:30 a.m. Southampton vs. Tottenham, 9 a.m. Huddersfield vs. Bournemouth, 9 a.m. Cardiff vs. West Ham, 9 a.m. Leicester vs. Fulham, 9 a.m. Newcastle vs. Everton, 9 a.m. Man City vs. Watford: 11:30 a.m.

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East Fair. Dickinson 84, Wagner 46 Fordham 67, G. Wash. 56 LIU Brooklyn 71, Sacred Heart 62 Penn St. 66, Rutgers 65 Robert Morris 69, St. Francis Brooklyn 65, OT Seton Hall 73, Marquette 64 St. Francis (Pa.) 67, Bryant 63 UMass 87, Richmond 79 West Virginia 90, Iowa St. 75 South Arkansas 84, Vanderbilt 48 Davidson 64, St. Bon. 46 LSU 79, Florida 78, OT Louisiana Tech 72, FAU 69 Marshall 94, FIU 78 Missouri 64, Georgia 39 Morehead St. 72, SIU-Edwardsville 68 N. Kentucky 99, Detroit 88 Nicholls 83, Northwestern St. 60 Rice 79, Charlotte 70 SE Louisiana 81, New Orleans 67 South Florida 75, Tulane 70 Southern Miss. 59, Old Dominion 52 Texas A&M-CC 59, McNeese St. 50 UTSA 81, W. Kentucky 76, OT Midwest Creighton 76, Providence 70, OT Dayton 70, La Salle 39 DePaul 101, Georgetown 69 Oakland 88, Youngstown St. 84 Saint Louis 85, Duquesne 75 Southwest Cent. Arkansas 91, Sam Houston 87 Houston Bapt. 118, Incarnate Word 111 Mid. Tennessee 69, UTEP 53 Far West New Mexico 73, Boise St. 72

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ADVERTISEMENT AMERICA’S LINE NBA Favorite Points Underdog BUCKS 10.5 Pacers BLAZERS 3.5 Thunder COLLEGE BASKETBALL Favorite Points Underdog APPALACHIAN ST 8 Troy CONNECTICUT 1 Temple WISCONSIN 7.5 Iowa COASTAL CARO 6 S Alabama C FLORIDA 2 Cincinnati ARK-L ROCK 1 UL-Lafayette UL-Monroe 3 ARKANSAS ST ILLINOIS 2 Indiana HOUSTON 14 Smu COLORADO 6 Ucla UTAH 3 Usc CAL-DAVIS 2.5 Hawaii Cal-Santa Barb 2 CS-NORTHRIDGE Cal-Irvine 12 CAL-POLY SLO STANFORD 11.5 California Missouri Valley Conf. Tournament, St. Louis Indiana St 2 Valparaiso Illinois St 3.5 Evansville West Coast Conf. Tournament, Las Vegas Pepperdine 1.5 Pacific San Diego 13 Portland Added Games No Colorado 4 SOUTHERN UTAH WEBER ST 17.5 Idaho IDAHO ST PK E Washington SACRAMENTO ST 1.5 Montana St Montana 5 PORTLAND ST Metro Atlantic Athletic Conf., Albany, NY Marist 2.5 St. Peter’s Fairfield 1.5 Manhattan Monmouth 2 Niagara NHL Favorite Odds Underdog BRUINS -$210/+$175 Panthers PENGUINS -$125/+$105 Blue Jackets RED WINGS -$110/-$110 Rangers Islanders -$220/+$180 SENATORS LIGHTNING -$240/+$200 Wild STARS -$125/+$105 Avalanche BLACKHAWKS -$135/+$115 Sabres OILERS -$145/+$125 Canucks Flames -$135/+$115 COYOTES Blues -$140/+$120 KINGS SHARKS -$190/+$170 Canadiens Grand Salami: Over/under 67.5 goals. AAF Favorite Points Underdog Open/Current Saturday Orlando 5.5/5.5 BIRMINGHAM SAN DIEGO PK/PK Salt Lake Sunday ATLANTA PK/PK Memphis ARIZONA 3.5/3.5 San Antonio Home team in CAPS © 2019 Benjamin Eckstein

TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL | Major League Baseball OFFICE OF THE COMMISSIONER — Suspended Boston RHP Steven Wright 80 games after testing positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide 2 (GHRP-2), a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. American League DETROIT — Optioned 2B Dawel Lugo to Toledo (IL) and RHP Eduardo Jimenez to Erie (EL). HOUSTON — Optioned RHPs Francis Martes and Brady Rodgers to minor league camp. Reassigned LHP Ryan Hartman, C Lorenzo Quintana and RHPs Jose Hernandez and Erasmo Pinales to minor league camp. NY YANKEES — Optioned RHP Domingo Acevedo to Trenton (EL). Reassigned RHPs Brady Lail and Trevor Stephan to minor league camp. TEXAS — Signed RHP Jose Leclerc to a four-year contract. TORONTO — Signed RHP Bud Norris to a minor league contract. BASKETBALL | NBA GOLDEN STATE — Signed C Andrew Bogut. FOOTBALL | NFL ARIZONA — Released LB Josh Bynes. BALTIMORE — Terminated the contract of S Eric Weddle. CAROLINA — Tendered a contract to DE Bryan Cox Jr. CLEVELAND — Terminated the contract of LB Jamie Collins Sr. GREEN BAY — FB John Kuhn announced his retirement. SOCCER Major League Soccer COLUMBUS CREW — Traded an international roster spot to the LA Galaxy for general and targeted allocation money. Loaned G Ben Lundgaard to Pittsburgh (USL) and D Aboubacar Keita to Richmond (USL). FC CINCINNATI — Acquired M-D Kenny Saief on loan from RSC Anderlecht (Belgium). LA GALAXY — Signed D Diedie Traore. NASHVILLE — Named Gary Smith coach. TORONTO — Loaned D Robert Boskovic, F Shaan Hundal and M Aidan Daniels to Ottawa (USL) for the upcoming season. VANCOUVER WHITECAPS — Signed D Brendan McDonough. National Women’s Soccer League WASHINGTON SPIRIT — Named Gretchen Hamm chief marketing officer. COLLEGE IOWA — Announced the retirement of defensive line coach Reese Morgan. NYU — Named Herb Melendez assistant softball coach.

COLLEGES Area results Men’s basketball MIAA, first round: Southwest Baptist 76, Lindenwood 75 Women’s basketball MIAA, first round: Missouri Western 55, Nebraska Kearney 47

Area basketball schedule THURSDAY W: SIU Carbondale at Indiana State, 6 p.m. W: Missouri State at Evansville, 6 p.m.

CONFERENCE TOURNAMENTS DIVISION I — MEN

AMERICA EAST CONFERENCE First Round • Wednesday Maine 69, New Hampshire 36 Hartford 65, UMBC 48 Stony Brook 69, Vermont 58 Albany 61, Binghamton 56 Semifinals • Sunday Albany at Maine, TBA Stony Brook at Hartford, TBA

SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE At Greenville, S.C. First Round • Wednesday Florida 64, Mississippi 57 Alabama 74, Vanderbilt 57 Second Round • Thursday LSU vs. Tennessee, 11 a.m. Missouri vs. Florida, 1:30 p.m. Georgia vs. Arkansas, 5 p.m. Auburn vs. Alabama, 7:30 p.m.

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE At Asheville, N.C. First Round • Thursday Mercer vs. Western Carolina, 10 a.m. ETSU vs. Wofford, 12:15 p.m. Furman vs. Samford , 2:30 p.m. Chattanooga vs. UNC Greensboro, 4:45 p.m. Semifinals • Friday Mercer-Western Carolina winner vs. ETSU-Wofford winner, 10 a.m. Furman-Samford winner vs. ChattanoogaUNC Greensboro winner, 12:15 p.m.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE At Las Vegas First Round • Thursday Portland vs. San Francisco, 2 p.m. Santa Clara vs. San Diego, 4:30 p.m. DIVISION I — MEN

Midwest Clemson 64, Notre Dame 62 Creighton 76, Providence 70, OT Dayton 70, La Salle 39 DePaul 101, Georgetown 69 Northwestern 68, Ohio St. 50 Oakland 88, Youngstown St. 84 Saint Louis 85, Duquesne 75 UT Martin 78, E. Illinois 71

BIG SOUTH CONFERENCE

Southwest Cent. Arkansas 91, Sam Houston 87 Houston Bapt. 118, Incarnate Word 111 Mid. Tennessee 69, UTEP 53 Oklahoma St. 67, Baylor 64

First Round • Tuesday Presbyterian 106, UNC Asheville 59 Charleston S. 71, SC Upstate 52 Hampton 77, Longwood 71 At Gore Arena, Buies Creek, N.C. Quarterfinals • Thursday Radford vs. Presbyterian, 11 a.m. Winthrop vs. Charleston S., 1:30 p.m. Campbell vs. Hampton, 5 p.m. Gard.-Webb vs. High Point, 7:30 p.m.

HORIZON LEAGUE First Round Tuesday Wright State 71, IUPUI 56 Green Bay 82, UIC 77 Wednesday Oakland 88, Youngstown St. 84 N. Kentucky 99, Detroit 88 Detroit Semifinals • Monday, March 11 Wright State vs. Green Bay, 6 p.m. Oakland vs. Northern Kentucky, 8:30 p.m.

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONF. Albany, N.Y. First Round • Thursday Marist vs. Saint Peter’s, 4 p.m. Manhattan vs. Fairfield, 6:30 p.m. Monmouth vs. Niagara, 9 p.m.

NORTHEAST CONFERENCE At Higher-Seeded Schools First Round • Wednesday LIU Brooklyn 71, Sacred Heart 62 Saint Francis (Pa.) 67, Bryant 63 Fair. Dickinson 84, Wagner 46 Robert Morris 69, St. Francis (N.Y.) 65, OT Semifinals • Saturday LIU Brooklyn at Fair. Dickinson, 11 a.m. or 1 a.m. Robert Morris at Saint Francis (Pa.), 11 a.m. or 1 a.m.

OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE Evansville, Ind. First Round • Wednesday Morehead St. 72, SIU Edwardsville 68 UT Martin 78, Eastern Illinois 71 Second Round • Thursday Austin Peay vs. Morehead State, 6:30 p.m. Jacksonville State vs. UT Martin, 9 p.m. Semifinals • Friday Belmont vs. Austin Peay-Morehead State winner, 7 p.m. Murray State vs. Jacksonville State-UT Martin winner, 9:30 p.m. Championship • Saturday Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

PATRIOT LEAGUE At Higher-Seeded Schools First Round • Tuesday Holy Cross 79, Lafayette 74 Boston University 71, Loyola (Md.) 63 Quarterfinals • Thursday Boston University at Colgate, 6 p.m. Holy Cross at Bucknell, 6 p.m. Army at Lehigh, 6 p.m. Navy at American, 6 p.m.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE At Las Vegas First Round • Thursday Pepperdine vs. Pacific, 8 p.m. San Diego vs. Portland, 10:30 p.m. DIVISION II — WOMEN

MID-AMERICA at Municipal Auditorium, Kansas City First round, Wednesday G1: Missouri Western 55, Nebraska Kearney 47 G2: Central Oklahoma 68, Missouri Southern 60 Quarterfinals, Thursday G3: Fort Hays State vs. Mo. Western, 6 p.m. G4: Central Mo. vs. Central Okla., 8:15 p.m. Quarterfinals, Friday G5: Washburn vs. Emporia State, 8:15 p.m. G6: Lindenwood vs. Pittsburg State, 8:15 p.m. Semifinals, Saturday G3 winner vs. G5 winner, 6 p.m. G4 winner vs. G6 winner, 8:15 p.m. • Championship, 3:15 p.m. Sunday

GREAT LAKES VALLEY (At Vadalabene Center, SIU Edwardsville) Quarterfinals, Friday Southern Indiana vs. Bellarmine, noon Lewis vs. William Jewell, 2:30 p.m. Drury vs. McKendree, 6 p.m. Truman State vs. Maryville, 8:30 p.m. • Semifinals, 6 and 8:30 p.m. Saturday • Championship, 3:30 p.m. Sunday DIVISION II — MEN

ATLANTIC 10 CONFERENCE First Round • Tuesday UMass 86, George Mason 80, 2OT Saint Joseph’s 61, George Washington 49 Dayton 65, La Salle 38 Davidson 74, St. Bonaventure 49 Duquesne 106, Rhode Island 69 Saint Louis 58, Richmond 49 At Pittsburgh Quarterfinals • Friday VCU vs. Saint Joseph’s, 10 a.m. Dayton vs Davidson, 1 p.m. Fordham vs. UMass, 3:30 p.m. Duquesne vs. Saint Louis, 6 p.m.

BIG TEN CONFERENCE At Indianapolis First Round • Wednesday Wisconsin 65, Penn State 57 Purdue 72, Illinois 60 Second Round • Thursday Northwestern vs. Michigan State, 11 a.m. Ohio State vs. Wisconsin, 1:25 p.m. Minnesota vs. Indiana, 5:30 p.m. Nebraska vs. Purdue, 7:55 p.m.

HORIZON LEAGUE First Round Tuesday Wright State 83, Oakland 60 IUPUI 60, Northern Kentucky 44 Wednesday Youngstown St. 64, Milwaukee 58 Green Bay 73, Cleveland State 30 At Detroit Semifinals • Monday Wright State vs. IUPUI, Noon Youngstown State vs. Green Bay, 2:30 p.m.

METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONF. Albany, N.Y. First Round • Thursday Niagara vs. Fairfield, 8:30 a.m. Siena vs. Iona, 11 a.m. Manhattan vs. Saint Peter’s, 1:30 p.m.

OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE At Evansville, Ind. First Round • Wednesday Belmont 74, Southeast Missouri 65 Morehead State 77, Jacksonville State 60 First Round • Thursday Tennessee Tech vs. Austin Peay, 1 p.m. UT Martin vs. Murray State, 3:30 p.m.

PACIFIC-12 CONFERENCE At Las Vegas First Round • Thursday Arizona State vs. Colorado, 1:30 p.m. Arizona vs. Southern Cal, 4 p.m. California vs. Washington State, 8 p.m. Utah vs. Washington, 10:30 p.m.

South Arkansas 84, Vanderbilt 48 Davidson 64, St. Bon. 46 Georgia Tech 63, NC State 61 LSU 79, Florida 78, OT Louisiana Tech 72, FAU 69 Marshall 94, FIU 78 Missouri 64, Georgia 39 Morehead St. 72, SIU-Edwardsville 68 N. Kentucky 99, Detroit 88 Nicholls 83, Northwestern St. 60 Rice 79, Charlotte 70 SE Louisiana 81, New Orleans 67 South Florida 75, Tulane 70 Southern Miss. 59, Old Dominion 52 Texas A&M-CC 59, McNeese St. 50 UTSA 81, W. Kentucky 76, OT

At Higher-Seeded Schools First Round • Monday NJIT 83, Florida G.C. 76 North Florida 76, North Alabama 66 Liberty 72, Jacksonville 58 Lipscomb 86, Kennesaw State 71 Semifinals • Thursday North Florida at Liberty, 6 p.m. NJIT at Lipscomb, 7 p.m.

GREAT LAKES VALLEY (at Vadalabene Center, SIU Edwardsville) Quarterfinals, Thursday Indianapolis vs. Drury, noon Lewis vs. Truman State, 2:30 p.m. Bellarmine vs. Rockhurst, 6 p.m. Southern Indiana vs. UMSL, 8:30 p.m. • Semifinals, noon and 2:30 p.m. Saturday • Championship, 1 p.m. Sunday

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL Top 25 schedule 1. Baylor (27-1) Big 12 quarterfinals, Saturday. 2. UConn (28-2) AAC quarterfinals, Saturday. 3. Louisville (27-2) ACC quarterfinals, Friday. 4. Notre Dame (27-3) ACC quarterfinals, Fri. 5. Mississippi State (27-2) vs. LSU or Tennessee, Friday. 6. Oregon (27-3) vs. Arizona or Southern Cal, Friday. 7. Stanford (25-4) vs. California or Washington State, Friday. 8. Maryland (26-3) vs. Northwestern or Michigan State, Friday. 9. N.C. State (25-4) ACC quarterfinals, Friday. 10. Iowa (23-6) vs. Minnesota or Indiana, Friday. 11. Oregon State (24-6) vs. Utah or Washington, Friday. 12. South Carolina (21-8) vs. Georgia or Arkansas, Friday. 13. Kentucky (24-6) SEC quarterfinals, Friday. 14. Gonzaga (27-3) WCC semifinals, Monday. 15. Texas A&M (23-6) SEC quarterfinals, Friday. 16. Miami (24-7) ACC quarterfinals, Friday. 17. Marquette (24-6) vs. St. John’s or Seton Hall, Sunday. 18. Syracuse (22-7) Next: vs. Virginia or Boston College, Thursday. 19. Iowa State (23-7) Big 12 quarterfinals, Saturday. 20. Arizona State (19-9) vs. Colorado, Thursday. 21. Texas (22-8) Big 12 quarterfinals, Saturday. 22. Drake (23-5) vs. Illinois State, Thursday. 22. Florida State (22-7) vs. Duke or Pittsburgh, Thursday. 24. Rice (24-3) at UTSA, Thursday. 25. UCLA (19-11) vs. No. 20 Arizona State or Colorado, Friday.

Far West Long Beach St. 70, UC Riverside 57 New Mexico 73, Boise St. 72

BASEBALL Spring training standings AL W L Pct. Los Angeles 9 3 .750 Baltimore 7 4 .636 Seattle 6 4 .600 Kansas City 7 5 .583 Houston 6 5 .545 Boston 6 6 .500 Oakland 6 6 .500 Cleveland 6 6 .500 Minnesota 6 6 .500 New York 5 5 .500 Detroit 6 7 .462 Tampa Bay 6 7 .462 Texas 4 6 .400 Toronto 4 6 .400 Chicago 3 8 .273 NL W L Pct. Philadelphia 7 3 .700 San Diego 7 4 .636 Chicago 8 5 .615 Pittsburgh 6 5 .545 Los Angeles 6 5 .545 Washington 6 5 .545 Atlanta 7 6 .538 New York 6 6 .500 Arizona 5 5 .500 Milwaukee 5 7 .417 San Francisco 4 6 .400 Cardinals 4 6 .400 Cincinnati 4 6 .400 Colorado 3 7 .300 Miami 4 9 .308 Wednesday Cardinals 9, NY Yankees 5 Pittsburgh 6, Boston 1 Baltimore 9, Tampa Bay 6 Atlanta (ss) 4, Miami (ss) 0 Houston 11, Miami (ss) 5 Atlanta (ss) 8, Detroit 2 Toronto 9, Philadelphia 7 Chicago Cubs 4, Kansas City 1 Texas 12, San Francisco 5 Milwaukee 5, Arizona 4 LA Angels 6, Colorado 5 Cincinnati 6, San Diego 4 Oakland 7, Seattle 4 Cleveland 6, LA Dodgers 1 Thursday Minnesota vs. Boston, 12:05 p.m. NY Mets vs. Washington, 12:05 p.m. Baltimore vs. Pittsburgh, 12:05 p.m. Toronto vs. Tampa Bay, 12:05 p.m. NY Yankees vs. Philadelphia (ss), 12:05 p.m. Houston vs. Miami, 12:05 p.m. Philadelphia (ss) vs. Detroit, 12:05 p.m. LA Angels (ss) vs. Kansas City, 2:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Chicago Cubs, 2:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Chicago White Sox, 2:05 p.m. Cleveland vs. Arizona, 2:10 p.m. Texas vs. San Diego, 2:10 p.m. LA Dodgers vs. LA Angels (ss), 2:10 p.m. Seattle vs. Cincinnati, 7:05 p.m. Oakland vs. San Francisco, 8:05 p.m.

SOCCER Champions League (Home teams listed first)

ROUND OF 16 > Second leg Tuesday Borussia Dortmund (Germany) 0, Tottenham (England) 1, Tottenham advanced on 4-0 aggregate Real Madrid (Spain) 1, Ajax Amsterdam (Netherlands) 4, Ajax advanced on 5-3 aggregate Wednesday Paris Saint-Germain (France) 1, Manchester United (England) 3, 3-3 aggregate; Manchester United advanced 3-2 away goals Porto (Portugal) 3, Roma (Italy) 1, Porto advanced on 4-3 aggregate Tuesday, March 12 Juventus (Italy) vs. Atletico Madrid (Spain), 3 p.m. Manchester City (England) vs. Schalke (Germany), 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 13 Barcelona (Spain) vs. Lyon (France), 3 p.m. Bayern Munich (Germany) vs. Liverpool (England), 3 p.m.

Major League Soccer EASTERN W L T Pts GF GA Toronto FC 1 0 0 3 3 1 D.C. United 1 0 0 3 2 0 Montreal 1 0 0 3 2 1 New York City FC 0 0 1 1 2 2 Orlando City 0 0 1 1 2 2 Columbus 0 0 1 1 1 1 New York 0 0 1 1 1 1 New England 0 0 1 1 1 1 Chicago 0 1 0 0 1 2 Philadelphia 0 1 0 0 1 3 Atlanta 0 1 0 0 0 2 Cincinnati 0 1 0 0 1 4 WESTERN W L T Pts GF GA Seattle 1 0 0 3 4 1 Minnesota United 1 0 0 3 3 2 LA Galaxy 1 0 0 3 2 1 Los Angeles FC 1 0 0 3 2 1 Portland 0 0 1 1 3 3 Colorado 0 0 1 1 3 3 Real Salt Lake 0 0 1 1 1 1 FC Dallas 0 0 1 1 1 1 Houston 0 0 1 1 1 1 Vancouver 0 1 0 0 2 3 Sporting K.C. 0 1 0 0 1 2 San Jose 0 1 0 0 1 2 NOTE: Three points for win, one point for tie. Saturday Orlando City at Chicago, Noon Colorado at New England, 1 p.m. Columbus at New England, 1 p.m. LA Galaxy at FC Dallas, 2:30 p.m. Montreal at Houston, 4 p.m. Vancouver at Real Salt Lake, 5 p.m. Minnesota United at San Jose, 7 p.m. Colorado at Seattle, 9 p.m.

English Premier League GP W D L GF GA Man City 29 23 2 4 76 20 Liverpool 29 21 7 1 64 15 Tottenham 29 20 1 8 56 30 Man United 29 17 7 5 58 38 Arsenal 29 17 6 6 61 39 Chelsea 28 17 5 6 49 30 Wolverhampton 29 12 7 10 37 35 Watford 29 12 7 10 41 41 West Ham 29 11 6 12 37 41 Everton 29 10 7 12 39 39 Leicester 29 10 5 14 35 41 Bournemouth 29 10 4 15 39 54 Crystal Palace 29 9 6 14 35 39 Newcastle 29 8 7 14 26 36 Brighton 28 8 6 14 30 41 Burnley 29 8 6 15 32 53 Southampton 29 6 9 14 32 49 Cardiff 29 7 4 18 25 57 Fulham 29 4 5 20 27 65 Huddersfield 29 3 5 21 15 51 Saturday Crystal Palace vs. Brighton, 6:30 a.m. Southampton vs. Tottenham, 9 a.m. Huddersfield vs. Bournemouth, 9 a.m. Cardiff vs. West Ham, 9 a.m. Leicester vs. Fulham, 9 a.m. Newcastle vs. Everton, 9 a.m. Man City vs. Watford: 11:30 a.m.

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MID-AMERICA First round, Wednesday Emporia State 72, Northeastern State 68 G2: Southwest Baptist 76, Lindenwood 75 Quarterfinals, Thursday G3: Northwest Missouri vs. Emporia State, noon G4: Washburn vs. SW Baptist, 2:15 p.m. Quarterfinals, Friday G5: Fort Hays State vs. Lincoln, noon G6: Missouri Southern vs. Pittsburg State, 2:15 p.m. Semifinals, Saturday G3 winner vs. G5 winner, noon G4 winner vs. G6 winner, 2:15 p.m. • Championship, 1 p.m. Sunday

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East Fair. Dickinson 84, Wagner 46 Fordham 67, G. Wash. 56 LIU Brooklyn 71, Sacred Heart 62 Penn St. 66, Rutgers 65 Robert Morris 69, St. Francis Brooklyn 65, OT Seton Hall 73, Marquette 64 St. Francis (Pa.) 67, Bryant 63 UMass 87, Richmond 79 West Virginia 90, Iowa St. 75

ATLANTIC SUN CONFERENCE

ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE Greensboro, N.C. First Round • Wednesday Virginia 77, Boston College 61 Virginia Tech 85, Wake Forest 63 Duke 86, Pittsburgh 64 Second Round • Thursday Syracuse vs. Virginia, 10 a.m. North Carolina vs. Georgia Tech, 1 p.m. Clemson vs. Virginia Tech, 5 p.m. Florida State vs. Duke, 7:30 p.m.

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B8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH NHL STANDINGS

NHL SUMMARIES

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Capitals 5, Flyers 3

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

Washington 2 3 0 — 5 Philadelphia 0 1 2 — 3 First period: 1, Washington, Wilson 19 (Ovechkin, Orlov), 5:55. 2, Washington, Connolly 17 (Hagelin, Niskanen), 14:16. Penalties: Oshie, WSH, (hooking), 7:43. Second period: 3, Washington, Ovechkin 46 (Backstrom, Carlson), 2:32 (pp). 4, Washington, Burakovsky 10 (Orlov, Boyd), 4:18. 5, Washington, Backstrom 16 (Jensen, Vrana), 5:37. 6, Philadelphia, Myers 1 (Giroux, Couturier), 19:48. Penalties: Couturier, PHI, (tripping), 1:49; Hagg, PHI, (slashing), 10:30. Third period: 7, Philadelphia, Giroux 20 (Lindblom, Couturier), 0:10. 8, Philadelphia, Laughton 10 (MacDonald, Raffl), 7:48. Penalties: Laughton, PHI, (interference), 2:29; MacDonald, PHI, (roughing), 10:23; Wilson, WSH, (roughing), 10:23. Shots: Washington 15-10-10: 35. Philadelphia 7-9-14: 30. Power-plays: Washington 1 of 3; Philadelphia 0 of 1. Goalies: Washington, Holtby 25-16-4 (30 shots-27 saves). Philadelphia, Elliott 9-8-1 (19-15), Talbot 11-15-3 (16-15). A: 19,232. Referees: Jean Hebert, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen: Tony Sericolo, Libor Suchanek.

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W L Toronto 46 19 Philadelphia 41 24 Boston 39 26 Brooklyn 34 33 New York 13 51 Southeast W L Miami 30 34 Orlando 30 36 Charlotte 29 35 Washington 27 37 Atlanta 22 44 Central W L x-Milwaukee 48 16 Indiana 42 23 Detroit 32 31 Chicago 19 47 Cleveland 16 49

GP 67 66 66 67 66 66 66 67 GP 67 66 66 66 66 67 66 67

W 51 40 41 36 30 28 23 23 W 39 38 36 35 37 32 27 25

L 12 17 21 24 28 26 33 38 L 21 21 23 22 26 27 28 33

OT 4 9 4 7 8 12 10 6 OT 7 7 7 9 3 8 11 9

Pts 106 89 86 79 68 68 56 52 Pts 85 83 79 79 77 72 65 59

GF 263 198 239 204 190 209 182 199 GF 231 192 199 229 205 204 190 189

GA 176 164 188 194 211 227 227 251 GA 211 161 180 204 198 224 219 225

Home 28-5-2 25-7-3 21-12-1 19-11-4 19-10-4 16-12-6 12-17-5 14-15-4 Home 19-9-5 20-10-4 18-10-4 18-12-2 17-16-2 17-13-4 16-11-8 17-12-6

Away 23-7-2 15-10-6 20-9-3 17-13-3 11-18-4 12-14-6 11-16-5 9-23-2 Away 20-12-2 18-11-3 18-13-3 17-10-7 20-10-1 15-14-4 11-17-3 8-21-3

Div 16-4-0 13-6-2 12-6-3 10-8-5 9-9-4 11-7-3 7-10-4 7-12-2 Div 13-5-2 15-7-1 9-9-2 11-7-2 14-7-1 8-10-2 7-10-5 8-12-3

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP Nashville 69 Winnipeg 66 Blues 65 Dallas 66 Minnesota 67 Colorado 67 Chicago 66 Pacific GP Calgary 66 San Jose 66 Vegas 67 Arizona 66 Edmonton 66 Vancouver 66 Anaheim 67 Los Angeles 66

W 39 39 34 34 32 29 27 W 41 39 36 32 29 27 26 24

L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 25 5 83 207 184 22-12-1 17-13-4 12-10-1 23 4 82 224 198 22-8-4 17-15-0 11-10-0 25 6 74 187 181 17-14-2 17-11-4 11-9-4 27 5 73 167 170 20-10-2 14-17-3 10-7-2 27 8 72 186 196 14-13-6 18-14-2 11-6-4 26 12 70 220 211 14-12-6 15-14-6 8-8-3 30 9 63 220 250 14-13-6 13-17-3 10-6-3 L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 18 7 89 234 192 20-7-5 21-11-2 11-6-2 19 8 86 238 206 21-5-5 18-14-3 15-4-3 26 5 77 201 187 20-10-4 16-16-1 13-5-2 29 5 69 177 186 15-15-3 17-14-2 12-9-2 30 7 65 187 216 14-15-2 15-15-5 8-11-2 30 9 63 180 206 14-12-4 13-18-5 9-10-4 32 9 61 147 204 13-11-8 13-21-1 7-10-3 34 8 56 159 210 13-16-3 11-18-5 8-8-2

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Wednesday Blues at Anaheim, late Washington 5, Philadelphia 3 Toronto at Vancouver, late Calgary at Vegas, late Tuesday Columbus 2, New Jersey 1, SO Pittsburgh 3, Florida 2, OT Boston 4, Carolina 3, OT NY Islanders 5, Ottawa 4, SO Tampa Bay 5, Winnipeg 2 Nashville 5, Minnesota 4, SO Dallas 1, NY Rangers 0 Anaheim 3, Arizona 1 Colorado 4, Detroit 3, OT Montreal 3, Los Angeles 1

Thursday Florida at Boston, 6 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. NY Rangers at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. NY Islanders at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Colorado at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at Edmonton, 8 p.m. Calgary at Arizona, 8 p.m. Montreal at San Jose, 9:30 p.m. Blues at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. Friday Minnesota at Florida, 6 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 6 p.m. Winnipeg at Carolina, 6:30 p.m. Montreal at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

SCORING LEADERS Through Tuesday’s games Goal Scoring Name Team Alex Ovechkin, WAS Leon Draisaitl, EDM Patrick Kane, CHI Brayden Point, TAM John Tavares, TOR Cam Atkinson, CBJ Alex DeBrincat, CHI Joe Pavelski, SAN Jeff Skinner, BUF Nathan MacKinnon, COL Steven Stamkos, TAM Jake Guentzel, PIT Gabriel Landeskog, COL Connor McDavid, EDM Mark Scheifele, WPG Nikita Kucherov, TAM David Pastrnak, BOS Sidney Crosby, PIT Brendan Gallagher, MON Mike Hoffman, FLA Assists Name Team Nikita Kucherov, TAM Blake Wheeler, WPG Brent Burns, SAN Connor McDavid, EDM Mitchell Marner, TOR Sidney Crosby, PIT Mikko Rantanen, COL Johnny Gaudreau, CGY Patrick Kane, CHI Claude Giroux, PHI Nathan MacKinnon, COL Brad Marchand, BOS Mark Giordano, CGY Artemi Panarin, CBJ John Carlson, WAS Jack Eichel, BUF Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA Morgan Rielly, TOR Nicklas Backstrom, WAS Elias Lindholm, CGY

GP 65 66 65 65 66 64 66 66 66 67 67 66 67 62 66 67 56 63 67 66

G 45 41 40 37 37 36 36 36 36 34 34 33 33 33 32 31 31 30 30 30

GP 67 66 66 62 66 63 67 66 65 66 67 65 64 63 65 63 66 66 65 66

A 77 63 59 59 57 56 56 54 54 51 50 50 48 48 47 47 47 47 46 46

Capitals take a big lead, hang on to defeat Flyers

M 1 • THUrSDAy • 03.07.2019

Pct .708 .631 .600 .507 .203 Pct .469 .455 .453 .422 .333 Pct .750 .646 .508 .288 .246

GB — 5 7 13 32½ GB — 1 1 3 9 GB — 6½ 15½ 30 32½

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

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

Home 27-7 25-9 24-10 20-16 6-25 Home 14-18 17-16 20-14 19-12 11-20 Home 25-5 25-9 20-13 8-25 10-24

Away 19-12 16-15 15-16 14-17 7-26 Away 16-16 13-20 9-21 8-25 11-24 Away 23-11 17-14 12-18 11-22 6-25

Conf 28-12 23-16 28-13 23-20 8-35 Conf 17-21 21-19 22-19 18-26 13-30 Conf 32-8 29-13 22-19 14-28 12-31

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest W L Pct Houston 39 25 .609 San Antonio 37 29 .561 New Orleans 30 37 .448 Dallas 27 37 .422 Memphis 26 40 .394 Northwest W L Pct Denver 42 21 .667 Oklahoma City 39 25 .609 Portland 39 25 .609 Utah 37 27 .578 Minnesota 30 35 .462 Pacific W L Pct Golden State 44 20 .688 LA Clippers 37 29 .561 Sacramento 32 31 .508 LA Lakers 30 34 .469 Phoenix 14 51 .215

GB — 3 10½ 12 14 GB — 3½ 3½ 5½ 13 GB — 8 11½ 14 30½

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

Str W-6 W-4 L-1 L-3 W-1 Str L-3 L-1 L-1 W-1 L-1 Str L-1 W-3 W-1 L-3 W-2

Home 22-9 25-7 18-13 21-11 16-17 Home 27-6 22-9 24-8 21-11 21-10 Home 23-9 18-12 20-13 18-14 9-23

Away 17-16 12-22 12-24 6-26 10-23 Away 15-15 17-16 15-17 16-16 9-25 Away 21-11 19-17 12-18 12-20 5-28

Conf 22-17 26-19 20-23 14-24 18-23 Conf 27-13 23-19 20-20 23-18 19-22 Conf 26-12 24-20 17-24 21-22 8-32

Wednesday Detroit 131, Minnesota 114 Miami 91, Charlotte 84 Washington 132, Dallas 123 Brooklyn 113, Cleveland 107 San Antonio 111, Atlanta 104 Chicago 108, Philadelphia 107 Utah 114, New Orleans 104 New York at Phoenix, late Boston at Sacramento, late Denver at LA Lakers, late Tuesday Indiana 105, Chicago 96 Philadelphia 114, Orlando 106 Houston 107, Toronto 95 Memphis 120, Portland 111 Minnesota 131, Oklahoma City 120 Boston 128, Golden State 95 Thursday Indiana at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Portland, 9:30 p.m. Friday Dallas at Orlando, 6 p.m. Washington at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Cleveland at Miami, 7 p.m. Detroit at Chicago, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Houston, 7 p.m. Toronto at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Utah at Memphis, 7 p.m. Denver at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at LA Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Saturday Sacramento at New York, 11 a.m. Brooklyn at Atlanta, 6 p.m. Washington at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Boston at LA Lakers, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Portland, 9 p.m.

x-clinched playoff spot

Drummond lifts hot Pistons ASSOCIATED PRESS

Andre Drummond had 31 points and 15 rebounds as the surging Pistons beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 131-114 on Wednesday night in Detroit. Drummond posted his 16th straight double-double — the second-longest streak in franchise history. He set the record with 18 last season. Luke Kennard added 21 points for the Pistons (3231), who moved above .500 for the first time since they got to 15-14 by beating the Timberwolves in overtime on Dec. 19. Detroit has won 10 of 12, including six straight at home. Minnesota (30-35) has lost four of five. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points before fouling out.

NOTEBOOK Irving misses game • Boston Celtics guard Kyrie

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Pistons guard Langston Galloway holds back center Andre Drummond after Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson fouled Drummond during the second half. Gibson was ejected.

Irving missed Wednesday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a thigh injury. The team said Irving has a bruised left thigh. Irving played the previous night in Golden State, recording 19 points and 11 assists in 30 minutes of a 128-95 victory for the Celtics.

Warriors sign Bogut • Golden State signed Andrew Bogut, who is expected to join the team next week and add depth heading into the playoffs. The Warriors made the announcement Wednesday, after Bogut was cleared by his Australian team, the Sydney Kings.

NBA SUMMARIES Bulls 108, 76ers 107

Heat 91, Hornets 84

Philadelphia: Butler 8-17 6-7 22, Harris 5-13 2-2 13, Johnson 3-4 2-4 9, B.Simmons 7-14 4-5 18, Redick 5-11 3-4 15, Ennis III 5-7 0-0 11, Scott 3-8 0-0 8, Bolden 2-6 0-0 5, McConnell 2-6 2-2 6. Totals 40-86 19-24 107. Chicago: Porter Jr. 6-17 1-1 15, Markkanen 4-9 3-3 11, Lopez 7-13 5-8 19, Dunn 2-6 0-0 4, LaVine 14-26 9-13 39, Felicio 0-1 0-0 0, Arcidiacono 1-5 2-2 4, Harrison 3-3 0-0 6, Luwawu-Cabarrot 1-4 0-0 3, Selden 3-9 0-0 7. Totals 41-93 20-27 108. Philadelphia 30 27 29 21 — 107 Chicago 30 27 25 26 — 108 3-point goals: Philadelphia 8-24 (Scott 2-5, Redick 2-8, Johnson 1-2, Harris 1-2, Ennis III 1-2, Bolden 1-3, McConnell 0-1, Butler 0-1), Chicago 6-23 (Porter Jr. 2-4, LaVine 2-5, Luwawu-Cabarrot 1-3, Selden 1-4, Lopez 0-1, Arcidiacono 0-1, Dunn 0-2, Markkanen 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Philadelphia 46 (B.Simmons 11), Chicago 47 (Lopez, Porter Jr. 9). Assists: Philadelphia 22 (B.Simmons 7), Chicago 21 (Dunn, LaVine 4). Total fouls: Philadelphia 20, Chicago 17. Technicals: Philadelphia coach 76ers (Defensive three second). A: 19,927 (20,917).

Miami: Richardson 5-14 3-4 13, Olynyk 8-14 1-1 22, Adebayo 5-6 0-0 10, Winslow 4-9 0-0 9, Waiters 2-11 0-0 6, Jones Jr. 1-2 0-1 2, Whiteside 8-14 2-3 18, Wade 4-15 0-2 8, McGruder 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 38-91 6-11 91. Charlotte: Bridges 1-4 1-2 3, Williams 3-12 0-0 9, Zeller 5-10 0-0 10, Walker 5-17 7-7 20, Batum 3-13 0-0 9, Kaminsky 8-11 0-2 20, Biyombo 2-2 0-2 4, Parker 1-5 0-0 2, Lamb 2-8 2-2 7. Totals 30-82 10-15 84. Miami 29 14 18 30 — 91 Charlotte 18 25 15 26 — 84 3-point goals: Miami 9-26 (Olynyk 5-7, Waiters 2-5, Winslow 1-1, McGruder 1-5, Wade 0-2, Richardson 0-6), Charlotte 14-36 (Kaminsky 4-5, Williams 3-5, Batum 3-9, Walker 3-10, Lamb 1-4, Parker 0-1, Bridges 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Miami 52 (Whiteside 15), Charlotte 40 (Zeller 10). Assists: Miami 19 (Winslow 7), Charlotte 22 (Walker 7). Total fouls: Miami 16, Charlotte 19. Technicals: Charlotte coach Hornets (Defensive three second). A: 18,137 (19,077).

Jazz 114, Pelicans 104

Minnesota: Wiggins 8-15 0-0 18, Saric 3-7 0-0 8, Towns 7-14 7-7 24, Teague 5-10 3-3 15, Okogie 2-2 1-1 6, Bates-Diop 0-1 3-4 3, Gibson 5-8 0-0 10, Tolliver 4-8 0-0 10, Dieng 2-5 1-1 5, Jones 1-4 3-3 5, Rose 4-9 0-0 8, Reynolds 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 41-84 20-21 114. Detroit: Brown 2-2 0-0 4, Griffin 4-13 1-2 9, Drummond 11-18 8-10 31, Jackson 2-5 1-2 6, Ellington 4-11 0-0 11, Maker 4-6 1-2 10, Calderon 0-1 0-0 0, Galloway 3-4 2-2 11, Smith 8-10 2-2 19, Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Kennard 8-16 2-2 21, Robinson III 3-5 0-0 7. Totals 50-93 17-22 131. Minnesota 35 29 24 26 — 114 Detroit 22 38 30 41 — 131 3-point goals: Minnesota 12-27 (Towns 3-6, Saric 2-3, Teague 2-3, Wiggins 2-5, Tolliver 2-6, Okogie 1-1, Reynolds 0-1, Rose 0-1, Bates-Diop 0-1), Detroit 14-33 (Galloway 3-3, Kennard 3-7, Ellington 3-9, Drummond 1-1, Smith 1-2, Maker 1-2, Jackson 1-2, Robinson III 1-2, Thomas 0-1, Griffin 0-4). Fouled out: Towns. Rebounds: Minnesota 37 (Saric 7), Detroit 42 (Drummond 15). Assists: Minnesota 25 (Teague 8), Detroit 29 (Griffin 7). Total fouls: Minnesota 22, Detroit 19. Technicals: Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders, Detroit coach Pistons (Defensive three second). Ejected: Gibson. A: 15,240 (20,491).

Utah: Ingles 4-12 1-2 10, Favors 9-11 6-6 25, Gobert 10-12 2-6 22, Rubio 3-12 3-4 9, Mitchell 10-18 0-0 22, O’Neale 0-3 0-0 0, Sefolosha 1-3 0-0 3, Crowder 5-10 0-2 11, Korver 4-7 2-2 12. Totals 46-88 14-22 114. New Orleans: Williams 5-11 0-0 12, Davis 6-12 4-5 16, Randle 9-18 4-6 23, Payton 3-7 1-2 7, Holiday 8-17 0-0 16, Miller 2-5 3-4 8, Diallo 0-2 0-0 0, Okafor 1-3 1-2 3, Jackson 5-9 0-0 13, Moore 2-5 0-1 6. Totals 41-89 13-20 104. Utah 25 33 27 29 — 114 New Orleans 23 24 29 28 — 104 3-point goals: Utah 8-30 (Korver 2-4, Mitchell 2-4, Favors 1-1, Sefolosha 1-3, Crowder 1-6, Ingles 1-7, O’Neale 0-1, Rubio 0-4), New Orleans 9-24 (Jackson 3-4, Moore 2-3, Williams 2-7, Miller 1-2, Randle 1-3, Davis 0-1, Holiday 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Utah 45 (Gobert 13), New Orleans 41 (Payton 8). Assists: Utah 31 (Ingles, Rubio 10), New Orleans 17 (Randle, Holiday, Davis, Payton 3). Total fouls: Utah 20, New Orleans 23. Technicals: Utah coach Jazz (Defensive three second). A: 14,681 (16,867).

Nets 113, Cavaliers 107 ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin skates back to the bench after assisting on a goal by Tom Wilson during the first period against the Flyers on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

FROM WIRE SERVICES

Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the host Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 Wednesday night to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division. Brett Connolly, Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Capitals, who won their fifth straight and seventh in the last eight. Washington began the night tied with the Islanders atop the division. Ovechkin moved one point from reaching 1,200 for his career. He will become the third active player and 49th all-time to reach the mark. Braden Holtby made 27 saves for his 250th career victory. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist, and Scott Laughton and Philippe Myers also scored for the Flyers, whose rally from a 5-0 deficit fell short. (Associated Press)

NOTEBOOK Kane, Toews to play a little less • At 30, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both are on target to play the most minutes of their careers. But they haven’t been producing as

much the last few games and Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton is ready to reduce their playing time just a bit to try to get them going. “Because we need them to produce,” Colliton said. “When they don’t, it’s hard for us to win.” Kane is playing a career-high 22 minutes, 30 seconds per game and could become the first Hawks player in nearly 30 years to score 50 goals in a season. Toews’ 20:59 ice-time average is eight seconds per game more than his previous career high. “I feel good,” said Kane, who has gone without a point in three of his last four games after a 20-game point streak. “I was playing good there for a while, didn’t have a great trip obviously but still feel pretty confident about my game. It’s not like I really feel tired out there. When they tell me to go out there I will.” Toews, who has one goal and five assists in his last six games, is on board with Kane. “We all realize these are our playoffs right now,” Toews said. “We have some guys in this room aside from myself that are getting a lot of ice time and a lot of pressure and have seen some tough, heavy games and never really make excuses. I don’t think fatigue should be an excuse.” (Chicago Tribune)

Cleveland: Osman 2-10 0-0 5, Love 5-11 10-11 24, Nance Jr. 6-10 4-5 17, Sexton 4-13 3-6 12, Knight 1-6 1-2 4, Chriss 0-2 1-2 1, Dellavedova 1-6 0-0 2, Nwaba 9-13 1-1 22, Stauskas 2-5 0-0 6, Clarkson 5-11 1-2 14. Totals 35-87 21-29 107. Brooklyn: Harris 4-10 0-2 9, Kurucs 4-7 1-2 10, Allen 6-7 3-4 15, Russell 9-20 3-6 25, Crabbe 2-6 0-0 4, Carroll 1-4 2-2 4, Davis 2-4 0-0 4, Dinwiddie 10-21 5-6 28, LeVert 5-12 1-4 14. Totals 43-91 15-26 113. Cleveland 20 30 35 22 — 107 Brooklyn 31 24 25 33 — 113 3-point goals: Cleveland 16-38 (Love 4-8, Nwaba 3-5, Clarkson 3-5, Stauskas 2-4, Nance Jr. 1-2, Knight 1-3, Sexton 1-3, Osman 1-4, Dellavedova 0-2, Chriss 0-2), Brooklyn 12-33 (Russell 4-8, LeVert 3-5, Dinwiddie 3-8, Harris 1-3, Kurucs 1-4, Carroll 0-2, Crabbe 0-3). Fouled out: Allen. Rebounds: Cleveland 47 (Love 16), Brooklyn 50 (Davis 12). Assists: Cleveland 23 (Sexton 5), Brooklyn 21 (Dinwiddie, Russell 5). Total fouls: Cleveland 22, Brooklyn 22. A: 14,177 (17,732).

Spurs 111, Hawks 104 San Antonio: DeRozan 7-14 0-0 14, Gay 5-10 2-3 12, Aldridge 11-16 9-11 32, White 8-11 1-2 18, Forbes 2-10 0-0 6, Bertans 4-11 0-0 12, Eubanks 0-0 0-0 0, Mills 5-11 1-2 12, Belinelli 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 44-89 13-18 111. Atlanta: Prince 3-6 1-2 9, Collins 6-11 6-7 18, Len 4-8 1-2 11, Young 8-24 5-6 22, Huerter 2-10 2-2 7, Bembry 3-7 1-1 8, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Poythress 2-4 0-0 4, Bazemore 4-11 2-2 12, Carter 3-6 1-2 10, Adams 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 36-92 19-24 104. San Antonio 27 26 27 31 — 111 Atlanta 23 33 21 27 — 104 3-point goals: San Antonio 10-33 (Bertans 4-10, Forbes 2-7, Aldridge 1-1, White 1-1, Belinelli 1-4, Mills 1-7, Gay 0-3), Atlanta 13-43 (Carter 3-4, Prince 2-4, Len 2-5, Bazemore 2-6, Bembry 1-4, Adams 1-4, Huerter 1-6, Young 1-7, Poythress 0-1, Collins 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: San Antonio 48 (Gay 11), Atlanta 48 (Collins 10). Assists: San Antonio 27 (White 9), Atlanta 21 (Huerter 5). Total fouls: San Antonio 23, Atlanta 18. Technicals: Prince 2, Carter. Ejected: Prince. A: 15,208 (18,118).

Wizards 132, Mavericks 123 Dallas: Hardaway Jr. 7-15 1-2 17, Finney-Smith 4-9 0-2 10, Powell 11-12 3-6 26, Doncic 11-26 7-9 31, Brunson 4-11 1-1 11, Jackson 6-10 1-2 18, Nowitzki 0-3 2-2 2, Mejri 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 1-5 3-4 5, Lee 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 45-93 18-28 123. Washington: Ariza 8-14 3-5 22, Green 6-9 1-1 16, Portis 4-12 2-2 12, Satoransky 4-11 6-7 14, Beal 11-19 6-8 30, Dekker 1-2 0-0 3, Parker 10-11 0-0 20, Brown Jr. 3-9 2-2 9, Bryant 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 50-93 20-25 132. Dallas 43 22 31 27 — 123 Washington 33 36 30 33 — 132 3-point goals: Dallas 15-41 (Jackson 5-7, Finney-Smith 2-4, Brunson 2-7, Doncic 2-8, Hardaway Jr. 2-9, Powell 1-1, Lee 1-2, Harris 0-1, Nowitzki 0-2), Washington 12-33 (Green 3-4, Ariza 3-6, Beal 2-5, Portis 2-5, Dekker 1-2, Brown Jr. 1-4, Parker 0-1, Bryant 0-2, Satoransky 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Dallas 39 (Doncic 11), Washington 49 (Parker 9). Assists: Dallas 27 (Brunson 8), Washington 30 (Satoransky 11). Total fouls: Dallas 19, Washington 26. Technicals: Dallas coach Mavericks (Defensive three second). A: 16,867 (20,356).

Pistons 131, T’Wolves 114

NBA LEADERS Through Tuesday’s games Scoring Harden, HOU George, OKC Curry, GOL Durant, GOL Embiid, PHL Davis, NOR Antetokounmpo, MIL James, LAL Leonard, TOR Lillard, POR Beal, WAS Griffin, DET Walker, CHA Booker, PHX Towns, MIN LaVine, CHI Irving, BOS Mitchell, UTA Westbrook, OKC Thompson, GOL FG Percentage Gobert, UTA Jordan, NYK Capela, HOU Harrell, LAC McGee, LAL Sabonis, IND Adams, OKC Ayton, PHX Allen, BRO Antetokounmpo, MIL Rebounds Drummond, DET Jordan, NYK Embiid, PHL Gobert, UTA Antetokounmpo, MIL Capela, HOU Davis, NOR Towns, MIN Whiteside, MIA Vucevic, ORL Assists Westbrook, OKC Lowry, TOR James, LAL Simmons, PHL Holiday, NOR Young, ATL Jokic, DEN Harden, HOU Fox, SAC Green, GOL

G 60 60 53 63 54 50 59 46 47 63 63 60 63 50 62 58 54 59 56 61

FG 651 565 505 607 483 489 588 455 439 540 594 520 550 427 546 486 480 499 477 525 FG 354 243 350 434 277 333 386 427 275 588 G OFF 59 299 58 189 54 134 63 241 59 135 49 229 50 157 62 214 54 201 65 178 G 56 53 46 63 66 65 62 60 62 49

FT 603 352 218 399 443 332 383 236 310 368 272 341 276 274 293 281 165 241 236 110 FGA 546 375 553 699 453 546 637 720 474 1015 DEF 591 593 594 570 610 385 463 552 456 603 AST 599 479 369 496 515 507 474 451 447 348

PTS 2199 1714 1501 1731 1473 1353 1594 1242 1269 1629 1621 1531 1582 1230 1501 1363 1261 1373 1271 1345

TOT 890 782 728 811 745 614 620 766 657 781

AVG 36.6 28.6 28.3 27.5 27.3 27.1 27.0 27.0 27.0 25.9 25.7 25.5 25.1 24.6 24.2 23.5 23.4 23.3 22.7 22.0 PCT .648 .648 .633 .621 .611 .610 .606 .593 .580 .579 AVG 15.1 13.5 13.5 12.9 12.6 12.5 12.4 12.4 12.2 12.0 AVG 10.7 9.0 8.0 7.9 7.8 7.8 7.6 7.5 7.2 7.1


SPORTS

B8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH NHL STANDINGS

NHL SUMMARIES

NBA STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Capitals 5, Flyers 3

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

Washington 2 3 0 — 5 Philadelphia 0 1 2 — 3 First period: 1, Washington, Wilson 19 (Ovechkin, Orlov), 5:55. 2, Washington, Connolly 17 (Hagelin, Niskanen), 14:16. Penalties: Oshie, WSH, (hooking), 7:43. Second period: 3, Washington, Ovechkin 46 (Backstrom, Carlson), 2:32 (pp). 4, Washington, Burakovsky 10 (Orlov, Boyd), 4:18. 5, Washington, Backstrom 16 (Jensen, Vrana), 5:37. 6, Philadelphia, Myers 1 (Giroux, Couturier), 19:48. Penalties: Couturier, PHI, (tripping), 1:49; Hagg, PHI, (slashing), 10:30. Third period: 7, Philadelphia, Giroux 20 (Lindblom, Couturier), 0:10. 8, Philadelphia, Laughton 10 (MacDonald, Raffl), 7:48. Penalties: Laughton, PHI, (interference), 2:29; MacDonald, PHI, (roughing), 10:23; Wilson, WSH, (roughing), 10:23. Shots: Washington 15-10-10: 35. Philadelphia 7-9-14: 30. Power-plays: Washington 1 of 3; Philadelphia 0 of 1. Goalies: Washington, Holtby 25-16-4 (30 shots-27 saves). Philadelphia, Elliott 9-8-1 (19-15), Talbot 11-15-3 (16-15). A: 19,232. Referees: Jean Hebert, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen: Tony Sericolo, Libor Suchanek.

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W L Toronto 46 19 Philadelphia 41 24 Boston 40 26 Brooklyn 34 33 New York 13 52 Southeast W L Miami 30 34 Orlando 30 36 Charlotte 29 35 Washington 27 37 Atlanta 22 44 Central W L x-Milwaukee 48 16 Indiana 42 23 Detroit 32 31 Chicago 19 47 Cleveland 16 49

GP 67 66 67 67 66 66 66 67 GP 67 66 66 66 66 67 66 67

W 51 40 41 36 30 28 23 23 W 39 38 36 35 37 32 27 25

L 12 17 21 24 28 26 33 38 L 21 21 23 22 26 27 28 33

OT 4 9 5 7 8 12 10 6 OT 7 7 7 9 3 8 11 9

Pts 106 89 87 79 68 68 56 52 Pts 85 83 79 79 77 72 65 59

GF 263 198 241 204 190 209 182 199 GF 231 192 199 229 205 204 190 189

GA 176 164 191 194 211 227 227 251 GA 211 161 180 204 198 224 219 225

Home 28-5-2 25-7-3 21-12-1 19-11-4 19-10-4 16-12-6 12-17-5 14-15-4 Home 19-9-5 20-10-4 18-10-4 18-12-2 17-16-2 17-13-4 16-11-8 17-12-6

Away 23-7-2 15-10-6 20-9-4 17-13-3 11-18-4 12-14-6 11-16-5 9-23-2 Away 20-12-2 18-11-3 18-13-3 17-10-7 20-10-1 15-14-4 11-17-3 8-21-3

Div 16-4-0 13-6-2 12-6-3 10-8-5 9-9-4 11-7-3 7-10-4 7-12-2 Div 13-5-2 15-7-1 9-9-2 11-7-2 14-7-1 8-10-2 7-10-5 8-12-3

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP Nashville 69 Winnipeg 66 Blues 66 Dallas 66 Minnesota 67 Colorado 67 Chicago 66 Pacific GP Calgary 66 San Jose 66 Vegas 67 Arizona 66 Edmonton 66 Vancouver 67 Anaheim 68 Los Angeles 66

W 39 39 35 34 32 29 27 W 41 39 36 32 29 28 26 24

L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 25 5 83 207 184 22-12-1 17-13-4 12-10-1 23 4 82 224 198 22-8-4 17-15-0 11-10-0 25 6 76 192 185 17-14-2 18-11-4 11-9-4 27 5 73 167 170 20-10-2 14-17-3 10-7-2 27 8 72 186 196 14-13-6 18-14-2 11-6-4 26 12 70 220 211 14-12-6 15-14-6 8-8-3 30 9 63 220 250 14-13-6 13-17-3 10-6-3 L OT Pts GF GA Home Away Div 18 7 89 234 192 20-7-5 21-11-2 11-6-2 19 8 86 238 206 21-5-5 18-14-3 15-4-3 26 5 77 201 187 20-10-4 16-16-1 13-5-2 29 5 69 177 186 15-15-3 17-14-2 12-9-2 30 7 65 187 216 14-15-2 15-15-5 8-11-2 30 9 65 183 208 15-12-4 13-18-5 9-10-4 33 9 61 151 209 13-12-8 13-21-1 7-10-3 34 8 56 159 210 13-16-3 11-18-5 8-8-2

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Wednesday Blues 5, Anaheim 4 Washington 5, Philadelphia 3 Vancouver 3, Toronto 2, OT Calgary at Vegas, late Tuesday Columbus 2, New Jersey 1, SO Pittsburgh 3, Florida 2, OT Boston 4, Carolina 3, OT NY Islanders 5, Ottawa 4, SO Tampa Bay 5, Winnipeg 2 Nashville 5, Minnesota 4, SO Dallas 1, NY Rangers 0 Anaheim 3, Arizona 1 Colorado 4, Detroit 3, OT Montreal 3, Los Angeles 1

Thursday Florida at Boston, 6 p.m. Columbus at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. NY Rangers at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. NY Islanders at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Colorado at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Buffalo at Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at Edmonton, 8 p.m. Calgary at Arizona, 8 p.m. Montreal at San Jose, 9:30 p.m. Blues at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. Friday Minnesota at Florida, 6 p.m. New Jersey at Washington, 6 p.m. Winnipeg at Carolina, 6:30 p.m. Montreal at Anaheim, 9 p.m.

Canucks 3, Maple Leafs 2, OT Toronto 0 2 0 0 — 2 Vancouver 0 0 2 1 — 3 First period: None. Penalties: Muzzin, TOR, (slashing), 3:52. Second period: 1, Toronto, Hainsey 5 (Brown, Marner), 12:28 (sh). 2, Toronto, Rielly 17 (Marleau, Tavares), 13:02. Penalties: Pouliot, VAN, (high sticking), 3:46; Marleau, TOR, (hooking), 10:38; Motte, VAN, (hooking), 14:40. Third period: 3, Vancouver, Eriksson 10 (Gaudette, Schenn), 2:21. 4, Vancouver, Leivo 13 (Goldobin, Gaudette), 4:13 (pp). Penalties: Toronto bench, served by Matthews (too many men on the ice), 3:22; Rielly, TOR, (closing hand on the puck), 13:34. Overtime: 5, Vancouver, Edler 6 (Boeser, Markstrom), 3:11. Penalties: None. Shots: Toronto 8-11-10-1: 30. Vancouver 15-4-8-4: 31. Power-plays: Toronto 0 of 2; Vancouver 1 of 4. Goalies: Toronto, Andersen 32-13-4 (31 shots-28 saves). Vancouver, Markstrom 24-19-8 (30-28). A: 18,871. Referees: Brad Meier, Dan O’Rourke. Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Ryan Gibbons.

SCORING LEADERS Through Tuesday’s games Goal Scoring Name Team Alex Ovechkin, WAS Leon Draisaitl, EDM Patrick Kane, CHI Brayden Point, TAM John Tavares, TOR Cam Atkinson, CBJ Alex DeBrincat, CHI Joe Pavelski, SAN Jeff Skinner, BUF Nathan MacKinnon, COL Steven Stamkos, TAM

GP 65 66 65 65 66 64 66 66 66 67 67

G 45 41 40 37 37 36 36 36 36 34 34

Capitals take a big lead, hang on to defeat Flyers

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Pct .708 .631 .606 .507 .200 Pct .469 .455 .453 .422 .333 Pct .750 .646 .508 .288 .246

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest W L Pct Houston 39 25 .609 San Antonio 37 29 .561 New Orleans 30 37 .448 Dallas 27 37 .422 Memphis 26 40 .394 Northwest W L Pct Denver 43 21 .672 Oklahoma City 39 25 .609 Portland 39 25 .609 Utah 37 27 .578 Minnesota 30 35 .462 Pacific W L Pct Golden State 44 20 .688 LA Clippers 37 29 .561 Sacramento 32 32 .500 LA Lakers 30 35 .462 Phoenix 15 51 .227

GB — 5 6½ 13 33 GB — 1 1 3 9 GB — 6½ 15½ 30 32½

GB — 3 10½ 12 14 GB — 4 4 6 13½ GB — 8 12 14½ 30

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

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

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

Str W-6 W-4 L-1 L-3 W-1 Str W-1 L-1 L-1 W-1 L-1 Str L-1 W-3 L-1 L-4 W-3

Home 27-7 25-9 24-10 20-16 6-25 Home 14-18 17-16 20-14 19-12 11-20 Home 25-5 25-9 20-13 8-25 10-24

Home 22-9 25-7 18-13 21-11 16-17 Home 27-6 22-9 24-8 21-11 21-10 Home 23-9 18-12 20-14 18-15 10-23

Away 19-12 16-15 16-16 14-17 7-27 Away 16-16 13-20 9-21 8-25 11-24 Away 23-11 17-14 12-18 11-22 6-25

Away 17-16 12-22 12-24 6-26 10-23 Away 16-15 17-16 15-17 16-16 9-25 Away 21-11 19-17 12-18 12-20 5-28

Wednesday Detroit 131, Minnesota 114 Miami 91, Charlotte 84 Washington 132, Dallas 123 Brooklyn 113, Cleveland 107 San Antonio 111, Atlanta 104 Chicago 108, Philadelphia 107 Utah 114, New Orleans 104 Phoenix 107, New York 96 Boston 111, Sacramento 109 Denver 115, LA Lakers 99

Conf 28-12 23-16 28-13 23-20 8-35 Conf 17-21 21-19 22-19 18-26 13-30 Conf 32-8 29-13 22-19 14-28 12-31

Tuesday Indiana 105, Chicago 96 Philadelphia 114, Orlando 106 Houston 107, Toronto 95 Memphis 120, Portland 111 Minnesota 131, Oklahoma City 120 Boston 128, Golden State 95 Thursday Indiana at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Portland, 9:30 p.m. Friday Dallas at Orlando, 6 p.m. Washington at Charlotte, 6 p.m. Cleveland at Miami, 7 p.m. Detroit at Chicago, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Houston, 7 p.m. Toronto at New Orleans, 7 p.m. Utah at Memphis, 7 p.m. Denver at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at LA Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Conf 22-17 26-19 20-23 14-24 18-23 Conf 28-13 23-19 20-20 23-18 19-22 Conf 26-12 24-20 17-24 21-23 8-32

Saturday Sacramento at New York, 11 a.m. Brooklyn at Atlanta, 6 p.m. Washington at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Boston at LA Lakers, 7:30 p.m. Charlotte at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Portland, 9 p.m.

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Andre Drummond had 31 points and 15 rebounds as the surging Pistons beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 131-114 on Wednesday night in Detroit. Drummond posted his 16th straight double-double — the second-longest streak in franchise history. He set the record with 18 last season. Luke Kennard added 21 points for the Pistons (3231), who moved above .500 for the first time since they got to 15-14 by beating the Timberwolves in overtime on Dec. 19. Detroit has won 10 of 12, including six straight at home. Minnesota (30-35) has lost four of five. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 24 points before fouling out.

NOTEBOOK Irving misses game • Boston Celtics guard Kyrie

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Pistons guard Langston Galloway holds back center Andre Drummond after Timberwolves forward Taj Gibson fouled Drummond during the second half. Gibson was ejected.

Irving missed Wednesday night’s game against the Sacramento Kings with a thigh injury. The team said Irving has a bruised left thigh. Irving played the previous night in Golden State, recording 19 points and 11 assists in 30 minutes of a 128-95 victory for the Celtics.

Warriors sign Bogut • Golden State signed Andrew Bogut, who is expected to join the team next week and add depth heading into the playoffs. The Warriors made the announcement Wednesday, after Bogut was cleared by his Australian team, the Sydney Kings.

NBA SUMMARIES Bulls 108, 76ers 107

Heat 91, Hornets 84

Philadelphia: Butler 8-17 6-7 22, Harris 5-13 2-2 13, Johnson 3-4 2-4 9, B.Simmons 7-14 4-5 18, Redick 5-11 3-4 15, Ennis III 5-7 0-0 11, Scott 3-8 0-0 8, Bolden 2-6 0-0 5, McConnell 2-6 2-2 6. Totals 40-86 19-24 107. Chicago: Porter Jr. 6-17 1-1 15, Markkanen 4-9 3-3 11, Lopez 7-13 5-8 19, Dunn 2-6 0-0 4, LaVine 14-26 9-13 39, Felicio 0-1 0-0 0, Arcidiacono 1-5 2-2 4, Harrison 3-3 0-0 6, Luwawu-Cabarrot 1-4 0-0 3, Selden 3-9 0-0 7. Totals 41-93 20-27 108. Philadelphia 30 27 29 21 — 107 Chicago 30 27 25 26 — 108 3-point goals: Philadelphia 8-24 (Scott 2-5, Redick 2-8, Johnson 1-2, Harris 1-2, Ennis III 1-2, Bolden 1-3, McConnell 0-1, Butler 0-1), Chicago 6-23 (Porter Jr. 2-4, LaVine 2-5, Luwawu-Cabarrot 1-3, Selden 1-4, Lopez 0-1, Arcidiacono 0-1, Dunn 0-2, Markkanen 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Philadelphia 46 (B.Simmons 11), Chicago 47 (Lopez, Porter Jr. 9). Assists: Philadelphia 22 (B.Simmons 7), Chicago 21 (Dunn, LaVine 4). Total fouls: Philadelphia 20, Chicago 17. Technicals: Philadelphia coach 76ers (Defensive three second). A: 19,927 (20,917).

Miami: Richardson 5-14 3-4 13, Olynyk 8-14 1-1 22, Adebayo 5-6 0-0 10, Winslow 4-9 0-0 9, Waiters 2-11 0-0 6, Jones Jr. 1-2 0-1 2, Whiteside 8-14 2-3 18, Wade 4-15 0-2 8, McGruder 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 38-91 6-11 91. Charlotte: Bridges 1-4 1-2 3, Williams 3-12 0-0 9, Zeller 5-10 0-0 10, Walker 5-17 7-7 20, Batum 3-13 0-0 9, Kaminsky 8-11 0-2 20, Biyombo 2-2 0-2 4, Parker 1-5 0-0 2, Lamb 2-8 2-2 7. Totals 30-82 10-15 84. Miami 29 14 18 30 — 91 Charlotte 18 25 15 26 — 84 3-point goals: Miami 9-26 (Olynyk 5-7, Waiters 2-5, Winslow 1-1, McGruder 1-5, Wade 0-2, Richardson 0-6), Charlotte 14-36 (Kaminsky 4-5, Williams 3-5, Batum 3-9, Walker 3-10, Lamb 1-4, Parker 0-1, Bridges 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Miami 52 (Whiteside 15), Charlotte 40 (Zeller 10). Assists: Miami 19 (Winslow 7), Charlotte 22 (Walker 7). Total fouls: Miami 16, Charlotte 19. Technicals: Charlotte coach Hornets (Defensive three second). A: 18,137 (19,077).

Jazz 114, Pelicans 104 Utah: Ingles 4-12 1-2 10, Favors 9-11 6-6 25, Gobert 10-12 2-6 22, Rubio 3-12 3-4 9, Mitchell 10-18 0-0 22, O’Neale 0-3 0-0 0, Sefolosha 1-3 0-0 3, Crowder 5-10 0-2 11, Korver 4-7 2-2 12. Totals 46-88 14-22 114. New Orleans: Williams 5-11 0-0 12, Davis 6-12 4-5 16, Randle 9-18 4-6 23, Payton 3-7 1-2 7, Holiday 8-17 0-0 16, Miller 2-5 3-4 8, Diallo 0-2 0-0 0, Okafor 1-3 1-2 3, Jackson 5-9 0-0 13, Moore 2-5 0-1 6. Totals 41-89 13-20 104. Utah 25 33 27 29 — 114 New Orleans 23 24 29 28 — 104 3-point goals: Utah 8-30 (Korver 2-4, Mitchell 2-4, Favors 1-1, Sefolosha 1-3, Crowder 1-6, Ingles 1-7, O’Neale 0-1, Rubio 0-4), New Orleans 9-24 (Jackson 3-4, Moore 2-3, Williams 2-7, Miller 1-2, Randle 1-3, Davis 0-1, Holiday 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Utah 45 (Gobert 13), New Orleans 41 (Payton 8). Assists: Utah 31 (Ingles, Rubio 10), New Orleans 17 (Randle, Holiday, Davis, Payton 3). Total fouls: Utah 20, New Orleans 23. Technicals: Utah coach Jazz (Defensive three second). A: 14,681 (16,867).

Nets 113, Cavaliers 107 ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin skates back to the bench after assisting on a goal by Tom Wilson during the first period against the Flyers on Wednesday night in Philadelphia.

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Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals beat the host Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 Wednesday night to reclaim sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division. Brett Connolly, Tom Wilson and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Capitals, who won their fifth straight and seventh in the last eight. Washington began the night tied with the Islanders atop the division. Ovechkin moved one point from reaching 1,200 for his career. He will become the third active player and 49th all-time to reach the mark. Braden Holtby made 27 saves for his 250th career victory. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist, and Scott Laughton and Philippe Myers also scored for the Flyers, whose rally from a 5-0 deficit fell short. (Associated Press)

NOTEBOOK Kane, Toews to play a little less • At 30, Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews both are on target to play the most minutes of their careers. But they haven’t been producing as

much the last few games and Blackhawks coach Jeremy Colliton is ready to reduce their playing time just a bit to try to get them going. “Because we need them to produce,” Colliton said. “When they don’t, it’s hard for us to win.” Kane is playing a career-high 22 minutes, 30 seconds per game and could become the first Hawks player in nearly 30 years to score 50 goals in a season. Toews’ 20:59 ice-time average is eight seconds per game more than his previous career high. “I feel good,” said Kane, who has gone without a point in three of his last four games after a 20-game point streak. “I was playing good there for a while, didn’t have a great trip obviously but still feel pretty confident about my game. It’s not like I really feel tired out there. When they tell me to go out there I will.” Toews, who has one goal and five assists in his last six games, is on board with Kane. “We all realize these are our playoffs right now,” Toews said. “We have some guys in this room aside from myself that are getting a lot of ice time and a lot of pressure and have seen some tough, heavy games and never really make excuses. I don’t think fatigue should be an excuse.” (Chicago Tribune)

Cleveland: Osman 2-10 0-0 5, Love 5-11 10-11 24, Nance Jr. 6-10 4-5 17, Sexton 4-13 3-6 12, Knight 1-6 1-2 4, Chriss 0-2 1-2 1, Dellavedova 1-6 0-0 2, Nwaba 9-13 1-1 22, Stauskas 2-5 0-0 6, Clarkson 5-11 1-2 14. Totals 35-87 21-29 107. Brooklyn: Harris 4-10 0-2 9, Kurucs 4-7 1-2 10, Allen 6-7 3-4 15, Russell 9-20 3-6 25, Crabbe 2-6 0-0 4, Carroll 1-4 2-2 4, Davis 2-4 0-0 4, Dinwiddie 10-21 5-6 28, LeVert 5-12 1-4 14. Totals 43-91 15-26 113. Cleveland 20 30 35 22 — 107 Brooklyn 31 24 25 33 — 113 3-point goals: Cleveland 16-38 (Love 4-8, Nwaba 3-5, Clarkson 3-5, Stauskas 2-4, Nance Jr. 1-2, Knight 1-3, Sexton 1-3, Osman 1-4, Dellavedova 0-2, Chriss 0-2), Brooklyn 12-33 (Russell 4-8, LeVert 3-5, Dinwiddie 3-8, Harris 1-3, Kurucs 1-4, Carroll 0-2, Crabbe 0-3). Fouled out: Allen. Rebounds: Cleveland 47 (Love 16), Brooklyn 50 (Davis 12). Assists: Cleveland 23 (Sexton 5), Brooklyn 21 (Dinwiddie, Russell 5). Total fouls: Cleveland 22, Brooklyn 22. A: 14,177 (17,732).

Spurs 111, Hawks 104 San Antonio: DeRozan 7-14 0-0 14, Gay 5-10 2-3 12, Aldridge 11-16 9-11 32, White 8-11 1-2 18, Forbes 2-10 0-0 6, Bertans 4-11 0-0 12, Eubanks 0-0 0-0 0, Mills 5-11 1-2 12, Belinelli 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 44-89 13-18 111. Atlanta: Prince 3-6 1-2 9, Collins 6-11 6-7 18, Len 4-8 1-2 11, Young 8-24 5-6 22, Huerter 2-10 2-2 7, Bembry 3-7 1-1 8, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Poythress 2-4 0-0 4, Bazemore 4-11 2-2 12, Carter 3-6 1-2 10, Adams 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 36-92 19-24 104. San Antonio 27 26 27 31 — 111 Atlanta 23 33 21 27 — 104 3-point goals: San Antonio 10-33 (Bertans 4-10, Forbes 2-7, Aldridge 1-1, White 1-1, Belinelli 1-4, Mills 1-7, Gay 0-3), Atlanta 13-43 (Carter 3-4, Prince 2-4, Len 2-5, Bazemore 2-6, Bembry 1-4, Adams 1-4, Huerter 1-6, Young 1-7, Poythress 0-1, Collins 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: San Antonio 48 (Gay 11), Atlanta 48 (Collins 10). Assists: San Antonio 27 (White 9), Atlanta 21 (Huerter 5). Total fouls: San Antonio 23, Atlanta 18. Technicals: Prince 2, Carter. Ejected: Prince. A: 15,208 (18,118).

Wizards 132, Mavericks 123 Dallas: Hardaway Jr. 7-15 1-2 17, Finney-Smith 4-9 0-2 10, Powell 11-12 3-6 26, Doncic 11-26 7-9 31, Brunson 4-11 1-1 11, Jackson 6-10 1-2 18, Nowitzki 0-3 2-2 2, Mejri 0-0 0-0 0, Harris 1-5 3-4 5, Lee 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 45-93 18-28 123. Washington: Ariza 8-14 3-5 22, Green 6-9 1-1 16, Portis 4-12 2-2 12, Satoransky 4-11 6-7 14, Beal 11-19 6-8 30, Dekker 1-2 0-0 3, Parker 10-11 0-0 20, Brown Jr. 3-9 2-2 9, Bryant 3-6 0-0 6. Totals 50-93 20-25 132. Dallas 43 22 31 27 — 123 Washington 33 36 30 33 — 132 3-point goals: Dallas 15-41 (Jackson 5-7, Finney-Smith 2-4, Brunson 2-7, Doncic 2-8, Hardaway Jr. 2-9, Powell 1-1, Lee 1-2, Harris 0-1, Nowitzki 0-2), Washington 12-33 (Green 3-4, Ariza 3-6, Beal 2-5, Portis 2-5, Dekker 1-2, Brown Jr. 1-4, Parker 0-1, Bryant 0-2, Satoransky 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Dallas 39 (Doncic 11), Washington 49 (Parker 9). Assists: Dallas 27 (Brunson 8), Washington 30 (Satoransky 11). Total fouls: Dallas 19, Washington 26. Technicals: Dallas coach Mavericks (Defensive three second). A: 16,867 (20,356).

Pistons 131, T’Wolves 114 Minnesota: Wiggins 8-15 0-0 18, Saric 3-7 0-0 8, Towns 7-14 7-7 24, Teague 5-10 3-3 15, Okogie 2-2 1-1 6, Bates-Diop 0-1 3-4 3, Gibson 5-8 0-0 10, Tolliver 4-8 0-0 10, Dieng 2-5 1-1 5, Jones 1-4 3-3 5, Rose 4-9 0-0 8, Reynolds 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 41-84 20-21 114. Detroit: Brown 2-2 0-0 4, Griffin 4-13 1-2 9, Drummond 11-18 8-10 31, Jackson 2-5 1-2 6, Ellington 4-11 0-0 11, Maker 4-6 1-2 10, Calderon 0-1 0-0 0, Galloway 3-4 2-2 11, Smith 8-10 2-2 19, Thomas 1-2 0-0 2, Kennard 8-16 2-2 21, Robinson III 3-5 0-0 7. Totals 50-93 17-22 131. Minnesota 35 29 24 26 — 114 Detroit 22 38 30 41 — 131 3-point goals: Minnesota 12-27 (Towns 3-6, Saric 2-3, Teague 2-3, Wiggins 2-5, Tolliver 2-6, Okogie 1-1, Reynolds 0-1, Rose 0-1, Bates-Diop 0-1), Detroit 14-33 (Galloway 3-3, Kennard 3-7, Ellington 3-9, Drummond 1-1, Smith 1-2, Maker 1-2, Jackson 1-2, Robinson III 1-2, Thomas 0-1, Griffin 0-4). Fouled out: Towns. Rebounds: Minnesota 37 (Saric 7), Detroit 42 (Drummond 15). Assists: Minnesota 25 (Teague 8), Detroit 29 (Griffin 7). Total fouls: Minnesota 22, Detroit 19. Technicals: Minnesota coach Ryan Saunders, Detroit coach Pistons (Defensive three second). Ejected: Gibson. A: 15,240 (20,491).

Nuggets 115, Lakers 99 Denver: Barton 8-16 2-3 23, Millsap 7-15 2-2 16, Jokic 3-5 6-8 12, Murray 8-20 0-0 19, Harris 8-11 1-1 19, Hernangomez 0-0 0-0 0, Craig 0-3 0-0 0, Vanderbilt 0-0 0-0 0, Plumlee 4-7 1-1 9, Welsh 0-1 0-0 0, Morris 2-5 0-0 5, Thomas 2-5 0-2 4, Beasley 3-10 0-0 8. Totals 45-98 12-17 115. LA Lakers: James 13-22 3-8 31, Hart 2-6 2-3 7, McGee 8-10 0-1 16, Rondo 2-7 0-0 4, Bullock 1-4 0-2 2, Muscala 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 3-4 2-4 8, Wagner 4-11 1-1 11, Caruso 6-11 2-2 15, Bonga 0-0 2-2 2, Caldwell-Pope 0-2 0-0 0, Stephenson 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 40-84 12-23 99. Denver 43 23 19 30 — 115 LA Lakers 25 24 28 22 — 99 3-point goals: Denver 13-42 (Barton 5-11, Murray 3-9, Harris 2-4, Beasley 2-7, Morris 1-2, Jokic 0-1, Craig 0-2, Millsap 0-3, Thomas 0-3), LA Lakers 7-31 (Wagner 2-6, James 2-7, Hart 1-2, Caruso 1-4, Stephenson 1-4, Caldwell-Pope 0-1, Muscala 0-2, Bullock 0-2, Rondo 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Denver 55 (Jokic 17), LA Lakers 41 (Rondo, James 7). Assists: Denver 33 (Jokic 8), LA Lakers 26 (Rondo 11). Total fouls: Denver 17, LA Lakers 22. Technicals: Denver coach Nuggets (Defensive three second), Denver coach Michael Malone, Millsap. A: 18,997 (18,997).

Celtics 111, Kings 109 Boston: Tatum 8-17 6-6 24, Morris 7-16 2-2 19, Horford 8-10 4-4 21, Rozier 6-13 0-0 16, Smart 2-6 4-4 9, Hayward 6-10 0-2 12, Ojeleye 0-1 0-0 0, Brown 3-6 2-3 10, Theis 0-0 0-0 0, Baynes 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-79 18-21 111. Sacramento: Bogdanovic 5-9 0-0 14, Barnes 8-14 4-5 24, Cauley-Stein 8-9 3-4 19, Fox 7-13 2-4 16, Hield 8-19 3-3 23, Brewer 0-1 0-0 0, Giles III 2-7 2-4 6, Bjelica 1-5 2-2 5, Ferrell 1-2 0-0 2, Burks 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 40-80 16-22 109. Boston 26 23 33 29 — 111 Sacramento 32 17 28 32 — 109 3-point goals: Boston 13-33 (Rozier 4-10, Morris 3-8, Brown 2-3, Tatum 2-4, Horford 1-2, Smart 1-3, Hayward 0-3), Sacramento 13-29 (Bogdanovic 4-6, Barnes 4-7, Hield 4-9, Bjelica 1-5, Brewer 0-1, Fox 0-1). Fouled out: Bogdanovic. Rebounds: Boston 35 (Horford 11), Sacramento 40 (Hield, Barnes 8). Assists: Boston 26 (Horford 7), Sacramento 23 (Fox 7). Total fouls: Boston 22, Sacramento 21. A: 17,583 (17,608).

Suns 107, Knicks 96 New York: Knox 1-5 5-6 7, Vonleh 6-10 2-3 15, Jordan 7-8 3-4 17, Smith Jr. 6-14 2-2 15, Dotson 6-12 1-1 15, Thomas 2-6 0-0 5, Ellenson 0-2 0-0 0, Robinson 3-7 2-3 8, Mudiay 1-4 0-0 2, Trier 3-9 5-6 12. Totals 35-77 20-25 96. Phoenix: Oubre Jr. 7-15 2-3 18, Bender 0-2 0-0 0, Ayton 4-8 2-3 10, Johnson 5-8 2-2 14, Booker 14-23 7-7 41, Jackson 0-7 2-2 2, Bridges 2-3 0-0 5, Holmes 5-6 0-0 10, Okobo 0-0 2-5 2, Melton 0-0 0-0 0, Crawford 0-3 0-0 0, Daniels 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 39-81 17-22 107. New York 22 25 17 32 — 96 Phoenix 16 33 32 26 — 107 3-point goals: New York 6-15 (Dotson 2-4, Vonleh 1-2, Thomas 1-2, Trier 1-3, Smith Jr. 1-4), Phoenix 12-29 (Booker 6-10, Johnson 2-4, Oubre Jr. 2-5, Bridges 1-2, Daniels 1-5, Jackson 0-1, Bender 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: New York 46 (Jordan 14), Phoenix 31 (Ayton 6). Assists: New York 17 (Smith Jr. 6), Phoenix 21 (Johnson 6). Total fouls: New York 23, Phoenix 25. Technicals: Phoenix coach Suns (Defensive three second). A: 14,427 (18,422).


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ORLANDO, FLA. • Rory McIlroy has few complaints about the state of his game, only the results. That doesn’t bother him, either. At least not yet. It’s been 12 months since his last victory, in the Arnold Palmer Invitational, a title he defends this week against a typically strong field at Bay Hill that no longer includes Tiger Woods as he copes with a neck strain. Ahead of McIlroy is the Masters, his fifth opportunity to join the most elite group in golf by completing the career Grand Slam. “Playing well,” McIlroy said Wednesday after a frigid pro-am at Bay Hill. “Just seems like one or two people play a little better than me every week I tee it up. I’m in a good place with my game, doing everything pretty well, and just got to try and keep continuing on that path. And if I keep working on these things and keep doing the right things, hopefully sooner or later I’ll turn all these good

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panic. In fact, the 29-yearold from Northern Ireland even managed to cite Abraham Lincoln, who lost several elections over three decades. “He wound up being president of the United States,” McIlroy said. “So I still got a bit of time.” That time will come soon enough. For now, McIlroy is at a course he has come to enjoy since he first played the Arnold Palmer Invitational in 2015 and dined with the King. Even with such a short history, the connection between Palmer and McIlroy was strong. McIlroy recalls telling Palmer when he first played Bay Hill that he would make an effort to return every year. “Now that I’m a past champion of this event, it obviously means a little bit more to me again,” he said. McIlroy, who already has four majors as part of his 22 victories worldwide, is one of the top names that gives Bay Hill some pop. Justin Rose and three-time major champion Brooks Koepka are in the field, both with a chance to replace Dustin Johnson at No. 1 in the world. Johnson is not playing this week.

finishes into a win.” McIlroy has opened the year with four straight top-five finishes, his longest streak on the PGA Tour. He was runner-up two weeks ago in Mexico City, where Dustin Johnson overwhelmed everyone for a five-shot victory. He finished three back at Riviera, and he was in the final group at Kapalua. His best stretch of golf might have been the end of 2011 and the start of 2012, when McIlroy finished in the top five in 11 out of 12 tournaments, two of them victories. That ended at Augusta National when he tied for 40th. The Florida swing is when the Masters starts to come into view for everyone, especially McIlroy. A green jacket is all he needs to complete the career Grand Slam, and it’s been on his mind since he won the British Open at Royal Liverpool in 2014. He has finished in the top 10 at the last four Masters, each time finishing six shots behind. Last year might have been the toughest because he played in the final group with Patrick Reed, three shots behind, and faded to a 74. There is no sense of

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BOYS BASKETBALL • MISSOURI CLASS 3 STATE TOURNAMENT SPOTLIGHT ATHLETES OF THE WEEK Davion Bradford Mehlville basketball A 7-foot junior center, Bradford had consecutive double-doubles to lead the Panthers to their first district title since 1997. In a 53-35 win over Lindbergh in the championship game, Bradford scored 14 points and hauled in 17 rebounds. He blocked three shots while defending Lindbergh 6-foot-11 center Erik Lahm. Also, Bradford had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lift the Panthers to a 53-34 district semifinal win over Oakville. Bradford, who transferred to Mehlville from Hillcrest High in Arizona for this school year, is averaging 16.6 points and 11.4 rebounds.

HOMETOWN HERO Vashon’s McCaskill returns to Springfield with a state title on his mind

Michael Brewer Hillsboro basketball A 6-foot-5 senior forward, Brewer led the Hawks to a district title. He had 20 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and three blocks in a 68-53 win over Lutheran South in the district final. Brewer was coming off a big game (20 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists) in a 57-43 district semifinal win over Festus. A four-year starter, three-time all-conference and threetime all-district honoree, Brewer averaged 21.1 points and 10.7 rebounds this season. He was a first-team all-Jefferson County Large Conference pitcher last spring and has signed to play Division I baseball at Southern Mississippi. Madison Buford Lutheran North basketball A 5-foot-9 senior guard, Buford led the Crusaders past Whitfield 52-41 in the quarterfinals for a berth in the Class 3 state semifinals. She had a team-high 16 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Crusaders erased a 19-16 halftime deficit. Buford was coming off another double-double (16 points, 13 rebounds) in a 54-37 sectional win over Hermann. Buford, who transferred from Kirkwood prior to her sophomore year, is averaging a teamhigh 15.6 points and 8.8 rebounds. She earned all-tournament honors at Lutheran St. Charles in November and was a first-team all-Metro League honoree last season. Trent Champagne St. Charles West basketball A 6-foot-3 senior guard, Champagne led the Warriors in scoring in both of their district tournament games to help them to a title. He had a game-high 19 points in a 48-46 win over McCluer in the district final. The Warriors trailed 10-7 after one quarter, but Champagne hit successive 3-pointers to give the Warriors a 20-16 lead with three minutes to go in the first half and scored nine points in the second quarter as St. Charles West held a 25-20 halftime lead. Champagne was coming off a 16-point game in the district semifinals against St. Charles. Champagne, who has signed with Quincy University for basketball, has lettered in six sports. Terrence Hargrove East St. Louis basketball A 6-foot-7 senior forward, Hargrove led the way in two dominating Flyers’ victories in the regional tournament at Breese Central. First, he put up a gamehigh 26 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lift the Flyers to an 85-53 semifinal victory over Civic Memorial. Hargrove followed by scoring 21 points, pulling down eight rebounds and blocking five shots as the Flyers rolled past Mater Dei 86-45 in the regional final. An all-tournament selection at Collinsville and Salem this season and an all-conference honoree last season, Hargrove is averaging 18.2 points and 8.9 rebounds. He has signed with St. Louis University. Jacob Kausch De Smet hockey A 5-foot-11, 150-pound junior forward, Kausch has come up big in the playoffs to help the Spartans advance to the Mid-States Challenge Cup championship game. Kausch has scored six times in the postseason after four goals in the team’s first 21 games of the season. The speedy winger scored two third-period goals to propel the Spartans to a 3-1 win over Chaminade in Game 2 of the semifinal round. The win gave De Smet a sweep of the series. Kausch scored two goals in an early-round playoff win over Edwardsville. He also scored in the Spartans’ 4-2 win over Chaminade in the first leg of the semifinal series. Nariyah Simmons Hazelwood Central basketball A 5-foot-6 sophomore guard, Simmons broke out of a shooting slump to help the Hawks capture a district title. After hitting just 2 of 16 shots in a district semifinal win over Francis Howell North, Simmons scored a game-high 22 points, including three 3-pointers, to lead the Hawks to a 62-47 win over host Francis Howell Central in the district final. She was 6 of 13 from the field, 7 of 9 from the foul line, made five steals and grabbed four rebounds. An alltournament selection at Visitation, the MVP of the Hillsboro Tournament and an all-conference pick last season, Simmons is averaging 16.1 points, 2.8 assists and 4.3 steals. Compiled by Paul Kopsky based off stats reported to STLhighschoolsports.com. Please send nominations to pkopsky@stltoday.com by noon each Monday.

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Vashon’s Donyae McCaskill (5) dunks against Cardinal Ritter during the Class 3 District 6 boys basketball final Feb. 22 at Vashon. McCaskill will help lead the Wolverines on Thursday and Friday at the Class 3 state tournament, which is his hometown.

CLASS 3 STATE TOURNAMENT

BY DAVID KVIDAHL STLhighschoolsports.com

Donyae McCaskill put down the fishing pole and picked up a net. Just a child at the time, McCaskill could not sit by idly and hope for a fish to take his bait. Instead he waded into the stream and started scooping. “I wasn’t too patient,” McCaskill recalled. “I didn’t like waiting and holding the pole.” He’s done waiting now, too. Instead of wildlife he’s chasing the state championship that has eluded him the last three seasons. A senior guard for the Vashon boys basketball team, McCaskill will play in the third state semifinal of his career when the Wolverines (23-5) take on Charleston (20-10) at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at JQH Arena on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield. The winner will play for the Class 3 state championship at 2:40 p.m. Friday against Springfield Catholic (28-3) or St. Paul Lutheran Concordia (27-1). While several of his teammates were part of Vashon’s Class 4 championship teams in 2016 and 2017, McCaskill was not. He competed in Class 5 those two seasons at Kickapoo, a Springfield basketball powerhouse. McCaskill was on the bench as a freshman when a Jayson Tatum-led Chaminade pulled away in the final minutes to win the 2016 crown. As a sophomore McCaskill was guarding Webster Groves point guard Courtney Ramey when Ramey scored the game-tying runner and then the goahead free throw with 7 seconds to play as the Statesmen escaped with a 58-57 semifinal victory. Webster went on to win the state title the next day. It still burns McCaskill. “I was upset Courtney hit that shot over me and they called that foul,” McCaskill said. That Kickapoo team featured a pair of dynamic senior guards in Jared Ridder and Cam Davis, who were the heart and soul of that team. Upon their graduation, McCaskill was tabbed the next big-time player out of Kickapoo. He would be featured prominently in one of the best programs in a town that’s batty

At Missouri State University Thursday’s semifinals Vashon (23-5) vs. Charleston (20-10), 3:30 p.m. Springfield Catholic (28-3) vs. St. Paul Lutheran Concordia (27-1), 5:10 p.m. Friday’s games Third place, 11 a.m. Championship, 2:40 p.m.

for basketball. “Coach (Dick) Rippee was saying I was going to be the leading scorer and take over the team,” McCaskill said. He didn’t stick around to find out. McCaskill’s father wanted to give his son a different lifestyle experience than the rural one he knew in Springfield. He wanted his son to know how he grew up and moved the family to his hometown, St. Louis. McCaskill transferred to Vashon. “He wanted me to see how the lifestyle was and how they play basketball here,” McCaskill said. “It’s way different than Springfield.” Off the court McCaskill enjoyed the outdoors in Springfield. He and his brother would play by a creek and catch as many turtles as they could carry. They’d bring them back to an array of tanks and watch them grow. “At home we had, I’d say, about 50 turtles. We’d just catch turtles and when they’d grow up we’d release them,” McCaskill said. “We’d keep some big ones here and there. I know all about turtles, I can’t even lie.” On the court, Kickapoo played in an offense that was based on ball movement and shooting from long range. Ridder and Davis went a combined 7-of-13 from the 3-point line in the semifinal against Webster Groves. The Chiefs dialed from long distance and connected more often than not. Ridder and Davis made an impression, too. The two senior stars made McCaskill feel welcome as they weaved their way through an exemplary season that included an appearance at the Tournament of Champions, a 26-5 record and a third-place finish at state.

“Them two are like role models to me. They taught me a lot,” McCaskill said. “They didn’t treat me like a sophomore or a freshman. They treated me like I was equal to them. I took that opportunity and ran with it.” It was different when McCaskill landed at Vashon last season. He entered a program that had won back-toback Class 4 state titles and had its own core of standouts who were chasing another. McCaskill was named a starter but was hesitant to step into a leadership role as the new guy. “I was kind of scared to speak up. I didn’t want to overstep my place,” McCaskill said. “Then senior year I kind of got out of my shell. I started speaking my mind.” Desperation is part of the reason. After the Wolverines were defeated by St. Mary’s in a sectional game last season, McCaskill had this one, last shot at winning a state championship. There won’t be a “next year” for him or the other seniors. “Last year we didn’t have any seniors so we were kind of playing like we had next year,” McCaskill said. “This year it wasn’t like that. It’s our last year. It’s either win or go home.” Vashon won its quarterfinal with Trinity, so McCaskill gets to go home. He scored 12 points and had five rebounds against the Titans. On the season he’s averaging about eight points per game and remains locked into his starting spot. “He’s been a pleasure to coach. He competes and plays hard,” Vashon coach Tony Irons said. “He’s a high character and good kid. He’s earned everything he’s got.” McCaskill still has family and friends in Springfield who’ll be out to support him Thursday and Friday. When Missouri moved its basketball state championships from Columbia to Springfield after the 2017 season, all McCaskill has wanted to do is return to the place that raised him so he can raise a championship trophy. “This year I refuse to lose,” McCaskill said. “We’re going to win state this year, no doubt about it.”

POSTSEASON UPDATE, THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE ILLINOIS BOYS BASKETBALL — CLASS 4A EAST MOLINE UNITED SECTIONAL Semifinals Belleville West 59, Alton 49 Danville 68, Pekin 57 Final Danville vs Belleville West, 7 p.m. Friday. — CLASS 3A MASCOUTAH SECTIONAL Semifinals East St. Louis 61, Herrin 52 Mascoutah 77, Highland 50 Final Mascoutah vs East St. Louis, 7 p.m. Friday

MISSOURI BOYS BASKETBALL — CLASS 5 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Sectionals, Wednesday Mehlville 40, Jackson 32 CBC 62, Eureka 30 McCluer North 61, Hazelwood Central 57 Francis Howell 65, Battle 46 Rock Bridge 88, Camdenton 51 Kickapoo 45, Republic 39 Lee’s Summit North 69, Blue Springs South 67 William Chrisman 55, Park Hill South 51 Quarterfinals, Saturday CBC vs Mehlville at Lindenwood University, 6 p.m. Francis Howell vs McCluer North at Lindenwood University, 1 p.m. Kickapoo vs Rock Bridge at Southwest Baptist University, 1 p.m. William Chrisman vs Lee’s Summit North at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 6 p.m. — CLASS 4 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Sectionals, Tuesday Cape Central 60, Farmington 46 St. Mary’s 95, Hillsboro 46 Ladue 48, Jennings 45 St. Charles West 54, Borgia 42 Sullivan 58, Warrensburg 45 Logan-Rogersville 63, Webb City 52 Grandview K.C. 55, Raytown South 53

KC Southeast 61, St. Joseph Lafayette 55 Quarterfinals, Saturday St. Mary’s vs Cape Central at Jefferson College, 1 p.m. St. Charles West vs Ladue at Francis Howell Central, 1 p.m. Logan-Rogersville vs Sullivan at Waynesville, 1 p.m. KC Southeast vs Grandview K.C. at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 1 p.m. — CLASS 2 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP At Missouri State University, Springfield Semifinals, Friday Oran vs. Van-Far, 11 a.m. Greenwood vs. Plattsburg, 12:50 p.m. Saturday’s games Third place, 11 a.m. Championship, 2:40 p.m. — CLASS 1 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP At Missouri State University, Springfield Semifinals, Friday Dora vs. St. Elizabeth, 2:40 p.m. Linn County vs. Jefferson Conception, 4:30 p.m. Saturday’s games Third place, 11 a.m. Championship, 6:20 p.m.

MISSOURI GIRLS BASKETBALL — CLASS 5 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Sectionals, Wednesday Jackson 44, Cor Jesu 43 Parkway Central 58, Marquette 55 Hazelwood Central 58, Nerinx Hall 45 Jefferson City 49, Fort Zumwalt North 24 Rock Bridge 54, Lebanon 46 Republic 55, Kickapoo 46 Lee’s Summit West 53, Truman 46 North Kansas City 40, Park Hill South 31 Quarterfinals, Saturday Parkway Central vs Jackson at Lindenwood University, 7:45 p.m. Jefferson City vs Hazelwood Central at Lindenwood University, 2:45 p.m. Republic vs Rock Bridge

at Southwest Baptist University, 2:45 p.m. North Kansas City vs Lee’s Summit West at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 7:45 p.m. — CLASS 4 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Sectionals, Tuesday Cape Notre Dame 51, Park Hills Central 45 Miller Career 39, Summit 34 Parkway North 61, Clayton 37 Incarnate Word 73, Borgia 24 Rolla 42, Osage 33 Logan-Rogersville 27, Carl Junction 25 Kearney 53, Nevada 33 Lincoln Prep 51, St. Joseph Benton 34 Quarterfinals, Saturday Miller Career vs Cape Notre Dame at Jefferson College, 2:45 p.m. Incarnate Word vs Parkway North at Francis Howell Central, 2:45 p.m. Logan-Rogersville vs Rolla at Waynesville, 2:45 p.m. Lincoln Prep vs Kearney at Silverstein Eye Centers Arena, 2:45 p.m. — CLASS 3 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP At Missouri State University, Springfield Semifinals, Thursday Lutheran North vs Licking, 6:50 p.m. Trenton vs Strafford, 8:30 p.mm. Friday’s games Third place, 12:50 p.m. Championship, 4:30 p.m. — CLASS 2 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP At Missouri State University, Springfield Semifinals, Friday Thayer vs. Clopton, 6:20 p.m. Hartville vs. Mid-Buchanan, 8:10 p.m. Saturday’s games Third place, 12:50 p.m. Championship, 4:30 p.m. — CLASS 1 STATE CHAMPIONSHIP At Missouri State University, Springfield Semifinals, Friday Walnut Grove vs. Lakeland, 6:20 p.m. Community vs. Stanberry, 8:10 p.m.

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Saturday’s games Third place, 12:50 p.m. Championship, 8:10 p.m.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS — BOYS BASKETBALL Haz. Central 9 11 10 27 57 McCluer North 15 11 14 21 61 H (16-13): Roberts 15, Ervin 9, Gowins 8, Scarbrough 7, Garrett Jr 6, Banks 4, Graham 4, Jones 4. FG 22 (5), FT 8-12. M (26-3): Evans 17, Butler 14, Ray 11, Daniels 7, Mosley-Mull 6, Lee 4, Hall 2. FG 22 (2), FT 15-25. Battle 8 12 11 15 46 Howell 11 19 15 20 65 H (27-2): Schark 32, Dalton 8, Maddox 8, Simmons 8, Thompson 4, Schulte 3, Williams 2. FG 27 (5), FT 6-10. Highland 10 13 14 13 50 Mascoutah 20 10 36 11 77 H (28-6): LaPorta 18, Feldman 9, Kruse 9, Torre 6, Etter 2, Kassey 2, Portell 2, Willis 2. FG 20 (2), FT 8-12. M (23-11): Weinstroer 29, Green 19, Johnson 9, Rhodes 9, Bryant 3, Beck 2, Keys 2, LaJoye 2, Moll 2. FG 29 (12), FT 7-10. — GIRLS BASKETBALL Haz. Central 10 11 19 18 58 Nerinx Hall 8 10 9 18 45 N (15-14): M. Duff 20, Solverud 8, M. Duff 6, Klutho 6, Heckel 5. FG 12 (4), FT 17-23. — BOYS LACROSSE Chaminade 16, Webster Groves 1 Priory 20, St. Mary’s 3 Vianney 20, Rock Bridge 3

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE BOYS LACROSSE Lindbergh (1-1) vs. Clayton at Gay Field, 5 p.m. MICDS at Fox, 7 p.m. CBC at Eureka, 7:45 p.m.


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BASKETBALL POSTSEASON ILLINOIS BOYS CLASS 3A REGIONAL SEMIFINAL • MASCOUTAH 77, HIGHLAND 50

Indians figure out formula to oust Bulldogs BY DAVID WILHELM special to sTLhighschoolsports.com

MASCOUTAH • Malik Green turned out

to be the opening act for teammate Shawn Weinstroer on Wednesday. Green, a senior, scored Mascoutah’s first 14 points before Weinstroer, another senior, hit six consecutive 3-pointers in the deciding third quarter of the Indians’ rousing 7750 victory over Highland in the semifinals of the Class 3A Mascoutah Sectional. The 6-foot-2 Green finished with 19 points and two 3-pointers, while the 6-2 Weinstroer had a game-high 29 points and was 8-for-10 on 3-pointers to power the Indians (23-11) into the title game against East St. Louis (26-6) at 7 p.m. Friday. “I think the guys believed tonight. It was very good to see, especially in this atmosphere and playing against Highland, our rival,” said Mascoutah coach Justin Love, whose team had lost its three previous game against the Bulldogs (28-6) this season. Behind Green, the Indians grabbed a 14-8 lead five minutes into the game. Their advantage was 20-10 after one quarter and 30-23 at halftime. Mascoutah put the hammer down in a 36-point third quarter highlighted by Weinstroer’s remarkable performance. Weinstroer had nine points and two 3-pointers at halftime, but he was just getting warmed up. He opened the third quarter with a steal and a layup to make it 32-23, and sophomore Cedric Rhodes followed with a steal and runout of his own to make it 34-23. Weinstroer then drilled six consecutive 3-pointers in less than five minutes, the last of which put Mascoutah ahead 62-29. “I was just sitting on the 3-point line,” Weinstroer said. “My team likes to drive and kick it out to me. I give all the credit to them. “I was feeling it. I got hot after the first two I made and they kept feeding me in

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The Mascoutah boys basketball bench reacts Wednesday during a 77-50 victory against HIghland in a semifinal of the Class 3A Mascoutah Regional.

the third quarter. It was amazing.” Highland coach Brian Perkes credited Weinstroer and the Indians. “He sure knocked shots down and we didn’t,” Perkes said. “We could not buy a 3. Our good shooters were not on tonight. (Mascoutah) was making every open look. (Weinstroer) was stroking it. The net was barely moving. “We couldn’t get any traction going in the second half. Then it snowballed. Tip your hat to Mascoutah. They played awfully well. If they play this well Friday night, they’ll give East St. Louis a run.” Mascoutah will be seeking its first sectional championship since 1972, when it was 28-2 under coach Roger Thouvenin. Highland senior and University of Iowa football signee Sam LaPorta, who knows a thing or two about being in the zone like Weinstroer, was one of the Bulldogs

responsible for trying to slow down the sharpshooter. “You don’t want that ball to go to him,” LaPorta said. “I was in his face multiple times and he shot it right over the top of me. I turned around and it was nothing but net.” Highland’s three victories against Mascoutah this season largely were hardearned, coming by scores of 63-45, 68-62 and 53-44. Perkes was cognizant of that fact and wasn’t surprised that the Indians were able to play at such a high level. What did stun Perkes was the Indians’ level of domination. “Mascoutah played with a lot of energy, a lot of emotion,” Perkes said. “They were awfully good. We knew we had our work cut out for us, coming over here and trying to beat them again. They’re a good basketball team. I told the kids there was no

shame in losing to Mascoutah. We’re disappointed the way we lost. We really got outplayed, and that surprised me a little bit.” LaPorta led Highland with 18 points, which matched the Bulldogs’ turnover total. The Bulldogs shot a paltry 36 percent from the field (20-for-56), including 5-for-16 in the third quarter when they were outscored 36-14 to erase all doubt about the outcome. The Indians sizzled from the floor, shooting 58 percent (29-for-50). They were 12-for-24 from beyond the arc, and during their overpowering third quarter, they shot 82 percent (14-for-17). Weinstroer was 7-for-8 in the third quarter. Mascoutah also committed just eight turnovers. “Shawn went nuts,” Love said, calling the third quarter “chaos.” “Once you get on a roll, you get momentum,” he said. “That momentum of getting a stop, making a 3-pointer, getting a stop, making a 3-pointer, now guys are getting engaged. That was very good to see, especially in the third quarter when you’re trying to close out a game.” Green said dropping the three previous meetings against Highland gave Mascoutah the feeling it had nothing to lose. Green was responsible for the fast start. He opened the game 6-for-7 and had 17 points at halftime. “We had lost to them three times,” Green said. “The fourth time, we had the anger in us. I feel like I needed to go off. My teammates kept feeding me the ball and I was making my shots. I give all the credit to my teammates for looking for me every time I get the hot hand.” Love is looking forward to the challenge of facing East St. Louis. “East St. Louis is as advertised,” Love said. “We’ll watch film on them. We watched them play (Tuesday). We’ll game-plan for them (Thursday) and get after it Friday.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL • MISSOURI CLASS 5 SECTIONALS Parkway Central wins stunner over Marquette Olivia Stephens wasn’t going to go out on any terms but her own Wednesday. And because the senior guard was the one calling the shots, no one wearing a Parkway central jersey is going home just yet. Stephens helped lead a comeback of big proportions as Central edged Marquette 58-55 in a Class 5 sectional Wednesday at the Robert Hyland Performance Arena on the campus of Lindenwood University. “I just told myself that I wasn’t losing tonight and I wasn’t going to let my team lose,” Stephens said. “For the last minute of play when we were tied, I just had to give it everything I had. It was a little late tonight, but we did our thing.” The win puts Parkway Central (22-6, No. 6 in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings) into the Class 5 quarterfinal round at 7:45 p.m. Saturday at Hyland against Jackson (24-4). Wednesday, Stephens scored eight of her gamehigh 17 points in the fourth quarter to facilitate a comeback from what was, at its apex, a 12-point Marquette lead in the second quarter and was seven – at 51-44 – entering the fourth quarter. It was a pair of free throws by junior forward Jayla Kelly with 38.8 seconds left that gave Central the lead for good. Central coach Brian Guilfoyle said that, with a lead for 38.8 seconds, it came at the right time. “Leading the final 38.8 is what matters,” Guilfoyle said. “We found a way. We leaned on our senior leader, our captain, and she got the job done for us. That’s a great team over there (Marquette). They’ll be back here and be successful. They had a great strategy and their kids played hard. We were very fortunate tonight.” In addition to her big scoring effort, Stephens added 10 important rebounds with many coming during the fourth quarter comeback. While Stephens rode to the rescue, Marquette (1611) was fully ready to play the part of spoiler, leading nearly the entire way. The effort by the Mustangs, which featured the first-time sectional participant being the clear aggressor at every turn, pleased coach Tim Bowdern.

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The Parkway Central girls basketball team celebrates Wednesday after rallying to beat Marquette in a Class 5 sectional at Lindenwood University.

“We knew we were good enough to win this game,” Bowdern said. “In the end, they made free throws and we didn’t. We were tipping and tapping the ball around and didn’t finish. They did a great job but I am so proud of them (Marquette).” Junior guard Autumn Brown, who fouled out late, led the Mustangs with 16 points while senior forward Chayleb Deves added 13 as Marquette made 35.2 percent of its shots form the field and 57.1 percent of its free throws. In addition to Stephens, Kelly added 14 points and 13 rebounds for a Central side that shot 30.4 percent from the field but made 8-of-14 free throws in the final quarter to complete the comeback. “Everyone stepped up to the next level tonight,” Stephens said. “This feels amazing for my senior year. This is all I’ve ever wanted and it feels amazing to get here and keep it going.” Central has now won nine in a row headed into the quarterfinal. Among the eight wins was a 68-51 win over Marquette Feb. 11 at home. The win is also the seventh straight by Central over Marquette, dating back to Dec. 2014. Now, the Colts – which haven’t been in the playoffs since 2013 and the quarterfinals since 1999, turn a focus on Jackson. “Our goal now is to compete for the entire game instead of just a couple minutes,” Guilfoyle said. “If we do that, then we’re going to be on the positive side.” (JIM FAASEN) Jackson 44, Cor Jesu 43 • Cor Jesu did everything but finish. The Chargers matched Jackson just about every

step of the way Wednesday in a Class 5 sectional girls basketball game at Jefferson College. Cor Jesu even had the lead with 16 seconds left. But a heads-up play by Jackson’s Alexis Allstun led to a tide-turning bucket to lift the Indians to a 44-43 win. Jackson (24-4) advanced to play Parkway Central (226) at Lindenwood University in the quarterfinals at 7:45 p.m. Saturday. Hummel led Cor Jesu (15-14) with 16 points. Sophomore Mallory Ronshausen scored 15 points. (JOE HARRIS) Hazelwood Central 58, Nerinx Hall 45 • Hazelwood Central sophomore guard Nariyah Simmons has been talking about reaching the state tournament since practice first began in November. Back then, her teammates didn’t really listen. Now, they not only listen — they believe. “I told them we’re going to be hard to beat in March,” Simmons said. The Hawks certainly proved that Wednesday night. Simmons ran the offense to perfection and junior Jakayla Kirk had 12 points and 15 rebounds to help Central to a 58-45 win over Nerinx Hall in a Class 5 sectional contest at St. Charles West. The Hawks (21-7) will face Jefferson City (27-1) in a quarterfinal game at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Lindenwood University. Central, which has flown under the radar most of the season, won for the 12th time in 14 games. Simmons and Co. appear to be clicking on all cylinders heading into the Elite Eight contest. (STEVE OVERBEY)

McCluer North’s Mekai Ray (right) sails through the lane during a Class 5 sectional boys basketball game Wednesday against Hazelwood Central at St. Charles West High.

BOYS BASKETBALL • MISSOURI CLASS 5 SECTIONALS McCluer North holds off rival Hazelwood Central McCluer North led nearly all the way Wednesday as it knocked off arch-rival Hazelwood Central 61-57 in a Class 5 sectional boys basketball game at St. Charles West High. The No. 9 large school in the STLhighschoolsports.com rankings, McCluer North (26-3) advanced to play No. 3 large school Francis Howell (27-2) in a quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lindenwood University. Howell knocked off Battle 65-46 in a sectional at Maryville University. It’s the first quarterfinal appearance for McCluer North since 2013. It will be the first quarterfinal for Howell and it’s a rematch Howell has been waiting on. Howell’s two losses this season came to Trinity and McCluer North. The Stars bested the Vikings 70-62 for the Troy Invitational championship on Nov. 30. “They’re a very, very good team,” North coach Trevor Laney said. “We have to be locked in, focused, hit shots and play defense.” McCluer North has to prepare the way it prepared for Central. The Hawks eked out a 59-57 win over the Stars on Jan. 15. It was one of the biggest victories of the season for Central (16-13) and brought a laser-like focus to McCluer North when it saw it had another crack at its rival. “We were very hungry for this game. We wanted to get revenge,” senior forward A’Tavian Butler said. “We came with a mindset to come out and play with intensity and that’s what we did.” Butler was his typically standout self as he finished with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Senior forward Patrick Evans Jr. was strong, too, as he finished with 17 points, six rebounds and two steals. The Stars were in complete control. Senior point guard Mekai Ray did a little bit of everything as he scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds, handed out four assists and had two steals. (DAVID KVIDAHL) Francis Howell 65, Battle 46 • There were no signs posted, no lifeguard warnings. Nobody told the Battle Spartans that a Schark attack was imminent, but it did not take long for them to find out. Matthew Schark scored 34 points, including 11 in the first three minutes of the game, as Francis Howell led start to finish, defeating Battle 65-46 in a Class 5 sectional boys basketball game Wednesday night at Maryville University.

Francis Howell (27-2) advanced to the Class 5 quarterfinals to face McCluer North (26-3), a team that handed Howell one of its two losses on the season. The rematch is 1 p.m. Saturday at Lindenwood University. Schark, a 6-foot-4 junior, finished one point short of a career high, going 15-for-19 from the field and pulling down 13 rebounds. He showed his versatility in an opening flurry that included a 3-pointer, two putbacks, and a mid-range jumper, as the Vikings raced to an 11-2 lead. “I just wanted to be aggressive. I was just going to the glass, and my teammates got me the ball,” Schark said. “Once I hit those first shots, I was confident and just kept it going.” (BEN VESSA) CBC 62, Eureka 30 • Ari Jackson almost didn’t play Wednesday night because of an injured toe. He and his teammates are glad he did. Jackson drained five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 17 points to lead CBC in a Class 5 boys basketball sectional game at Lindenwood University’s Robert F. Hyland Performance Arena. “It’s playoffs. I don’t want to go home,” he said. “When I hurt it in practice, I thought I could probably play through it. Ice it during the night and get it taped. It felt pretty good.” With its sixth win in a row and 10th in 11 games, CBC (22-7), the No. 5 team in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings, advanced to the quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons and will take on Mehlville (23-7) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Lindenwood. (GREG UPTAIN) Mehlville 40, Jackson 32 • By all accounts Mehlville junior Davion Bradford is a gentle giant. Panthers coach Andy Guethle calls the 7-foot post player “a super duper nice kid.” But Bradford showed he had an extra gear when Mehlville needed it the most Wednesday night in its Class 5 sectional boys basketball game against Jackson at Jefferson College. After being held to just two points in the first half, Bradford, who averages 16.6 points a game, took over in the second half, scoring 10 points as Mehlville erased a nine-point deficit and survived some shaky free-throw shooting to emerge with a 40-32 win. “I was always raised to be nice,” Bradford said. “I kind of flipped that switch on. Basketball is what I love.” (JOE HARRIS)


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Indians figure out formula to oust Bulldogs BY DAVID WILHELM special to sTLhighschoolsports.com

MASCOUTAH • Malik Green turned out

to be the opening act for teammate Shawn Weinstroer on Wednesday. Green, a senior, scored Mascoutah’s first 14 points before Weinstroer, another senior, hit six consecutive 3-pointers in the deciding third quarter of the Indians’ rousing 7750 victory over Highland in the semifinals of the Class 3A Mascoutah Sectional. The 6-foot-2 Green finished with 19 points and two 3-pointers, while the 6-2 Weinstroer had a game-high 29 points and was 8-for-10 on 3-pointers to power the Indians (23-11) into the title game against East St. Louis (26-6) at 7 p.m. Friday. “I think the guys believed tonight. It was very good to see, especially in this atmosphere and playing against Highland, our rival,” said Mascoutah coach Justin Love, whose team had lost its three previous games against the Bulldogs (28-6) this season. Behind Green, the Indians grabbed a 14-8 lead five minutes into the game. Their advantage was 20-10 after one quarter and 30-23 at halftime. Mascoutah put the hammer down in a 36-point third quarter highlighted by Weinstroer’s remarkable performance. Weinstroer had nine points and two 3-pointers at halftime, but he was just getting warmed up. He opened the third quarter with a steal and a layup to make it 32-23, and sophomore Cedric Rhodes followed with a steal and runout of his own to make it 34-23. Weinstroer then drilled six consecutive 3-pointers in less than five minutes, the last of which put Mascoutah ahead 62-29. “I was just sitting on the 3-point line,” Weinstroer said. “My team likes to drive and kick it out to me. I give all the credit to them. “I was feeling it. I got hot after the first two I made and they kept feeding me in

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The Mascoutah boys basketball bench reacts Wednesday during a 77-50 victory against HIghland in a semifinal of the Class 3A Mascoutah Regional.

the third quarter. It was amazing.” Highland coach Brian Perkes credited Weinstroer and the Indians. “He sure knocked shots down and we didn’t,” Perkes said. “We could not buy a 3. Our good shooters were not on tonight. (Mascoutah) was making every open look. (Weinstroer) was stroking it. The net was barely moving. “We couldn’t get any traction going in the second half. Then it snowballed. Tip your hat to Mascoutah. They played awfully well. If they play this well Friday night, they’ll give East St. Louis a run.” Mascoutah will be seeking its first sectional championship since 1972, when it was 28-2 under coach Roger Thouvenin. Highland senior and University of Iowa football signee Sam LaPorta, who knows a thing or two about being in the zone like Weinstroer, was one of the Bulldogs

responsible for trying to slow down the sharpshooter. “You don’t want that ball to go to him,” LaPorta said. “I was in his face multiple times and he shot it right over the top of me. I turned around and it was nothing but net.” Highland’s three victories against Mascoutah this season largely were hardearned, coming by scores of 63-45, 68-62 and 53-44. Perkes was cognizant of that fact and wasn’t surprised that the Indians were able to play at such a high level. What did stun Perkes was the Indians’ level of domination. “Mascoutah played with a lot of energy, a lot of emotion,” Perkes said. “They were awfully good. We knew we had our work cut out for us, coming over here and trying to beat them again. They’re a good basketball team. I told the kids there was no

shame in losing to Mascoutah. We’re disappointed the way we lost. We really got outplayed, and that surprised me a little bit.” LaPorta led Highland with 18 points, which matched the Bulldogs’ turnover total. The Bulldogs shot a paltry 36 percent from the field (20-for-56), including 5-for-16 in the third quarter when they were outscored 36-14 to erase all doubt about the outcome. The Indians sizzled from the floor, shooting 58 percent (29-for-50). They were 12-for-24 from beyond the arc, and during their overpowering third quarter, they shot 82 percent (14-for-17). Weinstroer was 7-for-8 in the third quarter. Mascoutah also committed just eight turnovers. “Shawn went nuts,” Love said, calling the third quarter “chaos.” “Once you get on a roll, you get momentum,” he said. “That momentum of getting a stop, making a 3-pointer, getting a stop, making a 3-pointer, now guys are getting engaged. That was very good to see, especially in the third quarter when you’re trying to close out a game.” Green said dropping the three previous meetings against Highland gave Mascoutah the feeling it had nothing to lose. Green was responsible for the fast start. He opened the game 6-for-7 and had 17 points at halftime. “We had lost to them three times,” Green said. “The fourth time, we had the anger in us. I feel like I needed to go off. My teammates kept feeding me the ball and I was making my shots. I give all the credit to my teammates for looking for me every time I get the hot hand.” Love is looking forward to the challenge of facing East St. Louis. “East St. Louis is as advertised,” Love said. “We’ll watch film on them. We watched them play (Tuesday). We’ll game-plan for them (Thursday) and get after it Friday.”

GIRLS BASKETBALL • MISSOURI CLASS 5 SECTIONALS Parkway Central stuns Marquette Olivia Stephens wasn’t going to go out on any terms but her own Wednesday. And because the senior guard was the one calling the shots, no one wearing a Parkway Central girls basketball jersey is going home just yet. Stephens helped lead a comeback of big proportions as Central edged Marquette 58-55 in a Class 5 sectional Wednesday at Lindenwood University’s Robert Hyland Performance Arena. “I just told myself that I wasn’t losing tonight and I wasn’t going to let my team lose,” Stephens said. “For the last minute of play when we were tied, I just had to give it everything I had. It was a little late tonight, but we did our thing.” The win put Parkway Central (22-6, No. 6 in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings) into the Class 5 quarterfinal round at 7:45 p.m. Saturday back at Hyland against Jackson (24-4). On Wednesday, Stephens scored eight of her game-high 17 points in the fourth quarter to facilitate a comeback from what was a 12-point Marquette lead in the second quarter and still a 51-44 lead entering the fourth quarter. It was a pair of free throws by junior forward Jayla Kelly with 38.8 seconds left that gave Central the lead for good. “Leading the final 38.8 is what matters,” Colts coach Brian Guilfoyle said. “We found a way. We leaned on our senior leader, our captain, and she got the job done for us. That’s a great team over there (Marquette). They’ll be back here and be successful. They had a great strategy and their kids played hard. We were very fortunate tonight.” In addition to her big scoring effort, Stephens added 10 rebounds, with many coming during the fourth quarter comeback. While Stephens rode to the rescue, Marquette (16-11) was fully ready to play the part of spoiler in its first sectional game, leading nearly the entire way. Mustangs junior guard Autumn Brown, who fouled out late, led the Mustangs with 16 points while senior forward Chayleb Deves added 13. (JIM FAASEN) Jackson 44, Cor Jesu 43 • The Chargers did everything but finish, event leading with 16 seconds left in the Class 5 sectional at Jefferson College. But a heads-up play by

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The Parkway Central girls basketball team celebrates Wednesday after rallying to beat Marquette in a Class 5 sectional at Lindenwood University.

Jackson’s Alexis Allstun led to a tide-turning bucket to lift the Indians to a 44-43 win. Jackson (24-4) advanced to play Parkway Central (22-6) at Lindenwood University in the quarterfinals at 7:45 p.m. Saturday. Hummel led Cor Jesu (1514) with 16 points. Sophomore Mallory Ronshausen scored 15 points. It was Hummel who came down with the rebound off of a missed Jackson shot with about 18 seconds left in the fourth and Cor Jesu leading 43-42. But as Hummel made a move to advance the ball out of traffic, Allstun poked it away from behind. The ball bounced straight to Jackson’s Mikala Liley, who immediately fed it back to Allstun for an easy layup that proved to be the game-winner with 15 seconds left. Cor Jesu coach John Neff gave credit to Allstun. “Molly’s pulling the ball away so somebody else doesn’t get a hand on it and someone else comes from behind and pokes it way,” Neff said. “That was probably the difference. It’s a tough way to lose a game, but I’m happy we came to play.” Added Jackson coach Tyler Abernathy, “I’m not sure what was going on out there honestly. It was just a player making a play in a big situation.” Kalli Mayfield scored 11 points for Jackson, which beat Cor Jesu 47-38 on Feb. 21. Madison Lambert and Allstun each scored 10 points for the Indians. (JOE HARRIS) Hazelwood Central 58, Nerinx Hall 45 • Hazelwood Central sophomore guard Nariyah Simmons has been talking about reaching the state tournament since practice first began in November. Back then, her teammates

didn’t really listen. Now, they not only listen — they believe. “I told them we’re going to be hard to beat in March,” Simmons said. Simmons ran the offense to perfection and junior Jakayla Kirk had 12 points and 15 rebounds to help Central win a Class 5 sectional contest at St. Charles West. The Hawks (21-7) will face Jefferson City (27-1) in a quarterfinal game at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Lindenwood University. Central, which has flown under the radar most of the season, won for the 12th time in 14 games. Sophomore Mackenzie Duff led the Markers (16-13) with a game-high 20 points. “They were just so physical,” Nerinx Hall coach John Duff said. “We tried to simulate that in practice and we just couldn’t.” (STEVE OVERBEY) Jefferson City 49, Fort Zumwalt North 24 • A memorable and historic season for the Panthers ended in a Class 5 sectional contest at Maryville University. Zumwalt North (21-5), which won its first conference title since 1982 and first district title since 1983, had won eight consecutive games and 13 of its previous 14. The Jays, who have only lost to Incarnate Word in their 28 games this season, moved on to the Class 5 quarterfinals, where they will meet Hazelwood Central at 2:45 p.m. Saturday at Lindenwood University. “They are as good as advertised,” Fort Zumwalt North coach Jeremy Rapp said of the Jays. “They have a lot of talent and some of those girls are going to make some college coaches happy in the future.” (BILL HESTER)

McCluer North’s Mekai Ray (right) sails through the lane during a Class 5 sectional boys basketball game Wednesday against Hazelwood Central at St. Charles West High.

BOYS BASKETBALL • MISSOURI CLASS 5 SECTIONALS McCluer North holds off rival Hazelwood Central McCluer North led nearly all the way Wednesday as it knocked off arch-rival Hazelwood Central 61-57 in a Class 5 sectional boys basketball game at St. Charles West High. The No. 9 large school in the STLhighschoolsports.com rankings, McCluer North (26-3) advanced to play No. 3 large school Francis Howell (27-2) in a quarterfinal at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lindenwood University. Howell knocked off Battle 65-46 in a sectional at Maryville University. It’s the first quarterfinal appearance for McCluer North since 2013. It will be the first quarterfinal for Howell and it’s a rematch Howell has been waiting on. Howell’s two losses this season came to Trinity and McCluer North. The Stars bested the Vikings 70-62 for the Troy Invitational championship on Nov. 30. “They’re a very, very good team,” North coach Trevor Laney said. “We have to be locked in, focused, hit shots and play defense.” McCluer North has to prepare the way it prepared for Central. The Hawks eked out a 59-57 win over the Stars on Jan. 15. It was one of the biggest victories of the season for Central (16-13) and brought a laser-like focus to McCluer North when it saw it had another crack at its rival. “We were very hungry for this game. We wanted to get revenge,” senior forward A’Tavian Butler said. “We came with a mindset to come out and play with intensity and that’s what we did.” Butler was his typically standout self as he finished with 19 points, six rebounds, two assists and a steal. Senior forward Patrick Evans Jr. was strong, too, as he finished with 17 points, six rebounds and two steals. The Stars were in complete control. Senior point guard Mekai Ray did a little bit of everything as he scored 11 points, grabbed seven rebounds, handed out four assists and had two steals. (DAVID KVIDAHL) Francis Howell 65, Battle 46 • There were no signs posted, no lifeguard warnings. Nobody told the Battle Spartans that a Schark attack was imminent, but it did not take long for them to find out. Matthew Schark scored 34 points, including 11 in the first three minutes of the game, as Francis Howell led start to finish, defeating Battle 65-46 in a Class 5 sectional boys basketball game Wednesday night at Maryville University.

Francis Howell (27-2) advanced to the Class 5 quarterfinals to face McCluer North (26-3), a team that handed Howell one of its two losses on the season. The rematch is 1 p.m. Saturday at Lindenwood University. Schark, a 6-foot-4 junior, finished one point short of a career high, going 15-for-19 from the field and pulling down 13 rebounds. He showed his versatility in an opening flurry that included a 3-pointer, two putbacks, and a mid-range jumper, as the Vikings raced to an 11-2 lead. “I just wanted to be aggressive. I was just going to the glass, and my teammates got me the ball,” Schark said. “Once I hit those first shots, I was confident and just kept it going.” (BEN VESSA) CBC 62, Eureka 30 • Ari Jackson almost didn’t play Wednesday night because of an injured toe. He and his teammates are glad he did. Jackson drained five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 17 points to lead CBC in a Class 5 boys basketball sectional game at Lindenwood University’s Robert F. Hyland Performance Arena. “It’s playoffs. I don’t want to go home,” he said. “When I hurt it in practice, I thought I could probably play through it. Ice it during the night and get it taped. It felt pretty good.” With its sixth win in a row and 10th in 11 games, CBC (22-7), the No. 5 team in the STLhighschoolsports.com large-schools rankings, advanced to the quarterfinals for the second time in three seasons and will take on Mehlville (23-7) at 6 p.m. Saturday at Lindenwood. (GREG UPTAIN) Mehlville 40, Jackson 32 • By all accounts Mehlville junior Davion Bradford is a gentle giant. Panthers coach Andy Guethle calls the 7-foot post player “a super duper nice kid.” But Bradford showed he had an extra gear when Mehlville needed it the most Wednesday night in its Class 5 sectional boys basketball game against Jackson at Jefferson College. After being held to just two points in the first half, Bradford, who averages 16.6 points a game, took over in the second half, scoring 10 points as Mehlville erased a nine-point deficit and survived some shaky free-throw shooting to emerge with a 40-32 win. “I was always raised to be nice,” Bradford said. “I kind of flipped that switch on. Basketball is what I love.” (JOE HARRIS)


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AS SEEN ON THE COVER IT’S ALL ABOUT THE JOURNEY From point A to point B and anywhere in between, the 2019 Equinox small SUV is ready for your next adventure. There’s technology to keep you entertained, available safety features that can help you stay on track and performance that makes driving fun. Because why shouldn’t every trip be an excuse to treat yourself?

only that, fuel-saving stop/start technology comes standard on all three. BECAUSE CONFIDENCE GOES A LONG, LONG WAY Equinox offers advanced safety technologies to help you detect and prevent potential hazards on the road, so you can feel confident every time you get behind the wheel.

THE CHOICE IS YOURS Got a long commute? Live for those weekend getaways? Need the power to tow? You’re in luck. Equinox offers a trio of powerful engines to choose from so you can find one that’s right for you. And not Content provided by Chevrolet.com DONNA BISCHOFF | vice president of sales and marketing . 3143408529 . dbischoff@post-dispatch.com TERESA GRIFFIN | vice president of brand ave studios . 3143408909 . tgriffin@stltoday.com DENISE KOSAREK | art director . 3146573312 . dkosarek@stltoday.com FRANCESCA EALES | designer . 3144751268 . feales@stltoday.com

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New cars want the power DEAR CAR TALK: My husband drives a 6-cylinder 2004 Buick Rainier. It’s blue -- my favorite color -- and matches the decor of the house. He got this SUV from a friend who buys totaled cars and fixes them for re-sale. This is the best one yet, and he wants to trade it in for a Jeep! Of course, one of the boys at his weekly gathering called Car Night has a Buick SUV and agrees with him that it’s a “pig” and should be traded. Anyway, he keeps tracking his gas mileage at every fill-up. Recently it has gone down from 17-18 miles per gallon to 16.6. I told him that wasn’t much and he just needs a tune-up. “Spark plugs, dear.” Last night on our way to a fish fry he said it again for the umpteenth time, “I’m trading this in.” I calmly answered, “Spark

plugs, air filter and gas filter, Dear.” My problem is I am afraid that someday soon he will come home driving something that I won’t like again, when just simple maintenance could solve his obsessiveness with gas mileage. What do you think? -Sharon DEAR SHARON: I think you’re right to be afraid, Sharon. He is going to show up one night with a Jeep. I can pretty much guarantee it. I also predict that the Jeep is going to get 13 miles per gallon, and he won’t care. He hates the Buick. His friends are mocking him for driving it, and he can’t wait to get rid of it. All the complaining about gas mileage is just “preparing you” for the inevitable trade-in. And I think you should just let him do it, 03

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Sharon. Remember, there are worse things husbands can decide to trade in. In the interests of marital harmony and good will, I’d say to him, “Frank, you know I like that Buick, but you should drive whatever

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syphon a little bit of gas out of his Jeep and put it into your car. Take out a little more each week. He’ll be completely confused as his mileage (which you say he tracks constantly) drops from 13 mpg, to 11, to 9. When he gets down to 7 mpg, you can come clean and tell him about your practical joke. If he’s got a sense of humor, he’ll be impressed with your ingenuity and you guys will have a good laugh together. If he doesn’t have a sense of humor, he’ll divorce you, and then you take your half of the assets and buy your own Buick. Good luck, Sharon. Got a question about cars? Write to Ray in care of King Features, 628 Virginia Drive, Orlando, FL 32803, or visit www.cartalk.com. (c) 2018 by Ray Magliozzi and Doug Berman. Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.


DRIVING WITH DAN 2019 Chevrolet Equinox

DAN WIESE

It's egalitarian, with versions for the budget conscious and the budget busters Among the impressive features of the 2019 Chevrolet Equinox is this: it's a compact crossover that can be equipped to feel like a luxury SUV. Of course, when so equipped, it's pretty much priced like one, too. All new last year, Equinox for 2019 remains available in four trims: L, LS, LT and Premier, each with standard front-wheel drive and all but the base L trim offering optional all-wheel drive. L can be had for a very affordable 25 grand, thank you very much. However, go for the gold, as we did with our Premier 2.0T, and that bottom line balloons to almost 35 large. Add, as our tester did, all-wheel drive and the luxury of the Confidence & Convenience II Pkg. -- heated, cooled and power-adjustable front seats, heated wheel, heated outboard rear seats, adaptive cruise control, an HD Surround Vision screen, and a bunch of active safety nannies like lane keep assist, lane departure warning, forward auto braking and more -- and suddenly we were knocking on the door of 40 grand. In fact, the determined Equinox buyer who wants every bell and whistle can hit $45,000 without breaking a sweat. Oh, well, you only live once. Because it was all-new last year -- and a massive improvement over its second-generation predecessor -- this third-generation Equinox's 2019 upgrades are modest: the rear-vision camera now provides an HD image, adaptive cruise control has been added to the Premier's options list, and, for the LT trim level, a new "Lights and Brights" package is available that boasts 19-inch wheels, LED exterior lighting and a chrome grille surround. Needless to say, our top-of-the-line Premier had all of the above and a whole lot more, including leather, dual-zone automatic climate control and Equinox's liveliest drivetrain -- a 2.0-liter turbocharged I-4 managed by a ninespeed automatic transmission. In fact, three engines -- all I-4s and all turbocharged -- are offered in Equinox: a base 1.5-liter making 170 hp; an optional 1.6-liter diesel good for 137 hp and, more importantly,

39 hwy mpg; and the 2.0-liter turbo gasoline four we had, which lays down 252 hp and 260 lb.-ft. of twist -- that latter number representing 20 more pound-feet of twist than the diesel. With our 2.0L AWD Equinox, we were able to greet 60 mph in a blink over six-and-a-half seconds. At the same time, in 110 miles of

is small by segment standards, but it does offer hidden storage below. Meanwhile, people room is aces front and rear, with particular kudos going to the surprisingly spacious rear seat. In our Premier's impressively quiet cabin, infotainment controls, including a knob for

The 2019 Equinox offers three four-cylinder engines, including two gasoline units and a diesel. All three are turbocharged. Photo provided by: Chevrolet mixed city/hwy motoring, we realized 25 mpg -- 1 mpg more than the EPA figured we'd get. Helping in that latter regard is Equinox's standard stop/start engine feature, which -- a frequent peccadillo of GM vehicles -- has no "off" button to disable the function. Fortunately, that fuel-saver in the 2.0-liter Equinox is notably less irritating than in many other vehicles, making the lack of an "off" switch less egregious. From a styling standpoint, Equinox looks great. We love the front end's Malibu-esque grille and the profile's forward-leaning C-pillar, trailed as it is by a blacked-out D-pillar and, thus, giving the flank, even at rest, an in-motion look. The cargo bay aft of the foldable second row 04

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audio volume -- but, alas, no tuning knob for the radio (drat!) -- were reasonably simple and, save tuning the radio with buttons and touch-screen pads, easy to use. As a bonus, soft-touch buttons on the steering wheel are intuitive to manipulate while offering a pleasant tactile feel. Center-stack hard buttons make climate-control functions easy to access, even as twin knobs provide obvious and easy control of the dual zone temp settings. In the final analysis, Equinox is an egalitarian vehicle -- available in spartan trim to buyers on a budget, and in regal regalia to those willing to stretch the budget. Or bust it. Either way, this guy's styling makes it a handsome compact crossover to behold.

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2019 CHEVROLET EQUINOX DRIVE FORMAT: Front- or all-wheel drive BASE PRICE: L: $24,795; LS: $26,795; LT: $28,095; Premier: $31,995 PRICE AS DRIVEN: $39,135; a Premier 2.0T with all-wheel drive, based at $36,595, with ConďŹ dence & Convenience II Pkg. (power front-passenger seat, heated seats at all outboard positions, vented front seats, heated steering wheel, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, forward auto braking, more), $395 Orange Burst Metallic exterior paint ENGINES (all turbocharged): 1.5-liter I-4; 2.0-liter I-4; 1.6-liter I-4 diesel HORSEPOWER: 1.5L: 170 hp; 2.0L: 252 hp; 1.6L diesel: 137 hp TORQUE: 1.5L: 203 lb.-ft.; 2.0L: 260 lb.-ft.; 1.6L diesel: 240 lb.-ft. RECOMMENDED FUEL: 1.5L/2.0L: Regular; 1.6L diesel: diesel TRANSMISSION: 1.5L/1.6L diesel: 6-speed automatic; 2.0L: 9-speed automatic EPA MPG: 1.5L FWD: 26 city/32 hwy/28 combined; 1.5L AWD: 25/30/27; 2.0L FWD: 22/29/25; 2.0L AWD: 22/28/24; diesel FWD: 28/39/32; diesel AWD: 28/38/32 WHEELBASE: 107.3 inches OVERALL LENGTH: 183.1 inches CARGO (seats up/folded): 29.9/63.5 cu. ft. BASE CURB WEIGHT: 3,274 lbs. TOWING MAX.: 3,500 lbs. WHERE BUILT: Ingersoll, Ontario, This content was produced by Brand Ave. Studios. The news and editorial departments of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch had no role in its creation or display. For more information about Brand Ave. Studios, contact tgriffin@stltoday.com.


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06 Saab 9-3 Aero............................................#199011 ........ $4,850 15 Acura TLX 3.5 V-6 9-AT P-AWS with Technology Package.......#197411 ...... $18,320 18 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD ..............#L1571 ...... $27,500 18 Volvo XC60 T5 AWD Momentum.................#L1553 ...... $40,700 05 Toyota Sienna LE .......................................#197622 ........ $5,800 16 Volvo S60 T5 Premier................................#L14791 ...... $20,000 16 Volvo XC60 T5 Premier................................#L1588 ...... $27,955 18 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription....................#L1556 ...... $42,920 09 Toyota Sienna CE.......................................#199351 ........ $7,450 16 Volvo S60 T5 R-Design Special Edition ....#L1529 ...... $20,780 17 Jeep Wrangler JK Unlimited Sahara 4x4..#P4297 ...... $28,955 18 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription....................#L1543 ...... $43,855 12 Volvo S60 T5 ..............................................#197062 ........ $8,850 16 Volvo S60 T5 Premier .................................#L1520 ...... $20,800 17 CADILLAC XT5 Luxury ..............................#196051 ...... $29,870 10 Mazda Mazda CX-9 Sport.........................#195842 ........ $8,850 16 Volvo S60 T5 R-Design Special Edition.....#L1582 ...... $22,980 16 Volvo XC60 T6..............................................#L1589 ...... $29,925 16 Volvo XC90.................................................#198321 ...... $45,000 11 GMC Acadia................................................#198211 ........ $9,500 16 BMW 328i i xDrive.....................................#198451 ...... $23,880 16 Volvo XC70 T5 Drive-E Platinum................#L1575 ...... $32,880 18 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Momentum.................#L1577 ...... $46,466 09 Toyota Camry.............................................#193381 ........ $9,500 16 Volvo S60 T5 Premier .................................#L1585 ...... $24,500 15 Ford F-150 .................................................#197121 ...... $33,750 16 Volvo XC90 ...................................................#L1541 ...... $46,500 07 Acura MDX 3.7L Technology Pkg .............#L15301 ........ $9,500 17 Volvo V60 T5 FWD Platinum .......................#L1494 ...... $24,800 16 Volvo XC60 T6 R-Design Platinum.............#L1567 ...... $35,000 16 Volvo XC90 T6 Inscription ...........................#L1574 ...... $46,825 13 Toyota Corolla L Automatic ......................#198342 ...... $10,800 17 Volvo S60 T5 Inscription.............................#L1560 ...... $25,000 16 Volvo XC90.................................................#195881 ...... $35,877 14 Chevrolet Equinox LS................................#197862 ...... $11,755 16 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 Platinum.......#L1583 ...... $25,000 17 Volvo S90 T6 AWD Inscription....................#L1551 ...... $35,920 18 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Momentum..................#L1578 ...... $47,550 16 Chevrolet Malibu LS w/1LS......................#L15471 ...... $11,890 16 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E Premier................#L15541 ...... $25,000 16 Volvo XC90 T5 Momentum AWD.................#L1559 ...... $35,922 18 Volvo XC90 T6 AWD Momentum..................#L1576 ...... $47,920 14 Volvo S60 T5 ..............................................#198012 ...... $12,950 16 Volvo XC60 T5 Drive-E Premier..................#L1590 ...... $25,880 17 Nissan Armada Platinum..........................#192411 ...... $36,822 18 Volvo XC60 T6 AWD Inscription...................#L1579 ...... $50,000 12 Volvo S60 T6 ..............................................#193321 ...... $13,500 16 Volvo XC60 T5 Premier................................#L1587 ...... $26,800 16 Volvo XC90...................................................#L1573 ...... $37,744 18 Ford Expedition Max Limited......................#P4311 ...... $52,500 14 Volkswagen GTI Wolfsburg Edition..........#L15031 ...... $13,500 16 Volvo XC60 T6 Drive-E.................................#L1584 ...... $26,877 16 Volvo XC90...................................................#L1568 ...... $39,822 11 Mercedes-Benz GLK 350 4MATIC ............#P43251 ...... $13,880 18 Volvo V60 Cross Country T5 AWD...............#L1462 ...... $26,880 16 Volvo XC90.................................................#197901 ...... $40,000 18 Volvo XC90 Hybrid T8 R-Design..................#L1524 ...... $63,200 14 Buick LaCrosse Premium II Group...........#194161 ...... $13,922 16 Volvo XC60 T5 Premier................................#L1572 ...... $27,500 16 Volvo XC90...................................................#L1566 ...... $40,000 18 Volvo XC90 Hybrid T8 AWD Inscription.......#L1557 ...... $66,800

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2007 SATURN AURA XE

$5,250

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2011 Chevrolet Impala LTZ

2014 KIA SOUL!

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Stk. #35613A

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2012 Lincoln MKZ

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2017 Chevrolet Cruze LT

$14,990

2018 Chevrolet Cruze LS

$15,990

$13,990

$13,990

2016 Mazda 6 i Sport

$15,450

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$15,473

2016 Chevy Malibu LT

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$15,990

$16,120

$5,990

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$14,369

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2017 Dodge Grand Caravan SXT

$15,490

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2018 CHEVY CRUZE LT

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Stk. #P6681

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2017 Kia Sorento LT SALE PRICE

$7,990

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2007 Ford Mustang GT

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2013 Chevrolet Cruze LS

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2007 CHEVY IMPALA 3.5L

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu 1LT SALE PRICE

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Stk. #44318A

Stk. #37093A

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2005 MAZDA SPORT i

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2011 MAZDA MAZDA3 I TOURING

$

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2012 GMC TERRAIN SLE SLE-2 Stk# M9595A

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8,490

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32,990

Stk# B9425

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Stk# V9303A

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$

15,990

$

10,990

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$

7,990

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$

Stk# C9627

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2007 NISSAN XTERRA SE

2017 GMC ACADIA DENALI Stk# V18652B

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$

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2017 DODGE DURANGO CITADEL Stk# C18161A

Stk# M9344B

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$

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2018 AUDI Q3 PREMIUM

7,555

$

Stk# P9735A

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2017 FORD ESCAPE SE Stk# P9766

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12,750

$

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23,750

Stk# 13150A

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14,000

$

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20,750

$

15,000

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39,000

$

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47,000

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$

4,555

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2016 AUDI A8 L SPORT

2001 LEXUS IS 300

2006 BMW M3

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2016 MAZDA MIATA GRAND TOURING

2013 INFINITI JX35

Stk# P9577A

Stk# P9769

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11,000

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2008 INFINITI G37 SPORT

62,555

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2016 Chevrolet Malibu

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\2015 BMW M3

2015 Cadillac Escalade

2015 Chevrolet Silverado

2018 Chevy Express 3500 LT

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2016 BMW 4

2013 Cadillac Escalade Plat.

2014 Chevy Captiva

2018 Chevy Express

2008 Chevy Silverado

xDrive, #198451

$23,880

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2016 BMW X5 50i

2016 Cadillac XTS

2016 Chevy Equinox LS

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2016 BMW x6 xDrive 35i

2017 Chevrolet Cruze

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2015 Chevy Silverado LT

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2014 Chevy Traverse

2015 Ford Explorer LTD

2010 GMC SIerra

2016 Honda Accord

1500, 5.3L, 4WD, Auto, 35K Miles, #P6752

1500, 4WD, 5.3L, Auto, 38k Miles, #P6753

Loaded, One Owner, Clean Carfax, GM Certified! #44419A

Loaded, Full Power, Very Clean, #44385A

#196233

$16,800

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$28,900

$28,300

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2015 Ford F150

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2017 Honda Pilot EX-L

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2013 Ford Explorer LTD

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2015 Honda Accord EXL

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#197861

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29k Miles, FWD, Auto #P6741

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2016 Lexus RC 300 Coupe

2018 Mazda CX-9

2011 MB GLK 350

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R-Sport, 20xxx Miles, AWD, Auto, 3.0L, #P9789

ULTD #P4297

16k Miles, Auto, AWD, Keyless Start #P9644

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4Matic, #P43251

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2017 Lexus RX350

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2015 Nissan Rogue

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BRIDGE TIPS • BOB JONES East-West vulnerable, South deals NORTH ♠5 3 ♥Q 4 ♦A J 7 6 5 ♣9 6 4 3 WEST EAST ♠10 9 7 ♠8 6 ♥8 7 2 ♥K 10 9 6 ♦Q 9 8 3 2 ♦K 10 4 ♣10 2 ♣K Q J 8 SOUTH ♠A K Q J 4 2 ♥A J 5 3 ♦Void ♣A 7 5 The bidding: SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♠ Pass 1NT Pass 3♥ Pass 3♠ Pass 4♠ All pass Opening lead: 10 of ♠ South forced to game with his powerful hand, but he didn’t catch a very good dummy. Most of dummy’s values were opposite his void, but the queen of hearts was worth a trick for him. That would get him up to nine tricks. Could he find a tenth? South won the opening trump lead in hand with the ace. He saw that he could make his contract if West held the king of hearts. He could simply draw trumps and lead a low heart toward the queen,

gaining an entry to the ace of diamonds. That was only a 50% chance, however, and South wanted something better than that. Can you spot the winning play? South found a way to greatly improve his chances. At trick two, he led the jack of hearts from his hand. Should either opponent win this with the king, the queen of hearts would be an entry for the ace of diamonds. Should the opponent with the king duck this trick, declarer would have an overtrick on this lie of the cards. He would cash the ace of hearts and ruff a heart, and then discard a loser on the ace of diamonds. This line of play would succeed whenever the missing hearts divided 4-3 — the percentage split, plus the slight extra chance the person with a doubleton heart also had no more trumps. It would also work when West started with doubletons in both majors. West could prevent the first heart ruff but not the second. Nice play!

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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-Difficult.

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If March 7 is your birthday • This year, you will change how you value your image and how you want others to see you. Therefore, you might decide to adapt your work to reflect the authentic you. As a result, you will be more comfortable and successful. ARIES easily draws strong feelings. ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ Lately, you might have gone way overboard. Today, you might wake up to the idea of making an adjustment to your schedule. Relaxing and taking life easy every once in a while will help you recharge. Do so. Tonight: As you like. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★ You might feel a little low or tired. If you can do research or spend some time working from home, do so. You might want to reassess an ongoing issue. To find a solution, tap into someone else’s imagination. Tonight: Opt for an early bedtime. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★★ Reach out for friends. Don’t avoid calls, and make sure to be on time for an important meeting. Your interpersonal abilities come forward. You help others feel more at ease. Tonight: Just don’t be alone. CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★ Clear out a long-overdue project. A partner or associate might be difficult but still has the ability to loosen up and relax. Help this person gain a different perspective of a major issue. Tonight: A must appearance. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★ Partnership matters dominate the a.m. You cannot get someone to relax and get past a problem. You can do only so much. Be more easygoing about what’s happening. Loosen up, and decide to enjoy. News from a distance changes your mood. Tonight: Use your imagination. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★ Others make the first move, which adds to your comfort level. You have pushed long and hard to get to a certain point. Relax; make the most of another person’s graciousness.

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One-on-one relating helps melt a barrier. Tonight: Go with a suggestion. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ★★★ You’ve done your share; however, you pitch in again on a work or personal project. You might observe but not share that this particular project could’ve been done far more simply. Later, decide to indulge a loved one. Tonight: A loved one tells you what he or she wants to do. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ★★★★ Your creativity is profound and comes from a deep source within. Once again facing an obstacle, you feel as though you can bypass the problem by approaching it in a certain way. Don’t question possibilities. Tonight: If necessary, be practical! SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★★★ You might find it difficult to get going this morning. If you can work from home, all the better. You will perk up later in the afternoon. A problem in the a.m. ceases to be one by the end of the day. Tonight: Charming another person into getting closer. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★★ Don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and explore your options. Your sixth sense plays into the moment. You have the right idea. Ask for another person’s support. Tonight: Head home, where you can relax. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ★★★ Curb spending. Don’t let it get out of control. You might want to try a different approach or do something differently. Explore your options with a friend who understands your priorities. Tonight: As you like it. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ★★★★ You start the day on the right foot. Don’t allow someone to turn a situation upside down on you. You cannot come to terms with a problem that is constantly changing. You need to accept what might be happening. Tonight: Out and about, making weekend plans.

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52 Former Disney exec Michael 54 Soccer star Chastain 55 Snow White’s housemates, for instance 57 +A+ , for catalogs, e.g. 59 Summation symbol, in math 62 Part of a white script

on a red can 63 Not up or down 65 Short drive 67 Hem’s partner 68 Palindromic number 69 Predecessor of the CIA 70 German 101 verb 71 Carry-___ (some luggage)

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DEAR ABBY

WHAT’S THE DIFF? Find six differences between the panels.

Family may not like couple’s age gap and happily as possible. Your neighbor is an adult; so are you. Let this relationship evolve naturally and see where it leads.

Dear Ready • At your age, the age difference is not important. Could your worries be based upon some feeling of guilt? If that’s the case, my advice is to live the rest of your life as fully

Dear Imprisoned • I have an idea. Discuss your reasons for having committed embezzlement with your fiance NOW, before your sentence is up. He has proved his love by sticking with you, but if

Dear Abby • I’m a woman in prison for embezzlement. I was sentenced a year ago. My problem is my fiance. He’s constantly saying that when I am released in 2½ years, we are going to have a serious talk about the reasons why I did the crime. I have told him repeatedly that once I walk out of the prison gates, I won’t want to discuss the reasons that put me here. I just want to put this experience behind me. I know this has been difficult for him. How can I get him to understand that I will have paid my debt to society and just want to focus on the future? — Imprisoned in Virginia

he is going to marry you, he deserves some honest answers. Dear Abby • Some time ago, my husband developed a foot condition and was advised by his physician to wear white socks. The condition has subsided, but he insists on wearing white socks as a preventative measure because the condition was painful. Regardless of how he dresses, he wears them. Is it acceptable for him to attempt to prevent a recurrence of an uncomfortable ailment? Or should he follow the protocol of dress? — Practical or Fashionable? Dear P or F • It seems to me your husband has a solid reason for wearing socks he chooses. Suggest that he buy SHORT white socks, and when “protocol” requires it, wear dark socks over 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.

Differences: 1. Thumb is moved. 2. Picture is larger. 3. Bracelet is missing. 4. Button is added to vest. 5. Mouth is not open as wide. 6. Nose is different.

Dear Abby • I am a 30-year-old divorced male. I suffered a stroke six months ago and have paralysis on one side of my body. After rehab, I returned home able to walk with a cane. I have started texting a beautiful divorced woman. She lives next door, and we have been friends for more than six years. I don’t know her age, but she’s at least eight years older than I am. She has been visiting me, and we have recently started holding hands while talking and exchanging hugs and kisses. My family is unaware of this. Honestly, it has been a while since I have been in a relationship, and I want to pursue this new opportunity. But my family might think it is a forbidden relationship due to the age gap. — Ready Again in the West

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Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn • I went on a weeklong trip abroad with a friend. We are 27. On the trip I saw a different side of her: She was mean and insensitive, and I can’t figure out why she acted this way toward me when I hadn’t seen this from her before. She commented on my hair being a mess, how I eat the same food every day, and when she looked at a picture of us, she commented how she didn’t realize how much taller she is. She complained there were flies at night and I agreed, then she told me, “Well, maybe you should shower at night” — I shower every day. Am I being overly sensitive, or is there a good way to confront her? — Friend or Foe Answer • If every remark was meant as a dig, then this is a surprising level of meanness to

emerge without warning. So I wonder which you think is more likely, that you missed earlier warnings, or that she only got like this under the duress of an ambitious trip? Either way, “confronting” people is climbing rapidly up my list of ideas that make me flinch. The way I’d recommend handling snark like hers is calmly, plainly and in the very moment you realize it: “Wait — did you just imply I attract flies because I don’t bathe?” Even if it’s a halfhour after she said it, it’s still the perfect time to find out what’s really going on. That’s because taking it incident by incident, within recent memory, is the purest form of just asking what’s going on. When such incidents accrue, then, yes, it’s time for: “You’ve now offered commentary on my hair, diet and height. What’s up?”

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Turn to spinal surgery as a last resort FUNKY WINKERBEAN • By Tom Batiuk

Dear Dr. Roach • Around two years ago, I had an L4/L5 herniated disc that caused a sciatic nerve problem. My doctors tried prescription medication (including medicine to act on the nerves), two lumbar injections and physical therapy. I also tried a chiropractor and acupuncture. After all of the above steps, my back pain has basically gone away, with the exception of numbness/tingling in my right foot. This numbness/tingling varies in intensity from light to strong. I have been reading about spinal decompression, but at this point, I am not sure what else to do. Do you have any recommendations? — M.B.

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Answer • I do not recommend spinal surgery for numbness and tingling. Although most people do well with surgery, I have seen enough people have bad outcomes after surgery (including weakness and intractable pain) that I recommend surgery only with pain so severe that it can’t be effectively treated; with weakness (immediately, if the weakness is progressing); or with symptoms affecting the bladder or bowel. All of these only after optimal nonsurgical treatment for at least six weeks. Virtually all spine surgeons I have worked with are very cautious about recommending surgery (that is partially because I tend to refer to surgeons who do not easily recommend operating). Most people will find that the numbness and tingling go away, but two years is a long period of time. I understand why you might be frustrated.

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Dear Dr. Roach • I have brown spots over the top half of my body. The doctor says they are seborrheic keratoses and are harmless and not precancerous. Why do I have them? How can I stop them? Some of them itch. — G.B.G.

DRABBLE • By Kevin Fagan

Answer • Seborrheic keratoses are benign skin lesions, usually easily identifiable due to their “stuckon” appearance and slight bumpiness. It’s not really clear why people get them. Some theorize they are due to sun exposure. If necessary, a dermatologist can take a biopsy to make 100 percent sure they aren’t something more serious. If a lesion is symptomatic (in addition to itching, sometimes they can bleed or be painful), or if it is in a cosmetically important place, they can be removed. Liquid nitrogen, shaving off with a scalpel, and laser treatments are among methods dermatologists use to remove these. I don’t know of any way to prevent them from occurring.

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