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Soccer campaign struggled to appeal to older, more conservative voters as well as black voters. It had success with younger voters, voters with young families and a cohort of Democratic supporters.

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BY MIKE FAULK St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS • It was well after 11 p.m. Tuesday and the Regency Ballroom at Union Station had cleared after hosting hundreds of soccer fans to watch city election results. About a dozen somber fans remained to talk about how the losing campaign to build a Major League Soccer stadium could have ended differently. St. Louis FC owner and MLS investor Jim Kava-

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naugh sat outside the room scrolling through his phone and nursing a beer. “We were going all out for this campaign effort,” Kavanaugh said of the $1 million political campaign to secure $60 million in public stadium financing. “We actually did what we thought we needed to do.” Specifically, consultants told the ownership group they would need more than 20,000 “yes” votes to succeed. They got See STADIUM • Page A6

Panera Bread to be bought by JAB for $7.5 billion CEO Ron Shaich will remain — and so will Sunset Hills HQ BY JACOB BARKER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

constitution says Illinois must “provide an efficient system of high-quality education.” These 17 school districts, which are in lowwealth districts and spend below the state per-pupil average, say the state does not give them enough money to deliver a “high-quality education.” Their grievance is broader than the state’s budget crisis, which has starved school

It has been a point of pride for locals to correct outsiders who knew one of the top restaurant chains in the industry only by its signature brand, Panera Bread Co. Here, in its home base, it is St. Louis Bread Co. — or just “Bread Co.” — to regulars. Now, the restaurant-industry darling, which grew out of a Kirkwood store that opened in 1987, is slated to become part of a Luxembourgbased investment firm that focuses on consumer brands. JAB Holding Co., the owner of Caribou Coffee and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, said Wednesday that it would buy Sunset Hills-based Panera Bread Co. in a deal valued at about $7.5 billion, including debt, as it expands its coffee and breakfast empire. Unlike other St. Louis-based companies that have been bought up, there were no financial struggles indicating a sale was coming, no succession questions, no negotiation drama.

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First-grade teacher Michele Burkhart expresses surprise at the number of hands raised to answer questions at Maplewood Elementary in Cahokia on Wednesday. Burkhart has 29 students in her classroom.

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School districts in the Metro East area and across Southern Illinois are accusing the state’s school funding formula of being unconstitutional. Seventeen school districts filed a lawsuit Wednesday alleging that the Illinois school funding formula does not sufficiently support school districts. Article 10 of the state

Married couple, new to jobs, among 3 killed in boiler blast

Trump condemns attack in Syria but offers no response

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The families of Christopher Watkins and Tonya Gonzalez-Suarez say they were inseparable, and the belief that they still are is about the only thing bringing relatives comfort after losing the pair in a freak accident this week. The couple met while growing up in the Kirkwood area, but went separate ways in life when Gonzalez-Suarez dropped out of Webster Groves High School to care for her mother. Watkins graduated from there in 1990. They reconnected about five years ago while participating in a program at St. Louis Restoration See EXPLOSION • Page A9

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States debated internally and with other countries on how to handle an apparent chemical attack in Syria, President Donald Trump said Wednesday that one of the worst such atrocities of the bloody civil war “crossed many, many red lines,” but he offered no concrete response. The administration has given mixed signals over how engaged it wants to be in the Syrian conflict, preferring to focus on the fight against Islamic State terrorism. But horrific images of slain children

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Build-a-Bear’s Clark entering Public Affairs Hall of Fame Ali graduated from the university in 1994 with a master’s degree in fine arts and now is a professor at Williams College in Massachussets. She is known for her small, gouache paintings that have been called “Greenheads.” Six others will also be honored at the school’s annual Awards for Distinction dinner, which aims to honor graduates for success in their respective fields. They are: Christopher Fromboluti; Richard Lorch; Yvette Drury Dubinsky; Alan Griswold; Anisa (Baldwin Metzger) Heming; and Will Bates.

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BEAR FACT • Maxine Clark, the woman who founded Build-a-Bear Workshop almost 20 years ago, will be inducted Friday into the Missouri Public Affairs Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be Friday at Missouri State University in Springfield. Clark, a St. Louis native, founded the teddy bearthemed business in 1997. There are now more than 400 stores around the world. She also is the author of “The Bear Necessities of Business: Building a Clark Company with Heart.” In June 2013, Clark stepped down from her chief executive role at Build-a-Bear to focus on improving public education. She also is a managing partner of Prosper Women’s Capital, a fund created to invest in women-owned businesses in the St. Louis area. RUNNING COMMENTARY • When the Go! St. Louis Marathon leaves the starting line this weekend, one of the runners will be former St. Louisan Shalisa “Lisa” Davis. Davis, a retired Marine officer who now lives in Virginia, recently made news in the running world by finishing a “Triple 7” — running seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. Davis, 47, also has accomplished a runner’s “hat trick” by: running the triple 7; finishing 100 marathons; and running in marathons in all 50 states and D.C. Davis was born in 1969 at Homer G. Phillips Hospital in north St. Louis to parents who had attended Soldan High. She moved with her mother to Chicago when she was a baby, but came back to St. Louis and attended Clark Elementary School for two years before heading back north. Her father, Michael Smith, and numerous other relatives still live here. Her accomplishments will be noted by the National Black Marathoners Association, which is holding its annual meeting at the event.

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HEAVY MEDAL • On Thursday, Laylah Ali will receive the Dean’s Medal for outstanding contributions to the field of art from the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts at Washington University. The banquet is Thursday night at Palladium Saint Louis.

STAR TRACK • Nobel Prize-winning neurobiologist Rita Levi-Montalcini has earned a gold star, on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. The induction is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. Thursday on the Delmar Loop. Levi-Montalcini conducted most of her breakthrough research into cell growth and development while at Washington University, where she worked Levifrom 1946 until she retired Montalcini in 1977. She died in 2012, at the age of 103. DID THIS • The old saying about St. Louis was “first in booze, first in shoes and last in the American League.” Now, it seems best to include “and third in garden gnomes.” You heard right, folks. The lawn-care company LawnStarter has pegged STL as No. 3 out of eight metropolitan areas that seem to have a greater-than-average affection for the cute/creepy statues that adorn home gardens and flower beds. The company’s website notes that the legend behind garden gnomes — which first appeared in the 1800s in Germany — is that the little figures come alive at night to work the gardens and protect them from evil spirits. First on the list is Baltimore, followed by Salt Lake City, and then St. Louis. The five other cities singled out for statue fondness are Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Seattle (ironic humor, presumably), Washington and Chicago. Joe Holleman • 314-340-8254 @stlsherpa on Twitter jholleman@post-dispatch.com

Federal judge to block Missouri abortion restrictions BY CELESTE BOTT St. Louis Post-Dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY • A federal judge intends to block the two abortion restrictions at the center of a legal challenge mounted by Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri. In a memo to attorneys sent Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Howard Sachs said he planned to grant a preliminary injunction invalidating requirements for the state’s abortion clinics to meet standards for surgical centers and for their doctors to have hospital privileges. Sachs cites a U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down similar restrictions in Texas, a landmark decision that deemed those laws unnecessary and unconstitutional. “Missouri has not complied with that decision,” Sachs, of the Western District

of Missouri in Kansas City, wrote. The judge also gave the state 10 days to come up with a plan to avoid “unintended collateral damage” to other abortion clinic requirements “outside the concern of the Supreme Court in the Texas case.” Based on that submission, “the judgment to be entered could alleviate those concerns,” he said. Missouri’s GOP-led Legislature has long supported efforts to limit abortion access in the Show-Me state. Supporters argue the restrictions challenged in this lawsuit protect the health of women by ensuring the procedure is performed in safe, clean facilities. Abortion advocates contend that the restrictions at hand are so stringent that few providers can meet them. Currently, the only facility that can perform abortions in Missouri is the Planned Parent-

hood clinic in St. Louis. A ruling in Planned Parenthood’s favor could open the door for abortions to be performed at other clinics throughout the state. “We look forward to working with the court and the state to expand access to safe, legal abortion in the state as soon as possible,” Mary Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of St. Louis, said in a statement. The organization has already vowed, should the judge block the laws, to immediately restore abortion services at health centers in Columbia and Kansas City and to begin performing them in Joplin and Springfield, Mo. Celeste Bott • 573-556-6186 @celestebott on Twitter cbott@post-dispatch.com

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Barry Manilow tells People magazine that he hid being gay for decades because he thought he would be “disappointing fans if they knew.” The music legend, 73, married his longtime manager, Gary Kief, in 2014 at their home in Palm Springs, Calif. Manilow tells the magazine’s April 17 issue that keeping their romance out of the media was stressful. Manilow, who has a new album this month, “This Is My Town: Songs of New York,” said he had always tried to keep his personal and public lives separate. “When I met Gary, that was even more of a reason to keep my life private.” Pepsi pulls Jenner ad • PepsiCo pulled a controversial commercial featuring model Kendall Jenner on Wednesday after the ad prompted outrage over its trivialization of protests and unrest in the United States. The ad, released late on Tuesday, shows Jenner in a photo shoot as she sees a nearby protest march. Removing her wig and makeup, she joins the crowd, and hands a baseball cap-wearing police officer a can of Pepsi, prompting him to smile while marchers cheer and hug. “Pepsi was trying to project a global message of unity, peace and understanding,” the company said in a statement. “Clearly we missed the mark, and we apologize.”

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CORRECTIONS • Proposition T on the Rockwood School District ballot was approved Tuesday. A chart in the A section Wednesday reported a different outcome. And voters tied on Proposition R on the Byrnes Mill ballot in Jefferson County, meaning it failed. The chart reported a different outcome.

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Senator cites abortion bias law in blasting zoo tax plan BY KURT ERICKSON st. Louis Post-dispatch

JEFFERSON CITY • A Missouri senator is threatening to derail a bid to boost taxes for the St. Louis Zoo because of the city’s decision to ban employers and landlords from discriminating against women who have had an abortion. Sen. Bob Onder, R-Lake Saint Louis, linked the two issues in a lengthy debate on the Senate floor Wednesday, saying he was wary of supporting a push to tax residents in counties surrounding St. Louis when the city has made itself what he calls an “abortion sanctuary city.” Under an amendment filed to the zoo tax proposal, Onder said the zoo should have to change its name to “The Midwest Abortion Sanctuary City Zoological Park.” “It’s beautiful,” Onder said of his pro-

LAW & ORDER FERGUSON > Identity of shooting victim is released • Police said Wednesday that a shooting victim who showed up at a firehouse in Ferguson and later died at a hospital was Reginald Caine, 41, of Jennings. Caine came to Ferguson’s Firehouse No. 2, at 10701 West Florissant Avenue, just before 10 a.m. Tuesday, according to St. Louis County police. Caine lived in the 8800 block of May Avenue in Jennings. St. Louis County and Dellwood police had been called to a report of a shooting at Varnum and Keelan drives, about a block away, just moments before the victim arrived at the fire station. The shooting scene is on the Dellwood-Ferguson border. The firehouse was apparently struck by a bullet in the gunfire, police said. No one at the firehouse was injured. There was no immediate word on suspects or motive. St. Louis County police are handling the investigation. Authorities asked anyone with information to call police at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers 1-866-3718477 with tips. Callers to CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward. CLAYTON > Nephew convicted in fatal hammer attack • A jury found a St. Louis County man guilty on Wednesday of fatally beating his uncle with a hammer in 2009. Jason Ayansu, 38, of the Ayansu 10500 block of Edgefield Drive, was convicted after a three-day trial in St. Louis County Court of second-degree murder, attempted kidnapping, resisting arrest and two counts of armed criminal action. Ayansu was accused of beating his uncle, Levi Battley, 63, with a hammer on July 4, 2009, in the 10000 block of Nevile Walk near Bon Oak County Park. Battley died of blunt trauma to his head and body. Prosecutors said Ayansu attacked his uncle during a fight outside an apartment of a friend. Ayansu had been held at Fulton State Hospital for several years but was deemed competent to stand trial. Ayansu has a previous conviction of second-degree robbery in St. Louis County from 2001. Sentencing for Ayansu is set for June 9 before St. Louis County Judge Joseph Dueker. ST. LOUIS > Police arrest suspect in shooting • Police plan to seek charges against a man arrested Tuesday afternoon after a fatal shooting in St. Louis’ Carr Square neighborhood. Officers were called just after 12:30 p.m. to a reported shooting in the 1600 block of Cochran Place, in the Carr Square neighborhood northwest of downtown. They found Tevin McCoy, 23, dead of gunshot wounds at the scene. McCoy lived in the 5900 block of Sherry Avenue. Police arrested a 33-year-old man at the shooting scene and said they would seek warrants against him.

posed name change. “Hey, you come to us asking for the tax authorization, we might put some conditions on it, okay?” The zoo, which currently charges no admission fee, wants to increase tax revenue by expanding the collection of a sales tax beyond the St. Louis borders. Legislation sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Gina Walsh, D-Bellefontaine Neighbors, would allow the city and four counties — St. Charles, Jefferson, Franklin and St. Louis — to approve ballot initiatives for a sales tax of one-eighth cent or less. The money generated would support the zoo’s animal conservation and infrastructure needs, as well as programs to breed and conserve endangered species. But Onder said the more regional approach to funding would mean residents in his district could face higher sales taxes even though they live as far as an hour

from the zoo. “Charge us admission. Don’t call us freeloaders,” Onder said. Onder’s comments caused alarm at the St. Louis Zoo Association. “Although this amendment is shocking, we know Sen. Onder supports the cultural institutions of the St. Louis region, including the Zoo. We believe that this amendment does not reflect the senator’s regard for the Zoo and that it is meant to draw attention to unrelated issues,” zoo association president Joseph T. Ambrose said in a statement. Walsh, too, bemoaned Onder’s proposal. “All I want is to give the people in the greater St. Louis area an opportunity to have their voices heard at the ballot box in support of the St. Louis Zoo, an attraction that strengthens our economy and is a point of pride for the region,” Walsh said.

“I’m frustrated that my nonpartisan legislation would be wrapped up in an unrelated issue, and I hope the political games end soon so we can get back to the important work before us.” As for stopping the city’s anti-discrimination law, legislative leaders and Gov. Eric Greitens endorsed efforts to block the city ordinance at an anti-abortion event at the Capitol last month. Onder said there was little difference between him trying to stop the zoo tax and Democrats trying to block the legislation affecting the city’s abortion ordinance. The measure pending in the Legislature would block cities such as St. Louis from enacting laws that would infringe on the free speech and religious rights of alternatives to abortion agencies or facilities that counsel pregnant women against abortion.

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Faith healer sues county over Macy’s deal Ministry says Port Authority blocked pact to buy vacant store at Jamestown Mall BY JEREMY KOHLER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A faith-healing ministry from north St. Louis County, whose pastor says he performs miracles, claims that it was cheated by county officials out of a deal to buy the vacant Macy’s at Jamestown Mall. In a lawsuit filed last week in St. Louis County, Joshua Media Ministries International asks for $3 million in damages and asks the court to block the county’s plan to redevelop the mall. The ministry said it had reached an agreement with Macy’s about December 2015 to buy the vacant store for $1 million, and had lined up financing. During the negotiations, the suit claimed, the ministry learned it needed to have the county rezone the store and

needed the cooperation of then-Councilman Mike O’Mara. O’Mara directed the ministry to the St. Louis County Port Authority. The ministry told the Port Authority’s executive director, Sheila Sweeney, about its larger goal to buy and redevelop the moribund mall. Sweeney asked the ministry to submit a plan, the suit claimed. The ministry hired an architect and “at great cost” submitted plans to the Port Authority and Sweeney, who did not act, the suit said. The inactivity delayed the ministry from securing financing and closing on the mall, the suit said. The ministry ultimately lined up financing, but Sweeney, O’Mara, Macy’s and the Port Authority stopped talking to ministry officials, stalling the sale, according to the suit.

Macy’s said through a spokeswoman that it had no comment. A spokeswoman for the Port Authority said she had not yet seen the lawsuit. O’Mara could not be reached for comment. The ministry alleged it learned through news reports that Macy’s in September 2016 had sold its empty store to the Port Authority for $1. The lawsuit says Port Authority officials had falsely told Macy’s that the ministry didn’t have the money to buy the mall. The ministry also challenged the right of the Port Authority to buy real estate that was not near a navigable waterway or port and not connected to the business of a port. An attorey for the county has previously said the statute clearly does not limit the authority’s powers to just port facilities.

A Post-Dispatch story in February examined how County Executive Steve Stenger bypassed the County Council and fast-tracked the redevelopment by putting the Port Authority in charge of the mall redevelopment. Stenger emphasized that state statutes allowed him to do that. The lawsuit does not lay out what the ministry had planned for the mall. David E. Taylor, pastor of the ministry, claims that Jesus has visited him and that he raised a woman from the dead with a Facebook message. He did not respond to a voicemail or a Facebook message. Jeremy Kohler • 314-340-8337 @jeremykohler on Twitter jkohler@post-dispatch.com

Fire guts retirement home under construction

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Firefighters extinguish a fire Wednesday at a retirement center under construction in the 4900 block of Mattis Road in south St. Louis County. No one was living at the facility. BY KIM BELL St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A retirement center under construction in south St. Louis County was gutted by fire early Wednesday. No one was living at the facility at 4962 Mattis Road. The two-building complex east of Tesson Ferry Road, called Mattis Pointe, was scheduled to open this spring. A neighbor reported the fire after seeing 40-foot flames coming from one of the buildings at the complex about 3:30 a.m. About 45 to 50 firefighters from Mehlville, Affton, Fenton, Crestwood and Webster

DIGEST JEFFERSON CITY > Supreme Court suspends law license of St. Louis lawyer • The Missouri Supreme Court opted Tuesday to suspend the law license of St. Louis lawyer Elbert Walton Jr. for his conduct in a 2013 bankruptcy case. During the bankruptcy case, Walton yelled at the judge, was “obnoxious and disrespectful” in his tone and demeanor and didn’t file documents or responses in a timely manner, according to the court. The embattled lawyer formerly served as chief counsel of the Northeast Ambulance and Fire Protection District but was fired in 2009 for mishandling taxpayer funds. (Celeste Bott) EDWARDSVILLE > Council revises law on overgrown properties • The Edwardsville City Council voted Tuesday night to lower to six inches the height at which grass and weeds can be labeled as property nuisances. The change was part of an effort to clarify and revise a 20-year-old ordinance that officials said was inconsistent and sometimes cumbersome to enforce. The ordinance even had a discrepancy on whether weeds and grass became a nuisance at 8 inches or not until they reached 12 inches. Officials indicated the revised ordinance would not be used to penalize residents who maintain their properties. Specific culprits cited were owners of apartments and foreclosed properties and some commercial businesses where vegetation has been left untrimmed and used for hay. Owners whose properties are in violation of the new rules will be notified and receive time to mow or trim before further action is taken, officials said. (Special to the PostDispatch) CLARKSON VALLEY > City restricts use of drones • The Board of Aldermen here approved a drone ordinance Tuesday night after a long discussion. Clarkson Valley has not had a specific drone incident or problem, but officials said they want to be ready to deal with any future issues. Like ordinances in nearby Wildwood and Ellisville, the city’s measure is designed

Groves worked to put it out. More than five hours later, they were close to extinguishing the fire. A few hot spots remained. Bomb and arson detectives will be investigating. Mehville Assistant Fire Chief Dan LaFata said it was “too early” to say if the fire was suspicious. He said there was “nothing to indicate” that an accelerant had been used to spread the fire. There were storms in the area about the time the fire was reported, and officials say it’s possible a lightning strike sparked the fire. LaFata said Mehlville wanted assistance from the bomb and arson investigators due to “just the nature of the fire and the

to counter potential harassment or spying by drones. It also forbids reckless use of the devices. Federal law prohibits drones from flying above 400 feet and weighing more than 55 pounds. Local laws are aimed at allowing complaint-driven prosecution, particularly in situations when other authorities may not be inclined to get involved. The ordinance in Clarkson Valley will be enforced by whichever police department — St. Louis County, Ballwin or Chesterfield — patrols the city beginning in July. Aldermen are expected to award a new contract for police services next month for the five-year period beginning July 1. The current contract with St. Louis County will expire June 30, and the three agencies answered a recent bid request. Ballwin was the contract agency for Clarkson Valley from 1982 through 2007. (Special to the PostDispatch) GLENDALE > Permit for chickens is approved • Glendale will again have chickens in residence, as the Board of Aldermen quickly approved a special-use permit application Monday night. The applicant met all requirements, including written consent from all property owners within 200 feet of his residence on Queen Anne Place. Those include Alderman Aaron Nauman, who lives on Warwick Lane, to the north. “I just saw nothing wrong with it, nor did anyone else who signed,” he said. Any of the 32 residential property owners within 200 feet could have negated the application by objecting, City Administrator Jaysen Christensen said. The only other chicken owner in recent years gave up his birds early last year, after about six months. The city ordinance allows — besides chickens — ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons or other fowl. Roosters are expressly prohibited. The permit will last a year and would have to be renewed with a new full application, Christensen said. Other cities in the region have had mixed reactions to recent interest in keeping domestic fowl. (Special to the Post-Dispatch)

size of the fire.” There were no reports of injuries in the three-alarm blaze. For safety reasons, crews chose to douse the flames using aerial ladders instead of battling it from inside the assisted-living center. The owner of the building is Americare/South St. Louis LLC, according to St. Louis County’s Public Works Department. No occupany permits had been issued, according to Michael Moore, commercial building inspector for St. Louis County’s Code Enforcement Division. A company representative for Americare, identified as Neal Slattery, could not be reached for comment. A woman who

answered the phone at its corporate offices said no one was available to speak to a reporter. When firefighters first arrived, they saw heavy fire coming from the back of the building, all in an attic space, LaFata said. At 9 a.m., LaFata said, the few remaining hot spots were about to be under control, and the fire was no longer spreading. LaFata said only one of the buildings was damaged. Kim Bell • 314-340-8115 @kbellpd on Twitter kbell@post-dispatch.com

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Tax hike slated for soccer may boost public safety

County begins planning to hire more officers BY KEVIN McDERMOTT St. Louis Post-Dispatch

after county voters approved their own half-cent sales tax on Tuesday, generating an estimated $80 million that will go toward public safety and boosting police salaries. Besides the estimated $5 million coming in from the use tax increase, the city should also start bringing in an additional $20 million from the sales tax increase approved under Proposition 1. The proposal dedicates $12 million of that money toward studying, planning and the eventual building of an 8-mile MetroLink expansion. The rest of the money would be split up evenly in $2 million increments toward neighborhood revitalization, workforce development, public safety and infrastructure, under the proposal. But it’s not clear if those categories are legally binding. Critics including outgoing 21st Ward Alderman Antonio French complained during the campaign that a new mayor could use those funds in ways other than their intended purposes. Maggie Crane, spokeswoman for outgoing Mayor Francis Slay, said that the only way for a new mayor and a new board to divert that money from the designated areas would be to pass a new ordinance — a process that would face public scrutiny. Krewson, on Wednesday, said those concerns were overblown. “We are going to keep our word” to the voters, she said.

Early Wednesday morning, St. Louis County police officials began a daunting task they’d long hoped to face, but weren’t sure they would: hashing out details of how to allocate the tens of millions of dollars in new law enforcement funding coming their way starting later this year. “Our police department started at 8 o’clock today figuring out logistically how to hire the 110 (new) officers we’re talking about,” County Executive Steve Stenger said Wednesday, the day after voters approved a halfcent sales tax that is expected to provide some $80 million annually to the county and its individual municipalities for public safety. Shoppers in the county probably will see the new tax bump showing up on price tags by October, Stenger said, with the revenue flowing to county government and other recipients by December. The process of hiring new officers for the county police department — 110 cops, in addition to the roughly 890 already in place — will start early next year. “Those 110 officers are going to be pointed toward two-man cars, and the vast majority of them are going to go right to the precincts,” as opposed to desk positions, said county Police Chief Jon Belmar. “This 110 is really tan shirts, men and women out there answering those calls. I’m very confident we’re going to see a reduction in crime.” Also starting early next year, county police officers up and down the pay scale will see their salaries rise, though specific figures are still being determined. Belmar said the current base starting salary of $48,200 for new officers — a figure that hasn’t changed since early 2015 — will rise to above $50,000. He said he couldn’t say more specifically yet what that starting number will be, but he noted: “Anything that starts with a five is better than anything that starts with a four.” In a Tuesday election that saw the defeat of a tax proposal for a new soccer stadium in St. Louis and the collapse of two school funding proposals in the Metro East, St. Louis County voters approved the police-funding measure, Proposition P, with more than 63 percent of the vote. Almost 102,000 residents voted in favor of it, according to unofficial results, compared to fewer than 60,000 “no” votes. Out of the $80 million the new tax is expected to generate annually, about $46 million will go to St. Louis County, earmarked for expenses related to the police, prosecutors and county corrections. The rest will be divided among the county’s 90 municipalities, based on population. While the promise of additional police officers has been a core selling point for the sales tax plan, Belmar said the salary boost also would be an urgent element. The department currently has an attrition rate of about one-and-a-half officers per week, officers being lost often to better pay at other police departments or the private sector. “There should be a demand by the public that law enforcement hire the best we can hire,” Belmar said. “To do that, we have to pay competitive salaries.” The hiring of new officers and increased officer salaries will be the biggest part of the spending for county officials. Purchases of equipment for the new officers — including basic things like uniforms and more complicated new expenses like body cameras — also are on the list. Critics of the plan have warned that there is nothing to prevent the county from using the availability of the new tax revenue for police as an excuse to move some current police funding to other budget needs, leaving the police with no net increase. Stenger reiterated on Wednesday his earlier vow that there wouldn’t be any such shell game. “That is simply not going to happen,” he said.

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St. Louis mayor-elect Lyda Krewson talks with former St. Louis Mayor James Conway on Tuesday evening at her victory party at the Norman K. Probstein Golf Course in Forest Park. BY KORAN ADDO St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS • When voters passed a

half-cent sales tax increase while rejecting a plan to build a soccer stadium downtown, they essentially gave city leaders an extra $5 million a year to play with. Incoming Mayor Lyda Krewson said she would like to put that money toward public safety and potentially hiring more police officers — just as she promised throughout her campaign. The extra money comes as a result of voters’ approving only one part of a two-part plan. Proposition 1 was a sales tax increase to pay for MetroLink expansion and other initiatives. Any city sales tax increase automatically triggers an increase in the use tax paid by businesses. The money from the increase in the use tax was supposed to go toward a soccer stadium under Proposition 2, but voters rejected that plan. So in two weeks, when she is sworn in as the city’s new mayor, Krewson will have the benefit of an extra revenue source and some leeway to use it. Money from the use tax is currently used for affordable housing, health care and demolishing derelict buildings. Once certain thresholds are met in those categories, the city can use excess funds to pay for public safety, neighborhood preservation and development — categories broad enough to give elected officials plenty of flexibility.

How to spend those dollars could be an early fight for Krewson, who will have to balance keeping campaign promises with the numerous competing interests that will come from the Board of Aldermen and the Board of Estimate and Apportionment. A number of city aldermen are particularly concerned about an estimated $20 million budget shortfall they will have to contend with starting later this month. The need to negotiate is something that Krewson, 64, acknowledged Wednesday, about 14 hours after she secured a historic election victory to become the first woman to serve as the city’s mayor. “My preference is to use that money in the public safety area, but it’s not a one-woman decision,” Krewson said. She later added that she hadn’t yet sought a legal opinion but that she believed the new revenue could be used to pay for more officers. Krewson made boosting the police department a core part of her campaign platform, saying the city needed to hire as many as 200 new officers and pay current officers higher salaries. Her plan would cost about $20 million a year. But it’s something Krewson has described as imperative. Recruiting officers has been a struggle in recent years. The starting salary for an officer in the city is $42,000 a year, compared with $48,000 a year in St. Louis County. The pay gap will grow even wider

Large turnout in St. Louis defeated the soccer stadium STADIUM • FROM A1

more than 27,000 and still lost by about 3,300 votes. Almost 60,000 city voters cast ballots Tuesday — the highest turnout for an April city election in decades. That’s also about 3,000 more than in the March 7 primary, the election that ostensibly settled the biggest race on the ticket when Democrats nominated Lyda Krewson for mayor. And Tuesday’s turnout was more than twice as many compared to the last mayoral election, in 2013. About 9,600 votes went to third-party mayoral candidates this week, compared to 500 in 2013. Jeff Rainford, the ownership group’s political consultant and former chief of staff to Mayor Francis Slay, said that shows the election attracted people disaffected by Democrats and the GOP, groups also likely to oppose stadium financing. “While those independent and third-party candidates never had a chance to win, they obviously brought people to the polls,” Rainford said. “Four years ago there was no third-party candidate and there wasn’t an open seat for mayor.” “Even though we lost and it has not been an easy thing to accept, it’s kind of gratifying to see that kind of voter turnout,” said political consultant Jeff Rainford, who worked for the local MLS ownership group SC STL. “I don’t know if that’s happened since around World War II when Republicans were still competitive in the city.” Rainford said the stadium campaign struggled to appeal to older, more conservative voters as well as black voters. It had success with younger voters, voters with young families and a cohort of Democratic supporters.

It also did well among Catholic voters, he said.

ST. LOUIS HILLS SAYS YES

Proposition 2, a use tax on businesses to help fund a soccer stadium, passed in eight wards in downtown and south and western parts of the city, and lost by slim margins in another eight wards. The most support the proposal got was 59 percent in the 16th Ward, which largely consists of the St. Louis Hills neighborhood in south city. That ward had the highest turnout in the city. It also had more voters opposed to Prop 2 than in any north city ward that rejected it. Citywide, 20 of 28 wards voted down the proposal, despite Proposition 2 not facing any organized opposition and a $1 million political campaign to get supporters to the polls. The strongest opposition was in predominantly black north St. Louis wards. St. Louis voters gave strong support to Proposition 1, a companion measure to raise the city’s sales tax by one-half cent on every dollar. About $12 million a year of that money will go toward planning and engineering for an 8-mile north-south MetroLink expansion. The sales tax will trigger a corresponding increase in the city’s use tax paid by businesses on out-of-town purchases. Proposition 2 would have directed some of that money toward building a soccer stadium. But Propositions 1 and 2 each had to pass for local soccer dreams to come true. It’s unclear the extent to which stadium supporters drove up support for Proposition 1. It won easily, with over 60 percent of the vote and at least a majority in

23 of the 28 wards. The sales tax measure received more votes than the stadium measure in every ward, in some cases by a wide margin. That was most prominent in the 15th Ward, south of Tower Grove Park, where 69 percent of voters supported Proposition 1 — 30 percent above their support for subsidizing a stadium.

‘A HEAVY LIFT’

The MLS has not formally ruled out St. Louis’ bid, but a league spokesman called the vote “a significant setback.” Would a collaborative effort between the city, county and state have helped make the stadium possible? Yes, SC STL investor Dave Peacock said, but polling suggested a campaign in the county would have cost three times as much and might have faced more opposition than in the city. Peacock said a poll done eight months ago showed a stadium proposal was slightly less popular with St. Louis County voters than those in the city. Investors met with some county elected officials last year and came to a “mutual understanding” about the difficulties of passing it in the county, Peacock said. “Voters would ask how the county benefits financially if it’s located in the city,” Peacock said. “It’s a heavy lift, given that we’re not going to reunify the county and the city in a day.” St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger reiterated Wednesday that the county was never asked for help nor given a proposal to evaluate. Stenger said Tuesday’s vote doesn’t speak to whether the city-county relationship is strained and holding back economic growth. “We’re always looking for ways

to collaborate and coordinate that are in the best interests of our region,” Stenger said. Stenger noted other major projects that the county and city have collaborated on, including America’s Center and the Dome in downtown St. Louis, funding the five institutions of the ZooMuseum District, Great Rivers Greenway and the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership. He said city-county collaboration also helped land the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency campus in north St. Louis. The county charter would have required a public vote on stadium funding, but Stenger wouldn’t speculate on how county voters would have responded. “Investors made an analytical decision not to proceed in the county,” Stenger said. “I am not here to judge whether that was the right way to proceed.” Last year, SC STL had planned on $40 million in state tax credits to help with the project. Gov. Jay Nixon was involved in that arrangement and even met with MLS Commissioner Don Garber. But incoming Gov. Eric Greitens sank the tax credit proposal in December before taking office when he called it “welfare for millionaires.” The ownership group pulled the request to the state.

NO PLAN B

Investors said there was no secondary financing plan, and they don’t expect one to materialize. Kavanaugh said the investor group was “breaking up,” though some individuals may consider investing in other Major League Soccer teams. St. Louis is one of 12 regions with ownership groups vying for four MLS expansion franchises.

Two of them will be announced later this year and will have to pay $150 million to the league each to get a team. MLS spokesman Dan Courtemanche called the vote “a significant setback” for St. Louis’ bid, but the league hasn’t explicitly ruled out St. Louis. Public financing plans are still coming together for some of the ownership groups around the country. On Tuesday, supporters of bringing an MLS team to San Diego said they would put the issue on the November ballot, an option St. Louis investors declined because they said the league wouldn’t wait that long for clarity. A city-county partnership in Charlotte, N.C., for funding a stadium hasn’t come together. In St. Petersburg, Fla., voters will decide on a lease agreement for a stadium in a referendum May 2. The league hasn’t set a timeline or expansion fee amount for the next two franchises. However, St. Louis investors have said they expect the fee to be much higher and likely out of reach for investors in a market the size of St. Louis. There’s also the issue of David Beckham’s maligned MLS franchise in Miami. The league already has awarded a franchise to Beckham’s group, but continuing struggles to finalize a stadium plan have strained that relationship. “It’s a kick in the pants,” Kavanaugh said on election night. “But it’s reality.” Mike Faulk • 314-340-8656 @mike_faulk on Twitter mfaulk@post-dispatch.com


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Beyond Housing moves headquarters to Pine Lawn BY JACOB BARKER st. Louis Post-dispatch

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The remodeled Garfield Elementary in the Normandy School District is now Beyond Housing’s headquarters.

to do in 1975. But about 15 years ago, it began to concentrate resources in North County as part of a placebased strategy that many community development experts believe is key to truly catalyze change. Beyond Housing now convenes the mayors of the small communities to collaborate on service delivery through the 24:1 initiative, a reference to the 24 municipalities that make up the Normandy District. It offers lower-income residents homeownership in newly built houses through its 24:1 Community Land Trust. Perhaps Beyond Housing’s most visible project is the grocery and bank it developed space for on Page Avenue, and the four-screen movie theater across the street. Until two months ago, Beyond Housing still operated mostly out of its offices in St. Louis’ Forest Park Southeast neighborhood. The move to Pine Lawn is symbolic of Beyond Housing’s focus, said President and CEO Chris Krehmeyer. “We’re walking the walk,” he said. “We’re committed. We’re invested.” The move was set in motion three years ago, when the purchase of Garfield and six other buildings

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gave the Normandy School District a $2.9 million lifeline as it teetered on insolvency. The state’s school transfer law had enticed hundreds of students to enroll in other schools and leave the unaccredited district, forcing Normandy to pay millions in tuition and transportation costs. “They were a great ally for us,” Normandy Superintendent Charles Pearson said, “particularly at a time when the transfer program was taking its toll.” Three other schools Beyond Housing bought have

been demolished. The sites of Bishop and Lincoln elementary schools could be used for new housing, Krehmeyer said. The five acres where Eskridge High School sat, just down the street from a MetroLink stop, is a more “interesting opportunity” that Beyond Housing is still deciding how to redevelop. Beyond Housing’s maintenance and construction operations are now in Pine Lawn Elementary. Krehmeyer is talking to charter school operators about using Central Elementary in Wellston, and he hopes a nonprofit can reuse McKinley Elementary in Velda City. Now, he just wants to see private investment follow Beyond Housing’s lead in the area. “We need to see some movement where the market starts to work,” Krehmeyer said. “We need to see some other people joining us.”

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efit to a public servant in return for their vote on specific legislation and is a violation” of state bribery laws. He recommended that lawmakers refuse donations. Ivener told that AP on Wednesday that she was not an attorney, didn’t hire lobbyists and didn’t know the rules. “I am just an average Missouri constituent,” Ivener said. “I don’t know how else to get the attention of the Missouri Legislature. I don’t have time to go down to [Jefferson] City to go knock on everybody’s door.” Ivener said she hadn’t cut any checks yet and doubts she will now. But she said some lawmakers told her they opposed the bill, and one asked her for a job. The bill at hand passed the House 102-51 Monday. It’s pending in the Senate.

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Panera deal is worth $396 million to CEO BY DAVID NICKLAUS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Ronald Shaich, the chief executive who built Panera Bread into a sandwich-and-salad powerhouse, stands to collect more than $396 million when JAB Holding buys the company. Unlike many selling CEOs, however, Shaich, 63, has no lucrative golden parachute contract that would reward him for

leaving the company. He told the Post-Dispatch that he planned to run the company under JAB’s ownership. Shaich’s payout all comes from stock and options he has accumulated over the years. Shaich was a co-founder of Au Bon Pain, which acquired Panera in 1993, and has been CEO or co-CEO of Panera since the two restaurant chains separated in 1999. As of Feb. 9, Shaich told the

Securities and Exchange Commission that he owned 82,724 class A shares and 1.16 million class B shares, which have higher voting rights. JAB is offering $315 a share, making Shaich’s holdings worth $392.9 million. According to last year’s proxy statement, Shaich also had stock-appreciation rights on 21,913 shares, with exercise prices of $161.54 and $166.19. Those rights, which are similar

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change-in-control.” Panera says Shaich does not have an employment agreement. His golden-parachute disclosure says that, in the event he leaves after a takeover, the only thing he’s entitled to is $962 worth of employee benefits. David Nicklaus • 314-340-8213 @dnickbiz on Twitter dnicklaus@post-dispatch.com

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Panera’s sale came out of the blue, even to analysts who follow the industry. “This definitely was a surprise,” said Jack Russo, an analyst at Edward Jones who follows Panera and other consumer brands. “The company had been performing pretty well, especially versus the rest of the industry.” “Pretty well” may be an understatement. Panera’s stock was trading at 33 times expected earnings, well above the industry average of 24.7, according to Thomson Reuters Datastream. From 100 bakery-café restaurants 20 years ago, Panera has grown to 2,000 with sales of $5 billion. JAB has offered $315 in cash per Panera share, representing a 20.3 percent premium to the stock’s closing price on March 31, the last trading day before media reports of a potential deal. Shareholders “certainly can’t complain at the offer price,” Russo said. The company’s stock closed at $312.94 on Wednesday, up 14.2 percent. The deal is expected to close in the third quarter. JAB, the investment vehicle of Germany’s billionaire Reimann family, is run by Chief Executive Olivier Goudet, who is also the chairman of Anheuser-Busch InBev. Like the world’s largest brewer, JAB has built up an empire of coffee and food chains through a series of acquisitions in recent years, including Krispy Kreme and K-cup coffee pod-maker Keurig Green Mountain Inc. In the back of his mind, Panera CEO Ron Shaich was probably looking to industry pressures already affecting competitors, such as an oversupply of restaurants and minimum wage increases, Russo said. A larger group could help save money on coffee or dough purchases, and cross-selling opportunities could become available down the road. In addition to Krispy Kreme and Caribou, JAB owns Peet’s Coffee and Tea and the parent of Einstein Bros. Bagels. “They felt like they should take advantage of this,” he said. “They’ll be part of a company that has experience operating different types of concepts and has experience with consumer goods companies.”

‘WE’RE NOT MOVING’

St. Louisans may cringe at watching another locally headquartered company bought up by outside investors, but Shaich said not to worry. “Nothing is changing in Sunset Hills,” Shaich told the PostDispatch. “We’ve been here forever. We’re not moving the headquarters.” With about 700 people working out of the building on Watson Road, Panera has become a significant corporate presence

1981 • Ron Shaich and Louis Kane open first Au Bon Pain in Boston. 1986 • At the urging of his brother, Ken Rosenthal, who at the time was in the women’s apparel business, leaves St. Louis and goes to San Francisco to learn and train in the bakery business. October 1987 • Ken and Linda Rosenthal open the first St. Louis Bread Co. store in the Greentree Shopping Center in Kirkwood. June 1991 • Au Bon Pain becomes a publicly held company. September 1992 • Real estate developer David Hutkin joins St. Louis Bread to lead its effort to grow by selling franchises elsewhere.

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Assistant Manager Ken Hopkin and employee Stacy Patton fill orders during the lunch rush Wednesday at the St. Louis Bread Co. in Des Peres. JAB Holding Co., the owner of Caribou Coffee and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, said Wednesday that it would buy Sunset Hills-based Panera Bread Co.

in the region, not to mention an employer of thousands of people at dozens of area locations. The sale is “actually going to free us up,” Shaich said. Panera probably wouldn’t have agreed to a sale with anyone else, but he said JAB was not a normal private equity firm. They’re long-term investors who let the companies they own “do their thing.” And they’re the ones who approached Panera about a sale. “For us, it’s not something we were looking for,” Shaich said. “But what has led to the phenomenal success for Panera for a very long time is our commitment to long-term decisionmaking.” Gone will be the pressures of quarterly earnings calls or the risk activist investors might buy up a stake and push for a change in strategy or cost-cutting. Panera will continue to be managed “independently by the same people,” Shaich said. That includes Shaich. The CEO, 63, said he would stay at the helm of the company that he turned into a giant after betting on the regional St. Louis chain in 1998. It was that year that he decided to sell off Au Bon Pain, a larger bakery café chain that had bought the 20-store St. Louis Bread Co. in 1993 from a local group led by founders Ken and Linda Rosenthal. “We want to make sure that St. Louis Bread has all the capital it needs,” he told the Post-Dispatch in 1998, explaining that the sale of Au Bon Pain extinguished $55 million in debt and gave the new Panera $15 million in cash to expand. “And that it also has the visibility on Wall Street, so it will be an easy story to tell investors.” A year later, Shaich moved the headquarters to St. Louis from

Boston, although he has long worked from that city. Russo, the Edward Jones analyst, expects JAB to be mostly hands-off and push for little change in Panera’s operations, at least for a year or so. “I think they’re just going to let Panera run themselves for a while and get to know the business,” he said. “That’s kind of been their style.” Shaich said Panera customers would see no change, and he plans to continue initiatives Panera has spearheaded in recent years. Recently, it has embraced technology with new delivery apps and added iPad kiosks in restaurants where diners can place orders. It has also touted a commitment to removing artificial ingredients from its menu and sourcing cage-free eggs and antibiotic and nitrate-free meat. It has used the efforts to market itself as a healthy alternative to other fast-casual and fast-food chains, outperforming an industry that has struggled with flat sales. Those investments still kept earnings lower than they could have been, Russo said, forcing Shaich to explain the moves to investors. “If you’re a private company again, you can make that investment and not worry a lot” about the quarterly earnings impact, he said. Shaich said he spent almost half his time explaining his moves to investors, and he hopes private ownership will let the company continue its long-term, strategic moves. “It’s not that we’re going to do anything different — we’re doing great,” he said. “In today’s world, long-term money is private, and

Haley hints at U.S. action in Syria SYRIA • FROM A1

and Syrian adults desperately gasping for breath — and evidence that banned sarin gas might have been used — have put pressure on Trump and his government. While trying to shift blame to former President Barack Obama, who in 2013 failed to make good on a threat to punish any use of chemical weapons by Syria, Trump finally acknowledged that “the responsibility is now mine.” He was unclear, however, about how he viewed Syrian President Bashar Assad, blamed for most of the atrocities in Syria, and what actions he might take. The Obama administration’s position was that Assad had to be removed, but Trump officials have been backing away from that demand. Meanwhile, at the United Nations in New York, the yawning gap between how the United States and Russia see events in Syria was on full display. During an emergency meeting of the Security Council, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley stood dra-

matically before the assembled body and held aloft gruesome photographs of victims from the deadly attack. “We cannot close our eyes to those pictures,” Haley said. “We cannot close our minds” to actions that must be taken. Haley hinted that if the U.N. Security Council again failed to act — Russia routinely vetoes resolutions that punish Syria — the United States might do so. Haley was presiding over an emergency council session called to debate the attack, which many blame on Assad, who the U.N. has said has used chemical weapons previously. “We cannot close our eyes to those pictures,” Haley said. “We cannot close our minds” to actions that must be taken. Haley was especially critical of Russia, which backs Assad’s regime and has threatened to veto any resolution that punishes Syria. Russian officials have sought to blame the deaths on anti-government rebels. “Time and time again,” Haley said, Russia “uses the same false narrative” and attempts to “place the blame on others.

short-term money is public.”

COST SAVINGS

The purchase is part of the growing influence of private equity in the corporate world, said Radhakrishnan Gopalan, a professor of finance at Washington University. Publicly-traded CEOs complain about short-term pressures, and the growth in the number of private investment firms means the nonpublic market has become more liquid. But Gopalan doubts that JAB will remain hands-off. Recouping the 20 percent premium they are offering from long-term growth “assumes that growth was not already priced-in,” he said. The big savings may come from moving their tax domicile to Europe, where corporate rates are lower. “If they are hands-off, then I would say most of the value is going to come from tax savings,” Gopalan said. And, as St. Louis is well aware, being swallowed by a larger group often means there’s opportunity for cost-savings by reducing redundant jobs. “I’m sure there are synergies in procurement, synergies in back office systems,” Gopalan said. “They wouldn’t want to duplicate things.” At least St. Louisans can take consolation that the chain will retain some local flavor. The restaurant chain that started in Kirkwood’s Greentree Shopping Center has no plans to take the St. Louis Bread Co. name off of the roughly 50 stores in the region. Reuters contributed to this report. Jacob Barker • 314-340-8291 @jacobbarker on Twitter jbarker@post-dispatch.com

“The truth is Syria, Russia and Iran have no interest in peace.” Defense Secretary James Mattis was asked about a potential U.S. response. “It was a heinous act and will be treated as such,” Mattis said at the Pentagon. The United States occupies the rotating presidency of the Security Council. Haley called the emergency meeting, and U.S. officials said they fought to have the Syria gathering as an open session. The meeting adjourned before noon for the council’s 15 members to debate a resolution drafted by the U.S., Britain and France, and a vote could come as early as Wednesday evening, officials said. But there were early indications that the same hurdle the council has always faced on Syria — vetoes by China and Russia — would stymie immediate action regarding the suspected chemical gas attack. “This body has always been eloquent” in its condemnations, Ukraine’s ambassador, Volodymyr Yelchenko, said. “But that’s about it. There is an outstanding gap between talk and action.” British Ambassador Matthew Rycroft also scolded the council’s inability to stop the slaughter of Syrians or the apparent use of illegal chemical weapons.

November 1993 • Rosenthal and partners Doron Berger, Myron Klevins and David Hutkin sell St. Louis Bread to the Au Bon Pain chain for $24 million, plus additional payouts. At the time St. Louis Bread Co. had grown to 20 bakery-cafes. 1997 • Ken Rosenthal and his family returns to the business as a Panera franchisee, operating bakery-cafes in Ohio and Colorado. August 1998 • Shaich decides to sell off his original Au Bon Pain chain for $78 million and concentrate on the publicly held company on the Panera/St. Louis Bread concept. At the time Au Bon Pain had 152 company-owned locations in the Northeast and Midwest and 69 franchised sites in the U.S. and 42 overseas. Panera had 65 company-owned stores and 32 franchised ones in the U.S. May 1999 • Panera returns its headquarters to the St. Louis area. At the time, it has 75 company-owned and 63 franchised locations in 17 states. 2007 • Panera buys a majority stake in Paradise Bakery & Café chain, a Phoenix-based chain with 70 locations in 10 states mostly west and southwest. It buys the rest of Paradise two years later. 2010 • In an experiment, Panera opens its first nonprofit bakerycafé in Clayton. The store offers suggested prices and patrons can pay whatever they wish for an item or nothing at all. It eventually expands to five stores. February 2012 • Panera opens its first bakery-café in Manhattan. March 2012 • Shaich returns to share chief executive title with Bill Moreton and later becomes sole CEO again. Moreton becomes executive vice chairman in August 2013. 2013 • Panera expands the nonprofit concept by offering one pay-what-you-want item — turkey chili in a sourdough bread bowl — at all of its company stores. The program ends 15 weeks later.

He noted the Security Council’s failure in February to condemn an earlier attack by forces loyal to Assad. The censure was vetoed by China and Russia. “Yesterday we saw the consequences of those vetoes,” he said. The Russian representative, Vladimir Safronkov, was eager to cast doubt on the attack, suggesting it was the work of “terrorists” fighting Assad and asserting that witness accounts were unreliable claims from “discredited” organizations. He blasted the Security Council discussion as a “clearly ideological” discussion “closely interwoven with the anti-Damascus movement.” Russian army Maj. Gen Igor Konashenkov was quoted by the Russian state news agency Tass as claiming that Syrian aviation carried out an airstrike, “targeting a major ammunition storage facility of terrorists and a cluster of military hardware.” In all, 72 people were killed, including 20 children and 17 women, after an airstrike on Khan Shaykhoun, according to the monitoring group the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.


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Church on South Broadway for those looking to get their lives together. Though on and off at times, for the most part they were always together after that. They rode the bus together, talked on the phone all the time and went to church together. They got married there in a small impromptu ceremony Feb. 27. “Her family believes he saved her life because he helped her stay sober, and we believe she saved his because she helped him stay focused,” said Coneatra Watkins, Christopher Watkins’ youngest sister. “She was the first woman who was good for him. “He had such a good heart, and women would just use him to do their dirty business and get him into trouble.” Watkins and Gonzalez-Suarez were two of three people killed when a boiler at the Loy-Lange Box Co. in Soulard exploded Monday, went airborne and crashed into the Faultless Linen Co. about 500 feet away. As was common in life, the couple was together that morning, eagerly reporting for a new job they got at the healthcare linen cleaning company. They learned about the job through another member of their church program, who was there filling out new-hire paperwork with them Monday. He remains in critical condition. Authorities previously released the name of the third person to die — Kenneth Trentham, 59, of St Louis. Trentham was a worker at Loy-Lange. For Gonzalez-Suarez’s family, the accident couldn’t have come at a worse time. Her son, Nathaniel Favignano, 22, said he was just starting to repair his relationship with his mother, and her death has devastated his sister, Nicole Favignano, 24, too. Their grandfather suffered a heart attack Saturday while they were moving into a new home in O’Fallon, Mo., and remains medically sedated. They haven’t told him of his daughter’s death, as doctors have advised against adding any more stress on his heart. They’ve tried to keep their broken hearts quiet around him in the hospital, Nathaniel Favignano said.

“She was happier than I had ever seen her in a long time,” he said. “It’s terrible it had to happen like this, but they really did do everything together and we’re just so happy they left together, even though it’s so hard to think of it being that way.” Neither family wanted to discuss the problems that led the couple to the church program, instead focusing on how far they had come in recent months. Gonzalez-Suarez was proud that she and her husband had landed the new jobs, too, even posting a picture on Facebook moments before they went inside the facility with the words, “It’s our first day on the new job!” her son said. She had been working at Taco Bell and Watkins had been working at Lion’s Choice, and taking the bus to different locations was taking up a lot of their time. Both insisted on riding the bus to each other’s job, to “pick each other up,” Coneatra Watkins said. The families spent Wednesday cleaning out the couple’s apartment in St. Ann. Watkins’ aunt, Glenda Gordon of Glendale, wore her nephew’s name tag from Lion’s Choice during an interview at her home. “He was proud of this job, too,” she said, wiping tears from her eyes. Watkins was one of five children, two brothers and three sisters. He was one of 22 first cousins. Family from throughout the country are trying to get to St. Louis for his funeral, which is set for Tuesday at the Yandell Mortuary. Gonzalez-Suarez’s family also is traveling to attend her memorial service. A public visitation for Gonzalez-Suarez is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Kutis Funeral Home at 10151 Gravois Road. They have established an online fundraising site at gofundme.com to help cover travel costs for the family and assist with burial arrangements. Neither had insurance policies. They will be buried together at Oak Hill Cemetery. The blue button-down blouse Gonzalez-Suarez wore to their wedding will be buried with her husband. The blue and white checkered button-down shirt Watkins wore will be buried with her. Christine Byers • 314-340-8087 @christinedbyers on Twitter cbyers@post-dispatch.com

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First-grade teacher Michele Burkhart reads to her 29-student class at Maplewood Elementary in Cahokia on Wednesday. The school district has joined a lawsuit against the state of Illinois for failing to adequately fund public education. SCHOOLS • FROM A1

districts of millions of dollars because leaders in Springfield cannot agree on a spending plan. Cahokia and Grant school districts in St. Clair County and Bethalto and Wood River-Hartford in Madison County are four Metro East districts joining in the suit filed against Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois State Board of Education. The announcement came the morning after voters in Madison and St. Clair struck down two 1-cent sales tax proposals that would have provided tens of millions for school facility projects and potentially could have reduced some districts’ property tax rates. Tuesday’s loss was a blow to districts that already have suffered from staff reductions, enrollment losses and loss of money for services as basic as transportation. For some districts, the measure was one of their last chances to raise money and salvage their budgets. Cahokia, for instance, already has a tax rate of $13.08 for each $100 of assessed value, which is three times higher than typical school tax rates. It would be difficult to persuade voters to raise it further. Over the past five or so years, the district received $14 million less from the state than it was supposed to get. It has made do by cutting 80 positions, closing three buildings and stripping after-school programs and sports including soccer, golf and tennis. No class in the school has fewer than 30 students — even the kindergarten classes. Three-fourths of Cahokia students are low-income. “To be honest with you, we have cut so far down to the bone that there really isn’t anything else left for us to cut,” said Arthur Ryan, superintendent of Cahokia schools and one of the spokesmen for the lawsuit. In a statement, Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis said Rauner had increased school funding by $700 million since taking office. Rauner also convened a bipartisan commission last year to create a more equitable school funding formula. In early February, the commission recommended setting a “clearly defined” adequate funding target for each district based on their student needs and allocating more resources to low-income students. “The governor never stops working to increase funding for our students and hopes school districts across Illinois will work with him and members of the General Assembly on this endeavor,” Purvis said in the statement. A spokeswoman from the Illinois State Board of Education declined to comment on pending litigation.

DEFINING QUALITY

In 1996, a group of about 60 school districts and 37 individual school districts filed a lawsuit against the state similar to the one filed Wednesday. That lawsuit also alleged that the state failed to give schools the resources to provide a high-quality education. But that suit was defeated in the state Supreme Court because the court declined to define in concrete terms what “high-quality” means. Now, plaintiffs in Wednesday’s lawsuit say the state has itself defined what makes a “high-quality education.” It did so, plaintiffs say, when the Illinois State Board of Education established the Illinois Learning Standards in 1997, which outlines performance mandates for all school districts to meet. Those higher standards mean districts have had to spend more to meet them. For example, the state board has since mandated that students must take state standardized tests online. That means districts had to buy computers and tablets, as well

SCHOOL DISTRICTS SUING ILLINOIS Bethalto Bond County Bunker Hill Cahokia Carlinville Gillespie Grant Illinois Valley Central Mt. Olive

Mulberry Grove Nokomis Pana Southwestern Staunton Taylorville Vandalia Wood River Hartford elementary

as train staff in how to administer the tests. The state board has also added topics that schools must teach, and changes to curricula require new books and training for teachers. But after tacking on new, costly requirements, plaintiffs say, the state did not adequately adjust its funding formula to consider these higher standards. Indeed, the plaintiffs say, the state never calculated how much districts would need to fulfill all these requirements. “It’s like, look, if you want us to hold these standards, you’ve got to help us out and help us fund so we can get it done correctly,” Ryan said.

LOCAL AND STATE FUNDING

Illinois’ school funding formula has long been criticized as being inequitable. Even though the formula gives some extra money to school districts with more lowincome and needy students, wealthier districts continue to spend far more per pupil, thanks to an abundance of local funding. A 2013 report by John Augenblick, a longtime school funding expert and educational consultant, found that in Illinois, the impact of local school funding is more than twice that of state funding. The report said Illinois contributes only 27 percent of districts’ total operating revenue while local revenue provides 64 percent, despite the state constitution’s mandate that Illinois bear the “primary responsibility” for funding public education. Local revenue in Illinois is “strongly associated with district wealth, and inversely related to student need.” The report also found that “while spending has kept pace with inflation over the last decade, it is unclear whether spending is sufficient to meet student needs and to promote the fulfillment of state student performance expectations.” The state had just settled in February a lawsuit that targeted its funding formula as being discriminatory to minority and low-income students for this same reliance on local revenue to fund schools. The 2008 lawsuit, filed by the Chicago Urban League, had pointed out wide disparities in per-pupil funding between wealthy and poor school districts. According to the Chicago Tribune, the settlement requires that the state stop prorating general state school funding, which is when the state defers funding or drops it altogether when state revenue falls short. The state has prorated about 11 percent of general school funding for the past few years. Today, the state no longer prorates general school aid, but it has not met any categorical funding obligations to schools for more than a year. That means schools have not received any money for state-mandated services such as bus transportation, special education services and truancy, said Robert Daiber, Madison County regional superintendent. “Some of these districts are just shaking their head as to what they’re going to do next year if we do not get some of these categorical reimbursements,” he said. Kristen Taketa @Kristen_Taketa on Twitter ktaketa@post-dispatch.com

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LAW & ORDER ST. LOUIS > Ex-medical student gets probation in child porn case • A former Washington University medical student has pleaded guilty to child porn charges, authorities and his attorney said Wednesday. Eric Hanson, 24, of Maplewood, pleaded guilty Feb. 27 to six felony counts of possession of child pornography. Hanson was sentenced to five years of probation. If he violates probation, he could face up to 12

years in prison. He has also registered as a sex offender, as required, and been banned from using the internet. Last year, Hanson was accused of downloading videos and offering to share the material online, charging documents claim. Hanson was suspended from school after he was charged. A medical school spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment, but lawyer Scott Rosenblum said Hanson was no longer a student.


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Church on South Broadway for those looking to get their lives together. Though on and off at times, for the most part they were always together after that. They rode the bus together, talked on the phone all the time and went to church together. They got married there in a small impromptu ceremony Feb. 27. “Her family believes he saved her life because he helped her stay sober, and we believe she saved his because she helped him stay focused,” said Coneatra Watkins, Christopher Watkins’ youngest sister. “She was the first woman who was good for him. “He had such a good heart, and women would just use him to do their dirty business and get him into trouble.” Watkins, 46, and Gonzalez-Suarez, 43, were two of three people killed when a boiler at the Loy-Lange Box Co. in Soulard exploded Monday, went airborne and crashed into the Faultless Linen Co. about 500 feet away. As was common in life, the couple was together that morning, eagerly reporting for a new job they got at the healthcare linen cleaning company. They learned about the job through another member of their church program, who was there filling out new-hire paperwork with them Monday. He remains in critical condition. Authorities previously released the name of the third person to die — Kenneth Trentham, 59, of St Louis. Trentham was a worker at Loy-Lange. His family has declined comment. For Gonzalez-Suarez’s family, the accident couldn’t have come at a worse time. Her son, Nathaniel Favignano, 22, said he was just starting to repair his relationship with his mother, and her death has devastated his sister, Nicole Favignano, 24, too. Their grandfather suffered a heart attack Saturday while they were moving into a new home in O’Fallon, Mo., and remains medically sedated. They haven’t told him of his daughter’s death, as doctors have advised against adding any more stress on his heart. They’ve tried to keep their broken hearts quiet around him in the hospital, Nathaniel Favignano said. “She was happier than I had ever seen her in a long time,” he said. “It’s terrible it had to happen like this, but they really did do everything together and we’re just so happy they left together, even though it’s so hard to think of it being that way.” Neither family wanted to discuss the problems that led the couple to the church program, instead focusing on

how far they had come in recent months. Gonzalez-Suarez was proud that she and her husband had landed the new jobs, too, even posting a picture on Facebook moments before they went inside the facility with the words, “It’s our first day on the new job!” her son said. She had been working at Taco Bell and Watkins had been working at Lion’s Choice, and taking the bus to different locations was taking up a lot of their time. Both insisted on riding the bus to each other’s job, to “pick each other up,” Coneatra Watkins said. Watkins suffered a minor heart attack March 17. When his aunt, Glenda Gordon of Glendale, arrived at the hospital, Gonzalez-Suarez was by his side. Relatives said Watkins was known for his humor. While at the hospital, he sent his cousin in Texas a picture of himself lifting his gown to expose the monitors on his chest. It was his way of proving that he wasn’t just trying to pull off another of his famous jokes, relatives said. His sister, Casaundra Watkins of Memphis, recalled how she would scold Watkins if he cursed while they were talking and he’d always reply: “I do it because it’s the only thing that makes you stop talking.” That memory sent a table full of relatives gathered at the family’s home in Glendale into laughter. The families spent Wednesday cleaning out the couple’s apartment in St. Ann. Gordon wore her nephew’s name tag from Lion’s Choice during an interview at her home. “He was proud of this job, too,” she said, wiping tears from her eyes. Watkins was one of five children, two brothers and three sisters. He was one of 22 first cousins. Family from throughout the country are trying to get to St. Louis for his funeral, which is set for Tuesday at the Yandell Mortuary. Gonzalez-Suarez’s family also is traveling to attend her memorial service. A public visitation for Gonzalez-Suarez is set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday at Kutis Funeral Home at 10151 Gravois Road. They have established an online fundraising site at gofundme.com to help cover travel costs for the family and assist with burial arrangements. Neither had an insurance policy. They will be buried together at Oak Hill Cemetery. The blue button-down blouse Gonzalez-Suarez wore to their wedding will be buried with her husband. The blue and white checkered button-down shirt Watkins wore will be buried with her. Christine Byers • 314-340-8087 @christinedbyers on Twitter cbyers@post-dispatch.com

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First-grade teacher Michele Burkhart reads to her 29-student class at Maplewood Elementary in Cahokia on Wednesday. The school district has joined a lawsuit against the state of Illinois for failing to adequately fund public education. SCHOOLS • FROM A1

districts of millions of dollars because leaders in Springfield cannot agree on a spending plan. Cahokia and Grant school districts in St. Clair County and Bethalto and Wood River-Hartford in Madison County are four Metro East districts joining in the suit filed against Illinois, Gov. Bruce Rauner and the Illinois State Board of Education. The announcement came the morning after voters in Madison and St. Clair struck down two 1-cent sales tax proposals that would have provided tens of millions for school facility projects and potentially could have reduced some districts’ property tax rates. Tuesday’s loss was a blow to districts that already have suffered from staff reductions, enrollment losses and loss of money for services as basic as transportation. For some districts, the measure was one of their last chances to raise money and salvage their budgets. Cahokia, for instance, already has a tax rate of $13.08 for each $100 of assessed value, which is three times higher than typical school tax rates. It would be difficult to persuade voters to raise it further. Over the past five or so years, the district received $14 million less from the state than it was supposed to get. It has made do by cutting 80 positions, closing three buildings and stripping after-school programs and sports including soccer, golf and tennis. No class in the school has fewer than 30 students — even the kindergarten classes. Three-fourths of Cahokia students are low-income. “To be honest with you, we have cut so far down to the bone that there really isn’t anything else left for us to cut,” said Arthur Ryan, superintendent of Cahokia schools and one of the spokesmen for the lawsuit. In a statement, Illinois Secretary of Education Beth Purvis said Rauner had increased school funding by $700 million since taking office. Rauner also convened a bipartisan commission last year to create a more equitable school funding formula. In early February, the commission recommended setting a “clearly defined” adequate funding target for each district based on their student needs and allocating more resources to low-income students. “The governor never stops working to increase funding for our students and hopes school districts across Illinois will work with him and members of the General Assembly on this endeavor,” Purvis said in the statement. A spokeswoman from the Illinois State Board of Education declined to comment on pending litigation.

DEFINING QUALITY

In 1996, a group of about 60 school districts and 37 individual school districts filed a lawsuit against the state similar to the one filed Wednesday. That lawsuit also alleged that the state failed to give schools the resources to provide a high-quality education. But that suit was defeated in the state Supreme Court because the court declined to define in concrete terms what “high-quality” means. Now, plaintiffs in Wednesday’s lawsuit say the state has itself defined what makes a “high-quality education.” It did so, plaintiffs say, when the Illinois State Board of Education established the Illinois Learning Standards in 1997, which outlines performance mandates for all school districts to meet. Those higher standards mean districts have had to spend more to meet them. For example, the state board has since mandated that students must take state standardized tests online. That means districts had to buy computers and tablets, as well

SCHOOL DISTRICTS SUING ILLINOIS Bethalto Bond County Bunker Hill Cahokia Carlinville Gillespie Grant Illinois Valley Central Mt. Olive

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as train staff in how to administer the tests. The state board has also added topics that schools must teach, and changes to curricula require new books and training for teachers. But after tacking on new, costly requirements, plaintiffs say, the state did not adequately adjust its funding formula to consider these higher standards. Indeed, the plaintiffs say, the state never calculated how much districts would need to fulfill all these requirements. “It’s like, look, if you want us to hold these standards, you’ve got to help us out and help us fund so we can get it done correctly,” Ryan said.

LOCAL AND STATE FUNDING

Illinois’ school funding formula has long been criticized as being inequitable. Even though the formula gives some extra money to school districts with more lowincome and needy students, wealthier districts continue to spend far more per pupil, thanks to an abundance of local funding. A 2013 report by John Augenblick, a longtime school funding expert and educational consultant, found that in Illinois, the impact of local school funding is more than twice that of state funding. The report said Illinois contributes only 27 percent of districts’ total operating revenue while local revenue provides 64 percent, despite the state constitution’s mandate that Illinois bear the “primary responsibility” for funding public education. Local revenue in Illinois is “strongly associated with district wealth, and inversely related to student need.” The report also found that “while spending has kept pace with inflation over the last decade, it is unclear whether spending is sufficient to meet student needs and to promote the fulfillment of state student performance expectations.” The state had just settled in February a lawsuit that targeted its funding formula as being discriminatory to minority and low-income students for this same reliance on local revenue to fund schools. The 2008 lawsuit, filed by the Chicago Urban League, had pointed out wide disparities in per-pupil funding between wealthy and poor school districts. According to the Chicago Tribune, the settlement requires that the state stop prorating general state school funding, which is when the state defers funding or drops it altogether when state revenue falls short. The state has prorated about 11 percent of general school funding for the past few years. Today, the state no longer prorates general school aid, but it has not met any categorical funding obligations to schools for more than a year. That means schools have not received any money for state-mandated services such as bus transportation, special education services and truancy, said Robert Daiber, Madison County regional superintendent. “Some of these districts are just shaking their head as to what they’re going to do next year if we do not get some of these categorical reimbursements,” he said. Kristen Taketa @Kristen_Taketa on Twitter ktaketa@post-dispatch.com

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years in prison. He has also registered as a sex offender, as required, and been banned from using the internet. Last year, Hanson was accused of downloading videos and offering to share the material online, charging documents claim. Hanson was suspended from school after he was charged. A medical school spokeswoman could not be immediately reached for comment, but lawyer Scott Rosenblum said Hanson was no longer a student.


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Monsanto Co., which is in the process of being bought by Germany’s Bayer AG for $66 billion, reported a better-thanexpected quarterly profit on Wednesday, helped by strong demand for its soybean and corn seeds. Monsanto’s shares closed at $115.31, up nearly 1 percent, after earlier hitting a 22-month high of $116.37. The Creve Coeur-based company said sales of corn seeds and traits rose 8 percent, while sales of soybean seeds and traits jumped 10.2 percent in the second quarter ended Feb. 28, as farmers in the United States prepare to plant the largest combined corn and soybean acres on record. Robust late-season seed demand in South America further propelled gains. Monsanto agreed in September to a $128-pershare buyout offer from Bayer that, if approved by regulators, would create a company commanding more than a quarter of the world market for seeds and pesticides. The deal came amid a wave of consolidation in the seeds and agrochemicals industry. Along with earlier mergers linking

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report suggests that people living in urban minority neighborhoods could be paying as much as 30 percent more for car insurance, but an industry group says the report’s findings are flawed. Nonprofit investigative news organization ProPublica and Consumer Reports published an analysis Wednesday based on insurance data in California, Illinois, Missouri and Texas detailing insurance claims payments by ZIP code area. Those were the only states where regulators had the data available. The report says 33 of the 34 insurance companies analyzed in Illinois charged rates that were at least 10 percent higher in ZIP codes where a majority of the residents are minorities. Six Illinois insurers charged rates 30 percent higher in minority ZIP codes. In Missouri and Texas, more than half of the insurers charged rates that were at least 10 percent higher in minority areas. In California, where insurers are regulated more tightly, eight companies were charging significantly higher rates in minority ZIP codes. Marta Tellado, president and CEO of Consumer Reports, said discriminatory insurance pricing could be a drain on household budgets, limit employment opportunities and limit growth in communities.

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Monsanto’s DEKALB brand logo stands near rows of corn in Ashland, Ill., in 2012.

Dow Chemical with DuPont and ChemChina with Syngenta AG, the sector may ultimately be dominated by just four large companies. ChemChina’s acquisition of Syngenta won conditional approval from U.S. and European Union antitrust authorities this week. The EU signed off on the Dow and DuPont deal last week, provided certain conditions are met. Monsanto said it remains confident its deal will pass regulatory muster and is on track to close by the end of 2017.

“We are heartened to see the deals ahead of us making progress,” Chief Executive Hugh Grant said. “The unique thing about this deal is there a very limited amount overlap.” Reuters reported last month that the two companies were launching asset sales worth $2.5 billion as they seek regulatory clearance. Monsanto, best known for Roundup herbicide and genetically engineered corn and soybeans, also said it now expected full-year ongoing earnings per share at the high

end of its forecast range of $4.50 to $4.90 per share for the 2017 fiscal year. Net profit attributable to Monsanto rose to $1.37 billion, or $3.09 per share, in the second quarter, from $1.06 billion, or $2.41 per share, a year earlier. Excluding one-time items, Monsanto earned $3.19 per share, topping analysts’ average estimate of $2.79 per share, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S. Net sales rose 12 percent to $5.07 billion. Analysts on average had expected sales of $4.73 billion.

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in U.S. stocks evaporated Wednesday as the Federal Reserve appeared to struggle with questions related to inflation and government policy and suggested it might start trimming its balance sheet later in the year. Stocks had jumped early on after payroll processor ADP said private U.S. businesses added 263,000 jobs in March, which was more than analysts expected. The Dow Jones industrial average rose as much as 198 points, and the Nasdaq composite reached a record intraday high. Industrial and energy companies made some of the largest gains. But stocks halted their advance and started fall-

ing at 1 p.m. Central Time, when the Federal Reserve disclosed the minutes from its policy meeting last month. The minutes showed Fed officials discussing plans to reduce the Fed’s bond holdings later this year and disagreeing over whether it would be safe to let inflation rise faster and how to deal with the economic impact of President Donald Trump’s stimulus ideas. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 7.21 points, or 0.3 percent, to 2,352.95. The Dow sank 41.09 points, or 0.2 percent, to 20,648.15. The Nasdaq fell 34.13 points, or 0.6 percent, to 5,864.48. The Federal Reserve bought trillions of dollars’ worth of bonds in the financial crisis of 2008-09

UNITED STATES BANKRUPTCY COURT EASTERN DISTRICT OF MISSOURI, EASTERN DIVISION In re: Peabody Energy Corporation, et al., Case No. 16-42529-399, CHAPTER 11 Reorganized Debtors. Jointly Administered NOTICE OF (I) ENTRY OF ORDER CONFIRMING SECOND AMENDED JOINT PLAN OF REORGANIZATION OF DEBTORS AND DEBTORS IN POSSESSION AS REVISED MARCh 15, 2017 AND (II) OCCURRENCE OF EFFECTIVE DATE AND BAR DATES FOR FILING CERTAIN CLAIMS PLEASETAKE NOTICE OFThE FOLLOWING: 1. Confirmation of the Plan. On March 17,2017,the United States Bankruptcy Court for theEasternDistrictofMissouriEasternDivision(the“BankruptcyCourt”)enteredanorder(Docket No.2763) (the“Confirmation Order”) confirming the SecondAmendedJointPlanofReorganization of Debtors and Debtors in Possession As Revised March 15, 2017 (in the form dated as of January 27, 2017 and included in the solicitation packages distributed to the creditors that were entitled to vote thereon, the“January 27 Plan”), as modified by the Modifications (as defined in the Confirmation Order) (together with the January 27 Plan and including the exhibits thereto, the “Plan”),a true and correct copy of which (without exhibits) is attached to the Confirmation Order as Appendix I in the chapter 11 cases of the above-captioned debtors and debtors in possession (collectively, the“Debtors”). Unless otherwise defined in this Notice, capitalized terms and phrasesusedhereinhavethemeaningsgiventotheminthePlanandtheConfirmationOrder. 2. Effective Date. At 4:01 p.m.(Eastern Time), on April 3, 2017, the Effective Date of the Planoccurred. 3. Plan Injunction. Confirmation of the Plan operates as an injunction against: (a) the commencement, conducting or continuation in any manner, directly or indirectly, of any suit, act, action or other proceeding of any kind against the Debtors, their Estates or Assets or the Reorganized Debtors, or the respective assets or property thereof; (b) enforcement, levying, attachment, collection or other recovery by any manner or means, directly or indirectly, any judgment,award,decree or order against the Debtors,their Estates or Assets or the Reorganized Debtors, or the respective assets or property thereof; (c) creation, perfection or other enforcement in any manner, directly or indirectly, of any Lien against the Debtors, their Estates or Assets or the Reorganized Debtors,or the respective assets or property thereof,other than as contemplated by the Plan; (d) except as provided for in the Plan,assertion of any setoff,right of subrogation or recoupment of any kind,directly or indirectly,against any obligation due a Debtor or Reorganized Debtor, or the respective assets or property thereof; and (e) proceeding in any manner in any place whatsoever that does not conform to or comply with the provisions of the Plan or the settlements set forth in the Plan to the extent such settlements have been approved by the Bankruptcy Court in connection with Confirmation. The Bankruptcy Court shall have jurisdiction to determine and award damages and/or other appropriate relief at law or in equity for any violation of such injunction, including compensatory damages, professional fees and expenses,andexemplarydamagesforanywillfulviolationofsaidinjunction. 4. DischargeofClaims.ExceptasprovidedinthePlanorintheConfirmationOrder,therights affordedunderthePlanwillbeinexchangeforandincompletesatisfaction,dischargeandrelease of all Claims (other than Intercompany Claims,except to the extent provided in the Restructuring Transactions) and termination of all Interests (other than Subsidiary Debtor Interests) arising on or before the Effective Date,including any interest accrued on Claims from and after the Petition Date. Except as provided in the Plan or in the Confirmation Order, Confirmation will, as of the Effective Date, and consistent with Exhibit IV.F.1 of the Plan: (a) discharge the Debtors from all Claims or other Liabilities that arose on or before the Effective Date and all debts of the kind specified in sections 502(g),502(h) or 502(i) of the Bankruptcy Code,whether or not (i) a proof of Claim based on such debt is Filed or deemed Filed pursuant to section 501 of the Bankruptcy Code,(ii) a Claim based on such debt is allowed pursuant to section 502 of the Bankruptcy Code or (iii) the holder of a Claim based on such debt has accepted the Plan; and (b) terminate all Interests and otherrightsofholdersofInterestsintheDebtorsotherthanSubsidiaryDebtorInterests. In accordance with the foregoing, except as provided in the Plan or the Confirmation Order, the Confirmation Order will be a judicial determination, as of the Effective Date and consistent with Exhibit IV.F1 to the Plan,of a discharge of all Claims and other debts and Liabilities against the Debtors and a termination of all Interests and other rights of the holders of Interests in the Debtors (other than Subsidiary Debtor Interests), pursuant to, and solely to the full extent provided by,sections 524(a)(1),524(a)(2) and 1141(d) of the Bankruptcy Code,and such discharge will void any judgment obtained against the Debtors or Reorganized Debtors at any time,to the extentthatsuchjudgmentrelatestoadischargedClaimorterminatedInterest. Fortheavoidance of doubt, pursuant to section 1141(d)(3) of the Bankruptcy Code, the confirmation of the Plan doesnotdischargetheGoldFieldsDebtors. 5. Exculpation. Pursuant to the Plan,and except as otherwise specifically provided in the Plan or the Confirmation Order, to the fullest extent permitted by applicable law, the Released Parties shall neither have nor incur any liability to any Person or entity with respect to any and all Claims and Causes of Action in connection with, relating to or arising out of the Chapter 11 Cases, including, without limitation, Claims and Causes of Actions relating to or arising out of acts or omissions occurring after the Confirmation Date in connection with Distributions made consistent with the terms of the Plan by any Disbursing Agent or Third Party Disbursing Agent, the restructuring of the Debtors, the formulation, negotiation, preparation, dissemination, implementation, administration, solicitation, Confirmation or consummation of the Plan, the Restructuring Term Sheet, the Disclosure Statement, the PSA, the settlements set forth in the Plan or any contract, instrument, release or other agreement or document created or entered into in connection with the Plan or in relation to the Plan, including, without limitation,the Confirmation Exhibits,the Exit Facility,the Replacement Secured First LienTerm Loan (if applicable), the New Second Lien Notes (if applicable), the Additional First Lien Debt (if applicable), the Rights Offering and the Rights Offering Documents, the Private Placement and the Private Placement Documents, the Rights Offering Backstop Commitment Agreement, the Private Placement Agreement, the Gold Fields Liquidating Trust Agreement, the issuance of the Reorganized PEC Common Stock,Rights Offering Equity Rights,PennyWarrants,Preferred Equity, LTIP Shares,the Amended Securitization Facility or any act taken or omitted to be taken in connection with or relating to any of the foregoing;provided,however,that the foregoing shall not affect the liability of any Released Party that otherwise would result from any act or omission to the extent that act or omission subsequently is determined in a Final Order to have constituted gross negligence or willful misconduct. Any of the foregoing parties shall be entitled to rely upon theadviceofcounselwithrespecttotheirdutiesandresponsibilitiesunderthePlan. 6. Enforcement of the Bar Date Order. Except as specifically set forth in the Plan, the Confirmation Order and this Notice, the Bar Date Order remains in full force and effect, including, without limitation, the establishment of August 19, 2016 as the Bar Date for the Filing of General Unsecured Claims and Claims arising under section 503(b)(9) of the Bankruptcy Code andOctober11,2016astheBarDatefortheFilingofGovernmentalClaims. 7. Administrative Claims Bar Date. Pursuant to Section II.A.1.h of the Plan, except as otherwise provided in Section II.A.1.h.11 of the Plan or in a Bar Date Order or other order of the Bankruptcy Court, unless previously Filed, requests for payment of Administrative Expense Claims must be Filed and served on the Notice Parties pursuant to the procedures specified in

in an effort to stimulate the economy. When its bonds mature, it has continued to buy new ones. But now, the Fed may stop buying new bonds when older ones mature, which would gradually shrink the size of its holdings. That sent bond prices surging and yields tumbling. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note fell to 2.33 percent from 2.36 percent. When bond yields fall, interest rates fall with them. That tends to hurt banks because it means reduced profits on lending, and banks took the largest losses Wednesday. JPMorgan Chase dropped $1.12, or 1.3 percent, to $86.19 and BB&T shed 56 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $43.98. For the last couple of months it seemed inves-

the Confirmation Order and the notice of entry of the Confirmation Order, no later than 30 days after the Effective Date,which is May 3,2017 (the“Administrative Claims Bar Date”). Holders of Administrative Expense Claims that are required to File and serve a request for payment of such Administrative Expense Claims and that do not File and serve such a request by the applicable Bar Date will be forever barred from asserting such Administrative Expense Claims against the Debtors, the Reorganized Debtors, the Gold Fields Liquidating Trust or their respective property and such Administrative Expense Claims will be deemed discharged as of the Effective Date. Objections to such requests must be Filed and served on the Notice Parties and the requesting partybytheClaimsObjectionBarDate. 8. Professional Fee Claims. Professionals or other entities asserting a Fee Claim for services rendered before the Effective Date must File and serve on the Notice Parties and such other entities who are designated by the Bankruptcy Rules, the Confirmation Order or other order of the Bankruptcy Court an application for final allowance of such Fee Claim no later than 60 days after the Effective Date, or June 2, 2017; provided, however, that any professional who may receive compensation or reimbursement of expenses pursuant to the Ordinary Course Professionals Order may continue to receive such compensation and reimbursement of expenses for services rendered before the Effective Date pursuant to the Ordinary Course Professionals Order without further Bankruptcy Court review or approval (except as provided in the Ordinary Course Professionals Order). Objections to any Fee Claim must be Filed and served on the Notice Parties and the requesting party by the later of:(a) 90 days after the Effective Date,which is July 2, 2017;(b)30daysaftertheFilingoftheapplicablerequestforpaymentoftheFeeClaim;or(c)such other period of limitation as may be specifically fixed by a Final Order for objecting to such Fee Claims.To the extent necessary,the Confirmation Order will amend and supersede any previously entered order of the Bankruptcy Court regarding the payment of Fee Claims. For the avoidance of doubt,professionals for (i) the Noteholder Co-Proponents,(ii) the IndentureTrustees,(iv) the First LienAgentand(v)theFirstLienLendersshallnotberequiredtosubmitfeeapplications. 9. Rejection Damages Claims. In accordance with Section III.B.2 of the Plan, unless otherwise provided in a Final Order of the Bankruptcy Court approving the rejection of an Executory Contract or Unexpired Lease, Claims arising out of the rejection of an Executory Contract or Unexpired Lease pursuant to the Plan must be Filed with the Bankruptcy Court and served upon counsel to the Debtors and Designated Co-Administrator and, if concerning the Gold Fields Debtors, the Gold Fields Liquidating Trustee, on or before the later of: (a) 30 days after the Effective Date,which is May 3,2017;or (b) for Executory Contracts identified on Exhibit III.B.1 of the Plan, 30 days after (i) a notice of such rejection is served under the Order, Pursuant to Sections 105, 365 and 1123 of the Bankruptcy Code, (I) Establishing Procedures with Respect to the Proposed Assumption, Assumption and Assignment, and Rejection of Executory Contracts and Unexpired Leases and the Treatment of Other Agreements Pursuant to the Amended Joint Plan of Reorganization of Debtors and Debtors in Possession and Applicable Law and (II) Approving the Form and Manner of Notice Thereof (Docket No. 2420) (the “Contract Procedures Order”), if the contract counterparty does not timely file an objection to the rejection in accordance with the Contract Procedures Order or (ii) if such an objection to rejection is timely filed with the Bankruptcy Court in accordance with the Contract Procedures Order, the date that an order is entered approving the rejection of the applicable contract or lease or the date that the objection to rejection is withdrawn. Any Claims not Filed within such applicable time periods will be forever barredfromreceivingaDistributionfromtheDebtors,theReorganizedDebtorsortheEstates. 10. Service Upon Claims Agent. Administrative Expense Claims and Proofs of Claim that are required to be Filed in accordance with the bar dates set forth above must be served on the Debtors’claims, notice and balloting agent Kurtzman Carson Consultants, LLC so as to be actually received by the applicable deadline by delivering an applicable proof of claim by regular mail,overnightcourierorhanddeliverytothefollowingaddress:Peabody Energy Corp Claims Processing Center, c/o Kurtzman Carson Consultants, LLC, 2335 Alaska Avenue, El Segundo,California90245. 11. Proofs of claim may NOT be delivered by facsimile or electronic mail transmission. Any facsimile or electronic mail submission will not be accepted and will not be deemed Fileduntilaproofofclaimissubmittedbyoneoftheapprovedmethodsdescribedabove. 12. Notice Parties’Service Addresses. To be effective,any notices,requests and demands requiredorpermittedtobeprovidedunderthePlanshallbeinwriting(including,withoutexpress or implied limitation,by facsimile transmission),and,unless otherwise expressly provided herein, shall be deemed to have been duly given or made when actually delivered or,in the case of notice by facsimile transmission, when received and telephonically confirmed, and addressed to: (a) counsel to the Reorganized Debtors,Jones Day,901 Lakeside Avenue,Cleveland,Ohio 44114 (Attn: Heather Lennox),Jones Day,51 Louisiana Avenue,N.W.,Washington,D.C.20001 (Attn: Amy Edgy and Daniel T. Moss) and Armstrong Teasdale LLP, 7700 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 1800, St. Louis, Missouri 63105 (Attn: Steven N.Cousins and Susan K.Ehlers); (b) the Creditor Co-Proponents,(i) First Lien Lender Co-Proponents,Davis Polk &Wardwell LLP,450 Lexington Avenue,NewYork,New York 10017 (Attn: Damian S. Schaible, Darren S. Klein and Angela M. Libby) and (ii) Noteholder Co-Proponents,(A) counsel to certain members of the Ad Hoc Group of Second Lien Noteholders, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, Four Times Square, New York, NY 10036 (Attn: Jay M. Goffman and Shana Elberg), Stinson Leonard Street LLP, 7700 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 1100, St. Louis,MO 63105 (Attn:Johh G.Young,Jr.),andWoods,Fuller,Shultz & Smith,P.C.,300 South Phillips Avenue,Suite 300,Sioux Falls,SD 57104 (Attn: Jordan J.Feist),(B) counsel to certain members of the Ad Hoc Group of Senior Noteholders,Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP,1177 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York 10036 (Attn: Kenneth H Eckstein, P. Bradley O’Neill, Stephen Zide and Andy Dove), Doster, Ullom & Boyle, LLC, 16090 Swingley Ridge Road, Suite 620, St. Louis, Missouri 63017 (Attn: Gregory D.Willard,John G.Boyle and Alec L.Moen),Kirkland & Ellis LLP,601 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022 (Attn: Stephen E. Hessler) and Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 555 California Street, San Francisco, California 94104 (Attn: Brian Ford and Melissa N. Koss); (c) the Office of the United States Trustee, 400 East 9th Street, Room 3440, Kansas City, Missouri 64106 (Attn: Daniel J.Casamatta) and 111 S.10th Street,Room 6353,St.Louis,Missouri 63102 (Attn: Paul A.Randolph and Leonora S.Long);(d) the Creditors’Committee with respect to matters set forth in Section V.E.8 of the Plan, Morrison & Forrester LLP, 250 55th Street, New York, NY 10019-9601 (Attn: Lorenzo Marinuzzi and Daniel J.Harris);(e) Cullen Drescher Speckhart,Esq.,the Designated Co-Administrator,with respect to matters set forth in Article VII of the Plan,Wolcott Rivers Gates AttorneysatLaw,200BendixRoad,Suite300,VirginiaBeach,VA23452. 13. Copies of the Plan and the Confirmation Order. Copies of the Plan and the ConfirmationOrdermaybeobtainedfreeofchargeatwww.kccllc.net/peabody. Dated: April 3,2017,St.Louis,Missouri Respectfully submitted, /s/ Steven N. Cousins , Steven N. Cousins, MO 30788, Susan K. Ehlers, MO 49855, Armstrong Teasdale LLP, 7700 Forsyth Boulevard, Suite 1800, St. Louis, MO 63105, Telephone: (314) 621-5070, Facsimile: (314) 612-2239, Email: scousins@armstrongteasdale. com, Email: sehlers@armstrongteasdale.com -and- Heather Lennox (admitted pro hac vice), Jones Day,North Point,901 Lakeside Avenue,Cleveland,OH 44114,Telephone: (216) 586-3939, Facsimile: (216) 579-0212 -and- Amy Edgy (admitted pro hac vice),Daniel T.Moss (admitted pro hac vice),Jones Day,51 Louisiana Avenue,N.W.,Washington,D.C. 20001-2113,Telephone: (202) 879-3939,Facsimile: (202) 626-1700,Attorneys for Debtors and Debtors in Possession

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“Whether price disparities arise from bad actors or bad algorithms, the consequences are the same, and [Consumer Reports] is committed to ensuring transparency and fairness in pricing for people in all neighborhoods,” Tellado said. In making comparisons, the report looked at ZIP codes where a majority of the residents are minorities and compared them with other ZIP codes that had similar insurance claims payment totals. Then the report examined liability insurance premiums in each ZIP code for a 30-year-old female teacher with a clean driving record and good credit. The Insurance Information Institute trade group disputed the report’s findings after hiring an independent expert to review the data it’s based on. The group’s chief actuary, James Lynch, said the analysis in the report didn’t account for other factors that can affect insurance rates. “They’ve reached an inappropriate conclusion,” Lynch said. Insurance companies don’t collect any information on race and ethnicity when they sell policies. The exact factors used to set rates vary somewhat because of state laws, but Lynch said some common things insurers might look at include: number of miles driven, accident history, credit scores, occupation, gender and age.

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Payless to close 3 area stores • Bankrupt footwear retailer Payless Inc. listed on Wednesday nearly 400 poorly performing stores that will be closed immediately, including three in the St. Louis area. Stores that will be closed are at Water Tower Place in Arnold, Chesterfield Mall in Chesterfield and Kirkwood Commons in Kirkwood, according to a list provided by the retailer. In addition to the three St. Louis area stores, nine other stores in Missouri will be closed. They are in Belton, Chillicothe, Grandview, Independence, Kirksville, Maryville, Osage Beach, Ozark and Sikeston. In Illinois, 13 stores are being closed, none in the Metro East. The Topeka, Kan.-based retailer filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday. It employs more than 22,000 people at more than 4,000 stores in 30 countries. Stage plans to operate 5 area Gordmans • Five of the six St. Louis-area Gordmans stores may be getting a reprieve. Stage Stores, the Omaha, Neb.-based buyer of bankrupt Gordmans assets, has identified 57 stores it plans to keep open. Gordmans in the St. Louis area that would continue under Stage ownership are at 687 Gravois Bluffs Boulevard in Fenton, 81 Ludwig Drive in Fairview Heights, 1355 South Fifth Street in St. Charles, 2259 Highway K in O’Fallon, Mo., and 235 Arnold Crossroads Center in Arnold. The store at 320 THF Boulevard in Chesterfield is among stores on a list of planned closures. Stage operates nearly 800 specialty department stores in 38 states under the names of Bealls, Goody’s, Palais Royal, Peebles and Stage. Walgreens reports unexpected drop in sales • Drugstore chain operator Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc. reported a surprise drop in quarterly sales on Wednesday, citing challenging market conditions in Europe and the impact of a stronger dollar. Walgreens said sales from its international business fell 14.5 percent to $3.10 billion in the

second quarter ended Feb. 28. Sales in its wholesale business, which also operates in Europe, fell 10.6 percent to $5.03 billion. Sales in the quarter were also hurt by a drop in front-end sales at its U.S. stores due to weak demand for consumables and personal care items. The company is trying to revive U.S. sales by sprucing up its beauty business, which is a big traffic driver. It plans to roll out revamped beauty sections in more than 1,000 stores by the end of 2017. The company also said it would close 60 stores in addition to the 200 closures announced in 2015 as part of a cost-cutting plan. GE may sell lightbulb business • The company created by the inventor of the lightbulb seems to have a dim view of its future relationship with the device. The Wall Street Journal, in a report on Wednesday citing unnamed sources, said General Electric was considering selling its lightbulb business. GE has been talking to investment banks about its lighting business, which could fetch about $500 million, the newspaper said. The company was co-founded by Thomas Edison more than 100 years ago. A GE spokeswoman declined to comment. Boeing forms venture capital arm • Boeing Co. said Wednesday that it had launched a venture capital arm and invested in two tech startups, a fresh sign of the importance big companies see in keeping up with rapidly evolving technology for designing and making products. Its new division, known as HorizonX, invested in Upskill, a Washington-based software company that uses Google Glasstype eye wear to help assembly workers with complex tasks such as creating wiring bundles for Boeing jetliners. It also invested in Zunum Aero, a Seattle-area company that is working on electric-hybrid aircraft aimed at bringing down the cost of flying to regional airports. From staff and wire reports

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Argentina Australia Brazil Britain Canada China Euro India Israel Japan Mexico Russia So. Africa So. Korea Switzerland

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Close: $312.94 38.94 or 14.2% The soup and sandwich cafe chain agreed to be bought by JAB Holding for $7 billion, or $315 a share.

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U.S. reviews Ford recall of cars prone to overheating, fires ASSOCIATED PRESS

DETROIT • The U.S. govern-

ment’s auto safety agency is reviewing a Ford Motor Co. recall of thousands of cars, SUVs and vans that can run low on coolant and potentially overheat and catch fire after the company proposed a remedy that doesn’t fix the coolant problem. Ford notified the agency about the recall, which has caused 29 engine fires, in paperwork dated last week. The automaker said it would install a sensor that warns owners when coolant is low in the 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines. The sensor does not solve the underlying problem of vanishing coolant. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said Tuesday that it was reviewing the recall. “The agency will take

appropriate action as necessary,” an agency spokeswoman said in a statement. She would not provide further details. The agency confirmed the review after The Associated Press raised questions about Ford’s remedy. NHTSA could determine that the fix solves the fire problem, or it could open an investigation to see if more repairs are needed. Experts say that coolant shouldn’t become depleted in newer cars and that Ford may be cutting costs by shifting responsibility for the problem to owners. Coolant could be leaking from a number of places, or the engine could be burning it, both of which could cause significant engine trouble down the road. “All you’re doing is monitoring a symptom, not solving a problem,” said John Nielsen, managing director of automotive engi-

neering for AAA. “A healthy engine doesn’t leak coolant at all. Ever.” The recall covers about 230,000 vehicles in North America: Escape SUVs from the 2014 model year, plus the 2014 and 2015 compact Fiesta ST, the 2013 and 2014 Fusion midsize car and the 2013 through 2015 Transit Connect small van. Sean Kane, president of Safety Research and Strategies Inc., a Massachusetts firm that does auto testing for plaintiffs’ attorneys and other clients, said Ford was probably trying to avoid costly engine repairs that would cure the coolant leaks. “It sounds like they have a bigger issue. More likely than not they don’t want to repair that issue,” he said.

After weak March sales, concerns rise over U.S. auto market outlook REUTERS

DETROIT • Car dealers added Wednesday to concerns about the state of the U.S. auto industry and how tough any downturn might be if its six-year recovery has ended. In a conference call with media and analysts, officials of the National Automobile Dealers Association said they expected sales of cars and light trucks in the United States to dip to 17.1 million vehicles this year, high by historical standards but below 2016’s record 17.55 million vehicles. The NADA call came just two days after disappointing industry figures for March that showed an annualized sales rate of about 16.6 million units. NADA chairman Mark Scarpelli, an Illinois car dealer, echoed concerns of some Wall

Street analysts that values for used sedans were dropping as more vehicles were turned in when leases ended. “It’s a big number,” Scarpelli said, referring to the numbers of leased cars headed to used car lots. “But it’s not an insurmountable number.” Falling values for these used cars are a problem for car makers and their finance companies, not dealers, Scarpelli said, because auto retailers can return the cars to the banks or manufacturers. Wholesale car auction company Manheim predicts 3.6 million vehicles will come off lease in 2017 followed by 4.1 million in 2018. If historical patterns hold up, about 4.3 million cars will come off lease in 2019. “Off-lease returns still remain the wild card,” said Pete DeLongchamps, vice president of manu-

facturer relations at auto retail chain Group 1 Automotive Inc. Investors are also watching rising interest rates, inventories of unsold vehicles and the generosity of profit-eroding discounts that automakers are offering to close deals. Those indicators are largely negative. According to Cox Automotive data, consumer discounts were up 14.6 percent on the year in March. In their sales forecasts in the last two months, automotive consultancy firms J.D. Power and LMC have said discounts hit levels not seen since the recession in 2009. Signs that the auto cycle is at its peak have weighed on the shares of Detroit automakers, casting a shadow over an industry central to President Donald Trump’s pledge to rebuild American manufacturing.


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Democrats elevate attacks as top court showdown nears

Fractured GOP still can’t agree on replacement for Obamacare BY TONY PUGH AND LESLEY CLARK McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON • Negotiations to revive the failed

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore. speaks to reporters Wednesday outside the Senate chamber after ending a talk-a-thon as the Senate heads toward a showdown over the confirmation vote for Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch. BY ERICA WERNER associated Press

WASHINGTON • Senate Demo-

crats elevated their attacks against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Wednesday, portraying him as an ally of the powerful and an enemy of the weak as an explosive showdown loomed on the Senate floor. Republicans defended Judge Neil Gorsuch, accusing Democrats of trying to block him out of frustration over Trump’s election victory. “Democrats would filibuster Ruth Bader Ginsburg if President Donald Trump nominated her,” said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., naming one of the more liberal sitting justices. “There is simply no principled reason to oppose this exceptional, exceptional Supreme Court nominee.” Democrats begged to differ, returning again and again to McConnell’s decision last year to deny consideration to then-President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, Judge Merrick Garland, who was ignored for nearly a year by Senate Republicans after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia. Instead McConnell kept Scalia’s seat open, a calculation that is now paying off hugely for Republicans

and Trump. “For the first time in history, we are considering a nominee for a stolen Supreme Court seat, and that alone should be reason for everyone who cares about this institution to turn down this nominee,” Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., said on the Senate floor as he wrapped up a 15½-hour overnight talk-a-thon to underscore his party’s opposition to Gorsuch. “This is an extreme nominee from the far right who doesn’t believe in the fundamental vision of ‘We the People.’” First, though, looms showdown votes Thursday, when 44 Democrats and independents intend to try to block Gorsuch by denying Republicans the 60 votes needed to proceed to final passage. McConnell and Republicans intend to respond by changing Senate rules to remove the 60-vote filibuster requirement for Gorsuch and all future Supreme Court nominees, reducing it to a simple majority in the Senate. The pending developments prompted much hand-wringing from senators on both sides of the aisle about the future of the Senate as a bipartisan and deliberative body, though they themselves were in position to prevent it from happening and failed to do so. Moderate Republican Sen. Susan

Collins of Maine said roughly 10 senators of both parties worked over the weekend to come up with a deal to stave off the so-called “nuclear option,” as the rules change is known, but couldn’t come to agreement. Sen. Chris Coons of Delaware was at the center of talks on the Democratic side. In 2005, a bipartisan deal headed off GOP plans to remove the filibuster barrier for lower-court nominees, although in 2013 Democrats took the step instead, leaving the filibuster in place for only Supreme Court justices. And so the Senate is on the verge of killing off the Supreme Court filibuster, the one remaining vestige of bipartisanship on presidential appointments. For now the filibuster barrier on legislation will remain, though many fear it could be the next to go. “I fear that someday we will regret what we are about to do. In fact, I am confident we will,” said Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. “It is imperative we have a functioning Senate where the rights of the minority are protected regardless of which party is in power at the time.” Nonetheless, McCain was prepared to vote with McConnell on the rules change, saying he felt he had no choice.

Got Leaves?

GOP health care legislation have hit a major, probably lethal, snag. Embarrassed and frustrated by last month’s collapse of their effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, conservatives launched this week a last-ditch effort to revive the legislation. Despite late-night meetings Monday and Tuesday with fellow Republicans, including GOP leaders in the House of Representatives and Vice President Mike Pence, they’re up against familiar obstacles that could doom the effort for the year. Conservative interest groups are on the warpath, charging the new ideas don’t go far enough to destroy the seven-year-old ACA, often called Obamacare. On the other end of the GOP political divide, moderate House Republicans are withholding support for the new White House-backed changes. They fear the revisions would jeopardize the health law’s requirement that individual insurers cover people with preexisting medical conditions. An estimated 133 million Americans under age 65 have pre-existing conditions that would have kept them from getting individual insurance or required them to pay much higher rates prior to 2014, when the ACA’s new coverage protections were implemented, according to federal estimates. Conservative activists blamed at least five members of the centrist House Tuesday Group, an informal caucus of approximately 50 moderate Republican members of the House, for the impasse. Conservatives complained the moderates were not eager to allow states to opt out of two popular ACA provisions: One would require all plans to cover 10 “essential health benefits,” and another would bar insurers from charging sick people more for coverage than healthy people. Although both rules increase the cost of individual insurance, patient advocates say they ensure that coverage is standardized, thorough and accessible to those who need it. Michael Needham, chief executive officer of Heritage Action, a leading conservative group, was sharply critical Wednesday of GOP centrists Reps. David Joyce of Ohio, Leonard Lance of New Jersey and Patrick Meehan of Pennsylvania. They “were standing in the way of legislative compromise that is being pushed by the White House and which would get overwhelming support in the Republican conference.” “They’re opposed because they don’t want to repeal Obamacare,” Needham told reporters in a conference call. He said lawmakers should begin their congressional recess, scheduled to start Thursday afternoon, and vote on the legislation when they returned. The conservative Club for Growth piled on, accusing Republican moderates of torpedoing a potential deal. “The left wing among House Republicans doesn’t want to compromise or keep their pledge to voters to repeal Obamacare,” Club for Growth President David McIntosh said. Moderates, in turn, blamed conservatives for constantly altering their demands. “Repeal and replace,” said Lance. “I have never campaigned on a mere repeal, ever.”

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Election reflects public demand for focus on crime and blight.

t. Louis-area voters made some smart decisions Tuesday, especially regarding leadership choices and the ways they want their tax dollars to be spent. They designated clear spending priorities: policing, public transportation, infrastructure and neighborhood revitalization. The public must now hold elected leaders to their promises that the funding approved Tuesday will go exactly where it’s supposed to. Voters retained incumbent mayors in Ferguson and Chesterfield. In St. Louis, Democrat Lyda Krewson will become the city’s first female mayor. When she takes office in two weeks, a yawning $20 million budget shortfall will demand immediate attention. Despite voters’ decision to approve a half-cent sales tax increase in Proposition 1, that money won’t be available to help her with the pressing job of balancing the budget. Krewson’s squeaker victory in the Democratic primary suggested that voters want City Hall’s focus to shift from downtown development to fixing up neglected neighborhoods and tackling violent crime. Krewson estimates it’ll take another $20 million to address policing needs. Considering the challenges ahead, voters made the right choice selecting Krewson, the 28th Ward alderman, over her five inexperienced challengers. Voters also drew the line on Proposition 2’s request for another publicly funded stadium. The promoters’ $60 million ask was simply too much for this city to handle alone. But this doesn’t need to be the final

word on attracting a Major League Soccer team, although investors say they have no backup plan. They erred by failing to rally financial backing from governments around the region. Investors also did little to allay fears about the league’s weak financial history. MLS hasn’t turned a profit in 21 years. There should have been stronger provisions to ensure that, if MLS goes belly up, the city wouldn’t wind up owning yet another big, empty stadium. St. Louis voters were smart to see through this flawed deal. Most voters correctly supported Proposition NS, which would have generated up to $40 million in new property taxes to back bonds to stabilize abandoned houses and buildings. But the measure fell short of the two-thirds majority needed for a property tax increase. Krewson must find other mechanisms to address the city’s growing inventory of vacant properties. Luckily, some of the Prop 1 revenue will give her additional options. In St. Louis County, voters by a large margin approved a half-cent sales tax increase to give police a pay raise, hire more officers, buy body cameras and upgrade facilities. The $80 million generated by Proposition P is far beyond what police need. Again, the onus is on taxpayers to ensure leftover funds aren’t diverted to non-public safety purposes. Taxpayers undoubtedly will feel an additional pocketbook pinch from Tuesday’s outcome. They must demand that public officials stretch every dollar to the limit.

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“We finally broke the glass ceiling,” Lyda Krewson said Tuesday evening, after voters elected her St. Louis’ first female mayor.

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Pressure rises on Missouri to help child victims of the opioid epidemic.

oster care programs across the country are overwhelmed by an influx of children dubbed by health care officials as “opioid orphans,” collateral damage from the nation’s opioid-addiction epidemic. They are youngsters who have been literally orphaned or left in the care of aging grandparents or other young siblings because of parental drug abuse. Statistics are slim in Missouri, where state Department of Social Services officials have refused to acknowledge or speculate about whether drug abuse has caused the four-year uptick in foster care needs. The department’s latest annual report, with data from 2015, indicates the system is strained. It said more children were entering foster care than leaving, and that social workers need manageable caseloads to help find permanent homes for children. Melanie Scheetz, executive director of the Foster and Adoptive Care Coalition of St. Louis, says the drug crisis has placed major new demands on her agency to find stable homes for children.“I haven’t seen this since the crack epidemic of the ’80s. … For the first time in 15 years, we need more foster families.” In communities across the country, law enforcement authorities are finding children in dangerous predicaments from parental drug abuse. A 10-month-old child was discovered strapped in a car seat in rural Indiana in October with his mother dead in the driver’s seat holding a syringe in her hand. A couple of months earlier,

Ohio authorities found a man and woman barely conscious from drugs in the front seat of their car with the woman’s 4-yearold grandson seated in the back. Similar cases have turned up in Kentucky, Alabama and Massachusetts. In February, nine people died of suspected overdoses one weekend in Hamilton County, Iowa, north of Des Moines. Three children were orphaned by the deaths. Social service agencies in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Iowa and West Virginia acknowledge that dramatic increases in opioid abuse and drug overdoses are pushing up their need for foster care. Kentucky has the highest rates in the nation of homeless children and children living with relatives. About 7 percent of the state’s child population — 70,000 kids — don’t live with either parent. One thing Missouri has going for it is that Gov. Eric Greitens and his wife, Sheena, are advocates for foster parents. Greitens added $1.7 million to his budget to increase support for foster care, which Scheetz said will go far to help the strained system. Greitens could do more by encouraging legislators to pass a meaningful Prescription Drug Monitoring Database measure, and by following the lead of Republican governors in states such as New Jersey and Ohio who are limiting the number of days for which an opioid can be prescribed. Missouri should do all it can to protect the unwitting child victims of adult drug abuse.

yOUR VIEWS • LETTERS FROM OUR READERS Founding Fathers would not have wanted Gorsuch for high court

‘Wrong priorities’ when bears, sports get help but needy don’t

The freedom that Neil Gorsuch and his ideological ilk advocate is the freedom of feudalism. It is the removal of restraints that limit the ability of an aristocracy of money and power to exploit everybody else. Of course, freedom of this sort depends on drastically reducing the freedom of just about everybody else. The latter are no longer free to live in confidence that they are reasonably safe from corporate interests who have shown themselves willing to sacrifice public welfare for their bottom line. How free are we if we cannot count on the safety of food we eat, air we breathe, cars we drive, medicines we use, banks in which we place money, places we work? The regulations from which Gorsuch and his ideological kin would “free us” are responses to injuries inflicted by those seeking to maximize profits. Consider recent examples: Heart pacemakers are sold with the knowledge that they were defective. A major bank pressures employees to open accounts for customers without their knowledge or consent. Banks aggressively pursue loans to people who cannot afford them. Manufacturers dump dangerous chemicals into streams endangering fish, wildlife, aquifers as well as neighbors. Mine owners endanger workers by neglecting important safety measures. The “liberty” promoted in Gorsuch speeches and writing is patently for the rich and powerful. It is not what the Framers had in mind. Of course, you can make something of the case for it if you ignore the spirit and context of the Constitution. Thomas W. Allen • Chesterfield

In 2015 I wrote a letter to the editor that I was sad and afraid of St. Louis. I was afraid to visit my 1950s childhood homes on St. Louis and Theodosia avenues in north St. Louis because they are now too dangerous. Now, in 2017 I write that I am disgusted and ashamed of St. Louis. On March 30, the Post-Dispatch had an article,“Zoo grizzly bear exhibit opening in September,” about an $11 million home for two orphaned grizzly bears. On March 31, a PostDispatch article,“Rice says he will close his shelter this weekend,” was about the New Life Evangelistic Center being closed for code violations, throwing hundreds of the city’s poorest and weakest on the street. Does St. Louis see the irony and injustice of these two stories published a day apart? Spending $11 million on bears while not spending a few hundred thousand on the symbol of the ultimate failure in American life: homelessness. Apparently not, because this is the same city that wanted to spend millions on a stadium for soccer, a sport that no American in his right mind will pay to watch in person. Soccer is two agonizing hours of nothing happening. And this is the same St. Louis in which a man can be paid millions of dollars a year to catch and throw a baseball. I am still afraid of St. Louis. Now I am ashamed and disgusted by St. Louis. It’s a city with all the wrong priorities. David J. Busse • Maryville

Even leaving blank space would be better than ‘Cat’ comic Your new comic strip “Breaking Cat News” is terrible. Even my cat hates it. Bring back “For Better or for Worse.” If you can’t get that, leave it blank so I can doodle or take phone messages. Paula Brose • St. Louis

Readers offer two paws up in favor of keeping new comic strip I have subscribed to the Post-Dispatch 365 days a year for the last 30-plus years. We love the new strip “Breaking Cat News.” “For Better or for Worse” was a complete waste of ink and space, in my and my wife’s opinion. Dave Bozada • St. Ann

Columnist is right on free housing; other cities back up her point I greatly appreciated columnist Stacy Washington’s article “How About Free Housing?” (March 31). The concept has been around for at least 12 years, but it takes awhile for a new idea to develop a track record. The Utah track record she cited is the best I’ve read about. I don’t know if Utah’s success was achieved by a commitment to providing continuous free housing or if officials worked to empower people to become self-supporting. I do know many other cities have made significant progress by starting with free housing and moving people towards self-sufficiency. I suggest going to endhomelessness.org and reading “Local Progress” summaries about similar works going on in 12 different cities from New York City to San Francisco. There you can also get ideas for how to implement Washington’s exhortation to “focus on solutions and partnerships instead of fighting those who have been in the fight to end homelessness the longest.” Carol Aucamp • Creve Coeur

‘Right’ to health care is embedded in long-held philosophical ideas Regarding “When did health care get added to America’s Bill of Rights,” April 1 letter to the editor: Letter writer Mark Kling seems to imply that the consideration of health care as a right depends essentially on nothing more than some politician’s whim: People “have a right to something just because someone says they should?” The relevance of that thought is not that casual; it has a substantial foundation that goes back to the philosophical traditions of Aristotle and Plato that have become embedded in so much of our ways of thinking. It is this thinking that penetrated the theological explanations that permeate so much of Catholicism and its legacy Protestantism. To the point: We have a right to those things that pertain to our essence.The human essence is body,spirit and soul.Because spirit — intellect and will — is of our essence we have a right to education (free public schools) and the freedom to move about and express ourselves insofar as this does not impinge harmfully on anyone else. Because body is of our essence, we have a right to food, shelter, clothing, etc. and to health care. Health care for the body is just like education for the soul. E. Schuh • Webster Groves

Historical view: Cattle long ago were herded over McKinley Bridge Regarding “After a great escape in north St. Louis, the fate of six steers remains in question,” March 31: The Star Packing Co., where the six steers escaped from, is in what historically was known as Butchertown. Cattle were frequently driven down the dirt streets to numerous slaughterhouses. Two generations of my family were involved in the meat packing business in Butchertown. As late as 1921, cattle were still being driven across the McKinley Bridge. Six escaped steers made the national news. How times have changed. Robert E. Courtney • Creve Coeur Read more letters online at STLtoday.com/ letters

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AT WAR • This sixth day of April, 1917, finds the United States at war with the Imperial German Government. Pacifist speeches in the House followed closely the lines of those in the Senate. The pitiable weakness of their position is that they offer no practical alternative. The only measures they can suggest for insuring the national safety have already failed miserably. Access the full item at stltoday.com/news/opinion

Missouri can and should do more for our hungry children Federal money intended to keep children fed should not be diverted for anti-abortion propaganda. BY PAMELA MERRITT

Kids who are worried about dinner tend to be less focused on math. That’s not a big deal on a single afternoon or for an hour after school. But long-term food insecurity has long-term consequences for educational achievement, which in turn has long-term consequences for our children’s future and our economy — and Missouri has the second-highest rate of food-insecure residents in the country. Not to worry though. Missouri is on it. State officials are addressing this sorry statistic and protecting the futures of our youngest residents by deceiving and lying to Missouri women. Make sense? I don’t think it does.

At issue is federal funding the state receives from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). This funding is supposed to help struggling Missourians pay for things like food and shelter. But states have some flexibility on how to spend it. Last year, Missouri chose to spend $2 million of it supporting clinics that call themselves “crisis pregnancy centers.” Also in 2016, the University of Missouri released the Missouri Hunger Atlas showing that 8 percent of households, about half a million Missourians, went hungry at some point during the last year. Another 500,000 were food-insecure, according to the report, meaning they were without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of food. This year, the powers that be in

Missouri want to take $4.3 million out of the mouths of hungry children to fund these anti-abortion propaganda shops. Make no mistake. That is exactly what these“fake”clinics are.Some offer absolutely no health services whatsoever. Others offer an ultrasound — whether a woman wants one or not — in desperate hope that getting one will convince a woman not to have an abortion. What these clinics call medical advice tends toward the ridiculous. Countless reports from around the country indicate that staff at crisis pregnancy centers are taught to lie to women about abortion being tied to health risks like an increased chance of breast cancer, which is not true. That’s the tame stuff. These charlatans set up shop

across the street from and take the names of legitimate reproductive health clinics to lure unsuspecting women in, urge them to pray for their unborn “sweeties” or “peanuts” and look at pictures of happy, smiling infants. These state-funded fanatics have forced rape victims to stare at highly edited pictures of fetuses, and subjected young women seeking information about abortion to religious indoctrinations that would make cult leaders proud. Missouri is just one of at least 11 states that use state funding to directly support crisis pregnancy centers. Of those states, seven (Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas) specifically poach TANF funds — money intended to

MerriamWebster disagrees

‘Court of public opinion’ is not the place to determine constitutionality. BY BILL THOMPSON

‘‘snollygoster : a shrewd & unprincipled person, especially an unprincipled politician.’’

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President is being trolled by the dictionary; it’s like the truth is fighting back.

Donald Trump’s presidency will end in calamity. By definition. I know this because the MerriamWebster dictionary says so. When John Dean of Watergate fame predicted “calamity” for Trump’s presidency, Merriam-Webster’s official account tweeted about the prognostication, adding its definition: “an event that causes great harm and suffering.” If you are unaccustomed to finding such information in the dictionary, you haven’t been keeping up with the new Merriam-Webster, which has been throwing the book — definition: “to punish (someone) as severely as possible” — at Trump. After Trump won the election, the dictionary announced that “lookups for ‘misogyny’ spiked after Trump’s victory” — and illustrated the tweet with a photo of Tic Tacs, a reference to Trump’s on-camera boasting about sexual assault. Merriam-Webster has shown that a word can be worth 50,000 retweets, as when it responded to Kellyanne Conway’s “alternative facts” remark by saying: “A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.” After Conway said she was uncomfortable being called a feminist, Merriam-Webster tweeted: “‘Feminism’ is defined as ‘the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities.’” When there were claims that outsiders were brought in to applaud Trump’s appearance at the CIA, the dictionary tweeted: “If you’re part of a group that’s paid to applaud, you’re a ‘claqueur’.” After reports last week

Pamela Merritt is the co-founder and co-director of Reproaction, a direct action group dedicated to increasing access to abortion and advancing reproductive justice.

Legislators, courts acted within law on $3 fee to fund sheriffs’ pensions

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aid families in need. There is no reason for deceptive and unregulated crisis pregnancy centers to be receiving taxpayer money, and they especially shouldn’t be taking away crucial funds from programs created to help those struggling with poverty and hunger. It’s not pro-life to take food out of the mouths of hungry babies to fund an anti-abortion agenda. It is not pro-family for states to fund fake clinics that lie to women about abortion at the expense of helping those same women put food on the table and a roof over their heads.

that Ivanka Trump was joining the administration, Merriam-Webster chimed in: “’Nepotism’ is our #15 lookup right now.” White House press secretary Sean Spicer used his fingers to argue that Trump didn’t mean “wiretap” literally, prompting the dictionary to report that it has entries for “air quotes” and “scare quotes.” FBI Director James B. Comey was reported to be “incredulous” upon hearing Trump’s wiretapping allegations, spurring Merriam-Webster to tweet the definition and to report that “lookups for ‘refute’ are spiking.” And who might the lexicographers have had in mind a month ago when they reported that they added back to the dictionary the word “snollygoster, ‘a shrewd & unprincipled person, especially an unprincipled politician’”? This once-staid outfit — who buys a dictionary anymore? — has earned itself a large and devoted following on social media, and no wonder: Trump is literally being trolled by the dictionary. The lexicographers generally aren’t doing anything more nefarious than defining terms in the news and reporting what words people are looking up at merriam-webster.com. “Our goal is to tell the truth about words,” says Peter Sokolowski, editor at large. But because they are the last word on words, their tweets take on added authority. It is as if Trump is being repudiated by the laws of gravity, or getting dressed down by Mother Nature herself: “‘Complicit’ is still near the top of our lookups after [‘Saturday Night Live’] used the word to describe Ivanka Trump.” “We’re seeing a spike in lookups for ‘neophyte.’ Rep. Devin Nunes used the word to describe the U.S. president.” “‘Rescind’ is trending from Trump’s decision to rescind

protections for transgender students.” Words, like facts, have absolute meanings and spellings, despite Trump’s efforts to revise both. After he tweeted a year ago about the “great honer” of winning a debate poll and called a rival a “leightweight chocker,” Merriam-Webster helpfully tweeted: “Honer: one that hones. Leightweight: We have no. idea.” For “chocker” it linked to the definition of “nope.” Trump, during the campaign, boasted,“I have the best words.” But lexicographers have better ones, and they can be subversive about which they choose to highlight, such as when they report that “fascism is still our #1 lookup,” or, in reference to Attorney General Jeff Sessions,“lookups for ‘recuse’ are up 45,000%.” After former national security adviser Michael Flynn sought an agreement to testify in the Russia probe, Merriam-Webster reported that “immunity” was trending. It advised Trump that “‘big league’ is rarely used as an adverb” and reported that “ombre” is not the same as “hombre.” Merriam-Webster reminded the White House that Holocaust refers especially to Jews after it issued a Holocaust remembrance statement that omitted any mention of Jews. At one low moment for Trump, Merriam-Webster tweeted that “schadenfreude” is “a popular lookup on our site.” No doubt Trump and his supporters will view this as politically correct language; “fake words” can join “fake news” in their disfavor. But I see it as a public service. The way Trump prevails is by obscuring the truth, denying the facts and redefining meaning. This is the truth fighting back, and eventually it will prevail. It’s ineluctable. (Look it up.) Dana Milbank dana.milbank@washpost.com Washington Post

The following remarks are my own and do not represent the views of anyone else or the Supreme Court of Missouri. They seek to explain events that Post-Dispatch columnist Tony Messenger misconstrued in his five-part series, “A Toll on Justice,” because of his misunderstanding of the facts and the law, which led to his unwarranted disparagement of public servants acting in the public interest. In 1996 the Missouri Legislature passed legislation requiring the collection of a $3 fee in municipal court cases to support the Sheriffs’ Retirement Fund. For whatever reason, the state courts administrator’s office failed to notify municipal courts of this change. It may have overlooked the bill or misread its language. In 2010, the state attorney general’s office reviewed the issue regarding the fee’s application and determined that it should be collected. The request for a review from the attorney general was totally appropriate. The state courts administrator’s office decided not to follow the attorney general’s opinion or a revision done at the request of the state courts administrator’s office that the attorney general has statutory authority to offer opinions on legal matters and the state court administrator’s office does not. Although I was general counsel and clerk to the Supreme Court during this period, it was only upon hearing Republican Sen. Mike Parson question the matter that I became aware of the issue. As clerk of the Supreme Court it was my responsibility to review issues of this type As clerk of and determine if the actions of the state courts administhe Supreme trator’s office were correct. Court it was my They were not. The statute is responsibility clear, particularly in light of the statutory history, which to review issues had not been thoroughly of this type and reviewed. Since the law was determine if clear, the Supreme Court adopted my recommendathe actions of tion that the state courts the state courts administrator’s office notify administrator’s the municipal courts that the fee was one that the statute office were required to be collected. correct. They The court’s decision was were not. The not a determination that the fee was constitutional; it is statute is clear, presumed constitutional particularly until a proper case brought in light of by proper parties is finally determined. No such case has the statutory been decided. The Supreme history, which Court is not authorized to had not been give advisory opinions or to act sua sponte, or “of its own thoroughly accord.” Those suggesting sua reviewed. sponte action should review the applicable rules, 2-2.6 and 2-2.10. None of the matters raised by Messenger made any difference to this analysis. I was not even aware of most of them, which in and of themselves are not improper. Legislators are entitled to seek legislative corrections to legislation, to inquire during budget hearings about matters that are not budgetary, and to seek legal conclusions of the attorney general. And attorney general opinions are completely within the normal bounds of legal analysis and correct as to the Sheriffs’ Retirement Fund. A final modification was made at my request to eliminate language as to other funds to which the opinions could apply, which might result in even higher fees being collected in municipal cases. That attempts to declare the statute unconstitutional have proven unsuccessful does not give license to malign public officials properly exercising their authority, or to malign a court that reached the proper legal result as to whether to review a correct decision by a court of appeals. Messenger believes that one should react to such a result by engaging in the court of public opinion. He apparently believes, or is indifferent, that the rule of law should be ignored, and baseless charges of conspiracy should be published to achieve a noble end. Ignoble behavior never yields a noble end. His series should be retracted and an apology given to all it improperly maligned. Finally, one can only hope that a lawsuit is filed on the fund’s behalf to compel the fee’s collection so that the defendants can assert, and have a good chance of showing, that the fee in its entirety is unconstitutional. Bill Thompson is a former attorney for the Missouri Supreme Court.


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NATION DIGEST NASA spacewoman gets extra months in orbit The world’s oldest and most experienced spacewoman is getting three extra months in orbit. NASA announced Wednesday that astronaut Peggy Whitson will remain on the International Space Station until September. Whitson, 57, arrived in November and was supposed to return to Earth in June. But under an agreement between NASA and the Russian Space Agency, she’ll stay another three months and take advantage of an empty seat on a Soyuz capsule in the fall. This mission — her third — will now last close to 10 months. Scientists are eager to monitor any changes to her body, to add to the knowledge gained from retired astronaut Scott Kelly’s recent one-year flight. The two men she flew up with in November — France’s Thomas Pesquet and Russia’s Oleg Novitskiy — will return in June without her. Whitson has already spent more time in space than any other woman, counting all her missions, and just last week set a record for the most spacewalks by a woman, with eight. This weekend, she’ll take over as space station commander, her second time at the job. And on April 24, she’ll set a new U.S. record for most accumulated time in space. That NASA record — 534 days — is currently held by former space station resident Jeffrey Williams. Glenn to be buried in Arlington • Final funeral rites for astronaut John Glenn will take place

Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery. His family and invited guests will say goodbye to the first American to orbit Earth at a small private service at the Old Post Chapel beginning at 9 a.m. U. of Texas corrects its Latin grammar • The incorrect form of a Latin word has been replaced on a granite memorial for victims of the 1966 University of Texas tower shooting. The Austin AmericanStatesman reports that names of the 17 people slain were etched on the monument below the Latin word “Interfectum,” equivalent to the English word “killed.” But University of Texas classics professors say it’s grammatically incorrect and negative in tone. The professors weren’t consulted before the memorial was dedicated in August on the 50th anniversary of sniper Charles Whitman’s attack. The memorial has since been covered with a stone panel reading, “Interfecti August 1, 1966,” making the reference personal and plural. Kansas secretary of state must produce documents he shared with Trump • A federal magistrate judge ordered on Wednesday Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach to hand over documents that he brought to a meeting with President Donald Trump outlining a strategic plan for the Department of Homeland Security. He’s been ordered to turn over those papers for a camera review by 5 p.m. Thursday by federal magistrate Judge James O’Hara in Kansas City, Kan., as part of a pending lawsuit seeking to overturn a Kansas law that requires voters to provide proof of citizenship, such as a birth

certificate or passport, when they register to vote. The Homeland Security documents contained a reference to voting rolls that was partially obscured by Kobach’s hand in the photograph. Kobach has refused requests from plaintiffs’ attorneys to provide the documents as part of the lawsuit’s discovery process on the grounds that they fall beyond the scope of the case, according to court documents. However, O’Hara said in his order that if the documents show Kobach lobbied to change federal voting law, this information would bear on whether he can demonstrate that the proof of citizenship requirement is the “least burdensome method of preventing substantial numbers of noncitizens from registering to vote” under the current legal standard. The camera review will determine their relevancy. Obama aide may have broken the law, Trump says • Citing no evidence, President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused his predecessor’s national security adviser of breaking the law, one month after he accused former President Barack Obama of illegally wiretapping him. In an interview with The New York Times, Trump said Obama’s national security adviser, Susan Rice, committed a crime when she asked government analysts to disclose the names of Trump associates documented in intelligence reports. Trump would not say if he reviewed new intelligence to support his claim. He told the Times he would say more “at the right time.” “I think it’s going to be the biggest story,” Trump said. “It’s such an important story for our

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M 1 • THUrSDAy • 04.06.2017 country and the world. It is one of the big stories of our time.” Rice is the latest target for Trump and his embattled defenders. She has firmly denied that she did anything inappropriate in requesting the identities of Trump associates. As the national security adviser, Rice would have been authorized to seek identities of people whose names were redacted from intelligence reports. Officials typically “unmask” Americans if it is deemed necessary for understanding the information. Some Trump allies have accused Rice of unmasking officials for political reasons. “Absolutely false,” Rice declared Tuesday.

Mary Anderson • The climbing enthusiast who helped start the outdoor retailer REI, which has become the nation’s largest consumer-owned retail cooperative, has died at 107. REI said she died March 27 (2017), the Seattle Times reported Tuesday. Ms. Anderson and her husband, Lloyd, along with 21 other mountaineering friends, started the consumer cooperative in 1938 out of a desire to find high-quality, affordable climbing gear in the U.S. By forming a co-op, they were able to buy outdoor gear in bulk from Europe and other places. REI, based south of Seattle, has grown to about 6.3 million active members, more than 140 retail stores and about 12,000 employees. Ms. Anderson was among a handful of people who helped set up the Mountaineers climbing course in 1936. She retired from REI in 1968.

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passed away, Friday, March 31st, 2017, at the age of 50. Loving son of Lorraine Darr (nee Politte) and John R. Darr. Loving brother of Renee Broemmelsick (nee Darr), John Darr, Steve Darr, and Tara Darr. Beloved uncle, nephew, cousin and friend to many. J eff w a s a n empathetic, family-centered, personable man. Jeff had a creative passion for home improvement projects and music. Services: Visitation at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Saturday, April 8th, 9:30 am, with Memorial mass to follow at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Richard N. Bolles • The man who prodded, coached and inspired millions of job-seekers with his bestselling employment guide “What Color Is Your Parachute?” died Friday (March 31, 2017) at a hospital in San Ramon, Calif. He was 90. The cause was a stroke, said a son, Gary Bolles. Mr. Bolles entered adulthood as a physics student at Harvard University, was ordained as an Episcopal priest and became known to generations of Americans — after the publication in the 1970s of his now-classic volume — as a guru of job searches. His winding career served as an example of what one could achieve through the principles he preached: the importance of discovering one’s strengths, of identifying an employer’s needs and of uniting the two through creative determination.

Lawyers want emails to help quash travel ban • Lawyers for six states seeking to quash President Donald Trump’s travel ban want to the government to cooperate if they decide to serve subpoenas on Trump and others who work in the White House, according to a report filed Wednesday in federal court in Seattle. Trump’s revised travel ban is blocked by a federal judge in Hawaii and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear the case May 15. In a 25-page report, the states said they want all email communications among people in the Trump administration and third parties before and after Trump took office to be preserved for the case. The relevant time period should start on June 16, 2015, when Trump declared his presidential candidacy, the lawyers said.

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White House chief strategist Steve Bannon’s surprising status on the National Security Council came to an abrupt end Wednesday. BY ALEX DAUGHERTY McClatchy Washington Bureau

WASHINGTON • Rick Perry was named to the National Security Council in a memo released on Wednesday, putting the secretary of energy and longtime Texas governor into President Donald Trump’s inner circle for national security decisions. The decision was part of a larger reshuffling of the NSC announced in a notice published in the federal register that revamped the Principals Committee for the group. The Principals Committee considers policy solutions to national security issues, and the president has the power to change it at will. Gone from the list was chief Trump political strategist Steve Bannon, the former chairman of Breitbart News, whose appointment to the NSC was controversial when it was announced Jan. 28. Critics

of Bannon’s role were worried he would politicize a body traditionally viewed as a candid and nonpartisan source of national security information to the president. In addition to Perry, the new NSC lineup includes the director of national intelligence, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the director of the CIA and the ambassador to the United Nations. Those positions were conspicuously absent from Trump’s original Jan. 28 order. The changes were directed by Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, who was named Trump’s national security adviser in February after Michael Flynn was forced to resign for misleading Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Perry will now participate in high-level meetings to determine policy positions on key national security issues such as the recent chemical attacks in Syria and North

Energy Secretary Rick Perry was added to the National Security Council on Wednesday. As energy secretary, Perry oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons program.

Korea’s continued missile tests. Bannon still has the ability to sit in on meetings if invited. “Steve Bannon’s removal from National Security Council is welcome news,” Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., said in a tweet after the decision was announced. Ros-Lehtinen was the first Republican in Congress to protest Bannon’s appointment in January. The Principals Committee was first established by President George H.W. Bush as a mechanism to organize the NSC. Each subsequent president has re-formed the committee to suit his needs, but Bannon’s appointment was unprecedented because his position in the White House did not require Senate approval. Some of President Barack Obama’s policy advisers sat in on NSC meetings on a limited basis. Multiple White House officials, including Pence, insisted that Bannon’s removal

Judge denies request to delay hearing on Baltimore police

from the NSC was not a demotion. “They are going to continue to play important policy roles,” Pence said to Fox News, adding that the move was “just a natural evolution to ensure the National Security Council is organized in a way that best serves the president in resolving and making those difficult decisions.” As secretary of energy, Perry has responsibility for the nation’s nuclear weapons program and radioactive waste disposal. On Monday, the White House nominated Dan Brouillette as Perry’s deputy. Brouillette worked in the Energy Department under President George W. Bush and brings energy policy experience that Perry lacks. Perry was confirmed as secretary of energy by the Senate on March 2.

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BALTIMORE • A federal judge refused Wednesday to delay a hearing on a proposed agreement to overhaul the Baltimore Police Department, calling the request by the administration of President Donald Trump a “burden and inconvenience.” The Justice Department asked for a delay earlier this week, saying it needed time to review the plan and determine whether the proposal would hinder efforts to fight violent crime. U.S. District Judge James Bredar said the hearing would go on as scheduled Thursday. Hundreds of people are expected to testify about the court-enforceable agreement and special security measures have been put into place, the judge said. Pushing back the hearing at the last minute would be a “burden and inconvenience to the court, other parties, and most importantly, the public,” the judge said. Bredar noted that it was “highly unusual” that both the city and the Justice Department had requested the hearing to allow Baltimore residents to publicly comment on the proposed consent decree. To accommodate the throngs of people, other judges cleared their dockets for the day, and the hearing was widely ad-

vertised, the judge said. “The primary purpose of this hearing is to hear from the public,” he wrote. “It would be especially inappropriate to grant this late request for a delay when it would be the public who were most adversely affected by a postponement.” Justice Department spokesman Ian Prior declined comment. Last month, a dozen organizations and about 50 people submitted 195 pages of written comments on the proposed agreement, which the city reached with the Justice Department during the last days of the Obama Administration. In their written comments, residents largely expressed support for the consent decree and reforms to the police department. One resident, however, said he believed such a court-enforceable agreement “will hamper the police force.” Newly minted Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo this week announcing his intention to reconsider all existing consent decrees. The judge’s order was tailored specifically to the hearing in Baltimore, but could signal complications for Sessions as he seeks to review agreements already entered into federal courts with earlier Justice Department cooperation. The Justice Department opened an investigation into allegations of

misconduct in the Baltimore Police Department in 2015, after the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken in a police transport wagon, plunged the city into civil unrest. The agency published a scathing report outlining widespread abuse including excessive force, unlawful stops and discriminatory practices. The Justice Department’s request to postpone the hearing was met with fierce opposition from city officials, including Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, who both vowed that they will press on with police reform regardless of what happens with the consent decree. But Davis and Pugh stressed that a court-enforceable agreement will enable the department to implement those reforms. On Wednesday, Pugh applauded the judge’s decision, and encouraged residents to show up and speak their minds. “The city of Baltimore is ready to move forward to rebuild the important relationship which exists between the community and our police department,” she said in a statement. “I hope citizens will take advantage of this opportunity to have their voices heard.”

WASHINGTON • The administration of President Donald Trump won’t attempt to build a barrier along the entire length of the nation’s 2,000-mile border with Mexico, Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Wednesday. “It’s unlikely we will build a wall or physical barrier from sea to shining sea,” he told the Senate Homeland Security Committee. The pledge to build a wall was the cornerstone of Trump’s campaign for president, with Trump declaring “I will build a great, great wall on our southern border and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.” Yet Wednesday, no Republican fully defended Trump’s position. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., suggested a wall could be defined several ways, such as having drones, towers, fences and technology to detect tunnels. Trump is proposing that Congress spend $4.1 billion to begin construction on a border wall with Mexico. Kelly said Wednesday that some sort of wall would be built but that he did not have an estimate of how much it would cost U.S. taxpayers and exactly where it would go. Border agents will be consulted on the location, he said. “We’ll do it where it makes sense and what makes sense,” Kelly said. “There’s no determination right now what this thing will look like and how long it will be.” Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the committee’s top Democrat, said Trump needed to acknowledge that there wouldn’t be a Mexican-funded wall stretching across the southern border. “It’s embarrassing, it’s not going to happen. Everybody in Congress knows it’s not going to happen, every Republican knows it, every Democrat knows it. It makes no sense,” McCaskill said. She questioned Kelly on whether Trump was aware that “we’re not going to build a 2,000-mile concrete wall.” Trump is aware and is looking at the options, Kelly said. “I have no doubt when I go back to him and say, boss, ‘[the] wall makes sense here, high-tech fencing makes sense over here, technology makes sense over here,’ I have no doubt he will go tell me to do it,” Kelly said. McCaskill also criticized “extreme vetting” practices under consideration by the Trump administration in which foreigners, including those from allies such as Great Britain and France, could have to hand over their cellphones and answer questions about their ideology in order to enter the U.S. McCaskill said the idea that visitors to the U.S. would need to hand over their phone passwords and answer questions about their beliefs “sets my hair on fire.” Kelly said device searches and ideological questioning would happen only under unusual circumstances. McCain added that searches for phones could be useful. Terrorists, McCain said, are plotting how to attack the U.S. “That’s what sets my hair on fire,” McCain said. McCain, though, took a shot at the Trump administration’s travel ban targeting visitors from predominately Muslim nations that has been blocked by the courts. “Next time you do a travel ban, how about thinking it through?” McCain told Kelly.


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Colombia flood was ‘disaster foretold’ Government agencies, environmental organizations and land use experts had warned of threat BY BEN FOX AND ALBA TOBELLA Associated Press

MOCOA, COLOMBIA •

People were caught off guard when a devastating flash flood surged through a small city in southern Colombia, but not everyone was surprised. Government agencies, land use experts, and environmental organizations had said for years that Mocoa could face dangerous flooding. Many who lived in the most vulnerable areas were aware of the warnings, even if they didn’t heed them. And yet the city continued to sprawl into the floodplains west of downtown. “Unfortunately, in Colombia we don’t have a good assessment of risk, or good land use policies to prohibit people from settling in areas like these,” said Marcela Quintero, a researcher with the International Center for Tropical Agriculture, one of the organizations that raised the alarm about deforestation in the area. Mocoa was vulnerable because of its location, amid a confluence of rivers in the wet subtropical Amazon region of southern Colombia. The danger had grown worse as trees were cut for cattle ranching and other agriculture, removing protection against flooding and landslides. Then came an influx of new residents, many fleeing violence from the government’s long fight with guerrilla forces. When a month’s worth of rain fell in a single night late Friday and early Saturday, the long-predicted disaster had arrived. Deya Maria Toro, 68, who moved to Mocoa 12 years earlier, said she realized what was happening

in time and managed to flee to safety. “I woke up at 9 p.m. with this sensation: Is this when the avalanche comes?” Many others didn’t react in time. Three of the six rivers surrounding Mocoa overran their banks. A wall of muddy brown water and tree limbs raced through the streets, destroying homes and carrying away cars and appliances like driftwood. At least 293 people, many of them children, were swept away and died, according to the most recent count released Wednesday by President Juan Manuel Santos. About 340 were injured, and more than 300 are still unaccounted for. It was one of the worst natural disasters in Colombia in recent years, and the finger-pointing started quickly. Headlines told of the “disaster foretold,” a reference to “Chronicle of a Death Foretold,” the 1981 novella by the late Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the country’s most famous writer. Some media cited a 1989 report prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture, which outlined the scenario that played out over the weekend and recommended flood-control measures.

The Corporation for the Sustainable Development in the Southern Amazon, which has an office in Mocoa, has been warning of the danger as far back as 1995, when the government built a power station that was knocked out by the weekend’s flood. The Rev. Omar Parra, a Roman Catholic priest in Mocoa, said in an interview on radio station LA FM that he was dismissed as “paranoid” when he told local officials three years ago that the Taruca River was spilling over onto people’s land and would soon burst. “It was a tragedy foretold, and the authorities didn’t do what they should have done,” he said. People in the city were also quick to lay blame, even when they acknowledged knowing that the steep, forested mountains looming above the river by their homes posed a potential threat. The national attorney general’s office announced Tuesday that it was questioning the mayor of Mocoa and other officials to determine if any action, or inaction, on their part was responsible and whether an investigation is warranted.

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U.S. says N. Korean missile test ended in fiery crash BY HYUNG-JIN KIM associated Press

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA • A North Korean mis-

sile test ended in failure Wednesday when the rocket spun out of control and plunged into the ocean in a fiery crash, a senior U.S. defense official said. The launching came shortly before President Donald Trump’s first meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping later this week, raising speculation that it might have been timed to get their attention. The extended-range Scud missile suffered an in-flight failure and fell into the sea off North Korea’s east coast, according to U.S. imagery and assessments, the official said on condition of anonymity. Initial U.S. and South Korean assessments had indicated it was an advanced KN-15 mediumrange missile, whose first known test by North Korea was in February. But unlike the KN-15, which uses solid fuel, the missile fired Wednesday used liquid fuel and was fired from a fixed location, rather than a mobile launcher, the official said. The South Korean military said the missile was fired from land near the east coast city of Sinpo and flew only about 40 miles. North Korea is pushing hard to upgrade its weapons systems to cope with what it calls U.S. hostility. Many weapons experts say the North could have a functioning nucleartipped missile capable of reaching the continental U.S. within a few years. North Korea carried out two nuclear tests last year. Ralph Cossa, president of the Pacific Forum CSIS think tank in Honolulu, said he was expecting

North Korea to do something to coincide with the Trump-Xi summit, perhaps conduct a nuclear test. The missile launching may be a precursor, with more to come as the summit starts Thursday, he said. “I’ve joked before that they don’t mind being hated but they definitely hate to be ignored,” Cossa said. Recent satellite imagery shows potnetial preparations for a test at North Korea’s main nuclear test site, including the laying of communication cables used to initiate a test and collect data. North Korea’s state media have said the world will soon witness what they called “eventful successes” in the country’s space development. The United States, South Korea and others call North Korea’s space program a cover for its longrange missile development program. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry called the North’s latest missile launching a “reckless provocation” that posed a threat to international peace, while Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said his country had lodged a strong protest over the launching. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson acknowledged the launching in a brief statement but said the U.S. had spoken enough about North Korea and would not comment further. Trump has said China must do more to pressure North Korea to halt its nuclear and missile programs. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Wednesday that all sides needed to be involved.


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to exist, Atallah said. “The Hamas movement’s political program is for liberation in stages, and doesn’t give Israel the right to be on the other part of historic Palestine.”

Mexican official fed data to drug cartels, U.S. prosecutors say In a major embarrassment for Mexican law enforcement, U.S. prosecutors said in documents made public Wednesday that the commander of a Mexican police intelligence-sharing unit was passing information on a DEA investigation to the Beltran Leyva drug cartel in exchange for millions of dollars. Ivan Reyes Arzate, 45, was named in a U.S. district court indictment, just hours after Mexican federal police commissioner Manelich Castilla revealed that an unnamed agent had been charged with obstructing an investigation. What Castilla did not reveal was that Reyes Arzate was the commander of a federal police sensitive investigative unit. The special units, known as SIUs, were formed starting in the 1990s precisely to create more secure groups that the U.S. could feel comfortable sharing intelligence with. Castilla said Reyes Arzate had been fired in November. He is in U.S. custody. The Justice Department described Reyes Arzate as “the principal point of contact for information being shared between U.S. law enforcement and the Mexican Federal Police.” According to the U.S. indictment, Reyes Arzate was caught on a wiretap in September telling a drug trafficker to get rid of his communications equipment because he was under investigation and his phones were being tapped. Russian authorities arrest 7 in wake of St. Petersburg subway bombing • As part of a sweeping hunt for any accomplices of the St. Petersburg suicide bomber, investigators rounded up on Wednesday seven suspected Islamic State recruiters from the Central Asia region of the former Soviet Union but found no immediate evidence of their involvement in the subway attack. The Investigative Committee hasn’t caught any associates of Akbarzhon Dzhalilov, 22, a native of the Central Asian nation of Kyrgyzstan. The committee, Russia’s top criminal investigation agency, said it was looking into the possibility that Dzhalilov, who carried out Monday’s deadly attack, could have been linked to the militant group. The impoverished, predominantly Muslim countries in Central Asia are seen as fertile ground for Islamic extremists, and thousands of their residents are believed to have joined IS in Syria and Iraq. In Wednesday’s sweep in St. Petersburg, law enforcement agencies arrested seven Central Asian migrants who are suspected of acting as recruiters for the Islamic State and the al-Qaida’s branch in Syria. The detainees were accused of seeking “mostly immigrants from the republics of Central Asia to commit crimes of a terrorist nature and

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People in St.Petersburg, Russia, form on Wednesday digits of the time of the subway bombing in memory of its victims. The blast tore through a subway train on Monday.

encourage them to get involved in the activities of terrorist organizations,” the Investigative Committee said. Palestinian government slashes wages • The cash-strapped Palestinian Authority said Wednesday that it was slashing by nearly one third the salaries of tens of thousands of government employees in the Gaza Strip who have been sitting idly since the rival Hamas militant group took over the coastal territory a decade ago. The decision deepened the divide between the West Bank and Gaza — two territories that the Palestinians hope to turn into an independent state — and increased hardship in already impoverished Gaza. Al-Haddad, a father of 10, supports his family on a salary of about 2,200 shekels, or $600, a month. That income will now drop by nearly $200 a month. The internationally backed Palestinian Authority, which is based in the West Bank, ordered all of its roughly 50,000 workers to step down after the Islamic militant group Hamas seized power in 2007. But it has continued to pay the salaries of the former policemen, teachers and civil servants like al-Haddad. In the West Bank, government spokesman Yousif al-Mahmoud said a reduction in foreign aid had forced the Palestinian Authority to cut Gaza salaries by 30 percent. “Without this step, the government cannot pay the salaries of its employees,” he said.

Affected workers expressed shock, anger and frustration as they gathered outside Gaza banks. In Gaza City, nearly 200 people joined a protest outside a Bank of Palestine branch. “The salary is our children’s right,” said one of the banners. Israel and Egypt have maintained a blockade over Gaza since Hamas, a militant group sworn to Israel’s destruction, took power. Unemployment is now over 40 percent, according to the World Bank. Hamas moves to soften charter, still won’t recognize Israel • Hamas, the militant Palestinian movement that controls the Gaza Strip, may seek to project a more moderate image when its revised ideological charter is released. But that doesn’t extend to accepting Israel. The Islamist movement is aiming to mend fences with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, who considers Hamas an extension of the Muslim Brotherhood, and to repair a split with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas by accepting a temporary territorial compromise in the West Bank, veteran Hamas figures and political analysts said. The group also is seeking to improve its international standing by removing the most nakedly anti-Semitic material from its 1988 charter. The new document is expected to remove references to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion — a czarist-era forgery that portrayed Jews as seeking world domination — and

descriptions of Jews as implacable enemies of Islam. “This would keep the door open for a long-term truce or at least halting hostile actions between the two sides,” but doesn’t mean Hamas accepts Israel’s right

Ex-vagrants in South Korea want land promised for forced labor • Chung Youngchul is among nearly 2,000 people — ex-gangsters, ex-convicts, former prostitutes, orphans — who were once held here, forced to work without pay for years and are now largely forgotten. Now they want justice. They were victims of social engineering orchestrated in the 1960s by dictator Park Chung-hee, late father of just-ousted President Park Geun-hye. His 18-year rule was marked by both a dramatic economic rise and enormous human rights abuses. He cleared city streets of so-called vagrants and put them to work on land and road projects as free labor to help rebuild the

Car bomb kills 7 in Somalia • A massive car bomb blast at a restaurant in Somalia’s capital killed at least seven people, police said Wednesday. Several others were injured in the blast near the ministries of internal security and youth and sports in Mogadishu, Col. Ahmed Hashi said. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blast. However, the al-Qaida-linked Islamic extremist group al-Shabab group often carries out such attacks. The extremists have been pushed out of the capital and other major urban areas in Somalia by national and African Union multinational forces, but they continue to carry out deadly bombings and attacks in Mogadishu and elsewhere. From news services

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country after the 1950-53 Korean War. The victims say they’ve never received a proper investigation nor compensation.

There are a number of rules changes on the PGA Tour this year. You can read all about them in Sunday’s 20page golf guide. In addition, check out the fees for area courses and look up local golf tournaments.

KARLIE COMES HOME

Supermodel Karlie Kloss, who grew up in Webster Groves, unveils a line of clothing she co-designed for Express with a show at the Pageant.

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Francis Slay, who doesn’t collect anything else, collects keys to the city. Specifically, his city. He has 21 unique keys given away by previous mayors, not including the keys from his own administration.

Family members, fans, dignitaries and music professionals will say goodbye to rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Chuck Berry on Sunday. We look back at his life in pictures.

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Adams will have moments but is a good option in left BENJAMIN HOCHMAN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Matt Adams sure looked like Matt Holliday on Tuesday — at the plate, he hit the snot out of the ball; out in left field, the ball caught him. But all three flies indeed ended up in Adams’ glove, including a particularly perilous pop, and he survived the assignment, a notion that if uttered four months ago, “I’d probably laugh,” Adams admitted. The Cardinals scoured the

league for a possible lefthanded hitting outfielder. Sure enough, they had one all along, somewhere inside Matt Adams. It was like a stripping of a house and you discover original brick. Adams shed 30 pounds and, who knew, there was a bigleague left fielder under there. Now, that’s still a first baseman playing left — there will be a game in which he’ll misplay a ball. But if Adams truly is the hitter many think he’s transformed into, his at-bat thunder will make up for the occasional blunder. “Things that look easy to us out there aren’t always (easy), See HOCHMAN • Page B5

Spieth is eager to erase last year

Piscotty cleared to return to action

BY DERRICK GOOLD St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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The Cardinals’ Stephen Piscotty is hit by the ball as he scores on a throw by Chicago Cubs second baseman Javier Baez in the fifth inning Tuesday night.

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UGUSTA, GA. • On a warm, sunny afternoon in Amen Corner, Jordan Spieth stepped up to No. 12 and stuck it right next to the flag. A year too late. “I really could’ve used that one 12 months ago,” Spieth quipped Tuesday, mustering a smile before heading over the Hogan Bridge to take care of a tap-in delivered with an Arnold Palmer-like flourish. The Augusta National patrons roared with laughter. But for anyone who takes a bit of selfdeprecation during a practice round as a sign that Spieth has gotten over the green jacket that got away, think again. The sting is still there. You can hear it in his voice. “Certainly you don’t want to hold stuff in,” Spieth said. “That would be crazy.” If not for a meltdown at the shortest hole on the course, a mere 155 yards, the 23-year-old would’ve been talking Tuesday about his quest to become the first player to win the Masters three years in a row. Instead, he was reminiscing again about the biggest disappointment of his young, flourishing career. In 2016, Spieth made the turn on the final day with a commanding five-shot lead. He gave away some of that cushion with back-to-back bogeys at the 10th and 11th, but it was at the par-3 12th, the devilish little hole known as Golden Bell, that he lost the tournament . First, he splashed his tee shot into Rae’s Creek. Then, from the drop zone, he chunked another one into the water. Just like that, he was on the way to a quadruple-bogey 7 that ensured it would always be one of those Masters remembered more for how it was lost than how it was won. (In case you’ve forgotten, the beneficiary of Spieth’s collapse was England’s Danny Willett , who is the first to acknowledge “it was a strange one last year.”) Back in December, when Spieth returned to Augusta National for the first time since that fateful day to play a round with friends, he was thinking about what happened on the last day of the Masters. When he played the 12th on Tuesday, in front of a large gallery but merely for practice, it was on his mind again. When the tournament begins Thursday, he expects more of the same. “It will surely be there and it has been there,” said Spieth, wearing a green shirt that would be a perfect

After the most treacherous of trips around the bases, Cardinals outfielder Stephen Piscotty remained face down near home plate Tuesday unsure why he was in such sudden pain. He had been hit by something — the ball? the catcher? — and the earflap of his batting helmet dug hard into his left cheek. He was “stunned,” disoriented, couldn’t figure out what had happened. Lying there, he did know one thing. He had been through worse on a field. Almost 19 months after a collision in Pittsburgh’s outfield knocked Piscotty unconscious and left some teammates concerned “he was dead,” Piscotty was

BY DAVE MATTER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

COLUMBIA, MO. • Missouri, St. Louis

JORDAN SPIETH 6’1”, 185 lbs. Born: 7/27/1993 Turned pro in 2012 From Dallas

FEB. 12, 2017 The AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am was the last tournament Spieth won.

University and other suitors could be back in play for East St. Louis basketball standout Jeremiah Tilmon. The five-star center signed a national letter of intent with Illinois in the fall and was expected to stay committed to the Fighting Illini after their head-coaching change, but Tilmon wants to consider other options. He announced Wednesday on Instagram that he’s reTilmon quested a release from his letter of intent. Tilmon wrote, “Thank you University of Illinois athletics for understanding my position as a future student athlete that signed to play for Coach Groce but has requested release from NLI since coaching changes. My family and I feel it’s only fair that we hear all opportunities and not be stuck in one situation. We will wait patiently on the release from the NLI. Illinois will always remain an option because of See TILMON • Page B8

Loss gives Blues reason to worry Defense is chief concern

7TH PLACE Spieth’s standing in 2017 season after eight events.

2ND, 1ST, 2ND Three finishes for Spieth in the Masters.

BY JEREMY RUTHERFORD St. Louis Post-Dispatch

SUNRISE, FLA. • In one sense, the Blues have three games left in the regular season to lock down third place in the Central Division, and it doesn’t matter how they get it done. They have 93 points to Nashville’s 92, and with a game in hand any combination of three points — a Blues win and a Predators loss of any kind — would ensure a first-round matchup with Minnesota next week. In another sense, though, it does matter to Mike Yeo and his club how they get it done against Florida on Thursday, Carolina on Saturday and Colorado at home Sunday. The Blues are 12-2-2 in their past 16 games, but if they don’t clean up some elements of their game that have been exposed in recent losses to Winnipeg and Colorado, the postseason could be over sooner than they plan. “To me it’s all about habits,” Yeo said Wednesday, a day after a 5-2 defeat by the See BLUES • Page B6

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DIGEST Harvard crashes Thursday’s Frozen Four party

It has been nearly three decades since Ted Donato had his shining moment as a college hockey player, leading Harvard to the school’s lone national championship. If the moment at hand seems a bit like dejà vu to him, it should. Now in his 13th season as coach of the Crimson, Donato has guided the team to the Beanpot tournament crown (its first since 1993), the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship and a spot in the Frozen Four after victories over Providence (its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1994) and Air Force in the East Regional. Oh, and there’s a sophomore named Donato in the Harvard lineup — son Ryan, who’s tied for the team lead in goals (21) with Tyler Moy. “I’m very proud and very excited for our players,” said Donato, MVP of the 1989 Frozen Four. “It’s very difficult to get here.” Harvard (28-5-2) kicks off the Frozen Four — the NCAA hockey national semifinals — against Minnesota-Duluth (27-6-7) on Thursday at the United Center in Chicago. The nightcap pits topseeded Denver (31-7-4) against Notre Dame (23-11-5). The winners play for the title on Saturday night. Led by a core group of seniors, the Crimson is unbeaten in 18 games since mid-January and averaging 4.14 goals a game, tops in the nation. New for the Crimson, old hat for the Pioneers. A year ago, Denver lost in the national semifinals to eventual champion North Dakota. Denver has been ranked No. 1 in the country for much of the season after losing its first two games and is seeking its eighth national championship. Notre Dame has recent history leaning on its side — it’s a No. 4 seed, as were two of the four champions since 2013. (AP) U.S. women set for hockey semifinal • The Americans, who were undefeated in preliminary-round play, face Germany on Thursday night in a semifinal game of the women’s hockey world championship, in Plymouth Mich. The Germans beat Russia 2-1 in a quarterfinal match to advance. The other semifinal pits Finland against Canada. The Finns pulled off a head-turning upset at the event last weekend, beating the Canadians 4-3 in group play. (AP) A $16 million horse race looms • The richest horse race in the world is getting richer. Organizers of the Pegasus World Cup said that the purse for next year’s race will be $16 million, an increase of $4 million from the inaugural version this year. That means the winner would be in line to claim more than $9 million that day alone, a total that only eight horses running in North America have reached in their entire careers. The race is set for Jan. 27, again at Gulfstream Park in suburban Miami. (AP) Amateur baseball dinner set • The St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its 44th annual banquet on April 13th at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel. Former major-league umpire Rich Rieker will serve as the guest speaker. There will be 20 inductees into the hall, including Westminster coach Rich Van Gilst — who is retiring after 48 years of coaching. He led the Wildcats to successive state championships from 2011 to 2014. Former Cardinals pitcher Cliff Politte will receive the Bob Burnes Award and KSDK (Channel 5) sports director Frank Cusumano will receive the Jack Buck Media Award. Tickets cost $60 and can be purchased by calling Larry Donovan at 636-671-7147. (Steve Overbey) V. Williams loses • Laura Siegemundy beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5 to win her second three-set tennis match in three days and move on to the third round at the Volvo Car Open, in Charleston, S.C. Also, Fanny Stollar stunned No. 4 seed Elena Vesnina, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) and Daria Kasatkina outlasted Monica Puig 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-2. (AP)

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Jordan Spieth wears his green jacket after winning the Masters in 2015 for his first major title with a dominating 18-under score. MASTERS • FROM B1

match for the jacket he hopes to don again Sunday. “It is one of the many tournaments I’ve lost given a certain performance on a hole or a stretch of holes. It happens in this game. I stepped up today, first day back with the crowds, and hit it to about (a foot away), which is nice. Obviously, it’s not the tournament.” While the 12th will always be a part of Spieth’s story at the Masters, his feel for this place is far more positive than negative. He’s played this tournament three times and never finished lower than second. This is where he captured his first major with a dominating 18-under score in 2015, sparking a run at the Grand Slam and one of the greatest years in golf history. Even the hole where it all fell apart has provided plenty of good vibes. Before the finale a year ago, Spieth had played Golden Bell at 1-under through his first 11 rounds at the Masters, including three birdies. “I really thoroughly enjoy this place and this week,” he insisted. “I seem to have more fun each year when I play this golf course.” Spieth’s enthusiasm got more pronounced when asked specifically what makes this course so appealing to him. “I like the elevation changes, the sidehill lies, the pull to Rae’s Creek,” he said, not even pausing for humorous effect. “It’s imaginative golf. It’s feel golf. I really enjoy that. When I go away from technical and toward feel, it’s an advantage for me.” He certainly looks like one of the players to beat this week, even though he ceded the No. 1 spot in the world rankings to Dustin Johnson, who suffered a back injury in a fall down some stairs Wednesday and might not be able to play. No one doubts that Spieth will get another shot at the green jacket. Probably a lot more. “I’m excited about the opportunity ahead, which is now I can go back and really tear this golf course up ... really create more

Masters Tee Times At Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Ga. a-amateur Thursday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:07 a.m. — Daniel Summerhays, Russell Henley 7:11 a.m.-10:18 a.m. — Trevor Immelman, Brendan Steele, Jhonattan Vegas 7:22 a.m.-10:29 a.m. — Mike Weir, Billy Hurley III, Scott Piercy 7:33 a.m.-10:40 a.m. — Larry Mize, Brian Stuard, a-Stewart Hagestad 7:44 a.m.-10:51 a.m. — Soren Kjeldsen, Kevin Chappell, Jim Furyk 7:55 a.m.-11:13 a.m. — Sandy Lyle, Sean O’Hair, a-Scott Gregory 8:06 a.m.-11:24 a.m. — Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Hadwin 8:17 a.m.-11:35 a.m. — Tommy Fleetwood, Gary Woodland, J.B. Holmes 8:27 a.m.-11:46 a.m. — Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner, Andy Sullivan 8:39 a.m.-11:57 a.m. — Francesco Molinari, Daniel Berger, Thomas Pieters 9:01 a.m.-12:08 p.m. — Fred Couples, Paul Casey, Kevin Na 9:12 a.m.-12:19 p.m. — Russell Knox, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama 9:23 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Branden Grace, Brooks Koepka, Jeunghun Wang 9:34 a.m.-12:41 p.m. — Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Matt Fitzpatrick 9:45 a.m.-12:52 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Si Woo Kim 9:56 a.m.-1:03 p.m. — Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Jason Day 10:07 a.m.-7 a.m. — Rod Pampling, William McGirt 10:18 a.m.-7:11 a.m. — Mark O’Meara, Hudson Swafford, Roberto Castro 10:29 a.m.-7:22 a.m. — Ian Woosnam, James Hahn, a-Brad Dalke 10:40 a.m.-7:33 a.m. — Ross Fisher, Pat Perez, Byeong Hun An 10:51 a.m.-7:44 a.m. — Jose Maria Olazabal, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson 11:13 a.m.-7:55 a.m. — Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, Bernd Wiesberger 11:24 a.m.-8:06 a.m. — Danny Willett, Matt Kuchar, a-Curtis Luck 11:35 a.m.-8:17 a.m. — Vijay Singh, Emiliano Grillo, a-Toto Gana 11:46 a.m.-8:27 a.m. — Angel Cabrera, Henrik Stenson, Tyrrell Hatton 11:57 a.m.-8:39 a.m. — Charl Schwartzel, Steve Stricker, Mackenzie Hughes 12:08 p.m.-9:01 a.m. — Charley Hoffman, Chris Wood, Yuta Ikeda 12:19 p.m.-9:12 a.m. — Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry 12:30 p.m.-9:23 a.m. — Bernhard Langer, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed 12:41 p.m.-9:34 a.m. — Rory McIlroy, Hideto Tanihara, Jon Rahm 12:52 p.m.-9:45 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas 1:03 p.m.-9:56 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker

great memories on the back nine of Augusta,” he said. “If it happens this year, fantastic. I will do all I can to see all the positives and grind it out like we did in 2015. And if it doesn’t happen this year, then I’ll be ready the next year to do it.” When Spieth made that little joke Tuesday at the 12th, it felt like a cathartic moment. Yeah, it still hurts. But he’s not afraid of Amen Corner. “Looking forward to getting out there,” he said, sounding a bit defiant, “and taking it right over the bunker just like my strategy for any other hole.”

Billikens’ baseball game canceled • St. Louis University’s baseball game scheduled at Bradley was cancelled because of heavy rain in the forecast and will not be rescheduled. Also, SLU’s game against Missouri State that was postponed earlier has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. April 17 at home. (From news services)

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Jordan Spieth pauses on the 18th green before putting out during the final round of the Masters last year after blowing a five-shot lead on the back nine in his bid to win back-to-back titles.

MASTERS NOTEBOOK Johnson injures back; status to play unclear Masters favorite Dustin Johnson took a serious fall on a staircase Wednesday and injured his lower back, and his manager said it was uncertain whether the world’s No. 1 golfer would be able to play. It was a stunning development on an otherwise quiet day at Augusta National, where the course was shut down at 1:30 p.m. because of storms. The real calamity struck a few hours later. David Winkle, his manager at Hambric Sports, said Johnson fell on the stairs at the home he is renting in Augusta. “He landed very hard on his lower back and is now resting, although quite uncomfortably,” Winkle said in an email. “He has been advised to remain immobile and begin a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication and icing, with the hope of being able to play tomorrow.” What might help Johnson is that he is in the last group for the opening round, scheduled to tee off at 2:03 p.m. (Eastern time) with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and PGA champion Jimmy Walker. Johnson has had his share of mishaps in majors but not before one even started. On Tuesday, Winkle described Johnson as being “in as good a shape as I’ve ever seen him in every aspect of his game and his life.” Johnson has won three straight tournaments — including a pair of World Golf Championships — heading into the Masters. Two years ago, Rory McIlroy ruptured ligaments in his ankle a few weeks before he was to defend his title in the 2015 British Open when he was No. 1 in the world. But this was different. Johnson was at Augusta National on Wednesday to play nine holes before the first wave of storms moved in. He was a strong favorite to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the Masters at No. 1 in the world. Winkle said he would not have any further comment until he knew more about Johnson’s condition.

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Bubba Watson helps his daughter, Dakota, before the Par 3 Contest was canceled.

Par 3 Contest canceled • While severe weather cancelled the Masters’ popular Par 3 Contest for the first time in history, Watson was able to get on the course with his two children before it was shut down. The two-time Masters champion enjoyed every moment. Watson and former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson were first off the tee at Augusta National’s par-3 layout in between major storms that first cleared the course at 10 a.m. — then shut it down for good about 3 1/2 hours later. The start of the event was delayed, but the two major champions made it through the nine-hole course, along with their wives and a total of six children: the Watsons’ two and the Simpsons’ four. Watson had 5-year-old son Caleb as his personal marshal, the youngster extending his arms skyward whenever his father or playing partner Simpson would putt. “There was hardly anyone making noise,” Caleb reported to Watson. Watson just smiled and pointed the young man to the next tee. “This is a dream come true anytime you can come out here with your kids,” Watson said. Weather update • The forecast is more promising through the rest of the week, though high wind Thursday and Friday could make the playing conditions challenging. Sunny weather, with highs in the 70s, is expected for the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday. Associated Press


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DIGEST Harvard crashes Thursday’s Frozen Four party

It has been nearly three decades since Ted Donato had his shining moment as a college hockey player, leading Harvard to the school’s lone national championship. If the moment at hand seems a bit like dejà vu to him, it should. Now in his 13th season as coach of the Crimson, Donato has guided the team to the Beanpot tournament crown (its first since 1993), the Eastern College Athletic Conference championship and a spot in the Frozen Four after victories over Providence (its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1994) and Air Force in the East Regional. Oh, and there’s a sophomore named Donato in the Harvard lineup — son Ryan, who’s tied for the team lead in goals (21) with Tyler Moy. “I’m very proud and very excited for our players,” said Donato, MVP of the 1989 Frozen Four. “It’s very difficult to get here.” Harvard (28-5-2) kicks off the Frozen Four — the NCAA hockey national semifinals — against Minnesota-Duluth (27-6-7) on Thursday at the United Center in Chicago. The nightcap pits topseeded Denver (31-7-4) against Notre Dame (23-11-5). The winners play for the title on Saturday night. Led by a core group of seniors, the Crimson is unbeaten in 18 games since mid-January and averaging 4.14 goals a game, tops in the nation. New for the Crimson, old hat for the Pioneers. A year ago, Denver lost in the national semifinals to eventual champion North Dakota. Denver has been ranked No. 1 in the country for much of the season after losing its first two games and is seeking its eighth national championship. Notre Dame has recent history leaning on its side — it’s a No. 4 seed, as were two of the four champions since 2013. (AP) U.S. women set for hockey semifinal • The Americans, who were undefeated in preliminary-round play, face Germany on Thursday night in a semifinal game of the women’s hockey world championship, in Plymouth Mich. The Germans beat Russia 2-1 in a quarterfinal match to advance. The other semifinal pits Finland against Canada. The Finns pulled off a head-turning upset at the event last weekend, beating the Canadians 4-3 in group play. (AP) A $16 million horse race looms • The richest horse race in the world is getting richer. Organizers of the Pegasus World Cup said that the purse for next year’s race will be $16 million, an increase of $4 million from the inaugural version this year. That means the winner would be in line to claim more than $9 million that day alone, a total that only eight horses running in North America have reached in their entire careers. The race is set for Jan. 27, again at Gulfstream Park in suburban Miami. (AP) Amateur baseball dinner set • The St. Louis Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame will hold its 44th annual banquet on April 13th at the Sheraton Westport Chalet Hotel. Former major-league umpire Rich Rieker will serve as the guest speaker. There will be 20 inductees into the hall, including Westminster coach Rich Van Gilst — who is retiring after 48 years of coaching. He led the Wildcats to successive state championships from 2011 to 2014. Former Cardinals pitcher Cliff Politte will receive the Bob Burnes Award and KSDK (Channel 5) sports director Frank Cusumano will receive the Jack Buck Media Award. Tickets cost $60 and can be purchased by calling Larry Donovan at 636-671-7147. (Steve Overbey) V. Williams loses • Laura Siegemundy beat Venus Williams 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-5 to win her second three-set tennis match in three days and move on to the third round at the Volvo Car Open, in Charleston, S.C. Also, Fanny Stollar stunned No. 4 seed Elena Vesnina, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) and Daria Kasatkina outlasted Monica Puig 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-2. (AP)

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Jordan Spieth wears his green jacket after winning the Masters in 2015 for his first major title with a dominating 18-under score. MASTERS • FROM B1

match for the jacket he hopes to don again Sunday. “It is one of the many tournaments I’ve lost given a certain performance on a hole or a stretch of holes. It happens in this game. I stepped up today, first day back with the crowds, and hit it to about (a foot away), which is nice. Obviously, it’s not the tournament.” While the 12th will always be a part of Spieth’s story at the Masters, his feel for this place is far more positive than negative. He’s played this tournament three times and never finished lower than second. This is where he captured his first major with a dominating 18-under score in 2015, sparking a run at the Grand Slam and one of the greatest years in golf history. Even the hole where it all fell apart has provided plenty of good vibes. Before the finale a year ago, Spieth had played Golden Bell at 1-under through his first 11 rounds at the Masters, including three birdies. “I really thoroughly enjoy this place and this week,” he insisted. “I seem to have more fun each year when I play this golf course.” Spieth’s enthusiasm got more pronounced when asked specifically what makes this course so appealing to him. “I like the elevation changes, the sidehill lies, the pull to Rae’s Creek,” he said, not even pausing for humorous effect. “It’s imaginative golf. It’s feel golf. I really enjoy that. When I go away from technical and toward feel, it’s an advantage for me.” He certainly looks like one of the players to beat this week, even though he ceded the No. 1 spot in the world rankings to Dustin Johnson, who suffered a back injury in a fall down some stairs Wednesday and might not be able to play. No one doubts that Spieth will get another shot at the green jacket. Probably a lot more. “I’m excited about the opportunity ahead, which is now I can go back and really tear this golf course up ... really create more

Masters Tee Times At Augusta National Golf Club Augusta, Ga. a-amateur Thursday-Friday 7 a.m.-10:07 a.m. — Daniel Summerhays, Russell Henley 7:11 a.m.-10:18 a.m. — Trevor Immelman, Brendan Steele, Jhonattan Vegas 7:22 a.m.-10:29 a.m. — Mike Weir, Billy Hurley III, Scott Piercy 7:33 a.m.-10:40 a.m. — Larry Mize, Brian Stuard, a-Stewart Hagestad 7:44 a.m.-10:51 a.m. — Soren Kjeldsen, Kevin Chappell, Jim Furyk 7:55 a.m.-11:13 a.m. — Sandy Lyle, Sean O’Hair, a-Scott Gregory 8:06 a.m.-11:24 a.m. — Zach Johnson, Louis Oosthuizen, Adam Hadwin 8:17 a.m.-11:35 a.m. — Tommy Fleetwood, Gary Woodland, J.B. Holmes 8:27 a.m.-11:46 a.m. — Adam Scott, Kevin Kisner, Andy Sullivan 8:39 a.m.-11:57 a.m. — Francesco Molinari, Daniel Berger, Thomas Pieters 9:01 a.m.-12:08 p.m. — Fred Couples, Paul Casey, Kevin Na 9:12 a.m.-12:19 p.m. — Russell Knox, Rickie Fowler, Hideki Matsuyama 9:23 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Branden Grace, Brooks Koepka, Jeunghun Wang 9:34 a.m.-12:41 p.m. — Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Matt Fitzpatrick 9:45 a.m.-12:52 p.m. — Phil Mickelson, Rafa Cabrera Bello, Si Woo Kim 9:56 a.m.-1:03 p.m. — Brandt Snedeker, Justin Rose, Jason Day 10:07 a.m.-7 a.m. — Rod Pampling, William McGirt 10:18 a.m.-7:11 a.m. — Mark O’Meara, Hudson Swafford, Roberto Castro 10:29 a.m.-7:22 a.m. — Ian Woosnam, James Hahn, a-Brad Dalke 10:40 a.m.-7:33 a.m. — Ross Fisher, Pat Perez, Byeong Hun An 10:51 a.m.-7:44 a.m. — Jose Maria Olazabal, Ryan Moore, Webb Simpson 11:13 a.m.-7:55 a.m. — Ernie Els, Jason Dufner, Bernd Wiesberger 11:24 a.m.-8:06 a.m. — Danny Willett, Matt Kuchar, a-Curtis Luck 11:35 a.m.-8:17 a.m. — Vijay Singh, Emiliano Grillo, a-Toto Gana 11:46 a.m.-8:27 a.m. — Angel Cabrera, Henrik Stenson, Tyrrell Hatton 11:57 a.m.-8:39 a.m. — Charl Schwartzel, Steve Stricker, Mackenzie Hughes 12:08 p.m.-9:01 a.m. — Charley Hoffman, Chris Wood, Yuta Ikeda 12:19 p.m.-9:12 a.m. — Sergio Garcia, Lee Westwood, Shane Lowry 12:30 p.m.-9:23 a.m. — Bernhard Langer, Alex Noren, Patrick Reed 12:41 p.m.-9:34 a.m. — Rory McIlroy, Hideto Tanihara, Jon Rahm 12:52 p.m.-9:45 a.m. — Marc Leishman, Bill Haas, Justin Thomas 1:03 p.m.-9:56 a.m. — Bubba Watson, Dustin Johnson, Jimmy Walker

great memories on the back nine of Augusta,” he said. “If it happens this year, fantastic. I will do all I can to see all the positives and grind it out like we did in 2015. And if it doesn’t happen this year, then I’ll be ready the next year to do it.” When Spieth made that little joke Tuesday at the 12th, it felt like a cathartic moment. Yeah, it still hurts. But he’s not afraid of Amen Corner. “Looking forward to getting out there,” he said, sounding a bit defiant, “and taking it right over the bunker just like my strategy for any other hole.”

Billikens’ baseball game canceled • St. Louis University’s baseball game scheduled at Bradley was cancelled because of heavy rain in the forecast and will not be rescheduled. Also, SLU’s game against Missouri State that was postponed earlier has been rescheduled for 4 p.m. April 17 at home. (From news services)

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Jordan Spieth pauses on the 18th green before putting out during the final round of the Masters last year after blowing a five-shot lead on the back nine in his bid to win back-to-back titles.

MASTERS NOTEBOOK Johnson injures back; status to play unclear Masters favorite Dustin Johnson took a serious fall on a staircase Wednesday and injured his lower back, and his manager said it was uncertain whether the world’s No. 1 golfer would be able to play. It was a stunning development on an otherwise quiet day at Augusta National, where the course was shut down at 1:30 p.m. because of storms. The real calamity struck a few hours later. David Winkle, his manager at Hambric Sports, said Johnson fell on the stairs at the home he is renting in Augusta. “He landed very hard on his lower back and is now resting, although quite uncomfortably,” Winkle said in an email. “He has been advised to remain immobile and begin a regimen of anti-inflammatory medication and icing, with the hope of being able to play tomorrow.” What might help Johnson is that he is in the last group for the opening round, scheduled to tee off at 2:03 p.m. (Eastern time) with two-time Masters champion Bubba Watson and PGA champion Jimmy Walker. Johnson has had his share of mishaps in majors but not before one even started. On Tuesday, Winkle described Johnson as being “in as good a shape as I’ve ever seen him in every aspect of his game and his life.” Johnson has won three straight tournaments — including a pair of World Golf Championships — heading into the Masters. Two years ago, Rory McIlroy ruptured ligaments in his ankle a few weeks before he was to defend his title in the 2015 British Open when he was No. 1 in the world. But this was different. Johnson was at Augusta National on Wednesday to play nine holes before the first wave of storms moved in. He was a strong favorite to become the first player since Tiger Woods in 2002 to win the Masters at No. 1 in the world. Winkle said he would not have any further comment until he knew more about Johnson’s condition.

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Bubba Watson helps his daughter, Dakota, before the Par 3 Contest was canceled.

Par 3 Contest canceled • While severe weather cancelled the Masters’ popular Par 3 Contest for the first time in history, Watson was able to get on the course with his two children before it was shut down. The two-time Masters champion enjoyed every moment. Watson and former U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson were first off the tee at Augusta National’s par-3 layout in between major storms that first cleared the course at 10 a.m. — then shut it down for good about 3 1/2 hours later. The start of the event was delayed, but the two major champions made it through the nine-hole course, along with their wives and a total of six children: the Watsons’ two and the Simpsons’ four. Watson had 5-year-old son Caleb as his personal marshal, the youngster extending his arms skyward whenever his father or playing partner Simpson would putt. “There was hardly anyone making noise,” Caleb reported to Watson. Watson just smiled and pointed the young man to the next tee. “This is a dream come true anytime you can come out here with your kids,” Watson said. Weather update • The forecast is more promising through the rest of the week, though high wind Thursday and Friday could make the playing conditions challenging. Sunny weather, with highs in the 70s, is expected for the final two rounds Saturday and Sunday. Associated Press


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NOTEBOOK Raiders meet with running back Lynch

Retired running back Marshawn Lynch has visited the Oakland Raiders as he decides whether to come back to the NFL, and the team decides whether it wants to acquire the hometown favorite. Seahawks general manager John Schneider told a Seattle radio station that a deal to send Lynch to Oakland has been discussed in case he does come out of retirement. He last played in 2015 and the Seahawks still hold his rights, but would be unlikely to want to pay his $9 million for this year if he decides to come back. “We’ve had dialogue about it,” Schneider told a Seattle radio station. “Marshawn is trying to figure things out, the Raiders are trying to figure things out. My understanding is that if he would want to come back and play that it would be for the Raiders and that would be it.” Meanwhile, Schneider said the Seahawks have listened to trade offers for cornerback Richard Sherman, but played down that a deal may actually happen. Seattle is sending a message that it is clearly listening when it comes to its former All-Pro cornerback. “It’s just open communication. He knows what’s going on. We know what’s going on,” Schneider said. “I don’t know if anything would ever happen, but like I tell people all the time, 98 percent of the deals that we’re involved with, we don’t follow through with. But at least we’ve opened that door, gone down the road.” Sherman has spent his entire career with the Seahawks. He’s coming off his most volatile season that included two sideline blowups during games when he clashed with coaches and had to be pulled aside by teammates. He’s also part of a defense that is getting older — Sherman just turned 29 — and the upcoming draft is loaded with talent in the secondary. Irvin denies allegations • Pro Football Hall of Fame member Michael Irvin defended himself against an ongoing Fort Lauderdale, Fla., police investigation of sexual battery and said his accuser was a platonic friend of more than 10 years. “I have never, ever, in that decade, we’ve never had any kind of dating relationship and we’ve never had any kind of sexual relationship or sexual relations in any way,” Irvin, 51, told a Dallas television station. “She’s like a little niece. She’s been around me, she’s been around my family, been out to eat with us. I considered her a friend.” The alleged sexual battery was on March 22 in Fort Lauderdale. A week later, police said that Irvin was someone being investigated in the case and that he had not been charged with any offense and had not been arrested. On Wednesday, Detective Tracy Figone said the status of the former Dallas Cowboy and University of Miami Hurricane has not changed. “We are actively investigating the case,” Figone said. Rams add two • The Los Angeles Rams signed former Washington center John Sullivan and former Houston linebacker Carlos Thompson. Sullivan is a candidate to replace Tim Barnes, who was released last month. Sullivan was the Vikings’ starting center from 2009-14, then missed the 2015 season because of a back injury and he started one game for the Redskins last season after Minnesota released him. Thompson signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2015. The Ole Miss product appeared in two games before getting waived in August 2016. Pats keep Bolden • The New England Patriots re-signed running back Brandon Bolden, who appeared in 14 regular-season games and all three of the team’s postseason contests last season. From news services

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Only the wait left for Harris Lindenwood linebacker has worked hard ahead of draft BY JIM THOMAS st. Louis Post-dispatch

The first two months of 2017 were a whirlwind for Connor Harris. In midJanuary, he received the Cliff Harris Award as the nation’s top small-college defender at a banquet in Little Rock, Ark. In late January, he was off to Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl. At the beginning of March there was the massive gridiron job fair known as the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. In between, he trained at the St. Vincent Sport Performance facility in Indianapolis for weeks and weeks with a nutrition team, physical therapists, a strength staff, and personal trainers. During that time, he and his wife, Marissa, lived in a hotel. For 58 days. Harris, the star linebacker from Lindenwood University, described his pre-draft experience to that point as a hectic, surreal grind. Following the combine, he headed back to Lindenwood to finish off the last stage of pre-draft training. Lindenwood did not have a pro day, and so far, Harris has had no top 30 visits or private workouts with NFL teams. After all that activity and training, Harris has officially reached the hurryup-and-wait phase for the draft April 27-29. “It’s slowed down a lot but it’s been fun,” Harris said Wednesday. “It’s been a great journey so far. I’m gonna be ready for hopefully hearing my name called in the draft. And if not, get ready for free agency and get ready to sign with a team.” Harris works out at least three or four days a week at Harlen C. Hunter Stadium on the Lindenwood campus. The other days of the

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Lindenwood linebacker Connor Harris runs a drill at the NFL Scouting Combine last month in Indianapolis.

week, it’s weight training. Lately, he’s been dodging rainouts for his stadium workouts. On Wednesday morning, he just beat the rain, working on coverage drops and change of direction with Clint Koons, another former Lindenwood linebacker. When the rain won’t stop, he heads to the Elite Football Academy in Chesterfield where Derek Stanley, a former St. Louis Rams wide receiver and former Lindenwood assistant coach, helps him train. But after each day’s two-hour workout, Harris and his wife have the rest of the day to themselves. And there’s not a whole lot going on. Although he grew up in the Lee’s Summit area of Kansas City and starred at Blue Springs South High, Harris’ father is from Kirkwood and his grandmother still lives in Kirkwood. Connor and Marissa have added some excitement by getting a dog — a five-month-old Dutch shepherd named Blitz. “I wanted to give him a football name,” Harris said, pulling out a picture of the

canine. The end of this week brings a change in routine with Harris taking part in the Kansas City Chiefs’ local pro day (for draft prospects from the KC area). For someone who grew up 10 minutes from Arrowhead Stadium and attended Chiefs games growing up, this is dreamcome-true stuff. “I think I’m gonna work out as fullback and inside ’backer,” Harris said. “They have me listed as both on the itinerary they gave me, so I think I’m gonna do both.” Which explains why he ran some pass routes Wednesday, catching passes from Koons. Playing on that side of the ball isn’t foreign. He played safety and quarterback in high school and lined up in the Wildcat formation enough at Lindenwood to gain 328 yards (6.6 yards per carry) and rush for seven touchdowns. Then again, there wasn’t much Harris didn’t do at Lindenwood. He punted 35 times over his career with the Lions. Last season, he took over place-kicking

chores late in the season, making all 12 of his extrapoint tries. But his legacy at Lindenwood will be at linebacker, where he won just about every award imaginable. ... Four-time All-Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association ... threetime All-American ... conference defensive player of the year ... and of course, the Harris Award. Lightly recruited out of high school despite being an all-state player on a state championship team, Harris didn’t hear from many Division I schools: Northern Illinois, Kansas, Kansas State and a little from Missouri. They all told him he’d probably be redshirted and may not see the field for a couple of years. That’s not what he wanted to hear. “I played every year in high school,” Harris said, “I never really sat out. So I was like, I don’t want to do that now. I just want to play as much as I can. At the end of my four years, if I’m good enough they’ll find me. If not, at least I knew I played as much as I could.” At Division II Lindenwood, he was more than good enough. Last season, he set the NCAA alldivision record for career tackles (633). A four-year starter, he also piled up 34 tackles for loss, 8½ sacks, six interceptions and 20 pass breakups. And yes, NFL scouts found him. He got an invitation to the Senior Bowl and the combine, joining former Lindenwood star Pierre Desir as the only players in school history with that distinction. “When you step on that field, it’s not where you’re from,” he said. “It’s where you’re going. Everyone knows that, and everyone wants to go to the next level. So it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing Wisconsin, Alabama, Michigan or Lindenwood (on your helmet).” No, it doesn’t. He hopes to be wearing an NFL helmet soon, and there’s only three more weeks of waiting. For him, Marissa, and Blitz. Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter jthomas@post-dispatch.com

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ROUNDUP Harper helps Nats slip past Marlins Bryce Harper had two RBIs, Ryan Zimmerman homered and Tanner Roark recovered from a shaky start to go six innings, leading Washington by visiting Miami 6-4 Wednesday night. Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his second save, striking out Christian Yelich with a man aboard to end it after giving up a run. Braves 3, Mets 1 • Matt Kemp’s third double of the game, a two-out, basesloaded liner off Rafael Montero, drove in two runs in the 12th inning to help visiting Atlanta win. Former Met Bartolo Colon was sharp in his debut for Atlanta, allowing a run and two hits in six innings. Reds 2, Phillies 0 • Brandon Finnegan allowed only one hit in seven innings, retiring the last 19 batters he faced, and Joey Votto homered to spark Cincinnati to victory at home. Finnegan followed a walk in the first inning with Maikel Franco’s single to center. He then retired everyone else he faced. Brewers 6, Rockies 1 • Jonathan Villar, Eric Thames and Travis Shaw homered to help Milwaukee prevail at home. Wily Peralta got the win, allowing three hits over five scoreless innings.

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Twins 9, Royals 1 • Eduardo Escobar homered and drove in four runs and Miguel Sano added a bases-loaded triple to help host Minnesota romp. After starting last season 0-9 to set the stage for a 103-loss season, the Twins are 2-0 for the first time since 2007. “If we can hold them to one run every day,” Twins manager Paul Molitor mused in victory, “I think we’ll have a good chance.” Only 15,171 tickets, the fewest in Target Field history, were sold to the matinee game, and perhaps 10,000 or so fans were actually in the park. The Twins benefited from receiving nine walks Wednesday. “More walks than hits, but it works,” Molitor said. “These guys understand that patience is part of the game and the more you get on base — it doesn’t matter in what fashion — it contributes to opportunities to score runs. But you’ve got to cash them in.” Rays 4, Yankees 1 • Corey Dickerson homered and drove in two runs to lead Tampa Bay to victory at home. The Rays took two of three games from their AL East rivals to open a season with a series victory for the first time since 2012. Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1• Dylan Bundy struck out eight over seven impressive innings and host Baltimore also got home runs from Adam Jones and Chris Davis to win. Rainout • The Tigers-White Sox game scheduled to be played in Chicago was postponed because of rain and is to be made up May 26 as part of a doubleheader.

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Red Sox 3, Pirates 0 • Boston’s Sandy Leon hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to win the game. It was his third hit of the game and came after Chris Sale pitched seven dominant innings in his Red Sox debut. Associated Press

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Kansas City AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Gordon lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 .143 Moustakas dh 4 0 1 0 0 3 .250 Cain cf 3 1 1 0 1 1 .200 Hosmer 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .143 Perez c 3 0 0 0 1 0 .167 Orlando rf 4 0 1 1 0 2 .143 Cuthbert 3b 2 0 0 0 1 0 .000 A.Escobar ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Mondesi 2b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Totals 29 1 4 1 3 9 Minnesota AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Dozier 2b 4 1 1 1 1 0 .250 Kepler rf 4 1 1 0 1 1 .250 Buxton cf 5 0 1 0 0 3 .100 Mauer 1b 3 1 1 0 1 1 .167 a-Gimenez ph-3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Sano 3b-1b 3 2 1 3 1 1 .333 Castro c 0 2 0 0 4 0 .667 E.Escobar ss 4 2 2 4 0 0 .500 Rosario lf 4 0 1 1 0 0 .286 Grossman dh 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000 Totals 31 9 8 9 9 7 Kansas City 000 100 000 — 1 4 0 Minnesota 030 000 60x — 9 8 0 a-popped out for Mauer in the 8th. LOB: Kansas City 5, Minnesota 7. 3B: Sano (1). HR: E.Escobar (1), off Strahm. RBIs: Orlando (1), Dozier (1), Sano 3 (5), E.Escobar 4 (4), Rosario (1). SB: Dozier 2 (2). CS: Gordon (1). RLISP: Kansas City 1 (Cuthbert); Minnesota 4 (Kepler 2, E.Escobar, Gimenez). LIDP: E.Escobar. GIDP: Cuthbert. DP: Kansas City 1 (Hosmer); Minnesota 2 (Castro, E.Escobar), (E.Escobar, Dozier, Mauer). Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Kennedy L, 0-1 5 3 3 3 5 5 95 5.40 Minor 1 0 0 0 1 0 16 0.00 2/ Karns 4 2 2 27 54.00 3 2 4 1/ Strahm 2 1 0 17 81.00 3 1 2 Young 1 2 0 0 0 0 18 0.00 Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Santiago W, 1-0 5 4 1 1 2 4 88 1.80 Duffey 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.00 2/ Belisle 0 1 2 18 0.00 3 0 0 2/ Rogers 0 0 1 8 0.00 3 0 0 2/ Pressly 0 0 2 9 0.00 3 0 0 Haley 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0.00 Santiago pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. Inherited runners-scored: Strahm 1-1, Duffey 1-0, Rogers 1-0. HBP: Santiago (Gordon). Umpires: Home, Tony Randazzo; First, Rob Drake; Second, Pat Hoberg; Third, Gerry Davis. T: 3:06. A: 15,171 .

Philadelphia AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Hernandez 2b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .111 Kendrick lf 3 0 0 0 1 0 .375 Herrera cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .286 Franco 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 Joseph 1b 4 0 0 0 0 3 .000 Altherr rf 3 0 1 0 0 1 .333 Rupp c 3 0 1 0 0 0 .143 Galvis ss 3 0 0 0 0 2 .286 Eickhoff p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Rodriguez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-Saunders ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Neshek p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 31 0 4 0 1 13 Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Hamilton cf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .143 Peraza 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Votto 1b 3 1 1 1 0 0 .143 Duvall lf 3 1 1 0 0 1 .429 Suarez 3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Schebler rf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .167 Cozart ss 3 0 2 1 0 0 .429 Barnhart c 3 0 1 0 0 0 .333 Finnegan p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Lorenzen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --b-Gennett ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 Iglesias p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 28 2 5 2 1 8 Philadelphia 000 000 000 — 0 4 0 Cincinnati 000 000 20x — 2 5 0 a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 8th. b-struck out for Lorenzen in the 8th. LOB: Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 3. 2B: Duvall (2), Barnhart (1). HR: Votto (1), off Eickhoff. RBIs: Votto (1), Cozart (1). SB: Herrera (1), Hamilton (1). RLISP: Philadelphia 3 (Hernandez, Joseph 2); Cincinnati 2 (Peraza 2). GIDP: Barnhart. DP: Philadelphia 1 (Joseph, Galvis, Eickhoff). Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Eickhoff L, 0-1 6 2/3 5 2 2 1 6 80 2.70 1/ Rodriguez 0 0 0 5 0.00 3 0 0 Neshek 1 0 0 0 0 2 14 0.00 Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Finnegan W, 1-0 7 1 0 0 1 9 88 0.00 Lorenzen 1 2 0 0 0 2 24 0.00 Iglesias S, 1-1 1 1 0 0 0 2 21 0.00 Umpires: Home, Phil Cuzzi; First, Vic Carapazza; Second, Mark Ripperger; Third, Tom Hallion. T: 2:25. A: 19,944 .

Pittsburgh AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Mercer ss 5 0 0 0 0 0 .111 Marte cf 5 0 1 0 0 2 .111 McCutchen rf 5 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Polanco lf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .111 Freese 3b 4 0 1 0 1 0 .375 Cervelli c 5 0 1 0 0 2 .250 Harrison 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 Bell 1b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .143 Jaso 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-Gosselin ph-1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Frazier dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .286 Totals 41 0 5 0 1 9 Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Pedroia 2b 4 0 1 0 1 1 .250 Benintendi lf 5 0 1 0 0 0 .222 Bogaerts ss 5 0 0 0 0 2 .222 Ramirez dh 4 0 1 0 1 0 .250 Moreland 1b 5 0 0 0 0 3 .000 Young rf 3 0 0 0 2 0 .000 Bradley Jr. cf 4 1 2 0 1 1 .429 Sandoval 3b 4 1 0 0 1 2 .125 Leon c 5 1 3 3 0 1 .625 Totals 39 3 8 3 6 10 Pittsburgh 000 000 000 000 — 0 5 0 Boston 000 000 000 003 — 3 8 1 One out when winning run scored. a-struck out for Jaso in the 10th. E: Sandoval (2). LOB: Pittsburgh 6, Boston 8. 2B: Leon (1). HR: Leon (1), off Bastardo. RBIs: Leon 3 (3). SB: Bradley Jr. (1). RLISP: Boston 4 (Pedroia 2, Benintendi 2). GIDP: Bell, Ramirez, Young. DP: Pittsburgh 2 (Freese, Harrison, Bell), (Mercer, Harrison, Bell); Boston 1 (Pedroia, Bogaerts, Moreland). Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Taillon 7 5 0 0 3 6 95 0.00 Hudson 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 0.00 Rivero 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 0.00 Watson 1 2 0 0 1 1 16 0.00 Nicasio 1 0 0 0 0 2 13 0.00 Bastardo L, 0-1 1/3 1 3 3 2 0 19 81.00 Boston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Sale 7 3 0 0 1 7 104 0.00 Barnes 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 0.00 Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 0.00 2/ Hembree 0 0 0 21 0.00 3 1 0 1/ Scott 0 0 1 6 0.00 3 0 0 Kelly W, 1-0 2 1 0 0 0 0 27 0.00 Inherited runners-scored: Scott 1-0. WP: Taillon. Umpires: Home, Paul Nauert; First, Chris Guccione; Second, Carlos Torres; Third, Dana DeMuth. T: 3:53. A: 36,137 .

Cleveland AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Santana 1b 4 1 2 2 1 0 .500 Lindor ss 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000 Brantley lf 4 0 2 1 0 2 .333 Encarnacion dh 3 0 0 0 1 1 .250 Ramirez 2b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .167 Guyer rf 3 1 1 0 0 0 .333 a-Almonte ph-rf 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 Diaz 3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .125 Martinez 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Gomes c 3 1 0 0 1 2 .000 Jackson cf 4 1 2 1 0 1 .500 Totals 32 4 7 4 5 9 Texas AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Gomez cf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .125 Choo dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 Mazara rf 4 1 2 0 0 0 .500 Napoli 1b 3 0 1 1 0 1 .167 1-DeShields pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Odor 2b 4 0 1 0 0 2 .375 Rua lf 3 1 0 0 0 0 .000 b-Profar ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Gallo 3b 4 1 2 2 0 2 .286 Andrus ss 2 0 0 0 1 0 .333 Chirinos c 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Totals 32 3 7 3 1 10 Cleveland 120 000 100 — 4 7 0 Texas 020 000 001 — 3 7 1 a-struck out for Guyer in the 8th. b-struck out for Rua in the 9th. 1-ran for Napoli in the 9th. E: Gallo (1). LOB: Cleveland 6, Texas 4. 2B: Mazara (2), Napoli (1). HR: Santana (1), off Perez; Gallo (1), off Carrasco. RBIs: Santana 2 (3), Brantley (2), Jackson (1), Napoli (1), Gallo 2 (2). CS: Lindor (1). RLISP: Cleveland 4 (Lindor, Encarnacion, Guyer, Diaz); Texas 2 (Odor, Gallo). GIDP: Ramirez, Andrus. DP: Cleveland 1 (Lindor, Ramirez, Santana); Texas 1 (Andrus, Odor, Napoli). Cleveland IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Carrasco W, 1-0 52/3 4 2 2 1 7 78 3.18 1/ Logan 0 0 0 3 0.00 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 0.00 Shaw 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.00 Miller Allen S, 2-2 1 2 1 1 0 3 25 4.50 IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Texas Perez L, 0-1 6 5 3 3 4 4 91 4.50 1/ Jeffress 1 0 1 12 27.00 3 1 1 1/ Alvarez 0 1 1 16 0.00 3 1 0 Leclerc 2 0 0 0 0 3 24 0.00 1/ Claudio 0 0 0 4 0.00 3 0 0 Inherited runners-scored: Leclerc 2-0. HBP: Carrasco (Napoli). Umpires: Home, Mark Wegner; First, Marty Foster; Second, Mike Muchlinski; Third, Mike Winters. T: 3:14. A: 23,574 .

Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1 Toronto AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Travis 2b 4 0 1 1 0 2 .300 Donaldson 3b 4 0 1 0 0 3 .444 Bautista rf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .111 Morales dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .125 0 0 0 0 0 0 --2-Goins pr-dh Tulowitzki ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Martin c 3 0 0 0 1 0 .000 4 0 0 0 0 0 .333 Pearce lf-1b Smoak 1b 3 1 2 0 0 1 .500 1-Carrera pr-lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 3 0 1 0 0 0 .286 Pillar cf Totals 33 1 7 1 1 11 Baltimore AB R H BI BB SO Avg. 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Rickard lf Jones cf 4 1 1 2 0 1 .250 Machado 3b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .286 3 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Trumbo dh Davis 1b 3 1 1 1 0 2 .250 Mancini rf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .250 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Gentry rf Castillo c 3 0 1 0 0 1 .429 Schoop 2b 3 1 1 0 0 0 .143 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Hardy ss 29 3 5 3 0 9 Totals Toronto 001 000 000 — 1 7 1 Baltimore 002 100 00x — 3 5 0 1-ran for Smoak in the 8th. 2-ran for Morales in the 9th. E: Donaldson (1). LOB: Toronto 6, Baltimore 2. 2B: Smoak (1). HR: Jones (1), off Happ; Davis (1), off Happ. RBIs: Travis (1), Jones 2 (2), Davis (2). RLISP: Toronto 2 (Donaldson, Bautista). GIDP: Pearce. DP: Baltimore 1 (Hardy, Schoop, Davis). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Toronto Happ L, 0-1 7 5 3 3 0 9 89 3.86 Tepera 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.00 Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Bundy W, 1-0 7 4 1 1 0 8 99 1.29 Brach 1 1 0 0 0 2 15 0.00 Britton S, 1-1 1 2 0 0 1 1 24 0.00 WP: Brach. Umpires: Home, Eric Cooper; First, Adrian Johnson; Second, Gabe Morales; Third, Gary Cederstrom. T: 2:23. A: 16,086 .

Nationals 6, Marlins 4 Miami AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Gordon 2b 4 1 1 0 0 3 .125 4 2 2 2 1 0 .500 Realmuto c Yelich cf 5 1 2 0 0 1 .222 Stanton rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .125 3 0 0 0 1 2 .000 Bour 1b Ozuna lf 4 0 2 2 0 1 .375 Dietrich 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Hechavarria ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .143 Straily p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --McGowan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --1 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 a-Moore ph Wittgren p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Rojas ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Barraclough p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Ramos p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --e-Suzuki ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Totals 33 4 9 4 2 10 Washington AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Turner ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 .125 Eaton cf 3 2 1 0 1 0 .400 Harper rf 4 1 2 2 0 0 .429 Murphy 2b 4 1 2 1 0 0 .500 Zimmerman 1b 3 2 1 1 1 1 .429 Rendon 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Werth lf 4 0 2 0 0 0 .250 Wieters c 3 0 3 2 1 0 .667 Roark p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-Drew ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 Romero p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Blanton p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Perez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --d-Lind ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 Treinen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 31 6 11 6 4 5 Miami 200 000 011 — 4 9 0 Washington 010 410 00x — 6 11 0 a-doubled for McGowan in the 5th. b-pinch hit for Roark in the 6th. c-grounded out for Wittgren in the 7th. d-grounded out for Perez in the 8th. e-struck out for Ramos in the 9th. LOB: Miami 8, Washington 6. 2B: Moore (1), Eaton (2), Harper (1), Wieters (1). HR: Realmuto (1), off Romero; Zimmerman (1), off Straily. RBIs: Realmuto 2 (2), Ozuna 2 (3), Harper 2 (3), Murphy (2), Zimmerman (1), Wieters 2 (2). SB: Gordon (1). CS: Harper (1). S: Straily, Roark. RLISP: Miami 5 (Gordon, Realmuto 2, Yelich, Dietrich); Washington 5 (Turner 3, Zimmerman, Lind). GIDP: Rojas, Turner. DP: Miami 1 (Hechavarria, Gordon, Bour); Washington 1 (Turner, Zimmerman). Miami IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Straily L, 0-1 3 1/3 6 5 5 2 0 67 13.50 2/ McGowan 0 0 1 9 0.00 3 0 0 Wittgren 2 3 1 1 2 2 41 4.50 1 1 0 0 0 1 12 0.00 Barraclough Ramos 1 1 0 0 0 1 20 0.00 Washington IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Roark W, 1-0 6 3 2 2 2 6 97 3.00 Romero 1 3 1 1 0 1 20 9.00 2/ Blanton 0 0 1 14 0.00 3 1 0 1/ Perez 0 0 0 3 0.00 3 0 0 Treinen S, 2-2 1 2 1 1 0 2 20 4.50 Romero pitched to 2 batters in the 8th. Inherited runners-scored: McGowan 2-0, Blanton 1-0, Perez 2-0. HBP: Roark 2 (Dietrich,Gordon), Romero (Dietrich). WP: Roark. PB: Realmuto (1). Umpires: Home, Ron Kulpa; First, Ed Hickox; Second, Chris Conroy; Third, Jerry Meals. T: 3:06. A: 22,715 .

Rays 4, Yankees 1 New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Gardner lf 3 0 1 0 1 1 .273 4 0 1 0 0 0 .071 Sanchez c Bird 1b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .083 Holliday dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 .182 4 1 3 1 0 1 .455 Ellsbury cf Castro 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Headley 3b 3 0 2 0 1 0 .636 4 0 0 0 0 1 .167 Judge rf Torreyes ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .111 Totals 33 1 8 1 2 6 Tampa Bay AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Dickerson dh 4 1 2 2 0 1 .300 Kiermaier cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .364 3 0 0 0 1 2 .333 Longoria 3b Miller 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .154 Souza Jr. rf 3 0 1 0 1 0 .300 4 1 2 0 0 1 .556 Morrison 1b Beckham ss 3 0 0 0 0 2 .200 Smith lf 3 1 1 0 0 1 .286 3 1 1 2 0 1 .182 Norris c Totals 31 4 8 4 2 10 New York 010 000 000 — 1 8 0 Tampa Bay 130 000 00x — 4 8 0 LOB: New York 7, Tampa Bay 5. 2B: Headley (1). HR: Ellsbury (1), off Cobb; Dickerson (1), off Pineda. RBIs: Ellsbury (1), Dickerson 2 (2), Norris 2 (2). SB: Smith (1), Norris (1). CS: Kiermaier (1). RLISP: New York 5 (Gardner, Bird, Holliday, Castro, Judge); Tampa Bay 2 (Dickerson 2). GIDP: Castro, Judge. DP: Tampa Bay 2 (Beckham, Miller, Morrison), (Longoria, Miller, Morrison). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA New York Pineda L, 0-1 32/3 8 4 4 0 6 71 9.82 Layne 1 0 0 0 1 0 14 0.00 21/3 0 0 0 0 4 32 0.00 Warren Shreve 1 0 0 0 1 0 17 0.00 Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Cobb W, 1-0 52/3 4 1 1 1 4 90 1.59 Cedeno 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 1/ Diaz 0 0 1 3 0.00 3 0 0 Ramirez 2 1 0 0 1 1 38 0.00 Colome S, 2-2 1 2 0 0 0 0 15 0.00 Cedeno pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. Inherited runners-scored: Layne 2-0, Warren 1-0, Cedeno 1-0, Diaz 2-0. WP: Pineda. PB: Sanchez (1), Norris (1). Umpires: Home, Dan Bellino; First, Mike Estabrook; Second, Jerry Layne; Third, Marvin Hudson. T: 3:17. A: 12,737 .

Braves 3, Mets 1 Atlanta AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Inciarte cf 5 1 0 0 1 2 .000 6 0 1 0 0 1 .200 Swanson ss Freeman 1b 5 0 0 0 1 1 .333 Kemp lf 5 0 3 2 1 0 .444 5 1 1 0 1 3 .111 Markakis rf Phillips 2b 4 0 1 0 1 1 .250 Garcia 3b 4 0 1 1 1 0 .143 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Johnson p Suzuki c 4 0 1 0 0 0 .250 1-C.d’Arnaud pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 --0 0 0 0 0 0 --Recker c Colon p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 a-Bonifacio ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Krol p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Vizcaino p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Flowers ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Ramirez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Peterson 3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Totals 43 3 8 3 6 12 New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Reyes 3b-ss 5 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Cabrera ss 4 0 0 0 1 1 .333 Smoker p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Cespedes lf 4 0 1 0 1 0 .125 Granderson cf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .125 Walker 2b 5 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Bruce rf 5 1 3 1 0 1 .500 Duda 1b 4 0 0 0 1 3 .143 T.d’Arnaud c 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 deGrom p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Robles p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Blevins p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --b-Conforto ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Reed p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Edgin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --d-Kelly ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Montero p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Flores 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 40 1 5 1 3 12 Atlanta 000 000 100 002 — 3 8 0 New York 000 010 000 000 — 1 5 1 a-struck out for Colon in the 7th. b-flied out for Salas in the 8th. c-struck out for Vizcaino in the 9th. d-struck out for Edgin in the 10th. 1-ran for Suzuki in the 12th. E: Reyes (1). LOB: Atlanta 11, New York 6. 2B: Kemp 3 (4), Garcia (1), Bruce (1). 3B: Markakis (1). HR: Bruce (1), off Colon. RBIs: Kemp 2 (2), Garcia (1), Bruce (2). RLISP: Atlanta 7 (Inciarte 3, Markakis 3, Phillips); New York 1 (Kelly). GIDP: Freeman, Garcia, Cespedes. DP: Atlanta 1 (Phillips, Freeman); New York 2 (Walker, Cabrera, Duda), (Walker, Cabrera, Duda). Atlanta IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Colon 6 2 1 1 1 6 80 1.50 Krol 1 0 0 0 0 1 14 20.25 1 1 0 0 0 0 14 0.00 Vizcaino Ramirez 2 1 0 0 2 2 25 0.00 Johnson W, 1-0 2 1 0 0 0 3 28 0.00 New York IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA deGrom 6 2 0 0 1 6 95 0.00 1/ Robles 1 1 0 15 6.75 3 2 1 2/ Blevins 0 0 1 9 0.00 3 0 0 Salas 1 1 0 0 1 1 18 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 1 17 0.00 Reed Edgin 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 0.00 Montero L, 0-1 12/3 3 2 2 3 1 31 10.80 1/ Smoker 0 0 1 5 0.00 3 0 0 Inherited runners-scored: Blevins 3-0, Smoker 2-0. HBP: Robles (Suzuki). Umpires: Home, James Hoye; First, Will Little; Second, Clint Fagan; Third, Jeff Kellogg. T: 3:51. A: 28,113 .

Brewers 6, Rockies 1 Colorado AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Blackmon cf 3 0 0 0 2 2 .167 2 0 0 0 2 0 .091 LeMahieu 2b Gonzalez rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .083 Arenado 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .364 4 1 1 0 0 3 .300 Story ss Parra lf 2 0 1 0 1 0 .545 b-Adames ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 4 0 2 1 0 1 .545 Reynolds 1b Wolters c 3 0 0 0 0 1 .200 Lyles p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Cardullo ph Chatwood p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Garneau c 1 0 0 0 1 0 .000 29 1 5 1 6 9 Totals Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Villar 2b 4 1 2 2 0 1 .250 4 1 2 1 0 1 .333 Thames 1b Braun lf 3 2 1 0 1 1 .273 Shaw 3b 4 1 1 2 0 1 .417 3 0 1 1 0 0 .143 Perez rf Nieuwenhuis cf 3 0 0 0 0 3 .000 Pina c 3 0 0 0 0 0 .200 3 0 1 0 0 0 .222 Arcia ss 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500 Peralta p Torres p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Knebel p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --1 1 1 0 0 0 .750 a-Aguilar ph Jungmann p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Feliz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --30 6 10 6 1 7 Totals Colorado 000 000 001 — 1 5 0 Milwaukee 000 301 02x — 6 10 0 a-singled for Knebel in the 8th. b-struck out for Parra in the 9th. c-hit by pitch for Lyles in the 9th. LOB: Colorado 9, Milwaukee 1. 2B: Story (2), Reynolds (3), Perez (1). 3B: Arcia (1). HR: Thames (1), off Chatwood; Shaw (1), off Chatwood; Villar (1), off Lyles. RBIs: Reynolds (5), Villar 2 (4), Thames (3), Shaw 2 (5), Perez (1). CS: Parra (1), Villar (1). S: Chatwood. RLISP: Colorado 3 (Blackmon 2, LeMahieu). LIDP: Peralta. GIDP: Arenado, Shaw. DP: Colorado 2 (Gonzalez, Wolters), (Arenado, Story, Reynolds); Milwaukee 1 (Villar, Arcia, Thames). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Colorado Chatwood L, 0-1 6 7 4 4 1 5 94 6.00 Lyles 2 3 2 2 0 2 38 9.00 IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Milwaukee Peralta W, 1-0 5 3 0 0 1 5 90 0.00 Torres 2 0 0 0 3 1 27 0.00 Knebel 1 0 0 0 1 1 19 0.00 2/ Jungmann 1 1 1 32 13.50 3 2 1 1/ Feliz S, 1-1 0 0 1 5 0.00 3 0 0 Inherited runners-scored: Feliz 3-0. HBP: Jungmann (Cardullo). WP: Torres. Umpires: Home, Andy Fletcher; First, Alan Porter; Second, Joe West; Third, Hunter Wendelstedt. T: 3:03. A: 21,824 . Tuesday box scores

Giants 8, Diamondbacks 4 San Francisco AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Hernandez cf 5 1 2 4 1 1 .286 Belt 1b 6 0 2 1 0 1 .222 Pence rf 6 0 3 0 0 1 .400 Posey c 3 0 0 0 2 1 .000 Crawford ss 5 2 2 1 0 0 .400 Nunez 3b 5 2 2 0 0 2 .556 Marrero lf 3 0 0 1 0 3 .000 Gearrin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Kontos p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Gillaspie ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Law p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Strickland p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Panik 2b 4 2 3 0 1 0 .571 Cueto p 3 1 1 1 0 0 .333 b-Parker ph-lf 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Totals 43 8 15 8 4 12 Arizona AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Pollock cf 4 0 1 0 1 1 .444 Peralta rf 5 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Goldschmidt 1b 3 2 1 1 1 1 .429 Lamb 3b 3 2 1 2 1 2 .143 Tomas lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Drury 2b 4 0 3 0 0 0 .500 Owings ss 4 0 1 1 0 1 .333 Mathis c 3 0 0 0 0 2 .429 d-Herrmann ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Corbin p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-Descalso ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 Delgado p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Bradley p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Wilhelmsen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --e-Hazelbaker ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 --Totals 34 4 7 4 4 11 San Francisco 021 050 000 — 8 15 0 Arizona 000 220 000 — 4 7 2 a-grounded out for Corbin in the 4th. b-struck out for Cueto in the 6th. c-struck out for Kontos in the 8th. d-grounded out for Mathis in the 9th. e-walked for Wilhelmsen in the 9th. E: Drury (1), Owings (1). LOB: San Francisco 13, Arizona 7. 2B: Hernandez (1), Belt (1), Pence (1), Crawford (2), Panik (1). HR: Crawford (1), off Delgado; Goldschmidt (1), off Cueto; Lamb (1), off Cueto. RBIs: Hernandez 4 (4), Belt (1), Crawford (1), Marrero (1), Cueto (1), Goldschmidt (2), Lamb 2 (2), Owings (2). SB: Pollock (1). SF: Marrero. RLISP: San Francisco 8 (Pence 2, Posey, Crawford 3, Panik, Parker); Arizona 3 (Peralta, Lamb, Descalso). San Francisco IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Cueto W, 1-0 5 6 4 4 2 5 94 7.20 Gearrin 1 1 0 0 1 1 19 0.00 Kontos 1 0 0 0 0 2 12 0.00 Law 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 9.00 Strickland 1 0 0 0 1 2 18 0.00 Arizona IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Corbin L, 0-1 4 7 3 2 2 1 87 4.50 2/ Delgado 4 1 2 28 54.00 3 5 5 Bradley 31/3 3 0 0 1 7 57 0.00 Wilhelmsen 1 0 0 0 0 2 11 6.75 Gearrin pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. Inherited runners-scored: Bradley 2-0. Umpires: Home, Tim Timmons; First, Jim Wolf; Second, D.J. Reyburn; Third, Greg Gibson. T: 3:26. A: 19,378 .

Wednesday Minnesota 9, Kansas City 1 Detroit at White Sox, ppd. Baltimore 3, Toronto 1 Boston 3, Pittsburgh 0, (12) Tampa Bay 4, NY Yankees 1 Cleveland 9, Texas 6 Seattle at Houston, late LA Angels at Oakland, late Thursday Kansas City at Minnesota, 12:10 Pittsburgh at Boston, 12:35 Detroit at White Sox, 1:10 LA Angels at Oakland, 2:35 Toronto at Tampa Bay, 6:10 Seattle at Houston, 7:10

Astros 2, Mariners 1 Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Segura ss 5 0 0 0 0 2 .222 5 1 1 0 0 3 .125 Haniger rf Cano 2b 3 0 1 0 1 0 .286 Cruz dh 4 0 0 0 0 2 .000 3 0 1 0 1 0 .200 Seager 3b Valencia 1b 4 0 2 1 0 0 .286 1-Motter pr-1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 --4 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Martin cf Zunino c 4 0 1 0 0 2 .143 Dyson lf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .143 36 1 7 1 2 11 Totals Houston AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Springer cf-rf 3 0 1 0 1 1 .333 4 0 0 0 0 0 .143 Bregman 3b Altuve 2b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .286 Correa ss 2 0 0 0 1 1 .250 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Beltran lf Marisnick cf 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Reddick rf-lf 3 0 1 0 0 0 .333 2 0 0 0 1 0 .000 Gattis dh McCann c 3 1 1 1 0 0 .167 Gonzalez 1b 3 1 1 1 0 1 .333 26 2 5 2 3 3 Totals Seattle 000 100 000 — 1 7 1 Houston 001 001 00x — 2 5 2 1-ran for Valencia in the 8th. E: Seager (1), Bregman (1), Gonzalez (1). LOB: Seattle 10, Houston 3. 2B: Haniger (1), Cano (1), Dyson (1). HR: McCann (1), off Iwakuma; Gonzalez (1), off Iwakuma. RBIs: Valencia (1), McCann (1), Gonzalez (1). CS: Springer 2 (2). RLISP: Seattle 7 (Haniger, Cruz 2, Martin, Zunino 2, Dyson). GIDP: Bregman, McCann. DP: Seattle 2 (Seager, Cano, Valencia), (Valencia, Seager). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Seattle Iwakuma L, 0-1 6 4 2 2 3 2 83 3.00 2/ Scribner 0 0 0 8 0.00 3 1 0 1/ Rzepczynski 0 0 0 5 0.00 3 0 0 Altavilla 1 0 0 0 0 1 14 0.00 IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Houston McCullers W, 1-0 6 5 1 1 2 7 88 1.50 Harris 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 0.00 1 1 0 0 0 1 18 0.00 Gregerson Giles S, 2-2 1 1 0 0 0 2 12 0.00 Inherited runners-scored: Rzepczynski 1-0. Umpires: Home, Laz Diaz; First, Doug Eddings; Second, Cory Blaser; Third, Jeff Nelson. T: 2:41. A: 21,406 .

Tigers 6, White Sox 3 Detroit AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Kinsler 2b 3 2 2 1 2 0 .667 Castellanos 3b 4 1 1 2 1 1 .250 Mi.Cabrera 1b 3 0 0 0 2 1 .000 Martinez dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 .250 3 1 1 0 0 1 .333 Upton lf a-Collins ph-lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Mahtook rf 3 1 0 0 0 0 .000 McCann c 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000 Jones cf 4 1 1 3 0 0 .250 Iglesias ss 4 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 32 6 6 6 6 5 Chicago AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Saladino 2b 4 1 2 0 1 0 .500 Anderson ss 4 0 0 0 0 3 .000 Me.Cabrera lf 4 1 2 1 0 0 .500 Abreu 1b 4 0 2 1 0 0 .500 Frazier 3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Asche dh 3 1 0 0 0 3 .000 Garcia rf 4 0 2 0 0 2 .500 Narvaez c 3 0 0 0 1 0 .000 May cf 4 0 0 1 0 2 .000 Totals 34 3 8 3 2 11 Detroit 050 100 000 — 6 6 1 Chicago 100 100 001 — 3 8 1 a-struck out for Upton in the 7th. E: Verlander (1), Abreu (1). LOB: Detroit 6, Chicago 7. 2B: Kinsler (1), Me.Cabrera 2 (2), Abreu (1). HR: Jones (1), off Quintana; Castellanos (1), off Quintana; Kinsler (1), off Quintana. RBIs: Kinsler (1), Castellanos 2 (2), Jones 3 (3), Me.Cabrera (1), Abreu (1), May (1). SB: Jones (1). RLISP: Detroit 3 (Iglesias, Collins 2); Chicago 3 (Saladino, Anderson, Asche). Detroit IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Verlander W, 1-0 61/3 6 2 2 2 10 103 2.84 2/ Wilson 0 0 8 0.00 3 0 0 0 Rondon 1 1 0 0 0 1 20 0.00 Greene 0 1 1 1 0 0 12 0.00 Rodriguez S, 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0.00 Chicago IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Quintana L, 0-1 51/3 5 6 6 3 2 93 10.13 Petricka 1 0 0 0 2 1 21 0.00 Putnam 12/3 0 0 0 0 1 18 0.00 Ynoa 1 1 0 0 1 1 26 0.00 Greene pitched to 2 batters in the 9th. Inherited runners-scored: Wilson 1-0, Rodriguez 2-1, Petricka 1-0, Putnam 2-0. HBP: Quintana (Mahtook), Greene (Asche). WP: Verlander. Umpires: Home, Brian Gorman; First, Dan Iassogna; Second, Mike DiMuro; Third, Tripp Gibson. T: 3:30. A: 36,534 .

Thursday’s pitching matchups NL

Pitcher

Time W-L

Chi StL

Lackey (R) Lynn (R)

0-0 0.00 12:45 0-0 0.00

ERA

Phi Cin

Buchholz (R) Davis (R)

0-0 0.00 11:35a 0-0 0.00

Col Mil

Senzatela (R) 0-0 0.00 Anderson (R) 12:40 0-0 0.00

SD LA

Weaver (R) McCarthy (R) 2:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

Mia Koehler (R) Was Gonzalez (L)

3:05

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

Atl NY

Garcia (L) Harvey (R)

6:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

SF Ari

Samardzija (R) 0-0 0.00 Ray (L) 8:40 0-0 0.00

AL

Pitcher

Time W-L

ERA

KC Hammel (R) Min Gibson (R)

0-0 0.00 12:10 0-0 0.00

Det Boyd (L) Chi Shields (R)

1:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

LA Skaggs (L) Oak Triggs (R)

2:35

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

Det Zimmermann (R) Chi Shields (R) 1:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

Tor TB

6:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

Sea Miranda (L) Hou Musgrove (R) 7:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

IL

Stroman (R) Snell (L)

Pitcher

Time W-L

ERA

Pit Kuhl (R) 0-0 0.00 Bos Rodriguez (L) 12:35 0-0 0.00 Visit STLtoday.com/cards for the latest baseball news and updates.

Padres 4, Dodgers 0 San Diego AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Jankowski lf 4 1 0 0 1 2 .143 Margot cf 4 1 2 0 0 0 .375 Myers 1b 4 1 2 1 0 1 .250 Solarte 2b 4 1 2 2 0 0 .375 Schimpf 3b 3 0 1 1 0 2 .429 Renfroe rf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .125 Hedges c 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Aybar ss 3 0 3 0 1 0 .600 Richard p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000 c-Sanchez ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Hand p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 33 4 11 4 2 9 AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Los Angeles Forsythe 2b 3 0 2 0 1 0 .500 Seager ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 .222 Turner 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .444 Gutierrez lf 3 0 1 0 0 1 .250 Puig rf 3 0 0 0 0 0 .167 Gonzalez 1b 3 0 1 0 0 1 .400 Grandal c 3 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Hernandez cf 2 0 0 0 1 0 .000 Maeda p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-Van Slyke ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Avilan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --0 0 0 0 0 0 --Stripling p b-Barnes ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Dayton p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --28 0 5 0 2 5 Totals San Diego 201 000 010 — 4 11 0 Los Angeles 000 000 000 — 0 5 1 a-pinch hit for Maeda in the 5th. b-struck out for Stripling in the 8th. c-popped out for Richard in the 9th. E: Grandal (1). LOB: San Diego 6, Los Angeles 3. 2B: Aybar 2 (2). HR: Solarte (1), off Maeda. RBIs: Myers (1), Solarte 2 (3), Schimpf (2). SB: Margot (1). SF: Schimpf. S: Richard. RLISP: San Diego 2 (Jankowski, Hedges). GIDP: Myers, Solarte, Seager, Turner, Puig, Grandal. DP: San Diego 4 (Schimpf, Aybar, Myers), (Solarte, Myers), (Schimpf, Solarte, Myers), (Aybar, Solarte, Myers); Los Angeles 3 (Maeda, Turner), (Forsythe, Gonzalez), (Turner, Forsythe, Gonzalez). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA San Diego Richard W, 1-0 8 5 0 0 2 5 99 0.00 Hand 1 0 0 0 0 0 11 0.00 Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Maeda L, 0-1 5 6 3 3 2 4 75 5.40 Avilan 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 0.00 Stripling 2 4 1 1 0 3 39 4.50 Dayton 1 1 0 0 0 1 22 0.00 Umpires: Home, Alfonso Marquez; First, Chad Fairchild; Second, Dave Rackley; Third, Larry Vanover. T: 2:44. A: 42,196 .

Rockies 6, Brewers 5 Colorado AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Blackmon cf 4 1 2 1 0 2 .222 LeMahieu 2b 5 1 1 0 0 0 .111 Gonzalez rf 4 0 1 0 1 0 .125 Arenado 3b 4 1 1 1 1 0 .429 Story ss 2 2 1 0 3 0 .333 Parra lf 5 1 3 3 0 0 .556 Reynolds 1b 4 0 2 1 1 1 .571 Wolters c 3 0 0 0 1 0 .286 Anderson p 3 0 1 0 0 1 .333 McGee p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Estevez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Ottavino p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --b-Cardullo ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 --Dunn p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Holland p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 34 6 12 6 8 4 Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Villar 2b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .125 Broxton cf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .000 Braun lf 4 2 2 1 0 0 .250 Santana rf 3 2 1 0 1 2 .200 Shaw 3b-1b 4 1 2 2 0 1 .500 Aguilar 1b 2 0 1 1 0 1 .667 Marinez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-Pina ph-c 2 0 1 1 0 1 .500 Bandy c 3 0 2 0 0 0 .429 Suter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Hughes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Thames ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .200 Arcia ss 3 0 0 0 0 2 .167 d-Nieuwenhuis ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Davies p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Perez 3b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Totals 34 5 9 5 2 14 Colorado 004 020 000 — 6 12 0 Milwaukee 010 202 000 — 5 9 0 a-singled for Marinez in the 6th. b-walked for Ottavino in the 8th. c-struck out for Hughes in the 9th. d-grounded out for Arcia in the 9th. LOB: Colorado 10, Milwaukee 4. 2B: Gonzalez (1), Arenado (1), Parra (1), Reynolds (2), Santana (1), Shaw 2 (4). HR: Braun (1), off Anderson. RBIs: Blackmon (2), Arenado (1), Parra 3 (4), Reynolds (4), Braun (1), Shaw 2 (3), Aguilar (1), Pina (1). SB: Story (1). S: Blackmon. RLISP: Colorado 4 (Gonzalez, Parra 2, Reynolds); Milwaukee 1 (Arcia). GIDP: Wolters 2, Bandy. DP: Colorado 1 (Arenado, LeMahieu, Reynolds); Milwaukee 2 (Villar, Arcia, Aguilar), (Suter, Arcia, Shaw). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Colorado Anderson W, 1-0 5 2/3 8 5 5 1 8 96 7.94 0 1 0 0 0 0 5 0.00 McGee 1/ Estevez 0 1 8 0.00 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 13 0.00 Ottavino 1 0 0 0 0 3 18 0.00 Dunn Holland S, 2-2 1 0 0 0 0 2 12 0.00 Milwaukee IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Davies L, 0-1 41/3 9 6 6 4 1 98 12.46 Marinez 12/3 2 0 0 2 1 26 4.50 Suter 2 1 0 0 1 2 27 0.00 Hughes 1 0 0 0 1 0 15 0.00 McGee pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. Inherited runners-scored: McGee 1-0, Estevez 2-0, Marinez 2-2. Umpires: Home, Hunter Wendelstedt; First, Andy Fletcher; Second, Alan Porter; Third, Joe West. T: 3:34. A: 21,458 .


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ROUNDUP Harper helps Nats slip past Marlins Bryce Harper had two RBIs, Ryan Zimmerman homered and Tanner Roark recovered from a shaky start to go six innings, leading Washington by visiting Miami 6-4 Wednesday night. Blake Treinen pitched the ninth for his second save, striking out Christian Yelich with a man aboard to end it after giving up a run. Braves 3, Mets 1 • Matt Kemp’s third double of the game, a two-out, basesloaded liner off Rafael Montero, drove in two runs in the 12th inning to help visiting Atlanta win. Former Met Bartolo Colon was sharp in his debut for Atlanta, allowing a run and two hits in six innings. Reds 2, Phillies 0 • Brandon Finnegan allowed only one hit in seven innings, retiring the last 19 batters he faced, and Joey Votto homered to spark Cincinnati to victory at home. Brewers 6, Rockies 1 • Jonathan Villar, Eric Thames and Travis Shaw homered to help Milwaukee prevail at home. Wily Peralta got the win, allowing three hits over five scoreless innings. D’backs 8, Giants 6 • Chris Owings reached safely four times and stole two bases, and Arizona scored seven unanswered runs in coming back from a three-run deficit to beat visiting San Francisco. Dodgers 3, Padres 1 • Rich Hill allowed two hits over five innings and Yasiel Puig hit his first home run as Los Angeles won at home.

AMERICAN LEAGUE

Indians 9, Rangers 6 • Francisco Lindor hit a go-ahead grand slam off closer Sam Dyson in the ninth inning and defending AL champion Cleveland completed a season-opening sweep in Texas. It was his second homer of the game. Twins 9, Royals 1 • Eduardo Escobar homered and drove in four runs and Miguel Sano added a bases-loaded triple to help host Minnesota romp. After starting last season 0-9 to set the stage for a 103-loss season, the Twins are 2-0 for the first time since 2007. Rays 4, Yankees 1 • Corey Dickerson homered and drove in two runs to lead Tampa Bay to victory at home. The Rays took two of three games from their AL East rivals to open a season with a series victory for the first time since 2012. Orioles 3, Blue Jays 1• Dylan Bundy struck out eight over seven impressive innings and host Baltimore also got home runs from Adam Jones and Chris Davis to win. Astros 5, Mariners 3 • George Springer’s three-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the 13th inning won the game for Houston. Rainout • The Tigers-White Sox game scheduled to be played in Chicago was postponed because of rain and is to be made up May 26 as part of a doubleheader.

INTERLEAGUE

Red Sox 3, Pirates 0 • Boston’s Sandy Leon hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to win the game. Associated Press

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Wednesday Cubs at Cardinals, ppd. Washington 6, Miami 4 Atlanta 3, NY Mets 1, (12) Boston 3, Pittsburgh 0, (12) Cincinnati 2, Philadelphia 0 Milwaukee 6, Colorado 1 Arizona 8, San Francisco 6 LA Dodgers 3, San Diego 1 Thursday Philadelphia at Cincinnati, 11:35 a.m. Pittsburgh at Boston, 12:35 Colorado at Milwaukee, 12:40 Cubs at Cardinals, 12:45 San Diego at LA Dodgers, 2:10 Miami at Washington, 3:05 Atlanta at NY Mets, 6:10 San Francisco at Arizona, 8:40

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Pittsburgh AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Mercer ss 5 0 0 0 0 0 .111 Marte cf 5 0 1 0 0 2 .111 McCutchen rf 5 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Polanco lf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .111 Freese 3b 4 0 1 0 1 0 .375 Cervelli c 5 0 1 0 0 2 .250 Harrison 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 Bell 1b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .143 Jaso 1b 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-Gosselin ph-1b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Frazier dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .286 Totals 41 0 5 0 1 9 Boston AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Pedroia 2b 4 0 1 0 1 1 .250 Benintendi lf 5 0 1 0 0 0 .222 Bogaerts ss 5 0 0 0 0 2 .222 Ramirez dh 4 0 1 0 1 0 .250 Moreland 1b 5 0 0 0 0 3 .000 Young rf 3 0 0 0 2 0 .000 Bradley Jr. cf 4 1 2 0 1 1 .429 Sandoval 3b 4 1 0 0 1 2 .125 Leon c 5 1 3 3 0 1 .625 Totals 39 3 8 3 6 10 Pittsburgh 000 000 000 000 — 0 5 0 Boston 000 000 000 003 — 3 8 1 One out when winning run scored. a-struck out for Jaso in the 10th. E: Sandoval (2). LOB: Pittsburgh 6, Boston 8. 2B: Leon (1). HR: Leon (1), off Bastardo. RBIs: Leon 3 (3). SB: Bradley Jr. (1). RLISP: Boston 4 (Pedroia 2, Benintendi 2). GIDP: Bell, Ramirez, Young. DP: Pittsburgh 2 (Freese, Harrison, Bell), (Mercer, Harrison, Bell); Boston 1 (Pedroia, Bogaerts, Moreland). Pittsburgh IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Taillon 7 5 0 0 3 6 95 0.00 Hudson 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 0.00 Rivero 1 0 0 0 0 1 12 0.00 Watson 1 2 0 0 1 1 16 0.00 Nicasio 1 0 0 0 0 2 13 0.00 Bastardo L, 0-1 1/3 1 3 3 2 0 19 81.00 Boston IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Sale 7 3 0 0 1 7 104 0.00 Barnes 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 0.00 Kimbrel 1 0 0 0 0 0 15 0.00 2/ Hembree 0 0 0 21 0.00 3 1 0 1/ Scott 0 0 1 6 0.00 3 0 0 Kelly W, 1-0 2 1 0 0 0 0 27 0.00 Inherited runners-scored: Scott 1-0. WP: Taillon. Umpires: Home, Paul Nauert; First, Chris Guccione; Second, Carlos Torres; Third, Dana DeMuth. T: 3:53. A: 36,137 .

Atlanta AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Inciarte cf 5 1 0 0 1 2 .000 6 0 1 0 0 1 .200 Swanson ss Freeman 1b 5 0 0 0 1 1 .333 Kemp lf 5 0 3 2 1 0 .444 5 1 1 0 1 3 .111 Markakis rf Phillips 2b 4 0 1 0 1 1 .250 Garcia 3b 4 0 1 1 1 0 .143 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Johnson p Suzuki c 4 0 1 0 0 0 .250 1-C.d’Arnaud pr 0 1 0 0 0 0 --0 0 0 0 0 0 --Recker c Colon p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 a-Bonifacio ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Krol p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Vizcaino p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Flowers ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Ramirez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Peterson 3b 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Totals 43 3 8 3 6 12 New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Reyes 3b-ss 5 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Cabrera ss 4 0 0 0 1 1 .333 Smoker p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Cespedes lf 4 0 1 0 1 0 .125 Granderson cf 5 0 0 0 0 1 .125 Walker 2b 5 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Bruce rf 5 1 3 1 0 1 .500 Duda 1b 4 0 0 0 1 3 .143 T.d’Arnaud c 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 deGrom p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Robles p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Blevins p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Salas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --b-Conforto ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Reed p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Edgin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --d-Kelly ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Montero p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Flores 3b 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Totals 40 1 5 1 3 12 Atlanta 000 000 100 002 — 3 8 0 New York 000 010 000 000 — 1 5 1 a-struck out for Colon in the 7th. b-flied out for Salas in the 8th. c-struck out for Vizcaino in the 9th. d-struck out for Edgin in the 10th. 1-ran for Suzuki in the 12th. E: Reyes (1). LOB: Atlanta 11, New York 6. 2B: Kemp 3 (4), Garcia (1), Bruce (1). 3B: Markakis (1). HR: Bruce (1), off Colon. RBIs: Kemp 2 (2), Garcia (1), Bruce (2). RLISP: Atlanta 7 (Inciarte 3, Markakis 3, Phillips); New York 1 (Kelly). GIDP: Freeman, Garcia, Cespedes. DP: Atlanta 1 (Phillips, Freeman); New York 2 (Walker, Cabrera, Duda), (Walker, Cabrera, Duda). Atlanta IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Colon 6 2 1 1 1 6 80 1.50 Krol 1 0 0 0 0 1 14 20.25 1 1 0 0 0 0 14 0.00 Vizcaino Ramirez 2 1 0 0 2 2 25 0.00 Johnson W, 1-0 2 1 0 0 0 3 28 0.00 New York IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA deGrom 6 2 0 0 1 6 95 0.00 1/ Robles 1 1 0 15 6.75 3 2 1 2/ Blevins 0 0 1 9 0.00 3 0 0 Salas 1 1 0 0 1 1 18 0.00 1 0 0 0 0 1 17 0.00 Reed Edgin 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 0.00 Montero L, 0-1 12/3 3 2 2 3 1 31 10.80 1/ Smoker 0 0 1 5 0.00 3 0 0 Inherited runners-scored: Blevins 3-0, Smoker 2-0. HBP: Robles (Suzuki). Umpires: Home, James Hoye; First, Will Little; Second, Clint Fagan; Third, Jeff Kellogg. T: 3:51. A: 28,113 .

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Miami AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Gordon 2b 4 1 1 0 0 3 .125 4 2 2 2 1 0 .500 Realmuto c Yelich cf 5 1 2 0 0 1 .222 Stanton rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .125 3 0 0 0 1 2 .000 Bour 1b Ozuna lf 4 0 2 2 0 1 .375 Dietrich 3b 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Hechavarria ss 4 0 1 0 0 1 .143 Straily p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --McGowan p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --1 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 a-Moore ph Wittgren p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Rojas ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Barraclough p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Ramos p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --e-Suzuki ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Totals 33 4 9 4 2 10 Washington AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Turner ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 .125 Eaton cf 3 2 1 0 1 0 .400 Harper rf 4 1 2 2 0 0 .429 Murphy 2b 4 1 2 1 0 0 .500 Zimmerman 1b 3 2 1 1 1 1 .429 Rendon 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Werth lf 4 0 2 0 0 0 .250 Wieters c 3 0 3 2 1 0 .667 Roark p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 b-Drew ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 Romero p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Blanton p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Perez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --d-Lind ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 Treinen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 31 6 11 6 4 5 Miami 200 000 011 — 4 9 0 Washington 010 410 00x — 6 11 0 a-doubled for McGowan in the 5th. b-pinch hit for Roark in the 6th. c-grounded out for Wittgren in the 7th. d-grounded out for Perez in the 8th. e-struck out for Ramos in the 9th. LOB: Miami 8, Washington 6. 2B: Moore (1), Eaton (2), Harper (1), Wieters (1). HR: Realmuto (1), off Romero; Zimmerman (1), off Straily. RBIs: Realmuto 2 (2), Ozuna 2 (3), Harper 2 (3), Murphy (2), Zimmerman (1), Wieters 2 (2). SB: Gordon (1). CS: Harper (1). S: Straily, Roark. RLISP: Miami 5 (Gordon, Realmuto 2, Yelich, Dietrich); Washington 5 (Turner 3, Zimmerman, Lind). GIDP: Rojas, Turner. DP: Miami 1 (Hechavarria, Gordon, Bour); Washington 1 (Turner, Zimmerman). Miami IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Straily L, 0-1 3 1/3 6 5 5 2 0 67 13.50 2/ McGowan 0 0 1 9 0.00 3 0 0 Wittgren 2 3 1 1 2 2 41 4.50 1 1 0 0 0 1 12 0.00 Barraclough Ramos 1 1 0 0 0 1 20 0.00 Washington IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Roark W, 1-0 6 3 2 2 2 6 97 3.00 Romero 1 3 1 1 0 1 20 9.00 2/ Blanton 0 0 1 14 0.00 3 1 0 1/ Perez 0 0 0 3 0.00 3 0 0 Treinen S, 2-2 1 2 1 1 0 2 20 4.50 Romero pitched to 2 batters in the 8th. Inherited runners-scored: McGowan 2-0, Blanton 1-0, Perez 2-0. HBP: Roark 2 (Dietrich,Gordon), Romero (Dietrich). WP: Roark. PB: Realmuto (1). Umpires: Home, Ron Kulpa; First, Ed Hickox; Second, Chris Conroy; Third, Jerry Meals. T: 3:06. A: 22,715 .

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Philadelphia AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Hernandez 2b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .111 Kendrick lf 3 0 0 0 1 0 .375 Herrera cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .286 Franco 3b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 Joseph 1b 4 0 0 0 0 3 .000 Altherr rf 3 0 1 0 0 1 .333 Rupp c 3 0 1 0 0 0 .143 Galvis ss 3 0 0 0 0 2 .286 Eickhoff p 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Rodriguez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-Saunders ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Neshek p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 31 0 4 0 1 13 Cincinnati AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Hamilton cf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .143 Peraza 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Votto 1b 3 1 1 1 0 0 .143 Duvall lf 3 1 1 0 0 1 .429 Suarez 3b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Schebler rf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .167 Cozart ss 3 0 2 1 0 0 .429 Barnhart c 3 0 1 0 0 0 .333 Finnegan p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Lorenzen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --b-Gennett ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 Iglesias p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 28 2 5 2 1 8 Philadelphia 000 000 000 — 0 4 0 Cincinnati 000 000 20x — 2 5 0 a-struck out for Rodriguez in the 8th. b-struck out for Lorenzen in the 8th. LOB: Philadelphia 5, Cincinnati 3. 2B: Duvall (2), Barnhart (1). HR: Votto (1), off Eickhoff. RBIs: Votto (1), Cozart (1). SB: Herrera (1), Hamilton (1). RLISP: Philadelphia 3 (Hernandez, Joseph 2); Cincinnati 2 (Peraza 2). GIDP: Barnhart. DP: Philadelphia 1 (Joseph, Galvis, Eickhoff). Philadelphia IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Eickhoff L, 0-1 6 2/3 5 2 2 1 6 80 2.70 1/ Rodriguez 0 0 0 5 0.00 3 0 0 Neshek 1 0 0 0 0 2 14 0.00 Cincinnati IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Finnegan W, 1-0 7 1 0 0 1 9 88 0.00 Lorenzen 1 2 0 0 0 2 24 0.00 Iglesias S, 1-1 1 1 0 0 0 2 21 0.00 Umpires: Home, Phil Cuzzi; First, Vic Carapazza; Second, Mark Ripperger; Third, Tom Hallion. T: 2:25. A: 19,944 .

Toronto AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Travis 2b 4 0 1 1 0 2 .300 Donaldson 3b 4 0 1 0 0 3 .444 Bautista rf 4 0 1 0 0 2 .111 Morales dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .125 0 0 0 0 0 0 --2-Goins pr-dh Tulowitzki ss 4 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Martin c 3 0 0 0 1 0 .000 4 0 0 0 0 0 .333 Pearce lf-1b Smoak 1b 3 1 2 0 0 1 .500 1-Carrera pr-lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .667 3 0 1 0 0 0 .286 Pillar cf Totals 33 1 7 1 1 11 Baltimore AB R H BI BB SO Avg. 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Rickard lf Jones cf 4 1 1 2 0 1 .250 Machado 3b 3 0 1 0 0 0 .286 3 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Trumbo dh Davis 1b 3 1 1 1 0 2 .250 Mancini rf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .250 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Gentry rf Castillo c 3 0 1 0 0 1 .429 Schoop 2b 3 1 1 0 0 0 .143 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Hardy ss 29 3 5 3 0 9 Totals Toronto 001 000 000 — 1 7 1 Baltimore 002 100 00x — 3 5 0 1-ran for Smoak in the 8th. 2-ran for Morales in the 9th. E: Donaldson (1). LOB: Toronto 6, Baltimore 2. 2B: Smoak (1). HR: Jones (1), off Happ; Davis (1), off Happ. RBIs: Travis (1), Jones 2 (2), Davis (2). RLISP: Toronto 2 (Donaldson, Bautista). GIDP: Pearce. DP: Baltimore 1 (Hardy, Schoop, Davis). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Toronto Happ L, 0-1 7 5 3 3 0 9 89 3.86 Tepera 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.00 Baltimore IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Bundy W, 1-0 7 4 1 1 0 8 99 1.29 Brach 1 1 0 0 0 2 15 0.00 Britton S, 1-1 1 2 0 0 1 1 24 0.00 WP: Brach. Umpires: Home, Eric Cooper; First, Adrian Johnson; Second, Gabe Morales; Third, Gary Cederstrom. T: 2:23. A: 16,086 .

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Kansas City AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Gordon lf 3 0 0 0 0 0 .143 Moustakas dh 4 0 1 0 0 3 .250 Cain cf 3 1 1 0 1 1 .200 Hosmer 1b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .143 Perez c 3 0 0 0 1 0 .167 Orlando rf 4 0 1 1 0 2 .143 Cuthbert 3b 2 0 0 0 1 0 .000 A.Escobar ss 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Mondesi 2b 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Totals 29 1 4 1 3 9 Minnesota AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Dozier 2b 4 1 1 1 1 0 .250 Kepler rf 4 1 1 0 1 1 .250 Buxton cf 5 0 1 0 0 3 .100 Mauer 1b 3 1 1 0 1 1 .167 a-Gimenez ph-3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Sano 3b-1b 3 2 1 3 1 1 .333 Castro c 0 2 0 0 4 0 .667 E.Escobar ss 4 2 2 4 0 0 .500 Rosario lf 4 0 1 1 0 0 .286 Grossman dh 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000 Totals 31 9 8 9 9 7 Kansas City 000 100 000 — 1 4 0 Minnesota 030 000 60x — 9 8 0 a-popped out for Mauer in the 8th. LOB: Kansas City 5, Minnesota 7. 3B: Sano (1). HR: E.Escobar (1), off Strahm. RBIs: Orlando (1), Dozier (1), Sano 3 (5), E.Escobar 4 (4), Rosario (1). SB: Dozier 2 (2). CS: Gordon (1). RLISP: Kansas City 1 (Cuthbert); Minnesota 4 (Kepler 2, E.Escobar, Gimenez). LIDP: E.Escobar. GIDP: Cuthbert. DP: Kansas City 1 (Hosmer); Minnesota 2 (Castro, E.Escobar), (E.Escobar, Dozier, Mauer). Kansas City IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Kennedy L, 0-1 5 3 3 3 5 5 95 5.40 Minor 1 0 0 0 1 0 16 0.00 2/ Karns 4 2 2 27 54.00 3 2 4 1/ Strahm 2 1 0 17 81.00 3 1 2 Young 1 2 0 0 0 0 18 0.00 Minnesota IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Santiago W, 1-0 5 4 1 1 2 4 88 1.80 Duffey 1 0 0 0 0 0 6 0.00 2/ Belisle 0 1 2 18 0.00 3 0 0 2/ Rogers 0 0 1 8 0.00 3 0 0 2/ Pressly 0 0 2 9 0.00 3 0 0 Haley 1 0 0 0 0 0 13 0.00 Santiago pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. Inherited runners-scored: Strahm 1-1, Duffey 1-0, Rogers 1-0. HBP: Santiago (Gordon). Umpires: Home, Tony Randazzo; First, Rob Drake; Second, Pat Hoberg; Third, Gerry Davis. T: 3:06. A: 15,171 .

New York AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Gardner lf 3 0 1 0 1 1 .273 4 0 1 0 0 0 .071 Sanchez c Bird 1b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .083 Holliday dh 4 0 1 0 0 0 .182 4 1 3 1 0 1 .455 Ellsbury cf Castro 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Headley 3b 3 0 2 0 1 0 .636 4 0 0 0 0 1 .167 Judge rf Torreyes ss 3 0 0 0 0 0 .111 Totals 33 1 8 1 2 6 Tampa Bay AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Dickerson dh 4 1 2 2 0 1 .300 Kiermaier cf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .364 3 0 0 0 1 2 .333 Longoria 3b Miller 2b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .154 Souza Jr. rf 3 0 1 0 1 0 .300 4 1 2 0 0 1 .556 Morrison 1b Beckham ss 3 0 0 0 0 2 .200 Smith lf 3 1 1 0 0 1 .286 3 1 1 2 0 1 .182 Norris c Totals 31 4 8 4 2 10 New York 010 000 000 — 1 8 0 Tampa Bay 130 000 00x — 4 8 0 LOB: New York 7, Tampa Bay 5. 2B: Headley (1). HR: Ellsbury (1), off Cobb; Dickerson (1), off Pineda. RBIs: Ellsbury (1), Dickerson 2 (2), Norris 2 (2). SB: Smith (1), Norris (1). CS: Kiermaier (1). RLISP: New York 5 (Gardner, Bird, Holliday, Castro, Judge); Tampa Bay 2 (Dickerson 2). GIDP: Castro, Judge. DP: Tampa Bay 2 (Beckham, Miller, Morrison), (Longoria, Miller, Morrison). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA New York Pineda L, 0-1 32/3 8 4 4 0 6 71 9.82 Layne 1 0 0 0 1 0 14 0.00 21/3 0 0 0 0 4 32 0.00 Warren Shreve 1 0 0 0 1 0 17 0.00 Tampa Bay IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Cobb W, 1-0 52/3 4 1 1 1 4 90 1.59 Cedeno 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0.00 1/ Diaz 0 0 1 3 0.00 3 0 0 Ramirez 2 1 0 0 1 1 38 0.00 Colome S, 2-2 1 2 0 0 0 0 15 0.00 Cedeno pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. Inherited runners-scored: Layne 2-0, Warren 1-0, Cedeno 1-0, Diaz 2-0. WP: Pineda. PB: Sanchez (1), Norris (1). Umpires: Home, Dan Bellino; First, Mike Estabrook; Second, Jerry Layne; Third, Marvin Hudson. T: 3:17. A: 12,737 .

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Baltimore

BOX SCORES

Rays 4, Yankees 1

Str Home

Brewers 6, Rockies 1 Colorado AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Blackmon cf 3 0 0 0 2 2 .167 2 0 0 0 2 0 .091 LeMahieu 2b Gonzalez rf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .083 Arenado 3b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .364 4 1 1 0 0 3 .300 Story ss Parra lf 2 0 1 0 1 0 .545 b-Adames ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 4 0 2 1 0 1 .545 Reynolds 1b Wolters c 3 0 0 0 0 1 .200 Lyles p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Cardullo ph Chatwood p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Garneau c 1 0 0 0 1 0 .000 29 1 5 1 6 9 Totals Milwaukee AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Villar 2b 4 1 2 2 0 1 .250 4 1 2 1 0 1 .333 Thames 1b Braun lf 3 2 1 0 1 1 .273 Shaw 3b 4 1 1 2 0 1 .417 3 0 1 1 0 0 .143 Perez rf Nieuwenhuis cf 3 0 0 0 0 3 .000 Pina c 3 0 0 0 0 0 .200 3 0 1 0 0 0 .222 Arcia ss 2 0 1 0 0 0 .500 Peralta p Torres p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Knebel p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --1 1 1 0 0 0 .750 a-Aguilar ph Jungmann p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Feliz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --30 6 10 6 1 7 Totals Colorado 000 000 001 — 1 5 0 Milwaukee 000 301 02x — 6 10 0 a-singled for Knebel in the 8th. b-struck out for Parra in the 9th. c-hit by pitch for Lyles in the 9th. LOB: Colorado 9, Milwaukee 1. 2B: Story (2), Reynolds (3), Perez (1). 3B: Arcia (1). HR: Thames (1), off Chatwood; Shaw (1), off Chatwood; Villar (1), off Lyles. RBIs: Reynolds (5), Villar 2 (4), Thames (3), Shaw 2 (5), Perez (1). CS: Parra (1), Villar (1). S: Chatwood. RLISP: Colorado 3 (Blackmon 2, LeMahieu). LIDP: Peralta. GIDP: Arenado, Shaw. DP: Colorado 2 (Gonzalez, Wolters), (Arenado, Story, Reynolds); Milwaukee 1 (Villar, Arcia, Thames). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Colorado Chatwood L, 0-1 6 7 4 4 1 5 94 6.00 Lyles 2 3 2 2 0 2 38 9.00 IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Milwaukee Peralta W, 1-0 5 3 0 0 1 5 90 0.00 Torres 2 0 0 0 3 1 27 0.00 Knebel 1 0 0 0 1 1 19 0.00 2/ Jungmann 1 1 1 32 13.50 3 2 1 1/ Feliz S, 1-1 0 0 1 5 0.00 3 0 0 Inherited runners-scored: Feliz 3-0. HBP: Jungmann (Cardullo). WP: Torres. Umpires: Home, Andy Fletcher; First, Alan Porter; Second, Joe West; Third, Hunter Wendelstedt. T: 3:03. A: 21,824 .

Indians 9, Rangers 6 Cleveland AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Santana dh 4 2 1 1 1 1 .417 Lindor ss 4 3 3 5 1 1 .300 Guyer lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 c-Brantley ph-lf 2 0 0 0 0 1 .273 Encarnacion 1b 4 0 0 0 1 1 .167 Ramirez 2b 4 0 1 2 0 1 .200 Diaz 3b 4 2 2 0 0 1 .250 Jackson cf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .333 a-Naquin ph-cf 2 1 1 0 0 0 .333 Perez c 2 0 1 1 0 0 .500 1-Martinez pr 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Gomes c 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Almonte rf 3 1 0 0 1 1 .167 Totals 34 9 9 9 4 7 Texas AB R H BI BB SO Avg. DeShields dh 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 b-Robinson ph-dh 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Choo rf 2 2 0 0 2 0 .200 2-Rua pr-lf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Mazara lf-rf 4 1 3 3 0 0 .583 Napoli 1b 4 0 0 0 0 3 .100 Odor 2b 4 0 1 0 0 2 .333 Gomez cf 2 0 0 0 2 1 .100 Lucroy c 4 1 1 0 0 1 .125 Gallo 3b 3 1 0 0 1 3 .200 Andrus ss 4 1 2 1 0 1 .400 Totals 31 6 7 4 5 12 Cleveland 000 211 005 — 9 9 1 Texas 200 030 100 — 6 7 1 a-grounded out for Jackson in the 7th. b-grounded out for DeShields in the 7th. c-struck out for Guyer in the 8th. 1-ran for Perez in the 7th. 2-ran for Choo in the 7th. E: Lindor (1), Hamels (1). LOB: Cleveland 4, Texas 4. HR: Lindor (1), off Hamels; Lindor (2), off Dyson; Mazara (1), off Salazar; Andrus (1), off Otero. RBIs: Santana (4), Lindor 5 (6), Ramirez 2 (4), Perez (1), Mazara 3 (3), Andrus (1). SB: Lindor (1). CS: Odor (1). SF: Perez. S: DeShields. RLISP: Cleveland 3 (Santana, Ramirez, Diaz); Texas 2 (Mazara, Napoli). GIDP: Lucroy. DP: Cleveland 1 (Lindor, Ramirez, Encarnacion). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Cleveland Salazar 52/3 5 5 4 4 9 102 6.35 Otero 1 2 1 1 1 1 21 5.40 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.00 McAllister Armstrong W, 1-0 1/3 0 0 0 0 1 6 0.00 Shaw S, 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 1 13 0.00 IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Texas Hamels 6 5 4 3 1 4 91 4.50 Barnette 1 1 0 0 0 1 19 0.00 Bush 1 0 0 0 1 2 15 3.38 1/ Dyson L, 0-2 2 0 22 72.00 3 3 5 5 2/ Jeffress 6 9.00 3 0 0 0 0 0 Inherited runners-scored: Otero 1-0, McAllister 2-0. HBP: Hamels (Guyer). WP: Hamels, Barnette. Umpires: Home, Mike Muchlinski; First, Stu Scheurwater; Second, Mike Winters; Third, Mark Wegner. T: 3:25. A: 24,649 .

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Thursday’s pitching matchups

Diamondbacks 8, Giants 6

NL

Pitcher

Time W-L

Chi StL

Lackey (R) Lynn (R)

0-0 0.00 12:45 0-0 0.00

Phi Cin

Buchholz (R) Davis (R)

0-0 0.00 11:35a 0-0 0.00

Col Mil

Senzatela (R) 0-0 0.00 Anderson (R) 12:40 0-0 0.00

SD LA

Weaver (R) McCarthy (R) 2:10

ERA

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

Mia Koehler (R) Was Gonzalez (L)

3:05

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

Atl NY

Garcia (L) Harvey (R)

6:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

SF Ari

Samardzija (R) 0-0 0.00 Ray (L) 8:40 0-0 0.00

AL

Pitcher

Time W-L

ERA

KC Hammel (R) Min Gibson (R)

0-0 0.00 12:10 0-0 0.00

Det Boyd (L) Chi Shields (R)

1:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

LA Skaggs (L) Oak Triggs (R)

2:35

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

Det Boyd (L) Chi Shields (R)

1:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

Tor TB

6:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

Sea Miranda (L) Hou Musgrove (R) 7:10

0-0 0.00 0-0 0.00

IL

Stroman (R) Snell (L)

Pitcher

Time W-L

Wednesday Minnesota 9, Kansas City 1 Detroit at White Sox, ppd. Baltimore 3, Toronto 1 Boston 3, Pittsburgh 0, (12) Tampa Bay 4, NY Yankees 1 Cleveland 9, Texas 6 Houston 5, Seattle 3, (13) LA Angels 5, Oakland 0 Thursday Kansas City at Minnesota, 12:10 Pittsburgh at Boston, 12:35 Detroit at White Sox, 1:10 LA Angels at Oakland, 2:35 Toronto at Tampa Bay, 6:10 Seattle at Houston, 7:10

ERA

Pit Kuhl (R) 0-0 0.00 Bos Rodriguez (L) 12:35 0-0 0.00 Visit STLtoday.com/cards for the latest baseball news and updates.

Astros 5, Mariners 3 Seattle AB R H BI BB SO Avg. 6 1 2 2 0 1 .267 Segura ss 4 1 0 0 2 1 .083 Haniger rf Cano 2b 5 0 0 0 1 3 .167 5 0 1 0 1 2 .083 Cruz dh 3 0 0 1 3 0 .125 Seager 3b Valencia 1b 6 0 0 0 0 3 .154 6 0 1 0 0 2 .154 Zunino c 6 0 1 0 0 1 .154 Dyson lf Martin cf 4 1 1 0 1 1 .083 45 3 6 3 8 14 Totals AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Houston Springer rf-cf 7 1 2 5 0 1 .308 5 0 1 0 1 1 .167 Bregman 3b 6 0 0 0 0 2 .154 Altuve 2b Correa ss 6 0 2 0 0 1 .300 6 0 2 0 0 1 .167 Beltran dh 6 1 1 0 0 1 .111 Gurriel 1b Gattis c 5 2 2 0 1 0 .286 6 0 1 0 0 1 .250 Reddick lf-rf Marisnick cf 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 a-Gonzalez ph 1 0 1 0 0 0 .500 1 1 1 0 1 0 .500 Aoki lf Totals 51 5 13 5 3 9 Seattle 000 020 000 000 1 — 3 6 1 Houston 000 000 200 000 3 — 5 13 0 Two outs when winning run scored. a-singled for Marisnick in the 7th. E: Segura (1). LOB: Seattle 11, Houston 12. 2B: Cruz (1), Zunino (1), Springer (1), Bregman (1), Gattis (1), Reddick (1). HR: Segura (1), off Morton; Springer (2), off De Jong. RBIs: Segura 2 (2), Seager (1), Springer 5 (6). SB: Haniger (1), Dyson (1), Martin (1). S: Aoki. RLISP: Seattle 7 (Segura, Haniger, Cruz, Zunino, Dyson 3); Houston 9 (Bregman, Altuve 3, Correa 3, Reddick 2). GIDP: Springer, Beltran. DP: Seattle 2 (Seager, Cano, Valencia), (Valencia, Seager). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Seattle 6 2 0 0 1 5 100 0.00 Paxton 0 2 2 2 0 0 5 27.00 Scribner 1/ Rzepczynski 0 0 0 4 0.00 3 0 0 2/ Altavilla 0 0 1 11 0.00 3 2 0 1/ Pazos 0 0 0 9 0.00 3 2 0 2/ Fien 0 0 1 7 0.00 3 0 0 2 1 0 0 1 2 28 0.00 Diaz 2 2 0 0 0 0 33 3.38 Vincent De Jong L, 0-1 2/3 2 3 3 1 0 19 40.50 IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Houston Morton 6 5 2 2 2 4 90 3.00 1/ Sipp 0 1 0 6 0.00 3 0 0 2/ Feliz 0 0 1 7 0.00 3 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 7 60 0.00 Devenski 1 1 0 0 0 0 10 0.00 Harris Gustave 0 0 1 1 3 0 17 0.00 Peacock W, 1-0 1 0 0 0 1 2 16 0.00 Scribner pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. Gustave pitched to 3 batters in the 13th. Inherited runners-scored: Rzepczynski 2-0, Altavilla 2-2, Fien 2-0, Feliz 1-0, Peacock 3-1. WP: Paxton 3. Umpires: Home, Doug Eddings; First, Cory Blaser; Second, Jeff Nelson; Third, Laz Diaz. T: 4:26. A: 20,303 .

Dodgers 3, Padres 1 San Diego AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Margot cf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .273 Myers 1b 4 0 2 0 0 1 .333 Solarte 2b 4 0 0 0 0 0 .250 Renfroe rf 4 1 1 1 0 2 .167 Schimpf 3b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .273 Hedges c 2 0 0 0 1 0 .000 Aybar ss 2 0 0 0 1 0 .429 Cahill p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Torres p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Sardinas ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Diaz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Buchter p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Jankowski lf 2 0 0 0 1 1 .111 Totals 27 1 3 1 4 7 Los Angeles AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Toles lf 2 0 0 0 1 1 .286 b-Van Slyke ph-lf 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Seager ss 4 1 1 0 0 3 .231 Turner 3b 4 0 2 0 0 0 .462 Gonzalez 1b 3 1 1 1 1 0 .375 Forsythe 2b 4 0 0 0 0 3 .300 Pederson cf 3 0 0 0 1 2 .167 Grandal c 4 0 0 0 0 0 .167 Puig rf 3 1 2 1 0 0 .333 Hill p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Romo p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-Utley ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Wood p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Jansen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 30 3 6 2 3 12 San Diego 000 100 000 — 1 3 1 Los Angeles 200 100 00x — 3 6 0 a-struck out for Romo in the 6th. b-struck out for Toles in the 7th. c-grounded out for Torres in the 8th. E: Myers (1). LOB: San Diego 4, Los Angeles 7. 2B: Myers (1), Seager (1), Turner (3), Gonzalez (2). HR: Renfroe (1), off Hill; Puig (1), off Cahill. RBIs: Renfroe (1), Gonzalez (1), Puig (1). SB: Turner (1). CS: Myers (1). S: Cahill. RLISP: San Diego 2 (Renfroe, Jankowski); Los Angeles 2 (Gonzalez, Forsythe). GIDP: Solarte, Grandal. DP: San Diego 1 (Schimpf, Aybar, Myers); Los Angeles 1 (Turner, Forsythe, Gonzalez). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA San Diego Cahill L, 0-1 52/3 5 3 2 3 7 99 3.18 Torres 11/3 1 0 0 0 3 26 7.71 1/ Diaz 0 0 1 6 0.00 3 0 0 2/ Buchter 0 0 1 11 0.00 3 0 0 Los Angeles IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Hill W, 1-0 5 2 1 1 3 5 75 1.80 Romo 1 1 0 0 0 0 11 0.00 Wood 2 0 0 0 1 1 22 0.00 Jansen S, 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 0.00 Inherited runners-scored: Torres 1-0. HBP: Cahill (Hill). Umpires: Home, Chad Fairchild; First, Dave Rackley; Second, Larry Vanover; Third, Alfonso Marquez. T: 2:43. A: 38,373 .

San Francisco AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Hernandez cf 5 0 0 0 0 2 .167 Belt 1b 5 2 2 1 0 2 .286 Pence rf 5 1 2 1 0 0 .400 Posey c 3 1 2 0 1 0 .200 Crawford ss 3 1 1 1 0 1 .385 Nunez 3b 4 1 2 0 0 1 .538 Parker lf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Ramirez p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Gillaspie ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 d-Hill ph-lf 0 0 0 1 1 0 --Panik 2b 4 0 1 1 0 2 .455 Moore p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Gearrin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Marrero lf 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Kontos p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 36 6 10 5 2 11 Arizona AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Pollock cf 5 1 3 1 0 0 .500 Owings rf 3 1 2 1 2 0 .417 Goldschmidt 1b 3 1 0 0 2 2 .300 Lamb 3b 5 1 1 0 0 1 .167 Tomas lf 4 0 2 1 0 2 .167 1-Herrmann pr-lf 0 1 0 0 0 0 .000 Drury 2b 4 1 1 1 0 0 .417 Iannetta c 4 1 1 0 0 1 .200 Ahmed ss 4 0 1 1 0 0 .400 Walker p 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-Hazelbaker ph 1 1 1 1 0 0 1.000 De La Rosa p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --b-Descalso ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 Hoover p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Chafin p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Wilhelmsen p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Rodney p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Totals 36 8 12 6 4 7 San Francisco 012 010 020 — 6 10 1 Arizona 001 032 20x — 8 12 0 a-doubled, advanced to 3rd for Walker in the 6th. b-struck out for De La Rosa in the 7th. c-pinch hit for Ramirez in the 8th. d-walked for Gillaspie in the 8th. 1-ran for Tomas in the 7th. E: Belt (1). LOB: San Francisco 6, Arizona 8. 2B: Pollock 2 (2), Owings (1), Lamb (1), Tomas (1), Ahmed (1), Hazelbaker (1). 3B: Belt (1), Pence (1). HR: Belt (1), off Walker. RBIs: Belt (2), Pence (1), Crawford (2), Panik (2), Hill (1), Pollock (3), Owings (3), Tomas (1), Drury (1), Ahmed (2), Hazelbaker (1). SB: Nunez (3), Owings 2 (2), Goldschmidt (1). CS: Pollock (1), Ahmed (1). SF: Crawford. RLISP: San Francisco 3 (Posey, Marrero 2); Arizona 5 (Lamb 2, Tomas 2, Drury). San Francisco IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Moore L, 0-1 51/3 8 6 3 2 3 99 5.06 1/ Gearrin 0 2 0 16 0.00 3 1 0 Ramirez 11/3 2 2 2 0 4 25 13.50 Kontos 1 1 0 0 0 0 12 0.00 IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Arizona Walker W, 1-0 6 7 4 4 1 7 94 6.00 De La Rosa 1 0 0 0 0 2 10 0.00 1/ Hoover 2 0 0 17 13.50 3 3 2 1/ Chafin 0 1 1 12 6.75 3 0 0 1/ Wilhelmsen 0 0 0 3 5.40 3 0 0 Rodney S, 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 1 14 4.50 Inherited runners-scored: Gearrin 1-1, Ramirez 2-0, Chafin 3-1, Wilhelmsen 3-1. WP: Ramirez, Wilhelmsen. PB: Posey (1). Umpires: Home, Jim Wolf; First, D.J. Reyburn; Second, Greg Gibson; Third, Tim Timmons. T: 3:15. A: 14,675 . Tuesday box scores

Giants 8, Diamondbacks 4

San Francisco AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Hernandez cf 5 1 2 4 1 1 .286 6 0 2 1 0 1 .222 Belt 1b Pence rf 6 0 3 0 0 1 .400 Posey c 3 0 0 0 2 1 .000 5 2 2 1 0 0 .400 Crawford ss Nunez 3b 5 2 2 0 0 2 .556 Marrero lf 3 0 0 1 0 3 .000 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 c-Gillaspie ph Panik 2b 4 2 3 0 1 0 .571 Cueto p 3 1 1 1 0 0 .333 2 0 0 0 0 2 .000 b-Parker ph-lf Totals 43 8 15 8 4 12 Arizona AB R H BI BB SO Avg. 4 0 1 0 1 1 .444 Pollock cf Peralta rf 5 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Goldschmidt 1b 3 2 1 1 1 1 .429 3 2 1 2 1 2 .143 Lamb 3b Tomas lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Drury 2b 4 0 3 0 0 0 .500 4 0 1 1 0 1 .333 Owings ss Mathis c 3 0 0 0 0 2 .429 d-Herrmann ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Corbin p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 a-Descalso ph Bradley p 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 e-Hazelbaker ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 --34 4 7 4 4 11 Totals San Francisco 021 050 000 — 8 15 0 Arizona 000 220 000 — 4 7 2 a-grounded out for Corbin in the 4th. b-struck out for Cueto in the 6th. c-struck out for Kontos in the 8th. d-grounded out for Mathis in the 9th. e-walked for Wilhelmsen in the 9th. E: Drury (1), Owings (1). LOB: San Francisco 13, Arizona 7. 2B: Hernandez (1), Belt (1), Pence (1), Crawford (2), Panik (1). HR: Crawford (1), off Delgado; Goldschmidt (1), off Cueto; Lamb (1), off Cueto. RBIs: Hernandez 4 (4), Belt (1), Crawford (1), Marrero (1), Cueto (1), Goldschmidt (2), Lamb 2 (2), Owings (2). SB: Pollock (1). SF: Marrero. RLISP: San Francisco 8 (Pence 2, Posey, Crawford 3, Panik, Parker); Arizona 3 (Peralta, Lamb, Descalso). San Francisco IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Cueto W, 1-0 5 6 4 4 2 5 94 7.20 Gearrin 1 1 0 0 1 1 19 0.00 Kontos 1 0 0 0 0 2 12 0.00 Law 1 0 0 0 0 1 11 9.00 Strickland 1 0 0 0 1 2 18 0.00 Arizona IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Corbin L, 0-1 4 7 3 2 2 1 87 4.50 2/ Delgado 4 1 2 28 54.00 3 5 5 Bradley 31/3 3 0 0 1 7 57 0.00 Wilhelmsen 1 0 0 0 0 2 11 6.75 Gearrin pitched to 2 batters in the 7th. Inherited runners-scored: Bradley 2-0. T: 3:26. A: 19,378 .

Indians 4, Rangers 3 Cleveland AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Santana 1b 4 1 2 2 1 0 .500 Lindor ss 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000 Brantley lf 4 0 2 1 0 2 .333 Encarnacion dh 3 0 0 0 1 1 .250 Ramirez 2b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .167 Guyer rf 3 1 1 0 0 0 .333 a-Almonte ph-rf 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 Diaz 3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .125 Gomes c 3 1 0 0 1 2 .000 Jackson cf 4 1 2 1 0 1 .500 Totals 32 4 7 4 5 9 Texas AB R H BI BB SO Avg. Gomez cf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .125 Choo dh 4 0 1 0 0 1 .250 Mazara rf 4 1 2 0 0 0 .500 Napoli 1b 3 0 1 1 0 1 .167 Odor 2b 4 0 1 0 0 2 .375 Rua lf 3 1 0 0 0 0 .000 b-Profar ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Gallo 3b 4 1 2 2 0 2 .286 Andrus ss 2 0 0 0 1 0 .333 Chirinos c 3 0 0 0 0 2 .000 Totals 32 3 7 3 1 10 Cleveland 120 000 100 — 4 7 0 020 000 001 — 3 7 1 Texas a-struck out for Guyer in the 8th. b-struck out for Rua in the 9th. 1-ran for Napoli in the 9th. E: Gallo (1). LOB: Cleveland 6, Texas 4. 2B: Mazara (2), Napoli (1). HR: Santana (1), off Perez; Gallo (1), off Carrasco. RBIs: Santana 2 (3), Brantley (2), Jackson (1), Napoli (1), Gallo 2 (2). CS: Lindor (1). RLISP: Cleveland 4 (Lindor, Encarnacion, Guyer, Diaz); Texas 2 (Odor, Gallo). GIDP: Ramirez, Andrus. DP: Cleveland 1 (Lindor, Ramirez, Santana); Texas 1 (Andrus, Odor, Napoli). IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Cleveland Carrasco W, 1-0 52/3 4 2 2 1 7 78 3.18 1/ Logan 0 0 0 3 0.00 3 0 0 Shaw 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 0.00 Miller 1 0 0 0 0 0 7 0.00 Allen S, 2-2 1 2 1 1 0 3 25 4.50 Texas IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Perez L, 0-1 6 5 3 3 4 4 91 4.50 1/ Jeffress 1 0 1 12 27.00 3 1 1 1/ Alvarez 0 1 1 16 0.00 3 1 0 Leclerc 2 0 0 0 0 3 24 0.00 1/ Claudio 0 0 0 4 0.00 3 0 0 Inherited runners-scored: Leclerc 2-0. HBP: Carrasco (Napoli). . T: 3:14. A: 23,574 .


CARDINALS

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NOTEBOOK

Cubs’ Almora is a budding Edmonds

Young center fielder’s play reminds Maddon and Jay of longtime Cardinals star gear does a pretty good job. I understand where Adam is going. but I know that’s the last thing that the catcher is worried about. You get hit. You get hit all the time. That’s why you wear the tools of intelligence.”

BY DERRICK GOOLD st. Louis Post-dispatch

A few hours before his center fielder went over the wall to rob a homer and make a facsimile of the same catch Jim Edmonds made famous around these parts, Cubs manager Joe Maddon ran into Edmonds and told him to look out for young Albert Almora Jr., see how familiar he looks. “Almora reminds me of you,” Maddon said he told the Cardinals Hall of Famer and Gold Glove-winning outfielder. “I mean listen, just like Jimmy, Jimmy wasn’t the fastest guy (and) Albert’s not the fastest guy. They both ran great routes and they both had a great nose, instinct for the ball. When to jump, when to get to the wall, how to get to the wall.” There is more connecting the two than a catch. There’s Jon Jay. In the seventh inning of the Cubs’ 2-1 victory Tuesday at Busch Stadium, Almora leapt and snatched a fly ball before it cleared the fence for what would have been a game-tying homer. Matt Adams tipped his batting helmet to Almora for robbing him. In the dugout, Jay watched his friend and new teammate pull off what a mentor always did. A Cardinals draft pick and World Series champ, Jay was set to start in center on Wednesday, and it’s the position he will share at times with Almora. The two Miami-area natives have been friends for years and have worked out together some offseasons. This spring, Jay and Almora talked about instincts in center, pointers in center, and ways a center fielder must captain the outfield. Those were the echoes of what Edmonds told him. “Edmonds did it all out there,” Jay said. “I got to spend a lot of time with him, talking with him, and definitely those are things to show Albert. Every day he’s getting better. He hasn’t seen a lot of these hitters, played in a lot of these ballparks, or gotten used to the hitters. He’s learning our staff and what they like to do.” Edmonds, who jokes how shallow he played, liked to use his knowledge of the pitchers and his view of the called pitch to get an early break on where the ball might

RAIN, CHECK

The preemptive postponement of Wednesday’s game meant fans could use those tickets and any parking passes issued for that game Thursday. The Cardinals and Cubs will play the makeup at 12:45 p.m. — the same time as Wednesday’s scheduled game. Because the teams have off days in the coming week as well, the players did not have to be consulted about the postponement. League rules require players to approve a rescheduled game if it forces them to play more than 20 consecutive days.

JACK FASZHOLZ (1927-2017)

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Jim Edmonds runs down a fly ball in center field during a game in June 2000.

be hit. Almora plays deeper, but as Maddon said, he has the instincts to close on the ball. Adams lofted the ball deep to center — straightaway, the farthest spot for a homer at Busch III — and Almora tracked it with a leap at the wall, his side toward the wall, not his back. Like Edmonds. After the game, Almora had to call his mother to explain how he failed to come through on her birthday with the gift he promised. “I told her I (was) going to hit you a homer,” Almora explained. “I said, ‘I didn’t hit you one, but I robbed you one.’”

CROSSED-UP CATCHING

The reason Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright gave for “pull-hooking” a fastball into the wildest of wild pitches Tuesday was his concern for catcher Yadier Molina. Molina had bounced outside as if to re-

ceive a breaking ball, and Wainwright had a fastball grip. So rather than risk nailing his catcher, Wainwright tried to bounce it — way wide. Crossed wires on pitch calls happen often and shouldn’t have been a surprise that inning. With a runner at second base, as there was in the fourth inning, the catcher has a signal to switch signs. During that inning there were several talks on the mound, and at one point first baseman Matt Carpenter went to second baseman Kolten Wong to get the new signs. Molina will sometimes stop giving signs if he thinks the other team has his. Last year, a pitcher shook him off so often that Molina just told him to throw whatever and he’d find a way to catch it. “You have to (switch signs) at this level,” Matheny said. “If you’re expecting the hook and you go down to the plate, the

A longtime minor-league pitcher with the Cardinals who earned his nickname, “Preacher,” for the seminary classes he took in the offseason, John Edward “Jack” Faszholz died March 25. He was 89. A native of St. Louis, where he was born in April 1927, Faszholz appeared in four games and started one for the 1953 Cardinals. He had a 6.94 ERA and did not get a decision in 11 2/3 innings, but in the minors there were few who pitched as well for as long. In 12 seasons, Faszholz went 128-100 with a 3.63 ERA, and he was inducted into Class AAA Rochester’s Hall of Fame with a Red Wings record 80 career wins. Faszholz attended classes at Concordia Seminary, and after he retired from baseball he became a Lutheran minister, teacher and coach. He worked at several Lutheran high schools in the area. “I sort of had a philosophy to work as hard as you can and realize any success you might have is by the grace of God,” he said, per his SABR biography. A memorial service will be held Thursday, April 27, at Salem Lutheran Church, 8343 Gravois Road in Affton. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in memory of Jack Faszholz to the Lutheran High School Association of St. Louis or Concordia University.

Adams playing left field gives Cardinals options

Piscotty cleared to play; no signs of a concussion

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PISCOTTY • FROM B1

but it gets easier with repetition,” Cards manager Mike Matheny said. “I’m happy with what he was able to do, and I really wanted to see him get that one more atbat (on Tuesday).” He lost the weight, but now, in left field, he’ll have to carry it. It’s just funny that the Cards’ plan was to improve the defense. Dexter Fowler was signed for center, with another center-field talent, Randal Grichuk, in left. And now, there will be times that one of those gents is in center, flanked in left by Matt “Holliday” Adams. The reality is — the Cards can prevent runs all they want, but there will be times, notably against righties, that they’ll need Adams to drive runs in, too. There are some fans who wait until the regular season to jump into full Cardinal mode. And for those folks, Wednesday’s would-be lineup probably look liked something out of left field, with Adams starting in left field. But there he was. Of course, it never happened. Mother Nature, a big Stephen Piscotty fan, forced the game to be postponed, giving the right fielder Piscotty another day to rest his head. Yes, righty John Lackey will start Thursday for Chicago, but it’s possible that Matheny will go with his standard Grichuk-Fowler-Piscotty outfield, from left to right. Adams is a quality pinch-hitter, a dubious distinction for a guy who just wants to bat a bunch. He’ll get them, but the atbats will be a bundling, some from left, some from first. The Cards’ can’t afford to have Adams’ bat, with those RBIs in it, in a rack. “I knew (first baseman Matt) Carpenter is a guy who doesn’t take too many days off, he’s a grinder out there, and he’s one of the best,” said Adams, who had 297 atbats a season ago. “I knew at-bats might come at another position, so I wanted to be ready for that. “It goes to show the hard work I put into the offseason. The agility stuff that we did. It got me ready.” But let’s be honest. Nothing in Jupiter, Fla., could prepare Adams for catching a fly back in the colossal coliseum that is a major league ballpark. The bright lights and the spotlight. The decks that seem to keep growing as the fly ball keeps going up. The poise needed amid the noise. “It’s a big difference with the back drop and the third and fourth deck — and depth perception-wise,” said Grichuk, who was set to play in Piscotty’s regular right-field spot on Wednesday, before the postponement. “We talked about it after our first day out here, when (Adams) was taking his first reads out here. He was asking about reading the trajectory with the decks, and I said, you’ll see (the difference). … But obviously he’s a good athlete, lost a lot of weight, and he’s defi-

brained by a throw as he slid home Tuesday against the Chicago Cubs. He called the sensations way different: He was able to leave the field Tuesday on his feet, not on a stretcher. By Wednesday morning, he was left with a facial contusion — and cleared of any concussion concerns. “Much better. Much better,” Piscotty said, standing at his locker in the Busch Stadium clubhouse. “The one in Pittsburgh I came out very, very fortunate. That one could have been very serious. I think the fact that I got hit three times (Tuesday) night makes it more dramatic. I think it looked a little bit worse than it ended up being. It just stunned me. It wasn’t like I lost consciousness. I was fine.” After another battery of tests Wednesday morning, Piscotty said he was “cleared” to participate if needed for an afternoon game that never happened. He was not diagnosed with a concussion at any point, general manager John Mozeliak said, so Piscotty and the Cardinals did not have to go through Major League Baseball’s concussion protocol. With the threat of wicked and wet weather, the Cardinals postponed Wednesday’s series finale against the Chicago Cubs until Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Shortly before the scheduled first pitch Wednesday a downpour arrived at Busch Stadium, and rain came and went for a couple of hours before the grounds crew was able to remove and drain the tarp around 2:30. The postponement meant the Cubs had to spend a sixth night in St. Louis instead of sneaking a full day at home before busing to Milwaukee for the weekend. Cardinals manager Mike Matheny raised his hands when asked about keeping the Cubs in town for another day. “We don’t have a say” in the weather, he said. Two years ago, the threat of inclement and frigid temps at Wrigley Field inspired the Cubs to postpone an opening-week game against the Cardinals. Major League Baseball installs a series of off days in the opening weeks of the season to allow for postponements. Both teams had Thursday scheduled as that buffer day, and with off days in the coming week the players did not have to get involved because they wouldn’t be playing more than 20 consecutive days. The Cubs expressed some frustration with the lost day at home, their first since spring training. A year ago, the Cardinals played a popular wedding anthem during the Cubs’ batting practice at Busch Stadium, and manager Joe Maddon shrugged it off as “psychological entertainment warfare.” Piscotty was headed to the batting cages when he learned the game had been postponed. He turned back to the clubhouse. The rain bought him another day to rest and recover. The Cardinals expect him to be available to start Thursday.

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Cardinals left fielder Matt Adams catches a fly ball off the bat of the Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber to end the top of the seventh inning Tuesday night.

nitely capable of playing out there. … One was a little shaky, but he made the play and that’s all that mattered.” Throughout recent Cards history, players have wedged themselves into surprising positions. In 2009, converted outfielder Skip Schumaker started 124 games at second base. In smaller doses, last season we remember Kolten Wong playing center field — and will never forget his infamous outfield adventures at rainy Wrigley. Also in ’16, Holliday tried out first base. In baseball, everything is meticulously prepared until suddenly you’ve got to put Adams out in left field. But that’s the luxury of this move — it’s a free player, so to speak. The Cards already had Adams the first baseman, and now they’ve got a lefty-swinging left fielder. With your roster, maximize your 25. “You can’t predict how a lot of this is going to play out,” Matheny said. “If you looked at our potential roster in the winter, you could see there’d be sort of a logjam to get him at-bats. I think that’s smart on his part to make the changes that he made. … “He’s excited when he talks to me — even when I first brought it up to him at spring training, he was excited. I think he is also feeling part of the reward for the discipline and the work he put in this winter, to have a body change that he’s had. How good he feels, how he’s moving, and he realized that the work is going to translate into more opportunity. That’s just a good career move.” And the more often Matt Adams is Mash Adams, the more often you’ll see the first baseman in left field. Benjamin Hochman @hochman on Twitter bhochman@post-dispatch.com

“See how he feels,” Matheny said. The answer Wednesday was fortunate. In the Cardinals’ 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Tuesday, Piscotty scored the team’s lone run — and has the bruises to prove for it. In one turn around the bases, he was hit by throws from the three of the strongest arms the Cubs had on the field. Starter Jake Arrieta pegged Piscotty’s right elbow with a pitch to put him on first with one out in the fifth inning. Piscotty took second on a wild pitch, and catcher Willson Contreras’ throw nailed him on his left arm as he arrived at second. Kolten Wong chopped an infield single, and as Cubs second baseman Javy Baez fumbled the ball, Piscotty rounded third for home. Baez’s throw to the plate clocked Piscotty in the left earflap, dropping Piscotty as he slid across home plate for the run. “Probably the roughest turn around the bases I’ve ever seen,” Adam Wainwright said. Not as horrific, however, as what Wainwright and others saw at PNC Park in September 2015. That night, Piscotty dived for a fly ball deep in left center and connected only with Peter Bourjos’ knee. Piscotty dropped, ragdoll-like, to the turf. Blood trickled from his mouth. Bourjos waved frantically for help. Matt Carpenter crouched at the edge of the infield, “assuming the worst. I thought he was paralyzed.” Piscotty was taken to a nearby hospital, where he spent the night but was released, remarkably, the next afternoon. He had trauma from a concussion and whiplash-like soreness but no fractures. He returned to the field six days later for a game, and then a few days later went six for 16 with three homers in the NL division series against the Cubs. Less than 48 hours after finalizing a six-year, $33.5 million contract with the Cardinals, Piscotty was reciting numbers, backward and forward, to prove he was coherent. As part of the tests the Cardinals’ medical staff gave him, Piscotty had to recount who he was, where he was, and who the team was playing. He was given a series of numbers to repeat — in the reverse order in which he heard them. Teammate Randal Grichuk drove him home. Piscotty’s girlfriend and father handled the duties of waking him up overnight to assure he was OK. Teammate Greg Garcia drove him to work Wednesday. Piscotty passed the same recitation tests. He said the biggest ache he had was his swollen right arm, from Arrieta’s pitch. “It was hard to believe that could happen in one trip around the bases,” Piscotty said. “After it was over and whatnot, it’s kind of funny to look back because I’m OK. Yeah, something I’m not going to forget.” Derrick Goold @dgoold on Twitter dgoold@post-dispatch.com


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BASEBALL NOTEBOOK

M 1 • THURSDAY • 04.06.2017

BLUES NOTEBOOK

Power play is having problems Blues have one goal in last 20 tries, and that was an empty-netter little time; he’s been out for a month here.” In practice Wednesday, Yeo had Lehtera back at center.

BY TOM TIMMERMANN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Pedro Guerrero played for the Cardinals from 1988-1992.

‘Miracle’ has former Card Guerrero still alive It’s “a miracle” that former Cardinals and Los Angels Dodgers slugger Pedro Guerrero is alive, his wife told ESPN. He was hospitalized Monday in New York after suffering a massive stroke. “It is a miracle that Pedro is alive, completely conscious and speaking clearly two days after a doctor basically declared him brain dead,” Roxanna Guerrero told ESPN on Wednesday. “This is a miracle.” She told ESPN that doctors initially wanted her to sign a document to disconnect her husband from a life support system and declare him dead, but she refused until she had more information. Guerrero, 60, had a 15-year big-league career, from 1978-1992, and was the co-MVP of the 1981 World Series, with Ron Cey and Steve Yeager for the Dodgers. And Guerrero, primarily an outfielder, was a five-time All-Star. He was with the Dodgers until being traded to the Cardinals in August 1988 for pitcher John Tudor. Guerrero, who finished his career with the Redbirds, in 1989 led the National League in doubles (42) and hit 17 home runs and added 117 RBIs, most in his career. Guerrero finished with a .300 batting average, 215 home runs and 898 RBIs.

As well as the Blues have played recently — games with Colorado and Winnipeg aside — there’s been one glaring weakness: Their power play has been awful. Over the past eight games, the Blues have scored just one power play goal in 20 opportunities, and that was an emptynet goal. Arizona took a penalty within the final two minutes but still pulled its goalie to try to tie the score; David Perron scored. In some ways, it’s been worse than bad. Not only is the power play not scoring goals, it’s barely getting shots on goal and, because of that, not building any momentum. In fact, it’s been almost the opposite. By the time the power play is over, it’s the opposing team that’s getting a lift. There wasn’t any progress Tuesday against Winnipeg. Coach Mike Yeo put Jori Lehtera on the unit in hope of improving how they did on faceoffs, so they could get more ice time. On the one power play the Blues had, they lost the first faceoff and had to get the puck back, only to be offside entering the zone. They lost that next faceoff and it took them more than 50 seconds to actually get the puck into the Winnipeg zone. “It’s not what I was looking for,” Yeo said Wednesday. “I would expect us to have a full skate tomorrow. That’s why we

BLUENOTES

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Blues center Jori Lehtera gets past Winnipeg Jets defenseman Mark Stuart for a breakaway in the first period Tuesday night at Scottrade Center. Lehtera scored a goal in the second period.

didn’t work it today, we’ll work it in the morning. We have to get better. We have to feel good about that. That’s another element and another part of our game that we want to make sure we feel good about going into the playoffs. “We’ve had a really good power play all season long, this is a stretch it hasn’t been good enough. … It’s not going to turn by us scoring a goal. We have to get doing the little things right, the faceoffs, if we lose a faceoff it should be real tough for them to get the puck down the ice. If we have the right recovery methods, if we have to break out, we have the right routes, the right timing, the right execution. It’s all those little things that add up

to scoring a goal. If we do those things then we’ll be fine.” “In playoffs, (power plays) are hard to come by,” said captain Alex Pietrangelo. “You may only get one opportunity a game. You’ve got to make sure you find a way to capitalize.”

LEHTERA’S RETURN

After missing 12 games with a concussion, Lehtera, playing left wing instead of center, scored against Winnipeg. He played 15:03 and won two of six faceoffs. “It looked like he had been out for a little bit,” Yeo said. “Obviously he got a goal, but I think as the game went on he started to get a little more comfortable with it. It’s going to take him a

The Blues had a quick practice Wednesday before flying to Florida. Alexander Steen, who was taking a maintenance day, was the only healthy player not on the ice. Nail Yakupov, who Yeo said has been dinged up, started the practice but came off the ice after 10 minutes. … Carl Gunnarsson was on the ice but didn’t take a regular shift as Petteri Lindbohm skated with Jordan Schmaltz. “He looked good today and we’ll see how he feels tomorrow,” Yeo said. If Gunnarsson is ready to play, the Blues will have to send Lindbohm back to the minors since he was called up on emergency conditions because the team had fewer than six healthy defensemen. … Defenseman Robert Bortuzzo is not on the trip. … Winnipeg’s third goal Tuesday went in off two Blues. It hit Kyle Brodziak in the leg, then hit Jay Bouwmeester in the chest before looping high over Jake Allen’s head and into the goal. “I looked back and saw it in the air, and thought, ‘Oh no,’” Brodziak said. “We were scrambling a little before that. You can’t blame the bad bounce. There were plays that led up to it. It wasn’t a great one.” Tom Timmermann • 314-340-8190 @tomtimm on Twitter ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com

Red Sox without Betts • Boston right fielder Mookie Betts didn’t play Wednesday night, against Pittsburgh, because of flu-like symptoms. Manager John Farrell said Betts, the AL’s runner-up in Most Valuable Player voting last season, was feeling sick along with utility infielder Brock Holt and reliever Robbie Ross Jr. Neither of them played, either, as the Red Sox won 3-0 in 12 innings. Farrell said Betts and Holt were tested, but neither had the actual flu virus. “We’ve got a few tentative situations health-wise,” he said. Jeter to be a Marlins owner? • Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Derek Jeter, his successor as captain of the New York Yankees, has “always talked about” owning a major-league team one day. Mattingly was asked before Miami’s game Wednesday about a report on FoxBusiness.com that said Jeter and former Florida governor Jeb Bush are among those who could try to buy the Marlins from Jeffrey Loria. Marlins President David Samson said in February that multiple groups were interested in purchasing the club. Reds make moves • The Cincinnati Reds claimed utility player Tyler Goeddel off waivers from Philadelphia and sent him to Triple-A Louisville. Goeddel, 24, batted .192 in 92 games for the Phillies last season with four homers and 16 RBIs. The Reds also transferred pitcher Anthony DeSclafani to the 60-day disabled list. He opened the season on the disabled list for the second year in a row after suffering a sprained pitching elbow during spring training. Starter Homer Bailey also is on the disabled list, recovering from elbow surgery. Catcher Devin Mesoraco was sent on a rehabilitation assignment with Double-A Pensacola to complete his recovery from hip surgery. Slow start for Buxton • Twins center fielder Byron Buxton is being counted on to have a breakout season after looking overmatched at times at the plate last season. Manager Paul Molitor is hitting Buxton third in the order, a spot generally given to one of the team’s top hitters. The early returns have not been promising. He has struck out six times in 10 at-bats with just one infield single. Osuna on the mend • Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna (neck strain) is “feeling better” and is expected to be activated Tuesday from the 10-day disabled list, manager John Gibbons said. A’s lose Axford • Athletics reliever John Axford was placed on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Sunday, because of a strained right shoulder. From news services

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Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (right) says the team needs to get back to the good puck management that was lacking Tuesday night.

Letdown a concern for Blues BLUES • FROM B1

Jets. “When the playoffs start, the emotion takes over and the intensity takes over. It’s hard to be thinking out there, it’s hard to be correcting during the course of the game, so we have to be sure we we’re going in with the right feeling, the right habits so we’re not chasing from the start. “For me, it starts right now, this is our preparation for the playoffs. We’re focused on results, we’re aware of the standings and the implications, but far more for me is the play of the individuals and our team and making sure we feel good going into the playoffs.” Curing a power-play unit that has just one goal in the last eight games — an empty-netter — could be tops on the list, but where the Blues felt after Tuesday’s loss that they really want to be better is defensively. They’d given up two or fewer goals in regulation in 11 straight games before surrendering five to Winnipeg, but their last three opponents have averaged 33 shots on net. “We’ve got to continue to stay tight,” Blues captain Alex Pietrangelo said. “We haven’t been giving up very many goals lately. (Tuesday) is a bit of an outlier from how we’ve been playing, so we’ve got to get back to taking care of our own end and managing the puck and occupying the offensive zone.” The Jets had 31 shots, but more disconcerting was the number of odd-man rushes. “Too many, too many high quality chances,” Yeo said. “You can’t be in good position if

you’re soft on the puck, if you’re turning pucks over, and a lot of the things we were doing so well for a long period of time we got away from.” In each of the last three games, the Blues scored the first goal but gave up the next one to their opponent. Both Colorado and Winnipeg recovered and went on to win the game, but even in their 4-1 victory over Nashville on Sunday, the Blues needed 35 saves from goalie Jake Allen to break loose from a 1-1 tie and win the game. “A few games, Jake has probably stolen us the game, he’s been playing so well,” Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester said. “It seems anytime we get a goal real early like (Tuesday) night, sometimes you have the tendency to let up a bit.” The other concern heading down the stretch is the Blues’ ability with a young lineup to deal with their emotions. Two days after its win over Nashville, the club appeared to have a letdown against Winnipeg. Normally that’s understandable, and in the regular season the consequences aren’t so severe, but in the postseason, teams that bounce back better are usually the ones that advance. “It’s going to happen in the playoffs,” Pietrangelo said. “You’re going to have emotional wins. You’re going to have to find a way to flip that switch.” If the Blues can do so Thursday against Florida, a team on a five-game losing streak and like Winnipeg out of the playoff picture, then they can forget what’s happened recently. But if not, then there will be some worrying.

“I would expect us to play well again,” Yeo said. “We’re going on the road, so nothing’s guaranteed. I’m not going to sit here and say we’re going to win the game. We have to go out and do the right thing. We’re still pushing here. We can’t be satisfied or happy with (Tuesday’s) game, I don’t think anybody is, we recognize that we weren’t good enough. It’s one thing to know that and it’s another to bounce back with a strong effort and that’s what we’ll be looking to do.” In one sense, the Blues like their positioning in their battle with Nashville, which wraps up its regular season with games in Dallas on Thursday and Winnipeg on Saturday. But in the other sense, already knowing that they’re in the playoffs, the club realizes the importance of better execution. “Big picture, yeah, the last 15, 16 games here we’ve really played the game that we want to play,” Pietrangelo said. “But we’ve got three games left here before the playoffs, and we need to find our game ... to really kind of carry the momentum going into the playoffs.” “We need to play well going into the playoffs,” Allen said. “We’re still feeling good about ourselves, but we need to focus on these next three games and hopefully have some good production, good play from everyone and just get some solid minutes under us and get some rest and try to be healthy.” Jeremy Rutherford @jprutherford on Twitter jrutherford@post-dispatch.com

BLUES AT PANTHERS

When • Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Where • BB&T Center, Sunrise, Fla. TV, radio • Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX 1120 AM Blues • The Blues can clinch third tonight in the Central with a win over Florida and any loss by Nashville, or a regulation loss by Nashville and the Blues going to overtime. … Over the past 10 games, Alex Pietrangelo has four goals, four assists and is a plus9. He’s one point short of 300 in his career. … Ivan Barbashev has four assists in the past five games. Panthers • Florida beat the Blues on Feb. 20, scoring a goal with five seconds to play to win 2-1. … Florida has lost five in a row, being outscored 22-9. The game right before that streak was a 7-0 win over Chicago. … Despite being 23rd in the league in points, Florida has the league’s best penalty kill at 85.6 percent. Its power play, meanwhile, is 24th at 16.7 percent. Injuries • Blues – D Carl Gunnarsson (lower body) is questionable. D Robert Bortuzzo (upper body), F Paul Stastny (lower body), F Nail Yakupov (undisclosed) and F Robby Fabbri (knee) are out. Panthers – F Jussi Jokinen (undisclosed), F Aleksander Barkov (upper body), D Aaron Ekblad (neck) and G Roberto Luongo (lower body) are out. G James Reimer (undisclosed) is questionable. Tom Timmermann


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04.06.2017 • Thursday • M 1 NHL STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic GP W y-Montreal 80 46 Ottawa 79 42 x-Boston 80 44 Toronto 79 39 Tampa Bay 79 39 Buffalo 80 33 Florida 79 33 Detroit 80 32 Metropolitan GP W x-Washington 80 54 x-Pittsburgh 79 49 x-Columbus 79 49 x-NY Rangers 80 47 NY Islanders 79 38 Philadelphia 80 38 Carolina 79 35 New Jersey 79 28

L OT Pts GF GA Home 25 9 101 221 194 24-11-5 27 10 94 205 208 21-11-8 30 6 94 232 207 23-16-0 25 15 93 243 232 20-11-7 30 10 88 222 222 22-14-4 35 12 78 199 230 20-15-6 35 11 77 202 231 18-18-3 36 12 76 201 240 16-17-6 L OT Pts GF GA Home 18 8 116 260 179 32-6-2 19 11 109 270 222 31-6-4 22 8 106 240 184 28-11-1 27 6 100 252 215 20-16-4 29 12 88 230 238 21-12-7 33 9 85 212 230 24-11-4 30 14 84 207 225 23-11-5 37 14 70 176 229 16-15-8

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home z-Chicago 80 50 22 8 108 242 206 26-10-5 x-Minnesota 80 47 25 8 102 259 204 27-12-2 x-Blues 79 43 29 7 93 221 209 23-12-5 x-Nashville 80 40 28 12 92 232 219 24-9-8 Winnipeg 80 38 35 7 83 242 251 21-18-1 Dallas 80 33 36 11 77 216 252 21-12-6 Colorado 79 22 54 3 47 158 267 13-25-2 Pacific GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home x-Anaheim 80 44 23 13 101 215 197 27-8-4 x-Edmonton 79 44 26 9 97 235 206 24-12-4 x-San Jose 80 45 28 7 97 216 196 25-10-4 x-Calgary 80 44 32 4 92 221 217 24-17-0 Los Angeles 79 38 34 7 83 194 195 22-15-2 Vancouver 79 30 40 9 69 175 231 18-16-6 Arizona 80 29 41 10 68 192 254 17-17-5 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division z-clinched conference Wednesday Buffalo 2, Montreal 1 Washington 2, NY Rangers 0 Tuesday Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 1 New Jersey 1, Philadelphia 0, OT Boston 4, Tampa Bay 0 Washington 4, Toronto 1 Ottawa 2, Detroit 0 NY Islanders 2, Nashville 1, OT Winnipeg 5, Blues 2 Minnesota 5, Carolina 3 Dallas 3, Arizona 2, OT Colorado 4, Chicago 3, OT Anaheim 3, Calgary 1 San Jose 3, Vancouver 1 Los Angeles 6, Edmonton 4

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

Away Div 22-14-4 18-4-6 21-16-2 13-12-4 21-14-6 18-10-1 19-14-8 18-8-3 17-16-6 16-7-4 13-20-6 13-11-4 15-17-8 10-14-5 16-19-6 8-15-6 Away Div 22-12-6 18-7-5 18-13-7 19-7-2 21-11-7 18-8-3 27-11-2 14-13-2 17-17-5 13-10-5 14-22-5 11-14-3 12-19-9 10-14-4 12-22-6 11-14-3 Away 24-12-3 20-13-6 20-17-2 16-19-4 17-17-6 12-24-5 9-29-1 Away 17-15-9 20-14-5 20-18-3 20-15-4 16-19-5 12-24-3 12-24-5

Div 19-8-2 16-9-3 13-12-3 15-11-1 18-8-2 8-14-5 8-19-0 Div 17-6-5 17-6-3 15-10-3 12-12-3 12-13-2 11-14-1 11-12-5

Saturday Columbus at Philadelphia, 11:30 a.m. NY Rangers at Ottawa, 11:30 a.m. Washington at Boston, 2 p.m. NY Islanders at New Jersey, 5 p.m. Chicago at Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Nashville at Winnipeg, 6 p.m. Blues at Carolina, 6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Toronto, 6 p.m. Montreal at Detroit, 6 p.m. Buffalo at Florida, 6 p.m. Colorado at Dallas, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Arizona, 8 p.m. Calgary at San Jose, 9 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

Caps blank Rangers to finish first overall

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NBA SUMMARIES

NBA STANDINGS

Raptors 105, Pistons 102

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W L x-Boston 50 28 48 31 x-Toronto New York 30 48 Philadelphia 28 50 Brooklyn 19 59 W L Southeast z-Washington 47 31 Atlanta 39 38 Miami 38 40 36 43 Charlotte Orlando 27 51 Central W L z-Cleveland 51 27 Milwaukee 40 38 38 40 Chicago Indiana 38 40 Detroit 35 43

Toronto: Carroll 1-6 0-0 2, Ibaka 2-9 2-2 7, Valanciunas 9-11 1-2 19, Lowry 9-16 7-7 27, DeRozan 5-17 2-3 12, Tucker 3-4 0-0 9, Patterson 4-6 0-0 10, Poeltl 2-4 0-0 4, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Joseph 6-14 1-1 15. Totals 41-87 13-15 105. Detroit: Morris 6-11 0-0 15, Bullock 3-5 0-0 7, Leuer 3-5 0-0 6, Drummond 4-7 3-10 11, Smith 7-12 2-2 16, Hilliard 2-2 2-2 6, Harris 7-16 0-0 16, Johnson 1-5 0-0 3, Baynes 5-5 2-2 12, Udrih 3-7 2-2 8, Caldwell-Pope 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 42-80 11-18 102. Toronto 15 31 22 37 — 105 Detroit 33 23 24 22 — 102 3-point goals: Toronto 10-30 (Tucker 3-4, Patterson 2-4, Lowry 2-5, Joseph 2-6, Ibaka 1-6, DeRozan 0-1, Carroll 0-4), Detroit 7-20 (Morris 3-3, Harris 2-7, Bullock 1-2, Johnson 1-4, Caldwell-Pope 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Toronto 35 (Ibaka 7), Detroit 45 (Drummond 14). Assists: Toronto 29 (DeRozan 11), Detroit 22 (Udrih 8). Total fouls: Toronto 14, Detroit 21.

Heat 112, Hornets 99 Miami: J.Johnson 10-12 0-0 26, Whiteside 5-9 3-3 13, Dragic 13-21 2-2 33, Richardson 6-14 3-3 19, McGruder 1-9 0-0 3, White 1-3 0-0 3, Reed 0-3 0-0 0, T.Johnson 3-9 3-4 12, Ellington 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 40-84 11-12 112. Charlotte: Kidd-Gilchrist 3-5 2-2 8, Williams 6-10 0-0 15, Zeller 4-12 0-0 8, Walker 6-17 3-5 18, Batum 6-13 12-12 24, Kaminsky 5-9 2-3 13, Plumlee 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 3-5 0-0 7, Lamb 2-5 2-2 6, Belinelli 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-78 21-24 99. Miami 27 25 34 26 — 112 Charlotte 23 28 22 26 — 99 3-point goals: Miami 21-40 (J.Johnson 6-7, Dragic 5-9, Richardson 4-7, T.Johnson 3-5, White 1-2, Ellington 1-4, McGruder 1-5, Reed 0-1), Charlotte 8-25 (Williams 3-6, Walker 3-8, Roberts 1-1, Kaminsky 1-3, Lamb 0-1, Belinelli 0-2, Batum 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Miami 40 (Whiteside 20), Charlotte 36 (Williams 12). Assists: Miami 23 (Richardson 5), Charlotte 19 (Batum 7). Total fouls: Miami 16, Charlotte 15. Technicals: Whiteside. A: 17,758 (19,077).

Thunder 103, Grizzlies 100 Oklahoma City: Gibson 4-10 0-0 8, Adams 2-8 1-3 5, Westbrook 14-25 9-12 45, Oladipo 6-15 2-2 15, Roberson 1-1 0-2 2, McDermott 3-7 1-3 10, Collison 0-0 0-0 0, Sabonis 2-4 0-0 5, Kanter 4-10 2-2 10, Christon 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 37-85 15-24 103. Memphis: Green 1-5 1-2 3, Gasol 8-16 4-4 23, Harrison 3-7 5-6 12, Carter 3-10 2-2 10, Allen 7-10 0-0 14, Ennis 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 1-1 0-0 2, Randolph 8-15 3-5 20, Baldwin 1-3 0-0 2, Selden 2-6 2-2 6, Daniels 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 37-78 17-21 100. Oklahoma City 34 23 22 24 — 103 Memphis 27 23 24 26 — 100 3-point goals: Oklahoma City 14-31 (Westbrook 8-13, McDermott 3-6, Sabonis 1-2, Christon 1-3, Oladipo 1-6, Kanter 0-1), Memphis 9-26 (Gasol 3-5, Daniels 2-4, Carter 2-7, Randolph 1-1, Harrison 1-2, Baldwin 0-1, Allen 0-1, Green 0-2, Selden 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Oklahoma City 44 (Adams 10), Memphis 38 (Randolph 9). Assists: Oklahoma City 19 (Westbrook 10), Memphis 21 (Gasol 5). Total fouls: Oklahoma City 20, Memphis 18. Technicals: Gasol. A: 17,298 (18,119).

Cavaliers 114, Celtics 91 Cleveland: James 14-22 7-7 36, Frye 3-7 2-2 10, Love 5-15 4-4 15, Irving 7-18 4-5 19, Smith 5-10 0-0 12, Jefferson 3-3 0-0 7, Derr.Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Sanders 0-1 0-0 0, Dero.Williams 0-5 0-0 0, Korver 2-2 0-0 6, Liggins 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 1-1 0-0 2, Shumpert 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 43-92 17-18 114. Boston: Crowder 5-11 1-2 13, Johnson 4-4 0-0 8, Horford 4-6 3-3 12, Thomas 9-19 7-8 26, Bradley 1-8 2-4 4, Brown 1-7 0-0 2, Green 1-3 0-2 2, Jerebko 0-1 1-2 1, Mickey 0-1 1-2 1, Olynyk 5-8 1-2 12, Smart 1-8 1-2 4, Rozier 2-5 1-2 6, Young 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-81 18-29 91. Cleveland 19 38 33 24 — 114 Boston 20 22 24 25 — 91 3-point goals: Cleveland 11-36 (Korver 2-2, Frye 2-6, Smith 2-7, Jefferson 1-1, Shumpert 1-3, James 1-4, Love 1-5, Irving 1-6, Dero.Williams 0-2), Boston 7-33 (Crowder 2-5, Horford 1-1, Rozier 1-3, Olynyk 1-3, Smart 1-4, Thomas 1-8, Jerebko 0-1, Green 0-2, Bradley 0-3, Brown 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Cleveland 51 (Love 16), Boston 38 (Bradley, Horford 7). Assists: Cleveland 19 (James 6), Boston 21 (Thomas 6). Total fouls: Cleveland 26, Boston 18. Technicals: Boston defensive three second, Boston team. A: 18,624 (18,624).

Rockets 110, Nuggets 104

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest W L z-San Antonio 60 18 x-Houston 53 25 42 37 x-Memphis New Orleans 33 45 Dallas 32 45 Northwest W L 48 30 x-Utah x-Oklahoma City 45 33 Portland 38 40 Denver 37 41 Minnesota 31 46 Pacific W L z-Golden State 64 14 x-LA Clippers 47 31 Sacramento 31 47 23 55 LA Lakers Phoenix 22 56 x-clinched playoff spot z-clinched division Wednesday Miami 112, Charlotte 99 Toronto 105, Detroit 102 Cleveland 114, Boston 91 Houston 110, Denver 104 Oklahoma City 103, Memphis 100 LA Lakers 102, San Antonio 95 Golden State at Phoenix, late Dallas at LA Clippers, late Tuesday Brooklyn 141, Philadelphia 118 Cleveland 122, Orlando 102 Indiana 108, Toronto 90 Washington 118, Charlotte 111 Denver 134, New Orleans 131 New York 100, Chicago 91 Oklahoma City 110, Milwaukee 79 San Antonio 95, Memphis 89, OT

Pct .641 .608 .385 .359 .244 Pct .603 .506 .487 .456 .346 Pct .654 .513 .487 .487 .449

GB — 2½ 20 22 31 GB — 7½ 9 11½ 20 GB — 11 13 13 16

Pct GB .769 — .679 7 .532 18½ .423 27 .416 27½ Pct GB .615 — .577 3 .487 10 .474 11 .403 16½ Pct GB .821 — .603 17 .397 33 .295 41 .282 42

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

Str L-1 W-1 W-1 L-4 W-3 Str W-1 L-2 W-1 L-2 L-5 Str W-4 L-2 L-1 W-1 L-2

Home 28-11 27-13 18-20 17-21 12-28 Home 30-10 20-18 21-18 22-18 14-24 Home 31-8 22-18 23-16 27-12 24-16

Away 22-17 21-18 12-28 11-29 7-31 Away 17-21 19-20 17-22 14-25 13-27 Away 20-19 18-20 15-24 11-28 11-27

Conf 33-15 31-18 21-28 19-29 10-38 Conf 30-18 26-21 24-24 22-27 18-30 Conf 35-13 25-23 25-23 22-26 21-29

L10 Str 8-2 L-1 6-4 W-2 3-7 L-3 6-4 L-2 3-7 L-1 L10 Str 5-5 W-1 6-4 W-2 7-3 L-2 4-6 L-1 3-7 L-1 L10 Str 10-0 W-12 7-3 W-3 4-6 W-2 3-7 W-2 0-10 L-12

Home 31-9 29-10 23-15 21-20 21-18 Home 27-12 28-12 22-15 21-18 20-20 Home 34-4 26-12 16-23 14-24 13-25

Away 29-9 24-15 19-22 12-25 11-27 Away 21-18 17-21 16-25 16-23 11-26 Away 30-10 21-19 15-24 9-31 9-31

Conf 35-13 34-15 28-23 19-29 18-29 Conf 28-20 27-21 25-23 21-27 18-29 Conf 39-9 27-21 20-28 13-35 9-39

Utah 106, Portland 87 Golden State 121, Minnesota 107 Sacramento 98, Dallas 87 Thursday Brooklyn at Orlando, 6 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Milwaukee at Indiana, 6 p.m. Washington at New York, 6:30 p.m. Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Portland, 9:30 p.m. Friday Atlanta at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m. Miami at Toronto, 6:30 p.m. Detroit at Houston, 7 p.m. New York at Memphis, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Utah, 8 p.m.

New Orleans at Denver, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Sacramento at LA Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Saturday Chicago at Brooklyn, 4 p.m. Boston at Charlotte, 5 p.m. Indiana at Orlando, 5 p.m. Miami at Washington, 6 p.m. Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. LA Clippers at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Portland, 9 p.m. New Orleans at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

Cavs clobber Celtics in their battle for first

Denver: Gallinari 8-16 4-4 23, Faried 4-7 2-2 10, Jokic 6-17 0-0 12, Nelson 3-9 0-0 8, Harris 8-14 0-1 17, Hernangomez 0-1 0-0 0, Chandler 6-18 3-5 16, Plumlee 2-4 0-0 4, Mudiay 1-5 4-4 6, Murray 3-13 2-2 8. Totals 41-104 15-18 104. Houston: T.Williams 2-6 0-0 4, Ariza 6-12 0-0 15, Capela 7-10 1-3 15, Beverley 4-9 1-3 9, Harden 8-19 11-15 31, Hilario 7-8 2-4 16, Gordon 2-14 5-6 11, L.Williams 1-9 6-7 9. Totals 37-87 26-38 110. 25 25 29 25 — 104 Denver Houston 36 23 26 25 — 110 3-point goals: Denver 7-38 (Gallinari 3-8, Nelson 2-6, Harris 1-4, Chandler 1-5, Hernangomez 0-1, Mudiay 0-3, Jokic 0-5, Murray 0-6), Houston 10-34 (Harden 4-10, Ariza 3-6, Gordon 2-10, L.Williams 1-4, Beverley 0-2, T.Williams 0-2). Fouled out: Chandler. Rebounds: Denver 51 (Jokic 19), Houston 56 (Capela, Beverley 11). Assists: Denver 26 (Jokic 9), Houston 19 (Harden 10). Total fouls: Denver 24, Houston 20. A: 18,055 (18,055).

Lakers 102, Spurs 95

ACCOCIATED PRESS

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (left) tries to hold off the Rangers’ Chris Kreider during the second period Wednesday night.

Washington wins Presidents’ Trophy 2nd year in a row ASSOCIATED PRESS

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored and the host Washington Capitals wrapped up their second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy with a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. As Metropolitan Division champions, the top seed in the Eastern Conference and the team with the most points in the NHL, the Capitals wrapped up home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. It’s their third Presidents’ Trophy in the past eight seasons. The best home team in the league beat the best road team thanks to a 24-save shutout from Vezina Trophy candidate Braden Holtby. The Rangers rested six banged-up players as forwards Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash and Jesper Fast and defensemen Ryan McDonagh, Brady Skjei and Nick Holden were out with various minor injuries. The Capitals sat defenseman John Carlson for a second night with a lower-body injury. Sabres snap Canadiens’ streak • Rasmus Ristolainen and Ty-

ler Ennis scored and the Buffalo Sabres closed their home schedule with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night to snap the Montreal Canadiens’ fivegame winning streak. Buffalo has already been eliminated from playoff contention to extend the franchise’s longest postseason drought to six years. Montreal had already secured the team’s fourth playoff berth in five years.

NOTEBOOK

Season over for Letang • The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into the playoffs without defenseman Kris Letang. Letang is scheduled for surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and will be out four to six months. The 29-year-old hasn’t played for the defending champions since Feb. 21. Sabres’ Okposo in hospital • A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is in intensive care undergoing a battery of tests to determine an undisclosed illness that has sidelined him for more than a week. Coach Dan Bylsma would only say Okposo is with team doctors and tests have yet to pinpoint the cause of the illness.

NHL SUMMARIES Sabres 2, Canadiens 1 Montreal 0 0 1 — 1 1 1 Buffalo 0 — 2 First period: 1, Buffalo, Ristolainen 6 (Gorges, Eichel), 6:01. Penalties: None. Second period: 2, Buffalo, Ennis 5 (Kane, O’reilly), 11:35. Penalties: None. Third period: 3, Montreal, Plekanec 10 (Byron, Radulov), 0:46. Penalties: Ristolainen, BUF, (high sticking), 10:11. Shots: Montreal 11-12-9: 32. Buffalo 9-15-6: 30. Power-plays: Montreal 0 of 1; Buffalo 0 of 0. Goalies: Montreal, Price 37-19-5 (30 shots-28 saves). Buffalo, Lehner 23-25-8 (32-31). A: 18,815. Referees: Garrett Rank, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Devin Berg.

Capitals 2, Rangers 0

Colorado 1 1 0 — 2 1 Tampa Bay 0 1 0 — First period: 1, Colorado, Tanguay 1 (Iginla, MacKinnon), 15:57. Penalties: Colorado bench, served by Grigorenko (too many men), 2:11; Zadorov, Col (interference), 4:50; Carle, TB (holding), 12:10; Boyle, TB (hooking), 18:10. Second period: 2, Colorado, MacKinnon 4 (Iginla, Tanguay), 13:04. 3, Tampa Bay, Killorn 2 (Hedman, Filppula), 15:46 (pp). Penalties: Tampa Bay bench, served by Marchessault (too many men), 1:37; Landeskog, Col (slashing), 15:09; Hedman, TB (holding), 18:51. Third period: None. Penalties: Filppula, TB (holding), :35; Soderberg, Col (crosschecking), :58; T.Johnson, TB (goaltender interference), :58; Stralman, TB (interference), 4:27; Duchene, Col (delay of game), 13:18. Shots: Colorado 10-11-5: 26. Tampa Bay 9-13-13: 35. Power-plays: Colorado 0 of 6; Tampa Bay 1 of 4. Goalies: Colorado, Varlamov 2-3-1 (35 shots-34 saves). Tampa Bay, Bishop 5-4-1 (26-24). A: 19,092. Referees: Eric Furlatt, Justin St. Pierre. Linesmen: Derek Amell, Pierre Racicot.

L.A. Lakers: Ingram 3-4 2-2 8, Nance 6-9 2-2 15, Randle 4-10 3-3 11, Ennis 8-14 0-0 19, Clarkson 7-17 2-2 17, World Peace 2-5 0-0 5, Brewer 2-6 0-0 5, Robinson 3-8 1-2 7, Black 2-4 1-1 5, Nwaba 5-9 0-2 10. Totals 42-86 11-14 102. San Antonio: Leonard 5-8 0-0 11, Aldridge 4-11 0-0 8, Dedmon 0-2 0-0 0, Parker 7-11 0-1 14, Simmons 3-8 0-0 9, Anderson 5-8 0-0 11, Bertans 5-11 0-0 14, Lee 3-4 0-0 6, Gasol 2-8 4-5 9, Forbes 3-10 0-0 8, Mills 2-8 0-0 5. Totals 39-89 4-6 95. 31 22 23 26 — 102 L.A. Lakers San Antonio 14 27 29 25 — 95 3-point goals: L.A. Lakers 7-14 (Ennis 3-4, World Peace 1-1, Nance 1-1, Brewer 1-2, Clarkson 1-5, Randle 0-1), San Antonio 13-35 (Bertans 4-10, Simmons 3-5, Forbes 2-7, Anderson 1-1, Leonard 1-2, Gasol 1-3, Mills 1-6, Parker 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: L.A. Lakers 47 (Nance 9), San Antonio 37 (Gasol 8). Assists: L.A. Lakers 22 (Ennis 6), San Antonio 28 (Lee 6). Total fouls: L.A. Lakers 13, San Antonio 13. TUESDAY BOX SCORES

Warriors 121, T’Wolves 107

Minnesota: Wiggins 9-20 5-7 24, Towns 8-10 4-5 21, Dieng 2-5 2-2 6, Rubio 6-17 3-3 15, Rush 0-1 0-0 0, Casspi 3-3 0-0 6, Muhammad 8-18 7-9 24, Payne 3-8 0-0 7, Hill 1-2 0-0 2, Aldrich 1-4 0-0 2, T.Jones 0-4 0-0 0, Dunn 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 41-96 21-26 107. Golden State: Barnes 5-6 0-0 12, Green 2-6 2-2 6, Pachulia 3-5 0-0 6, Curry 7-18 2-4 19, Thompson 13-24 8-9 41, Looney 1-2 0-0 2, McAdoo 0-3 0-2 0, West 3-4 1-1 7, McGee 3-3 0-0 6, Livingston 0-0 4-4 4, Iguodala 4-4 2-2 11, McCaw 1-1 0-0 2, Clark 2-8 0-0 5. Totals 44-84 19-24 121. 21 — 107 32 28 26 Minnesota Golden State 32 36 36 17 — 121 3-point goals: Minnesota 4-19 (Towns 1-1, Muhammad 1-2, Payne 1-3, Wiggins 1-4, T.Jones 0-1, Rush 0-1, Dieng 0-1, Rubio 0-6), Golden State 14-32 (Thompson 7-14, Curry 3-8, Barnes 2-3, Iguodala 1-1, Clark 1-3, McAdoo 0-1, Green 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 50 (Muhammad 11), Golden State 40 (Pachulia 7). Assists: Minnesota 22 (Rubio 5), Golden State 33 (Curry 9). Total fouls: Minnesota 19, Golden State 19. Technicals: Dieng, McGee. A: 19,596 (19,596).

Kings 98, Mavericks 87 Dallas: Barnes 4-10 2-2 11, Brussino 4-12 3-4 13, Noel 3-4 3-4 9, Powell 4-11 1-2 11, Ferrell 3-9 0-0 7, Uthoff 2-8 0-0 4, Finney-Smith 3-8 0-0 7, Hammons 3-6 2-2 9, Barea 3-7 0-0 9, Harris 3-5 0-0 7. Totals 32-80 11-14 87. Sacramento: Labissiere 3-7 4-4 11, Cauley-Stein 6-12 0-0 12, Galloway 5-10 3-4 15, Hield 5-14 2-2 16, Evans 2-9 2-2 6, Papagiannis 6-10 1-2 13, Temple 1-5 1-1 3, McLemore 8-13 1-2 22. Totals 36-80 14-17 98. Dallas 17 21 31 18 — 87 Sacramento 22 14 32 30 — 98 3-point goals: Dallas 12-43 (Barea 3-6, Powell 2-8, Brussino 2-8, Barnes 1-2, Harris 1-3, Hammons 1-3, Finney-Smith 1-4, Ferrell 1-6, Uthoff 0-3), Sacramento 12-22 (McLemore 5-5, Hield 4-7, Galloway 2-4, Labissiere 1-1, Evans 0-2, Temple 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Dallas 39 (Noel 10), Sacramento 50 (Cauley-Stein 16). Assists: Dallas 21 (Brussino, Ferrell 5), Sacramento 17 (Temple, Evans 5). Total fouls: Dallas 13, Sacramento 10. A: 17,608 (17,500).

Jazz 106, Trail Blazers 87 Portland: Aminu 3-7 4-4 11, Harkless 1-4 0-0 2, Vonleh 0-4 2-2 2, Lillard 5-20 4-5 16, McCollum 11-22 3-3 25, Layman 1-1 0-0 3, Leonard 4-6 0-0 9, Napier 1-3 2-2 5, Turner 3-9 0-0 6, Connaughton 0-0 0-0 0, Crabbe 4-7 0-1 8. Totals 33-83 15-17 87. Utah: Ingles 1-4 0-0 2, Hayward 12-20 2-2 30, Gobert 6-6 8-10 20, Diaw 0-4 0-0 0, Exum 4-7 1-2 10, Johnson 4-10 1-1 13, Bolomboy 1-1 1-2 4, Lyles 0-1 0-0 0, Withey 5-5 0-0 10, Mack 4-9 2-2 12, Burks 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 39-73 15-19 106. Portland 24 23 — 17 23 87 Utah 24 23 28 31 — 106 3-point goals: Portland 6-26 (Lillard 2-7, Layman 1-1, Napier 1-2, Leonard 1-3, Aminu 1-4, Harkless 0-1, Crabbe 0-2, McCollum 0-3, Turner 0-3), Utah 13-23 (Johnson 4-6, Hayward 4-6, Mack 2-2, Burks 1-1, Bolomboy 1-1, Exum 1-3, Lyles 0-1, Diaw 0-1, Ingles 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Portland 28 (McCollum 6), Utah 47 (Gobert 11). Assists: Portland 10 (Lillard 3), Utah 21 (Mack, Diaw 5). Total fouls: Portland 20, Utah 16. Technicals: Portland defensive three second, Portland team, Utah defensive three second, Utah team. A: 19,911 (19,911).

Spurs 95, Grizzlies 89 Memphis: Ennis 1-4 2-2 4, J.Green 1-3 0-0 2, M.Gasol 5-11 0-0 11, Conley 8-17 1-1 19, Carter 3-4 0-0 8, Wright 3-6 0-0 6, Randolph 7-21 4-6 18, Daniels 4-9 0-1 10, Selden 3-8 3-6 10, Baldwin 0-6 1-2 1. Totals 35-89 11-18 89. San Antonio: Leonard 10-24 7-8 32, Aldridge 6-12 2-4 15, Dedmon 1-1 2-2 4, Parker 4-8 1-2 10, Simmons 4-8 0-0 8, Anderson 2-7 0-0 4, Lee 0-2 0-0 0, P.Gasol 5-6 0-0 12, Mills 3-7 2-2 10, Forbes 0-3 0-0 0, Ginobili 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-80 14-18 95. 16 19 16 33 5 — 89 Memphis San Antonio 14 19 27 24 11 — 95 3-point goals: Memphis 8-25 (Carter 2-3, Conley 2-5, Daniels 2-6, M.Gasol 1-3, Selden 1-4, Ennis 0-1, Randolph 0-3), San Antonio 11-21 (Leonard 5-8, P.Gasol 2-2, Mills 2-3, Parker 1-1, Aldridge 1-2, Simmons 0-1, Forbes 0-2, Anderson 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Memphis 50 (Randolph 16), San Antonio 46 (Leonard 12). Assists: Memphis 26 (M.Gasol 7), San Antonio 22 (Parker 7). Total fouls: Memphis 20, San Antonio 20. A: 18,418 (18,418).

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cavaliers forward LeBron James (right) is fouled by Celtics center Al Horford during the third quarter Wednesday night.

James scores 36; Thompson sits, ends streak at 447 ASSOCIATED PRESS

LeBron James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers ran past the host Boston Celtics 114-91 on Wednesday night to move back into first place in the Eastern Conference. The teams had identical records entering their final regular-season matchup, but Cleveland (51-27) now has a one-game lead over Boston (50-28) with four games to play. Cleveland also holds the tiebreaker with the Celtics for the top seed, if needed. Kyrie Irving added 19 points and five assists. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 26 points. The Cavaliers played without starting center Tristan Thompson, who was out with a sprained right thumb. But they made do without him, surging at the start of the second quarter and taking as much as a 29-point lead in the third quarter. They also outrebounded Boston 51-38. Thompson will miss at least two games, ending his streak of consecutive games played at 447 — the longest in team history and the longest active streak in league. Lowry returns, Raptors win • Kyle Lowry had 27 points and 10 assists in his return from a wrist injury and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the host Detroit Pistons 105-102 on Wednesday night. Back in the lineup after miss-

ing 18 games, Lowry helped the Raptors overcame a 20-point first-half deficit. Toronto moved a half-game ahead of the Washington Wizards for third place in the East.

NOTEBOOK

Sefolosha settles lawsuit with NYC • Atlanta small forward Thabo Sefolosha, who will miss his sixth straight game Thursday with a right groin strain, settled his lawsuit against New York City over an incident in 2015. Sefolosha had been acquitted of criminal charges stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub that left him with a broken leg and the end of his NBA season. The Daily News reported Wednesday that Sefolosha will receive $4 million. The guard-forward was arrested in April 2015 outside the 1Oak nightclub in Manhattan. Prosecutors said he repeatedly disobeyed officers’ orders to leave the area around the club where another NBA player, Chris Copeland, had been stabbed. In his lawsuit, Sefolosha said he called one of the officers “a midget” before he was thrown to the ground and arrested. Rose has knee surgery • Derrick Rose has had his latest knee surgery and the New York Knicks say he could resume basketball activities in three weeks. Rose had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Rose will be a free agent this summer following his first season with the Knicks after they acquired him from Chicago.


SPORTS

04.06.2017 • Thursday • M 2 NHL STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic GP W y-Montreal 80 46 Ottawa 79 42 x-Boston 80 44 Toronto 79 39 Tampa Bay 79 39 Buffalo 80 33 Florida 79 33 Detroit 80 32 Metropolitan GP W x-Washington 80 54 x-Pittsburgh 79 49 x-Columbus 79 49 x-NY Rangers 80 47 NY Islanders 79 38 Philadelphia 80 38 Carolina 79 35 New Jersey 79 28

L OT Pts GF GA Home 25 9 101 221 194 24-11-5 27 10 94 205 208 21-11-8 30 6 94 232 207 23-16-0 25 15 93 243 232 20-11-7 30 10 88 222 222 22-14-4 35 12 78 199 230 20-15-6 35 11 77 202 231 18-18-3 36 12 76 201 240 16-17-6 L OT Pts GF GA Home 18 8 116 260 179 32-6-2 19 11 109 270 222 31-6-4 22 8 106 240 184 28-11-1 27 6 100 252 215 20-16-4 29 12 88 230 238 21-12-7 33 9 85 212 230 24-11-4 30 14 84 207 225 23-11-5 37 14 70 176 229 16-15-8

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home z-Chicago 80 50 22 8 108 242 206 26-10-5 x-Minnesota 80 47 25 8 102 259 204 27-12-2 x-Blues 79 43 29 7 93 221 209 23-12-5 x-Nashville 80 40 28 12 92 232 219 24-9-8 Winnipeg 80 38 35 7 83 242 251 21-18-1 Dallas 80 33 36 11 77 216 252 21-12-6 Colorado 79 22 54 3 47 158 267 13-25-2 Pacific GP W L OT Pts GF GA Home x-Anaheim 80 44 23 13 101 215 197 27-8-4 x-Edmonton 79 44 26 9 97 235 206 24-12-4 x-San Jose 80 45 28 7 97 216 196 25-10-4 x-Calgary 80 44 32 4 92 221 217 24-17-0 Los Angeles 79 38 34 7 83 194 195 22-15-2 Vancouver 79 30 40 9 69 175 231 18-16-6 Arizona 80 29 41 10 68 192 254 17-17-5 NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division z-clinched conference Wednesday Buffalo 2, Montreal 1 Washington 2, NY Rangers 0 Tuesday Pittsburgh 4, Columbus 1 New Jersey 1, Philadelphia 0, OT Boston 4, Tampa Bay 0 Washington 4, Toronto 1 Ottawa 2, Detroit 0 NY Islanders 2, Nashville 1, OT Winnipeg 5, Blues 2 Minnesota 5, Carolina 3 Dallas 3, Arizona 2, OT Colorado 4, Chicago 3, OT Anaheim 3, Calgary 1 San Jose 3, Vancouver 1 Los Angeles 6, Edmonton 4

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

Away Div 22-14-4 18-4-6 21-16-2 13-12-4 21-14-6 18-10-1 19-14-8 18-8-3 17-16-6 16-7-4 13-20-6 13-11-4 15-17-8 10-14-5 16-19-6 8-15-6 Away Div 22-12-6 18-7-5 18-13-7 19-7-2 21-11-7 18-8-3 27-11-2 14-13-2 17-17-5 13-10-5 14-22-5 11-14-3 12-19-9 10-14-4 12-22-6 11-14-3 Away 24-12-3 20-13-6 20-17-2 16-19-4 17-17-6 12-24-5 9-29-1 Away 17-15-9 20-14-5 20-18-3 20-15-4 16-19-5 12-24-3 12-24-5

Div 19-8-2 16-9-3 13-12-3 15-11-1 18-8-2 8-14-5 8-19-0 Div 17-6-5 17-6-3 15-10-3 12-12-3 12-13-2 11-14-1 11-12-5

Saturday Columbus at Philadelphia, 11:30 a.m. NY Rangers at Ottawa, 11:30 a.m. Washington at Boston, 2 p.m. NY Islanders at New Jersey, 5 p.m. Chicago at Los Angeles, 5 p.m. Nashville at Winnipeg, 6 p.m. Blues at Carolina, 6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Toronto, 6 p.m. Montreal at Detroit, 6 p.m. Buffalo at Florida, 6 p.m. Colorado at Dallas, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Arizona, 8 p.m. Calgary at San Jose, 9 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 9 p.m.

Caps blank Rangers to finish first overall

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NBA SUMMARIES

NBA STANDINGS

Raptors 105, Pistons 102

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W L x-Boston 50 28 48 31 x-Toronto New York 30 48 Philadelphia 28 50 Brooklyn 19 59 W L Southeast z-Washington 47 31 Atlanta 39 38 Miami 38 40 36 43 Charlotte Orlando 27 51 Central W L z-Cleveland 51 27 Milwaukee 40 38 38 40 Chicago Indiana 38 40 Detroit 35 43

Toronto: Carroll 1-6 0-0 2, Ibaka 2-9 2-2 7, Valanciunas 9-11 1-2 19, Lowry 9-16 7-7 27, DeRozan 5-17 2-3 12, Tucker 3-4 0-0 9, Patterson 4-6 0-0 10, Poeltl 2-4 0-0 4, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, Joseph 6-14 1-1 15. Totals 41-87 13-15 105. Detroit: Morris 6-11 0-0 15, Bullock 3-5 0-0 7, Leuer 3-5 0-0 6, Drummond 4-7 3-10 11, Smith 7-12 2-2 16, Hilliard 2-2 2-2 6, Harris 7-16 0-0 16, Johnson 1-5 0-0 3, Baynes 5-5 2-2 12, Udrih 3-7 2-2 8, Caldwell-Pope 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 42-80 11-18 102. Toronto 15 31 22 37 — 105 Detroit 33 23 24 22 — 102 3-point goals: Toronto 10-30 (Tucker 3-4, Patterson 2-4, Lowry 2-5, Joseph 2-6, Ibaka 1-6, DeRozan 0-1, Carroll 0-4), Detroit 7-20 (Morris 3-3, Harris 2-7, Bullock 1-2, Johnson 1-4, Caldwell-Pope 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Toronto 35 (Ibaka 7), Detroit 45 (Drummond 14). Assists: Toronto 29 (DeRozan 11), Detroit 22 (Udrih 8). Total fouls: Toronto 14, Detroit 21.

Heat 112, Hornets 99 Miami: J.Johnson 10-12 0-0 26, Whiteside 5-9 3-3 13, Dragic 13-21 2-2 33, Richardson 6-14 3-3 19, McGruder 1-9 0-0 3, White 1-3 0-0 3, Reed 0-3 0-0 0, T.Johnson 3-9 3-4 12, Ellington 1-4 0-0 3. Totals 40-84 11-12 112. Charlotte: Kidd-Gilchrist 3-5 2-2 8, Williams 6-10 0-0 15, Zeller 4-12 0-0 8, Walker 6-17 3-5 18, Batum 6-13 12-12 24, Kaminsky 5-9 2-3 13, Plumlee 0-0 0-0 0, Roberts 3-5 0-0 7, Lamb 2-5 2-2 6, Belinelli 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 35-78 21-24 99. Miami 27 25 34 26 — 112 Charlotte 23 28 22 26 — 99 3-point goals: Miami 21-40 (J.Johnson 6-7, Dragic 5-9, Richardson 4-7, T.Johnson 3-5, White 1-2, Ellington 1-4, McGruder 1-5, Reed 0-1), Charlotte 8-25 (Williams 3-6, Walker 3-8, Roberts 1-1, Kaminsky 1-3, Lamb 0-1, Belinelli 0-2, Batum 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Miami 40 (Whiteside 20), Charlotte 36 (Williams 12). Assists: Miami 23 (Richardson 5), Charlotte 19 (Batum 7). Total fouls: Miami 16, Charlotte 15. Technicals: Whiteside. A: 17,758 (19,077).

Thunder 103, Grizzlies 100 Oklahoma City: Gibson 4-10 0-0 8, Adams 2-8 1-3 5, Westbrook 14-25 9-12 45, Oladipo 6-15 2-2 15, Roberson 1-1 0-2 2, McDermott 3-7 1-3 10, Collison 0-0 0-0 0, Sabonis 2-4 0-0 5, Kanter 4-10 2-2 10, Christon 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 37-85 15-24 103. Memphis: Green 1-5 1-2 3, Gasol 8-16 4-4 23, Harrison 3-7 5-6 12, Carter 3-10 2-2 10, Allen 7-10 0-0 14, Ennis 0-0 0-0 0, Wright 1-1 0-0 2, Randolph 8-15 3-5 20, Baldwin 1-3 0-0 2, Selden 2-6 2-2 6, Daniels 3-5 0-0 8. Totals 37-78 17-21 100. Oklahoma City 34 23 22 24 — 103 Memphis 27 23 24 26 — 100 3-point goals: Oklahoma City 14-31 (Westbrook 8-13, McDermott 3-6, Sabonis 1-2, Christon 1-3, Oladipo 1-6, Kanter 0-1), Memphis 9-26 (Gasol 3-5, Daniels 2-4, Carter 2-7, Randolph 1-1, Harrison 1-2, Baldwin 0-1, Allen 0-1, Green 0-2, Selden 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Oklahoma City 44 (Adams 10), Memphis 38 (Randolph 9). Assists: Oklahoma City 19 (Westbrook 10), Memphis 21 (Gasol 5). Total fouls: Oklahoma City 20, Memphis 18. Technicals: Gasol. A: 17,298 (18,119).

Cavaliers 114, Celtics 91 Cleveland: James 14-22 7-7 36, Frye 3-7 2-2 10, Love 5-15 4-4 15, Irving 7-18 4-5 19, Smith 5-10 0-0 12, Jefferson 3-3 0-0 7, Derr.Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Sanders 0-1 0-0 0, Dero.Williams 0-5 0-0 0, Korver 2-2 0-0 6, Liggins 1-2 0-0 2, Jones 1-1 0-0 2, Shumpert 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 43-92 17-18 114. Boston: Crowder 5-11 1-2 13, Johnson 4-4 0-0 8, Horford 4-6 3-3 12, Thomas 9-19 7-8 26, Bradley 1-8 2-4 4, Brown 1-7 0-0 2, Green 1-3 0-2 2, Jerebko 0-1 1-2 1, Mickey 0-1 1-2 1, Olynyk 5-8 1-2 12, Smart 1-8 1-2 4, Rozier 2-5 1-2 6, Young 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 33-81 18-29 91. Cleveland 19 38 33 24 — 114 Boston 20 22 24 25 — 91 3-point goals: Cleveland 11-36 (Korver 2-2, Frye 2-6, Smith 2-7, Jefferson 1-1, Shumpert 1-3, James 1-4, Love 1-5, Irving 1-6, Dero.Williams 0-2), Boston 7-33 (Crowder 2-5, Horford 1-1, Rozier 1-3, Olynyk 1-3, Smart 1-4, Thomas 1-8, Jerebko 0-1, Green 0-2, Bradley 0-3, Brown 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Cleveland 51 (Love 16), Boston 38 (Bradley, Horford 7). Assists: Cleveland 19 (James 6), Boston 21 (Thomas 6). Total fouls: Cleveland 26, Boston 18. Technicals: Boston defensive three second, Boston team. A: 18,624 (18,624).

Rockets 110, Nuggets 104

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest W L z-San Antonio 60 18 x-Houston 53 25 42 37 x-Memphis New Orleans 33 45 Dallas 32 46 Northwest W L 48 30 x-Utah x-Oklahoma City 45 33 Portland 38 40 Denver 37 41 Minnesota 31 46 Pacific W L z-Golden State 65 14 x-LA Clippers 48 31 Sacramento 31 47 23 55 LA Lakers Phoenix 22 57 x-clinched playoff spot z-clinched division Wednesday Miami 112, Charlotte 99 Toronto 105, Detroit 102 Cleveland 114, Boston 91 Houston 110, Denver 104 Oklahoma City 103, Memphis 100 LA Lakers 102, San Antonio 95 Golden State 120, Phoenix 111 LA Clippers 112, Dallas 101 Thursday Brooklyn at Orlando, 6 p.m. Chicago at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Milwaukee at Indiana, 6 p.m. Washington at New York, 6:30 p.m. Boston at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Minnesota at Portland, 9:30 p.m.

Pct .641 .608 .385 .359 .244 Pct .603 .506 .487 .456 .346 Pct .654 .513 .487 .487 .449

GB — 2½ 20 22 31 GB — 7½ 9 11½ 20 GB — 11 13 13 16

Pct .769 .679 .532 .423 .410 Pct .615 .577 .487 .474 .403 Pct .823 .608 .397 .295 .278

GB — 7 18½ 27 28 GB — 3 10 11 16½ GB — 17 33½ 41½ 43

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

Str L-1 W-1 W-1 L-4 W-3 Str W-1 L-2 W-1 L-2 L-5 Str W-4 L-2 L-1 W-1 L-2

Home 28-11 27-13 18-20 17-21 12-28 Home 30-10 20-18 21-18 22-18 14-24 Home 31-8 22-18 23-16 27-12 24-16

Away 22-17 21-18 12-28 11-29 7-31 Away 17-21 19-20 17-22 14-25 13-27 Away 20-19 18-20 15-24 11-28 11-27

Conf 33-15 31-18 21-28 19-29 10-38 Conf 30-18 26-21 24-24 22-27 18-30 Conf 35-13 25-23 25-23 22-26 21-29

L10 Str 8-2 L-1 6-4 W-2 3-7 L-3 6-4 L-2 3-7 L-2 L10 Str 5-5 W-1 6-4 W-2 7-3 L-2 4-6 L-1 3-7 L-1 L10 Str 10-0 W-13 7-3 W-4 4-6 W-2 3-7 W-2 0-10 L-13

Home 31-9 29-10 23-15 21-20 21-18 Home 27-12 28-12 22-15 21-18 20-20 Home 34-4 27-12 16-23 14-24 13-26

Away 29-9 24-15 19-22 12-25 11-28 Away 21-18 17-21 16-25 16-23 11-26 Away 31-10 21-19 15-24 9-31 9-31

Conf 35-13 34-15 28-23 19-29 18-30 Conf 28-20 27-21 25-23 21-27 18-29 Conf 40-9 28-21 20-28 13-35 9-40

Friday Atlanta at Cleveland, 6:30 p.m. Miami at Toronto, 6:30 p.m. Detroit at Houston, 7 p.m. New York at Memphis, 7 p.m. San Antonio at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Minnesota at Utah, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Denver, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Phoenix, 9 p.m. Sacramento at LA Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Saturday Chicago at Brooklyn, 4 p.m. Boston at Charlotte, 5 p.m. Indiana at Orlando, 5 p.m. Miami at Washington, 6 p.m. Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.

LA Clippers at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Utah at Portland, 9 p.m. New Orleans at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Sunday No games scheduled.

Cavs clobber Celtics in their battle for first

Denver: Gallinari 8-16 4-4 23, Faried 4-7 2-2 10, Jokic 6-17 0-0 12, Nelson 3-9 0-0 8, Harris 8-14 0-1 17, Hernangomez 0-1 0-0 0, Chandler 6-18 3-5 16, Plumlee 2-4 0-0 4, Mudiay 1-5 4-4 6, Murray 3-13 2-2 8. Totals 41-104 15-18 104. Houston: T.Williams 2-6 0-0 4, Ariza 6-12 0-0 15, Capela 7-10 1-3 15, Beverley 4-9 1-3 9, Harden 8-19 11-15 31, Hilario 7-8 2-4 16, Gordon 2-14 5-6 11, L.Williams 1-9 6-7 9. Totals 37-87 26-38 110. 25 25 29 25 — 104 Denver Houston 36 23 26 25 — 110 3-point goals: Denver 7-38 (Gallinari 3-8, Nelson 2-6, Harris 1-4, Chandler 1-5, Hernangomez 0-1, Mudiay 0-3, Jokic 0-5, Murray 0-6), Houston 10-34 (Harden 4-10, Ariza 3-6, Gordon 2-10, L.Williams 1-4, Beverley 0-2, T.Williams 0-2). Fouled out: Chandler. Rebounds: Denver 51 (Jokic 19), Houston 56 (Capela, Beverley 11). Assists: Denver 26 (Jokic 9), Houston 19 (Harden 10). Total fouls: Denver 24, Houston 20. A: 18,055 (18,055).

Lakers 102, Spurs 95

ACCOCIATED PRESS

Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (left) tries to hold off the Rangers’ Chris Kreider during the second period Wednesday night.

Washington wins Presidents’ Trophy 2nd year in a row ASSOCIATED PRESS

Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov scored and the host Washington Capitals wrapped up their second consecutive Presidents’ Trophy with a 2-0 victory over the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. As Metropolitan Division champions, the top seed in the Eastern Conference and the team with the most points in the NHL, the Capitals wrapped up home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs. It’s their third Presidents’ Trophy in the past eight seasons. The best home team in the league beat the best road team thanks to a 24-save shutout from Vezina Trophy candidate Braden Holtby. The Rangers rested six banged-up players as forwards Mats Zuccarello, Rick Nash and Jesper Fast and defensemen Ryan McDonagh, Brady Skjei and Nick Holden were out with various minor injuries. The Capitals sat defenseman John Carlson for a second night with a lower-body injury. Sabres snap Canadiens’ streak • Rasmus Ristolainen and Ty-

ler Ennis scored and the Buffalo Sabres closed their home schedule with a 2-1 victory Wednesday night to snap the Montreal Canadiens’ fivegame winning streak. Buffalo has already been eliminated from playoff contention to extend the franchise’s longest postseason drought to six years. Montreal had already secured the team’s fourth playoff berth in five years.

NOTEBOOK

Season over for Letang • The Pittsburgh Penguins will head into the playoffs without defenseman Kris Letang. Letang is scheduled for surgery to repair a herniated disk in his neck and will be out four to six months. The 29-year-old hasn’t played for the defending champions since Feb. 21. Sabres’ Okposo in hospital • A person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Sabres forward Kyle Okposo is in intensive care undergoing a battery of tests to determine an undisclosed illness that has sidelined him for more than a week. Coach Dan Bylsma would only say Okposo is with team doctors and tests have yet to pinpoint the cause of the illness.

NHL SUMMARIES Sabres 2, Canadiens 1 Montreal 0 0 1 — 1 1 1 Buffalo 0 — 2 First period: 1, Buffalo, Ristolainen 6 (Gorges, Eichel), 6:01. Penalties: None. Second period: 2, Buffalo, Ennis 5 (Kane, O’reilly), 11:35. Penalties: None. Third period: 3, Montreal, Plekanec 10 (Byron, Radulov), 0:46. Penalties: Ristolainen, BUF, (high sticking), 10:11. Shots: Montreal 11-12-9: 32. Buffalo 9-15-6: 30. Power-plays: Montreal 0 of 1; Buffalo 0 of 0. Goalies: Montreal, Price 37-19-5 (30 shots-28 saves). Buffalo, Lehner 23-25-8 (32-31). A: 18,815. Referees: Garrett Rank, Kelly Sutherland. Linesmen: Shandor Alphonso, Devin Berg.

Capitals 2, Rangers 0

NY Rangers 0 0 0 — 0 1 1 2 Washington 0 — First period: None. Penalties: None. Second period: 1, Washington, Williams 23 (Ovechkin, Kuznetsov), 14:49 (pp). Penalties: Kreider, NYR, (holding), 1:05; Williams, WSH, (holding stick), 1:53; NY Rangers bench, served by Miller (too many men on the ice), 2:56; Alzner, WSH, (roughing), 12:34; Vesey, NYR, (roughing), 12:34; Smith, NYR, (holding stick), 13:09. Third period: 2, Washington, Kuznetsov 19 (Johansson, Williams), 5:42. Penalties: None. Shots: NY Rangers 9-9-6: 24. Washington 6-11-8: 25. Power-plays: NY Rangers 0 of 0; Washington 1 of 4. Goalies: NY Rangers, Lundqvist 31-19-4 (25 shots-23 saves). Washington, Holtby 42-12-6 (24-24). A: 18,506. Referees: Tom Kowal, Kendrick Nicholson. Linesmen: Brandon Gawryletz, Brian Murphy.

L.A. Lakers: Ingram 3-4 2-2 8, Nance 6-9 2-2 15, Randle 4-10 3-3 11, Ennis 8-14 0-0 19, Clarkson 7-17 2-2 17, World Peace 2-5 0-0 5, Brewer 2-6 0-0 5, Robinson 3-8 1-2 7, Black 2-4 1-1 5, Nwaba 5-9 0-2 10. Totals 42-86 11-14 102. San Antonio: Leonard 5-8 0-0 11, Aldridge 4-11 0-0 8, Dedmon 0-2 0-0 0, Parker 7-11 0-1 14, Simmons 3-8 0-0 9, Anderson 5-8 0-0 11, Bertans 5-11 0-0 14, Lee 3-4 0-0 6, Gasol 2-8 4-5 9, Forbes 3-10 0-0 8, Mills 2-8 0-0 5. Totals 39-89 4-6 95. 31 22 23 26 — 102 L.A. Lakers San Antonio 14 27 29 25 — 95 3-point goals: L.A. Lakers 7-14 (Ennis 3-4, World Peace 1-1, Nance 1-1, Brewer 1-2, Clarkson 1-5, Randle 0-1), San Antonio 13-35 (Bertans 4-10, Simmons 3-5, Forbes 2-7, Anderson 1-1, Leonard 1-2, Gasol 1-3, Mills 1-6, Parker 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: L.A. Lakers 47 (Nance 9), San Antonio 37 (Gasol 8). Assists: L.A. Lakers 22 (Ennis 6), San Antonio 28 (Lee 6). Total fouls: L.A. Lakers 13, San Antonio 13.

Warriors 120, Suns 111 Golden State: McAdoo 3-8 2-2 8, Pachulia 2-4 0-0 4, Curry 15-26 4-7 42, McCaw 4-5 0-0 9, Thompson 9-22 2-3 22, Barnes 3-9 1-2 8, West 3-4 2-2 8, McGee 2-3 4-6 8, Livingston 2-3 0-0 5, Clark 2-6 2-2 6. Totals 45-90 17-24 120. Phoenix: Warren 4-8 0-0 8, Chriss 4-10 0-0 8, Len 3-6 2-3 8, Ulis 8-21 2-4 20, Booker 7-24 5-7 21, De.Jones 4-8 1-2 9, Dudley 8-14 0-0 19, Williams 5-9 6-8 16, Bender 0-3 0-0 0, Price 0-0 2-2 2. Totals 43-103 18-26 111. 41 17 33 29 — 120 Golden State Phoenix 18 34 26 33 — 111 3-point goals: Golden State 13-31 (Curry 8-13, Thompson 2-9, Livingston 1-1, McCaw 1-2, Barnes 1-4, Clark 0-2), Phoenix 7-27 (Dudley 3-6, Booker 2-7, Ulis 2-7, De.Jones 0-2, Bender 0-2, Chriss 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Golden State 40 (Barnes 8), Phoenix 55 (Williams 17). Assists: Golden State 25 (Curry 11), Phoenix 26 (Ulis, Dudley 6). Total fouls: Golden State 19, Phoenix 22. Technicals: West, Golden State coach Steve Kerr, Chriss. A: 18,055 (18,422).

Clippers 112, Mavericks 101 Dallas: Barnes 6-13 2-2 15, Nowitzki 4-11 0-0 9, Noel 2-4 2-2 6, Ferrell 5-12 3-4 14, Matthews 4-9 0-0 11, Uthoff 1-1 0-0 2, Brussino 3-7 1-1 9, Finney-Smith 1-4 0-0 2, Powell 1-1 0-0 3, Mejri 4-6 2-4 10, Harris 1-6 3-4 6, Barea 6-12 1-1 14. Totals 38-86 14-18 101. L.A. Clippers: Griffin 11-14 8-10 32, Mbah a Moute 2-9 0-0 4, Jordan 4-5 3-8 11, Paul 8-14 3-3 22, Redick 6-14 8-8 25, Anderson 1-1 0-0 3, Bass 0-1 2-2 2, Speights 3-9 0-0 7, Felton 3-6 0-0 6, Crawford 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 38-75 24-31 112. 24 28 — 101 Dallas 24 25 L.A. Clippers 35 27 28 22 — 112 3-point goals: Dallas 11-31 (Matthews 3-4, Brussino 2-4, Powell 1-1, Nowitzki 1-3, Barea 1-3, Ferrell 1-4, Harris 1-5, Barnes 1-5, Finney-Smith 0-2), L.A. Clippers 12-31 (Redick 5-8, Paul 3-5, Griffin 2-4, Anderson 1-1, Speights 1-4, Crawford 0-2, Felton 0-3, Mbah a Moute 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Dallas 44 (Mejri 9), L.A. Clippers 40 (Jordan 20). Assists: Dallas 24 (Ferrell, Matthews 6), L.A. Clippers 22 (Paul 11). Total fouls: Dallas 26, L.A. Clippers 19. A: 19,060 (19,060). TUESDAY BOX SCORES

Warriors 121, T’Wolves 107

Minnesota: Wiggins 9-20 5-7 24, Towns 8-10 4-5 21, Dieng 2-5 2-2 6, Rubio 6-17 3-3 15, Rush 0-1 0-0 0, Casspi 3-3 0-0 6, Muhammad 8-18 7-9 24, Payne 3-8 0-0 7, Hill 1-2 0-0 2, Aldrich 1-4 0-0 2, T.Jones 0-4 0-0 0, Dunn 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 41-96 21-26 107. Golden State: Barnes 5-6 0-0 12, Green 2-6 2-2 6, Pachulia 3-5 0-0 6, Curry 7-18 2-4 19, Thompson 13-24 8-9 41, Looney 1-2 0-0 2, McAdoo 0-3 0-2 0, West 3-4 1-1 7, McGee 3-3 0-0 6, Livingston 0-0 4-4 4, Iguodala 4-4 2-2 11, McCaw 1-1 0-0 2, Clark 2-8 0-0 5. Totals 44-84 19-24 121. Minnesota 32 28 26 21 — 107 Golden State 32 36 36 17 — 121 3-point goals: Minnesota 4-19 (Towns 1-1, Muhammad 1-2, Payne 1-3, Wiggins 1-4, T.Jones 0-1, Rush 0-1, Dieng 0-1, Rubio 0-6), Golden State 14-32 (Thompson 7-14, Curry 3-8, Barnes 2-3, Iguodala 1-1, Clark 1-3, McAdoo 0-1, Green 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 50 (Muhammad 11), Golden State 40 (Pachulia 7). Assists: Minnesota 22 (Rubio 5), Golden State 33 (Curry 9). Total fouls: Minnesota 19, Golden State 19. Technicals: Dieng, McGee. A: 19,596 (19,596).

Kings 98, Mavericks 87 Dallas: Barnes 4-10 2-2 11, Brussino 4-12 3-4 13, Noel 3-4 3-4 9, Powell 4-11 1-2 11, Ferrell 3-9 0-0 7, Uthoff 2-8 0-0 4, Finney-Smith 3-8 0-0 7, Hammons 3-6 2-2 9, Barea 3-7 0-0 9, Harris 3-5 0-0 7. Totals 32-80 11-14 87. Sacramento: Labissiere 3-7 4-4 11, Cauley-Stein 6-12 0-0 12, Galloway 5-10 3-4 15, Hield 5-14 2-2 16, Evans 2-9 2-2 6, Papagiannis 6-10 1-2 13, Temple 1-5 1-1 3, McLemore 8-13 1-2 22. Totals 36-80 14-17 98. 17 21 31 18 — 87 Dallas 22 14 32 30 — 98 Sacramento 3-point goals: Dallas 12-43 (Barea 3-6, Powell 2-8, Brussino 2-8, Barnes 1-2, Harris 1-3, Hammons 1-3, Finney-Smith 1-4, Ferrell 1-6, Uthoff 0-3), Sacramento 12-22 (McLemore 5-5, Hield 4-7, Galloway 2-4, Labissiere 1-1, Evans 0-2, Temple 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Dallas 39 (Noel 10), Sacramento 50 (Cauley-Stein 16). Assists: Dallas 21 (Brussino, Ferrell 5), Sacramento 17 (Temple, Evans 5). Total fouls: Dallas 13, Sacramento 10. A: 17,608 (17,500).

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Cavaliers forward LeBron James (right) is fouled by Celtics center Al Horford during the third quarter Wednesday night.

James scores 36; Thompson sits, ends streak at 447 ASSOCIATED PRESS

LeBron James had 36 points, 10 rebounds and six assists and the Cleveland Cavaliers ran past the host Boston Celtics 114-91 on Wednesday night to move back into first place in the Eastern Conference. The teams had identical records entering their final regular-season matchup, but Cleveland (51-27) now has a one-game lead over Boston (50-28) with four games to play. Cleveland also holds the tiebreaker with the Celtics for the top seed, if needed. Kyrie Irving added 19 points and five assists. Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 26 points. The Cavaliers played without starting center Tristan Thompson, who was out with a sprained right thumb. But they made do without him, surging at the start of the second quarter and taking as much as a 29-point lead in the third quarter. They also outrebounded Boston 51-38. Thompson will miss at least two games, ending his streak of consecutive games played at 447 — the longest in team history and the longest active streak in league. Lowry returns, Raptors win • Kyle Lowry had 27 points and 10 assists in his return from a wrist injury and the Toronto Raptors rallied to beat the host Detroit Pistons 105-102 on Wednesday night. Back in the lineup after miss-

ing 18 games, Lowry helped the Raptors overcame a 20-point first-half deficit. Toronto moved a half-game ahead of the Washington Wizards for third place in the East.

NOTEBOOK

Sefolosha settles lawsuit with NYC • Atlanta small forward Thabo Sefolosha, who will miss his sixth straight game Thursday with a right groin strain, settled his lawsuit against New York City over an incident in 2015. Sefolosha had been acquitted of criminal charges stemming from a police fracas outside a trendy Manhattan nightclub that left him with a broken leg and the end of his NBA season. The Daily News reported Wednesday that Sefolosha will receive $4 million. The guard-forward was arrested in April 2015 outside the 1Oak nightclub in Manhattan. Prosecutors said he repeatedly disobeyed officers’ orders to leave the area around the club where another NBA player, Chris Copeland, had been stabbed. In his lawsuit, Sefolosha said he called one of the officers “a midget” before he was thrown to the ground and arrested. Rose has knee surgery • Derrick Rose has had his latest knee surgery and the New York Knicks say he could resume basketball activities in three weeks. Rose had arthroscopic surgery Wednesday to repair torn cartilage in his left knee. Rose will be a free agent this summer following his first season with the Knicks after they acquired him from Chicago.


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B8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

M 1 • THUrSDAy • 04.06.2017

Martin adds three assistant coaches

Mizzou men’s basketball hires official as team enters a pivotal recruiting weekend BY DAVE MATTER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

COLUMBIA, MO. • With a pivotal recruiting weekend coming up, new Missouri men’s basketball coach Cuonzo Martin officially has a coaching staff. Martin announced the addition of three assistant coaches Wednesday, all previously reported by the PostDispatch and other outlets. Michael Porter Sr., Chris Hollender and Cornell Mann will serve as Martin’s assistants. Porter, a former assistant with the Mizzou women’s basketball team, spent last season on Washington’s men’s staff. Mann spent this past season as an assistant at Oakland University, while Hollender comes from MissouriKansas City’s staff. “It’s exciting to get this staff officially announced, because it’s time to get to work,” Martin said. “Each of these coaches help us get better from a basketball

SEATTLE TIMES

“I am beyond blessed and excited to be returning to Columbia,” Michael Porter Sr. said.

standpoint, on the recruiting trail and as a family. I’m looking forward to our Mizzou fans getting to know these three outstanding

coaches.” Among the three, Mizzou has released only Porter’s contract and salary information. He’s agreed to a three-year deal that will pay him a guaranteed $375,000 per year plus incentives. Missouri has since received a verbal commitment from his son, Michael Porter Jr., the No. 1-ranked prospect in the country. Porter’s two oldest daughters, Bri and Cierra, play for the Mizzou women’s basketball team. “I am beyond blessed and excited to be returning to Columbia as part of Cuonzo Martin’s staff, especially with my family who love Columbia as much as I do,” Porter said. “I respect Coach Martin immensely. He is a good, honest man, and a great example of a coach who demands a lot from his players without stealing confidence. “I’m extremely grateful for this opportunity to once again coach the Tigers. Now the fun begins.

It’s time to roll up our sleeves and, along with the rest of the staff, get this thing going again.” Hollender, a native of Mattoon, Ill., played at Evansville and has coached at Army (2002-09), Evansville (2009-12), Mississippi State (2012-15) and UMKC (201517). “I have always had great respect and admiration for the University of Missouri and Mizzou’s basketball program,” Hollender said. “From the outside, you immediately notice the passion coming from the Mizzou fan base. Now I am thrilled to be a part of that passion on a daily basis. My family and I are extremely excited to join Cuonzo Martin and his staff and immerse ourselves in the Columbia community.” Mann, a Michigan native, coached under Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State from 2011-15 and was the primary recruiter for Cyclones star Monte Morris. Mann

also coached at Dayton during three NCAA Tournament seasons (2008-11). Mann has also coached at Western Michigan (2003-08) and Central Michigan (2001-03). Mann began his playing career at Colorado and played his final three seasons at Akron. “One word. Excited,” Mann said. “To have the opportunity to coach at Missouri is very special, especially for someone like me who grew up watching a lot of Big Eight basketball.” Missouri is also expected to hire strength and conditioning coach Nicodemus Christopher, Martin’s strength coach at California-Berkeley. Marco Harris, Martin’s lifelong friend and director of basketball operations at Cal, is expected to hold the same position at Mizzou. Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter dmatter@post-dispatch.com

Tilmon wants to look beyond Illini Underwood’s job COMMENTARY

just got harder

New Illini coach loses top recruit BY MARK TUPPER Decatur Herald & review

BEN LOEWNAU • STLhighschoolsports.com

Center Jeremiah Tilmon (right) of East St. Louis High was a key member of the recruiting class at Illinois. TILMON • FROM B1

my ongoing relationship with Coach Walker, but this is my future and I need to be certain before I come to campus in June.” Tilmon signed his letter of intent Nov. 16 when John Groce was Illinois’ head coach, but Groce was fired after the Illini missed the NCAA Tournament for a fourth straight season. Illinois replaced Groce with Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood, who retained assistant coach Jamall Walker, Tilmon’s primary recruiter. That move figured to keep Tilmon from looking elsewhere, but Cuonzo Martin’s arrival at Missouri might have impacted Tilmon’s decision. Martin is also from East St. Louis and has strong ties to the area. A source close to Tilmon’s situation expects Missouri to factor into Tilmon’s decision and said the 6-10 center could visit Mizzou this weekend if granted his release. Schools other than Illinois are prohibited from making contact with Tilmon and his family until he’s released from his letter of intent. Another source said Tilmon isn’t close to settling on another school. “He’s keeping it open right now and weighing his options,” the source said Wednesday. “There’s no clear-cut favorite right now. Not at all.” Asked Wednesday if Illinois had granted Tilmon’s request to be released from his letter, a team spokesman replied via email that Illinois “will not be issuing a response at this time.” If Illinois releases Tilmon, he’s free to sign a financial aid agreement with any school of his choice. Tilmon is rated the No. 25 player in the 2017 recruiting class by Rivals.com. He’s rated a four-star recruit and the No. 29 player overall by 247Sports.com and the No. 8 power forward. Last summer, Tilmon announced six schools as his finalists: Illinois, Kansas, Michigan State, Missouri, North Carolina and Texas. Asked last week about recruiting prospects who are already committed to other schools, Martin said he would go through the player’s coaches before initiating contact.

PAUL HALFACRE • STLhighschoolsports.com

East St. Louis’ Jeremiah Tilmon gets tangled with Althoff’s Edwyn Brown (3) as he attempts to take a shot in a regional game Feb. 28.

“It’s just out of respect,” Martin said, “because at the end of the day you just want to honor a young man’s decision to commit. You don’t want to harass him. I know if I made a decision and people are constantly calling me, harassing me I wouldn’t like that. Out of respect you call the coaches, figure out what’s going on. They’ll say, ‘Wait and see,’ or ‘He’s fully committed.’ Then you move from there.” Mizzou added roster space Tuesday when guards K.J. Walton and Frankie Hughes announced plans to transfer, giving Martin five open scholarships to use on newcomers. C.J. Roberts, a four-star guard from Texas who signed with MU last fall, will take one of those spots, with another going to Michael Porter Jr.,

the No. 1-ranked player in the country, who had previously signed with Washington but requested his release last month. Porter committed to Mizzou on March 24. This weekend, the Tigers are getting official recruiting visits from two more targets: five-star small forward Kevin Knox and three-star guard Blake Harris, a former Washington signee. Porter and Roberts might also be in Columbia to help host Knox and Harris. It would be an ideal weekend to host Tilmon for a visit if Illinois grants his release, especially with MU’s shortage of established post players on the returning roster. Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter dmatter@post-dispatch.com

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. • Brad Underwood was brought to the University of Illinois to rebuild a basketball program that had its Nikes stuck in the mud. Four straight NCAA Tournament misses sounded an alarm that resulted in the firing of John Groce. Within a week, AD Josh Whitman had kidnapped Underwood from Stillwater, Okla., and whisked him back to Champaign to begin raising the program’s fortunes. On Wednesday, Underwood learned this rebuilding project will be more difficult than first imagined. Jeremiah Tilmon, the East St. Louis big man who is the highest-ranked player in an Illini recruiting class ranked among the nation’s top 10 by some services, has asked Illinois to release him from his national letter of intent. It’s been a confusing two days following the intentions of Tilmon. On Tuesday he re-Tweeted his words from last July when he first gave Groce an oral commitment. In doing so, Tilmon seemed to be reconfirming his allegiance to the Illini. But his reversal likely ends any chance ASSOCIATED PRESS he’ll ever wear an Illini New Illinois men’s basketball uniform. coach Brad Underwood at a Even t h o u g h news conference recently. Tilmon said in his Instagram post that Illinois remains an option, players typically don’t request their release unless they intend to go elsewhere. Color Tilmon gone. And where will Tilmon go? Missouri is an obvious choice, given the fact that new Mizzou coach Cuonzo Martin is from East St. Louis and that he lured the No. 1 prep player in the country, Michael Porter Jr., by hiring his father as an assistant coach. If Martin has persuaded Tilmon to dump Illinois, don’t look for him to stop there. Martin is also a player for Edwardsville guard Mark Smith, who was recently named “Mr. Basketball” for the state of Illinois. Michigan State and Kentucky are lurking there, too, as is Illinois. The NCAA’s spring signing period begins April 12, but Underwood already is chasing after Plans B and C. If Tilmon is out of the picture, the immediate need is for size. Centers Maverick Morgan and Mike Thorne Jr. are both graduating. That leaves 6-10 Michael Finke, a forward whose strength is outside shooting, as the tallest returning player. And the recruiting class that was once one of the best in the country dips significantly once it is reduced to three guards — Trent Frazier from Florida, Da’Monte Williams from Peoria and Javon Pickett from Belleville East. Fans spend an amazing amount of time following recruiting. I get it. College teams win in large part because they’ve stocked the roster with outstanding high school players. But the Tilmon situation and years of doing this is a reminder never to count on recruits until they arrive on campus and are deemed to be physically healthy and academically eligible. For now, though, Tilmon has requested his release. Illinois doesn’t have to give it, since he signed a national letter of intent and the NCAA is pretty clear that an athlete signs with a school, not with a coach. That said, at some point the release will be granted. Ironically, Groce was announced Wednesday as the new coach at Akron. That’s a good landing spot for a man who has coached extensively in the state of Ohio and who knows the recruiting back roads there. Finally, a word about Frazier. Throughout the rumors of Groce’s ouster, throughout his firing and the arrival of Underwood, and all day Wednesday when news of Tilmon’s defection became public, this very talented guard from Florida has never wavered from his commitment to Illinois. He’s active on social media and attended two Illini games played in his home state this season. He poses for photos with fans, with AD Whitman, and he’s always wearing orange. Assuming he shows up ready to roll this summer, Frazier has a chance to be one of the more popular players we’ve seen. Illini fans know all about being stiffed at the altar. They appreciate loyalty, even if they feel like they haven’t seen nearly enough of it.


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TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL American League SEATTLE MARINERS — Optioned RHP Evan Marshall to Tacoma (PCL). National League SAN DIEGO PADRES — Assigned LHP Keith Hessler outright to El Paso (PCL) and RHP Cesar Vargas outright to San Antonio (TL). SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS — Released RHPs Ian Gardeck and Ray Black. Atlantic League LONG ISLAND DUCKS — Signed OF Nolan Reimold. American Association CLEBURNE RAILROADERS — Signed RHP Cortland Cox. FARGO-MOORHEAD REDHAWKS — Signed LHP Will Dennis and RHP Casey Weathers. KANSAS CITY T-BONES — Traded RHP Kuehl McEachern to New Jersey (Can-Am) for future considerations. SIOUX CITY EXPLORERS — Signed OF Jayce Ray. Released RHP Jake Karraker. SIOUX FALLS CANARIES — Signed RHP Grady Wood. Released RHP Stephen Bougher. WICHITA WINGNUTS — Signed RHP Eddie Medina. WINNIPEG GOLDEYES — Signed INF Jordan Ebert and OF Devan Ahart. Traded INF Maikol Gonzalez to Cleburne for two players to be named. Can-Am League ROCKAND BOULDERS — Signed OF Jon Smith and INF Dylan Tice. FOOTBALL National Football League LOS ANGELES RAMS — Signed C John Sullivan. HOCKEY National Hockey League CALGARY FLAMES — Recalled G Jon Gillies from Stockton (AHL) on an emergency basis. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Recalled D Gustav Forsling from Rockford (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned RW Evgeny Svechnikov to Grand Rapids (AHL). NASHVILLE PREDATORS — Assigned D Samuel Girard to Milwaukee (AHL). American Hockey League BAKERSFIELD CONDORS — Loaned D Bryce Aneloski to Florida (ECHL). Signed D Ziyat Paigin. SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS — Recalled F Zac Lynch from Manchester (ECHL). STOCKTON HEAT — Signed G P.J. Musico to a professional tryout agreement. ECHL ELMIRA JACKALS — Signed F Anthony Stefano. READING ROYALS — Named Ryan Cruthers assistant coach. SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS — Signed D Mathieu Henderson. Loaned F Steven McParland to Binghamton (AHL). SOCCER Major League Soccer MLS — Suspended D.C. United M Marcelo Sarvas one game for foul play that endangered the safety of an opponent. NEW YORK RED BULLS — Loaned G Ryan Meara, M Alex Muyl and D Michael Amir Murillo to Red Bulls II (USL). COLLEGE AKRON — Named John Groce men’s basketball coach. BARTON — Announced it is adding men’s lacrosse to begin play with the 2018-19 academic year. CALIFORNIA — Named Theo Robertson assistant men’s basketball coach. ETSU — Named Ladislav Lelkes assistant volleyball coach. FLORIDA GULF COAST — Named Monica Case coordinator of video operations. FORDHAM — Named Andre Barboza wide receivers coach. IONA — Signed men’s basketball coach Tim Cluess and women’s basketballcoach Billi Godsey to contract extensions through the 2021-22 season. KENTUCKY — Freshman F Bam Adebayo declared for the NBA draft. LIMESTONE — Announced it is joining the South Atlantic Conference as an associate member for football. MEMPHIS — Announced freshman men’s basketball G/F K.J. Lawson and sophomore G/F Dedric Lawson are leaving the program. OHIO STATE — Announced freshmen women’s basketball F Tori McCoy and G Kiara Lewis will transfer. OMAHA — Promoted men’s assistant ice hockey coach Mike Gabinet to head coach. ST. BONAVENTURE — Junior G Jaylen Adams declared for the NBA draft. SOUTHERN CAL — Signed men’s basketball coach Andy Enfield to a contract extension through the 2022-23 season. TULSA — Named David Deets director of men’s basketball athletic performance. UCLA — Freshman F/C Ike Anigbogu declared for the NBA draft.

HOCKEY NCAA Division I Hockey THE FROZEN FOUR At The United Center Chicago National Semifinals Thursday, April 6 Harvard (28-5-2) vs. MinnesotaDuluth (27-6-7), 5 p.m. Denver (31-7-4) vs. Notre Dame (23-11-5), 8:30 p.m. National Championship Saturday, April 8 Semifinal winners, 7 p.m.

GP W D L GF GA Chelsea 30 23 3 4 62 24 Tottenham 30 19 8 3 60 22 Liverpool 31 17 9 5 66 39 Man. City 30 17 7 6 57 34 Man United 29 14 12 3 43 24 Arsenal 29 16 6 7 61 36 Everton 31 14 9 8 53 34 West Brom 31 12 8 11 39 40 Stoke City 31 9 9 13 33 45 Southampton 29 10 7 12 36 37 Watford 30 10 7 13 36 48 Bournemouth 31 9 8 14 44 56 Leicester City 30 10 6 14 37 47 Burnley FC 31 10 5 16 32 44 West Ham 31 9 6 16 41 57 Crystal Palace 30 9 4 17 39 50 Hull City 31 8 6 17 32 61 Swansea City 31 8 4 19 39 64 Middlesbrough 30 4 11 15 22 37 Sunderland 30 5 5 20 24 53 Wednesday Arsenal 3, West Ham United 0 Hull City 4, Middlesbrough 2 Southampton 3, Crystal Palace 1 Tottenham Hotspur 3, Swansea City 1 Chelsea 2, Manchester City 1 Liverpool 2, AFC Bournemouth 2 Sunday Swansea 0, Middlesbrough 0 Arsenal 2, Manchester City 0 Tuesday Burnley 1, Stoke City 0 Leicester City 2, Sunderland 0 Watford 2, West Bromwich Albion 0 Manchester United 1, Everton 1

NASCAR XFINITY Schedule PTS 71 64 60 58 54 53 50 44 36 36 36 35 35 34 33 31 29 28 23 20

MLS Major League Soccer EASTERN W L T Pts GF GA Columbus 3 1 1 10 9 6 Atlanta United FC 2 1 1 7 11 3 New York City FC 2 1 1 7 7 3 New York 2 2 1 7 5 8 Orlando City 2 1 0 6 3 3 Toronto FC 1 0 3 6 4 2 Chicago 1 1 2 5 5 7 New England 1 2 1 4 7 6 D.C. United 1 2 1 4 2 7 Montreal 0 1 3 3 5 6 Philadelphia 0 2 2 2 4 6 WESTERN W L T Pts GF GA Portland 3 1 1 10 13 7 Houston 3 1 0 9 11 7 FC Dallas 2 0 1 7 4 2 San Jose 2 2 0 6 6 6 Sporting K.C. 1 0 3 6 2 1 Seattle 1 1 2 5 6 5 Colorado 1 1 1 4 3 3 Vancouver 1 2 1 4 6 7 Minnesota United 1 3 1 4 10 20 Los Angeles 1 3 0 3 5 8 Real Salt Lake 0 3 2 2 3 8 NOTE: Three points for win, one point for tie. Friday’s Games Sporting K.C. 0, Toronto FC 0, tie Atlanta United FC 0, Seattle 0, tie Saturday’s Games New York City FC 2, San Jose 1 Montreal 2, Chicago 2, tie Columbus 2, Orlando City 0 D.C. United 2, Philadelphia 1 Minnesota United 4, Real Salt Lake 2 Houston 4, New York 1 FC Dallas at Colorado, ppd. Vancouver 4, Los Angeles 2 Sunday’s Games New England 1, Portland 1, tie Friday, April 7 Montreal at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8 Columbus at Chicago, 1 p.m. Houston at New England, 1 p.m. New York City FC at D.C. United, 3 p.m. Portland at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Atlanta United FC at Toronto FC, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota United at FC Dallas, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Real Salt Lake, 8:30 p.m. Seattle at San Jose, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9 New York at Orlando City, 3 p.m. Colorado at Sporting K.C., 6 p.m.

MOTOR SPORTS Formula One Schedule March 26 — Australian Grand Prix, Melbourne (Sebastian Vettel) April 9 — Chinese Grand Prix, Shanghai April 16 — Bahrain Grand Prix, Sakhir April 30 — Russian Grand Prix, Sochi May 14 — Spanish Grand Prix, Barcelona May 28— Monaco Grand Prix, Monte Carlo June 11 — Canadian Grand Prix, Montreal June 18 — Baku (Azerbaijan) European Grand Prix July 2 — Austrian Grand Prix, Spielberg July 9 — British Grand Prix, Silverstone, England July 23 — Hungarian Grand Prix, Budapest July 30 — German Grand Prix, Hockenheim Aug. 27 — Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps Sept. 3 — Italian Grand Prix, Monza Sept. 17 — Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang Oct. 1 — Singapore Grand Prix Oct. 8 — Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka Oct. 22 — United States Grand Prix, Austin, Texas Nov. 12 — Brazilian Grand Prix, Sao Paolo Nov. 26 — Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Yas Marina, United Arab Emirates

IndyCar Schedule March 12 — Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Sebastien Bourdais) April 9 — Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.) April 23 — Grand Prix of Alabama, Birmingham April 29 — Phoenix Grand Prix, Avondale, Ariz. May 13 — Grand Prix of Indianapolis May 28 — Indianapolis 500 June 3 — Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (Race 1), Belle Isle Park, Mich. June 4 — Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix (Race 2), Belle Isle Park, Mich. June 10 — Rainguard Water Sealers 600, Fort Worth, Texas June 25 — KOHLER Grand Prix, Elkhart Lake, Wis. July 9 — Iowa Corn 300, Newton, Iowa July 16 — Honda Indy Toronto July 30 — Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Lexington, Ohio Aug. 20 — ABC Supply 500, Long Pond, Pa. Aug. 26 — Bommarito Automotive Group 500, Madison, Ill. Sept. 3 — Grand Prix at The Glen, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Sept. 17 — GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma, Calif.

NASCAR Monster Energy Cup Schedule Feb. 19 — x-Advance Auto Parts Clash, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Joey Logano) Feb. 23 — x-Can-Am Duel at Daytona 1, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Chase Elliott) Feb. 23 — x-Can-Am Duel at Daytona 2, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Denny Hamlin) Feb. 26 — Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Kurt Busch) March 5 — Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, Hampton, Ga. (Brad Keselowski) March 12 — Kobalt 400, Las Vegas (Martin Truex Jr.) March 19 — Camping World 500, Avondale, Ariz. (Ryan Newman) March 26 — Auto Club 400, Fontana, Calif. (Kyle Larson) April 2 — STP 500, Martinsville, Va. (Brad Keselowski) April 9 — O’Reilly Auto Parts 500, Fort Worth, Texas April 23 — Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn. April 30 — Toyota Owners 400, Richmond, Va. May 7 — GEICO 500, Talladega, Ala. May 13 — Go Bowling 400, Kansas City, Kan. May 19 — x-The Showdown, Concord, N.C. May 20 — x-All-Star Race, Concord, N.C. May 20 — Coca-Cola 600, Concord, N.C. June 4 — AAA 400, Dover, Del. June 11 — Pocono 400, Long Pond, Pa. June 18 — FireKeepers Casino 400, Brooklyn, Mich. June 25 — Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sonoma, Calif. July 1 — Coke Zero 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. July 8 — Quaker State 400, Sparta, Ky. July 16 — New Hampshire 301, Loudon, N.H. July 23 — Brickyard 400, Speedway, Ind. July 30 — Pennsylvania 400, Long Pond, Pa. Aug. 6 — Watkins Glen 355, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Aug. 13 — Pure Michigan 400, Brooklyn, Mich. Aug. 19 — Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Bristol, Tenn. Sep. 3 — Bojangles’ Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. Sep. 9 — Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond, Va. Sep. 17 — Chicagoland 400, Joliet, Ill. Sep. 24 — New Hampshire 300, Loudon, N.H. Oct. 1 — Dover Fall Race, Dover, Del. Oct. 7 — Bank of America 500, Concord, N.C. Oct. 15 — Alabama 500, Talladega, Ala. Oct. 22 — Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas City, Kan. Oct. 29 — Martinsville Fall Race, Martinsville, Va. Nov. 5 — AAA Texas 500, Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 12 — Can-Am 500, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 19 — Ford Ecoboost 400, Homestead, Fla. x-non-points race

Feb. 25 — PowerShares QQQ 300, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Ryan Reed) March 4 — Rinnai 250, Hampton, Ga. (Kyle Busch) March 11 — Boyd Gaming 300, Las Vegas (Joey Logano) March 18 — DC Solar 200, Avondale, Ariz. (Justin Allgaier) March 25 — NXS 300 by Janssen, Fontana, Calif. (Kyle Larson) April 8 — My Bariatric Solutions 300, Fort Worth, Texas April 22 — Fitzgerald Glider Kits 300, Bristol, Tenn. April 29 — ToyotaCare 250, Richmond, Va. May 6 — Sparks Energy 300, Talladega, Ala. May 27 — Charlotte Spring Race, Concord, N.C. June 3 — Dover Spring Race, Dover, Del. June 10 — Pocono 250, Long Pond, Pa. June 17 — Michigan 250, Brooklyn, Mich. June 24 — American Ethanol E15 250, Newton, Iowa June 30 — Subway Firecracker 250, Daytona Beach, Fla. July 7 — Alsco 300, Sparta, Ky. July 15 — New Hampshire 200, Loudon, N.H. July 22 — Indianapolis 250, Speedway, Ind. July 29 — US Cellular 250, Newton, Iowa Aug. 5 — Zippo 200 at The Glen, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Aug. 12 — Mid-Ohio Challenge, Lexington, Ohio Aug. 18 — Food City 300, Bristol, Tenn. Aug. 27 — Road America 180, Elkhart Lake, Wis. Sep. 2 — Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200, Darlington, S.C. Sep. 8 — Virginia529 College Savings 250, Richmond, Va. Sep. 16 — Chicagoland 300, Joliet, Ill. Sep. 23 — VisitMyrtleBeach. com 300, Sparta, Ky. Sep. 30 — Drive Sober 200, Dover, Del. Oct. 6 — Charlotte Fall Race, Concord, N.C. Oct. 21 — Kansas Lottery 300, Kansas City, Kan. Nov. 4 — O’Reilly Auto Parts 300, Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 11 — Ticket Galaxy 200, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 18 — Ford EcoBoost 300, Homestead, Fla.

NASCAR Camping World Truck Schedule Feb. 24 — NextEra Energy Resources 250, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Kaz Grala) March 4 — Active Pest Control 200, Hampton, Ga. (Christopher Bell) April 1 — Alpha Energy Solutions 250, Martinsville, Va. (Chase Elliott) May 12 — Toyota Tundra 250, Kansas City, Kan. May 19 — Charlotte 200, Concord, N.C. June 2 — Dover 200, Dover, Del. June 9 — Rattlesnake 400, Fort Worth, Texas June 17 — Gateway 200, Madison, Ill. June 23 — Iowa 200, Newton, Iowa July 6 — Buckle Up In Your Truck 225, Sparta, Ky. July 19 — Eldora 150, Rossburg, Ohio July 29 — Pocono Mountains 150, Long Pond, Pa. Aug. 12 — LTi Printing 200, Brooklyn, Mich. Aug. 16 — UNOH 200, Bristol, Tenn. Aug. 27 — Chevrolet Silverado 250, Bowmanville, Ontario Sep. 15 — Chicagoland 225, Joliet, Ill. Sep. 23 — UNOH 175, Loudon, N.H. Sep. 30 — Las Vegas 350, Las Vegas Oct. 14 — fred’s 250 powered by Coca-Cola, Talladega, Ala. Oct. 28 — Alpha Energy Solutions 200, Martinsville, Va. Nov. 3 — Longhorn 350, Fort Worth, Texas Nov. 10 — Lucas Oil 150, Avondale, Ariz. Nov. 17 — Ford Ecoboost 200, Homestead, Fla.

NHRA Schedule Feb. 9-12 — Winternationals, Pomona, Calif. (TF-Leah Pritchett, FC-Matt Hagan, PS-Jason Line) Feb. 24-26 — Arizona Nationals, Phoenix (TF-Leah Pritchett, FC-Matt Hagen, PS-Greg Anderson) March 16-19 — Gatornationals, Gainesville, Fla. (TF-Tony Schumacher, FC-John Force, PS-Shane Gray, PSM-Eddie Krawiec) March 31-April 2 — Denso Spark Plugs Nationals, Las Vegas (TF-Antron Brown, FC-Tommy Johnson Jr., PS-Tanner Gray) April 21-23 — Spring Nationals, Houston April 28-30 — Four-Wide Nationals, Concord, N.C. May 5-7 — Southern Nationals, Commerce, Ga. May 19-21 — Kansas Nationals, Topeka June 2-4 — New England Nationals, Epping, N.H. June 8-11 — Summernationals, Englishtown, N.J. June 16-18 — Thunder Valley Nationals, Bristol, Tenn. June 22-25 — Summit Racing Equipment Nationals, Norwalk, Ohio July 6-9 — Route 66 Nationals, Chicago July 21-23 — Mopar Mile-High Nationals, Denver July 28-30 — Sonoma (Calif.) Nationals Aug. 4-6— Northwest Nationals, Seattle Aug. 17-20 — Lucas Oil Nationals, Brainerd, Minn. Aug. 30-Sept. 4 — U.S. Nationals, Indianapolis Sept. 15-17 — Carolina Nationals, Concords, N.C. Sept. 21-24 — Keystone Nationals, Reading, Pa. Sept. 29-Oct. 1 — Midwest Nationals, St. Louis Oct. 12-15 — Texas Fall Nationals, Dallas Oct. 26-29 — Toyota Nationals, Las Vegas Nov. 9-12 — Auto Club Finals, Pomona, Calif.

BOXING Fight Schedule April 8 At MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Md. (HBO), Vasyl Lomachenko vs. Jason Sosa, 12, for Lomachenko’s WBO junior lightweight title; Oleksandr Usyk vs. Michael Hunter, 12, for Usyk’s WBO cruiserweight title; Oleksandr Gvozdyk vs. Yunieski Gonzalez, 10, light heavyweights. April 9 At Osaka, Japan, Nehomar Cermeno, vs. Shun Kubo, 12, for Cermeno’s WBA World super bantamweight title. At Club Nokia, Los Angeles (FS1), Josesito Lopez vs. Saul Corral, 10, welterweights; Alejandro Luna vs. Andrey Klimov, 10, lightweights. April 14 At MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Md. (SHO), Dmitry Bivol vs. Samuel Clarkson, 12, for Bivol’s WBA interim light heavyweight title. April 15 At Glasgow, Scotland, Ricky Burns vs. Julius Indongo, 12, for Burns’ WBA Super World and Indongo’s IBF and IBO super lightweight titles; Callum Johnson vs. Schiller Hyppolite, 12, for Johnson’s Commonwealth light heavyweight title; Charlie Edwards vs. Iain Butcher, 12, for vacant British junior bantamweight title; Scott Cardle vs. Robbie Barrett, 12, for Cardle’s British lightweight title; Charlie Flynn vs. Ryan Collins, 10, lightweights. April 20 At Turning Stone Resort Casino, Verona, N.Y. (ESPN), Michael Perez vs. Marcelino Lopez, 10, super lightweights; Rashidi Ellis vs. John Karl Sosa, 10, for Ellis’ IBF North American welterweight title. April 22 At Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y. (SHO), Andre Berto vs. Shawn Porter, 12, welterweights. At StubHub Center, Carson, Calif. (PPV), Oscar Valdez vs. Miguel Marriaga, 12, for Valdez’s WBO featherweight title; Gilberto Ramirez vs. Max Bursak, 12, for Ramirez’s WBO super middleweight title; Jessie Magdaleno vs. Adeilson Dos Santos, 12, for Magdaleno’s WBO junior featherweight title. April 23 At Osaka, Japan, Kazuto Ioka vs. Noknoi Sitthiprasert, 12, for Ioka’s WBA flyweight title; Marlon Tapales vs. Shohei Omori, 12, for Tapales’ WBO bantamweight title. April 29 At Cebu City, Philippines, Donnie Nietes vs. Komgrich Nantapech, 12, for vacant IBF flyweight title. At Wembley Stadium, London, Anthony Joshua vs. Wladimir Klitschko, for Joshua’s IBF and the vacant WBA Super World/IBO heavyweight titles. May 5 At Ekaterinburg, Russia, Shane Mosley vs. Magomed Kurbanov, 12, junior middleweights; Evgeny Gradovich vs. Hugo Berrio, 12, super bantamweights; Rustam Nugaev vs. Deiner Berrio, 10, lightweights. May 6 At T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas (PPV), Saul Alvarez vs. Julio Cesar Chavez Jr., 12, super middleweights; Lucas Matthysse vs. Emmanuel Taylor, 10, welterweights. May 13 At Birmingham, England, Kal Yafai vs. Suguru Muranaka, 12, for Yafai’s WBA junior bantamweight title; Cerefino Rodriguez vs. Sam Eggington, 12, for Rodriguez’s European welterweight title; Frankie Gavin vs. Dave Ryan, 10, welterweights; Sean Davis vs. Gamal Yafai, 10, junior featherweights; Ryan Kelly vs. Adam Harper, 10, middleweights. May 20 At London (SHO), Gervonta Davis vs. Liam Walsh, 12, for Davis’ IBF junior lightweight title; Bradley Skeete vs. Shayne Singleton, 12, for Skeete’s BBBofC British welterweight title; Ryan Walsh vs. Marco McCullough, 12, for Walsh’s BBBofC British featherweight title. At Madison Square Garden (HBO), Terence Crawford vs. Felix Diaz, 12, for Crawford’s WBO/WBC junior welterweight title.

In shock to MVC, Wichita State eyes AAC move

AREA COLLEGES Wednesday’s scores Baseball Missouri Baptist 9, Hannibal-LaGrange 0 Tuesday’s late scores Women’s lacrosse Missouri Valley 8, Missouri Baptist 7

GOLF Hole in One Plantation (Hilton Head, S.C.) • Harvey Citerman, hole No. 16, 167 yards, 5-iron.

BASKETBALL NBA LEADERS INCLUDES GAMES OF TUESDAY, APRIL 4, 2017 SCORING AVERAGE G FG FT PTS AVG Westbrook, OKC 77 785 681 2435 31.6 Harden, HOU 76 637 702 2216 29.2 Thomas, BOS 71 640 555 2066 29.1 Davis, NOR 74 759 516 2074 28.0 DeRozan, TOR 71 691 520 1935 27.3 Cousins, NOR 72 647 517 1942 27.0 Lillard, POR 73 636 467 1943 26.6 James, CLE 71 699 340 1859 26.2 Leonard, SAN 70 608 462 1817 26.0 Durant, GOL 59 528 326 1494 25.3 Irving, CLE 69 640 286 1734 25.1 Curry, GOL 76 645 314 1909 25.1 Towns, MIN 77 743 334 1911 24.8 Butler, CHI 72 540 557 1722 23.9 George, IND 71 576 323 1656 23.3 Wiggins, MIN 77 660 375 1792 23.3 Walker, CHA 77 630 294 1789 23.2 Wall, WAS 76 633 415 1765 23.2 McCollum, POR 78 680 268 1810 23.2 Antetokounmpo, MIL 77 637 454 1777 23.1 Beal, WAS 74 611 268 1705 23.0 Lowry, TOR 56 403 284 1275 22.8 Thompson, GOL 75 626 174 1688 22.5 Anthony, NYK 72 588 294 1619 22.5 Booker, PHX 75 578 352 1647 22.0 Hayward, UTA 70 517 349 1527 21.8 Griffin, LAC 57 449 299 1233 21.6 Bledsoe, PHX 66 449 388 1390 21.1 Lopez, Bro 72 535 289 1491 20.7 Conley, MEM 66 442 309 1354 20.5 Dragic, MIA 68 493 275 1371 20.2 Gasol, MEM 70 510 264 1381 19.7 Barnes, DAL 77 590 239 1495 19.4 Love, CLE 56 347 243 1076 19.2 Wade, CHI 57 401 215 1062 18.6 Porzingis, NYK 66 443 198 1196 18.1 Schroder, ATL 76 532 215 1375 18.1 Rose, NYK 64 460 221 1154 18.0 Paul, LAC 57 346 220 1027 18.0 Millsap, ATL 66 412 291 1188 18.0 Gallinari, DEN 60 311 336 1075 17.9 Williams, HOU 77 416 379 1370 17.8 Aldridge, SAN 68 473 218 1187 17.5 Fournier, ORL 65 392 213 1118 17.2 Whiteside, MIA 72 503 201 1207 16.8 Jokic, DEN 68 459 168 1127 16.6 Gordon, HOU 71 396 137 1165 16.4 Oladipo, OKC 62 388 107 1007 16.2 Harris, DET 77 483 182 1247 16.2 Chandler, DEN 67 415 136 1068 15.9 FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE FG Jordan, LAC 386 Gobert, UTA 389 Capela, HOU 336 Howard, ATL 369 Jokic, DEN 459 Adams, OKC 355 Gortat, WAS 367 Whiteside, MIA 503 Valanciunas, TOR 369 Kanter, OKC 378 James, CLE 699 Durant, GOL 528 743 Towns, MIN 313 Plumlee, DEN 367 Monroe, MIL Drummond, DET 464 Antetokounmpo, MIL 637 335 Young, IND Gibson, OKC 348 Booker, Bro 301 408 Porter, WAS Gasol, SAN 289 Davis, NOR 759 418 Turner, IND Harris, DEN 298 Dieng, MIN 313 301 Harkless, POR 449 Griffin, LAC Lopez, CHI 360 Warren, PHX 375

FGA 543 589 533 587 788 615 643 900 664 682 1286 983 1384 584 687 870 1219 643 669 580 788 565 1498 827 591 627 606 913 733 764

PCT .711 .660 .630 .629 .582 .577 .571 .559 .556 .554 .544 .537 .537 .536 .534 .533 .523 .521 .520 .519 .518 .512 .507 .505 .504 .499 .497 .492 .491 .491

Korver, CLE Ingles, UTA Porter, WAS Crabbe, POR Redick, LAC Curry, DAL Harris, DEN McCollum, POR Mills, SAN Thompson, GOL Lowry, TOR Miles, IND Babbitt, MIA Frye, CLE Beal, WAS Dragic, MIA Curry, GOL Young, LAL Lee, NYK Walker, CHA Bradley, BOS Paul, LAC Conley, MEM Tolliver, SAC Snell, MIL Irving, CLE Anderson, HOU Waiters, MIA Ibaka, TOR Hayward, UTA

3-POINT FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE 3FG 3FGA 150 334 116 261 147 336 126 292 189 442 137 322 99 234 182 431 142 338 262 624 185 444 161 387 87 210 127 311 215 530 110 272 305 755 170 421 102 253 235 584 101 251 115 286 161 402 88 220 137 343 168 422 187 471 85 215 119 302 144 366

PCT .449 .444 .438 .432 .428 .425 .423 .422 .420 .420 .417 .416 .414 .408 .406 .404 .404 .404 .403 .402 .402 .402 .400 .400 .399 .398 .397 .395 .394 .393

FREE THROW PERCENTAGE FT FTA McCollum, POR 268 294 555 609 Thomas, BOS 286 315 Irving, CLE 314 346 Curry, GOL George, IND 323 358 Gallinari, DEN 336 373 Lillard, POR 467 522 150 168 Belinelli, CHA Bogdanovic, WAS 211 237 Paul, LAC 220 248 169 191 Redick, LAC 236 267 Rubio, MIN Leonard, SAN 462 525 326 372 Durant, GOL 120 137 Speights, LAC Williams, HOU 379 433 221 253 Rose, NYK 243 279 Love, CLE Williams, CHA 127 146 340 391 Teague, IND 118 136 Jackson, DET Green, ORL 145 168 239 277 Barnes, DAL 557 647 Butler, CHI Conley, MEM 309 359 Batum, CHA 226 263 126 147 Anderson, HOU Knight, PHX 132 154 Collison, SAC 143 167 165 193 Crawford, LAC

PCT .912 .911 .908 .908 .902 .901 .895 .893 .890 .887 .885 .884 .880 .876 .876 .875 .874 .871 .870 .870 .868 .863 .863 .861 .861 .859 .857 .857 .856 .855

REBOUNDS PER GAME G OFF DEF TOT AVG Whiteside, MIA 72 272 739 1011 14.0 76 323 737 1060 13.9 Drummond, DET Jordan, LAC 77 279 771 1050 13.6 Howard, ATL 71 290 625 915 12.9 77 305 687 992 12.9 Gobert, UTA Towns, MIN 77 279 644 923 12.0 Davis, NOR 74 169 708 877 11.9 72 152 642 794 11.0 Cousins, NOR Love, CLE 56 136 474 610 10.9 Westbrook, OKC 77 129 693 822 10.7 78 227 593 820 10.5 Gortat, WAS Vucevic, ORL 71 170 566 736 10.4 Jokic, DEN 68 202 455 657 9.7 Valanciunas, TOR 76 215 515 730 9.6 Thompson, CLE 77 283 428 711 9.2 Antetokounmpo, MIL 77 140 532 672 8.7 Randle, LAL 69 141 461 602 8.7 James, CLE 71 91 516 607 8.5 70 179 401 580 8.3 Randolph, MEM Durant, GOL 59 38 447 485 8.2 Griffin, LAC 57 107 361 468 8.2 Harden, HOU 76 91 524 615 8.1 Booker, Bro 70 141 425 566 8.1 Capela, HOU 62 169 331 500 8.1 74 98 491 589 8.0 Green, GOL Dieng, MIN 77 176 431 607 7.9 Gasol, SAN 60 102 364 466 7.8 Faried, DEN 59 181 273 454 7.7 Millsap, ATL 66 106 400 506 7.7 75 255 314 569 7.6 Adams, OKC ASSISTS PER GAME Harden, HOU Wall, WAS Westbrook, OKC Paul, LAC Rubio, MIN James, CLE Teague, IND Holiday, NOR Green, GOL Lowry, TOR Rondo, CHI Curry, GOL McConnell, PHL Conley, MEM Bledsoe, PHX Schroder, ATL Payton, ORL Thomas, BOS Batum, CHA Dragic, MIA Lillard, POR Williams, CLE Irving, CLE Butler, CHI Walker, CHA Antetokounmpo, MIL Nelson, DEN Frazier, NOR

G 76 76 77 57 71 71 78 63 74 56 68 76 77 66 66 76 78 71 73 68 73 59 69 72 77 77 74 62

AST 852 815 804 526 643 623 606 459 527 386 456 501 500 421 418 480 491 422 433 401 427 341 398 396 422 412 380 318

AVG 11.2 10.7 10.4 9.2 9.1 8.8 7.8 7.3 7.1 6.9 6.7 6.6 6.5 6.4 6.3 6.3 6.3 5.9 5.9 5.9 5.8 5.8 5.8 5.5 5.5 5.4 5.1 5.1

Team’s NCAA success has been major generator of revenue BY STU DURANDO st. Louis Post-dispatch

There have been moments in recent years when Wichita State’s sunflower yellow, its fans and the school’s unique mascot took over downtown St. Louis amid the Shockers’ basketball dominance in the Missouri Valley Conference. Those days might be over. The mid-major powerhouse could be on the verge of leaving the St. Louis-based MVC for the American Athletic Conference. It would be the second departure in four years for a league that has relied on its strongest programs to produce postseason revenue. ESPN reported that the AAC will vote on the addition of Wichita State on Friday. The MVC will have an emergency meeting in St. Louis on Sunday to address the situation and possibly discuss the league’s next move. Wichita State is the longest-standing member of the conference, having joined in 1945. MVC commissioner Doug Elgin has not been available for comment. Creighton left for the Big East in 2013 and was replaced quickly by Loyola-Chicago after the league conducted a series of campus visits with other prospective members. Wichita State has become a major presence in St. Louis every March. The school generally brings the largest fan base to the MVC Tournament at Scottrade Center by a significant margin. Two years ago the Shockers also played in the NCAA Tournament at Scottrade and the school paid for seven billboards around the city to promote its basketball. The program has become a cash cow for the MVC, which relies on the NCAA Tournament to generate most of its revenue. The Shockers’ trip to the Final Four in 2013 generated $11 million in NCAA Tournament money that is still being distributed to the conference’s members. Creighton played in two tournament games that season before leaving, combining with Wichita State to play in seven NCAA games and earn seven “units” for a major chunk of money for the MVC. “Seven units are a financial windfall,” Elgin said at the time. “Those (payments) are critical. Beyond that, what this does for the league is raise the level of respect and enhance the perception of the league nationally.” Since 2006, when Wichita State made a surprise run to the Sweet 16, the Shockers have been to the NCAA Tournament six times and posted a 12-8 record. Other current MVC schools have combined to go 8-10 in the tournament in that span. Other than Wichita State and Creighton, only Northern Iowa has won a tournament game since 2008. By playing in two games this season, the Shockers earned the MVC approximately $3.4 million. The NCAA money is significant for the conference, which had overall revenue of $10.1 million in 2014-15, $9.4 million in 2013-14 and $8.7 million in 2012-13, according to tax documents. Wichita State has the conference’s best attendance, having averaged 10,739 per game last season. The Shockers’ fans travel well and in 2014 it was estimated that they had 8,000 at Scottrade for the MVC championship game. Coach Gregg Marshall’s team already is being projected as a top-10 team in the country for the 2017-18 season thanks to the return of every player of significance. When Creighton left, it took the MVC less than a month to announce the addition of Loyola. At the time, it was reported that league officials also visited Valparaiso, Illinois-Chicago and Missouri-Kansas City during the process. Of those schools, Valparaiso has football and the others don’t. The football side of the MVC includes a 10-member league that is one of the best in the country in the Football Championship Series. Stu Durando @studurando on Twitter sdurando@post-dispatch.com

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK Akron hires former Illinois coach Groce

John Groce is headed back to the MAC. The former Illinois coach who took Ohio to two NCAA Tournament appearances and the Sweet 16 in 2012, was hired Wednesday by Akron — which has been looking to replace Keith Dambrot following his departure last week for Duquesne. Groce, who was dismissed after five seasons with the Fighting Illini, has already recruited substantially in Ohio — he was an assistant at Ohio Stater and Xavier — and he’s familiar with the constraints of a mid-major program. “From the enviable position of much sustained success in our men’s basketball program, we concentrated our search on finding a Division I coach with a proven track record of excellence, winning, and postseason appearances, combined with a focus on academics and discipline,” athletics director Larry Williams said. “Coach Groce has that combination. We’re extraordinarily pleased that he will be bringing his impressive experience and background to our Zips.” Before taking the job at Illinois, Groce went 85-56 in four seasons at Ohio. In the 2012 NCAA tourney, the Bobcats upset Groce Michigan before losing to North Carolina in the national quarterfinals. Illinois fired Groce last month after five seasons. Although he finished with a 95-75 record, the Fighting Illini went just 39-53 in conference play and did not live up to higher expectations. At Akron, Groce takes over a program that blossomed into the MAC’s strongest under Dambrot, who became increasingly discouraged that the league could only get one NCAA bid. The MAC hasn’t received an at-large bid since 1999. The Zips made the NCAA field three times under Dambrot. On the move • K.J. Lawson and Dedric Lawson are planning to transfer from Memphis to another school, which leaves the Tigers without two of their top three scorers and their top two rebounders from this season. • Ike Anigbogu said he is leaving UCLA for the NBA draft, joining fellow freshmen Lonzo Ball and TJ Leaf. Also declaring were Arizona guard Kobi Simmons, St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams and Creighton forward Justin Patton. Associated Press


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MICDS wins debut at O’Hara Field ATHLETES OF THE WEEK Conor Dryer Summit baseball A senior center fielder/pitcher and leadoff hitter, Dryer was named the offensive MVP of the Midwest Classic after helping the Falcons win the championship with key contributions at the plate and on the mound. Dryer, who batted .615 in four tournament games, had multi-hit games in wins over Lee’s Summit West (2-for-3, 1 walk), De Smet (3-for-3, 1 double, 1 RBI) and Vianney (2-for-3, 1 double). He made two pitching appearances, logging three scoreless innings and picking up two wins. Overall, Dryer is batting .441 and has a 2-1 record with a 2.63 ERA. He has committed to Central Missouri State. Mitchell Griffin Parkway West water polo A senior two-meter player, Griffin led the undefeated Longhorns to the championship of the Founders Cup. He had three goals and one assist in a 9-8 win over Ladue in the championship game. Griffin also was an offensive force in tournament victories against Clayton (8 goals, 1 assist), Kirkwood (4 goals, 1 assist) and De Smet (6 goals). A three-year starter, Griffin leads the area in scoring with 56 goals and 20 assists in 11 games. Last season, he was a unanimous all-Gateway Central Conference selection after putting up 98 goals and 21 assists. He will play for Lindenwood University next season. John Hilpert Freeburg baseball A senior center fielder and leadoff hitter, Hilpert continued his hot hitting last week to lead the Midgets to three victories. Against Dupo, he went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and two stolen bases in a 9-3 win. Hilpert was at it again in the first game of a doubleheader against Alton Marquette, going 3-for-4 with a double to lift the Midgets to a 4-3 win. Freeburg won the second game 10-0 in five innings as Hilpert went 1-for-2 with a walk and a stolen base. A three-year starter, Hilpert is among the area hitting leaders with a .613 average. He was first-team all-Cahokia Conference Mississippi Division selection last season and has signed with UMSL. Max Kreikemeier Lafayette golf A sophomore, Kriekemeier fired a 3-under 68, which matched his lowest competitive round, to win the Greg Bantle Memorial Tournament at The Missouri Bluffs Golf Club by four strokes over Marquette freshman Jack Cronin (72). Kreikemeier hit 10 of 13 fairways, 13 greens in regulation and had 30 putts in what was his first tournament of the season. His freshman season was highlighted by a victory in his first high school competition at the Lake Forest Challenge at Lake Forest Country Club, where he fired a 4-over-par 76 to win by one stroke. Kriekemeier ended last season by tying for 10th in the Class 4 state tournament. Tyler Kreith Francis Howell wrestling A senior, Kreith took second in the nation at 120 pounds at the NHSCA senior nationals last weekend in Virginia. The bracket had 55 wrestlers from around the country and included 15 individuals that were state champions and had won 32 state titles altogether. He went 6-1 at nationals with two pins, two tech falls and two decisions. In three of the matches, he beat state champions, and he beat the 11th- and 7th-ranked wrestlers in the country. Kreith, who has taken fourth at the Missouri State Championships the last two years, won tournaments at Parkway South and Francis Howell and finished second at district. Lauryn Kunz Windsor soccer A senior defender and wing midfielder, Kunz stepped up to contribute offensively to lead the Owls to a pair of victories last week. She had a goal and an assist in a 3-2 overtime win against Cape Central and had a goal and two assists in a 3-0 win over Fredericktown. Kunz closed out the week by scoring the only goal in a 1-0 win over Perryville. Overall, Kunz has four goals and three assists in leading the Owls to a 5-0 record. She was the Jefferson County Conference player of the year and second-team all-state in Class 3 last year. She has signed with Morehead State University. Rokelle Stanley East St. Louis track and field In the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at East St. Louis, Stanley, a junior standout, won three events to help the Flyers capture the team title. She won the 300 hurdles in 44.43 seconds, two full seconds better than runner-up Tauja Foreman of Evanston. In the high jump, Stanley cleared 5 feet, 4 inches, two inches ahead of Hazelwood Central’s Taylor Ramsey, who was second. Stanley, who finished second in the 100 hurdles, ended her day by running the third leg of the winning 1,600 relay. The previous week at the Southwestern Illinois Relays, she won the 300 hurdles (45.11) and was part of the winning 1,600 relay. Compiled by Paul Kopsky. Send nominations to pkopsky@stltoday.com

BY BILL HESTER Special to STLhighschoolsports.com

It was only appropriate the first event played on the new state-of-the-art O’Hara Field at MICDS was a boys lacrosse game. David O’Hara was the captain of the state champion Rams team in 2014 and Tom O’Hara was captain of the 2015 state champion Rams. They were in attendance Wednesday along with their parents, Johnny and Linda, who took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremonies. And it was only fitting that O’Hara Field made its debut with a Rams boys lacrosse victory. There was plenty of doubt that the first scheduled game in the 1,000-seat stadium — which also will be home for the Rams football and soccer teams — would be played Wednesday. Thunder and lightning delayed the scheduled 4:30 p.m. start for an hour and 15 minutes, and the second half had to be played with a running clock to beat the darkness. Temperatures dropped as the rain fell with the game ending in the low 40s. It certainly wasn’t ideal playing conditions, and it was far from a perfect game for the Rams, who defeated Lafayette 13-8. MICDS beat the Lancers 24-1 last year. “We did not play well, but a lot of that has to go to the way Lafayette played,” MICDS coach Andy Kay said. “We need to learn to expect that kind of effort from every team we play.” Lafayette stayed with the defending state champions for most of the first half. Lancers senior Bryce Harstman had the distinction of scoring the first goal in the new stadium, which is in the middle of the MICDS campus and broke ground in March 2016.

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MICDS’ Nico Feldman (left) and Lafayette’s Braden King battle for the opening faceoff in the boys lacrosse game that was the inaugural event at O’Hara Field on the campus of MICDS on Wednesday in Ladue.

MICDS led 7-5 at halftime, but the Lancers scored on an extra-man opportunity in the first minute of the second half. Quinn Miller, who had three goals, cut the deficit to a goal. But Graham Bundy Jr. scored a pair of goals to key six unanswered Rams goals. Sophomore Thomas Niedringhaus, who has committed to play at Boston University, led the Rams with four goals. “We really wanted to get this game in and open this stadium,” Niedringhaus said. “We were able to stay loose during the delay. It is a huge win for us as we continue to try to stay unbeaten against teams from Missouri.” The Rams, who lost just one game last season, were on a two-game losing streak as they lost 11-8 to Detroit Country Day and 13-12 to Brother Rice (Mich.) on a trip to Indianapolis during

THURSDAY’S SCHEDULE BASEBALL DuBourg vs. Gateway Science at Affton AA, 4 p.m. Civic Memorial at Wood River, 4 p.m. Carnahan vs. Miller Career at Cool Papa, 4 p.m. Roosevelt vs. NW Academy at Fairgrounds, 4 p.m. Vashon vs. Gateway STEM, at Ozzie Smith, 4 p.m. Affton at Parkway Central, 4 p.m. Hazelwood Central at McCluer North, 4 p.m. Hazelwood East at Hazelwood West, 4 p.m. Riverview Gardens at McCluer, 4 p.m. Herculaneum at Crystal City, 4 p.m. Summit at Ritenour, 4:15 p.m. Francis Howell North at Troy, 4:15 p.m. Orchard Farm at Winfield, 4:15 p.m. (2) Oakville at Seckman, 4:15 p.m. Webster Groves at Parkway North, 4:15 p.m. Parkway West at Ladue, 4:15 p.m. Lutheran North at John Burroughs, 4:15 p.m. Borgia at Francis Howell, 4:15 p.m. Parkway South at Mehlville, 4:15 p.m. Northwest-CH at Hillsboro, 4:15 p.m. Whitfield at Clayton, 4:15 p.m. Valley Park at Crossroads, 4:15 p.m. O’Fallon at Belleville East, 4:30 p.m. Holt at Washington, 4:30 p.m. Alton Marquette at Jerseyville, 4:30 p.m. Barat at Jefferson, 4:30 p.m. Belleville West at Edwardsville, 4:30 p.m. Granite City at Alton, 4:30 p.m. Collinsville at East St. Louis, 4:30 p.m. Sullivan at Pacific, 4:30 p.m. Westminster at MICDS, 4:30 p.m. Marion at Althoff, 4:30 p.m. St. James at Hermann, 4:30 p.m. Lebanon at Valmeyer, 4:30 p.m. Valle Catholic at Arcadia Valley, 4:30 p.m. Wesclin at Carlyle, 4:30 p.m. Normandy at McCluer South-Berkeley, 4:30 p.m. Freeburg at Breese Central, 4:30 p.m. Red Bud at Columbia, 4:30 p.m. CBC at Vianney, 4:30 p.m. Windsor at Perryville, 4:30 p.m. Mater Dei at Okawville, 4:30 p.m. ME Lutheran at Staunton, 4:30 p.m. St. Clair at Union, 4:30 p.m. St. Vincent at Grandview, 4:30 p.m. Centralia at Cahokia, 4:30 p.m. Highland at Teutopolis, 5 p.m. Eureka at Hickman, 5 p.m. Blue Springs vs. Luth. St. Charles at Jeff. City, 5 p.m. Sumner vs. Soldan at Cool Papa, 6:20 p.m. WATER POLO De Smet Invitational At Lindbergh St. Louis U. High at Lindbergh, 4 p.m. SLAP vs. Chaminade, 4:50 p.m. De Smet vs. Parkway South, 5:40 p.m. Parkway West vs. Clear Lake (Texas), 6:30 p.m. SLAP vs. Lindbergh, 7:20 p.m. Parkway South vs. Chaminade, 8:10 p.m. Clear Lake (Texas) vs. De Smet, 9 p.m. Other games Mehlville at Parkway North, 4:30 p.m. John Burroughs at Parkway Central, 5 p.m. Clayton at Kirkwood, 5:30 p.m. GIRLS SOCCER Gtwy Science Ac. at Brentwood, 4 p.m. St. Charles at Orchard Farm, 4 p.m. Tower Grove Chr at Bayless, 4 p.m. Maplewood-RH at Hancock, 4 p.m. Duchesne vs. Rosati-Kain at St. Mary’s, 4 p.m. University City at Jennings, 4 p.m. Kirkwood at Ritenour, 4:15 p.m. Waterloo at Mascoutah, 4:15 p.m. MICDS at Whitfield, 4:15 p.m. Jerseyville at Highland, 4:15 p.m. John Burroughs at Lutheran South, 4:15 p.m. ME Lutheran at Freeburg, 4:30 p.m. Mater Dei at Gibault, 4:30 p.m. Alton Marquette at Roxana, 4:30 p.m. Perryville at St. Pius X, 4:30 p.m. North County Chr. at O’Fallon Christian, 5 p.m. Webster Groves at Parkway North, 5 p.m. Wesclin at Columbia, 5 p.m. St. Clair at St. James, 5 p.m. Centralia vs. Althoff, at SWIC-Belleville, 5:30 p.m. Troy at FH Central, 6 p.m. Fort Zumwalt West at Francis Howell, 6 p.m. Eureka at Lindbergh, 6 p.m. Fox at Lafayette, 6 p.m. Civic Memorial vs. Triad at McKendree, 6 p.m. Timberland at FH North, 6 p.m. Liberty at Holt, 6 p.m. Nerinx Hall at St. Dominic, 6 p.m. Oakville at Seckman, 6 p.m.

Winfield at Warrenton, 6 p.m. Parkway South at Mehlville, 6 p.m. Festus at Windsor, 6 p.m. Notre Dame at Borgia, 6:15 p.m. Fort Zumwalt North at Fort Zumwalt East, 6:15 p.m. DuBourg at Kennedy, 6:15 p.m. Washington at Fort Zumwalt South, 6:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Gibault at Triad, 4:15 p.m. Highland at Wood River, 4:15 p.m. Civic Memorial at Piasa Southwestern, 4:15 p.m. Alton at Granite City, 4:30 p.m. Red Bud at Columbia, 4:30 p.m. Carlinville at Gillespie, 4:30 p.m. Edwardsville at Belleville West, 4:30 p.m. Carterville at Nashville, 4:30 p.m. East St. Louis at Collinsville, 4:30 p.m. Wesclin at Carlyle, 4:30 p.m. ME Lutheran at Staunton, 4:30 p.m. Freeburg at Breese Central, 4:30 p.m. Hardin Calhoun at Alton Marquette, 4:30 p.m. Belleville East at O’Fallon, 4:30 p.m. Lebanon at Valmeyer, 4:30 p.m. Marion at Althoff, 4:30 p.m. BOYS VOLLEYBALL Fort Zumwalt North at Fort Zumwalt West, 4 p.m. Belleville West at Belleville East, 4:30 p.m. Fort Zumwalt East at Fort Zumwalt South, 5 p.m. Edwardsville at CBC, 5:15 p.m. FH Central at Westminster, 5:15 p.m. Pattonville at Kirkwood, 5:15 p.m. St. Dominic vs. DuBourg, at St. Dominic, 5:15 p.m. Summit at Affton, 5:30 p.m. Eureka at Lindbergh, 5:30 p.m. Fox at Lafayette, 5:30 p.m. Marquette at Northwest-CH, 5:30 p.m. Ritenour at Webster Groves, 5:30 p.m. Parkway South at Mehlville, 5:30 p.m. Alton at O’Fallon, 5:45 p.m. Francis Howell at FH North, 6 p.m. Lutheran South at Luth. St. Charles, 6 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE Ladue at Zumwalt West, 4:30 p.m. Holt at Westminster, 4:45 p.m. Hazelwood Central at Lindbergh, 7 p.m. Parkway West at Clayton, 7 p.m. Eureka at Kirkwood, 7:30 p.m. GIRLS LACROSSE John Burroughs at O’Fallon, 4:15 p.m. Villa Duchesne at Cor Jesu, 4:15 p.m. Parkway North vs. Incarnate Word, at StVincentPk, 4:15 p.m. Pattonville at MICDS, 4:15 p.m. Visitation at Notre Dame, 4:15 p.m. Whitfield at Nerinx Hall, 5:30 p.m. Parkway West at Parkway Central, 7 p.m. BOYS GOLF Salem Tournament, 9 a.m. Teams: Cabool, Cuba, Dixon, Houston, Licking, Mountain Grove, Salem, St. Clair, St. James, Viburnum Dual matches FZ East vs. FZ South, 3:30 p.m. St. Albans vs. ValleyPark at Ballwin GC, 3:30 p.m. Vianney vs. De Smet at Westborough, 3:30 p.m. Howell vs. Howell Central at Links At Dardenne, 3:30 p.m. St. Dominic vs. Liberty, 3:30 p.m. FZ West vs. Timberland at Lake Forest, 3:30 p.m. Ladue vs. Lafayette, 3:30 p.m. Priory vs. MICDS, 3:30 p.m. Marquette, Eureka vs. Oakville at Quail Creek, 3:30 p.m. Holt vs. Washington at Wolf Hollow, 3:30 p.m. Warrenton vs. Orch. Farm at Eagle Springs, 3:30 p.m. Chaminade vs. CBC at Normandie, 4 p.m. Webster Groves vs. Kirkwood at Tapawingo, 4 p.m. Westminster vs. Whitfield at Whitmoor, 4 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD Belle Relays, 3 p.m. Glendale Meet, 3 p.m. Parkway Quad, 4 p.m. Montgomery County Meet, 4:15 p.m. BOYS TENNIS Collinsville at Alton, 3:30 p.m. McCluer at McCluer North, 3:30 p.m. Mehlville at Lindbergh, 4 p.m. Metro vs. Cleveland at Tandy Park, 4 p.m. Kennedy vs. Ritenour at Woodson Park, 4 p.m. Lafayette at Parkway North, 4:15 p.m. Lutheran North at MICDS, 4:15 p.m. Granite City at Hillsboro (Ill.), 4:30 p.m. Greenville at Roxana, 4:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY’S RESULTS GIRLS SOCCER St. Joseph’s 2, Eureka 0 SJ: Sydney Ernst, Karsen Kohl; shutout by Emily Meara Westminster 3, Parkway Central 1 W: Natalie Bunton, Kirsten Davis, Mollie Ottsen BOYS VOLLEYBALL Affton def. Seckman 25-16, 25-17 Lindbergh def. De Smet 25-23, 24-26, 25-12

WATER POLO Ladue 22, MICDS 4 L: Noah Douaihy 6, Alex Benduski 3, Matt Allen 3, Brandon Yan 3, Cedrick Everaert 2, Reid Rogers 2, Nicole Thompson, Kenji Sherman, Austin Szweda Lindbergh 18, Mehlville 1 L: Casey Natsch 4, Mason White 3, Ethan Schneider 3, Will Doyle 2, Brendan Bavlsik, Sam Deeter, Nathan Collins, Teddy Milford, Bennett Wright, Jason Wright

spring break. “I think we learned a lot from those games,” Niedringhaus said. “We learned to be patient on offense and have better spacing.” The loss was the first in seven games for the Lancers, who already have exceeded last year’s win total. Barrett Schroeder joined Miller with three-goal games for Lafayette. Harstman had a pair of goals, his 99th and 100th of his career. Virginia signee Harry Wellford also scored three times for the Rams (5-2), who last lost to a Missouri opponent in 2014 and have 44 consecutive games against area foes. “We are very inconsistent right now,” Kay said. “If we don’t clean things up, somebody else will be celebrating on our field.”

BOYS BASKETBALL

Maplewood, East St. Louis part ways with coaches BY DAVID KVIDAHL STLhighschoolsports.com

The last link to Maplewood-Richmond Height’s athletics renaissance is severed. Corey Frazier is out. The long-time boys basketball coach at Maplewood said he will not return after this school year. He met with his team and broke the news Tuesday. “They were OK, it was a shock,” Frazier said. “It’s one of those things you can’t prepare for.” The Blue Devils went 1314 this season and finished as Class 3 District 5 runner-up to Cardinal Ritter. Frazier, 41, said it was a mutual decision by Maplewood and himself to go in different directions. Frazier works with Drew Hanlen’s rapidly growing Pure Sweat basketball training company and serves as a coach with the Brad Beal Elite, formerly the St. Louis Eagles, of Nike’s Elite Youth Basketball League. Frazier said he doesn’t know what his next step will be. He’s open to continue coaching at the high school level but is also considering college opportunities to grow his career. He has been mulling a professional transition. “It’s my time to do something different,” Frazier said. “I’ve had a great run and I’m going to move on with my career.” A 1998 St. Louis U. graduate, Frazier played for Charlie Spoonhour and was recruited by one-time SLU assistant and current St. Mary’s coach Kelvin Lee. After college, Frazier landed a job at Clayton. He was hired at Maplewood in 2001 as the boys basketball coach. Over 16 seasons, Frazier’s Blue Devils were 282154. They won the Class 3 state championship in 2008 and 2009. They are the only championships in Maplewood’s eight state semifinal appearances. During Frazier’s time, Maplewood went from

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moribund to mighty. Then-athletic director Bob Hebrank and superintendent Linda Henke brought the Blue Devils back with a new-look athletics department. Frazier was hired. David Harris took over the football program and helped build it into a small-school contender. The track and field program won Class 2 state championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Frazier’s departure ends the links to Maplewood’s run as a small-school force. After helping build a program that hung banners on the walls and stuffed the trophy case, it’s going to be strange for Frazier to work anywhere else. “It’s a routine. That’s my home away from home,” Frazier said. “I’m definitely going to miss it.”

GILBERT OUT AT EAST ST. LOUIS

After two years at the helm, Phillip Gilbert is out at East St. Louis. Gilbert, 34, graduated from East St. Louis in 2000 and is among the all-time top scorers at Bradley. He played professionally around the world in an eight-year career before joining the Flyers’ staff with then-coach Tony Young. Gilbert was installed in place of Young in April of 2015 after audio of a profanity-laced locker room rant was made public on YouTube. Young was put on administrative leave in Jan. 2015 before eventually resigning his position. East St. Louis finished 18-8 overall and 11-2 in the Southwestern Conference this winter, runner-up to Edwardsville. the Flyers were 12-14 in Gilbert’s first season. Gilbert described coaching at East Side as his dream job. “It meant a lot to coach where I laced it up my senior year,” Gilbert said. “I’m appreciative of them giving a guy from the city this opportunity. I wish it could have lasted longer.”


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The U.S. women’s national team believes its new contract is fair, and good for the future of the sport. The U.S. Soccer Federation and the team’s union announced Wednesday that a labor deal had been struck to settle an at-times contentious dispute in which the players sought equitable wages to their male counterparts. The collective bargaining agreement runs through 2021, meaning the players will be under contract through the 2019 World Cup, in France, and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The women will receive raises in base pay and bonuses as well as better provisions for travel and accommodations, including increased per diems. It also gives the players some control of certain licensing and marketing rights.

“It felt very empowering,” forward Alex Morgan said. “Because there is a whole issue going on in the country as far as equal pay and the fight for the gender pay gap. And I felt really happy with the agreement that we reached and the fact that we can now do what we came for and play soccer.” Specific details about deal were not disclosed, but it comes as the national team is preparing to play an exhibition match against Russia on Thursday in Frisco, Texas. The team faces Russia again on Sunday, in Houston. The sides convened for intense negotiations in Texas over the weekend. The contract was ratified by the players and the federation’s board Tuesday. The team had been playing under a memorandum of understanding that expired Dec. 31. “This has been by far the most involved the team has been,” Megan Rapinoe said before a training session on Wednesday afternoon. “And the most say that we’ve had in anything. The full group decision from a diverse group of voting members and I

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think that we’re excited that we have a deal. For me the best thing that came out of the deal is how it sets us up going into the future.” The agreement was reached before the start of the National Women’s Soccer League season, on April 15. U.S. Soccer pays the wages of the national team players who are allocated across the domestic league, and the terms of those salaries are outlined in the collective bargaining agreement. A year ago a group of players drew attention to the fight for a better contract when they filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission that alleged wage discrimination by the federation. The women maintained that players for the men’s national team earned far more than they did in many cases despite comparable work. U.S. Soccer took the players’ association to court to clarify that the memorandum of understanding ran through Dec. 31, 2016, after the union maintained that players could strike. A federal judge ruled in June that the team remained bound by a no-

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EV2 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH BRIDGE TIPS • BOB JONES East-West vulnerable, North deals NORTH ♠A 6 2 ♥J 6 2 ♦J 8 ♣A K 8 4 3 WEST EAST ♠9 8 ♠Q 10 4 ♥10 9 8 4 ♥K Q 5 ♦A 10 9 6 4 2 ♦K 5 3 ♣9 ♣J 10 7 5 SOUTH ♠K J 7 5 3 ♥A 7 3 ♦Q 7 ♣Q 6 2 The bidding: NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST 1♣ Pass 1♠ Pass 2♠ Pass 4♠ All pass Opening lead: 10 of ♥ When the dummy comes down and the contract looks to be an easy one, a good player will give it a little more thought. Anticipating potential problems and finding a safe way to deal with them is a skill that all bridge players should cultivate. On today’s deal, should the trumps split 3-2 with the queen onside, and the clubs also split 3-2, then declarer will romp home with 11 tricks. As you can see, a declarer who draws all of the trumps and then goes after clubs will be defeated. A favorable trump position is required to make

NEW YORK TIMES CROSSWORD the contract, but some 4-1 splits in clubs can be overcome. A 5-0 split in clubs would doom the contract no matter what, so the correct line is to win the opening heart lead in hand and lead a low club to the ace. A low spade to the jack is the next play, as declarer needs a 3-2 split with the queen in the East hand. When the jack holds the trick, cash the king of spades and leave the last trump outstanding for the moment. Cash the queen of clubs. Should both opponents follow suit, draw the last trump and claim your 11 tricks. Should East ruff the queen of clubs, you will finish down two instead of down one, but you could never have made the contract. When West is the player who has no more clubs, lead a club to the king and ruff a club, establishing the long club in dummy. A spade to the ace will draw the last trump and you will emerge proudly with 10 tricks!

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WORD GAME April 6 WORD — ASTONISH (ASTONISH: uh-STON-ish: Fill with sudden wonder or amazement.) Average mark 20 words. Time limit 30 minutes. Can you find 27 or more words in ASTONISH? The list will be published tomorrow. YESTERDAY’S WORD — LOCUTION lint clot unlit lion clout until loco coil unto loin coin toil loon colon tonic loot colt tool lotic cool tunic lotion coot icon lout count into olio cult noil onto uncoil otic unit RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed.

35 Feel some repentance for 36 Paraprofessional 37 Deck with a Justice card 39 Letters for Out readers 40 Blasting material 41 Rainy day rarity 42 Checkup imperative 43 End of the question is … 47 Zero, in soccer scores 48 Issa of comedy 49 Youngest Gabor sister 52 Here’s what the answer is … 57 Country with voodooists 58 Fastest Olympian 59 Cornering challenges 60 Ancient Iranian 61 Emulates Nicholson

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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 April 6 is your birthday • This year you open up to a multitude of possibilities. When others are stumped or frustrated, you are able to offer a solution. Sometimes, you don’t even realize how creative you are. You might be considering a life change, which could involve some travel or going back to school. Leo often gives you an extra boost of confidence. ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH You could be rethinking a commitment that involves opening your mind. For some of you, travel might be the key that opens the door. Others might be imaginative in making choices to evolve. Observe a tendency to go to financial extremes. Tonight: Where the action is. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH Passion runs high no matter what you choose to do. You need to trust your feelings. You can be irreversibly angry one minute and totally surprised the next. Despite being a sign with so much depth, you are likely to be unusually flakey. Tonight: Give in to spontaneity. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHHH How you perceive a situation could define your mood. You can go from calm to hostile in a New York minute. Slow down. You need to connect with an important person. Work with the unexpected. Tonight: Hit the “pause” button. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHH Your possessive side emerges when dealing with a difficult person. Try to stay caring and open. Let this person gain a sense of comfort around you. Quarrels might happen from out of the blue; minimize the possibility. Tonight: Add a new item to your wardrobe. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH Understand that you can become too much for someone to handle. Consider the fact that you might just need to maintain the friendship without being pushy. The unexpected seems to occur when you are least prepared for it. Move on an opportunity. Tonight: Say “yes.” VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22)

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HHH Pressure increases on the homefront. You might wonder why someone is being so touchy. You will want to come to a better understanding with this person. You could feel as if you need to rethink a personal matter. Tonight: Be mysterious. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH While someone else could have a problem dealing with an uptight friend, you will not. Allow your personality to be more forthcoming than in the recent past. You know how to help people get out of a funk or get over their shyness. Tonight: Be where the crowds are. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH A financial matter could set you into a tizzy. You might not see the path or the means to change your situation. Give yourself some time, as an idea will be forthcoming. You are going to change a pattern. Tonight: Burn the midnight oil. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH Look for ways to solve a problem. You can’t push too much, and you need to let go. Once you see a solution, it will be because you have gained understanding. Do not feel as if you cannot find an answer. Tonight: Get away for the weekend. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH You might feel a little off-kilter. Changes are afoot in an area of your life where you feel as if you have little control over what is happening. Push your creativity to the max, and you’ll come up with plenty of ideas. Tonight: At a favorite spot with a favorite person. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHH You might be trying to make an impression; however, you could experience some tension. Someone is interested in your behavior and choices. A roommate or family member will make a choice that may to shock you. Tonight: Paint the town red. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH Understand that you have limits. Some good news might come in from a loved one whom you care a lot about. However, a boss or higher-up could become extremely demanding. You’ll have no choice but to go along. Tonight: Do not make any plans.

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31 Thomas the clockmaker 32 “Toodles,” in Twickenham 33 In the posterior 37 Total for scorekeepers 38 Tool for a lumberjack 39 Troubadour offering 41 Caucasus capital

42 Mug in a rathskeller 44 Blends or conglomerates 45 Place to play Centipede 46 Having more clumpiness 50 Physics class eponym 51 Nervous and fidgety

52 Effortless quality 53 Notice the absence of 54 Garbage disposal site 55 Words of enlightenment 56 Org. for the Pelicans 57 Speak indecisively

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Trove of war letters saves military past gion posts, civic groups, places of worship, military academies and more to explain the importance of these correspondences and encourage people to share with him their own war-related letters and emails. If you know of someone who has war letters, please share this information. Andy would love to meet in person anyone with letters to contribute to this ‘‘Million Letters Campaign” and is always seeking new venues. If you know of a place he should speak, email him about it. For families with letters who cannot attend, submissions can be sent to Andrew Carroll/CAWL Chapman University, One University Drive, Orange, CA 92866. (Originals are preferred, but scans are also appreciated.) Ultimately, Andy and CAWL are seeking letters from ALL American wars, on ANY subject matter. For information on how to attend or invite Andy to your community, visit www.WarLetters.us.

Dear Abby • My son, ‘‘Tom,” is a senior in high school. About a month ago, he asked a girl named ‘‘Allie” to the prom. She said yes. Allie’s mom is a hairdresser. My husband and I don’t know her or her husband. Allie’s mother has asked two different people about us. One of them told us about it; the other I heard about secondhand. So last week I introduced myself to her at a local function. We spoke briefly, and I told her I would be in touch. A few days ago I called to invite her out for coffee and left a message with my phone number. She hasn’t called me back. What can I do to get to know Allie’s mother better? — Prom Mom Dear Prom Mom • Make an appointment to have your hair done, and you’ll have at least an hour with her. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069.

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Work together to nip barking dog issue Dear Dr. Fox • I am not a dog owner, but I live in close proximity to dogs. I don’t live in the country. Most neighbors seem to be good owners, except for one. These neighbors leave their dogs on their deck all day every day (sometimes 10 to 12 hours). The dogs bark incessantly at everything and everyone who is outside. It is obviously incredibly annoying for all of us neighbors, especially the ones who can’t use their own yards for their dogs because of the barking, but I also have to wonder how healthy it is for the dogs. Other neighbors have spoken with these neighbors in the past about the incessant barking, but they don’t seem to care about their neighbors or their dogs. I am trying to keep peace, but I am getting tired of the doggy choir. — A.M., Arlington, Va.

Dear A.M. • Most municipalities have ordinances limiting the amount of time dogs are allowed to bark, which the police should enforce. So call and ask what the regulations are. It seems more like a nuisance issue than one of animal neglect. If there is no ordinance, get a petition together with your neighbors’ supporting signatures. This is an all-too-common problem, and once dog owners have been informed about their dogs’ incessant barking, they have a responsibility to address the problem. It could be as simple as keeping the dogs inside with a radio playing, and using humane and effective anti-bark collars. Dear Dr. Fox • A cat who was skin and bones and wandering in the woods looking for a home adopted me five years ago. I took him in, and he became an in-

door cat. Like M.M. from Kansas City’s cat, he was food insecure and gobbled everything available, while my other cat was a grazer and nibbler. This became more problematic when both cats required different prescription diets. I discovered an amazing feeding system that solved the problem completely: the SureFeed Microchip Pet Feeder. My calico could eat at her leisure while her big “brother” was locked out. This feeder can be used for multiple cats. It works by reading microchips or RFID tags. It is expensive, but worth every penny. — J.O., Norman, Okla.

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Dear Readers • Today marks the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into World War I. In commemoration, I’m mentioning a special initiative to save America’s war letters. Almost 20 years ago I wrote about a historian, Andy Carroll, who had launched a project to seek out and preserve war-related letters as a way of honoring and remembering our veterans, troops and loved ones. After the column appeared, Andy was deluged with responses. Today that collection holds approximately 100,000 wartime correspondences — from handwritten letters penned during the American Revolution and Civil War, to emails from Iraq and Afghanistan. Andy has donated the collection to Chapman University in Orange, California, now called the Center for American War Letters (CAWL). This week, Andy and CAWL are kicking off an ambitious ‘‘Million Letters Campaign.” Andy will travel nationwide speaking at public libraries, museums, VFW and American Le-

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DR. KEITH ROACH

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Avoiding sugar won’t prevent a relapse of cancer Dear Dr. Roach • A year ago, I was diagnosed with colon and liver cancer, and was treated with chemotherapy. The last chemo was in June 2016. My posttreatment CT scans have shown me to be negative for cancer. I read in clinic material that “sugar” is the No. 1 cancer-causing food. I eliminated sugar from my diet. My doctor was noncommittal about it. What are your thoughts? Also, is honey the same as granulated sugar? I believe honey is healing. — E.P.

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Answer • Congratulations on being cancer-free. I hope this turns out to be a cure. While it is true that cancer cells use sugar for energy, most of the cells in your body use sugar for energy, and your brain is absolutely dependent on sugar for energy. It is not possible to completely reduce blood sugar even by reducing all sugar and other carbohydrates in the diet to zero, as your body can make sugar. More importantly, many healthy foods that have been shown to help fight cancers and reduce recurrence, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, have naturally occurring sugars. Certainly, it is not healthy to consume large amounts of any kind of sugar, even honey. Modest amounts of sugars (the American Heart Association recommends a limit of 37.5 grams of added sugar for men, 25 grams for women) are not going to increase your risk of cancer recurring.

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Dear Dr. Roach • When I was 6 living in London in 1944, I was using the outside toilet in the school playground and had an experience that has haunted me ever since. I was wiping myself after a bowel movement, but something was stuck to me. I pulled and pulled until I pulled a long white thing, about 10-12 inches, like spaghetti, from my anus. The school bell rang, so I flushed it away and went into school. I was frightened and later thought maybe it was a tapeworm. I realize this is a strange request, but I wonder if you can tell me what you think about my experience. — Anon.

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Answer • It was almost certainly part of a tapeworm. They were in the U.K. in the 1940s, and your description makes it likely. Living conditions weren’t great, and it’s possible you were malnourished and susceptible to these infections; even people with perfect immune systems can get them. Tapeworms can live up to 25 years if untreated. This was 70 years ago, so I think you have been free from your unwanted guest for decades.

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