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DOMESTIC KILLINGS OFTEN BRUTAL, FORESEEABLE In St. Louis, 48 of 148 women killed from 2007 to 2017 died at the hands of an intimate partner

Top House Democrats call recent allegations against Trump troubling, and may possibly rise to an ‘impeachable offense’

By KaTIE ZEZIMa, dEanna PaUL, STEVEn RICH, JULIE TaTE and JEnnIFER JEnKInS Washington Post

ST. LOUIS • Ciera Jackson filed for a re-

straining order, claiming in court documents that her ex-boyfriend, Victor Whittier, had sent a series of threatening text messages and then lurked outside her home. Jackson, 24, had previously called police when Whittier broke into her apartment and ransacked it, but she chose not to pursue criminal charges, according to authorities. She had asked her property manager whether she could break her lease, hoping to secretly — and safely — escape with her

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Victor Whittier (left) talks with defense attorney Erika Wurst during his sentencing hearing in St. Louis on Nov. 16. He was convicted of first-degree murder in the death of his ex-girlfriend, Ciera Jackson.

ASCENT AT SUNSET Canada geese take off at sunset on the cold St. Louis riverfront on Sunday.

Donald Trump continues to assert his innocence despite investigations moving closer to him and to berate his accusers, foes and allies are grappling with a looming question: If what prosecutors say is true, what then? Allegations in court filings last week, if proven true, would constitute an “impeachable offense,” said the incoming head of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, on CNN’s “State of the Union” program Sunday. But the New York Democrat quickly sounded a cautionary note: That doesn’t mean his newly empowered party would actually seek to impeach the president.

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Pence aide won’t be Trump’s next chief of staff STORY, A9

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March of the Armadillo

Republicans will be stripped of suburban, women members

THE ODD LITTLE ARMORED ANIMAL THAT’S SETTLING INTO ST. LOUIS What are they doing here? Can they give you leprosy? Why are there so many dead on the side of the road? TODAY


By CHUCK RaaSCH St. Louis Post-Dispatch

WaSHInGTOn • When Democrats take control in January, the tables will drastically turn in the U.S. House of Representatives. New opportunities and challenges for two St. Louis-area representatives — one a Democrat, one a Republican — illustrate just how deep those changes will be. Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis, is preparing to co-sponsor legislation on issues that Democrats campaigned and won on: measures to strengthen the Affordable Care Act, renew the Voting Rights Act, bolster the power of the government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and ban assault

By ERIn HEFFERnan • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS • St. Louis meet your new neighbor: The

nine-banded armadillo. Perhaps you’ve seen this little log of a mammal waddling through your garden. Maybe you’ve noticed its uncanny ability to turn itself into a flotation device by filling its lungs with air and fording lakes and rivers. But most likely you’ve encountered the heavily-clad animal in a sadder state — splayed out along the highway, its armor no help against a minivan or SUV. The armadillo, or “little armored one” in Spanish, has been on a march across the U.S. from Texas for at least the last 169 years, and it’s now calling the St. Louis area home. Armadillos entered southern Missouri in the 1970s,

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Lawmaker resignations validate Amendment 1 TONY MESSENGER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Eight years ago, Jason Crowell tried to do in the Missouri Senate what voters did last month. The Legislature was debating an overhaul to state political ethics laws, and Crowell, a Republican from Cape Girardeau, sought to add an amendment to the bill that would create a two-year waiting period before state lawmakers could become lobbyists. Many of his colleagues, one in particularly, took offense. Sen. John Griesheimer, R-Washington, an affable man known outside the chamber as “Greesy,” suggested current members of the Legislature should be exempted from the proposal. “Do you want to be a lobbyist?” Crowell asked his Republican colleague. “Well,” Griesheimer said, “maybe.” The amendment failed. A watered down version of the bill passed and was later overturned by the courts. And that’s why, in November, Missouri voters were presented with the opportunity to pass Amendment 1. Sponsored by the bipartisan coalition known as Clean Missouri, the constitutional amendment did many things contemplated by lawmakers over the years but never passed, including limiting gifts from lobbyists and closing the revolving door that in Missouri had become legendary. Griesheimer never became a lobbyist. He returned to Franklin County and was elected presiding commissioner. But plenty of his colleagues did. In 2005, a study by the Center for Public Integrity ranked Missouri fifth in the nation in the number of lawmakers who became lobbyists. There were 45 at the time, and many more have been added

since then. The biggest moves were at the top of the food chain: former Speaker of the House Steve Tilley, who still uses a massive campaign account to supplement his lobbying; and former Senate leaders Michael Gibbons and Tom Dempsey, who both ended up working with or for companies or individuals who were major donors to their previous campaigns. In both parties there have been countless similar examples. Some of those former lawmakers may end up becoming very good and knowledgeable lobbyists, but there’s a reason that Congress has long had a one-year cooling-off period and Missouri will be joining many states with a two-year prohibition against lobbying. It reduces the opportunities for lawmakers to do the bidding of their biggest donors while in the Legislature and then go to work for them immediately after they’ve passed legislation to cut their taxes or benefit them in some other way. This week, almost as a validation of what Missouri voters did in November, several state lawmakers resigned their seats before Amendment 1 took effect on Dec. 6, to preserve their right to cash in on their public service immediately. In St. Louis there was Democratic Sen. Jake Hummel and in Ferguson there was state Rep. Courtney Allen Curtis, also a Democrat. Elsewhere, Republican state Reps. Kevin Corlew and Kirk Mathews hung it up early. In all, there are 13 openings currently in the House, and three more in the Senate, most because of the highest number of resignations since 1994. Some of those lawmakers were awarded plum state jobs by new Gov. Mike Parson. If you were among the 62 percent of Missouri voters who were on the right side of Amendment 1, lawmakers leaving the Capitol are seemingly validating your vote. Meanwhile, others are already try-

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ing to overturn it. A Missouri Republican Party committee has donated $150,000 to a hypocritically named political action committee called Fair Missouri that hopes to overturn at least some elements of that which voters just passed. Apparently, the people in power are afraid of change. “The way business gets done in the Missouri Capitol is changing, and for the better,” says Sean Nicholson, who ran the Amendment 1 campaign. “A couple of years ago, legislators created a tiny speed bump for politicians who wanted to become lobbyists. But we could all see through that law for what it was. As former U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway said, it was ‘lip service’ to ethics reform — or more forcefully, ‘Exhibit A of how our legislature is breaching the public trust.’” Asked this week by the Associated Press’ David Lieb whether he planned to become a lobbyist, Curtis, who resigned one minute before the new law took effect, echoed Griesheimer: “If that opportunity came in the future,” he said, “I wouldn’t necessarily say no.” Of course he wouldn’t. Whoever replaces Curtis in the Legislature won’t have the same opportunity. Instead, he or she will go to Jefferson City knowing that their public service won’t necessarily lead to a payday on the back end, and they’ll have to stretch their per diem a little bit to pay for their own meals. “Voters created the chance to clean up their state government with hundreds of thousands of signatures last year, and then they made it happen last month at the ballot box,” Nicholson says. “The revolving door is closed.”

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VOTES IN CONGRESS Congress had a shortened week of Dec. 3-7 because of the ceremonies and funeral for former President George H.W. Bush. During the week, Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, Ill., was named as the top Republican on the House Administration Committee. That committee oversees the House of Representatives’ day-to-day operations, as well as federal elections.


Here are how area U.S. senators voted on two nominees from President Donald Trump: Kathleen Kraninger, Consumer Finances Regulator • Voting 50-49, the Senate on Dec. 6 confirmed Kathleen L. Kraninger as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. As a deputy to White House budget chief and CFPB acting director Mick Mulvaney, she has embraced the Trump administration’s dismantling of the Obama-era agency. A yes vote was to confirm the nominee. Yes • Roy Blunt, R-Mo. No • Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.

Bernard McNamee, Energy Regulator • Voting 50-49, the Senate on Dec. 6 confirmed Bernard L. McNamee, the Department of Energy’s policy chief, for a seat on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which regulates the interstate transmission of electricity, natural gas and oil. In previous positions, McNamee, an attorney, represented utility firms in regulatory actions and worked for conservative interest groups. His nomination was disputed by Democrats over his record of promoting fossil fuels, playing down clean energy, dismissing climate change and urging government subsidies of coal-fired and nuclear power plants on grounds of national security. A yes vote was to confirm the nominee. Yes • Blunt. No • McCaskill, Duckworth, Durbin.


Congress will debate fiscal 2019 spending and a five-year farm bill in the week of Dec. 10. The votes and descriptions are compiled by Voterama in Congress a legislative tracking organization.

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After 55 million years, armadillos finding Missouri ARMADILLO • FROM A1

and are now sighted in every county in the state, said Tom Meister, a wildlife biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation who handles damage caused by animals. This year seemed to bring out even more ’dillos in the St. Louis area, according to Michael Beran, whose company Wildlife Command Center handles roadkill pickup in St. Louis County as well as nuisance armadillo calls from residents. The company’s armadillo roadkill pickups went from about five a month last year to 10 or 12 a month this year, Beran said. “We’re on the cusp of the armadillo invasion,” Beran said. In Texas, armadillos are mascots, bar decorations and the butt of old jokes — like “Why did the chicken cross the road? To show the armadillo it could be done.” Or “What’s armadillo mean in Spanish? Speed bump.” But the pioneering little animal is still relatively new to St. Louisians. So here’s everything you need to know about their march north and why they are here to stay.


The armadillo has been found in South America for 55 million years, but only one species, the nine-banded armadillo, has made it to the United States. The animal arrived in Texas in 1849. It has baffled some researchers by expanding its range at almost 10 times the expected rate for mammals. Lynn Robbins, a professor emeritus with Missouri State University, was one of the first researchers to study the armadillos in Missouri, in the early 1980s. “I called the Department of Conservation in 1986 and said ‘I want to study armadillos in Missouri,’” Robbins recalled. “And they said, ‘There are no armadillos in Missouri.’” But soon Robbins began supervising students as they scraped armadillo roadkill off the state’s highways, and dissected their stomachs to learn what they ate. (The answer: “easy-opportunity bugs,” such as beetles and fly larvae.) In 1996 Robbins co-authored a sort of armadillo census, tracking the animal’s range. He found they were sighted as far north as the Missouri River. Robbins updated his study in 2014, finding armadillos had rooted their way even farther north, and crossed the Mississippi River into Southern Illinois. “They just keep moving,” he said. They’ve now been spotted in Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and southern Wisconsin. There are a few reasons for that, Robbins said. An armadillo’s needs are simple: They can live in an area with a minimum average daily temperature of about 18 degrees in January, and just need water and plenty of bugs to eat. Winters have grown warmer across the country, making it easier for armadillos to survive, Robbins said. Development has also cut the numbers of many armadillo predators, like coyotes and bears, and transformed some grassland areas into places where armadillos can thrive, like golf courses and parks. “We’ve changed the landscape,” Robbins said. “That means some animals die off, but the armadillo has taken advantage of all the change.” Not all societal developments have been armadillofriendly, however.


Armadillos are prime roadkill candidates, leaving bodies strewn across Interstate 44 and 55 most months. So why can’t armadillos cross the road? First, they have terrible eyesight and aren’t the brightest of mammals, so they often don’t see cars coming until it’s too late. They’re also mostly nocturnal, so drivers may not spot their squat bodies in the dark. On top of that, armadillos jump when scared. They can get up to four feet — right into the line of fire of an oncoming car.

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ARMADILLO Armadillo is Spanish for “little armored one.”


There are 20 varieties, but only one — the nine-banded armadillo — has made it as far north as the United States.


The nine-banded armadillo continues to expand its domain, first venturing into the St. Louis area within the last 25 years. They are primarily found in the southern half of the state, according to the Missouri Department of Conservation.

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The nine-banded armadillo almost always gives birth to identical quadruplets.

Contrary to popular belief, most armadillos do not curl themselves into balls when frightened. Only three-banded armadillos do that, and they are not found in the U.S.


Armadillos can make themselves their own floaty. They can’t float normally because of their armor, but armadillos can cross bodies of water by gulping air into their lungs to make them buoyant.

Armadillos can jump up to 4 feet in the air when scared. That may ward off coyotes, but proves ineffective against a 2012 Honda minivan, instead often propelling them right into the grill of oncoming vehicles.

Armadillos have terrible eyesight, but they can sniff out an insect as far as 6 inches underground.

Some people in Central and South America eat armadillo, which reportedly tastes like pork or chicken. During the Great Depression, the animals were eaten by hungry people in the U.S., earning them the nickname “Hoover Hogs.”

Armadillos are the only animal that can give humans leprosy. (Don't worry, though, your risk of catching the disease is extremely low especially if you are not eating armadillos for dinner.)

SOURCES: Nine-banded armadillo photo courtesy of the Wildlife Rescue Center; Associated Press (Three-banded armadillo photo); Missouri Department of Conservation | Post-Dispatch

“It’s their defense mechanism,” said Meister, of the Department of Conservation. “It can scare off a coyote, but not so much for a car moving 70 mph on the highway.”

hospital after a bullet he shot at one critter bounced off its armor and hit him square in the face.


Armadillos are the only animals that can give humans leprosy. But don’t worry too much. You probably need to eat an armadillo (which reportedly taste like pork) to catch the disease. Robbins said he never worried about contracting leprosy in his work with armadillos, both dead and alive. He was more concerned with the foul-smelling mixture they can squirt out their hindquarters when startled. “It is very unpleasant,” he said. “Think partially digested bugs.” Robbins said he still gets calls from all over the country about his research as new communities begin noticing the animals popping up on the side of the highway. They are not alone in their travels; some species of birds and rodents have been making the same northern trek. “But I think armadillos are just so odd and so obvious,” Robbins said. “They love golf courses, they’re always getting hit by cars, so people take notice.”

Armadillos can wreak havoc to a garden. Their desire for bugs is voracious. Their excellent sense of smell can detect insects up to 6 inches underground and they dig holes and tunnels on their hunt. “One armadillo can tear through a whole garden in no time,” said Beran, of the Wildlife Command Center. “You think: ‘That little animal did all this?’” The key to catching an armadillo is “funneling,” said Beran. Armadillos will naturally follow along wooden boards and can be aimed right into a cage. In some areas, though, the Department of Conservation is experimenting with “armadillo-scented cages” to speed up the process. The armadillo’s sharp sense of smell lures them to the scent of another of its kind and into the trap. “I hear those cages are worth every cent,” Meister said. Even if an armadillo is ripping up your yard, it’s illegal to shoot the animal in Missouri, Meister said. And you might not want to: There have been several reports of bullets ricocheting off armadillo shells. In 2015, for example, an East Texas man ended up in the


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Clay cautious about Democratic Party turning too far to left HOUSE • FROM A1

weapons and toughen other federal gun restrictions. He also will get behind Democratic plans to allow anyone to buy into Medicare as a public option of Obamacare. But he’s also warned other Democrats from putting newly elected suburban colleagues in electoral peril by straying too far left. He’s reached out to the new Democratic media star — the democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of Brooklyn — with a post-election olive branch after she campaigned for Clay’s primary opponent, Cori Bush, in July. And although he thinks that the Democratic House could eventually be confronted with the impeachment of President Donald Trump, depending on the results of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, Clay says he is cautioning fellow Democrats not to fixate on going after Trump early in 2019. Next door, Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, is preparing for firsttime life in the minority. She says she thinks there are issues she can work with Democrats on, like infrastructure and immigration reform, but says she will devote a lot of time resurrecting a Republican suburban caucus. She will also renew efforts to try to recruit Republican women to run for office after the GOP suffered sharp losses on Nov. 6, dropping from 23 House Republican women currently to 13 in the next Congress. Meanwhile, the number of Democratic women in the House will increase from 64 to 89. “It is absolutely devastating,”

Wagner said of her party’s loss of women House members and its poor showing among female voters. House Democrats will face left-wing proposals on things like Medicare for all and free collegiate education that critics have called budget-busting and pie-in-the-sky. A Republicancontrolled Senate will be a powerful check on any legislation House Democrats pass. Being in the majority again, Clay said in a wide-ranging interview, “gives us the ability to control the flow of critical legislation to address the progressive priorities that matter to working families in St. Louis and across the country. “And it gives us the power to actually pass legislation that matters to real people now. What that means when it goes to the Senate, I am not sure.” Will House Democrats craft legislation aimed at attracting some Republicans, or will they pass legislation Republicans won’t support and then take the lack of concrete results to the voters in 2020, and attack Republicans as obstructionists? “I think you will get a mixture of both just because of the shape of our new members coming in,” Clay said. “And here is what we need to understand about the new members: What gave us the majority in the House were those members who turned those red seats blue. Those were Trump districts and Republican-held districts that we better be sure we hold onto in two years, or else our majority will be short-lived.” That reality, in part, was the genesis of his olive branch to Ocasio-Cortez, Clay said. He said

his wife, Pat, urged him to reach out. Clay said he and Ocasio-Cortez talked about her possible committee assignments, and that he advised her that coming in and immediately making changes on issues she ran on will run up against the reality that Democrats who won in suburban districts may not share her economic and social agenda. “She acknowledged that,” Clay said. The 10-term congressman said he’s also talked to Republican colleagues who are adjusting to a new reality that they will need his help and that of the only other Democrat in the Missouri delegation, Emanuel Cleaver of Kansas City, to get legislation on the House agenda. “They are trying to figure out their way forward,” Clay said of Missouri delegation Republicans. “And to an extent they have come to the realization that now they have to rely on Cleaver and Lacy, because we are in the majority, to actually deliver for Missouri.” Added Clay: “I do predict that (House Republicans) will probably want to distance themselves from the president sometime over the next two years, especially those in these competitive districts.” Wagner didn’t entirely disagree with that point. She said that while many of Trump’s economic policies have helped her constituents and were among the reasons she survived a narrow re-election against Democrat Cort VanOstran, some members of her caucus were angered by Trump’s goading of Republicans who lost in suburban districts, and whom Trump

mocked for losing because they hadn’t sufficiently embraced him. “I have always said there are many of the president’s policies that my constituents in the 2nd District benefit from, appreciate, and I am supportive of that agenda,” she said. “But I also speak out when I disagree. What I hope is that members of our conference will find their own voices, their own independent voices. We want to be as supportive of this president’s agenda and this administration as possible. But you also have to know the people you represent, know how to reach across party lines, and how to get things done.” Wagner had initially considered vying to chair the National Republican Congressional Committee, but she never allowed her name to be put into consideration after talking with the new Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. She backed out, she said, when McCarthy told her that he would be essentially running the NRCC, which recruits Republican House candidates and raises money to support them. “I believe that we all have to work together as a team if we are going to accomplish anything,” Wagner said. “But I am nobody’s proxy or rubber stamp — let’s just put it that way.” So the NRCC position went to Minnesota Republican Tom Emmer. Wagner, who has raised money for the NRCC, will rejoin House Republican leadership as a senior whip to her close ally, Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La. Wagner also said she will devote a lot of time to the suburban

caucus. “If we are going to be a majority party again we have got to have a party that looks more like America, that looks not just like our rural areas that are so wonderful across our country, but also that looks more like urban and suburban (America),” she said. “So I am going to be really pushing that suburban agenda and reformulating the suburban caucus.” So she says she will try to steer Republicans toward legislation dealing with career and technical education, paid parental leave, flex hours for workers and support for first responders. She said that many members of her caucus personally told her they wanted her running the NRCC because, in part, she survived in a tough suburban district while many of her suburban colleagues, including women she recruited, were defeated. Does the Republican congressional leadership and rank-andfile generally get how badly her party did among suburban voters, particularly women voters? “They should get it,” Wagner responded. “We will not be a majority party unless we are reflective of America and welcoming and open and supportive of women, and people of color, also. “We have got to have a (Republican House) conference that is more reflective of our country; I get that,” she continued. “There are some in our party that do, there are some in our conference that do not. I know this: I know our leadership is committed to taking back the majority.” Chuck Raasch • 202-298-6880 @craasch on Twitter


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MetroLink discarded plan to ban violators previously MARK SCHLINKMANN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

A recent proposal to crack down on MetroLink fare evaders by temporarily barring repeat violators from riding the trains has been tried before by the transit system — but it was discarded years ago. Such a policy was approved in 2001 by the Bi-State Development Agency’s board of commissioners, which oversees the light rail line. The object, according to PostDispatch articles at the time, was to focus on riders who repeatedly fail to pay their fares or create disturbances on MetroLink and buses. Under the 2001 policy, people caught riding for free four times could be barred for up to 30 days. MetroLink has no turnstiles, but riders are required to produce their tickets or passes when asked by fare inspectors and police. The policy also allowed a ban of as long as 90 days when someone amassed four violations of other MetroLink rules. Among them: prohibitions against drinking alcohol, carrying weapons, smoking, spitting, creating loud noise or causing a disturbance. The rules were patterned after those used by the Portland, Ore., transit system. Bi-State officials said then that they hoped that temporary bans would give the agency’s security officers more leverage to limit disruptive behavior. Anyone barred from riding could be prosecuted for trespassing if they failed to abide by such an order. Current officials haven’t said when the policy was dropped or why. “I don’t know whether we ever actively implemented it,” Jessica Mefford-Miller, Metro Transit’s executive director, said last week. Celeste Vossmeyer, a former

Bi-State general counsel, said Friday the policy was no longer being followed by the time she started at the agency in mid2003. She said she was told then that it had been difficult to enforce and was little used. John Belgeri, who held various positions at the agency over the years, said he recalls that BiState/Metro rarely if ever banned repeat violators from the system after the board’s 2001 move. “Maybe (in) one incident we did that,” said Belgeri, who retired in 2009 as chief of bus operations. The new proposal, allowing bans of at least 30 days for repeat fare violators and at least 90 days for other repeat violators, was submitted last month to Metro and key elected officials by a committee on MetroLink security. The committee, the Transit Advisory Working Group, was formed under a memorandum of understanding agreed to last year by Metro, St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Clair County following a series of high-profile crimes on MetroLink. One member, Hart Nelson, said making transit users feel safe is the goal. “If there are folks causing a nuisance, using bad behavior, is there some way to remove them from the system?” asked Nelson, a St. Louis Community College vice chancellor. “They’ve got the ability to do that.” Under the new proposal, an exclusion review board would be set up to determine whether someone should be temporarily banned from riding upon getting four citations for fare evasion or other noncriminal violations. The board also would consider the individual’s prior history and any mitigating circumstances. The board would include Metro’s public safety chief or a designee and representatives of the transit workers union and the prosecutor’s office in the jurisdiction where the violation occurred. Other members would include

someone from the Organization for Black Struggle, a local civil rights group, and a citizen from Metro’s service area appointed by Metro’s executive director or BiState’s CEO. Affected individuals could appeal a ban or ask that the exclusion be altered to allow them to continue taking MetroLink or buses to their jobs, schools or other locations. The move to curb minor violations would be in tandem with ongoing efforts by police and Metro to improve efforts to prevent more serious crime. The working group also called for Metro to bar people arrested for major crimes such as assault and robbery to be prohibited from riding if they’re released on bail while awaiting trial. Prosecutors in St. Louis already have begun asking judges to impose a ban on riding MetroLink as a condition of bail in felony cases involving MetroLink. St. Louis County prosecutors have done the same in at least one case.


Meanwhile, Metro recently began offering free wireless internet service on a few of its buses to see how it works. The pilot program, lasting about 60 days, involves WiFi availability on 20 of Metro’s 400 buses as they move through the metro area through different conditions and with varying numbers of passengers. Passengers on such buses should select the network option on their smartphone or laptop and choose Metro Wi-Fi. Riders can provide feedback by texting Metro customer service at 314207-9786 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays. Alas, MetroLink isn’t part of the pilot project. Mark Schlinkmann • 314-340-8265 @markschlinkmann on Twitter

Aaron Lynn-Vogel, 27, a horticulturist with the Missouri Botanical Garden, fixes the track Sunday on one of the model train exhibits at the Gardenland Express Holiday Flower and Train Show. One of the cars kept jumping off the track. Lynn-Vogel said that he sees some of the same families come back every weekend to watch the trains. The show runs through Jan. 1.


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ST. LOUIS COUNTY • Police say a man was shot and killed early Sunday morning in a bar parking lot that has been the scene of two other homicides since 2014. Officers were called about 1:15 a.m. to the shooting outside the Mystic Grille bar at 11824 West Florissant Avenue, and found the body of a man with at least one gunshot wound. The strip mall parking lot is also used by patrons of Cuetopia II Billards & Bar. The man appeared to be in his 20s, but had not been identified, police said Sunday morning. A man who was inside Mystic Grille at the time but asked not to be identified said

Peggy: Any info as to when the mess at the Adelaide Avenue overpass at Interstate 70 will be repaired and open again? There are so many times where traffic is backed up all the way to Hall Street. Many accidents have happened at the intersection during the closing. Gates: We have a project to make the repairs to Adelaide over I-70 next year. We had to design a repair after the bridge was struck and then award a contract. That bridge will be repaired starting next spring. cds12341: Would you please provide an update on the bridge replacement on Creve Coeur Mill Road? Wrone: We are working with our contractor and a design engineering firm to determine what recently caused a wing wall to pull away from the new bridge’s abutment and what needs to be done to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Wing walls hold in place the earth and fill on which a bridge’s approaches are constructed. Until we get those answers, I’m unable to give you a timetable.

ASK METRO Chat with a Metro Transit representative at noon on the first Wednesday of each month at Here’s an edited excerpt from last week’s chat: Grandrider: Who is responsible for enforcing laws against marijuana smoking on MetroLink? The clouds of marijuana smoke near the elevators at the Grand Boulevard station are terrible. Metro: Metro Transit is responsible for enforcement of our policies, including the prohibition of smoking of any type. Metro transit officers are authorized to remove violators from our property and our employees and contractors rely on support from police when enforcement of the criminal code is necessary. Thank you for letting us know about your experiences. We will be sharing this with the Metro public safety team. Carter: What will you do with a new third-party security contract? Guards used to always be walking on trains and around MetroLink stations. Now many of them sit on benches or stand in one place. Metro: We are currently evaluating our existing contract security strategy and expect to implement a revised approach next spring.

Loop Trolley breaks down at history museum BY DENISE HOLLINSHED St. Louis Post-Dispatch

One of two trolley cars carrying passengers on the Loop Trolley’s $51 million, 2.2-mile route broke down Sunday, but operators hope to have it up and running again by Thursday. Trolley 001 broke down about 2:30 p.m. at the Missouri History Museum station,

Loop Trolley Executive Director Kevin Barbeau said. A dispatcher notified a maintenance team, which attempted a field repair. A field inspector determined that the problem could not be resolved at the site and the trolley was then towed back to the maintenance repair shop at headquarters, Barbeau said. Barbeau said the mechanical problem has been recognized and they expect to have it repaired by the end of day on Monday and ready to go back in service by Thursday. The trolley runs from Thursday through Sunday.

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Chat with Andrew Gates from the Missouri Department of Transportation, Jamie Wilson from the St. Louis Streets Department and David Wrone from the St. Louis County Department of Transportation at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at Here is an edited excerpt from last week:

the bar was closing when he heard at least 15 gunshots outside. The victim had been in the bar earlier that night, but did not appear to get into any confrontations, the man said. The victim was shot inside a car; a passenger also in the car did not appear to be injured, according to the witness. The fatal shooting marks the latest in a series of violent incidents in the same parking lot. There were two homicides outside Cuetopia in 2014 and 2015 that happened at the club’s closing time, about 1 a.m. After the 2015 killing, Ebony Beattle, one of five owners of Cuetopia, told the Post-Dispatch she hoped the club wouldn’t have to close due to the violence. She pointed out that both killings happened after the club had closed. Authorities asked anyone with information on Sunday’s shooting to call the St. Louis County Police Department at 636-529-8210 or CrimeStoppers at 866371-8477. .

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Yorke delivers a feast of sounds and sights at Stifel BY KEVIN C. JOHNSON St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Critics’ year-end, best-of concert lists are typically firmed up by this point in December, when holiday concerts tend to take over. My own list has remained a work in progress as a few regular December concerts that looked contender-worthy, based on the acts’ past history, were on the way. Justin Timberlake’s concert scheduled for Thursday has been moved to next year, so that’s out, but I’m happy I held off on the list until I could see what Thom Yorke would bring to the Stifel Theatre Saturday night. Radiohead frontman Yorke is midway through his “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” tour, a very limited run of solo shows. The

fact St. Louis even made the cut of the 19 dates feels like a miracle considering the last Radiohead tour or two didn’t stop in St. Louis. The tour fully indulges Yorke’s non-Radiohead excesses, his solo work like “The Eraser” (2006) and “Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes” (2014), and a bit of Atoms for Peace, the group featuring Yorke, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea and others. Yorke was accompanied by his longtime Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich and visual artist Tarik Barri. The trio performed on a stark, lean stage with vertical video panels; it looked like a high-tech office space, only with a set of upright keyboards for Yorke, which he graced a few times along with his guitar, and computer programmer stand-up


Thom Yorke performs at Stifel Theatre in St. Louis on Saturday.

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Complexities of domestic violence can unravel a case Did the killer have access to weapons? Was there a previous escalation of domestic violence, and, if so, was it reported? Was there a history of threats? Did the family have contact with child welfare agencies? Did the victim take out a restraining order? The nation’s first family justice center opened in San Diego in 2002, and the fatality review team started 22 years ago. Its police department has a dedicated domestic violence unit. It was on the leading edge of programs that are now commonplace around the country, including strangulation training. The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office received a grant last year to create an algorithm to predict which cases have the potential to turn fatal.


11-year-old brother, whom she was raising. In court papers, Jackson wrote that she had been physically abused before, adding that she knew “what he is capable of doing.” On Aug. 2, 2017, a judge granted Jackson a yearlong restraining order against Whittier; he was to have no contact with her and needed to stay at least 2,500 feet away at all times. Eleven days later, Jackson was dead. Authorities say Whittier shot Jackson four times through her apartment window, the restraining order lying atop a microwave just a few feet from her body. When investigators asked whether Jackson Whittier had trouble with anyone, her brother handed them the document. Jackson’s slaying came with clear warning signs, a murder that played out in slow motion as all of her efforts, and those of law enforcement and the courts, failed to stop what she saw as inevitable. A Washington Post analysis of 4,484 slayings of women in 47 major U.S. cities during the past decade found that nearly half of the women who were murdered — 46 percent — died at the hands of an intimate partner. In many cases, they were among the most brutal slayings, and the most telegraphed. In a close analysis of homicides in five of the cities, the Post found that more than one-third of all men who killed a current or former intimate partner were publicly known to be a potential threat to their loved one ahead of the attack. In St. Louis, Las Vegas, Oklahoma City, San Diego and Fort Worth, Texas, 36 percent of the 280 men implicated in a domestic slaying had a previous restraining order against them or had been convicted of domestic abuse or a violent crime, including murder, the Post found. In St. Louis, 48 of 148 women killed from 2007 to 2017 were murdered by an intimate partner, according to the Post’s analysis.


Slayings of intimate partners often are especially brutal, involving close encounters such as stabbings, strangulation and beatings, the Post’s analysis found. Nearly a quarter of the 2,051 women killed by intimate partners were stabbed, compared with fewer than 10 percent of all other homicides. Eighteen percent of women who were killed by partners were attacked with a blunt object or no weapon, compared with 8 percent of other homicide victims. While a gun was used in 80 percent of all other murders, just over half of all women killed as a result of domestic violence were attacked with a gun. Violent choking is almost entirely confined to fatal domestic attacks on women — while fewer than 1 percent of all homicides result from strangulation, 6 percent of women killed by intimate partners die in this manner, the Post found. It’s also a warning sign. Those who attempt to strangle an intimate partner are far more likely to later commit extreme acts of violence, police and researchers say, and many in law enforcement believe it to be a strong indicator that an abusive relationship could turn fatal. Domestic violence cases are complex, often involving victims who are reluctant to report abuse for fear of further angering their abusers or losing their financial support. Those who do seek help often encounter fractured legal networks and a lack of cohesive support. Many victims are killed even after police and courts have stepped in. The analysis of domestic slayings draws on public records and news reports, and it probably understates how often American women are killed by boyfriends, husbands and ex-partners because some cities offer scant information about their homicide cases. The tally counts murder-suicides, which some prosecutors’ offices do not have in their data sets because, with the killers dead, there are no criminal cases to pursue.


The Post’s data aligns with recent research into the murders of women, including a report from Northeastern University criminology professor James Alan Fox, who used FBI data from police departments to find that 44.8 percent of women killed from 2007 to 2016 were murdered by an intimate partner. Fox also found that 5 percent of all men killed from 2007 to 2016 were murdered by an intimate partner. Fox said in an interview that it is difficult to determine what actions might lead from abuse to fatal violence, noting that many people exhibit behaviors that might be red flags for potentially deadly attacks but never go on to kill. “There are numerous motives for intimate-partner homicide,” Fox said. “Previous acts of violence ... a separation or divorce — these are all precursors, but they’re not reliably predictive. And that’s the struggle.” Authorities — and those who work with victims of intimate-partner violence — say the most glaring signs that a relationship could turn fatal are often elusive to law enforcement, including things that are obvious to those around them but rarely make the public record: death threats behind closed doors, easy access to guns, jealousy, separation or a breakup. “We have a lot of repeat victims and repeat offenders because, for example, it may be the victim’s only source of a baby sitter. It may be the victim’s only source of income,” said Lt. Amy Parker-Stayton,


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Minerva Cisneros, of Fort Worth, Texas, was shot and killed by the father of her children in 2015. An analysis of 4,484 slayings of women in 47 U.S. cities, including Fort Worth and St. Louis, found that 46 percent were killed by an intimate partner.

commander of the family violence and sex crimes unit in the St. Louis Police Department. “The victim comes back and says, ‘I love him; I don’t want to prosecute,’ and unfortunately, if it happens again, we revisit it again. And it may be too late. On the second or the third time, they may be dead.” Tracy Prior, chief deputy district attorney in San Diego County, said about 40 percent of the defendants in the domestic homicide cases her office prosecuted from 2007 to 2017 had a prior criminal record. “You wish you had a crystal ball, because no prosecutor wants to see the same perpetrator doing that again,” Prior said. But the most basic step authorities instruct abused women to take — filing a restraining order — can lead to fatal violence because involving the legal system often is a flash point. One prosecutor tells women who request an order to do so with a backpack and a plan. “It’s not a bulletproof vest,” said Karen Parker, president and CEO of Safe Alliance, which helps abused women in Charlotte, N.C., where half, or 60, of 119 women killed from 2007 to 2017 were murdered by an intimate partner, according to the Post’s analysis. “He can still come after you. It’s a legal tool.” And legally, there is not much that can happen until an order is violated. “That’s what people think they are supposed to do when they feel as though they are threatened or they are in danger. We tell them, ‘Get an order of protection,’” said Travis Partney, chief trial attorney in the St. Louis circuit attorney’s office, which prosecuted Whittier. “And she did,” he said of Jackson. “And she’s dead.” Domestic murders often occur after there have been many chances to intervene and abuse and violence have escalated. The abused — the one who must initiate a cry for help — often doesn’t want to participate in a legal process that will harm the abuser.

kins University, who developed the assessments. “If she’s at high danger and high risk and she’s told, ‘You are at high risk,’ that being told is an important part of the process,” Campbell said. “Women will oftentimes underestimate their risk of being killed.” Last year, San Diego was the nation’s safest of America’s largest cities in terms of violent crime, according to the FBI. But it has a long-standing problem with domestic homicides. The Post’s analysis shows that 51 percent of women killed in the city during the past decade were murdered by an intimate partner, the highest of any city analyzed. While some jurisdictions are focusing on the precursors to homicide, San Diego County has made headway in its focus on domestic violence by also carefully examining the slayings afterward. Each time a person in the county is killed by an intimate partner, representatives from law enforcement, social services, the medical field, schools and the military gather and try to determine where things went awry. The group is known as the fatality review team. The district attorney’s family protection unit, which covers sprawling San Diego County, said it prosecuted 94 domestic violence homicides from 2007 to 2017, though the number of domestic violence deaths in the county has dropped in the past few years. “All egos have to be checked at the door, and we’re going to look together as a community and ask: Can we prevent that murder?” said Prior, the chief deputy district attorney.

In Missouri, officials are just beginning to dig deep into domestic violence, and they are battling a pervasive problem that exists with all types of crimes: getting victims and witnesses to cooperate. St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner is lobbying to change laws that require victims to turn over a trove of personal information, including their last known address, when they seek a restraining order. “Our laws are very lax in how we protect victims and witnesses,” she said. The state created a domestic violence fatality review team for St. Louis last month, and the city started using the lethality assessment earlier this year. In the case of Ciera Jackson, there were eight possible witnesses outside her apartment building, but prosecutors got only one, her neighbor, to cooperate and testify at Whittier’s trial. The other witness was Jackson’s brother, Reggie, who was 11 at the time of the murder. He was playing video games in the apartment when the gunshots were fired. Normally, if there were gunshots in the area, Ciera would tell Reggie to get down, but he did not hear her. Instead, he testified, he found his sister’s body. A jury found Whittier guilty of first-degree murder and armed criminal action. His public defender, Erika Wurst, declined to comment on the case. On a Friday morning in November, Whittier, in an orange jumpsuit, his hands and feet shackled, walked into the courtroom of Circuit Judge Thomas C. Clark II for sentencing. Reggie walked to the witness stand. The teenager opened a piece of paper, held it with both hands, took a deep breath and read aloud. “You took a person who was like a mother to me, one of my biggest supporters,” Reggie said quickly, his face anguished. “If I could go back, I wish I could have stopped you.”


One of the biggest obstacles to preventing domestic violence homicide is the fractured system that aims to deal with domestic strife. In some cities, women often have to navigate multiple offices, disparate bureaucracies and opaque processes to seek help. When Kimberly Garrett began working as the victims services coordinator for the Oklahoma City Police Department in 2011, she was shocked by what she found. The onus was on victims to figure out where they needed to go for help, and women often had to drive all over the city — to a courthouse one day, a police station the next, a social worker a week later. Some women would just give up, Garrett said. According to the Post’s analysis, 47 of 104 women killed during the past decade in Oklahoma City were murdered by an intimate partner. Garrett worked to open Palomar, a onestop resource for victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse known as a family justice center, in February 2017. People began asking for help filing restraining orders, seeking criminal charges and finding social services before the building opened. There are 130 family justice centers nationwide, according to the Alliance for Hope, and they are open in at least 20 countries. Many offer counseling and child care and allow domestic violence victims to attend court via video monitor so they do not have to be in the same room as abusers, a shift that makes victims feel safer. “There are people who have been in the field for a long time, and they’re comfortable with the status quo, and they feel like agencies should be isolated,” Garrett said. “I think, at the end of the day, that’s made it really hard for victims. There’s unintentional consequences.” Advocates also battle the perception that domestic violence is shameful and should remain a private family matter. “Twenty years ago or 30 years ago, it was a hidden secret, and now we’re finding that it’s still difficult to talk about,” said Ruth Glenn, president and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. “We don’t want to talk about it until there’s an event.” Police departments across the country use a lethality assessment to gauge the danger a woman in an abusive relationship faces. They connect victims who score at high risk to advocates while still at the crime scene. The assessments consist of questions including whether an abuser owns or has access to a gun, whether the victim moved out in the past year or whether a death threat was made, said Jacquelyn Campbell, a nurse and professor at Johns Hop-

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A massive storm brought snow, sleet and freezing rain across a wide swath of the South on Sunday — causing dangerously icy roads, immobilizing snowfalls and widespread power losses. Governors and local officials in several states declared emergencies ahead of the storm crossing several Southern states, which hit portions of North Carolina and Virginia particularly hard. The National Weather Service said a “prolonged period of snow” would last until Monday in the region. Some areas of North Carolina and Virginia saw more than a foot of snow by Sunday afternoon. More than 300,000 power outages were reported in North Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

Funeral held for ‘Baby Jane Doe’ • Dozens of people bearing flowers or stuffed animals attended a funeral for a newborn girl found dead last summer along a Southern California highway. Authorities in Riverside County continue to investigate the death of the baby whose identity remains a mystery. The service on Thursday was organized in part by police officers and firefighters, the Press-Enterprise reported. The girl known as “Baby Jane Doe” was discovered on July 27 in a cardboard box near Interstate 15 in Corona, east of Los Angeles. The coroner has been unable to identify potential family members through DNA.

Pay for private university chiefs rises again • Presidents of America’s private colleges and universities saw their pay increase by nearly 4 percent in 2016, with dozens receiving more than $1 million, according to a new report . The average chief made about $560,000 in total compensation, including salary, bonuses and benefits, according to an annual survey of 500 schools released Sunday by The Chronicle of Higher Education. It continues years of growth, including average increases of about 9 percent in each of the two previous years. Topping the list was Ken Starr, the former president of Baylor University, who left in 2016 amid a scandal over the school’s handling of assault accusations against football players. That year Starr received nearly $5 million, most of which came from a severance deal, according to The Chronicle. Following Starr were Lee Bollinger, of Columbia University,

Woman revived after being found pinned at toll booth • A Michigan woman was resuscitated after she was found pinned between her SUV and an Indiana toll booth and a defibrillator registered no pulse. Witnesses told Indiana State Police the woman, whose name was not released, had stepped from the SUV Saturday night to retrieve a debit card she had dropped when the vehicle lurched forward, pinning her against the toll booth. Trooper Alaa Hamed found the woman — and with a toll attendant and a bystander holding her up — moved the SUV to free her. The defibrillator Hamed carries in his car found no pulse, so Hamed began CPR until medics arrived. She was taken to a hospital, where she remained in serious condition.

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Biden vows to stay engaged, offers no clues on presidential run • Former Democratic Vice President Joe Biden says he is going to stay engaged for the rest of his life, but he didn’t make any indication about whether he will make a run for the presidency in 2020. Biden made the comments Sunday during an appearance in Vermont that is part of his ongoing tour that is promoting his book “Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose,” which he wrote after the death of his son Beau. Biden spoke in the hometown of independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is also considering another run for the presidency. Biden said last week he believes he is the most qualified person to be president. Mother accused in son’s decapitation called ‘very mentally ill’ • The attorney for a Houston woman accused of drowning and decapitating her 5-year-old son says she is a “very mentally ill individual.” Lihui Liu remained jailed Sunday without bail after being charged with capital murder. She appeared in court Friday. The boy’s father found his body wrapped in a plastic bag and inside a trash can in the family’s garage on Nov. 30. Defense attorney George Parnham tells the Houston Chronicle that Liu, who is from Singapore, is unable to communicate and the “very facts of the situation speak to an action of irrational mind.” Parnham represented Andrea Yates, the Texas woman who drowned her five children in her bathtub in 2001.

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Tally of Russian contacts with Trump campaign rises again New filings connected with special counsel’s probe detail ‘unusual’ number of interactions BY ROSALIND S. HELDERMAN, TOM HAMBURGER AND CAROL D. LEONNIG Washington Post

The Russian ambassador. A deputy prime minister. A pop star, a weightlifter, a lawyer, a Soviet army veteran with alleged intelligence ties. Again and again and again, over the course of Donald Trump’s 18-month campaign for the presidency, Russian citizens made contact with his closest family and friends, as well as figures on the periphery of his orbit. Some offered to help his campaign and his real estate business. Some offered dirt on his Democratic opponent. Repeatedly, Russian nationals suggested Trump should hold a peacemaking sit-down with Vladimir Putin — and offered to broker such a summit. In all, Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and presidential transition, public records and interviews show. “It is extremely unusual,” said Michael McFaul, who served as ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama. “Both the number of contacts and the nature of the contacts are extraordinary.” As special counsel Robert Mueller slowly unveils the evidence that he has gathered since his appointment in May 2017, he has not yet shown that any of the dozens of interactions between people in Trump’s orbit and Russians resulted in any specific coordination between his presidential campaign and Russia. But the mounting number of communications that have been revealed occurred against the backdrop of “sustained efforts by the Russian government to interfere with the U.S. presidential election,” as Mueller’s prosecutors wrote in a court filing last week. The special counsel’s filings have also revealed moments when Russia appeared to be taking cues from Trump. In July 2016, the then-GOP candidate said at a news conference,

“Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the 30,000 emails that are missing,” referring to messages Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton had deleted from a private account. That day, the Russians made their first effort to break into servers used by Clinton’s personal office, according to court documents. As Americans began to grip the reality that a hostile foreign power took active steps to shape the outcome of the race, Trump and his advisers asserted they had no contact with Russia. Two days after Trump was elected president, a top Kremlin official caused a stir by asserting that Trump’s associates were in contact with the Russian government before the election. “I don’t say that all of them, but a whole array of them supported contacts with Russian representatives,” Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told the Interfax news agency on Nov. 10, 2016. The claim was met with a hail of denials. Hope Hicks, then Trump’s top spokeswoman, responded, “It never happened. There was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.” After Trump took office, in February 2017, he reiterated the denial. “No. Nobody that I know of,” the president told reporters when asked whether anyone who advised his campaign had contact with Russia. It is now clear that wasn’t true. Trump’s oldest children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, interacted with Russians who were offering to help the candidate. Ivanka’s husband, top campaign adviser Jared Kushner, as well as Trump’s campaign chairman Paul Manafort, his personal lawyer Michael Cohen and his longest-serving political adviser, Roger Stone, also had contact with Russian nationals. Veterans of past White House bids said that so much interplay with representatives of a foreign adversary is highly unusual. “This is different in kind than anything I have ever heard of before,” said Trevor Potter, who served as general counsel to Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign in 2008. McCain, he noted, traveled the globe as a member of the Senate, but his contacts with foreign government officials generally occurred in consultation with the

State Department and involved questions of policy — not personal business or his own electoral concerns. The number of known interactions has grown since last year, when The Washington Post tallied that at least nine Trump associates had contacts with Russians during the campaign or presidential transition. At the time, then-White House lawyer Ty Cobb said, “I think the American public can fully appreciate that those are isolated, obviously disconnected events, quite small in number for a presidential campaign.” Trump attorney Jay Sekulow declined to comment on Sunday. The president has repeatedly denied that people close to him coordinated with Russia, tweeting frequently, “NO COLLUSION!” Cohen, who had worked for Trump for a decade and urged him to run for president years before the celebrity mogul launched his bid in 2015, was focused on his boss’ relationship with Russia from the campaign’s early days. In September 2015, Cohen told Sean Hannity during an appearance on the Fox News host’s radio program that there was a “better than likely” chance that Trump and Putin would meet while Putin was in New York for a meeting of the United Nations General Assembly then underway. “People want to meet Donald Trump. They want to know Donald Trump,” Cohen told Hannity. Last week, prosecutors revealed Cohen admitted he conferred with Trump about the idea “before reaching out to gauge Russia’s interest in such a meeting.” Mueller said Cohen has corrected past misstatements about “his outreach to the Russian government during the week of the United Nations General Assembly.” Court filings provided no new details about the outreach. Some outreach came directly from the Russian government. Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak met several Trump advisers. Trump aide Carter Page has said he was greeted by Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich in Moscow in 2016. People close to Trump also were twice offered damaging information about Clinton, a particular foe of Putin whom he blamed for fomenting protests against his regime while she was secretary of state.


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Vice President Mike Pence (left) is shown in 2017 with his chief of staff, Nick Ayers, who said Sunday that he will leave the White House at the end of 2018. BY ZEKE MILLER • associated Press

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pick to replace chief of staff John Kelly, Nick Ayers, is out of contention to fill the role. Ayers, who is chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, was seen as the favorite for the job when Trump announced Saturday that Kelly would leave around the end of the year. But a White House official said Sunday that Trump and Ayers could not reach agreement on Ayers’ length of service and that he would instead assist the president from outside the administration. Ayers confirmed the decision in a tweet Sunday, thanking Trump and Pence for giving him the opportunity to work in the White House. “I will be departing at the end of the year but will work with the #MAGA team to advance the cause,” he said. It was not immediately clear whether Trump had a new favorite for the post. The official was not authorized to discuss the personnel issue by name and spoke on condition of anonymity. Ayers, who previously served as an adviser to former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ election campaign, and Trump had discussed the job for months. The new hire was to be key to a West Wing reshuffling to shift focus toward the 2020 re-election campaign and the challenge of governing with Democrats in control of the House. Trump wants his next chief of staff to hold the job through the 2020 election, the official said. Ayers, who has young triplets, had long planned to leave the administration at the end of the year, and had only agreed to serve in an interim basis through next spring. Ayers will run a pro-Trump super PAC, according to a person familiar with his plans who was not authorized to discuss them by name. Trump said Saturday that he expected to announce a replacement for Kelly in a day or two. With Ayers out of the running, Trump is considering four candidates for the post, including Office of Management and Budget director Mick Mulvaney, according to a person familiar with the president’s thinking. Kelly, whose last day on the job is set to be Jan. 2, had been credited with imposing order on a chaotic West Wing after his arrival in June 2017 from his post as homeland security secretary. But his iron first also alienated some Trump allies, and over time he grew isolated, with a diminished role.

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Wisconsin Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Sunday that he may take legal action to block Republicans’ lame-duck measures to limit his authority upon taking office, calling their effort “a mistake.” “I’m not making any promises one way or the other, but we’re looking at all issues, all options on the table,” Evers, a Democrat, said in an interview on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” “I need to stand up for the people of Wisconsin. There’s 2.6 million people that voted in this last election, and they expect me to do that. So we’re going to pursue this.” Evers said that he had urged Republican Gov. Scott Walker to veto the bills but that Walker was “noncommittal.” Walker has previously signaled support for the measures. “It’s around Scott Walker’s legacy. He has the opportunity to change this and actually validate the will of the people that voted on Nov. 6. ... The entire thing is a mess. It’s a hot mess,” Evers said. The measures, which were passed by the Republican-led state legislature last week amid a wave of protests, would consolidate power in the legislative branch and strip it from Evers and Democratic Attorney General-elect Josh Kaul. The legislative package would also limit early voting, which has helped Democrats, and would take away from the governor the power to withdraw the state from a lawsuit, allowing lawmakers to make that decision instead. That proposal, critics say, is aimed at ensuring that Wisconsin remains part of a multistate Republican challenge to the Affordable Care Act. Republicans have argued that the lame-duck legislation is aimed at properly balancing the powers of the branches of gov-


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ernment. But Evers suggested Sunday that the effort was a political power grab by Republicans. “If Scott Walker had won this election — and he did not; I did — we wouldn’t be sitting here talking about this today,” Evers said, accusing Republicans of “trying to invalidate the will of the people.” A similar effort is underway by GOP lawmakers in Michigan, where three Democrats — Gov.elect Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General-elect Dana Nessel and Secretary of State-elect Jocelyn Benson — are set to take office in January. The moves in both states have drawn comparisons to Republican efforts in North Carolina in 2016, when lawmakers pushed through legislation limiting the authority of the state’s Democratic governor-elect, triggering a legal battle that resulted in a loss for the Republicans. In more than 20 tweets on Saturday, Walker defended his legacy as governor, arguing that his efforts on the economy, education, health care and other issues had left Wisconsin on a better footing than when he took office in 2011.

Nadler joined other lawmakers on Sunday’s television interview programs in citing the need for greater clarity to emerge from the wide-ranging Justice Department investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, who is looking into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential campaign and whether Trump’s team coordinated with the Russians. A separate federal case in New York also focuses on Trump associates. Despite the bipartisan calls for the process to play itself out, however, members of both parties suggested that the latest court documents marked a distinct milestone in the president’s deepening legal woes. “Let’s be clear: We have reached a new level in the investigation,” Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said on ABC’s “This Week.” In a filing in New York, federal prosecutors asserted that shortly before the 2016 election, Trump directed Michael Cohen, then his personal lawyer and “fixer,” to arrange hush-money payments to pornographic actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in an attempt to conceal extramarital affairs. Both women said they had sexual liaisons with Trump more than a decade ago, and prosecutors say the payments were intended to short-circuit any harm to Trump’s presidential bid. Meanwhile, Mueller’s investigators wrote in their filings of previously undisclosed contacts between Russians and Cohen, including one at Trump’s direction. That marked the latest challenge to Trump’s longstanding denials of any “collusion.” Allies continued to defend the president, although at least one prominent Republican, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, warned that Trump could imperil himself even further if he moves to pardon his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort.

Speaking on ABC, Rubio said he would “advise strongly” against such a pardon. “I believe it would be a terrible mistake,” he said. “Pardons should be used judicially. They’re used for cases with extraordinary circumstances. I haven’t heard that the White House is thinking about doing it. I know he hasn’t ruled it out.” Manafort was convicted on eight charges of tax evasion and bank fraud related to his previous work in Ukraine. After pleading guilty to two charges of conspiracy and agreeing to cooperate, he repeatedly lied to Mueller’s investigators after agreeing to cooperate, the special counsel’s team said. He faces a heavy sentence for the crimes. Nadler said on CNN that details in last week’s court filings suggested that Trump was “at the center of a massive fraud” perpetrated against American voters. “They would be impeachable offenses,” Nadler said. But he said of the alleged illegal hushmoney payments, “Whether they are important enough to justify an impeachment is a different question.” Sen. Angus King, a Maine independent who caucuses with the Senate Democrats, pointed out on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that an impeachment is very different from a criminal prosecution. If such proceedings were initiated against Trump, he said, “at least a third of the country would think it was just political revenge.” King described impeachment as a “last resort” but said the filing in the Cohen case implicated the president in committing a felony. “The key phrase for me is ‘directed by’ President Trump,” he said. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a frequent ally of the president, played down the hush-money payments, suggesting that campaign finance violations were largely a technicality. “If we’re going to prosecute people and put them in jail for

campaign finance, we’re going to have a banana republic,” he said on “Meet the Press.” In January, control of the House — along with its key committee chairmanships and subpoena powers — will come into Democrats’ hands in the wake of their party’s midterm election gains. Democrats have accused their Republican counterparts of serving as a bulwark for Trump, ensuring a lack of congressional oversight and executive accountability. “The new Congress will not try to shield the president,” Nadler said. Another incoming committee chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., called the extent of Trump’s potential legal exposure “breathtaking.” While Justice Department guidelines rule out the indictment of a sitting president, Schiff, a former prosecutor, said there was “a very real prospect” that Trump could be indicted as soon as he leaves office. Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Schiff said Trump might be the first president “in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.” He added, however, “I think we need to see the full picture” to determine whether impeachment proceedings would be warranted, let alone other measures. Trump has denied any wrongdoing, claiming in a tweet Saturday that the latest court filings in fact vindicated him. That prompted head-scratching among legal experts, including the lawyer married to White House aide Kellyanne Conway, George Conway, who said the prosecutors’ assertions posed a significant new legal threat. On Sunday, Trump was back to raging on Twitter at a familiar target, former FBI Director James Comey, whose firing by Trump in May 2017 led to the appointment of Mueller as special counsel. Without providing evidence, the president accused the ex-director of lying to Congress during testimony last week.


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No one’s enemy Trump’s continued demonization of the news media is un-American and dangerous.


whips up an anti-press mob mentality. hen President Donald Little doubt remains that Saudi Crown Trump last week took to Prince Mohammed bin Salman was Twitter to issue one of behind the murder of Washington Post his familiar all-caps anticolumnist Jamal Khashoggi. We may media rants — “FAKE NEWS — ENEMY never know why he thought he could OF THE PEOPLE!” — photojournalist get away with it, but is it possible he Joshua McKerrow of the Capital Gazette interpreted Trump’s “enemy” tweets as in Annapolis, Md., responded with a signaling a green light? What has Trump series of tweets honoring his late colleague, reporter Wendi Winters. She was ever said regarding the free press to make anyone believe he’d lift a finger? one of five Gazette employees killed in a newsroom shooting rampage in June by a man angry at the newspaper’s coverage. “Wendi was no ones enemy,” wrote McKerrow, as he recounted breaking down in tears recently while trying to cover an event at the Maryland governor’s mansion. It was a reminder that Trump’s constant, calculated attacks on the news media have consequences — not just for journalists but for our very democracy. Of the myriad ways PATRICK SEMANSKY • AP this president has A Capital Gazette newspaper rack displays the day’s front denigrated the norms page on June 29 in Annapolis, Md. of that democracy, none is as historically It looks like Prince Mohammed badly condemnable as his stance toward the miscalculated — not about Trump, who First Amendment. It’s important that has tried to shrug off this outrage, but America never gets used to it. about congressional reaction. Even Sen. That isn’t to say the media are or ever Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., generally a should be above criticism. They aren’t Trump sycophant, has strongly declared perfect. We’re all human. that murdering an American resident But Trump’s ceaseless attacks on for what he wrote in an American journalism have never been driven by newspaper cannot go unanswered. He legitimate grievance; his campaign is and Congress must follow through with designed to silence those who would sanctions. counter with facts his unprecedented As for all the other working journalists flood of almost-daily lies. That his choout there who continue shining light on sen phrase, “Enemy of the people,” has the darkness of these times, their misbeen such a popular one with despots sion was best summed up by McKerrow, around the world says it all. the photojournalist, writing of slain Did Trump’s demonization of reportreporter Wendi Winters: “I’m comforted ers help raise the Annapolis gunman’s that in a way she’s still with me, when I fury at the Gazette to the boiling point? do the work that she loved to do. JourWe may never know. But watch the nalism. Patriotic, truth telling, Amerifrightening treatment of working journalists at any Trump rally for an example can. We’ll keep on doing the work.” of what happens when the president

A new wage war Washington University comes under pressure to try a $15 minimum wage.


he Washington University Graduate Workers Union has a bone to pick regarding wages. The union has held rallies and protests this semester arguing that the university adopt a $15-per-hour wage scale with free child care to all hourly employees. That’s a big ask. The ink is barely dry on statewide Proposition B, which in January will cause Missouri’s minimum wage to increase until it reaches $12 in 2023. Business groups warn that disaster looms, particularly for small employers. Much as we support the push for all employers to pay a livable wage, the union might want to let the effects of Prop B set in before aiming higher. In response to the union’s protest, Executive Vice Chancellor Hank Webber notes that the university’s $12 hourly wage, plus health care benefits and tuition assistance, already far exceeds the state-mandated minimum wage of $7.85. Generous as that might be, the union is correct to question whether $12 an hour is enough. An exhaustive “living wage calculator” published online by Massachusetts Institute of Technology Professor Amy Glasmeier suggests that, in St. Louis, $12 an hour is only livable for a single adult with no children. Add a child to the mix, and the living wage jumps to $23.75, she calculates. That said, her figures assume the worker, not the employer, is paying for health care, which ranks behind food and housing among the top three expenses for

single parents. The university, which has a $7.5 billion endowment, currently charges students $69,839 a year for tuition, room and board. If any major employer in St. Louis were well-positioned to take the next leadership step toward a $15 wage, it’s Washington U. But as well-meaning as the union campaign might be, it seems premature. Too many Missouri employers are still trying to figure out how they’ll adjust to Prop B, and some have warned that they could be forced to lay off workers just to afford the pay hikes others will receive. Washington U. administrators might well decide in the future that they can shoulder the extra $3 an hour as a way of setting an example for other big employers in the state. The big question is whether the university has that kind of budgetary flexibility, especially as education costs continue to rise steadily. But with a $240 million megaconstruction project underway on the east end of the campus, the university will have a hard time convincing hourly employees that it can’t afford a raise. Still, it’s doubtful they’ll find a better deal anywhere else in the city. Webber, in his response, said that every community needs to make a determination whether to pay more than the law demands. Included in that determination is whether the Midwest’s top private academic institution wants to maintain its exemplary leadership position or wait for others to pick up that mantle.

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yOUR VIEWS • LETTERS FROM OUR READERS Eliminate cash bail to reform criminal justice system Regarding “Officers plead not guilty to assault on colleague” (Dec. 7): I am pleased to see that the four officers charged with the assault of an undercover police officer are facing consequences for their heinous actions on the night of Sept. 17, 2017. Still, the way in which the case has been handled highlights many of the injustices and inequities still present within our criminal justice system. Had the victim of this brutal beating been a civilian, I doubt the St. Louis Police Department would have notified the public about the matter, let alone discipline the officers. Even more alarming is the fact that these four officers have been allowed to go free as they await their trial, while thousands of people are detained every year solely for the fact that they are unable to make bail. While politicians like Kamala Harris and Rand Paul have advocated for an elimination of cash bail in favor of individualized pretrial assessments, there needs to be a push to ensure that the people who are being held are equitably assessed and given the opportunity to be freed before their trial. Otherwise, true criminal justice reform will be out of our grasp, and criminals like these four officers will be allowed to roam free solely because they can afford it. Chase N. Shiflet • University City

Bipartisan bill can help reduce carbon emissions The Energy Innovation and Carbon Act (HR 7173) is a bipartisan bill that has been introduced in the House with the critically important goal of reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent in the next 12 years. I’d like to state that again: a bipartisan bill to reduce carbon emissions. Climate change has finally gotten the attention of both parties, and even in this polarized era they are cooperating to do something about it. The bill will place a fee on fossil fuels that will start low and gradually grow and will encourage industries, energy companies and consumers to invest in clean energy sources. Given that companies such as Excel Energy are already committing to use 100 percent clean energy by as soon as 2050 (largely because it is cheaper than coal), this fee will nudge them further in the right direction. The money collected from the carbon fees will be distributed monthly, in equal shares, to the American people to spend as they wish — presumably on the higher energy bills the utility companies will pass on to them. The program costs will be paid from the fees collected. The movement to combat climate change and progress to clean energy is worldwide, and despite the anti-environment actions and rhetoric from the White House, the U.S. is finally starting to catch up. This will mean added jobs, an improved economy and better health for Americans. What’s not to like? James Lovell • Ballwin

Balancing on scooter isn’t the same as riding a bike Has anyone given thought to just how one remains upright when coasting downhill on a small-wheeled scooter? If you believe it is the same balancing technique as riding a bicycle or motorcycle ... well, not quite. Bicycles, and especially motorcycles, use the gyroscopic forces of the wheels at work for the machine and rider to remain upright. And depending on the diameter and size of tire, which give the rotating wheel the gyroscopic forces, the bicycle or motorcycle will be afforded stability. Physics will elucidate just how the forces translate and in what direction when a

force is applied to the axle about which the bicycle or motorcycle wheel rotates. This gyroscopic effect is very pronounced in motorcycles. The motorcycle rider will be taught to apply a handle bar force in the opposite direction to start the lean in the direction one wants to turn. With bicycles, the forces are much less. In the process of learning to ride a bicycle, the rider will develop this sixth sense of balance and actually use the same gyroscopic forces for balance. Which brings us to scooters and their riders attempting to maintain their balance with almost no gyroscopic forces to keep them erect, attempting to stay upright using the instincts learned from riding bicycles. Good luck. At least a 6- or 7-year-old has a much lower center of gravity, which in turn doesn’t require supreme balancing techniques. Dale Rust • Bethalto

Milbank is right about Trump not measuring up I read Dana Milbank’s column “George H.W. Bush’s funeral was a powerful renunciation of Trump” (Dec. 7), and it is right on. Unfortunately, I doubt if President Donald Trump will ever see it and, if so, would not be smart enough to understand the difference between him and the late President Bush. Our current president does not want to be president but rather a dictator. He could never measure up to any president, Republican or Democrat. Bob Rubin • Creve Coeur

Bush displayed personal warmth Everything you hear about the personal warmth of President George H.W. Bush is true. My late cousin Victor Gold was a speechwriter for President Bush. When my grandfather had an operation, he received a call from the White House. It was President Bush, personally calling to see how Vic’s Uncle Buddy was faring. What a mensch! Norman Newmark • Frontenac

Serving dairy milk undermines school nutrition programs There is a silent crisis occurring in our schools, and children from low-income families are the victims. Each day that the children participate in the school breakfast program, they are provided with dairy milk — even though this substance is known to cause significant health issues. Dairy consumption has been linked to several serious ailments, including diabetes; bone damage; and colorectal, prostate and ovarian cancers. It is no wonder that Harvard University removed dairy from its nutrition recommendation guide. Further, many children of color are lactoseintolerant, which causes those who are to experience stomach pain, bloating, gas and diarrhea upon consuming dairy. The purpose of the school breakfast program is to improve the nutrition and school readiness of particularly vulnerable children. This goal is undermined by the inclusion of dairy in the program. While the dairy lobby is extremely powerful and has a history of influencing government to do its bidding, it is unacceptable that children are now the victims. Schools would do well to offer nutritionally dense and tasty plant-based milks to children in place of cow’s milk. With this simple but significant change, we will be improving children’s health and preparing them to learn. Aislinn McCarthy-Sinclair • Maplewood Read more letters online at

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A young mayor, his friend, and a fatal attraction to opioids Pennsylvania family never thought their son would become a drug crisis statistic BY MICHAEL RUBINKAM Associated Press

MOUNT CARBON, PA. • Brandon Wentz agonized over his resignation letter. The 24-year-old mayor of Mount Carbon had just moved with his family to a nearby town, requiring him to give up the office. Normally so good with words, Wentz struggled to find just the right ones to express himself. He felt like he was letting his constituents down. It was a small thing, that letter, but his inability to write it reflected the struggles Wentz had been experiencing of late. “You could just see the stress and sadness in him,” recalled his mother, Janel Firestone. Wentz finally sent a brief missive to the town secretary. Then he met up with a close friend, Ryan Fessler. They hung out in Wentz’s room for a while, and Fessler left. Wentz was dead by morning. The cause: an overdose of heroin and fentanyl.


Brandon Wentz poses for a portrait in February 2016 in Mount Carbon, Pa., after he was appointed the town’s mayor at age 22. Wentz’s family is speaking out about his sudden death one year ago from an opioid overdose at the age of 24.

A police investigation was launched into his death, and state troopers sought to question Fessler. But they would never get the opportunity. Fessler, too, would die of an overdose. Two friends poisoned by the same deadly cocktail; two families, left to suffer and to question who and how and why. Wentz’s death on Nov. 9, 2017, came near the end of a year that saw a record number of drug

overdose deaths. Two weeks before Wentz died, President Donald Trump declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency.” A synthetic opioid both cheap to produce and more powerful than heroin, fentanyl has flooded the illicit drug market in recent years. The drug was implicated in two-thirds of Pennsylvania’s 5,456 overdose deaths in 2017. Wentz’s family never saw it coming. “I would not have


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thought my son would be a statistic,” said Firestone, speaking publicly about the circumstances of her son’s death for the first time. Wentz had a lot going for him. Following his grandmother and mother into public service, the young man was just 22 when he became mayor of Mount Carbon, population 87, in Pennsylvania’s coal region. He was a doting older brother, a professional writing major at Kutztown University, a hoops fan who covered the NBA for a sports website. Universally well liked, he had a wide circle of friends. But Wentz had another side. His closest companions were aware he was dabbling in heroin. At some point, he befriended Fessler, whose own struggle with drugs started with the painkiller Percocet and shifted to heroin. “He wasn’t a bad person, he was nice, but he had his own demons, too, and demons will invite more demons,” Wentz’s friend, Brandon Radziewicz, said of Fessler. Wentz’s family, meanwhile, had no idea he was using opioids. What they could see was that his life had taken a turn. A few months after becoming mayor, Wentz pleaded guilty to DUI and lost his driver’s license, which forced Wentz to take a

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86, passed away Friday, December 7, 2018, in Vandalia, IL. Services will be held at 11 a.m., Tues., Dec. 11, at Bethel Baptist Church, Rural Vandalia. Vis. will be from 9-11 a.m. Dec. 11. Burial will follow at Prairie Cemetery, Rural Ramsey, IL. Frank was a Quality Engineer for the Bowing Co, St. Louis, MO.He leaves behind his wife Joan. Memorials: Bethel Baptist Church, Rural Vandalia, IL. Condolences at

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(nee Poliette) Fortified with the Sa cra men t s of H ol y Mother Church Thursday, December 6, 2018. She peacefully joined her one and only love Gerald Nieder in heaven; loving daughter of the late Clifford and Myrtle Poliette; mother of Tim and Mike (MicCrowley, Julie helle) Nieder; dear grandmother age 72, December 8, 2018. Services: Vis. Wed., Dec. 12, of Adam, Danielle, Melissa (Sam), Baue Cave Springs, 4-8pm. Svc. Thu., Dec. 13, Baue Cave Corey and Madison; dear greatSprings, 11:30am. (636) 946-7811 or visit grandmother of Cameron and soon to arrive Emmett; dear sister of Don (Sharon) Poliette Holzborn, Susan P. the late Roger Poliette and Jane Dace; our dear sister-in-law, (nee Kurt) Asleep in Jesus on Saturday, December 8, 2018. Lov- cousin, friend, and Aunt Mary to many. ing wife of Albert Holzborn; loving mother of Scott (Susan) Services: Funeral from Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Holzborn and Christy (Brad) Beech; loving grandmother of Ferry Rd., Wed., Dec. 12, 9:30 a.m. to St. Margaret Mary Sydney, Colby, Aiden and Macey; dear sister of Vicki (Jim) Alacoque Church for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment J.B. National Cunningham and Michael (Barbara) Kurt; our dear sister-in-law, Cemetery. In lieu of flowers contributions to St. Margaret aunt, cousin and friend. Mary Alacoque Church appreciated. Vis. Tues., 3-8 p.m. Services: Funeral at KUTIS SOUTH COUNTY CHAPEL, 5255 Lemay Ferry Rd., Tuesday, December 11, 10:00 a.m. Interment Shelton, Raymond W. "Ray" St. Paul Churchyard. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimer's Association appreciated. Visitation Monday, Passed away on December 8, 4-8 p.m. 2018. Services: Visitation Wednesday, Liberton, Thomas December 12, 4-8 p.m., Service 75, died Sunday, Thursday, December 13, 9:30 December 9, 2018 a.m. at Baue Funeral Home, peacefully and in 620 Jefferson St. Contact true Tom fashion, on his terms (636) 940-1000 or visit after suffering a ruptured AAA. He leaves his children, Dana (Carrie) and Steve; his grandchild r e n , B r a y d e n a n d L ee; h is brothers Kenny and Danny as well as his "favorite" sister, Barbara. After a career at AnheuserSher, Richard P. B u s ch as an electrician, Tom December 8, 2018. Beloved husband of Linda Zellinger Sher; proudly traveled the world. His dear father and father-in-law of Jenny (Jason) Lew and Amanda true passion was found on the Sher (Matt Wagner); adored grandpa of Noah and Molly Lew, dance floor so it was fitting that with music playing in the room, God took him to heaven. He Mallory and Sam Wagner; dear brother and brother-in-law of looked forward to rejoining his parents, Joe and Dorothy; his Jim Sher and Nancy Sher Cohen (Robert Cohen). dear brotherbrothers, Joe, Gary and Michael; and his dear friend, Barbara in-law of David (Meg) Zellinger and Mark Zellinger. our dear Dinges. He has many stories to tell, and for anyone who knows uncle, cousin and friend. A pioneer in alternative dispute resolution. Tom, they know he will keep them entertained for an eternity. The family will train a new Santa on Christmas Eve and look to Services: Funeral service Monday, December 10, 10 a.m. at Congregation Temple Israel, Ladue and Spoede Roads. No fill the silence Tom always created when he entered a room. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois, visitation prior to service. Interment Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Wednesday, December 12, 9:30 a.m. to St. Matthias Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions of your choice preferred. 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leave from Kutztown. His brush with the law affected him deeply. He was disappointed he let himself and his family down. Wentz had suffered anxiety and depression since high school, and those symptoms grew worse. Friends believed his heroin use became more frequent in the months leading up to his death. A distraught Fessler returned to Wentz’s house not long after his friend’s body was removed and promised Firestone he would “turn myself in.” Despite his pledge, Fessler did not reach out to police. He told his girlfriend that he’d supplied the drugs that killed Wentz. Consumed by grief, Fessler’s addiction grew worse. Early on the morning of April 16, he fatally overdosed on heroin and fentanyl, the same combination that killed Wentz. Firestone cried when she learned of Fessler’s death. She was sad for his mom, and frustrated that the truth about her son’s death might never come out. “I’m there,” said Kramer, Fessler’s mother. “I get it, I truly do. You wake up, you think about it all day, it’s forever there. You want to find out who gave it to them. ... You want to hate the one who handed your son the bag.” 314-340-8600

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New protests prompt address by Macron French leader has remained largely silent over crisis fueled by economic disparities BY ELAINE GANLEY associated Press

PARIS • Pressure mounted on

French President Emmanuel Macron to announce concrete measures to calm protests marked by violence when he addresses the nation Monday evening and breaks a long silence widely seen as aggravating a crisis that has shaken the government and the whole country. The president will consult in the morning with an array of national and local officials as he tries to get a handle on the ballooning protest movement triggered by anger at his policies, and a growing sense that they favor the rich. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said earlier on LCI TV station he was “sure (Macron) will know how to find the path to the hearts of the French, speak to their hearts.” But, he added, a “magic wand” won’t solve all the problems of the protesters, known as “yellow vests” for the fluorescent safety vests they often wear. Last week, Macron withdrew a fuel tax hike — the issue that kicked off protests in mid-November — in an effort to appease


A worker clears debris in a bank as a man watches through smashed windows in Paris on Sunday. Paris monuments reopened and workers cleaned up from Saturday’s protests that caused widespread damage.

the protesters, but the move was seen as too little too late. For many protesters, Macron himself, widely seen as arrogant and disconnected from rankand-file French, has become the problem. Calls for him to resign were rampant on Saturday, the fourth weekend of large-scale protests. “Macron is there for the rich, not for all the French,” 68-yearold retiree Jean-Pierre Meunuer

said Saturday. Retirees are among those feeling pinched by his policies. Labor Minister Muriel Penicaud dampened any notion that the minimum wage would be raised, telling LCI that “there will be no boost for the Smic (minimum wage),” because “it destroys jobs.” Paris tourist sites reopened Sunday, while workers cleaned up debris from protests that left

widespread damage in the capital and elsewhere. At least 71 were injured in Paris on Saturday. The economy minister, meanwhile, lamented the damage to the economy. “This is a catastrophe for commerce, it’s a catastrophe for our economy,” Bruno Le Maire said Sunday while visiting merchants around the Saint Lazare train station, among areas hit by vandalism as the pre-Christmas shopping season got underway. After the fourth Saturday of nationwide protests by the grassroots movement with broadening demands, officials said they understood the depth of the crisis. Le Maire said it was a social and democratic crisis as well as a “crisis of the nation” with “territorial fractures.” However, the president must also speak to protesters’ pocketbooks. Among myriad demands was increased buying power. Fre n c h m e d i a re p o r te d 136,000 protesters nationwide on Saturday, similar to the previous week. However, the number of injured in Paris and nationwide was down. Still, TV footage broadcast around the world of the violence in Paris neighborhoods popular with tourists has

tarnished the country’s image. Several tourists questioned at the Eiffel Tower, which reopened Sunday after closing Saturday, said they were avoiding the Champs-Elysees, Paris’ main avenue that is lined with shops and cafes and normally a magnet for foreign visitors. Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian politely chastised U.S. President Donald Trump for mocking France in tweets over the 2015 Paris climate accord, which the U.S. is leaving and which Macron has championed worldwide. “We don’t take part in American debates. Let us live our own national life,” Le Drian said in an interview on the LCI TV station. He said Macron had told Trump the same thing. Trump tweeted twice on the issue over the weekend, saying in one that “the Paris agreement isn’t working out so well for Paris,” referring to Macron’s predicament. Nearly 1,000 people were being held in custody after the Saturday protests, Paris chief prosecutor Remy Heitz said. Most were taken in for carrying weapons. Courts were working overtime to process the cases, he said.

China protests the detention of Huawei executive to U.S. ambassador


Chinese officials call action ‘extremely egregious’; issue could heighten trade tension BY CHRISTOPHER BODEEN associated Press


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7 are wounded in shooting near West Bank settlement Israeli officials say seven people have been wounded, one critically, in a shooting by a suspected Palestinian assailant outside a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. The Magen David Adom rescue service said the Israelis were standing at a bus stop near Ofra, a settlement in the West Bank, when they were shot. The rescue service says a 21-year-old woman was shot in her upper body and was in critical condition. The other wounded included two 16-year-old girls. The Israeli military says the shots were fired from a Palestinian vehicle. It says troops in the area opened fire and were searching for the vehicle. New Armenian leader’s bloc takes lead in election • Early returns from Armenia’s snap parliamentary election Sunday show the country’s new prime minister’s bloc with a commanding lead — an outcome that would further consolidate his power. Nikol Pashinian, 43, took office in May after spearheading massive protests that forced his predecessor to step down. Pashinian had pushed for early voting to win control of a parliament that was

dominated by his political foes. Full preliminary results are expected Monday. An ex-journalist turned politician, Pashinian has tapped into public anger over widespread poverty, high unemployment and rampant corruption in the former Soviet nation of 3 million. Poland’s president, Jewish leaders light Hanukkah candles • Polish President Andrzej Duda and Jewish community members have lit a menorah at the presidential palace to mark Hanukkah. A part of Poland’s tradition is highlighting the long history and role of the Jewish nation in Poland. Hanukkah candles are lit each year at the palace in Warsaw. Duda and the former Israeli ambassador to Poland, Shevah Weiss, along with the leaders and young members of Warsaw’s Jewish community, lit the marble-and-crystal menorah. Brazilian spiritual healer accused of sexual abuse • Ten women in Brazil have accused a self-styled spiritual healer of sexually abusing them at a clinic in the central-western state of Goias. The accusations against Joao Teixeira de Faria, known as John of God, were made Saturday night on the Globo

TV network. It was not immediately clear if Faria was being investigated by prosecutors. In a statement, Faria’s press office said: “John of God vehemently denies having committed any inappropriate behavior during his treatments.” Faria’s website says he has treated former U.S. President Bill Clinton and Brazil’s ex-President Luiz Inacio da Silva. UK leader warns of ‘uncharted waters’ if Brexit deal rejected • With a crucial parliamentary vote on Brexit looming, British Prime Minister Theresa May warned lawmakers Sunday that they could take Britain into “uncharted waters” and trigger a general election if they reject the divorce deal she struck with the European Union. May is fighting to save her unpopular Brexit plan and her job ahead of a showdown in Parliament on Tuesday, when lawmakers are expected to vote down the deal she negotiated with Brussels. A defeat in the vote could see Britain crashing out of the EU on March 29, the date for Britain’s exit, with no deal in place — an outcome that could spell economic chaos. From news services

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KATOWICE, POLAND • A diplomatic standoff over a single word could set the stage for a bigger showdown during the second half of this year’s U.N. climate summit. Negotiators took time out Sunday to rest after the first week of talks ended on a sour note the previous night, when the United States sided with Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait in blocking endorsement of a landmark study on global warming. “I think it was a key moment,” said Alden Meyer of the Union of Concerned Scientists. “The fact that a group of four countries were trying to diminish the value and importance of a scientific report they themselves, with all other countries, requested three years ago in Paris is pretty remarkable.” The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s report on what would happen if average global temperatures rise by 1.5 Celsius (2.7 Fahrenheit), and how to ensure they don’t go higher, was regarded as a wake-up call for policy-

makers when it was released in October. As diplomats wrapped up a week of talks Saturday, almost all 200 countries in Katowice, Poland, had wanted to “welcome” the IPCC report, making it the benchmark for future action. But the U.S. and three other delegations objected. “The United States was willing to note the report and express appreciation to the scientists who developed it, but not to welcome it, as that would denote endorsement of the report,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement. “As we have made clear in the IPCC and other bodies, the United States has not endorsed the findings of the report.” Russia, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait also called only for the study to be “noted.” While none of the four-oil exporting countries spelled it out, their objection to the report likely included its suggestion that fossil-fuel use needs to be phased out by 2050. Oil, gas and coal are major sources of carbon dioxide, which traps heat in the atmosphere. The 2015 Paris agreement set a target

of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), ideally 1.5 C by the end of the century. “A 1.5 C and a 2 C worlds are very different in terms of mean climate, extremes, sea level rise and climaterelated risks,” said one of the report’s leading contributors, Valerie MassonDelmotte. The higher threshold increases the likelihood of “climate change hot spots challenging basic water, food, economic security and the risk of irreversible loss of wildlife,” she said. Observers said the two Gulf countries’ objection came as no surprise. “The Saudis with their sidekicks the Kuwaitis have long been troublemakers in this process,” said Meyer. Russia’s intentions were unclear, he said, while the U.S. position appeared to be driven by what he called President Donald Trump’s “cavalier attitude toward science in general and climate science in particular.” Saturday’s floor fight casts doubt on whether countries will be able to reach consensus on key issues by Friday.

BEIJING • China summoned the U.S. ambassador to Beijing on Sunday to protest the detention of an executive of Chinese electronics giant Huawei in Canada at Washington’s behest, and demanded Washington cancel an order for her arrest. The official Xinhua News Agency said Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng “lodged solemn representations and strong protests” with Ambassador Terry Branstad against the detention of Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou. Meng, who is reportedly suspected of trying to evade U.S. trade curbs on Iran, was detained on Dec. 1 while changing planes in Vancouver, Canada. The Xinhua report quoted Le as calling Meng’s detention “extremely egregious” and demanded the U.S. vacate an order for her arrest. It quoted Le as calling for the U.S. to “immediately correct its wrong actions” and said it would take further steps based on Washington’s response. The move followed the summoning of Canadian Ambassador John McCallum on Saturday over Meng’s detention and a similar protest warning of “grave consequences” if she is not released. The Canadian province of British Columbia said in a statement Sunday it canceled a trade mission to China because of Meng’s detention. The announcement came amid fears China could detain Canadians in retaliation. Huawei is the biggest global supplier of network gear for phone and internet companies and has been the target of deepening U.S. security concerns over its ties to the Chinese government. The U.S. has pressured European countries and other allies to limit use of its technology, warning they could be opening themselves up to surveillance and theft of information. Meng’s arrest has threatened to increase U.S.China trade tension and shook stock markets globally last week. But U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” played down the impact of the arrest on trade talks between the two countries aimed at defusing the tension. “It’s my view that it shouldn’t really have much of an impact,” he said. Roland Paris, a former foreign policy adviser to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, said that Chinese pressure on Canada’s government won’t work. “Perhaps because the Chinese state controls its judicial system, Beijing sometimes has difficulty understanding or believing that courts can be independent in a rule-of-law country. There’s no point in pressuring the Canadian government. Judges will decide,” Paris tweeted in response to the comments from Beijing. A Canadian prosecutor urged a Vancouver court to deny bail to Meng, whose case is shaking up U.S.-China relations and spooking global financial markets. Meng, also the daughter of Huawei’s founder, was detained at the request of the U.S. during a layover at the Vancouver airport on the same day that President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, agreed over dinner to a 90-day cease-fire in a trade dispute that threatens to disrupt global commerce. The U.S. alleges that Huawei used a Hong Kong shell company to sell equipment in Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions. It also says that Meng and Huawei misled American banks. The surprise arrest raises doubts about whether the trade truce will hold and whether the world’s two biggest economies can resolve the complicated issues that divide them. Meng is facing fraud charges in the United States that could put her in prison for 30 years. The hearing will resume Monday.


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Blues follow up on shutout in Winnipeg with another clunker BY JIM THOMAS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

At long last, the Blues have found some consistency. Namely, they have consistently found a way to follow a quality win over a quality opponent with a brutal outing the next time out. Here’s the roll call: • On Nov. 16, the Blues won 4-1 in Las Vegas. The next day they lost 4-0 to San Jose. • On Nov. 23, the Blues thrashed Nashville 6-2. The next day they lost 8-4 to Winnipeg. • On Nov. 30, the Blues won 3-2 in Colorado in overtime. The next day they lost 6-1 to Arizona. • And now, Friday’s 1-0 win in



> 7 p.m. Tuesday vs. Panthers, FSM > Binnington is called up. B6

Winnipeg was followed by a 6-1 abomination Sunday at home against Vancouver. Yes, the same Vancouver team (13-16-3) that had won just two of its previous 14 games. Why does this keep happening? “Right now we’re not committed enough to what we want to accomplish,” Alexander Steen said. “You know, tonight it was a couple of unlucky bounces and See BLUES • Page B6


Vancouver’s Nikolay Goldobin (far left) is congratulated by teammates after scoring to make it 5-0 Sunday.

Thatch sparks Billikens Freshman’s four 3-pointers help SLU beat Oregon State

Smith elected to Hall

Saves leader is picked by special committee


Lee Smith had 478 saves in 18 years, 160 saves with the Cards. BY DERRICK GOOLD St. Louis Post-Dispatch


SLU guard Fred Thatch Jr. reacts after knocking down a 3-pointer in the second half of the Billikens’ 65-61 win over Oregon State on Sunday.

Bess leads Bills with 24 points, all-around play

Billikens need Goodwin to be old Goodwin

BY STU DURANDO St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Fred Thatch Jr. already had matched his season total of two 3-pointers Sunday afternoon when he found himself in the corner SLU 65 w i t h t h e after St. OREGON ST. 61 ball Louis Uni> 2 p.m. Sunday versity had at Houston, ESPNU squandered > MU women rally a 12-point to push past SLU at lead. Chaifetz. B3 The Billikens had gone nearly eight minutes without a field goal. Suddenly filled with confidence, Thatch didn’t hesitate to launch a 3-pointer that gave SLU the lead for good with five minutes left in a 65-61 win over Oregon State at Chaifetz Arena. Thatch’s breakout shooting performance and Javon Bess’ career-high of 24 points provided most of the offense on a day the Billikens again used defense to beat a power conference opponent. See SLU • Page B2

BENJAMIN HOCHMAN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

SLU coach Travis Ford shares a high five with fans in the student section Sunday after the Billikens improved to 7-2.

LIMITING THEIR WEAKNESS The Billikens’ best wins have all come in games in which they’ve limited their 3-point attempts. A game-bygame look:

W at Seton Hall (5-8)

W vs. Butler (5-15) W vs. Oregon St. (8-12)

Good win. But, Goodwin? Just five points for St. Louis University’s Jordan Goodwin in Sunday’s win against Oregon State. Where is the stat-sheet stuffer from last season? Where’s the wunderkind who had the likes of Larry Hughes and Erwin Claggett gushing on these very pages before SLU’s season began? “His game, he can be great,” coach Travis Ford said after Sunday’s 65-61 win. “A triple-double-type guy, rebounding, scoring as well as assists and things like that. And that’s what we need out of him.” The SLU Billikens, they can be great, too. But they can’t go to the next level without Goodwin going to the next level. See HOCHMAN • Page B2

LAS VEGAS • As it was with his signature slow, deliberate walk to the mound, it took Lee Smith a little longer than expected to get to Cooperstown, but it was always clear he belonged. Smith, who retired as the alltime saves leader in baseball and for the Cardinals, was elected unanimously Sunday to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by a committee that featured several of his peers. All 16 members of the Today’s Game Era Committee named Smith on their ballots Sunday, and longtime designated hitter Harold Baines received 12 votes, the minimum necessary, to join Smith as the first two members of Cooperstown’s Class of 2019. See SMITH • Page B10

Cards can afford to test their limits BEN FREDERICKSON St. Louis Post-Dispatch

LAS VEGAS • If you have the

wallet for it, you can find $2,000 poker games at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino on the right night. There are cheaper options available up and down the Las Vegas Strip. A true bargain-bettor might head downtown to Fremont Street, where the locals play. From penthouse suites to $35 rooms at the Flamingo, from fine dining to dollar buffets, this desert city is always willing to take your money, no matter how little you can afford to lose. The key to leaving Bryce See FREDERICKSON •Page B10


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Billikens respond to Ford’s challenge SLU • FROM B1

“I’ve been struggling with my scoring everywhere,” Thatch said after scoring 16 points and making four 3s. “I can really do this night in and night out, I just have to keep working.” Thatch threw in one more 3-pointer, an off-balance leaner to beat the shot clock two minutes later to help the Billikens (72) survive a near breakdown in the second half. The victory came on the heels of a poor offensive performance in a loss at Southern Illinois-Carbondale. Coach Travis Ford did a couple of things he doesn’t normally do in the wake of that loss. He had his players re-watch the entire game on their own and report their findings. He then emphasized the importance of the game against Oregon State (6-2), which had suffered its only previous loss to Mizzou. “I told our guys this was a big game, and I don’t usually do that,” he said. “I told them we needed this game. That’s not always a great idea, but coming off the last game with the mentality and demeanor we played with, I wanted to put some pressure on our guys.” SLU accomplished the win without guard Tramaine Isabell Jr., who was sidelined with a leg injury suffered in the closing minutes at SIUC. The Billikens won despite making 15 of 32 free throws. They turned in what is becoming a standard defensive performance, holding the Beavers to 39.6 percent shooting and forcing 17 turnovers. Bess limited Oregon State leading scorer Tres Tinkle most of the game as he scored only seven points until the closing minutes.

ST. LOUIS U. 65, OREGON ST. 61 FG FT Reb OREGON ST. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Hollins 27 0-5 0-0 0-2 1 4 0 Kelley 23 2-3 2-2 2-6 0 5 6 Tinkle 37 5-11 3-4 1-10 4 4 15 E.Thompson 38 7-11 7-10 4-11 3 2 22 S.Thompson 38 4-18 0-0 2-4 5 2 10 Reichle 20 1-3 0-0 0-1 2 2 3 Washington 8 2-2 1-1 1-1 0 4 5 Wilson 7 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Vernon 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Totals 200 21-53 13-17 10-35 15 25 61 Percentages: FG.396, FT.765. 3-point goals: 6-22, .273. Team rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 16. Blocked shots: 2. Turnovers: 16. Steals: 8. Technical fouls: None. FG FT Reb ST. LOUIS U. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS Foreman 20 1-6 3-5 4-6 2 2 5 French 34 1-6 0-0 2-4 3 4 2 Bess 38 9-16 3-7 0-4 2 2 24 Goodwin 33 2-7 0-0 1-4 2 4 5 Thatch 37 5-7 2-5 2-5 2 2 16 Gordon 24 3-7 5-13 2-5 1 1 11 Jacobs 12 0-1 2-2 1-2 0 4 2 Hankton 2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 200 21-50 15-32 12-30 12 19 65 Percentages: FG.420, FT.469. 3-point goals: 8-12, .667. Team rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 15. Blocked shots: 4. Turnovers: 15. Steals: 10. Technical fouls: None. Oregon St. 29 32 — 61 St. Louis U. 33 32 — 65 A: 6,853.

It’s the third time this season Bess has held an opposing leading scorer well below his average. He had five steals and also had enough energy to make nine of 16 shots. “It’s similar to last year,” Bess said. “I had to guard some bigtime players, but offensively I’m trying to be more efficient so I don’t get too tired on defense. But defense is something that comes naturally.” SLU had four players unavailable, making for a short bench. Dion Wiley (leg), Ingvi Gudmundsson (appendix) and Elliott Welmer (foot) joined Isabell at the end of the bench in warmups. The biggest surprise to emerge from those who could play was Thatch’s shooting. Entering the game he had made two of 17 3-pointers. The two he made included one that hit the back of the rim, bounced in the air four feet and fell through the net and one that he banked in.

But Thatch didn’t need any help from fortunate bounces on the four he made against Oregon State. “I told him he was putting too much pressure on himself offensively. Way too much pressure,” Ford said. “He feels he has to get in the game and prove himself from the 3-point line. I told him you have to drive it to gain confidence. That relaxes him from the 3-point line.” After building a 49-37 lead, SLU squandered its advantage by missing shots from the field and a string of free throws. Carte’Are Gordon got to the free-throw line repeatedly in the second half but made just five of 13. The Beavers used a 16-1 run to go ahead 53-50 with 6 minutes 15 seconds remaining. After a free throw by D.J. Foreman, Thatch connected from the corner to make it 54-53. He made his offbalance 3 with 2:29 left after collecting a loose ball. “It was huge because it was almost a turnover for me,” Bess said. “So, I’m just glad we got a shot up.” SLU had to overcome some problems to get the win. The Billikens were outrebounded 37-36, marking only the second time this season that has happened. They were credited with making seven of 21 layups. And they had 15 turnovers. But the defense continued to shine. “Every coach says it, but we are the definition of ‘defense wins games,’” Ford said. “Because nothing else was very good.” Stu Durando @studurando on Twitter

DIGEST Maryland beats Akron for men’s soccer crown

Amar Sejdic scored on a penalty kick in the 57th minute and 11th-ranked Maryland held off Akron 1-0 Sunday night in Santa Barbara, Calif,, to win its fourth NCAA men’s soccer title. Akron’s Colin Biros kicked Johaness Bergmann in the face pursuing the ball inside the penalty area, resulting in the penalty kick. Sejdic, the Terps’ senior captain, calmly converted the opportunity with a well-struck shot to the right as Akron keeper Ben Lundt dove to the left. It was Maryland’s first penalty kick goal in regulation play this season. Maryland (13-6-4) shared the 1968 title with Michigan State and also won championships in 2005 and 2008. Akron, coached by Granite City native Jared Embick, saw a ninegame win streak snapped and their season ended at 15-7-2. It was the third Final Four in four seasons for Embick and the Zips, who won the title in 2010 and finished as runner-up in 2009. (AP) Mizzou women’s basketball recruit Blackwell weighs options • Aijha Blackwell, a 6-foot basketball standout who has signed with the University of Missouri, said she is likely to transfer to Lutheran North or Cardinal Ritter sometime this month. Blackwell dropped out of Whitfield School last week after threeplus years there. She said her mother had trouble paying the tuition. Blackwell helped the USA Under-18 national team to the gold medal at the FIBA Americas tournament in Mexico City last summer. The three-time all-state selection is ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the country according to HoopGurlz recruiting rankings. Missouri coach Robin Pingeton said she still has big plans for Blackwell. “I just think she’s got some personal things she’s working through right now. ... We support her 100 percent,” Pingeton said. Blackwell, who averaged an area-leading 24.2 points per game as a Whitfield junior, is anxious to return to the court and classroom. She has to apply to the Missouri State High School Activities Association for the transfer but doesn’t expect any problems because her situation is the result of a financial hardship. (Steve Overbey) Kizzire, Harman capture golf event • Patton Kizzire and Brian Harman won the QBE Shootout on Sunday in Naples, Fla., eagling the par-5 17th and closing with a par for a one-stroke victory over Graeme McDowell and Emiliano Grillo. Kizzire and Harman shot an 11-under 61 in the better-ball final round to finish at 30 under at Tiburon Golf Club. McDowell and Grillo shot 62 on Sunday, making seven straight birdies on Nos. 11-17. (AP) Golf championship for Oosthuizen • Louis Oosthuizen won his first South African Open championship Sunday in Johannesburg, shooting a 4-under 67 for a six-shot victory. The South African star finished at 18-under 266 at Randpark for his ninth European Tour title and first in nearly three years. He eagled the 14th and was emotional and holding back tears speaking on the 18th green. (AP) Lomachenko wins second boxing title • Boxer Vasiliy Lomachenko picked up his second lightweight title late Saturday night in New York City, wearing down Jose Pedraza to win by unanimous decision. Lomachenko (12-1) knocked down Pedraza (25-2) twice in the 11th round and though he couldn’t finish him, won easily to add the WBO title to the WBA belt he picked up in May. (AP)

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SLU sophomore Jordan Goodwin goes to the basket between a pair of Oregon State defenders on Sunday.

Billikens need more from Goodwin HOCHMAN • FROM B1

He’s making impacts, yes. His pacing as a point guard Sunday, with Tramaine Isabell hurt, was imperative. He played some stingy defense. And he corralled a rebound late, on the offensive boards, which helped seal the win for St. Louis over Oregon State. But his role isn’t a role player; his game is that of a gamechanger. And after a 12-point, four-rebound showing in the shoddy loss to Southern Illinois, Goodwin finished Sunday at Chaifetz Arena with five points, four rebounds, two assists and three turnovers. He only attempted seven shots, including one forced jumper that was hard on the eyes. “Jordan is a power player,” Ford said. “Jordan is a physical player — I need to do a better job of getting him in the post and getting him in different positions to score. ... I think he’s just now getting this rhythm back from the nose injury, (wearing) the mask. I’ve seen it the last couple days in practice.” Ford said he’ll do his best to get Goodwin going, but a lot of this is on Goodwin himself to create, create, create. Javon Bess has become exemplary at this. The senior makes offense when the offense is offensive. He carves space for mid-range jumpers. He plays unflappable basketball. In short, he’s doing many of the things Goodwin can do. Should do. This is not a proclamation of hopelessness. Goodwin, again, is

coming off a nose injury and, lest we forget, is only a sophomore. But all of his key stat averages are lower this year than last year. “It’s a little difficult for all of our guards for the fact that so many teams are collapsing on us, for the big guys, and it’s hard to get to some options,” Ford explained. “What we need to do is run some stuff to get him in the post, to clear out some areas. … I think if the game opens up a little bit it can help him a little bit.” For Goodwin, a lot of his game is finding control in chaos. His speed and quick hands often lead him into the lane, or on the fastbreak. But he’s not consistent in those whirlwind scenarios. No flow. Even when SLU and Goodwin scored on a particular fastbreak — nabbing their biggest lead of 12 — the passing was so wonky it was a wonder they even got a shot off. “We need to start scoring on fastbreak a little bit better,” said Ford, whose Billikens are 7-2. “I mean, it’s a circus half the time. You saw it tonight, Jiminy Christmas! At one point we were all laughing — like, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me.’” The positive is that SLU is still finding ways to win, even without a dominant Goodwin and even though the Billikens are seemingly at a disadvantage while on a fastbreak — and even worse when there’s no one actually defending their shots. Their free-throw percentage against Oregon State was 46.9 percentage. Not their fieldgoal percentage — their free-

throw percentage. They made 15 of 32. That’s Shaq-bad. But while the worst defense in St. Louis is played down the street at Enterprise Center, the best defense is played at Chaifetz Arena. Smothering. And Goodwin is indeed contributing to this. And an improvement from the Butler game, in which his defensive ineffectiveness sent him to the bench early. “I haven’t slept much since Wednesday (at SIU Carbondale),” Ford said. “That was bad. It was bad. It wasn’t pretty. … “I told our guys this was a big game (against Oregon State), and I usually don’t do that. I told our guys we needed this game. This is a big game, this is an important game and I usually don’t do that at all — it’s not always a great idea. But coming off the last game that we play and the mentality we played with and demeanor, I wanted to put a little pressure on our guys, and they responded.” Entering Sunday, Oregon State had a higher national ranking — No. 65 to SLU’s 72. So Sunday was a quality win, as the calendar creeps closer to Atlantic-10 play (SLU entered the day as the second-highest ranked A-10 team in KenPom behind Davidson at No. 70). SLU is on this journey toward the tourney — this is a Billikens team that can make the NCAA Tournament. They can’t do it, though, if Goodwin isn’t great. Benjamin Hochman @hochman on Twitter


12.10.2018 • Monday • M 1

Mizzou women stage late rally to push past SLU Cunningham adds 11 of her 18 points in 4th quarter BY STU DURANDO St. Louis Post-dispatch

After watching a 17-point lead evaporate at Chaifetz Arena, Mizzou coach Robin Pingeton had to admit that her team’s last visit was creating some bad memories. That’s when SLU rallied from an 18-point deficit to beat the Tigers in 2016. This time all the Billikens could do was tie the game Sunday before No. 23 Mizzou pulled away for a 74-62 win. The game was tied at 44 NO. 23 MISSOURI 74, before Sophie Cunningham ST. LOUIS U. 62 scored 11 of her team-high FG FT Reb MISSOURI Min M-A M-A O-T APFPTS 18 points in the fourth quarSchuchts 20 2-5 0-0 1-3 2 3 5 ter. Even after surrendering Aldridge 26 1-3 2-2 1-3 2 2 5 Chavis 15 1-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 3 the lead, Pingeton felt her Cunningham 37 4-11 8-9 1-5 8 0 18 Smith 38 6-16 0-1 3-13 4 3 15 team was going to be fine. Berg 7 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 1 2 “I felt good where we Tahane 18 5-6 3-4 0-0 0 1 13 Levy 24 4-7 2-4 1-2 3 4 11 were at,” Pingeton said. “We Roundtree 11 1-2 0-0 2-4 1 0 2 missed a couple of shots and Troup 4 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 20025-5515-2011-3420 14 74 had several empty possesPercentages: FG , FT. 3-point goals: sions. I think we’re a good 9-27, Blocked shots: 3 Turnovers: 9 Steals: 6 Technical fouls: None. offensive team, not great yet. But I felt we were in a FG FT Reb ST. LOUIS U. Min M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS good place. We just needed Wilken 21 3-6 2-3 2-4 0 4 8 Clark 29 4-9 2-3 1-5 0 4 11 to get a couple of baskets Frantz 30 3-6 1-2 0-4 4 4 9 Harbison 40 7-15 2-2 0-2 3 0 18 under our belt again.” McMahan 28 4-8 0-0 1-2 2 3 8 Cunningham scored six Flowers 11 1-4 1-2 1-2 0 1 3 Zars 22 1-2 0-1 0-3 0 2 2 consecutive points early in Lindfors 5 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Rice 14 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 3 the fourth quarter to push a Totals 200 24-52 8-13 8-29 9 19 62 five-point lead to 11. Percentages: FG , FT. 3-point goals: The loss ended a week in 6-17, Blocked shots: 1 Turnovers: 11 Steals: 3 Technical fouls: None. which SLU first played No. Missouri 25 15 9 25 — 74 St. Louis U. 10 18 16 18 — 62 1 Connecticut. The Billikens A: 3,784. Officials: Luis Gonzalez, were led by freshman Ciaja Bob Enterline, Natasha Camy. Harbison with 18 points. “I don’t think we ran out of momentum, but we didn’t score on four possessions and that takes a big punch,” SLU coach Lisa Stone said. “We went to the fourth quarter still in pretty good shape but couldn’t get stops or knock down shots. I give our kids a lot of credit for gutting it out the whole time.” Mizzou (8-2) led 29-12 early in the second quarter before SLU cut the margin to 12 at halftime. The Billikens (4-6) started the second half with a 16-4 run to catch the Tigers but never were able to take the lead. “It was two years ago we were up 18 and they came back and gave us one heck of a gut-wrenching loss,” Pingeton said. “That was in the back of our minds.” Amber Smith added 15 points and 13 rebounds for Mizzou. Myia Clark had 11 points for SLU. Stu Durando @studurando on Twitter



Vols knock off Gonzaga

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Tennessee lost the reigning SEC player of the year down the stretch against the nation’s top-ranked team. The Vols still had the Admiral to lead them. Admiral Schofield hit a 3-pointer with 24 seconds left and scored 25 of his 30 points in the second half, helping No. 7 Tennessee knock off top-ranked Gonzaga 76-73 in the Colangelo Classic on Sunday in Phoenix. “Our team really executed in the second half,” Schofield said. “A lot of good looks for a lot of guys and anyone could have knocked down those shots, we have so many talented people on this team.” Tennessee (7-1) jumped on Gonzaga early and fought back from a nine-point, second-half deficit. Reigning SEC player of the year Grant Williams fouled out with 2:30 left, but the Vols went up two when Schofield banked in a 3-pointer with 80 seconds left. After Rui Hachimura tied it with two free throws, Schofield hit a long 3 and Tennessee held on for its first win over a No. 1 team — fifth overall — since beating Kansas in 2010. Gonzaga (9-1) had two shots at a tying 3-pointer, but Zach Norvell Jr. and Hachimura missed. Hachimura and Brandon Clarke had 21 points each for the Bulldogs. No. 4 Virginia 57, VCU 49 • Kyle Guy and Ty Jerome combined to score 29 points as Virginia held off Virginia Commonwealth. Guy scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half, while Jerome put up 11 of his 14 after the break. Virginia (9-0) missed 13 of its first 15 shots after the break and VCU (73), coming off its road upset of Texas on Wednesday, led 37-36 midway through the second half. Isaac Vann led the Rams with 10 points as VCU played its closest contest with Virginia since its 59-56 victory in 2013. Since then, the Cavaliers have won three straight. Kihei Clark played with a cast on his injured left wrist but still started the game and logged 33 minutes, scoring nine points and dishing out four assists for Virginia.


Tennessee’s Admiral Schofield (right) puts up a go-ahead shot against Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke during the second half Sunday in Phoenix.

After the game, it was announced that Clark had a hairline fracture of his wrist. He’ll undergo surgery on Monday and is out indefinitely. No. 15 Virginia Tech 81, South Carolina State 44 • Nickeil AlexanderWalker scored 19 points to lead Virginia Tech. Alexander-Walker hit 8 of 11 shots, including three 3-pointers for the Hokies (8-1). Damani Applewhite led South Carolina State (2-9) with 10 points. For the first 15 minutes, Virginia Tech looked nothing like one of the best shooting teams in the nation. The Hokies entered the game ranked 10th nationally in field-goal percentage (51.4) and fourth in 3-point field-goal percentage (44.8), but they made just one of their first 10 shots and three of their first 20. Virginia Tech, though, stayed

consistent on defense and made 12 of 15 from the free-throw line until the Hokies could find their shot. No. 6 Nevada 74, Grand Canyon 66 • Jordan Caroline had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Nevada used a late run to finally shake Grand Canyon in the Colangelo Classic in Phoenix. Nevada (10-0) had a short turnaround after playing No. 20 Arizona State late Friday night and found itself in what felt like a home environment for Grand Canyon. Spurred by the road version of the rowdy Havocs student section, the Antelopes (5-4) held Nevada scoreless the opening 5 1/2 minutes and were within two at halftime. Grand Canyon continued to keep the Wolf Pack within reach, rallying each time Nevada tried to pull away. Nevada finally put it away in the final two minutes.


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M 1 • MOnDAy • 12.10.2018


Cooper’s catches foil Philadelphia


The Cowboys’ Amari Cooper (center) scores the winning touchdown Sunday as the Eagles’ Rasul Douglas (right), who had tipped the ball, is dismayed by the turn of events in overtime. ASSOCIATED PRESS

ARLINGTON, TEXAS • Amari Cooper’s

impact on Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has been dramatic. The new No. 1 receiver for the Cowboys shook up the NFC East race, too. Prescott threw his third touchdown pass to Cooper on the first possession of overtime, and the Cowboys took a big step toward the division title with a 29-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. On third down, Rasul Douglas tipped the ball into the air by getting inside the slant route, but Cooper grabbed it and had a clear path to the end zone from the Philadelphia 7 for the 15-yard score. “I knew I had the slant route there, but I knew he would sit on it,” Cooper said. “I tried to sell the fade. It didn’t really work, but I just stayed with the ball and there you have it.” The Cowboys used almost all of the

Newcomer’s third TD grab gives Dallas win 10-minute overtime, scoring with 1:55 left. “I played it perfectly,” Douglas said. “I couldn’t get the other hand in there to get the pick. I tried to bat it down.” By winning the third overtime game in the past four seasons at A&T Stadium between these division rivals, the Cowboys (8-5) won their fifth straight game and took a two-game lead over the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (6-7) and Washington with three games left. Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz threw for three TDs, including a pair of tying scores in the fourth quarter. But he never got a chance in overtime because Prescott engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive. Prescott overcame two interceptions and a lost fumble to set career highs in completions (42), attempts (54) and yards passing (455).

“Helpless feeling,” Wentz said. “I’ve got a lot of lot of confidence in the defense. They were making plays today. We just didn’t do enough early offensively and that cost us.” The Cowboys dominated almost from the start, but let the Eagles stay close to set up a wild fourth quarter. Dallas, which would clinch the NFC East title with a win in Indianapolis next Sunday, finished with 576 yards, the most since gaining 578 against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973. Cooper finished with a career-high 217 yards receiving on 10 catches in his second game in the past three with at least 180 yards and two scores. All three of Cooper’s TDs Sunday — the others from 75 and 28 yards — were in the fourth quarter or overtime. Cooper, acquired from Oakland for a 2019 first-round draft pick seven games into the season, leads the NFL with 642 yards re-

ceiving since Week 9, his first game with the Cowboys. He had nine catches for 190 yards after halftime. The Cowboys went for it on fourth and 1 from the Eagles 19 in overtime and got it with a 1-yard plunge from Ezekiel Elliott, who had 192 yards from scrimmage on 40 touches — 28 carries for 113 yards and 12 catches for 79. Cooper converted a pair of third downs on the winning drive. The first one was big,too — a 12-yarder on third and 9 from the Philadelphia 40. “I was almost I guess I would say astonished that we were able to get that trade,” said Prescott, whose has seen a significant jump in completion percentage, yards per game and passer rating in six games with Cooper.“... We’re very, very fortunate.” Brett Maher set a Dallas franchise record with a 62-yard field goal on the final play of the first half and had three field goals. The game went from a defensive struggle to a wild fourth-quarter shootout.



KC guts out win Stout defense of Chicago in OT, clinches and trick play stymie LA spot in playoffs

Miami wins with ‘miracle’ TD on last play



KANSAS CITY • The fourth-down play was designed to go left, yet there was Patrick Mahomes scrambling to his right with a phalanx of Ravens in pursuit, his eyes trained on Tyreek Hill deep downfield. Mahomes heaved an audacious throw. Hill made an incredible catch. The Chiefs proceeded to score a tying touchdown on a pass to Damien Williams on another fourth-down play to force overtime. Then they watched as Harrison Butker booted a 36-yard field goal — atoning for a miss as time expired — and their maligned defense stuffed Baltimore to escape with a 27-24 victory Sunday. “You always want to be in a position to go win a game,” said Mahomes, who threw for 377 yards and two scores as the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth. “These are the best wins when you have to battle, when you trade plays.” The Ravens looked as if they might match Butker’s field goal, marching across midfield in overtime, but Ronnie Stanley’s holding penalty put them in a bind. Jackson then was sacked by Justin Houston and Dee Ford — and left with an ankle injury — before Robert Griffin III threw two incompletions to end it. “We played a heck of a game. Just didn’t get it down,” said Jackson, who insisted after X-rays came back negative that he would be OK. “We’ve got to regroup next week and get ready for our next game.” Tyreek Hill caught eight passes for 139 yards for Kansas City (11-2), including three in overtime to set up the eventual winning field goal. Travis Kelce had seven catches for 77 yards and a score. Jackson finished with 147 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens (7-6). Jackson also had 71 yards rushing in his fourth start in place of Joe Flacco . “We didn’t come here for no moral victory,” Ravens pass rusher Terrell Suggs said. “We didn’t come here to ‘do well’ against a 10-2 team, now 11-2. No, we came to win.” Ravens fullback Patrick Ricard apologized for racist and homophobic tweets that he made in high school and surfaced late Saturday, calling them “inappropriate and unacceptable.” He didn’t play.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. • The celebratory



Bears offensive tackle Bradley Sowell (left) is greeted after making a TD reception. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Eddie Goldman led a dominant effort by the defense, and the Chicago Bears shut down Jared Goff and Los Angeles’ high-powered offense in a 15-6 victory over the NFC West champion Rams on Sunday night. The visiting Rams (11-2) missed a chance to secure a first-round playoff bye and fell into a tie with New Orleans for home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs. But the Saints have the tiebreaker, based on a head-to-head victory. Goff threw a career-high four interceptions and was sacked three times, with Goldman getting to him for a tiebreaking safety early in the third quarter. Bradley Sowell became the first Bears offensive lineman in 11 years with a touchdown reception when he caught a 2-yarder from Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter on a trick play. “It was so surreal,” Sowell said. “When I caught it I couldn’t believe it. The Bears limited the Rams to 214 yards and two field goals from Greg Zuerlein. Todd Gurley was held to 28 rushing yards.


Seattle Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks is eager to get back to the normalcy provided by life on a football field.

The 28-year old Kendricks is returning from an eight-game suspension due to violations of the NFL’s personal conduct policy stemming from guilty pleas to insider trading charges in September. Kendricks pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud and one count of conspiracy to commit securities fraud. He has been allowed to practice with the team for the last two weeks, but was not eligible to play until Monday night against the Minnesota Vikings. “This is my escape,” Kendricks said Saturday. “Football is everything for me and to have lost that also was very hard. That also was probably the hardest thing, having to walk away from the game that I love, from a team that has accepted me. Just wanting to be here and not being able to hurt.” Football wasn’t the only thing he’s lost. He says he has lost friendships since his issues became public this summer. “Deep down, I’ll never truly know who is with me or not,” he said. Kendricks was released by the Cleveland Browns after the charges were filed in late August. The Seahawks signed Kendricks after a season-opening loss to the Denver Broncos as Shaquem Griffin and Austin Calitro struggled to replace an injured K.J. Wright at weak-side linebacker. He played in three games — making two starts — and recorded 15 total tackles and two sacks prior to his suspension.

mob scene in the corner of the end zone broke out far from Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill, leaving him in the open field, running and screaming as he waved his arms. Because he couldn’t find anyone to hug, he flopped to the grass on his back, the job done and the game won. “I collapsed — just the emotion of the whole thing,” Tannehill said. Sixteen seconds from defeat, Tannehill threw a short pass and then watched his teammates save the season with the “Drake Escape.” Kenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the final play of the game Sunday to beat the New England Patriots 34-33. With that, Miami lived up to its nickname — the Magic City. “They just made one more play than we did,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. And what a play. The Patriots were on the verge of clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins lined up at their 31 after a kickoff return trailing 33-28. “We had them right where we wanted,” Tannehill said dryly. “Not really surprised with how things turned out.” He threw a 14-yard pass to Kenny Stills, who lateraled the ball to DeVante Parker, who quickly lateraled to Drake along the sideline. Drake cut toward the middle and found a seam, helped by a block from guard Ted Larsen at the 30. Drake beat two Patriots to the corner of the end zone — defensive back J.C. Jackson and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was on the field as part of New England’s prevent defense. Then came one last pass to punctuate the play — Drake reared back for a celebratory heave into the stands as the Dolphins’bench emptied and teammates swarmed him. “Football is a crazy game,” said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for three TDs and broke the NFL record for career touchdown passes including postseason. He now has 582, three more than Peyton Manning. More on this game in “NFL Focus,” Page B6.



M 2 • MOnDAy • 12.10.2018


Cooper’s catches foil Philadelphia


The Cowboys’ Amari Cooper (center) scores the winning touchdown Sunday as the Eagles’ Rasul Douglas (right), who had tipped the ball, is dismayed by the turn of events in overtime. ASSOCIATED PRESS

ARLINGTON, TEXAS • Amari Cooper’s

impact on Dallas quarterback Dak Prescott has been dramatic. The new No. 1 receiver for the Cowboys shook up the NFC East race, too. Prescott threw his third touchdown pass to Cooper on the first possession of overtime, and the Cowboys took a big step toward the division title with a 29-23 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. On third down, Rasul Douglas tipped the ball into the air by getting inside the slant route, but Cooper grabbed it and had a clear path to the end zone from the Philadelphia 7 for the 15-yard score. “I knew I had the slant route there, but I knew he would sit on it,” Cooper said. “I tried to sell the fade. It didn’t really work, but I just stayed with the ball and there you have it.” The Cowboys used almost all of the


Newcomer’s third TD grab gives Dallas win 10-minute overtime, scoring with 1:55 left. “I played it perfectly,” Douglas said. “I couldn’t get the other hand in there to get the pick. I tried to bat it down.” By winning the third overtime game in the past four seasons at A&T Stadium between these division rivals, the Cowboys (8-5) won their fifth straight game and took a two-game lead over the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles (6-7) and Washington with three games left. Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz threw for three TDs, including a pair of tying scores in the fourth quarter. But he never got a chance in overtime because Prescott engineered a 13-play, 75-yard drive. Prescott overcame two interceptions and a lost fumble to set career highs in completions (42), attempts (54) and yards passing (455).

“Helpless feeling,” Wentz said. “I’ve got a lot of lot of confidence in the defense. They were making plays today. We just didn’t do enough early offensively and that cost us.” The Cowboys dominated almost from the start, but let the Eagles stay close to set up a wild fourth quarter. Dallas, which would clinch the NFC East title with a win in Indianapolis next Sunday, finished with 576 yards, the most since gaining 578 against the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973. Cooper finished with a career-high 217 yards receiving on 10 catches in his second game in the past three with at least 180 yards and two scores. All three of Cooper’s TDs Sunday — the others from 75 and 28 yards — were in the fourth quarter or overtime. Cooper, acquired from Oakland for a 2019 first-round draft pick seven games into the season, leads the NFL with 642 yards re-


ceiving since Week 9, his first game with the Cowboys. He had nine catches for 190 yards after halftime. The Cowboys went for it on fourth and 1 from the Eagles 19 in overtime and got it with a 1-yard plunge from Ezekiel Elliott, who had 192 yards from scrimmage on 40 touches — 28 carries for 113 yards and 12 catches for 79. Cooper converted a pair of third downs on the winning drive. The first one was big,too — a 12-yarder on third and 9 from the Philadelphia 40. “I was almost I guess I would say astonished that we were able to get that trade,” said Prescott, whose has seen a significant jump in completion percentage, yards per game and passer rating in six games with Cooper.“... We’re very, very fortunate.” Brett Maher set a Dallas franchise record with a 62-yard field goal on the final play of the first half and had three field goals. The game went from a defensive struggle to a wild fourth-quarter shootout.


KC guts out win Stout defense, TD catch by Miami wins in OT, clinches lineman, lift Chicago by LA with ‘miracle’ spot in playoffs TD on last play ASSOCIATED PRESS


KANSAS CITY • The fourth-down play was designed to go left, yet there was Patrick Mahomes scrambling to his right with a phalanx of Ravens in pursuit, his eyes trained on Tyreek Hill deep downfield. Mahomes heaved an audacious throw. Hill made an incredible catch. The Chiefs proceeded to score a tying touchdown on a pass to Damien Williams on another fourth-down play to force overtime. Then they watched as Harrison Butker booted a 36-yard field goal — atoning for a miss as time expired — and their maligned defense stuffed Baltimore to escape with a 27-24 victory Sunday. “You always want to be in a position to go win a game,” said Mahomes, who threw for 377 yards and two scores as the Chiefs clinched a playoff berth. “These are the best wins when you have to battle, when you trade plays.” The Ravens looked as if they might match Butker’s field goal, marching across midfield in overtime, but Ronnie Stanley’s holding penalty put them in a bind. Jackson then was sacked by Justin Houston and Dee Ford — and left with an ankle injury — before Robert Griffin III threw two incompletions to end it. “We played a heck of a game. Just didn’t get it down,” said Jackson, who insisted after X-rays came back negative that he would be OK. “We’ve got to regroup next week and get ready for our next game.” Tyreek Hill caught eight passes for 139 yards for Kansas City (11-2), including three in overtime to set up the eventual winning field goal. Travis Kelce had seven catches for 77 yards and a score. Jackson finished with 147 yards and two touchdowns for the Ravens (7-6). Jackson also had 71 yards rushing in his fourth start in place of Joe Flacco . “We didn’t come here for no moral victory,” Ravens pass rusher Terrell Suggs said. “We didn’t come here to ‘do well’ against a 10-2 team, now 11-2. No, we came to win.” Ravens fullback Patrick Ricard apologized for racist and homophobic tweets that he made in high school and surfaced late Saturday, calling them “inappropriate and unacceptable.” He didn’t play.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. • The celebratory


Bears offensive tackle Bradley Sowell (left) is greeted after making a TD reception. ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHICAGO • Jared Goff was born in California and played his college ball for California before beginning his pro career in Southern California with the Los Angeles Rams. The Golden State kid looked a little lost in the Windy City. Harassed by Chicago’s fierce pass rush all night long, Goff threw a career-high four interceptions in a costly 15-6 loss to the Bears on Sunday at a chilly Soldier Field. Several of his passes wobbled, and it was hard to tell where he was going on a couple more throws. The loss dropped Los Angeles (11-2) into a tie with New Orleans in the race for home-field advantage for the NFC playoffs. The Saints hold the tiebreaker after topping the Rams 45-35 on Nov. 4. The NFC North-leading Bears (9-4) bounced back from a wild overtime loss to the Giants and won for the sixth time in seven games. “For them to go out and do it (against) a team that had only one loss all year long ... is so powerful for our guys now because it helps us grow,” Bears coach Matt Nagy said. “It helps us grow with confidence. It helps us grow togetherness.” Goff and company had won three in a row since falling short in New Orleans, averaging 40 points during the streak. But Los Angeles’ prolific offense was completely shut down by the Bears (9-

4). Khalil Mack, Eddie Goldman and Akiem Hicks had sacks. Roquan Smith, Prince Amukamara, Eddie Jackson and Kyle Fuller had interceptions. Goff was 20 for 44 passing for a season-low 180 yards. NFL rushing leader Todd Gurley managed just 28 yards on 11 carries, both season lows. The Rams were held to 214 yards and two field goals by Greg Zuerlein. But he hit a 40-yard attempt off the right upright at a key time in the fourth quarter. “Tonight was a humbling experience for me as a head coach,” second-year Rams coach Sean McVay said. The Bears’ Mitchell Trubisky was about as bad as Goff. After missing the previous two games because of a shoulder injury, he was 16 of 30 passing for 110 yards passing and three interceptions. But it was good enough. Chicago went ahead to stay when Goldman tackled Goff in the end zone on the Rams’ first drive in the third for the Bears’ first safety of the season. They then used a trick play they call “Santa’s Sleigh” to make it 15-6, as offensive lineman Bradley Sowell hauled in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Trubisky after a fake handoff to defensive end Hicks. The Rams had a big opportunity late in the third quarter when John Johnson III returned an interception 35 yards,w to the Chicago 27. But Fuller picked off a wobbly pass from Goff intended for Josh Reynolds on the next play.

mob scene in the corner of the end zone broke out far from Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill, leaving him in the open field, running and screaming as he waved his arms. Because he couldn’t find anyone to hug, he flopped to the grass on his back, the job done and the game won. “I collapsed — just the emotion of the whole thing,” Tannehill said. Sixteen seconds from defeat, Tannehill threw a short pass and then watched his teammates save the season with the “Drake Escape.” Kenyan Drake ran the last 52 yards as the Dolphins scored on a pass and double lateral on the final play of the game Sunday to beat the New England Patriots 34-33. With that, Miami lived up to its nickname — the Magic City. “They just made one more play than we did,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. And what a play. The Patriots were on the verge of clinching their 10th consecutive AFC East title when the Dolphins lined up at their 31 after a kickoff return trailing 33-28. “We had them right where we wanted,” Tannehill said dryly. “Not really surprised with how things turned out.” He threw a 14-yard pass to Kenny Stills, who lateraled the ball to DeVante Parker, who quickly lateraled to Drake along the sideline. Drake cut toward the middle and found a seam, helped by a block from guard Ted Larsen at the 30. Drake beat two Patriots to the corner of the end zone — defensive back J.C. Jackson and tight end Rob Gronkowski, who was on the field as part of New England’s prevent defense. Then came one last pass to punctuate the play — Drake reared back for a celebratory heave into the stands as the Dolphins’bench emptied and teammates swarmed him. “Football is a crazy game,” said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who threw for three TDs and broke the NFL record for career touchdown passes including postseason. He now has 582, three more than Peyton Manning. More on this game in “NFL Focus,” Page B6.


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Raiders defensive end Arden Key (left) grabs Steelers QB Joshua Dobbs, who was filling in for Ben Roethlisberger.

Raiders, big underdog, upend the Steelers; Saints win NFC South; Colts halt Texans’ run Derek Carr threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Derek Carrier with 21 seconds left to boost Oakland to a 24-21 victory Sunday over visiting Pittsburgh, a decision that wasn’t secured until the Steelers’ Chris Boswell slipped on a potential game-tying 40-yard field goal attempt on the final play. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger returned from a rib injury that caused him to miss the Steelers’ first two drives of the second half to lead a go-ahead touchdown drive. His 1-yard TD pass to JuJu SmithSchuster with 2:55 to play made it 21-17 before Carr answered for the Raiders (3-10), who were 11-point underdogs. Roethlisberger then connected on a 48-yard hook-andlateral pass play, the final yards gained by Smith-Schuster, putting Boswell in position for the tying kick. But he lost his footing and drove the ball into the line, sending the Steelers (7-5-1) to their third straight loss. But they still have a halfgame lead over second-place Baltimore in the AFC North. Saints 28, Buccaneers 14 • Drew Brees threw for a touchdown and ran for one to help visiting New Orleans rally from an 11-point halftime deficit to win and clinch its second straight NFC South title. Brees shrugged off a pair of turnovers to throw a 1-yard TD pass to Zach Line, then scored on a 1-yard sneak as the Saints (11-2) avenged a season-opening loss to Tampa Bay (5-8) and now is on track for the top seed in the NFC playoffs. The Rams lost Sunday, in Chicago, and have the same record as the Saints — but New Orleans holds the tiebreaker based on a head-to-head victory. The Saints’ defense did its part after allowing two first-half TD passes from Jameis Winston to Cameron Brate, sacking Winston four times and limiting the NFL’s No. 1-ranked offense to 81 yards in the second half. Colts 24, Texans 21 • Andrew Luck threw for 399 yards and two touchdowns and T.Y. Hilton had 199 receiving yards to help visiting Indianapolis end Houston’s winning streak at nine games. The Texans (9-4) cut the Colts’ lead to 24-21 with a 7-yard TD pass from Deshaun Watson to DeAndre Hopkins with less than three minutes remaining. With the Colts (7-6) later facing a critical third-and-1 play at midfield, Luck drew Jadeveon Clowney offside to secure a first down and the win. Chargers 26, Bengals 21 • Philip Rivers threw for 220 yards and Michael Badgley kicked four field goals, including a 59-yarder, to spark host Los Angeles. The Chargers (10-3) had 160 yards of offense on their first two drives but just 121 the remainder of the game. Trailing 23-15, Cincinnati moved 79 yards in 11 plays, scoring on a 1-yard run by Joe Mixon with 1:50 left in the fourth quarter. The Bengals then went for a 2-point conversion and the tie, but Darius Philon sacked Jeff Driskel. The Chargers recovered the ensuing onside kick, leading to Badgley kicking a 45-yard field goal to push their lead to five points. The Bengals (5-8) dropped their fifth straight game. 49ers 20, Broncos 14 • George Kittle caught an 85-yard touchdown pass on the way to 210 yards receiving to boost host San Francisco. He didn’t having a catch in the second half and finished just shy of Shannon Sharpe’s NFL record by a tight end of 214 yards receiving. Kittle had seven receptions in all, on nine targets. Denver (6-7) never found a groove and its winning streak ended at three games. The 49ers are 3-10. Browns 26, Panthers 20 • Jarvis Landry caught a touchdown pass and ran for a score and host Cleveland damaged Carolina’s playoff hopes by sending the Panthers to their fifth straight loss. Baker Mayfield threw a 51-yard TD pass into traffic to Landry, who had a 3-yard scoring run and added a long run — on a similar call — early in the fourth quarter to set up a go-ahead touchdown. The Browns (5-7-1) improved to 3-2 under interim coach Gregg Williams. The Panthers (6-7) suffered a loss that will increase the heat on coach Ron Rivera. Giants 40, Redskins 16 • Saquon Barkley rushed for 170 yards, including 78 for a touchdown, as visiting New York romped. Eli Manning threw for three scores and Barkley gashed the Washington defense for 12.1 yards a carry. New York (5-8) intercepted Redskins quarterback Mark Sanchez twice, with Curtis Riley scoring on a 9-yard return in the first quarter. Washington (6-7) suffered its fourth loss in a row. Packers 34, Falcons 20 • Aaron Rodgers threw two TD passes as Green Bay won at home in its first game under interim coach Joe Philbin. Aaron Jones ran 29 yards for a TD in the third quarter, and the Packers’ defense clamped down after a gameopening touchdown drive to hand Atlanta (4-9) its fifth straight loss. The Packers (5-7-1) regained some swagger with Philbin taking over for Mike McCarthy, who was fired last week. Jets 27, Bills 23 • Elijah McGuire scored on a fourth-down run from the 1 with 1:17 remaining to hoist visiting New York over Buffalo. Both teams now are 4-9. Lions 17, Cardinals 3 • Darius Slay returned an interception 67 yards for a TD to help visiting Detroit (5-8) beat Arizona (3-10). Associated Press

Thursday, Dec. 13 Chargers at Kansas City, 7:20 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 Houston at NY Jets, 3:30 p.m. Cleveland at Denver, 7:20 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 Tennessee at NY Giants, noon Green Bay at Chicago, noon Detroit at Buffalo, noon Tampa Bay at Baltimore, noon Arizona at Atlanta, noon Oakland at Cincinnati, noon Dallas at Indianapolis, noon Miami at Minnesota, noon Wash. at Jacksonville, noon Seattle at San Fran., 3:05 p.m. New England at Pitt., 3:25 p.m. Philadelphia at Rams, 7:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17 New Orleans at Carolina, 7:15 p.m.

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Dolphins 34, Patriots 33

Giants 40, Redskins 16

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New England 6 21 0 6 — 33 Miami 7 14 7 6 — 34 First Quarter NE: Develin 2 run (kick failed), 8:13. Mia: Stills 7 pass from Tannehill (Sanders kick), 5:32. Second Quarter NE: Edelman 2 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 14:14. Mia: Bolden 54 run (Sanders kick), 13:26. NE: Patterson 37 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 10:32. Mia: Bolden 6 run (Sanders kick), 7:28. NE: Gronkowski 16 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 3:49. Third Quarter Mia: B.Butler 23 pass from Tannehill (Sanders kick), 3:58. Fourth Quarter NE: FG Gostkowski 32, 6:45. NE: FG Gostkowski 22, :16. Mia: Drake 52 pass from Tannehill, :00. A: 66,087. Mia NE First downs 28 20 Total Net Yards 421 412 30-77 21-189 Rushes-yards Passing 344 223 2-7 3-16 Punt Returns Kickoff Returns 1-30 2-38 0-0 0-0 Interceptions Ret. Comp-Att-Int 27-43-0 14-19-0 2-14 5-42 Sacked-Yards Lost Punts 3-47.3 6-28.3 0-0 2-0 Fumbles-Lost Penalties-Yards 5-30 7-81 Time of Possession 35:14 24:46 Rushing: New England, Michel 20-57, White 4-13, Brady 1-3, Develin 1-2, Burkhead 4-2. Miami, Gore 12-92, Bolden 2-60, Drake 6-24, Tannehill 1-13. Passing: New England, Brady 27-43-0-358. Miami, Tannehill 14-19-0-265. Receiving: New England, Edelman 9-86, Gronkowski 8-107, Gordon 5-96, Patterson 2-51, White 2-15, Burkhead 1-3. Miami, Stills 8-135, Drake 1-55, Gore 1-24, B.Butler 1-23, Parker 1-18, Amendola 1-10, Bolden 1-0. Missed Field Goals: New England, Gostkowski 42.

New York 7 27 6 0 — 40 Washington 0 0 0 16 — 16 First Quarter NYG: Riley 9 interception return (Rosas kick), 2:45. Second Quarter NYG: FG Rosas 35, 10:38. NYG: Barkley 78 run (Rosas kick), 8:42. NYG: S.Shepard 3 pass from Manning (Rosas kick), 6:21. NYG: Fowler 6 pass from Manning (Rosas kick), 1:48. NYG: FG Rosas 23, :00. Third Quarter NYG: R.Shepard 11 pass from Manning (kick failed), 5:38. Fourth Quarter Was: J.Johnson 8 run (V.Davis pass from J.Johnson), 11:56. Was: Crowder 79 pass from J.Johnson (Floyd pass from J.Johnson), 8:48. A: 57,437. NYG Was 19 12 First downs Total Net Yards 402 288 34-227 22-84 Rushes-yards Passing 175 204 5-51 2-(minu Punt Returns 0-0 2-58 Kickoff Returns 3-53 1-0 Interceptions Ret. 14-27-1 17-30-3 Comp-Att-Int Sacked-Yards Lost 2-22 5-29 6-43.0 8-51.1 Punts Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0 2-18 15-135 Penalties-Yards Time of Possession 30:09 29:51 Rushing: New York, Barkley 14-170, Gallman 14-38, Penny 5-21, Lauletta 1-(minus 2). Washington, J.Johnson 7-45, Thompson 3-23, Peterson 10-16, Marshall 1-4, Chesson 1-(minus 4). Passing: New York, Manning 14-22-0-197, Lauletta 0-5-1-0. Washington, Sanchez 6-14-2-38, J.Johnson 11-16-1-195. Receiving: New York, Barkley 4-27, Engram 3-77, Coleman 2-43, S.Shepard 2-17, Penny 1-16, R.Shepard 1-11, Fowler 1-6. Washington, Doctson 4-84, V.Davis 4-31, Thompson 3-15, Marshall 3-13, Crowder 2-87, Peterson 1-3. Missed Field Goals: None.

Philadelphia 0 0 6 17 0 — 23 Dallas 3 3 3 14 6 — 29 First Quarter Dal: FG Maher 28, 2:25. Second Quarter Dal: FG Maher 62, :00. Third Quarter Dal: FG Maher 21, 8:59. Phi: Jeffery 2 pass from Wentz (kick failed), 6:04. Fourth Quarter Phi: FG J.Elliott 26, 12:11. Dal: Cooper 28 pass from Prescott (Maher kick), 7:46. Phi: Goedert 3 pass from Wentz (J.Elliott kick), 3:12. Dal: Cooper 75 pass from Prescott (Maher kick), 3:01. Phi: Sproles 6 pass from Wentz (J.Elliott kick), 1:39. Overtime Dal: Cooper 15 pass from Prescott, 1:55. A: 93,127. Phi Dal First downs 16 32 Total Net Yards 256 576 Rushes-yards 14-34 36-142 Passing 222 434 Punt Returns 1-9 2-15 Kickoff Returns 1-36 2-27 Interceptions Ret. 2-46 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 22-32-0 42-54-2 Sacked-Yards Lost 2-6 3-21 Punts 6-46.0 2-51.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1 Penalties-Yards 5-49 11-111 Time of Possession 22:32 45:33 Rushing: Philadelphia, Adams 7-36, Smallwood 1-3, Sproles 1-2, Wentz 4-(minus 3), Clement 1-(minus 4). Dallas, E.Elliott 28-113, R.Smith 4-27, Prescott 4-2. Passing: Philadelphia, Wentz 22-320-228. Dallas, Prescott 42-54-2-455. Receiving: Philadelphia, Jeffery 6-50, Ertz 5-38, Goedert 4-44, Sproles 3-34, Agholor 2-49, Tate 1-7, Matthews 1-6. Dallas, E.Elliott 12-79, Cooper 10-217, Jarwin 7-56, Gallup 4-24, Schultz 3-37, Beasley 2-18, R.Smith 2-16, Hurns 1-9, Gathers 1-(minus 1). Missed Field Goals: Dallas, Maher 45.

Atlanta 7 0 0 13 — 20 Green Bay 7 13 14 0 — 34 First Quarter Atl: Ju.Jones 16 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 11:36. GB: D.Adams 7 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 7:11. Second Quarter GB: FG Crosby 50, 7:45. GB: Breeland 22 interception return (Crosby kick), 6:01. GB: FG Crosby 48, :00. Third Quarter GB: Cobb 24 pass from Rodgers (Crosby kick), 12:44. GB: A.Jones 29 run (Crosby kick), 5:51. Fourth Quarter Atl: Ju.Jones 12 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 13:34. Atl: Hardy 19 pass from Ryan (kick failed), :14. A: 77,329. GB Atl First downs 22 23 Total Net Yards 344 300 Rushes-yards 24-107 25-138 Passing 237 162 Punt Returns 1-14 2-0 Kickoff Returns 5-112 1-26 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-22 Comp-Att-Int 28-42-1 21-32-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 2-25 4-34 Punts 4-50.0 4-42.3 Fumbles-Lost 3-1 2-0 Penalties-Yards 13-101 6-37 Time of Possession 30:49 29:11 Rushing: Atlanta, Smith 11-60, Coleman 10-45, Hill 1-5, Ryan 1-0, Hall 1-(minus 3). Green Bay, A.Jones 17-78, Rodgers 3-44, J.Williams 4-17, Kizer 1-(minus 1). Passing: Atlanta, Ryan 28-42-1-262. Green Bay, Rodgers 21-32-0-196. Receiving: Atlanta, Ju.Jones 8-106, Sanu 6-54, Hooper 4-37, Hardy 3-30, Smith 3-14, Saubert 2-15, Ridley 1-10, Coleman 1-(minus 4). Green Bay, D.Adams 7-81, Cobb 5-43, A.Jones 3-28, Valdes-Scantling 2-19, Graham 2-13, St. Brown 2-12. Missed Field Goals: Atlanta, Bryant 53.

Baltimore 0 10 7 7 0 — 24 Kansas City 7 10 0 7 3 — 27 First Quarter KC: Dam.Williams 1 run (Butker kick), 3:03. Second Quarter Bal: Dixon 3 run (Tucker kick), 14:17. Bal: FG Tucker 28, 7:00. KC: Kelce 15 pass from Mahomes (Butker kick), 2:37. KC: FG Butker 24, :00. Third Quarter Bal: M.Williams 10 pass from Jackson (Tucker kick), 3:10. Fourth Quarter Bal: J.Brown 9 pass from Jackson (Tucker kick), 4:04. KC: Dam.Williams 5 pass from Mahomes (Butker kick), :53. Overtime KC: FG Butker 35, 4:42. A: 74,336. Bal KC First downs 24 30 Total Net Yards 321 441 Rushes-yards 39-198 27-94 123 347 Passing Punt Returns 1-55 2-13 Kickoff Returns 1-30 0-0 Interceptions Ret. 1-5 0-0 13-26-0 35-53-1 Comp-Att-Int Sacked-Yards Lost 3-24 3-30 Punts 3-52.7 3-37.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0 11-112 7-53 Penalties-Yards Time of Possession 31:27 37:00 Rushing: Baltimore, Jackson 13-71, Edwards 16-67, Dixon 8-59, Montgomery 2-1. Kansas City, Ware 15-75, Dam.Williams 8-14, Hill 1-6, Sherman 1-2, Mahomes 2-(minus 3). Passing: Baltimore, Jackson 13-24-0-147, Griffin 0-2-0-0. Kansas City, Mahomes 35-53-1-377. Receiving: Baltimore, Snead 5-61, Crabtree 3-31, J.Brown 2-23, Dixon 1-21, M.Williams 1-10, Montgomery 1-1. Kansas City, Hill 8-139, Kelce 7-77, Ware 5-54, Robinson 5-42, Dam.Williams 4-16, Harris 3-28, Conley 2-13, Dar.Williams 1-8. Missed Field Goals: Kansas City, Butker 51, Butker 43.

Lions 17, Cardinals 3

Bears 15, Rams 6

Colts 24, Texans 21

49ers 20, Broncos 14

Detroit 0 3 7 7 — 17 Arizona 0 0 0 3 — 3 Second Quarter Det: FG Prater 47, 9:35. Third Quarter Det: Slay 67 interception return (Prater kick), 3:03. Fourth Quarter Ari: FG Gonzalez 22, 8:14. Det: Zenner 1 run (Prater kick), 4:05. A: 62,014. Ari Det First downs 16 22 Total Net Yards 218 279 Rushes-yards 31-122 21-61 Passing 96 218 Punt Returns 3-8 5-26 Kickoff Returns 0-0 1-17 Interceptions Ret. 1-67 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 15-23-0 26-41-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-5 3-22 Punts 7-45.3 6-49.8 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 2-0 Penalties-Yards 7-68 8-83 Time of Possession 28:16 31:44 Rushing: Detroit, Zenner 12-54, Blount 12-33, Riddick 6-28, Stafford 1-7. Arizona, Da.Johnson 15-49, Edmonds 3-14, Rosen 2-3, Nelson 1-(minus 5). Passing: Detroit, Stafford 15-23-0101. Arizona, Rosen 26-41-1-240. Receiving: Detroit, Riddick 4-30, Ellington 4-17, Toilolo 2-26, Blount 2-18, Golladay 2-5, A.Jones 1-5. Arizona, Da.Johnson 8-12, Sherfield 5-77, Fitzgerald 5-55, Nelson 3-43, Seals-Jones 3-31, Tolliver 2-22. Missed Field Goals: Arizona, Gonzalez 54.

LA Rams 3 3 0 0 — 6 Chicago 3 3 9 0 — 15 First Quarter La: FG Zuerlein 27, 9:12. Chi: FG Parkey 39, 2:48. Second Quarter Chi: FG Parkey 31, 9:24. La: FG Zuerlein 50, 4:12. Third Quarter Chi: safety, 14:14. Chi: Sowell 2 pass from Trubisky (Parkey kick), 9:58. A: 61,695. La Chi First downs 14 17 Total Net Yards 214 294 Rushes-yards 13-52 35-194 100 Passing 162 Punt Returns 0-0 1-22 Kickoff Returns 3-59 2-20 Interceptions Ret. 3-83 4-34 Comp-Att-Int 21-45-4 16-30-3 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-25 1-10 Punts 3-48.7 5-45.8 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 9-57 6-45 Time of Possession 23:11 36:49 Rushing: Los Angeles, Gurley 11-28, Davis 1-19, Goff 1-5. Chicago, Howard 19-101, Cohen 9-69, Trubisky 6-23, Mizzell 1-1. Passing: Los Angeles, Goff 20-44-4-180, Hekker 1-1-0-7. Chicago, Trubisky 16-30-3-110. Receiving: Los Angeles, Woods 7-61, Everett 4-29, Reynolds 3-36, Gurley 3-30, Cooks 3-22, Higbee 1-9. Chicago, Robinson 5-42, Cohen 4-20, Gabriel 3-22, T.Burton 2-22, Howard 1-2, Sowell 1-2. Missed field goals: Los Angeles, Zuerlein 40. Chicago, Parkey 38.

Indianapolis 0 17 7 0 — 24 Houston 7 0 7 7 — 21 First Quarter Hou: Blue 3 run (Fairbairn kick), 2:26. Second Quarter Ind: Mack 4 run (Vinatieri kick), 6:33. Ind: Ebron 14 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick), 2:57. Ind: FG Vinatieri 54, :00. Third Quarter Hou: Miller 1 run (Fairbairn kick), 7:38. Ind: Pascal 12 pass from Luck (Vinatieri kick), 3:51. Fourth Quarter Hou: Hopkins 7 pass from Watson (Fairbairn kick), 2:37. A: 71,814. Ind Hou First downs 24 25 Total Net Yards 436 315 Rushes-yards 23-50 25-89 Passing 386 226 5-47 2-18 Punt Returns Kickoff Returns 1-10 0-0 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-2 Comp-Att-Int 27-41-1 27-38-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 2-13 5-41 Punts 6-46.3 8-45.3 1-0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 Penalties-Yards 9-59 7-35 Time of Possession 28:03 31:57 Rushing: Indianapolis, Mack 14-33, Luck 6-16, Hines 3-1. Houston, Watson 5-35, Miller 14-33, Blue 6-21. Passing: Indianapolis, Luck 27-41-1399. Houston, Watson 27-38-0-267. Receiving: Indianapolis, Hilton 9-199, Pascal 5-68, Rogers 5-36, Ebron 4-65, Hines 3-16, Grant 1-15. Houston, Griffin 5-80, Miller 5-19, D.Thomas 4-48, Hopkins 4-36, J.Thomas 4-31, Akins 2-40, Webb 2-13, Carter 1-0. Missed Field Goals: None.

Denver 0 0 7 6 — 14 San Francisco 3 17 0 0 — 20 First Quarter SF: FG Gould 40, 10:23. Second Quarter SF: FG Gould 29, 13:01. SF: Kittle 85 pass from Mullens (Gould kick), 9:47. SF: Pettis 1 pass from Mullens (Gould kick), :08. Third Quarter Den: Lindsay 3 run (McManus kick), 6:05. Fourth Quarter Den: Hamilton 1 pass from Keenum (McManus kick), 3:53. A: 69,449. Den SF First downs 22 24 Total Net Yards 274 389 Rushes-yards 27-103 30-84 Passing 171 305 Punt Returns 3-20 3-26 Kickoff Returns 5-66 3-46 Interceptions Ret. 1-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 24-42-0 20-33-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 2-15 3-27 Punts 6-47.8 5-42.0 Fumbles-Lost 4-0 3-0 Penalties-Yards 11-62 11-87 Time of Possession 29:19 30:41 Rushing: Denver, Freeman 6-36, Lindsay 14-30, Keenum 4-24, Patrick 1-11, Janovich 1-3, Sutton 1-(minus 1). San Francisco, Wilson 23-90, Morris 2-4, Mullens 5-(minus 10). Passing: Denver, Keenum 24-42-0-186. San Francisco, Mullens 20-33-1-332. Receiving: Denver, Patrick 7-85, Hamilton 7-47, Lindsay 4-21, Sutton 2-14, Booker 2-11, Parker 1-5, LaCosse 1-3. San Francisco, Kittle 7-210, Pettis 3-49, Bourne 2-22, Juszczyk 2-21, Goodwin 2-20, T.Taylor 1-6, Wilson 1-6, Morris 1-3, Staley 1-(minus 5). Missed Field Goals: None.

Saints 28, Buccaneers 14 New Orleans 0 3 8 17 — 28 Tampa Bay 7 7 0 0 — 14 First Quarter TB: Brate 11 pass from Winston (Santos kick), 12:19. Second Quarter NO: FG Lutz 30, 7:06. TB: Brate 1 pass from Winston (Santos kick), :26. Third Quarter NO: Line 1 pass from Brees (Kamara run), 4:43. Fourth Quarter NO: Brees 1 run (Lutz kick), 11:46. NO: Ingram 17 run (Lutz kick), 7:26. NO: FG Lutz 36, 1:12. A: 53,495. NO TB First downs 19 20 Total Net Yards 298 279 Rushes-yards 30-100 23-105 Passing 198 174 Punt Returns 2-29 1-10 Kickoff Returns 3-76 2-44 Interceptions Ret. 1-0 1-7 Comp-Att-Int 24-31-1 18-38-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-3 4-39 Punts 3-51.7 6-37.5 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 1-0 Penalties-Yards 6-51 10-84 Time of Possession 31:53 28:07 Rushing: New Orleans, Ingram 13-52, Kamara 12-51, Line 1-4, Brees 3-(minus 1), T.Hill 1-(minus 6). Tampa Bay, Winston 5-47, Barber 14-42, Rodgers 4-16. Passing: New Orleans, Brees 24-31-1-201. Tampa Bay, Winston 18-38-1-213. Receiving: New Orleans, Thomas 11-98, Kamara 5-36, B.Watson 3-24, Kirkwood 2-21, Lewis 1-20, Ingram 1-1, Line 1-1. Tampa Bay, M.Evans 4-86, Humphries 4-42, Rodgers 4-38, Brate 2-12, Godwin 1-13, Auclair 1-12, Wilson 1-8, Barber 1-2. Missed Field Goals: Tampa Bay, Santos 46, Santos 40.

Jets 27, Bills 23

Browns 26, Panthers 20

Raiders 24, Steelers 21

Chargers 26, Bengals 21

New York 3 10 0 14 — 27 Buffalo 14 3 3 3 — 23 First Quarter Buf: Allen 6 run (Hauschka kick), 9:12. NYJ: FG Myers 47, 4:34. Buf: McKenzie 15 run (Hauschka kick), 1:07. Second Quarter NYJ: FG Myers 21, 11:10. Buf: FG Hauschka 31, 7:14. NYJ: Cannon 4 run (Myers kick), 6:31. Third Quarter Buf: FG Hauschka 29, 13:22. Fourth Quarter NYJ: R.Anderson 7 pass from Darnold (Myers kick), 12:06. Buf: FG Hauschka 36, 2:31. NYJ: McGuire 1 run (Myers kick), 1:17. A: 59,119. NYJ Buf First downs 15 24 Total Net Yards 248 368 31-176 Rushes-yards 28-78 Passing 170 192 Punt Returns 0-0 1-4 Kickoff Returns 6-186 5-101 Interceptions Ret. 2-0 1-2 Comp-Att-Int 18-37-2 16-25-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 3-14 1-40.0 Punts 3-40.0 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1 7-47 Penalties-Yards 7-93 Time of Possession 26:13 33:47 Rushing: New York, McGuire 17-60, Darnold 4-10, Crowell 2-5, Cannon 5-3. Buffalo, Allen 9-101, Ivory 12-42, McKenzie 4-22, M.Murphy 4-10, McCoy 2-1. Passing: New York, McCown 0-1-0-0, Darnold 16-24-1-170. Buffalo, Allen 18-36-2-206, Z.Jones 0-1-0-0. Receiving: New York, R.Anderson 4-76, McGuire 3-23, Enunwa 3-22, Herndon 1-14, Leggett 1-13, Kearse 1-10, Matthews 1-6, Cannon 1-4, Crowell 1-2. Buffalo, Foster 7-104, McKenzie 4-47, Z.Jones 3-22, D.Thompson 1-14, M.Murphy 1-8, Clay 1-6, Thomas 1-5. Missed Field Goals: Buffalo, Hauschka 54.

Carolina 7 10 3 0 — 20 Cleveland 7 10 0 9 — 26 First Quarter Car: McCaffrey 4 run (Catanzaro kick), 9:17. Cle: Landry 3 run (Joseph kick), 7:41. Second Quarter Car: McCaffrey 1 run (Catanzaro kick), 14:13. Cle: Landry 51 pass from Mayfield (Joseph kick), 8:27. Car: FG Catanzaro 30, 4:03. Cle: FG Joseph 49, :59. Third Quarter Car: FG Catanzaro 34, 7:11. Fourth Quarter Cle: Chubb 4 run (kick failed), 13:05. Cle: FG Joseph 41, 8:46. A: 59,392. Cle Car First downs 22 12 Total Net Yards 393 348 Rushes-yards 25-96 21-116 Passing 297 232 Punt Returns 1-6 1-19 Kickoff Returns 2-50 1-2 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-7 Comp-Att-Int 27-43-1 18-23-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-1 1-6 3-47.7 Punts 4-39.5 Fumbles-Lost 3-2 0-0 Penalties-Yards 7-52 10-68 Time of Possession 33:50 26:10 Rushing: Carolina, McCaffrey 16-63, Newton 5-23, Wright 1-5, Artis-Payne 1-5, Moore 1-0, Armah 1-0. Cleveland, Chubb 13-66, Landry 2-54, Mayfield 4-2, Johnson 2-(minus 6). Passing: Carolina, Newton 26-42-1-265, Heinicke 1-1-0-33. Cleveland, Mayfield 18-22-0-238, Landry 0-1-0-0. Receiving: Carolina, I.Thomas 9-77, McCaffrey 6-38, Moore 5-67, Samuel 4-80, Wright 3-36. Cleveland, Chubb 4-17, Landry 3-57, Njoku 3-35, Perriman 2-81, Hilliard 2-20, Higgins 2-19, Charles 1-9, Callaway 1-0. Missed Field Goals: None.

Pittsburgh 0 14 0 7 — 21 Oakland 7 3 0 14 — 24 First Quarter Oak: Martin 1 run (Carlson kick), 10:44. Second Quarter Pit: Ridley 2 run (Boswell kick), 12:18. Oak: FG Carlson 44, 8:04. Pit: Smith-Schuster 1 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), :10. Fourth Quarter Oak: L.Smith 3 pass from Carr (Carlson kick), 5:20. Pit: Smith-Schuster 1 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), 2:55. Oak: Carrier 6 pass from Carr (Carlson kick), :21. A: 53,960. Oak Pit First downs 24 20 Total Net Yards 340 354 Rushes-yards 19-40 25-55 299 Passing 300 Punt Returns 3-28 0-0 Kickoff Returns 2-41 2-34 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-0 25-34-0 Comp-Att-Int 29-38-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-6 4-23 Punts 3-38.7 4-48.5 1-1 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 Penalties-Yards 2-14 13-130 Time of Possession 27:24 32:36 Rushing: Pittsburgh, Samuels 11-28, Dobbs 2-15, Ridley 5-4, Heyward-Bey 1-(minus 7). Oakland, Martin 16-32, Richard 8-24, Carr 1-(minus 1). Passing: Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 25-29-0-282, Dobbs 4-9-1-24. Oakland, Carr 25-34-0-322. Receiving: Pittsburgh, Smith-Schuster 8-130, Samuels 7-64, Brown 5-35, V.McDonald 4-37, James 2-28, J.Washington 2-11, Switzer 1-1. Oakland, Cook 7-116, J.Nelson 6-48, Roberts 5-76, Ateman 3-45, Carrier 2-29, Richard 1-5, L.Smith 1-3. Missed Field Goals: Pittsburgh, Boswell 39, Boswell 40.

Cincinnati 3 9 0 9 — 21 L.A. Chargers 7 10 3 6 — 26 First Quarter LAC: Allen 14 pass from Rivers (Badgley kick), 11:39. Cin: FG Bullock 47, 6:23. Second Quarter LAC: Ekeler 5 run (Badgley kick), 14:51. Cin: FG Bullock 23, 5:01. Cin: Ross 6 pass from Driskel (pass failed), :20. LAC: FG Badgley 59, :00. Third Quarter LAC: FG Badgley 31, 7:38. Fourth Quarter Cin: FG Bullock 46, 12:12. LAC: FG Badgley 32, 7:45. Cin: Mixon 1 run (pass failed), 1:50. LAC: FG Badgley 45, :49. A: 25,358. Cin LAC First downs 19 17 Total Net Yards 295 288 Rushes-yards 32-144 25-85 203 Passing 151 Punt Returns 2-23 1-0 Kickoff Returns 6-121 3-83 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 18-27-0 19-29-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-19 2-17 Punts 3-44.0 4-43.3 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 6-34 6-38 Time of Possession 32:38 27:22 Rushing: Cincinnati, Mixon 26-111, Erickson 1-14, Driskel 2-12, Bernard 3-7. Los Angeles, Ekeler 15-66, J.Jackson 7-12, Rivers 2-7, Allen 1-0. Passing: Cincinnati, Driskel 18-27-0-170. Los Angeles, Rivers 19-29-0-220. Receiving: Cincinnati, Mixon 5-27, Boyd 3-52, Uzomah 3-37, Core 3-30, Bernard 2-13, Ross 2-11. Los Angeles, Allen 5-78, M.Williams 3-45, Ty.Williams 3-14, Ekeler 2-28, J.Jackson 2-23, Gates 2-19, Benjamin 1-11, Watt 1-2. Missed Field Goals: None.

TOP PERFORMERS PASSING Player Team C.-Att Yds TD Dak Prescott DAL 42-54 455 3 Andrew Luck IND 27-41 399 2 Patrick Mahomes KC 35-53 377 2

RUSHING Player Saquon Barkley Ezekiel Elliott Joe Mixon


No. 14 28 26

Yds 170 113 111

TD 1 0 1

RECEIVING Player Amari Cooper George Kittle T.Y. Hilton


No. 10 7 9

Yds 217 210 199

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Belichick’s miscues fuel miracle defeat Patriots coach’s moves questioned


Patriots coach Bill Belichick made several questionable decisions, all of which played into his team’s loss to the Dolphins on Sunday. FROM NEWS SERVICES

The Miami Dolphins’ lastsecond, double-lateral, miracle touchdown on the final play of their game Sunday against the Patriots knocked viewers off their couches, unleashed a torrent of indecipherable shrieks and stunned both poles of the Eastern Seaboard. It was a play that happens once or twice every couple of decades. After the initial shock wore off, another reality started to set in, one nearly as shocking and rare as the play itself. New England coach Bill Belichick screwed up the end of the game. Completely botched it. In several ways. The Dolphins’ execution was sublime on the play that covered 69 yards, but they received help from Belichick’s decision on the final play and what led to it. The obvious mistake Belichick made was to insert tight end Rob Gronkowski as the deepest defender on the play. It was a thoughtless error, a rote concession to routine, the kind of botch Belichick never makes. Gronkowski has for years been the Patriots’ last line of defense against Hail Mary passes. His height and physicality make Gronkowski ideal for the role. But the Dolphins snapped the final play from the Miami 31-yard line with seven seconds left. To believe Miami would run a Hail Mary, you’d have to believe the Dolphins would trust quarterback Ryan Tannehill to throw a pass 75 yards in the air. Miami’s only choice, it should have been obvious, was to run some of kind lateral-heavy play. Gronkowski’s presence was not only unnecessary. It was detrimental. The Patriots’ final defender should have been their fastest player who is also a sure tackler. When Kenyan Drake bolted through the Patriots’ secondary, Gronkowski stumbled and watched helplessly as Drake sped into the end zone. “Drake runs a 4.3, and Gronk probably runs a 4.6 or 4.7, so you feel good about that matchup,” Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill said. You can’t blame Gronkowski. You can only blame Belichick for putting him out there. “I didn’t think it was going to get to me,” Gronkowski said. “I’ve never really been a part of anything like that.” Review the final play closer, and another curious tactical choice by Belichick sticks out. Linebacker Kyle Van Noy lines up on the right side of the line and, rather than pressure Tannehill, drops back and spies him. On a Hail Mary, that might be an effective move — it would keep the quarterback from escaping the pocket and buying time. But on a play with multiple laterals, it would basically force the Patriots to play with 10 defenders. The Patriots could have prevented Miami from running the play at all had Belichick chosen a better late-game strategy. The Patriots led by two points and faced fourth and goal at the Miami 4-yard line with 21 seconds left. Miami had used all of its timeouts. Belichick chose to kick a field goal, which served the purpose of putting the Patriots up by more than a field goal. But what they should have done is tried to score a touchdown. Converting the field goal and then kicking off left the Dolphins one play to score a TD from 69 yards away. Had the Patriots gone for the touchdown and not made it, it would have left the Dolphins about 15 seconds — three plays at most — to move 60 yards with

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no timeouts to kick an extremely long field goal: a very unlikely proposition. And if the Patriots got the TD, the game would have been over, period. Either choice would have left the Dolphins about a 1 percent shot to win — Miami needed a miracle. But trying for a touchdown at least would have given the Patriots a chance to dial that percentage to zero. “We missed opportunities,” Belichick said. “We’ve just got to do a better job.” No matter what choices he made in the final seconds, the Dolphins needed a combination of perfect execution and divine intervention. But they still shouldn’t have been able to pull it off. Belichick, maybe the greatest coach ever, enabled one of the greatest plays of all time. The most glaring failure came at the end of the first half. With 14 seconds left and no timeouts, Tom Brady took the snap at the Miami 2 and then he was sacked by Robert Quinn. The clock ran out, leaving the Patriots to settle for a 27-21 lead. “That was a terrible play by me,” Brady said.“I lost track.” Stephen Gostkowski also missed an extra-point try and on a 42-yard field goal attempt.


Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson suffered an ankle injury Sunday in overtime, knockig him out of his team’s loss to the Chiefs. He watched from the sideline as Robert Griffin III threw two incompletions. Jackson had X-rays on his ankle afterward that came back negative. But he knows that Joe Flacco appears ready to return. Flacco, who is recovering from a hip injury, was cleared Friday to play for the first time since Week 9, coach John Harbaugh said. But Harbuagh said Flacco “didn’t have a chance to prepare enough” to play Sunday. Dolphins quarterback Tannehill had X-rays of his right ankle after the win over the Patriots. He acknowledged it didn’t feel good after the game. “I rolled it pretty good,” he said. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger missed the first four drives of the second half because of a rib ailment before returning. Other injuries: Cowboys right guard Zack Martin (knee); Eagles running back Corey Clement (knee), defensive end Josh Sweat (ankle); Bills running backs LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (ankle); Lions defensive ends Ezekiel Ansah (knee) and Da’Shawn Hand (shoulder). Broncos cornerback Isaac Yiadom (shoulder), receiver Courtland Sutton (thigh); Redskins tight end Jordan Reed (foot); Texans receiver Deandre Carter (concussion); Colts guard Mark Glowinski (ankle).


The Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes threw for 377 yards and two touchdowns, giving him 4,300 yards and 43 TD passes. He joins Hall of Famers Dan Marino (1984) and Kurt Warner (1999) as the only first- or second-year QBs in league annals with at least 4,000 yards passing and 40 TD passes in a season. • The Packers’ Aaron Rodgers has not thrown an interception in 368 pass attempts, dating to Week 4, surpassing Tom Brady (358 consecutive attempts from 2010-11) for the most pass attempts without an interception in NFL history. • The Cardinals’ Larry Fitzgerald caught five passes to move ahead of Jerry Rice for most receptions by a player for one team (1,286 with the 49ers).

Binnington is called up For now, team will go with 3 goalies BY JIM THOMAS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Interim coach Craig Berube wasn’t happy with the Blues’ goaltending in Sunday’s 6-1 drubbing at the hands of the Vancouver Canucks at Enterprise Center. Jake Allen was yanked after allowing three goals in the game’s opening 5 minutes 54 seconds. His replacement, Chad Johnson, gave up the afternoon’s final three goals — two in the second period and one in the third. “It’s got to be better,” Berube said. “Just like our other players have to be better, too. We get a four-minute power play and nothing happens, especially early in the game like that. We gotta make something happen there and that’s our best players on the ice.” Apparently, Berube wasn’t kidding in expressing his displeasure with the team’s goaltending because about a half-hour after making those remarks the Blues announced they were calling up goalie Jordan Binnington from San Antonio. To make room for Binnington, the Blues returned forward Sammy Blais to American Hockey League affiliate San Antonio. Blais was a healthy scratch for the third consecutive game on Sunday.

In two separate stints with the Blues this season, Blais has appeared in 16 games with no goals and one assist. He is minus-5. So for now, at least, the Blues are carrying three goalies. Although he may have had an off-night Sunday, Allen has been one of the team’s best players over the last month, allowing two goals or fewer in eight of his previous 10 games. He had a 26-save shutout Friday in a 1-0 road victory over Winnipeg. But Johnson, who had a 33save shutout Nov. 9 against San Jose, has struggled lately. In five games since that shutout, Johnson’s goals-against average is 5.05 with a save percentage of .832. In his first five appearances of the season, a span ending with that San Jose shutout, Johnson has a 1.83 goals-against and a .941 save percentage. In San Antonio, Binnington has outplayed Ville Husso — who was widely perceived as the Blues’ goalie of the future. Binnington has an 8-4 record with a 2.34 goals-against average and a save percentage of .914 with the Rampage. Binnington’s goalsagainst average is fourth-best in the AHL. Husso, meanwhile, is 2-11-1 for the Rampage with a goalsagainst average of 3.45 and a save percentage of .881.


Winger David Perron was a healthy scratch for Sunday’s

game against the Vancouver Canucks at Enterprise Center. “Just his play recently, some penalties, some stuff like that,” Berube said, in explaining the benching. Perron was replaced in the lineup by Jordan Kyrou, who played only 9 minutes 58 seconds Wednesday against Edmonton and then was a healthy scratch Friday in Winnipeg. Perron is third in Blues goalscoring this season with eight, and tied for third with 16 points. So it wasn’t an easy decision to sit the veteran, who returned to St. Louis in July, signing a free-agent deal to return to the Blues. “It’s tough,” Berube said. “We need more, we need better, he knows that. It’s tough, but it’s part of the game. We need guys to play better. ... We can’t take penalties like we are, and he’s taken quite a few of them.” Perron has five penalties in his last eight games and is tied for third on the team with 22 penalty minutes. The Blues’ other healthy scratch besides Perron and Blais was defenseman Jordan Schmaltz. Kyrou, who scored his first NHL goal Sunday, was on the Blues’ top line with Ryan O’Reilly at center and Zach Sanford on left wing. Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter


The Canucks’ Brock Boeser celebrates after one of his three goals Sunday afternoon in a 6-1 rout of the Blues.

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it completely changed the competitiveness of the game.” So how do you get more committed? “That’s a question for (Steen), I don’t know,” Schenn said. “I don’t know. Maybe he can have the answer to that.” Actually, Steen was asked exactly that. “We’ve got to work at it,” Steen said. “Every day. Every day is a new opportunity and we’re not taking those opportunities right now.” For his part, interim head coach Craig Berube agreed with Steen’s thoughts on the lack of day-to-day commitment from the players. “That’s certainly why we’re where we’re at, and why we show inconsistency like we do,” Berube said. “He’s dead right.” Berube was then asked if such a commitment should be a given for professional athletes. “It should be a given, but right now it’s not,” he said, adding that he was “very disappointed” in the team’s veterans. So there is no joy in the Heartland of Hockey. Any good feelings emanating from Jordan Kyrou’s first NHL goal evaporated 40 seconds later in the third period by Brock Boeser’s third goal of the day for Vancouver. So what’s the way out? The head coach already has been fired. What’s next? Fire the interim head coach? Fire the assistant coaches? Trade the entire team? Offer refunds to seasonticket holders? It’s obvious that something’s missing here, and it goes beyond strategy or skill level. Maybe it has more to do with team chemistry, mental toughness, heart. Or lack thereof. It’s still early in the season for the Blues (10-14-4), but ... “It’s not that early in the season,” Berube corrected. “The way out is the same thing we preach day in and day out. You have to go into every game, no matter who you play, and you gotta be committed to giving 100 percent ef-

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fort and compete as hard as you can, every game. “If you don’t, it doesn’t matter who you play, that’s what can happen to you — what happened today. “We’re going to keep drilling it in their heads. So you (reporters) can keep asking me and asking me and asking me, and I’m going to tell you the same thing. “We’re going to keep at it, we’re going to keep pounding it in their heads until they get it. That’s it.” The increasing number of empty seats at Enterprise Center, and the increasing frequency of boos by those still in the stands, provide a telling view of what the fan base thinks. “I apologize to the fans that we can’t play (well) at home,” Vladimir Tarasenko said. “It’s unacceptable. I don’t know how to fix it. We work on it, but it doesn’t work now. We (play) a really hard game and then next day it just blows up like this.” Sunday’s game marked the sixth time in just 16 home games that the Blues have yielded five goals or more. It happened only four times in 41 home games all of last season. The crowd of 16,841 at Enterprise barely had time to finish that first beer or polish off a hot dog before things started to implode. The first goal was a fluke. After

a giveaway by Jay Bouwmeester deep in the St. Louis zone, Boeser was left all alone in the slot. With the puck. His shot went high, bounced off the glass above the end boards, ricocheted back behind Jake Allen and off the Blues goaltender into the net: 1-0 Canucks just 2 ½ minutes into the contest. Before you knew it, it was 3-0 Vancouver after one period and 5-0 after two. “They get one lucky goal and we just shut it down,” Schenn said. “We’re a fragile group.” The Blues had an excellent opportunity to either tie or take the lead later in the period when Vancouver’s Erik Gudbranson got four minutes for a high stick to the face of Steen that drew blood. But the Blues’ ninth-ranked power play unit did absolutely nothing with that four minutes — producing only two shots. “We need to use chances like that, especially at the start of the game,” Tarasenko said. “It’s supposed to give our team an emotional bump. We need to get on the scoreboard if we have four minutes of power play.” Or as Schenn put it: “We were awful. Two shots on goal I think we had, and they had six breakouts.” Thirty-one seconds after that power play ended, Canucks rookie Elias Pettersson scored his 15th goal on a shot that deflected off Bouwmeester’s stick. Next, after Tarasenko had the Blues’ best scoring chance of the period, the Canucks countered quickly with an odd-man rush that resulted in Boeser’s second goal of the afternoon and a 3-0 Vancouver lead with 5 minutes 54 seconds left in the period. That was pretty much it for the game. And definitely it for Allen, who had a 1.92 goal against average and .934 save percentage in his previous 10 games — dating back to Nov. 14. He was replaced by Chad Johnson, who gave up the final three Canucks goals of the game. Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter


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W 21 18 15 10 8 W 13 12 11 11 6 W 17 16 13 6 6

L 7 9 10 18 20 L 13 14 14 15 20 L 8 10 11 20 21

Pct GB L10 Str Home Away .750 — 7-3 L-2 11-4 10-3 .667 2½ 8-2 W-1 13-1 5-8 .600 4½ 6-4 W-5 7-3 8-7 .357 11 2-8 W-2 4-10 6-8 .286 13 4-6 L-4 4-9 4-11 Pct GB L10 Str Home Away .500 — 5-5 W-2 9-5 4-8 .462 1 4-6 L-2 6-8 6-6 .440 1½ 5-5 W-2 5-9 6-5 .423 2 6-4 L-1 7-5 4-10 .231 7 3-7 W-1 4-9 2-11 Pct GB L10 Str Home Away .680 — 6-4 W-1 12-3 5-5 .615 1½ 6-4 W-3 8-4 8-6 .542 3½ 5-5 L-4 9-6 4-5 .231 11½ 4-6 W-1 4-10 2-10 .222 12 2-8 L-1 4-10 2-11

Conf 13-5 13-8 11-5 8-7 5-16 Conf 12-8 8-7 5-12 7-7 4-12 Conf 10-3 10-3 10-8 5-12 4-12



The Jets’ Brandon Tanev (13) scores past the Flyers’ Ivan Provorov (9) and goaltender Michal Neuvirth on Sunday.

Power play pays as Jets rout Flyers ASSOCIATED PRESS

Josh Morrissey scored one of Winnipeg’s three power-play goals and the Jets got goals from seven players while routing the Philadelphia Flyers 7-1 on Sunday. Kyle Connor, Brandon Tanev, Dustin Byfuglien, Blake Wheeler, Bryan Little and Tyler Myers scored for the Jets (18-9-2). Jakub Voracek scored his eighth goal for the Flyers (12-13-3). Connor Hellebuyck made 36 saves for Winnipeg. Bruins beat Senators in OT • Torey Krug scored 3:07 into overtime and the Boston Bruins beat the Ottawa Senators 2-1. Krug took a cross-crease pass from David Krejci and beat goalie Mike McKenna. Brad Marchand had the regulation goal for the Bruins (16-10-4), and Tuukka Rask made 27 saves.


Coyotes’ Raanta out indefinitely • Arizona Coyotes goalie Antti Raanta is out indefinitely and could miss the rest of the season with a lower-body injury. GM John Chayka said Raanta had a procedure that revealed more damage than originally thought. Toronto’s Hyman suspended • Toronto Maple Leafs forward Zach Hyman has been suspended two games for a hit against Boston Bruins defenseman Charlie McAvoy. Hyman was assessed a major penalty for interference and a game misconduct Saturday for checking McAvoy behind the Boston net after he had passed the puck. A video released by the NHL’s department of player safety says Hyman was suspended after he “initiates this hit well after the puck is gone.”

NHL STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic GP W Tampa Bay 31 23 30 20 Toronto Buffalo 30 17 Boston 30 16 Montreal 30 15 30 13 Detroit 31 13 Ottawa Florida 28 11 Metropolitan GP W Washington 29 17 29 16 Columbus NY Islanders 28 14 NY Rangers 29 14 Carolina 28 13 Pittsburgh 28 12 Philadelphia 28 12 New Jersey 28 10

L 7 9 9 10 10 13 14 11 L 9 11 11 12 11 10 13 12

OT 1 1 4 4 5 4 4 6 OT 3 2 3 3 4 6 3 6

Pts 47 41 38 36 35 30 30 28 Pts 37 34 31 31 30 30 27 26

GF 124 109 91 81 96 88 105 93 GF 106 100 82 85 71 96 86 86

GA 88 84 88 76 94 100 122 101 GA 90 99 83 92 77 91 101 100

Home 13-4-0 9-5-1 9-3-2 10-3-0 8-6-2 7-7-3 10-5-3 6-5-4 Home 8-4-2 7-6-1 7-4-2 10-4-1 7-4-3 7-6-2 5-7-2 7-2-4

Away 10-3-1 11-4-0 8-6-2 6-7-4 7-4-3 6-6-1 3-9-1 5-6-2 Away 9-5-1 9-5-1 7-7-1 4-8-2 6-7-1 5-4-4 7-6-1 3-10-2

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP W 30 19 Nashville 30 17 Colorado Winnipeg 29 18 Dallas 30 16 Minnesota 29 15 28 10 Blues 31 9 Chicago GP W Pacific Calgary 31 19 32 16 Anaheim 31 15 San Jose Vegas 32 17 Edmonton 30 16 Vancouver 32 13 28 13 Arizona 30 11 Los Angeles

L 10 8 9 11 12 14 17 L 10 11 11 14 12 16 13 18

OT 1 5 2 3 2 4 5 OT 2 5 5 1 2 3 2 1

Pts 39 39 38 35 32 24 23 Pts 40 37 35 35 34 29 28 23

GF 95 108 101 83 88 78 84 GF 107 81 97 96 82 95 73 67

GA 77 88 80 78 87 94 115 GA 85 94 96 91 87 109 76 91

Home 11-5-0 6-2-3 10-4-2 10-3-1 8-4-2 6-8-2 5-6-3 Home 10-3-2 9-4-5 9-3-2 10-3-1 9-4-1 6-7-1 6-8-1 7-10-1

Away 8-5-1 11-6-2 8-5-0 6-8-2 7-8-0 4-6-2 4-11-2 Away 9-7-0 7-7-0 6-8-3 7-11-0 7-8-1 7-9-2 7-5-1 4-8-0

Div 6-2-0 3-3-1 5-4-0 1-2-1 6-3-0 4-6-3 4-3-1 Div 6-5-0 5-3-2 5-2-1 7-3-1 4-3-1 3-5-1 3-3-1 4-5-1

Sunday Vancouver 6, Blues 1 Winnipeg 7, Philadelphia 1 Boston 2, Ottawa 1, OT Montreal 3, Chicago 2 Anaheim 6, New Jersey 5, SO Edmonton 1, Calgary 0 Vegas 4, Dallas 2 Saturday Philadelphia 6, Buffalo 2 Los Angeles 5, Vegas 1 NY Islanders 3, Detroit 2 Tampa Bay 7, Colorado 1

Ottawa 2, Pittsburgh 1, OT NY Rangers 5, Florida 4, SO Washington 4, Columbus 0 Boston 6, Toronto 3 San Jose 5, Arizona 3 Calgary 5, Nashville 2 Monday Pittsburgh vs. NY Islanders at Nassau Coliseum, 6 p.m. Rangers at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Los Angeles at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. New Jersey at San Jose, 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday Toronto at Carolina, 6 p.m. Los Angeles at Buffalo, 6 p.m. Vancouver at Columbus, 6 p.m. Arizona at Boston, 6 p.m. Detroit at Washington, 6:30 p.m. Montreal at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Ottawa at Nashville, 7 p.m. Chicago at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. Florida at Blues, 7 p.m. Edmonton at Colorado, 8 p.m.

Canadiens 3, Blackhawks 2

Jets 7, Flyers 1

Ducks 6, Devils 5, SO

Montreal 2 0 1 — 3 Chicago 1 1 0 — 2 First period: 1, Montreal, Domi 14 (Shaw, Reilly), 6:05. 2, Montreal, Weber 3 (Agostino, Chaput), 7:36. 3, Chicago, Kane 14 (Seabrook, DeBrincat), 19:01 (pp). Penalties: Tatar, MTL, (hooking), 3:37; Tatar, MTL, (tripping), 12:41; Weber, MTL, (delay of game), 18:03. Second period: 4, Chicago, Kane 15 (Kahun, Gustafsson), 12:55. Penalties: Kruger, CHI, (holding), 13:07; Hayden, CHI, (roughing), 18:32. Third period: 5, Montreal, Tatar 12 (Petry, Kotkaniemi), 18:43. Penalties: Tatar, MTL, (cross checking), 1:58; Benn, MTL, major (high sticking), 3:58; Saad, CHI, (interference), 9:31; Murphy, CHI, (high sticking), 10:36; Lehkonen, MTL, (tripping), 12:45; Gallagher, MTL, (high sticking), 15:12. Shots: Montreal 7-8-13: 28. Chicago 10-12-17: 39. Power-plays: Montreal 0 of 4; Chicago 1 of 8. Goalies: Montreal, Price 11-8-4 (39 shots-37 saves). Chicago, Crawford 5-14-1 (28-25). A: 21,057. Referees: Ghislain Hebert, Garrett Rank. Linesmen: Ryan Galloway, Mark Shewchyk.

Philadelphia 1 0 0 — 1 Winnipeg 2 3 2 — 7 First period: 1, Winnipeg, Connor 11, 11:38. 2, Winnipeg, Morrissey 3 (Perreault, Ehlers), 14:36 (pp). 3, Philadelphia, Voracek 8 (Patrick, Sanheim), 17:34. Penalties: Perreault, WPG, (tripping), 4:01; Gudas, PHI, (roughing), 12:47. Second period: 4, Winnipeg, Tanev 5 (Scheifele, Morrissey), 7:31. 5, Winnipeg, Byfuglien 3 (Scheifele, Laine), 14:31 (pp). 6, Winnipeg, Wheeler 5 (Morrissey, Scheifele), 15:59 (sh). Penalties: Konecny, PHI, (hooking), 14:26; Byfuglien, WPG, (tripping), 15:00; Provorov, PHI, (hooking), 18:43; Hagg, PHI, served by Varone, Major (check from behind), 19:12; Hagg, PHI, Misconduct (misconduct), 19:12; Scheifele, WPG, (roughing), 19:12; Byfuglien, WPG, Misconduct (misconduct), 19:12. Third period: 7, Winnipeg, Little 6 (Ehlers, Myers), 1:41 (pp). 8, Winnipeg, Myers 2 (Laine), 8:03. Penalties: Varone, PHI, (high sticking), 11:49. Shots: Philadelphia 17-10-10: 37. Winnipeg 6-19-10: 35. Power-plays: Philadelphia 0 of 2; Winnipeg 3 of 6. Goalies: Philadelphia, Stolarz 2-1-1 (25 shots-21 saves), Neuvirth 0-2-0 (10-7). Winnipeg, Hellebuyck 13-8-1 (37-36). A: 15,321. Referees: Dean Morton, Dan O’Halloran. Linesmen: Brandon Gawryletz.

Golden Knights 4, Stars 2

New Jersey 3 1 1 0 — 5 Anaheim 3 0 2 0 — 6 Anaheim won shootout 2-0. First period: 1, New Jersey, Palmieri 15 (Yakovlev), 1:38. 2, Anaheim, Silfverberg 8 (Cogliano, Manson), 2:12. 3, Anaheim, Sherwood 3 (Montour, Rowney), 2:47. 4, New Jersey, Palmieri 16 (Hall), 10:49. 5, New Jersey, Severson 4 (Bratt, Johansson), 13:08 (pp). 6, Anaheim, Montour 4 (Kase, Getzlaf), 13:39. Penalties: Montour, ANA, (hooking), 11:46; Larsson, ANA, (holding stick), 14:35. Second period: 7, New Jersey, Seney 2 (Bratt), 9:00. Penalties: Lindholm, ANA, (high sticking), 14:55. Third period: 8, Anaheim, Aberg 10 (Kase, Getzlaf), 8:35. 9, Anaheim, Kase 5, 13:58. 10, New Jersey, Johansson 6 (Hischier, Boyle), 19:02. Penalties: Severson, NJ, (hooking), 11:51. Overtime: None. Penalties: None. Shootout: New Jersey 0 (Palmieri NG, Hall NG), Anaheim 2 (Aberg NG, Sprong G, Getzlaf G). Shots: New Jersey 15-10-9-1: 35. Anaheim 13-10-9-6: 38. Power-plays: New Jersey 1 of 3; Anaheim 0 of 1. Goalies: New Jersey, Schneider 0-5-0 (38 shots-33 saves). Anaheim, Gibson 11-9-4 (8-7), Miller 4-2-1 (27-23). A: 16,470. Referees: Jake Brenk, Dan O’Rourke. Linesmen: Scott Driscoll, Derek Nansen.

Dallas 1 0 1 — 2 Vegas 1 2 1 — 4 First Period: 1, Dallas, Hanzal 1 (Lindell, Heiskanen), 6:29 (pp). 2, Vegas, Carpenter 1 (McNabb, Lindberg), 16:12. Penalties: Vegas bench, served by Marchessault (too many men on the ice), 5:57; Hanzal, DAL, (interference), 10:12. Second Period: 3, Vegas, Karlsson 10 (Schmidt, Theodore), 11:48. 4, Vegas, Tuch 10 (Miller, Pacioretty), 18:17. Penalties: Hanzal, DAL, (interference), 9:45; Ritchie, DAL, (roughing), 16:08. Third Period: 5, Dallas, Lindell 5 (Heiskanen, Spezza), 8:33 (pp). 6, Vegas, Smith 6 (Miller), 19:32 (pp). Penalties: McNabb, VGK, (high sticking), 6:43; Ritchie, DAL, (tripping), 10:10; Theodore, VGK, major (high sticking), 12:16; Dallas bench, served by Pitlick (too many men on the ice), 18:53. Shots: Dallas 8-7-9: 24. Vegas 8-14-6: 28. Power-plays: Dallas 2 of 4; Vegas 1 of 5. Goalies: Dallas, Bishop 10-6-1 (27 shots-24 saves). Vegas, Fleury 17-10-1 (24-22). A: 18,240 (17,367). T: 2:31. Referees: Jon Mclsaac, Francois St Laurent. Linesmen: Bryan Pancich, Libor Suchanek.

Calgary 0 0 0 — 0 Edmonton 1 0 0 — 1 First Period: 1, Edmonton, McDavid 16 (Draisaitl, Chiasson), 12:18. Penalties: Neal, CGY, (interference), 8:36; Peluso, CGY, Major (fighting), 15:21; Lucic, EDM, Major (fighting), 15:21; Peluso, CGY, served by Tkachuk, (unsportsmanlike conduct), 15:21. Second Period: None. Penalties: Nurse, EDM, (holding), 6:23. Third Period: None. Penalties: Brodziak, EDM, (tripping), 2:26; Bennett, CGY, (interference), 5:27; Prout, CGY, (illegal check to head), 8:50; Lindholm, CGY, (slashing), 14:19. Shots: Calgary 10-10-4: 24. Edmonton 16-7-7: 30. Power-plays: Calgary 0 of 2; Edmonton 0 of 5. Goalies: Calgary, Rittich 8-3-1 (30 shots-29 saves). Edmonton, Koskinen 9-3-1 (24-24). A: 18,347 (18,641). T: 2:24. Referees: Tim Peel, Brad Watson. Linesmen: David Brisebois, Ryan Daisy.

Boston 0 1 0 1 — 2 Ottawa 1 0 0 0 — 1 First period: 1, Ottawa, Stone 15 (White, Harpur), 12:51. Penalties: Wagner, BOS, (cross checking), 18:11; Marchand, BOS, (elbowing), 19:10. Second period: 2, Boston, Marchand 8 (Pastrnak, Krug), 7:49 (pp). Penalties: Kuraly, BOS, Major (fighting), 6:51; Harpur, OTT, Major (fighting), 6:51; Harpur, OTT, served by Paul, (instigator), 6:51; Harpur, OTT, Misconduct (misconduct), 6:51. Third period: None. Penalties: Z.Smith, OTT, (hooking), 0:23; Lajoie, OTT, (tripping), 10:22; Pastrnak, BOS, (interference), 11:07. Overtime: 3, Boston, Krug 2 (Krejci, Marchand), 3:07. Penalties: None. Shots: Boston 12-15-14-3: 44. Ottawa 11-12-4-1: 28. Power-plays: Boston 1 of 3; Ottawa 0 of 3. Goalies: Boston, Rask 7-6-2 (28 shots-27 saves). Ottawa, McKenna 1-1-1 (44-42). A: 13,148. Referees: Chris Schlenker, Ian Walsh. Linesmen: Devin Berg, Andrew Smith.

L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away 10 .600 — 5-5 L-1 8-4 7-6 11 .542 1½ 7-3 W-1 11-2 2-9 14 .500 2½ 4-6 W-1 10-4 4-10 14 .481 3 5-5 W-2 9-4 4-10 14 .440 4 3-7 L-3 5-5 6-9 L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away 8 .667 — 7-3 L-1 9-3 7-5 9 .654 — 7-3 L-2 9-3 8-6 11 .577 2 4-6 W-2 10-4 5-7 13 .500 4 6-4 L-1 11-4 2-9 14 .481 4½ 5-5 L-1 4-6 9-8 L Pct GB L10 Str Home Away 9 .667 — 6-4 W-3 11-2 7-7 9 .640 1 6-4 L-2 9-2 7-7 10 .615 1½ 7-3 W-1 10-4 6-6 12 .520 4 5-5 L-1 6-5 7-7 22 .154 13½ 1-9 L-8 3-10 1-12

Sunday New Orleans 116, Detroit 108 Milwaukee 104, Toronto 99 San Antonio 110, Utah 97 Charlotte 119, New York 107 Saturday Dallas 107, Houston 104 Indiana 107, Sacramento 97 Atlanta 106, Denver 98 Brooklyn 112, New York 104 Cleveland 116, Washington 101

Boston 133, Chicago 77 LA Lakers 111, Memphis 88 Portland 113, Minnesota 105 Miami 121, LA Clippers 98 Monday Detroit at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Washington at Indiana, 6 p.m. New Orleans at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Cleveland at Milwaukee, 7 p.m.

Conf 10-6 8-8 7-9 11-10 5-11 Conf 7-6 10-4 8-8 6-10 9-9 Conf 8-6 11-6 12-7 7-9 3-13

Sacramento at Chicago, 7 p.m. Utah at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Orlando at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. LA Clippers at Phoenix, 8 p.m. Memphis at Denver, 8 p.m. Miami at LA Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Minnesota at Golden State, 9:30 p.m.

Brogdon’s 3-pointers lift Bucks past Raptors

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss.


Bruins 2, Senators 1, OT

Southwest W Memphis 15 Dallas 13 New Orleans 14 San Antonio 13 Houston 11 Northwest W Oklahoma City16 Denver 17 Portland 15 Minnesota 13 Utah 13 Pacific W Golden State 18 LA Clippers 16 LA Lakers 16 Sacramento 13 Phoenix 4

Oilers 1, Flames 0

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Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard puts pressure on Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo in Toronto on Sunday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Malcolm Brogdon hit tying and go-ahead 3-pointers in the final 67 seconds and the Milwaukee Bucks held on to beat the Toronto Raptors 104-99 on Sunday night. Brogdon scored 18 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and matched a season high with 19 rebounds, and Brook Lopez had 19 points for the Bucks, the first team to beat Toronto twice this season. Serge Ibaka scored 22 points and Kawhi Leonard had 20 for the Raptors, who have lost two straight, the second time this season they’ve suffered consecutive defeats. Fred VanVleet scored 19 points and Pascal Siakam had 17 for the Raptors, whose 21-7 record is best in the NBA. Toronto’s Kyle Lowry shot 0 for 5 and didn’t score for the first time this season. Lowry led the Raptors with seven assists. Pelicans extend Pistons’ losing streak • Jrue Holiday scored 37 points and Julius Randle added 28 as New Orleans dealt Detroit its fourth straight loss. Pelicans star Anthony Davis left with a right hip injury after a first-quarter collision with Blake Griffin. Davis returned in the third but finished with only six points. He also had five blocks and nine rebounds. Griffin scored 35 points for Detroit, Andre Drummond had 23 points and 19 rebounds, and Langston Galloway added a season-best 24 off the bench.

NBA SUMMARIES Hornets 119, Knicks 107

Bucks 104, Raptors 99

Charlotte: Batum 2-6 0-0 6, Williams 4-9 2-2 13, Zeller 5-5 2-2 12, Walker 8-20 5-5 25, Lamb 8-12 2-2 19, Kidd-Gilchrist 2-3 4-4 8, Bridges 1-5 2-2 4, Kaminsky 1-2 0-0 2, Hernangomez 1-2 1-2 3, Graham 1-2 0-0 2, Parker 6-13 4-6 16, Monk 3-8 1-2 9. Totals 42-87 23-27 119. New York: Hezonja 0-3 0-0 0, Vonleh 1-5 0-0 3, Kanter 3-6 0-0 6, Mudiay 3-9 0-0 6, Hardaway Jr. 7-13 4-4 21, Knox 10-25 2-2 26, Robinson 3-4 0-0 6, Ntilikina 7-11 0-0 18, Lee 2-6 0-1 4, Dotson 6-8 0-0 12, Baker 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 44-93 6-7 107. Charlotte 27 34 38 20 — 119 New York 24 23 31 29 — 107 3-point goals: Charlotte 12-34 (Walker 4-11, Williams 3-7, Batum 2-3, Monk 2-4, Lamb 1-5, Hernangomez 0-1, Graham 0-1, Parker 0-1, Bridges 0-1), New York 13-26 (Ntilikina 4-4, Knox 4-8, Hardaway Jr. 3-5, Baker 1-1, Vonleh 1-3, Lee 0-1, Mudiay 0-4). Fouled out: Ntilikina. Rebounds: Charlotte 42 (Zeller 7), New York 41 (Knox 15). Assists: Charlotte 19 (Walker 6), New York 28 (Vonleh 9). Total fouls: Charlotte 17, New York 25. Technicals: New York coach David Fizdale 2. A: 18,602 (19,812).

Milwaukee: Middleton 3-9 2-3 10, Antetokounmpo 8-15 2-3 19, Lopez 7-13 0-0 19, Bledsoe 4-14 1-1 9, Brogdon 7-15 1-1 18, Ilyasova 1-3 6-6 9, Maker 1-2 2-2 5, Connaughton 0-2 0-0 0, S.Brown 2-6 0-0 5, Snell 3-8 3-4 10. Totals 36-87 17-20 104. Toronto: Leonard 8-18 3-3 20, Siakam 7-12 1-2 17, Ibaka 9-21 0-0 22, Lowry 0-5 0-0 0, Green 3-7 0-0 8, Anunoby 1-5 0-0 2, Miles 2-4 0-0 5, Valanciunas 2-8 2-2 6, Wright 0-2 0-0 0, VanVleet 7-12 0-0 19. Totals 39-94 6-7 99. Milwaukee 25 26 28 25 — 104 30 19 25 25 — 99 Toronto 3-point goals: Milwaukee 15-39 (Lopez 5-8, Brogdon 3-5, Middleton 2-5, Maker 1-2, Ilyasova 1-2, Antetokounmpo 1-3, S.Brown 1-3, Snell 1-5, Connaughton 0-2, Bledsoe 0-4), Toronto 15-44 (VanVleet 5-7, Ibaka 4-11, Siakam 2-4, Green 2-4, Miles 1-3, Leonard 1-5, Wright 0-2, Anunoby 0-3, Lowry 0-5). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Milwaukee 45 (Antetokounmpo 19), Toronto 45 (Leonard 8). Assists: Milwaukee 22 (Antetokounmpo 6), Toronto 24 (Lowry 7). Total fouls: Milwaukee 13, Toronto 21. Technicals: Toronto coach Raptors (Defensive three second). A: 19,800 (19,800).

Spurs 110, Jazz 97 Utah: Ingles 2-5 1-2 5, Favors 1-2 0-0 2, Gobert 5-9 2-4 12, Rubio 11-23 1-1 26, Mitchell 8-21 8-10 27, O’Neale 2-7 0-0 5, Sefolosha 4-4 0-0 9, Crowder 1-6 0-0 2, Udoh 0-0 0-0 0, Neto 1-2 2-2 4, Exum 0-0 0-0 0, Korver 2-6 0-0 5, Allen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 37-85 14-19 97. San Antonio: White 3-6 0-0 6, Gay 10-16 3-4 23, Aldridge 10-15 0-0 20, Forbes 6-8 2-2 15, DeRozan 10-23 6-6 26, Pondexter 0-0 0-0 0, Metu 0-0 0-0 0, Eubanks 0-0 0-0 0, Poeltl 1-3 0-0 2, Mills 3-9 0-0 8, Belinelli 4-9 0-0 10. Totals 47-89 11-12 110. Utah 18 18 36 25 — 97 San Antonio 23 31 28 28 — 110 3-point goals: Utah 9-29 (Rubio 3-8, Mitchell 3-8, Sefolosha 1-1, O’Neale 1-2, Korver 1-3, Neto 0-1, Ingles 0-2, Crowder 0-4), San Antonio 5-14 (Mills 2-5, Belinelli 2-6, Forbes 1-1, DeRozan 0-1, Gay 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Utah 38 (Favors, Gobert 8), San Antonio 46 (Gay 15). Assists: Utah 23 (Gobert 7), San Antonio 26 (DeRozan 8). Total fouls: Utah 15, San Antonio 15. A: 17,834 (18,581).

Pelicans 116, Pistons 108 New Orleans: Hill 2-2 0-0 5, Randle 11-19 6-7 28, Davis 2-7 2-4 6, Holiday 14-22 3-3 37, Frazier 4-5 4-4 14, Miller 1-4 3-3 6, Diallo 2-2 0-0 4, Mirotic 5-13 0-0 12, Moore 1-5 2-2 4. Totals 42-79 20-23 116. Detroit: Robinson III 0-2 0-0 0, Griffin 13-25 5-8 35, Drummond 10-23 3-6 23, R.Jackson 1-6 0-0 2, Brown 3-7 0-0 7, Leuer 4-5 1-2 9, Pachulia 2-4 2-5 6, Calderon 0-1 0-0 0, Galloway 9-20 2-3 24, Kennard 1-5 0-0 2. Totals 43-98 13-24 108. New Orleans 28 28 35 25 — 116 Detroit 20 30 34 24 — 108 3-point goals: New Orleans 12-30 (Holiday 6-10, Frazier 2-3, Mirotic 2-8, Hill 1-1, Miller 1-3, Moore 0-1, Davis 0-2, Randle 0-2), Detroit 9-29 (Griffin 4-9, Galloway 4-10, Brown 1-2, Drummond 0-1, Leuer 0-1, Calderon 0-1, R.Jackson 0-2, Kennard 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: New Orleans 47 (Davis 9), Detroit 47 (Drummond 19). Assists: New Orleans 27 (Frazier 8), Detroit 28 (Calderon 9). Total fouls: New Orleans 19, Detroit 22. A: 14,705 (20,491).


B8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH AMERICA’S LINE NFL Favorite ....... Open/current ......Underdog SEAHAWKS.............3..... 3.................... Vikings Thursday CHIEFS....................3..... 3................. Chargers Saturday Texans .................. 6.5 ..6.5 .......................JETS BRONCOS ...............3..... 3....................Browns Sunday VIKINGS.................NL... NL ................Dolphins BENGALS................3..... 3....................Raiders RAVENS..................8..... 8........................ Bucs COLTS .....................3..... 3..................Cowboys BILLS .....................1.5... 1.5 ..................... Lions BEARS ...................NL... NL ................. Packers GIANTS ..................2.5...2.5 .................... Titans JAGUARS ................ 7..... 7.............Washington FALCONS ...............8.5 ..8.5 .....................Cards Seahawks..............NL... NL ................... 49ERS STEELERS..............NL... NL ................. Patriots RAMS.....................NL... NL ....................Eagles Monday Saints ................... 6.5 ..6.5 ............ PANTHERS COLLEGE FOOTBALL Favorite ....... Open/current ......Underdog SATURDAY Celebration Bowl No Caro A&T..........7.5... 7.5 ............... Alcorn St New Mexico Bowl Utah St .................. 10... 10...................N Texas Cure Bowl Tulane ...................3.5...3.5 .........UL-Lafayette Las Vegas Bowl Fresno St................4..... 4............... Arizona St Camellia Bowl E Michigan ............PK... PK ..........Ga Southern New Orleans Bowl App’chian St........... 7..... 7.............Mid Tenn St DECEMBER 18 Boca Raton Bowl Uab........................1.5... 1.5 ..............No Illinois DECEMBER 19 Frisco Bowl Ohio U ....................3..... 3........... San Diego St DECEMBER 20 Gasparilla Bowl Marshall................2.5...2.5 .............S FLORIDA DECEMBER 21 Bahamas Bowl Toledo ....................6..... 6.............Florida Int’l Potato Bowl Byu ........................ 12 ....12............W Michigan DECEMBER 22 Birmingham Bowl Memphis ...............3.5.... 4............Wake Forest Armed Forces Bowl Army .....................NL... NL ................ Houston Dollar General Bowl Buffalo ...................3..... 3.........................Troy Hawaii Bowl HAWAII ..................2.5...2.5 ..................La Tech DECEMBER 26 First Responder Bowl Boise St ..................3..... 3..............Boston Coll Quick Lane Bowl Georgia Tech..........4..... 4...............Minnesota Cheez-It Bowl California ..............PK... PK .........................Tcu DECEMBER 27 Independence Bowl Temple ..................3.5...3.5 ......................Duke Pinstripe Bowl Miami-Fla..............3.5...3.5 ..............Wisconsin Texas Bowl Vanderbilt............ 4.5 ..4.5................... Baylor DECEMBER 28 Music City Bowl Auburn................. 4.5 ..4.5.................. Purdue Camping World Bowl W Virginia .............. 7.... 1.5 ............... Syracuse Alamo Bowl Wash St ..................4..... 4....................Iowa St DECEMBER 29 College Football Playoff • Orange Bowl Alabama................ 14 ....14.............. Oklahoma College Football Playoff • Cotton Bowl Clemson ................ 11 ....11........... Notre Dame Arizona Bowl Nevada..................PK... PK ...........Arkansas St Peach Bowl Michigan .............. 6.5 ... 7.....................Florida Belk Bowl S Carolina............. 4.5 ..4.5................. Virginia DECEMBER 31 Military Bowl Cincinnati...............6..... 6...........Virginia Tech Sun Bowl Stanford............... 6.5 ..6.5 .............Pittsburgh San Francisco Bowl Oregon ..................2.5...2.5 ...........Michigan St Liberty Bowl Missouri ................8.5 ..8.5 .........Oklahoma St Holiday Bowl Utah...................... 6.5 ..6.5 .......Northwestern Gator Bowl Texas A&M ........... 4.5 ..4.5................NC State

JANUARY 1 Outback Bowl Miss St.................. 6.5 ..6.5 ...................... Iowa Citrus Bowl Penn St................... 7....5.5 ...............Kentucky Fiesta Bowl Lsu..........................8.... 7.5 ................C Florida JANUARY 1 Rose Bowl Ohio St ................... 5..... 6.............Washington Sugar Bowl Georgia.................. 11 ....11......................Texas NBA Favorite ............. Points ............Underdog PACERS......................6.5 .....................Wizards 76ERS......................... 8........................ Pistons CELTICS ...................... 7...................... Pelicans BUCKS ....................... 14.................... Cavaliers THUNDER..................5.5 ........................... Jazz Kings .........................2.5 ........................BULLS MAVERICKS...............5.5 ........................ Magic Clippers....................10.5 ........................ SUNS NUGGETS...................3.5 .................... Grizzlies WARRIORS ...............10.5 .................. T’Wolves LAKERS ...................... 6............................ Heat COLLEGE BASKETBALL Favorite ............. Points ............Underdog ST. MARY’S-CA .........12.5..............CS-Fullerton PACIFIC....................... 6.............Long Beach St Added Games MARSHALL...............13.5.............Morehead St Hofstra ....................... 7...............MANHATTAN NHL Favorite .............. Odds .............Underdog Penguins ........... -$135/+$115........ ISLANDERS LIGHTNING........-$245/+$205 .............Rangers RED WINGS ........-$120/even................... Kings SHARKS.............-$210/+$175................. Devils Grand Salami: Over/under 24.5 goals. Home team in CAPS © 2018 Benjamin Eckstein

COLLEGES Men’s basketball scores East Columbia 74, Iona 71 Delaware 88, St. Francis (Pa.) 83 Duquesne 80, Longwood 71 Niagara 71, New Hampshire 67 St. John’s 89, Princeton 74 Wagner 105, New Rochelle 57 South Alabama 76, Arizona 73 Chattanooga 83, VMI 65 Coll. Charles. 87, Georgia College & State 69 Georgia Tech 73, Florida A&M 40 LSU 91, Incarnate Word 50 Lipscomb 107, Navy 81 Old Dominion 79, Fairfield 69 Samford 77, Alabama A&M 59 Tennessee St. 64, Coppin St. 55 Tennessee Tech 97, Hiwassee 60 Virginia 57, VCU 49 Virginia Tech 81, SC State 44 Wofford 82, Coast. Carolina 71 Midwest Cleveland St. 77, Notre Dame College 56 Evansville 89, Ball St. 77 Iowa St. 101, Southern U. 65 North Dakota 83, Milwaukee 72 Saint Louis 65, Oregon St. 61 Southwest Texas 72, Purdue 68 Far West Denver 93, Western Colorado University 69 Hawaii 82, Hawaii Hilo 75 Montana St. 95, Washington St. 90 Nevada 74, Grand Canyon 66 San Diego 82, CS Northridge 68 Santa Clara 82, Sonoma State 54 Tennessee 76, Gonzaga 73 Washington 70, Seattle 62

14. Minnesota (10-0) beat Boston College 77-69. Next: vs. Coppin State, Wednesday. 15. Syracuse (8-2) idle. Next: vs. Niagara, Monday, Dec. 17. 16. Iowa (8-2) idle. Next: vs. Northern Iowa, Sunday. 17. Arizona State (7-2) beat Colorado State 70-39. Next: vs. Kansas State, Sunday. 18. Marquette (7-2) beat Northwestern 76-57. Next: vs. Green Bay, Saturday. 19. Kentucky (9-1) lost to No. 5 Louisville 80-75. Next: vs. Middle Tennessee, Saturday. 20. DePaul (7-3) beat Oklahoma 87-76. Next: vs. Tennessee State, Monday, Dec. 17. 21. Drake (8-2) idle. Next: at Iowa State, Sunday. 22. South Carolina (5-4) at Duke, ppd., weather. Next: at Purdue, Sunday. 23. Missouri (8-2) beat St. Louis 74-62. Next: vs. South Dakota, Saturday. 24. Gonzaga (9-1) beat Washington State 76-53. Next: at Missouri State, Sunday. 25. Miami (8-2) beat New Orleans 78-38. Next: vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, Sunday.

SOCCER Champions League (Home teams listed first) FIRST ROUND • Top two per group advance

L 0 1 3 3

1. UConn (9-0) idle. Next: at Oklahoma, Wednesday, Dec. 19. 2. Notre Dame (8-1) idle. Next: vs. Binghamton, Sunday. 3. Oregon (7-1) lost to Michigan State 88-82. Next: at South Dakota State, Wednesday. 4. Baylor (7-0) idle. Next: vs. Morehead State, Wednesday. 5. Louisville (10-0) beat No. 19 Kentucky 80-75. Next: vs. Northern Kentucky, Saturday. 6. Mississippi State (9-0) idle. Next: at Southern Mississippi, Friday. 7. Maryland (9-0) idle. Next: vs. Loyola (Md.), Monday. 8. Oregon State (7-1) beat Santa Clara 82-31. Next: vs. Eastern Washington, Friday. 9. Tennessee (8-0) beat No. 12 Texas 88-82. Next: vs. No. 11 Stanford, Tuesday, Dec. 18. 10. N.C. State (10-0) idle. Next: vs. Maine, Saturday. 11. Stanford (6-1) idle. Next: vs. No. 4 Baylor, Saturday. 12. Texas (7-2) lost to No. 9 Tennessee 88-82. Next: vs. Stetson, Sunday. 13. California (8-0) idle. Next: vs. UC Santa Barbara, Sunday.


Chilly with some sun WIND WNW 4-8 mph


Friday at Shenandoah, Texas • Mt. Union (14-0) vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor (14-0), 6 p.m.

NAIA championship Saturday at Daytona Beach, Fla. • Morningside (14-0) vs. Benedictine (Kan.) (13-1), 6 p.m.



Sunday Newcastle 1, Wolverhampton 2 Monday Everton vs. Watford, 2 p.m.


Monday’s NFL injury report

Friday At The American Bank Center, Corpus Christi, Texas: Gilberto Ramirez vs. Jesse Hart, 12, for Ramirez’s WBO super middleweight title Saturday At Madison Square Garden, New York: Rocky Fielding vs. Canelo Alvarez, 12, for Fielding’s WBA regular super middleweight title; David Lemieux vs. Tureano Johnson, 12, middleweights; Tevin Farmer vs. Francisco Fonseca, 12, for Farmer’s IBF junior lightweight title; Sadam Ali vs. Mauricio Herrera, 10, welterweights.

Kirksville 36/24

Quincy 35/24

A little rain

Partly sunny and cooler WIND N 8-16 mph

Decatur 32/21 Springfield 57 35/22 Effingham 70 55 36/21


Columbia 70 40/26 St. Louis Mount Jefferson Vernon 38/27 City 38/21 55 41/24 Union 41/22 57 44 Rolla Carbondale 41/25 39/21 Farmington 41/24 Cape Girardeau 41/22 Springfield 44/27 Poplar Bluff West Plains 43/20 55 45/24

Kansas City 40/27

Joplin 45/28



Flood Stage 24 hour Stage (ft.) Sun. Change


Missouri River Kansas City Jefferson City Hermann Washington St. Charles Mississippi River Hannibal Louisiana Dam 24 Dam 25 Grafton M.Price, Pool M.Price, Tail. St. Louis Chester Cape Girardeau Illinois River La Salle Peoria Beardstown

32 23 21 20 25

18.31 14.96 15.55 12.32 19.40

18.05 16.18 15.02

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Average High 50 47 48 38 37




42.51 +0.12 355.20 360.97 494.65 658.58 707.33 655.04 912.30 841.21 600.89 407.21 610.63 446.18


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Meramec River Sullivan Valley Park Arnold Bourbeuse River Union Ohio River Cairo Lake Levels Kentucky Pool Wappapello Pool Clearwater Pool Lake Ozark Truman Lake Bull Shoals Table Rock Pomme de Terre Lake Shelbyville Rend Lake Mark Twain Lake Carlyle Lake

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16 13.46 -0.29 15 12.62 -0.43 25 22.13 -0.71 26 22.78 -0.71 18 16.33 -0.69 419 413.22 -0.61 21 16.20 -1.54 30 21.92 -1.79 27 25.02 -1.36 32 31.17 -0.66 20 18 14

Flood Stage 24 hour Stage (ft.) Sun. Change


Chief Meteorologist Glenn Zimmerman

Winnipeg 20/7

Seattle 49/43

Montreal 22/11

42 32

+0.20 -0.12 -0.14 none +0.04 none +0.04 +0.03 -0.06 -0.02 -0.09 +0.03

Average Low 47 48 35



Trees Weeds Grass Mold

Absent Absent Absent Low - 1024

Source: St. Louis County

Heating Degree Days Degree days are an indicator of energy needs. The more the total degree days, the more energy is necessary to heat.

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

38 261 245 1323 1067

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

36° noon

34° 4 p.m.

26° 8 p.m.

UV Index Today Shown is the highest value of the day.











The higher the UV Index™ number, the greater the need for eye and skin protection.

Today’s Air Quality







Chihuahua 61/39

Cold front

Warm front


Albany, N.Y. Albuquerque Anchorage Atlanta Austin Baltimore Birmingham Boise Boston Charleston, S.C. Charleston, W.Va. Charlotte Chicago Cincinnati Cleveland Dallas Daytona Beach Denver Des Moines Destin, Fla. Detroit Hartford Honolulu Houston Indianapolis Kansas City Las Vegas Little Rock

Skywatch Rise


7:09 a.m. 9:48 a.m.

4:40 p.m. 7:46 p.m.

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Full Moon

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New Moon

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35/16/s 46/31/pc 29/23/c 43/33/sh 58/32/s 41/24/s 42/25/r 35/22/sn 37/24/s 45/35/c 40/20/s 39/26/c 35/24/s 37/21/s 34/23/pc 55/34/s 59/42/pc 55/29/s 32/22/s 52/39/c 35/25/pc 37/15/s 81/72/pc 57/34/s 33/20/s 40/27/s 60/44/pc 45/25/s

National Extremes

High: 85 Hollywood, Fla.

Amsterdam Athens Baghdad Bangkok Beijing Berlin Buenos Aires Cairo Cancun Dublin Hong Kong Jerusalem Johannesburg London Madrid Mecca

Washington 43/29

Kansas City 40/27 Atlanta 43/33

Houston 57/34

Miami 76/53

Monterrey 63/41

Stationary front

Today Hi/Lo/W

New York 40/27

Detroit 35/25

El Paso 57/39


Good Moderate Unhealthy Unhealthy Very Hazardous (sensitive) Unhealthy

Denver 55/29

Los Angeles 72/50

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

Sun Moon

Chicago 35/24

San Francisco 58/45

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17 S

Pollen Yesterday

Toronto 35/25

Billings 44/27 Minneapolis 29/15

Temperature High/low 36°/17° Normal high/low 44°/28° Last year high/low 36°/23° Record high 74° (1918) Record low -5° (1876) Precipitation 24 hrs through 5 p.m. Sun. 0.00” Month to date (normal) 1.02” (0.91”) Year to date (normal) 39.64” (39.03”) Record for this date 0.80” (1999)



Shown are noon positions of precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day.



Metro-East Lutheran Quad, 5 p.m. Teams: Gateway Science Academy, Mater Dei, Metro-East Lutheran, Red Bud Roxana at Waterloo, 6 p.m.


Statistics through 5 p.m. Sunday

23° 8 a.m.


Cool, dry and sunny weather is expected across the eastern and central U.S. today with the exception of the Carolinas. In the wake of a winter storm, some rain and snow showers will linger in the Southeast. In the West, rain will dampen portions of Northern California and the coastal Northwest while snow showers fall farther inland.


Peoria 55 74 Macomb 35/24 36/23 Bloomington Urbana 33/22 33/21

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St. Charles at St. Charles West, 3:30 p.m. Liberty at Fort Zumwalt North, 3:30 p.m. Lutheran St. Charles, McCluer at McCluer South-Berkeley, 3:30 p.m. St. Dominic at Ritenour, 4 p.m. Fort Zumwalt West at St. Joseph’s, 4:30 p.m. Duchesne vs. Incarnate Word at UMSL, 4:30 p.m. Ursuline vs. Nerinx Hall at Principia, 6 p.m. Timberland vs. Francis Howell at Rec-Plex, 8:30 p.m.


Shown is today’s weather. Temperatures are today’s highs and tonight’s lows.

266 272 274 274 274 274 275 275 275 275 275 275 275 275 276 276 276 276 276 276

At Queeny Park Vianney (5-2-1) vs. Westminster (2-7-1), 6:30 p.m. Seckman (2-5) vs. Lafayette (6-2), 8:15 p.m. At South County O’Fallon (0-7) vs. Eureka (2-7), 7 p.m. Priory (6-1) vs. Fox (6-1-1), 8:45 p.m. At Granite Rink Belleville Twsp. (8-1-1) vs. Triad (4-5), 7:30 p.m. At East Alton Rink Freeburg/Waterloo (9-1) vs. Alton (3-6-1), 7:30 p.m. Granite City (4-5-1) vs. Civic Memorial (1-7-1), 9 p.m. At Affton Rink Oakville (5-4-1) vs. CBC (8-0-1), 9 p.m. At St. Peters Rec-Plex Fort Zumwalt South (5-6) vs. Fort Zumwalt East (7-3), 9 p.m.

VIKINGS at SEAHAWKS — VIKINGS: OUT: WR Chad Beebe (hamstring), CB Trae Waynes (concussion), TE David Morgan (knee). QUESTIONABLE: LB Eric-Nathan Kendricks (rib). SEAHAWKS: OUT: LB Kenneth Wright (knee). DOUBTFUL: G Danny Fluker (hamstring). QUESTIONABLE: WR Doug Baldwin (hip), RB Curtis Madden (chest), RB Rashaad Penny (ankle).

English Premier League

REGIONAL OUTLOOK Nice to have the sun back today, but we stay on the winter side of things. Highs today will be in the upper 30s to near 40. Look for warmer weather to move in tomorrow.

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Orchard Farm Tournament Duchesne (1-2) vs. De Soto (3-3), at Orchard Farm, 4 p.m. Wright City (0-2) vs. St. Pius X (1-2), at Orchard Farm, 5:30 p.m. Ritenour (0-5) at Orchard Farm (3-2), 7 p.m. Fort Zumwalt North Tournament Hazelwood East (1-1) vs. Pattonville (3-0) at FZ North, 5 p.m. McCluer (0-4) vs. Luth. St. Charles (5-1) at FZ East, 5:30 p.m. Hazelwood West (3-1) at Fort Zumwalt North (4-0), 6:30 p.m. FH North (2-1) at Fort Zumwalt East (4-1), 7 p.m. Sullivan Tournament Cuba vs Helias, 4 p.m. Salem (1-0) at Sullivan (3-2), 5:30 p.m. Northwest-CH (1-5) vs. Borgia (1-2), 7 p.m. Owensville (2-2) vs. St. James (3-2), 8:30 p.m. Non-Tournament Normandy (0-3) at Maplewood-RH (0-3), 4 p.m. New Haven (3-3) at Pacific (1-4), 5:30 p.m. Hancock (1-3) at Crystal City (1-5), 5:30 p.m. Lutheran South (5-0) at Clayton (3-2), 6 p.m. Carlinville (6-1) at Pana (8-3), 6 p.m. Centralia, Ill. (6-4) at Highland (8-1), 6 p.m. Jefferson (3-3) at Kingston, 6 p.m. Van-Far at North Callaway (0-4), 6 p.m. University City (1-5) at Lift For Life (3-1), 6 p.m. Breese Central (3-4) at Carlyle (3-7), 6:15 p.m. Lebanon (8-3) at Freeburg (5-2), 6:15 p.m. Dupo (1-8) at Steeleville (3-7), 6:15 p.m. McKinley (3-2) at Confluence (0-2), 6:15 p.m.

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GROUP H GP W D L GF GA Pts x-Juventus 5 4 0 1 8 2 12 x-Manchester United 5 3 1 1 6 2 10 Valencia 5 1 2 2 4 5 5 Young Boys Bern 5 0 1 4 2 11 1 Wednesday Valencia vs. Manchester United, 2 p.m. Young Boys Bern vs. Juventus, 2 p.m.

WIND SE 6-12 mph

186 187 188 188 188 189 193 194 194 196 199 202

O’Fallon Christian (1-6) at Liberty (2-1), 6:30 p.m. Parkway South (2-3) at Webster Groves (2-3), 7 p.m. Affton (2-4) at Union (3-1), 7 p.m. Marion (2-8) at Gallatin County, 7:15 p.m. Greenville (8-1) at Piasa Southwestern (8-2), 7:30 p.m. Hillsboro, Ill. (8-2) at Staunton (9-2), 7:30 p.m. Father McGivney (9-2) at Wesclin (5-5), 7:30 p.m. Festus (3-0) at Potosi (0-2), 7:30 p.m. Collinsville (5-3) at Civic Memorial (10-0), 7:30 p.m. Gillespie (1-6) at Roxana (2-4), 7:30 p.m. Riverview Gardens (1-2) at Mascoutah (2-8), 7:30 p.m. Litchfield (3-6) at Vandalia (2-6), 7:30 p.m. ME Lutheran (6-3) at Marissa (6-2), 7:45 p.m.

University City (4-1) at Hazelwood East (2-2), 5:30 p.m. Hancock (3-1) at Affton (2-3), 6 p.m. Gateway Science (1-6) at Cleveland (0-7), 6 p.m. Soldan (5-2) at Gateway STEM (4-3), 6:15 p.m. Miller Career (2-5) vs. Carnahan (1-7) at Vashon, 6:15 p.m. Vashon (5-0) vs. Roosevelt (4-3) at Miller Career, 6:15 p.m. Northwest Academy (1-7) at Riverview Gardens (1-3-1), 6:15 p.m. West County at Grandview (1-6), 7 p.m. Luth. St. Charles (0-5) at Trinity (4-0), 7:15 p.m. Carlinville (0-5) at Carrollton (1-1), 7:30 p.m. Union (4-1) at St. James (3-2), 7:30 p.m. McCluer (5-0) at Granite City (4-2), 7:30 p.m.

GP W D L GF GA Pts GROUP G x-Real Madrid 5 4 0 1 12 2 12 x-Roma 5 3 0 2 10 6 9 Viktoria Plzen 5 1 1 3 5 15 4 CSKA Moscow 5 1 1 3 5 9 4 Wednesday Roma vs. CSK Moscow, 11:55 a.m. Viktoria Plzen vs. Roma, 11:55 a.m.

Brilliant sunshine Cloudy, a shower Clear and or two seasonably cold WIND WIND WIND WSW 4-8 mph SW 7-14 mph S 8-16 mph

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HIGH SCHOOLS Monday’s schedule

GROUP F GP W D L GF GA Pts x-Manchester City 5 3 1 1 14 5 10 Lyon 5 1 4 0 11 10 7 Shaktar Donetsk 5 1 2 2 7 15 5 Hoffenheim 5 0 3 2 10 12 3 Wednesday Manchester City vs. Hoffenheim, 2 p.m. Shaktar Donetsk vs. Lyon at Kharkiv, Ukraine, 2 p.m.


Sunday | Randpark Golf Club | Johannesburg b-Bushwillow Course: 7,116 yards, par-71 f-Firethorn Course: 7,504 yards, par-71 Purse: $1.25 million Final Final two rounds on Firethorn Course 62b-70f-67-67 Louis Oosthuizen, South Africa Romain Langasque, France 69b-68f-69-66 Bryce Easton, South Africa 68b-69f-71-66 Thomas Aiken, South Africa 67b-68f-72-67 Oliver Wilson, England 73b-66f-68-67 67f-63b-72-72 Charl Schwartzel, South Africa Brandon Stone, South Africa 71b-67f-71-66 Yikeun Chang, South Korea 70f-65b-72-68 Anthony Michael, South Africa 67f-71b-69-68 Haydn Porteous, South Africa 68f-70b-68-69 Branden Grace, South Africa 66b-68f-71-70 Jbe Kruger, South Africa 66b-67f-72-70 Jeff Winther, Denmark 68f-69b-68-70 Madalitso Muthiya, Zambia 63b-68f-71-73 64b-68f-74-70 Zander Lombard, South Africa Kurt Kitayama, United States 63f-69b-74-70 Tapio Pulkkanen,Finland 69b-69f-68-70 Robert MacIntyre, Scotland 70b-67f-68-71 Ernie Els, South Africa 66b-71f-68-71 Matt Wallace, Britain 65b-69f-68-74 Also Jarin Todd, United States 68b-72f-69-68 John Catlin, United States 70f-70b-74-69

Division III championship

GF GA Pts 7 4 9 13 8 8 8 7 6 4 13 4

59-66-61 59-66-62 61-64-63 59-67-62 61-66-61 62-67-60 61-67-65 63-67-64 62-67-65 63-68-65 63-68-67 63-71-68

South African Open

Saturday at McKinney, Texas • Valdosta State (13-0) vs. Ferris State (15-0), 3 p.m.


Sunday | Tiburon Golf Club | Naples, Fla. Yardage: 7,382 | Par: 72 | Purse: $3.4 million Final $422,500 ea Patton Kizzire/Brian Harman Graeme McDowell/Emiliano Grillo $265,500 Gary Woodland/Charley Hoffman $132,500 Kevin Na/Bryson DeChambeau $132,500 Luke List/Charles Howell III $132,500 Bubba Watson/Harold Varner III $97,500 Lexi Thompson/Tony Finau $92,500 $88,750 Brandt Snedeker/Billy Horschel $88,750 Steve Stricker/Sean O’Hair $85,000 Andrew Landry/Luke Donald Kyle Stanley/Pat Perez $82,500 Kevin Kisner/Cameron Champ $80,000 First Round: Scramble Second Round: Modified alternate shot Third Round: Four-ball

Division II championship

GROUP E GP W D L GF GA Pts x-Bayern Munich 5 4 1 0 12 2 13 x-Ajax Amsterdam 5 3 2 0 8 2 11 Benfica 5 1 1 3 5 11 4 AEK Athens 5 0 0 5 2 12 0 Wednesday Ajax Amsterdam vs. Bayern Munich, 2 p.m. Benfica vs. AEK Athens, 2 p.m.

How the top 25 fared

QBE Shootout

Friday • South Dakota State (10-2) at North Dakota State (13-0), 7 p.m. Saturday • Maine (10-3) at Eastern Washington (11-2), 1 p.m.

GROUP D GP W D L GF GA Pts x-Porto 5 4 1 0 12 4 13 x-Schalke 5 2 2 1 5 4 8 Galatasaray 5 1 1 3 3 5 4 Lokomotiv Moscow 5 1 0 4 4 11 3 Tuesday Galatasaray vs. Porto, 11:55 a.m. Schalke vs. Lokomotiv Moscow, 11:55 a.m.



BASEBALL | National League NEW YORK — Named Chili Davis hitting coach, Chuck Hernandez bullpen coach and Luis Rojas quality control coach. HOCKEY | National Hockey League CAROLINA — Recalled G Scott Darling from Charlotte (AHL). LOS ANGELES — Recalled F Austin Wagner from Ontario (AHL). MINNESOTA — Recalled F Luke Kunin from Iowa (AHL). NY ISLANDERS — Returned G Christopher Gibson to Bridgeport (AHL). Recalled F Josh Ho-Sang from Bridgeport. WASHINGTON — Reassigned F Riley Barber to Hershey (AHL). SOCCER | Major League Soccer ATLANTA — Declined options on G Mitch Hildebrandt, Ds Sal Zizzo and Michael Parkhurst and Ms Oliver Shannon and Andrew Wheeler-Omiunu. Exercised options on G Alec Kann, F Romario Williams, Ds Mikey Ambrose and Greg Garza and Ms Julian Gressel, Jeff Larentowicz and Darlington Nagbe. Re-signed D Jon Gallagher. FC DALLAS — Traded the rights to F Tesho Akindele to Orlando City for 2019 targeted allocation money and 2020 general allocation money. Traded F Maxi Urruti to Montreal for a 2019 first-round draft pick and targeted allocation money. PHILADELPHIA — Traded the rights to M Fabian Herbers to Chicago for a 2019 second-round draft pick. COLLEGE IOWA STATE — Signed football coach Matt Campbell to a contract extension through the 2024 season. NORTH CAROLINA — Named Jay Bateman co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach. UCLA — Promoted offensive line coach Justin Frye to offensive coordinator.

FCS semifinals

GROUP B GP W D L GF GA Pts Barcelona 5 4 1 0 13 4 13 Tottenham 5 2 1 2 8 9 7 Inter Milan 5 2 1 2 5 6 7 PSV Eindhoven 5 0 1 4 5 12 1 Tuesday Barcelona vs. Tottenham, 2 p.m. Inter Milan vs. PSV Eindhoven, 2 p.m. D 3 2 0 1



GROUP A GP W D L GF GA Pts x-Atletico Madrid 5 4 0 1 9 6 12 Borussia Dortmund 5 3 1 1 8 2 10 Club Brugge 5 1 2 2 6 5 5 Monaco 5 0 1 4 2 12 1 Tuesday Club Brugge vs. Atletico Madrid, 2 p.m. Monaco vs. Borussia Dortmund, 2 p.m.

GROUP C GP W Napoli 5 2 Paris St.-Germain 5 2 Liverpool 5 2 Red Star Belgrade 5 1 Tuesday Liverpool vs. Napoli, 2 p.m. Red Star Belgrade vs. Paris St.-Germain, 2 p.m.

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Continued from Page A10 Misc. Autos BOMMARITO ST. PETERS CADILLAC CERTIFIED 6yr/100K 1-866-244-9085 '14 CTS: Luxury, AWD, $24,490 '14 CTS-V: Sedan, White, Auto, Loaded $43,490

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Chevrolet Trucks

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'18 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Crew Cab, Short Box, 4WD, $35,494 Stock #181014A DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '14 Chevrolet Silverado: 1500 Reg Cab, Std. Box, 2WD $16,917 Stock #181140A DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '15 Chevrolet Silverado: 1500, LT, Certified, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, 32K Miles, $31,569 #P6662

'18 Audi Q5: 2.0T Quattro, Ibis White, AWD, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner $40,987 #28326L

'10 Chevy Equinox: LTZ, Loaded, Clean Carfax, Full Power $11,569 #44167A

'18 Mazda CX-9: Signature, AWD, Clean Carfax, 3K Miles, $40,700 #12248L


'17 Chevrolet Silverado: 2500HD High Country, 8K Miles, 4WD, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $58,800 #79723A

'17 Chevy Silverado 1500 Certified, Crew Cab, Short Box, 4WD, $43,640 Stock #190124A DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '16 Chevy Suburban LTZ: Black, loaded, NAV, DVD $45,990 #M19023A

'17 Chevy Colorado: 4x4, "Black Out" Edition, Loaded $27,550 #35244A

'14 Escalade: Black, 55K, Quad Seats $36,490 '16 SRX: Luxury Collection, Crystal White, AWD, Certified,

BOMMARITO ST. PETERS 1-866-244-9085 VOLKSWAGEN'S '16 Jetta: Auto, Certified, 39K, $12,990 '15 Jetta: SE, 44K, Auto, Gas, Certified $13,490 '17 Jetta: SE, 15K, Auto, Certified $15,890

'13 Chevy Silverado: 1500, LT, AWD, Ext Cab 6.5" Widespread $19,990 #420209A

'17 Chevy Silverado: Crew Cab, High Country, One Owner, Only 14K Miles $42,990 #P6541A

'14 Chevy Silverado: 3500HD, LTZ, Crew Cab, 4WD, Clean Carfax $39,200 #79281A

'18 Passat: 2.0 Turbo, 10K, Auto, Blue $17,490

Ford Trucks

'18 Beetle: 6K, Auto, Black $18,490

'13 Ford F-150: Raptor, Crew Cab, 4WD, White, Local Trade $38,990 #M18349B

'12 Jetta Sedan: TDI, Auto, Blue, 51K Miles $11,990 '09 Jetta: SEL, Auto, White $5,990

Nissan/Datsun '17 Nissan Altima Stock #P07025 $14,367 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '15 Nissan Altima Auto, 7K Miles, White. $16,990 #V9201A

'17 Nissan Sentra SV, CVT, $13,566 Stock #P07029 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '14 Nissan Maxima: 34K Miles, Black, Sunroof, Auto $19,990 #C18235C

'11 Ford F150 Lariat: Crew Cab, 4x4, Loaded. $29,990 #44028B

'10 Ford F-150: Lariat, Crew Cab, 4WD, V8 $18,990 #M19021A

'18 Ford F-150: 4WD, Platinum Super Crew, 5K Miles, Clean Carfax $50,987 #79725A

'15 Ford F-150 Lariat: Super Crew Cab Styleside, 67K Miles, Clean Carfax $32,987 #P9460

GMC Trucks Porsche '12 Porsche 911: Black Edition, Convertible RWD, Clean Carfax $54,987 #P9511

'15 Land Rover LR4: 4WD, gray, local trade. Just arrived. $37,990 #C18198B

Subaru '14 Subaru Forester Touring: Leather, NAV, Black, auto. $14,490 #V18519A


'18 Honda Ridgeline: RTL-T, Crew Cab, 13K Miles, AWD, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $33,800 #79460A

Misc Trucks '14 Ram 2500: 6.7 Diesel, Crew Cab Laramie, 4 New Tires, $44,990 #B9170

'17 Ram 1500: Laramie Longhorn Edition, 7K Miles, 4WD $40,990 #C18259A

'13 Toyota Yaris: LE, Automatic, 30+ MPG $7,290 #B9108A

Nissan/Datsun Trucks '16 Toyota Corolla: Auto, Loaded, Clean Carfax $14,469 #44172A

Volkswagen '12 Volkswagen Passat: SE Stock #190026A Call Us! DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '08 Volkswagen GTI: 2 Door, Carfax 1 Owner #35262B Call Today!

'14 Volkswagen Passat: Wolfsburg Edition, 65K Miles, FWD, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner $10,972 #42917B

'12 Volkswagen Jetta: TDI, 6-Speed Auto DSG, FWD, Clean Carfax 1 Owner, $10,990 #V9458

'16 Volkswagen Golf: R32, Manual, Nav, Certified, $29,990 #V9525

'18 Volkswagen Beetle S: Hatchback, FWD, VW Certified, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $18,490 #V18521A

'15 Nissan Titan: Pro, Crew Cab, 4WD, 1 Owner $28,990 #B9063

'17 Nissan Frontier: SV, V6, 6K Miles, Crew Cab, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner $23,750 #400069A

'18 Audi Q7: Premium Plus, 11K Miles, AWD, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner $55,200 #28602L

'13 Chevy Equinox: Loaded, Very Clean. $11,469 #420054B

'17 Mazda CX-5: Touring, 4K, Certified, Like New FWD, $23,990 #M17390R

'18 Audi Q5: Premium Plus, Quattro, AWD, 6K Miles $42,800 #28649L

'18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: Certified, Clean Carfax, One Owner, AWD $42,800 #28658L

'18 Audi Q5: PremiumPlus, Quattro, 24K Miles, $41,490 #C18154B1

'18 Audi Q5 Premium: Clean Carfax, One Owner, Certified, 6K Miles $38,800 #28659L

'07 Nissan Frontier: 81K, V6, Extended Cab $10,990 #M9532A

Crossovers '17 Lexus RX350: Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, AWD $41,800 #P9626

'18 Audi Q7: Premium, 11K Miles, Clean Carfax, One Owner, AWD $53,888 #28207L

Will b e r e c e iv e d b y t h e Administration of the St. Louis Art Museum, Owner, at 1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63110 at 2:00 p.m. on January 10, 2019. The bids will be privately opened and read.

'05 Chevy Suburban Z71: Black, Loaded, Very Clean. $8,990 #P6637A

'18 Mazda CX-9: Grand Touring, AWD, Clean Carfax, Sonic Silver $32,987 #P9497

'13 Chevy Equinox: LT, Clean Carfax, One Owner $10,969 #35477A

'16 Nissan Pathfinder: 4WD, Platinum, $18,557 Stock #P06899 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841

A mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on Thursday, December 2 0 , 2 0 1 8 at 1:30 p.m. on the West Loading Dock, 1 Fine Arts Drive, St. Louis, Missouri.

'11 Ford Escape: Limited, 4WD, Carfax 1 Owner $10,490 #M18078A1

'08 GMC Envoy: 2WD, SLE1, $17,995 Stock #P06854A DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '18 GMC Terrain: 1K Miles, White, Just Arrived! $26,490 #B9076B

'18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: 7K Miles, Certified, Clean Carfax, One Owner $42,800 #28660L

'14 Nissan Pathfinder: Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, Auto, Heated Seats, $19,992 #44111A

'08 Saturn VUE: AWD, Stock #190142A Call Us! DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '02 Toyota Rav4: Stock #190033A Call us! DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841

'17 Toyota Sequoia: Platinum, 41K Miles, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner $45,888 #97375A

Questions regarding the scope of work should be directed, in writing, to Nick Ging, McClure Engineering, n g in g @ Questions over the phone will not be accepted. Questions regarding commercial conditions should be directed, in writing, to Mark Macinski, Director of Building Operations, mark.macinski Questions over the phone will not be accepted. The Owner reserves the right to waive informalities in bids and to reject any and all bids. Construction Estimate: $250,000

'15 GMC Yukon: Denali, White, GM Certified, Loaded $42,750 #420141B '17 Toyota Highlander: Hybrid Limited, AWD, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $40,400 #98123A

'18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: Certified, AWD, Clean Carfax, One Owner, $39,800 #28757L '12 GMC Acadia: SLE, Loaded, Very Clean, Full Power $14,769 #P6555A '18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: AWD, Clean Carfax, One Owner, 8K Miles $40,900 #28758L '13 GMC Acadia Denali: Loaded, One Owner, Clean Carfax, $19,469 #44155A 18 Audi Q7 Prestige: Quattro Sport, 6 Cyl, 3.0L, AWD, Auto, 9K Miles, $61,500 #28763L

'17 Audi Q7: Premium Plus, AWD, 33K Miles, Carfax 1 Owner $47,800 #29026A

'18 Audi Q5 Premium: Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, Well Maintained $35,200 #P9607

'18 Audi Q7: Premium Plus, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, AWD, $48,800 #P9619

'18 Audi Q5 Premium: Certified, Clean Carfax, One Owner, AWD $34,800 #P9625

'16 BMW X5 50i: xDrive, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, AWD, 41K Miles $44,800 #P9665

15 BMW X5 35d: AWD, 30K Miles, Carfax 1 Owner, $37,888 #P9574

'17 GMC Yukon: SLT, Onxy Black, 20K Miles, 4x4, $45,987 #P9277

'16 GMC Acadia Denali: AWD, Ebony Twilight, 24K Miles, Clean Carfax $33,987 #P9478

'16 GMC Yukon Denali: 4WD, Quicksilver Metallic $49,200 P9606

'18 Buick Encore: Preferred, 1K Miles, Just Arrived $20,990 #C18022B

'18 Buick Envision: Premium II, Galaxy Silver, AWD, $37,987 #P9356

'15 Cadillac Escalade: ESV Premium, Dark Granite, Local Trade $47,990 #C19050A

'14 Cadillac Escalade: Premium, AWD, Certified, Black $37,290 #C9319A

'14 Cadillac Escalade: Black/Black, AWD, 56K Miles, Nav, Roof $36,490 #C9404

'15 Cadillac Escalade: Luxury, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, 4WD $45,888 #98139A

'18 Cadillac Escalade: Luxury Package, 4WD, 20K Miles $59,987 #P9311

'16 Volkswagen Touareg: VR6 FSI, 8-Speed Auto with Tipt, AWD, 31K Miles, $31,990 #V18546A

'13 Volvo XC90: AWD Stock #180402A Call Us! DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841

'16 Volvo XC60: T5, Premier, White, Sunroof & Nav, $27,990 #M18556A

'17 Volvo XC60: R-Design, AWD, Clean Carfax, One Owner, 12K Miles $34,556 #P9549

Mini vans '14 Honda CR-V: EX, AWD, 17K Miles, $19,490 #C18230A2

'18 Chrysler Pacifica: Touring, L, One Owner, Clean Carfax, $26,575 #P6644

'17 Hyundai Santa FE: SE, $18,550 Stock #P06966 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841

'16 Dodge Caravan: SE, 37K Miles, 1 Owner, Grey, $18,990 #V18457A

'10 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS: Loaded, Full Power $8,990 #420175B

'13 Hyundai Tucson: LTD, Loaded, Black $12,469 #42511A

'18 Infiniti QX60: AWD, Certified, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $38,200 #97029L

'18 Infiniti QX80: 33K Miles, Clean Carfax, One Owner, AWD $49,987 #P9495

'18 Infiniti QX60: Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, 22K Miles, AWD, $34,987 #P9500

'18 Infiniti QX60: AWD, Certified, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner $34,789 #P9543

'17 Infiniti QX80: AWD, Clean Carfax, One Owner, 48K Miles $42,789 #P9546

'18 Infiniti QX60: AWD, Carfax 1 Owner, 20K Miles $34,556 #P9551

'16 Honda Odyssey: SE, Loaded, Full Power, Only 33K Miles $24,769 #35542A

'13 Chevrolet Equinox: FWD 1LT, $11,896 Stock #180656A DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '14 Chevrolet Equinox: LS, FWD, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, $12,976 #P6427B

'11 Jeep Liberty: Limited, 4WD, Clean Carfax, 74K Miles $13,469 #P6627

'16 Jeep Cherokee: Trailhawk, 4WD, Leather, Roof, 8K Miles $29,490 #V18665B

'14 Chevrolet Traverse: LT. FWD, Clean Carfax, One Owner, $14,770 #44093A

'16 LR Range Rover: Sport V6 HSE, AWD, Clean Carfax $41,888 #79760A

'15 Chevrolet Tahoe: LTZ, 43K Miles, Clean Carfax, 4WD, $44,200 #12416A

'18 Mazda CX-9: Grand Touring, Certified, Clean Carfax, 5K Miles, Certified, $34,200 #12064L

'17 Chevy Traverse: FWD, LS, $22,410 Stock #P06928A DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '18 Chevy Tahoe 4 WD LT $44,954 Stock #P07028 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '18 Chevy Equinox: Certified, AWD, LT, $22,929 Stock #P06955 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841

Closing Date: December 14, 2018 Closing Time: 2:00 pm local time The Board of Education of Kearney R-I S chool District seeks S tateme nts of Qualifications from construction managers interested in providing construction manager as adviser services. Copy of the Request for Qualifications can be obtained through the Kearney R-1 School District website or by contacting Jeff Morrison via email at Interested parties should submit in writing one (1) hard copy and one (1) electronic version in PDF format of its S tatement of Qualifications in sealed envelopes or other suitable packaging. Clearly mark the outside of the envelope or package with the words ìS tatement of Qualifications to Provide Construction Manager as Adviser Services.î Statements of Qualifications must be received on or before the Closing Time on the Closing Date set forth above at the offices of Kearney R-I School District at the following address: Jeff Morrison Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources and Student Services Kearney R-I School District 150 West State Route 92 Kearney, MO 64060 The Board reserves the right to reject any or all Statements of Qualific a tio n s , to wa ive a n y i n f o rma l i t i e s a n d mi n o r irregularities, and may, in its sole discretion, disqualify any qualifications submitted by a party that the Board determines lacks the minimal qualifications to perform the proposed work.


Public Notices ADVERTISEMENT FOR BID Sealed bids for the Perry (Ralph and Martha) Memorial Conservation Area Range Relocation, Project No. 72-14-32, Johnson County , Missouri, will be received at M O Dept. of Conservation, PO Box 180, 2901 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65102, UNTIL 2:00 PM, January 17, 2019 then publicly opened. A Non Mandatory Pre-Bid meeting will be held for this project on January 4, 2019 at 9:00 AM at the Concordia Community Center, 802 S. Gordon St., Concordia, MO. Bidders must obtain a full set of printed construction documents from American Document Solutions, 1400 Forum Blvd., Suite 7A, Columbia, MO 65203, PH No. 573-446-7768, for a non- refundable fee of $50.00. Electronic sets are available for viewing only at http:// p l a n r o o m .a d s m o . n e t , CONTACTS: Project questions Dale Parsons, P.E., (573) 5224115 ext. 3771, Bidding questions - Sandy Payne, (573) 522-0136.

Sealed bids for the Shanks (Ted) Conservation Area Water Control Structures Replacement, Project No. 70-11-77, Pike County, Missouri, will be received at MO Dept. of Conservation, PO Box 180, 2901 W. Truman Blvd., Jefferson City, MO 65102, UNTIL 2:00 PM, January 17, 2019 then publicly opened. A Non Mandatory PreBid meeting will be held for this project on January 2, 2019 at 1:30 PM at the Ted Shanks Conservation Area, 3643 Pike 145, As h burn, MO. Bidders must obtain a full set of printed construction documents from American Docume n t So lu t io n s , 1 4 0 0 Forum Blvd., Suite 7A, Columbia, MO 65203, PH No. 573-446-7768, for a non- refundable fee of $70.00. Electronic sets are available for viewing only at http://, CONTACTS: Project questions - Justin Fessler, P.E., (573) 522-4115 ext. 3740, Bidding questions - Sandy Payne, (573) 5220136.

'18 Mazda CX-9: Grand Touring, 2K Miles, AWD, Clean Carfax, $35,200 #12068L

'18 Mazda CX-9: Signature, Clean Carfax, 2K Miles, AWD, $40,200 #12129L

Kearney R-I School District Request for Qualification to Provide Construction Manager as Adviser Services for Bulldog Stadium Renovation Project

'17 Chevy Express 3500: LT, 15 Passenger Van, GM Certified! $23,490 #P6535

'15 Jeep Grand Cherokee: Loredo, 4WD, 40K Miles, V6 $22,990 #B9340

Sport Utility '18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, AWD, 8K Miles, Certified $40,987 #28175L


Electronic copies of the drawings, specifications and other related contract information will be available beginning on December 10, 2018 and may be downloaded at no cost from Dropbox ( rlwekik2jji/AADix3Q6i1vg1h4cSMK e-_N5a?dl=0).


'18 Audi Q3 Quattro: 7K Miles, Utopia Blue Metallic, AWD, $33,987 #28209L

'13 Mazda CX-5: Nav, Sky Active Motor, Sunroof, $12,990 #V18631A

'16 GMC Sierra 1500: SLT, 4WD, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner $33,888 #79838A

Honda Trucks Range Rover/Land Rover

'18 Chevy Tahoe: LT, One Owner, Clean Carfax, GM Certified $42,990 #P6600

'15 Chevy Silverado 2500: HD, LTZ, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, 4WD $47,556 #79680A

'11 Jetta Wagon: TDI, Auto, Red, 57K Miles $11,990

'18 Tiguan: S, FWD, Blue Metallic, 7K $19,990

'18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, 9K Miles, AWD $41,556 #28392L

Sealed Bids for:

LETTING NO. 8683 CONCRETE & BRICK REMOVAL/REPLACEMENT AND COMPLETE SIDEWALK INSTALLATION SP-110 Sealed proposals will be received by the Board of Public Service in Room 208 City Hall, 1200 Market Street, St. Louis, M o . Until 1:45 PM, CT, on January 22, 2019, then publicly opened and read. Plans and Specifications may be examined on the Board of Public Service website planroom.aspx (BPS On Line Plan Room) and may be purchased directly through the BPS website from INDOX Services at cost plus shipping. No refunds will be made. A p r e - b id conference f o r all contractors bidding on this project will be held on December 18, 2018 at 10:00 A.M. in Room 305, City Hall, 1200 Market Street, St. Louis MO 63103. Bidders shall comply with all applicable City, State and Federal laws (including MBE/WBE policies). All bidders must regard Federal Executive Order 11246, "Notice of Requirement for Affirmative Action to Ensure Equal Employ ment Opportunity", the "Equal Opportunity Clause" and the "Standard Federal Equal Employment Specifications" set forth within and referenced at w w w (Announcements).

The City of Wentzville is seeking s ta te m e n ts o f qualifications for Construction Management Services-Owner's Agent for a Multigenerational Facility Design and Construction. Details are available a t th e C ity 's Bid Opportunities w e b s it e at h ttp ://w w w . urement/current_bidding_opportuni ties.php

WENTZVILLE RIV SCHOOL DISTRICT Is Accepting Bids for "DISTRICT STUDENT PLANNERS" To Download Bid Specifications and Bid Form Register on Vendor Registry @ : Bids due 2/1/2019 @ 11:30 AM Through Vendor Registry Carol Harvey - Director of Purchasing



M 1 • MONDAY • 12.10.2018

Cards can test their limits

Smith heads to the Hall



Harper’s hometown happy — besides departing with more cash than you carried in — is knowing where you can and can’t afford to play. What are the Cardinals looking to get into out here? President of baseball operations John Mozeliak and general manager Michael Girsch likely continued to sort through those plans during their flight Sunday. They had already won a game of Texas hold’em against Arizona, claiming an MVP-caliber first baseman from Houston by swapping expendable Cards. Their poker faces returned as soon as Paul Goldschmidt’s introduction ended. “I’m not committed to saying exactly how we are going to think this through yet,” Mozeliak said Friday. “I’m not fixated on anything yet. I’m fixated on seeing what are our best options. We are still exploring.” The Cardinals always hold their cards close, and attempts to correlate comments with actual intent can be a risky game at this

“They finally let the old geezer in,” Smith, 61, told Post-Dispatch baseball writer and Hall of Famer Rick Hummel on Sunday. His long, meandering route to immortality got a final boost Sunday as the committee that met in Las Vegas featured former Cardinals managers Tony La Russa and Joe Torre and former Smith teammates Ozzie Smith and Greg Maddux. All four are Hall of Famers, and any of the four could have stumped for Smith in the meetings. This is the second consecutive year a veterans’ committee has elected two players who slipped off the writers’ ballot, and it could signal a trend as two specialized players gain immortality: a pitcher who closed games and a hitter who didn’t need a glove for much of his career. Baines retired as the all-time leader for designated hitters in almost every significant offensive category, and Smith held the lead for career saves for 13 years. He had 478 in 18 years, and he led the league in saves with five different teams. The two players with more saves are either already in the Hall (Trevor Hoffman) or likely headed there (Mariano Rivera). The Cardinals acquired Smith from Boston in May 1990, and in parts of four seasons with the Cardinals he surpassed Bruce Sutter’s and Todd Worrell’s save totals and had 160. He appeared in 245 games, finishing 209. His Cardinals’ total stood until Jason Isringhausen eclipsed it more than a decade later. Smith had 180 saves for the Cubs and spent the first eight years of his career on the north side. He said Sunday he would likely wear a Cubs hat on his plaque.

time of the year. Every team is searching for tells. Example: Mozeliak mentioned the lack of one-year solutions in the marquee player department during his first offseason press conference. He later walked out of the general managers’ meetings with a sense the Cardinals had a real chance to land the perfect one. And they did. With only one year of Goldschmidt guaranteed, the clipped spending (or so they say) and ongoing consternation between manager and front office in Chicago, and the loss of Mike Moustakas and Jonathan Schoop in Milwaukee, the Cardinals look, right now, like contenders in the National League Central. But they can’t say, today, that they are the best team in their division. They came here as one of many teams that look capable of contention. They could leave here with plans for moves, or moves made, that make them a favorite. Shocking the baseball world by signing Harper would do it. Harper and Goldschmidt? Jack-


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pot. And it would cost one. Just don’t bank on it. The Cardinals don’t do desperate, and another team just might be willing to go there to sign the 26-year-old star. With Goldschmidt in hand, the Cardinals can wait to see if the Harper market takes an unexpected turn toward a shorterterm deal. Talk of the Cardinals’ lingering interest in Harper occurs in whispers. Mozeliak’s statement that his team likely has its eight starting position players was on the record. There are other ways to make the most of 2019. The world “bullpen” belongs in blinking neon. A unit that became a slow bleed for two managers last season needs serious and likely expensive help. Simply adding arms is not the answer. “We want good pitchers,” Girsch said bluntly. Notice he picked a plural. Replacing fan deterrent Brett Cecil would be a good start. Lefthandedness is a must. Strikeouts should be a priority. Last season’s bullpen ranked 20th in ERA (4.36), 24th in strikeouts (522) and 25th in walks (273). There is an ongoing debate about which free-agent southpaw


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If Dec. 10 is your birthday • This year you open up to many new ideas. If you are single, you alternate between a need for stability and a desire for freedom. If you are attached, your sweetie will find you interesting and quirky. Aquarius can talk you into nearly anything.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19) HHHH You express your ideas with clarity and power. Others respond accordingly. If one of these ideas takes off, you will need to take the lead. Tonight: Make time for a special friend. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHHH Your gift of being able to look at the big picture marks your work and your relationships. As of late, you clearly want to go off on your own. Tonight: Have a good time wherever you are. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHHH Your serious mode is impressive. Those around you have confidence in you and your follow-through. You do best in one-on-one conversations. Later in the day, kick back and review a certain decision. Tonight: You are capable of nearly anything. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHHHH Your energy might be focused on someone else right now. In the near future, you’ll want to shift your focus to your own needs and to what must be done. Tonight: Let a close friend know what is on your mind. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHHH You will be on top of your game for the next few days. Right now, you need as much rest as possible. Greet some quiet moments as great times to write out cards or do whatever knocks your socks off. Tonight: Lie low. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH You’ll want to be more involved in a group project. You seem to have been holding in your anger for a while. As a result, you easily could be

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triggered. At a certain point, you can’t exercise away hostility or dismiss hurt feelings. Tonight: Where the crowds are. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHHH Be willing to take a stand, but make it OK for someone else to take center stage. You have a lot on your plate, especially with a situation that surrounds a child. Tonight: Till the wee hours. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHHHH Keep reaching out for more of what you want. Detach from immediate problems and see if you can handle them with a different approach. Try to imagine what it would be like to be the other parties in the situation. Tonight: Follow the music.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHHH You ask for what you want, and you are likely to get just that. You might be too focused on a certain outcome and inadvertently keep pushing. Finances are involved. Do not get uptight or resistant. Tonight: Get together with a fun friend. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Honor a decision you made a while ago. You tend to acknowledge your choices, but rarely seem to honor them. Reach out to someone who is instrumental to your personal life. Tonight: Head home early. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHHHH You could be on top of your game, and you’ll use that energy for both work and fun. Communication is instrumental and could crack open a door for you to get a glimpse of how someone you care about views life. Tonight: The only sin you can commit is to be alone.


PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHHH Focus on your goals. Because of a meeting or a discussion with several friends, you could be tempted to head in a different direction. Your sense of limitation sometimes holds you back. Do not allow that to happen today. Tonight: Get a good night’s sleep. Get expanded horoscope information: star charts, peak times, outlooks and Chinese Zodiac data.



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Wife won’t support man’s career plan the subject without an argument ensuing. Help? — SWITCHING GEARS IN NEW YORK Dear Switching • Expect an argument and be prepared for it. You are not responsible for having been laid off. It seems there is plenty of ageism in your field, and it isn’t surprising you can’t find a comparable job in IT when the preference appears to be for hiring younger, cheaper workers. Frankly, you are fortunate to have both an alternative and the initiative to start a handyman business. Good handymen are hard to find, and your wife should make the effort to support you in what could be a successful endeavor once it gets on its feet. That’s what partners in life are supposed to do, isn’t it? Dear Abby • My boyfriend and I have been together for a couple of years. He has three siblings, all in their 20s, none married. Today I received a group email from his mom addressed to him, his father, his grandmother, all

three siblings and their boyfriends/girlfriends (including me) asking for Christmas wish lists. She wants to know what we would like for Christmas and would like all of us to “reply all” on the email so everyone else will have ideas for Christmas presents. I don’t know how to respond! I don’t want to appear greedy, but I do like the idea that she wants to get us all presents that we will like. — PERPLEXED IN ALABAMA Dear Perplexed • Your boyfriend’s mother is a generous — and sensible — woman. She is soliciting ideas because she doesn’t want to waste her time or money buying something the recipient won’t like. Answer her question. Tell her what you would like, as long as it isn’t something that will break the bank. 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 or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069.


Boyfriend keeps violating boundaries Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn • My sister Jane has been seeing Jack barely three months. They live in different states and Jack regularly visits Jane on the weekends, sometimes they travel together. During this time Jack has exhibited some low-level controlling behaviors — getting upset when Jane goes three hours without answering a text, when Jane has a drink with friends, when Jane fails to FaceTime him morning and night, etc. Additionally, Jack has been trying to persuade Jane to move to his state. When Jane expresses that this is too much too fast, or that she doesn’t really want to move to Jack’s state, Jack replies the he will make Jane happy and she will like it once she gets there. Recently, Jane clearly expressed to Jack that she was feeling rushed

in the relationship and asked him for a three-day break from texting, FaceTiming, etc. Jack could not do this and continued to text Jane repeatedly. When Jane did not respond, Jack called Jane’s roommate. Jane told Jack this was a concerning boundary violation. Long story (with lots of long texts from Jack) short, Jane phoned Jack and told him that this was not the type of relationship she wanted; that he was not respecting her clearly expressed boundaries; and that the relationship was over. Jane told Jack not to come visit her this weekend. Jack informed Jane via text that he was coming to her city anyway. Now the part that involves me: Jane has asked for my advice along the way. At first, I saw some red flags but wasn’t too worried. Now, I am somewhat concerned about Jane’s safety. Am I overreacting? — Protective Older Sister

Answer • Yikes. I’d suggest strongly that Jane not be home for Jack’s visit. She can go stay with a local friend, leave town, come to visit you, anything. Just not be available to Jack. If/when Jack gets in touch with Jane to rage about her absence, Jane needs to respond clearly in writing, once, that: She said clearly she did not want to see him; she is not interested in a relationship; and he is not to contact her anymore. Then she needs to make sure she doesn’t respond to him again. “The Gift of Fear” is required reading, and if she starts today it’ll help her this weekend. So, no, you are not overreacting. I would even suggest Jack’s early controlling behaviors were not “low-level” at all, but instead grounds for breaking up on the spot.

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Dear Abby • I am an older IT professional (58) who had a very successful career until a year ago. I was part of a major layoff at the company I worked at for many years. I have not been able to find a job in the IT field since. Besides my skills and knowledge in IT, I’m an accomplished handyman with skills in most of the trades. The issue is, my wife is insistent that I get another job in IT — mostly for the benefits. Older IT workers have a very hard time finding work in the field. I’d like to start a handyman company since I enjoy this kind of work. If I start a handyman business, my wife, for the first time, would have to go from being a part-time worker at her job to full time to provide us with benefits. This will cause a lot of strain on our marriage because she has made it clear she does not want to work full time. I think she’s being selfish. I have provided her with a very nice lifestyle for many years and feel it’s time she step up and do her part. I’m not sure how to broach

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Answer • The advice you received from both sides about low-carbohydrate diets was both right and wrong, in my opinion. I mostly agree with your doctor, but his answer needs some context. Cutting down greatly on simple sugars and starches, including grains, breads and pasta, is likely to improve your A1c (a measure of blood sugar over time). You do not need to lose weight, so that isn’t an issue for you. Personally, I don’t “order” people to reduce starches and sugars to zero, as that seems to me to unnecessarily restrictive. Further, by having limited amount of starches in combination with protein and healthy fat, you can limit the rise in blood sugar associated with their consumption. The information about low-carb diets is, at best, misleading: It’s possible to change a high-starch diet to a much healthier diet without eating much (or any) meat or eggs. There are many plantbased sources of protein to fulfill the body’s needs. People also may eat modest amounts of fish, skinless poultry or lean meat without increasing heart disease risk. Saturated fat comes mostly from animal sources (and to a lesser extend tropical oils, which I do not recommend), and a healthy plant-based diet uses mono- and polyunsaturated fat, which has been shown to reduce cholesterol numbers and heart disease risk. The largely plant-based diet I recommend is largely carbohydrate, but not starchy. Unlike processed starches like white rice and white flour, vegetables and legumes are high in fiber, which helps people feel fuller and attenuates the blood sugar response. Similarly, fruits are high in sugar, but whole fruits do not increase A1c the way added sugars do.

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