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Ferguson wants more time for deal on reforms Residents need to know costs, city says BY STEPHEN DEERE St. Louis Post-Dispatch

FERGUSON • A letter to the De-

partment of Justice from the Ferguson City Council indicates that the inability of residents to review the cost of a federal monitor and proposed reforms are hindering an agreement between the city and federal agency. Negotiations between the two parties began months ago, shortly after the Justice Department denounced Ferguson’s police and municipal court for constitutional violations and predatory policing after an investigation following the protests over the 2014 Michael Brown shooting. The letter says the city objects to a department deadline that passed Dec. 8, contending that the city needs time to make residents aware of the cost of a federal monitor,which is projected at $350,000 the first year and $225,000 yearly afterward. “The citizens of Ferguson must bear some responsibility to make community policing and other programs work and must pay all of the cost associated with the agreement,” the letter, dated Dec. 4, says. “They are entitled to know how the agreement and the associated costs will afect their families, their financial situation, the services they receive from the city and the overall outlook of the city.” See FERGUSON • Page A4

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Bowe Bergdahl, who was held captive by the Taliban for five years and freed in exchange for five detainees in Guantanamo Bay, will face charges of desertion and misbehavior before the enemy in a general court-martial, the Army announced on Monday. If convicted, Bergdahl could get life in prison on the mis-

behavior charge and up to five years for desertion. He also could be dishonorably discharged, reduced in rank and made to forfeit all pay. Bergdahl, 29, of Hailey, Idaho, walked of his post in eastern Afghanistan’s Paktika province on June 30, 2009. He was released in the prisoner swap in late May 2014 that touched of a firestorm of criticism, with some in Congress accusing President Barack See BERGDAHL • Page A4

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School Board approved $5 million in reductions on Monday night that will lead to fewer teachers, larger class sizes and higher fees to participate in sports and extracurricular activities. The reductions are necessary to “right size” the district financially after voters soundly defeated a tax proposal in November. “I want to assure you that our recommended reductions this evening are not a knee-jerk reaction to the rejection of Prop A,” Superintendent Tom Williams said to several hundred district residents and staf gathered in the cafeteria of North Kirkwood Middle School. The district has an operating deficit of about $6 million, he explained. Kirkwood schools have grown by about 20 percent — or 1,000 children — in the past eight years. In the last three years, especially, revenue has failed to keep pace with operating expenditures. “If we don’t make these reductions, we will go on DESE’s financially distressed watch list as soon as next year,” said E.J. Miller, president of the Kirkwood School Board, referring to the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. “While it’s simple math, it doesn’t mean these

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Pena, Jay to join MLB tour in Cuba BY DERRICK GOOLD St. Louis Post-Dispatch

M I A M I • When Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena got the call last month inviting him to return home to Cuba for his first substantive visit in more than 15 years, his initial reaction was uncertainty. “Must be a prank or something,” he said. “I couldn’t believe it.” His next was to catch his breath.

“Is this really happening?” he said. Pena was 16 in 1999 when he defected while with the Cuban national team in another Latin American country, and save for a brief day trip a few years ago he has not been back to where he grew up, in Havana, since. He chased a career in professional baseball of the island, and now the game is bringing him back. Pena will arrive in Cuba on

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Crowd at U. City meeting rallies behind councilman in mayor’s crosshairs BY STEVE GIEGERICH St. Louis Post-Dispatch

UNIVERSITY CITY • Never far below the surface, the often bitter split in municipal governance reared again in public Monday night as the city mayor made her case for forcibly removing a councilman. The latest fireworks erupted four days after Mayor Shelley Welsch announced the initiation of a “Petition in Quo Warranto” asking St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch to begin legal proceedings to oust twoterm council member Terry Crow. “It is a draconian tactic used as a last resort by this council and this mayor to remove me from office, silencing my voice and silencing yours. ... I call it slanderous and I call it maligning my character,” Crow told an overflow City Hall audience, most holding orange signs stating “NOT IN MY NAME. NOT ON MY DIME. I STAND WITH TERRY!” Crow stands accused in the petition of forwarding a 2014 email containing a ruling from the city attorney on the legality of city employees participating in municipal elections to a vice president of the union representing University City firefighters. Welsch on Monday reiterated her contention that forwarding the information constituted a “clear violation of his oath of oice.” Maintaining the legal opinion was a confidential matter, the petition cites Crow for malfeasance, violating the public trust by breaching his “ethical responsibilities” and interfering with council functions. It asks that McCulloch present the

findings to a St. Louis County Circuit Court judge to determine if Crow should remain in oice. In a six-page response hand-delivered to the special counsel retained by the City Council to address the allegations, Crow’s attorney on Monday labeled the petition an example of Welsch and her political allies “riding roughshod over the rights of those who disagree with them, and regularly thumbing their noses at large portions of the citizenry.” Attorney Gerald P. Greiman called the bid to oust Crow a “new low in disgraceful and abhorrent tactics.” Greiman went further Monday night, telling council members the petition represents “allegations (that) would do Sen. Joseph McCarthy proud.” The council meeting was supposed to be a referendum on Crow. It turned into a forum on Welsch — herself the target of a recall petition. One resident after another blasted the mayor in the two plus hours of public comments. “Your leadership has become a stain on our city,” resident Brian Burkett told Welsch. Councilman Stephen Kraft, also the target of a recall, said the discussion on Crow’s conduct was “warranted.” But he agreed the petition was drastic. “I think it is time to move on. We have things we need to accomplish,” said Kraft. Monday’s proceedings ushered in another chapter in an ongoing dispute that last summer saw University City remove responsibility for emergency medical services from the firefighters and place it in the hands of a private ambulance service.

Steve Giegerich • 314-725-6758 @stevegiegerich on Twitter sgiegerich@post-dispatch.com

Petition forces Edwardsville School Board to reconsider bond issue; may go to voters BY TIM O’NEIL St. Louis Post-Dispatch

EDWARDSVILLE • A citizens group has petitioned to let voters decide the fate of a new $10 million school bond issue for stopgap operating revenue. On Nov. 9, the Edwardsville School District No. 7 Board of Education voted unanimously to approve selling as much as $10 million in bonds to cover budget shortfalls. On Friday, the citizens group said it delivered to the school office petitions bearing more than 3,600 signatures to force a reconsideration by voters. It needed about 3,400 to meet the threshold in state law. If the question goes to the March 15 ballot, a simple majority opposed would block the bond issue. The School Board is to meet Dec. 21 to consider the matter. It could drop the bond issue or call for the referendum, a school oicial said. Mike Firsching, leader of the petitioners, said Monday the district needs to operate within its revenue. Firsching, a former board member,

called it fiscally irresponsible to encumber taxpayers with a long-term bond issue to cover current expenses. “The first lesson is that you don’t spend money you don’t have,” said Firsching, a veterinarian and former candidate in Republican congressional primaries. Issuing all $10 million in bonds would cost an owner of a $300,000 home about $100 more each year over 10 years. Lynda Andre, the Edwardsville school superintendent, said the district of 7,600 students faces operating deficits of $600,000 this year and $4.5 million in each of the next two. She said the intent is to issue the bonds as needed. The district already spent a similar $9 million bond issue adopted in 2013. Taxpayers already are paying of those bonds over 15 years. School officials blamed reduced state funding and stagnant property values for the problems. The district received almost $17 million from Illinois in 2008, but $9.5 million this year.

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The dust-up dates to the firefighters’ support in the 2014 municipal election of candidates not in Welsch’s coalition. Following the loss of their favored candidates, five firefighters were suspended for appearing in campaign advertisements while in uniform. A legal question about the firefighters’ participation in the election prompted Crow to contact City Manager Lehman Walker in February 2014. Walker’s emailed response, which included the legal opinion Crow then forwarded to Kurt Becker, the district vice president of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2665, prompted Welsch to initiate the legal proceedings against Crow. Appearing on Crow’s behalf, Greiman on Monday reiterated many of the points made in the letter delivered to special counsel Catherine Grantham. The attorney told the council that petition is “riddled with flaws, both factually and legally.” Greiman also characterized the ouster bid as “a thinly veiled attempted to dissuade” Crow from seeking reelection next April. If that was indeed the objective of filing the petition, it failed. To a thunderous ovation, Crow ended his remarks by announcing his intention to win a third term. The mayor, however, allowed that she would entertain a move to censure Crow as an alternative to forcibly moving him off the council. No vote was taken. And the council indicated it may ultimately allow the controversy to pass without taking formal action.

In September, the board adopted a $77 million budget for 2015-16. Andre said school oicials were reviewing the petition and hadn’t decided what recommendations to ofer board members next week. She said the board could cancel the bond issue and seek short-term loans backed by next year’s tax revenue. She called the bonds “a short-term solution ... to avoid significant layofs and program reductions.” School officials have warned that the district may have to ask voters for a general tax increase in 2016. Firsching said members of his group were skeptical after the $9 million in bonds were adopted two years ago, and decided they had to push for a public vote this time. “Everybody in our community has to understand we are heading into tough economic times,” he said. “The federal government is printing money, and the state is in a huge financial hole. This just can’t continue.” Tim O’Neil • 314-340-8132 @timoneilpd on Twitter toneil@post-dispatch.com

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Trial to open in Sunset Hills bike wreck BY ROBERT PATRICK st. Louis Post-dispatch

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were expected to begin at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the trial of Mark Furrer, the mayor of Sunset Hills, who allegedly struck a bicyclist with his car after they exchanged words last year. Furrer is charged with second-degree assault and property damage, both felonies. If convicted of either, he would forfeit office. The trial in St. Louis County Circuit Court, in Clayton, is before Judge Thomas J. Prebil. Monday was spent in jury selection.

The mayor allegedly told Randy Murdick, then 47, of Fenton, to “get of my roads” before hitting him with a MercedesFurrer Benz convertible on July 29, 2014. Furrer denied it. When he was charged, one of his lawyers, Thomas J. Magee, pledged to “vigorously defend this matter.” News of the incident drew a viral response through social media, plus calls, emails and texts to the mayor. Nearly 200 cyclists rallied in Sunset Hills days later to show support for Murdick.

Murdick claims that Furrer cursed at him, then deliberately struck him in the 12000 block of Old Gravois Road. Furrer said Murdick ignored a stop sign, whipped around a corner and cursed when the mayor admonished him to obey traffic laws. Furrer said he looked in his mirror, saw Murdick tumble, and returned as soon as was practical. Murdick, an electrician, said he sustained bruises and a torn Achilles tendon, and lost six weeks of work. He also said his bicycle, worth $12,000, was badly damaged. In 911 recordings, a witness is heard shouting at a fleeing car to

stop. “Pull over, pull over! You just hit that guy and took off!” the caller can be heard saying. County police investigated at the request of Sunset Hills Police Chief William LaGrand. Furrer, retired from banking and real estate work, was a write-in candidate who beat the incumbent mayor in April 2014. He had been involved in a traffic dispute in 2011 with an 83-year-old driver who claimed Furrer cursed him after a nearcollision about a half-mile from where the bicycle incident would later occur. It was Furrer who called police that time. Court documents indicate prosecutors

Bringing cheer to young patients Kris Kringle is helped down from a 1938 iretruck after he pulled up at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center in st. Louis on Monday for the annual “Fire Truck O’ Toys” at the hospital. The foundation that delivered about 700 toys to children at Cardinal Glennon was started by Mackenzie scott (left), 16, a Belleville resident who stayed there when she was 11. she saw that many children were not getting toys at Christmas, so she vowed to change that after getting better herself. The organization has a goal to give out about 5,000 toys to children in hospitals this Christmas.

passed on charging anyone in that incident “due to conflicting statements.” Murdick sued Furrer in September, claiming negligence and assault and battery in a suit seeking more than $25,000 to compensate him for injuries, pain, medical costs and lost wages. The suit says Furrer “acted with clear intent” and turned his car to the right, striking Murdick. Furrer denied Murdick’s claims in a court filing, and said that Murdick grabbed Furrer’s car “without cause or excuse.” Robert Patrick • 314-621-5154 @rxpatrick on Twitter RPatrick@post-dispatch.com

Man says train riders stood by as he was beaten BY CHRISTINE BYERS st. Louis Post-dispatch

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Maryland Heights murder suspect says he was disturbed by noise from neighbors BY KIM BELL st. Louis Post-dispatch

MARYLAND HEIGHTS • James

C. Blanton had been to the doors of neighbors in his Maryland Heights apartment complex before, complaining about a deep bass noise bothering him. Neighbors he complained to told him they weren’t playing music and couldn’t hear the bass tones he was talking about, police said. On Saturday afternoon he heard annoying bass noise again, he later told police, coming from an adjoining apartment in the 12500 block of Ardwick Lane. Police say he put on a bullet-resistant vest, took a handgun and confronted the neighbor, ordering Yi-Ping “Peter” Chang to “turn the bass down,” police say. He shot and killed Chang during the confrontation about 3:30 p.m., then waited outside for police to arrive, saying the

shooting was in self-defense, according to police. Authorities disagreed. Blanton, 26, also of the 12500 block Blanton of Ardwick Lane, was charged Sunday with firstdegree murder, armed criminal action and unlawful use of a weapon. Bail is set at $500,000. Police say Blanton killed Chang, 35, at the door of Chang’s apartment at the Bennington Heights apartment complex. The complex is just northeast of Page Avenue and Bennington Place, west of Interstate 270. Blanton had complained to various neighbors about bass at different points. Neighbors interviewed by the Post-Dispatch suspected Blanton was mentally ill because of what they described as hypersensitivity to noise. They said he became especially agitated when neighbors

shut their doors and slammed his own in protest. Some said they made several complaints to management about Blanton’s behavior. “The suspect claims he wanted them to ‘turn the bass down,’ but the victim wasn’t playing music,” said Maj. Joe Delia of the Maryland Heights Police Department. Chang had been watching a movie with his girlfriend, Delia said. It was unclear whether that was generating any noise that could have disturbed Blanton. Chang’s girlfriend was uninjured, police say. A man who said he was one of Chang’s closest friends said Chang and his family moved to St. Louis from Taiwan in the 1980s. The friend, who did not want his name published, said Chang worked in tech support for Monsanto for more than a year and held two degrees from the University of Missouri-St.

Joel Currier of the Post-Dispatch contributed to this report.

Christine Byers • 314-340-8087 @christinedbyers on Twitter cbyers@post-dispatch.com

Homeowner kills burglar, police say

LAW & ORDER ROLLA, MO. > Woman held in killing • Meghan Werner, 22, was charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting of her iancé, Curt Marzlof, at a home in Rolla, oicials said. Bail was set at $1 million. Werner was listed as living in Rolla. Post-Dispatch news partner KTVI (Channel 2) Werner reported that she is from the Fenton area. Marzlof, 22, of Monroe, Wis., was fatally shot about 5:45 a.m. Saturday, police said. Werner told authorities that Marzlof had committed suicide. Oicials said they determined the couple had fought, and said evidence indicated the death was not a suicide.

Louis. He described Chang as a “very smart” and tech savvy person who loved fishing, movies and traveling. When officers arrived Saturday, they found Blanton on the landing in front of Chang’s apartment. He stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, giving them the impression that he thought what he had done was justified, police say. Blanton’s claim is that the shooting was self-defense, police say. Police wouldn’t say if Chang had any weapon. Police recovered a handgun that investigators believe was used in the shooting. Blanton did not have a conceal-carry permit for a firearm, police said in court papers. Court records did not show an attorney on file to represent Blanton yet.

Pafrath says that being robbed and beaten aboard a MetroLink train was not nearly as shocking as having it happen in front what he estimated as at least 100 people who did nothing about it. “People were complaining about missing their bus because the train had to Pafrath stop longer than expected,” he said in an interview by phone Monday. “Only one gentleman gave me his shirt to wipe the blood off my face after it happened.” Pafrath, 29, said he was approached Friday night at the Hanley station by a man who wanted him to buy some marijuana. The man sat in front of him, and at the St. Charles Rock Road station, four men wearing ski masks boarded, and the man sitting in front of Pafrath said, “Get ’em.” “A guy behind me chokes me, another guy hits me and two other people were going through my pockets,” he said. “I was yelling and screaming.” St. Louis police are investigating the incident, which happened about 10:40 p.m. Police say the attackers ran away from the train at the Delmar platform, where Pafrath contacted Metro security and police. Police say Paffrath refused medical attention at the scene, and found his wallet on the train. It was missing his drivers license and about $70 in cash, Pafrath said. “It’s an uneasy feeling knowing they’ve got my drivers license. It’s almost like they are saying, ‘Don’t say anything or we’re coming for you,’ because they know where I live,” he said. Pafrath said he has been taking public transportation to various security jobs. He had been in the news in November 2014 when he said he was fired from the Drury Inn in Chesterfield for posting pictures he took of Department of Homeland Security vehicles parked there with the question of whether they were in town for Ferguson-related unrest. He said then he was a veteran of the Navy. He has started a Web page to help cover his medical expenses and to get his car fixed so he no longer needs to take public transportation to work.

SWANSEA > Carjacking reported • A man reported being carjacked at gunpoint about 3 p.m. Sunday in the 1200 block of Roger Avenue in what was the second time his car was taken this year, police said. He told oicers he was using his car to take trash to a bin about 50 yards from his home when a man he did not know approached with a pistol and declared, “I inally got you.” The victim led and saw two men drive of in his red 2006 Dodge Charger, police said. It was found about 10:30 a.m. Monday in Riverview. Police said the same car was reported by the owner as stolen earlier this year and recovered. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 618233-8114, or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-3718477.

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ST. LOUIS COUNTY • A homeowner, 32,

killed a would-be burglar in an exchange of shots Monday morning in north St. Louis County, oicials said. St. Louis County police were searching for an accomplice who got away. The resident was not hurt. The homeowner called police shortly before 10 a.m. to report a burglary in progress at the home in the 6100 block of Rocket Drive, said police Sgt. Brian Schellman. The block is north of Parker Road between Spanish Lake and Black Jack. When police arrived, they found one man dead from gunshots near the back door of the residence, along with a weapon, Schellman said.

The homeowner, who is cooperating with investigators, told police he heard banging on his front door and saw two men he did not recognize. He then went to get a gun, and the two men knocked down his back door, Schellman said. There was then an exchange of gunfire between one of the intruders and the homeowner. Police found the deceased man’s gun, Schellman said. “At this point, it does not appear that the homeowner did anything wrong,” he said. Schellman did not yet have a description of the man who was still at large. Police did not release the names of the dead man or the homeowner. Christine Byers • 314-340-8087 @christinedbyers on Twitter cbyers@post-dispatch.com


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MSD releases report on diversity, claims critics waste resources

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Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District officials fired back at groups accusing it of delaying workforce diversity goals, releasing numbers that MSD leaders say demonstrate the sewer district’s commitment to the voluntary goals while showing near attainment. But the district doesn’t look much closer to attaining the trust of groups that spent the last several months accusing it of dragging its feet on minority hiring. Those complaints culminated in a special November meeting, where clergy from predominantly black churches and groups such as the NAACP presented their grievances to MSD board members. The sewer district responded with a report Monday saying it has obtained 26 percent of its contractor work hours from minority labor and almost 4 percent from female labor during the fiscal year that ended in July. Both were below MSD’s goals: 30 percent of construction labor hours from minorities and 7 percent from women. Still, MSD Executive Director Brian Hoelscher argued the data show the diversity program has “been successful for many years and continues to become more successful.” He said in an interview that he doesn’t see a need for any big changes to MSD policies to meet the goals because there’s al-

ready momentum in the right direction. “We see no reason to not get there,” Hoelscher said. “It’s the whole industry that’s coming forward.” MSD set the goals following a workforce disparity study in 2013, just as one of the largest public infrastructure projects in the region’s history got underway: a $4.7 billion overhaul of the region’s sewers mandated by an Environmental Protection Agency consent decree. The NAACP and other groups, however, balked this summer at what they said was slow progress on diversifying MSD contractors’ work crews. Their complaints included an MSD practice, since discontinued, of allowing some contractors to retain existing, less diverse crews for safety reasons. MSD says it now requires contractors to show good faith eforts to hire a diverse workforce, including looking for qualified workers from training programs the district retained to help meet its goals. Yaphett El Amin, the executive director of minority construction contractor and labor advocate MoKan, said MSD never would have changed the policy this summer if groups such as hers hadn’t pressured the district. Her group was among the signatories of a Community Benefits Agreement meant to help MSD meet its diversity goals. “Why two years later from signing the CBA are we still short?”

El Amin said of the total diversity goals. “How long are we supposed to sit idly by?” El Amin said she was encouraged MSD board members were interested in another meeting to look further at the issue, but she was “concerned” about Hoelscher’s “tone and tenor” during the presentation. Hoelscher’s remarks suggested there is indeed still tension between the two groups. He said MSD meetings with signatories of the Community Benefits Agreement “have become dysfunctional,” and that “broad” inquiries to MSD staf about issues separate from diversity goals “has done nothing but waste ratepayer resources, including women and minority ratepayers.” “MSD staff is under the very strong impression that the actions taken by many of the CBA signatories over the past year are in violation of the CBA and are being driven by an agenda that is not focused on a successful execution of MSD’s diversity program,” Hoelscher said. MSD Board Chairman Michael Yates said the board would hold a special meeting “as soon as possible” to determine the next steps. He said he still had to review the information from staff, which he had just received Monday. Jacob Barker • 314-340-8291 @jacobbarker on Twitter jbarker@post-dispatch.com

Salaries to be frozen in Kirkwood schools

LAURIE SKRIVAN • lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

“We are on the verge of trying to survive. Stand up and continue to ight for what we have,” retired teacher Wayne Baldwin tells the Kirkwood School Board during the public comment session at its meeting Monday night.

KIRKWOOD • FROM A1

cuts won’t be diicult.” Effective immediately, the district is reducing school and department budgets by 20 percent. A hiring freeze is in place, reimbursements for cellphones is going away, and the budget for staff training has been reduced, saving about $900,000. Another $4 million will be cut from next year’s operating expenses. Salaries will be frozen. Employees will pay the increase in insurance premiums. Students will pay higher activity fees, and bus service will be altered in some way — both will require specific policy recommendations. In all, about 25 teaching positions will be eliminated — mostly through attrition. Three administrative jobs also will go away. Combined with other recommendations, the reductions still leave a deficit of about $1 million.

“We felt this was a number that was more responsible and more thoughtful,” Williams said. Not everyone agreed. Daniel L. Sullivan, who fought to defeat Prop A, said the cuts aren’t enough. “A million short is a million short,” he said. “More cuts have got to come.” It’s likely more cuts will come, Williams said. Proposals to develop cost savings in transportation — possibly by eliminating or charging for service to students who live closest to school buildings — may be on the table. And so will finding ways to increase revenue through higher activity fees. “This proposal is a short-term solution,” Williams said. He said another tax proposal is likely. Board members said they’re still trying to learn from defeat. “Think carefully before asking again,” Sullivan said. Nearly 60 percent of voters turned down a proposed 18 percent increase in the

operating tax levy, or an additional $370 per year on a home assessed at $250,000. Several elementary and high school teachers said increasing class sizes — by two students in the elementary schools and three in middle schools — will make it more difficult to meet each student’s needs. Wayne Baldwin, a retired Kirkwood High School science teacher, moved through the audience with a rousing challenge to fight for another proposal. At one point he leaned over the table and pointed at the seven school board members. He urged them to fight harder. “This is important,” Baldwin said. “This is another one of those crossroads where the naysayers are going to say, ‘It’s frivolous.’ No, it isn’t. It’s the Kirkwood School District.” Elisa Crouch • 314-340-8119 @elisacrouch on Twitter ecrouch@post-dispatch.com

Despite the letter, signs of progress in the negotiations have surfaced over the past week. Emily Davis, a member of a group called the Ferguson Collaborative, said that Justice Department oicials met with the group Wednesday, advising it that Ferguson’s reluctance to approve an agreement may be softening and that a settlement could be reached within days. Last week, the collaborative sent letters to city officials requesting that as part of the agreement police undergo recurring training on nonbias and nonprofiling practices and adopt a robust community policing program — the top two concerns that came out of the group’s survey of 400 residents this year. As a part of its response to the collaborative, the city also drafted the letter to the Justice Department, which noted that while it disagreed with some of the collaborative’s points, citizens “must have a fair opportunity to share their thoughts prior to any agreement being signed.” Ferguson released the letter Monday in response to a request from the Post-Dispatch under the state’s open records law. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said in a statement: “The Justice Department continues to engage with the community on the issues addressed in our investigation. While we cannot comment on the content of negotiations, the talks with the City of Ferguson to develop a monitored consent decree have been productive. The department believes that in order to remedy the Justice Department’s findings an agreement needs to be reached without delay.” Mayor James Knowles III last week said, “Negotiations are still ongoing.” After the Brown shooting, the Justice Department spent months investigating the patterns and practices of the Ferguson Police Department, and, in a 102-page report released in March, accused the city of running a municipal court that ignored defendants rights in the interest of raising revenue. The report said that the city used its police oicers as collection agents and issued a staggering number of arrest warrants — a tactic that disproportionately affected AfricanAmericans. For months, a committee made of up Knowles and City Council members Mark Byrne and Wesley Bell has been privately negotiating with the department on a package of reforms. Byrne and Bell did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment. The absence of information has bred rumors and frustrations, as both protesters and the city’s supporters clamor for more details. “That’s been a consistent theme from all the residents is that we want the city to tell us what they are going to agree to,” said resident Blake Ashby, who oversees a website soliciting donations for the city’s legal expenses. “We want to understand how it’s appropriate to what we have been accused of and how it fits in our budget.” At a City Council meeting in October, a resident told the council that, despite the city’s claims to the contrary, the Justice Department had informed her and others that Ferguson could disclose a draft of an agreement. Davis said the department’s representatives initially told her group that the city was free to release a draft of a proposed agreement. But after further discussions with the city, the agency concluded that doing so could harm negotiations, Davis said. Knowles said that many don’t understand that Ferguson has been implementing reforms since Brown’s shooting 16 months ago, including the formation of a citizens’ police review board, improvements to the court and a community policing program. “If we get to an agreement with the DOJ, the majority of the things that we agree to are not going be a surprise to anybody,” Knowles said. “People act like: ‘Oh, my God, what’s going to be in it?’ ... A lot of this is the things that we have been doing.” Throughout the process, the city has gathered public input in a variety of forums, Knowles said, but because the dialogue with the Justice Department involves a legal contract, Ferguson has been prohibited from disclosing the discussions. Still, the city has always maintained that residents would have to review any agreement before it is approved, and that hasn’t changed, Knowles said. “We still want people to see what the final product would be before we sign anything,” he said. Knowles also predicted that the city would be under the $500,000 budgeted for legal expenses associated with the negotiations. The city retained litigator Dan K. Webb at an hourly rate of $1,335, plus other expenses. Davis disputed that city had effectively solicited public opinion, especially from those who sufered the most under the abuses described in the Justice Department report. “They’ll say over and over that they have held these meetings to engage the community,” Davis said. “Those meetings have been very few and far between ... They have never, ever efectively outreached to the people who have been most affected by the predatory policing in Ferguson.” As far as the objections outlined in correspondence to the Justice Department, Davis said that the city “just wanted to throw the cost of the monitor out there so that residents would reject the idea of paying for this.” Still, Davis said she left the meeting with department attorneys on Wednesday feeling hopeful and was eager for a resolution. “If they are really and truly on the verge of an agreement, and they are backing down of this, I want it to happen,” Davis said. “The moment it gets filed in court it is binding on the city of Ferguson.” Stephen Deere • 314-340-8116 @stephencdeere on Twitter sdeere@post-dispatch.com

Bergdahl to face desertion charge in general court-martial BERGDAHL • FROM A1

Obama of jeopardizing the safety of a nation for a deserter. A date for an arraignment hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., will be announced later. Bergdahl’s attorney, Eugene Fidell, said the convening authority — a high-ranking oicer charged with deciding whether evidence warrants a court-martial — did not follow the advice of a preliminary hearing oicer. Lt. Col. Mark Visger had recommended that Bergdahl’s case be referred to a special courtmartial, which is a misdemeanor-level forum. That limits the maximum punishment to reduction in rank, a bad-conduct discharge and a term of up to a year in prison.

The Army Forces Command charged Bergdahl on March 25 with “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.” Misbehavior before the enemy was used hundreds of times during World War II, but scholars say its use appears to have dwindled in conflicts since then. Legal databases and media accounts turn up only a few misbehavior cases since 2001 when fighting began in Afghanistan, followed by Iraq less than two years later. By contrast, statistics show the Army prosecuted about 1,900 desertion cases between 2001 and the end of 2014. Fidell has argued that his cli-

ent is being charged twice for the same action, saying in a previous television interview that “it’s unfortunate that someone got creative in drafting the charge sheet and figured out two ways to charge the same thing.” Fidell also asked the House and Senate Armed Services committees to avoid further statements “that prejudice our client’s right to a fair trial.” The House committee last week issued a 98-page report criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to swap the five former Taliban leaders for Bergdahl. Fidell pointed to the fifth page of the report that said the committee would remain abreast of the disciplinary process and ensure that “Sgt. Bergdahl’s behavior is adjudicated as required.”

Fidell said he read that as a call to “hammer” Bergdahl for his actions. Bergdahl hasn’t spoken publicly about his decision to walk away from his post or his subsequent five-year imprisonment by the Taliban and the prisoner swap in May 2014 that secured his return to the United States. But during the past several months, he spoke extensively with screenwriter Mark Boal, who shared about 25 hours of the recorded interviews with Sarah Koenig for her popular podcast, “Serial.” Bergdahl says in the interviews that he walked off his base to cause a crisis that would catch the attention of military brass. He wanted to warn them about what he believed were se-

rious problems with leadership in his unit. And he wanted to prove himself as a real-life action hero, like someone out of a movie. “As a private first-class, nobody is going to listen to me,” Bergdahl says in the first episode of the podcast, released Thursday. “No one is going to take me serious that an investigation needs to be put underway.” Bergdahl acknowledges that his motives weren’t entirely idealistic. “I was trying to prove to myself, I was trying to prove to the world, to anybody who used to know me ... I was capable of being what I appeared to be,” Bergdahl says. “I had this fantastic idea that I was going to prove to the world I was the real thing.”


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M 2 • TUESDAy • 12.15.2015

Critics say city hasn’t given public enough input

MSD releases report on diversity, claims critics waste resources

FERGUSON • FROM A1 BY JACOB BARKER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District officials fired back at groups accusing it of delaying workforce diversity goals, releasing numbers that MSD leaders say demonstrate the sewer district’s commitment to the voluntary goals while showing near attainment. But the district doesn’t look much closer to attaining the trust of groups that spent the last several months accusing it of dragging its feet on minority hiring. Those complaints culminated in a special November meeting, where clergy from predominantly black churches and groups such as the NAACP presented their grievances to MSD board members. The sewer district responded with a report Monday saying it has obtained 26 percent of its contractor work hours from minority labor and almost 4 percent from female labor during the fiscal year that ended in July. Both were below MSD’s goals: 30 percent of construction labor hours from minorities and 7 percent from women. Still, MSD Executive Director Brian Hoelscher argued the data show the diversity program has “been successful for many years and continues to become more successful.” He said in an interview that he doesn’t see a need for any big changes to MSD policies to meet the goals because there’s al-

ready momentum in the right direction. “We see no reason to not get there,” Hoelscher said. “It’s the whole industry that’s coming forward.” MSD set the goals following a workforce disparity study in 2013, just as one of the largest public infrastructure projects in the region’s history got underway: a $4.7 billion overhaul of the region’s sewers mandated by an Environmental Protection Agency consent decree. The NAACP and other groups, however, balked this summer at what they said was slow progress on diversifying MSD contractors’ work crews. Their complaints included an MSD practice, since discontinued, of allowing some contractors to retain existing, less diverse crews for safety reasons. MSD says it now requires contractors to show good faith eforts to hire a diverse workforce, including looking for qualified workers from training programs the district retained to help meet its goals. Yaphett El Amin, the executive director of minority construction contractor and labor advocate MoKan, said MSD never would have changed the policy this summer if groups such as hers hadn’t pressured the district. Her group was among the signatories of a Community Benefits Agreement meant to help MSD meet its diversity goals. “Why two years later from signing the CBA are we still short?”

El Amin said of the total diversity goals. “How long are we supposed to sit idly by?” El Amin said she was encouraged MSD board members were interested in another meeting to look further at the issue, but she was “concerned” about Hoelscher’s “tone and tenor” during the presentation. Hoelscher’s remarks suggested there is indeed still tension between the two groups. He said MSD meetings with signatories of the Community Benefits Agreement “have become dysfunctional,” and that “broad” inquiries to MSD staf about issues separate from diversity goals “has done nothing but waste ratepayer resources, including women and minority ratepayers.” “MSD staff is under the very strong impression that the actions taken by many of the CBA signatories over the past year are in violation of the CBA and are being driven by an agenda that is not focused on a successful execution of MSD’s diversity program,” Hoelscher said. MSD Board Chairman Michael Yates said the board would hold a special meeting “as soon as possible” to determine the next steps. He said he still had to review the information from staff, which he had just received Monday. Jacob Barker • 314-340-8291 @jacobbarker on Twitter jbarker@post-dispatch.com

Salaries to be frozen in Kirkwood schools

LAURIE SKRIVAN • lskrivan@post-dispatch.com

“We are on the verge of trying to survive. Stand up and continue to ight for what we have,” retired teacher Wayne Baldwin tells the Kirkwood School Board during the public comment session at its meeting Monday night.

KIRKWOOD • FROM A1

cuts won’t be diicult.” Effective immediately, the district is reducing school and department budgets by 20 percent. A hiring freeze is in place, reimbursements for cellphones is going away, and the budget for staff training has been reduced, saving about $900,000. Another $4 million will be cut from next year’s operating expenses. Salaries will be frozen. Employees will pay the increase in insurance premiums. Students will pay higher activity fees, and bus service will be altered in some way — both will require specific policy recommendations. In all, about 25 teaching positions will be eliminated — mostly through attrition. Three administrative jobs also will go away. Combined with other recommendations, the reductions still leave a deficit of about $1 million.

“We felt this was a number that was more responsible and more thoughtful,” Williams said. Not everyone agreed. Daniel L. Sullivan, who fought to defeat Prop A, said the cuts aren’t enough. “A million short is a million short,” he said. “More cuts have got to come.” It’s likely more cuts will come, Williams said. Proposals to develop cost savings in transportation — possibly by eliminating or charging for service to students who live closest to school buildings — may be on the table. And so will finding ways to increase revenue through higher activity fees. “This proposal is a short-term solution,” Williams said. He said another tax proposal is likely. Board members said they’re still trying to learn from defeat. “Think carefully before asking again,” Sullivan said. Nearly 60 percent of voters turned down a proposed 18 percent increase in the

operating tax levy, or an additional $370 per year on a home assessed at $250,000. Several elementary and high school teachers said increasing class sizes — by two students in the elementary schools and three in middle schools — will make it more difficult to meet each student’s needs. Wayne Baldwin, a retired Kirkwood science teacher, moved through the audience with a rousing challenge to fight for another proposal. At one point he leaned over the table and pointed at the seven school board members. He urged them to fight harder. “This is important,” Baldwin said. “This is another one of those crossroads where the naysayers are going to say, ‘It’s frivolous.’ No, it isn’t. It’s the Kirkwood School District.” Elisa Crouch • 314-340-8119 @elisacrouch on Twitter ecrouch@post-dispatch.com

Despite the letter, signs of progress in the negotiations have surfaced over the past week. Emily Davis, a member of a group called the Ferguson Collaborative, said that Justice Department oicials met with the group Wednesday, advising it that Ferguson’s reluctance to approve an agreement may be softening and that a settlement could be reached within days. Last week, the collaborative sent letters to city officials requesting that as part of the agreement police undergo recurring training on nonbias and nonprofiling practices and adopt a robust community policing program — the top two concerns that came out of the group’s survey of 400 residents this year. As a part of its response to the collaborative, the city also drafted the letter to the Justice Department, which noted that while it disagreed with some of the collaborative’s points, citizens “must have a fair opportunity to share their thoughts prior to any agreement being signed.” Ferguson released the letter Monday in response to a request from the Post-Dispatch under the state’s open records law. A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said in a statement: “The Justice Department continues to engage with the community on the issues addressed in our investigation. While we cannot comment on the content of negotiations, the talks with the City of Ferguson to develop a monitored consent decree have been productive. The department believes that in order to remedy the Justice Department’s findings an agreement needs to be reached without delay.” Mayor James Knowles III last week said, “Negotiations are still ongoing.” After the Brown shooting, the Justice Department spent months investigating the patterns and practices of the Ferguson Police Department, and, in a 102-page report released in March, accused the city of running a municipal court that ignored defendants rights in the interest of raising revenue. The report said that the city used its police oicers as collection agents and issued a staggering number of arrest warrants — a tactic that disproportionately affected AfricanAmericans. For months, a committee made of up Knowles and City Council members Mark Byrne and Wesley Bell has been privately negotiating with the department on a package of reforms. Byrne and Bell did not immediately return phone messages seeking comment. The absence of information has bred rumors and frustrations, as both protesters and the city’s supporters clamor for more details. “That’s been a consistent theme from all the residents is that we want the city to tell us what they are going to agree to,” said resident Blake Ashby, who oversees a website soliciting donations for the city’s legal expenses. “We want to understand how it’s appropriate to what we have been accused of and how it fits in our budget.” At a City Council meeting in October, a resident told the council that, despite the city’s claims to the contrary, the Justice Department had informed her and others that Ferguson could disclose a draft of an agreement. Davis said the department’s representatives initially told her group that the city was free to release a draft of a proposed agreement. But after further discussions with the city, the agency concluded that doing so could harm negotiations, Davis said. Knowles said that many don’t understand that Ferguson has been implementing reforms since Brown’s shooting 16 months ago, including the formation of a citizens’ police review board, improvements to the court and a community policing program. “If we get to an agreement with the DOJ, the majority of the things that we agree to are not going be a surprise to anybody,” Knowles said. “People act like: ‘Oh, my God, what’s going to be in it?’ ... A lot of this is the things that we have been doing.” Throughout the process, the city has gathered public input in a variety of forums, Knowles said, but because the dialogue with the Justice Department involves a legal contract, Ferguson has been prohibited from disclosing the discussions. Still, the city has always maintained that residents would have to review any agreement before it is approved, and that hasn’t changed, Knowles said. “We still want people to see what the final product would be before we sign anything,” he said. Knowles also predicted that the city would be under the $500,000 budgeted for legal expenses associated with the negotiations. The city retained litigator Dan K. Webb at an hourly rate of $1,335, plus other expenses. Davis disputed that city had effectively solicited public opinion, especially from those who sufered the most under the abuses described in the Justice Department report. “They’ll say over and over that they have held these meetings to engage the community,” Davis said. “Those meetings have been very few and far between ... They have never, ever efectively outreached to the people who have been most affected by the predatory policing in Ferguson.” As far as the objections outlined in correspondence to the Justice Department, Davis said that the city “just wanted to throw the cost of the monitor out there so that residents would reject the idea of paying for this.” Still, Davis said she left the meeting with department attorneys on Wednesday feeling hopeful and was eager for a resolution. “If they are really and truly on the verge of an agreement, and they are backing down of this, I want it to happen,” Davis said. “The moment it gets filed in court it is binding on the city of Ferguson.” Stephen Deere • 314-340-8116 @stephencdeere on Twitter sdeere@post-dispatch.com

Bergdahl to face desertion charge in general court-martial BERGDAHL • FROM A1

Obama of jeopardizing the safety of a nation for a deserter. A date for an arraignment hearing at Fort Bragg, N.C., will be announced later. Bergdahl’s attorney, Eugene Fidell, said the convening authority — a high-ranking oicer charged with deciding whether evidence warrants a court-martial — did not follow the advice of a preliminary hearing oicer. Lt. Col. Mark Visger had recommended that Bergdahl’s case be referred to a special courtmartial, which is a misdemeanor-level forum. That limits the maximum punishment to reduction in rank, a bad-conduct discharge and a term of up to a year in prison.

The Army Forces Command charged Bergdahl on March 25 with “desertion with intent to shirk important or hazardous duty” and “misbehavior before the enemy by endangering the safety of a command, unit or place.” Misbehavior before the enemy was used hundreds of times during World War II, but scholars say its use appears to have dwindled in conflicts since then. Legal databases and media accounts turn up only a few misbehavior cases since 2001 when fighting began in Afghanistan, followed by Iraq less than two years later. By contrast, statistics show the Army prosecuted about 1,900 desertion cases between 2001 and the end of 2014. Fidell has argued that his cli-

ent is being charged twice for the same action, saying in a previous television interview that “it’s unfortunate that someone got creative in drafting the charge sheet and figured out two ways to charge the same thing.” Fidell also asked the House and Senate Armed Services committees to avoid further statements “that prejudice our client’s right to a fair trial.” The House committee last week issued a 98-page report criticizing the Obama administration’s decision to swap the five former Taliban leaders for Bergdahl. Fidell pointed to the fifth page of the report that said the committee would remain abreast of the disciplinary process and ensure that “Sgt. Bergdahl’s behavior is adjudicated as required.”

Fidell said he read that as a call to “hammer” Bergdahl for his actions. Bergdahl hasn’t spoken publicly about his decision to walk away from his post or his subsequent five-year imprisonment by the Taliban and the prisoner swap in May 2014 that secured his return to the United States. But during the past several months, he spoke extensively with screenwriter Mark Boal, who shared about 25 hours of the recorded interviews with Sarah Koenig for her popular podcast, “Serial.” Bergdahl says in the interviews that he walked off his base to cause a crisis that would catch the attention of military brass. He wanted to warn them about what he believed were se-

rious problems with leadership in his unit. And he wanted to prove himself as a real-life action hero, like someone out of a movie. “As a private first-class, nobody is going to listen to me,” Bergdahl says in the first episode of the podcast, released Thursday. “No one is going to take me serious that an investigation needs to be put underway.” Bergdahl acknowledges that his motives weren’t entirely idealistic. “I was trying to prove to myself, I was trying to prove to the world, to anybody who used to know me ... I was capable of being what I appeared to be,” Bergdahl says. “I had this fantastic idea that I was going to prove to the world I was the real thing.”


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12.15.2015 • TueSday • M 1

LAW & ORDER BALLWIN > Driver dies outside restaurant • A woman waiting in her car to pull out of a Steak ’n Shake parking lot at 14646 Manchester Road was fatally injured about 7 a.m. Monday when an eastbound vehicle ran of the street and struck her car, police said. Kimberly Austill, 52, of Ballwin, died at Mercy Hospital St. Louis, in Creve Coeur. Oicials said the cause of the wreck was under investigation. Toxicology tests were pending. The male driver was unhurt, although passengers in his car sufered minor injuries, police said. ST. LOUIS > Slain man identiied • A man killed in a shooting outside a post-funeral gathering about 2:30 p.m. Friday has been identiied as Robert Grandberry, 37, of the 5400 block of Bischof Avenue, oicials said. Police said he traded shots after an argument with another man, 21, who was shot in the abdomen and reported to be stable in a hospital. The wounded man’s name was not released. It happened outside the New Northside Conference Center, at 5959 Goodfellow Avenue. An additional man at the scene, Dontell Spears, 21, was charged with unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with physical evidence, police said, after oicers recovered a irearm from him. Spears, of the 3600 block of Leeward Avenue, was not shot. His bail was set at $40,000. The service was for Sherrod Lamar White, 27, who died Nov. 30, said his aunt, Elizabeth McPherson. She said the cause of his death had not been determined. Another of her nephews was one of the shooting victims, she said. BROOKLYN > Man slain outside club • Salahudin Malik Robbins, 29, was shot to death and two other people were wounded just before 3 a.m. Saturday by two gunmen outside the Bottoms Up strip club at 307 Jeferson Street, police said. Robbins, of Berkeley, died at a hospital. Illinois State Police Sgt. Chris Hofstot said Robbins had just walked out of the club when the two attackers got out of a vehicle and ired several shots. Hofstot said investigators believe that Robbins was the target and that the others wounded were bystanders in the line of ire. Anyone with information is asked to call the state police Special Agent Denis Janis at 618-346-3787 or CrimeStoppers at 1-866-3718477. ST. LOUIS > No suspects in killing • Police said Monday they had no suspects in the killing of James Johnson Jr., 18, who was found shot about 10 a.m. Sunday in the backyard of a home in the 3700 block of Lincoln Avenue. Johnson, who lived in the 800 block of Elliott Avenue in Ferguson, had been shot in the head. He was a member of the local rap group called 3 Problems and also used the name Swagg Huncho. Anyone with information is asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-866-3718477. O’FALLON, MO. > Pedestrian killed • A man, 24, of O’Fallon, Mo., died after being struck by a car shortly before 3 a.m. Sunday as he walked across the 500 block of South Main Street, police said. The man died at a hospital. His identity was withheld pending notiication of relatives. The driver of the southbound car, a woman, 26, also of O’Fallon, remained on the scene. No charges were expected against her, police said. ST. LOUIS > Crash kills motorcyclist • A motorcyclist was killed in a two-vehicle crash about 1:55 p.m. Monday in the 6900 block of Gravois Avenue, police said. The motorcyclist died at the scene. The other driver was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening, oicials said. Their identities were not released.

conducted a search. In the sleeper area, troopers said, they found drug paraphernalia and a small amount of marijuana, plus a plastic bag that contained a substance believed to be methamphetamine. Nelly, a native of the St. Louis area, was charged with felony possession of drugs, simple possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Authorities said further testing showed the substance was not methamphetamine, and the felony charge was dropped. Nelly pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana and possession of a marijuana pipe and was sentenced to a year of probation for the two misdemeanors, according to

NASHVILLE, TENN. > Nelly gets probation • Rapper and reality TV star Nelly Nelly pleaded guilty in Tennessee last week to two misdemeanor drug charges, resolving a drug case stemming from an April traic stop of his tour bus. The Tennessee Highway Patrol said Nelly, whose real name is Cornell Haynes Jr., was pulled over in his tour bus because the vehicle did not display required federal transportation and fuel tax stickers. Troopers said Nelly was one of six people on board. A trooper said he smelled marijuana on the bus and

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Bryant C. Dunaway, Putnam County district attorney. ST. CHARLES > School fund thief gets probation • A judge has ordered probation for Jane Elizabeth Windorski, 45, who stole from St. Charles High School’s booster club. She was given two years to repay the $10,877 she took, authorities said. Windorski, of the irst block of Lynworth Court in St. Charles, pleaded guilty of felony theft. She told police she was club treasurer when she made withdrawals to gamble at a casino and to help pay expenses. She also used a debit card associated with the account to buy a room on Priceline.com and make a purchase on iTunes, police

said. In court last week, Circuit Judge Nancy Schneider sentenced Windorski to a ive-year prison term but suspended its execution if she completes probation. ST. LOUIS > Woman charged in clinic vandalism • Maria E. Terry, 43, has been charged with property damage for allegedly breaking windows at the Planned Parenthood Terry Health Clinic, at 3401 South Grand Boulevard, just before 9 a.m. Saturday. Cash-only bail for Terry, of the 3900 block of Germania Street, was set at

$20,000. The damage was estimated in excess of $750. The center provides birth control, cancer screenings, medical exams, STD testing and treatment, and emergency contraception, but abortions are not performed there. Mary M. Kogut, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri, said it was closed at the time. Terry had pleaded guilty in 2001 to charges of resisting arrest and third-degree assault on a law enforcement oicer, according to online court records. She was sentenced to 26 days in jail, the time she had already served.

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Mainstream candidates want ‘get-serious’ debate

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie

Ohio Gov. John Kasich

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush

BY PHILIP RUCKER Washington Post

that the voters may finally heed their calls, and hope that Tuesday night’s debate will allow them to shift the conversation. Over several days campaigning in New Hampshire last week, Bush said at a town hall meeting in Hooksett that he thinks voters will say, “I want someone who can actually lead, that can do the job, that I can look into the past and have some sense going forward that he has the right stuf, that he can make the right decisions, that he’s a serious person.” As Kasich put it on CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday, “At the end, people are going to say, ‘Who can land the plane and who has got the experience?’ They’re frustrated. They’re upset. But you know what? Over time, people tend to settle down when they actually go into the voting booth.” For Christie, Bush and Kasich, a shift in the race’s focus is imperative. All three lag behind less-experienced candidates in the polls and are getting desperate to find momentum. Christie at least is on the rise in New Hampshire, where he is drawing enthusiastic crowds and has jumped to second place in the latest WBUR poll. Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida are also touting their national security know-how. Campaigning in Iowa a few days after the California shootings, Cruz said that voters now are “looking at every candidate for president and assessing who’s prepared to be commander in chief, who has the experience, who has the clarity of vision, who has the strength and resolve to keep this country safe and who has the judgment.”

The three governors, however, believe they are more seasoned than the two first-term senators. Christie — who as U.S. attorney was New Jersey’s chief federal prosecutor in the years following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks — has been particularly dismissive of Cruz and Rubio. “This isn’t like getting briefed in the basement of the Senate about some theoretical threat where all you have to do is nod and take notes,” Christie told a town-hall audience Saturday in Weare, N.H. In an interview in Wolfeboro, Christie maintained that he is the lone GOP candidate in a field of 14 who has firsthand experience fighting terrorism. “The only person on that stage who’s had to make decisions about it, conducted investigations using the Patriot Act, conducted investigations using the FISA court, dealt with federal agents and using those resources, interacted with foreign governments on terrorist investigations — I’m the only person who’s done that,” Christie said. Rubio has staked out hawkish positions on national security in an attempt to draw distinctions with his rivals, especially Cruz. He considers foreign affairs one of his specialties, and he spoke at length last week in Iowa about confronting the Islamic State and about his experiences evaluating sensitive information. “As a member of the Senate Select Intelligence Committee, I don’t just have access to the most classified and sensitive information before the federal government, but also the individuals responsible for turning that information into action,” he said.

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Tuesday’s Republican presidential debate looming, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie sounded an urgent call: “It’s time for us to get serious.” “This race has been entertaining — very entertaining,” he told a packed crowd at a town hall meeting here last weekend. But, he declared, “showtime is over, everybody.” “You don’t want somebody sitting in the (Oval Oice) chair, spinning around going, ‘Gee, whiz, isn’t it great to be president?’” he added. “You want somebody who’s going to ... understand from the first minute he sits in that chair that this is serious business.” Candidates such as Christie — mainstream Republicans who have climbed the political ladder from one government office to the next — have been drowned out and outpolled, much to their frustration and humiliation, by Donald Trump and other insurgents. But now they hope that Tuesday night’s CNN debate in Las Vegas — the first since terrorist attacks in Paris and California refocused voter attention — will be a clarifying moment to pivot into a more sober final phase. This get-serious caucus, which also includes Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, has been begging voters to evaluate candidates not on their rhetoric, personalities and projections of strength, but on their governing records, knowledge and worldliness. The problem is that it hasn’t worked. The establishment candidates, however, have faith

GOP pushes to lift ban on oil exports in late scramble to pass spending bill ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON • Republican demands to end the ban on exporting crude oil emerged as a final negotiating point Monday as lawmakers scrambled to complete a year-end spending bill needed to keep the government running. In return for lifting the fourdecade-old ban, Democrats were seeking various environmental concessions, including extending tax credits for solar and wind energy production for five years, and reviving an environmental conservation fund. Democrats also were trying to block GOP efforts to roll back federal environmental regulations, with Democratic law-

makers who traveled to the Paris climate talks returning energized to fight. “It’s like they all went to an international pep rally and got all this emotional wind at their back,” GOP Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota said in a phone interview. Government funding runs out Wednesday at midnight, but Congress may need to pass another short-term extension of a day or two to complete work on the $1.14 trillion governmentwide spending bill. Negotiations have dragged on as the legislation has become an increasingly complex grab-bag for priorities and trade-ofs large and small. It’s also intertwined with another massive bill extending

dozens of tax credits benefiting interest groups across the political spectrum, sparking intense lobbying on numerous fronts. The legislation was not likely to be finalized until Tuesday, which would probably mean final congressional passage toward the end of the week. Lawmakers would then head home for the holidays, having done their necessary work in typically messy and last-minute fashion. “Many of us in the Senate and the House and our stafs worked through the weekend and have made a lot of progress,” Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada said on the floor as the Senate gaveled back into session at midafternoon Monday. “We’re not there yet.”

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Goodwill tour is irst oicial MLB visit to Cuba since 1999 CUBA • FROM A1

Tuesday as part of a traveling party that will represent Major League Baseball during a threeday visit. It is the first official visit by Major League Baseball to Cuba since March 1999, that same year Pena left. Described as a “goodwill tour,” the joint venture by Major League Baseball and the players union is scheduled to include Cuban major leaguers Jose Abreu, Alexei Ramirez, Pena, and possibly Yasiel Puig as part of an eight-player contingent. Most of them will be returning to their home country for the first time since they defected, a rare opportunity that Major League Baseball has worked with the Cuban government and other officials to make possible. “When I was young I left my family, my friends and my country to pursue my dreams,” said Pena, who signed a two-year deal with the Cardinals earlier this offseason. “When I went there (four years ago) it was for a family matter. But I didn’t see a lot of family. I was there and gone. It was like I went, but at the same time I didn’t really go at all. This time I will reunite, I will be home. Super awesome. And also very, very emotional.” Hall of Fame manager Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer, will make his first trip to Cuba and lead the group along with Hall of Fame outfielder Dave Winfield, a special adviser with the Major League Baseball Players Association. The party also will include Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw, former triple-crown hitter and MVP Miguel Cabrera, slugger Nelson Cruz and former Cardinals center fielder Jon Jay. A small group of media, including this baseball writer from the Post-Dispatch, will be accompanying the goodwill tour. For Jay, a first-generation American whose parents were born in Cuba, it’s a chance to see a home he’s only heard about. “This means a lot to me,” said Jay, who was drafted by the Cardinals out of the University of Miami in 2006, won a World Series with them in 2011, and was traded to San Diego last week. “This is where my roots are from, my family. This is the culture I grew up in but wasn’t sure I’d ever see. It’s great for the (players association) to help put this together, to give us this opening.” The players gathered Monday afternoon in Miami to meet with oicials about the trip and what restrictions they may encounter. As part of the visit, Torre, Winfield, and the players will hold a press conference Tuesday in Havana to discuss the tour and the hopes of baseball helping ease relations between the United States and Cuba. On Wednesday, the players will participate in a baseball clinic at Estadio Latinoamericano in Havana with children, and on Thursday they will host another one at Estadio Victoria de Giron in Matanzas, Cuba. As many as 180 children are expected to attend. The visit will also include a charity event. The players association announced Monday that it and MLB would donate a total of $200,000 to Caritas Cubana, a U.S.-based nongovernmental humanitarian agency. Baseball has sought to be a part of the ongoing efforts, announced a year ago, by the United States and Cuba to normalize relations. It was common for teams to have spring training games in Cuba before its revolution and Fidel Castro’s rise to power. A team didn’t play in Cuba after March 1959 until 40 years later when the Baltimore Orioles played Cuba’s national team in Havana. Major league

teams and officials are not permitted to scout players on the island, though the stream of Cuban players reaching the majors has been increasing during the past decade. Last summer, nearly 30 Cuban-born players appeared in the majors, and Yoenis Cespedes of the Mets and Kendrys Morales of the Royals were forces for the two World Series teams. “Major League Baseball is very fortunate to have an opportunity to play a constructive role in the improvement of our country’s relations with Cuba,” commissioner Rob Manfred Jr. said in a statement announcing the visit. “Baseball represents a pivotal common bond in our cultures, and the impact that Cuban ballplayers have made on our game is undeniable. I am hopeful that this tour will represent the beginning of a long-standing relationship.” It’s a first step, and baseball quickly wants to follow with a game. Manfred has been working so that a spring training game could take place in Cuba as soon as March. An official confirmed that a member of Manfred’s staf met with Antonio Castro, a top Cuban baseball oicial, and MLB officials have traveled to Cuba to check the viability of a game there. Part of the “goodwill tour” is to encourage movement toward a more direct and mutually agreeable way for Cuban players to reach the major leagues. With decades of restrictions between the two countries, the only way for Cuban players to sign a professional contract is to defect, establish residency elsewhere, and then find a team. Aledmys Diaz, the Cardinals’ Class AAA infielder, defected while with Cuba’s national team in the Netherlands. Others, such as Puig, have left Cuba, according to reports, with the help of illegal smugglers. Pena defected while at an international tournament in Venezuela. His and the other Cuban players’ presence on the trip adds to the overture Major League Baseball’s gesture is attempting to make and the undertones of its history. Before 2013, many defectors, especially baseball stars, were prohibited from returning to the island. That stance eased, somewhat, in January 2013 when new travel policies allowed for players to return after they had been away for at least eight years. Abreu defected in 2013, and Puig has not been back since 2012. An oicial with Major League Baseball confirmed that they have been given assurances that the players will be allowed to return after the visit. They do not expect the players to be granted the ability to return to their homes. Instead, the Cuban government will permit reunions with family members to be held at the hotel, an MLB oicial said. Pena is bringing a younger brother, Hemerson Pena, with him on the trip and together they will see family they haven’t in more than a decade: an uncle on his mother’s side who “pretty much raised me,” his wife, and a cousin who was a baby when Brayan left Cuba. She’s older now than when he was when he left. “This is something, something that I’ve been waiting for, but something that I knew it had to happen at the right moment for a trip like this,” Pena said. “This is a big thing being asked to go on this trip, to represent on it. It’s a big thing for baseball to be the first to do it. America and baseball has given me so much. Such a special moment is coming.” Derrick Goold @dgoold on Twitter dgoold@post-dispatch.com

hat drone under your Christmas tree will have to be registered DRONE • FROM A1

mini-aircraft, often with a video camera attached to scan what’s below, appeals to more than onethird of Americans, according to a survey by the St. Leo University Polling Institute. Those people told the pollsters they thought drones would be “a fun hobby.” But the same poll found that most people were worried that drones with cameras might invade their privacy, put airplanes with passengers on board at risk, be used to deliver bombs or fall victim to hackers. For example, almost 82 percent of people said that drones shouldn’t be allowed to photograph one’s backyard, house or family. And 47 percent said private citizens should not be allowed to own drones.

“It is surprising that so many Americans want to ban private citizens from owning drones, even though more than onethird of survey respondents want to own a drone someday,” said Leo Ondrovic, a member of the St. Leo University faculty, who is licensed as a pilot. Under the new regulations, drone operators will be required to register their unmanned aircraft and apply their registration number to the drone. The same number could be applied to other drones that they own. An FAA registration website is expected to be operating by Dec. 21, Whitaker said. Registration will cost $5 for three years, but the fee will be waived for the first 30 days the website is in operation. Applicants will be required to provide

name, address and an email address. In addition to the registration number aixed to the drone, when operating the aircraft people will be required to carry their FAA registration. If a drone were sold by its initial owner or given as a gift, the new owner would be required to register it. Drones weighing between half a pound and 55 pounds must be registered. Drones above that weight go through normal FAA registration requirements for aircraft. “Registration provides us with an opportunity to educate unmanned aircraft users about how to operate safely,” Whitaker said. “This means flying below 400 feet altitude, keeping your unmanned aircraft in sight at all times, staying away from

manned aircraft, never flying over groups of people, stadiums or sporting events. And when you want to fly within five miles of an airport, contact the airport or control tower beforehand.” Failure to register or improper use of a drone could carry a civil penalty of up to $27,500 and criminal charges that could cost up to $250,000 and 3 years in prison. “That would be the maximum in an egregious circumstance,” Whitaker said. “The goal is not to be punitive, but to get people into compliance with the operating rules.” The new regulations disappointed a large group representing model airplane users. The Academy of Model Aeronautics in Muncie, Ind., said most model airplanes and even

some flying toys weigh more than a half-pound and may need to be registered. Registration was an “unnecessary burden for our more than 185,000 members who have been operating safely for decades,” it said. The requirement won support from others, including the Air Line Pilots Association, which said it is a tool to help make sure drone owners share the skies safely with airplanes. Government and industry oicials have expressed concern that drones, like birds, could be sucked into an aircraft engine, smash a cockpit windshield or damage a critical aircraft surface area and cause a crash. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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Look for clues in Fed’s statement

Clock’s ticking on health care sign-up

View of job growth, credit market will hint at future hikes

For coverage to begin Jan. 1, deadline is Tuesday ASSOCIATED PRESS

WASHINGTON • It’s crunch time to sign up DAVID NICKLAUS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

for coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. Tuesday is the deadline for millions of uninsured procrastinators to sign up in time for coverage to begin Jan. 1. The Obama administration says it’s seeing a vigorous consumer response this sign-up season, with more than 1 million new customers already. “All the evidence for us is that the marketplace is strong, it’s vibrant, and it’s growing,” said Andy Slavitt, head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which runs the government’s major insurance programs. Still, the administration’s sign-up target for 2016, the president’s last full year in office, is modest: 10 million people enrolled and paying premiums at the end of the year, an increase of about 10 percent. Some important things for consumers thinking about signing up for the first time, as well as for those renewing: Deadlines: Tuesday is the deadline to sign up for coverage so it can take effect on the first of the year. It’s also the deadline to make any changes to existing coverage so they take efect Jan. 1. Current customers will be automatically renewed Jan. 1 if they make no changes, but they may save money now by shopping for a plan with lower premiums. The final deadline for new sign-ups and plan switches is Jan. 31. After that, new enrollments and changes are only allowed under special circumstances. People who remain uninsured after Jan. 31 risk fines when they file their 2016 taxes. Fines will sting: The fines for people who remain uninsured in 2016 have gone up substantially. A study from the nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the average tax penalty will rise to $969 per household, or nearly 50 percent. The fines are one of the law’s methods for nudging healthy people to get insured. Website working: The HealthCare.gov website, famously balky a couple of years ago, is working well by most accounts. The site has some consumer-friendly enhancements including a cost calculator, a doctor and hospital look-up feature and a way to see whether your prescription drugs are covered. Consumers are urged to double-check the physician-finder results with their plans and doctors.

The Federal Reserve is widely expected to take a historic step Wednesday by raising interest rates, but we’re at a juncture where words are as important as deeds. The rate increase is a big move, to be sure. It’s the first in nearly 10 years, and it marks the end of seven years of nearzero rates. But it has also been widely anticipated for weeks, and Janet Yellen and other oicials have been unusually candid in telegraphing their move. The only suspense is over what they’ll say about future policy. The Fed is on record as saying it will move rates higher gradually, but does that mean two additional quarter-point increases in the next year, or four or more? We won’t get exact numerical clarity on Wednesday, but the Fed’s policy statement will provide some clues. For starters, watch what it says about the job market. The unemployment rate, at 5.0 percent, is close to what the Fed considers full employment. The economy has created an average of 235,000 jobs a month in the past two years, the best performance since 1998-99, even as baby boomers are retiring in droves. Jason Furman, chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, said recently that the economy needs to create only 77,000 jobs a month to keep the unemployment rate unchanged. Other esti-

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Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen testifies this month about the economic outlook.

mates are higher, around 130,000 jobs a month, but either way job growth is well above the steady-state number. Chris Varvares, president of Macroeconomic Advisers in Clayton, thinks the Fed is fine with that. He says plenty of discouraged workers are willing to get back into the job market if they see an opportunity. “The Fed would likely want to let the labor market run a little hot in order to cure structural problems and to get inflation back toward target,” Varvares said. Although the Fed probably is happy with recent jobs numbers, the slumping junk-bond market may make it nervous. At least three bond funds are being liquidated, and some people worry that problems are much more widespread. “They may make some mention of recent stresses in credit markets,” says Scott Colbert, head of fixed income investing at Commerce Trust in Clayton. “If they do, that’s a dovish comment.” In Fed-speak, dovish language means future rate increases are less likely. Hawkish means they’re more likely. Colbert will be looking for other clues

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Supreme Court on Monday in a last-ditch effort to pare back the more than $548 million in damages it must pay Apple for infringing the patents and designs of the iPhone. Samsung’s petition must first be accepted for review by the Supreme Court. It is the latest step in a long-running patent lawsuit between the rival companies that epitomized the global smartphone wars. Samsung Electronics was scheduled to pay $548.2 million to Apple on Monday, according to papers filed with the a lower California federal court on Dec. 3. Samsung could not immediately confirm Monday whether the money had been paid. A representative for Apple could not be reached. In its petition to the high court, Samsung said it should not have had to make as much as $399 million of that payout for copying the patented designs of the iPhone’s rounded-corner front face, bezel and gridded icons. It said that awarding total profits from the sale of its devices with those designs, even if they relate only to a small portion of the phone, allows for “unjustified windfalls” far beyond the inventive value of the patents. “A patented design might be the essential feature of a spoon or rug. But the

same is not true of smartphones, which contain countless other features that give them remarkable functionality wholly unrelated to their design,” Samsung told the high court. “Samsung is escalating this case because it believes that the way the laws were interpreted is not in line with modern times,” the company said in a statement. Apple did not address the new petition, but said in a statement, “We make these products to delight our customers, not for our competitors to flagrantly copy.” The South Korean electronics company’s quest to limit damages to Apple stems from the $930 million judgment that followed a 2012 verdict for infringing Apple’s patents and copying the iPhone’s look. In May, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, the nation’s top patent court, stripped about $382 million from that total, saying the iPhone’s appearance could not be protected through trademarks. Another trial over remaining damages relating to some of Samsung’s infringing products in the case is set to go ahead next spring. In its petition on Monday, Samsung also told the Supreme Court that juries should not award damages on certain “functional” aspects of designs, such as flat screens, which allow for the reading of documents, or rounded corners, which make phones easier to slip into a pocket.


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TRACK YOUR STOCKS AND GET THE LATEST NEWS • STLTODAY.COM /BUSINESS Stocks closed higher Monday, rebounding from their worst week since the summer. Nine of the 10 sectors that make up the Standard & Poor’s 500 index notched gains, led by telecommunications services stocks.

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New York-based investment manager’s Focused Credit Fund was overwhelmed with heavy losses and surging investor net withdrawals, forcing Barse to abruptly liquidate the fund and block redemptions. This cut the size of the fund to $789 million from nearly $3 billion last year. Dow board reairms support for DuPont deal • Dow Chemical Co.’s board reairmed its support for the company’s merger with DuPont after a news report said activist investor Daniel Loeb wants Dow’s CEO to be removed. The Wall Street Journal said Loeb, who heads Third Point LLC, wrote a private letter to Dow’s board questioning the timing of the merger and pushing for Dow CEO Andrew Liveris to be removed. Loeb’s irm has a 2 percent stake in Dow, according to FactSet. A Third Point spokeswoman said the report was correct but declined to comment further. Dow and DuPont announced a merger Friday that would form a $130 billion company that would later be split into three separate companies. Dow’s board, including two members selected by Third Point, said in a statement Monday that they fully support the deal. Airlines’ on-time results among the best in two decades • The nation’s leading airlines posted one of their best-ever monthly on-time performances in October, the third straight month where more than 80 percent of lights arrived punctually. The Transportation Department said Monday that 87 percent of lights on the top 13 U.S. airlines arrived on time in October. That was up slightly from 86.5 percent in September. From staf and wire reports

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Climate pact sinks coal stocks, lifts renewables REUTERS

A landmark deal to curb global warming dented shares of fossil fuel companies and lifted renewable energy stocks on Monday, although some price swings were muted by the nonbinding nature of the pact. The deal forged Saturday at the Paris climate summit is widely seen as the most important climate agreement since the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. It commits rich and poor nations to rein in rising carbon levels and seeks to eliminate net greenhouse gas emissions from human activity this century. Renewable energy companies are expected to see big upticks in investments to develop new technologies in coming years, while coal and oil companies may see tougher regulations. “This deal will help boost the mid- to long-term fundamentals in renewable energy generation, especially solar, while making any further investments in fossil fuels increasingly vulnerable,” said portfolio manager Thiemo Lang of Zurich’s RobecoSAM, which owns solar stocks. The MAC Global Solar Energy Index rose 4.8 percent on Monday. The iShares Global Clean Energy exchange-traded fund, which allows investors to trade a basket of renewable energy stocks, closed up nearly 1.4 percent. The U.S. Oil & Gas Index, by contrast, fell nearly 2 percent. And shares of companies that

produce coal, seen as dirtier than oil and gas, sank the most. St. Louis-based Peabody Energy fell 13.2 percent on Monday. Creve Coeur-based Arch Coal slipped 1.1 percent. Solar companies welcomed the pact. Their shares have been hammered this year on fears that low oil prices would sap demand for renewable energy, even though the business often relies on government incentives. “Without question, solar is positioned to make the single biggest contribution of any industry to carbon reduction goals — more than wind, more than eiciency, more than any other technology on the horizon,” SunPower Chief Executive Oicer Tom Werner said. Shares of SunPower shot up by 8.2 percent on Monday, while First Solar Inc. gained 5.7 percent. Maryland Heightsbased SunEdison gained 5.8 percent. Wind turbine makers, electric car company Tesla Motors, solar panel group SolarEdge Technologies and Albemarle, which supplies lithium for batteries, will benefit from the deal, said Goldman Sachs. Some analysts, noting that the Paris agreement is not a binding treaty, urged caution. “I would not just rush in to buy these stocks on the back of the weekend’s agreement,” said Francois Savary, chief investment oicer at investment management firm Prime Partners. “You need to give time to wait for the dust to settle, and 2020 is still a long way out.”

Court bars class action in DirecTV case ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Court ruled Monday that satellite provider DirecTV can avoid a class action lawsuit in California over early termination fees and force customers into private arbitration hearings instead. In a 6-3 opinion, the justices said that DirecTV’s contracts can specifically prohibit customers from banding together to sue the company, even though California state law would allow such class action lawsuits to go forward. It’s the latest in a series of rulings that favor the ability of businesses to limit their litigation costs by including mandatory arbitration in customer contracts. Consumer advocates say such agreements rob customers of any meaningful power to challenge corporate misconduct. Writing for the court, Justice Stephen Breyer said California law is pre-empted by the Federal Arbitration Act, which lets companies require customer disputes to be settled one by one in arbitration. A California state appeals court had ruled against DirecTV last year, saying that state law forbids agreements that waive customer’s rights to bring a class action. The case began in 2008 when Amy Imburgia and Kathy Greiner filed class action lawsuits claiming that DirecTV wrongly charged them cancellation fees. At issue was language in the customer agreement that said contract disputes would be settled through arbitration unless “the law of your state” prevents it. But Breyer said the high court had ruled in another case in 2011 that California’s law was invalid.


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as a Legislature, make sure the money is being used wisely,” Bahr said. A university spokesman declined to comment Monday. But, a section of the MU student athlete handbook notes that scholarship money is raised through private sources, not state appropriations. Brattin, a member of the Legislature since 2010, is the owner of a drywall company and served in the Marine Corps for six years. The proposal is the latest legislative reaction to the flare-up on the campus in Columbia. State Sen. Eric Schmitt, RGlendale, filed legislation on Dec. 2 that would make course materials taught by employees at state-funded universities publicly accessible. He said the measure was inspired by a media criticism class taught by assistant professor Melissa Click, who was thrust into the spotlight after she had an altercation with journalists covering the upheaval. “The taxpayers of Missouri spend hundreds of millions of dollars each year to fund our colleges and universities,” Schmitt said. “At a minimum, the taxpayers should know what topics professors are teaching our students and what resources they are using.” Schmitt also wants tougher audits of the university. “We have to be to sure the administrators are spending our tax dollars wisely,” Schmitt said in a statement issued Dec. 2. The House and Senate return to action Jan. 6. The anti-strike bill is House Bill 1743.

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COUNT PEOPLE, NOT VOTERS Our view • U.S. Supreme Court should not give elected oicials ammo to ignore nonvoters. The phrase “one person, one vote” embodies the democratic ideal of representative equality. But who counts as one person? The U.S. Supreme Court last week heard arguments in a case that seeks to answer that question. How the court rules could fundamentally change the way America thinks about representative democracy and could significantly alter the partisan political landscape. The plaintiffs in the case, Evenwel v. Abbott, are two Texas voters who argue that the state’s legislative districts are unfair. The way things work now, every 10 years, the U.S. Census Bureau counts how many people live in America and where. States use that data to draw their electoral districts. Each district must have about the same number of people living in it. In Missouri, a House of Representatives district has about 750,000 residents, and a state Senate district has about 175,000. Theoretically that gives everyone the same amount of influence in Congress and the statehouse. For example, most St. Louis residents can claim about 1/750,000th (0.00013 percent) of Democratic Rep. William Lacy Clay. In practice, there’s some variability. Lawmakers may try to keep cities and counties together. Districts are drawn in an effort to protect incumbents. Many states wind up with wildly drawn districts designed to maximize political gain, but they still have to hew to the notion that everyone deserves about the same share of an elected official. The plaintiffs from Texas want the Supreme Court to declare that system unconstitutional because some voters wind up with more power than others. Even though two districts might have the same number of residents, as counted by the Census, the number of eligible voters in each can wind up significantly different. Prisoners, undocumented immigrants and children all count as residents when drawing district lines, even though they can’t cast a ballot. That, the Texans say, violates the notion of one person, one vote. Voters from districts with fewer eligible voters wield more political power because fewer of them get to choose a representative. Two districts might have 175,000 voters each, but one might have 100,000 eligible voters and the other only 80,000 because it has many new immigrants and children. There’s a fascinating philosophical question underlying this case. Is it more important that every voter have the same potential effect at that ballot box or is it more important that all people in America, no matter their age, have the same representation? Although the Constitution does not explicitly state whom to count in drawing legislative

districts, it provides a good hint that representative equality is the more important issue when it talks about how to apportion legislative seats among the states: “Representatives and direct Taxes shall be apportioned among the several States which may be included within this Union, according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed, three fifths of all other Persons.” When the Constitution was written, women could not vote nor could slaves who were counted as 3/5ths of a person until the 14th Amendment was adopted. The Founders counted them for apportionment anyway. They deserved equal representation. The Constitution also implicitly acknowledges that some voters can have more proportional influence than others. The structure of the Senate favors voters in small states. All of California’s 39 million residents choose two senators, and so do Wyoming’s 584,000. That trickles up to electoral power in presidential races. Unfortunately, we live in a time in which the Constitution and precedent are not the only things that matter at the Supreme Court. These days, the court is nearly as prone to partisan politics as the rest of government. If the court finds that voters must be equal in number between districts, it would be a boon to rural communities that tend to lean more Republican. Urban areas that tend to lean Democratic, with their larger populations of undocumented immigrants and felons who have lost their voting rights, would lose clout. Indeed, at last week’s oral arguments, the court’s conservative justices seemed sympathetic to the plaintiffs; its liberal justices not so much. If the Constitution is not enough to persuade the conservatives, practical challenges should make them think twice about upending a redistricting process that has worked for decades. The biggest problem is that no one knows exactly how many eligible voters there are or where precisely they live. And precision is important in redistricting. If the number of voters becomes more important than the number of residents, elected officials would have one more reason to ignore many of their constituents. The Supreme Court should not give them one more excuse to focus their attention on the politically powerful. This editorial was commissioned from freelance editorialists and edited by the Post-Dispatch editorial board.

YOUR VIEWS • LETTERS FROM OUR READERS Why no backlash over gouging with gas prices? I wonder if I’m the only person in this area who is upset by the game being played weekly by the gasoline companies supplying us. Many would label what they’re doing as profiteering; I would call it gouging. For example, I gassed up at a local service station on Wednesday morning for $1.59 a gallon. Thursday, the price was $1.99 a gallon, a whopping 25 percent increase. This isn’t the first time that’s happened. Prices usually spike weekly on Thursday led by a two-letter company that seems to be able to calls the shots. The rest follow suit so as not to lose any of the profit to be made. In the past, gas wars drove down the prices, not raised them. Are we the only customers in the country where gas prices spike this much this often? The law of supply and demand has nothing to do with gas prices anymore. Prices are grossly inflated overnight to just below $2 only to trickle down slowly to a magic bottom number then be raised again. The public was outraged recently over the grossly inflated price of life-saving drugs. Why no backlash for the inflated cost of gas, something most of us can’t live without? Perhaps a Thursday boycott every week of all gas stations would express our displeasure with their gouging. Bert Juedemann • St. Louis County

Article about Illinois test scores misses an academic success story As a subscriber to the Post-Dispatch and an educator at Waterloo High School, I am curious about the lack of reporting in the article “New test raises bar for Illinois schools” (Dec. 11), with regard to Waterloo’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers results. Waterloo High School students had 71 percent of students meet or exceed expectations in English/ Language Arts and 66 percent in math (69 percent composite score). Waterloo had the highest scores in the Metro East, but three other schools (which Waterloo outscored by over 15 percent) were the ones mentioned as among those with percentages above average in the state for “meeting or exceeding” expectations in math and English. I just wonder why an article specifically written to report scores would not include any mention whatsoever about the school that had the top score in the region. I thought maybe the writer did not want to include smaller, lesser-known schools in respect to audience until I saw a chart including smaller schools such as Marissa, Smithton and Dupo. The article did not fail to mention the academic woes of struggling districts, so why not celebrate (or simply mention) an academic success story? Scott Woodsmall • Waterloo Waterloo High School English Department

Robinson’s column about Trump gives only half the story Eugene Robinson’s column “”The potency of Trump’s pitchfork populism” (Dec. 13) is full of half-truths. But he’s far from alone in preaching a one-sided narrative. Donald Trump, the target of Robinson’s column, might be the all-time champ of half-truths. But also think about FOX News, MSNBC, our hometown newspaper the Post-Dispatch, and the vast majority of both Republican and Democratic politicians and the political machines that keep them in power. Rhetorical question: Is there any source of information left that will provide unbiased facts about important and complex issues? Robinson knows that Trump is loathed by the Republican Party and they’d do just about anything to get rid of him, with the lone exception of just handing the election to Hillary Clinton by forcing Trump to run as an independent and thus split the Republican vote. But Robinson uses Trump to get his real message out to his readers. What Robinson does is he characterizes Trump’s plan to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. as more Islamophobia preached by Trump to his growing number of white, bigoted, uneducated supporters. The other half of the story that Robinson doesn’t mention is that no one in our government so far has a clue of how to stop or at least mitigate the problem of

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Muslim extremists carrying out random unprovoked attacks on innocent U.S. civilians. Robinson also doesn’t mention that President Obama’s past decisions on Syria, Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan and his current strategy to defeat terrorism have failed. But the latter doesn’t fit Robinson’s agenda to preach the racism message and to link the Republican Party to Trump’s vitriol in order to make it easier for a Democrats to win. Greg Blattner • Chesterfield

Rabbinical association stands with Muslim community We are writing to you, the Muslim community of our city and region, to let you know that we, the members of the St. Louis Rabbinical Association, stand with you during this time in our nation when xenophobic, hateful speech is becoming more prevalent. We condemn this rhetoric, as well as any policies that would specifically target the Muslim community in any way. We believe that people of faith must join together to put an end to the intolerance that plagues our nation. We look forward to working more closely together in acts of justice and peace in the coming year. We, as Jews, are in the midst of celebrating Hanukkah, our festival of religious freedom. As part of our observance, we pledge to work with you and your community, to stand with you and your community, to speak out on your behalf, and to pray for your continued safety. Hanukkah is also known as the Festival of Lights. May our coming together be the light that banishes the darkness of hate from our world. Shalom. Salaam. Peace. Rabbi James M. Bennett • Olivette President, St. Louis Rabbinical Association

Businesses can help sustain positive change started by Ferguson Commission Chancellor Mark Wrighton and Washington University should be commended for their commitment to the recommendations in the Ferguson Commission’s report, Forward Through Ferguson. Chancellor Wrighton’s commentary (“Positive change through Ferguson: We all have a role to play,” Dec. 10) illustrates yet one more step being taken by St. Louis’ business leaders to respond to the Ferguson Commission’s calls to action and confront the major challenges facing our region. His point that no one person or organization alone can implement the recommendations is insightful; we must all understand our own accountability and determine how we can work together as a region to achieve greater equity and improve economic prosperity for all. The St. Louis Regional Chamber was proud to be among the many organizations and individuals that participated in the commission’s inclusive democracy. We contributed to the discussion, sometimes in support of ideas, other times in opposition, and always with respect for the people who expressed the concepts. This close collaboration allowed us to announce our alignment with and support for many of the calls to action shortly after the report’s release in September. Addressing inequities in income, education and health care, along with creating new jobs and opportunity, are the work in front of us. The stakes could not be higher, and we must be there to sustain the positive change the commission launched. Let us continue to move our region Forward through Ferguson. Joe Reagan • St. Louis President and CEO, St. Louis Regional Chamber

Christmas lighting stolen from front lawn My wife and I just recently retired and moved from New Jersey to Valley Park to be near our kids and grandchildren. We decorated the outside of our home with laser lighting, and the grandchildren were delighted to see this when they came to visit grandma and grandpa. Early Saturday evening, we went out for supper with the family, and came back to find that our decorations had been stolen, with the laser unit taken out of our front lawn. I hope that the thief uses the decorations to at least make some other children happy. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Rev. Phillip Miksad • Valley Park

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For swells only • Use of public funds for pro sports is an egregious waste of taxpayers’ money. support the stadium project. He plans to raise an additional $150 million through a 30-year extension of the bonds that built the old stadium to help construct the new one. St. Louis City officials Oscar Wilde described fox-hunting as “the unspeakable in full are prepared to chip in more money to help the effort. pursuit of the uneatable.” We can make the same point about Do you get a vote in this, if you live somewhere else in Missouri, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke or even if you live in St. Louis and cannot afford to go to a football and the Great Riverfront Stadium Hunt. game, or have zero interest in the sport? No, you do not. Nixon and Kroenke are two squires cut from the same cloth — No one but no one — either in the governor’s office or Mayor a trophy-hunting governor who thinks he can pick winners and Francis Slay’s administration — wants any kind of a vote. They losers and a super-rich developer with a long history of currying don’t trust the favor from governelectorate — or the ment entities. Missouri Legislature In this situation, Gov. Jay Nixon — to do the right we may debate the announces on thing by Kroenke or question of whether Feb. 10 the help of the National Football it is worse (i.e. more utility companies to League. “unspeakable”) to accommodate a new Kroenke, meangive, or to receive. downtown football while, is sticking to Here we are talking stadium. his guns — in saying about the award of nothing at all. Pubhundreds of millicly, at least, he isn’t lions of dollars of saying what it would taxpayers’ assistance take for him (a) to to a richly profitabandon his plan of able sports business moving the team to that does nothing to the Los Angeles area, advance the public and (b) commit to good. keeping the team in It is at least St. Louis. appropriate that the My best guess is object of the hunt that he will welcome is made largely of concrete. Along with CRISTINA M. FLETES • cfletes@post-dispatch.com public money here if, and only if, he is the unwarranted thwarted in his desire to move the Rams back to Los Angeles. subsidies, that makes it doubly indigestible — both from a gasMeanwhile, abundant economic research points to the contronomic and an economic viewpoint. The Great Riverfront Stadium Hunt is not a come-one-come- clusion that the use of public funds to build professional sports complexes is an egregious waste of taxpayers’ money. That’s one all event. Like fox-hunting, it is for swells only. The swells don’t good reason why this kind of deal is best done in the dark, with want your votes or your opinions; only your tax dollars. minimum public accountability. Apparently Nixon thinks he is holding all the cards he needs simply because he is the governor. He has put the word out that Andrew B. Wilson is a resident fellow and senior writer at the Show-Me Institute, a free-market he is prepared to issue some $90 million in state tax credits to think tank based in St. Louis.

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Would Cruz be any better than Trump? Politics • Months-long bromance between the two men seems at an end. EUGENE ROBINSON Washington Post

If Ted Cruz is the Republican Party’s cure for Donald Trump, the antidote may be worse than the poison. With polls showing the Texas senator rising to challenge the bombastic billionaire nationwide — and zooming past him in first-in-the-nation Iowa — the months-long bromance between the two men seems at an end. Trump raised questions Sunday about Cruz’s temperament and judgment, saying he had been “frankly like a little bit of a maniac” in the Senate. Laugh out loud, if you will, at the idea of Trump calling anyone a maniac. It was Cruz, after all, who repeatedly crossed to the other side of the Capitol and led the House Republicans toward fiscal cliff after fiscal cliff. It was Cruz who shockingly called Majority Leader Mitch McConnell a liar on the Senate floor. It was Cruz whom veteran Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., dismissed as a “wacko bird.” Cruz, in fact, has spent his brief Senate career going out of his way to alienate the GOP establishment. To say the least, that’s an unorthodox way to court the party’s presidential nomination. But even his harshest critics agree that Cruz is whip-smart — and that he has run, thus far, an impressive campaign. The Real Clear Politics poll average has Cruz second nationally among Republican voters at 16.3 percent. That puts him well behind Trump, who towers over the field with 31.4 percent support, but means he has overtaken Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), the darling of the Republican establishment, who now lags with 13.3 percent. And in Iowa, the Des Moines Register poll — considered the gold standard for handicapping that state’s caucuses — has Cruz leading all comers with 31 percent, followed by Trump with 21 percent.

Many of Cruz’s views are even more extreme — and more distant from the American mainstream. Begin with his contention that “President Obama is the most radical president this nation’s ever seen.” The activist GOP base may agree, but it’s useful to recall that voters did elect the alleged radical. Twice. On climate change, Cruz is a fullfledged denier. A one-time clerk for the late William Rehnquist when he was chief justice, Cruz has characterized recent Supreme Court decisions legalizing same-sex marriage and upholding the Affordable Care Act as the “very definition of tyranny.” When Cruz said “we are facing what I consider to be the epic battle of our generation,” he was referring not to jihadist terrorism but to the fact that the government is helping people buy health insurance. He is Cuban-American, but his anti-immigrant rhetoric approximates Trump’s. Cruz is a champion debater whose eloquence often crosses the line into grandiloquence; one pictures him wearing a plumed hat. According to the Real Clear Politics average, only Trump fares worse among leading GOP AP candidates in a hypothetical matchup against HillSen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump at a rally on Sept. 9. ary Clinton. But Trump, at least, cloaks his unthinkbase. But they appall middle-of-the-road voters and could make this a “wave” elec- able policies beneath a certain populist tion in which the Republican majorities in appeal. Cruz’s self-assured extremism tells whole classes of voters — indepenCongress are threatened. So it is only natural that the party would dents, minorities, women — to look elsewhere. He would be like Barry Goldwater look for a savior. If Rubio turns out not to without the avuncular charm. have staying power — it’s hard to imagine Party leaders want the GOP to be more which of the early states he is likely to win open and inclusive. Cruz would veer the — and if Jeb Bush’s sparkless candidacy party sharply in the other direction. Team fails to ignite, then maybe Cruz becomes Clinton must be smiling. the designated Trump-slayer by default. The problem is that having Cruz at the Eugene Robinson top of the ticket could be as disastrous for eugenerobinson@washpost.com the Republican Party as rolling the dice Copyright the Washington Post with Trump. Winning in Iowa is far from a guarantee of securing the nomination; just ask Mike Huckabee, who won the state in 2008, or Rick Santorum, who won it in 2012. Both found that while give-no-quarter social conservatism played well in the Hawkeye State, it had much less resonance in New Hampshire and beyond. But this is a weird year, to put it mildly. Trump’s dominance of the campaign has panicked party elders who fear he would be an electoral disaster as the nominee. Trump’s extreme positions — promising to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants and block all foreign Muslims from entering the country, to name just two — may play well with much of the GOP

Crickets. This was the sound of America reacting to news earlier this month that all military positions, including ground combat, will be opened to women. It is axiomatic that the White House, not just this one, makes controversial announcements when people are otherwise distracted. Usually, this means late Friday afternoons when there isn’t much time for the media to make trouble. This particular announcement came on a Thursday, the day after two vicious killers opened fire on a holiday party in San Bernardino. Ever since, all eyes have been on the assault and aftermath, as well as the antics of Donald Trump, while the notion of women in combat faded from the nation’s peripheral vision. Arguments against this move are many, some of which I touched upon in a previous column that focused on women’s unequal opportunity to survive because of various physical differences. This time, I submit another crucially important but politically incorrect proposition: Men’s lives will also be put at greater risk if women are in combat. The reasoning should be obvious. Plainly put, men tend to like women quite a lot and either will be tempted to express their attraction, and/or will want to protect their female companions. Scoff if you must, but blame Nature. Any combat veteran will tell you that unit cohesion is everything in battle. Common sense tells us that putting young men and women in the prime of their sexual lives together in the field, where the possibility of death is potentially imminent, is a potential — and unnecessary — gamble on unit cohesion. There is, after all, nothing like a funeral to remind the living of their mortal imperative. Sexual tension is a most delightful distraction in civilian life. But in close quarters, where men likely would vastly outnumber the few women who qualify for combat, other human emotions — envy, jealousy and resentment — enter into a fray that’s already complicated enough. This is certainly not to blame women for men’s weaknesses. Both sexes are equally responsible for — or perhaps I should say, equally victims of — Nature’s own agenda. There is, meanwhile, only one pertinent question in this debate: Does putting women in combat improve military effectiveness? If not, then it’s a mistake. My mailbox is full of letters from combat veterans opposing this move. A frequent comment comes in the form of a question: What happens to women when they’re captured? We know what happens. Will our men be able to withstand the screams of their female companion as she’s raped or tortured? The Defense Department has tried to find out through its Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape program, which provides training for evading capture and survival skills in a POW environment. The training simulates a variety of possible scenarios, including torture and, in some cases, at least the perception of a woman being raped. The soldier, who doesn’t know who the woman is, can stop it if he cooperates. Feminists, among whom I count myself with an asterisk, will protest that blocking women from any military job undermines women’s capacity for self-determination. While needlessly true, there’s another feminist creed that should prevail in this case: choice. But no-choice could foreseeably become the rule should the military ever again need to reinstate the draft. Already there’s discussion about requiring girls to tender themselves to the Selective Service Bureau on their 18th birthdays, the same as boys. This makes logical sense in theory even if it defies sanity in application. The reason women have never been required to register with the Selective Service is because they weren’t allowed in combat. Now that they are, there’s no valid argument against their also being eligible for conscription. You can go to the bank on this one. You may be wondering when and where women have a chance to debate this change in a world that will affect all women into the future? Civilians may have missed it, but the Pentagon has been heading in this direction for decades. For now, as America is focused on the Islamic State and the presidential election, women in combat will just happen one day sometime in the not-distant future. Eventually, we’ll avert our eyes from footage of a young woman’s tortured body — someone’s wife, mother, daughter, sister or lover — as she is crucified, burned or beheaded in the name of God knows what. That will be a day no civilized nation should have invited upon itself. Kathleen Parker kathleenparker@washpost.com Copyright the Washington Post


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87, of Chesterfield, MO, passed away at home, Friday, December 11, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Marjorie Atkinson (nee Matthews). Dear father of Edie (Doug) Penno of Janesville, IA, Ann (Vern) Hull of Chesterfield, MO, and Ginny (Ken) Manley of Marion, IA. Loving grandfather of Bill (Anna) Atkinson of Branson, MO, Wayne Atkinson of Chesterfield, MO; stepgrandfather of Elisabeth Johnson; great-grandfather of Madilyn and Cooper; Brother of Graham Gaskins of Virginia Beach, VA; cousin of Charlotte Keefe of Norfolk, VA. Edwin was born in Norfolk, VA on June 26, 1928. He was a graduate of South Dakota School of Mines with a degree in Mining Engineering. Edwin served as a medic with the 82nd Airborne at the end of WW II. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge for over 50 years. Edwin was an avid golfer, historian, stamp collector and sportsman. A staunch family man, Edwin and Marjorie raised three wonderful daughters. Services: Funeral service at the SCHRADER Funeral Home and Crematory, 14960 Manchester Road at Holloway, Ballwin, Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. Interment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children - St. Louis or Wounded Warrior Project. Visitation Tuesday 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.

Blaine, Thomas F. Dec 9, 2015. 87, beloved husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather, and great grandfather. Born Nov. 4, 1928, Tom passed away Dec 9, 2015. Tom was preceded in death by his wife Evelyn of 65 years who passed away Aug 6, 2015. Tom is survived by sons Thomas F. Blaine Jr., Michael J. Blaine, and Steven Blaine, daughters-in-law Denise Blaine, Debra Blaine, and Cyndi Blaine. Grandchildren Michael T. Blaine, Katherine (Blaine) Yowell, Christopher Blaine, Meaghen Blaine, Shelby (Compton) Jones, and Brandon Compton. Great-Grandchildren Stella Blaine, Calleigh Blaine, Aurora Blaine, Andrew Tolle, Summer Jones, and Addeline Compton. Tom was employed by Boeing for 39 years. Served in the Air Force during the Korean War. Body donation was made to St. Louis University Medical School. Services: A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held at Schrader Funeral Home, 14960 Manchester Rd, Ballwin, Mo on Saturday Dec 19 from 12:30 - 3:30 for Tom & Evelyn. Memorials can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Braun, Ralph T. passed away Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the age of 93. Beloved husband of the late Jane D. Braun (nee: Comfort) and Virginia H. Braun (nee: Eizenga); Loving father of Thomas (Stephanie) Braun and Pam (Dana) White; Cherished grandfather of Ian Braun, Eric (Lea) White and Amanda White; Dear brother of Raymond (Carol) Braun and the late Edward and Julius Braun. Ralph was a decorated WWII Veteran and a Senior Olympic Silver medalist in Racquet Ball. He will be missed. Services: A funeral service will be held at Alexander-White-Mullen Funeral Home on Wednesday, December 16th at 9 AM. Visitation on Tuesday, December 13th from 4-8 PM. Interment at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. www.alexanderstlouis.com

Sunday, December 13, 2015. Beloved husband of Nancy Gibbs (née cage) loving father of Jeff and Scott Gibbs, best grandpa in the world to Eric, Chris, Crystal, Christian, Josh, Lesley, Brittani, Olivia, and the late Jeremy DesRoche. Great Grandpa of Hailee, Vanessa, Gavin, Isaiah, Austin, Avery, Lucas, Eiley, Riley, Liam and Christina. Dear brother, brother in law, uncle, great uncle, cousin and friend to many. Jim was a retired Engineer, a proud Army veteran and an avid Cardinal fan. He loved riding motorcycles, the mountains, and traveling the Country with his wife, his family and friends. His compassion for helping others in need will never be forgotten. Services: Funeral from KUTIS AFFTON CHAPEL, 10151 Gravois, Thursday December 17, 11:30 a.m. Interment at J.B. National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to Heartland Hospice appreciated. Visitation Wednesday, 4-9 p.m.

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Chambers, Douglas of Saint Peters, MO, died Sunday, December 13, 2015, at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Lynda Chambers; devoted father of Christina Chambers, Brett Chambers, and Jill Meyer. He was also a loving brother, grandfather, uncle, and friend to many. Douglas retired as Assistant Fire Chief of Riverview Fire Protection District after serving for 36 years. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him. Services: The family is being served by the Baue Funeral and Memorial Center. Services will be private. Memorials may be made to Responder Rescue, 3711 Mexico Road, St. Charles, MO 63303 or Backstoppers, PO Box 795168, St. Louis, MO 63179-0700. Visit Baue.com.

Chrismer, Mary 85, of Moscow Mills, MO. Funeral Mass, Tues., Dec. 15, 2015, 10 am, Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Troy, MO. mccoyblossomfh.com

Crull, Charles on Sun. Dec. 13, 2015. Beloved husband of Barbara Crull (nee Wilson). Loving father of Dawn (Michael) Carafeno, Sean (Jaime) Smith, Glenna (Daniel) Rogles, Joseph (Bethany) Chernich and Joshua (Iva Todorova) Crull. Cherished grandfather of 12 and great-grandfather of 2. Our dear father-in-law, brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle cousin and friend. Services: Memorial visitation on Fri., Dec 18, 2015 from 4-7:00pm, service 7:00pm at Jay B. Smith Funeral Home, 777 Oakwood Dr., Fenton, MO.

Gruswitz, Mary Ann (nee Blum), Called home to Jesus December 13, 2015. Beloved wife of Frank A. Gruswitz; loving mother of John (Lois) Gruswitz and Debbie (Michael) McEnery; cherished grandmother of Meghan, Scott, Ian, Andrew, Brett, and Nicholas; Services: Funeral Mass 9:30 a.m., Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Immaculate Conception Maplewood, 2934 Marshall Ave., 63143. Visitation Wednesday, December 16, 6-8 p.m. at Jay B. Smith Funeral Home, 7456 Manchester. Burial at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Tributes at jaybsmith.com

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December 13, 2015. Beloved wife of the late Mark Fish, MD; dear mother and mother-in-law of Shirley (Robert, MD) Becker, Michael (Lois) Fish, MD and the late Dennis Fish; dear grandmother of Susan (John) Kemppainen and Deborah (Brian) Smith, Steven (Shayna) Fisch and Benjamin Fisch; beloved sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin and friend. Services: Private family services will be held. Memorial contributions preferred to the St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center, #12 Millstone Campus Drive, 63146. Visit bergermemorialchapel.com for more information. BERGER MEMORIAL SERVICE

Denman, Carl Benson Born Feb. 5, 1933 in Marquand MO, Carl found everlasting peace on Dec. 10, 2015 in Ocala FL. Born to Dora and Cy Denman, who preceded him in death, Carl was the youngest with older sisters Pat Miller (deceased) and Fae Hoerman. Following time in the Navy, Carl married Jerry (Rast) Denman and moved to St. Louis. Carl worked for 25 years as a salesman for CBS Records then retired to Bowling Green MO, where he later became a Funeral Home Director. Carl and Jerry had many wonderful years on the "farm", then moved to Ocala FL for sunshine and warmth. Carl later worked at the Muny Golf Course in Ocala. Surviving to cherish his memory is his wife of 58 years Jerry, his son Marc, daughter Sheila and one grandson Michael. There will be no service. Contributions may be made in his honor to St. Pauls UMC of Ocala FL. Condolences may go to http://www.hiers-baxley.com

Fischer, Lorraine E. Friday, December 11, 2015. 85, of Fenton, MO. Visitation Wed. 4-8 p.m. Service Thurs. 10 a.m. Chapel Hill Mortuary

Fry, Marie A. "Bobbie" Bonita Springs, Florida. Marie A. "Bobbie" Fry, 92, of Bonita Springs, FL died peacefully on Friday, December 11, 2015 at Imperial Healthcare Center in Naples, FL. Formerly of St. Louis, MO she had been a resident of Bonita Springs since 2005. Bobbie was born February 7, 1923 in St. Louis, MO a daughter of the late John J. and Helen M. (Charbulak) McKenna. Survivors include her loving children, Arthur R. Bode of Harrah, OK and Barbara L. Walters of Bonita Springs, FL; sister, Doris Dafferner of Quincy, IL; grandchildren, Carri L. Bode, Arthur Ross Bode, and Brian Z. Walters (Holly); and great grandchildren, Bailey and Zachary Walters. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sister, Rosejean Olson and daughter-in-law, Robin Bode. Services: Funeral services will be private. Memorial contributions in Bobbie's name may be made to the Robin Bode Memorial Scholarship Fund at Oklahoma City Community College, c/o Leland Taylor, 7777 South May Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73159 Online condolences may be offered by visiting www.ShikanyFuneralHome.com.

Huning, Barbara

(nee Heseman), went to be asleep with Jesus, Tuesday, December 8, 2015. Beloved wife of Allan A. Huning. Loving mother of Matthew Allan (Kelly) Huning and Mary Barbara (Bill) Combs. Dear grandmother of Zachary, Alexandria, and Madison Huning and Daniel, Joseph, and Olivia Combs. Preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and brother Gregory (Linda) Heseman. Barbara was a life long Lutheran and member of King of Kings Lutheran Church. She volunteered for many years at the schools her children attended, and for the last 26 years she has been a volunteer docent and tour guide at the Missouri Botanical Garden. Services: Memorial service at King of Kings Lutheran Church, 13765 Olive Boulevard, Chesterfield, Thursday, December 17, 2015, 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to King of Kings Church or The Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63110. A service of the Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory, Ballwin. Friends may sign the family's on-line guestbook at Schrader.com.

Igoe, Thomas Retired veteran, age 78. Visitation 9am, funeral 10am Our Lady of Guadalupe. Interment to follow at Calvary.

69, of Rancho Santa Fe, CA, Fortified with the Sacraments of the Holy Mother of the Church on Thursday, December 3, 2015. Loving son of the late Anthony and Ann Mayer; loving husband of Rita (nee Slazinik); dear brother of Robert (the late Betty) Mayer and James (Carol) Mayer; dear brother in law, uncle, great uncle, cousin, and friend. Mr. Mayer retired from Deloitte, Minneapolis, MN office, in 2006. As Tax Partner and National Life Sciences and Health Care Industry Tax Practice Leader he was involved in tax planning and consultation for a diverse client base, consisting of individuals, partnerships, and corporations (both public and private), with a focus in the life sciences and health care industry. He was a frequent speaker at annual AICPA Health Care Industry Conferences, Blue Cross and Blue Shield National Tax Conferences, and the Healthcare Financial Management Association including chapter meetings in cities across the country. He joined Deloitte Haskins & Sells, St. Louis, MO office as Tax Partner in Charge in 1986 and remained in that role through the merger with Touche Ross creating Deloitte & Touche in 1989. Prior to joining Deloitte, he was Tax Partner in Charge in the St. Louis office of Laventhol & Horwath. He began his 40+ years of professional experience at Arthur Andersen. Upon retiring from Deloitte, he continued his private tax practice with a select group of valued clients. After graduating from the University of Missouri - St. Louis (UMSL) College of Business, B.S./B.A., he was a member of the UMSL Alumni Association Governing Board, 1977-1985; President of the UMSL Alumni Association, 1977-1980. Member of the Alumni Alliance of Missouri, 19781993; chair, 1985-1987. Recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, 1987; and the Distinguished Volunteer Award, 1987. Member of the College of Business Administration Leadership Council, 2006-2014. An inaugural and continuous member of the UMSL Pierre Laclede Society, commencing 2006. His volunteer service also included six years on the Board of Laumeier Sculpture Park, Sunset Hills, MO. He held the offices of Trustee, Treasurer, President, and Chairman of the Board. He also chaired Deloitte Minneapolis office United Way Campaigns. Services: Visitation will be held at Hoffmeister Colonial Mortuary, 6464 Chippewa, St. Louis, MO, Thursday, December 17, 2015 from 4-8 p.m.; and also December 18, 2015, from 8:30-9:30 a.m.; Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Joan of Arc Catholic, December 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. Interment to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Cancer Society are preferred in memory of Tom. Condolences can expressed at www.hoffmeistercolonial.com

Muzik, Philip Frank

passed away peacefully at home with his wife beside him on December 11, 2015 at 7:30 pm. He was born, at home, in Lang, SK., Canada April 7, 1925. His parents, Joseph E Muzik and Eva Maude (Strader) and his sister Mary Muzik Hukee predeceased him. He enlisted in the Navy and survived WWII landings at Tinian, Saipan and Iwo Jima as a Navy corpsman with the 4th Marine Division. He married Gwendolyn Wanamaker, Oct. 29, 1947 in Regina, SK. They have 5 children, Susan (Harry Bussmann, III), Robert, William (Deborah), Peter (Patricia), Paul (Deanna). Nine grandchildren and 5 great grand children. Services: Thurs., Dec. 17, 10 a.m. at St. Timothy's Episcopal Church, 808 Mason Rd., Creve Coeur, Mo 63141. Reception at church to follow Service. Inurnment Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery. Ortmann Stipanovich Service

Nakos, Thelma S. Age 86, on Sunday, December 13, 2015. Wife of the late George Nakos; mother, grandmother, great-grandmother. ambrusterchapel.com

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Pohlman, Orvil J. Mon., Dec. 14, 2015. Dear son of Evelyn and the late Orvil H. Pohlman; former husband of Pat Pohlman (nee Zorich); dear father and father-in-law of Matt (Kristen) Pohlman, Lauren (Joe) Doyle and Mary Beth (Andy) Bible; dear grandfather of Addison and Dylan; dear brother of Ed (Claudia) Pohlman and Becky Moscal; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, nephew, godfather, cousin and friend. O.P. recently retired from Schnucks to his dream home on Lake Taneycomo in Forsyth, MO. Services: Funeral at the ORTMANN-STIPANOVICH Funeral Home, 12444 Olive Blvd., Creve Coeur, Wed., Dec. 16, 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations to BackStoppers, Inc., appreciated. Visitation from 1-7 p.m. Wednesday.

Smith, Alan K. suddenly on Monday, December 14, 2015 at the age of 29. Beloved son of Allen K. and Donna M. Smith (nee Ortinau); dear brother of Alana (Roy) Brown and Michael Smith; dear grandson, uncle, nephew, cousin and dear friend to many. Services: Funeral Thursday 9:45 a.m. at JOHN L. ZIEGENHEIN & SONS, 7027 Gravois. Interment: National Cemetery. VISITATION: WEDNESDAY 3-8 P.M.

Stevenson, Marilynn G. Worthington, Ohio resident, age 92, passed away peacefully on December 11, 2015 at Riverside Methodist Hospital. She was born in Independence, Kansas on April 17, 1923, the daughter of Harley Gustave "Gus" Gerber and Mercy Shaw (Blake) Gerber. She was married for 42 years to WWII veteran Vester B. "Steve" Stevenson, until his death in 1984. Preceded in death by her older brothers Blake, Reed, and Gordon, Marilynn is survived by her daughter Sandra (Al) Romano of Worthington, sons Roger (Tricia) Stevenson of Plainfield, Illinois and Patrick (Louise) Stevenson of Wildwood, Missouri; 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Marilynn's final resting place will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis, along the banks of the Mississippi River, next to her husband, Steve. A private memorial service and interment at the cemetery are being coordinated by RUTHERFORD-CORBIN FUNERAL HOME. For more information, visit www.rutherfordfuneralhomes.com. Memorial donations may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Ummels, Leo 88, Dec. 13, 2015. Visitation Sat., Dec. 19, 9:30-1:00pm, followed by service at 1:00pm at HUTCHENS Mortuary, 675 Graham Rd, Florissant. www.hutchensmortuary.com

Weaver, Nancy Nash

1933-2015 Nancy Nash Weaver died peacefully on Sunday, December 6th, 2015 in St. Louis with family around her. She shared a lifetime of love with her husband James J. Weaver, and her "fantastic & dearest daughters" Jan (James Carrel) Weaver, Lynn Weaver, Chris (Scott Smith) Weaver and Nanci Beth (Randy) Johnson. She is also survived by her beloved grandchildren Margaret Carrel, Michelle Johnson, Gary Thomas Carrel, Jack Brueckner, Claire Brueckner, Greg Johnson, James M. Weaver, Madi Weaver and by 7 great grandchildren. Nancy was born March 14, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois to Thomas Lyons and Dorothy Cain Lyons. Her father died when she was four and her mother later married Roscoe Coutts Nash who adopted Nancy. She is also survived by siblings Carole (Nick) Bradley and Robert (Roberta) Nash. She was a student at Northwestern and Lawrence College and graduated from Cornell College in Mount Vernon Iowa in 1954, conducting her student teaching in elementary education 8 months pregnant. Nancy's life was grounded in volunteerism with service to the Book Fair of Greater St Louis, including serving as Chairman, the Cerebral Palsy Association, the Senior Citizen Council of Washington County, the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging advisory board, and many years at the YMCA of the Ozarks. She and Jim were both participants in the Washington University Memory and Aging study. Nancy had a passion for reading, hunting up treasures at auctions, knitting and working with wool, keeping in touch with friends and family and traveling. She was an avid reader of books and frequented book sales at Washington County Library and the Daniel Boone Regional Library in Columbia, Missouri. She managed an antique shop that she and Jim filled with finds from across Washington County, Missouri. Nancy was an accomplished fiber artist with skills including spinning, knitting and weaving. She became an active member of fiber communities in southeast Missouri and more recently in Columbia, Missouri. She maintained a Round-Robin letter with childhood friends from her "High Y" YMCA group that continued for over 65 years. In her travels Nancy was quick to make acquaintances who frequently became friends, from the "Keeper of the Keys" on the Isle of Man, to a young clerk at her grocery store and all manner of folks in-between. Plans are being made for a private family memorial. In lieu of flowers or memorial gifts, the family asks that you consider two actions to honor her memory. First, as she did, take care of planning your own service, the sharing of your earthly goods, and whom you would like contacted in the event of your death. Second, celebrate her life in the way she modeled by contributing 6 hours of service to the organization of your choice. If you so choose, we invite you to share your service with her family by mail, email or on Facebook (Nancy Nash Weaver). We know these messages will bring comfort to her family and friends. Arrangements are under the direction of Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth Street; Columbia, Missouri 65201; (573)449-4153. Expressions of grief and sympathy may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com

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Kerry to meet with Putin over Syria Talks will include dispute over Russia’s support of separatists in eastern Ukraine BY MATTHEW LEE associated Press

PARIS • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is heading to Russia to try to narrow gaps with Russian leaders over a political transition to end Syria’s civil war and restore stability in eastern Ukraine. After spending last week at climate talks outside the French capital, Kerry left Paris on Monday for Moscow, where he will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday. Before departing, Kerry will attend a Frenchhosted foreign ministers

meeting to compare notes on the results of a conference of Syrian opposition figures held last week in Saudi Arabia that are key to the peace efort. The trip will be Kerry’s second to Russia this year — he met with Putin in the Black Sea resort of Sochi in May — but his first since frosty relations over Ukraine were exacerbated by Moscow’s intervention in Syria in late September. President Barack Obama has seen Putin briefly twice since then at international summits in Turkey and France. A U.S. diplomat in Paris, who demanded anonym-

ity to discuss the talks, said a meeting in Geneva on Friday between Russian and American diplomats on Syria was aimed mainly at clearing up Russian “grievances” ahead of Tuesday’s Moscow meeting. A statement issued by the Russian Foreign Ministry aired some of those grievances, saying that Moscow “will continue to seek a revision of the U.S. administration policy based on dividing terrorists into ‘bad’ and ‘good’ ones” and complaining that the U.S. was unwilling to engage in “full-fledged coordination” between

the two powers’ militaries while both are conducting airstrikes in Syria. Russia says its airstrikes since late September have targeted Islamic State, but Western governments claim that mostly moderate rebels are being hit and that Moscow is primarily concerned with shoring up Syrian President Bashar Assad. Assad’s future and his potential role in the political transition will be prime topics of Kerry’s conversation with Putin and Lavrov, according to U.S. oicials who say the results of the meetings will determine whether

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anti-Semitic and Nazi-allied political leader during a period that eventually saw more than half a million Hungarian Jews killed in the Holocaust. “From the U.S. government perspective we feel very strongly that history and the damage that this man did to Hungarian citizens who happened to be Jewish cannot be ignored, and to put up that statue seems incomprehensible,” Ira Forman, a U.S. special envoy against anti-Semitism, said this weekend.

Haiti to hold presidential runof Dec. 27 • A presidential runof in Haiti is expected to be held as scheduled despite deep suspicion of irst-round results in Haiti and abroad, the executive director of the country’s electoral body said Monday. Mosler Georges of the muchcriticized Provisional Electoral Council said that “everything is ready” from a technical perspective for the scheduled Dec. 27 runof between leading candidate Jovenel Moise and No. 2 inisher Jude Celestin.

Statue in Hungary draws U.S. rebuke • A U.S. envoy has criticized the city of Szekesfehervar, Hungary, for planning to unveil a life-size statue of Balint Homan this month. Homan is an important igure in Hungarian history for his attempts to document it as an academic and his work inluencing it as a Minister of Religion and Education for two periods between 1932 and 1942. But Homan was an

Bus crash kills 43 police oicers in Argentina • At least 43 police oicers were killed Monday when a bus in northern Argentina blew a tire and veered of the side of a bridge, falling about 65 feet in an accident that brought the sad state of the nation’s roads into focus. The bus was one of three carrying police near Salta, a city about 932 miles north of Buenos Aires. The National Gendarmerie oicers, a special police force typically charged with patrolling frontier regions, were on their way to Jujuy, a region in northern Argentina that borders Bolivia.

Cease-ire in Yemen is delayed • The Saudi-led coalition supporting Yemen’s internationally recognized government says a planned truce with the country’s Shiite rebels has been postponed for 12 hours. The oicial Saudi news agency announced the postponement late Monday. The warring sides had agreed to a weeklong ceaseire to coincide with peace talks in Geneva scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

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Typhoon hits Philippines • About 725,000 people led their homes, and towns braced for heavy rain and coastal loods of up to 13 feet as Typhoon Melor slammed Monday into the eastern Philippines, oicials said. The typhoon was packing wind of 95 mph with gusts of 115 mph, and heavy rain. It made landfall Monday morning on tiny Batag Island in the eastern Philippines, and a second landfall was expected in Sorsogon province.

Pipeline fuel thefts on rise in Mexico • Illegal taps drilled into government pipelines by fuel thieves

have risen by about 55 percent this year, reaching almost 500 per month, Mexico said Monday. According to government igures made public Monday, 3,286 clandestine taps were found in the irst 11 months of 2014, compared with 5,091 in the same period of 2015. The thefts averaged 497 taps in the last ive months of 2015. Thieves often use warehouses to hide the taps and stolen vehicles to transport the diesel and gasoline. Lebanon issues warrant for Gadhai’s son • Lebanese authorities issued on Monday an arrest warrant for the son of late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhai on charges of hiding information related to the disappearance of a top Lebanese Shiite cleric in Libya 37 years ago. Judge Zaher Hamadeh issued the warrant after questioning Hannibal Gadhai on Monday at the main courthouse, known locally as the Justice Palace. Teacher’s claim of terrorist attack is hoax • When a French nursery school teacher said he had been stabbed Monday by a man claiming to be acting in the name of Islamic State, authorities reacted swiftly. Police and government oicials raced to the scene, just north of Paris; classes were suspended and heightened security measures promised. However, in the evening, the Paris prosecutor’s oice announced that the teacher had admitted he had lied about the attack. Prisoners escape in Libya • Libyan security oicials say a local dispute in a city east of the capital, Tripoli, has resulted in the partial destruction of a prison and the escape of at least 250 inmates. Monday’s prison break in Tajura highlights the chaos that has engulfed Libya since the 2011 toppling and killing of longtime dictator Moammar Gadhai. From news services

of St. Louis died Sunday, December 13, 2015. He was born September 9, 1924 in St. Louis. Son of the late Alvin and Clara Wehmueller; beloved husband of the late Elsie E. Wehmueller; dear father of Karen (Leo) Hodapp and Kim Major; dear grandfather of Ryan (Amy) Hodapp, Brad Hodapp, Kelly, Scott and the late Kyle Major; dear great-grandfather of Mason and Brady Hodapp and dear friend to many. Curtis was a long time Cardinal fan, bowler and 44 year employee of Stix Baer & Fuller. He was also a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church. Services: Visitation at KUTIS AFFTON Chapel, 10151 Gravois, Thursday, December 18, 4-8 p.m. then taken to Resurrection Lutheran Church, 9907 Sappington Rd. Friday 10 a.m. until funeral service at 11 a.m. Interment Our Redeemer Cemetery. Memorials to Resurrection Church "The Worship in the Arts Fund" appreciated.

(nee Sexauer) Baptized into the hope of Christ's Resurrection on Saturday, December 12, 2015. Wife of the late James A. Wilson. Beloved mother of James A. (Mary), III, William R. (Katie) and Terril F. Wilson; dear grandmother of Jeffrey (Kari), Timothy (Sandy) Wilson, Joy Taylor, Melody (Tony) Eads, William (Karen) and Zachary Wilson; greatgrandmother of Tristan, Annabel, Jake, Josh, Katie, Madison, Jared, Mason and Gavin. Shirley was a life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Post 111. Services: Funeral Thursday 9:30am from JOHN L. ZIEGENHEIN & SONS South County, 4830 Lemay Ferry Road to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque Catholic Church for 10:00am Mass. Interment Mount Hope Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Alzheimers Association. VISITATION WEDNESDAY 3 - 8PM.

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Former Illinois guardsman admits terrorism plot A former Illinois Army National Guard specialist faces up to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty Monday to a plot to join Islamic State overseas while his cousin attacked the facility in Joliet where he had been stationed. Hasan Edmonds, 23, of Aurora, admitted to one count each of conspiring to and attempting to provide material support and resources to a terrorist group. U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee set sentencing for March 18. His cousin, Jonas Edmonds, 30, pleaded guilty last week to similar charges. Jurors to resume deliberations in Gray case • Jurors in Baltimore adjourned for the night without reaching a verdict in the trial of a police oicer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, 25, a black man who was injured in the back of a police transport van and later died. Oicer William Porter is charged with manslaughter; prosecutors say Porter abused his power by failing to save Gray’s life after the man was injured in the van. The jurors will resume deliberations Tuesday. Seattle OKs union action by Uber, Lyft • Seattle became on Monday the irst major U.S. city to pass a law giving drivers for Uber and Lyft the right to unionize, the latest twist in a heated debate about how workers for app-based ride-hailing services should be treated. The Seattle law recognizes the right of drivers for on-demand ride companies known as Transportation Network Companies, as well as taxi and other forhire drivers, to collectively negotiate on pay and working conditions. Rain turns to snow in the West • A storm that drenched California over the weekend and dumped up to 2 feet of snow on

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Willhite, Louis Wednesday, December 9, 2015. Beloved husband of the late Mariam K. Willhite (nee Turnbough); dearest father of Phyllis Anderson and Rick (Penny) Willhite; dear grandfather of Wendy, Chelsea and Cassie; great-grandfather of Jocelyn; brother of Lester Willhite; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, cousin and friend to many. Services: Visitation Thursday, December 17, 4-8 p.m. at COLLIER'S Funeral Home, 3400 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Ann. Service Friday, December 18, 10 a.m. at Trinity Free Will Baptist Church, 12143 Old St. Charles Rd. Bridgeton 63044. Interment Old Dillard Cemetery (Dillard, MO). Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of your choice. www.colliersfuneralhome.com

supposed to begin in early January, once the opposition groups have settled on a delegation to negotiate with the government. At the same time, Russia objects to the inclusion in the opposition of groups it considers to be terrorist organizations that would not be eligible for a ceasefire planned to take efect simultaneously with, or shortly after, the start of negotiations. The U.S. and Russia are also at odds over Ukraine, where the U.S. says Russia’s continued support for separatists in the east is destabilizing and prevents any end to hostilities.

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U.N. invites nations to sign climate pact on Earth Day Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Monday that he is inviting world leaders to the United Nations on April 22 — Earth Day — to sign the landmark agreement to tackle climate change that was reached in Paris. Ban told reporters he wants leaders of the nearly 200 countries that approved the deal on Saturday to come to U.N. headquarters for the signing “because this will be the irst-ever universal climate change agreement.” He said the United Nations was also organizing an “action summit” on May 5-6 for governments, business and civil society to focus on implementing the deal.

or not a new international diplomatic conference on Syria will go ahead as planned at the United Nations on Friday. Russia has consistently said Assad’s future is for the Syrian people to decide, while the U.S. and many of its allies insist that he go, although they have softened their stance somewhat to allow Assad to play some kind of role in the transition. Sy r i a n o p p o s i t i o n groups, however, demand that Assad leave at the start of the process — a point they reiterated at last week’s meeting in Saudi Arabia — which is

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higher elevations in the Sierra Nevada on Sunday, turned an Arizona town into one of the coldest cities in the Lower 48. Bellemont, a small town west of Flagstaf, hit zero at sunrise Sunday. Phoenix, where rain fell, was colder than New York City. In Utah, a foot of snow fell in some parts of the Salt Lake City, with as much as 16 inches of snow expected by Tuesday. And a wintry storm blowing through Montana and Wyoming was expected to dump at least a foot of snow on some lowerelevation areas and more in the mountains. Guilty verdict may let civil case proceed in Oklahoma rape case • Attorneys for several women who accused a former Oklahoma City police oicer of sexual assault asked a federal judge on Monday to allow a civil case to move forward now that a jury found him guilty of rape and other charges. Attorneys for the women iled an application to lift the stay after last week’s verdict inding Daniel Holtzclaw guilty of 18 of 36 charges alleging he raped and sexually victimized women he encountered while patrolling. The jury recommended a total of 263 years in prison. Formal sentencing is scheduled for January. Ex-N.M. secretary of state must apologize, speak to groups • Former New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran, once among the state’s highestranking elected oicials, wiped tears from her face Monday as she listened to a district judge outline what will be expected of her over the next ive years as punishment in a campaign inance scandal. For violating the very laws she was expected to uphold, Duran must hand-deliver letters of apology to political donors, write another letter to the citizens of New Mexico, perform thousands of hours of community service and make at least four public appearances each month for the next three years to share her story with school children and civic groups. Judges clears Chicago police commander despite DNA on gun • A Cook County judge acquitted on Monday Chicago police Cmdr. Glenn Evans on charges he shoved his gun down a man’s throat despite evidence showing the alleged victim’s DNA on Evans’ gun. Judge Diane Cannon also played up inconsistencies in Rickey Williams’ account of the on-duty incident, saying his testimony at the trial last week “taxes the gullibility of the credulous.” Georgia points at one ex-employee for data breach • A state report detailing how Georgia gave out more than 6 million voters’ Social Security numbers and other private data put the blame squarely on an employee ired for the breach last month. Programmer Gary Cooley louted oice protocol and policy, the report said. It called for more training, clearer policies and more active management of sensitive data. From news services


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WEATHER • LOW 40, HIGH 53 > WINDS SE 5-12 MPH

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Dry and mild today

‘The Force Awakens’ in Los Angeles

Dry conditions along with above average temperatures can be expected across the region today. Highs will be in the lower 50s. If the area sees more sunshine, highs will be a few degrees warmer this afternoon. Colder air will move into the region over the next few days. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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Kirksville 35 / 49 Kansas City 36 / 57

Springfield 39 / 50

St. Louis 40 / 53 Carbondale 41 / 59

Joplin

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ALMANAC Asof7P.M.atLambertField 58° 46° 42° 27° 70° -2° 63° 49°

0.86” 1.13” 1.36” 50.63” 42.17”

TODAY’S AIR QUALITY Very unhealthy

Good

TODAY’S UV INDEX Min.

Very high The higher the UV index number, the greater the need for skin protection.

POLLEN COUNTS Monday, Dec. 14th No tree, grass, or weed pollen present Mold - 24,156 (high) HEATING DEGREE DAYS Yesterday 15 Month (Total) 227 Season 789 1311 Year Ago

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TEMPERATURES High (12:35 a.m.) Low (3:59 p.m.) Average High Average Low Record High (1975) Record Low (1901) High Last Year Low Last Year

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First Dec 18

Full Dec 25

Sunrise

Last Jan 1

New Jan 9

7:12 AM Sunset

4:41 PM

Moonrise 10:16 AM Moonset 9:17 PM

Looking near the center of the sky around 11 p.m. tonight you will see the star Capella. This yellow star is cooler in temperature than blue stars like Spica.

SOURCE: McDonnell Planetarium

RIVER STAGES

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MISSOURI RIVER Kansas City 32 20.29 Jefferson City 23 15.87 21 17.19 Hermann 20 12.53 Washington 25 16.83 St. Charles MISSISSIPPI RIVER Hannibal 16 14.65 Louisiana 15 13.37 Dam 24 25 23.08 Dam 25 26 21.77 Grafton 18 16.14 M.Price, Pool 419 415.90 M.Price, Tail. 21 13.74 St Louis 30 16.58 Chester 27 18.08 Cape Girardeau 32 23.26

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ILLINOIS RIVER La Salle 20 17.97 18 13.84 Peoria 14 14.23 Beardstown MERAMEC RIVER 15 4.37 Sullivan 16 - 0.16 Valley Park 24 13.20 Arnold BOURBEUSE RIVER Union 15 4.13 OHIO RIVER Cairo 40 30.49

+ 7.53 + 6.64 + 6.50 + 4.93 + 2.01 + 2.21 + 1.69 + 2.54 + 1.43 + 0.47 0.00 + 1.73 + 1.00 - 0.32 - 0.52

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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

+ 3.12 + 0.16 + 0.52 + 1.11 + 1.06 + 0.28 + 1.68

Current Level

24-Hr Change

354.70 368.75 495.67 659.77 712.73 662.84 915.34 843.79 600.64 407.34 607.49 444.92

- 0.10 - 0.45 - 1.14 + 0.75 + 1.31 + 0.53 + 0.13 + 0.57 - 0.10 - 0.01 + 0.71 - 0.04

- 1.76

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One of the most anticipated movies of the year, if not longer, made its world premiere Monday night at a star-studded event in Los Angeles. Experts are saying that “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” could be the biggest movie of all time. Many of Hollywood’s top stars joined hundreds of costumed fans at what could be the largest Hollywood premiere ever. The movie was shown at not one but three theaters, including the TCL Chinese, which hosted the premiere of the original “Star Wars” in 1977. Of course, only celebrities and celebrity hangers-on got to go to Monday night’s premiere. The movie opens for the rest of us Thursday night. Groban to tackle Tolstoyinspired musical • Pop star Josh Groban will be making his Broadway debut next year in a musical inspired by an unlikely writer — Leo Tolstoy. Groban will play Pierre in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” a musical by Dave Malloy that dramatizes a 70-page melodrama at the center of “War and Peace.” Vegas Jubilee showgirls to step down • The showgirls of the long-running Las Vegas spectacle Jubilee are hanging up their elaborate headdresses. Caesars Entertainment has announced that the show at Bally’s Las Vegas casino-hotel will end Feb. 11. Jubilee got its start in 1981. Caesars has called it the longest-running show on the Las Vegas Strip. The company says a new show featuring showgirls is being contemplated. Men admit liking Bieber’s music • Most grown men love musical acts such as the Black Keys and Kendrick Lamar. Now, you can add Justin Bieber’s name to that list. With his recent batch of hit singles and a semigrown-up sound — including

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the electro-pop “Where Are U Now” with DJ-producers Skrillex and Diplo — adult men have begun attending the musical church of Bieber, and while some have issues acknowledging it, others proudly say they’re Beliebers. The singles “Sorry” and “What Do You Mean?” — currently at Nos. 2 and 4 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart — helped Bieber, 21, solidify his comeback after years of a broken image that included arrests, public smoking and fainting on stage that led to hospitalization. Hudson wants in on ‘Idol’ inale • Singer-turnedactress Jennifer Hudson said she would like to appear on “American Idol” next year for the singing competition’s series inale. “I hope to be a part of the farewell,” Hudson told E! last week. Hudson, 34, came in seventh

in the third season of the Fox show in 2004. She went on to star in “Dreamgirls,” which earned her an Oscar for best supporting actress in 2007. She recently made her Broadway debut in “The Color Purple.”

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS Actor-comedian Tim Conway is 82. Drummer Dave Clark is 73. Actor Don Johnson is 66. Actress Melanie Chartof is 65. Country singer Doug Phelps is 55. Actress Helen Slater is 52. Actor Garrett Wang is 47. Actor Michael Shanks is 45. Actor Stuart Townsend is 43. Actor Adam Brody is 36. Actress Michelle Dockery is 34. Actor George O. Gore II is 33. Actress Camilla Luddington is 32. Guitarist Alana Haim is 24. From news services

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TODAY ACROSS THE U.S.

National Extremes High: 86° Miami, Florida

Low: -2° Meeker, Colorado 110s 100s 90s

Rain

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0s -0s Alaska Low: -22°

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Hawaii High: 85°

Jet Stream

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An low pressure system will bring accumulating snow to the north-central Plains and central Rockies. Parts of New England will see a few rain and snow showers in association with an exiting storm system. Much of the western United States will see colder and drier conditions. Mild temperatures will remain in place throughout the Southeast. Today L H

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Acura

4025 Cadillac

'10 Acura TL 3.7: AWD, One Owner Clean Carfax, Nav, Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, $13,490 #26259A

Audi

4040

'14 Audi SQ5 Premium, 36K Miles, Has It All! $43,990

'15 Audi 2.0T: Retired Service Loaner, Heated Leather Seats, AWD, Sunroof, 1 Ownr Clean Carfax, $27,975 #P8279

'15 Audi A3 1.8T: Premium (S Tronic), One Owner Clean Carfax, Heated Lthr Seats, Bluetooth, $27,470 #P8325

'15 Audi A4 2.0T: Premium (Tiptronic), AWD, Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, Bluetooth, Retired Service Loaner, $31,990 #P8297

'03 Audi A4 3.0: 4 Door, 5 Passenger Provides Exceptional Value, Leather, Power Front Seats, $7,990 #10510C

'15 Audi A4 2.0T: Premium (Tiptronic), Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, Audi Certified,

4060 Chevrolet

'13 Cadillac ATS: 4 Door, Sunroof, 2.5L, Leather, Black, 26K Miles, One Owner, $20,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '07 Honda Odyssey EX-L: One Owner Clean Carfax, Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof/Moonroof, $8,900 #94641B

Chevrolet

'12 Audi A6 3.0: Clean Carfax, Audi Certified, Pre-Owned, AWD, Low Miles, Nav/GPS, Heated Leather Seats, $30,990 #25731B

'15 Sonic LTZ, 5 Dr, 20K Miles, GM Certified, $14,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '13 Chevy Spark LT: 5 Dr, 57K Miles, Alloys, One Owner, $9,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '15 Chevy Sonic LT: 5 Door, Alloys, 21K Miles, GM Certified, $13,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '15 Chevy Camaro: V6, Local Trade, Only 1300 Miles, Only $21,099 #F151934A

'12 Camaro LT V6, 6 Spd, Black, 18K Miles, GM Certified, $19,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'11 Chevy Malibu 2LT: Leather, Chromes, Moonroof, GM Certified $13,997 #360330A

'13 Malibu LS Loaded, GM Certified, 20K Mi., $14,442 #31469A

'12 Chevy Malibu LTZ: 57K Miles, 2 Tone Leather, Sunroof, $13,174 #B1188

'12 Chevy Malibu: Satin Black, Auto, $10,000 #V150823A

'12 Chevy Malibu: Black Onyx, Power Options, $9,800 #V150827A

'10 Chevy Cobalt LT, 1 Owner, Clean Carfax, 69K Mi., #38162B, $9,454

'06 Chevy Malibu Maxx LTZ: Wagon, Power Windows, Cruise, $7,497 #V150700A

'07 Cobalt, Red, Stick, Nice, Stk #Y3038 $5,997

'12 Cruze Eco, Loaded, One Owner, Clean Carfax, $12,874 #38168A

'14 Chevy Cruze: Factory Warranty, 5Yr/100K Mi Wrnty $14,444 #Z1667

BMW

'13 Malibu LTZ: Pearl White, One Owner, Clean Carfax, GM Cert $17,771 #P5585

4065

'11 Buick Regal CXL: 1 Owner Clean Carfax, Navigation/GPS, Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof/Moonroof, $13,990 #75775A

$32,990 #P8296

'15 Audi A6 3.0T: One Owner Clean Carfax, Sport Pkg, AWD, Low Miles, Nav/GPS, Heated Lthr Seats, $46,990 #P8329

4065 Ford

'04 Chevy Malibu Auto, Clean Carfax, Full Power, #31521A, $5,984

'15 Chevy Malibu LT: 23K Miles, GM Certified, $17,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '04 Chevy Monte Carlo: Low Miles, $4,250 #V160184A

'04 Monte Carlo SS 2 Door, 69,596 Miles, Rare Used Car, 1 Owner, Clean Car Fax, Only $8,888 #H151088A

4050

'12 BMW 750Li 36K Miles, AWD, DVD, Black, $43,490

'06 BMW 325i: Sedan, 3.0L 6 Cyl, Low Miles, Black, Leather, Sunroof/Moonroof, CALL TODAY! $10,990 #26008B

'12 Chevy Cruze LTZ: Leather, Fog Lights, Alloy Wheels, $11,986 #B1231

'14 Chevy Cruze 2LT: 1 Owner Clean Carfax, Fuel Efficient, Front Heated Leather Seats, Split Folding Rear Seat, $13,990 #P8409

'12 Chevy Volt: Hybrid, Factory Warranty, Local Trade, $12,999 #F151432A

'13 Chevy Volt: 5 Dr, Premium, Nav, Lthr, 30K Mi, One Owner, GM Certified, $18,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

Chrysler

Buick

4055

'09 Buick Lucerne CX: FWD, On-Star System, Leather Seats, mp3 Sound System, Keyless Entry, Call, $9,990 #36091A

'07 Buick Lucerne CXS: FWD, 4.6L 8 Cyl, One Owner Clean Carfax, Heated Leather Seats, Drive It Home Today $8,990 #36125A

'06 Buick LaCrosse CXS: 3.6L 6 Cyl, Sunroof, Seated Leather Seats, One Ownr Clean Carfax, New Wiper Blades, $7,990 #36231A

'13 Chevy Cruze LS: Auto, One Owner Clean Carfax, FWD, Power Mirrors, Bucket Seats, CALL TODAY! $9,990 #75882A

'15 Chevy Cruze 2LT: Leather, 17K Miles, GM Certified, $16,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'08 Chevy HHR LT: One Owner, Clean Carfax, 44K Mi., $10,774 #38153A

'10 Chevy HHR LT: 4 Cyl, 83K Miles, Warranty, $7,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'08 ChevyImpala SS, Leather, Roof, $12,990 '09 Buick LaCrosse CX: 3.8L V6, FWD, Low Mi, Bluetooth, One Owner Clean Carfax, State Inspected, Black Onyx, $9,990 #36022A

'07 Buick LaCrosse CX: 1 Owner Clean Carfax, 3.8L V6, Premium Sound System, Keyless Entry, FWD, Bucket Seats, $5,990 #38084A

'09 Buick LaCrosse CXL: FWD, One owner Clean Carfax, Heated Leather Seats, Motor Trend Certified, $10,990 #36100A

'04 Buick LeSabre Gold, Loaded, Clean Carfax, Must See! #38184A, $6,998

Cadillac

4060

'12 Cadillac CTS: AWD, 3.6L V6, Performance Coupe, Black, 37K Miles, One Owner, $23,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '06 Cadillac CTS: 4 Dr, V6, 5 Spd, Lthr, 76K Mi, Wrnty, $8,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

Bommarito St. P e te rs Cadillac 1-866-2449085 '12 CTS Luxury AWD, Nav., $23,490 '15 CTS Premium AWD, 100 Miles! $52,990 '13 XTS: Luxury Collection: Sunroof, Nav, 23K Mi, $35,990 '12 CTS Performance AWD, Has It All! $30,790 '12 SRX Performance, White w/Sable, 23K, AWD, $33,480 '12 SRX Performance, 31K Miles, AWD, $33,390 '13 CTS Coupe, Premium, AWD, Nav, 18K, $36,490 '12 CTS Sedan White-Diamond, 33K, 19"Wheels, $29,490 '13 XTS Luxury, Black, 23K Mi., Roof & Nav, $36,990 '12 CTS Lux, AWD, Roof, Opulent Blue, $26,990 '13 Escalade ESV Premium, 30K, AWD, $52,990 '15 Escalade ESV Premium, 6K, AWD, White Diamond, $80,790 '11 CTS-V Coupe , Ev-

'14 Chevy Impala: 5 Yr/100K Powertrain Warranty, Only 21K Miles, $15,199 #Z1641

2014 Chevy Impala LT Sunroof, Remote Start, Nice! $13,624 #B1151

'07 Chevy Impala LT: Sunroof, $5,796 #15274A

'14 Chevy Impala LT: Auto, Remote Start, $13,624 #B1196

'09 Chevy Impala: Sharp Car, Auto, Power Options, $8,997 #V150875A

'10 Chevy Impala LS: 3.5L V6, Low Miles, FWD, Clean Carfax, 4 New Tires, CALL TODAY! $10,990 #36101A

'03 Chevy Impala: FWD, Low Miles, Nice Car, Remote Keyless Entry, Power Windows and Door Locks, $4,990 #8668A

'15 Impala LS: 4 Cyl, 16K Miles, GM Certified, One Owner, $20,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '15 Chevy Impala Lmtd LTZ: Sunroof, Heated Leather, 18K Miles, Black, GM Certified, $18,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '15 Chevy Impala LT: 2.5L, 16K Miles, GM Certified, One Owner, $22,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'13 Chevy Malibu LTZ Nav, Leather, Roof, $20,990 '15 Chevy Malibu LTZ, 6K, Turbo, 1 Owner, Call! '11 Chevy Malibu 2LT, Black, 41K Miles, Auto, Chromes, $15,990

4070

'14 Chrysler 200 LX: FWD, Folding Rear Seat(s), MP3 Sound System, Remote Keyless Entry, $12,990 #P8474

'14 Chrysler 200 LX: 4 Cyl, 32K Miles, One Owner, $13,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '05 Chrysler 300: Auto, Power Windows & Locks, $6,483 #B1233

'13 Chrysler 300 C: AWD, Sunroof, V8, 34K Miles, One Owner, $24,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '14 Chrysler 300: V6, Leather, 37K Miles, 1 Owner, Only $18,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

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Ford

4110 Honda

'13 Fusion SE Tuxedo Black, Only 43K Miles, Will Sell Fast , Stk #H160172M $14,999

'14 Ford Mustang: Convertible, Ford Certified, Only 11K Mi, $21,689 #Z1689

Honda

4120

'99 Ford Contour SE: Clean Carfax, HERE IT IS..... HURRY IN! $2,990 #94531B

'14 Ford Fiesta: 5 Door Hatchback, Only 8K Miles, Ford Certified, Special Rates, $13,444 #Z1682

'14 Ford Fiesta: 88K Miles, Ford Certified, Special Rates 2.9% For 66 Mo If Qualify, $13,444 #Z1682

'12 Ford Fiesta: Only 71xx Miles!! Ford Certified Special Rates If Qualify, $12,199 #Z1600

'10 Ford Focus SEL, Auto, Loaded, Clean Carfax, #38106A, $9,944

'03 Ford Focus SE Wagon, Clean Carfax, Loaded, #P5575, $5,714

BOMMARITO HONDA SUPERSTORE 1-888-204-9202 HOLIDAY CERTIFIED SALES EVENT LARGEST HONDA CERTIFIED SELECTION In The Midwest!

'13 Accord EXL: Blue, Heatd Pwr Sts, Moonroof, Camera, Bluetooth, Loaded, 39K Miles, Honda Certified , $20,299 #H160210A

7 Year/100K Mile Warranty

'12 Honda Civic LX: 22K Mi, One Owner, Lease Return, Honda Certified used Vehicle, Urban Titanium Color, $14,300 #X2739

'12 Accord LX: Premium, 4 Door, Auto, Polished Metal, Honda Certified, Both $14,999 #X2718

'15 Fit EXL w/Navi Top of the Line! Milano Red, Only 2,870 Miles! Honda Certified Used, One Owner, Clean Carfax, Reduced $19,999 #X2728

'14 Honda Accord EXL: 2 Dr Coupe, Nav, 40K Miles, Honda Certified, Balance of 7 Yr/100K Powertain Warranty, $22,999 #X2704

'10 Honda Accord EXL: Sedan, V6, Heated Lthr, Moonroof, Alloys, Pwr Seats, Low Miles, Basque Red Pearl, Reduced! $13,999 #H151462A

'12 Honda Accord SE'S: Special Edition! Heated Leather, Power Seat, Alloys & More! Selling Fast, Only 2 Remain!! Reduced!! $16,299 #2740

'11 Honda Accord EXL: 4 Dr, V6, Loa de d, Very Cle a n 1 Owne r, Be lize Blue , Timing Be lt Re pla ce d, #X2652A Only $10,499

'12 Accord EX: 1 Owner Clean Carfax, Sunroof/Moonroof, Fuel Efficient, Motor Trend Certified, $12,990 #75581A

'12 Honda Civic LX 4 Dr., Auto, Silver, 1 Owner, Clean Carfax, #31570A, $12,472

'13 CRV EXL: 39K Miles, Polished Metal Metallic, $23,499 #X2707

'10 Accord EXL: V6, Leather, Moonroof, Power Seat, Basque Red Pearl, Reduced to $13,999 #H151462A '14 Civic: Hybrid, 4 Dr, Alabaster Silver, Only 4,530 Miles, $19,499 #X2694 '13 Civic LX: Sedan, 42K Mi, White, Bluetooth, Camera, $14,599 #X2759 '14 - '12 CROSSTOUR EX'S & EXL'S Sunroof, Alloys, Full Power, Low Miles, Only 5 Remain! #H160318A Starting at $16,999! Largest Selection of Certified Crosstours In The Midwest! '14 Accord: Sport, Crystal Black Pearl, 41K Miles, $19,599 #2706 '15 FIT EXL: w/Navi, Milano Red, Only 2870 Miles! Like New! $19,999 #X2728 '12 CIVIC LX's Sedans & Coupes 14 To Choose From, Auto, Cruise, Pwr Pkg, Low Miles, Starting at $13,499 #X2714 Largest Selection of Certified Civic's in the Midwest!! '11 Odyssey EXL: Black, 61K Miles, $22,499 #H160388A '12 ACCORD SE'S Heated Lthr, Alloy Wheels, Power Seat, Special Edition, Last 2 Remaining . . . Selling Fast!!! Both $16,299 '13 Pilot: Touring, 4WD, Silver, Nav/GPS, Rear DVD, NOW $32,999 #X2702 '12 Civic EX's: 6 To Choose From Moonroof, Bluetooth, Alloy's, 34MPG, Starting $14,499! #X2651

'08 Civic EX Coupe, One Owner, Clean Carfax, Full Power, #38125A, $8,881

'13 Honda Civic LX: Coupe, Auto, 31K Miles, $13,283 #B1139A

'12 Civic LX: Coupe, Milano Red, Only 29K Miles, Honda Certified Used, Balance of 7 Yr/100K Powertrain Warranty, One Owner, Lease Return, $13,999 #X2752

'14 Honda Civic: Hybrid, Silver, One Owner, Honda Certified, Only 13K Miles, $18,999 #X2745

'14 Honda Civic: Hybrid, Modern Steel, Only 6K Miles, One Owner, Honda Certified, Now $19,499 #2688

'12 Honda Civic EX-L: 1 Owner Clean Carfax, Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof/Moonroof, Navigation/GPS, $12,990 #P8404

'09 Honda Civic LX-S: FWD, Spoiler, Alloys Wheels, Bucket Seats, Tinted Glass, Low Miles, Call Today, $10,500 #25725B

4145 Mini Cooper

'15 Jeep Patriot: 4x4, Factory Warranty, $18,444 #Z1675

'14 Jeep Patriot: Sport, FWD, 33K Miles, One Owner, $15,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '14 Wrangler Unlimited 4WD, Local Trade, Sahara Pkg, Loaded, Must See This One! Stk #F143200A $35,999

Kia

4155

'13 Kia Rio LX: 29 Great MPG, Local Trade, $11,490

Lexus

Mazda

4185

'10 Mazda 3 Hatchback, 18K Miles, Auto, 1 Owner, $14,990

'13 Mazda Speed 3 4 New Tires, Certified, 24K Mi.,

'08 Mazda 3 Touring, Auto, Loaded, 68K Mi., #31462A, $10,544

'11 Mazda 3 Sport: Loaded, One Owner, Clean Carfax, $10,442 #29946A

4125

'14 Hyundai Genesis: Coupe, Low Miles, Local Trade, $19,999 #F160039B

'14 Ford Focus: Certified, Only 14K Miles, 7 Yr/100K Mi Powertrain Warranty, $13,999 #F151462C

'12 Ford Focus SE: Auto, Power Windows & Locks, $8,697 #B1033A

12 Focus Hatchback, Red, 111,205 Miles, Clean Carfax, Only $7,999 #H160102B

'12 Ford Focus SEL: Hatchback, 4 Cyl, FWD, Alloys Wheels, Spoiler, Bucket Seats, CALL TODAY! $11,490 #25537B

'11 Mitsubishi Lancer: Evolution GS, Only 17K Miles, $25,999 #F160039A

4220

'15 Nissan Altima S: Auto, Bluetooth, Backup Camera, $14,977 #B1136

'15 Nissan Altima S: Auto, Bluetooth, $15,374 #B1132

'15 Nissan Altima S: Bluetooth, Back Up Camera, $14,395 #B1226

'14 Altima S: Auto, Bluetooth, Back Up Camera, $14,597 #B1206

'15 Altima S: Bluetooth, Back Up Camera, $14,929 #B1222

'06 Altima Auto, Low Mile s , Stk #V150880A $5,900

'09 Pontiac G6: Fuel Efficient, Satellite Radio, Very Clean and Very Well Priced, FWD, Auto, Call Today, $6,995 #8722A

'09 Pontiac G6: Fuel Efficient, Satellite Radio, FWD, Bucket Seats, Keyless Entry, Call Today, $6,995 #8722A

'04 Pontiac Grand AM GT Coupe, Red, Chromes, M/R, Loaded, #38210A, $7,222

'05 Grand AM GT Coupe, Gray, Chromes, Clean Carfax, #29771A, $6,874 '06 Pontiac Grand Prix: 17" Aluminum Wheels, Supercharged, HURRY IN... WON'T LAST, $6,490 #94861B

Saturn

'01 Nissan Altima SE: White, As-Is, State & Emissions Tested, #H160352A Budget Priced $3,999

'14 Nissan Altima S: 4 Door, 2.5L, 33K Miles, One Owner, $15,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '11 Nissan Juke SL: AWD, Navigation, Sunroof, $13424 #15947A

'14 Nissan Maxima SV: Sport Pack, 19" Wheels, Navigation, $24,448 #B1236

'12 Mazda 3 Grand Touring, Leather, M/R, Loaded, 25K Mi., #31406A, $15,874

'13 Nissan Maxima SV: 3.5, Moonroof, Nissan Certified, FWD, $17,524 #B1055

'13 Mazda 3: Grand Touring, $17,777 #31348A

'11 Nissan Maxima S: Leather, Sunroof, $11,918 #B1183A

'14 Accent GLS, 4 Dr, Auto, 41K Miles, One Owner, $11,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'11 Sonata LTD Loaded, Priced to Sell Fast, $9,990

'12 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid, Awesome MPG! $15,490

'08 S ona ta Auto, P owe r Options , Nice , Stk #V150868A $7,997

'14 Hyundai Sonata: Nav/GPS, Sunroof, Heated Leather Seats, Bluetooth, Backup Camera, Low Miles, $20,990 #25675A

'15 Hyundai Sonata SE: 4 Door, Alloys, 3 to Choose, $16,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

Ininiti

'13 Mazda 3i Sport M/T, Loaded, One Owner, Mazda Certified, #31619A, $13,984

'11 Mazda 3 Auto, Loaded, Very Clean,, One Owner, #31439A, $10,613

'07 Mazda Mazda3 s: Leather, Heated Leather Seats, Stick Shift, Power Sunroof, Bose Sound System, $5,495 #94578B

'05 Infiniti FX35 78K, Chromes, Roof, AWD, $15,690

'14 Infiniti Q50: 1 Owner Clean Carfax, Infiniti Certified, Low Miles, AWD, Nav/GPS, Heated Lthr Seats, $36,990 #93172A

'14 Infiniti Q50: Infiniti Certified Pre-Owned, AWD, Nav/GPS, Heated Lthr, Seats, Sunroof, Call, $34,990 #93092A

'02 Infiniti I35: Luxury, One Owner Clean Carfax, FWD, Leather, Sunroof/ Moonroof, Call Today, $4,990 #94831A

'14 Infiniti Q50: One Owner Clean Carfax, Infiniti Certified, AWD, Low Miles, Nav/GPS, Heated Leather Seats, $34,990 #93142A

'07 Infiniti G35: One Owner Clean Carfax, Heated Leather Seats, RWD, READ TO ROLL! $8,990 #26043A

'04 Infiniti G35 X: 1 Owner Clean Carfax, AWD, Low Miles, Heated Leather Seats, Keyless Entry, $8,590 #75685A

'15 Altima S Auto, White, $14,597 #B1197 '15 Pathfinder SV 3rd row, 4x4, $26,642 #B1252

'15 Altima S Auto, Bluetooth, Silver, $14,597 #B1206

'14 Mazda 6 I: Touring, Leather, Only 4,500 Miles, $21,812 #Z1812

'14 Rogue S: Auto, AWD, Gold, $18,977 #B1108

'13 Mazda Miata Hard Top, 4K Mi., Just Arrived, $23,990

'14 Murano: Platinum, 4x4, 22K Mi, $31,814 #B1235

Mercedes Benz

4190

'15 Altima S Auto, Bluetooth, 32k miles, $14,597 #B1200

'13 Maxima SV Leather, Roof, $17524 #B1055

'15 Altima S: Bluetooth, Auto, $14,977 #B1203 '14 Maxima S: Grey, Sunroof, 27K Mi, $17,514 #B1245 '15 Altima S: Bluetooth, $15,374 #B1132 '12 Nissan Rogue SL: AWD, Roof, Nav, $19,807 B1169

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'13 Altima SL: Sunroof, Leather, $18,483 #B1264

'14 Ford Explorer, Quad Seats, 4WD, Leather '11 Nissan Mulano SL, AWD, Dual Roofs, $22,990 '12 Ford Escape XLT, Certified, Local Trade '07 Honda Civic EX, Auto, 49K, $12,490

'15 Altima SL: Loaded, 15K Miles, $21,977 #W1574A '14 Maxima SV: Sport Pack, 19: Wheels, Navigation, $24,448 #B1236 '12 Maxima SV: Sunroof, Heated Leather, $19,977 #B1269 '12 Rogue SV: AWD, Sunroof, Nav, $16,777 #B1281

'15 Mercedes Benz SLK250 Cabriolet, 3K, Auto, Nav., Call! '10 BMW 328i, Convertible, Nav, Auto, 43K, $23,990 '02 Ford Thunderbird, Two Top, Yellow, 13K, $22,990 '13 Chevy Suburban LTZ, White Diamond, Roof, Nav, 4WD

Oldsmobile

4225

'04 Olds Alero GL1: FWD, Power Windows, Bucket Seats, Aluminum Wheels, CALL TODAY $3,990 #10140A

Pontiac

4250

'05 Buick LaCrosse CX: 1 Owner Clean Carfax, Low Miles, Motor Trend Certified Vehicle, Keyless Entry, $7,590 #75943A

'16 VW Golf: Auto, Certified, Loaded, $21,500 #V160152A

'09 VW Jetta TDI BLACK FRIDAY SALES PRICING #29886A, $12,986

'14 VW Jetta: Service Loaner, Certified, Warranty, $15,500 #Y2938

'14 Jetta TDI Le a the r, Roof, Low Mile s , Stk #Y2848 $19,997

'14 VW Jetta 2.0L: FWD, Balance of Manufacturer Wrnty Available, Premium Sound, Bucket Seats, $12,990 #8706A

'12 Passat Certified, Warranty, One Owner, Stk #Y2962 $14,000

'15 VW Passat: Certified, Loaded, Service Loaner, $20,750 #V150865A

4280 '14 Passat Nice Equipment, Certified Warranty, #Y2934 $17,500

'01 Saturn SC2 Base: Coupe, Clean Carfax, Low Miles, 5 Speed Manual, CALL TODAY! $4,990 #10456A

BOMMARITO HAZELWOOD #1 VW CERTIFIED DEALER In St. Louis For 5 Years 2 Yr/24K MI. Warranty PLUS 10 Yr/200K Mi Powertrain Warranty 1-866-936-9044

Scion

4283

'13 Scion FR-S: Local Trade, $15,233 #F151119B

Subaru

4290

'12 Impreza Wagon, AWD, 2.0i, Premium Auto, Silver, Only 24,849 Miles, 1 Owner, Clean Carfax, H160329A

'13 Passat Auto, Alloys, Bluetooth, $15,643 #Y2681 '14 Passat Wolfsburg Auto, Alloy Wheels, Bluetooth, 10K Mi, $19,977 #Y2680 '14 Jetta SE Bluetooth, 13K Miles, WOW! $19,541 #Y2846

4300

'12 Prius Hybrid Reliable Stk #Y3163. $12,495

'04 Toyota Prius: One Owner, Clean Carfax, Loaded, $6,778 #31330A

'06 Toyota XB: Very Sporty Looking, Sport Package, $7,999 #F150581B

'12 Toyota Prius II: Hatchb/Back, Hybrid, Silver, 29K Mi, One Owner Clean Carfax, 51 MPG City Rating, $15,699 #H152151A

'07 Toyota Camry: This Is A Buy! Local Trade $7,999 #F160061A

'08 Toyota Camry: Hybrid, Navigation, Leather, $7,500 #V150501A

'07 Toyota Camry XLE: Gray, 4 Door Sedan, 102K Miles, $9,799 #H151091A

'11 Toyota Camry: Hybrid, One Owner Clean Carfax, Nav, Backup Camera, Heated Leather Seats, $13,900 #10047A

'13 Toyota Corolla Auto, M/R, Loaded, 17K Mi., #P5606, $16,444

'00 Corolla Auto, Power Options, Stk #Y3165. $4,500

'14 Toyota Corolla LE: 4 Dr, Black, 37K Miles, One Owner, $14,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

Volkswagen

'12 Passat S Auto, 20K Miles, Bluetooth, $14,539, #Y2795 '12 Passat S Alloys, Bluetooth, 12K Miles, $15,777, #Y2853 '14 Jetta SE Bluetooth, 14xxx Miles, Nice, $19,541, #Y2845 '11 Jetta S Auto, Keyless, 41K Mi, $13,873 #Y2868 '14 Jetta Sports Wagon, Auto, Keyless, 32K Mi, $15,777 #Y2871 '11 Jetta TDI Auto, Alloy Wheels, Keyless, $15,777 #V140758A '12 Passat SE Sunroof, Navigation, Bluetooth, $15,777 #Y2874 '12 Passat SE Sunroof, 27K Miles, Bluetooth, $16,977 #Y2844 '14 Passat Wolfsburg 14K Miles, Bluetooth, Auto, $20,452 #Y2847 '14 Jetta TDI Autim 15K Miles, Alloy Wheels, $22,977 #Y2848 '14 Jetta SE Sunroof, Bluetooth, 15K Miles, $21,177 #Y2850 '11 Jetta SE Auto, 34,000 Low Miles, $12,977 #V150541A '14 Passat Wolfsburg Bluetooth, Auto, Silver, $19,977 #Y2849 '14 CC Sport Bluetooth, LED's, Keyless Entry, $23,977 #Y2885 '13 CC Sport LED's, Bluetooth, Auto, $20,777 #Y2886 '12 CC Sport Keyless Entry, Auto, Bluetooth, $18,977 #Y2887 '11 GTI 15,000 Miles, Manual, Sunroof, $17,777 #V150703A '13 CC Sport LED's, Bluetooth, $20,777 #Y2888 '14 VW Passat: Certified, Warranty, Stk #Y2933 $18,000

'14 VW Passat: Certified, Service Loaner, $17,000 #Y3047

4310

'13 CC Certified, Warranty, Loaded, Sporty, Stk #Y2969 $19,997

'12 VW CC VW Certified, Auto, Black, $15,990

'13 VW Passat: Certified, Service Loaner, $17,500 #Y2935

'14 VW Passat: Wolfsburg Edition, Black, 34K Miles, One Owner, $15,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

Volvo '10 VW Sport Wagon: Turbo Diesel, Very Hard To Find, ONLY35K MILES, One Owner, Loaded, $14,999 #F143155A

'12 VW Tiguan: Auto, VW Certified, $19,997 #V150836A

'15 Volvo XC60: R-Type, Premium Plus, AWD, Gray Metallic, Only 15K Miles, #H152228A Save Thousands NOW $36,999

'13 VW Be e tle : Ce rtifie d, Auto, P owe r Options , $16,000 #V150774A

'12 VW Beetle: Auto, Turbo, Certified, $15,000 #Y2991

'04 Volvo S80 2.5T: One Owner Clean Carfax, Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, Premium Sound , $6,990 #P8179A

'08 G6 Sporty, Low Price, Stk #Y2985 $6,997

'09 Pontiac G6: Auto, Sporty, $7,600 #Y2920

4315

'13 Volvo XC60 TL: AWD T6 Premium Plus, 46K Mi, Power Sunroof, AWD, $26,842 # W1127A

4195

'08 Mercury Grand Marquis GS: V8, 76K Miles, One Owner, Warranty, $8,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

4310

'12 VW Beetle 2.0T: Silver/Black, Only 35K Miles, Fun Car! $14,999 #H151940B

'05 Ion, manua l, great price, $4,503, stk# B1209

'14 Maxima SV Sport Pkg. Nav, $24,448 #B1236

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Mercury

4145

'15 Altima S: Bluetooth, Backup Camera $14,977 #B1136

'12 Mazda 6i Touring Certified, Alloys, Auto, $16,290

'15 Mercedes '01 Infiniti I30: SLK 250 Cabrio, 3K Luxury, Loaded, Full Miles, $42,490 Power, $7,777 #29953A

'14 Grand Cherokee Limited: 4WD, Leather, 40K Mi, V6, One Owner, $28,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED VEHICLE INVENTORY

'14 Mazda 6i Touring One Owner, Certified, $20,990

'09 Nissan Altima, Auto, Leather, Roof,

Jeep

'10 Ma xima , Loa de d Luxury, Stk #Y3147. $12,500

'15 Pathfinder SV 3rd row, 4x4, $26,541 #B1253

4130

'13 Infinity G37X: Navigation, Leather, $24,588 #B1240

'06 Nissan Maxima: 3.5 SL, FWD, One Owner Clean Carfax, Low Miles, Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, $6,990 #94700A

BOMMARITO NISSAN WEST '12 Mazda6 i Sport: 1 Owner Clean Carfax, Mazda Certified Pre-Owned, Keyless Entry, Cruise Control, $13490 #8705A

4250 Volkswagen

'08 Pontiac G6 GT: FWD, 3.5L V6, 4 Speed Automatic, Bucket Seats, Chrome Wheels, Call Today, $5,990 #26207B

4215

4165

'07 Lexus GS350: AWD, 4 Door Sedan, Champaign Beige Metallic, 49K Mi, One Owner, Clean Carfax, $17,488 #H160297A

'04 Ford Thunderbird Two Tops, 10K, Chromes, $27,990 '14 Ford Focus: Hatchback, Certified, 7 Yr/100K Powertrain Warranty, $13,999 #F151462C

Mitsubishi

Nissan/Datsun '13 Wra ngle r Low Mile s , Ne a r Ne w, Stk #V150573A $28,497

4207 Pontiac

'07 Mini Cooper Hard Top, Low Miles, Stk #Y2986A $9,000

Toyota Hyundai

4110

'13 Ford C-Max: Hybrid, Ford Certified, Special Rates 2.9%/66 Mo, Local Trade, $14,555 #F152273A

4120 Jeep

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Crossovers

A15

4387

'09 Honda CR-V EX, 4WD, 62K Mi., Chevrolet Trucks 4330 Chevrolet Trucks 4330 Sunroof, Certified, $16,790 '09 Silverado 1500 LTZ: '13 Avalanche LTZ Crew Cab, 4 WD, Black Diamond Edi- Heated Leather Seats, $24,990 #75801B tion, 4WD Loaded, $42,990 '13 Mazda LX-5 Grand Touring, '13 VW GTI Loaded, Leather, Sedan, Manual, Mazda Certified, '08 Avalanche LT Red, Certified, #31605A, $23,442 Z71, Leather, Moon$23,490 roof, Loaded, Clean Carfax, #31315A, $20,593 '13 Toyota Venza Dodge Plymouth Trucks 4335 Loaded, Full Power, 1 Owner, Clean '06 Dodge Dakota Carfax, #360511A, SLT Quad Cab, '15 Chevy 1500 LT: $23,589 Loaded, Clean CarCrew Cab, 5.3L V8, 3K Miles, 20" Wheels, fax, #31603A, GM Certified, $32,995 $10,874 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '13 Chevy 1500 LT: V8, 4x4, 53K Miles, GM Certified, New Tires, $23,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'08 Avalanche LTZ: 4x4, Sunroof, Nav, DVD, Sharp, $19,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'12 Chvy Colorado: Ext Cab,1 Owner, Clean Carfax, GM Certified, $18,988 #38220A

'05 Chevy Colorado LS: Extended Cab, 4 New Tires, Silver, Only 105K Miles, $8,999 #X2711

Sport Utilitiy '14 Dodge 1500 SLT: Quad Cab, 4x4, V8, HEMI, 19K Miles, One Owner, $28,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'11 Dodge Ram 4X4, Quad Cab, Laramie, Loaded, #360462A, $24,737

'01 Dodge Ram: Regular Cab, Auto, 91K Miles, $5,443 #B1232

Ford Trucks

4340

'13 Ford F150: Crew Cab, 4X4, V8, Ford Certified, Local Trade, $33,999 #F151492A,

'10 Chevy Silverado 1500 LT Crew Cab, Loaded, Clean Carfax, Full Power, #360514A, $24,372

'14 Chevy Silverado 1500: Double Cab, Factory Warranty, $20,446 #F142721A

'10 Chevy Silverado 1500: Work Truck, Extended Cab, RWD, 4x2, $13,999 #F151963A

'11 Silverado LTZ Crew Cab, 4WD, White Diamond, $34,920

GMC Trucks

4345

'13 Sierra Crew 4WD, Leather, Chromes, Z-71, $30,990

'12 GMC Sierra Crew Cab, White, Chromes, 4WD, $32,990 '09 GMC Sierra Crew Cab SLE 67K Mi., Local Trade, $22,990

4390 Sport Utilitiy

'03 Chevy Tahoe Z71: Clean Carfax, Low Miles, 4WD, Heated Leater Seats, Sunroof/ Moonroof, CALL! $8,990 #P8295A

'15 Encore AWD Convenience Pkg 29K Miles, GM Certified, $22,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '04 Chevy Bla ze r Exce lle nt Condition Stk #Y3146. $6,000

'10 Chevy Equinox: AWD, Leather, One Owner, $13,850 #F152272A

'13 Chevy Equinox 1LT: FWD, 84K Mi, Camera, Bluetooth, One Owner Clean Carfax, Bal of Fac P/Train Wrnty, $13,799 #H151899A

'13 Equinox LTI FWD, Black Granite, Only 37K Miles, Will Sell Fast At $18,999 #H160172A

4390

'13 Suburban Z71, Black, Loaded, Captains, Leather, 1 Owner #38264A, $33,333

'13 Buick Encore: FWD, GM Certified, Bluetooth, Backup Camera, ABS Brakes, heated Door Mirrors, $17,990 #7569A

'08 Buick Enclave CX: One Owner Clean Carfax, Heated Leather Seats, Satellite Radio, Keyless Entry, $11,990 #26196A

'10 Cadillac SRX: 3.0L, V6, FWD, Sunroof, Bluetooth, Heated Lthr Seats, Clean Carfax, Keyless Entry, $16,990 #36242A

'13 Cad Escalade ESV Premium, 30K, Loaded, Certified, $52,990

'13 CAD Escalade Premium, 30K Miles, Silver, $52,290

'15 Chevy Equinox LT: 11K Miles, 4 Cyl, 3 To Choose, GM Certified, $22,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'13 Chevy Equinox LT: 4 Cyl, 52K Miles, One Owner, $17,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625 '11 Chevy HHR LT: FWD, Bucket Seats, Warranty, Tinted Glass, Power Windows/ Locks $10,490 #10408A

'12 Suburban LTZ 4WD, Chromes, Nav., 52K Mi., $43,480

'13 Suburban LTZ 4WD, White Diamond, $47,290

'05 Suburban LT, Chromes, Roof, 4WD, $9,990

'15 Chevy Tahoe LT: 4x4, Black, 36K Miles, GM Certified, $43,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'07 Chevy TrailBlazer, Very Clean, Loaded, Full Power, #360508A, $8,918

4390 Sport Utilitiy

'15 Chevy Traverse 2LT: AWD, Rear Buckets, 32K Miles, GM Certified, $28,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

'07 Jeep Commander 4WD, 3rd Row, 95K Mi., $12,990

'13 Dodge Durango SXT: AWD, Only 11K Miles, 3rd Row Seating, $26,446 #F151259A

'14 Dodge Journey SXT: V6, FWD, 27K Miles, 4 New Tires, One Owner, $18,995 Don Brown Chevrolet 1-866-604-8625

4390 Sport Utilitiy

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CHRIS LEE • clee@post-dispatch.com

Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) sacks the Lions’ Matthew Stafford for a 7-yard loss as Nick Fairley (98) also contributes Sunday at Edward Jones Dome.

Rams shule their schedule in short week

BEST IN THE BIZ Rams’ Donald joins Watt among NFL’s elite defenders

Quick turnabout means Tuesday becomes Friday for game prep

BEN FREDERICKSON St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY JIM THOMAS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Rams won a football game Sunday, but then promptly lost Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. That’s the way the calendar works when you’ve got a Thursday night football game, as is the case this week for the Rams. Following a 21-14 victory over Detroit at home, it was back to Rams Park on Sunday night for coach Jef Fisher and his staf to begin preparing immediately for Thursday’s contest with Tampa Bay (6-7). Normally, there is a thorough review of the previous day’s game film Monday with the coaches, and perhaps a correction period with the players. But not in this compressed week. “We didn’t get to spend a lot of time on the (Detroit) game for obvious reasons,” Fisher said. “But we did go through it late (Sunday) night. We gave out some game balls this morning and we got right onto the Bucs. See RAMS • Page B4

H

e seems perfectly happy out of sight. But on Sunday, when his mastery once again became impossible to overlook, the crowd around his corner locker grew so big he had to step forward to stop media members from trampling his teammates.

AARON DONALD

J.J. WATT

2015 stats Games: 13 Sacks: 11 Tackles: 35 Assists: 24

2015 stats Games: 13 Sacks: 13 ½ Tackles: 47 Assists: 15

> CB Jenkins might return Thursday night, B4

Mozeliak’s strategy is tried and true

Here, in the spotlight, cameras rolling, Aaron Donald never sounds like one of the NFL’s best. He is the best pass rusher in the league, right? “No,” Donald said. “I’ve still got work to do. I’m not satisfied yet. So, I’ve got to just keep working.” If ever there were a time we could convince the soft-spoken Donald to crow it was Sunday, after he spent his afternoon torturing the team that passed on a chance to draft him at No. 10 in 2014. The defensive tackle set a personal best by sacking the Lions’ Matthew Staford three times in the Rams’ 21-14 win, the third multi-sack game of Donald’s young career. See FREDERICKSON • Page B5

> 7:25 p.m. Thursday vs. Buccaneers, KMOV (Ch. 4), NFL Network

Blues hit the road in search of wins Club has struggled to earn consecutive victories

JEFF GORDON St. Louis Post-Dispatch

BY TOM TIMMERMANN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA • It’s long enough ago that

After the Cardinals failed to woo David Price or resign Jason Heyward, jilted general manager John Mozeliak is taking a break from high-end shopping. Agents hoped to catch him on the emotional rebound, ofering up an Alex Gordon or a Yoenis Cespedes to replace that hole in his heart, er, lineup. But Mozeliak told The Post-Dispatch’s Derrick Goold he doesn’t anticipate making a nine-digit signing from the remaining free-agent pool. Don’t confuse this strategic shift as conceding to the Cubs. The Cardinals’ goals haven’t changed. They expect to contend every year. Other franchises are willing to tank multiple seasons to rebuild — losing deliberately as the Cubs and Astros did to accumulate high draft picks and prospects — but that is not the Cardinal Way. They have managed to win and reload at the same time. The Cardinals want to maintain their selfrenewing talent base as long as possible. See GORDON • Page B3

CHRIS LEE • clee@post-dispatch.com

Coyotes defenseman Klas Dahlbeck (left) is penalized for holding Blues right winger Troy Brouwer on Dec. 8. The Blues won 4-1.

> 7 p.m. at Jets, FSM • Blues-Jets matchup box, B8

Blues winger Troy Brouwer is a bit ify on the details — “You might have to check (this),” he cautioned — but he’s seen it before where good teams hit hard times. It was late in the 2009-10 season, and the Chicago Blackhawks were cruising along with a 16-point lead on Nashville in the Central Division. And then they hit a bump. A big bump. Brouwer remembers it as a ninegame losing streak, but it was actually a run where the team lost seven of nine games. (Good thing we checked.) But even with two wins thrown in, that’s not a number to inspire confidence as a team heads toward the playofs. After the Blackhawks lost to the Blues 4-2 on March 30 of that season, their lead on Nashville was down to five points. “I remember it being absolutely miserable at the rink,” Brouwer said. “It didn’t matter what you did, you just lost games. We had games where we outplayed teams, games where we were badly outplayed. It was a little bit of a mix.” That story had a happy ending. The Blackhawks See BLUES • Page B8

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Rams • stlouisrams.com | 314-425-8830 Thursday 12/17 vs. Tampa Bay 7:25 p.m. KMOV (4)/NFL

Sunday 12/27 at Seattle 3:25 p.m. KTVI (2)

Sunday 1/3 at San Francisco 3:25 p.m. KTVI (2)

Blues • blues.nhl.com | 314-622-2583 Tuesday 12/15 at Winnipeg 7 p.m. FSM

Thursday 12/17 vs. Nashville 7 p.m. FSM

Saturday 12/19 vs. Calgary 2 p.m. FSM

Monday 12/21 at Philadelphia 6 p.m. FSM

Mizzou men’s basketball • mutigers.com | 800-228-7297 Saturday 12/19 vs. N. Carolina St. 5 p.m. SEC Network

Saturday 1/2 Wednesday 12/23 Tuesday 12/29 vs. Ark.-Pine Bluf vs. Savannah St. vs. Illinois 2 p.m. 8 p.m. (Scottrade Ctr.) 6 p.m., ESPN2

Illini men’s basketball • ightingillini.com | 217-333-3470 Saturday 12/19 vs. South Dakota 2 p.m.

Wednesday 12/23 vs. Missouri (Scottrade Ctr.) 6 p.m., ESPN2

Wednesday 12/30 vs. Michigan 2 p.m. ESPN2

Sunday 1/3 at Ohio State 4 p.m. BTN

SLU men’s basketball • slubillikens.com | 314-977-4758 Wednesday 12/16 vs. Tenn.-Martin 7 p.m. FSM

Saturday 12/19 vs. Indiana State 7 p.m. FSM

Monday 12/21 vs. SIU-C’dale 7 p.m. FSM

Tuesday 12/29 at Kansas State 7 p.m. FSM

OTHER EVENTS MAJOR ARENA SOCCER LEAGUE • ST. LOUIS AMBUSH Sat. 12/19: at Cedar Rapids, 7:35 p.m. Sat. 12/27: vs. Milwaukee, 5:35 p.m. FAIRMOUNT PARK HORSE RACING • Simulcasting: 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily.

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ON THE AIR BASKETBALL 6 p.m. College men: Northern Kentucky at Michigan, BTN 6 p.m. College men: Georgia Southern at Duke, ESPN2 6 p.m. College men: Norfolk State at Cincinnati, ESPNU 6 p.m. College men: Louisiana Tech at Mississippi, SEC Network 6:30 p.m. College men: Monmouth at Georgetown, FS1 8 p.m. College men: Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Wisconsin, BTN 8 p.m. College men: Virginia Commonwealth at Georgia Tech, ESPN2 8 p.m. College men: Longwood at Oklahoma State, ESPNU 8 p.m. College men: Mercer at Auburn, SEC Network 9 p.m. College men: DePaul at Stanford, FS1 9 p.m. NBA: Houston at Sacramento, NBA HOCKEY 7 p.m. NHL: Blues at Winnipeg, FSM, KMOX (1120 AM) 7:30 p.m. NHL: Colorado at Chicago, NBCSN SOCCER 1:20 a.m. (Wed.) FIFA Club World Cup ifth Place: Club America vs. TP Mazembe, FS1 4:20 a.m. (Wed.) FIFA Club World Cup semiinal: Sanfrecce Hiroshima vs. River Plate, FS1

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ILLINI NOTEBOOK

Despite lackluster win, Illinois is 10th this week Four Big 10 teams are worse, pundit says BY MARK TUPPER Decatur Herald & Review

CHAMPAIGN, ILL. • Jon Crispin was one of those gritty college basketball players any coach would love to have. When he was a guard at Penn State, he was a winner even when the teams he played on were not. He’s working for the Big Ten Network now and he made the rounds at the Big Ten media day in Chicago, soaking up background information that would come in handy as the season played out. One of his jobs is to do weekly power rankings and I checked them following Illinois’ lessthan-impressive 83-79 victory over Illinois-Chicago Saturday at the United Center. I know some will be expecting to see Illinois sitting at No. 14 in Crispin’s latest rankings but there are four teams he currently has standing between the Illini and the Big Ten basement. First, the upper crust. Crispin ranks Michigan State No. 1 followed by Purdue, Maryland, Indiana, Iowa, Northwestern, Michigan, Wisconsin and Nebraska. That’s the top 9. Illinois is No. 10, ahead of No. 11 Penn State, No. 12 Ohio State, No. 13 Minnesota and No. 14 Rutgers. Illinois looked worse than 10th Saturday and here are some suggestions: • Khalid Lewis should be the point guard over Jaylon Tate. Neither is much of an ofensive threat but Lewis is better at attacking the paint. And Saturday he had eight assists and one turnover. • Malcolm Hill’s shot is of a bit, both from 3-point distance and from the free-throw line. But this

Malcolm Hill

team will rise and fall along with the production of Hill (Belleville East) and Kendrick Nunn. Those are Illinois’ go-to guys with Michael Finke and Jalen ColemanLands the next best ofensive options. • If Leron Black isn’t back soon, this season is a lost cause because this team simply can’t rebound the basketball without Black and center Mike Thorne Jr. It might be a lost cause anyway, but Black at 100 percent would give them a fighting chance on the glass. • Illini players are taking semester exams this week and do not play until 2 p.m. Saturday, when they take on South Dakota. South Dakota is 6-4 but owns a doubleovertime victory over Minnesota.

TALKING FOOTBALL As for Illini football, the team met at the iHotel in Champaign to hand out their postseason awards and honor 22 seniors who will be leaving the program. Here are the major awards and some thoughts about them: Most Outstanding Offensive Player • Josh Ferguson. No question this was Illinois’ most im-

portant offensive player because when he didn’t play or was on the sideline with injury or fatigue, the offense generally stalled. It’s too bad Ferguson wasn’t more durable. He had to be nursed along through most of his career and Illinois never developed a similar running back who had Ferguson’s explosiveness. Most Outstanding Defensive Player • Clayton Fejedelem. This was a no-brainer. He led the Big Ten in tackles with 140. That was the most by an Illini since AllAmerican linebacker J Leman had 152 in 2006. Fejedelem arrived as a walk-on and will leave as one of the best safeties Illinois has produced. If only every walk-on turned out like Fej. Most Outstanding Special Teams Player • V’Angelo Bentley. This was the best of a bad lot. By anyone’s measure, Bentley had a disappointing season. He was not the big-play punt and kickof return specialist Illinois envisioned. And he made his share of mistakes fielding punts. Special teams as a rule remains a negative that impacts field position.

COACHING VACANCIES Cubit should have an announcement this week on his two coaching staf vacancies. He is looking to replace Alex Golesh, who was a valuable recruiter. Golesh looked after tight ends and special teams this past season. Cubit also is replacing Mike Ward, who coached linebackers. The hiring process is slowed nowadays because the university has started requiring a more detailed background check on employees. Cubit is holding individual meetings with all players this week before they head home for the semester and holiday break.

DIGEST Ambush ire Doran as coach, hire Glavin The Ambush have swapped one local indoor soccer legend for another, iring Daryl Doran as coach and replacing him with Tony Glavin. Doran was let go Monday after the Ambush got of to an 0-6 start. Assistant coach Joe Smugala also was dismissed. “Tony knows the indoor game and he’s proven to be excellent at developing young players,” Ambush CEO and general manager Andrew Haines said. “I’ve gotten to know him well the past two years and I think he is what this team needs right now to turn things around. “We thank Daryl and Joe for all their hard work over the past two seasons and for their contributions to soccer in St. Louis, but after two losing seasons and an 0-6 start to the current season, we felt a change in direction was an absolute necessity. Our fans have been loyal and deserve better than we’ve delivered.” The Ambush went 4-16 in their irst season in the Major Arena Soccer League and improved to 8-12 last season under Doran. (Tom Timmermann)

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Lineman commits to Mizzou • New Missouri football coach Barry Odom picked up his second verbal commitment for the 2016 class Monday when East St. Louis ofensive lineman Tre’vour Simms switched his pledge from Illinois to Mizzou. Simms, listed at 6-6, 315 pounds in the fall, irst committed to Illinois in June. Simms is ranked a three-star prospect by recruiting sites. He gives Mizzou 17 verbal commitments for 2016. On Saturday, outside linebacker/defensive end Marvin Terry of Dallas committed to Mizzou. (Dave Matter) Brothers named to All-SEC irst team • Missouri senior linebacker Kentrell Brothers was named to the All-SEC irst-team defense. The only other Tiger honored was sophomore defensive tackle Charles Harris, who was named to the second team. Sports Illustrated honors Serena Williams • Serena Williams is Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of the Year — the irst female athlete honored on her own by the magazine in more than 30 years. Williams, 34, came within two matches of tennis’ irst calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988, a bid that ended with a semiinal loss at the U.S. Open. Mississippi lineman charged • Robert Nkemdiche’s status for the Sugar Bowl is uncertain after the Mississippi defensive lineman was charged with possession of marijuana following a 15-foot fall at an Atlanta hotel over the weekend that sent him to a hospital. Coach Hugh Freeze said he hadn’t decided if Nkemdiche will play against Oklahoma State on Jan. 1 — assuming he is physically able to take the ield. Freeze said he had a brief phone conversation with Nkemdiche, who apologized, and the player’s dad. College football coaching changes • Louisiana-Monroe has hired Matt Viator as the Warhawks’ next football coach, luring him away from McNeese State. Viator went 78-33 during 10 seasons at McNeese State. Bob Nielson of Western Illinois, the reigning coach of the year in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, has been named the new head coach at South Dakota. Nielson has compiled a 186-80-1 record in 23 seasons as a head coach. Jackson State has hired Tony Hughes as head coach. Hughes has been at Mississippi State since 2009, where he served as the assistant head coach, safeties coach and recruiting coordinator. Associated Press

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Gonzaga is out of The Associated Press Top 25 men’s basketball poll for the first time since February 2014, a run of 24 consecutive polls. The Bulldogs, who lost to UCLA last week to drop to 6-3, were tied for the eighth-longest current streak. Three other schools — Vanderbilt, Oregon and Utah — also dropped out of the rankings this week. Vanderbilt, which lost to Dayton last week, fell from 21st. The Commodores were ranked every week this season reaching as high as 16th. Oregon, which lost to Boise State, was 24th. Utah was No. 16 in the preseason poll and the first regularseason Top 25. The Utes lost to Wichita State last week. Two of the four new teams in this week’s poll — George Washington and UCLA — are ranked for the first time this season. George Washington (9-1) moves in at No. 21, the Colonials’ first poll appearance since 2005-06. Their only loss this season was to Cincinnati and they have won three straight since. UCLA (7-3) has won four

straight games since returning from the Maui Invitational, including wins over then-No. 1 Kentucky and Gonzaga. Texas A&M and UConn moved in at Nos. 24 and 25. Oklahoma, which beat thenNo. 9 Villanova 78-55 at Pearl Harbor last week, is No. 3 for the first time since February 2009. This is Michigan State’s ninth week as the No. 1 team. Oklahoma had the week’s biggest jump in the poll. The biggest drop was North Carolina’s tumble from third to 11th after losing 84-82 at Texas.

NOTEBOOK Duke loses Jeferson • Duke says forward Amile Jeferson will be out indefinitely with an unspecified right foot injury. Jeferson, the leading returning scorer from last year’s national championship team, has started all nine games this year while averaging 11 points and 10 rebounds for the seventhranked Blue Devils (8-1). North Carolina’s Meeks injures knee • North Carolina says junior forward Kennedy Meeks is expected to miss at least two weeks due to a bone bruise in his left knee. Meeks is averaging 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds while shooting nearly 60 percent through the first nine games.

Team Rec. Pts Pv 1. Michigan St. (64) 11-0 1,621 1 2. Kansas (1) 8-1 1,499 2 3. Oklahoma 7-0 1,409 7 4. Kentucky 9-1 1,385 5 5. Iowa St. 9-0 1,370 4 6. Maryland 9-1 1,353 6 7. Duke 8-1 1,271 8 8. Virginia 8-1 1,132 10 9. Purdue 11-0 1,082 11 10. Xavier 10-0 1,062 12 11. North Carolina 7-2 1,023 3 12. Villanova 8-1 865 9 13. Arizona 9-1 860 13 14. Providence 10-1 724 15 15. Miami 8-1 622 17 16. Baylor 7-1 605 16 17. Butler 8-1 562 18 18. SMU 7-0 560 19 19. Louisville 7-1 534 22 20. West Virginia 8-1 466 14 21. G. Washington 9-1 256 — 22. UCLA 7-3 213 — 23. Cincinnati 8-2 197 23 24. Texas A&M 8-2 152 — 25. UConn 6-3 47 — Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 44, South Carolina 42, Oregon 37, Colorado 21, Vanderbilt 18, Wichita St. 17, Dayton 14, UALR 14, Pittsburgh 12, Georgetown 8, Utah 7, Notre Dame 4, Texas 4, Iowa 3, Northwestern 3, Syracuse 3, Army 1, Florida 1, Houston 1, Marquette 1.

USA TODAY POLL Team Rec. Pts Pv 1. Michigan St.(28) 11-0 794 1 2. Iowa State (3) 9-0 719 2 3. Oklahoma (1) 7-0 675 8 4. Kentucky 9-1 665 4 5. Kansas 8-1 664 7 6. Duke 8-1 649 5 7. Maryland 9-1 640 9 8. Purdue 11-0 552 11 9. Virginia 8-1 547 10 10. Xavier 10-0 491 13 11. North Carolina 7-2 474 3 12. Arizona 9-1 469 12 13. Villanova 8-1 464 6 14. Providence 10-1 323 18 14. Baylor 7-1 323 15 16. Louisville 7-1 288 19 16. West Virginia 8-1 288 14 18. Butler 8-1 268 21 19. Miami 8-1 265 20 20. Cincinnati 8-2 101 22 21. Gonzaga 6-3 90 17 22. G. Washington 9-1 87 — 23. Vanderbilt 6-3 79 16 24. Texas A&M 8-2 77 25 25. South Carolina 8-0 70 — Others receiving votes: UCLA 59, UConn 45, Oregon 38, Pittsburgh 30, Colorado 25, Wichita State 19, Dayton 18, Notre Dame 15, Davidson 13, Syracuse 12, UALR 9, California 9, Indiana 9, Iowa 8, LSU 8, Northwestern 7, Georgetown 6, Texas 3, UNLV 2, Florida 1, South Dakota State 1, Utah 1.


BASEBALL

12.15.2015 • TuEsday • M 1

Cubs’ work isn’t inished

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Ofseason has been successful but there are still areas of concern BY MARK GONZALES Chicago Tribune

The Padres and White Sox were proof last season that winning the ofseason is worthless. In the case of the Cubs, they realize that adding Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist and John Lackey doesn’t guarantee automatic success, and team officials spoke openly of addressing areas so that they won’t be forced to make desperate mid-season moves. Here are their three major points of emphasis before pitchers and catchers report to Mesa, Ariz., on Feb. 19.

PITCHING General manager Jed Hoyer spoke of building “firewalls” after achieving 97 victories in the regular season without sustaining a significant injury. Starting pitchers Jake Arrieta, Jon Lester, Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks combined for 128 starts, and Lackey made 33 starts for the Cardinals. But the workloads of all five pitchers were extended in the playofs, and the Cubs currently have no major league-ready starter in their system that could fill a spot in the rotation for a lengthy amount of time. The Cubs did re-sign lefthander Clayton Richard and Trevor Cahill, and acquired Adam Warren, all of whom have starting experience along with their recent history of relief success. A veteran scout for an American

League team that pursued Warren believes he will emerge as an efective starter for the Cubs. Adding a starting pitcher under team control could provide more insurance, and Theo Epstein often has spoke of an ideal scenario with 10 major league or major league-ready starting pitchers in spring training.

DEPTH Filling the projected final spot on the roster could be dictated by 24 other spots. But with 32-year-old Miguel Montero coping with a damaged left thumb in the final two months, 38-year-old David Ross likely entering the final year of his career, Kyle Schwarber spending some time in left and Willson Contreras destined to start at Triple-A Iowa, a dependable backup catcher on a non-roster contract would be welcomed. Shortly after an agreement with Heyward surfaced, many teams inquired about the availability of right fielder Jorge Soler, according to a source. Although Heyward is only 26, the Cubs would benefit from an experienced reserve center fielder. This role cannot be stressed enough, with Schwarber still being evaluated as a catcher and a left fielder, and Soler having played no more than 101 games in a season in his professional career. The anticipated improvement of Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Schwarber at the plate could lessen the need for more ofense. But manager Joe Maddon isn’t afraid to employ double switches early in games and make full use of his bench, so versatility off the bench becomes even more essential. With Albert Almora at least one

season away from challenging for a spot on the major-league roster, the Cubs will need a dependable defender in center since Chris Coghlan, Soler and Schwarber are primarily corner outfielders. The Cubs got a lot of mileage out of center fielder Dexter Fowler, but his defense was missed in games he didn’t play. That’s why Javier Baez’s audition for Santurce in the Puerto Rican League should be scrutinized.

MONEY Epstein and Hoyer have expressed their appreciation to the business department for giving them more flexibility to structure deals that satisfied Heyward, Zobrist and Lackey without harnessing their long-term plans. Negotiations with Arrieta, 29, are expected to begin shortly. With the projected free-agent market for marquee pitchers expected to thin after this winter, it seems unlikely he’ll settle for an extension that will buy out a few years of free agency. Pending terms of the next Collective Bargaining Agreement, the Cubs realize that Kris Bryant and Addison Russell are lined up for big raises as first-year arbitration-eligible players in 2018, with Schwarber eligible the following season. Arrieta, Bryant and Russell are represented by super agent Scott Boras, and Arrieta will earn close to $11 million through arbitration, and closer Hector Rondon and valuable set-up reliever Pedro Strop are likely to earn close to a combined $10 million. The contracts of Edwin Jackson and Hammel (a combined $20 million) come of the books after 2016, but that is ofset by increases to Anthony Rizzo and Zobrist.

MLB commissioner rejects Rose’s plea

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The San Francisco Giants’ upgraded rotation is taking shape, with the 2014 World Series champions agreeing Monday with Johnny Cueto on a $130 million, six-year contract. Under the agreement, Cueto can opt out after the 2017 season and become a free agent again. He is due to earn $46 million before the opt out. A 29-year-old righthander, Cueto went 11-13 with a 3.44 ERA in 32 starts for Cincinnati and Kansas City, which acquired him in a trade July 26. Mariners sign Cishek • Seattle’s ofseason makeover continued with the club signing righthanded reliever Steve Cishek to a two-year contract with the opportunity to end up as the team’s closer. Cishek, 29, split last season with Miami and the Cardinals and appeared in 59 games combined for the two teams. Cahill, Cubs inalize deal • Trevor Cahill and the Chicago Cubs have finalized a $4.25 million, one-year contract, a deal that allows him to earn an additional $7.5 million million based on starts. The righthander, 27, went 1-0 with a 2.12 ERA in 11 relief appearances with the Cubs last season. Petit, Nats agree • Righthander Yusmeiro Petit has completed a $3 million, one-year contract with Washington. The deal pays Petit, 31, $2.5 million in 2016 and includes a club option of $3 million in 2017, with a $500,000 buyout. Petit spent the past four seasons with the Giants.

Future still bright for Cards GORDON • FROM B1

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CINCINNATI • Pete Rose’s applica-

tion for reinstatement to baseball was rejected Monday by Commissioner Rob Manfred, who concluded the career hits leader continued to gamble even while trying to end his lifetime ban and would be a risk to the sport’s integrity if allowed back in the game. Rose agreed to the ban in August 1989 after an investigation by lawyer John Dowd found Rose placed numerous bets on the Cincinnati Reds to win from 1985-87 while playing for and managing the team. In one of his first major actions, Manfred said in a four-page decision the career hits leader admitted he has kept on betting legally on horse racing and professional sports, including baseball. Manfred upheld the conclusions of the Dowd report and said MLB obtained additional evidence not available to Dowd: a notebook of betting records from 1986 kept by Rose associate Michael Bertolini. “In short, Mr. Rose has not presented credible evidence of a reconfigured life either by an honest acceptance by him of his wrongdoing, so clearly established in the Dowd Report, or by a rigorous, self-aware and sustained program of avoidance by him of all the circumstances that led to his permanent ineligibility in 1989,” Manfred wrote. Manfred also said Rose has never “seriously sought treatment” for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Oppositional Defiant Behavior, conditions he said in his 2004 book had alicted him. “Mr. Rose’s public and private comments, including his initial admission in 2004, provide me with little confidence that he has a mature understanding of his wrongful conduct, that he has accepted full responsibility for it, or that he understands the damage he has caused,” Manfred wrote. “I am also not convinced that he has avoided the type of conduct and associations that originally led to his placement on the permanently ineligible list.” Rose’s lawyers said he will comment on the decision at a news conference Tuesday. “While we may have failed at our

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Pete Rose’s plea for reinstatement was rejected by baseball’s commissioner, who cited the former Red’s continued gambling and lack of responsibility.

task of presenting all of the facts to the commissioner demonstrating how Pete has grown and changed over the past three decades, Pete has meaningfully reconfigured his life,” Rose’s lawyers, Ray Genco and Mark Rosenbaum, said in a statement. Manfred said when he met with the 74-year-old Rose, the 17-time All-Star at first was not forthcoming about his current gambling. “Rose initially denied betting on baseball currently and only later in the interview did he ‘clarify’ his response to admit such betting,” Manfred wrote. Rose’s conduct violated Major League Rule 21, which calls for a lifetime ban for betting on any game “with which the bettor has a duty to

perform.” The ban prevents Rose from working for any major-league team or minor-league ailiate, but he is allowed to make ceremonial appearances with the commissioner’s permission and may work for third parties such as Fox, which hired Rose this year as a baseball analyst. Players on the permanently ineligible list also may not appear on the Hall of Fame ballot, a decision taken by the Hall’s board in 1991. Reds President Bob Castellini said he hopes the Hall will reconsider its decision. Rose was the 1963 NL Rookie of the Year, 1973 MVP and 1975 World Series MVP. A three-time NL batting champion, he had 4,256 hits from 1963-86, topping Ty Cobb’s mark of 4,191.

It’s just good business to do so. The Best Fans in Baseball won’t show up 40,000 strong on a Tuesday night just to see Fredbird’s zany antics. They won’t pay premium prices to watch 70-92 year after year. Mozeliak saw Heyward and Price as solid investments in the franchise’s long-term success, given their age and unique skill sets. He was willing to spend aggressively to secure them. The other top free agents ofer more risk. First baseman Chris Davis? If he strikes out 208 times at age 29, what will that look like age 33, 34 and 35? Cespedes? He is 30 years old and has played for four teams in four years. That does not scream “franchise cornerstone.” Justin Upton? Although he doesn’t turn 29 until August, he can command a contract paying him well into his late 30s. Many franchises are willing to eat bad contract years on the back of long-term deals to get an immediate boost. General managers do this when they haven’t won lately and their owners get edgy. (See Diamondbacks, Arizona). Because the Cardinals keep winning, Mozeliak can stay true to his personnel valuations. By keeping his dead money to a minimum, he remains free to make upgrades on the fly. With upwards of $400 million in unspent budget dollars to allocate moving forward, Mozeliak is in an admirable position. He still needs a proven starting pitcher, but not at “dynamic” cost. He favors shorter-term help, because Lance Lynn should be back from Tommy John surgery in 2017 and elite pitching prospects Alex Reyes and Luke Weaver also could be ready then. Tyler Lyons, Tim Cooney and Marco Gonzales ofer suicient near-term rotation support behind Adam Wainwright, Carlos Martinez, Michael Wacha and Jaime Garcia. Relievers Sam Tuivailala and Mitch Harris filled in nicely last season and could assume bigger roles in 2016. Investing in additional relief help would be prudent, given Jordan Walden’s sketchy health. Mozeliak used some of his payroll flexibility to take on the bulk of Jedd Gyorko’s remaining contract as the Padres started to bail. More opportunities will arise as other alsorans start dumping salary. Given the advancing age of Wainwright, catcher Yadier Molina, left fielder Matt Holliday and shortstop Jhonny Peralta, the Cardinals should jealously protect the younger assets in the organization. In other words, swapping top prospects for, say, Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez would be needlessly dangerous. The earlier sacrifice of young hurlers Shelby Miller, Tyrell Jenkins and Rob Kaminsky diminished the franchise’s pitching surplus, as did Lynn’s injury. Mozeliak must set aside money to keep what he already has, buying into free agency years as necessary to secure Martinez, Wacha, Trevor Rosenthal and Kevin Siegrist into their prime years. With the franchise currently thin with position prospects as well, given all the graduations, the personnel cushion has eroded. Other than shortstop Aledmys Diaz and center fielder Charlie Tilson, the projected Memphis lineup doesn’t ofer much big league ofensive potential. So just as he secured Matt Carpenter for the long haul, he must do the same for Stephen Piscotty, Kolten Wong and Randal Grichuk when their time comes. Perhaps Matt Adams can work his way back into the long-range puzzle too. (Don’t forget that Adams is a career .296 hitter with an OPS of .822 against righthanded pitchers. He’s still only 27, so don’t rule out his return to viability as a 400- to 450-atbat hitter.) Mozeliak finds comfort by running full-season projections for the numbers Holliday, Grichuk, Piscotty and Adams put up during their abbreviated 2015 campaigns. They add up decent ofense to support excellent pitching. Gyorko should exceed Mark Reynold’s value. Tommy Pham should surpass Jon Jay’s injury-marred production. Brayan Pena is a big ofensive upgrade over Tony Cruz and Greg Garcia ofers more than Pete Kozma. The exit of Heyward and John Lackey yielded compensatory draft picks between the first and second round of the next draft. That should help the Cardinals reload for the long haul, as should more ambitious scouting in the high-risk, high-reward Cuban and Asian markets. Mozeliak tried, and failed, to set franchise records for ballplayer contracts. Now he is back operating his business as usual. His track record suggests there’s nothing wrong with that. Jef Gordon • 314-340-8175 @gordoszone on Twitter jgordon@post-dispatch.com


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RAMBLING AHEAD COMING THIS WEEK In what could be the Rams’ inal game in St. Louis, it’ll be the Rams (5-8) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-7) at 7:25 p.m. Thursday at Edward Jones Dome. The game is the inal installment of the NFL’s “Color Rush” series and will feature the Rams in yellow and the Bucs in red uniforms. The Rams snapped a ivegame losing streak on Sunday, beating the Detroit Lions 21-14, while Tampa Bay’s playof hopes took a major hit in an uninspired 24-17 loss to the visiting New Orleans Saints.

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Jenkins might be back for Tampa Bay game

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The Rams’ Janoris Jenkins (21) and T.J. McDonald tackle Cleveland’s Duke Johnson Jr. on Oct. 25.

BY JOE LYONS St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“We kind of knew what was at stake today,” Bucs coach Lovie Smith said following the loss Sunday that all but ended his team’s playof hopes. “And usually you play your best ball when this much is on the line. But the things we did today, you just can’t win football games doing some of that. The things that cause you to lose games, we did it all today. “Third downs, dropped balls, overthrown balls, a missed ield goal, we just didn’t put a good product on the ield today. No one played well today. I wish I could stand up here and tell you someone played well, but just being real, no one did well.”

According to Rams coach Jeff Fisher, there’s a chance the team will get cornerback Janoris Jenkins back for Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Edward Jones Dome. Jenkins, a talented fourthyear cornerback, sat out Sunday’s 21-14 win over visiting Detroit after suffering a concussion the week before. “He was limited today in practice,” Fisher said Monday when asked about Jenkins after a walk-through at Rams Park. “He passed all the tests today. He’s got one more phase, which is the exertion phase. We expect that to happen” Tuesday.

Jenkins, a second-round draft pick in 2012, started the Rams’ first 12 games this season and has 52 tackles, including 47 solos, and three interceptions. He has 10 career interceptions in 55 career starts. With Jenkins out, the Rams’ secondary stepped it up against Detroit. The team’s other fourth-year cornerback, Trumaine Johnson — who had missed the previous two-plus games — intercepted a late first-half pass and returned it 58 yards for the game’s first score. He also helped limit the Lions’ Calvin Johnson, aka “Megatron,” to just one reception. It went for 16 yards. “It’s next man up,” Rams safety Rodney McLeod said. “You miss having guys like

Janoris and (safety) T.J. (McDonald) out there, but you see a lot of guys out there who’ve earned the right to be on that field and who really played well. Marcus Roberson was going against Golden Tate — that’s not an easy matchup — and Maurice Alexander filling the shoes of T.J. You can just go down the line. … All you can do is just try to battle through the injuries and keep trying to make plays.” Fisher added that he was “really pleased. For Marcus to line up and make the plays he did and then for Maurice to step in for T.J. and play and run and hit and tackle in addition to doing the special teams stuf, I was pretty impressed with the way they played.”

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SERIES HISTORY The Rams are up 14-8 in the series and have knocked of the Bucs in each of the last three seasons. The Rams beat Tampa Bay 9-0 to win the NFC title in 1979 and 11-9 in 1999 en route to the Super Bowl title. The teams have split 10 games since the Rams’ move to St. Louis. Last year, in Week 2, Greg Zuerlein booted a 38-yard ield goal with 38 seconds left in the visiting Rams’ 19-17 win. It was the fourth ield goal of the day for Zuerlein. In his irst NFL start, Rams quarterback Austin Davis completed 22 of 29 passes for 235 yards. Joe Lyons

GURLEY IS OK Rams rookie running back Todd Gurley sat out the last few plays Sunday after getting the game’s final first down. But he said it wasn’t a big deal. “I banged my knee up just a little bit,” he said following the game. “But you know, it’s part of the game. It happens every game. We got a quick turnaround, get in there and get some treatment and I’ll be fine.” The Rams and Buccaneers were limited to walkthroughs Monday, meaning their injury reports were estimated. Gurley was listed limited/not injury related (rest). “He was fine,” Fisher said. “We had to project today, but he was limited. There was no issues with Todd other than he had 16 carries for 140 yards.” And two second-half touchdowns. According to the Rams’ report, DE Robert Quinn (back), OL Andrew Donnal (knee) and CB Eric Patterson (ankle) did not practice, with WR Kenny Britt (shoulder), T Rob Havenstein (calf) and Jenkins (concussion) listed as limited. The Buccaneers listed LB Bruce Carter (ankle), WR Vincent Jackson (knee) and former Illinois DT Akeen Spence (ankle) as not practicing. Listed as limited were LB Lavonte David (ankle), DE George Johnson (calf), G Logan Mankins (ankle), fand ormer Mizzou DE Jacquies Smith (hamstring).

SUNDAY PARTICIPATION Six Rams defenders were on the field for all 71 snaps Sunday: Mark Barron, Eureka High’s Alexander, McLeod, Johnson, Roberson and James Laurinaitis. According to the press box stats, Barron led the way with 11 tackles, with Laurinaitis and Roberson chipping in with eight each. Roberson also knocked down a pair of passes. Johnson scored the game’s first points, with his interception. It was his career-best fifth interception this season and the 13th of his career. Johnson also had a pair of pass defenses.

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“Guys are excited. We respect our opponent. Tampa’s playing really well. I think they’re 11th in offense, 11th in defense, and they’re making a lot of plays.” In this truncated week, what the Rams did Monday resembled what the team normally would do on a Thursday. Along those lines, Tuesday will be a Friday work schedule; Wednesday will resemble a Saturday schedule. Thus no Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday schedule this week. It might sound a little confusing but the idea is not to be confused come Thursday. That’s a game day, with Tampa Bay and highly-touted rookie quarterback Jameis Winston coming to town for a 7:25 p.m. kickoff in a nationally-televised game on the NFL Network that also will be simulcast locally on KMOV (Channel 4). After nine consecutive kickofs at noon on Sundays, it’s the only

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prime-time game of the season for the Rams (5-8). The weight of a five-game losing streak finally removed with the victory over Detroit, Fisher seemed pretty relaxed Monday, all things considered. “As I’ve said every week, the players are working hard,” Fisher said. “They’re doing everything we’ve asked of them. The wins didn’t come, but it finally did (against Detroit). So it was rewarding.Especially if you get it at home. It’s our goal to do everything we possibly can to get back-to-back wins at home. This will be our last home game here this year.” And possibly the last home game in St. Louis, period, what with owner Stan Kroenke planning to move the team to Los Angeles next season. “It has not crossed my mind,” Fisher said. “As I’ve said to you oftentimes throughout this process, my focus is on this football team and the next game. And so I’m sure all those (relocation)

The Rams’ Aaron Donald had three of the team’s four sacks. The other came from fellow defensive tackle Michael Brockers. Quarterback Case Keenum and ofensive linemen Tim Barnes, Garrett Reynolds, Cody Wichmann, Greg Robinson and Havenstein were on the field for all 55 ofensive snaps.

RAM-BLINGS Fisher said that receiver Stedman Bailey continues to make progress after being shot twice in the head on Nov. 24. “We’re hoping to get some news here in the next couple of days, but he’s improving,” the coach said. “He’s still in the hospital. He’s more in the rehab phase right now than he is in the recover phase.” Bailey was oicially moved to the non-football injury list on Monday. • Asked about the yellow uniforms the Rams will be wearing in Thursday’s “Color Rush” game, Fisher said: “I’m just glad it’s not baseball where I have to wear the uniform as well.” • Midway through the first half Sunday, after a sack by the Lions’ Ziggy Ansah left the Rams with a fourth down at the Detroit 37, Fisher passed on a 55-yard field-goal try and opted for a punt. “It was a field-position thing,” the coach explained. “It had nothing to do with (kicker Greg Zuerlein). Greg’s leg strength was there. You saw his kickofs. You saw his PATs. It was just a fieldposition thing.” Zuerlein, who kicked a franchise-record 61-yarder earlier this season, had missed the previous two games because of a strained hip. On Johnny Hekker’s punt, reserve safety Christian Bryant came up with a stellar play at the goal line to keep the ball from getting to the end zone and teammate Chase Reynolds downed the ball at the Detroit 2-yard line. Joe Lyons jlyons@post-dispatch.com

things will be addressed once the season’s over. But it has not crossed my mind. What’s first and foremost right now is the Bucs, and the uniforms. You’ve seen the uniforms, right? So that’ll be a little diferent.” OK, the last part of Fisher’s answer there was a joke. The Rams are wearing bright yellow uniforms Thursday as part of the league’s “Color Rush” promotion. But Fisher isn’t concerned about fashion. He’s concerned about Winston, and running back Doug Martin, and defensive tackle Gerald McCoy of the Buccaneers, among others. Martin ranks second in the NFL with 1,214 yards rushing. McCoy has seven sacks, the fourthbest total among defensive tackles in the NFL. (The Rams’ Aaron Donald leads all D-tackles with 11.) “It’s all Bucs, and what the Bucs have done, and how far they’ve come,” Fisher said. Although the Buccaneers are a non-divisional foe, the Rams have some familiarity with them and that helps preparation-wise in a short work week. Fisher has played Tampa Bay each season he has been in St. Louis, winning

the three previous contests — including 19-17 last year in Tampa. Fisher also knows Winston well from the predraft process of a year ago. Winston was among several college quarterbacks the Rams put through the paces in private workouts last April, jetsetting all over the country. Even with that overall familiarity, some assistant coaches got a sneak peak at Tampa Bay last week. But not the coordinators. “We have a philosophy — we don’t permit the coordinators to do so because you could start confusing (upcoming) opponents,” Fisher said Friday. Speaking of coordinators, the last thing you wanted last week was a confused Rob Boras. Fisher joked about Rob Boras being sleep-deprived last week as he got a handle on his new duties as offensive coordinator. As for this week? Well, it’s a diferent, higher level of sleep deprivation. “I don’t have a description for you right now about him,” Fisher joked. But it worked out well enough against Detroit. The Rams scored two offensive touchdowns for only the second time in six

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Facing a short week, the Rams came out of Sunday’s win over Detroit without any additional injury issues. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins (concussion) sat out against the Lions, but the team is hopeful he will be able to play Thursday. Injuries have been a problem all season for the Buccaneers, who lost WR Vincent Jackson (knee), former Illini DT Akeem Spence (ankle) and LB Bruce Carter (ankle) to injury in Sunday’s game. DEs Jacquies Smith (hamstring) and George Johnson (calf) were among Tampa Bay’s Sunday inactives. Smith is a University of Missouri product.

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PLAYER TO WATCH Quarterback Jameis Winston. The No. 1 pick in the draft last spring is the future in Tampa Bay. The youngest Heisman Trophy winner in history, he went 26-1 as a starter and led Florida State to a national championship as a redshirt freshman. As a rookie, the 6-foot4, 231-pound Winston has completed 58.4 percent of his passes this season for 3,059 yards, with 18 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He’s also run for ive scores.

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0.5

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1

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4.5

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28

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396 22.0 42

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games. They topped 300 yards for just the second time in five games, and the only turnover was a harmless Case Keenum interception just before halftime. “(Boras) did a great job,” Fisher said. “Really happy for him. He just was calm, worked hard all week, and players were excited.” When asked if Boras seemed nervous or excited Sunday up in the coaches’ box, Fisher joked, “I wasn’t upstairs, but someone told me he threw up about four times upstairs. But no, he was fine. “You know, he’s really into the (game) situations because we had prepared all week. He was on top of it. He understands the difficulty of play-calling. As a playcaller you want every play to be a touchdown, every play to be a first down. And it doesn’t always happen that way. “But I thought he was in really good rhythm. He was good with the situational-type stuff. ... He’s just gonna get better at it.” Jim Thomas @jthom1 on Twitter jthomas@post-dispatch.com


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Late Sunday • New England 27, Houston 6 Monday • NY Giants 31, Miami 24 Thursday, Dec. 17 Tampa Bay at Rams, 7:25 p.m., KMOV (4), NFL Saturday, Dec. 19 NY Jets at Dallas, 7:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 Chicago at Minnesota, noon, KTVI (2) Atlanta at Jacksonville, noon Houston at Indianapolis, noon Carolina at NY Giants, noon Tennessee at New England, noon Bufalo at Washington, noon Kansas City at Baltimore, noon, KMOV (4) Cleveland at Seattle, 3:05 p.m. Green Bay at Oakland, 3:05 p.m. Miami at San Diego, 3:25 p.m. Cincinnati at San Francisco, 3:25 p.m. Denver at Pittsburgh, 3:25 p.m., KMOV (4) Arizona at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m., KSDK (5) Monday, Dec. 21 Detroit at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

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The Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. (13) makes one of his seven catches Monday night as Dolphins CB Brent Grimes defends.

hey hook up on two of four touchdown passes INJURIES MOUNT FOR SEATTLE

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Odell Beckham Jr., who was wide open down the middle, on what became an 84yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter to give the New York Giants a 31-24 lead over the Miami Dolphins and they went on to win by that score Monday night. Manning threw for 337 yards and four TDs — two to Beckham — as the Giants (6-7) moved into a tie with Philadelphia and Washington for the NFC East lead. Manning was highly efficient, completing 27 of his 31 passes (87 percent). Beckham had seven catches for 166 yards in his sixth consecutive 100-yard game. His other TD reception, of 6 yards, came in the third quarter and tied the score 24-24. Rueben Randle and Will Tye had New York’s other touchdown receptions. Lamar Miller had a big first half for Miami, rushing for two TDs. But he was largely contained in the second half and finished with 89 yards on the ground in 12 carries. Miami (5-8) fell out of playof contention, running its postseason drought to seven consecutive years.

As the Seahawks continue their roll toward the postseason in part because of recordsetting play for Russell Wilson, they keep running into roadblocks. First was the abdominal surgery that put Marshawn Lynch on the bench. Then the knee injury to Jimmy Graham that ended his first season with Seattle prematurely. And most recently, the broken ankle and ligament damage sufered on Sunday in Seattle’s 35-6 win over Baltimore by rookie running back Thomas Rawls, who had proven more than capable as Lynch’s replacement. But now the question is, can the Seahawks keep this stretch of exceptional offensive play going forward with yet another significant loss on ofense? “Our commitment is going to stay the same because we have a balance that we really play with. We have a philosophy and an approach that doesn’t need to be changed right now,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said on Monday. Having a successful run game is crucial because the performance of Wilson has been based around the balance of what Rawls provided. That will be the question going forward until Lynch returns.

Humble Ram Donald excels FREDERICKSON • FROM B1

He now has more sacks (11) than any other defensive tackle this season, and trails just four players, period. His final line per the press box spotters read: five tackles, three sacks, three tackles for a loss and six quarterback hits. It might have been his best game yet. “Nothing against them (the Lions), but they’ve had 10 days to prepare for Aaron Donald, and that just shows you the type of player he is,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “They’re doubleteaming him. He’s breaking double teams. We created some oneon-one matchups for him by call design, and when you do that, he usually wins.” Donald single-handedly spoiled the Lions’ first drive. He shrugged of an attempted block by the left guard to drop running back Ameer Abdullah for no gain on a secondand-6 play. Then he used a lightning-fast first step to split a double team and haul Stafford down for a 5-yard loss on third down. Punt. Lions right tackle Michael Ola wasn’t immune. In the third quarter, Donald dismissed him with a club and sent Staford to the turf to spoil one of the many screen passes the Lions ran — in part because Donald kept getting to Stafford. Before that, there was the thirddown screen pass Stafford completed to Golden Tate, who Donald chased down from behind, traversing the field to make the play that forced a punt. Time and time again, Donald

made the Lions look silly for instead drafting tight end Eric Ebron. They looked flat-out foolish every time they tried to stop him without a double team. Not that Donald, a lock for his second consecutive Pro Bowl, would say so. “You’re supposed to win oneon-ones,” he said. “That’s why they brought me here. When I get (one-on-one), I’m supposed to win it. I’m just doing my job.” In a sport filled with self promotion, rarely does a man capable of so much say so little. It’s respectable, no doubt. Just don’t let the Pittsburgh native fool you. He’s doing a lot more than just doing his job. Donald is not just the NFL’s best defensive tackle. He’s worthy of joining larger-than-life Texans superstar defensive end J.J. Watt in the discussion of best defenders in the game. Donald “should be a face of the league,” Rams defensive end Chris Long said. “He is that good. But the market is a little small, so … “People that know football know he is on the J.J. Watt level. He is on a J.J. Watt level. He absolutely is. And I say that with a lot of respect for J.J. Watt. This guy, if people know about him, if he was out there a little bit more, people would see.” Donald, whom the Rams grabbed with the No. 13 pick in 2014, didn’t settle after winning defensive rookie of the year honors. He worked out like a mad man this offseason, and it’s showed since Week 1. Everyone around the guy keeps telling us we should wake up and realize he is better than really good. He’s … special.

Giants 31, Dolphins 24 N.Y. Giants 3 14 7 7 — 31 Miami 7 10 7 0 — 24 First Quarter NYG: FG Brown 35, 11:09. Mia: Miller 14 run (Franks kick), 5:41. Second Quarter NYG: Randle 6 pass from Manning (Brown kick), 13:00. Mia: Miller 38 run (Franks kick), 10:10. Mia: FG Franks 36, 1:52. NYG: Tye 5 pass from Manning (Brown kick), :44. Third Quarter Mia: Stills 47 pass from Tannehill (Franks kick), 9:37. NYG: Beckham Jr. 6 pass from Manning (Brown kick), 5:01. Fourth Quarter NYG: Beckham Jr. 84 pass from Manning (Brown kick), 11:13. A: 65,408. NYG Mia First downs 25 16 Total Net Yards 429 363 Rushes-yards 32-92 22-128 Passing 337 235 Punt Returns 2-35 2-30 Kickoff Returns 1-22 4-109 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 27-31-0 25-41-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 1-1 Punts 4-45.0 6-46.7 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1 Penalties-Yards 3-25 12-123 Time of Possession 30:31 29:29 Rushing: N.Y. Giants, Jennings 22-81, Darkwa 3-10, Williams 3-3, Vereen 1-0, Manning 3-(minus 2). Miami, Miller 12-89, Tannehill 4-24, Ajayi 5-15, Landry 1-0. Passing: N.Y. Giants, Manning 27-31-0-337. Miami, Tannehill 25-41-0-236. Receiving: N.Y. Giants, Beckham Jr. 7-166, Randle 5-58, D.Harris 5-41, Tye 5-30, Jennings 2-21, Vereen 1-10, Darkwa 1-6, Nicks 1-5. Miami, Landry 11-99, Cameron 3-35, Sims 3-14, Stills 2-49, Parker 2-16, Jennings 2-12, D.Williams 2-11. Missed Field Goals: N.Y. Giants, Brown 48 (WR).

“I’m not taking nothing away from J.J. (Watt),” Rams defensive end William Hayes said Friday. “He (Watt) is one of the best in the league. He’s a great football player. It’s one, two (between Watt and Donald). I haven’t looked at J.J enough, but I know I haven’t seen guys do what Aaron is doing this year.” This Rams defense isn’t the unit Sports Illustrated in August anointed the best in the league. Coordinator Gregg Williams’ group has been rocked by injuries to starters and overworked thanks to an offense that spends most of its time as the opener for the Johnny Hekker show. The Mob Squad, understandably, is showing signs of wear and tear. Yet Donald remains an exception. He has 36 tackles, 28 quarterback hurries, 19 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery on top of his 11 sacks, per StatsPass statistics. That’s 15 more QB hurries and one more tackle for loss than he had last season, and there are three games left to play in this one. “A lot of times, play gets determined by sacks,” Hayes said. “But if you just sit and look at a whole game, just look at his reps, he’s playing on a whole diferent level. I know it’s going to sound a little extra, but there isn’t any other D-tackle in the NFL (playing like Donald). I mean, he’s hitting the quarterback, and I’m not exaggerating, probably five, 10 times extra, on top of what you see during the game. “He’s doing the same thing he was doing last year, but he’s just playing super dominant. He is winning the bulk of his rushes. He’s a talented guy. Me and Chris (Long) were talking today. I told

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NOTEBOOK Bengals QB Dalton might return this year Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton won’t need surgery on his broken thumb and could play again this season, it was announced Monday. He sufered the injury to his right (passing) hand in Cincinnati’s 33-20 loss to the Steelers on Sunday that left the AFC North up for grabs. He saw a hand specialist, who said the fracture could heal without surgery. It’s still unclear how many games Dalton will miss, but the announcement opens the possibility of his return in the postseason. “Basically we’ll go week to week with things,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “I think that’s about as good an outcome right now as we could expect. He won’t play this week. As we move forward, we’ll see how he is each week.” A.J. McCarron will make his irst NFL start, in San Francisco. The Bengals (10-3) haven’t clinched their ifth straight playof spot yet, but they lead the AFC North by two games over Pittsburgh (8-5). New England (11-2) is in line for home-ield advantage throughout the playofs, with the Bengals and Broncos tied for the second spot. Also on the QB carousel • The Colts’ Andrew Luck hopes to be back on the practice ield Wednesday, saying his workouts continued to intensify and he’s hopeful of taking the next big step in his recovery from a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle. Those have forced him to miss four consecutive games and there was no word on when he will next play. His replacement, Matt Hasselbeck, reinjured his ribs Sunday and was replaced by Charlie Whitehurst. It isn’t known if Hasselbeck will have to miss any games — including the AFC South showdown this weekend against the Texans, who could be without QB Brian Hoyer. He is doubtful because of a concussion he sufered Sunday. If he can’t go, T.J. Yates is set to start. • Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he’ll wait until he sees how Peyton Manning is progressing before deciding whether Manning or Brock Osweiler will start this weekend in Pittsburgh. Manning has been sidelined for a month because of a foot injury but might resume practicing this week. Osweiler is coming of his irst 300-yard passing game, in a 15-12 loss Sunday to the Raiders. • The Ravens signed former Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett to add depth to a position that has been ravaged by injuries. After Joe Flacco went down with a season-ending knee injury, the Ravens started Matt Schaub in two games before he was hurt, than used Jimmy Clausen on Sunday. It’s unclear who will start this weekend, against the Chiefs. Elsewhere • Several players have been ruled out for the rest of the season: Browns cornerback Joe Haden (concussion), Bears safety Antrel Rolle (knee), Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan (shoulder) and running back Dexter McCluster (wrist), as well as Jets rookie receiver Devin Smith (knee). • The injury-ravaged Seahawks signed Bryce Brown to add depth at running back. Marshawn Lynch is out indeinitely following abdominal surgery and backup Thomas Rawls sufered season-ending injuries Sunday. • The status of Jaguars rookie running back T.J. Yeldon, who sufered a sprained knee Sunday, is unknown for the team’s game this weekend. Denard Robinson would start against the Falcons if Yeldon can’t play. •Raiders long snapper Jon Condo sufered a dislocated shoulder Sunday and might be out for the season. From news services

Chris, he (Donald) is the best football player I’ve ever played with.” Second on Hayes’ list of most impressive teammates is Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, a two-time Pro Bowler who totaled 19 sacks in 2013. Quinn is relevant, because a back injury ended his season after Week 10. That means one less force opposing ofensive lines have had to worry about. “Got a little bit more attention,” Donald said of life after Quinn. Williams, the defensive coordinator, elaborated on Friday. He has started moving Donald around to keep teams from zeroing in on him. You might see Donald plowing into the center, knifing between a tackle and a guard or coming of the edge. The 285-pound terror benefits from the freedom. He can read formations. He anticipates plays. “We’re moving him around just so we can continue to have him as an advantage,” Williams said. “And we can afect some thought processes going on in (opponents’) huddles by the multiple positions he’s playing. There’s another complimentary thing with that. You wouldn’t be able to do that if he wasn’t as sharp of a kid as he is.” Some folks swear by Pro Football Focus analysis. Others dismiss it. For what it’s worth, PFF considers the 24-year-old Donald to be the league’s No. 1 interior defender. His overall grade (98.2) is a hair higher than the 26-year-old Watt’s (95.8). Like Donald, Watt moves around to maximize the chaos caused. The two are practically identical in their ability to pester passers, but Donald has the edge in stopping the run, according to PFF. Watt remains a run-

away winner in traditional stats: 47 tackles, 13½ sacks, 42 quarterback hurries, 25 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. “I’m not a Pro Football Focus guy,” Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “They (the analysts) don’t know how guys are being coached, and there are different techniques so much in football that they’re making judgments based on what they don’t know. “But I think if you watch the two play, you see the impact the two have on the game. Aaron definitely deserves to be on there. Like J.J. does, they can line him up anywhere. It seems like he’s efective wherever he goes. Aaron is the same way.” This isn’t really about if Donald is better than Watt. It’s about him belonging in that realm. It’s about recognizing and respecting a player with elite talent who is working as hard now as he was before the Rams were eliminated from the playof picture. When Donald told those in Sunday’s media scrum that he was not satisfied, there was only one appropriate follow-up: Will he ever be satisfied? “When I’m done playing, probably,” he said. “But right now, I’m still working.” Quinn, in the locker room after watching Donald from the sideline, chimed in from outside the circle. “Tell them you’re the greatest, A.D.” Donald laughed. He would never. His game film says plenty. And his teammates take care of the rest. Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred on Twitter bfrederickson@post-dispatch.com


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Late Sunday • New England 27, Houston 6 Monday • NY Giants 31, Miami 24 Thursday, Dec. 17 Tampa Bay at Rams, 7:25 p.m., KMOV (4), NFL Saturday, Dec. 19 NY Jets at Dallas, 7:25 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20 Chicago at Minnesota, noon, KTVI (2) Atlanta at Jacksonville, noon Houston at Indianapolis, noon Carolina at NY Giants, noon Tennessee at New England, noon Bufalo at Washington, noon Kansas City at Baltimore, noon, KMOV (4) Cleveland at Seattle, 3:05 p.m. Green Bay at Oakland, 3:05 p.m. Miami at San Diego, 3:25 p.m. Cincinnati at San Francisco, 3:25 p.m. Denver at Pittsburgh, 3:25 p.m., KMOV (4) Arizona at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m., KSDK (5) Monday, Dec. 21 Detroit at New Orleans, 7:30 p.m., ESPN

AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE WEST Denver Kansas City Oakland San Diego EAST y-New England NY Jets Bufalo Miami SOUTH Indianapolis Houston Jacksonville Tennessee NORTH Cincinnati Pittsburgh Baltimore Cleveland

Beckham, Manning lift NY

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The Giants’ Odell Beckham Jr. (left) makes one of his seven catches Monday night as the Dolphins’ Brent Grimes defends.

hey hook up on two of club’s four touchdown passes ASSOCIATED PRESS

MIAMI GARDENS, FLA. • With the score

tied in the fourth quarter, Odell Beckham Jr. somehow slipped 5 yards behind the secondary. That turned out to be the difference in the game. Beckham’s 84-yard touchdown reception put the New York Giants ahead to stay with 11 minutes to go, and they forged a three-way tie atop the NFC East by beating Miami 31-24 on Monday night. New York’s Eli Manning went 27 for 31 passing for 337 yards and four TDs and his passer rating, 151.5, was his highest since 2009.The Giants (6-7) broke a three-game slidew and are tied with the Redskins and Eagles for the lead in their woeful division. “It’s a must-win, a playof game for us,” Beckham said.“They’re all playof games.” The Dolphins (5-8) were mathematically eliminated from the playof race, extending their postseason drought to a franchiserecord seven consecutive years. “Obviously this is not where we want to be,” Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill said.“But here we are.” In celebration of the franchise’s 50th season, the Dolphins at halftime introduced their 50 greatest players. The

not-so-great 2015 Dolphins topped 20 points for the first time since October, but couldn’t keep up with Beckham. He had seven catches for 166 yards and the game’s final two scores. The 100-yard game was his sixth in a row, a Giants record. “They got it to a star player, and he made plays for them,” Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. Beckham missed one series when he went to the locker room because of cramps in both calves, but didn’t let that slow him down. And with the score 24-24, he took advantage of broken coverage to score the go-ahead touchdown. Cornerback Jamar Taylor and seldom-used safety Shamiel Gary were the closest defenders, but Manning hit Beckham in stride at midfield and he sprinted to the end zone for his 12th TD this year. The Giants plotted the play at the team hotel before the game. “We got the coverage we wanted,” Manning said. “We thought it would be a big play, but I didn’t think he would be that open.” Miami safety Reshad Jones blamed miscommunication. “The corner was supposed to follow up and go over the top,” Jones said, “which he didn’t.”

Humble Ram Donald excels FREDERICKSON • FROM B1

He now has more sacks (11) than any other defensive tackle this season, and trails just four players, period. His final line per the press box spotters read: five tackles, three sacks, three tackles for a loss and six quarterback hits. It might have been his best game yet. “Nothing against them (the Lions), but they’ve had 10 days to prepare for Aaron Donald, and that just shows you the type of player he is,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said. “They’re doubleteaming him. He’s breaking double teams. We created some oneon-one matchups for him by call design, and when you do that, he usually wins.” Donald single-handedly spoiled the Lions’ first drive. He shrugged of an attempted block by the left guard to drop running back Ameer Abdullah for no gain on a secondand-6 play. Then he used a lightning-fast first step to split a double team and haul Stafford down for a 5-yard loss on third down. Punt. Lions right tackle Michael Ola wasn’t immune. In the third quarter, Donald dismissed him with a club and sent Staford to the turf to spoil one of the many screen passes the Lions ran — in part because Donald kept getting to Stafford. Before that, there was the thirddown screen pass Stafford completed to Golden Tate, who Donald chased down from behind, traversing the field to make the play that forced a punt. Time and time again, Donald

made the Lions look silly for instead drafting tight end Eric Ebron. They looked flat-out foolish every time they tried to stop him without a double team. Not that Donald, a lock for his second consecutive Pro Bowl, would say so. “You’re supposed to win oneon-ones,” he said. “That’s why they brought me here. When I get (one-on-one), I’m supposed to win it. I’m just doing my job.” In a sport filled with self promotion, rarely does a man capable of so much say so little. It’s respectable, no doubt. Just don’t let the Pittsburgh native fool you. He’s doing a lot more than just doing his job. Donald is not just the NFL’s best defensive tackle. He’s worthy of joining larger-than-life Texans superstar defensive end J.J. Watt in the discussion of best defenders in the game. Donald “should be a face of the league,” Rams defensive end Chris Long said. “He is that good. But the market is a little small, so … “People that know football know he is on the J.J. Watt level. He is on a J.J. Watt level. He absolutely is. And I say that with a lot of respect for J.J. Watt. This guy, if people know about him, if he was out there a little bit more, people would see.” Donald, whom the Rams grabbed with the No. 13 pick in 2014, didn’t settle after winning defensive rookie of the year honors. He worked out like a mad man this offseason, and it’s showed since Week 1. Everyone around the guy keeps telling us we should wake up and realize he is better than really good. He’s … special.

Giants 31, Dolphins 24 N.Y. Giants 3 14 7 7 — 31 Miami 7 10 7 0 — 24 First Quarter NYG: FG Brown 35, 11:09. Mia: Miller 14 run (Franks kick), 5:41. Second Quarter NYG: Randle 6 pass from Manning (Brown kick), 13:00. Mia: Miller 38 run (Franks kick), 10:10. Mia: FG Franks 36, 1:52. NYG: Tye 5 pass from Manning (Brown kick), :44. Third Quarter Mia: Stills 47 pass from Tannehill (Franks kick), 9:37. NYG: Beckham Jr. 6 pass from Manning (Brown kick), 5:01. Fourth Quarter NYG: Beckham Jr. 84 pass from Manning (Brown kick), 11:13. A: 65,408. NYG Mia First downs 25 16 Total Net Yards 429 363 Rushes-yards 32-92 22-128 Passing 337 235 Punt Returns 2-35 2-30 Kickoff Returns 1-22 4-109 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 27-31-0 25-41-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 1-1 Punts 4-45.0 6-46.7 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1 Penalties-Yards 3-25 12-123 Time of Possession 30:31 29:29 Rushing: N.Y. Giants, Jennings 22-81, Darkwa 3-10, Williams 3-3, Vereen 1-0, Manning 3-(minus 2). Miami, Miller 12-89, Tannehill 4-24, Ajayi 5-15, Landry 1-0. Passing: N.Y. Giants, Manning 27-31-0-337. Miami, Tannehill 25-41-0-236. Receiving: N.Y. Giants, Beckham Jr. 7-166, Randle 5-58, D.Harris 5-41, Tye 5-30, Jennings 2-21, Vereen 1-10, Darkwa 1-6, Nicks 1-5. Miami, Landry 11-99, Cameron 3-35, Sims 3-14, Stills 2-49, Parker 2-16, Jennings 2-12, D.Williams 2-11. Missed Field Goals: N.Y. Giants, Brown 48 (WR).

“I’m not taking nothing away from J.J. (Watt),” Rams defensive end William Hayes said Friday. “He (Watt) is one of the best in the league. He’s a great football player. It’s one, two (between Watt and Donald). I haven’t looked at J.J enough, but I know I haven’t seen guys do what Aaron is doing this year.” This Rams defense isn’t the unit Sports Illustrated in August anointed the best in the league. Coordinator Gregg Williams’ group has been rocked by injuries to starters and overworked thanks to an offense that spends most of its time as the opener for the Johnny Hekker show. The Mob Squad, understandably, is showing signs of wear and tear. Yet Donald remains an exception. He has 36 tackles, 28 quarterback hurries, 19 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery on top of his 11 sacks, per StatsPass statistics. That’s 15 more QB hurries and one more tackle for loss than he had last season, and there are three games left to play in this one. “A lot of times, play gets determined by sacks,” Hayes said. “But if you just sit and look at a whole game, just look at his reps, he’s playing on a whole diferent level. I know it’s going to sound a little extra, but there isn’t any other D-tackle in the NFL (playing like Donald). I mean, he’s hitting the quarterback, and I’m not exaggerating, probably five, 10 times extra, on top of what you see during the game. “He’s doing the same thing he was doing last year, but he’s just playing super dominant. He is winning the bulk of his rushes. He’s a talented guy. Me and Chris (Long) were talking today. I told

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

NOTEBOOK Bengals QB Dalton might return this year Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton won’t need surgery on his broken thumb and could play again this season, it was announced Monday. He sufered the injury to his right (passing) hand in Cincinnati’s 33-20 loss to the Steelers on Sunday that left the AFC North up for grabs. He saw a hand specialist, who said the fracture could heal without surgery. It’s still unclear how many games Dalton will miss, but the announcement opens the possibility of his return in the postseason. “Basically we’ll go week to week with things,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “I think that’s about as good an outcome right now as we could expect. He won’t play this week. As we move forward, we’ll see how he is each week.” A.J. McCarron will make his irst NFL start, in San Francisco. The Bengals (10-3) haven’t clinched their ifth straight playof spot yet, but they lead the AFC North by two games over Pittsburgh (8-5). New England (11-2) is in line for home-ield advantage throughout the playofs, with the Bengals and Broncos tied for the second spot. Also on the QB carousel • The Colts’ Andrew Luck hopes to be back on the practice ield Wednesday, saying his workouts continued to intensify and he’s hopeful of taking the next big step in his recovery from a lacerated kidney and a partially torn abdominal muscle. Those have forced him to miss four consecutive games and there was no word on when he will next play. His replacement, Matt Hasselbeck, reinjured his ribs Sunday and was replaced by Charlie Whitehurst. It isn’t known if Hasselbeck will have to miss any games — including the AFC South showdown this weekend against the Texans, who could be without QB Brian Hoyer. He is doubtful because of a concussion he sufered Sunday. If he can’t go, T.J. Yates is set to start. • Broncos coach Gary Kubiak said he’ll wait until he sees how Peyton Manning is progressing before deciding whether Manning or Brock Osweiler will start this weekend in Pittsburgh. Manning has been sidelined for a month because of a foot injury but might resume practicing this week. Osweiler is coming of his irst 300-yard passing game, in a 15-12 loss Sunday to the Raiders. • The Ravens signed former Texans quarterback Ryan Mallett to add depth to a position that has been ravaged by injuries. After Joe Flacco went down with a season-ending knee injury, the Ravens started Matt Schaub in two games before he was hurt, than used Jimmy Clausen on Sunday. It’s unclear who will start this weekend, against the Chiefs. Elsewhere • Several players have been ruled out for the rest of the season: Browns cornerback Joe Haden (concussion), Bears safety Antrel Rolle (knee), Lions tight end Brandon Pettigrew (knee), Titans linebacker Derrick Morgan (shoulder) and running back Dexter McCluster (wrist), as well as Jets rookie receiver Devin Smith (knee). • The injury-ravaged Seahawks signed Bryce Brown to add depth at running back. Marshawn Lynch is out indeinitely following abdominal surgery and backup Thomas Rawls sufered season-ending injuries Sunday. • The status of Jaguars rookie running back T.J. Yeldon, who sufered a sprained knee Sunday, is unknown for the team’s game this weekend. Denard Robinson would start against the Falcons if Yeldon can’t play. •Raiders long snapper Jon Condo sufered a dislocated shoulder Sunday and might be out for the season. From news services

Chris, he (Donald) is the best football player I’ve ever played with.” Second on Hayes’ list of most impressive teammates is Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, a two-time Pro Bowler who totaled 19 sacks in 2013. Quinn is relevant, because a back injury ended his season after Week 10. That means one less force opposing ofensive lines have had to worry about. “Got a little bit more attention,” Donald said of life after Quinn. Williams, the defensive coordinator, elaborated on Friday. He has started moving Donald around to keep teams from zeroing in on him. You might see Donald plowing into the center, knifing between a tackle and a guard or coming of the edge. The 285-pound terror benefits from the freedom. He can read formations. He anticipates plays. “We’re moving him around just so we can continue to have him as an advantage,” Williams said. “And we can afect some thought processes going on in (opponents’) huddles by the multiple positions he’s playing. There’s another complimentary thing with that. You wouldn’t be able to do that if he wasn’t as sharp of a kid as he is.” Some folks swear by Pro Football Focus analysis. Others dismiss it. For what it’s worth, PFF considers the 24-year-old Donald to be the league’s No. 1 interior defender. His overall grade (98.2) is a hair higher than the 26-year-old Watt’s (95.8). Like Donald, Watt moves around to maximize the chaos caused. The two are practically identical in their ability to pester passers, but Donald has the edge in stopping the run, according to PFF. Watt remains a run-

away winner in traditional stats: 47 tackles, 13½ sacks, 42 quarterback hurries, 25 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. “I’m not a Pro Football Focus guy,” Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis said. “They (the analysts) don’t know how guys are being coached, and there are different techniques so much in football that they’re making judgments based on what they don’t know. “But I think if you watch the two play, you see the impact the two have on the game. Aaron definitely deserves to be on there. Like J.J. does, they can line him up anywhere. It seems like he’s efective wherever he goes. Aaron is the same way.” This isn’t really about if Donald is better than Watt. It’s about him belonging in that realm. It’s about recognizing and respecting a player with elite talent who is working as hard now as he was before the Rams were eliminated from the playof picture. When Donald told those in Sunday’s media scrum that he was not satisfied, there was only one appropriate follow-up: Will he ever be satisfied? “When I’m done playing, probably,” he said. “But right now, I’m still working.” Quinn, in the locker room after watching Donald from the sideline, chimed in from outside the circle. “Tell them you’re the greatest, A.D.” Donald laughed. He would never. His game film says plenty. And his teammates take care of the rest. Ben Frederickson @Ben_Fred on Twitter bfrederickson@post-dispatch.com


SPORTS

B6 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

NBA SUMMARIES

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

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Away 8-6 7-5 6-7 1-11 0-15 Away 4-5 3-5 6-7 6-6 6-6 Away 5-6 4-5 6-6 5-8 2-10

Conf 9-4 10-6 6-9 4-9 0-16 Conf 9-7 7-8 6-6 7-6 7-7 Conf 12-6 7-5 11-4 7-5 7-11

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

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Monday Indiana 106, Toronto 90 Orlando 105, Brooklyn 82 LA Clippers 105, Detroit 103, OT Chicago 115, Philadelphia 96 Memphis 112, Washington 95 Miami 100, Atlanta 88 San Antonio 118, Utah 81 Dallas 104, Phoenix 94 Denver 114, Houston 108 New Orleans at Portland, late Sunday Phoenix 108, Minnesota 101 Toronto 96, Philadelphia 76

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Miami 100, Memphis 97 Oklahoma City 104, Utah 98, OT Tuesday Cleveland at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Houston at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Milwaukee at LA Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday Dallas at Indiana, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Orlando, 6 p.m. Miami at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Boston at Detroit, 6:30 p.m. Minnesota at New York, 6:30 p.m.

Memphis at Chicago, 7 p.m. Portland at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Washington at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Utah, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Milwaukee at LA Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Crawford’s 3-pointer clinches overtime victory for Clippers

NHL STANDINGS

Pacers 106, Raptors 90

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Toronto: Ross 4-11 0-0 10, Scola 2-7 0-0 4, Biyombo 1-3 7-8 9, Lowry 7-14 4-4 20, DeRozan 7-18 4-5 20, Joseph 0-6 3-4 3, Patterson 3-6 0-0 9, Johnson 2-5 4-4 8, Nogueira 0-0 0-0 0, Powell 2-5 0-1 5, Bennett 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 29-79 22-26 90. Indiana: Miles 6-7 0-0 17, George 5-13 2-2 16, Mahinmi 1-5 0-0 2, G.Hill 3-6 0-0 6, Ellis 7-15 3-3 18, Allen 3-6 2-2 8, Stuckey 5-9 0-0 10, J.Hill 8-16 4-5 20, Budinger 1-6 3-4 5, Robinson III 1-1 0-0 2, S.Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Young 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 41-86 14-16 106. Toronto 28 13 23 26 — 90 Indiana 27 25 21 33 — 106 3-point goals: Toronto 10-28 (Patterson 3-6, DeRozan 2-4, Lowry 2-5, Ross 2-6, Powell 1-2, Joseph 0-1, Bennett 0-2, Johnson 0-2), Indiana 10-22 (Miles 5-5, George 4-8, Ellis 1-4, G.Hill 0-1, S.Hill 0-1, Budinger 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Toronto 51 (Biyombo 13), Indiana 50 (J.Hill 13). Assists: Toronto 10 (Lowry 4), Indiana 14 (Allen 4). Total fouls: Toronto 21, Indiana 21. Technicals: Lowry. Flagrant fouls: G.Hill. A: 16,598 (18,165).

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

Magic 105, Nets 82 Orlando: Harris 7-11 0-1 15, Frye 4-6 0-0 11, Vucevic 8-13 2-2 18, Payton 6-11 4-6 17, Fournier 1-6 0-0 3, Gordon 1-3 2-3 4, Nicholson 6-9 1-2 15, Oladipo 2-3 5-6 10, Hezonja 4-5 0-0 8, Smith 2-7 0-0 4, Dedmon 0-1 0-0 0, Napier 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-76 14-20 105. Brooklyn: Johnson 2-8 0-0 6, Young 5-11 0-0 10, Lopez 4-15 3-4 11, Jack 5-9 4-5 15, Bogdanovic 4-8 0-0 10, Bargnani 5-8 2-3 12, Ellington 3-8 3-3 11, Larkin 1-5 0-0 2, Brown 1-2 1-1 3, Reed 1-4 0-0 2, Karasev 0-0 0-0 0, Sloan 0-0 0-0 0, Robinson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-80 13-16 82. Orlando 25 27 31 22 — 105 Brooklyn 25 20 24 13 — 82 3-point goals: Orlando 9-21 (Frye 3-5, Nicholson 2-5, Payton 1-1, Oladipo 1-2, Fournier 1-4, Harris 1-4), Brooklyn 7-19 (Ellington 2-4, Johnson 2-4, Bogdanovic 2-5, Jack 1-3, Brown 0-1, Larkin 0-1, Young 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Orlando 49 (Harris 9), Brooklyn 44 (Young 11). Assists: Orlando 24 (Frye, Payton 5), Brooklyn 23 (Jack 7). Total fouls: Orlando 18, Brooklyn 19. Technicals: Orlando Coach Skiles, Vucevic. A: 12,946 (17,732).

Grizzlies 112, Wizards 95 Washington: Porter 1-8 0-0 2, Dudley 6-10 0-2 14, Gortat 4-11 2-4 10, Wall 2-11 0-0 6, Temple 2-5 2-2 6, Neal 9-14 3-5 24, Oubre Jr. 3-7 0-0 8, Blair 3-5 0-0 6, Sessions 5-8 4-5 14, Humphries 2-7 1-2 5. Totals 37-86 12-20 95. Memphis: Je.Green 6-12 3-4 15, Barnes 7-9 2-2 20, Gasol 9-17 6-6 24, Conley 7-14 2-2 18, Lee 6-11 0-0 15, Randolph 4-7 0-0 8, Chalmers 5-6 1-1 12, Ja.Green 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-78 14-15 112. Washington 21 25 15 34 — 95 Memphis 25 32 26 29 — 112 3-point goals: Washington 9-24 (Neal 3-4, Dudley 2-3, Oubre Jr. 2-3, Wall 2-7, Sessions 0-1, Porter 0-1, Humphries 0-2, Temple 0-3), Memphis 10-15 (Barnes 4-5, Lee 3-4, Conley 2-4, Chalmers 1-1, Je.Green 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Washington 47 (Gortat 9), Memphis 45 (Gasol 12). Assists: Washington 22 (Wall 9), Memphis 26 (Conley 11). Total fouls: Washington 13, Memphis 18. A: 15,397 (18,119).

Bulls 115, 76ers 96 Philadelphia: Grant 2-8 2-4 6, Covington 6-16 0-0 15, Okafor 9-17 4-4 22, Canaan 1-5 1-1 4, Wroten 4-11 2-4 12, Thompson 2-5 0-0 5, McConnell 3-11 0-0 7, Stauskas 2-5 0-0 5, Holmes 2-3 0-0 4, Wood 3-5 0-0 7, Sampson 4-6 0-0 9. Totals 38-92 9-13 96. Chicago: Snell 5-10 5-6 16, Gibson 3-5 0-2 6, Gasol 5-7 3-3 13, Rose 2-3 2-2 6, Butler 8-14 7-7 23, Noah 2-7 1-2 5, McDermott 6-16 0-0 13, Hinrich 1-2 0-0 3, Mirotic 6-10 0-0 17, Brooks 1-4 2-2 4, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Portis 3-4 1-2 7, Bairstow 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 43-85 21-26 115. Philadelphia 19 37 12 28 — 96 Chicago 24 27 34 30 — 115 3-point goals: Philadelphia 11-31 (Covington 3-11, Wroten 2-4, McConnell 1-2, Sampson 1-2, Wood 1-2, Thompson 1-2, Canaan 1-3, Stauskas 1-4, Okafor 0-1), Chicago 8-22 (Mirotic 5-8, Hinrich 1-1, McDermott 1-4, Snell 1-5, Noah 0-1, Butler 0-1, Brooks 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Philadelphia 45 (Okafor 8), Chicago 60 (Noah 15). Assists: Philadelphia 19 (Thompson 4), Chicago 28 (Noah 8). Total fouls: Philadelphia 17, Chicago 15. Technicals: Chicago defensive three second. A: 21,166 (20,917).

Heat 100, Hawks 88 Miami: Deng 7-12 3-3 18, Bosh 8-14 4-4 24, Whiteside 4-11 0-2 8, Dragic 6-14 0-0 12, Wade 3-16 1-1 7, Winslow 0-2 0-0 0, Green 9-14 1-1 20, Udrih 3-5 2-2 9, Haslem 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 40-89 13-15 100. Atlanta: Bazemore 11-18 3-3 28, Millsap 6-12 6-6 18, Horford 6-12 0-0 13, Teague 2-12 2-2 7, Korver 2-12 0-0 5, Muscala 0-1 0-0 0, Sefolosha 0-3 0-0 0, Schroder 4-10 3-4 13, Splitter 1-2 0-0 2, Patterson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-84 14-15 88. Miami 22 25 27 26 — 100 Atlanta 20 18 23 27 — 88 3-point goals: Miami 7-16 (Bosh 4-6, Udrih 1-1, Deng 1-2, Green 1-2, Wade 0-1, Winslow 0-2, Dragic 0-2), Atlanta 8-33 (Bazemore 3-7, Schroder 2-5, Teague 1-3, Horford 1-5, Korver 1-8, Millsap 0-2, Sefolosha 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Miami 60 (Whiteside 13), Atlanta 43 (Millsap 9). Assists: Miami 26 (Dragic 8), Atlanta 25 (Schroder 7). Total fouls: Miami 16, Atlanta 21. Technicals: Atlanta defensive three second. A: 15,039 (18,729).

Clippers 105, Pistons 103

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford shoots the winning 3-pointer on Monday during overtime against the Detroit Pistons.

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Jamal Crawford hit a 3-pointer with 12.4 seconds left in overtime and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the host Detroit Pistons 105-103 Monday night. Blake Griffin made a pair of free throws with 38.8 seconds remaining to put the visiting Clippers ahead 102-101. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tied it by going one for two from the foul line with 30.5 seconds left. After Crawford’s basket, the Clippers fouled Reggie Jackson with 9.3 seconds left. He made the first shot, missed the second, and teammate Andre Drummond got two chances for a tying tip-in, but missed both. Jackson missed a desperation shot at the buzzer. Griin finished with 34 points for the Clippers, J.J. Redick had 24 and Chris Paul put up 13 points and 12 assists. Jackson finished with 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Drummond added 20 points and 15 rebounds. Detroit rallied from 10 points down after three quarters to send the game into overtime.

NOTEBOOK Referee says he is gay • Veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy has told Yahoo Sports he is gay after Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo directed a gay slur at him during a game. Kennedy told Yahoo he is “proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man,” adding that he chose to come out in hopes of sending a message “that you must allow no one to make you feel ashamed of who you are.” Rondo was suspended one game by the NBA for directing a derogatory and ofensive term toward a referee in the Kings’ game against Boston in Mexico

on Dec. 3. Rondo apologized Monday and the Kings said his comments were disrespectful and ofensive. Kennedy is in his 18th season as an NBA official, having worked more than 1,050 regular-season games and five in the NBA Finals. Hall cuts wait to four years • Basketball players will now be eligible for the Hall of Fame four years after they retire. The previous requirement was that a player be retired for five full seasons. Because of the enshrinement calendar, that meant players would be out of the game for six years before they could be inducted. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., will announce its candidates for next year’s enshrinement ceremony next week. 76ers’ Noel out with eye injury • Nerlens Noel’s eye injury is not as significant as the 76ers may have thought. The power forward was not with the team Monday night for the game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The team does not expect him to play Wednesday night in Atlanta against the Hawks. The Sixers said Noel sufered a corneal abrasion Sunday in the third quarter of their loss in Toronto. He was elbowed by Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. Barnes still out • Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will miss at least two more games with the left ankle sprain that has sidelined him since Nov. 27. Barnes, 23, has missed the past eight games since injuring his ankle at Phoenix. He is averaging a career-best 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds.

L.A. Clippers: Mbah a Moute 1-2 0-0 2, Griffin 15-30 4-6 34, Jordan 3-5 1-3 7, Paul 6-16 1-1 13, Redick 10-17 0-0 24, W.Johnson 2-6 0-0 5, Crawford 5-8 3-3 14, Smith 1-6 0-0 2, Rivers 1-5 0-0 2, Pierce 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 44-97 11-15 105. Detroit: Morris 3-10 0-0 6, Ilyasova 3-8 0-0 6, Drummond 8-17 4-8 20, Jackson 9-18 14-16 34, Caldwell-Pope 6-17 5-7 19, Tolliver 1-5 0-0 3, Blake 2-3 0-0 5, S.Johnson 0-5 0-0 0, Baynes 5-6 0-0 10. Totals 37-89 23-31 103. L.A. Clippers 27 21 25 21 11 — 105 Detroit 27 12 24 31 9 — 103 3-point goals: L.A. Clippers 6-19 (Redick 4-8, Crawford 1-3, W.Johnson 1-3, Pierce 0-1, Rivers 0-2, Paul 0-2), Detroit 6-19 (Jackson 2-2, Caldwell-Pope 2-8, Blake 1-2, Tolliver 1-4, Morris 0-1, Ilyasova 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: L.A. Clippers 47 (Jordan 14), Detroit 70 (Drummond 15). Assists: L.A. Clippers 29 (Paul 12), Detroit 17 (Jackson 7). Total fouls: L.A. Clippers 22, Detroit 21. Technicals: Detroit Coach Van Gundy. A: 13,525 (22,076).

Spurs 118, Jazz 81 Utah: Hayward 1-5 2-2 4, Lyles 1-3 0-0 2, Favors 6-14 4-6 16, Neto 5-7 0-0 12, Hood 2-8 0-0 4, Burke 4-9 1-1 10, Burks 2-9 4-4 8, Booker 2-4 0-0 4, Withey 3-5 3-4 9, Ingles 2-6 0-0 4, Millsap 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 32-79 14-17 81. San Antonio: Leonard 7-10 6-6 22, Aldridge 6-10 6-6 18, Duncan 2-2 1-1 5, Parker 7-9 3-3 18, Green 2-5 0-0 4, Ginobili 1-4 2-2 4, Mills 4-6 0-0 11, Diaw 2-3 0-0 4, Simmons 3-12 0-0 7, West 2-6 4-5 8, Bonner 4-5 0-0 10, Anderson 2-3 2-2 6, Butler 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 42-75 25-27 118. Utah 15 21 22 23 — 81 San Antonio 29 30 39 20 — 118 3-point goals: Utah 3-11 (Neto 2-2, Burke 1-3, Johnson 0-1, Hood 0-2, Ingles 0-3), San Antonio 9-21 (Mills 3-4, Bonner 2-3, Leonard 2-3, Parker 1-2, Simmons 1-4, Ginobili 0-2, Green 0-3). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Utah 35 (Booker 7), San Antonio 50 (Aldridge 8). Assists: Utah 18 (Ingles 4), San Antonio 24 (Parker, Green 5). Total fouls: Utah 23, San Antonio 17. Technicals: San Antonio defensive three second. A: 18,418 (18,797).

Mavericks 104, Suns 94 Phoenix: Tucker 3-9 0-0 6, Leuer 5-11 4-4 15, Len 1-7 0-0 2, Bledsoe 7-17 6-7 23, Knight 5-11 0-0 12, Price 2-4 0-0 5, Teletovic 0-5 0-0 0, Chandler 2-3 2-2 6, Booker 0-1 0-0 0, Warren 3-5 4-5 10, Weems 2-3 3-4 9, Goodwin 3-4 0-5 6. Totals 33-80 19-27 94. Dallas: Matthews 5-13 0-0 13, Nowitzki 5-10 4-5 14, Pachulia 2-3 0-0 4, Felton 6-11 2-2 17, Williams 8-16 0-0 18, Parsons 5-10 5-5 17, Powell 2-2 4-5 8, Barea 0-4 1-2 1, Harris 5-8 0-2 12. Totals 38-77 16-21 104. Phoenix 21 22 15 36 — 94 Dallas 25 21 31 27 — 104 3-point goals: Phoenix 9-25 (Bledsoe 3-8, Weems 2-2, Knight 2-4, Price 1-1, Leuer 1-3, Goodwin 0-1, Tucker 0-3, Teletovic 0-3), Dallas 12-32 (Felton 3-7, Matthews 3-9, Harris 2-3, Parsons 2-5, Williams 2-6, Nowitzki 0-1, Barea 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Phoenix 56 (Leuer 13), Dallas 43 (Pachulia 12). Assists: Phoenix 19 (Bledsoe 7), Dallas 17 (Nowitzki, Felton 4). Total fouls: Phoenix 23, Dallas 22. A: 19,822 (19,200).

Leaders SCORING Curry, GOL Harden, HOU Durant, OKC George, IND James, CLE Westbrook, OKC Lillard, POR Griffin, LAC Davis, NOR Bledsoe, PHX DeRozan, TOR Anthony, NYK Lowry, TOR Thomas, BOS Leonard, SAN Knight, PHX Wiggins, MIN Butler, CHI Wall, WAS McCollum, POR Beal, WAS Jackson, DET Lopez, Bro Hayward, UTA Wade, MIA Gay, SAC Anderson, NOR Walker, CHA Millsap, ATL K. Thompson, GOL Love, CLE Gallinari, DEN Drummond, DET Okafor, PHL Nowitzki, DAL Bosh, MIA Favors, UTA Batum, CHA Paul, LAC Bradley, BOS Young, Bro Bryant, LAL Monroe, MIL Gasol, MEM

Through Sunday’s games G 25 24 18 22 21 24 25 24 20 24 25 24 25 24 23 25 22 21 22 25 17 25 23 22 21 22 21 23 25 23 22 23 25 23 23 22 21 23 19 22 23 21 25 25

FG 266 200 170 191 209 216 215 229 172 189 180 180 165 171 180 188 158 138 163 188 126 178 175 139 155 161 138 149 154 149 133 117 189 169 148 129 148 129 112 139 171 117 171 145

FT 148 234 108 142 114 158 111 111 111 115 178 123 131 105 74 78 123 130 86 63 47 91 96 98 72 57 59 79 120 44 76 134 63 66 71 94 62 78 68 25 31 70 62 110

PTS 807 698 495 594 555 626 611 573 468 535 545 523 535 500 477 518 454 432 444 497 336 485 446 418 388 401 379 415 450 412 391 408 441 404 401 383 358 390 314 359 374 340 404 402

AVG 32.3 29.1 27.5 27.0 26.4 26.1 24.4 23.9 23.4 22.3 21.8 21.8 21.4 20.8 20.7 20.7 20.6 20.6 20.2 19.9 19.8 19.4 19.4 19.0 18.5 18.2 18.0 18.0 18.0 17.9 17.8 17.7 17.6 17.6 17.4 17.4 17.0 17.0 16.5 16.3 16.3 16.2 16.2 16.1

GP 31 31 31 29 31 30 31 28 GP 29 31 31 30 29 30 30 32

W 20 16 16 16 15 14 13 10 W 21 18 18 15 15 12 12 11

L 8 9 10 9 13 12 15 13 L 6 8 9 11 11 12 14 18

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

Pts 43 38 37 36 33 32 29 25 Pts 44 41 40 34 33 30 28 25

GF 100 79 97 93 73 76 74 64 GF 89 89 90 74 68 62 74 75

GA 70 79 93 80 69 74 84 76 GA 63 72 72 75 71 83 92 95

Home 11-4-2 10-6-3 8-4-4 6-7-2 7-6-1 7-6-2 7-8-1 5-5-3 Home 11-3-1 11-4-2 12-4-1 7-6-3 8-5-2 5-5-4 6-6-3 4-8-3

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

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

Home 11-3-0 12-3-1 9-6-2 10-3-1 9-4-2 8-4-1 4-7-1 Home 11-5-0 7-4-1 9-5-1 5-6-3 4-9-0 10-5-0 8-5-4

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

Div 3-2-0 4-4-1 6-3-0 7-3-4 3-4-0 3-9-0 6-2-0 Div 4-4-0 7-1-0 4-4-0 4-1-3 3-4-1 3-4-1 4-3-3

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP Dallas 30 Chicago 31 Blues 31 Minnesota 28 Nashville 30 Winnipeg 30 Colorado 31 Paciic GP Los Angeles 30 Arizona 30 Edmonton 31 Vancouver 31 San Jose 29 Calgary 29 Anaheim 29

W 22 17 17 15 15 14 14 W 19 14 14 11 14 13 11

L 6 10 10 7 10 14 16 L 9 14 15 12 14 14 13

OT 2 4 4 6 5 2 1 OT 2 2 2 8 1 2 5

Pts 46 38 38 36 35 30 29 Pts 40 30 30 30 29 28 27

GF 102 85 78 73 80 82 85 GF 78 81 85 79 75 78 56

GA 79 75 75 66 79 91 88 GA 66 95 92 86 78 103 73

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday Edmonton 3, Boston 2, OT Washington 4, Pittsburgh 1 Tampa Bay 2, Columbus 1 Ottawa 5, Los Angeles 3 Buffalo 2, Detroit 1 Sunday Colorado 3, Blues 1 NY Islanders 4, New Jersey 0 Chicago 4, Vancouver 0

Tuesday New Jersey at Buffalo, 6 p.m. Florida at NY Islanders, 6 p.m. Edmonton at NY Rangers, 6 p.m. Carolina at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 6:30 p.m. San Jose at Montreal, 6:30 p.m. Calgary at Nashville, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Blues at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. Colorado at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Ottawa at Washington, 6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m.

Oshie scores twice as Capitals spoil debut of Penguins coach ASSOCIATED PRESS

T.J. Oshie scored twice and added an assist as the Washington Capitals spoiled Mike Sullivan’s head coaching debut for the host Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-1 win on Monday night. Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists for Washington. John Carlson added his fifth goal of the season for the Metropolitan Division leaders. Braden Holtby stopped 44 of Pittsburgh’s season-high 45 shots. Evgeni Malkin scored his team-leading 14th goal for the Penguins, but Pittsburgh failed to keep pace with Washington in Sullivan’s first game since taking over when Mike Johnston was fired. Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves but captain Sidney Crosby was held without a point and Pittsburgh’s power play went 0 for two.

NOTEBOOK Blackhawks get Scuderi • Chicago has acquired Rob Scuderi in a trade with the Penguins for fellow defenseman Trevor Daley. Scuderi, 36, had four assists in 25 games with Pittsburgh this season. Daley, 32, had six assists in 29 games with the Blackhawks.

Ducks’ Thompson suspended • Anaheim forward Nate Thompson was suspended three games by the NHL on Monday for his hit to the head of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk on Friday in Anaheim. Thompson received a five-minute major for elbowing and an automatic game misconduct. The NHL said Thompson delivered an “illegal check” to the head. Stoll, Khudobin placed on waivers • The New York Rangers have placed slumping veteran forward Jarret Stoll on waivers. Stoll, 33, has just one goal and two assists in 29 games. Also waived on Monday was Anaheim Ducks goalie Anton Khudobin. Former North Stars coach Sonmor dies • Former Minnesota North Stars coach Glen Sonmor, who led the NHL team to the 1981 Stanley Cup Final, died Monday at age 86. Sonmor, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died at a nursing home in Canada. Sonmor coached the Minnesota North Stars from 1978-87, compiling a record of 177-16183. In 1986, he received the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S.

NHL SUMMARIES Capitals 4, Penguins 1

Lightning 2, Blue Jackets 1

Washington 2 0 2 — 4 Pittsburgh 1 0 0 — 1 First period: 1, Washington, Backstrom 10 (Oshie, Alzner), 3:53. 2, Washington, Carlson 5 (Chimera, Beagle), 7:04. 3, Pittsburgh, Malkin 14 (Lovejoy, Kessel), 13:59. Penalties: Oshie, Was (interference), 16:04; Dumoulin, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:56. Second period: None. Penalties: Cole, Pit (holding), 7:53; Chorney, Was, major (fighting), 17:25; Bonino, Pit, major (fighting), 17:25. Third period: 4, Washington, Oshie 9 (Backstrom), 8:50. 5, Washington, Oshie 10 (Backstrom, Carlson), 19:11 (pp). Penalties: Laich, Was (hooking), 6:28; Maatta, Pit (hooking), 17:50; Malkin, Pit (tripping), 18:37. Shots: Washington 10-14-10: 34. Pittsburgh 15-16-14: 45. Power-plays: Washington 1 of 4; Pittsburgh 0 of 2. Goalies: Washington, Holtby 19-4-1 (45 shots-44 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 13-10-2 (34-30). A: 18,520. Referees: Trevor Hanson, Dave Jackson. Linesmen: Tony Sericolo, Brad Kovachik.

Tampa Bay 0 1 1 — 2 Columbus 0 1 0 — 1 First period: None. Penalties: Savard, Clm (holding), 1:21; Callahan, TB, major (fighting), 20:00; Hartnell, Clm, major (fighting), 20:00. Second period: 1, Tampa Bay, Marchessault 3, 11:11. 2, Columbus, Dubinsky 5 (Calvert, Foligno), 16:46. Penalties: Garrison, TB (holding), 2:10. Third period: 3, Tampa Bay, Boyle 8 (Killorn), 6:13 (sh). Penalties: Callahan, TB (hooking), 5:51; Columbus bench, served by Saad (too many men), 14:14. Shots: Tampa Bay 10-13-6: 29. Columbus 7-7-12: 26. Power-plays: Tampa Bay 0 of 2; Columbus 0 of 2. Goalies: Tampa Bay, Bishop 13-9-2 (26 shots-25 saves). Columbus, Korpisalo 0-1-0 (29-27). A: 12,494. Referees: Tom Chmielewski, Dan O’Halloran. Linesmen: Derek Amell, Ryan Gibbons.

Oilers 3, Bruins 2, OT Edmonton 2 0 0 1 — 3 Boston 0 1 1 0 — 2 First period: 1, Edmonton, Eberle 7 (Gryba, Davidson), 8:29. 2, Edmonton, Nugent-Hopkins 8 (Eberle, Nikitin), 13:58. Penalties: Hendricks, Edm, major (fighting), 3:21; Rinaldo, Bos, major (fighting), 3:21; Nurse, Edm (tripping), 4:47; McQuaid, Bos (hooking), 15:33; Hall, Edm (boarding), 15:58; Seidenberg, Bos (holding), 19:21. Second period: 3, Boston, Beleskey 4 (Krejci, Chara), 13:29. Penalties: Letestu, Edm (tripping), 19:50. Third period: 4, Boston, Marchand 15 (Ferraro, Bergeron), 15:22. Penalties: Marchand, Bos (hooking), 2:23. Overtime: 5, Edmonton, Sekera 3 (Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins), :41. Penalties: None. Shots: Edmonton 12-3-7-2: 24. Boston 11-18-20-0: 49. Power-plays: Edmonton 0 of 3; Boston 0 of 3. Goalies: Edmonton, C.Talbot 4-8-1 (49 shots-47 saves). Boston, Gustavsson 5-2-1 (24-21). A: 17,565. Referees: Eric Furlatt, Chris Lee. Linesmen: Brian Murphy, David Brisebois.

Senators 5, Kings 3 Los Angeles 1 1 1 — 3 Ottawa 0 4 1 — 5 First period: 1, Los Angeles, McBain 2 (Carter, Lucic), 14:21. Penalties: Los Angeles bench, served by Mersch (too many men), 5:10; Kopitar, LA (tripping), 14:41. Second period: 2, Ottawa, Hoffman 16 (Zibanejad), 2:29. 3, Ottawa, Turris 13 (Karlsson, Stone), 3:58. 4, Ottawa, Karlsson 7 (Zibanejad), 6:03. 5, Ottawa, Hoffman 17 (Lazar), 14:34. 6, Los Angeles, Toffoli 12 (Martinez, Quick), 17:47 (pp). Penalties: Wiercioch, Ott (tripping), 8:07; Wiercioch, Ott (hooking), 17:20; Gaborik, LA (tripping), 18:28. Third period: 7, Los Angeles, Muzzin 4 (Lucic, Kopitar), 10:00. 8, Ottawa, Zibanejad 5 (Ryan, Hoffman), 12:11. Penalties: Lazar, Ott (tripping), 4:40; Doughty, LA (slashing), 19:05. Shots: Los Angeles 10-12-14: 36. Ottawa 6-8-7: 21. Power-plays: Los Angeles 1 of 3; Ottawa 0 of 4. Goalies: Los Angeles, Quick 16-8-1 (21 shots-16 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 14-9-3 (36-33). A: 17,829. Referees: Kelly Sutherland, Evgeny Romasko. Linesmen: Tim Nowak, Michel Cormier.

Sabres 2, Red Wings 1 Buffalo 0 0 2 — Detroit 0 1 0 — First period: None. Penalties: Zetterberg, Det (hooking), 3:30; Gorges, Buf (hooking), 8:44; Smith, Det (high-sticking), 19:59. Second period: 1, Detroit, Richards 2 (Datsyuk, Helm), 4:01. Penalties: Tatar, Det (holding), 18:29. Third period: 2, Buffalo, R.O’Reilly 11 (Reinhart, Ristolainen), 15:46. 3, Buffalo, Larsson 1 (Weber), 16:47. Penalties: R.O’Reilly, Buf (slashing), 6:24. Missed Penalty Shot: Jurco, Det, 14:56 second. Shots: Buffalo 9-9-12: 30. Detroit 6-13-13: 32. Power-plays: Buffalo 0 of 3; Detroit 0 of 2. Goalies: Buffalo, Johnson 8-9-1 (32 shots-31 saves). Detroit, Mrazek 9-5-3 (30-28). A: 20,027. Referees: Graham Skilliter, Greg Kimmerly. Linesmen: Andy McElman, Devin Berg.

Leaders SCORING Patrick Kane, Chi Jamie Benn, Dal Tyler Seguin, Dal Taylor Hall, Edm Daniel Sedin, Van Erik Karlsson, Ott Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy Mike Cammalleri, NJ John Klingberg, Dal Vladimir Tarasenko, StL Artemi Panarin, Chi Henrik Sedin, Van 6 tied with 28 pts.

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Through Sunday’s games GP 31 30 30 30 31 30 29 30 30 30 31 31

G 19 20 15 14 13 6 12 11 5 18 9 9

A 27 20 25 20 20 26 19 19 25 11 20 20

PTS 46 40 40 34 33 32 31 30 30 29 29 29

GOALS AGAINST AVG. GPI MINS GA AVG Braden Holtby Washington 23 1386 44 1.90 Ben Bishop Tampa Bay 24 1410 46 1.96 Michal Neuvirth Philadelphia 15 840 28 2.00 James Reimer Toronto 16 957 32 2.01 Thomas Greiss NY Islanders 14 829 28 2.03 Jaroslav Halak NY Islanders 17 999 34 2.04 Carey Price Montreal 12 698 24 2.06 Jake Allen St Louis 23 1308 45 2.06 Henrik Lundqvist NY Rangers 24 1427 51 2.14 Jonathan Quick Los Angeles 24 1444 52 2.16 Cory Schneider New Jersey 25 1492 54 2.17 Marc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh 24 1436 53 2.21 Corey Crawford Chicago 24 1397 52 2.23 Mike Condon Montreal 18 1028 39 2.28 Jimmy Howard Detroit 14 838 32 2.29 Martin Jones San Jose 24 1335 51 2.29 Devan Dubnyk Minnesota 23 1328 51 2.30 Roberto Luongo Florida 24 1434 56 2.34 Petr Mrazek Detroit 17 982 39 2.38 Reto Berra Colorado 14 721 29 2.41


SPORTS

B6 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

NBA SUMMARIES

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

W 16 14 11 7 1 W 14 14 13 14 10 W 15 14 14 14 10

L 10 10 14 17 25 L 9 9 11 12 13 L 7 8 9 12 15

Pct .615 .583 .440 .292 .038 Pct .609 .609 .542 .538 .435 Pct .682 .636 .609 .538 .400

GB — 1 4½ 8 15 GB — — 1½ 1½ 4 GB — 1 1½ 3 6½

L10 6-4 7-3 3-7 4-6 1-9 L10 7-3 5-5 7-3 4-6 4-6 L10 6-4 6-4 6-4 6-4 4-6

Str L-1 W-1 W-1 L-2 L-7 Str L-1 W-2 W-1 L-3 L-1 Str W-2 W-3 W-1 L-1 W-1

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

Away 8-6 7-5 6-7 1-11 0-15 Away 4-5 3-5 6-7 6-6 6-6 Away 5-6 4-5 6-6 5-8 2-10

Conf 9-4 10-6 6-9 4-9 0-16 Conf 9-7 7-8 6-6 7-6 7-7 Conf 12-6 7-5 11-4 7-5 7-11

Pct .808 .560 .538 .480 .250 Pct .667 .435 .423 .417 .391 Pct .960 .600 .423 .375 .125

GB — 6½ 7 8½ 14 GB — 5½ 6 6 6½ GB — 9 13½ 14½ 20½

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

Str W-3 W-1 W-1 L-1 L-2 Str W-5 L-3 W-1 W-2 L-2 Str L-1 W-2 L-1 W-2 L-6

Home 13-0 6-5 8-6 7-7 5-6 Home 11-3 5-5 6-6 5-7 3-9 Home 10-0 9-5 7-6 7-7 1-6

Away 8-5 8-6 6-6 5-6 1-12 Away 5-5 5-8 5-9 5-7 6-5 Away 14-1 6-5 4-9 2-8 2-15

Conf 11-2 10-7 9-8 8-7 4-11 Conf 10-2 4-8 10-9 7-11 4-8 Conf 15-0 10-7 8-10 3-11 0-12

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

W 21 14 14 12 6 W 16 10 11 10 9 W 24 15 11 9 3

L 5 11 12 13 18 L 8 13 15 14 14 L 1 10 15 15 21

Monday Indiana 106, Toronto 90 Orlando 105, Brooklyn 82 LA Clippers 105, Detroit 103, OT Chicago 115, Philadelphia 96 Memphis 112, Washington 95 Miami 100, Atlanta 88 San Antonio 118, Utah 81 Dallas 104, Phoenix 94 Denver 114, Houston 108 Portland 105, New Orleans 101 Sunday Phoenix 108, Minnesota 101

M 2 • TUeSDAy • 12.15.2015

Toronto 96, Philadelphia 76 Miami 100, Memphis 97 Oklahoma City 104, Utah 98, OT Tuesday Cleveland at Boston, 6:30 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Houston at Sacramento, 9 p.m. Milwaukee at LA Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday Dallas at Indiana, 6 p.m. Charlotte at Orlando, 6 p.m. Miami at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Boston at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.

Minnesota at New York, 6:30 p.m. Memphis at Chicago, 7 p.m. Portland at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7 p.m. Washington at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. New Orleans at Utah, 8 p.m. Phoenix at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Milwaukee at LA Clippers, 9:30 p.m.

Crawford’s 3-pointer clinches overtime victory for Clippers

NHL STANDINGS

Pacers 106, Raptors 90

EASTERN CONFERENCE

Toronto: Ross 4-11 0-0 10, Scola 2-7 0-0 4, Biyombo 1-3 7-8 9, Lowry 7-14 4-4 20, DeRozan 7-18 4-5 20, Joseph 0-6 3-4 3, Patterson 3-6 0-0 9, Johnson 2-5 4-4 8, , Powell 2-5 0-1 5, Bennett 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 29-79 22-26 90. Indiana: Miles 6-7 0-0 17, George 5-13 2-2 16, Mahinmi 1-5 0-0 2, G.Hill 3-6 0-0 6, Ellis 7-15 3-3 18, Allen 3-6 2-2 8, Stuckey 5-9 0-0 10, J.Hill 8-16 4-5 20, Budinger 1-6 3-4 5, Robinson III 1-1 0-0 2, S.Hill 0-1 0-0 0, Young 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 41-86 14-16 106. Toronto 28 13 23 26 — 90 Indiana 27 25 21 33 — 106 3PT: Toronto 10-28 (Patterson 3-6, DeRozan 2-4, Lowry 2-5, Ross 2-6, Powell 1-2, Joseph 0-1, Bennett 0-2, Johnson 0-2), Indiana 10-22 (Miles 5-5, George 4-8, Ellis 1-4, G.Hill 0-1, S.Hill 0-1, Budinger 0-3). FO: None. REB: Toronto 51 (Biyombo 13), Indiana 50 (J.Hill 13). AST: Toronto 10 (Lowry 4), Indiana 14 (Allen 4). Total fouls: Toronto 21, Indiana 21. Technicals: Lowry. Flagrants: G.Hill. A: 16,598 (18,165).

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

Magic 105, Nets 82 Orlando: Harris 7-11 0-1 15, Frye 4-6 0-0 11, Vucevic 8-13 2-2 18, Payton 6-11 4-6 17, Fournier 1-6 0-0 3, Gordon 1-3 2-3 4, Nicholson 6-9 1-2 15, Oladipo 2-3 5-6 10, Hezonja 4-5 0-0 8, Smith 2-7 0-0 4, Dedmon 0-1 0-0 0, Napier 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 41-76 14-20 105. Brooklyn: Johnson 2-8 0-0 6, Young 5-11 0-0 10, Lopez 4-15 3-4 11, Jack 5-9 4-5 15, Bogdanovic 4-8 0-0 10, Bargnani 5-8 2-3 12, Ellington 3-8 3-3 11, Larkin 1-5 0-0 2, Brown 1-2 1-1 3, Reed 1-4 0-0 2, , Robinson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 31-80 13-16 82. Orlando 25 27 31 22 — 105 Brooklyn 25 20 24 13 — 82 3PT: Orlando 9-21 (Frye 3-5, Nicholson 2-5, Payton 1-1, Oladipo 1-2, Fournier 1-4, Harris 1-4), Brooklyn 7-19 (Ellington 2-4, Johnson 2-4, Bogdanovic 2-5, Jack 1-3, Brown 0-1, Larkin 0-1, Young 0-1). FO: None. REB: Orlando 49 (Harris 9), Brooklyn 44 (Young 11). AST: Orlando 24 (Frye, Payton 5), Brooklyn 23 (Jack 7). Total fouls: Orlando 18, Brooklyn 19. Technicals: Orlando Coach Skiles, Vucevic. A: 12,946 (17,732).

Grizzlies 112, Wizards 95 Washington: Porter 1-8 0-0 2, Dudley 6-10 0-2 14, Gortat 4-11 2-4 10, Wall 2-11 0-0 6, Temple 2-5 2-2 6, Neal 9-14 3-5 24, Oubre Jr. 3-7 0-0 8, Blair 3-5 0-0 6, Sessions 5-8 4-5 14, Humphries 2-7 1-2 5. Totals 37-86 12-20 95. Memphis: Je.Green 6-12 3-4 15, Barnes 7-9 2-2 20, Gasol 9-17 6-6 24, Conley 7-14 2-2 18, Lee 6-11 0-0 15, Randolph 4-7 0-0 8, Chalmers 5-6 1-1 12, Ja.Green 0-2 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 44-78 14-15 112. Washington 21 25 15 34 — 95 Memphis 25 32 26 29 — 112 3PT: Washington 9-24 (Neal 3-4, Dudley 2-3, Oubre Jr. 2-3, Wall 2-7, Sessions 0-1, Porter 0-1, Humphries 0-2, Temple 0-3), Memphis 10-15 (Barnes 4-5, Lee 3-4, Conley 2-4, Chalmers 1-1, Je.Green 0-1). FO: None. REB: Washington 47 (Gortat 9), Memphis 45 (Gasol 12). AST: Washington 22 (Wall 9), Memphis 26 (Conley 11). Total fouls: Washington 13, Memphis 18. A: 15,397 (18,119).

Bulls 115, 76ers 96 Philadelphia: Grant 2-8 2-4 6, Covington 6-16 0-0 15, Okafor 9-17 4-4 22, Canaan 1-5 1-1 4, Wroten 4-11 2-4 12, Thompson 2-5 0-0 5, McConnell 3-11 0-0 7, Stauskas 2-5 0-0 5, Holmes 2-3 0-0 4, Wood 3-5 0-0 7, Sampson 4-6 0-0 9. Totals 38-92 9-13 96. Chicago: Snell 5-10 5-6 16, Gibson 3-5 0-2 6, Gasol 5-7 3-3 13, Rose 2-3 2-2 6, Butler 8-14 7-7 23, Noah 2-7 1-2 5, McDermott 6-16 0-0 13, Hinrich 1-2 0-0 3, Mirotic 6-10 0-0 17, Brooks 1-4 2-2 4, Moore 0-1 0-0 0, Portis 3-4 1-2 7, Bairstow 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 43-85 21-26 115. Philadelphia 19 37 12 28 — 96 Chicago 24 27 34 30 — 115 3PT: Philadelphia 11-31 (Covington 3-11, Wroten 2-4, McConnell 1-2, Sampson 1-2, Wood 1-2, Thompson 1-2, Canaan 1-3, Stauskas 1-4, Okafor 0-1), Chicago 8-22 (Mirotic 5-8, Hinrich 1-1, McDermott 1-4, Snell 1-5, Noah 0-1, Butler 0-1, Brooks 0-2). FO: None. REB: Philadelphia 45 (Okafor 8), Chicago 60 (Noah 15). AST: Philadelphia 19 (Thompson 4), Chicago 28 (Noah 8). Total fouls: Philadelphia 17, Chicago 15. Technicals: Chicago defensive three second. A: 21,166 (20,917).

Clippers 105, Pistons 103 L.A. Clippers: Mbah a Moute 1-2 0-0 2, Griffin 15-30 4-6 34, Jordan 3-5 1-3 7, Paul 6-16 1-1 13, Redick 10-17 0-0 24, W.Johnson 2-6 0-0 5, Crawford 5-8 3-3 14, Smith 1-6 0-0 2, Rivers 1-5 0-0 2, Pierce 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 44-97 11-15 105. Detroit: Morris 3-10 0-0 6, Ilyasova 3-8 0-0 6, Drummond 8-17 4-8 20, Jackson 9-18 14-16 34, Caldwell-Pope 6-17 5-7 19, Tolliver 1-5 0-0 3, Blake 2-3 0-0 5, S.Johnson 0-5 0-0 0, Baynes 5-6 0-0 10. Totals 37-89 23-31 103. L.A. Clippers 27 21 25 21 11 — 105 Detroit 27 12 24 31 9 — 103 3PT: L.A. Clippers 6-19 (Redick 4-8, Crawford 1-3, W.Johnson 1-3, Pierce 0-1, Rivers 0-2, Paul 0-2), Detroit 6-19 (Jackson 2-2, Caldwell-Pope 2-8, Blake 1-2, Tolliver 1-4, Morris 0-1, Ilyasova 0-2). FO: None. REB: L.A. Clippers 47 (Jordan 14), Detroit 70 (Drummond 15). AST: L.A. Clippers 29 (Paul 12), Detroit 17 (Jackson 7). Total fouls: L.A. Clippers 22, Detroit 21. Technicals: Detroit Coach Van Gundy. A: 13,525 (22,076).

Spurs 118, Jazz 81

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Jamal Crawford hit a 3-pointer with 12.4 seconds left in overtime and the Los Angeles Clippers beat the host Detroit Pistons 105-103 Monday night. Blake Griffin made a pair of free throws with 38.8 seconds remaining to put the visiting Clippers ahead 102-101. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope tied it by going one for two from the foul line with 30.5 seconds left. After Crawford’s basket, the Clippers fouled Reggie Jackson with 9.3 seconds left. He made the first shot, missed the second, and teammate Andre Drummond got two chances for a tying tip-in, but missed both. Jackson missed a desperation shot at the buzzer. Griin finished with 34 points for the Clippers, J.J. Redick had 24 and Chris Paul put up 13 points and 12 assists. Jackson finished with 34 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. Drummond added 20 points and 15 rebounds. Detroit rallied from 10 points down after three quarters to send the game into overtime.

NOTEBOOK Referee says he is gay • Veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy has told Yahoo Sports he is gay after Sacramento Kings guard Rajon Rondo directed a gay slur at him during a game. Kennedy told Yahoo he is “proud to be an NBA referee and I am proud to be a gay man,” adding that he chose to come out in hopes of sending a message “that you must allow no one to make you feel ashamed of who you are.” Rondo was suspended one game by the NBA for directing a derogatory and ofensive term toward a referee in the Kings’ game against Boston in Mexico

on Dec. 3. Rondo apologized Monday and the Kings said his comments were disrespectful and ofensive. Kennedy is in his 18th season as an NBA official, having worked more than 1,050 regular-season games and five in the NBA Finals. Hall cuts wait to four years • Basketball players will now be eligible for the Hall of Fame four years after they retire. The previous requirement was that a player be retired for five full seasons. Because of the enshrinement calendar, that meant players would be out of the game for six years before they could be inducted. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., will announce its candidates for next year’s enshrinement ceremony next week. 76ers’ Noel out with eye injury • Nerlens Noel’s eye injury is not as significant as the 76ers may have thought. The power forward was not with the team Monday night for the game against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. The team does not expect him to play Wednesday night in Atlanta against the Hawks. The Sixers said Noel sufered a corneal abrasion Sunday in the third quarter of their loss in Toronto. He was elbowed by Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry. Barnes still out • Warriors forward Harrison Barnes will miss at least two more games with the left ankle sprain that has sidelined him since Nov. 27. Barnes, 23, has missed the past eight games since injuring his ankle at Phoenix. He is averaging a career-best 13.4 points and 5.0 rebounds.

W 20 16 16 16 15 14 13 10 W 21 18 18 15 15 12 12 11

L 8 9 10 9 13 12 15 13 L 6 8 9 11 11 12 14 18

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

Pts 43 38 37 36 33 32 29 25 Pts 44 41 40 34 33 30 28 25

Utah: Hayward 1-5 2-2 4, Lyles 1-3 0-0 2, Favors 6-14 4-6 16, Neto 5-7 0-0 12, Hood 2-8 0-0 4, Burke 4-9 1-1 10, Burks 2-9 4-4 8, Booker 2-4 0-0 4, Withey 3-5 3-4 9, Ingles 2-6 0-0 4, Millsap 2-5 0-0 4, Johnson 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 32-79 14-17 81. San Antonio: Leonard 7-10 6-6 22, Aldridge 6-10 6-6 18, Duncan 2-2 1-1 5, Parker 7-9 3-3 18, Green 2-5 0-0 4, Ginobili 1-4 2-2 4, Mills 4-6 0-0 11, Diaw 2-3 0-0 4, Simmons 3-12 0-0 7, West 2-6 4-5 8, Bonner 4-5 0-0 10, Anderson 2-3 2-2 6, Butler 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 42-75 25-27 118. Utah 15 21 22 23 — 81 San Antonio 29 30 39 20 — 118 3PT: Utah 3-11 (Neto 2-2, Burke 1-3, Johnson 0-1, Hood 0-2, Ingles 0-3), San Antonio 9-21 (Mills 3-4, Bonner 2-3, Leonard 2-3, Parker 1-2, Simmons 1-4, Ginobili 0-2, Green 0-3). FO: None. REB: Utah 35 (Booker 7), San Antonio 50 (Aldridge 8). AST: Utah 18 (Ingles 4), San Antonio 24 (Parker, Green 5). Total fouls: Utah 23, San Antonio 17. Technicals: San Antonio defensive three second. A: 18,418 (18,797).

GF 100 79 97 93 73 76 74 64 GF 89 89 90 74 68 62 74 75

GA 70 79 93 80 69 74 84 76 GA 63 72 72 75 71 83 92 95

Home 11-4-2 10-6-3 8-4-4 6-7-2 7-6-1 7-6-2 7-8-1 5-5-3 Home 11-3-1 11-4-2 12-4-1 7-6-3 8-5-2 5-5-4 6-6-3 4-8-3

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

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

Home 11-3-0 12-3-1 9-6-2 10-3-1 9-4-2 8-4-1 4-7-1 Home 11-5-0 7-4-1 9-5-1 5-6-3 4-9-0 10-5-0 8-5-4

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

Div 3-2-0 4-4-1 6-3-0 7-3-4 3-4-0 3-9-0 6-2-0 Div 4-4-0 7-1-0 4-4-0 4-1-3 3-4-1 3-4-1 4-3-3

WESTERN CONFERENCE Central GP Dallas 30 Chicago 31 Blues 31 Minnesota 28 Nashville 30 Winnipeg 30 Colorado 31 Paciic GP Los Angeles 30 Arizona 30 Edmonton 31 Vancouver 31 San Jose 29 Calgary 29 Anaheim 29

W 22 17 17 15 15 14 14 W 19 14 14 11 14 13 11

L 6 10 10 7 10 14 16 L 9 14 15 12 14 14 13

OT 2 4 4 6 5 2 1 OT 2 2 2 8 1 2 5

Pts 46 38 38 36 35 30 29 Pts 40 30 30 30 29 28 27

GF 102 85 78 73 80 82 85 GF 78 81 85 79 75 78 56

GA 79 75 75 66 79 91 88 GA 66 95 92 86 78 103 73

NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for overtime loss. Monday Edmonton 3, Boston 2, OT Washington 4, Pittsburgh 1 Tampa Bay 2, Columbus 1 Ottawa 5, Los Angeles 3 Buffalo 2, Detroit 1 Sunday Colorado 3, Blues 1 NY Islanders 4, New Jersey 0 Chicago 4, Vancouver 0

Tuesday New Jersey at Buffalo, 6 p.m. Florida at NY Islanders, 6 p.m. Edmonton at NY Rangers, 6 p.m. Carolina at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Tampa Bay at Toronto, 6:30 p.m. San Jose at Montreal, 6:30 p.m. Calgary at Nashville, 7 p.m. Vancouver at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Blues at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. Colorado at Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

Columbus at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday Ottawa at Washington, 6 p.m. Pittsburgh at Boston, 7 p.m.

Oshie scores twice as Capitals spoil debut of Penguins coach

Heat 100, Hawks 88 Miami: Deng 7-12 3-3 18, Bosh 8-14 4-4 24, Whiteside 4-11 0-2 8, Dragic 6-14 0-0 12, Wade 3-16 1-1 7, Winslow 0-2 0-0 0, Green 9-14 1-1 20, Udrih 3-5 2-2 9, Haslem 0-1 2-2 2. Totals 40-89 13-15 100. Atlanta: Bazemore 11-18 3-3 28, Millsap 6-12 6-6 18, Horford 6-12 0-0 13, Teague 2-12 2-2 7, Korver 2-12 0-0 5, Muscala 0-1 0-0 0, Sefolosha 0-3 0-0 0, Schroder 4-10 3-4 13, Splitter 1-2 0-0 2, Patterson 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 33-84 14-15 88. Miami 22 25 27 26 — 100 Atlanta 20 18 23 27 — 88 3PT: Miami 7-16 (Bosh 4-6, Udrih 1-1, Deng 1-2, Green 1-2, Wade 0-1, Winslow 0-2, Dragic 0-2), Atlanta 8-33 (Bazemore 3-7, Schroder 2-5, Teague 1-3, Horford 1-5, Korver 1-8, Millsap 0-2, Sefolosha 0-3). FO: None. REB: Miami 60 (Whiteside 13), Atlanta 43 (Millsap 9). AST: Miami 26 (Dragic 8), Atlanta 25 (Schroder 7). Total fouls: Miami 16, Atlanta 21. Technicals: Atlanta defensive three second. A: 15,039 (18,729).

Los Angeles Clippers guard Jamal Crawford shoots the winning 3-pointer on Monday during overtime against the Detroit Pistons.

GP 31 31 31 29 31 30 31 28 GP 29 31 31 30 29 30 30 32

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T.J. Oshie scored twice and added an assist as the Washington Capitals spoiled Mike Sullivan’s head coaching debut for the host Pittsburgh Penguins in a 4-1 win on Monday night. Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists for Washington. John Carlson added his fifth goal of the season for the Metropolitan Division leaders. Braden Holtby stopped 44 of Pittsburgh’s season-high 45 shots. Evgeni Malkin scored his team-leading 14th goal for the Penguins, but Pittsburgh failed to keep pace with Washington in Sullivan’s first game since taking over when Mike Johnston was fired. Marc-Andre Fleury made 30 saves but captain Sidney Crosby was held without a point and Pittsburgh’s power play went 0 for two.

NOTEBOOK Blackhawks get Scuderi • Chicago has acquired Rob Scuderi in a trade with the Penguins for fellow defenseman Trevor Daley. Scuderi, 36, had four assists in 25 games with Pittsburgh this season. Daley, 32, had six assists in 29 games with the Blackhawks.

Ducks’ Thompson suspended • Anaheim forward Nate Thompson was suspended three games by the NHL on Monday for his hit to the head of Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Justin Faulk on Friday in Anaheim. Thompson received a five-minute major for elbowing and an automatic game misconduct. The NHL said Thompson delivered an “illegal check” to the head. Stoll, Khudobin placed on waivers • The New York Rangers have placed slumping veteran forward Jarret Stoll on waivers. Stoll, 33, has just one goal and two assists in 29 games. Also waived on Monday was Anaheim Ducks goalie Anton Khudobin. Former North Stars coach Sonmor dies • Former Minnesota North Stars coach Glen Sonmor, who led the NHL team to the 1981 Stanley Cup Final, died Monday at age 86. Sonmor, who had Alzheimer’s disease, died at a nursing home in Canada. Sonmor coached the Minnesota North Stars from 1978-87, compiling a record of 177-16183. In 1986, he received the Lester Patrick Award for outstanding service to hockey in the U.S.

Mavericks 104, Suns 94 Phoenix: Tucker 3-9 0-0 6, Leuer 5-11 4-4 15, Len 1-7 0-0 2, Bledsoe 7-17 6-7 23, Knight 5-11 0-0 12, Price 2-4 0-0 5, Teletovic 0-5 0-0 0, Chandler 2-3 2-2 6, Booker 0-1 0-0 0, Warren 3-5 4-5 10, Weems 2-3 3-4 9, Goodwin 3-4 0-5 6. Totals 33-80 19-27 94. Dallas: Matthews 5-13 0-0 13, Nowitzki 5-10 4-5 14, Pachulia 2-3 0-0 4, Felton 6-11 2-2 17, Williams 8-16 0-0 18, Parsons 5-10 5-5 17, Powell 2-2 4-5 8, Barea 0-4 1-2 1, Harris 5-8 0-2 12. Totals 38-77 16-21 104. Phoenix 21 22 15 36 — 94 Dallas 25 21 31 27 — 104 3PT: Phoenix 9-25 (Bledsoe 3-8, Weems 2-2, Knight 2-4, Price 1-1, Leuer 1-3, Goodwin 0-1, Tucker 0-3, Teletovic 0-3), Dallas 12-32 (Felton 3-7, Matthews 3-9, Harris 2-3, Parsons 2-5, Williams 2-6, Nowitzki 0-1, Barea 0-1). FO: None. REB: Phoenix 56 (Leuer 13), Dallas 43 (Pachulia 12). AST: Phoenix 19 (Bledsoe 7), Dallas 17 (Nowitzki, Felton 4). Total fouls: Phoenix 23, Dallas 22. A: 19,822 (19,200).

Nuggets 114, Rockets 108 Houston: Ariza 6-12 0-0 16, Jones 0-3 0-0 0, Howard 6-10 1-2 13, Beverley 6-11 0-0 14, Harden 9-20 1-3 24, Motiejunas 7-11 2-2 19, Lawson 1-5 0-0 2, Brewer 1-4 2-2 5, Thornton 4-8 2-2 13, Terry 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 41-87 8-11 108. Denver: Gallinari 4-8 6-7 15, Faried 5-8 1-2 11, Lauvergne 7-11 0-0 14, Nelson 4-13 0-0 10, Harris 8-11 4-4 21, Jokic 3-3 3-3 9, Barton 8-18 5-5 23, Foye 0-3 3-4 3, Papanikolaou 2-4 0-0 5, Miller 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 42-82 22-25 114. Houston 22 36 24 26 — 108 Denver 36 18 34 26 — 114 3PT: Houston 18-40 (Harden 5-8, Ariza 4-9, Motiejunas 3-4, Thornton 3-4, Beverley 2-6, Brewer 1-3, Howard 0-1, Terry 0-2, Lawson 0-3), Denver 8-25 (Barton 2-6, Nelson 2-6, Harris 1-2, Papanikolaou 1-2, Miller 1-3, Gallinari 1-3, Lauvergne 0-1, Foye 0-2). FO: None. REB: Houston 32 (Howard 8), Denver 60 (Lauvergne 11). AST: Houston 26 (Beverley 8), Denver 26 (Gallinari, Nelson 7). Total fouls: Houston 22, Denver 15. Technicals: Houston defensive three second, Denver delay of game. A: 12,022 (19,155).

Trail Blazers 105, Pelicans 101 New Orleans: Gee 0-0 0-0 0, A.Davis 11-19 6-9 28, Ajinca 1-3 0-0 2, Gordon 3-9 3-3 9, Evans 7-15 4-5 19, Holiday 7-14 2-2 19, Asik 0-0 2-4 2, Anderson 5-16 4-4 16, Cole 2-6 0-0 6, Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0, Smith 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-82 21-27 101. Portland: Aminu 4-9 0-0 10, Vonleh 1-5 0-0 2, Plumlee 5-10 5-6 15, Lillard 8-16 11-12 30, McCollum 5-14 3-5 16, Crabbe 2-9 2-2 7, Henderson 7-10 1-1 19, Leonard 1-5 0-1 2, E.Davis 2-2 0-2 4, Harkless 0-1 0-0 0, Frazier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-81 22-29 105. New Orleans 31 17 21 32 — 101 Portland 26 24 28 27 — 105 3PT: New Orleans 8-25 (Holiday 3-6, Cole 2-3, Anderson 2-7, Evans 1-2, A.Davis 0-2, Gordon 0-5), Portland 13-32 (Henderson 4-5, McCollum 3-6, Lillard 3-7, Aminu 2-4, Crabbe 1-7, Leonard 0-3). FO: None. REB: New Orleans 49 (Evans 12), Portland 56 (Plumlee 13). AST: New Orleans 15 (Evans 5), Portland 28 (McCollum, Plumlee 6). Total fouls: New Orleans 22, Portland 21. A: 19,231 (19,980).

Leaders SCORING Curry, GOL Harden, HOU Durant, OKC George, IND James, CLE Westbrook, OKC Lillard, POR Griffin, LAC Davis, NOR Bledsoe, PHX DeRozan, TOR Anthony, NYK Lowry, TOR Thomas, BOS

Through Sunday’s games G 25 24 18 22 21 24 25 24 20 24 25 24 25 24

FG 266 200 170 191 209 216 215 229 172 189 180 180 165 171

FT 148 234 108 142 114 158 111 111 111 115 178 123 131 105

PTS 807 698 495 594 555 626 611 573 468 535 545 523 535 500

AVG 32.3 29.1 27.5 27.0 26.4 26.1 24.4 23.9 23.4 22.3 21.8 21.8 21.4 20.8

NHL SUMMARIES Capitals 4, Penguins 1

Lightning 2, Blue Jackets 1

Washington 2 0 2 — 4 Pittsburgh 1 0 0 — 1 First period: 1, Washington, Backstrom 10 (Oshie, Alzner), 3:53. 2, Washington, Carlson 5 (Chimera, Beagle), 7:04. 3, Pittsburgh, Malkin 14 (Lovejoy, Kessel), 13:59. Penalties: Oshie, Was (interference), 16:04; Dumoulin, Pit (unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:56. Second period: None. Penalties: Cole, Pit (holding), 7:53; Chorney, Was, major (fighting), 17:25; Bonino, Pit, major (fighting), 17:25. Third period: 4, Washington, Oshie 9 (Backstrom), 8:50. 5, Washington, Oshie 10 (Backstrom, Carlson), 19:11 (pp). Penalties: Laich, Was (hooking), 6:28; Maatta, Pit (hooking), 17:50; Malkin, Pit (tripping), 18:37. Shots: Washington 10-14-10: 34. Pittsburgh 15-16-14: 45. Power-plays: Washington 1 of 4; Pittsburgh 0 of 2. Goalies: Washington, Holtby 19-4-1 (45 shots-44 saves). Pittsburgh, Fleury 13-10-2 (34-30). A: 18,520. Referees: Trevor Hanson, Dave Jackson. Linesmen: Tony Sericolo, Brad Kovachik.

Tampa Bay 0 1 1 — 2 Columbus 0 1 0 — 1 First period: None. Penalties: Savard, Clm (holding), 1:21; Callahan, TB, major (fighting), 20:00; Hartnell, Clm, major (fighting), 20:00. Second period: 1, Tampa Bay, Marchessault 3, 11:11. 2, Columbus, Dubinsky 5 (Calvert, Foligno), 16:46. Penalties: Garrison, TB (holding), 2:10. Third period: 3, Tampa Bay, Boyle 8 (Killorn), 6:13 (sh). Penalties: Callahan, TB (hooking), 5:51; Columbus bench, served by Saad (too many men), 14:14. Shots: Tampa Bay 10-13-6: 29. Columbus 7-7-12: 26. Power-plays: Tampa Bay 0 of 2; Columbus 0 of 2. Goalies: Tampa Bay, Bishop 13-9-2 (26 shots-25 saves). Columbus, Korpisalo 0-1-0 (29-27). A: 12,494. Referees: Tom Chmielewski, Dan O’Halloran. Linesmen: Derek Amell, Ryan Gibbons.

Oilers 3, Bruins 2, OT Edmonton 2 0 0 1 — 3 Boston 0 1 1 0 — 2 First period: 1, Edmonton, Eberle 7 (Gryba, Davidson), 8:29. 2, Edmonton, Nugent-Hopkins 8 (Eberle, Nikitin), 13:58. Penalties: Hendricks, Edm, major (fighting), 3:21; Rinaldo, Bos, major (fighting), 3:21; Nurse, Edm (tripping), 4:47; McQuaid, Bos (hooking), 15:33; Hall, Edm (boarding), 15:58; Seidenberg, Bos (holding), 19:21. Second period: 3, Boston, Beleskey 4 (Krejci, Chara), 13:29. Penalties: Letestu, Edm (tripping), 19:50. Third period: 4, Boston, Marchand 15 (Ferraro, Bergeron), 15:22. Penalties: Marchand, Bos (hooking), 2:23. Overtime: 5, Edmonton, Sekera 3 (Eberle, Nugent-Hopkins), :41. Penalties: None. Shots: Edmonton 12-3-7-2: 24. Boston 11-18-20-0: 49. Power-plays: Edmonton 0 of 3; Boston 0 of 3. Goalies: Edmonton, C.Talbot 4-8-1 (49 shots-47 saves). Boston, Gustavsson 5-2-1 (24-21). A: 17,565. Referees: Eric Furlatt, Chris Lee. Linesmen: Brian Murphy, David Brisebois.

Senators 5, Kings 3 Los Angeles 1 1 1 — 3 Ottawa 0 4 1 — 5 First period: 1, Los Angeles, McBain 2 (Carter, Lucic), 14:21. Penalties: Los Angeles bench, served by Mersch (too many men), 5:10; Kopitar, LA (tripping), 14:41. Second period: 2, Ottawa, Hoffman 16 (Zibanejad), 2:29. 3, Ottawa, Turris 13 (Karlsson, Stone), 3:58. 4, Ottawa, Karlsson 7 (Zibanejad), 6:03. 5, Ottawa, Hoffman 17 (Lazar), 14:34. 6, Los Angeles, Toffoli 12 (Martinez, Quick), 17:47 (pp). Penalties: Wiercioch, Ott (tripping), 8:07; Wiercioch, Ott (hooking), 17:20; Gaborik, LA (tripping), 18:28. Third period: 7, Los Angeles, Muzzin 4 (Lucic, Kopitar), 10:00. 8, Ottawa, Zibanejad 5 (Ryan, Hoffman), 12:11. Penalties: Lazar, Ott (tripping), 4:40; Doughty, LA (slashing), 19:05. Shots: Los Angeles 10-12-14: 36. Ottawa 6-8-7: 21. Power-plays: Los Angeles 1 of 3; Ottawa 0 of 4. Goalies: Los Angeles, Quick 16-8-1 (21 shots-16 saves). Ottawa, Anderson 14-9-3 (36-33). A: 17,829. Referees: Kelly Sutherland, Evgeny Romasko. Linesmen: Tim Nowak, Michel Cormier.

Sabres 2, Red Wings 1 Buffalo 0 0 2 — Detroit 0 1 0 — First period: None. Penalties: Zetterberg, Det (hooking), 3:30; Gorges, Buf (hooking), 8:44; Smith, Det (high-sticking), 19:59. Second period: 1, Detroit, Richards 2 (Datsyuk, Helm), 4:01. Penalties: Tatar, Det (holding), 18:29. Third period: 2, Buffalo, R.O’Reilly 11 (Reinhart, Ristolainen), 15:46. 3, Buffalo, Larsson 1 (Weber), 16:47. Penalties: R.O’Reilly, Buf (slashing), 6:24. Missed Penalty Shot: Jurco, Det, 14:56 second. Shots: Buffalo 9-9-12: 30. Detroit 6-13-13: 32. Power-plays: Buffalo 0 of 3; Detroit 0 of 2. Goalies: Buffalo, Johnson 8-9-1 (32 shots-31 saves). Detroit, Mrazek 9-5-3 (30-28). A: 20,027. Referees: Graham Skilliter, Greg Kimmerly. Linesmen: Andy McElman, Devin Berg.

Leaders SCORING Patrick Kane, Chi Jamie Benn, Dal Tyler Seguin, Dal Taylor Hall, Edm Daniel Sedin, Van Erik Karlsson, Ott Johnny Gaudreau, Cgy Mike Cammalleri, NJ John Klingberg, Dal Vladimir Tarasenko, StL Artemi Panarin, Chi Henrik Sedin, Van 6 tied with 28 pts.

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Through Sunday’s games GP 31 30 30 30 31 30 29 30 30 30 31 31

G 19 20 15 14 13 6 12 11 5 18 9 9

A 27 20 25 20 20 26 19 19 25 11 20 20

PTS 46 40 40 34 33 32 31 30 30 29 29 29

GOALS AGAINST AVG. GPI MINS GA AVG Braden Holtby Washington 23 1386 44 1.90 Ben Bishop Tampa Bay 24 1410 46 1.96 Michal Neuvirth Philadelphia 15 840 28 2.00 James Reimer Toronto 16 957 32 2.01 Thomas Greiss NY Islanders 14 829 28 2.03 Jaroslav Halak NY Islanders 17 999 34 2.04 Carey Price Montreal 12 698 24 2.06 Jake Allen St Louis 23 1308 45 2.06 Henrik Lundqvist NY Rangers 24 1427 51 2.14 Jonathan Quick Los Angeles 24 1444 52 2.16 Cory Schneider New Jersey 25 1492 54 2.17 Marc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh 24 1436 53 2.21 Corey Crawford Chicago 24 1397 52 2.23 Mike Condon Montreal 18 1028 39 2.28 Jimmy Howard Detroit 14 838 32 2.29 Martin Jones San Jose 24 1335 51 2.29 Devan Dubnyk Minnesota 23 1328 51 2.30 Roberto Luongo Florida 24 1434 56 2.34 Petr Mrazek Detroit 17 982 39 2.38 Reto Berra Colorado 14 721 29 2.41


STLHIGHSCHOOLSPORTS.COM

12.15.2015 • TuEsday • M 1

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BOYS BASKETBALL • ILLINOIS NOTEBOOK

MONDAY’S RESULTS

Flyers get back to winning ways

GIRLS SWIMMING

Senior guard Blake Marks is on the mark for Wood River Jack Strieker, along with point guard Kolby Schulte. Schneider, a 6-5 post player, has shown flashes ofensively. He’s second on the team with 8 points per game and scored a teamhigh 16 points in the loss against Teutopolis, and Shubert said Schneider also has been a standout defensively.

BY ADAM ZUVANICH sTLhighschoolsports.com

The first two weeks of the boys basketball season were a struggle for East St. Louis, which lost four of its first five games and a Southwestern Conference contest for the first time in two seasons. Now the Flyers are finding their wings. East St. Louis, which fell out of the STLhighschoolsports.com rankings after losing four in a row, went 3-0 last week to even its record at 4-4. The Flyers won consecutive conference games against Collinsville and Belleville and then eked out a three-point win Saturday at Southport, which is the top-ranked team in Indiana’s largest classification according to the preseason Associated Press poll. “It feels awesome,” East St. Louis point guard Marquise Chairs said. “We’re playing as a team and getting our chemistry back. We’re just coming together.” Chairs said the turnaround has been sparked by improved play on defense. First-year coach Phillip Gilbert said he used 11 players in the 67-64 win at Southport, with the team’s defensive pressure gradually wearing down the Cardinals. Diferent players are getting it done ofensively for the Flyers, who have only one player averaging double figures in points, but five others who are scoring at least seven points per game. Karon Randolph scored a team-high 17 points in last week’s 60-55 win against Collinsville, and fellow senior Patrick Baxter finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Chairs, who did not score against Collinsville, led the way in Friday’s 7468 win at Belleville West.

MARKS DOES IT ALL FOR OILERS

PAUL KOPSKY • sTLhighschoolsports.com

Kenny Roberson (4) of East St. Louis goes for a rebound over Marcus Latham of Alton during a game earlier this month.

The 5-foot-10 senior had 17 points and 10 assists for the Flyers, who got 10 points from four other players. Junior guard Reyondous Estes did the most damage against Southport, erupting for 22 points off the bench. Senior shooting guard Kenny Roberson, who leads East St. Louis with 13.6 points per game, scored in double figures in all three wins.

DEFENSE FIRST FOR COUGARS Breese Central has defended its way to a 4-1 start this season, holding opponents to an average of 39 points per game while not allowing more than 44 points in any of its games. Coach Jeremy Shubert is pleased with that part of the Cougars play. Central is No. 6 in the STLhighschoolsports.com rankings for small schools and the top-ranked team in Class 2A in Illinois’ preseason

Associated Press poll. But to finish the season as strongly as it hopes to, Schubert said Breese Central must be better offensively. Senior swingman Logan Kohrmann is the only Cougars player averaging double figures in points, with 13.8 per game. The team made fewer than half of its free throws in a 42-38 loss at home against Teutopolis, the eighth-ranked team in the state. “We have not shot the ball particularly well, and our free-throw percentage is way down,” Kohrmann said. “But we have plenty of shooters on the team. I think it’ll come around.” Shubert said the 6-foot-2 Kohrmann, who led last year’s team with 19.2 points per game, can be more productive than he has been. The coach said he also hopes for more scoring out of fellow returning starters Mitchel Rule, Chase Schneider and

Blake Marks isn’t just the best player at Wood River. He’s the Oilers’ best player in just about every facet of the game. Marks, a 6-1 senior shooting guard, is among the top scorers in the St. Louis area with 23 points per game this season. He also leads the Oilers (35) with 6.6 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists and 2.3 steals. The only major statistical categories in which Marks does not lead his team are blocked shots and turnovers. “He pretty much does it all,” Wood River coach Kyle Duncan said. “He runs our point, and he’s probably our best person rebounding and boxing out. And he’s just as good defensively as he is ofensively, I think. He can also guard the other team’s best player and shut them down as well.” Marks, who also is a standout baseball player for the Oilers, has been productive even though other teams gear their game plan to stop him. Duncan said Marks has faced double-teams, boxand-one sets and triangleand-two defenses. He’s been able to overcome that pressure by shooting well from the perimeter – Marks is 12 of 32 from 3-point range – and getting to the free-throw line. Marks is 66 of 86 on foul shots.

BOYS BASKETBALL • MISSOURI NOTEBOOK

Jennings gets out to a quick start BY DAVID KVIDAHL sTLhighschoolsports.com

JENNINGS • Travis Wal-

lace asked nicely. Then he pleaded. When that didn’t work Wallace, the Jennings boys basketball coach, did everything short of fall to his hands and knees and beg his team to get out of the gym. It was time to go. “Every day, it’s like this every day,” Wallace said. Every day in December? Sure. But it’s been every day he opens the gym, April to August. If there’s an open gym, they’re in it. And the results are showing. The No. 7 team in the STLhighschoolsports.com small-schools rankings, Jennings is 5-0 and was given the No. 6 seed at the ultra-competitive Coaches vs. Cancer Holiday Tournament. Wallace was as surprised as anyone else when the results came back at the seeding meeting. “Every year they would give us the nine seed,” Wallace said. “I was going in expecting a nine seed.” The Warriors returned most of their roster from last season and, for the first time in Wallace’s four years, are senior-laden. There are seven seniors, four of which have been in the program their entire careers. Their familiarity with one another is a driving force for the team’s success. “We played JV together, we grew up together at the

middle school,” senior guard Darius Rice said. “Seven seniors is pretty nice.” The 6-foot-2, 170-pound Rice is a fouryear program guy that has seen major varsity minutes since his sophomore season. Rice averages 16 points, five assists and two steals a night. Wallace sees him as the Warriors’ lynchpin this winter. Tahj Welch, Pernell Walker and Ronnelle Baker are also four-year program guys. They were freshmen when Wallace took over the program. Senior guard Bobby Sanders is in his second season with the Warriors and has been a playmaker. Sanders averages 17 points and five assists. He’s one of four football players on the roster who have brought a relentlessness to the basketball team. “We have a lot of football players on this team, when you’re playing them it’s even better,” Rice said. “They’re hard working and they play hard all the time.” Junior forward Rajae Johnson has put up 13 points and seven rebounds a game so far.

mey said. The field is a fan’s delight. It kicks off at 1 p.m. at CBC with Soldan (6-1) against Alton (6-1). At 2:30 p.m. No. 9 small school Whitfield (3-2) plays Fayette Ware (5-3) out of Tennessee. No. 5 SS Riverview Gardens (2-3) plays perennial power Cardinal Ritter (2-2) at 4 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. No. 4 LS St. Louis U. High (4-2) takes on Bogan (5-1) out of Chicago. Bogan is the No. 7 team in the Chicago SunTimes’s Super 25 rankings. No. 3 LS CBC (3-3) meets Curie (4-0) at 7 p.m. Curie is the No. 4 team in the Sun-Times’ Super 25. Curie is led by 6-4 DePaul recruit Devin Gage. The finale is No. 2 SS Vashon (6-1) against Morgan Park (3-1). Morgan Park is the No. 1 team in the Sun-Times Super 25 and the No. 1 team in the Associated Press Class 3A poll. Memphis-bound point guard Charlie Moore is an electric guard. At 5-10 and 160 pounds, Moore can flat out ball. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students with school identification.

SHOWDOWN FIELD STACKED

CHAMINADE CHRISTMAS PLANS

Terrell Ramey’s ninth Midwest Showdown Shootout boasts the best slate of games you can find on a Saturday chock-full of basketball goodness. “I went with what I’d want to see as a fan,” Ra-

If you’ve been unable to catch Chaminade up close and personal there is good news. No tickets will be needed to see the Red Devils play in the first three games of their own Christmas tour-

nament. The No. 1 large school, Chaminade (5-1) will Dec. 18-23 at the City of Palms Classic in Ft. Myers Fla. against some of the best competition in the nation. When it returns, it will enjoy a few days off before opening up play in its own tournament on Dec. 28 against a field that includes Soldan, John Burroughs, Hazelwood West, Bayless, Northwest Academy, St. Pius X and Cleveland. Chaminade athletics director Tom Fernandez said the school will do without tickets the first three rounds of the tournament and allow walk up sales like most other high school events. Fernandez says the championship game will have presold tickets.

TATUM NAMED TO USA ROSTER On Monday, Jayson Tatum was named to the 2016 Nike Hoop Summit Team USA roster. The game features America’s top high school seniors against a team of the rest of the world’s top players 19 and under. The event will take place on April 9 in Portland. Tatum, the reigning Post-Dispatch All-Metro boys basketball player of the year, is averaging 32 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 1 block through six games this season. He signed with Duke in November.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Marissa 10 6 8 7 31 ME Lutheran 8 13 11 5 37 Ma (3-7): Skorcz 12. FG 11 (3), FT 6-13. Carlyle 8 9 6 10 33 Breese C. 14 24 8 13 59 C (0-12): Pieron 10. FG 12 (1), FT 8-15. B (7-1): Albers 13, Beckmann 10, Meissner 10. FG 23 (5), FT 8-12. Freeburg 8 5 10 8 31 Lebanon 12 16 12 9 49 L (9-0): K. Bass 13, K. Bass 13, E. Reinneck 12. FG 21 (3), FT 4-6. Zumwalt East 5 19 9 7 40 Haz. West 9 10 17 9 45 H: Chappel 18, Watkins 15. FG 18 (3), FT 6-16. Orchard Farm 5 14 10 23 52 Haz. East 12 6 9 11 38 O (1-5): N. Heitmann 15, Leake 11, Johnston 10, M. Knobbe 10. FG 21 (0), FT 10-15. H: Finnie 11, Jones 10. FG 16 (1), FT 5-13. Kennedy 6 7 3 13 29 Rosati-Kain 2 12 13 13 40 K (3-4): Bogard 11. FG 12 (1), FT 4-12. R (1-4): Theobald 14, Bruce 12. FG 15 (6), FT 4-16. MS-Berkeley 13 10 11 15 49 Afton 4 3 4 7 18 M: Herrion 13, Jennings 10. FG 15 (2), FT 7-16. A (2-4): Overall 6. FG 7 (0), FT 4-10. Troy 4 4 9 8 25 Holt 17 13 8 15 53 H (3-2): N. Griesnauer 14, Forrest 11. FG 19 (5), FT 10-16. Clayton 12 18 10 16 56 Luth. South 12 10 9 24 55 L (3-2): Member-Meneh 32. FG 18 (5), FT 14-21. Potosi 8 18 23 15 64 Festus 17 14 24 14 69 F (4-3): J. Oetting 32, Frazier 19, Fallert 10. FG 26 (5), FT 12-22. Paciic 13 17 13 13 56 New Haven 10 13 15 12 50 P (3-4): Morgan 14, Rogers 14. FG 22 (5), FT 7-9. Wesclin 9 4 18 15 46 Triad 17 22 9 13 61 W (4-6): Kellogg 20, Meddows 12. FG 19 (6), FT 2-4. T (7-1): Thompson 22, Burroughs 21, Woods 11. FG 22 (5), FT 12-15. Jerseyville 7 9 10 13 39 Gillespie 10 11 13 11 45 J (5-4): Thurston 22. FG 14 (3), FT 8-11. G (4-3): B. Jarman 10, Niemeyer 10. FG 18 (3), FT 6-14. Steeleville 6 13 7 11 44 Dupo 7 13 4 13 48 S (2-8): Gerlach 15, Hood 10. FG 14 (5), FT 11-18. D (8-3): Brown 19, Campbell 16. FG 15 (0), FT 18-30. North Callawa 14 15 17 23 69 Van-Far 14 10 13 17 54 N (1-5): Bertschinger 17, M. Ausfahl 10, M. Ausfahl 10, Bush 10. FG 27 (4), FT 11-18. Waterloo 13 9 20 9 51 Gibault 7 9 5 8 29 G (2-6): Deterding 11. FG 11 (2), FT 5-8.

Collegiate 0 2 8 0 10 McKinley 22 15 12 11 60 M (4-2): Reece 17, Batteast 15, McCollough 11. FG 25 (3), FT 7-15. St.Chas. West 13 11 7 15 46 Liberty 11 7 9 4 31 S (2-4): Poindexter 17, Andrezejewski 13. FG 16 (8), FT 5-8. L: Ingle 11, Kruse 11. FG 9 (2), FT 11-0. Highland 10 11 15 11 47 Centralia, Il 10 14 10 7 41 H (6-3): Ponce 15, Wellen 12. FG 16 (1), FT 14-21. C (2-4): N. Maines 15, Mounes 10. FG 15 (2), FT 9-12. Staunton 5 3 2 17 27 Mount Olive 19 13 20 15 67 M (10-2): Niehaus 21, Henke 13. FG 30 (3), FT 4-10. Brussels 18 11 19 17 65 Griggsville-P 12 8 11 23 54 B (10-2): Kiel 22, Stephens 18, Maag 13. FG 29 (1), FT 6-11. G: Battefeid 20, Smith 13. FG 21 (6), FT 6-6. Roxana 8 14 11 12 45 Carlinville 16 4 14 8 42 R (5-4): Rexford 19, A. Palen 11, Kreutztrager 10. FG 17 (3), FT 8-12. Wood River 3 6 7 6 22 Columbia 27 17 24 6 74 W (2-9): Campbell 10. FG 9 (1), FT 3-4. C (7-2): Weilbacher 13, Foster 12, Newland 11. FG 33 (4), FT 4-9.

St. Charles 11 19 13 19 62 Pattonville 18 21 14 33 86 P: Henderson Jr. 28, Cosby 20, Williams 11. FG 31 (4), FT 20-28. Carnahan 17 23 12 12 64 Gateway STEM 0 0 0 0 55 C (4-3): Wright 13. FG 24 (5), FT 11-15. O’F Christian 5 12 2 12 31 Trinity 14 16 10 18 58 O (2-3): Carlisle 14, Rodgers 10. FG 8 (4), FT 11-16. St. Dominic 16 19 15 11 61 Kennedy 2 5 10 10 27 S (5-3): North 14, Mueller 12. FG 25 (7), FT 4-5. K (3-5): McAleenan 13. FG 12 (1), FT 2-5. Lutheran SC 12 13 7 18 50 St.Chas. West 16 14 23 18 71 L (3-4): Masters 22, Jones 12. FG 17 (5), FT 11-15. Afton 8 20 19 26 73 Seckman 14 20 23 19 76 A (4-2): Ford 37, Williams 20. FG 21 (2), FT 29-47. Ste.Gen. 16 12 15 20 63 Hillsboro 14 15 19 24 72 H (4-2): Schwartz 21, Pinkley 14, Brewer 13, Besand 11. FG 25 (8), FT 14-18.

Lutheran St Charles 158, McCluer 63, McCluer South Berkeley 18 200 Medley Relay:LutheranSt.Charles,2:15.57 200 Freestyle: Westrich, Lutheran St. Charles 2:32.48 200 IM: Leigh, Lutheran St. Charles, 2:42.97 50 Freestyle: Rodgers, Lutheran St. Charles, 27.20 100 Butterly: McCluer - Tallent 1:14.94 100 Freestyle: Westrich, Lutheran St. Charles, 1:09.40 500 Freestyle: Dennison, Lutheran St. Charles, 6:09.28 200 Free Relay: Lutheran St. Charles 2:11.67 100 Backstroke: Rodgers, Lutheran St. Charles, 1:11.19 100 Breaststroke: Dennison, Lutheran St. Charles, 1:22.17 400 Free Relay: Lutheran St. Charles, 4:29.90 -MICDS 90, Westminster 80 200 medley relay: 1. Westminster, 2:05.56 200 freestyle: 1. Megan Ross, MICDS, 2:02.82 200 IM: 1. Tami Nourie, MICDS, 2:27.68 50 freestyle: 1. Wieberg, Westminster, 26.56 100 butterly: 1. Nicole Shearing, MICDS, 1:05.55 100 freestyle: 1. Geneva Lee, MICDS, 58.17 500 freestyle: 1. Megan Ross, MICDS, 5:31.01 200 freestyle relay: 1. Westminster, 1:47.35 100 backstroke: 1. Lauren Massot, Westminster, 1:05.77 100 breaststroke: 1. Tami Nourie, MICDS, 1:18.18 400 freestyle relay: 1. MICDS, 3:56.31 -Washington 108, Kennedy 61 200 medley relay: 1. Washington, 2:22.5; 2. Kennedy, 2:31.25 200 freestyle: 1. Moreland, Washington, 2:16.34; 2. Crump, Kennedy, 2:48.55 200 individual relay: 1. Schueppert, Kennedy, 3:00.15; 2. Stefenson, Kennedy, 3:00.53 50 freestyle: 1. Dohm, Washington, 27.05; 2. Struckhof, Washington, 27.81 100 butterly: 1. Schueppert, Kennedy, 1:26.02; 2. Farrell, Washington, 1:37 100 freestyle: 1. Struckhof, Washington, 1:04.04; 2. Sonder, Washington, 1:18 500 freestyle: 1. Hauck, Kennedy, 7:25.99; 2. Tchiblakian, Washington, 7:26.93 200 freestyle relay: 1. Washington, 1:58.31; 2. Washington, 2:14.38 100 backstroke: 1. Moreland, Washington, 1:04; 2. Stefenson, Kennedy, 1:26 100 breaststroke: 1. Belt, Kennedy, 1:27.68; 2. Tchiblakian, Washinton, 1:29.10 400 freestyle relay: 1. Washington, 4:26.65; 2. Washington, 5:49.84

BOYS BASKETBALL

TUESDAY’S SCHEDULE BOYS BASKETBALL Owensville at Sullivan, 5:30 p.m. Riverview Gardens at Marion, 5:30 p.m. MICDS at Principia, 6 p.m. Wesclin at Highland, 6 p.m. Staunton at Piasa Southwestern, 6 p.m. North Callaway at Van-Far, 6 p.m. Potosi at De Soto, 6 p.m. Okawville at Greenville, 6 p.m. Lebanon at Marissa, 6:15 p.m. DuBourg at Barat, 6:30 p.m. Timberland at Zumwalt North, 6:30 p.m. Hermann at St. Clair, 7 p.m. Priory at St. Mary’s, 7 p.m. St. James at Union, 7 p.m. St. Charles at Liberty, 7 p.m. Hazelwood East at University City, 7 p.m. Lindbergh at Vianney, 7 p.m. Ritenour at Francis Howell, 7 p.m. Howell North at Zumwalt East, 7 p.m. Troy at Holt, 7 p.m. Fox at Oakville, 7 p.m. Brentwood at Orchard Farm, 7 p.m. Warrenton at Howell Central, 7 p.m. Civic Memorial at Mascoutah, 7:30 p.m. Zumwalt South at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Belleville West at Belleville East, 7:30 p.m. Valley Park at Crystal City, 7:30 p.m. Paciic at New Haven, 7:30 p.m. St. Pius X at Park Hills Central, 7:30 p.m. Festus at Grandview, 7:30 p.m. Litchield at Roxana, 7:30 p.m. Carlinville at Jerseyville, 7:30 p.m. Jeferson at Windsor, 7:30 p.m. Breese Central at Freeburg, 7:45 p.m. Columbia at Red Bud, 7:45 p.m.

Steeleville at Dupo, 7:45 p.m. Triad at Carlyle, 7:45 p.m. Roosevelt at Cahokia, 8 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL Belleville West at Belleville East, 5:30 p.m. Howell Central at Francis Howell, 5:30 p.m. Webster Groves at Westminster, 5:30 p.m. Oakville at Fox, 6 p.m. Maplewood-RH at O’Fallon Christian, 6 p.m. Roosevelt at Soldan, 6 p.m. Ladue at Notre Dame, 6 p.m. Sumner vs. Vashon, at Miller Career, 6 p.m. St. Vincent at Valle Catholic, 6 p.m. Roxana vs. Windsor, at Gibault, 6 p.m. Mater Dei at Okawville, 6:15 p.m. Zumwalt South at St. Charles, 6:30 p.m. Holt at Warrenton, 6:30 p.m. Seckman at Lindbergh, 7 p.m. Washington at Hermann, 7:30 p.m. Valley Park at Valmeyer, 7:30 p.m. Red Bud vs. Alton Marq., at Gibault, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Carterville, 7:45 p.m.

HOCKEY Holt at Fort Zumwalt West, 8:30 p.m.

WRESTLING Timberland at Francis Howell, 7 p.m.

GIRLS SWIMMING St. Joseph’s at Fort Zumwalt West, 3:30 p.m. St. Charles West at Hazelwood East, 4 p.m.

BOYS BASKETBALL AREA LEADERS Players that have played at least three games qualify for area leaders. Points Jayson Tatum, Chaminade Koby Klaus, Grandview Mark Rogers, Ladue Isaiah Ford, Afton Corey Shepherd, Haz. East Zeke Moore, Riverview Nic Hagel, Steeleville Aaron Cook, Westminster Javon Pickett, B. East Kamau Kinder, Festus

Pts 192 134 153 122 73 121 144 96 163 93

Avg 32.0 26.8 25.5 24.4 24.3 24.2 24.0 24.0 23.3 23.3

Assists Sam Rhoads, Valley Park Mark Smith, Edwardsville Robyion Hughes, Ritenour Skylar Sappington, B’wood Yuri Collins, St. Mary’s Hasaan Decarolis, SC West Koby Klaus, Grandview Gus Kleekamp, Borgia Zach Bush, U. City Marquise Chairs, East SL

No 62 56 32 28 55 27 33 26 44 37

Rebounds Kyler Jones, Miller Career Caleb Strauss, Warrenton AJ Epenesa, Edwardsville D. Youngblood, ChA Levi Stockard III, Vashon Tyree White, North Tech Michael Thompson, P. North Carte’Are Gordon, Vianney R. Henderson Jr., P’ville Marlon Gilyard, Miller

No 80 56 79 117 77 76 61 72 36 46

Avg 16.0 14.0 13.2 13.0 12.8 12.7 12.2 12.0 12.0 11.5

Free-Throw Pct. Alec Crepps, FZ West N. Bulanda, Marquett Eli Fox, Gillespie S. Cofman, BkH J. Woodcock, Sulliv. Bryce Berry, W’ield C. Ambrose, Howell A. Boonshaft, PwC Luke DeLine, Borgia T. Schwartz, H’boro

Att Avg 13 100.0 11 100.0 10 100.0 28 92.9 14 92.9 14 92.9 13 92.3 13 92.3 12 91.7 12 91.7

3-Point Field Goals Tracy Gentry, Roxana Oliver Stephen, Edville. Justin Bailey, PSW Ryan Warren-Hogue, McCluer Teddy Fifer, ME Lutheran Zeke Moore, Riverview Jake Kampf, Barat Brian Hutson, Cleveland Marcus Latham, Alton Nick Price, Gillespie

No 36 30 20 11 18 18 17 27 13 13

Avg 4.50 4.29 4.00 3.67 3.60 3.60 3.40 3.38 3.25 3.25

Steals Aaron Cook, Westminster Chris Colley, Edwardsville Kevin Butler, Webster Koby Klaus, Grandview Mario McKinney, Vashon Eli Brooks, Grandview Tryson Thornton, St. Pius Trey Marshall, St. James Courtney Ramey, Webster Marquise Chairs, East SL

No 13 11 10 26 13 13 12 12 11 11

No 23 31 13 21 24 20 16 12 12 23

Avg 8.86 8.00 8.00 7.00 6.88 6.75 6.60 6.50 6.29 6.17

Avg 5.75 4.43 4.33 4.20 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 4.00 3.83

BOYS BASKETBALL • AREA RANKINGS LARGE SCHOOLS Rank, team Rec. LW 1. Chaminade 5-1 1 2. Haz. Central 4-1 2 3. CBC 3-3 3 4. SLUH 5-2 4 5. Vianney 4-2 5 6. Webster Groves 3-0 6 7. Parkway West 5-0 7 8. Edwardsville 5-2 NR 9. Ladue 5-1 NR 10. Francis Howell 3-1 10

SMALL SCHOOLS Rank, team Rec. LW 1. Althof 6-1 1 2. Vashon 5-1 2 3. Okawville 6-0 3 4. Mater Dei 2-1 4 5. Riverview Gard. 2-3 6 6. Breese Central 4-1 10 7. Jennings 5-0 NR 8. Borgia 3-1 5 9 Whitield 3-2 8 10. North Tech 5-2 7


SPORTS

B8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Club hopes to escape month-long rut BLUES AT JETS

BLUES • FROM B1

recovered, winning six of their final seven games in the regular season, and went on to win the Stanley Cup. Now, the Blues now find themselves in a whirlpool they can’t seem to swim clear of. Over the past month, the Blues have almost perfectly alternated wins and losses. (A shootout loss to the New York Islanders is all that spoils the symmetry over the past 15 games.) They haven’t been good, at least in relative terms, but they haven’t been bad either. They have been essentially a .500 team over the past month. How this story ends has yet to be written. This current run — in which the Blues are 6-7-3 since Nov. 10 — may stand out because the Blues haven’t had a whole lot of comparable blips recently, especially ones that lasted a month. Last season, the team went 6-6-1 from Feb. 6 to March 5, but that came on the heels of a franchise record streak of 13 games where they had gotten points and that .500 stretch had some variety to it, with the Blues having a three-game win streak in the middle of it. Everything else last season falls in the minor slump category: a 1-4 stretch in December, a 1-3-1 run in March. In 2013-14, there was the injury-induced 0-6 run to end the season. Other than that, the Blues never lost more than two in a row. The reason for the Blues’ struggles this season are clear. While the defense has remained essentially solid, with the best penalty kill in the league and one of the best goaltenders in Jake Allen, the offense has stagnated. And it’s not for a lack of chances; the Blues are seventh in the league in shots per game but 20th in goals per game, at 2.48. The Blues have gone from battling for first in the Central to battling for second. They were one point back of first-place Dallas and three points up on third-place Nashville and Minnesota on Nov. 10, coming of a 2-0 win over New Jersey and six wins in seven games. Then things went haywire. They will go into Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg eight points out of first, tied with Chicago for second and two points up on fourth place Minnesota. They have, however, expanded the gap between themselves and the last team out of the playof picture by two points.The Blues are equidistant between first place in the division and sixth place. The question is, how long can the Blues survive if they don’t start winning on a more consistent basis than every other game? “With our division being such a tight division, where teams are winning each night and you play each other so many times, you can’t afford to slide for too long,” Brouwer said. “Otherwise you’re going to be on the outside. “The faster you can get out of it, the faster you can get confidence back in your

When • Tuesday at 7 p.m. Where • MTS Centre TV, radio • Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX (1120 AM) Blues • After a ive-game homestand that produced a record of 2-3, perhaps the Blues won’t mind going on the road. The club is 8-4-2 on the road this season and has points in its last three consecutive road games. The schedule takes the Blues to in Winnipeg, where they won 4-2 on Oct. 18. But these days, the Blues are having diiculty scoring. They are 5-5-3 in their past 13 games and despite averaging 30 shots on goal in that stretch are averaging 2.08 goals per game. Jets • After 30 games, Winnipeg has a record of 14-14-12 for 30 points. The Jets are coming of a 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks Friday, dropping their record to 3-9 against the Central Division this season. Winnipeg has made one noteworthy change since their loss to Chicago, pairing defensemen Jacob Trouba and Dustin Byfuglien together in practice. Injuries • Blues — LW Jaden Schwartz (ankle), LW Steve Ott (hamstring), out; Jets — G Ondrej Pavelec (sprained knee) and D Grant Clitsome (back), out.

M 1 • TUeSDAy • 12.15.2015

NO LINE: Colts/Texans. Points Underdog Open Current

NFL Favorite

Thursday RAMS PK PK Saturday Jets 3 3 Sunday VIKINGS 5 5 JAGUARS 3.5 3.5 COLTS NL NL Chiefs 7 7.5 WASHINGTON PK PK PATRIOTS 14 14 Cards 3.5 3.5 Panthers NL NL SEAHAWKS 14 14.5 Packers 3 3 CHARGERS NL NL STEELERS 6 6 Bengals 4 4 Monday SAINTS 3 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWLS Favorite Points

COWBOYS Bears Falcons Texans RAVENS Bills Titans EAGLES GIANTS Browns RAIDERS Dolphins Broncos 49ERS Lions Underdog

December 31

ORANGE | Miami Gardens, FL Oklahoma 3 3.5 Clemson Saturday NEW MEXICO 10.5 9.5

Arizona

NEW MEXICO

LAS VEGAS 3 2.5

Utah

BYU

CAMELLIA | Montgomery, AL App’chian St 9.5 7.5 Ohio U CURE BOWL | Orlando, Fla San Jose St 4 3 Georgia St LA Tech

NEW ORLEANS 1.5 2

Arkansas St

W Kentucky

December 21 MIAMI BEACH 3.5 2.5

S Florida

Utah St

December 22 POTATO | Boise, Idaho 6.5 6.5

Akron

Temple

BOCA RATON | Florida 1 1

Toledo

December 23 POINSETTIA | San Diego Boise St 8.5 8.5

NIU

GODADDY | Mobile, Ala. Bowl Green 7.5 7.5 Ga Southern December 24 BAHAMAS 3.5 3.5

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Mid Tenn St

HAWAII | Honolulu 2 1.5 San Diego St

Cincinnati

Marshall

December 26 ST. PETERSBURG | Florida 4 4 Connecticut

Wash St

SUN | El Paso, Texas 2.5 2.5 Miami-Fla

Washington

HEART OF DALLAS 8.5 8.5

So Miss

Indiana

PINSTRIPE | Bronx 2 2

Duke

INDEPENDENCE | Shreveport Va Tech 13.5 13.5 Tulsa Ucla

FOSTER FARMS | Santa Clara, Calif. 6.5 6.5 Nebraska December 28 MILITARY | Annapolis, Md. 4 4 Pittsburgh

Navy

QUICK LANE | Detroit 6 6 C Michigan

Minnesota

December 29 ARMED FORCES | Fort Worth, Texas California 6 7 Air Force Baylor

RUSSELL | Orlando 3 3 N Carolina

Colorado St

ARIZONA | Tucson 3 3

Nevada

TEXAS | Houston 6.5 7

Texas Tech

LSU December 30

December 30 BIRMINGHAM | Alabama 2.5 2.5 Memphis

Auburn

BELK | Charlotte, N.C. 6 5.5

Miss St

NC State

MUSIC CITY | Nashville Texas A&M 2.5 2.5 Louisville HOLIDAY | San Diego 3 3 Wisconsin

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COTTON | Arlington Texas Alabama 9 9.5 Michigan State

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room and start playing the right way again, playing for each other, the faster you will get out of your slump and get yourself back on the right track,” he said. “The good thing is, we did a real good job in the beginning of the season collecting points and getting of to a good start,and that’s helped us to maintain our spot within the standings and within the playoffs at the moment. We’ve got to find a way as quickly as possible to get out of this slide.” Other teams have gone through problems like this. Two seasons ago, the Kings had a stretch where they lost nine out of 10 games. They won the Stanley Cup. But you can also find runs like that for teams that don’t make the playoffs, and that’s the risk, that the Blues fail to make the playoffs. Though there’s more than half the season still to play — the Winnipeg game is No. 32 — all signs point to the top five teams in the Central Division making the playofs, so there’s a bit of margin for error, except that there are six teams that look playof worthy, including Winnipeg, which currently is sixth. What the Blues may need most of all to get out this rut — other than getting Jaden Schwartz back in the lineup, which would give the ofense a major boost — is a winning streak. They’re at the point where back-to-back wins would signify progress. “Once you get that winning feeling again, it gets contagious,” Brouwer said, “and then you just go from there.”

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TUESDAY 7 Duke vs. Ga. Southern, 6 p.m. 22 UCLA vs. Louisiana-Laf., 8 p.m. 23 Cincinnati vs. Norfolk State, 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY 11 North Carolina vs. Tulane, 6 p.m. 13 Arizona vs. Northern Arizona, 9 p.m. 16 Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons, 7 p.m. 18 SMU vs. Nicholls State, 7 p.m. 19 Louisville vs. Kennesaw State, 6 p.m. THURSDAY 18 SMU vs. Hampton, 6 p.m. 20 West Virginia vs. Marshall, 6 p.m. SATURDAY 1 Michigan State at Northeastern, 11:30 a.m. 2 Kansas vs. Montana, 1 p.m. 3 Oklahoma vs. Creighton, 1 p.m. 4 Kentucky vs. Ohio State at the Barclays Center, 2:30 p.m. 5 Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa (Des Moines) 6 p.m. 6 Maryland vs. Princeton (Baltimore) 6 p.m. 7 Duke vs. Utah (New York) 11 a.m. 8 Virginia vs. No. 12 Villanova, 11 a.m. 9 Purdue vs. No. 17 Butler (Indianapolis) 4 p.m. 10 Xavier vs. Auburn, 11 a.m. 11 North Carolina vs. No. 22 UCLA at the Barclays Center, Noon 13 Arizona vs. UNLV, 8:30 p.m. 14 Providence vs. Rider, 7 p.m. 15 Miami vs. College of Charleston, 1 p.m. 16 Baylor at No. 24 Texas A&M, 8 p.m. 19 Louisville vs. Western Kentucky, 11 a.m. 21 G. Wash. vs. St. Peter’s, Noon 23 Cincinnati at VCU, 3 p.m. 25 UConn vs. UMass-Lowell (Hartford, Conn.) 3 p.m.

East Columbia 78, Robert Morris 71 Hartford 80, Sacred Heart 71 Manhattan 71, St. Francis Brooklyn 60 SC-Upstate 66, Navy 57 South Alcorn St. 68, Blue Mountain 60 Charleston S. 107, Columbia International 74 Coast. Carolina 71, Wofford 63 Erskine 70, Catawba 63 Marshall 92, NC Central 73 NC Wesleyan 75, Guilford 66 North Florida 94, FIU 72 Piedmont 74, Berry 72 Southern Miss. 57, South Alabama 54 Tennessee St. 93, Stetson 90, 2OT Tulane 63, Prairie View 49 UNC Pembroke 84, Winston-Salem 64 W. Carolina 97, E. Washington 80 Midwest Grand View 92, Roosevelt 69 Southwest North Texas 78, Nicholls St. 60 Sam Houston 96, LeTourneau 54 Far West No scores reported from the Far West.

AREA COLLEGES Scores, schedule MEN’S BASKETBALL Maryville 79, Robert-Morris Springfield 35 Central Oklahoma 66, Lindenwood 59 TUESDAY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE W: Harris-Stowe at Central Methodist, 11:30 a.m. W: Mid-South at St. Louis CC, 5:30 p.m. M: Mineral Area at SWIC, 7 p.m. M: Lincoln at St. Louis CC, 7:30 p.m.

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Patriots 27, Texans 6 New England 7 10 3 7 — 27 Houston 3 3 0 0 — 6 First Quarter NE: K.Martin 2 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 7:22. Hou: FG Novak 37, 2:38. Second Quarter NE: FG Gostkowski 43, 12:13. Hou: FG Novak 45, 9:26. NE: Gronkowski 1 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), :14. Third Quarter NE: FG Gostkowski 49, 11:48. Fourth Quarter NE: White 2 run (Gostkowski kick), 12:04. NE Hou First downs 18 7 Total Net Yards 313 189 Rushes-yards 31-116 22-87 Passing 197 102 Punt Returns 4-46 3-22 Kickoff Returns 3-67 1-19 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 22-30-0 12-24-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-29 6-57 Punts 6-44.0 7-45.3 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1 Penalties-Yards 6-46 4-36 Time of Possession 35:14 24:46 Rushing: New England, Blount 10-53, Bolden 16-51, Brady 4-10, White 1-2. Houston, Grimes 7-53, Polk 11-34, Hunt 1-1, Shorts III 2-0, Hoyer 1-(minus 1). Passing: New England, Brady 22-30-0-226. Houston, Yates 1-2-0-4, Hoyer 11-22-0-155. Receiving: New England, Amendola 6-46, LaFell 5-32, Gronkowski 4-87, White 4-38, K.Martin 3-23. Houston, Hopkins 3-52, Polk 2-14, Grimes 2-9, Shorts III 2-9, Washington 1-49, Griffin 1-20, Strong 1-6. Missed Field Goals: None. A: 71,908.

Week 14 leaders PASSERS Ru. Wilson, SEA C. Palmer, ARI Dalton, CIN Brady, NWE T. Taylor, BUF Brees, NOR A. Rodgers, GBY C. Newton, CAR Roethlisberger, PIT D. Carr, OAK Al. Smith, KAN Rivers, SND J. McCown, CLE Cousins, WAS Hoyer, HOU Cutler, CHI Mariota, TEN E. Manning, NYG M. Stafford, DET Fitzpatrick, NYJ Bortles, JAX Tannehill, MIA Hasselbeck, IND M. Ryan, ATL J. Winston, TAM Bridgewater, MIN Flacco, BAL Bradford, PHL Kaepernick, SNF Luck, IND Cassel, DAL Foles, STL P. Manning, DEN

AttCmp 384 264 453 292 386 255 537 345 307 195 497 337 461 282 394 233 344 231 455 283 399 257 541 359 292 186 454 314 329 199 396 248 364 227 469 292 491 319 445 267 501 288 435 267 211 131 513 338 409 239 383 250 413 266 397 251 244 144 293 162 196 116 337 190 322 193

PCT 68.8 64.5 66.1 64.2 63.5 67.8 61.2 59.1 67.2 62.2 64.4 66.4 63.7 69.2 60.5 62.6 62.4 62.3 65 60 57.5 61.4 62.1 65.9 58.4 65.3 64.4 63.2 59 55.3 59.2 56.4 59.9

Yds TD 3289 26 4003 31 3250 25 4138 33 2439 18 3794 25 3175 28 3062 28 2989 15 3313 28 3034 15 3976 23 2109 12 3306 18 2357 18 3027 16 2786 19 3318 24 3409 24 3129 25 3524 30 3077 21 1444 8 3705 17 3059 18 2733 9 2791 14 2664 14 1615 6 1881 15 1239 5 2052 7 2180 9

RECEIVERS Receptions Ju. Jones, ATL An. Brown, PIT Fitzgerald, ARI De. Hopkins, HOU B. Marshall, NYJ Dem. Thomas, DEN Beckham Jr., NYG Landry, MIA A. Green, CIN G. Tate, DET D. Walker, TEN Maclin, KAN Ca. Johnson, DET Crabtree, OAK Yards Ju. Jones, ATL An. Brown, PIT De. Hopkins, HOU B. Marshall, NYJ A. Green, CIN Beckham Jr., NYG Fitzgerald, ARI A. Robinson, JAX Dem. Thomas, DEN Gronkowski, NWE Hilton, IND Ca. Johnson, DET Olsen, CAR Maclin, KAN A. Cooper, OAK

No Yds 109 1426 100 1397 96 1088 89 1221 89 1187 88 1067 78 1154 78 821 76 1169 76 675 74 871 72 935 71 981 70 779 Yds No 1426 109 1397 100 1221 89 1187 89 1169 76 1154 78 1088 96 1084 66 1067 88 1018 61 987 58 981 71 969 65 935 72 920 62

Avg Long TD 13.1 54 6 14.0 59 7 11.3 44 7 13.7 61t 10 13.3 69t 11 12.1 48t 3 14.8 87t 10 10.5 50t 4 15.4 80t 8 8.9 43 4 11.8 61t 4 13.0 61 5 13.8 57 7 11.1 38t 7 Avg Long TD 13.1 54 6 14.0 59 7 13.7 61t 10 13.3 69t 11 15.4 80t 8 14.8 87t 10 11.3 44 7 16.4 52 12 12.1 48t 3 16.7 76t 10 17.0 87t 5 13.8 57 7 14.9 52 6 13.0 61 5 14.8 68t 4

RUSHERS A. Peterson, MIN D. Martin, TAM J. Stewart, CAR Gurley, STL Ivory, NYJ L. Murray, OAK L. McCoy, BUF D. Freeman, ATL Rawls, SEA Ch. Johnson, ARI McFadden, DAL De. Williams, PIT Ma. Ingram, NOR Gore, IND Yeldon, JAX

Att Yards 268 1251 238 1214 242 989 189 975 217 914 215 878 193 866 193 851 147 830 196 814 192 798 164 773 166 769 210 762 182 740

Avg Long TD 4.7 80t 9 5.1 84 5 4.1 44 6 5.2 71t 8 4.2 54 7 4.1 54 5 4.5 48t 3 4.4 39 9 5.6 69t 4 4.2 62 3 4.2 50 3 4.7 55 8 4.6 70 6 3.6 25 4 4.1 45 2

TOTAL YARDS A. Peterson, MIN Ju. Jones, ATL An. Brown, PIT D. Martin, TAM D. Freeman, ATL De. Hopkins, HOU B. Marshall, NYJ Ma. Ingram, NOR A. Green, CIN Beckham Jr., NYG L. McCoy, BUF Gurley, STL Ivory, NYJ Fitzgerald, ARI J. Stewart, CAR A. Robinson, JAX

Total 1457 1426 1425 1413 1349 1221 1187 1174 1169 1157 1150 1125 1122 1088 1088 1084

INTERCEPTIONS R. Nelson, CIN K. Coleman, CAR M. Peters, KAN Tr. Johnson, STL M. Adams, IND Marc. Williams, NYJ Woodson, OAK Ras. Johnson, ARI

Int 8 7 5 5 5 5 5 5

Rush 1251 0 28 1214 851 0 0 769 0 3 866 975 914 0 989 0

Rec 206 1426 1397 199 498 1221 1187 405 1169 1154 284 150 208 1088 99 1084

Yds Long TD 115 37 0 89 36t 1 141 58 1 127 58t 1 63 38 1 47 21 0 22 11 0 14 11 0

Sacks: K. Mack, OAK 14.0; Ansah, DET 13.5; J. Watt, HOU 13.5; Wilkerson, NYJ 12.0; Donald, STL 11.0; C. Dunlap, CIN 10.5; Cha. Jones, NWE 10.5; V. Miller, DEN 10.0; Short, CAR 9.0; Mi. Bennett, SEA 8.5; Griffen, MIN 8.5

TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL American League SEATTLE MARINERS — Agreed to terms with RHP Steve Cishek on a two-year contract. TEXAS RANGERS — Claimed 1B Andy Wilkins off waivers from Seattle. National League CHICAGO CUBS — Agreed to terms with RHP Trevor Cahill on a one-year contract. NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with RHP Buddy Carlyle, LHPs Duane Below and Andrew Barbosa and INF Marc Krauss on minor league contracts. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Agreed to terms with C J.P. Arencibia, INF Angelys Nina and RHPs Greg Burke, Ernesto Frieri and Gregory Infante on minor league contracts. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Yusmeiro Petit on a one-year contract. BASKETBALL • NBA PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Recalled F Christian Wood from Delaware (NBADL).

FOOTBALL • NFL CHICAGO BEARS — Placed S Antrel Rolle on injured reserve. Activated OT Tayo Fabuluge from exemption. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Placed CB Joe Haden on injured reserve. Waived OL Gabe Ikard. Claimed OL Kaleb Johnson off waivers from Baltimore. Signed WR Rannell Hall from Tampa Bay’s practice squad. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Signed DT Mike Daniels to a contract extension. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Placed TE Brandon Williams on injured reserve. Signed DT Deandre Coleman from the practice squad. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Waived S Shaun Prater. Signed DE Justin Trattou. HOCKEY • NHL NHL — Suspended Anaheim F Nate Thompson three games an illegal check to the head of Carolina D Justin Faulk. CAROLINA HURRICANES — Assigned D Michal Jordan to Charlotte (AHL) for conditioning. DALLAS STARS — Recalled

Fs Gemel Smith and Cole Ully from Idaho (ECHL) to Texas (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned F Zach Nastasiuk from Grand Rapids (AHL) to Toledo (ECHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Recalled Fs Joel Vermin and Yanni Gourde from Syracuse (AHL). SOCCER • MLS KANSAS CITY — Signed M Justin Mapp. COLLEGE ARMSTRONG STATE — Reinstated women’s cross country program for 2016. JACKSON STATE — Named Tony Hughes football coach. LOUISIANA-MONROE — Matt Viator football coach. RUTGERS — Named Drew Mehringer offensive coordinator and QB coach. SCIENCE & ARTS (OKLA.) — Named Sheri Deily volleyball coach. SOUTH DAKOTA — Named Bob Nielson football coach. THIEL — Named Dan Blume football coach. TUSCULUM — Named Jerry Odom football coach.

GOLF World Golf Ranking 1. Jordan Spieth 2. Jason Day 3. Rory McIlroy 4. Bubba Watson 5. Henrik Stenson 6. Rickie Fowler 7. Justin Rose 8. Dustin Johnson 9. Jim Furyk 10. Patrick Reed 11. Sergio Garcia 12. Adam Scott 13. Zach Johnson 14. Branden Grace 15. Hideki Matsuyama 16. Brooks Koepka 17. Louis Oosthuizen 18. Kevin Kisner 19. Danny Willett 20. Matt Kuchar 21. Shane Lowry 22. Paul Casey 23. Kevin Na 24. J.B. Holmes 25. Jimmy Walker

USA AUS NIR USA SWE USA ENG USA USA USA ESP AUS USA SAF JPN USA SAF USA ENG USA IRL ENG USA USA USA

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11.85 11.29 11.19 8.26 7.57 7.38 7.24 6.34 5.87 4.76 4.67 4.61 4.50 4.23 4.16 4.11 4.03 4.03 3.93 3.84 3.65 3.57 3.57 3.53 3.45

27. Martin Kaymer GER 3.39 26. Marc Leishman AUS 3.37 32. Byeong-Hun An KOR 3.19 28. Thongchai Jaidee THA 3.19 30. Russell Knox SCO 3.08 31. Bernd Wiesberger AUT 3.05 32. Phil Mickelson USA 3.01 33. Victor Dubuisson FRA 3.00 34. Emiliano Grillo ARG 2.98 35. Charl Schwartzel SAF 2.92 36. Andy Sullivan ENG 2.91 37. K. Aphibarnrat THA 2.89 38. Justin Thomas USA 2.89 39. Billy Horschel USA 2.84 40. Robert Streb USA 2.83 41. Anirban Lahiri IND 2.81 42. Bill Haas USA 2.81 43. Jamie Donaldson WAL 2.71 44. Soren Kjeldsen DEN 2.71 45. Chris Wood ENG 2.71 46. M. Fitzpatrick ENG 2.71 47. Brandt Snedeker USA 2.69 48. Chris Kirk USA 2.69 49. Danny Lee NZL 2.67 50. Lee Westwood ENG 2.67

51. Scott Piercy 52. Charley Hoffman 53. Daniel Berger 54. Matt Jones 55. Ian Poulter 56. Graeme McDowell 57. David Lingmerth 58. Ryan Palmer 59. K.T. Kim 60. Shingo Katayama 61. Ryan Moore 62. Gary Woodland 63. Jason Bohn 64. Russell Henley 65. Francesco Molinari 66. Kristoffer Broberg 67. Hunter Mahan 68. Jaco Van Zyl 69. Keegan Bradley 70. Cameron Tringale 71. Marc Warren 72. Steven Bowditch 73. Webb Simpson 74. Luke Donald 75. Brendon Todd

USA USA USA AUS ENG NIR SWE USA KOR JPN USA USA USA USA ITA SWE USA SAF USA USA SCO AUS USA ENG USA

2.66 2.52 2.48 2.44 2.37 2.37 2.36 2.36 2.26 2.26 2.24 2.23 2.21 2.18 2.16 2.12 2.12 2.12 2.05 2.03 2.02 2.00 1.98 1.94 1.93

Franklin County • Gary Jinkerson, hole No. 5, 155 yards, 6-iron, Dec. 10. Pheasant Run • Mary Ellen Simpson, hole No. 14, 107 yards, 4-iron, Dec. 12. St. Albans • Brad Pounds, hole No. 14 L&C, 145 yards, 6-iron, Dec. 12. Whitmoor • Margaret Dlouhy, hole No. 17 South, 144 yards, 5-hybrid, Dec. 12.

Double eagles St. Peters • Kyle Stratman, hole No. 15, 310 yards par-4, driver, Dec. 12.

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recovered, winning six of their final seven games in the regular season, and went on to win the Stanley Cup. Now, the Blues now find themselves in a whirlpool they can’t seem to swim clear of. Over the past month, the Blues have almost perfectly alternated wins and losses. (A shootout loss to the New York Islanders is all that spoils the symmetry over the past 15 games.) They haven’t been good, at least in relative terms, but they haven’t been bad either. They have been essentially a .500 team over the past month. How this story ends has yet to be written. This current run — in which the Blues are 6-7-3 since Nov. 10 — may stand out because the Blues haven’t had a whole lot of comparable blips recently, especially ones that lasted a month. Last season, the team went 6-6-1 from Feb. 6 to March 5, but that came on the heels of a franchise record streak of 13 games where they had gotten points and that .500 stretch had some variety to it, with the Blues having a three-game win streak in the middle of it. Everything else last season falls in the minor slump category: a 1-4 stretch in December, a 1-3-1 run in March. In 2013-14, there was the injury-induced 0-6 run to end the season. Other than that, the Blues never lost more than two in a row. The reason for the Blues’ struggles this season are clear. While the defense has remained essentially solid, with the best penalty kill in the league and one of the best goaltenders in Jake Allen, the offense has stagnated. And it’s not for a lack of chances; the Blues are seventh in the league in shots per game but 20th in goals per game, at 2.48. The Blues have gone from battling for first in the Central to battling for second. They were one point back of first-place Dallas and three points up on third-place Nashville and Minnesota on Nov. 10, coming of a 2-0 win over New Jersey and six wins in seven games. Then things went haywire. They will go into Tuesday’s game against Winnipeg eight points out of first, tied with Chicago for second and two points up on fourth place Minnesota. They have, however, expanded the gap between themselves and the last team out of the playof picture by two points.The Blues are equidistant between first place in the division and sixth place. The question is, how long can the Blues survive if they don’t start winning on a more consistent basis than every other game? “With our division being such a tight division, where teams are winning each night and you play each other so many times, you can’t afford to slide for too long,” Brouwer said. “Otherwise you’re going to be on the outside. “The faster you can get out of it, the faster you can get confidence back in your

When • Tuesday at 7 p.m. Where • MTS Centre TV, radio • Fox Sports Midwest, KMOX (1120 AM) Blues • After a ive-game homestand that produced a record of 2-3, perhaps the Blues won’t mind going on the road. The club is 8-4-2 on the road this season and has points in its last three consecutive road games. The schedule takes the Blues to in Winnipeg, where they won 4-2 on Oct. 18. But these days, the Blues are having diiculty scoring. They are 5-5-3 in their past 13 games and despite averaging 30 shots on goal in that stretch are averaging 2.08 goals per game. Jets • After 30 games, Winnipeg has a record of 14-14-12 for 30 points. The Jets are coming of a 2-0 loss to the Blackhawks Friday, dropping their record to 3-9 against the Central Division this season. Winnipeg has made one noteworthy change since their loss to Chicago, pairing defensemen Jacob Trouba and Dustin Byfuglien together in practice. Injuries • Blues — LW Jaden Schwartz (ankle), LW Steve Ott (hamstring), out; Jets — G Ondrej Pavelec (sprained knee) and D Grant Clitsome (back), out.

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Bucs COWBOYS Bears Falcons Texans RAVENS Bills Titans EAGLES GIANTS Browns RAIDERS Dolphins Broncos 49ERS Lions Underdog

December 31 COTTON | Arlington Texas Alabama 9 9.5 Michigan State ORANGE | Miami Gardens, FL Oklahoma 3 3.5 Clemson Saturday NEW MEXICO 10.5 9.5

Arizona

NEW MEXICO

LAS VEGAS 3 2.5

Utah

BYU

CAMELLIA | Montgomery, AL App’chian St 9.5 7.5 Ohio U CURE BOWL | Orlando, Fla San Jose St 4 3 Georgia St LA Tech

NEW ORLEANS 1.5 2

Arkansas St

W Kentucky

December 21 MIAMI BEACH 3.5 2.5

S Florida

Utah St

December 22 POTATO | Boise, Idaho 6.5 6.5

Akron

Temple

BOCA RATON | Florida 1 1

Toledo

December 23 POINSETTIA | San Diego Boise St 8.5 8.5

NIU

GODADDY | Mobile, Ala. Bowl Green 7.5 7.5 Ga Southern December 24 BAHAMAS 3.5 3.5

W Michigan

Mid Tenn St

HAWAII | Honolulu 2 1.5 San Diego St

Cincinnati

Marshall

December 26 ST. PETERSBURG | Florida 4 4 Connecticut

Wash St

SUN | El Paso, Texas 2.5 2.5 Miami-Fla

Washington

HEART OF DALLAS 8.5 8.5

So Miss

Indiana

PINSTRIPE | Bronx 2 2

Duke

INDEPENDENCE | Shreveport Va Tech 13.5 13.5 Tulsa Ucla

FOSTER FARMS | Santa Clara, Calif. 6.5 6.5 Nebraska December 28 MILITARY | Annapolis, Md. 4 4 Pittsburgh

Navy

QUICK LANE | Detroit 6 6 C Michigan

Minnesota

December 29 ARMED FORCES | Fort Worth, Texas California 6 7 Air Force Baylor

RUSSELL | Orlando 3 3 N Carolina

Colorado St

ARIZONA | Tucson 3 3

Nevada

TEXAS | Houston 6.5 7

Texas Tech

LSU December 30

December 30 BIRMINGHAM | Alabama 2.5 2.5 Memphis

Auburn

BELK | Charlotte, N.C. 6 5.5

Miss St

NC State

MUSIC CITY | Nashville Texas A&M 2.5 2.5 Louisville HOLIDAY | San Diego 3 3 Wisconsin

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Thursday RAMS PK PK Saturday Jets 3 3 Sunday VIKINGS 5 5 JAGUARS 3.5 3.5 COLTS NL NL Chiefs 7 7.5 WASHINGTON PK PK PATRIOTS 14 14 Cards 3.5 3.5 Panthers NL NL SEAHAWKS 14 14.5 Packers 3 3 CHARGERS NL NL STEELERS 6 6 Bengals 4 4 Monday SAINTS 3 3 COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWLS Favorite Points

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room and start playing the right way again, playing for each other, the faster you will get out of your slump and get yourself back on the right track,” he said. “The good thing is, we did a real good job in the beginning of the season collecting points and getting of to a good start,and that’s helped us to maintain our spot within the standings and within the playoffs at the moment. We’ve got to find a way as quickly as possible to get out of this slide.” Other teams have gone through problems like this. Two seasons ago, the Kings had a stretch where they lost nine out of 10 games. They won the Stanley Cup. But you can also find runs like that for teams that don’t make the playoffs, and that’s the risk, that the Blues fail to make the playoffs. Though there’s more than half the season still to play — the Winnipeg game is No. 32 — all signs point to the top five teams in the Central Division making the playofs, so there’s a bit of margin for error, except that there are six teams that look playof worthy, including Winnipeg, which currently is sixth. What the Blues may need most of all to get out this rut — other than getting Jaden Schwartz back in the lineup, which would give the ofense a major boost — is a winning streak. They’re at the point where back-to-back wins would signify progress. “Once you get that winning feeling again, it gets contagious,” Brouwer said, “and then you just go from there.”

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Top 25 schedule

Monday scores

TUESDAY 7 Duke vs. Ga. Southern, 6 p.m. 22 UCLA vs. Louisiana-Laf., 8 p.m. 23 Cincinnati vs. Norfolk State, 6 p.m. WEDNESDAY 11 North Carolina vs. Tulane, 6 p.m. 13 Arizona vs. Northern Arizona, 9 p.m. 16 Baylor vs. Hardin-Simmons, 7 p.m. 18 SMU vs. Nicholls State, 7 p.m. 19 Louisville vs. Kennesaw State, 6 p.m. THURSDAY 18 SMU vs. Hampton, 6 p.m. 20 West Virginia vs. Marshall, 6 p.m. SATURDAY 1 Michigan State at Northeastern, 11:30 a.m. 2 Kansas vs. Montana, 1 p.m. 3 Oklahoma vs. Creighton, 1 p.m. 4 Kentucky vs. Ohio State at the Barclays Center, 2:30 p.m. 5 Iowa State vs. Northern Iowa (Des Moines) 6 p.m. 6 Maryland vs. Princeton (Baltimore) 6 p.m. 7 Duke vs. Utah (New York) 11 a.m. 8 Virginia vs. No. 12 Villanova, 11 a.m. 9 Purdue vs. No. 17 Butler (Indianapolis) 4 p.m. 10 Xavier vs. Auburn, 11 a.m. 11 North Carolina vs. No. 22 UCLA at the Barclays Center, Noon 13 Arizona vs. UNLV, 8:30 p.m. 14 Providence vs. Rider, 7 p.m. 15 Miami vs. College of Charleston, 1 p.m. 16 Baylor at No. 24 Texas A&M, 8 p.m. 19 Louisville vs. Western Kentucky, 11 a.m. 21 G. Wash. vs. St. Peter’s, Noon 23 Cincinnati at VCU, 3 p.m. 25 UConn vs. UMass-Lowell (Hartford, Conn.) 3 p.m.

East Columbia 78, Robert Morris 71 Hartford 80, Sacred Heart 71 Manhattan 71, St. Francis Brooklyn 60 SC-Upstate 66, Navy 57 South Alcorn St. 68, Blue Mountain 60 Charleston S. 107, Columbia International 74 Coast. Carolina 71, Wofford 63 Erskine 70, Catawba 63 Limestone 87, North Georgia 76 Marshall 92, NC Central 73 Miles 78, Spring Hill 58 NC Wesleyan 75, Guilford 66 North Florida 94, FIU 72 Piedmont 74, Berry 72 Southern Miss. 57, South Alabama 54 Tennessee St. 93, Stetson 90, 2OT Tulane 63, Prairie View 49 UNC Pembroke 84, Winston-Salem 64 W. Carolina 97, E. Washington 80 Midwest Grand View 92, Roosevelt 69 Southwest North Texas 78, Nicholls St. 60 Sam Houston 96, LeTourneau 54 Far West CS Bakersfield 69, Dartmouth 62 Gonzaga 86, St. Martin’s 50 Saint Mary’s (Cal) 93, Cal Poly 63

AREA COLLEGES Scores, schedule MEN’S BASKETBALL Maryville 79, Robert-Morris Springfield 35 Central Oklahoma 66, Lindenwood 59 TUESDAY BASKETBALL SCHEDULE W: Harris-Stowe at Central Methodist, 11:30 a.m. W: Mid-South at St. Louis CC, 5:30 p.m. M: Mineral Area at SWIC, 7 p.m. M: Lincoln at St. Louis CC, 7:30 p.m.

FOOTBALL • NFL SUNDAY’S LATE BOX SCORE

Patriots 27, Texans 6 New England 7 10 3 7 — 27 Houston 3 3 0 0 — 6 First Quarter NE: K.Martin 2 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 7:22. Hou: FG Novak 37, 2:38. Second Quarter NE: FG Gostkowski 43, 12:13. Hou: FG Novak 45, 9:26. NE: Gronkowski 1 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), :14. Third Quarter NE: FG Gostkowski 49, 11:48. Fourth Quarter NE: White 2 run (Gostkowski kick), 12:04. NE Hou First downs 18 7 Total Net Yards 313 189 Rushes-yards 31-116 22-87 Passing 197 102 Punt Returns 4-46 3-22 Kickoff Returns 3-67 1-19 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 22-30-0 12-24-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-29 6-57 Punts 6-44.0 7-45.3 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 2-1 Penalties-Yards 6-46 4-36 Time of Possession 35:14 24:46 Rushing: New England, Blount 10-53, Bolden 16-51, Brady 4-10, White 1-2. Houston, Grimes 7-53, Polk 11-34, Hunt 1-1, Shorts III 2-0, Hoyer 1-(minus 1). Passing: New England, Brady 22-30-0-226. Houston, Yates 1-2-0-4, Hoyer 11-22-0-155. Receiving: New England, Amendola 6-46, LaFell 5-32, Gronkowski 4-87, White 4-38, K.Martin 3-23. Houston, Hopkins 3-52, Polk 2-14, Grimes 2-9, Shorts III 2-9, Washington 1-49, Griffin 1-20, Strong 1-6. Missed Field Goals: None. A: 71,908.

Week 14 leaders PASSERS Ru. Wilson, SEA C. Palmer, ARI Dalton, CIN Brady, NWE T. Taylor, BUF Brees, NOR A. Rodgers, GBY C. Newton, CAR Roethlisberger, PIT D. Carr, OAK Al. Smith, KAN Rivers, SND J. McCown, CLE Cousins, WAS Hoyer, HOU Cutler, CHI Mariota, TEN E. Manning, NYG M. Stafford, DET Fitzpatrick, NYJ Bortles, JAX Tannehill, MIA Hasselbeck, IND M. Ryan, ATL J. Winston, TAM Bridgewater, MIN Flacco, BAL Bradford, PHL Kaepernick, SNF Luck, IND Cassel, DAL Foles, STL P. Manning, DEN

AttCmp 384 264 453 292 386 255 537 345 307 195 497 337 461 282 394 233 344 231 455 283 399 257 541 359 292 186 454 314 329 199 396 248 364 227 469 292 491 319 445 267 501 288 435 267 211 131 513 338 409 239 383 250 413 266 397 251 244 144 293 162 196 116 337 190 322 193

PCT 68.8 64.5 66.1 64.2 63.5 67.8 61.2 59.1 67.2 62.2 64.4 66.4 63.7 69.2 60.5 62.6 62.4 62.3 65 60 57.5 61.4 62.1 65.9 58.4 65.3 64.4 63.2 59 55.3 59.2 56.4 59.9

Yds TD 3289 26 4003 31 3250 25 4138 33 2439 18 3794 25 3175 28 3062 28 2989 15 3313 28 3034 15 3976 23 2109 12 3306 18 2357 18 3027 16 2786 19 3318 24 3409 24 3129 25 3524 30 3077 21 1444 8 3705 17 3059 18 2733 9 2791 14 2664 14 1615 6 1881 15 1239 5 2052 7 2180 9

RECEIVERS Receptions Ju. Jones, ATL An. Brown, PIT Fitzgerald, ARI De. Hopkins, HOU B. Marshall, NYJ Dem. Thomas, DEN Beckham Jr., NYG Landry, MIA A. Green, CIN G. Tate, DET D. Walker, TEN Maclin, KAN Ca. Johnson, DET Crabtree, OAK Yards Ju. Jones, ATL An. Brown, PIT De. Hopkins, HOU B. Marshall, NYJ A. Green, CIN Beckham Jr., NYG Fitzgerald, ARI A. Robinson, JAX Dem. Thomas, DEN Gronkowski, NWE Hilton, IND Ca. Johnson, DET Olsen, CAR Maclin, KAN A. Cooper, OAK

No Yds 109 1426 100 1397 96 1088 89 1221 89 1187 88 1067 78 1154 78 821 76 1169 76 675 74 871 72 935 71 981 70 779 Yds No 1426 109 1397 100 1221 89 1187 89 1169 76 1154 78 1088 96 1084 66 1067 88 1018 61 987 58 981 71 969 65 935 72 920 62

Avg Long TD 13.1 54 6 14.0 59 7 11.3 44 7 13.7 61t 10 13.3 69t 11 12.1 48t 3 14.8 87t 10 10.5 50t 4 15.4 80t 8 8.9 43 4 11.8 61t 4 13.0 61 5 13.8 57 7 11.1 38t 7 Avg Long TD 13.1 54 6 14.0 59 7 13.7 61t 10 13.3 69t 11 15.4 80t 8 14.8 87t 10 11.3 44 7 16.4 52 12 12.1 48t 3 16.7 76t 10 17.0 87t 5 13.8 57 7 14.9 52 6 13.0 61 5 14.8 68t 4

RUSHERS A. Peterson, MIN D. Martin, TAM J. Stewart, CAR Gurley, STL Ivory, NYJ L. Murray, OAK L. McCoy, BUF D. Freeman, ATL Rawls, SEA Ch. Johnson, ARI McFadden, DAL De. Williams, PIT Ma. Ingram, NOR Gore, IND Yeldon, JAX

Att Yards 268 1251 238 1214 242 989 189 975 217 914 215 878 193 866 193 851 147 830 196 814 192 798 164 773 166 769 210 762 182 740

Avg Long TD 4.7 80t 9 5.1 84 5 4.1 44 6 5.2 71t 8 4.2 54 7 4.1 54 5 4.5 48t 3 4.4 39 9 5.6 69t 4 4.2 62 3 4.2 50 3 4.7 55 8 4.6 70 6 3.6 25 4 4.1 45 2

TOTAL YARDS A. Peterson, MIN Ju. Jones, ATL An. Brown, PIT D. Martin, TAM D. Freeman, ATL De. Hopkins, HOU B. Marshall, NYJ Ma. Ingram, NOR A. Green, CIN Beckham Jr., NYG L. McCoy, BUF Gurley, STL Ivory, NYJ Fitzgerald, ARI J. Stewart, CAR A. Robinson, JAX

Total 1457 1426 1425 1413 1349 1221 1187 1174 1169 1157 1150 1125 1122 1088 1088 1084

INTERCEPTIONS R. Nelson, CIN K. Coleman, CAR M. Peters, KAN Tr. Johnson, STL M. Adams, IND Marc. Williams, NYJ Woodson, OAK Ras. Johnson, ARI

Int 8 7 5 5 5 5 5 5

Rush 1251 0 28 1214 851 0 0 769 0 3 866 975 914 0 989 0

Rec 206 1426 1397 199 498 1221 1187 405 1169 1154 284 150 208 1088 99 1084

Yds Long TD 115 37 0 89 36t 1 141 58 1 127 58t 1 63 38 1 47 21 0 22 11 0 14 11 0

Sacks: K. Mack, OAK 14.0; Ansah, DET 13.5; J. Watt, HOU 13.5; Wilkerson, NYJ 12.0; Donald, STL 11.0; C. Dunlap, CIN 10.5; Cha. Jones, NWE 10.5; V. Miller, DEN 10.0; Short, CAR 9.0; Mi. Bennett, SEA 8.5; Griffen, MIN 8.5

TRANSACTIONS BASEBALL American League SEATTLE MARINERS — Agreed to terms with RHP Steve Cishek on a two-year contract. TEXAS RANGERS — Claimed 1B Andy Wilkins off waivers from Seattle. National League CHICAGO CUBS — Agreed to terms with RHP Trevor Cahill on a one-year contract. NEW YORK METS — Agreed to terms with RHP Buddy Carlyle, LHPs Duane Below and Andrew Barbosa and INF Marc Krauss on minor league contracts. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Agreed to terms with C J.P. Arencibia, INF Angelys Nina and RHPs Greg Burke, Ernesto Frieri and Gregory Infante on minor league contracts. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Agreed to terms with RHP Yusmeiro Petit on a one-year contract. BASKETBALL • NBA PHILADELPHIA 76ERS — Recalled F Christian Wood from Delaware (NBADL).

FOOTBALL • NFL CHICAGO BEARS — Placed S Antrel Rolle on injured reserve. Activated OT Tayo Fabuluge from exemption. CLEVELAND BROWNS — Placed CB Joe Haden on injured reserve. Waived OL Gabe Ikard. Claimed OL Kaleb Johnson off waivers from Baltimore. Signed WR Rannell Hall from Tampa Bay’s practice squad. GREEN BAY PACKERS — Signed DT Mike Daniels to a contract extension. MIAMI DOLPHINS — Placed TE Brandon Williams on injured reserve. Signed DT Deandre Coleman from the practice squad. MINNESOTA VIKINGS — Waived S Shaun Prater. Signed DE Justin Trattou. HOCKEY • NHL NHL — Suspended Anaheim F Nate Thompson three games an illegal check to the head of Carolina D Justin Faulk. CAROLINA HURRICANES — Assigned D Michal Jordan to Charlotte (AHL) for conditioning. DALLAS STARS — Recalled

Fs Gemel Smith and Cole Ully from Idaho (ECHL) to Texas (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS — Assigned F Zach Nastasiuk from Grand Rapids (AHL) to Toledo (ECHL). TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING — Recalled Fs Joel Vermin and Yanni Gourde from Syracuse (AHL). SOCCER • MLS KANSAS CITY — Signed M Justin Mapp. COLLEGE ARMSTRONG STATE — Reinstated women’s cross country program for 2016. JACKSON STATE — Named Tony Hughes football coach. LOUISIANA-MONROE — Matt Viator football coach. RUTGERS — Named Drew Mehringer offensive coordinator and QB coach. SCIENCE & ARTS (OKLA.) — Named Sheri Deily volleyball coach. SOUTH DAKOTA — Named Bob Nielson football coach. THIEL — Named Dan Blume football coach. TUSCULUM — Named Jerry Odom football coach.

GOLF World Golf Ranking 1. Jordan Spieth 2. Jason Day 3. Rory McIlroy 4. Bubba Watson 5. Henrik Stenson 6. Rickie Fowler 7. Justin Rose 8. Dustin Johnson 9. Jim Furyk 10. Patrick Reed 11. Sergio Garcia 12. Adam Scott 13. Zach Johnson 14. Branden Grace 15. Hideki Matsuyama 16. Brooks Koepka 17. Louis Oosthuizen 18. Kevin Kisner 19. Danny Willett 20. Matt Kuchar 21. Shane Lowry 22. Paul Casey 23. Kevin Na 24. J.B. Holmes 25. Jimmy Walker

USA AUS NIR USA SWE USA ENG USA USA USA ESP AUS USA SAF JPN USA SAF USA ENG USA IRL ENG USA USA USA

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11.85 11.29 11.19 8.26 7.57 7.38 7.24 6.34 5.87 4.76 4.67 4.61 4.50 4.23 4.16 4.11 4.03 4.03 3.93 3.84 3.65 3.57 3.57 3.53 3.45

27. Martin Kaymer GER 3.39 26. Marc Leishman AUS 3.37 32. Byeong-Hun An KOR 3.19 28. Thongchai Jaidee THA 3.19 30. Russell Knox SCO 3.08 31. Bernd Wiesberger AUT 3.05 32. Phil Mickelson USA 3.01 33. Victor Dubuisson FRA 3.00 34. Emiliano Grillo ARG 2.98 35. Charl Schwartzel SAF 2.92 36. Andy Sullivan ENG 2.91 37. K. Aphibarnrat THA 2.89 38. Justin Thomas USA 2.89 39. Billy Horschel USA 2.84 40. Robert Streb USA 2.83 41. Anirban Lahiri IND 2.81 42. Bill Haas USA 2.81 43. Jamie Donaldson WAL 2.71 44. Soren Kjeldsen DEN 2.71 45. Chris Wood ENG 2.71 46. M. Fitzpatrick ENG 2.71 47. Brandt Snedeker USA 2.69 48. Chris Kirk USA 2.69 49. Danny Lee NZL 2.67 50. Lee Westwood ENG 2.67

51. Scott Piercy 52. Charley Hoffman 53. Daniel Berger 54. Matt Jones 55. Ian Poulter 56. Graeme McDowell 57. David Lingmerth 58. Ryan Palmer 59. K.T. Kim 60. Shingo Katayama 61. Ryan Moore 62. Gary Woodland 63. Jason Bohn 64. Russell Henley 65. Francesco Molinari 66. Kristoffer Broberg 67. Hunter Mahan 68. Jaco Van Zyl 69. Keegan Bradley 70. Cameron Tringale 71. Marc Warren 72. Steven Bowditch 73. Webb Simpson 74. Luke Donald 75. Brendon Todd

USA USA USA AUS ENG NIR SWE USA KOR JPN USA USA USA USA ITA SWE USA SAF USA USA SCO AUS USA ENG USA

2.66 2.52 2.48 2.44 2.37 2.37 2.36 2.36 2.26 2.26 2.24 2.23 2.21 2.18 2.16 2.12 2.12 2.12 2.05 2.03 2.02 2.00 1.98 1.94 1.93

Franklin County • Gary Jinkerson, hole No. 5, 155 yards, 6-iron, Dec. 10. Pheasant Run • Mary Ellen Simpson, hole No. 14, 107 yards, 4-iron, Dec. 12. St. Albans • Brad Pounds, hole No. 14 L&C, 145 yards, 6-iron, Dec. 12. Whitmoor • Margaret Dlouhy, hole No. 17 South, 144 yards, 5-hybrid, Dec. 12.

Double eagles St. Peters • Kyle Stratman, hole No. 15, 310 yards par-4, driver, Dec. 12.

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BRIDGE TIPS • BOB JONES North-South vulnerable. North deals. NORTH ♠Q 9 8 4 ♥K 5 ♦A 9 7 4 3 ♣K 5 WEST EAST ♠10 ♠K 6 3 ♥A 9 8 3 ♥J 10 7 4 ♦Q 10 6 5 2 ♦J ♣Q 7 4 ♣J 10 9 6 2 SOUTH ♠A J 7 5 2 ♥Q 6 2 ♦K 8 ♣A 8 3 The bidding: NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST 1♦ Pass 1♠ Pass 3♠ Pass 4NT Pass 5♦ Pass 6♠ All pass Opening lead: Five of ♦ North and East had enjoyed a long, liquid lunch before retiring to the club for an afternoon of bridge, perhaps explaining North’s wild leap to three spades at his second turn. South played low from dummy on the opening diamond lead, and East, it seemed to declarer, played the jack with unusual flair. After winning with his king of diamonds, South led a club to the king, a club back to his ace, and ruffed a club. He led the queen of spades from dummy and ran it, relieved when it held the trick. It was tempting to play the king of

hearts, leading to a heart ruff in dummy, before drawing the trumps. South thought back to East’s flair at trick one and decided it was too dangerous. Should East’s jack of diamonds be a singleton, and West hold the ace of hearts, the defense would be able to get a diamond ruf. South drew the remaining two trumps immediately, leaving this position: NORTH ♠Void ♥K 5 ♦A 9 7 4 ♣Void WEST EAST ♠Void ♠Void ♥A 9 3 ♥J 10 7 4 ♦Q 10 6 ♦Void ♣Void ♣J 10 SOUTH ♠7 5 ♥Q 6 2 ♦8 ♣Void South led the seven of spades and West was cooked. A diamond discard and declarer would lead a diamond to the ace and ruf a diamond. Then a heart toward the king would give an entry to the long diamond. West chose to shed a low heart, but South led a heart to the king and then a low heart from each hand, crashing the now bare ace. Making six! (12/15/15)

Across 1 Jazz combo’s cue 6 Place of utter chaos 9 Like Caitlyn Jenner, for short 14 Tehran resident 15 River to the Tigris 17 Tilters’ contest 18 Slam-on-thebrakes sounds 19 “Les Misérables” actress [or] Wife of the Bard 21 On the mend 22 ___ nibs (selfimportant one) 23 Fossil preserver 26 New Left org. of the ’60s 27 “Bleah!” 30 One unlikely to have tan lines

32 “Dances With Wolves” actor [or] “The Third Man” author 35 Source of pâté 37 Cardholder’s charge, for short 38 Within: Prefix 39 “Friends” actor [or] Naval officer who sailed to Japan in 1853 42 Like the name Robin 43 Hubbub 44 Landscaping supply grown on farms 47 Classic British sports cars 48 “I’m ___ loss” 50 Squeal 53 “The Great Escape” actor [or] “12 Years a Slave” director 56 Risking calamity

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59 Used as a dining surface 60 Front part of a jet engine 61 Built like a bouncer 62 One-night stand, say 63 “Just kidding!” 64 Nincompoops

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HOROSCOPE • JACQUELINE BIGAR Note: Bigar’s Stars is based on the degree of your sun at birth. The sign name is simply a label astrologers put on a set of degrees for convenience. The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: 5-Dynamic; 4-Positive; 3-Average; 2-So-so; 1-Diicult.

CROSSWORD

M 1 • TUeSDAy • 12.15.2015

If Dec. 15 is your birthday • This year you will gain through communication. A neighbor or relative could play a signiicant role in your year. You will experience moments of sudden insight revolving around a loved one. You will broaden your immediate circle of friends, and this expansion will serve you well. You tend to have lengthy conversations with Aquarius. ARIES (March 21-April 19) ★★★★ Enjoy those around you. You could be a bit taken aback by what goes on in your immediate circle. People seem to be unpredictable but full of fun. Tonight: Out till the wee hours. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★★ You are on top of your game. You are likely to see a personal matter in a diferent light because of a situation happening around you. Through someone else’s experience, you’ll gain a new insight. Tonight: Some late-night shopping. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★★★ Reach out to someone at a distance. How you feel and the way in which you receive this person’s news could be rather important. Detach before making any snap judgments. Tonight: Expect to be greeted warmly. CANCER (June 21-July 22) ★★★★ One-on-one relating will prove to be quite efective. You might hear so much news all at once that you are likely to feel overwhelmed. Tonight: Throw yourself into the moment. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★ Defer to others, and be direct in how you deal with them. When you are able to detach, you will be surprised by how you view the big picture. You could have too much energy for your own good. Tonight: Go along with a friend’s ideas. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★★ You understand a lot more than you might want

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others to know. Focus on what an associate or loved one is doing. Be direct in how you handle a money issue. Tonight: Take a break from your routine. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) ★★★★★ You might be a lot more forceful than you realize. You could push someone to his or her limit, or vice versa. Deal with anger before you say something you might regret. Tonight: Wrap up some holiday errands. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) ★★★ You might not be aware that you’re sitting on some anger. Be more in touch with your feelings, and try to address them sooner. The unexpected occurs around a personal or domestic matter. Tonight: Order in. Make it easy.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) ★★★★★ Don’t hold back as much as you have been. Enjoy your immediate circle of friends. A loved one might give you an earful once you start to chat. Tonight: Meet a friend and buy a new item or two. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) ★★★ Tap into your inancial knowledge. Your intuition will tell you what way to go if you are questioning which direction to head in. A boss or someone you look up to seems to be in a bad mood. Tonight: Treat yourself now. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ★★★★★ Your energy soars, especially after someone you care about compliments you. You might feel as if you are on top of what you must do. A surprising event or invitation could be quite fun to be involved with. Tonight: As you like it.

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) ★★★ Know that you need to say less and be a good listener. Use caution with your inances, as you easily could make an error. Someone you look up to will ofer you so many options that you might not be sure which way to turn. Stay in touch with your feelings. Tonight: Not to be found. STLtoday.com/horoscopes Get expanded horoscope information: star charts, peak times, outlooks and Chinese Zodiac data.

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Wife’s retirement jitters need therapy my definition of privacy has changed. I realize how lucky I am to have him, our long marriage, our health, our kids and financial stability. I just need a predictable block of time I can depend on to have the house all to myself. That letter writer’s wife may be worried about the huge change that is coming. My husband has enough interests, hobbies and projects that he’s always busy, but we are different people. He can get lost in his project while I’m “on alert” for any interruption, real or imagined. A couple of my friends have decided to postpone retirement because they don’t want to be home all day with their husbands. They are both mental health therapists, but they can’t talk with their husbands about it. If THEY can’t, then who can? This seems to be the most major life challenge yet, but I can’t find anyone who’s willing to discuss it. Is there anyone out there to honestly help us negotiate this phase? — LIZ IN IOWA

Dear Liz • Because of the complicated nature of their work, many therapists have therapists of their own. That is what I would have recommended, if either of the couples you mentioned in your letter had asked, to improve their level of communication. As for the rest of us “regular” folks, a licensed family therapist would be qualified to help. I agree that retirement requires an adjustment on the part of both spouses. You should look for a counselor who is older and who can empathize with what you and your husband are experiencing. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Write Dear Abby at DearAbby.com or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, Calif. 90069.

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Dear Abby • I’m writing about the letter you printed from “Excited in Maryland” (Aug. 16), whose wife makes snide comments about his impending retirement. That milestone is the biggest, scariest life change people make — a time marker like no other. With many people, our identity is tied to our careers. In my case, I enjoyed a long, successful career as a social worker, counselor, teacher and mother. I wasn’t the primary breadwinner and was able to work less than full time. When I retired seven years ago, my day was my own, with little accountability to my husband. I had quiet when I wanted it, music of my own choosing, ate when and what I wanted — and complete privacy all day, every day. My husband, one of the nicest men I’ve ever known, retired two years ago, and I still haven’t come to terms with the fact that he’s home all the time. He doesn’t ask me to do anything differently, but he’s HERE, which means

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he would be pleased to be called “His High and Mightiness,” he was ridiculed into withdrawing the suggestion. Dear Miss Manners • For Secret Santa at the oice one year, I got golf tees in the shape of little naked women, with bare breasts and all. They seemed kind of pornographic, for being a Christmas present, and since we had to open the gifts at the oice, I got all red in the face and embarrassed, and everyone laughed at me. So I took them home and threw them away. Another year, I got Christmas socks, with a picture of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, that had blinking lights and played music in little electronic tones. I took them home and threw them away. I can see that it is a burden to buy Christmas presents for people whom you may like well enough, when you have your REAL gifts to buy for people whom you really

do wish to please. Last year, my boss let us have a Christmas brunch, starting at 9:30 a.m., so if you were late to work, you wouldn’t be publicly embarrassed. Potluck, but that’s OK; it’s easier than buying a gift. The best part was that afterward, we had the whole rest of the day of. I think it seems like a pretty good idea. Gentle Reader • Indeed. Of course, just about anything would be better than forcing this foolish, burdensome and potentially embarrassing game on adults. Miss Manners congratulates your boss for ofering the greatest Christmas treat of all (other than a bonus): time of. Send questions to Miss Manners, aka Judith Martin, on her website, missmanners.com; to her email, dearmissmanners@gmail.com; or through postal mail to Miss Manners, Universal Uclick, 1130 Walnut Street, Kansas City, Mo. 64106.

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Liver’s blood system is complex Dear Dr. Roach • My cousin has a significant degree of liver cirrhosis from a metastatic carcinoid. The carcinoid hasn’t grown in a couple of years, but the cirrhosis continues to progress. This is from micro carcinoid tumors plugging up the flow of blood on the capillary level. He has now developed ascites. He was recently started on furosemide and spironolactone, and has a paracentesis about twice a month. He saw a radiologist about a Denver shunt versus a TIPS procedure. Apparently, the Denver shunt would improve the ascites in relatively short order, but it wouldn’t affect the progression of the underlying liver failure. The TIPS procedure, on the other hand, has the potential to stop the liver failure in time by taking care of the portal hypertension. That said, it comes with significant risk. It could, within 90 days, lead to irreversible terminal liver failure. Can you help us make sense of this? — A.

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Answer • A “TIPS” is a “transjugular intrahepatic portosystemic shunt,” which needs to be taken piece by piece. “Transjugular” means that the procedure on the liver is done through the jugular vein in the neck, not through open abdominal surgery — that’s a major advantage. A shunt is an artificial connection between two anatomic structures, in this case the hepatic vein and the portal vein inside the liver (“intra-” denotes “within”; “hepatic” is “of the liver”). The liver has two circulations. One is the usual systemic circulation, through the hepatic artery. This is high-pressure, and it supplies the oxygen that the liver needs. The liver also gets blood from the portal vein, which comes from the intestines. The liver removes toxins from this blood. The portal vein normally has a low pressure. Blood from both of these vessels will end up in the hepatic vein. Many liver diseases lead to high pressure in the portal system. In your cousin’s case, the cancer cells have blocked many of the small blood vessels inside the liver, raising portal vein pressure. This high pressure can make fluid “back up,” and can cause ascites, a clear fluid inside the abdominal cavity. Paracentesis is the removal of this ascites fluid. A TIPS is used to reduce pressure in the portal vein by allowing the blood to pass directly from the portal vein into the hepatic vein. This often lowers the portal pressure so much that ascites no longer develops. Denver shunts are surgically placed direct connections from portal vein to hepatic vein. They do the same thing as a TIPS procedure. While a radiologist usually performs a TIPS, the decision of whether to use it should be made with the input of a gastroenterologist.

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