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Legacy of lead lingers in Missouri counties

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Contaminated soil • Yards, foundations, even rodeo grounds need remediation

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vestigations moving closer to the Oval Office, President Donald Trump and his attorney unleased a fresh series of attacks Sunday on the investigators, questioning their integrity while categorically ruling out the possibility of a presidential interview with the special counsel. Trump and Rudy Giuliani used Twitter and television interviews to deliver a series of broadsides against special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in New York. Giuliani said he was “disgusted” by the tactics used by Mueller in his probe into Russian election interference, including in securing guilty pleas from the president’s former national security adviser Mi-

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Workers put in clean fill and dirt at the rodeo grounds in Fredericktown on Tuesday after lead-contaminated soil was removed. In the past, sandy material left from a lead mine was put in at the rodeo grounds, posing a significant potential risk for riders. Bob Mooney, presiding commissioner of Madison County, said mining waste had been widely used because it was “essentially free.”

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FREdERICKTOWN, MO. • After years

of removing contamination left behind by centuries of mining in Missouri’s Lead Belt, efforts are being stepped up to counter its legacy, one that lingers long after mines close. Madison County, Mo., is covered by a federal Superfund site overseen by the Environmental Protection Agency, which last month added the Anschutz Mine portion to its “emphasis list” of such sites, meaning a boost for cleanup efforts there. Mine waste has been spread throughout the county, and in other parts of Missouri’s Lead Belt, through the decades — in foundations, as driveway aggregate,

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Fire district won’t let residents vote on Hazelwood takeover

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ers have created the nation’s toughest test for allowing testimony from jailhouse snitches at criminal trials. Inspired by reform of the state’s notorious and now-discarded system of capital punishment, it requires judges to make pretrial inquiries into the veracity of testimony by incarcerated informers before allowing or barring it. Testimony by snitches — those claiming to have heard a defendant boast about or confess to a crime while behind bars — has helped convict 19 criminal defendants who were later

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Hazelwood and a fire district the city wants to cut ties with is moving beyond the courtroom and toward the ballot box — challenging Missouri laws on campaign finance and fire districts in the process. The Robertson Fire Protection District sued the city in February after the Hazelwood City Council voted in December to cancel its 23-year-old pact with the district, which serves about a third of the city. The city pays the fire district tax for about 4,834 residents, through a court-ordered agreement signed at the time Hazelwood annexed their neighborhoods. Tax increases approved by voters in

the Robertson district over the years have raised the city’s bill to $3.6 million in 2017 from $1.16 million in 1995. Hazelwood officials say the escalating cost of the contract is jeopardizing other city services. Hazelwood officials want the city’s fire department to take over Robertson’s portion of the city. In fiscal year 2016, the city paid $4.7 million for its fire department, which serves 14,690 residents. The city paid the Florissant Valley Fire Protection District, which serves a third of the city under the same annexation agreement as Robertson, about $1.2 million last year to serve about 6,157 residents. Robertson says that the cancellation was illegal and that Hazelwood owes

WASHINGTON • A report prepared for the Senate that provides the most sweeping analysis yet of Russia’s disinformation campaign around the 2016 election found the operation used every major social media platform to deliver words, images and videos tailored to voters’ interests to help elect Donald Trump as president — and worked even harder to support him once he was in office. The report, a draft of which was obtained by The Washington Post, is the first to study the millions of posts provided by major technology firms to

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Why the rush? Prosecutors seek to join police union TONY MESSENGER St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In August, Ferguson attorney Wesley Bell won a historic victory. In defeating longtime St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch in the Democratic primary, Bell became the first African-American elected to the office. He ran on a platform of criminal justice reform. He’s opposed to the death penalty. He wants to see changes to how the county applies cash bail in nonviolent offenses. The surprise victory drew national headlines, from New York to Los Angeles. So, too, might another historic election, this one on Monday. On that day, in an effort that ramped up shortly after Bell’s primary victory, the assistant prosecutors in St. Louis County will vote on whether to become members of the St. Louis Police Officers Association. The timing is odd, if not outrageous. For 28 years, the police officers association was one of McCulloch’s biggest backers, donating to his campaigns and supporting him when he declined to bring charges against police officers involved in questionable shootings. Never during McCulloch’s tenure was there a serious attempt among the attorneys working for him to form a union. But now, with Bell taking over, apparently the ranks are nervous — about something. The vote puts Bell in an odd position. He’s a supporter of unions, but officially, he’s not a party to the union organizing effort. He doesn’t take office until January. So the police union’s president, Ed Clark, has been exchanging letters with

County Executive Steve Stenger. In a November letter, Clark made it clear that time was of the essence in scheduling the union vote. “What is essential, however, is to move forward immediately to establish a timetable and procedure for the employees of the Prosecutor’s office to exercise their constitutional right to select (or not select) a collective bargaining representative,” Clark wrote. “Please understand that if the County delays or refuses to agree to a reasonable solution, It may waive its objections and allow this Union to establish an election procedure unilaterally.” What’s the rush? Maybe it’s ongoing battles between Stenger and the County Council over the Proposition P tax revenue, already tapped for raises in the prosecuting attorney’s office. Or maybe it’s fear over the county’s increasingly broken budget. Or maybe it’s just Bell, who promises change. In St. Louis County, employees in the prosecuting attorney’s office already have civil service protections, so even if Bell wanted to, he couldn’t just come in and clean house overnight. “We are all protected by the civil service rules, but if unionizing provides a greater benefit to workers’ rights, we support it,” says Sam Alton, chief of staff to Bell, the prosecuting attorney-elect. But, Alton notes, “The timing is curious. For 28 years the employees have not unionized, and I noticed this happened just after the voters demanded sweeping change.” It is unusual but not unheard of for attorneys to unionize. Earlier this year there was a short-lived effort to form a union among attorneys at the nonprofit Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. A similar legal aid organization in Brooklyn, N.Y., has a union. So do the assistant prosecutors who

work in Jackson County, Mo., and assistant prosecutors in Los Angeles. But the arrangement can be fraught with potential conflicts, writes criminal justice journalist and author Radley Balko. In a 2015 op-ed in the Washington Post, for instance, Balko pointed out a conflict between the L.A. prosecutors union opposing legislation requiring special prosecutors for police shootings. That advocacy put prosecutors on the same political team as the union representing the police officers they would be investigating. If the St. Louis County union vote were to pass on Monday, the city police union would be representing county prosecutors. Any veil of independence would be gone. The business manager of that union, Jeff Roorda, is a controversial figure who has posted and deleted racist social media posts. During the last mayoral election in the city of St. Louis, Mayor Lyda Krewson called for Roorda to be fired after he called Treasurer Tishaura Jones a “cop-hater” and “race-baiter.” Roorda did not return calls or texts seeking comment. The election is scheduled to take place Monday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the prosecuting attorney’s office in Clayton. There are 60 attorneys and investigators eligible to vote, among them investigator Joe Steiger, the former president of the police association when he was a detective in the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. Thirty-one yes votes will be required for the union election to succeed, according to a letter from Clark to Stenger. In August, Bell slayed a giant. Soon, he’ll find out if he’s going to battle with the army left behind. Tony Messenger • 314-340-8518 @tonymess on Twitter tmessenger@post-dispatch.com

CASE 82 • Mr. R is a struggling 83-year-old veteran raising five grandchildren, between the ages of 7 and 14, on Social Security benefits of $1,006 a month. He gets $15 in food stamps. He does what he can to make ends meet for his family. Mr. R suffers from short-term memory loss, arthritis in both knees and hypertension. He’s trying to keep his family together and would be thankful for any help provided for his family.

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CASE 84 • Ms. A is taking care of six children. The 44-yearold has her three teenage children and a year-old grandson living with her. The father of the grandson was murdered. The boy’s mother, Ms. A’s daughter, is 17 and too young to qualify for state assistance, and her search for a job has so far gone nowhere. Ms. A is also supporting two other grandchildren. Her assistance provides shelter for them and keeps the children from going into state custody. Despite working full time, Ms. A has fallen behind on her bills. She needs help to cover the basics: rent, utilities, groceries. Her home needs appliances and furnishings, such as an electric stove, a washer and dryer, beds and a dining room table. Her family needs clothing and shoes.

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St. Louis larceny reaches new milestone: Theft of entire house BY JACOB BARKER St. Louis Post-dispatch

There are car thieves, package thieves and air conditioning thieves. But St. Louis larceny reached a new milestone Saturday when burglars drove off with a whole house — well, a tiny house, hitched to a trailer. “It’s just so surreal because you hear about trailers and cars being stolen all the time,” said Meghan Panu, who has spent the past two years and some $20,000 crafting what she planned to make her residence in just a few months. “But this is a house, and someone drove off with it.” The house was parked near the corner of Michigan and Gravois avenues outside Refab, a popular spot for home remodeling supplies. Panu said she believed the house was stolen early Saturday morning, and she is trying to locate any surveillance footage from nearby businesses. She believes the house thieves went north on Grand Boulevard and is seeking footage from any businesses along the road. Reports via social media placed the house on Interstate 70 west of St. Louis. One person reported seeing it going south on U.S. 54 from the Kingdom City area. “I’m just hoping that maybe state patrol will flag it and pull it over, but in the meantime it’s just been a waiting game,” Panu said. Panu, a recent graduate of Webster Uni-

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Thieves drove off with this nearly finished tiny house on Saturday. It was spotted going south on U.S. 54 from Kingdom City.

versity, had planned to move the house to a lot in the Benton Park West neighborhood and finish the interior in time to move in this spring. The dwellings are growing in popularity among those seeking a more minimalist lifestyle. Panu said her house was designed to be as efficient and sustainable as possible and built with recycled materials. The term “tiny” is relative. The domicile is still about 12 feet tall — hard to miss when being pulled on the highway. “I’m surprised that nothing’s turned up yet,” Panu said. She encouraged anyone with information to contact her via her Facebook page, St. Louis Tiny Living, or through her Instagram page, stltinyliving.

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“I’VE NEVER DRANK THE WATER DOWN HERE ANYWAY. I’VE ALWAYS DRANK BOTTLED WATER. … DOWN IN THIS AREA, THERE’S LEAD ALL OVER. IT’S KIND OF EXPECTED.” Jim Foltz, president of Rogue Creek’s board of trustees

Lead mining brought cash — and unforeseen health hazards LEAD • FROM A1

mixed with topsoil used in yards and even at a town’s rodeo grounds, where recent sampling found lead levels nearly six times the required amount for remediation. “It was essentially free,” said Bob Mooney, presiding commissioner of Madison County, of the long-standing practice of using mining leftovers in various projects. Lead was discovered in Madison County north of Fredericktown in 1720, years before the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired, and the Mine La Motte was one of several in the area — it produced more than 325,000 tons of lead metal by the time it closed in 1959, according to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. The Lion’s Club rodeo grounds near the Fredericktown airport sit on that section of the Superfund site. Testing of the soil in the arena, where horses and livestock kick up dirt, found an average concentration of 800 parts per million of lead. The highest concentration detected at the site was 2,353 parts per million, beneath a section of bleachers. All properties with concentrations greater than 400 parts per million are eligible for cleanup in Madison County, according to the EPA. In the past, residential properties with lead concentrations above 1,200 parts per million were targeted. Crews dug up the rodeo grounds, home of the Fredericktown Lion’s Club Rodeo for more than half a century, and are bringing in new gravel and backfill, said Don Krieger, the rodeo chairman — and no one has complained to him about the lead levels or the cleanup at the grounds. “It’s nothing new around here,” he said of both, adding that he was glad for the improvements. About 15 years ago, a much smaller cleanup occurred at Mooney’s house, about two miles north of Fredericktown, where he has lived on the same hill for more than 50 years, with new fill dirt in the yard and crushed rock for his driveway. He sees the remediation in his county as a good thing, citing efforts that reduced the number of children with elevated levels of lead in their blood. But he also hears people at the local coffee shop complaining about the millions of dollars spent on the ongoing project — efforts often without visible positive effects, he said. Lead is a neurotoxin that interrupts normal brain development and has been linked to behavioral problems and learning disabilities in children. Adults can tolerate higher lead levels than children but also can suffer health problems. The EPA is in its second year of a three-year contract to remediate 500 properties, which largely should complete residential clean-ups in the county, said Kurt Limesand, the EPA’s remedial project manager for the Madison County Mines Superfund site. More than 1,900 properties have been cleaned up, including parks and schools, out of about 5,000 within the site boundaries, he said — but the EPA wants to test properties that haven’t been sampled. To the northwest, where the first written record of a lead mine in Missouri was made in 1700 in what is now Washington County, the EPA has remediated 774 residential properties and has a new

Some fear law could open door to other pretrial vetting SNITCHES • FROM A1

exonerated during the past three decades in Illinois, more than any other state, according to the National Registry of Exonerations. The Legislature put the law on the books last month by voting to override a veto by Gov. Bruce Rauner. The governor, a Republican, took the side of prosecutors in arguing that current trial rules offer a buffer against errant testimony. The rules required state disclosure of all potential witnesses and the benefits informers have been offered in exchange for testifying, and a universal instruction to jurors prior to delib-

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Workers lay down plastic fencing as they prepare to have clean fill and dirt brought in on Tuesday at the rodeo grounds in Fredericktown. Testing of the soil in the arena, where horses and livestock kick up dirt, had found an average concentration of 800 parts per million of lead.

Lead-contaminated dirt at the rodeo grounds in Fredericktown was excavated and removed, leaving behind elevated piers of dirt supporting a fence, as seen on Tuesday. New, clean material is being put down. The EPA is in its second year of a three-year contract to remediate 500 properties in Madison County, Mo.

contact for nearly 1,000 more within next five years, also using the more stringent 400-partsper-million guideline, said Dan Kellerman, the county’s EPA remedial project manager. “All of these projects consume the entire boundary of Washington County,” he said. The county has been home to more than 1,000 lead and barite mining, milling or smelting sites. Most were small and operated by farmers in winter to supplement their incomes, and by the early 1900s, several thousand peo-

ple were mining barite and lead there, according to the EPA. Barite mining boomed in 1926 after the discovery that it made a good weighting agent for fluids used in drilling oil, and the county was the world’s leader in barite production for years. Lead naturally occurs in many parts of southeastern Missouri, and today still seeps into groundwater, some of which needs treatment for safe drinking. The Rogue Creek vacation

community sits about 10 miles north of Potosi, with three lakes and 90 connections to drinking water and sewer systems. Elevated lead levels have been reported there since 1994, prompting the DNR to mandate that well water undergo lead removal. A treatment system was installed and later replaced by a water softener system to clean the water about 2003. The man who was supposed to keep Rogue Creek’s water safe to drink is set to be sentenced next month after pleading guilty to ly-

eration that jailhouse informers’ testimony is historically unreliable. Prosecutors also fear that although the required hearing is only for jailhouse snitches, it could open the door to pretrial approval of other witnesses, including eyewitnesses. Leading up to November’s veto-override votes, lawmakers were visited by Marvin Reeves and James Kluppelberg, who, thanks in part to jailhouse informers, spent a combined 43 years in prison for separate murders of which they were later cleared. The law’s sponsors believe vetting snitch testimony before trial will prevent future mistakes. “Once the jury hears it, true or not, it’s going to influence a decision one way or another,” said House Deputy Majority Leader Arthur Turner, D-Chicago, who sponsored the measure with Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Tinley Park. “If it’s not credible informa-

tion, or the judge deems it something that should not be used, or (there is) some sort of conflict or questionable interest by the jailhouse informant, then we don’t want the jury to be tainted,” Turner said. The law has been on the books since 2003, but it applied only to cases involving the death penalty — a change put in place after then-Gov. George Ryan declared a moratorium on capital punishment in 2000, calling the system “haunted by the demon of error.” Lawmakers, preoccupied with a process that since reinstatement in 1977 had executed 12 but seen 13 released because of wrongful convictions, didn’t consider a jailhouse-snitch test for penalties other than death. When executions were abolished in 2011, the law became moot. “What we’re seeing is jailhouse informants are being used in trials involving very serious crimes carrying life sentences or other serious penalties and there’s not a lot of scrutiny around them.

That’s what this law is meant to do,” said Michelle Feldman, legislative strategist for the Innocence Project, which hopes to use Illinois’ momentum to pursue similar laws in other states next spring. Texas adopted a hedge against false testimony in 2017, requiring prosecutors to disclose an informers’ criminal history, benefits traded for testimony and the instances in which they’ve served as snitches previously, Feldman said, but it stops short of requiring a hearing. DuPage County State’s Attorney Bob Berlin, president of the Illinois State’s Attorneys Association, said the hearing is redundant. The information gleaned from it will be the same as what the state must turn over to the defense now in pretrial discovery. And judges routinely admonish juries about snitches’ reliability. “It’s unnecessary because the jury gets an instruction (from the judge) on how to assess the credibility of a witness,” Berlin said.

TREATING GROUNDWATER

ing about the length of time residents were exposed to elevated lead levels in their drinking water, prompting an order to drink bottled water for more than a year. Federal charges against the man, Dale Johansen, 63, of Jefferson City allege that the water softener system had been offline for six to eight weeks, when in fact it hadn’t been working for almost six months and exposed residents to lead-contaminated drinking water. Johansen’s company, Johansen Consulting Service, became responsible for overseeing its drinking water and wastewater utilities in 2012. A phone message left with his attorney was not returned. His time overseeing the utility was fraught with problems. Between March 2013 and March 2016, when the DNR learned the water softener system wasn’t working, the agency issued him about 50 violation notices and warning letters. Three of five samples taken by the DNR tested high for lead. It issued a do-not-drink order and told residents to rely on bottled water from March 11, 2016, through May 2, 2017. “I’ve never drank the water down here anyway. I’ve always drank bottled water,” said Jim Foltz, president of Rogue Creek’s board of trustees. That’s because he didn’t like the white solution left behind from the water softener, or the orange flecks left in water glasses from the red clay soil. Using bottled water is pretty common in Rogue Creek, where about a third of property owners live year-round and the rest come on weekends or vacations, some in campers and many from the St. Louis area. “Down in this area, there’s lead all over,” Foltz said. “It’s kind of expected.” The Missouri-American Water Company has been operating the systems since March 2017 and spent more than $160,000 on improvements, according to the Missouri Public Service Commission. That agency approved this fall Missouri-American’s purchase of Rogue Creek Utilities, which Foltz said would lead to more improvements. Fewer than a dozen people, most of them children, from Rogue Creek came to be tested after learning the water hadn’t been treated properly, said Nick Hughey, director of the Washington County Health Department. None had blood levels requiring further action. And the area once known for lead may get a new mining life. Investors say 1,800 acres near Fredericktown hold some of the biggest reserves of cobalt, a key ingredient in smartphone and electric car batteries, in North America. It’s part of the Madison County Mines Superfund site. Missouri Cobalt, the mine’s owner, says it contains 35 million pounds of recoverable cobalt, an estimated 51 million pounds of nickel and 65 million pounds of copper. The company estimates the new mining operation will create between 600 and 700 temporary and permanent jobs. Mooney, the county’s presiding commissioner, is hopeful another mine will bring more jobs. And he wants to see the lead cleanup continue, a job he doesn’t think truly ever will be finished. Said Mooney: “I don’t know that they’ll ever get what you call ‘done.’”

“This creates an extra layer.” Feldman contends that Illinois’ rules of discovery are looser and less precise than in some other states. Hastings argues that, while the defense may cross-examine witnesses turning state’s evidence, not all of them do. “Some clients may not have the resources to pay a capable, competent defense attorney who’s knowledgeable in the law,” Hastings said. “Some people get public defenders who are so overburdened by the workload that they have they don’t have the time to run all these loops that well-paid attorneys could.” Berlin fears the door could now be open to additional pretrial witness scrutiny. “Under the rationale of this statute, the slippery slope aspect is that they could pass something that applies to eyewitnesses, that there would have to be a preliminary finding by the judge that their testimony is credible,” he said.


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LAW & ORDER ST. LOUIS > Man found dead • Police are releasing few details after a man was found dead on the ground in St. Louis Sunday morning. The victim was shot, police said, and homicide detectives are investigating. The man was found in the 2600 block of Marcus Avenue shortly after 7:30 a.m. The scene is on the border of the Kingsway East and Greater Ville neighborhoods. Police did not release the victim’s name, age or any other information. HILLSDALE > Shooting victims ID’d • A man and woman found shot to death inside a home in Hillsdale Saturday morning have been identified. Dontay Davis, 25, and Ahmira McDaniel, 21, were found fatally shot in their home in the 2100 block of Cherry Avenue just before 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Hillsdale police officers went to the home after a report of shots fired. They found the victims dead of gunshot wounds inside the home. Hillsdale police asked St. Louis County police to investigate. The killer “gained entry into the residence before locating the two victims and shooting them,” St. Louis County police said in a statement about the case. The

killer then fled. Police have released no other details. SPRINGFIELD, MO. > Missouri man pleads guilty in $2.4 million cattle scam • A man from southwestern Missouri has pleaded guilty in federal court to a $2.4 million wire fraud scheme and faces up to 20 years in prison. Dwight Moody Cox, 57, of Ozark, pleaded guilty Wednesday to one count. He owns Dwight Cox Cattle Co., which bought cattle for clients and grazed the cattle on land Cox owned or rented. When the cattle reached a specified weight, Cox shipped the cattle to the clients. Prosecutors say Cox carried out a scheme in which he falsely claimed that he had purchased about 3,250 head of cattle under a contract with the Texas Beef Cattle Company of Amarillo. The Texas company paid him more than $2.5 million for the cattle. But when the company requested the cattle shipped to it in early 2018, Cox admitted he had only 147 head of cattle and had submitted 35 false invoices to make it appear he had more. Cox will be sentenced at a later date.

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the district at least $3.2 million. Hazelwood’s annual payment to the district accounts for about half its operating budget, according to the district’s attorney Chuck Billings. A trial date is set for October. Last month, residents filed a petition with more than 700 signatures to force a vote in April on whether to allow Hazelwood’s firefighters to take over the fire district’s part of the city. Supporters repeated the city’s estimate that the takeover would save $1.8 million a year. But the fire district directors have refused to turn over the petition to the St. Louis County Board of Elections. The deadline to get measures on the April ballot is Jan. 22. “That essentially guts the Robertson Fire District, so the board did not accept it,” Billings said. “The petition drive is asking the board to do something that the board doesn’t have the power to do.” State laws allow fire districts — which are defined as political subdivisions — to reject petitions that ask for something outside of the fire district’s authority, such as changing a state gas tax. But residents asking for a vote on disbanding the district that serves them is within the letter of the law, said Patrick Cronan, a retired lawyer. Cronan was one of two authors of a guidebook revised as recently as 2011 by the University of Missouri to help fire districts comply with state law. “As a general matter, if it’s within the authority of the board then it ought to be taken to a vote,” Cronan said. “They have some say as to the timing of turning it over and various things like that, various kinds of ministerial stuff. They don’t have a great deal of authority over the substance of it.” State laws provide for petitions to expand a fire district’s boundaries, as well for petitions to fully dissolve a fire district to be filed with the appropriate circuit court. Cronan said Robertson voters also had the right to petition to cut off parts of the district if they chose. “It might be a stupid idea, but you’ve got to let the voters do what the voters want to do,” he said. Eric Fey, Democratic director of elections at the St. Louis County Board of Elections, which is tasked with administering elections, said he was not sure that state law required Robertson to turn over the petition. He said initiative petitions in fire districts were uncommon. “This is the first one I’ve ever even heard of,” he said. “The ball is in the district’s court at this point.”

‘NOT PUBLIC MONEY’

The takeover petition seeks a vote on an ordinance that the Hazelwood City Council approved in August. City attorney Kevin O’Keefe told the council that the fire district was authorized by law to contract with governments for a common service, so Hazelwood could take over the Robertson area, pay the fire district, and then require the district to return the money. “Legally that is how it would have to be done,” City Manager Matt Zimmerman said. Zimmerman said the city had nothing to do with the petition, though the petition effort received a $25,000 donation from a Hazelwood economic development board. The committee circulating the petition — Residents for Hazelwood Inc. — formed Oct. 25. It accepted a $25,000 donation from the Industrial Development Authority of the City of Hazelwood (IDA), according to a Nov. 23 filing with the Missouri Ethics Commission. The IDA issues discounted bonds for commercial ventures to spur economic growth in the city and collects a fee from those businesses. It is a corporation housed at City Hall with volunteer board members appointed by the City Council.

Hazelwood officials insist the IDA’s donation was not public money. IDA president Michael Berry also leads the Hazelwood economic development sales tax board, the TIF commission and the board that sets the city’s comprehensive development plan. He said that because the IDA was incorporated in 1984 as a nonprofit, it is separate from the city. “Now, obviously we work closely together with the city but they can’t tell us what we do because we’re a nonprofit corporation that’s not under the city umbrella at all,” Berry said. Berry said that Hazelwood officials kept the IDA informed of their talks with the Robertson fire district and that O’Keefe was also the IDA’s attorney. The board of the IDA decided on its own to back the petition, he said, because the taxes the fire district imposes make the area unattractive to businesses. Cronan said the IDA money was public. “Even though it’s got a separate checking account it still is an instrumentality of political subdivision and still has its public character,” he said. “I don’t think that area is particularly gray but it’s to the advantage of the city to make that as gray as possible.” Margo McNeil, former former state representative for an area that includes parts of Hazelwood and treasurer of the committee circulating the petition, said none of the IDA’s donation had been used.

HIGH COSTS, OVERLAPPING BOUNDARIES

Hazelwood officials and backers of the petition say they have good reasons to sever ties with Robertson: $1.8 million each year in savings. “If the city continues as they are, they won’t be able to continue as they are,” said Jenn Hatton, a member of the petition committee. The city had a budget deficit of $985,084 in 2016 and a deficit of $729,070 last year. Zimmerman said the city would have faced a deficit of about $2 million had it not canceled its pact with Robertson. The switch would also mean lower taxes for Hazelwood residents in the area Robertson serves. Robertson voters approved increases over the years that have raised its tax rate to $2.50 for each $100 of assessed value, up from 99 cents per $100 of assessed value. For 2018, the rate was $2.69. The district, which has about 40 firefighters and covers a 14-square-mile area that includes parts of Hazelwood, Bridgeton and unincorporated St. Louis County, imposes the fourth highest tax rate among the 23 fire districts in St. Louis County. Metro North has the highest rate, charging residents $3.15 for each $100 of assessed value. Florissant Valley’s tax rate is $1.82. Hazelwood’s municipal property tax rate is 99 cents. The money it collects on each property is less than what the Robertson tax imposes. That means all of Hazelwood residents’ tax dollars go toward paying the fire district’s costs to the city, no matter who fights fires for them, said Hatton, who doesn’t live in the Robertson boundaries. Hazelwood resident Ann Cronin does live in the Robertson boundaries. She voted against the Robertson tax increases and said the rising costs were unfair to other Hazelwood residents who couldn’t vote on them. “It’s like if you bought your house and someone says well, you’re going to have to pay two and a half times as much as you did before,” she said. “And you have no choice in it.” Nassim Benchaabane • 314-340-8167 @NassimBnchabane on Twitter nbenchaabane@post-dispatch.com

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AREA VOTES IN CONGRESS • DEC. 10-14 Congress and the administration of President Donald Trump are ending 2018 with a flurry of activity, even as the prospect of a government shutdown looms amid a fight between Republicans and Democrats over border-wall funding. Besides major votes on issues ranging from farm policy to the war in Yemen, the Trump administration continues its assault on Obama-era regulations. The latest: The Environmental Protection Agency is proposing a major rollback over former President Barack Obama’s “Waters of the United States” regulation. Environmentalists had hailed the Obama rule as a significant step in protecting water quality. Critics attacked it a federal government assault on state and landowner rights. Trump’s rollback will give states more control in defining what waters should be subject to environmental oversight. “The revised definition rightly returns power over navigable waters to the states and eliminates the confusion that has plagued the regulation for years,” Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth, said. He added: “Regulated entities such as our Missouri farmers, ranchers, and small businesses across the state deserve regulatory clarity, predictability, and consistency.” Acting EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler said that “for the first time, we are clearly defining the difference between federally protected waterways and state-protected waterways.” He said that the changes would help landowners understand “whether a project on their property will require a federal permit or not, without spending thousands of dollars on engineering and legal professionals.” But the environmental group Waterkeeper Alliance labeled the change a “sickening gift to polluters.” Democrats, who won control of the House in November, said they would fight it. Here is how St. Louis-area members of Congress voted on other big issues during the week of Dec. 10-14:

Revenue Service to police the sources of so-called “dark money” flowing into the American political system. The six-month-old rule repealed a longstanding requirement that nonprofit groups with tax-exempt status under Section 501 © of the tax code disclose their donors to the IRS (but not the public) so the agency can check for illegal activity such as spending by foreign corporations and governments to influence U.S. elections. A yes vote was to send the nullification measure to the House. Jason Muzinich, Deputy Treasury Secretary • Voting 55-44, the Senate on Dec. 11 confirmed Jason G. Muzinich, 41, as deputy Treasury secretary. A Treasury employee since early 2017, he helped draft the $1.4 billion in business and personal tax cuts enacted last year by Congress. A yes vote was to confirm the nominee. Yes • Blunt. No • McCaskill, Durbin, Duckworth. Jonathan Kobes, Federal Appeals Judge • Voting 51-50, with Vice President Pence casting the deciding vote, the Senate on Dec. 11 confirmed Jonathan A. Kobes, 41, for a seat on the St. Louis-based 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He received approval despite the American Bar Association rating him “not qualified” because he lacks “knowledge of the law, or ability to write about complex matters in a clear and cogent manner — qualities that are essential for a Circuit Court judge.” A yes vote was to confirm the nominee, who worked most recently as counsel to GOP Sen. Mike Rounds of South Dakota.

Yes • Blunt. No • McCaskill, Durbin, Duckworth. Victims of Child Abuse Act • The Senate also approved, by voice vote, legislation co-sponsored by Blunt that would reauthorize a law providing funding for Children’s Advocacy Centers serving child victims. Holding Crown Prince Responsible, Rebuking Trump • On a non-recorded vote, the Senate on Dec. 13 adopted a resolution (SJ Res 69) holding Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. The measure was a rebuke to President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who have declined to pin blame on the crown prince despite a Central Intelligence Agency assessment that he oversaw the torture and murder of the Saudi dissident and Washington Post columnist. There was no debate directly on the resolution, and it was adopted unanimously.

KEY VOTES AHEAD

Congress will debate criminal-justice reforms and a fiscal 2019 spending measure in the week of Dec. 17. The votes and descriptions are compiled by “Voterama in Congress” a legislative tracking organization.

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Five-Year Farm Bill • The House on Dec. 12 voted, 369-47, to extend farm, nutrition and anti-hunger programs for five years at a projected cost of $87 billion annually. The bill (HR 2) would renew the federal sugar and food stamps programs without major changes; subsidize crop insurance; promote agricultural sales abroad; and provide price supports for growers of commodities including corn, soybeans, wheat, cotton and rice. A yes vote was to send the bill to Trump for his signature. Yes • William Lacy Clay, D-St. Louis; Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin; Blaine Luetkemeyer, R-St. Elizabeth; Jason Smith, R-Salem; John Shimkus, R-Collinsville; Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, Ill.; Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, Ill. All four senators from Missouri and Illinois also voted for the bill when it passed the Senate: Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; Dick Durbin, D-Ill.; Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill.

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U.S. Withdrawal from Yemen War • Voting 56-41, the Senate on Dec. 13 adopted a measure (SJ Res 54) that would require the administration to end U.S. military support of a Saudi-led coalition waging war against Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen unless Congress authorizes the action under the 1973 War Powers Act. A yes vote was to send the withdrawal measure to the House. Yes • McCaskill, Durbin, Duckworth. No • Blunt IRS ‘Dark Money’ Scrutiny • Voting 50-49, Senate on Dec. 12 adopted a measure (SJ Res 64) that would nullify a Trump administration rule making it more difficult for the Internal

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the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Sens. Richard Burr, R-N.C., its chairman; and Mark Warner of Virginia, its ranking Democrat. The bipartisan panel hasn’t said if it endorses the findings. It plans to release it publicly along with another study later this week. The research — by Oxford University’s Computational Propaganda Project and Graphika, a network analysis firm — offers new details on how Russians working at the Internet Research Agency, which U.S. officials have charged with criminal offenses for meddling in the 2016 campaign, sliced Americans into key interest groups for the purpose of targeting messages. These efforts shifted over time, peaking at key political moments, such as presidential debates or party conventions, the report found. The data sets used by the researchers were provided by Facebook, Twitter and Google and covered several years up to mid-2017, when the social media companies cracked down on the known Russian accounts. The report, which also analyzed data separately provided to House intelligence committee members, contains no information on more recent political moments, such as November’s midterm election.

EFFORT BOOSTS TRUMP, GOP

“What is clear is that all of the messaging clearly sought to benefit the Republican Party — and specifically Donald Trump,” the report says. “Trump is mentioned most in campaigns targeting conservatives and right-wing voters, where the messaging encouraged these groups to support his campaign. The main groups that could challenge Trump were then provided messaging that sought to confuse, distract and ultimately discourage members from voting.” Representatives for Burr and Warner declined to comment. The new report offers the latest evidence that Russian agents sought to help Trump win the White House. Democrats and Republicans on the panel previously studied the U.S. intelligence community’s 2017 finding that Moscow aimed to assist Trump, and in July, they said investigators had come to the correct conclusion. Despite their work, some Republicans on Capitol Hill continue to doubt the nature of Russia’s meddling in the last presidential election. The Russians aimed particular energy at activating conservatives on issues such as gun rights and immigration, while sapping the political clout of left-leaning African-American voters by undermining their faith in elections and spreading misleading information about how to vote.

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Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process are displayed during a House Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on Nov. 1, 2017. A new analysis has confirmed efforts by Russia to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election.

Many other groups — Latinos, Muslims, Christians, gay men and women, liberals, Southerners, veterans — got at least some attention from Russians operating thousands of social media accounts. The report also offered some of the first detailed analyses of the role played by YouTube, which belongs to Google, and Instagram in the Russian campaign, as well as anecdotes on how Russians used other social media platforms — Google+, Tumblr and Pinterest — that have gotten relatively little scrutiny. The Russian effort also used email accounts from Yahoo, Microsoft’s Hotmail service and Google’s Gmail. The authors, while reliant on data provided by technology companies, also highlighted their “belated and uncoordinated response” to the disinformation campaign and, once it was discovered, for not sharing more with investigators. The authors urged the companies in the future to provide data in “meaningful and constructive” ways. Facebook, for example, provided the Senate with copies of posts from 81 Facebook “Pages” and information on 76 accounts used to purchase ads but did not share the posts from other user accounts run by the Russian IRA, the report says. Twitter, meanwhile, has made it challenging for outside researchers to collect and analyze data on its platform through its public feed, the researchers said. Google submitted information in an especially difficult way for the researchers to handle, providing content such as YouTube videos but not the related data that would have allowed a full analysis. The YouTube information was so hard for

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The report expressed concern about the overall threat social media poses to political discourse within nations and between them, warning that companies once viewed as tools for liberation in the Arab world and elsewhere are now threats to democracy. “Social media have gone from being the natural infrastructure for sharing collective grievances and coordinating civic engagement to being a computational tool for social control, manipulated by canny political consultants and available to politicians in democracies and dictatorships alike.” Researchers also noted that the data include evidence of sloppiness by the Russians that could have led to earlier detec-

tion, including the use of Russia’s currency, the ruble, to buy ads and Russian phone numbers for contact information. The operatives also left behind technical signatures in computerized logs, such as internet addresses in St. Petersburg, where the IRA was based. Many of the findings track in general terms work by other researchers and testimony previously provided by the companies to lawmakers investigating the Russian effort. But the fuller data available to the researchers offered new insights on many aspects of the Russian campaign. The report traces the origins of Russian online influence operations to Russian domestic politics in 2009 and says that ambitions shifted to include U.S. politics as early as 2013 over Twitter. Of the tweets the company provided to the Senate, 57 percent are in Russian, with 36 percent in English and smaller amounts in other languages. The efforts to manipulate Americans grew sharply in 2014 and every year after, as teams of operatives spread their work across more platforms and accounts, in order to target larger swaths of U.S. voters by geography, political interests, race, religion and other factors. The Russians started with accounts on Twitter, then added YouTube and Instagram before finally bringing Facebook into the mix, the report said. Facebook was particularly effective at targeting conservatives and AfricanAmericans, the report found. More than 99 percent of all engagement — meaning likes, shares and other reactions — came from 20 “Pages” controlled by the IRA, including “Being Patriotic,” “Heart of Texas,” “Blacktivist” and “Army of Jesus.” Together the 20 most popular pages generated 39 million likes, 31 million shares, 5.4 million reactions and 3.4 million comments. Company officials told Congress that the Russian campaign reached 126 million people on Facebook and 20 million more on Instagram. The Russians operated 133 accounts on Instagram, a photo-sharing subsidiary of Facebook, that focused mainly on race, ethnicity or other forms of personal identity. The most successful Instagram posts targeted African-American cultural issues and black pride and were not explicitly political. While the overall intensity of posting across platforms grew year by year — with a particular spike during the six months after Election Day — this growth was particularly pronounced on Instagram, which went from roughly 2,600 posts a month in 2016 to nearly 6,000 in 2017, when the accounts were shut down. Across all three years covered by the report, Russian Instagram posts generated 185 million likes and 4 million user comments.

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chael Flynn on a charge of lying to federal investigators. Flynn faces sentencing on Tuesday. Trump, Giuliani said, would not submit to an interview by Mueller’s team. “They’re a joke,” Giuliani told “Fox News Sunday.” “Over my dead body, but, you know, I could be dead.” The special counsel, who is investigating potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, has continued to request an interview with the president. Last month, the White House sent written answers in response to the special counsel’s questions about potential collusion. The White House has resisted answering questions about obstruction of justice. Giuliani sarcastically said that the only thing left to ask the president was about “several unpaid parking tickets that night, back in 1986, ’87 that haven’t been explained.” If the president officially refuses an interview request, the special counsel’s team could theoretically seek to subpoena him to compel his testimony. Such a move would almost certainly trigger an immediate court fight. The Supreme Court has never directly ruled on whether a president can be subpoenaed for testimony in a criminal investigation, though the justices have said that a president can be forced to turn over records that have been subpoenaed and can be forced to answer questions as part of a lawsuit. The special counsel’s investigation has spun out charges and strong-armed guilty pleas from Trump underlings while keeping in suspense whether the president — “Individual-1,” in Mueller’s coded legalese — will end up accused of criminal behavior himself. This past week, his legal exposure grew as his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, was sentenced to three years in prison after admitting he issued hush-money payments to women who alleged sexual trysts with Trump. Prosecutors and Cohen say he acted at the president’s direction, which Trump and Giuliani deny. Trump and Giuliani have repeatedly tried to paint Cohen as untrustworthy. “Which is the truth?” Giuliani said of the competing stories from Trump and Cohen. “I think I know what the truth is. Unless you’re God, you’ll never know what the truth is.” Trump and Giuliani have also accused prosecutors of intimidating the president’s associates into making false claims. “Remember, Michael Cohen only became a ‘Rat’ after the FBI did something which was absolutely unthinkable &

unheard of until the Witch Hunt was illegally started,” Trump tweeted. “They BROKE INTO AN ATTORNEY’S OFFICE!” It was not a break-in. The FBI executed a search warrant obtained from a judge in conducting a raid in April on Cohen’s home, office and hotel room and seizing records on a variety of matters, among them a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels by Cohen. The application for the warrant was approved high in the Justice Department. In response to Trump’s tweet, former FBI Director James Comey tweeted, “This is from the President of our country, lying about the lawful execution of a search warrant issued by a federal judge. Shame on Republicans who don’t speak up at this moment — for the FBI, the rule of law, and the truth. Prosecutors have said Trump directed Cohen to arrange the payments to buy the silence of Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal in the runup to the 2016 campaign. Federal prosecutors in New York, in a parallel investigation, say the payments amounted to illegal campaign contributions because they were made at the height of election season to keep voters from learning of Trump’s alleged infidelities. Giuliani has argued the payments were made to protect Trump’s family, not to influence the election. “If there’s another purpose, it’s not a campaign contribution,” Giuliani told ABC. The hush money wasn’t initially reported on campaign finance documents and, in any case, far exceeded the legally acceptable amount for in-kind contributions. The federal limit on individual contributions is $2,700. Cohen also pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about the Trump Organization’s goals to build a tower in Moscow. His representative, Lanny Davis, told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Cohen’s written statement to Congress, which contained the lie, was published ahead of his testimony and Cohen then spoke to the White House. “Not one person from the White House ever said, ‘Don’t lie,’” Davis said. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the top Democrat on the House oversight committee and the probable chairman come January, said he wanted Cohen to testify before Congress about what he told prosecutors. Meanwhile, Trump’s fellow Republican, Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, acknowledged on CNN that “it was not a good week for President Trump” and urged “that the special counsel be allowed to complete his investigation unimpeded.”


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Not into bingo, 84-year-old Texas woman earns her bachelor’s degree BY JAMIE STENGLE Associated Press

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and retiring at age 77 from her secretarial job, Janet Fein couldn’t be blamed for finally relaxing, but that’s not her. Fein, now 84, went to back to school and will accomplish a long-held goal this week when she graduates from the University of Texas at Dallas with a bachelor’s degree. “I didn’t have anything to do in retirement and I didn’t think that playing bingo was up to my speed,” said Fein, who majored in sociology because she felt it was “substantial.” She said she enjoyed all the reading and the writing of papers. “With each class I already knew a lot, but then I also learned a lot. And that made me happy,” she said. Fein People 65 and older make up less than 1 percent of U.S. college students. In 2015, they accounted for about 67,000 of about 20 million college students, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. “Keeping oneself active and vital and giving yourself something to look forward to like that is just a really positive move,” said Dr. Carmel Dyer, executive director of the UTHealth Consortium on Aging at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Fein took part in a state program that allows people ages 65 and older to take up to six credit hours for free at public universities in Texas. About 2,000 people took advantage of the offer last year, according to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Fein said she wanted the degree “with all of my heart” and kept going to classes even as she transitioned from living on her own and driving herself around to needing a walker and oxygen and eventually moving to a senior living facility. Then her knees gave out, so she did a semester of independent study and took online classes to fulfill her degree requirements. “She did not give up in the midst of her challenges ... she just kept plugging along,” said Fein’s college adviser, Sheila Rollerson. Tracy Glass, 40, befriended Fein after they both took front-row seats in a class. “I sat right next to her and over the course of the semester built a fast friendship with her,” said Glass, who said Fein’s firsthand memories of world events — such as the women’s movement — enlivened discussions. Carol Cirulli Lanham, a senior lecturer in sociology, said, “She would speak up a lot in class, and I think that it just made for a more interesting class ... because she literally remembered some of the times we were talking about.” Fein, who grew up in New York City, said that in high school she just wanted to graduate and get a job. After graduating at 16 she went to work as a secretary at a dress manufacturer. She married, spent 18 years staying home with her children and worked several jobs over the decades, including a 20-year stint as a secretary at an orthopedic hospital in Dallas — the job she retired from in 2012. She also worked on her associate degree for two decades before earning it in 1995. Renee Brown, 53, a certified nursing assistant who is one of Fein’s caregivers, said Fein inspired her. Brown plans to enroll in a program to become a licensed vocational nurse. “She said, ‘Renee, you can do it. If I can do it, you can do it and you will feel so good about it,’” Brown said.

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Restored home of Salem witch trial survivor up for sale • A once-run-down historic home that stands where a woman accused of witchcraft during the 1692 Salem witch trials settled after she was spared the noose is on the market after an extensive renovation project. The home in Framingham, Mass., known as the Peter and Sarah Clayes House, hit the market Thursday with an asking price of $975,000. Sarah Clayes was jailed during the 1692 witch trials, which claimed the lives of 20 people, including her sisters, Rebecca Nurse and Mary Easty. She was freed in 1693 when the hysteria died down. Historians acknowledge that little, if any, of the original home built at the site in 1693 remains. The structure still standing dates to 1776. Search called off for cruise passenger who fell overboard • The Coast Guard has suspended its search for a cruise ship passenger who went overboard off the Florida coast. The Coast Guard says its helicopters, planes, and cutters covered nearly 2,100 square miles during the 32 hours that crews searched for Thomas McElhany, 26. The Carnival Victory reported McElhany missing on Friday about 35 miles off Islamorada in the Florida Keys, launching the search. Coast Guard Cmdr. David Aldous said in a statement that it was always a difficult decision to suspend a search. The Coast Guard does not know McElhany’s hometown. Reward offered for missing Colorado woman • Police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the

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Child’s death highlights language barriers on border Guatemalan girl, 7, died in U.S. custody; critics fault Border Patrol for use of English-only forms BY JULIE WATSON associated Press

Shortly before a 7-year-old Guatemalan girl died in U.S. custody, her father signed a form stating that his daughter was in good health. But it’s unclear how much the man understood on the form, which was written in English and read to him in Spanish by Border Patrol agents. The death of Jakelin Caal highlights the communication challenges along the U.S.-Mexico border as agents come in contact with an increasing number of migrants who speak neither English nor Spanish. Her father’s native language is the Mayan tongue known as Q’eqchi’. His second language is Spanish. It’s unclear whether something was lost in translation or whether it would have made a difference in saving Jakelin after the two were detained and underwent a health screening along a remote stretch of U.S.-Mexico border. But the case raises questions about the Border Patrol’s use of English-only forms. All agents are required to speak Spanish, and they receive formal Spanish training. Reading forms in Spanish is often enough to pose basic questions. But some other Spanish-speaking migrants reported signing paper-

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senting Caal criticized U.S. officials for asking him to sign Form I-779, which asks a series of questions with check boxes of “yes” or “no.” In the additional comments section on the form was written “claims good health.” “It is unacceptable for any government agency to have persons in custody sign documents in a language that they clearly do not understand,” the attorneys said in a statement. The family also disputed the accounts offered by U.S. officials that the girl walked for days in

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White House stands firm on border wall Trump aides repeat his demand for $5 billion for project as budget deadline draws near BY HOPE YEN Associated Press

WASHINGTON • The White House

pushed the federal government closer on Sunday to the brink of a partial shutdown later this week, digging in on its demand for $5 billion to build a border wall as congressional Democrats stood firm against it. “We will do whatever is necessary to build the border wall to stop this ongoing crisis of immigration,” White House senior adviser Stephen Miller said. Asked if that meant having a government shutdown, he said: “If it comes to it, absolutely.” Trump said last week that he would be “proud” to have a shutdown to get Congress to approve $5 billion in funding to fulfill his campaign promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. But the president doesn’t have the votes from the Republican-controlled Congress to support funding for the wall at that level.

Democratic congressional leaders, New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi, have proposed no more than $1.6 billion, as outlined in a bipartisan Senate bill. The money would not go for the wall but for fencing upgrades and other border security. Democrats also offered to simply keep funding at its current level, $1.3 billion. Showing no signs of budging, Schumer said Sunday that it was up to Trump to decide whether parts of the federal government shut down at midnight Friday over his border wall, sending thousands of federal employees home without pay during the holidays. About one-quarter of the government would be affected, including the departments of Homeland Security, Transportation, Agriculture, State and Justice, as well as national parks. “He is not going to get the wall in any form,” Schumer said. Both parties in Congress have suggested that Trump would probably need to make the next move to resolve the impasse. The

House is taking an extended weekend break, returning Wednesday night. The Senate returns Monday after a three-day absence. Trump had neither accepted nor rejected the Democrats’ proposal as of Friday, according to the Democrats, telling them he would take a look. Trump will need Democratic votes either way, now or in the new year, for passage. Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, said Republicans remained hopeful they could come up with a proposal that would be acceptable to Trump and pass both chambers. He suggested that could take the form of a stopgap bill that extended funding until January, or a longer-term bill that included money for border security. “There are a lot of things you need to do with border security,” he said. “One is a physical barrier but also the technology, the manpower, the enforcement, all of those things, and our current laws are in some ways an incentive for people to come to this country illegally, and they

go through great risk and possibly great harm.” Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, urged senators to revisit a bill she helped push earlier this year that would provide $2.5 billion for border security, including physical barriers as well as technology and border patrol agents. Schumer declined to say whether Democrats would be willing to consider proposals other than the two options that he and Pelosi offered. Republicans “should join us in one of these two proposals, which would get more than enough votes passed and avoid a shutdown,” Schumer said. “Then, if the president wants to debate the wall next year, he can. I don’t think he’ll get it. But he shouldn’t use innocent workers as hostage for his temper tantrum.” Miller and Barrasso spoke on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Schumer appeared on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” and Collins was on ABC’s “This Week.”

After fraud probe, new primary could replace GOP candidate BY EMERY P. DALESIO Associated Press

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passed by North Carolina’s lawmakers last week would prepare a path for Republicans to dump their nominee in a stillundecided U.S. House race marred with ballot fraud allegations. “I think (legislators are) worried that Mark Harris might be damaged goods and they want to have the opportunity to have a different Republican nominee,” said Carter Wrenn, a Republican operative and consultant to former U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms and others for more than 40 years. “That’s how I read those tea leaves.” If the state elections board decides ballot irregularities or other problems cast the true outcome into doubt and force a redo, the legislation — if allowed to go into law by Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat — would require new primary elections in the 9th Congressional District race, in addition to a new general election. That would allow Republicans another look at Harris, the Republican who led Democrat Dan McCready by 905 votes in unofficial results. Harris hasn’t been certified the winner, and an investigation is looking into missing absentee ballots in rural Bladen County and whether unsealed ballots illegally handled by collection teams there could have been altered. Bladen was the only county among the eight within the 9th District where Harris won a majority of mail-in absentee ballots over McCready. State Rep. David Lewis, R-Harnett County, said holding new primary elec-

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Republican congressional candidate Mark Harris, shown Nov. 7 in Matthews, N.C., may be viewed as “damaged goods” by some Republicans after controversies over absentee ballots that favored him in the general election. Legislation passed by North Carolina’s lawmakers could lead to new primaries in a still-undecided U.S. House race in the state.

tions in the 9th District made sense because unusual absentee ballots results also cropped up during last May’s primary. Harris won 96 percent of the mail-in ballots in Bladen County on the way to his narrow victory over GOP Rep. Robert Pittenger. The Republican-led Legislature “has a political motive for doing this. They realize that Mark Harris is a damaged candidate and they’re trying to find a means of

replacing him on the ballot,” said U.S. Rep. G. K. Butterfield, D-N.C. “So this is a preemptive strike, in my opinion, to remove Mark Harris and to get another nominee in there.” New primaries would open the door to Pittenger or anyone else to carry the Republican banner against McCready or some other Democrat. Pittenger said he wanted to wait until after the elections board revealed its in-

vestigative findings at a hearing that was postponed Friday until Jan. 11, meaning the seat will stay empty when the new Congress assembles Jan. 3. “I have received calls from a number of friends in the last couple days,” he said in an interview Friday. “My instincts are that I just think we ought to wait for this evidentiary hearing and let all the facts come out. Then after that, maybe I can give more consideration to that.” State Republican Party Executive Director Dallas Woodhouse said that if there were to be a new primary election the state GOP would stay neutral but that “every candidate who enters that primary, if there is one, will have a chance to make their case.” In an interview with WBTV on Friday, Harris stopped short of criticizing party officials when he was asked if he felt under attack by fellow Republicans. “Well I certainly don’t feel the circling of the wagons around Harris the way I see the Democrats circling the wagons around McCready,” Harris said. Democrats could sue if primaries are set in motion, Butterfield said. Pittenger and other Republicans didn’t contest Harris’ nomination despite suspicions raised then about absentee ballots in Bladen County, so now should be too late, Butterfield said. “It’s fundamentally unfair to a candidate who has raised and spent millions of dollars in anticipation of Mark Harris’ being the opponent, to have to go through that again with a different opponent,” Butterfield said. “Dan McCready shouldn’t have to face two different opponents.”

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Voice of America remains under radar amid Trump’s attack on the news media BY NOAH BIERMAN Los angeles Times

WASHINGTON • For a president who rails against the “fake news media” and dreams aloud of creating a state-run alternative, the Voice of America would seem an irresistible target. The government-owned news service beams around the world, reaching an estimated 275 million people on radio, internet and television, with a brand honed during the mid-20th century Cold War era that President Donald Trump idealizes as a time of unquestioned American greatness. Yet two years into his administration, despite predictions that he would transform it into “Trump TV,” the Voice of America has remained largely untouched. Despite journalistic ethics lapses by some of its staff that have brought scrutiny of its foreign coverage, the service’s reporting on the Trump administration is hardly distinguishable from that of commercial news outlets. The bipartisan board and chief executive who oversee the network — for now — along with its news director and her deputy, are the same people who have been in place since President Barack Obama sat in the White House. Yet the debate over the news service’s future may be nearing eruption. After a six-month stall, the Senate could give a hearing early in the new year to Trump’s nominee to lead the agency, Michael Pack, an ally and former moviemaking collaborator of the president’s past strategist and provocateur, Steve Bannon. And Trump recently tweeted that “something has to be done” to counter the international influence of CNN, his media nemesis, “including the possibility of the United States starting our own Worldwide Network to show the World the way we really are, GREAT!” On one side of the emerging fight are Trump allies, led by Bannon, who are eager to shed some of the Voice of America’s hard-won independence and use the service more overtly to further Trump’s “America first” agenda. “VOA is a rotten fish from top to bottom,” Bannon, the former leader of the conservative Breitbart news site, said in an interview. He has been pushing Trump to take control of the Voice of America since he served as chief White House strategist during Trump’s first seven months in office. After his forced departure, Bannon

has kept up the fight from the outside. On the other side is a bipartisan group arguing that independent reporting — including controversial stories about U.S. politics — offers the best advertisement for American values abroad. The potential showdown comes at a fraught time for the network. In October, 15 people — more than half the staff for Hausa-language broadcasts to West Africa — were fired or recommended for termination for taking bribes from a government official. An employee in the Voice of America’s Mandarin service was recently let go after she ignored orders to limit a live interview with a prominent critic of the Chinese government to an hour. Bannon, who shares the president’s view that open warfare with the mainstream media is the most effective tool in politics, said he told Trump long ago that he didn’t need to start a new government network. “You got one,” he said he argued. “It’s called Voice of America.” Trump’s interactions with Voice of America have been limited to a pair of interviews with Greta Van Susteren, the former cable news host who takes no salary but now has a weekly show there. Voice of America’s defenders welcome that disinterest, assuming Trump has ignored it because most broadcasts are in one of 46 foreign languages and are largely unseen inside the United States. “He seems to be totally focused on what he calls the ‘enemy of the people,’ which are the domestic media, so I don’t think he has a focus on that. But some of his people clearly have tried to get their tentacles into it,” said Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has oversight of Voice of America. Bannon may ultimately get his way. In June, Trump nominated Pack, former president of the right-leaning Claremont Institute, to become the chief executive of the Agency for Global Media. Pack, who declined to comment while his nomination is pending, has worked with Bannon on two documentaries, one on nuclear power and the other on the Iraq war. “I am concerned,” Menendez said. But some Voice of America supporters and employees say it’s too soon to judge Pack, pointing out that he was not especially controversial when he served as senior vice president for programming at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting from 2003 to 2006.

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'18 Audi Q5: 2.0T Quattro, Ibis White, AWD, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner $40,200 #28326L

'18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, 9K Miles, AWD $40,779 #28392L

'18 Audi Q7: Premium Plus, 11K Miles, AWD, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner $53,000 #28602L

'18 Audi Q5: Premium Plus, Quattro, AWD, 6K Miles $42,000 #28649L

'15 Chevrolet Silverado: 1500, LT, Certified, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, 32K Miles, $31,569 #P6662

'17 Chevrolet Silverado: 2500HD High Country, 8K Miles, 4WD, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $58,388 #79723A

'16 Chevy Suburban LTZ: Black, loaded, NAV, DVD $45,990 #M19023A

'17 Chevy Colorado: 4x4, "Black Out" Edition, Loaded $26,990 #35244A

'13 Chevy Silverado: 1500, LT, AWD, Ext Cab 6.5" Widespread $19,750 #420209A

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

'14 Chevy Silverado: 3500HD, LTZ, Crew Cab, 4WD, Clean Carfax $36,500 #79281A

Ford Trucks '09 Ford Ranger: Stock #190202A Call us DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '13 Ford F-150: Raptor, Crew Cab, 4WD, White, Local Trade $38,990 #M18349B

'11 Ford F150 Lariat: Crew Cab, 4x4, Loaded. $19,990 #44028B

'15 XTS: Luxury, White Dia mond, 26K Mile s $28,490 '14 Escalade: Bla ck, 55K, Qua d S e a ts $36,490 '16 XTS: Luxury Colle ction, Ce rtifie d, $26,990

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

'19 Infiniti QX50: Essential, 6K Miles, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, Certified, AWD $43,888 #98000L

'18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: Certified, Clean Carfax, One Owner, AWD $42,000 #28658L

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

'18 Audi Q5 Premium: Clean Carfax, One Owner, Certified, 6K Miles $37,700 #28659L

'18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: 7K Miles, Certified, Clean Carfax, One Owner $42,000 #28660L

'18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: Certified, AWD, Clean Carfax, One Owner, $38,900 #28757L

'18 Audi Q5 Premium Plus: AWD, Clean Carfax, One Owner, 8K Miles $40,900 #28758L

18 Audi Q7 Prestige: Quattro Sport, 6 Cyl, 3.0L, AWD, Auto, 9K Miles, $61,500 #28763L

'18 Audi Q7: Prestige, 7K Miles, AWD, Quattro, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $62,888 #28820L

'17 Audi Q7: Premium Plus, AWD, 33K Miles, Carfax 1 Owner $47,388 #29026A

'18 Audi Q7: Prestige, 8K Miles, AWD, Quattro, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $62,888 #28823L

'18 Audi Q5 Premium: Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, Well Maintained $33,500 #P9607

'18 Audi Q7: Premium Plus, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, AWD, $48,000 #P9619

1-866-244-9085 VOLKS WAGEN'S '16 Jetta: Auto, Ce rtifie d, 39K, $12,990

GMC Trucks '16 GMC Sierra 1500: SLT, 4WD, Crew Cab, 36K Miles, Clean Carfax, $37,700 #P9669

'15 Jetta: S E, 44K, Auto, Ga s , Ce rtifie d $13,490 '17 Jetta: S E, 15K, Auto, Ce rtifie d $15,890 '16 Touareg: VR6, Pano Roof, Nav, White , Ce rtifie d, $29,490 '18 Passat: 2.0 Turbo, 10K, Auto, Blue $16,990

'16 VW Golf "R": AWD, 41K Mile s , Nav, 29,990 '17 Jetta Turbo: One Owne r, Auto, Ce rtifie d, $13,490

'18 Audi Q5 Premium: Certified, Clean Carfax, One Owner, AWD $34,000 #P9625

'18 Audi Q7 P re s tige Quattro: 11xxx Mile s , Bla ck, $62,220, #V18668A

Honda Trucks '18 Honda Ridgeline: RTL-T, Crew Cab, 13K Miles, AWD, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $34,888 #79460A

'18 Golf S E: 4 Dr., 4K Mile s , Roof, Auto, $19,990 '12 Passat S E: S unroof, Loca l Tra de , Automa tic, $8,490

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

Crossovers

Chevrolet Trucks Mercedes Benz

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

Subaru

'16 Toyota Corolla: Auto, Loaded, Clean Carfax $13,990 #44172A '16 Lexus RC 300: 2 Dr Coupe, 6 Cyl, 3.5L, AWD, Leather, 16K Miles, #P9644, $33,800

'13 Cadillac Escalade: Premium, AWD, 65K Miles, Clean Carfax, 8 Cyl 6.2L $34,388 #98205A

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

'16 BMW X5 50i: xDrive, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, AWD, 41K Miles $44,388 #P9665

15 BMW X5 35d: AWD, 30K Miles, Carfax 1 Owner, $36,880 #P9574

'15 Buick Encore: $16,969 Stock #P07044 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841

'14 Chevrolet Equinox: LS, FWD, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, $12,976 #P6427B

'14 Chevrolet Traverse: LT. FWD, Clean Carfax, One Owner, $13,990 #44093A

'15 Chevrolet Tahoe: LTZ, 43K Miles, Clean Carfax, 4WD, $43,888 #12416A

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

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

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

'05 Chevy Suburban Z71: Black, Loaded, Very Clean. $8,490 #P6637A

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

'10 Cadillac Escalade ESV: White Diamond, AWD, Loa de d, $23,490#B9108A

'02 Ford Explorer: XLT, 4WD, Stock #P06884A Call US DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '11 Ford Escape: Limited, 4WD, Carfax 1 Owner $10,490 #M18078A1

'17 GMC Terrain: FWD, Denali, $28,139 Stock #P07034 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '09 GMC Acadia: FWD, SLT-1, $10,181 Stock #P06945A DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '15 GMC Acadia: FWD, SLE-1, $22,382 Stock #P07043 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '18 GMC Terrain: 1K Miles, White, Just Arrived! $26,490 #B9076B

'15 GMC Yukon: Denali, White, GM Certified, Loaded $43,669 #420141B

'12 GMC Acadia: SLE, Loaded, Very Clean, Full Power $13,990 #P6555A

'13 GMC Acadia Denali: Loaded, One Owner, Clean Carfax, $18,770 #44155A

'17 GMC Yukon: SLT, Onxy Black, 20K Miles, 4x4, $44,700 #P9277

'16 GMC Acadia Denali: AWD, Ebony Twilight, 24K Miles, Clean Carfax $33,200 #P9478

'16 GMC Yukon Denali: 4WD, Quicksilver Metallic $47,500 P9606

'18 Infiniti QX80: AWD, Certified, AWD, 6K Miles, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $53,779 #97220L

'18 Infiniti QX60: AWD, Certified, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $37,000 #97029L

0'18 Infiniti QX80: 33K Miles, Clean Carfax, One Owner, AWD $49,200 #P9495

'18 Infiniti QX60: Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, 22K Miles, AWD, $34,200 #P9500

'17 Infiniti QX80: AWD, Clean Carfax, One Owner, 48K Miles $41,779 #P9546

'18 Infiniti QX60: AWD, Carfax 1 Owner, 20K Miles $34,779 #P9551

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

'11 Jeep Liberty: Limited, 4WD, Clean Carfax, 74K Miles $13,269 #P6627

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

Landscape Laborers Grounds Management Inc, Maryland Heights, MO. Daily transp will be provided from a central location to and from worksites in St. Louis county. 2 0 TEMP, FT Landscape Laborer pos. 3/1/19-12/15/19, 7a5p, 4 5 hrs/wk, OT varies, M -F, Schedule Varies, Some Saturdays ma y b e re q u ire d . $ 1 4 . 5 2 $17.50/hr, $21.78-$26.25/hr OT, Raises and bonuses at employer's discretion. Mow, trim, edge, pull weeds, prune bushes; clean up, plant, cultivate & spread mulch; rake, blow leaves. Pre-employment drug testing & Pre-hire background check req’d;Random drug testing during employment. Able to lift 75lbs. No exp req’d, will train. Upon employee's request, payroll deductions may be made, at employer's discretion. Employer facilitates voluntary housing arrangements upon worker request along with corresponding payroll deductions. Employer provides workers at no charge all tools, supplies, equip req’d to perform job. Initial transp (including meals &, to extent necessary, lodging) to place of employment provided, or its cos t to worke rs reimbursed, if worker completes half the employment period. Return transp provided if worker completes employment period or is dismissed early by employer. Inquire about job opportunity or send applications, indications of availability, &/or re sumes directly to Fax: 3 14-9850652, gmipro@hotmail.com or the nearest MO SWA, Missouri Career Center-St. Louis C o u n t y - D e e r C re e k, 3 2 5 6 L a c l e d e S tation Road, S uite 1 0 3 , St. Louis, MO 63143, (314) 877-0001.

'16 LR Range Rover: Sport V6 HSE, AWD, Clean Carfax $41,880 #79760A

'18 Mazda CX-9: Grand Touring, Certified, Clean Carfax, 5K Miles, Certified, $33,888 #12064L

'18 Mazda CX-9: Signature, Clean Carfax, 2K Miles, AWD, $40,388 #12129L

'18 Mazda CX-9: Signature, AWD, Clean Carfax, 3K Miles, $39,888 #12248L

Public Notices Proposals for St. Louis Community College on B0003752 for a Learning Management System will be received until 11:00 A.M. (local time) on January 15, 2019 at the Dept. of Purchasing, 3221 McKelvey Road; Bridgeton, MO 63044, and immediately thereafter opened and read. RFP documents can be a c c e s s e d o n our w e b s it e at w w w.stlcc.edu/purchasing or by calling (314) 539-5227. EOE/AA Employer.

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

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

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

Closing Date: December 14, 2018 Closing Time: 2:00 pm local time The Board of Education of Kearney R-I S chool District seeks S tateme nts of Qualifications from construction managers interested in providing construction manager as adviser services. Copy of the Request for Qualifications can be obtained through the Kearney R-1 School District website or by contacting Jeff Morrison via email at morrisonj@ksdr1.net.

'18 Mazda CX-9: Grand Touring, AWD, Clean Carfax, Sonic Silver $32,200 #P9497

'18 Mitsubishi Outlander: ES, AWC, Stock #P07047 Call us DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '17 Nissan Murano: AWD, Platinum, $30,407 Stock #P07003 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '16 Nissan Pathfinder: 4WD, Platinum, $18,557 Stock #P06899 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '14 Nissan Pathfinder: Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, Auto, Heated Seats, $19,469 #44111A

'17 Toyota Sequoia: Platinum, 41K Miles, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner $44,888 #97375A

'17 Toyota Highlander: Hybrid Limited, AWD, Clean Carfax 1 Owner $39,888 #98123A

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

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

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

'16 Volks wa ge n Touareg: VR6 FSI, 8-Speed Auto with Tipt, AWD, 31K Mile s , $29 ,490 #V18546A

WENTZVILLE RIV SCHOOL DISTRICT Is Accepting Bids for "DISTRICT STUDENT PLANNERS" To Download Bid Specifications and Bid Form Register on Vendor Registry @ : http://wentzville.k12.mo.us Bids due 2/1/2019 @ 11:30 AM Through Vendor Registry Carol Harvey - Director of Purchasing

Mini vans '18 Chrysler Pacifica: Touring, L, One Owner, Clean Carfax, $25,990 #P6644

'10 Hyundai Santa Fe GLS: Loaded, Full Power $8,770 #420175B

'18 Dodge Journey: GT, FWD, $23,490 Stock #P07041 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '18 Dodge Grand Caravan: SXT Wagon $22,226 Stock #P07030 DON BROWN CHEVROLET 866-883-8841 '18 Dodge Grand Caravan: 32K Miles, 2WD, Clean Carfax, 1 Owner, $20,990 #P6601

'13 Hyundai Tucson: LTD, Loaded, Black $11,990 #42511A

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

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

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

WENTZVILLE R-IV SCHOOL DISTRICT Is Accepting Bids for the "PURCHASE OR LEASE PURCHASE FOR UP TO FIVE (5) 53 PASSENGER AND UP TO TWENTY (20) 76 PASSENGER CONVENTIONAL (TYPE C) SCHOOL BUSES" RFP Due & Public Opening on January 9, 2019 @ 10:00 AM CST 100 Logistics Center Drive Wentzville, 63385 For Bid Information contact David Wilson davidwilson@wsdr4.org Or visit http://wentzville.k12.mo.us Departments/Finance and Facilities/Purchasing/Vendor Registration

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• GILBERT BAILON EDITOR • TOD ROBBERSON EDITORIAL PAGE EDITOR

Return to sender

Trump is correct that postal rate structure needs a radical revamp.

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problem is an international postal rate sysor all the criticism cast President tem formulated back when the vast bulk of Donald Trump’s way, he’s not to mail consisted of letters and postcards, not blame for the effort to save the boxes full of electronics and other products U.S. postal system from insolshipped to U.S. consumers primarily from vency. Trump is trying to fix a system he China. A pact signed by 192 nations allows correctly identifies as structurally defecfor postal delivery fees on packages weightive, largely because of an outdated intering less than 4.4 pounds to be collected national postal-rate pact that is straining and retained by the country of origin, while the U.S. service to the breaking point. the recipient country agrees to complete Trump’s critics like to paint this as a the delivery for a modest fee. Since mail political battle between the president and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — the owner of tended to flow in both directions, the The Washington Post — because of the special postal rates Amazon enjoys. Those rates, by the way, are secret, so members of the public aren’t allowed to know to what extent they are subsidizing Amazon’s package-delivery services. Amazon insists the rates are favorable to the Postal Service. By going after Amazon, Trump ANDREW HARRER • Bloomberg might be looking A letter carrier holds Amazon packages while preparing a vehicle for ways to get for deliveries in Washington. back at Bezos assumption was that no single country for the repeated embarrassments he sufwould bear an undue burden. fers daily on The Washington Post’s front The formula now accounts for up to pages. Even if that’s the case, Trump also $300 million a year in Postal Service losses. is correct that the postal-rate structure is In October, the Trump administration long overdue for modernization. advised the 144-year-old Universal Postal Americans should brace themselves, Union that the United States planned to because such a modernization almost cerwithdraw from the international pact. The tainly will mean higher across-the-board discounted postal rates China’s governprices for those convenient package delivment charges its manufacturers for overeries to our doorstep. Wall Street already seas mailing amounts to an unfair subsidy is painfully aware of the implications. that prices U.S. competitors out of the Tuesday’s release of an administration report recommending postal rate increases market, the administration contends. Since Amazon has negotiated its own helped prompt a 6 percent drop in Amazon secret rates with the Postal Service, it has stock. Trump contends that Amazon’s stayed out of the fray. But the administradelivery formula is “costing the United tion is correct to demand a wholesale States Post Office massive amounts of revision of the pricing structure. Survival money for being their Delivery Boy.” of the taxpayer-funded Postal Service But there’s much more to this than depends on it. Trump-Bezos feuding. At the heart of the

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The world isn’t buying Trump’s attempt to export climate-change denial.

environmental sustainability,” the adviser, he Trump administration Wells Griffith, told the conference. He embarrassed itself on a global argued for more efficient ways to burn scale last week when it took fossil fuels instead of seeking to stop using a stand for fossil fuels during them. He referred to the threat of climate the world’s biggest climate conference. change as “alarmism.” The derisive laughter global attendees That pretty well sums up the willfully unleashed on the U.S. delegation was ignorant stance of President Donald well-deserved. Trump and most Republican leaders Once a leader in climate-change regarding the worst threat facing the response, America is now a pariah, part planet today. Virtually all experts outside of a tiny klatch of fossil-fuel-addicted, that stubborn anti-factual bubble — not science-denying outcasts that include just in the U.S. but Russia and Saudi throughout the Arabia. Talk about world — understand unsavory allies. how wrong the The incoming deniers are. It’s why Democratic House Griffith’s comments majority must be drew jeers and proprepared to reverse tests from representhis slide and fight tatives from across the administration the globe. over every carbon “I don’t see any dioxide molecule it reason why any govcan. ernment or country Carbon dioxcan deny what the ide and other greenhouse gases AP science says,” Amjad Abdulla of the produced by burnActivists attend the March for Climate Maldives told The ing fossil fuels trap in a protest against global warming in New York Times solar heat in the Katowice, Poland, on Dec. 8. at the conference. atmosphere, raising “It sends a very bad average global temsignal.” peratures. Carbon dioxide levels have skyIt does. The problem is that GOP leaders rocketed since the dawn of the Industrial Age, and are higher now than humans have have stopped viewing climate change as a scientific issue and have made it a political ever seen. The increase is why the past one — which, for a party beholden to the decade has been hotter than any previous fossil fuel industry, means denying any decade on record. science that points to the need to restrict These facts are virtually as settled those industries. among the world’s scientists as is the The shameful stunt at the Poland shape of Earth. Yet, with delegations from conference is only the latest in a string of some 200 countries on hand at the United moves by the administration to pull the Nations conference in Katowice, Poland, U.S. further into the delusionary world to address it, a top White House energy of climate-change denial. Incoming adviser declared, in essence, that the earth Democrats should be able to stop some of is flat. the bleeding, but the long-term solution “We strongly believe that no country is going to require the American public to should have to sacrifice economic proswake up and smell the carbon dioxide. perity or energy security in pursuit of

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yOUR VIEWS • LETTERS FROM OUR READERS Encourage more conservative women to run for office I’m writing to concur with U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner, R-Ballwin, and thank her for her leadership in recruiting and supporting conservative women at all levels of government. In the Post-Dispatch’s article “Remodeling the House” (Dec. 10), Rep. Wagner hit the nail on the head. If Republicans want to remain a majority party, we have to be reflective of the state and country that we serve. We need to encourage more conservative women to run for office, just like we need to encourage more conservative minorities to do the same. But even beyond the quotes and statements, I am pleased that Wagner is backing up her words with action. This year, I had the privilege to run for a seat in the Missouri Legislature to represent the 97th State House District. I was the only woman running for this office on either side of the aisle, and my success in both the contentious primary and competitive general election benefited from the support I received from leaders like Wagner and state Reps. Jean Evans and Hannah Kelly. I fully understand my work began on Election Day and I look forward to serving my constituents as their representative. I also plan to join the congresswoman in her efforts to find conservative leaders across our great state so we can continue to carry our beliefs and ideals into the future. When we couple strong conservative arguments with the correct messenger, we create a stronger, unified party that is ready to confront the challenges facing our communities. State Rep.-elect Mary Elizabeth Coleman • R-Arnold

Businesses flying tattered flag should get a new one As a Navy veteran, I have noticed recently that there are several large American flags in the St. Louis and St. Charles area that are torn or partially ripped. This is disrespectful to all current and former members of America’s armed forces. If a flag in front of your business is torn or partially ripped, it should be taken down and disposed of properly. If you’re not sure how to dispose of the flag, contact your nearest military recruiting office, police or fire department personnel, or ask any uniformed military service member. I am calling on the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts in our area to inform any business owner or homeowner when they see a flag that is torn or ripped, and then assist them in securing a new flag to show the pride we expect if we are going to display the Stars and Stripes. Les Moss • St. Charles

St. Charles County senator should stay out of city’s business Regarding “GOP lawmaker wants to phase out earnings tax in St. Louis, Kansas City” (Dec. 12): Why is a state senator from St. Charles County, Bill Eigel, sticking his nose into the earnings tax of St. Louis city? Aren’t Republicans all about local control? Why would Sen. Eigel deem it necessary to overturn the will of the people who have overwhelmingly voted in favor of the earnings tax multiple times? The simple answer to these rhetorical

questions is, follow the money trail. Lobbyist Travis Brown and his band of neocons are operating the marionette strings on far too many of our state politicians. Perhaps it’s time that a state senator who represents the St. Louis area introduce a bill to eliminate the real estate tax in St. Charles County. Makes as much sense as what Eigel is doing. Michael Szerzinski • St. Louis

Samuelson off the mark in analyzing income figures Robert Samuelson’s attempt to dispel the “income stagnation myth” (Dec. 11) was confounding. He clumsily combined two issues of concern: income stagnation and income inequity. His written conclusion was that income stagnation in a myth. His figures seem to demonstrate the opposite. Both his 15-year and 35-year examples for middle-class income show an annual income increase that averages less than 1 percent. Samuelson considers this growth rate to have “jumped.” In my opinion, we are looking at stagnation. John Frierdich • Spanish Lake

Pence seems uncomfortable with president’s behavior We have all witnessed the clear discomfort of Vice President Mike Pence during the televised meeting among President Donald Trump, Pence and Minority Leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. The proper public form of address to the president is Mr. President, as established in practice by President George Washington. This civil protocol was unfailingly observed by the minority leaders in the meeting and is observed by members of the press when addressing the president. As the vice president is a former member of Congress, he must surely be aware that the proper public protocol is to address members of Congress by their earned titles such as Representative, Mr. (or Madame etc.) Speaker, Senator, etc. It is hoped that the vice president’s apparent discomfort was caused by the president ignoring those public civil protocols and addressing the minority leaders as “Chuck” and “Nancy.” The base undoubtedly loves this, but it is corrosive to civil discourse. We take it as an encouraging sign that Vice President Pence was discomforted by this display. We hope than when he assumes the presidency, perhaps in 2019, that he will make the small but consequential step of restoring the ordinary protocols of public civil address. William Hester • O’Fallon, Ill.

Trump, Pelosi demonstrate America’s close-mindedness The front-page photo of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and President Donald Trump talking at the same time about a matter of grave importance with neither one listening to the other captured a close-mindedness prevalent in our country today. It’s not just in Washington, D.C., but with “We the people” in many state capitals and small neighborhoods. It is time we started listening to each other. Beverly Rehfeld • University City Read more letters online at STLtoday.com/letters

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Next-generation GPS satellites are headed to space U.S. Air Force touts improvements to system that will make it more secure, accurate for civilian, military uses BY DAN ELLIOTT Associated Press

DENVER • After months of delays, the U.S. Air Force is about to launch the first of a new generation of GPS satellites, designed to be more accurate, secure and versatile. But some of their most highly touted features will not be fully available until 2022 or later because of problems in a companion program to develop a new ground control system for the satellites, government auditors said. The satellite is scheduled to lift off Tuesday from Cape Canaveral, Fla., aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. It’s the first of 32 planned GPS III satellites that will replace older ones now in orbit. Lockheed Martin is building the new satellites outside Denver.

GPS, or Global Positioning System, is best-known for its widespread civilian applications, from navigation to timestamping bank transactions. The Air Force estimates that 4 billion people worldwide use it. But it was developed by the U.S. military, which still designs, launches and operates the system. The Air Force controls a constellation of 31 GPS satellites from a high-security complex at Schriever Air Force Base outside Colorado Springs. Compared with their predecessors, GPS III satellites will have a stronger military signal that’s harder to jam — an improvement that became more urgent after Norway accused Russia of disrupting GPS signals during a NATO military exercise this fall. GPS III also will provide a

new civilian signal compatible with other countries’ navigation satellites, such as the European Union’s Galileo system. That means civilian receivers capable of receiving the new signal will have more satellites to lock in on, improving accuracy. “If your phone is looking for satellites, the more it can see, the more it can know where it is,” said Chip Eschenfelder, a Lockheed Martin spokesman. The new satellites are expected to provide location information that’s three times more accurate than the current satellites. Current civilian GPS receivers are accurate to within 10 to 33 feet, depending on conditions, said Glen Gibbons, the founder and former editor of Inside GNSS, a website and magazine that tracks global navigation satellite systems.

OBITUARIES

Donald, Betty J. - St. Louis Grossius, Alexander T. Jr. - St. Louis Heine, Winona L "Winnie" - St. Charles Higgs, Dan - St. Louis Johnson, Billy Wayne - St. Louis

Donald, Betty J.

on Sat., Dec. 15, 2018. Funeral service at Kutis South County Chapel, 5255 Lemay Ferry, on Wed., Dec. 19, 1:30 p.m. Interment Shepherd Hills Cemetery. Visitation Tues., 4-8 p.m.

Grossius, Alexander T. Jr.

Thurs., Dec. 13, 2018. Visitation Tues., Dec. 18, 4-8p.m. at Kutis So County then Wed. 9:30 a.m. to Immaculate Conception Church (Arnold) for 10 a.m. Mass. Concludes at Church.

Heine, Winona L "Winnie"

(nee Whiteside) of St. Charles, MO, passed away at the age of 85 on December 12, 2018. She is preceded in death by her beloved husband, Bernard "Bernie" Heine. Winona is survived by her dear children, David (Pam) Heine, Brenda Heine, Jane Taylor, and Sharla (Dave) Fischer; five grandchildren; and other family members. Contributions in Winona's name can be made to the American Cancer Society. Services will be private. Contact (636) 946-7811 or visit baue.com

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Dec. 13, 2018, loving father of Zachary and Danielle Higgs. Celebration of Life to be held at future date. See Kriegshauser Brothers www.k-brothers.com

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78, of St. Louis, December 15, 2018. Services: Baue, 3950 W. Clay St., Wed., Dec. 19, visitation from 4-7 p.m. with Funeral Service to follow at 7 p.m. Visit Baue.com

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Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. Beloved husband of Diana Koenen. Visitation at Kutis South County Tues. Dec. 18, 4-8 pm. Service Wed., Dec. 19, 12:30 pm. Interment Jefferson Barracks.

Kranz, Ruth Gertrude

(nee Allen), age 101, of St. Louis, went to her heavenly home on December 14, 2018. She was born to the late Samuel Thomas Allen and Mary Loretta (nee Dashwood) Allen on September 9, 1917. Ruth was a homemaker, loving wife, amazing mother and a sweet grandmother and greatgrandmother. Her smile was made of sunshine and her heart was solid gold. Ruth was preceded in death by her loving husband of 42 years, Earl Dennis Kranz, and also by her son, Thomas (Sharon) Kranz. She is survived by her six children, Dennis Kranz, Mary Anne (Lonnie) Sanderson, Richard (Gai) Kranz, Sandy Reeves, Patrick (Janice) Kranz and Ruthie (David) Oppy. Additional survivors include 21 grandchildren and 38 (soon to be 39) great-grandchildren. Ruth was best known for her quick with and silly limericks, many of which she taught to her great-grandchildren. And even in her final days, she was still cracking jokes. How did we all get so lucky to have her in our lives for so many years? As Ruth would say. "elephino!" Private interment at Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. www.heart.org

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With the new satellites, civilian receivers could be accurate to within 3 to 10 feet under good conditions, and military receivers could be closer, he said. Only some aspects of the stronger, jamming-resistant military signal will be available until a new ground control system is available, and that is not expected until 2022 or 2023, said Cristina Chaplain, who tracks GPS programs for the Government Accountability Office. The price of the first 10 satellites is estimated at $577 million each, up about 6 percent from the original 2008 estimate when adjusted for inflation, Chaplain said. While the first GPS III waits for liftoff in Florida, the second is complete and ready to be transported to Cape Canaveral. It sits in a cavernous “clean room” at a

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Maritz, Mary Ann

(nee Niemeyer) at age 93, on December 14, 2018. Beloved wife of the late James Albion Maritz Jr. Service pending for January 2019. A service of The Lupton Chapel.

Sessen, Conrad V.

December 14, 2018. Beloved husband of the late Judith A. Sessen (nee Stroin); dear father of Rebecca Klingemann (Bill) and Jeffrey Sessen; dear grandfather, great-grandfather; our dear brother-in-law, uncle, great-uncle, cousin and friend. Services: Visitation Tues., 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Fey Funeral Home, 4100 Lemay Ferry Rd., Service Wed., 12:30 p.m. Interment Resurrection Cemetery.

Williams, Billie Jean

(nee Whitman) December 15, 2018 at age 88. Beloved wife of Zane O. Williams for seventy years; dear mother of Terry Grace (Michael) Kopf, Dwight J. (Kathy) Williams, Mary Lee (Thomas M.) McCleary, Vicki Jean Williams, Jeffrey Z a n e (Kara) Williams, John Mitchell (Becky Farmer) Williams; grandmother of eleven; great-grandmother of eleven; beloved sister to Margret Whitman Gorman; beloved sister-in-law to Audrey Jean Stonebraker and the late Gloria Lee Pollman; beloved aunt to many. Billie Jean had a long life and a lively family who loved her dearly. She met her husband at the age of fifteen and they were married shortly after she turned eighteen. She was her husband's wife, secretary, and bookkeeper for the business they started together, Zane O. Williams, Signs and Displays. She was a warm, outgoing woman with many friends and accomplishments. She will be greatly missed by all her family. Services: A memorial service will be held at Bopp Chapel, 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, on Thursday, December 20th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. www.boppchapel.com

Wilson, Carol A.

Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church Friday, December 14th, 2018. Beloved wife of the late Giles F. Wilson; loving mother of Debbie (Jim) Humiston, Diane (John) Amsler, Barb (Tim) Stogsdill and the late Baby Denice Ann Wilson; dearest grandmother of Dan, Joe and Patti Humiston, Stephanie, Brittany and Jessica Amsler, Jamie (Ryan) Moore, Samantha and Heather Stogsdill; dear great-grandma of Mika Schnable; dear sister of Carol Ann Collins S.S.N.D; dear aunt, great aunt, cousin and friend to many. Carol was a long time parishioner and volunteer at St. James the Greater. Services: Funeral from Kutis Affton Chapel, 10151 Gravois Ave., Wednesday, December 19, 9:15 a.m. to St. James the Greater for 10:00 a.m. Mass. Interment Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to deGreeff Hospice, Cardinal Ritter Senior Center, St. James the Greater or St. Mark Church, School Sisters of Notre Dame. Visitation Tuesday, 4-8 p.m.

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Zimmermann, Irma R.

(nee Dohack), Fortified with the Sacraments of Holy Mother Church, Friday, December 14, 2018. Loving wife of Jules C. Zimmermann; loving mother of Paul (Richelle), Jon (Ann), Ed (Mary Ann), Joe (and the late Karen), Al (Nina) and Gene (Dawn) Zimmermann; sister of Gail Drury and the late Florence Naes and Lucille Fischer; loving grandmother of 21 and great-grandmother of 27. Services: Visitation Wednesday, December 19, 2018, 4-8 p.m. at the Heiligtag-Lang-Fendler Funeral Home, 1081 Jeffco Blvd., Arnold, MO. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Thursday 10:00 a.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church, Arnold, MO. Interment Immaculate Conception Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Cancer Society or the Season's Hospice. Share your condolences and sign the guest book online at www.heiligtagfuneralhome.com

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S. Africa debates relics of painful legacy Apartheid-era statues ignite controversy, much like Confederate monuments in U.S. BY CHRISTOPHER TORCHIA associated Press

JOHANNESBURG • A hulking statue of a late 19th-century white leader, with a cane and top hat, has been a flashpoint for cultural conflict in South Africa for years. Black protesters threw paint on it. White supporters rallied around it. Authorities surrounded the statue with barbed wire and then ringed it with a more permanent fence. Nearly 25 years after the end of white minority rule, the statue of Paul Kruger still looms in Church Square in the center of Pretoria, South Africa’s capital. The tussle over its fate goes to the heart of a discussion over whether relics of white domination should be scrapped or kept as reminders of a harsh past. It is also a test of Nelson Mandela’s dictum that the black majority’s former oppressors should be embraced, not punished — an approach viewed as too generous by some South Africans. The arguments echo similar ones in the United States, where some monuments to the Civil War-era Confederacy have been removed after protests and vandalism. “The removal of a statue isn’t the end of the conversation” about legacies of the past, said Nicole Maurantonio, an academic at the University of Richmond in Virginia who is working on a book about how the Confederacy is remembered today. She spoke on the sidelines of a forum titled “Falling Monuments, Reluctant Ruins,” held last month

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A statue of the historical South African figure Paul Kruger still stands in Church Square, Pretoria, South Africa, despite opposition by those who call it a relic of white domination in South Africa. The battle over such monuments is similar to the U.S. debate over Confederate statues.

at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Maurantonio questioned the rapid cleanup of vandalized monuments such as a Richmond statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee that in August was smeared with paint and the letters “BLM,” a reference to the Black Lives Matter movement. By quickly removing the graffiti, the city had engaged in a “strategic forgetting” of its past of white domination as well as ongoing racial problems, she said.

Catalan separatists see hunger strike as means to push cause

During 2015 protests in South Africa, excrement was thrown on a University of Cape Town statue of British imperialist Cecil John Rhodes that was eventually removed. However, another Rhodes statue still stands in Company’s Garden, a city park. A South African foundation named after both Mandela and Rhodes announced 2019 scholarships last month, reflecting how uneven the effort to erase symbols of a nuanced past can be. Rhodes, who died in 1902, was

a segregationist who made a fortune in mining and grabbed land from the local population but was also associated with education and philanthropy. Kruger, who died in 1904, represented the Boers, who were mainly descended from Dutch settlers, at war with the British. The Kruger statue in Pretoria was unveiled in 1954 by D.F. Malan, a prime minister who championed apartheid, the system of racial repression. “What do we do with the detritus of apartheid, which has

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SANT JOAN DE VILATORRADA, SPAIN • Separatist politicians from Spain’s Catalonia region who are entering the third week of a prison hunger strike say their upcoming rebellion trial will give them a platform to peacefully promote the cause of Catalan independence. In rare interviews conducted inside a prison north of Barcelona, Jordi Sanchez and Jordi Turull repeated their calls for dialogue between Catalonia’s regional government and Spanish government authorities in Madrid. Turull has been in a prison medical ward since Friday. Their trial, set to begin early next year, will be “a unique moment to denounce the attitude of the kingdom of Spain contrary to the political and democratic rights in Catalonia,” Sanchez told The Associated Press. “We are not going to let this opportunity go to waste,” added Sanchez, who has lost more than 11 pounds since he began fasting Dec. 1. The pair also rejected depictions of the secessionist movement in the prosperous northeastern region as violent. Spain says the 22 defendants in the case are being prosecuted not for their ideas but for defying court orders by holding a banned independence referendum in October 2017 and making an illegal attempt to secede. Some of them have been indicted on charges of rebellion or sedition and face decades in prison in what local media have dubbed “the trial of the century” in Spain’s Supreme Court. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, although the defendants are not expected to appear in court until weeks later. Two more former Catalan Cabinet members joined the hunger strike Dec. 3, but other inmates from a competing separatist political group, including former Catalan Vice President Oriol Junqueras, have chosen not to participate, exposing different approaches within the independence movement. Catalonia’s banned independence, Spain’s violent crackdown to stop it and a subsequent declaration of independence by Catalan authorities led to an unprecedented seven-month takeover by central authorities of the region of 7.4 million people. More than a year later, the shock waves are still being felt across Spain. A political divide is growing between Catalan and Spanish nationalism, a development that has fueled the momentum of a far-right populist party that recently won a dozen seats in Andalusia’s regional parliament. Turull, a former candidate to become the region’s president, was sent to the Lledoners prison infirmary Friday because his kidneys have been affected after he shed over 13 pounds in two weeks. Turull, 52, said his protest comes with “a sense of responsibility” and he is not looking to starve to death. Their aim is to press Spain’s Constitutional Court to rule on appeals about their political rights and their prolonged pre-trial jailing. The strikers think the court is deliberately trying to block them from reaching the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where they hope to expose judicial flaws they see at home. The Spanish top court has recently begun to issue some rulings in a series of appeals and says that it’s working as fast as the judicial calendar allows it to in “dealing with the complexity of a case that affects fundamental rights and a careful analysis of criminal law.” Central Spanish authorities see no reason for the hunger strike.

been a preoccupation of the last more than 20 years?” said Cynthia Kros, a heritage expert at the University of the Witwatersrand. After white minority rule, she said, “there was not really an idea to destroy that, but to try and right the balance, to add the kinds of heritage that acknowledge other people in South Africa as well.” In its last annual report, South Africa’s state heritage agency said it was focusing efforts on sites relevant to previously marginalized people, including a wreck off Cape Town of a Portuguese ship that was carrying slaves when it sank in bad weather in 1794. Many of the more than 400 Africans on board died. Some of South Africa’s more painful reminders of racial repression have been removed. In 1997, John Vorster Square, where apartheid-era police abused and tortured suspects, was renamed Johannesburg Central Police Station and a bust of Vorster, a former white leader, was removed. South Africa’s biggest wildlife park, though, is named after Kruger, and his statue survived a recent refurbishment of Church Square. At an ceremony in October, Solly Msimanga, mayor of the Tshwane area that includes Pretoria, said authorities might add sculptures commemorating the fight against white domination. He noted that there are statues of Mandela and Louis Botha, a white South African leader in the early 20th century, at Pretoria’s hilltop Union Buildings, home to the South African president’s offices.

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Residents react Sunday during a gathering in a central square of Strasbourg, France, to pay homage to victims of a gunman who killed four people and wounded a dozen more at a nearby Christmas market Tuesday evening. The gunman was killed Thursday in a shootout with police after a massive manhunt.

Memorial honors the victims of Christmas market attack Residents of Strasbourg filled a square in the French city Sunday to show respect and sympathy for the four people killed and the dozen wounded during a shooting attack near a famous Christmas market. According to local newspaper DNA, more than 1,000 people attended the memorial, which ended with a minute of applause and a rendition of France’s national anthem, “La Marseillaise.” The hourlong ceremony took place in Kleber Square, not far from where a gunman opened fire on Tuesday evening. A manhunt for the gunman ended Thursday night when the main suspect, Strasbourg-born Cherif Chekatt, 29, was killed in a shootout with police in the city neighborhood where he grew up. The Paris prosecutor’s office said two people who were close to Chekatt were released from custody Sunday “in the absence of incriminating elements at this stage.” Children help pope celebrate birthday • Children who frequent a Vatican pediatric dispensary have given Pope Francis a birthday cake, a day before he turns 82. Francis joked with them Sunday, saying he hoped “such a big cake doesn’t give indigestion” and blew out a candle atop the treat decorated in the Vatican’s yellow-and-white official colors. He said children were good at teaching grown-ups to be humble. The charity dispensary, with the help of doctors, nurses and other volunteers, assists some 400 children, many of them from immigrant families, and their mothers. Migration pact leads to clashes between police, protesters • Police fired tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators who had congregated around the European Union’s headquarters in Brussels after marching against a new United Nations migration pact. About 5,000 people gathered on Sunday for the march that local authorities initially banned for fear of violence. Belgium’s high court overturned the ban, citing the right to protest peacefully. Police in Brussels say some protesters became violent when they were asked to disperse from outside the EU building. The Belgian government had to be

revamped last week because the biggest coalition party opposed Prime Minister Charles Michel’s decision to sign the pact, which is meant to streamline international mass migration. Thousands mark anniversary of Hamas • Tens of thousands of Palestinians gathered in Gaza City for a rally marking the 31st anniversary of the militant Hamas group’s establishment. Hamas fighters in military fatigues paraded with rockets and heavy machine guns during Sunday’s rally. Gaza has been under an IsraeliEgyptian blockade since Hamas took power in 2007. Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh praised recent deadly attacks against Israel in the West Bank, which is controlled by the Palestinian Authority. He said such attacks were “a response” to the anticipated American peace proposal that Palestinians believe will favor Israel. Protests continue for a fourth day in Hungary • Several thousand protesters marched through Budapest for a fourth day to oppose laws promoted by the Hungarian government that critics say will restrict workers’ rights and already have undermined democracy. The protesters chanted antigovernment slogans and braved sub-zero temperatures Sunday while gathered in front of parliament, where speakers denounced revised overtime rules that lawmakers approved Wednesday. Since the first protest on Wednesday night and others held Thursday and Friday, the demonstrations have evolved to encompass other policies of Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s government. 42 injured in restaurant explosion in Japan • More than 40 people were injured in an explosion Sunday night at a restaurant in Japan, police said. The explosion occurred in Sapporo, the capital city of Japan’s northern main island of Hokkaido. Police said 42 people were injured, most of them mildly, though one was in serious condition. They were rushed to nearby hospitals for treatment. The cause of the explosion, which occurred at a two-story restaurant in Sapporo’s Toyohira district, is under investigation, police said. From news services

seventh anniversary of the death of leader Kim Jong Il with visits to statues and vows of loyalty to his son and successor, Kim Jong Un. As snow fell Sunday, tens of thousands of people offered flowers and paid respects to the late leader at Mansu Hill in Pyongyang, the location of huge bronze statues of the “Dear Leader” and national founder Kim Il Sung. The anniversary observations were expected to continue through Monday. The death of Kim Jong Il on Dec. 17, 2011, thrust his son into power when he was still in his late 20s and a virtual unknown figure outside of the North. Despite many predictions from outside experts that he wouldn’t be up to the task, Kim Jong Un has consolidated his power, bolstered the country’s economy in the face of intense international sanctions and attained a goal his father and grandfather could only dream of — he is the first North Korean leader to possess an arsenal of nuclear weapons and long-range missiles capable of reaching the United States. With attention focused on the anniversary, there was little mention in state media of the issues that have gotten attention elsewhere, including speculation in South Korea that Kim might visit Seoul by the end of the year. But the North’s official Korean Central News Agency ran a commentary Sunday that slammed the United States for “sheer malice” against the country and for dragging its feet on efforts to improve relations after Kim’s summit with President Donald Trump in Singapore in June. With Kim’s power base seemingly solid, and his recent effort to establish himself on the world stage through summits with Trump and others, North Korea watchers have been on the lookout for signs that his own personality cult is being bolstered. Virtually all homes and offices in North Korea feature portraits of the elder Kims, who are also memorialized in statues around the country. North Korean adults wear pins over their hearts bearing the likenesses of Kim Il Sung of Kim Jong Il, or both. The North has yet to come out with a Kim Jong Un pin, though Kim and his wife, Ri Sol Ju, have been referred to with lofty titles — “chairman” for Kim and “respected first lady” for Ri.


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More and more, when faced with the question of whether the Blues are a good team that sometimes plays bad or a bad team that sometimes plays good, the team is increasingly providing little evidence to support the contention that it’s the former. Here came the Blues on Sunday, riding a two-game winning streak and winners of three of their past four, looking for their first three-game streak of the season and a corner to turn. They failed in what has become typical Blues FLAMES 7 style, which is to say spec2 tacularly. They came out BLUES with a decided lack of en- > 8 p.m. Tuesday ergy against a team that had vs. Oilers, FSM played the day before but that looked immensely fresher and far more engaged. How that is possible, the Blues were at a loss to say. And they lost. The Blues were never in this one, falling behind 4-0 in the first period, which allowed the disgruntled fans even more time to boo them, getting some in during the first period rather than just saving it up for the end. The Blues may have been down four goals in the first, but there was every reason for the score to be even more lopsided than it was. When it was over, Calgary had won 7-2, and it was back to the drawing board for the Blues. See BLUES • Page B7

Something must be done to jolt this team awake BENJAMIN HOCHMAN St. Louis Post-Dispatch

If I put the same effort into this column as the Blues put into Sunday’s game, then you’d be done reading right now. “We were terrible in the first period,” Blues interim coach Craig Berube said. “Every player. Terrible.” It’s one thing to lose. A lot of teams lose. But this, from your St. Louis Blues, is at a different level of failure. These final scores have chasms. • With the Blues losing 7-2 Sunday to the Flames, the Blues have now allowed five or more goals in seven of their 19 home games. • In the past two months, the Blues have lost all seven games on Saturdays and Sundays — and six of those were by four goals or more. • The Blues have yet to have a three-game winning streak. In the three games they played with a two-game winning streak, the Blues were outscored 15-5. See HOCHMAN • Page B7

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COLUMBIA, MO. • It’s only fitting that a season full of twists and turns for Missouri’s tight ends ended with an unexpected coaching change. When position coach Joe Jon Finley left Barry Odom’s staff for the same job at Texas A&M earlier this month, it was just another adjustment for a group that endured one change after another during the season.

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HOUSTON • After doing many of the things that gave St. Louis University a chance to hand No. 24 Houston its first loss, Jordan Goodwin was focused on one mistake involved in Corey Davis Jr.’s game-winning shot Sunday. The 3-pointer with 28 seconds left at Fertitta Center gave the Cougars a 68-64 win in a game HOUSTON 68 that could have turned 64 on any number of plays or SLU calls. > 7 p.m. Wednesday But it was a decision that vs. N.C. Central, FSM Goodwin made before the ball was released that reflected how the game was destined to come down to one moment. “We actually thought we had better matchups with them, but little things kind of messed us up,” Goodwin said. “That last shot Davis hit was on me. I went under the ball screen. We talked all week to go over it. It was little mistakes, and the last one I made they knocked down a big shot.” See SLU • Page B3

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Monday 12/31 Liberty Bowl vs. Oklahoma St. 2:45 p.m., ESPN

Tuesday 12/18 vs. Xavier 6 p.m. ESPNU

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Monday 12/17 vs. Texas State 7 p.m.

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Saturday 12/29 vs. Florida Atlantic 2 p.m.

Thursday 1/3 at Indiana 6 p.m. FS1

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Friday 12/21 vs. Missouri State (Kansas City) 3 p.m.

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DIGEST Vonn aims to return to competition in January

Lindsey Vonn is hoping to return from injury next month and resume her pursuit of the all-time World Cup wins record, according to the U.S. Ski Team’s head coach. “That’s what we’re hopeful for. That’s the plan,” Paul Kristofic told The Associated Press on Sunday. Vonn hyperextended and sprained a ligament in her knee during a training crash Nov. 19. She also suffered a bone bruise in the crash, in which she fell on a turn, did the splits and went into a fence. January would be an opportune time for Vonn to return, since there are three consecutive weekends of speed races, downhill and super-G — which are Vonn’s specialties. The series opens Jan. 12-13 in St. Anton, Austria, followed by stops in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. A win or two in that stretch would move Vonn closer to the mark of 86 victories set by Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark. Vonn has 82 wins. However, Vonn has not returned to on-snow training yet. “She’s just doing rehab and strength and conditioning,” Kristofic said, adding that there is no precise date set for her return to ski training. “It really depends on how things go when she’s not on snow. It’s sort of day by day.” The 34-year-old Vonn was planning to retire at the end of this season, but the injury prompted her to announce recently that she plans to come back for one more series of speed races in Lake Louise, Alberta, next season. Kristofic said Vonn is also expected to compete in one more final major event — the world championships in Are, Sweden, in February. “It’s in the plans to do it,” he said. Ambush rally to win home opener • Corey Adamson’s overtime goal was the difference as the St. Louis Ambush rallied from a 4-0 halftime deficit to beat the Kansas City Comets 6-5 on Sunday afternoon in the local squad’s home opener at Family Arena. The Ambush, a 3-19 team a year ago, evened their Major Arena Soccer League record this season at 2-2. Playing their third game in four days, the Comets slipped to 1-3. Rookie Zach Reget scored twice to lead the Ambush. Player-coach Hewerton had a goal and an assist while Clayton Matheus and Mario Marcos also scored for the home side. (From news services) Mizzou wrestling posts 25th consecutive win • After falling behind 9-0, the sixth-ranked Missouri wrestling team came on strong for a 30-8 win over visiting Buffalo in Mid-American Conference action Sunday afternoon at Hearnes Center. The Bulls (5-3, 0-1) were penalized a team point for unsportsmanlike behavior from the bench. The Tigers (5-0, 3-0) posted their 25th consecutive dual victory, led by three-time All-American Daniel Lewis, who picked up career victory 100 and pin No. 42 with a win by fall at 174 pounds The Tigers got a technical fall from two-time All-American Jaydin Eierman at 141, a major decision from Dylan Wisman at 184, and decisions from Brock Mauller (149), Jarrett Jacques (157), Francis Howell High product Connor Flynn (165), Wyatt Koelling (197) and heavyweight Zach Elam. The wins by Mauller and Koelling came in sudden victory. Mizzou wrestles at 7 p.m Thursday against Virginia at Park Hill High in suburban Kansas City. (From news services) U.S. fares well in luge • Chris Mazdzer’s weekend started with a celebration in honor of his Olympic silver medal and was followed by four World Cup luge races. And the last act was a trip to the medal stand. Mazdzer — the busiest slider on the planet this winter, as he competes as both a singles and doubles entrant for USA Luge on the World Cup circuit — teamed with Jayson Terdiman for a silver medal in the doubles sprint race, one of two medals won by the Americans at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y. Mazdzer, who is now believed to be the first person to record four top-six finishes in the same World Cup luge weekend, said he’s enjoying the hectic workload. “That’s fine,” Mazdzer said. “I’m one of those people who needs a lot of practice, so it definitely helps.” Summer Britcher grabbed a silver in the women’s sprint for the U.S. as well, making her the lone non-German woman to win a medal on the weekend. (AP)

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University of Central Florida’s Josh Heupel, Notre Dame’s Brian Kelly and Alabama’s Nick Saban are the top vote-getters for The Associated Press national college football coach of the year after leading their teams to unbeaten regular seasons. The winner will be announced Monday at 11 a.m. (St. Louis time). Heupel guided No. 7 Central Florida (12-0) to a second consecutive unbeaten season. The American Athletic Conference champions will play No. 11 Louisiana State in the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 1. Kelly led the third-ranked Fighting Irish (12-0) to its first College Football Playoff appearance. The Irish play No. 2 Clemson in the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 29. Saban has No. 1 Alabama (13-0) in the playoff for the fifth consecutive season. The Crimson Tide won the Southeastern Conference and face No. 4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Dec. 29. The AP coach of the year award was established in 1998. Saban is one of two coaches to win the award twice, along with Gary Patterson of TCU. Saban was coach of the year with LSU in 2003 and with Alabama in 2008. Kelly won coach of the year in 2012, the last time he led Notre Dame to a 12-0 season. Last year’s winner was Scott Frost of UCF. No school has ever had different coaches win the award in consecutive seasons.

Henderson skips Birmingham Bowl • Memphis will be playing the Birmingham Bowl without All-America running back Darrell Henderson. Henderson tweeted Wednesday that he’s bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL draft, but his post didn’t indicate whether he’d play in the Dec. 22 bowl game in Alabama against Wake Forest (66). Memphis coach Mike Norvell has since clarified that the Tigers (8-5) won’t have Henderson for the bowl game. Henderson has 2,328 all-purpose yards and 25 total touchdowns to lead all Football Bowl Subdivision players in both categories. Henderson and Florida Atlantic’s Devin Singletary are tied for the FBS lead in touchdown runs with 22. The junior from Batesville, Miss., has rushed for 1,909 yards to rank second nationally, behind Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor. Henderson, who averages 8.9 yards per carry, was an Associated Press All-America first-team selection. Phillips won’t play in Bahamas Bowl • Florida International University running back Shawndarrius Phillips will not accompany the team to the Bahamas Bowl this week, following his arrest on a domestic violence charge. Phillips was arrested Dec. 12, nearly six months after the alleged incident took place. Court records show a woman

who had dated the player filed a report June 18 with the Broward County sheriff’s office and said Phillips choked her. The case was disposed in August. However, records also show a second case stemming from the same incident was opened at that time and a warrant for Phillips’ arrest was issued Aug. 24. Phillips appeared in 11 games for the Panthers, rushing for 393 yards and four touchdowns. Court records do not show if he has retained an attorney, and FIU officials have declined to comment.

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New Orleans Bowl • Appalachian State receiver Malik Williams passed for two touchdowns on trick plays, quarterback Zac Thomas caught a scoring pass and threw for three more, and the Mountaineers routed Middle Tennessee 45-13 in the New Orleans Bowl late Saturday night. Camerun Peoples had a 63yard touchdown run for the Mountaineers (11-2), who gave interim coach Mark Ivey, a former Appalachian State player, a victory in what might have been his only chance to coach his alma mater. Ivey — who’ll soon be replaced by North Carolina State offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz — looked determined to make his lone game as interim coach a memorable one. “I had a blast,” Ivey said.

McGee enjoying direct coaching MIZZOU • FROM B1

Blanton missed three midseason games with a knee injury. Fortunately for the Tigers, they’ve had replacement parts right under their noses. As the Tigers (8-4) prepare for the Liberty Bowl on Dec. 31 against Oklahoma State (6-6), Odom appointed senior offensive analyst Garrick McGee as interim tight ends coach. He’s been an FBS head coach at AlabamaBirmingham and a coordinator at four different Power 5 programs: Northwestern, Arkansas, Louisville and most recently Illinois in 2016-17. Last year McGee was fired with one year left on his Illinois contract, allowing Missouri to hire him as an analyst on a moderate hourly wage — the same arrangement Odom made with senior defensive analyst Ted Monachino, the Indianapolis Colts’ defensive coordinator in 2017. Odom plans to decide after the bowl game how he’ll shape the offensive staff for 2019. “Garrick has filled in and done a nice job,” Odom said. “It’s easier because he understands the offense, knows the kids and has relationships with the staff. He’s done a heck of a job since he’s been here in the analyst role and now as one of the 10 coaches. But I’ve also learned you’ve got to be urgent enough but get the right fit for what your program needs.” As an analyst, McGee was prohibited from working closely with players on the practice field or during games and instead focused more on scouting opponents and building game plans. In his temporary coaching role, he gets to have more interaction with players, the part of coaching he missed most the last few months. McGee doesn’t consider this role an audition for a more permanent job on Odom’s staff, but he could be an internal candidate as Finley’s long-term replacement.

“You miss having your own players,” McGee said. “This has really been cool the last couple weeks.” The feeling appears to be mutual. After Sunday’s practice, a group of offensive linemen huddled around him, teasing him with shouts of “Hollywood McGee” at the sudden interest in the veteran staffer. “He’s a different guy,” Blanton said. “I love the intensity he brings to the work room. Everybody likes him. He just brings a different aspect. He’s been a lot of different places, so he brings a lot of techniques that he’s learned along the way that he’s implementing every day.” McGee’s not the only addition to the group this year. After Swinson’s injury, the offense borrowed freshman defensive end Daniel Parker Jr. during camp, hoping he’d add an extra body as a blocking specialist. As injuries further depleted the Tigers’ depth, Parker emerged as a valuable blocker and managed to surprise everyone with six catches for 63 yards. He was named to the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team. “Back in August I was running routes, but it was terrible,” Parker said. “Just terrible. I couldn’t even run a stick route. But I’ve gotten a lot better — and I’ve still got a long way to go.” “It’s amazing,” McGee said. “He’s been a blessing in disguise because of the injuries that happened. ... He’s a really good blocker. He can catch the ball better than we thought he could. He’s made some plays. I’ve always said that at some point in his career, he’s going to be a captain of the team. He’s got that type of personality.” But will he stay a tight end? Parker was coy with the question Sunday, saying he knows what position he’ll play in 2019 but won’t reveal the answer until after the season. Okwuegbunam, a redshirt sophomore, is expected

to get a draft grade from the NFL’s Draft Advisory Council some time before the Liberty Bowl. If he’s serious about considering the NFL — Okwuegbunam hasn’t talked to reporters since getting hurt Nov. 3 at Florida — he’ll have to decide by Jan. 14 if he’ll enter the draft. By then, Odom could have his tight ends coach in place. Maybe McGee gets the call. “I just like coaching ball, man,” McGee said. “You roll the balls out there and coach ball with the proper fundamentals and technique. You motivate your guys, get them disciplined, get them to take care of the football. I really don’t see it as an audition. I like coaching football.”

ASSISTANT ARRESTED

Missouri assistant coach Vernon Hargreaves was arrested Saturday on a warrant stemming from a missed court appearance. The team’s inside linebackers coach was pulled over at 5:30 a.m. Saturday for speeding just east of Memorial Stadium, said University Police public safety information specialist Sara Deidrich. During the stop, an MUPD officer discovered an active warrant for Hargreaves’ arrest for failure to appear in court in Miller County. Hargreaves was taken into custody at Boone County Jail and released on $1,000 bond. Hargreaves, 56, was cited for a traffic ticket in December 2017 in Miller County for operating a vehicle without insurance and failure to register the vehicle. Hargreaves, who moved to Columbia from Arkansas around that time, failed to appear at his January court date. A warrant was issued for his arrest at the time. Hargreaves was not at Sunday’s practice. Mizzou is handling his situation internally, a team spokesman said. Dave Matter @dave_matter on Twitter dmatter@post-dispatch.com


12.17.2018 • Monday • M 1

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Billikens fade in final two minutes SLU • FROM B1

In fact, there were many of those moments that helped decide the outcome, including a missed jumper by Javon Bess in the waning seconds that would have tied the score. SLU led Houston (10-0) by three points with under two minutes left but missed its final four shots. And with them went a chance for the Billikens (7-3) to add a significant win to their résumé. “It really came down to what I thought: two physical, aggressive teams that play similar styles,” SLU coach Travis Ford said. “Sometimes it just comes down to who makes that one big play. We had opportunities, and that’s the way the ball bounces sometimes. Hopefully we can learn from it. There are a lot of things under three or four minutes we can learn from.” SLU fixed one of its problems by committing only eight turnovers while turning Houston’s 14 giveaways into 18 points. But the Billikens were outrebounded by Houston 41-35. They allowed the Cougars to attack the basket for a rash of layups. And the home team was able to shoot 44 percent, well above the 37.9 percent SLU had been allowing. Nevertheless, the four-point margin of victory matched the smallest of the season for the Cougars. “I’m really impressed with their toughness,” Houston coach Kelvin Sampson said. “It’s kind of like two brothers playing each other. I thought they out-physicalled us for a while. … That’s probably going to be an NCAA Tournament team. They are probably going to win their league.” The Billikens trailed by nine early, took a six-point lead to start the second half and then fell behind by eight with 11 minutes left before threatening the Cougars. One of the turning points that was lost in the close finish was a technical foul called on Bess, who scored a team-high 17 points, early in the second half. SLU had just started the half with an 8-0 run. The call allowed Houston to score four points on one possession, and the ensuing momentum launched the Cougars into the lead. “I have no clue” about the reason for the technical foul, Ford said. “None. I don’t think there was very much of an explanation.” Rebounding was an issue for the Billikens for most of the game. Houston’s first possession included two

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EAST LANSING, MICH. • Michigan State gave up

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Billikens guard Javon Bess fends off Houston’s Nate Hinton as he drives around him during the first half of Sunday’s game. No. 24 HOUSTON 68, ST. LOUIS U. 64 FG FT Reb M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS ST. LOUIS U. Min Foreman 23 1-5 2-5 0-2 1 2 4 French 28 2-5 2-4 3-8 1 5 6 38 6-15 2-2 3-5 0 3 17 Bess Goodwin 39 4-13 3-6 4-10 1 2 11 12 1-4 0-0 1-1 0 4 2 Thatch Isabell 29 5-12 4-5 1-4 2 2 16 28 3-5 1-1 0-4 1 2 8 Gordon Jacobs 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 200 22-60 14-23 12-34 6 20 64 Percentages: FG.367, FT.609. 3-point goals: 6-19, .316. Team rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 8. Blocked shots: 3. Turnovers: 8. Steals: 7. Technical fouls: Bess, 18:16 second. FG FT Reb M-A M-A O-T A PF PTS HOUSTON Min Alley 12 2-6 0-0 0-0 1 1 5 Brady 7 0-0 0-0 1-5 0 4 0 33 5-12 2-4 1-8 1 2 13 Brooks Davis 39 4-11 6-6 3-6 2 1 17 33 6-10 0-1 0-3 3 4 13 Robinson White 31 2-3 4-5 3-6 1 3 8 24 1-2 0-0 1-5 1 3 2 Gresham Jarreau 14 2-5 6-9 0-3 1 4 10 Harris 4 0-0 0-0 1-4 0 0 0 3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Hinton Totals 200 22-50 18-25 10-40 10 22 68 Percentages: FG.440, FT.720. 3-point goals: 6-20, .300. Team rebounds: 1. Team Turnovers: 14. Blocked shots: 5. Turnovers: 14. Steals: 6. Technical fouls: Robinson, 13:49 second. St. Louis U. 27 37 — 64 Houston 29 39 — 68 A: 6,131.

missed shots and two offensive rebounds that led to the game’s first points. At one point, the Cougars were outrebounding SLU by 10. But an even bigger problem for the Billikens was their inability to stop Houston players from getting to the rim. The Cougars made nine layups and were fouled multiple times on drives, with DeJon Jarreau doing considerable damage in the second half.

“That was the difference in the game,” Ford said. “I think we did a pretty good job on the 3-point line, but they had way too many layups. We tried different lineups and different guys on different people, and they kept driving us and getting too many putbacks. It puts a lot of pressure on you when they get layup after layup.” Even after Houston rebuilt the lead to 50-42, SLU didn’t buckle. A basket on an offensive rebound by Goodwin with four minutes left tied the score at 60. When Goodwin grabbed a loose ball and scored with 1:49 left, SLU was ahead 63-60. Then came a sequence of empty possessions. On SLU’s final attempt to tie the score, Goodwin went to the line with 4.6 seconds on the clock trailing by three points. He made the first free throw and then quickly missed the second intentionally. The rebound went to Bess, who missed a 15-footer from the baseline before Houston tacked on two free throws. “We waited until the last five minutes to really play with desperation to rebound,” Ford said. “We reminded our guys during every timeout what the rebounding margin was. If we played with that mentality for 40 minutes, it would have helped.” Stu Durando @studurando on Twitter sdurando@post-dispatch.com

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a basket, and Nick Ward immediately took off. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward beat everyone down the court and took a long pass for a layup. Ward scored 22 of his 28 points in a nearly perfect first half to help the ninth-ranked Spartans rout Wisconsin-Green Bay 104-83 on Sunday night. Ward made all nine of his field goal attempts in the first half, although he did miss a free throw. He was particularly impressive in transition and appeared to relish an uptempo game. “I’ve been doing that since forever, since I was little,” Ward said. “That’s just off of pure effort. Running takes no skill.” Ward also made his first two shots of the second half and finished 12 of 13. Sandy Cohen III scored 22 points for Green Bay, which actually led 24-20 before a 27-4 run by Michigan State. The Phoenix (6-6) had only one timeout left by halftime, but nothing they tried was enough to slow the Spartans. Michigan State (9-2) made its last seven shots of the first half to take a 64-35 lead. “This is a hard game for us, because we play fast, they play fast, and they’re just faster,” Green Bay coach Linc Darner said. “But I thought the second half, our guys did a great job of battling and competing and staying respectable.” The low point for the Phoenix was probably the end of the first half. Cassius Winston made a layup in the final seconds for Michigan State, and there was enough time for Xavier Tillman to steal the ball and add a 3-pointer . For a while, the Spartans appeared to have a chance to break the school record of 121 points. They had 75 with 15 minutes remaining, but they couldn’t keep up that pace and were actually outscored 48-40 in the second half. “What I didn’t like is, we have to learn how to finish,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “Finish games, finish practice and finish seasons. I didn’t like the way we finished the last couple of seasons, so our motto has been: Let’s try to finish every event, every day that we’re doing. Today, we did not finish.”

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Green Bay • The Phoenix have put up plenty of points this season. They’re averaging 85 a game. But they weren’t able to take Michigan State out of its comfort zone, and they didn’t do a good job stemming the tide when the Spartans went on their first-half run. Michigan State • It was an energetic performance by Ward and the Spartans after a seven-day layoff. Michigan State had 31 assists on 38 baskets and outrebounded Green Bay 56-34. Sixteen different players played for the Spartans, and Izzo was even able to play an all-freshman lineup for a bit toward the end.

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No. 4 Gonzaga lost to North Carolina this weekend. The question is whether it would be too much of a jump for the Spartans to pass the Bulldogs.

HOW THE TOP 25 FARED 1. Kansas (9-0) idle. Next: vs. South Dakota, Tuesday. 2. Duke (9-1) idle. Next: vs. Princeton, Tuesday. 3. Tennessee (8-1) idle. Next: vs. Samford, Wednesday. 4. Gonzaga (9-2) idle. Next: vs. UT Arlington, Tuesday. 5. Michigan (11-0) idle. Next: vs. Air Force, Saturday. 6. Virginia (9-0) idle. Next: at South Carolina, Wednesday. 7. Nevada (11-0) idle. Next: vs. Akron, Saturday. 8. Auburn (9-1) idle. Next: at N.C. State, Wednesday. 9. Michigan State (9-2) beat Green Bay 104-83. Next: vs. Oakland, Fri. 10. Florida State (8-1) idle. Next: vs. Southeast Missouri State, Monday. 11. Texas Tech (10-0) idle. Next: vs. No. 2 Duke, Thursday. 12. North Carolina (8-2) idle. Next: at No. 19 Kentucky, Saturday. 13. Virginia Tech (9-1) idle. Next: vs. N.C. A&T, Wednesday. 14. Buffalo (10-0) idle. Next: at No. 25 Syracuse, Tuesday. 15. Ohio State (9-1) idle. Next: vs. Youngstown State, Tuesday. 16. Wisconsin (9-2) idle. Next: vs. Grambling State, Saturday. 17. Villanova (8-4) idle. Next: vs. UConn, Saturday. 18. Mississippi State (9-1) idle. Next: vs. Wofford, Wednesday. 19. Kentucky (8-2) idle. Next: vs. No. 12 North Carolina, Saturday. 20. Arizona State (8-1) idle. Next: at Vanderbilt, Monday. 21. Marquette (8-2) idle. Next: vs. North Dakota, Tuesday. 22. Iowa (8-2) idle. Next: vs. Western Carolina, Tuesday. 23. Furman (12-0) idle. Next: at LSU, Friday. 24. Houston (10-0) beat St. Louis 68-64. Next: vs. Utah State, Thursday. 25. Indiana (9-2) idle. Next: vs. Central Arkansas, Wednesday. 25. Kansas State (7-2) idle. Next: vs. Southern Mississippi, Wednesday.

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Pittsburgh ‘answered the bell’

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Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels (center), grabbed by Patriots free safety Devin McCourty, churned through the New England defense for 142 yards on the ground Sunday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

PIT TSBURGH • Ben Roethlisberger didn’t want to use the word “crossroads.” He did anyway. His team was mired in a three-game losing streak and with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the other sideline Sunday — a sight that typically signals doom for Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers — the longtime quarterback understood his team’s enigmatic season had reached a tipping point. “This was going to be a great challenge for us against a team that is always one of the best,”Roethlisberger said after a taut 1710 victory.“I thought we answered the bell.” In so many ways. Rookie running back Jaylen Samuels ran for a season-high 142 yards in his second NFL start. The defense that looked so vulnerable in the late going during Pittsburgh’s recent slide figured out a way to slow Brady

Samuels helps club to rare win over Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Embattled kicker Chris Boswell drilled a critical 48-yard field goal in the final minutes, and the Steelers (8-5-1) gave their playoff hopes a jolt. “I knew it was a big game, it was a redemption game for last year,” said Samuels, a senior at North Carolina State last fall when Pittsburgh collapsed late in a loss to the Patriots. “I just wanted to go out there and give them my all.” Forced into action because James Conner was missing his second straight game with a sprained left ankle, Samuels ran 19 times and caught two passes for 30 yards, including a leaping 20-yard grab on a thirdand-9 play on Pittsburgh’s penultimate possession that helped set up Boswell’s field goal. “I was just staying relaxed, didn’t want to stay too tensed up,” Samuels said. “Just

do what I do. We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game ... it was a pretty good outcome.” One that helped Pittsburgh preserve its half-game lead over Baltimore (8-6) in the AFC North with two weeks to go. The Steelers had dropped five straight to New England and only beaten Brady twice in his storied career. Despite never trailing, their win wasn’t assured until Morgan Burnett knocked down Brady’s heave to the end zone with 20 seconds to go. “It’s a big win for us,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s that time of year. We need to win.” Roethlisberger threw for 235 yards with two first-half touchdowns and two interceptions. Boswell, who has struggled badly this season, atoned for a 32-yard miss in the third quarter by drilling a 48-yarder with 2:30 left that provided the final margin.

A victory would have given the Patriots (9-5) their 10th straight AFC East title. While they still have two shots at it as they finish the regular season at home, the road issues don’t appear to be going away. New England finished 3-5 away from Gillette Stadium, the first time the Patriots have a losing road record since 2009. “We haven’t played very well on the road,” Brady said. “What we’re doing isn’t good enough.” He finished 25 of 36 passing for 279 yards with a TD and an interception. Pittsburgh held tight end Gronkowski to two receptions for 21 yards. Brady flung a jump ball to Gronkowski deep in Pittsburgh territory midway through the fourth quarter that was intercepted by cornerback Joe Haden. “I was just trying to flick it out of bounds,” Brady said. “Didn’t want to take a sack. It shouldn’t have happened.” The uncharacteristically sloppy Patriots were penalized 14 times, for 106 yards.

COLTS 23, COWBOYS 0

EAGLES 30, RAMS 23

Mack’s attack, defense spark Indianapolis

Big underdog Philly shocks LA Chicago gets playoff spot, Pack will not

BEARS 24, PACKERS 17

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back Marlon Mack kept his eyes down the field and his legs churning Sunday. His teammates took the cue. The offensive line created enough space for Mack to run for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns, an improving defense smothered the league’s hottest offense and the Colts rolled past Dallas 23-0 to stay in the AFC playoff hunt. “When I saw those holes, I was like ‘Yeah, it might be a good day,’” Mack said. “Holes like that don’t come often.” If Mack continues to exploit the creases, there’s no telling what the Colts (8-6) could do if they earn a postseason trip. Since losing five of their first six, Indy has won seven of eight. Quarterback Andrew Luck continues to play the best of his career, and Mack appears ready to thrive with starting center Ryan Kelly back in the lineup. The Colts’ vastly improved defense has allowed 27 points over the past three weeks, including two games against division leaders, Houston and Dallas, and has its first shutout since a 27-0 victory over Cincinnati on Oct. 19, 2004. “Against that team, with the guys they have, it’s tough,” coach Frank Reich said. “They have some of the best (offensive) guys in the NFL.” While the Colts (8-6) celebrated, Dallas was dismayed. The Cowboys (8-6) came out flat on offense, wore down on defense and failed to clinch the NFC East title as a winning streak ended at five games. Ezekiel Elliott ran 18 times for 87 yards and caught seven passes for 41 yards. Amari Cooper had four catches for 32 yards and Dak Prescott was 24 of 39 passing for 206 yards and an interception. But Mack set the tone with a physical 19-yard run on his first carry, ran 22 times and had his two TD runs — all against the league’s No. 3 run defense. The result: Dallas endured its first shutout since falling 12-0 to the Patriots in 2003. “Obviously, we didn’t play well enough in any phase of our game to win,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We can’t allow them to run the ball the way they want to run it.” More on the Cowboys’ struggles in “NFL Focus,” Page B6.

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LOS ANGELES • Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles hope they’re about to make another late-season run that begins with another big road win over the Rams. Foles took over for Carson Wentz and passed for 270 yards, and Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns in the Eagles’ 30-23 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night. Rookie Josh Adams also ran for a score as the Eagles (7-7), a 13½-point underdog, kept their playoff hopes alive with a gritty victory over the Rams (113), who lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time in coach Sean McVay’s tenure. The Eagles scored 17 consecutive points in the third quarter, then survived the Rams’ late rally. They got help from Los Angeles’ JoJo Natson, who fumbled a punt return that D.J. Alexander recovered with 2:51 to play. After Philadelphia’s Jake Elliott missed a field goal with 1:08 left, Jared Goff got the Rams to the Philadelphia 18 with 4 seconds to play — but he couldn’t connect with Josh Reynolds on a pass to the goal line as time expired. “Everybody did their job,” Eagles defensive tackle Fletcher Cox said. “Defense had to go on the field and make a stop.” The Rams’ loss means that the Saints

(11-2) have the inside track for the top seed in the NFC playoffs. New Orleans, which plays at Carolina on Monday night, has the tiebreaker over the Rams based on their victory when the teams played this season. The Rams already have clinched the NFC West title but now are in a battle for a first-round playoff bye with Chicago (10-4) right behind them. And the Bears have beaten the Rams. Foles went 24 of 31 passing in his first game action since Week 2 in place of Wentz, who sat out because of a back injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season. Foles also took over the Eagles at the Coliseum last December, relieving Wentz during a divisionclinching 43-35 win and riding that wave all the way to the Super Bowl MVP award and Philadelphia’s first NFL championship since 1960. The Eagles still trail NFC East leader Dallas (8-6) and sit even with Washington (7-7), so they will need help to get back into the postseason. But they’ll get an enormous boost from this performance against the powerhouse Rams, who fell too far behind to catch up. The Rams’ Todd Gurley rushed for two touchdowns — giving him an NFLbest 21 TDs this season — while catching 10 passes 76 yards. Goff passed for 339 yards with two interceptions in the Rams’ first loss at the Coliseum this season.

the NFC North title and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention. They could not have asked for a sweeter outcome. Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns,Eddie Jackson ended Rodgers’NFLrecord streak without an interception and Chicago clinched the crown with a 24-17 victory over the Packers on Sunday. The Bears (10-4) secured their first playoff appearance since 2010. And they did it with a rare victory over their heated rivals. “We’ve accomplished a lot,” Trubisky said. “But I think I’m most proud of just the type of guys that we have in our locker room, the culture that we’ve kind of created. We know that nobody really believed in us on the outside in the preseason — or even throughout the season. But we knew what type of team we had. And we knew we were just gonna keep getting better.” The loss by Green Bay (5-8-1), coupled with Minnesota’s 41-17 victory over Miami, keeps the Packers out of the postseason for the second year in a row. “The expectation is competing for championships,” Rodgers said. “It’s a good football team. ... I like our chances in this division moving forward.” Chicago had dropped nine of 10 against the Packers and blew a 20-point lead in a season-opening loss in Green Bay. But they’ve been climbing since. Trubisky gave the Bears a 21-14 lead early in the fourth quarter with a 13-yard pass to Trey Burton in the left side of the end zone. After the Bears stopped the Packers, running back Tarik Cohen stepped out of bounds a yard short on a third-and-5 play, at the 10, when he easily could have gotten the first down. That forced the Bears to settle for a field goal by Cody Parkey, making it 24-14 with 6:43 remaining. The Packers then drove to the 9. On third down Jackson picked off Rodgers, ending his streak without an interception at 402 passes. The pass was intended for Jimmy Graham near the goal line, but the ball got tipped to Jackson. Mason Crosby kicked a field goal in the closing seconds to make it a seven-point game. But Chicago recovered the ensuing onside kick.


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M 1 • MOnDAy • 12.17.2018

STEELERS 17, PATRIOTS 10

Pittsburgh ‘answered the bell’

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Steelers running back Jaylen Samuels (center), grabbed by Patriots free safety Devin McCourty, churned through the New England defense for 142 yards on the ground Sunday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

PIT TSBURGH • Ben Roethlisberger didn’t want to use the word “crossroads.” He did anyway. His team was mired in a three-game losing streak and with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots on the other sideline Sunday — a sight that typically signals doom for Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers — the longtime quarterback understood his team’s enigmatic season had reached a tipping point. “This was going to be a great challenge for us against a team that is always one of the best,”Roethlisberger said after a taut 1710 victory.“I thought we answered the bell.” In so many ways. Rookie running back Jaylen Samuels ran for a season-high 142 yards in his second NFL start. The defense that looked so vulnerable in the late going during Pittsburgh’s recent slide figured out a way to slow Brady

Samuels helps club to rare win over Brady and Rob Gronkowski. Embattled kicker Chris Boswell drilled a critical 48-yard field goal in the final minutes, and the Steelers (8-5-1) gave their playoff hopes a jolt. “I knew it was a big game, it was a redemption game for last year,” said Samuels, a senior at North Carolina State last fall when Pittsburgh collapsed late in a loss to the Patriots. “I just wanted to go out there and give them my all.” Forced into action because James Conner was missing his second straight game with a sprained left ankle, Samuels ran 19 times and caught two passes for 30 yards, including a leaping 20-yard grab on a thirdand-9 play on Pittsburgh’s penultimate possession that helped set up Boswell’s field goal. “I was just staying relaxed, didn’t want to stay too tensed up,” Samuels said. “Just

do what I do. We knew it was going to be a hard-fought game ... it was a pretty good outcome.” One that helped Pittsburgh preserve its half-game lead over Baltimore (8-6) in the AFC North with two weeks to go. The Steelers had dropped five straight to New England and only beaten Brady twice in his storied career. Despite never trailing, their win wasn’t assured until Morgan Burnett knocked down Brady’s heave to the end zone with 20 seconds to go. “It’s a big win for us,” Roethlisberger said. “It’s that time of year. We need to win.” Roethlisberger threw for 235 yards with two first-half touchdowns and two interceptions. Boswell, who has struggled badly this season, atoned for a 32-yard miss in the third quarter by drilling a 48-yarder with 2:30 left that provided the final margin.

A victory would have given the Patriots (9-5) their 10th straight AFC East title. While they still have two shots at it as they finish the regular season at home, the road issues don’t appear to be going away. New England finished 3-5 away from Gillette Stadium, the first time the Patriots have a losing road record since 2009. “We haven’t played very well on the road,” Brady said. “What we’re doing isn’t good enough.” He finished 25 of 36 passing for 279 yards with a TD and an interception. Pittsburgh held tight end Gronkowski to two receptions for 21 yards. Brady flung a jump ball to Gronkowski deep in Pittsburgh territory midway through the fourth quarter that was intercepted by cornerback Joe Haden. “I was just trying to flick it out of bounds,” Brady said. “Didn’t want to take a sack. It shouldn’t have happened.” The uncharacteristically sloppy Patriots were penalized 14 times, for 106 yards.

COLTS 23, COWBOYS 0

EAGLES 30, RAMS 23

Mack’s attack, defense spark Indianapolis

Big underdog Philly shocks LA Chicago gets playoff spot, Pack will not

BEARS 24, PACKERS 17

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back Marlon Mack kept his eyes down the field and his legs churning Sunday. His teammates took the cue. The offensive line created enough space for Mack to run for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns, an improving defense smothered the league’s hottest offense and the Colts rolled past Dallas 23-0 to stay in the AFC playoff hunt. “When I saw those holes, I was like ‘Yeah, it might be a good day,’” Mack said. “Holes like that don’t come often.” If Mack continues to exploit the creases, there’s no telling what the Colts (8-6) could do if they earn a postseason trip. Since losing five of their first six, Indy has won seven of eight. Quarterback Andrew Luck continues to play the best of his career, and Mack appears ready to thrive with starting center Ryan Kelly back in the lineup. The Colts’ vastly improved defense has allowed 27 points over the past three weeks, including two games against division leaders, Houston and Dallas, and has its first shutout since a 27-0 victory over Cincinnati on Oct. 19, 2004. “Against that team, with the guys they have, it’s tough,” coach Frank Reich said. “They have some of the best (offensive) guys in the NFL.” While the Colts (8-6) celebrated, Dallas was dismayed. The Cowboys (8-6) came out flat on offense, wore down on defense and failed to clinch the NFC East title as a winning streak ended at five games. Ezekiel Elliott ran 18 times for 87 yards and caught seven passes for 41 yards. Amari Cooper had four catches for 32 yards and Dak Prescott was 24 of 39 passing for 206 yards and an interception. But Mack set the tone with a physical 19-yard run on his first carry, ran 22 times and had his two TD runs — all against the league’s No. 3 run defense. The result: Dallas endured its first shutout since falling 12-0 to the Patriots in 2003. “Obviously, we didn’t play well enough in any phase of our game to win,” Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said. “We can’t allow them to run the ball the way they want to run it.” More on the Cowboys’ struggles in “NFL Focus,” Page B6.

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Eagles safety Corey Graham (24) leads the celebration after recovering a fumble. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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reigning Super Bowl champion Eagles hope they’re about to make another late-season run that begins with another big road win over the Rams. Foles took over for Carson Wentz and passed for 270 yards, and Wendell Smallwood rushed for two touchdowns in Philadelphia’s 30-23 victory over Los Angeles on Sunday night. Rookie Josh Adams also ran for a score as the Eagles (7-7) kept their playoff hopes quite viable with a gritty victory over the Rams (11-3), who lost consecutive regular-season games for the first time in coach Sean McVay’s tenure. “It’s very satisfying,” said Philadelphia coach Doug Pederson, whose team was a 13½-point underdog. “... Hopefully this gives us momentum for the rest of the season.” The Eagles still trail NFC East leader Dallas (8-6) and sit even with Washington (7-7), so they will need help to get back into the postseason. But they’ll get an enormous boost from this performance against the powerhouse Rams. The Eagles scored 17 consecutive points in the third quarter then survived the Rams’ late rally. They got help from Los Angeles’ JoJo Natson, who fumbled a punt return that Philadelphia’s D.J. Alexander recovered with 2:51 to play. But Jake Elliott missed a field goal with

1:08 left, and Jared Goff got the Rams to the Philadelphia 18 with 4 seconds to play — but he couldn’t connect with Josh Reynolds on a pass to the goal line as time expired. Foles went 24 of 31 passing in his first game action since Week 2 in place of Wentz, who sat out with a back injury that could sideline him for the rest of the season. Foles also took over the Eagles at the Coliseum last December, relieving Wentz during a division-clinching 4335 win and riding that wave all the way to the Super Bowl MVP award. “That’s a guy with true character,” Smallwood said of Foles. Todd Gurley rushed for two touchdowns — giving him an NFL-best 21 TDs this season — but he failed to get out of bounds on a catch in the final 20 seconds, depriving the Rams of likely two more shots at the end zone. “We have to be able to figure this out and fast,” McVay said. “We are doing things that are uncharacteristic of us.” The Rams’ loss means that the Saints (11-2) have the inside track for the top seed in the NFC playoffs. New Orleans, which plays at Carolina on Monday night, has the tiebreaker over the Rams based on their victory when the teams played earlier. The Rams already have clinched the NFC West title but now are in a battle for a first-round playoff bye with Chicago (10-4). And the Bears beaten the Rams a week ago Sunday.

the NFC North title and helped knock Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers out of playoff contention. They could not have asked for a sweeter outcome. Mitchell Trubisky threw for two touchdowns,Eddie Jackson ended Rodgers’NFLrecord streak without an interception and Chicago clinched the crown with a 24-17 victory over the Packers on Sunday. The Bears (10-4) secured their first playoff appearance since 2010. And they did it with a rare victory over their heated rivals. “We’ve accomplished a lot,” Trubisky said. “But I think I’m most proud of just the type of guys that we have in our locker room, the culture that we’ve kind of created. We know that nobody really believed in us on the outside in the preseason — or even throughout the season. But we knew what type of team we had. And we knew we were just gonna keep getting better.” The loss by Green Bay (5-8-1), coupled with Minnesota’s 41-17 victory over Miami, keeps the Packers out of the postseason for the second year in a row. “The expectation is competing for championships,” Rodgers said. “It’s a good football team. ... I like our chances in this division moving forward.” Chicago had dropped nine of 10 against the Packers and blew a 20-point lead in a season-opening loss in Green Bay. But they’ve been climbing since. Trubisky gave the Bears a 21-14 lead early in the fourth quarter with a 13-yard pass to Trey Burton in the left side of the end zone. After the Bears stopped the Packers, running back Tarik Cohen stepped out of bounds a yard short on a third-and-5 play, at the 10, when he easily could have gotten the first down. That forced the Bears to settle for a field goal by Cody Parkey, making it 24-14 with 6:43 remaining. The Packers then drove to the 9. On third down Jackson picked off Rodgers, ending his streak without an interception at 402 passes. The pass was intended for Jimmy Graham near the goal line, but the ball got tipped to Jackson. Mason Crosby kicked a field goal in the closing seconds to make it a seven-point game. But Chicago recovered the ensuing onside kick.


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12.17.2018 • Monday • M 1 NATIONAL FOOTBALL CONFERENCE

x-clinched playoff spot | y-clinched division

Thursday LA Chargers 29, Kansas City 28 Saturday Houston 29, NY Jets 22 Cleveland 17, Denver 16 Sunday Baltimore 20, Tampa Bay 12 Washington 16, Jacksonville 13 Indianapolis 23, Dallas 0 Buffalo 14, Detroit 13 Chicago 24, Green Bay 17 Minnesota 41, Miami 17 Tennessee 17, NY Giants 0 Atlanta 40, Arizona 14 Cincinnati 30, Oakland 16 Pittsburgh 17, New England 10 San Francisco 26, Seattle 23, OT Philadelphia 30, LA Rams 23 Monday New Orleans at Carolina, 7:15 p.m., ESPN

ROUNDUP

SUMMARIES

EAST Dallas Philadelphia Washington NY Giants SOUTH y-New Orleans Carolina Atlanta Tampa Bay NORTH y-Chicago Minnesota Green Bay Detroit WEST y-LA Rams Seattle San Francisco Arizona

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T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 T 0 1 1 0 T 0 0 0 0

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PF 276 311 265 307 PF 447 324 356 344 PF 383 323 332 284 PF 448 363 301 192

PA 269 318 310 348 PA 283 332 381 403 PA 264 308 331 333 PA 343 292 373 367

Home 6-1 4-3 3-4 2-5 Home 5-1 5-1 4-4 4-3 Home 7-1 5-2 5-1-1 3-4 Home 6-1 4-2 4-3 1-6

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

NFC 7-3 5-6 6-5 4-7 NFC 8-2 4-5 5-5 4-6 NFC 8-2 5-4-1 3-7-1 3-7 NFC 7-3 7-4 2-8 3-7

AFC 1-3 2-1 1-2 1-2 AFC 3-0 2-2 0-4 1-3 AFC 2-2 2-2 2-1 2-2 AFC 4-0 1-2 2-2 0-4

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

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Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (right) fumbles as he is sacked by 49ers linebacker Mark Nzeocha in the second half Sunday afternoon. Wilson recovered the ball.

49ers stop Seahawks in OT; Jackson sparks Ravens over Buccaneers; Vikes rip Dolphins Robbie Gould kicked a 36-yard field goal with 3:06 left in overtime, in wind and rain, to give the San Francisco 49ers a 26-23 victory over Seattle on Sunday, ending a losing streak to the Seahawks at 10 games. Nick Mullens threw for 275 yards and a touchdown to help the host 49ers (4-10) win consecutive games for the first time this season. “For us just to be able to get a win and have some positivity going to the end of the season with a lot of young guys will help us for next year,” Gould said. Richie James Jr. returned a kick 97 yards for a touchdown and Gould kicked four field goals to boost host San Francisco. The Seahawks (8-6) had won four in a row. Russell Wilson threw for 237 yards with two TD passes to Doug Baldwin, and Chris Carson ran for 119 yards and a score for Seattle. But Wilson was unable to generate any points on his final three drives and the Seahawks, who amassed a team-record 148 yards in penalties, failed to clinch a playoff spot. “I just feel like everyone needs to wake up,” Seattle defensive lineman Frank Clark said. “I feel like I need to wake up, the rest of the team, the coaches, everyone needs to wake up. ... Everybody has to step up and be accountable.” Ravens 20, Buccaneers 12 • Rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson picked apart the Tampa Bay defense on a soggy field, running for 95 yards and throwing for 131 in leading host Baltimore to victory. Anointed the starter over veteran Joe Flacco a few days earlier, Jackson had a riveting performance. Slipping between and sliding around potential tacklers, the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner operated the run-pass option in much the same fashion as during his glory days at Louisville. Jackson directed two drives that lasted more than seven minutes, carried 18 times and completed 14 of 23 passes, one of them for a touchdown. Baltimore (8-6) is 4-1 since Jackson took over after Flacco was injured, the only loss in overtime at Kansas City. Jackson has rushed for 427 yards in those five games. Tampa Bay (5-9) couldn’t find a way to stop Jackson and the running game, which amassed 242 yards in 49 carries. Baltimore’s defense held the Bucs to one TD and 241 yards. Vikings 41, Dolphins 18 • Dalvin Cook had a career-high 136 yards and two touchdowns on a season-high 19 carries as the Vikings recommitted themselves to running the ball and rolled at home. Latavius Murray added 68 yards on the ground and a score. He had 15 of the team’s season-high 40 carries. The Vikings (7-6-1) converted each of their first three drives under interim offensive coordinator Kevin Stefanski into touchdowns before turning the game over to the defense. Stefanski has replaced John DeFilippo, who was fired Tuesday. Anthony Barr and Danielle Hunter each had two of the nine sacks of Ryan Tannehill, totaling 71 lost yards for the Dolphins (7-7). Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 50 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter and Kalen Ballage scored on a 75-yard run on the first snap of the second half to bring the Dolphins within 21-17. But on their next five possessions they netted a staggering minus-27 yards, on 16 plays. Titans 17, Giants 0 • Bruising halfback Derrick Henry had his second straight big game, with 33 carries for 170 yards and two touchdowns, to spark visiting Tennessee. Henry, who had a franchise-record 238 rushing yards and four touchdowns in a win over Jacksonville on Dec. 6, scored on 1-yard runs in the first and third quarters. That was all the Titans’ defense needed on a rainy day in East Rutherford, N.J. as it shut down Saquon Barkley (31 yards in 14 carries) in helping Tennessee win its third straight game by rushing 42 times for 216 yards.

Saturday, Dec. 22 Washington at Tenn., 3:30 p.m. Baltimore at Chargers, 7:20 Sunday, Dec. 23 Atlanta at Carolina, noon Houston at Philadelphia, noon Giants at Indianapolis, noon Green Bay at NY Jets, noon Minnesota at Detroit, noon Buffalo at New England, noon Cincinnati at Cleveland, noon Jacksonville at Miami, noon Tampa Bay at Dallas, noon LA Rams at Arizona, 3:05 p.m. Chicago at San Francisco, 3:05 p.m. Pittsburgh at New Orleans, 3:25 p.m. Kansas City at Seattle, 7:20 p.m. Monday, Dec. 24 Denver at Oakland, 7:15 p.m.

ST. LoUIS PoST-dISPaTCH • B5 AMERICAN FOOTBALL CONFERENCE EAST New England Miami Buffalo NY Jets SOUTH Houston Indianapolis Tennessee Jacksonville NORTH Pittsburgh Baltimore Cleveland Cincinnati WEST x-Kansas City x-LA Chargers Denver Oakland

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L 5 7 9 10 L 4 6 6 10 L 5 6 7 8 L 3 3 8 11

T 0 0 0 0 T 0 0 0 0 T 1 0 1 0 T 0 0 0 0

Pct .643 .500 .357 .286 Pct .714 .571 .571 .286 Pct .607 .571 .464 .429 Pct .786 .786 .429 .214

PF 374 295 215 292 PF 352 372 268 225 PF 384 341 309 337 PF 499 395 306 260

Away 3-5 1-6 2-5 2-5 Away 5-2 3-4 3-5 1-5 Away 4-2-1 3-4 2-5 2-4 Away 5-2 6-1 3-4 1-6

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

NFC 3-1 1-3 2-2 1-2 NFC 2-1 2-1 3-0 1-3 NFC 3-0 2-2 2-2 2-2 NFC 2-1 3-1 2-2 1-3

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

49ers 26, Seahawks 23, OT

Steelers 17, Patriots 10

Bears 24, Packers 17

Washington 16, Jaguars 13

Seattle 6 7 0 10 0 — 23 San Francisco 7 10 3 3 3 — 26 First Quarter Sea: Baldwin 5 pass from R.Wilson (kick failed), 9:27. SF: James 97 kickoff return (Gould kick), 9:15. Second Quarter SF: Celek 41 pass from Mullens (Gould kick), 9:29. Sea: Baldwin 35 pass from R.Wilson (Janikowski kick), 5:19. SF: FG Gould 28, 1:05. Third Quarter SF: FG Gould 33, 2:54. Fourth Quarter Sea: Carson 1 run (Janikowski kick), 13:51. SF: FG Gould 45, 9:51. Sea: FG Janikowski 48, 5:21. Overtime SF: FG Gould 36, 3:06. A: 68,836. Sea SF First downs 18 20 Total Net Yards 385 351 Rushes-yards 35-168 26-94 Passing 217 257 Punt Returns 1-8 3-30 Kickoff Returns 2-21 2-113 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 23-31-0 20-29-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-20 3-18 Punts 8-53.3 4-48.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards 14-148 8-66 Time of Possession 37:14 29:40 Rushing: Seattle, Carson 22-119, Davis 5-21, R.Wilson 5-15, Lockett 1-11, McKissic 2-2. San Francisco, Breida 17-50, J.Wilson 7-46, Mullens 2-(minus 2). Passing: Seattle, R.Wilson 23-31-0-237. San Francisco, Mullens 20-29-0-275. Receiving: SEA, Davis 8-63, Carson 6-29, Baldwin 4-77, Lockett 2-45, E.Dickson 2-14, D.Moore 1-9. SF, Pettis 5-83, Breida 5-46, Kittle 3-51, Celek 2-61, Bourne 2-16, T.Taylor 1-8, Goodwin 1-7, Juszczyk 1-3. Missed Field Goals: None.

New England 7 0 3 0 — 10 Pittsburgh 7 7 0 3 — 17 First Quarter Pit: McDonald 5 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), 8:40. NE: Hogan 63 pass from Brady (Gostkowski kick), 6:48. Second Quarter Pit: A.Brown 17 pass from Roethlisberger (Boswell kick), 12:01. Third Quarter NE: FG Gostkowski 33, :17. Fourth Quarter Pit: FG Boswell 48, 2:30. A: 65,280. NE Pit 18 24 First downs 368 376 Total Net Yards 19-96 Rushes-yards 25-158 272 Passing 218 0-0 0-0 Punt Returns Kickoff Returns 1-23 1-27 Interceptions Ret. 2-0 1-0 Comp-Att-Int 25-36-1 22-34-2 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-7 2-17 Punts 5-43.2 2-39.0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 14-106 4-40 Time of Possession 29:11 30:49 Rushing: New England, Michel 13-59, Burkhead 4-25, White 2-12. Pittsburgh, Samuels 19-142, Ridley 3-16, Switzer 1-3, Roethlisberger 2-(minus 3). Passing: New England, Brady 25-36-1-279. Pittsburgh, Roethlisberger 22-34-2-235. Receiving: New England, Edelman 7-90, White 5-25, Patterson 3-20, Burkhead 3-18, Hogan 2-68, Gronkowski 2-21, Develin 2-18, Gordon 1-19. Pittsburgh, A.Brown 4-49, Smith-Schuster 4-40, Rogers 4-20, Washington 3-65, Samuels 2-30, McDonald 2-13, Switzer 2-9, James 1-9. Missed Field Goals: Pittsburgh, Boswell 32.

Green Bay 0 3 11 3 — 17 Chicago 7 7 0 10 — 24 First Quarter Chi: Howard 9 run (Parkey kick), 2:08. Second Quarter GB: FG Crosby 41, 7:27. Chi: Cohen 12 pass from Trubisky (Parkey kick), :30. Third Quarter GB: FG Crosby 43, 9:26. GB: J.Williams 10 run (D.Adams pass from Rodgers), 4:10. Fourth Quarter Chi: T.Burton 13 pass from Trubisky (Parkey kick), 10:16. Chi: FG Parkey 24, 6:43. GB: FG Crosby 45, :11. A: 62,372. GB Chi First downs 19 19 Total Net Yards 323 329 Rushes-yards 19-88 29-97 Passing 235 232 Punt Returns 1-1 2-53 Kickoff Returns 0-0 3-75 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-13 Comp-Att-Int 25-42-1 20-28-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 5-39 1-3 Punts 5-41.6 4-44.3 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 2-1 Penalties-Yards 7-48 4-24 Time of Possession 29:37 30:23 Rushing: Green Bay, J.Williams 12-55, Rodgers 3-25, A.Jones 4-8. Chicago, Howard 19-60, Cohen 5-21, Trubisky 3-16, Mizzell 1-1, Cunningham 1-(minus 1). Passing: Green Bay, Rodgers 25-42-1-274. Chicago, Trubisky 20-28-0-235. Receiving: Green Bay, D.Adams 8-119, J.Williams 4-42, Kendricks 4-27, Graham 3-32, Cobb 3-30, Valdes-Scantling 1-12, St. Brown 1-7, Kumerow 1-5. Chicago, Cohen 5-31, T.Burton 4-36, Robinson 3-54, Gabriel 3-33, Shaheen 2-39, Bellamy 1-18, Howard 1-15, Mizzell 1-9. Missed Field Goals: None.

Washington 3 0 3 10 — 16 Jacksonville 0 10 0 3 — 13 First Quarter Was: FG Hopkins 46, 1:50. Second Quarter Jac: FG Forbath 33, 3:22. Jac: Westbrook 74 punt return (Forbath kick), :04. Third Quarter Was: FG Hopkins 33, 7:32. Fourth Quarter Jac: FG Forbath 41, 11:16. Was: Sprinkle 6 pass from J.Johnson (Hopkins kick), 5:47. Was: FG Hopkins 36, :00. A: 67,577. Was Jac 16 11 First downs Total Net Yards 245 192 33-109 Rushes-yards 26-172 136 Passing 20 Punt Returns 3-11 3-84 Kickoff Returns 2-31 1-25 Interceptions Ret. 1-16 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 16-25-0 9-17-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-15 6-37 Punts 6-46.5 5-52.4 Fumbles-Lost 2-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards 6-48 8-55 Time of Possession 33:06 26:54 Rushing: Washington, Peterson 19-51, J.Johnson 9-49, Thompson 5-9. Jacksonville, Kessler 6-68, Fournette 11-46, D.Williams 5-32, Westbrook 1-20, Yeldon 3-6. Passing: Washington, J.Johnson 16-250-151. Jacksonville, Kessler 9-17-1-57. Receiving: Washington, Crowder 4-46, Sprinkle 3-19, Peterson 2-20, V.Davis 2-16, Floyd 2-16, Marshall 1-17, Harris 1-13, Thompson 1-4. Jacksonville, Westbrook 3-21, Fournette 3-18, O’Shaughnessy 1-7, Bell 1-6, Yeldon 1-5. Missed Field Goals: None.

Vikings 41, Dolphins 17

Bengals 30, Raiders 16

Falcons 40, Cardinals 14

Eagles 30, Rams 23

Miami 0 10 7 0 — 17 Minnesota 21 0 3 17 — 41 First Quarter Min: Diggs 13 pass from Cousins (Bailey kick), 11:40. Min: Cook 13 run (Bailey kick), 6:21. Min: Murray 18 run (Bailey kick), 1:32. Second Quarter Mia: Fitzpatrick 50 interception return (Sanders kick), 7:44. Mia: FG Sanders 25, :14. Third Quarter Mia: Ballage 75 run (Sanders kick), 14:49. Min: FG Bailey 36, 8:40. Fourth Quarter Min: FG Bailey 34, 13:01. Min: Robinson 40 pass from Cousins (Bailey kick), 9:54. Min: Cook 21 run (Bailey kick), 7:49. A: 66,841. Min Mia First downs 12 22 Total Net Yards 193 418 Rushes-yards 40-220 20-156 Passing 37 198 Punt Returns 2-8 5-116 Kickoff Returns 2-45 1-24 Interceptions Ret. 1-50 0-0 14-21-1 Comp-Att-Int 11-24-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 9-71 2-17 Punts 3-42.3 7-50.1 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-0 Penalties-Yards 8-49 6-45 Time of Possession 26:44 33:16 Rushing: Miami, Ballage 12-123, Gore 5-14, Bolden 1-12, Drake 1-6, Tannehill 1-1. Minnesota, Cook 19-136, Murray 15-68, Diggs 1-9, Cousins 5-7. Passing: Miami, Tannehill 11-24-0-108. Minnesota, Cousins 14-21-1-215. Receiving: Miami, Amendola 3-30, Drake 3-28, Gesicki 2-23, Stills 1-17, Butler 1-12, Ballage 1-(minus 2). Minnesota, Diggs 4-49, Rudolph 3-23, Conklin 2-53, Robinson 2-44, Thielen 2-19, Cook 1-27. Missed Field Goals: None.

Oakland 0 7 6 3 — 16 Cincinnati 7 13 0 10 — 30 First Quarter Cin: Boyd 7 pass from Driskel (Bullock kick), 3:00. Second Quarter Cin: Mixon 1 run (Bullock kick), 10:17. Cin: FG Bullock 34, 6:41. Oak: L.Smith 1 pass from Carr (Carlson kick), 3:48. Cin: FG Bullock 38, 1:39. Third Quarter Oak: FG Carlson 50, 6:27. Oak: FG Carlson 27, 2:38. Fourth Quarter Cin: FG Bullock 23, 10:45. Oak: FG Carlson 40, 5:05. Cin: Mixon 15 run (Bullock kick), 4:04. A: 44,568. Oak Cin First downs 13 18 Total Net Yards 297 294 Rushes-yards 41-171 16-68 Passing 123 229 Punt Returns 3-22 1-4 Kickoff Returns 3-71 4-168 Interceptions Ret. 1-1 0-0 Comp-Att-Int 21-38-0 14-33-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 5-34 1-7 Punts 5-43.2 6-38.2 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-2 Penalties-Yards 9-85 8-90 Time of Possession 26:41 33:19 Rushing: Oakland, Martin 9-39, Waller 1-21, Richard 4-9, Washington 1-1, Roberts 1-(minus 2). Cincinnati, Mixon 27-129, Driskel 7-32, Bernard 6-7, Ross 1-3. Passing: Oakland, Carr 21-38-0-263. Cincinnati, Driskel 14-33-1-130. Receiving: Oakland, J.Nelson 6-88, Richard 5-67, Roberts 3-29, Cook 2-23, Ateman 2-20, Waller 1-44, L.Smith 1-1, Carr 1-(minus 9). Cincinnati, Boyd 4-38, Erickson 3-23, Bernard 2-25, Mixon 2-1, Uzomah 1-27, Core 1-10, Ross 1-6. Missed Field Goals: None.

Arizona 7 0 0 7 — 14 Atlanta 10 16 7 7 — 40 First Quarter Ari: Da.Johnson 1 run (Gonzalez kick), 8:25. Atl: D.Jones 41 interception return (Bryant kick), 6:11. Atl: FG Bryant 22, :37. Second Quarter Atl: Ryan 1 run (Bryant kick), 12:32. Atl: FG Bryant 33, 5:16. Atl: J.Jones 21 pass from Ryan (pass failed), :13. Third Quarter Atl: T.Coleman 43 run (Bryant kick), 5:39. Fourth Quarter Atl: Hardy 5 pass from Ryan (Bryant kick), 11:14. Ari: Sherfield 7 pass from Glennon (Gonzalez kick), 3:14. A: 72,084. Atl Ari First downs 18 23 Total Net Yards 253 435 Rushes-yards 27-215 22-60 Passing 193 220 Punt Returns 3-31 2-10 Kickoff Returns 0-0 1-7 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 2-41 22-36-0 Comp-Att-Int 23-36-2 Sacked-Yards Lost 7-50 2-11 Punts 6-44.3 7-48.0 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards 8-75 6-50 Time of Possession 29:20 30:40 Rushing: Arizona, Da.Johnson 11-33, Edmonds 8-22, Rosen 2-8, Logan 1-(minus 3). Atlanta, T.Coleman 11-145, Smith 9-34, Ryan 3-18, Sanu 1-11, Hill 3-7. Passing: Arizona, Rosen 13-22-2-132, Glennon 10-14-0-111. Atlanta, Ryan 22-36-0-231. Receiving: Arizona, Fitzgerald 7-82, Logan 4-18, Da.Johnson 3-68, Seals-Jones 3-22, Sherfield 3-15, Edmonds 2-22, Gresham 1-16. Atlanta, J.Jones 6-82, Ridley 5-42, Sanu 3-30, Hardy 3-29, Gage 2-33, Smith 2-5, Hall 1-10. Missed Field Goals: None.

Philadelphia 3 10 17 0 — 30 L.A. Rams 7 6 0 10 — 23 First Quarter Phi: FG Elliott 51, 8:35. Rams: Gurley 5 run (Zuerlein kick), 1:16. Second Quarter Phi: FG Elliott 34, 12:00. Rams: FG Zuerlein 41, 4:38. Phi: Adams 6 run (Elliott kick), 1:07. Rams: FG Zuerlein 36, :00. Third Quarter Phi: Smallwood 9 run (Elliott kick), 10:28. Phi: FG Elliott 40, 3:11. Phi: Smallwood 4 run (Elliott kick), 1:34. Fourth Quarter Rams: FG Zuerlein 37, 9:24. Rams: Gurley 1 run (Zuerlein kick), 4:06. A: 74,210. Phi Rams First downs 17 23 Total Net Yards 381 413 Rushes-yards 30-111 18-82 331 Passing 270 Punt Returns 1-13 2-(minu Kickoff Returns 2-16 2-31 Interceptions Ret. 2-15 1-30 35-55-2 Comp-Att-Int 24-31-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 1-8 Punts 3-51.7 3-56.3 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 2-1 5-50 Penalties-Yards 6-49 Time of Possession 31:36 28:24 Rushing: philadelphia, smallwood 10-48, Sproles 3-30, Adams 15-28, Foles 2-5. Los Angeles, Gurley 12-48, Woods 1-19, Goff 2-11, Kelly 2-4, Davis 1-0. Passing: Philadelphia, Foles 24-31-1-270. Los Angeles, Goff 35-54-2-339, Hekker 0-1-0-0. Receiving: Philadelphia, Jeffery 8-160, Tate 5-43, Ertz 3-22, Sproles 3-16, Goedert 2-12, Smallwood 2-9, Agholor 1-8. Los Angeles, Gurley 10-76, Woods 7-74, Cooks 6-59, J.Reynolds 5-70, Everett 5-46, Higbee 2-14. Missed Field Goals: Philadelphia, Elliott 53.

Colts 23, Cowboys 0

Titans 17, Giants 0

Bills 14, Lions 13

Ravens 20, Buccaneers 12

Dallas 0 0 0 0 — 0 Indianapolis 7 3 10 3 — 23 First Quarter Ind: Mack 1 run (Vinatieri kick), 6:09. Second Quarter Ind: FG Vinatieri 43, :00. Third Quarter Ind: Mack 6 run (Vinatieri kick), 11:23. Ind: FG Vinatieri 44, 1:36. Fourth Quarter Ind: FG Vinatieri 23, 6:57. A: 66,654. Dal Ind First downs 19 25 Total Net Yards 292 370 Rushes-yards 39-178 22-112 Passing 192 180 Punt Returns 1-2 1-0 Kickoff Returns 0-0 0-0 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-14 Comp-Att-Int 16-27-0 24-39-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 3-26 0-0 1-52.0 Punts 2-40.5 Fumbles-Lost 2-1 1-1 Penalties-Yards 6-55 9-74 Time of Possession 28:12 31:48 Rushing: Dallas, Elliott 18-87, R.Smith 3-14, Cooper 1-11. Indianapolis, Mack 27-139, Luck 6-20, Hines 6-19. Passing: Dallas, Prescott 24-39-1-206. Indianapolis, Luck 16-27-0-192. Receiving: Dallas, Elliott 7-41, Jarwin 4-45, Beasley 4-42, Cooper 4-32, Schultz 3-23, N.Brown 1-14, Hurns 1-9. Indianapolis, Hilton 5-85, Hines 4-45, Grant 2-16, Pascal 1-12, Mack 1-10, Rogers 1-10, Ebron 1-8, Wilkins 1-6. Missed Field Goals: None.

Tennessee 7 0 7 3 — 17 New York 0 0 0 0 — 0 First Quarter Ten: Henry 1 run (Succop kick), 2:43. Third Quarter Ten: Henry 1 run (Succop kick), 2:20. Fourth Quarter Ten: FG Succop 22, 5:06. A: 74,538. Ten NYG First downs 22 15 Total Net Yards 301 260 Rushes-yards 45-215 16-47 Passing 86 213 Punt Returns 1-8 3-2 Kickoff Returns 1-27 4-91 Interceptions Ret. 1-0 0-0 21-44-1 Comp-Att-Int 13-21-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-8 3-16 Punts 6-39.5 5-44.0 Fumbles-Lost 1-1 0-0 Penalties-Yards 10-58 4-35 Time of Possession 35:21 24:39 Rushing: Tennessee, Henry 33-170, D.Lewis 7-35, Mariota 2-11, Gabbert 3-(minus 1). New York, Barkley 14-31, Dixon 1-14, Penny 1-2. Passing: Tennessee, Mariota 12-20-0-88, Henry 1-1-0-6. New York, Manning 21-44-1-229. Receiving: Tennessee, C.Davis 3-33, D.Lewis 3-9, Stocker 2-27, Taylor 2-17, Sharpe 1-6, Pruitt 1-2, Henry 1-0. New York, Engram 8-75, Barkley 4-25, Fowler 2-43, S.Shepard 2-37, R.Shepard 2-28, J.Davis 2-13, Coleman 1-8. Missed Field Goals: Tennessee, Succop 48.

Detroit 0 13 0 0 — 13 Buffalo 0 0 — 14 7 7 Second Quarter Det: A.Jones 4 pass from Stafford (pass failed), 10:45. Buf: Allen 3 run (Hauschka kick), 7:55. Det: Zenner 1 run (Prater kick), 3:46. Fourth Quarter Buf: Foster 42 pass from Allen (Hauschka kick), 10:26. A: 59,110. Det Buf First downs 14 20 Total Net Yards 313 312 37-117 Rushes-yards 26-105 Passing 195 208 Punt Returns 2-12 3-11 Kickoff Returns 1-20 2-29 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 0-0 13-26-0 Comp-Att-Int 22-29-0 Sacked-Yards Lost 0-0 1-9 Punts 6-40.8 7-45.3 Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0 Penalties-Yards 3-20 4-81 Time of Possession 28:54 31:06 Rushing: Detroit, Riddick 8-47, Zenner 10-45, Blount 7-9, Powell 1-4. Buffalo, K.Ford 14-46, M.Murphy 11-35, Allen 9-16, DiMarco 1-9, McCloud 1-7, McKenzie 1-4. Passing: Detroit, Stafford 22-29-0-208. Buffalo, Allen 13-26-0-204. Receiving: Detroit, Golladay 7-146, Toilolo 4-28, Powell 3-11, Zenner 3-0, A.Jones 2-9, Riddick 2-9, T.Jones 1-5. Buffalo, McKenzie 6-53, Foster 4-108, Croom 1-25, Z.Jones 1-11, K.Ford 1-7. Missed Field Goals: Detroit, Prater 48.

Tampa Bay 0 9 3 0 — 12 Baltimore 0 10 7 3 — 20 Second Quarter TB: Barber 3 run (run failed), 12:08. Bal: Moore 5 pass from L.Jackson (Tucker kick), 3:58. TB: FG Santos 21, 1:48. Bal: FG Tucker 24, :09. Third Quarter Bal: Edwards 10 run (Tucker kick), 10:03. TB: FG Santos 28, 5:43. Fourth Quarter Bal: FG Tucker 35, 13:32. A: 70,031. Bal TB First downs 12 24 Total Net Yards 241 370 Rushes-yards 49-242 21-85 Passing 128 156 Punt Returns 1-12 1-0 Kickoff Returns 4-90 4-92 Interceptions Ret. 0-0 1-0 Comp-Att-Int 14-23-0 13-25-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 1-1 2-3 Punts 3-42.3 4-40.8 Fumbles-Lost 2-2 0-0 Penalties-Yards 8-70 6-58 Time of Possession 22:50 37:10 Rushing: TB, Barber 19-85, Winston 2-0. BAL, Edwards 19-104, L.Jackson 18-95, Dixon 11-48, Moore 1-(minus 5). Passing: Tampa Bay, Winston 13-25-1-157. Baltimore, L.Jackson 14-23-0-131. Receiving: TB, M.Evans 4-121, Humphries 4-23, Barber 2-4, Brate 1-9, Rodgers 1-1, R.Jones 1-(minus 1). BAL, Snead 5-58, H.Hurst 3-20, Andrews 2-31, J.Brown 1-9, M.Williams

TOP PERFORMERS PASSING Player Team C-Att. Yds TDs J. Goff LAR 35-54 339 0 P. Rivers LAC 26-38 313 2 D. Watson HOU 22-28 294 2

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RECEIVING Player Team No. Yds TDs D.Hopkins HOU 10 170 2 A. Jeffery PHI 8 160 0 K. Golladay DET 7 146 0

RUSHING Player Team Att. Yds TDs D. Henry TEN 33 170 2 T. Coleman ATL 11 145 1 J. Samuels PIT 19 142 0

Falcons 40, Cardinals 14 • Julio Jones made an acrobatic touchdown catch and Deion Jones returned an interception for a score as host Atlanta (5-9), which forced three turnovers and sacked Josh Rosen seven times, routed visiting Arizona (3-11). Bills 14, Lions 13 • Josh Allen threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to Robert Foster early in the fourth quarter to rally Buffalo (5-9) by visiting Detroit (5-9).

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Redskins 16, Jaguars 13 • Dustin Hopkins kicked a 36-yard field goal on the final play of the game to lift visiting Washington (7-7) over Jacksonville (4-11), keeping the Redskins on the fringe of the NFC playoff picture.

Bengals 30, Raiders 16 • Joe Mixon ran for 129 yards and a pair of TDs to help host Cincinnati (6-8) beat Oakland (3-11).

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Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay (right) makes an acrobatic catch, behind Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White, in the first half of the teams’ game Sunday afternoon.

Browns 17, Broncos 16 Cleveland 7 3 0 7 — 17 Denver 3 — 16 7 3 3 First Quarter Cle: Perriman 31 pass from Mayfield (Joseph kick), 11:49. Den: Keenum 1 run (McManus kick), 3:18. Second Quarter Den: FG McManus 44, 8:16. Cle: FG Joseph 40, 4:53. Third Quarter Den: FG McManus 42, 1:41. Fourth Quarter Cle: Callaway 2 pass from Mayfield (Joseph kick), 11:44. Den: FG McManus 29, 4:35. A: 76,596. Den Cle First downs 21 22 Total Net Yards 309 270 Rushes-yards 28-134 20-32 238 Passing 175 Punt Returns 2-9 2-0 Kickoff Returns 2-48 1-35 Interceptions Ret. 2-0 1-0 Comp-Att-Int 31-48-2 18-31-1 Sacked-Yards Lost 2-13 2-19 3-41.3 Punts 4-48.5 Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1 Penalties-Yards 8-51 6-75 Time of Possession 27:21 32:39 Rushing: Cleveland, N.Chubb 20-100, Johnson 4-28, Mayfield 4-6. Denver, Lindsay 14-24, Freeman 4-7, Keenum 2-1. Passing: Cleveland, Mayfield 18-31-1-188. Denver, Keenum 31-48-2-257. Receiving: Cleveland, Callaway 5-35, Johnson 4-25, Landry 3-37, Njoku 3-30, Higgins 2-30, Perriman 1-31. Denver, Hamilton 7-46, Patrick 5-65, Sutton 5-42, LaCosse 4-43, Lindsay 4-20, Parker 2-18, Booker 2-17, Holmes 1-5, Freeman 1-1. Missed Field Goals: None.


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Error-prone Cowboys Catcher Ramos, Mets ‘didn’t deserve to win’ have $19 million deal

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Catcher Wilson Ramos spent last season with Tampa Bay and Philadelphia. FROM NEWS SERVICES

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The Colts’ Eric Ebron (top) breaks a tackle attempt Sunday by the Cowboys’ Chidobe Awuzie. ASSOCIATED PRESS

The Dallas Cowboys’ new triplets looked untouchable for five weeks. Quarterback Dak Prescott and receiver Amari Cooper worked in perfect unison and Ezekiel Elliott decimated defenses on the ground. But on Sunday, the Cowboys got a humbling reminder of how fleeting success can be in the NFL. Cooper was a nonfactor, the Cowboys were forced to abandon the ground game in the second half, and their winning streak and chance to clinch the NFC East came crashing down in a 23-0 loss in Indianapolis. “We can’t win like that,” Prescott said. “We’re hurting ourselves, simple as that. Playing behind the chains, penalties, sacks, incompletions, whatever it may be. We just hurt ourselves from the beginning all the way to the end, and we never really gave ourselves a chance.” The Cowboys, who had won five games in a row, will get another opportunity to wrap up the NFC East crown next week at home against Tampa Bay. First they must figure out what went wrong Sunday. Dallas produced 292 yards in offense, its lowest total since Cooper was acquired in a Week 9 trade. Elliott carried the ball 18 times for 87 yards and had seven catches for 41 yards, but also was thrown for a 2-yard loss and lost a fumble on fourth-and-1 play from the Colts’ 3 early in the second quarter. Cooper had four receptions for 32 yards, and Prescott wound up just 24 of 39 passing for 206 yards and an interception. While the Cowboys had chances to break through, the Colts always had an answer — from Denico Autry’s blocked field-goal attempt on the game’s opening possession down to George Odum’s interception of Prescott on the Cowboys’ final drive. “We didn’t play well enough in any phase of this game to win it,” coach Jason Garrett said. “We didn’t deserve to win, they did.” Indy capitalized on virtually every Cowboys mistake. Tyquan Lewis’ sack knocked the Cowboys out of field-goal range late in the first half, and a holding call against Anthony Brown on third down set up Adam Vinatieri’s 43-yard field goal to make it 10-0 at the half. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance,” Prescott said.“We weren’t scoring and so it wasn’t a complementary game of football.”

FLACCO LEAVES LIMELIGHT

For the first time in a long time, Joe Flacco was allowed to dress in peace after a game in which he was in uniform. After a brief interview, the 11th-year NFL quarterback Flacco walked out of the back of the Ravens’ locker room in relative anonymity. That’s what happens when you’re a veteran who has taken a back seat to the rookie who has helped fuel the team to four wins in five games since you were sidelined because of a hip ailment, putting it into position for what could be its first postseason appearance since 2014. And getting to the playoffs is the top priority for Flacco, who watched Lamar Jackson direct the Ravens past the Buccaneers on a day NFL Network reported that the team is not expected to bring him back next season. “It’s different, but it’s a good team win, and it’s always exciting to be on the sideline like today,” he said. Flacco had been the franchise’s starting quarterback since he was drafted in the first round in 2008. But on Sunday — his first game back since the hip injury — Flacco watched from the sideline as Jackson, a first-round draft pick last spring, threw for 131 yards plus a touchdown and ran for 95 yards to keep the Ravens in possession of the sixth and final spot in the AFC postseason. Jackson is set to make his sixth start when the Ravens hit the road for a game against the Chargers on Saturday. Flacco was asked if he is frustrated about the situation.

“It’s disappointing to be in this situation just because you want to be out there with your guys,” he said. “But it is what it is.”

FORGOTTEN FOURNETTE

Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette spent most of the second half on the sideline, a spectator in a tight game. Jacksonville’s best offensive player touched the ball only once in the final 30 minutes — a 25-yard carry in the fourth quarter. Coach Doug Marrone said the plan was to look at undrafted rookie Dave Williams, who carried five times for 32 yards in a loss to the Redskins, as the team (4-10) closes a highly disappointing season. “He’s had a good week of practice,” Marrone said. “He’s been here working hard, so we just wanted to see him in there and see what he can do.” Fournette finished with 11 carries for 46 yards. He added three catches for 18 yards. “It’s hard,” he said. “It’s very hard, especially with how the season gone. Just got to keep fighting.”

GORE SUFFERS INJURY

Running back Frank Gore suffered an ankle injury late in the first quarter and didn’t return to the Dolphins’ loss to the Vikings. Gore, the NFL’s active rushing leader, had five carries for 14 yards. He was wearing a walking boot after the game and is scheduled to be examined Monday to try to determine the extent of the injury. Bears standout safety Eddie Jackson suffered a sprained ankle playing against the Packers after making an interception in the fourth quarter. He had to be helped off the field and is to have tests Monday. The Bears also lost linebacker Aaron Lynch to an elbow injury in the third quarter. Packers running back Aaron Jones left with a knee injury in the first quarter and wide receiver Randall Cobb was evaluated for a concussion late in the game. Falcons receiver Julio Jones suffered a rib ailment on a TD catch in the second quarter and only played a few snaps afterward. Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd reached 1,000 yards receiving for the first time in his career before suffering a knee injury late in the first half. He didn’t return but said the ailment isn’t serious. Also: • Raiders cornerback Gareon Conley (concussion); Cardinals cornerback David Amerson (concussion), tackle Joe Barksdale (concussion); Cowboys guard Zack Martin (knee), guard Xavier Su’a-Filo (eye); Colts defensive tackle Al Woods (leg); Titans safety Kenny Vaccaro (concussion), linebacker Sharif Finch (shoulder). • Ravens tight end Nick Boyle (concussion); Buccaneers tight end Alan Cross (shoulder); Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald (knee), linebacker Jordan Simmons (knee); 49ers cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon (knee).

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The Bears’ Eddie Jackson ended Aaron Rodgers’ NFL-record streak of pass attempts without an interception at 402, picking him off in the fourth quarter on a deflection. It was the first interception of a Rodgers pass since Sept. 30, against the Bills. • The Titans’ Derrick Henry ran for 170 yards and two TDs after having 238 yards rushing and four touchdowns in his previous game. He joined LaDainian Tomlinson (2006), Deuce McAllister (2003), Clinton Portis (2003) and Ricky Williams (2002) as the only players with at least 170 yards rushing yards and two TD runs in consecutive games. • The Ravens, led by rookies Gus Edwards (104 yards) and Lamar Jackson (95 yards), had 242 rushing yards, are the first team to have run for at least 190 yards in five consecutive games since the 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers did it. • The Vikings had nine sacks after recording 10 in Week 9, becoming the second team since 1990 to register at least nine in multiple games in a single season. The Jaguars had two such games last year.

The New York Mets have agreed to a $19 million, two-year contract with free agent catcher Wilson Ramos, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The agreement signals an end to the Mets’ pursuit of Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. Instead, New York turned to a twotime All-Star coming off a strong year with the Tampa Bay Rays and Philadelphia Phillies. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal is pending a physical. He would get $8.25 million next year and $9.25 million in 2020, and the Mets would have a $10 million option with a $1.5 million buyout. The 31-year-old Ramos batted .306 with 15 home runs and an .845 OPS last season, ranking fifth among catchers in Wins Above Replacement at 2.4, via Fangraphs. New York officials met last week with Ramos at the winter meetings in Las Vegas and with Yasmani Grandal, another free agent catcher, in Arizona. Ramos became the priority for the Mets, partly because of compensation required for signing Grandal, who turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Dodgers. If New York had signed Grandal, the Mets would have forfeited their second-highest pick in next June’s amateur draft and $500,000 of international signing bonus allocation in 2019-20. Yankees interested in Machado • Brian Cashman has said since early November

the Yankees have an interest in free agent Manny Machado. This week brings the logical next step of that interest. The All-Star infielder, this winter’s headliner free agent along with Bryce Harper, will be in New York ON Wednesday to meet with the Yankees, a source confirmed. With a glut of outfielders already in tow, the Yankees at the moment won’t be pursuing Harper. With Didi Gregorius set to miss at least the first two months recovering from Tommy John surgery, there is an interest in Machado, though probably not at the price the 26-year-old is seeking. If the Yankees are scared away from Machado, indications are it will be his asking price — various reports have him desiring an eight- to 10-year deal in excess of $300 million — that scares them and not what happened in the postseason. Machado, while with the Dodgers, was involved in a handful of on-field incidents that didn’t make him look good and compounded that by telling Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic that he would never be considered “Johnny Hustle,” and of hustling in general, “That’s not my cup of tea.” This winter Cashman, managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner and Aaron Boone have been asked about those comments and none of them said they were disqualifying. Steinbrenner did say he wanted to hear more of an explanation. “If it’s a $300 million guy, or a $10 million guy, clearly those comments are troubling,” Steinbrenner said last month.

GOLF ROUNDUP

Loves win father-son event ASSOCIATED PRESS

Davis Love III and his son Dru played so well Sunday that they set two scoring records, rallied from a three-shot deficit to win the PNC Father-Son Challenge and then wondered if they would get to play again. Team Love shot 27 on the front nine at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club in Orlando, Fla., to get in the mix, took the lead with a birdie at No. 11 and finished off their record round with four more birdies and an eagle for a 16-under 56, breaking by one the 18-hole record in a scramble format. They won by three shots at 26-under 118, another record in the scramble format. “Who knows? This might be our last time playing, so it was fun to finish it off,” Love said. The 36-hole event is for players who have won a major or The Players Championship, and their partner cannot hold a PGA Tour-sanctioned card. Dru Love has played 17 times in the last two years on the PGA Tour, European Tour and Web. com Tour, but he has yet to earn a card and missed out in the qualifying tournament this year. They were unstoppable in the second and final round, making only four pars and the rest birdies and two eagles. The 56 beat by one the record previously held by Raymond and Raymond Floyd Jr. in 1994 and by Bob and David Charles in 1998. Their 26-under 118 broke by one shot the scramble record most recently set last year by Angel and Angel Cabrera Jr. John and Little John Daly, who opened with a 59, shot 62 and tied for second with Retief and Leo Goosen and Stewart and Connor Cink. “He’s been very competitive this week,” Love said, referring to his son. “After a slow start yesterday, it’s nice to

get it going and get another win. He carried me all the way through this one. He played great. It was fun to watch him hit so many good shots and make so many putts. I didn’t have to putt much today, which was nice.” Team Love also won the event in 2012. Dru Love last played on the PGA Tour last month in the RSM Classic at Sea Island. He tied for 54th, finishing just ahead of his father for the second time in 13 tour events they have played together. “Winning a tournament with our dad is more special than trying to beat him,” Dru Love said. David and Carter Toms finished alone in fifth, while Jack Nicklaus made another big putt at the end, good for a 64 as he and grandson GT Nicklaus finished sixth.

LIPSKY WINS ALFRED DUNHILL

David Lipsky won the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa on his first attempt as his final-round 68 gave him a two-shot victory over David Drysdale. Lipsky finished at 14-under 274 and kept his nerve at the end of his round to clinch a second career European Tour title. He made a double-bogey five on the 16th, but a par on 17 and a birdie on the 18th made sure of the title for the American. Scotland’s Drysdale had already finished by that time, with his 67 setting the target at 12 under. South Africa’s Zander Lombard (69) and Scott Jamieson (72), another Scot, finished in a tie for third — a shot behind Drysdale. English pair Oliver Wilson and Ben Evans were another three shots back at 8 under. Lipsky ended the year with his first win on the tour since the European Masters in 2014.

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Jack Nicklaus (right) helps line up a putt for his grandson, GT Nicklaus, during the first round of the Father-Son Challenge on Saturday. Davis and Dru Love won the event.


SPORTS

12.17.2018 • Monday • M 1

ST. LoUIS PoST-dISPaTCH • B7

Blues come out flat in loss to Flames

BLUES NOTEBOOK

Thomas to stay with Blues, skip world juniors BY TOM TIMMERMANN St. Louis Post-dispatch

J.B. FORBES • jforbes@post-dispatch.com

Blues defenseman Robert Bortuzzo shoves Calgary forward Matthew Tkachuk in front of goalie Jordan Binnington in the second period Sunday at Enterprise Center. BLUES • FROM B1

If this is a team playing for its jobs amid a widespread belief that anyone could be traded, it sure didn’t seem like it. After the game, interim coach Craig Berube painted widespread dissatisfaction with his team: He called their play at the start terrible. He called the penalties they took dumb. The situation was concerning and frustrating. He labeled the team’s penchant for taking too-manymen penalties as stupidity. And that was before he got around to saying the team played with a lack of pride. There were no silver linings in this one. “We were terrible in the first period,” Berube said, sparing no one. “Every player. Terrible.” It was the seventh time in 19 home games the Blues had allowed five goals or more, and from there you can ride an escalator of ignominious numbers: It was the fourth time they allowed six or more at home, the third time they allowed seven or more. The Blues believe in doing things big. They did all of the things that their recent back-to-back wins and faint hint of hope had taught them not to do. Don’t take unnecessary penalties. Play tight defense. Hit. Shoot. In the first period, Pat Maroon was called for tripping in the offensive zone and 20 seconds later, Calgary had the lead. Later in the period, the Blues were called for having too many men on the ice, the ninth time the team had been called for that this season and the sixth time in Berube’s 12 games in charge. And that led to a goal just 16 seconds into the Calgary power play. In between, the Blues had a power play and, off the opening faceoff, Calgary got the puck, got a breakaway and scored shorthanded. That took just seven seconds. “Too many dumb penalties,” Berube said. “We take too many penalties all the time.” And the too-many-men call? “That’s stupidity,” Berube said. “It really is. It can’t be explained any more than that.” Giving up goals seemed to be the only thing the Blues did quickly in the first period. “The start killed us,” center Ryan O’Reilly said. “We didn’t come out with jump and ready for them.” “I don’t know how you’re not ready to play,” said Berube. “You’ve won two games, we’re feeling good, ready to roll. We’ve got a team that played yesterday afternoon in Minnesota and have a real good opportunity to make it three in a row and start feeling good. We lay an egg. No good. We couldn’t make a play,

FABBRI MAKING PROGRESS

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Calgary’s Elias Lindholm skates down the ice on a breakaway as Blues defenseman Colton Parayko gives chase in the first period. Lindholm ended up scoring.

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First period C: Tkachuk 15 (Giordano, Lindholm), 5:58 (pp). C: Lindholm 17, 10:15 (sh). C: Giordano 6 (Tkachuk, Gaudreau), 16:47 (pp). C: Quine 2 (Hanifin, Jankowski), 18:25. Penalties: Maroon, STL, (tripping), 5:38; Tkachuk, CGY, (tripping), 10:08; Blues bench, served by Perron (too many men on the ice), 16:31. Second period B: Sundqvist 5 (Dunn, Nolan), 2:29. C: Gaudreau 14 (Ryan), 5:26. B: Bozak 4 (Dunn), 18:14. Penalties: Neal, CGY, (slashing), 10:42; Bozak, STL, (slashing), 16:04. Third period C: Gaudreau 15 (Lindholm, Monahan), 16:53. C: Quine 3 (Czarnik, Brodie), 18:44 (pp). Penalties: Nolan, STL, served by Perron, (roughing), 17:20; Nolan, STL, Misconduct (misconduct), 17:20. Shots on goal Calgary 16 9 4 29 Blues 6 16 6 28 Power-plays Calgary 3 of 4; Blues 0 of 2. Goaltenders Calgary, Rittich 11-3-1 (28 shots-26 saves). Blues, Binnington 0-0-0 (12-10), Allen 10-9-4 (16-12). A: 17,064. Referees: Frederick L’Ecuyer, Brad Watson. Linesmen: Devin Berg, Matt MacPherson.

couldn’t check. No composure, no team play.” “The first period, we just didn’t come out,” Maroon said. “I don’t know why we didn’t come out. It’s been an ongoing thing all year. It’s been disappointing. We had a chance to move up in the standings and a chance to gain on playoff position and we come out in the first period flatfooted. I don’t have answers anymore. It’s just kind of embarrassing, to be honest with you.” Not that it can get much worse, but this is a team that is playing a lot of veterans. The mistakes being made are not the

folly of youth. “Very concerning,” Berube said. “It’s frustrating and concerning. These are veteran players that need to provide leadership. They should be the ones initiating out there and setting the tone for the game, and they didn’t.” At the end of the first period, Calgary had 29 shot attempts to the Blues’ seven, and Jake Allen was pulled in favor of Jordan Binnington, which was more as a favor to Allen. “He was bombarded pretty good too,” Berube said. “He’s the least of our worries.” That the Blues played better in the second period was of small consolation, especially since, down 5-2 going into the third, they played the last 20 minutes as though they were in a hurry to get things over, even against a Calgary team that gladly welcomed that approach. The Blues had just six shots on goal in the third period, compared to Calgary’s four. (And the Flames scored on two of them, one into an empty net.) The NHL holiday roster freeze goes into effect Wednesday night; after that, there can’t be any moves until after Christmas. So if there is to be change on this team, there’s reason for it to happen soon, and disenchantment with the status quo has to be hitting higher and higher levels. “We’ve got to fix it,” Berube said. “Guys gotta look in the mirror. It’s up to each individual to prepare themselves to play the game the proper way. You’re in the NHL. That’s your job.” Tom Timmermann • 314-340-8190 @tomtimm on Twitter ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com

Blues appear to be playing with little pride HOCHMAN • FROM B1

Pride, it seems, is optional. General manager Doug Armstrong must make some sort of move involving a veteran player. Something to shake this team up, even to elevate the Blues from terrible to just mediocre. And Sunday was a perfect chance to prove that they’re not terrible. Home game. Visitor on a backto-back. Blues coming off two wins, including an emotional overtime win against the Avalanche. And what happened Sunday? We all wasted our time coming to the Enterprise Center. And fans wasted their money. Berube was asked if it matters that the Blues are losing this bad — or if it doesn’t matter that a game snowballs, since a loss is still a loss. “It does matter, you’ve got to go out there with some pride and jump back in the game,” Berube

Canada has made some roster cuts and has until Christmas Day to finalize its roster for the world junior championships, which start Dec. 26 in British Columbia. One player who won’t be coming in late to join them is Blues forward Robert Thomas. Thomas is eligible to play in the game, but he will stay with the Blues during that time. Had he gone to the tournament, he would have missed at least five games, assuming Canada got out of pool play. Thomas said he talked about the situation with general manager Doug Armstrong. “We kind of had a couple conversations about it, just seeing how both of us were thinking about it,” Thomas said. “Ultimately it was his decision and he decided it was best for me to stay.” While the world juniors are a big deal, especially in Canada, Thomas is fine with the decision. Playing in the NHL is not a bad alternative. “With the way things have been going, I feel like from the start of the season till now I keep on getting better and better,” Thomas said. “Especially I’d say in the last eight or nine games, I feel like I keep on taking another step forward each game.” Since being a healthy scratch Nov. 30, Thomas had a goal and an assist in seven games. He’s been playing on the wing rather than at center, where he started the season. “I think in the next couple games I can take another big step forward in my development,” he said. “That was ultimately the decision.”

J.B. FORBES • jforbes@post-dispatch.com

The Blues’ Ivan Barbashev is checked into the boards by Calgary’s Elias Lindholm during the third period Sunday.

said. “I thought in the second (period), we did a little bit. We pushed and ended up getting a couple goals. In the third, there was nothing. And you’ve got to have a lot more pride than that. If you don’t have more pride than that, then you’re not going to go anywhere.” He’s right. In the third, there was nothing. The Blues trailed 5-2, with at least a chance to get the home crowd behind them. Put one in. Make it interesting. But the third period Blues seemed

afraid to shoot. They were tentative. They finished the period with six total shots, that’s it. Oh, and that’s the same total of shots they took in the first period. So in two of the three periods, the Blues attempted fewer shots than the Flames scored goals in the game. “It’s up to each individual to prepare themselves to play the game the proper way,” Berube said in perhaps his most potent postgame news conference yet.“You’re in the NHL. That’s your job.”

Forward Robby Fabbri, out since Dec. 1 with a separated shoulder, skated with the team in practice Saturday as he gets closer to returning to action. “I don’t know (when),” he said. “We’re just taking it day by day. I’m listening to the shoulder and what I do that day depends on how I wake up feeling and how I felt from the day before.” After missing all of last season and a good chunk of the season before with knee injuries that required surgery, the young forward had another tough break with the shoulder injury. “I knew right away, so I was kind of more (angry) than anything,” he said. “You know it when you feel it. Knowing I was going to miss some time was the worst part of it. And, on the bright side, he didn’t need surgery. “(That’s) nice,” he said. “It’s not a whole season, or a season and a half. Right? So you gotta find the bright side in everything. … It’s going to be weeks, not months, which is nice.” While Fabbri said he’s going with the team on its trip to western Canada that starts with a game Tuesday in Edmonton, he still thinks the initial prognosis of being re-examined around Christmas is on target. “Obviously I haven’t been taking many hits or anything like that,” he said. “We’re just listening to the shoulder. Right now skating and shooting feels good, so we’re gonna keep going with that. … I’m sure we’ll know here around Christmas what the time frame is and go from there.”

BLUENOTES

With Zach Sanford being sent back to San Antonio and Joel Edmundson returning to the lineup, Jordan Schmaltz was the only healthy scratch. … Tyler Bozak scored for the Blues, snapping a string of 19 games without a goal. … Jordan Nolan picked up a misconduct penalty with 2:40 to play for hitting Calgary’s Rasmus Andersson into the boards, then holding him there and hitting him multiple times. Calgary scored on the ensuing power play, its third power-play goal of the game. Tom Timmermann • 314-340-8190 @tomtimm on Twitter ttimmermann@post-dispatch.com

How do the Blues lose these? Let me count the ways. They allow power-play goals. Shorthanded goals. Five-on-five goals. The defense is leaky. The Flames found holes and, worse, found they could get near the goal and avoid being hit. And Vladimir Tarasenko is streaky — after a minor scoring spree, he doesn’t have one point in any of the past seven games. Every week, it seems, the free agent signings are looking worse and worse. Chad Johnson was waived. Patrick Maroon has one goal. Tyler Bozak has been down, though he did score Sunday (after coming out of the penalty box). At least David Perron is tallying some points, but even he hit such a bad stretch that he was a healthy scratch earlier this month. As for this broken group, they must muster pride. At least at home. At least in front of their fans. In the second period, the Blues came out stronger. Tarasenko unleashed a hit against the boards. They even had shots on goal. And then, the fourth line actually grinded out a goal, cutting the Calgary lead to 4-1. That was the high point of the whole day for St. Louis, when Jordan Nolan assisted Os-

kar Sundqvist. When Jordan Nolan and Oskar Sundqvist make for the high point of a day, you probably had a bad day. So at this point, the fear isn’t just that the Blues will miss the playoffs. It’s that they’ll miss the playoffs, but somehow finish better than 10th-worst … meaning they’ll lose that 1-through-10 protected first-round pick to Buffalo, the one from the Ryan O’Reilly trade. Could you imagine if after this whole season, the Blues somehow managed to also lose a first-round pick? Everything is a mess. The Blues aren’t just losing games now. They’re getting obliterated. Only three teams in hockey have a worse goal differential. And now they go on the road for three games. No team in the conference has fewer road wins. “Consistency has been an issue all year,” O’Reilly said. “It wasn’t there tonight. Starting against a team that’s at the top of the standings right now, they played their game and we didn’t play ours. They dominated us.” Benjamin Hochman @hochman on Twitter bhochman@post-dispatch.com


SPORTS

B8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

NBA STANDINGS

NHL STANDINGS WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Winnipeg Nashville Colorado Minnesota Dallas Blues Chicago Pacific Calgary San Jose Anaheim Vegas Edmonton Vancouver Arizona Los Angeles

GP 33 33 33 32 33 31 35 GP 34 34 34 35 33 35 32 34

W L 22 9 22 10 18 9 17 13 16 14 12 15 10 19 W L 22 10 18 11 18 11 19 14 18 12 15 16 14 16 11 20

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

Pts 46 45 42 36 35 28 26 Pts 46 41 41 40 39 34 30 25

GF 121 104 121 101 92 88 99 GF 122 112 89 107 96 106 81 75

GA 94 82 102 91 93 107 135 GA 93 103 98 101 97 116 89 106

Home Away 13-4-2 9-5-0 14-5-0 8-5-1 7-3-3 11-6-3 10-5-2 7-8-0 10-3-1 6-11-2 8-9-2 4-6-2 6-7-4 4-12-2 Home Away 11-3-2 11-7-0 11-3-2 7-8-3 10-4-5 8-7-0 10-3-1 9-11-1 10-4-1 8-8-2 7-7-1 8-9-3 6-8-1 8-8-1 7-10-1 4-10-2

OT 2 5 2 5 4 5 4 6 OT 3 3 6 4 5 5 7 4

Pts 52 45 44 39 38 33 32 30 Pts 43 37 36 34 33 33 29 28

GF 138 105 117 108 90 98 112 101 GF 122 107 110 89 84 94 94 93

GA 97 98 93 107 88 115 132 113 GA 100 105 104 91 93 106 111 116

Home 15-4-0 11-3-2 9-5-1 10-6-2 11-4-0 8-8-3 10-5-3 7-5-4 Home 10-4-2 8-7-2 9-6-2 8-5-3 8-5-4 10-4-3 8-2-4 5-7-2

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

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

GP 34 34 33 33 33 34 34 31 GP 32 32 32 31 32 32 31 31

W 25 20 21 17 17 14 14 12 W 20 17 15 15 14 14 11 12

M 1 • MOnDAy • 12.17.2018

L 7 9 10 11 12 15 16 13 L 9 12 11 12 13 13 13 15

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

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

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

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest W L Memphis 16 13 Dallas 15 13 San Antonio 15 15 Houston 14 14 New Orleans 15 16 Northwest W L Denver 20 9 Oklahoma City 18 10 Portland 16 13 Utah 14 16 Minnesota 13 16 Pacific W L Golden State 20 10 LA Lakers 18 12 LA Clippers 17 12 Sacramento 16 13 Phoenix 6 24

Pct .552 .536 .500 .500 .484 Pct .690 .643 .552 .467 .448 Pct .667 .600 .586 .552 .200

GB — ½ 1½ 1½ 2 GB — 1½ 4 6½ 7 GB — 2 2½ 3½ 14

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W L Toronto 23 9 Philadelphia 20 11 Boston 18 11 Brooklyn 13 18 New York 9 22 Southeast W L Charlotte 14 15 Orlando 14 15 Miami 13 16 Washington 12 18 Atlanta 6 23 Central W L Milwaukee 19 9 Indiana 20 10 Detroit 14 13 Chicago 7 23 Cleveland 7 23

Pct .719 .645 .621 .419 .290 Pct .483 .483 .448 .400 .207 Pct .679 .667 .519 .233 .233

GB — 2½ 3½ 9½ 13½ GB — — 1 2½ 8 GB — — 4½ 13 13

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

Str L-2 L-2 L-1 W-3 L-1 Str W-3 W-1 W-1 L-1 L-4 Str W-1 L-1 L-3 W-1 W-2 Str L-2 W-1 L-1 W-5 L-1 Str L-2 W-2 W-2 W-1 L-3 Str W-1 W-7 W-1 W-1 L-2

Home 9-6 13-3 11-5 7-5 11-5 Home 12-3 11-3 11-4 5-6 11-4 Home 12-3 11-4 9-3 7-6 5-11 Home 11-4 14-3 9-3 6-10 4-9 Home 10-7 8-8 5-9 8-6 4-9 Home 13-3 11-4 10-6 4-11 5-12

Away 7-7 2-10 4-10 7-9 4-11 Away 8-6 7-7 5-9 9-10 2-12 Away 8-7 7-8 8-9 9-7 1-13

Conf 11-8 8-10 13-10 8-11 8-9 Conf 12-4 9-8 8-10 9-10 6-13 Conf 10-6 12-8 12-8 9-10 5-15

Away 12-5 6-8 9-8 7-8 5-13 Away 4-8 6-7 8-7 4-12 2-14 Away 6-6 9-6 4-7 3-12 2-11

Conf 13-5 15-10 13-6 11-7 6-18 Conf 13-9 9-7 5-12 7-10 4-14 Conf 12-4 14-3 11-10 4-13 6-15

Sunday Brooklyn 144, Atlanta 127 Philadelphia 128, Cleveland 105 Indiana 110, New York 99 Washington 128, LA Lakers 110 Miami 102, New Orleans 96 Sacramento 120, Dallas 113 Denver 95, Toronto 86 Saturday Orlando 96, Utah 89 Detroit 113, Boston 104 LA Lakers 128, Charlotte 100 Houston 105, Memphis 97 Chicago 98, San Antonio 93 Oklahoma City 110, LA Clippers 104 Phoenix 107, Minnesota 99 Monday Milwaukee at Detroit, 6 p.m. Phoenix at New York, 6:30 p.m. Chicago at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Utah at Houston, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Portland at LA Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday Cleveland at Indiana, 6 p.m. LA Lakers at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. Dallas at Denver, 8 p.m.

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

Golden Knights beat Rangers

Brooklyn wins its fifth in a row

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Atlanta’s Trae Young defends Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell during the second half Sunday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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The Golden Knights’ Alex Tuch celebrates after scoring as Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist reacts during overtime Sunday in New York. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Alex Tuch buried a sharp-angled shot just over two minutes into overtime, giving the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots in his 423rd career victory, which moved him into a tie with Tony Esposito for ninth on the NHL’s wins list. Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith and William Carrier scored for Vegas, which extended its points streak to four straight games. Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers, and Kevin Hayes had three assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves as New York dropped its third consecutive home game, all after regulation. Skinner, Eichel score twice as Sabres top Bruins • Jeff Skinner tucked the winning

goal past Tuukka Rask with 3:13 remaining for his second score of the night, and Buffalo beat Boston 4-2. Skinner’s team-leading 24th goal came off a feed behind the net from Jack Eichel, who had two goals and two assists in his return to Boston. Eichel grew up in nearby North Chelmsford and starred at Boston University. Eichel added an empty-net goal with 24.2 seconds left. Mrazek logs shutout for Carolina • Warren Foegele scored his first goal since October, Petr Mrazek made 23 saves in his first shutout of the season, and Carolina beat Arizona. Defenseman Calvin de Haan had two assists for the Hurricanes, who won for only the second time this month. Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho also scored for Carolina.

NHL SUMMARIES Knights 4, Rangers 3, OT

Sabres 4, Bruins 2

Vegas 1 2 0 1 — 4 NY Rangers 1 1 1 0 — 3 First period: 1, NY Rangers, Skjei 3 (Buchnevich, Hayes), 1:13. 2, Vegas, Smith 7 (Marchessault, Miller), 11:40 (pp). Penalties: Marchessault, VGK, (slashing), 3:26; Hayes, NYR, (boarding), 10:35; Carrier, VGK, (hooking), 12:38. Second period: 3, Vegas, Stastny 1 (Tuch, Pacioretty), 6:09. 4, NY Rangers, Zibanejad 11 (Zuccarello, Hayes), 12:10 (pp). 5, Vegas, Carrier 7 (Nosek), 13:12. Penalties: Smith, VGK, (slashing), 11:37; DeAngelo, NYR, (holding), 18:27. Third period: 6, NY Rangers, Kreider 15 (Hayes), 3:29. Penalties: Lindberg, VGK, (cross checking), 5:46. Overtime: 7, Vegas, Tuch 12 (Miller, Stastny), 2:11. Penalties: None. Shots: Vegas 15-13-12-1: 41. NY Rangers 7-10-13: 30. Power-plays: Vegas 1 of 2; NY Rangers 1 of 4. Goalies: Vegas, Fleury 19-10-2 (30 shots-27 saves). NY Rangers, Lundqvist 10-9-5 (41-37). A: 17,660. Referees: Trevor Hanson, Tim Peel. Linesmen: Trent Knorr, Libor Suchanek.

Buffalo 0 1 3 — 4 Boston 0 1 1 — 2 First period: None. Penalties: Larsson, BUF, (hooking), 3:47; Nordstrom, BOS, (tripping), 13:33; Hunwick, BUF, Penalty Shot (interference on breakaway (penalty shot)), 16:31. Second period: 1, Buffalo, Skinner 23 (Eichel, Dahlin), 3:18. 2, Boston, Kampfer 1 (Backes, Nordstrom), 5:18. Penalties: None. Third period: 3, Buffalo, Eichel 13 (Dahlin, Reinhart), 5:43. 4, Boston, Krug 3 (Krejci, Forsbacka Karlsson), 13:21. 5, Buffalo, Skinner 24 (Reinhart, Eichel), 16:29. 6, Buffalo, Eichel 14 (Reinhart, Girgensons), 19:35. Penalties: Guhle, BUF, (holding), 11:08. Shots: Buffalo 10-9-8: 27. Boston 14-10-13: 37. Power-plays: Buffalo 0 of 1; Boston 0 of 2. Goalies: Buffalo, Ullmark 7-1-3 (37 shots-35 saves). Boston, Rask 8-7-2 (26-23). A: 17,565. Referees: TJ Luxmore, Wes McCauley. Linesmen: Derek Amell, Steve Barton.

Sharks 7, Blackhawks 3 San Jose 2 3 2 — 7 Chicago 3 0 0 — 3 First period: 1, Chicago, DeBrincat 14 (Gustafsson), 2:34. 2, Chicago, Strome 8 (P.Kane, Murphy), 3:21. 3, San Jose, M.Karlsson 3 (Burns, Radil), 9:58. 4, San Jose, Sorensen 6 (Labanc, Thornton), 10:40. 5, Chicago, Perlini 3 (Seabrook, Sikura), 12:54. Penalties: Dillon, SJ, (slashing), 13:53; Strome, CHI, (slashing), 18:30; E.Kane, SJ, (interference), 18:30; Meier, SJ, (tripping), 19:14. Second period: 6, San Jose, E.Kane 10 (E.Karlsson, Burns), 4:21 (pp). 7, San Jose, Goodrow 5 (M.Karlsson, Braun), 7:36. 8, San Jose, Couture 11 (E.Kane, Dillon), 16:16. Penalties: Kampf, CHI, (illegal equipment), 2:48; E.Kane, SJ, (tripping), 8:33. Third period: 9, San Jose, Labanc 4 (Burns, Hertl), 13:03 (pp). 10, San Jose, Hertl 10 (Couture), 18:27. Penalties: Labanc, SJ, (tripping), 7:13; P.Kane, CHI, (tripping), 11:27. Shots: San Jose 8-14-21: 43. Chicago 5-8-7: 20. Power-plays: San Jose 2 of 2; Chicago 0 of 4. Goalies: San Jose, Jones 13-7-3 (4 shots-1 saves), Dell 5-4-2 (16-16). Chicago, Ward 4-5-4 (35-30), Crawford 6-14-2 (8-6). A: 21,237. Referees: Gord Dwyer, Peter MacDougall. Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, James Tobias.

Hurricanes 3, Coyotes 0 Arizona 0 0 0 — 0 Carolina 0 2 1 — 3 First period: None. Penalties: Svechnikov, CAR, (delay of game), 0:22; Galchenyuk, ARI, (tripping), 11:09. Second period: 1, Carolina, Foegele 4 (Pesce, de Haan), 9:44. 2, Carolina, Svechnikov 9 (Faulk, Williams), 13:44. Penalties: Crouse, ARI, (slashing), 2:25; Pesce, CAR, (roughing), 2:25; Hjalmarsson, ARI, (slashing), 6:56; Connauton, ARI, (tripping), 19:25. Third period: 3, Carolina, Aho 12 (Teravainen, de Haan), 4:32. Penalties: Aho, CAR, (high sticking), 0:29; Keller, ARI, (high sticking), 14:31; Chychrun, ARI, (roughing), 18:37; Hamilton, CAR, (slashing), 19:38. Shots: Arizona 8-6-9: 23. Carolina 9-6-12: 27. Power-plays: Arizona 0 of 2; Carolina 0 of 5. Goalies: Arizona, Hill 5-3-0 (27 shots-24 saves). Carolina, Mrazek 5-6-2 (23-23). A: 13,051. Referees: Francis Charron, Justin St Pierre. Linesmen: Ryan Daisy, Tony Sericolo.

Jets 5, Lightning 4, OT Tampa Bay 1 2 1 0 — Winnipeg 1 2 1 1 — First period: 1, Tampa Bay, Killorn 8 (Palat, Vasilevskiy), 13:01 (pp). 2, Winnipeg, Perreault 7 (Myers, Ehlers), 19:43 (pp). Penalties: Byfuglien, WPG, (slashing), 11:09; Callahan, TB, (delay of game), 17:56. Second period: 3, Winnipeg, Tanev 7 (Lowry, Morrissey), 8:36. 4, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 16 (Palat), 9:13. 5, Tampa Bay, Johnson 14 (Point, Sergachev), 18:09. 6, Winnipeg, Ehlers 11 (Scheifele, Wheeler), 19:19. Penalties: None. Third period: 7, Tampa Bay, Kucherov 14 (Point, Stamkos), 6:55 (pp). 8, Winnipeg, Ehlers 12 (Byfuglien, Scheifele), 14:23. Penalties: Winnipeg bench, served by Perreault (too many men on the ice), 6:04. Overtime: 9, Winnipeg, Scheifele 21, 4:18. Penalties: None. Shots: Tampa Bay 11-15-18-2: 46. Winnipeg 12-16-8-6: 42. Power-plays: Tampa Bay 2 of 2; Winnipeg 1 of 1. Goalies: Tampa Bay, Vasilevskiy 10-3-2 (42 shots-37 saves). Winnipeg, Hellebuyck 15-8-1 (46-42). A: 15,321. Referees: Dan O’Rourke, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Brian Murphy.

4 5

GP 33 33 32 33 32 32 33 32 33 33 33 33 33 32

NBA SUMMARIES Pacers 110, Knicks 99

Heat 102, Pelicans 96

New York: Knox 6-15 0-2 15, Vonleh 3-10 0-0 7, Kanter 7-11 5-5 20, Mudiay 5-11 7-10 18, Hardaway Jr. 8-18 2-3 19, Hezonja 1-3 0-0 2, Kornet 2-4 0-0 5, Ntilikina 1-4 1-2 3, Burke 1-7 0-0 3, Lee 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 37-89 15-22 99. Indiana: Bogdanovic 4-12 3-3 12, Young 5-9 0-1 10, Turner 10-19 3-4 24, Collison 1-2 0-0 3, Oladipo 7-13 7-8 26, McDermott 3-6 0-0 9, Sabonis 6-10 1-2 13, Holiday 2-8 3-3 7, Joseph 2-8 1-2 6. Totals 40-87 18-23 110. New York 26 27 20 26 — 99 Indiana 28 28 23 31 — 110 3-point goals: New York 10-32 (Knox 3-9, Kanter 1-1, Lee 1-2, Burke 1-2, Kornet 1-3, Mudiay 1-3, Hardaway Jr. 1-5, Vonleh 1-5, Ntilikina 0-2), Indiana 12-34 (Oladipo 5-8, McDermott 3-5, Collison 1-2, Turner 1-4, Joseph 1-4, Bogdanovic 1-5, Holiday 0-6). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: New York 44 (Kanter 15), Indiana 45 (Sabonis 12). Assists: New York 21 (Mudiay 6), Indiana 28 (Oladipo 7). Total fouls: New York 19, Indiana 18. A: 16,646 (20,000).

Miami: Winslow 1-4 0-0 2, J.Johnson 1-4 1-3 3, Whiteside 8-14 1-3 17, Richardson 9-20 2-2 22, McGruder 0-6 0-0 0, Jones Jr. 5-7 0-3 11, Olynyk 2-9 4-4 8, Adebayo 1-2 2-2 5, T.Johnson 5-13 2-2 15, Wade 6-12 4-4 19. Totals 38-91 16-23 102. New Orleans: Hill 4-6 1-2 10, Davis 10-19 5-6 27, Randle 6-13 4-5 17, Frazier 0-2 0-0 0, Holiday 8-19 2-2 22, Miller 1-9 0-0 3, Diallo 0-0 0-0 0, Harrison 2-7 1-2 6, Moore 4-10 0-0 11, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-86 13-17 96. Miami 33 24 28 17 — 102 New Orleans 28 23 — 23 22 96 3-point goals: Miami 10-35 (Wade 3-6, T.Johnson 3-8, Richardson 2-8, Adebayo 1-1, Jones Jr. 1-2, McGruder 0-1, J.Johnson 0-2, Winslow 0-2, Olynyk 0-5), New Orleans 13-36 (Holiday 4-8, Moore 3-6, Davis 2-3, Randle 1-1, Hill 1-2, Harrison 1-6, Miller 1-8, Jackson 0-1, Frazier 0-1). Fouled out: Holiday. Rebounds: Miami 57 (Whiteside 12), New Orleans 38 (Davis 12). Assists: Miami 22 (Adebayo 5), New Orleans 26 (Davis 7). Total fouls: Miami 21, New Orleans 22. Technicals: Davis. A: 15,535 (16,867).

76ers 128, Cavaliers 105 Philadelphia: Butler 6-10 4-5 19, Chandler 4-10 1-1 11, Embiid 10-16 4-6 24, Simmons 9-15 4-5 22, Redick 5-11 2-3 14, Muscala 4-7 0-0 8, Bolden 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Shamet 6-7 0-0 16, McConnell 4-5 0-0 8, Korkmaz 1-6 0-0 2, Milton 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 51-91 15-20 128. Cleveland: Burks 2-10 0-0 5, Osman 6-10 4-7 18, Zizic 3-4 1-2 7, Sexton 6-13 0-0 12, Hood 5-9 1-2 13, Blossomgame 0-2 0-0 0, Nance Jr. 3-7 1-2 7, Frye 1-2 0-0 3, Dellavedova 5-9 0-0 13, Clarkson 6-16 4-4 18, Nwaba 4-6 0-0 9. Totals 41-88 11-17 105. 39 128 29 36 24 — Philadelphia Cleveland 36 22 27 20 — 105 3-point goals: Philadelphia 11-27 (Shamet 4-5, Butler 3-4, Redick 2-5, Chandler 2-6, Muscala 0-1, Embiid 0-1, Milton 0-1, Korkmaz 0-4), Cleveland 12-30 (Dellavedova 3-4, Osman 2-4, Hood 2-5, Clarkson 2-6, Frye 1-2, Nwaba 1-2, Burks 1-4, Nance Jr. 0-1, Sexton 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Philadelphia 48 (Simmons 11), Cleveland 33 (Clarkson 6). Assists: Philadelphia 32 (Simmons 14), Cleveland 28 (Dellavedova 7). Total fouls: Philadelphia 18, Cleveland 20. Technicals: Cleveland coach Cavaliers (Defensive three second). A: 19,432 (20,562).

Nets 144, Hawks 127 Atlanta: Huerter 2-4 0-0 4, Collins 13-19 3-6 29, Dedmon 8-12 3-4 24, Young 4-10 4-4 13, Bazemore 6-13 5-5 20, Bembry 4-10 0-0 8, Len 1-2 2-2 4, Lin 2-5 2-4 6, Adams 1-1 0-0 3, Carter 3-5 0-0 7, Hamilton 1-2 0-0 3, Dorsey 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 47-85 19-25 127. Brooklyn: Kurucs 4-9 2-2 11, Hollis-Jefferson 6-10 5-6 18, Allen 5-6 1-1 11, Russell 13-19 1-1 32, Harris 4-7 5-6 16, Carroll 5-13 3-4 15, Dudley 5-9 3-3 16, Faried 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 4-7 0-0 8, Napier 0-0 2-2 2, Dinwiddie 3-8 8-8 15. Totals 49-88 30-33 144. 23 43 30 31 — 127 Atlanta 39 Brooklyn 42 30 33 — 144 3-point goals: Atlanta 14-29 (Dedmon 5-5, Bazemore 3-6, Anderson 2-2, Adams 1-1, Young 1-2, Hamilton 1-2, Carter 1-3, Huerter 0-1, Collins 0-1, Lin 0-3, Bembry 0-3), Brooklyn 16-40 (Russell 5-9, Harris 3-6, Dudley 3-7, Carroll 2-8, Hollis-Jefferson 1-1, Dinwiddie 1-3, Kurucs 1-5, Davis 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Atlanta 33 (Dedmon 12), Brooklyn 39 (Davis 10). Assists: Atlanta 38 (Young 10), Brooklyn 34 (Russell 7). Total fouls: Atlanta 22, Brooklyn 21. Technicals: Bazemore. A: 13,955 (17,732).

NHL SCORING LEADERS Through Saturday’s games Player, team Mikko Rantanen, COL Nathan MacKinnon, COL Connor McDavid, EDM Nikita Kucherov, TB Alex Ovechkin, WAS Mark Scheifele, WPG Mitchell Marner, TOR Blake Wheeler, WPG Leon Draisaitl, EDM Johnny Gaudreau, CGY Brayden Point, TB Jack Eichel, BUF Gabriel Landeskog, COL Nicklas Backstrom, WAS 2 tied with 39 pts.

NEW YORK • Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson watched the Nets let a 21-point lead slip to two and was reminded of the offensive flaws that sent the team spiraling on an eight-game skid a few weeks ago. Needing a spark on the offensive end, Atkinson made sure D’Angelo Russell led the way. Russell scored 32 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 and the Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 144-127 on Sunday for their fifth straight win. Joe Harris had 16 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 15 off the bench for the Nets, who last won five straight March 25-April 2, 2015. Atkinson noticed a different team to start the third quarter as the ball moved

Kings 120, Mavericks 113 G 15 21 19 13 29 20 8 5 16 13 21 12 21 10

A 41 31 29 34 14 23 35 38 26 29 20 29 19 30

PTS 56 52 48 47 43 43 43 43 42 42 41 41 40 40

and the Nets pushed toward the basket more. “I was worried at halftime. I said this game is too loose. It’s too up and down,” Atkinson said. “They play fast, and we knew we had to start that third quarter with an edge, and I felt we did.” Atlanta cut Brooklyn’s 21-point lead down to 66-64 when Kent Bazemore capped a 6-0 run with two free throws late in the first half. But the Nets pulled away in the third quarter with an 11-5 run to make it 108-92. Russell then found Jared Dudley for a 3 to extend the lead to 111-94 with 14 seconds left in the third, one of 34 assists by the Nets. That matched a season high set last Friday against Washington. “I think just our commitment for wanting to see each other do better,” said Russell, who finished with seven assists.

Sacramento: Bogdanovic 4-11 5-6 15, Bjelica 5-10 1-2 15, Cauley-Stein 4-10 4-4 12, Fox 11-19 6-6 28, Hield 12-23 1-1 28, Jackson 2-6 2-2 6, Koufos 4-6 0-0 8, Ferrell 4-11 0-0 8, Williams 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 46-98 19-21 120. Dallas: Barnes 5-16 2-2 15, Doncic 9-15 9-14 28, Jordan 4-7 0-0 8, Brunson 5-13 2-2 12, Matthews 4-13 2-2 13, Finney-Smith 2-4 2-3 6, Kleber 4-8 2-3 11, Nowitzki 1-4 1-1 3, Powell 3-5 2-2 8, Harris 2-9 2-2 7, Broekhoff 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-96 24-31 113. Sacramento 34 27 — 120 32 27 Dallas 27 25 30 — 31 113 3-point goals: Sacramento 9-31 (Bjelica 4-7, Hield 3-9, Bogdanovic 2-5, Williams 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Fox 0-3, Ferrell 0-5), Dallas 9-35 (Matthews 3-6, Barnes 3-7, Kleber 1-4, Harris 1-5, Doncic 1-5, FinneySmith 0-1, Broekhoff 0-1, Nowitzki 0-1, Powell 0-1, Brunson 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Sacramento 47 (Bjelica 10), Dallas 53 (Jordan 23). Assists: Sacramento 20 (Bogdanovic, Fox 5), Dallas 22 (Doncic 9). Total fouls: Sacramento 26, Dallas 18. Technicals: Sacramento coach Kings (Defensive three second). A: 19,935 (19,200).

Wizards 128, Lakers 110 L.A. Lakers: James 5-16 3-6 13, Kuzma 9-15 2-2 20, Chandler 1-3 0-0 2, Ball 4-11 0-0 10, Hart 2-10 0-0 4, Mykhailiuk 2-6 1-1 5, Zubac 2-2 0-0 4, Wagner 5-7 0-0 12, McGee 0-0 0-0 0, Bonga 1-1 1-2 3, CaldwellPope 9-12 3-3 25, Stephenson 4-8 1-4 12. Totals 44-91 11-18 110. Washington: Satoransky 4-7 2-2 11, Green 8-15 0-1 20, Bryant 4-8 0-0 8, Wall 16-27 4-6 40, Beal 10-24 1-1 25, Dekker 10-15 0-0 20, Brown Jr. 0-4 0-0 0, White 0-1 0-0 0, Morris 2-4 0-0 4, McRae 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 54-106 7-10 128. L.A. Lakers 23 28 25 34 — 110 Washington 33 38 28 29 — 128 3-point goals: L.A. Lakers 11-36 (Caldwell-Pope 4-6, Stephenson 3-6, Wagner 2-3, Ball 2-7, James 0-2, Mykhailiuk 0-3, Kuzma 0-4, Hart 0-5), Washington 13-31 (Green 4-6, Wall 4-8, Beal 4-9, Satoransky 1-2, Brown Jr. 0-1, White 0-1, Dekker 0-2, Morris 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: L.A. Lakers 43 (Chandler 7), Washington 51 (Beal 12). Assists: L.A. Lakers 24 (Caldwell-Pope, Stephenson 5), Washington 30 (Wall 14). Total fouls: L.A. Lakers 13, Washington 13. Technicals: Stephenson, Washington coach Wizards (Defensive three second). A: 20,409 (20,356).

Nuggets 95, Raptors 86 Toronto: Miles 2-12 0-0 6, Leonard 12-21 4-4 29, Ibaka 6-10 1-1 14, Wright 6-12 3-3 15, Green 3-9 0-0 7, Anunoby 2-10 1-4 7, Boucher 0-1 0-0 0, Monroe 2-6 0-2 4, Brown 2-7 0-0 4, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-88 9-14 86. Denver: Hernangomez 0-5 2-3 2, Jokic 11-19 4-5 26, Plumlee 4-8 2-2 10, Murray 7-16 2-2 19, Craig 5-14 0-0 13, Lyles 1-6 2-2 4, Morris 5-11 0-0 12, Young 1-1 0-0 3, Beasley 2-5 1-2 6. Totals 36-85 13-16 95. Toronto 23 24 25 14 — 86 Denver 23 16 29 27 — 95 3-point goals: Toronto 7-35 (Anunoby 2-8, Miles 2-9, Ibaka 1-1, Green 1-4, Leonard 1-6, Boucher 0-1, Brown 0-2, Wright 0-4), Denver 10-30 (Craig 3-8, Murray 3-8, Morris 2-3, Young 1-1, Beasley 1-2, Jokic 0-1, Lyles 0-3, Hernangomez 0-4). Fouled out: Ibaka. Rebounds: Toronto 51 (Leonard 14), Denver 44 (Jokic 9). Assists: Toronto 13 (Leonard, Wright 4), Denver 21 (Murray, Jokic, Morris 4). Total fouls: Toronto 16, Denver 14. Technicals: Green, Ibaka. A: 19,520 (19,520).

NBA LEADERS Through Saturday’s games Scoring G Harden, HOU 25 Durant, GOL 30 James, LAL 29 26 Davis, NOR Embiid, PHL 29 Lillard, POR 29 Antetokounmpo, MIL 26 Leonard, TOR 23 Griffin, DET 26 George, OKC 28 Walker, CHA 29 LaVine, CHI 28 DeRozan, SAN 30 Beal, WAS 29 Irving, BOS 27 Thompson, GOL 30 McCollum, POR 28 Towns, MIN 29

FG 231 303 300 262 254 253 259 211 225 239 240 236 268 247 233 267 239 228

FT 208 212 154 185 239 189 165 136 158 128 150 146 167 111 74 60 71 120

PTS 772 870 818 730 782 780 691 602 667 698 722 665 709 671 612 677 608 629

AVG 30.9 29.0 28.2 28.1 27.0 26.9 26.6 26.2 25.7 24.9 24.9 23.8 23.6 23.1 22.7 22.6 21.7 21.7


SPORTS

B8 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

NBA STANDINGS

NHL STANDINGS WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Winnipeg Nashville Colorado Minnesota Dallas Blues Chicago Pacific Calgary San Jose Anaheim Vegas Edmonton Vancouver Arizona Los Angeles

GP 33 33 33 32 33 31 35 GP 34 34 34 35 34 36 32 34

W L 22 9 22 10 18 9 17 13 16 14 12 15 10 19 W L 22 10 18 11 18 11 19 14 18 13 16 16 14 16 11 20

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

Pts 46 45 42 36 35 28 26 Pts 46 41 41 40 39 36 30 25

GF 121 104 121 101 92 88 99 GF 122 112 89 107 98 110 81 75

GA 94 82 102 91 93 107 135 GA 93 103 98 101 101 118 89 106

Home Away 13-4-2 9-5-0 14-5-0 8-5-1 7-3-3 11-6-3 10-5-2 7-8-0 10-3-1 6-11-2 8-9-2 4-6-2 6-7-4 4-12-2 Home Away 11-3-2 11-7-0 11-3-2 7-8-3 10-4-5 8-7-0 10-3-1 9-11-1 10-4-1 8-9-2 8-7-1 8-9-3 6-8-1 8-8-1 7-10-1 4-10-2

OT 2 5 2 5 4 5 4 6 OT 3 3 6 4 5 5 7 4

Pts 52 45 44 39 38 33 32 30 Pts 43 37 36 34 33 33 29 28

GF 138 105 117 108 90 98 112 101 GF 122 107 110 89 84 94 94 93

GA 97 98 93 107 88 115 132 113 GA 100 105 104 91 93 106 111 116

Home 15-4-0 11-3-2 9-5-1 10-6-2 11-4-0 8-8-3 10-5-3 7-5-4 Home 10-4-2 8-7-2 9-6-2 8-5-3 8-5-4 10-4-3 8-2-4 5-7-2

Sunday Calgary 7, Blues 2 Vegas 4, NY Rangers 3, OT Carolina 3, Arizona 0 Buffalo 4, Boston 2 Winnipeg 5, Tampa Bay 4, OT San Jose 7, Chicago 3 Vancouver 4, Edmonton 2

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

Saturday Calgary 2, Minnesota 1 Anaheim 2, Columbus 1, OT Montreal 5, Ottawa 2 NY Islanders 4, Detroit 3, SO Washington 4, Buffalo 3, SO Pittsburgh 4, Los Angeles 3, OT Florida 4, Toronto 3, OT Nashville 2, New Jersey 1, SO Colorado 6, Dallas 4 Vancouver 5, Philadelphia 1 Monday Vegas at Columbus, 6 p.m. Anaheim at Pittsburgh, 6 p.m. Boston at Montreal, 6:30 p.m. Nashville at Ottawa, 6:30 p.m. NY Islanders at Colorado, 8 p.m.

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

GP 34 34 33 33 33 34 34 31 GP 32 32 32 31 32 32 31 31

W 25 20 21 17 17 14 14 12 W 20 17 15 15 14 14 11 12

M 2 • MOnDAy • 12.17.2018

L 7 9 10 11 12 15 16 13 L 9 12 11 12 13 13 13 15

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

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

Tuesday Florida at Buffalo, 6 p.m. Detroit at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. Toronto at New Jersey, 6 p.m. Anaheim at NY Rangers, 6 p.m. San Jose at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Calgary at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. Nashville at Chicago, 7:30 p.m. Blues at Edmonton, 8 p.m. NY Islanders at Arizona, 8 p.m. Tampa Bay at Vancouver, 9 p.m. Winnipeg at Los Angeles, 9:30 p.m.

WESTERN CONFERENCE Southwest W L Memphis 16 13 Dallas 15 13 San Antonio 15 15 Houston 14 14 New Orleans 15 16 Northwest W L Denver 20 9 Oklahoma City 18 10 Portland 16 13 Utah 14 16 Minnesota 13 16 Pacific W L Golden State 20 10 LA Lakers 18 12 LA Clippers 17 12 Sacramento 16 13 Phoenix 6 24

Pct .552 .536 .500 .500 .484 Pct .690 .643 .552 .467 .448 Pct .667 .600 .586 .552 .200

GB — ½ 1½ 1½ 2 GB — 1½ 4 6½ 7 GB — 2 2½ 3½ 14

EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic W L Toronto 23 9 Philadelphia 20 11 Boston 18 11 Brooklyn 13 18 New York 9 22 Southeast W L Charlotte 14 15 Orlando 14 15 Miami 13 16 Washington 12 18 Atlanta 6 23 Central W L Milwaukee 19 9 Indiana 20 10 Detroit 14 13 Chicago 7 23 Cleveland 7 23

Pct .719 .645 .621 .419 .290 Pct .483 .483 .448 .400 .207 Pct .679 .667 .519 .233 .233

GB — 2½ 3½ 9½ 13½ GB — — 1 2½ 8 GB — — 4½ 13 13

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

Str L-2 L-2 L-1 W-3 L-1 Str W-3 W-1 W-1 L-1 L-4 Str W-1 L-1 L-3 W-1 W-2 Str L-2 W-1 L-1 W-5 L-1 Str L-2 W-2 W-2 W-1 L-3 Str W-1 W-7 W-1 W-1 L-2

Home 9-6 13-3 11-5 7-5 11-5 Home 12-3 11-3 11-4 5-6 11-4 Home 12-3 11-4 9-3 7-6 5-11 Home 11-4 14-3 9-3 6-10 4-9 Home 10-7 8-8 5-9 8-6 4-9 Home 13-3 11-4 10-6 4-11 5-12

Away 7-7 2-10 4-10 7-9 4-11 Away 8-6 7-7 5-9 9-10 2-12 Away 8-7 7-8 8-9 9-7 1-13

Conf 11-8 8-10 13-10 8-11 8-9 Conf 12-4 9-8 8-10 9-10 6-13 Conf 10-6 12-8 12-8 9-10 5-15

Away 12-5 6-8 9-8 7-8 5-13 Away 4-8 6-7 8-7 4-12 2-14 Away 6-6 9-6 4-7 3-12 2-11

Conf 13-5 15-10 13-6 11-7 6-18 Conf 13-9 9-7 5-12 7-10 4-14 Conf 12-4 14-3 11-10 4-13 6-15

Sunday Brooklyn 144, Atlanta 127 Philadelphia 128, Cleveland 105 Indiana 110, New York 99 Washington 128, LA Lakers 110 Miami 102, New Orleans 96 Sacramento 120, Dallas 113 Denver 95, Toronto 86 Saturday Orlando 96, Utah 89 Detroit 113, Boston 104 LA Lakers 128, Charlotte 100 Houston 105, Memphis 97 Chicago 98, San Antonio 93 Oklahoma City 110, LA Clippers 104 Phoenix 107, Minnesota 99 Monday Milwaukee at Detroit, 6 p.m. Phoenix at New York, 6:30 p.m. Chicago at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m. Sacramento at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Utah at Houston, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at San Antonio, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Golden State, 9:30 p.m. Portland at LA Clippers, 9:30 p.m. Tuesday Cleveland at Indiana, 6 p.m. LA Lakers at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Washington at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. Dallas at Denver, 8 p.m.

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

Golden Knights beat Rangers

Brooklyn wins its fifth in a row

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Atlanta’s Trae Young defends Brooklyn’s D’Angelo Russell during the second half Sunday. ASSOCIATED PRESS

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The Golden Knights’ Alex Tuch celebrates after scoring as Rangers goalkeeper Henrik Lundqvist reacts during overtime Sunday in New York. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Alex Tuch buried a sharp-angled shot just over two minutes into overtime, giving the Vegas Golden Knights a 4-3 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 27 shots in his 423rd career victory, which moved him into a tie with Tony Esposito for ninth on the NHL’s wins list. Paul Stastny, Reilly Smith and William Carrier scored for Vegas, which extended its points streak to four straight games. Chris Kreider, Brady Skjei and Mika Zibanejad scored for the Rangers, and Kevin Hayes had three assists. Henrik Lundqvist made 37 saves as New York dropped its third consecutive home game, all after regulation. Skinner, Eichel score twice as Sabres top Bruins • Jeff Skinner tucked the winning

goal past Tuukka Rask with 3:13 remaining for his second score of the night, and Buffalo beat Boston 4-2. Skinner’s team-leading 24th goal came off a feed behind the net from Jack Eichel, who had two goals and two assists in his return to Boston. Eichel grew up in nearby North Chelmsford and starred at Boston University. Eichel added an empty-net goal with 24.2 seconds left. Mrazek logs shutout for Carolina • Warren Foegele scored his first goal since October, Petr Mrazek made 23 saves in his first shutout of the season, and Carolina beat Arizona. Defenseman Calvin de Haan had two assists for the Hurricanes, who won for only the second time this month. Andrei Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho also scored for Carolina.

NHL SUMMARIES Knights 4, Rangers 3, OT

Hurricanes 3, Coyotes 0

Vegas 1 2 0 1 — 4 NY Rangers 1 1 1 0 — 3 First period: 1, NY Rangers, Skjei 3 (Buchnevich, Hayes), 1:13. 2, Vegas, Smith 7 (Marchessault, Miller), 11:40 (pp). Penalties: Marchessault, VGK, (slashing), 3:26; Hayes, NYR, (boarding), 10:35; Carrier, VGK, (hooking), 12:38. Second period: 3, Vegas, Stastny 1 (Tuch, Pacioretty), 6:09. 4, NY Rangers, Zibanejad 11 (Zuccarello, Hayes), 12:10 (pp). 5, Vegas, Carrier 7 (Nosek), 13:12. Penalties: Smith, VGK, (slashing), 11:37; DeAngelo, NYR, (holding), 18:27. Third period: 6, NY Rangers, Kreider 15 (Hayes), 3:29. Penalties: Lindberg, VGK, (cross checking), 5:46. Overtime: 7, Vegas, Tuch 12 (Miller, Stastny), 2:11. Penalties: None. Shots: Vegas 15-13-12-1: 41. NY Rangers 7-10-13: 30. Power-plays: Vegas 1 of 2; NY Rangers 1 of 4. Goalies: Vegas, Fleury 19-10-2 (30 shots-27 saves). NY Rangers, Lundqvist 10-9-5 (41-37). A: 17,660. Referees: Trevor Hanson, Tim Peel. Linesmen: Trent Knorr, Libor Suchanek.

Arizona 0 0 0 — 0 Carolina 0 2 1 — 3 First period: None. Penalties: Svechnikov, CAR, (delay of game), 0:22; Galchenyuk, ARI, (tripping), 11:09. Second period: 1, Carolina, Foegele 4 (Pesce, de Haan), 9:44. 2, Carolina, Svechnikov 9 (Faulk, Williams), 13:44. Penalties: Crouse, ARI, (slashing), 2:25; Pesce, CAR, (roughing), 2:25; Hjalmarsson, ARI, (slashing), 6:56; Connauton, ARI, (tripping), 19:25. Third period: 3, Carolina, Aho 12 (Teravainen, de Haan), 4:32. Penalties: Aho, CAR, (high sticking), 0:29; Keller, ARI, (high sticking), 14:31; Chychrun, ARI, (roughing), 18:37; Hamilton, CAR, (slashing), 19:38. Shots: Arizona 8-6-9: 23. Carolina 9-6-12: 27. Power-plays: Arizona 0 of 2; Carolina 0 of 5. Goalies: Arizona, Hill 5-3-0 (27 shots-24 saves). Carolina, Mrazek 5-6-2 (23-23). A: 13,051.

Sharks 7, Blackhawks 3 San Jose 2 3 2 — 7 Chicago 3 0 0 — 3 First period: 1, Chicago, DeBrincat 14 (Gustafsson), 2:34. 2, Chicago, Strome 8 (P.Kane, Murphy), 3:21. 3, San Jose, M.Karlsson 3 (Burns, Radil), 9:58. 4, San Jose, Sorensen 6 (Labanc, Thornton), 10:40. 5, Chicago, Perlini 3 (Seabrook, Sikura), 12:54. Penalties: Dillon, SJ, (slashing), 13:53; Strome, CHI, (slashing), 18:30; E.Kane, SJ, (interference), 18:30; Meier, SJ, (tripping), 19:14. Second period: 6, San Jose, E.Kane 10 (E.Karlsson, Burns), 4:21 (pp). 7, San Jose, Goodrow 5 (M.Karlsson, Braun), 7:36. 8, San Jose, Couture 11 (E.Kane, Dillon), 16:16. Penalties: Kampf, CHI, (illegal equipment), 2:48; E.Kane, SJ, (tripping), 8:33. Third period: 9, San Jose, Labanc 4 (Burns, Hertl), 13:03 (pp). 10, San Jose, Hertl 10 (Couture), 18:27. Penalties: Labanc, SJ, (tripping), 7:13; P.Kane, CHI, (tripping), 11:27. Shots: San Jose 8-14-21: 43. Chicago 5-8-7: 20. Power-plays: San Jose 2 of 2; Chicago 0 of 4. Goalies: San Jose, Jones 13-7-3 (4 shots-1 saves), Dell 5-4-2 (16-16). Chicago, Ward 4-5-4 (35-30), Crawford 6-14-2 (8-6). A: 21,237. Referees: Gord Dwyer, Peter MacDougall. Linesmen: Lonnie Cameron, James Tobias.

Jets 5, Lightning 4, OT Tampa Bay 1 2 1 0 — 1 1 Winnipeg 2 1 — First period: 1, Tampa Bay, Killorn 8 (Palat, Vasilevskiy), 13:01 (pp). 2, Winnipeg, Perreault 7 (Myers, Ehlers), 19:43 (pp). Penalties: Byfuglien, WPG, (slashing), 11:09; Callahan, TB, (delay of game), 17:56. Second period: 3, Winnipeg, Tanev 7 (Lowry, Morrissey), 8:36. 4, Tampa Bay, Stamkos 16 (Palat), 9:13. 5, Tampa Bay, Johnson 14 (Point, Sergachev), 18:09. 6, Winnipeg, Ehlers 11 (Scheifele, Wheeler), 19:19. Penalties: None. Third period: 7, Tampa Bay, Kucherov 14 (Point, Stamkos), 6:55 (pp). 8, Winnipeg, Ehlers 12 (Byfuglien, Scheifele), 14:23. Penalties: Winnipeg bench, served by Perreault (too many men on the ice), 6:04. Overtime: 9, Winnipeg, Scheifele 21, 4:18. Penalties: None. Shots: Tampa Bay 11-15-18-2: 46. Winnipeg 12-16-8-6: 42. Power-plays: Tampa Bay 2 of 2; Winnipeg 1 of 1. Goalies: Tampa Bay, Vasilevskiy 10-3-2 (42 shots-37 saves). Winnipeg, Hellebuyck 15-8-1 (46-42). A: 15,321. Referees: Dan O’Rourke, Kyle Rehman. Linesmen: Michel Cormier, Brian Murphy.

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Sabres 4, Bruins 2 Buffalo 0 1 3 — 4 Boston 0 1 1 — 2 First period: None. Penalties: Larsson, BUF, (hooking), 3:47; Nordstrom, BOS, (tripping), 13:33; Hunwick, BUF, Penalty Shot (interference on breakaway (penalty shot)), 16:31. Second period: 1, Buffalo, Skinner 23 (Eichel, Dahlin), 3:18. 2, Boston, Kampfer 1 (Backes, Nordstrom), 5:18. Penalties: None. Third period: 3, Buffalo, Eichel 13 (Dahlin, Reinhart), 5:43. 4, Boston, Krug 3 (Krejci, Forsbacka Karlsson), 13:21. 5, Buffalo, Skinner 24 (Reinhart, Eichel), 16:29. 6, Buffalo, Eichel 14 (Reinhart, Girgensons), 19:35. Penalties: Guhle, BUF, (holding), 11:08. Shots: Buffalo 10-9-8: 27. Boston 14-10-13: 37. Power-plays: Buffalo 0 of 1; Boston 0 of 2. Goalies: Buffalo, Ullmark 7-1-3 (37 shots-35 saves). Boston, Rask 8-7-2 (26-23). A: 17,565.

Canucks 4, Oilers 2 Edmonton 0 1 1 — 2 — Vancouver 0 2 2 4 First Period: None. Penalties: Puljujarvi, EDM, (interference), 11:53. Second Period: 1, Edmonton, Nugent-Hopkins 11 (Khaira, Larsson), 1:40. 2, Vancouver, Edler 3 (Horvat, Boeser), 11:49 (pp). 3, Vancouver, Boeser 12 (Markstrom, Hutton), 14:46 (pp). Penalties: Edler, VAN, (high sticking), 3:47; Jones, EDM, (holding), 11:40; Gravel, EDM, (delay of game), 13:22; Edmonton bench, served by Lucic (too many men on the ice), 16:47. Third Period: 4, Vancouver, Pettersson 17 (Boeser, Goldobin), 3:04 (pp). 5, Edmonton, Chiasson 15 (Nurse, McDavid), 15:50. 6, Vancouver, Horvat 16 (Roussel, Edler), 18:18. Penalties: Larsson, EDM, (delay of game), 2:48. Shots: Edmonton 10-4-8: 22. Vancouver 7-15-8: 30. Power-plays: Edmonton 0 of 1; Vancouver 3 of 5. Goalies: Edmonton, Koskinen 11-3-1 (29 shots-26 saves). Vancouver, Markstrom 12-9-3 (22-20). A: 18,036.

NHL SCORING LEADERS Through Saturday’s games Player, team Mikko Rantanen, COL Nathan MacKinnon, COL Connor McDavid, EDM Nikita Kucherov, TB Alex Ovechkin, WAS Mark Scheifele, WPG Mitchell Marner, TOR Blake Wheeler, WPG

GP 33 33 32 33 32 32 33 32

G 15 21 19 13 29 20 8 5

A 41 31 29 34 14 23 35 38

PTS 56 52 48 47 43 43 43 43

NEW YORK • Brooklyn coach Kenny Atkinson watched the Nets let a 21-point lead slip to two and was reminded of the offensive flaws that sent the team spiraling on an eight-game skid a few weeks ago. Needing a spark on the offensive end, Atkinson made sure D’Angelo Russell led the way. Russell scored 32 points, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had 18 and the Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 144-127 on Sunday for their fifth straight win. Joe Harris had 16 points and Spencer Dinwiddie added 15 off the bench for the Nets, who last won five straight March 25-April 2, 2015. Atkinson noticed a different team to start the third quarter as the ball moved

and the Nets pushed toward the basket more. “I was worried at halftime. I said this game is too loose. It’s too up and down,” Atkinson said. “They play fast, and we knew we had to start that third quarter with an edge, and I felt we did.” Atlanta cut Brooklyn’s 21-point lead down to 66-64 when Kent Bazemore capped a 6-0 run with two free throws late in the first half. But the Nets pulled away in the third quarter with an 11-5 run to make it 108-92. Russell then found Jared Dudley for a 3 to extend the lead to 111-94 with 14 seconds left in the third, one of 34 assists by the Nets. That matched a season high set last Friday against Washington. “I think just our commitment for wanting to see each other do better,” said Russell, who finished with seven assists.

NBA SUMMARIES Pacers 110, Knicks 99

Heat 102, Pelicans 96

New York: Knox 6-15 0-2 15, Vonleh 3-10 0-0 7, Kanter 7-11 5-5 20, Mudiay 5-11 7-10 18, Hardaway Jr. 8-18 2-3 19, Hezonja 1-3 0-0 2, Kornet 2-4 0-0 5, Ntilikina 1-4 1-2 3, Burke 1-7 0-0 3, Lee 3-6 0-0 7. Totals 37-89 15-22 99. Indiana: Bogdanovic 4-12 3-3 12, Young 5-9 0-1 10, Turner 10-19 3-4 24, Collison 1-2 0-0 3, Oladipo 7-13 7-8 26, McDermott 3-6 0-0 9, Sabonis 6-10 1-2 13, Holiday 2-8 3-3 7, Joseph 2-8 1-2 6. Totals 40-87 18-23 110. New York 26 27 20 26 — 99 Indiana 28 28 23 31 — 110 3-point goals: New York 10-32 (Knox 3-9, Kanter 1-1, Lee 1-2, Burke 1-2, Kornet 1-3, Mudiay 1-3, Hardaway Jr. 1-5, Vonleh 1-5, Ntilikina 0-2), Indiana 12-34 (Oladipo 5-8, McDermott 3-5, Collison 1-2, Turner 1-4, Joseph 1-4, Bogdanovic 1-5, Holiday 0-6). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: New York 44 (Kanter 15), Indiana 45 (Sabonis 12). Assists: New York 21 (Mudiay 6), Indiana 28 (Oladipo 7). Total fouls: New York 19, Indiana 18. A: 16,646 (20,000).

Miami: Winslow 1-4 0-0 2, J.Johnson 1-4 1-3 3, Whiteside 8-14 1-3 17, Richardson 9-20 2-2 22, McGruder 0-6 0-0 0, Jones Jr. 5-7 0-3 11, Olynyk 2-9 4-4 8, Adebayo 1-2 2-2 5, T.Johnson 5-13 2-2 15, Wade 6-12 4-4 19. Totals 38-91 16-23 102. New Orleans: Hill 4-6 1-2 10, Davis 10-19 5-6 27, Randle 6-13 4-5 17, Frazier 0-2 0-0 0, Holiday 8-19 2-2 22, Miller 1-9 0-0 3, Diallo 0-0 0-0 0, Harrison 2-7 1-2 6, Moore 4-10 0-0 11, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 35-86 13-17 96. Miami 33 24 28 17 — 102 New Orleans 28 23 — 23 22 96 3-point goals: Miami 10-35 (Wade 3-6, T.Johnson 3-8, Richardson 2-8, Adebayo 1-1, Jones Jr. 1-2, McGruder 0-1, J.Johnson 0-2, Winslow 0-2, Olynyk 0-5), New Orleans 13-36 (Holiday 4-8, Moore 3-6, Davis 2-3, Randle 1-1, Hill 1-2, Harrison 1-6, Miller 1-8, Jackson 0-1, Frazier 0-1). Fouled out: Holiday. Rebounds: Miami 57 (Whiteside 12), New Orleans 38 (Davis 12). Assists: Miami 22 (Adebayo 5), New Orleans 26 (Davis 7). Total fouls: Miami 21, New Orleans 22. Technicals: Davis. A: 15,535 (16,867).

76ers 128, Cavaliers 105 Philadelphia: Butler 6-10 4-5 19, Chandler 4-10 1-1 11, Embiid 10-16 4-6 24, Simmons 9-15 4-5 22, Redick 5-11 2-3 14, Muscala 4-7 0-0 8, Bolden 1-1 0-0 2, Johnson 1-1 0-0 2, Shamet 6-7 0-0 16, McConnell 4-5 0-0 8, Korkmaz 1-6 0-0 2, Milton 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 51-91 15-20 128. Cleveland: Burks 2-10 0-0 5, Osman 6-10 4-7 18, Zizic 3-4 1-2 7, Sexton 6-13 0-0 12, Hood 5-9 1-2 13, Blossomgame 0-2 0-0 0, Nance Jr. 3-7 1-2 7, Frye 1-2 0-0 3, Dellavedova 5-9 0-0 13, Clarkson 6-16 4-4 18, Nwaba 4-6 0-0 9. Totals 41-88 11-17 105. 39 128 29 36 24 — Philadelphia Cleveland 36 22 27 20 — 105 3-point goals: Philadelphia 11-27 (Shamet 4-5, Butler 3-4, Redick 2-5, Chandler 2-6, Muscala 0-1, Embiid 0-1, Milton 0-1, Korkmaz 0-4), Cleveland 12-30 (Dellavedova 3-4, Osman 2-4, Hood 2-5, Clarkson 2-6, Frye 1-2, Nwaba 1-2, Burks 1-4, Nance Jr. 0-1, Sexton 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Philadelphia 48 (Simmons 11), Cleveland 33 (Clarkson 6). Assists: Philadelphia 32 (Simmons 14), Cleveland 28 (Dellavedova 7). Total fouls: Philadelphia 18, Cleveland 20. Technicals: Cleveland coach Cavaliers (Defensive three second). A: 19,432 (20,562).

Nets 144, Hawks 127 Atlanta: Huerter 2-4 0-0 4, Collins 13-19 3-6 29, Dedmon 8-12 3-4 24, Young 4-10 4-4 13, Bazemore 6-13 5-5 20, Bembry 4-10 0-0 8, Len 1-2 2-2 4, Lin 2-5 2-4 6, Adams 1-1 0-0 3, Carter 3-5 0-0 7, Hamilton 1-2 0-0 3, Dorsey 0-0 0-0 0, Anderson 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 47-85 19-25 127. Brooklyn: Kurucs 4-9 2-2 11, Hollis-Jefferson 6-10 5-6 18, Allen 5-6 1-1 11, Russell 13-19 1-1 32, Harris 4-7 5-6 16, Carroll 5-13 3-4 15, Dudley 5-9 3-3 16, Faried 0-0 0-0 0, Davis 4-7 0-0 8, Napier 0-0 2-2 2, Dinwiddie 3-8 8-8 15. Totals 49-88 30-33 144. 23 43 30 31 — 127 Atlanta 39 Brooklyn 42 30 33 — 144 3-point goals: Atlanta 14-29 (Dedmon 5-5, Bazemore 3-6, Anderson 2-2, Adams 1-1, Young 1-2, Hamilton 1-2, Carter 1-3, Huerter 0-1, Collins 0-1, Lin 0-3, Bembry 0-3), Brooklyn 16-40 (Russell 5-9, Harris 3-6, Dudley 3-7, Carroll 2-8, Hollis-Jefferson 1-1, Dinwiddie 1-3, Kurucs 1-5, Davis 0-1). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Atlanta 33 (Dedmon 12), Brooklyn 39 (Davis 10). Assists: Atlanta 38 (Young 10), Brooklyn 34 (Russell 7). Total fouls: Atlanta 22, Brooklyn 21. Technicals: Bazemore. A: 13,955 (17,732).

Kings 120, Mavericks 113 Sacramento: Bogdanovic 4-11 5-6 15, Bjelica 5-10 1-2 15, Cauley-Stein 4-10 4-4 12, Fox 11-19 6-6 28, Hield 12-23 1-1 28, Jackson 2-6 2-2 6, Koufos 4-6 0-0 8, Ferrell 4-11 0-0 8, Williams 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 46-98 19-21 120. Dallas: Barnes 5-16 2-2 15, Doncic 9-15 9-14 28, Jordan 4-7 0-0 8, Brunson 5-13 2-2 12, Matthews 4-13 2-2 13, Finney-Smith 2-4 2-3 6, Kleber 4-8 2-3 11, Nowitzki 1-4 1-1 3, Powell 3-5 2-2 8, Harris 2-9 2-2 7, Broekhoff 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 40-96 24-31 113. Sacramento 34 27 — 120 32 27 Dallas 27 25 30 — 31 113 3-point goals: Sacramento 9-31 (Bjelica 4-7, Hield 3-9, Bogdanovic 2-5, Williams 0-1, Jackson 0-1, Fox 0-3, Ferrell 0-5), Dallas 9-35 (Matthews 3-6, Barnes 3-7, Kleber 1-4, Harris 1-5, Doncic 1-5, FinneySmith 0-1, Broekhoff 0-1, Nowitzki 0-1, Powell 0-1, Brunson 0-4). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: Sacramento 47 (Bjelica 10), Dallas 53 (Jordan 23). Assists: Sacramento 20 (Bogdanovic, Fox 5), Dallas 22 (Doncic 9). Total fouls: Sacramento 26, Dallas 18. Technicals: Sacramento coach Kings (Defensive three second). A: 19,935 (19,200).

Wizards 128, Lakers 110 L.A. Lakers: James 5-16 3-6 13, Kuzma 9-15 2-2 20, Chandler 1-3 0-0 2, Ball 4-11 0-0 10, Hart 2-10 0-0 4, Mykhailiuk 2-6 1-1 5, Zubac 2-2 0-0 4, Wagner 5-7 0-0 12, McGee 0-0 0-0 0, Bonga 1-1 1-2 3, CaldwellPope 9-12 3-3 25, Stephenson 4-8 1-4 12. Totals 44-91 11-18 110. Washington: Satoransky 4-7 2-2 11, Green 8-15 0-1 20, Bryant 4-8 0-0 8, Wall 16-27 4-6 40, Beal 10-24 1-1 25, Dekker 10-15 0-0 20, Brown Jr. 0-4 0-0 0, White 0-1 0-0 0, Morris 2-4 0-0 4, McRae 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 54-106 7-10 128. L.A. Lakers 23 28 25 34 — 110 Washington 33 38 28 29 — 128 3-point goals: L.A. Lakers 11-36 (Caldwell-Pope 4-6, Stephenson 3-6, Wagner 2-3, Ball 2-7, James 0-2, Mykhailiuk 0-3, Kuzma 0-4, Hart 0-5), Washington 13-31 (Green 4-6, Wall 4-8, Beal 4-9, Satoransky 1-2, Brown Jr. 0-1, White 0-1, Dekker 0-2, Morris 0-2). Fouled out: None. Rebounds: L.A. Lakers 43 (Chandler 7), Washington 51 (Beal 12). Assists: L.A. Lakers 24 (Caldwell-Pope, Stephenson 5), Washington 30 (Wall 14). Total fouls: L.A. Lakers 13, Washington 13. Technicals: Stephenson, Washington coach Wizards (Defensive three second). A: 20,409 (20,356).

Nuggets 95, Raptors 86 Toronto: Miles 2-12 0-0 6, Leonard 12-21 4-4 29, Ibaka 6-10 1-1 14, Wright 6-12 3-3 15, Green 3-9 0-0 7, Anunoby 2-10 1-4 7, Boucher 0-1 0-0 0, Monroe 2-6 0-2 4, Brown 2-7 0-0 4, Richardson 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 35-88 9-14 86. Denver: Hernangomez 0-5 2-3 2, Jokic 11-19 4-5 26, Plumlee 4-8 2-2 10, Murray 7-16 2-2 19, Craig 5-14 0-0 13, Lyles 1-6 2-2 4, Morris 5-11 0-0 12, Young 1-1 0-0 3, Beasley 2-5 1-2 6. Totals 36-85 13-16 95. Toronto 23 24 25 14 — 86 Denver 23 16 29 27 — 95 3-point goals: Toronto 7-35 (Anunoby 2-8, Miles 2-9, Ibaka 1-1, Green 1-4, Leonard 1-6, Boucher 0-1, Brown 0-2, Wright 0-4), Denver 10-30 (Craig 3-8, Murray 3-8, Morris 2-3, Young 1-1, Beasley 1-2, Jokic 0-1, Lyles 0-3, Hernangomez 0-4). Fouled out: Ibaka. Rebounds: Toronto 51 (Leonard 14), Denver 44 (Jokic 9). Assists: Toronto 13 (Leonard, Wright 4), Denver 21 (Murray, Jokic, Morris 4). Total fouls: Toronto 16, Denver 14. Technicals: Green, Ibaka. A: 19,520 (19,520).

NBA LEADERS Through Saturday’s games Scoring G Harden, HOU 25 Durant, GOL 30 James, LAL 29 26 Davis, NOR Embiid, PHL 29 Lillard, POR 29 Antetokounmpo, MIL 26 Leonard, TOR 23 Griffin, DET 26 George, OKC 28 Walker, CHA 29 LaVine, CHI 28 DeRozan, SAN 30 Beal, WAS 29 Irving, BOS 27 Thompson, GOL 30 McCollum, POR 28 Towns, MIN 29

FG 231 303 300 262 254 253 259 211 225 239 240 236 268 247 233 267 239 228

FT 208 212 154 185 239 189 165 136 158 128 150 146 167 111 74 60 71 120

PTS 772 870 818 730 782 780 691 602 667 698 722 665 709 671 612 677 608 629

AVG 30.9 29.0 28.2 28.1 27.0 26.9 26.6 26.2 25.7 24.9 24.9 23.8 23.6 23.1 22.7 22.6 21.7 21.7


SPORTS

12.17.2018 • Monday • M 1 AMERICA’S LINE NFL Favorite Points Underdog ...........................Open Current....................... Saints ....................6.5 6 ............... PANTHERS Saturday TITANS....................10 10 ............Washington CHARGERS ............4.5 4.5 .................. Ravens Sunday COWBOYS.................7 7.......................... Bucs PATRIOTS ............ 12.5 12.5...................... Bills PANTHERS ............ NL NL...................Falcons DOLPHINS.............4.5 4.5 ................. Jaguars COLTS .......................9 9 .......................Giants EAGLES.................. NL NL....................Texans Vikings ..................4.5 4.5 .................... LIONS Packers ....................3 3 ..........................JETS BROWNS...................7 7..................... Bengals Rams ..................... NL NL....................CARDS Bears.....................3.5 3.5.................... 49ERS SAINTS .................. NL NL..................Steelers Chiefs ....................2.5 2.5.............SEAHAWKS Monday Broncos.................2.5 2.5................ RAIDERS NBA Points Underdog Favorite Bucks 3.5 PISTONS KNICKS 1.5 Suns T’WOLVES 8 Kings THUNDER 13 Bulls ROCKETS 5 Jazz SPURS 2 76ers WARRIORS 11.5 Grizzlies CLIPPERS 2 Blazers COLLEGE BASKETBALL Favorite Points Underdog VANDERBILT PK Arizona St Davidson 1.5 WAKE FOREST VALPARAISO PK Ball St OREGON ST 12 Pepperdine Added Games FLORIDA ST 26 SE Missouri St DRAKE 15 SIU-Edw’ville NO ILLINOIS 9 W Illinois MONTANA 11 N Dakota St WASHINGTON ST PK Rider NHL Favorite Odds Underdog Vegas BLUE JACKETS -$135/+$115 PENGUINS -$170/+$150 Ducks Predators -$180/+$160 SENATORS -$120/even Bruins CANADIENS AVALANCHE -$190/+$170 Islanders Grand Salami: Over/under 30.5 goals. Home team in CAPS © 2018 Benjamin Eckstein

SOCCER

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Monday’s area schedule

FCS semifinals

M: Maryville at Oklahoma Christian, 3 p.m. M: St. Louis CC at Lincoln Land, 5 p.m. W: STL Pharmacy at Lyon, 5:30 p.m. M: SE Missouri at Florida State, 6 p.m. W: Quincy at Lindenwood, 6 p.m. M: Principia at Cal Tech, 6 p.m. W: Southeast Missouri at Memphis, 7 p.m. M: STL Pharmacy at Lyon, 7:30 p.m.

Friday • North Dakota State 44, South Dakota State 21 Saturday • Eastern Washington 50, Maine 19

FCS championship 11 a.m. Jan. 5, Frisco, Texas Eastern Washington (12-2), vs. North Dakota State (14-0)

Division II championship

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL How the top 25 fared

Saturday at McKinney, Texas • Valdosta State 49, Ferris State 47

1. UConn (9-0) idle. Next: at Oklahoma, Wednesday.

Division III championship

2. Notre Dame (9-1) beat Binghamton 103-53. Next: vs. Western Kentucky, Wednesday.

Friday at Shenandoah, Texas • Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Mt. Union 16

4. Louisville (11-0) idle. Next: at Central Michigan, Thursday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

5. Mississippi State (10-0) idle. Next: at No. 7 Oregon, Tuesday.

GP W D L GF Liverpool 17 14 3 0 37 Man City 17 14 2 1 48 Tottenham 17 13 0 4 31 Chelsea 17 11 4 2 35 Arsenal 17 10 4 3 37 Man United 17 7 5 5 29 Wolverhampton 17 7 4 6 19 Everton 17 6 6 5 24 West Ham 17 7 3 7 25 Watford 17 7 3 7 23 Bournemouth 17 7 2 8 25 Leicester 17 6 4 7 21 Brighton 17 6 3 8 20 Newcastle 17 4 4 9 14 Crystal Palace 17 4 3 10 14 Cardiff 17 4 2 11 17 Southampton 17 2 6 9 16 Burnley 17 3 3 11 15 Huddersfield 17 2 4 11 10 Fulham 17 2 3 12 16 Saturday Man City 3, Everton 1 Watford 3, Cardiff 2 Huddersfield 0, Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 1, Leicester 0 Wolverhampton 2, Bournemouth 0 Tottenham 1, Burnley 0 Fulham 0, West Ham 2 Sunday Southampton 3, Arsenal 2 Brighton 1, Chelsea 2 Liverpool 3, Man United 1

Pts 45 44 39 37 34 26 25 24 24 24 23 22 21 16 15 14 12 12 10 9

Champions League Round of 16 draw, 5 p.m. Monday First round group winners Dortmund Barcelona Paris Porto Bayern Manchester City Real Madrid Juventus First round runners-up Atlético Tottenham Liverpool Schalke Ajax Lyon Roma Manchester United

14. Minnesota (10-0) idle. Next: vs. Rhode Island, Saturday.

18. Kentucky (10-1) idle. Next: vs. Western Carolina, Tuesday. 19. Marquette (8-2) idle. Next: vs. Binghamton, Monday. 20. DePaul (7-3) idle. Next: vs. Tennessee State, Monday. 21. Gonzaga (10-1) beat Missouri State 70-67. Next: vs. Idaho, Thursday. 22. Missouri (8-3) idle. Next: vs. Texas State, Monday.

7. Oregon (8-1) idle. Next: vs. No. 5 Mississippi State, Tuesday.

Women’s basketball No. 21 Gonzaga 70, Missouri State 67 Illinois State 61, Maryville U. 52 McKendree 59, NW Missouri State 55 Webster U. 66, Lawrence U. 53 Loras 57, Washington U. 46 Men’s basketball Lincoln (Mo.) 73, McKendree 69 Illinois State 88, Cleveland State 77

8. Oregon State (8-2) idle. Next: vs. Duke, Thursday.

23. Michigan State (9-1) beat Hartford 74-66, OT. Next: vs. FAU, Thursday.

9. Tennessee (8-0) idle. Next: vs. No. 11 Stanford, Tuesday.

24. Miami (9-2) beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 71-53. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Thursday.

10. N.C. State (11-0) idle. Next: at Chattanooga, Saturday.

25. South Carolina (6-4) beat Purdue 82-73, 2OT. Next: vs. Temple, Friday.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE Monday

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

BOYS BASKETBALL

Cure: Tulane 41, La.-Lafayette 24

New Mexico: Utah State 52, North Texas 13

Las Vegas: Fresno State 31, Arizona State 20

Camellia: Ga. Southern 23, Eastern Michigan 21

SCHEDULE Date

Time

TV

Site

Matchup

Tuesday

6 p.m.

ESPN

Boca Raton, Fla.

UAB (-2.5) vs. Northern Illinois

Frisco Gasparilla

Wed.

7 p.m.

ESPN

Frisco, Texas

Ohio (-3) vs. San Diego St.

Thursday

7 p.m.

ESPN

Tampa, Fla.

Marshall (-2.5) vs. So. Florida

Nassau, Bahamas

Toledo (-6) vs. Florida Int’l

Bahamas

Dec. 21 11:30 a.m.

ESPN

Idaho Potato

Dec. 21

3 p.m.

ESPN

Birmingham

Dec. 22

11 a.m.

ESPN

Birmingham, Ala.

Memphis (-4) vs. Wake Forest Army (-3) vs. Houston

Armed Forces

Dec. 22 2:30 p.m.

ESPN

Fort Worth, Texas

Dec. 22

6 p.m.

ESPN

Mobile, Ala.

Buffalo (-1.5) vs. Troy

Hawaii

Dec. 22 9:30 p.m.

ESPN

Honolulu

Hawaii (-1) vs. Louisiana Tech

First Responder Dec. 26 12:30 p.m.

ESPN

Quick Lane

Dec. 26 4:15 p.m.

ESPN

Dec. 26

8 p.m.

ESPN

Phoenix

California (PK) vs. TCU

Independence

Dec. 27 12:30 p.m.

ESPN

Shreveport, La.

Temple (-4) vs. Duke

Pinstripe

Dec. 27 4:15 p.m.

ESPN

Detroit Georgia Tech (-6) vs. Minnesota

Bronx, N.Y. Miami (Fla.) (-3.5) vs. Wisconsin

Texas

Dec. 27

8 p.m.

ESPN

Houston

Vanderbilt (-5) vs. Baylor

Music City

Dec. 28 12:30 p.m.

ESPN

Nashville, Tenn.

Auburn (-4) vs. Purdue

Camping World

Dec. 28 4:15 p.m.

ESPN

Orlando, Fla. West Virginia (-1.5) vs. Syracuse

Alamo

Dec. 28

8 p.m.

ESPN San Antonio, Texas Washington St. (-3.5) vs. Iowa St.

Peach

Dec. 29

11 a.m.

ESPN

Atlanta

Michigan (-7) vs. Florida

Belk

Dec. 29

11 a.m. KDNL-30

Charlotte, N.C.

South Carolina (-5) vs. Virginia

Arizona

Dec. 29 12:15 p.m. CBSSN

Tucson, Ariz.

Arkansas St. (-1) vs. Nevada

Cotton (semi)

Dec. 29

Arlington, Texas

Clemson (-13) vs. Notre Dame

Orange (semi)

Dec. 29

7 p.m.

ESPN Miami Gardens, Fla.

Alabama (-14) vs. Oklahoma

Military

Dec. 31

11 a.m.

ESPN

ESPN

Annapolis, Md. Cincinnati (-6) vs. Virginia Tech

Sun

Dec. 31

1 p.m. KMOV-4

El Paso, Texas

Stanford (-6.5) vs. Pittsburgh

Redbox

Dec. 31

2 p.m.

KTVI-2

Santa Clara, Calif.

Oregon (-2.5) vs. Michigan St.

Liberty

Dec. 31 2:45 p.m.

ESPN

Memphis, Tenn.

Missouri (-7) vs. Oklahoma St.

Holiday

Dec. 31

6 p.m.

FS1

San Diego

Utah (-7) vs. Northwestern

Gator

Dec. 31 6:30 p.m.

ESPN

Jacksonville, Fla.

Texas A&M (-6.5) vs. NC State

Outback

Jan. 1

11 a.m.

ESPN2

Tampa, Fla.

Mississippi St. (-7) vs. Iowa

Citrus

Jan. 1

12 p.m. KDNL-30

Orlando, Fla.

Penn St. (-6) vs. Kentucky

Fiesta

Jan. 1

12 p.m.

ESPN

Glendale, Ariz.

LSU (-7.5) vs. UCF

Rose

Jan. 1

4 p.m.

ESPN

Pasadena, Calif.

Ohio St. (-6.5) vs. Washington

Sugar

Jan. 1 7:30 p.m.

ESPN

New Orleans

Georgia (-13) vs. Texas

CFP champ.

Jan. 7

ESPN

Santa Clara, Calif.

Semifinal winners

7 p.m.

TONIGHT

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Plenty of sunshine WIND NW 4-8 mph

Partly cloudy

Mostly sunny

WIND E 3-6 mph

WIND SE 6-12 mph

Mainly cloudy and mild WIND S 7-14 mph

80

Peoria 55 74 Macomb 43/25 43/23 Bloomington Urbana 41/23 43/25

Kirksville 46/26

Quincy 44/26

Decatur 43/24 Springfield 57 44/24 Effingham 70 55 46/26

35

Columbia 70 50/30 St. Louis Mount Jefferson Vernon 48/28 City 47/23 51/28 Union 55 51/27 57 44 Rolla Carbondale 51/30 49/25 Farmington 51/27 Cape Girardeau 52/29 Springfield 55/34 Poplar Bluff West Plains 54/30 55 56/32

44

RIVER AND LAKE LEVELS

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

Location

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

32 23 21 20 25

16 11.60 -0.05 15 11.89 +0.06 25 18.94 none 26 18.77 -0.52 18 15.66 -0.21 419 417.26 -0.06 21 11.14 -0.30 30 15.64 -0.10 27 21.39 +2.77 32 26.89 +2.35 15.44 13.82 13.48

50 40

54

34

49

34

48 41

50

7.52 +4.64 3.13 +4.23 13.80 +0.54

15

2.29 +0.27

40

Average High 48

48

53

35

31

36

48

33

28

35.97

+1.15

355.80 361.33 495.43 658.40 707.04 656.41 912.22 841.60 600.58 408.09 609.56 447.00

+0.10 +0.96 +0.88 -0.20 +0.08 +0.54 +0.08 +0.09 -0.04 +0.81 -0.23 +0.70

Average Low

44

24

20 10

55

Forecast Temperature 59

40

30

-0.12 -0.45 -0.21

15 16 24

TEMPERATURE TRENDS

Daily Temperature 60

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

15.60 -0.56 12.38 -0.25 13.08 -0.12 9.83 -0.15 16.61 -0.19

20 18 14

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

Location

41

46

43

31

29

29

F

S

S

16 M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

Pollen Yesterday Trees Weeds Grass Mold

Chief Meteorologist Glenn Zimmerman

LAD

2,386,097 36,209,572 31,775,817 43,567,472

Bos

3,661,484 4,503,815

1,835,926

Det

4,133,193 4,032,747

1,333,417

SF

1,448,190 3,394,645 2,960,647

Monday SAINTS at PANTHERS — SAINTS: OUT: T Terron Armstead (pectoral). PANTHERS: OUT: K Graham Gano (left knee). DOUBTFUL: DT Kawann Short (calf).

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

Winnipeg 22/19

Seattle 53/47

Montreal 34/16

San Francisco 59/47

Absent Absent Absent Moderate - 6525

20 429 455 1491 1277

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

48° noon

Minneapolis 33/24

Billings 54/30

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

45° 4 p.m.

36° 8 p.m.

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

6

7

8

9

10

11+

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

Today’s Air Quality

airnow.gov

Denver 57/34

Skywatch Rise

Set

7:14 a.m. 1:34 p.m.

4:41 p.m. 1:29 a.m.

Full Moon

Last Quarter

New Moon

First Quarter

Dec 22

Dec 29

Jan 5

Jan 14

©2018; forecasts and graphics, except for the KTVI forecasts, provided by

New York 46/30

Detroit 38/24

Washington 54/33

Kansas City 50/30

Los Angeles 65/51

Atlanta 59/39

El Paso 58/41 Houston 69/47

Chihuahua 65/38

Miami 73/56

Monterrey 69/44

Cold front

Warm front

City

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

40/21/sf 53/34/pc 25/17/sn 59/39/pc 69/40/pc 50/30/pc 59/35/pc 44/35/sh 45/26/r 66/41/pc 48/29/s 64/34/s 38/26/s 45/28/s 38/28/c 59/41/pc 64/45/pc 57/34/s 45/29/s 64/46/pc 38/24/pc 43/23/pc 81/67/s 69/47/pc 42/26/s 50/30/s 60/42/pc 57/38/pc

National Extremes

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

Stationary front

Today Hi/Lo/W

High: 81 Immokalee, Fla.

City

Good Moderate Unhealthy Unhealthy Very Hazardous (sensitive) Unhealthy

Toronto 36/23

Chicago 38/26

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

Sun Moon

2015

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

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

5

2016

TRANSACTIONS

Ursuline at Clayton, 4:15 p.m.

Source: St. Louis County

4

2017

11,951,091 $15,719,318 27,396,653 26,108,785

Was

GIRLS SWIMMING

Heating Degree Days

3

2018

NYY

NFL INJURY REPORT

Statistics through 5 p.m. Sunday

2

Team

WRESTLING

Temperature High/low 59°/31° Normal high/low 42°/26° Last year high/low 62°/36° Record high 70° (1889) Record low -8° (1989) Precipitation 24 hrs through 5 p.m. Sun. 0.00” Month to date (normal) 2.11” (1.53”) Year to date (normal) 40.73” (39.65”) Record for this date 1.16” (2001)

1

NEW YORK (AP): Major league teams that had to pay luxury tax during the last four seasons, as obtained by The Associated Press:

Sullivan at Rolla, 5 p.m. Civic Memorial, Jerseyville at Waterloo, 6 p.m. Teams: Civic Memorial, Jerseyville, Waterloo

ALMANAC

0

MLB LUXURY TAX

Francis Howell (6-3) vs. Priory (8-1), at Queeny Park, 6:30 p.m. Edwardsville MVCHA (3-6-2) vs. Granite City (6-5-1), at Granite Rink, 7:30 p.m. Columbia (8-3) vs. Alton (3-8-1), at E. Alton Rink, 7:30 p.m. Freeburg/Waterloo (12-1) vs. Wood River (1-9-1), at Granite Rink, 8:55 p.m. MICDS (4-4-1) vs. St. Mary’s (0-10), at Affton Rink, 9 p.m. Timberland (5-5-1) vs. FH Central (8-4), at Rec-Plex, 9 p.m. Triad (4-7) vs. Civic Memorial (1-8-1), at E. Alton Rink, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY

32° 8 a.m.

286 287 299

While snow makes for slick travel across much of the Northeast today, the rest of the eastern and central U.S. will be dry, calm and largely sunny. Farther west, the remains of one storm will bring snow showers to the interior Northwest and rain to Central California, while the next wet and windy storm moves onshore in the Pacific Northwest.

Rain and drizzle; Partly sunny and cooler breezy WIND WIND NW 8-16 mph NW 10-20 mph

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

After last week’s rain and clouds, it’s time to dry out. More sunshine today with dry air. Highs will be near 50. Look for rain to move in mid- to late week.

274 276 277 277 280 280 281 281 282 282 282 283 283 283 284 284 284 285 285 285 285 285 285 285 285

HOCKEY

48° 36° 53° 44° 48° 33° 41° 31°

28°

Sunday | Malelane, South Africa Purse: $1.7 million | Yardage: 7,287; Par: 72 Final 70-66-70-68 — David Lipsky, USA David Drysdale, UK 69-69-71-67 — Zander Lombard, SAF 71-69-68-69 — 71-66-68-72 — Scott Jamieson, UK Oliver Wilson, UK 70-69-71-69 — Ben Evans, UK 70-70-71-69 — 72-68-70-71 — Niklas Lemke, SWE Louis Oosthuizen, SAF 71-69-70-71 — Oliver Bekker, SAF 66-73-75-68 — 71-74-67-70 — Adri Arnaus, Spain Pablo Larrazabal, Spain 69-73-67-73 — Neil Schietekat, Spain 72-72-70-69 — Darren Fichardt, SAF 69-70-73-71 — 69-70-72-72 — Dylan Frittelli, SAF Robert MacIntyre, UK 70-71-72-71 — Romain Langasque, FRA 74-68-69-73 — 69-70-69-76 — Brandon Stone, SAF Jean-Paul Strydom, SAF 74-72-72-67 — Masahiro Kawamura, JAP 72-71-72-70 — Chris Paisley, UK 75-70-70-70 — 74-71-70-70 — Matt Wallace, UK Max Orrin, UK 71-74-67-73 — Sean Crocker, USA 72-68-71-74 — 75-69-66-75 — C. Bezuidenhout, SAF Raphael Jacquelin, FRA 68-75-66-76 — Also 73-67-73-73 — Ernie Els, SAF Branden Grace, SAF 73-72-70-72 — Chase Koepka, USA 73-72-75-79 —

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association WASHINGTON WIZARDS — Recalled Fs Troy Brown Jr. and Okaro White from Capital City (NBAGL). HOCKEY National Hockey League CAROLINA HURRICANES — Assigned Fs Clark Bishop and Janne Kuokkanen and G Scott Darling to Charlotte (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS — Recalled G Alexandar Georgiev from Hartford (AHL). Assigned LW Matt Beleskey and G Dustin Tokarski to Hartford. BLUES — Recalled F Tanner Kaspick from Tulsa (ECHL) to San Antonio (AHL).

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THURSDAY

REGIONAL OUTLOOK

Joplin 57/35

Belleville West (5-6) at O’Fallon (6-4), 5 p.m. Tower Grove vs. Medicine and Biosc (2-2), at McKinley, 5 p.m. Pacific (2-5) at St. Dominic (2-5), 5:30 p.m. New Haven (3-4) at Wellsville (1-3), 5:30 p.m. University City (1-6) at McCluer (0-7), 5:30 p.m. Hazelwood East (2-3) at Hazelwood Central (5-2), 5:30 p.m. Blue Knights at O’Fallon Christian (1-8), 5:30 p.m. Normandy (1-3) at Jennings (4-2), 5:30 p.m. Carlinville (7-1) at Bunker Hill (0-3), 6 p.m. Eureka (3-3) at Summit (2-4), 6 p.m. Owensville (4-3) at Fulton (2-1), 6 p.m. Roxana (3-7) at Wood River (8-4), 6 p.m. Fayette at North Callaway (2-5), 6 p.m. Chester (5-1) at Waterloo (3-9), 6 p.m. Kingston (0-1) at St. Vincent (4-3), 6 p.m. Gillespie (2-7) at Breese Central (5-5), 6:15 p.m. Wesclin (6-6) at Carlyle (3-9), 6:15 p.m. Carnahan (0-4) at Northwest Academy (1-6), 6:15 p.m. North Tech (1-7) vs. Sumner (2-2), at Cleveland, 6:15 p.m. Edwardsville (9-1) at Soldan (4-6), 6:15 p.m. Triad (3-6) at Freeburg (8-2), 6:15 p.m. New Athens (5-4) at Marissa (8-2), 6:15 p.m. Valmeyer (2-7) at Dupo (1-10), 6:15 p.m. Lift For Life (4-1) at Miller Career (5-3), 6:15 p.m. Windsor (4-4) at Jefferson (4-4), 7 p.m. Hillsboro (1-6) at St. Pius X (3-3), 7 p.m. Vashon (4-3) at De Soto (6-3), 7 p.m. Duchesne (2-4) at Luth. St. Charles (8-1), 7:15 p.m. Staunton (9-4) at Father McGivney (9-4), 7:30 p.m. Festus (5-0) at Park Hills Central (2-0), 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Acad (0-1) at Lebanon (9-4), 7:30 p.m. Seckman (5-1) at Ste. Genevieve (3-0), 7:30 p.m. Nashville (9-3) at Pinckneyville (4-3), 7:45 p.m.

Dallas Boise St. (-3) vs. Boston College

Cheez-It

3 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Boise, Idaho BYU (-12) vs. Western Michigan

Dollar General

TODAY

Kansas City 50/30

Hazelwood Central (4-2) at Hazelwood East (3-2), 4:15 p.m. Summit (4-2) at Eureka (4-1), 6 p.m. South Callaway (0-2) at Hermann (4-2), 6 p.m. St. James (4-3) at Potosi (3-2), 6 p.m. Seckman (1-7) at University City (6-2), 6 p.m. Owensville (3-4) at Fulton (3-0), 6 p.m. St. Louis Chr. (1-1) at Gateway STEM (6-4), 6:15 p.m. Tower Grove vs. Medicine and Biosc (0-5), at McKinley, 6:30 p.m. Blue Knights (6-2) at Wright City (1-3), 7 p.m. Crystal City (3-6) at Bismarck High, 7 p.m. DuBourg (2-7) at Northwest-CH (1-5), 7 p.m. Gateway Science (1-8) at St. Clair (3-5), 7 p.m. ME Lutheran (7-3) at Triad (5-3), 7:30 p.m. Fayette at North Callaway (5-2), 7:30 p.m.

New Orleans: Appalachian State 45, Middle Tennessee 13

118 121 121 121 123 125 126 126 127 127 127 128 128 129 131 132 133 133 134 136

Alfred Dunhill Championship

Betting line in parentheses

ST. LOUIS FIVE-DAY FORECAST

48°

Sunday | Orlando, Fla. Purse: $1.085 million | Yardage: 6,853; Par: 72 Final Davis Love III-Dru Love $200,000 62-56 — Stewart-Connor Cink $62,417 61-60 — John-Little John Daly $62,417 59-62 — $62,417 63-58 — Retief-Leo Goosen David-Carter Toms $49,000 60-63 — Jack-G.T.Nicklaus $48,000 61-64 — $46,500 62-64 — Lee-Connor Janzen Jerry-Wesley Pate $46,500 63-63 — Jim-Mike Furyk $44,500 64-63 — $44,500 65-62 — Matt-Peter Kuchar Vijay-Qass Singh $44,500 64-63 — Tom-David Kite $43,250 65-63 — Mark-Shaun O’Meara $43,250 63-65 — $42,500 66-63 — David-Brady Duval Darren-Tyrone Clarke $42,000 67-64 — Bernhard-Jackie Langer $41,500 68-64 — $40,750 64-69 — Nick-Matthew Faldo Lee-Daniel Trevino $40,750 66-67 — Greg Norman-G. Norman Jr. $40,250 68-66 — Nick-Greg Price $40,000 67-69 —

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAMES

Boca Raton

GA 7 10 16 14 23 29 19 22 25 25 28 21 24 22 23 33 32 33 28 42

13. California (9-0) beat UC Santa Barbara 69-45. Next: vs. No. 1 UConn, Sunday.

6. Maryland (10-0) idle. Next: at Delaware, Thursday.

PNC Father-Son Challenge

East Boston College 77, Fairfield 67 Drexel 92, Quinnipiac 83 Duquesne 72, Maine 46 Florida G.C. 76, UMBC 53 Fordham 74, Howard 67 Hartford 87, Oakland 82 Niagara 77, Cornell 74 Providence 87, CCSU 63 Rhode Island 83, West Virginia 70 St. John’s 73, Wagner 58 Stony Brook 74, Delaware 68 Vermont 75, Northeastern 70 South Canisius 92, Elon 91 Coast. Carolina 69, NC Central 65 Mississippi 90, Chattanooga 70 N. Kentucky 72, Miami (Ohio) 66 Troy 87, W. Kentucky 81 UCF 90, Stetson 65 William & Mary 106, William Peace 89 Winthrop 109, Hiwassee 66 Midwest Bowling Green 82, Findlay 57 Illinois St. 88, Cleveland St. 77, OT Loyola (Chi.) 80, Norfolk St. 49 Michigan St. 104, Green Bay 83 Milwaukee 87, Wisconsin Lutheran 64 Nebraska 79, Oklahoma St. 56 Southwest Houston 68, Saint Louis 64 TCU 90, Indiana St. 70 Tulsa 72, Dayton 67 UTEP 68, UC Riverside 56 Far West New Mexico 82, Cent. Arkansas 70 Pacific 79, CS Northridge 77 San Francisco 68, Cal St.-Fullerton 54 South Dakota 68, Colorado St. 63 UC Davis 83, William Jessup 65

17. Arizona State (8-2) beat Kansas State 65-51. Next: vs. Fresno State, Thursday.

Saturday at Daytona Beach, Fla. • Morningside 35, Benedictine (Kan.) 28

Bowl

English Premier League

12. Texas (8-2) beat Stetson 65-46. Next: at Texas-Rio Grande-Valley, Thursday.

16. Iowa (9-2) beat Northern Iowa 83-57. Next: at Drake, Friday.

NAIA championship

GOLF

MEN’S BASKETBALL Major scores

11. Stanford (7-1) idle. Next: at No. 9 Tennessee, Tuesday.

15. Syracuse (8-2) idle. Next: vs. Niagara, Monday.

3. Baylor (8-1) idle. Next: vs. Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Monday, Dec. 31.

Area results

ST. LoUIS PoST-dISPaTCH • B9

Tuesday Hi/Lo/W

29/14/pc 52/30/pc 20/11/sf 59/41/s 66/51/pc 44/25/s 57/40/s 42/34/c 33/23/pc 62/45/s 42/27/pc 57/34/s 41/32/s 43/28/s 37/28/pc 62/50/pc 68/52/pc 53/35/s 49/36/pc 61/50/pc 37/28/s 32/16/s 82/67/pc 66/56/pc 42/29/s 53/40/pc 62/43/s 55/42/pc

Showers

T-storms

City

Rain

Los Angeles Louisville Memphis Miami Milwaukee Minneapolis Montgomery Nashville New Orleans New York City Oklahoma City Omaha Orlando Philadelphia Phoenix Pittsburgh Portland, Maine Portland, Ore. Sacramento Salt Lake City San Antonio San Diego San Francisco Seattle Tampa Tucson Washington, D.C. Wichita

Flurries

Today Hi/Lo/W

65/51/pc 51/30/s 56/37/pc 73/56/s 36/24/pc 33/24/s 64/37/pc 54/32/pc 63/47/pc 46/30/pc 55/37/pc 43/29/s 66/47/pc 47/31/pc 69/45/pc 37/26/c 37/21/sn 53/48/r 60/42/c 42/32/sn 68/44/pc 67/55/pc 59/47/c 53/47/sh 66/50/pc 67/40/pc 54/33/pc 56/34/s

Snow

Ice

Tuesday Hi/Lo/W

68/50/s 48/31/s 55/42/pc 76/63/pc 40/32/s 39/30/pc 61/42/s 51/34/s 64/54/pc 39/28/s 57/44/pc 46/33/pc 72/52/pc 41/26/s 68/45/s 35/23/pc 29/13/pc 56/47/r 60/45/c 42/35/pc 64/50/pc 68/52/s 60/51/pc 54/46/r 71/55/pc 66/38/s 45/31/s 55/39/pc

Sunday in the 48 contiguous states Low: -11 Crested Butte, Colo.

WORLD FORECAST

Today Hi/Lo/W

47/37/r 58/51/sh 60/51/sh 90/73/s 47/23/s 35/33/sh 76/60/t 69/55/pc 80/69/pc 52/49/sh 69/60/s 57/48/s 88/61/pc 49/45/pc 49/28/pc 91/72/s

Tuesday Hi/Lo/W

45/39/pc 53/48/r 64/47/pc 89/74/s 48/22/s 39/31/pc 71/63/pc 69/56/s 77/71/sh 51/40/r 69/66/s 57/44/pc 84/61/c 49/42/r 50/37/pc 94/69/c

City

Mexico City Montreal Moscow Nassau Nairobi New Delhi Paris Rio de Janeiro Rome San Juan Santiago Seoul Sydney Tokyo Toronto Vancouver

Today Hi/Lo/W

72/47/pc 34/16/c 12/8/c 80/66/pc 79/56/pc 72/43/pc 48/38/pc 92/77/pc 53/39/r 86/71/s 87/57/s 42/25/s 83/71/s 53/43/r 36/23/sf 50/44/r

Tuesday Hi/Lo/W

73/48/pc 22/14/s 15/9/c 79/69/pc 80/59/s 72/44/pc 47/43/pc 95/79/pc 54/35/s 86/72/s 89/56/s 46/28/s 77/70/pc 55/43/s 32/24/pc 50/43/r

W-weather, s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, i-ice, r-rain, t-thunderstorms, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow


SPORTS

12.17.2018 • Monday • M 2 AMERICA’S LINE

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

NFL Favorite Points Underdog ...........................Open Current....................... Saints ....................6.5 6 ............... PANTHERS Saturday TITANS....................10 10 ............Washington CHARGERS ............4.5 4.5 .................. Ravens Sunday COWBOYS.................7 7.......................... Bucs PATRIOTS ............ 12.5 12.5...................... Bills PANTHERS ............ NL NL...................Falcons DOLPHINS.............4.5 4.5 ................. Jaguars COLTS .......................9 9 .......................Giants EAGLES.................. NL NL....................Texans Vikings ..................4.5 4.5 .................... LIONS Packers ....................3 3 ..........................JETS BROWNS...................7 7..................... Bengals Rams ..................... NL NL....................CARDS Bears.....................3.5 3.5.................... 49ERS SAINTS .................. NL NL..................Steelers Chiefs ....................2.5 2.5.............SEAHAWKS Monday Broncos.................2.5 2.5................ RAIDERS NBA Points Underdog Favorite Bucks 3.5 PISTONS KNICKS 1.5 Suns T’WOLVES 8 Kings THUNDER 13 Bulls ROCKETS 5 Jazz SPURS 2 76ers WARRIORS 11.5 Grizzlies CLIPPERS 2 Blazers COLLEGE BASKETBALL Favorite Points Underdog VANDERBILT PK Arizona St Davidson 1.5 WAKE FOREST VALPARAISO PK Ball St OREGON ST 12 Pepperdine Added Games FLORIDA ST 26 SE Missouri St DRAKE 15 SIU-Edw’ville NO ILLINOIS 9 W Illinois MONTANA 11 N Dakota St WASHINGTON ST PK Rider NHL Favorite Odds Underdog Vegas BLUE JACKETS -$135/+$115 PENGUINS -$170/+$150 Ducks Predators -$180/+$160 SENATORS -$120/even Bruins CANADIENS AVALANCHE -$190/+$170 Islanders Grand Salami: Over/under 30.5 goals. Home team in CAPS © 2018 Benjamin Eckstein

FCS semifinals

SOCCER GP W D L GF Liverpool 17 14 3 0 37 Man City 17 14 2 1 48 Tottenham 17 13 0 4 31 Chelsea 17 11 4 2 35 Arsenal 17 10 4 3 37 Man United 17 7 5 5 29 Wolverhampton 17 7 4 6 19 Everton 17 6 6 5 24 West Ham 17 7 3 7 25 Watford 17 7 3 7 23 Bournemouth 17 7 2 8 25 Leicester 17 6 4 7 21 Brighton 17 6 3 8 20 Newcastle 17 4 4 9 14 Crystal Palace 17 4 3 10 14 Cardiff 17 4 2 11 17 Southampton 17 2 6 9 16 Burnley 17 3 3 11 15 Huddersfield 17 2 4 11 10 Fulham 17 2 3 12 16 Saturday Man City 3, Everton 1 Watford 3, Cardiff 2 Huddersfield 0, Newcastle 1 Crystal Palace 1, Leicester 0 Wolverhampton 2, Bournemouth 0 Tottenham 1, Burnley 0 Fulham 0, West Ham 2 Sunday Southampton 3, Arsenal 2 Brighton 1, Chelsea 2 Liverpool 3, Man United 1

FCS championship 11 a.m. Jan. 5, Frisco, Texas Eastern Washington (12-2), vs. North Dakota State (14-0)

Division II championship Saturday at McKinney, Texas • Valdosta State 49, Ferris State 47

Division III championship Friday at Shenandoah, Texas • Mary Hardin-Baylor 24, Mt. Union 16

Pts 45 44 39 37 34 26 25 24 24 24 23 22 21 16 15 14 12 12 10 9

Champions League Round of 16 draw, 5 p.m. Monday First round group winners Dortmund Barcelona Paris Porto Bayern Manchester City Real Madrid Juventus First round runners-up Atlético Tottenham Liverpool Schalke Ajax Lyon Roma Manchester United

14. Minnesota (10-0) idle. Next: vs. Rhode Island, Saturday. 15. Syracuse (8-2) idle. Next: vs. Niagara, Monday. 16. Iowa (9-2) beat Northern Iowa 83-57. Next: at Drake, Friday.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL How the top 25 fared

17. Arizona State (8-2) beat Kansas State 65-51. Next: vs. Fresno State, Thursday.

1. UConn (9-0) idle. Next: at Oklahoma, Wednesday.

18. Kentucky (10-1) idle. Next: vs. Western Carolina, Tuesday.

2. Notre Dame (9-1) beat Binghamton 103-53. Next: vs. Western Kentucky, Wednesday.

19. Marquette (8-2) idle. Next: vs. Binghamton, Monday.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

22. Missouri (8-3) idle. Next: vs. Texas State, Monday. 23. Michigan State (9-1) beat Hartford 74-66, OT. Next: vs. FAU, Thursday.

6. Maryland (10-0) idle. Next: at Delaware, Thursday.

Women’s basketball No. 21 Gonzaga 70, Missouri State 67 Illinois State 61, Maryville U. 52 McKendree 59, NW Missouri State 55 Webster U. 66, Lawrence U. 53 Loras 57, Washington U. 46

25. South Carolina (6-4) beat Purdue 82-73, 2OT. Next: vs. Temple, Friday.

8. Oregon State (8-2) idle. Next: vs. Duke, Thursday.

MEN’S BASKETBALL Major scores

9. Tennessee (8-0) idle. Next: vs. No. 11 Stanford, Tuesday. 10. N.C. State (11-0) idle. Next: at Chattanooga, Saturday.

Men’s basketball Lincoln (Mo.) 73, McKendree 69 Illinois State 88, Cleveland State 77

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL GAMES

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS SCHEDULE

Betting line in parentheses

Monday

SATURDAY’S RESULTS

BOYS BASKETBALL

Cure: Tulane 41, La.-Lafayette 24

New Mexico: Utah State 52, North Texas 13

Las Vegas: Fresno State 31, Arizona State 20

Camellia: Ga. Southern 23, Eastern Michigan 21

SCHEDULE Date

Time

TV

Site

Matchup

Tuesday

6 p.m.

ESPN

Boca Raton, Fla.

UAB (-2.5) vs. Northern Illinois

Frisco Gasparilla

Wed.

7 p.m.

ESPN

Frisco, Texas

Ohio (-3) vs. San Diego St.

Thursday

7 p.m.

ESPN

Tampa, Fla.

Marshall (-2.5) vs. So. Florida

Nassau, Bahamas

Toledo (-6) vs. Florida Int’l

Bahamas

Dec. 21 11:30 a.m.

ESPN

Idaho Potato

Dec. 21

3 p.m.

ESPN

Birmingham

Dec. 22

11 a.m.

ESPN

Birmingham, Ala.

Memphis (-4) vs. Wake Forest Army (-3) vs. Houston

Armed Forces

Dec. 22 2:30 p.m.

ESPN

Fort Worth, Texas

Dec. 22

6 p.m.

ESPN

Mobile, Ala.

Buffalo (-1.5) vs. Troy

Hawaii

Dec. 22 9:30 p.m.

ESPN

Honolulu

Hawaii (-1) vs. Louisiana Tech

First Responder Dec. 26 12:30 p.m.

ESPN

Quick Lane

Dec. 26 4:15 p.m.

ESPN

Dec. 26

8 p.m.

ESPN

Phoenix

California (PK) vs. TCU

Independence

Dec. 27 12:30 p.m.

ESPN

Shreveport, La.

Temple (-4) vs. Duke

Pinstripe

Dec. 27 4:15 p.m.

ESPN

Detroit Georgia Tech (-6) vs. Minnesota

Bronx, N.Y. Miami (Fla.) (-3.5) vs. Wisconsin

Texas

Dec. 27

8 p.m.

ESPN

Houston

Vanderbilt (-5) vs. Baylor

Music City

Dec. 28 12:30 p.m.

ESPN

Nashville, Tenn.

Auburn (-4) vs. Purdue

Camping World

Dec. 28 4:15 p.m.

ESPN

Orlando, Fla. West Virginia (-1.5) vs. Syracuse

Alamo

Dec. 28

8 p.m.

ESPN San Antonio, Texas Washington St. (-3.5) vs. Iowa St.

Peach

Dec. 29

11 a.m.

ESPN

Atlanta

Michigan (-7) vs. Florida

Belk

Dec. 29

11 a.m. KDNL-30

Charlotte, N.C.

South Carolina (-5) vs. Virginia

Arizona

Dec. 29 12:15 p.m. CBSSN

Tucson, Ariz.

Arkansas St. (-1) vs. Nevada

Cotton (semi)

Dec. 29

Arlington, Texas

Clemson (-13) vs. Notre Dame

Orange (semi)

Dec. 29

7 p.m.

ESPN Miami Gardens, Fla.

Alabama (-14) vs. Oklahoma

Military

Dec. 31

11 a.m.

ESPN

ESPN

Annapolis, Md. Cincinnati (-6) vs. Virginia Tech

Sun

Dec. 31

1 p.m. KMOV-4

El Paso, Texas

Stanford (-6.5) vs. Pittsburgh

Redbox

Dec. 31

2 p.m.

KTVI-2

Santa Clara, Calif.

Oregon (-2.5) vs. Michigan St.

Liberty

Dec. 31 2:45 p.m.

ESPN

Memphis, Tenn.

Missouri (-7) vs. Oklahoma St.

Holiday

Dec. 31

6 p.m.

FS1

San Diego

Utah (-7) vs. Northwestern

Gator

Dec. 31 6:30 p.m.

ESPN

Jacksonville, Fla.

Texas A&M (-6.5) vs. NC State

Outback

Jan. 1

11 a.m.

ESPN2

Tampa, Fla.

Mississippi St. (-7) vs. Iowa

Citrus

Jan. 1

12 p.m. KDNL-30

Orlando, Fla.

Penn St. (-6) vs. Kentucky

Fiesta

Jan. 1

12 p.m.

ESPN

Glendale, Ariz.

LSU (-7.5) vs. UCF

Rose

Jan. 1

4 p.m.

ESPN

Pasadena, Calif.

Ohio St. (-6.5) vs. Washington

Sugar

Jan. 1 7:30 p.m.

ESPN

New Orleans

Georgia (-13) vs. Texas

CFP champ.

Jan. 7

ESPN

Santa Clara, Calif.

Semifinal winners

7 p.m.

TONIGHT

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

Plenty of sunshine WIND NW 4-8 mph

Partly cloudy

Mostly sunny

WIND E 3-6 mph

WIND SE 6-12 mph

Mainly cloudy and mild WIND S 7-14 mph

80

Peoria 55 74 Macomb 43/25 43/23 Bloomington Urbana 41/23 43/25

Kirksville 46/26

Quincy 44/26

Decatur 43/24 Springfield 57 44/24 Effingham 70 55 46/26

35

Columbia 70 50/30 St. Louis Mount Jefferson Vernon 48/28 City 47/23 51/28 Union 55 51/27 57 44 Rolla Carbondale 51/30 49/25 Farmington 51/27 Cape Girardeau 52/29 Springfield 55/34 Poplar Bluff West Plains 54/30 55 56/32

44

RIVER AND LAKE LEVELS

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

Location

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

32 23 21 20 25

16 11.60 -0.05 15 11.89 +0.06 25 18.94 none 26 18.77 -0.52 18 15.66 -0.21 419 417.26 -0.06 21 11.14 -0.30 30 15.64 -0.10 27 21.39 +2.77 32 26.89 +2.35 15.44 13.82 13.48

50 40

54

34

49

34

48 41

50

7.52 +4.64 3.13 +4.23 13.80 +0.54

15

2.29 +0.27

40

Average High 48

48

53

35

31

36

48

33

28

35.97

+1.15

355.80 361.33 495.43 658.40 707.04 656.41 912.22 841.60 600.58 408.09 609.56 447.00

+0.10 +0.96 +0.88 -0.20 +0.08 +0.54 +0.08 +0.09 -0.04 +0.81 -0.23 +0.70

Average Low

44

24

20 10

55

Forecast Temperature 59

40

30

-0.12 -0.45 -0.21

15 16 24

TEMPERATURE TRENDS

Daily Temperature 60

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

15.60 -0.56 12.38 -0.25 13.08 -0.12 9.83 -0.15 16.61 -0.19

20 18 14

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

Location

41

46

43

31

29

29

F

S

S

16 M

T

W

T

F

S

S

M

T

W

T

Pollen Yesterday Trees Weeds Grass Mold

Chief Meteorologist Glenn Zimmerman

LAD

2,386,097 36,209,572 31,775,817 43,567,472

Bos

3,661,484 4,503,815

1,835,926

Det

4,133,193 4,032,747

1,333,417

SF

1,448,190 3,394,645 2,960,647

Monday SAINTS at PANTHERS — SAINTS: OUT: T Terron Armstead (pectoral). PANTHERS: OUT: K Graham Gano (left knee). DOUBTFUL: DT Kawann Short (calf).

NATIONAL OUTLOOK

Winnipeg 22/19

Seattle 53/47

Montreal 34/16

San Francisco 59/47

Absent Absent Absent Moderate - 6525

20 429 455 1491 1277

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

48° noon

Minneapolis 33/24

Billings 54/30

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

45° 4 p.m.

36° 8 p.m.

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

6

7

8

9

10

11+

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

Today’s Air Quality

airnow.gov

Denver 57/34

Skywatch Rise

Set

7:14 a.m. 1:34 p.m.

4:41 p.m. 1:29 a.m.

Full Moon

Last Quarter

New Moon

First Quarter

Dec 22

Dec 29

Jan 5

Jan 14

©2018; forecasts and graphics, except for the KTVI forecasts, provided by

New York 46/30

Detroit 38/24

Washington 54/33

Kansas City 50/30

Los Angeles 65/51

Atlanta 59/39

El Paso 58/41 Houston 69/47

Chihuahua 65/38

Miami 73/56

Monterrey 69/44

Cold front

Warm front

City

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

40/21/sf 53/34/pc 25/17/sn 59/39/pc 69/40/pc 50/30/pc 59/35/pc 44/35/sh 45/26/r 66/41/pc 48/29/s 64/34/s 38/26/s 45/28/s 38/28/c 59/41/pc 64/45/pc 57/34/s 45/29/s 64/46/pc 38/24/pc 43/23/pc 81/67/s 69/47/pc 42/26/s 50/30/s 60/42/pc 57/38/pc

National Extremes

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

Stationary front

Today Hi/Lo/W

High: 81 Immokalee, Fla.

City

Good Moderate Unhealthy Unhealthy Very Hazardous (sensitive) Unhealthy

Toronto 36/23

Chicago 38/26

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

Sun Moon

2015

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

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

5

2016

TRANSACTIONS

Ursuline at Clayton, 4:15 p.m.

Source: St. Louis County

4

2017

11,951,091 $15,719,318 27,396,653 26,108,785

Was

GIRLS SWIMMING

Heating Degree Days

3

2018

NYY

NFL INJURY REPORT

Statistics through 5 p.m. Sunday

2

Team

WRESTLING

Temperature High/low 59°/31° Normal high/low 42°/26° Last year high/low 62°/36° Record high 70° (1889) Record low -8° (1989) Precipitation 24 hrs through 5 p.m. Sun. 0.00” Month to date (normal) 2.11” (1.53”) Year to date (normal) 40.73” (39.65”) Record for this date 1.16” (2001)

1

NEW YORK (AP): Major league teams that had to pay luxury tax during the last four seasons, as obtained by The Associated Press:

Sullivan at Rolla, 5 p.m. Civic Memorial, Jerseyville at Waterloo, 6 p.m. Teams: Civic Memorial, Jerseyville, Waterloo

ALMANAC

0

MLB LUXURY TAX

Francis Howell (6-3) vs. Priory (8-1), at Queeny Park, 6:30 p.m. Edwardsville MVCHA (3-6-2) vs. Granite City (6-5-1), at Granite Rink, 7:30 p.m. Columbia (8-3) vs. Alton (3-8-1), at E. Alton Rink, 7:30 p.m. Freeburg/Waterloo (12-1) vs. Wood River (1-9-1), at Granite Rink, 8:55 p.m. MICDS (4-4-1) vs. St. Mary’s (0-10), at Affton Rink, 9 p.m. Timberland (5-5-1) vs. FH Central (8-4), at Rec-Plex, 9 p.m. Triad (4-7) vs. Civic Memorial (1-8-1), at E. Alton Rink, 9 p.m.

FRIDAY

32° 8 a.m.

286 287 299

While snow makes for slick travel across much of the Northeast today, the rest of the eastern and central U.S. will be dry, calm and largely sunny. Farther west, the remains of one storm will bring snow showers to the interior Northwest and rain to Central California, while the next wet and windy storm moves onshore in the Pacific Northwest.

Rain and drizzle; Partly sunny and cooler breezy WIND WIND NW 8-16 mph NW 10-20 mph

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

After last week’s rain and clouds, it’s time to dry out. More sunshine today with dry air. Highs will be near 50. Look for rain to move in mid- to late week.

274 276 277 277 280 280 281 281 282 282 282 283 283 283 284 284 284 285 285 285 285 285 285 285 285

HOCKEY

48° 36° 53° 44° 48° 33° 41° 31°

28°

Sunday | Malelane, South Africa Purse: $1.7 million | Yardage: 7,287; Par: 72 Final 70-66-70-68 — David Lipsky, USA David Drysdale, UK 69-69-71-67 — Zander Lombard, SAF 71-69-68-69 — 71-66-68-72 — Scott Jamieson, UK Oliver Wilson, UK 70-69-71-69 — Ben Evans, UK 70-70-71-69 — 72-68-70-71 — Niklas Lemke, SWE Louis Oosthuizen, SAF 71-69-70-71 — Oliver Bekker, SAF 66-73-75-68 — 71-74-67-70 — Adri Arnaus, Spain Pablo Larrazabal, Spain 69-73-67-73 — Neil Schietekat, Spain 72-72-70-69 — Darren Fichardt, SAF 69-70-73-71 — 69-70-72-72 — Dylan Frittelli, SAF Robert MacIntyre, UK 70-71-72-71 — Romain Langasque, FRA 74-68-69-73 — 69-70-69-76 — Brandon Stone, SAF Jean-Paul Strydom, SAF 74-72-72-67 — Masahiro Kawamura, JAP 72-71-72-70 — Chris Paisley, UK 75-70-70-70 — 74-71-70-70 — Matt Wallace, UK Max Orrin, UK 71-74-67-73 — Sean Crocker, USA 72-68-71-74 — 75-69-66-75 — C. Bezuidenhout, SAF Raphael Jacquelin, FRA 68-75-66-76 — Also 73-67-73-73 — Ernie Els, SAF Branden Grace, SAF 73-72-70-72 — Chase Koepka, USA 73-72-75-79 —

BASKETBALL National Basketball Association WASHINGTON WIZARDS — Recalled Fs Troy Brown Jr. and Okaro White from Capital City (NBAGL). HOCKEY National Hockey League CAROLINA HURRICANES — Assigned Fs Clark Bishop and Janne Kuokkanen and G Scott Darling to Charlotte (AHL). NEW YORK RANGERS — Recalled G Alexandar Georgiev from Hartford (AHL). Assigned LW Matt Beleskey and G Dustin Tokarski to Hartford. BLUES — Recalled F Tanner Kaspick from Tulsa (ECHL) to San Antonio (AHL).

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THURSDAY

REGIONAL OUTLOOK

Joplin 57/35

Belleville West (5-6) at O’Fallon (6-4), 5 p.m. Tower Grove vs. Medicine and Biosc (2-2), at McKinley, 5 p.m. Pacific (2-5) at St. Dominic (2-5), 5:30 p.m. New Haven (3-4) at Wellsville (1-3), 5:30 p.m. University City (1-6) at McCluer (0-7), 5:30 p.m. Hazelwood East (2-3) at Hazelwood Central (5-2), 5:30 p.m. Blue Knights at O’Fallon Christian (1-8), 5:30 p.m. Normandy (1-3) at Jennings (4-2), 5:30 p.m. Carlinville (7-1) at Bunker Hill (0-3), 6 p.m. Eureka (3-3) at Summit (2-4), 6 p.m. Owensville (4-3) at Fulton (2-1), 6 p.m. Roxana (3-7) at Wood River (8-4), 6 p.m. Fayette at North Callaway (2-5), 6 p.m. Chester (5-1) at Waterloo (3-9), 6 p.m. Kingston (0-1) at St. Vincent (4-3), 6 p.m. Gillespie (2-7) at Breese Central (5-5), 6:15 p.m. Wesclin (6-6) at Carlyle (3-9), 6:15 p.m. Carnahan (0-4) at Northwest Academy (1-6), 6:15 p.m. North Tech (1-7) vs. Sumner (2-2), at Cleveland, 6:15 p.m. Edwardsville (9-1) at Soldan (4-6), 6:15 p.m. Triad (3-6) at Freeburg (8-2), 6:15 p.m. New Athens (5-4) at Marissa (8-2), 6:15 p.m. Valmeyer (2-7) at Dupo (1-10), 6:15 p.m. Lift For Life (4-1) at Miller Career (5-3), 6:15 p.m. Windsor (4-4) at Jefferson (4-4), 7 p.m. Hillsboro (1-6) at St. Pius X (3-3), 7 p.m. Vashon (4-3) at De Soto (6-3), 7 p.m. Duchesne (2-4) at Luth. St. Charles (8-1), 7:15 p.m. Staunton (9-4) at Father McGivney (9-4), 7:30 p.m. Festus (5-0) at Park Hills Central (2-0), 7:30 p.m. First Baptist Acad (0-1) at Lebanon (9-4), 7:30 p.m. Seckman (5-1) at Ste. Genevieve (3-0), 7:30 p.m. Nashville (9-3) at Pinckneyville (4-3), 7:45 p.m.

Dallas Boise St. (-3) vs. Boston College

Cheez-It

3 p.m.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

Boise, Idaho BYU (-12) vs. Western Michigan

Dollar General

TODAY

Kansas City 50/30

Hazelwood Central (4-2) at Hazelwood East (3-2), 4:15 p.m. Summit (4-2) at Eureka (4-1), 6 p.m. South Callaway (0-2) at Hermann (4-2), 6 p.m. St. James (4-3) at Potosi (3-2), 6 p.m. Seckman (1-7) at University City (6-2), 6 p.m. Owensville (3-4) at Fulton (3-0), 6 p.m. St. Louis Chr. (1-1) at Gateway STEM (6-4), 6:15 p.m. Tower Grove vs. Medicine and Biosc (0-5), at McKinley, 6:30 p.m. Blue Knights (6-2) at Wright City (1-3), 7 p.m. Crystal City (3-6) at Bismarck High, 7 p.m. DuBourg (2-7) at Northwest-CH (1-5), 7 p.m. Gateway Science (1-8) at St. Clair (3-5), 7 p.m. ME Lutheran (7-3) at Triad (5-3), 7:30 p.m. Fayette at North Callaway (5-2), 7:30 p.m.

New Orleans: Appalachian State 45, Middle Tennessee 13

118 121 121 121 123 125 126 126 127 127 127 128 128 129 131 132 133 133 134 136

Alfred Dunhill Championship

Far West Hawaii 76, MVSU 51 New Mexico 82, Cent. Arkansas 70 Pacific 79, CS Northridge 77 San Francisco 68, Cal St.-Fullerton 54 South Dakota 68, Colorado St. 63 UC Davis 83, William Jessup 65

East Boston College 77, Fairfield 67 Drexel 92, Quinnipiac 83 Duquesne 72, Maine 46

11. Stanford (7-1) idle. Next: at No. 9 Tennessee, Tuesday.

ST. LOUIS FIVE-DAY FORECAST

48°

Southwest Houston 68, Saint Louis 64 TCU 90, Indiana St. 70 Tulsa 72, Dayton 67 UTEP 68, UC Riverside 56

24. Miami (9-2) beat Maryland-Eastern Shore 71-53. Next: vs. Vanderbilt, Thursday.

7. Oregon (8-1) idle. Next: vs. No. 5 Mississippi State, Tuesday.

Area results

Sunday | Orlando, Fla. Purse: $1.085 million | Yardage: 6,853; Par: 72 Final Davis Love III-Dru Love $200,000 62-56 — Stewart-Connor Cink $62,417 61-60 — John-Little John Daly $62,417 59-62 — $62,417 63-58 — Retief-Leo Goosen David-Carter Toms $49,000 60-63 — Jack-G.T.Nicklaus $48,000 61-64 — $46,500 62-64 — Lee-Connor Janzen Jerry-Wesley Pate $46,500 63-63 — Jim-Mike Furyk $44,500 64-63 — $44,500 65-62 — Matt-Peter Kuchar Vijay-Qass Singh $44,500 64-63 — Tom-David Kite $43,250 65-63 — Mark-Shaun O’Meara $43,250 63-65 — $42,500 66-63 — David-Brady Duval Darren-Tyrone Clarke $42,000 67-64 — Bernhard-Jackie Langer $41,500 68-64 — $40,750 64-69 — Nick-Matthew Faldo Lee-Daniel Trevino $40,750 66-67 — Greg Norman-G. Norman Jr. $40,250 68-66 — Nick-Greg Price $40,000 67-69 —

Midwest Bowling Green 82, Findlay 57 Illinois St. 88, Cleveland St. 77, OT Loyola (Chi.) 80, Norfolk St. 49 Michigan St. 104, Green Bay 83 Milwaukee 87, Wisconsin Lutheran 64 Nebraska 79, Oklahoma St. 56

21. Gonzaga (10-1) beat Missouri State 70-67. Next: vs. Idaho, Thursday.

5. Mississippi State (10-0) idle. Next: at No. 7 Oregon, Tuesday.

PNC Father-Son Challenge

South Canisius 92, Elon 91 Coast. Carolina 69, NC Central 65 Mississippi 90, Chattanooga 70 N. Kentucky 72, Miami (Ohio) 66 Troy 87, W. Kentucky 81 UCF 90, Stetson 65 William & Mary 106, William Peace 89 Winthrop 109, Hiwassee 66

20. DePaul (7-3) idle. Next: vs. Tennessee State, Monday.

4. Louisville (11-0) idle. Next: at Central Michigan, Thursday.

Saturday at Daytona Beach, Fla. • Morningside 35, Benedictine (Kan.) 28

GOLF

Florida G.C. 76, UMBC 53 Fordham 74, Howard 67 Hartford 87, Oakland 82 Niagara 77, Cornell 74 Providence 87, CCSU 63 Rhode Island 83, West Virginia 70 St. John’s 73, Wagner 58 Stony Brook 74, Delaware 68 Vermont 75, Northeastern 70

13. California (9-0) beat UC Santa Barbara 69-45. Next: vs. No. 1 UConn, Sunday.

3. Baylor (8-1) idle. Next: vs. Texas-Rio Grande Valley, Monday, Dec. 31.

NAIA championship

Boca Raton

GA 7 10 16 14 23 29 19 22 25 25 28 21 24 22 23 33 32 33 28 42

12. Texas (8-2) beat Stetson 65-46. Next: at Texas-Rio Grande-Valley, Thursday.

M: Maryville at Oklahoma Christian, 3 p.m. M: St. Louis CC at Lincoln Land, 5 p.m. W: STL Pharmacy at Lyon, 5:30 p.m. M: SE Missouri at Florida State, 6 p.m. W: Quincy at Lindenwood, 6 p.m. M: Principia at Cal Tech, 6 p.m. W: Southeast Missouri at Memphis, 7 p.m. M: STL Pharmacy at Lyon, 7:30 p.m.

Friday • North Dakota State 44, South Dakota State 21 Saturday • Eastern Washington 50, Maine 19

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B10 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

M 1 • MOnDAy • 12.17.2018

Alvarez quickly defeats Fielding ASSOCIATED PRESS

NEW YORK • Canelo Al-

varez threw a Garden party Saturday night. Alvarez landed dozens of body punches, knocking down Rocky Fielding four times and stopping him in the third round to earn his third weight class title, taking the WBA super middleweight belt. Coming off his close decision against Gennady Golovkin three months ago to take the WBA and WBC middleweight titles, Alvarez could hear chants of “Canelo! Canelo!” long before he entered the Madison Square Garden ring for the first time. Throughout a lengthy undercard, it was clear who the sellout crowd of 20,112 had come to see and cheer. He delivered with power and precision, landing 73 punches, 35 to the body. “That was the plan in the

gym, to hit the body and then move up, and that’s the result,” Alvarez said. “You see the result here.” Only eight other Mexican fighters have held three division titles. And Alvarez, 28, says he is headed back to the 160-pound class he rules, with possibly a third go with Golovkin in 2019. The next fight, opponent unknown, is set for Las Vegas in early May. “Canelo will fight whoever is the best, no doubt about it,” said his promoter, Oscar De La Hoya. If this was a one-off at 168 pounds, it was quite a show in his debut at Madison Square Garden. “My goal is to make good fights for the people, for the public, and to make sure the name of Canelo Álvarez and of Mexico is held up high,” Alvarez said. Fielding, 31, won the WBA crown in July when he knocked out Tyron

Zeuge in Germany in the fifth round. But the Englishman had never faced anyone close to Canelo’s class, and it showed. “I never shied away from the challenge,” Fielding said. “I lived the dream, I’ll come back. “He is strong and all that. It was the body shots, the wind he took away. He placed the shots well and he caught me. I stood too long to try to mix it with him when I shouldn’t have. “The better man won tonight.” The fight ended with 22 seconds remaining in the third after two knockdowns in the round. Fielding came to fight but was outmanned from the outset. He couldn’t block the bevy of body punches launched by Alvarez, who floored Fielding with a left in the first round. Alvarez did it again with a right to the head and a

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EV2 • ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH BRIDGE QUIZ ANSWERS • BOB JONES Q 1 • Neither vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠A Q 5 4 ♥9 4 ♦K J 3 ♣10 8 7 4 SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♦ Pass 1♠ Pass 2♠ Pass ? What call would you make? A • Game could be there on a very good day but looking for it might get you overboard. Pass. Q 2 • North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠10 9 6 ♥8 ♦A Q 10 6 5 2 ♣Q 10 5 With the opponents passing, you open a weak 2♦ and partner bids 2NT. What call would you make? A • Partner has asked whether you are minimum or maximum. A maximum is a hand that would force to game over a 15-17 1NT opening. This hand would, so bid 3♣. It is the best “feature” you can show.

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Q 4 • Both vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠A 7 6 ♥Q 4 ♦A K Q 9 7 3 ♣Q 10 SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♦ 3♠ Pass Pass ? What call would you make? A • Pass or 4♦ could be right, but we would give 3NT the old college try. Q 5 • North-South vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠K Q 6 3 2 ♥A Q 4 ♦K Q J 4 ♣6 SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♠ Pass 1NT Pass 2♦ Pass 2♥ Pass ? What call would you make? A • Partner’s bid is a sign-off, but you can’t pass with this hand. In support of hearts, this hand is worth bidding a game. Bid 4♥. (12/17/18)

Q 3 • East-West vulnerable, as South, you hold: ♠A K J ♥Q J 8 6 5 3 ♦8 6 ♣A 9 SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1♥ Pass 1♠ Pass ? What call would you make? A • The hearts are too weak for a 3♥ rebid. Bid 2♥.

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1 Walk in the kiddie pool 5 Org. for the Los Angeles Sparks and New York Liberty 9 Minor fight 14 Affordable German car 15 Garden worker 16 “Star Trek” lieutenant who speaks Swahili 17 Drops dead 19 Tilts 20 Declare something completely finished 22 Cain or Abel, to Adam and Eve 23 Tiny 24 “___ we can” (2008 campaign slogan) 25 Self-proclaimed greatest boxer 28 One-named soccer great

RULES OF THE GAME: 1. Words must be of four or more letters. 2. Words that acquire four letters by the addition of “s,” such as “bats” or “dies,” are not allowed. 3. Additional words made by adding a “d” or an “s” may not be used. For example, if “bake” is used, “baked” or “bakes” are not allowed, but “bake” and “baking” are admissible. 4. Proper nouns, slang words, or vulgar or sexually explicit words are not allowed.

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63 ___ Gay (WWII plane) 64 Act all hoity-toity 66 Indian princes 67 Felipe ___, first Dominican manager in MLB history 68 Small construction unit? 69 Lose in a staring contest 70 Littlest in a litter 71 Sexual appetite

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HOROSCOPE • JACQUELINE BIGAR

If Dec. 17 is your birthday • This year you feel fortunate to be as creative as you are. If you are single, you might meet someone quite special to your life’s history. If you are attached, the two of you could act like new lovers, full of passion and just wanting to be alone. Aries loves to be your cheerleader.

December 17 WORD — DOSSIER (DOSSIER: DAHS-ee-ay: A collection of papers giving detailed information.) Average mark 13 words. Time limit 25 minutes. Can you find 17 or more words in DOSSIER? The list will be published tomorrow. SATURDAY’S WORD — RALLIED deal lidar aired raid dear lied alder rail deli lira allied rale dell lire arid read derail idea lade real dial ideal ladle redial dialer idle laid ride diel idler lair rile dill earl lard rill dire dale lead aide drill dare liar ailed

31 Sis’s sibling 33 Expression of disgust in Valley Girl-speak 39 Give the glad eye 40 Grp. to call to get a tow 41 Site with a “Shop by category” button 42 Have surgery 47 Not worth a ___ 48 One-named singer with the 1985 hit “Smooth Operator” 49 Concorde, e.g., for short 50 Ingested 53 Org. with the longtime leader Wayne LaPierre 55 QB’s mistake: abbr. 57 Show up for negotiations ... or a hint for 20-, 33and 42-Across

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

WORD GAME

M 1 • MOnDAy • 12.17.2018

ARIES (March 20-April 19) HHH You couldn’t feel better, as far as your energy level goes. You will encounter several obstacles, which could include a controlling person. You can butt heads, or you can bypass this issue and this person. Tonight: Busy with last-minute details. TAURUS (April 20-May 20) HHH Move forward toward an important goal. You might be planning a trip or considering taking a workshop or seminar. A loved one or some other key person in your life poses an obstacle. Tonight: Take some alone time. GEMINI (May 21-June 20) HHH A meeting helps you zero in on what you want. You feel much more in control and knowledgeable about what you need to do. You could feel as though you need to make a change that is long overdue. Tonight: With friends. CANCER (June 21-July 22) HHH With the closeness of the holidays, you could feel out of whack. You want to make a major statement to a loved one. Hold off for now and give yourself more time to think about it. Tonight: Get some extra R and R. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) HHH Reach out to someone at a distance. You easily could feel overwhelmed and as if you are asking for too much. Allow your sense of humor to emerge. Tonight: Take a brisk walk to help eliminate stress. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) HHHH You need to relate on

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26 Italian body of water 27 Inuit shelter: var. 29 Pinocchio, notably 30 Les ___-Unis 32 Request from a dentist 34 Clothing department with jackets and ties 35 [LOL] 36 Japanese sashes 37 Clods 38 No, in Moscow

43 “You wouldn’t believe it if I told you” 44 Currency unit worth a little more than a dollar 45 Delete from a manuscript 46 Longtime “SNL” cast member Thompson 50 Sour 51 Like music with traditional harmony

52 or 54 Equal to face value 56 Pre-Little League game 58 Panache 59 Giant in streaming video 60 School attended by princes William and Harry 61 In ___ of (replacing) 62 Units of work in physics 65 Drunkard

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a one-on-one level with others in order to accomplish what you want. A partner might be particularly important in helping you make a decision about a major purchase. Tonight: Share exciting news. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) HHH Others seem to be calling the shots right now. You might want to let someone know, in your typical Libra style, that you’ve had enough. The meaning of your words will dawn on this person later. Tonight: As you like it. SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) HHH You could be highly energized, yet others might be slowing you down, as they are dragging their heels. Relax and try not to reorganize everyone’s plans. Tonight: Out late.

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WONDERWORD

SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) HHH Someone might think you are in a big hurry today. You jump quickly from one situation to another, fully comprehending what is needed and fulfilling that need. Tonight: Have a great time. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) HHHH Without intending to, you hit obstacles today. You exude self-confidence and experience, but that doesn’t make you an expert. Let go of the need to be in control, and let someone else take the lead. Tonight: Head home. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) HHH You could be tired of pushing so hard to get holiday errands done. At this time of year, you often connect with people you rarely see and people you must meet up with but don’t necessarily like. You know how not to get caught up in others’ stuff. Tonight: Hang out with friends.

WORDY GURDY

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) HHH Use caution with spending while shopping. You could go overboard, especially if you forgot to buy a gift for someone. Be smart, and get some last-minute gifts in case you forgot someone. Tonight: Start wrapping up holiday details. STLtoday.com/horoscopes Get expanded horoscope information: star charts, peak times, outlooks and Chinese Zodiac data.

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ST. LoUIS PoST-dISPaTCH • EV3

DEAR ABBY

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

Sister has affair with a married man Dear Sneaking • You’re not off base. But you’re also not your sister. The two of you appear to have very different values. While you want a full relationship, the “crumbs” and goodies she’s getting from her honey may be enough for her, and she may regard their stolen moments as exciting. If she were hoping for more than the status quo, I would say she’s wasting her time. But she seems to know the score.

who takes her to appointments, shopping, etc. when she can’t drive herself or when she feels the woman needs company. Officially, I don’t know anything. But I was told her oncologist has informed her she’s got six months. My question is: Should I contact her? I’ll feel like an idiot and like I’m invading her privacy if I do, yet somehow guilty if I don’t. — FRIEND OF A FRIEND IN NEW YORK

Dear Abby • I know three people who have cancer. One is terminal, one is probably terminal and the other is possibly terminal. The second and third individuals I’ve known for a long time. The terminal person, however, is a social acquaintance — someone I met through a close friend. Over the last two years we have socialized a half-dozen times, but we’ve never had an extended conversation, and I don’t especially like her. As her condition has worsened, she has withdrawn from most socializing. I receive updates from my friend,

Dear Friend • I assume you know as much about this woman as you do because your good friend is confiding in you. If you don’t know anything “officially,” I assume your friend was sworn to secrecy and chose to tell you because she receives emotional support from you. I see nothing to be gained by inserting yourself at this point, and you should not feel guilty for keeping your distance. 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.

CAROLYN HAX

She hates the outdoors; he enjoys it Adapted from a recent online discussion. Dear Carolyn • I don’t like to go outside. I don’t really see the appeal. I enjoy indoor activities like reading and binge-watching shows and cooking. I will sit outside for a game or something, but I don’t go outside for outside’s sake. I get a lot of pushback. People are really shocked when it’s objectively a nice day out and I couldn’t care less. I’ve shrugged them off, except I have been dating a guy who is into getting outside “to enjoy the day.” I live somewhere with rough winters so it isn’t a big deal until it warms up, but every good weekend he wants to go for walks or sporting events or eat outside. On a nice day recently, I wanted to go to the movies, come home, and hang out inside. He said he felt like we “wasted” the whole day and the nice weather.

I really want to find a compromise because I really dig him, but I feel hesitant to even tell him how much I dislike the outdoors because it’s been criticized most my life. Any suggestions? — I Don’t Like to Go Outside Answer • Tell him. Not telling is not fair. If this incompatibility is intractable enough and affecting parts of your lives that both of you are unwilling enough to compromise on, then it’s time to break up. The compromise, by the way, is for you to force yourself outdoors on nice days to see if it’s a trade-off you’re willing to make in return for the pleasure of his company. But you don’t get to do it secretly, because he also needs to decide if he’s willing to be with someone who has to force herself outside. That’s not just because people who are being good sports about something are less fun to have

around than people who genuinely enjoy it. It’s also because there might come a point down the road where the thrill of his company wears off a bit and the effort to get outside feels bigger every time and the balance of your trade-off shifts toward “nah.” He needs to make an informed decision about you, and that possibility is likely enough that he has to be able to weigh it for himself. Imagine if you commit longterm and get transferred to a warmer climate. Then you’re not sucking it up for shorts bursts, but instead tormenting each other year-round. Please note that none of this has anything to do with any pushback you’ve gotten. Your way is good for you, their way is good for them, and anyone judging your standards by their own really needs to butt out. tellme@washpost.com

Differences: 1. Log is smaller. 2. Arm is lower. 3. Tie is different. 4. Brick is lower. 5. Flowerpot is larger. 6. Curtain is not as wide.

Dear Abby • My sister has been having an affair with a married man. When I asked if he was going to leave his wife, she said no, and it was fine with her. She claims his wife is fat and that they have a son with severe disabilities, and she (my sister) wouldn’t want the responsibility of that. She refers to him as her “honey,” and he buys her things. (She has always been materialistic.) She stays in contact with him constantly on her iPad and says how much he loves her. I would want to be open and have everyone get to know about my honey instead of sneaking around. When I say I don’t believe he loves her, she gets mad and accuses me of being jealous. I also told her that if I loved someone, I’d want to be with him and not communicate via email. I was in a relationship with a married man once, but I wasn’t happy about it and ended it. Am I off base because I feel the way I do? — SNEAKING AROUND IN MAINE

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ZITS • By Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

Is too much vitamin D bad for the bones? FUNKY WINKERBEAN • By Tom Batiuk

Dear Dr. Roach • I’m 70, Caucasian and slim. I was diagnosed with osteoporosis five years ago. Before that, I took Fosamax for five years. The only things I take are 1,000 mg calcium citrate, 3 mg boron and a multivitamin containing 2,000 IU vitamin D. An X-ray showed three compression fractured vertebra. I read that taking more than 1,000 IU of vitamin D can cause bone mass loss! I started crying thinking that I caused the fractures from taking too much vitamin D. I’ve stopped the multivitamin and just take 500 IU of the vitamin D. I’m outside an hour a day. Do you know of bone mass loss from too much? — V.W.

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Answer • Low levels of vitamin D are a common and treatable cause of bone loss, which can ultimately lead to fractures. It’s a good idea to check the vitamin D level in people with known osteoporosis. There remains some controversy about the optimum level of vitamin D, but a level between 30 and 50 ng/mL is generally considered safe. Very high levels of vitamin D can cause calcium to come out of bones, and can cause risk of kidney stones as well as symptoms. However, this is almost unheard of in a dose less than 4,000 units daily. I think it is very unlikely that you were taking too much vitamin D. Although people with boron deficiency are at higher risk of bone loss, using boron as part of osteoporosis treatment has never been shown to reduce fracture rates. I don’t recommend boron supplementation. Leafy green vegetables like spinach and kale are good sources in the diet.

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Dear Dr. Roach • If you are an 80-year-old woman who has used Synthroid for decades, could it be the cause of osteoporosis and significant bone loss of the jaw? — D.M.P.

INTELLIGENT LIFE • By David Reddick

Answer • Excess thyroid hormone causes reductions in bone density and increases the risk of fractures. Synthroid, a brand of levothyroxine, is used to replace thyroid hormone in people who can’t make it (called hypothyroidism). Healthy bone is metabolically active. Bone-absorbing cells (osteoclasts) constantly “eat” away bone, followed by bone-creating cells (osteoblasts), which lay down new bone. Without treatment of hypothyroidism, bone absorption is slowed and bone density actually increases. If the thyroid levels are right where they should be, then there is no increased risk for osteoporosis or fracture. Unfortunately, that doesn’t protect a woman from developing bone loss, and most 80-year-old women will have significant reductions in their bones compared with young women.

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