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Report recommends changes for legislative hiring practices, staffing. By MARK SCOLFORO Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Jerry Sterner spent two years as foreman of a grand jury that met in secret to investigate whether the staff and resources of the Pennsylvania General Assembly had been illegally diverted to wage political campaigns. His panel’s efforts laid the groundwork for the conviction last year of former Democratic House power broker "The size of Mike Veon the Legislaand two ture is bloat- aides on pubed and can be lic corruption charges. significantly But the jureduced withrors went a out harming step further. the process. Eleven months ago, It’s your tax they issued a money and written remine." port that the Jerry Sterner urged Grand jury Legislature make foreman to widespread improvements, from hiring practices and staffing levels to constituent services and budget transparency. Sterner came away convinced that a good portion of legislative operations exists largely to endear incumbents to voters for re-election purposes. "The size of the Legislature is bloated and can be significantly reduced without harming the process," said Sterner, a retired plant manager and manageSee LEGISLATIVE, Page 2A

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Growing celebration Church moves services to new location

The Mount Zion Baptist Church Choir members lift their voices. A collection was taken at the service with all the proceeds going toward Japan Relief Efforts. There was also a food drive for St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen of WilkesBarre.

By SARA POKORNY spokorny@timesleader.com

WILKES-BARRE -- The Mount Zion Baptist Church in Wilkes-Barre has garnered a huge gathering throughout the years when it comes to celebrating on Easter Sunday. So big, in fact, that a move was in order this year. “We were outgrowing our sanctuary,” said the Rev. Michael Brewster. “It’s hard when you have to turn people away because you don’t want to create a safety hazard in your church. We knew we needed to move it somewhere that everyone could come and enjoy it.” The church held its community Easter service at GAR Memorial High School in Wilkes-Barre this year. “The Hope of Easter, a Message in Song” was a service open to congrega-

tion members as well as newcomers. It featured Mount Zion’s choir, Praise Dance Ministry and the telling of Jesus’ story through a mixture of Brewster’s telling, video segments and musical numbers by the choir.

What’s in a name? New addresses for Wilkes-Barre Four new streets at site of former Murray-Courtright complex named by council.

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The auditorium was packed with Mount Zion parishioners and a strong showing of new faces. All were more than welcome.

Pennsylvania’s top environmental regulator says he is confident that the natural gas industry is just weeks away from ending one of its more troubling environmental practices: the discharge of vast amounts of polluted brine into rivers used for drinking water. On Tuesday, the state’s new Republican administration called on drillers to stop using riverside treatment plants to get rid of the millions of barrels of ultra-salty, chemically tainted wastewater that gush annually from gas wells. As drillers have swarmed Pennsylvania’s rich Marcellus Shale gas fields, the industry’s use and handling of water has been a subject of intense scrutiny. The state’s request was made af- INSIDE: ter some researchers presented State evidence that the discharges were ponders altering river chemistry in a way penalties in Bradford that had the potential to affect County drinking water. mishap, Locally, the Wyoming Valley Page 16A Sanitary Authority has run into strong public opposition to a potential plan to build a treatment facility for the wastewater in Hanover Township. Many residents say they are concerned about environmental contamination as well as increased truck traffic bringing tainted water in for treatment. The sanitary authority has consulted PA Northeast Aqua Resources to conduct a feasibility study on building a plant to treat wastewater produced by Marcellus Shale gas drilling. John Minora of PA Northeast Aqua Resources

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WILKES-BARRE – Four new streets, four legendary names. City Mayor Tom Leighton has announced the names of four new streets that are part of the PETE G. WILCOX/THE TIMES LEADER new housing development on New housing under construction on the site of the former Murray- the site of the former MurrayCourtright complex on Courtright Street in Wilkes-Barre. Courtright complex.

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>> 1. STARTING TODAY, A SPRINGTIME tradition returns to the Valley when the Irem Shrine Circus, featuring the Hamid Circus, entertains young and old alike at the 109th Field Artillery Armory, Market Street, Wilkes-Barre. Aerial acts, animals, acrobats and their feats of daring and strength are sure to dazzle, as always. Don’t forget the cotton candy and, by all means, send in the clowns. The circus schedule is 1:30 and 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday; 7:15 p.m. Tuesday; 10 a.m. and 7:15 p.m. Wednesday through Friday.Tickets are $18, $14, $11, $10 and $6. For more information, call 714-0783. >> 2. ON TUESDAY, Circus on the Common, a lunch-

At last week’s City Council meeting, council approved the naming of four new streets in the housing project located on the site of a former lace mill. Construction has begun on the project, and when the two-phase project is completed, 10 singlefamily homes, eight duplex-style homes and six units containing 12 rentals for the elderly will be built by Housing Development Corp. The four streets will be named Atkins Lane, McGowan Street, Morris Lane and Lace Mill Lane.

time show with acts and animals from the Hamid Circus, including the aforementioned clowns, acrobats and stunt men along with food vendors (there’s that cotton candy again, we suspect), will be at the River Common Landing near the Luzerne County Courthouse on North River Street, Wilkes-Barre. The noontime performance is free. >> 3. ALL GOOD THINGS must come to an end, and on Wednesday the final Concert For A Cause will be put on at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, Plains Township. The ninth and final installment will start with the first show running 6:30 to 7 p.m. It began as Concert For Karen, later changed its name to Concert For A Cause, and after this week, it will have raised more than $200,000. It has taken place at three different venues. More than 70 different bands have performed. There have been 10 charity albums.

• Atkins Lane: Named after John D. Atkins, the man who brought the lace mill to the city at the turn of the 20th century. A New York Times story dated June 18, 1902, stated the WilkesBarre Lace Manufacturing Co. was the largest in the U.S. at the time. In 1934, the mill employed 700. • Lace Mill Lane: Named in memory of the mill that Atkins established. • McGowan Street: Named in See STREET, Page 9A

>> 4. THE TV SHOW THAT put Scranton on the map, at least in the modern era, “The Office,” on Thursday night will see the departure of the oddly endearing, yet pathetic and infuriating boss Michael Scott, played by actor Steve Carell. The show runs 9 to 9:50 p.m. on NBC, channel 28 locally. >> 5. FOR SOME, IT’S A ROYAL GOOD TIME; for others, let’s face it, it’s a royal pain. The latest Royal Wedding, with His Royal Highness Prince William and commoner Kate, comes our way Friday, with gowns, tiaras, trains, taffeta (whatever that is) galore, and lots and lots of floppy ladies’ hats created just for the occasion. Coverage begins with the “pre-game” show, so to speak, at 4 a.m. sharp on this side of the pond. ABC, NBC and CBS, as well as cable-news channels CNN, Fox News and MSNBC, and not to forget BBC America, will be covering every precious, tear-wiping, bloody good moment.


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POLICE BLOTTER LAKE TWP. – A 73-year-old woman escaped injury on Friday when she crashed her car into a utility pole, severing it in half. State police in Wyoming said Emily Stetz of Sweet Valley was driving north on state Route 29 about one mile north of the intersection with state Route 118 when, for unknown reasons, she left the roadway, began to travel on the shoulder and eventually the roadside, where her 2005 Chrysler PT Cruiser struck the pole. Police said no injuries were reported. The Cruiser sus-

tained heavy front-end damage and was towed from the scene. Utility company workers arrived soon after the crash and replaced the pole. Sweet Valley Volunteer Fire Co. assisted at the scene. HAZLE TWP. – Two teenagers were cited with scattering rubbish after pizza boxes led police to the alleged culprits. Martin McDermott Jr., of Hazle Township, and Ryan James Gasper, of McAdoo, Schuylkill County, both 18,

were issued citations after state police in Hazleton received a report of illegal dumping in a wooded area at the end of Ashmore Road. Trooper Robert L. Christman Jr. found pizza boxes with two Hazleton addresses on them, state police said. He said he interviewed the owner of the two properties who told him that he had McDermott and Gasper clean up the properties. Christman’s investigation revealed the accused dumped the pizza boxes, small trees, shrubs and other garbage in the wooded area, state police said. WILKES-BARRE – City

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police reported the following: • Police said Kathy Moore, of Coal Street, reported at 10:45 a.m. Monday that she and an acquaintance were at a residence on Coal Street when they got into an argument and the suspect, whom police did not identify, stabbed her in the arm. She was treated at WilkesBarre General Hospital. • A 16-year-old boy from Plymouth will be cited with retail theft for allegedly trying to leave Schiel’s Market on Hanover Street with a concealed bag of candy, police said. • Jillena Smith, of Market Street, Laflin, reported on Sunday morning that someone

THE TIMES LEADER www.timesleader.com smashed a window on her 2007 Jeep while it was parked near 800 N. Washington St. • Frank Lukowich, 52, of North Pennsylvania Avenue, reported at 2:27 p.m. Sunday that money was stolen from him at a residence on North Pennsylvania Avenue. • Alethea Miller, 24, of North Sherman Street, reported on Sunday that a laptop computer was stolen from her residence. • Adam Migatulski, of Court Street, Plains Township, reported at noon Sunday that someone he knows struck him at North Main Street and Public Square, but he did not want to press charges, police said.

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JENKINS TWP. – WVIA Public Television will conduct a panel discussion on topics relating to intellectual and developmental disabilities and the system of supports and services available. The program, to air at 7 p.m. Thursday, will be moderated by Bill Kelly, president and chief executive officer of WVIA. Panelists will be Fred Lokuta, director of White Haven Center; Pamela Zotynia, executive director of The Arc of Luzerne County; Tom Kashatus, of White Haven Center Relatives & Friends; and Sara Wolff, a self advocate residing in the community. The panel will discuss the recent partnership developed

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ment consultant from York County. "It’s your tax money and mine." The jurors knew their suggestions may not be welcomed inside the Capitol and expressed concern that the General Assembly would "remain in its ‘time warp’ and meddle with, obfuscate, ignore or kill every recommendation." To see if those fears have proven to be justified, the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors organization and the AP spent the past several months on a collaborative project, taking a fresh look at the size and operations of Pennsylvania’s 3,000strong legislative staff. The grand jury recounted testimony by the former director of staffing and administration for the House Democrats that the Legislature’s staff is three or four times larger than it needs to operate. It also cited an internal salary study by the House Republicans that only 60 percent of caucus staff in Harrisburg was needed to conduct legitimate legislative work. Leaders of all four caucuses say they have recently reduced personnel. Senate Republicans say they have cut 36 of 421 positions since 2006, while Senate Democrats report shedding 78 of 400 jobs since 2004. House Republicans say their complement stood at 833 in early April, calling it 80 people smaller than it was in November 2008. But those records also show that since 2000, the caucus has averaged about 842 employees, roughly the

through the Day of Sharing as they strive to create a bridge between the community and the state center systems in an effort to improve the quality of life for all people who have intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. The WVIA studio, 100 WVIA Way, Jenkins Township, has seating available for 125 guests. To reserve a seat, register at www.wvia.org. CARBONDALE – The Coal Cracker Cruisers Car Club will be holding a car cruise at Advance Auto, Route 6, Carbondale, from 6 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of each month beginning May 6. There will be food, music, a 50/50 raffle, trophies, and door prizes at the car cruises. For more information call 570-876-4034. same as today. House Democrats reported they reduced their caucus by 109 workers during the past two years, but their March complement of 802 also was just slightly off their 11-year average, 807. Together with nonpartisan staff and service agencies, the Pennsylvania legislative branch employs roughly 2,960 people. That’s slightly more than the Pennsylvania figures produced by the National Conference of State Legislatures for 2003 (2,947) or 2009 (2,918). Staff cuts might mean fewer constituent workers in home districts, a smaller research operation in the Capitol or other trims to its operations, much of which is prized by the rank and file. Bob Butera, a Montgomery County Republican and former House floor leader who participated in the Speaker’s Commission on Legislative Reform — convened after the pay raise vote fiasco of 2005 — said finding real legislative payroll savings will need an across-the-board approach. "I don’t know what they do with all these people," he said. "But I can say this: The only way to attack it is unscientifically, by reducing the budget. Not trying to say, ‘This person’s staff is better than that person’s staff.’" The House and Senate pay about $119 million a year in salaries alone, with more than 200 people making least $80,000. They employ hundreds of legislative assistants, district office staff and constituent outreach specialists, and operate a network of about 400 district offices scattered around Pennsylvania. The topic of the Legislature’s costs is ripe as state policymakers

LOTTERY MIDDAY DRAWING DAILY NUMBER 0-3-6 BIG FOUR 6-7-7-7 QUINTO 6-3-8-1-5 TREASURE HUNT 04-10-12-18-22 NIGHTLY DRAWING DAILY NUMBER 2-5-7 BIG FOUR 5-2-5-0 QUINTO 2-9-4-2-0 CASH FIVE 02-14-15-17-33 HARRISBURG – Two players matched all five winning numbers drawn in Sunday’s “Pennsylvania Cash 5” and will each receive $396,192. Lottery officials said 142 players matched four numbers and won $252.50 each and 142 players matched three numbers and won $11 each. ORLANDO, Fla. — One of the tickets sold in Indiana for the Powerball game Saturday evening matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 03-11-47-48-58 Powerball: 19 Power Play: 3 The player matching all five numbers and the Powerball won the $72 million jackpot. The prize goes to an estimated $20 million for Wednesday. Tickets that match the first five numbers, but miss the Powerball, win $200,000 each, and there was one of those. There were no Power Play Match 5 winners.

Valley Regional Fire and Dorrance Fire companies battle a vehicle fire on South Main Road in Dorrance Township on Sunday. Crews were dispatched to the heavily traveled thoroughfare between state Route 309 and Dorrance Exit 155 of Interstate 81 at 3:01 p.m., according to Luzerne County 911. A firefighter at the scene said crews found a fully involved vehicle fire upon their arrival. No injuries were reported. The scene was cleared just after 4 p.m.

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ike Baron, left, and his daughter Olivia, 6, both of Hanover Township, look over some pots of tulips at the Flower Tent on Blackman Street in Wilkes-Barre on Easter Sunday afternoon.

"The legislative reserve is larger than it needs to be and should be reduced over time.” House Minority Leader Frank Dermody D-Allegheny

scramble to fill a $4 billion-plus state budget shortfall. The gap is so wide, however, that even a substantial reduction in the Legislature’s $300 million appropriation would have mostly symbolic value. Gov. Tom Corbett’s spending proposal, announced March 8, would trim just $4.3 million, or1.4 percent, from the General Assembly’s appropriation, and leave intact its $189 million rollover surplus. The current state budget is $28 billion. Some members say the surplus, which is designed to keep the General Assembly functioning in the event of a budget standoff with the governor, ought to be tapped to cushion the blow for education, health care and other state programs now on the chopping block. "The legislative reserve is larger than it needs to be and should be reduced over time," said House Minority Leader Frank Dermody, D-Allegheny. Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson, recently reintroduced a bill to cut the surplus to a four-month reserve, or about half its current size. But House Speaker Sam Smith, R-Jefferson, says that while its ideal amount is open to discussion, he does not see a silver bullet. "This perception, if the Legislature returned the reserve that it’s

holding, that all other woes of government would go away, I don’t think it’s that drastic," Smith said. The precise size of the Legislature’s work force is a moving figure, difficult to determine partly because House staffing data are inaccurate and immediately dated upon its annual release in January. The staffing changes triggered by the November election are not fully accounted for, for example, and interviews with lawmakers showed the most recent House report included people who have since left state service, and omitted some current employees. Rep. John Galloway, D-Bucks, has written to legislative leaders, saying the House and Senate should improve how they disclose information about their own staffs. Galloway said he was frustrated when trying to confirm salary and benefit information sought by the AP/PAPME project. "There’s no excuse for bad data," Galloway said. "The process is slow, it’s cumbersome, the data’s inaccurate and the data is provided in a way that’s almost impossible to understand. That whole process has to be redefined." Four years ago, the reform commission called for a 10 percent, $30 million cut to the General Assembly’s budget. Reports by the Legislative Audit Advisory Commission show legislative spending has grown by $35 million since the 2005 pay raise bill, a vote the Legislature later repealed amid public outcry. The spending trend reversed last year, however, with the audit commission reporting in December that the Legislature’s internal spending fell by $9 million in

2009-2010, to $318 million. The governor’s budget, which reflects the amount appropriated for the Legislature, shows that since it peaked at $350 million in 2005-2006 it has fallen steadily to about $300 million. Spending has increased while the general fund appropriation has decreased because the Legislature has been tapping its surplus. "If you eliminate the surplus and you appropriate less, that is how you can rein in the spending," said Rep. Josh Shapiro, D-Montgomery, who has chaired both the audit commission and the reform commission. Matt Brouillette, president of the Commonwealth Foundation, a conservative think tank in Harrisburg, said the Legislature could consolidate duplicative jobs, including those involving communications and media operations. "Take a look at pretty much any other state and you can find far more streamlined functions than what taxpayers fund in Pennsylvania," he said. The pay and benefits for legislative employees ought to be pegged to performance, said Eric Epstein, an advocate for General Assembly reform and co-founder of Rock the Capital. Epstein also supports other improvements to personnel practices. "We need to ferret out cronyism and nepotism by banning the employment of relatives, campaign contributors and spouses," Epstein said. One consolidation proposal that has received some attention lately in the Capitol is cutting the number of legislative seats, currently 50 in the Senate and 203 in the House.

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Trucksville, Kingston Twp., residents want empty trailer from park removed

Neighbors fear health hazards By SHEENA DELAZIO sdelazio@timesleader.com

KINGSTON TWP. – For almost a year, a mobile home in the Echo Valley Estates has sat empty, condemned from human habitation after police uncovered a bathtub of feces and deplorable conditions. Several neighbors of the mobile home in the park, just off Harris Hill Road in the Trucksville section, are concerned for their well being and have asked for help in removing the mobile home from the property for a number of months. And it’ll be another few months before those residents get relief, as the structure isn’t scheduled to be sold in a tax sale until August. “These are our lives,” said one woman, who has lived near the condemned mobile home for a number of years and asked that her name not be published in fear of retaliation. “(We) have fears concerning this situation such as any health hazard that this may cause to us, especially when the weather gets hot again – the odor and the flies.”

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House trailer 45 in the Echo Valley Estates in Kingston Township is a condemned residence that is up for sheriff’s sale.

The mobile home was condemned in May 2010 after police and Luzerne County Children & Youth workers conducted a child welfare check on the home. Police said Michael View, 35, his mother, Dorothy Breen, 79, and his 13-

year-old daughter lived in the residence at the time, when hundreds of flies, a bathtub full of feces and a bucket of urine were found inside. Other deplorable conditions included a rotting floor, a ceiling falling in and clutter, according to court papers.

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View pleaded guilty earlier this week to two related charges, while Breen pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this month. Both are awaiting sentencing. See HEALTH, Page 9A

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Registration is 9 to 9:30 a.m. at Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. The workshop ends at 3:30 p.m. Free admission includes continental breakfast during registration and lunch at noon. Pre-register today by calling 8235137 and leaving a message with your name and phone number.

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Philanthropists are sought The Association of Fundraising Professionals NEPA Chapter is seeking nominations for outstanding individuals and organizations for awards in conjunction with National Philanthropy Day in November. This special day, designated each year by an Act of Congress, recognizes the importance of philanthropy in society and pays tribute to outstanding volunteers, professionals, corporations and foundations whose contributions to our Dawe communities embody the spirit of giving. The regional chapter is accepting nominations for Outstanding Corporation, Outstanding Foundation, Outstanding Philanthropist, Outstanding Volunteer, Outstanding Fundraising Executive and Outstanding Youth in philanthropy award categories. The awards will be presented at a luncheon on Nov. 18. Nomination forms can be downloaded at www.afpnepa.org. Deadline to submit nominations is May 7. Call John Dawe at 763-9876 or email awards@afpnepa.org with questions. “The spirit of philanthropy is alive and active across all communities in our region. We welcome all nominations on behalf of individuals, foundations and businesses whose accomplishments exemplify the love of humankind,” said Kay Young, 2011 Philanthropy Day Chair. “If you are thinking of someone special who has given back to NEPA, send your nomination in today.”

Board meeting this week A Lake-Lehman School Board meeting postponed in observance of a board member’s death has been rescheduled for this week. The board will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday in the junior-senior high school library for voting purposes. The board canceled its regular meeting in observance of John Peter Farrell, board vice president, who died on April 15 in a one-car crash on state Route 29.

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WILKES-BARRE – Older adults in Luzerne and surrounding counties are invited to a free conference Wednesday to learn about issues that could affect them now and in the future. The Elder Issues Coalition of Luzerne and Wyoming Counties is presenting the third annual Educational Workshop for Older Adults at Genetti Best Western Hotel & Conference Center. Speakers will cover topics ranging from the new health care law’s effects on seniors to senior crime prevention and suggestions for how to live a full life. “The coalition has been around for about five years. It’s an advocacy group working on behalf of older adults,” said Howard J. Grossman, coalition chairman and director of the Jewish Family Service of Wilkes-Barre. The coalition, composed of governmental and non-governmental agencies and organizations, meets every other month to discuss legislative and other issues that can impact seniors. Grossman said there is a need for advocacy for older adults here because there is a large elderly population in proportion to the general population. The senior population will grow exponentially, as Baby Boomers have begun reaching retirement age. The term “Baby Boomer” comes from the “boom” in births after World War II; the age group includes anyone born between 1946 and 1964. Speakers at the workshop include: • Rabbi Larry Kaplan, who will speak about how to live life to the fullest in a talk titled “Five Questions We’ll Be Asked in Heaven.” • David Shallcross, community liaison for the Attorney General’s Office, will speak on senior crime prevention. • Psychiatrist Matthew Berger will speak about how seniors can experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. • Ray Landis, manager of advocacy for the AARP, will talk about “How the New Health Care Law Will Impact You.”

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Victoria Murcia, right, and her father, Victor Flores, assemble the ’Globe of Death’ motorcycle sphere on Sunday afternoon as they prepare for the start of the Irem Shrine Circus at the 109th Armory in Wilkes-Barre.

Freshing up the act Show opens today at 109th Armory

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WILKES-BARRE -- The bleachers are up and the rings are in place for this week’s Annual Shriners’ Circus at the 109th Field Artillery Armory on Market Street. All of the final tweaks and adjustments were being conducted over the weekend for what the Shriners and circus operator Hamid Circus

hope will be another successful show. Circus owner and operator Jim Hamid said as much as 95 percent of this year’s show will be completely different from last year’s. “We love coming down to WilkesBarre for the show,” he said. “We try to bring in as many new acts as we can every year.” This year’s circus will therefore

feature a brand new elephant show. Last year’s show was marked by tragedy as animal groomer Andrew Anderton was trampled to death by an elephant. Hamid lamented Anderton’s death, but pointed out that this type of mortal accident is “extremely rare” within the industry. See CIRCUS, Page 6A

Hundreds of local workers will travel to Harrisburg May 3 to join thousands of union and community employees from across the state to protest the cuts in Gov. Tom Corbett’s proposed budget, according to a press release from the Coalition for Labor Engagement and AcCorbett countable Revenues. The group states that the cuts would have a negative impact on students, poor, disabled and seniors as well as working families, teachers, health care workers and others. In this area, a bus will leave from the McEntee-Keller Labor Center, 1258 O’Neill Highway, Dunmore at 8 a.m. May 3. An additional bus will be leaving from UFCW, Route 315, Pittston Township, also at 8 a.m. DUNMORE

Four Republicans seeking 3 Kingston seats Council hopefuls include three incumbents and a former Democratic candidate for mayor. By DAWN DRUMIN Times Leader Correspondent

KINGSTON – Four Republican candidates are running for three spots on the Kingston Council. Each has his or her own idea of what improvements the municipality should make and how public services should be maintained. Curt Piazza, 49, of 250 First Ave., is retired, and he ran for Kingston council in 2007 but lost. He also ran for mayor on

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the Democratic ticket in 2009, coming within 80 votes of nomination. He is the only non-incumbent running for the council. Piazza has concerns about the current council. “I don’t feel they give citizens adequate say in the community,” he said, adding that when he tried to speak at a council meeting in 2009, members told him to “shut up.” “(The current council) is out of touch

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with the citizenry in the town,” he said. “We need more representation for the citizenry. I want citizens to get more involved in the community. I feel like I can be a voice to change things.” Jack Schumacher, 76, of 105 N. Goodwin Ave., is an incumbent council member serving his second term and seeking a third. He along with two other candiSee KINGSTON, Page 9A

Expect delays on I-81 The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation has announced its work schedule for Interstate 81 and other roads and highways in the local area through Friday. Among the projects that will impact area drivers on I-81 are: •Patching work in the left, northbound lanes Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., with lane restrictions and delays near Exit 178A to Exit 180. •Ramp restrictions from Exit 180 to Route 11 for bridge repairs. •Work at exits 182 to 184 north and southbound for pavement repairs from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., depending on the weather, equipment and materials. •Alternate lane closures for base repair and crack sealing, exits 185 to 178A, southbound.


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Gadhafi forces strike rebel city By KARIN LAUB and DIAA HADID Associated Press

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, leave the Deanery of St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle after attending Easter Matins on Sunday in Windsor, England. The annual service attended by the queen and members of the royal family is one of the last formal royal engagements before the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton in Westminster Abbey on Friday.

TRIPOLI, Libya — Moammar Gadhafi’s forces unleashed a barrage of shells and rockets at Misrata on Sunday in an especially bloody weekend, countering Libyan government claims that the army was holding its fire into the western city. Despite the barrage, which doctors say killed 32 and wounded dozens in two days, rebels said they drove the last pro-government forces from the center of Libya’s third-largest city. Morale among Gadhafi’s troops fighting in Misrata has collapsed, with some abandoning their posts, said one captured Libyan soldier. The battle for Misrata, which has claimed hundreds of lives in the past two months, has become the focal point of Libya’s armed rebellion against Gadhafi since fighting elsewhere is deadlocked. Video of Misrata civilians being killed and wounded by Gadhafi’s heavy

weapons, including Grad rockets and tank shells, have spurred calls for more forceful international intervention to stop the bloodshed in the rebelheld city. In Washington, three members of the Senate Armed Services Committee said more should be done to drive Gadhafi out of power, including targeting his inner circle with airstrikes. Gadhafi “needs to wake up every day wondering, ‘Will this my last?’ ” Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican on the committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union.” However, in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI offered an Easter prayer for diplomacy to prevail over warfare in Libya. NATO’s mandate from the U.N. is to try to protect civilians in Libya, split into a rebel-run east and a western area that remains largely under Gadhafi’s control. While the coalition’s airstrikes have delivered heavy blows to Gadhafi’s army, they have not halted attacks on Misrata, a city of 300,000

In this image made on a government organized trip Saturday, Gadhafi supporters react after a NATO airstrike in Tripoli. The rebels’ drive to push Gadhafi’s men out of Misrata gained momentum in the past few days. AP PHOTO

people besieged by Gadhafi loyalists for two months. Still, in recent days, the rebels’ drive to push Gadhafi’s men out of the city center gained momentum. Late last week, they forced government snipers out of high-rise buildings. On Sunday, rebels took control of the main hospital, the last position of

Libyan troops in the center of Misrata, said a city resident, who only gave his first name, Abdel Salam, for fear of reprisals. Throughout the day, government forces fired more than 70 rockets at the city, he said. “Now Gadhafi’s troops are on the outskirts of Misrata, using rocket launchers,” Abdel Salam said.

Yemen is divided over latest proposal

No masking feelings about nuclear plants BEIJING

Carter revives nuke talks

x-U.S. President Jimmy Carter and three other former leaders arrived E in Beijing on Sunday en route to North

Korea to discuss the revival of nuclear disarmament talks. Carter and the group of veteran statesmen known as the Elders are to travel to Pyongyang on Tuesday as part of international efforts to restart the negotiations on ending North Korea’s nuclear program. The group, which includes former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari, former Norwegian Prime Minister Gro Brundtland and former Irish President Mary Robinson, said it also plans to discuss North Korea’s chronic food shortages.

President agrees to transfer power, but prospect of more bloodshed remains. By AHMED AL-HAJ and JASON KEYSER Associated Press

BOISE, IDAHO

Miner’s body recovered

Workers at a northern Idaho silver mine have recovered the body of a miner who was trapped when a tunnel collapsed nine days ago, the mine’s operator said Sunday. The body of Larry Marek, 53, was discovered Sunday afternoon, Hecla Mining Co. said in a news release. "Words cannot express the deep sorrow we feel at the tragic loss of our friend, colleague and 30-year veteran of the mining industry. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, loved ones and friends," the statement said. The announcement follows more than a week of efforts to reach Marek, who was caught in the cave-in more than a mile underground. By Sunday, officials had determined he could not have survived. CAIRO

Mubarak leaving hospital

Egypt’s prosecutor general ordered Sunday that former president Hosni Mubarak to be moved from his hospital in a Red Sea resort town to a military facility, the state news agency reported. Prosecutor General Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud said Mubarak was originally supposed to be moved to Cairo’s Tora prison hospital, but it was deemed not yet ready to receive him. Instead he would stay in a military hospital until the prison facility was ready. The order followed an examination of the president’s health to determine if he was fit enough to move. But two senior military officials in the Sinai Desert, where the resort town is based, said they would refuse to move Mubarak, because they did not believe he was well enough to be transferred. TOKYO

Recovery effort intensified

Japan will send nearly 25,000 soldiers backed by boats and aircraft into its disaster zone Monday on an intensive land-and-sea mission to recover the bodies of those killed by last month’s earthquake and tsunami, the military said. Agriculture officials also plan to send a team of veterinarians into the evacuation zone around a stricken nuclear plant to check on hundreds of thousands of abandoned cows, pigs and chickens, many of which are believed to have died of starvation and neglect. The government is considering euthanizing some of the dying animals, officials said. About 14,300 people have been confirmed dead so far in the catastrophic March 11 tsunami and earthquake.

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protester wearing a gas mask takes part in an anti-nuclear power rally Sunday in Tokyo. Earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts have been complicated by the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant, which lost its power and cooling systems, triggering fires, explosions and radiation leaks in the world’s second-worst nuclear accident.

St. Louis storm termed ‘miracle’ Early warnings, good timing and common sense helped prevent tragedy. By JIM SALTER Associated Press

BRIDGETON, Mo. — The St. Louis area’s most powerful tornado in 44 years rips into an airport and through a densely populated suburban area, destroying up to100 homes, shattering hundreds of panes of glass at the main terminal and blowing a shuttle bus on top of a roof. Yet no one is killed, or even seriously hurt, and the airport reopens less than 24 hours later. How? Early warnings, good timing and common sense all helped

prevent a tragedy Friday night. But on Easter Sunday, many of those cleaning up the mess also thanked a higher power. “I don’t know why God decided to spare our lives but I’m thankful for it,” Joni Bellinger, children’s minister at hard-hit Ferguson Christian Church, said Sunday. Lambert Airport reopened for arriving flights Saturday night, and departing flights began Sunday morning. Still, dozens of flights have been canceled, the airport’s Concourse C is still closed and complete repairs could take up to two months. The tornado peaked at an EF-4 level, second-highest on the Enhanced Fujita scale, packing winds of up to 200

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Randall Godfrey, second from left, and daughter Brooke pray during Easter sunrise service in Sanford, N.C.

mph, National Weather Service meteorologist Wes Browning said. It was the most powerful twister in metropoli-

tan St. Louis since 1967 — and eerily, it followed a path similar to that of the earlier tornado.

SANAA, Yemen — Deep divisions within Yemen’s opposition appeared to doom an Arab proposal for the president to step down within a month, raising the prospect of more bloodshed and instability in a nation already beset by deep poverty and conflict. President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who has ruled for 32 years, agreed Saturday to the Gulf Cooperation Council’s formula for him to transfer power to his vice president within 30 days of a deal being signed in exchange for immunity from prosecution for him and his sons. A coalition of seven opposition parties generally accepted the deal. But thousands stood their ground Sunday in a permanent protest camp in part of the capital, Sanaa, and their leaders said they suspect Saleh is just maneuvering to buy time and cling to power. The protesters say the established opposition political parties taking part in the talks with Arab mediators do not represent them and cannot turn off the rage on the streets. “President Saleh has in the past agreed to initiatives and he went back on his word,” said Khaled al-Ansi, one of the youth leaders organizing the street protests. “We have no reason to believe that he would not do this again.” So far, Saleh has outrun more than two months of protests pressing for him to immediately step down, thanks in large part to the unwavering loyalty of the country’s best military units, which are controlled by one of his sons and other close relatives.

Syrian forces target activists in raid strategy The rising level of violence brought calls from the watchdog group for a U.N. inquiry. By BASSEM MROUE Associated Press

BEIRUT — Syrian security forces detained dozens of opposition activists and fired from rooftops in a seaside town Sunday as authorities turned to pinpoint raids after days of bloodshed brought international condemnation and defections from President Bashar Assad’s regime.

The strategy, described by a rights activist, appeared aimed at rattling the opposition’s leadership and showing that the state’s ability to conduct arrest sweeps has not changed despite abolishing nearly 50-year-old emergency laws last week. The rising level of violence — more than 120 people dead since Friday — brought calls from the watchdog group Human Rights Watch for a U.N. inquiry. But Sunday’s tactics also suggest a government effort to head off the round of protest marches. The police raids, which began late Saturday, concentrated around the cap-

ital Damascus and the central city of Homs, a hotbed of demonstrations against Assad’s authoritarian rule, said Ammar Qurabi, head of the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria. “These people are not being arrested in a legal way. They are being kidnapped,” Qurabi said, claiming the plainclothes security agents did not have formal arrest warrants. Qurabi did not have full figures for those detained, but said at least 20 people were arrested in Homs. A resident in the Damascus suburb of Douma said at least five people were taken into custody and authorities cut Internet and tele-

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A Syrian flashes a V-victory sign with his hand painted in the national colors during a protest.

phone lines. Later, security forces moved into the coastal town of Jableh, claiming they were searching for weapons, said Qurabi.


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He said it was the first fatality that he had experienced since he started in the circus business in 1970. Safety has thus taken on an even greater emphasis for this year’s show. Despite the enthusiasm that the Shriners and Hamid Circus has shown for this year’s event, there are a few in the area who have not been so eager to have the circus return. Members of the animal rights group Voice of the Animals will join local concerned citizens to protest the circus. Chief among the animal rights groups’ complaints is the housing of the animals that perform during the circus. Silvie Pomicter, president of Voice of the Animals, pointed to natural freedom and large living spaces of tigers and elephants in the wild as examples of the ways that her group feels animals should be treated. To see additional People for the photos, visit Ethical Treatwww.times ment of Animals leader.com. Marketing Coordinator Ashley Palmer concurred with Pomicter’s view, pointing out elephants in the wild forge life-long relationships and walk up to 13 miles each day. “There’s simply no way a circus or a zoo could replicate that type of environment,” she said. PETA said it also takes issue with the ways in which the animals in the circus are trained. “Animals would not naturally ride bicycles or jump through hoops of fire,” Palmer said. “The only way to train animals to behave like that is to use fear and intimidation through the threat of violence.” Palmer acknowledged circuses have long been seen as a great source of entertainment for the entire family. “Children have a natural affinity for animals, but if they knew how the animals were treated they would be kicking and screaming to get away from the circus,” Palmer said. This year’s Shriners’ Circus is set to kick off with an afternoon show at 1:30 today with an evening show at 7:15. Animal rights group protests will coincide with those performances.

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Circus workers prepare the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday afternoon for the start of the Irem Shrine Circus, which begins this week. Each year the circus mixes in the new with the familiar to put on a show for the crowds.

’Flying Pages’ acrobat Mercedes Pages, center, prepares to grab the trapeze as Jill Pages, left, and April Brown assist.

Victor Flores practices with his motorcycle inside the ’Globe of Death’ Sunday evening at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Wilkes-Barre.

A tiger sits in its cage Sunday evening at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Wilkes-Barre.

Circus workers Johnathan Ybarra, left, and Mercedes Pages of Sarasota, Fla., take a break from circus setup at a trapeze. Circus worker Justin Chodkowski hangs cables near the skylight inside the armory in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday.

April Brown of Sarasota, Fla., tests a rope during setup for the Irem Shrine Circus on Sunday afternoon.

A circus pony waits in his stable at the 109th Field Artillery Armory in Wilkes-Barre on Sunday afternoon. The circus kicks off at 1:30 p.m. today with another show at 7:30 p.m. Animal rights groups will protest.

Walter Murcis, left, and his son, Anthony, build a high-wire platform during Irem Shrine Circus setup.


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Spring brings fundraising frenzy for GOP hopefuls

Members either oppose party position or cast vote that could be used against them.

Contenders are under intense pressure to demonstrate their ability to bring in the dough.

By JIM ABRAMS Associated Press

WASHINGTON — A year ago, when Republicans were in the minority on Capitol Hill, they drove Democrats crazy by using an obscure parliamentary maneuver to change, delay and even kill Democratic priorities. Now that Republicans are running the House, Democrats have tried to stymie the GOP agenda by relying on the tactic, known as the motion to recommit. But they’ve failed on every one of their 23 attempts this year. That motion is almost always the last step just before the final vote on a bill. It gives the minority party, which has little voice and few rights in the House, a last chance to amend a bill, or in a more traditional sense, return it to the committee level for further work. Often, the maneuver is aimed at forcing members of the majority into an untenable choice between opposing their party’s position or casting a vote that opponents could use against them in election campaigns. For a recommit motion to work, the minority party must pick off at least some members of the majority. Thus Democrats would need at least a few dozen of the House’s 241 Republicans to vote with them this year. Their best showing so far on any motion: two GOP votes. Republican leaders may have a hard time keeping their troops in line on the budget and social issues, but there’s near ironclad unity when it comes to keeping Democrats in their place. A Democratic motion on a recent bill to cut off federal dollars for National Public Radio would have continued money for Amber alerts on NPR regarding abducted children. The motion didn’t get a single Republican vote. Nor did Democrats get a nibble when they called for federal air marshals on high-risk flights as part of aviation legislation. On a highway spending bill, Democrats were shut out when they tried to cut off federal aid for "bridge to nowhere" projects in Alaska. They drew a single vote on a motion to the last short-term spending bill stating that there would be no cuts to Social Security or Medicare. "That is simply a fog screen," GOP Rep. Hal Rogers of Kentucky, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, said in opposing it.

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Then-House Minority Leader John Boehner of Ohio addresses the American Enterprise Institute in Washington in 2010.

pornography, had Such motions "The minority to go along. rarely succeed for eiIn December, Rether party. But Re- has been forced publicans used a publicans in the re- to use the mosimilar tactic to cent past have manforce Democrats to aged to entice con- tion to recomwithdraw temporaservative and mit, often in rily a bill expandvulnerable Demoways that are ing child nutrition crats with motions programs. By voton sensitive subjects painful for the against the Resuch as guns, abormajority, to en- ing publican alternation and immigrasure the minor- tive, a lawmaker tion. could be portrayed Republicans near- ity’s voice is as supporting fedly succeeded in deeral food money for railing the health heard." institutions that care act last year Rep. John Boehner with a motion to reThen-House minority hire convicted sex commit that conleader offenders. Norm Ornstein, tained anti-abortion a senior fellow at provisions. Democratic leaders had to appease the American Enterprise Institheir own anti-abortion wing to tute, said Republicans have desecure their votes against the veloped the procedure as "a potent weapon of embarrassGOP motion. In 2007 Democrats had to ment." They focused, he said, withdraw a bill giving residents not so much on offering alternain the District of Columbia a tives as entrapping Democrats vote in the House because of a with "gotcha" proposals. "The Democrats have not motion to repeal the city’s been as relentless or adept as tough gun laws. Last spring Republicans suc- Republicans as far as crafting ceeded in changing a bill to sub- the motions,’’ Ornstein said. Democrats predict they’ll sidize people who buy energyefficient products for their have more success as the 2012 homes. GOP lawmakers made election approaches. "It dethe changes part of a recommit pends on whether the Republimotion barring contractors can rank and file come to listen to their constituencies," said from hiring child molesters. A week later they watered Jennifer Crider, spokeswoman down a science and technology for the House Democratic cambill by attaching their version to paign committee. "Right now a proposal to fire government they are listening to their leadworks who view pornography ership." Republican leaders have exon the job. Many Democrats, envisioning election-year attack plained to their members that ads claiming they supported Democrats are given opportuni-

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his American Solutions organization, are trying to show they can move swiftly to mobilize their existing network of Bachmann backers. •Pawlenty, the former Minnesota governor and a newcomer to national politics, simply is trying Barbour to demonstrate that he can compete in their league. •The same could be said for Minnesota Rep. Michele Pawlenty Bachmann and former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum. She’s a proven fundraiser as a House candidate and is a faRomney vorite among tea party backers but hasn’t run nationally. Santorum isn’t well known around the country and Santorum hasn’t held office since losing his seat in 2006. None will disclose his or her fundraising goals. Doing so would raise expectations that they may not be able to meet. Of those who have taken initial steps toward formal campaigns, Romney arguably has moved the quickest. He’s secured pledges from top supporters to raise as much as $25,000 apiece. He’s been meeting potential donors individually and in small groups, leading up to a major "phone day" event May 16. That’s when he and his supporters plan to gather in Las Vegas to raise money and recruit new contributors. After that, aides say Romney will launch a heavy schedule of fundraising events. "He’s working. He’s moving every day, investing the time," Eisenberg said. Pawlenty has been introducing himself to the Republican finance crowd at meetings that his aides describe as "friendraisers." Some big supporters of both McCain and former President George W. Bush have agreed to join Pawlenty’s team. His aides say he’s made inroads in Texas, fertile fundraising territory, and several veterans of past GOP presidential campaigns are hosting an event for him in Dallas on May 10.


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Lawyer hunting $10B for Madoff victims hated Irving Picard has become America’s most unlikely celebrity lawyer.

so far. That’s half of what he estimates investors lost in principal when Madoff was arrested, though not as impressive compared with the phony $65 billion that Madoff claimed they had. By BERNARD CONDON To make a bigger dent, Picard AP Business Writer will have to wrest money from NEW YORK — Everyone’s those banks he’s sued. It won’t be easy. Picard says they saw plenty mad at Irving Picard. To be fair, his job is thankless: of red flags and had an obligation He’s the court-appointed blood- to warn investors. The banks say hound in charge of hunting down Picard has gotten his facts wrong money for the victims of Bernard and his legal logic is flawed. Some Madoff, a man who was so skilled prominent attorneys seem to at hiding money that he kept the agree. “He’s pushing the envelope,” biggest scam in the history of American finance going for at says Harvey Miller, a well-known bankruptcy lawyer at Weil, Gotleast two decades. shal & Manges who has Wall Street hates him. known Picard for decPicard has sued more “What is ades. “What is the duty of than a dozen banks, including several whose the duty of banks and financial institutions? It’s a gray area of big link to the Ponzi banks and the law." scheme was one step reSelf-effacing and mildmoved — helping peo- financial mannered, Picard is not ple bet on funds that bet instituthe first person you’d ason the fund run by Mations? It’s sociate with aggressive doff. Fans of the New York a gray area legal tactics and a ruthless hunt for money. Mets, which have of the Then again, he’s difficult enough problems on the to pin down, a blend of field, are angry at him for law." conflicting suing the team’s owners Harvey Miller seemingly for $1 billion, just when a well-known characteristics. Picard, a lawyer at they’re trying to find bankruptcy new owners and are still lawyer at Weil, Baker & Hostetler, turnGotshal & ed down an interview rereeling from their own Manges quest from The AssociatMadoff-related losses. ed Press, but two dozen And most bizarrely, friends, acquaintances some of the people Madoff ripped off say Picard has scre- and colleagues who did agree to wy ideas about the law and is talk describe a man whose defermaking them victims all over ential manner belies his tenacity, again by demanding they hand someone who can seem alternateback "fictitious profits" that many ly pragmatic and idealistic, shrewd and empathetic. have already spent. "I don’t know personally what A little more than two years into the job, the 69-year-old Picard, it’s like to lose everything," he who was plucked from obscurity told Geraldine Ponto, a colleague to recover the money, has become at Baker, referring to Madoff vicAmerica’s most unlikely celebrity tims. "But I understand it in othlawyer, and perhaps its most un- ers. It’s in my DNA." Picard is the youngest child of derrated. He’s filed more than 1,000 suits Jewish refugees from Nazi Gerin 30 countries, and defied expec- many. They fled to the U.S. in tations by bringing in $10 billion 1938 after the father’s medical

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didn’t win much acclaim, possibly because "he didn’t draw attention to himself." One standout feature that would serve him well later in his legal career: a prodigious memory. A schoolboy friend with whom he traveled Europe in 1966 says Picard can recall to this day the names of restaurants and what they ate. One of Picard’s colleagues says he can spit out case numbers in lawsuits going back three decades. After the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University law school, he landed a job as a lawyer at the Securities and Exchange Commission, where he rose to oversee a legal team handling bankruptcy cases. He gained a reputation as someone who wasn’t hidebound by the agency’s old practices, and for a human touch. Charles Tatelbaum, a lawyer trying to get money back from a Mafia-linked trucking firm overseen by Picard’s lawyers after it fell into bankruptcy, recalls a half-

practice was destroyed by a Nazi law barring non-Jewish patients from seeing Jewish doctors, according to Ernest Picard, one of two older brothers who left with the parents. The father took a job as a hospital orderly as he studied English and prepared for medical exams here. He eventually passed, set up a practice in the textile mill town of Fall River, Mass., and joined a local Zionist group. Recalls Irving Fradkin, 89, a friend of the father, "He would always say, ’You can’t place a value on freedom.’" Classmates of Irving Picard remember a modest, quiet kid with an appetite for hard work. Lester Kretman recalls Picard sweating it out on the basketball court one summer so he could make their school team — to no avail. He joined the Boy Scouts (he aspired to Eagle Scout but fell short there, too) and found a pen pal (he still keeps in touch). Another schoolmate, James Keeley, describes him as a "solid" student who

lenting at times. In one case, in 1988, he was assigned to clean up after a 23-yearold art history buff, David Bloom, somehow persuaded 140 people to give him millions to invest in the stock market, then went on a fine-art-buying spree of works from the likes of Edward Hopper and John Singer Sargent instead. Picard sued Bloom’s parents for money their son had given them and, in an echo of his tactics today, went after a couple who had "fictitious profits," or who had taken more out than they had invested. Picard eventually got back $6.7 million, about half the total lost. Colleagues from those years fill in another aspect of his personality: He is whistle-clean and intensely private, perhaps to an extreme. Several say they can’t recall him ever uttering an expletive. Baker lawyer David J. Sheehan, chief counsel to Picard in the Madoff probe, says he’s almost never mentioned personal matters in their 30 years working together, and that he’s an "oldfashioned man." An old joke among family members is he’s so straight-laced he should live on "Buttoned Down Lane." Picard apparently finds this funny. His reputation as industrious eventually caught the attention of the Securities Investor Protection Corp., a quasi-public group that oversees a fund to compensate customers of failed brokerage firms like the one run by Madoff. SIPC ended up hiring Picard to hunt for money in 10 of their cases, more than any other lawyer. It was SIPC that hired Picard as Madoff trustee in December 2008, citing recoveries in his previous work. If not for the Madoff case, Picard would likely have ended his career in obscurity, indulging in classical music (he’s a Carnegie Hall season subscriber) and plays (he likes Shakespeare revivals) instead of working 12-hour days.

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memory of Monsignor Andrew J. McGowan, a noted area priest who was well known for his entertaining performances as the region’s premiere master of ceremonies. McGowan died in 2006. He was the retired Diocesan Director of Catholic Health Care Facilities and the Bishop’s Representative to Catholic Institutions of Higher Learning. • Morris Lane: Named after the former mayor of WilkesBarre and owner of the Morris Funeral Homes on North Main Street and on Northampton Street. Morris served as mayor from 1968 to 1970 under the council manager system, said his son, John V. Morris Jr. He succeeded Frank Slattery, and John “Jack” McGlynn took office in

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with the status of Kingston’s police force, fire department and Department of Public Works. “We want to keep all services going as they’re going. I think the services in Kingston right now are very good.” Rowlands, 64, of 646 Rutter Ave., has been on the council since 1998. She is a retired teacher who used to work for Greater Nanticoke Area School District. She said Kingston is a well-run municipality, thanks to Mayor James Haggerty, who got the borough out of debt 12 years ago. “The budget is balanced now,” she said, adding that this allowed Kingston to build a state-of-the-art

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on said. “Certainly Father Murgas will be considered when we get to that stage of the project.” He said Phase II has not yet been designed. Phase I should be completed by the end of the year and will include 18 units – 12 senior cottages and six homes to be marketed, he said. The city is partnering with the non-profit Housing Development Corp. The total cost of the project is estimated at $4.5 million, with $2.4 million in funding for the

project received through the Neighborhood Stabilization Plan grant program and HOME funds through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. General contractor is S.B. Conrad Inc. of Chester Springs near Philadelphia. The cost for Phase I is $2.9 million and Phase II is expected to cost an additional $1.55 million. The funding for Phase II has not yet been secured.

building for the fire company about Kingston streets and refurbished lofive years ago. “We (on the council) cal public parks with new equipment. want to keep up the good work.” Cooper, 61, of 52 W. Walnut St., is retired from Verizon. She has been on the council for 12 years. She agreed with Schumacher and Rowlands: “We just want to continue the progress we’ve made,” she said. “One of our priorities is to maintain the services we have.” This progress includes Kingston now having 19 full-time police officers and 30 firefighters and paramedics. She said the council has paved

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But for neighbors, living near the property is a sentence all their own. Another neighbor, who has lived in the park for more than two decades, said she finds it “disheartening” and no one in the park should have to live with the property. Neighbors said Thursday they have tried several avenues to level the property and rid the neighborhood of possible health hazards, but they have been given “the runaround.” Kingston Township zoning officer William Eck said Thursday the condemned mobile home is up for sheriff’s sale in August, and the matter cannot be taken care of until the property is sold. According to county records, the residence has more than $1,400 in back taxes from the last three years, and will be listed on the Aug. 10 “free-and-

clear” sale at the Luzerne County Courthouse. The mobile home has an assessed value of $9,400, and includes three bedrooms, one bathroom and was built in 1985. When contacted by cell phone Thursday, a co-owner of Echo Valley Estates, David Reid, said he is aware the property is on the list for an upcoming tax sale and that it is “unfixable.” Reid said his plans are to purchase the property and level it. Reid operates the park through Echo Valley Estates LLC, with a management office in Trucksville. The main business address is listed as Ellicott City, Md. The park was originally constructed in 1973 in response to the Agnes Flood a year earlier. Residents of Wilkes-Barre needed a place to stay when the city was flooded by the Susquehanna River, and the park was built in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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1971. Morris died in 2003. “These three men all played a prominent role in the history of the city,” Leighton said. “I received input from members of my administration and from residents of the North End section of the city before making the selections.” Magdalene and Margaret Iskra of North End attended the last council meeting and they asked council to persuade the administration to name one of the streets in memory of the Rev. Joseph Murgas, former pastor at Sacred Heart Church and a noted painter and scientist. Council said the street names can’t be changed and will recommend Father Murgas be considered in the future. Leighton said the four streets are all a part of Phase I of the project. He said there will be additional streets to name when Phase II is completed. “We are considering several names for those streets,” Leight-

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LILLIAN SOBASHINSKI, of Plymouth, died Sunday morning, April 24, 2011, at the Hampton House Nursing Center, Hanover Township. Funeral arrangements are pending from the William A. Reese Funeral Chapel, Plymouth. ANTHONY J. HARZINSKI, 88, of Slocum Street, Forty Fort, died Sunday morning, April 24, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Hugh B. Hughes & Son Inc. Funeral Home, 1044 Wyoming Avenue, Forty Fort. ANN LOEFFLAD, of Spring Street, Shavertown, died Sunday, April 24, 2011, in Green Meadows Assisted Living, Allentown, Pa. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Hugh P. Boyle & Son Funeral Home Inc., 416 Wyoming Ave., Kingston.

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rank Buzin, 83, of Plymouth, died peacefully Saturday morning, April 23, 2011, at his home. Born in Hanover Green, on June 28, 1927, he was a son of the late Benjamin and Michaelina (Olegniak) Buzin. Frank was a graduate of Hanover Area High School, and an Army veteran of World War II. He retired from the Muskin Corporation, and was a member of All Saints Parish in Plymouth. Frank is preceded in death by his loving wife, Irene; brothers, Edward, Joseph, Benjamin, and Walter Buzin; sister, Cecilia Houser; and daughter-in-law, Charlene Buzin. He is survived by sons, Frank, Shavertown; John, with whom he resided, Plymouth; James and his wife, Helene, Courtdale; daughter, Carol Salvaggio, and husband Anthony, West Wyoming; grandchildren, Gail and her husband, Anthony; Frank, Lori, and Casey Buzin; Christina and Anthony Salvaggio Jr. The family would like to extend special thanks to Mary and Karen McCann, and Cathy Callaio for their excellent care and compassion. Funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 679 Carey Ave., Hanover Township, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at All Saints Parish, Plymouth. Interment will be in the parish cemetery. Friends may pay their respects from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the SPCA of Wyoming Valley, or charity of the donor’s choice. Online condolences may be expressed at www.desideriofh.com.

George Deiter April 21, 2011

eorge Deiter, 64, of High Street, Wilkes-Barre, died unG expectedly Thursday afternoon,

April 21, 2011, at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. Born in Wilkes-Barre, he was a son of Karlys (Zimmerman) Deiter, and the late Oliver J. Deiter. George attended Coughlin High School, and in 1991 he retired from Rent America Inc. He lived for many years in Hazleton before returning to Wilkes-Barre. He loved to fish, hunt and go camping. Along with his daughter Danyel, he was an avid Buffalo Bills fan. George also enjoyed spending time with his longtime friend, Abie. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his sister, Elizabeth Luongo. Surviving are his mother; wife, Denise Deiter, Hazleton; sons, Jared, at home, and George, Noxen; daughters, Danyel Deiter and her husband, Keegan Geist, Hazleton; Tammy and Diane, both of Wilkes-Barre; brother, John O. Deiter, Wlkes-Barre; and five grandchildren; as well as many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Turnbach Funeral Home Inc., 423 W. Broad St., Hazleton. The pastor, Rev. James Deramus, from Apostolic Faith Church, West Hazleton, will officiate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you bring a card with your written memories of George.

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Charles H. Odell, of Mill City, Pa., died Saturday, April 23, 2011, at Mercy Hospital, Scranton, after an illness. He was born in Scranton, on April 15, 1944, a son of Ruth Huber Odell of Allied SNC, Scranton, and the late Charles R. Odell. Charles and his wife, the former Alma Rogers, were married for almost 43 years, and had known each other since early childhood. He was a graduate of Falls Overfield High School, and attended Penn State University. Charles was a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving with the Army in Germany. years ago. Fishing was one of his He worked as an electrician for many pastimes during their winter Procter & Gamble, Mehoopany, for months in Florida. many years, and retired in 1995. He was a loving and devoted husCharles was a member and past band, father, grandfather, son and Master of Factoryville Lodge 341, F friend. Charles always told things & A.M., and received his 32 Degree how they were. He was honest, with the Keystone Consistory. He hard-working, and provided well for was a member of the Lake Winola his family. He had a softer side and a United Methodist Church, a former great sense of humor. He fought member of the Lake Winola fire hard to beat his lung cancer and will Company, and Lake Winola Lions be greatly missed. Club. The family would like to extend He was a member, former board their sincere thanks to the staff at member, and past commodore of Mercy Hospice, Dr. Heim, Dr. Brerethe Scranton Canoe Club, Lake Wi- ton, and Michelle Gazzillo. nola, and was also a member of the In addition to his wife, Charles is Emanon Country Club, and a for- survived by his daughters, Jennifer mer member of the Shadow Brook Orlando and husband David, and Country Club. Sandra Morgan and husband Shane; He belonged to many golf leagues three grandchildren, Kaitlin and and had recorded three hole in ones. Ashley Morgan, and Jarred OrlanHe loved the competition of playing do, all of Mill City; as well as several golf matches. He played many years aunts, uncles and cousins.. in the World Amateur Handicap Funeral services will be held Golf Championship, Myrtle Beach, at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the S.C. Thousands of golfers compete Harding-Litwin funeral Home, 123 in this tournament, and Charles W. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. The won second place in his flight. Rev. Joan Dodson will officiate. InCharles played baseball from Lit- terment will be in Fairview Cemetle League until was he was 40 tery, Lake Winola. Friends may call years-old, and was an avid New York from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. TuesYankee Fan. He also loved the New day. Masonic services will be at 11 York Giants. a.m. Wednesday. He was an excellent card player Memorial contributions may be and could play almost any card made to the Relay for Life, c/o First game from bridge to poker. He real- National Bank, Lake Winola, PA ly enjoyed his trips to the casinos. 18625. Charles enjoyed deer hunting, For online condolences or direcand was always looking for that big tions, visit www.aplitwinfuneralbuck, which he harvested a few homes.com.

ussell J. Sager, 65, of Arch Street, Glen Lyon, passed away Friday, April 22, 2011, at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pa., after a lengthy illness. He was born in Nanticoke, on November 1, 1945, a son of the late Russell M. and Julia Figmik Sager. Russ was a 1963 graduate of Newport Township High School, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball, and served as senior class president. He graduated from King’s College with a bachelor’s degree. Russ was a U.S. Army veteran serving during the Vietnam War. He was employed as a compliance specialist for the Department Da’s Glen Lyon Condors. He was a die-hard New York Yanof Environmental Protection until kees baseball fan, an avid Notre his retirement in 2005. Russ was a member of Holy Spirit Dame football fan, and a New York Parish/St. Adalbert’s Church, Glen Giants football fan. His hobbies inLyon, where he served as an usher. clude his love for baseball card colHe was a member of the Ameri- lecting, fishing and hunting. Russ is survived by his wife of 39 can Legion Post 539, Glen Lyon, serving as an adjutant for 42 years, years, the former Sophia “Sia” and also serving on its board of di- Sweeney Sager; daughter, Renee Sager; son, Darren ‘Bruce’ Sager; rectors. Because of his love of baseball, sister, Elaine Evans, and her husRuss volunteered his time with the band, Ronald; niece and godchild, Newport Township Little League, Lori Evans; brother, Thomas Figserving as an assistant coach, man- mik, and his wife, Joyce; niece, Linager, treasurer and president. He da Davidson; and nephew, Thomas was instrumental in implementing Figmik. Military funeral services its tee-ball program. will be held at 9:30 a.m. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Sacred Heart Council Wednesday from the George A. 10676, Mocanaqua/Glen Lyon, as Strish Inc. Funeral Home, 211 West an original charter member and Main St., Glen Lyon. A Mass of past grand knight. He was also a Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. in Holy Fourth Degree member of the Bish- Spirit Parish/St. Adalbert’s Church. op Hafey Assembly 325, Wilkes- Interment will follow in St. John the Barre, serving as a past faithful navi- Baptist Cemetery, Glen Lyon. Famgator, a member of its color corps ily and friends may call from 4 to 8 and served as a state district deputy. p.m. on Tuesday and from 8:30 to Russ was president of the St. John 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Memorial contributions can be the Baptist Cemetery Association. He served as the first vice presi- made in Russ’s memory to the dent of the Newport Township Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania in care of Presbyterian P.H. Community Organization. Russ was a semi-professional Research Program, 51 N. 39th St., baseball player, playing locally with P.H.I. Building, Philadelphia, PA the Sheatown Ramblers, and Da 19104.

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oward R. Jones, 64, of WilkesBarre, died April 23, 2011, at his home. Born in Wilkes-Barre on June 2, 1947, he was a son of the late Edward and Ruth (Hartman) Jones. Howard enjoyed racing motorcycles and watching drag racing. He was also a member of the local Masons. He especially loved spending time with his cocker spaniel, Tasha. He was a truck driver for 35 years, retiring from Petroleum Service Company in 2010. In addition to his parents, Howard was also preceded in death by stepmother, Ann Jones, and stepfather, John Brugger. Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 42 years, Susan Jones, Wilkes-Barre; daughters, Jennifer and husband Joseph Chopyak, Stephanie and husband Kevin Best, all of Pittston; grandchildren, Joseph, Adam, and Alica Chopyak; brothers, Edward “Butch,” David and Jack; sister, Dorthy Sepela; as well as several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Friends and family may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kniffen O’Malley Funeral Home Inc., 465 S. Main St, Wilkes-Barre. A small prayer service will follow at 7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Earthly Angels Autism Fund of the Luzerne Foundation, 140 Main St., Second Floor, Luzerne, PA 18709. Online condolences can be sent to www.BestLifeTributes.com.

FUNERALS COLE – Albina, graveside memorial 1 p.m. Saturday at Orcutt’s Cemetery (new section), Noxen, Pa. CZEKALSKI – Elizabeth. blessing services 10 a.m. today in the Chapel at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton, with interment to follow. DOUGHERTY – Mary, funeral 8:45 a.m. Tuesday from the Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. in Our Lady of the Eucharist Church, Pittston. Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. today. GALLAGHER – Thomas J., funeral 10:30 a.m. today from E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. in St. Benedict’s Church, Wilkes-Barre. FARRELL – Mary, funeral 10 a.m. today with Mass of Christian Burial at Sacred Heart Church, Stephenson Street, Duryea. KASSAB – Peter Sr., funeral 10 a.m. Tuesday from St. George Maronite Chapel, 79 Loomis St., Wilkes-Barre. KITCHEN – Raymond Jr., memorial service 10 a.m. Saturday in the Bennett Welsh Presbyterian Church, Bennett Street, Luzerne. There are no calling hours. KLEBON – Maryann, Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Tuesday in Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Avoca. KRAFCHAK – the Rev. John, Pontifical Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Tuesday in St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, Nanticoke. Vigil Mass at 7 p.m. at St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, Nanticoke. Friends may call 3 to 6:30 p.m. today at St. Mary of Czestochowa Church, 1030 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Viewing Tuesday prior to 11 a.m. funeral Mass. LEWIS – Steven, funeral Mass 11 a.m. today in St. Anthony’s Maronite Catholic Church, Park Avenue, Wilkes-Barre. There will be no viewing. LUTKOWSKI – Margaret, funeral 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Louis V. Ciuccio Funeral Home, 145

Moosic Road, Old Forge. Mass 10 a.m. at the Prince of Peace Parish- St. Mary’s Church, West Grace and Lawrence Streets, Old Forge. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today. MALYNDZIAK- Frances, funeral 9 a.m. today from the Mark V. Yanaitis Funeral Home, 55 Stark St., Plains Township. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township. MATUSEK – Frank, funeral 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Mayo Funeral Home Inc., 77 N. Main St., Shickshinny. Mass of Christian Burial 10:30 a.m. in Holy Spirit Parish/St. Martha’s Church, Fairmount Springs. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today. O’KONSKI – John, funeral 10:30 a.m. Tuesday from the S.J. Grontkowski Funeral Home, 530 W. Main St., Plymouth. Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. in St. John the Baptist Church, Larksville. Friends may call 5 to 7 p.m. today. PERRIN – Betty, funeral 7 p.m. today at the E. Blake Collins Funeral Home, 159 George Ave., Wilkes-Barre. Friends may call 5 p.m. until the time of the service today. REILLY – Timothy, memorial Mass 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Resurrection of the Lord Polish National Church, Zerby Avenue, Edwardsville. The family will receive friends 4 to 6 p.m. at the church. SHUPP – Leland, funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday from the Sheldon-Kukuchka Funeral Home, 73 W. Tioga St, Tunkhannock. Friends may call at the funeral home 6 to 8 p.m. today.

ames “Omt” Trimmer, 63, of White Haven, died Saturday afJternoon, April 23, 2011, in Geisinger

Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Born in White Haven, he was a son of the late William and Effie (Kibler) Trimmer, and had resided in White Haven all of his life. James was employed as an aide with the White Haven Center for 30plus years. He was a member of Saint Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, White Haven. He was also a member of the White Haven Fireman’s Social Club, where he was a bartender, the Kidder Street Social Club, American Legion Post 473. Freeland, and Valley Vets of Conyngham. He was also an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. James is survived by his son, Ronald Trimmer, and his wife, Jodi,

White Haven; brother, Donald Trimmer, and his wife, Debbie, Schnecksville, Pa.; two grandchildren, Jennifer and Matthew Trimmer; two nephews and one niece. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday from the Joseph E. Lehman Funeral Home Inc., 403 Berwick St., White Haven. The Rev. Dawn Richie will conduct the service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at 10 a.m. until the time of service Thursday. Donations may be made, in his name to the White Haven Sports Association, c/o Frank Brynok, 88 Walnut St., White Haven, PA 18661. Funeral services are under the direction of the Joseph E. Lehman Funeral Home Inc., White Haven.

Scientists fret over BP funds

Researchers say delay in getting money for Gulf spill studies could hinder work.

By CAIN BURDEAU Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS — Scientists say it is taking far too long to dole out millions of dollars in BP funds for badly needed Gulf oil spill research, and it could be too late to assess the crude’s impact on pelicans, shrimp and other species by the time studies begin. The spring nesting and spawning season is a crucial time to get out and sample the reproduction rates, behavior and abundance of species, all factors that could be altered by last year’s spill. Yet no money has been made available for this year, and it could take months to determine which projects will be funded. “It’s like a murder scene,” said Dana Wetzel, an ecotoxicologist at the Mote Marine Laboratory in Florida. “You have to pick up the evidence now.” BP PLC had pledged $500 million — $50 million a year over 10 years — to help scientists study the spill’s impact and forge a better understanding of how to deal with future spills. The first $50 million was handed out in May 2010 to four Gulf-based research institutes and to the National Institutes of Health. Rita Colwell, a University of Maryland scientist who chairs the board overseeing the money, said the protocol for distributing the remaining $450 million would be announced Monday at the National Press Club Washington. After that, scientists will be allowed to submit proposals, but it could take months for research to be chosen. Michael Carron, a Mississippi marine scientist selected to head the BP-funded post-spill research project, the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, doubted money would be available before June. He acknowledged not being able to study the spring spawning in full bloom would be a problem. "This will be the first good glimpse of what happened to larvae, the first class" of species born during and after the spill, he said.

Real-life drama overshadows the shuttle flight Gabrielle Giffords is expected to attend astronaut husband’s Endeavour launch. By MARCIA DUNN AP Aerospace Writer

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — Looking back on the horror of that Saturday in January, this seems miraculous today: that Mark Kelly would indeed command the next-to-last space shuttle flight and that his wounded wife, Gabrielle Giffords, would be here in Florida watching. Yet that is what is expected to happen Friday, provided doctors approve her travel. The Kelly-Giffords ordeal has been a national drama since Jan. 8, when the congresswoman was shot in the head at a meet-andgreet in her hometown of Tucson, Ariz. The couple’s love story — her struggle to survive a serious brain injury and her remarkable progress, and his devotion to both his wife and NASA — has overshadowed Endeavour’s final voyage and the looming end of the shuttle program. It’s all about Mark and Gabby. “They’re America’s sweethearts,” said Susan Still Kilrain, a former space shuttle pilot. On a day fit for princes and princesses — Britain’s Prince

William will wed Kate Middleton that morning — Endeavour’s scheduled 3:47 p.m. blastoff is the big draw for tourists and residents on Florida’s Space Coast. The Obama family will be here, as will a congressional contingent and an estimated 40,000 other NASA guests. Plus, hundreds of thousands are expected to jam surrounding beaches and roadways, all eager to catch one of the last two space shuttle launches. No one, it seems, can resist the real-life drama surrounding the 47-year-old astronaut and the 40-year-old congresswoman, married just three years when a bullet changed everything. The shooting rampage outside a supermarket left six dead and 13 injured, including Giffords. Kelly rushed by private jet from Houston to Tucson with his two teenage daughters and his mother, as soon as he learned of the assassination attempt. His shuttle co-pilot, Gregory Johnson, was also moving at rocket speed. He opened his Houston home to the rest of the shuttle crew and their families

that bleak Saturday night, as he struggled to come up with a game plan amid the shock waves. Kelly figured he’d be at his wife’s ICU bedside for “maybe two, four, six months.” That’s what her trauma surgeon and neurosurgeon warned him, in the hours after the shooting. “I’m pretty sure I’m done,” he told his boss, chief astronaut Peggy Whitson. For several weeks, Johnson and his crewmates didn’t know whether Kelly would fly the April mission or whether the flight might be delayed. A backup commander stepped in to keep up the training momentum. But as the days went by, Giffords made steady progress. Her previous good health, great care “and maybe a little bit of luck” contributed to her swift improvement, Kelly said. “Or maybe people really thinking about her and praying for her.” Almost certainly, Giffords will be kept out of public sight at the launch, as she has been ever since the shooting occurred.

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‘Rio’ flies to top of the box officer over ‘Madea’ By DAVID GERMAIN AP Movie Writer

The upward trend likely will continue next weekend with "Fast Five," the latest movie in "The Fast and the Furious" action franchise, expected to have a huge opening, said Hollywood.com analyst Paul Dergarabedian. "I think we’re going to have three up weekends in a row, and for us, that’s a roll. We’ve been down for so long," Dergarabedian said. "It really points out how cyclical this business is." A love-bird story centered on rare parrots, "Rio" raised its domestic total to $81.3 million. The movie has taken in $204.7 million more overseas, for a worldwide haul of $286 million. "Rio" held on well to its audience, revenues dropping a scant 32 percent in the second weekend, while "Water for Elephants" came in a bit above industry expectations.

Animated characters, from left, Raphael, voiced by George Lopez, Blu, voiced by Jesse Eisenberg, and Jewel, voiced by Anne Hathaway, are shown in a scene from "Rio." The 20th Century Fox animated flick featuring the voices of Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg, led the weekend box office. AP PHOTO

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LOS ANGELES — Anne Hathaway and Jesse Eisenberg’s talking birds have edged out Tyler Perry’s sass-talking grandma at the weekend box office. Hathaway and Eisenberg’s animated family adventure "Rio" took in $26.8 million to remain the No. 1 movie for the secondstraight weekend, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family" debuted a close second with $25.8 million, another solid opening for writerdirector Perry, who also stars as boisterous, opinionated grandma Madea. Reese Witherspoon and Robert Pattinson’s circus romance "Water for Elephants" premiered in third-place with $17.5 million. "It’s nice to have two movies in the top-three," said Bert Livingston, distribution executive for 20th Century Fox, which released both "Rio" and "Water for Elephants." The weekend’s other new wide release, Disney’s nature documentary "African Cats,"

opened at No. 6 with $6.4 million. Morgan Spurlock’s productplacement documentary "POM Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold" opened with fair but unremarkable business in limited release. The latest from the maker of the hit documentary "Super Size Me" took in $135,139 in 18 theaters, averaging $7,508 a cinema. That compares to an $11,254 average in 2,288 theaters for "Madea’s Big Happy Family," which had by far the best cinema average among the top-10 movies. Hollywood scored its secondstraight weekend of rising revenues, good news for studios that have been in a box-office slide since last fall. Receipts totaled $138 million, up 39 percent from the same weekend last year, when "How to Train Your Dragon" was No. 1 with $15.4 million, according to box-office tracker Hollywood.com.

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Fatalities put a new focus on bus safety By PAUL NUSSBAUM The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — The death of a 21-year-old Montgomery County, Pa., student in a bus crash on the New Jersey Turnpike last month helped put bus safety in a bright Washington spotlight, with Senate subcommittee hearings and calls for new safety laws. It prompted the federal government to shut down the bus operator, Super Luxury Tours of Wilkes-Barre. It triggered a wrongful-death lawsuit against the bus company. And it brought the father of Troy Nguyen, of Royersford, Pa., into a sorrowful fraternity — the parents of bus crash victims. “I wanted to break something, but I couldn’t move. My body felt frozen,” Trong Nguyen said of his reaction when a doctor at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, N.J., told him on the night of March 14 that his son was dead. “I couldn’t say anything. I just needed to see him right away.” Taken to his son, Nguyen said, “I touched his face, his body, his arm. It was so painful. There was just such incredible pain.” John Betts of Bryan, Ohio, is angry and frustrated that Nguyen is going through what he endured four years ago when a crash killed his 20-year-old son. David Betts was one of five EARLY

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American Bus Association, said it could cost as much as $80,000 to add the safety measures proposed in a bill sponsored by Sens. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio; Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas; and Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. But the maker of the specially designed seats and lap-andshoulder belt assemblies used by Greyhound and other carriers said the cost added about $10,000 to $12,000 to the cost of a $500,000 bus. “It’s a very, very small percentage of the capital outlay,” said James Johnson, vice president of sales and business development for IMMI of Westfield, Ind. About 400 of the 35,000 buses in the United States have seat belts and specially designed seat assemblies, he said.

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Pope prays for diplomacy in Easter message By FRANCES D’EMILIO Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI offered an Easter prayer Sunday for diplomacy to prevail over warfare in Libya and for citizens of the Middle East to build a new society based on respect. He also called on Europeans to welcome refugees from North Africa. “In heaven, all is peace and gladness. But, alas, all is not so on earth!” the pope lamented as he delivered the traditional “Urbi et Orbi” message from the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica to a crowd of more than 100,000 that overflowed from St. Peter’s Square. “In the current conflict in Libya, may diplomacy and dialogue replace arms, and may those who suffer as a result of the conflict be given access to humanitarian aid,” he said. Referring to North Africa and the Middle East, the pope prayed that all citizens, especially young people, would “work to promote the common good and to build a society where poverty is defeated and every political choice is

“In the current conflict in Libya, may diplomacy and dialogue replace arms, and may those who suffer as a result of the conflict be given access to humanitarian aid.”

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inspired by respect for the human person.” Uprisings, repression and civil warfare have triggered an exodus of people to Italian shores as well as other countries in the region. Europe has been split over whether to accept or deport tens of thousands of migrants, many of them from Libya and elsewhere in northern Africa. Benedict rallied to the side of refugees, urging people of good will to “open their hearts to welcome them.” “Here, in this world of ours, the Easter alleluia still contrasts with the cries and laments that arise from so many painful situa-

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“We like to get everyone involved, everyone is welcome to join us,” Brewster said. The turnout was not only a testament to the strength of faith in the community, but also the willingness of those to give to others.

tions: deprivation, hunger, disease, war, violence,” said the pontiff, resplendent in gold-colored robes as he sat on a chair and read his speech in Italian. This year, Easter fell on the same day in the Orthodox and Roman Catholic church calendars, and in Jerusalem, Orthodox and Catholics worshipped at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, revered as the site of Jesus’ Good Friday crucifixion and burial and of his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Protestants held their own ceremonies outside the walled Old City at the Garden Tomb, which some identify as the site of Jesus’ burial. In Cagliari, Sardinia, an Easter lunch of Sardinian cheese, pasta and lamb was served by Caritas, the Catholic charity, to some 20 Tunisians, the Italian news agency ANSA reported from the island. The diners were some of the more than 26,000 Tunisians who have clandestinely entered Italy since unrest in their homeland in January. Most are waiting for temporary travel documents from Italy

Mount Zion, which has a rich history of active community involvement, extended a helping hand beyond the area through its Sunday service. A collection was taken with all proceeds going towards Japan Relief Efforts. There was also a food drive for St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen of WilkesBarre. “Without question, I think the collection for charity is going to be an ongoing tradition for Mount Zion,” Brewster

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they hope will let them reach France, where many have friends and relatives. France has warned the Tunisians they will be sent backed unless they have jobs or savings to support themselves. The dispute between Rome and Paris over the Tunisians’ fate is expected to dominate much of an Italian-French summit in the Italian capital on Tuesday.

said. “We’ve seen so much good come of this. When you see people’s hearts the way they are, how giving they are and the contributions they’re showing, you don’t want to stop that, ever.” Brewster hopes to hold next year’s service in a venue as large and to contribute to other charities, locally and internationally. “As part of our mission, it’s about sharing the love of Christ not only in looking in our backyard, or what we call

Appeals for solidarity like Benedict’s are also “words for those who keep the doors closed” to the migrants, Monsignor Albert Mario Careggio, bishop of Ventimiglia, an Italian town near the French border, told Sky TG24 TV. In Rome, the drama of society’s unwanted played out in one of the city’s major basilicas, where some 150 Gypsies have

going across the street,” said Brewster, “but also contributing to those around the world, seeing what we can do for people all over.” He wishes to impart hope to those the charity aids. Hope is, after all, he said, the reason everyone joined together in the high school auditorium. “This day is all about hope,” Brewster said. “That’s why we called this the Hope of Easter. It’s the reason why we can get up every morning and continue

taken refuge from city officials who are dismantling illegal Roma trailer settlements. The Gypsies say City Hall will split their families by sending women and children to a shelter in a Rome suburb but not men. In a sign of Easter solidarity, several dozen Romans brought food, diapers and milk for babies to the improvised refugee camp inside St. Paul Outside the Walls basilica. The 84-year-old Benedict’s voice cracked at times during the Mass, but he ended his two-hour appearance Sunday by reading aloud holiday greetings in 65 languages. Some 41,000 potted plants lined the square, including 10,000 narcissus plants, many of them in yellow and white, the official Vatican colors, arranged in neat, rows up the slope toward the altar. Benedict returns to the square in a week to lead a crowd expected to be at least double Easter’s turnout when he beatifies John Paul, putting the Polish-born, long-serving pontiff on the last formal step before eventual sainthood.

on in our lives and have something great to look forward to; having a restored relationship with God, who we believe, in our faith, we will meet some day and be with for eternity.” “The only thing that matters in this world, when all is said and done, is that we have a God that loves us, supports us, and will be there for us through thick and thin. This day is a celebration of that and of hope in the hearts of the believers.”

Pa. ponders penalties over Bradford County drilling site mishap

Once final seal is in place, Chesapeake can begin a probe of why the well blew out. By LAURA OLSON Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

HARRISBURG -- As workers on a Bradford County drilling site continued to prepare the now-stable well for a final protective seal, state environmental officials took a step toward assessing penalties for the accident. Well-control specialists spent most of the day relieving pressure within the Chesapeake Energy well, a procedure that both company and Department of Environ-

mental Protection officials said was not unusual. Those efforts were suspended late Friday afternoon, as rain began to fall, according to Chesapeake. Company spokesman Rory Sweeney said they made "slow progress" toward completely plugging the well Friday, noting that no additional wastewater or gas had escaped since those leaks were stemmed Thursday evening. Procedures to relieve well pressure are "something that is expected at this stage in the process" and raised no immediate con-

cerns, DEP spokesman Dan Spadoni said. Once the final seal is in place, Chesapeake can begin an investigation of why the well blew out during hydraulic fracturing late Tuesday night. That wellhead malfunction resulted in thousands of gallons of fracking wastewater spewing back to the surface, with some trickling into a tributary to Towanda Creek. The well was continuing to leak wastewater Wednesday afternoon, when workers were able to put the briny fracking fluid in containers on the well pad. Neither the DEP nor company officials have estimated how much wastewater entered the tributary,

though initial Chesapeake testing showed "minimal, if any" impacts on the waterway. Incident reports posted on the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency’s website stated that "approximately 30,000 gallons of fresh water leaked out of a gas well and into a secondary containment area in Leroy Township." A report issued Thursday also states that there are "no life safety or environmental concerns" from the accident. A PEMA spokesman did not return a request Friday for additional information. Chesapeake said it would account for the spilled wastewater as the investigation gets under

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said the initial study is complete, and the sanitary authority is now working on a second study with Red Desert/Cate Street Capital, a company seeking to build the plant next to the WVSA’s current facility. For years, the gas industry has bristled and resisted when its environmental practices have been criticized. But last week, it abruptly took a different tone. Even before the initiative to end river discharges was announced publicly, it had received the support of drillers. By Wednesday evening, a leading industry group, the Marcellus Shale Coalition, had announced that its members were committed to halting the practice by the state’s stated goal of May19. "Basically, I see this as a huge success story," said Michael Krancer, acting secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection. "This will be a vestige of the past very quickly." After May 19, almost all drillers will either be sending the waste to deep disposal wells — mostly in Ohio — or recycling it in new well projects, he said. While the movement to end the wastewater discharges followed years of environmentalists’ criticism, the most influential push may have come from within the industry itself. Among major gas-producing states, Pennsylvania is the only one that allowed the bulk of its well brine to be treated and dumped in rivers and streams. Other states required it to be injected into deep

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Drilling specialists perform completion operations on the Salansky 1H gas well in Lake Township on Tuesday night in preparation for hydraulic fracturing later this week.

underground shafts. Publicly, the industry — and the state — argued that the river discharges were harmless to humans and wildlife. Just months ago, the industry was actively opposing new state regulations intended to protect streams from the brine, saying fears about the river discharges were overblown. But simultaneously, some companies were concerned. John Hanger, Krancer’s predecessor as the state’s environmental secretary, said that as early as 2008 he had been approached by two of the state’s most active drillers — Range Resources, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Atlas Energy, now a

subsidiary of Chevron, warning that the state’s permissive rules had left rivers and streams at risk from the salty dissolved solids, particularly bromides, present in produced well water. "They came to me and said, if this rule doesn’t change, there could be enormous amounts of wastewater high in (total dissolved solids) pouring into the rivers," Hanger said. Almost since then, the companies have been working on alternative disposal methods. "We never thought that it was a good practice to begin with," said Range Resources spokesman Matt Pitzarella. For months, drillers have been

introducing technology that returns brine to deep wells, rather than discarding it as waste. By the end of last year, this reuse was being considered by most big drillers as the industry’s future. Efforts to curtail the waste flow accelerated, though, after a series of critical media reports, increased pressure from the Environmental Protection Agency, and new research that raised questions about whether drinking water was being compromised. After reviewing that research, Range Resources began lobbying other drillers to confront the problem once and for all, and to do it publicly, Pitzarella said. The water that flows from active

way. "We’re not done here when the well is finally sealed," Sweeney said. For DEP officials, who have been involved in the accident response, the next investigatory steps are under way. The agency issued a notice of violation to Chesapeake on Friday, Spadoni said. In the notice, the DEP asked the company to submit an analysis of what caused the equipment failure. The notice also stated that Chesapeake was expected to "be in a stand-down mode on hydraulic fracturing" as officials review what happened. The company said it halted all post-drilling activities, which include hydraulic fracturing, "in or-

der to conduct thorough inspections of wellheads used in completion operations throughout the Marcellus Shale." But environmental advocates from PennFuture called on DEP Acting Secretary Michael Krancer to shut down all Chesapeake sites until the agency conducts its review. Two Bradford County lawyers representing local residents who say they have contamination-related ailments made a similar plea Friday. Spadoni said the DEP would "evaluate the information that is provided to us by Chesapeake" and decide what additional steps may be necessary.

wells is often contaminated with traces of chemicals injected into the wells during a drilling procedure called hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, which breaks up the shale and frees natural gas. The flowback water also brings back from underground such naturally existing contaminants as barium, strontium, and radium. Worries about the contaminants took on added urgency after the Monongahela River, a western Pennsylvania waterway that serves as a major source of drinking water for Pittsburgh and communities to its south, became so salty in 2008 that people began complaining about the taste. The Department of Environmental Protection responded by curtailing the amount of wastewater sent to plants on the Monongahela. It also wrote new rules barring wastewater treatment plants from accepting more drilling wastewater than already permitted unless they were capable of turning out effluent with salt levels that met drinking water standards. Those rules, though, left most of the existing wastewater treatment plants alone, and between 15 and 27 continued to pump out millions of gallons of water that scientists said was still high in some pollutants. Over the past year and a half, a handful of researchers, including Jeanne VanBriesen, a professor of civil engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, and Stanley States, director of water quality at the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority, have been collecting evidence on an increase in bromide in rivers that were being used for gas wastewater disposal. The industry has, until now, expressed mostly skepticism about

any possible link between drilling waste and water quality problems. When The Associated Press reported in January that some drinking water systems close to gas wastewater treatment plants had struggled to meet EPA standards for trihalomethanes, the article was written off by industry groups as irresponsible, as was a similar report by The New York Times in February that focused on the presence of radium in drilling waste. But in recent weeks, Range Resources arranged for VanBriesen and States to present some of their preliminary findings on bromide to a gathering of industry representatives. VanBriesen said she cautioned that her own findings didn’t necessarily point the finger decisively at natural gas waste as the main culprit behind rising bromide levels. Still, her presentations had an impact, she said. "I think what you are seeing is a realization that the problem isn’t going away," VanBriesen said. "I’m not pushing the panic button ... but it’s a directional change that you don’t want to continue." Marcellus Shale Coalition President Kathryn Klaber said that after reviewing those findings, her group now believes the industry is partly responsible for the rising bromide levels. In her letter to Krancer on Wednesday, she promised that the industry was taking action, but also encouraged state officials to evaluate whether other "sources" were contributing to the problem. Krancer promised that evaluation would indeed happen, but he said he believed the gas industry’s actions would lead to immediate improvements in river bromide levels.


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franchise record for home runs in a month which is 10 set by former Red Next Game: 1:05 p.m. today versus Barons Gary Alexander (August the Syracuse Chiefs at PNC Field. 1991) and Wendell Magee Jr. (July Probable Pitchers: Syracuse LHP 1998). His average stands at .348 Ross Detwiller (1-0, 1.50) vs. this season. Yankees RHP David Phelps (1-2, “Not only does he usually get the 5.51) RBI, or a lot of them, but they’re usuOn Deck: The team begins an ally big ones,” SWB manager Dave eight-game road trip tomorrow that starts in Charlotte. The next Miley said. “And today was no differgame at PNC Field after today is ent. We were obviously scuffling ofThursday, May 5. fensively against a good pitcher and Radio: All games can be heard on he comes up with a good home run THE GAME (1340-AM) with Mike to get us back in the ball game.” Vander Woude Vazquez’ bomb, which sailed over the left field fence, tied the game at 2-2. pitcher Yunesky Maya. The eventual game-winning run Vazquez has six games left this month to try to equal or better the was driven in by Brandon Laird in

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the bottom of the fifth. Laird drove in Justin Maxwell, who reached base when he was hit by a pitch and moved to second on a groundout. That’s all the Yankees could muster against Maya (0-2), who whiffed nine and only allowed three hits in seven innings. “I was just looking for a pitch I could hit up the middle and put a good swing on it and it fell in,” Laird said. “He has pretty good stuff. He has a slider and curveball and a slower curveball that keeps you off balance. You just got to look for a pitch and do whatever you can to stay See YANKEES, Page 4B

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Princeton coach will lead Nittany Lions as they venture into Division I ice hockey. By Times Leader staff reports

STATE COLLEGE – Penn State has turned to the 2008 coach of the year to lead its men’s hockey team when the school begins Division I competition in 2012-2013 season. Guy Gadowsky, formerly of Princeton University, will be the Nittany Lions’ first men’s ice hockey coach, athletics director Tim Curley announced Sunday. Gadowsky has spent the past seven years leading Gadowsky Princeton’s resurgence, which includes NCAA Championship berths in 2008 and 2009 and the 2008 ECAC Hockey Championship. A native of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, he was head coach at Alaska-Fairbanks for five years prior to taking the reins of the Princeton program and has earned league coach of the year honors at each of his three head coaching posts. “Guy is the perfect choice for Penn State,” said Penn State President Graham Spanier. “He has been immensely successful, is a great motivator, knows how to build programs, and has strong academic values.” In September 2010, the school announced an $88 million gift from Terrence M. and Kim Pegula, the largest private gift in Penn State’s history, which was intended to fund a state-of-theart, multi-purpose ice arena as well as help to establish an NCAA Division I men’s hockey program. In conjunction with the gift, Penn State will establish an NCAA women’s hockey program. See PSU, Page 4B

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The Philadelphia Flyers’ Ville Leino celebrates his game-winning overtime goal as the Buffalo Sabres’ Chris Butler reacts in Game 6 of a first-round NHL Stanley Cup playoffs series in Buffalo, N.Y., Sunday. The Flyers won 5-4.

Leino’s OT goal sends series to decisive game By JOHN WAWROW AP Sports Writer

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Ville Leino scored 4:43 into overtime and Brian Boucher’s return in yet another relief appearance sparked the Philadelphia Flyers to force Game 7 in their firstround playoff series against the Buffalo Sabres. Danny Briere scored twice and Boucher stopped 24 shots over the final two periods and overtime in a 5-4 victory on Sunday in what’s been a tightly contested and topsy-turvy series that heads to the deciding game at Philadelphia on Tuesday.

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Boucher took over to start the second period after Michael Leighton allowed three goals on the first seven shots he faced. Scott Hartnell had a goal and assist and James van Riemsdyk al-

so scored for the Flyers, who overcame a two-goal deficit while drawing upon Chris Pronger’s presence. The gritty defenseman played sparingly in his game after missing 21 with a broken right hand. Thomas Vanek scored twice for Buffalo, while Rob Niedermayer and Nathan Gerbe also scored. Kris Versteeg helped set up Leino’s goal. After getting his first shot blocked, Versteeg gained the rebound and flipped the puck at the Sabres net, bouncing it off several players.

The puck fell in the crease where Leino — a step ahead of defender Chris Butler — slid it into the open side behind diving goalie Ryan Miller. Rebounding from a pair of losses, the Flyers became the first team in the series to win after giving up the game-opening goal. It was also a game that Philadelphia didn’t lead until Leino scored. Hartnell forced overtime by scoring with 9:17 left in a frantic third period, in which the Flyers outshot the Sabres 14-6. Nikolay See FLYERS, Page 4B

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Knicks are gone in a New York minute By BRIAN MAHONEY AP Basketball Writer

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New York coach Mike D’Antoni, left, reacts to a call as Boston forward Paul Pierce celebrates during Game 4 of an NBA playoff series at Madison Square Garden in New York on Sunday.

NEW YORK — The Boston Celtics made the New York Knicks’ return to the postseason a brief one. Now the Celtics have a long break before that expected trip to Miami. Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Rajon Rondo added 21 points and 12 assists, and the Celtics swept their way into the Eastern Conference semifinals, holding on for a 10189 victory over the Knicks on

a series for the first time since a 3-0 victory over Indiana in 1992, the last series victory for their old Big Three before Larry Bird retired. They had a 23-point lead cut to four in the fourth quarter, but pulled away again behind GarCELTICS KNICKS nett, who scored 20 after halfCeltics win series, 4-0. time. The current Big Three of Garnett, Allen and Paul Pierce twice Sunday. Ray Allen and reserve Glen was extended to seven games in Davis each added 14 points for the first round, but this one was the Celtics, the first team into the second round after sweeping See CELTICS, Page 4B

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Selig’s pitch falling short of the plate Bud Selig prides himself on being a student of history. In two judgments last week, though, baseball’s longserving steward reminded us he can be a fan of selective memory, too, so long as it suits his purpose. First things first: In a decision that generated little comment but has far-reaching implications, Selig said he would let Barry Bonds’ career (762) and single-season (73) home run records stand — that, despite the slugger’s recent conviction on an obstruction of justice charge that grew out of an investigation into the use of performance-enhancing drugs in sport. That was Selig at his best. The decision displayed pragmatism, since it’s almost impossible to erase one set of facts from the record book without altering all the related ones. But it also showed a healthy respect for the connective tissue that makes comparing the feats of one era with another possible, and so binds each generation of fans to the next. By handling the Bonds dilemma as he did, Selig reaffirmed his trust in the game’s fans to get it right on their own; to understand both the times and the context in which those records were set. That way, those upset by the idea of a chemically fueled Bonds — and who-knows-how-many other players during the supersized era — soaring past several of the most important offensive milestones can add as many asterisks to the retelling as they see fit. Not surprising, perhaps, Selig’s decision kept faith with both well-established precedent and his own recent history. Fifty years ago, as Roger Maris closed in on Babe Ruth’s hallowed single-season homerun mark, there was plenty of talk — including from thencommissioner Ford Frick — about adding an asterisk to the record book to note an expanded schedule gave Maris eight more games to eclipse the Babe. Eventually, though, the dissent turned out to be just that — talk — and fans decided for themselves which version of events was the more impressive. Similarly, Selig refused to amend the record book and award a perfect game last season to Detroit’s Armando Galarraga, even after replays showed that umpire Jim Joyce clearly missed the call on what should have been the 27th and final out of the ballgame. By doing so, Selig understood the controversy swirling around the “imperfect game” guaranteed it would be as memorable as all the other perfectos, yet remembered in its unique context. That trust in the game’s fans, Selig said at his annual meeting the Associated Press Sports Editors last week, guided his hand in the Bonds’ decision. “I think that anybody who understands the sport,” he said, “understands exactly why.” But more than a few people who understand baseball were stunned by another decision Selig announced Thursday, this one to expand the playoffs by two teams. “It doesn’t seem very fair, and personally, I don’t know where his head is at,” Giants pitcher and reigning Cy Young award winner Tim Lincecum said a day later. “Players like it the way it is,” he continued in an interview See LITKE, Page 4B


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L O C A L C A L E N D A R Monday, April 25 H.S. BASEBALL (4:15 p.m.) Dallas at Holy Redeemer Pittston Area at Wyoming Area Berwick at Coughlin Wyoming Valley West at Nanticoke Tunkhannock at Hazleton Area West Side Tech at Hanover Area H.S. SOFTBALL (4:15 p.m.) Dallas at Holy Redeemer Pittston Area at Wyoming Area Berwick at Coughlin Wyoming Valley West at Nanticoke Tunkhannock at Hazleton Area H.S. BOYS VOLLEYBALL (5:45 p.m.) Pittston Area at Crestwood West Side Tech at Holy Redeemer Wyoming Valley West at Tunkhannock Hanover Area at Lake-Lehman Delaware Valley at Abington Heights H.S. GIRLS SOCCER Nanticoke at Holy Redeemer, 4:15 p.m. H.S. BOYS TENNIS Wyoming Area at Hazleton Area, 4:15 p.m. COLLEGE BASEBALL King’s at FDU-Florham, 3:30 p.m. Wilkes at Keuka, 1 p.m. Delaware Valley at Misericordia, 12 p.m.

Tuesday, April 26 H.S. BASEBALL (4:15 p.m.) GAR at Meyers MMI at Northwest Wyoming Seminary at Hanover Area West Side TECH at Lake-Lehman H.S. SOFTBALL (4:15 p.m.) GAR at Meyers MMI at Northwest Wyoming Seminary at Hanover Area West Side TECH at Lake-Lehman H.S. BOYS VOLLEYBALL (5:45 p.m.) Coughlin at Nanticoke Meyers at Wyoming Area North Pocono at Dallas Hazleton Area at Berwick H.S. BOYS TENNIS (4:15 p.m.) Pittston Area at Wyoming Seminary Tunkhannock at Wyoming Area Berwick at Meyers GAR at Dallas Hazleton Area at Crestwood Holy Redeemer at Coughlin MMI at Wyoming Valley West H.S. GIRLS SOCCER (4:15 p.m.) Coughlin at Dallas Honesdale at Tunkhannock Hanover Area at MMI Pittston Area at Meyers Wyoming Seminary at GAR North Pocono at Wyoming Area COLLEGE BASEBALL Marywood at King’s, 4 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL King’s at Muhlenberg, 3:30 p.m. COLLEGE WOMENS LACROSSE (4 p.m.) Manhattanville at King’s Wilkes at Misericordia COLLEGE MENS LACROSSE Misericordia at FDU-Florham, 7 p.m. COLLEGE GOLF Scranton at Wilkes, 1 p.m. William Paterson at Wilkes, 1 p.m. Misericordia at Messiah, 12 p.m.

Wednesday, April 27 H.S. BASEBALL (4:15 p.m.) Crestwood at Berwick Holy Redeemer at Wyoming Valley West Pittston Area at Tunkhannock Nanticoke at Dallas Hazleton Area at Wyoming Area H.S. SOFTBALL (4:15 p.m.) Crestwood at Berwick GAR at Lake-Lehman Holy Redeemer at Wyoming Valley West MMI Prep at Hanover Area Pittston Area at Tunkhannock Nanticoke at Dallas Hazleton Area at Wyoming Area H.S. BOYS TENNIS (4:15 p.m.) Coughlin at Wyoming Seminary Pittston Area at Holy Redeemer H.S. BOYS VOLLEYBALL (5:45 p.m.) Crestwood at West Side Tech Pittston Area at Wyoming Valley West Holy Redeemer at Hanover Area Tunkhannock at Delaware Valley H.S. TRACK (4:15 p.m.) Meyers at Wyoming Area Lake-Lehman at Northwest Holy Redeemer at GAR Nanticoke at Hanover Area H.S. GIRLS SOCCER (4:15 p.m. unless noted) Holy Redeemer at Hazleton Area Crestwood at Nanticoke Dallas at Delaware Valley Berwick at Wyoming Valley West Coughlin at Lake-Lehman, 6:30 p.m. COLLEGE BASEBALL Scranton at Wilkes, 4 p.m. COLLEGE SOFTBALL Misericordia at Neumann, 3 p.m. COLLEGE MENS LACROSSE King’s at Manhattanville, 4 p.m.

Thursday, April 28 H.S. BOYS VOLLEYBALL (5:45 p.m.) Lake-Lehman at Coughlin Abington Heights at Meyers Nanticoke at North Pocono Wyoming Area at Hazleton Area Dallas at Berwick H.S. TRACK (4:15 p.m.) Tunkhannock at Wyoming Valley West Dallas at Hazleton Area Pittston Area at Berwick Crestwood at Coughlin H.S. BOYS TENNIS (4:15 p.m.) Wyoming Valley West at GAR Coughlin at Meyers Crestwood at Dallas Meyers at Wyoming Valley West Pittston Area at Berwick Tunkhannock at MMI Wyoming Seminary at Hazleton Area Wyoming Area at Holy Redeemer H.S. GIRLS SOCCER (4:15 p.m.) MMI at Honesdale Meyers at Hanover Area GAR at Pittston Area Wyoming Area at Wyoming Seminary Tunkhannock at North Pocono COLLEGE WOMENS LACROSSE Scranton at Misericordia, 4 p.m.

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(4:15 p.m.) Wyoming Valley West at Crestwood Tunkhannock at Holy Redeemer Dallas at Coughlin Wyoming Area at Nanticoke Berwick at Hazleton Area MMI at Meyers GAR at Wyoming Seminary Hanover Area at West Side TECH Lake-Lehman at Northwest H.S. SOFTBALL (4:15 p.m.) Wyoming Valley West at Crestwood Tunkhannock at Holy Redeemer Dallas at Coughlin Wyoming Area at Nanticoke Berwick at Hazleton Area MMI at Meyers GAR at Wyoming Seminary Hanover Area at West Side TECH Lake-Lehman at Northwest H.S. BOYS VOLLEYBALL Dallas at West Side Tech H.S. GIRLS SOCCER (4:15 p.m. unless noted) Hazleton Area at Crestwood, 7 p.m. Meyers at Honesdale Nanticoke at Dallas Delaware Valley at Berwick Wyoming Valley West at Coughlin Lake-Lehman at Holy Redeemer H.S. BOYS TENNIS Coughlin at Tunkhannock, 4:15 p.m. COLLEGE BASEBALL (3:30 p.m.) King’s at Delaware Valley Manhattanville at Wilkes FDU-Florham at Misericordia

T R A N S A C T I O N S BASEBALL American League TEXAS RANGERS — Placed RHP Neftali Feliz on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 21. Selected the contract of RHP Cody Eppley from Round Rock (PCL). Recalled RHP Eric Hurley from Round Rock and placed him on the 60-day DL. TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Placed INF Jayson Nix on the 15-day DL. Recalled INF Mike McCoy from Las Vegas (PCL). National League CHICAGO CUBS — Recalled RHP Justin Berg from Iowa (PCL). Optioned RHP Jeff Stevens to Iowa. SAN DIEGO PADRES — Recalled LHP Wade LeBlanc from Tucson (PCL). Optioned RHP Pat Neshek to Tucson. WASHINGTON NATIONALS — Activated RHP Todd Coffey from the 15-day DL. .

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2:55 p.m. ESPN2 — Premier League, Manchester City at Blackburn

P O C O N O D O W N S Results Saturday Apr 23, 2011 First - $4,600 Pace 1:56.0 8-Lil Western Dude (Br Simpson) 15.20 7.60 4.40 9-Bullvillelightning (La Stalbaum) 5.40 3.40 4-Savvy Hawk (Ji Taggart Jr) 7.40 EXACTA (8-9) $73.80 TRIFECTA (8-9-4) $1,699.00 SUPERFECTA (8-9-ALL-ALL) $173.60 Scratched: Mud On The Tires Second - $19,000 Trot 1:56.4 2-You’re Next (Br Sears) 22.60 10.20 5.20 5-Blazing Winner (Ro Pierce) 7.00 3.20 6-Rookie Mistake (Ma Kakaley) 4.00 EXACTA (2-5) $142.60 TRIFECTA (2-5-6) $1,320.00 SUPERFECTA (2-5-6-ALL) $909.60 DAILY DOUBLE (8-2) $96.80 Third - $8,600 Pace 1:53.3 5-Stormin Rustler (Br Sears) 6.40 3.20 2.40 2-Ramblin Bunny (Pa Berry) 2.60 2.60 8-Four Star Tommy (Ro Pierce) 3.80 EXACTA (5-2) $21.80 TRIFECTA (5-2-8) $200.00 SUPERFECTA (5-2-8-3) $469.40 Fourth - $13,000 Pace 1:55.3 4-Ccs Lover N (La Stalbaum) 7.00 5.40 3.40 2-Sody’s Moonshine (Mi Simons) 11.00 6.80 1-Southwind Irvin (Ge Napolitano Jr) 3.60 EXACTA (4-2) $82.00 TRIFECTA (4-2-1) $278.20 SUPERFECTA (4-2-1-ALL) $1,441.40 Fifth - $4,600 Pace 1:56.0 2-Artsbred Camotion (Ma Kakaley) 11.60 6.80 5.80 5-Stand Up Front (Br Sears) 9.60 6.40 4-Hand Me No Lines (Mi Simons) 6.60 EXACTA (2-5) $60.80 TRIFECTA (2-5-4) $490.00 SUPERFECTA (2-5-4-1) $2,086.40 PICK 3 (5-4-2) $166.00 Scratched: Cards N Music Sixth - $21,000 Pace 1:52.1 4-Noble Falcon (Br Sears) 7.80 3.80 3.40 5-Cessna Flight (Ma Kakaley) 15.60 6.80 6-Drive All Night (An Napolitano) 6.00 EXACTA (4-5) $90.20 TRIFECTA (4-5-6) $529.40 SUPERFECTA (4-5-6-ALL) $434.40 Seventh - $16,000 Pace 1:53.2 4-Pembroke Crankcall (Ma Romano) 21.60 10.60 3.80 6-I’m An Eyre Nz (Jo Pavia Jr) 27.80 9.20 2-Fox Valley Breeze (Br Sears) 2.40 EXACTA (4-6) $506.00 TRIFECTA (4-6-2) $483.60 SUPERFECTA (4-6-ALL-ALL) $489.20 Eighth - $8,600 Pace 1:54.1 1-Donnie Bop (La Stalbaum) 4.00 2.40 2.20 9-Grinning Breed (An Napolitano) 2.40 2.20 6-The Real Dan (Br Sears) 2.80 EXACTA (1-9) $10.40 TRIFECTA (1-9-6) $53.00 SUPERFECTA (1-9-6-3) $100.80 Scratched: Absolutely Michael, Flak Jacket N Ninth - $16,000 Pace 1:52.3 7-Lightning Elvis (Ge Napolitano Jr) 6.60 3.60 3.80 5-Raven Rocket (Ro Pierce) 3.40 2.40 3-Cole Hard Cash (An Napolitano) 3.60 EXACTA (7-5) $24.00 TRIFECTA (7-5-3) $87.20 SUPERFECTA (7-5-3-1) $448.60 PICK 4 (4-4-(1,4,7)-7 (4 Out of 4)) $1,195.00 Tenth - $30,000 Pace 1:50.4 6-Europan Union (Ro Pierce) 21.60 7.80 4.40 5-Western Shore (Jo Campbell) 4.80 3.80 3-Drop Red (Mi Simons) 13.00 EXACTA (6-5) $117.00 TRIFECTA (6-5-3) $1,400.00 SUPERFECTA (6-5-3-2) $1,405.80 Eleventh - $8,600 Pace 1:54.0 1-Mountain Air (La Stalbaum) 11.00 4.00 3.60 8-Red River B (Ge Napolitano Jr) 4.80 4.00 4-Cole Combustion (An McCarthy) 4.20 EXACTA (1-8) $46.00 TRIFECTA (1-8-4) $287.20 SUPERFECTA (1-8-4-3) $2,541.20 Twelfth - $21,000 Pace 1:52.3 2-Jennarator (An Napolitano) 5.20 3.20 2.60 4-Beauty And A Beast (Ro Pierce) 3.40 3.20 5-Hello And Goodbye (Br Sears) 2.80 EXACTA (2-4) $19.80 TRIFECTA (2-4-5) $92.80 SUPERFECTA (2-4-5-7) $702.20 PICK 3 (6-1-2) $588.40 Scratched: Laguna Beach, Thunderfist Thirteenth - $4,600 Pace 1:55.0 5-Mcardles Charm (Ho Parker) 20.60 5.80 4.40 3-Crazy Character (La Stalbaum) 2.60 2.60 4-Caiden’s Colt (An Santeramo) 3.20 EXACTA (5-3) $37.40 TRIFECTA (5-3-4) $253.00 SUPERFECTA (5-3-4-ALL) $664.00 Fourteenth - $18,000 Pace 1:53.2 1-Runaway Tray (Jo Campbell) 12.60 3.40 2.80 6-Hannah Isabel (Ge Napolitano Jr) 3.20 2.20 2-Dagnabit Hanover (Ro Pierce) 3.20 EXACTA (1-6) $45.40 TRIFECTA (1-6-2) $133.60 SUPERFECTA (1-6-2-5) $286.60 Scratched: Stash The Cash Fifteenth - $19,000 Trot 1:56.3 7-Berto Keven (Ro Pierce) 5.00 3.60 3.80 5-Commander Richards (To Schadel) 10.00 4.80 6-Yankee Manny (Jo Pavia Jr) 8.00 EXACTA (7-5) $54.20 TRIFECTA (7-5-6) $629.60 SUPERFECTA (7-5-6-ALL) $721.80 Sixteenth - $13,000 Pace 1:54.3 8-Tia Maria Hanover (Ho Parker) 4.60 2.40 2.20 1-Blissmequick (Jo Pavia Jr) 2.20 2.10 3-Holly’s Halo (Mi Pollio) 5.60 EXACTA (8-1) $9.80 TRIFECTA (8-1-3) $64.00 SUPERFECTA (8-1-3-4) $567.80 LATE DOUBLE (7-8) $12.40 Scratched: Mothermayi Hanover Total Handle-$318,385

T E N N I S ATP World Tour BMW Open Sunday At MTTC Iphitos Munich Singles First Round Grigor Dimitrov, Bulgaria, def. Andreas Beck, Germany, 6-1, 6-4. Doubles First Round Simone Bolelli, Italy, and Horacio Zeballos, Argentina, def. Matthias Bachinger and Kevin Krawietz, Germany, 6-3, 6-4. Dustin Brown and Michael Kohlmann, Germany, def. Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace (4), Italy, 7-6 (8), 6-4. Barcelona Open BancSabadell Sunday At Real Club de Tenis Barcelona Barcelona, Spain Singles Championship Rafael Nadal (1), Spain, def. David Ferrer (4), Spain, 6-2, 6-4. Doubles Championship Santiago Gonzalez, Mexico, and Scott Lipsky, United States, def. Bob and Mike Bryan (1), United States, 5-7, 6-2, 12-10 tiebreak.

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Grand Prix de SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem Sunday At Royal Tennis Club de Fes Fez, Morocco Singles Championship Alberta Brianti, Italy, def. Simona Halep (7), Romania, 6-4, 6-3. Doubles Championship Andrea Hlavackova and Renata Voracova (1), Czech Republic, def. Nina Bratchikova, Russia, and Sandra Klemenschits, Austria, 6-3, 6-4. Porsche Grand Prix Sunday At Porsche-Arena Stuttgart, Germany Singles Championship Julia Goerges, Germany, def. Caroline Wozniacki (1), Denmark, 7-6 (3), 6-3. Doubles Championship Sabine Lisicki, Germany, and Sam Stosur, Australia, def. Kristina Barrois and Jasmin Woehr, Germany, 6-1, 7-6 (5).

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All Times EDT North Division W L Pct. GB Yankees ................................... 11 6 .647 — 1 Pawtucket (Red Sox) .............. 11 7 .611 ⁄2 Lehigh Valley (Phillies) ........... 9 8 .529 2 Rochester (Twins) ................... 7 10 .412 4 Syracuse (Nationals)............... 7 10 .412 4 Buffalo (Mets)........................... 7 11 .389 41⁄2 South Division W L Pct. GB Gwinnett (Braves) ................... 12 5 .706 — Durham (Rays)......................... 11 7 .611 11⁄2 Charlotte (White Sox) ............. 7 9 .438 41⁄2 Norfolk (Orioles) ...................... 4 13 .235 8 West Division W L Pct. GB Louisville (Reds) ...................... 12 5 .706 — 1 Columbus (Indians) ................. 11 5 .688 ⁄2 Toledo (Tigers) ........................ 6 12 .333 61⁄2 Indianapolis (Pirates)............... 5 12 .294 7 Sunday's Games Yankees 3, Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 7, Buffalo 5 Pawtucket 9, Rochester 3 Norfolk 6, Durham 5, 11 innings Louisville 9, Toledo 0 Gwinnett 12, Charlotte 1 Columbus 6, Indianapolis 4 Monday's Games Durham at Norfolk, 12:15 p.m. Syracuse at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 1:05 p.m. Lehigh Valley at Buffalo, 1:05 p.m. Indianapolis at Columbus, 5:05 p.m., 1st game Louisville at Toledo, 6:30 p.m. Pawtucket at Rochester, 7:05 p.m. Gwinnett at Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. Indianapolis at Columbus, 7:35 p.m., 2nd game

H O C K E Y American Hockey League Playoff Glance All Times EDT (x-if necessary) FIRST ROUND BEST OF 7 EASTERN CONFERENCE Portland 4, Connecticut 2 Thursday, April 14: Portland 3, Connecticut 2 Saturday, April 16: Portland 3, Connecticut 2, OT Sunday, April 17: Connecticut 3, Portland 1 Tuesday, April 19: Connecticut 3, Portland 1 Thursday, April 21: Portland 5, Connecticut 4 Saturday, April 23: Portland 6, Connecticut 4 Binghamton 4, Manchester 3 Thursday, April 14: Manchester 2, Binghamton 1 Friday, April 15: Binghamton 4, Manchester 3, OT Sunday, April 17: Manchester 5, Binghamton 4, OT Tuesday, April 19: Manchester 6, Binghamton 3 Wednesday, April 20: Binghamton 5, Manchester 4, OT Friday, April 22: Binghamton 2, Manchester 1, 2OT Saturday, April 23: Binghamton 6, Manchester 5, OT Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4, Norfolk 2 Friday, April 15: Norfolk 2, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 Saturday, April16: Norfolk 2, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 Tuesday, April 19: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2, Norfolk 1 Wednesday, April 20: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4, Norfolk 2 Friday, April 22: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 2, Norfolk 1 Saturday, April 23: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 6, Norfolk 3 Charlotte 4, Hershey 2 Thursday, April 14: Charlotte 5, Hershey 4 Sunday, April 17: Hershey 4, Charlotte 2 Tuesday, April 19: Hershey 3, Charlotte 2 Wednesday, April 20: Charlotte 3, Hershey 2 Friday, April 22: Charlotte 5, Hershey 3 Sunday, April 24: Charlotte 2, Hershey 1, OT WESTERN CONFERENCE Lake Erie 3, Manitoba 3 Saturday, April 16: Lake Erie 6, Manitoba 4 Sunday, April 17: Manitoba 3, Lake Erie 2, OT Tuesday, April 19: Lake Erie 2, Manitoba 1 Thursday, April 21: Lake Erie 6, Manitoba 3 Friday, April 22: Manitoba 2, Lake Erie 0 Sunday, April 24: Manitoba 3, Lake Erie 1 Tuesday, April 26: Manitoba at Lake Erie, 7 p.m. Hamilton 4, Oklahoma City 2 Thursday, April 14: Hamilton 5, Oklahoma City 2 Saturday, April 16: Hamilton 2, Oklahoma City 1 Tuesday, April 19: Oklahoma City 2, Hamilton 0 Wednesday, April 20: Oklahoma City 5, Hamilton 2 Friday, April 22: Hamilton 2, Oklahoma City 0 Sunday, April 24: Hamilton 4, Oklahoma City 1 Houston 4, Peoria 0 Wednesday, April 13: Houston 4, Peoria 1 Friday, April 15: Houston 3, Peoria 2, OT Monday, April 18: Houston 5, Peoria 3 Tuesday, April 19: Houston 2, Peoria 1 Milwaukee 3, Texas 2 Thursday, April 14: Milwaukee 5, Texas 2 Saturday, April 16: Texas 3, Milwaukee 1 Tuesday, April 19: Texas 3, Milwaukee 2, OT Wednesday, April 20: Milwaukee 3, Texas 2 Friday, April 22: Milwaukee 2, Texas 1, OT Monday, April 25: Texas at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. x-Tuesday, April 26: Texas at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. DIVISION FINALS BEST OF 7 EASTERN CONFERENCE Portland vs. Binghamton Wednesday, April 27: Binghamton at Portland, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28: Binghamton at Portland, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 30: Portland at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. Monday, May 2: Portland at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. x-Tuesday, May 3: Portland at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. x-Friday, May 6: Binghamton at Portland, 7 p.m. x-Saturday, May 7: Binghamton at Portland, 7 p.m. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton vs. Charlotte Thursday, April 28: Charlotte at Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton, 7:05 p.m. Saturday, April 30: Charlotte at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m. Monday, May 2: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Charlotte, 7 p.m. x-Friday, May 6: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Charlotte, 7 p.m. x-Saturday, May 7: Charlotte at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m. x-Monday, May 9: Charlotte at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, 7:05 p.m.

National Hockey League Daily Playoff Glance All Times EDT FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) Wednesday, April 13 Detroit 4, Phoenix 2 Pittsburgh 3, Tampa Bay 0 Washington 2, N.Y. Rangers 1, OT Vancouver 2, Chicago 0 Nashville 4, Anaheim 1 Thursday, April 14 Montreal 2, Boston 0 Buffalo 1, Philadelphia 0 San Jose 3, Los Angeles 2, OT Friday, April 15 Tampa Bay 5, Pittsburgh 1 Washington 2, N.Y. Rangers 0 Vancouver 4, Chicago 3 Anaheim 5, Nashville 3 Saturday, April 16 Detroit 4, Phoenix 3 Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 4 Montreal 3, Boston 1 Los Angeles 4, San Jose 0 Sunday, April 17 N.Y. Rangers 3, Washington 2 Nashville 4, Anaheim 3 Vancouver 3, Chicago 2 Monday, April 18 Philadelphia 4, Buffalo 2 Boston 4, Montreal 2 Pittsburgh 3, Tampa Bay 2 Detroit 4, Phoenix 2 Tuesday, April 19 Chicago 7, Vancouver 2 San Jose 6, Los Angeles 5, OT Wednesday, April 20 Washington 4, N.Y. Rangers 3, 2OT Pittsburgh 3, Tampa Bay 2, 2OT Buffalo 1, Philadelphia 0 Anaheim 6, Nashville 3 Detroit 6, Phoenix 3, Detroit wins series 4-0 Thursday, April 21 Boston 5, Montreal 4, OT Chicago 5, Vancouver 0, Vancouver leads series 3-2 San Jose 6, Los Angeles 3 Friday, April 22 Buffalo 4, Philadelphia 3 Nashville 4, Anaheim 3, OT Saturday, April 23 Tampa Bay 8, Pittsburgh 2, Pittsburgh leads series 3-2 Washington 3, N.Y. Rangers 1, Washington wins series 4-1 Boston 2, Montreal 1, 2OT, Boston leads series 3-2 Los Angeles 3, San Jose 1, San Jose leads series 3-2 Sunday, April 24 Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 4, OT, series tied 3-3 Nashville 4, Anaheim 2, Nashville wins series 4-2 Vancouver at Chicago, (n) Monday, April 25 Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles, 10 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 Buffalo at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Montreal, 7 p.m. x-Chicago at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 x-Montreal at Boston TBA x-Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, TBA x-Los Angeles at San Jose, TBA

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Daily Playoff Glance All Times EDT FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) (x-if necessary) Saturday, April 16 Chicago 104, Indiana 99 Miami 97, Philadelphia 89 Atlanta 103, Orlando 93 Dallas 89, Portland 81 Sunday, April 17 Memphis 101, San Antonio 98 New Orleans 109, L.A. Lakers 100 Boston 87, New York 85 Oklahoma City 107, Denver 103 Monday, April 18 Miami 94, Philadelphia 73 Chicago 96, Indiana 90 Tuesday, April 19 Boston 96, New York 93 Orlando 88, Atlanta 82 Dallas 101, Portland 89 Wednesday, April 20 Oklahoma City 106, Denver 89 San Antonio 93, Memphis 87 L.A. Lakers 87, New Orleans 78 Thursday, April 21 Chicago 88, Indiana 84 Miami 100, Philadelphia 94 Portland 97, Dallas 92 Friday, April 22 Boston 113, New York 96 Atlanta 88, Orlando 84 L.A. Lakers 100, New Orleans 86, Los Angeles leads series 2-1 Saturday, April 23 Indiana 89, Chicago 84, Chicago leads series 3-1 Portland 84, Dallas 82, series tied 2-2 Memphis 91, San Antonio 88, Memphis leads series 2-1 Oklahoma City 97, Denver 94, Oklahoma City leads series 3-0 Sunday, April 24 Philadelphia 86, Miami 82, Miami leads series 3-1 Boston 101, New York 89, Boston wins series 4-0 Atlanta 88, Orlando 85, Atlanta leads series 3-1 L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, (n) Monday, April 25 San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. Portland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 26 Atlanta at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Chicago, 8 p.m. New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 x-Philadelphia at Miami, 7 or 8 p.m. Memphis at San Antonio, TBA x-Denver at Oklahoma City, 8 or 9:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28 x-Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m. x-Orlando at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. x-L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. Dallas at Portland, 10 p.m. Friday, April 29 x-Miami at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. x-San Antonio at Memphis, 8 p.m. x-Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30 x-Indiana at Chicago, TBA x-Atlanta at Orlando, TBA x-New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBA x-Portland at Dallas, TBA Sunday, May 1 x-Philadelphia at Miami, TBA x-Memphis at San Antonio, TBA x-Denver at Oklahoma City, TBA Heat-76ers, Box MIAMI (82) James 11-20 9-11 31, Bosh 5-12 2-2 12, Ilgauskas 0-3 1-2 1, Bibby 0-6 0-0 0, Wade 9-21 3-4 22, Anthony 0-2 2-2 2, Chalmers 3-9 0-0 9, Jones 2-5 0-0 5, Howard 0-0 0-0 0, House 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 30-78 17-21 82. PHILADELPHIA (86) Iguodala 5-13 4-4 16, Brand 6-11 3-4 15, Hawes 1-8 2-2 4, Holiday 4-11 0-0 10, Meeks 2-3 0-0 5, Young 1-4 0-0 2, Battie 0-2 0-0 0, Williams 6-14 3-4 17, Turner 7-13 2-2 17. Totals 32-79 14-16 86. Miami...................................................16311916—82 Philadelphia .......................................28181822—86 3-Point Goals—Miami 5-23 (Chalmers 3-9, Jones 1-3, Wade 1-3, James 0-4, Bibby 0-4), Philadelphia 8-18 (Iguodala 2-4, Holiday 2-5, Williams 2-6, Meeks 1-1, Turner 1-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Miami 43 (Wade 8), Philadelphia 58 (Brand 11). Assists—Miami 14 (James 6), Philadelphia 18 (Holiday 5). Total Fouls—Miami 17, Philadelphia 18. Technicals—Jones, Young. A—19,048 (20,318). Celtics-Knicks, Box BOSTON (101) Pierce 5-18 2-2 13, Garnett 10-16 6-6 26, J.O’Neal 1-2 0-0 2, Rondo 8-12 5-11 21, Allen 5-13 2-2 14, Davis 6-8 2-2 14, Krstic 2-2 0-0 4, Green 2-7 1-1 5, West 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 40-81 18-24 101. NEW YORK (89) Anthony 10-24 10-11 32, Stoudemire 5-20 9-12 19, Turiaf 1-2 1-3 3, Douglas 3-11 0-0 6, Fields 0-3 1-2 1, Jeffries 0-1 0-0 0, Walker 2-5 0-0 5, Sha.Williams 2-9 0-0 6, Carter 5-7 0-0 11, Mason 2-6 0-0 6. Totals 30-88 21-28 89. Boston ..............................................29262719—101 New York..........................................23153417— 89 3-Point Goals—Boston 3-12 (Allen 2-6, Pierce 1-4, West 0-1, Green 0-1), New York 8-27 (Mason 2-5, Sha.Williams 2-5, Anthony 2-7, Carter 1-2, Walker 1-4, Fields 0-1, Douglas 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Boston 61 (Garnett 10), New York 51 (Stoudemire 12). Assists—Boston 24 (Rondo 12), New York 19 (Carter 4). Total Fouls—Boston 23, New York 25. Technicals—West, Stoudemire. Flagrant Fouls—Anthony. A—19,763 (19,763).

The Heritage Par Scores Sunday At Harbour Town Golf Links Hilton Head Island, S.C. Final Round (x-won on third playoff hole) x-Brandt Snedeker (500), $1,026,000 .............................69-67-72-64—272-12 Luke Donald (300), $615,600 ................................67-65-70-70—272-12 Tommy Gainey (190), $387,600 ................................71-67-67-68—273-11 Tim Herron (123), $250,800 65-71-71-67—274-10 Ricky Barnes (123), $250,800 ................................71-67-67-69—274-10 Nick O’Hern (92), $190,950.70-66-72-68—276 -8 Ben Crane (92), $190,950 ...69-66-71-70—276 -8 Pat Perez (92), $190,950 .....71-67-68-70—276 -8 Kevin Na (70), $142,500 ......70-68-73-66—277 -7 Paul Goydos (70), $142,50072-67-70-68—277 -7 Garrett Willis (70), $142,50064-69-74-70—277 -7 Jason Day (70), $142,500....69-65-71-72—277 -7 Scott Verplank (70), $142,500 ................................67-70-67-73—277 -7 Webb Simpson (54), $91,200...................................69-69-72-68—278 -6 Chris DiMarco (54), $91,200...................................73-69-68-68—278 -6 Spencer Levin (54), $91,200...................................68-69-71-70—278 -6 Chad Campbell (54), $91,200...................................65-69-73-71—278 -6 Aaron Baddeley (54), $91,200...................................70-68-69-71—278 -6 Jason Dufner (54), $91,200.67-71-68-72—278 -6 Chris Couch (54), $91,200...68-68-70-72—278 -6 Bio Kim (46), $52,060...........71-69-74-65—279 -5 Fredrik Jacobson (46), $52,060...................................69-71-71-68—279 -5 Brendan Steele (46), $52,060...................................70-68-72-69—279 -5 Brian Davis (46), $52,060 ....68-74-68-69—279 -5 Matt Kuchar (46), $52,060 ...68-72-69-70—279 -5 Michael Bradley (46), $52,060...................................71-71-66-71—279 -5 Mark Wilson (46), $52,060...66-70-71-72—279 -5 Brendon de Jonge (46), $52,060...................................67-71-66-75—279 -5 Jim Furyk (46), $52,060 .......68-66-69-76—279 -5 Stewart Cink (39), $34,628 ..72-68-73-67—280 -4 Billy Mayfair (39), $34,628 ...70-68-73-69—280 -4 Ryuji Imada (39), $34,628 ...70-71-69-70—280 -4 J.P. Hayes (39), $34,628 .....70-67-72-71—280 -4 Bill Haas (39), $34,628.........70-70-69-71—280 -4 Carl Pettersson (39), $34,628...................................71-69-69-71—280 -4 Robert Garrigus (31), $23,969...................................68-70-76-67—281 -3 Jason Bohn (31), $23,969 ...73-69-72-67—281 -3 Ben Curtis (31), $23,969 ......71-71-71-68—281 -3 Jerry Kelly (31), $23,969 ......68-71-73-69—281 -3 Ian Poulter (31), $23,969 .....69-66-75-71—281 -3 Stephen Ames (31), $23,969...................................72-68-69-72—281 -3 Brian Gay (31), $23,969 .......66-73-70-72—281 -3 Camilo Villegas (31), $23,969...................................66-68-74-73—281 -3 Kevin Streelman (31), $23,969...................................73-69-67-72—281 -3 Jeff Klauk (31), $23,969 .......69-71-68-73—281 -3 Alex Cejka (23), $15,504 .....69-73-70-70—282 -2 David Hearn (23), $15,504 ..72-70-69-71—282 -2 D.J. Trahan (23), $15,504 ....69-67-73-73—282 -2 Blake Adams (23), $15,504 .67-71-71-73—282 -2 Boo Weekley (23), $15,504 .69-70-70-73—282 -2 Tim Petrovic (23), $15,504 ..68-72-69-73—282 -2 Troy Merritt (18), $13,367 ....71-70-73-69—283 -1 Nathan Green (18), $13,367 69-69-74-71—283 -1 Chris Riley (18), $13,367 .....67-71-73-72—283 -1 Trevor Immelman (18), $13,367...................................69-71-71-72—283 -1 Josh Teater (13), $12,768....68-74-71-71—284 E James Driscoll (13), $12,768...................................70-70-71-73—284 E Steve Flesch (13), $12,768 .72-70-69-73—284 E Ben Martin (13), $12,768 .....67-72-71-74—284 E Greg Chalmers (13), $12,768...................................74-65-71-74—284 E Chad Collins (9), $12,312 ....71-70-75-69—285 +1 Heath Slocum (9), $12,312 ..71-68-73-73—285 +1 Graeme McDowell (9), $12,312...................................68-69-74-74—285 +1 Daniel Summerhays (7), $12,027...................................73-66-73-74—286 +2 Matt Bettencourt (7), $12,027...................................65-73-70-78—286 +2 Lee Janzen (4), $11,742 ......70-71-74-72—287 +3 Steve Elkington (4), $11,742...................................68-72-74-73—287 +3 Arjun Atwal (4), $11,742.......65-73-72-77—287 +3 Will MacKenzie (2), $11,45771-69-77-71—288 +4 Kris Blanks (2), $11,457 .......71-69-74-74—288 +4 Kent Jones (1), $11,229.......73-68-76-73—290 +6 John Daly (1), $11,229 .........70-72-74-74—290 +6 Charlie Wi (1), $11,058 ........72-70-73-77—292 +8

B O X I N G Fight Schedule April 30 At Buenos Aires, Luis Lazarte vs. Ulises Solis, 12, for Lazarte’s IBF junior flyweight title;Roberto Bolonti vs. Isidro Prieto, 10, heavyweights. At Panama City, Panama, Rafael Concepcion, vs. Hugo Ruiz, 12, for the interim WBA World bantamweight title. At Mexico City, Raul Garcia vs. Rommel Asenjo, 12, for Garcia’s WBO strawweight title;Jesus Geles vs. Ramon Garcia Hirales, 12, for Geles’ WBO interim junior flyweight title. At Texcoco, Mexico, Gilberto Keb Baas vs. Adrian Hernandez, 12, for Baas’ WBC light flyweight title. May 1 At TBA, Thailand, Drian Francisco, vs. Tepparith Singwancha, 12, for the interim WBA World super flyweight title. May 6 At Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, Las Vegas (ESPN2), Diego Magdaleno vs. Gilberto Sanchez Leon, 10, junior lightweights. May 7 At Osaka, Japan, Koki Kameda vs. Daniel Diaz, 12, for Kameda’s WBA World bantamweight title. At Copenhagen, Denmark, Evander Holyfield vs. Brian Nielsen, 12, heavyweights. At Neubrandenburg, Germany, Sebastian Sylvester vs. Daniel Geale, 12, for Sylvester’s IBF middleweight title;Karo Murat vs. Otis Griffin, 12, for the vacant IBF Inter-Continental light heavyweight title;Danny McIntosh vs. Eduard Gutknecht, 12, for McIntosh’s European light heavyweight. At MGM Grand, Las Vegas (PPV), Manny Pacquiao vs. Shane Mosley, 12, for Pacquiao’s WBO welterweight title;Wilfredo Vazquez Jr. vs. Jorge Arce, 12, for Vazquez’s WBO junior featherweight title;Mike Alvarado vs. Ray Narh, 12, for the vacant WBC Continental Americas light welterweight title;Kelly Pavlik vs. Alfonso Lopez, 10, super middleweights. May 13 At Chumash Casino, Santa Ynez, Calif. (ESPN2), Kendall Holt vs. Julio Diaz, 10, light welterweights. At Primm, Nev. (SHO), Sharif Bogere vs. Raymundo Beltran, 10, lightweights. May 14 At Sonora, Mexico, Cristian Mijares vs. Malik Bouziane, 12, for Mijares’ IBF super flyweight title. At Home Depot Center, Carson, Calif. (SHO), Andre Ward vs. Arthur Abraham, 12, for Ward’s WBA Super World super middleweight title;Cristobal Arreola vs. Nagy Aguilera, 10, heavyweights. May 20 At Prudential Center, Newark, N.J. (ESPN2), Antwone Smith vs. Joel Julio, 10, light middleweights. May 21 At Chiapas, Mexico, Tomas Rojas vs. Juan Jose Montes, 12, for Rojas’ WBC super flyweight title. At Puebla, Mexico, Sammy Gutierrez vs. Juan Palacios, 12, for Gutierrez’s interim WBA World minimumweight title.

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Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Par Scores Sunday At Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa Savannah, Ga. Final Round (x-won on second playoff hole) x-Eger/McNulty (460), $460,000 ......................................64-64-61—189-27 Hoch/Perry (270), $270,000......63-62-64—189-27 Cochran/Wiebe (156), $156,000 ......................................66-64-60—190-26 Allen/Frost (156), $156,000.......63-65-62—190-26 Lehman/Pavin (156), $156,000 64-62-64—190-26 Ozaki/Baker-Finch (156), $156,000 ......................................64-62-64—190-26 Fergus/Levi (156), $156,000 .....64-60-66—190-26 Mize/Sutton (85), $85,167 .........63-64-64—191-25 Hallberg/Schulz (85), $85,167 ..62-64-65—191-25 Senior/Lyle (85), $85,167 ..........63-61-67—191-25 Kite/Morgan, $71,000 .................62-63-67—192-24 Goodes/Spittle, $57,900 ............68-61-64—193-23 Roberts/Simpson, $57,900........64-66-63—193-23 O’Meara/Price, $57,900 .............64-65-64—193-23 North/Watson T., $57,900..........65-62-66—193-23 Pernice Jr./Tway, $57,900 .........64-62-67—193-23 Irwin/Nelson, $48,000 ................68-63-63—194-22 Doyle/Vaughan, $38,500 ...........65-65-65—195-21 Forsman/Reid, $38,500 .............66-64-65—195-21 Hatalsky/Pooley, $38,500 ..........67-63-65—195-21 Armour III/Brooks, $38,500 .......67-64-64—195-21 Glasson/Peoples, $38,500 ........66-62-67—195-21 Sluman/Stadler, $38,500 ...........66-68-61—195-21 Bean/Lu, $30,000........................64-66-66—196-20 Haas/Rutledge, $30,000 ............65-67-64—196-20 Fleisher/Jenkins, $28,000 .........66-64-67—197-19 Bryant/Gallagher Jr., $27,000 ...64-67-67—198-18 Jacobsen/Weibring, $25,500 ....65-67-67—199-17 Gilder/Romero, $25,500 ............67-65-67—199-17 Jacobs/Zoeller, $24,000 ............67-65-68—200-16 Calcavecchia/Green K., $23,000 ........................................68-65-68—201-15 Browne/Purtzer, $22,000...........65-71-68—204-12 Green H./Thompson, $21,000 ..68-70-67—205-11 Wadkins/Wadkins, $20,000.......70-70-68—208 -8

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Volvo China Open Leading Scores Sunday At Luxehills International Country Club Chengdu, Japan Final Nicolas Colsaerts, Belgium .......65-67-66-66—264 Soren Kjeldsen, Denmark..........65-71-66-66—268 Peter Lawrie, Ireland...................68-64-68-68—268 Danny Lee, New Zealand...........66-68-69-65—268 Pablo Martin, Spain ....................70-68-67-63—268 Christian Nilsson, Sweden.........70-65-70-64—269 Jamie Donaldson, Wales ...........70-61-70-69—270 Gregory Havret, France .............66-66-68-70—270 Danny Willett, England ...............70-66-69-65—270 Richard Finch, England..............69-67-71-64—271 Pablo Larrazabal, Spain.............70-67-70-64—271 Gareth Maybin, N.Ireland ...........65-67-72-67—271 Jeev Milkha Singh, Indonesia ...66-66-71-68—271 Aaron Townsend, Australia .......68-66-68-69—271 Joost Luiten, Netherlands ..........66-67-71-68—272 Anthony Brown, Australia ..........67-71-67-68—273 Bradley Dredge, Wales ..............65-70-69-69—273 Han Chang-won, South Korea ..64-70-65-74—273 Keith Horne, South Africa ..........63-69-70-71—273 Michael Jonzon, Sweden...........67-68-69-69—273 Peter Whiteford, Scotland..........67-68-70-68—273

Plains American Legion Baseball will be conducting tryouts as follows: Junior tryouts will be at 4 p.m. May 7 and May 14 and at 1 p.m. on May 15. Senior Legion tryouts will be at 5 p.m. May 7, 14, and 15. All tryouts will be held at Hilldale Baseball Field. Players must attend at least two tryouts to be considered. Players ages 13 through 19 who reside in Plains, Laflin, Bear Creek, Parsons, Miners Mills, North End, East End, Avoca, Dupont, Jenkins Township and Pittston Township east of the Pittston by-pass are eligible to try out. Any questions concerning juniors, call 819-0408, or for seniors, call Don at 822-0537. UPCOMING EVENTS Hazleton City View BMX will hold its first local BMX race of the season on Sunday, May 1, at 2 p.m. at Louis Schiavo Park, South Poplar Street, Hazleton. Practice will be held from noon to 2 p.m., with race registration from 1-1:45. New riders are welcome. First time at the track is free. Bring your bike, long-sleeve shirt, long pants and helmet. Some equipment may be available at the track. Other local races in May are scheduled for May 8, 15, 22 and 26, weather permitting. An open house will be held on Saturday, May 21, from noon-5 p.m. For information about City View BMX, email bmx@hazletoncityview.com, visit www.hazletoncityview.com, call Track Director Jack Longo at 956-3747, or visit facebook.com/HazletonBMX. Mountain Top Baseball and Softball will hold opening ceremonies at noon Saturday at the new field complex located off Alberdeen Road in Wright Township. A parade will precede the ceremonies. The route will go over Washington Park Drive to Alberdeen Road and into the new complex. All players and their coaches will be required to arrive at the staging area, Majsa, no earlier than 11 a.m. The parade will start at 11:30. Parents are asked to drop their chidlren off on Morio Drive in front of the Sewer Authority, and pick them up after the opening ceremonies. T-ball participants are allowed to march in the parade provided a parent or guardian marches with them. Valley Regional Girls Softball League is hosting a 14U Open Fast-Pitch tournament May 21-22 at the Freedom Park Softball Complex situated in Butler Township near the junction of interstates 80 and 81 in the town of Drums. The complex features a fully stocked concession stand, modern restrooms and ample space for parking and pre-game practices. Valley Regional Warriors 14U travel team coach Bill Corra says teams in all classifications are welcome to enter. For information, contact Corra at 578-1774. Bulletin Board items will not be accepted over the telephone. Items may be faxed to 831-7319, emailed to tlsports@timesleader.com or dropped off at the Times Leader or mailed to Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N, Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250.

S O C C E R Major League Soccer All Times EDT EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF GA New York........................ 3 1 2 11 9 2 Philadelphia ................... 3 1 1 10 4 2 Houston .......................... 2 1 3 9 7 5 Columbus ....................... 2 1 3 9 5 4 New England.................. 2 2 3 9 8 9 D.C. ................................. 2 3 1 7 9 12 Toronto FC..................... 1 2 4 7 7 10 Chicago .......................... 1 3 2 5 9 12 Sporting Kansas City .... 1 3 1 4 10 12 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T Pts GF GA Los Angeles ................... 4 1 3 15 10 7 Real Salt Lake ............... 4 0 0 12 8 1 Seattle ............................. 2 2 3 9 7 7 Colorado......................... 3 3 0 9 8 7 Portland .......................... 2 3 1 7 9 13 FC Dallas........................ 2 3 1 7 8 9 Chivas USA.................... 1 2 3 6 5 6 Vancouver ...................... 1 3 3 6 10 12 San Jose......................... 1 3 2 5 6 9 NOTE: Three points for victory, one point for tie. Thursday's Games New York 4, D.C. United 0 Friday's Games Seattle FC 1, Colorado 0 Saturday's Games Chivas USA 2, San Jose 1 Toronto FC 1, Columbus 1, tie FC Dallas 2, Vancouver 1 New England 3, Sporting Kansas City 2 Chicago 1, Houston 1, tie Los Angeles 3, Portland 0 Friday, April 29 D.C. United at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30 San Jose at Philadelphia, 4 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at New York, 7:30 p.m. Vancouver at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Colorado, 9 p.m. Toronto FC at Seattle FC, 10 p.m. Real Salt Lake at Portland, 10:30 p.m. New England at Chivas USA, 10:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1 Los Angeles at FC Dallas, 5 p.m.


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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Roy Halladay works in the first inning against the San Diego Padres Sunday.

Halladay gets 14 Ks as Phils beat Padres SAN DIEGO — Roy Halladay tied his career high with 14 strikeouts and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on Sunday, coming within one out of their third shutout during a four-game sweep. Halladay (3-1) took a twohitter into the ninth before allowing three singles, including Will Venable’s RBI base hit with two outs. Antonio Bastardo came on with runners on first and third and got pinch-hitter Nick Hundley to fly out to left on his first pitch, for his first save. Shane Victorino hit an inside-the-park home run leading off the seventh inning when his drive into the gap in rightcenter came off Venable’s glove as his arm hit the ground while trying to make a diving catch. Mets 8, Diamondbacks 4

NEW YORK — David Wright homered twice and Jason Pridie hit the first home run of his career in the New York Mets’ win over the Arizona Diamondbacks. The victory gave the Mets a four-game winning streak, their first since Sept. 13-16. Jonathon Niese (1-3) pitched seven innings for his first win of the year. Armando Galarraga (3-1) was gone after three innings for Arizona. Marlins 6, Rockies 3

MIAMI — Mike Stanton hit a tiebreaking three-run homer with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Florida Marlins

made the most of their three hits to beat the Colorado Rockies. Nationals 6, Pirates 3

PITTSBURGH — Mike Morse had a three-run homer among his three-hits, Adam LaRoche also homered and the Washington Nationals beat the Pittsburgh Pirates. Brewers 4, Astros 1

MILWAUKEE — Randy Wolf allowed four hits over eight sharp innings and the Milwaukee Brewers, under the watchful eye of a wayward hawk, beat the Houston Astros. CHICAGO — Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 21 games with a single in a five-run first inning and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago Cubs for their fourth win in five games. Braves 9, Giants 6

SAN FRANCISCO — Nate McLouth hit a two-run single off Brian Wilson with two outs in the 10th inning, and the Atlanta Braves beat the San Francisco Giants for a threegame sweep. Cardinals 3, Reds 0

ST. LOUIS — Jake Westbrook threw six innings of three-hit ball in his first career start on three days’ rest and Yadier Molina hit a three-run homer in the sixth off a tiring Edinson Volquez in the St. Louis Cardinals’ victory.

Yankees use 3-run 11th to outlast the Orioles BALTIMORE — Russell Martin singled home the tiebreaking run in the 11th inning after Mariano Rivera gave up the lead in the ninth, and the New York Yankees beat the Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Sunday for a two-game sweep. The thriller of a game had a bit of everything, including a 40-minute rain delay in the 11th inning. Baltimore rallied from a three-run deficit against Joba Chamberlain and Rivera; both teams had the go-ahead run thrown at the plate in the late innings; and the Yankees ultimately won on the strength of three infield hits and a couple of Baltimore errors in a wild 11th.

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AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division L Pct GB WCGB 6 .667 — — 11 .500 3 1 11 .476 31⁄2 11⁄2 12 .429 41⁄2 21⁄2 12 .400 5 3 Central Division L Pct GB WCGB 8 .619 — — 10 .545 11⁄2 — 10 .545 11⁄2 — 12 .429 4 21⁄2 14 .364 51⁄2 4 West Division L Pct GB WCGB 7 .667 — — 10 .545 21⁄2 — 11 .500 31⁄2 1 15 .348 7 41⁄2 NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division L Pct GB WCGB 6 .714 — — 7 .650 11⁄2 — 10 .500 41⁄2 3 12 .478 5 31⁄2 1 13 .409 6 ⁄2 5 Central Division L Pct GB WCGB 10 .545 — — 1 10 .524 ⁄2 21⁄2 11 .500 1 3 11 .476 11⁄2 31⁄2 12 .429 21⁄2 41⁄2 14 .364 4 6 West Division L Pct GB WCGB 7 .667 — — 11 .522 3 21⁄2 11 .476 4 31⁄2 12 .400 51⁄2 5 14 .364 61⁄2 6

AMERICAN LEAGUE Saturday's Games Tampa Bay 6, Toronto 4 Minnesota 10, Cleveland 3 Detroit 9, Chicago White Sox 0 N.Y. Yankees 15, Baltimore 3 Texas 3, Kansas City 1 Boston 5, L.A. Angels 0 Oakland 9, Seattle 1 Sunday's Games Detroit 3, Chicago White Sox 0 Tampa Bay 2, Toronto 0 N.Y. Yankees 6, Baltimore 3, 11 innings Minnesota 4, Cleveland 3 Texas 8, Kansas City 7 Boston 7, L.A. Angels 0 Oakland 5, Seattle 2 Monday's Games Chicago White Sox (Humber 1-2) at N.Y. Yankees (A.J.Burnett 3-0), 7:05 p.m. Toronto (Drabek 1-0) at Texas (Lewis 1-2), 8:05 p.m. Oakland (G.Gonzalez 2-1) at L.A. Angels (Weaver 5-0), 10:05 p.m. Tuesday's Games Boston at Baltimore, 7:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m. Kansas City at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m. Seattle at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. Toronto at Texas, 8:05 p.m. Tampa Bay at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. Oakland at L.A. Angels, 10:05 p.m.

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ARLINGTON, Texas — C.J. Wilson struck out 10 in seven innings, Adrian Beltre hit one of Texas’ three home runs and the Rangers completed a threegame weekend sweep over the Kansas City Royals with a victory. Red Sox 7, Angels 0

ANAHEIM, Calif. — John Lackey beat his former team again with eight superb innings, Carl Crawford hit his first home run in a Boston uniform, and the Red Sox completed a pitching-dominated four-game sweep of the Angels Rays 2, Blue Jays 0 with a victory that extended TORONTO — James Shields their winning streak to five. Lackey (2-2) scattered six pitched a four-hitter for his hits, struck out six and strandsecond consecutive complete ed eight baserunners, becomgame, Ben Zobrist hit a tworun homer and the Tampa Bay ing the third straight Boston starter to hold the Angels Rays beat the Toronto Blue scoreless. The right-hander, Jays. who spent his first eight big Tigers 3, White Sox 0 league seasons with the Halos, is 4-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four DETROIT — Max Scherzer starts against them. allowed four hits in eight outstanding innings, and the DeAthletics 5, Mariners 2 troit Tigers beat Chicago to finish a three-game sweep of SEATTLE — Coco Crisp the struggling White Sox. had three hits, scored three runs and stole a base, and Brett Twins 4, Indians 3 Anderson pitched seven strong innings as the Oakland A’s MINNEAPOLIS — Jason Kubel had a two-run double in earned a series split with a win over the Seattle Mariners. the seventh inning that lifted

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Rays 2, Blue Jays 0 Tampa Bay

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Rangers 8, Royals 7 Kansas City

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Twins 4, Indians 3 Cleveland

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NATIONAL LEAGUE Saturday's Games Chicago Cubs 10, L.A. Dodgers 8 N.Y. Mets 6, Arizona 4 Atlanta 5, San Francisco 2 Cincinnati 5, St. Louis 3 Pittsburgh 7, Washington 2 Colorado 3, Florida 1 Houston 9, Milwaukee 6, 10 innings Philadelphia 4, San Diego 2, 11 innings Sunday's Games N.Y. Mets 8, Arizona 4 Florida 6, Colorado 3 Washington 6, Pittsburgh 3 Milwaukee 4, Houston 1 L.A. Dodgers 7, Chicago Cubs 3 Atlanta 9, San Francisco 6, 10 innings Philadelphia 3, San Diego 1 St. Louis 3, Cincinnati 0 Monday's Games Washington (Lannan 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Maholm 0-3), 7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers (Garland 1-1) at Florida (Nolasco 2-0), 7:10 p.m. Colorado (Rogers 2-1) at Chicago Cubs (Garza 0-2), 8:05 p.m. Cincinnati (Arroyo 2-2) at Milwaukee (Narveson 1-0), 8:10 p.m. Philadelphia (Cl.Lee 2-1) at Arizona (I.Kennedy 2-1), 9:40 p.m. Atlanta (D.Lowe 2-3) at San Diego (Moseley 0-3), 10:05 p.m. Tuesday's Games N.Y. Mets at Washington, 7:05 p.m. San Francisco at Pittsburgh, 7:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Florida, 7:10 p.m. Colorado at Chicago Cubs, 8:05 p.m. St. Louis at Houston, 8:05 p.m. Cincinnati at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m. Philadelphia at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Atlanta at San Diego, 10:05 p.m.

(2), Brantley (5), Kubel (7), Morneau (6), Thome (3). S—Repko. IP H R ER BB SO Cleveland C.Carrasco .............. 3 6 2 2 2 1 J.Gomez................... 3 3 1 1 1 1 R.Perez L,2-1 BS,1-1 ...................... 2⁄3 1 1 0 0 0 Pestano .................... 11⁄3 0 0 0 0 2 Minnesota Pavano W,2-2.......... 7 6 3 3 2 3 Perkins H,4 .............. 1⁄3 1 0 0 1 1 Hoey H,2 .................. 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Mijares H,4 .............. 1⁄3 Capps S,4-5 ............ 1 1 0 0 0 0 J.Gomez pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. Umpires—Home, Tom Hallion;First, Bill Miller;Second, Alan Porter;Third, James Hoye. T—2:44. A—39,388 (39,500).

Tigers 3, White Sox 0 Chicago

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Mets 8, Diamondbacks 4 Arizona

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Marlins 6, Rockies 3 Colorado

Red Sox 7, Angels 0 Boston

Los Angeles ab r h bi Aybar ss 4 0 1 0 Abreu dh 4 0 1 0 TrHntr rf 2 0 0 0 BoWlsn 1b 0 0 0 0 Callasp 3b 4 0 1 0 V.Wells lf 3 0 0 0 Willits lf 1 0 0 0 HKndrc 2b 4 0 0 0 Trumo 1b-rf 4 0 0 0 Mathis c 4 0 1 0 Bourjos cf 3 0 2 0 Totals 35 711 7 Totals 33 0 6 0 Boston ................................ 300 012 100 — 7 Los Angeles....................... 000 000 000 — 0 DP—Boston 1, Los Angeles 1. LOB—Boston 6, Los Angeles 8. 2B—Ellsbury (3), Ad.Gonzalez (6). HR—Crawford (1). CS—Ellsbury (3). SF—Pedroia. IP H R ER BB SO Boston Lackey W,2-2 .......... 8 6 0 0 1 6 Wheeler.................... 1 0 0 0 0 1 Los Angeles Palmer L,1-1............ 5 6 4 4 2 2 Takahashi ................ 1 1 2 2 1 1 F.Rodriguez............. 1 2 1 1 1 1 Thompson................ 2 2 0 0 0 4 Palmer pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. HBP—by Lackey (Tor.Hunter). WP—Lackey. Umpires—Home, Dan Bellino;First, Brian Gorman;Second, Larry Vanover;Third, Tony Randazzo. T—2:55. A—35,107 (45,389). Ellsury cf Pedroia 2b AdGnzl 1b Youkils 3b Ortiz dh Camrn rf Crwfrd lf Sltlmch c Scutaro ss

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Florida ab r h bi ab r h bi Fowler cf 4 2 2 0 Coghln cf 4 0 0 0 Herrer 2b 3 0 1 1 Infante 2b 4 1 2 3 CGnzlz lf 2 0 0 1 HRmrz ss 4 0 0 0 Tlwtzk ss 4 0 1 1 GSnchz 1b 3 1 0 0 Giambi 1b 2 0 0 0 Stanton rf 3 1 1 3 Rogers pr 0 0 0 0 LNunez p 0 0 0 0 MtRynl p 0 0 0 0 J.Buck c 2 1 0 0 Belisle p 0 0 0 0 Bonifac lf 2 1 0 0 S.Smith rf 4 0 1 0 DMrph 3b 2 1 0 0 JoLopz 3b 4 0 0 0 JJhnsn p 2 0 0 0 JMorls c 4 0 0 0 OMrtnz ph 1 0 0 0 Jimenz p 1 0 0 0 Hensly p 0 0 0 0 Splrghs ph 1 0 0 0 MDunn p 0 0 0 0 Mrtnsn p 0 0 0 0 Cousins rf 0 0 0 0 Wggntn ph-1b 2 1 1 0 Totals 31 3 6 3 Totals 27 6 3 6 Colorado ............................ 000 001 020 — 3 Florida ................................ 000 030 03x — 6 E—Jimenez (1). LOB—Colorado 6, Florida 3. 2B—Fowler (9), Herrera (4), Tulowitzki (6). 3B—Infante (1). HR—Stanton (2). CS—Herrera (1). SF—C.Gonzalez. IP H R ER BB SO Colorado Jimenez.................... 5 1 3 3 4 7 Mortensen................ 2 0 0 0 0 2 Mat.Reynolds........... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Belisle L,2-1............. 2⁄3 2 3 3 1 2 Florida Jo.Johnson .............. 7 3 1 1 3 6 Hensley BS,1-1 ....... 2⁄3 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 M.Dunn W,1-0 ......... 1⁄3 L.Nunez S,6-6 ......... 1 0 0 0 0 2 HBP—by Jimenez (Stanton). WP—Jo.Johnson, M.Dunn. PB—J.Buck. Umpires—Home, Dale Scott;First, John Tumpane;Second, C.B. Bucknor;Third, Dan Iassogna. T—2:54. A—11,442 (38,560).

Nationals 6, Pirates 3 Washington

Athletics 5, Mariners 2 Oakland

ab r h bi ISuzuki dh 5 1 2 0 Figgins 3b 3 0 0 0 Bradly lf 4 0 0 1 Olivo c 2 0 0 0 AKndy 1b 4 0 0 0 Ryan ss 3 0 1 0 MSndrs cf 3 1 1 0 LRdrgz ph 1 0 0 0 Peguer rf 0 0 0 0 JWilson 2b 4 0 0 0 Lngrhn rf-cf 4 0 2 1 Totals 38 510 5 Totals 33 2 6 2 Oakland.............................. 100 000 202 — 5 Seattle ................................ 100 000 100 — 2 E—Kouzmanoff (5), Figgins (3). LOB—Oakland 11, Seattle 8. 2B—Willingham (3). 3B—Crisp (3). SB— Crisp (8), Kouzmanoff (2), I.Suzuki (8). S—Figgins. IP H R ER BB SO Oakland Anderson W,2-1...... 7 5 2 1 1 6 Balfour H,5 ............... 2⁄3 1 0 0 1 0 Fuentes S,6-7.......... 11⁄3 0 0 0 0 3 Seattle Fister......................... 6 4 1 1 2 5 Laffey L,0-1.............. 1 3 2 2 0 0 J.Wright .................... 11⁄3 2 2 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 League ..................... 2⁄3 HBP—by Anderson (Ryan), by Fister (Willingham, Willingham). WP—Fister, League. Umpires—Home, Brian O’Nora;First, Ed Hickox;Second, Cory Blaser;Third, Ed Rapuano. T—3:05. A—16,530 (47,878). Crisp cf Barton 1b DeJess rf CJcksn ph-rf Wlngh lf Matsui dh M.Ellis 2b Powell c Kzmnff 3b Pnngtn ss

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Seattle

Pittsburgh ab r h bi AMcCt cf 5 1 2 0 Tabata lf 5 0 1 0 Overay 1b 3 0 1 0 Walker 2b 4 0 3 1 GJones rf 3 1 0 0 Alvarez 3b 4 1 2 0 Snyder c 3 0 1 1 Cedeno ss 4 0 1 1 Correia p 1 0 0 0 DMcCt p 0 0 0 0 Bowker ph 1 0 0 0 Crotta p 0 0 0 0 Veras p 0 0 0 0 Diaz ph 1 0 0 0 Totals 40 615 6 Totals 34 311 3 Washington ....................... 004 010 010 — 6 Pittsburgh .......................... 100 200 000 — 3 E—Hairston Jr. 2 (4), Espinosa (3). DP—Washington 3. LOB—Washington 8, Pittsburgh 8. 2B—L.Nix (1), A.McCutchen (4), Alvarez (4), Cedeno (3). HR—Ad.LaRoche (3), Morse (1). SB—Espinosa (1). CS—Morse (1). S—Correia. SF—Snyder. IP H R ER BB SO Washington Marquis W,2-0......... 6 8 3 3 2 2 Clippard H,6 ............ 2 2 0 0 0 2 Storen S,3-3 ............ 1 1 0 0 0 1 Pittsburgh Correia L,3-2 ........... 42⁄3 11 5 5 1 2 D.McCutchen .......... 11⁄3 1 0 0 0 0 Crotta........................ 2 2 1 1 0 2 Veras ........................ 1 1 0 0 0 2 Umpires—Home, Kerwin Danley;First, Paul Nauert;Second, Doug Eddings;Third, Dana DeMuth. T—2:59. A—9,520 (38,362). Espinos 2b Ankiel cf Werth rf AdLRc 1b Morse lf Clipprd p Stairs ph Storen p HrstnJr 3b IRdrgz c Cora ss Marqus p L.Nix lf

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Cardinals 3, Reds 0 Cincinnati

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ab r h bi Theriot ss 3 0 1 0 Rasms cf 4 0 0 0 Pujols 1b 4 0 1 0 ESnchz p 0 0 0 0 MBggs p 0 0 0 0 Hollidy lf 4 1 1 0 Brkmn rf-1b 3 1 2 0 Descals 3b 3 0 0 0 YMolin c 4 1 2 3 Punto 2b 2 0 0 0 Westrk p 2 0 0 0 Freese ph 1 0 0 0 Salas p 0 0 0 0 Jay rf 0 0 0 0 Totals 29 0 4 0 Totals 30 3 7 3 Cincinnati ........................... 000 000 000 — 0 St. Louis ............................. 000 003 00x — 3 DP—Cincinnati 1, St. Louis 1. LOB—Cincinnati 5, St. Louis 7. 2B—Phillips 2 (5), Votto (6), Holliday (6), Berkman (6). HR—Y.Molina (1). SB—Theriot (3), Pujols (2). CS—Gomes (1). IP H R ER BB SO Cincinnati Volquez L,2-1 .......... 52⁄3 6 3 3 3 7 Masset...................... 11⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Chapman ................. 1 1 0 0 1 0 St. Louis Westbrook W,2-2.... 6 3 0 0 3 4 Salas H,2 ................. 1 0 0 0 0 2 E.Sanchez H,3 ........ 1 0 0 0 0 2 M.Boggs S,3-3 ........ 1 1 0 0 0 2 Umpires—Home, John Hirschbeck;First, Wally Bell;Second, Laz Diaz;Third, Scott Barry. T—2:52. A—38,201 (43,975). Stubbs cf Phillips 2b Votto 1b Gomes lf Bruce rf Cairo 3b Hanign c Janish ss Volquez p Masset p Heisey ph Chpmn p

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BATTING–Bautista, Toronto, .359; Gordon, Kansas City, .356; MiYoung, Texas, .356; AlRodriguez, New York, .354; Hafner, Cleveland, .348; Boesch, Detroit, .348; Kubel, Minnesota, .347. RUNS–MiCabrera, Detroit, 21; Bautista, Toronto, 19; Gordon, Kansas City, 18; Crisp, Oakland, 16; Teixeira, New York, 16; Beltre, Texas, 15; Kinsler, Texas, 15. RBI–Beltre, Texas, 20; Francoeur, Kansas City, 18; Damon, Tampa Bay, 17; AlRodriguez, New York, 17; Konerko, Chicago, 16; Martin, New York, 16; Quentin, Chicago, 16; Teixeira, New York, 16. HITS–Gordon, Kansas City, 32; MiYoung, Texas, 31; ISuzuki, Seattle, 30; MeCabrera, Kansas City, 28; Francoeur, Kansas City, 27; Fuld, Tampa Bay, 27; MIzturis, Los Angeles, 27; Span, Minnesota, 27. DOUBLES–Quentin, Chicago, 11; Gordon, Kansas City, 10; MiYoung, Texas, 9; Moreland, Texas, 8; 8 tied at 7. TRIPLES–Crisp, Oakland, 3; SRodriguez, Tampa Bay, 3; Arencibia, Toronto, 2; Borbon, Texas, 2; Bourjos, Los Angeles, 2; MeCabrera, Kansas City, 2; YEscobar, Toronto, 2; Fuld, Tampa Bay, 2; JhPeralta, Detroit, 2. HOME RUNS–Bautista, Toronto, 7; Beltre, Texas, 7; Granderson, New York, 7; HKendrick, Los Angeles, 6; Martin, New York, 6; Posada, New York, 6; Quentin, Chicago, 6; Teixeira, New York, 6.

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BATTING—Kemp, Los Angeles, .402;Votto, Cincinnati, .392;Ethier, Los Angeles, .382;Braun, Milwaukee, .377;SCastro, Chicago, .376;Polanco, Philadelphia, .366;Berkman, St. Louis, .364. RUNS—Braun, Milwaukee, 21;Votto, Cincinnati, 20;Berkman, St. Louis, 18;Kemp, Los Angeles, 18;DWright, New York, 18;6 tied at 17. RBI—Fielder, Milwaukee, 22;Howard, Philadelphia, 19;Braun, Milwaukee, 18;IDavis, New York, 18;Kemp, Los Angeles, 18;Pence, Houston, 17;Pujols, St. Louis, 17. HITS—SCastro, Chicago, 35;Kemp, Los Angeles, 35;Ethier, Los Angeles, 34;JosReyes, New York, 31;Polanco, Philadelphia, 30;Braun, Milwaukee, 29;Fielder, Milwaukee, 29;Rasmus, St. Louis, 29;Votto, Cincinnati, 29. DOUBLES—Fowler, Colorado, 9;Ethier, Los Angeles, 8;Fielder, Milwaukee, 8;Pence, Houston, 8;SSmith, Colorado, 8;Beltran, New York, 7;Bourn, Houston, 7;Coghlan, Florida, 7;SDrew, Arizona, 7;Kemp, Los Angeles, 7. TRIPLES—SCastro, Chicago, 2;SDrew, Arizona, 2;Espinosa, Washington, 2;Hall, Houston, 2;CaLee, Houston, 2;Maybin, San Diego, 2;Morgan, Milwaukee, 2;Rasmus, St. Louis, 2;JosReyes, New York, 2;CYoung, Arizona, 2. HOME RUNS—Braun, Milwaukee, 7;Pujols, St. Louis, 7;Tulowitzki, Colorado, 7;Berkman, St. Louis, 6;Gomes, Cincinnati, 6;ASoriano, Chicago, 6;7 tied at 5.

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San Diego ab r h bi Maybin cf 4 2 2 0 Bartlett ss 5 0 2 1 OHudsn 2b 4 0 0 0 Luebke p 0 0 0 0 Hundly c 5 0 1 1 Cantu 3b 5 0 1 0 Ludwck lf 5 0 2 0 Hawpe 1b 5 0 0 0 Venale rf 4 0 1 0 Stauffr p 1 0 0 0 Grgrsn p 0 0 0 0 EPtrsn ph 1 0 0 0 Adams p 0 0 0 0 H.Bell p 0 0 0 0 Headly ph 1 0 0 0 Qualls p 0 0 0 0 AlGnzlz 2b 0 0 0 0 Totals 38 4 7 4 Totals 40 2 9 2 Philadelphia ............... 000 101 000 02 — 4 San Diego .................. 100 010 000 00 — 2 DP—Philadelphia 1. LOB—Philadelphia 4, San Diego 8. 2B—Orr (1), Howard (6), Hundley (3). 3B—B.Francisco (1), Bartlett (1). SB—W.Valdez (2). S—Victorino, Stauffer. IP H R ER BB SO Philadelphia Blanton ..................... 7 8 2 2 2 3 Baez.......................... 1 0 0 0 0 0 Bastardo ................... 1 0 0 0 0 3 K.Kendrick W,1-1.... 1 0 0 0 0 0 Madson S,2-2.......... 1 1 0 0 0 0 San Diego Stauffer..................... 6 4 2 2 1 7 Gregerson................ 1 0 0 0 0 1 Adams ...................... 1 0 0 0 0 1 H.Bell ........................ 1 0 0 0 0 1 Qualls L,0-2 ............. 12⁄3 1 2 2 1 1 Luebke ..................... 1⁄3 2 0 0 0 0 Umpires—Home, Jim Reynolds;First, Mike DiMuro;Second, Andy Fletcher;Third, Tim Welke. T—2:50. A—40,038 (42,691). Victorn cf Orr 2b Rollins ss Howard 1b BFrncs rf Ibanez lf Schndr c WValdz 3b Kndrck p Madson p Blanton p Gload ph Baez p Bastrd p Polanc 3b

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Red Sox 5, Angels 0

Boston

Los Angeles ab r h bi MIzturs 2b 4 0 0 0 Aybar ss 4 0 1 0 Abreu rf 2 0 0 0 TrHntr dh 3 0 0 0 V.Wells cf-lf 4 0 0 0 Callasp 3b 3 0 1 0 Conger c 3 0 0 0 Trumo 1b 3 0 0 0 Bourjos cf 0 0 0 0 Willits lf 2 0 0 0 HKndrc ph-1b 1 0 0 0 Totals 38 511 5 Totals 29 0 2 0 Boston ................................ 011 021 000 — 5 Los Angeles....................... 000 000 000 — 0 LOB—Boston 7, Los Angeles 5. 2B—Lowrie (4), Crawford (3), Varitek (1). HR—Youkilis (4). SB— Ellsbury 2 (5), Pedroia (2). Boston IP H R ER BB SO Matsuzaka W,2-2 8 1 0 0 3 9 Bard........................... 1 1 0 0 0 2 E.Santana L,0-3 ...... 7 9 5 5 1 9 Bulger ....................... 2 2 0 0 0 1 Umpires—Home, Tony Randazzo; First, Dan Bellino; Second, Brian Gorman; Third, Larry Vanover. T—2:36. A—40,025 (45,389). Ellsury cf Pedroia 2b AdGnzl 1b Youkils 3b Ortiz dh Lowrie ss J.Drew rf Crwfrd lf Varitek c

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Oakland

Seattle ab r h bi ab r h bi Crisp cf 5 1 3 2 ISuzuki rf 4 0 3 0 Barton 1b 3 0 0 0 Figgins 3b 4 0 1 0 CJcksn rf 5 0 2 1 AKndy 1b 4 0 1 0 Wlngh lf 5 0 1 0 Cust dh 3 0 0 0 Matsui dh 4 1 0 0 MSndrs cf 4 0 1 0 KSuzuk c 4 2 1 0 LRdrgz ss 4 0 1 0 M.Ellis 2b 4 1 1 0 CGmnz c 3 1 1 0 Kzmnff 3b 4 2 2 4 Peguer lf 4 0 1 0 Pnngtn ss 3 2 2 2 JWilson 2b 4 0 1 1 Totals 37 912 9 Totals 34 110 1 Oakland.............................. 001 305 000 — 9 Seattle ................................ 010 000 000 — 1 DP—Oakland 1, Seattle 1. LOB—Oakland 7, Seattle 8. 2B—Crisp 2 (5), I.Suzuki (5), A.Kennedy (4), M.Saunders (4). HR—Kouzmanoff (2), Pennington (1). SB—K.Suzuki (1), M.Ellis (2), Pennington (4). CS—M.Saunders (1). S—M.Ellis. IP H R ER BB SO Oakland Cahill W,3-0 ............. 6 7 1 1 1 2 Ziegler ...................... 1 1 0 0 0 1 Breslow .................... 1 1 0 0 0 1 Balfour ...................... 1 1 0 0 1 2 Seattle Vargas L,0-2............ 5 6 6 6 3 3 Lueke........................ 1 4 3 3 1 2 Wilhelmsen .............. 2 1 0 0 1 1 Ray............................ 1 1 0 0 0 1 Vargas pitched to 2 batters in the 6th. WP—Cahill. Umpires—Home, Ed Rapuano;First, Brian O’Nora;Second, Ed Hickox;Third, Cory Blaser. T—3:06. A—25,355 (47,878).


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far easier than expected against the injury-weakened Knicks. The Celtics could now have a week off while they wait for likely secondround opponent Miami, which was forced to a fifth game earlier Sunday after a late rally by Philadelphia. The Celtics almost faced the same scenario, but a Knicks comeback attempt stalled in the final minutes. “We know we have played very well when we’ve had rest and preparation time. So those are always good,” Celtics coach Doc Rivers said. Carmelo Anthony had 32 points and nine rebounds, and Amare Stoudemire, who decided to play after his back felt better, finished with 19 points and 12 boards but shot only 5 of 20 from the field. “It was all heart. He just gave it all. With him and Carmelo going forward, the Knicks are in good shape,” Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni said. The Knicks shot 34 percent and were quickly dispatched in their first playoff appearance since 2004, when they were also swept in the first round. They haven’t won a playoff game in 10 years. The Celtics were only 10-11 in their last 21 games of the regular season, struggling to adjust to a changed lineup after trading center Kendrick Perkins to Oklahoma City at the deadline and renewing questions they were too old. The Knicks believed they could challenge them, but Chauncey Billups was lost for good after straining his left knee in the final minute of Game 1 and Stoudemire was never the same after hurting his back during warmups before Game 2. Meanwhile, the Celtics got better as the series went along, pulling out two close victories in Boston and saving their best for Madison Square Garden, surrounded in orange as it was finally open for postseason basketball again. But that couldn’t shake the Celtics, who held the Knicks to three field goals in the second quarter to seize control and now will look ahead to an expected showdown with the Heat. Garnett made three straight field goals to make it 70-48 in the third quarter before the Celtics let the Knicks back into it. Consecutive run-out dunks by Anthony cut it to 14, and New York had it all the way down to 10 when Shawne Williams’ 3-pointer with 36 seconds remaining trimmed it to 82-72 after three. Stoudemire opened the fourth with a basket and Anthony followed, bringing it within six and forcing Rivers to put Garnett back into the game. He made a pair of free throws, but baskets by Stoudemire and Anthony Carter made it 84-80 with 7:34 to go. “I thought we dropped the guard a little bit,” Rivers said. “Give them credit, I thought they played desperate and you could see it in their play and their defensive energy.” But Boston would never let it get closer and finally put it away when consecutive jumpers by Rondo and Garnett extended it to 95-85 with 4:22 to play. Disappointed in their effort in a blowout loss Friday, the Knicks showed plenty of fight. Anthony knocked Rondo down for a flagrant foul and Stoudemire was called for a technical after he shoved Delonte West in the back following the Boston guard’s hard foul on Knicks rookie Landry Fields.

Zherdev started the play by driving up the right side and getting a shot off that Ryan Miller stopped. Mike Richards got to the loose puck and fed it across to his left to Hartnell, who shoveled it in the open side. Philadelphia’s hopes appeared done after falling behind 3-1 in the first period. And coach Peter Laviolette had opened himself to secondguessing after going with Leighton, who became the third Flyers goalie to start a game this series. Leighton earned the start after stopping 20 shots in replacing Boucher in a 4-3 overtime loss on Friday. It came after Boucher allowed three goals on the first 11 shots he faced. Boucher got his second chance and his return at the start of the second period sparked the Flyers as van Riemsdyk and Briere scored 7:54 apart to tie the game. The comeback was reminiscent of the Flyers scoring three consecutive goals Friday. This time the Sabres struck back in regulation, with Gerbe scoring with 3:51 left in the second period — and after the Flyers had killed off Buffalo’s 70second two-man advantage. Driving across the Flyers blue line, and with four defenders

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with the Contra Costa (Calif.) Times. “It’s dog-eat-dog. People know they need to win 11 games to win the World Series.” Lincecum was one of several players voicing displeasure, although the union is already on board to expand the postseason from eight to 10 teams. “Ten is a fair number,” Selig said, adding that details on have yet to be finalized on whether the new wild-card round would be best-of-3 or winner-take-all. Selig no doubt drew some comfort that the postseason expansion he presided over

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Brandt Snedeker celebrates with his caddie after a playoff win over Luke Donald on the 18th green during the The Heritage golf tournament in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Sunday.

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. — Brandt Snedeker rallied from six shots behind and beat Luke Donald in a playoff in The Heritage to deny the Englishman the No. 1 ranking Sunday. Donald would’ve risen to the top spot in the world from No. 3 had he won. His countryman, Lee Westwood, moved from No. 2 to No. 1, replacing Martin Kaymer, after winning the Indonesian Masters earlier Sunday. Donald saved par from difficult spots on the 71st and 72nd holes to force the playoff, then did it again on the second extra hole. But his luck ran out on Harbour Town Golf Links’ closing lighthouse hole, No. 18, when he got a partially buried lie in a front bunker. Donald blasted out about 15 feet from the flag and his chip for par from just off the green hit the back edge of the cup and bounced away, giving Snedeker his second career PGA Tour title and first since the 2007 Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, N.C. Snedeker finished with a

7-under 64, tying for lowest round of the tournament, to match Donald at 12 under. Donald shot his second straight 70. Tommy Gainey finished a stroke back after a 68. Indonesian Masters Indonesian Masters JAKARTA, Indonesia — Lee Westwood won the Indonesian Masters and ended up regaining the No. 1 spot in the world when Luke Donald lost a playoff in the PGA Tour event in South Carolina. After waiting out a lightning delay on the final hole, Westwood finished off a 3-under 69 for a three-stroke victory over Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee. The English star, ranked second behind Martin Kaymer entering the week, won on his 38th birthday. Westwood finished at 19under 269 in the Asian Tour event at Royale Jakarta. Jaidee shot a 65. Legends of Golf SAVANNAH, Ga. — David Eger and Mark McNulty won the Champions Tour’s better-

ball Legends of Golf when Kenny Perry and Scott Hoch missed short par putts on the second hole of a playoff. Eger and McNulty closed with an 11-under 61 to match Perry and Hoch (64) at 27 under at The Club at Savannah Harbor. The teams of Wayne Levi-Keith Fergus (66), Russ Cochran-Mark Weibe (60), David Frost-Michael Allen (62), Corey Pavin-Tom Lehman (64) and Ian Baker-Finch-Joe Ozaki (64) tied for third at 26 under. China Open CHENGDU, China — Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts won the China Open, closing with his second straight 6-under 66 for a tournament-record 24-under 264 total. Spain’s Pablo Martin (63), Ireland’s Peter Lawrie (68), Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen (66) and New Zealand’s Danny Lee (65) tied for second at 20 under on the Luxehills International course. The event was sanctioned by the European Tour, China Golf Association and OneAsia Tour.

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Nadal beats Ferrer to win 6th Barcelona Nadal has beaten Ferrer 10 straight times on clay since losing to him in 2004. Ferrer has played in four finals this year, winning two and finishing as runner-up to Nadal twice. The 24-year-old Nadal became the first player to win two tournaments six or more times — he has won Monte Carlo seven times — in the tour’s Open era.

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BARCELONA, Spain — Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer 6-2, 6-4 in their second allSpanish final in two weeks to claim his sixth Barcelona Open title Sunday. The top-ranked Spaniard won his 29th straight match at the clay court event when the fourth-seeded Ferrer hit his backhand wide. “It is a dream for me to win here six times,” said Nadal, whose sole loss at Barcelona came against another countryman, Alex Corretja, in 2003. “I think it will be difficult to repeat. Six years is a long time in the life of a tennis player.” It was Nadal’s 45th career ATP title and his second consecutive trophy after beating Ferrer at Monte Carlo in straight sets April 17. Nadal won at Barcelona from 2005-09, including finals victories over Ferrer in 2008 and 2009, before sitting out last year’s edition to rest. “I feel bad for David because beginning with in 1995, despite withering criticism from traditionalists, was a commercial success. Two wild cards were added then as each league went to three divisions, thus guaranteeing an even number of teams for a playoff. “If I had defiled motherhood I don’t think I could have gotten ripped any more than I did,” the commissioner recalled not long after. “But now it’s fascinating to me. Now they not only like it so much, they want more of it.” Not exactly. While fans of every team in the AL East save the Yankees might be on-board, even they would have to concede the season is already way too long as it is. Adding more teams will only make the divisional races

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Rafael Nadal returns the ball to David Ferrer during a Open tennis match in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday.

no one deserves to win here more than him for what it means to him and the work he has put in to reach three finals,” Nadal said after improving his career record against Ferrer to 13-5, including a 5-0 record in finals. even less meaningful. While 12 of 32 NFL teams make the postseason, and 16 of 30 teams in the NBA and NHL, baseball’s season is so much longer that every contender has a morethan-fair opportunity to earn a berth. And while Selig may also remember the excitement generated by three straight season requiring tiebreakers (2007-09) to determine the postseason field, two more wild-card teams will also increase the possibility that a so-so team like the 2006 St. Louis Cardinals will get hot at the right time and steal a World Series. “Why mess it up, other than for monetary purposes,” Lincecum said, “and that’s probably what (Selig) is looking at.” Possibly. A half-dozen clubs

Goerges upsets Wozniacki in Stuttgart final STUTTGART, Germany — Julia Goerges upset top-ranked Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the final of the Porsche Grand Prix on Sunday to win her first significant title. The 22-year-old German won in Bad Gastein, Austria, last year but had never captured a title in one of WTA’s premier events. Goerges becomes the first German to win the tournament since Anke Huber in 1996 and will now move to a career-best ranking of No. 27. are skidding along at historic lows in attendance for the month, which would be even more troubling were it not for the fact that much of the lost income from ticket sales has been offset by increasingly lucrative TV deals with local or regional networks. Whether those numbers reveal a new model, or simply mask an underlying problem remains to be seen. Either way, though, the game is headed into uncharted waters, where Selig’s sense of history and his business instincts are going to wage a fight to see which becomes his guide. Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at jlitke(at)ap.org.

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“Pursuing success with honor. Building tradition. Achieving excellence. As we launch our hockey program at the Division I level, these are the on- and off-ice expectations, and Guy Gadowsky has successfully accomplished these goals and more throughout his career. We welcome Guy and his family to Hockey Valley,” said Curley. Appointed to the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee through 2013, Gadowsky took over a Princeton program that had won a combined eight games in the two seasons prior to his arrival

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back.” Syracuse’s Seth Bynum started the game’s scoring, bombing a home run off the PNC Bank scoreboard in left field for a 2-0 lead in the first inning. That long ball was the only blemish on the day for Yankee starting pitcher Andrew Brackman (2-0). Over his six innings, he allowed five hits and three walks, while striking out three. He threw 98 pitches, 60 for strikes. “Take away that first inning, he’s matching the other guy with zeroes,” Miley added. “The kid went back out there and grinded it out.” Andrew Sisco tossed 11⁄3 scoreless frames, while Kevin Whelan came in for the final five outs and retired every batter he faced for his seventh save of the season in eight chances. Whelan struck out two and induced three groundouts. “I think that we’ve been fortunate to get help from the starters too,” said Sisco, a 6-foot-10, 270pound left-hander. “Them doing their job makes our job a lot easier. I think as the season continues and games go on we’re going to get more comfortable with our roles and continue to grow as a staff.”

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back, Gerbe fired a 35-footer that hit off defenseman Sean O’Donnell’s stick and beat Boucher on the glove side. Boucher was otherwise sharp. He made a sliding save to his left to foil Drew Stafford’s shot from the right circle on a 2-on-1 break early in the third period. Miller kept the Sabres in the game in facing 45 shots — one short of matching the most he’s faced in a playoff game. Pronger had a negligible impact on the ice as his playing time was limited solely to the power play. He didn’t get his first shift until 10:05 into the game and the Sabres ahead 2-0. Pronger also took an undisciplined slashing penalty while the Flyers had a two-man advantage. After being crosschecked from behind by Tyler Myers in front of Sabres net, Pronger spun around and whacked the Buffalo defenseman. He finished with only five shifts and 4:33 of ice time. Richards put the Flyers in trouble with 6 minutes left in the second period, when he was issued a boarding penalty for shoving Buffalo forward Tim Connolly from behind and headfirst into the boards. Connolly, who has a history of concussion problems, lay on the ice for several minutes before getting up on his own. He was then escorted immediately up the hallway behind the Sabres bench. Connolly did not return. for the 2004-05 campaign. During his initial five seasons, the Tigers improved their win total each year, topped by a program record 22 victories in 2008-09. Gadowsky led Princeton to two of its three all-time NCAA Championship berths in the 110 years of the program, in 2008 and 2009. As a collegiate head coach, Gadowsky has helped develop nine players who have played in the NHL, including three of his former Princeton players who have played this season: Mike Moore (San Jose), Darroll Powe (Philadelphia) and Kevin Westgarth (Los Angeles). Princeton senior and AHCA second-team AllAmerican Taylor Fedun signed with the Edmonton Oilers after the Tigers’ season was completed. Catcher Jesus Montero left the game early after being hit in the groin with a foul ball in the fourth inning. Miley said he will have a better idea of how the standout is doing today.

HOW THEY SCORED CHIEFS FIRST: Roger Bernadina doubled. Seth Bynum hit a home run. Michael Aubry walked. Chris Marrero fouled out. Jeff Frazier flied out. Jesus Flores flied out. CHIEFS 2-0 YANKEES FOURTH: Greg Golson struck out. Kevin Russo flied out. Jose Gil singled. Jorge Vazquez homered. Chris Dickerson grounded out. TIED 2-2 YANKEES FIFTH: Justin Maxwell was hit by a pitch. Jordan Parraz grounded out, moving Maxwell to second. Brandon Laird singled to knock in Maxwell. Ramiro Pena flied out. Greg Golson flied out. YANKEES 3-2

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The Philadelphia 76ers’ Thaddeus Young (21) and Evan Turner are separated by an official from Miami Heat forward James Jones during Game 4 of a first-round NBA playoff series Sunday in Philadelphia. Both Young and Jones received technical fouls.

76ers rally to beat Heat, stay alive The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA — The sweep for the Heat was 95 seconds away. Miami held a six-point lead, had The Big Three on the court and a bevy of clutch plays behind them. All the 76ers had was their unwavering belief. When they told Doug Collins in the huddle late in the game, “We’re going back to Miami,” his reply was a simple one. “I’ll be there with you,” said Collins, the Sixers coach. Lou Williams proved the Sixers right, hitting the goahead 3-pointer from the top of the arc over a lunging Dwyane Wade with 8.1 seconds left that lifted Philadelphia to an 86-82 win over the Heat on Sunday and avoided a sweep. Sweet Lou, indeed! His 3 came 28 seconds after Jrue Holiday stunned Wade with a 3 that sliced the deficit to one. It was all part of a gameending 10-0 run that sent nearly 20,000 fans into a frenzy — and the Sixers on a surprise trip back to Florida. Game 5 is Wednesday in Miami. “D-Wade gave me a little room and I was able to knock it down,” Williams said. “We’ve always been a team that fought, all the way until the end. I just wanted to give us an opportunity to win the basketball game.” Wade’s tip-in with 1:35 left put the Heat up 82-76. Miami had followed the formula of its Game 1 and Game 3 wins. The Heat trailed by double-digits in the first quarter, only to storm into the lead on the backs of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh and take over down the stretch. The 76ers still may eventually lose this series. Just not Sunday. “If you have faith, you have hope. And if you have hope, you have life,” Collins said. The Sixers kept the resolve they’ve had since they turned a 3-13 start into the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers staggered down the stretch and won for only the second time since April 2. Williams’ celebration was muted. He simply turned around and calmly walked back to a delirious huddle as if he expected to swish the winner all along.

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Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard reacts to his third foul in the second quarter against the Atlanta Hawks during Game 4 of a first-round NBA playoff series Sunday in Atlanta.

“That shot right there didn’t beat us,” Wade said. What Wade meant was, take a closer look at the stat sheet to find the numbers that truly did in the Heat. They shot 39 percent; made 5 of 23 3-pointers; scored 16 bench points; and, again, trailed big early. “We’ve proven all year long that we were able to close those types of games out,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “We were not able to tonight.” Williams and Evan Turner led the Sixers with 17 points each. Andre Iguodala added 16 points, and Elton Brand had 15 points and 11 rebounds. James scored 31 points for the Heat and Wade had 22. Bosh scored 12 points and had two blocks late in the game that seemed to seal the win for the Heat. James, Wade and Bosh put the “big” in Big Three for most of the game. For Bosh, it was the two blocked shots on the same possession with Miami holding a late two-point lead. He blocked Williams’ layup and swatted Turner’s short jumper. On Philadelphia’s next pos-

session, James blocked Turner’s shot. James hit a step-back jumper for an 80-76 lead. The Heat, who went on a 22-2 run in the second quarter, appeared in control. Not for long. Wade and James both missed baskets in the final minute that could have thrust the Heat back into it. Wade misfired on a 13-footer after Holiday’s 3 and the Sixers snared the rebound. With the Sixers up four, James drove and missed a 6-footer with 3.8 seconds left. Bosh said the Heat would have to play with more trust in each other when scores are close in crunch time. “We’re going to have to actually do it when it counts most,” Bosh said. Collins was aware the Sixers were viewed as nothing more than a minor speed bump for the Heat. He told his team to play with freedom and joy with the season on the line. Brand even promised the Sixers would “shock the world.”

Going eye-to-eye with the East’s elite, the Sixers may not have shocked the world, but at least South Beach. Game 4 followed the familiar pattern of Games 1 and 3. Fired up from the start, the 76ers jetted to a 15-point lead in the first quarter. They made nine of their first 15 shots and went on a 13-0 run that at least made the idea of a return trip to Miami plausible. The Sixers were no pushovers, either, providing some brief sparks when Thaddeus Young head-butted James Jones in front of Miami’s bench. Young responded after Jones shoved Turner as the crowd roared, anticipating a melee. Jones and Young were hit with technical fouls, but things were calm until Spencer Hawes and James jawed late in the fourth. James brushed off a suggestion the Heat had intimidated the Sixers. “Intimidation factor? We’re not trying to intimidate anybody,” he said. The Heat usually bully their opponents simply on talent alone. Wade showed how in the second quarter. He was 6 for 6 for 16 points in the quarter. He scored eight straight points, and his pull-up jumper that made it 43-41 gave Miami its first lead of the game. Hawks 88, Magic 85 ATLANTA — Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and Joe Johnson hit four big free throws in the final 20 seconds after Atlanta struggled most of the night at the line, leading the Hawks to a victory over the Orlando Magic and a 3-1 lead in their Eastern Conference playoff series. The Hawks will try to wrap up the best-of-seven series Tuesday night in Orlando. Atlanta made only 12 of 20 free throws, but Johnson came through when the Magic were forced to foul. Orlando had a last chance to tie it up, but Al Horford knocked the ball away from Hedo Turkoglu as he tried to get loose for a 3-pointer. Turkoglu got the ball back with only enough time to force one up. It missed badly, and the Hawks celebrated a commanding lead in the series.

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Three-time winner looking for a Derby ride The Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Threetime Kentucky Derby winning jockey Calvin Borel is looking for a ride two weeks out from the Run for the Roses, but hopes to have a mount by race day. Borel spent Sunday morning aboard Stay Thirsty, but said there was no commitment with trainer Todd Pletcher to ride the horse in the Derby. Borel said he was simply doing a favor for Pletcher. Borel and Pletcher teamed up last year for a win with Super Saver, the jockey’s third victory in the race in four

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years. Stay Thirsty and Borel worked along the rail with Bridgetown, a 4-year-old sprinter expected to run in the $100,000-added Twin Spires Turf Sprint. Stay Thirsty stuck his neck in front near the finish line and galloped out six furlongs in 1:15. “We leaned on him a little bit this morning. I told Calvin we wanted a good, solid work and I

think we got that,” Pletcher said. “So we’ll see how he responds to that this week, and we might have a similar a similar-type work next week.” The track had water on it courtesy of the steady rain that fell during the workout, but Borel said the wet surface was not an issue for him or Stay Thirsty. “I’m not much of a fan of the lightning, but other than that I thought the track was good,” he said. “This track gets better when it rains. I love it when it rains here — it tightens it up and gets it good. You can’t fault the

track.” Pletcher said he and Borel haven’t discussed Stay Thirsty’s mount for the Kentucky Derby. Ramon Dominguez was aboard Stay Thirsty for his win in the Gotham and his disappointing run in the Florida Derby. Borel does not yet have ride for Derby 137. Borel expressed confidence that he’ll find a way to stay occupied on Derby Day at Churchill Downs. “I’ll ride something,” said Borel. “This is how it goes — that’s horse racing. We’ll find one.”

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Nick Spaling scored his second goal of the game at 4:53 of the third period and the Nashville Predators closed out their first postseason series victory to advance to the Western Conference semifinals, beating the Anaheim Ducks 4-2 on Sunday. Steve Sullivan scored a goal, David Legwand had an emptynetter and Jordin Tootoo assisted On Spaling’s goals. The Predators won the series 4-2 in their sixth postseason in seven seasons. Jason Blake scored a powerplay goal, and Teemu Selanne also had a goal for the Ducks. Anaheim looked tired early after blowing a lead late before losing Game 5 in overtime. They looked tired late as coach Randy Carlyle went heavily with his top two lines trying to rally. Anaheim lost in the opening round for the third time in seven playoffs. The fifth-seeded Predators must wait and see who they play next. Spaling scored his first two goals in the postseason. His second came off a rebound of Tootoo’s shot, shortly after Nashville thought it had gone ahead only to have Patric Hornqvist’s goal waived off because of a high stick. The call was upheld after a length video review The Ducks didn’t go away easily, not with a power-play unit that has been the NHL’s best this postseason. They got the man advantage almost midway through the period when Mike Fisher was penalized for tripping. Blackhawks 4, Canucks 3 CHICAGO — Ben Smith scored on a rebound at 15:30 of overtime and the defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks beat the Vancouver Canucks to force a seventh game in the opening-round

WBS Penguins learn East Final foe The Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins learned their opponent for the second round of the AHL Calder Cup playoffs on Sunday night. The Penguins will face the Charlotte Checkers in the East Division Finals, beginning Thursday night at Mohegan Sun Arena. Games 1 and 2 will be in Wilkes-Barre Township before the series switches to Charlotte for Games 3, 4 and 5. The Checkers eliminated the two-time defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears Sunday night with a 2-1 overtime victory to take the series 4-2. The schedule for the series is as follows: • Game 1 – Thursday Charlotte at WBS, 7:05 p.m. • Game 2 – Saturday Charlotte at WBS, 7:05 p.m. • Game 3 – Monday, May 2 WBS at Charlotte, 7 p.m. • Game 4 – Wed., May 4 WBS at Charlotte, 7 p.m. • Game 5 – Friday, May 6* WBS at Charlotte, 7 p.m. • Game 6 – Sat., May 7* Charlotte at WBS, 7:05 p.m. • Game 7 – Monday, May 9* Charlotte at WBS, 7:05 p.m. *If necessary The Atlantic Division Final will feature Portland and Binghamton.

series. The Canucks, with the NHL’s best record during the regular season, have lost three straight after it appeared they were in control of the series. Game 7 is Tuesday night in Vancouver. Smith, a rookie, followed in a long, hard shot from the point by teammate Niklas Hjalmarsson that bounced off goalie Roberto Luongo. Luongo didn’t start the game but was called upon in the third period when Cory Schneider had to be helped off the ice when he was injured as he tried to stop Michael Frolik’s penalty shot that tied it at 3.

Lightning expect Penguins to rebound

By FRED GOODALL AP Sports Writer

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning found a way to keep their first-round playoff series against Pittsburgh alive, playing with a sense of urgency that was absent in falling to the brink of elimination against the Penguins. The challenge is to do it again in Game 6 on Monday night, with another Lightning victory sending the Eastern Conference matchup back to Pittsburgh for a seventh game on Wednesday night. The visiting team has won four consecutive games in a series the Penguins lead 3-2 after being trounced 8-2 at home in Game 5 on Saturday. The Lightning return home after a road win for the second time, and coach Guy Boucher senses a different mindset among his players for Game 6 than existed before Game 3 in Tampa. “After we won in Pittsburgh the first time, I felt the guys were happy to have won a game, relieved of something,” Boucher said after practice Sunday. “That’s probably the worst state to be in because you’ve done nothing for the next game yet and you already feel some relief,” the first-year coach added. “There is no relief in the playoffs. It’s every second counts, every play will count. It’ll be harder tomorrow than it was last game. We always say the easiest day was yesterday, it certainly won’t be tomorrow.” The Penguins already have shown ability to put lopsided losses behind them, bouncing back from a 5-1 in Game 2 to win the next two on the road.

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“I think I’d rather lose 8-2 than lose in triple overtime or something,” Pittsburgh’s Arron Asham said. “No one was happy with the outcome. We gave up the first goal and it just deteriorated from there. That’s the way it goes. That game is behind us.” Stamkos scored the first two playoff goals of his career and also had an assist to pace the Lightning’s offensive explosion in Game 5. Simon Gagne and Pavel Kubina also had two goals apiece for Tampa Bay, which also got a strong performance from goalie Dwayne Roloson. The team scoring first has won each game in the series. “Obviously it’s not the way we wanted it to happen. We know how important the first goal has been in the series. They got one, and then two quick, and then after that we kind of stopped playing,” Pittsburgh’s Maxime Talbot said. “Unacceptable in the playoffs.” That’s the same way the Lightning felt following losses at the St. Pete Times Forum in Games 3 and 4. They rallied from 2-0 deficits in both but lost the third game when the Penguins needed just 31 seconds to an answer a tying goal and lost the other in two overtimes. Outshot 159-111 through the first four games, Boucher encouraged his players to shoot more in hopes of creating more opportunities around the net in Game 5. It worked. Four of Tampa Bay’s goals came on rebounds.


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Faith Purnell, left, and Mary Ann Diaz

Amanda Barberio, Wilkes-Barre, left, and Rebecca Merth, Hunlock Creek

Tiffany Toporcer, left, and Savanna Kalinowski, both of Nanticoke

Daniel Heller and daughter Kyra, Plymouth

Andy, 4, and Ron Strohl, both of Hunlock Creek

Ron Biela helps his son Max Biela, both from Stroudsburg

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Times Leader 04-25-2011  

The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader 04-25

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