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“BIN LADEN WAS NOT a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.’’ -- President Obama


U.S. mission kills leader of al-Qaida in Pakistan Times Leader Wire Services


Osama bin Laden is seen in October at an undisclosed location in this television image. A person familiar with developments said Sunday that bin Laden is dead and the U.S. has the body.

WASHINGTON — Osama bin Laden is dead. President Barack Obama made the dramatic late-night announcement Sunday from the East Room of the White House, ending the long, elusive international manhunt for the leader of the al-Qaida terrorist organization responsible for the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. “Justice has been done,” Obama said in an 10-minute address shortly before midnight. Bin Laden, perhaps the most reviled man in the eyes of Americans, also was sought for the 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in east Africa. A small team of U.S. operatives killed bin Laden Sunday in Abbottabad, Pakistan, after a firefight, took custody of his body and confirmed his identity, Obama said. The president said a possible lead to Obama’s whereabouts emerged last August, but took “many months” to run down. He determined last week that there was enough intelligence to take action, he said. Sunday’s targeted operation went down without harm to Americans and without civilian casualty, he said. Celebratory crowds flocked outside the gates of the White House, waving American flags and singing the national anthem. “The United States is not and never will be at war with Islam,” Obama said. “Bin Laden was not a Muslim leader. He was a mass murderer of Muslims. His demise should be welcomed by all who believe in peace and human dignity.’’ Obama said the Pakistani government had cooperated with the United States to make the operation possible. An official said the U.S. is ensuring bin Laden’s body is handled in accordance with Islamic tradition. See BIN LADEN, Page 10A

Some 1.5 million watch beatification ceremony in Rome

John Paul closer to sainthood By NICOLE WINFIELD and VANESSA GERA Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Some 1.5 million pilgrims flooded Rome Sunday to watch Pope John Paul II move a step closer to sainthood in one of the largest Vatican Masses in history, an outpouring of adoration for a beloved and historic figure after years marred by church scandal. The turnout for the beatification


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far exceeded even the most optimistic expectation of 1 million people, the number Rome city officials predicted. For Catholics filling St. Peter’s Square and its surrounding streets, and for those watching around the world, the beatification was a welcome hearkening back to the days when the pope was almost universally beloved. “He was like a king to us, like a father,” Marynka Ulaszewska, a 28-year-old from Ciechocinek, Po-

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With 18 months to go, GOP eyes Casey seat

One challenge for Republicans is finding a candidate with a household name. By PETER JACKSON Associated Press

HARRISBURG — Pennsylvania’s Republican Party has a message for Bob Casey: We want your U.S. Senate seat, badly. Energized by the 2010 GOP wave that elected Pat Toomey to the Senate and restored Republican control of the state government after an eight-year hiatus, party leaders are hoping to oust one of Pennsylvania’s best-known politicians and make the state’s Senate seats a matched pair in 2012. Several potential Casey challengers are considering whether to run, and one Republican has alreadyformedacommitteetoraise money for his Senate campaign.

But the election is still more than 18 months away. And Casey’s 2006 landslide ouster of conservative Sen. Rick Casey Santorum, then the third-ranking Republican in the Senate, cemented his status as a political force to be reckoned with. One drawback for the GOP is that the few Republicans who are household names in Pennsylvania are either not interested in running — former Govs. Tom Ridge and Mark Schweiker — or are preoccupied with other endeavors. Santorum recently set up a fundraising committee that allows him to take the first steps toward a presidential bid next year. At the other end of the spectrum is Harrisburg lawyer Mark

Rhee touts impact teachers can have

At Wilkes, ex-D.C. chancellor stresses the good and bad that teachers have on kids. By JERRY LYNOTT

WILKES-BARRE – During a meeting with teachers in a middle school when she was chancellor of the District of Columbia school system, Michelle Rhee learned something about the students there. They demanded to be taught by their teachers who helped turn around the school’s performance, said Rhee. She recalled the meeting while delivering the 30th annual Max Rosenn Lecture Sunday night at the Arnaud C. Marts Center on the campus of Wilkes University. Rhee had scheduled a meeting with the middle school’s staff to inquire about the drastic improvement of the students on test scores and entered a room of what she thought were teachers anxious about sitting down with the chancellor. When Rhee tried to allay their concerns about repeating the double-digit increase in scores, they taught her a lesson about the change in students’ attitudes. The students no longer accepted mediocrity and instead wanted to be challenged, she added. “The teachers weren’t afraid of me. They were trying to live up to the expectations of the children,” said Rhee. The turnaround at the school came after Rhee replaced the principal with one who shared her vision of providing the best education possible for the students from the

poor, urban district. It was one of the many changes Rhee made in her brief threeyear tenure as Rhee chancellor after taking the job in what she labeled the “most dysfunctional and lowest performing” school district in the country. She left last year after Mayor Adrian Fenty, who appointed her for the job in 2007, lost his re-election bid. Rhee, a graduate of Cornell University and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, subsequently formed StudentsFirst to continue her quest to focus attention and resources on where it matters most in educating America’s youth. “I have a tremendous belief in the power of teachers,” said Rhee, 41, who taught third grade in Baltimore. Good teachers can do so much to affect a student and bad ones have just as much an effect, she noted. She decried the nation’s low ranking in reading, math and science skills when compared to students of other nations around the world. If the United States performed poorly in the Olympics and lagged behind in the medal count, Rhee said, there would be a national outcry and call for a renewed effort to do better. That kind of response is what is needed to change the public school system, she added. “We need to regain our sense of competition in the nation because we have gone soft,” she said. “Let me repeat that; we have gone soft.”

Scaringi, a former Santorum aide who is the only declared candidate. Scaringi, who has not previously run for public office, has been traveling across the state to drum up support from tea-party activists and similar groups. His campaign committee reported a balance of barely $300 at the end of March. “We haven’t focused on fundraising at all’’ so far, said Scaringi’s campaign manager, John Haynes. “It’s all about the hustle.’’ That leaves a number of Republican congressmen and at least one state lawmaker who have not ruled out a Senate campaign. State Sen. Jake Corman, chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, acknowledged he has been making the rounds with partyleadersaboutthepossibility of challenging Casey’s expected re-election but said Friday that state budget negotiations come

first. “I won’t make any final decisions until after the budget’’ is approved, the Centre County lawmaker said. U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent, whose district includes the Lehigh Valley, is undecided about whether to run for Senate, a spokesman said. U.S. Rep. Jim Gerlach, who publicly flirted with a run for the GOP gubernatorial nomination last year before he was elected to a fifth term in his suburban Philadelphia district, sent word through an aide that he has "no plans to run for the Senate at this time.” Political observers said U.S. Rep. Tim Murphy is weighing his options, but his spokesman did not return phone messages Friday. Rob Gleason, the state Republican Party chairman, cited a Quinnipiac University poll released


R E V I E W By BRAD PATTON For The Times Leader

Just moments into Friday’s show at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, Avenged Sevenfold proved why it is one of the biggest names in heavy metal and hard rock music at the moment. With a scorching version of “Nightmare,” the band from Huntington Beach, Calif. took over the stage and ushered in its “Welcome to the Family” tour, complete with a man hanging from the rafters in a noose and enough flames to light up the darkened arena. Granted, you wouldn’t exactly expect subtlety from a bunch of guys with names like Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance, but if anyone

doubted the band’s power before Friday, all shadows of that doubt were gone by the second song. The band showed its versatility a few songs later with a touching version of “So Far Away,” written about the group’s original drummer, James “The Rev” Sullivan, who died in December 2009. The “Nightmare” album, which was just in its beginning stages at the time of Sullivan’s death, became the band’s biggest release to date, debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard chart. Opening the show with a thrashing 45-minute set, Sevendust warmed up the audience in fine fashion with great versions of “Enemy,” “Driven” and “Forever.” Then came Three Days Grace, the Canadian quartet that was the most played band on rock radio in 2007, with a 50-minute set filled with the standout tracks from its three top-selling albums.

LOCAL BRIEFS LUZERNE – Luzerne Borough Sewer Authority will hold its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Borough Council will hold its work session at 7 p.m. Wednesday. The meeting will take place at the Luzerne Borough Building, 144 Academy St. The public is invited. DALLAS – The Eastern Star Building Association will be hosting an inside and outside craft and flea market from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. It will be at 15 Foster St., Dallas, behind CVS Drugstore. Lunched will be served and Welsh cookies will be sold. For vendor information, call Dianne Corby at 675-4893. SHEATOWN – The Newport Cemetery Association will meet at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, at the Guardian Health Care. The meeting will concern the future of the cemetery. All officers and lot owners are urged to attend. If planning to attend, call Jim Griffith Sr. at 735-3292, Thelma Blockus at 735-5489 or Jim Griffith Jr. at 735-3506.


idan Fitzgibbon. 5, enjoys the seasonable weather A while sweeping his family’s walk along Carey Avenue in Wilkes-Barre Sunday afternoon. The boy and his father were spending the day getting the yard ready for summer.

Singer Carey gives birth to girl, boy The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon celebrated their third anniversary with another milestone — becoming parents to a baby girl and boy. Carey’s representative, Cindi Berger, confirmed the births to The Associated Press. The

41-year-old singing superstar gave birth Saturday at 12:07 p.m. EDT at an undisclosed hospital in Los Angeles. Berger says the baby girl was born first, weighing 5 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 18 inches long; her brother was next, at 5 pounds 6 ounces, and was 19 inches.

Avenged Sevenfold’s concert is a rock fan’s dream Also joining the “Family” tour at the arena were Three Days Grace and Sevendust.

last week showing President Barack Obama’s Pennsylvania approval rating dipping to 42 percent as evidence that Casey will be vulnerable next year. Obama carried the state when he was elected in 2008 and Casey has been a strong supporter of the administration’s policies. “It’s going to be fun,’’ Gleason predicted. Casey said the 2012 elections will be mainly about the economy and jobs. He cited the tens of billions of federal stimulus dollars thatPennsylvaniareceivedandan array of federal tax cuts as keys to an economic recovery that is still taking hold. Obama announced his re-election campaign earlier this month. Casey, whose campaign committee had $2.1million on hand at the end of March, said he plans to seek another six-year term, but will probably hold off an announcement until next year.


Matt Sanders of Avenged Sevenfold performs with the band Friday night at the Mohegun Sun Arena at Casey Plaza.

Highlights included opener “Good Life,” a rousing singalong “I Hate Everything About You,” “Never Too Late,” and “Riot.” The band then closed its set with “Animal I Have Become,” as lead singer Adam Gontier made his way around the large crowd. Not taking the stage until around 9:40 p.m., Avenged

Sevenfold came on strong. It was a very large, very loud crowd. The 100- and 200sections looked like they were near capacity and the standing-room-only floor was about three-quarters full. The next concert at the Mohegan Sun Arena is Canadian crooner Michael Buble on June 8.

PITTSTON -- The Northeastern Pennsylvania Nonprofit and Community Assistance Center (NCAC) announces the 2011 Community Awards finalists representing the seven-county region of Carbon, Lackawanna, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, Schuylkill and Wayne counties. • Arts & Culture - First Friday Scranton, Lackawanna County for First Friday Scranton; Crayons, Lackawanna County for Carbondale’s Main Street Gallery Art Walk. • Theodore “Ted” G. Daniels Community Development Greater Carbondale YMCA, Lackawanna County for 21st Century Capital Campaign; Luzerne County Flood Protection Authority & River, Luzerne County for River Common Park. • Children & Youth - Schuylkill United Way, Schuylkill County for Stuff the Bus Annual School Supply Drive; Children’s Service Center, Luzerne County for Juvenile Fire Setters Program. • Education - The Scranton School for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Lackawanna County for The Scranton School for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing; Voluntary Action Center of NEPA, Lackawanna County for RSVP Literacy Project. • Environmental Action/ Animal Welfare - Pennsylvania Environmental Council (PEC), Luzerne County, for “An Evening for Pennsylvania’s Environment”; Newport Township Community Organization, Luzerne County for Newport Township Beautification Program. • Health & Human Services Neighborhood Housing Services of Lackawanna County, Lackawanna County for Carbondale NeighborWorks Week; Schuylkill Alliance for Health Care Access, Schuylkill County, for Health Care for the Uninsured – For a Healthy Community. Winners will be announced at the 2011 Community Awards Dinner Program at 4:30 p.m. June 9 at the Woodlands Inn & Resort, Plains Township.

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KINGSTON – As children are being removed from a home to enter foster care, they are given10 minutes to fill a garbage bag with personal belongings, said Linda Coolbaugh, founder of S.M.I.L.E., a charity benefiting Wyoming County Children and Youth. This is often the first experience children have when entering the foster care system. In an effort to make this transition easier, S.M.I.L.E collects items such as personal hygiene items along with clothing and other items for foster children, to be received from children and youth services after the youths are removed from

To help out with project S.M.I.L.E, contact Linda Coolbaugh at 836-2765 or 9055834.

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ments, magazines, notebooks, pencils, puzzles, clothing, sippy cups, shampoos and soaps. “Since I started this, I have collected about four car loads of items,” Coolbaugh said. “They (Wyoming County Children and Youth) will call other county children and youth agencies to see if they need anything.” Starting last October, Coolbaugh has tried to get the word out about the needs of children entering foster care through her local newspaper, the Wyoming County Press Examiner. BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER Harding resident Candy Frye, formerly of Tunkhannock, saw Coolbaugh’s letter Matthew White, of Wilkes-Barre, loads

their homes. Recently, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Kingston held a fundraiser for project S.M.I.L.E. during the 40 days of Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday. Coolbaugh started S.M.I.L.E, which stands for Suitcases Make Individuals Lives Easier, last October. On Saturday, the church gave several hundred items to Coolbaugh. Collected items included fleece blankets, undergar- See FOSTER , Page 10A

items into a bag to be given to foster children as part of Project S.M.I.L.E.

Whether Allies could have or should have bombed Auschwitz discussed

‘Tough issue’ mulled By JERRY LYNOTT

School board rescinds vote to eliminate all social clubs, middle school sports. By JIM MORRISSEY Time Leader Correspondent

HAZLE TWP. – The Hazleton Area School Board will hold a budget meeting Wednesday and a finance committee meeting Thursday to try to come up with ways to balance the school district’s budget. The board last Thursday voted to rescind a previous vote that would have eliminated all social clubs and all middle school sports. That was after a gymnasium full of concerned parents, teachers and students pleaded with the board at the meeting at McAdooKelayres Elementary School to save the programs. Board members listened as parents, teachers and students took turns stepping to the podium to speak in favor of not cutting the programs. After deciding to keep the sports and clubs, they unanimously approved board member Steve Hahn’s motion to ask all department heads to cut 5.5 percent more off their already slashed budgets. Another heated agenda item was the purchase of a $4.4 million magnet school that will be used to solve the overcrowding in the classrooms in the district. A magnet public school has specific programs and instruction that are not available elsewhere in a school district and that are specially designed to draw students from throughout the district. Acceptance in the school would require good grades, interest in a specific curriculum and teacher recommendations. The building is located in Drums and is owned by CAN DO Corp. The board voted against a motion to postpone the purchase of the building because the building would provide the 1,500 seats needed to alleviate the overcrowding issue in the district. Business Manager Tony Ryba explained that although the initial cost for the magnet school is $4.4 million, the district would be reimbursed 66 percent for the building and an additional 25 percent would be reimbursed from construction. Final net cost would only be $1.5 million. The meeting Wednesday begins at 5 p.m. in the Administration Building’s second-floor conference room. The finance committee meeting on Thursday is at 7 p.m. in the Hazleton Area Career Center, large group instruction room.


Mitchell Pisarz, 14, lights one of six candles each representing 1 million people that died in the Holocaust. Behind Mitchell are his father, Allan, and grandfather, Morris, a survivor of Auschwitz.

WILKES-BARRE – After much thought and effort, Don Miller answered one part of the question and left the other part unanswered. Miller, a World War II historian, author and the McCracken Professor of History at Lafayette College, was the featured speaker Sunday at Holocaust Remembrance Day at the Jewish Community Center. He spoke to approximately 100 “I don’t people on the topic, “Whether or have any not the Allies easy ancould have or should have swers.” bombed AuschDon Miller Holocaust witz during World Remembrance War II.” ApproxiDay speaker mately 6 million Jews were killed by the Nazi regime during the Holocaust, forcing them into concentration camps like Auschwitz in Poland. “I don’t have any easy answers,” acknowledged Miller, who has served as a historical consultant for “The Pacific” documentary on HBO, “World WarIIinHD”ontheHistoryChannel andason-cameraexpertinthePublic Broadcasting System’s program, “The Bombing of Germany.” Allied forces were bombing in the area of Auschwitz in the summer of 1944 and it could have been a target, he said. “It was feasible.” However, that was based on his research, Miller said, which showed theAmericanaircommandneverundertook its own feasibility study. Miller criticized a review done by John J. McCloy, assistant secretary of the war, in 1944 who would not authorize the bombing. McCloy concluded the bomber flights would have had to originate from England, approximately 2,000 miles away from the camp, and the aircraft and crews could not be diverted from their critical missions of destroying See HOLOCAUST , Page 10A

New group helps family of suicide victims Surviving members and friends are often plagued by feelings of guilt. By TERRIE MORGAN-BESECKER

The mother of a teenager who took his own life several years ago has formed a support group in Hazleton for family members and friends of people who have committed suicide. Samantha Neaman, 40, said she formed the Suicide Bereavement Support Group to help others who have lost loved ones to suicide deal with the special issues in the grieving process. In addition to their grief, surviving family members and friends are often plagued by

guilt that they did not see or recognize signs that the person was in distress. That makes the grieving process that much more difficult, she said. “It’s a whole different process in addition to the normal grieving process,” Neaman said. “It’s so beneficial for survivors to walk into a room and be with people who are going through the same thing.” Neaman’s 13-year-old son, Kyle Koslop, killed himself on Feb.10, 2007. Neaman said her son was popular, outgoing and an excellent student. He gave no indication he was suicidal. “He was very bright, funny, popular,” she said. “He was just a fantastic kid. I had no reason for concern.” The formation of the group comes at a time when suicides


are on the increase in the county. In 2010, 50 people committed suicide, up from 35 in 2009, according to the Luzerne County Cororner’s Office. This year, 14 have committed suicide, the coroner’s office said. Neaman said she was motivated in part to start a Hazle-

ton area group because nine of the 50 suicides in 2010 involved people from the Freeland/Hazleton area. The group has been formed with the help of Catholic Social Services, which has sponsored a suicide bereavement group in Wilkes-Barre for roughly the past 25 years, said Denise Rowinski-Mengak, supervisor of the adult and family services counseling program for CSS. Neaman said she had been attending the Wilkes-Barre group for a number of years. Having a second group in the southern part of the county will help reach more people. The group will meet the second and fourth Thursday of every month from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Catholic Social Services, 214 W. Walnut St., Hazleton.

A woman accused by city police of placing two young children in a taxi for an unsupervised fare to an address waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Wilkes-Barre Central Court. Holly Karpien, 37, of Wilkes-Barre, waived two counts of endangering the welfare of children to Luzerne County Court on Thursday. According to the criminal complaint: A Burgit cab driver told police he was dispatched to the 500 block of South Main Street on March 30 to transport a 10-year-old girl and an 8month-old toddler to the 100 block of Jones Street. The transport was not supervised by an adult, police said. The driver took the children to the Jones Street residence and found it unoccupied. The children were returned to Main Street, where Karpien allegedly called a second cab to take the children to Jones Street, the complaint says. Police said in the complaint that the temperature was in the mid-20s and the two children were wearing lightweight pajamas. The toddler was not covered in a blanket, jacket or head covering, police allege. WILKES-BARRE

DUI charge goes forward

A man accused by city police of drunken driving and endangering a police officer during a pursuit waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Wilkes-Barre Central Court on Thursday. Jeffery Narkewicz, 41, of Plainfield, Conn., waived two counts each of driving under the influence of alcohol and fleeing or attempting to elude police, and one count each of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, driving with a suspended license, accidents involving injury and several traffic citations to Luzerne County Court. Police charged Narkewicz with fleeing the scene after he struck a vehicle on Hazle Avenue on April 8. Police spotted Narkewicz in the area of Wood Street, where he allegedly attempted to escape. An officer jumped on his vehicle when he turned onto Sambourne Street, where he was forced to stop by an oncoming vehicle, according to the criminal complaint. Police said in the criminal complaint that Narkewicz was intoxicated. NANTICOKE

Armed robbery probed

Police are investigating an armed robbery that took place at approximately 3:29 a.m. Saturday at Turkey Hill, 460 W. Main St. Police described the suspect as a white male, approximately 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build, and wearing a black shirt, gray pants, black baseball cap and black shoes. Police said the man entered the store and asked the clerk for change for a dollar bill. The clerk opened the cash register, at which point the man showed a knife and demanded the money from the register, police said. The clerk gave him an undetermined amount of money from the register, police said. Police said the suspect fled onto Main Street in a small silver vehicle. Anyone with any information about the incident is asked to call Nanticoke City Police at 735-2200. HAZLETON

$7K grant helps seniors

Thanks to a $7,000 grant from The Blue Ribbon Foundation of Blue Cross of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Serento Gardens teamed with a nurse and a pharmacist to educate more than 300 residents at Med-Ed meetings at local senior centers and housing complexes during the past year. The free sessions covered topics such as throwing away expired medicines, the hazards of interactions among drugs, the dangers of sharing prescriptions, and how to notice signs of alcoholism among the elderly. The need for such education is especially great in the Hazleton area, where 2010 Census figures indicate that nearly half the population is age 45 or older and one in four residents is older than age 62. Across the country, poisoning by prescription medicines is currently the second-leading cause of unintentional deaths annually, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


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PUBLIC RECORD Marriage license applications filed in the Luzerne County Register of Wills Office from April 25 through 29, 2011: • George Wayne Smith Jr. and Sandra L. Coach • Jonathan Adam Duffy and Kierstin Kimberly White • John Leonard Stravinski and Nicole Brielle Higdon • Matthew Kenneth Macievic and Jillian Marie Gadomski • William Bryan Ljungquist and Diane Althea Krolikowski • Edward Loftus and Nanci Purcell • Joseph Furner and Tina Redmond • Stephen A. Spirko and Peterlyn P. Wojtuszewska • Michael Joseph Parini and Dayle Ann Martin • Jose Alejandro Mendez Campusano and Josefina A. Colon • Lawrence R. Maylath Jr. and Cynthia Schmidt • Daniel C. Riley and Anita Talarico • Robert Holiday and Tnessa Fisher • Joseph J. Pericci and Patricia

Connolly • Kevin Baranowski and Kristen Dietrick • Ronald G. Latta Jr. and Roberta Wolfe • Brian Joseph Kasarda and Jessica Ann Ervin • Michael Andrew Trovitch and Nichole Ashley Turnbach • John Repko and Flora Lopez • Ling Chen and Jinyun Hong • James Joseph Kurchock and Barbara Key Kurchock • John Reiser and Shannon Jean Reilly • Andrew Ryan Southworth and Bethany Lynn Kinney • Mario C. Stetts and Danielle Irene Basile • Brian R. Dacunha and Mary Grace Lloyd • Justin Eric Eddy and Beth Ann Bukofski • Joseph Girard Donahue Jr. and Stephanie Dillon • John Jacob Welgosh Jr. and Jennifer Elizabeth Thiemann • Richard F. Gatusky Jr., and Ruth Helen Thomas






Divorces sought and filed in the Luzerne County Prothonotary’s Office from April 25 through 29, 2011: • Patrick James Liberaski Jr., Dallas, and Mayelin GoebelLiberaski, Dallas • Patrice Lynn Madaya, Shavertown, and Edward Francis Madaya, Swoyersville • Melissa Molino, Hazleton, and Nicholas Molino, Plymouth • Carols Vasquez, Freeland, and Denise Vasquez, Freeland • Christine Rock, Wilkes-Barre, and Alan Waclawski, Wilkes-Barre • Ann Heffernan Koval, Dallas, and Philip T. Koval, Dallas • Randy McDonough, Kingston, and Margaret McDonough, Kingston • Eric Mellas, Mountain Top, and Sarah Mellas, Mountain Top • Majel Mauro, Shickshinny, and John C. Mauro, Shickshinny • Alison Marie Redmond, Sweet Valley, and Larry James Redmond, Sunbury • Orlando Joarbe, Scranton, and Diana Y. Lopez, Allentown • Jessica A Ozehoski, Ashley, and Randolph Ozehoski, Hanover Township



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President refuses to sign proposal to step down after months of protests. By AHMED AL-HAJ and HAMZA HENDAWI Associated Press


May Day celebration in full bloom

William Knodel of Syracuse wears a flower pot hat that he made for the 31st Annual May Day celebration at Thorden Park in Syracuse, N.Y.

SANAA, Yemen — A deal to end Yemen’s political crisis neared collapse on Sunday after the country’s embattled president refused to personally sign it, leaving a deadlock that threatens to plunge the impoverished Arab nation and key U.S. ally deeper into disorder and bloodshed. An unraveling of the deal for Ali Abdullah Saleh to step down after nearly three months of protests against his rule

would greatly increase the prospects of more bloodshed in a nation long beset by serious conflict and deep poverty and which is home to al-Qaida’s most active offshoot. At least 140 people have been killed in the government’s crackdown on the protesters, who have nonetheless grown in number week after week. The violence, which has included sniper attacks, has prompted several top military commanders, ruling party members, diplomats and others to defect to the opposition, largely isolating the president. Still, Saleh has clung to power, thanks in part to the key backing of Yemen’s best trained and equipped military units, which are under the command


end the chaos and bloodshed,” he predicted. Continued unrest in Yemen risks the stability of a region that is home to important shipping lanes at the southern mouth of the Red Sea. Yemen is also close to the massive oil and gas fields of the Gulf Arab region. The country has over the years been wracked by rampant corruption, a weak central government, a Shiite rebellion in the north, a secessionist movement in the south and, since AP PHOTO early February, the massive protests demanding Saleh’s Anti-government protestors shout slogans during a demonouster. stration in Sanaa,Yemen, Sunday. Inspired by uprisings in of one of his sons and other olence now,” said analyst Fares Egypt and Tunisia, the protests al-Saqqaf. “It the end, we may pose the most serious threat to close relatives. “There will likely be more vi- have foreign intervention to Saleh’s authoritarian rule.


Launch postponed again

pace shuttle Endeavour’s final launch is off until at least May 8 S because technicians need to replace a

switch box in the engine compartment, NASA said Sunday. The six astronauts — led by commander Mark Kelly — wasted no time heading back to Houston. Kelly’s wife, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, traveling separately from the crew, was back in Houston by mid-afternoon. She will resume rehab there; she was wounded in a shooting rampage four months ago. As late as Saturday, the astronauts and their families were still hoping for a possible launch attempt today. But NASA gave up on that once it became clear extensive repair work would be needed to fix a faulty heater system. The trouble initially prevented the shuttle from blasting off Friday.


President ends boycott

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad signaled Sunday that he had backed down in a power struggle with Iran’s supreme leader by ending his apparent boycott of Cabinet meetings and accusing the U.S. and Israel of exaggerating internal rifts. The president’s challenge to the ultimate authority of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei earned him public rebukes from Khamenei himself as well as lawmakers and hard-line clerics, who regard the supreme leader as answerable only to God. The split between the men, who had been close in the past, appeared to be centered on a battle for influence over next year’s parliamentary election and a presidential election in 2013. It flared up this month when Ahmadinejad dismissed the powerful intelligence minister, whom Khamenei then quickly reinstated in a slap to the president. In protest, the president skipped two Cabinet meetings last week. BERLIN

Workers make demands

Some 400,000 people took to the streets in Germany on Sunday as marchers around the world demanded more jobs, better working conditions and higher wages on International Workers’ Day. In Berlin, several rallies were scattered across the capital, with police saying 10,000 people had taken to the streets. Police were out in force as past demonstrations had turned violent. In New York, labor leaders from Wisconsin joined activists to march for the rights of America’s immigrants and workers. It was one of dozens of marches around the nation. INDIANA, PA.

Reality TV chopper crashes

Authorities in western Pennsylvania say a helicopter carrying a reality television crew crashed near Indiana University of Pennsylvania, seriously injuring two of the four people aboard, but no fatalities were reported. The helicopter went down shortly after 8:30 p.m. Saturday in between two apartment buildings. Officials say no one on the ground was injured. “We heard an airplane sound coming down real low,” IUP freshman Lauren Yates of Harrison City in Westmoreland County told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “It kept getting lower and lower and spun a few times. It landed on the roof and fell down and over on the cement.” Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Jim Peters said Sunday that one of the three passengers, who are all Canadian citizens, walked away but the other three people were injured. One was in critical condition while another was in serious condition.


Alberta Baptist Church Buildings and Grounds chairperson Dan Turner takes a moment to pray in the demolished sanctuary of the church in Tuscaloosa, Ala. on Sunday. About 100 church members gathered outside the church Sunday morning for a brief service before helping their neighbors.

Survivors find comfort in faith The storms that roared across the South last week flattened churches. By JOHN CHRISTOFFERSON and CHRISTOPHER HAWLEY Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Macolee Muhammed accepted the prayer of a relief worker who stopped by what was left of her Birmingham home. It didn’t matter that she was Muslim and he was a Southern Baptist. “If you came here to help, the only person who sent you was God,” she said. The storms that roared across the South last week flattened churches and

crushed the homes of pastors and parishioners in a ragged stretch from Mississippi to Virginia. At least 342 people were killed and thousands more hurt. So on the first Sunday after the disaster, believers streamed into houses of worship to give thanks for being spared, to mourn the dead and to ponder impossible questions. Why did some survive without any explanation? Why did others die for no apparent reason? Many people in this highly religious region saw God at work, even amid the devastation. "God just put his big old arms around us,” said Peggy Blevins, 59, of Rainsville, Ala. “I don’t understand why he takes some people and leaves others.

But I thank him just the same for protecting us.” When the storm drew near, she and her family hid in a hallway of their house. She believes they survived only because some trees fell on the house, pinning it down and preventing the tornado from hurling it through the air. “To some people it might sound cold, but God does have a plan," Blevins said. "I know I sound like one of those Southern Baptists, but I am.” In most small towns around here, churches serve as community centers, town halls and gymnasiums. Besides Sunday services, they host Boy Scout troop meetings, neighborhood voting,

bake sales, basketball games and Wednesday night prayer meetings. Some churches were wiped out. Some of those left standing have become headquarters for rebuilding. American Christian Academy, a private school in Tuscaloosa, hosted a service at a football stadium within walking distance of neighborhoods where several churches were wiped out. The school distributed food, clothes, Bibles and other supplies to residents who came to worship. "We’re hoping to feed them and give them some spiritual food," said Rob Cain, the school’s athletic director and campus pastor.

Air France black box recovered Syrian residents continue

protesting despite assault

Memory unit from 2009 flight that crashed and killed 228 may explain why.

President Bashar Assad is determined to crush the six-week-old revolt.

The Associated Press

PARIS — Investigators have located and recovered the missing memory unit of the flight data recorder of a 2009 Air France flight — a remarkable deep-sea discovery they hope will explain why the aircraft went down in a remote area of the midAtlantic, killing all 228 people on board. France’s air accident investigation agency BEA said a search by a submarine probing 12,800 feet below the ocean’s surface located and recovered the unit Sunday morning. The unit is now aboard the Ile de Sein, a ship that’s helping conduct the probe, the statement said. The statement also included photos of the recorder — a red cylinder partially buried in sand on the sea floor. Judging from the pho-

By DIAA HADID The Associated Press


This photo provided Sunday by France’s air accident probe agency shows the discovered flight data recorder.

tos, the unit appeared to be in good condition. Still, BEA officials have warned that the recordings may yet prove unusable, considering the pressure they were subjected to for nearly two years. “We can’t say in advance that we’re going to be able to read it until it’s been opened,” a BEA spokeswoman told The Associated

Press in a telephone interview. She did not give her name in accordance with her agency’s policy. Last month, the agency said the undersea search had identified the “chassis” that had held the recorder, but the memory unit was still missing. Detached from the chassis, the memory unit was found nearby, the spokeswoman said.

CAIRO — The Syrian military intensified its vigorous assault on the besieged city at the center of the country’s uprising Sunday as defiant residents who have been pinned down in their homes for nearly a week struggled to find food, pass along information and bury their dead. President Bashar Assad is determined to crush the six-weekold revolt, which began in the southern city of Daraa. Now, the protests are posing the most serious challenge to four decades of rule by the Assad family in one of the most repressive and tightly controlled countries in the Middle East. “The security solution isn’t working. People are still demonstrating,” Damascus-based human rights activist Razan Zaitouneh said. “They can’t stop these

(protests) now.” Daraa has been without water, fuel or electricity since Monday, when the regime sent in troops backed by tanks and snipers to crush protests seeking the ouster of Assad. The death toll has soared to 545 nationwide from government forces firing on demonstrators — action that has drawn international condemnation and U.S. financial penalties on top figures in his regime. Syrian army tanks shelled the old quarter of Daraa on Sunday and rolled in six armored vehicles, flanked on either side by two buses packed with more security forces, residents said. But residents remained defiant and resourceful, using battery-powered computers and satellite telephones to communicate with the outside world, and sneaking through alleyways to share information. Unable to leave their homes, Daraa residents chant “God is Great!” to each other from their windows in the evenings, infuriating security forces and raising each other’s spirits.


MONDAY, MAY 2, 2011

WARREN K. DAVENPORT, 24, of Shickshinny, died Saturday, April 30, 2011. Funeral arrangements are pending from the Clarke Piatt Funeral Home Inc., 6 Sunset Road, Hunlock Creek. CECILIA T. NIZNIK, 82, of Plain Township, died Saturday, April 30, 2011. She was a daughter of Adam and Anna Mushinsky Kunec. She was preceded in death by husband, Francis; brother, Peter Kunec; and sister, Ann Limongelli. Surviving are son, Michael, Mechanicsburg, Pa.; daughter, Donna Trickle, Ocean City, N.J.; and grandchildren, Michael Jr., Jenna, and Sean. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday from the Yeosock Funeral Home, 40 S. Main Street, Plains Township, with Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St Stanislaus Church. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Dallas. Friends may call from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Foundation Fighting Blindness, 800-6835555, or to the Sisters of Christian Charity, 250 S. Washington St. Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701. DAVID SPAK, 54, of Ashley, died Friday, April 29, 2011, at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, Plains Township. Surviving are brothers, Thomas Spak, and wife, Cathy; James; sisters, Eileen Szychowski, and husband, Clem, and Maryann Spak; nieces and nephews, Matt, Brian, and Joelle Szychowski, Kaitlyn, Brittany, and Jillian Spak; uncle, Joe Blat; as well as numerous cousins. Funeral Services will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday from the George A. Strish Inc., Funeral Home, 105 N. Main St., Ashley, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 9:30 a.m. from St. Leo’s/Holy Rosary Church, Manhattan Street, Ashley. Interment will be in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hanover Township. Friends may call from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory at the funeral home to the Sierra Club, or the Peace and Justice Center, Wilkes-Barre.

Shirley Connors April 30, 2011 J. Connors, 84, of Holden S hirley Street, West Wyoming, died

Saturday, April 30, 2011, in the Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas. Born in Wyoming, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Anna Jones Fritz. Shirley was a graduate of the Wyoming Memorial High School, class of 1945. Mrs. Connors was employed in the garment industry for many years. Prior to her retirement, she was employed at Carter Footwear, Wilkes-Barre, for 15 years. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Wyoming, where she served as a deaconess and member of the choir. Shirley was preceded in death by her husband, Gerald; son, Gerald A Connors, and brother, Fred A. Fritz. Surviving are sons, Robert, West Wyoming, Richard, and his wife, Lois, Kingston Township; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; sisters, Jane Carey, Sun City Center, Fla., Nancy Monroe, Barling, Ark., Edith Kraynak, Franklin Township, Pa., and Carol Miller, Wyoming; brother; Harold Fritz, Boca Raton, Fla.; as well as several nieces and nephews. Private funeral services will be held from the Metcalfe and Shaver Funeral Home Inc., 504 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming. Interment will be in the Memorial Shrine Cemetery, Carverton. There will be no calling hours. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

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Susan Haddick

Barbara Schuster

April 30, 2011

April 30, 2011


usan L. Haddick, 46, of Enola, Pa., entered into eternal life Saturday, April 30, 2011, at home. She was born on September 23, 1964, in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Bridgeport, Conn., and was a daughter of Virginia and Stanley Motyka, Larksville. Sue was a 1982 graduate of Wyoming Valley West High School, attended the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated from Bloomsburg University, class of 1987, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education, and later achieving a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Shippensburg University. Sue was a special education teacher at Good Hope Middle School, Mechanicsburg, Pa., and previously at West Perry Middle School, Perry County, Pa. She was an active member of Camp Hill United Methodist Church, being involved in their nursery program. She was also involved in the Epilepsy Foundation of Central Pennsylvania, and, with her family, participated in raising money in the annual walk. Sue was a loving mom, making herself available to her children in all situations. She was a devoted wife, daughter, aunt, sister, niece, and friend to all. She had a dynamic, beautiful smile, and a great personality. She will be greatly missed by family, friends, and all who knew her. Sue is survived by her husband, Charles E. “C.J.” Haddick Jr.; a son, Charles E. III, Enola; a daughter, Brynn Elizabeth, Enola; parents,


Virginia (Davis), and Stanley Motyka, Larksville; a sister, and her husband, Tracy L., and Dr. David Martini, Lincoln University, Pa.; a brother, and his wife, Stanley W., and Susan Motyka, Kingston; as well as nephews; aunts; uncles; and cousins. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at her church, 417 South 22nd Street, Camp Hill. Burial will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in St. John’s Cemetery, Dallas. Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Parthemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, 1303 Bridge Street, New Cumberland. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are requested to 8301 Professional Place, Landover MD 20785 ( For more information or to send messages of condolence, please visit

arbara Schuster, 62, of Moosic, died Saturday evening, April 30, 2011, at home after a lengthy illness. She was born in Scranton, a daughter of the late Robert J. and Mary Hastings Bolchune. Barbara was a member of the Trinity United Church of Christ, and a graduate of West Scranton High School, class of 1967. She was active with the Marion Terrace Boys and Girls Club, Wilkes-Barre, the Moosic Heights Crime Watch, and the Downtown Scranton Crime Watch. Prior to her illness she was employed for 25 years, by Schott North America Inc., Duryea, as an executive secretary. Barbara was loved by those who knew her and she will be missed. The family would like to thank the Heartland Hospice for their kind and compassionate care and Schott North America Inc., for their support and kindness. Barbara is survived by a sister, Esther Phillips, Moosic; two brothers, William B. Bolchune, Scranton, and Robert J. Bolchune, Throop; as well as aunts; uncles; nieces; nephews; and cousins. The funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday from the Miller

Bean Funeral Home Inc., 436 Cedar Avenue, Scranton, with services at 11 a.m. in the Trinity United Church of Christ, at the corner of Prospect Avenue and Beech Street, Scranton, by the Rev. Harrison Putnam, pastor. Interment will follow in The First Primitive Methodist Church Cemetery, Dickson City. Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Go to for additional funeral information, directions, or to submit an online condolence card.

Angeline Strenfel April 30, 2011

Ronald Hollis LaSalle April 29, 2011 onald Hollis LaSalle, 47, of Morganton, N.C., passed away FriR day, April 29, 2011, in Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, after a courageous two-year battle with cancer. He was born in Canton, N.Y., on May 19, 1963, a son of the late Carl Floyd and Arlene Tibbles LaSalle. Ron was president and chief executive officer of Burke Hospice and Palliative Care, Valdese, N.C. Ron served in the U.S. Army, where he was a member of the 1984 Culinary Olympic Team. After a seven-year career in food service management, Ron changed career paths and became a Registered Nurse. After working on a medical surgical floor at a hospital for two years, he worked as a Registered Nurse Case Manager for Hospice of Jefferson County, Watertown, NY. In June 2000, Ron was named executive director of Hope Hospice and Palliative Care, Medford, Wis. While in this role, he served on the Board of Directors of Hospice Organization and Palliative Experts of Wisconsin, and was a member of the Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs. He was a Paul Harris Fellow. Ron relocated to Burke County, N.C., in 2002 with his son, Ronny, where he was active in the community through his involvement in Morganton Kiwanis and Valdese Rotary Club. He was a volunteer for the Burke County United Way and the Good Samaritan Clinic. Ron served on the safe school task force at the Burke Public Schools, and was past chair of the Burke County Chamber of Commerce, and past president of the Ki-

wanis Club. He was a member of the Burke County NAACP, and the Waldensian Presbyterian Church. In 2004, Ron founded the National Hospice Consulting Group, LLC which he served as the president and CEO. He is survived by his former wife, Maureen LaSalle; son, Ronny; daughters, Nichole, Melissa, and Kristen; brothers, Randy, Carlton, Alan, and Christopher LaSalle; sisters, Carlene McCargar, Sherry Blade, and Sandy Lantainge; and five grandchildren, Braden, Ella, Lilly, Aidan, and Andrew. Funeral Services will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Howell-Lussi Funeral Home, 509 Wyoming Avenue, West Pittston, the Rev. James Breese, pastor of the First Baptist Church, Pittston, will officiate. Friends may call at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the time of service Wednesday. Interment will be held at the convenience of the family.

G. Strenfel, 89, of Lake A ngeline Silkworth, passed into eternal

life on Saturday, April 30, 2011, at her home. Born on November 5, 1921, in Luzerne, she was a daughter of the late John and Agnes Vrankar Mali Klansek. Angeline had resided at Lake Silkworth her entire life, and was a member of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church. Her husband, Edward J. Strenfel, died in 1976. She was also preceded in death by a daughter, Dorothy M. Woychio; sisters, Frances Kazokas, Mary (Rose) Wildoner, Agnes Pugh, Mary Poluski, Stella Kusar, Pauline Plesnecher, and Anna Erzar; brothers, Albert, John, Joseph, and Victor Klansek, and Vincent Vrankar. Angeline is survived by daughters, Angie Strenfel, with whom she resided, Shirley Watkins, and her husband, James, Chino Hills, Calif., Janet Rossi, and her husband, Moderno, Hunlock Creek; sons, Edward Strenfel, Hanover Township, and David Strenfel, Sweet Valley; grandsons, Michael Woychio, Eric Strenfel, Jimmy Watkins, Timothy Strenfel, David Strenfel, and Jason Rossi; two great-grandsons; daughters-inlaw, Donna Strenfel, Kingston, and Cathy Strenfel Metric, Hanover Township; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Amin Elias Khoudary

Seraphine Klepadlo Yurek

April 26, 2011

May 1, 2011

min Elias Khoudary, of Aleppo, Syria, passed away Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on October 15, 1926, in Aleppo, Syria, a son of the late Elias and Afifa Khabbaza Khoudary. Prior to retiring, he was a nurse at a private clinic for many years. He served honorably in World War II. He was a member of the St. George Melkite Catholic Church in Aleppo, Syria. He was a fun-loving man and took great pride in his family. He was always there to help people in their time of need. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Aboud Khoudary, Joseph Khoudary, and Raymond Khoudary. Surviving are his wife, Camilia Haffar Khoudary; daughter Vivian Khabbaza and her husband, Elias, Ph. D., of East North Port, N.Y.; sons, Elias and his wife, Gracia, of Aleppo, Syria, Kamal, Ph.D. and his wife, Laureice, of Aleppo, Syria, Raymond, M.D. and his wife, Malak, of Dallas, and Joseph and his wife, Daad, of Smithtown, N.Y.; brothers, Edmond and Maureice; and a sister, Nadia Denbackley, all of Villa De Cura, Venezuela; grandchildren, Joseph, M.D., Deena, M.D., Michael, Amin Elias, Natalie, Amin Kamal, Tony, Maria, Anthony Amin, Peter, Theresa, Stephanie and Christopher; as well as numerous nieces and nephews. A memorial Mass will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony and St. George Maronite Church, 315 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. A coffee hour will be held after the memorial service at the church hall. Memorial donations may be made to St. Anthony and St. George Maronite Church, 315 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702, with the proceeds going to Amin’s church, St. George Melkite Catholic Church in Aleppo, Syria.

Seraphine Klepadlo Yurek, 82, of Wyoming, died Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Hospice Care of the VNA, Heritage House, WilkesBarre. Born in Wilkes-Barre, on May 17, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Michaelena Sklarowski Klepadlo. Seraphine was a member of St. Monica’s Parish, Wyoming, and was a member of the Confraternity of Christian Mothers, and also was a member of the Altar and Rosary Society. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Leo, Stanley, Joseph, and Stephen. Seraphine is survived by her husband of 57 years, Carl Yurek; daughters, Carol Yurek, at home, and Elaine McCabe, and her husband, Bill, Wyoming; grandchildren, Kelly, and Christopher McCabe; sisters, Helen Swenski, Wapwallopen, and Mary Florio, Plains Township; as well as several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Church in the Parish of St. Monica, Wyoming. Internment will be in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, West Wyoming. Friends may call at 8:30 a.m. until the time of service Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in honor of St. Joseph’s Church to St. Monica’s Parish, 363 W. Eighth St., West Wyoming, PA 18644.


Velma Weed May 1, 2011 elma R. Weed, 96, of Dallas, and West Pittston died Sunday, May V 1, 2011, at The Meadows Nursing

and Rehabilitation Center, Dallas. Mrs. Weed was born in West Pittston, a daughter of the late Walton S. and Helen Morrison Weed, and was a graduate of the class of 1932, West Pittston High School. She began her working career with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Assistance and prior to her retirement, she had been executive secretary for several chief administrators at Valley Crest. Velma had been very active as a 50-year member of Dallas Chapter #396, Order of the Eastern Star, where she had served as an officer and organist for many years. She was also a member of the Irem Women’s Auxiliary, and of the Shavertown United Methodist Church, and its Mary Circle. Velma had a great love for music, and was a very accomplished pianist and organist from an early age. In addition to her work with the Eastern Star, she had been organist for many years at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, and First Presbyterian Church, West Pittston. As a youngster, she played for the silent movies at the former Garden Village Theatre, West Pittston. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt whose life revolved around her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Ellis K. Weed; her beloved granddaughter, Amanda Josephine Weed; a brother, Roland J. Moffatt; and sister, Grace Huntley. Surviving are her son, Charles A. Weed, and his wife, Karen, West Pittston; daughter, Sharon Jones, and her husband, John H., Dallas; granddaughters, Megan E. Nice,

and her husband, George, Sweet Valley; Rebecca Evansky, and her husband, John, Hudson Falls, N.Y.; great-grandson, Hunter Thomas Nice; and nephew, Robert H. Hahn Jr., Tunkhannock, Pa. The family would especially like to thank all the staff at Meadows Manor Assisted Living, and also the third floor staff of The Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for the wonderful care given to our Mother. Funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 211 Luzerne Avenue, West Pittston, with the Rev. Lynn Snyder, pastor, Shavertown United Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will be in West Pittston Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Dallas Chapter #396, Order of the Eastern Star, will conduct services Tuesday. The family requests that flowers be omitted, and that donations in Velma’s name be made to Shriner’s Hospital, c/o Irem Shrine Center, P.O. Box 307, Dallas, Pa. 18612, or to Pediatric Cancer Center, Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa. 17821.

Funeral will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday from the Curtis L. Swanson Funeral Home Inc., corner of routes 29 and 118, Pikes Creek, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. from the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Lake Silkworth, with the Rev. Joseph Pisaneschi officiating. Interment will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton. Friends may call from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, prior to the service at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the staff of Care Givers of America, and Hospice Community Care for making Angeline’s last days at home as comfortable as possible. The family requests that memorial contributions be sent to Hospice Community Care, 601 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, PA 18704.

FUNERALS BALDRICA – Albert, funeral 9 a.m. today from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church, Plains Township. BELTRAMI – Joseph Jr., funeral 9:30 a.m. today from the Fierro Funeral Home, 26 W. Second St., Hazleton. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in Most Precious Blood Church, Hazleton. BOBACK – Shirl, memorial blessing service 8 p.m. today at the Simon S. Russin Funeral Home, 136 Maffett St., Plains Township. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. today. BUDZINSKI – Peter, funeral 10 a.m. Tuesday from the Corcoran Funeral Home Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains Township. Friends may call from 7 to 9 p.m. today. CARWARDINE – Linda, funeral 11 a.m. Tuesday in the CarlucciGolden-DeSantis Funeral Home Inc., 318 E. Drinker St., Dunmore. Visitation from 4 to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home. CHESNEY – Gilbert, military funeral 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from the George A. Strish Inc., Funeral Home, 211 W. Main St., Glen Lyon. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in Holy Spirit/St. Adalbert’s Church, Glen Lyon. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. today and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesday. DEVERS – Mary, funeral 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Peter J. Adonizio Funeral Home, 802 Susquehanna Ave., West Pittston. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. in Corpus Christi Parish, Immaculate Conception Church, West Pittston. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. FEARICK – Marian, Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. today in St. John the Evangelist Church, Pittston. Those attending the funeral Mass are asked to go directly to the church. HORNLEIN – Thomas Sr., blessing service 11 a.m. today at the Andrew Strish Funeral Home, 11 Wilson St., Larksville. JONES – Mary, memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday in the Reyburn Bible Church, Shickshinny. Graveside Military Services will be held by the Shickshinny American Legion Post. KHOUDARY – Amin, a memorial service 7 p.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony and St. George Maronite Church, 315 Park Ave., Wilkes-Barre. A coffee hour will be held after the memorial service at the church hall. KOREY – George, prayer service 2 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Mercy Center Chapel, Misericordia University Campus, Dallas. All are welcome to attend. MAZUR – Florence, Panikhida Memorial Service 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Zerby Avenue, Edwardsville. MAZUR – Peter, memorial service for both Peter and Florence, 6 p.m. Tuesday at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church, Edwardsville. MCDERMOTT – Kevin, funeral 9:30 a.m. today from the Desiderio Funeral Home Inc., 679 Carey Ave., Hanover Township. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, St. Aloysius Church, Wilkes-Barre. NALLON – Alice, funeral 9:15 a.m. today from the MaherCollins Funeral Home, 360 N. Maple Ave., Kingston. Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. in St. Therese Church, Kingston. PALTANAVICH – John, celebration of life 8:30 a.m. Tuesday from McLaughlin’s, 142 S. Washington St., Wilkes-Barre. Funeral Mass 9:30 a.m. in the Church of Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, WilkesBarre. Visitation from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home. ROBINSON – James, funeral 1 a.m. Wednesday from the H. Merritt Hughes Funeral Home Inc., 211 Luzerne Ave., West Pittston. Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. SARTORIO- Antoinette, funeral 9 a.m. today from the Graziano Funeral Home Inc., Pittston Township. Mass of Christian Burial 9:30 a.m. at St. Rocco’s R.C. Church, Pittston. SIMKO – Phyllis, funeral 7:30 p.m. today from the Bednarski Funeral Home, 168 Wyoming Ave., Wyoming. Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. today. TAGLIATERRA – Santo, funeral 9:30 a.m. today 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, Old Forge. TUCK – Henry Jr., funeral 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Shavertown United Methodist Church, 163 N. Pioneer Ave., Shavertown.

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SHICKSHINNY – Charges of simple assault and terroristic threats were withdrawn against Eric Thomas Creveling, 22, of Berwick, during a preliminary hearing before District Judge John Hasay on Thursday. Salem Township police had charged Creveling after his pregnant girlfriend, D’Aileene Hack, reported he punched her several times causing injuries on April 15, according to the criminal complaint.

WILKES-BARRE -- Mike Smith, Magisterial District Judge for Wilkes-Barre, will be holding several meet and greets during the next few weeks. Some are a part of the “Candidate Cares Program,” wherein Smith will be sponsoring a “Clean for Green Park Cleanup Event,” at Huber Park on Saturday and Miner Park on Saturday, May 14. All cleanup events will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Any child under 12 accompanied by any adult will receive $1 per bag of garbage collected. There will be beverages and donuts. On Saturday at Huber Park, Smith will be giving out carnation corsages to the first 50 mothers for Mother’s Day. DURYEA – There will be a Meet and Greet with Candidate for Luzerne County Judge Mike Vough from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Germania Hose Co., Duryea. There will be free food and refreshments.

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HE BEST GIFT for the bride and groom who have it all, it seems, is still money. Prince William and Kate Middleton asked guests and wellwishers to donate to charity, in lieu of lavish gifts. What a great idea, considering even palaces have only so much room for so many gold vases, silver platters, Steuben glass bowls or local artwork. (Remember the watercolor of loons given to Prince Charles and Lady Diana on their wedding by the government of Canada?) The Alberta government ponied up to the tune of a $25,000 donation to seven youth shelter programs in the province. This thoughtful gift reflects an issue close to the prince’s heart – helping disadvantaged

youths. William has advocated for homeless teens in the United Kingdom, and once spent a night sleeping outdoors on cardboard to raise awareness. We like the modern twist to traditional royal gift giving and hope it becomes a trend among protocol offices around the world. It sure beats some of the odd presents received for royal marriages over the years, including 131 pairs of nylon stockings sent to Queen Elizabeth for her postwar marriage to Prince Philip in 1947, or the lace tray cover sent by Mahatma Gandhi, which he wove himself, but was allegedly mistaken at the palace for a loincloth. Calgary Herald Alberta, Canada

MAIL BAG QUOTE OF THE DAY “We hope Washington realizes they may have made a mistake here.” Tom Leighton Wilkes-Barre’s mayor announced late last week the city’s annual Community Development Block Grant allocation had been cut by 16.2 percent, or $342,610.

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OR A TIME, it seemed that the momentum of the Arab Spring would be carried across the Arab world after the fall of the regimes in Tunisia and Egypt. That momentum is proving hard to sustain in countries where the ruling regimes fight hard and dirty to maintain their control. The bloody suppression of riots in Syria, the curbs on demonstrations in Yemen and the war that Moammar Gadhafi is waging in Libya show that democracy campaigners face a struggle to extend reform. Opinion in those countries is divided; Internet-savvy reformers with phone cameras are pitted against military force. Britain is obviously militarily committed to the anti-Gadhafi campaign in Libya and

that leaves little scope for military involvement elsewhere. Of course, it is possible to accuse the British government of double standards in respect of its treatment of the conflicts in Libya, Yemen and Syria. The only answer is that Britain’s resources and reach are limited; we can be militarily involved in only one area at a time, and Libya is the country where our involvement can do the most good. In our approach to the uprisings in the Arab world, Britain’s aims are twofold: promoting democracy and ensuring that the groups that seek to change or overthrow existing regimes will adopt policies favoring pluralism and stability. In each country our strategies will be different but our aspirations are coherent and worthy. London Evening Standard

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S IN PREVIOUS years, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad used his country’s celebration of Army Day to bash Israel and the United States. April 18, the date of the establishment of Iran’s armed forces – which have effectively been sidelined by the Islamic Republic’s Revolutionary Guard – is commonly commemorated with jingoistic processions of missiles, tanks and legions of uniformed soldiers; and it has become customary for Ahmadinejad to utter threats against the Jew-

ish state and epithets against the bulwark of freedom and democracy, America. While Ahmadinejad will doubtless do all in his power to bring his bleak predictions to fruition, it is incumbent on those who support genuine freedoms to do what they can to ensure the Arab Spring leads to the increasing realization of Western ideals such as liberty and equality, as well as a decrease in antagonism toward America and Israel, representatives of these ideals. The Jerusalem Post, Israel

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et’s see now, another million dollars to demolish the grand ol’ Hotel Sterling? Why not dismantle the hotel instead, bringing it down in successive steps and auctioning off the contents/structural parts? At auction, these items can bring very high prices because of historical/sentimental value, not to mention their intrinsic, utilitarian value. They can be hauled off virtually for free by the highest bidder. And yet the building is still with us: there in Joe’s retaining wall, there in Jane’s patio and there in that marble in mom’s kitchen. Give the sorting and dismantling to local crews/contractors, since we already have $6 million invested, and appoint a project manager to oversee. Possibly a profit can be realized, and isn’t it nice that these things are used in the future as opposed to just crushed into the ground as if the hotel didn’t exist? Don’t you think Luzerne County can use some redemptive/constructive thinking after the rash of scandals? Michael Mundy Plymouth

WA taxpayer questions Campenni’s recent action


s a taxpayer and voter, I have adopted the policy of wait and see when it comes to Wyoming Area School Board politics. I wait and eventually see the polluted politics that exist. I don’t think all politicians are grandstanders and I don’t believe that citizens run for the school board with the intent of deception. But just like spring follows winter, it just seems to happen. Four years ago, Estelle Campenni ran on a platform of her credentials and as a breath of fresh air for the taxpayers. Campenni promised to end politics as usual in the school board’s hiring procedures; however, when the opportunity presented itself, she chose to hire not one, but two of her cousins. Right out of college and into the classroom as full-time teachers. That’s not fresh air. That’s pollution called “nepotism.” And please don’t forget that Campenni voted to fire long-time maintenance employee William Simmons. Now the taxpayers face another potential wrongful termination lawsuit, thanks in part to Campenni’s vote. When will it end? And why has she been absent from the last few meetings? If she is so concerned about the needs of the taxpayers and the fiscal health of Wyoming Area, her absence does not demonstrate it and seems a political convenience. Her utopian platform sounded great at the time. Campenni wanted to clear the air; however, four years later she apparently has joined the club and brought nothing

but more polluted politics. Vincent Holland West Wyoming

Reader blasts county’s reliance on consultants


have read a few letters to the editor by Wil Toole and cannot agree with him more on two recent issues. Moon Lake Park: Why pay for consultants when ideas can be obtained from the people of Luzerne County who use the facility? Get input, use the county’s engineering staff and see what can be done. Use people required to perform community service to aid in minor repairs and upkeep. County time clocks: One of the most outrageous expenses yet. We soon will have a new government. Let the new managers determine if there are abuses, as Commissioner Stephen Urban claims. Why wasn’t it stopped years ago? We never did hear what department or which people abused their time. It is an insult to the hardworking employees. It would be interesting to see how much has been spent over the past few years on consulting groups. I think the county residents would be outraged. Ron Kukowski Wilkes-Barre

Ex-Plymouth resident says Madrack right man


am writing to ask you to elect Clifton Madrack to Plymouth council. I am not a resident of your town, nor am I a member of his campaign staff. I have known Clif all my life, and as anyone who knows him will tell you, he has strong opinions and is not shy about expressing them. To some, he can seem arrogant and dismissive. In an earlier time, I would have to agree with that assessment. Through years of experience, he has learned the benefit of listening to the ideas of others before making a decision. Clif will most likely continue to speak his mind. I view this as love of his town and its people. He understands that the success of Plymouth depends on cooperation and input from its residents. As a Vietnam veteran, a former businessman and town administrator, he possesses leadership qualities and a unique understanding of government operations. As director of the county’s Moon Lake


Park, he took a rundown facility and made it into a first-class park enjoyed by all who visited. He will bring this same “can-do attitude” and administrative knowledge to the town council. If you want a politician who will tell you what you want to hear, then vote the present council back into office. If you want someone who will work with you and get things done, then vote for Clifton Madrack. Richard M. Post Class of 1963, Plymouth High School Pylesville, Md.

Medicare review board called threat to system


ennsylvanians know it’s important to keep the Medicare program safe and sound; our state ranks third in the percentage of residents older than 60. That’s why we should be particularly alarmed by federal plans to create an unelected, unaccountable board of bureaucrats to cut Medicare spending. The “Independent Payment Advisory Board,” or IPAB, is being touted as a solution to Medicare’s financial woes. But those of us who work with Pennsylvania’s seniors aren’t fooled. The board is set to slash the already bargain-basement reimbursements Medicare pays its health care providers – a move guaranteed to cause even more doctors and other caregivers to quit treating Medicare patients. This advisory board jeopardizes the entire Medicare system. The time to undo it is now. IPAB’s 15 members will be appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate. Beginning in 2014, if Medicare costs increase faster than inflation, the board can propose cost-cutting measures. These proposals automatically will become law unless Congress overrules them by instituting its own cuts of equal value. Medicare patients and their caregivers have no way to appeal these moves; even the courts have no authority to overrule whatever cuts the board concocts. IPAB can decide to restrict coverage for certain important treatments, including those administered through home care. These services are important because our seniors are choosing to age at home and there already are too many obstacles to accessing home-care services. We do not need another one. Many politicians have embraced IPAB because it gives them a political shield against having to take tough votes to cut Medicare costs. But this board goes too far; it provides immense policymaking power to a completely unaccountable set of distant bureaucrats. It’s important for all Pennsylvanians to urge our congressional representatives to pull the plug on IPAB before it’s too late. Our seniors, your loved ones, are depending on it. Vicki Hoak Executive director Pennsylvania Homecare Association Lemoyne


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Based on statements given by U.S. detainees, intelligence officials have known for years that bin Laden trusted one al-Qaida courier in particular and they believed he might be living with him in hiding. In November, intelligence officials found out where he was living, a huge fortified compound in an affluent suburb of Islamabad. It was surrounded by walls as high as 18 feet high, topped with barbed wire. There were two security gates and no phone or Internet running into the house. Intelligence officials believed the $1 million home was custombuilt to harbor a major terrorist. CIA experts analyzed whether it could be anyone else, but time and again, they decided it was almost certainly bin Laden. Three adult males were also killed in Sunday’s raid, including one of bin Laden’s sons, whom officials did not name. One of bin Laden’s sons, Hamza, is a senior member of al-Qaida. Bin Laden has been the target of history’s most intense international manhunt, an operation that’s focused on the remote tribal areas of Pakistan and neighboring Afghanistan. While bin Laden’s death will represent a major blow to the international terrorist network that he led, U.S. officials have long said that it will not end the threat of Islamic extremist because al Qaida has metastasized into lethal branches based in Yemen and North Africa, and has inspired militants around the world. Bin Laden’s death represents a major boost for Obama coming as he struggles with mixed public sentiment about the U.S. approach to civilian uprisings in Libya through the Mideast and North Africa. But bin Laden’s death is unlikely to alter the course of the insurgency in neighboring Afghanis-


A crowd outside the White House in Washington, cheers Sundayupon hearing the news that terrorist leader Osama bin Laden is dead.

tan, where al Qaida has been playing a secondary role to the Taliban and allied militant groups. Meanwhile, the State Department is putting U.S. embassies on alert and is warning Americans abroad of possible reprisal attacks from al-Qaida and its affiliates around the world after the killing of bin Laden. In a worldwide travel alert released shortly after the president late Sunday announced bin Laden’s death in a military operation, the department said there was an "enhanced potential for anti-American violence given recent counterterrorism activity in Pakistan." It said Americans living or traveling abroad, particularly in areas that have been hit by anti-American violence in the past should limit travel outside their homes and avoid large gatherings.

The alert said U.S. embassy operations would continue "to the extent possible under the constraints of any evolving security situation." Also, the New York Police Department will be ramping up security measures across the city as a precaution given the news bin Laden has been killed, according to Paul Browne, an NYPD spokesman. Former President George W. Bush, who was in office on the day of the attacks, issued a written statement hailing bin Laden’s death as a momentous achievement. “The fight against terror goes on, but tonight America has sent an unmistakable message: No matter how long it takes, justice will be done,” he said. In a statement Sunday night, Bush said Obama called to inform him that U.S. forces had killed bin

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sm in his native Poland with support for the Solidarity labor movement, accelerating the fall of the Iron Curtain. “He rightly reclaimed for Christianity that impulse of hope which had in some sense faltered before Marxism and the ideology of progress,” Benedict said. “He restored to Christianity its true face as a religion of hope.” John Paul’s beatification, the fastest in modern times, has however triggered a new wave of anger from sex-abuse victims because much of the criminality occurred during his 27-year watch. Critics also say John Paul’s legacy is clouded by evidence of a dwindling faith: empty churches in Europe, too few priests in North and South America, priests who violate their celibacy requirement in places like Africa and a general decline of Catholicism in former Christian strongholds. John Paul’s defenders argue that an entire generation of new priests owe their vocations to John Paul, and that millions of lay Catholics found their faith during the World Youth Days, which were a hallmark of his papacy. Vatican officials have insisted that the saint-making process isn’t a judgment of how John Paul administered the church but rather whether he lived a life of Christian virtue. Benedict put John Paul on the fast-track for possible sainthood when he dispensed with the traditional five-year waiting period and allowed the beatification process to begin weeks after his April 2, 2005, death. Benedict was responding to chants of “Santo Subito!” or “Sainthood Immediately” which erupted during John Paul’s funeral. With a sea of red and white Polish flags fluttering in the square, the beatification Sunday evoked the days after the pope’s death in 2005, when some 3 million faithful held vigil under his studio window and filed past his remains for days on end. Pilgrims from Mexico to Mali repeated the procession after the Mass Sunday, for hours filing past the simple wooden coffin that had been raised from the grottoes underneath St. Peter’s Basilica to the church’s center aisle, where it was surrounded by four Swiss


Faithful take pictures of the casket containing the remains of the late Pope John Paul II laid out in state inside St. Peter’s Basilica.

Guards standing at attention. Beatification is the last major milestone before a candidate is declared a saint. John Paul needs another miracle attributed to his intercession before he can be canonized. Already, Vatican officials have said reports of inexplicable cures were pouring in, suggesting it is only a matter of time before John Paul is declared a saint, or even a doctor of the church — an even greater honor. Police placed wide swaths of Rome miles from the Vatican off limits to private cars to ensure security for the estimated 16 heads of state, eight prime ministers and five members of European royal houses attending. Helicopters flew overhead, police boats patrolled the nearby Tiber River and some 5,000 uniformed troops manned police barricades to ensure priests, official delegations and those with covet-


ed VIP passes could get to their places amid the throngs of pilgrims. Many in Rome and in capitals around the world erupted in cheers, tears and applause as Benedict pronounced John Paul “Blessed” and an enormous color photo of a young, smiling John Paul was unveiled over the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica. “John Paul is an angel, he has such charisma,” said Esperanza Concilion, a 69-year-old hairdresser who traveled from Guadalajara, Mexico for the beatification. Catholics jammed churches from Mexico to Australia to pray and watch broadcasts of the Rome Mass on television. “He was a model and an inspiration who united the world with his extraordinary charisma,” said John Paul Bustillo, a 16-year-old medical student named after the pontiff.


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Laden. Bush said he congratulated Obama and also congratulated the men and women of the military and intelligence communities who devoted their lives to the mission. Bush said, "This momentous achievement marks a victory for America, for people who seek peace around the world, and for all those who lost loved ones on September 11, 2001." Former President Bill Clinton said the death of bin Laden is “a profoundly important moment.’’ The news of bin Laden’s death comes just months before the 10th anniversary of the Sept.11attacks on the World Trade Centers and Pentagon, orchestrated by bin Laden’s al-Qaida organization, that killed more than 3,000 people. The attacks set off a chain of

events that led the United States into wars in Afghanistan, and then Iraq, and America’s entire intelligence apparatus was overhauled to counter the threat of more terror attacks at home. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Americans have kept their promise after Sept. 11 to capture or kill bin Laden. Bloomberg says the killing of the terrorist leader doesn’t lessen the suffering Americans experienced at his hands the day the World Trade Center was destroyed but is a "critically important victory" for the nation. He says it’s a tribute to the men and women in the armed forces who’ve fought so hard. Bloomberg says in a statement he hopes news of bin Laden’s demise will "bring some closure and comfort to all those who lost loved ones" that day.

who turned out Sunday along with more than 3,000 others for a six-mile (10-kilometer) race followed by a Mass near Manila Bay in the Philippines. In Brazil, which has more Roman Catholics than any other nation, the beatification resonated among the faithful and sparked hope that it might renew faith in the church in the South American nation which is facing stiff competition for souls from evangelical Protestant movements. “The beatification is going to renovate the faith of those who may have lost their way and left the church,” said Adimir Godoy, as he left a Sunday mass at the Santa Cecilia church in central Sao Paulo. “We were all blessed by the life of Pope John Paul and he deserves to be a saint.” In John Paul’s native Poland, tens of thousands of people gathered in rain in a major sanctuary in Krakow and in Wadowice, where the pontiff was born in 1920 as Karol Wojtyla. Prime Minister Donald Tusk and his wife Malgorzata watched the ceremony together with Wadowice residents. After the nearly three-hour Mass, Benedict prayed before John Paul’s coffin, which had a copy of the Lorsch Gospels on it, a medieval book of the Gospels that is one of the most precious in the Vatican’s collection. The basilica was expected to stay open for as long as it took to accommodate the throngs of faithful who paid their respects.

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to the editor in her hometown newspaper. Always on the lookout for opportunities for community involvement, she brought the idea to Pastor Paul Metzloff and the congregation. “We were really happy to help,” he said. Andhelptheydid.Theirwell-executed plan involved 14 children from the church’s youth group programs, ranging in age from 3 to 16 years old, and parishioners. A table with a wooden cross was placed in the church’s lobby. Several little pieces of paper pinned on the cross asked for specific items. Written on the little pieces of paperweresimplerequestsforspecific items, such as “5-10 year old boy, tooth brush and tooth paste, Preteen comb and brush.”

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M A R I N O S TAT E M E N T Statement by U. S. Rep. Tom Marino, R-Lycoming Township. “This development is welcome news to our nation and the world and is a tribute to the strength and perseverance of our military and our intelligence community. “Hopefully, this will provide some sense of justice to the families of the thousands of people who died at the hands of this terrorist and will help heal the wounds inflicted on 9/11. “Let the word go forth that the elimination of this cold-blooded murderer sends a distinct message to the terrorists around the world that the United States of America will track down and eliminate those cowards who think they can create an atmosphere of horror and get away with it. “We are Americans. We are united. We are determined.”

JessicaJones,20,ofWilkes-Barre, saidherheartbrokewhensheheard the experience many children have when entering foster care. “If I had 10 minutes to pack, I would not get very far,” she said. While shopping, she said she tried to imagine what needs the children might have. It was not hard to pick up several toothbrushes, some magazines and books, she said. Hannah Gaydos, 9, of Forty Fort, madeabout100homemadecrayons in various shapes. It took her an hour to make one tray of crayons, she said. One tray could make four to 10 crayons depending on the shape of the molds. She had each crayon individually wrapped and placed in canisters. The outpouring of donations, which filled the back of Coolbaugh’s SUV, made her eyes watery. The need is great, she said. Coolbaugh said she has cared for many foster children. 150 miles from Auschwitz and their air force could have dropped commandos by parachute into the camps to overpower the Nazi guards, he theorized. But those were just possible scenarios that could have been undertaken with uncertain results, said Miller. “Nobody, whatever you say, I defy the person who can tell me with credibility what would have happened,” he said. Whether it should have been done is a “tough issue,” he said.

industrial targets in Europe. McCloy was wrong about the distance that is more like 1,500 miles, Miller pointed out. “That means a lot,” he said. American air forces would have had a shorter flight from a base in Foggia, Italy, just 640 miles away, Miller said. Still there was another option, he pointed out. “In this whole debate, nobody Jerry Lynott, a Times Leader staff ever mentions the Russians,” writer, can be contacted at 570 said Miller. Russian forces were 829-7237.

phenomenon that’s still traveling faster than the Millennium Falcon on the Kessel Run. To celebrate this fact, fans of the films have designated May 4 as Intergalactic Star Wars Day. It’s a day to revel in everything Star Wars, from Wookies to Gungans to Droids to Tauntauns. Enjoy you will. >> TIEMPO DEL PARTIDO: Thursday is May 5 and, not coincidentally, that means it’s also Cinco de Mayo – a Mexican holiday loosely translated as “Day to drink beer with limes jammed into the bottle.” OK, it doesn’t mean that. It’s actually a day noting a famous Mexican army victory from 1862, but after a few Coronas most people forget that.

Statement by U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Scranton, Chairman of the Near Eastern and South and Central Asian Affairs Subcommittee of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. “On September 11, 2001, the United States was viciously attacked in a cowardly terrorist plot masterminded by Osama bin Laden. Today, U.S. forces have killed bin Laden and exacted justice for his terrible crimes which killed thousands. “I thank our troops, the intelligence community and diplomats who have worked today and since September 11th to bring Osama bin Laden to justice. "On September 11th, Pennsylvania was directly impacted by Al Qaeda when Flight 93 was downed over Shanksville. In the nearly ten years after September 11th, Pennsylvania has lost 68 troops in Afghanistan and hundreds have been injured. The sacrifice of those families who lost loved ones on September 11th and in the following years can never be made whole, but I hope that the death of bin Laden can help to bring some closure. "While today’s development does not mean an end to terrorism or the need to remain relentlessly vigilant, the death of bin Laden has enormous significance in American and world history."

York is legend. It’s in the same realm as the Hatfields and McCoys, The Montagues and Capulets, King Kong and Godzilla. On the Triple-A level, the hatred isn’t that intense but it still carries some extra fire when Pawtucket and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre do battle. Which they will do for the first time in 2011 this Thursday at 6:30 at PNC Field. >> IT’S HAMMER TIME: The summer movie season is upon us this week, when the first of many blockbusters hit the big screen. First up is the tale of the Norse God who moonlights as a Marvel superhero. His name is Thor, and he will be kicking some Asgard in theaters this Friday. It looks like a fine action flick with explosions and monsters and rockets and robots and .. well, all the good stuff that makes movies fun.





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Yankees snap three-game slide

Pilittere knocks in Parraz with a single in the 10th inning to give SWB a victory. By Ben Beitzel For the Times Leader

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. —It took a close play, but the Yankees finally got the RBI hit they’d been lacking. With two outs and runners on the first and second in the top of


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the10th, catcher P.J. Pilittere singled to right field and Jordan Parraz took off toward home. The throw by Gwinnett Braves’

right fielder Jordan Schafer beat Parraz to the plate, but catcher J.C. Boscan’s missed the tag pushing across the winning run. Boscan argued and Gwinnett manager Dave Brundage was eventually ejected, while the Yankees road the two-out RBI to three runs in the inning and a 6-3 win. It was Pilittere’s first RBI of the season. The win halts a three-game skid for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,

which rallied from 3-1 down in the eighth to send the game to extra innings. “Winning one is better than losing four,” Scranton/WilkesBarre manager Dave Miley said. Following Pilittere’s gamewinning RBI, Greg Golson reached on an error to score a run and Kevin Russo knocked in the third run of the inning. To that point, the Yankees had stranded 10 runners and it looked like a repeat of Saturday, where missed opportu-


nities led to a three-run loss. “We were able to grind it out,” Miley said. The Yankees started the game with a bang. Justin Maxwell blasted his ninth home run of the season to deep center field to put the Yankees on the board in the second inning. The home run tied Maxwell with Jorge Vazquez for the team and league lead. Vazquez had his second consecSee YANKEES, Page 4B

Making the tag

Appeals court could decide today whether to make NFL’s temporary stay permanent. By BARRY WILNER AP Pro Football Writer

NEW YORK — If these are not fun times for football fans, they are captivating days for lawyers. The NFL lockout is back in force after a short hiatus last week. A St. Louis appeals court could determine as early as today whether the league deserves a permanent stay of an injunction granted to the players in Minnesota to block the lockout. “We are in uncharted but fascinating legal territory,” agent and attorney Ralph Cindrich said as he examined the short-term reinstatement of the lockout by three judges from the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. “The owners’ lockout is temporary now; it can become permanent after the same three judges do a detailed review. If the lockout is reinstated, it puts the players down on points big.” If it’s not, something Cindrich predicts, league business could resume almost immediately, even as more NFL appeals are filed. Cindrich believes that even though those judges voted 2-1Friday to review the matter, they won’t overturn Judge Susan Richard Nelson’s original determination that the lockout was preventing the players from earning a living. With the draft behind them, the 32 teams can’t have contact with any players. That includes veterans along with rookies just selected. It also means undrafted free agents, who usually sign contracts hours after the seventh round concludes or the next day. “You just do what you do and abide by the guidelines the league puts out as we go along,” Rams general manager Billy Devaney said. “Everybody’s in the See NFL, Page 4B


New York Mets third baseman David Wright, left, tags out the Philadelphia Phillies’ Jimmy Rollins after Rollins was caught in a rundown while trying to steal second in the first inning of a game Sunday in Philadelphia. The Mets won the game 2-1. Roundup, Page 3B.


Trainer Ritvo in Derby 3 years after transplant By WILL GRAVES AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kathy Ritvo runs a finger over the fiveinch scar in the center of her chest and leans forward. She wants you to see it. She needs you to see it. The spot where doctors went in three years ago and took out her heart and replaced it with one given by an unknown donor is nearly imperceptible, almost remarkably so. Yet it is there, the ridge now as familiar to the trainer of Ken-

tucky Derby hopeful Mucho Macho Man as the faces of her two children. It is a very tangible symRitvo bol of just how fragile life can be. The mark that gave her a second chance at life three years ago also gave her perspective on how to live it. “It’s a battle scar,” she said. “I’m proud of it.” And only when she learned to

love it did she learn to let go. Horse racing can be an equally addictive and cruel business for those closest to it. Long hours. Little pay. Almost no glory. Fortunes and careers can rise and fall on a head bob here, a bad step there. Ritvo sweated every detail for years as she and husband Tim Ritvo carved out a niche training horses in South Florida. Her family and friends learned to avoid her on race days, knowing she’d lose it when she saw one of her horses at the quarter pole.

Afterward she’d spend hours breaking down every last stride trying to figure out what went wrong or what went right. Not anymore. Oh, don’t get her wrong. The 42-year-old Ritvo remains as hands-on as ever even though doctors advised her to stay away from the track at all costs following the November 2008 transplant that replaced her diseased heart with a new one. She just doesn’t pore over evSee DERBY, Page 4B


Wasnetsky breaks record; Snead wins women’s race By ROBERT MINER For The Times Leader


Runners go up a hill during Sunday’s Cherry Blossom 5 Mile race at Kirby Park. Chris Wasnetsky, of Dunmore, was the overall winner in 25 minutes, 32 seconds.

WILKES-BARRE – When runners arrived at Kirby Park on Sunday, they weren’t sure whether they would be running three or five miles. Race officials opted to run the old Cherry Blossom 5 Mile course, an out-and-back trek mainly on the dike, instead of the new course, a loop that involves running through the park’s meadow lands, which are under water due to the recent heavy rains. Runners also knew that Chris would win. The question was,




which Chris –Wasnetsky or Wadas? Wasnetsky prevailed. The 22-year-old from Dunmore not only won the 5 miler but he did it in record-breaking See RUN , Page 4B

Physical or chippy, Heat and Celtics can’t decide The Celtics were stumbling, trying to find some kind of rhythm, as Doc Rivers gathered his players around him during a third quarter timeout. To Rivers, it seemed like a good time to remind them of something he had spent the last week trying to drill into them. When you play a team loaded with stars, you better play with a plan. “If you think you’re going to beat them in an athletic contest, you’re kidding yourself,” Rivers told his players. Point well taken, if delivered just a tad late in a game Sunday that seemed to go Miami’s way almost from the opening tip. Because, as good as the Celtics are, they’re not going to win a lot of 1-on-1 matchups against the likes of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade or even Chris Bosh. But who would have thought the Celtics would lose the wrestling match, too? They did, and that may be the most difficult thing to turn around as Boston tries to steal one on the road Tuesday night in Miami in an Eastern Conference semifinal that only figures to get better as it goes on. “You knew it was coming,” Rivers said after the Celtics fell 99-90 in Game 1. “All they (the Heat) did the last few days was talk about being physical.” Nothing wrong with that. The playoffs are often a contest of attrition, with only the strongest teams surviving to play another day. What was more interesting, though, was what Boston’s head coach said next. “To me it wasn’t physical,” Rivers said. “It was chippy.” Paul Pierce presumably felt that way, though he deserves some of the blame for delivering a forehead to the face of James Jones after a hard foul in the fourth quarter that earned both technicals. What Pierce didn’t deserve was to be tossed from the game a few minutes later when he mouthed off after Wade slammed into him on the baseline. The NBA may agree with that upon further review, though that is of little consolation to a Boston team that still had a chance when the player fueling its hopes was ejected with 7 minutes left in the game. But if Miami had a statement to make, consider it delivered. If the Celtics needed it explained further, consider that done, too. Backing down isn’t an option, no matter how many stars you have on your team. “I don’t really know what chippy is,” Bosh said. “A game is a game. The intensity level will go up, guys will start playing more physical.” Lost in the uproar over Pierce’s ejection was the fact this probably wasn’t going to be Boston’s day no matter who was on the court for the Celtics. James said a day earlier that beating Boston was personal for him because he was on the losing end of two playoff series with the Celtics when he played in Cleveland, the last coming last year when he flung his No. 23 jersey into the crowd in what would be his last game as a Cav. But as good as James was — and he seemed to be everywhere on both sides of the court — the man who lured him to Miami was even better. Wade outscored the entire Boston starting five by himself in the first half with 23 points, and was playing with just See NBA, Page 4B



L O C A L C A L E N D A R Monday, May 2 H.S. BASEBALL (4:15 p.m.) Crestwood at Tunkhannock Pittston Area at Dallas Coughlin at Wyoming Area Nanticoke at Berwick Hazleton Area at Wyoming Valley West H.S. SOFTBALL (4:15 p.m.) Crestwood at Tunkhannock Pittston Area at Dallas Coughlin at Wyoming Area Nanticoke at Berwick Hazleton Area at Wyoming Valley West H.S. BOYS VOLLEYBALL (5:45 p.m.) Wyoming Valley West at Crestwood Hanover Area at West Side Tech Delaware Valley at Pittston Area Coughlin at Holy Redeemer Meyers at Tunkhannock H.S. GIRLS SOCCER (4:15 p.m.) Wyoming Seminary at Honesdale Pittston Area at Hanover Area Tunkhannock at Meyers, 7 p.m. Wyoming Area at GAR

Tuesday, May 3

H.S. BASEBALL (4:15 p.m.) MMI at Wyoming Seminary Meyers at West Side TECH Northwest at GAR Hanover Area at Lake-Lehman H.S. SOFTBALL (4:15 p.m.) MMI at Wyoming Seminary Meyers at West Side TECH Northwest at GAR Hanover Area at Lake-Lehman H.S. BOYS VOLLEYBALL (5:45 p.m.) North Pocono at Lake-Lehman Hazleton Area at Abington Heights Berwick at Nanticoke Dallas at Wyoming Area H.S. TRACK (4:15 p.m.) Lake-Lehman at Meyers GAR at Nanticoke Northwest at Holy Redeemer Hanover Area at Wyoming Area H.S. GIRLS SOCCER (4:15 p.m. unless noted) Holy Redeemer at Dallas Coughlin at Berwick, 7 p.m. GAR at North Pocono Wyoming Valley West at Hazleton Area Delaware Valley at Nanticoke H.S. BOYS TENNIS Coughlin at MMI Prep, 4:15 p.m.

Wednesday, May 4

H.S. BOYS VOLLEYBALL (5:45 p.m.) Crestwood at Hanover Area Wyoming Valley West at Delaware Valley West Side Tech at Coughlin Pittston Area at Meyers H.S. TRACK (4:15 p.m.) Dallas at Tunkhannock Berwick at Crestwood Hazleton Area at Pittston Area Coughlin at Wyoming Valley West H.S. GIRLS SOCCER (4:15 p.m.) Honesdale at Pittston Area North Pocono at Wyoming Seminary Meyers at Wyoming Area MMI at Tunkhannock

Thursday, May 5

H.S. BASEBALL (4:15 p.m.) Wyoming Valley West at Dallas Wyoming Area at Tunkhannock Coughlin at Crestwood Holy Redeemer at Nanticoke Hazleton Area at Pittston Area GAR at Hanover Area H.S. SOFTBALL (4:15 p.m.) Wyoming Valley West at Dallas Wyoming Area at Tunkhannock Coughlin at Crestwood Holy Redeemer at Nanticoke Hazleton Area at Pittston Area GAR at Hanover Area H.S. BOYS VOLLEYBALL (5:45 p.m.) Holy Redeemer at North Pocono Tunkhannock at Hazleton Area Lake-Lehman at Berwick Abington Heights at Dallas Nanticoke at Wyoming Area H.S. GIRLS SOCCER (4:15 p.m.) Dallas at Coughlin Crestwood at Holy Redeemer Hazleton Area at Delaware Valley Lake-Lehman at Wyoming Valley West Meyers at Wyoming Seminary

(4:15 p.m.) Wesi Side Tech at MMI Wyoming Seminary at Northwest Meyers at Lake-Lehman H.S. SOFTBALL (4:15 p.m.) West Side Tech at MMI Wyoming Seminary at Northwest Meyers at Lake-Lehman H.S. GIRLS SOCCER (4:15 p.m.) Pittston Area at North Pocono Honesdale at Hanover Area Wyoming Area at MMI Prep GAR at Meyers

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Daily Playoff Glance All Times EDT (x-if necessary) FIRST ROUND (Best-of-7) 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 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 Washington 3, N.Y. Rangers 1, Washington wins series 4-1 Boston 2, Montreal 1, 2OT Los Angeles 3, San Jose 1 Sunday, April 24 Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 4, OT Nashville 4, Anaheim 2, Nashville wins series 4-2 Chicago 4, Vancouver 3, OT Monday, April 25 Tampa Bay 4, Pittsburgh 2 San Jose 4, Los Angeles 3, OT, San Jose wins series 4-2 Tuesday, April 26 Montreal 2, Boston 1 Philadelphia 5, Buffalo 2, Philadelphia wins series 4-3 Vancouver 2, Chicago 1, OT, Vancouver wins series 4-3 Wednesday, April 27 Boston 4, Montreal 3, OT, Boston win series 4-3 Tampa Bay 1, Pittsburgh 0, Tampa Bay wins series 4-3 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) Thursday, April 28 Vancouver 1, Nashville 0 Friday, April 29 Tampa Bay 4, Washington 2 San Jose 2, Detroit 1, OT Saturday, April 30 Boston 7, Philadelphia 3, Boston leads series 1-0 Nashville 2, Vancouver 1, 2OT, series tied 1-1 Sunday, May 1 San Jose 2, Detroit 1, San Jose leads series 2-0 Tampa Bay 3, Washington 2, OT, Tampa Bay leads series 2-0 Monday, May 2 Boston at Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 Washington at Tampa Bay, 6:30 p.m. Vancouver at Nashville, 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 Washington at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 7 p.m. San Jose at Detroit, 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5 Vancouver at Nashville, 8:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 San Jose at Detroit, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Boston, 8 p.m. Saturday, May 7 x-Tampa Bay at Washington, 12:30 p.m. Nashville at Vancouver, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 8 x-Boston at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. x-Detroit at San Jose, 8 p.m. Monday, May 9 x-Vancouver at Nashville, TBA x-Washington at Tampa Bay, TBA Tuesday, May 10 x-Philadelphia at Boston, TBA x-San Jose at Detroit, TBA Wednesday, May 11 x-Tampa Bay at Washington, TBA x-Nashville at Vancouver, TBA Thursday, May 12 x-Boston at Philadelphia, TBA x-Detroit at San Jose, TBA

Daily Playoff Glance 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 Saturday, April 23 Indiana 89, Chicago 84 Portland 84, Dallas 82 Memphis 91, San Antonio 88 Oklahoma City 97, Denver 94 Sunday, April 24 Philadelphia 86, Miami 82 Boston 101, New York 89, Boston wins series 4-0 Atlanta 88, Orlando 85 New Orleans 93, L.A. Lakers 88 Monday, April 25 Memphis 104, San Antonio 86 Dallas 93, Portland 82 Denver 104, Oklahoma City 101 Tuesday, April 26 Orlando 101, Atlanta 76 Chicago 116, Indiana 89, Chicago wins series 4-1 L.A. Lakers 106, New Orleans 90 Wednesday, April 27 Miami 97, Philadelphia 91, Miami wins series 4-1 San Antonio 110, Memphis 103, OT Oklahoma City 100, Denver 97, Oklahoma City wins series 4-1 Thursday, April 28 Atlanta 84, Orlando 81, Atlanta wins series 4-2 L.A. Lakers 98, New Orleans 80, L.A. Lakers wins series 4-2 Dallas 103, Portland 96, Dallas wins series 4-2 Friday, April 29 Memphis 99, San Antonio 91, Memphis wins series 4-2 CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS (Best-of-7) Sunday, May 1 Memphis 114, Oklahoma City 101, Memphis leads series 1-0 Miami 99, Boston 90, Miami leads series 1-0 Monday, May 2 Atlanta at Chicago, 8 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3 Boston at Miami, 7 p.m. Memphis at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 Atlanta at Chicago, 8 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. Friday, May 6 Chicago at Atlanta, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7 Oklahoma City at Memphis, 5 p.m. Miami at Boston, 8 p.m. Sunday, May 8 L.A. Lakers at Dallas, 3:30 p.m. Chicago at Atlanta, 8 p.m. Monday, May 9 Miami at Boston, 7 p.m. Oklahoma City at Memphis, 9:30 p.m. Tueseday, May 10 x-Atlanta at Chicago, TBA x-Dallas at L.A. Lakers, TBA Wednesday, May 11 x-Boston at Miami, TBA x-Memphis at Oklahoma City, TBA Thursday, May 12 x-Chicago at Atlanta, TBA x-L.A. Lakers at Dallas, TBA Friday, May 13 x-Miami at Boston, TBA x-Oklahoma City at Memphis, TBA Sunday, May 15 x-Atlanta at Chicago, TBA x-Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. x-Memphis at Oklahoma City, TBA Monday, May 16 x-Boston at Miami, 8 p.m.



All Times EDT North Division W L Pct. Yankees ................................... 15 9 .625 Lehigh Valley (Phillies) ........... 13 11 .542 Pawtucket (Red Sox) .............. 13 11 .542 Rochester (Twins) ................... 10 13 .435 Buffalo (Mets)........................... 10 15 .400 Syracuse (Nationals)............... 8 16 .333 South Division W L Pct. Gwinnett (Braves) ................... 14 10 .583 Durham (Rays)......................... 14 11 .560 Charlotte (White Sox) ............. 9 14 .391 Norfolk (Orioles) ...................... 8 16 .333 West Division W L Pct. Columbus (Indians)................ 19 5 .792 Louisville (Reds) .................... 16 8 .667 Toledo (Tigers)....................... 13 12 .520 Indianapolis (Pirates) ............. 7 18 .280 Saturday's Games Syracuse 3, Rochester 0 Toledo 4, Pawtucket 3 Louisville 10, Norfolk 1 Lehigh Valley 6, Buffalo 3 Gwinnett 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 1 Durham 12, Indianapolis 3 Columbus 6, Charlotte 0 Sunday's Games Toledo 4, Pawtucket 3 Lehigh Valley 7, Buffalo 2 Rochester 9, Syracuse 6 Yankees 6, Gwinnett 3, 10 innings Durham 6, Indianapolis 1 Norfolk 5, Louisville 2 Columbus 9, Charlotte 3 Monday's Games Rochester at Syracuse, 2 p.m. Toledo at Pawtucket, 6:15 p.m. Norfolk at Louisville, 6:35 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Buffalo at Lehigh Valley, 7:05 p.m. Durham at Indianapolis, 7:05 p.m. Columbus at Charlotte, 7:15 p.m. Tuesday's Games Rochester at Syracuse, 10:30 a.m. Buffalo at Lehigh Valley, 10:35 a.m. Norfolk at Louisville, 10:35 a.m. Durham at Indianapolis, 11:05 a.m. Toledo at Pawtucket, 12:05 p.m. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre at Gwinnett, 7:05 p.m. Columbus at Charlotte, 7:15 p.m.



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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 Manitoba 4, Lake Erie 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 4, Lake Erie 1 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 4, 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: Milwaukee 3, Texas 2, 2OT DIVISION FINALS BEST OF 7 EASTERN CONFERENCE Binghamton 2, Portland 1 Wednesday, April 27: Binghamton 3, Portland 2 Thursday, April 28: Binghamton 5, Portland 3 Saturday, April 30: Portland 3, Binghamton 2 Monday, May 2: Portland at Binghamton, 7:05 p.m. 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 1, Charlotte 1 Thursday, April 28: Charlotte 3, Wilkes-Barre/ Scranton 2 Saturday, April 30: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3, Charlotte 0 Monday, May 2: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 4: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at Charlotte, 7 p.m. 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. WESTERN CONFERENCE Hamilton 2, Manitoba 0 Thursday, April 28: Hamilton 4, Manitoba 1 Sunday, May 1: Hamilton 4, Manitoba 2 Tuesday, May 3: Hamilton at Manitoba, 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4: Hamilton at Manitoba, 8:30 p.m. x-Friday, May 6: Hamilton at Manitoba, 8:30 p.m. x-Sunday, May 8: Manitoba at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m. x-Monday, May 9: Manitoba at Hamilton, 7:30 p.m. Milwaukee 1, Houston 1 Friday, April 29: Milwaukee 3, Houston 1 Sunday, May 1: Houston 2, Milwaukee 0 Tuesday, May 3: Milwaukee at Houston, 8:05 p.m. Thursday, May 5: Milwaukee at Houston, 8:05 p.m. Friday, May 6: Milwaukee at Houston, 8:35 p.m. x-Sunday, May 8: Houston at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. xTuesday, May 10: Houston at Milwaukee, 8 p.m.

Sprint Cup Series Crown Royal Presents The Matthew & Daniel Hansen 400 Saturday At Richmond International Raceway (Start position in parentheses) 1. (20) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 400 laps, 143.1 rating, 48 points, $239,591. 2. (11) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 400, 126.7, 43, $202,775. 3. (4) Kasey Kahne, Toyota, 400, 116.2, 42, $154,958. 4. (27) David Ragan, Ford, 400, 82.7, 40, $129,350. 5. (8) Carl Edwards, Ford, 400, 99.4, 40, $151,516. 6. (3) Clint Bowyer, Chevrolet, 400, 110.5, 39, $143,633. 7. (18) A J Allmendinger, Ford, 400, 85.2, 37, $124,411. 8. (30) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 400, 74.9, 36, $133,561. 9. (31) Tony Stewart, Chevrolet, 400, 78.8, 35, $123,783. 10. (37) Brian Vickers, Toyota, 399, 87.8, 34, $108,439. 11. (9) Joey Logano, Toyota, 399, 76.7, 33, $89,000. 12. (12) Kevin Harvick, Chevrolet, 399, 87.2, 32, $123,911. 13. (29) Dave Blaney, Chevrolet, 399, 63.7, 31, $93,933. 14. (5) Mark Martin, Chevrolet, 399, 99.7, 30, $83,875. 15. (23) Greg Biffle, Ford, 399, 84, 29, $90,825. 16. (25) Jeff Burton, Chevrolet, 399, 86.4, 29, $82,475. 17. (2) Regan Smith, Chevrolet, 399, 80.3, 27, $99,945. 18. (17) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 399, 71.4, 26, $108,239. 19. (24) Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chevrolet, 398, 67.3, 25, $81,200. 20. (13) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 398, 84, 24, $112,625. 21. (33) Matt Kenseth, Ford, 398, 77.5, 24, $110,286. 22. (36) Kurt Busch, Dodge, 397, 57.3, 22, $113,950. 23. (35) Marcos Ambrose, Ford, 397, 51.7, 21, $103,266. 24. (14) Bobby Labonte, Toyota, 397, 58.7, 20, $98,420. 25. (39) David Gilliland, Ford, 397, 50, 19, $86,583. 26. (41) Andy Lally, Ford, 397, 44, 18, $81,100. 27. (21) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 397, 92.6, 18, $79,350. 28. (15) Casey Mears, Toyota, 396, 52.9, 16, $71,850. 29. (1) Juan Pablo Montoya, Chevrolet, 395, 77, 16, $120,633. 30. (28) Travis Kvapil, Ford, 395, 46.8, 0, $83,708. 31. (19) David Reutimann, Toyota, 395, 68.7, 13, $98,108. 32. (38) Ken Schrader, Ford, 394, 35.6, 12, $76,822. 33. (43) Tony Raines, Ford, 393, 31.1, 11, $68,100. 34. (16) David Stremme, Chevrolet, 393, 40.5, 10, $67,025. 35. (42) Robby Gordon, Dodge, 393, 30.7, 9, $66,900. 36. (7) Brad Keselowski, Dodge, 388, 62.7, 8, $75,025. 37. (10) Paul Menard, Chevrolet, 385, 53.3, 7, $66,625. 38. (34) Landon Cassill, Chevrolet, 360, 40.9, 0, $66,500. 39. (6) Jeff Gordon, Chevrolet, accident, 300, 97.6, 6, $103,536. 40. (22) Michael McDowell, Toyota, electrical, 134, 34.9, 4, $66,200. 41. (32) Mike Skinner, Toyota, rear gear, 61, 29.4, 0, $66,050. 42. (26) Joe Nemechek, Toyota, brakes, 40, 27, 0, $65,925. 43. (40) J.J. Yeley, Chevrolet, electrical, 38, 25.9, 1, $66,293. Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 95.280 mph. Time of Race: 3 hours, 8 minutes, 55 seconds. Margin of Victory: 1.805 seconds. Caution Flags: 8 for 60 laps. Lead Changes: 14 among 10 drivers. Lap Leaders: J.Montoya 1-25;C.Bowyer 26-43;K.Kahne 44-72;D.Hamlin 73-89;Ky.Busch 90-199;J.Gordon 200-203;Ky.Busch 204-238;D.Hamlin 239-245;M.Truex Jr. 246-257;M.Kenseth 258-273;D.Hamlin 274-287;Ky.Busch 288-293;C.Edwards 294-304;J.Burton 305-316;Ky.Busch 317-400. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): Ky.Busch, 4 times for 235 laps;D.Hamlin, 3 times for 38 laps;K.Kahne, 1 time for 29 laps;J.Montoya, 1 time for 25 laps;C.Bowyer, 1 time for 18 laps;M.Kenseth, 1 time for 16 laps;J.Burton, 1 time for 12 laps;M.Truex Jr., 1 time for 12 laps;C.Edwards, 1 time for 11 laps;J.Gordon, 1 time for 4 laps. Top 12 in Points: 1. C.Edwards, 335;2. J.Johnson, 326;3. Ky.Busch, 305;4. D.Earnhardt Jr., 301;5. K.Harvick, 300;6. Ku.Busch, 289;7. C.Bowyer, 284;8. R.Newman, 277;9. M.Kenseth, 276;10. T.Stewart, 275;11. A.Allmendinger, 263;12. J.Montoya, 262. NASCAR Driver Rating Formula A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race. The formula combines the following categories: Wins, Finishes, Top-15 Finishes, Average Running Position While on Lead Lap, Average Speed Under Green, Fastest Lap, Led Most Laps, Lead-Lap Finish.








AMERICA’S LINE By ROXY ROXBOROUGH Note: In order to read the boxing lines, use the following example; to wager on Manny Pacquiao, you would put up $800 to win back $100, or, to wager on Shane Mosley, you would put up $100 to win back $550. DODGERS




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HOCKEY 10 a.m. VERSUS — IIHF World Championship, U.S. vs. Norway, at Kosice, Slovakia


7 p.m. ESPN — N.Y. Yankees at Detroit 10 p.m. ROOT – Pittsburgh at San Diego


8 p.m. TNT — Playoffs, conference semifinals, game 1, Atlanta at Chicago 10:30 p.m. TNT — Playoffs, conference semifinals, game 1, Dallas at L.A. Lakers


7:30 p.m. VERSUS — Playoffs, conference semifinals, game 2, Boston at Philadelphia

P O C O N O D O W N S Results Saturday Apr 30, 2011 First - $8,600 Pace 1:53.1 6-Hancock (Pa Berry) 14.20 12.80 2.80 4-Mountain Air (La Stalbaum) 11.60 5.20 7-Great Balldini (Jo Pavia Jr) 13.20 EXACTA (6-4) $144.60 TRIFECTA (6-4-7) $4,214.80 SUPERFECTA (6-4-ALL-ALL) $154.80 Second - $13,000 Pace 1:52.0 2-Lightning Moon (Ge Napolitano Jr) 5.60 3.60 4.00 3-Multiple Choice (La Stalbaum) 5.80 3.40 7-Sody’s Moonshine (Ro Pierce) 13.20 EXACTA (2-3) $30.60 TRIFECTA (2-3-7) $573.40 SUPERFECTA (2-3-7-4) $1,518.80 DAILY DOUBLE (6-2) $96.60 Third - $8,600 Pace 1:54.2 4-Donnie Bop (La Stalbaum) 3.00 2.60 2.10 3-Artifact K (Ji Taggart Jr) 6.60 3.20 6-Kings Road (Ge Napolitano Jr) 2.20 EXACTA (4-3) $21.20 TRIFECTA (4-3-6) $70.80 SUPERFECTA (4-3-6-8) $309.20 Fourth - $16,000 Pace 1:52.1 2-Lightning Elvis (Ge Napolitano Jr) 2.40 2.20 2.10 6-Cole Hard Cash (An Napolitano) 4.60 3.40 1-Caviart Spencer (Br Sears) 4.60 EXACTA (2-6) $9.20 TRIFECTA (2-6-1) $33.80 SUPERFECTA (2-6-1-7) $244.80 Fifth - $15,000 Trot 1:55.3 2-Aruba Vacation (Ji Taggart Jr) 8.60 5.80 4.00 6-Ginger Tree Jimmy (La Stalbaum) 11.00 6.60 5-Whosgoinwhosstayin (Ke Sizer) 7.80 EXACTA (2-6) $62.00 TRIFECTA (2-6-5) $1,389.40 SUPERFECTA (2-6-ALL-ALL) $298.00 PICK 3 (4-2-2) $35.60 Sixth - $4,600 Pace 1:54.0 3-Chomp N Stomp (Ge Napolitano Jr) 8.20 3.60 4.00 5-Camwiser (Ma Kakaley) 3.60 2.80 1-Little Rock Spur (Br Sears) 6.20 EXACTA (3-5) $21.60 TRIFECTA (3-5-1) $130.20 SUPERFECTA (3-5-1-2) $608.00 Seventh - $21,000 Pace 1:52.3 6-Beauty And A Beast (Ma Romano) 17.60 9.20 5.60 5-Three New Dawns (Br Sears) 9.20 7.80 4-Thunderfist (Ty Buter) 3.80 EXACTA (6-5) $336.00 TRIFECTA (6-5-4) $796.60 SUPERFECTA (6-5-4-3) $1,550.20 Eighth - $25,000 Pace 1:49.4 2-Drop Red (Br Sears) 5.00 3.00 2.10 9-J A’s Outlaw (Ge Napolitano Jr) 6.80 6.20 4-Dry Gulch (An Miller) 3.00 EXACTA (2-9) $31.20 TRIFECTA (2-9-4) $97.60 SUPERFECTA (2-9-4-6) $345.00 Scratched: Real Celebration Ninth - $4,600 Pace 1:53.2 1-Artsbred Camotion (Ma Kakaley) 4.40 2.80 2.40 3-Don’t Tell Barbara (Ty Buter) 6.20 3.00 9-Crazy Character (La Stalbaum) 2.40 EXACTA (1-3) $20.40 TRIFECTA (1-3-9) $83.40 SUPERFECTA (1-3-9-4) $173.80 PICK 4 (3-6-(2,8)-1 (4 Out of 4)) $297.60 Tenth - $60,000 Pace 1:50.1 4-Golden Receiver (An Miller) 18.20 6.40 5.40 3-Whiskey Pete (Pa Berry) 4.80 3.60 9-Hypnotic Blue Chip (Br Sears) 6.60 EXACTA (4-3) $76.00 TRIFECTA (4-3-9) $1,203.40 SUPERFECTA (4-3-9-ALL) $2,391.20 Eleventh - $13,000 Pace 1:53.0 5-Zander Massimo (Br Sears) 2.40 2.20 2.20 6-Pick A Trail (La Stalbaum) 7.80 5.00 3-Pappy (Jo Pavia Jr) 4.20 EXACTA (5-6) $24.00 TRIFECTA (5-6-3) $102.20 SUPERFECTA (5-6-3-7) $410.80 Twelfth - $21,000 Pace 1:51.0 3-Amillionpennies (Ma Romano) 5.00 3.60 3.00 5-Mighty Young Joe (St Chiodo) 10.20 7.80 6-Bullville Powerful (Ji Taggart Jr) 8.00 EXACTA (3-5) $47.40 TRIFECTA (3-5-6) $423.80 SUPERFECTA (3-5-6-1) $1,370.20 PICK 3 (4-5-3) $113.00 Thirteenth - $19,000 Trot 1:56.0 5-Blazing Winner (Ge Napolitano Jr) 7.40 3.80 2.60 6-Berto Keven (Ro Pierce) 3.60 2.60 3-Luv Ya Tyler (Pa Berry) 5.00 EXACTA (5-6) $17.20 TRIFECTA (5-6-3) $63.00 SUPERFECTA (5-6-3-4) $223.20 Scratched: Zero Boundaries Fourteenth - $8,600 Pace 1:52.2 2-Adams Mate A (Ge Napolitano Jr) 5.80 3.00 2.60 1-The Real Dan (Br Sears) 5.20 3.20 3-Cole Combustion (Ro Pierce) 3.20 EXACTA (2-1) $27.00 TRIFECTA (2-1-3) $78.60 SUPERFECTA (2-1-3-4) $133.40 Fifteenth - $21,000 Pace 1:51.0 5-Clear Vision (Ro Pierce) 8.00 4.00 3.00 4-Jeremy’s Successor (Se Bier) 4.00 2.80 1-Drive All Night (An Napolitano) 4.00 EXACTA (5-4) $16.00 TRIFECTA (5-4-1) $84.20 SUPERFECTA (5-4-1-3) $435.60 Sixteenth - $18,000 Pace 1:53.0 2-Best Boss (Mi Lachance) 11.60 5.60 2.80 6-Personal Ad (Br Sears) 3.00 2.40 3-Flirtwithedealer (Ro Pierce) 4.00 EXACTA (2-6) $33.80 TRIFECTA (2-6-3) $157.60 SUPERFECTA (2-6-3-5) $620.40 LATE DOUBLE (5-2) $83.00 Total Handle-$356,279

T R A N S A C T I O N S BASEBALL Major League Baseball MLB—Susupended Atlanta pitching coach Roger McDowell two weeks and fined him an undisclosed amount following allegations he made homophobic comments and crude gestures toward fans before an April 23 game in San Francisco. American League NEW YORK YANKEES—Announced RHP Kevin Millwood has opted out of his contract. National League LOS ANGELES DODGERS—Activated LHP Hong-Chih Kuo from the 15-day DL. Optioned RHP Kenley Jansen to Chattanooga (SL). SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS—Placed 3B Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day DL. Called up 3B Ryan Rohlinger from Fresno (PCL). Eastern League TRENTON THUNDER—Announced C Jose Gil was assigned to the team from Scranton/WilkesBarre (IL).


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Cougar takes 3rd place in Freedom golf The Times Leader staff

HERSHEY – Misericordia’s Bucky Aeppli shot a 76 Sunday Favorite Odds Underdog to finish with a two-day total of FLYERS -$135/ Bruins 156, placing third overall at the +$115 Freedom Conference Golf Tuesday Championships at the Hershey Canucks -$120/ PREDATORS even Country Club. Home Teams in Capital Letters Misericordia placed seventh in the team standings with 712. Wilkes’ Matt Kachurak shot a B U L L E T I N B O A R D 78 to end the weekend with a 159, placing him in a sixth-place tie with King’s Tom McGrath. GOLF McGrath shot a 79 on Sunday. Jake Humphreys shot a 166 Northeast Gymnastics Academy Athletic Association golf tourna- for 11th place and T.J. Maderia ment will be held May 22 at Blue finished tied for 24th with a 176 Ridge Trail Golf Club in Mountain as the Monarchs finished fifth in Top. Registration is from 12:30 to the team standings. 1:15 p.m., with a 1:30 p.m. shotgun Michael Turano finished in start. Dinner and prizes following golf. Dress casual, soft spikes only. 13th place with 169 and Bobby Win a car with a hole-in-one. Cost Hillbush was 15th with a score is $85 per person. Make checks of 170 for Wilkes. The Colonels payable to NGAAA. Benefits Northplaced fourth in the team standeast Gymnastics Team. For more ings. information, contact Steve at 261-1981 or sbrecher2000@yaMisericordia’s Matt Klassner or Debbie at 606-1270. shot a 90 in the final round to Wright Township Police Officers’ tie for 24th with 176. Association 11th annual golf THUNDER


tournament, May 21 at the Sand Springs Golf Club in Drums. Registration starts at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The captainand-crew tournament will be followed by a buffet dinner, beverages and the awarding of prizes at the clubhouse. Cost is $90 per golfer and $360 per foursome with hole sponsorships starting at $25. Contact the WTPOA at 474-9251 or if you are interested in playing, sponsoring a hole or providing a gift for a giveaway. The tournament is held each year to provide for the WTPOA Community Service Fund, which sponsors a scholarship, youth sports teams, youth group activities, along with various other WTPOA-sponsored activities.

MEETINGS Crestwood Football Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. on May10 at King’s Restaurante. For more information, call Tony at 430-7571. GAR High School Football Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Choral Room at the high school. Wyoming Valley West Field Hockey Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Middle School conference room. All parents are urged to attend. WVW Wrestling Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in the middle school. Nominations for board members will be accepted at this time.


Misericordia sweeps DeSales

Misericordia defeated DeSales twice and as a result clinched the top seed in the Freedom Conference playoffs. In the first game, the Cougars scored four runs in the bottom of the third en route to a 7-1 victory. Michael Impellittiere had two hits and two RBI while Jeff Slanovec had two hits and scored twice. Joe Tagliarini added two RBI in the win. Misericordia defeated DeSales 7-3 in the second game behind two hits and an RBI from Kyle Engebrecht. Misericordia will play King’s in the opening round of the double-elimination Freedom championships next weekend in Boyertown.


Colonels split doubleheader

Amanda Holston had the game-winning hit as the Colonels defeated Marywood 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader. The Pacers won the first contest 6-2. Wilkes had a 1-0 lead in the first game, but gave up three runs in the fourth inning. Jackie REGISTRATIONS/TRYOUTS Follweiler had two hits in the game and an RBI. Greater Nanticoke Area Softball Booster Club will meet at 6:30 In the second game, Maryp.m. Tuesday at Time Out Pizza. All wood took a 2-0 lead in the are invited to attend. For more third. In the bottom of the third, information, contact Tammy at Alysha Bixler hit a two-run 735-0661, Lynn at 735-8735, Lisa at 735-8151, or Patty at 735-3830. home run to tie the score. Hanover Area Youth Soccer will be With the score tied in the holding the second of three regissixth, Holston drove in Bixler to trations this from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. give Wilkes the lead. on Thursday at the Hanover Area Bixler shut down Marywood Jr/Sr. High School. Cost is $50 for one child or $80 for two. in the bottom of the inning for the win. Bulletin Board items will not be accepted over the telephone. Items may be faxed to 831-7319, emailed to or dropped off at the Times Leader or mailed to Times Leader, c/o Sports, 15 N, Main St., Wilkes-Barre, PA 18711-0250.

G O L F PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans Par Scores Sunday At TPC of Louisiana Avondale, La. Final Round (x-won on second playoff hole) x-Bubba Watson (500), $1,152,000 .............................66-68-70-69—273-15 Webb Simpson (300), $691,200 ................................68-69-67-69—273-15 Jason Dufner (145), $332,800 ................................68-69-72-66—275-13 Tommy Gainey (145), $332,800 ................................67-71-68-69—275-13 K.J. Choi (145), $332,800 ....68-71-67-69—275-13 Matt Jones (95), $222,400 ...66-71-69-70—276-12 George McNeill (95), $222,400 ................................71-70-65-70—276-12 Billy Mayfair (75), $172,800 .69-70-72-67—278-10 David Mathis (75), $172,80070-68-72-68—278-10 Andres Romero (75), $172,800 ................................72-71-67-68—278-10 Luke Donald (75), $172,800 68-71-70-69—278-10 Greg Chalmers (75), $172,800 ................................72-69-67-70—278-10 John Senden (58), $123,733 ................................70-67-71-71—279 -9 Steve Stricker (58), $123,733 ................................70-68-68-73—279 -9 Charles Howell III (58), $123,733 ................................68-72-66-73—279 -9 Charlie Wi (55), $105,600 ....70-70-71-69—280 -8 Josh Teater (55), $105,600..69-66-74-71—280 -8 Cameron Tringale (53), $92,800...................................72-67-72-70—281 -7 David Toms (53), $92,800 ...70-71-67-73—281 -7 Ben Crane (49), $69,333......69-73-71-69—282 -6 Brandt Jobe (49), $69,333 ...71-71-69-71—282 -6 Hunter Haas (49), $69,333 ..69-71-70-72—282 -6 Nick Watney (49), $69,333...71-68-71-72—282 -6 Nick O’Hern (49), $69,333 ...67-72-70-73—282 -6 Joe Durant (49), $69,333 .....67-72-68-75—282 -6 Chris DiMarco (39), $39,269...................................72-68-75-68—283 -5 Keegan Bradley (39), $39,269...................................73-70-72-68—283 -5

LPGA Tour Avnet Classic Scores Sunday At Magnolia Grove-Crossings Course Mobile, Ala. Final Round Maria Hjorth, $195,000 ..............70-74-67-67—278 Song-Hee Kim , $118,921 .........67-72-70-71—280 Na Yeon Choi, $76,502..............69-72-71-69—281 Suzann Pettersen, $76,502 .......72-68-71-70—281 Stacy Lewis, $53,715 .................68-71-74-69—282 Katherine Hull, $37,655..............72-71-71-69—283 Hee Kyung Seo, $37,655...........73-74-65-71—283 Amy Yang, $37,655.....................70-68-72-73—283 Shanshan Feng, $25,636...........72-71-73-68—284 Sandra Gal, $25,636 ..................70-67-75-72—284 Paige Mackenzie, $25,636 ........70-71-71-72—284 Karen Stupples, $25,636 ...........68-71-72-73—284 Mindy Kim, $20,096....................73-68-76-68—285 Christina Kim, $20,096...............70-71-72-72—285 Angela Stanford, $20,096 ..........74-70-68-73—285 Morgan Pressel, $16,972...........72-70-74-70—286 Stephanie Sherlock, $16,972 ....71-74-71-70—286 Jennifer Song, $16,972..............74-73-69-70—286 Jessica Korda, $14,715 .............75-69-73-70—287 Juli Inkster, $14,715 ...................71-72-70-74—287 Anna Nordqvist, $14,715 ...........73-72-68-74—287 Lexi Thompson, $14,715 ...........71-71-67-78—287 Chella Choi, $11,553..................73-70-77-68—288 Haeji Kang, $11,553 ...................72-71-74-71—288 Alena Sharp, $11,553 ................72-69-76-71—288 Heather Bowie Young, $11,553 72-73-72-71—288 Lorie Kane, $11,553 ...................72-73-71-72—288 Jimin Kang, $11,553 ...................73-69-73-73—288 Cristie Kerr, $11,553 ..................76-70-69-73—288 Grace Park, $11,553 ..................67-75-72-74—288 Sun Young Yoo, $11,553...........72-68-74-74—288 Ryann O’Toole, $8,698 ..............73-74-73-69—289 Kristy McPherson, $8,698 .........76-70-72-71—289 Maria Hernandez, $8,698 ..........73-72-70-74—289 Karin Sjodin, $8,698 ...................74-71-70-74—289 Sarah Kemp, $8,698 ..................70-70-74-75—289 Stacy Prammanasudh, $6,420..70-75-76-69—290 Haru Nomura, $6,420.................73-71-76-70—290 Wendy Ward, $6,420..................75-72-73-70—290 Karrie Webb, $6,420 ..................77-69-73-71—290 Laura Davies, $6,420 .................72-72-74-72—290 Candie Kung, $6,420..................72-70-75-73—290 Jee Young Lee, $6,420 ..............73-72-71-74—290 Beatriz Recari, $6,420 ................73-72-71-74—290 Brittany Lincicome, $6,420 ........71-73-71-75—290 Se Ri Pak, $6,420 .......................69-71-75-75—290 Brittany Lang, $4,541..................72-73-78-68—291 Jin Young Pak, $4,541 ...............73-73-75-70—291 Dori Carter, $4,541 .....................72-73-75-71—291 M.J. Hur, $4,541..........................74-73-72-72—291 Angela Oh, $4,541......................69-77-72-73—291 Mi Hyun Kim, $4,541 ..................73-70-74-74—291 Mhairi McKay , $4,541................74-72-71-74—291 Pornanong Phatlum, $4,541 ......74-72-71-74—291 Cindy LaCrosse, $3,841 ............73-74-73-72—292 Dewi Claire Schreefel, $3,841 ..72-72-75-73—292 Karine Icher, $3,516 ...................75-71-75-72—293 Kris Tamulis, $3,516...................75-70-76-72—293 Natalie Gulbis, $3,516 ................74-70-76-73—293 Gerina Piller, $3,190...................73-74-75-72—294





Paulino lifts Mets to win over Phils

a three-run homer before being PHILADELPHIA — Ronny taken to the hospital to have Paulino had a career-high five X-rays on his ribcage, and Bud hits in his first start for the Norris combined with three Mets, including a go-ahead relievers on a three-hitter in double in the 14th inning, and the Houston Astros’ win over New York beat the Philadelphia the Milwaukee Brewers. Phillies 2-1 Sunday night after Jeff Fulchino, Fernando Abad news of Osama bin Laden’s and Mark Melancon combined death had fans at Citizens for 1 1-3 hitless innings after Bank Park chanting “U-S-A! Norris (2-1) left after 7 2-3 U-S-A!” innings to hand Milwaukee its Taylor Buchholz (1-0), one of first shutout of the season. six Mets pitchers used, pitched Pirates 8, Rockies 4 two scoreless innings in relief to help New York snap a threeDENVER — Charlie Morton game losing streak and salvage pitched into the sixth inning a game in the series. for his third win, Garrett Jones Kyle Kendrick (1-2), one of had two hits and three RBIs six Philadelphia pitchers, and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat pitched three innings and althe Colorado Rockies. lowing four hits. Xavier Paul, Andrew The game took 4 hours, 44 McCutchen, Lyle Overbay and minutes. Pedro Alvarez also had two hits The “U-S-A!” chants started each for the Pirates, who took in the top of the ninth inning of two of three in the series. the game and picked up in Colorado ace Ubaldo Jimeintensity throughout the innez (0-2) struggled again and ning. his ERA rose to 7.20 through four starts. The Associated Press

Braves 6, Cardinals 5

ATLANTA — Brooks Conrad recaptured his pinch-hit magic of 2010, driving in the winning run in the ninth inning to give the Atlanta Braves a 6-5 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Conrad, who had three homers — including two grand slams — and drove in 12 runs as a pinch-hitter last season, hit a bloop single to center off Ryan Franklin to drive in Alex Gonzalez from second base. Nationals 5, Giants 2

WASHINGTON — Jordan Zimmermann allowed two runs over six innings to end his three-game losing streak and Ivan Rodriguez hit a two-run single in the eighth to seal the Washington Nationals’ win against the San Francisco Giants. Astros 5, Brewers 0

HOUSTON — Carlos Lee hit

Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 3

PHOENIX — Daniel Hudson pitched seven solid innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks took advantage of some key mistakes by the Chicago Cubs in a victory. Padres 7, Dodgers 0

LOS ANGELES — Dustin Moseley pitched seven shutout innings for his first victory of 2011, Brad Hawpe doubled his RBI total for the season with a two-run single, and the San Diego Padres beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 7-0 on Sunday. Andre Ethier extended his hitting streak to 27 games. Marlins 9, Reds 5

CINCINNATI — John Buck snapped a tie with a seventhinning homer, one of a seasonhigh five hit by the Florida Marlins in a victory over the Cincinnati Reds.


Granderson, Teixeira send Yanks past Jays The Associated Press

NEW YORK — Curtis Granderson hit a three-run homer, Mark Teixeira also went deep and the New York Yankees powered their way to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday. Jorge Posada broke out of an 0-for-19 slump and Francisco Cervelli added an RBI groundout in his first game back from the disabled list, helping the Yankees take the final two games against the Blue Jays and remain unbeaten (5-0-1) in home series. Indians 5, Tigers 4

CLEVELAND — Michael Brantley singled home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Cleveland Indians rallied for a victory over the Detroit Tigers to extend their home winning streak to 13 games. Cleveland’s sixth straight win overall increased the Tigers’ losing streak to six. The three-game sweep gave the Indians four series sweeps this season, matching their total for 2010 when they went 69-93. Royals 10, Twins 3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mike Aviles homered and drove in four runs to help the Royals beat the Twins. The Twins have lost six in a row and were swept in a threegame series by the Royals for the first time since Aug. 4-6, 1998. Minnesota dropped to 9-18, the worst record in the majors. Angels 6, Rays 5

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Hank Conger homered and nifty baserunning by Vernon Wells helped the Angels rally

from a five-run deficit to beat the Rays. Angels ace Jered Weaver (6-0) was scratched from his scheduled start because of a stomach virus. Los Angeles manager Mike Scioscia hopes Weaver will be able to pitch Monday night at Boston. Red Sox 3, Mariners 2

BOSTON — Jed Lowrie tripled when right-fielder Ichiro Suzuki lost his fly ball in the sun, and Carl Crawford singled him home with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Red Sox to a victory over the Mariners. Jonathan Papelbon (1-0) earned the win with a perfect ninth inning. Orioles 6, White Sox 4

CHICAGO — Nick Markakis hit a three-run double and Zach Britton pitched six strong innings to lead the Orioles to a win over the struggling White Sox. Luke Scott and Mark Reynolds added solo home runs for Baltimore, who has won five of its last six. The Orioles will try to complete a fourgame sweep Monday night. Athletics 7, Rangers 2

OAKLAND, Calif. — Conor Jackson had two hits and two RBIs, Gio Gonzalez pitched into the seventh inning to snap a three-start skid and the Athletics snapped out of their scoring slump in a win over the Rangers. Leadoff hitter Coco Crisp added two hits in his return to the lineup and Kurt Suzuki had two RBIs to help the A’s score more than six runs for only the fourth time this season. They knocked out Rangers starter Matt Harrison (3-3) in the second inning.


















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STANDINGS/STATS S TA N D I N G S New York ....................................... Tampa Bay..................................... Baltimore........................................ Toronto........................................... Boston ............................................

W 16 15 13 13 12

Cleveland....................................... Kansas City ................................... Detroit............................................. Chicago.......................................... Minnesota ......................................

W 19 15 12 10 9

Los Angeles .................................. Texas ............................................. Oakland.......................................... Seattle ............................................

W 16 16 14 13

Philadelphia................................... Florida ............................................ Atlanta ............................................ Washington ................................... New York .......................................

W 18 17 14 13 12

St. Louis ......................................... Cincinnati ....................................... Milwaukee...................................... Pittsburgh ...................................... Chicago.......................................... Houston .........................................

W 16 14 13 13 12 11

Colorado ........................................ Los Angeles .................................. San Francisco ............................... Arizona........................................... San Diego ......................................

W 17 14 13 12 11


AMERICAN LEAGUE East Division L Pct GB WCGB 9 .640 — — 13 .536 21⁄2 1 2 13 .500 31⁄2 15 .464 41⁄2 3 15 .444 5 31⁄2 Central Division L Pct GB WCGB 8 .704 — — 13 .536 41⁄2 1 16 .429 71⁄2 4 19 .345 10 61⁄2 18 .333 10 61⁄2 West Division L Pct GB WCGB 12 .571 — — 12 .571 — — 14 .500 2 2 16 .448 31⁄2 31⁄2 NATIONAL LEAGUE East Division L Pct GB WCGB 9 .667 — — 1 9 .654 ⁄2 — 15 .483 5 41⁄2 14 .481 5 41⁄2 1 16 .429 6 ⁄2 6 Central Division L Pct GB WCGB 12 .571 — — 14 .500 2 4 14 .481 21⁄2 41⁄2 15 .464 3 5 15 .444 31⁄2 51⁄2 17 .393 5 7 West Division L Pct GB WCGB 9 .654 — — 15 .483 41⁄2 41⁄2 14 .481 41⁄2 41⁄2 15 .444 51⁄2 51⁄2 17 .393 7 7

AMERICAN LEAGUE Saturday's Games Tampa Bay 2, L.A. Angels 1, 10 innings Texas 11, Oakland 2 N.Y. Yankees 5, Toronto 4 Cleveland 3, Detroit 2, 13 innings Baltimore 6, Chicago White Sox 2 Kansas City 11, Minnesota 2 Seattle 2, Boston 0 Sunday's Games Cleveland 5, Detroit 4 N.Y. Yankees 5, Toronto 2 Boston 3, Seattle 2 L.A. Angels 6, Tampa Bay 5 Baltimore 6, Chicago White Sox 4 Kansas City 10, Minnesota 3 Oakland 7, Texas 2 Monday's Games Texas (Holland 3-1) at Oakland (McCarthy 1-2), 3:35 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Colon 2-1) at Detroit (Verlander 2-3), 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels (Weaver 6-0) at Boston (C.Buchholz 1-3), 7:10 p.m. Baltimore (Guthrie 1-3) at Chicago White Sox (Buehrle 1-3), 8:10 p.m. Tuesday's Games Toronto at Tampa Bay, 6:40 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Detroit, 7:05 p.m. L.A. Angels at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Baltimore at Kansas City, 8:10 p.m. Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 8:10 p.m. Cleveland at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. Texas at Seattle, 10:10 p.m.

Pirates 8, Rockies 4 L10 7-3 6-4 6-4 5-5 6-4

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

Home 12-6 7-9 7-8 6-5 6-6

Away 4-3 8-4 6-5 7-10 6-9

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

Str W-6 W-3 L-6 L-5 L-6

Home 13-2 12-5 6-6 4-9 4-6

Away 6-6 3-8 6-10 6-10 5-12

L10 4-6 5-5 5-5 7-3

Str W-1 L-1 W-1 L-1

Home 6-7 11-5 6-6 5-8

Away 10-5 5-7 8-8 8-8

L10 7-3 7-3 6-4 4-6 7-3

Str L-1 W-1 W-1 W-1 W-1

Home 9-5 10-5 5-7 8-7 5-8

Away 9-4 7-4 9-8 5-7 7-8

L10 7-3 5-5 4-6 5-5 3-7 4-6

Str L-1 L-1 L-2 W-1 L-1 W-2

Home 6-6 8-8 8-5 4-8 6-8 7-9

Away 10-6 6-6 5-9 9-7 6-7 4-8

L10 5-5 5-5 3-7 4-6 3-7

Str L-1 L-2 L-1 W-1 W-2

Home 7-6 8-7 4-5 8-8 4-11

Away 10-3 6-8 9-9 4-7 7-6

NATIONAL LEAGUE Saturday's Games Philadelphia 2, N.Y. Mets 1 St. Louis 3, Atlanta 2 San Francisco 2, Washington 1 Houston 2, Milwaukee 1 Cincinnati 4, Florida 3, 10 innings Chicago Cubs 5, Arizona 3 Colorado 4, Pittsburgh 1 San Diego 5, L.A. Dodgers 2 Sunday's Games Washington 5, San Francisco 2 Atlanta 6, St. Louis 5 Houston 5, Milwaukee 0 Pittsburgh 8, Colorado 4 Arizona 4, Chicago Cubs 3 Florida 9, Cincinnati 5 San Diego 7, L.A. Dodgers 0 N.Y. Mets 2, Philadelphia 1, 14 innings Monday's Games San Francisco (Bumgarner 0-4) at Washington (Gorzelanny 0-2), 7:05 p.m. Houston (Happ 1-4) at Cincinnati (Leake 3-0), 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee (Gallardo 2-1) at Atlanta (Jurrjens 2-0), 7:10 p.m. Florida (Volstad 2-1) at St. Louis (Lohse 4-1), 8:15 p.m. Pittsburgh (Ja.McDonald 1-2) at San Diego (Harang 4-1), 10:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs (J.Russell 1-3) at L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw 2-3), 10:10 p.m. Tuesday's Games Washington at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m. Houston at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m. Milwaukee at Atlanta, 7:10 p.m. San Francisco at N.Y. Mets, 7:10 p.m. Florida at St. Louis, 8:15 p.m. Colorado at Arizona, 9:40 p.m. Pittsburgh at San Diego, 10:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.



Yankees 5, Blue Jays 2 Toronto

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New York

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Royals 10, Twins 3 Minnesota

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Kansas City

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Rays 2, Angels 1 Los Angeles

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h bi 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0

Tampa Bay

ab r h bi Fuld lf 4 0 0 0 Damon dh 4 0 1 0 BUpton cf 4 0 0 0 Joyce rf 4 2 2 1 Zobrist 2b 4 0 1 0 Ktchm 1b 4 0 1 0 FLopez 3b 2 0 0 0 Shppch c 3 0 0 0 Brignc ss 2 0 1 0 EJhnsn ph-ss 1 0 1 0 Totals 36 1 7 1 Totals 32 2 7 1 Los Angeles ................. 000 000 001 0 — 1 Tampa Bay ................... 000 010 000 1 — 2 Two outs when winning run scored. E—Farnsworth (1). DP—Los Angeles 3. LOB—Los Angeles 6, Tampa Bay 2. 2B—Tor.Hunter (2), Joyce (8), Zobrist (8). HR—Joyce (2). CS—Bourjos (4). IP H R ER BB SO Los Angeles Pineiro ...................... 7 4 1 1 1 3 Takahashi ................ 12⁄3 2 0 0 0 2 Rodney L,0-1........... 1 1 1 1 0 0 Tampa Bay Shields ..................... 8 6 1 1 1 12 Farnsworth BS,1-6 . 1 1 0 0 0 0 Jo.Peralta W,1-0 ..... 1 0 0 0 0 2 Shields pitched to 1 batter in the 9th. WP—Rodney. Umpires—Home, Phil Cuzzi;First, Alan Porter;Second, James Hoye;Third, Tom Hallion. T—2:48. A—20,245 (34,078). MIzturs 3b Abreu rf TrHntr dh V.Wells lf HKndrc 1b Aybar ss Conger c Bourjos cf Amarst 2b

Red Sox 3, Mariners 2 Seattle

Boston ab r h bi ab r h bi ISuzuki rf 4 0 0 0 Ellsury cf 4 1 1 0 Figgins 3b 4 0 0 0 Pedroia 2b 4 1 2 0 Lngrhn lf 4 1 1 0 AdGnzl 1b 4 0 1 0 Olivo c 4 1 1 0 Ortiz dh 4 0 1 2 Smoak 1b 3 0 0 0 J.Drew rf 3 0 0 0 Cust dh 2 0 1 1 Lowrie 3b 4 1 1 0 LRdrgz ss 3 0 1 1 Scutaro ss 4 0 0 0 MSndrs cf 4 0 0 0 Crwfrd lf 4 0 2 1 JaWlsn 2b 3 0 0 0 Sltlmch c 3 0 0 0 Totals 31 2 4 2 Totals 34 3 8 3 Seattle ................................ 000 002 000 — 2 Boston ................................ 002 000 001 — 3 Two outs when winning run scored. E—Scutaro (3), Pedroia (1). LOB—Seattle 6, Boston 6. 2B—Cust (4), Ortiz (4). 3B—Lowrie (1). CS— Figgins (4).

IP H R ER BB SO Seattle F.Hernandez............ 7 6 2 2 1 10 J.Wright L,0-1.......... 12⁄3 2 1 1 0 1 Boston Wakefield ................. 52⁄3 3 1 1 1 3 1 1 1 3 0 Jenks BS,2-2 ........... 1⁄3 Albers ....................... 2 0 0 0 0 1 Papelbon W,1-0 ...... 1 0 0 0 0 1 WP—F.Hernandez, Jenks. Umpires—Home, Todd Tichenor;First, Gerry Davis;Second, Sam Holbrook;Third, Greg Gibson. T—2:39. A—37,079 (37,065).

Indians 5, Tigers 4 Detroit

Cleveland ab r h bi ab r h bi Rhyms 2b 5 1 2 0 Sizemr cf 5 0 0 0 Santiag ss 2 0 0 0 ACarer ss 4 0 1 0 Kelly rf 5 2 2 1 Choo rf 4 1 1 0 MiCarr 1b 3 0 1 1 CSantn c 3 0 0 0 Boesch dh 5 0 1 0 Duncan dh 3 1 0 0 Raburn lf 4 0 1 0 OCarer 2b 3 2 2 1 Avila c 3 0 0 1 Brantly lf 3 1 2 1 Inge 3b 4 0 1 0 LaPort 1b 3 0 2 3 AJcksn cf 3 1 2 0 Everett 3b 2 0 0 0 Totals 34 410 3 Totals 30 5 8 5 Detroit................................. 200 000 011 — 4 Cleveland ........................... 020 000 03x — 5 E—Coke (2). DP—Cleveland 1. LOB—Detroit 10, Cleveland 8. 2B—Kelly (4), A.Cabrera (5), LaPorta 2 (6). SB—Boesch (3), A.Jackson (3), Brantley (4). S—Santiago, Everett. SF—Avila, LaPorta. IP H R ER BB SO Detroit Coke ......................... 6 4 2 2 2 4 Perry ......................... 1 1 0 0 0 1 2 Benoit L,0-2 BS,2-2 ⁄3 3 3 3 1 0 Villarreal ................... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 Cleveland Masterson ................ 7 7 3 2 2 7 R.Perez .................... 2⁄3 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 Durbin W,1-1 ........... 1⁄3 C.Perez S,7-8.......... 1 2 1 1 1 0 Masterson pitched to 2 batters in the 8th. HBP—by Benoit (Duncan), by Coke (Brantley), by Masterson (Santiago, Mi.Cabrera). PB—C.Santana. Umpires—Home, Tim Welke;First, Jim Reynolds;Second, Mike DiMuro;Third, Andy Fletcher. T—3:04. A—14,164 (43,441).

Orioles 6, White Sox 4 Baltimore

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Athletics 7, Rangers 2 Texas


ab r h bi ab r h bi Kinsler 2b 5 0 1 1 Crisp cf 5 1 2 1 Andrus ss 5 1 2 0 Barton 1b 4 1 1 0 MiYong dh 3 0 1 1 CJcksn rf 3 1 2 2 ABeltre 3b 4 0 0 0 Wlngh lf 4 1 0 0 N.Cruz lf 4 0 0 0 KSuzuk c 4 1 2 2 Napoli 1b 4 0 0 0 Matsui dh 3 1 1 1 DvMrp cf 3 0 2 0 M.Ellis 2b 4 0 0 0 Torreal c 3 1 1 0 AnLRc 3b 3 1 2 0 Morlnd rf 3 0 1 0 Pnngtn ss 4 0 1 1 Totals 34 2 8 2 Totals 34 711 7 Texas.................................. 000 001 100 — 2 Oakland.............................. 312 000 10x — 7 E—Kinsler (4), Andrus (6), Moreland (1). DP—Texas 2, Oakland 1. LOB—Texas 9, Oakland 7. 2B—Kinsler (8), Andrus (4), Crisp (6), Barton (9), C.Jackson (5), Matsui (7), An.LaRoche (5). SB— Willingham (2). CS—K.Suzuki (1), Pennington (3). IP H R ER BB SO Texas Harrison L,3-3 ......... 12⁄3 6 4 4 2 1 Bush ......................... 41⁄3 3 2 1 0 4 Tucker ...................... 1 1 1 0 1 0 Strop ......................... 1 1 0 0 0 0 Oakland G.Gonzalez W,3-2.. 62⁄3 5 2 2 2 7 1 0 0 0 0 Ziegler ...................... 1⁄3 Balfour ...................... 1 0 0 0 1 1 Breslow .................... 0 2 0 0 0 0 Fuentes .................... 1 0 0 0 0 1 Breslow pitched to 2 batters in the 9th. HBP—by Bush (An.LaRoche), by G.Gonzalez (Moreland). WP—Tucker, G.Gonzalez. Umpires—Home, Doug Eddings;First, Dana DeMuth;Second, Kerwin Danley;Third, Paul Nauert. T—3:01. A—15,178 (35,067).

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Astros 5, Brewers 0 Milwaukee

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ab r h bi Bourgs cf-lf 4 1 2 0 AngSnc ss 4 0 0 0 Pence rf 4 1 1 0 Ca.Lee lf 3 2 2 3 Bourn cf 1 0 1 0 Wallac 1b 4 0 1 0 Hall 2b 4 0 1 1 MDwns 3b 3 1 0 0 Quinter c 3 0 1 0 Norris p 3 0 0 0 Fulchin p 0 0 0 0 Abad p 0 0 0 0 Melncn p 0 0 0 0 Totals 29 0 3 0 Totals 33 5 9 4 Milwaukee.......................... 000 000 000 — 0 Houston.............................. 010 003 10x — 5 E—Mitre (1), McGehee (3). DP—Milwaukee 1. LOB—Milwaukee 6, Houston 4. 2B—Kotsay (2). HR—Ca.Lee (3). SB—Bourgeois (8). S—Narveson. IP H R ER BB SO Milwaukee Narveson L,1-2 ....... 6 7 4 4 0 7 Mitre.......................... 1 1 1 0 0 2 Braddock.................. 1 1 0 0 0 3 Houston Norris W,2-1 ............ 72⁄3 3 0 0 3 11 1 Fulchino ................... ⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 Abad ......................... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 Melancon ................. 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Umpires—Home, Adrian Johnson;First, Jim Joyce;Second, Ron Kulpa;Third, Derryl Cousins. T—2:47. A—23,908 (40,963). Weeks 2b CGomz cf Braun lf Fielder 1b McGeh 3b Kotsay rf YBtncr ss Lucroy c Narvsn p Mitre p Counsll ph Brddck p

Braves 6, Cardinals 5 St. Louis


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ab r h bi Fowler cf 4 1 2 2 Amezg 2b 4 0 1 0 Helton 1b 5 0 2 1 Tlwtzk ss 4 0 1 0 CGnzlz lf 3 0 1 0 S.Smith rf 4 2 1 0 JoLopz 3b 4 0 0 0 Iannett c 2 1 0 0 Jimenz p 1 0 0 0 Splrghs ph 1 0 1 1 Rogers p 0 0 0 0 FMorls p 0 0 0 0 Herrer ph 0 0 0 0 Lndstr p 0 0 0 0 MtRynl p 0 0 0 0 JMorls ph 1 0 0 0 FPauln p 0 0 0 0 Totals 38 812 8 Totals 33 4 9 4 Pittsburgh .......................... 040 040 000 — 8 Colorado ............................ 001 102 000 — 4 DP—Pittsburgh 3. LOB—Pittsburgh 11, Colorado 9. 2B—G.Jones (2), Fowler (10), C.Gonzalez (5). 3B—Paul (1). SB—A.McCutchen (4), Paul (1). SF— Morton. IP H R ER BB SO Pittsburgh Morton W,3-1 .......... 51⁄3 7 4 4 5 1 Crotta........................ 0 1 0 0 1 0 Beimel H,3 ............... 12⁄3 0 0 0 1 2 Veras ........................ 1 0 0 0 0 2 Hanrahan.................. 1 1 0 0 0 0 Colorado Jimenez L,0-2.......... 4 6 4 4 4 6 Rogers...................... 1 4 4 4 2 1 F.Morales................. 1 0 0 0 1 0 Lindstrom ................. 1 0 0 0 0 2 Mat.Reynolds........... 1 1 0 0 0 1 F.Paulino .................. 1 1 0 0 0 1 Crotta pitched to 2 batters in the 6th. WP—Jimenez 3. Umpires—Home, Mark Carlson;First, Tim Timmons;Second, Jeff Kellogg;Third, Eric Cooper. T—3:24. A—35,012 (50,490). AMcCt cf Paul lf GJones rf Walker 2b Overay 1b Doumit c Alvarez 3b Cedeno ss Beimel p Veras p Diaz ph Hanrhn p Morton p Crotta p BrWod ss

Punto 2b Descals 2b-3b-2b Rasms cf Pujols 1b-3b Hollidy lf Brkmn rf Freese 3b Greene 2b Jay ph Frnkln p YMolin c Theriot ss JGarci p Motte p MHmlt 1b

Atlanta ab r h bi 2 1 1 0 Prado lf 2 4 4 3 4 2 0 0 0 3 4 3 0 1

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Heywrd rf 4 0 0 0 C.Jones 3b 4 0 0 0 McCnn c 4 1 1 0 Uggla 2b 4 1 1 0 AlGnzlz ss 4 2 1 2 Mather 1b 2 2 0 0 McLoth cf 3 0 1 0 D.Lowe p 1 0 0 0 Hicks ph 1 0 1 1 Linernk p 0 0 0 0 Sherrill p 0 0 0 0 OFlhrt p 0 0 0 0 Hinske ph 1 0 1 0 Gearrin p 0 0 0 0 Venters p 0 0 0 0 Conrad ph 1 0 1 1 Totals 32 5 9 5 Totals 33 6 8 5 St. Louis ............................. 300 010 010 — 5 Atlanta ................................ 000 030 201 — 6 One out when winning run scored. E—Pujols (4), Theriot (7). DP—St. Louis 1, Atlanta 2. LOB—St. Louis 6, Atlanta 5. 2B—Holliday 2 (9), Berkman (9), Uggla (4). HR—Ale.Gonzalez (4). S—Descalso, Mather. SF—Y.Molina. IP H R ER BB SO St. Louis J.Garcia.................... 6 5 4 3 1 6 Motte BS,1-1 ........... 1 2 1 0 0 0 Franklin L,0-3 .......... 11⁄3 1 1 0 1 0 Atlanta D.Lowe ..................... 5 6 4 4 2 5 Linebrink .................. 2⁄3 2 0 0 0 0 Sherrill ...................... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 O’Flaherty ................ 1 0 0 0 0 2 Gearrin BS,1-1 ........ 1 1 1 1 1 1 Venters W,1-0 ......... 1 0 0 0 0 1 J.Garcia pitched to 1 batter in the 7th. HBP—by Linebrink (Freese). Umpires—Home, Ted Barrett;First, Brian Runge;Second, Tim McClelland;Third, Marvin Hudson. T—2:55. A—34,129 (49,586).

Diamondbacks 4, Cubs 3 Chicago

Arizona ab r h bi ab r h bi Fukdm rf 4 0 1 0 CYoung cf 4 0 1 0 Barney 2b 4 0 2 0 KJhnsn 2b 3 0 0 0 SCastro ss 4 0 0 0 J.Upton rf 3 0 0 0 ArRmr 3b 4 0 1 0 S.Drew ss 4 0 0 0 ASorin lf 4 1 1 0 Monter c 3 1 1 0 Byrd cf 4 1 2 0 RRorts 3b 3 2 2 1 C.Pena 1b 3 1 1 1 Mirand 1b 3 0 0 0 Soto c 3 0 2 2 GParra lf 3 1 0 0 CColmn p 2 0 0 0 DHdsn p 2 0 0 1 Smrdzj p 0 0 0 0 DHrndz p 0 0 0 0 Colvin ph 1 0 0 0 Nady ph 1 0 1 0 Grabow p 0 0 0 0 Putz p 0 0 0 0 Mateo p 0 0 0 0 JeBakr ph 1 0 0 0 Totals 34 310 3 Totals 29 4 5 2 Chicago.............................. 010 000 200 — 3 Arizona ............................... 010 300 00x — 4 DP—Arizona 3. LOB—Chicago 6, Arizona 10. 2B—Fukudome (2), A.Soriano (4), Byrd (7), Soto 2 (6), Montero (8). HR—R.Roberts (6). SB— C.Young (1), G.Parra (3). S—D.Hudson. IP H R ER BB SO Chicago C.Coleman L,1-2..... 5 4 4 4 5 3 Samardzija............... 1 0 0 0 2 1 Grabow..................... 11⁄3 0 0 0 1 0 Mateo ........................ 2⁄3 1 0 0 0 1 Arizona D.Hudson W,2-4 ..... 7 8 3 3 1 5 D.Hernandez H,3 .... 1 1 0 0 0 1 Putz S,6-6 ................ 1 1 0 0 1 0 WP—C.Coleman, D.Hernandez. PB—Soto. Balk— C.Coleman. Umpires—Home, Tony Randazzo;First, Dan Bellino;Second, Brian Gorman;Third, Larry Vanover. T—2:50. A—26,605 (48,633).

Padres 7, Dodgers 0 San Diego Venale rf Bartlett ss Headly 3b Hundly c OHudsn 2b AlGnzlz ph-2b Maybin cf Hawpe 1b EPtrsn lf Denorfi ph-lf Mosely p Adams p Cantu ph Qualls p

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Loney 1b 3 0 0 0 Navarr c 3 0 0 0 Carroll ss 3 0 1 0 Garlnd p 1 0 0 0 DeJess ph 1 0 0 0 Hwksw p 0 0 0 0 Thams ph 1 0 0 0 Kuo p 0 0 0 0 MacDgl p 0 0 0 0 Cormir p 0 0 0 0 Totals 33 7 7 7 Totals 30 0 5 0 San Diego .......................... 030 000 004 — 7 Los Angeles....................... 000 000 000 — 0 E—Navarro (2). DP—San Diego 2. LOB—San Diego 7, Los Angeles 5. 2B—Headley (8), Carroll (5). SB—Headley (2). S—Moseley. SF—Bartlett. IP H R ER BB SO San Diego Moseley W,1-3 ........ 7 3 0 0 2 6 Adams H,6 ............... 1 0 0 0 0 1 Qualls ....................... 1 2 0 0 0 0 Los Angeles Garland L,1-2 .......... 6 3 3 3 4 8 Hawksworth ............. 2 0 0 0 0 2 Kuo ........................... 1⁄3 2 4 4 1 1 MacDougal .............. 1⁄3 1 0 0 0 0 Cormier .................... 1⁄3 1 0 0 0 0 HBP—by Kuo (Venable). WP—Hawksworth. Umpires—Home, Hunter Wendelstedt;First, Vic Carapazza;Second, Mike Muchlinski;Third, Bob Davidson. T—3:04. A—39,869 (56,000).

Marlins 9, Reds 5 Florida Coghln cf Infante 2b HRmrz ss GSnchz 1b Stanton rf Dobbs 3b J.Buck c Bonifac lf Nolasco p

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Cincinnati Stubbs cf Bruce rf Votto 1b Phillips 2b Gomes lf Hanign c Janish ss Valaika 3b Arroyo p

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Cousins ph 1 0 0 0 Hermid ph 1 0 0 0 Choate p 0 0 0 0 Masset p 0 0 0 0 Hensly p 0 0 0 0 Fisher p 0 0 0 0 Sanchs p 0 0 0 0 Heisey ph 1 0 1 2 LNunez p 0 0 0 0 Totals 36 911 9 Totals 35 5 9 5 Florida ................................ 210 000 240 — 9 Cincinnati ........................... 200 001 002 — 5 DP—Florida 1, Cincinnati 1. LOB—Florida 4, Cincinnati 7. 2B—Janish (5), Arroyo (2), Heisey (2). HR—H.Ramirez (1), Stanton (3), Dobbs (2), J.Buck (3), Bonifacio (1), Bruce (5), Phillips (4). SB— Stubbs (10). S—Nolasco. IP H R ER BB SO Florida Nolasco W,3-0 ........ 7 6 3 3 1 5 Choate ...................... 2⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 Hensley .................... 1⁄3 Sanches ................... 1⁄3 3 2 2 1 0 L.Nunez S,9-9 ......... 2⁄3 0 0 0 1 1 Cincinnati Arroyo L,3-3............. 7 7 5 5 2 3 Masset...................... 1 3 4 4 1 0 Fisher ....................... 1 1 0 0 0 1 HBP—by Nolasco (Stubbs). Umpires—Home, Angel Hernandez;First, Paul Schrieber;Second, Chad Fairchild;Third, Joe West. T—2:53. A—26,941 (42,319).

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Washington HrstnJr 3b-lf Ankiel cf Werth rf L.Nix lf Espinos ph-2b AdLRc 1b Dsmnd ss IRdrgz c Cora 2b-3b Zmrmn p Bixler ph Clipprd p SBurntt p Storen p

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Whitsd c 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 Burrell lf 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 Huff 1b 3 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 Tejada 3b 4 1 1 0 4 1 2 2 Fontent ss 4 1 2 0 4 0 2 1 Schrhlt rf 4 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 Cain p 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 Burriss ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Mota p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Runzler p 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 C.Ross ph 1 0 0 0 Totals 33 2 7 2 Totals 30 510 4 San Francisco.................... 020 000 000 — 2 Washington ....................... 011 100 02x — 5 E—Schierholtz (1). DP—San Francisco 1. LOB— San Francisco 7, Washington 6. 2B—Fontenot 2 (4), Schierholtz (2), Cora (2). SB—Espinosa (2), Desmond (10). CS—Ford (3). S—Zimmermann. IP H R ER BB SO San Francisco Cain L,2-2 ................ 6 7 3 3 3 5 Mota.......................... 1 1 0 0 0 0 Runzler..................... 1 2 2 2 1 2 Washington Zimmermann W,2-4 6 6 2 2 2 4 Clippard H,7 ............ 12⁄3 0 0 0 1 3 S.Burnett H,2........... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 Storen S,5-5 ............ 1 1 0 0 0 0 WP—Cain, Zimmermann. Umpires—Home, Rob Drake;First, Gary Darling;Second, Bruce Dreckman;Third, Paul Emmel. T—2:45. A—21,611 (41,506).

Mets 2, Phillies 1 New York

Philadelphia ab r h bi ab r h bi JosRys ss 6 0 2 0 Victorn cf 5 0 1 0 Turner 2b 3 0 0 0 Polanc 3b 6 0 1 0 DnMrp ph-2b 3 0 0 0 Rollins ss 4 0 0 0 DWrght 3b 6 2 3 0 Howard 1b 5 0 1 1 Beltran rf 6 0 1 1 BFrncs rf 4 0 1 0 Bay lf 6 0 1 0 Ibanez lf 4 0 0 0 I.Davis 1b 6 0 0 0 Madson p 0 0 0 0 RPauln c 7 0 5 1 Sardinh c 2 0 0 0 Hairstn cf 3 0 1 0 Orr 2b 5 0 1 0 Pridie cf 3 0 1 0 Schndr c 4 0 2 0 CYoung p 2 0 0 0 Mrtnz pr 0 0 0 0 Hu ph 1 0 0 0 Baez p 0 0 0 0 Isrnghs p 0 0 0 0 WValdz ph 1 0 0 0 Byrdak p 0 0 0 0 Kndrck p 0 0 0 0 FRdrgz p 0 0 0 0 Hamels ph 1 0 0 0 Harris ph 1 0 0 0 Cl.Lee p 2 0 0 0 Beato p 0 0 0 0 Stutes p 0 0 0 0 Thole ph 1 0 0 0 Bastrd p 0 0 0 0 TBchlz p 1 0 0 0 Mayrry ph-lf 3 1 0 0 Totals 55 214 2 Totals 46 1 7 1 New York ......... 000 010 000 000 01 — 2 Philadelphia ..... 000 000 010 000 00 — 1 E—Orr (1). LOB—New York 19, Philadelphia 11. 2B—Jos.Reyes (9), Beltran (9), R.Paulino (1), Pridie (1), Schneider (1). SB—Jos.Reyes 2 (10), D.Wright (6), Pridie (1). CS—Rollins (1), B.Francisco (3). S—C.Young, Victorino. IP H R ER BB SO New York C.Young ................... 7 2 0 0 3 7 Isringhausen H,5..... 2⁄3 0 1 1 2 0 Byrdak BS,1-1 ......... 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 F.Rodriguez............. 11⁄3 Beato......................... 3 2 0 0 0 2 T.Buchholz W,1-0 ... 2 0 0 0 0 2 Philadelphia Cl.Lee ....................... 7 8 1 1 2 5 Stutes ....................... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 Bastardo ................... 2⁄3 Madson .................... 1 0 0 0 2 1 Baez.......................... 2 1 0 0 0 1 K.Kendrick L,1-2 ..... 3 4 1 1 2 1 Byrdak pitched to 1 batter in the 8th. HBP—by C.Young (B.Francisco). WP—F.Rodriguez.

S A T U R D AY ’ S L A T E B O X E S Cubs 5, Diamondbacks 3 Chicago

Arizona ab r h bi ab r h bi Fukdm rf 5 1 0 0 CYoung cf 3 1 0 0 Barney 2b 5 1 2 1 GParra lf 3 1 1 1 SCastro ss 5 1 2 1 J.Upton rf 4 1 1 0 ArRmr 3b 5 0 1 1 S.Drew ss 4 0 2 2 JeBakr 1b 4 0 0 0 RRorts 2b 3 0 1 0 C.Pena pr-1b 0 0 0 0 Branyn 1b 4 0 0 0 ASorin lf 4 1 2 2 Monter c 4 0 1 0 Byrd cf 4 0 2 0 Mora 3b 3 0 0 0 Soto c 3 1 0 0 IKnndy p 2 0 0 0 Garza p 3 0 0 0 DHrndz p 0 0 0 0 Colvin ph 0 0 0 0 KJhnsn ph 1 0 0 0 Marml p 0 0 0 0 Putz p 0 0 0 0 Totals 38 5 9 5 Totals 31 3 6 3 Chicago.............................. 010 110 002 — 5 Arizona ............................... 100 002 000 — 3 E—Mora (1), S.Drew (2). DP—Chicago 1. LOB— Chicago 8, Arizona 4. 2B—S.Castro (6), Ar.Ramirez (7), J.Upton (7). 3B—G.Parra (1). HR—A.Soriano (10). Chicago IP H R ER BB SO Garza W,1-3 8 6 3 3 2 10 Marmol S,7-9........... 1 0 0 0 1 0 Arizona .................... I.Kennedy................. 72⁄3 6 3 3 1 6 D.Hernandez ........... 1⁄3 0 0 0 0 1 Putz L,0-1 ................ 1 3 2 2 1 0 Umpires—Home, Larry Vanover; First, Tony Randazzo; Second, Dan Bellino; Third, Brian Gorman. T—2:41. A—27,652 (48,633).

Rockies 4, Pirates 1


Colorado ab r h bi ab r h bi AMcCt cf 4 1 2 1 Fowler cf 3 0 0 0 Tabata lf 1 0 0 0 Herrer 2b 4 0 1 0 Diaz lf 3 0 0 0 Helton 1b 3 0 1 0 Moskos p 0 0 0 0 Tlwtzk ss 4 0 0 0 GJones rf 4 0 1 0 CGnzlz lf 4 1 2 0 Walker 2b 4 0 2 0 JoLopz 3b 4 1 1 0 Overay 1b 4 0 0 0 S.Smith rf 3 1 1 1 Snyder c 3 0 1 0 Iannett c 3 1 1 3 Alvarez 3b 3 0 0 0 Hamml p 2 0 0 0 Cedeno ss 3 0 1 0 RBtncr p 0 0 0 0 Mahlm p 0 0 0 0 Street p 0 0 0 0 Paul ph-lf 1 0 0 0 Totals 30 1 7 1 Totals 30 4 7 4 Pittsburgh .......................... 100 000 000 — 1 Colorado ............................ 040 000 00x — 4 E—G.Jones (1). DP—Colorado 3. LOB—Pittsburgh 5, Colorado 6. 2B—Helton (6), C.Gonzalez (4). HR—A.McCutchen (5), Iannetta (3). SB— G.Jones (2). S—Maholm, Hammel. IP H R ER BB SO Pittsburgh Maholm L,1-4 .......... 7 7 4 4 3 3 Moskos..................... 1 0 0 0 0 0 Colorado Hammel W,3-1 ........ 7 6 1 1 2 4 R.Betancourt H,8 .... 1 0 0 0 0 0 Street S,10-10 ......... 1 1 0 0 0 2 Umpires—Home, Eric Cooper;First, Mark Carlson;Second, Tim Timmons;Third, Jeff Kellogg. T—2:35. A—33,684 (50,490).

Padres 5, Dodgers 2

San Diego

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Watson edges Simpson to win Zurich Classic Tour, was left to wonder AVONDALE, La. — Bubba what might Watson won the Zurich Classic have been if on Sunday for his second PGA not for an Tour victory of the year and unusual onethird overall, holing a 3-foot stroke penalty birdie putt on the second hole of on 15 when his a playoff with Webb Simpson. Watson ball moved as After his 329-yard drive narhe was addressing it on the rowly stayed out of the water green. and landed in a fairway bunker, Watson, also the winner at Watson hit his second shot 210 Torrey Pines in late January, yards to the green on the 568matched Simpson with a 3yard, par-5 18th. Simpson’s second shot landed under 69 to finish at 15-under 273 at TPC Louisiana. Both in a bunker short of the green, players birdied the 18th on the and he blasted out to 12 feet. first extra hole, with Watson After Simpson narrowly missed his birdie putt, Watson holed making a 12-foot putt to force the second playoff. out for the victory. Watson earned $1,152,000 and Simpson, winless on the PGA The Associated Press

jumped from No. 16 to No. 10 in the world. Avnet LPGA Classic MOBILE, Ala. — Maria Hjorth took advantage of Alexis Thompson’s collapse in a failed bid to become the youngest LPGA Tour winner, rallying to win the Avnet LPGA Classic for her fifth tour title. The 37-year-old Swede shot her second straight 5-under 67 to finish at 10-under 278, two strokes ahead of Song-Hee Kim (71) on The Crossings course at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail’s Magnolia Grove complex. The 16-year-old Thompson, tied for the lead with Kim entering the round, had a 78 to drop

into a tie for 19th at 1 under. Ballantine’s Championship SEOUL, South Korea — Topranked Lee Westwood rallied to win the Ballantine’s Championship for his second straight victory, shooting a 5-under 67 for a one-stroke victory over Miguel Angel Jimenez. Westwood, the English star who won the Asian Tour’s Indonesian Masters last week to regain the No. 1 spot in the world, finished at 12-under 276 at Blackstone Resort in the event sanctioned by the European and Asian tour and Korea PGA. The 47-year-old Jimenez parred the final nine holes for a 71.

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utive hitless game for the first time this season. “We’ve got to get Vazquez and guys like that back on track because that’s our RBI guy,” Miley said. The Yankees began leaving guys on base in the fourth inning. With two on and two outs, Jesus Montero was picked off second base by Boscan, leaving Maxwell on first. The Yankees left two on in the fourth and fifth. Starter Adam Warren, who pitched a scoreless first four innings, found trouble in the fifth. The right-hander gave up a one-out single to Boscan and an out later Jordan Schafer hit his first home run of the season. Warren walked the next two batters before inducing a groundout to keep the damage to two runs. He needed 27 pitches to get through the inning. And things got a bit worse in the sixth when he allowed a solo home run to the .197-hitting Ed Lucas that gave Gwinnett a 3-1 lead. But then came the eighth. A walk and an error helped Scranton/Wilkes-Barre loaded the bases with no outs to start the inning. Vazquez popped out in the infield, but Maxwell pushed across a run with the second infield hit of the inning, and Doug Bernier walked to score the tying run. “When you have an opportunity, it is what you do with them,” Miley said. “That one inning we were able to capitalize. That was fortunate for us.” But the rally stopped there. New Gwinnett pitcher Anthony Varvaro struck out Jordan Parraz, and Ramiro Pena ended the inning with a shallow fly to left field, leaving the bases loaded and the game tied until the 10th. Kevin Whelan earned his league-leading ninth save, walking one in a scoreless 10th. Maxwell finished 2-for-3 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored. NOTES: C Gustavo Molina rejoined the SWB Yankees following nearly a month in New York filling in for the injured Francisco Cervelli. Molina had one double in six plate appearance for New York. ... C Jose Gil was sent to Double-A Trenton to open up the roster spot for Molina. ... Pitcher Kevin Millwood opted out of his minor league contract with the Yankees and is no longer with the team. The right-hander was 1-1 with an 8.00 ERA in two starts for the SWB Yankees. In his most recent start at Charlotte, Millwood lasted just two innings, allowing six runs off seven hits including two home runs. RHP D.J. Mitchell will pitch in Millwood’s scheduled start Tuesday. ... HOW THEY SCORED YANKEES SECOND: Jorge Vazquez grounded out. Justin Maxwell homered. Brandon Laird called out on strikes. Jordan Parraz flied out to right. YANKEES 1-0 BRAVES FIFTH: Shawn Bowman flied out to center. J.C. Boscan singled. Jose Constanza popped out to left. Jordan Schafer homered. Matt Young walked. Mauro Gomez walked. Stefan Gartrell grounded into a fielder’s choice. BRAVES 2-1 BRAVES SIXTH: Wilkin Ramirez popped out to first. Ed Lucas homered. Shawn Bowman struck out. J.C. Boscan flied out to right. BRAVES 3-1 YANKEES EIGHTH: Greg Golson reached on an error. Kevin Russo walked. Jesus Montero hit an infield single. Vazquez popped out to second. Maxwell singled to score Golson. Doug Bernier walked to score Russo. Jordan Parraz struck. Ramiro Pena flied out to right. TIED 3-3 YANKEES TENTH: Maxwell popped out to right field. Doug Bernier grounded out to shortstop. Jordan Parraz walked. Pena was intentionally walked. P.J. Pilittere singled in Parraz. Greg Golson reached on an error to score Pena. Russo singled to score Pilittere. Montero struck out. YANKEES 6-3


Dave Mitchell of Bloomsburg stretches before Sunday’s Cherry Blossom 5 Mile Race at Kirby Park. Mitchell won the men’s 55-59 age group title with a time of 31 minutes, 56 seconds.

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time, finishing the race in 25 minutes and 32 seconds. Wasnetsky actually broke his own course record, 26:17, set ironically on the same old course two years ago. Wadas finished second, 34 seconds behind. It was Wadas’ record, 26:19, set four years ago, that Wasnetsky broke in 2009. In Sunday’s race, Wasnetsky took an early lead and pulled away about 100 meters into the race. “I held steady and Wadas fell back a bit at that point,” said Wasnetsky, who is a fourth-year senior and soon to be a fifth-year senior (he redshirted last year) at the University of Scranton, where he runs track and cross country. “When we reached the turnaround, I could see that I had about a 100-meter lead. But then I cramped. And I was really hurting. In fact, I thought that Wadas would pass me, but that never happened.” “I had no chance at catching him,” said Wadas, who runs for the Keystone Elite Running Club in Harrisburg. “He ran away from me right from the start.” Samantha Snead, the top female finisher, also ran away from the rest of the females right from the start, winning with a fifthplace finish overall in 30:17. Snead, 22, of Moscow, outran second-place finishe, Deedra Porfirio, 34, of West Pittston, by 2:15. “I don’t really know how to pace myself,” said Snead, who ran cross country for Penn State Worthington in 2008. “I go by how my legs feel on that day. Today I focused on two men up ahead of me, Paul Leonard and John Evangelista, because I knew they were good runners. I just tried to keep pace with them.” Good idea.

Evangelista, 41, of Blakely, finished third in 29:31 and Leonard, 48, of Scranton, finished fourth in 29:38. The Cherry Blossom 5-miler is the second leg of the Striders Triple Crown. Evangelista has a commanding lead in both the male open division and the male masters (40 and over) division because Wasnetsky and Wadas didn’t run in the Winter’s End (4.5-mile) Run – the first leg of the Triple Crown – at Penn State Wilkes-Barre in March. Bornfase Nyandusi Omurwa, the native Kenyan who now lives in Kingston, won that race. But he didn’t race in the Cherry Blossom 5 miler Sunday because he was running in the Broad Street 10 Miler in Philadelphia. Evangelista finished third in the Winter’s End Run. Snead has now won the first two legs of the Triple Crown and has a commanding lead in the female open division. Swoyersville’s Ann Zoranski leads the female masters division. The final leg of the Triple Crown will be the Summer 10K in Kirby Park on July 23. Hopefully the park will be water free for that race. In 2004, race officials from the Striders running club added “Tim Thomas Memorial” to the Cherry Blossom 5 Mile Run name in memory of Thomas, who was a standout runner from Plains Township and ran for Bloomsburg University. He died at age 31. Each year, Tim’s widow, Kim, contacts all of the Wyoming Valley Conference guidance counselors with the criteria for entering a scholarship contest in Tim’s name. The contest is for high school senior boys and girls who plan to run at the college level. Each contestant is asked to write Kim a letter explaining what running means to them. Kim then picks two winners (one boy and one girl) from the letters that impress her the most. The winners each receive a $500 scholarship. This year’s winners are :Frank Ferlenda from Dallas High School and Jacquelyn Yurchak from Hazleton Area High

School. Ferlenda, who will attend East Stroudsburg University, wrote that running has taught him patience and that every day matters, adding that training every day is the big picture. Ferlenda said that his greatest achievement has been winning the Wyoming Valley Conference championship. Yurchak, who will attend Hood College, in Frederick, Md., wrote that running is a way of relieving stress for her and it enables her to enjoy the outdoors. Yurchak said that her greatest achievement was when she completed the Philadelphia Half Marathon at age 16.

Wyoming Valley Striders 37th annual Cherry Blossom 5 Mile Run (second leg of Striders Triple Crown) Tim Thomas Memorial results Top 10 Chris Wasnetsky, 22, Dunmore ................25:32 Chris Wadas, 29, Plains Twp. ...................26:06 John Evangelista, 41, Blakely....................29:31 Paul Leonard, 48, Scranton........................29:38 Samantha Snead, 22, Moscow..................30:17 Pat Leonard, 32, Pittston ............................30:51 Dan Thomas Jr., 51, Dallas........................31:30 Brian Thomas, 28, Tunkhannock ..............31:36 Will Butkiewicz, 15, Kingston .....................31:44 Dave Mitchell, 56, Bloomsburg..................31:56 Male award winners: Overall: Wasnetsky, 25:32, course record. Age group winners: 19 & under: 1. Will Butkiewicz, Kingston, 31:44; 2. Forest Hawkins, Ashley, 33:39; 3. Jeff Austin, Pringle, 34:07. 20-29: 1.Chris Wadas, Plains Twp., 26:06; 2.Glenn Zimmerman, Wilkes-Barre, 36:50; 3. Dave Houssock, Plymouth, 36:50. 30-34: 1. Pat Leonard, Pittston, 30:51; 2. Flash Barchick, Cambra, 34:57; 3. James Zeske, Hanover Twp., 36:34. 35-39: 1. Jay Albers, White Haven, 32:26; 2. John Zawadski, Plymouth, 32:36; 3. Paul Manley, Plymouth, 34:20. Masters division: 40-44: 1. John Evangelista, Blakely, 29:31; 2. Brian Thomas, Tunkhannock, 31:36; 3. Brian Kryper, Forty Fort, 32:05. 45-49: 1. Paul Leonard, Scranton, 29:38; 2. George Dunbar, Old Forge, 32:56; 3. Joe Kichilinsky, Wyoming, 33:48. 50-54: 1. Dan Thomas Jr, Dallas, 31:30; 2. Bob Warnagiris, Hunlock Creek, 35:50; 3. Rich Shiptoski, Shickshinny, 37:05. 55-59: 1. Dave Mitchell, Bloomsburg, 31:56; 2. Dave Jiunta, W. Wyoming, 34:32; 3. Robert Miller, Forty Fort, 36:15. 60-64: 1. Joe Dutko, Mountain Top, 37:59; 2. Pat McMahon, Dallas, 41:43; 3. 60-64: 1. Mike Jones, Kingston, 49:32. 65 & over: 1. Robert Kiley, Shippensburg, 43:59; 2. Mike Fay, Hazleton, 46:49; 3. Tom Winter, Shavertown, 47:20. Top 5 females Samantha Snead, 22, Moscow..................30:17 Deedra Porfirio, 34, W. Pittston.................32:32 Ann Zoranski, 40, Swoyersville .................34:45 Lynn Dolan, 47, W. Wyoming ....................35:12 Kerry Zawadski, 32, Plymouth ...................36:04 Female award winners: 19 & under: None.2029: 1. Lindsey Conrad, Wilkes-Barre, 39:59; 2. Jenny Carlo, Wilkes-Barre, 41:36; 3. Amy Ruda, Bethlehem, 45:06. 30-34: 1. Deedra Porfirio, W. Pittston, 32:32; 2. Karen McLaughlin, Plains Twp., 36:08; 3. Joelle Sharisky, Wyoming, 39:54. 35-39: 1. Kerry Zawadski, Plymouth, 36:04; 2. Amy Shappert, Trucksville, 41:20; 3. Jessica Chesman, Dallas, 43:47. Masters division: 40-44: 1. Ann Zoranski, Swoyersville, 34:45; 2. Mary Leonard, New York City, 38:33; 3. Traci Dutko-Strungis, Mountain Top, 38:54. . 45-49: 1. Lynn Dolan, 47, West Wyoming, 35:12; 2. Jill Hildebrand, Wapwallopen, 39:32; 3. Ruth Brumagin, Mountain Top, 45:50; 5059: 1. Bev Tomasak, Edwardsville, 44:16; 2. Patty Phillips, Hanover Twp., 44:51; 3. Mariellen Torbik, W. Wyoming, 47:22. 60 & over: 1. Barb Zeske, Hanover Twp., 40:37. Field: 125 (run), 30 (walk). Pace bike: John Fisher. Official starter and timing: Vince P. Wojnar. Results: Ron Rawls. Race director: Vince A. Wojnar. Striders president: Jim Jackiewicz. Schedule Sunday: Wyoming Valley Striders 20th annual Spring Trail (5.3-mile) Run at the pavilion, near the boat launch area, of Frances Slocum State Park, Kingston Twp., at 1 p.m. Info: Vince Wojnar, 4745363. Sunday, May 15: Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley’s River Street3 Mile Run/Walk at the JCC, S. River Street, Wilkes-Barre, at 10:30 a.m. Info: Bill Buzza, 824-4646.

Part of UCLA’s Pauley court sells for $325K LAGUNA NIGUEL, Calif. (AP) — The original center court jump circle from UCLA’s Pauley Pavilion has netted $325,085 at auction. SCP Auctions said Sunday that it’s the most someone has ever paid for any piece of college basketball memorabilia. The12-foot jump circle was used

from 1965 to 1982 by the men’s teams that won eight national championships and the women’s team that won the 1978 national title. Former UCLA coach John Wooden and some of his greatest players, including Kareem AbdulJabbar and Bill Walton, signed the piece while it was in storage.

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same boat; we’re not stressing out or anything. It’ll eventually get settled and you just go with it.” Going with it for the players means training on their own. For first-round picks, it means devouring the playbooks they were able to get from their teams during Friday’s short break in the lockout. “The quarterbacks and offensive linemen and wide receivers, these young guys, can you imagine? With no minicamps and no OTAs, if they show up Aug. 1 to training camp, they’re going to be so lost,” Montana-based agent Ken Staninger said. “It may be a lost draft, other than the elite-elite.” For coaches, it means evaluating how they addressed their needs in the draft, and which undrafted players they might approach when allowed to do so. Dallas coach Jason Garrett has all his plans organized for offseason workouts and minicamps. “What we did is we laid out the entire calendar for the offseason assuming there was no lockout,” Garrett said. “So all of those dates were in place soon after the season ended. But obviously we had to be responsive to the lockout and when the players came back, and we’ll continue to do that based on what the new rules are.” Those rules are uncertain even if the players win the next round in the appeals court. Among the league’s options is reinstating the 2010 guidelines, which featured more limited free agency and no salary cap. And no minimum for spending, which could come into play more than ever with some owners who fear profits will continue to decline. “It’s a chaotic time,” said Ben Dogra, agent for Sam Bradford and Patrick Willis, among many other players. “There are a lot of moving points, and it means daily uncertainty.” Amid the uncertainty, one message rang clear at Radio City Music Hall during the draft. It was delivered by the fans, who repeatedly booed Commissioner Roger Goodell and also chanted “we want football.”

ery detail. It took eight years battling a degenerative heart disease and a17-hour surgery for her to realize attempts at omnipotence are futile. “If something happens and we don’t have control over it then try not to obsess over it,” Ritvo said. “Things are going to happen and you have to accept it.” Oh, there were nights when she would cry and scream “why me?” Who could blame her? Tim Ritvo, who ceded his half of the business to his wife last winter to oversee racing at Gulfstream, Pimlico and Laurel Park, didn’t get it. “Kathy never drank, never smoked, never did a drug,” he said. “You see other people try to kill themselves and she never did a thing wrong.” Genetic testing revealed Ritvo suffered from cardiomyopathy, the same disease that killed her brother Louis, a former jockey, at age 38 in 1996. She spent months shuttling in and out of Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami taking intravenous drugs to keep her heart pumping. There were days she felt so sluggish it was all she could do to lift her head off her pillow. There were nights when she wasn’t sure she would wake up in the morning. Ritvo spent months awaiting a transplant. When the call finally came, she didn’t even pack a bag on her way out the door. She didn’t plan on staying in the hospital that long. “Once you get through that and get yourself together, you have to keep going forward,” she said. “It was not my time to go and I did not want to go.” A week after the surgery, she was back home. Three years later, she’s as healthy as she’s ever been in her life, though there are daily reminders of how close she came to not being here at all. Besides the scar there is the daily 30-pill regimen — a handful anti-rejection drugs at 7:30 in the morning, another handful 12 hours later, then 15 vitamins at lunch. There’s the occasional cold that takes a little longer to clear up than it probably should. That’s pretty much it, though. A small list of complaints that pales in comparison to the good fortune that’s come her way since she walked out of the hospital just before Thanksgiving 21⁄2 years ago.


world. The Heat, on the other hand, do have something to prove. Ever since the day James made his much derided announcement that he would bring his considerable talent to the Heat, he’s known that the only way to validate himself as truly one of the greatest players in the game is to win the title that has so far eluded him in his otherwise spectacular career. Wade and Bosh don’t have that much pressure on them, but they know they have to deliver on their promises, too. Game 1 was just a primer, offering a tantalizing glimpse into what is yet to come in this playoff series. It may not be epic, because epic is usually reserved for the finals. But it very well could be spectacular.

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Busch prevails, but Hamlin happy with second By JENNA FRYER AP Auto Racing Writer

RICHMOND, Va. – Denny Hamlin, in desperate need of a victory, had no issues with settling for second behind teammate Kyle Busch at Richmond International Raceway. Why not? The start of the seasonhasbeensobadforHamlin,an eight-race winner last season and the runner-up to Jimmie Johnson in the final points standings, that coming in second was a huge step for the slumping driver. His finish at his home track was his best this season, first top-five, and only his second top-10 in nine races. “I’m ecstatic, to be honest with you,” he said after Saturday night’s race. “You can’t be mad at second place. Yeah, I want to win, trust me. It burns that you didn’t win. But how we didn’t win I can live with.” Hamlin didn’t win because he’d shared so much information over

the years in Joe Gibbs Racing debriefs that it had helped Busch improve at Richmond. Busch’s victory Saturday night Hamlin was his third consecutive in Richmond’s spring race, and he and Hamlin have combined to win the last five races at the short track. Busch readily admitted that Hamlin’s tutorials have helped him immensely, and said there was something specific he picked up from Hamlin’s victory last September that helped him beat his teammate this time around. “Denny did do a nice job at helping me here a little bit last fall,” Busch said. “I used the information. I kind of used it all throughout the race.” Considering Hamlin has parlayed Busch’s insider information into improving his own perform-


ance on intermediate tracks, he understood that being a good teammate is part of the game and for the betterment of JGR — even it was Busch that got to Victory Lane. Buttherewasalsoahopethatin coming close to grabbing his first win of the season, Hamlin might have snapped out of the slump he’s been in since losing his first Sprint Cup title in last year’s finale. The15-point lead he took into the final race was swallowed up by Johnson, who ended up winning his fifth consecutive title by 39 points over Hamlin. It sent Hamlin into a funk he carried through the offseason but vowed to break out of before the new season began. Although his mood was better, his performance was way off. Most glaring was a 12th-place finish at Martinsville, where he’d won three straight races, and a 15th at Texas, where he won both of last season’s races. It led to an


Denny Hamlin (11) and Kyle Bush (18) are side by side in turn two during the NASCAR Sprint Cup auto race at Richmond International Raceway in Richmond, Va., Saturday.

erroneous report this week that a swapping of crews for Hamlin and Joey Logano was “imminent,” something everyone at JGR strongly rebuked. Hamlin has stood by crew chief Mike Ford, and JGR management believes

strongly that Ford is the best man for Hamlin. “I think they have faith in each other,” said team president J.D. Gibbs, who acknowledged the slow start to the season had worn on the No. 11 team.

“We’ve been through it with all of our drivers over the years. So I think to have a good run at a place where you should run well, I think that was encouraging. I think overall that gives them a little momentum.”


Bruins have no hole in their net

Thomas is bringing stability in goal, while the Flyers are still looking for a solution. By DAN GELSTON AP Sports Writer


The Miami Heat’s Chris Bosh celebrates as the Boston Celtics call a timeout during the second half of Game 1 of a secondround NBA playoff series Sunday.

Wade, Jones are hot as Heat top Celtics

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MIAMI — Dwyane Wade knew his regular-season numbers against Boston were lacking. He also knew that wouldn’t matter in the playoffs. And Game 1 — which seemed more like Round 1 — of what’s already an emotionally charged series went to Wade and the Miami Heat. Wade scored 38 points on 14 of 21 shooting, James Jones set a Miami postseason record with 25 points off the bench, and the Heat beat the Celtics 99-90 on Sunday to open their Eastern Conference semifinal series. “It’s a big game. It’s Game 1, at home,” Wade said. “You’ve got to take care of home court. These guys expect this from me. I wasn’t giving it to them in the regular season versus them and I wanted to come out today and be a leader.” LeBron James finished with 22 points, six rebounds and five assists for Miami.

BOSTON (90): Pierce 6-14 4-6 19, Garnett 3-9 0-0 6, J.O’Neal 3-6 3-3 9, Rondo 3-10 2-2 8, Allen 9-13 2-2 25, Davis 2-5 0-0 4, West 3-9 2-2 10, Krstic 0-1 0-0 0, Green 3-8 1-3 9. Totals 32-75 14-18 90. MIAMI (99): James 8-19 5-9 22, Bosh 3-10 1-2 7, Ilgauskas 0-2 0-0 0, Bibby 1-4 0-0 3, Wade 14-21 8-9 38, Anthony 0-1 2-2 2, Jones 5-7 10-10 25, Chalmers 1-4 0-0 2, Miller 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-68 26-32 99. Boston ................................................14222628—90 Miami ..................................................20312523—99 3-Point Goals—Boston 12-24 (Allen 5-8, Pierce 3-7, Green 2-4, West 2-5), Miami 9-19 (Jones 5-7, Wade 2-5, James 1-3, Bibby 1-3, Chalmers 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds— Boston 42 (Garnett 8), Miami 47 (Bosh 12). Assists—Boston 18 (Rondo 7), Miami 17 (Wade, James 5). Total Fouls—Boston 24, Miami 21. Technicals—Pierce 2, West, Boston defensive three second 2, Jones, Wade. Flagrant Fouls— J.O’Neal. Ejected—Pierce. A—20,021 (19,600).

Grizzlies 114, Thunder 101 OKLAHOMA CITY — Zach Randolph had 34 points and 10 rebounds, Marc Gasol added 20 points and 13 boards, and

Thibodeau wins Coach of the Year

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Tom Thibodeau is the NBA’s Coach of the Year after leading the Chicago Bulls to 62 wins in his first season to tie a league record set by Paul Westphal. The winner was announced at news conference in Chicago for Sunday afternoon. The Chicago Tribune first reported Thibodeau’s selection, which was no surprise given what the Bulls accomplished. An NBA assistant for about two decades, Thibodeau finally got his chance to lead a team after spending three seasons working for Doc Rivers in Boston. He replaced the fired Vinny Del Negro in June, and with a rebuilt roster and an emphasis on defense, the Bulls breezed to a 62-20 .

the Memphis Grizzlies overpowered the Oklahoma City Thunder inside for a victory in the opening game of the Western Conference semifinals. Just as they did in a surprising first-round upset of topseeded San Antonio, Randolph and Gasol provided enough punch to give eighth-seeded Memphis a road victory in Game 1.

MEMPHIS (114) Young 3-7 0-0 6, Randolph 12-22 9-9 34, Gasol 9-11 2-4 20, Conley 5-13 5-6 15, Allen 5-10 2-4 12, Battier 4-9 2-2 11, Mayo 2-7 1-1 6, Arthur 2-7 2-2 6, Vasquez 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 44-89 23-28 114. OKLAHOMA CITY (101) Durant 11-21 8-11 33, Ibaka 7-14 2-2 16, Perkins 1-3 0-0 2, Westbrook 9-23 10-12 29, Sefolosha 2-2 1-1 5, Collison 2-3 1-2 5, Mohammed 0-1 0-0 0, Harden 2-5 0-0 5, Maynor 0-3 3-4 3, Cook 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 35-78 25-32 101. Memphis..........................................28292730—114 Oklahoma City................................24232430—101 3-Point Goals—Memphis 3-8 (Battier 1-1, Randolph 1-1, Mayo 1-3, Young 0-1, Conley 0-2), Oklahoma City 6-14 (Durant 3-5, Cook 1-2, Westbrook 1-2, Harden 1-3, Maynor 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Memphis 53 (Gasol 13), Oklahoma City 47 (Ibaka, Durant 11). Assists—Memphis 21 (Conley 7), Oklahoma City 16 (Westbrook 6). Total Fouls—Memphis 23, Oklahoma City 25. A—18,203 (18,203).

PHILADELPHIA — Tim Thomas was invisible in last year’s playoffs, never called on to stop a Flyers’ comeback that knocked Boston out of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Only an injury could keep Thomas out of Boston’s net this postseason. Thomas rebounded from offseason hip surgery and won 35 games, had nine shutouts and is one of three finalists for the Vezina Trophy, given to the NHL’s top goalie every year. He’s played every minute of Boston’s postseason run — an envious stat for a Flyers team that has used net roulette throughout the playoffs. Game 2 is today in Philadelphia. Thomas had 31 saves in Boston’s 7-3 Game 1 win over Philadelphia in this year’s East semis and gives the Bruins the durability and stability needed to make a deep postseason run. “He was very comfortable from the start,” Boston coach Claude Julien said. “But that is just Tim getting better and better as these playoffs move forward.”

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The Bruins are counting on his improvement to advance to the conference finals a year after they blew a 3-0 lead against the Flyers. Thomas, a 2010 U.S. Olympian, was a bystander when the Bruins suffered their meltdown. It was a big bump in the career path for one of the top goalies in the NHL. Thomas won the Vezina two years ago and signed a five-year contract extension in spring 2009. But he slumped to a17-18-8 record with a 2.56 goals-against average and .915 save percentage last season and lost his job to Tuukka Rask. Thomas played in just three of Boston’s final 12 regular-season games and didn’t make a playoff appearance. Rask was in net for all seven games of last year’s series with the Flyers, when Boston became the third NHL to blow a 3-0 bestof-seven series lead and fail to advance. Thomas intends to finish the job this season. “We’re pretty fortunate to have

Timmy, and even Tuukka there,” Bruins center Brad Marchand said Sunday. “We have a great duo. But at playoff time, it’s so tough because a goalie can get hot at any time.” Thomas’ defensemen were stout in front of him in Game 1, and Thomas wasn’t forced into any spectacular saves. Boston’s 5-1 lead was cut to 5-3 before the Bruins scored two late goals to turn it into a romp. “You usually do not have those type of leads in the playoffs so it was nice, but we didn’t have that lead all game,” Thomas said. “It was still a playoff game, and Philly is known for their comebacks, even within games, so you have to be on your toes.” Thomas allowed five goals in the first two games of the firstround series against Montreal, both losses. When he settled down, so did the Bruins, who eliminated Montreal in seven games. “What you saw early in the first round was not indicative, like the rest of our team, (of us) when we made uncharacteristic mistakes,” Julien said. Julien never wavered on his No. 1 starter. The Flyers have been stymied in finding the answer to the most valuable position on the ice. Brian Boucher allowed five goals and some soft rebounds before he was replaced in Game 1.

The Flyers made their fourth goalie change in eight playoff games, a staggering number for a team that spent a chunk of the season leading the Eastern Conference. Boucher has been the goat as a starter and a star reliever — he won two games off the bench versus the Sabres. He’s wants that Game 2 start. “I will prepare the same way I do every day and we will see what happens,” Boucher said Sunday. “I think there are only so many times you can make a change before you run out of nine lives.” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette declined to reveal his Game 2 starter. Boucher said Laviolette has reasons other than ineffectiveness for benching the goalie. “It’s always a wakeup call for the team,” Boucher said. “You always seem to get a bit of a boost after there’s a goalie change. I think that’s why coaches are so apt to do that. That seems to be one of the last things they can do, as opposed to yelling at the guys or calling a timeout.” Laviolette would love to have a No. 1 guy and stick with him. Consider, Phillies starting pitchers have three complete games, one less than the Flyers’ goalies have in the postseason. The Flyers also failed to earn a shutout this season.

Lightning strike in OT to even series vs. Caps

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Vincent Lecavalier scored his second goal of the game 6:19 into overtime, and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the top-seeded Washington Capitals 3-2 Sunday night for a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Fifth-seeded Tampa Bay appeared headed for a much simpler victory, leading 2-1 in the third period, but two-time NHL MVP Alex Ovechkin forced the extra period by scoring with 67 seconds left in regulation. Dwayne Roloson made 35 saves as the Lightning won their fifth consecutive game — and their fifth in a row on the road. The series now shifts to Tampa for Game 3 on Tuesday, followed by Game 4 the next night. On the winning goal, the Lightning caught the Capitals in the middle of a line change. Tampa Bay defenseman Randy Jones — playing in his first game this postseason because of an injury to Pavel Kubina in Game 1 — sent a long pass off the boards to Teddy Purcell. He then passed it across the ice to

Lecavalier, who flipped the puck over rookie goalie Michal Neuvirth to end the game. Taking a page out of Ovechkin’s celebration playbook, Lecavalier jumped into the glass behind the net before being surrounded by teammates.

Tampa Bay................................. 1 0 1 1 — 3 Washington ............................... 0 1 1 0 — 2 First Period–1, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 3 (St. Louis, Malone), 19:01 (pp). Penalties—Knuble, Was (interference), 7:14;Downie, TB (holding), 9:04;B.Jones, TB (tripping), 12:11;Clark, TB (cross-checking), 14:08;Ovechkin, Was (highsticking), 17:56. Second Period—2, Washington, Laich 1 (Backstrom, Erskine), 14:52. Penalties—Malone, TB (high-sticking), 1:33;Bergeron, TB (hooking), 4:17;Green, Was (roughing), 6:02;Bergenheim, TB (hooking), 11:00;Schultz, Was (holding), 15:28. Third Period—3, Tampa Bay, St. Louis 5 (Purcell), 7:35. 4, Washington, Ovechkin 4 (Arnott, Laich), 18:52. Penalties—Green, Was (roughing), 8:32. First Overtime—5, Tampa Bay, Lecavalier 4 (Purcell, R.Jones), 6:19. Penalties—None. Shots on Goal—Tampa Bay 6-3-11-3—23. Washington 11-16-5-5—37. Power-play opportunities—Tampa Bay 1 of 5;Washington 0 of 6. Goalies—Tampa Bay, Roloson 6-3-0 (37 shots-35 saves). Washington, Neuvirth 4-3-0 (23-20). A—18,398 (18,398). T—2:50. Referees—Chris Lee, Tim Peel. Linesmen— Scott Driscoll, Brad Kovachik.

Sharks 2, Red Wings 1

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Defensemen Ian White and Niclas Wallin scored their first goals of the postseason and Antti Niemi made 33 saves to help San Jose


Washington right wing Boyd Gordon, left, battles for the puck with Tampa Bay goalie Dwayne Roloson during the first period Stanley Cup hockey playoff game Sunday in Washington.

take a 2-0 lead over Detroit in the Western Conference semifinal series. White scored on a power play in the first period and Wallin extended the lead early in the third period as the Sharks put together two of their best backto-back games to jump on top of the Red Wings for the second straight year. The determined Sharks have won 10 of 12 games against Detroit. Jimmy Howard was again strong for the Red Wings, making 35 saves, but he got little help from his teammates. The Red Wings hope to change their fortunes when the series shifts to Detroit for Games 3 and 4

starting Wednesday night. The Red Wings got a powerplay goal from Henrik Zetterberg with 6:02 remaining, but couldn’t net the equalizer.

Detroit............................................... 0 0 1 — 1 San Jose.......................................... 1 0 1 — 2 First Period—1, San Jose, I.White 1 (Heatley, Clowe), 4:54 (pp). Penalties—Clowe, SJ (roughing), :59; Abdelkader, Det (high-sticking), 3:11; Ferriero, SJ, double minor (high-sticking), 6:23; Bertuzzi, Det (roughing), 16:08; Vlasic, SJ (roughing), 16:08; Zetterberg, Det (high-sticking), 17:27. Second Period—None. Penalties—Holmstrom, Det (holding), 2:27; Pavelski, SJ (interference), 3:29; Bertuzzi, Det (roughing), 6:36; Eager, SJ (roughing), 6:36; Eager, SJ, misconduct, 8:37; Rafalski, Det (delay of game), 9:33. Third Period—2, San Jose, Wallin 1 (Clowe, Couture), 1:39. 3, Detroit, Zetterberg 1 (Datsyuk, Holmstrom), 13:58 (pp). Penalties—Thornton, SJ (interference), 2:50; Holmstrom, Det (roughing), 3:27; Setoguchi, SJ (slashing), 13:22. Shots on Goal—Detroit 12-9-13—34. San Jose 7-19-11—37. Power-play opportunities—Detroit 1 of 6; San Jose 1 of 5. Goalies—Detroit, Howard 4-2-0 (37 shots-35 saves). San Jose, Niemi 5-2-0 (34-33).


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