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MONDAY, FEB. 24 2014 VOLUME 88 ■ ISSUE 96

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Tech basketball plans for 10k students By REX ROSE








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George W. Bush: Helping veterans helps lift his spirits WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President George W. Bush says his focus on a new initiative helping returning veterans also aids him emotionally. The George W. Bush Institute and Syracuse University are undertaking a study on issues affecting veterans who have served since Sept. 11, 2001. Bush described on ABC News “This Week” how his spirits are always lifted when he meets with veterans. He said that many in the U.S. are incredibly comfortable and yet have a “woe is me” mentality. He says that’s not the case with veterans, who ask how they can continue to serve. Bush said the mission of his institute is to help society serve veterans more efficiently. For example, it’s working to show employers how various military experiences can translate into marketable job skills.


Texas Tech is preparing to break a national student attendance record for the men’s basketball game at 6 p.m. Tuesday against the Kansas State Wildcats in the United Spirit Arena. Although there was a school record-breaking of 4,338 students at Tech’s last home game against Kansas, the university made a goal to have 10,000 students attend Tuesday’s game against Kansas State. According to a Tech news release, students will have more than 30 chances to win cash and prizes during the game, including four half-court shots or other contests to win $10,000, tickets

for Red Raider football games, tickets to see the Texas Rangers and much more. Tech coach Tu b b y S m i t h said his players are ready for the opportunity to play in front of a SMITH record-breaking crowd and encouraged the student body to be in attendance because they help inspire the team. “We’re really excited,” he said. “We know

how important filling the stands here at the Spirit Arena is. Our student body has been great all year long. I think fans and students are realizing that there is a lot of excitement around Red Raider basketball and this is a real happening in town. We’d appreciate it if they got out here in full force. I know there’s going to be a lot of events, a lot of opportunities for students to win prizes.” The Red Raider football student section was recently named the top student section in the Big 12 by and the basketball program is seeing great improvement with student support this season. Smith said his players like the support because fans have the ability to change the out-

Sibling Weekend Tech Activities Board hosts annual event for family By TAYLOR PEACE Staff Writer

Many smiles and laughter were shared over the weekend at Tech’s Sibling Day events. Students got to share their Tech experiences with their younger siblings through fun-filled events Tech organized over the weekend. Pamela Carrizales, unit coordinator for Parent and Family Relations, said the weekend is a great opportunity for students to bring their siblings to campus, and it gives them a chance to reconnect and build memories with all the events going on. “We do something fun every day of the weekend,” Carrizales said. “It’s so exciting for the students to have their siblings come and see what they get to do and have a little taste of Texas Tech.” On Friday, students and their siblings attended games and activities at the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center, where they played basketball, swam and played racquetball, Carrizales said. She said Saturday they started off with an early breakfast and brought everyone to Jones AT&T Stadium where they could play on the field and take pictures, along with an incorporated classroom experience.

“After we go to the fields, we bring the children into a classroom where we will have two professors come and speak to them,” Carrizales said. “It’s a perfect way for the kids to see what goes on in a college classroom. They get pretty excited about it.” Carrizales said the event is hosted every spring semester and is for siblings ages 8 to 15. It is an opportunity for families to stay involved with their sons and daughters who are away at college, she said. SIBLINGS

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TOP: RAIDER RED makes an appearance during Sibling Weekend for Super Red Raider Gridiron Saturday at Jones AT&T Stadium.

Cobbinah: Students should stop dropping classes, accept challenges

RIGHT: STUDENTS DRESSED as superheros take a photo in front of a green screen at the Tech Activities Board’s Superhero Photos event during Sibling Weekend Friday in the Student Union Building.

come of a game, and he hopes enough students come to reach the attendance goal. “Our players, they appreciate our fans and the student body coming out because it makes a difference,” he said. “It gives them a sense of support, excitement and enthusiasm. It’s like that sixth man on the basketball court. It would be great to break that attendance record. “As head coach, to look up in the stands based on what we saw at the beginning of the year to now has really been fantastic. I really appreciate that and our guys deserve it. Our players have been playing extremely hard. You can feel the momentum, feel the excitement change and I’m happy to be a part of it.” ➤➤

Students plan charity gaming tournament By DIEGO GAYTAN Staff Writer

A group of Texas Tech students have found a way to turn a hobby into a way of aiding a charitable cause. Heads Up Display, a student-run publication, is scheduled to host a video game tournament on May 3 and 4 in the City Bank Room and Club Red meeting facilities in the United Spirit Arena. Proceeds from the tournament will go towards the Child’s Play charity. Carmen Askerneese II, a senior electronic media and communication major from Dallas and the creator of HUD, said the Child’s Play organization gives children in hospitals across the nation game consoles and video games to help ease their extended hospital stays. “The charity is centered on helping kids getting their wishes granted,” he said. “They usually buy them consoles or games, and the donations for the charity are mostly from gamers through events such as the one we are planning right now.” Eric Van Allen, a senior electronic media and communication major from Cedar Park and a member of HUD, said the charity’s donations help kids take their minds off being at a hospital for an extended period of time. “It’s just another way to bring a little spark to their days,” Van Allen said. The tournament will have gamers facing off against each other in a variety of popular video games and video game genres. “There are going to be five different brackets, one for sports, fighting games, one for racing games – one for shooters – and the fifth bracket is an ultimate gamer tournament,” Askerneese said. TOURNAMENT continued on Page 2 ➤➤

Tech students create, design for annual Appathon competition By KAYLIN MCDERMETT Staff Writer

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During the weekend, Texas Tech students competed in the annual Appathon event to produce a mobile application to aid and inform students who are planning or wish to study abroad. Appathon is a 22-hour competition hosted by the Whitacre College of Engineering and the College of Media and Communication. Students who participated worked through the night in order to design, program, test and develop their app. At the end of the competition, the students present their work to a group of judges and a winner is chosen based on the overall finished product, according to the competition’s website. Raphael Akinsipe, a senior petroleum engineering major from Houston, said the overall goal of his group’s work was to build an app to aid students and allow them to share their study abroad experience with others. “It’s based on students being able to pick a program to study abroad,” he said. “When ADVERTISING: 806-742-3384

you click on the program, you get to see information and reviews and comments from other people who have participated in the program.” Work began at 7:30 p.m. Friday and ended at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Throughout the night and morning, food and drinks were provided to each participant as they tried to keep themselves awake and working. Three groups competed this year in the quest to design the best study abroad app. The group Glow Station consisted of Akinsipe as well as Adam Henderson, a senior computer engineering major from Houston, Paul Doran, a senior electronic media and communications major from Otterberg, Germany, and Brandon Morris, a senior chemical engineering major from Carrollton. Bear Force One consisted of Cole Newton, a senior computer engineering major from Houston, Ethan Daniel, an electrical engineering major from Dallas and Alex Combs, a senior electrical engineering major from Allentown, Penn. APP continued on Page 2 ➤➤

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CARLOS ALBAN, A senior computer engineering major from Frisco, Christopher Phelan, a graduate student in interdisciplinary studies and staff member for University Student Housing from Borger, Sami Suteria, a senior computer engineering major from Carrollton, and Rachif Kumar, a petroleum engineer from India, present the app that their group Delta Unknown designed, in front of a group of judges in the 24 hour competition, Appathon, Saturday in the Livermore Center.

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Social media helps develop relationships By KAITLIN BAIN Staff Writer

The publicized effects of social media often list decreased interaction outside of the cyber world, but new studies show social media is increasingly being used to further, not harm relationships and revolutions alike. Hammerli Sriya, a Texas Tech political science doctoral student from Bangkok, Thailand, is writing her dissertation over social media. She said social media appeals to a group of younger people who don’t operate in what have in the past been conventional ways. “(The younger generation) don’t go vote, they don’t do anything the way that has been done

in the past,” she said, “so social media gives them a way to make their voices heard and participate.” According to the Pew Research Center, social networking sites are now being used to keep close social ties, revive dormant relationships and keep users politically engaged. The average social media user, according to the organization, has more close relationships and is half as likely to be socially isolated than the average American who doesn’t participate in social networking. “The connections are limitless,” she said. “You can talk to someone from across the world and engage in conversations and debates. Social media is a new way to connect people.” The number of cross-national


had a weather feature and a currency exchange feature included.” At the end of the competition, the CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 groups presented the final apps to a Delta Unknown was the final panel of judges consisting of different group and members included Sami study abroad faculty. The judges then Suteria, a senior computer engineer- deliberated for 30 minutes to decide ing major from Carrollton, Chris- on a group that created the most topher Phelan, a graduate student informative and well-designed app. in interdisciplinary studies, Carlos After deliberation, the judges Gabriel Alban, a senior computer returned to the groups and announced engineering major from Frisco, and the winner, as well as second and third Rachit Kumar, a senior petroleum place. Delta Unknown received the engineering major from India. first place title and received high The groups worked all night praise from the judges on the overall programming their apps, and each appearance and how user friendly group had its own ideas about what their app was. Glow Station received the app should consist of and how to second place, and Bear Force One create it. Each group member con- received third. tributed to what should be included The prize for the winning team and completed individual tasks to was new iPad minis for each group finish the app. member. Second place competiAkinsipe said the goal of Glow tors received Apple TVs and third Station was to create a social app in place received a $50 gift card for order for students to share experiences each competitor. of their time spent abroad and be able Akinsipe said each group was to post pictures and stories directly to a winner because every group that social media. participated was awarded a prize for “One of the features that we its hard work and dedication. wanted to get done was a really cool “We all end up getting a story option,” he said. “You kind of prize,” he said. “We have a three take your entire experience there in three chance of winning beand be able to post that to any social cause regardless of the results, we media outlet essentially as an entire get at least something.” story. You get all the info, but you get Alban, a member of Delta Unthat social experience as well.” known, won for the second-straight Ethan Daniel, a member of Bear year and said the competition was Force One said the goal of their group not solely about winning, but the was to produce a tool for students to experience and knowledge gained use while traveling abroad. during the process. “We wanted to do in contrast to a “We really had a lot of fun,” he social media, we wanted to make like said. “I learned a lot, too. It’s just a a utility for the user,” he said. “While really great experience, and I want they’re over there they can be like, to see more people get involved in ‘Oh, hey, I need to know this informa- the competition. It’s just a lot of fun.” tion. It’s right there on my phone.’ We ➤➤



“It also helps the younger siblings understand why their big brothers and sisters are away at college,” Carrizales said. “It really is our way of helping families stay plugged into our students’ life, reconnect and understand why these students are away at college for so long.” Jorden Richburg, a senior electronic media and communications major from Lubbock, said even though his brother lives close to home, it is a fun way to spend time with him and show him more of what Tech is all about. He said their favorite activity was when they went to the Rec Center and played basketball, since that is what they do together at home. “It’s more fun showing him where I work out and where I go to play on

my own time,” Richburg said. “I like to show him around, and the fact that I get to spend more quality time with just him means a lot.” Richburg said last year was the first time he and his 10-year-old brother, Mark, attended Sibling Weekend, and it was a great experience for each of them. The way his little brother would get excited about all of the activities they participated in really made Richburg appreciate the time spent together, he said. “Even though he lives in Lubbock, I don’t see him that often because of school,” Richburg said. “So when we went last year, it was a perfect time to catch up. It makes my day and I can see that it makes him happy too.” Lauren Zacharias, a chemistry graduate student from Weatherford, said she and her sister, 12-year-old Jana, have attended every Sibling Weekend

friendships is growing, reflected by the 1.4 billion Facebook users worldwide, and the fact Facebook has been ranked the most addicting social media site, according to The Media Revolution. This phenomenon is not only confined to Facebook, as 40 million tweets are sent from Twitter daily and every second 8,000 people like a photo on Instagram, according to Statistic Brain. “Social media helps mobilize people so they can do something in a different way,” Sriya said. “With social media, you don’t have to wonder if you’re the only one that feels one way or another. You can learn that there are 100,000 other people out there that feel the same way as you, and you don’t feel alone.”

This increased camaraderie between citizens has led to a rise in the use of social media to not only build relationships, she said, but fuel revolutions as well. Sriyai said she had friends at home in Thailand that she would see on Twitter or Facebook, using the social media to promote their propaganda and ideals. “They use social media now because it’s not as controlled,” she said. “Back then you only had TV and cell phones. Government filters the information that gets exchanged through that kind of medium. The government can filter media and what they have to say. In social media, the user is the one that can exchange the information. It’s also the kind

of information that goes viral so fast because it’s borderless.” A company called A Whisper to a Roar is sharing these viral videos and tweets made by revolutionaries in other countries. The company presents viral videos and films about democracy and injustices in many countries to show the public the behind-the-scenes stories that wouldn’t be shown in mainstream media outlets, Ben Moses, writer, producer and director at A Whisper to a Roar, said. “Our videos represent the power of normal individuals in a social media world,” he said. “These people have a spirit and a deep caring for their people and when you hear them you just understand.”

While the social media movement is currently booming, there isn’t an anticipated date for it to become irrelevant, according to the Pew Research Center. The experts at the organization, after examining their data and speaking with many social media users, believe the generation of Millennials social media is so popular with today will continue to use it and introduce it to many generations to come. “I don’t think social media will die out,” Sriyai said. “I only think it will change and be used to fuel domestic stability because this new generation is committed to letting their voice be heard and social media allows for that.” ➤➤

Local business helps raise funds for Tech drill team By AMY CUNNINGHAM Staff Writer

Customers at a local Whataburger supported the Texas Tech Sabre Flight Drill Team by purchasing meals Saturday. Over a three-hour period, 20 percent of all sales at the 2412 Ninth Street location went to support the drill team. The drill team hosted its 21st Annual JROTC Competition for high school students before the Whataburger fundraiser began. “Whataburger believes in giving back to the communities we call home,” Whataburger Senior Area Manager Enedino Cedillos, Jr. said in a news release. “We’re fortunate to have the most generous customers, and with their help, we’re so proud to support the Texas Tech Sabre Flight Drill Team.” Beginning at 8 a.m., the annual competition was hosted in the Robert H. Ewalt Student Recreation Center. During the competition, high school drill teams from across the nation compete in various categories including color guard, exhibition, regulation, inspection and physical fitness, according to the SFDT website. “We take a lot of pride helping organizations around us,” Gaby Hernandez, zone marketing coordinator of West Texas, said. “Whataburger has a culture of giving back to the communities that help us be successful. We offer different programs, but these fundraisers give us a chance to give back immediately.” The fast food company supports organizations through donations, sponsorships and volunteer work, according Program since she started at Tech as a freshman in the fall of 2010. Zacharias said they first started participating in Sibling Weekend as a chance to spend more time together. “My first year away at college was probably a lonely time for both of us,” Zacharias said. “The Sibling Weekend program that spring offered us a chance to spend more time together — more quality time — and to form lasting memories.” Zacharias said she and her sister usually participate in every event offered. She said their favorite event has become the volleyball game on Friday night at the Rec Center. “We get to enjoy some friendly competition and get to meet some of the other students and their siblings, which is always fun,” Zacharias said. Zacharias and her sister have loved every Sibling Weekend they have participated in so far, she said


KAYLIE MEADOWS, A junior journalism major from Dallas, Cole Massey, a junior marketing major from McKinney, and Sheldyn Miller, a Texas Tech alumna, fill out informational cards for a drawing at Whataburger as part of a fundraiser for the Tech Sabre Flight Drill Team.

to Whataburger’s website. Hernandez said any group can apply to receive support from Whataburger online. The company predominantly aims to help nonprofit organizations, she said. Hernandez said the “Oh Whata Night” events are usually hosted at night, but the timing of the drill team’s competition resulted in the change of time. Whataburger offered a series of activities and events for customers. By

1 p.m., 14 people had registered for the opportunity to win free Whataburger for a year in a raffle. One customer won the prize, according to the release. Customers could also spin a wheel to win a prize such as water bottles, backpacks, lanyards, glasses or a pencil pack. The company’s mascot, Whataguy, was also present at the event. Hernandez said Whataburger looks to support a variety of organizations, particularly those outside

They were both extremely excited about this year’s events, Zacharias said, and are already anticipating next year’s as well. “Our absolute favorite part is letting her stay with me in the dorm,” Zacharias said. “In the dorm, it’s just us two so we can talk, be silly and giggle as much as we want. It’s also a chance for me to share with her my home away from home.” She said Sibling Weekend is a great time to make lasting memories with each other and a chance for her sister to learn about Tech. It is also a great way for her to help her sister feel what it is like to be part of campus community life, Zacharias said. “I would recommend Sibling Weekend to any other student with a younger sibling,” Zacharias said. “The Sibling Weekend program offers a chance to bond with your sibling while participating in a variety of fun activities.”




Man Pac, a junior computer science major from Los Angeles and a tournament organizer, said the ultimate gamer bracket will be challenging to gamers’ skills. “You’ll be looking at games from the Nintendo 64 all the way to Xbox One,” Pac said. “There will be a wide range of games.” Gamers will be able to choose from two of the five brackets to compete in the tournament. The winner of the ultimate gamer bracket will receive an Xbox One and a Playstation 4 console. Although tournament organizers have completed many of their goals towards the development of their tournament, they are still looking for sponsors and volunteers to help them develop a fun and competitive tournament. “As far as getting involved we are going to need a lot of volunteers for

of athletic programs. High school teams from San Angelo and other competitors visited the Whataburger location before and after the competition. Whataburger officials could not yet verify the amount of money raised by the event. Hernandez said the amount donated is partially up to the organization and how much it advertises the fundraiser in order for more people to attend. ➤➤

the actual tournament,” Askerneese said. “Right now we are in the process of gathering sponsors for the tournament. Essentially when we say sponsors, we mean people that want to donate money or resources to help us make the tournament a reality.” Tournament organizers are hoping the contest will be a fun experience for gamers of all levels. “We want this to be big,” Pac said. “We want to invite everyone in Lubbock to come.” The tournament will be an opportunity for gamers to have fun, Van Allen said. “It is a fun thing for students to come out and do,” Van Allen said. “Just come, have some fun and compete in a few games with your friends.” Members of HUD are in the process of creating a page for registration. Further details such as registration fees and deadlines will be released once enough tournament sponsors have been gathered. ➤➤



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Red Raider baseball sweeps Oral Roberts By EVERETT CORDER SportS Editor

The Red Raider baseball team swept Oral Roberts this weekend, extending its current winning streak to six straight games and moving to 6-1 on the season. Texas Tech junior pitcher Dominic Moreno was the Friday starter for the Red Raiders for the second weekend, but once again he wasn’t able to get enough run support to get the win. Moreno said the no-decision was not his sharpest outing, scattering eight hits around five and one third innings pitched, but also pitching out of several jams. “I think I’ve had a little bit of a reputation over the past few years of scattering hits around, and I think that’s what happened today,” he said. “Yeah, wasn’t sharp, but it was sharp enough, and our team battled.” The Red Raiders went on to beat

the Golden Eagles 3-2 in game one of the series, thanks to freshman infielder Matt Broadbent. The regular starter at shortstop, junior Tim Proudfoot, was out because of an injury. Broadbent went 3-for-4 in the game and drove in all three of the Red Raiders’ runs. “He (Broadbent) was our main force offensively,” Tech senior outfielder Adam Kirsch said. “When we had runners in scoring position, he capitalized on them.” Sophomore outfielder Tyler Neslony made up a large part of the offense in Saturday’s game against Oral Roberts. Neslony went 2-for-3 in the game and broke the 1-1 tie in the bottom of the sixth inning with a grand slam. The grand slam was his second of the season, and helped the Red Raiders clinch their secondstraight series win. Tech coach Tim Tadlock said the experience and the fact that he

played baseball over the summer has helped Neslony improve from where he was last season. “He’s got some pitches to hit, and he’s missed a few, but he hits most of them,” Tadlock said. The Red Raiders finished out the series sweep of the Golden Eagles on Sunday without scoring any earned runs in the game. Tech junior pitcher Chris Sadberry started the game for the Red Raiders, but was forced to leave after taking a line drive off of his hand in the fourth inning. Tadlock said Sadberry is an extreme competitor and wanted to stay in the game, but he had not been to the doctor to get his hand checked out. “He was pretty mad at the time,” Tadlock said. “Really didn’t have a whole lot to say. He was being a competitor, the competitor that he is. Really wanting to stay in the game.” The Red Raiders fought hard in

the game, Tadlock said, especially overcoming the five double plays they hit into. Freshman infielder Ryan Long filled in for Proudfoot in game three of the series, and led the team offensively, going 2-for-3 and driving in two runs. “Timmy (Proudfoot), he’s always coaching us up and helping us younger guys out,” Long said. “I’m just filling in my role ‘till he comes back.” Tech will finish out its eightgame home stand this afternoon at 1 p.m. against Brigham Young at Dan Law Field, before going on the road the rest of this week. Tadlock said it’s tough in college baseball trying to go out and play good baseball every day, but he is proud of the way the players have handled things so far this season. “There’s room for improvement, and we’ll look forward to getting to the yard tomorrow,” he said. ➤➤

Costly, political, successful: Sochi Olympics end SOCHI, Russia (AP) — Flushed with pride after its athletes’ spectacular showing at the costliest Olympics ever, Russia celebrated Sunday night with a visually stunning finale that handed off a smooth but politically charged Winter Games to their next host, Pyeongchang in South Korea. Russian President Vladimir Putin, these Olympics’ political architect and booster-in-chief, watched and smiled as Sochi gave itself a giant pat on the back for a Winter Games that IOC President Thomas Bach declared an “extraordinary success.” The crowd that partied in Fisht Olympic Stadium, in high spirits after the high-security games passed safely without feared terror attacks, hooted with delight when Bach said Russia delivered on promises of “excellent” venues, “outstanding” accommodation for the 2,856 athletes and “impeccable organization.” The spectators let out an audibly sad moan when Bach declared the 17-day Winter Games closed. “We leave as friends of the Russian people,” Bach said. The nation’s $51 billion investment — topping even Beijing’s estimated $40 billion layout for the 2008 Summer Games — transformed a decaying resort town on the Black Sea into a household name. All-new

facilities, unthinkable in the Soviet era of drab shoddiness, showcased how far Russia has come in the two decades since it turned its back on communism. But the Olympic show didn’t win over critics of Russia’s backsliding on democracy and human rights under Putin and its institutionalized intolerance of gays. Despite the bumps along the way, Bach was unrelentingly upbeat about his first games as IOC president and the nation that hosted it. One of Sochi’s big successes was security. Feared attacks by Islamic militants who threatened to target the games didn’t materialize. “It’s amazing what has happened here,” Bach said a few hours before the ceremony. He recalled that Sochi was an “old, Stalinist-style sanatorium city” when he visited for the IOC in the 1990s. Dmitry Chernyshenko, head of the Sochi organizing committee, called the games “a moment to cherish and pass on to the next generations.” “This,” he said, “is the new face of Russia — our Russia.” His nation celebrated its rich gifts to the worlds of music and literature in the ceremony, which started at 20:14 local time — a nod to the year that Putin seized upon to remake Russia’s image with

UConn falls to SMU at home STORRS, Conn. (AP) — No. 21 UConn made just 16 baskets on 54 shots Sunday, and lost for the first time in five games. Nick Russell and Nic Moore each scored 15 points to lead SMU (22-6, 11-4 American Athletic Conference) to the 64-55 win and a sweep of the season series with the Huskies. Markus Kennedy had 13 points and seven rebounds for SMU, which has won 11 of its last 13 games. “We outrebounded them, but you can’t shoot 29 percent,” UConn coach Kevin Ollie said. “I look at my was a lot of missed shots. The Huskies (21-6, 9-5), who came in shooting better than 46 percent, were led by their guard tandem of Shabazz Napier and Ryan Boatright, who each scored 15 points. But they combined to shoot 8 for 28. DeAndre Daniels, who had been averaging better than 13 points a game, was 2 of 10 from the floor. “They are a terrific defensive team,” Boatright said. “You can’t beat them off the first option. You’ve got to go to the second or third options.” UConn never led. They trailed by two at halftime and by 10 points midway through the second half. The Huskies cut the lead to 55-49 on a 3-pointer by Napier, but Sterling Brown answered with a 3-pointer and SMU held on down the stretch. “To beat a team like SMU, you can’t play in spurts,” Ollie said. “And I thought we played in spurts.” Neither team could find the basket early. The first points came more than four minutes into the game on a layup by Kennedy. The teams

were a combined 0 for 7 with eight turnovers before that. It was 7-0 when before Philip Nolan gave UConn its first points on a layup more than six minutes into the contest. Kennedy had eight first-half points and the Mustangs. But SMU never led by more than seven and UConn tied the game at 25 with under a minute to play. SMU took the lead back on a pair of Kennedy free throws, and scored the first two baskets of the second half. The Mustangs extended the lead to 44-34, holding the Huskies without a field goal for eight minutes between two of Napier’s layups. SMU, which is seeking its first berth to the NCAA Tournament since 1993, beat UConn 74-65 in Dallas in January. The Mustangs also have wins over No. 22 Memphis and No. 7 Cincinnati in conference play. They fell out of the Top 25 after losing last week at Temple. “We’re still up and down,” Moore said. “But once we get to that clicking point and we just stay at a high, I feel we can make a big run if we make the NCAA tournament.” The Mustangs already have more wins this season than any SMU team since the 1999-00. They improved to 4-4 in league play on the road and are 7-0 at home. UConn honored its first of its three men’s national championship teams at halftime, putting a plaque on its “Wall of Honor” for the 1999 champs. Khalid El-Amin, the point guard on that team, also was honored with an individual plaque.

the Olympics’ power to wow and concentrate global attention and massive resources. Performers in smart tails and puffy white wigs performed a ballet of grand pianos, pushing 62 of them around the stadium floor while soloist Denis Matsuev played thunderous bars from Sergei Rachmaninoff ’s Concerto No.2. There was, of course, also ballet, with dancers from the Bolshoi and the Mariinsky, among the world’s oldest ballet companies. The faces of Russian authors through the ages were projected onto enormous screens, and a pile of books transformed into a swirling tornado of loose pages. There was pomp and there was kitsch. The games’ polar bear mascot — standing tall as a tree — shed a fake tear as he blew out a cauldron of flames, extinguishing the Olympic torch that burned outside the stadium. Day and night, the flame had become a favorite backdrop for “Sochi selfies,” a buzzword born at these games for the fad of athletes and spectators taking DIY souvenir photos of themselves. “Now we can see our country is very friendly,” said Boris Kozikov of St. Petersburg, Russia. “This is very important for other countries around the world to see.”

And in a charming touch, Sochi organizers poked fun at themselves. In the center of the stadium, dancers in shimmering silver costumes formed themselves into four rings and a clump. That was a wink to a globally noticed technical glitch in the Feb. 7 opening ceremony, when one of the five Olympic rings in a wintry opening scene failed to open. The rings were supposed to join together and erupt in fireworks. This time, it worked: As Putin watched from the stands, the dancers in the clump waited a few seconds and then formed a ring of their own, making five, drawing laughs from the crowd. Raucous spectators chanted “Ro-ssi-ya! Ro-ssi-ya!” — “Russia! Russia!” They got their own Olympic keepsakes — medals of plastic with embedded lights that flashed in unison, creating pulsating waves of color across the stadium. Athletes said goodbye to rivalsturned-friends from far off places, savoring their achievements or lamenting what might have been — and, for some, looking ahead to 2018. The city where they will compete, Pyeongchang, offered in its segment of the show a teaser of what to expect in four years with video of venues, Korean music and delightful dancers in glowing bird suits.


TEXAS TECH’S ERIC Gutierrez hits the ball during the Red Raiders’ 3-2 win against Oral Roberts University at Dan Law Field on Friday.

Men’s basketball loses to OSU The Texas Tech men’s basketball team lost its second-straight Big 12 Conference game Saturday as the Red Raiders (13-14, 5-9) fell 84-62 to the Oklahoma State Cowboys (17-10, 5-9) in Stillwater, Okla. Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart was back in the starting lineup after serving a three-game suspension for shoving a fan in the United Spirit Arena when the two schools first met this season. Smart made the most of his return and propelled Oklahoma State to its first win in eight games with 16 points, six steals and a career-high 10 assists. The Red Raiders trailed 34-25 at the break and were outscored 50-37 in the second half. All five starters for the Cowboys scored in double figures and junior forward Le’Bryan Nash had a gamehigh 21 points and shot 7-8 from the field.

Although Tech beat Oklahoma State 65-61 when the two schools first met in Lubbock, the Red Raiders have not won a game in Stillwater since 2003, according to a Tech news release. Junior forward Jordan Tolbert recorded his sixth career doubledouble for Tech after leading the team offensively with 15 points and 10 rebounds. The 22-point deficit is the worst conference loss for Tech this year and second worst loss of the season, as the Red Raiders were outscored 76-53 by Pittsburgh on Nov. 25, 2013. Tech returns to the court for its second matchup with the Kansas State Wildcats this season at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the arena. The Red Raiders lost 66-58 to the Wildcats in the first meeting Jan. 28. ➤➤

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Students should stop dropping classes, accept challenges Francis Cobbinah How, then, did these students anticipate college level education? Did they think it would be all cozy and rosy? What about all the other students who have taken all those “seemingly impossible” classes and have managed to sail through successfully? Are they not also flesh and blood like everyone else? As college students, we have all had to work painstakingly to get where we are now and we all have had to also make some very remarkable sacrifices in order to make it this far. If through the highs and the lows of both junior

high school and high school we were able to rise above all the challenges that came our various ways, then what stops us from completing the race now that we can see the finish line? I see this problem as a consequence of misplaced priorities and the failure on the path of students to recognize that Texas Tech presents a wide array of success opportunities. For instance, instead of partying throughout the weekend, wouldn’t it be prudent to seek help from the brilliant residential tutors on campus or to make

good use of the Learning Center in room 80 of Holden Hall? I am in no way suggesting that it is wrong to party from time to time, nor am I trying to condemn those w h o p a r t y. All I am putting across is instead of turning up every weekend when our academics are turning down, and then we turn around to drop certain classes, why not ascribe much more time to the academics? After all, is that not the ultimate reason why we are at Tech? The class we are trying to drop

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n the words of Jane Goodall, “If you really want something and really work hard for it and take advantages of opportunities, and never give up, you’ll find a way.” It therefore baffles me anytime I hear about students trying to drop some class with a flimsy excuse of it being difficult. Nowadays, this cycle has become so rampant to the point where it breeds extreme worry. Students tend to run away from every class that seems to present them with a few challenges. First and foremost, studying, and for that matter education, doesn’t come easy, and that is why someone who has been through school relatively earns much more than a cleaner at Wal-Mart. If students fail to understand this simple principle, then academics undoubtedly would always be a hefty load for them to carry.

might be that little challenge we need to overcome in order to discover ourselves. This cowardice and runaway-from-any-challenge attitude has transcended our dear campuses to every length and breadth of our globe. Today, from the classroom to the boardroom, people seriously loathe challenges forgetting that they are imperative to shaping our lives. Many businesses have ceased to be in existence. A lot of otherwise admirable relationships are hanging in the balance and students are statistically proven to be failing now more than ever simply because everyone is scared of challenges. There is no reward for people who shy away from what they have to do or for those who do half-completed jobs. If Nelson Mandela had decided to abandon the challenge of leading

the anti-apartheid movement, perhaps South Africa would still be going through racial segregation to this day. The opportunities are available; the structures for success are already in place. The onus is on us as college students to make good use of them, to take the bull by its horns and to rise up to every challenge regardless of how big or small it may be. Remember, Henry Thoreau said, “If you built castles in the air, your work need not be lost. That is where they should be. Now put foundations under them.” If we have been bold to stand up and register for several classes, let us be determined and hardworking enough to successfully complete them all. Cobbinah is a freshman petroleum engineering major from Accra, Ghana. ➤➤

Kerry oversteps bounds in Internet removes personal touch of handwritten letter climate change comments By ALEX MEYER

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Earlier this week, Secretary of State John Kerry likened global climate change to a weapon of mass destruction. Specifically, Kerry said it was “perhaps the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” While Kerry is right to categorize climate change as an issue of supreme importance, he should have known better than to use buzz words that will only land him in hot water. The kettle has already started boiling, with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, now a commentator for CNN, calling for Kerry’s resignation, taking to twitter to add “A delusional secretary of state is dangerous to our safety.” Gingrich let his thoughts on the issue be very well known, claiming “I think it’s very troubling that our secretary of state … believes that climate change is a greater danger than a nuclear war.” Others have blasted Kerry for the way he spoke about climate change as well. Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) spoke up, saying “So [Kerry] has to go over to Asia and talk about climate change? And saying it’s the most important issue? Hello? On what planet does he reside?” McCain also touched on a number of issues he felt would be a more appropriate use of the secretary’s time, including the Syrian conflict and US-Iran nuclear disarmament talks. While McCain and Gingrich have both publicly accepted the fact that climate change is both real and an important global issue, they have not backed away from their claims that Kerry was out of line in comparing it to more visceral dangers. Even to those of us who accept the scientific consensus on human-induced climate change, Kerry’s remarks could be considered over the top. Speaking

to a crowd in Indonesia, Kerry was making a stark point to the low-lying nation of islands. Being especially endangered by severe ocean storms and sea level rise, Indonesia has one of the greatest stakes in curbing carbon emissions. Kerry called on those listening in Indonesia to demand better from their leaders, and accepted the fact that the United States, one of the biggest carbon polluters on the planet, needs to do more as well. Just before his now-controversial speech, the Secretary of State released a joint statement from Beijing with the Chinese government, in which it was promised that the two nations would work together to actively combat their contributions to climate change. In addition to these statements by Kerry, President Obama has also been hitting the message of climate change hard as of late. Announcing the proposal of a one billion dollar “climate resilience fund,” Obama has upped his rhetoric on this issue. The taxpayer-sponsored fund would still require the approval of Congress, an extremely doubtful prospect at best. Obama has, however, also proposed new emission standards for a number of sources, including coal-powered energy plants and heavier vehicles, which would largely be the result of purely executive actions, meaning they could go into effect whether or not Congress would approve. The renewed focus on climate change is a promising sign from the executive office, but comparing relatively distant and vague global changes to immediate dangers is not the way to go. Kerry’s comments regarding climate change as a weapon of mass destruction were only ever going to distract from the issue. Given its grave importance, someone in his position should have known better.

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In a day and age when technology pervades any and every facet of human life, when a text or call has the power to define it, I can’t help but wonder what’s left for our future flashbacks. It makes one wonder whether there will be anything to find in the boxes in the attic we will stumble upon in a yearly bout of spring cleaning and the drawers our children will rummage through in pursuit of a deeper connection. I have a strong supposition that the most important and memorable words of our lifetime will inevitably be lost in a digital vortex of our own creation — or worse: the spam folder. This question of whether a handwritten letter is preferable to an email, text or post is proposed. In an article entitled “Why E-mail Will Never Replace the Handwritten Note,” Forbes’ Jessica Kleiman encapsulates the dire significance of putting hand to paper and using an actual — brace yourselves — pen. My thumb pulses at the horror. In fact, the keypad behind my eyelids is becoming jumbled at

we live in. But there’s something there, something we’re missing that got lost within the LED flash of hysteria. How many people can honestly say they’re not disappointed every time they open their mailbox? Personally, I’ve downsized my magazine subscriptions, so I stop associating mail with joy. Mail is for bills and ads and more bills. Sure, I would probably seize up with coffee-fueled euphoria if an out-of-state friend wrote me a letter or even a touching, short and sweet card. Where texts or emails are more of digital poking — a concise “Hey, just checking in” — a handwritten note is so romanticized at this point that we find it oddly dramatic and therefore endearing. The few times I have received or written a letter, I was slightly critical in my suspicion of the act being scandalous. Why are they writing me? Am I that important to them? Should I be writing them? What’s a pen? One could make the argument that while writing letters sounds like a good idea in theory, it’s not worth the time or effort because a simple Facebook message could accomplish the same thing. I go

so far as to assume that this is the general opinion of most students whose busy schedules don’t allow them the luxury or desire to resist the temptation of a keyboard. For political science senior Kendrick Alridge, this isn’t entirely true. “Handwritten letters are much more personal and show effort from the author, to sit down and write it out,” Alridge said. “There’s a big difference in reading a whole letter written out by hand versus a letter typed up and signed at the bottom.” It’s definitely worth considering. But as this heart-shaped month beats out its last few weeks, love tweets are sure to be more prevalent than what Lord Byron did with that utensil and some parchment. Better yet, I have no doubt that a chain email of a bug-eyed cat holding roses is certainly in circulation somewhere. However, the act of sitting yourself down at a desk, selecting a few unwrinkled pages of stationary and stringing together a reminder to someone else that you’re not just a name on a screen sounds like a truly fascinating challenge we all could benefit from trying at least once.

Younger generation should remember, respect World War I By RICH TURNBULL

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Recently, I had the pleasure of attending a lecture by historian Jay Winter. Winter is a professor at Yale University and is a subject expert on World War I. Typically known as the “Great War,” World War I was the first war of its kind. Many factors played a vital role in the war, including technological advances that had never been seen or used before. World War I was a war of great tragedy, in which ordinary men leaped into the great unknown. We, as a generation, need to remember and commemorate World War I, but why? Winter focused on the Great



the thought of it. But Kleiman presents a worthwhile argument in the form of empathy. If you didn’t already feel guilty for not sending those thank-you cards after your birthday, cue panic. “The generation graduating from college now has grown up in a digital world,” Kleiman said. “But there’s still something to be said for taking the time to handwrite your thoughts — whether it be your feelings for a loved one … or a thank you to someone who has taken the time to help you with your career.” In a daunting revelation, Kleiman’s sentiments go beyond that of good ole’ etiquette. At the dawn of our “digital world,” somehow, archaic gestures have become impressive to those who aren’t scratching their heads — especially in the workforce. “A female magazine publisher I know said that if she interviews someone and they don’t send a real note as a follow-up, she will not hire them, no matter how impressive they were in person,” Kleiman said. Those of us used to the oneclick hoorah of a send button may be shocked by this, considering the rapidity of the times

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War’s transformation of the laws of war. Gas warfare was a key point in his discussion, and the weapon paved the way for the use of new technology on the battlefront. According to Winter, gas warfare began before the invasion of the Gallipoli Peninsula. Mustard gas was the primary weapon used in World War I, and in 1918, one out of every four shells used during the war contained gas, Winter said. Furthermore, the same technology was later used to develop napalm, a weapon used in the Vietnam War. World War I can also be referred to as an era of revolution. In Feb. 1917, a revolution began in Russia, which ultimately lead to the country’s defeat in the war. World War I was a period

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The Lady Raiders fell in the final seconds to No. 12 Oklahoma State 6362, with Cowgirls Tiffany Bias going the length of floor and making a layup in the annual Pink game at United Spirit Arena. Junior guard Amber Battle gave Tech the advantage with a three-point play with seven seconds left in the game, putting the Lady Raiders up 62-61. The Cowgirls retook the lead with the Bias layup. A last second heave from Tech guard Ivonee Cook-Taylor was unsuccessful as the Cowgirls escaped with the win. “It’s hard going to the locker room after the game, but again these are always hard when you have a chance,” said an emotional Tech coach Candi Whitaker. This is the first Pink game the Lady Raiders have ever lost. They were 3-0 in Pink games coming into the game, including beating No. 1 Baylor in 2011. Tech started the game down 8-2 and shooting 1-11 from the field. After falling down by 10 with 10:23 left in the first half, Tech came storming back to take a seven point lead, 26-19, with 2:24 left in the half. However, Oklahoma State would gather itself and end the first half on a 10-3 run to tie the game at 29. The Lady Raiders had trouble containing Bias, who had 13 points in the first half, which was just one off her season average. Bias finished with 22 points and eight assists. Whitaker said the team started off slow rebounding, but responded by rebounding well and playing well defensively. Battle led the way with 10 rebounds and also chipped in 19 points. “I was really proud of how we

boxed out,” Battle said. Oklahoma State carried the momentum into the second half with a 9-3 run to open the half. Tech would answer and take the lead 49-48 with a three-pointer from Jasmine Caston with 9:38 left in the game. The game went back and forth in the last ten minutes of play with eight of the 12 lead changes taking place in that span. Oklahoma State held a one point lead with 1:05 left in the game. After a Tech turnover, Bias would get to the free throw line and hit one of two to extend the lead to 61-59. The Lady Raiders would get the ball back with 14 seconds left with a chance to tie or take the lead. Battle took the ball to the front of the rim, drew contact and converted a three-point play to put Tech up 62-61 with seven seconds left. Battle said Whitaker drew up the play during the timeout and she saw the opening on the drive and just took it. Bias got the ball off the in-bounds, drove the length of the court and finished a lay-up to give Oklahoma State the win, 63-62. Whitaker said she instructed her team to use the foul they had to give, but they didn’t execute and gave up the layup. She said learning to execute in those situations was part of her team growing up. “I’m just really proud that we fought and I felt like we fought for the whole game today,” said freshman guard Minta Spears. Battle said despite the loss, they are showing people they are a team who can compete. The game was played in honor of former North Carolina State head coach Kay Yow, who died in 2009 from breast cancer. “It’s awesome to see that we’re playing

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Former Texas Tech track and field because she completed a 21 feet six athlete Tori Polk left the U.S. Indoor and 3/4 jump on her second attempt Track and Field Championships in to advance to the finals. Albuquerque, N.M., Saturday with Currently, Polk’s name is atop gold in the women’s long jump, ac- the Tech indoor record books in the cording to a long jump with a jump of 21 news release from Tech feet two and athletics. 3/4 inches she P o l k completed in earned gold 2006, accordby besting ing the release. her compeMeanwhile, former tition with a jump of Red Raider hurdler Omo 21 feet and 11.75 inches Osaghae on her fifth made it to the semifinals of attempt. WES KITTLEY Coach the 60-meter TRACK AND FIELD hurdles by Wes Kit COACH tley said he clocking 7.63 is proud of seconds for second place in the preliminaries. Polk’s recent accomplishment. “She is just really having a great If Osaghae wins gold in the event, career lately,” Kittley said in the he will have won back-to-back titles release. ”It’s great for Texas Tech and because he won gold in 2013, according great for her.” to the release. FOR RELEASE FEBRUARY 22, 2014 Gold was only possible for Polk ➤➤ Los Angeles TimesFEBRUARY Daily Crossword Puzzle FOR RELEASE 24, 2014

She is just really having a great career lately, it’s great for Texas Tech and great for her.

Rangers LHP Harrison not likely ready for opener SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Matt Harrison concedes that he likely won’t be ready to pitch for the Texas Rangers by opening day. The left-hander, who hasn’t thrown in a week because of stiffness in his neck and back, just hopes things are different from last year. He was the opening day starter then, but made only one more start. “Kind of trade-off from last year,” Harrison said Sunday. “Only making two and miss 30, and miss two and make 30, that would be nice.’ Even though Harrison is feeling much better after switching beds, he was still returning to Texas to be examined by the specialist who did both operations last year for a herniated disk in his lower back. “I think at this stage, based upon the initial symptoms that he reported, we just wanted to make sure we’re all clear before we ramp up again,” Rangers assistant general manager Thad Levine said. Harrison had also been scheduled to throw live batting practice last Tuesday and wanted

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FEB. 24, 2014


Lady Raiders excel at Notre Dame meet By DAWIT HAILE Staff Writer

Sophomore jumper/hurdler Le’Tristan Pledger keeps finding herself in the Texas Tech track and field record books. However, this time it was not in the hurdles, according to a news release from Tech athletics. Pledger put on a record performance in the long jump Saturday at the Alex Wilson Invitational. On her fifth attempt, she traveled 20 feet nine inches. The jump was the best jump for

a Lady Raider in more than eight years, according to the release. The jump did not give Pledger the top spot in school history for jumps made in indoor competition, but it did put her at third. Pledger did not have to settle for third, though, in competition. Twenty feet nine inches was enough to earn a first-place finish. “I just expected to go out there and do my best,” Pledger said, according to the news release. “The jump felt very good.” Following the leap made by Pledger, Tech now possesses the

second and third-ranked women’s long jumpers in the Big 12 Conference. The other Lady Raider in the top-three in conference for the long jump is sophomore pentathlete Shanice Stewart, who jumped a distance of 20 feet eight inches earlier in the season. The distance Pledger made on her jump also allowed her to move up to sixth on the national indoor qualifying list for the event. Pledger was not the only Lady Raider to claim first place in her event. Four other Lady Raiders earned first place as senior sprinter

Amoy Blake, junior sprinter Christen Rivers, junior sprinter Montenae Roye-Speight and junior sprinter Cierra White won the 4x400 relay. They secured a first-place finish by clocking the fourth-fastest time in school history for the relay with a time of 3 minutes, 34.12 seconds, according to the release. The time was only four-hundredths of a second slower than their season-best time, which placed them sixth nationally. Rivers and Roye-Speight ran in the 400-meter dash as well. Both finished in the top five. Rivers completed the race in 53.49 seconds

to finish second overall, while RoyeSpeight came in fourth by reaching the finish line in 54.60 seconds. There also were two Red Raiders in attendance at the invitational, sophomore sprinter/hurdler/jumper Shujaa Benson and sophomore Joseph Richards III. Both left the invitational with fifth-place finishes. Benson earned fifth place in the long jump. The longest jump he was able to record was 23 feet eleven and 3/4 inches on his third attempt. The previous meet, Benson completed a career-best jump of 24 feet nine inches. His career-best ranked

him 25th nationally and third in the long jump. Meanwhile, Richards III earned his fifth-place finish by completing the 400-meter dash in 47.01 seconds. The eight athletes who competed at the invitational will rejoin their teammates as they conclude their preparation for the Big 12 Indoor Championships. Tech is set to compete against the nine other schools in the conference at the championships for two days starting Friday in Ames, Iowa. ➤➤

Red Raiders finish road trip New CF Fowler steps in The Red Raider softball team ended its 15-game road trip this weekend by winning four out of five games at the University of Texas at Arlington Hilton Invitational, according to a news release from Texas Tech athletics. In the first game against UTA, it was tied up at one in the fifth inning when freshman infielder Cassie McClure hit a three-run home run to give the Red Raiders the lead and eventually the win, according to the release. “It’s always nice to start off a weekend with a win,” Tech coach Shanon Hays said in the release. “We had great pitching from Gretchen (Aucoin) and then picked up a big home run from Cassie (McClure) in the fifth. This is a big weekend for

us and I was proud of how we got off to a good start.” Freshman utility player Kierra Miles was the star of the second tournament game for Tech, according to the release, going three for four and driving in five runs against Creighton. The Red Raiders went on to face University of Missouri at Kansas City in the second game of a doubleheader Friday and came away with their third straight win, 5-4. Tech junior pitcher Cara Custer picked up the win, going four innings and giving up only one run. In the fourth game of the tournament, the Red Raiders won against Illinois, but it took two extra innings to do so. McClure hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth to score

a runner from third, according to the release, and sophomore pitcher Aucoin shut Illinois down in the bottom half of the inning for the win. The Red Raiders’ only loss during the weekend came in the final game against Creighton, 1-0. Aucoin gave up only two hits in her start, according to the release, but Tech was unable to bring any runners in to score. “We would have really liked to win this one but that’s sometimes part of the game,” Hays said. “I was really proud of how we battled all day and beat a good Illinois team. (Aucoin) was phenomenal for us in the circle both games, so we have a lot of bright spots to look at from this weekend.” ➤➤

Heat beat Bulls without LeBron, 93-79 MIAMI (AP) — With LeBron James watching from the bench in a suit and tie, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade powered the Miami Heat to a 93-79 victory over the Chicago Bulls on Sunday. James was a late scratch after he broke his nose in Thursday’s win at Oklahoma City, and his teammates picked up the slack, with reserves Chris Andersen, Michael Beasley and Ray Allen helping the Heat pull away in the second half. Bosh tied a career high with four 3-pointers and had 28 points and 10 rebounds. Wade added 23 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists, while Mario Chalmers contributed 12 points and nine assists. But the Heat mostly won with defense against the offensively challenged Bulls, who were also short-handed. Starter Jimmy Butler was a late scratch because of bruised ribs. The Bulls shot 36 percent, went 6 for 21 from 3-point range

and were called for a 24-second violation at least six times, including twice in a row. Joakim Noah had 20 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks for Chicago, which had won five in a row. Miami, playing at home for the first time in 20 days, extended its winning streak to five games. Wade sealed the victory by sinking a jumper with less than three minutes left, giving the Heat their first 18-point lead. Earlier two of his points came on free throws after he improvised a backward somersault when fouled hard in the lane. Otherwise there weren’t a lot of acrobatics from the typically high-flying Heat, who shot 42 percent and had only seven fastbreak points. Baskets were especially tough to come by early — for both teams. They combined to miss their first 14 shots in the second quarter, going scoreless for nearly 4½ minutes.

The Heat were so ragtag at times that Andersen launched a pair of 3-pointers (he missed). Former NBA No. 1 draft pick Greg Oden replaced James for his first NBA start since December 2009. Oden had five points and five rebounds in 13 minutes. James, missing a game for only the second time this season, drew a big ovation when he was shown on the video scoreboard during an early timeout. With the score 40-all at halftime, his necktie came off. Soon the game wasn’t so tight for the Heat. They scored on seven consecutive possessions during a 16-2 run at the end of the third quarter that put them ahead 65-52. The catalysts were unlikely: In quick succession, Andersen dunked on an alley-oop, Allen hit a runner and Beasley banked home a basket. N O T E S : M i a m i ’s E r i k Spoelstra earned his 300th career victory in his 448th game. Only five coaches reached the milestone more quickly, including his boss, Pat Riley, who did it the fastest at 416 games. ... Wade’s seven offensive rebounds were a career high. ... The Bulls fell to 24-6 when leading after one quarter. ... Miami improved to 8-1 in February.

seamlessly to lead Astros

KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) — Dexter Fowler spent his entire career with Colorado before an offseason trade to the Houston Astros. But the center fielder isn’t taking the quiet approach of a new guy. He’s already perfectly at home with Houston, taking over a leadership role this young team desperately needed. “It’s a good chance to get to nurture the guys,” Fowler said. “Guys are here and I’m trying to get them over that learning curve because we’ve all gone through it.” As for his leadership style, Fowler lets each player dictate how he deals with them. At times he’ll offer advice and other times he’ll sit back and wait for someone to come to him. At just 27, Fowler is one of the most experienced position players on Houston’s roster after starting full time for the Rockies the past five years. The four other outfielders on Houston’s roster are all younger than Fowler and none even has a full year of service time in the majors. “It’s a younger crowd, but that keeps me young,” he said with a laugh. “I’m going on 28 years old and I feel like I’m the old, old guy here. I’ve been around the Todd Helton’s and I’ve been around the young guys coming in so I feel like

he said. “That’s your daughter so you’re playing for her future.” It’s tough being away from his family, but he makes sure to video chat with his lovely ladies as often as he can. “Her face changes every day,” he said. “We Facetime a lot and she still knows my voice and my face.” He was concerned about touching her at first. The lanky 6-foot-4 athlete was worried he’d do something wrong. “It was scary just handling her because my hands are so strong,” he said gazing down at his big mitts. “So it was just like, ‘I didn’t want to hurt her.’” And don’t think Fowler is one of those dads that won’t help out when things get a little messy. “I’m a master at changing diapers,” he said. Even the dirty ones? “I do them all,” he said. “Other than that, the burping and all that I have to give her to my wife.” For now he’s off daddy duty and dealing with a different group of youngsters. He has simple expectations for the guys on this team hoping to turn things around after three straight 100loss seasons. “Just be accountable,” he said. “If everybody is accountable for what they do and they do it (hard), that’s all you can ask for.”

Michigan beats Michigan St. for league lead ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Over the last few weeks, as opposing defenses keyed in on him, Michigan’s Nik Stauskas has remained patient, hesitant to force anything at the offensive end. Then Michigan State came to town — and that all changed in a big way. Stauskas scored 21 of his 25 points in the second half, repeatedly making contested shots from the perimeter to help the 20thranked Wolverines to a 79-70 win over the 13th-ranked Spartans on Sunday. Michigan rallied from an 11-point first-half deficit and wrested first place in the Big Ten from its in-state rival. “I just came out with the mindset in the second half that I wasn’t going to be stopped,” Stauskas said.


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that has molded me.” Manager Bo Porter was thrilled to add someone of Fowler’s caliber to his team. Fowler came to Houston in a trade that sent last year’s starting center fielder Brandon Barnes and pitcher Jordan Lyles to the Rockies. “(He has) a track record of success on the field. More importantly you look at his makeup and I think what he brings to our ball club off the field will be advantageous as well,” Porter said. Another advantage to acquiring Fowler is that it gives the Astros a true leadoff hitter for the first time since Michael Bourn was traded in 2011. Fowler has hit leadoff his entire career and is a .270 hitter with a .365 onbase percentage. “That’s home for me,” Fowler said of batting leadoff. “My job is to get on base and score some runs and do it any way I can. I’ve always liked that challenge and I’ve done pretty well with it.” Along with the upheaval in his professional life, Fowler also experienced a major change in his personal life last month when he and his wife Aliya welcomed baby Naya Iman. Fowler breaks into a huge smile simply at the mere mention of his little girl. “It’s a new journey and you have something else to play for,”


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“Once I made a couple shots, it kept going from there.” Caris LeVert added 23 points for the Wolverines (19-7, 11-3), who won both regular-season meetings against Michigan State. Michigan has now won six of its last eight in the series. The Spartans (22-6, 11-4) started well but were only up 36-34 at halftime. Then Stauskas and LeVert led a second-half charge. The Wolverines trailed 52-51 before going on a 13-0 run that sent the Crisler Center crowd into delirium. Michigan scored 45 points in the second half Sunday — after blitzing the Spartans for 50 after halftime in an 80-75 win in East Lansing last month. “The first game, I was very proud of our effort. This game, we looked tired,” Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said. “I’m not very proud of our effort.” Gary Harris scored 21 points for Michigan State. Michigan now has a chance to earn its second Big Ten title in three years after tying for the championship in 2012. The Wolverines have home games against Minnesota and Indiana still to come, along with trips to Purdue and Illinois. Michigan State has home games against Illinois and Iowa followed by a trip to Ohio State. Stauskas was terrific in Michigan’s win at Michigan State last month, but he had not scored more than 16 points in a game since then. Perhaps he was letting teams take him out of the offense too easily, but at 6-foot-6, if Stauskas makes up his mind that he’s going to shoot, he usually can. “He’s looking for a perfect play all the time, and shooters got to shoot it,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “Sometimes what’s a bad shot for others is a really good shot for him.” With the Wolverines down 4843, Stauskas scored seven straight points to give Michigan the lead.

When the Spartans edged back ahead by one, Stauskas answered with a 3-pointer, and it soon become clear that there wasn’t much Michigan State could do to keep him from simply shooting over defenders on the perimeter. A 3-pointer by Stauskas from the right wing put Michigan ahead 59-52, then LeVert added a 3-pointer and a dunk. With the Spartans wearing down, Jon Horford dunked for Michigan to make it 68-56 — and that ended a stretch of 23 straight Michigan points by Stauskas or LeVert. Michigan fans serenaded the Spartans with a chant of “little brother” toward the end. The Spartans have battled injuries throughout this season — Adreian Payne and Brandon Dawson missed the first meeting with Michigan. Dawson was still out Sunday with his broken hand, but Payne is back, and he had 12 points and 11 rebounds. Keith Appling, who has been dealing with a wrist problem, scored only six points for Michigan State. “Yeah, I fell on the wrist again, but I couldn’t come out of the game,” Appling said. “It’s very frustrating right now, because there are things I just can’t do, but I can’t let that be an excuse. I’m the quarterback of this team, like coach always says, and I have to be out there leading.” Michigan, of course, has been playing without big man Mitch McGary for over two months, but the Wolverines have overcome his back-related absence thus far. Glenn Robinson III scored 15 points Sunday, including an alleyoop dunk from a driving Stauskas that made it 72-61. Michigan State made 17 shots from 3-point range in its previous game against Purdue, and the Spartans were locked in early in this one.


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