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SPORTS | B1MARTIN TRUEX JR. GRABS 1ST WIN OF NASCAR SEASON AT FONTANA SPORTS | B1THE LAST ROARS ARE FOR RORY MCILROY AT BAY HILL LOCAL & STATE | A3SPRING FEST IN MOUNT DORA OFFERS ART, FAMILY FUN Local & State ................A3 Opinion ......................A11 Weather ......................A12 Sports...........................B1 Comics ........................B6 Classifieds ...................B9 Volume 142, Issue 78 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 @dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Monday, March 19, 2018 $1.50 By Linda FloreaCorrespondentTAVARES „ It's been a year since the Tavares Community Theater found a permanent home at 107 N. Lake Ave. in Tavares. Since then, the group has focused efforts on raising money to refurbish the 4,500 square foot building as a theater.Founder Noel Miner said so far they have raised about a quarter of the money needed and the phase one beautification has been completed.We just started with fundraising,Ž Miner said. The money we've gotten so far is by being very careful with our funds from shows and doners signing checks. We were surprised by Lake Frances Estates. They said, Setting the stageFounder Noel Miner is pictured in the lobby of the new Tavares Community Theater, which was painted and decorated in phase one. Phase two includes installing insulation to the tune of about $20,000, followed by a $15,000 effort to build the stage and a “ nal $100,000 to “ nish and open the doors. [LINDA FLOREA / CORRESPONDENT] Tavares Community Theater raising money to refurbish buildingBy Ryan Nakashima and Anick JesdanunThe Associated PressMENLO PARK, Calif. „ Facebook has a problem it just cant kick: People keep exploit-ing it in ways that could sway elections, and in the worst cases even undermine democracy.News reports that Facebook let the Trump-affiliated data mining firm Cambridge Analyt-ica abscond with data from tens of millions of users mark the third time in roughly a year the company appears to have been outfoxed by crafty outsiders in this way.Before the Cambridge imbro-glio, there were Russian agents running election-related propaganda campaigns through targeted ads and fake political events. And before the Russians took center stage, there were purveyors of fake news who spread false stories to rile up hyperpartisan audiences and profit from the resulting ad revenue.In the previous cases, Facebook initially downplayed the risks posed by these activities. Facebook has a problem with being exploitedBy Christina A. Cassidy and Sarah ZimmermanThe Associated PressSPRINGFIELD, Ill. „ With the Illinois primary just days away, state election officials are beefing up cyber defenses and scanning for possible intrusions into voting systems and voter registration rolls.They have good reason to be on guard: Two years ago, Illi-nois was the lone state known to have its state election system breached in a hacking effort that ultimately targeted 21 states. Hackers believe to be connected to Russia pen-etrated the states voter rolls, viewing data on some 76,000 Illinois voters, although there is no indication any information was changed.Since then, Illinois election officials have added firewalls, installed software designed to prevent intrusions and shifted staffing to focus on the threats. The state has been receiving regular cyber scans from the federal government to identify potential weak spots and has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to conduct a comprehensive risk assessment. That assessment is scheduled but will not happen before Tuesdays second-in the-nation primary.Its not something where Security of voter rolls a concernVoters cast their ballots last Tuesday in Illinois primary elections at Chicagos new downtown early-voting super site. [KIICHIRO SATO/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] By Matthew Lee and Josh LedermanThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ When the ax fell on Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, his spokes-woman was half a world away, a distance he and his inner circle preferred and enforced.Now, its Tillerson whos on his way out after his unceremonious firing by President Donald Trump, and Heather Nauert whose star is ascendant.U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley and Nauert are among the few women in the Trump administration with highprofile voices on foreign policy. Only three State Department officials „ all men „ now outrank Nauert, a former Fox News anchor who declined comment for this story.Nauerts meteoric rise comes even though just a week ago she seemed not long for the job. Then Tillerson lost his.At State Department, Nauerts star is ascendantSee THEATER, A9 See SECURITY, A9 See FACEBOOK, A9 See NAUERT, A9


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Prepayments for 3 months or more, mail to: Circulation Dept., the Daily Commercial, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007. Billed monthly at the rates shown. LOTTERY ALLENTOWN, PA.Teen girl home, man in custody after both located in MexicoA Pennsylvania teenager who was missing for almost two weeks along with the 45-year-old man who frequently signed her out of school without her parents permission was returned home and the man was in custody after the two were found in Mexico, authori-ties said.Federal agents and Mexican authorities found 16-year-old Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly in Playa del Carmen on Saturday and they were flown to Miami, authorities said. Police said the girl, who was in good health, arrived on Sunday in Philadel-phia and was taken home to Allentown, 60 miles northwest of the city. Esterly was awaiting processing in Miami. JERUSALEMPalestinian stabs Israeli in Jerusalem, shot dead by policeIsraels Shin Bet security service says a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli in Jerusalem, seriously wound-ing him. Police said he was shot dead by officers at the scene.The attack Sunday occurred in Jerusalems Old City, home to sensitive holy sites sacred to Jews, Christians and Muslims.The Shin Bet said the attacker was from the West Bank city of Nablus.There has been a spike in vio-lence since President Donald Trumps Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israels capital. Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as their future capital and view Trumps decision as siding with Israel.LONDONAt least 13 hurt after car rams into nightclub in BritainBritish police say a man who had been kicked out of a nightclub rammed his car into revelers on a dance floor, injuring at least 13 people.The Kent Police force says the 21-year-old has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over Saturdays crash in Gravesend, 30 miles south-east of London. Police say they are not treating the incident as terrorism.Footage posted on social media showed a large car on a dance floor inside a marquee tent at Blakes nightclub. On Facebook, the club thanked the heroic actions of our door team and guests to apprehend the individual before further harm was caused.Ž The Associated PressIN BRIEF By Darlene SupervilleThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ President Donald Trump on Sunday took out his frustra-tions over the intensifying Russia investigation by lash-ing out at special counsel Robert Mueller, signaling a possible shift away from a strategy of cooperating with a probe he believes is biased against him.In a series of weekend tweets naming Mueller for the first time, Trump criticized the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and raised fresh concerns about the objectivity and political leanings of the members of Muellers team.Trump also challenged the honesty of Andrew McCabe, the newly fired FBI deputy director, and James Comey, the bureaus former director whom Trump fired last year over the Russia probe.The presidents aggressive stance followed a call Saturday by his personal lawyer for Rod Rosenstein, whom Trump appointed as deputy attorney general and who now oversees Muellers inquiry, to bring an endŽ to that investigation. Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, which spent the past year conducting a parallel investigation, recently said they had drafted a report concluding no collusion or coordination between Trumps presiden-tial campaign and Russia. Committee Democrats vehemently disagreed.The Mueller probe should never have been started in that there was no collusion and there was no crime,Ž Trump tweeted Saturday. It was based on fraudulent activities and a Fake Dossier paid for by Crooked Hillary and the DNC, and improp-erly used in FISA COURT for surveillance of my campaign. WITCH HUNT!Ž Trump was referring to a dossier of anti-Trump research funded by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clintons campaign.Likely adding to Trumps growing frustration, The New York Times reported last week that Mueller had subpoenaed the Trump Organization and requested Russia-related documents. Trump had said Mueller would cross a red line with such a step.Why does the Mueller team have 13 hardened Dem-ocrats, some big Crooked Hillary supporters, and Zero Republicans?Ž Trump tweeted Sunday.Some of Muellers investigators indeed have contributed to Democratic political candidates, but Jus-tice Department policy and federal service law bar discrimination in the hiring of career positions on the basis of political affiliation. Muel-ler is a Republican.A deeply frustrated Trump has fumed to confidants that the Mueller probe is going to choke the life out ofŽ his presidency if allowed to con-tinue unabated indefinitely, according to an outside adviser who insisted on anonymity to discuss pri-vate conversations with the president.Trump has long believed that the entrenched bureau-cracy, particularly at the Justice Department and FBI, is out to thwart him, and has pointed to McCabes wifes associations with Democrats, including longtime Clinton ally Terry McAu-liffe, as an example. He also fumed to one confidant after seeing a promotion for Comeys forthcoming book, and believes the former FBI director will seek to enrich himself by besmirching Trumps reputation.The president has long been torn over how to approach the Mueller probe. Trump insists that his cam-paign did not collude with Russia, and his legal team, namely attorney Ty Cobb, has counseled the president to cooperate with Mueller. But some former campaign advisers have urged Trump to be combative, warning him that that the investigation poses an existential threat to his presidency.Trumps attacks raised new concerns among mem-bers of Congress that he could be seeking to orchestrate Muellers firing. Republican and Democratic lawmakers warned Trump to not even think about it.If he tried to do that, that would be the beginning of the end of his presidency,Ž said Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a Trump ally.Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., called for the passage of bipartisan bills designed to protect Mueller that have stalled in Congress.This president is engaged in desperate and reckless conduct to intimidate his law enforcement agencies of this country and to try and stop the special counsel. That is unacceptable in a democ-racy,Ž Durbin said.Trump cannot directly fire Mueller, who can only be dismissed for cause. Any dismissal of Mueller would have to be carried out by Rosenstein, who has publicly expressed his support for Mueller.Trump lashes out at MuellerPresident Donald Trump talks with reporters during a March 15 meeting in the Oval Of“ ce of the White House in Washington. [EVAN VUCCI/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] DATELINESMANILA, PHILIPPINESA “ re engulfs the Manila Pavilion Hotel and Casino in Manila, Philippines, on Sunday. The blaze killed at least three employees, trapped two others and forced the evacuation of more than 300 guests, some by helicopter, of“ cials said. Police said it was unclear whether the “ re, which raged for hours, started in the casino on the lower ” oors or in an area of the hotel that was under renovation. [BULLIT MARQUEZ/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]DUBAI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATESBritish schoolteacher Andria Za“ rakou reacts after winning the Global Teacher Prize at a ceremony Sunday in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. 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PAGE 3 | Monday, March 19, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 By Zac AndersonGateHouse FloridaFlorida is back in the land conservation business in a big way, but that is not stopping environmental advocates from moving ahead with a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to abide by a 2014 constitutional amendment that earmarked money for conservation. While praising lawmakers for making a major investment in conservation this year, environmental leaders across Florida argue much more is needed to tackle the big backlog of projects that built up during lean funding years.And they say lawmakers still arent complying with an amendment „ approved by 75 percent of voters „ that requires the Legislature to spend 33 percent of taxes paid on real estate transactions on conservation Florida Forever gets $101 millionFlorida is back in the land conservation business in a big way, but that is not stopping environmental advocates from moving ahead with a lawsuit accusing the state of failing to abide by a 2014 constitutional amendment that earmarked money for conservation. [GATEHOUSE MEDIA FILE] Lawmakers make major investment in land conservation initiative MOUNT DORA „ Crowds gathered for the 21st annual Spring Fest in downtown Mount Dora Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the weather and the works of many different artists and crafters. More than 250 artists lined the streets exhibiting their unique pieces of art or craft. Saturday offered a childrens Leprechaun Hunt in Gilbert Park in honor of St. Patricks Day.Welcoming spring21st annual Spring Fest in Mount Dora o ers art, family funFlorida-themed needlework is seen at the 21st annual Spring Fest in Mount Dora. [SUBMITTED] Crowds stroll downtown Mount Dora Saturday for the 21st annual Spring Fest. More than 250 artists lined the streets exhibiting their unique pieces of art or craft. [SUBMITTED] Aquaticstyle art is seen at the 21st annual Spring Fest in Mount Dora. [SUBMITTED] By Curt AndersonAssociated PressMIAMI „ Officials were so concerned about the mental stability of the student accused of last months Florida school massacre that they decided he should be forcibly committed.But the recommendation was never acted upon.A commitment under the law would have made it more difficult if not impossible for Nikolas Cruz to obtain a gun legally.Cruz is accused of the shooting rampage that killed 14 students and three school employees at Marjory Stone-man Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14. In addi-tion, 17 people were wounded.But more than a year earlier, documents in the criminal case against Nikolas Cruz and obtained by The Associated Press show school officials and a sheriffs deputy recommended in September 2016 that Cruz be involun-tarily committed for a mental evaluation.The documents, which are part of Cruzs criminal case in the shooting, show that he had written the word killŽ in a notebook, told a classmate that he wanted to buy a gun and use it, and had cut his arm supposedly in anger because he had broken up with a girlfriend. He also told another student he had drunk gasoline and was throwing up. Calls had even been made to the FBI about the possibility of Cruz using a gun at school.The documents were provided by a psychological assessment service initi-ated by Cruzs mother called Henderson Behavioral Health. The documents show a high school resource officer who was also a sheriffs deputy and two school counselors recommended in September AP: Some wanted Cruz committed in 2016By Jennifer Kay and Allen G. BreedAssociated PressMIAMI „ As crews removed bodies from beneath a collapsed pedestrian bridge Saturday, a victims uncle raged against what he called the complete incompetenceŽ and colos-sal failureŽ that allowed people to drive beneath the unfinished concrete span.Why they had to build this monstrosity in the first place to get children across the street?Ž said an anguished Joe Smitha, whose niece, Alexa Duran, was crushed in Thursdays collapse at Flor-ida International University. Then they decided to stress test this bridge while traffic was running underneath it?ŽAuthorities say six people were killed when the struc-ture fell onto a busy six-lane road connecting the campus to the community of Sweet-water. Crews removed two cars Saturday morning and said they found three bodies, but officials said there were still at least two more vic-tims beneath the rubble. Late Bridge victims grieving uncle lashes out at incompetenceSix crosses are placed at a makeshift memorial on the Florida International University campus in Miami on Saturday, near the scene of a pedestrian bridge collapse that killed at least six people on Thursday. [AP PHOTO/JENNIFER KAY] See FLORIDA, A4 See CRUZ, A4 See UNCLE, A4BEST BETS FOR TODAYOUTSMART THE SCAMMERS: At 2 p.m. at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Learn how to protect yourself. Presented by Edward Jones Financial Advisor Kevin Anschutz. Free. Call 352-7289790 for information. AUDITIONS: From 7 to 9:30 p.m. at IceHouse Theatre, 1100 N. Unser St. in Mount Dora. For The Glass Menagerie. By appointment only. Email darlin@icehousetheatre. com and include performance resume and photo. Go to for information. OUR FATHERS HANDS CRAFT GROUP: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Monday at New Life Baptist Church, 35300 Radio Road in Leesburg. Most items created are donated to charity. Call 352-728-0004 for information.NEWS BRIEFSLEESBURGMandatory boil-water notice issued for Leesburg residentsCrews in Leesburg were working Saturday to repair a water main break in the water distribution system connected to the elevated water tower located on North Col-lege Street between West Main Street and High Street.A mandatory boil-water notice is in effect for any home or business that experi-enced a loss in water pressure as a result of the water main break. Boil all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth or wash-ing dishes. Hold the water at a rolling boil for at least one minute before using it.The boil-water notice will remain in effect until repairs are complete and until two consecutive days of a Bacteriological Survey shows that the water is safe to drink. TAMPACirque du Soleil performer dies after fall at Tampa showA Cirque du Soleil performer died after his hand slipped off the double rings and he fell 20 feet during a performance in Florida, police and the entertainment com-pany said Sunday.The theatrical company announced on Twitter that Yann Arnaud fell while performing an aerial straps number Saturday night during the show VOLTA in Tampa.Tampa police said they were investigating the death of Arnaud, 38, though they said in a release that it appears to be accidental. Arnaud died at a hospital early Sunday. He had been a Cirque du Soleil performer for more than 15 years.Cirque du Soleil canceled its final two Tampa perfor-mances Sunday.The entire Cirque du Soleil family is in shock and devas-tated by this tragedy,Ž the entertainment groups Presi-dent Daniel Lamarre said in a statement. We are currently gathering more information about this tragic event. We are offering our full and transparent collaboration to the authorities as they look into the circumstances of this accident.Ž TALLAHASSEEThousands of Florida homeowners will be paid for lost treesThousands of Florida homeowners who had healthy citrus trees cut down by the state are finally going to get paid for their losses.Gov. Rick Scott on Friday approved a new state budget that includes more than $52 million to pay homeowners in Broward and Palm Beach counties whose trees were removed more than a decade ago in a failed attempt to eradicate citrus canker. The See BRIEFS, A4


A4 Monday, March 19, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comhomeowners were part of class action lawsuits against the state.Scotts decision was surprising since last year he vetoed more than $37 million in payments that legislators had approved for homeowners in Broward and Lee counties.In a last-ditch attempt to battle contamination, the state in 2000 ordered the destruction of even healthy citrus trees within 1,900 feet of an infected tree with or without the owners permission. BRIEFSFrom Page A3efforts.The Legislature set aside $101 million for Florida Forever „ the states marquee land conservation initiative „ in the 2018-19 state budget approved last week. The money is significant „ the largest amount Florida Forever has received since the Great Recession. Lawmakers devoted no money to the program for the current fiscal year. Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, championed the Florida Forever funding this year.The voters were screaming at us to do something,Ž Brad-ley said on the Senate floor last week. Amendment 1 was over-whelmingly passed and frankly we had not done our job up until this year. This year I think we did our job.ŽBut there are 118 land acquisition projects on the Florida Forever priority list that total nearly 2.2 million acres.Since 2008, the average price per acre to purchase conservation land through the Florida Forever program has been $6,400, according to an analysis done by Kent Wimmer with the environmental group Defenders of Wildlife.At $6,400 per acre, Florida would need to set aside roughly $14 billion to purchase all the land on the Florida Forever pri-ority list. Or to put it another way, $101 million is less than 1 percent of the money needed to completely buy down the Florida Forever list.We really appreciate Sen. Bradley going to bat and making it happen,Ž Wimmer said of this years Florida Forever alloca-tion. Were really excited to have those funds available, but theres a long ways to go.ŽGetting creativeEven if the state only focused on buying lands deemed a high priorityŽ under Florida Forevers ranking system „ more than 800,000 acres „ it would still cost more than $5 billion at $6,400 an acre.Environmental groups plan to keep pushing for the Legislature to restore Florida Forever to its historic funding level. Between 1990 and 2008 the state spent $275 million annually on Florida Forever and its predecessor.A return to spending roughly $1 billion on land conservation every four years would start to make a big dent in the Florida Forever priority list, especially when considering that some of the land will be protected much more cheaply by purchasing con-servation easements.The average price per acre for a conservation ease-ment on ranchland protected through the Rural and Family Lands Protection Program „ which is part of Florida For-ever „ was $1,700, according to Wimmers analysis.Manatee County rancher Jim Strickland has been lobbying state lawmakers to expand their use of conser-vation easements. Strickland wants to put an easement on 4,530 acres of Blackbeards Ranch, a property abutting Myakka River State Park that he oversees as the managing partner, and other ranches with conservation value.Of the $101 million set aside for Florida Forever this year, only $5.8 million is earmarked for purchasing conservation easements through the Rural and Family Lands program.Ive got reason to be hope-ful but Im also realistic,Ž Strickland said, adding: $5.8 million is not going to go very far.ŽAt $1,700 an acre, it would cost $7.7 million just to do a conservation easement for Blackbeards Ranch. And there are dozens of other Florida Forever projects totaling 703,078 acres that are targeted for conservation easements.Environmental groups have been forced to get creative in recent years to protect priority properties.The Conservation Founda-tion of the Gulf Coast was able to broker a deal to preserve the 1,143-acre Triangle Ranch „ which also borders Myakka River State Park „ by finding a private buyer who wanted to protect the property while also leveraging some state money to purchase a conser-vation easement.Conservation Foundation President Christine Johnson said shes hopeful that the increase in funding for Florida Forever this year is a beginning of a trend and the funds will be able to continue to grow and we can conserve land.Ž It can seem to be a daunt-ing task and sometimes in the last several years weve felt like Sisyphus,Ž Johnson added, referencing the man condemned to roll a boulder uphill for eternity in ancient Greek mythology. But I dont think its a lost cause by any means.Ž Lawsuit continuesMany conservation advo-cates are walking a tightrope this year, praising GOP lead-ers in the Legislature for making a big commitment to Florida Forever while pointing out that the $101 million is roughly a third of what the program used to receive.But some are more sharply critical.The Sierra Club and a number of other environmen-tal groups are suing the state of Florida, saying state lead-ers have not complied with a 2014 constitutional amend-ment approved by voters. The amendment requires that 33 percent of tax revenue „ more than $800 million this year „ from real estate transac-tions go toward conservation efforts.Environmental advocates do not believe that all of the money earmarked by the amendment must go to Florida Forever. There are other conservation programs „ Everglades protection, springs restoration „ that they consider permissible uses of the money. But they argue that much of the money is going to pay for inappropri-ate expenses, such as salaries for forest service workers.Frank Jackalone, the Sierra Club's Florida chapter director, said the groups lawsuit will go forward.We are not going to be in a position where we say thats enough; thats not enough,Ž Jackalone said, adding: Until they fully restore the Florida Forever fund ƒ were not happy. Its kind of like saying in order to live you need a loaf of bread and theyve been giving us a few crumbs. Well this year the Legislature gave us one slice. We still need a loaf of bread.ŽJackalone noted that Florida is growing again at a rapid pace.The states population is projected to increase by some-where between 2.8 million and 5.6 million people in the next 12 years, according to the University of Floridas Bureau of Economic and Business Research.The same lands being tar-geted for protection are coming under increasing development pressure.The people of Florida decided they wanted to spend some of their tax money to pro-tect the remaining wild lands in Florida,Ž Jackalone said. So its not a matter of should you do this or not? Is it the right policy? Its the publics policy and the Legislature should not thumb their noses at the public.Ž FLORIDAFrom Page A32016 that Cruz be commit-ted for mental evaluation under Floridas Baker Act. That law allows for involuntary commitment for mental health examination for at least three days.Such an involuntary com-mitment would also have been a high obstacle if not a complete barrier to legally obtaining a firearm, such as the AR-15 rifle used in the Stoneman Douglas massacre on Feb. 14, authorities say.There is no evidence Cruz was ever committed. Coincidentally, the school resource officer who recom-mended that Cruz be Baker ActedŽ was Scot Peterson „ the same Broward Sheriffs Office deputy who resigned amid accusations he failed to respond to the shooting by staying outside the building where the killings occurred.David S. Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor, said that an involuntary commitment would have been a huge red flag had Cruz attempted to buy a firearm legally.If he had lied, hopefully the verification of the form would have pulled up the commitment paperwork,Ž Weinstein said.The documents do not say why Cruz was not commit-ted under the Baker Act or whether he may not have qualified for other reasons. The law allows a law enforcement officer such as Peterson to initiate commit-ment under the Baker Act.An attorney for Peterson did not immediately respond to an email seeking com-ment Sunday.Cruz, 19, is charged in a 34-count indictment with killing 17 people and wound-ing 17 others in the attack. He faces the death penalty if convicted, but his public defender Melisa McNeill has said he would plead guilty in return for a life prison sentence.In the Henderson Behav-ioral Health documents, Cruzs mother Lynda is quoted as saying she had fresh concerns about her sons mental state after he punched holes in a wall at their home in Parkland. The clinicians at Henderson came to the home for interviews and said Cruz admitted punching the wall but said he did so because he was upset at a breakup with his girlfriend.Cruz also admitted cutting his arm with a pencil sharpener.After a Sept. 28, 2016 interview, the documents say Cruz reports that he cut his arms 3-4 weeks ago and states that this is the only time he has ever cut. (Cruz) states that he cut because he was lonely, states that he had broken up with his girlfriend and reports that his grades had fallen. (Cruz) states that he is better now, reports that he is no longer lonely and states that his grades have gone back up.ŽHe also told the clinician he owned only a pellet gun and was not capable of doing serious harmŽ to anyone. The documents show that Cruz was very much on the radar screen of mental health professionals and the Bro-ward County school system, yet very little appears to have been done other than these evaluations.Other red flags have also surfaced, including calls to the FBI about Cruzs poten-tial to become a school shooter and numerous visits by county law enforcement officials to his home „ both before his mother died in November and after, when he lived briefly with a family friend in Palm Beach County.Again, very little was done.Its not clear from the documents who the recom-mendation was forwarded to or why it was not followed up. CRUZFrom Page A3in the day they recovered a third car, and Saturday night they said they believed all victims had been found.The Miami-Dade Police Department confirmed the names of four victims Saturday.Rolando Fraga Hernandez and his gold Jeep Cherokee were pulled from the wreck-age Saturday. Later, the bodies of Oswald Gonzalez, 57, and Alberto Arias, 54, were found inside a white Chevy truck.Navarro Brown was pulled from the rubble Thursday and later died at the hospital.Authorities have not released Durans name, but her family has said she died. The FIU freshman was studying political science.The National Transportation Safety Board has confirmed that crews were applying whats known as post-tensioning forceŽ on the bridge before the failure. Authorities are investigating whether cracking that was reported just before the span fell contributed to the accident.Experts interviewed by The Associated Press were mixed on the significance of those reported cracks.Amjad Aref, a professor with the University of Buf-falos Institute of Bridge Engineering, said they should have been a big red flag.ŽBridges are really very vulnerable when they are under construction, when there are just pieces,Ž he said. Its like still a flimsy structure. And when you see cracks, somebody has to raise really a big flag and say, We need to do something. We need to figure out whats happening quickly and do any mitigating actions to prevent further progression of damage and ultimately collapse, as we saw here.ŽBut Ralph Verrastro, principle of Naples-based Bridging Solutions, was not surprised to hear about cracks, and said it was not necessarily a problem.Any bridge with concrete, thats made of concrete, theres always cracks,Ž said Verrastro, who has been an engineer for 42 years. If they had concerns that something was going on for that main span, then they would have called the sheriff or the police and closed the road. I would be very sur-prised if its determined that they were taking a chance and trying to do something under traffic. Its just, as bridge engineers, thats just never done.ŽTwo days before the collapse, an engineer with the design firm left a voicemail to say some cracking had been found at one end of the concrete span, but the voice-mail wasnt picked up until after the collapse, Florida Department of Transporta-tion officials said Friday. In a transcript released Friday night, Denney Pate with FIGG Bridge Group said the cracking would need repairs but the company didnt think it was a safety issue. University officials, how-ever, said Saturday that DOT officials had been aware of the cracking before the collapse. They said in a statement that representatives of FIU and DOT met with a FIGG engineer for two hours Thursday morning to discuss the cracking, and determined there wasnt a safety issue. The bridge fell soon afterward.The FIGG engineer of record delivered a technical presentation regarding the crack and concluded that there were no safety concerns and the crack did not compromise the structural integrity of the bridge,Ž FIU said.NTSB officials have said its too early to say whether any cracking contributed to the collapse.In a news release late Friday, FIGG Bridge Engineers said it continues to work diligentlyŽ to determine the cause of the collapse, and is examining the steps its team has taken. It added, The evaluation was based on the best avail-able information at that time and indicated that there were no safety issues.Ž It also asked for time to accurately determine what led to the accident.Scheduled to open in 2019, the bridge was to provide safe passage over a canal and six lanes of traffic, a showpiece architectural feature connecting the campus with Sweetwater. The $14.2 mil-lion project was supposed to take advantage of a faster, cheaper and safer method of bridge-building promoted by the university.Early renderings online appeared to show whats called a cable-stayedŽ structure supported by cables hanging from a central tower. However, a spokes-man for FIGG said Saturday the bridge that was being built actually had built-in trusses.It is a truss bridge with above deck truss elements which, from an engineering perspective, is very different than a cable-stayed bridge,Ž FIGG spokeswoman Cheryl Stopnick said in an email.Verrastro said there may have been enough sup-port in place at the time. He said these projects are con-structed with very specific sequencingŽ and phases.This was designed to support itself „ that was the beauty of the design, Im sure,Ž he said. You didnt need temporary supports. It saves money. Its safer, because if you put temporary supports, you have to block the road and the traf-fic would be a mess and it would be in the way. So Im sure that was all thought through.ŽSmitha, Durans uncle, cant help but believe that this tragedy could have been avoided.This was a colossal failure of the system,Ž he said. This was complete incompetence from the top ... I want some-one to step up and say, The buck stops with me.Ž UNCLEFrom Page A3 Nikolas Cruz is lead out of the courtroom after an arraignment hearing Wednesday at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale. Cruz is accused of the shooting rampage that killed 14 students and three school employees at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland on Feb. 14. In addition, 17 people were wounded. More than a year earlier, documents in the criminal case against Nikolas Cruz and obtained by The Associated Press show school of“ cials and a sheriffs deputy recommended in September 2016 that Cruz be involuntarily committed for a mental evaluation. But the recommendation was never acted upon. [AMY BETH BENNETT/SOUTH FLORIDA SUN-SENTINEL VIA AP]

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PAGE 9 | Monday, March 19, 2018 A9'We are so pleased with what you are doing and we want to help you along the way.'ŽLake Frances held a chili dinner and raffle fund-raiser and donated $1,300 to the theater.The next fundraiser is a Backstage Bargain Bonanza (huge yard sale) March 30 and 31 at the new theater. Miner said there are plenty of new and lightly-used items they are gathering for the sale, but more is needed including home decor, collectibles, sporting goods, household items, furniture, jewelry and clothing. To arrange drop off donations and furniture pick up the week of March 18, call 352-237-0810 before March 28.The group is also seek-ing businesses that would like to donate items to be raffled off during the sale.Miner said the next fundraiser will probably be a gala at the new theater and volunteers are needed to organize.The next stage in refurbishing is to install insulation, which is estimated to be about $20,000. After that, the stage will cost about $15,000 and then another $100,000 is needed for other expenses.One hundred twenty five seats have been purchased for the new theater, and for $100 donors can dedicate a seat to a loved one.Miner is hopeful they will be in the new build-ing for next season. The next show is Wait Until DarkŽ May 12 to 27 at Bridges Covenant Church in Tavares.Everything we're doing in the fundraising area is new to us,Ž she said. We know what to do in the theater, fund-raising is all new.Ž THEATERFrom Page A1you ever feel completely safe,Ž Matt Dietrich, spokesman for the Illinois State Board of Elections. Its something where you feel like youre doing your best to protect against what could happen in a cyberattack.ŽFederal intelligence agencies determined that the attempted hacking of state elections systems in 2016 primarily targeted voter registration systems, not actual voting machines or vote tallying.Gaining access to elec-tronic voter rolls can do as much damage, giving hackers the ability to change names, addresses or polling places. Confusion, long lines and delays in reporting elec-tion results would follow, all of which undermines confidence in elections.Cybersecurity experts say its crucial for states to shore up vulnerabili-ties in those systems now, with this years midterm elections underway and the 2020 presidential election on the horizon.J. Alex Halderman, director of the University of Michigans Center for Computer Security and Society, said many of the same weaknesses present in 2016 remain.I think its only a matter of time before we suffer a devastating attack on our election systems unless our federal and state governments act quickly,Ž he said.The federal Help Amer-ica Vote Act, passed two years after the messy presidential recount in Florida, requires states to have a centralized statewide voter registration list, but states vary in how they implement it.Most collect voter data at the state level and then provide it to local election officials, according to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Illinois and five other states do the opposite, collecting voter registration data at the local level and send-ing it to the state elections office. A few others have a hybrid system.The chief concern surrounding voter regis-tration systems and the growing use of electronic poll books to check in voters at polling places is how they interact with other internet-connected systems.Electronic poll books allow polling place work-ers to verify a persons registration and related information electronically, rather than having to rely on large paper files.A downside is that the e-poll books might use a network to connect to a voter registration system, providing a potential opening for hackers.In other cases, the voter data is transferred from a computer and placed on a device not connected to the internet. That com-puter is the potential weak link. Security experts said it must be secured and not subject to tampering.Experts with The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School said networkconnected election systems are vulnerable to attacks and urged offi-cials to take several steps to shore up security, including making sure the underlying server is not connected to the internet and that all changes are logged. Experts say a key component is that elec-tion systems can recover quickly in the event of an attack or even an equipment failure, limiting public disruption.Larry Norden, an expert in elections technology with The Brennan Center for Justice at the NYU School of Law, said the network connections make voter registration systems more vulnerable to hacking than voting machines, which are not directly connected to the internet.In many states, the department of motor vehicles or some other state agency provides information to the voter registration system as a way to keep the records current. Some states allow voters to register and edit their information on a state website that is connected to the voter database.All of those provide possible access points that can open the door to hackers.Just understanding where the risks are is crit-ical,Ž Norden said. SECURITYFrom Page A1Less than a year ago, Nauert wasnt even in government.She was a breaking news anchor on Trumps favor-ite television show, Fox & Friends,Ž when she was tapped to be the face and voice of the administra-tions foreign policy. With a masters in journalism from Columbia University, she had come to Fox from ABC News, where she was a general assignment reporter. She hadnt specialized in foreign policy or international relations.It was almost clear from the start that Nauert wasnt Tillersons first choice.She resisted the exoilmans efforts to limit press access, reduce brief-ings and limit journalists allowed to travel with him. Tillerson had pre-ferred Genevieve Wood at the conservative Heritage Foundation, according to several individuals who spoke on condition of anonymity because they werent authorized to publicly discuss Tillersons personnel decisions.When Nauert arrived at the State Department in April 2017, she found rela-tions between Tillerson and the diplomatic press corps in crisis. No longer were there daily briefings that had been a State Department feature for decades. Journalists accustomed to traveling with Republican and Democratic secretar-ies for decades found they were blocked from Tiller-sons plane. Department spokespeople had no regu-lar access to Tillerson or his top advisers.Shut out from the top, Nauert developed relationships with career diplomats. Barred from traveling with Tillerson, she embarked on her own overseas trips, visiting Bangladesh and Myanmar last year to see the plight of Rohingya Muslims, and then Israel after a planned stop in Syria was scrapped. Limited to two briefings a week, she began hosting a program called The Read-outŽ on State Department social media outlets in which she interviewed senior officials about topics of the day. It only seriously grappled with fake news and Russian influence after sustained criticism from users, experts and politicians. In the case of Cambridge, Facebook says the main problem involved the transfer of data to a third party „ not its col-lection in the first place.Each new issue has also raised the same enduring questions about Facebooks conflicting priorities „ to protect its users, but also to ensure that it can exploit their personal details to fuel its hugely lucrative, and pre-cisely targeted, advertising business.Facebook may say its business model is to connect the world, but its really to collect psychosocial data on users and sell that to advertisers.Ž said Mike Caulfield, a fac-ulty trainer at Washington State University who directs a multi-university effort focused on digital literacy.Late Friday, Facebook announced it was banning Cambridge an outfit that helped Donald Trump win the White House, saying the company improperly obtained information from 270,000 people who downloaded a purported research app described as a personality test. Facebook first learned of this breach of privacy more than two years ago, but hasnt mentioned it pub-licly until now.And the company may still be playing down its scope. Christopher Wylie, a former Cambridge employee who served as a key source for detailed investigative reports published Saturday in The New York Times and The Guardian said the firm was actually able to pull in data from roughly 50 mil-lion profiles by extending its tentacles to the unwit-ting friends of app users. (Facebook has since barred such second-hand data collection by apps.)Wylie said he regrets the role he played in what he called a full service propaganda machine.Ž Cambridges goal, he told the Guardian in a video interview was to use the Facebook data to build detailed profiles that could be used to identify and then to target individual voters with personalized politi-cal messages calculated to sway their opinions.It was a grossly unethi-cal experiment,Ž Wylie said. Because you are playing with an entire country. The psychology of an entire country without their consent or awareness.ŽCambridge has denied wrongdoing and calls Wylie a disgruntled former employee. It acknowl-edged obtaining user data in violation of Facebook policies, but blamed a middleman contractor for the problem. The company said it never used the data and deleted it all once it learned of the infraction „ an assertion contradicted by Wylie and now under investigation by Facebook.Jonathan Albright, research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University, said Facebook badly needs to embrace the transparency it has essen-tially forced on its users by sharing their habits, likes and dislikes with advertis-ers. Albright has previously noted cases in which Face-book deleted thousands of posts detailing Russian influence on its service and underreported the audience for Russian posts by failing to men-tion millions of followers on Instagram, which Facebook owns. FACEBOOKFrom Page A1 NAUERTFrom Page A1


A10 Monday, March 19, 2018 | By Vladimir Isachenkov and Jill LawlessThe Associated PressMOSCOW „ Russian President Vladimir Putin on Sunday dismissed British accusations of Russias involvement in an ex-spys poisoning as nonsense,Ž but added that Moscow is ready to cooperate with London in the investigation.In his first comments on the incident, Putin referred to the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter as a tragedy,Ž but added that if the British claim that they were poisoned by the Soviet-designed nerve agent were true, the victims would have been killed instantly.Skripal, a former Rus-sian intelligence officer convicted in his home country of spying for Britain, and his daughter have remained in critical condition following the March 4 poisoning.Its quite obvious that if it were a military-grade nerve agent, people would have died on the spot,Ž he said. Russia doesnt have such means. We have destroyed all our chemical weapons under international over-sight unlike some of our partners.ŽPutins comments came a few hours after British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said he has evidence that Russia has been stockpiling a nerve agent in violation of international law very likely for the purposes of assassination.ŽJohnson said the trail of blame for the poison-ing of Skripal and his daughter Yulia in the English city of Salisbury leads inexorably to the Kremlin.ŽJohnson told reporters that Britain has informa-tion that within the last 10 years, the Russian state has been engaged in investigating the delivery of such agents, Novichok agents... very likely for the purposes of assassination.ŽHe said they have been producing and stockpiling Novichok, contrary to what they have been saying.ŽPutin calls accusations over ex-spy poisoning nonsenseRussian President Vladimir Putin waves after speaking to supporters during a rally near the Kremlin, in Moscow on Sunday. Vladimir Putin headed to an overwhelming win in Russias presidential election Sunday, adding six years in the Kremlin for the man who has led the worlds largest country for all of the 21st century. [AP PHOTO/ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO] By Jim Heintz and Vladimir IsachenkovAssociated PressMOSCOW „ Vladimir Putin rolled to a crushing re-election victory Sunday for six more years as Russias president, and he told cheering support-ers in a triumphant but brief speech that we are bound for success.ŽThere had been no doubt that Putin would win in his fourth electoral contest; he faced seven minor candidates and his most prominent foe was blocked from the ballot.His only real challenge was to run up the tally so high that he could claim an indisputable mandate.With ballots from 80 percent of Russias precincts counted by early Monday, Putin had amassed 76 percent of the vote. Observers and individual voters reported widespread violations including ballot-box stuffing and forced voting, but the claims are unlikely to dilute the power of Russias longest-serving leader since Josef Stalin.As the embodiment of Russias resurgent power on the world stage, Putin commands immense loyalty among Russians. More than 30,000 crowded into Manezh Square adjacent to the Kremlin in temperatures of minus-10 degrees (15-degrees F) for a vic-tory concert and to await his words. Putin extolled them for their support „ I am a member of your teamŽ „ and he promised them that we are bound for success.ŽThen he left the stage after speaking for less than two minutes, a seemingly perfunctory appearance that encapsulated the elections predictability.Since he took the helm in Russia on New Years Eve 1999 after Boris Yeltsins surprise resignation, Putins electoral power has centered on stability, a quality cherished by Russians after the chaotic breakup of the Soviet Union and the wild capitalismŽ of the Yeltsin years.But that stability has been bolstered by a suppression of dissent, the withering of independent media and the top-down control of politics called managed democracy.ŽThere were widespread reports of forced voting Sunday, efforts to make Russia appear to be a robust democracy.Among them were two election observers in Gorny Shchit, a rural district of Yekaterinburg, who told The Associated Press they saw an unusu-ally high influx of people going to the polls between noon and 2 p.m. A doctor at a hospital in the Ural mountains city told the AP that 2 p.m. was the deadline for health officials to report to their superiors that they had voted.People were coming in all at once, (they) were entering in groups as if a tram has arrived at a stop,Ž said one of the observers, Sergei Krivonogov The voters were taking pictures of the pocket calendars or leaflets that poll workers distributed, seemingly as proof of voting, he said.Other examples from observers and social media included ballot boxes being stuffed with extra ballots in multiple regions; an election official assaulting an observer; CCTV cameras obscured by flags or nets from watching ballot boxes; discrepancies in ballot numbers; last-minute voter registration changes likely designed to boost turnout; and a huge pro-Putin sign in one polling station.Election officials moved quickly to respond to some of the violations. They suspended the chief of a polling station near Moscow where a ballotstuffing incident was reported and sealed the ballot box. A man accused of tossing multiple ballots into a box in the far east-ern town of Artyom was arrested.Overall national turnout was expected to be a little more than 60 percent, which would be several points below turnout in Putins elec-toral wins in 2000, 2004 and 2012. He did not run in 2008 because of term limits, but was appointed prime minister, a role in which he was widely seen as leader.Putin overwhelmingly wins another 6 years as Russian leader

PAGE 11 | Monday, March 19, 2018 A11 ANOTHER OPINION OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 Last week, Lake County School Board member Sandy Gamble voiced support for the idea of arming school teachers and admin-istrators. Heres what Facebook users had to say:So you all think there arent currently kids that carry guns on campus???? Bet there are more guns in backpacks than anyone would ever know. I also would wager there are teachers who carry extremely discreetly and wouldnt tell a soul or leave it lying around! If I can trust teachers to educate my childs mind, I trust those WHO ARE WILLING to get a concealed license and perhaps undergo a certain amount of training/range time, additional certification to carry. I would rather take that risk than to leave my kid a sitting duck when another student society failed makes another horrible decision.Ž Jennifer UgorekTo be quite honest, the proposal to put hundreds of guns into Lakes classrooms feels like we are stumbling, without thought, into the Third World. There are alternatives. We can do better. Rather than shoving hundreds of guns into Lakes classrooms, heres another approach: First, review and strengthen campus physical security. Then permanently station law enforcement officers in the schools. The use of school-based law enforcement officers provides not only security, but also offers opportunities to build long-term positive community relationships between police and students, provides opportunities for crime detection and prevention through those trusting relationships with students and provides studentinstructional opportunities. Frank Layne WoodSo will the costs that arise from the lawsuits arising from this idea come out of the school boards salary or more likely from the already underfunded education system in Lake County? Because that matters! Put your money where your mouth is if you believe in this idea that much, sir! Answer that!Ž Jennifer StamI havent spoken with anyone who works at the school yet who thinks this is a good idea. Teachers are meant to teach, not be killers, even if it is a bad guy. Can someone who has only been taught to shoot at targets and beer bottles really be ready to stand off and shoot another human being? What about 3 or 4 of these big boys disarming the teacher and using the gun on him/her? When the cops get there and 4 or 5 teachers are shooting at the bad guy, will the cops know immediately who is good and who is bad while the bullets fly? And the teacher having a bad day: I just took the gun out to scare him a little, I didnt mean for it to go off! Yeah, better have some good insurance and lawyers.ŽMarty WhatleyStupid, check YouTube for students beating down teachers, how long until a gun is taken away?Ž Roy AlpitaMore guns more accidents. As a police officer I confronted a active shooter alone on several occasions, its not a job for a teacher.Ž Don VielI know without a doubt Sandy Barbara Gamble isnt taking this decision lightly and Im sure its weighing on his heart. Sadly, people will criticize his decision on one side or the other.Ž Amy Moore StrattonIf theyre competent and qualified I think its a great idea!!!!Ž John Babinecs a student more or less likely to enter a school with a gun if he knows that the school is going to fire back? If youre honest with yourself, the answer is less likely. Thats the problem with gun free zones. Only the bad guys have guns. You would think that people would learn by now that bringing books and desks to a gun fight is not a good idea. Time to get serious about protecting our kids!Ž Mike NixonFACEBOOK FORUMThis editorial appeared in a recent edition of theSarasota Herald-TribuneThe Florida Legislature has passed a multifaceted criminal-justice bill that can be described in the vernacular as a two-fer. The bills official name „ the committee substitute for Senate Bill 1392 „ recognizes that the legislation was subject to give-and-take and compromise. Its a mash-up that blends an effort in the House of Representatives to reform criminal-justice databases and a movement in the Senate to provide alternatives to arrest and incarceration for relatively minor, nonviolent offenses. The good news is that both initiatives are warranted and represent progress. In the House, Rep. Chris Sprowls „ a Republican from Palm Harbor and chairman of the Judiciary Committee „ was the force behind provisions to significantly improve and enhance access to information related to arrests, plea bargains and sentences. The existing databases in Florida are inadequate and incompatible „ making it inordinately difficult to assess whether disparities in outcomes occur and to determine how the system might be made more effective. For instance, the Offender Based Transaction System database relied upon by the courts has not included the name of the defendant or the criminal case number; those shortcomings make analysis difficult, requiring decoding and other laborious tasks. The system has not included sentencing score sheets, which are critical to understanding the decisions of prosecutors and judges; furthermore, the score sheets have not included the defendants race. Not good. The bill passed by the Legislature seeks to eliminate those deficiencies. Score sheets, for example, will be included in the database in digital form. The legislation requires a wealth of other information to be input and tracked „ data that should help local and state officials better manage county-jail and state-prison populations. And, just as important, the bill mandates that the comprehensive database be accurate, comparable, transferable, readily usable and publicly accessible; a Herald-Tribune news series focused on sentencing disparities found that the existing database lacked all of those features. The legislation calls upon virtually all institutional participants in the criminal-justice system to provide information that will be compiled and presented by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. An upgraded, useful database will provide additional value in light of the bills second component, which has been championed by Sen. Jeff Brandes. A Republican from Pinellas County and influential member of the Committee on Criminal Justice, Brandes led the effort for state law to authorize the use of civil citations as alternatives to arrest for certain crimes. The law also expands the potential for diversion programs as alternatives to incarceration in the county jail for specific nonviolent offenses. The legislation gives law enforcement agencies and courts leeway to craft, implement and oversee these endeavors. If provided judiciously and equitably, these options could benefit Florida. The database improvements and diversion programs are welcome, complementary attempts to commence reform of Floridas justice system, promote good decision-making, achieve justice and enhance accountability.OUR OPINIONPlan represents progress on justice reformsThe mystery isnt why Rex Tillerson was fired this week. Its why he lasted so long. Tillerson, a thoroughly conventional conservative who became secretary of state on the strength of a career negotiating oil deals for Exxon, was out of step with his boss from the start. He was a George W. Bush Republican in a Donald Trump world. His chief sponsors were Bush aides, Condoleezza Rice and Robert M. Gates. He was the embodiment of the theory that Trump would pivotŽ toward traditional GOP policies after his inauguration. But the pivot never happened. That left Trump and Tillerson at odds on major issues. Trumps version of America FirstŽ views international alliances as costly encumbrances; Tillerson wanted to preserve them. Trump wanted to tear up Barack Obamas 2015 nuclear deal with Iran; Tillerson wanted to keep it. Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris agreement on climate change; Tillerson wanted to stay in. If that werent enough, Tillerson was simply bad at his job. Instead of focusing on diplomacy, he spent much of his time redesigning the State Department bureaucracy and offering to cut his own budget. Tillersons defenders said he was a voice for moderation, and he was „ but an ineffective one. Trump undercut him relentlessly, dismissed his attempts to negotiate a deal with North Korea as useless, and finally took over the effort himself. Nor did Tillerson ever sincerely attempt to win over his boss on a personal level. When NBC reported that Tillerson had privately called Trump a moron,Ž the secretary of State denounced the report „ but never quite denied it. Rumors began circulating almost six months ago that Trump was ready to fire his ill-fitting secretary of State. The reports even named the most likely successor: CIA Director Mike Pompeo. So Tillersons dismissal came as the least surprising, and least graceful, firing in recent political history „ the first time a president has ever fired a Cabinet member on Twitter. The clumsy episode revived a perennial question: Can anyone who agrees to serve Trump escape without serious damage to his reputation? Pompeo is about to find out. On the surface, the former tea party congressman from Kansas looks like the antiTillerson. Tillerson is taciturn, understated and imperious. Pompeo is swaggering, loquacious and brashly hard line. The CIA, he said last year, must be aggressive, vicious ... (and) focused on crushing our enemies.Ž Hes won Trumps heart the same way Defense Secretary James N. Mad DogŽ Mattis did, by sounding like a takeno-prisoners tough guy. Pompeo is clearly more hawkish than Tillerson, especially on Iran. After Trumps election, then-Congressman Pompeo said he looked forward to rolling back this disastrous deal with the worlds largest state sponsor of terrorism.Ž He has accused American Muslim leaders of being potentially complicitŽ in domestic terrorism. But Pompeo, who learned international politics at West Point and graduated from Harvard Law School, is also quite capable of nuance and revision. Once installed at the CIA, he acknowledged that the Iran deal had put the United States in a marginally better placeŽ because it allowed international inspections of nuclear facilities. On North Korea, he believes that it may be impossible to force Kim Jong Un to dismantle his nuclear force immediately, and that the United States should pursue the secondary goalŽ of stopping nuclear tests. And he has endorsed the intelligence communitys view that Russias Vladimir Putin meddled in the 2016 election and is trying to meddle again „ an unusual break from the president. He has consistently argued that Russia is a bigger threat than Trump seems to think. So its not clear that Pompeos ascent means a major shift in foreign policy. Instead, it likely means a more effective Trump foreign policy „ one with the State Department inside the circle of decisionmakers, instead of outside. Long before this week, Trump wasnt listening to Tillerson; he was listening to Pompeo, who often delivered the presidents morning intelligence briefing in person. The question for Pompeo, now that he is getting the most important job in the Cabinet, is how he will define his role. Will he be Trumps enabler „ or will he try to restrain the presidents undiplomatic impulses, as Tillerson tried to do? Will he submit to Trumps worst instincts? Or will he tell the president when hes wrong? And will Trump listen? Doyle McManus is a contributing writer to Opinion.ANOTHER OPINIONRex Tillerson was an odd t from the start Doyle McManus


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PAGE 13 | Monday, March 19, 2018 B1 SPORTS COLLEGE BASKETBALL B4A ROUNDUP OF THE DAYS ACTION IN NCAA TOURNAMENT Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comBy Steve MegargeeThe Associated PressMany of the freshman stars who garnered so much of the college basketball worlds attention during the regular season have already been bounced from March Madness.Arizonas Deandre Ayton, Oklahomas Trae Young, Missouris Michael Porter Jr., Alabamas Collin Sexton and Texas Mohamed Bamba are all considered potential NBA lot-tery picks whenever they decide to turn pro. Theyre also all out of the NCAA Tournament after facing the harsh reality that sometimes individual talent isnt enough in March.Sexton is the only fresh-man from that group who even reached the second round.I hate losing,Ž Young said after Oklahomas first-round overtime loss to Rhode Island. Thats not in my DNA, losing.ŽOne lesson these freshmen are learning is rather obvious: It always helps to be surrounded by experienced players or equally talented freshmen.Only three of the top seven prospects from the 2017 recruit-ing class according to the 247Sports Composite remain in the tournament. Its probably no coincidence that all three of them play for the same school: Duke.Dukes Marvin Bagley, Trevon Duval and Wendell Carter Jr. are in the regional semifinals after helping the Blue Devils win their first two NCAA Tournament games by an aver-age margin of 23 points. Duke has five players „ including four freshmen „ with NCAA Tournament scoring averages in double figures thus far.Just being able to share the wealth in between one another and for us to be all together and be unselfish, its a great thing,Ž Carter said.The Duke freshmen say they have benefited from having tal-ented classmates around them who are going through similar situations. Theyve also worked alongside senior guard Grayson Allen and his wealth of postsea-son experience.Thats the reason I came to Duke, to play with a lot of great guys who Ive seen play before and to be able to team up with these guys and figure out each other and work together,Ž Bagley said. Its a great feeling.ŽStar ops: Several NBA prospects bounced from NCAAsAlabamas Collin Sexton (2) chases down a long pass after getting by Virginia Techs Wabissa Bede (3) during the second half of an NCAA mens college basketball tournament “ rst-round game Thursday in Pittsburgh. Alabama won 86-83. [AP PHOTO/KEITH SRAKOCIC] By Doug FergusonThe Associated PressORLANDO „ The loudest roars at Bay Hill were for Tiger Woods. The last ones were for Rory McIlroy.McIlroy left some indelible images of his own Sunday at the Arnold Palmer Invita-tional with a back-nine charge that would have made the King proud, and a final putt on the 18th green that a delirious gallery had seen for so many years from Woods.McIlroy ran off five birdies over his last six holes and closed with an 8-under 64 for a three-shot victory. He won for the first time since the Tour Championship on Sept. 25, 2016, the day Palmer died.I wish I walked up that hill and got a handshake from him,Ž McIlroy said. But Im so happy to put my name on that trophy.ŽBay Hill was rocking all afternoon, mostly for that red shirt. Woods, who started the final round five shots behind, made three birdies in a fourhole stretch to start the back nine and was within shot of the lead as everyone behind him on the course appeared to stall.McIlroy takes three-shot victory at Bay HillLast roars for RoryRory McIlroy, of Northern Ireland, kisses the championship trophy after winning the Arnold Palmer Invitational golf tournament Sunday in Orlando. [AP PHOTO/PHELAN M. EBENHACK] By Greg BeachamThe Associated PressFONTANA, Calif. „ Martin Truex Jr. saw nothing but clean air and green flags down the stretch in his first victory of the new NASCAR Cup season.Truex didnt get much of a look at Kevin Harvick, whose bid for four straight wins was ruined by an early crash at Fontana. So even while Truexs Fur-niture Row Racing Toyota team celebrated, it was a wee bit disappointed not to get a duel with the early-season king. I think we would have had something for him today,Ž team owner Barney Visser said.Truex roared to victory at Fontana on Sunday, beating Kyle Larson by 11 seconds to claim the first win of the season for last years series champion.Truex won both stages Truex Jr. grabs win at Fontana Martin Truex Jr. celebrates after winning the NASCAR 400 mile auto race Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. [AP PHOTO/WILL LESTER] See TRUEX, B3 See BAY HILL, B3 See NCAA, B4By Mark LongThe Associated PressGAINESVILLE „ Richie Crampton was sitting home during the 2017 Gatornationals, distraught about being out of the sport just two years after winning five times.He watched the event from his couch in Indiana and wondered whether he would get another chance in NHRAs top series.He caught a break last May when team owner Connie Kalitta called. The 37-year-old Crampton took a big step toward securing his future with the team by winning the Gator-nationals on Sunday.Crampton upset teammate Doug Kalitta and three-time champion Antron Brown to make the final, and then took advantage of Shawn Reeds engine trouble to claim the eighth win of his NHRA career and first for Connie Kalitta.You dont know if youre going to get another go around,Ž Crampton said. When I got that magical phone call to come to Indy and drive for Connie, Id been waiting for that phone call for nine months and I never thought Id get it. Luckily, we were able to parlay that into a full-time gig this year.ŽCrampton won seven events in two seasons for Morgan Lucas Racing. But when the team shuttered its Top Fuel program following the 2016 season, Crampton was out of a job. He got the call in September and replaced Troy Coughlin Jr. for the final race of the reg-ular season. He ended up moving into Shawn Langdons ride when Langdon switched from Top Fuel to Funny Car.Crampton essentially went from being out of the sport to standing on one of its biggest stages: The winners circle at historic Gainesville Raceway.I tried to take it in stride,Ž Crampton said. Ive been exceptionally lucky. ... Id been very spoiled in my short career. I was content, but I felt like I still had some unfinished business out here. I wanted to get back, but we know thats not always a given. Pretty lucky.ŽReed, the No. 12 qualifier, upset Tony Schumacher and top-seeded Clay Milli-can to reach the first final of his career. Reed didnt even get a chance to run for the victory.Reed had to shut the engine off following a burn-out because crewmembers noticed a fuel leak. That meant Crampton would make a solo pass for the trophy.Crampton wins NHRA Gatornationals after lengthy racing absenceCrampton See NHRA, B3


B2 Monday, March 19, 2018 | SCOREBOARD HOW TO REACH USPaul Jenkins, Sports Editor Email: Phone: 352-365-8204SPORTS RESULTSSchools or coaches can report game results by calling 352-365-8204. Submissions also can be emailed to Results submitted after 9:30 p.m. may not appear in the next days edition of the Daily Commercial.SPORTS ON TVCOLLEGE BASKETBALL 11:30 p.m. ESPNU „ NIT Tournament, second round, Saint Mary's vs. Washington 11:30 p.m. ESPNU „ NIT Tournament, second round, Southern California vs. Western Kentucky 7 p.m. ESPNU „ NIT Tournament, second round, Stanford vs. Oklahoma State 9 p.m. ESPNU „ NIT Tournament, second round, Louisiana State University vs. Utah MLB BASEBALL 1:05 p.m. MLB „ Spring training, N.Y. Mets at Houston 4:10 p.m. MLB „ Spring training, Chicago White Sox at Arizona 9:05 p.m. MLB „ Spring training, Colorado at Texas NBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN „ Milwaukee at Cleveland 9:30 p.m. NBA „ Golden State at San Antonio WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL 6:30 p.m. ESPN2 „ NCAA Women's Tournament, second round, teams TBD 9 p.m ESPN2 „ NCAA Women's Tournament, second round, teams TBD AUTO RACING NASCAR-AUTO CLUB 400 RESULTSBy The Associated PressSundayAt Auto Club Speedway Fontana, Calif. (Starting position parentheses) 1. (1) Martin Truex Jr., Toyota, 200. 2. (3) Kyle Larson, Chevrolet, 200. 3. (2) Kyle Busch, Toyota, 200. 4. (11) Brad Keselowski, Ford, 200. 5. (6) Joey Logano, Ford, 200. 6. (25) Denny Hamlin, Toyota, 200. 7. (4) Erik Jones, Toyota, 200. 8. (8) Ryan Blaney, Ford, 200. 9. (33) Jimmie Johnson, Chevrolet, 200. 10. (5) Austin Dillon, Chevrolet, 200. 11. (26) Clint Bowyer, Ford, 199. 12. (27) Aric Almirola, Ford, 199. 13. (28) Alex Bowman, Chevrolet, 199. 14. (7) Kurt Busch, Ford, 199. 15. (29) William Byron, Chevrolet, 199. 16. (31) Chase Elliott, Chevrolet, 199. 17. (15) Jamie McMurray, Chevrolet, 199. 18. (16) Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ford, 199. 19. (14) Paul Menard, Ford, 199. 20. (19) Darrell Wallace Jr., Chevrolet, 199. 21. (9) Ryan Newman, Chevrolet, 199. 22. (32) AJ Allmendinger, Chevrolet, 199. 23. (30) Daniel Suarez, Toyota, 199. 24. (34) Kasey Kahne, Chevrolet, 199. 25. (21) David Ragan, Ford, 199. 26. (22) Michael McDowell, Ford, 199. 27. (17) Ty Dillon, Chevrolet, 198. 28. (37) Cole Whitt, Chevrolet, 198. 29. (36) Ross Chastain, Chevrolet, 198. 30. (12) Chris Buescher, Chevrolet, 197. 31. (18) Matt DiBenedetto, Ford, 196. 32. (20) Gray Gaulding, Toyota, 194. 33. (35) Timmy Hill, Chevrolet, 193. 34. (24) Reed Sorenson, Chevrolet, 193. 35. (10) Kevin Harvick, Ford, 191. 36. (23) Jeffrey Earnhardt, Chevrolet, 189. 37. (13) Trevor Bayne, Ford, Accident, 108.RACE STATISTICSAverage Speed of Race Winner: 147.526 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours, 42 minutes, 41 seconds. Margin of Victory: 11.685 Seconds. Caution Flags: 5 for 21 laps. Lead Changes: 16 among 7 drivers. Lap Leaders: M. Truex Jr. 1-10; Kyle Busch 11-28; J. McMurray 29; Kyle Busch 30; M. Truex Jr. 31-63; J. Logano 64-72; M. Truex Jr. 73-89; Kyle Busch 90-93; M. Truex Jr. 94-123; Kyle Busch 124-130; K. Kahne 131; W. Byron 132; Kyle Busch 133-160; M. Truex Jr. 161-163; D. Hamlin 164; Kyle Busch 165-168; M. Truex Jr. 169-200. Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Lead, Laps Led): M. Truex Jr. 6 times for 125 laps; Kyle Busch 6 times for 62 laps; J. Logano 1 time for 9 laps; W. Byron 1 time for 1 lap; J. McMurray 1 time for 1 lap; D. Hamlin 1 time for 1 lap; K. Kahne 1 time for 1 lap. COLLEGE BASKETBALL MENS BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENTAll times Eastern EAST REGIONAL First Round March 15 At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghVillanova 87, Radford 61 Alabama 86, Virginia Tech 83At American Airlines Center, DallasTexas Tech 70, Stephen F. Austin 60 Florida 77, St. Bonaventure 62March 16 At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitPurdue 74, Cal State Fullerton 48 Butler 79, Arkansas 62At Viejas Arena, San DiegoMarshall 81, Wichita State 75 West Virginia 85, Murray State 68Second Round Saturday At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghVillanova 81, Alabama 58At American Airlines Center, DallasTexas Tech 69, Florida 66Sunday At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitPurdue 76, Butler 73At Viejas Arena, San DiegoMarshall (25-10) vs. West Virginia (25-10), lateAt TD Garden, Boston Regional Semi“ nals March 23Villanova (32-4) vs. Marshall-West VirginiaMurray State winner Purdue (30-6) vs. Texas Tech (26-9)Regional Championship March 25Semi“ nal winnersSOUTH REGIONAL First Round March 15 At American Airlines Center, DallasTennessee 73, Wright State 47 Loyola of Chicago 64, Miami 62At Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoKentucky 78, Davidson 73 Buffalo 89, Arizona 68March 16 At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Kansas State 69, Creighton 59 UMBC 74, Virginia 54At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Cincinnati 68, Georgia State 53 Nevada 87, Texas 83, OTSecond Round Saturday At Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoKentucky 95, Buffalo 75At American Airlines Center DallasLoyola of Chicago 63, Tennessee 62Sunday At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.UMBC (25-10) vs. Kansas State (23-11), lateAt Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Cincinnati (31-4) vs. Nevada (28-7), lateAt Philips Arena, Atlanta Regional Semi“ nals ThursdayUMBC-Kansas State winner vs. Kentucky (26-10) Cincinnati-Nevada winner vs. Loyola of Chicago (30-5)Regional Championship March 24Semi“ nal winnersMIDWEST REGIONAL First Round March 15 At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghRhode Island 83, Oklahoma 78, OT Duke 89, Iona 67At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Kansas 76, Pennsylvania 60 Seton Hall 94, N.C. State 83March 16 At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitMichigan State 82, Bucknell 78 Syracuse 57, TCU 52At Viejas Arena, San DiegoAuburn 62, College of Charleston 58 Clemson 79, New Mexico State 68Second Round Saturday At PPG Paints Arena, PittsburghDuke 87, Rhode Island 62At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Kansas 83, Seton Hall 79Sunday At Little Caesars Arena, DetroitSyracuse 55, Michigan State 53At Viejas Arena, San DiegoAuburn (26-7) vs. Clemson (24-9), lateAt CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb. Regional Semi“ nals FridayKansas (29-7) vs. Auburn„Clemson winner Duke (28-7) vs. Syracuse (23-13)Regional Championship March 25Semi“ nal winnersWEST REGIONAL First Round March 15 At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Houston 67, San Diego State 65 Michigan 61, Montana 47At Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoGonzaga 68, UNC Greensboro 64. Ohio State 81, South Dakota State 73March 16 At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Texas A&M 73, Providence 69 North Carolina 84, Lipscomb 66At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Xavier 102, Texas Southern 83 Florida State 67, Missouri 54Second Round Saturday At Taco Bell Arena, Boise, IdahoGonzaga 90, Ohio State 84At INTRUST Bank Arena, Wichita, Kan.Michigan 64, Houston 63Sunday At Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.Texas A&M 86, North Carolina 65At Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tenn.Xavier (29-5) vs. Florida State (21-11), lateAt STAPLES Center, Los Angeles Regional Semi“ nals ThursdayXavier-Florida State winner vs. Gonzaga (32-4) Texas A&M (22-12) vs. Michigan (30-7)Regional Championship March 24Semi“ nal winnersFINAL FOUR At The Alamodome, San Antonio National Semi“ nals March 31South champion vs. West champion East champion vs. Midwest championNational Championship April 2Semi“ nal winnersSECOND-ROUND BOX SCORES PURDUE 76, BUTLER 73BUTLER (21-14) Wideman 3-4 1-1 7, Martin 9-18 8-8 29, A.Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Baldwin 5-16 3-3 14, McDermott 4-4 0-0 9, Fowler 1-2 0-0 2, Jorgensen 3-8 1-2 8, Baddley 1-1 0-0 2, David 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 13-14 73. PURDUE (30-6) V.Edwards 6-8 6-6 20, Haarms 1-3 5-8 7, Mathias 4-8 0-0 11, C.Edwards 4-17 2-2 13, P.Thompson 6-9 0-1 14, Eifert 1-1 0-1 2, Taylor 1-2 0-0 2, Eastern 1-1 0-0 2, Cline 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 26-52 13-18 76. Halftime„Purdue 40-36. 3-Point Goals„Butler 6-20 (Martin 3-10, McDermott 1-1, Jorgensen 1-4, Baldwin 1-4, David 0-1), Purdue 11-24 (Mathias 3-6, C.Edwards 3-10, V.Edwards 2-2, P.Thompson 2-5, Cline 1-1). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Butler 24 (Fowler, Martin 5), Purdue 24 (Haarms 6). Assists„Butler 12 (A.Thompson 4), Purdue 12 (Mathias 4). Total Fouls„Butler 20, Purdue 15.SYRACUSE 55, MICHIGAN ST. 53SYRACUSE (23-13) Dolezaj 2-5 2-2 6, Brissett 4-10 6-8 15, Chukwu 0-1 1-2 1, Howard 5-10 3-3 13, Battle 4-15 9-10 17, Sidibe 0-0 2-4 2, Moyer 0-1 1-2 1, Bayer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 24-31 55. MICHIGAN ST. (30-5) Ward 4-5 2-2 10, Jackson 0-4 2-2 2, Winston 4-12 4-4 15, Langford 1-12 0-0 3, Bridges 4-18 0-2 11, Carter 1-2 0-1 2, Goins 0-1 0-0 0, Tillman 2-5 1-3 5, Nairn 0-0 0-0 0, McQuaid 1-7 2-2 5. Totals 17-66 11-16 53. Halftime„Michigan St. 25-22. 3-Point Goals„ Syracuse 1-8 (Brissett 1-4, Howard 0-1, Battle 0-3), Michigan St. 8-37 (Winston 3-11, Bridges 3-12, Langford 1-7, McQuaid 1-7). Fouled Out„Tillman, Howard. Rebounds„Syracuse 24 (Brissett 9), Michigan St. 44 (Tillman 12). Assists„Syracuse 3 (Battle 2), Michigan St. 11 (Winston 6). Total Fouls„Syracuse 20, Michigan St. 22.TEXAS A&M 86, NORTH CAROLINA 65TEXAS A&M (22-12) R.Williams 3-3 2-2 8, Hogg 5-11 1-2 14, Davis 7-9 4-7 18, Gilder 5-11 0-0 12, Starks 7-15 5-8 21, Jasey 0-0 0-0 0, Trocha-Morelos 2-6 2-2 7, Chandler 1-2 0-0 3, Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Flagg 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 31-60 14-21 86. NORTH CAROLINA (26-11) Maye 6-16 0-0 13, Pinson 2-7 0-0 4, Johnson 3-11 0-0 7, K.Williams 2-8 0-0 5, Berry 7-17 5-5 21, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Manley 2-4 1-1 5, Rohlman 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks 1-6 1-1 3, Rush 0-2 0-0 0, Huffman 1-1 0-0 2, Ma 0-0 0-0 0, Platek 1-1 0-0 3, Robinson 0-2 0-0 0, Woods 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-78 7-7 65. Halftime„Texas A&M 42-28. 3-Point Goals„ Texas A&M 10-24 (Hogg 3-7, Gilder 2-3, Starks 2-6, Chandler 1-1, Flagg 1-2, Trocha-Morelos 1-4, Collins 0-1), North Carolina 6-31 (Berry 2-10, Platek 1-1, Maye 1-4, K.Williams 1-5, Johnson 1-7, Robinson 0-1, Woods 0-1, Pinson 0-2). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Texas A&M 47 (R.Williams 13), North Carolina 36 (Maye 11). Assists„Texas A&M 17 (Starks 5), North Carolina 17 (Pinson 12). Total Fouls„Texas A&M 13, North Carolina 20.NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENTAll times Eastern Second Round SaturdayPenn State 73, Notre Dame 63SundayMississippi State 78, Baylor 77 Marquette 101, Oregon 92 Middle Tennessee (25-7) at Louisville (21-13), lateTodayStanford (19-15) at Oklahoma State (20-14), 7 p.m. LSU (18-14) at Utah (20-11), 9 p.m. Washington (21-12) at Saint Marys (29-5), 11 p.m. Western Kentucky (25-10) at Southern Cal (24-11), 11:30 p.m.COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONALAll times Eastern Quarter“ nals Today Campbell (17-15) vs. New Orleans (16-16), 7 p.m. North Texas (16-17) vs. Mercer (19-14), 8 p.m. Central Arkansas (18-16) vs. Jacksonville State (22-12), 8 p.m. Utah Valley (23-10) vs. San Francisco (19-15), 10 p.m.COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT First Round March 12Central Michigan 94 at Fort Wayne 89 Drake 80 at Abilene Christian 73 Liberty 65, NC A&T 52 San Diego 88, Hartford 72March 14Eastern Michigan 83, Niagara 65 Illinois-Chicago 84, St. Francis (Pa.) 61 UTSA 76, Lamar 69March 15Austin Peay 80, Louisiana-Monroe 66March 16Central Michigan 98, Wofford 94SaturdaySan Diego 67, Portland State 64NCAA WOMENS TOURNAMENT All times Eastern ALBANY REGIONAL First Round March 16 At Columbia, S.C. Virginia 68, California 62 South Carolina 63, N.C. A&T 52 Saturday At Storrs, Conn. UConn 140, Saint Francis (Pa.) 52 Quinnipiac 86, Miami 72 At Athens, Ga. Duke 72, Belmont 58 Georgia 68, Mercer 63 At Tallahassee, Fla. Florida State 91, Little Rock 49 Buffalo 102, South Florida 79Second Round Sunday At Columbia, S.C.Virginia (19-13) vs. South Carolina (27-6), lateToday At Storrs, Conn.UConn (33-0) vs. Quinnipiac (28-5), 6:30 p.m.At Athens, Ga.Duke (23-8) vs. Georgia (26-6), 6:30 p.m.At Tallahassee, Fla.Buffalo (28-5) vs. Florida State (26-6), 6:30 p.m.Regional Semi“ nals March 24 At Albany, N.Y.Virginia-South Carolina winner vs. BuffaloFlorida State winner, 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m. UConn-Quinnipiac winner vs. Duke-Georgia winner, 11:30 a.m. or 2 p.m.Regional Championship March 26Semi“ nal winners, 7 p.m. SPOKANE REGIONAL First Round March 16 At Notre Dame, Ind. Notre Dame 99, Cal State Northridge 81 Villanova 81, South Dakota State 74, OT At College Station, Texas DePaul 90, Oklahoma 79 Texas A&M 89, Drake 76 At Eugene, Ore. Minnesota 89, Green Bay 77 Oregon 88, Seattle 45 Saturday At Columbus, Ohio Central Michigan 78, LSU 69 Ohio State 87, George Washington 45Second Round Sunday At Notre Dame, Ind.Notre Dame (30-3) vs. Villanova (23-8), lateAt College Station, TexasTexas A&M 80, DePaul 79At Eugene, Ore.Minnesota (24-8) vs. Oregon (31-4), lateMonday At Columbus, OhioCentral Michigan (29-4) vs. Ohio State (28-6), 6:30 p.m.Regional Semi“ nals March 24 At Spokane, Wash.Notre Dame-Villanova winner vs. Texas A&M (26-9), 4 or 6:30 p.m. Minnesota-Oregon winner vs. Central Michigan-Ohio State winner, 4 or 6:30 p.m.Regional Championship March 26Semi“ nal winners, 9 p.m. KANSAS CITY REGIONAL First Round March 16 At Raleigh, N.C. Maryland 77, Princeton 57 NC State 62, Elon 34 Saturday At Starkville, Miss. Oklahoma State 84, Syracuse 57 Mississippi State 95, Nicholls 50 At Los Angeles UCLA 71, American 60 Creighton 76, Iowa 70 At Austin, Texas Arizona State 73, Nebraska 62 Texas 83, Maine 54Second Round Sunday At Raleigh, N.C.North Carolina State 74, Maryland 60Today At Starkville, Miss.Mississippi State (33-1) vs. Oklahoma State (21-10), 9 p.m.At Los AngelesCreighton (19-12) vs. UCLA (25-7), 9 p.m.At Austin, TexasArizona State (22-12) vs. Texas (27-6), 9 p.m.Regional Semi“ nals Friday At Kansas City, Mo.N.C. State (26-8) vs. Mississippi StateOklahoma State winner, 7 or 9:30 p.m. Creighton-UCLA winner vs. Arizona StateTexas winner, 7 or 9:30 p.m.Regional Championship March 25Semi“ nal winners, 7:30 p.m. LEXINGTON REGIONAL First Round March 16 At Louisville, Ky. Louisville 74, Boise State 42 Marquette 84, Dayton 65 At Knoxville, Tenn. Oregon State 82, Western Kentucky 58 Tennessee 100, Liberty 60 At Waco, Texas Michigan 75, Northern Colorado 61 Baylor 96, Grambling State 46 Saturday At Stanford, Calif. Florida Gulf Coast 80, Missouri 70 Stanford 82, Gonzaga 68Second Round Sunday At Louisville, Ky.Louisville 90, Marquette 72At Knoxville, Tenn.Oregon State 66, Tennessee 59At Waco, TexasMichigan (23-9) vs. Baylor (32-1), lateToday At Stanford, Calif.Florida Gulf Coast (31-4) vs. Stanford (23-10), 9 p.m.Regional Semi“ nals Friday At Lexington, Ky.Oregon State (25-7) vs. Michigan-Baylor winner, 7 or 9:30 p.m. Louisville (34-2) vs. Florida Gulf CoastStanford winner, 7 or 9:30 p.m.Regional Championship March 25Semi“ nal winners, noon PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division W L PCT. GBx-Toronto 52 18 .743 „ x-Boston 47 22 .681 4 Philadelphia 38 30 .559 13 New York 25 45 .357 27 Brooklyn 22 48 .314 30Southeast Division W L Pct GBWashington 40 30 .571 „ Miami 37 33 .529 3 Charlotte 30 40 .429 10 Orlando 21 49 .300 19 Atlanta 20 50 .286 20Central Division W L Pct GBCleveland 40 29 .580 „ Indiana 40 30 .571 Milwaukee 37 32 .536 3 Detroit 30 39 .435 10 Chicago 24 45 .348 16 WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division W L Pct GBy-Houston 55 14 .797 „ San Antonio 40 30 .571 15 New Orleans 39 30 .565 16 Dallas 22 48 .314 33 Memphis 19 50 .275 36Northwest Division W L Pct GBPortland 43 26 .623 „ Oklahoma City 43 29 .597 1 Minnesota 40 30 .571 3 Utah 40 30 .571 3 Denver 38 32 .543 5Paci“ c Division W L Pct GBy-Golden State 53 17 .757 „ L.A. Clippers 37 31 .544 15 L.A. Lakers 31 38 .449 21 Sacramento 23 48 .324 30 Phoenix 19 52 .268 34 x-clinched playoff berth; y-won divisionSaturdays GamesMilwaukee 122, Atlanta 117 Houston 107, New Orleans 101 Washington 109, Indiana 102 Brooklyn 114, Dallas 106 New York 124, Charlotte 101 Cleveland 114, Chicago 109 Memphis 101, Denver 94 San Antonio 117, Minnesota 101 Utah 103, Sacramento 97 Golden State 124, Phoenix 109 Portland 100, Detroit 87Sundays GamesOklahoma City 132, Toronto 125 Boston at New Orleans, late Houston at Minnesota, late Portland at L.A. Clippers, lateTodays GamesCharlotte at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Indiana, 7 p.m. Milwaukee at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Chicago at New York, 7:30 p.m. Denver at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Memphis at Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at San Antonio, 9:30 p.m. Detroit at Sacramento, 10 p.m.Tuesdays GamesToronto at Orlando, 7 p.m. Dallas at New Orleans, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Oklahoma City at Boston, 8 p.m. Atlanta at Utah, 9 p.m. Detroit at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Houston at Portland, 10:30 p.m. PRO HOCKEY NHLEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Tampa Bay 71 48 19 4 100 257 201 Boston 70 45 17 8 98 235 179 Toronto 72 43 22 7 93 243 204 Florida 69 35 27 7 77 210 216 Montreal 72 26 34 12 64 182 230 Ottawa 71 26 34 11 63 197 244 Detroit 72 26 35 11 63 184 224 Buffalo 71 23 36 12 58 172 232Metropolitan Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Washington 71 41 23 7 89 222 208 Pittsburgh 72 41 26 5 87 237 218 Columbus 72 39 28 5 83 200 199 Philadelphia 72 36 25 11 83 212 212 New Jersey 71 37 26 8 82 215 211 N.Y. Rangers 72 32 32 8 72 208 231 Carolina 71 30 30 11 71 190 222 N.Y. Islanders 71 30 31 10 70 228 258WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Nashville 71 47 14 10 104 232 178 Winnipeg 71 42 19 10 94 236 187 Minnesota 72 41 24 7 89 224 206 Colorado 72 39 25 8 86 231 209 Dallas 72 38 26 8 84 207 193 St. Louis 71 38 28 5 81 196 189 Chicago 72 30 34 8 68 204 218Paci“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Vegas 72 46 21 5 97 244 199 San Jose 72 40 23 9 89 219 199 Los Angeles 72 39 27 6 84 207 181 Anaheim 72 36 24 12 84 202 195 Calgary 73 35 28 10 80 202 217 Edmonton 71 31 35 5 67 200 228 Vancouver 72 25 38 9 59 186 236 Arizona 71 23 37 11 57 170 228 2 points for a win, 1 for OT loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffs PRO BASEBALL SPRING TRAININGAll times EasternAMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct. Houston 15 7 .682 Boston 14 8 .636 New York 13 9 .591 Cleveland 14 10 .583 Oakland 12 9 .571 Kansas City 13 10 .565 Baltimore 13 10 .565 Toronto 12 11 .522 Chicago 11 11 .500 Minnesota 11 11 .500 Seattle 11 12 .478 Tampa Bay 10 12 .455 Los Angeles 11 15 .423 Detroit 8 12 .400 Texas 7 15 .318NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct. Milwaukee 16 7 .696 Miami 12 8 .600 Chicago 14 10 .583 San Diego 11 9 .550 Arizona 12 10 .545 St. Louis 12 10 .545 Washington 10 11 .476 Atlanta 11 13 .458 Los Angeles 11 13 .458 San Francisco 10 12 .455 Colorado 9 13 .409 Philadelphia 9 14 .391 Cincinnati 9 15 .375 Pittsburgh 8 14 .364 New York 7 15 .318(ss)-split squad games count in the standings, ties and games against non-MLB teams do not count ODDS PREGAME.COM LINENATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at New York Off Off Chicago at Cleveland 2 223 Milwaukee at Indiana Off Off L.A. Lakers at Philadelphia 8 223 Charlotte at Miami Off Off Denver at Brooklyn 5 211 Memphis at San Antonio 6 206 Golden State Detroit 2 203 at Sacra.COLLEGE BASKETBALLTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG at Oklahoma St. 7 Stanford at Utah 4 LSU at Saint Marys Cal. 11 Washington at Southern Calif. 4 W. Kentucky at Campbell 6 New Orleans at Central Arkansas Pk Jacksonville St. at North Texas Pk Mercer Utah Valley 1 at San Francisco E. Michigan 1 at Sam Houston St.FridayPurdue 1 Texas TechNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Boston Off Columbus Off Nashville -226 at Buffalo +206 Florida -140 at Montreal +130 at Minnesota -135 Los Angeles +125 at Arizona Off Calgary Off Updated odds available at TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLMLB „ Suspended Minnesota SS Jorge Polanco 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performanceenhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseballs Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.American LeagueHOUSTON ASTROS „ Optioned RHP Francis Martes to minor league camp. Reassigned OFs Jon Kemmer and Kyle Tucker, INF Jack May“ eld and C Garrett Stubbs to minor league camp. KANSAS CITY ROYALS „ Optioned INF Ramon Torres, C Cam Gallagher and RHPs Miguel Almonte, Sam Gaviglio and Trevor Oaks to Omaha (PCL). Designated Gaviglio for assignment. Agreed to terms with RHP Justin Grimm on a one-year contract. MINNESOTA TWINS „ Reassigned RHPs Jake Reed and Myles Jaye, C Jordan Pacheco, INF Nick Gordon, and OFs Nick Buss and LaMonte Wade to their minor league camp. NEW YORK YANKEES „ Optioned INF Miguel Andujar to Scranton\Wilkes-Barre (IL). Reassigned OF Estevan Florial to minor league camp. OAKLAND ATHLETICS „ Optioned RHP Chris Bassitt to Nashville (PCL). Reassigned LHPs Eric Jokisch and A.J. Puk, RHP Kyle Finnegan, C Sean Murphy, INF Steve Lombardozzi and OFs Anthony Garcia, Slade Heathcott and Nick Martini to minor league camp.National LeagueARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS „ Released C Josh Thole. Optioned RHPs Braden Shipley and Silvino Bracho to Reno (PCL). CINCINNATI REDS „ Traded 1B Eric Jagielo to Miami for cash. MIAMI MARLINS „ Agreed to terms with LHP Sean Burnett on a minor league contract. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES „ Optioned RHP Yacksel Rios to Lehigh Valley (IL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS „ Optioned RHPs Jack Flaherty and John Gant, LHP Ryan Sherriff, C Carson Kelly, INF Breyvic Valera and OF Oscar Mercado to Memphis (PCL).BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationNBA „ Fined New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry and Detroit coach Stan Van Gunday $15,000 each, for public criticism of the of“ ciating at their games on Saturday. ATLANTA HAWKS „ Transferred F Andrew White III to Erie (NBAGL).FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueNEW YORK JETS „ Signed QB Teddy Bridgewater to a one-year contract and LB Avery Williamson and C Spencer Long. Resigned CB Morris Claiborne, DL Mike Pennel and S Terrence Brooks. OAKLAND RAIDERS „ Signed LB Kyle Wilber.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueNEW YORK ISLANDERS „ Recalled F Kyle Schempp from Worcester (ECHL) to Bridgeport (AHL). OTTAWA SENATORS „ Assigned G Marcus Hogberg from Belleville (AHL) to Brampton (ECHL).American Hockey LeagueAHL „ Suspended Hershey D Tyler Lewington two games. LAVAL ROCKET „ Returned D Willie Corrin and F Luc-Olivier Blain to Brampton (ECHL).ECHLBRAMPTON BEAST „ Released F Ian Harris. FLORIDA EVERBLADES „ Released G Tyler Parks. UTAH GRIZZLIES „ Relesaed G Joe Spagnoli as emergency backup. Signed G Stephen Klein to an amateur tryout agreement.TODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULEHave a local sporting event you would like to have included in our schedule? Email details to Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at SCHOOLBASEBALL The Villages at Real Life Christian, 1 p.m. East Ridge at Osceola, 1:30 p.m. Eustis at Wildwood, 7 p.m. South Lake vs. North Fort Myers, 12 p.m. Leesburg at Sanford Spring Break Tournament Mount Dora at Sanford Spring Break Tournament South Sumter at Farm Bureau Tournament SOFTBALL Lecanto at Wildwood, 6 p.m. SPORTS BRIEFS IN BRIEFCHICAGOWeah could make USMNT debut against ParaguayTim Weah, a son of former world player of the year and current Liberia president George Weah, is among seven players who could make their U.S. Soccer debuts in an exhi-bition against Paraguay on March 27 at Cary, North Carolina.Weah, a midfielder who turned 18 on Feb. 22, made his senior-level club debut for Paris Saint-Germain as a second-half substitute at Troyes on March 3 and got in late again against Metz a week later. He had a hat trick for the U.S. against Paraguay last October in the second round of the Under-17 World Cup. George Weah was FIFA Player of the Year in 1995 and became Liberias president in January.Hes playing for a high-profile club who has seen fit to give him firstteam minutes, which is a great sign of his progres-sion,Ž U.S. interim coach Dave Sarachan said. Hes a versatile player than can fit in at a couple different positions, and when you have speed and technical ability combined as a young kid, I think hes an interesting prospect to offer an opportunity to.ŽSix others with no previous national team experience were on the 22-man roster announced Sunday: goalkeeper Alex Bono; defenders Shaq Moore, Erik PalmerBrown and Antonee Robinson; midfielder Marky Delgado; forward Andrija Novakovich.Four have appeared just once for the U.S.: goalkeeper Zack Steffen, defender Cameron Carter-Vickers and midfielders Weston McK-ennie and Kenny Saief.HUNTINGTON, W.VA.WVU, Marshall presidents place friendly wagerThe presidents of Marshall and West Virginia universities placed a friendly wager on their basketball teams NCAA Tournament game.Marshall President Jerome Gilbert said on Twitter that if WVU beat Marshall Sunday night, he would donate $100 to the Mon County Habitat for Humanity in Morgantown. If Marshall won, WVU President Gordon Gee would donate $100 to the Huntington Area Habitat for Humanity.BALTIMORESurgeon general cheers on alma mater UMBCPlenty of college basketball fans were happy that the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, pulled off a stun-ning upset of No. 1 seed Virginia, but one UMBC alumnus beamed about the win on Facebook.U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams posted a photo of himself wearing his old UMBC sweatshirt and grinning from ear to ear on the official surgeon generals Facebook page. The Associated Press

PAGE 15 | Monday, March 19, 2018 B3Crampton covered the 1,000-foot distance in 3.854 seconds and reached 314.90 mph „ a strong enough pass that he felt he would have won anyway.Its not how you want to win it,Ž Crampton said. But this is probably one of my more rewarding wins ever.ŽCramptons crew dogpiled at the starting line. Three other teams cel-ebrated victories, too.Jack Beckman beat Don Schumacher Racing teammate Matt Hagan in the Funny Car final. Tanner Gray knocked off defending class champion Bo Butner in the Pro Stock class. And defending class champion Eddie Krawiec edged team-mate Andrew Hines in Pro Stock Motorcycle. It was Krawiecs third straight victory in Gainesville and sixth in the last nine years.It was such a bucket list thing,Ž said Beckman, the 2012 class Funny Car champion who had never won the Gatornationals despite winning 27 previ-ous events.Hagan was involved in the strangest race of the day. Hagan and John Force Racing driver Robert Hight blew engines almost simul-taneously in the second round of eliminations. Hagan crossed the finish line first with his chassis engulfed in flames.Both drivers walked away unscathed. It was the fourth blown engine this season for John Force Racing.Hagans team rushed to get a backup car ready and managed to win the next round to reach the final.Ive never seen every car on the race track shuck its body,Ž said Beckman. NHRAFrom Page B1before rolling to the checkered flag on his 16th career victory and his first since that glorious championship day at Homestead last Novem-ber. His first career victory at Fontana even moved Truex into the overall points lead, thanks to Har-vicks woes.Harvick dragged his damaged car to a 35thplace finish after early contact with Larson ruined his day. But after dominating at Auto Club Speedway, Truexs team was no longer certain Har-vick has the fastest ride in the field.It just feels good to win,Ž said Truex, who became the third driver to win from the pole at Fontana. I dont really worry about who else is fast. Obviously (Harvick) has been quick. Theyve got a great team, and Kevin is an awesome driver. But as weve seen today, we can put together a run as well.ŽTruex took the lead for good with 32 laps left by getting past Kyle Busch, who finished third. Brad Keselowski was fourth.People kept asking, When are you going to win again?Ž said Truex, who led 125 laps overall. When are you going to win any stages? Well, here you go.ŽWhen Truex got a series of post-race questions about Harvick, the defending champ sug-gested that Furniture Row proved early on that it can hang with Stewart-Haas Racing.That first pit stop was under green, and he came in pretty close (to me),Ž Truex said. We left pit road, and I drove away from him. That was the only gauge I really had of that. ... Im sure well have plenty of chances to race each other throughout the rest of the season.ŽHere are more things to know about the race at Fontana:KEVINS SMACK: Harvicks bid to become the 14th driver ever to win four straight races ended when he hit the wall after side-to-side contact with Larson on the 37th lap. Harvicks flapping bumper was the most obvious problem, but he made a nice save down the track to avoid an interior wall.Harvick took the blame for the mistake. TRUEXFrom Page B1One shot changed everything. Woods couldnt commit to a swing with his driver on the par-5 16th hole and sent it far and left „ way left „ over a fence and out-of-bounds, sending him to a bogey when he couldnt afford anything less than birdie.He finished bogeybogey-par for a 3-under 69 and tumbled down the leaderboard into a tie for fifth.Thats about when McIlroy pulled away.Until then, five play-ers were separated by one shot. Before long, McIlroy was leaving everyone in his wake.He made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 13th to take the lead over hard-luck Henrik Stenson, and then rolled one in from 20 feet on the next hole. If that wasnt enough, McIlroy chipped in from 40 feet on the 15th hole, and then pounded a 375-yard drive on the 16th that set up a two-putt birdie.Bryson DeChambeau made the last run at him, gouging a shot out of the rough, over the water and onto the green at No. 16 and pumping his fist when the eagle putt caught enough of the cup to drop in. That put him one shot behind.McIlroy, however, wasnt finished. He left his putt about 25 feet above the hole on No. 18, roughly the same spot from where Woods made birdie putts to win in 2001, 2008 and 2009. Woods slammed his cap to the ground in 2008, not realizing he had done that.McIlroy buried the putt, raised both arms in the air and turned to slam his fist as the grandstands erupted with cheers.Ive seen Tiger make that enough times to know what it does,Ž McIlroy said. So I just wanted to try and emulate that. Didnt quite give it the hat toss „ I was thinking about doing it. But just to be able to create my own little bit of history on the 18th green here is pretty special.ŽThat gave him a twoshot lead, and he was a winner for the 22nd time worldwide when DeChambeau failed to hole out from the fairway for eagle. DeChambeau made bogey from the bunker on the 18th for a 68 and finished alone in second.Justin Rose lingered all day but was never a threat over the final hour, instead watching McIlroy put on a stunning charge. BAY HILLFrom Page B1Tiger Woods tees off during the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club & Lodge in Orlando on Sunday. [STEPHEN M. DOWELL /ORLANDO SENTINEL VIA AP] Race leader Martin Truex Jr. exits turn two during the NASCAR 400 mile auto race Sunday at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. [AP PHOTO/WILL LESTER]


B4 Monday, March 19, 2018 | NCAATOURNAMENT ROUNDOF32AlookatSundays second-roundgames SundaysstarHaarmsrace: Purdue freshmanMattHaarms madehis“rststartof theseasoninplaceof starBoilermakerscenter IsaacHaas,whobroke hiselbowinFridayswin overCalStateFullerton.Despitemissingan easylayupearlyon,the 7-foot-3freshmanhad twoblocks,sevenpoints and“vereboundsinthe “rsttwentyminutes.SundaysbestLoyola-Chicagosavoring sweetNCAAsafterrebuild PorterMoserwantshis Loyola-Chicagoplayers tosavoreverymomentof theNCAATournament.It tooktheRamblersalong time,andlast-moment shotsinconsecutive games,togofromwhat hetermedagrassroots rebuildŽtotheSweet16. Itsamazingwhenyou haveagroupofpeople whobelieve,ŽMosersaid. Imean,justthisgroupis resilient.Theybelieve.Ž MaybeonthisSunday, whentheyreturnedhome toChicagofromDallas, theytookthechanceto catchtheirbreathabit„ andsayaprayerortwo ofthanks.Weknewwe werehavingtowinand wintheconferenceand thengettotheconferencetournament,andits beenthismentalityofyou win,enjoythemoment,Ž Mosersaid.Imletting themenjoyitbecauseits amature,closegroup. AndIwantthemtoenjoy it.Thenthenextday,we allsayputitinthebank, nextoneup.ŽIn100years ofbasketballatLoyola, aCatholiccollegeinthe heartofChicagowithof about16,000students, noteamhaswonmore gamesthanthisyears Ramblers(30-5),the No.11seedintheSouth Region.Itjustmeans theworldtoustobring thatpridebacktothis program,Žseniorguard BenRichardsonsaid. Theymatchedthe29wins oftheir1963national championshipteamwhen DonteIngramslastmoment3-pointerbeat MiamiintheNCAAopener Thursday.Theybroke thatmarktwodayslater, whenClaytonCusters jumpergotafriendly bounceofftherimwith 3.6secondsleftfora winoverTennessee.It justmeansourseasonis notover,ŽseniorAundre Jacksonsaid.Weve reachedno“nishline.Ž LoyolaplaysinAtlanta nextThursdaynight againstNo.2seedCincinnatiorNo.7seedNevada, whosesecond-round gamewasSundaynight. TheRamblerswillget anotherpregameprayer fromSisterJean,their 98-year-oldteamchaplain whoalsoprovidesher ownscoutingreportsand notesofencouragement totheRamblers.TheAssociatedPress Nevada75,Cincinnati73: TheNevadaWolfPackjustkeepsdiggingoutofdeepholes.AndnowtheyreontheirwaytoNevadas “rstSweet16since2004.Theseventh-seededWolfPacktrailed thistimeby22beforeanamazingcomeback.JoshHallhitashort j umperwith9.1secondslefttogiveNevadaitsonlyleadofthe gameat75-73,andNo.2seedCincinnaticouldntgetashotoff beforetheclockexpiredsendingtheWolfPackcelebratingand huggingonthecourt.Nevadatrailedby14inthesecondhalfof their“rst-roundgamewhentheyforcedovertimeandbeatTexas. CincinnatiwasthehighestremainingseedleftintheSouthRegion afterastringofupsets,andnowtheBearcatsarethelatesttogo down.NowNevadawillplayanothersurprisingteaminLoyolaChicagointheSouthRegionsemi“nalsThursdayinAtlanta.SouthRegionTexasA&M86,NorthCarolina65: T.J.Starksscored21pointsand TexasA&MoverpoweredNorthCarolinainside,upsettingthe reigningnationalchampions86-65SundayintheNCAATournament tomarkthesecondstraightyearatitleholdermissedtheSweet 16.Theseventh-seededAggies(22-12)dideverythingtheyhadto dotohandtheTarHeelsararelossinahome-stateNCAAgame. Theydominatedtheglass.Theyusedtheirsizetocontrolthepaint andblockshots.AndtheypouncedwhenUNCssmall-balllineup couldntmakeanoutsideshot.RobertWilliams“nishedwith13 rebounds,helpingtheAggiestakea50-36edgewhileshooting52 percent„including10of24from3-pointrange.JoelBerryIIscored 21pointsinhis“nalgameforthesecond-seededTarHeels(26-11), whoweretryingtoreachtheirthirdstraightFinalFour.Butthey endedupfallingto34-2inNCAAgamesintheirhomestate,the onlyotherlosscomingin1979.WestRegionPurdue76,Butler73: DakotaMathiassanka3-pointerwith14.2 secondsleftandsecond-seededPurdue,minusstarcenterIsaac Haas,heldoff10th-seededButler76-73onSundaytoreachthe Sweet16forthesecondconsecutiveyear.TheBoilermakers(30-6) ledbyasmanyas10pointsinthesecondhalf,butButler(21-14)cut thede“cittotwoandhadtheballinthe“nalminute.KalenMartin misseda3-pointer,andtheshotbyMathiasattheotherendmade it76-71.Martinscoredwith2.1secondsremaining,andP.J.Thompsonmissedthefrontendofaone-and-one,givingButleranother chance.TheBulldogscalledatimeoutwith1.8secondsleft,and KamarBaldwinsshotfromnearmidcourthittherim„althoughit mayhavebeenwavedoffonareviewevenifithadgonein.Vincent Edwardsscored20pointsdespiteearlyfoultroubleforPurdue, andMattHaarms“lledincapablyfortheinjuredHaas.TheBoilermakerssetaschoolrecordforvictoriesinaseasonandareinthe regionalsemi“nalsforthefourthtimeundercoachMattPainter. Purduefacesthird-seededTexasTechonFridayinBoston.EastRegion ByLarryLageTheAssociatedPressDETROIT„Thelastteamselectedforthefieldof68isgoingtotheroundof16.TyusBattlehad17pointsandOshaeBrissettscored15,lifting11th-seededSyracusetoa55-53winoverthirdseededMichiganStateon SundayandintotheNCAATournamentsSweet16.CassiusWinstonmissedanopportunitytowinthegamefortheSpartanswithashotfromabout45feetjustbeforethebuzzer.TheSpartans,flummoxedbySyracuses2-3zone,didntmakeabasketin thelast5:41.TheOrange(23-13)forced theSpartans(30-5)tosettle for3-pointersallafternoon anditworkedbrilliantly forHallofFamecoachJimBoeheimagainstHallofFamecoachTomIzzo. TheSpartanstookaschoolrecord37shotsbeyondthe arc,makingjusteightofthem. Nooneplayszonelikewedo,ŽBrissettsaid.Werealwaysmoving,andwechal-lengeeveryshot,soteams nevergeteasylooksagainstus.ŽSyracusehaswonthree straightsincebeingsentto DaytonfortheFirstFouras whattheselectioncommitteechairmanacknowledgedwasthefinalteamtoreceiveanat-largebid.MilesBridgesmisseda3 withachancetotiewith11 secondsleftandteammate JoshuaLangfordmissedaputback,butSyracuseturned theballoverwith7.9secondsleft.TheOrangefouledintentionallytoavoidgivingup agame-tying3twiceintheclosingsecondsandtheSpar-tansmadetwopairsoffreethrowstopullwithinapointbothtimes.Werealwaysgoingto foulinthosesituationsand itsalwaysworkedforus,Ž Boeheimsaid.Iveseentoomanyguyswhentheguymakesa3anditgoesintoovertime.ŽPaschalChukwuconnectedononefreethrowwith2.4 secondsleftandthemissgaveMichiganStateachancetowinindramaticfashion, butWinstoncouldntmakealongshottobehailedinhis hometown.Syracusetooktheleadwith4:22leftforthefirsttime sinceitwasahead14-12. TheOrangeheldontoslimleadsbecausetheyforcedtheSpartanstomisstheirlast13shots.Bridgescollegecareerlikelyisendingwithaperfor-mancehewouldliketoforget.Itsprobablythesaddest Iveeverbeeninmylife,ŽBridgessaid.Thesophomorestar,who turneddownachancetogoprolastyear,washeldscore-lessformuchofthefirsthalfandfinishedwith11pointson4of18shooting,makingjust 3of12shots.Bridgesisagreatplayer, butwewantedtomakehim shootfromtheoutside,ŽBoeheimsaid.Winstonscored15points andNickWardadded10for theSpartans,whoshotjust26percent. BigpictureSyracusecanbeaproblemforanyteambecausethat zoneisoftenunfamiliarandtheteamsuddenlyhasconfi-dence,thoughstillnotmuchoffense.MichiganStatemayhave aroughoffseasonbecauseit willlikelyloseBridgesandfreshmanJarenJacksontotheNBAdraftandtheschools crisisoncampusisntgoingawayanytimesoon.Savingthebestforlast 11th-seededSyracuse, the68thteamselected forthetournament, upsets3rd-seeded MichiganStateMembersoftheSyracuseteamcelebratea55-53winoverMichiganStateinSundayssecond-round NCAAtournamentgameinDetroit.[CARLOSOSORIO/THEASSOCIATEDPRESS] PurdueforwardMattHaarms(32)shootsonButlerforwardTyler Wideman(4)duringthe“rsthalfofSundayssecond-roundgamein Detroit.[PAULSANCYA/THEASSOCIATEDPRESS] Kentucky also has reached the Sweet 16 with a freshman class that included five of the nations top 18 Class of 2017 recruits according to the 247Sports Composite. Fresh-men Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox have averaged a combined 66 points in two NCAA Tournament games.Many of the notable freshmen who were ousted from the NCAA Tournament played quite well.Young had 28 points and seven assists against Rhode Island. Ayton had 14 points and 13 rebounds in Arizonas loss to Buffalo. Bamba had 13 points and 14 rebounds before fouling out of an overtime loss to Nevada. Porter played just three games for Missouri all season because of a lower back injury that required surgery, but he had 16 points and 10 rebounds against Florida State. Sexton averaged 21 points in his two NCAA Tour-nament games. For anybody not to remem-ber Deandre as the greatest freshman that ever walked through Arizona, they werent paying attention, statistically and just the type of kid he is,Ž Arizona coach Sean Miller said. Hes destined to do some great things. When you get someone like him, you want to go all the way, right? And when you lose in the first round, thats a tough pill to swallow.ŽBut in many cases, they didnt have enough help. For instance, Sexton was the only Alabama player to score in double figures in the Crimson Tides second-round loss to Villanova.Now these freshmen will have to sit and watch the rest of the NCAA Tournament while learning from the frustrating finishes to their seasons.I left everything I could, and I know my teammates did as well, (left) everything they could on that floor,Ž Young said. But Ive had to mature, like I said, all season. This is all the process. This is all this is a chapter in my book. This season, that chapter is closed now.Ž NCAAFrom Page B1For anybody not to remember Deandre as the greatest freshman that ever walked through Arizona, they werent paying attention, statistically and just the type of kid he is.Ž Arizona coach Sean Miller

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DEAR ABBY: I am a 53-year-old woman who has nally met a kind, decent man after many abusive relationships. I honor our bond and have been open about my past, which has been colorful, to say the least. I was an addict. It was a long addiction that left me homeless and almost killed me many times. I have kept this part of my life a secret from everyone out of shame and fear of judgment. I would love to be open about it with him and let him know how much drugs affected me, but I don't want to drive him away. Any advice is appreciated. -EX-ADDICT IN CALIFORNIA DEAR EX-ADDICT: In one sentence you say you have been open about your past; in the next you say you are keeping your addiction and what it cost you a secret. You don't say how long you have known this man, or whether you plan to make this relationship permanent. If you do, you should tell him about your entire past because, if he nds out some other way, THAT is what could cause him to end the relationship.DEAR ABBY: I have a problem with my family. I am a woman in my 60s who does not and never has driven a car or any other vehicle. My older sister and brother think I have leprosy because I don't drive. How can I, or anyone in the same position as I am, get through to them that not everyone drives, and that those of us who don't or can't are like anyone else on this planet? -NOT BEHIND THE WHEEL DEAR NOT BEHIND THE WHEEL: Please clip this and share it with your sister and brother. Not everyone drives or aspires to. Some people are phobic about getting behind the wheel. Others recognize they are not good at it, while still others can't afford a car. Unless you have been imposing upon your relatives for transportation, they should not be critical of your choice. My late mother was a nondriver. She quit after skidding into the back of a coal truck during a Wisconsin winter. I'll never forget it because it left me with a scar on my knee when it hit the air-conditioning vent. Viewed from my perspective, she made the right choice, and so have you. It's a wise person who knows their limitations.DEAR ABBY: This may seem minor in the scheme of things, but it's driving me crazy. Occasionally we have a potluck day at work. The problem is, while there are always people who eat, others never bring food to share. It's usually the men in our ofce -those who hold higher positions and make far more money than the rest of us. They are also the ones who eat the most. They go back for seconds before the rest of us have eaten. If they do occasionally bring anything, it's usually a bag of chips. I'm tired of paying for their lunches when they are more than capable of providing something -takeout from a deli or even asking their wives to help. I'm also tired of going to get my lunch and discovering most of the food is already gone. I would welcome your advice or any tips your readers may have. -FED UP IN DES MOINES DEAR FED UP: Try this: Assign a list of what people need to bring to the potluck so there won't be duplication. And when you do, specify that only those who participate can eat the food. Dear Abby is written by Abigail Van Buren, also known as Jeanne Phillips, and was founded by her mother, Pauline Phillips. Contact Dear Abby at or P.O. Box 69440, Los Angeles, CA 90069. How to play: Fill in the blank squares with the numbers 1 through 9 so that each horizontal row, vertical column and nine-square sub-grid contains no repeated numbers. Puzzles range in diculty from one to six stars. The solution to todays puzzle will be in tomorrows paper. YESTERDAYS SOLUTION BRIDGE CRYPTOQUOTE HOROSCOPES TODAY IN HISTORY DIVERSIONS Longtime addiction remains a secret in womans past license tocruise...Place your auto ad in the and watch it go! Call Classieds Today!352-314-FAST (3278) HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018:This year you can be difcult when challenged, and might become contentious easily. Make a point of staying out of battles. You could experience big ups and downs in an important relationship. Instead of ghting change, dive right in and embrace the inevitable. If you are single, you will meet someone who could become very special to you this year. Just be open. If you are attached, your bond has a very exciting and unpredictable tone to it. Your sweetie enjoys your lively personality. ARIES could throw you off your game.ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) You might encounter a hassle with someone who feels as if his or her way is the only way. Youll be only too happy to let this person know otherwise. You greet the unpredictable with a smile. Accept an offer to head in a new direction. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) A contrary partner could have you in ts over the best way to proceed. You would prefer to head in your own direction. Youll gain a sudden insight about what you should do. Even if it isnt what you want to do, take action and clear up a problem. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Charge into your day with determination, and bypass a contrary person. You still might be surprised by what this person decides to do. You are focused and all smiles. You could feel pushed by the end of the day to assess what you have accomplished. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) Emphasize your ideas and your ability to take the lead. Someone close to you does not appreciate your efforts. You could be too tired of this persons complaints to remain restrained. Choose your words with care, and be ready for a strong reaction. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Keep the big picture in mind. You seem reasonable to many people, but they often wonder where you are coming from. You are able to see what others miss. Youll want to consider sharing more of your insights. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Relate to others on an individual level, when possible. Dont get pulled into a big meeting, as you wont be comfortable. Maintain your sense of humor, despite an unexpected response from a partner. This person might be processing his or her thoughts. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) The best way to win a power play or battle of wills is not to play. Bypass the situation, not by ignoring it, but by not getting involved. Expect the other party to be upset, as he or she counts on you to respond to his or her innuendos. The unexpected marks your day. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) Youll want to dive into work and get as much done as possible. You could get into a difcult argument that is likely to mark the next several days, if not weeks. Weigh the pros and cons of getting into a conversation that seems contentious. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) Do not underestimate the implications of a difcult matter that involves your nances. You might not expect to have a problem, or you could deny that possibility. Your creativity comes up with a solution. The unexpected occurs. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19) You might want to take a stand at home or at work. Do not expect a positive reception. Others are not likely to be in agreement. You could be taken aback by someone elses words or actions. Lie low, and watch what takes place. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) You could be juggling an overwhelming amount of messages, calls and surprise visits. Trying to stay up to date with your regular demands will take talent. An unexpected event could throw you even further off base. Honor a fast change of pace. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) Your internal conversations might be calling for a change in how you handle your assets. You have to decide whether you are willing to deal with this issue. Just how quickly you can get a hold of yourself will be determined by your exibility. | Monday, March 19, 2018 B7 TODAY IS MONDAY, MARCH 19, the 78th day of 2018. There are 287 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On March 19, 1918, Congress passed the rst law establishing daylight saving time in the United States, with clocks to be moved forward one hour from the last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October. (This law was repealed in August 1919.) ON THIS DATE: In 1931 Nevada Gov. Fred B. Balzar signed a measure legalizing casino gambling. In 1953 the Academy Awards ceremony was televised for the rst time; "The Greatest Show on Earth" was named best picture of 1952. In 1965 the wreck of the Confederate cruiser Georgiana was discovered by E. Lee Spence, 102 years to the day after it was scuttled. In 1987 televangelist Jim Bakker resigned as chairman of his PTL ministry organization amid a sex and money scandal involving Jessica Hahn, a former church secretary. In 1993 Supreme Court Justice Byron R. White announced plans to retire. (White's departure paved the way for Ruth Bader Ginsburg to become the court's second female justice.) In 2003 President George W. Bush ordered the start of war against Iraq. (Because of the time dierence, it was early March 20 in Iraq.)


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