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@dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Tuesday, March 27, 2018 LOCAL & STATE | A3SCOTT GETS NEW CHIEF OF STAFF AMID CAMPAIGN SPECULATION SPORTS | B1MDCA TOPS MOUNT DORA IN BATTLE OF CROSSTOWN RIVALS SPORTS | B1THE NEXT LEVELFormer MVA standout De Sousa helps Kansas to Final Four 75 ¢ Local & State ................A3 Health .........................A8 Opinion .......................A9 Weather ......................A10 Sports...........................B1 Comics ........................B4 Volume 142, Issue 86 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 Leesburgs boys basketball coach directed team to back-to-back state championshipsBy Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comLEESBURG „ Sean Campbell has coached the Leesburg High School boys basketball team to, arguably, its most productive era in school history.In the past two years, Camp-bell has directed the Yellow Jackets to back-to-back Class 6A state championships, a 30-1 record this season and victories in 46 of their past 47 games.Campbells ultimate reward came Monday when he was named 2018 Florida Dairy Farmers boys basketball Coach of the Year after a final round of voting by a statewide panel of coaches and sportswriters.This is a complete sur-prise,Ž said Campbell. I wasnt expecting this. There are so many great coaches who were up for this award. Ive learned so much from many of them. This award belongs to my players as much as it does me because they bought into what we were trying to do and always left everything they had on the floor.Im truly humbled to receive this award.ŽCampbell, who won the Class 6A Coach of the Year award last week for the second season, won overall honors with 122 points. He outdistanced Doral Academy coach Jorge Fer-nandez, who finished with 103 points and Pompano Beach Blanche Ely coach Melvin Campbell is Fla. Coach of the YearLeesburg coach Sean Campbell was named Coach of the Year for the state of Florida on Monday. [PAUL RYAN /CORRESPONDENT] New extension director takes stock of Lakes agricultural bountyBy Carlos E. Medinacmedina@dailycommercial.comTAVARES „ Agriculture remains an important part of Lake County despite the citrus industry collapse in the 1980s and 90s.Keeping commercial agriculture vibrant and producers up to date on the latest research and practices is one of the core missions of the local UF/IFAS extension office. This week, Lloyd Sin-gleton took the helm of the office as its new director, though he served as interim director for about a year.But the office focuses on much more than commercial agriculture. Through the Institute of Food and A strong future for farmingLloyd Singleton is the new Lake County extension of“ ce director. The local UF/IFAS extension of“ ce offers a wide range of advice and services from residential and commercial horticulture and agriculture to health and life sciences. [CARLOS E. MEDINA/DAILY COMMERCIAL] See FARMING, A6Staff ReportLEESBURG … A homeless man was arrested Sunday after his dog drowned while playing fetch in the water off Venetian Gardens in Leesburg wearing a weighted vest.Witnesses told police Dennys Jose Luque appeared to be doing some type of exerciseŽ with the German shepherd, which was repeatedly jumping off the boat ramp. One woman said she could hear what sounded like dog crying sounds,Ž and then at one point the dog jumped into the water and didnt come up. She said three people, including Luque, jumped into the water to retrieve the dog but came up without it.She asked Luque why the dog was wearing a weighted belt and he reportedly replied, These things happen,Ž then got into his pickup truck and drove off.Another witness confirmed her account, saying Luque was playing fetch with the dog with a ball. When the dog didnt surface one time after jumping in after the ball, the witness and several other people jumped into the water to rescue it. He said Luque Owner charged after dog drowns in weighted beltLuque See DOG, A6By Josh Lederman and Jill LawlessThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ From Washington to Warsaw, Western nations banded together Monday to expel more than 100 Russian diplomats they accused of being spies, punishing Moscow for its alleged poi-soning of an ex-intelligence officer in Britain.President Donald Trump, under constant political heat for his reluctance to challenge Russia, ordered 60 of its diplomats out of the U.S. „ all of them spies, the White House said. The United States called it the largest expulsion of Russian spies in American history, and also shuttered Russias consulate in Seattle, deem-ing it a counterintelligence threat.All told, at least 21 coun-tries have ousted more than 135 Russians, including 23 kicked out earlier by the U.K.Together we have sent a message that we will not tolerate Russias continued attempts to flout international law and undermine our values,Ž British Prime Minister Theresa May told Parliament.The American moves illustrated an increased willingness by Trumps administration to push back on the Kremlin, even as the president himself steadfastly avoids challenging Russian President Vladimir Putin personally or directly. Less than a week ago, Trump congratulated Putin for his re-election but didnt raise the March 4 spy poisoning, Russias US, allies work to expel RussiansSee RUSSIANS, A6 See CAMPBELL, A6


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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. Sunday, March 25 Fantasy 5: 10-12-16-28-32 Monday, March 26 Pick 5 Afternoon: 1-3-0-6-5 Evening: 2-0-8-3-9 Pick 4 Afternoon: 3-8-5-3 Evening: 6-2-3-0 Pick 3 Afternoon: 3-5-5 Evening: 9-7-6 Pick 2 Afternoon: 3-5 Evening: 6-3LOTTERY By Barbara Ortutay and Andrew SelskyThe Associated PressNEW YORK „ U.S. regulators and state attorneys general are increasing pressure on Facebook as they probe whether the companys data-collection practices have hurt the people who use its services.Facebooks stock, which already took a big hit last week, dropped further Monday after the Federal Trade Commission confirmed news reports that it was investigating the company. Separately, the attorneys general for 37 U.S. states and territories sought details Monday on how Face-book monitored what app developers did with data col-lected on Facebook users and whether Facebook had safe-guards to prevent misuse.Facebooks privacy practices have come under fire after revelations that a Trump-affiliated consulting firm, Cambridge Analytica, got data on millions of Face-book users. That included information on friends of people who had downloaded a psychological quiz app, even though those friends hadnt given explicit consent to sharing.Facebook is also facing questions about reports that it collected years of contact names, telephone numbers, call lengths and information about text messages from Android users. Facebook says the data is used to improve peoples experience across FacebookŽ by helping to connect with others. But the company did not spell out exactly what it used the data for or why it needed it.European officials also have also been investigating or seeking more information. Germanys justice minister said Monday that she wants closer oversight of compa-nies such as Facebook after a meeting with its executives about the abuse of users data. Last week, a U.K. par-liamentary media committee summoned CEO Mark Zuck-erberg to testify about how Facebook uses data, while U.K. Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham is investigating how Cambridge Analytica got the data.In addition, the states attorney of Cook County in Illinois has sued Facebook and Cambridge Analytica for consumer fraud after revela-tions that the latter obtained data on millions of Facebook users. Facebook has not com-mented on the lawsuit. The recent troubles follow Facebooks most difficult year yet, as the company dealt with fake news, filter bubblesŽ that lead to increasing polarization, and congressional hearings over Russian agents alleged use of social media to meddle with the 2016 presidential elections.In January, Zuckerberg set fixing Facebook as his personal challenge for 2018. Nearly three months in, its a taller order than ever.Tom Pahl, acting director of the FTCs Bureau of Con-sumer Protection, said the U.S. probe would include whether the company engaged in unfair actsŽ that cause substantial injuryŽ to consumers. Facebook reached a settlement with the FTC in 2011 offering privacy assurances, though the FTCs probe may extend to Facebooks compliance with U.S.-EU principles for transferring data.Facebook said in a statement on Monday that the company remains strongly committedŽ to protecting peoples information and that it welcomes the oppor-tunity to answer the FTCs questions.Marc Rotenberg, execu-tive director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, believes Facebook was in violation of the 2011 settlement in letting Cambridge Analytica harvest data on friends of Facebook users. He called the investigation good news.ŽThis is what Facebook was doing 10 years ago that people objected to, what the FTC should have stopped in 2011,Ž Rotenberg said. It makes zero sense that when a person downloads their apps, they have the ability to transfer the data of their friends.ŽAlthough Zuckerberg talked about changes in 2014 that would have prevented this, Rotenberg said it should have been banned already under the 2011 con-sent decree. He said the FTC had dropped the ball in fail-ing to enforce that.Meanwhile, state attorneys general asked Zuckerberg for an update on how Facebook will allow users to control the privacy of their accounts more easily.Facebook has made promises about users privacy in the past, and we need to know that users can trust Facebook,Ž they wrote. With the information we have now, our trust has been broken.ŽIn a statement, Facebooks vice president for state and local public policy, Will Castleberry, said the attorneys general have raised important questions and we appreciate their interest. Our internal review of the situa-tion continues and we look forward to responding.ŽFTC, states up pressure on Facebook on privacyThis Jan. 28, 2015, “ le photo, shows the Federal Trade Commission building in Washington. [ALEX BRANDON/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]MONTPELIER, VT.Gun restrictions legislation expected to advanceLegislation that would make it easier to take guns from sui-cidal people and perpetrators of domestic violence could receive final approval from the Vermont Legislature this week and Gov. Phil Scott supports the proposals, officials said Monday.Democratic Sen. Richard Sears, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Monday he felt the separate pieces of legislation could reach Scotts desk by the end of the week. House Judiciary Chairman Maxine Grad, also a Democrat, said she expected the legislation would pass, but she didnt know if the bills could reach the governors desk so quickly.LITTLE ROCK, ARK.Arkansas inmate seeks stay of execution pending appealAn Arkansas death row inmate with a case pending before the state Supreme Court wants its justices to prevent his execution while he pursues another case before the U.S. Supreme Court.Bruce Ward had been set to die last April during a string of executions. He wants the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether he should have been entitled to the use of an independent mental health professional at his trial. The Arkansas Supreme Court said March 1 that Ward never met the minimum threshold for such assistance. The Associated Press IN BRIEF

PAGE 3 | Tuesday, March 27, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 BEST BETS FOR TODAYWISCONSIN SINGERS: At 5 and 8 p.m. at The Villages Savan-nah Center, 1575 Buena Vista Blvd. Cant Stop Dancin, American pop music from the past five decades. Cost is $20 for residents of The Villages and $25 for nonresidents. Call 352-753-2270 or go to for tickets.TEAL SOCIAL LUNCHEON: At 12 p.m. at La Guadalajara Res-taurant, 18660 Highway 441 in Mount Dora. GYN Cancer Support Group for survi-vors, caregivers, families and friends. Call Karen Ingalls at 651-699-8898 or Barbara Burns at 352-988-5443 for reservations.NEWS BRIEFSLEESBURGWoman charged with incest after giving birth to ailing babyA Groveland woman was arrested for having an inces-tuous relationship with her brother after she gave birth to a child with serious medi-cal problems.According to an arrest affidavit, Pauline Elizabeth Martin, 33, gave birth on Nov. 21, and doctors quickly transferred the baby to Winnie Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando because it needed specialized care. Hospital officials called the Florida Department of Children and Families to investigate because genetic testing revealed the baby's parents were close relatives.Lake County Sheriff's detectives interviewed Martin at her workplace, a fast food restaurant in Leesburg, on Thursday, and she reportedly admitted being in a sexual relationship with her brother for the past five years.Detectives arrested Martin and charged her with incest and resisting law enforcement without violence.Sgt. Fred Jones with the Lake County Sheriff's Office said detectives hope to speak with the brother as well but have been unable to reach him. SUMTERVILLEFHP: 2 seriously injured in crash involving ambulance, dump truck Two people sustained seri-ous injuries Monday morning when a Sumter County EMS ambulance made a U-turn into the path of a dump truck.Michael Mahai, 22, of Eustis, the driver of the ambulance was seriously hurt, and so was the dump trucks passenger, Nicholas Fatolitis, 22, of Leesburg, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.The ambulance was traveling north on U.S. Highway 301 at 9:56 a.m., and was at Northeast 13th Avenue, when it pulled off onto the shoulder. The driver activated the emergency lights, and then made the turn into the path of the dump truck.Charles Dean, 39, of Spring Hill, a passenger in the ambu-lance suffered minor injuries. Jorge Luis Rodriguez, 40, of Orlando, the driver of the dump truck, also suffered minor injuries.Mahai and Fatolitis were taken to Ocala Regional Hos-pital. Rodriguez was taken to South Lake Hospital and Dean to Citrus Memorial.Mahai was cited for making an unsafe turn. LEESBURGDollar Tree to open in Leesburg ThursdayDollar Tree will be open-ing in Leesburg on Thursday, according to company officials.Dollar Tree is pleased to invite customers to South Lake Hospital in Clermont poised for crisis stabilization unitBy Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield@dailycommercial.comLEESBURG „ LifeStream Behavioral Center plans to increase the number of beds for patients who are involun-tarily hospitalized because they are a danger to them-selves or others.Weve decided that there is a need for a crisis stabilization unit in South Lake, so well be opening a center in Clermont at South Lake Hospital there in the spring of 2019,Ž said CE0 Jon Cherry. The new center will have at least five beds.The news comes as the state Legislature again appropriated $1.1 million for the five crisis stabilizationŽ beds at the Leesburg facility. Under the states Baker Act, adults can be held for up to 72 hours.The non-profit mental health center has to seek the funds every year, and it has done so for the past five years.Cherry praised Lake law-makers Rep. Larry Metz and Sen. Kelli Stargel for steering the measure through what he called the labyrinthŽ of the House and Senate.There was other good LifeStream to open new centerLifeStream Behavioral Center plans to increase the number of beds for patients who are involuntarily hospitalized because they are a danger to themselves or others. Weve decided that there is a need for a crisis stabilization unit in South Lake, so well be opening a center in Clermont at South Lake Hospital there in the spring of 2019,Ž said CEO Jon Cherry. The new center will have at least “ ve beds. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] By Jim TurnerNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Gov. Rick Scott named a new chief of staff Monday in a potential prelude to an anticipated run for the U.S. Senate.Brad Piepenbrink, who was Scotts political director during the governors 2014 re-election campaign, was named to replace longtime trusted and loyal advisorŽ Jackie Schutz Zeckman, who left Sunday to pursue other opportunities,Ž according to a statement released by Scotts office.Schutz Zeckman left the office once before to work on Scotts 2014 re-election bid.The chief of staff announcement was made within minutes of social-media postings from the governor saying he will make a big announcementŽ in two weeks. Speculation has long swirled that Scott plans to run against U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla, this fall.Join me the morning of April 9th on Facebook Live, as I make a big announcement.,Ž a tweet from @ScottForFlorida said.Joshua Karp, a spokes-man for American Bridge, a Democratic campaign organization, quickly shot back that Floridians will reject the wealthy insider.ŽDuring Rick Scott's time in office, his net worth has gone up by millions while a majority of Florida counties have failed to recover from the recession,Ž Karp said in a statement.Meanwhile, in another sign of the Senate race ramping up, the National Republican Senatorial Committee released a web ad Monday linking Nelson to 2016 Democratic A potential preludeGov. Rick Scott named a new chief of staff Monday in a potential prelude to an anticipated run for the U.S. Senate. Brad Piepenbrink, who was Scotts political director during the governors 2014 re-election campaign, was named to replace longtime trusted and loyal advisorŽ Jackie Schutz Zeckman, who left Sunday to pursue other opportunities,Ž according to a statement released by Scotts of“ ce. [MONICA HERNDON/THE TAMPA BAY TIMES VIA AP] By Lloyd DunkelbergerNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ More women than men opt to take only online classes to earn bachelors degrees in Floridas state university system, according to a new report from the systems Board of Governors.Sixty-five percent of the undergraduates who took only distance-learning courses in the 2016-2017 academic year were women, who make up 56 percent of the overall undergraduate student body.The higher percentage of females enrolled in only distance-learning courses is consistent with national data that show that females are more likely to be caregiv-ers, which leaves them place bound. Distance-learning courses provide an opportu-nity for those who are place bound with family or job responsibilities to obtain an education,Ž said the report, which will be reviewed this week by the Board of Gover-nors, the panel that oversees the 12 state universities.The report highlights the experience of Lucy Golden, who used an online program at the University of West Florida to earn a bachelor of science degree in nursing, while working full-time and raising a family.The online format was perfect because I could work it around my schedule,Ž Golden told a University of West Florida publication last fall. My twins were still teenagers, 13 or 14 and not driving, so I had to drive them around, take them to places „ to the ROTC program and games. It worked really well „ that was the beauty of it. I loved being able to do my classwork whenever I wanted. It doesnt matter whether I was up night or day, I could get to it.ŽGolden, who had previ-ously worked as a registered nurse before earning her bachelors degree, is now employed as a psychiatric-mental health nurse with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.Goldens story illustrates the growing role of distance learning, which includes online classes, in state universities.Sixty-nine percent of undergraduates in 2016-2017 took at least one online More women look to online classes to earn degrees Scott gets new chief of sta amid campaign speculationSee SCOTT, A4 See ONLINE, A4 See LIFESTREAM, A4Martin See BRIEFS, A4By Tamara Lush and Jason DearenThe Associated PressThe revelation that the Pulse nightclub shooters father was an FBI informant for 11 years before the attack has little bearing on the trial of the gunmans widow, a judge ruled Monday.U.S. District Judge Paul Byron rejected a defense motion for a mistrial of Noor Salman, who is accused of helping her husband plan his June 2016 mass shooting at the gay nightclub in Orlando, where he killed 49 people.Lawyers for Salman said that because prosecutors didnt disclose that Mateens father, Seddique Mateen, was an FBI informant until halfway through the trial, her Fifth Amendment right to due process and Sixth Amend-ment right to a fair trial were denied. The judge disagreed.This trial is not about Sed-dique Mateen. Its about Noor Salman,Ž the judge said.Salman, now 31 and the mother of a small child, is being tried in federal court in Orlando. Her defense is scheduled to wrap up this week and lawyers will give closing arguments.In court on Monday, an FBI agent testified that they considered trying to develop Omar Mateen as an informant, like his father, after investigating him in 2013 and finding he didnt have ties to terrorism.Salmans lawyers say the Judge rules against Pulse shooters widowSee WIDOW, A4


A4 Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | Funeral Services Alexandra I. SandyŽ Jasmanki, 78, Leesburg, Florida went to be with the Lord on March 24, 2018 in Leesburg, Florida. Mrs. Jasmanki was born on August 18, 1939 in Leesburg, Florida to her parents Jack Irwin and Louise (Huffman) Irwin. Sandy had formerly worked as a Chart Auditor for Lake Centre for Orthopedics in Leesburg. She was a devoted longtime member of The First Baptist Church of Leesburg, Florida. She is survived by her loving daughter: Amy J. Newman and her husband Rick of Leesburg, Florida. Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 11:00AM at PageTheus Funeral Home, Leesburg with Rev. Gary Blanchard of“ciating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, March 29, 2018 from 10:00AM till the hour of service at Page-Theus Funeral Home. The Burial will follow the Funeral Service at Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Leesburg. Donations may be made to The Cat Protection Society of Eustis, Florida or Cornerstone Hospice in Sandys loving memory. Online condolences may be shared by visiting www.pagetheusfuneral. com. Arrangements are entrusted to PageTheus Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Leesburg. Alexandra I. Jasmanki course, up from 66 percent in the prior year, according to the annual survey conducted for the Board of Governors.Overall, 26 percent of the credit hours earned by undergraduates last year were in online classes, up from 24 percent the prior year. It ranged from 33 percent of the undergraduate credit hours at the University of West Florida and the University of Central Florida to none at New College of Florida, the states small-est school, and Florida Polytechnic University, the newest university.The Board of Governors goal is to have 40 percent of credit hours in the state university system earned in online classes by 2025.At the graduate level, 27 percent of the credit hours were online, led by 81 percent at the Univer-sity of West Florida.Those numbers reflect a variety of options for students, including solely taking online classes, taking some online as well as regular classes, taking hybrid classes, which combine online and inclassroom teaching, and taking only standard classes.Florida is a national leader in using online university classes, with 174,183 students enrolled in online classes in fall 2016, trailing only Texas, with 220,650 students, the report showed.Undergraduates who took between 41 percent and 60 percent of their classes online were more likely to earn their baccalaureate degrees faster than students who took no online classes, the report showed. The online students graduated in an average of 3.75 years compared to 4.08 years for non-online students.Undergraduates taking only online classes were older, an average age of 28, compared to students taking no distance learn-ing or a mix of online and standard classes, whose average age was 22, the report showed.Graduate students enrolled in only online classes had an average age of 34. ONLINEFrom Page A3By Jill ColvinThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ The White House on Monday disputed adult film star Stormy Daniels claim that she was threatened to keep quiet over her alleged affair with Donald Trump and said the president continues to deny the relationship.Daniels detailed her allegations in a widely watched interview with 60 MinutesŽ that sparked new legal wran-gling between attorneys for the porn star and the presidents team. A lawyer for Michael Cohen, Trumps personal attorney, demanded that Daniels publicly apologize to his client for suggesting he was involved in her intimida-tion. Daniels responded by filing a revised federal lawsuit accusing Cohen of defamation.Trump, who frequently takes on his foes in person and on social media, remained uncharacteristically quiet about the matter Monday. He sent a cryp-tic tweet saying fake newsŽ has never been more voluminous or more inaccurateŽ but it was unclear what exactly he was referring to.Instead, he left the denials to his White House staff. Spokesman Raj Shah declined to say whether the president had watched Daniels interview, but said Trump did not believe any of the claims she made.The president strongly, clearly and has consistently denied these underlying claims, and the only person whos been inconsistent is the one making the claims,Ž Shah said.But Daniels was on Trumps mind this weekend in Palm Beach, Florida, where he had dinner Saturday night with Cohen at his Mar-a-Lago estate.Trump, according to one person who spent time with him, told guests that Daniels now owes him $21 million for breaking her silence, and that every time she talks, she owes him a million more. Trump appeared in good spirits, laughing off the fact that Daniels will be bringing her Making America Horny AgainŽ strip show to a nearby venue next month, said the person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to disclose private conversations.Mar-a-Lago member Chris Ruddy, the CEO of Newsmax, told ABC Sunday that Trump told him much of the Stormy Daniels stuffŽ is a political hoax.ŽTrump returned to Washington Sunday night, though first lady Melania Trump stayed behind in Florida. A spokeswoman for Mrs. Trump said she is focused on being a mom and is quite enjoying spring break at Mar-a-Lago while working on future projects.ŽIn her interview, Daniels said shed slept with Trump once, shortly after Mrs. Trump gave birth to the presidents youngest son. She also said that a man approached her in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011, when she was with her infant daughter, and threatened her with physical harm if she went public with her story.In a letter late Sunday night, an attorney for Cohen demanded that Daniels publicly apologize to his client.In truth, Mr. Cohen had absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with any such person or incident, and does not even believe that any such person exists, or that such incident ever occurred,Ž wrote Brent H. Blakely. He said Daniels and her lawyer, Michael Avenatti, should cease and desist from making any further false and defamatory statements about my client.ŽDaniels, in the revised lawsuit she filed Monday, alleges Cohen made a false statement that damaged her reputation when he released a statement in February that intimated she was lying.In a round of television interviews Monday morning, Avenatti said he was holding back certain details of the alleged affair, including the con-tents of a CD or DVD he tweeted a picture of last week, for strategic reasons. It would make no sense for us to play our hand as to this issue and were not going to do it right now,Ž he said on NBCs TodayŽ show.Daniels received a $130,000 payment days before the 2016 presidential election for her silence and has sought to invalidate a nondisclosure agreement she signed. Cohen has said he paid the $130,000 out of his own pocket while assert-ing Trump never had sex with the porn actress.Previously, Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was a party to the transaction with Daniels and he was not reimbursed for the payment.During Mondays brief-ing, Shah said neither the White House nor Trump had violated campaign finance laws that restrict political contributions.The White House didnt engage in any wrongdoing,Ž Shah said of Trumps behavior, adding that there was nothing to corroborateŽ Daniels intimidation claims.In the interview, Daniels described a sexual encounter with Trump that began with him talk-ing about himself and showing her an issue of a magazine with his picture on the cover.She said she ordered him to drop his pants and, in a playful manner, I just gave him a couple swats.Ž At one point she said he told her: Wow, you „ you are special. You remind me of my daughter.ŽThe interview gave 60 MinutesŽ its biggest audience in a decade, with slightly more than 22 million viewers tuning in, according to Nielsen Co. estimates.Daniels is not the only woman accusing Trump. Former Playboy model Karen McDougal told Cooper in a CNN inter-view broadcast Thursday that her affair with Trump began at a bungalow at the Beverly Hills Hotel in 2006. McDougal said she ended the relationship in 2007 out of guilt concerning Trumps wife, Melania. McDougal has filed suit in Los Angeles seeking to invalidate a confidentiality agreement with American Media Inc., the company that owns the supermarket tabloid National Enquirer. It paid her $150,000 during the 2016 presidential election.The lawsuit alleges that McDougal was paid for the rights to her story of an affair, but the story never ran. It also alleges that Cohen was secretly involved in her discussions with American Media.White House disputes porn stars claimThis image released by CBS News shows Stormy Daniels, left, during an interview with Anderson Cooper that aired on Sunday, on 60 Minutes.Ž [CBS NEWS/60 MINUTES VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.Piepenbrink, who is paid about $131,000 a year and most recently served as deputy chief of staff, is the two-term governors seventh chief of staff.Since November 2014, Piepenbrinks role has been to oversee policy development involving the environment, health care, transportation, law enforcement and emer-gency management.He was also a key component of my suc-cessful re-election efforts and has been critical to carrying out my agenda to make Florida the best state for families and job creators,Ž Scott said in a prepared statement.Piepenbrink has had three stints in the gover-nors office.He joined Scott after the 2010 election, serv-ing nearly three years as a special traveling assistant before joining the Florida Department of Education as a deputy chief of staff.Piepenbrink returned to the governors office five months later as a director of external affairs, only to leave that post after five months to join other members of the governors office who went to work on the re-election campaign.The former Florida Gulf Coast University student body president also served as a regional political director for the Republican Party of Florida in 2010, as a legislative aide to former state Sen. Gar-rett Richter, R-Naples, and as a policy analyst in the Florida Senate Majority Office.Schutz Zeckman, paid about $166,000 as chief of staff, began working for Scott in September 2011, starting as deputy press secretary and later press secretary.She has been dedicated to implementing my agenda throughout my time as governor and I know she will continue to do great things for our state,Ž Scott said.Schutz Zeckman was chief of staff for less than a year. Last spring, she replaced Kim McDougal, who is now a senior direc-tor of government affairs in the politically connected law firm of GrayRobinson in Tallahassee.Schutz Zeckman tem-porarily left the governors communications office in 2014 to work on Scotts re-election campaign with Melissa Stone, who became chief of staff fol-lowing the election.After the election, Schutz Zeckman returned to the governors office, serving as chief spokeswoman. SCOTTFrom Page A3 news for LifeStream and the other eight centers that receive some state money each year. Lawmakers voted to restore funds cut in last years budget. Overall, mental health funds to the cen-ters were cut 42 percent, Cherry said. That was an $800,000 hit for LifeStream.This year, lawmakers also appropriated $22 million in an effort to curb opioid abuse. Cherry said the state will soon put out feelers for proposals.Lifestream Executive Vice President Rick Hankey told the Daily Commercial in February that treatment centers are having some success with medical-assisted treatments with drugs like Vivitrol, which block the pleasure centers of the brain that respond to opioids.LifeStream does not have a methadone clinic, however, so those patients must travel to Orlando or some other city every day for their treatment.LifeStream offers sev-eral programs out of its facilities. It has 100 beds overall, plus out patient services.experience our great value and broad assortment of merchandise all priced at $1 or less,Ž said Dollar Tree spokesperson Kayleigh Painter.Dollar Tree stores are open seven days a week and offer a convenient shopping experience, a press release said.The new store is located at 27800 US Highway 27 in Leesburg.Dollar Tree continues to grow and we are proud to be part of the Leesburg community,Ž Painter said. For more information, go to BRIEFSFrom Page A3 governments belated disclosure about Mateens father and his ties to the FBI has prevented them from exploring the possibilities that Seddique Mateen was more directly involved, and that Salman may have been framed to hide the governments mistakes.The governments violations in this case have placed Ms. Salman, the jury, and this Court in a dark wood where the search for truth has been thwarted,Ž they wrote, paraphrasing and citing 15th Century Italian poet Dante Alighieris The Divine Comedy.Her lawyers motion said U.S. Attorney Sara Sweeney sent them an email Saturday revealing some details of the FBIs involvement with Sed-dique Mateens activities leading up to the Pulse attack.I have just received authorization to disclose the following information about Seddique Mateen,Ž her email said. Seddique Mateen was a FBI confidential human source at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016.ŽThis email was sent after jurors heard Shahla Mateen, Omars mother, deny during cross-exam-ination that her husband had any relationship with the FBI.The email also revealed other details the pros-ecution didnt tell jurors, including the discovery in the hours after the shooting that receipts for money transfers to Turkey and AfghanistanŽ made in the days and weeks before the shooting were found at Seddique Mateens home, and that in 2012, an anonymous tipster had accused Seddique Mateen of seeking to raise $50,000 $100,000 via a donation drive to con-tribute towards an attack against the government of Pakistan.ŽDefense attorneys said had they known about this information in advance of her trial, they would have investi-gated whether Mateens father was involved in or had foreknowledge of the Pulse attack,Ž they wrote.Prosecutors told the jury that Salman knew Omar Mateen was buying rounds of ammunition for his AR-15, helped him spend thousands of dollars before the attack and knew about his plan when he left their home in the hours before the shooting. They also say she lied in an attempt to mislead FBI agents and had knowledge of her husbands sick fascina-tion with violent jihadist videos and terrorism.Defense attorneys describe Salman as a simple woman with a low IQ, who was abused by her husband. This latest evidence, they said, points instead to Mateens father as a potential accomplice.A man who answered a Florida phone number for Seddique Mateen hung up after asking an AP reporter to identify himself. WIDOWFrom Page A3

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A6 Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comquit searching after a couple of minutes but the others continued to look for the dog.Leesburg firefighters, police and a citizen with a boat helped search the water off the boat ramp with a drag line and just before 10 p.m. Sunday found the body about 20 feet from the end of the ramp in between seven and 10 feet of water. The dog was still wearing the 13-pound weighted diving belt.An officer spotted Luques vehicle nearby and stopped it.Luque reportedly told the officer he had conducted weight training exercises with the dog many times. He said he tried to rescue the dog when it didnt surface but had to get out of the water because he was beginning to cramp. He said he was on his way back to the boat ramp to retrieve the dogs body when the offi-cer stopped him.Luque, who is home-less but whose last known address is in Oklahoma, was charged with a mis-demeanor count of animal cruelty for putting the belt on the dog and a felony count of animal cruelty for sending the dog into the water with the belt on. DOGFrom Page A1Agricultural Sciences at the University of Florida, the extension office is there to help residents with gardens, landscaping and houseplants, administer the 4-H youth group and provide nutrition classes and classes in the cottage arts including canning and preserving.What I love about UF and extension is we really bring the resources of the land-grant university to our clients. We look to help anybody, anyway we can with science-based information,Ž Singleton said.UF/IFAS runs extension offices in each of the states 67 counties and conducts extensive research and test projects out of those offices.But commercial agriculture is the foundation of extension. For decades, Lake County was a citrus center. In the 1980s, citrus groves covered more than 100,000 acres from the north end of the county to the south. But a series of freezes decimated the industry and citrus production today is down to about 8,000 acres.While some of the former grove land went to residential development plenty remained agricultural.The county produced more than $142 million in agricultural products in 2012, according to the latest numbers available from the U.S. Department of Agricultures Census of Agriculture.Lake ranked 18th in the state in agriculture pro-duction. The countys top three agricultural segments are ornamental plants, fruit crops and vegetable crops.Groveland is home to one of the countrys largest producers of woody orna-mental plants. In Mount Dora, several greenhouses produce tropical foliage plants. The Astor area is home to several producers of ferns for the cut flower industry.Fruit crops include citrus, melons and the fastest growing crop: blueberries.Weve seen a huge increase in the number of blueberry farms,Ž Single-ton said. We have some varieties that were devel-oped that produce ripe fruit much earlier than the rest of the nation and that brings a higher price.ŽLake County blueberries should be ready by late March compared with berries from Georgia which may not ripen until late May. Local vegetable crops include sweet pota-toes, cabbage and a variety of other row crops.Singleton sees a strong future for agriculture and hopes to help spread evolv-ing cultivation methods that are not only sustain-able but regenerative.Research shows incorporating areas of natural habitat into growing areas, rather than the traditional expansive, flat plots, can produce better yields, Singleton said.It can actually make the environment better. These buffer areas are habitats for natural wild-life and serve to filter water and provide windbreaks to increase your produc-tion,Ž he said. People are understanding now how much of a system it really is.ŽThere are more growers taking chances on nontraditional crops and Singleton sees that as a trend he wants to support.Right now, there are test groves of olive trees and trellises of hops, the flowers used to flavor beer, growing in the county. Expanding the diversity of crops grown locally is important, Singleton believes.Just as diversification of a stock portfolio serves to mitigate risk, so it does for a regions ag crops. I believe we will see more, but smaller farmers in Lake County, with a broader variety of food crops. Who knows, we may soon see artichokes from Astatula, tangerines from Tavares, or Eustisgrown eggplants,Ž he said. FARMINGFrom Page A1alleged election-med-dling in the U.S. or its own tainted voting process, prompting dismayed cri-tiques even from Trumps fellow Republicans.In a choreographed show of trans-Atlantic unity, the U.S. and Euro-pean allies carefully timed their announcements for maximum effect.Within a few hours, at least 16 European Union nations expelled Rus-sians, with more likely to follow. Germany, Poland and France each said it planned to boot four Rus-sian diplomats, the Czech Republic and Lithuania ousted three and Italy, two. Canada also took action, kicking out four Russians and denying three who have applied to enter the country.The list included nations in Russias back-yard that have perhaps the most at stake. Ukraine, a non-EU country with its own conflicts with Moscow, was expelling 13 Russians. All three Baltic states said they would make diplomats leave. RUSSIANSFrom Page A1Randall, who ended up with 78 points.Doral Academy and Blanche Ely won the Class 7A and Class 8A state championships, respectively. All coaches who were selected as Coach of the Year in their classifi-cations in voting last week were eligible to be named overall Coach of the Year.Wildwood coach Von Moreland, who led the Wildcats to the Class 1A state championship, fin-ished in fifth place with 48 points.Campbell is the first boys basketball coach from Lake or Sumter counties to win the award. In five seasons with the Yellow Jackets, Campbell has compiled a 101-53 record, including a 53-7 record the past two seasons.Since losing to Tallahassee Leon „ a Class 8A program „ on Dec. 28, 2016, Leesburg has not lost to an FHSAA-member school. CAMPBELLFrom Page A1The Discovery Gardens Enabling Kitchen Garden has various types of raised beds of herbs for easy gardening. [SUBMITTED]

PAGE 7 | Tuesday, March 27, 2018 A7 2,400 2,500 2,600 2,700 2,800 2,900 M ONDJF 2,560 2,700 2,840 S&P 500Close: 2,658.55 Change: 70.29 (2.7%) 10 DAYS 22,000 23,000 24,000 25,000 26,000 27,000 SM ONDJF 23,480 24,440 25,400 Dow Jones industrialsClose: 24,202.60 Change: 669.40 (2.8%) 10 DAYSAdvanced 2274 Declined 652 New Highs 21 New Lows 182 Vol. (in mil.) 3,494 Pvs. Volume 3,808 2,308 2,427 2053 811 50 103 NYSE NASDDOW 24232.30 23741.22 24202.60 +669.40 +2.84% -2.09% DOW Trans. 10387.14 10167.13 10373.21 +209.89 +2.07% -2.25% DOW Util. 681.14 674.55 680.17 +6.49 +0.96% -5.97% NYSE Comp. 12444.40 12241.48 12433.10 +255.40 +2.10% -2.93% NASDAQ 7225.83 7022.34 7220.54 +227.88 +3.26% +4.59% S&P 500 2661.36 2601.81 2658.55 +70.29 +2.72% -0.56% S&P 400 1880.37 1846.81 1879.46 +39.99 +2.17% -1.11% Wilshire 5000 27630.73 27045.23 27605.57 +692.93 +2.57% -0.68% Russell 2000 1543.81 1513.54 1543.72 +33.64 +2.23% +0.53% HIGH LOW CLOSE CHG. %CHG. YTD Stocks Recap AT&T Inc T 32.55 41.77 34.69 -.01 ... r t t -10.8 -12.0 13 2.00f Advance Auto Parts AAP 78.81 151.72 114.77 +3.93 +3.5 s t s +15.1 -26.3 21 0.24 Amer Express AXP 75.51 102.39 92.62 +2.17 +2.4 s t t -6.7 +17.9 16 1.40 AutoNation Inc AN 38.20 62.02 47.10 +.68 +1.5 s t t -8.2 +10.5 12 ... Brown & Brown BRO 41.10 53.87 51.04 +1.10 +2.2 s t t -0.8 +18.9 27 0.60 CocaCola Co KO 42.19 48.62 42.69 +.36 +0.9 s t t -7.0 +3.9 79 1.56f Comcast Corp A CMCSA 33.15 44.00 33.54 +.37 +1.1 s t t -15.9 -9.2 16 0.76f Darden Rest DRI 76.27 100.11 84.82 +.57 +0.7 s t t -11.7 +13.1 18 2.52 Disney DIS 96.20 116.10 100.65 +2.11 +2.1 s t t -6.4 -10.8 14 1.68f Gen Electric GE 13.02 30.54 12.89 -.18 -1.4 t t t -26.2 -53.4 dd 0.48 General Mills GIS 44.15 60.69 45.30 +1.09 +2.5 s t t -23.6 -22.3 12 1.96 Harris Corp HRS 106.18 161.04 162.07 +4.88 +3.1 s s s +14.4 +43.1 29 2.28 Home Depot HD 144.25 207.61 176.38 +4.58 +2.7 s t t -6.9 +18.6 24 4.12f IBM IBM 139.13 176.33 153.37 +4.48 +3.0 s t r ... -11.4 12 6.00 Lowes Cos LOW 70.76 108.98 89.30 +5.53 +6.6 s t t -3.9 +3.5 21 1.64 NY Times NYT 14.08 25.70 23.60 +.50 +2.2 s t s +27.6 +62.7 cc 0.16 NextEra Energy NEE 127.09 164.25 161.43 +1.94 +1.2 s s s +3.4 +23.8 24 4.44f PepsiCo PEP 105.94 122.51 106.81 +.66 +0.6 s t t -10.9 -2.2 22 3.22 Suntrust Bks STI 51.96 73.37 68.42 +2.45 +3.7 s t s +5.9 +22.9 17 1.60 WalMart Strs WMT 71.38 109.98 87.50 +2.08 +2.4 s t t -11.4 +25.2 19 2.08f Xerox Corp XRX 26.64 37.42 29.40 +.60 +2.1 s t s +0.9 +2.8 37 1.00 52-WK RANGE CLOSE YTD 1YR NAME TICKER LO HI CLOSE CHG %CHG WK MO QTR %CHG %RTN P/E DIVStocks of Local Interest By Michelle ChapmanThe Associated PressRemington, the storied gun maker that began turning out flintlock rifles when there were only 19 states in the Union, has filed for bankruptcy reor-ganization amid years of slumping sales and legal and financial pressure over the Sandy Hook school massacre.In papers filed Sunday in federal bankruptcy court in Delaware, Remington outlined a plan to turn over control to its creditors and continue operating with up to $100 million from lenders. It remains unclear what will happen to its 3,500 or so employees as it tries to put its finances in order.Remington, whose roots go back to 1816, when the Western frontier beck-oned, saw its debts mount with the election of Presi-dent Donald Trump, who has called himself a true friendŽ of the National Rifle Association but whose victory ended years of panic-buying by people afraid a Democrat in the White House would crack down on guns.In 2017, firearm background checks, a good barometer of sales, declined faster than in any year since 1998, when the FBI first began compiling such data.The Madison, North Carolina, companys production of one of the best-known weapons in the world, the Bushmaster AR-15 rifle, has also proved problematic. The young man who killed 20 firstgraders and six educators in the Sandy Hook shoot-ing in Connecticut in 2012 used a Bushmaster.An AR-15-style weapon made by a different manu-facturer, Smith & Wesson, was used last month in the rampage at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 people dead. That attack has led to huge pro-tests around the country and a new student-led movement to tighten gun laws.Remington was sued by victims families after the Sandy Hook tragedy. That lawsuit was dismissed because of broad immunity granted to the gun indus-try, but the Connecticut Supreme Court is weigh-ing whether to reinstate it.Some investors decided after Sandy Hook that they wanted nothing to do with the Remington. Cerberus Capital Management, the private equity firm that acquired Remington in 2007 as gun sales began to boom, tried to sell it less than a week after the shooting. There were no takers.In filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization, Remington Outdoor Co. said it would give holders of a $550 million loan to the company an 82.5 percent stake. Other creditors would get the rest.The industry has been hurt by another trend: A large percentage of guns in the U.S. are owned by an increasingly small group of people.A recent study by Harvard University and Northeastern University found that the number of privately owned guns in America grew by more than 70 million „ to approximately 265 million „ between 1994 and 2015. But half of those guns are owned by only 3 percent of the population. That small base of what are sometimes referred to as super-ownersŽ has made the industry more unstable.In 2015, Colt Holdings Co., another storied gun maker, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Likewise, profits at Sturm, Ruger & Co. are under pressure, and its stock is down 18 percent this year.Remington shoots for bankruptcy protectionRemington ri” e cartridges are displayed at the 35th annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas in 2013. [JULIE JACOBSON/ ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] BUSINESSMARKET WATCHDow 24,202.60 669.40 Nasdaq 7,220.54 227.88 S&P 2,658.55 70.29 Russell 1,543.72 33.63 NYSE 12,433.10 255.40COMMODITIES REVIEWGold 1,354.40 5.10 Silver 16.632 .102 Platinum 950.40 2.00 Copper 2.9605 .0240 Oil 65.55 0.33MARKET MOVERS€ Lowes Cos.: Up $5.53 to $89.30. The home improvement retailer said longtime Chairman and CEO Robert Niblock will retire. € Microsoft Corp.: Up $6.60 to $93.78. Technology companies made some of the largest gains as the market recovered some of its recent losses.


A8 Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | ALLERGIESFINDRELIEF INSPRINGTheAmerican CollegeofAllergy, Asthmaand Immunology recommendsto startyourrelief earlyontoreduce theeectsof springallergies. Dontwaitfor youreyestostart towaterbefore takingyourallergy medicine.Start yourregimena weekbeforethe seasonbegins anditwillalready beinyoursystem beforeitiseven needed. SKINCAREMYTHS DEBUNKEDDermatologistDr. DavidLortscher, CEOandfounder ofCurology, sharesthetop misconceptions aboutskincare andacne. Misconception: Exerciseand sweatcan causeacne. Fact:Sweating whileexercising doesntcause acne.Cleansing iskey.Postworkout,splash comfortabletemperature wateronyourface andneck,thenpat drygently. Misconception: Chocolateand greasyfoods causeacne.Fact: Sciencehasnt foundadirectlink betweenacneand oilyfoods. Misconception: Youcanmakeyour poressmaller. Fact:Youcant changepore sizeorforce themopenŽor closed.Ž TIPOFTHEWEEKHUMIDIFIER CANHELP SICKKIDSWhencaring forasick child, blogger Emily Schuman andVicks VapoRub recommend placinga humidiernear yourchildsbedto helpthembreathe morecomfortably andsleepbetter. „Brandpoint HEALTH TODAYSWORKOUT Innerthighsgetsomeattentionwiththismove ByMarloAllevaMoreContentNow W eallhavethose hard-to-work areasthatneed alittleextraTLC. Everybodyshapeis different,soforsome itsthetummy,onothersitsthearmsand,of course,therearend. Thentherearethe dreadedthighs.Youwould thinktheygetwhatthey needjustfromsquats andlunges,butIthink mostofyouagreethey needalittlemorework. Ourmovetodayisan innerthighballsqueeze. Youwillneedayoga ballandaplacetosit. Beginthismovebyplacingyouryogaballbetween yourkneesandthighs afteryouhavecomfortablyseatedyourselfon theedgeofyourbenchor chair.Holdyourchesttall, engageyourabdomenand youarereadytosqueeze. Startbypressingyour kneesinward,applyingpressuretotheball. Squeezeuntilyoufeelthe fullestamountoftension intheinnerthigharea. Onceyoureachthatpoint, onlyreleasetothehalfway point,keepingconstant tensioninyourfocusarea. Continuethissqueeze andhalfreleasemovementforatleast20to30 times.Takeasmallbreak, wigglethelegs,andcontinueforthreetofivesets. Thisexerciseisperfect onitsownorevenbetterwhenaddedintoa lower-bodyroutine. MarloAlleva,aninstructoratGoldsGymand groupfitnesscoordinatoratFontaine-Gills YMCA,inLakeland, Florida,canbereached aninnerthighballsqueeze.[SCOTTWHEELER/THELEDGER] ByJoAnneVivianoMoreContentNow H ighschooladministrators areincreasinglywarning parentsaboutteensusing e-cigarettesorvapes. Battery-poweredvaporizersallow youngsterstoinhalevaporsfromnicotinemixedwithliquidsinflavorssuch asbubblegum,cookies-and-creamor MountainDew.Theyalsocanbeused toinhalemarijuanaandotherdrugs. Itsillegalforunaccompanied minorstouseorpossessthedevices, buthighschoolsandsomemiddle schoolsacrossthecountryhavebeen updatingtobaccopoliciestoprohibit e-cigaretteuseonschoolproperty. Schoolofficialssayconfiscationsofe-cigaretteshavegrown fromabouttwoorthreeayear toatleastacoupleamonth. Accordingtoa2014youthtobacco survey,nearly41percentofhigh schoolstudentshadtriede-cigarettes, comparedwith7.7percentin2010. In2014,nearly22percentof highschoolerswerecurrentusers, meaningtheyhadusedthedevices withintheprevious30days. Teensaresmokinge-cigarettes ataratehigherthanyoungadults andadults,ofwhom5.7percentare currentusers,saidMandyBurkett, directoroftheTobaccoProgramat theOhioDepartmentofHealth. Anumberofyoungsters,andeven someparents,dontseetheharm ine-cigarettesbecausetheydont containmanyofthecarcinogens foundintraditionalcigarettes. Andsomevapetheflavors only,withoutaddednicotine. AreportreleasedinJanuaryby theNationalAcademiesofSciences, EngineeringandMedicinefound conclusiveevidencethatreplacing traditionalcigaretteswithe-cigarettes reducesausersexposuretonumeroustoxicantsandcarcinogens. However,thereportalsofound thatmoste-cigarettesemit potentiallytoxicsubstances. Anditfoundsubstantialevidencethatuseofe-cigarettesby youthandyoungadultsincreases theriskthattheywillatsome pointusetraditionalcigarettes. ThatconcernsDr.JudithGroner, aNationwideChildrensHospitalphysicianwhochairsthe AmericanAcademyofPediatricssectionontobaccocontrol. Nicotineuseintheshort-term,she said,cancausecardiovascularissues. Inthelong-term,itcanlead toincreasinglevelsofaddiction mosteasilysatisfiedbysmokingtraditionalcigarettes. Onceabraindevelopsanaddiction pathway,Burkettadded,teensare moresusceptibletobecominghooked onotherthings,includingdrugs. Additionally,Gronersaid,flavorings,whichareapprovedbytheFDA foruseasfoodadditives,havenot beentestedforsafetyifinhaled. CharlotteHickcox,statehouse lobbyistfortheOhioVaporTrade Association,saidthetypicalvapor storecustomerisnotateenagerbut someonewhohasusedtraditional tobaccoproductsinthepastandhas madeadecisiontoswitchtoanoncombustibleformofnicotinedelivery. Vaporstoresagreethat minorsshouldnotbevaping, shesaid,andmakeitapractice tokeepminorsoutofstores. Schooladministratorssaythat underagestudentsaregettingthe devicesfromolderstudents. Administratorsupdatinghandbookstrytostaybroadenoughto includevarioustypesofvaporizers and,hopefully,stayastepahead oftechnology,saidTimFreeman, aretiredhighschoolprincipal. AtaJanuaryconference,hesaid, e-cigaretteswereahottopic. Butadministratorsandhealthofficialsarefightingatobaccoindustry thatspendsbigbucksonadvertisingandpromotions,Burkettsaid. Whiletraditionalcigaretteshave becomelargelysociallyunacceptableamongteens,theconcernnowisthatallthecoolkids haveavape,ŽFreemansaid. JoAnneVivianowritesabouthealth andmedicineforTheColumbus (Ohio)Dispatch.Emailheratjviviano@dispatch.comorfollowher onTwitterat@JoAnneViviano. Vapingonthesly TeensandJUULingTherelativelyinexpensiveJuul($35)has becomethepreferrede-cigarettefor underageteens.Thisismostlybecause ofitsdesignandconvenience:thedevice lookslikeaUSB”ashdrive,rechargesin anyUSBportanditspodscomeinenticing”avors(fruitmedley,mango,creme brulee). AsurveybyTruthInitiative(anonpro“t tobaccocontrolorganization)of1,018 15-to24-year-oldsintheU.S.revealed that37percentofteenswereuncertain thatwhenusingaJUULtheyareinhaling nicotine,althoughitclearlystatesonthe JUULwebsitethateachpodisequalto200 cigarettepuffs(equivalentofapack).Source: advice/parenting/juuling/ Newdevicesare makingiteasyto vapeatschoolVaporizersareagrowingproblematschools.Thesearepopularamongyoungpeoplenow andwerecon“scatedatahighschoolinWorthington,Ohio.[ERICALBRECHT/DISPATCHPHOTOS]

PAGE 9 | Tuesday, March 27, 2018 A9HAVE YOUR SAYWe welcome signed letters and guest columns. Letters should not exceed 300 words and columns should not exceed 500 words. Columns need to include a recent headshot of the writer. We edit for length, clarity, and grammar. Mail: Voices, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007 Email: letters@dailycommercial. com Fax: 352-365-1951 Driverless cars offer a future with fewer deaths on the roadways. Today, roughly nine out of 10 car crashes are caused by human error; autonomous vehicles, with their sensors, radars and undistractable computer-driven system, should be much safer. That is, they should be much safer eventually. But they still have some glaring shortcomings, a point that was underlined in tragic fashion this week. On Sunday a selfdriving Uber plowed into a pedestrian walking across a road in Tempe, Arizona, killing her. A video of the incident released Wednesday shows that the woman was crossing mid-street in the dark. The car didnt slow down, according to reports. There was no braking or swerving. There was no attempt by the vehicle or the back-up operator (who had been looking away from the windshield) to avoid crashing into the woman. This is the kind of situation in which an autonomous car is supposed to perform better than a human driver. The radar and sensors these vehicles rely on are designed to pick up what the human eye may miss in the shadows. That didnt happen Sunday in Tempe. Federal authorities are investigating the collision. Uber immediately suspended self-driving car programs in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Toronto and the Phoenix area. Toyota and NuTonomy, a Bostonbased self driving company, announced this week that they would temporarily suspend testing. Thats the right response. Theres been a race among carmakers and tech companies to see who can get their experimental vehicles on the street and to the market first. Theres also been heavy lobbying on lawmakers to allow the mass deployment of self-driving vehicles. While it was inevitable that a driverless car would eventually be involved in a fatal collision „ autonomous vehicles are unlikely to eliminate crashes, just reduce them „ it would be irresponsible to speed ahead without taking stock of how this new technology is performing. Theres a dilemma, of course. Companies need to be able to test their driverless cars on public roads in order to design systems that can r espond to real-life situations. Cities and states need those tests as well to understand how to prepare for the arrival of autonomous cars. Transportation safety regulators, as well as manufacturers, have to figure out how to do more real-world, independently verified stress-testing to hone the technology without harming people in the process. If that means slowing the rollout of driverless cars, thats OK. So far, theres no comprehensive data on how driverless cars are performing on tests or whether the vehicles are ready for commercial use. There are no federal rules governing the deployment and performance of autonomous technology. There are no standardized tests the cars are required to pass before using public roads. (Safety advocates, for example, have called for vehicles to pass a kind of drivers test to demonstrate that they can identify and respond to cars, pedestrians and cyclists along their path, as well as traffic signs and road markings.) Current policies let the cars manufacturer decide when the vehicle is safe enough for public use. The Trump Administration intends to continue that laissez-faire approach with voluntary safety assessments. Congress is considering legislation that would allow the industry to put up to 100,000 autonomous vehicles on the road per year before federal regulators develop safety standards for the technology. The proposal would also take away states ability to regulate autonomous vehicle systems performance. Carmakers and tech companies have lobbied for lighttouch regulation because, they argue, driverless cars will ultimately be much safer than human-driven vehicles. That may be true, eventually. Until then, we say, prove it. The Los Angeles TimesANOTHER OPINIONDriverless cars safe enough? ANOTHER OPINION In the eyes of critics, students who benefit from school choice in Florida are special interests.Ž Its a knock oft repeated for two decades, most recently in Fridays editorial in the Daily Commercial, but it still baffles. The Daily Commercial slammed lawmakers for creating a new scholarship to help students victimized by bullying; for finding additional funding for the Gardiner Scholarship for students with special needs; and for continuing to support the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship for lower-income students. Poor kids. Disabled kids. Kids victimized by bullying. These are special interests?Ž Created in 2014, the Gardiner Scholarship serves students with autism, Down syndrome and a handful of other special needs. This year, it served 10,000 students for the first time. It also ran out of funding for the first time, leaving 1,300 students on a waiting list. Thats why lawmakers … who have given the program nearly universal bipartisan support … sought more funding. The Florida Tax Credit Scholarship also reached a milestone this year, serving more than 100,000 students (including 1,744 in Lake) for the first time. Two-thirds of the students are black and Hispanic. Their average family income is $25,362 a year. We know from a decades worth of testing data that they were the students who struggled the most in their prior public schools, but now, in schools their parents chose for them, theyre making solid progress. So whats the problem? Critics repeat accusations about money siphoned from public schools and unaccountableŽ private schools. They act as if no evidence exists regarding academic outcomes. But these are myths. The amount of the tax credit scholarship is two-thirds the cost of educating the same student in a district school. Thats why every single fiscal impact study of the scholarship program … eight to date … has found it saves taxpayer money that can be re-invested in public schools. No study has found otherwise. The evidence is so overwhelming, the courts dismissed the recent lawsuit that aimed to kill the program because, in part, the plaintiffs could provide no proof the program is harming public schools. As for accountability, its true scholarship programs give parents a fair bit of discretion to drive quality. Its also true that finding the right balance between accountability from choice, and accountability from regulations, is a work in progress. Lawmakers strengthened state oversight of private schools this year, as they have multiple times over the past decade. But the evidence also suggests this balanced approach is yielding positive results. An Urban Institute study released a few months ago found tax credit scholarship students are more likely to enroll in college, and earn degrees, than like students in public schools. If students secured scholarships in early grades and used them at least four years, they were 29 percent more likely to earn associate degrees. This is progress. Expanding options for disadvantaged kids isnt some devious attempt to pad private bottom lines.Ž For goodness sake, the vast majority of private schools are tiny non-profits. But thanks to these scholarships, thousands more parents now have the power to do what other parents do all the time, without controversy or negative headlines: Find the school that works best for their kid. Ron Matus is director of policy and public affairs at Step Up For Students, a nonprofit that administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship and Gardiner Scholarship.ANOTHER OPINIONExpanding opportunity in public educationA Florida Constitution Revision Commission is reviewing a proposed amendment to limit school board members who are elected on Nov. 6 or later to no more than two consecutive four-year terms. Heres what Facebook users had to say:Nope! Term limits take away the will of the people. Unfortu-nately, we get bad apples stuck in the cycle but Im a believer of you deserve the government you vote forŽ. Dont like your local government? Do more to educate the community to vote differently.Ž „ Jennifer Clark PetersonFor the same reason executive branch has one.. we need at least a healthy checks and balance on members. County commissioners should have power to override or impeach.Ž „ Steven Mumfordthis should have been done decades ago!!! Please pass this!Ž „ Cindy Bayer DuttonDamn right. They dont even need to get a chance for re-election. 4 years to get a chance to make a change.Ž „ Patrick Steven BryantWhen youre new to your job, who do you go to for help? People who have been there longer, right? In government, the people who are thrilled to help you are ... Lobbyists. Be careful with term limits.Ž „ Terri RoherALL elected officials should have term limits!Ž „ Ed LaucksOn Saturday, hundreds of local took part in March For Our Lives protests in Mount Dora and Tava-res. Heres what people had to say on Facebook:Yeah when Crooks break into your house just sit there and wait for the police why they beat you to death people are fools anyone that doesnt believe in protecting themselves and going to rely on other people government police are fools take away guns and watch the criminals do as they please you dont speak for all senior citizens you are too scared in the weak.Ž „ Tim MckiernanFantastic! And their speech is intelligible, too!Ž „ Pam JennelleControl the person with the gun. Criminals are criminals they dont care about the law.Ž „ Amber DawnThere are many more instru-ments of murder than guns. It is the PERSON who wants some-one dead who will find that instrument. Get real people!Ž „ Sherrie Harg roveBan idiots with guns. The gun is just a tool. It is the person holding it who makes it kill. Cigarettes and cars kill ten times more people. Ban them!Ž „ Parry YoungThats 500 people in this county who understand that crazy people shouldnt have guns. Theres a whole lot more who didnt march who feel the same way. Florida has already started to confiscate guns from people who are mentally at risk for hurt-ing others. No one wants to take gun ownership away but their should be accountability with that responsibility. If all the gun owners would have effectively policed themselves we wouldnt have this rampant problem of crazies with a ridiculous amount of guns.Ž „ Cinda ManleyI dont understand why we arent protesting about alcohol and teens? Alcohol kills 4000 teenagers each yearand its available everywhere. Is it because alcohol companies donate to politicians 3 times as much as NRA alcohol is 34 on the list of political contributions? Or is it because the majority of people in this country drink alcohol and are not willing to give up some of their freedoms to save childrens lives?Ž „ Camera BonsackIf you control the evil, you control the outcome of evil. If you control the guns, only the evil will get stronger. Think about that why dont you?Ž „ Frank DeLizzaDoesnt matter how many guns you make a legal if a crimi-nal wants a gun youll get it and then you have nothing to defend yourself with.Ž „ Clara G GreenThey want to march for peace? Tell them to march to their knees and ask God to pro-vide a hedge of protection over their families.Ž „ Dale HyattFACEBOOK FORUM OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 Ron Matus


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PAGE 11 | Tuesday, March 27, 2018 B1 SPORTSPaul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comBy Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comSilvio De Sousa didnt play for the Kansas basketball team until January.But once he got on the floor for the Jayhawks, he made the most of his time on one of the biggest stages in college basketball.The former Montverde Academy standout scored only four points but pulled down 10 rebounds in Sundays 85-81 win over Duke to help Kansas to a Final Four berth in the NCAA tournament. The Jayhawks face Villanova on Saturday in San Antonio with a spot in Mondays national championship game at stake.De Sousa spent his sophomore season at Montverde Academy and helped the Eagles to a 26-2 record that season and a Final Four berth at Dicks Sporting Goods High School Nationals in 2016 in New York City. The Eagles lost their bid for a fourth straight national championship with a 55-47 loss to LaPorte (Indiana) La Lumiere in the national semifinals.After transferring to Braden-ton IMG Academy for his junior and senior years, De Sousa graduated early and made his debut with the Jayhawks on Jan. 13 against Kansas State. The 6-foot-9, 245-pound forward scored 10 points on Feb. 19 against Oklahoma and recorded his first double-double at the next level with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 81-70 win against West Virginia.For the season, De Sousa has gotten into 19 games and is averaging 3.8 points and 3.5 rebounds. He is shooting 70 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line. Since the NCAA tournament began, De Sousa is averaging 4.3 points and 5 rebounds per game.Tip-off for Kansas (31-7) national semifinal game against Villanova (34-4) is set for 8:49 Saturday and will be broadcast live on TBS.THE NEXT LEVELDe Sousa helps Kansas to Final FourFormer Montverde Academy standout pulled 10 rebounds in Sundays win over DukeSilvio De Sousa celebrates by helping to cut down the nets after Kansas defeated Duke in a regional “ nal game Sunday in the NCAA mens college basketball tournament in Omaha, Neb. A former Montverde Academy standout, De Sousa had 10 rebounds in the overtime win. [CHARLIE NEIBERGALL / AP] See LEVEL, B3 By Barry WilnerThe Associated PressORLANDO, Fla. „ Thats a catch.Mention the names Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, Zach Miller and Jesse James, and what looked, sounded and felt like a catch wasnt one. If NFL owners pass a proposal from the powerful competition committee, those will be receptions in the future.According to committee chairman Rich McKay and league officiating director Al Riveron, its time. We want to take these great catches and make them into catches,Ž Riveron said Monday at the NFL meetings, where the owners likely will vote Tuesday on the adjust-ments to the catch rule.Such phrases as slight movement of the ballŽ and surviving the groundŽ will disappear, and fans, players and coaches will get the fulfilment of knowing what they were sure was a reception actu-ally is.The committee looked at dozens of plays dozens of times. They discovered that the previous attempts to clarify what is a catch only confused the issue. So much so that the language of the rules was getting in the way of making the proper call.Every time, we tried to add language to cure a situation,Ž said McKay, president of the Atlanta Falcons and that did not serve us well.We felt like the word slight was getting people caught up. Its really loss of control. If you lose control of the ball, then you havent satisfied (the process). If you have movement of the ball but havent lost control of it, then you still have it.ŽAdded Riveron: If we see total loss of control, thats the way were going to rule it. But we under-stand there are situations where the ball is going to move. We have to see loss of control.ŽMcKay pointed to touchdown receptions by Alshon Jeffery and Corey Clement in the Super Bowl. In both cases, the NFL weighs changes to catch ruleLos Angeles Angels Shohei Ohtani works against the Milwaukee Brewers during the “ rst inning of a Feb. 24 spring training game in Tempe, Ariz. [BEN MARGOT/ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] By Jay CohenThe Associated PressCHICAGO „ Aaron Judge. Cody Bellinger. Andrew Ben-intendi. Paul DeJong. The list goes on and on.Last years rookie class was one of the best in baseball his-tory. Topping that group of sluggers will be quite a chore, but here is a closer look at some touted prospects hoping to make a name for them-selves this year:€ RHP/DH Shohei Ohtani, Los Angeles Angels: The 23-year-old Ohtani is trying to become the first player in nearly 100 years to play regularly as a pitcher and hitter, but he had mixed results during spring training. Ohtani spent the previous five seasons with the Nippon Ham Fighters, showing off a big fastball and a powerful bat. € OF Ronald Acuna, Atlanta Braves: The future is now for the crown jewel of Atlantas loaded farm system after Matt Kemp was traded to the Dodgers in December. The 20-year-old Acuna will begin the season at TripleA Gwinnett, pushing back his eligibility for arbitra-tion, but its only a matter of Angels Ohtani among 2018 rookies to watchSee ROOKIES, B3 See MEETINGS, B3 By Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comMOUNT DORA „ Casey Allen, Faith Musselwhite and Karlee Steele scored three runs apiece and Steele allowed one run over four innings Monday to lead Mount Dora Christian Academy to a 13-1 win against Mount Dora at Martha Johnson Field.The game was stopped in the fifth inning due to the 10-run mercy rule.After the Bulldogs (12-2) spotted Mount Dora a run in the top of the first inning, MDCA went to work against Hurricanes pitcher Olivia Chestnut. Allen, Musselwhite and Megan Wright scored in the first to give MDCA a lead it would never relinquish.Steele, Allen and Musselwhite scored in the second and the Bulldogs added five runs in the third to snuff out MDCAs Karlee Steele (13) pitches at a game between Mount Dora Christian Academy and Mount Dora High School in Mount Dora on Monday. Bulldogs cruise past HurricanesMDCAs Casey Allen (10) and her teammates celebrate after Shelby Caropreso (12) scores a run at a game between Mount Dora Chris tian Academy and Mount Dora High School in Mount Dora on Monday. [PHOTOS BY PAUL RYAN /CORRESPONDENT] MDCA tops Mount Dora 131 in battle of crosstown rivalsSee MDCA, B3


B2 Tuesday, March 27, 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 TV SPORTS BRIEFS IN BRIEFGRAND RAPIDS, MICH.G League player dies after collapsing during gameZeke Upshaw, a swing-man for the Detroit Pistons G League affiliate who collapsed on the court during a game over the weekend, died Monday.Upshaw, 26, died at a hospital, the Grand Rapids Drive said. No cause was disclosed. He collapsed Saturday night near the end of a game against the Long Island Nets.Upshaws mother, Jewel Upshaw, released a statement thanking the team and fans. Team owner Steve Jbara says the Grand Rapids area was fortunate to enjoy Upshaws commitment to the community, especially children.Upshaw had scored 11 points to help the Drive earn a playoff spot with the 101-99 victory Saturday. SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ.Ex-All-Star Belle booked on exposure chargeFormer Cleveland Indians All-Star outfielder Albert Belle was arrested on charges of indecent exposure and extreme driving under the influence outside a soccer stadium in Arizona, the Salt River Police Department said Monday.Belle, 51, was taken into custody Sunday after tribal police received reports that two men exposed them-selves to two adults and two children in the park-ing lot of the Phoenix Rising Soccer Club Sta-dium on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community bordering Scottsdale, Arizona.Original reports said Belle was arrested during a spring training game.According to Salt River police, officers stopped Belle because his vehicle matched the description of the two men in the indecent exposure call. He and another adult, who has not been named, were arrested.MINNEAPOLISRyder Cup returns to Minnesota in 2028The Ryder Cup will return to Hazeltine in 2028, the first time a U.S. course will host the showcase event a second time.The PGA of America announced the decision Monday. In 2016 at the layout in Chaska outside Minneapolis, the U.S. beat Europe 17-11 for its first victory in eight years.The 2016 event featured perfect fall weather, huge galleries and an American victory after three consecutive losses. This falls Ryder Cup is outside Paris, followed by Whistling Straits in Wis-consin in 2020, Rome in 2022, Bethpage on Long Island in New York in 2024 and Olympic Golf Club in San Francisco in 2032. The Associated Press PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division W L PCT. GBx-Toronto 54 20 .730 „ x-Boston 50 23 .685 3 x-Philadelphia 42 30 .583 11 New York 27 47 .365 27 Brooklyn 23 51 .311 31Southeast Division W L Pct GBWashington 40 33 .548 „ Miami 39 35 .527 1 Charlotte 33 41 .446 7 Orlando 22 51 .301 18 Atlanta 21 53 .284 19Central Division W L Pct GBx-Cleveland 44 29 .603 „ x-Indiana 43 31 .581 1 Milwaukee 39 34 .534 5 Detroit 33 40 .452 11 Chicago 24 49 .329 20 WESTERN CONFERENCESouthwest Division W L Pct GBy-Houston 60 14 .811 „ San Antonio 43 31 .581 17 New Orleans 43 31 .581 17 Dallas 22 51 .301 37 Memphis 19 54 .260 40Northwest Division W L Pct GBPortland 45 28 .616 „ Oklahoma City 44 31 .587 2 Minnesota 42 32 .568 3 Utah 42 32 .568 3 Denver 40 33 .548 5Paci“ c Division W L Pct GBy-Golden State 54 19 .740 „ L.A. Clippers 39 34 .534 15 L.A. Lakers 32 40 .444 21 Sacramento 24 50 .324 30 Phoenix 19 55 .257 35 x-clinched playoff berth; y-won divisionSaturdays GamesPhiladelphia 120, Minnesota 108 Detroit 117, Chicago 95 Orlando 105, Phoenix 99 Houston 114, New Orleans 91 L.A. Lakers 100, Memphis 93 Charlotte 102, Dallas 98Sundays GamesCleveland 121, Brooklyn 114 Milwaukee 106, San Antonio 103 Indiana 113, Miami 107, OT Boston 104, Sacramento 93 L.A. Clippers 117, Toronto 106 New York 101, Washington 97 Portland 108, Oklahoma City 105 Houston 118, Atlanta 99 Utah 110, Golden State 91Mondays GamesDenver at Philadelphia, late L.A. Lakers at Detroit, late New York at Charlotte, late Memphis at Minnesota, late Boston at Phoenix, lateTodays GamesSan Antonio at Washington, 7 p.m. Denver at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at Houston, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Miami, 8 p.m. Portland at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Dallas at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Indiana at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. Milwaukee at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.Wednesdays GamesBrooklyn at Orlando, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Charlotte, 7 p.m. New York at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Portland at Memphis, 8 p.m. Boston at Utah, 9:30 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Dallas at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.Thursdays GamesWashington at Detroit, 7 p.m. Chicago at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Indiana at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Milwaukee at Golden State, 10:30 p.m. PRO HOCKEY NHLEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Tampa Bay 75 51 20 4 106 272 213 x-Boston 74 47 17 10 104 245 189 Toronto 75 45 23 7 97 255 213 Florida 73 38 28 7 83 223 224 Montreal 76 27 37 12 66 192 243 Detroit 75 27 37 11 65 192 233 Ottawa 74 26 37 11 63 203 262 Buffalo 75 23 40 12 58 174 248Metropolitan Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Washington 75 44 24 7 95 236 221 Pittsburgh 76 43 27 6 92 251 233 Columbus 76 42 29 5 89 215 208 Philadelphia 76 38 25 13 89 230 228 New Jersey 75 39 28 8 86 225 225 Carolina 75 33 31 11 77 208 239 N.Y. Rangers 75 33 34 8 74 219 241 N.Y. Islanders 75 31 34 10 72 242 273WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Nashville 75 48 16 11 107 243 192 x-Winnipeg 75 46 19 10 102 250 196 Minnesota 75 42 24 9 93 232 213 Colorado 75 41 26 8 90 239 218 St. Louis 75 42 28 5 89 209 196 Dallas 76 38 30 8 84 215 208 Chicago 76 31 36 9 71 214 234Paci“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA Vegas 75 47 21 7 101 250 204 San Jose 75 43 23 9 95 232 203 Anaheim 76 39 24 13 91 217 204 Los Angeles 76 41 28 7 89 221 190 Calgary 76 35 31 10 80 205 231 Edmonton 76 34 36 6 74 221 243 Vancouver 76 27 40 9 63 197 247 Arizona 75 25 39 11 61 186 241 x-clinched playoff spot; 2 points for a win, 1 for OT loss. Top three teams in each division and two wild cards per conference advance to playoffsSaturdays GamesColorado 2, Vegas 1, SO San Jose 5, Calgary 1 Chicago 3, N.Y. Islanders 1 N.Y. Rangers 5, Buffalo 1 Toronto 4, Detroit 3 Florida 4, Arizona 2 New Jersey 2, Tampa Bay 1 Washington 6, Montreal 4 Carolina 5, Ottawa 2 St. Louis 2, Columbus 1 Minnesota 4, Nashville 1 Edmonton 3, Los Angeles 2Sundays GamesPittsburgh 5, Philadelphia 4, OT Vancouver 4, Dallas 1 Winnipeg 5, Nashville 4, SO Boston 2, Minnesota 1, OT Anaheim 5, Edmonton 4, OTMondays GamesFlorida at N.Y. Islanders, late Ottawa at Carolina, late Buffalo at Toronto, late Washington at N.Y. Rangers, late Detroit at Montreal, late Arizona at Tampa Bay, late San Jose at Chicago, late Colorado at Vegas, late Calgary at Los Angeles, lateTodays GamesCarolina at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. Pittsburgh at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. San Jose at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Nashville, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Columbus at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Anaheim at Vancouver, 10 p.m.Wednesdays GamesFlorida at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Washington, 8 p.m. Philadelphia at Colorado, 10 p.m. Arizona at Vegas, 10 p.m.Thursdays GamesDetroit at Buffalo, 7 p.m. Tampa Bay at Boston, 7 p.m. Pittsburgh at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Florida at Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. San Jose at Nashville, 8 p.m. Dallas at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Winnipeg at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Columbus at Calgary, 9 p.m. Edmonton at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Arizona at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. SOCCER MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERAll times Eastern EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA Columbus 3 0 1 10 8 3 New York City FC 3 0 1 10 8 3 New York Red Bulls 2 1 0 6 7 1 Atlanta United FC 2 1 0 6 7 6 Philadelphia 1 0 1 4 2 0 New England 1 1 1 4 4 5 Montreal 1 2 0 3 4 5 D.C. United 0 2 2 2 5 9 Orlando City 0 2 1 1 2 5 Chicago 0 2 0 0 4 6 Toronto FC 0 2 0 0 0 3 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA Sporting Kansas City 2 1 1 7 9 9 Vancouver 2 1 1 7 5 6 Los Angeles FC 2 0 0 6 6 1 Minnesota United 2 2 0 6 6 8 FC Dallas 1 0 2 5 5 2 Houston 1 1 1 4 7 4 LA Galaxy 1 1 1 4 3 3 Real Salt Lake 1 1 1 4 3 6 San Jose 1 1 0 3 5 5 Colorado 0 1 1 1 3 4 Portland 0 2 1 1 2 7 Seattle 0 2 0 0 0 4 3 points for victory, 1 point for tieSaturday, March 24New York City FC 2, New England 2, tie Portland 1, FC Dallas 1, tie Columbus 3, D.C. United 1 New York 3, Minnesota United 0 Sporting Kansas City 2, Colorado 2, tie LA Galaxy 0, Vancouver 0, tieFridays GameReal Salt Lake at Toronto FC, 8 p.m.Saturdays GamesNew York at Orlando City, 1 p.m. Los Angeles FC at LA Galaxy, 3 p.m. Vancouver at Columbus, 3 p.m. Portland at Chicago, 6 p.m. Atlanta United FC at Minnesota United, 8 p.m. New York City FC at San Jose, 8 p.m. D.C. United at Sporting Kansas City, 8:30 p.m. New England at Houston, 8:30 p.m. Philadelphia at Colorado, 9 p.m. Montreal at Seattle, 10 p.m.NATIONAL WOMENS SOCCER LEAGUEAll times Eastern W L T PTS GF GA North Carolina 1 0 0 3 1 0 Seattle 1 0 0 3 2 1 Chicago 0 0 1 1 1 1 Houston 0 0 1 1 1 1 Orlando 0 0 1 1 1 1 Utah 0 0 1 1 1 1 Sky Blue FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 Portland 0 1 0 0 0 1 Washington 0 1 0 0 1 2 3 points for victory, 1 point for tie.Saturday, March 24North Carolina 1, Portland 0 Utah 1, Orlando 1, tie Seattle 2, Washington 1Sundays GameChicago 1, Houston 1, tieFridays GameUtah at Houston, 8 p.m.Saturdays GamesSky Blue FC at North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. Orlando at Washington, 3:30 p.m. Portland at Chicago, 8:15 p.m. ODDS PREGAME.COM LINENATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG San Antonio 1 201 at Washington at Toronto 9 226 Denver at New Orleans 1 222 Portland at Houston 17 218 Chicago at Miami Off Off Cleveland at Sacramento Off Off Dallas at LA Clippers 3 225 Milwaukee at Golden State Off Off IndianaCOLLEGE BASKETBALLTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG Utah Pk W Kentucky Penn State 2 Mississippi StateWednesdayat Liberty 6 Ill.-Chicago at N. Colorado 10 Sam Houston StateSaturdayMichigan 5 Loyola of Chicago Villanova 5 KansasNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at New Jersey -145 Carolina +135 at Ottawa -114 NY Islanders +104 Pittsburgh -210 at Detroit +190 at Winnipeg -133 Boston +123 at St. Louis Off San Jose Off at Nashville -165 Minnesota +155 at Dallas -130 Philadelphia +120 Columbus -145 at Edmonton +135 Anaheim -210 at Vancouver +190 Updated odds available at TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLAmerican LeagueBOSTON RED SOX „ Optioned RHP Brandon Workman to Pawtucket (IL). Reassigned RHP Justin Haley to minor league camp. Placed LHPs Drew Pomeranz and Eduardo Rodriguez and RHP Steven Wright on the 10-day DL. DETROIT TIGERS „ Assigned LHP Blaine Hardy outright to Toledo (IL). KANSAS CITY ROYALS „ Optioned RHP Kevin McCarthy to Omaha (PCL). TAMPA BAY RAYS „ Optioned RHP Austin Pruitt to Durham (IL). TEXAS RANGERS „ Re-signed RHP Bartolo Colon and INF Trevor Plouffe to minor league contracts and assigned them to Round Rock (PCL).National LeagueARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS „ Designated C Chris Herrmann for assignment. Selected the contract of LHP Jorge De La Rosa from Reno (PCL). ATLANTA BRAVES „ Signed OF Peter Bourjos and 2B Ryan Flaherty. MILWAUKEE BREWERS „ Released RHP Yovani Gallardo. NEW YORK METS „ Claimed OF Bryce Brentz off waivers from Pittsburgh. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES „ Designated RHP Ricardo Pinto and C Cameron Rupp for assignment. Optioned 2B Jesmuel Valentin to Lehigh Valley (IL). Selected the contracts of RHP Drew Hutchison and 2B Scott Kingery from Lehigh Valley. PITTSBURGH PIRATES „ Optioned RHP Kyle Crick and 1B Jose Osuna to Indianapolis (IL). Reassigned LHP Kevin Siegrist to minor league camp. Agreed to terms with SS Ji-Hwan Bae on a minor league contract. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS „ Named Dusty Baker special adviser to the CEO.American AssociationKANSAS CITY T-BONES „ Signed RHP Frank Duncan. ST. PAUL SAINTS „ Signed RHPs Mike Devine, Eddie Medina and John Straka. SIOUX FALLS CANARIES „ Signed C Maxx Garrett and RHP James Jones. WICHITA WINGNUTS „ Signed RHP Mark Haynes and INF Logan Watkins.Can-Am LeagueROCKLAND BOULDERS „ Signed RHP Justin Topa and INF Matt Gonzalez. TROIS-RIVIERES AIGLES „ Signed RHP Shaun Ellis.Frontier LeagueEVANSVILLE OTTERS „ Signed OF Zach Welz to a contract extension. Signed RHP Taylore Cherry and C Luis Vilorio. JOLIET SLAMMERS „ Signed RHP Taylor Goshen. LAKE ERIE CRUSHERS „ Signed RHP Mason Klotz to a contract extension. Signed RHP Dalton Geekie and 2B Dane Hutcheon. RIVER CITY RASCALS „ Released OF Ryan Fucci.BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationCHICAGO BULLS „ Waived F CJ Fair. Signed G Sean Kilpatrick.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueCAROLINA PANTHERS „ Re-signed CB LaDarius Gunter and G Amini Silatolu to oneyear contracts. CLEVELAND BROWNS „ Re-signed LB Tank Carder. DETROIT LIONS „ Signed LB Jonathan Freeny. LOS ANGELES RAMS „ Agreed to terms with DE Ndamukong Suh on a one-year contract. NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS „ Re-signed OL LaAdrian Waddle. NEW YORK GIANTS „ Signed S Michael Thomas. WASHINGTON REDSKINS „ Signed LB Pernell McPhee.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueBUFFALO SABRES „ Agreed to terms with C Casey Mittelstadt on a three-year, entry-level contract. CALGARY FLAMES „ Assigned G David Rittich to Stockton (AHL). Recalled G Jon Gillies from Stockton. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS „ Agreed to terms with D Joni Tuulola on a two-year contract. COLORADO AVALANCHE „ Assigned G Joe Cannata and F Julien Nantel from San Antonio (AHL) to Colorado (ECHL). COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS „ Signed F Eric Robinson to a two-year, entry-level contract. MINNESOTA WILD „ Signed LW Jordan Greenway to a three-year, entry-level contract. OTTAWA SENATORS „ Assigned G Chris Driedger and D Cody Donaghey from Belleville (AHL) to Brampton (ECHL). Recalled G Marcus Hogberg and D Macoy Erkamps from Brampton to Belleville. SAN JOSE SHARKS „ Signed F Dylan Gambrell to an entry-level contract. WASHINGTON CAPITALS „ Reassigned F Pheonix Copley to Hershey (AHL).American Hockey LeagueIOWA WILD „ Returned D Tommy Panico to Worcester (ECHL). MANITOBA MOOSE „ Recalled D Jake Kulevich and F Elgin Pearce from Jacksonville (ECHL). MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS „ Returned F Ryan Penny to Reading (ECHL). SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE „ Signed G Adam Werner to an amateur tryout agreement. SPRINGFIELD THUNDERBIRDS „ Assigned G Evan Cowley to Manchester (ECHL). Returned F Cory Ward to Manchester.ECHLECHL „ Suspended Idaho D Charlie Dodero four games and Worcester D Mike Cornell and Quad City F Kyle Novak one game. INDY FUEL „ Signed F Mathew Thompson. KALAMAZOO WINGS „ Released G Ed Minney. KANSAS CITY MAVERICKS „ Signed F Logan DeNoble. MANCHESTER MONARCHS „ Loaned F Jake Horton to Spring“ eld (AHL). Released G Joe Spagnoli as emergency backup. Signed F Jarrid Privitera. Signed F Nic Pierog to an amateur tryout agreement. QUAD CITY MALLARDS „ Released F Casey Shea from an amateur tryout agreement. SOUTH CAROLINA STINGRAYS „ Signed D J.C. Brassard. TOLEDO WALLEYE „ Released F Luke Nogard from an amateur tryout agreement.COLLEGESBIG TEN CONFERENCE „ Granted Iowa mens basketball G Connor McCaffrey a hardship waiver. DETROIT „ Fired mens basketball coach Bacari Alexander. LOUISVILLE „ Promoted interim athletic director Vince Tyra to permanent athletic director and signed him to a “ ve-year contract. MINNESOTA „ Announced junior mens basketball F Davonte Fitzgerald will transfer. OHIO STATE „ Junior F Keita Bates-Diop has declared for the NBA draft. PURDUE „ Sophomore G Carsen Edwards has declared for the NBA draft. SAINT PETERS „ Named Marc Mitchell womens basketball coach. TENNESSEE STATE „ Named Brian Collins mens basketball coach. TEXAS ARLINGTON „ Fired mens basketball coach Scott Cross. UTAH „ Announced the retirement of athletic director Chris Hill at the end of the academic year. WASHINGTON STATE „ Junior F Robert Franks announced he will enter the NBA draft. COLLEGE BASKETBALL MENS BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENTAll times Eastern EAST REGIONAL At TD Garden, Boston Regional Semi“ nals March 23Villanova 90, West Virginia 78 Texas Tech 78, Purdue 65Regional Championship SundayVillanova 71, Texas Tech 59SOUTH REGIONAL At Philips Arena, Atlanta Regional Semi“ nals March 22Loyola of Chicago 69, Nevada 68 Kansas State 61, Kentucky 58Regional Championship SaturdayLoyola of Chicago 78, Kansas State 62MIDWEST REGIONAL At CenturyLink Center Omaha, Neb. Regional Semi“ nals March 23Kansas 80, Clemson 76 Duke 69, Syracuse 65Regional Championship SundayKansas 85, Duke 81, OTWEST REGIONAL At STAPLES Center, Los Angeles Regional Semi“ nals March 22Michigan 99, Texas A&M 72 Florida State 75, Gonzaga 60Regional Championship SaturdayMichigan 58, Florida State 54FINAL FOUR At The Alamodome, San Antonio National Semi“ nals March 31Loyola of Chicago (32-5) vs. Michigan (32-7), 6:09 p.m. Villanova (34-4) vs. Kansas (31-7), 8:49 p.m.National Championship April 2Semi“ nal winners, 9:20 p.m.NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENTSemi“ nals At Madison Square Garden, New York TodayWestern Kentucky (27-10) vs. Utah (22-11), 7 p.m. Penn State (24-13) vs. Mississippi State (2511), 9:30 p.m.Championship ThursdaySemi“ nal winners, 8 p.m.COLLEGE BASKETBALL INVITATIONALChampionship Series (Best-of-3; x-if necessary) MondayNorth Texas (18-17) at San Francisco (21-15), lateWednesdaySan Francisco (21-15) at North Texas (18-17), 8:30 p.m.Fridayx-San Francisco (21-15) at North Texas (18-17), 7 p.m.COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT Quarter“ nals March 21UIC 83, Austin Peay 81 Northern Colorado 86, San Diego 75March 22Sam Houston 76, UTSA 69SaturdayLiberty 84, Central Michigan 71Semi“ nals WednesdayUIC (19-15) at Liberty (22-14), 7 p.m. Sam Houston State (21-14) at Northern Colorado (24-12), 9 p.m.Championship FridaySemi“ nal winners, 7 p.m.NCAA DIV. II TOURNAMENTAt Sioux Falls, S.D. Championship SaturdayFerris State 71, Northern State 69NCAA WOMENS TOURNAMENT All times Eastern ALBANY REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals Saturday At Albany, N.Y. South Carolina 79, Buffalo 63 UConn 72, Duke 59Regional Championship MondaySouth Carolina (29-6) vs. UConn (35-0), late SPOKANE REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals Saturday At Spokane, Wash.Notre Dame 90, Texas A&M 84 Oregon 83, Central Michigan 69Regional Championship MondayNotre Dame (32-3) vs. Oregon (33-4), late KANSAS CITY REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals March 23 At Kansas City, Mo.Mississippi State 71, N.C. State 57 UCLA 84, Texas 75Regional Championship SundayMississippi State 89, UCLA 73 LEXINGTON REGIONAL Regional Semi“ nals March 23 At Lexington, Ky.Oregon State 72, Baylor 67 Louisville 86, Stanford 59Regional Championship SundayLouisville 76, Oregon State 43FINAL FOUR At Columbus, Ohio National Semi“ nals FridayAlbany champion vs. Spokane champion, 7 or 9:30 p.m. Mississippi State (36-1) vs. Louisville (36-2), 7 or 9:30 p.m.National Championship April 1Semi“ nal winners, 7 p.m.WOMENS NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT Quarter“ nals SundayIndiana 81, UC Davis 66 Virginia Tech 74, Alabama 67 West Virginia 76, St. Johns 62 TCU 79, South Dakota 71Semi“ nals WednesdayTCU (23-12) vs. Indiana (21-14), 7 p.m. Virginia Tech (22-13) at West Virginia (25-11), 7 p.m.Championship March 31Semi“ nal winners, 3 p.m.WOMENS BASKETBALL INVITATIONAL Semi“ nals SaturdayYale 76, South Alabama 74, OT Central Arkansas 65, Nevada 56Championship ThursdayYale (18-13) vs. Central Arkansas (25-9), 8 p.m. PRO BASEBALL SPRING TRAININGAll times EasternAMERICAN LEAGUE W L Pct. Boston 20 9 0.690 Houston 19 9 0.679 Cleveland 19 12 0.613 Baltimore 17 12 0.586 Chicago 16 12 0.571 New York 17 13 0.567 Kansas City 16 13 0.552 Seattle 15 14 0.517 Tampa Bay 14 15 0.483 Minnesota 13 14 0.481 Oakland 13 15 0.464 Detroit 12 15 0.444 Toronto 13 17 0.433 Los Angeles 13 19 0.406 Texas 7 22 0.241NATIONAL LEAGUE W L Pct. Milwaukee 19 10 0.655 Chicago 19 12 0.613 San Diego 15 10 0.600 St. Louis 16 12 0.571 Miami 15 13 0.536 Los Angeles 16 14 0.533 San Francisco 14 15 0.483 Arizona 14 15 0.483 Washington 13 16 0.448 Atlanta 13 17 0.433 Philadelphia 13 17 0.433 Colorado 12 16 0.429 Pittsburgh 11 19 0.367 New York 10 18 0.357 Cincinnati 10 19 0.345(ss)-split squad games count in the standings, ties and games against non-MLB teams do not countSaturdays GamesBoston 6, Houston 0 Miami 4, Washington 3 St. Louis 8, N.Y. Mets 7 N.Y. Yankees (ss) 8, Atlanta 3 Philadelphia 4, Detroit 1 Pittsburgh 7, Tampa Bay 5 N.Y. Yankees (ss) 13, Toronto 6 Chicago White Sox 7, L.A. Dodgers 3 Cleveland 10, Texas 3 Milwaukee 10, Oakland 5 San Diego 6, Cincinnati 2 Arizona (ss) 15, L.A. Angels 9 Kansas City 4, Arizona (ss) 4 Minnesota 12, Baltimore 4 Sacramento 6, San Francisco 5 Seattle 7, Chicago Cubs (ss) 3 Chicago Cubs (ss) 3, Colorado 0Sundays GamesN.Y. Mets 4, Miami (ss) 3 Detroit 10, Atlanta 3 Baltimore 6, Philadelphia 5 Boston 6, Minnesota 1 Houston 6, Miami (ss) 2 Tampa Bay 11, N.Y. Yankees 1 Washington 4, St. Louis 2 Pittsburgh 7, Toronto 4 Chicago Cubs 5, Kansas City 3 Cleveland 6, Cincinnati 4 Chicago White Sox 16, Milwaukee 1 Seattle 11, San Diego 7 San Francisco 5, Oakland 1 Arizona 8, Colorado 3 L.A. Dodgers 4, L.A. Angels 2Mondays GamesPhiladelphia 6, Pittsburgh 3 Tampa Bay 2, Detroit 2 N.Y. Mets 3, Las Vegas 1 Baltimore vs. Norfolk at Norfolk, VA, late Chicago Cubs vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., late Chicago White Sox vs. Charlotte at Charlotte, NC, late Milwaukee vs. Houston at Houston, TX, late Kansas City vs. Omaha at Papillion, NE, late St. Louis vs. Toronto at Montreal, QC, Canada, late N.Y. Yankees vs. Atlanta at Atlanta, GA, late Cincinnati vs. Texas at Arlington, TX, late San Diego vs. El Paso at El Paso, TX, late Cleveland vs. Arizona at Phoenix, late L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers at Los Angeles, CA, late Oakland vs. San Francisco at San Francisco, CA, lateTodays GamesDetroit vs. Tampa Bay at St. Petersburg, Fla., 12:35 p.m. Milwaukee vs. Houston at Houston, TX, 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia at Clearwater, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Chicago Cubs vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Texas at Arlington, TX, 2:05 p.m. Miami-Fla vs. Miami at Miami, Fla., 3:10 p.m. Cleveland vs. Arizona at Phoenix, 3:40 p.m. Minnesota vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 4:05 p.m. Seattle vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. St. Louis vs. Toronto at Montreal, QC, Canada, 7:07 p.m. Braves Futures vs. Atlanta at Atlanta, GA, 7:35 p.m. Oakland vs. San Francisco at San Francisco, CA, 9:05 p.m. L.A. Angels vs. L.A. Dodgers at Los Angeles, CA, 10:10 p.m.Wednesdays GamesNo games scheduledCOLLEGE BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN „ NIT, “ rst semi“ nal, W. Kentucky vs. Utah, at New York 9:30 p.m. ESPN „ NIT, “ rst semi“ nal, Penn St. vs. Mississippi St., at New York MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. ESPN „ Spring training, Chicago Cubs vs. Boston, at Fort Myers 7 p.m. MLB „ Spring training, St. Louis vs. Toronto, at Montreal NBA BASKETBALL 8 p.m. TNT „ Cleveland at Miami 10:30 p.m. TNT „ Milwaukee at L.A. Clippers SOCCER 3 p.m. FS1 „ International friendly, England vs. Italy, at London 7:30 p.m. FS1 „ International friend, United States vs. Paraguay, at Cary, N.C. 9:50 p.m. FS1 „ International friendly, Mexico vs. Croatia, at Arlington, Texas Have a local sporting event you would like to have included in our schedule? Email details to Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at paul.jenkins@ HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Mount Dora Christian at Trinity Christian, 3:30 p.m. Mount Dora at The Villages, 6 p.m. Hernando Christian at First Academy of Leesburg, 6 p.m. Umatilla at Tavares, 7 p.m. Leesburg at Lake Weir, 7 p.m. Eustis at South Sumter, 7 p.m. Ocoee at East Ridge, 7 p.m. Lake Highland Prep at South Lake, 7 p.m. Lake Minneola at Ocala Forest, 7 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE Lake Minneola at Wekiva, 6 p.m. East Ridge at West Orange GIRLS LACROSSE Lake Minneola at Ocala Forest, 6 p.m. SOFTBALL South Sumter at Umatilla, 6 p.m. Montverde Academy at Orlando First Academy, 6 p.m. Hernando Christian at Wildwood, 6 p.m. Real Life Christian at Foundation Academy, 6 p.m. Mount Dora Christian at Tavares, 7 p.m. The Villages at Eustis, 7 p.m. East Ridge at Lake Minneola, 7 p.m. North Marion at Leesburg, 7:30 p.m. TENNIS St. Johns at Mount Dora Christian, 3:15 p.m. Lake Minneola at West Orange, 3:30 p.m.TODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULE

PAGE 13 | Tuesday, March 27, 2018 B3Jada Perry, Tallahassee Community CollegeJada Perry learned what it felt like to win a state championship when she helped Wildwood Middle High School to the Class 1A title as a senior.Now, as a college fresh-man, she knows what it takes to win a national title.Perry came off the bench and provided 11 minutes of solid defense Saturday to help Tallahassee Community College beat Trinity Valley Community Col-lege 69-51 in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Womens Basketball national championship game in Lubbock, Texas.It was TCCs first wom-ens basketball title and the schools first champi-onship in any sport since its softball team won it all in 1994.Against Trinity Valley, Perry grabbed four rebounds and made one steal. She missed both shot attempts, but the Eagles had more than enough offense to win the game and Perrys work on the defensive end helped TCC pull away in the second half for the win.In her first season at the next level, Perry got into 35 games for the Eagles, which finished the season with a 29-6 record. She averaged 4.6 points and 3.8 rebounds in 13.6 min-utes per game.Perry scored a season high 19 points on Jan. 9 in a 93-72 win against Chipola College and had 18 points in a 93-59 win against Monroe College on Dec. 28. She grabbed a season-best 10 rebounds on Dec. 2 in a 120-44 win against ASA College of Miami.As a senior at Wildwood in 2016-17, Perry helped the Wildcats to a 24-6 record. Her ability to play on the blocks and to put the ball on the floor in the open court provided the Wildcats with a solid guard-forward hybrid that created matchup problems for nearly every opponent.In Wildwoods 58-48 win against Santa Rosa South Walton in the state championship game, Perry scored 25 points and grabbed six rebounds to pace the Wildcats. For the season, Perry averaged 13 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Drew Mendoza, Florida StateDrew Mendozas first season at Florida State was one to remember, but it may have been only a hint of things to come.The former Lake Minneola High School baseball standout has raised his game to another level in his soph-omore season with the Seminoles, hitting .413 and three homers and 24 RBIs in FSUs first 25 games this season.As a freshman with the Seminoles, Mendoza overcame an early season injury to hit .270 with 10 homers and 33 RBIs in just 43 games. He blasted two homers in the College World Series and earned a spot on the College World Series All-Tournament team.Mendoza was considered a last first round or early second round pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft until he made it clear that his intentions were to attend FSU. He eventually was chosen by the Detroit Tigers in the 36th round.Mendoza is not eligible for the MLB Draft until 2019, following his junior year.In a 13-3 win against UCF on Wednesday, Mendoza went 2-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs. In the Seminoles two-game sweep of UCF … FSU beat the Knights 6-4 on March 20 „ Men-doza had four hits, two RBIs and two runs scored.Next up for Florida State is a neutral-site game at 6 p.m. today against Florida at The Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. LEVELFrom Page B1Perry time before he is up with the Braves after he hit .325 with 21 homers, 82 RBIs and 44 steals over three minor league stops last year.€ OF Victor Robles, Washington Nationals: Robles, another athletic 20-year-old outfielder in the NL East, made his major league debut last September and got into two playoff games in the first round against the Cubs. The Nationals have Bryce Harper, Adam Eaton and Michael A. Taylor in the outfield, but Robles could get into the mix if there are any injuries.€ OF Eloy Jimenez, Chi-cago White Sox: Jimenez, who was slowed this spring by left knee tendi-nitis, is widely regarded as baseballs top hitting prospect. He was acquired in last summers Jose Quintana trade with the crosstown Cubs „ destined to be a barroom debate in Chicago for years to come „ and batted .312 with 19 homers and 65 RBIs for three minor league teams in 2017.€ C Francisco Mejia, Cleveland Indians: Cleve-land loves Mejias bat so much it is trying the catcher in a couple dif-ferent spots to help carve out a place for him in the majors. He played third base in the Arizona Fall League and will begin this year with TripleA Columbus so he can spend time in the out-field. The Indians have a strong catching tandem with Roberto Perez and Yan Gomes, but Mejia could be back in the majors this summer if he shows the ability to play multiple positions.€ RHP Alex Reyes, St. Louis Cardinals: The 23-year-old Reyes could return in May after he hurt his elbow in spring training a year ago, leading to Tommy John surgery. Whether he works as a starter or reliever, he could pro-vide a big lift for St. Louis after he went 4-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 52 strike-outs in 46 innings in his first major league action in 2016.€ INFs Gleyber Torres and Miguel Andujar, New York Yankees: Not a lot of room in New Yorks infield after the Yan-kees traded for Brandon Drury and signed Neil Walker, but Torres and Andujar could help at some point this summer. Torres hit .309 in 23 games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last year before he was shelved by a season-ending elbow injury, and Andujar looked great this spring.€ RHP Walker Buehler and OF Alex Verdugo, Los Angeles Dodgers: The hard-throwing Buehler and Verdugo will begin the year with Triple-A Oklahoma City, but they could play a role as Los Angeles tries for its sixth straight NL West title. Buehler had a 7.71 ERA in eight relief appearances as a September call-up for the Dodgers, and Verdugo also made his major league debut last year.Washington Nationals Victor Robles rounds the bases after hitting a solo home run during the seventh inning of a March 2 spring training game against the New York Mets in Port St. Lucie, Fla. [JEFF ROBERSON/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] ROOKIESFrom Page B1ball moved a bit in the receivers hands. In both cases, though, on-field officials, then Riveron handling the video review, determined there was possession throughout.Those are catches,Ž he said, noting that under current language in the rules, the ground trumped everything. It didnt make a lot of sense.ŽThe committee examined plays back to the 1990s and early 2000s, including a pass to the Jets Wayne Chrebet in which McKay said the film was so grainy you could barely make it out.Ž He mentioned Bert Emanuels non-reception in the 1999 NFC title game when the tip of the ball touched the ground even though Emanuel had it in his clutches.The major emphasis on re-examining the rule stems from Bryants non-catch in a playoff game at Green Bay. Reconstructing that play through video, Riveron explained how the proposed change will seize logic „ in other words, make what should have been a catch into a real catch.I think the Dez Bryant was the start of us real-izing something needs to change,Ž McKay said.Each year, there have been similar examples that made everyone from the guys throwing the ball to the coaches on the sideline to the fans in the stands and on their mobile devices wonder-ing what was going on. When James appar-ent winning touchdown reception against New England was overturned even though the Steelers tight end made a football move to extend the ball over the goal line, it prompted Commissioner Roger Goodell to forcefully endorse seeking adjustments to the rule.The competition committee heeded such instructions. So, a receiver must:„have control of the ball;„get two feet down or another body part;„make a football move: taking a third step or extending the ball or something similar.Gone, Riveron emphatically said, is sur-viving the ground.Thats out,Ž he said. No mas.ŽThere will, however, be more emphasis on the on-field officiating calls. McKay reminded that game officials over-whelmingly get the calls correct at full speed.The rule is a lot cleaner, so the answer is yes,Ž Riveron said, adding that game officials were consulted as the committee worked on the language of the proposal.Of course, with more catches, there could be more fumbles as receiv-ers try to extend plays and get extra yardage. Riveron has no problem with that.If we end up with 10 more fumbles but five of the most exciting plays of the year,Ž McKay said, its a trade wed make any day.Ž MEETINGSFrom Page B3virtually any hopes Mount Dora had of pulling off a comeback win. Two runs in the fourth inning and a shutout inning of relief work by Wynter Craft gave MDCA its final margin of victory.MDCA, which entered the game ranked fourth in Class 2A, had nine hits against Chestnut. Mus-selwhite led the Bulldogs attack with three hits … a single, double and triple … and had three RBIs.In the circle, Steele allowed four hits over four innings and struck out four. She benefited from clutch defense, particu-larly by Allen at shortstop and second basemen Ari Miller, to snuff out a potential rally in the fourth.For Mount Dora (2-9), Taylor Yonke and Bailey Johnson had doubles. Johnson scored the Hur-ricanes lone run.The game started about 30 minutes late due to a late afternoon rain shower.Next up for MDCA will be Tavares in a non-district contest at the Fred Stover Sports Complex in Tavares. Mount Dora will play at The Villages in a Class 5A-District 6 game at 7 p.m. on Thursday. MDCAFrom Page B1Mount Doras Olivia Chestnut (6) pitches at a game between Mount Dora Christian Academy and Mount Dora High School in Mount Dora on Monday. [PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT] By Barry WilnerAP Pro Football WriterORLANDO „ Every marriage has its ups and downs. So New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft urged everyone not to read too much into any reported discord in his organization.Kraft praised Bill Belichick on Monday when asked about some of the unusual decisions the coach made in the Super Bowl loss to Philadelphia.As for any split among owner, coach and star quarterback, Kraft said he has learned to work with a strong and powerful coach.ŽThe so-called tension gets greater when you lose,Ž Kraft added.And with Brady, Kraft noted that the feeling of a loss is worse than the feeling of a winŽ in a Super Bowl, except for that first victory.I think Tommy is in that category.ŽKraft spoke to media at the NFL owners meet-ings and was grilled about everything from whether All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski will return for another season (Kraft never really answered, though he said hed seen Gronkowski at the team facility this offseason) to why cornerback Malcolm Butler, now with the Titans, was benched for the Super Bowl.Mostly, the questions were about friction in New England. Kraft said he has met with both Belichick and Brady, something he does regularly.I have faith in Bill as coach,Ž Kraft said. I dont think theres anyone (else) who has the football knowledge and expertise and understands personnel and is able to merge those. As someone privileged to own one of these teams, I encourage him to keep going with his instincts.This is not an energy firm where you go from A to B to C to D. I think Bills structure has been pretty good most of the time and has worked pretty well.ŽKraft admitted he was perplexed that Butler, a Super Bowl hero in the 2015 game, didnt play against the Eagles. But he acknowledged he was looking at it from a fans viewpoint.Theres no doubt in my mind that if he is doing it for the right reason,Ž Kraft said of Belichicks decision, I support it. I havent had one instance where Bill has done any decision that was not in the best interest of the team.ŽKraft discounts any discord in Patriots organization




DEAR ABBY: I am an only child who has lived at home all her life -44 years. My father recently passed away, so now it is just Mom and me. She has become extremely clingy. She is jealous of my friends and feels I must be with her for almost everything. What can I do? I think I should move out, but she will take it badly. Also, I'm concerned about her health. She's 71, diabetic and has a heart condition. Is this a lost cause or is there hope? -HOPING IN FLORIDA DEAR HOPING: I agree that you should move. It would have been better had you cut the umbilical cord while your father was still alive, but better late than never. Are there relatives or friends who can look in on your mother regularly? If there are, enlist their help. She should not be allowed to become isolated and solely dependent on one person. Look into grief support groups and other programs for seniors in your community. If your mother needs a companion and your family nances allow it, hire someone to stay with her. It's time you had a life of your own. Consider it the price of your freedom. DEAR ABBY: A few months ago, one of my best friends was dumped by his long-term boyfriend. I was shocked because everyone thought they were an ideal couple, and theirs was a relationship to model all of ours after. A few days ago, my friend nally felt comfortable enough to conde that his ex had cheated on him with another friend of ours, which was another shock. Since then, I have been conicted about how to act around the ex, whom I considered to be a good friend until this happened. I am tempted to lash out at him for hurting someone we care about, but I don't want to add more drama. We all are in undergrad together, so we see each other every day. It's getting harder not to stick up for my friend at this point. How do I suppress my anger in order to be a friend to both of them, even if the ex may not deserve it? -ANGRY IN THE SOUTH DEAR ANGRY: A way to do that would be to remind yourself that there are usually two sides to a story. Bide your time and wait to see what happens. Whether you want to remain friends with the "cad" will become apparent with time. Remaining quiet may be the better choice, particularly if the "ideal couple" decides to reunite.DEAR ABBY: I am a 60-year-old widow who wants to begin dating. I have some health problems, although they are neither fatal nor limit my energy. I have excellent insurance and the monetary resources for the needed treatment. I'm concerned that these conditions might scare off any suitors. How upfront must I be about them? I don't intend to lie, but must I give an extensive medical disclosure on the rst few dates? -WANTS TO BE UPFRONT DEAR WANTS: I don't think your rst conversations should include an "organ recital." However, if a relationship appears to be blossoming into something more than social, the honest thing to do would be to disclose. 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 HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2018:This year you open up to fast changes. Always con- rm that you have the complete story. As a result, you will avoid a considerable amount of problems. Communication ourishes between you and those around you. If you are single, you could meet someone sometime after the summer with whom you want a long-term relationship. Make sure you can commit to this person. If you are attached, accept each others differences and respect them. You and your sweetie will enjoy being together more and more. LEO understands your need to have fun.ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) You could be on top of a problem, and are likely to initiate a brainstorming session. You might not like all the solutions and ideas that are tossed out, but there will be one that works. Let others know how much you appreciate their feedback. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) Your instincts tell you to study a situation more completely. Wait a few days to make a decision. You could feel hindered by what is happening around you. Slow down. Stay more upbeat than you have in the past. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Those closest to you will notice your easygoing attitude. In fact, you even might inspire some of them to be more carefree. Your words seem to energize others, especially at work and within the community. You will enjoy your friendships. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) Your creativity when dealing with others comes out in simple ways, such as trying to understand whats going on with a friend or loved one. Honor a fast change, and know that its for the best. Dont minimize what is going on here. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) You enjoy a surprise or two from time to time, but what comes your way today could give you a serious jolt. Whether it is for better or worse will be decided by you after some reection. Tap into your imagination to nd solutions and answers. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Figure out why you are surrounded by confusion. A misunderstanding between you and an associate probably is at the base of the problem. You might need to rethink this matter more fully. Make a point of clearing the air and resolving the issue. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Friendship plays a significant role in your day. You could be trying to make a difference where you really cant. A close loved one seems determined to follow his or her own path. Know that no matter what course you take, you will experience success. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) You could be dealing with a strong, creative personality outside your personal life. This person has a way of charming others in order to get some of his or her ideas agreed upon. You see through this game, and youll take a stand. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) You could be in the midst of doing something very unique and very worthwhile. Excitement builds as you think about the possibilities. Take a step back in order to see how realistic you are being. As a result, you might nd out otherwise. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19)You could have a problem arise from out of the blue. A misunderstanding seems likely. Have a long-overdue discussion and clear up any potential con- icts. Listen to the feedback you are getting. A meeting proves instrumental. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) Defer to a partner or loved one. Letting this person run the show will be great for him or her, as he or she might need to be on center stage. Be aware of a boss or higher-up, as you will be receiving his or her positive feedback in the near future. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) Your creativity points to a new chapter. You will see what happens when you dont follow your instincts. Listen to news more carefully. Understand what is happening with others in order to gain greater clarity. Be sure to explain your choice clearly. license tocruise...Place your auto ad in the and watch it go! Call Classieds Today!352-314-FAST (3278)Only child senses time has come to leave widowed mom | Tuesday, March 27, 2018 B5 TODAY IS TUESDAY, MARCH 27, the 86th day of 2018. There are 279 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On March 27, 1968, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (gahGAH'-rihn), the rst man to orbit the Earth in 1961, died when his MiG-15 jet crashed during a routine training ight near Moscow; he was 34. ON THIS DATE: In 1513 Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sighted present-day Florida. In 1884 the rst telephone line between Boston and New York was inaugurated. In 1933 Japan ocially withdrew from the League of Nations. In 1942 during World War II, Congress granted American servicemen free rst-class mailing privileges. In 1964 Alaska was hit by a magnitude 9.2 earthquake (the strongest on record in North America) and tsunamis that together claimed about 130 lives. In 1977 in aviation's worst disaster, 583 people were killed when a KLM Boeing 747, attempting to take o in heavy fog, crashed into a Pan Am 747 on an airport runway on the Canary Island of Tenerife. In 1998 the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug Viagra, made by Pzer, saying it had helped about two-thirds of impotent men improve their sexual function.


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