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LOCAL & STATE | A3JURY SELECTION BEGINS IN MARIOTTI MURDER TRIAL @dailycommercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Tuesday, April 3, 2018 SPORTS | B1THE NEXT LEVELEustis Clark is a small catcher with a big game SPORTS | B1BEST OF THE BESTLeesburgs Graham, Wildwoods Niblack named top players by Florida coaches 75 ¢ Local & State ...............A3 Health .........................A8 Opinion .......................A9 Weather .....................A10 Sports ..........................B1 Comics ........................B6 Volume 142, Issue 93 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 By Joe McDonaldThe Associated PressBEIJING „ China raised import duties on a $3 billion list of U.S. pork, apples and other products Monday in an escalating dispute with Washington over trade and industrial policy.The government of President Xi Jinping said it was responding to a U.S. tariff hike on steel and aluminum. But that is just one facet of sprawling tensions with Washington, Europe and Japan over a state-led economic model they complain hampers market access, pro-tects Chinese companies and subsidizes exports in violation of Beijings free-trade commitments.Already, companies are looking ahead to a bigger fight over U.S. President Donald Trumps approval of higher duties on up to $50 billion of Chinese goods in response to complaints that Beijing steals or pressures foreign compa-nies to hand over technology.Forecasters say the impact of Mondays move should be limited, but investors worry Like them apples?China raises tari s on US pork, fruit in escalating trade disputeBy Darlene SupervilleThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ With overcast skies and tempera-tures in the 40s, President Donald Trump declared it was perfect weatherŽ on Monday for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll. Nearly 30,000 parents and children were expected to participate in the all-day event.Morning rain dampened the festivities, but the skies had largely cleared though it remained chilly by the time Trump and his wife, Melania, walked down the stairs from the Blue Room balcony to join guests on the South Lawn.Trump declares mid40s perfect weather for Easter Egg RollBy Jim TurnerThe News Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Elected officials from 10 South Florida cities are challenging an NRA-backed state law that imposes strict penalties on local lawmak-ers „ including removal from office and hefty fines „ for enacting gun ordinances.The cities „ Weston, Coral Gables, Cutler Bay, Lauderhill, Miami Beach, Miami Gardens, Miramar, Pinecrest, Pompano Beach and South Miami „ are asking a judge to toss out a 2011 law that imposes a $5,000 fine on local govern-ment officials who create gun rules that exceed state-wide restrictions. Under the law, the officials could also be ousted from office for the gun ordinances.Weston Mayor Daniel Stermer invited every municipal and county offi-cialŽ to join the challenge, filed in Leon County circuit court Monday.This lawsuit impacts each and every one of us that holds office,Ž Stermer said. The onerous penalties South Florida cities challenge gun preemptionElected of“ cials from 10 South Florida cities are challenging an NRA-backed state law that imposes strict penalties on local lawmakers „ including removal from of“ ce and hefty “ nes „ for enacting gun ordinances. [AP FILE] By Roxanne Brownroxanne.brown@dailycommercial.comMOUNT DORA … New parking restrictions begin Thursday in downtown Mount Dora, and visitors will have to be mindful of where they park and for how long.The restrictions apply only to a handful of roads and are designed to keep merchants and visitors from occupying prime parking spots for long stretches.The (parking) signs are installed and will be recognized for enforcement starting April 5,Ž Mount Dora spokeswoman Lisa McDonald said.The signs have been erected near all prime visitor parking spots along 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenues, along with Alexander and Donnelly streets, indicating that parking is lim-ited to four hours between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Violators will be charged $25, but not yet.Were implementing the parking plan but itll just be warnings for now so that people have a chance to get used to it,Ž McDonald said. Its going to take some time for people to get adjusted to the change.Ž In addition, delivery trucks will be expected to use speci-fied loading zones and observe loading times, and merchants and city employees are not allowed to park in restricted areas either.On Thursday, the city will launch a free shuttle service from the parking lots of First United Methodist Church of Mount Dora and First Baptist Church of Mount Dora and from the Highland Street and First Avenue public parking lots from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays and from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.A private valet service, expected to start in May, is in the works.The person charged with enforcing all these new regu-lations is Mount Dora Police Cpl. Jessica Howell, who will experiment with ways to monitor who is parked in restricted spots, how long theyve been there and whether or not a ticket is in order.At first, there will be soft enforcement … reminding people that its only four-hour parking without ticketing. She will be doing this via Segway,Ž McDonald said of Howell. Enforcement will be done via Segway and tablet.ŽHowell said she will record Keeping things movingMount Dora Police Cpl. Jessica Howell poses on her Segway next to one of the new four-hour parking signs on March 30 in downtown Mount Dora. [WHITNEY LEHNECKER/DAILY COMMERCIAL] New parking rules, restrictions start in downtown Mount Dora this week See PARKING, A5 See GUNS, A5 See TRADE, A5 See EASTER, A5


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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. Sund ay, April 1 Fantasy 5: 4-9-13-16-34 Monday, April 2 Pick 5 Afternoon: 9-8-4-6-1 Evening: 8-1-1-9-1 Pick 4 Afternoon: 3-9-5-8 Evening: 5-8-4-0 Pick 3 Afternoon: 2-0-0 Evening: 0-3-2 Pick 2 Afternoon: 8-8 Evening: 1-6LOTTERY DATELINESFORT WORTH, TEXAS WASHINGTONShulkin says he has comfort with potential successor at VAFormer Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin downplayed concerns about his potential successors lack of managerial experience Monday, saying the key for improving the VA will be surrounding White House doctor Ronny Jackson with a good team because no one person can do this alone.ŽShulkin and the White House have engaged in a highly public campaign surrounding his departure from the VA last week. Shulkin said he was fired. The White House said he resigned.On Monday, Shulkin told CNN there was no reason he would resign. He said he had been given a heads-up on his ouster by Chief of Staff John Kelly moments before President Donald Trump tweeted it.PARKLAND, FLA.Clear bags among measures at school where 17 diedStudents at the Florida high school where 17 students and staff members were massacred are now carrying their belong-ings in clear plastic backpacks in hopes that it will make it difficult to smuggle weapons onto campus.Officials at Marjory Stone-man Douglas High School began issuing the donated backpacks to the schools 3,200 students Monday, The Sun Sentinel reports. The students are being allowed through four monitored gates before school starts and only one after the opening bell. Soon, the district plans to issue metal-detecting wands to the law enforcement officers sta-tioned at the gates. Sports bags and musical instrument cases are being searched.CAIROEgypts president wins with 97 percent of voteEgyptian President AbdelFattah el-Sissi has won a second, four-year term in office, with more than 97 percent of the vote in last weeks election, according to official results announced Monday by the election commission, which put turnout at 41.05 percent.El-Sissi faced no serious challenger in the March 26-28 vote, after a string of potentially strong candidates withdrew under pressure or were arrested. His sole opponent, little-known politician Moussa Mustafa Moussa, was a supporter of the president who made no effort to challenge him. The Associated PressLOS ANGELESBy Ken ThomasThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ The Trump administration opened the door to a potential White House meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, raising the possibility of an Oval Office welcome for Putin for the first time in more than a decade even as relations between the two powers have deteriorated.The Kremlin said Monday that Trump had invited the Russian leader to the White House when they spoke by telephone last month. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded that the White House was among a number of poten-tial venuesŽ discussed. Both sides said they hadnt started preparations for such a visit.If it happens, Putin would be getting the honor of an Oval Office tete-a-tete for the first time since he met President George W. Bush at the White House in 2005. Alarms rang in diplomatic and foreign policy circles over the prospect that Trump might offer Putin that venue without confronting him about Russias interference in the 2016 presidential elec-tion or allegations that Russia masterminded the March 4 nerve agent attack on a former Russian double agent.It would confer a certain normalization of relations and were certainly not in a normal space,Ž said Alina Polyakova, a foreign policy fellow at the Brookings Insti-tution. Nothing about this is normal.ŽMuch has happened since Trump and Putin spoke in the March 20 phone call. Trump said afterward he hoped to meet with Putin in the not too distant futureŽ to discuss the nuclear arms race and other matters. But their call was followed by reports that Trump had been warned in briefing materials not to congratulate the Russian president on his re-election but did so anyway.Since the call, two dozen countries, including the U.S. and many European Union nations, and NATO expelled more than 150 Russian diplo-mats in solidarity with Britain over the poisoning of Sergei Skripal, the former spy, and his daughter Yulia. Moscow has denied any involvement in the nerve attack and retali-ated by expelling the same number of diplomats from each nation.Putins foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, told reporters Monday that when the two leaders spoke by phone, Trump suggested to have the first meeting in Washington, in the White House,Ž calling it a quite interesting and positive idea.ŽUshakov voiced hope that tensions resulting from the diplomatic expulsions wouldnt derail discussions about a summit.Trump has said maintaining a strong personal relationship with Putin is in the U.S. interest and has sig-naled to allies that he trusts his own instincts in dealing with the Russian president.A White House official, speaking on condition of anonymity to describe private discussions, said Trump raised the possibility of a White House meeting in a casual, open-endedŽ fashion during the call. The official reiterated that no extensive preparations had taken place.Talk of a White House summit comes as Trump is preparing to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un at an undetermined location. White House welcomes are typically reserved for friends and allies.Trump has avoided criti-cizing Putin personally even as his administration has crossed Moscow by providing Ukraine with lethal weapons and upholding Obama-era sanctions against Russia and its shuttering of diplomatic outposts.Michael McFaul, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama, said the symbolism of Putin standing in the East Room with the president at a news conferenceŽ would be a major goal for the Russian leader. The only reason you should do it is if youre going to obtain a concrete objective that serves Ameri-cas national security interest before the meeting,Ž he said.McFaul said he feared that Trump thinks that a good meeting with Putin is the objective of his foreign policy with Russia. That should never be the objective. That should be the means to achieve things that are actu-ally of importance to the United States.ŽTrump had already fallen under sharp criticism from some Republican lawmakers for congratulating Putin on his re-election during the call and for not raising the ex-spys poisoning. The fact that Trump also extended a White House invitation during that call was likely to increase concerns that Trump, when in direct contact with Putin, is inclined to offer olive branches and reluctant to raise difficult issues.US opens door to Trump-Putin meetingIn this Nov. 11 photo, President Donald Trump, right, and Russia President Vladimir Putin talk during the family photo session at the APEC Summit in Danang. [MIKHAIL KLIMENTYEV, SPUTNIK, KREMLIN POOL PHOTO VIA THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]In this Feb. 19, 2016, photo, Ethan Couch is led to a juvenile court for a hearing in Fort Worth, Texas. Couch, who as a 16-year-old driver drunkenly struck and killed four pedestrians but dodged prison after suggesting at trial that his irresponsibility was a result of his entitled upbringing, walked free Monday after serving almost two years in a Texas jail on a probation violation. [ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO]In this Jan. 10 aerial photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department, mud” ow and damage to homes are shown in Montecito, Calif. More than $421 million in claims have been “ led since deadly mudslides tore through the coastal community of Montecito during extremely heavy January rains, Californias insurance commissioner said Monday. [MATT UDKOW/SANTA BARBARA COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT VIA ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] IN BRIEF

PAGE 3 | Tuesday, April 3, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 BEST BETS FOR TODAYTACO TUESDAY: At 5 p.m. every Tuesday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Guests welcome. Call 352-323-8750, email amvetspost2006@ or go to CHESS CLUB: From 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. every Tuesday at Fruitland Park Library, 205 W. Berckman St. Call 352-3606561 for information.NEWS BRIEFSFRUITLAND PARKAccused burglar said he was only looking for bear poopA man suspected of bur-glarizing several homes in Fruitland Park gave a cre-ative explanation for being in someone elses motor home: He was looking for bear droppings.But deputies knew he was handing them a line of bull droppings.According to an arrest affidavit, a witness said he saw John Daniel Schneller, 21, coming from a motor home in the Lake Griffin Isles Mobile Home Park about 7:40 a.m. Saturday. He told the witness he was look-ing for bear fecal matter because his grandmother, who has a tumor in her head, asked him to. The witness said hed never seen Schneller in the park and didnt know who his grandmother was.The owner of the motor home came to the scene and confirmed that the skylight of the vehicle was broken and a brake system valued at $1,000 was miss-ing. The arrest affidavit stated that deputies went to Schnellers home and found an item in the driveway that had been stolen in another burglary case.Schneller was charged with burglary and grand theft. EUSTISCops: Boys genitals injured when stepmom beat himA woman was arrested for aggravated child abuse last week for allegedly beating a her stepson badly enough to leave welts and bruises on his thighs and genitals.According to an arrest report, the child told a sheriffs deputy that his stepmother, Kayla Marie Oster, became angry Wednesday because he was outside playing on a dirt pile without shoes, so she whipped him with a belt between four and six times. An unidentified woman in the heavily redacted arrest report … presumably a relative … told the deputy she spotted the bruises on the boy when she got him home and he was walking down the hallway to shower. He told her the bruise on his genitals hurt when he went to the bathroom.The report did not contain the boys age.The deputy went to Osters home, where the suspect admitted bending the boy over a bend and striking him repeatedly because hed been outside in the dirt without shoes.She stated that she used a brand new leather belt that had no give,Ž and that she probably struck the victim harder than she expected to,Ž the deputy reported.She also stated that the victim has ADHD and needs disciplined from time to time,Ž the report continues.Oster was jailed with no bond following her arrest Saturday.Staff ReportLEESBURG „ City Commissioners and the Carver Heights/ Montclair Community Redevelopment Agency Board on Wednesday will host a grand-opening cel-ebration of Leesburg's new resource center.The ribbon cutting and open house will be at 11 a.m. at 1041 County Road 468 in Leesburg.We are very excited about this new asset,Ž said City Manager Al Minner. The center will help to further strengthen the citys positive economic develop-ment momentum.ŽThe Leesburg Resource Center is a multi-purpose facility that includes meeting rooms, computer-training space, resource offices and a central meeting hall. Space is also set aside for a future teaching kitchen. Through partnerships with non-profit organizations, government agencies, churches and civic groups, the center will provide a family-friendly and accessible place that offers services and activities to enhance education and employability skills of Leesburg residents, a press release states.Funding for the $2.4 million Leesburg Resource Center is from the City of Leesburg, Lake County and the Carver Heights/Mont-clair CRA.For information, contact Leesburg Housing Director Ken Thomas at 352-7289765 or Resource Center to celebrate grand openingCity Commissioners and the Carver Heights/Montclair Community Redevelopment Agency Board will host a grandopening celebration of Leesburgs new resource center at 11 a.m. Wednesday at 1041 County Road 468. [SUBMITTED] By Jim TurnerNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ Gov. Rick Scott has a little more than a week to act on the remaining 19 bills from the 2018 legislative session, including a water-related measure drawing fire from environmentalists.The proposal would allow chemically treated, recycled water to be pumped into the states underground aquifer, an effort supporters argue is a means to boost the states amount of potable water but which critics fear could con-taminate Florida's supply of drinking water.The contentious measure is part of a wide-ranging bill (HB 1149) that addresses a variety of water-related issues, including rules regard-ing rebuilding single-family docks and the operation of the C-51 reservoir project south of Lake Okeechobee.The sweeping proposal also directs the state Department of Environmental Protection and regional water management districts to develop rules for reclaimed-water facility projects that require a permit.Rep. Bobby Payne, a Palatka Republican who sponsored the measure, said any water being pumped into the aquifer must meet clean water drink-ing standards. Reclaimed water can start out as many different kinds of water,Ž Payne told members of the House Government Accountability Committee in February. We often have reclaimed water that we use in irrigation. But this water will be sanitized and reused as (to) the drinking water standard.ŽThe reclaimed water will help combat salt water intru-sion into the aquifer, Payne said.But David Cullen, a lobby-ist for the Sierra Club, said his group opposed the measure because of the potential long-term negative impact caused by the use of chemicals.Cullen objected to stuff we dont know aboutŽ at waste-water treatment plants being used to treat water that would go into the aquifer.Its the Pottery Barn rule,Ž Cullen said. You break it, you bought it „ for decades, perhaps generations.ŽRep. Wengay Newton, a Democrat from St. Petersburg who voted against the measure, also worried the proposal could impact the states drinking water supply.You have people that are at odds because of fracking, because we dont know the issue with the chemicals that are injected into the ground in that process,Ž Newton said. But were okay with taking Scott faces deadline on nal batch of legislationBy Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield@dailycommercial.comTAVARES „ Could you impose the death penalty on a person convicted of first-degree murder?It was the question that gave about 50 prospective jurors pause Monday in the murder case against David Mariotti, charged with killing 84-year-oldBernadine Mont-gomery in her home in 2016.Most said they could, if he is found guilty and the circum-stances warrant it, but it was the ultimate deal-breaker for some.One woman began to cry, then sobbed, and was unable to speak. Another woman, who described herself as a practicing Catholic,Ž said I dont believe it.ŽThey were excused.Another man was excused after he said he followed news reports about the case last year. He said he remembered that the elderly victim had brought in one or more people out of the goodness of her heart and they repaid her by murdering her and dumping her body like trash.ŽThe man said he has a soft spotŽ for elderly people because he provides physical rehabilitation for them and doesnt like to see them victimized.Assistant Public Defender Jamie Kane tried to probe for those who might have a soft spot for mitigating evidence, like brain injuries, juvenile drug abuse or absent, crimi-nal parents.The questioning went on until late in the afternoon.Many were excused for hardship.One man said he needed to be excused because he was the caregiver for his wife, and he had to turn off the circuit breakers in his home to keep her from burning the house down while he was away. He was dismissed.Jury selection begins in Mariotti murder trialThe home on Palmora Boulevard in Leesburg where Bernadine Montgomery lived is pictured. Jury selection began Monday in the David Mariotti murder trial, who is charged with “ rst-degree murder in the slaying of the 84-year-old woman. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] Schneller Oster By Adriana Gomez LiconAssociated PressMIAMI „ Richie Humble says flashbacks and anxiety attacks have haunted him ever since a pedestrian bridge near a Florida university fell on the car he was riding in, killing six people including the college friend driving their vehicle.Humble said Monday that the collapse caused a fracture in his back, along with knee and neck problems. But he said his mental health has caused him to abandon all but one of his classes at Florida International University. The 19-year-old FIU student filed a negligence lawsuit last week against several companies involved in the bridges con-struction, the latest of a series of suits by injured survivors or victims families.He said he wouldnt want anyone to go through what he did.His friend, Alexa Duran, was driving him back from a doctors appointment March 15 when he heard a crack and saw the bridge topple on top of them. He shouted Durans name and ducked down as fast as he could. She died at the site of the collapse without ever responding to his screams.She wasnt saying anything. And I had her blood on me, and I didnt really know what to do,Ž he said. I looked up at her one more time. I saw just her hair, noth-ing else.Ž The bridge was well known to FIU students like Humble and Duran. Their university had celebrated its installation five days before the collapse with officials saying they were filled with pride for seeing a Survivor recalls bridge collapseRichie Humble says ashbacks, anxiety haunt him See BRIDGE, A4 See BILLS, A4Mariotti See MARIOTTI, A4


A4 Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | Funeral ServicesJoseph H. WilliamsIt is with great sadness that the family of Joseph H. Williams (Dick) announces his passing on March 8, 2018 at the age of 96. Dick will be lovingly remembered by his daughters, Barbara (Bob), and Sharon (Mike), his eight grandchildren Lisa (Gene), Karen (Ned), Tracy (Hugh), Rick (Shannon), Kevin (Heather), Woody, Kassandra (Frank), and Mark (Andrea), along with thirteen greatgrandchildren Ben, Ava, Jacob, Alex, Ella, Ashton, Eden, Quincy, Taylor, Ty, Saige, Gage, Hannah, and his niece Evelyn Ellis. Dick will be forever remembered by his special friends Dave and Elke Meixner, Ed Klomp, Steve and Peggy Trepanning, Carl and Sue Beard Lou and Ernie Greffen, and numerous extended family and friends. Dick was predeceased by his wife Ginnie, son Bruce, son Mike, and daughterin-law Alice. He was a kind and loving man who loved spending time with family and friends. Dick was born 7/14/21 to C.O. Williams and Matttie Leola Milford Williams in Madison, FL, where he spent his childhood. He graduated from Suwannee High School in Live Oak, FL. and not long after went to work at the Florida Telephone Corporation as a lineman. On June 28, 1944 Dick entered the U.S. Army, joining the 7th Armored Battalion of the 8th Armored Division and fought in Europe during WWII. He was discharged on April 8, 1946. Upon his return, Dick worked again for the Florida Telephone Corporation, working his way up to management before retiring after 40+ years. A Memorial Service in memory of Dick will be held on Saturday, April 7th, at 3:00 p.m., at Beyers Funeral Home, 1123 West Main St., Leesburg, FL 34748. Friends and family are invited to come celebrate his life. A private internment will occur at Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Memorial donations may be made to the charity of your choice or to the Cornerstone Hospice House in Tavares, FL. Online condolences may be left at www. Arrangements entrusted to Beyers Funeral Home and Crematory, Leesburg, FL. TodaysServices MOUNT DORAMount Dora to switch emergency noti“ cation systemsCity officials announced Monday that a switch from the Code Red Emergency Notification System to another program called Civic Ready will be made effective Aug. 1.In a press release, the city said the reason for the switch is that Civic Ready is a better integrated and more interactive system for our citizens.ŽCity of Mount Dora utility customers will be automatically registered, but non-customers „ meaning those who do not receive a utility bill from the city „ are being asked to enroll themselves and other members of their house-hold by going to http://cityofmountdora., mixed in with chemicals, and then deep-well inject it back into the aquifers.ŽBut Payne said no envi-ronmental agency would allow untreated wastewater to be put into the aquifer.The Florida Water Environment Association Utility Council and the National Waste & Recycling Association are among the groups back-ing the measure.Meanwhile, thousands of opponents have signed onto an online petition seeking a veto from Scott, who is expected to announce a bid for the U.S. Senate next week. During appearances in Marathon and Sarasota last week, Scott sought to boost his environmental credentials by touting his administrations efforts to protect beaches, the Florida Everglades and Lake Okeechobee.Other legislation still awaiting action from Scott include a measure (HB 55) that would allow people buying guns to use credit cards to pay for background checks, something they now can do with a personal check, money order or cashiers check. Another bill (HB 523) would make it a third-degree felony to trespass on airport property where properly placed signs warn people to stay off the grounds.The governor has until April 10 to act on the last batch of the 195 bills approved during the 60-day session that ended March 11.So far, Scott has only vetoed a single bill, a localŽ bill that would have expanded the governing board of the Palm Beach County Housing Authority. BILLSFrom Page A3950-ton concrete bridge that was prefabricated and quickly installed over a busy six-lane highway.Angry at engineers, school officials and the government, Humble said more should have been done to protect drivers and pedestrians near the bridge after it was swung into place.There were human lives at risk. Its just something you shouldnt play with at all ... people including myself; from this point on they will be changed,Ž he said.The teenagers mother, Lourdes Humble, said she has found her son crying and curled up in a fetal position days after sur-viving the collapse.He is a 19-year-old who cannot take a shower without screaming and crying. I have to go in and get him out of the shower. (It has been) very difficult for myself, my husband, my mother,Ž she said.Companies have not commented on the lawsuits.Stuart Grossman, Humbles attorney, said his team is looking at the bidding process, the design and whether traffic should have been diverted the days that followed the installation. The con-struction of the bridge was behind schedule and over budget, partly because of a key change in the design and placement of one of its support towers north to the edge of a canal, documents have shown.The cause of the collapse is not clear. Before the failure, crews were adjusting a tension rod on the north end of the bridge, and authorities continue to investigate whether cracking that was reported on the same side before the span fell con-tributed to the accident.The experiment failed, people are dead and Richie is not lucky. You are not lucky to have gone through something like this,Ž Grossman said. He is fortunate he survived. But this isnt winning the lottery.Ž BRIDGEFrom Page A3A woman said her husband was to appear as a possible juror in a different case next week.You need to stay away from the lottery. This is the first time Ive heard that,Ž Circuit Judge Don Briggs joked. She was not excused from jury duty, but her husband was. Others were released for workrelated issues. One man was excused after saying he has narcolepsy. An elderly man, who had a hard time hearing, was excused because he is recovering from cancer.After that, a group of 24 were queried, and nine of those were excused, including single parents who have to take their children to school, and people who have doctors appointments, including one woman who said she has a plane ticket Wednesday.Are you going any place good?Ž Briggs asked. Las Vegas,Ž she said.Wed like to go, too,Ž the judge said. She was excused.Mariotti was arrested in the June 2016 slaying of Montgomery when neighbors in her Leesburg Palmora Park community called police to say they had not seen her for a week. They also reported seeing a man and a woman coming in and out of her home and driving her car.Police entering the home found blood and evidence that her body had been stashed under the pillows of a couch for a week. Inves-tigators followed a trail of pawn tickets and stolen credit card receipts to Mariotti and his compan-ion, Tracie Jo Nafzigger.Jury selection resumes at 8:30 a.m. today.The trial is scheduled to last for two and a half weeks. MARIOTTIFrom Page A3IN BRIEF By Christopher TorchiaThe Associated PressJOHANNESBURG „ Even the name given to Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at birth „ Nomzamo, one who undergoes trialsŽ „ fore-told a life of struggle.During her nearly 38-year marriage to Nelson Mandela, she fought for black majority rule even as she vowed to escape the shadow of the great man.And although many South Africans called her the Mother of the Nation,Ž she would become engulfed in criminal convictions and scandals. Madikizela-Man-dela died Monday in a Johannesburg hospital at the age of 81 after a long illness, her family announced. She will be honored with a state funeral on April 14, President Cyril Ramaphosa said Monday evening after paying a condolence visit to Madikizela-Mandelas home in Johannesburgs Soweto township.Over the years, Madikizela-Mandela became a symbol of the suffering caused by South Africas system of white minority rule known as apartheid and became a force against it, ultimately serving as a member of parliament.She and her husband began a family before Nelson Mandela went underground and then was imprisoned for more than a quarter-century. Left with two young daughters, Madikizela-Mandela was persecuted by police and banished to a remote town where neighbors were forbidden to speak with her.As Nelson Mandela emerged from 27 years in prison seeking recon-ciliation and forgiveness, Winnie MadikizelaMandela wanted the perpetrators of apartheid punished.What brutalized me so much was that I knew what it is to hate,Ž she once said in a South Afri-can television interview. Madikizela-Mande-las story grabbed the imagination of people around the world. Its been told in books as well as the Hollywood movie Winnie,Ž starring Oscar-winning actress and singer Jen-nifer Hudson.The young Winnie grew up in what is now Eastern Cape province and came to Johannesburg as the citys first black female social worker. Her research into the high infant mortality rate in a black township, which she linked to pov-erty caused by racism, first sparked her interest in politics.I started to realize the abject poverty under which most people were forced to live, the appall-ing conditions created by the inequalities of the system,Ž she said.In 1957, she met Nelson Mandela, a rising lawyer and anti-apartheid activist 18 years her senior, and they married a year later following his divorce from his first wife.The first five turbulent years of their marriage saw Mandela going underground to build the armed struggle against apartheid, and finally to prison in 1963, while his wife gave birth to two daughters.The wife of a freedom fighter is often like a widow, even when her husband is not in prison,Ž Mandela wrote. But he added: Winnie gave me cause for hope. I felt as though I had a new and second chance at life. My love for her gave me the added strength for the struggles that lay ahead.ŽMadikizela-Man-dela always was aware of the danger of being overshadowed by her husbands all-encom-passing personality, and she vowed not to lose herself.Even before they were separated by Nelson Mandelas long stay in prison, she had become politicized, being jailed for two weeks while pregnant for participat-ing in a womens protest against apartheid restric-tions on blacks.The apartheid police later harassed her, some-times dragging her from bed at night without giving her a chance to make arrangements for her daughters. Madikizela-Mandela complained bitterly on a North American tour after she was forced to testify to South Africas Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 1997 that the commission never asked her about the treatment she suffered over 18 months in soli-tary confinement.A life of struggle: Winnie Madikizela-MandelaIn this Jan. 22, 1986, photo, activist Winnie Mandela is cheered by supporters after appearing in the Krugersdorp Magistrates court, West of Johannesburg in connection with her arrest for ” outing a banning order which prevents her from living in her Soweto home. [ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO] By Rodney MuhumuzaThe Associated PressKAMPALA, Uganda „ Streets. Schools. A bridge in Burkina Faso. The name of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. can be found across Africa, a measure of the global influence of the American civil rights leader who was shot dead 50 years ago after speaking out against injustices at home and abroad.A school for poor children that is named after King in Ugandas capital, Kampala, took as its motto, Have a Dream,Ž borrowing a line from one of Kings most famous speeches.Martin Luther King stood for human rights and equality, so we wanted a way of inspir-ing and motivating our students,Ž said Robert Mpala, the schools founder.In rural Liberia, a West African nation founded by freed American slaves, one official spoke proudly of a privately owned Martin Luther King School. Martin Luther King was a great man. We still follow his dream,Ž said J. Maxime Bleetahn, director of communications at the Ministry of Education.Africas push for independence from colonialism, which mirrored Kings own movement for racial equality in America, attracted the civil rights leaders attention and support.King first set foot on the continent in March 1957 to attend celebrations marking the West African nation of Gha-nas independence from Britain.After he returned to Africa in November 1960 to attend the inauguration of Nigerias first president, King said African leaders had told him in no uncertain terms that racism and colonialism must go, for they see the two as based on the same principle.ŽThe parallels between Kings efforts and Africans quest for inde-pendence were perhaps strongest in apartheid-era South Africa, where racist laws oppressed the majority black commu-nity for decades.King Jr.s work still resonates across Africa

PAGE 5 | Tuesday, April 3, 2018 A5that exist in this statute ƒ exist nowhere else in Florida statutes.ŽGov. Rick Scott, Attorney General Pam Bondi, and other statewide officials, including Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Rick Swearingen, are among the defendants named in the lawsuit, headed by the city of Weston.Scotts office is reviewing the lawsuit, a spokesman for the governor said. Bondis office said she had not yet been servedŽ in the case.The lawsuit contends the 2011 law in part violates con-stitutional limitations on gubernatorial authority with respect to municipal officers, conflicts with the right of elected officials to legislative immunity, and are overbroad, in violation of local officials free speech rights.ŽThese onerous penalties are vindictive and expressly intended to be punitive in nature,Ž lawyer Jamie Cole of the Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman law firm and other attorneys representing the cities wrote in the 45-page complaint.The municipalities have suspended or refrained from enacting reasonable firearms measuresŽ to reflect the views of their constituents which may be appropriate for the specific circumstances of that municipality (as opposed to the one size fits all approach of the State),Ž the lawyers argued.According to the lawsuit, gun-rights groups threatened to sue Coral Gables and also urged Scott to remove individuals from office if the city so much as passed the proposed gun-related mea-sures on first reading.ŽMarion Hammer, the National Rifle Associations Florida lobbyist and a former president of the national orga-nization, said elected public officials must follow the law regardless of how important they think they are.ŽWhen they willfully and knowingly violate state law they have to be held account-able,Ž Hammer told The News Service of Florida in an email Monday. They remind me of disobedient children who whine about being pun-ished for doing something they knew was wrong and were warned about the con-sequences. I personally don't think the penalties are severe enough.ŽLike other elected officials throughout the country, the cities said they have been under pressure from students and adults to take some action regarding firearms and ammunition to increase public safetyŽ following the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 14 students and three faculty members dead.Those 17 lives that were lost in Parkland would agree with us that we should do everything possible to keep our communities safe,Ž Mira-mar Mayor Wayne Messam said Monday during a press conference at Weston City Hall. Were not standing here to say we will pass laws that are unconstitutional, but to have the ability to pass constitutional regulation on arms that could potentially damage, hurt or even take the lives of anyone in the public, should be possible. And right now today, it is not possible.ŽThe lawsuit alleges the 2011 law was created to deter and chill local officials from even considering reasonable, constitutional firearms regulations in their own communities.ŽThe plaintiffs have considered a panoply of possible measures, including, but not limited to, the restricting of guns in municipal-owned facilities and parks, the plac-ing of signs relating to guns in municipal-owned facili-ties and parks, the regulation of gun accessories (such as holsters or high capacity mag-azines), or the creation of 'gun free zones' or 'gun safe zones,' but are afraid of running afoul of the law, their lawyers argued.Meanwhile, Skip Campbell, the mayor of Coral Springs and a former state senator, has spearheaded a campaign to put on the 2020 ballot a con-stitutional amendment that would ban assault weapons.The lawsuit filed Monday comes as critics continue to blame the Legislature for not going far enough with a school-safety law, signed by Scott on March 9, that raises the age from 18 to 21 and imposes a three-day waiting period for the purchase of rifles and other long guns, similar to requirements in place for buying handguns.The new law also bans the sale or possession of bump stocks,Ž which allow semi-automatic rifles to mimic fully automatic weapons. And it gives law enforcement officials the ability to seek court orders to seize weapons from people who pose a danger to themselves or others.The same day Scott signed the bill, the NRA filed a federal lawsuit alleging the new restrictions on rifles pur-chases are unconstitutional.The school-safety law also includes a controversial pro-vision giving school boards and sheriffs the power to allow certain teachers and other school personnel, who receive special training and are depu-tized by sheriffs, to bring guns to schools.Funny, the Legislature saw fit in passing the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Act to allow local school boards and sheriffs to decide what happens locally in schools,Ž Stermer said. So for some reason its good for that, but not for the rest of us.ŽThe cities lawsuit doesnt dispute the state has the ability to preempt certain subject matters, such as honeybee colonies and the use of elec-tronic devices in cars.However, penalties are only outlined in the case of fire-arms, the lawyers argued.In every other circum-stance, the only consequence of a determination that local action violates express preemption would be a finding that such local action is null and void,Ž the lawsuit states. This is not the first time the law has been challenged.In 2014, a Leon County Cir-cuit Judge ruled in favor of Palm Beach County that "the Legislature may not grant the governor the power to remove a county commissioner when that power is not provided by the Constitution." The county had challenged the law in 2012.The ruling, however, main-tained that the state could filed legal challenges to any local government official who seeks to enact local gun restrictions tougher than state law.The issue has been bothering municipalitiesŽ since the law was enacted in 2011, Cole told The News Service of Florida Monday.But its certainly become of much greater importance because of the Parkland tragedy,Ž he said.Cole said he expects other South Florida cities to sign onto the lawsuit.This is a clear infringement on the home rule powers and legislative immunity of elected officials,Ž he said of the 2011 law. If the Legislature is going to do this thing for fire-arms, they theoretically could do it for any other preemption, which would be a very bad situation.Ž GUNSFrom Page A1the cars in the parking spots using her bodycam and tablet and that video will be auto-matically time stamped.Her plan is to return four hours later and re-record. She will then compare videos to determine who has exceeded the four-hour limit.McDonald said the city hasn't determined when hard enforcement will start.McDonald said the Community Redevelopment Agency, which headed a park-ing study that resulted in the new program, will come up with a plan to determine whether the program is working.Its success will be mea-sured by things like how many people are using the shuttles and are utilizing the free parking areas, by talking with merchants, by the number of tickets over time and other factors, McDonald explained.She said the parking pro-gram is on a two-month trial basis.Were going to see how it goes,Ž she said. PARKINGFrom Page A1the global recovery might be set back if other governments respond by raising import barriers.On Monday, the main stock market indexes in Tokyo and Shanghai ended the day down.The tariffs signal a most unwelcome development, which is that countries are becoming protectionist,Ž said economist Taimur Baig of DBS Group. But in commer-cial terms, they are not very substantialŽ compared with Chinas $150 billion in annual imports of U.S. goods, he said.Mondays tariff increase will hit American farm states, many of which voted for Trump in 2016.Beijing is imposing a 25 per-cent tariff on U.S. pork and aluminum scrap and 15 percent on sparkling wine, steel pipe used by oil and gas com-panies, and an array of fruits and nuts including apples, walnuts and grapes.American farm exports to China in 2017 totaled nearly $20 billion, including $1.1 bil-lion of pork products.There was no indication whether Beijing might exempt Chinese-owned American suppliers such as Smithfield Foods, the biggest U.S. pork producer, which is ramping up exports to China.The U.S. tariff hike has has seriously damaged our interests,Ž the Finance Min-istry said in a statement.Our country advocates and supports the multilateral trading system,Ž it said. Chinas tariff increase is a proper measure adopted by our country using World Trade Organization rules to protect our interests,Ž the statement said.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday on the television show Fox and FriendsŽ that Trump was going to fight back and hes going to push back.ŽDeputy Press Secretary Lindsay Walters said Chinas subsidization and continued overcapacityŽ were the root cause of low steel prices that have hurt U.S. producers.Instead of targeting fairly traded U.S. exports, China needs to stop its unfair trading practices which are harming U.S. national security and distorting global markets,Ž Walters said.The United States buys little Chinese steel and alumi-num, but analysts said Beijing was certain to retaliate, partly to show its toughness ahead of possible bigger disputes.Chinese officials have said Beijing is willing to negoti-ate, but in a confrontation will fight to the end.ŽChina has already prepared for the worst,Ž said Liu Yuanchun, executive dean of the National Academy of Development Strategy at Renmin Univer-sity in Beijing. The two sides, therefore, should sit down and negotiate.ŽThe dispute reflects the clash between Trumps promise to narrow the U.S. trade surplus with China „ a record $375.2 billion last year „ and Beijings ambitious plans to develop Chinese industry and technology. TRADEFrom Page A1You know, it was supposed to be pouring, the weather. It was supposed to be very rainy and nasty and cold and windy,Ž said Trump, who appeared in an overcoat on the balcony with his wife and the Easter Bunny. And look what we have: perfect weather. Perfect weather. Beautiful weather.ŽMrs. Trump, who wore boots and a knee-length coat after going sleeveless last year, said it was a beautiful dayŽ but a little bit cold.ŽDuring brief remarks from the balcony, Trump thanked her for doing an incredible jobŽ on the event. He also said good words about the economy and praised a recent $700 billion increase in funding for the military.This is a special year. Our country is doing great,Ž Trump said. Nothing is ever easy, but we have never had an economy like we have right now. And were going to make it bigger and better and stronger.ŽHe helped kick off a few egg-rolling games with a ready,Ž setŽ and the blow of a whistle.You ready, kids?Ž the pres-ident said as he and the first lady blew whistles that set a group of children scampering and using wooden spoons to guide dyed, hard-boiled eggs across a portion of the sloping South Lawn. They blew the whistles several times before moving to a card-making sta-tion for U.S. troops. EASTERFrom Page A1A man chooses bananas near imported apples from the United States on Monday at a supermarket in Beijing. [ANDY WONG/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]


A6 Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comBy Lloyd DunkelbergerNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ The National Science Founda-tion announced Monday that it has renewed sup-port for the National High Magnetic Field Labora-tory, with an investment of $184 million over the next five years.The largest MagLab facility is at Florida State University, which is home to the strongest research magnets in the world. It also includes facilities at the University of Florida and the Department of Energys Los Alamos National Laboratory.This announcement comes as a strong endorsement for the importance of high mag-netic field research in Americas science portfolio,Ž Greg Boebinger, National MagLab direc-tor, said in a press release Monday. The true strength of the MagLab comes from the scientific impact of our users from across the nation, users who access these magnets to make discov-eries of new materials, find energy solutions and explore the science that illuminates life itself.ŽThe new funding repre-sents nearly a 10-percent increase over the previous five-year award, bringing the NSFs total invest-ment to $867 million.NSF is proud to support a facility that has broken „ and holds „ many world records in magnet technology,Ž Anne Kinney, NSF assistant director for mathematical and physi-cal sciences, said in the release.The MagLab facility at FSU has the worlds strongest continuous high-field, helium-cooled magnet at 45 teslas and a pulsed magnet that can provide a magnetic field of 100 teslas, some 2 mil-lion times stronger than the earths magnetic field. For comparison, a refrig-erator magnet has about .01 teslas.The MagLab also has the most powerful magnet for nuclear magnetic res-onance, which is used for biological, chemical and materials research.Among the research breakthroughs at the MagLab, researchers have improved the performance of quantum bits, or qubits, which are key components that could lead to the eventual development of quantum computers.The MagLab research has also yielded an inno-vative way to assess the severity of strokes, leading to better diagnoses and treatment for patients.More than 1,700 scien-tists and researchers use the MagLab facilities over the course of a year. And MagLab officials said the new funding will be used in part to provide new sci-entific instrumentation to more fully realize the potential of the magnetic research.Although the NSF provides the bulk of the funding, the state also supports the research, with the Legislature pro-viding $12 million last year. And other funding comes from individual researchers.FSU officials said over the next 20 years, the MagLab is projected to generate about $2.4 billion in economic activity and more than 25,000 jobs in Florida.This one-of-a-kind facility is an important part of Florida State Uni-versity and the entire Florida economy,Ž said FSU Vice President for Research Gary Ostrander. This announcement means that the worlds most prestigious magnet lab will remain headquar-tered right here at FSU in Tallahassee, anchoring our universitys preemi-nent science and research efforts and facilitating discoveries that could change our world.ŽThe NSFs announcement culminates a multi-year process that began in 2012 when MagLab officials prepared to defend the project in a national competition. But in 2014, NSF announced it would accept a renewal proposal, rather than seeking to open up the project to a new nation-wide contest.MagLab renewed with a $184 million federal boostBy Michael R. SisakThe Associated PressNORRISTOWN, Pa. „ Prosecutors and the defense began the difficult task of picking a jury for Bill Cosbys sexual assault retrial Monday amid a powerful #MeToo movement that has pierced the con-sciousness of the men and women who will sit in judgment of the 80-year-old comedian.All but one of the 120 potential jurors who answered questions about their background and views told a judge they had heard or seen something about #MeToo, the cultural campaign thats been exposing sexual misconduct in the entertainment and news industries.Jury selection got off to an exceedingly slow start, with a single juror seated and threequarters of the pool dismissed for cause „ primarily because the prospective jurors already had formed an opinion about Cosbys guilt or innocence. In contrast, five jurors were picked on opening day of Cosbys first trial.Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually molesting a Temple University womens basketball administrator at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. He says the sexual encounter with Andrea Constand was consen-sual. His last trial ended in a hung jury.The former TV star once known as Americas DadŽ for his portrayal of kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on his NBC hit The Cosby ShowŽ was in the court-room as jury selection got underway.The first and only juror to be selected Monday indicated he had no knowledge of the case and wouldnt let what hes heard about #MeToo influence his ability to be impartial. He was one of only 10 prospective jurors to indicate they hadnt heard anything about the charges against Cosby. More than half said they already had made up their minds about Cosby, and all of them were dismissed.In all, prosecutors and the defense removed a total of 91 potential jurors before breaking for the day, leaving only 28 from this group to fill the remaining 17 slots. A second group of 120 potential jurors was to be brought to the court-house Tuesday.Judge Steven ONeill made several rulings in the case but said they wouldnt be public until Tuesday morning. Among the key issues that need to be sorted out before opening statements is a defense request to allow testimony from a woman who says Constand spoke of framing a celebrity before she went to police with alle-gations Cosby drugged and molested her.The judge also has to decide whether the jury can hear details about the 2006 financial settlement Cosby reached with Constand.ONeill told the jury pool the trial could last more than a month, adding the panel would be sequestered in a very niceŽ hotel. About half said the length of the trial would pose a hardship.The jury in Cosbys first trial deadlocked last June, months before #MeToo started toppling famous men in rapid succession, among them movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, TodayŽ show host Matt Lauer, actor Kevin Spacey and Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken.Veteran lawyers and jury consultants say #MeToo could cut both ways for Cosby, making some potential jurors more hostile and others more likely to think men are being unfairly accused.Last years trial was mostly a case of hesaid-she-said. For the retrial, a judge has ruled that jurors can hear from five additional accusers, giving prosecutors a chance to portray Cosby as a serial predator.The jury questioning revealed some potential witnesses, including Dawn Staley, the South Carolina womens basketball coach who was Constands boss at Temple; Temple board President Patrick OConnor, who represented Cosby in Constands 2005-06 lawsuit against him; and Judge Risa Vetri Ferman, the former district attorney who charged Cosby just before she left office in 2015. The AP does not typi-cally identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.Most in Cosby jury pool have made up minds, know of #MeTooBill Cosby, center, arrives for jury selection in his sexual assault retrial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Monday in Norristown, Pa. [COREY PERRINE/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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By Josh FunkThe Associated PressOMAHA, Neb. „ Investor Warren Buffetts oldest son usually focuses on finding ways for his foundation to help farmers in the developing world or get the most out of the crops hes growing in Illinois. But now Howard Buffett has jumped into the border security debate with a book criticizing President Donald Trumps proposal to build a massive wall along the Mexican border.At first, the subject might seem like an odd fit, but the book is based on Howard Buffetts experience as a philanthropist, an Arizona landowner near the border and a volunteer sher-iffs deputy in Arizona and Illinois.Buffett sees a clear connection between our nations porous border and the drug crimes and addiction he investigates in Decatur, Illinois, as interim sheriff. Hes also seen drug traffick-ing and illegal immigration in Cochise County, Arizona, where he owns a ranch and has served as a volunteer deputy.There is a lot of pain that is affecting many people in this country thats not getting addressed, and it starts at the border,Ž Howard Buffett said.He knows he may not be able to change some peoples minds because of the strong views Trumps supporters and detractors hold, but he thinks the best solution is a combination of properly equipped law enforcement, some barriers in places and cooperation with Mexico and other countries.The biggest single imped-iment is the politics of it,Ž he said.Trump has yet to secure funding to build a wall on the border. The budget deal that Congress recently approved included $1.6 billion for border wall spending, largely to repair existing barriers. Trump had requested $25 billion.Its hard to predict whether the book, titled Our 50-State Border Crisis: How the Mexican Border Fuels the Drug Epidemic Across AmericaŽ will be influential. Paul Landow, a University of Nebraska at Omaha political science professor and former Democratic strategist, said the book might be helped by Howard Buffetts status as a political outsider and philanthropist.A book like this one from Howard, who is well regarded, does have the opportunity to influence some people,Ž Landow said.In addition to his founda-tion, where he is giving away part of his fathers fortune, Howard Buffett also serves on the board of the Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate his father built.The book will get a boost from being on sale when tens of thousands of Berk-shire shareholders attend the annual meeting next month in Omaha, Nebraska. The elder Buffett also praised his sons work.The book is terrific and reflects a combination of knowledge and passion about one of the most impor-tant problems of America,Ž Warren Buffett said.Bu ett son criticizes border wall


A8 Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | HEALTHBy April DemboskyKQED/Kaiser Health NewsLawmakers in California will soon begin debate on a bill that would require doctors to screen new moms for mental health problems „ once while theyre pregnant and again after they give birth. But many obstetricians and pediatricians bristle at the idea, saying they are afraid to screen new moms for depression and anxiety. What are you going to do with those people who screen positive?Ž said Dr. Laura Sirott, an OB-GYN who practices in Pasadena. Some providers have nowhere to send them.Ž Nationally, depression affects up to 1 in 7 women during or after pregnancy, according to the American Psychological Association. And of women who screen positive for the condition, 78 percent dont get mental health treatment, according to a 2015 research review published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. Sirott said her patients give a range of reasons why they dont take her up on a referral to a psychologist: Oh, they dont take my insurance. Or my insurance pays for three visits. I cant take time off work to go to those visits. Its a three-month wait to get in to that person.Ž She said its also hard to find a psychiatrist who is trained in the complexities of prescribing medications to pregnant or breastfeeding women, and who is willing to treat them, especially in rural areas. So its very frustrating,Ž Sirott said, to ask patients about a problem and then not have any way to solve that problem.Ž Moms are frustrated, too. Wendy Root Askew struggled for years to get pregnant, and when she finally did, her anxiety got worse. And then, after I had my son, I would have these dreams where someone would come to the door and they would say, Well, you know, were just going to wait two weeks to see if you get to keep your baby or not,Ž Root Askew said. And it really impacted my ability to bond with him.Ž She likes Californias bill, AB 2193, because it goes beyond mandated screening. It would require health insurance companies to set up case management programs to help moms find a therapist, and connect obstetricians or pediatricians to a psychiatric specialist. Health insurance companies havent taken a position on the legislation. Its unclear how much it would cost them to comply, because some already have infrastructure in place for case management programs, and some do not. But there is consensus among insurers and health advocates that such programs save money in the long run. Some doctors still have their objections. Under the bill, they could be disciplined for not screening. Some have said they worry about how much time it would take. The health care system, and the incentives, arent set up for this sort of screening, Sirott said. Currently, I get $6 for screening a patient,Ž she said. By the time I put it on a piece of paper and print it, its not worth it.Ž Its not clear whether the direct and indirect costs of screening would be worth it to the patients, either. Four other states „ Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey and West Virginia „ have tried mandated screening, and it did not result in more women getting treatment, according to a study published in Psychiatric Services in 2015. Even with Californias extra requirement that insurance companies facilitate care, women could still face high copays or limits on the number of therapy sessions. Or, the new mothers might be so overwhelmed with their care for a newborn, that it would be difficult to add anything to their busy schedules. What does seem to work, according to the study of mandated screening in other states, is when nurses or mental health providers visit new moms at home. Supporters of Californias proposed bill, however, say doctors need to start somewhere. Screening is the first step in recognizing the full scope of the problem, said Dr. Nirmaljit Dhami, a Mountain View, California, psychiatrist. Women should be screened on an ongoing basis throughout pregnancy and for a year after birth, Dhami said, not just once or twice as the bill requires. This story is part of a partnership that includes KQED, NPR and Kaiser Health News. VACCINESREFUSAL RATES RISEAccording to a new study, the Health in America Report by the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, although vaccine rates continue to rise, so do vaccine refusal rates. The rate of documented vaccine refusal went up by nearly 70 percent for children born in 2013 compared to those born in 2010. For more information, or to download the Health of America report, visit healthofamerica. STRESSCALMING THE MINDDr. Amit Sood, author of The Mayo Clinic Guide to Stress-free Living, says demanding days can make you sick, and many medical conditions are made worse by stress. Sood discussed ideas to reduce that stress. Describing the brain as hungry for upli ing emotions,Ž Sood said taking a break is step one. A er a few hours of intense focus, he recommends watching a funny video or listening to an upli ing song. Another idea is to send a friend an email, just to say hi. HEART DISEASEWOMENS SYMPTOMSAround the same number of women and men die each year of heart disease in the U.S., says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While some women have no symptoms of heart disease, others may experience heavy sharp chest pain or discomfort, pain in the neck/jaw/ throat, or pain in the upper abdomen or back. „ Brandpoint TODAYS WORKOUTResistance band helps tone arms and shoulders By Marlo AllevaLedger correspondentIts officially spring and warm days are right around the corner. Tank tops will become a staple in our wardrobe. Is your upper body ready? If not, there are plenty of moves that will whip you into shape in no time, especially todays exercise. The move is an overhead band pulldown. It will be working your shoulders and upper back and chest as well. All you need is a resistance band. Begin this exercise by grasping your resistance band about a quarter of the way in from each end, creating just the right amount of resistance as you apply tension. You can stand or sit for this move, as you will be using only your upper body. Either way you choose, keep your core engaged and your chest tall. Grasping your band, extend your arms up overhead, holding the band taunt. Keeping your chest tall, proceed to bend in the elbows pulling the band down and slightly toward the back side of your head, creating tension in the shoulders, a squeeze in the upper back, and opening the chest. Once you reach your lowest position in this exercise, return your arms back to your starting point. Continue this cooldown movement for at least 10 repetitions. Take a small break, rolling and releasing your shoulders, then continue for three to five sets. If you feel you need more resistance, move your hands closer together on your band to intensify the move. If you need less intensity, move them farther apart. This is one of those easy exercises that can be done anywhere. It can be incorporated into any upper body routine. Marlo Alleva, an instructor at Golds Gym and group fitness coordinator at Fontaine-Gills YMCA, can be reached at faluvzpa@msn.Marlo Alleva demonstrates an overhead band pulldown. [SCOTT WHEELER/THE LEDGER] Maternal mental healthDoctors worry theres nowhere to send new and expectant moms with depression BIGSTOCK Identifying symptomsPostpartum depression may be mistaken for baby blues at “ rst „ but the signs and symptoms are more intense and last longer, eventually interfering with your ability to care for your baby and handle other daily tasks. Symptoms usually develop within the “ rst few weeks after giving birth, but may begin later „ up to six months after birth. Postpartum depression symptoms may include: € Depressed mood or severe mood swings € Excessive crying € Dif“ culty bonding with your baby € Withdrawing from family and friends € Loss of appetite or eating much more than usual € Inability to sleep (insomnia) or sleeping too much € Overwhelming fatigue or loss of energy € Reduced interest and pleasure in activities you used to enjoy € Intense irritability and anger € Fear that youre not a good mother € Feelings of worthlessness, shame, guilt or inadequacy € Diminished ability to think clearly, concentrate or make decisions € Severe anxiety and panic attacks € Thoughts of harming yourself or your baby € Recurrent thoughts of death or suicide € Untreated, postpartum depression may last for many months or longer.Source: Mayo Clinic

PAGE 9 | Tuesday, April 3, 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@ Fax: 352-365-1951 People and paper. Thats what it takes to publish a newspaper, the old saw goes. There are other requirements „ printing presses and ink „ and additional costs related to digital-news production. But next to the price of employing people „ salaries and benefits „ paper remains the second-largest individual cost of a newspaper publishing company. And that is one of the reasons we are concerned about the tariffs imposed on a certain type of paper imported from Canada into the United States. Known as uncoated groundwood paper, the product is used for newsprint, the cost of which has risen in the U.S. as a result of the tariffs. News organizations fear, rationally, that rising newsprint costs related to the tariffs will force publishers to cut people or paper, or raise costs to consumers „ or a combination of all three. We recognize our financial interest in this matter, but none of those outcomes would be good for the workers, readers, advertisers and communities that depend on professional journalism published in print, as so many newspaper subscribers still desire, or in digital form. Papers and magazines published by nonprofit organizations are suffering the effects as well. The National Catholic Reporter quoted Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh, who said: As the publisher of the second-largest circulated newspaper in western Pennsylvania, I oppose these newsprint tariffs.Ž Its not just about newspapers: Uncoated groundwood paper is used in books, directories, writing pads and advertising brochures. The tariffs „ technically, anti-dumping and countervailing duties „ were initiated by the U.S. Department of Commerce in response to a petition by one paper producer in Washington state. North Pacific Paper Company (NORPAC), which has fewer than 300 employees and is owned by a hedge fund, alleged that the Canadian government subsidizes paper exports. The Commerce Department agreed and imposed the two duties „ combined, ranging up to 32 percent „ preliminarily in January and March. Final determinations are pending. The newspaper industry is mobilizing opposition, but its not alone. A small but bipartisan group in Congress has asked Commerce to lift the tariffs. We hope the Florida congressional delegation will join them, not solely for the benefit of newspapers but because of the negative, overall economic impacts. Most notable among the opponents is the American Forest and Paper Association. The uncoated groundwood and newsprint market is a North American market, and AF&PA has opposed the request for duties to be imposed on imports from Canada,Ž the associations chief executive, Donna Harman, said. Imports are necessary, in part, because many U.S. companies abandoned newsprint production in favor of products with higher profit margins. Nevertheless, consider this: Two of the leading Canadian producers have a total of nearly 4,000 U.S. employees, more than 13 times the number of NORPAC, the petitioner. More than 600,000 workers in the U.S. are employed in the publishing, printing and paper-producing industries that overwhelming oppose the tariffs because of their potential to kill jobs and depress economic activity. If the U.S. goal is to have smart trade, then the tariffs are, well, dumb.OUR OPINIONPaper tari s deal an economic blow ANOTHER OPINION Safety is the highest priority of any school system, far exceeding lofty expectations in the areas of college paths and career choices. The tragic events in Broward County on Valentines Day have refocused the stark reality that safety is, and should be, our communitys paramount duty. It is a shared responsibility involving the school district and its staff, law enforcement, local government, students, parents, churches and leadership in Tallahassee and Washington. Many times students are the first to have an inking of trouble-to-come due to social media. See something, say somethingŽ is an important concept for students to internalize and implement. However, I think parents and citizens in Sumter County have a reason to be confident but cautious in the safety of their children in the school system. A recent event highlights several reasons for that optimism. On Wednesday, March 21, there was a loud explosion near the South Sumter High School campus, very close to the time of early dismissal. At that time, no one knew that it was something as innocent as an exploding impact wrench in a neighborhood workshop across the street from the school. To those on campus, it sounded much like gunfire, and they responded rapidly and accordingly. Principal McKinney and School Resource Officer Greenwood, as well as other members of the SSHS leadership team and faculty, went into action securing the classrooms and campus as per the Sumter School Boards safety protocol, details of which I will not be sharing publicly for obvious reasons. The staff knew the response plan and executed it to ensure the safety of students and the students reacted as they had been instructed to in previous drills. After the schools call-out of a potential threat, and within less than a minute, the first of several dozen deputies arrived on the campus, aggressively equipped to insure a safe environment for our students. Unlike the incident in Broward, the deputies scoured the interior of the campus within minutes of the threat and while there was no real threat, they were well prepared and equipped to engage whatever threats they might have found. Sergeant Wynn, SRO Supervisor, provided timely communication throughout and was on the scene very quickly along with many brave deputies. Radios used by the school, purchased by the Sumter Board of County Commission to insure seamless communication between agencies, aided and assisted throughout. Law enforcements response, qualitatively and quantitatively, was impressive. Things happened very quickly. The original incident was reported around 1:15 p.m. and the all-clear was given a few minutes before 2 p.m. At 2:08 p.m., parents of all south end students began to receive a call-out, email or text from the superintendents office explaining the incident and reassuring them through our School Messenger service. There were 4,342 contacts in all, and they were all made within minutes of the all-clear signal. Although this event ended up being a live drill in response to an innocent accident, Sheriff Farmers deputies did an outstanding job of engaging the interior of the campus in a timely manner to insure the safety of all. While the safety protocols adopted by the school district were also extremely effective, good policies only work when implemented properly by well-trained people. The staff at South Sumter High School and Sheriff Farmers office and deputies are to be commended for a rapid response that helped insure everyones safety. While there may never be a perfect safety plan that covers all contingencies or a flawless response to a real life tragedy, rest assured that the Sumter school district has an effective plan approved by the School Board and is prepared, and the Sheriffs office has proven it stands ready to intervene quickly, aggressively and effectively. We are ever in their debt for a job well done. We will have further conversations about school safety at 4 p.m. on today during a workshop at the School Board office in Bushnell. The public is always welcome. Rick Shirley is the superintendent of Sumter County Schools.ANOTHER OPINIONSumter County students are in good handsBaseball has become countercultural in America. Its pacing runs counter to our Twitter-addled era. The game denies instant gratification. Thousands of measurable events and matchups provide inarguable facts. The sport demands respect for history and context. Given the current political climate, the republic needs baseball more than ever. As the country has sped up, baseball has gotten slower. The average nineinning game takes over three hours „ 13 percent longer than in 2005. There is no running the clockŽ as there is in just about every other sport. Batters saunter to the plate and fiddle with batting gloves. Pitchers shake off signs, get set and then step off the mound. Major League Baseball hopes to quicken the pace by limiting the number of coaching visits to the mound and shortening breaks between innings. Players, bless them, have resisted a 20-second pitch clock. Baseball teaches delayed gratification. It lacks the constant movement of basketball or violent contact of football, and the pleasure of an inning-ending strikeout or run-saving catch comes only after a period of tense waiting. The exact opposite occurs too. With the crowd on its feet during a go-ahead moment, a batter will foul off five pitches only to meekly ground out to first base. Baseball also fosters a philosophical outlook. There are 162 regular season games; players and teams often recover from slow starts. Fans and players expect ups and downs. This is not the orientation of hyperbolic cable news shows or the incessant outrage traded on social media. Baseball resists quick, uninformed judgments. Teams and players reveal their character over some 1,500 innings played each year. The sheer volume of data generated lends itself to debate, analysis and historical comparison. All major league players stand in relationship to the achievements of their forbearers. Baseball reminds us how important historical context is as well. No one forgets that baseball was racially segregated until Jackie Robinson took the field with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. In 1920, when the league introduced the more tightly-wound live ball,Ž sluggers such as Babe Ruth became stars of the game overnight. MLB added eight games to the regular season in the early 1960s, which made comparing the single-season achievements of pitchers and hitters difficult. With the growing dominance of pitchers during the late 1960s, the league widened the strike zone and lowered the pitchers mound five inches to help batters again. Such rule changes, of which there are many, mean that Babe Ruth cant be neatly compared to Mike Trout. MLB franchises are businesses designed to make money, but even the leagues distasteful attempts at spectacle „ like halftime shows at the MLB Homerun Derby „ cannot overwhelm the substance of our national pastime. At a moment when post-truth politics poisons our discourse, opening day cant get here soon enough. John R. Bawden is an associate professor of history at the University of Montevallo in Alabama.ANOTHER OPINIONAmerica needs baseball more than ever OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250


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PAGE 11 | Tuesday, April 3, 2018 B1 SPORTSPaul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.comBy Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comTanner Clark is not likely to strike fear into the hearts of opposing pitchers or baserunners.In fact, at 5-foot-11 and 165 pounds, the Lake-Sumter State College catcher might easily pass for a batboy instead of a college backstop.But what Clark lacks in physical stature he makes up with hard work, heart and determination when he steps on the baseball field. In fact, the former Eustis High School standout is making the most of his final season with the Lakehawks.Heading into Mondays game against Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Clark is hitting .316 with 16 RBIs for LSSC, which sports a 13-23-1 record heading into the final month of the season. His bat-ting average trails only Alan Alonsos .341 mark and hes fifth on the Lakehawks in RBIs and runs scored (18).Clark has worked opposing pitchers for 22 walks while striking out just seven times and has been successful in each of his four stolen base attempts. Hes had nines games with at least two hits and one „ a 12-7 loss on March 14 to Daytona State „ with three hits.His final season at LSSC has been a rebirth for Clark. In his freshman campaign with the Lakehawks, Clark hit just .179 with five RBIs in 27 games.Clark gave Lakehawks fans a vision of things to come during his senior season at Eustis in 2016. He hit .420 with 16 RBIs for the Panthers that year, which finished with an 18-9 record. Kelsi Collins, FloridaSouthwestern StateCollegeKelsi Collins doesnt know how to lose at the next level.She hasnt been forced to learn that lesson.A former pitcher for the Lake THE NEXT LEVELEustis Clark: Small catcher with big gameTanner Clark hits for Eustis High School during a 2015 game against Tavares. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] By Frank Jolleyfrank.jolley@dailycommercial.comAn already memorable high school basketball season for Lake and Sumter counties became more memorable on Monday.Thats when the Florida Association of Basketball Coaches named Wildwoods Kari Niblack and Leesburgs Cordrayius Graham their girls Class 1A and boys Class 6A Player of the Year respectively.Both awards were the latest in a trove of honors and recognition for seniors Niblack and Graham, beginning more than a month ago at the Florida High School Athletic Association state finals. Niblack scored 28 points to power Wildwood to a 54-45 Best of the bestABOVE: The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches named Leesburgs Cordrayius Graham their boys Class 6A Player of the Year respectively. BELOW: The Florida Association of Basketball Coaches named Wildwoods Kari Niblack their girls Class 1A Player of the Year respectively. [PHOTOS BY PAUL RYAN / CORRESPONDENT] Wildwoods Niblack, Leesburgs Graham named top players byFlorida coachesBy Noah TristerAP Baseball WriterWhen Ian Happ hit the first pitch the 2018 base-ball season for a home run, he gave opening day an immediate highlight „ but the Chicago outfielder's shot wasn't a total surprise.Gone are the days when leadoff batters were supposed to be speedy singles hitters. Now players like Happ „ who had 24 homers and only eight stolen bases last year „ fit the mold.There's no longer much debate about the importance of on-base per-centage, especially at the top of the lineup. It helps to have baserunners when the power hitters in the middle of the order come up „ and stolen bases can actually be more useful at the bottom of the order, as a way of manufacturing runs with weaker hitters. While it's still nice to have some speed in the No. 1 spot, it's by no means a requirement.Happ's home run gave the Cubs an instant 1-0 lead over Miami, and Hous-ton's George Springer also hit a leadoff homer against Texas on Thursday. Even with the speedy Jose Altuve on the roster, Springer was the Astros' main leadoff hitter last season. He hit 34 homers and had only five steals for the World Series champs.Baltimore even put Chris Davis atop the batting order to start this season. Davis has never stolen more than four bases in a year. He's known for hitting home runs and drawing walks, and he may need to improve his low batting average (.215 last season) if he's going to last as a leadoff hitter. He's 0 for 12 to start 2018.Here are a few more notes from an abbreviated first week around the major leagues: Oh yesShohei Ohtani won his debut as a pitcher Sunday, allowing three runs and three hits in six innings for the Los Angeles Angels in their game at Oakland. He went 1 for 5 in his lone appearance as a hitter.Happ, Springer re ect new breed of leado hittersSecond base umpire Ed Hickox, left, watches as Houston Astros George Springer, right, rounds second after hitting a solo home run off Texas Rangers Cole Hamels on a lead at-bat in the “ rst inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas on Thursday. [AP PHOTO/TONY GUTIERREZ] See LEVEL, B3 See HITTERS, B3 See BEST, B3By Doug FergusonThe Associated PressAUGUSTA, Ga. „ The roar sounded like Sunday at Augusta National.This was Monday afternoon, and it was so sudden and thunderous that it reached the clubhouse. It was loud enough to startle spectators who wondered what they had missed. They had a pretty good idea who it was.Tiger Woods is back at the Masters.Woods teed off with Justin Thomas and Fred Couples shortly before 3 p.m. when thousands of fans were making their way toward the exit. Thousands more crowded around the tee, lined the first fairway and followed him down the par-5 second hole. Some of them rushed over to the third hole to stake out a spot. Most of them surrounded the second green, and they were responsible for all the noise when Woods chipped in from behind the green.About the only thing miss-ing was a beam of light from the heavens.Any talk about this being one of the most anticipated Masters in years starts with one player. Woods is at Augusta National for the first time since 2015, at least with his golf clubs, and he showed during the Florida swing of the PGA Tour that he is more than capable of winning a fifth green jacket.When Tiger walked onto the range today, you can tell theres an anticipation and an excitement from the crowd to watch him compete again,Ž Justin Rose said.Woods brings the roars early at AugustaSee MASTERS, B3


B2 Tuesday, April 3, 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 PRO BASKETBALL NBAAll times EasternEASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT. GB x-Toronto 55 21 .724 „ x-Boston 53 23 .697 2 x-Philadelphia 46 30 .605 9 New York 27 50 .351 28 Brooklyn 25 52 .325 30 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Washington 42 35 .545 „ Miami 41 36 .532 1 Charlotte 34 44 .436 8 Orlando 22 54 .289 19 Atlanta 22 55 .286 20 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Cleveland 47 30 .610 „ x-Indiana 46 31 .597 1 Milwaukee 41 36 .532 6 Detroit 37 40 .481 10 Chicago 26 51 .338 21WESTERN CONFERENCESOUTHWEST DIVISION W L PCT GB z-Houston 62 15 .805 „ San Antonio 45 32 .584 17 New Orleans 43 34 .558 19 Dallas 23 54 .299 39 Memphis 21 56 .273 41 NORTHWEST DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Portland 48 29 .623 „ Oklahoma City 45 33 .577 3 Utah 44 33 .571 4 Minnesota 44 34 .564 4 Denver 42 35 .545 6 PACIFIC DIVISION W L PCT GB y-Golden State 56 21 .727 „ L.A. Clippers 41 36 .532 15 L.A. Lakers 33 43 .434 22 Sacramento 25 53 .321 31 Phoenix 19 59 .244 37x-clinched playoff berth; y-won division; z-clinched conferenceSaturdays GamesWashington 107, Charlotte 93 Detroit 115, New York 109 Boston 110, Toronto 99 Brooklyn 110, Miami 109, OT Golden State 112, Sacramento 96Sundays GamesPhiladelphia 119, Charlotte 102 Chicago 113, Washington 94 Indiana 111, L.A. Clippers 104 San Antonio 100, Houston 83 Atlanta 94, Orlando 88 Cleveland 98, Dallas 87 Detroit 108, Brooklyn 96 Oklahoma City 109, New Orleans 104 Utah 121, Minnesota 97 Denver 128, Milwaukee 125, OT Golden State 117, Phoenix 107 Portland 113, Memphis 98 Sacramento 84, L.A. Lakers 83Mondays GamesNo games scheduledTodays GamesBrooklyn at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Toronto at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Atlanta at Miami, 7:30 p.m. Orlando at New York, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Charlotte at Chicago, 8 p.m. Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Washington at Houston, 8 p.m. Portland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Indiana at Denver, 9 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Utah, 9 p.m. Sacramento at Phoenix, 10 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.Wednesdays GamesDallas at Orlando, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at Detroit, 7 p.m. Miami at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Toronto, 8 p.m. Memphis at New Orleans, 8 p.m. San Antonio at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m.Thursdays GamesGolden State at Indiana, 7 p.m. Brooklyn at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Portland at Houston, 8 p.m. Washington at Cleveland, 8 p.m. L.A. Clippers at Utah, 9 p.m. Minnesota at Denver, 10:30 p.m.Fridays GamesAtlanta at Washington, 7 p.m. Charlotte at Orlando, 7 p.m. Cleveland at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Dallas at Detroit, 7 p.m. Chicago at Boston, 7:30 p.m. Indiana at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Miami at New York, 7:30 p.m. Sacramento at Memphis, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Minnesota at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. PRO HOCKEY NHLEASTERN CONFERENCEAtlantic Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Boston 78 49 17 12 110 261 201 x-Tampa Bay 79 52 23 4 108 283 228 x-Toronto 79 47 25 7 101 267 226 Florida 77 39 30 8 86 232 236 Detroit 79 30 38 11 71 207 242 Montreal 78 28 38 12 68 198 250 Ottawa 78 27 40 11 65 210 274 Buffalo 78 25 41 12 62 187 260Metropolitan Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Washington 79 47 25 7 101 247 230 x-Pittsburgh 80 45 29 6 96 263 246 Columbus 79 44 29 6 94 231 217 Philadelphia 79 40 25 14 94 238 235 New Jersey 79 42 28 9 93 238 236 Carolina 79 35 33 11 81 220 247 N.Y. Rangers 79 34 36 9 77 228 256 N.Y. Islanders 79 32 37 10 74 253 288WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA x-Nashville 79 51 17 11 113 258 204 x-Winnipeg 78 48 20 10 106 260 207 Minnesota 78 43 25 10 96 239 221 Colorado 79 42 28 9 93 249 228 St. Louis 78 43 29 6 92 215 208 Dallas 79 40 31 8 88 224 216 Chicago 79 32 37 10 74 223 245Paci“ c Division GP W L OT PTS GF GA y-Vegas 79 50 22 7 107 263 213 San Jose 79 44 25 10 98 243 217 Anaheim 79 41 25 13 95 224 212 Los Angeles 79 43 28 8 94 229 194 Calgary 79 36 33 10 82 209 241 Edmonton 79 34 39 6 74 227 255 Vancouver 79 30 40 9 69 208 253 Arizona 79 28 40 11 67 201 248 x-clinched playoff spot; y-clinched division. 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 GamesBoston 5, Florida 1 Detroit 2, Ottawa 0 Vancouver 5, Columbus 4, OT New Jersey 4, N.Y. Islanders 3 N.Y. Rangers 2, Carolina 1 Pittsburgh 5, Montreal 2 Winnipeg 3, Toronto 1 Dallas 4, Minnesota 1 Buffalo 7, Nashville 4 Arizona 6, St. Louis 0 Calgary 3, Edmonton 2 Vegas 3, San Jose 2Sundays GamesPhiladelphia 4, Boston 3, OT Nashville 4, Tampa Bay 1 New Jersey 2, Montreal 1 Washington 3, Pittsburgh 1 Anaheim 4, Colorado 3, OTMondays GamesBuffalo at Toronto, late Carolina at Florida, late Winnipeg at Ottawa, late Edmonton at Minnesota, late Washington at St. Louis, late Colorado at Los Angeles, lateTodays GamesDetroit at Columbus, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at New Jersey, 7 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Nashville at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Winnipeg at Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. Arizona at Calgary, 9 p.m. Vegas at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Dallas at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.Wednesdays GamesOttawa at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m. Chicago at St. Louis, 8 p.m. Minnesota at Anaheim, 10 p.m.Thursdays GamesPittsburgh at Columbus, 7 p.m. Nashville at Washington, 7 p.m. Carolina at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. Toronto at New Jersey, 7 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at N.Y. Islanders, 7 p.m. Montreal at Detroit, 7:30 p.m. Boston at Florida, 7:30 p.m. Calgary at Winnipeg, 8 p.m. Vegas at Edmonton, 9 p.m. Arizona at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Minnesota at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Colorado at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.AHLEASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA x-Lehigh Valley 70 44 17 4 5 97 243 200 WB/Scranton 69 40 21 6 2 88 225 204 Providence 69 41 23 3 2 87 204 166 Charlotte 70 40 26 1 3 84 234 202 Bridgeport 69 34 27 5 3 76 191 189 Hartford 71 31 31 6 3 71 196 239 Hershey 71 29 33 4 5 67 190 230 Spring“ eld 70 29 34 5 2 65 197 219 North Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA x-Toronto 70 50 18 1 1 102 230 151 x-Syracuse 70 43 20 3 4 93 223 176 x-Rochester 70 33 20 11 6 83 214 202 x-Utica 70 36 24 6 4 82 200 202 Binghamton 70 23 36 7 4 57 175 225 Belleville 70 26 39 2 3 57 175 250 Laval 71 24 38 7 2 57 196 260 WESTERN CONFERENCE Central Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA Chicago 69 38 21 7 3 86 217 182 Manitoba 71 39 24 4 4 86 238 189 Grand Rapids 71 39 24 1 7 86 219 197 Rockford 70 37 25 4 4 82 216 212 Milwaukee 69 35 29 4 1 75 197 211 Iowa 70 30 25 9 6 75 213 229 Cleveland 69 22 37 7 3 54 167 234 Paci“ c Division GP W L OL SOL Pts GF GA x-Tucson 63 38 19 5 1 82 197 164 Ontario 62 35 21 4 2 76 187 170 San Diego 62 35 23 3 1 74 192 175 Texas 70 35 24 7 4 81 204 213 Stockton 62 31 25 2 4 68 190 181 San Antonio 70 33 27 10 0 76 181 193 Bakers“ eld 62 28 24 9 1 66 171 190 San Jose 62 28 26 4 4 64 161 188 x-clinched playoff berth; y-clinched division title; 2 points for a win, 1 for an OT or shootout loss; Standings determined by winning percentage (not shown) not by pointsSaturdays GamesToronto 5, Manitoba 4 Bridgeport 5, Hartford 1 Charlotte 4, Syracuse 1 Hershey 6, Laval 3 Grand Rapids 6, Milwaukee 2 Rockford 5, San Jose 3 Tucson 4, Iowa 3 Providence 3, WB/Scranton 1 Utica 6, Spring“ eld 5 Lehigh Valley 4, Belleville 2 Rochester 5, Binghamton 3 Texas 2, Chicago 1, SO Stockton 4, San Antonio 1 Ontario 5, Cleveland 3 Bakers“ eld 2, San Diego 1Sundays GamesNo games scheduledMondays GamesNo games scheduledTodays GamesProvidence at Bridgeport, 10:30 a.m. Lehigh Valley at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Hershey at WB/Scranton, 7:05 p.m. Milwaukee at Chicago, 8 p.m. Cleveland at Iowa, 8 p.m.Wednesdays GamesLehigh Valley at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Spring“ eld at Belleville, 7 p.m. Rochester at Laval, 7:30 p.m. Cleveland at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Rockford at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Stockton at Texas, 8:30 p.m. Ontario at Bakers“ eld, 9:30 p.m. San Diego at San Jose, 10 p.m. SOCCER MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCERAll times Eastern EASTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA New York City FC 4 0 1 13 10 4 Columbus 3 1 1 10 9 5 Atlanta United FC 3 1 0 9 8 6 New England 2 1 1 7 6 5 New York Red Bulls 2 2 0 6 10 5 Montreal 2 2 0 6 5 5 Philadelphia 1 1 1 4 2 3 Orlando City 1 2 1 4 6 8 Toronto FC 1 2 0 3 3 4 D.C. United 0 3 2 2 5 10 Chicago 0 2 1 1 6 8 WESTERN CONFERENCE W L T PTS GF GA Sporting Kansas City 3 1 1 10 10 9 Vancouver 3 1 1 10 7 7 Los Angeles Galaxy 2 1 1 7 7 6 Los Angeles FC 2 1 0 6 9 5 Minnesota United 2 3 0 6 6 9 FC Dallas 1 0 2 5 5 2 Colorado 1 1 1 4 6 4 Houston 1 2 1 4 7 6 Real Salt Lake 1 2 1 4 4 9 San Jose 1 2 0 3 6 7 Portland 0 2 2 2 4 9 Seattle 0 3 0 0 0 5 3 points for victory, 1 point for tieMarch 30Toronto FC 3, Real Salt Lake 1March 31Orlando City 4, New York 3 LA Galaxy 4, Los Angeles FC 3 Vancouver 2, Columbus 1 Portland 2, Chicago 2, tie Atlanta United FC 1, Minnesota United 0 New York City FC 2, San Jose 1 New England 2, Houston 0 Sporting Kansas City 1, D.C. United 0 Colorado 3, Philadelphia 0 Montreal 1, Seattle 0Fridays GameMontreal at New England, 7:30 p.m.Saturdays GamesHouston at New York, 3 p.m. Los Angeles FC at Atlanta United FC, 5 p.m. San Jose at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. D.C. United at Toronto FC, 7:30 p.m. Colorado at FC Dallas, 8 p.m. Columbus at Chicago, 8:30 p.m. Vancouver at Real Salt Lake, 9:30 p.m.Sundays GamesPortland at Orlando City, 4 p.m. Sporting Kansas City at LA Galaxy, 9 p.m.NATIONAL WOMENS SOCCER LEAGUEAll times Eastern W L T PTS GF GA North Carolina 2 0 0 6 2 0 Seattle 1 0 0 3 2 1 Portland 1 1 0 3 3 3 Washington 1 1 0 3 3 2 Houston 0 0 2 2 1 1 Utah 0 0 2 2 1 1 Chicago 0 1 1 1 3 4 Orlando 0 1 1 1 1 3 Sky Blue FC 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 points for victory, 1 point for tie.March 30Utah 0, Houston 0, tieMarch 31North Carolina 1, Sky Blue FC 0 Washington 2, Orlando 0 Portland 3, Chicago 2Saturday, April 14Chicago at Utah, 3:30 p.m. North Carolina at Washington, 7 p.m.Sunday, April 15Seattle at Sky Blue FC, 5 p.m. Orlando at Portland, 6 p.m.2018 U.S. MENS SOCCER RESULTS/SCHEDULEAll times Eastern (Won 1, Lost 0, Tied 1)Sunday, Jan. 28 „ United States 0, BosniaHerzogovina 0 Tuesday, March 27 „ United States 1, Paraguay 0Saturday, June 9 „ vs. France at Lyon, France (tentative) ODDS PREGAME.COM LINEMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLToday National LeagueFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINEChicago -180 at Cincinnati +165 at New York -113 Philadelphia +103 Washington -109 at Atlanta -101 at Milwaukee -129 St. Louis +119 Los Angeles -170 at Arizona +158 Colorado -116 at San Diego +106American LeagueKansas City -109 at Detroit -101 at Toronto -170 Chicago +158 at Houston -245 Baltimore +225 at Oakland -116 Texas +106 at Los Angeles -123 Cleveland +113 at New York -155 Tampa Bay +145 Interleagueat San Francisco -120 Seattle +110 Boston -250 at Miami +220NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG at Philadelphia 9 222 Brooklyn at Cleveland 1 223 Toronto at Miami 11 208 Atlanta at New York 1 211 Orlando at Houston Off Off Washington at Milwaukee 2 207 Boston at Oklahoma City 3 222 Golden State Charlotte 5 216 at Chicago Portland 8 208 at Dallas at Denver 3 215 Indiana at Utah Off Off LA Lakers at Phoenix Off Off Sacramento San Antonio 1 210 at LA ClippersNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE TodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Columbus -233 Detroit +213 Philadelphia -158 at NY Islanders +148 at New Jersey -223 NY Rangers +203 at Tampa Bay Off Boston Off Nashville -127 at Florida +117 at Montreal Off Winnipeg Off at Calgary -131 Arizona +121 at Vancouver Off Vegas Off at San Jose -174 Dallas +162 Updated odds available at TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLAmerican LeagueBALTIMORE ORIOLES „ Agreed to terms with OF Michael Saunders on a minor league contract. KANSAS CITY ROYALS „ Claimed OF Abraham Almonte off outright waivers from Cleveland. Designated RHP Miguel Almonte for assignment. NEW YORK YANKEES „ Voided the minor league option of RHP Ben Heller and placed him on the 10-day DL, retroactive to March 27). SEATTLE MARINERS „ Seny OF Cameron Perkins outright to Tacoma (PCL). TEXAS RANGERS „ Selected the contract of RHP Bartolo Colon from Round Rock (PCL). Optioned RHP Nick Gardewine to Round Rock. Transferred RHP Ricardo Rodriguez from the 10to the 60-day DL. Announced 1B Tommy Joseph cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Frisco (Texas).National LeagueARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS „ Sent LF Yasmany Tomas outright to Reno (PCL). Optioned RHP Stefan Crichton to Reno (PCL). ATLANTA BRAVES „ Selected the contract of RHP Anibal Sanchez from Gwinnett (IL). Activated C Carlos Perez. Designated RHP Miguel Socolovich for assignment. Placed RHP Josh Ravin on the 10-day DL. MIAMI MARLINS „ Designated RHP Severino Gonzalez for assignment. Selected the contract of RHP Trevor Richards from Jacksonville (SL). PITTSBURGH PIRATES „ Placed RHP Joe Musg rove on the 10-day DL, retroactive to Friday. Recalled RHP Clay Holmes from Indianapolis (IL). WASHINGTON NATIONALS „ Placed C Matt Wieters on the 10-day DL. Recalled C Pedro Severino from Syracuse (IL).BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationATLANTA HAWKS „ Signed G Damion Lee for the remainder of the season. Assigned Fs Tyler Cavanaugh and Jeremy Evans, and transferred G Josh Magette and F Andrew White III to Erie (NBAGL).FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueINDIANAPOLIS COLTS „ Signed LS Luke Rhodes.Canadian Football LeagueWINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS „ Named James Stanley defensive assistant.HOCKEYNational Hockey LeagueNHL „ Fined Boston F Brad Marchand $5,000 for cross-checking. CALGARY FLAMES „ Assigned F Dillon Dube to Stockton (AHL). DETROIT RED WINGS „ Reassigned F Dylan Sadowy from Grand Rapids (AHL) to Toledo (ECHL). NEW JERSEY DEVILS „ Signed F Marian Studenic to a three-year, entry-level contract. VANCOUVER CANUCKS „ Announced Fs Henrik and Daniel Sedin will retire at the end of the season.American Hockey LeagueCLEVELAND MONSTERS „ Signed F Phil Lane to a professional tryout agreement. GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS „ Assigned D Patrick McCarron to Toledo (ECHL). SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE „ Signed F Travis Barron to an amateur tryout contract. Reassigned F J.C. Beaudin to Colorado (ECHL). STOCKTON HEAT „ Signed F DArtagnan Joly to an amateur tryout agreement.ECHLADIRONDACK THUNDER „ Released F Bo Pieper. Signed D Aaron Titcomb. FLORIDA EVERBLADES „ Signed G Josh Robinson. FORT WAYNE KOMETS „ Signed F Anthony Petruzzelli. KANSAS CITY MAVERICKS „ Signed F Brogan OBrien. QUAD CITY MALLARDS „ Signed D Tommy Muratore. READING ROYALS „ Claimed D Adam Larkin off waivers from Adirondack.SOCCERNational Premier Soccer LeagueJACKSONVILLE ARMADA „ Signed Gs Brian Holt and Aleksander Gogi.COLLEGESEAST TENNESSEE STATE „ Placed football coach Randy Sanders on paid administrative leave. MIAMI „ Announced sophomore F Dewan Huell has declared for the NBA draft. MICHIGAN STATE „ Freshman F Jaren Jackson announced he is entering the NBA draft. NORTH ALABAMA „ Named Tony Pujol mens assistant basketball coach. UCONN „ Announced junior F Azura Stevens will enter the WNBA draft. COLLEGE BASKETBALL MENS BASKETBALL NCAA TOURNAMENT FINAL FOUR At The Alamodome, San Antonio National Semi“ nals SaturdayMichigan 69, Loyola of Chicago 57 Villanova 95, Kansas 79National Championship MondayMichigan (33-7) vs. Villanova (35-4), 9:20 p.m.WOMENS BASKETBALL NCAA WOMENS TOURNAMENT FINAL FOUR At Columbus, Ohio National Semi“ nals March 30Mississippi State 73, Louisville 63, OT Notre Dame 91, UConn 89, OTNational Championship SundayNotre Dame 61, Mississippi State 58NOTRE DAME 61, MISSISSIPPI STATE 58NOTRE DAME (35-3) Shepard 8-10 3-3 19, Westbeld 2-4 2-2 6, Mabrey 3-9 3-3 10, Ogunbowale 6-21 5-7 18, Young 2-7 2-2 6, Nelson 1-1 0-0 2, Totals 22-52 15-17 61. MISSISSIPPI ST. (37-2) McCowan 7-19 4-8 18, Johnson 1-6 0-0 3, Schaefer 2-5 0-0 6, Vivians 8-18 4-5 21, William 3-4 0-0 6, Bibby 0-2 0-0 0, Campbell 0-0 0-0 0, Danberry 1-5 0-2 2, Holmes 0-0 2-2 2, Totals 22-59 10-17 58. NOTRE DAME 14 3 24 20 „ 61 MISSISSIPPI ST. 17 13 11 17 „ 58 3-Point Goals„Notre Dame 2-9 (Shepard 0-1, Westbeld 0-1, Mabrey 1-4, Ogunbowale 1-3), Mississippi St. 4-16 (Johnson 1-5, Schaefer 2-5, Vivians 1-5, William 0-1). Assists„Notre Dame 8 (Shepard 2), Mississippi St. 9 (Danberry 3). Fouled Out„Mississippi St. McCowan. Rebounds„Notre Dame 35 (Westbeld 9), Mississippi St. 38 (McCowan 17). Total Fouls„ Notre Dame 17, Mississippi St. 21. Technical Fouls„None. A„19,599. NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES2018 „ Notre Dame 61, Mississippi State 58 2017 „ South Carolina 67, Mississippi State 55 2016 „ UConn 82, Syracuse 51 2015 „ UConn 63, Notre Dame 53 2014 „ UConn 79, Notre Dame 58 2013 „ UConn 93, Louisville 60 2012 „ Baylor 80, Notre Dame 61 2011 „ Texas A&M 76, Notre Dame 70 2010 „ UConn 53, Stanford 47 2009 „ UConn 76, Louisville 54 2008 „ Tennessee 64, Stanford 48 2007 „ Tennessee 59, Rutgers 46 2006 „ Maryland 78, Duke 75, OT 2005 „ Baylor 84, Michigan State 62 2004 „ UConn 70, Tennessee 61 2003 „ UConn 73, Tennessee 68 2002 „ UConn 82, Oklahoma 70 2001 „ Notre Dame 68, Purdue 66 2000 „ UConn 71, Tennessee 52 1999 „ Purdue 62, Duke 45 1998 „ Tennessee 93, Louisiana Tech 75 1997 „ Tennessee 68, Old Dominion 59 1996 „ Tennessee 83, Georgia 65 1995 „ UConn 70, Tennessee 64WOMENS NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENTChampionship SaturdayIndiana 65, Virginia Tech 57 GOLF PGA TOURHOUSTON OPENSundays leaders at Golf Club of Houston, Humble, Texas; Purse: $7 million. Yardage: 7,441; Par: 72 (x-won on “ rst playoff hole)Finalx-Ian Poulter (500), $1,260,000 73-64-65-67„269 Beau Hossler (300), $756,000 65-68-69-67„269 Emiliano Grillo (163), $406,000 69-68-67-68„272 Jordan Spieth (163), $406,000 68-67-71-66„272 Sam Ryder (110), $280,000 66-68-71-68„273 Keith Mitchell (95), $243,250 67-71-67-69„274 Henrik Stenson (95), $243,250 68-68-69-69„274 Abraham Ancer (73), $182,000 68-66-72-69„275 Paul Dunne, $182,000 64-71-69-71„275 Matt Every (73), $182,000 67-70-72-66„275 Russell Henley (73), $182,000 69-71-70-65„275 Matt Kuchar (73), $182,000 68-68-69-70„275 Julian Suri, $182,000 66-69-73-67„275 Nicholas Lindheim (54), $122,500 68-66-73-69„276 Shane Lowry (54), $122,500 68-68-71-69„276 Grayson Murray (54), $122,500 67-69-72-68„276 Michael Thompson (54), $122,500 67-71-70-68„276 Daniel Berger (44), $88,200 69-72-68-68„277 Bud Cauley (44), $88,200 67-69-71-70„277 Robert Garrigus (44), $88,200 69-69-67-72„277 Chesson Hadley (44), $88,200 68-68-69-72„277 Charles Howell III (44), $88,200 71-67-70-69„277 Nate Lashley (44), $88,200 70-69-68-70„277 Bronson Burgoon (32), $54,163 67-68-75-68„278 Tony Finau (32), $54,163 70-70-69-69„278 Luke List (32), $54,163 68-68-70-72„278 Jamie Lovemark (32), $54,163 69-69-71-69„278 Phil Mickelson (32), $54,163 68-71-72-67„278 Scott Piercy (32), $54,163 68-70-70-70„278 Martin Piller (32), $54,163 68-73-70-67„278 Shawn Stefani (32), $54,163 67-69-70-72„278 Rob Oppenheim (19), $34,809 69-72-72-66„279 Roberto Daz (19), $34,809 68-69-72-70„279 Lucas Glover (19), $34,809 65-73-72-69„279 James Hahn (19), $34,809 69-67-73-70„279 J.B. Holmes (19), $34,809 73-68-68-70„279 John Huh (19), $34,809 70-67-70-72„279 Andrew Putnam (19), $34,809 71-69-69-70„279 Kevin Tway (19), $34,809 65-70-69-75„279 Tyrone Van Aswegen (19), $34,809 72-68-71-68„279 Nick Watney (19), $34,809 71-69-69-70„279 Aaron Wise (19), $34,809 69-69-71-70„279 Ryan Armour (10), $20,860 66-70-72-72„280 Keegan Bradley (10), $20,860 68-71-70-71„280 Ben Crane (10), $20,860 72-67-72-69„280 Rickie Fowler (10), $20,860 66-68-73-73„280 Hunter Mahan (10), $20,860 71-69-70-70„280 Denny McCarthy (10), $20,860 68-73-71-68„280 Troy Merritt (10), $20,860 69-69-72-70„280 Brett Stegmaier (10), $20,860 67-69-74-70„280 Kevin Streelman (10), $20,860 68-72-69-71„280 Byeong Hun An (6), $16,083 69-72-71-69„281 Tyler Duncan (6), $16,083 68-72-71-70„281 Bobby Gates, $16,083 70-71-70-70„281 Seungsu Han, $16,083 71-70-71-69„281 Matt Jones (6), $16,083 70-71-72-68„281 Thomas Pieters (6), $16,083 69-72-70-70„281 Justin Rose (6), $16,083 68-69-72-72„281 Johnson Wagner (6), $16,083 71-67-71-72„281 Brandon Harkins (5), $15,190 70-71-70-71„282 Tom Hoge (5), $15,190 68-73-68-73„282 Seamus Power (5), $15,190 67-72-74-69„282 Adam Schenk (5), $15,190 70-69-73-70„282 Chad Campbell (4), $14,630 69-71-73-70„283 Jason Dufner (4), $14,630 71-67-71-74„283 Danny Lee (4), $14,630 68-70-70-75„283 Sean OHair (4), $14,630 71-68-74-70„283 Tom Lovelady (3), $14,210 70-69-70-75„284 Dawie van der Walt, $14,210 70-69-69-76„284 Greg Chalmers (3), $13,930 67-72-65-81„285 Rory Sabbatini (3), $13,930 69-71-71-74„285 Ernie Els (3), $13,650 70-71-71-74„286 Sam Saunders (3), $13,650 70-66-75-75„286 Aaron Baddeley (3), $13,440 71-68-74-74„287 Ethan Tracy (3), $13,300 70-67-73-78„288Made cut but did not “ nishScott Brown (2), $12,950 71-70-73„214 Jonathan Byrd (2), $12,90 69-70-75„214 Joel Dahmen (2), $12,950 68-71-75„214 Bill Haas (2), $12,950 68-72-74„214 Jason Kokrak (2), $12,320 67-74-74„215 Kelly Kraft (2), $12,320 70-71-74„215 Ben Silverman (2), $12,320 73-68-74„215 Scott Stallings (2), $12,320 73-68-74„215 Lee Westwood, $12,320 69-70-76„215 Fabin Gmez (1), $11,830 68-73-75„216 Richy Werenski (1), $11,830 70-71-75„216 Brandt Snedeker (1), $11,550 67-73-77„217 Jhonattan Vegas (1), $11,550 71-68-78„217 Padraig Harrington (1), $11,340 67-73-79„219 Dominic Bozzelli (1), $11,200 72-69-79„220QUALIFIERS FOR THE MASTERSThe 87 players who are eligible and expected to play in the 82nd Masters that starts Thursday. Players listed only in the “ rst category for which they are eligible. MASTERS CHAMPIONS: Sergio Garcia, Danny Willett, Jordan Spieth, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Charl Schwartzel, Phil Mickelson, Angel Cabrera, Trevor Immelman, Zach Johnson, Tiger Woods, Mike Weir, Vijay Singh, Jose Maria Olazabal, Mark OMeara, Bernhard Langer, Fred Couples, Ian Woosnam, Sandy Lyle, Larry Mize. U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONS (“ ve years): Dustin Johnson, Martin Kaymer, Justin Rose. BRITISH OPEN CHAMPIONS (“ ve years): Henrik Stenson, Rory McIlroy. PGA CHAMPIONS (“ ve years): Justin Thomas, Jimmy Walker, Jason Day, Jason Dufner. PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS (three years): Si Woo Kim, Rickie Fowler. U.S. AMATEUR CHAMPION AND RUNNER-UP: a-Doc Redman, a-Doug Ghim. BRITISH AMATEUR CHAMPION: a-Harry Ellis. ASIA-PACIFIC AMATEUR CHAMPION: a-Yin Luxin. LATIN AMERICA AMATEUR CHAMPION: a-Joaquin Niemann. U.S. MID-AMATEUR CHAMPION: a-Matt Parziale. TOP 12 AND TIES-2017 MASTERS: Matt Kuchar, Thomas Pieters, Paul Casey, Kevin Chappell, Ryan Moore, Hideki Matsuyama, Russell Henley. TOP FOUR AND TIES-2017 U.S. OPEN: Brian Harman, Tommy Fleetwood. TOP FOUR AND TIES-2017 BRITISH OPEN: Li Haotong, Rafa Cabrera Bello. TOP FOUR AND TIES-2017 PGA CHAMPIONSHIP: Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen, Patrick Reed. PGA TOUR EVENT WINNERS SINCE 2017 MASTERS (FULL FEDEX CUP POINTS AWARDED): Wesley Bryan, Billy Horschel, Kevin Kisner, Daniel Berger, Kyle Stanley, Xander Schauffele, Bryson DeChambeau, Jhonattan Vegas, Marc Leishman, Brendan Steele, Pat Perez, Patrick Cantlay, Patton Kizzire, Austin Cook, Jon Rahm, Gary Woodland, Ted Potter Jr., Ian Poulter. FIELD FROM THE 2017 TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP: Tony Finau, Webb Simpson, Adam Hadwin, Charley Hoffman. TOP 50 FROM FINAL WORLD RANKING IN 2017: Tyrrell Hatton, Alex Noren, Matt Fitzpatrick, Branden Grace, Ross Fisher, Yuta Ikeda, Bernd Wiesberger, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Yusaku Miyazato. TOP 50 FROM WORLD RANKING ON MARCH 25: Cameron Smith, Satoshi Kodaira, Dylan Frittelli, Chez Reavie. SPECIAL INVITATION: Shubhankar Sharma. MLB BASEBALL 1 p.m. MLB „ Kansas City at Detroit 4:30 p.m. MLB „ Seattle at San Francisco 8 p.m. MLB „ Baltimore at Houston OR Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets (7 p.m.) 10 p.m. ESPN „ Cleveland at L.A. Angels NBA BASKETBALL 7:30 p.m. FS-Florida „ Orlando at New York 8 p.m. TNT „ Golden State at Oklahoma City 10:30 p.m. TNT „ San Antonio at L.A. Clippers NHL HOCKEY 7:30 p.m. NBCSN „ Boston at Tampa Bay SOCCER 2:30 p.m. FS1 „ UEFA Champions League, quarter“ nal, Juventus vs. Real Madrid 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 Wildwood at Bell Creek Academy, 4 p.m. Legacy Charter at Montverde Academy, 5 p.m. Mount Dora Christian at Peniel Baptist, 6 p.m. South Sumter at The Villages, 6 p.m. First Academy of Leesburg at St. John Lutheran, 6 p.m. Eustis at Umatilla, 7 p.m. Tavares at Mount Dora, 7 p.m. South Lake at Lake Minneola, 7 p.m. East Ridge at Ocala Forest, 7 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE Lake Minneola at Dr. Phillips, 7:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Central Florida Christian at Real Life Christian, 4 p.m. The Villages at Umatilla, 6 p.m. South Sumter at Mount Dora, 6 p.m. Trinity Christian at Mount Dora Christian, 6 p.m. Citrus at Wildwood, 6 p.m. Tavares at Eustis, 7 p.m. South Lake at Ocala Vanguard, 7 p.m. East Ridge at Liberty, 7 p.m. Leesburg at Belleview, 7:30 p.m. TENNIS Tavares at South Lake, 3:30 p.m. First Academy at The Villages (boys), 4 p.m.TODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULE RANCHO MIRAGE, CALIF.Lindberg wins LPGA event on 8th extra holePernilla Lindberg plunged into Poppies Pond with her parents and fiance-caddie Daniel Taylor, celebrating her first professional victory in about the biggest way possible in womens golf.I cant believe that I can call myself a major champion,Ž Lindberg said. It wasnt easy.The 31-year-old Swede needed a major-record eight sudden-death holes over two days to finish off Inbee Park in the ANA Inspiration, ending it Monday morning with a 30-foot birdie putt on the par-4 10th.I just know Im a grinder, and I just felt: This is mine. Im going to do this,Ž Lindberg said. I just knew I could, and I just kept fighting away. I couldnt believe when that last putt went in.ŽParks 20-footer to match missed to the left.The putt Pernilla made on the last was a champions putt,Ž Park said. Im really happy for her. This one was not an easy major win for her, as well. I mean, eight-hole playoff, Ive never done something like that before, either.ŽThey played four holes Monday after going until it was too dark to see „ and then played some more „ Sunday night.NEW YORKAverage age of MLB players drops below 29The average age of a major league player on opening day dropped to 28.91 years from 29.13 at the start of last season.The Philadelphia Phil-lies are the youngest team at 26.92, according to the commissioners office. Other teams with young averages are Cincinnati (27.49), Miami (27.85), Pittsburgh (27.97), St. Louis (28.02) and the New York Yankees (28.04).Toronto is the oldest team, averaging 31.01. Others averaging over 30 are the Los Angeles Angels (30.32), Seattle (30.17), San Francisco (30.15) and Cleveland 30.08).CLEVELANDLeBron takes on Alabama football over barber showLeBron James believes Alabamas football pro-gram is offside.James contends the Crimson Tide has lifted ideas, concepts and formatŽ from a program on Uninterrupted,Ž the digital media platform the three-time NBA champion co-founded with business partner Maver-ick Carter.Last year, Uninter-ruptedŽ aired The ShopŽ a forum where James, Golden State forward Draymond Green, retired player Charles Oakley and others have conversations while getting their hair cut in a barber shop.Alabama recently released a trailer on Twit-ter for Shop TalkŽ that shows Tide coach Nick Saban and former Alabama star wide receiver Julio Jones in a barbershop setting. The video says the first episode is coming soon.Ž The Associated Press


Woods was at Augusta National last year only for the Champions Dinner, and it wasnt much fun. If the pain in his lower back wasnt enough, it was looking out at the course he loves and knowing that he wouldnt be playing the major he calls a players heavenŽ for the second straight year, and maybe never.Fusion surgery „ his fourth on his lower back in four years „ followed a few weeks later.And now it looks as though he never left.Woods still hasnt won a tournament in the five PGA Tour events he has played this year, but he has shot par or better in his last 10 rounds. He was runner-up by one shot at the Valspar Champion-ship. He was one shot out of the lead at the Arnold Palmer Invitational until indecision sent his tee shot on the 16th hole out of bounds. He hasnt won the Mas-ters since 2005, so long ago that only 18 players from then are in the field this year, and 15 of them are Masters champions.You hear guys talk about the early 2000s and that intimidation factor,Ž said Rickie Fowler, who made his major champi-onship debut 10 years ago at Torrey Pines, where Woods won his 14th and last major. The young guys in a way have heard about that. I think theyre getting to see some of that as far as his presence and him being out on the golf course and getting a glimpse of what hes capable of. But I think we relish the opportunity to play against him and see him back to maybe close to where he was.ŽMonday is typically a lazy practice round at the Masters, which has only 87 players competing this year. Most players have been to Augusta National over the last few weeks to get acquainted with any subtle changes and recall sight lines. Thats the heavy work, followed by a light load in the practice rounds this week to con-serve energy.So it was unusual to see so many people, so late in the afternoon, chasing after Woods.He is not a one-man show when it comes to slipping on the green jacket. Rose badly wants one, especially after miss-ing a short par putt on the 17th hole and losing in a playoff last year. So does Jason Day, who still hasnt watched the 2013 highlights when he lost a two-shot lead with three holes to play and saw Adam Scott become the first Australian to win the Masters.Rory McIlroy is going for the career Grand Slam. Its a long list of contenders, typical of a sport that is getting deeper with talent each year.But when it comes to star power, collectively they dont match the impact of Woods. That much was evident by the size of the galleries and the spike in the television ratings when he was on or near the lead-erboard on Sunday during three Florida tournaments. I think when it comes to Tiger and the Tigermania that comes with it, every-one wants to see him win and play the way he did before,Ž Day said. Every-one is kind of champing at the bit for him to kind of get here and see how hes moving and everything. I think everyone is kind of solely focused on Tiger and what hes going to do here and seeing if he can get to No.15. But thats fine with us. Thats fine with me.Ž | Tuesday, April 3, 2018 B3win against Port St. Joe on Feb. 27 for the girls Class 1A title, and Graham tallied 23 points in Leesburgs 71-62 win against Tallahassee Rickards on March 8 for the boys Class 6A championship. It was the second straight state title for both schools.Over the weekend, Niblack and Graham were named the Daily Commercials boys and girls All-Area Players of the Year.Graham averaged 13 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for the Yellow Jackets in 2017-18 and led Leesburg to a 30-1 record, the best single-season record in school history. In addition to the FABC and Daily Com-mercial awards, he was named Most Valuable Player at the Battle of The Villages tournament and earned honorable mention by Prep Hoops Florida.Niblack wrapped up an equally legendary career at Wildwood. She surpassed 2,000 career points on her way to averaging 18.8 points, 11 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game as a senior. Niblack was named Floridas Miss Basketball by the Flor-ida Dairy Farmers, the first area player „ boy or girl „ to win the award.FABC membership is open to all basketball coaches in Florida at the high school, junior college and four-year college levels. The organizations goal is to promote basketball in the state „ at all levels „ as well as to serve coaches and honor the successes of players, coaches and teams of the past and present. BESTFrom Page B1Minneola softball team, Collins has fashioned a dream season at Florida Southwestern State Col-lege in Fort Myers. The freshman righthander has a 9-0 record for the Buc-caneers with a 1.53 ERA and 58 strikeouts in 64 innings.In her most recent outing, Collins limited South Florida State College to one hit „ a third-inning single „ in a 14-0 win. The game was stopped after five innings due to the eight-run mercy rule.Collins started and pitched four innings, striking out seven and walking no one. Her next opportunity could come as early as Tuesday when the Buccaneers, which sport a 42-3 record and are ranked No. 2 in the latest National Junior College Athletic Associ-ation Division I poll, host State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota at City of Palms Park.Collins was a regular in the circle during her career at Lake Minneola. She helped the Hawks to a 14-7 record in 2017, a 13-8 mark in 2016 and a 14-7 record as a sophomore in 2015. Jessy Page, TheCitadelJessy Page is putting together a solid college career at The Citadel.A former state champion thrower at South Lake High School, Page has put together backto-back second-place finishes in discus in both of the Citadels outdoor meets this season.Most recently, Page finished second Friday and Saturday at the Terrier Relays in Spar-tanburg, South Carolina, with a distance of 140 feet, 6 inches. That throw was 20-inches farther than the one that earned her first runner-up finish on March 23-24 at the Weems Baskin Relays in Columbia, South Carolina. Page looks to be rounding into the form that led her to a solid freshman season with the Bulldogs, when she estab-lished a new standard for the womens discus with a record throw of 141 feet, 9 inches. She also has posted the third-best womens hammer throw in school history at 162 feet, 4 inches.As a freshman, Page recorded eight first-place finishes during the Bull-dogs indoor and outdoor seasons.Page won back-to-back state championships in the discus as a junior and senior at South Lake and also won a state title in the event as a sophomore in New Jersey. LEVELFrom Page B1Collins Page Extreme measuresTexas slugger Joey Gallo, who hit 41 home runs last season, faced a four-man outfield at times in a series against the Astros. He solved that by hitting a home run over the shift on Sunday.Only 28 percent of Gallos balls in play last year were grounders, according to Hard luckThe Dodgers outscored the Giants 14-2 in a four-game series in Los Angeles „ and only came away with a split. Wild inningDetroit and Pittsburgh were tied 6-all heading into the ninth in their season opener Friday. Then each team scored four runs before the game went to extra innings. The Pirates eventually won 13-10 in 13.Only twice previously had a game gone to extra innings after both teams scored exactly four runs in the ninth, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Line of the weekMatt Davidson of the Chicago White Sox became the fourth player to homer three times on opening day, joining George Bell (1988), Tuffy Rhodes (1994) and Dmitri Young (2005). Of the four players to accomplish the feat, three of them „ includ-ing Davidson „ did it against the Royals. Highlight reelThe Yankees may have their lineup of home run hitters, but Torontos Kevin Pillar showed New York a different way of getting around the bases. After an eighth-inning single Saturday, Pillar stole second, third and home against Yankees reliever Dellin Betances. The first two steals came without a throw, and then Betances threw wildly after Pillar broke early for home.Honorable mention to Seattles Ichiro Suzuki, who at age 44 showed he can still make home run-saving catches when he took one away from Clevelands Jose Ramirez on Saturday. HITTERSFrom Page B1Chicago Cubs Ian Happ (8) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the “ rst inning of the an opening day baseball game against the the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami on Thursday. [MATIAS J. OCNER/MIAMI HERALD VIA AP] MASTERSFrom Page B1As NCAA Tournament comes to close, uncertain future looms for collegehoopsBy Eddie PellsThe Associated PressSAN ANTONIO „ For the past three weeks, its been all about buzzerbeaters, bracket-busters and basketball „ a much-needed reminder about just how beautiful this game can be. For the next six months, it will be all about ugliness and uncertainty, while college basketball wrestles with the changes it must make to keep the sport alive. The 2017-18 campaign could very well be remem-bered as the season that ridded the upper echelon of college hoops of any last whiffs of the notion that it is all about amateurs, student-athletesŽ and playing for nothing more than a scholarship and pride. An FBI investigation that resulted in the September arrests of 10 agents, coaches and busi-nessmen with basketball ties did what the NCAA never really could „ laid bare the inner-workings of a shady, money-grub-bing business thats been teetering on the edge of the rulebook, and the law, for decades. The state of the game, theres no doubt, theres some question marks now,Ž Kansas State coach Bruce Weber said. Between the FBI probe and other media reports, violations have been alleged at 28 schools, ranging from businessmen taking recruits parents out to lunch to $100,000 payoffs to get them to sign with certain programs; 17 of those teams were in the March Madness bracket. A panel led by Condoleezza Rice is examining the problems and is expected to release a report, and its recom-mendations, on April 25. The president of the NCAA has promised action, but said he would not support anything truly game-changing „ as in, rules that would fundamentally alter the amateur status of the student-athletesŽ whose efforts are the underpin-nings of the $1.1 billion the NCAA earned in 2017. The lions share of that comes from the mens basketball tournament that brought Villanova and Michigan to Monday nights final. More significant change might have to come from the NBA, which is consid-ering ending the one and doneŽ rule that calls for players to either be 19 or complete at least one year in college before becom-ing eligible for the draft. Season of strife


B4 Tuesday, April 3, 2018 | AMERICAN LEAGUENATIONAL LEAGUEEAST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Boston 3 1 .750 „ „ 3-1 W-3 0-0 3-1 New York 2 2 .500 1 2-2 L-2 0-0 2-2 Toronto 2 2 .500 1 2-2 W-2 2-2 0-0 Baltimore 1 2 .333 1 1 1-2 L-2 1-2 0-0 Tampa Bay 1 3 .250 2 1 1-3 L-3 1-3 0-0 CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Chicago 2 0 1.000 „ „ 2-0 W-2 0-0 2-0 Minnesota 2 2 .500 1 2-2 L-1 0-0 2-2 Cleveland 1 2 .333 1 1 1-2 L-1 0-0 1-2 Detroit 1 3 .250 2 1 1-3 W-1 1-3 0-0 Kansas City 0 3 .000 2 2 0-3 L-3 0-2 0-1 WEST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Houston 3 1 .750 „ „ 3-1 W-2 0-0 3-1 Los Angeles 3 1 .750 „ „ 3-1 W-3 0-0 3-1 Seattle 2 1 .667 „ 2-1 W-1 2-1 0-0 Oakland 1 3 .250 2 1 1-3 L-3 1-3 0-0 Texas 1 3 .250 2 1 1-3 L-2 1-3 0-0 EAST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Washington 3 0 1.000 „ „ 3-0 W-3 0-0 3-0 Atlanta 2 1 .667 1 „ 2-1 W-1 2-1 0-0 New York 2 1 .667 1 „ 2-1 L-1 2-1 0-0 Miami 2 2 .500 1 2-2 W-1 2-2 0-0 Philadelphia 1 2 .333 2 1 1-2 L-1 0-0 1-2 CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Pittsburgh 4 0 1.000 „ „ 4-0 W-4 1-0 3-0 Milwaukee 3 1 .750 1 „ 3-1 L-1 0-1 3-0 St. Louis 2 2 .500 2 2-2 W-2 0-0 2-2 Chicago 2 3 .400 2 1 2-3 L-2 0-0 2-3 Cincinnati 1 3 .250 3 1 1-3 W-1 1-3 0-0 WEST DIVISION TEAM W L PCT. GB WCGB L10 STR HOME AWAY Arizona 2 1 .667 „ „ 2-1 L-1 2-1 0-0 Los Angeles 2 2 .500 2-2 W-2 2-2 0-0 San Francisco 2 2 .500 2-2 L-2 0-0 2-2 Colorado 1 2 .333 1 1 1-2 W-1 0-0 1-2 San Diego 0 3 .000 2 2 0-3 L-3 0-3 0-0 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLPIRATES 5, TWINS 4MINNESOTA AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Dozier 2b 5 1 1 1 0 0 .316 Mauer 1b 4 1 1 0 0 0 .333 Sano 3b 3 1 1 0 1 2 .176 Rosario lf 4 0 1 0 0 1 .188 Escobar ss 4 1 2 1 0 2 .385 Kepler rf 3 0 1 1 1 1 .308 Buxton cf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .200 Castro c 3 0 0 0 1 1 .091 Lynn p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Rogers p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-Grossman ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 Hildenberger p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --b-Morrison ph 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Duke p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Reed p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --d-Adrianza ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200 TOTALS 33 4 7 3 3 10 PITTSBURGH AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Harrison 2b 4 1 0 0 1 2 .278 Polanco rf 1 1 1 1 4 0 .385 Marte cf 4 1 0 0 1 1 .250 Bell 1b 3 0 1 0 1 1 .438 Dickerson lf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .077 Smoker p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Neverauskas p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --c-Freese ph 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500 Feliz p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Kontos p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Cervelli c 2 1 0 0 2 0 .200 Moran 3b 3 1 1 4 1 0 .167 Mercer ss 2 0 1 0 0 0 .154 Rodriguez ss 2 0 1 0 0 0 .167 Taillon p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Santana p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Frazier lf 1 0 0 0 0 0 .364 TOTALS 27 5 5 5 11 6 MINNESOTA 000 004 000„4 7 0 PITTSBURGH 500 000 00X„5 5 0 a-struck out for Rogers in the 6th. b-hit by pitch for Hildenberger in the 7th. c-walked for Neverauskas in the 7th. d-grounded out for Reed in the 9th. LOB„Minnesota 6, Pittsburgh 10. 2B„Sano (1), Escobar (2), Kepler (2), Polanco (3). HR„ Dozier (3), off Taillon; Moran (1), off Lynn. RBIs„Dozier (3), Escobar (3), Kepler (2), Polanco (6), Moran 4 (4). S„Frazier. GIDP„Dozier, Dickerson. DP„Minnesota 1 (Dozier, Escobar, Mauer); Pittsburgh 1 (Moran, Harrison, Bell). MINNESOTA IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Lynn, L, 0-1 4 3 5 5 6 3 95 11.25 Rogers 1 1 0 0 0 0 11 0.00 Hildenberger 1 0 0 0 0 0 8 0.00 Duke .2 0 0 0 2 2 24 10.80 Reed 1.1 1 0 0 3 1 29 0.00 PITTSBURGH IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Tllon, W, 1-0 5.1 4 2 2 0 9 92 3.38 Santana .1 2 2 2 0 0 13 10.80 Smoker 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0.00 Nvrskas, H, 2 1.1 0 0 0 1 0 21 7.71 Feliz, H, 2 1 0 0 0 2 1 21 18.00 Kontos, S, 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 14 0.00 Smoker pitched to 1 batter in the 6th. Inherited runners-scored„Reed 2-0, Santana 1-1, Smoker 1-1, Neverauskas 1-0. HBP„Neverauskas (Morrison). WP„Taillon, Santana. T„3:26. A„30,186 (38,362).TIGERS 6, ROYALS 1KANSAS CITY AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Jay rf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .250 Merri“ eld 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .167 Moustakas 3b 4 0 0 0 0 1 .250 Duda 1b 3 0 0 0 0 0 .200 Cuthbert 1b 1 0 1 0 0 0 .500 Orlando cf 4 0 1 0 0 0 .125 Soler dh 3 0 0 0 1 1 .000 Gordon lf 3 0 0 0 0 1 .182 Escobar ss 3 1 2 0 0 0 .200 Butera c 2 0 0 1 0 0 .222 TOTALS 30 1 5 1 2 4 DETROIT AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Martin cf 4 1 2 0 1 1 .231 Candelario 3b 5 1 1 0 0 2 .176 Cabrera 1b 3 1 1 1 1 0 .353 Castellanos rf 4 2 2 1 0 0 .412 Martinez dh 3 0 2 3 0 0 .182 McCann c 4 0 1 1 0 0 .308 Mahtook lf 3 0 0 0 1 1 .133 Goodrum ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 .222 Machado 2b 4 1 1 0 0 1 .278 TOTALS 34 6 10 6 3 6 KANSAS CITY 001 000 000„1 5 1 DETROIT 001 040 10X„6 10 0 E„Merri“ eld (1). LOB„Kansas City 5, Detroit 8. 2B„Escobar (1), Candelario (1), Martinez (1). 3B„Escobar (1), Castellanos (2). RBIs„Butera (1), Cabrera (5), Castellanos (3), Martinez 3 (3), McCann (4). CS„Jay (1). SF„Butera, Martinez. DP„Detroit 2 (McCann, Goodrum), (Goodrum, Machado, Cabrera). KANSAS CITY IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Hammel, L, 0-1 5 7 5 5 3 3 88 9.00 Keller 1 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.00 Boyer 1 2 1 1 0 0 27 18.00 Herrera 1 1 0 0 0 3 16 0.00 DETROIT IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Lrno, W, 1-0 6.2 4 1 1 2 3 94 1.35 Jimenez .2 0 0 0 0 0 12 0.00 Stumpf .2 0 0 0 0 1 7 0.00 Saupold 1 1 0 0 0 0 19 0.00 Inherited runners-scored„Jimenez 1-0. WP„Liriano. T„2:46. A„15,476 (41,297).CARDINALS 8, BREWERS 4ST. LOUIS AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Fowler rf 5 0 1 1 0 1 .056 Pham cf 4 0 1 0 1 1 .286 Carpenter 2b 4 1 2 0 0 2 .267 Lyons p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Munoz 3b 1 0 1 0 0 0 .333 Ozuna lf 5 1 1 0 0 1 .222 Martinez 1b 3 0 0 1 0 0 .357 Molina c 4 1 1 0 0 1 .313 DeJong ss 4 2 3 3 0 1 .467 Gyorko 3b 2 2 2 1 0 0 .500 Garcia 3b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 Hicks p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Mikolas p 3 1 1 2 0 1 .333 Norris p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Wong 2b 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 TOTALS 37 8 13 8 1 8 MILWAUKEE AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Cain cf 4 1 1 1 0 0 .500 Yelich rf 4 0 0 0 0 2 .389 Braun lf 4 0 0 0 0 1 .083 Shaw 3b 4 1 2 0 0 0 .389 Thames 1b 4 1 2 2 0 0 .250 Pina c 4 1 2 1 0 1 .231 Villar 2b 4 0 1 0 0 1 .200 Arcia ss 3 0 0 0 1 2 .154 Davies p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Woodruff p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --a-Sogard ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Drake p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --b-Aguilar ph 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 TOTALS 35 4 8 4 1 9 ST. LOUIS 002 024 000„8 13 1 MILWAUKEE 011 002 000„4 8 1 a-struck out for Woodruff in the 7th. bgrounded out for Drake in the 9th. E„Mikolas (1), Davies (1). LOB„St. Louis 5, Milwaukee 5. 2B„Gyorko (1), Shaw (4), Thames (1). HR„Mikolas (1), off Davies; DeJong (3), off Woodruff; Pina (1), off Mikolas; Cain (1), off Mikolas; Thames (1), off Mikolas. RBIs„Fowler (1), Martinez (4), DeJong 3 (5), Gyorko (1), Mikolas 2 (2), Cain (4), Thames 2 (2), Pina (1). CS„Fowler (1), Pham (1). SF„Martinez. RISP„St. Louis 2 for 4; Milwaukee 0 for 6. GIDP„Aguilar. DP„St. Louis 1 (Wong, Martinez). ST. LOUIS IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Mklas, W, 1-0 5.2 7 4 4 0 5 91 6.35 Norris, H, 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 12 0.00 Lyons 1 1 0 0 0 1 12 0.00 Hicks 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 17 0.00 MILWAUKEE IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Davies, L, 0-1 5.2 8 7 6 0 6 88 9.53 Woodruff 1.1 3 1 1 0 2 21 5.40 Drake 2 2 0 0 1 0 36 3.00 Inherited runners-scored„Norris 2-0, Hicks 1-0, Woodruff 2-2. HBP„Davies (Gyorko). WP„Mikolas. T„2:59. A„45,393 (41,900).REDS 1, CUBS 0 CHICAGO AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Happ cf 3 0 1 0 1 2 .125 Strop p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Bryant 3b 3 0 0 0 1 0 .333 Rizzo 1b 3 0 0 0 0 1 .130 Contreras c 4 0 0 0 0 1 .190 Schwarber lf 2 0 0 0 2 2 .294 Russell ss 4 0 0 0 0 1 .278 Heyward rf-cf 3 0 0 0 0 2 .235 Baez 2b 3 0 1 0 0 1 .111 Chatwood p 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000 Wilson p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --b-Zobrist ph-rf 0 0 0 0 1 0 .364 TOTALS 27 0 2 0 5 11 CINCINNATI AB R H BI BB SO AVG. Winker rf 2 0 0 0 2 1 .222 Peralta p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Iglesias p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Pennington ss 2 0 0 0 2 1 .333 Votto 1b 4 0 0 0 0 2 .200 Gennett 2b 4 0 1 0 0 0 .471 Suarez 3b 3 1 1 0 1 0 .214 Duvall lf 4 0 0 1 0 1 .154 Barnhart c 4 0 3 0 0 1 .364 Hamilton cf 3 0 0 0 1 0 .083 Mahle p 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 a-Gosselin ph 1 0 0 0 0 1 .333 Hughes p 0 0 0 0 0 0 --Ervin rf 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 TOTALS 28 1 5 1 6 7 CHICAGO 000 000 000 „ 0 2 1 CINCINNATI 000 100 00X „ 1 5 0 a-struck out for Mahle in the 6th. b-walked for Wilson in the 8th. E„Bryant (2). LOB„Chicago 6, Cincinnati 10. 2B„Barnhart (1). 3B„Baez (1), Suarez (1). RBIs„Duvall (5). CS„Schwarber (1). S„Mahle. Runners left in scoring position„Chicago 4 (Rizzo 2, Schwarber, Chatwood) Cincinnati 5 (Winker 2, Gennett, Hamilton, Gosselin). DP„Chicago 1 (Baez, Rizzo) Cincinnati 1 (Pennington, Gennett, Votto). CHICAGO IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Chtwood, L, 0-1 6 4 1 1 6 4 92 1.50 Wilson 1 0 0 0 0 2 17 0.00 Strop 1 1 0 0 0 1 15 0.00 CINCINNATI IP H R ER BB SO NP ERA Mahle, W, 1-0 6 1 0 0 2 7 86 0.00 Hughes, H, 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 17 3.86 Peralta, H, 1 .2 1 0 0 1 2 16 0.00 Iglesias, S, 1-1 1.1 0 0 0 1 2 22 3.86 Inherited runners-scored„Iglesias 2-0. HBP„ Mahle (Rizzo). WP„Chatwood. Umpires„Home, Kerwin Danley First, Paul Nauert Second, Scott Barry Third, Carlos Torres. T„2:33. A„18,963 (42,319).AL LEADERSRUNS: Castellanos, Detroit, 6; Dozier, Minnesota, 6; Altuve, Houston, 5; Trout, Los Angeles, 5; 7 tied at 4. RBI: Smoak, Toronto, 8; Davidson, Chicago, 6; Cabrera, Detroit, 5; Correa, Houston, 5; Duda, Kansas City, 5; 11 tied at 4. HITS: Altuve, Houston, 9; Bogaerts, Boston, 8; Andrus, Texas, 7; Castellanos, Detroit, 7; Correa, Houston, 7; Cozart, Los Angeles, 7; Simmons, Los Angeles, 7; Smoak, Toronto, 7; 6 tied at 6. HOME RUNS: Davidson, Chicago, 3; Dozier, Minnesota, 3; 9 tied at 2. STRIKEOUTS: Cole, Houston, 11; McCullers, Houston, 10; Sale, Boston, 9; Gray, New York, 8; Kluber, Cleveland, 8; Stroman, Toronto, 8; Tanaka, New York, 8; Zimmermann, Detroit, 8; 7 tied at 7.NL LEADERSRUNS: Eaton, Washington, 7; Harrison, Pittsburgh, 6; Flaherty, Atlanta, 5; Freeman, Atlanta, 5; Bryant, Chicago, 4; Cain, Milwaukee, 4; DeJong, St. Louis, 4; Marte, Pittsburgh, 4; Polanco, Pittsburgh, 4; Yelich, Milwaukee, 4. RBI: Ahmed, Arizona, 6; Polanco, Pittsburgh, 6; BAnderson, Miami, 5; Blackmon, Colorado, 5; Braun, Milwaukee, 5; DeJong, St. Louis, 5; Eaton, Washington, 5; Goodwin, Washington, 5; Inciarte, Atlanta, 5; Markakis, Atlanta, 5. HITS: Cain, Milwaukee, 9; Eaton, Washington, 8; Bell, Pittsburgh, 7; Bryant, Chicago, 7; DeJong, St. Louis, 7; Flaherty, Atlanta, 7; Gennett, Cincinnati, 7; TShaw, Milwaukee, 7; Yelich, Milwaukee, 7; 3 tied at 6. STRIKEOUTS: Maeda, Los Angeles, 10; Scherzer, Washington, 10; Syndergaard, New York, 10; Greinke, Arizona, 9; Taillon, Pittsburgh, 9; Corbin, Arizona, 8; Ray, Arizona, 8; Smith, Miami, 8; 7 tied at 7.BOX SCORES ROUNDUP/MONDAYS GAMESPirates 5, Twins 4: Colin Moran hit a “ rst-inning grand slam in his debut at PNC Park and Jameson Taillon tied a career high with nine strikeouts. Moran, part of a trade that sent Gerrit Cole to Houston in January, sent a full-count fastball from Lance Lynn into the seats above the Clemente Wall in right “ eld to stake the Pirates to an early lead they nursed to just their third 4-0 start in 35 years. Tigers 6, Royals 1: Francisco Liriano pitched into the seventh inning in his Detroit debut and Victor Martinez drove in three runs. Cardinals 8, Brewers 4: Pitcher Miles Mikolas hit a home run and got the win in his return from a three-year stint in Japan, and St. Louis spoiled Milwaukees home opener. Reds 1, Cubs 0: Rookie Tyler Mahle pitched one-hit ball for six innings, Raisel Iglesias struck out Anthony Rizzo with the bases loaded to end the eighth, and the Cincinnati Reds edged the Chicago Cubs for their “ rst win of the season. Cincinnati was swept at home by Washington in a three-game series to open, falling to 0-3 for the “ rst time since 2003. Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees: ppd. Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets: ppd. LATE Chicago White Sox at Toronto Baltimore at Houston Boston at Miami Texas at Oakland Cleveland at L.A. Angels Chicago Cubs at Cincinnati Washington at Atlanta L.A. Dodgers at Arizona Colorado at San Diego TODAYS PITCHING COMPARISONNATIONAL LEAGUE 2018 TEAM 2017 VS OPP PITCHERS TIME W-L ERA REC W-L IP ERA Chicago Lester (L) 0-0 8.10 1-0 2-0 18.1 7.36 Cincinnati Reed (L) 6:40p 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-1 2.0 31.50 Philadelphia Lively (R) 0-0 0.00 0-0 2-1 19.1 2.33 New York Harvey (R) 7:10p 0-0 0.00 0-0 1-1 9.2 5.59 Washington Cole (R) 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-0 2.0 13.50 Atlanta Teheran (R) 7:35p 0-0 6.35 1-0 3-1 25.0 3.24 St. Louis Flaherty (R) 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-1 5.0 7.20 Milwaukee Anderson (R) 7:40p 0-0 0.00 1-0 2-0 23.2 3.04 Los Angeles Kershaw (L) 0-1 1.50 0-1 3-0 21.2 2.08 Arizona Godley (R) 9:40p 0-0 0.00 0-0 1-1 23.1 3.86 Colorado Freeland (L) 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-1 13.1 5.40 San Diego Ross (R) 10:10p 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-0 0.0 0.00 AMERICAN LEAGUE 2018 TEAM 2017 VS OPP PITCHERS TIME W-L ERA REC W-L IP ERA Kansas City Junis (R) 0-0 0.00 0-0 2-1 12.0 6.75 Detroit Boyd (L) 1:10p 0-0 0.00 0-0 1-1 15.2 6.32 Tampa Bay Archer (R) 0-0 6.00 1-0 1-2 23.1 4.24 New York Mntgmery (L) 4:05p 0-0 0.00 0-0 1-1 13.1 4.73 Chicago Gonzalez (R) 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-0 0.0 0.00 Toronto Happ (L) 7:07p 0-1 3.86 0-1 2-0 13.2 2.63 Baltimore Wright Jr. (R) 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-0 0.0 0.00 Houston Verlander (R) 8:10p 1-0 0.00 1-0 1-0 7.0 2.57 Texas Hamels (L) 0-1 4.76 0-1 0-2 7.1 11.05 Oakland G raveman (R) 10:05p 0-0 9.00 1-0 3-0 27.2 2.28 Cleveland Tomlin (R) 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-0 5.1 3.38 Los Angeles Richards (R) 10:07p 0-0 7.20 0-1 0-0 0.0 0.00 INTERLEAGUE 2018 TEAM 2017 VS OPP PITCHERS TIME W-L ERA REC W-L IP ERA Seattle Gonzales (L) 0-0 0.00 0-0 0-0 0.0 0.00 San Fran. Blach (L) 4:35p 1-0 0.00 1-0 0-0 0.0 0.00 Boston Sale (L) 0-0 0.00 0-1 0-0 0.0 0.00 Miami Urena (R) 6:10p 0-1 11.25 0-1 0-0 0.0 0.00 KEY: TEAM REC-Teams Record in games started by todays pitcher. VS OPP-Pitchers record versus this opponent. SUNDAYS GAMES American League Chicago White Sox at Kansas City, ppd. Minnesota 7, Baltimore 0 Toronto 7, N.Y. Yankees 4 Boston 2, Tampa Bay 1 Houston 8, Texas 2 L.A. Angels 7, Oakland 4 Seattle 5, Cleveland 4 National League Miami 6, Chicago Cubs 0 St. Louis 5, N.Y. Mets 1 Washington 6, Cincinnati 5 L.A. Dodgers 9, San Francisco 0 Interleague Pittsburgh 1, Detroit 0, 1st game Pittsburgh 8, Detroit 6, 2nd game WEDNESDAYS GAMES American League Tampa Bay at N.Y. Yankees, 1:05 p.m. Kansas City at Detroit, 1:10 p.m. Baltimore at Houston, 2:10 p.m. Cleveland at L.A. Angels, 4:07 p.m. Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Toronto, 7:07 p.m. Seattle at San Francisco, 7:15 p.m. Texas at Oakland, 10:05 p.m. National League Washington at Atlanta, 12:10 p.m. Philadelphia at N.Y. Mets, 1:10 p.m. L.A. Dodgers at Arizona, 3:40 p.m. Minnesota at Pittsburgh, 6:05 p.m. St. Louis at Milwaukee, 7:40 p.m. Colorado at San Diego, 10:10 p.m. Interleague Seattle at San Francisco, 7:15 p.m.BASEBALL CALENDARAPRIL 17-18: Cleveland vs. Minnesota at San Juan, Puerto Rico. MAY 16-17: Owners meetings, New York. JUNE 4: Amateur draft starts. JUNE 15: International amateur signing period closes. JULY 2: International amateur signing period opens. JULY 6: Last day to sign for amateur draft picks subject to deadline. JULY 17: All-Star Game, Washington. JULY 29: Hall of Fame inductions, Cooperstown, N.Y. JULY 31: Last day to trade a player without securing waivers. OCT. 2-3: Wild-card games. DEC. 10-13: Winter meetings, Las Vegas. TOP TENAMERICAN LEAGUE Player G AB R H Pct. Haniger Sea 3 8 2 5 .625 Cano Sea 3 10 3 6 .600 Davidson ChW 2 7 4 4 .571 Altuve Hou 4 16 5 9 .562 Andrus Tex 4 13 4 7 .538 Bogaerts Bos 4 17 4 8 .471 Smoak Tor 4 15 2 7 .467 Pillar Tor 4 13 4 6 .462 Correa Hou 4 16 4 7 .438 Simmons LAA 4 16 2 7 .438 NATIONAL LEAGUE Player G AB R H Pct. Eaton Was 3 13 7 8 .615 Cain Mil 3 14 3 8 .571 Flaherty Atl 3 13 5 7 .538 Gennett Cin 3 13 0 7 .538 Hoskins Phi 3 10 2 5 .500 Yelich Mil 3 14 4 7 .500 Bell Pit 3 13 1 6 .462 Ahmed Ari 3 11 3 5 .455 Martinez StL 3 11 2 5 .455 AGonzalez NYM 3 7 1 3 .429 Through April 1 SnowdayRayford Allen, an employee of the Rays, takes some pictures of the snow at Yankee Stadium before the scheduled New York home opener game against Tampa Bay Monday in New York. The game was postponed until today because of weather. [SETH WENIG/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]


DEAR ABBY: I have been in a relationship for four years. My partner has bromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis. When we met, he had just found out. He was still active, working, and we had sex regularly. Fast forward: He is now on disability, not working at all, we rarely sleep together and he never leaves the house. I love him still, but I didn't realize how hard this would be. I know he has a lot to cope with, but it's hard on me as well. I have to work, do most of the chores and beg him to go out. We are only in our mid-20s, and I'm afraid for our future. I feel like I'm already 80 years old. I don't want to leave him, but I also don't want to live this way. Any advice would be helpful. -BAD DEAL IN THE MIDWEST DEAR BAD DEAL: What a sad letter. You are both young, with many years ahead of you. You have a difcult decision to make. Because you feel you are not up to the challenge of taking care of a chronically ill individual, it may be time to end the relationship. If you are staying out of obligation or pity, it isn't fair to either of you. DEAR ABBY: My mom, who is well-endowed, is in the habit of using her bra as a pocket. When we go out, she puts her wallet and change purse inside her left cup and then wears a tight-tting jersey or tank top. The outline of what she is storing is noticeable. My friends and my sisters have noticed it and ask why she doesn't use a purse like others do. She also sticks her change purse inside her bikini top at the beach, pool or at a relative's cookout. Mom says it's a convenient and safe place for her money and valuables. On a bus trip, she also stored a camera in there. It drew a few puzzled stares from other travelers. What do you think of this? -NOT IN THERE, PLEASE DEAR NOT: I have it on good authority that your mother is not the only woman who uses her bra as a pocket or ling cabinet. If it works for her, and she doesn't mind people asking her why she does it, stop judging her for doing something harmless that seems efcient for her. DEAR ABBY: Fifteen years ago my sister-inlaw and I had a mutual friend, "Barbie," who told me something unattering about my sisterin-law. My relationship with my sister-in-law has been fractured ever since. I have since severed my relations with this "friend" for numerous other reasons, but Barbie is still good friends with my sister-in-law. Recently, I have felt that I should let my sister-in-law know how this woman betrayed her friendship by telling me her secret. Should I tell my sister-in-law or leave it alone and let her nd out for herself? Seeing her buddy up to this person makes me crazy. -GOING NUTS IN NORTH CAROLINA DEAR GOING NUTS: If a friend of mine leaked personal information about me, I would want to know, wouldn't you? Your sister-in-law is friendly with Barbie because she doesn't know she can't be trusted. Rather than tell your sister-in-law what you were told, approach it this way: "Is it true that ...?" And when she asks where you got such an idea, THEN tell her it's what Barbie told you. 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, APRIL 3, 2018:This year you opt to get involved in a key cause. There will be no sitting back and letting others act on your ideas. You will personally guide your project and ideas to completion. If you become frustrated, you easily could lose your temper. Try to tame your emotions. If you are single, your appeal soars throughout your birthday year. If you know what kind of relationship you desire, you have the ability to create it. If you are attached, the two of you could be working toward a key goal together. Listen to each others thoughts and ideas. SCORPIO helps ground you.ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) You are more than willing to make an effort toward a key person in your life. You and this person also might need to reach out to a mutual friend. Those around you will be positively affected because of the hard work you put in. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) Others appear to be knocking on your door. Make it OK to ignore outside activity for a little while. You want to have less of a hectic pace. Not everyone can sustain your high level of energy, which is a gift that allows you to accomplish more than most people. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) Recognize your limitations. Explain what you expect from someone, but dont forget to be receptive to his or her needs as well. You have to be more direct with a person you deal with on a daily basis. If you put in that extra effort, you will be rewarded. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) A loved one seeks you out, as he or she has a lot to share. As a result, you might need to rearrange your schedule. Your willingness to put in 100 percent when dealing with emotional situations comes back in multiples. Recognize the need to stay open. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Continue working from home, if possible. A low-key environment encourages more productivity as well as a greater sense of security. Events around your home seem fortunate at this time. Be more forthright about what is happening around you. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Your ability to grasp the various outcomes that stem from one decision could surprise others. Make an effort to connect and brainstorm with friends. Screen your calls, knowing full well that you easily could go overboard if you are not careful. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Youll want to deal with an important matter that might be affecting your ability to move forward. Be aware that relationships with siblings could be difcult right now. Share your feelings and clear the air to allow greater depth. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) The Moon in your sign highlights you. Over the next few days, youll move a project to completion, or at least to the next phase. Events occur that will leave you shaking your head in amazement. Know that you dont need to run interference. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) Take your time dealing with a difcult person. You might feel as if you can get this situation under control. You will succeed if you remain positive. Understand what is going on with others. Open up discussions once everyone is relaxed. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19) You open up to new possibilities. The unexpected plays into a decision. A close friend understands why you are following a certain course, and wont interfere with your pace or your decision. This person will give you powerful feedback. AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) Be willing to take the lead with an important project. You seem to have an unusual interest in pursuing this matter. Demonstrate your leadership skills. You see what is happening in a different way from how most people involved see it. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) You see what most dont. Youll want to push a key matter to fruition. Try to understand where others are coming from. You also might need to pull back in order to gain a broader perspective than you have up till now. Listen to what people share. Boyfriends chronic conditions prompt partner to weigh options | Tuesday, April 3, 2018 B5 TODAY IS TUESDAY, APRIL 3, the 93rd day of 2018. There are 272 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On April 3, 1968, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. delivered what turned out to be his nal speech, telling a rally of striking sanitation workers in Memphis, Tennessee, that "I've been to the mountaintop" and "seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight that we, as a people, will get to the Promised Land!" (About 20 hours later, King was felled by an assassin's bullet at the Lorraine Motel.) ON THIS DATE: In 1860, the legendary Pony Express began carrying mail between St. Joseph, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. (The delivery system lasted only 18 months before giving way to the transcontinental telegraph.) In 1965, the United States launched the SNAP-10A nuclear power system into Earth orbit; it was the rst nuclear reactor sent into space. In 1978, at the Academy Awards, Woody Allen's "Annie Hall" was named best picture of 1977; its co-star, Diane Keaton, won best actress while Richard Dreyfuss was honored as best actor for "The Goodbye Girl." In 1996, Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski was arrested at his remote Montana cabin.



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