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LOCAL & STATE | A3LEESBURG POLICE NEED HELP TO ID ARMED ROBBERY SUSPECTS SPORTS | B1A MILESTONE VICTORY FOR FIRST ACADEMY SOFTBALL TEAM SCENE | C1ON TAP THIS WEEKENDThe fair, fashion and fables should make your to-do list Opinion ...................... A9 Weather ..................... A10 Sports.......................... B1 Scene .......................... C1 Comics ....................... C4 Diversions ................... C5 Volume 142, Issue 102 2018 GateHouse Media Home delivery: 352-787-0600 @dailycommercial Facebook.com./daily.commercial YOUR LOCAL SOURCE FOR LAKE & SUMTER COUNTIES Thursday, April 12, 2018 75 ¢ By Catherine Lucey and Lisa MascaroAssociated PressWASHINGTON „ House Speaker Paul Ryan announced Wednesday he will retire rather than seek another term in Congress as the steady if reluctant wingman for Presi-dent Donald Trump, sending ripples through a Washington already on edge and spread-ing new uncertainty through a party bracing for a rough election year.The Wisconsin Republican cast the decision to end his 20-year career as a personal one, saying he did not want his children growing up with a "week-end dad." Claiming he's accomplished "a heckuva lot," he said the party can point to strong gains as lawmakers campaign ahead of November elections. A self-styled budget expert, Ryan had made tax cuts a centerpiece of his legislative agenda, and a personal cause, and Congress delivered on that late last year."I have given this job every-thing I have," he said. "We're going to have a great record to run on."Ryan's plans have been the source of much speculation and his action will set off a scramble among his lieutenants to take the helm. On the other hand, it will also fuel speculation that Ryan is eyeing a coming Democratic surge, fueled by opposition to Trump, that could wrest control of the House from Republicans' grip. Several GOP veterans have announced plans to retire in recent months and another, Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida, followed Ryan on Wednesday.Ryan wont run for re-electionBy Frank Stanfieldfrankstanfield@daily commercial.comTAVARES „ David Mariotti is guilty of killing 84-year-old Bernadine Montgomery, a jury decided Wednesday.Mariotti, 36, although calm at first, seemed stunned by the verdict. After Circuit Judge Don Briggs ordered that he be held without bond, Executive Assistant Public Defender John Spivey put his arm around him to console him.Spivey would not comment on what Mariotti had to say, but said he was shaking. He was upset.ŽAfter the jury left and much of the courtroom cleared out, he slumped in his chair wait-ing for bailiffs to put him in shackles. His eyes were red, stung by tears he fought back.Police doing a well-being check on the widow at her Palmora Park home on June 22, 2016, did not find Montgomery, but they did find evidence that she had been struck and dragged out of her house. They also found GUILTY OF MURDERDavid Mariotti arrives to the courtroom before receiving a guilty verdict on Wednesday at the Lake County Courthouse in Tavares [PHOTOS BY WHITNEY LEHNECKER/DAILY COMMERCIAL] Executive Assistant Public Defender John Spivey, left, reacts to David Mariottis guilty verdict on Wednesday at the Lake County Courthouse in Tavares. House speakers announcement sends ripples of uncertainty through GOP Ryan By Jim SaundersNews Service of FloridaTALLAHASSEE „ U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross, R-Fla., announced Wednesday he will not run for re-election in November, joining three other Florida Republicans who plan to leave Congress.Ross, 58, issued a statement that said he looks forward to the next chapter of my life which will include, in some way, continued public service.Ž He represents Con-gressional District 15, which includes parts of Polk, Hill-sborough and Lake counties. I never viewed this amaz-ing opportunity as a job or a career,Ž said Ross, a senior deputy majority whip in the House. My home has been and will continue to be in Lakeland, Florida. I look forward to returning to the practice of law and to pursuing opportunities to increase civic education for our youth, and young adults, and with that encourage more engagement and participation of future generations in Ross not seeking another term in CongressBy Robert Burns and Catherine LuceyAssociated PressWASHINGTON „ President Donald Trump on Wednesday warned Russia to get readyŽ for a missile attack on its ally Syria, sug-gesting imminent retaliation for last weekends suspected chemical weapons attack. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis took a more measured tone, saying the U.S. and its mili-tary coalition partners were still studying intelligence on the attack.At stake is the potential for confrontation, if not outright conflict, between the U.S. and Russia, former Cold War foes whose relations have deteriorated in recent years over Moscows intervention in Ukraine, its interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and, most recently, its support for Syrian President Bashar Assad.Russian lawmakers have warned the United States that Moscow would view an airstrike on Syria as a war crime and that it could trigger a direct U.S-Rus-sian military clash. Russias ambassador to Lebanon said any missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launching sites targeted „ a Trump warns Russia: Get ready for attack on Syria Jury convicts David Mariotti of 2016 killing of Bernadine MontgomerySee RYAN, A4 See GUILTY, A7 See SYRIA, A7 See ROSS, A7

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A2 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com NATION & WORLDPUBLISHER Steve Skaggs: steve.skaggs@dailycommercial.com ......................352-365-8213 EXECUTIVE EDITOR Tom McNiff: tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.com ............................352-365-8250 DIGITAL EDITOR, LIFESTYLES EDITOR Whitney Lehnecker: whitney.lehnecker@dailycommercial.com ....352-365-8258 SPORTS EDITOR Paul Jenkins: paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.com ..........................352-365-8204 SPORTS WRITER Frank Jolley: frank.jolley@dailycommet.com..................................352-365-8268 REPORTER Frank Stan“ eld: frank.stand“ eld@dailycommercial.com ...............352-374-8257 REPORTER Roxanne Brown: roxanne.brown@dailycommercial.com ................352-365-8266 YOUR LOCAL NEWS SOURCE FOR LAKE AND SUMTER COUNTIESPrint delivery available within the newspaper distribution area only. 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LOTTERY Tuesday, April 10 Mega Millions: 5-13-31-43-5320 x2 Lucky Money: 15-18-31-32-5 Fantasy 5: 5-8-24-27-35 Wednesday, April 11 Pick 5 Afternoon: 4-5-6-5-9 Pick 4 Afternoon: 1-7-0-7 Pick 3 Afternoon: 6-9-7 Pick 2 Afternoon: 9-5By Mary HudetzThe Associated PressLAS CRUCES, N.M. „ As thousands of National Guard troops deploy to the Mexico border, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions brought his firm stance on immigration enforcement to New Mexico, where a group of Southwest border sheriffs were meeting Wednesday.Dozens of immigrant rights activists protested Sessions visit, once again rejecting his 2017 characterization of the border region as ground zeroŽ in the Trump administrations fight against cartels and human traffickers.He was wrong then, and he is wrong now.Ž said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights in El Paso, just south of Las Cruces.As Sessions motorcade arrived, the group chanted in Spanish and waved signs in opposition of the proposed border wall and the deploy-ment of National Guard troops to the region.Sessions was speaking in Las Cruces at the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition annual spring meeting with the Southwestern Border Sheriffs Coalition, which includes 31 sheriffs departments from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.The departments patrol areas are located within 25 miles of the border.Sessions trip to Las Cruces, a small city about an hour north of the border, comes as construction begins nearby on 20 miles (32 kilometers) of steel fencing that officials say is a part of Trumps promised wall.U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials say the heightened barrier will be harder to get over, under and through than the old post and rail barriers that line the stretch of sprawling desert west of the Santa Teresa border crossing.Citing a crisisŽ on the border, Sessions has issued an order directing federal pros-ecutors to put more emphasis on charging people with illegal entry.A 37 percent increase in ille-gal border crossings in March brought more than 50,000 immigrants into the United States, which was triple the number of reported illegal border crossings in the same period last year.It was still far lower, however, than the surges during the last years of the Obama administration and prior decades.The attorney generals zero-toleranceŽ involving border crossings calls for pros-ecuting people who are caught illegally entering the United States for the first time. In the past, such offenses were treated as misdemeanors.He also set quotas for immigration judges to reduce enormous court backlogs, saying they must complete 700 cases a year to earn a sat-isfactory grade. The quotas take effect Oct. 1.Sessions takes ght to New MexicoBy Chad Day, Eric Tucker and Tom HaysThe Associated PressWASHINGTON „ Federal agents who raided the office of President Donald Trumps per-sonal attorney, Michael Cohen, were looking for information about payments to a former Playboy Playmate and a porn actress who claim to have had affairs with Trump, two people familiar with the investigation said.Public corruption prosecutors in the U.S. attorneys office in Manhattan are trying to deter-mine if there was any fraud related to the payments to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels, according to one of the people. McDougal, a former Playmate, was paid $150,000 by the parent company of the National Enquirer for her story, though the magazine never published it. Cohen paid $130,000 to Daniels as part of an agreement, made before the 2016 election, to keep her from going public. A warrant used in the raid Monday specifically authorized agents to seize records related to McDougal, said one of the people, who spoke on condi-tion of anonymity to discuss the confidential details. The payments appear to be part of a pattern of Trumps self-described fixer trying to shield the businessman-turned-pol-itician from embarrassing press by buying womens silence. Investigators also sought bank records and communica-tions with the Trump campaign, according to a third person familiar with the investigation, who also spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the confi-dential details. The warrants also sought business records on Cohens dealings in the taxi industry, the person said. Cohen owns several medallions for New York City yellow cabs that allow them to pick up passengers on the street. The new details on the Cohen raid emerged as the president boiled over on Twitter about it and evidence that investigators are zeroing in on his inner circle. The raid on Cohen was not carried out by special coun-sel Robert Muellers team. But the presidents ire has been directed at Mueller and his boss, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. On Monday, Trump called Muellers investigation an attack on our countryŽ and suggested he was considering firing the special counsel. The White House remained defiant that the president has the power to directly fire Muel-ler „ despite Justice Department regulations saying otherwise. The regulations say only Rosen-stein, who appointed Mueller last May, has the authority to fire him and only for specific cause. Rosenstein has repeatedly said he has not seen any reason to dismiss Mueller. The search did not appear related to allegations of Russian election interference or possible coordination with the Trump campaign, the main focus of Muellers probe. But the raid was prompted, at least in part, by evidence or allegations uncovered by Muellers team.Under Justice Department regulations, Mueller must consult with Rosenstein when his investigators uncover new evidence that may fall outside his original mandate. Rosen-stein then determines whether to allow Mueller to proceed or to assign the matter elsewhere. FBI agents searched Cohens office, apartment and a hotel room where hes been staying while his home is under renovation, looking for documents related to Daniels and McDougal. McDougal has said she carried on an affair with Trump in 2006 after the birth of his son. The Enquirers publisher, American Media Inc., said it paid McDougal for details of the alleged affair, but they never appeared in print. AMI has said she was paid to become a fitness columnist. Agents also seized records related to a $130,000 payment made to Daniels, who says she had sex with Trump the same year as McDougal. Daniels team has had extensive communications with federal investigators, said the third person familiar with the investigation. Cohen has said he paid Daniels out of his own pocket shortly before the 2016 presidential election, but has not explained why. Several former officials at the Federal Election Commission have said the payment could have violated campaign finance laws because it may amount to an unreported campaign donation. Cohen has said neither the Trump Organization nor the Trump campaign was involved in the transaction with Daniels and he was not reimbursed for the payment. Trump has said he didnt know about the pay-ment. The White House has consistently said Trump denies the affair. In his first public comments since the raid, Cohen told CNN on Tuesday that he is rethinking how he handled the payment to Daniels because of what it has done to his family. Asked if he was worried, Cohen said: I would be lying to you if I told that I am not. Do I need this in my life? No. Do I want to be involved in this? No.Ž Cohen has been involved in the New York City yellow cab industry since the 1990s, going into business with his Ukraine-born father-in-law. Some of his companies that owned medallions were given names such as NY Funky Taxi Corp, Mad Dog Cab Corp and Sir Michael Hacking Corp. Although he has said publicly that he got out of the business in the mid-2000s, city, state and court records show he and his wife own as many as 30 medallions. Tax records show some of his companies currently owe thou-sands of dollars in mandatory per-ride state transportation taxes. In recent years, his taxis were managed by Gene Freidman, the so-called Taxi King of New York and a close friend. Freidman was charged last year by state prosecutors with pocketing $5 million in state transportation taxes. Hes pleaded not guilty.AP sources: Raid on Trump lawyer about paymentsUnited States Attorney General Jeff Sessions stands near a secondary border fence during a news conference on April 21, 2017 at the U.S.-Mexican border next to the Brown Field Border Patrol Station in San Diego. Sessions is scheduled to speak about immigration to a meeting of sheriffs on Wednesday in Las Cruces, N.M. [HAYNE PALMOUR IV/THE SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE VIA AP] Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trumps personal attorney, walks to his hotel on Tuesday in New York. FBI agents on Monday raided Cohens home, hotel room and of“ ce, seizing records on topics including a $130,000 payment made to porn actress Stormy Daniels in exchange for her silence about an affair she said she had with Trump in 2006. [FRANK FRANKLIN II/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS]

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DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, April 12, 2018 A3 LOCAL & STATETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comNEWS BRIEFS LEESBURGLeesburg police need help to ID armed robbery suspectsThe Leesburg Police Department is asking for the publics help to identify two armed rob-bery suspects.According to spokesman Joe Iozzi, officers responded around 8 p.m. Monday to Family Food Mart, 1013 W. Dixie Ave., in reference to an armed robbery. Two masked, armed men reportedly entered the store, stole an undisclosed amount of cash and fled on foot. Officers established a perimeter and used a police K9 team to search for the men, but they were not found.Police are asking anyone with information to contact Leesburg detectives at 352728-9862 or Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS, to be eli-gible for a reward. LEESBURGInterfaith Lake County to host prayer service for peaceOpen to anyone regardless oftheir religious affiliation, an interfaith prayer for peace ser-vice will be held Thursday.Interfaith Lake County will host the event at 6:30 p.m. at St. Pauls Catholic Community, 1330 Sunshine Ave. in Leesburg. Spiritual leaders belonging to the Methodist, Baptist, Catho-lic, Jewish, Muslim and Bahai faiths will share the pulpit to pray for peace.Rev. Mark Wajdasaid its time everyone put aside their differences and join hands in making a positive impactin the community.The theme for the prayer service honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his work for peace, focusing on his words, Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.Ž LAKE MACKDeLand man arrested after he doesnt return from test driveA DeLand man who pretended to be interested in buying an ATV was arrested Tuesday after he took the vehicle for a test ride and never came back. According to an arrest report, William Michael Cartwright, 40, showed up at a home on State Road 44 just west of DeLand to inquire about an ATV for sale. He and the owner agreed to let Cart-wright take it for a test ride to the end of the driveway, but Cartwright instead sped off the property and disappeared.A short time later, the person who drove Cartwright to the home to look at the ATV called law enforcement to report that Cartwright was on By Frank Stanfield frankstanfield@dail y commercial.comFRUITLAND PARK „ Police responding to reports of gunfire found a man shot to death in a garage in the 800 block of South Dixie Avenue late Tuesday.The garage was once a business, but the owner told police it is now used by locals to work on their own vehicles, said Capt. Erik Luce.Authorities are not releasing his name, pending notification of next of kin, but Luce said the man is 57 and he is from Pennsylvania.The owner told police that the victims camper broke down and he needed a place to fix it. He had only known the man for about a week-and-a-half, Luce said.The man liked to go to motorcycle swap meets. Police are confiscating the motorcycle and the camper.Officers found the man dead of a large caliber gunshot wound inside the garage.Lake County Sheriffs crime scene investigators processed the scene until about 10 a.m. Wednesday.Fruitland Park police are scouring the neighborhood and looking for potential wit-nesses and security camera video.Man shot dead in Fruitland Park garageA 57-year-old-Pennsylvania man was shot and killed inside a Fruitland Park garage late Tuesday night, police say. [FRANK STANFIELD/DAILY COMMERCIAL] Capt. Erik Luce says victim, 57, was from Pennsylvania See BRIEFS, A4TAVARES Work continues this week on the Little Lake Harris Bridge connecting Tavares and Howey-inthe-Hills, although the promised lane restrictions were delayed because of inclement weather. Begin-ning soon, State Road 19 will be down to one lane over the bridge as crews widen the south side of the existing bridge and to receive materials for the new bridge, according to a Florida Department of Transportation release. The construction is part of a $22 million project to build a 3,300-foot bridge next to the current one. The new bridge will feature 12-foot-wide travel lanes with 10-foot-wide shoulders on each side, an eight-foot-wide sidewalk for pedestrians and a barrier wall separating the sidewalk from the travel lanes.Bridge work continuesWork continues this week on the Little Lake Harris Bridge connecting Tavares and Howey-inthe-Hills, although the promised lane restrictions were delayed because of inclement weather. [PHOTOS BY BOB SNOW / CORRESPONDENT] Cranes and construction equipment are pictured at the Little Lake Harris Bridge. Beginning soon, State Road 19 will be down to one lane over the bridge as crews widen the south side. [BOB SNOW / CORRESPONDENT] Staff ReportLEESBURG „ Twenty-seven teams representing 14 high schools in Lake and Sumter counties, plus Montverde Acad-emy, The Villages Charter High School and Real Life Christian Academy, recently participated in the 32nd annual Mathlympics competition hosted by Lake-Sumter State College.Strong math skills are an important foundation to many college courses in a wide vari-ety of disciplines,Ž said Thom Kieft, LSSC associate vice president of general studies. LSSCs Mathlympics gives Lake and Sumter county high schools students an opportunity to practice and showcase their math skills in a fast-paced competition. The Colleges math faculty enjoy creating the problems and working with the high school students.ŽStudents have 60 minutes to answer 40 math ques-tions. Each question is scored individually with teams who answer each question first receiving the most points. The top four teams take home a coveted Mathlympics trophy.This years top winners were: 1. Montverde Team A 2. East Ridge Team A & B 3. Eustis Team A 4. The Villages Team B 5. South Sumter Team B 6. Leesburg Team A South Sumter Team A 8. Tavares Team A 9. Minneola Team B 10. The Villages Team AEach year the students choose a theme for the event, and this years theme was Marvel superheroes. Students wore their favorite Marvel Students compete at LSSC eventBy Linda Charlton and Staff Reportnews@dailycommercial.comCLERMONT „ The Clermont City Council voted Tuesday night to approve building a new boat ramp at the east end of Waterfront Park at the site of the former Bell Ceramics company.The plan „estimated to cost about $1.5 million and will take about two years to finish „ includes a boat ramp and about 77 parking spaces with additional land for overflow parking or future projects."The move was necessary to allow for the completion of Victory Pointe, a sophisti-cated stormwater treatment project and urban park that is the linchpin of the city's award-winning master plan," said city spokeswoman Doris Bloodsworth in a press release.What may be the biggest advantage of moving the ramp to Bell Ceramics, noted both by City Manager Darren Gray Council approves new boat ramp at Waterfront Park Cartwright Ozzie Osborne looks at the boat ramp sites at Tuesdays Clermont council meeting. The City Council voted 4-1 to relocate the ramp to the former Bell Ceramics site just east of Waterfront Park. [LINDA CHARLTON / CORRESPONDENT] Lane restrictions could slow tra c as Little Lake Harris Bridge widening commencesSee RAMP, A4Twenty-seven teams representing 14 area high schools participate in Mathlympics competitionSee LSSC, A4

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A4 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com Funeral Services Deborah Shaw RigellDeborah Shaw Rigell, 54 of Sanford died Sunday, April 8, 2018. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home. Fern Park Chapel 407.645.4633Stephen Wayne Porter SrStephen Wayne Porter Sr., 66 of Sorrento died Monday, April 9, 2018. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home. Eustis Chapel 352.589.4666Norma P. WroblewskiNorma P. Wroblewski 82, of Oviedo died Tuesday, April 10, 2018. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home. Fern Park Chapel 407.645.4633Debra Ann Marie BarrettDebra Ann Marie Barrett, 61 of Sanford died Friday, April 6, 2018. Hayes Brothers Funeral Home. Fern Park Chapel 407.645.4633 Antoine P. Williams, 38, of Coleman, Florida, was born October 8, 1979 in Gainesville, FL. He peacefully transitioned from labor to reward on April 1, 2018. A Celebration of Life will convene 11:00A.M., Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Greater Mt. Olive A.M.E., 4319 Lime Street, Coleman, FL. Rev. Woodrow Leeks, Pastor. Final resting place will be in the Hillcrest Cemetery, Coleman, FL. Professional arrangements entrusted to Rocker-Cusack Mortuary, Leesburg, FL, (352)435-9326. On-line condolences may be placed at www. rockercusackmortuary. com Antoine Preshae WilliamsJosephine B. Lewis, 95, of Leesburg, Florida, was born May 22, 1922 in Bascom, FL. She peacefully answered the Masters call on April 4, 2018. A Celebration of Life will convene 2:30P.M., Saturday, April 14, 2018, at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, 1012 E. Line Street, Leesburg, FL, Rev. Dr. Tony C. Person, Of“ciating. Final resting place will be in the Lone Oak Cemetery, Leesburg, FL. Professional arrangements entrusted to Rocker-Cusack Mortuary, Leesburg, FL, (352)435-9326. On-line condolences may be placed at www. rockercusackmortuary. com Josephine Bowers Lewis After talking with Trump early Wednesday, Ryan, 48, first announced his plans at a closed-door meeting of House Repub-licans. Rep. Mark Walker of North Carolina said an emotional Ryan choked up a few times trying to get throughŽ his remarks to colleagues and received three standing ovations.Moments later, Ryan told reporters that if he were to stay for one more term, his children „ now all teens „ would only know him as a weekend dad.I cant let that happen,Ž he said.The speaker had been heading toward this deci-sion since late last year, said a person familiar with his thinking, but as recently as February he had considered running for another term. His own father died suddenly of a heart attack when he was 16, and though Ryan is in good health, the distance from his family weighed on him. A final decision was made over the two-week congressional recess, which was partly spent on a family vacation in the Czech Republic.Ryan called extended family and a few close friends Tuesday night and alerted a few staff. On Wednesday morning, after talking to the presi-dent, the vice president and fellow GOP la wmak-ers from Wisconsin, he gathered the rest of his staff before going to the conference meeting.Ryan, who has had a difficult relationship with Trump, thanked the presi-dent for giving him the chance to move the GOP ahead.For many Republicans, Ryan has been a steady force in contrast to the presidents more mercurial tone,Ž said Rep. Mark Sanford of South Carolina. Thats needed.ŽRyan, from Janesville, Wisconsin, was first elected to Congress in 1998. Along with Reps. Eric Cantor and Kevin McCarthy, he branded himself a rising Young GunŽ in an aging party and a new breed of hard-charging Republican ready to shrink the size of government.He became GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romneys running mate in 2012.Ryan was pulled into the leadership job by the abrupt retirement of Speaker John Boehner in 2015. Boehner had struggled to wrangle the chambers restless con-servative wing and failed to seal the big deals on fiscal policy he sought. Ryan had more trust with the hard-liners in the House.Thats probably his greatest gift to us,Ž said Rep. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota. His ability to bridge the vast divide.ŽBut Ryan ultimately had to wrestle with another unexpected challenge: Trump, a president with little of Ryans interest in policy detail or ideological purity. The two have had not had a close working relationship.House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Repub-lican from California known to be tighter with Trump, is expected to again seek the top leadership post that slipped from his reach in 2015. He will likely compete with Majority Whip Steve Scalise of Louisiana. Both men spoke at the closed-door meeting Wednesday, delivering tributes to Ryan.Another potential rival, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, demurred when asked if hed pursue the speakers job. Leadership has never been on my bucket list, and its not on my bucket list today,Ž he said.Ryans announcement comes as Republicans are bracing for a potential blue wave of voter enthusiasm for Democrats, who need to flip at least 24 GOP-held seats in November to regain the majority.As the House GOPs top fundraiser, Ryans sudden lame duck status could send shockwaves through donor circles that are relying on his leadership at the helm of the House majority. He has hauled in $54 million so far this election cycle.It injects some more uncertainty to be sure,Ž said the No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas. Its just another issue thats floating out there, and obviously theres going to be some competi-tion for his successor.ŽA top GOP fundraiser, Eric Tanenblatt expects Ryan to remain a force in a tough cycle. Donors who are committed to making sure Republicans hold onto the majority will do whatever they have to do to make that happen,Ž he said.In Wisconsin, the most likely Republican candi-date for Ryans seat is state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, multiple Republicans in the state said. Vos did not immediately return telephone or text messages.Another Republican mentioned as a potential candidate is longtime Ryan family friend and backer Bryan Steil, an attorney and member of the Uni-versity of Wisconsin Board of Regents. Steil did not immediately return an email seeking comment.Democrat Randy Bryce, a colorful ironworker who has cultivated an IronStacheŽ moniker, had been Ryans best-known challenger, drawing liberal support from around the country. He had nearly $2.3 million in the bank at the end of the first quarter. Janesville teacher Cathy Myers was also running on the Democratic side. The only declared Republican was Paul Nehlen, who was banned from Twitter for a series of posts criticized as racist or anti-Semitic.In Washington, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell praised Ryans tenure, and the Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, said she hoped Ryan would work construc-tively on bipartisan goals before he leaves.While his plans are uncertain once he steps down in January, Ryan has long said being speaker would be his last job in elected office. Others have suggested that an ideal job for the policy wonk could be running a think tank, noting the leader of the conservative American Enterprise Institute recently announced he would be stepping down. RYANFrom Page A13rd Avenue in DeLand. As a deputy was heading to that loca tion, he spotted Cartwright on the blue Yamaha ATV heading west. He chased the ATV, but Cartwright reportedly jumped off and ran, then jumped into a pond with the deputy in pursuit. Moments later, he waded out of the pond and gave himself up.He was charged with grand theft and resisting an officer without violence. CLERMONTAttacker beats man, wrecks truck with crowbarA man who went to a house to p rovide an esti-mate on installing screen in a back porch instead paid a heavy price when he tried to intervene in an argument between a man and a woman at the home.According to an arrest report, the man went to a home on Whoopers Run Tuesday afternoon to give a friend an estimate when he heard a commo-tion in another part of the house. He went to inves-tigate and found Brandon Lee Williams, 20, arguing with a woman. The man asked if there was a problem, but then started walking back to his truck to leave. He told deputies that Williams came up behind him and began striking him with a tire iron, then turned on two other people at the home and started swinging at them as well, although he didnt make contact.The bloodied victim made his way to his truck and was going to drive away, but Williams began striking the truck with the crowbar, smashing the windshield, side window, hood, a headlight and a tail light.When deputies found the victim, he was laying on the back seat of his pickup truck disoriented, with blood pouring from open wounds on his head and arm.Williams claimed self-defense, telling deputies the victim threatened him with a collapsible baton and that he threat-ened to get a gun out of his truck and shoot him.Williams was charged with aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill and criminal mischief. BRIEFSFrom Page A3and a number of residents who spoke during the meeting, is that the ramp would see fewer closures during the year due to special events at Triath-lon Beach.Youre getting a lot more boat access for your money at Bell Ceramics,Ž said local boater Libby Hanna.Some residents in the Bell Ceramics area are vowing to fight the decision to move the boat ramp.I believe in lawsuits when we are being rail-roaded,Ž said resident Linda Gilbert.The boat ramp had been a hot topic in Clermont since July when residents learned the city was planning to move it to environmentally sensitive Lake Hiawatha Preserve. But in December, despite five months of protests by the boating community, the City Coun-cil voted 3-2 to move the ramp to Hiawatha. Three months, two lawsuits and one administrative law appeal later, the Council flip-flopped and voted unanimously to withdraw its St. Johns River Water Management District permit for the Lake Hiawatha Preserve ramp.The current boat ramp, near the west end of of the park, will remain opera-tional until the new is ramp is completed.In addition to building the new boat ramp, the city also plans to reroute the South Lake Trail so that pedestri-ans and cyclists will cross East Avenue at the four-way stop at the intersection of Grand Highway, which is considered a safer path than the current location further north. RAMPFrom Page A3 superhero T-shirts and took their chances with Captain America shield cookies and Incredible Hulk Rice Krispies.Mathlympics also gives the colleges math faculty an opportunity to interact and build relationships with the high school math teachers, some of whom have been attending for over a decade and others who also serve as adjunct math faculty for LSSC,Ž said Kieft.The event was co-hosted by LSSCs Math Department Chair Sybil Brown and Dean of Math & Sci-ence Karen Hogans. LSSCFrom Page A3ABOVE: Team A from Montverde Academy took “ rst place at the 32nd annual Mathlympics competition hosted by Lake-Sumter State College on April 6. [SUBMITTED]LEFT: Teams A and B from East Ridge took second place at the 32nd annual Mathlympics competition hosted by Lake-Sumter State College on April 6. [SUBMITTED] Team A from Eustis took third place at the 32nd annual Mathlympics competition hosted by Lake-Sumter State College on April 6. [SUBMITTED]

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DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, April 12, 2018 A5By Michael R. SisakAssociated PressNORRISTOWN, Pa. „ The first accuser to tes-tify at Bill Cosbys retrial described the comedian Wednesday as a serial rapistŽ as she parried with his lawyers, while a second accuser tearfully confronted the comedian over a 32-year-old assault allegation: You remember, dont you, Mr. Cosby?ŽThe courtroom dra-matics prompted mistrial requests from Cosbys lawyers „ which were denied „ as prosecutors began putting on a parade of women who say Cosby drugged and molested them long before he met Andrea Constand, the chief accuser in his sexual assault retrial.Sobbing uncontrollably as she testified, Chelan Lasha told jurors she got to know Cosby through a family connection as a 17-year-old aspiring model and actress. She met the star at a Las Vegas hotel in 1986 under the pretense that he had arranged a photo shoot for her.She said Cosby gave her a little blue pill he described as an antihista-mine to help her get over a cold, along with two shots of amaretto to help break up the cough.Ž The combination immobilized her and rendered her unable to speak. Cosby then assaulted her, touching her breast and rubbing himself against her leg, Lasha said.I could barely move. He guided me there, and he laid me in the bed. I couldnt move any more after that. He laid next to me, and he kept touching my breast and humping my leg. I remember something warm hitting my leg,Ž she said.Asked what was going through her mind, Lasha testified: Dr. Huxtable wouldnt do this. Why are you doing this to me? Youre supposed to help me be successful.ŽTurning to Cosby, she made the remark that suggested he remembered the encounter.Cosby, who portrayed kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on his hit TV comedy The Cosby Show,Ž turned away and smiled slightly.Seeking to portray Lasha as a chronic liar, Cosbys lawyers won permission from a judge to tell jurors about her 2007 guilty plea for filing a false police report in Arizona. The defense said the conviction bears on her veracity.ŽLasha and the other accuser who has testified so far, Heidi Thomas, are among five additional accusers whom prosecu-tors plan to call to make the case that Cosby, once revered as Americas Dad,Ž was a Hollywood predator who is only now facing a reckoning after allegedly assaulting Constand at his subur-ban Philadelphia home in 2004.The additional accusers could also help prosecutors insulate Constand from the defenses con-tention that she is a con artistŽ who preyed on Cosbys vulnerability after the 1997 killing of his son, Ennis, and then framed him to score a big payday via a $3.4 million civil settlement.The defense has urged jurors to ignore the other accusers, calling their allegations irrelevant to the charges involving Constand, who turned 45 on Wednesday.Constand, a former Temple University womens basketball administrator, alleges Cosby gave her pills and then molested her. He says the encounter was consensual.Cosby, 80, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each punishable by up to 10 years in prison. His first trial last year ended in a hung jury.As they began building their case against Cosby, prosecutors chose Thomas, a Colorado music teacher, as their first substantive witness.In 1984, Thomas was a 24-year-old aspiring actress when her agent arranged for Cosby to give her acting tips at a session in Reno, Nevada. She tes-tified that Cosby gave her wine as they rehearsed a scene in which she por-trayed a drunken woman. She said the wine knocked her out, and Cosby then forced her to perform oral sex.She said she remembered feeling sick and wondering, How did I get here?ŽUnder cross examina-tion Wednesday, Thomas rejected a defense law-yers insinuation that she would do anything to help Constand.Youve made it very clear that you want to help Andrea Constand, havent you?Ž Kathleen Bliss asked.I want to see a serial rapist convicted,Ž Thomas replied.She told jurors she came forward with her allegations in early 2015 to support other women who have accused Cosby, not for the attention his lawyers say it brought her.She added she once sent a Facebook message to Constand.I just wanted her to know that everything that was being said about her and about us, that there was somebody out there who knew she was telling the truth,Ž Thomas testified.Thomas said she chron-icled her trip to Reno in a scrapbook and recorded a cassette tape at the home where she had the encounter with Cosby. She said she wanted to recount the trip for her mother and agent but destroyed it years later after seeing a psychiatrist.It made no mention of the alleged assault, Thomas said, because she had planned to give it to her mom.The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Con-stand, Lasha and Thomas have done.On witness stand, accuser calls Bill Cosby a serial rapistBill Cosby, right, arrives for his sexual assault trial, Wednesday at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. [AP PHOTO / MATT SLOCUM]

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DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, April 12, 2018 A7evidence that her body had been left on the couch for four days.Mariottis companion, Tracie Naffziger, who helped ditch Montgomerys body in the forest, testified there was a rope around Montgomerys neck. Mariotti tried to blame the murder on her. She testified she was not in the home at the time. He also tried to blame it on a friend by convincing another prisoner at the jail to write a fake letter to prosecutors.Mariotti turned down a plea offer of 45 years. Now, convicted of first-degree murder and burglary of a dwelling with battery, he faces the possibility of a death sentence.Jurors return Thursday afternoon for that phase of the trial.Leesburg police tracked Mariotti down after he and Naffziger, 42, a fellow drug addict, used Montgomerys credit cards and he pawned stolen items from her home.Naffziger has pleaded no contest to credit card fraud, and accessory after the fact to first-degree murder. She hopes for some kind of leniency in her sentence in return for testifying against the man she called her best friend.ŽSpivey said he is now preparing for the penalty phase. He told the judge Mariotti will be cooperating with a psychologist as he puts together mitigating evidence that might spare the drug addict from the needle of the states executioner.Leesburg Detective James Dunagan said the guilty verdict was an excellent team effort and were very pleased.ŽPart of the confession that Dunagan eked out of Mariotti was suppressed by the judge because he misrepresented the penalty he would face if convicted. In the end, it didnt matter.Several attorneys from the State Attorneys Office, police and public defenders filed into the courtroom to hear the clerk read the verdict.Sadly, there seemed to be no friends or family present for BeaŽ Montgomery. She and her late husband had no children and few relatives. However, there was testimony last week from neighbors who recalled her better days of being a good neighbor and singing in the Morrison United Methodist Church choir. Her health had dete-riorated in recent years and she had to rely on a walker to get around.It was those concerned neighbors in the quiet, tree-lined community who called police, including one across the street, who saw a man and woman leaving the house in Montgom-erys car. The man and the woman were Mariotti and Naffiziger. Hidden from view was Montgomerys body covered by a blanket in the back seat, on a jour-ney to be dumped in the Ocala National Forest like a bag of trash. Her body was never recovered. GUILTYFrom Page A1government.ŽIn making the announcement, Ross joined Republicans Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Tom Rooney and Ron DeSantis in deciding against seeking re-election to congressional seats this fall. Like Ross, RosLehtinen and Rooney have not disclosed any other political plans, while DeSantis is running for governor.Ross announcement also came the same morning that U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., shook up Wash-ington by announcing he will not seek another term in November. Ross and Ryan added to a growing list of GOP lawmakers deciding against seeking re-election in what could be a tough mid-year elec-tion for the party.Ross was elected to the Florida House in 2000 and served four terms in Tallahassee. Ross congressional website recounts how he was stripped of a state House committee chairmanship in 2007 for voting against a bill that made the state-backed Citizens Property Insurance Corp. the largest property insurer in Florida. For voting against his party and with his free market principles, Dennis was stripped of his chairmanship and many said his career was over.ŽBut in 2010, Ross was elected to a Central Flor-ida congressional seat that became open when then-U.S. Rep. Adam Putnam decided to run for state agriculture commissioner. Putnam this year is finishing his second term in the Cabinet post and is vying with DeSantis for the Republican nomina-tion for governor.Ross won his first congressional election by 7 percentage points over Democrat Lori Edwards, but he never faced a close race in getting re-elected three times.It was not immediately clear Wednesday who might run for the seat, though areas included in Congressional District 15 have been reliably Repub-lican in state and national races.In a tweet after Ross announcement, Democratic strategist Steve Schale acknowledged difficulty for Democrats in the district, but he also likened it to a Trea-sure Coast district where Democrats hope to unseat U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla.I agree it is a tough seat, but keep in mind it is pretty close to par with the Brian Mast seat, which most see as competi-tive in this cycle,Ž Schale tweeted. Big problem for my party there … not much of a bench.Ž ROSSFrom Page A1stark warning of a potential major confrontation.Trump, who has often said a commander in chief should never telegraph his military intentions, apparently did so himself, tweeting that missiles will be comingŽ in response to the suspected chemical attack that killed at least 40 people near Damascus.Russia vows to shoot down any and all missiles fired at Syria,Ž Trump wrote. Get ready Russia, because they will be coming, nice and new and smart! You shouldnt be partners with a Gas Killing Animal who kills his people and enjoys it!ŽDefense Secretary Mattis, however, indicated that evidence of what happened was still being studied. At a photo-taking session during a Pentagon meeting with his Dutch counterpart, Mattis was asked by a reporter whether he had seen enough evidence to blame the Syrian government.Were still assessing the intelligence, ourselves and our allies,Ž Mattis said. Were still work-ing on this.ŽTrump suggested Monday he had little doubt that Syria was to blame, but neither he nor other administration officials have produced hard evidence. This is in contrast to an incident one year ago in which the U.S. government had video and other evidence of certain aspects of an actual attack by Syrian aircraft, which involved the use of sarin gas. Trump responded then by launching dozens of Navy cruise missiles at a Syrian airfield.Asked whether the U.S. military was ready to conduct an attack in Syria if ordered, Mattis replied, We stand ready to provide military options if theyre appro-priate, as the president determined.ŽMattis was to meet with Trump later Wednesday.In the past, Trump has condemned others for forecasting military plans, repeatedly blistering President Barack Obama during the 2016 campaign. During one speech, he said, We must as a nation be more unpredictable. We are totally predictable. We tell everything.ŽAsked about Trumps tweet about an impending attack on Syria, former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who ran the Pentagon for President Bill Clinton, said on CNN that it compromises the mission somewhat.ŽTrump did not detail what a strike on Syria would look like, or whether these would be U.S. missiles. U.S. offi-cials have been consulting with France, Britain and other allies on a possible joint military operation, but the timing remained in doubt Wednesday. Trump canceled a foreign trip in order to manage a crisis that is testing his vow to stand up to Assad.Shortly after his tweeted warning to Russia, Trump took a more conciliatory tone in lamenting that the U.S.-Russia relation-ship is worse now than it has ever been.Ž There is no reason for this, he wrote, adding that Russia needs us to help with their economy, something that would be very easy to do, and we need all nations to work together.ŽSyrias Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Trumps threats to attack are recklessŽ and endan-ger international peace and security.Trumps administration has sought to show toughness on Russia, with a series of economic and diplomatic actions, including new sanctions last week against government officials and oligarchs. Trump has largely avoided criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin by name, though he singled him out in a tweet over the week-end for supporting Assad.The U.S., France and Britain have been in extensive consultations about launching a military strike as early as the end of this week, U.S. officials have said. A joint military operation, possibly with France rather than the U.S. in the lead, could send a message of international unity about enforcing the prohibitions on chemical weapons and counter Syrias political and military support from Russia and Iran.French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday called for a strong and joint responseŽ to the attack in the Syrian town of Douma on Saturday. The Syrian government denies responsibility.The French president does not need parliamentary permission to launch a military operation. France is already involved in the U.S.-led coalition created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq. Multiple IS terror attacks have targeted France, including one last month. SYRIAFrom Page A1

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A8 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com BUSINESSBy Marley JayAP Markets WriterNEW YORK „ Companies including banks and technol-ogy and health care firms fell Wednesday after U.S. stocks had surged the day before. Oil prices hit a three-year high after President Donald trump tweeted that the U.S. will launch missiles at targets in Syria.Other than energy companies, stocks were slightly lower for most of the day. Banks slipped along with inter-est rates while health care and technology companies gave up some of the big gains they made on Tuesday. Trump said the U.S. will respond to the recent suspected chemical attack and Saudi Arabia said it intercepted missiles fired by rebels in Yemen. Fighting in the Middle East could restrict oil supplies and push prices higher.The Federal Reserve released minutes from its meeting in March. Some poli-cymakers felt the central bank may have to increase rates more quickly in response to faster economic growth and rising inflation, and it might have to focus on slowing the economy to keep inflation under control. The market didn't react dramatically to that development, but stock indexes trailed off in the afternoon.Simona Mocuta, senior economist for State Street Global Advisors, said it's a challenge for investors to respond to events like possi-ble strikes in Syria because it's not clear what the outcomes will be."There is so much uncertainty about the geopolitics that it's hard for the market even to price on a day-to-day basis," she said.The S&P 500 index fell 14.68 points, or 0.6 percent, to 2,642.19 after it surged 1.7 percent Tuesday. The Dow Jones industrial average slid 218.55 points, or 0.9 percent, to 24,189.45. The Nasdaq composite lost 25.27 points, or 0.4 percent, to 7,069.03. But the Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks rose 3.36 points, or 0.2 percent, to 1,546.70, and most of the stocks on the New York Stock Exchange finished higher.Facebook stock continued to rise as CEO Mark Zucker-berg testified before Congress for a second day. The stock surged Tuesday afternoon at the beginning of Zuckerberg's testimony. It rose 0.8 percent to $166.32 Wednesday after a jump of 4.5 percent Tuesday, its biggest gain in two years.Daniel Ives, head of technology research for GBH Insights, said Facebook rallied for two reasons. One is that Zuckerberg did well in his testimony after investors had their doubts about how he would perform on Capitol Hill. The other is that Wall Street felt many members of Congress weren't very tough on Facebook because they don't grasp some of the relevant issues. As a result, investors grew less worried that the government will crack down on Facebook and other technology companies."A lot of the regulators and politicians don't really understand Facebook and its (business) model, so how can you expect that regulation is going to be a near-term issue?" he said. "The political theater and grandstanding has actually worked to the benefit of Facebook and Zuckerberg rather than to its detriment."Facebook's stock is still down 10 percent since the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal broke in mid-March. Other social media compa-nies also rallied over the past two days. Snap, the parent of Snapchat, rose 2.2 percent, to $14.80. Twitter slipped 0.5 percent to $29.39 after a 5.4 percent gain Tuesday.Energy companies rose as benchmark U.S. crude climbed 2 percent to $66.82 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price interna-tional oils, gained 1.4 percent to $72.06 a barrel in London. Oil prices jumped more than 3 percent Tuesday as investors got more optimistic about a possible resolution to the U.S.-China trade spat.Banks and technoloy stocks fall; oil rises to 3-year high 2,500 2,600 2,700 2,800 2,900 OA NDJFM 2,520 2,600 2,680 S&P 500Close: 2,642.19 Change: -14.68 (-0.6%) 10 DAYS 22,000 23,000 24,000 25,000 26,000 27,000 OA NDJFM 23,320 23,980 24,640 Dow Jones industrialsClose: 24,189.45 Change: -218.55 (-0.9%) 10 DAYSAdvanced 1445 Declined 1410 New Highs 47 New Lows 31 Vol. (in mil.) 3,005 Pvs. Volume 3,528 1,834 2,219 1339 1426 52 25 NYSE NASDDOW 24366.57 24150.87 24189.45 -218.55 -0.90% -2.14% DOW Trans. 10252.03 10149.37 10192.82 -35.60 -0.35% -3.95% DOW Util. 689.32 684.20 686.68 -1.11 -0.16% -5.07% NYSE Comp. 12580.98 12501.28 12514.62 -51.35 -0.41% -2.30% NASDAQ 7128.54 7055.00 7069.03 -25.27 -0.36% +2.40% S&P 500 2661.43 2639.25 2642.19 -14.68 -0.55% -1.18% S&P 400 1889.81 1874.16 1882.09 -2.48 -0.13% -0.97% Wilshire 5000 27649.80 27431.02 27467.68 -103.08 -0.37% -1.17% Russell 2000 1551.37 1535.76 1546.70 +3.27 +0.21% +0.73% HIGH LOW CLOSE CHG. %CHG. YTD Stocks Recap AT&T Inc T 32.55 40.56 35.25 -.56 -1.6 s t t -9.3 -6.4 13 2.00f Advance Auto Parts AAP 78.81 151.72 110.93 -1.21 -1.1 t t t +11.3 -21.3 21 0.24 Amer Express AXP 75.51 102.39 91.60 -1.40 -1.5 t t t -7.8 +21.8 16 1.40 AutoNation Inc AN 38.20 62.02 46.59 -.99 -2.1 s t t -9.2 +17.1 12 ... Brown & Brown BRO 20.66 26.94 25.50 +.01 ... s t s ... +22.9 27 ... CocaCola Co KO 42.19 48.62 43.99 ... ... s s s -4.1 +6.6 81 1.56f Comcast Corp A CMCSA 32.74 44.00 33.56 -.30 -0.9 t t t -15.9 -8.4 16 0.76f Darden Rest DRI 76.27 100.11 86.50 -.09 -0.1 s t s -9.9 +7.8 19 2.52 Disney DIS 96.20 116.10 100.80 -.57 -0.6 s t s -6.2 -8.4 14 1.68f Gen Electric GE 12.73 30.54 12.97 -.08 -0.6 t t t -25.8 -54.1 dd 0.48 General Mills GIS 43.84 60.69 44.87 +.36 +0.8 t t t -24.3 -19.2 12 1.96 Harris Corp HRS 106.18 164.69 161.86 -.53 -0.3 s s s +14.3 +49.6 29 2.28 Home Depot HD 144.25 207.61 172.86 -.63 -0.4 t t t -8.8 +19.6 24 4.12f IBM IBM 139.13 171.69 155.36 -.03 ... s t s +1.3 -5.7 12 6.00 Lowes Cos LOW 70.76 108.98 86.65 -.49 -0.6 t s t -6.8 +7.6 20 1.64 NY Times NYT 14.20 25.70 22.80 -.10 -0.4 t t t +23.2 +59.6 cc 0.16 NextEra Energy NEE 129.22 164.71 161.04 -.76 -0.5 t s t +3.1 +28.1 24 4.44f PepsiCo PEP 105.94 122.51 108.68 -.72 -0.7 t t t -9.4 +0.5 22 3.22 Suntrust Bks STI 51.96 73.37 67.67 -.47 -0.7 s t t +4.8 +26.9 17 1.60 WalMart Strs WMT 73.13 109.98 85.91 -.54 -0.6 t t t -13.0 +21.1 19 2.08f Xerox Corp XRX 26.64 37.42 28.25 -.07 -0.2 s t t -3.1 +2.9 35 1.00 52-WK RANGE CLOSE YTD 1YR NAME TICKER LO HI CLOSE CHG %CHG WK MO QTR %CHG %RTN P/E DIVStocks of Local Interest In this April 5 photo, a pedestrian passes the New York Stock Exchange. The U.S. stock market opens at 9:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 11. [AP PHOTO/RICHARD DREW]

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DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, April 12, 2018 A9HAVE YOUR SAYWe welcome signed letters and guest columns. Letters should not exceed 300 words and columns should not exceed 500 words. Colum ns need to include a recent headshot of the writer. We edit for length, clarity, and grammar. Mail: Voices, P.O. Box 490007, Leesburg, FL 34749-0007 Email: letters@dailycommercial.com Fax: 352-365-1951 How did representatives of organizations considered by many to be liberal-leaning react to Gov. Rick Scotts signing of a criminal-sentencing and data-collection bill passed by the conservative-dominated Legislature? They praised the legislation and, in the process, highlighted that there is room for consensus on reforming Floridas criminal-justice system. The bill that Scott signed contains two signature reforms: It provides alternatives to arrest and incarceration for relatively minor, nonviolent offenses; it calls for the creation of a database designed to track defendants, and decision-making, from arrest until disposition of the case. The legislations name „ the committee substitute for Senate Bill 1392 „ demonstrates that it was the subject of giveand-take and compromise in the Legislature. Both of the bills major components are warranted and represent progress. In the House of Representatives, Rep. Chris Sprowls, a Republican from Palm Harbor and chairman of the Judiciary Committee, was the force behind provisions to significantly improve and enhance access to information related to arrests, plea bargains and sentences. The existing databases in Florida are inadequate and incompatible. SB 1392 calls upon the state to create a comprehensive statewide database for use by the courts and other key participants in the system. The bill says the database should be accurate, comparable, transferable, readily usable and publicly accessible. The record-keeping requirements will be significant but, in another sign of consensus, judges across the state have said they favor these enhancements. An upgraded, useful database will provide additional value in light of the bills second component, which has been championed by Sen. Jeff Brandes. A Republican from Pinellas County and an influential member of the Committee on Criminal Justice, Brandes led the effort for a law to authorize the use of civil citations as alternatives to arrest for certain crimes. The law also expands the potential for diversion programs as alternatives to incarceration in the county jail for specific nonviolent offenses. After the governor signed SB 1392, Scott McCoy, senior policy counsel for the Southern Poverty Law Center and a member of the Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, stated: The criminal justice reforms passed by the Florida Legislature this year are modest but important in creating a smarter system that saves money, improves public safety and reduces our prison population. ... There is still much room for improvement of Floridas criminal justice system, and robust, accurate and timely data collection will be essential in moving forward with positive change. ...Ž Another member of the group, Raymer Maguire IV, who is the criminal-justice reform campaign manager at the ACLU of Florida, said: Senate Bill 1392 is a step in the right direction.Ž McCoy, Maguire and others want the Legislature to go further toward reducing Floridas reliance on incarceration. There will be disagreements as the debate continues but, for now, we welcome the consensus and hope it serves as a platform for additional, sensible reforms in the future.OUR OPINIONConsensus on justice reform ANOTHER OPINION Last week, Lake County Schools asked the community to respond to a survey to determine how the public feels about the idea of implementing a school guardianŽ program that arms school staffers. Heres what Facebook users had to say:The survey question covers too broad a group.Ž „ Robert Cyrus I am a lake county citizen with a grown daughter. I do have 3 grandchildren in school, not in Fla. I do agree that anyone working on school grounds should be armed. What if a shooter came into your school room and you had refused the gun. You watch as the shooter shoots all your students and then you. Teachers should be able to lock their door from their desk too.Ž „ Leslyn Binder This survey is a JOKE and an embarrassment to Lake county schools. there are only 2 questions and they dont even ask you to verify who you are and there are no safe guards to prevent the anti gun nuts from just sitting back all day long hitting no ...Ž „ Mark Stapleton (Mr. Stapleton, the story explained that the survey could only be taken once.) Whatever Bill Mathias says.Ž „ Cindi Smith If they are going to move forward with this, Im glad to see that there will be training and a Psychological evaluation involved. what I didnt see was continuous training on gun use and diversity.Ž „ Sammy Canosa No. Hire armed trained personnel. Teachers should teach. Not be responsible for lives.Ž „ Barbara Oliver Arm the teachers.Ž „ Chris Wade Only thing i will say is they need to rethink this whole thing.Ž „ Hope Joseph Use NRA school shield program to show security issues in the building its self. They have grants to upgrade property. Then arm staff that want to be armed. Add signage saying that staff is armed.Ž „ Frank Perrick That was a ridiculous survey. It asked one question and it was poorly worded.Ž „ Cinda Manley Horrible one question survey. My 5 year old granddaughter could have written a better survey. No adult on a school campus except well trained law enforcement resource officers should carry guns.Ž „ Bonnie McDonald Roof Lets DO IT!Ž „ Steven Bradley How about giving ALL parents a chance at this and sending the survey home via students?! Not everyone is on social media.Ž „ Susie Burrow Nichols If you dont want to arm the teachers, parents who have a carry permit could volunteer at schools. I would.Ž „ Leslyn Binder The plight of school security will continue until we get serious about hardening the measures that will be proactive much in the same way we finally got serious about airport security after 9/11...it is not the thought of encountering FAMS that keeps the airways safe, but rather the preventive measures at the terminal that prevent bringing even a toothpick on board a flight...arming teachers is a reactive measure that would only possibly protect a small number of students if and when an incident occurs.Ž „ Christopher Craine Carefully trained „ Im onboard.Ž „ Warren Nelson Arm anyone in the school that is willing to accept the responsibility.Ž „ Charles Taylor Please take a few minutes to let your voice be heard. As for this teacher, veteran and former door kicker? No chance in hell I want anyone but police officers on campus with guns!Ž „ Darryl Blackall I dont think the teachers need to be armed, but there should definitely be a couple well-trained, wellarmed guards with lots of cameras. They need to stop the bullying AND the killings.Ž „ Tammie GardinerFACEBOOK FORUM OPINIONSteve Skaggs | Publisher Tom McNiff | Executive Editor Whitney Lehnecker | Digital Editor, Lifestyles Editor Tom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comThe isolationist spirit „ a reluctance to become involved in foreign entanglements „ goes back in U.S. history to Thomas Paine and his 1776 pamphlet Common SenseŽ and to George Washingtons 1796 Farewell Address. In modern times, the isolationist spirit had a strong pull against U.S. involvement in WWI and WWII, but was eventually overcome, however reluctantly, by catastrophic events. Whether he realizes it, or not, President Trump tapped into that spirit when he instructed military commanders to wrap up Americas role in Syria and to bring the troops home within months. One can almost hear the echo of Sen. George McGovern (D-SD), who said in reference to the U.S presence in Vietnam, Come home, America.Ž Osama bin Laden bet on Americas impatience with protracted wars in devising his terrorism strategy, but if one side is in it to win itŽ and the other establishes a timetable, as President Obama did in Iraq, it isnt difficult to predict which side will be victorious. Writing in the Washington Free Beacon, Aaron Kliegman lists five reasons why the U.S. should not leave Syria. President Trump should read and heed them. First, writes Kliegman, ISIS remains in Syria and continues to pose a threat, even though its ambition for a caliphate has been temporarily thwarted. People who believe they have a religious mandate to keep fighting, believing their reward is Heaven should they die, will not be easily dissuaded by people they regard as occupiers and infidels.Ž Kliegmans second reason for not abandoning Syria is rooted in the recent example cited above. When President Obama announced the complete withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq in 2011, disaster ensued. First, there was sectarian warfare between Sunni and Shia Muslims, followed by the regrouping of al-Qaida in Iraq into Syria, which morphed into ISIS, requiring a stepped-up military presence ordered by President Trump. Reason three: A premature withdrawal would undermine the presidents Iran policy, which includes abandoning the nuclear deal with Iran, possibly as soon as next month. It simply does not make sense,Ž writes Kliegman, to leave the nuclear deal, impose more sanctions and target the regimes development and proliferation of missiles only to cede Syria to Iran.Ž Reason four: Washington would further lose its ability to influence events, ceding control to hostile authoritarians.Ž While the Trump administration wants to pull out, the presidents of Russia, Iran and Turkey held a summit last week in Ankara on Syrias future. Without an American presence it isnt difficult to predict Syrias future. It will likely serve as a base for increased terrorism. Reason five: The U.S. would again abandon the Kurds to a violent fate. The Kurds in Syria, notes Kliegman, ...have by far been Washingtons most effective partner in fighting ISIS on the ground.Ž They have also faced fierce opposition from the Turkish government in Northern Iraq. Abandoning allies is not a good way to build trust and confidence among friends in the ongoing war against terror. I would add a sixth reason: the recent chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians. A precipitous U.S. pullout would only encourage the Assad regime and their Russian supporters to continue this assault on international norms and treaties and opponents of the government. The Middle East is a mess and has been for some time. No one-size policy fits all circumstances, but premature withdrawal is not a policy, at least not one that will lead to victory or at a minimum stability. Perhaps President Trump can get our allies to share more of the cost and burden. For certain, both cost and burden will be much greater if he follows in President Obamas footsteps and makes a decision that feels good at first, but in the end exacts a much higher price. Readers may email Cal Thomas at tcaeditors@tribpub.com.ANOTHER OPINIONSyria, President Trump and isolationism Cal Thomas

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DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, April 12, 2018 B1 SPORTS NASCAR | B4IMPRESSIVE STREAK ENDS FOR TRUEX Paul Jenkins, Sports editor 352-365-8204 paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.com The First Academy of Leesburg softball team defeated Auburndale Kingdom Prep Academy 19-0 on April 3 for the “ rst win in program history. [SUBMITTED] By Frank Jolley frank.jolley@dailycommercial.comA win is not always just a win.Certainly, that adage applies when it comes to the First Academy of Leesburg softball team.The Eagles went into their game against Auburndale Kingdom Prep Academy on April 3 with the same goal they had all season ƒ to win the game. Up to that point, in spite of their work on the practice field, in the weight room and in the film room, the Eagles were winless.Truth be told, First Academy had never won in the four years the school had put a fast-pitch team on the field. But when the Eagles played Kingdom Prep Academy, everything came together.They hit the ball with authority ƒ they threw strikes ƒ and they caught the ball. The outcome? A dominant 19-0 victory.It was an amazing moment,Ž said First Academy coach Trisha Spivey. They earned that win and they deserved to enjoy the feeling that goes with success. Im so thankful they were finally able to get that first win under their belts.Theyre so proud of what they accomplished they dont want to turn in their uniforms.ŽSpivey felt her players were destined to earn that elusive first victory. Over the course of the season, Spivey watched her team grow and become better players.They gained confidence in their ability to play the game and they never got down on themselves or their teammates even as the losses continued to pile up. Through it all, Spivey encouraged her players to keep driving A milestone win for First Academy See MILESTONE, B3Bellevue University golf team freshman Don Byers follows the ball during practice at the Platteview Golf Club on April 5 in Bel levue, Neb. Byers, 61, is the oldest athlete in the NAIA since Alan Moore kicked an extra point for Faulkner University of Alabama when he was 61 in 2011. [AP PHOTO / NATI HARNIK] Bellevue University golf team member Don Byers watches his shot during practice on April 5 at the Platteview Golf Club in Bellevue, Neb. The 61-year-old Byers, who has had two knee surgeries and one on his back, said he would be physically unable to be on the team if he werent given a concession and allowed to put his clubs on a remote-control cart. [AP PHOTO / NATI HARNIK] By Eric OlsonAssociated PressBELLEVUE, Neb. „ Don Byers didn't know he was auditioning for a spot on the Bellevue University golf team when coach Rob Brown joined his group as a guest at his club last August.Byers was booming drives close to 300 yards, making his putts and under par after nine holes.Brown asked Byers if he had any eligibility left. Byers thought it was a joke.He's a 61-year-old grandfa-ther, after all."We laughed about it and moved on," Byers said, "but afterward he said he was seri-ous. I gave him my number and said if you are, give me a call. That's the last I thought I'd hear about it."Brown called Byers a couple weeks later and said the offer stood. Now Byers is a fresh-man on the Bruins' seven-man roster.A true graybeard, he's the oldest NAIA athlete since 61-year-old Alan Moore kicked an extra point for the football team at Faulkner Uni-versity of Alabama in 2011. NAIA spokesman Chad Waller said he knows of no older competitors in any sport, past or present. The NCAA doesn't keep age records. At the junior college level, Ken Mink appeared in three basketball games at age 73 for Roane State in Tennessee in Nebraska college team has 61-year-old freshmanSee GOLF, B3 By Fred GoodallAssociated PressTAMPA „ Steven Stamkos is back on the ice, eager to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning into the NHL playoffs.The five-time All-Star missed the last three games of the regular season with a lower-body injury. He returned to practice this week and hopes to be ready today for the start of a firstround series against the New Jersey Devils."It was obviously tough," said Stamkos, who watched the Light-ning go 2-0-1 down the stretch to hold off the Boston Bruins for the Atlantic Division title and No. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference."You want to be in those games. But the more important games are now, and I just want to make sure I feel as good as possible heading into the playoffs," the team's second-leading scorer added. "Hope-fully it keeps progressing and I can feel good come (today)."Stamkos, a two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner, rebounded from missing most of last season with a knee injury to bolster the NHL's most prolific offense with 27 goals and a career-high 59 assists for 86 points in 78 games.The 28-year-old center anticipates a tough matchup against the young Devils, who won all three regular-season meetings between the teams."It doesn't really matter where you finish (in the standings) any more. All these other teams are their own dif-ferent animals come playoff time," Stamkos said. "It's a fresh start once you get into the Stamkos eyes return for start of playo sSee STAMKOS, B3Florida defensive lineman Tedarrell Slaton ” exes as he calls out a play during a practice drill in Gainesville. [BRAD MCCLENNY / GATEHOUSE MEDIA] By Robbie AndreuGatehouse MediaGAINESVILLE „ Having been around coach Dan Mullen and strength and con-ditioning coordinator Nick Savage for a little more than three months now, Florida sophomore defensive tackle Tedarrell Slaton fully knows whats expected of him. Relentless effort.Sometimes he has it. Some-times he doesnt.And thats not good enough.Hes a 50/50 guy,Ž Mullen said Monday. Fifty percent of the time he looks fantas-tic, 50 percent of the time he looks terrible. That happens with young players.What it shows you is he can do it. We just have to do it every single snap. Those 50 percent where he looks great, hes not doing anything he couldnt do every play.ŽThe 50/50 guy was on full display in the first scrimmage of the spring two weeks ago. At times, he looked like the most dominant defensive player on the field, making plays and blowing up the UF defensive lineman Slaton on the riseUF footballWhat: Annual Orange & Blue Game When: 3 p.m. Saturday Where: Ben Hill Grif“ n Stadium, Gainesville Tickets: Free admission TV: SEC Network See GATORS, B3Senior golf?

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B2 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com SCOREBOARD HOW TO REACH USPaul Jenkins, Sports Editor Email: paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.com Phone: 352-365-8204SPORTS RESULTSSchools or coaches can report game results by calling 352-365-8204. Submissions also can be emailed to sports@dailycommercial.com. Results submitted after 9:30 p.m. may not appear in the next days edition of the Daily Commercial.SPORTS ON TV TODAYS LOCAL SCHEDULE BOXING 10 p.m. ESPN2 „ Francisco Vargas vs. Rod Salka, junior lightweights, at Indio, Calif. GOLF 6 a.m. GOLF „ European PGA Tour, Open de Espana, “ rst round, at Madrid 10 a.m. GOLF „ European PGA Tour, Open de Espana, “ rst round, at Madrid 3 p.m. GOLF „ PGA Tour, RBC Heritage, “ rst round, at Hilton Head Island, S.C. 7 p.m. GOLF „ LPGA Tour, LOTTE Championship, second round, at Kapolei, Hawaii MLB BASEBALL 2 p.m. MLB „ Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs 7 p.m. MLB „ Regional coverage, N.Y. Yankees at Boston OR Colorado at Washington NHL HOCKEY 7 p.m. NBCSN „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 1, Toronto at Boston NHL, SUN „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 1, New Jersey at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. USA „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Eastern Conference, “ rst round, Game 1, Columbus at Washington 9:30 p.m. NBCSN „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 1, Colorado at Nashville 10:30 p.m. USA „ NHL Stanley Cup playoffs, Western Conference, “ rst round, Game 1, San Jose at Anaheim SOCCER 3 p.m. FS1 „ UEFA Europa League, quarter“ nal, 2nd leg, CSKA Moscow vs. Arsenal FS2 „ UEFA Europa League, quarter“ nal, 2nd leg, Marseille vs. Leipzig WNBA BASKETBALL 7 p.m. ESPN2 „ 2018 WNBA Draft, at New York 8 p.m. ESPNU „ 2018 WNBA Draft, at New York Have a local sporting event you would like to have included in our schedule? Email details to Sports Editor Paul Jenkins at paul.jenkins@dailycommercial.com. HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL Mount Dora Christian at First Academy of Leesburg, 6 p.m. Tavares at The Villages, 7 p.m. Real Life Christian at Leesburg, 7 p.m. BOYS LACROSSE Lyman at Lake Minneola, 7:30 p.m. East Ridge at Lake Nona GIRLS LACROSSE Ocoee at South Lake, 6:30 p.m. SOFTBALL Foundation Academy at Real Life Christian, 4 p.m. Mount Dora at Tavares, 6 p.m. Umatilla at South Sumter, 6 p.m. Ocoee at Lake Minneola, 6 p.m. Cornerstone at Mount Dora Christian, 6 p.m. Apopka at Eustis, 6 p.m. Hagerty at East Ridge, 6 p.m. Leesburg at Wildwood, 6 p.m. TENNIS The Villages at Mount Dora Christian, 3:15 p.m. Waciva at East Ridge, 3:30 p.m. By Pete IacobelliAssociated PressHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. „ Dustin Johnson is not satisfied with his Masters' history, no matter how many top-10 finishes he posts at Augusta National.The top-ranked John-son wound up 10th in last week's major, his third straight appearance in the top 10 on the chal-lenging layout."I definitely expect better," Johnson said Wednesday in prepping for this week's RBC Heri-tage. "I felt like I played well enough to win last week."The problem was simple enough to identify „ watching putts not fall in."The thing that's most frustrating is it wasn't that I was hitting bad putts. I was actually hit-ting good putts, they just weren't going in," he said.Johnson hopes to remedy that at Har-bour Town Golf Links, a place the South Carolina native has not played professionally since 2009. Johnson, who's won a PGA Tour event in 11 straight seasons, typically took a vacation after the Masters to shake off the stress that comes with the first major.But as a newly signed golf ambassador to title sponsor RBC, "I'll be back here for the next few years."A popular theory about Johnson's absence was his length off the tee and strength made him a bad fit for architect Pete Dye's narrow fairways and small greens. One of the PGA Tour's tightest courses puts a premium on shot location versus 350-yard drives.But Johnson proved that theory wrong with birdies on 10 of the last 17 holes in Wednesday's pro-am."Last time I checked, he's the No. 1 golfer in the world. He is the best golfer on the planet," said Wesley Bryan, the RBC Heritage's defending champion and John-son's former high school teammate. "So as long as we're playing the game of golf, I think that he's got a good chance of winning any-where he tees it up."No. 1 Johnson looks to follow strong Masters at Harbour Town AUTO RACING NASCAR MONSTER ENERGY CUP SCHEDULE AND STANDINGSFeb. 11 „ x-Advance Auto Parts Clash, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Brad Keselowski) Feb. 15 „ x-Can-Am Duel 1, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Ryan Blaney) Feb. 15 „ x-Can-Am Duel 2, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Chase Elliott) Feb. 18 „ Daytona 500, Daytona Beach, Fla. (Austin Dillon) Feb. 25 „ Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500, Hampton, Ga. (Kevin Harvick) March 4 „ Penzoil 400, Las Vegas (Kevin Harvick) March 11 „ TicketGuardian 500, Avondale, Ariz. (Kevin Harvick) March 18 „ Auto Club 400, Fontana, Calif. (Martin Truex Jr.) March 25 „ STP 500, Martinsville, Va. (Clint Bowyer) April 8 „ O'Reilly Auto Parts 500, Fort Worth, Texas (Kyle Busch) April 15 „ Food City 500, Bristol, Tenn. April 21 „ Toyota Owners 400, Richmond, Va. April 29 „ GEICO 500, Lincoln, Ala. May 6 „ AAA 400 Drive for Autism, Dover, Del. May 12 „ TBA, Kansas City, Kan. May 19 „ x-NASCAR All-Star Open, Concord, N.C. May 19 „ x-NASCAR All-Star Race, Concord, N.C. May 27 „ Coca-Cola 600, Concord, N.C. June 3 „ Pocono 400, Lond Pond, Pa. June 10 „ FireKeepers Casino 400, Brooklyn, Mich. June 24 „ Toyota/Save Mart 350, Sonoma, Calif. July 1 „ Overton's 400, Joliet, Ill. July 7 „ Coke Zero 400, Daytona Beach, Fla. July 14 „ Quaker State 400, Sparta, Ky. July 22 „ New Hampshire 301, Loudon July 29 „ Gander Outdoors 400, Long Pond, Pa. Aug. 5 „ GoBowling at The Glen, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Aug. 12 „ TBA, Brooklyn, Mich. Aug. 18 „ Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race, Bristol, Tenn. Sept. 2 „ Bojangles' Southern 500, Darlington, S.C. Sept. 9 „ Big Machine Brickyard 400, Indianapolis Sept. 16 „ South Point 400, Las Vegas Sept. 22 „ Federated Auto Parts 400, Richmond, Va. Sept. 30 „ Bank of America 500, Concord, N.C. Oct. 7 „ TBA, Dover, Del. Oct. 14 „ Alabama 500, Lincoln, Ala. Oct. 21 „ Hollywood Casino 400, Kansas City, Kan. Oct. 28 „ First Data 500, Martinsville, Va. Nov. 4 „ AAA Texas 500, Fort Worth Nov. 11 „ Can-Am 500, Avonda le, Ariz. Nov. 18 „ Ford Ecoboost 400, Homestead, Fla. x-non-points racePOINTS LEADERSThrough April 8 1. Kyle Busch, 316 2. Joey Logano, 278 3. Ryan Blaney, 265 4. Kevin Harvick, 257 5. Martin Truex Jr., 250 6. Clint Bowyer, 249 7. Brad Keselowski, 237 8. Kurt Busch, 224 9. Denny Hamlin, 222 10. Kyle Larson, 202 11. Erik Jones, 193 12. Aric Almirola, 177 13. Austin Dillon, 159 14. Alex Bowman, 154 15. Chase Elliott, 148 16. Paul Menard, 146 17. Ryan Newman, 145 18. William Byron, 135 19. Darrell Wallace Jr., 126 20. AJ Allmendinger, 123 PRO BASEBALL AMERICAN LEAGUEAll times EasternEAST DIVISION W L Pct. GB Boston 9 1 .900 „ Toronto 8 4 .667 2 New York 5 6 .455 4 Baltimore 4 8 .333 6 Tampa Bay 3 8 .273 6 CENTRAL DIVISION W L Pct. GB Minnesota 5 4 .556 „ Cleveland 6 5 .545 „ Detroit 4 6 .400 1 Kansas City 3 6 .333 2 Chicago 3 7 .300 2 WEST DIVISION W L Pct. GB Houston 9 3 .750 „ Los Angeles 9 3 .750 „ Seattle 5 4 .556 2 Oakland 4 8 .333 5 Texas 4 9 .308 5Mondays GamesTampa Bay 5, Chicago White Sox 4 Cleveland 2, Detroit 0 Toronto 7, Baltimore 1 Kansas City 10, Seattle 0 L.A. Angels 8, Texas 3 Houston 2, Minnesota 0Tuesdays GamesTampa Bay 6, Chicago White Sox 5 Cleveland 2, Detroit 1 Toronto 2, Baltimore 1 Boston 14, N.Y. Yankees 1 L.A. Angels 11, Texas 1 Minnesota 4, Houston 1 Seattle 8, Kansas City 3 L.A. Dodgers 4, Oakland 0Todays GamesHouston (McCullers 1-1) at Minnesota (Gibson 1-0), 1:10 p.m. Tampa Bay (Chirinos 0-0) at Chicago White Sox (Shields 1-0), 2:10 p.m. Seattle (Paxton 0-1) at Kansas City (Duffy 0-2), 2:15 p.m. Detroit (Zimmermann 0-0) at Cleveland (Carrasco 2-0), 6:10 p.m. Toronto (Estrada 1-0) at Baltimore (Gausman 0-1), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka 1-1) at Boston (Price 1-0), 7:10 p.m. L.A. Angels (Barria 0-0) at Texas (Moore 0-2), 8:05 p.m. Oakland (Mengden 0-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Wood 0-1), 10:10 p.m.Thursdays GamesDetroit at Cleveland, 6:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees at Boston, 7:10 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m. L.A. Angels at Kansas City, 8:15 p.m.NATIONAL LEAGUEAll times EasternEAST DIVISION W L Pct. GB New York 9 1 .900 „ Atlanta 6 5 .545 3 Washington 6 5 .545 3 Philadelphia 5 5 .500 4 Miami 3 8 .273 6 CENTRAL DIVISION W L Pct. GB Pittsburgh 8 2 .800 „ Chicago 5 5 .500 3 Milwaukee 6 6 .500 3 St. Louis 5 6 .455 3 Cincinnati 2 8 .200 6 WEST DIVISION W L Pct. GB Arizona 8 3 .727 „ San Francisco 5 5 .500 2 Colorado 5 7 .417 3 Los Angeles 4 6 .400 3 San Diego 4 8 .333 4Mondays GamesMilwaukee 5, St. Louis 4, 10 innings Philadelphia 6, Cincinnati 5 Washington 2, Atlanta 0 N.Y. Mets 4, Miami 2 San Diego 7, Colorado 6 Arizona 2, San Francisco 1 Pittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, ppd.Tuesdays GamesPittsburgh 8, Chicago Cubs 5 Washington 4, Atlanta 1 Philadelphia 6, Cincinnati 1 N.Y. Mets 8, Miami 6 San Diego 5, Colorado 2 St. Louis 5, Milwaukee 3, 11 innings L.A. Dodgers 4, Oakland 0 San Francisco 5, Arizona 4Todays GamesAtlanta (McCarthy 2-0) at Washington (Cole 0-1), 1:05 p.m. Milwaukee (TBD) at St. Louis (Wainwright 0-1), 1:15 p.m. San Diego (Perdomo 1-1) at Colorado (Marquez 0-1), 3:10 p.m. Arizona (Ray 2-0) at San Francisco (Cueto 1-0), 3:45 p.m. Cincinnati (Castillo 0-2) at Philadelphia (Pivetta 1-0), 7:05 p.m. N.Y. Mets (Wheeler 0-0) at Miami (Garcia 0-0), 7:10 p.m. Pittsburgh (Brault 2-0) at Chicago Cubs (Lester 1-0), 8:05 p.m. Oakland (Mengden 0-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Wood 0-1), 10:10 p.m.Thursdays GamesPittsburgh at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m. St. Louis at Cincinnati, 6:40 p.m. Colorado at Washington, 7:05 p.m. San Francisco at San Diego, 10:10 p.m. PRO BASKETBALL NBAEASTERN CONFERENCEATLANTIC DIVISION W L PCT. GB z-Toronto 59 22 .728 „ x-Boston 54 27 .667 5 x-Philadelphia 51 30 .630 8 New York 28 53 .346 31 Brooklyn 28 53 .346 31 SOUTHEAST DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Miami 43 38 .531 „ x-Washington 43 38 .531 „ Charlotte 36 46 .439 7 Orlando 24 57 .296 19 Atlanta 24 58 .293 19 CENTRAL DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Cleveland 50 31 .617 „ x-Indiana 48 34 .585 2 x-Milwaukee 44 37 .543 6 Detroit 38 43 .469 12 Chicago 27 54 .333 23WESTERN CONFERENCESOUTHWEST DIVISION W L PCT GB z-Houston 65 16 .802 „ x-San Antonio 47 34 .580 18 x-New Orleans 47 34 .580 18 Dallas 24 58 .293 41 Memphis 22 59 .272 43 NORTHWEST DIVISION W L PCT GB x-Portland 48 33 .593 „ x-Utah 47 33 .588 x-Oklahoma City 47 34 .580 1 Minnesota 46 35 .568 2 Denver 46 35 .568 2 PACIFIC DIVISION W L PCT GB y-Golden State 58 24 .707 „ L.A. Clippers 42 39 .519 15 L.A. Lakers 34 47 .420 23 Sacramento 26 55 .321 31 Phoenix 21 61 .256 37x-clinched playoff berth; y-won division; zclinched conferenceMondays GamesToronto 108, Detroit 98 Brooklyn 114, Chicago 105 Cleveland 123, New York 109 Oklahoma City 115, Miami 93 Milwaukee 102, Orlando 86 Minnesota 113, Memphis 94 San Antonio 98, Sacramento 85 Denver 88, Portland 82 New Orleans 113, L.A. Clippers 100Tuesdays GamesCharlotte 119, Indiana 93 Philadelphia 121, Atlanta 113 Washington 113, Boston 101 Phoenix 124, Dallas 97 Utah 119, Golden State 79 Houston 105, L.A. Lakers 99Todays GamesBrooklyn at Boston, 8 p.m. Denver at Minnesota, 8 p.m. Detroit at Chicago, 8 p.m. Memphis at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 8 p.m. New York at Cleveland, 8 p.m. San Antonio at New Orleans, 8 p.m. Toronto at Miami, 8 p.m. Washington at Orlando, 8 p.m. Houston at Sacramento, 10:30 p.m. L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m. Utah at Portland, 10:30 p.m.HORNETS 119, PACERS 93CHARLOTTE (119) Kidd-Gilchrist 2-3 0-0 4, Williams 5-12 0-0 15, Howard 6-14 2-4 14, Walker 6-11 0-0 15, Batum 5-9 2-2 14, Kaminsky 10-17 1-1 24, Hernangomez 2-7 2-3 6, Paige 0-1 0-0 0, Monk 6-16 2-2 17, Lamb 2-6 0-0 4, Stone 2-3 0-0 6. Totals 46-99 9-12 119. INDIANA (93) Robinson III 5-11 0-0 13, Booker 3-10 0-0 6, Turner 1-8 0-0 2, Collison 5-12 0-0 13, Stephenson 3-10 2-4 9, Anigbogu 0-0 0-0 0, Leaf 6-12 1-2 13, Poythress 0-1 0-0 0, Sabonis 5-9 0-0 10, Jefferson 5-7 2-2 12, Sumner 1-1 0-0 2, Joseph 3-10 0-0 6, J.Young 3-8 0-0 7. Totals 40-99 5-8 93.CHARLOTTE 37 26 24 32 „ 119 INDIANA 25 30 16 22 „ 933-Point Goals„Charlotte 18-42 (Williams 5-9, Walker 3-6, Kaminsky 3-8, Monk 3-10, Stone 2-3, Batum 2-4, Lamb 0-1, Paige 0-1), Indiana 8-31 (Robinson III 3-4, Collison 3-5, J.Young 1-3, Stephenson 1-6, Jefferson 0-1, Booker 0-2, Turner 0-3, Leaf 0-3, Joseph 0-4). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Charlotte 54 (Howard 17), Indiana 54 (Stephenson 13). Assists„Charlotte 27 (Stone, Batum 6), Indiana 22 (Joseph 8). Total Fouls„Charlotte 8, Indiana 16. A„17,331 (18,165).76ERS 121, HAWKS 113PHILADELPHIA (121) Covington 2-7 1-2 6, Saric 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 7-9 0-0 15, Simmons 5-9 4-8 14, Redick 9-17 4-5 28, Holmes 4-5 0-1 8, Ilyasova 8-16 6-8 26, McConnell 0-3 0-0 0, Fultz 2-6 0-2 4, Belinelli 6-15 3-4 20. Totals 43-87 18-30 121. ATLANTA (113) Prince 9-25 3-4 27, Collins 5-10 2-5 13, Dedmon 4-8 6-7 14, Lee 3-11 1-2 7, Bembry 3-7 1-2 7, Muscala 3-7 2-2 9, Plumlee 1-1 2-2 4, Taylor 5-15 0-0 10, Cleveland 2-2 0-0 5, Dorsey 6-12 1-2 17. Totals 41-98 18-26 113.PHILADELPHIA 27 34 28 32 „ 121 ATLANTA 32 23 24 34 „ 1133-Point Goals„Philadelphia 17-37 (Redick 6-9, Belinelli 5-12, Ilyasova 4-8, Johnson 1-3, Covington 1-5), Atlanta 13-37 (Prince 6-18, Dorsey 4-6, Cleveland 1-1, Collins 1-2, Muscala 1-4, Taylor 0-1, Dedmon 0-1, Lee 0-4). Fouled Out„Cleveland, Simmons. Rebounds„Philadelphia 54 (Simmons 10), Atlanta 39 (Collins 9). Assists„Philadelphia 29 (Simmons 6), Atlanta 27 (Bembry 7). Total Fouls„Philadelphia 22, Atlanta 24. Technicals„Redick, Simmons. A„15,673 (19,049).WIZARDS 113, CELTICS 101BOSTON (101) Tatum 3-11 4-5 12, Horford 3-10 4-4 10, Baynes 2-7 0-0 5, Rozier 2-12 3-4 8, Brown 8-18 5-6 27, Nader 1-1 0-0 2, Ojeleye 2-4 0-0 5, Marc.Morris 2-9 2-2 6, Monroe 4-6 2-3 10, Allen 2-2 2-3 6, Larkin 1-3 0-0 2, Gibson 1-1 0-0 2, Bird 2-2 0-0 6. Totals 33-86 22-27 101. WASHINGTON (113) Porter Jr. 5-8 0-0 12, Mark.Morris 4-12 3-4 13, Gortat 2-6 0-0 4, Wall 9-16 7-9 29, Beal 6-16 4-4 19, Oubre Jr. 4-8 0-0 11, Satoransky 3-4 0-0 7, Scott 6-10 0-0 12, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Mahinmi 1-3 1-2 3, Frazier 0-0 0-0 0, Sessions 1-1 1-1 3. Totals 41-84 16-20 113.BOSTON 30 24 18 29 „ 101 WASHINGTON 22 30 27 34 „ 1133-Point Goals„Boston 13-33 (Brown 6-10, Bird 2-2, Tatum 2-3, Ojeleye 1-2, Baynes 1-2, Rozier 1-8, Marc.Morris 0-3, Horford 0-3), Washington 15-30 (Wall 4-5, Oubre Jr. 3-4, Beal 3-7, Porter Jr. 2-2, Mark.Morris 2-8, Satoransky 1-2, Scott 0-2). Fouled Out„ None. Rebounds„Boston 43 (Horford 13), Washington 52 (Scott, Mahinmi 8). Assists„ Boston 21 (Rozier 5), Washington 32 (Wall 13). Total Fouls„Boston 18, Washington 24. Technicals„Larkin, Oubre Jr.SUNS 124, MAVERICKS 97PHOENIX (124) House 7-12 1-2 16, Bender 5-6 2-3 15, Len 8-10 2-4 18, S.Harrison 8-11 2-3 18, Reed 1-3 0-0 2, Dudley 2-4 1-2 5, Peters 12-20 4-4 36, Ulis 5-10 3-3 14. Totals 48-76 15-21 124. DALLAS (97) Finney-Smith 6-17 1-2 14, Motley 9-19 3-4 21, Powell 3-6 2-2 8, Collinsworth 4-13 2-4 10, A.Harrison 5-18 4-6 16, Kleber 4-7 0-0 10, Ferrell 1-3 0-0 3, Jones 5-13 3-4 15. Totals 37-96 15-22 97.PHOENIX 29 15 39 41 „ 124 DALLAS 26 28 22 21 „ 973-Point Goals„Phoenix 13-26 (Peters 8-13, Bender 3-4, House 1-3, Ulis 1-3, Dudley 0-1, S.Harrison 0-2), Dallas 8-33 (Kleber 2-4, Jones 2-6, A.Harrison 2-9, Ferrell 1-2, Finney-Smith 1-7, Powell 0-1, Collinsworth 0-2, Motley 0-2). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Phoenix 45 (Bender 13), Dallas 40 (Collinsworth 11). Assists„Phoenix 35 (S.Harrison 10), Dallas 20 (Collinsworth 8). Total Fouls„Phoenix 16, Dallas 19. A„20,041 (19,200).JAZZ 119, WARRIORS 79GOLDEN STATE (79) Durant 5-12 3-3 13, Green 2-5 0-0 4, Pachulia 1-3 2-2 4, Cook 2-8 3-4 8, Thompson 9-27 2-2 23, Bell 1-2 0-0 2, West 0-4 0-0 0, Looney 6-9 0-1 12, Jones 0-5 0-0 0, McGee 2-3 1-1 5, Livingston 1-5 0-0 2, Young 1-3 3-3 6. Totals 30-86 14-16 79. UTAH (119) Ingles 2-4 0-0 4, Favors 7-9 0-1 16, Gobert 5-7 3-4 13, Rubio 5-10 2-2 13, Mitchell 8-12 2-2 22, C rowder 4-12 3-4 11, ONeale 4-4 0-0 9, Jerebko 5-9 0-0 14, Niang 1-2 0-0 2, Udoh 1-3 0-0 2, Exum 3-9 0-0 6, Neto 2-3 0-0 4, Burks 1-6 0-0 3. Totals 48-90 10-13 119.GOLDEN STATE 16 17 23 23 „ 79 UTAH 33 29 31 26 „ 1193-Point Goals„Golden State 5-19 (Thompson 3-8, Young 1-2, Cook 1-3, Livingston 0-1, Bell 0-1, Green 0-1, Durant 0-3), Utah 13-35 (Mitchell 4-5, Jerebko 4-8, Favors 2-3, ONeale 1-1, Burks 1-3, Rubio 1-5, Ingles 0-2, Exum 0-2, C rowder 0-6). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Golden State 39 (Pachulia 6), Utah 54 (Favors 9). Assists„Golden State 14 (Livingston 4), Utah 25 (Ingles 8). Total Fouls„Golden State 18, Utah 20. A„18,306 (18,300).ROCKETS 105, LAKERS 99HOUSTON (105) Ariza 3-12 0-0 6, Tucker 2-6 0-0 6, Capela 5-9 0-0 10, Paul 9-14 0-0 22, Harden 6-15 6-6 21, Qi 0-0 1-2 1, Black 1-2 0-0 2, Mbah a Moute 1-4 0-0 2, Nene 1-4 0-0 2, Johnson 2-2 3-3 9, Quarterman 0-1 2-2 2, Green 5-10 3-3 16, Gordon 2-9 0-0 6. Totals 37-88 15-16 105. L.A. LAKERS (99) Hart 8-17 2-2 20, Randle 7-12 3-3 17, Lopez 5-11 1-1 12, Caruso 3-8 2-2 9, Caldwell-Pope 1-8 0-0 3, Wear 1-6 0-0 3, Frye 2-6 0-0 4, Zubac 1-3 0-0 2, Bryant 0-2 0-2 0, Ennis 4-7 2-2 10, Payton II 0-2 0-0 0, A.Ingram 6-8 3-3 19. Totals 38-90 13-15 99.HOUSTON 23 33 26 23 „ 105 L.A. LAKERS 16 32 27 24 „ 993-Point Goals„Houston 16-47 (Paul 4-7, Green 3-6, Harden 3-7, Johnson 2-2, Tucker 2-6, Gordon 2-9, Quarterman 0-1, Mbah a Moute 0-1, Ariza 0-8), L.A. Lakers 10-36 (A.Ingram 4-5, Hart 2-8, Caruso 1-4, Wear 1-4, Lopez 1-5, Caldwell-Pope 1-5, Payton II 0-1, Randle 0-1, Frye 0-3). Fouled Out„None. Rebounds„Houston 49 (Capela 12), L.A. Lakers 47 (Randle 8). Assists„Houston 19 (Harden 10), L.A. Lakers 22 (Caruso 6). Total Fouls„Houston 19, L.A. Lakers 19. A„18,997 (18,997).INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSThrough April 10: SCORING G FG FT PTS. AVG. Harden, HOU 71 645 618 2170 30.6 Davis, NOR 74 772 489 2088 28.2 James, CLE 81 853 386 2241 27.7 Antetokounmpo, MIL 74 737 487 2004 27.1 Lillard, POR 72 608 487 1926 26.8 Durant, GOL 67 625 356 1779 26.6 Westbrook, OKC 79 755 415 2022 25.6 Irving, BOS 60 534 232 1466 24.4 Aldridge, SAN 74 682 333 1724 23.3 Oladipo, IND 75 640 294 1735 23.1 DeRozan, TOR 79 639 454 1821 23.1 Embiid, PHL 63 510 359 1445 22.9 Beal, WAS 80 673 284 1825 22.8 Williams, LAC 79 582 432 1782 22.6 Walker, CHA 79 582 363 1755 22.2 Butler, MIN 58 427 353 1276 22.0 George, OKC 78 563 332 1694 21.7 Grif“ n, DET 58 436 259 1242 21.4 McCollum, POR 80 659 208 1713 21.4 Towns, MIN 81 627 343 1717 21.2 Mitchell, UTA 77 581 233 1577 20.5 Middleton, MIL 81 591 320 1648 20.3 Thompson, GOL 72 566 80 1438 20.0 Warren, PHX 65 529 193 1271 19.6 Schroder, ATL 67 500 225 1301 19.4 Holiday, NOR 80 604 186 1514 18.9 Barnes, DAL 77 537 259 1452 18.9 Paul, HOU 57 358 203 1059 18.6 Harris, LAC 79 553 176 1463 18.5 Jokic, DEN 74 490 263 1350 18.2 Gordon, HOU 68 413 195 1237 18.2 Bledsoe, MIL 73 466 250 1307 17.9 Wiggins, MIN 81 564 197 1434 17.7 Love, CLE 59 334 234 1039 17.6 Harris, DEN 66 436 133 1160 17.6 Dragic, MIA 75 484 217 1296 17.3 Gasol, MEM 73 434 281 1258 17.2 Redick, PHL 69 395 193 1170 17.0 Howard, CHA 80 500 332 1333 16.7 Murray, DEN 80 471 227 1332 16.6 Randle, LAL 80 495 300 1300 16.2 Anthony, OKC 77 468 147 1251 16.2 Kuzma, LAL 77 468 147 1242 16.1 Lowry, TOR 77 393 220 1239 16.1 Ingram, LAL 59 358 192 949 16.1 Simmons, PHL 79 538 185 1261 16.0 Barton, DEN 80 456 181 1244 15.6 Rivers, LAC 60 341 101 919 15.3 Smith Jr., DAL 69 404 134 1048 15.2 Markkanen, CHI 67 367 137 1013 15.1 FG PERCENTAGE FG FGA PCT. Capela, HOU 436 667 .654 Jordan, LAC 370 575 .643 Harrell, LAC 341 534 .639 Adams, OKC 439 700 .627 Kanter, NYK 422 713 .592 Collins, ATL 309 535 .578 Gibson, MIN 421 729 .578 Valanciunas, TOR 385 678 .568 Favors, UTA 384 685 .561 Howard, CHA 500 897 .557 ODDS PREGAME.COM LINEMAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALLToday National LeagueFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINEat Chicago -197 Pittsburgh +182 at Washington -140 Atlanta +130 at St. Louis Off Milwaukee Off at Colorado -170 San Diego +158 at San Francisco -109 Arizona -101 at Philadelphia -110 Cincinnati +100 New York -145 at Miami +135American Leagueat Chicago Off Tampa Bay Off Houston -160 at Minnesota +150 Seattle -130 at Kansas City +120 at Cleveland -275 Detroit +245 at Baltimore -105 Toronto -105 at Boston -109 New York -101 at Texas -108 Los Angeles -102Interleagueat L.A. Dodgers -191 Oakland +176NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATIONTodayFAVORITE LINE O/U UNDERDOG Detroit 1 211 at Chicago at Miami Off Off Toronto at Cleveland Off Off New York at Philadelphia Off Off Milwaukee at Minnesota 3 214 Denver at Oklahoma City Off Off Memphis at New Orleans 3 212 San Antonio at Orlando Off Off Washington at Boston Off Off Brooklyn at Portland 3 201 Utah at Sacramento Off Off Houston at L.A. Clippers Off Off L.A. LakersNATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Stanley Cup PlayoffsTodayFAVORITE LINE UNDERDOG LINE at Winnipeg -173 Minnesota +161 at Pittsburgh -183 Philadelphia +168 at Vegas -130 Los Angeles +120 at Tampa Bay -210 New Jersey +190Thursdayat Boston -150 Toronto +140 at Washington -143 Columbus +133 at Nashville -272 Colorado +242 at Anaheim -144 San Jose +134 Updated odds available at Pregame.com TRANSACTIONS BASEBALLMajor League BaseballMLB „ Suspended Arizona manager Torey Lovullo one game and “ ned him an undisclosed “ ne for his inappropriate actions in the top of the second inning of an April 8 game against St. Louis. Suspended St. Louis C Yadier Molina one game for his actions during the incident, which included making contact with umpire Tim Timmons. Suspended Arizona Diamondbacks minor league C Jose Herrera 50-game without pay after testing positive for Methylhexaneamine and Oxilofrine, stimulants in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.American LeagueBALTIMORE ORIOLES „ Recalled RHP Yefry Ramirez from Norfolk (IL). Designated LHP Nestor Cortes, Jr. for assignment. BOSTON RED SOX „ Recalled INF Tzu-Wei Lin from Pawtucket (IL). HOUSTON ASTROS „ Placed LHP Tony Sipp on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April 8. Recalled RHP James Hoyt from Fresno (PCL). KANSAS CITY ROYALS „ Placed OF Alex Gordon on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April 9. Recalled OF Abraham Almonte from Omaha (PCL). NEW YORK YANKEES „ Signed OF Shane Robinson and selected him from Scranton/WilkesBarre (IL). Designated INF-OF Jace Peterson for assignment. Sent CF Aaron Hicks on a rehab assignment to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). OAKLAND ATHLETICS „ Sent C Josh Phegley on a rehab assignment to Stockton (Cal). SEATTLE MARINERS „ Sent RHP Erasmo Ramirez and OF Ben Gamel on rehab assignments to Tacoma (PCL). TEXAS RANGERS „ Placed 2B Rougned Odor and RHP Doug Fister on the 10-day DL. Activated RHP Tony Barnette from 10-day DL. Recalled INF/C Isiah Kiner-Falefa from Round Rock (PCL). TORONTO BLUE JAYS „ Placed 1B Kendrys Morales on the 10-day DL. Recalled LHP Tim Mayza from Buffalo (IL).National LeagueCHICAGO CUBS „ Placed 1B Anthony Rizzo on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April 6. Selected the contract of INF-OF Efren Navarro from Iowa (PCL). CINCINNATI REDS „ Selected the contract of RHP Tanner Rainey from Louisville (IL). Designated RHP Yovani Gallardo for assignment. NEW YORK METS „ Acquired OF Kendall Coleman from the New York Yankees for INF-OF L.J. Mazzilli. Recalled RHP Corey Oswalt from Las Vegas (PCL). Optioned OF Brandon Nimmo to Las Vegas. SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS „ Placed RHP Johnny Cueto on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April 7. Optioned RHP Roberto Gomez to Sacramento (PCL). Recalled RHP Tyler Beede and LHP Steven Okert from Sacramento. WASHINGTON NATIONALS „ Reinstated C Miguel Montero from the paternity list. Placed C Jhonatan Solano on the 10-day DL, retroactive to April 7. Sent C Matt Wieters on a rehab assignment to Potomac (Carolina).Can-Am LeagueNEW JERSEY JACKALS „ Signed RHP Mat Latos. SUSSEX COUNTY MINERS „ Released RHP Aaron Brooks.Frontier LeagueSCHAUMBURG BOOMERS „ Signed RHP Chris Hall. TRAVERSE CITY BEACH BUMS „ Signed C/1B Stephen Lohr. WASHINGTON WILD THINGS „ Signed OF Roman Collins.BASKETBALLNational Basketball AssociationGOLDEN STATE WARRIORS „ Signed G Quinn Cook to a two-year contract.FOOTBALLNational Football LeagueDETROIT LIONS „ Placed OT Emmett Cleary on the reserve-retired list. TENNESSEE TITANS „ Agreed to terms with WR Michael Campanaro on a one-year contract.Canadian Football LeagueWINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS „ Signed WR Tony Stevens.HOCKEYAmerican Hockey LeagueAHL „ Suspended Hershey D Tyler Lewington one game for his actions in an April 8 game at Charlotte. MILWAUKEE ADMIRALS „ Recalled D Rick Pinkston from Atlanta (ECHL). SAN ANTONIO RAMPAGE „ Signed D Taylor Richart, F Charlie Sampair, F Alexei Toropchenko and F David Noel. Recalled F Dmitrii Sergeev from Tulsa (ECHL).OLYMPIC SPORTSUSADA „ Announced cyclist Dylan Lima tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a one-year sanction for his violation. USA LUGE „ Named Erin Warren president. Announced Jim Leahy, CEO will serve another four years. Named Bill Tavares head coach of the national team and Robert Fegg junior national team head coach.COLLEGESAUBURN „ Announced sophomore C Austin Wiley has declared for the NBA draft. EVANSVILLE „ Named Terrence Commodore and Chris Sparks mens assistant basketball coaches and Logan Baumann director of basketball operations. FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON-FLORHAM „ Named Jennifer Noon athletic director effective June 1. LETOURNEAU „ Named Mesa Allison mens and womens cross country coach. MIAMI „ Agreed to terms with mens basketball coach Jim Larranaga on a two-year contract extension through the 2023-24 season. MINNESOTA „ Named Rob Jeter mens assistant basketball coach. NOTRE DAME „ Signed mens basketball coach Mike Brey to a contract extension through the 2024-25 season. RUTGERS „ Did not renew the contract of womens gymnastics coach Louis Levine. TEXAS TECH „ Promoted Brian Burg to mens basketball assistant coach. PRO HOCKEY NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSAll times EasternFIRST ROUND (Best-of-7; x-if necessary) EASTERN CONFERENCE TAMPA BAY VS. NEW JERSEYThursday: New Jersey at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m. Saturday: New Jersey at Tampa Bay, 3 p.m. Monday, April 16: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, 7:30 p.m. x-Saturday, April 21: New Jersey at Tampa Bay, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Tampa Bay at New Jersey, TBABOSTON VS. TORONTOThursday: Toronto at Boston, 7 p.m. Saturday: Toronto at Boston, 8 p.m. Monday, April 16: Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19: Boston at Toronto, 7 p.m. x-Saturday, April 21: Toronto at Boston, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Boston at Toronto, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Toronto at Boston, TBAWASHINGTON VS. COLUMBUSThursday: Columbus at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Sunday: Columbus at Washington, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17: Washington at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 19: Washington at Columbus, 7:30 p.m. x-Saturday, April 21: Columbus at Washington, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Washington at Columbus, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Columbus at Washington, TBAPITTSBURGH VS. PHILADELPHIAToday: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Friday: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, 7 p.m. Sunday: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, 7 p.m. x-Friday, April 20: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, TBA x-Sunday, April 22: Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, TBA x-Tuesday, April 24: Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, TBAWESTERN CONFERENCE NASHVILLE VS. COLORADOThursday: Colorado at Nashville, 9:30 p.m. Saturday: Colorado at Nashville, 3 p.m. Monday, April 16: Nashville at Colorado, 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Nashville at Colorado, 10 p.m. x-Friday, April 20: Colorado at Nashville, TBA x-Sunday, April 22: Nashville at Colorado, TBA x-Tuesday, April 24: Colorado at Nashville, TBAWINNIPEG VS. MINNESOTAToday: Minnesota at Winnipeg, 7 p.m. Friday: Minnesota at Winnipeg, 7:30 p.m. Sunday: Winnipeg at Minnesota, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17: Winnipeg at Minnesota, 8 p.m. xFriday, April 20: Minnesota at Winnipeg, TBA x-Sunday, April 22: Winnipeg at Minnesota, TBA x-Wednesday, April 25: Minnesota at Winnipeg, TBAVEGAS VS. LOS ANGELESToday: Los Angeles at Vegas, 10 p.m. Friday: Los Angeles at Vegas, 10 p.m. Sunday: Vegas at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 17: Vegas at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m. x-Thursday, April 19: Los Angeles at Vegas, 10 p.m. x -Saturday, April 21: Vegas at Los Angeles, TBA x-Monday, April 23: Los Angeles at Vegas, TBAANAHEIM VS. SAN JOSEThursday: San Jose at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. Saturday: San Jose at Anaheim, 10:30 p.m. Monday, April 16: Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18: Anaheim at San Jose, 10:30 p.m. x-Friday, April 20: San Jose at Anaheim, TBA x-Sunday, April 22: Anaheim at San Jose, TBA x-Tuesday, April 24: San Jose at Anaheim, TBA

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DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, April 12, 2018 B3themselves toward their goal. I always told them that were going to be some-thing,Ž Spivey said.Spivey said she is already preparing for next season. She will soon begin work-ing up an offseason training program designed to help her players build on their success.And she believes the best is yet to come.Im so excited for these girls,Ž Spivey said. Theyre ready for next season to begin right now.ŽTrack and FieldMount Dora Christian Academy was the cream of the crop at Mondays Class 1A-District 9 track and field finals, walking away the boys and girls team titles.The Bulldogs won the boys championship with 216 points and took the girls title with 162 points, outlasting Oviedo Masters Academy (184.5 points) in the boys competition and Daytona Beach Father Lopez (147) in the girls meet.Mount Dora Christian, which hosted the meet at its new facility, got two wins from Jesiah Pierre (discus, shot put), and swept the top three places in the boys 1,600 meter and 3,200 meter runs. Pierre won the discus by more than 18 feet and finished second in the 100-meter dash.Freshman Mitchell Curtis won at 3,200 meters for the Bulldogs and junior Gabriel Curtis won at 1,600 meters. The Bulldogs boys 4x800 relay team also won, as did Edwin Chatman in the high jump.For the girls, Madison Hiteshew (high jump, discus), Courtnei Wison (100 meter, 200 meter), and Chase Brock (100-meter hurdles, 300-meter hurdles) were multiple winners. In addition, Molly Elenz (pole vault) and Cooper Monn (shot put) picked up wins for the Bull-dogs girls team.First Academy of Leesburg was only other team from Lake and Sumter counties in the meet. The Eagles boys team was sixth with 31 points and the girls team with seventh with nine.All competitors advanc-ing from the Class 1A-9 meet will comp ete in the Class 1A-Region 3 finals on April 25 at Orlando First Academy. College signingsAt least four area stu-dent athletes have signed national letters of intent to continue their athletic and academic c areers at the next level.On Friday, Wildwood point guard Danasia Bogle signed with Santa Fe Col-lege in Gainesville.Bogle, a member of the Daily Commercial girls basketball All-Area First Team, played a key role in Wildwoods successful defense of its Class 1A state championship last month. She averaged 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game for the Wildcats, along with 4.3 assists.At East Ridge on Wednesday, kicker/place-kicker Thomas Leo signed with Florida International University in Miami, defen-sive back Brandon Vilssaint signed with Warner University in Lake Wales and running back/wide receiver Jacob Owens signed with Becker College, an NCAA Division III school in cen-tral Massachusetts. RankingsFour local softball programs and one baseball team has garnered attention in this weeks statewide rankings.In Miracle Sports weekly softball poll, East Ridge (19-1) and Eustis (14-3) are the areas top-ranked teams, with the Knights earning a No. 4 spot in the Class 8A rank-ings and Eustis moving up to No. 4 in the Class 5A rankings. Eustis was 3-1 last week following a four-game stint in the Kissimmee Klassic.Last week, East Ridge was ranked fourth and the Knights were 3-0 last week, outscoring their opposition 29-3.Also in Class 5A, The Villages (15-5) received honorable mention.In Class 2A, Mount Dora Christian (15-4) slid a spot to No. 6. The Bulldogs were 2-1 last week, with their only loss coming against Oviedo, a Class 9A program.In the PrepZone.com state baseball poll, the areas lone representative is Mount Dora Christian at No. 10 in the Class 2A rankings. The Bulldogs were 2-0 last week. MILESTONEFrom Page B1 2008.The decision to go back to school and play golf wasn't all that hard for Byers, who logged about 170 rounds last year. His job with the insurance agency he bought in the 1980s gives him flexibility. He also sees value in pursuing a col-lege degree.Byers mixes easily with his teammates, all but one of whom is from Latin America. He said being old enough to be their grandfather hasn't necessarily given him privilege."Being a freshman," he said, "I have to get their bags out of the van now and then. But we have a lot fun and they taught me a lot, and I've felt I've brought a little to the table, too, keeping it kind of light."Sophomore Lautaro Marzilio said it was weird at first to have a team-mate so much older."But after meeting Don, he's a great person and he's like one of us," Marzilio said. "He understands us. We are kind of different eras, but we share the same thing."Byers' first go-round as a student athlete was more than 40 years ago at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. He was a pitcher on the baseball team and blew out his arm before what would have been his first season. He stayed at UNO two years, leav-ing in 1977 to enter the insurance business. He and his wife, Deb, have three children and four grandchildren.He's a freshman in eligibility under NAIA rules because he never appeared in a game for UNO. Bellevue allowed him to transfer most of the credits he earned at UNO, making him a junior academically. Byers works mornings at his office and attends classes on campus three days a week. He's taking courses in English, history and communica-tions. He hasn't declared a major.Byers' wife of 38 years said her initial reaction when Don told her Brown was recruiting him was a sarcastic, "Yeah, right." When she realized it was no joke, Deb pledged support."Go for it. Do it," she said she told him. "I don't think a lot of people have this opportunity."Though his U.S. Golf Association handicap index is an impressive 2.8 „ meaning he would be expected to shoot around 75 on any course „ this is Byers' first foray into competitive golf besides events at his home club, Champions Run in Omaha.He's had to adjust. He was accustomed to puff-ing a cigar and enjoying a beer when playing with buddies. Bellevue ath-letic director Ed Lehotak told him he had to drop those habits when repre-senting the Bruins. Byers also had to get in better shape because he couldn't fit into his team-issued golf pants last fall. The 6-foot-4 Byers joined his teammates in a winter conditioning program and has gone from 275 pounds to 230. GOLFFrom Page B1 Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) carries the puck past Winnipeg Jets center Mark Scheifele (55) during the second period of a game on Dec. 9, 2017, in Tampa. Stamkos missed the last three games of the regular season with an injury. [AP PHOTO / CHRIS OMEARA] playoffs. Regular season is regular season. We all know that."Stamkos' health figures as a key to the series.He missed 65 games after under going surgery to repair a lateral meniscus tear in his right knee last season, when the Lightning narrowly missed the playoffs. Two years ago, a blood clot discovered near his collarbone sidelined the center from late in the regular season until Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, when Tampa Bay lost to eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh.The Lightning didn't practice Tuesday, but coach Jon Cooper said the team remained hopeful of having Stamkos back for Game 1 against the Devils.Stamkos is optimistic, too, though with his history of injuries in recent seasons he has no illusions about being completely healthy when he returns."Listen, my body will never be 100 percent, regardless, going through the stuff I've been through," the No. 1 overall pick from the 2008 draft said. "So there's no point asking about percentages." STAMKOSFrom Page B1 offensive front with his strength and athletic ability (he can dunk a bas-ketball at 344 pounds). At other times, the big guy somehow disappeared while apparently taking plays off.With Slaton, the goal this spring has been to get him to play with relentless effort every play, not just every two or three plays. Mullen said what Slaton is going through is typical of a young college player trying to mature and adapt to a whole new level of play from high school, where he was usually the biggest, strongest player on the field.Hes very, very talented „ potentially-wise,Ž Mullen said. When he decides to go and do it right and put the effort and the focus and attention to detail and put the strain in, he has the potential to be an excellent player.When he doesnt, hes just a guy. Average player.ŽIts a process that Slaton is going through. The good news for the Gators „ and for him „ is the potentially excellent player has slowly started showing up more than the average one. If the progression continues, Slaton could have a signifi-cant impact on defense in the fall.When you watch him you see a big man like that move around and he has some great intangibles that you just want to bottle and say we need it every play,Ž defensive line coach Sal Sunseri said. If we can get that consistency with that quickness, the speed and the athleticism on every play, boom its going to be pretty good.He has the ability to really be as good as he wants to be. I think he's figuring that out and now he's starting to mature and grow up and be consistent with striking."A four-star prospect out of Fort Lauderdale American Heritage, Slaton flashed some of his poten-tial last season as a true freshman, playing in all 11 games and recording 11 tackles, including 1.5 tack-les for loss.Since then, hes been putting in the work in the weight room and at the training table.Slaton opened last season weighing 360 pounds. By the end of the year, he had ballooned to 370. That shortened my reps and playing time,Ž he said.Now, hes at a trimmed down 344, and stronger."I got in good with my nutritionist and she gave me kind of a list and all types of foods to eat,Ž Slaton said. She told me to include a salad in every-thing I eat, so that's pretty much it."It's pretty hard, but it drops fast when you track it. So you keep schedules of it. Then you've got to have people, your support system, behind you to keep you on track in case you get off."Slaton appears physically on track. Now its time to get on the play-with-relentlesseffort-every-play track."Main responsibility is that I've got to set the tone,Ž he said. D-linemen, we've got to set the tone. We've got to hold our gaps, that's one of our big thing. So if we can hold our gaps, our linebackers can get in (and make plays)."Slaton said he and the other defensive linemen are taking coaching from the veteran Sunseri, who was in the NFL last season as the linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders."He talks to us all together, because we all pretty much have all the same goals,Ž Slaton said. We want to win in The Swamp. We don't want to repeat the same season we had last year.He's really helpful. Him coming straight from the league really excites us and we enjoy every prac-tice and we try to get the best from him." GATORSFrom Page B1

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B4 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comFeb.11: ClashatDaytona(BradKeselowski) Feb.15: Can-AmDuelatDaytona(RyanBlaneyand ChaseElliott) Feb.18: Daytona500(AustinDillon) Feb.25: FoldsofHonor500atAtlanta(Kevin Harvick) March4: Kobalt400atLasVegas(KevinHarvick) March11: CampingWorld500(k)atPhoenix(Kevin Harvick) March18: AutoClub400atFontana(MartinTruex) March26: STP500atMartinsville(ClintBowyer) April8: OReillyAutoParts500atTexas(KyleBusch) April15: FoodCity500atBristol April21: ToyotaOwners400atRichmond April29: Geico500atTalladega May6: AAA400atDover May12: GoBowling400atKansas May19: AllStarRaceatCharlotte May27: Coca-Cola600atCharlotte June3: Pocono400 June10: FireKeepersCasino400atMichigan June24: Toyota/SaveMart350atSonoma July1: Chicago400atChicagoland July7: CokeZero400atDaytona July14: QuakerState400atKentucky July22: NewHampshire301 July29: Pennsylvania400atPocono Aug.5: 355attheGlen,atWatkinsGlen Aug.12: PureMichigan400 Aug.18: NightRaceatBristol Sept.2: Southern500atDarlington Sept.9: Brickyard400atIndianapolis Sept.16: LasVegas400 Sept.22: FederatedAutoParts400atRichmond Sept.30: BankofAmerica500(k)atCharlotteroad course Oct.7: Delaware400atDover Oct.14: Alabama500atTalladega Oct.21: HollywoodCasino400atKansas Oct.28: FirstData500atMartinsville Nov.4: Texas500 Nov.11: Can-Am500(k)atPhoenix Nov.18: FordEcoBoost400atHomestead NASCARTHISWEEK FEUDOFTHEWEEK SPEEDFREAKSAfewquestionswe hadtoaskourselvesCUPSTANDINGS QUESTIONS &ATTITUDECompellingquestions...and maybeafewactualanswersGODWINSPICKS FORBRISTOL 2018SCHEDULEANDWINNERS 12345678910 KENWILLISTOP10NASCARDRIVERRANKINGSKEVIN HARVICK Donttake yourgunsto town,son KYLEBUSCH Livinginthe quinellathis season MARTIN TRUEXJR. Burneda raremulliganatTexas JOEY LOGANO Atop-10 machineso far CLINT BOWYER Followedhis winwitha ninth RYAN BLANEY Staying close;win(s) willcome ERIKJONES Quietly hangingout inleadpack KURTBUSCH Happyfor Kyle?Maybe BRADKESELOWSKIWill“nish thirdat Bristol KYLELARSON Slightlyout ofsortsright now MOTORMOUTHS PODCASTWevewaltzedacrossTexas andnowpreparefortheBristol Stomp.But“rst,apodcast. Tuneinonlineat w ww.news-journalonline.com/ daytonamotormouths THREETHINGSTOWATCHTEXAS THREETHINGSWELEARNED WHATSONTAP Y es,itsearly,butisKylethe obviousmantobeatnow? GODSPEAK: Heisoneofthe threetopdrivers,joiningKevin HarvickandMartinTruexJr.in thehunt.BuschwontheMonsterEnergymodelaward.They swarmedTexasVictoryLane. KENSCALL: Onaweeklybasis, theroadtoVictoryLaneseems toalwayscrossKyleBuschs path.Butitdoesntmatteruntil November. A neighthforBubbaWallaceat Texas.Asignofthingstocome? GODSPEAK: Thatwasbig.If RichardPettyMotorsportscan stringafewofthosetogether, thatwouldbehuge. KENSCALL: Atop-10atanonplateraceisagoodsign,yes. Hedoesneedtomixinabout oneamonth,however,totake abigsteptowardbiggerthings. DENNYHAMLINVS.ARICALMIROLA: OnLap178thesetwogot togetheronarestartandtook out“veothercars.Everyone involvedchalkedituptohard racing. GODWINKELLYSTAKE: Hard racing?Notreally.Hamlin blamedhimselfbutused Almirolasnamealotduringthe explanation.Itsmyresponsibilitytokeepthecarunder me,ŽHamlinsaid. WINNER: KyleBusch RESTOFTOP5: KevinHarvick, MartinTruexJr.,ChaseElliott, BradKeselowski FIRSTONEOUT: DanielSuarez DARKHORSE: ClintBowyer DONTBESURPRISEDIF: ItstimeforBuschtostring togethersomewinstomatch Harvicksthreestraight. SurprisedatthefamiliarCup Seriesschedulefor2019?Alittlesurprised,butonly becauseitwasreleasedso soon.Theresbeenatonoffree advice”owingtowardNASCAR, regardingwhatneedstobe donetoeithercondensethe seasonoraddandsubtractcertaintracks.Sowethoughtthat maybe,justmaybe,thesuits wouldthinkaboutitalittle longerbeforepullingthetrigge r withthesameol,sameol.Whynochange?Oneoftwothings.NASCARs leadersknowtheyreina searchforthemomentumthey hadseveralyearsago,but assumethesomewhattraditionalscheduleisntanissue. Or,fornow,therearejusttoo manymovingpartsbetween tracks,racesponsorsandthe networkcommitments.That secondreason,bytheway,is thebetterbet.„KenWillis,ken.willis @news-jrnl.com1.KyleBusch316 2.JoeyLogano278 3.RyanBlaney265 4.KevinHarvick257 5.MartinTruexJr.250 6.ClintBowyer249 7.BradKeselowski237 8.KurtBusch224 9.DennyHamlin222 10.KyleLarson202 11.ErikJones193 12.AricAlmirola177 13.AustinDillon159 14.AlexBowman154 15.ChaseElliott148 CUPSERIES: FoodCity500 SITE: BristolMotorSpeedway (.533-mileoval) TVSCHEDULE: Friday,practice (FoxSports1,noon),qualifying (FoxSports1,4:30p.m.).Saturday,practice(FoxSports1,8:30 a.m.and11a.m.).Sunday,race (Fox,coveragebeginsat1:30 p.m.;green”ag,2:30p.m.) XFINITY: FitzgeraldGliderKits 300 SITE: BristolMotorSpeedway SCHEDULE: Friday,practice (FoxSports1,1p.m.and3 p.m.).Saturday,qualifying(Fox Sports1,9:30a.m.),race(Fox Sports1,1p.m.)1.Rallyingthe troopsSeven-timeNASCAR CupSerieschampion JimmieJohnsonhas takenonanewdutythis seasonasChevrolets topcheerleader.Team Chevyopenedtheseason bywinningtheDaytona 500.Sincethatrace,the BowtieBrigadeŽhas struggled.Johnsonsays chinup.Wearegetting closereachandevery weekandImreallyproud ofeverybodyatHendrick,Žhesaid.Wewill getbacktoourwinning wayssoon.Ž2.BubbaemergesBubbaWallacehadan electrifyingsecondplacerunintheDaytona 500forRichardPetty Motorsports,thendisappearedintothemistof regular-seasonracing. ThatchangedatTexas whenhemadeastrong eighth-place“nish,one ofonly10carsto“nish ontheleadlap.Whata goodday,whatagood weekendforus,Žsaid therookiedriver.We hadthemojothewhole time,andwerejustsuper excited.Ž3.Pit-gungrumblingThegrumblingfrom raceteamsabout NASCAR-issuedpitguns isgrowing.Oneofthe biggestcriticsatTexas wasdriverKevinHarvick. Harvickthinksananemic pitguncosthimthe winSunday.Wehada patheticdayonpitroadƒ becauseofpitguns,Žhe said,adding,Wecouldnt overcomeitsƒtimeafter timeyoucantgetthelug nutstightbecausethepit gunsdontwork.Ž„GodwinKelly, godwin.kelly@ news-jrnl.comSeven-timeNASCAR championJimmie Johnsonhastakenon anadditionaldutythis season.[AP/RANDYHOLT] 1.TruexstreakMartinTruexJr.hadan impressivestreakcome toasuddenhaltwhenhis right-fronttirewent”at, sendingthedefending CupSerieschampions No.78Toyotaintothe wall.Truexhad14consecutivetop-“ve“nishes atnon-platetracks before“nishing37th (last)atTexasMotor Speedway.2.Championship tellItisnotthathardtopick outtheearly-season championshipcontenders.KevinHarvick,Kyle BuschandTruexhave combinedfor“vevictoriesthroughsevenraces. Wantmoreinsight? Fourtimesthisseason thethreedrivershave “nished“rstandsecond toeachother.3.NocellserviceKevinHarvickhadto surrenderhiscellphone lastweektoof“cialsat AugustaNationalGolf Club.Harvickattended theMastersonThursday. Everything(inNASCAR) isabouttryingto“gure outwho'sbetteronsocial media,Žhesaid.And (there)theytakeyour phoneaway.Ž „GodwinKelly,godwin.kelly@news-jrnl.com MartinTruexJr.sawhisimpressive streakof“nishesliterallygoupin smokeatTexas.[AP/ROSSHAILEY]

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DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, April 12, 2018 C1 SCENETom McNiff, editor 352-365-8250 tom.mcniff@dailycommercial.comBy Linda FloreaCorrespondentThis weekend welcomes a variety of stage events, including the last week of Little Shop of HorrorsŽ in Eustis, standup comedy in Clermont on Friday and music all weekend at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale. Little Shop of Horrors The dark and biting musical comedy Little Shop of Horrors,Ž a Studio Series production by the Bay Street Players, plays its last weekend at State Theater in Eustis. In the show, meek floral assistant Seymour Krelborn stumbles across a new breed of plant he names after his crush, Audrey II. The foulmouth, singing carnivore promises unending fame and fortune to Krelborn as long as he keeps feeding it blood. Over time, Seymour discovers Audrey IIs outer space origins and intention on global domination. A live 10piece orchestra provides music and the puppets come from Las Vegas and are very HollywoodŽ said director Derik Critzer. Were pulling out all the stops on this show because this is the reason I do theater,Ž Critzer said recalling that he was in fifth grade when Little ShopŽ influenced him. To bring it to life with the resources I have is unbelievable at this chapter in my life. Its kinda cool to be able to look at where I started and do this as a professional event.Ž Cost: $21. Details: baystreetplayers.com Clermont Comedy Series The Clermont Comedy Series presents standup comedian Ron Feingold, Brian Diamond and master of ceremonies George Gibeault Friday at the Clermont Performing Arts Center 3700 S. U.S. Highway 27. Cost: $15. Details: clermontperformingarts.com. Orange Blossom Opry The Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale presents a Marty Robbins tribute 7:30 p.m. Friday. Comedy show Dean and Don with Robert Cabella as Dean Martin and Michael Walters and Don Rickles takes the stage 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Details: obopry.com. AuditionsSONNENTAG THEATRE AT THE ICEHOUSEAuditions for Sweet CharityŽ are scheduled in early May. To receive an audition time slot,email performance resume and photo to Darlin Barry, managing artistic director, at darlin@ icehousetheatre.com. Upcoming9 MONTHSA romantic comedy that will touch your heart, 9 MonthsŽ plays at the Moonlight Players Theatre April 20 to May 6. A young married couple find out that they are going to have their first child. This gentle romantic comedy follows their journey through the childbirth process, with the emphasis on the different point of views between the expectant mother and father as ON STAGEShop of Horrors closes this weekend The fair, fashion and fables should make your to-do listBy Linda Florea CorrespondentEnjoy your weekend with the last of the Lake County Fair, storytellers, a unique fashion show, artists and performers, military memorabilia, a neighborhood gathering or a group kayak trip. The Lake County Fair in Eustis wraps up this weekend, so be sure to get there before its gone for another year. Telling stories is more than childs play at the Florida Storytelling Festival in Mount Dora, where 500 to 600 future and current storytellers will gather to hone their craft and you can listen or learn. An entertaining fashion show featuring decorated bras and boxes on Saturday in Clermont is for a good cause. Heres a look at whats On Tap this weekend: Lake County Fair Saturday is your last chance to catch the Lake County Fair in Eustis. A $28 arm band allows you to ride all day today, and a $20 arm band pays for rides Saturday. Entertainment until Saturday includes the Firefighter Show, Seal Lion Splash and Comedy Hypnotist Show. Livestock events are the swine show, awards and sale. Admission is $9 adults, $3 children ages 6 to 11 and free for ages five and younger. Florida Storytelling Festival Learn about the art of storytelling at the 34th Florida Storytelling Festival beginning 5 p.m. Thursday and continuing through Sunday at Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St. in Mount Dora. Its really a unique art,and many people think its just for children,Ž said Kaye Byrnes, Florida See STAGE, C6 LOCAL ENTERTAINMENT SCENEOn Tap this weekendKrista Brock adds a touch of Thai chi to her walk down the runway at The Greater Clermont Cancer Foundations ninth annual Bras for the Cause and Boxers Too event in 2016. The event returns to Clermont this weekend. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE] By Ed Symkus More Content NowThe most recent film based on a true account about the world of tennis was last falls Battle of the Sexes,Ž one of the biggest flops of the year. The acting was good, the directing was competent, but maybe the story „ about the supposed rivalry between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs „ still left a bad taste in the mouths of anyone recalling the actual unfolding of events. The match, focusing on man against woman and young against old, was nothing more than a publicity stunt. Borg vs. McEnroeŽ is a different story, on many levels. The match between Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe, which took place seven years after the King-Riggs debacle, would result in one of them winning the 1980 Wimbledon Championship, the most prestigious tennis title in the world. Oddly, like its predecessor, there isnt a whole lot of tennis in it, at least not until the last act. This is a character study, featuring two outstanding performances from Swedish actor Sverrir Gudnason in his English-language debut as Bjorn Borg, and Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe. For those not familiar with the two athletes, Borg, at the time of the big match, was the soft-spoken player, and McEnroe was the loudmouthed brat. Or, as the MOVIE REVIEWBorg vs. McEnroe is an ace of a tennis movieJohn McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf) and Bjron Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) get ready to hit the grass court. [NEON] See REVIEW, C6 See TAP, C6

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C2 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comTOP SONGS 1. Gods Plan, Drake 2. In My Blood, Shawn Mendes 3. Meant to Be (feat. Florida Geo..., Bebe Rexha 4. Never Be the Same, Camila Cabello 5. Whatever It Takes, Imagine Dragons 6. The Middle, Zedd,Maren Morris & Grey 7. Psycho (feat. Ty Dolla $ign), Post Malone 8. You Make It Easy, Jason Aldean 9. I Can Only Imagine, MercyMe TOP ALBUMS 1. The Greatest Showman (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Various Artists 2. Boarding House Reach, Jack White 3. Sex & Cigarettes, Toni Braxton 4. Hamilton Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton 5. ?, XXXTENTACION 6. Girl Going Nowhere, Ashley McBryde 7. Home State, Jordan Davis 8. Staying at Tamaras, George Ezra 9. Forbidden, Todrick HalliTUNES TOP 9 For the week ending March 29 FICTION 1. Accidental HeroesŽ by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 2. Dog Man and Cat Kid (Dog Man 4)Ž by Dav Pilkey (Graphix) 3. Green Eggs and HamŽ by Dr. Seuss (Random House Books for Young Readers) 4. Mother BruceŽ by Ryan T. Higgins (Disney-Hyperion) 5. The Punishment She DeservesŽ by Elizabeth George (Viking) 6. One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue FishŽ by Dr. Seuss (Random House) 7. God Gave Us EasterŽ by Lisa Tawn Bergren (Waterbrook) NONFICTION 1. Secret EmpiresŽ by Peter Schweizer (Harper) 2. Russian RouletteŽ by Michael Isikiff and David Corn (Twelve) 3. 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to ChaosŽ by Jordan B. Peterson (Random House Canada) 4. FoodŽ by Mary Hyman (Little, Brown) 5. Pretty MessŽ by Erika Jayne (Gallery) 6. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ckŽ by Mark Manson (HarperOne) 7. Ive Been Thinking...Ž by Maria Shriver (Pamela Dorman Books) FICTION E-BOOKS 1. The Punishment She DeservesŽ by Elizabeth George (Viking) 2. Accidental HeroesŽ by Danielle Steel (Delacorte) 3. Covert GameŽ by Christine Feehan (Berkley) 4. The Bishops PawnŽ by Steve Berry (Minotaur) 5. The Great AloneŽ by Kristin Hannah (St. Martins Press) 6. With This ManŽ by Jodi Ellen Malpas (Forever) 7. NeverwhereŽ by Neil Gaiman (HarperCollins) NONFICTION E-BOOKS 1. A Day in the Life of Marlon BundoŽ by Twiss/Keller (Chronicle Books) 2. Secret E mpiresŽ by Peter Schweizer (Harper) 3. Never Split the DifferenceŽ by Chris Voss and Tahl Raz (HarperCollins) 4. Darkest HourŽ by Anthony McCarten (HarperCollins) 5. Glow 15Ž by Naomi Whittel (Houghton Mif” in Harcourt) 6. Russian RouletteŽ by Michael Isikiff and David Corn (Twelve) 7. EducatedŽ by Tara Westover (Random House)BEST-SELLING BOOKS The Wall Street Journals list re” ects nationwide sales of hardcover books for the week ending March 25By Pablo GorondiThe Associated PressWith a Grammy for best blues album in their pocket for 2014s Get Up!Ž Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite put themselves in contention again with No Mercy in This Land.Ž The credit sheet gives the impression of a lopsided MaySeptember collaboration. Harper wrote or co-wrote the 10 tracks, sings and plays guitar (slide, acoustic, electric) on all of them and co-produced the record. All Musselwhite does is play the harmonica and intone some emotional verses on the title track. Just like all Shakespeare did was write plays and poems. The album veers between electric and acoustic sounds, from songs about the challenges and thrills of love to a couple of tunes about alcoholism and others about seemingly insurmountable hardships. There are sharp observations and knowledge of the world in Harpers songs „ Everybody says I love you/But not everybody lives I love youŽ and You may have learned to hustle/But you never learned to danceŽ „ and theyre a great fit with the duos magnetic blues repertoire, blended with gospel, soul and rhythm & blues. Musselwhites tones range from Little Walter-like overdriven vamps to a caressing contribution reminiscent of Larry Adler on the excellent albumending ballad Nothing at All.Ž Lead guitarist Jason Mozersky, whose solos blend beautifully with Musselwhites, bassist Jesse Ingalls and drummer Jimmy Paxson form a tight, flexible unit. Theres no audible generation gap on No Mercy in This Land,Ž just a pair of kindred souls who know how to make great music.The staging of a blues reunion No Mercy in This LandBen Harper & Charlie Musselwhite (Anti-Records) MUSIC REVIEW BOOK REVIEW By Rob MerrillThe Associated PressIn the first 15 pages of Meg Wolitzers new novel, a college student is groped against her will, setting in motion a life devoted to female empowerment. In the next 30 pages she meets the woman who inspires her to pursue that life. And in the more than 400 remaining pages of The Female Persuasion,Ž Meg Wolitzer tells a story about womanhood, ambition, ego and ideals. If you liked the sprawling, decades-long narrative of The Interestings,Ž The Female PersuasionŽ follows a similar structure, spanning a little more than a dozen years. Greer Kadetsky is the young woman in the opening chapter and the feminist icon she meets in a bathroom after a campus speech is named Faith Frank „ a couple steps down from Gloria Steinem,Ž as Wolitzer describes her. Theres also Franks benefactor and former lover, Emmett; Greers first love, Cory; and her best friend, Zee. Each character gets chapters that go deep inside their heads. Theres a lot of inner monologue, sometimes to a fault. The issues are complex, certainly, but some readers may wish the characters would simply act rather than reading paragraphs about what might happen if they do. Theres much more to admire here as the novel ponders friendship, love and parent-child relationships While some may credit Wolitzer for being in touch with the zeitgeist, this reviewer „ a middle-aged man, to be clear „ gets the impression that Wolitzer would certainly applaud the current focus on #MeToo and Times Up.Wolitzer novel tackles timely topicsThe Female Persuasion: a NovelMeg Wolitzer (Riverhead Books)By Kristin M. HallThe Associated PressNASHVILLE, Tenn. „ Country singer Ashley McBryde has been hearing the critics since she was a kid. I am the youngest of six. Theres the smart one and the pretty one and I am the loud one,Ž McBryde said with a smile. I was banging on a mandolin at four years old and trying to make songs out of it and my brother would throw shoes at me from across the hall.Ž Later on, it was an algebra teacher in her hometown of Mammoth Spring, Arkansas, who shot down her musical dreams. The teacher asked each student what they wanted to do after high school. I said, I am going to make songs up, going to write music and live in Nashville,Ž McBryde, 34, recalls. She told me to remember where I was from and that wasnt going to happen, so have a really good backup plan.Ž Now on the verge of her first major label album, McBryde has proven all those doubters wrong. Girl Going Nowhere,Ž her Warner Music Nashville debut being released March 30, is the culmination of years of shouting over TVs in bars and hitting the road in a Toyota Tundra with a beagle. Its all been guerrilla warfare trying to get my name out there,Ž said McBryde. When she was releasing her own records independently, she would sometimes just hand out CDs to fans, telling them to burn five copies for their friends who would listen. Its not a problem if 20,000 people heard my music for free, but its a huge problem if 20,000 people never heard my music,Ž McBryde says. Eventually a sentimental song about her ailing father, a fire-and-brimstone preacher, called Bible and a .44Ž that she released on an EP in 2016 caught the attention of other artists, including Eric Church, who invited her onstage one night during his Holdin My Own tour last year. Soon she was getting shout-outs on Twitter from Miranda Lambert, who has also booked McBryde on some of her dates for her 2018 tour. One day, she was in her managers office in East Nashville when an unknown number sent her text. You know like if you text me and it says, Maybe and then your name?Ž McBryde said. I got a text from Maybe Garth. I laid on the floor and started kicking my legs and laughing. Well, maybe Im Batman.Ž It was actually the real Garth Brooks, who had also heard Bible and a .44Ž and wanted to know all about this curly-haired singer with a voice like Terri Clark. In her standard outfit of a short-sleeve T-shirt and jeans, McBryde easily commands a crowds attention with her booming voice and her tattoocovered arms in front of her band of bearded musicians. She jokes that people often think she looks a lot tougher than she actually is. Im five foot, three inches. Even if I hit you, Im probably not going to knock you down,Ž McBryde said. She puts on a great show and shes a hell of a singer,Ž said country singer Luke Combs, who is currently touring with her. She fits that mold for me. Someone who came here with a dream and wouldnt let anything stop them.Ž And every night that McBryde sings the albums title track lyrics, Where they said Id never be is exactly where I am,Ž the crowd is singing right alongside her. Still to this day, I have not used algebra,Ž McBryde notes with a smile.Singer Ashley McBryde silences all doubtersCountry singer Ashley McBryde poses in Nashville, Tenn., to promote her “ rst major label album, Girl Going Nowhere.Ž [MARK HUMPHREY/THE ASSOCIATED PRESS] MUSIC & BOOKS

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DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, April 12, 2018 C3Thursday, April 12 OPEN HOUSE: From 4 to 6 p.m. at Leesburg Family Practice, 8135 Centralia Court, Suite 101. With ice cream social and free health screenings. RSVP to 407-303-1700. CHESS CLUB: From 5:45 to 7:45 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Call 352-728-9790 for information. MEDITATION: At 4 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Guided meditation followed by discussion. Chairs provided or bring yoga mat. Beginners welcome. Call 352-728-9790 to register. QUILTING SISTERS GUILD: From 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday at Masonic Lodge, 200 Richey Road. in Leesburg. Call Mary at 352-323-3351 or go to quiltingsistersguild.com for information. STORY TIME OUR WORLD: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. For ages 5 and under. With music, movement and “ ngerplays. Call 352-7289790 for information. PRE-K STORY TIME: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Thursday at W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mt Dora. Call 352-735-7180 for information. LAKE COUNTY FARMERS AND FLEA MARKET: From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Thursday (except holidays) at the Lake County Fairgrounds, 2101 County Road 452 in Eustis. For information, call Cole Scharlau at 352-357-9692. CRAFTY KIDS: From 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. every Thursday at the Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Free. Children of all ages are invited to make a craft at the library to take home. Call Penny Richardson at 352-728-9790 or email penny. richardson@leesburg” orida. gov. CRAFTERNOONS: From 2 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at Cooper Memorial Library, 2525 Oakley Seaver Drive in Clermont. Bring your current craft project. Call 352-536-2275 for information. KIDS ACTIVITY NIGHT: From 6 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at Astor County Library, 54905 Alco Road. Call 352-759-9913 for information. DUNGEONS AND DRAGONS: From 5 to 7 p.m. every Thursday at Marion Baysinger Memorial Library, 756 W. Broad St. in Groveland. For ages 13 to 18. Call 352-429-5840 for information. TNT GAMING: From 4 to 5 p.m. every Thursday at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. For ages 8 to 18. Call 352-7289790 for information. LEGO CLUB: From 3 to 4 p.m. every Thursday at Fruitland Park Library, 205 W. Berckman St. For ages 5 to 18. Call 352360-6561 for information. FUTURE ENTREPRENEURS CONTEST FINAL EVENT: From 6 to 8 p.m. at Wildwood Community Center, 6500 County Road 139. Finalists pitch their ideas to judges and audience. Buffet dinner catered by La Hacienda. Cost is $15. Go to uwls.org/civicrm/event/info?id=6&reset=1 for tickets and sumterentrepreneurs.mcwventures.com for information. FUN GAME SHOOTS: At 6 p.m. every second and fourth Thursday at Amvets Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Non members must sign in with a sponsor. Call 352-323-8750 for information. OLIVE OIL 101: At 11 a.m. at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. With Roaming Gourmet-Chef Ze Carter. Free. Registration required. Call 352-728-9790. BOOK CLUB: At 6 p.m. the second Thursday of the month at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Informal book discussion with local author and former educator Ray Moore. For adults and teens. Call 352-728-9790. COLOR ME CALM: From 10 to 11 a.m. the second Thursday of the month at the Minneola Schoolhouse Library, 100 S. Main Ave. Color and drink tea with calming background music and lavender oil diffused into the air. All supplies are provided. Call Diane Merchant at 352-432-3921 or email dmerchant@minneola.us. Thursday, April 12 to Sunday, April 15 FLORIDA STORYTELLING FESTIVAL: At 5 p.m. on Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday to Sunday at Lakeside Inn, 100 N. Alexander St. in Mount Dora. Call Kaye Byrnes at 800-327-1796 or go to ” story.com/festival. Friday, April 13 JAZZ REVUE: Doors open at 5:30 and show starts at 7 p.m. at Eustis Community Center, 601 Northshore Drive. With bands from Eustis High and Middle Schools, silent art auction and refreshments. Cost is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Go to EustisHighBand.com. LAKEFRONT WORKOUT DANCE PARTY: From 10 to 11 a.m. every Friday at Lillys on the Lake, 846 W. Osceola St. in Clermont. Free. Go to lillysonthelake.com. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT: At 5 p.m. every Friday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to amvetspost1992.org. FRIDAY FISH FRY: From 5 to 7 p.m. every Friday at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Non-members must sign in with a sponsor. Wear red to honor those deployed. Call Post Commander or Vice at 352-323-8750, email veteransInfoandEvents@gmail.com or go to amvets2006.com. JAZZ TRIO: From 7 to 10 p.m. every Friday at Lakeside Inn, 100 Alexander St. in Mount Dora. Featuring Johny Carlsson on piano, Barry Smith on drums and Larry Jacoby on bass. STORY TIME: At 11 a.m. every Friday at Marianne Beck Memorial Library, 112 W. Central Ave. in Howey-In-The-Hills. With craft. Call 352-324-0254 for information. CHESS CLUB: From 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. every Friday at Umatilla Public Library, 412 Hat“ eld Dr. Call 352-669-3284 for information. SWING INTO SPRING DINNER DANCE: At 6 p.m. at Leesburg High School, 1401 Yellow Jacket Way. Cost is $15. Call 352-7283739 to reserve tickets and pay at the door. GAME NIGHT: At 6:30 p.m. at Fairway Christian Church Room C/D, 251 Avenida Los Angelos in The Villages. Bring snacks to share, your favorite game or learn a new one. Call 352-2599305 for information. MARTY ROBBINS TRIBUTE: At 7:30 p.m. at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. Featuring Darell Morgan. Go to obopry.com for tickets and information. MOVIE NIGHT AND DINNER: At 5:45 p.m. at Faith Lutheran Church, 2727 S. Grove St. in Eustis. Choice of Coco, Justice League or Gifted. Children must be accompanied by adult and may bring mat for viewing movie. With spaghetti, salad, Italian bread and ice cream. Free. Call 352-389-5433 for information. MONTHLY FISH FRY: From 4 to 7 p.m. the second Friday of the month at the American Legion, John Gella Memorial Post 219, 194 W. Fountain St in Fruitland Park. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. ART SPLASH: At 6 p.m. the second Friday of every month in downtown Mount Dora. With emerging artists and performers. Call 352-383-0880. Saturday, April 14 SPRING PLANT SALE: From 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lake County Extension Center Discovery Gardens, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares. With Master Gardeners Mobile Plant Clinic. Bring cart or wagon for easy shopping. Cash or checks only. Call 352-343-4101. CONCERT: AT 7 p.m. at Modernism Museum, 145 4th Ave. in Mount Dora. Beth McKee and Grant Peyton. With wine reception at 6:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for members and $30 for nonmembers. Call 352-385-0034 for tickets. RANGER HISTORY PROGRAM: From 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday unless another event is scheduled at Dade Battle“ eld Historic State Park, 7200 County Road 603 in Bushnell. With historic weapons “ ring demonstration. Call 352-793-4781. DINNER AND ENTERTAINMENT: At 5 p.m. every Saturday at Amvets Post 1992, 32201 Amvets Way in Mount Dora. Nonmembers must be signed in by a member of the post. Go to amvetspost1992.org. CROCHET CLASS: From noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday at the W.T. Bland Public Library, 1995 N. Donnelly St. in Mount Dora. Bring a size J crochet hook, yarn and scissors. Class projects include a newborn infants cap, a star-shaped pot holder and a ladys hat with ornamentation. Free. Call 352-735-7180, option 5. LEESBURG SATURDAY MORNING MARKET: From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday at Towne Square, 501 W. Main St. With local farmers, craftsmen, bakers and artists. Volunteers needed. Call 352-365-0053. NORTHEAST COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Martin Luther King Center, 803 Florida Ave. in Mount Dora. With free breakfast, lunch and activities. Go to cityofmountdora.com. RUMMAGE SALE: From 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Calvary Chapel Leesburg, 1601 W. Main St. Call 352-460-7595 for information. YOGA WITH CATS: From 9:30 to 11 a.m. the second and fourth Saturday of the month at Orlando Cat Caf, 532 Cagan Park Ave. in Clermont. Purrfect for any level. Cost is $15. Registration required. Go to orlandocatcafe.com. MILITARY MEMORABILIA SHOW: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renningers Flea Market and Antique Center, 20651 Highway 441 in Mount Dora. Military collectibles from all countries and time periods bought, sold and traded. Call Greg Spaulding at 407-462-2163 or John Anderson at 407-376-2614. DEAN AND DON: At 7:30 p.m. at Orange Blossom Opry, 16439 S.E. 138th Terrace in Weirsdale. Dean Martin (Robert Cabella) and Don Rickles (Michael Walters) Tribute Show. Go to obopry.com for tickets and information. BRAS FOR THE CAUSE AND BOXERS TOO: At 6 p.m. at Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. Highway 27. Decorated bras and boxers designed, donated and modeled by members of the community. With hors doeuvres, drinks and silent auction. Call 407-404-9268 or email support@gccf.us. CRAFT SHOW AND FLEA MARKET: At 9 a.m. at Salvation Army, 2605 South Street in Leesburg. Bene“ ts social services for the community. Call Roger Ross at 352-365-0079 or email leesburgcorps@uss. salvationarmy.org. KAYAKATHON: At 9 a.m. at Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby St. in Tavares. Cost is $25 and includes T-shirt and discount drink tickets. To bene“ t Camp Boggy Creek. Call E.P. Wyss at 352-217-7966 or email epwyss2@gmail.com. JAZZ4EVER: At 2 p.m. at Leesburg Public Library, 100 E. Main St. Free. Quartet specializing in music from the great American songbook and jazz standards. Call 352-728-9790 for information. STEAK NIGHT AND BAKE SALE: At 4 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at AMVETS Post 2006, 500 N. Canal St. in Leesburg. Guests must sign in with a sponsor. Call 352-323-8750, email or go to amvets2006.com. PANCAKE BREAKFAST: From 7 to 10 a.m. the second Saturday of the month at East Lake County Chamber of Commerce, 24214 State Road 46 in Sorrento. With sausage, juice and coffee. Cost is $4. Call Lisa DuRant at 352-383-3838 ext. 801 or email chamber@elcchamber.com. ART LEAGUE MEETING: From 2 to 4 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at Lake Eustis Museum of Art, 1 W. Orange Ave. Go to eustisartleague.com. FOOD TRUCK-N-FLICK NIGHT: From 5 to 10 p.m. the second Saturday of the month at Towne Square, 510 W. Main St. in Leesburg. With food trucks, live music and a movie. Call 352-255-2232. SPRING SPOTLIGHT SHOW AND DINNER: At 7 p.m. at Anastassia Ballroom and Dance, 32624 Blossom Lane in Leesburg. Cost is $20 per person or $30 per couple. Call 352-533-7400 for information. CALENDARWe want to hear from you: Send news releases about arts and entertainment events around Lake and Sumter counties to news@dailycommercial. com Include a description, date, time, cost, address, contact name and phone number.EDITORS PICKA military memorabilia show will be presented from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Renningers Flea Market and Antique Center, 20651 Highway 441 in Mount Dora. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE]

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CLASSIC PEANUTS HEATHCLIFF DENNIS THE MENACE FAMILY CIRCUS LUANN MOTHER GOOSE & GRIMM BEETLE BAILEY ZITS GARFIELD FOR BETTER OR FOR WORSE B.C. ROSE IS ROSE DILBERT SHOE PICKLES PHANTOM BLONDIE BABY BLUES HAGAR THE HORRIBLE SNUFFY SMITH COMICS C4 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | DailyCommercial.com

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DEAR ABBY: My mom is a recovering alcoholic. Her alcoholism has caused emotional distress and damaged our relationship to the point that I am aloof and terse toward her. She's six months sober now, receiving help and making an effort to repair the hurt and pain she has caused. But I'm struggling in moving forward. My mom is generous, kind, loving, and has always been supportive. I feel guilty for the ambivalent part of me that could care less about xing the issues SHE caused in our relationship. It saddens both of us that I have a hard time being kind and loving toward her. Any advice? -STUBBORN TEEN IN SOUTH CAROLINA DEAR TEEN: Alcoholism is a disease that affects not only the drinker, but also those close to her (or him). That your mother is receiving help and working to remain sober means she is trying as hard as she can to get better and remain that way. Forgiveness isn't automatic. It is a conscious choice on the part of the injured party. To think you are alone in this situation would be a mistake. There's a support group for younger family members of alcoholics called Alateen. If you attend some of the meetings, it may help you to be kinder and more loving toward your mother. Alateen groups are everywhere. To nd one visit al-anon.org.DEAR ABBY: Recently I was late to work because I slept in and my boss was upset about it. But the thing is -it's really none of his business, is it? What I do on my own time isn't the business of my employer. I don't ask him what he does when he isn't here. This has happened a few times and I know it might present a problem, but I don't think it's his place to tell me what to do outside of work. How is that legal? I need the extra sleep in the mornings because I like to stay out late at night, which is my right as an American. If I need extra sleep in order to perform my job at a higher level, then isn't it better for the company that I sleep in? I'm hearing blame when I should be hearing thank you. -MY BUSINESS IN INDIANA DEAR MY BUSINESS: Forgive me if this seems harsh, but your boss's business IS his business. Businesses have regular hours of operation, which are usually stated in the employee handbook you should have read when you were being hired. It's the duty of an employee to show up on time AND in condition to perform his/ her job. I'm not surprised your boss is upset. It's a natural response when an employee who's relied upon acts irresponsibly, which is what you have been doing. Because you prioritize your social life above your work life, consider looking for a job that starts later or has exible hours. You may need it.DEAR ABBY: What is the purpose of high school graduation announcements? To whom should they be sent, and what are the expectations surrounding them? My son is graduating, so we are preparing announcements, but I'm not sure who to send them to, and I don't want anyone to think we are asking for a gift. We have received several announcements from my son's friends who live out of state. Should I send them gifts? -WANTS TO GET IT RIGHT DEAR WANTS: Graduation announcements are usually sent to close family and friends. Recipients are under no obligation to send a gift. Your congratulations should be enough. 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 www.DearAbby.com 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 license tocruise...Place your auto ad in the and watch it go! Call Classieds Today!352-314-FAST (3278)HAPPY BIRTHDAY FOR THURSDAY, APRIL 12, 2018:This year you open up to many possibilities, though clearly you like to spend time by yourself. You will explore your mind/body connection, and might nd yourself in yoga classes as a result. If you are single, you could meet someone who is emotionally unavailable, especially in the time period before fall. Take your time getting to know any person in this period. If you are attached, the two of you often disappear with little explanation. You use these periods to enhance and cement your bond. PISCES reads you loud and clear.ARIES (MARCH 21-APRIL 19) You wake up ready to make a difference in a certain area of your life. How and where you decide to make waves could change. Remain sensitive to what is happening within your circle of friends. You might want to help someone discuss his or her feelings. TAURUS (APRIL 20-MAY 20) Emphasize friendship and your long-term goals. Taking action in order to handle a problem or misunderstanding might seem natural. However, it would serve you to detach rst and understand the different mechanisms at play here. GEMINI (MAY 21-JUNE 20) At times, you can be feisty and difcult. Think through a problem more carefully. A partner also could be unusually feisty, especially if you start talking about a sensitive issue. Take it one step at a time. CANCER (JUNE 21-JULY 22) Recognize that there are periods when you are far more sensitive than usual. Do not hold back but rather move forward with thought and deliberation. You will not tolerate any obstacle in your path. Express your caring in a meaningful manner. LEO (JULY 23-AUG. 22) Sometimes it is the smart move to act as if you are unreachable. Be somewhat less available than usual, and feel free to move forward with any matter involving joint nances or a particular bond. Also pay attention to a situation that is affecting a friend. VIRGO (AUG. 23-SEPT. 22) Do not allow others to hold you up. It seems as if many people want some time with you. You are only one person with a limited amount of time. Your creativity comes into play, as you know what must happen. Express your concern in a meaningful way. LIBRA (SEPT. 23-OCT. 22) Youll dive into work and complete your to-do list quickly and efciently. Freeing up some spare time might be delightful, as you probably need a break. You have been working very hard as of late. You know how to make others smile, so do it. SCORPIO (OCT. 23-NOV. 21) You see a situation develop, and you might have several instantaneous responses. One knee-jerk reaction allows you to approach the matter with creativity. See what can be done to make it the best experience possible. SAGITTARIUS (NOV. 22-DEC. 21) Tension builds between you and someone else. You might not be able to disarm the situation immediately, but you will in the next 24 hours. Take your time working through different scenarios that could do the job. Spend some quality time at home. CAPRICORN (DEC. 22JAN. 19) Make calls and run errands. Though you might need to do some reading or working alone, your social side emerges. You often feel a need to express that side of your personality. Try to hold yourself back right now, even if just for a little while.AQUARIUS (JAN. 20-FEB. 18) You might want to defer to someone else who can handle a personal situation in an unusual way. You often feel as if you need to hold back, especially when it comes to spending. Learn to say no a little more often. PISCES (FEB. 19-MARCH 20) You wake up knowing that you are in your element today. What you plan to do with some free time could change as the day progresses. Loved ones and friends check in to see what you are up to. Inevitably, you might feel a bit pressured. Teen is struggling to rebuild connection to alcoholic mom DailyCommercial.com | Thursday, April 12, 2018 C5 TODAY IS THURSDAY, APRIL 12, the 102nd day of 2018. There are 263 days left in the year. TODAY'S HIGHLIGHT IN HISTORY: On April 12, 1861, the Civil War began as Confederate forces opened re on Fort Sumter in South Carolina. ON THIS DATE: In 1955, the Salk vaccine against polio was declared safe and eective. In 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the rst man to y in space, orbiting the earth once before making a safe landing. In 1963, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested and jailed in Birmingham, Alabama, charged with contempt of court and parading without a permit. (During his time behind bars, King wrote his "Letter from Birmingham Jail.") In 1983, Chicagoans went to the polls to elect Harold Washington the city's rst black mayor. In 1988, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Oce issued a patent to Harvard University for a genetically engineered mouse, the rst time a patent was granted for an animal life form. In 1990, in its rst meeting, East Germany's rst democratically elected parliament acknowledged responsibility for the Nazi Holocaust, and asked the forgiveness of Jews and others who had suered.

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C6 Thursday, April 12, 2018 | DailyCommercial.comthey go through the ups and downs for the firsttime.THE WEDDING SINGERThe Melon Patch Theatre in Leesburg presents The Wedding Singer, The Musical ComedyŽ from May 4 to 20. Its 1985, and rock star wannabe Robbie Hart is New Jerseys favorite wedding singer. Hes the life of the party until his own fiance leaves him at the altar. Shot through the heart, Robbie makes every wedding as disastrous as his own. Enter Julia, a winsome waitress who wins his affection. As luck would have it, Julia is about to be married to a Wall Street shark, and, unless Robbie can pull off the performance of a decade, the girl of his dreams will be gone forever.THE MISS FIRECRACKER CONTESTThe long running offBroadway comedy, The Miss Firecracker ContestŽ by the Bay Street Players in Eustis is scheduled May 4 to 20. It follows the story of Carnell Scott as she prepares for the Miss Firecracker Contest in a small Southern town, hoping that a victory will salvage her reputation and allow her to leave town in a blaze of glory. Her plans become complicated by family members returning to town. Carnelle perseveres with the help of a cast of cheerfully nutty characters.WAIT UNTIL DARKWait Until DarkŽ by the Tavares Theater Company, plays May 12 to 27. Its an edge-of-your-seat thriller that takes place in the apartment of Susy, a blind housewife, along with a sinister con man and two ex-convicts. A mysterious doll is the catalyst for a night of suspense and terror.THE GLASS MENAGERIEThe Sonnentag Icehouse Theatre in Mount Dora presents the classic drama, The Glass MenagerieŽ May 18 to June 10. In the play, a young writer looks back at his life of many years ago, and tries to make peace with his memories. In flashback, he sees his mother, Amanda, a faded remnant of Southern gentility, and his fragile sister, Laura, who has retreated into a world of glass figurines. STAGEFrom Page C1 Storytelling Festival director. Children are welcome and its family friendly, but its not geared toward children.Ž Come listen to the 50 to 60 storytellers throughout the weekend or attend workshops. A number of the events are free and some have admission charges. People come from all over the state and country,Ž Byrnes said. There is a thriving storytelling community in Florida, and our festival is very well known throughout the country.Ž Details: flstory. com/festival. Bras for the Cause and Boxers Too Community members will design and model decorated bras and boxers for a fashion show at Bras for the Cause and Boxers Too from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Clermont Performing Arts Center, 3700 S. Highway 27. The evening includes a runway show and auction benefiting the Greater Clermont Cancer Foundation along with hors doeuvres and drinks. Cost: $60. Tickets: 352-4049268. Must be 16 to attend. Details: support@gccf.us. Art Splash Downtown Mount Dora features Art Splash at 6 p.m. Friday with artists and performers outside businesses selling their works and entertaining. Food Truck-N-Flick Night Food trucks, classic and custom cars, a movie, cash bar and entertainment are on hand at Food Trick-nFlick Night from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Towne Square, 510 W. Main St. in Leesburg. The event begins at 5 p.m., awards for cars at 7:15 p.m. and the movie starts 15 minutes after dusk. Military Memorabilia Show Military collectibles from all countries and time periods will be bought, sold and traded at the Military Memorabilia Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renningers Flea Market and Antique Center, 20651 in Mount Dora. Northeast Community Open House Community services, free coffee, pastries and lunch will be available at the Northeast Community Open House 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Martin Luther King Center, 803 Florida Ave. in Mount Dora. There will also be free vision and hearing screenings. Kayakathon Grab your kayak and get ready for paddling with other like minded kayakers at the Kayakathon 9 a.m. Saturday at Wooton Park, 100 E. Ruby St. in Tavares. Paddle at your own pace with others and enjoy the ride. Cost: $25 and includes tee shirt and discount drink tickets. You must bring your kayak. Proceeds benefit Camp Boggy Creek. Details: epwyss2@gmail.com. TAPFrom Page C1event was being promoted, it was a contest between the gentleman and the rebel. This is a movie with no sex, no violence, no visual effects, no cursing ... um, check that ... this has more cursing than your standard Martin Scorsese movie, all of it coming from the mouth of McEnroe, who developed such a reputation for being the bad boy of tennis, he would be booed, even by admiring fans and, at least in the film version, on the day of the Wimbledon finals, the engineers in the TV broadcast booth were ordered to turn down the volume of his microphone, lest some unacceptable part of his expected diatribe make it into viewers homes. The film opens and closes with their lengthy and storied match on the grass at Wimbledon, where Borg, ranked No. 1 in the world, and going for his fifth Wimbledon title, would take on the No. 2-ranked McEnroe, who was playing his first Wimbledon. It wasnt just a battle between evenly matched talents, it was also all about those two different temperaments and the bonus of it being righty vs. lefty. The film generously provides a series of flashbacks that examine part of what got Borg and McEnroe to London that day. Borg, at about 15, is presented as a tough but irascible player who yells and throws objects and was not unfamiliar with being penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct. McEnroe as a lad played very hard but had a great deal of non-sports-related pressure on him courtesy of his parents. In a scene where his mom questions him about school, she says, What happened with your geography test?Ž He replies, I got a 96.Ž She counters, What about the other four?Ž Borg eventually saw the light via his dedicated coach, Lennart Bergelin (Stellan Skarsgrd). But McEnroe, at least in this telling, didnt have that sort of guiding hand to get him to focus his energies on the game. Yet in the days approaching the big match, Borg is seen as worried about his legacy, and McEnroe is presented, on the outside, as taking everything loose and easy. By the time the film has established that this is the story of two major talents who also happen to be tortured souls, the finals match is on, and is presented in a series of close-ups and wide-angle action shots. Its a beautifully paced section of the film, tense and thrilling, and turns into a phenomenal match. I couldnt recall who won, and I didnt Google it (neither should you), so I was completely caught up in its excitement. Dont worry, viewers are not left hanging; there is a winner of the match, and this is a winner of a movie. Ed Symkus writes about movies for More Content Now. He can be reached at esymkus@rcn.com. REVIEWFrom Page C1Windell Campbell leads Storytelling with Puppets,Ž a workshop during the Florida Storytelling Festival in 2017. The festival returns to Lake County this weekend. [DAILY COMMERCIAL FILE]