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County to pay $15K to settle wrongful arrest suit

supervisors to ban kratom effective april 1

BY aMaNDa LieN

Lowndes County supervi- sors voted in executive session Friday to pay a former New Hope High School student $15,000 to settle a wrongful imprisonment lawsuit against a justice court judge, board pres- ident Harry Sanders confirmed to The Dispatch. Judge Ron Cooke was the remaining defendant in a suit brought by Javonte Ellis, who was arrested for statutory rape

in March 2015. Ellis was 17 at the time and had engaged in sex with a 14-year-old female. The charge was dropped a few weeks later after it was discov- ered the age difference between Ellis and the female was a few months shy of the 36-month re- quirement for charging a minor with statutory rape. Initially, the county, Sher- iff Mike Arledge and sheriff’s office Det. Will Spann were also named as defendants in the lawsuit. But in October

2018, a judge dismissed the case against all parties except Cooke. Ellis was arrested at NHHS in front of students and teachers in

March 2015 af- ter Spann, who was investigat- ing the statutory rape case in New Hope, brought the arrest affidavit to Cooke, who signed it. In September 2016, Ellis filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District

suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Ellis Cooke Sanders of Mississippi, alleging


in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District Ellis Cooke Sanders of Mississippi, alleging Spann


U.S. District Court for the Northern District Ellis Cooke Sanders of Mississippi, alleging Spann had “subjectively


of Mississippi, alleging Spann had “subjectively known” he had no probable cause to arrest Ellis because he knew the birth dates of both Ellis and the fe- male with whom Ellis had con- sensual relations. Likewise, the

suit argues Cooke should have inspected the affidavits to en- sure investigators had probable cause to make the arrest. Ellis was held at Lowndes County Adult Detention Cen- ter until he could post $10,000 bond. Because of his arrest, the suit argues, he was expelled from NHHS and barred from attending graduation. The suit also argues Ellis was a minor and under the ju- risdiction of the Youth Court of Lowndes County, therefore Cooke did not have jurisdiction.

See Supe S, 6A

For MSU men, the Q turned out to be the A

See Supe S , 6A For MSU men, the Q turned out to be the A

Matt Bush-USA TODAY Sports

Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Quinndary Weatherspoon (11) shoots the ball over Texas A&M Aggies guard Savion Flagg (1) and forward Christian Mekowulu (21) during the first half at Humphrey Coliseum on March 9. The senior has helped lead his team to what promises to be its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2009.


Bulldog senior poised to lead team into first NCAA Tournament in a decade

I f you were among

the 9,931 fans who

turned out to Hum-

Slim Smith
Slim Smith

in Starkville, Howland had led three different programs to a combined 10 NCAA appearances, including three straight Final Fours at UCLA. That was heady stuff for an MSU team whose last NCAA appearance came in 2009. You may have also looked to the most heralded freshman to

phrey Coliseum on Nov. 14, 2015, to watch the rebirth of Mississippi State men’s basketball, your hopes probably rested on one of two people. The Saturday night game against Eastern

Washington marked the debut of MSU’s new coach, Ben Howland, whose credentials alone inspired confidence in a basketball revival. In 19 seasons before arriving

ever arrive on the MSU campus, Malik New- man, a McDonald’s All-American and five-star prospect who was placed on the preseason All-SEC

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team before ever taking the court. Though it was generally accepted Newman would be MSU’s first “one-and-done” player (as it turned out, he was, but not in the way anyone could have imagined), New- man’s presence alone fueled hopes for an NCAA Tournament bid.

See Sl ImantIcS, 6A

Coroner: Lowndes inmate apparently tried to hang himself in cell

mbi investigating inmate deaths in Lowndes, clay jails

Zack pLaiR aND isaBeLLe aLtMaN;

Mississippi Bu-; Mississippi Bu- Finch reau of Investigation agents are looking into two


reau of Investigation

agents are looking into two inmate deaths in Golden Tri-

angle jails last week.

Jefferson Russell Finch, 26, died early

Friday morning at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Golden Triangle after officers at Lowndes County Adult Detention Center found him unresponsive in his cell

Thursday evening. Dale Jerome O’Neal, 54, was pronounced dead in his cell in Clay County Jail in West Point just be- fore 8 a.m. Friday. Both Finch’s and O’Neal’s bod- ies have been sent to the Missis-

sippi Medical Examiner’s office in

See Inmate, 3A

Bowker joins Dispatch as sports editor

Dispatch staff RepoRt

Award-w inning veteran sports jour-

nalist Paul Bowker has joined The Dis-

patch staff as the new

sports editor. He began work on

Thursday. Bowker, 64, is

a Massachusetts

native and comes to Columbus after five years as sports editor for the Cape

Cod Times. Since

his career began in

the early 1980s, he’s also served as sports editor for newspapers in

Rock Hill, South Carolina; Wilm-

ington, Delaware; Kalamazoo, Michigan; and Wilmington, North

See Bowker, 3A

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Five Questions

1 What nine-digit number is made up

of these elements: area, group, and serial?

2 Which is NOT a real museum —

International Museum of Toilets, The Hobo Museum, The international Spy Museum, or the Museum of Soups?

3 What is “liquid gold” to a gardener?

4 Which ailment is NOT featured in the classic game OPERATION — Broken Heart, Collapsed Lung, Water on the Knee, or Wrenched Ankle?

5 Who was known as “King of the Wild

Frontier? Answers, 6D


Classifieds 5D Comics Insert Crossword 6D Dear Abby 3C

Lifestyles 1C Obituaries 5B Opinions 4A Scene & Seen 1D



“St. Patty’s Pawty”: This benefit for

the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society is 1-6 p.m. at Zachary’s, 205 Fifth St. N. Live music, green beer, pet parade, raffles and more. Food by Huck’s Place. Admission donation $10 (cash only).

Raffle tickets $5. For more information, contact Colin Krieger, 662-329-7653.

Building Bridges concert: Colum-

bus Mayor Robert Smith presents a gos- pel concert to benefit Columbus tornado victims at 4 p.m. at Trotter Convention Center, 4022 Seventh Ave. N. Musical guests include The Golden Wings Quar- tet, Teddy Cross, James Bolton, Paul Porter, Armondo Adams & Redemption, Alphonzo Bowen & Friends, and Rere & God’s Children. $10 donation at the door. For information, call 662-364- 0433 or 662-574-3319.

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information, call 662-364- 0433 or 662-574-3319. LocaL FoLks Makiya Lewis, 8, likes spending time with her

Makiya Lewis, 8, likes spending time with her mom.



March 18: Co- lumbus-Lowndes Convention and Vis- itors Bureau Board regular meeting, 4 p.m., CVB office March 15: Lowndes County Supervisors,

9 a.m., County

Courthouse March 19: Colum-

bus City Council regular meeting,

5 p.m., Municipal

Complex Courtroom March 21: Colum- bus Light and Water utility meeting, 12 p.m., CLW office building


2A Sunday, March 17, 2019

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Tech companies scramble to remove mosque shooting video

Gunman livestreamed 17 minutes of attack on New Zealand mosque


was out to avenge attacks

By KELVIN CHAN The Associated Press

LONDON — Internet companies scrambled Fri- day to remove graphic vid- eo filmed by a gunman in the New Zealand mosque shootings that was widely available on social media for hours after the horrific attack. Facebook said it took down a livestream of the shootings and removed the shooter’s Facebook and Instagram accounts after being alerted by police. At least 49 peo- ple were killed at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand’s third-larg- est city. Using what appeared to be a helmet-mount- ed camera, the gunman livestreamed in horrifying detail 17 minutes of the at- tack on worshippers at the Al Noor Mosque, where at least 41 people died. Several more worshippers were killed at a second mosque a short time later. The shooter also left a 74-page manifesto that he posted on social media un- der the name Brenton Tar- rant, identifying himself as a 28-year-old Australian and white nationalist who

in Europe perpetrated by Muslims. “Our hearts go out to the victims, their fami- lies and the community affected by this horren- dous act,” Facebook New Zealand spokeswoman Mia Garlick said in a state- ment. Facebook is “removing any praise or support for the crime and the shoot- er or shooters as soon as we’re aware,” she said. “We will continue working directly with New Zealand Police as their response and investigation contin- ues.” Twitter, YouTube own- er Google and Reddit also were working to remove the footage from their sites. The furor highlights once again the speed at which graphic and dis- turbing content from a tragedy can spread around the world and how Silicon Valley tech giants are still grappling with how to pre- vent that from happening. British tabloid news- papers such as The Daily Mail and The Sun posted screenshots and video snippets on their websites.



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aSk rufuS

L ast fall

I was

on an

outing with friends in Clay County to visit an old cem-

etery in the Kilgore Hills northwest of West Point. There at the edge of an overgrown

wooded ridge were several old gravestones. One large monument caught my eye. I walked over to it and read “Thomas L Carrodine, died March 1, 1858.” The grave brought the reality of real people to a story I have often written about. You see it is the grave of one of the poor suffering souls of the Steamboat Eliza Battle, which burned and sank on a freezing, flooded Tombigbee River on March 1, 1858. The story of the Eliza Battle is very much a local story. During the winter of !857-58 the Eliza Battle was a Columbus – Mobile packet boat carrying both cargo and passengers on a regular schedule. Known as a

palatial, fast running boat,

she was 200 feet long and

33 feet wide. In mid-De-

cember 1857, the steamer carried 2,036 bales of cotton from Columbus to

Mobile on one trip and then the first week in Feb- ruary 1858, she carried

2,012 bales of cotton from Columbus. On Feb. 18, only 10 days before she burned, Elizabeth Weir of Columbus traveled on the

Eliza Battle downriver to Tuscohoma Landing. Who were the lost, who was saved and what were their stories on that night of horror? On her fateful trip the Eliza Battle carried about 55 passen- gers and a crew of around 40. Of these poor souls,

29 died. Fourteen of the

lost were crew members and fifteen were passen- gers, including two from present-day Clay County and one from Columbus. Carolyn Kaye has been helping me identify those people and their stories. Lists of the passengers who survived and those who died or were missing were published in Mobile newspapers within days of the disaster. The spelling of the names is as given in the newspapers and is not necessarily correct. Those passengers who survived:

Say What?

“People are fearful for their lives, for their houses of worship, for the sanctuary of this mosque and other places of worship

Imam Mohannad Hakeem of the Islamic Center of Detroit on attacks on houses of worship. Story, 5B.

The Grave in the Woods

Rufus Ward
Rufus Ward

B.S. Strat-


Ira W.


W.T. Dex-






Mrs. J.K.


Dr. R.S.


Miss L.

Robertson D.W. Norsworthy Wm. Stanton Berriea Cromwell and son Cromwell family’s Irish nurse Bird C. Carodine, Jr. Tobias Cox Sammuel Dexter A.J. Ingram Benj J. Mitchell Miss Sallie Turner Mrs R.S. Seblatter J.W. Swilley

F. Dettaes

Warren Stanton C.A. Wilson M.C. Kirksey A.P. Barry Dr. E.F. Bowchelle

The following is a list of those ascertained to have been lost:

Mrs. Berriea. Crom- well and child, frozen, Sumter County; Mrs. H. G. Turner and child, frozen, Washington County; Mr. W.T. Smith, frozen, Greene County; Mr. Caradine, frozen, Chickasaw County; Mr. Willis, frozen, Chickasaw County; Mr. Augustus Jones, Frozen, Columbus; Mr. Martin, frozen, Kentucky; Mr. John Powell, barkeeper, frozen, Eliza Battle; Dr. S.W. Clanton, fro-

zen, Warsaw, Alabama; A young man, un- known, frozen, Fairfield, Alabama; Negro man belonging to B. LK. Turner, frozen; Negro man, “Jackson,” barber, frozen, Eliza Battle; Barnett, cook, frozen, Eliza Battle; Nancy, chambermaid, belonging to S.G. Stone, master of the Eliza Battle, frozen; Robert, cabin boy, be- longing to Col. T. Buford; Dick, cabin boy, belonging to Judge R.C. Torrey; White boy, (3d cook) name unknown; Sam, deck hand, be- longing to J.A. Mooring; Peter, deck hand, be- longing to J.A. Mooring. Jack, deck hand, be- longing to J.A. Mooring; Bill, deck hand, be- longing to R.G. McMa- hon; Allen, deck hand, be- longing to John Bowen; Ben, deck hand, be- longing to Dan Raine; Rev. Mr. Newman – frozen – from Louisville, Kentucky; M.A. Galloway – never seen – Gainesville, Ala- bama; Three white deck hands – never seen;

P. Kirkland – died after

getting ashore – Greene County, Alabama; Mrs. Cromwell and her child, died from cold,

Alabama; Mrs. Cromwell and her child, died from cold, Courtesy photo The grave of Thomas Carrodine

Courtesy photo

The grave of Thomas Carrodine who froze to death

when the steamboat Eliza Battle burned on March 1, 1858. History became more than just a story when I visited his grave, located near West Point, with his descendants.

in her husband’s arms, in

a tree; Dr. S.H. Jones – never seen – Greene County, Alabama.

In the midst of the horrors people stepped forward. Frank Stone, the 19-year-old second clerk and son of Capt. S. Graham Stone, was one of the true heroes. (He later married Mary Hawkins whose father was a phy-

sician who had resided in the Waverly community). First, he saved a child of Bat Cromwell by swim- ming to shore with the child. He then returned to the burning boat and … ”placed Miss Turner on

a cotton bale and safely

landed her on shore. She said to him, ‘You have saved my life; do save my mother, and my sister.’ He then swam off and rescued her sister, who afterwards froze to death in his arms. Her mother froze to death on a tree, which was the fate of almost all who perished.” In 1951 Mrs. Lillie Borden recalled stories her mother had told her about the Eliza Battle. Mrs. Borden’s grandfa-

ther William Stanton had

survived the “ill-fated boat,” but her great aunt, Mrs. Henry Turner, and

a daughter froze to death.

Stanton had managed to swim to a tree and his family physician, Dr.

S.W. Clanton, made it to a nearby tree. Mrs. Borden


“My grandfather, as

I told you, was in a tree

near his physician, they could talk to each other, and the doctor said he was freezing, and my grandfather said he was too. So he told the doctor he had two plugs of tobacco. The doctor told him to chew it and swollow every bit of the juice he did this and lived to tell about his harrow-

ing experience, said next morning they had to prize his foot from the fork of the tree, his limb

was almost frozen, had to come home on crutches. The doctor who was with him froze and Grandpa said he heard him when

he dropped in the river

frozen to death, he was ”

Dr. Clanton Such were the indeli-

ble impressions of horror left by the disaster that families still retain oral traditions about it. Most of these traditions con- cern family members who lost their lives by freezing after escaping the burn- ing steamer or survivors who had escaped death by tying themselves onto trees above the freezing water. The late Mrs. Lu- cille Friday of West Point recalled one such family tradition: “A Mr. Dexter of near West Point used his belt to strap a friend to a limb.” Dexter and his

friend both survived. Oral traditions also survive in the Caradine family of Clay County. On my visit to the old Clay County cemetery where Thomas Caradine, who froze to death when the Eliza Battle burned,

is buried, I was with

Caradine descendants Judy Buck and Mary

Ruth Carradine. Judy is

a descendant of Thomas

Caradine and Mary Ruth of Bird C. Carradine.

Mary Ruth and Judy both recall family stories about their ancestors being on the Eliza Battle. Thomas and Bird C. Caradine

would ship cotton down river to Mobile. They were on the Eliza Battle when she burned. Both dove into the river and swam to nearby trees. They were in different trees but were able talk

to each other during the night. After a while Thom- as stopped answering his brother’s call. He had frozen to death before help could arrive. View- ing the grave of Thomas, with Judy and Mary Ruth made the accounts which had passed down through their family came alive. History lives in the sto- ries passed down within families. We should all strive to record and pre- serve the stories remem- bered by our parents and grandparents. They bring reality to what otherwise

is just a story.

Rufus Ward is a local historian.

A painting by the

late Uncle Bunky


a Columbus-Mo-

bile packet boat in 1858. Stories have passed down in area families of her burning and sinking on a freezing flooded Tombigbee River on March 1, 1858.

the Eliza Battle


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Judge denied motion to dismiss criminal case against Canyon Boykin

trial date in Walthall county still not set

BY isaBeLLe aLtMaN

A 16th circuit

set BY isaBeLLe aLtMaN A 16th circuit Boykin court judge ruled Fri- day not to


court judge ruled Fri- day not to dismiss a case against a former Columbus police offi- cer involved in a fatal shooting three years ago. Attorneys for Can-

yon Boykin, who was indicted for manslaughter in 2016, moved earli-

er this year for Judge Lee Coleman

to issue a writ of mandamus, asking

for a dismissal of the case based on what the defense argued was a lack

of evidence from the prosecution.

However, Coleman denied the motion, saying he didn’t feel he had the authority to dismiss a criminal case before it went to trial. Though it’s a Lowndes County case, the hearing took place in Nox- ubee County Circuit Court, where Coleman was presiding last week.

Boykin, a white officer, shot and killed 26-year-old Ricky Ball, an Af- rican-American, on Oct. 16, 2015, after a traffic stop in north Colum- bus. During the stop, Ball, who was

a passenger in the vehicle pulled

over, ran from the police. Boykin and his attorneys have argued Ball was armed and was attempting to

shoot at Boykin when Boykin shot him. After the shooting, the city of Columbus fired Boykin for violat- ing several Columbus Police De- partment policies, including not ac- tivating his body camera during the

traffic stop or the shooting. The city later settled a wrongful termination suit Boykin filed. Boykin was slated to stand trial for manslaughter in Walthall Coun- ty in south Mississippi in 2017, after it was granted a change-of-venue due to local publicity surrounding the case. However, criminal pro- ceedings in the case came to a standstill after multiple lawsuits

were filed related to the shooting and Boykin’s subsequent firing. Boykin’s attorneys have also moved several times to have the case dismissed or sent back to grand jury. The most recent of those motions was a request that Coleman quash the indictment which Coleman denied in Novem- ber. Boykin’s attorneys appealed the decision to the state Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case. During Friday’s hearing, prose- cutor Stanley Alexander, a lawyer with the state Attorney General’s Office, said the motion for a writ of

mandamus was the defense’s latest attempt to get the case thrown out before it went to a jury. “It’s been denied,” he said.

“They have reinvented it and given

it a new name, but a rose is a rose by

any other name.” Alexander said it is the job of a grand jury to determine if there’s probable cause to prosecute a de- fendant in a criminal case. Howev- er, Boykin’s attorney, Jim Waide of Tupelo, argued this was a special case with a biased grand jury. Waide pointed out Ball’s death had caused “public uproar” in Co- lumbus, which led to the case being transferred to Walthall County due to concerns Lowndes County jurors would be biased. Waide argued the same could be said for a Lowndes County grand jury. He added the grand jury was also biased due to stories in the national media about white officers shooting black civilians, which have prompt- ed a national conversation on police brutality. “(The jurors were) faced with all

of that and they returned a bill that should never have been returned,” he said. He said it is “general law” around the country for judges to dismiss cases “in the interest of justice.” But Coleman declined. “At this time, whether it’s a good thing or a bad thing, I just don’t think there’s any way to dismiss

a case before it’s gone to trial,” he said. A trial date for Boykin has not been set.

Former boyfriend of burned woman fatally shot

33-year-old was killed Friday morning at a home in courtland

the associateD pRess

COURTLAND — Someone fatally shot the former boyfriend of a Mis- sissippi woman who was burned to death, and in- vestigators are question- ing a suspect, authorities said Friday. Travis Sanford, 33, was killed Friday morning at a home in Courtland, Pano- la County Sheriff Dennis Darby told news outlets. District Attorney John Champion confirmed that he was Jessica Chambers’ boyfriend when she was burned to death in Court-


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Carolina; as well as dep- uty sports editor for the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville, Florida, where he covered the Na- tional Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

He’s also served in ed-

itor and managing editor capacities in both Jack- sonville and Hillsdale, Michigan. In addition to cover- ing hundreds of college and professional teams, Bowker has covered five Major League Baseball


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Pearl for autopsy. Lowndes sheriff’s dep-

uties found Finch alone in his cell and not breathing

at about 5 p.m. Thursday,

after he apparently tried to hang himself, Coroner Greg Merchant told The


Authorities immediate-

ly began performing CPR

and other life-saving mea-

sures, then an ambulance took Finch to Baptist

land in 2014. Sanford was incarcerated at the time and was cleared in her death, Darby said. The suspect in San- ford’s death fired a shot- gun while running from Sanford’s house about 7:30 a.m. Friday, the Clar- ion Ledger of Jackson quoted Darby as saying. Sanford’s girlfriend and two small children were in the home, he said. Chambers died in a hospital Dec. 7, 2014, a day after being set on fire in the town of 500 in north Mississippi, about

World Series and was as- sistant bureau chief for a 25-member team of jour- nalists at the 1996 Sum- mer Olympics in Atlanta. He’s been a sports writ- er for since 2010 and has written 15 children’s sports books, including a six-book se- ries on the Super Bowl that published in 2018. Bowker is an Army veteran who attended Kansas University in Law- rence, Kansas. He and his wife, Barb, have an adult

where he was pronounced dead at 5 a.m. Friday, a sheriff’s office release said.

Circuit court records indicate Finch was sen- tenced Feb. 26, after he pleaded guilty to a pos- session of methamphet- amine charge, to 20 years

in the Mississippi De- partment of Corrections, including 10 to serve and 10 suspended. He was

65 miles south of Mem- phis, Tennessee. Two juries have deadlocked

on whether to convict a

different man, Quinton Tellis, in her death. Prose-

cutors had said cellphone evidence showed Tellis and Chambers at similar locations, and they played videotaped interrogations in which Tellis repeatedly changed his story when confronted with new ev- idence. Tellis initially denied seeing Chambers late in the day, but later admitted he had been with her up until about an hour before her death. Defense lawyers said the prosecution timeline was implausible, and pre-

daughter, Alyssa. “I am really excited about joining The Dis- patch team and look for- ward to joining in on a path toward excellence,” Bowker said. “I am pas- sionate about sports. I

want to share in the cel- ebrations of the champi- onships and the tears of

a championship almost

won. I want to describe

the emotions of those hap-

py moments and those sad

moments. And let’s have some fun along the way.”

waiting in county jail for MDOC to transfer him to a state facility. Since MBI is handling the death investigation, sheriff’s office Chief Dep- uty Greg Wright said he would not comment on the details. MBI had not released further infor- mation on either case by press time. Clay County Coroner Alvin Carter said he ex-

sented testimony from 10 firefighters and emergen- cy medical workers who said they heard Chambers say “Eric” set her on fire. Mississippi authorities have not decided whether to try Tellis a third time. He is currently jailed in Ouachita Parish, Louisi- ana, where the prosecutor says a grand jury will con- sider charges in the death of Ming-Chen Hsiao, a Taiwanese woman fatal- ly stabbed in Monroe in 2015. Tellis pleaded guilty in 2016 to unauthorized use of her credit card. Af- ter finishing his sentence for that crime, he was ar- rested on a charge of mur- der in her death.

Managing Editor Zack Plair said he’s confident the sports section will thrive under Bowker’s leadership. “His experience speaks for itself,” Plair said. “Paul knows how to lead a top-notch sports section, and he’s a great writer who cares about

his work. He’s communi- ty minded, too, and I’m confident our readers will be pleased with his impact on our sports cov- erage.”

pects provisional results from O’Neal’s autopsy early this week, but he doesn’t want to speculate on cause of death before receiving those. West Point Police De- partment arrested O’Ne- al on a failure to appear bench warrant and a tres- passing charge. He was booked in Clay County Jail on March 8.

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Gov. Bryant called ‘despicable’ for ignoring black rep

‘the entire congressional black caucus was highly offended that ’

he would be so disrespectful

Democratic Rep. Karen Bass of California

BY eMiLY WaGsteR pettUs The Associated Press

JACKSON — The Congressional Black Cau- cus chairwoman said Mississippi’s governor is “clearly despicable” for not acknowledging work by the state’s only black congressman to get the

home of a slain civil rights leader named a nation- al monument. Democratic Rep. Karen Bass of California told reporters during a conference call Friday that Republican Gov. Phil Bryant was petty to ignore Democratic U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson. “I don’t know much about the governor of Mississippi, but he is clearly despicable,” Bass said. “There is no way in the world he shouldn’t

acknowledge Bennie

specifically ignore him is an example of his petti- ness. The entire Congressional Black Caucus was highly offended that he would be so disrespectful of one of our most important members. I hope the governor knows the slight will not go unnoticed.” An effort to reach Bryant’s spokesman late Fri-

day was not immediately successful. President Donald Trump signed a bill Wednes- day creating five new national monuments, in- cluding the Medgar and Myrlie Evers home in Jackson. Medgar Evers was the Mississippi NAACP leader when he was assassinated outside the home in June 1963 while his wife, Myrlie, and their three children were inside. On Twitter, Bryant praised Trump and Missis- sippi’s two Republican U.S. senators for the mon- ument designation.

For him to

Bryant praised Trump and Missis- sippi’s two Republican U.S. senators for the mon- ument designation. For

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Roses and thorns

A rose to Sungman “Simon” Kim, who has been selected as the city of Starkville’s new community development director. Kim brings with him an impressive combination of experience (30 years in the field) and education (a PhD and two masters degrees) to Starkville. At a time when the city is in the midst of a development boom of sorts, that sort of wide-ranging experience is of particular importance. Some- times managing growth is as challenging as promoting growth. In his role, Kim will work as a facilitator between the city and Mississippi State

work as a facilitator between the city and Mississippi State University and developers to ensure the

University and developers to ensure the growth does not overburden infrastructure and is consistent with the vision he will help create in his new role. We wish him every success.

A rose to all the animal lovers in our community for a fun way to support the Columbus-Lowndes Humane Society. Today from 1-6 p.m. Zachary’s Restaurant will hold

a “St. Patty’s Pawty,” fund-rais-

er. The event will feature live music, green beer (of course),

a pet parade, a raffle and

other activities. Entry is $10 at the door and raffle tickets

are $5 each and available at

at the door and raffle tickets are $5 each and available at Our shelter is Our shelter is a first-rate facility, but like all shelters the volume of animals under its care can often be a strain on limited resources. This fund-raiser provides much-needed money that will be put to good use. We encour- age animal lovers to pitch in and “pawty.”

A rose to the men’s and wom- en’s basketball teams, both of which will be headed for the NCAA Tournament, beginning this week. The MSU Women,

the current two-time national runner-up, will be making its 12th NCAA Tournament ap- pearance and its sixth in a row

its 12th NCAA Tournament ap- pearance and its sixth in a row t h e D



while the men will make their 11th trip to the NCAA Tourna- ment, their first in a decade. It will mark the fourth time in school history that both teams have made the tournament in the same season. We congrat- ulate the players and their fans, who have kept Humphrey Coliseum rocking this season. Best of luck and Hail State!

A rose to East Mississip- pi Community College soph- omore Jordan White, who has been named a 2019 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar. She will be recognized in local and statewide ceremonies and during Phi Theta Kappa’s

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Letters to the editor

Voice of the people

Calling for changes to ABC

As a local family owned package store owner, I wish to share some thoughts and insights that collectively impacts on my industry in the state of Mississippi. In a recent newspaper article, there was a breakdown of revenue monies spent in Mississippi since the enactment of House Bill 1630. $500,000 each month goes to support the Gulf Coast Aquari- um Construction Fund, $41,663 goes to support the Catfish Row Museum Con- struction Fund and $83,334 to the Bass Cultural Arts Center. These are good and valid educational and historical proj- ects for our State. But the State should

also invests in one of its best sources of revenue, the ABC. Because it generated in 2018 alone $114,883,277 in revenue for


The current ABC Warehouse can no longer handle today’s volume and capac- ity properly which is causing reduced service to all distributors throughout Mississippi. The State’s Department of Revenue is asking to purchase an exist- ing warehouse, located directly across the street, for only $4,100.000. This facil- ity has 51,830 square feet of climate con- trolled warehouse space, 7 dock doors and 1 drive-in door which will provide a long term solution for ABC Warehouse capacity issues and support the potential average 3% growth for the next 15 years. Contact your representatives in Jack- son and ask them to approve this pur- chase. It will increase revenue to the state for education and infra-structure as well as enable your local Package Store to best serve customers while preserving local business in Mississippi. Mike Mensi Gulfport

Sees overlap in city services

We have a public works department that before the storm, I’ve seen some pickup trucks riding the streets in the

city with one man driving and up to four riding looking at their phones or dozing.

I guess it’s a great gig, if you can get

away with it. In my neighborhood, I have cleaned the debris out of ditches, only to

see it back in the ditch because it wasn’t picked up. I think we have a supervisory problem. Now with the storm debris removal, we might look at privatizing the public works department. We have the public works department, J5 (Columbus Project Manager) and now the”“Debris Tech” removal monitoring firm hired for only $229.00 an hour, with the promise of hiring 12-15 workers, to qualify for a FEMA emergency declaration. If J5 is the project manager, Debris Tech is monitoring the removal of debris, where does the public works department figure in? Maybe Debris Tech ought to be hired to monitor the public works dept. Just

a thought. Now let’s understand, we

have a city engineer, a project manager,

a monitoring firm and a public works

director. That is a lot of management and overseeing, before the work is even started. Is this being a good steward of public money? $480,000 here, $100,000 there and who knows how much in other spending. We might be in real trouble financially city-wide. But now we’re trying to get federal help with the storm cleanup. If that falls through, we’re up the proverbial creek. Is it just me? Trans-

parency is all I’m asking for. Is that too much? It’s our money! God Bless America and Columbus! Lee Roy Lollar Columbus

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Pick up trash. Tell the world about it.

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a 145-mile long low-lying,

swamp-like stream that be-

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gins in Glen Allen near Fayette and runs south until it crosses High- way 82 just east of Gordo. There it veers southwest where it eventu- ally flows into the Tennessee-Tom- bigbee just south of Vienna. Much of the river is pristine. It is lush with cypress, tupelo, pine, red maple and offers habitat for abundant wildlife. There is no

evident commercial activity; the only signs of civilization are the occasional deer camp, bridges serving the county roads that crisscross this rural country and the random plastic bottle or styrofoam cooler ensnared in the limbs of fallen trees. There are few boat ramps. The bridge crossings provide put-in and take-out options for the paddler willing to fight briers, thick mud and a steep climb to the road. Thursday around midday, Ross Whitwam and I, having just paddled the 10.6 miles of river separating bridges on Cotton Bridge and Lewiston roads bobbed and weaved through a gauntlet of muck, briers and a steep concrete embankment. We had gone to get my truck at the put-in, and now we were going to participate in a social media movement that has gone viral. Here on this country road in Alabama where a single car or truck passes about every five minutes, we were going to join an Instagram phenomenon known as trash tagging or in Instagramspeak, #trashtag. That the movement has taken off should come as no sur- prise. It’s fun; it offers the chance to be part of something larger than you are, something that benefits the planet. As one of the hash tags reads, “There’s not a Plan(et) B. Take care.” Here’s how it works. Find a litter-strewn area. Take a picture of the area. Pick up and bag the litter. Take another picture, preferably from the same vantage as the original photo. Post to Instagram. When I checked #trashtag on Instagram Friday af- ternoon there were more than 32,000 posts from around the globe, smiling people having a great time picking up trash, either alone or as a group. Many of the posts are hugely entertaining, some exhibit striking creativity. From

hugely entertaining, some exhibit striking creativity. From Boy Scouts to women in bikinis lounging on

Boy Scouts to women in bikinis lounging on litter-strewn beaches. Reading the posts is a geography lesson. Trash tag- gers from Russia, Lebanon, California, Maine, Paraguay, Mexico, Japan, Poland and Germany have gotten in on the fun. See for yourself. Type in to your browser “instagram #trashtag.” You don’t have to be an Instagram subscriber. Ross and I filled three trash bags with Bud Lite and soft-drink cans, assorted plastic bags and worst of all, shredded styrofoam plates. Our small effort took maybe 20 minutes. Afterward Ross climbed on the tailgate of the pickup and took a picture of the clean roadside, our three bags of trash, me and the kayaks. No danger of the shot making Instagram’s greatest hits, but there we are with our roadside bounty. About a week ago on a nocturnal ramble through town with Val, our squat little dog, I picked up about seven or eight pieces of litter from Leadership Plaza. Too bad I didn’t know about #trashtag then. Val would have enjoyed the notoriety. Birney Imes ( is the former pub- lisher of The Dispatch.



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Trump issues first veto after rebuke of border order

It is unlikely that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump’s veto, though House Democrats will try on March 26

By JILL COLVIN aNd ZEKE MILLER The Associated Press

WASHING - TON — Unbowed by a congres- sional rebuke, President Donald Trump issued the first veto of his presidency

on Friday in a demonstration that he is not through fighting for his signa-

demonstration that he is not through fighting for his signa- Trump ture campaign promise, which stands


ture campaign promise, which stands largely unfulfilled 18 months before voters decide whether to grant him another term. Trump rejected an effort by Congress to block the emer- gency declaration he’d used to circumvent lawmakers as he tried to shake loose funds for his long-promised wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. The monthslong confrontation now moves to the courts, but not be-

fore marking a new era of divid- ed government in Washington and Republicans’ increasing independence from the White House. “Congress has the freedom to pass this resolution,” Trump said, “and I have the duty to veto it.” A dozen defecting Republi- cans joined Senate Democrats in approving the joint reso- lution on Thursday as both parties strained to exert their

power in new ways. It is unlike- ly that Congress will have the two-thirds majority required to override Trump’s veto, though House Democrats will try none- theless on March 26. Despite the reproach, Trump seized the opportunity to pub- licly rebuff Congress and show his commitment to the border wall. In embracing the opportu- nity to deploy the constitutional power of the veto for the first time, he treated the occasion with all the traditional pomp of a bill-signing. Trump was surrounded in the Oval Office by supporters, including law enforcement offi-

cials and the parents of children killed by people in the country illegally, who offered profuse thanks and frequent applause. Trump dramatically signed his veto message and then held the document up for the cameras to capture. Trump wants to use the emergency order to divert billions of federal dollars ear- marked for defense spending toward the southern border wall. It still faces several legal challenges from Democratic state attorneys general and en- vironmental groups who argue the emergency declaration was unconstitutional.

New military budget focused on China despite border talk

‘We’ve been ignoring the problem for too long’

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan

By ROBERT BURNs AP National Security Writer

WASHINGTON — Chinese bombers. Chinese hypersonic mis- siles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weapons. To a remarkable degree, the 2020 Pentagon budget proposal is shaped by national security threats that act- ing Defense Secretary Patrick Shana- han has summarized in three words:

“China, China, China.” The U.S. is still fighting small wars against Islamic extremists, and Russia remains a serious concern, but Shanahan seeks to shift the military’s main focus to what he considers the more pressing security problem of a rapidly growing Chinese military.

This theme, which Shanahan outlined Thursday in presenting the administration’s proposed 2020 de- fense budget to the Senate Armed Services Committee, is competing for attention with narrower, more immediate problems such as Pres- ident Donald Trump’s effort to use the military to build a border wall. The hearing, for example, spent more time on the wall and pros- pects for using military funds to build parts of it than on any aspect of foreign policy, including the con- flict in Syria or military competition with China, Russia or North Korea. Shanahan is hardly the first de- fense chief to worry about China. Several predecessors pursued what the Obama administration called a “pivot” to the Pacific, with China in mind. But Shanahan sees it as an increasingly urgent problem that exceeds traditional measures of military strength and transcends partisan priorities.

“We’ve been ignoring the prob- lem for too long,” Shanahan told a senator. “China is aggressively modern- izing its military, systematically stealing science and technology, and seeking military advantage through a strategy of military-civil fusion,” he wrote in prepared tes- timony to the committee, which is considering a $718 billion Pentagon budget designed in part to counter China’s momentum. The $25 billion the Pentagon is proposing to spend on nuclear weapons in 2020, for example, is meant in part to stay ahead of Chi- na’s nuclear arsenal, which is much smaller than America’s but grow- ing. Shanahan said China is devel- oping a nuclear-capable long-range bomber that, if successful, would enable China to join the United States and Russia as the only na- tions with air-, sea- and land-based nuclear weapons.

na- tions with air-, sea- and land-based nuclear weapons. File shows plea set for Florida man

File shows plea set for Florida man in pipe bomb mail case

56-year-old sent bombs to prominent critics of President Donald Trump

By LaRRy NEUMEIsTER The Associated Press

NEW YORK — A Flori- da man charged with send- ing pipe bombs to prom- inent critics of President Donald Trump is expected to plead guilty next week. A notice entered on the docket in the case of Cesar Sayoc shows that a hear- ing has been scheduled Thursday at the federal court in Manhattan for him to change his plea. The entry was made pub- lic Friday but was set fol- lowing a phone conference between prosecutors, Sayoc’s lawyers and the judge on Wednesday. Without a plea deal, Sayoc, 56, faced charges carrying a potential penal- ty of mandatory life in pris- on. The court filing didn’t indicate which charge or charges the plea would in- volve. Sayoc was set to go to trial in July on charges he sent 16 improvised explo- sive devices through the U.S. mail to victims across

the country. None explod- ed. Authorities say he tar- geted numerous Demo- crats, including former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, the billionaire George Soros, former President Barack Obama and CNN, heightening tensions be- fore midterm elections. The charges said he aimed to “kill, injure and intimidate an individual and unlawfully to damage and destroy a building, ve- hicle, and other real and person property.” Prosecutors and Sayoc’s lawyers didn’t im- mediately respond to re- quests for comment. Sayoc has been held without bail since his late-October arrest out- side a South Florida auto parts store. He had been living in a van covered with stickers of Trump and showing images of some Trump opponents with crosshairs over their faces.

Tech companies power US stocks to solid weekly gain

ThE assOCIaTEd PREss

The S&P 500 rose to a new high for the year Fri- day as resurgent technolo- gy stocks closed out their best week in four months with solid gains. Financial, health care and consumer stocks also helped lift the market. The gains erased losses from last week, when the S&P 500 had its worst week of the year. The benchmark index finished at 2,822.48, up 12.6 per- cent for the year and down 4 percent from the record

level set in September. Technology stocks had their best week since No- vember. Apple ended the week with a 7.6 percent gain, its best week since August. Industrial stocks lagged the market Friday. Investors bought bonds after a report on industrial production showed a sec- ond consecutive monthly decline in manufacturing in the U.S. That sent the yield on the 10-year Trea- sury lower. It fell to 2.59 percent from 2.63 late Thursday.

U.S. That sent the yield on the 10-year Trea- sury lower. It fell to 2.59 percent

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Judge grants extension of settlement talks in soybean suit

Lawsuit: seed company purposely sold faulty seeds to black farmers in mississippi

the associateD pRess

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A fed- eral judge has approved an ex-

tension of settlement talks in a lawsuit claiming a soybean seed company purposely sold faulty seeds to black farmers

in Mississippi. U.S. District Judge John Fowlkes had set a Friday dead- line for mediation talks in a lawsuit filed in Memphis, Ten- nessee, by a handful of black farmers against Stine Seed Co. A court filing Friday asked

Fowlkes to extend the deadline by three weeks. He later grant- ed the request. The suit alleges Stine con- spired with a seed salesman to sell defective seeds to the farmers because they are black. The suit claims the good

seeds the farmers thought they had bought from Stine were re- placed by inferior seeds before delivery. Adel, Iowa-based Stine says allegations including discrim- ination and fraud are baseless and irresponsible.


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A federal judge later

ruled that Cook does not have judicial immunity in this case, meaning he could be sued. However, the county does have judi- cial immunity. Sanders told The Dis- patch the county agreed to pay for Cooke’s legal defense, but he hopes the settlement will “take care of this whole thing.” Cooke is an elected judge paid by the county.

Jackson attorney Jason Dare, who is defending Cooke, and Tupelo attor- ney Victor Fleitas, who represents Ellis, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Kratom banned

Following a public hearing on Friday, super- visors also banned Kra- tom county-wide effective April 1. Under the ordinance,


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So on that Saturday

night, if you had one eye on Howland and the other on Newman, you may not have noticed a long, skin- ny freshman guard from Canton, who seemed perfectly fine outside the spotlight. That night, Bulldog fans had to wait to see Newman make his debut until the following Mon- day because of an injury, but the kid from Canton did pretty good in his first college game — 12 points (5 of 8 from the field with a pair of 3s in as many attempts) in 23 minutes.

After the game, How- land briefly noted the per- formance of his “other” freshman guard. “He’s just so cool,” Howland said. “He doesn’t get ruffled. “The kid has a chance.”

Back in the Dance

This evening, the Bull- dogs will gather to watch the NCAA Selection Show to find out who and where

to watch the NCAA Selection Show to find out who and where Amanda Lien/Dispatch Staff Sherry

Amanda Lien/Dispatch Staff

Sherry Owings speaks to the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Friday during a public hearing, after which the board decided to ban the substance Kratom. Ow- ings, from Monroe County, opposed the ban.

the sale of Kratom will be

a misdemeanor offense,

punishable by six months

jail time and/or $1,000 fine. Lowndes County

is one of six Mississippi

counties to criminalize the substance. A bill in the state Legislature to add Kratom to the list of Schedule I drugs, which

they will play. MSU, 23-

10, is a lock to make the tournament and, in doing so, break a 10-year NCAA drought. State is projected as a No. 5 or 6 seed by most accounts. Also tonight, Howland will become the first coach in NCAA history

to lead four programs to

the tournament. After four years of steady, if not spectacular progress, Howland has fulfilled the

hopes that first flickered

to life on that November


Newman, of course, is long gone. As a freshman,

he averaged 11.2 points

per game, but shot just 39 percent and MSU finished a disappointing 13-19. In the offseason, Newman transferred to Kansas, sat out a year, had one spec-

tacular season for the

Jayhawks and then moved

on to the NBA, fulfilling

his personal destiny if not MSU’s. As for the unruffled kid from Canton, it turns

would make its sale a felo-

ny, died in House commit- tee. Kratom is a tropical tree native to Southeast

Asia, with leaves contain- ing two addictive com- pounds — mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitragy- nine — that interact with opioid receptors in the

out Quinndary Weather- spoon did have a chance, all right. Going into the NCAA Tournament, “Q” as he is known, is third on MSU’s all-time scoring list with 1,985 points. This season, the senior led the SEC in scoring in conference games (19.4 points per

game) and was selected as a first-team All-SEC player for his efforts.

The decline

of the program

In the 1990s and 2000s, Mississippi State basketball was an event. Fans packed into Hum- phrey Coliseum and trips to Starkville were generally miserable for opponents. Top teams didn’t win at the Hump so much as they survived. The Bulldogs seemed always in the hunt, and even in years where they fell short of the NCAA Tournament, they always seemed to have one or two big upsets.

brain, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. There is no minimum age to purchase Kratom. It is sold in convenience stores as a .25-ounce bottled liquid, similar to an energy shot, or as an e-cigarette cartridge. There are also capsuled and powdered versions of the substance available online. Columbus city coun- cilmen and Caledonia aldermen had previously banned the sale and pos- session of the substance in their jurisdictions — both votes held without offering a public hearing. Monroe County resi- dent Sherry Owings told supervisors during Fri- day’s public hearing she wished Kratom would be regulated and have a min- imum purchase age, but that she didn’t want to see it banned county-wide.

In 1996, MSU put together its best season in history, whipping Ken- tucky in the SEC Tourna- ment final and rolling all the way to its first (and only) NCAA Tournament Final Four. While State never managed to reach that level of success again, year-in and year-out the Bulldogs were consistent- ly in the conversation. Under Rick Stansbury, the Bulldogs made it to the tournament six times in 14 seasons. But after three straight years of missing it, an impatient administration fired Stansbury shortly after the 2011-12 season. Instead of a remedy, the coaching change turned out to be a disas- ter. MSU lost 60 of 97 games over three years and Rick Ray was fired after the 2014-15 season. Attendance and interest in Bulldog basketball had not been so low since the


The Bulldogs had

Kratom helps her man- age pain symptoms from

a car accident nearly 32

years ago, she said, and she doesn’t want it banned

in the county if it could do

the same for others. “After 31 years, my pain was gone in 30 min- utes,” she said. “And it’s never made me high. It’s just a plant. We need to put limits on it, but if peo- ple depend on this to not be in pain, it needs to be available.” Owings was the only person present at the hearing that spoke against banning Kratom. Members of a communi- ty-based drug and crime task force and Keenyn Wald, director of Alco- hol and Drug Services at Community Counseling Center in Columbus, were there to advocate for the ordinance banning the substance, but they did not speak.

fallen off the edge of the college basketball earth.

Steady, if unspectacular

The Bulldogs’ renais- sance has not taken the form most people imag- ined four years ago. MSU has not exploded back into relevance: It has steadily, methodically built its way back. While it will be up to Howland to sustain and build off this year’s break- through season, if you are

looking for the face of this four-year journey, it is Q who best personifies the trip. In his four seasons

at State, Q has rarely

commanded the spotlight

in the way star players

generally do. He’s the

kind of player who seems

to glide through games,

the sort who can score 20 points and fill up a stat sheet with most hardly noticing. He’s an opponent’s nightmare in the clutch (he’s had five game-win-

ning shots in the final


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sor Leroy

B r o

moved to

end the

public com-

ment ses-

sion after Owings spoke, saying he was “pretty sure” every supervisor had already made up his mind. In his opinion, he said, the harm Kratom could do out- weighs the possible ben- efits to others, primarily because the substance is unregulated. “We take all kinds of medicine every day, and they have all kinds of side effects,” he said. “We take things sometimes think- ing it’ll do good, but it really hurts us more. If Kratom has destroyed even one person, which we heard that it has, then it needs to go in Lowndes


five seconds of games),

but he’s generally not the player who demands the ball or dominates the spotlight. The same can be said

of the Bulldogs’ revival.

Wins and attendance have improved modestly,

reliably, yet that climb

is noticeably lacking in

one area where those old

teams always showed up. Howland has won 78 of

113 games, but he’s still

looking for that signature

win over a highly-ranked team, the kind of win that inspires and ignites a fan base. It is a renaissance with- out a masterpiece, so far.

As Q leaves the stage sometime this month, the Bulldogs are again

relevant, although there

is work that remains to be

done. Those who remember the old days and the old successes understand that much. The Bulldogs are back, even if not all the way.

who remember the old days and the old successes understand that much. The Bulldogs are back,


Rising Dawgs

Sports Rising Dawgs Jim Lytle/Special to The Dispatch Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowen (15) shoots over South

Jim Lytle/Special to The Dispatch

Mississippi State’s Teaira McCowen (15) shoots over South Carolina’s Alexis Jennings (35) as Mississippi State teammate Anriel Howard (5) assists in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in this file photo from Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019, in Starkville.

Nationally ranked MSU women just keep on winning to solidify their program

“ D

ifferent” has turned out to be largely the

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Blair Schaefer, Roshun- da Johnson, and Morgan William. There was a modicum of concern that the Bulldogs would slip from the high-scor- ing ways they had grown to love in the last two seasons. There also was a shred of doubt that the Bulldogs could with- stand those graduation losses and remain at the

same for the Mis- sissippi State women’s basketball team. If you remember, MSU coach Vic Schaefer used the word “differ- ent” as early as last April 2018 to talk about the prospects for the 2018-19 team. At the

time, there was a lot of uncertainty due to the graduation of senior starters Victoria Vivians,

top of the Southeastern Conference. That apprehension turned out to

be unfounded because there really wasn’t anything different about Schaefer and the Bulldogs this season. You even could argue the Bulldogs have been better in 2018- 19 than they were a year ago. MSU will have a chance to prove that in the next few weeks. At 6 p.m. Monday (ESPN), the Bulldogs will find out their seed and their first opponent when the field of 64 teams for the NCAA tournament is announced. MSU, which will be a No. 1 or

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Bulldogs’ run ends with loss to Vols; NCAAs next

From Special reportS

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Missis- sippi State’s run after a Southeast- ern Conference ended with Friday night’s 83-76 loss to eighth-ranked Tennessee. Admiral Schofield scored 20 points and the Vols advanced past the Bulldogs and into Saturday’s semifinal-round game against fourth-ranked Kentucky, a game the Vols also won. They play Auburn on Sunday for the league champion- ship. The Rebels are back home to- day to await their spot in the NCAA Tournament when the seedings are announced on Selection Sunday. “It’s not just making it,” MSU’s Aric Howland said. “We want to go in there and perform. No doubt, this entire team has earned this through

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Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Robert Woodard (12) runs around a screen from Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Lamar Peters (2) on Ten- nessee Volunteers forward Yves Pons (35) during the first half of the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena.


Florida halts MSU’s win streak at 14 with 4-2 victory

From Special reportS

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Missis- sippi State’s win streak has ended at 14. In the second game of a double- header created by predicted bad weather Sunday, Florida topped the Bulldogs 4-2, halting their winning streak. State had won the first game of Saturday’s doubleheader, 10-5. The Diamond Dawgs (18-2) won the season-opening Southeastern

Conference series, two games to one. The third game of the series was scheduled for Sunday, but moved up to Saturday because of threatening weather. Florida pitcher Tyler Dyson held the Diamond Dawgs to two runs over six innings in the second game. Christian Scott pitched 2.1 shutout innings to get the save for the Ga- tors. MSU built a 7-1 lead in the first

game and cruised to a 10-5 win. Jake Mangum, Elijah MacNamee and Dustin Skelton each had three hits. Mangum, MacNamee and Tan- ner Allen each hit home runs. JT Ginn gave up 10 hits in 6.1 innings, and won his fifth straight game. Florida’s Nelson Maldonado went 4-for-8 in the two games with a dou- ble and home run, propelling the

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Waiting for the really hot weather

I am new to


Paul Bowker
Paul Bowker

Three days,

in fact. And, ha, I can already type out the correct spell- ing of the state in 0.6 seconds. My first-grade teacher, Mrs. Logan, back in South Weymouth,

Massachusetts, would be proud. And, believe me, Massa- chusetts was no easy state to spell. That was a three-day class. Anyway, a new Mississippi resident was searching for a place to live Saturday. And the very nice saleswomen seemed to be shivering. Well, not shivering. But almost cold. Cold in Massachusetts is 10 degrees with a wind of 40 miles an hour that knocks the wind-chill temperature well below zero. It was nearly 60 degrees here Saturday. Shorts weather. Get the beach balls out. Or maybe the softballs for Zayley. And so that’s what I’m looking forward to in Mississippi. Warm temperatures and great sports. I’m told those hot temps will soon be here. The great sports teams already are. Mississippi State, or let me join in right here and just call them State, will have two basketball teams in March Madness by the time the selection shows get over Monday night. The State men will earn their first- and second-round destination tonight. The State women, we already know, will be listed as a home team when the NCAA Tournament field is announced Monday night. And then an action-packed week begins Thursday. March Madness. The NCAA Dance. Whatever you want to call it. Best time of the year. And at the same time all this is going on,

State’s baseball team is just rolling through the competition and State’s football team is going through its spring football drills to prepare for another challenging season in the Southeastern Conference. By far, the best league in the land.

I can’t wait.

Oh, I am well acquainted with the south and its football. Covering Clemson or South Carolina on football Saturdays became a routine for me when I was in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where the high school teams draw 10,000 fans. When I was in Jacksonville, Florida, I was the pro

football editor for the Florida Times Union overseeing the first year of the Jacksonville Jaguars and also the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

I have been in the Big House many times

in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I have been to Notre Dame Stadium, where the tradition just knocks you over as soon as you pull into town. I’ve been to Clemson and North Carolina and Virginia Tech and every other

venue in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Duke vs. North Carolina basketball games are inspiring. But I felt a lump in my throat when I drove past Davis Wade Stadium on Sat- urday. I simply envisioned a Saturday in September when the place is packed and, you know, State knocks off Alabama or somebody like that and the ESPN boys

came busting into town. This is all an adventure. And I’m ready to share the ride with you. State. The high schools. Auto racing. Golf. You name it. I’m here for you, and I want to listen.

I began my career as an official scorer in

the Cape Cod Baseball League years ago. I saw many of the baseball stars who played at State and then went on to Major League Baseball. I was a batboy there before I became an official scorer and writer.

I served in the U.S. Army, and won a

commendation medal.

I went to school at Kansas University.

So, um, yes, I do wear my Jayhawk blue proudly.

I watched the Red Sox lose the 1986

World Series in a dramatic way to the New York Mets.

I coached my daughter’s soccer teams

and also a junior high basketball team. I am a certified soccer official. Got games? So let’s start this new adventure. It’s go time. Anybody need a winter coat? Paul Bowker is sports editor of the Com-

mercial Dispatch. You can reach him at

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Kentucky uses long ball to top MSU

LEXINGTON, Ky. - A windy afternoon at John Cropp Stadium set the stage for five combined home runs, but No. 15/18 Kentucky (19-7, 5-0 SEC) completed the comeback Saturday afternoon to top

Mississippi State, 9-8. Trailing by two in the sixth inning, Kentucky plated three runs to mount the 9-8 comeback. The Bulldogs (19-7, 0-2) recorded four hits

in the contest, three of which left the park for home runs. Sophomore

Carter Spexarth delivered the biggest hit in the contest for State with

a two-out grand slam in the third. Junior Fa Leilua drove in three runs in the contest as she went 2-for-3 with a double and a home run. It was a staff effort by the Bulldogs in the circle as State used four different pitchers in the contest. Freshman Grace Fagan (3-4) was tagged with loss as she gave up the go-ahead in the sixth. Down 0-2 early in the count, sophomore Mia Davidson dis- played her patience at the plate to draw a two-walk in the top of the first to extend her reached-base streak to 19 consecutive games. Lei- lua gave the Bulldogs their first lead of the weekend season, roping a two-out double to right field that allowed Davidson to score from first. After junior Lindsey Williams led off the top of the third with a walk, junior Candace Denis moved pinch runner freshman Jamie Gregg into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with a walk to senior Kat Moore and hit by pitch off the elbow of Mia Davidson. The Wildcats picked up a huge second out retiring Leilua with a strikeout, but Spexarth cleared the bases with the fifth Bulldog grand slam of the season and the first of her career. Redshirt sophomore Montana Davidson joined the home run derby with the first dinger of her Bulldog career with a solo bomb to straightaway center to push the lead to 6-0.


Unbeaten at home, State hosts Alabama today

Mississippi State is unbeaten (8-0) at home, outscoring oppo- nents 43-3 in Starkville. Following a 4-2 triumph over the 39th-ranked Auburn Tigers on Friday, MSU now holds a 2-2 ledger in SEC action. The Bulldogs’ pair of conference victories have both come against top 50 opponents, a program-first win at Florida on March 3 being the other. Two Bulldogs have consistently held national spots in singles this season. State newcomer Emma Antonaki moved up to the 81st-ranked singles spot last week and now holds a team-leading 21-7 overall singles mark through fall tournament play and 15 dual matches. Antonaki retains a 4-3 record against ranked opponents, 4-1 against the top 60. MSU sophomore Magda Adaloglou is the 113th-ranked player nationally, boasting a 13-13 overall record in singles action. Today’s matchup against the Crimson Tide will close out MSU’s SEC home-opening weekend at the A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre. Ala- bama is 12-7 overall on the season, 1-4 in SEC action, with their lone victory coming in an upset of 18th-ranked Kentucky in Tuscaloosa on March 8.

Senior duo helps Old Miss to win over Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- With a potential upset mounting, Ole Miss Men’s Tennis relied on experience from seniors Fabian Fallert and Filip Kraljevic to stage the ultimate comeback, defeating No. 18 Alabama 4-3 Saturday at the Alabama Tennis Center for their third Top 20 win of the season. The win is also the second victory for the Rebels this season, as the squad took down the then-No. 16 Crimson Tide in a noncon- ference clash in late February. Ole Miss moves to 10-8 (2-4 SEC) on the spring season. Down 2-3 and on the brink of defeat, the veteran duo were each presented with a scenario to battle through. Fallert, after being down 0-3 in his opening set, eventually dropped it 3-6 but responded in dominating fashion, taking eight consecutive games to sweep his second set and take a 2-0 lead into the third. Kraljevic was in the opposite position, winning his first set by a 6-3 decision but reversed that score in the second. Fallert regained control to take the final three games and even the match score at 3-3 and set up his classmate for the possible clinch. Kraljevic then used the momentum to propel himself to take the final three games and clinch his first conference contest of the season, prevailing 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.


EDINBURG, Texas - The Southern Miss women’s tennis team capped off its Texas spring break trip with a convincing win over Texas-Rio Grande Valley on Saturday morning. The Golden Eagles snagged the doubles point en route to a 4-1 win. Katia de la Garza and Monique Burton made quick work at the No. 3 doubles position, winning 6-2. The Vaqueros prevented the Golden Eagles from sweeping the doubles point after Arina Amaning and Tjasa Jerse fell at the top pairing, 6-4. However, Rikeetha Pereira and Ebru Zeynep Yazgan answered with a thriller at the No. 2 pairing. The duo were able to outlast Doris Aleksova and Michelle Walker with a 7-6 (8-6) win. “It was a good win to end the trip,” said head coach Steve Schram. “The girls came out and competed hard. The doubles point was very close and we were fortunate enough to win the doubles point.”


Ole Miss Women finish 5th in Tar Heel Classic

CASA DE CAMPO, Dominican Republic – The Ole Miss wom- en’s golf team finished the Tar Heel Classic in fifth place Saturday. The Rebels combined for 9-over (288-294-291—873), while Julia Johnson picked up a top-5 individual finish. Ole Miss shot a final round 3-over 291 on Saturday to stay in the top-5 as a team. No. 12 Wake Forest took home the team title

at 23-under par. The Rebels were fifth in the field in birdies (40) and

seventh in total pars (127). “We had a great spring break here in the Dominican and it was a special treat to be able to spend some time in such a beautiful place,” assistant coach Zack Byrd said. “I’m very proud of the progress we made over the last two weeks. We played 54 holes of smart golf this

week and really did a great job of missing the ball in the right spot.” Johnson kept up her hot streak into the final day, firing a 1-under

71 with 13 pars and three birdies, two coming on her last two holes.

The sophomore finished tied for fifth, her third top-5 of the season and seventh of her career. Johnson went 70-72-71—213 and led the team in pars with 41 in 54 holes.

Alabama moves up 6 spots in Linger Longer Invite

GREENSBORO, Ga. – The No. 24 Alabama men’s golf team caught fire on Saturday’s second round of the 2019 Linger Longer

Invitational, carding a 12-under par round of 276 – the lowest round by any of the 15 teams in this year’s tournament field. As a result, the Crimson Tide vaulted six spots into the top position on the leader- board with a team total of 12-under par 564 (288-276). Alabama will enter Sunday’s final round of play looking to claim the tournament’s team title for the second straight season and the sixth time in the last nine years overall. The Crimson Tide owns a four-shot lead over No. 15 Georgia, No. 21 Liberty and No.

25 Louisville, who are all tied for second at 8-under par 568. UNC

Greensboro (571) rounds out the top five teams. Leading the way for Alabama is junior Josh Sedeno, who is competing in his first tournament this spring. The Roseville, Calif., native finished Saturday with a career-best round of 5-under par 67. Sedeno’s second round was highlighted by an eagle on the 490-yard par 5, second hole. In addition to his eagle, he collected four birdies with just one bogey. His two-round total of 7-under par 137 (70-67) puts him in a first-place tie with Penn State’s JD Hughes (72-65) and Liberty’s Alexandre Fuchs (71-66). Sophomore Wilson Furr is in a tie for 11th overall after two rounds played, giving the Crimson Tide two individuals among the top 15. After opening with an even par 72 on Friday, the Jackson, Miss., native had just one bogey compared to four birdies to end the day at 3-under par 69 for a two-day total of 141.


Alabama opens spring with 4 first-place finishes at CardinalInvite

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – Alabama rowing went head-to-head with some of the nation’s top boats in day one of the Cardinal Invite Saturday, posting four first-place finishes, two second-place finishes and four third-place finishes. “It was a great day of racing, overall,” UA head coach Glenn Putyrae said. “Racing this level of competition now will help us as we progress through the season.” The Tide kicked off its morning session against Louisville and Notre Dame. Alabama’s First Varsity 8+ (5:44.918) finished second, five-tenths of a second off first-place Louisville. The Tide picked up steam with the Varsity 4+ (6:21.357), Third Varsity 8+ (5:58.449), Second Varsity 8+ (5:54.929) and Second Varsity 4+ (6:32.977) crews all winning their respective races. The finishes gave Alabama four-consecutive wins to close out the first session of racing. The Tide’s 1V4+ first-place finish was the fastest time of any Varsity 4+ crew of the entire morning session. — From Special Reports

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College Baseball

Today’s Games Mississippi State at Florida, Noon Southern Miss at Louisiana Tech, 1 p.m. Alabama at Ole Miss, 1:30 p.m. Monday’s Games Louisiana-Monroe at Southern Miss, 6 p.m. Maine at Alabama, 6 p.m. Little Rock at Mississippi State, 6:30 p.m. Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Ole Miss, 6:30 p.m.

College Softball

Today’s Games Mississippi State at Kentucky, time TBA Oklahoma State at Ole Miss, Noon Florida Atlantic at Southern Miss, 1 p.m. Samford at Ole Miss, 2:30 p.m. Monday’s Games South Alabama at Southern Miss, 6 p.m.

Men’s College Golf

Today’s Games Alabama at Linger Longer Invitational (Greens- boro, Georgia) Mississippi State at Schenkel Invitational (Statesboro, Georgia)

Women’s College Golf

Today’s Games Mississippi State at Clover Cup (Mesa, Arizona)

College Rowing

Today’s Games Alabama at Cardinal Invite (Oak Ridge, Tennes-

see) Men’s College Tennis

Today’s Games Mississippi University for Women at Birmingham Southern, 11 a.m.

Women’s College Tennis

Today’s Games Mississippi University for Women at Birmingham Southern, 11 a.m. Alabama at Mississippi State, Noon Auburn at Ole Miss, 1 p.m. Monday’s Games Bradley at Southern Miss, 1 p.m.

Junior College Golf

Monday’s Games Itawamba at Meridian Spring Invitational Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Junior College Baseball

Monday’s Games EMCC at Itawamba (DH), 3 p.m.

Junior College Tennis

Monday’s Games Gulf Coast at Itawamba, 1 p.m.

oN ThE AiR



The Auto Club 400, Fontana, Calif., FOX BIATHLON 12 a.m. (Monday) — IBU World Championship:

women’s 12.5km mass start, Sweden, NBCSN COLLEGE BASKETBALL (MEN’S) 11 p.m. — Ivy League Tournament: Teams TBD, championship, ESPN2 Noon — Atlantic 10 Tournament: Teams TBD, championship, CBS Noon — SEC Tournament: Teams TBD, champi- onship, ESPN

1 p.m. — Sun Belt Tournament: Teams TBD,

championship, ESPN2 2:15 p.m. — American Athletic Tournament:

Teams TBD, championship, ESPN 2:30 p.m. — Big Ten Tournament: Teams TBD, championship, CBS

5 p.m. — NCAA Basketball Championship Selec-

tion Show, CBS 7:30 p.m. — NIT Selection Special, ESPNU COLLEGE BASKETBALL (WOMEN’S)

Noon — Patriot League Tournament: Teams TBD, championship, CBSSN

1 p.m. — SLC Tournament: Teams TBD, champi- onship, CBSSN

1 p.m. — Northeast Tournament: Teams TBD,

championship, ESPNU

3 p.m. — Ivy League Tournament: Teams TBD,

championship, ESPNU COLLEGE HOCKEY (MEN’S) 2:30 p.m. — Big Ten Tournament: Penn State vs. Ohio State, semifinal, BTN GOLF Noon — PGA Tour Golf: The Players Champion- ship, final round, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., NBC GYMNASTICS 3:30 p.m. — FIG World Cup: women’s all-around competition, Germany (taped), NBCSN NBA G LEAGUE BASKETBALL Noon — Lakeland Magic vs. Maine Red Claws, NBA


2:30 p.m. — Philadelphia at Milwaukee, ABC


p.m. — Minnesota at Houston, ESPN NHL HOCKEY


p.m. — St. Louis at Buffalo, NHL

6:30 p.m. — Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, NBCSN

9 p.m. — Edmonton at Vegas, NBCSN SKIING Noon — FIS Freestyle World Cup: Toyota U.S. Grand Prix, slopestyle, Mammoth Mountain, Calif. (taped), NBC 2:30 p.m. — FIS Alpine World Cup Finals: wom- en’s giant slalom and slalom, Andorra (taped), NBCSN

SOCCER (MEN’S) 7:20 a.m. — Bundesliga: Bayer Leverkusen vs. Werder Bremen, FS1 8:55 a.m. — Serie A: Lazio vs. Parma, ESPN2 9:10 a.m. NBCSN — Premier League: Fulham vs. Liverpool 9:30 a.m. — Bundesliga: Eintracht Frankfurt vs. FC Nürnberg, FS1 11:25 a.m. — Premier League: Everton vs. Chel- sea, NBCSN Noon — Bundesliga: FSV Mainz vs. Bayern Munich, FS2

2 p.m. — MLS: New York City FC vs. Los Angeles FC, FS1

4 p.m. — MLS: FC Cincinnati vs. Portland Tim- bers, FS1


3 p.m. — BNP Paribas Open: men’s and wom-

en’s singles finals, Indian Wells, Calif., ESPN2


Men’s College

Major Scores



Buffalo 85, Cent. Michigan 81


Villanova 74, Seton Hall 72 Wichita St. 80, Temple 74 SOUTH Auburn 73, South Carolina 64 Davidson 70, Saint Joseph’s 60 Duke 74, North Carolina 73 Florida 76, LSU 73 Florida St. 69, Virginia 59

Georgia Southern 81, Louisiana-Monroe 67 Kentucky 73, Alabama 55 Memphis 79, UCF 55 NC Central 65, NC A&T 63 Norfolk St. 75, Howard 69 Old Dominion 61, UAB 59 Rhode Island 75, VCU 70 Tennessee 83, Mississippi St. 76

W. Kentucky 70, Southern Miss. 59

Bonaventure 68, George Mason 57

MIDWEST Bowling Green 71, N. Illinois 67 Cincinnati 82, SMU 74 Iowa St. 63, Kansas St. 59 Kansas 88, West Virginia 74 Michigan 74, Iowa 53 Michigan St. 77, Ohio St. 70 Minnesota 75, Purdue 73 Saint Louis 64, Dayton 55 Wisconsin 66, Nebraska 62 SOUTHWEST Abilene Christian 69, SE Louisiana 66 Houston 84, UConn 45 New Orleans 79, Sam Houston St. 76 Prairie View 81, Grambling St. 71 Texas State 79, South Alabama 67 FAR WEST Montana 78, Weber St. 49 New Mexico St. 79, Rio Grande 72 San Diego St. 65, Nevada 56 UC Irvine 75, Long Beach St. 67 Washington 66, Colorado 61



Harvard 66, Penn 58

St. Bonaventure 68, Rhode Island 51

Vermont 66, UMBC 49 Yale 83, Princeton 77 SOUTH Auburn 65, Florida 62 Georgia St. 59, Texas State 46 NC Central 50, Norfolk St. 47 Saint Louis 67, Davidson 44 Tennessee 82, Kentucky 78 MIDWEST Cincinnati 66, Wichita St. 63 Michigan 76, Minnesota 49 Michigan St. 67, Wisconsin 55 SOUTHWEST Houston 61, Memphis 58 FAR WEST Cal St.-Fullerton 64, UC Santa Barbara 58

Associated Press Men’s Top 25 Fared


1. Gonzaga (30-3) did not play. Next: TBA.

2. Virginia (29-3) did not play. Next: TBA.

3. North Carolina (27-6) did not play. Next: TBA.

4. Kentucky (27-6) lost to No. 8 Tennessee 82-

78. Next: TBA.

5. Duke (29-5) beat No. 12 Florida State 73-60.

Next: NCAA Tournament.

6. Michigan State (27-6) beat No. 19 Wisconsin

67-55. Next: vs. No. 10 Michigan, Sunday.

7. Texas Tech (26-6) did not play. Next: TBA.

8. Tennessee (29-4) beat No. 4 Kentucky 82-

78. Next: vs. No. 22 Auburn, Sunday.

9. LSU (26-6) did not play. Next: TBA.

10. Michigan (28-5) beat Minnesota 76-49.

Next: vs. No. 6 Michigan State, Sunday.


Houston (31-2) beat Memphis 61-58. Next:


No. 24 Cincinnati, Sunday.


Florida State (27-7) lost to No. 5 Duke 73-


Next: TBA.


Purdue (23-9) did not play. Next: TBA.


Nevada (29-4) did not play. Next: TBA.


Kansas State (25-8) did not play. Next:


16. Virginia Tech (24-8) did not play. Next: TBA.

17. Kansas (25-9) lost to Iowa State 78-66.

Next: TBA.

19. Wisconsin (23-10) lost to No. 6 Michigan

State 67-55. Next: TBA.

20. Wofford (29-4) did not play. Next: NCAA



Maryland (22-10) did not play. Next: TBA.


Auburn (25-9) beat Florida 65-62. Next: vs.


8 Tennessee, Sunday.


Marquette (24-9) did not play. Next: TBA.


Cincinnati (27-6) beat Wichita State 66-63.

Next: vs. No. 11 Houston, Sunday.

25. Villanova (25-9) beat Seton Hall 74-72.

Next: NCAA Tournament.

Women’s College

Major Scores



Bethune-Cookman 58, Md.-Eastern Shore 47 Drexel 73, Northeastern 69 Maine 68, Hartford 48 Towson 69, Hofstra 48 SOUTH Campbell 55, Charleston Southern 44 Middle Tennessee 75, UAB 65 Norfolk St. 60, NC A&T 43 Radford 59, UNC-Asheville 52 Southern U. 71, Grambling St. 69 Texas A&M-CC 69, Nicholls 56 MIDWEST Buffalo 82, Cent. Michigan 77 Drake 86, Valparaiso 58 Illinois St. 61, Bradley 55 Missouri St. 59, Loyola of Chicago 50

N. Iowa 66, S. Illinois 63

Ohio 74, Miami (Ohio) 48 Rio Grande 69, CS Bakersfield 58 SOUTHWEST Abilene Christian 82, Cent. Arkansas 54 Jackson St. 75, Prairie View 63 Rice 64, W. Kentucky 57 South Alabama 57, Texas-Arlington 50 UALR 80, Appalachian St. 64 FAR WEST Hawaii 66, UC Riverside 58 New Mexico St. 91, UMKC 80 Portland St. 61, E. Washington 59 UC Davis 82, UC Irvine 50 Saturday EAST Princeton 68, Cornell 47 Towson 53, Drexel 49

SOUTH Bethune-Cookman 57, Norfolk St. 45 Southern U. 45, Jackson St. 41 MIDWEST Buffalo 77, Ohio 61 Drake 65, Illinois St. 54 Missouri St. 89, N. Iowa 64 SOUTHWEST Abilene Christian 88, Lamar 79 Rice 69, Middle Tennessee 54 Texas A&M-CC 58, Stephen F. Austin 56 UALR 57, South Alabama 56 FAR WEST New Mexico St. 76, Rio Grande 73

Associated Press Women’s Top 25 Fared


1. Baylor (31-1) did not play. Next: NCAA


2. UConn (31-2) did not play. Next: NCAA





NCAA Tournament.


6. Stanford (28-4) did not play. Next: NCAA


7. Oregon (29-4) did not play. Next: TBA.

8. Iowa (26-6) did not play. Next: NCAA


9. Maryland (28-4) did not play. Next: TBA.

10. N.C. State (26-5) did not play. Next: TBA.

Louisville (29-3) did not play. Next: TBA.

Mississippi State (30-2) did not play. Next:

Notre Dame (30-3) did not play. Next: NCAA

11. Oregon State (24-7) did not play. Next:

vs. TBA.


Gonzaga (28-4) did not play. Next: TBA.


Iowa State (25-8) did not play. Next: TBA.


Marquette (26-7) did not play. Next: TBA.


Syracuse (24-8) did not play. Next: TBA.


South Carolina (21-9) did not play. Next:


17. Texas A&M (24-7) did not play. Next: TBA.

18. Kentucky (24-7) did not play. Next: TBA.

19. Miami (24-8) did not play. Next: TBA.

20. UCLA (20-12) did not play. Next: TBA.

21. Drake (27-5) beat Illinois State 65-54.

Next: vs. Missouri State, Sunday.

22. Texas (23-9) did not play. Next: TBA.

23. Arizona State (20-10) did not play. Next:


24. Rice (28-3) beat Middle Tennessee 69-54.

Next: NCAA Tournament.

25. Florida State (23-8) did not play. Next:













































































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x-clinched playoff spot Friday’s Games

Charlotte 116, Washington 110 Detroit 111, L.A. Lakers 97

Philadelphia 123, Sacramento 114

Houston 108, Phoenix 102

Milwaukee 113, Miami 98

Portland 122, New Orleans 110

San Antonio 109, New York 83 L.A. Clippers 128, Chicago 121

Saturday’s Games

Boston 129, Atlanta 120

Memphis at Washington, 7 p.m.

Phoenix at New Orleans, 7 p.m.

Cleveland at Dallas, 8:30 p.m.

Golden State at Oklahoma City, 8:30 p.m.

Portland at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m.

Brooklyn at Utah, 9 p.m.

Indiana at Denver, 9 p.m.

Sunday’s Games L.A. Lakers at New York, 12 p.m.

Charlotte at Miami, 1 p.m. Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m.

Toronto at Detroit, 4 p.m.

Atlanta at Orlando, 6 p.m.

Chicago at Sacramento, 6 p.m.

Brooklyn at L.A. Clippers, 9 p.m.

Minnesota at Houston, 9 p.m.

Monday’s Games

Detroit at Cleveland, 7 p.m. Utah at Washington, 7 p.m.

Denver at Boston, 7:30 p.m. New York at Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at San Antonio, 8 p.m. Miami at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m. New Orleans at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. Chicago at Phoenix, 10 p.m. Indiana at Portland, 10:30 p.m. Tuesday’s Games Philadelphia at Charlotte, 7 p.m. Houston at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m. Golden State at Minnesota, 8 p.m. L.A. Lakers at Milwaukee, 8 p.m. Brooklyn at Sacramento, 10 p.m. Indiana at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


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Saturday’s Games Boston 6, Atlanta 1 St. Louis 8, Washington 5 Miami 11, N.Y. Mets 6

Minnesota at Tampa Bay, cancelled Detroit 6, Pittsburgh 3 N.Y. Yankees 17, Toronto (ss) 7

Houston 13, Philadelphia 5 Baltimore 4, Toronto (ss) 3 Milwaukee (ss) 5, Colorado 4 Cincinnati 5, Texas 2

Kansas City (ss) 6, Milwaukee (ss) 2

San Francisco (ss) 10, San Diego (ss) 3

L.A. Dodgers 2, Chicago White Sox 0 San Diego (ss) 10, Kansas City (ss) 5 Chicago Cubs 7, Arizona 1 Cleveland 7, L.A. Angels 2

Seattle vs. Yomiuri (ss) at Tokyo, JP, 11:05 p.m.

Sunday’s Games

Tampa Bay vs. Boston (ss) at Fort Myers, Fla.,

1:05 p.m.

Houston vs. Atlanta (ss) at Kissimmee, Fla.,

1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs. Philadelphia at Clearwa-

ter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Mets vs. Washington at West Palm Beach,

Fla., 1:05 p.m.

St. Louis vs. Miami at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Atlanta (ss) vs. Detroit at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05


Boston (ss) vs. Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla.,

1:05 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota,

Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Minnesota vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07


Cleveland vs. Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.

Kansas City vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale,

Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Colorado vs. Chicago Cubs at Mesa, Ariz.,

4:05 p.m. Milwaukee vs. L.A. Dodgers at Glendale, Ariz.,

4:05 p.m. Arizona (ss) vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Chicago White Sox vs. Arizona (ss) at Scotts- dale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. L.A. Angels vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz.,

4:10 p.m. Oakland vs. Nippon-Ham at Tokyo, JP, 11:05 p.m. Monday’s Games Seattle vs. San Francisco (ss) at Tokyo, JP, 6:05 a.m. Miami vs. Washington (ss) at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Baltimore vs. Detroit (ss) at Lakeland, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Boston vs. Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Philadelphia vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.

Detroit (ss) vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07

p.m. Washington (ss) vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. San Diego vs. Cleveland at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. San Francisco (ss) vs. Chicago White Sox at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. Cincinnati vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:10 p.m. N.Y. Yankees vs. Atlanta at Kissimmee, Fla., 6:05 p.m. L.A. Dodgers vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 10:05 p.m.


Saturday’s Moves

BASEBALL American League CHICAGO WHITE SOX — Assigned RHP Juan Minaya outright to Charlotte (IL). CLEVELAND INDIANS — Optioned RHP Cody Anderson to Columbus (IL). LOS ANGELES ANGELS — Optioned RHP John Curtiss and LHP Williams Jerez to Salt Lake (PCL). MINNESOTA TWINS — Optioned RHP Tyler Duffey to Rochester (IL). Reassigned RHP Chase De Jong to minor league camp. NEW YORK YANKEES — Optioned C Kyle Hi- gashioka to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (IL). National League ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS — Released LHP Matt Marksberry and RHP Shane Watson. CHICAGO CUBS — Optioned RHPs Duane Underwood Jr., James Norwood and Rowan Wick to Iowa (PCL). Reassigned LHP Mike Zagurski; Cs Francisco Arcia and P.J. Hig- gins; RHPs Christian Bergman, Matt Carasiti, George Kontos and Dakota Mekkes; INFs Ryan Court, Phillip Evans, Trent Giambrone and Zack Short; and INF/OF Jim Adduci to minor league camp. COLORADO ROCKIES — Reassigned RHP Matt Pierpont, LHP Ben Bowden, C Dom Nunez and INFs Bret Boswell, Brian Mundell and Bren- dan Rodgers to minor league camp. NEW YORK METS — Optioned RHP Eric Han- hold to minor league camp. PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES — Optioned 3B Mitch Walding to Lehigh Valley (IL). ST. LOUIS CARDINALS — Re-assigned LHP Hunter Cervenka, C Jeremy Martinez, INF Max Schrock and OF Randy Arozarena to minor league camp. FOOTBALL

National Football League ARIZONA CARDINALS — Signed OL Max Gar- cia to a one-year contract. ATLANTA FALCONS — Agreed to terms with TE Logan Paulsen on a one-year contract. BUFFALO BILLS — Signed OL LaAdrian Wad- dle to a one-year contract. DENVER BRONCOS — Re-signed DL Zach Kerr to a two-year contract. DETROIT LIONS — Agreed to terms with CB

Marcus Cooper on a one-year contract.

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS — Signed WR Chris Conley and OT Cedric Ogbuehi. OAKLAND RAIDERS — Released OT Donald Penn. TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS — Agreed to terms with OL Earl Watford. Canadian Football League WINNIPEG BLUE BOMBERS — Agreed to terms with DT Drake Nevis on a one-year contract. HOCKEY

National Hockey League DALLAS STARS — Recalled G Colton Point from Idaho (ECHL) to Texas (AHL). LOS ANGELES KINGS — Signed F Akil Thom- as to a three-year contract.

American Hockey League ROCKFORD ICEHOGS — Assigned G Matt Tomkins to Indy (ECHL). ECHL BRAMPTON BEAST — Released G Daniel Altshuller. IDAHO STEELHEADS — Added G Bobby Fowler as emergency backup. INDY FUEL — Loaned D Dmitri Osipov to Rockford (AHL). Released G Eric Vogel as emergency backup. KANSAS CITY MAVERICKS — Signed D Ni- kolas Koberstein. TOLEDO WALLEYE — Signed D Zane Schartz. WICHITA THUNDER — Signed F Jake Hen-

derson. COLLEGE TULANE — Fired men’s basketball coach Mike Dunleavy.


Owls sweep Hendrix in ‘Strikeout Cancer’ doubleheader

From Special reportS

The Mississippi University for Women’s softball team swept Hen- drix College, 7-2 and 2-1, in Satur- day’s “Strikeout Cancer” double- header played in Columbus. The first game of the day was a battle at-bat with both teams easily connecting with the ball. The Owls edged out the Warriors at the plate with 10 hits while holding Hendrix to eight. The two opponents tied in errors with two miscues each. The Owls were the first team to score, grabbing two runs in the bot- tom of the first inning. Heidi Mat- thews collected an RBI and reached base on a throwing error, which al- lowed Kristen Martin to score. Mat- thews then came home on a fielder’s choice ground out with Bailee Watts tallying the RBI. The Owls caught fire offensively in the fourth inning to extend their lead to 6-1. Madison Fields scored on a single by Anna Lloyd, Lloyd scored on a pass ball, and Kandler Flora scored on a sacrifice bunt to third base by Kristen Martin. In the fifth, Fields scored the Owls final run on a single by Emily Littlejohn. Senior outfielder Kristen Martin led the Owls at the plate with two hits.

Heidi Matthew was also a great contributor to the offense with a 2-for-4 appearance with two runs and one RBI with Madison Fields who also lent two runs and one RBI. On the mound, senior Madison Scoggin improved to a 6-1 record with 7.0 innings pitched for four strikeouts. In game two, the Owls had to de- pend on their defense to stay ahead of the Warriors. Hendrix outhit The W, 8-2, but was unable to convert the effort into runs. The Owls got another early lead against the Warriors with a run scored in the first inning. Carolyn “Kendall” Wilkinson sent a sacri- fice fly to center field to send Kris- ten Martin home. In the second, Hendrix tied it up with a run on an Owls error but The W sealed its victory in the sixth when Anna Lloyd scored on a fielder’s choice with Martin being credited with the RBI. Entering the game in the fourth inning, Amelia Stalter took the vic- tory on the mound. The freshman right-hander pitched 3.1 innings for two strikeouts and four hits against. Donna Douglas entered the game in the seventh inning to deal out three strikeouts for the save.

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Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Quinndary Weather- spoon (11) has the ball knocked away by Tennessee Volunteers guard Lamonte Turner (1) during the first half of the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena.

a long campaign.” Kyle Alexander and Grant Wil- liams each scored 16 points to help Tennessee reach the semifinals. Jordan Bone had 14 points and nine assists with only one turnover, and Jordan Bowden added 10 points. Aric Holman scored 20 and Quinndary Weatherspoon had 17 for Mississippi State (23-10). Reg- gie Perry had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and Lamar Peters also scored 15 points. The Bulldogs rallied from a 34- 28 halftime deficit to tie the game at 38-all on a Lamar Peters basket with 17:14 left. Tennessee went ahead for good with 14:17 remain- ing when Bone hit a tie-breaking 3-pointer as the shot clock was run- ning down. “I kind of just shot it with confi-

dence,” Bone said. “I knew I had to get it up.” The game remained close until Tennessee went on a 10-0 run to ex- tend its lead to 59-46 with 9:33 left as Schofield started to take over. Tennessee led 53-46 when Scho- field drove to the basket, scored and drew a foul with 10:53 remain- ing. Up to that point, Tennessee hadn’t attempted a free throw all night. Less than a minute later, Scho- field threw down a one-handed dunk while getting fouled again. Schofield missed the free throw and three-point play opportuni- ty after both baskets, but his big plays put the Vols in control and delighted a pro-Tennessee crowd. “I think fatigue probably was a factor because we played last night

and they didn’t,” Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said. “That’s definitely an advantage.” Schofield added a 3-point basket later to give Tennessee its biggest lead at 65-51 with 7:02 left. Mississippi State tried to rally but couldn’t get the margin below seven the rest of the way. “Basketball’s a game of runs,” Peters said. “We allowed them to make a late run, so it was kind of hard for us to get back in the game.” The game got a little heated with less than five minutes left when players from both teams jawed with one another after Alexander blocked a shot from Mississippi State’s Reggie Perry. Alexander, Schofield and Perry all ended up receiving technical fouls.


Turner’s 3-pointer helps Tennessee knock off 4th-ranked Kentucky


NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee’s Lamonte’ Turner picked a perfect time to snap out of his shooting slump. Turner sank a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds left as No. 8 Tennessee rallied to beat No. 4 Kentucky 82-78 in a Southeastern Conference Tournament semifinal thriller Saturday. Before mak- ing that shot, Turner had gone 8 of 52 from 3-point range over his last 10 games and 1 of 19 over his last five contests. “Big moments like that, man, I thrive on those moments,” Turner said. “I al- ways believe in myself. My teammates always believe in me. When it left my hands, I knew it was good.” The third-seeded Volunteers (29-4) trailed by eight with less than three min- utes left before rallying to advance to a championship matchup Sunday with No. 22 Auburn, the tournament’s fifth seed. Auburn beat Florida 65-62 in the other semifinal. One way or another, this tournament will have an unfamiliar champion. Ten- nessee hasn’t won this event since 1979 and Auburn earned its lone SEC Tourna- ment crown in 1985. The Vols also are chasing their first NCAA Tournament No. 1 seed in program history. Kentucky’s chances for a fifth straight SEC Tournament title vanished when Tennessee closed the game on an 18-6 run. “With an eight-point lead, we should win that game,” Kentucky coach John Calipari said. “They said, ‘You’re not winning the game. We’re not giving up. We’re not stopping.’ “ Tennessee took a 75-74 lead on a Grant Williams 3-pointer from in front of

the Vols’ bench with 1:31 left. Kentucky (27-6) went back in front with 1:06 re- maining when PJ Washington delivered

a putback of his own miss. Admiral Schofield missed a 3-pointer on Tennessee’s next possession, but Wil- liams got the rebound and called timeout with 38.5 seconds left. The Vols worked the ball to Turner, who buried a 3-point attempt from behind the top of the key. Although Turner had been struggling

up to that point, he has a reputation for delivering clutch shots and made a go- ahead 3-pointer in the final minute of a victory at Kentucky last season. “He’s Lamonte’ Turner — he has ice

in his veins,” Williams said. “We have no

doubt in our minds that he’s going to be able to take and make that shot no mat- ter if he’s shooting zero for 60 the next four weeks. I don’t want that to happen, but we have faith he’ll knock them down. We know what type of shooter he is.” After Washington missed a shot and

a follow attempt with about 15 seconds

left, Tennessee’s Jordan Bone went 4 of 4 from the free-throw line in the last 11 seconds to finish off Kentucky. “We still have a bigger tournament, and it’s more important,” said PJ Wash- ington, who led Kentucky with 16 points. “We’ve got to come out, be focused, be ready to play, whoever we play.” Schofield scored 21 points, Williams had 20 and Bone added 18 for Tennes- see. Keldon Johnson had 15 points, Reid Travis had 11 and Ashton Hagans and Tyler Herro added 10 each for Kentucky. Hagans also had 12 assists. The third Kentucky-Tennessee meet- ing of the season took place roughly a three-hour drive from each campus, and about two-thirds of the Bridgestone Are-

na crowd appeared to be cheering for Kentucky as “Go Big Blue” chants com- peted with the sounds of “Rocky Top.” That environment created a much closer game after the home team won easily in the two regular-season matchups. “Honestly, that was one of the funnest games I ever played in, back and forth, two teams competing at a high level,” Schofield said. “It was fun for me, and I know it was fun for my teammates.”

No. 22 Auburn 65, Florida 62

The Auburn Tigers are stringing together some impressive accomplish- ments with coach Bruce Pearl. Now they have a chance at something particularly special before the NCAA Tournament. Jared Harper hit a 3-pointer with 12 seconds left as No. 22 Auburn held off Florida, 65-62, to reach the SEC Tour- nament championship game for the first time since 2000. Auburn (25-9) came in as the fifth-seeded team after sharing the SEC regular-season title a year ago, and now the Tigers will play No. 8 Tennessee, an 82-78 winner over No. 4 Kentucky, on Sunday, looking for their second tour- nament championship and first since

1985. The title game also will give them

a chance to burnish their NCAA Tourna-

ment seeding. “There’s a difference between having

a Top 25 team and having a Top 25 pro-

gram,” Pearl said. “The more we win, the more we have both.” Florida (19-15) may have needed one more upset after knocking off reg- ular-season champ LSU in the quarter- finals to earn their at-large NCAA berth. “We’re just trying to stay hopeful,”


Unique trio leads Iowa State to Big 12 title


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lindell Wig- ginton found his way to Iowa State from Canada, Marial Shayok took a detour through the University of Virginia, and Michael Jacobson started his career at the University of Nebraska. Three players from three very differ- ent backgrounds now have something in common: a title. The trio helped the fifth-seeded Cy- clones race to a big early lead against No. 17 Kansas on Saturday night, then contributed to enough crucial stops down the stretch, preserving a 78-66 victory over the Jayhawks in the Big 12 Tournament finale at Sprint Center. “When you do something special, you win a championship, you got a con- nection for the rest of your life,” said Cy- clones coach Steve Prohm, who brought together his team from far and wide. “Hopefully this is just step one. We’ll enjoy this for a while, figure out where we’re going for the NCAA Tournament and then we’ll focus on that.” Wigginton finished with 17 points, Shayok had 15 on his way to winning tournament MVP, and Jacobson finished with 14 for the Cyclones (23-11), who be- came the lowest-seeded team ever to win the conference tournament. They also improved to 2-0 against Kansas (25- 9) in the finals. “I think it was our best team win of the year because it was gritty,” said Shayok, who like Jacobson sat out last season after transferring. “Everybody stepped up.” Dedric Lawson had 18 points and Dev- on Dotson added 17 for the third-seed- ed Jayhawks, whose last chance to win some hardware will be the NCAA Tour- nament. Their run of 14 consecutive reg- ular-season crowns ended last weekend, and they failed to defend their Big 12 Tournament title. “The way we competed, we showed some signs where we really wanted to win this game,” Dotson said. “But they

hit some tough shots. We were miss- ing some of our easy shots we usually make.” Meanwhile, the Cyclones made a tre- mendous about-face during their stay in Kansas City. They arrived having lost five of their last six regular-season games, and

looked rudderless in losses to Texas and lowly West Virginia. But beginning with

a blowout of Baylor and continuing with

a quarterfinal win over regular-season

champ Kansas State, the Cyclones found their stride. The Jayhawks, still looking for their own, were fortunate to trail 32-22 at half-

time. Lawson, who had 24 points in the semifinals, was 2 of 11 from the field. Marcus Garrett was 0 for 6 from the floor and 1 of 4 from the foul line. Quen- tin Grimes was 0 or 4 from beyond the arc after hitting five 3-pointers in their win over the Mountaineers on Friday night. All told, the Jayhawks shot 27.8 per- cent from the field and missed all nine

of their 3-point attempts in the first half.

They also were just 2 of 8 from the free- throw line. “Just one of those nights,” Grimes said. “Every one of the shots we put up was a good shot.” Iowa State had its own trouble on the offensive end of the floor, getting five shots swatted into the seats. But the Cyclones were effective at getting to the rim, and easy layups by Wigginton and Tyrese Haliburton allowed them to take control. Their lead swelled to 41-24 early in the second half. And even when the Jay-

hawks managed to nip into it, they would inevitably miss an open layup or throw the ball away.

Villanova wins Big East

Villanova became the first team to win three consecutive Big East Tour- naments, beating Seton Hall 74-72 on Saturday night behind seniors Eric Pas-

chall and Phil Booth and key contribu- tions from freshman Saddiq Bey. Seton Hall star Myles Powell, guard- ed closely by Booth, missed a 3-pointer in the closing seconds that could have won it. Booth was called for traveling as he tried to corral the rebound, however, and the Pirates got one more chance with 0.4 seconds left. Anthony Nelson’s long inbounds lob bounced off the back- board and was slapped away by the Wild- cats, who got to party on the Madison Square Garden floor yet again. “This one is special, very special. This team has taught me so much,” Booth said during the postgame cere- monies at center court. “These young dudes are like a fresh breath of air for me, being around them.” The 25th-ranked and top-seeded Wildcats (25-9) were in the Big East final for a fifth straight year, and have won four of the last five championships. The only loss during that span was to Seton Hall in 2016, and Powell and the third-seeded Pirates (20-13) gave Villa- nova all it could handle once again. “Can’t thank Phil and Eric for their leadership enough,” Wildcats coach Jay Wright said. “They’ve been great exam- ples of what a Villanova basketball play- er is their whole career.” Powell scored 25 points to cap a spec- tacular three days in Manhattan for the high-scoring guard. Paschall had 17 points and eight re- bounds, and Booth scored 16 and was selected most outstanding player of the 40th Big East Tournament. Bey, who Villanova fans hope will lead the next wave of championship teams, had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

No. 6 Michigan State 67, No. 19 Wisconsin 55

In Chicago, Cassius Winston scored 21 points and Kenny Goins keyed Mich- igan State’s fast start, helping the Spar- tans beat Wisconsin in the Big Ten semi- finals. Seeking their sixth Big Ten tourney

Gators senior Kevarrius Hayes said. “It’s up to the selection committee and what they decide.” This game felt much more like a con- solation prize and warm-up to the oth- er semifinal, with some of the biggest cheers coming on a reminder that Ken- tucky-Tennessee was up next. Auburn and Florida did their best to put on a good show with lots of shoot- ing, and the Gators putting on a clinic in precision to keep pace with the Ti- gers’ offense. The Gators turned in their best shooting performance of the sea- son (60.5 percent) on their fewest shot attempts of the year (38). Florida also dominated on the boards (32-17). “It’s really hard to look at that stat sheet and explain an Auburn victory,” Pearl said. When Hayes dunked with 1:11 left to pull Florida within 61-60, that set up a frantic finish. Auburn’s fourth and final turnover came with 57 seconds left when Chu- ma Okeke was too slow getting the ball across midcourt. Keyontae John- son missed for Florida, and Harper an- swered with a 3 — his lone made basket of the second half. Jalen Hudson drove for a layup with 7.4 seconds to go, then Harper hit one of two free throws with 6.2 seconds left. Johnson rebounded the missed free throw, got the ball to Hudson, who passed to Andrew Nembhard, who upset No. 9 LSU in the quarterfinals by hitting a 3 with a second left. Auburn watched the end of that game. That’s why three Tigers surrounded Nembhard, and his shot came up well short and drew no foul call before the buzzer.

title, the Spartans (27-6) will face No. 10 Michigan in the final. Winston, the Big Ten Player of the Year, went 9 for 17 from the field and had six assists. Goins, Aaron Henry and Xavier Till- man led a dominant rebounding effort to help Michigan State beat Wisconsin (23-10) for the seventh straight time. Goins had 13 points, 12 rebounds and two blocked shots, and Henry had a ca- reer-high 11 rebounds. Ethan Happ had

20 points, six rebounds and four blocks

for Wisconsin.

No. 10 Michigan 76, Minnesota 49

Isaiah Livers scored a career-high 21 points and Michigan closed in on a re- cord third straight Big Ten Tournament championship. Zavier Simpson added 15 points and nine assists to help Michigan (28-5) win its 10th straight Big Ten Tournament game — the conference’s longest streak. Amir Coffey had 14 points for Minne- sota (21-13).

No. 11 Houston 61, Memphis 58

Corey Davis Jr. scored 17 points and Houston weathered a late Memphis ral- ly in the American Athletic Conference semifinals. Top-seeded Houston will face No. 24 Cincinnati in the title game. Jeremiah Martin led Memphis (21- 13). On Memphis’ final possession, Tyler Harris missed a 3-pointer, then attempt- ed a final one that was blocked by Fabian White as time expired.

No. 24 Cincinnati 66, Wichita State


Nysier Brooks scored 13 points and Cane Broome hit the go-ahead layup with 23.5 seconds left to lift Cincinnati past Wichita State in the American Ath- letic Conference semifinals. Tre Scott added 12 points and eight rebounds for Cincinnati (27-6). Jarron

Cumberland, the conference player of the year was limited to 11 points on 3-of-

16 shooting. Markis McDuffie had 18 for

the Shockers (19-14).

4B Sunday, March 17, 2019


Season opener is today at Magnolia

USCS sprint cars highlight Frost Buster 150

From Special reportS

Magnolia Motor Speedway in Columbus opens its season today with the 11th annual Frost Buster 150, presented by FireAde. The racing action begins at 2 p.m.

The winged-sprint event is the 10th round of a 60-plus race schedule for the USCS Outlaw Thunder Tour. The USCS

600 Sprint Car Series winged mini sprints join

the USCS sprint cars to create a USCS double- header on Sunday afternoon. Race teams and race fans will be treated to

a full menu of early season speed contests with

racing in six of the area’s most popular racing divisions. The event typically has fields of over

100 race cars.

Sunday’s event includes one of only two scheduled 2019 season appearances for the USCS “Outlaw Thunder” Tour, presented by K&N Filters, winged sprint cars at Magnolia Motor Speedway. The racing action features approximately 250 laps of racing around the 3/8-mile clay oval, including more than 150 laps of championship main events. Action kicks off at 2 p.m. Sunday with hot laps and a full racing program in all divisions, including Durrence Layne Dirt Late Model, USCS 600 Sprint Car Se- ries mini sprint, Street Stock, the Late Model Sportsman and Factory Stock divisions, in ad- diton to the Outlaw Thunder Tour. Sprint car drivers from 10 states are pre-en- tered for the initial 2019 appearance of the USCS sprint cars at Magnolia Motor Speed- way. Those pre-entered include several of the nation’s top-ranked drivers. Among them are 2015 and 2016 national champion Morgan Turpen of Cordova, Tennessee; 2013 national champion Derek Hagar of Marion, Arkansas; 11-time USCS national champion Terry Gray of Bartlett, Tennessee; and National Sprint Hall of Fame inductees Sammy Swindell of Germantown, Tennessee, and Danny Smith of Chillicothe, Ohio. Swindell s a three-time World of Outlaws sprint car champion. The second USCS racing division on the ac- tion-packed racing card is the www.rockauto. com USCS 600 Sprint Car Series winged mini sprints. Drivers for that division are expected from five states. Local favorite Bobby Zaiontz of Columbus is the series’ defending champion and was the 2011 and 2012 national champion in the division. Magnolia Motor Speedway is located just west of Columbus at the junction of US High- way 82 and US Highway 45 South.


Busch on hold at 199 wins after losing to Custer

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FONTANA, Calif. — Cole Custer held off Kyle Busch to win the NASCAR Xfinity Se- ries race at Auto Club Speedway on Saturday, preventing Busch from tying Richard Petty’s record with his 200th career victory across NASCAR’s three major series. The 21-year-old Custer capitalized when a disastrous pit stop dropped Busch to 14th place with 33 laps to go in a race Busch had dominat- ed up to that point. Although Busch charged back through the field, he couldn’t catch up to Custer, who drove his Stewart-Haas Racing Ford to his third ca- reer Xfinity victory on his home track. Busch missed his first chance to match Pet- ty’s hallowed mark, but he’ll get another when he competes in the Cup Series race at Fontana on Sunday. “Kyle, he’s got to be one of the legends of our sport,” Custer said. “To keep him (waiting) one more race for that 200th win is pretty great. I know he’s probably pretty frustrated, though.” Custer is from Ladera Ranch, an affluent coastal community in Orange County about 55 miles south of Fontana. The son of veteran racing executive Joe Custer earned his fifth overall victory across NASCAR’s three major series — just 194 fewer than the 33-year-old Busch. “It’s a hometown race for our entire team, so I’m pretty pumped,” Custer said. “It means

a ton.” Cup regular drivers had won 23 consecutive Xfinity series races at Fontana since 2002, but Custer broke the streak at the expense of Bus- ch, who led 98 of the 150 laps. “Just a lack of grip there at the end,” Busch said. “We just didn’t have the speed we needed to keep up with (Custer).” Christopher Bell was third. Busch clearly was the class of the Fon- tana field under serious gusting winds on the weathered 2-mile asphalt track one hour east of Los Angeles. He led each of the first two stages and was cruising toward his landmark win — but he lost seven spots of track position when his crew had a painfully slow pit stop with 35 laps to go, apparently making a mistake with the jack.

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ESPNW names Schaefer as coach of year

Fourth-ranked Bulldogs begin play in NCAAs this week

ranked oppo- nents. MSU has been in the Associat- ed Press Top 25 poll for 93 straight weeks, in-

cluding a 57-week run inside the Top 10. Schaefer has developed

a roster that features no


Schaefer has developed a roster that features no Schaefer started for Schaefer before this season. Three

started for Schaefer before this season. Three of those starters, Anriel Howard, Andra Espinoza-Hunter and Xaria Wiggins are in their first year in the pro- gram. In his seven seasons in Starkville, MSU is 191-55 and has made the tourna- ment for the fifth consecu- tive season. In the last four

years, Schaefer’s teams have gone 129-17 and ad- vanced to the SEC Tourna- ment championship game every year. He was named the SEC Coach of the Year this season, becoming just the sixth coach to be hon- ored by his fellow coaches three or more times.

won the SEC regular-sea- son title outright before claiming the program’s first SEC Tournament championship. The Bull- dogs have played in consec- utive national champion- ship games and will look to advance to a third straight when the NCAA Tourna- ment bracket is revealed on Monday. MSU will host first- and second-round games next weekend. The Dawgs are 30-2 with

a 15-1 mark in conference play and are 6-1 against

From Special reportS

Mississippi State wom- en’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer added a fourth na- tional honor to his resume after being named ES- PNW’s Coach of the Year on Friday. Schaefer was the Na- ismith National Coach of the Year last season and is a semifinalist again this year. He also earned na- tional recognition from the USBWA and WBCA last season. Fourth-ranked MSU

McDonald’s High School All-Americans as he signed the program’s first such player in the 2019 signing class.

Of the seven players to start a game for MSU this

season, only All-Ameri- can Teaira McCowan had


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a No. 2 team, will hold a

watch party for the NCAA tournament selection show at Humphrey Coliseum. Fans are invited to attend the free event, which will include a celebration of MSU’s SEC regular-season and tournament champion-

ships. The doors will open at 4:45 p.m. MSU secured the pro- gram’s first SEC tourna-

ment title last Sunday with

a 101-70 victory against

Arkansas at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Green- ville, South Carolina. The Bulldogs set records for highest-scoring game and for margin of victory in ending three years of frus- tration to South Carolina in the same game. After getting lost in a sea of confetti following the game, Schaefer and his players talked about how 2018-19 turned out not to be different at all from the previous seasons. When asked where does the leadership come from that sets that example for everyone, MSU senior cen-

ter Teaira McCowan cred- ited Schaefer. Senior point guard Jazzmun Holmes elaborated on what the victory against Arkansas meant to Schaefer and the program. “I know coach is going to do whatever it takes to win,” Holmes said. “He’s going to give us his best,


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Gators with three hits in the second game. Brady McConnell and Kris Arm- strong also had a pair of RBI on the day. With a win in the final game, the Gators avoided their first sweep in a home series since 2013 (vs. Flor- ida Gulf Coast). The last time UF was swept in a SEC series at McKethan Stadium was 2006 against Georgia. In Friday’s series open- er, MSU junior starting pitcher Ethan Small was dominant in the Diamond Dawgs’ 6-5 win. Small allowed just one run on two hits in six in- nings of work. The left- hander walked three and

struck out 11 for this fourth double-digit strikeout ef- fort of the season. Senior Jared Liebelt continued to have a solid 2019, tossing one scoreless inning of re- lief with one strikeout. “He competed. He com- peted all night long against

a really good lineup,” MSU

coach Chris Lemonis said. “He really wanted the ball and that is what you need on Friday night; the most competitive kid on our staff to go out there and pitch the way he did.” The Diamond Dawgs play host to Little Rock at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Alabama 8, Ole Miss 6

In Oxford, Alabama earned its first SEC win of the season, taking down eighth-ranked Ole Miss, 8-6, thanks to an impres- sive performance from the

Miss, 8-6, thanks to an impres- sive performance from the Joshua S. Kelly/USA TODAY Sports Tennessee

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Tennessee Lady Volunteers guard Meme Jackson (10) knocks the ball loose from Mississippi State Bulldogs guard Jazzmun Holmes (10) during the first half of game seven in the women’s SEC Conference Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena.

whether we’re up by 30

or up by 10. I mean, all of

our coaches are going to

give their all. I think we just have to play for them, not only for the name on the front of our jersey and the back, we have to play for our coaches because they’re going to give their

all all the time.”

That mindset hasn’t changed since Schaefer and his staff arrived in 2012. The drive to be the best has transformed MSU

into a program that won 13 games that initial season into one that has advanced

to the national champi-

onship game the last two seasons. To his credit, Schaefer

Crimson Tide bullpen and


timely two-RBI double


Drew Williamson in the

eighth. With the victory, UA im- proves to 17-3 overall and 1-1 in Southeastern Confer- ence play. “I’m really excited to get our first road SEC win to- day, especially considering that we didn’t play our best baseball,” said Alabama head coach Brad Bohan- non. “Even though the sec- ond inning got away from us, we kept competing. Our bullpen was outstanding again, giving up only one run in 7.1 innings of work, and we had more solid con- tact offensively.” Following a Friday night centered around starting pitching, Saturday’s match- up saw both starters exit the game before the third inning was complete. De- spite a five-run second by Ole Miss, Alabama’s five relievers allowed just one unearned run across the final 7.1 frames and did not

allow a run in the final five innings on the way to the win. Junior Deacon Med-

ders (2-1) collected his sec- ond win of the season with

a scoreless seventh inning

and was followed by Jere- my Randolph. The gradu- ate closer earned his fourth save in as many chances thanks to 2.0 scoreless in-

nings, highlighted by a pair

of strikeouts in the ninth.

Alabama’s offense also shined on Saturday after a slow start to the series in game one. The Crimson Tide bats accumulated 13 hits with seven of the nine

praised the work of asso- ciate head coach Johnnie Harris, and assistant coaches Dionnah Jack- son-Durrett and Elena Lovato, calling them “war- riors.” The same could be said for director of opera- tions Maryann Baker and student assistant coaches Dominique Dillingham and Ketara Chapel. Their work set the tone for a season that turned out to be nearly identical to the ones before it. There’s no reason to doubt things will change. Schaefer and his staff have

arguably their best signing class coming in next season. With the expected return to health of Chloe

starters recording at least

one knock while all nine reached base safely. The effort at the plate was high- lighted by Williamson’s two-out, two-run double in the eighth. Also contribut- ing a pair of RBI was Joe Breaux, with the senior fin- ishing 2-for-3 with a home run, a pair of walks and one run to go with his RBI. Ju- nior Kolby Robinson led Al- abama in hits with a 3-for-4 performance that included

a triple, an RBI and one run

scored. The Crimson Tide was first on the board in game two, scoring a pair in the top of the second. Sopho- more Tyler Gentry reached on a fielding error to start the frame and moved into scoring position after steal- ing second. A pair of walks followed to load them up before Robinson sent a sac-

rifice fly to center to cross Gentry one out later for the game’s first tally. After

a walk packed the bases

once again, Breaux drew

a walk of his own to push

across one more and make

it a 2-0 ballgame.

The Rebels answered with a five-run home half of

the second to gain a three- run advantage through two innings of play at 5-2. Both teams went scoreless until the fourth when Alabama took the lead back with four runs on five hits. The rally began with a leadoff triple from Robinson. Ju-

nior Kobe Morris brought Robinson home in the next at-bat with a sacrifice fly to center to cut the Rebel lead

to two.

Bibby from a season-end- ing anterior cruciate ligament injury and the addition of center Promise Taylor, MSU will be differ- ent again, but the pieces appear to have the poten- tial to fit very nicely. More importantly, the Bulldogs also look to have the right players to make the most of those differences. As for this year’s team, MSU showed more signs in its last three victories that it is building stronger chemistry on the offense. The Bulldogs worked through McCowan and showed a greater willing- ness to probe defenses and not settle for shots. Schaefer might not agree, but the Bulldogs also have improved on the defense after hearing their coach chide them throughout the year. Those are great signs because it’s scary to think MSU hasn’t had a stretch of games this season where all of the Bulldogs have played their best at the same time. The next few weeks will give MSU


chance to change that as


tries to prove again that

the things that have made the 2018-19 team different have made them great just like their predecessors. Adam Minichino is former sports editor of The Dispatch. You can follow him on Twitter @ctsportse-


That lead was split in half two pitches later when Breaux sent an 0-1 pitch deep to right for his second home run of the season, ending the Ole Miss start- er’s afternoon. The new Rebel arm was greeted with a double from junior Brett Auerbach to contin- ue the rally. Following a swinging bunt that moved Auerbach to third, Gentry found a hole on the left side for an RBI-single to even

things up at five apiece. The Tide would go in front in the next at-bat, with se- nior Keith Holcombe send- ing a single through the right side on the first pitch he saw to give the Tide a 6-5 lead. Alabama’s advan- tage would not last long, as Ole Miss tied things up at 6-6 with one run in the home half of the fourth. The two bullpens then battled, keeping both of- fenses off the board from

the fifth through the sev- enth inning until the Tide

gained the lead for good in the eighth. Junior Morgan

McCullough led things off with a single to force an- other Ole Miss pitching change. The new reliever got the first two outs, but then gave up a single to pinch-hitter John Trous- dale, also a junior. A wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position before Williamson sent a laser down the line in left for a two-RBI double to give Al- abama the 8-6 advantage. Alabama and Ole Miss square off in the rubber

match at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Once sanctuaries, houses of worship struggle with security

recent attacks have made some question whether houses of worship have turned into soft targets

The AssociATed Press

DETROIT — A rabbi who packs a gun. A church installing security cameras. A police car protecting a mosque. Houses of worship have tra- ditionally been places of refuge where strangers are welcome. But high-profile attacks in re- cent years on an African-Amer- ican church in Charleston, a syn- agogue in Pittsburgh and now mosques in New Zealand have made many worshippers and their prayer leaders rethink how protected sanctuaries really are. “People are fearful for their lives, for their houses of worship, for the sanctuary of this mosque and other places of worship like the synagogues and Afri-

can-American churches that are being attacked. People are con- cerned,” said Imam Mohannad Hakeem while attending Friday prayers at the Islamic Center of Detroit. He spoke after a horrifying at- tack in New Zealand left 49 peo- ple dead at two mosques during midday prayers. A 28-year-old Australian is the main suspect and called himself in a manifesto a white nationalist out to avenge attacks in Europe by Muslims. History shows sanctuaries are not immune from violence, as illustrated by bombings at African-American churches during the Civil Rights era. And in countries struggling with sec- tarian violence attacks on hous- es of worship are much more fre- quent. But for countries at peace, the attacks are much rarer. For many, houses of worship are sanctuaries where congre- gants bond with their shared sense of faith and community. The recent attacks have made some question whether hous- es of worship have turned into soft targets, losing some of their

Trump downplays white nationalism threat after massacre

By JoNAThAN LeMire The Associated Press

NEW YORK — President Donald Trump played down any threat posed by white national- ism after the gunman accused of the New Zea- land mosque massacre called the president “a symbol of renewed white identity.” Trump, whose own previous responses to the movement have drawn scrutiny, expressed sympathy for the victims who died at “places

of worship turned into scenes of evil killing.” But he declined to join expressions of mount- ing concern about white nationalism. When asked whether he thought it was a rising threat around the world, he responded, “I don’t really.” “I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess,” Trump said Friday. “If you look at what happened in New Zealand, perhaps that’s the case. I don’t know enough about it yet. But it’s certainly a terrible thing.”

sense of sacredness. In the parking lot of the Is-

lamic Center of Detroit Friday,

a watchful police officer sat in

a squad car, keeping an eye out

for any signs of potential trouble. Worshippers thanked the officer

— offering him food, drinks, a handshake. Inside, Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad greeted congregants with hand-

shakes and hugs. Dearborn is a Detroit suburb with a large Arab and Muslim population. Haddad said he doesn’t know

if houses of worship are more of

a target today than in previous

times, but the scale and scope

of the attacks in New Zealand

clearly attracted his attention.

“Given what happened in New Zealand last night, we want to make sure that our communi-

ty feels safe and secure,” he said. In Chicago, the Muslim Com-

munity Center and the Down- town Islamic Center increased security during Friday prayers. Several armed police officers stood guard outside and inside throughout the afternoon ser-


Dana Al-Qadi, 29, an engi- neer, was committed to attend- ing after the attacks but said doing so brings her a feeling of peace mixed with fear. “People are their most vul- nerable when they’re at the masjid (mosque). It’s where they bring their worries, their weaknesses, and try to speak to God. They’re in such a vulnera- ble state of mind and spirit. In that moment, someone decided to be such a transgressor. That brings me so much sadness,” she said.


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Elena Sims

STEENS — Elena Pabrose Delim Sims, 87, died March 16, 2019, at her residence. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced by Memori- al Gunter Peel Funeral Home and Crematory, College Street location.

Jody Weiss

COLUMBUS — Jody McKnight Weiss, 85, died March 16, 2019, at her residence. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Monday at Friendship Cemetery with the Rev. Anne Har- ris officiating. Memorial Gunter Peel Funeral Home and Crematory, Second Avenue North location, is entrusted with arrangements. Mrs. Weiss was born July 2, 1933, in Cleve- land to the late Joe A. and Era Sue Carver McKnight. Jody was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and was a life member of Columbus Junior Aux- iliary. In addition to her par- ents, she was preceded in death by brothers, Curtis McKnight and Elmo McKnight; and sister, Oline Payne. She is survived by her husband, Henry Weiss of Columbus; daughters, Wendy Weiss, Risa Mansfield and Welissa Radar, all of Columbus; brother, Roy McKnight of Ackerman; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Greg Radar, Ken Mans- field, Brice Radar, Jake

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Black, Mickey Brislin and Clay Terrell. Memorials may be made to the YMCA, 602 2nd Ave. North, Co- lumbus, MS, 39701; or Good Samaritan Health Clinic, P.O. Box 661, Columbus, MS, 39703.

Gynette Seales

SULLIGENT, Ala. — Gynette G. Seales, 80, died March 13, 2019, at Marion Regional Nurs- ing Home in Hamilton, Alabama. Services were Satur- day at the chapel of Otts Funeral Home in Sulli- gent with Jason Clifton and Scott Stokes offici- ating. Burial followed at the Sulligent City Cemetery. Visitation was prior to services at the funeral home. Mrs. Seales was born on April 14, 1938, in Lamar County, Ala- bama, to the late Lester Gosa and Nettie Nolen. She attended Sulligent High School and was formerly employed at McCoy Manufacturing and Sonny’s Quick Stop. Gynette was a member of Mulberry Springs Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was pre- ceded in death by her husband, W.A. Sonny Seales; daughter, Donna Seales Gunter; broth- ers, George Gosa, Buck Gosa, Freddie Gosa and Carl Gosa; sisters, An- nie Lee Harris, JoAnn Cantrell and Sheryl Woodham She is survived by her sisters, Edith Hum- bers of Sulligent, Ala- bama, Linda Sue Smith of Enterprise, Alabama,

and Patricia Berry of Gardendale, Alabama; brother, Calvin Seales of Oxford, Alabama; one granddaughter and two great-grandchildren. Pallbearers were Danny Stanford, Jason Riffle, Tony Humbers, Timmy Cantrell, Tom Riffle and Hank John- son Jr.

Freeman Lindsey Jr.

STARKVILLE — Freeman Lindsey Jr., 71, died March 7, 2019, in Tupelo. Services were Friday at the chapel of Century Hairston Funeral in Starkville. Burial fol- lowed at Lindsey Chapel Cemetery in Starkville. Visitation was Friday at the funeral home. Mr. Lindsey Jr. was born Aug. 3, 1947, in Starkville to the late Freeman Lindsey Sr. and Naomi Boyd Lind- sey. He was formerly employed as a factory worker. He is survived by his daughter, Velisia Wynn of Starkville; one son of Starkville and a host siblings.

Richard Elliott

STARKVILLE — Richard Elliot, 72, died March 11, 2019, in Starkville. Services were Sat- urday at Sixteen M.B. Church in Starkville with the Rev. Leroy Davenport officiating. Burial followed at church cemetery in Starkville. Visitation was Friday at Century Hairston Funeral Home in Starkville.

Mr. Elliott was born Oct. 14, 1946, in Detroit to the late Stanley Neely

and Mary Lillian Elliott. He was formerly employed as a factory worker. He is survived by his brothers, Eddie James Bell of Starkville, Johnnie Frank Bell of Macon, Charlie Lamar Boyd and Robert Ellis Boyd, both of Hoover, Alabama; sisters, Lee Etta Dickerson and Betty Ann Robertson, both of Starkville and Alfreda Boyd of Hoover.

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FAA’s close ties to Boeing questioned after 2 deadly crashes

FAA concedes that it doesn’t have resources to keep up with a growing aviation industry


For more than six decades, the Federal Aviation Adminis- tration has relied on employees of airplane manufacturers to do government-required safety inspections as planes are being designed or assembled. But critics say the system, dubbed the “designee pro- gram,” is too cozy as company employees do work for an agen- cy charged with keeping the skies safe while being paid by an industry that the FAA is reg- ulating. “There is a potential conflict of interest,” said Todd Curtis, a former Boeing Co. safety engi- neer and creator of, a website that focuses on airline safety. “They (the FAA) don’t

have the money to do all of the oversight. It’s a question of be- ing practical.” The FAA’s oversight du- ties are coming under greater scrutiny after deadly crashes involving Boeing 737 Max jets operated by airlines in Ethiopia and Indonesia, killing a total of 346 people. The U.S. was nearly alone in allowing the planes to keep flying until it relented on Wednesday after getting satel- lite evidence showing the crash- es may be linked. The FAA concedes that it doesn’t have resources to keep up with a growing aviation in- dustry, and experts say it lacks the personnel to inspect every component, especially those made in other countries. But the agency says the designee pro- gram’s results speak for them- selves. The U.S. has the safest

Grieving families given earth from Ethiopian crash site


ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — Grieving family members of vic- tims of the Ethiopian air disaster are being given sacks of earth to bury in place of the remains of their loved ones. Officials have begun delivering bags of earth to family mem- bers of the 157 victims of the crash instead of the remains of their loved ones because the identification process is going to take such a long time. Families are being given a 1 kilogram sack of scorched earth taken from the crash sites, members of two different families told The Associated Press. An Ethiopian government official confirmed this.

skies in the world. Until April of last year, U.S. passenger airlines had not had a fatality since 2009, while carrying several billion passengers. But safety experts say it’s time to look into the agency’s relationship with Boeing, based in Chicago. The FAA’s ties to the company were revealed when

Boeing and the agency released similar messages shortly after the Indonesian airliner crashed in October and again this week, when the FAA announced that Boeing would upgrade the Max’s flight-control software, said Mary Schiavo, a former Transportation Department in- spector general.

With the messages, the FAA “revealed that they were just parroting what Boeing told them,” she said. The agency needs more peo- ple with technical skills to ade- quately monitor a company that makes machines as sophisticat- ed as today’s jets, she said, con- tending that it didn’t understand the Max’s flight-control comput- er program. “The FAA readily states they don’t understand the 4 million lines of code and the 150 comput- ers,” Schiavo said. “What they do is see that Boeing followed the process, they checked the FAA boxes. The public thinks the FAA has more involvement.” Indeed, the agency’s own website says that employees of manufacturers can approve design changes and aircraft re- pairs. “Using designees for rou- tine certification tasks allows the FAA to focus its limited re- sources on safety critical certifi- cation issues,” it says.

US bars entry to International Criminal Court investigators

‘We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civilian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecution for actions taken to defend our great nation’

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Bolton, framed the action as necessary to prevent the international body from infringing on U.S. sovereignty by prosecut- ing American forces or allies for torture or other war crimes. “We are determined to protect the American and allied military and civil- ian personnel from living in fear of unjust prosecu- tion for actions taken to defend our great nation,” Pompeo said. U.S. officials have long regarded the Nether- lands-based ICC with hos- tility, arguing that Ameri-

By MATTHEW LEE AP Diplomatic Writer

WASHINGTON — The United States will revoke or deny visas to International Criminal Court personnel seeking to investigate alleged war crimes and other abus- es committed by U.S. forces in Afghanistan or elsewhere, and may do the same with those who seek action against Israel, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. Pompeo, acting on a threat delivered in Sep- tember by U.S. national security adviser John

can courts are capable of handling any allegations against U.S. forces and questioning the motives of an international court. The ICC and its sup- porters, including hu- man rights groups that denounced Pompeo’s an- nouncement, argue that it is needed to prosecute cases when a country fails to do so or does an insuffi- cient job of it. The visa restrictions would apply to any ICC employee who takes or has taken action “to re- quest or further such an investigation” into allega- tions against U.S. forces and their allies in Afghan- istan that include forced disappearances and tor- ture. Pompeo said the re- strictions “may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied person- nel, including Israelis, without the allies’ con- sent,” he said.

AP: Hot records falling twice as often as cold ones


Over the past 20 years, Americans have been twice as likely to sweat through record-breaking heat rather than shiver through record-setting cold, a new Associat- ed Press data analysis shows. The AP looked at 424 weather stations through- out the Lower 48 states that had consistent tem- perature records since 1920 and counted how many times daily hot tem-

perature records were tied or broken and how many daily cold records were set. In a stable cli- mate, the numbers should be roughly equal. Since 1999, the ratio has been two warm re- cords set or broken for ev- ery cold one. In 16 of the last 20 years, there have been more daily high temperature records than low. The AP shared the data analysis with sever- al climate and data sci- entists, who all said the conclusion was correct, consistent with scientific

peer-reviewed literature and showed a clear sign of human-caused climate change. They pointed out that trends over decades are more robust than over single years. The analysis stopped with data through 2018. However, the first two months of 2019 are show- ing twice as many cold records than hot ones. That’s temporary and trends are over years and decades, not months, said National Oceanic and At- mospheric Administra- tion climate monitoring chief Deke Arndt.

and decades, not months, said National Oceanic and At- mospheric Administra- tion climate monitoring chief Deke