$2.75 DESIGNATED AREAS HIGHER © 2018 WSCE D 2018 OLYMPICS latimes.com MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018 PYEONGCHANG Tiny town of Maywood faces biggest scandal yet Search warrant reveals corruption investigators are casting a wide net in the long-troubled city. By Ruben Vives and Adam Elmahrek Sergei Ilnitsky EPA/Shutterstock ARTISTS perform at the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Headed for its worst Games in recent memory, the U.S. rebounded to earn 23 medals — fourth behind Norway, Germany and Canada. LATE METTLE, ADDED MEDALS Unexpected victories help salvage Games for the U.S. A Los Angeles County investigation into possible corruption in Maywood has set its sights on a broad swath that includes four current and former council members, 13 companies, five current and former city administrators and one activist who dresses up as a clown. Investigators were authorized to search nearly two dozen vehicles, according to a search warrant obtained by the Los Angeles Times. Investigators also descended on City Hall, the homes of council members and a city contractor’s office, seizing computers, videos and boxes containing documents ranging from personal bank statements to coun- cil agendas, a spokesperson with the district attorney’s office confirmed. The warrant suggests the wide-ranging investigation dovetails with the suspicion many Maywood residents have had about politics in the city for years. It shows that prosecutors are looking at political recall efforts from 2015 through 2017, a city maintenance contractor and a deal involving city properties and plans for a 24-hour charitable bingo. A percentage of the profit from the planned bingo, according to emails obtained by The Times, was slated to go to a nonprofit organization owned by Edwin T. Snell, an activist who shows up at City Hall meetings in a clown outfit. Maywood is one of Southern California’s smallest and most densely packed cities — 1.18 square miles with nearly 30,000 people squeezed into an industrial zone south of downtown Los Angeles. But for its tiny size, Maywood has suffered oversize problems for more than a [See Maywood, A7] By David Wharton Martin Bernetti AFP/Getty Images MEMBERS of the gold-medal-winning U.S. women’s hockey team show off their hardware. The women outdid their male counterparts. PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — A hard look settled over John Shuster’s face, equal parts concentration and grit, as if he could move that 40pound rock with his eyes. The leader of the U.S. men’s curling team had just released a stone and was urging it along, watching it slide down the ice and come to rest at exactly the right spot. “Yeah,” he said later. “Put an exclamation point on it.” Shuster’s clutch shot all but clinched the gold medal in Saturday’s final against Sweden. On a grander scale, it did a whole lot more. Victories in unexpected sports such as curling and cross-country — along with a dramatic win in women’s hockey — helped the U.S. forge a late rally and avoid what might otherwise have been a disappointing, if not embarrassing, 2018 Winter Olympics. [See Medals, A9] The longtime senator falls well short of winning endorsement for her reelection bid. SAN DIEGO — California Democrats overwhelmingly decided not to endorse Sen. Dianne Feinstein this weekend, an embarrassing rebuke of a party icon who has represented California in the Senate for a quartercentury. Nearly two-thirds of the party’s delegates voted against backing her campaign for a fifth full term, a reflection of the dissonance between an increasingly liberal state party and the moderation and pragmatism that have been hallmarks of Feinstein’s political career. The lack of support could simply be a speed bump on Feinstein’s path to reelection in November. But many Democrats gathered in San Diego for their annual convention said they were looking for a flamethrower [See Feinstein, A12] Studio’s board plans to seek the protection after sale talks with an investor group fail. By Ryan Faughnder Weinstein Co., the New York studio co-founded by Harvey Weinstein, will file for bankruptcy protection after last-ditch talks to sell its assets to an investor group collapsed, the company’s board of directors said Sunday night. “While we recognize that this is an extremely unfortunate outcome for our employees, our creditors and any victims, the board has no choice but to pursue the only viable option to maximize the company’s remaining value: an orderly bankruptcy process,” the board said in a statement. The decision came after the board was unable to revive a deal to sell the strug- Her own state party rebukes Feinstein By Seema Mehta and Phil Willon Weinstein Co. says it will file for bankruptcy Al Seib Los Angeles Times HARVEY Weinstein was fired Oct. 8 from the studio he co-founded. gling studio to an investor group led by Maria Contreras-Sweet, who ran the Small Business Administration under President Obama from 2014 to 2017. The bid, backed by billionaire investor Ronald Burkle and Dallas private equity firm Lantern Asset Management, would have given Contreras-Sweet’s [See Weinstein Co., A10] Alexandra Zavis Los Angeles Times ALIYA Mohammed’s son defied her order not to help Islamic State. She is among the thousands ostracized by their communities after fleeing home. Iraqi families suspected of militant ties pay price Guilty by association, they are trapped in camps By Alexandra Zavis HAMAM ALIL, Iraq — Aliya Mohammed begged her son not to get mixed up with Islamic State. Now she is paying the price for his decision to defy her. Last year, as Iraqi forces were liberating the city of Mosul and surrounding areas from a three-year occupation by the extremists, pro-government militiamen carried away her carpets, furniture and plasma television. Then they set her house on fire. Neighbors and a nephew assisted in the destruction. The word “Daesh” — a derisive Arabic acronym for Islamic State — was left scrawled across a charred wall. “Why did they do this?” asked Mohammed, who was recently widowed. “I know that my boy was at fault, but my husband didn’t do anything wrong. He just did his work.” Today, months after the fighting ended, she is trapped in a camp for the displaced in the town of Hamam Alil — one of thousands of people, the majority of them women and children, who fled their homes during the war and now cannot return because relatives are said to have a connection to Islamic State. Many are afraid to leave the camps. But even if they want to do so, they often find it impossible to get the necessary paperwork. The craving for revenge [See Families, A4] Los Angeles Times ECONOMICALLY HOMELE SS L.A.’s homelessness crisis increasingly involves a group that’s not always visible to the public. Meet Nadia, above, and her kids. EDITORIAL, A11 NRA disagrees with Trump The group rejects the president’s call for raising the age limit to buy rifles. NATION, A6 Weather Sunny to partly cloudy. L.A. Basin: 65/46. B6 A2 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M ANALYSIS Gerald Herbert Associated Press MARJORY STONEMAN DOUGLAS High School shooting survivors Sophie Whitney, left, and Sarah Chad- wick listen as Diego Pfeiffer speaks Tuesday in Tallahassee, Fla., to a crowd of supporters and journalists. Parkland shooting survivors not in mood ‘to play nice’ Young gun-control activists reject critics who call them disrespectful By Matt Pearce Since the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, a student there named Sarah Chadwick has amassed a Twitter following of more than 150,000 people. On Thursday night, Chadwick decided to share a thought with them. Was it time for a message calling for thoughts, prayers and privacy? Hardly. It was time to dunk on one of Florida’s U.S. senators for taking donations from the National Rifle Assn. “We should change the names of AR-15s to ‘Marco Rubio’ because they are so easy to buy,” Chadwick wrote, earning 45,000 retweets. This is what politicizing a tragedy looks like, and the kids are more than happy to keep doing it. With 17 of their classmates and faculty shot to death, the students of the school have become celebrity activists, whom many left-leaning Americans have embraced as the new leaders of the nation’s guncontrol movement. The students have been bold, confrontational and even abrasive, rarely holding back their anger, even if it means disrespecting their older, establishment opponents. They say what they mean. “Honestly, just using brutal honesty — that’s it,” said student David Hogg, one of the movement’s most prominent voices. “I know people are saying it’s intense. I would argue the opposite. We’re fighting for these kids that died because they can’t fight anymore. We’re really trying to get justice for them.” Hogg added: “Everybody deals with grief in a different way. For me, it’s anger, and wanting to prevent whatever caused it from happening again.” The students’ stridency has added pressure on lawmakers and kept the shooting from fading from the headlines. It has also insulted the feelings of right-wing adversaries at several points, including by implying gunrights supporters have the 17 deaths at Stoneman Douglas on their hands. “Sen. Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down a barrel of an AR-15 and not look at [suspected shooter] Nikolas Cruz,” student activist Cameron Kasky told Rubio at CNN’s Wednesday night town hall with students, parents and lawmakers. The remark drew scorn on the right. “No thanks, Cameron,” a writer at the conservative website RedState.com fired back at the student later. “I don’t need some 17-year-old putz to defend my kids. In fact, either of my daughters, particularly the 13-year-old, Rhona Wise AFP/Getty Images CAMERON KASKY speaks at a gun-control rally at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Florida. Rich Schultz Associated Press “HONESTLY, just using brutal honesty — that’s it,” said David Hogg of the intensity of the movement. can kick your ass. And when it comes to choosing sides, I’m on the other.” The students have also faced accusations of being, well, disrespectful brats. “Parents, what would you do if your child lectured and ridiculed a U.S. senator on national television?” Fox News personality Todd Starnes tweeted after Kasky and other students ripped into Rubio. The kids know exactly what they’re doing, and they don’t care about the criticism. “When these politicians kill our friends, why are we expected to play nice?” Hogg said. “Obviously it’s due to their inaction; that’s what we’re aiming at.” Hogg’s own prominence has led to a backlash of conspiracy theories accusing him of not being a student at the school. It also led him to question who, exactly, has been lowering the discourse. “You know what’s disrespectful?” Hogg asked. “Calling out witnesses to a mass shooting and calling us actors. That’s disrespectful. And even questioning whether we were even … there.… We are teenagers … we’re not known for being mature, but c’mon.” The students’ advocacy has also been expressed in the language of their generation, which is well-versed in the combative “dunks,” “burns” and “owns” of arguing on social media. They know how to speak into their own cameras, they know how to play to audiences online, and so when a fight breaks out on social media, it’s on their turf. Fellow student Chadwick’s AR-15 zinger about Rubio drew the scorn of Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who, on her own Twitter account, called out the “sophomore” by name to flag concern over “HOW TEENS SPEAK TO AND ABT ADULTS.” Chadwick, suddenly identified for misbehavior by one of the most powerful figures in conservative media, responded drolly with three words that earned 15,000 retweets: “I’m a junior.” While the movement has inspired students at schools around the nation to perform walkouts in support of gun control, the history of 21st-century activism has shown that there are upsides and downsides to organizing over social media. Platforms such as Twitter excel at helping newfound activists to create and document conflict, and to attract ever-larger audiences for their own messages. Their visibility also helps recruit like-minded peers outside of their own com- munities. But over the long term, social media platforms can also pose a risk to activist movements by magnifying and publicizing disputes between members or creating bitterness among core supporters who play key roles but who attract less public attention. So far, few signs of internal dissent seem to have broken out among Stoneman Douglas students, whose cohesion has struck longtime advocates as unique. “I don’t think we’ve ever seen an entire community, including the survivors, have a clear call to action,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action, a gun-control group. In past mass shootings, it has been common for family members of victims to become passionate, outspoken gun-control advocates. But in Parkland, “it’s as if all of them agreed immediately that stronger gun laws would prevent anyone else from going through this tragedy again,” Watts said. “These teens are realizing they don’t have to live this way, they don’t have to die this way.” The students’ stridency, however disliked by their opponents, seems to have had an effect on Republican lawmakers. President Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who are strongly supported by the NRA, have signaled that they are open to raising the age limit for buying weapons. Grilled by students, Rubio declined to say he would stop accepting donations from the NRA, but he said he would be open to banning large ammo magazines or supporting other legislation. Rubio also learned firsthand the risks of talking to a radical younger generation that has been unfamiliar with the past failures of the gun-control movement, including the inability to bring back the nation’s assault-weapons ban. “Once you start looking at how easy it is to get around it, you would literally have to ban every semiautomatic rifle that’s sold in the U.S.,” Rubio said at the town hall with students and parents. Rubio was implying that such a move would, politically, go way too far. What Rubio did not anticipate is that the audience of students would start applauding at the idea. “Fair enough,” Rubio said. “Fair enough. That is a valid position to hold.” But he added the political reality that students will face as they prod federal and state lawmakers around the country: “My colleagues do not support banning every semiautomatic rifle sold in America.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @mattdpearce M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M A3 THE WORLD China to scrap limits on Xi tenure Party proposal could pave the way for the president to become an ‘emperor for life.’ By Jessica Meyers BEIJING — China’s Communist Party plans to eliminate presidential term limits, paving the way for Xi Jinping to stay in office and solidify control over the world’s most populous country. Senior officials proposed removing from the constitution language that permits the president and vice president to serve “no more than two consecutive terms,” the official New China News Agency announced Sunday. Xi began his presidency in 2013 and is required to step down after two five-year terms. The proposed change — a spectacular shift from his recent predecessors — could make him the longestrunning Chinese leader in decades. The proposed change brushes aside the collective leadership strategy created after the protracted reign of Mao Tse-tung, the country’s volatile founder, intended to ward against unchecked power. “This is extraordinary because it represents a real clear and fundamental break with the four-decadelong process of trying to normalize Chinese politics after the chaos of the Cultural Revolution and the Mao era,” said Jude Blanchette, a researcher at the Conference Board in Beijing, who is writing a book about Mao’s legacy. “It puts to rest any doubt that Xi designs to stay in office much longer than we originally thought.” The news comes a day before the Communist Party’s Central Committee, which includes about 200 highranking party officials, is expected to meet in Beijing to weigh major personnel decisions. The committee approved the amendment last month, according to state media, but only released it Sunday. Andy Wong Associated Press PRESIDENT Xi Jinping is limited to two terms. But a proposed change could make him China’s longest-running leader in decades. A full party-run legislature will convene in early March to vote on amendments, a largely rubberstamp affair with choreographed clapping and long speeches. The crucial decisions will already have been determined. “We are now dealing with a situation where the second-largest economy in the world, and arguably, the other superpower, is careening pretty rapidly to de-institutionalization of the highest offices in the land,” Blanchette said. “This move makes the black box of Chinese politics even more opaque.” Such an amendment seemed almost inconceiv- able when the party initially elevated a reserved, adequate bureaucrat to the presidency because leaders thought Xi was someone who could be controlled. Since then, the 64-year-old Xi has rooted out dissent — from human rights lawyers to political rivals — and consolidated power to a degree unseen since Mao. The news wasn’t a complete surprise. Xi declined to name an heir at a twice-adecade party congress in October, breaking with precedent and leading analysts to speculate that he might seek to extend his tenure. “This is a very dangerous proposition,” said Willy Lam, a Chinese University of Hong Kong expert on elite politics. “We now have the theoretical and constitutional underpinning for an emperor for life.” Only his presidential title has carried formal term limits; Xi also serves as general secretary of the Communist Party and commander in chief of the military, even more substantial roles. Jiang Zemin, who stepped down as president in 2003 after two terms, continued to wield power as leader of the country’s military. Hu Jintao, Xi’s immediate predecessor, yielded complete control when his term ended. The Global Times, a party newspaper, portrayed the change as a means to ensure stability while China achieves Xi’s vision of a modern, resurgent country. China and the party “need a strong, stable and consistent leadership,” said Su Wei, professor at the Party School of the CPC Chongqing municipal committee, according to the paper. The shift “is serving the most important and fundamental national interest and the party’s historic mission.” In another sign of Xi’s influence, officials suggested adding to the constitution his main themes — “Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era.” Xi often draws comparisons to Russian President Vladimir Putin, an authoritarian-style leader who also has amassed remarkable power. But Putin didn’t change the constitution. Instead, he helped install an ally as president for a term and took on the role of prime minister. He returned to the presidency in 2012. “Putin, at least, was willing to serve some rules,” Lam said. With Xi, “what he says is the rule.” Twitter: @jessicameyers Meyers is a special correspondent. Kemeng Fan in The Times’ Beijing bureau contributed to this report. Warmed by Olympics, Koreas hint at talks North signals possible dialogue with the U.S., but security experts express uncertainty. By Matt Stiles PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The diplomatic thaw created on the Korean peninsula by the Winter Olympics showed vague signs Sunday that it could extend past the Games — and perhaps even include talks between the United States and North Korea. The South Korean presidential office said the totalitarian state — which has not held high-level talks with the United States in years — might be open to dialogue now. The potential for any discussions, which remains vague and perhaps premature, came after a high-level delegation from the North visited Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the closing ceremony of the Games. “The North Korean delegation also expressed its desire for DPRK-US dialogue,” said a statement from South Korea’s presidential office, using the abbreviation for the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the North’s official name. “They, too, thought that North-South relations and DPRK-US relations should advance together.” The sporting event helped restart stalled dialogue between the North and the South after the two sides agreed to march together during the opening ceremony and to field a combined women’s hockey team. The South also welcomed a sizable delegation from the North, including an Patrick Semansky AFP/Getty Images NORTH KOREAN official Kim Yong Chol, seen at the Winter Olympics closing ceremony in Pyeongchang, took part in an hourlong discussion with the South. orchestra and cheerleading squad, as a sign of goodwill and cultural solidarity between the two nations. The potential for talks between the United States and North Korea came two weeks after another delegation from the North — this one involving leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong — invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to a summit in Pyongyang. Moon has said “conditions” would need to be set ahead of any top-level, interKorean summit, which would be the first in more than a decade, an indication of his desire to see progress beforehand by the North. The thaw between North and South, which remain technically at war because the 1950-53 conflict on the peninsula ended with an armistice, had been welcomed by international observers who support a peaceful resolution to tensions caused by the North’s illicit pursuit of nuclear weapons and longrange ballistic missiles. But a key sticking point in whether the talks might have any lasting effect on the security environment had been whether the North might engage with the United States, its top adversary and also a key South Korean ally. Uncertainty among Korean security experts remained high Sunday about whether the diplomatic hints — which came as President Trump’s daughter Ivanka attended the Games’ closing ceremony — might amount to substance later. The North and the United States, which has 28,000 troops in the South, remain at odds over the nation’s nuclear weapons program, which has progressed in recent years despite international condemnations and economic sanctions. It’s unclear whether the Trump administration — or North Korean leader Kim Jong Un — might ultimately decide on terms to proceed with talks. Both sides, in theory, have shown a willingness to talk in recent years as the North’s nuclear program and missile development advanced into a realistic threat to the American mainland. Both have also shown a willingness to lay down terms that prevented any dialogue. The White House issued a statement Sunday that seemed to set denuclearization as a precondition for talks. “The maximum pressure campaign must continue until North Korea denuclearizes,” the statement said. “We will see if Pyongyang’s message today, that it is willing to hold talks, represents the first steps along the path to denuclearization. In the meantime, the United States and the world must continue to make clear that North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs are a dead end.” Observers have said North Korea is unlikely to commit to denuclearization, especially as a precondition for any dialogue. “The reality is that there is still a large gap in the positions of both sides,” said James Kim, a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies in Seoul. “Without some answers to these questions, I am not sure how the two sides would come together for any serious dialogue or discussion.” That uncertainty was echoed by others who follow the tensions between the North and the United States, which threatened to escalate to armed conflict last year as the North tested three intercontinental ballistic missiles and conducted an underground nuclear test. The Trump administration last week announced even more economic sanctions against the North, focused on its economy through shipping. The statement about potential dialogue came amid the hype about peace and the Olympics. It was issued Sunday after an hourlong discussion with the North’s delegation, which included a controversial hard-line gen- eral, Kim Yong Chol, now charged with inter-Korean relations, and the South’s president, Moon. Moon’s office, which said the meeting took place in Pyeongchang, said the discussion included the South’s national security and intelligence chiefs, among others. Talks with the U.S. remain a vague but potentially promising development after the Olympics discussions, which resulted in the North’s participation after Kim Jong Un gave a New Year’s Day speech that included conciliatory statements toward South Korea. “It is a straightforward signal from a high-ranking North Korean — a hawk, no less — that they’re prepared to talk,” said John Delury, an associate professor of Chinese studies at Seoul’s Yonsei University. “That doesn’t happen every day. That’s significant, but for it to be of consequence, talks actually have to happen.” The discussion also occurs as North Korean state media said the potential resumption of war exercises between the South and the United States, which have long angered the North, could end hopes for any talks. It was another reminder that the North’s intentions remain unclear and unpredictable. It’s possible the North is simply trying to win favor now amid the Olympic goodwill ahead of the exercises, which were delayed until at least late March, said Duyeon Kim, a visiting senior research fellow at the Korean Peninsula Future Forum in Seoul. “We will need to see ... what their conditions are for talks,” she said. Stiles is a special correspondent. A4 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M Militants’ kin are unable to return home [Families, from A1] against Islamic State runs deep — as does the fear that the militants could make a comeback. In and around Mosul, local leaders have drawn up lists of families they say are no longer welcome. Threatening letters have been slipped under their doors and posted in mosques. Names have been stricken from aid distribution lists. Grenades have been tossed through windows. Homes have been bulldozed. The families present a dilemma for the Shiite Muslim-led government, which has called for reconciliation between the country’s warring sects, ethnicities and tribes. Iraqi officials say they worry for the safety of the families. But they also worry that some harbor sympathy for the Sunni extremists and would help them regroup if given the chance. “Daesh controlled the city for three years, so for sure, people were affected by their ideology,” said Nuraddin Qablan, deputy president of the provincial council in Mosul and surrounding Nineveh province. He would like to see the families go through some form of rehabilitation, but said there is no money for such a program. So local security authorities frequently impose stringent requirements before they will allow the families to return to their areas. The families must obtain security clearance. They may need to find a sponsor to take responsibility if they break the law. They may also have to supply proof that the locality where they intend to go is willing to accept them. All that is hard to do from the confines of a camp. There are families in Iraq’s central Anbar province who have been waiting for permission to return home since mid-2016. Complicating matters further are the many different security forces — including tribal and sect-based militias — deployed in former Islamic State areas, each with its own opinions about who poses a threat. Some, for example, will allow the widows of dead militants to return to their fathers’ homes, but not their children. The war against Islamic State was officially declared over in December, but camp managers say families continue to arrive from areas where the militants imposed their brutal reign. In January, during an operation to clear Islamic State remnants from the Hawija area in nearby Kirkuk province, Iraqi soldiers and allied militiamen rounded up at least 235 people believed to have relatives among the militants and brought them to camps, according to the New Yorkbased advocacy group Human Rights Watch. Police confiscated their identity documents so they wouldn’t leave. Rights activists and humanitarian workers recognize the potential security concerns posed by such families. But they say keeping the families in camps amounts to collective punishment and risks alienating Sunni Arabs in a region that has proved fertile ground for extremism since U.S.-led forces toppled the late strongman Saddam Hussein in 2003. “There has to be reconciliation; there has to be reaching out,” said Jan Egeland, head of the Norwegian Refugee Council, which runs the camp south of Mosul where Mohammed and four of her children have been living since July. “These children should not grow up with bitterness in their hearts.” Patrick Hamilton, the International Committee of the Red Cross’ deputy director for the Near and Middle East, said he worries that recriminatory measures could increase. Some communities may be feeling emboldened to take matters into their own hands. There is also a risk that families and tribes will try to prove their loyalty to the government — or settle old scores — by driving out anybody who has been labeled a “Daeshi.” “There is a need for there to be a strong, objective application of the law and due process to try and ensure that only those that need to be prosecuted are indeed imprisoned and prosecuted,” Hamilton said. “Otherwise you just end up generating a sense of injustice that breeds another round of violence.” Mohammed, 50, traces her son’s radicalization to the last time a major offensive was waged against Sunni extremists in the Mosul region, more than a decade ago. She shared the story on condition that neither her son nor their town be identified, to avoid drawing attention to the family. Mosul was then home to many high-ranking members of Hussein’s military who joined Al Qaeda when the interim administration led by L. 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Printed with soy-based ink on recycled newsprint from wood byproducts. age that is one of the central pillars of Islam. Later they found him a “nice girl” to marry. But nothing seemed to assuage his bitterness. “His father told him, I don’t want you getting involved in anything,” Mohammed said. But when Islamic State’s black-clad fighters stormed into Mosul in 2014, her son offered his services to the group as a medic. His father threw him out of the house, she said. Last year, as government forces were approaching, Islamic State militants ordered the family to leave their area, on the southern outskirts of Mosul, and move into the city. Mohammed’s sister promised to keep an eye on her house. But according to Mohammed, her sister’s son joined in the looting. Her sofas and television now sit in her sister’s living room, Mohammed said. Over the summer, Mohammed received word that the son who joined Islamic State had been killed in an airstrike. Another strike destroyed the house where the rest of the family was staying in west Mosul, killing two other sons and nine grandchildren. Mohammed and her younger children had been out collecting water at the time. Her husband also survived, but died of a heart attack soon after. Mohammed spent months trying to replace ID cards that were lost in the airstrike. A city employee eventually told her that he was not authorized to provide the documents to Islamic State families. Without them, she said, she could not persuade a local hospital to release the bodies of her dead family members. She finally asked her 30-year-old daughter — the only close relative with identification — to collect the bodies and take them to a graveyard. The daughter sent photographs of the graves to her mother via cellphone text message. Without identification, Mohammed can’t visit them. There are too many checkpoints to get through. So she sits on a foam mattress in an almost empty tent and scrolls through photos of her loved ones on her phone. Then she kisses the phone and weeps. Her only wish is to find a safe place to raise her four youngest children — far away from Mosul. Otherwise, she fears they too could fall prey to the cycle of violence and revenge that claimed their older brothers. The children’s anger is plain. When Mohammed was asked which of the many local security forces destroyed their home, her 15year-old son answered for her. “The Iraqi army didn’t do anything when they came,” he said. “It was the people from the neighborhood who did this to us.” alexandra.zavis @latimes.com U.N. call for Syria truce ignored ‘There is no cease-fire at all,’ one activist says of the fighting in Damascus enclave. By Alexandra Zavis and Nabih Bulos BEIRUT — Hours after the United Nations Security Council called for a 30-day halt to the fighting in Syria, government forces attacked a rebel-held eastern suburb of Damascus from the air and the ground Sunday, and rebels lobbed shells at the capital, residents and activists said. One child died after suffering symptoms consistent with a chlorine attack, according to the Syrian American Medical Society, which said the child was among 16 people admitted with those symptoms to a hospital it supports in east Ghouta. There was no immediate response from the Syrian government to the report. The continued bombing of east Ghouta came as a bitter, although not unexpected, disappointment to residents who have endured one of the bloodiest assaults in seven years of civil war. More than 500 civilians were killed in eight days of airstrikes and artillery fire, according to opposition activists. Nearly a quarter of the dead are children. Although the shelling of residential areas seemed less intense Sunday, at least eight more people were killed, including three children, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group in Britain. Activists on both sides also spoke of a multipronged ground offensive, Search archives, merchandise and front pages at latimes.com/store. A Tribune Publishing Company Newspaper Daily Founded Dec. 4, 1881 Vol. CXXXVII No. 85 LOS ANGELES TIMES (ISSN 0458-3035) Alexandra Zavis Los Angeles Times A CAMP in the Iraqi town of Hamam Alil houses many families suspected of connections to Islamic State. FOR THE RECORD If you believe that we have made an error, or you have questions about The Times’ journalistic standards and practices, you may contact Deirdre Edgar, readers’ representative, by email at readers.representative@ latimes.com, by phone at (877) 554-4000, by fax at (213) 237-3535 or by mail at 202 W. 1st St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. The readers’ representative office is online at latimes.com/readersrep. Amer Almohibany AFP/Getty Images DOCTORS tend to Omar, 10, left, who was injured along with his father and sister in an airstrike that killed several members of their family Sunday in Otaiba, Syria. resulting in fierce clashes between government and rebel forces on the enclave’s western and southern edges. “There is no cease-fire at all,” said Firas Abdullah, an opposition activist reached in the city of Duma. Sunday brought some relief, however, to central neighborhoods of Damascus, where at least 16 people died in rebel shelling over the last week, according to state media reports. Schools opened and residents ventured from their homes for the first time in days. But their freedom was short-lived. Police told the state-run Syrian Arab News Agency that rebels fired 21 “rocket shells” on government-held areas in and around the capital. One civilian was wounded. The Security Council resolution, approved unanimously Saturday, called on all parties in Syria to “cease hostilities without delay” to permit the delivery of humanitarian aid and the evacuation of critically sick and wounded civilians. But exceptions were made for military operations against Islamic State, Al Qaeda-affiliated groups and other groups designated as terrorist organizations. Iran’s military chief of staff, Gen. Mohammad Baqeri, whose government has provided critical backing to Syrian President Bashar Assad, said the cease-fire does not apply to parts of the Damascus suburbs “held by the terrorists,” according to Iranian news reports. The Turkish deputy prime minister, Bekir Bozdag, said the U.N. resolution also would not affect his country’s offensive against Kurdish fighters in northwestern Syria’s Afrin region. Turkey regards the Syrian Kurds as an extension of a group that has waged a decades-long insurgency on its side of the border. Nicola Zahr, a Damascus-based political activist, said the aim of the government’s ground offensive in east Ghouta was to rout fighters linked to the onetime Al Qaeda affiliate known as the Organization for the Liberation of Syria. However, rebels say the group accounts for just a few hundred fighters in the enclave. The main rebel factions, the Army of Islam and the Rahman Corps, contend that the government and its allies are using the presence of small numbers of fighters with links to Al Qaeda as a pretext to continue their campaign against the last major rebel stronghold near the capital. “Today, Assad, Russia and Iran are throwing the resolution out the window,” said Wael Olwan, a spokesman for the Rahman Corps. Government officials counter that the other factions in the region are in effect allied with Al Qaedalinked ones. Conditions in east Ghouta, a collection of towns and farms that is home to nearly 400,000 people, have grown increasingly desperate since pro-government forces surrounded the en- clave in 2012. The region has some of the highest malnutrition rates recorded among Syrian children since the conflict began in 2011. The intense bombardments of the last week drove much of the population underground, into crowded basements and makeshift shelters that many feared would become their graves. The number of wounded — more than 2,500, according to medical relief groups — overwhelmed rescue workers and health facilities, some of which have themselves become targets. News of the Security Council resolution raised hopes for a possible reprieve. “Early in the morning, around 5 a.m., people went above ground to see what was happening, but they barely had a chance to check on their houses and clean up before the shelling came back,” said Bayan Rehan, who heads a women’s affairs office at a council in Duma, the region’s main city. “By 7 a.m., the first shells fell.” Ingy Sedky, a spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, said the organization was ready to deliver medicine, food and other aid to the enclave but had not yet received a green light from the warring parties. “So far, I have to say it doesn’t look promising at all,” she said by phone from Damascus. alexandra.zavis @latimes.com Bulos is a special correspondent. LOS ANGELES TIMES MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018 A5 A6 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 WSCE L AT I M E S . C O M THE NATION NRA rejects Trump’s age limit idea The group says the president may change his mind on a federal ban on rifle sales to those younger than 21. By Laura King WASHINGTON — Amid an increasingly passionate nationwide debate over gun safety, the National Rifle Assn. on Sunday rejected President Trump’s call for a federal ban on rifle sales to those younger than 21, but a spokeswoman sought to play down the disagreement, suggesting Trump could change his mind. The exchange illustrated the ways in which both allies and opponents of gun-law reform will have to maneuver gingerly when dealing with a president known for fluidity in his policy positions, especially in matters on which public opinion is at odds with the traditional views of his Republican Party. NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch, interviewed on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday, said the gun lobby does not believe the age for purchases should be raised from 18. “You do not want to raise the age?” interviewer George Stephanopoulos asked. “That’s correct,” Loesch replied. But she swiftly sought to minimize any policy differences with the White House, saying: “I know that people are trying to find daylight between President Trump and 5 million law-abiding gun owners.” Raising the age requirement, Loesch said, was only a step that Trump was mulling, not a hard-and-fast commitment. Evan Vucci Associated Press GWENDOLYN Frantz, 17, of Kensington, Md., takes part in a gun-control rally last week at the White House. “These are just things that he’s discussing right now,” she said. Federal law includes several different age limits for gun purchases. Licensed gun dealers cannot sell a handgun to a person younger than 21, but can sell a rifle to anyone 18 or older. Unlicensed sellers, such as those at gun shows, can sell handguns to those 18 or older and rifles regardless of age. The older age limit for handgun purchases was put into law in 1968, when concealed handguns were the focus of gun control efforts and sales at gun shows had not yet emerged as an issue. “It should all be at 21,” Trump said Thursday, predicting the NRA would support that limit. He has repeated that call several times. The suspect identified by authorities as having shot and killed 17 people, mostly teenagers, at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., is 19. The debate in the aftermath of that shooting has left the NRA on the defensive amid a widening boycott campaign aimed at businesses with ties to the group. Politicians, too, have been called out by a movement spearheaded by student activists, including some survivors of the mass shooting. Among those young activists is David Hogg, a Parkland student who in the wake of the shooting has emerged as an ardent and highly visible gun-safety advocate. Interviewed Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” Hogg said the NRA seeks to put forth the false impression that elected officials who receive campaign donations are not beholden to it. “It’s just disgusting. They act like they don’t own these politicians. They still do,” said Hogg. “They’ve gotten gun legislation passed before in their favor, in favor of gun manufacturers.” A few elected officials whose positions have long aligned with those of the NRA, including Trump and Florida Gov. Rick Scott, have expressed newfound support for raising the age limit for gun sales, either nationwide or at the state level. “I’m an NRA member, a supporter of the 2nd Amendment and the 1st Amendment, and the entire Bill of Rights for that matter,” Scott said Friday in announcing his support for a package of gun control measures, including the age limit. “I’m also a father and a grandfather and a governor,” he said. “We all have a difficult task in front of us balancing our individual rights with our obvious need for public safety.” Many congressional Republicans have remained silent on the issue of tightening gun laws, however. Some have gotten behind Trump’s suggestion that some teachers should be issued weapons and trained in their use, an idea that has drawn strong criticism from educators. “What you need is some of the teachers who are armed,” Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday. In the interview, Massie also voiced strong opposition to weapons-free zones in and around schools, and likened calls for more stringent background checks to putting “lipstick on a pig.” He added that background checks and similar measures offer “false senses of security.” “Criminals are going to get ahold of guns,” he said. Another Republican lawmaker, Sen. Patrick J. Toomey of Pennsylvania, said he doubted the efficacy of raising the minimum age to buy a gun. Toomey, who previously led a bipartisan bid to strengthen the background check system for gun purchases, said on NBC that the “vast majority” of people between the ages of 18 and 21 were “law-abiding citizens who aren’t a threat to anyone” and thus increasing the age limit would not be a significant help. “So I’m very skeptical,” he said. Like Scott in Florida, several Republican governors are finding themselves under pressure to change their state laws. Ohio’s Republican Gov. John Kasich said on “This Week” that people needed to “search your heart on this,” saying that the issue was finding “reasonable approaches to keep our community safe.” Family members of some of those slain in the Parkland shooting vowed to keep up the pressure. Andrew Pollack, whose daughter Meadow was among the dead, told “Fox News Sunday” that “my daughter’s death cannot be in vain.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @laurakingLAT M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M A7 ‘A zombie ... that just won’t die’ [Maywood, from A1] decade. Seemingly always on the brink of financial collapse, the town played a role in a huge corruption investigation in neighboring Bell. Maywood officials had hired Bell to manage key city functions, an arrangement that fell apart when that city became entangled in a scandal involving over-thetop salaries for council members and city administrators. Maywood once had a Police Department that became a haven for many cops who had been forced out of previous jobs or had brushes with the law. A 16-month investigation by the attorney general revealed that the culture at the department was “permeated with sexual innuendo, harassment, vulgarity, discourtesy to members of the public as well as among officers, and a lack of cultural, racial and ethnic sensitivity and respect.” Two years ago, a state audit found Maywood was more than $15 million in debt and owed money to its creditors. The City Council raised ire by hiring a city manager whom the mayor met through his auto mechanic shop and who had no government experience. “What’s happened in Maywood is like a battle between the forces of today and yesterday,” said Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon (D-Paramount), whose district includes Maywood. “It’s like a zombie coming out of the grave that just won’t die.” Generations of political upheaval Southeast Los Angeles County cities, including Maywood, have been mired in municipal corruption for decades. The collection of small cities along the 710 Freeway — Vernon, Bell, Huntington Park, Cudahy — have faced generations of political upheaval, with prosecutors claiming politicians take advantage of electorates who are not always plugged in to what’s going on. Despite having arguably the most consistently tumultuous City Hall in the area, Maywood officials have rarely found themselves facing criminal charges, at least for political malfeasance. “If folks are eventually arrested, that will be six of the nine cities that I represent that have had former council members in prison,” Rendon said. “Six of the nine, which tells us something about the depth of the problems.” A spokesman for the district attorney’s office could not comment on the ongoing investigation in Maywood. But sources familiar with the investigation told The Times that one aspect of the inquiry involves votes made by elected officials that could pose conflicts of interest. In an odd twist, when investigators showed up at the city to serve multiple search warrants more than two weeks ago, investigators discovered about 40 roosters nestled in the corner of Mayor Ramon Medina’s mechanic shop. They called animal control to take the birds away. Medina said his 20-yearold son raised roosters. The same day, photos emerged of marijuana plants growing at his auto shop. Investigators found no plants when they searched the business. The mayor said that his son had been growing the plants and that he asked him to remove them. Roosters and marijuana plants were not mentioned in the search warrant, and there is no apparent link with the birds or the pot to the investigation. A week after the raids, angry residents packed into City Hall to chastise the council members. Resident Lilia Mariscal, 63, didn’t speak but held a sign that read, “You Bring Maywood Shame.” “Nothing is going to change here,” Salvador Romero, 75, said. “I want to know what’s going on. Is it corruption?” Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times RECORDS from the auto shop of Maywood Mayor Ramon Medina, at the gate, are taken in a probe of political recall efforts, a contractor and plans for a bingo. Rendon said a lack of civic engagement and low voter turnouts, as well as dwindling news outlets to keep watch over elected officials, have contributed to some of the problems in cities like Maywood. The city has a large population of Latino immigrants, many of whom can’t vote. In addition to the mayor, other officials named in the search warrant include City Atty. Michael Montgomery, Building and Planning Director David Mango and Reuben Martinez, the acting city manager. Also listed are Vice Mayor Ricardo Villarreal and Sergio Calderon, a former councilman who resigned in January to settle a conflictof-interest lawsuit filed by county prosecutors. Among the companies listed on the warrant is ECM Group Inc., which was the subject of a federal corruption investigation in South El Monte that ended with the criminal conviction of that city’s mayor in 2016. The city of Maywood hired ECM Group that same year despite repeated warnings from Councilman Eduardo De La Riva, who said the firm’s contract in South El Monte had ended because of questionable billing practices. The month after Maywood hired the firm, South El Monte released an audit that accused ECM of submitting false time sheets and billing reports to the city. The audit said workers were reporting 27-hour workdays. Also named in the warrant is V&M Iron Works, the city’s maintenance contractor, which has made close to $1 million in a year, according to city records. ‘People ... can change things’ The latest investigation raises a larger question about how Maywood can turn itself around. In 2016, the state auditor found that Maywood had a “flawed governance and fiscal mismanagement” that prevented Maywood from recovering its financial health and made it susceptible to corruption. “The city council has made wasteful spending decisions that advanced the council members’ personal interests to the detriment of Maywood’s residents, ” the auditor’s report said. The problems at City Hall frustrate and embarrass residents, many of whom said they are not sure how to change things. Maywood is 98% Latino, and 46% of the city’s residents are foreign-born. It garnered national headlines a decade ago when it was one of the first in the country to declare itself a “sanctuary city” for those here illegally. Many residents are proud of this distinction and note that many other cities have since followed Maywood’s lead. The city also received attention for supporting immigrant youth arts and culture, including a music festival. “Part of the reason why we can’t get rid of these bad politicians is because they have a grip on the city and they have that grip because no one has gone down for wrongdoing,” De La Riva said. “If the district attorney does come and finds wrongdoing and files charges, then I think it will help the city get rid of opportunists who get on the council for the wrong reasons.” De La Riva said ultimately the citizens need to show up, demand better leaders and hold them accountable. “I think people need to understand that they can change things and that they need to stop accepting things as they are,” he said. “The power lies with them.” email@example.com Twitter: @LATVives adam.elmahrek @latimes.com Twitter: @adamelmahrek A8 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 S L AT I M E S . C O M MONDAY BUSINESS THE AGENDA: AUTOS Samir Tounsi AFP/Getty Images IN MANY CASES , children work in hazardous conditions mining cobalt in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Above, miners sort minerals on a road in Congo. A bump in the road for EVs Electric car batteries rely on cobalt, a source of ethical and economic concerns By Rob Nikolewski The road to an imminent electric vehicle future has hit a speed bump — one made of cobalt. An essential ingredient in lithium-ion batteries that power millions of smartphones as well as plug-in electric cars, cobalt is in heavy demand. But just as the silverishgray metal has established itself as a crucial element in the growth of the market in electric vehicles, cobalt has also become a source of serious ethical and economic concerns. Most notably, the majority of the world’s cobalt production is concentrated in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where in many cases children work in hazardous conditions mining the metal. And once extracted, there are questions whether enough long-term supplies of cobalt can be established to fulfill the hopes of policymakers in places like California who want to transform the transportation system from gasoline-powered vehicles to EVs. Supporters think the problems associated with the mining of cobalt can sort themselves out, but even the most ardent acknowledge human rights as well as supply-chain issues need to be resolved. One company that’s taking matters into its own hands is Apple Inc., which is in talks to buy cobalt directly from mining companies, according to Bloomberg. The contracts would secure several thousand metric tons of cobalt a year, ensuring a steady supply for Apple’s iPhone and iPad batteries. Apple is one of the largest consumers of cobalt; about a quarter of global production of the metal winds up in smartphones. A direct supply also would give Apple greater control over mining conditions. Amnesty International alleged in 2016 that Apple and Samsung Electronics Co.’s Chinese suppliers were buying cobalt from mines that rely on child labor. Last year, Apple published a list of the companies that supply the cobalt used in its batteries and said it would not let cobalt from small-scale mines in Congo into its supply chain until it could verify that the “appropriate protections” were in place. The connection between cobalt and clean-car technology may come as a surprise to many car buyers. “I think it’s really difficult for the average consumer to understand all the science and the rare earth minerals that go into” the production of batteries for EVs, smartphones and computers, said Blaine Townsend, senior vice president at Bailard Wealth Management, a Foster City, Calif., investment firm. The cathodes in lithiumion batteries typically used in EVs are made of metal oxides that contain a combination of cobalt and other elements. Cobalt helps the cathodes concentrate a lot of power in a confined space. Without the element’s energy density, batteries without cobalt tend to perform worse. It’s harder to recycle electric car batteries than leadacid batteries used in gasoline-powered vehicles because of the number of materials involved and differ- ences in how manufacturers build them. As the EV sector attempts to move from niche market status to mainstream acceptance, cobalt demand is surging. California policymakers have pushed zero-emissions vehicles as essential to meet the state’s mandates to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Jerry Brown has set a target of 1.5 million clean-energy vehicles on California’s roads by 2025. In his final State of the State address last month, Brown ratcheted the number even higher — to 5 million zero-emission vehicles by 2030. The United Kingdom and France have announced plans to phase out gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040. All 16 states in Germany — home of MercedesBenz, BMW and Audi — passed a nonbinding resolution to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2030. Though no date was set, a government official in China last year announced the country’s intention to ban the sale of cars using fossil fuels. China represents the auto industry’s largest market in the world, even bigger than the U.S. Automakers are making their own moves. Tesla has begun rolling out its Model 3, with a stripped-down base price of $35,000, marketed as an EV for the masses. Ford announced plans to spend $11 billion on EVs by 2022. Volvo executives have vowed that by 2019 all its models will be either hybrids or powered solely by batteries. GM said it will add two more all-electric cars to its fleet this year and at least 18 more by 2023. “General Motors believes the future is allelectric,” Mark Reuss, the company’s head of product development, said in October. Those plans are outrunning demand for EVs. Less than 1% of U.S. motorists own an electric vehicle. Con- sulting firm IHS Markit projects 94 million vehicles will be sold globally this year, with EVs accounting for 4 million, or about 4%. But a 2017 report from the financial giant Morgan Stanley projected as many as 1 billion electric vehicles could be on the road worldwide by 2050. If EV sales surge as anticipated, the demand for cobalt used in electric car batteries is expected to increase nearly eightfold by 2026. The production of cobalt has quadrupled since 2000, but the price of the metal has skyrocketed too — up more than 230% since the end of 2015. The vast majority of cobalt is a byproduct from the mining of nickel and copper; 54% of the world’s supply comes from the Democratic Republic of Congo. Congo has suffered through two violent civil wars in its relatively short history. The rule of law is haphazard, and institutions are rife with corruption. Mining is a linchpin of the economy, but the work is often dangerous. Freelancers, known by the French word creuseurs, use picks and shovels to dig up cobalt; child labor is common. The 2016 report from Amnesty International cited estimates from UNICEF that about 40,000 boys and girls work in mines across Congo, many of them at cobalt sites. As with adult miners, the children are exposed to high levels of cobalt and work without gloves or masks, the report said. Tesla has pledged to not take cobalt from child labor or creuseurs. But it’s hard to track the metal’s origination once it has reached the end of the supply chain. “It could come from 50 small suppliers to a middleman,” Townsend said. “That middleman and five other middlemen ship what they’ve got to a smelter in China, and Western companies have to buy from that smelter.” With an eye on its growing assembly lines of EVs, China has moved quickly to gobble up stocks of cobalt. According to the CRU Group, a mineral consultancy, China controls 62% of the world’s cobalt supply. That’s left North American and European carmakers scrambling to sign longterm contracts to ensure their own supplies, as Apple is trying to do. It’s also led to searches for cobalt in other places. Canada is the fourthlargest producer of cobalt, and miners in provinces from Ontario to the Northwest Territories are looking at potential sites to develop. Cobalt production in the U.S. is small — just 650 metric tons in 2017, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. Congo, by comparison, produced 64,000 metric tons. A number of chemical companies and researchers are working on batteries for EVs that rely less on cobalt. Two South Korean companies plan to roll out batteries that are eight parts nickel and just one part cobalt and one part manganese. But this month, the chief executive at a Belgiumbased multinational that produces cathodes for EV batteries said cobalt will still be needed for the foreseeable future. “There isn’t a better element than nickel to increase energy density, and there isn’t a better element than cobalt to make the stuff stable,” Marc Grynberg, chief executive at Umicore, told Reuters. “So [while] you hear about designing out cobalt, this is not going to happen in the next three decades.” At the same time, Grynberg and others think concerns about cobalt supplies can be eased by finding a more efficient way to recycle smartphones. There are an estimated 1.6 billion discarded phones across the globe with batteries that include cobalt. Analysis from researchers at MIT have predicted that although there may be some bottlenecks in the supply chain, no serious obstacles are in place for the next 15 years to blunt rising demand. “I think what will happen is the lithium-ion battery is probably going to be a transitional power source,” said Townsend, “and scientists are going to figure out a different chemical composition to power the electric vehicles that has less risk from the supply-chain standpoint.” Others are less sanguine. “Until there’s a replacement material that can hold a charge and create a charge, we’ve got a problem,” said Lauren Fix, executive director of the Car Coach and a New York-based automotive expert who is critical of EVs. rob.nikolewski @sduniontribune.com Bloomberg contributed to this report. M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M A9 U.S. falls short of expectations [Medals, from A1] Headed for their worst Games performance in recent memory, the Americans rebounded to earn 23 medals — fourth behind Norway, Germany and Canada — just as the 17-day competition reached its conclusion. Sunday night’s closing ceremony featured a modern theme as glowing figures skated circles across an Olympic Stadium floor that pulsated with colored lights. Later, the K-pop boy band EXO performed, chrome-plated all-terrain vehicles careening around them. A fleet of 300 twinkling drones hovered like night stars in the shape of a white tiger overhead and dancers whirled around a giant snow globe. When the athletes arrived, North and South Koreans once again walked together while Ivanka Trump watched from the dignitaries’ box above, sitting near a delegation from the North. “We are embracing these new horizons,” Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee, told the crowd. “We offer our hand to everybody to join forces in this faith in the future.” That future will include reassessment for a U.S. team whose performance could not match the 28 medals won at the 2014 Sochi Games and the 37 from Vancouver four years earlier. The Americans’ total in Pyeongchang also fell short of the U.S. Olympic Committee’s own expectations. According to an internal document obtained by the Associated Press, USOC leaders predicted a repeat of the Vancouver performance. “Everybody focuses on medals — I’m focused on them too,” said Alan Ashley, the U.S. team leader. “Yeah, you know, we always want to do better.” There is something about the American sports psyche, a “just win” mentality that cannot settle for anything less, even in sports such as biathlon and ski jumping that most fans don’t care about until the Olympics come around. For much of the last three weeks, the U.S. team has settled for “pewter” medals — Olympic-speak for finishing just off the podium. The Americans had 35 athletes finish fourth through sixth. “Look at the depth of our team,” Ashley said, offering a positive spin. “We had some incredibly close calls.” Maggie Voisin put it a different way after finishing fourth in the women’s ski slopestyle: “It is bittersweet; we can leave it at that.” The Americans could have reached their goal if fewer than half of those nearmiss athletes had skied a tenth of a second faster or landed one more jump in figure skating. And some of their struggles stemmed from issues beyond anyone’s control. Last spring, bobsled icon Steve Holcomb was found Fazry Ismail EPA/Shutterstock SUNDAY NIGHT’S closing ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium featured a modern theme. Christof Stache AFP/Getty Images A FLEET of 300 twinkling drones hovered like stars overhead as dancers whirled around a giant snow globe. dead in his room at a national training site, having succumbed to a combination of alcohol and sleeping pills. Holcomb ranked among the top drivers in the world, winning three medals in the last two Winter Games. Without him, the U.S. men managed no better than ninth place. The alpine ski team similarly lost potential contenders, such as Jackie Wiles, Steven Nyman and Travis Ganong, to injuries shortly before the Games. But that probably doesn’t account for the drop in medals from eight in Vancouver to three here. The team appeared to lack the depth of which Ashley spoke, with a noticeable gap between young talent and aging stars such as Lindsey Vonn and Ted Ligety. Pyeongchang revealed other systemic deficiencies. Despite bronze medals in ice dance and the team event, figure skating stumbled in the high-profile singles events, with Nathan Chen and Mirai Nagasu failing to meet expectations. Speedskating fared even worse. This was a program that won seven medals in 2006 and four in 2010, then dropped off a cliff at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Team members insisted they had moved past the “Sochi disaster,” but only a late victory in the women’s team pursuit saved them from being shut out for a second straight Games. “If we perform we perform, and if we don’t, we don’t blame anyone else,” veteran Joey Mantia said. Pyeongchang came at a difficult time for USOC officials, who have faced sexual abuse scandals in gymnastics and swimming back home. But dealing with those issues might ulti- Death toll rises after storms pound central U.S. region associated press CHARLESTON, W.Va. — The death toll rose to at least five on Sunday after severe thunderstorms swept through the central U.S., spawning a tornado that flattened homes, gale force winds and widespread flooding from the upper Midwest to Appalachia. The system that stretched from Texas to the Canadian Maritime provinces had prompted several emergency declarations even before the dangerous storms arrived. In southwestern Michigan, the body of a 48-yearold man was found floating in floodwaters Sunday in Kalamazoo, city Public Safety Lt. David Thomas said. Police were withholding his name until notifying relatives. Thomas said the death didn’t appear suspicious but the cause wasn’t known, and an autopsy was planned. Kalamazoo has been hard hit by flooding from last week’s heavy rains and melt- ing snow. In Kentucky, authorities said three people died. Two bodies were recovered from submerged vehicles in separate incidents Saturday. A body was recovered from a vehicle that was in a ditch in western Kentucky near Morganfield, the Henderson Fire Department said on its Facebook page. The body has been sent to a medical examiner. And a male’s body was pulled from a vehicle in a creek near the south-central Kentucky community of Franklin on Saturday, the Simpson County Sheriff ’s Office said in a statement. The victim’s identity was being withheld pending notification of relatives. About 20 miles away, Dallas Jane Combs, 79, was killed when a suspected tornado destroyed her Adairville home earlier Saturday, the Logan County Sheriff ’s Office told news outlets. The fifth death was in northeast Arkansas, where an 83-year-old man was killed after high winds toppled a trailer home. Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller told KAIT-TV that Albert Foster died Saturday night after the home was blown into a pond. About 50 miles away, the National Weather Service said the roof was blown off a hotel in Osceola. In central Tennessee, the National Weather Service on Sunday confirmed an EF-2 tornado with maximum winds of 120 mph hit Clarksville on Saturday. A Montgomery County Sheriff ’s Office spokeswoman said at least four homes were destroyed and dozens of others damaged. “To look at what I’m looking at and know we didn’t lose anybody is just a miracle,” Montgomery County Mayor Jim Durrett told the Leaf-Chronicle. At Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, a 15year-old girl was hit by falling debris at a basketball game after an apparent lightning strike knocked a hole in the arena’s roof Saturday night. The girl was taken to a hospital as a precaution. The extent of her injuries wasn’t released. mately affect performance too. Historically, USOC leaders have acted as a distant overseer to the national governing bodies that run each specific sport. Now, they will probably step in and exert tighter control. “We’re going to take a hard look at what occurred here,” Ashley said of Pyeongchang, adding: “I’m not going to shy away from it. I’m going to really look at my leadership.” There are positives in the wake of the Games, starting with victories by snowboarders and freestyle skiers, who accounted for nearly half of the U.S. medals. That cross-country gold — won by Kikkan Randall and Jessie Diggins in the team sprint free — represented the first ever by American women in that sport. Overall, women led the way for the U.S., outdoing the men 12 medals to nine, with two others awarded in mixed competition. “Now, in society, being strong is embraced and having muscles is wonderful,” said Elana Meyers Taylor, who took silver in bobsled. “And I feel that’s encouraging more and more young women to get into sport.” With other Americans heading home less satisfied after Sunday night’s closing ceremony, officials promised their reassessment will be far-reaching. Norway’s success might be part of the process. With roughly the same population as Colorado, the Norwegians dominated in traditional winter sports such as biathlon, cross-country and ski jumping. Their 39 medals broke the record set by the U.S. eight years ago. “They really did a great job of preparing their athletes and I really admire them for that,” Ashley said. “I want to find out some things about what they’re up to.” david.wharton @latimes.com A10 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 WSCE L AT I M E S . C O M Studio set to file for bankruptcy [Weinstein Co. from A1] consortium control of Weinstein Co.’s assets in a deal worth about $500 million. Their bid promised a new era for the once-highflying studio that has been in a tailspin since allegations against Harvey Weinstein shook the entertainment industry to its core more than four months ago. Under the proposed deal, Weinstein Co. was to be renamed under a new board of directors, the majority of which would be composed of women. The bidders had promised to raise at least $40 million for a fund to compensate Weinstein’s accusers. But the discussions came to a sudden halt Feb. 11 when the New York attorney general’s office filed a civil rights lawsuit against Weinstein Co. and its co-founders. The following day, Atty. Gen. Eric Schneiderman blasted the proposed sale and questioned the existence of the promised victims fund based on documents he’d reviewed. Schneiderman also sharply criticized Weinstein Co. Chief Operating Officer David Glasser, whom he accused of not adequately responding to women’s complaints about Weinstein. Glasser had been positioning himself to become chief executive of the new company. The board, which includes Weinstein’s brother, Bob, fired Glasser “for cause” Feb. 16 in an effort to salvage the deal talks. Glasser last week threatened to sue for wrongful termination. On Wednesday, Contreras-Sweet and Burkle met with Schneiderman in Manhattan to discuss a compromise that would allow deal talks to progress. But those efforts now appear to have been in vain, and the company was left with no choice but to pursue a bankruptcy filing. In a letter to Burkle and ContrerasSweet, the Weinstein Co. board accused the bidders of Anne-Christine Poujoulat AFP/Getty Images THE STUDIO’S precarious situation became a desperate one after the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. ‘Your plan to buy this company was illusory and would only leave this company hobbling toward its demise.’ — Weinstein Co. board, in a letter to Ronald Burkle and Maria Contreras-Sweet failing to produce a deal that would keep the company out of bankruptcy with rescue financing and satisfy the concerns of the New York attorney general. “We have believed in this company and in the goals set forth by the attorney general. Based on the events of the past week, however, we must conclude that your plan to buy this company was illusory and would only leave this company hobbling toward its demise to the detriment of all constituents,” the board said in its letter. Representatives for Burkle and ContrerasSweet declined to comment. Weinstein Co. has been searching for a financial savior since its former co-chairman was accused of sexual harassment and assault against dozens of women. Weinstein, who was fired from the company Oct. 8, has denied all allegations of nonconsensual sex. The Weinstein scandal triggered the #MeToo move- ment against sexual harassment that spanned industries and political spheres, but especially in entertainment, where high-profile men including TV broadcasters Matt Lauer and Charlie Rose and former Amazon Studios head Roy Price were ousted from their jobs because of sexual misconduct allegations. The allegations against Weinstein turned an already precarious financial situation for Weinstein Co. — which had struggled for years under a heavy debt burden, mismanagement and a lack of hit films — into a desperate one. Weinstein Co. tried and failed to secure financial lifelines from investors such as Thomas Barrack’s Colony Capital. A number of partners including Amazon Studios cut ties with the studio, adding to the financial pressure. Weinstein and his studio have been hit with a barrage of lawsuits, some of which accused the company of neg- ligence for failing to stop the mogul’s conduct. Weinstein Co. recently asked a judge to dismiss a federal class-action lawsuit against the company filed in December that described a massive scheme that the plaintiffs’ lawyers say facilitated predatory behavior by Weinstein. Weinstein Co. said that Weinstein acted alone in his alleged abuses and that most of the incidents occurred more than a decade ago. Contreras-Sweet’s offer for the company, which first came to light in November, represented a surprise chance for survival for the studio and the roughly 130 employees who are believed to remain. The sale process was being handled by Moelis & Co. Bids came due in late December. Santa Monica studio Lionsgate, known for “La La Land” and “The Hunger Games,” was interested in buying certain assets of the company. Killer Content, the New York production company behind “Carol” and “Still Alice,” had offered to buy the assets and remake them into an entity to support women. Other bidders included Miramax (owned by BeIN Media) and private equity firms Shamrock Capital Advisors and Vine Alternative Investments. Most of the competing bids would have required a sale through a Chapter 11 bankruptcy process. Bidders including Killer Content expressed frustration with the way the deal making was being handled, as it became clear that the Weinstein Co. management wanted to do a deal with Contreras-Sweet. Contreras-Sweet’s emergence as a potential savior for Weinstein Co. took Hollywood by surprise. Though she has had a long career in politics and the private sector, Contreras-Sweet lacked experience in the entertainment industry. Some industry observers wondered why the board did not select a female executive with Hollywood credentials such as former Sony Pictures coChairman Amy Pascal or the female leadership of Killer Content, which had teamed with philanthropist Abigail Disney in its bid. Another element that raised eyebrows was the involvement of Burkle, the supermarket billionaire who has had close ties to the Weinsteins. He has invested in movies with the brothers and in 2010 backed a failed effort for them to buy their previous studio Miramax from Walt Disney Co. Weinstein Co. released Oscar winners including “The King’s Speech” and “The Artist,” but failed to reliably churn out profitable hits. Recent duds including “Gold,” “Burnt” and “Tulip Fever” worsened Weinstein’s standing in Hollywood. On Oct. 5, the New York Times first reported that Weinstein had paid off women who had accused him of sexual harassment over a period spanning nearly three decades. Then the New Yorker published an Oct. 10 story by Ronan Farrow saying Weinstein had sexually assaulted women. ryan.faughnder @latimes.com Florida sheriff defends his leadership after shooting By David Fleshler ORLANDO, Fla. — Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Sunday asked the state Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the response to the Parkland school massacre, as questions mounted over the Broward County Sheriff ’s Office’s handling of the shooting. The announcement came just hours after Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel appeared on CNN and denied any blame for his agency’s missteps and touted his own “amazing leadership.” The governor’s office said in a statement released Sunday that the investigation will begin immediately. It did not specifically name any law enforcement agencies. But the Sheriff ’s Office was the lead agency on the scene and criticism has swirled about how it handled the first few minutes after a former student opened fire at the school. The Sheriff ’s Office has also been faulted for fumbling warnings of the shooter’s volatile behavior and statements from those close to him that they feared he might go on a shooting rampage. It issued a statement Sunday saying that it welcomed the investigation. “BSO will fully cooperate with FDLE, as we believe in full transparency and accountability,” Israel said in a written statement. “This independent, outside review will ensure public confidence in the findings.” Appearing Sunday morning on CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper,” the sheriff said his agency was still investigating how multiple warnings about shooter Nikolas Cruz were missed and whether additional sheriff ’s deputies failed to enter Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School immediately when they arrived. But he said the only known failure was on the part of the school deputy forced to resign last week for not entering the school building to confront the killer. “Deputies make mistakes, police officers make mistakes, we all make mistakes,” Israel said. “But it’s not the responsibility of the general or the president if you have a deserter. We’ll look into this. We’re looking into this aggressively, and we’ll take care of it, and justice will be served.” Tapper asked him: “Are you really not taking any responsibility for multiple red flags that were brought to the attention of the Broward Sheriff ’s Office about this shooter before this incident, whether it was people near him, close to him?” “Jake, I can only take responsibility for what I knew about,” Israel said. “I exercised my due diligence. I provided amazing leadership to this agency.” Tapper interjected: “Amazing leadership?” “I have worked — yes, Jake,” Israel said. “There’s a lot of things we have done throughout this — this is — you don’t measure a person’s leadership by a deputy not going into a — these deputies received the training they needed. They received the equipment.” Cruz, 19, entered the school Feb. 14 with an AR-15 rifle and killed 14 students and three adults. “One person — at this point, one person didn’t do what he should have done,” Israel said. “It’s horrific. The victims here, the families, I pray for them every night. It makes me sick to my stomach that we had a deputy that didn’t go in, because I know, if I was there, if I was on the wall, I would have been the first in, along with so many of the other people.” Fleshler reports for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / O P I N I O N WITHOUT A HOME EDITORIAL Los Angeles Times NADIA AND HER children eventually landed at a homeless shelter after she left her husband and couldn’t find a rental. THE HOMELESS ARE NOT WHO YOU THINK THEY ARE BY THE TIMES EDITORIAL BOARD any people think of homelessness as a problem of substance abusers and mentally ill people, of chronic skid row street-dwellers pushing shopping carts. But increasingly, the crisis in Los Angeles today is about a less visible (but more numerous) group of “economically homeless” people. These are people who have been driven onto the streets or into shelters by hard times, bad luck and California’s irresponsible failure to address its own housing needs. Consider Nadia, whose story has become typical. When she decided she had to end her abusive marriage, she knew it would be hard to find an affordable place to live with her three young children. With her husband, she had paid $2,000 a month for a three-bedroom condo in the San Fernando Valley, but prices were rising rapidly, and now two-bedroom apartments in the area were going for $2,400 — an impossible rent for a single parent who worked part time at Magic Mountain. For months she hunted while staying with family and friends. She qualified for a unit in a low-income housing project, but the waiting list was two years long. She obtained a federal Section 8 voucher to subsidize the rent in a market-rate apartment, but landlord after landlord refused to accept Section 8, or charged a rent that was too high to meet the federal government’s unrealistically low “fair-market rent” limit. Nadia and her rambunctious young kids eventually wore out their welcome at the houses where they were staying. They found themselves left with little choice, with neither a place of their own nor a friend to fall back on. Last summer, they took refuge at San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission’s shelter for homeless families. M :: Nadia and her children are among the economically homeless — men, women and, often enough, families, who find themselves without a place to live because of some kind of setback or immediate crisis: a divorce, a shortterm illness, a loss of a job, an eviction. In many cities across the nation, these are not necessarily problems that would plunge a person into homelessness. But here they can. Why? Because of the shockingly high cost of housing in Los Angeles. For decades, Southern California — stuck in a low-density, single-family, not-in-my-backyard 20th century mindset — has failed to build enough housing to keep up with population growth and demand. Rents are at an alltime high. Stagnant incomes and a shortage of middle-class jobs mean more people are struggling. The safety net hasn’t grown to catch all the people in need, nor has public sympathy always been on their side. In 2006, L.A. city voters rejected a $1-billion bond to create 10,000 residential units for low-income and homeless people, thus exacerbating the housing shortage. Today, we are paying the price: The economically homeless are now estimated to make up more than half of L.A.’s unhoused — and it is their rising numbers that are fueling the unprecedented growth in that population. More than half of the people surveyed by the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority last year said they were homeless because of an eviction, foreclosure, unemployment or “financial reasons.” In just six years, the median rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles County has increased 67%, from about $1,200 to $2,000, according to Zillow’s Rent Index. The median household income during the same period increased only 23%, from $52,280 in 2011 to $64,300 in 2017. Today, 1 in 3 renters in the Los Angeles metropolitan area is considered “severely rent burdened,” meaning they spend at least half their income on housing. Los Angeles County is the most unaffordable region in the country for the poorest renters, according to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Department. To understand just how thin the line is between those with a place to live and those without, consider a study conducted by Zillow estimating that a rent increase of 5% in Los Angeles County would push 2,000 people into homelessness. Guadalupe Linares is an example of someone who teeters on the edge. She and her two children moved out of a $600-a-month illegally converted garage after a rat bit her son. But the one-bedroom she found cost twice as much, forcing her to take on long hours in multiple jobs, including cleaning houses and working in restaurants. Her 17-year-old daughter, Mariana, who had been thinking about a career in medicine, began missing school to help her mom clean houses from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. — which required her to transfer to an independent study program through the school district. She quickly learned that the program is full of kids putting their ambitions on hold while they work to help keep their families housed. This cannot be Los Angeles’ future. To end the housing shortage that is driving rents to unaffordable levels, Los Angeles County and its cities have to allow construction. A lot of it. We’re not talking, in this instance, about permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless people — that sort of housing (which includes access to social services and substance abuse and mental health treatment) is absolutely essential and is being built under Measure HHH in Los Angeles. The economically homeless need something else: affordable housing that offers below-market rents for low-income people. And regular market-rate housing as well that will increase the supply and help bring down rents for everyone. Since 1980, far fewer homes have been built than are needed to meet population growth in the county, according to the Southern California Assn. of Governments, and now the county has a deficit of nearly 1 million housing units. The vast majority of the 88 cities in the county are not adding enough market-rate and affordable housing to meet their fair share of the region’s growth. Sure, there are some legitimate excuses — land costs are high and environmental concerns have slowed development. But far too often, residents and elected officials act on their worst NIMBY instincts to block or restrict housing in the name of preventing traffic and density and protecting neighborhood character. One Torrance city councilman argued against building new homes, saying, “A city should be allowed to say we’re full.” No — a city cannot say it’s full. Too many people are clinging to a old vision of Southern California, when orange groves were plowed under for singlefamily subdivisions, wide avenues and freeways. Today, those ranch homes cost $1 million and more, the roads are clogged and working-class families can end up living in their cars. The region must build denser and taller to make space for the people who are already here. That doesn’t require Dubaistyle skyscrapers; it can mean more townhomes and four-story apartment buildings and high-rises near transit. The state passed new laws last year to pressure cities to accommodate more housing and to streamline approvals in communities that have failed to keep up with population growth. California lawmakers also approved new funding for affordable housing and gave cities the authority to enact inclusionary zoning laws, which require that affordable units be built in marketrate housing developments. These are positive steps, but the state should adopt even more aggressive mandates if cities continue to throw up hurdles. In some cases, this will change the look, feel and character of cities. But that’s an inevitable result of population growth. :: Of course, it will take years to catch up on housing construction. In the meantime, rent hikes and evictions will continue. That’s why policymakers must make the prevention of homelessness a cornerstone of their efforts. To that end, Los Angeles County plans to use Measure H funds to provide temporary rental assistance to help people on the brink of losing an apartment. It’s easier and cheaper to keep people in housing than to help them off the street after the fact. The county is also funding legal services to help poor renters fight eviction or to help them qualify for relocation assistance. Fewer than 1% of renters facing eviction have lawyers. Cities should also consider passing laws to require that landlords show “just cause” to evict. The federal government has not done enough. HUD should significantly increase funding for the Section 8 voucher program in Los Angeles County, taking into account the high cost of housing here. Section 8 rental vouchers are pegged to HUD’s “fair-market rents,” which are often substantially less than actual market rents. Ultimately there has to be a recognition that every new apartment unit rejected is a family denied an affordable place to live. Just as Los Angeles voters were willing to say yes to higher taxes for homeless housing and services, they have to be willing to say yes to the housing construction in their neighborhoods. That will, over time, alleviate the shortage. Nadia notes that it is not laziness or drinking or drug abuse that’s plunging so many people into homelessness. It’s the lack of affordable housing. After moving into the shelter she began working full time at a big insurance company doing data entry to save money for an apartment. Few coworkers knew she was living in a shelter. Nadia said, “Nobody’s probably looking at me and saying, ‘That woman is homeless.’ And I’m willing to bet a lot of them would be surprised.” This is the second in a series. A11 A12 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 WSCE L AT I M E S . C O M Feinstein is rebuked by Democrats [Feinstein, from A1] who would more aggressively confront President Trump, and viewed Feinstein as a creature of the nation’s capital who has lost touch with her California roots. Feinstein’s opponent, state Senate leader Kevin de León of Los Angeles, won 54% of the delegates’ votes Saturday, just shy of the 60% needed to secure the endorsement. Feinstein received 37%. “I have never seen her ever at a convention until she finally realized, ‘I’ve got a challenge on my hands,’ ” said Mark Gonzalez, chairman of the Los Angeles County Democratic Party. “People are frustrated…. She’s the most senior member and we value that, but as the most senior member, you’ve got to give it to Trump. She has the power to challenge him, and she doesn’t always do that.” De León seized on the discontent as he sought the party’s endorsement. “I’m running for the United States Senate because the days of Democrats biding our time, biting our tongue and triangulating at the margins are over,” De León said. “And I’m running because California’s greatness comes from acts of human audacity, not from congressional seniority.” De León, 51, still faces significant obstacles in his bid to topple a powerful, wealthy incumbent. He trails Feinstein by 29 percentage points in the most recent public poll and started the year with $360,000 compared with Feinstein’s $10 million. If he had received the endorsement, he would have gained access to party resources and the ability to jointly raise funds with the party, which can receive unlimited contrib- utions. Feinstein’s longtime political advisor, Bill Carrick, dismissed the significance of the endorsement vote as a beauty contest among party activists who do not represent the broader California electorate. He said that as a senior senator in Washington, Feinstein could not shower party regulars with as much attention as De León. “He spent a lot of time working the party [events] over the years,” Carrick said. “She’s obviously a senator in Washington with a very serious day job.” Both candidates walked the convention halls courting delegates during the three-day weekend gathering as their supporters waved campaign signs and handed out buttons. De León handed out tacos and cups of horchata to his supporters, while Feinstein provided scrambled eggs and French toast during a rare appearance at a state party convention. “There’s a difference between Republicans and Democrats that I’ve noticed,” Feinstein told the crowd at the breakfast she hosted for delegates. “Republicans tend to stick by their man no matter what. Democrats don’t always. We fractionate. We divide. This must not happen. This great California house of Democrats must come together because we have a big job to see that this country gets straightened out.” Feinstein, 84, held a conference call for delegates earlier in the week and sent them mailers touting her accomplishments. But the senator from San Francisco is not a frequent presence at state party events, a point raised often over the weekend. “We have not seen her in Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times U.S. SEN. Dianne Feinstein greets well-wishers at the state Democratic Party’s convention in San Diego. latimes.com /essentialpolitics Go online to learn more about congressional endorsements and see photos and video from the state convention. 25 years,” Latino caucus chairman Carlos Alcala said to hoots from the audience after Feinstein chose not to address their meeting. At a party labor caucus meeting, some in the crowd groaned and shook their heads when Feinstein said she had aligned with their interests on “every vote I know of in the U.S. Senate.” And during her speech to delegates Saturday, music began playing as she ran past the five minutes allotted. De León’s supporters used the moment to chant “Time’s up! Time’s up!” The at-times chilly reception is nothing new for Feinstein. When running for governor in 1990, she was booed during her speech before the state party convention for affirming her support for the death penalty — a moment her campaign filmed and turned into a TV ad as testament to her independence. Feinstein did not win the party endorsement but did win the primary before losing in the general election. Feinstein was warmly received by many delegates, including members of the party’s women’s caucus, who greeted her with a standing ovation. “I think she’s fabulous. I think she’s the model for every young girl coming up. She’s got more grit than some of the males that are in Congress right now,” said Toni Rigoni, 65, a corporate event planner from San Jose. “Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for change. I love change. I think it’s important. But she has the know-how, she has the wit, she has the humor, she has the determination. She’s a professional. She knows how Washington runs, and that’s what we need.” The party is fractured between its more moderate members and its progressive wing, a divide that came into sharp relief during a bitterly contested chairman’s race last year. De León tried to appeal to the newly energized liberal faction by contrasting Feinstein’s record — including votes for the Iraq war and warrantless wiretapping by the federal govern- ment — with his support for a $15-an-hour minimum wage and single-payer healthcare. He also highlighted controversial comments Feinstein made last year calling for “patience” with Trump and expressing the hope that he could become “a good president.” Ilissa Gold, 31, president of the Miracle Mile Democratic Club, said she backed De León partly because of his antagonistic approach toward the president. “We believe that California is on the forefront of the resistance to Donald Trump, and we believe we need a senator who is going to represent that,” she said. “We very much respect her long service to California. We just believe that we’re at a different point and time in this country, and it’s time for a change in our leadership.” Feinstein’s supporters argue her long history of supporting progressive policy has been overlooked, including authoring the federal assault weapons ban and her decision to release a transcript of the Senate Judiciary Committee’s interview of the co-founder of Fusion GPS, a firm that researched Trump during the 2016 campaign over the objections of Republicans. “She is fighting hard and she has been her entire career, since she came to the Senate in 1992,” said former Rep. Ellen Tauscher, a longtime Feinstein confidant. “She’s shown herself to be a stellar leader and an independent leader, and one that is completely in line with most Californians.” Cheryl Conway, 61, a delegate from Cayucos, said she wasn’t surprised that Feinstein was snubbed by the party, because, as an influential member of the Senate judiciary and intelligence committees, she sometimes has to put the nation’s interest over the party’s. “Those who want a purity test are always going to be disappointed in a candidate,” she said. Conway, a retired staff member for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, voted to endorse Feinstein and said she still expects her to win reelection — even without the party nod. “Dianne Feinstein is a big girl. She knows how to do this,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com Times staff writer Melanie Mason contributed to this report. B CALIFORNIA M O N D A Y , F E B R U A R Y 2 6 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L I F O R N I A Abuse case leads to bill State lawmaker seeks to tighten home school regulations after Perris incident. By Anna M. Phillips Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times MONTCLAIR has outlawed crossing the street while on the phone. First-time offenders get a warning; after that, it could be a $100 fine. Texting while walking? City sends own message In Montclair, it’s now illegal to cross the street while using phone By Alene Tchekmedyian Chances are, you’ve had this experience: You’re behind the wheel at a stop sign or traffic light and have the right of way, when a pedestrian, looking down at a cellphone, steps off the curb in front of your car. Now, one Southern California city is trying to tackle so-called distracted walking, making it a ticketworthy offense to cross the street while on the phone. In Montclair, a 5.5-square-mile town just east of Pomona, pedestrians can’t text, talk on the phone, or listen to music or podcasts with two earbuds in while in a crosswalk. 911 calls are an exception. “The youth admit that they are distracted by their cellphones,” City Manager Edward Starr said. “This has turned out to be a reminder for them that their lives are on the line.” Starr said he was pondering a way last fall to address distracted walking in the city, so he turned to Google. He came across some creative — and probably not entirely serious — ways cities around the globe have tackled the problem. At an amusement park in Chongqing, China, called Foreigners’ Street, Starr said, there’s a 100foot phone lane to prevent people from bumping into one another. A similar installment exists in Antwerp, Belgium. As it turned out, the mobile lane experiment was first executed in Washington, D.C. “I thought, ‘Well, we can’t do that,’ ” Starr said. “Because the issue is really about them being distracted as they’re crossing the street.” Eventually, he discovered a distracted walking ordinance implemented last year in Honolulu. Taking cues from Hawaii’s capital, [See Montclair, B6] A push to ‘Unlock the Vote’ behind bars ACLU aims to register thousands of inmates at L.A., O.C. jails for this year’s elections. By Michael Livingston Several men in green Los Angeles County Jail jumpsuits stood behind bars and listened to Esther Lim speak about this year’s elections. “How many here didn’t know they could vote?” Lim asked them. Some men came out of their cells or turned around as Lim explained their voting rights. Later, in the day room of the Men’s Central Jail downtown, a line of inmates eager to register had formed. In one of the largest efforts aimed at registering eligible incarcerated individuals in Southern California, dozens of volunteers this Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times ESTHER LIM of the ACLU of Southern California looks over forms at Men’s Central Jail as part of an initiative to educate inmates about their voting rights. month are going inside jails in Los Angeles and Orange counties as part of the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Unlock the Vote” campaign to educate inmates about their rights. In California, individuals awaiting trial, in jail for misdemeanors or probation violations or serving a county jail sentence for a low-level offense are eligible to vote. Those in state or federal prison or found to be mentally incompetent are ineligible. The goal is to have thousands of inmates registered for the June 5 primary and Nov. 6 general elections. The last day to register is May 21 for the primary and Oct. 22 for the general election. Besides local bond measures and initiatives, races include that for L.A. County sheriff, with contenders seeking to [See Vote, B5] CAPITOL JOURNAL Playing catch-up on bail reform Effort to bring justice to system that puts a price on freedom is gathering steam GEORGE SKELTON in sacramento California is moving toward ending its unjust pretrial bail system, a four-decade effort begun by Gov. Jerry Brown when he was governor the first time. Brown actually started crusading for bail reform before most current Californians were born. In his 1979 State of the State address, Brown called the California bail system an unfair “tax on poor people [who] languish in the jails of this state even though they have been convicted of no crime. Their only crime is that they cannot make the bail that our present law requires.” The governor urged the Legislature to find “a way that more people … can be put on a bail system that is as just and as fair as we can make it.” The Legislature ignored him. If anything, relatively fewer people are able to make bail today than 40 years ago. But the old speech excerpt is still alive. It was resurrected recently by a former top aide whom the governor appointed as a judge during his first term. He’s J. Anthony Kline, Brown’s legal affairs secretary in the 1970s and now presiding justice of the 1st District Court of Appeal in San Francisco. Kline used the excerpt prominently in a landmark opinion he wrote that almost guarantees the enactment of a bail overhaul. The ruling involved Jeffrey Humphrey, 63, a retired shipyard worker and lifelong drug addict. There’s nothing particularly sympathetic about the guy. He was charged with mugging a 79-year-old man who uses a walker and lives in the same apartment building. Prosecutors say the suspect slipped into the victim’s room, threatened to put a pillow case over his head, was given $2, stole $5 more and lifted a bottle of cologne. [See Skelton, B5] California lawmakers are pushing to increase regulation of home schools after a dozen siblings were discovered locked in a dirty, dark house in Riverside County. The house in Perris had been registered as a private school — with the cheery name of Sandcastle Day School. Last month, after a malnourished 17-year-old escaped and alerted authorities to the abuse she and her 12 siblings, ages 2 to 29, had endured there, her parents were arrested and charged with multiple counts of torture and child endangerment. David Turpin, 56, and Louise Turpin, 49, have pleaded not guilty to the charges against them, and a judge has barred them from contacting their children. David Turpin had registered with the state as the principal of Sandcastle Day School, saying six schoolage children were enrolled. The case attracted national attention, including calls for California to reexamine its home-schooling policies. On Feb. 16, Assemblyman Jose Medina (D-Riverside) proposed a bill that he said would “tighten up” state regulation. Assemblywomen Susan Talamantes Eggman (D-Stockton) and Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher (D-San Diego) have signed on as co-sponsors. Under current state law, families who choose to educate their children at home are deemed to be operating private schools. They’re required to register with the state Department of Education and submit annual paperwork, known as a private school affidavit, that tells the state how many students are enrolled and where the school is located. The only way to guess which private schools actually are home schools is to look for those with very small numbers of students. No one in the state Department of Education, county or local school district has any legal responsibility to check on the conditions of home schools or assess the students’ academic performance. And although private schools are required to get annual fire inspections, this regulation has never been broadly applied to home schools. Medina’s bill aims to change that. The legislation would require city and county fire departments to conduct annual inspections of all registered home schools in their areas. Home-schooling families who live in parts of the state without fire districts would be subject to annual inspections by the Office of the State Fire Marshal. Under the newly proposed language, the state superintendent of instruction would give these agencies lists of registered private schools within their jurisdiction, including those that report enrolling five or [See Home schools, B4] Need help for an injured ant, stat! An African species uses a sophisticated triage system to decide which comrades to save. B2 Lottery ...................... B2 B2 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M SCIENCE FILE Medic! Injured ants get attention An African species uses a triage system to decide which comrades to save. AMINA KHAN Move over, ant farms — ant hospitals are where the real action is. Scientists studying the behavior of African Matabele ants in Ivory Coast have found that the insects act like paramedics in a crisis, triaging and treating the wounds of their injured peers. The discovery, described in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, documents a surprisingly sophisticated system that helps determine which ants are most likely to survive a combat injury. Ants are often thought to live in systems where the life or death of an individual worker doesn’t matter much. That’s because many ant species live in giant colonies whose workers usually have very short life spans relative to the queen, and because the queen can lay eggs for new workers at a fast rate. “The benefit from helping injured ants in this scenario is small, because replacing them should be easier,” the scientists wrote. “At the same time, if injuries were mainly fatal, the benefit of a rescue behavior focused on injured individuals would again be marginal.” That’s not the case for ants like Megaponera analis, which venture out in raiding parties of 200 to 600 individuals, attack termites and carry their unfortunate prey back home. The hardheaded termites don’t go without a fight, though. Many invading ants lose legs or end up with termite mandibles dug into their bodies. Surprisingly, the returning ants don’t abandon all Erik T. Frank A MATABELE ANT in Ivory Coast treats the wounds of a nest mate whose limbs were bitten off during a fight with termite soldiers. their casualties: Before returning home they look for their injured comrades, which send out a “distress signal” pheromone. Within 24 hours of being taken back to the nest and treated, maimed ants can switch to a four-legged or five-legged gait that lets them run almost as fast as their sixlegged peers. Because these injured ants can still do almost the same things as their healthy peers, it makes sense to bring them home and treat them — especially because roughly a third of the small ants that run these termite raids have lost a leg at some point in their life. Gravely injured peers are usually left behind. And open wounds from severed legs could easily become infected and spread disease in the ant nest, given that there’s a lot of interaction and very low diversity within a single colony. So for this paper, scientists from the University of Wuerzburg in Germany wanted to learn how the ants providing medical aid make decisions about which wounded ants to save — or whether it’s their decision to make at all. “While the benefit for the colony of leaving behind fatally injured ants is clear, the mechanism that regulates this behavior remains unknown: is the decision to rescue made by the helper or the fatally injured ant?” the study authors wrote. To find out, the researchers tracked 208 ant raids of 16 M. analis colonies in a humid savanna woodland in Comoe National Park in northern Ivory Coast. They dug up 14 colonies and surveyed the population, finding that the colony sizes ranged from about 900 to 2,300 ants, and also put captured ants in laboratory “nests” to document their behavior. They ran experiments on the ants, including placing maimed nest mates (missing either two or five legs) in the path of raiding parties returning home. The scientists found that it was the injured ants, rather than the paramedics, that determined whether they’d be carried home or left to die. That’s because the wounded ants behaved differently depending on their physical state. The ants with less serious injuries (just a couple of maimed legs) walked slower and stumbled more often when their peers were nearby. They also curled up in a “pupae-like” position when another ant felt them up with her antennae — presumably this made the injured ant easier to carry. The scientists aren’t sure why the ants with relatively “minor” injuries slow down — perhaps it’s to make sure they get noticed. But if the raiding party passed them by, they’d quickly speed up and follow the group home. The gravely injured ants, on the other hand, flailed wildly — making it very difficult for potential rescuers to pick them up and take them home. After a few attempts, the helping ant would give up and move on. In this way, the lost causes kept their fellow ants from wasting any effort on them. But that’s not to say that the lightly injured ants are “faking it,” the scientists said. “While comparisons to human behavior and ‘acting more injured’ near conspecifics are easy to make, we want to emphasize that this is not the case here,” the authors wrote. “This behavior cannot be considered cheating, because all these ants are truly injured and not only benefit themselves from being carried back, but so does the colony (by reducing foraging costs/mortality).” That idea is further bolstered by the fact that the heavily injured ants did not try to save themselves by getting help, they added. At the nest, the paramedic ants pulled off any tenacious termites off the injured insects’ bodies and cleaned open wounds by “licking” them intensely, sometimes for several min- utes in one sitting. The scientists think that the insects may have antimicrobial agents in their saliva that might help stave off infection. Whatever the reason, their ministrations worked: only 10% of the ants that got treatment died. Without that attention, 80% of those ants would die. The wounds of heavily injured ants did not get as much grooming time as the more lightly injured insects. They were quickly carried outside the nest and died within 24 hours. “These results are in line with prior studies concerning rescue behavior and support the hypothesis for the evolution of prosocial behavior without the necessity of empathy or cognition,” the study authors wrote. The next steps, they added, are to investigate the nuances of the ants’ triagelike behavior. “How do the ants know where the injury is? How do they know when to stop treating the injury? Is the behavior purely prophylactic or also therapeutic in case of an infection outbreak? How big is the timewindow after injury in which treatment is effective and how does wound clotting affect treatment?” the authors wrote. firstname.lastname@example.org Lottery results For Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018 SuperLotto Plus Mega number is Bold 6-15-22-29-38—Mega 24 Jackpot: $12 million Winners per category: 5 + Mega 5 4 + Mega 4 3 + Mega 3 2 + Mega 1 + Mega Mega only No. of winners 0 3 12 336 514 13,515 6,314 30,722 46,153 Amount of prize(s) — $11,862 $1,482 $88 $51 $9 $11 $2 $1 Powerball Powerball number is bold 24-25-38-62-63—Powerball 6 Jackpot: $269 million California winners per category: 5 + P-ball 5 4 + P-ball 4 3 + P-ball 3 2 + P-ball 1 + P-ball P-ball only No. of winners 0 1 2 79 173 4,085 3,666 29,091 72,292 Amount of prize(s) — $669,941 $29,396 $372 $176 $8 $9 $5 $4 Winning jackpot ticket(s) sold in other states: None For Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018 Fantasy Five: 2-6-11-14-15 Daily Four: 4-6-2-9 Daily Three (midday): 6-4-8 Daily Three (evening): 2-2-6 Daily Derby: (4) Big Ben (7) Eureka (6) Whirl Win Race time: 1:44.83 Results on the internet: www.latimes.com/lottery General information: (800) 568-8379 (Results not available at this number) M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M B3 CITY & STATE City closing streets with Oscar nigh Closures near Dolby Theatre will intensify this week to prepare for March 4 event. By Doug Smith Katie Falkenberg Los Angeles Times THE STUDENTS marched from the beach to Malibu High School, where several spoke out against gun vi- olence and called on leaders to take action. Above, junior Collette Aldrich speaks during the rally. Marching in Malibu against gun violence Hundreds of students and their families attend a rally for stricter laws By Carlos Lozano Hundreds of Malibu High School students and their families participated in a march and a rally Sunday calling for stricter gun control laws. The Call to Action March at Zuma Beach was prompted by the mass shooting Feb. 14 at Marjory Science Bowl winner advances By Dakota Smith North Hollywood High School bested the competition Saturday in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s 25th Annual Power Science Bowl regional competition. The San Fernando Valley school’s A Team took top honors, marking the 19th win in the last 21 years for North Hollywood High, said Walter Zeisl, DWP’s manager of education outreach. The North Hollywood team displayed an “outstanding grasp of advanced science, math and technology concepts, quick reflexes and grace under pressure,” according to a news release from the utility. Modeled after a television game show, the Science Bowl quizzes the five-member teams on math, science and technology. A total of 50 teams from 29 schools in Greater Los Angeles participated in Saturday’s all-day event, which was held in downtown L.A. Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies came in second, and North Hollywood High School’s B Team came in third. Each member of the winning team received $1,000 courtesy of Hitachi and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington to represent L.A. in the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl in April. The National Science Bowl is among the largest U.S. science-related academic competitions and the only one sponsored by a federal agency, the utility said. email@example.com Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that killed 17 students and school personnel and wounded 16 others. The shootings reignited a national debate on gun laws, particularly over the accessibility of semiautomatic weapons like the kind used in Florida. The 19-year-old suspect, a former student at the school, had legally bought his AR-15 semiautomatic rifle and ammunition magazines. Many in the crowd Sunday waved signs that said “Enough is Enough,” “No Guns” and “Never Again.” The students marched from the beach to Malibu High School, where several spoke out against gun violence and called on local, state and federal leaders to take action. Survivors of the Florida shooting are organizing a “March for Our Lives” rally in Washington, D.C., on March 24, and are expecting up to 500,000 people to attend. Similar marches are planned in cities around the country. firstname.lastname@example.org Porn actress cashes in on her alleged Trump tryst Stormy Daniels is mum on the president at a tour stop in North Hollywood strip club. By Benjamin Oreskes The promotion on the Deja Vu strip club’s Instagram said it all. “No hush money required here. See the porn star worth $130,000 but will only cost you the price of admission.” Stormy Daniels, who vaulted into the national spotlight as a result of her reported affair with Donald Trump, would be writhing — live on stage — at the North Hollywood club. Patrons paid $25 to see her perform Saturday night. The latest stop on her nationwide tour came with a fair bit of hype and anticipation. Earlier this month, President Trump’s personal attorney acknowledged paying Daniels, who is known offstage as Stephanie Clifford, $130,000 just before the 2016 election, but has not said why. This led Daniels’ manager, Gina Rodriguez, to say that her nondisclosure agreement was invalidated and that “everything is off now, and Stormy is going to tell her story.” The North Hollywood club is a short drive from the Beverly Hills Hotel, where Daniels, 38, reportedly had dinner and watched “Shark Week” with Trump more than a decade ago. So would Saturday be the night when she confirmed her tryst with Trump? As the anticipation grew, some of the Deja Vu staff grumbled that she was late. For a Saturday, the room wasn’t as full as they would like. Her first show was sched- Patrick T. Fallon For The Times ADULT FILM performer Stormy Daniels arrives at a North Hollywood strip club on Saturday. uled for 9 p.m. That would be followed by another one at midnight and yet another at the Deja Vu club in Hollywood at 3 a.m. “We’re not trying to make the customers wait, but she’s making us wait,” said one employee, who gave his name only as Eddie. A 2011 In Touch Weekly interview with Daniels was released last month in which she is quoted detailing her alleged affair with Trump in 2006. The liaison occurred months before Trump’s wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron. Trump has denied the story, which brought international media attention and led to Daniels’ recent appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” During the show, she declined to reveal details about her relationship with the 45th president. Arriving at the North Hollywood club shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday in a white Porsche sport utility vehicle, Daniels breezed past three reporters, flashing only a smile. “Do you think Donald Trump will win the election in 2020?” a TMZ reporter blurted out. There was no response. (Daniels’ manager said in an email that she would not be doing interviews.) Inside, one of the few hints of politics was a patron wearing a red Make America Great Again hat. The announcer urged the crowd — the place was half-full — to get closer to the stage as he introduced the porn star. Daniels appeared in a red cape to Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs’ rendition of “Li’l Red Riding Hood.” Men in the front row ogled as she began to strip, and stuck dollar bills to her naked body at one point. After exiting stage left, Daniels’ assistant brought out a laundry basket to collect her tips. Between shows, customers stood in line for a meet and greet. One man, sporting a Wicked Pictures Tshirt, said he bought one of Daniels’ adult films for her to sign. That cost him $20. For another $20, she posed with him for a photo. Was he there because of Daniels’ newfound fame? “No,” he said. “I’ve been a fan of hers for a long time.” If you were planning to cruise Hollywood Boulevard this week, forget about it. As of 10 p.m. Sunday, the block west of Highland Avenue — where the TCL Chinese Theatre, El Capitan Theatre, Madame Tussauds Hollywood and Michael Jackson’s star are found — will be closed to vehicles. The closure, to clear the way for construction of camera stations, fan bleachers and pre-show stages for the 90th Oscars ceremony, will continue through 6 a.m. March 7. In a plan worked out by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the city of Los Angeles, additional streets, sidewalks and crosswalks will be closed for varying periods leading up to the March 4 event at the Dolby Theatre. In addition to the street closures, MTA subway trains will bypass the Hollywood and Highland Station after the last regularly scheduled train on Saturday until 6 a.m. March 5. Service at the station will resume with the first scheduled train after 6 a.m. Closures will become more extensive during the week, including Orchard Alley north of the theater, Hawthorn Alley and Hawthorn Avenue to the south and portions of Orange Drive to the west. For 24 hours beginning at 4 a.m. Sunday, some streets will be closed in a wider area extending east to Wilcox Avenue and west to El Centro Avenue. Access will be allowed for residents, businesses and emergency vehicles. Detailed descriptions and maps of the closures are available from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the 6th and the 13th District City Council field offices and on the academy’s website. doug.smith @latimes.com Twitter: @LATDoug A horse on the freeway, and it wasn’t a Mustang By Doug Smith “So a horse walks onto the 91 freeway … no joke.” It was an unusually flip beginning for a tweet from the California Highway Patrol. But then, it was an unusually zany incident, once it was all over and no one was injured — not horse, not rider, nor arresting officer. The tweet, posted at 6:51 p.m. Saturday by the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs office, continued in earnest to report that the man who rode his horse onto the freeway was arrested on suspicion of DUI. “Don’t put yourself, your beautiful animal, or others in danger of being killed in traffic,” it concluded. The suspect, identified as Luis Alfredo Perez of Placentia, was reported to have been celebrating his 29th birthday when he rode his white Arabian, Guera, onto the 91 Freeway at Paramount Boulevard. Perez had exited at Downey Avenue and ridden into Bellflower when CHP officers, alerted by a 911 call, stopped him and administered a field sobriety test. He was recorded with a bloodalcohol level of 0.21%, more than twice the legal limit, City News Service reported. Perez is being held in lieu of more than $50,000 bail, according to the L.A. County sheriff ’s online records, which show additional cases pending against Perez. In a follow-up tweet, the CHP doubled down on its offbeat tone. “We get a chuckle out of the interesting situations we encounter from time to time, but one thing the CHP does not do is ‘horse’ around with DUI,” the agency tweeted a few hours later. Besides touching off a small media flurry, the tweets also stimulated a give-and-take with the public on the CHP’s Twitter account. “What about the horse?” someone asked. “ ‘Guera’ the White Arabian Horse was released to the suspect’s mother immediately after the arrest,” was the reply. Then followed a lighthearted discussion of the law. A pair, identifying themselves as former law enforcement officers in their 70s and 80s, asked the CHP a bit sarcastically for a definition of the “D” in “DUI,” which they doubted would apply to horses. “Is there really a horsey deuce section now?” they asked. A David Sampson chimed in, saying, “I’m no expert, but I’m not seeing anything except motor vehicles that require a license described in 21050 VC,” referring to the California Vehicle Code. Dead serious at last, the CHP referred the skeptics to the same section, “which states that a person riding an animal upon a highway is subject to all of the same rights and DUTIES as someone operating a vehicle upon a highway.” Yes, there is a horsey deuce section. email@example.com Twitter: @LATDoug CHP benjamin.oreskes @latimes.com Twitter: @boreskes AN UNIDENTIFIED California Highway Patrol officer gives a field sobriety test to Luis Alfredo Perez, who reportedly rode a horse onto the 91 Freeway. B4 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M Home school rules under review [Home schools, from B1] fewer students, which are likely to be home schools. “The horrific child abuse case in Perris ... raised questions about the lack of oversight of private schools,” Medina said in a statement. “I believe it is important to have different education options, such as private schools, to meet each child’s individual needs. However, the state has a responsibility to ensure that each child is in a safe learning environment.” ‘The horrific child abuse case in Perris ... raised questions about the lack of oversight of private schools.’ — Jose Medina, assemblyman California’s current law might seem unusually hands-off for a state often mocked for excessive regulation. But according to the Coalition for Responsible Home Education, a nonprofit that advocates for more active oversight of homeschooled children, the state has policies more stringent than many others. Eleven states don’t require parents to submit any documentation or register with state agencies or school districts. Among them is Texas, where the Turpin family lived for a time. California is one of 15 states that ask only that families formally register with a state agency. Here, home-schooled children aren’t held to specific academic standards or required to take standardized tests. Their parents aren’t fingerprinted, and the state doesn’t check their criminal histories, as it would for a traditional public or private school teacher. Medina’s bill does not address those ex- Marcus Yam Los Angeles Times THE BILL by Assemblyman Jose Medina would require fire departments to conduct annual inspections of all registered home schools in their areas. Above, news crews outside the Perris home of David and Louise Turpin, who are accused of torture and child endangerment. emptions. Mike Smith, president of the Home School Legal Defense Assn., a national advocacy group that opposes increased home-schooling regulations, called Medina’s proposal “the biggest threat” to come out of California in recent years. He said the proposed language would violate home-schooling families’ 4th Amendment privacy protections and single them out for unnecessary scrutiny. “We know what they’re trying to do. They’re trying to get into home-school homes,” Smith said. “And there are very few ways you can invade a home. So that’s what this is intended to do.” Even among groups that advocate for more monitoring, the reaction was lukewarm. Rachel Coleman, executive director of the Coalition for Responsible Home Edu- cation, said the proposed bill doesn’t solve some major problems. The state is wrong to carve out exemptions for home-schooling families within its private school law, she said, such as allowing home-schooling parents to avoid criminal background checks. “The private school law in California was not designed for home schoolers,” she said. “In many ways, an individual home-school statute would simplify the current legal situation.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @annamphillips M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M B5 Hunt for voters in jail [Vote, from B1] unseat incumbent Jim McDonnell. “You have a say in how that happens,” Lim, who directs the jails project for the ACLU of Southern California, told the men. After decades of laws that advanced felony disenfranchisement, many states — California, Colorado, Connecticut and New York — have begun to lift some restrictions. Locally, the ACLU, politicians and community organizations are fighting the misconception that incarcerated Californians, who are disproportionately African American and Latino, are locked out of the voting process. We’re “opening up those avenues of education and engagement so they do participate and do share their voice,” Lim said at a recent training session for volunteers. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors this month approved a countywide initiative to promote voter education and registration for current and former offenders. “No one should be denied their constitutional rights,” said Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who co-wrote the plan. “I think voter registration efforts in the jails ought to be viewed as a significant piece to anti-recidivism and reentry.” Tim Kornegay shook hands with Ridley-Thomas after the motion passed. In 1995, Kornegay, 55, was sentenced to 27 years in prison for receiving stolen goods. While locked up, Kornegay said he “started seeing the impact of how not being knowledgeable” harmed him. “I did my transformation into a better man in there, so when I came out I could be ready to serve,” he said. Since his release in 2015, Kornegay has been involved with L.A. Voice, a faithbased community organization, as a voter engagement organizer. “Voting for us is critically important,” Kornegay said. “The day I got off probation, I registered to vote,” said Tiffany Johnson, associate director and community organizer for A New Way of Life Reentry Project. Registering herself and others to vote “made me feel for the first time in my life that I wanted to be a part of that process,” said Johnson, who served 16 years for a second-degree murder conviction before her release in Photographs by tions. Voter registration in lockups gained momentum in 2016 after the passage of Assembly Bill 2466, which clarified voting eligibility. 2010. The current L.A. County jail population is nearly 17,500 inmates, sheriff ’s officials said. Jeff Klein, manager of voter education and outreach for the Los Angeles County registrar’s office, said more than 600 jail inmates registered to vote in 2016. During the February drive so far, Lim said, 338 inmates at Men’s Central Jail and Century Regional Detention Facility, the women’s jail in Lynwood, have registered. Many inmates listed their home address or an address on the outside on their application. Others were already registered to vote before their incarceration. Voter registration in the jails gained momentum in 2016 after passage of Assembly Bill 2466, which clarified voting eligibility. Assemblyman Matthew Harper (R-Huntington Beach) opposed the measure and granting voting rights to inmates altogether, calling the efforts “a very specific political drive” so Democrats can stifle any political change in California. “It dilutes the vote of the law-abiding citizen,” Harper said. Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) said these efforts send the signal that “the consequences of a felony are being removed.” “Do your time and pay your debt, thoroughly,” Patterson said. “Show a change of heart, a change of life for a substantial time,” and then rights can be restored, he said. During the recent registration at Men’s Central Jail, inmates sat two at a time at silver octagonal tables, under the watchful eye of sheriff ’s deputies. VOLUNTEER Elizabeth Garcia-Bynum, right, assists an inmate. So far 338 people from the men’s jail and women’s facility in Lynwood have registered. Volunteers helped applicants complete voter registration forms and vote-bymail ballot applications. For their mailing address, applicants can use that of the jail or one outside. Homeless inmates are able to use cross streets of locations where they live. Inmates lifted their hands to show the booking number on their white wristbands. The booking number is necessary so that if an inmate transfers to another facility, his ballot can still be mailed to him. The voting process in jail is “very secure,” Los Angeles Sheriff ’s Sgt. Kevin Unland said. Deputies receive a ballot box from the registrar’s office and begin handing out ballots a day or two ahead of the election. Ballots are delivered to the registered inmates in their housing quarters, placed in a sealed envelope, and then handed back to the deputies. The deputies place the sealed votes in the ballot box, which is sent back to the registrar’s office. “It’s a very interesting partnership, with two government entities working with the community to try and engage” with inmates, Lim said at the training session. Deputies didn’t interact during the application process but monitored the door as inmates entered and left the day room. “I got the sticker. I’m a registered voter now,” one inmate said, placing his Unlock the Vote sticker on his chest. In all, volunteers helped to register more than 50 individuals. Elizabeth Garcia-Bynum said three of the initial four inmates she helped were registering for the first time. “Eleven for my first day is pretty good,” she said. michael.livingston @latimes.com Twitter: @mikelive06 State is playing catch-up [Skelton, from B1] Bail was assessed at $350,000. The standard 10% fee to a bail bond agent would have cost $35,000 out of pocket. No way. Humphrey was locked up for months pending trial. The three-judge appellate court unanimously ruled that “by setting bail in an amount it was impossible for [Humphrey] to pay,” it in effect amounted to a violation of “due process protections” guaranteed by the Constitution. The judges said the suspect was entitled to a new bail hearing at which the court must consider “his ability to pay” and “nonmonetary alternatives to money bail.” “The problem this case presents,” the panel observed, “stems … from the enduring unwillingness of our society, including the courts, to correct a deformity in our criminal justice system that close observers have long considered a blight on the system.” “Legislation is desperately needed,” the judges asserted. Next up was state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra. The Democrat announced last week that he’d let the appel- Maria Alejandra Cardona Los Angeles Times A LINE forms at the Men’s Central Jail to get help from the ACLU to complete voter registration forms and vote-by-mail ballot applica- late ruling stand and not appeal it to the state Supreme Court. “I am doing what I can to add to that movement of bail reform,” Becerra told reporters. “Today’s bail system doesn’t make you safer because if you’ve got the money and you’re dangerous, you still get out.” “Bail decisions should be based on danger to the public, not dollars in your pocket,” the attorney general added. This is one of the few issues that separate the leading Democratic candidates to replace Brown, who will be termed out after this year. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is a loud advocate for bail reform. “Cash bail insidiously exacerbates our criminal justice system’s class and racial disparities by creating a cascade of devastating effects for poor people and their families who often lose jobs, homes and even their children before a court even considers their guilt or innocence,” Newsom wrote in an opinion column for the Daily Breeze last year. But former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is cozy with the bail bond industry and law enforcement groups that object to proposed reforms. That has helped him gain recent endorsements from the California Police Chiefs Assn. and the Peace Officers Research Assn. Villaraigosa “supports reforming — not ending — cash bail,” says his campaign spokesman, Luis Vizcaino. “Cash bail does have a place in keeping our communities safe.” State Treasurer John Chiang advocates for major change. “California should reform our for-profit bail system for those who don’t pose a public safety risk,” he says. There’s a good chance there’ll be a major overhaul this year while Brown is still governor. He hasn’t been saying much. But last year he pledged to work with legislators and state Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye “on ways to reform the system in a cost-effective and fair manner, considering public safety as well as the rights of the accused.” The chief justice created a work group of judges that recommended several things. “California’s pretrial release and detention system must be reformed,” it concluded. That effort in the Legislature is being spurred by Sen. Bob Hertzberg (D-Van Nuys) and Assemblyman Rob Bonta (D-Oakland). A Hertzberg bill passed the Senate and is stuck in the Assembly Appropriations Committee. A Bonta bill died on the Assembly floor. “The cost of bail has skyrocketed since Jerry was governor the first time,” Hertzberg says. David Quintana, the lobbyist for bail bond agents, agrees that bail is too high. “It doesn’t work for us if it’s too high for people to pay,” he says. “They stay in jail.” Other states are far ahead of California on reform. For a change, we’re trying to play catch-up. Pretrial release should be based on a suspect’s flight risk and danger to the public. We shouldn’t be requiring a payment for freedom. Isn’t that extortion? It sure seems un-American. george.skelton @latimes.com Twitter: @LATimesSkelton B6 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M Dialing down on vehicles vs. pedestrians [Montclair, from B1] Starr’s staff drafted a law that was approved by the City Council in December. For now, first-time offenders will get a warning. Authorities will start giving out tickets in August. The penalty for an infraction? A $100 fine. Statistics show pedestrian fatalities have increased nationwide in recent years. In 2016, 5,987 pedestrians were killed in traffic collisions, a 9% increase from the year before (5,495) and 22% increase from 2014 (4,910), according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The agency does not keep data on how many of those pedestrians were distracted, but safety experts suspect cellphone usage is tied to the increase. “Everyone’s using them, we’ve got them glued to our hands, whether we are on foot or behind the wheel.... It’s definitely worth exploring more,” said Kara Macek, a spokeswoman with the Governors Highway Safety Assn. But because distracted pedestrian laws are so new, she said, the “jury’s still out as to whether it’s actually going to make a difference.” City officials in Montclair, a city of about 38,000 residents, said a string of accidents in which pedestrians were injured had something in common. Police noticed “that ones that rose to the top as a significant concern involved Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times MONTCLAIR officials hope the new law will reduce the number of pedestrians hit by vehicles. The city has also added warning decals to many intersections, and it plans to paint stencils at every crosswalk corner. the use of a cellphone,” Starr said, pointing to a 2012 incident that was particularly devastating. Yessica Gonzalez, at the time a 15-year-old high school student, was walking to Montclair High School one morning in September. As she stepped into a marked crosswalk, she was hit by a vehicle. The crash left Gonzalez hemiplegic and with severe brain damage. “She has mental wherewithal of between a 1- and 3year-old,” said her attorney, Ernest Algorri. City officials say she was on her phone, with her earbuds in. Algorri, who is suing the city for damages, disputes that and called the new law an attempt to taint the jury in his upcoming trial. “We had been discussing this issue, just safety in general, as we’re seeing people blindly walking across the street, staring at their phones without paying attention,” said Jon Hamilton, the city’s director of administrative services. “It’s an issue that has become more and more prevalent based on the increased usage of cellphones, particularly among younger residents.” One of them, Nicola Martinez, said she sees fellow students walking home every day from Our Lady of Lourdes School with their devices out. “I feel this [law] is actually really needed,” she said. But another resident criticized the law as an example of government overreach. “We shouldn’t invent a law just because you have the authority to do so ... to solve something that isn’t prolific and an epidemic within the city borders,” resident Benjamin Lopez told the City Council in December. Since then, officials have launched an aggressive public awareness campaign in schools. The city plans to paint stencils on every crosswalk corner, designed to catch the eye of someone looking down at a cellphone. And at the city’s more than 50 signalized intersections, crews have stuck up decals depicting a no-cellphone symbol below the words: “Don’t be distracted.” Some decals have since gone missing. “We have to keep putting them up. They disappear,” Starr said, laughing. “I would say it’s an early protest by young people.” Not everyone has heeded the warnings. In recent weeks, city officials said, a junior high school student leaving campus was sideswiped after she walked into the path of a car. She was on her phone. alene.tchekmedyian @latimes.com Twitter: @AleneTchek MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2018 LATIME S.COM/OLYMPICS PYEONGCHANG Jean-Christopohe Bott European Press Agency LINDSEY VONN and the U.S. Olympians enjoy the closing ceremony at Pyeongchang Stadium. The U.S. won 23 medals, fourth most, including a bronze by Vonn. FUN AND GAMES That’s what Olympics wants us to remember, but the reality is hard to forget DYLAN HERNANDEZ PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Representing the union of the world’s continents, the interlocking rings on the Olympic flag symbolized something else Sunday night at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games. Frustration. Exasperation. Hopelessness. So much for Faster, Higher, Stronger. With the International Olympic Committee refusing to reinstate Russia for the ceremony, the fivering banner remained the adopted flag of the country’s delegation, which competed under the moniker of Olympic Athletes From Russia. The neutral flag was ushered into the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium along with those of the other participating countries. It was raised during a medal ceremony for the men’s 50-kilometer cross-country skiing competition, one on each side of Finland’s flag, as Alexander Bolshunov and Andrey Larkov finished second Francois-Xavier Marit AFP/Getty Images THE CLOSING CEREMONY was a celebration of the athletes and their achievements of the past two weeks marked by extravagant fireworks displays and Korean pop music performances. and third, respectively, to Iivo Niskanen. These awkward moments are what will be remembered about this closing ceremony, not the K-pop performances, messages of hope and solidarity or extravagant fireworks displays. Russia will be reinstated by the IOC in the coming weeks or months, provided no more of the country’s Winter Games participants test positive for banned substances. But the underlining tensions will remain. The IOC was in a no-win situation. Considering the scope of Russia’s state-sanctioned doping program and the damage it inflicted on the 2014 Sochi Games, the country’s Olympic committee deserved worse. The ban wasn’t a complete ban, as the 168 athletes from Russia were allowed to compete in Pyeongchang as neutral OAR athletes. Restoring Russia’s status as a participant for the 2020 Tokyo Summer Games feels like letting a fox back into a henhouse in which he already has feasted, especially with the Russian AntiDoping Agency still suspended by the World Anti-Doping Agency. On the other hand, complete or [See Hernandez, D10] FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE Hockey players win gold and party by singing their banned anthem HELENE ELLIOTT PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Sweaty and spent, members of the team with the awkward name Olympic Athletes From Russia gathered to finish their mission. Dazzling young forward Kirill Kaprizov’s power-play goal 9 minutes 40 seconds into sudden-death play had given them a 4-3 victory over upstart Germany and had transformed them into Olympic hockey champions for the first time since they were known as the Unified team in 1992, but there was a job still to be done, a promise to keep. Russia had been banned from the Pyeongchang Games by the International Olympic Committee as punishment for its state- sponsored doping programs, but individual athletes were allowed to compete here as neutral athletes after their doping histories were reviewed. The Russian flag wasn’t depicted on the gear of athletes who participated in individual or team sports, and the country’s anthem was replaced by the Olympic anthem for the few who won gold. That Olympic hymn played on the sound system at Gangneung Hockey Centre on Sunday evening after the Russians saved their tournament by tying the score with 55.5 seconds left in the third period and prevailed on Kaprizov’s wicked shot from the right circle. The players ignored the hymn. Standing with their arms around one another, they sang the Russian anthem. It was a violation of the IOC’s sanctions against [See Elliott, D2] Jae C. Hong Associated Press HOCKEY PLAYERS with the Olympic Athletes From Russia team celebrate with coach Oleg Znarok. How ‘the dungeon’ helped UFC fighter Brian Ortega find a better path in life. SPORTS INSIDE >>> D2 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S PYEONGCHANG 2018 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA MEDAL COUNT THE LEADERS --------------------------------------------- NORWAY 39 31 29 23 20 G 14 S 14 B 11 --------------------------------------------- GERMANY G 14 S 10 B 7 --------------------------------------------- CANADA G 11 S 8 B 10 --------------------------------------------- UNITED STATES G 9 S 8 B 6 --------------------------------------------- NETHERLANDS G 8 S 6 B 6 --------------------------------------------- THE OTHERS Franck Fife Getty Images MARIT BJOERGEN of Norway celebrates winning the women’s 30km mass start classic in cross-country skiing on Sunday. The history books will look back at the Pyeongchang Games as an overwhelming success story for Norway, which emerged as the medal count leader. OLYMPICS BUZZ WINNERS AND LOSERS By John Cherwa This is your daily infusion of information and news that you might have missed. The really big stuff you’ll find in other stories. Here, in the final Buzz of these Games, we take a look at some of the winners and losers. Winners Tourism Bureau of Norway. You can see the pamphlet now: “Come visit the greatest Winter Olympic country in the world. We’ve got it all, especially if it can be done on snow. Inviting mountains, glaciers, deep coastal fjords, pet a reindeer. And while you’re at it, visit the Lillehammer Olympic Resort and relive Tonya and Nancy.” Bars near curling rinks. The incredible gold success of the U.S. men’s curling team is sure to revitalize the sport in this country, although can you revitalize something that’s never been vital? Part of the fun of curling is hoisting a few brews with your friends and opponents in the nearby saloon. As curling grows, so will the beer consumption. Drug scientists in Russia. No, not the current ones, but the ones hired to replace the current ones. There should be lots of openings for Russian scientists who can invent new ways to disguise your specimen samples. The current people need to go, especially after two positives with the country’s “clean” athletes. They need fresh blood (nontainted) in the scientist ranks to go back to the future. Adam Rippon. He couldn’t do a quad, but he sure could be magnetic. Rippon was nothing short of brilliant in interviews around the time he helped the U.S. defend its bronze medal in the team figure skating competition. He was so good that NBC invited him to be a special correspondent for the rest of the Games. But he turned the offer down to continue to be an Olympian in the Village. Condom makers. These Games set a record for the number of free condoms distributed at a Winter Olympics — 110,000 or 37.6 per athlete. (Warning: Never use the .6 ones.) It beat by 10,000 the number distributed at Vancouver and Sochi. Organizers don’t expect them all to be used but some to be taken home as souvenirs. They probably won’t need to be declared at customs. Losers “Today” show journalism. By all accounts, Hoda Kotb is the nicest person you will ever meet, and her on-air presence shows it. But if the “Today” show weren’t on at 7 a.m., you could do a new drinking game every time Hoda says, “I [or we] love you,” or hugs a U.S. Olympic athlete. If she’s an entertainer, that’s great. But journalists don’t say that to people they are interviewing. USOC men’s programs. It’s not a great time to be part of the U.S. men’s programs unless you are a curler, freestyler, snowboarder, short tracker or luger. The men were shut out in Alpine skiing, bobsled, biathlon (of course, the U.S. is always shut out there), cross-country skiing, figure skating, hockey, Nordic combined, ski jumping, skeleton and long-track speed skating. Not good. Figure skating coaches in U.S. It’s hard to make a case for all the young girls and boys to seek out a local rink and find a coach with the goal of becoming a member of the U.S. team unless you enjoy the feeling of ice on your butt. Yes, they did get a bronze in team and ice dancing, but expectations were so much higher. The team will rebound, but right now, things are very disappoint- ing. NBC logo maker. I don’t really know what NBC was thinking (not an uncommon thought), but what was with making its Pyeongchang logo have the Sydney Opera House in the background? Look it up, the sails of the Opera House are the backdrop to the NBC Olympic logo. We’re guessing it’s supposed to be mountains, but to most everyone else, you’re in Australia. Music selector at hockey venue. One of the high points of the Games was the U.S. women winning the hockey gold in a game that couldn’t have been much better. But as the players were on the ice, the sound system in the arena started playing Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.” Uh, don’t they know that’s a protest song? It’s not really a pro-U.S. song. That’s it for now. email@example.com Twitter: @jcherwa RUSSIANS SING SWAN SONG [Elliott, from D1] their country. At that moment, they didn’t care. “It means a lot,” said Ilya Kovalchuk, a former NHL standout who plays for Saint Petersburg of Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League. “It feels good. We knew that we would do it if we win.” They became the favorites as soon as it became clear the NHL would not allow its players to represent their homelands here. The KHL, as Kovalchuk pointed out, is the secondbest hockey league in the world, and every player on his team came from the KHL, nearly all from Saint Petersburg or CSKA Moscow. Kaprizov, a Minnesota Wild prospect; Kovalchuk; former Kings defenseman Slava Voynov — who was voted the tournament’s top defenseman — former Tampa Bay forward Nikita Gusev; and former Detroit Red Wings star Pavel Datsyuk gave them a strong backbone of players who were familiar with an established system. The United States, Sweden, Finland and others were forced to scour second- and third-tier leagues around the world and try to make a whole out of a bunch of jumbled parts. For most, that was a recipe for failure. Germany, seeded 10th here, was an exception. “What happened here,” forward Moritz Brendan Smialowski Getty Images the puck down low and let Gusev work his magic from a sharp angle deep on the left side. “I think we thought we won,” Goc said, “but they didn’t stop.” Kaprizov ended the game 29 seconds after Germany’s Patrick Reimer was sent off for high-sticking, triggering roars from fans who had chanted and sung and waved Russian flags throughout the game. “This was my dream since I was 5 years old,” Kovalchuk said. “It’s good for Russia, it’s good for Russian hockey, it’s good for everybody. I think the final was so exciting and unpredictable. I think that’s what this tournament is all about.” PLAYERS on the Olympic Athletes From Russia hockey team sing their national anthem after receiving gold medals on Sunday at the Gangneung Hockey Centre. Muller said, “was a little miracle.” Under the guidance of coach Marco Sturm, they gained strength after they’d lost their first two games and mowed down Sweden and Canada to reach Sunday’s final. They were within a minute of pulling off a huge upset. They might have been the happiest silver medalists ever to stand on Olympic ice. “After we lost the game, we were really disappointed, but more and more, we’re going to realize we lost against the Russian team in the gold-medal game of the Olympics, and I think we can be proud of ourselves,” forward Marcel Goc said. Voynov, who was suspended by the NHL and spent two months in prison after pleading no contest to a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence against a spouse, gave the Russians a 1-0 lead with a half-second remaining in the first period with a quick shot from the high slot that zipped past Germany goalie Danny aus den Birken. Germany tied it at 9:32 of the second period on a close-in shot by former Buffalo Sabres draft pick Felix Schutz that Russia goaltender Vasili Koshechkin knocked into the net with his own blocker, and the teams exchanged goals in the third period. Gusev scored from a sharp angle over the German goalie’s shoulder at 13:21 and Dominik Kahun cashed in from the slot at 13:31. Germany took a 3-2 lead with 3:16 left in the third period on a shot by Jonas Muller from between the faceoff circles, but Russia pulled even while killing a penalty. With Koshechkin pulled in favor of an extra skater, the Russians worked firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @helenenothelen OAR 4, Germany 3 (OT) Olympic Athletes Russia ......1 0 2 1 — 4 Germany...........................0 1 2 0 — 3 FIRST PERIOD: 1, OA Russia, Vyacheslav Voinov (Nikita Gusev, Kirill Kaprizov), 19:59. Penalties—Sergei Andronov, OAR (tripping), :15; Christian Ehrhoff, Ger (hooking), 11:52. SECOND PERIOD: 2, Germany, Felix Schutz (Brooks Macek, Patrick Hager), 9:32. Penalties—Patrick Reimer, Ger (hooking), 9:49. THIRD PERIOD: 3, OA Russia, Nikita Gusev (Kirill Kaprizov), 3:31. 4, Germany, Dominik Kahun (Frank Mauer, Yasin Ehliz), 13:31. 5, Germany, Jonas Muller (Yasin Ehliz, Frank Hordler), 16:44. 6, OA Russia, Nikita Gusev (Artyom Zub, Kirill Kaprizov), 19:04 (sh). Penalties—Sergei Kalinin, OAR, served by Mikhail Grigorenko (tripping), 17:49. OVERTIME: 7, OA Russia, Kirill Kaprizov (Nikita Gusev, Vyacheslav Voinov), 9:40 (pp). Penalties—Patrick Reimer, Ger (high sticking), 9:11. Shots on goal: OA Russia 12-9-7-2-30. Germany 68-10-1-25. Goalies—OA Russia, Vasili Koshechkin. Germany, Danny Aus Den Birken. Referees—Mark Lemelin, United States; Aleksi Rantala, Finland; Jimmy Dahmen, Sweden; Sakari Suominen, Finland. Country South Korea OA Russia Switzerland France Sweden Austria Japan Italy China Czech Republic Finland Britain Belarus Slovakia Australia Poland Slovenia New Zealand Spain Hungary Ukraine Belgium Kazakhstan Latvia Liechtenstein G 5 2 5 5 7 5 4 3 1 2 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 S 8 6 6 4 6 3 5 2 6 2 1 0 1 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 B Tot. 4 17 9 17 4 15 6 15 1 14 6 14 4 13 5 10 2 9 3 7 4 6 4 5 0 3 0 3 1 3 1 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Note — Russia was suspended from the Pyeongchang Games; athletes from the country compete under the Olympic flag as Olympic Athletes From Russia (OAR). MEDALISTS UPDATE CROSS-COUNTRY SKIING Women’s 30km mass start classic G Marit Bjoergen, Norway S Krista Parmakoski, Finland B Stina Nilsson, Sweden HOCKEY Men’s G Olympic Athletes From Russia S Germany D SPORTS D M O N D A Y , F E B R U A R Y 2 6 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S It’s beat USC or else for Bruins Making a pitch to keep Kershaw BILL PLASCHKE PEORIA, Ariz. — In any other year, this trip would have felt like a complete waste of time. I rolled into Peoria Sports Complex on Sunday afternoon to check out Clayton Kershaw’s first Dodgers start of the spring, and it lasted about five minutes. Typical Kershaw. Looked like June. Needed 11 pitches. Retired three Seattle Mariners big leaguers. None of them made good contact. It was over before it started. Yawn. In any other year, this day would be a bore, but this year is different. This year, the mere sight of Kershaw standing on a mound is worth seeing, whenever possible, wherever possible. Each scuff of the mound should be remembered. Each strikeout should be savored. Each sweaty growl should be heard. Because this year could be Kershaw’s last year as a Dodger. This is not news. You’ve read the stories. But do you comprehend the realities? At the end of this season, Kershaw can opt out of his contract and become a free agent, and it is foolish to think he would not do this. After 11 years in one uniform, it would be his first chance to test his market value. He could use the opportunity to extend his current deal beyond its two remaining years after this season. He could sign a new contract that would carry him through the remainder of his baseball-playing life. He would have control, and [See Plaschke, D4] Loss likely leaves hopes for at-large bid to NCAA tournament hanging on finale. COLORADO 80 UCLA 76 By Ben Bolch Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times BRIAN ORTEGA is 13-0 as an MMA pro and none of his five UFC bouts has gone the distance. He will face former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. A GREAT ‘ESCAPE’ BOULDER, Colo. — Now it’s getting dire. UCLA, needing a road win to aid its sagging NCAA tournament chances, made one large comeback but not a second during an 80-76 loss to Colorado on Sunday. Trailing by 10 early in the second half, the Bruins briefly surged ahead before faltering amid turnovers, negligible transition defense and a repeated inability to guard the three-point line. UCLA nearly came all the way back again after falling behind by 14 with less than five minutes to play. The Bruins closed to within four with 15 seconds left and got the ball back, but Jaylen Hands and Kris Wilkes missed three-pointers. The Bruins were left to walk off the court expressionless after what felt like a sendoff for their NCAA tournament hopes. “Nobody’s thrilled with it or happy about it, so I hope it hurts,” coach Steve Alford said after the Bruins (19-10 overall, 10-7 Pac-12) dropped into a tie with Utah for fourth in the conference. “We’ve got a good group of guys who have been fighting all year, so I’m sure it hurts.” Now the Bruins likely need to beat USC on Saturday at the Galen Center and win a game or two in the Pac-12 tournament to make the tournament that really matters. Lose to the Tro[See UCLA, D9] Amid a troubled life, Ortega found inspiration — and his ticket to potential UFC glory — inside his coach’s garage BY LANCE PUGMIRE Robert Gauthier L.A. Times CLAYTON KERSHAW could opt out of Dodgers contract after season. Guerrero Angels’ guest of honor Newly elected Hall of Famer who will wear team’s cap is helping out at spring training. D5 At the depth of his life as a teen, Brian Ortega was pierced by an inspired thought: “I’m better than this, I don’t belong here.” Ortega’s reality quickly slapped the belief away. At 17, he was out of his home, expelled from a fourth high school for fighting, and associated with a meddlesome group around the South Bay. Who believed in him? Where else would he go? Sanctuary, it turns out, was in a Harbor City garage. At the Redondo Beach surfers’ haven, the Breakwall, a boxing coach happened to glance up before taking to the waves one day to spot Ortega. A friend at a nearby jiujitsu academy had recently described a skinny, shaved-head kid displaying rare talents, and the coach connected Ortega to that description. James Luhrsen approached Ortega, asking him how strong his stand-up fighting was. Admitting it as a weakness, Ortega accepted Luhrsen’s invitation to come train with Luhrsen and his boxing brothers. Luhrsen didn’t need long to assess that Ortega’s fighting stance was deeply flawed. To fix it, he told Ortega, peering hard into the troubled boy’s dodgy eyes, “You need to listen. Are you going to listen?” Ortega turned 27 last week. Saturday night at UFC 222 in Las Vegas, the UFC’s unbeaten, No. 3-rated featherweight has an opportunity to reach a title fight if [See UFC, D9] he can defeat former light- David Zalubowski AP AARON HOLIDAY has a big game with 21 points but can’t rescue UCLA. Alford says Ball’s opinion ‘ludicrous’ The Lakers guard’s coach at UCLA says, “That’s crazy. Not everybody’s getting paid.” D9 Will Kings, Ducks shuffle deck? Teams not expected to make major moves prior to Monday’s NHL trade deadline. By Curtis Zupke Reed Hoffmann Associated Press THE RAMS agreed to acquire cornerback Marcus Peters in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs. Rams could go in many directions Chargers assess needs at combine After trading for cornerback Marcus Peters, the Rams weigh their options ahead of the NFL combine. D4 The team’s leadership could consider a run stuffer, a kicker and possibly the plan for life after Philip Rivers. D4 When Rob Blake hunkers down in his office for the final hours leading up to the NHL trade deadline Monday, he’ll be just like any other general manager. He’ll stare at the organizational depth chart on the white board and try to improve his team. But it’s going to take a special deal for Blake to get out his black marker and move major pieces around. Since he became Kings general manager last year, Blake has stuck to his Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times David Zalubowski AP ROB BLAKE was active MAX PACIORETTY is in the last two weeks. grist to L.A. rumor mill. approach of keeping them contending without compromising the future. He got a jump on the deadline in the last two weeks when he added veteran defenseman Dion Phaneuf, forward Nate Thompson and speedy winger Tobias Rieder, all without giving up draft picks or prospects. Of course, Blake isn’t done searching, but those moves addressed the Kings’ two most pressing needs heading into Monday. “I think we’ve identified speed,” Blake said. “We identified an element of scoring. There are things we’ve set out to do.” Blake has already stated he’s not interested in highprice rentals, or players on expiring contracts. That didn’t stop the rumor mill from churning as Sportsnet reported Saturday that the Kings are making a “push” for Montreal Canadiens forward Max Pacioretty. Not only is that not believed to be true, it goes against the building-block strategy the Kings have preached. Blake has said he’s mainly interested in hockey deals, which would mostly involve freeing up money or stocking the cupboard. The Kings have elite prospects at several positions in forward Gabriel Vilardi, defenseman Kale Clague and goalie Cal Petersen, and moving them would hurt the team’s already below-average minor league depth. The Kings have dusted off that cupboard this [See Deadline, D7] D4 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . 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ON THE AIR TV: MLB TV: FS West R: 830 TV: ESPN TV: ESPN2 TV: CBS Sports TV: ESPNU TV: FS1 TV: Prime TV: ESPN TV: ESPN2 TV: FS1 TV: NHL TV: NBCSN TV: FS West R: 790 TV: SpecSN, SpecDep R: 710, 1330 Germany, Dortmund vs. Augsburg Italy, Cagliari vs. Napoli Spain, Levante vs. Betis Portugal, Sporting vs. Moreirense TV: FS1 TV: beIN1 TV: beIN2 TV: GolTV Net ATP: Dubai Championships Center Court, ATP: Acapulco ATP: Dubai Championships TV: Tennis TV: Tennis TV: Tennis Kershaw belongs in L.A. [Plaschke, from D3] he could take control, and nobody would blame him for it. It is also foolish to think that he would easily leave, or that the Dodgers make it easy for him to leave. He is their cornerstone. He is their future statue. He could become the only Dodgers Hall of Famer to spend his entire career with the Los Angeles franchise. That will probably mean something to Kershaw and ownership when it comes time to crunch the numbers. If Kershaw stays healthy all year, and does not agree to a contract extension during that time, the early chances of him opting out of his contract are probably 100% and the chances of him actually leaving are probably only 30%. But still, a couple of things could happen in the next six months that would definitely send him packing, enough that it’s worth watching and worrying. What if his nagging back bites him again, he sits out a chunk of the season for the third consecutive year, and the Dodgers don’t want to make the long-term investment in a 30-year-old that another more desperate team would make? In case you haven’t noticed, this front office doesn’t like long-term deals for aging arms and creaky backs. Conversely, what if the Dodgers win a World Series for the first time in 30 years and a playoff-vindicated Kershaw just wants to go home to Texas? That last choice could be the most probable, and difficult: Does Kershaw value a lasting legacy in Los Angeles or a hometown life in Dallas? The easiest way for both Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times CLAYTON KERSHAW and the Dodgers are keeping an “open dialogue” about his contract situation. parties to end his impending drama would be for everyone to agree upon that extension, but it appears that, for now, both sides want to wait on Kershaw’s physical condition and baseball’s potential freeagent landscape. But that could change in a week or a month, who knows? Kershaw will get $33 million this year, with scheduled salaries of $32 million in 2019 and $33 million in 2020, so he would hold all the cards in negotiations that could be protracted and fluid. Last week, general manager Farhan Zaidi said that Kershaw and the front office were maintaining an “open dialogue.” I asked Kershaw on Sunday about Zaidi’s quote and he endorsed it. “I think that’s a good way to put it, for sure,” he said. Would that open dialogue be about an extension? He wouldn’t say. “We just talk,” Kershaw said. “Farhan, [baseball operations boss] Andrew [Friedman] and I have good communication. We’re all on the same page as far as everything is going.” Kershaw has made it clear he doesn’t want to talk much beyond that, telling reporters this offseason that “I need to go pitch, and then everything will take care of itself from there. There might be a decision, but at the end of the day, I’ve just got to go pitch and figure it out from there.” That is truly the bottom line in all of this. Kershaw just needs to go pitch, and Dodgers management needs to watch, and this whole cloudy situation will eventually become clear. What could forever remain murky is the feelings of Dodgers fans. They seem to unconditionally love Kershaw, giving him the loudest ovation at the recent fan festival, and would be generally devastated at his departure. But underneath the applause there will always be grumblings about his postseason. On one hand, he is truly the greatest pitcher on the planet, and one of the greatest ever, with a career 2.36 earned-run average that, since the start of the live ball era in 1920, ranks as the lowest among all starting pitchers with more than 1,500 innings pitched. Since making his debut in 2008, he has amazingly led the major leagues in ERA, opponents’ average, WHIP, shutouts and winning percentage. That’s an entire decade of being the best pitcher in the game. He could retire now and be a first-ballot Hall of Famer. He has been Los Angeles’ baseball version of Kobe Bryant, with one major exception. He doesn’t have a championship ring, and has struggled in October, all those long nights against St. Louis, two years ago in Chicago, and most recently giving up leads of three and four runs in a pivotal Game 5 of last year’s World Series against Houston. Do you want him to remain a Dodger forever because he is the greatest pitcher of his generation? Or are you so upset with how even his greatest seasons have ended that you don’t really care? No matter how you feel about him, for the thrills he has brought to this city for a solid decade, Kershaw should be embraced in what could be his final season in L.A. It begins March 29 against the San Francisco Giants, when he will make a Dodgers-record eighth opening-day start, ending a tie with Don Drysdale and Don Sutton. If Kershaw wants to look at those two Hall of Famers for guidance, he can consider their two divergent paths. Drysdale spent his entire career with the Dodgers and is still idolized in L.A. Sutton did not, and, regrettably, is not. email@example.com Twitter: @BillPlaschke Rams weigh options before combine Chargers’ main By Gary Klein The exact details of the trade that is bringing cornerback Marcus Peters to the Rams might not be known for a few weeks. But the impact of last week’s agreement with the Kansas City Chiefs, which cannot become official until the NFL’s new league year begins March 14, will influence how the Rams approach this week’s NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis. Before the deal for Peters — a 25-year-old, two-time Pro Bowl player — the Rams were in the trade, draft and free-agent markets for cornerbacks. They still might be active on all of those fronts. The Rams, however, are no longer under pressure to use their first-round pick to increase depth at that critical position. Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times JARED GOFF was drafted first overall in 2016 after the Rams swung a trade with the Tennessee Titans. The Rams hold the 23rd pick in the April 26-28 draft. And though the deal for Peters will include draft picks, the Rams’ first-round pick in this year’s draft is not expected to be among them. A day before news broke about the Peters trade, Rams coach Sean McVay said during an interview that the franchise was preparing for the combine as it did last year before his first season. But now, after leading the Rams to the playoffs and being voted NFL coach of the year, McVay knows what to expect. “This time last year, you’re kind of just keeping your head above water, trying to at least get familiar with the players at the combine as you go through the week,” he said. “Whereas [this year] we’ve been able to be a little bit more diligent with — first and foremost — the evaluation of our own players, then the free agents and how that kind of affects the focus and concentration that we have specific to certain spots at the combine with how we want to add players through the draft.” Another major difference between 2017 and this year: The Rams have a first-round pick. A 2016 trade with the Tennessee Titans enabled the Rams to move to the top of that year’s draft and select quarterback Jared Goff. But the Rams gave up multiple draft picks, including their No. 1 pick last year. The Rams selected tight end Gerald Everett in the second round with the 44th pick. Presumably, they will not have to wait as long this year. So McVay, general manager Les Snead and assistant coaches and scouts this week can focus part of the energies on the types of higher-profile players that were out of reach a year ago. “It does make a difference,” McVay said of having a first-round pick, “because some of those players that you project as those top-tier guys, you’re realistically — without having to package anything or move — you’re realistically going to have a chance to maybe pick those guys.” Goff, 23, is one of multiple key young players on offense, a unit that got a major upgrade last season through the free-agent signings of receiver Robert Woods and linemen Andrew Whitworth and John Sullivan, the drafting of Everett and receivers Cooper Kupp and Josh Reynolds, and the training-camp trade for receiver Sammy Watkins. Watkins and Sullivan are among 14 pending unrestricted free agents, including safety Lamarcus Joyner and cornerbacks Trumaine Johnson and Nickell Robey-Coleman. Watkins and Joyner are thought to be in play as candidates for extensions or the franchise tag. The Rams would like to re-sign Sullivan, and Robey-Coleman has said he wants to return. The addition of Peters — at a relative bargain $1.7-million salary — probably means the Rams will let Johnson hit the market. After the Rams’ playoff loss to the Atlanta Falcons, Snead noted that 2017 offseason moves had tilted toward improving an offense that went from the NFL’s worst in 2015 and 2016 to one of the league’s best in McVay’s first season. The defense under coordinator Wade Phillips was 19th in total defense, 12th in scoring defense and fifth in creating turnovers. “We get that thing to dominant,” Snead said of the defense, “it would be kind of fun.” So the Rams will be no doubt evaluate and interview edge rushers, linebackers and defensive backs this week. They also will be looking for long-term successors for Sullivan, 32, and 36-year-old Whitworth. McVay, speaking generally, said the Rams would continue to develop depth for the offensive and defensive fronts. And in the secondary. Alabama’s Minkah Fitzpatrick, Ohio State’s Denzel Ward, Iowa’s Josh Jackson and Colorado’s Isaiah Oliver are among the defensive backs who will be in Indianapolis. “I don’t think you can have enough guys that can rush, and really, on the back end, enough that can cover,” McVay said. “So that will be kind of a consistent theme, regardless of the depth.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @latimesklein needs are heft and a kicker By Dan Woike Every year, the NFL’s decision-makers descend to the tropical paradise that is Indianapolis in late February for answers. They’ll find out how fast someone can run; how many times he can bench press a certain weight. They’ll learn how high he can jump, how tall he is, and how much he weighs. And, maybe most important, they’ll get to learn about the players’ injuries and personalities. Those are the questions that will be answered in Indianapolis, but the Chargers, like every other team, have very specific questions that won’t get answered until deep into the draft process. Here are the three biggest ones they’ll start addressing: Quarterback plans Until the Chargers actually make a move, this is the question general manager Tom Telesco will have to answer every time the NFL draft rolls around: What’s the plan after Philip Rivers? Rivers did his part to slow that timetable last season with one of the best seasons of his career. Rivers threw only 10 interceptions — six in two games against Kansas City — a dramatic improvement from a 21-interception season in 2016. There have been mixed feelings about this quarterback class, with the top-tier names — Josh Rosen, Sam Darnold, Josh Allen and Baker Mayfield — all coming with their unique concerns. Considering the Chargers played so well under Rivers last season, they might not want to take a quarterback in the early rounds when players who could make an immediate impact are available. Still, if one of the top quarterbacks starts to slip, the Chargers might be in position to start building a contingency plan — if they decide it’s the year to do it. Biggest holes The Chargers enter the offseason in a unique situation — the roster was flawed enough to lose four straight games to start last season and talented enough to win nine of their last 12. They were fairly healthy for most of the season, meaning the Chargers probably need to become deeper than they were a year ago. The bigger needs might be a little more subtle. The Chargers improved dramatically against the run over the course of last season, but they did so in unconventional fashion, using more defensive backs than linebackers. The team could use some heft in the middle — where the career of Brandon Mebane, 33, could be winding down — and will likely get a good look at the top defensive tackles in the draft. The Chargers also could use help at linebacker, and safety Tre Boston might need to be replaced if he leaves via free agency. Offensively, depending on free agency, the Chargers might need to replace Antonio Gates at tight end, and offensive linemen Matt Slauson and Kenny Wiggins. Getting second-year guard Forrest Lamp back from knee surgery will help, and last year’s first-round pick, receiver Mike Williams, should play a bigger role, too. If the Chargers don’t find great answers to what they need most, they could end up simply going for the best value with each pick, a strategy Telesco has used before. Kicker questions The most obvious need the Chargers have going into this offseason is a reliable kicker, something they thought they had when they signed Younghoe Koo as an undrafted free agent … something they thought they had when they signed Nick Novak … and so on and so on ... The first steps at the combine will be figuring which — if any — of the rookie placekickers is worth expending a draft pick. The Chargers could look for a veteran — Oakland’s former kicker Sebastian Janikowski perhaps — or another young kicker who has been making the rounds, but they’ll have to do something to avoid last season’s disaster. email@example.com Twitter: @DanWoikeSports M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S D5 BASEBALL DODGERS REPORT Seager faces brother only as hitter By Andy McCullough PEORIA, Ariz. — Corey Seager resisted the temptation. On Sunday afternoon at Peoria Sports Complex, he stood at the plate as his brother Kyle manned third base for Seattle. Never before had the Seager brothers faced off in a game, separated by seven years in age and kept apart by scheduling quirks each spring. So Corey Seager had multiple opportunities to surprise his brother by laying down a bunt. He decided against it. After all, the Dodgers will meet the Mariners in Seattle in August. “You’ve got to save your free knocks for the year, when they count,” Seager said after going 0 for 3 in the Dodgers’ 2-0 loss. “Catch ‘em off guard when they count, not now.” Kyle Seager is an accomplished player. He was an All-Star in 2014 and finished 12th in American League most-valuable-player voting in 2016. But he has already conceded his title as the family’s best player. During Players Weekend last summer, Kyle wore a jersey that read “Corey’s Brother.” The duo will get a more intense opportunity to square off later in the summer. Corey Seager expected his parents and several other family members to trek from their home in North Carolina to catch the series at Safeco Field. By August, Seager might be able to join his brother as a full-time fielder. Seager played designated hitter for the Dodgers on Sunday, a day after being scratched from a game because of a stomach ailment. That will be his only position for the immediate future. As Seager builds strength in his right elbow, the Dodgers have not determined when he will be cleared to play shortstop, manager Dave Roberts said. Roberts indicated Seager would need about 10 games in the field to be ready for the season. “The guys have him on a Seattle 2, Dodgers 0 The Dodgers lost to the Mariners 2-0 at Peoria Baseball Complex. The Dodgers are 1-3 in Cactus League play. AT THE PLATE: The bats were quiet on Sunday. The collection of Chase Utley, Corey Seager, Justin Turner, Matt Kemp, Yasmani Grandal and Joc Pederson all went hitless. Max Muncy, a non-roster invitee playing at first base, collected a pair of doubles. ON THE MOUND: Clayton Kershaw required 11 pitches to complete his first outing of the spring. He retired all three batters he faced in a brisk inning, then threw another inning in the bullpen. He earned a cheer from the crowd after unfurling a devastating curveball to Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano. “It was good to get back out there,” Kershaw said. “I felt better doing this one than I did in bullpens or stuff like that. With the crowd, facing a different team, it helps a little bit. Glad to get out there, and even though it was just one inning, it felt good to be back out there.” Carlos Osorio Associated Press COREY SEAGER , tracking a popup during a spring-training game, is relegated to designated hitter for now. The Dodgers shortstop is working to strengthen the right elbow that troubled him last season. throwing program, a progression,” Roberts said. “Probably not very aggressive. But it’s what we believe is best for Corey. When he’s in a major league game playing shortstop, I don’t know the date. But I know that we’ve left enough time on the calendar for him to get the reps he needs out there.” Seager dealt with significant elbow pain throughout the second half of 2017. The Dodgers gave him 10 days off in late August and early September to deal with the inflammation and discomfort. Seager felt pain whenever he threw the ball. The Dodgers medical staff determined Seager would not require offseason surgery. But the team has been cautious with Seager this spring. Seager has been able to play catch at a distance of 140 feet. He expected to complete a few more days of that routine before graduating to throwing on the bases. The stress of throwing in a game is more significant than when throwing from a fixed distance. “It just takes a little longer to get loose,” Seager said. “But really other than that, it feels good once I start getting out there.” Seager said he hoped to maintain throwing without discomfort throughout the season. “I don’t know if there will be management to it,” Seager said. “I’m hoping there won’t. It will just be probably a lot of stuff in the training room, strengthening stuff, more than managing pain.” Chargois makes it to Camelback Ranch back Ranch. Chargois appeared in 25 games for Minnesota in 2016. He pitched sparingly last season, and has twice undergone elbow ligament-replacement surgery. Roberts indicated Chargois has been cleared to pitch for 2018. “He threw four bullpens before he got to camp,” Roberts said. “He threw two over there. He’s right where he needs to be.” Roberts gave a nickname to Chargois: “Shaggy.” Claimed off waivers over the weekend, reliever J.T. Chargois arrived at Camel- firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @McCulloughTimes EXTRA BASES: Alex Wood will start on Monday against the Rangers. Wood has been limited in his conditioning drills after spraining his ankle early in camp. The Dodgers have allowed him to continue his throwing program. He plans to pitch exclusively out of the stretch this season to maintain his mechanics. “His thought was if he goes out of the stretch, he can simplify,” manager Dave Roberts said. “And it’s easier to detect if he does get out of whack this year.” UP NEXT: Dodgers at Texas Rangers, noon Monday, Surprise Stadium. No TV. No radio. — Andy McCullough ANGELS REPORT Guerrero glad to pitch in at camp By Jeff Miller TEMPE, Ariz. — They certainly must understand the magnitude of reaching the Hall of Fame. It’s just that some of Vladimir Guerrero’s neighbors apparently don’t completely comprehend what the honor brings. “Many people in the Dominican [Republic] think I just got this big signing bonus,” he said Sunday through an interpreter. “Many people are knocking on my door at 7 or 8 in the morning and saying, ‘Since you got this big signing bonus, why don’t you share a little more with us.’ ” Guerrero, who was elected in his second year of eligibility in January, will be inducted in July. He will become the first player whose plaque shows him wearing an Angels cap. In camp as a guest instructor, Guerrero addressed the team at the request of manager Mike Scioscia. Though he appeared in the majors as recently as 2011, he laughed while saying there were players in the room unfamiliar with him and his exploits. “They never saw me play,” said Guerrero, 43. “I wanted to keep the message to them about hard work, about the things that allowed me to be successful in the big leagues and get to the Hall of Fame.” He said the reality of being deemed an all-time baseball icon has sunk in, Guerrero explaining that the joke in the Dominican Republic is how he could successfully run for president. He has not, however, thought much about what he’ll say during his induction speech, only the parameters of his comments. “I want to keep it as simple as possible, just like I am,” Guerrero said. “But I want to speak about the opportunities that I got representing the Dominican, and Angels 2 San Diego 1 The Angels beat San Diego 2-1 on Sunday at Tempe Diablo Stadium. The Angels are 2-1 in Cactus League play. AT THE PLATE: Jefry Marte had an RBI single in the third inning of a game during which the Angels didn’t manage much offense, their only other run scoring on a passed ball. Jabari Blash just missed hitting a two-run homer in the second, the ball coming down short of the wall in left-center. Backup catcher Rene Rivera had two of the Angels’ five hits, a single and a double. Ben Margot Associated Press VLADIMIR GUERRERO throws out the ceremonial first pitch before Saturday’s spring-training game in Tempe, Ariz. Guerrero, 43, will be the first player to wear the Angels cap in the Hall of Fame. beyond the Dominican, representing Latin America.” It is common for a franchise to retire the jersey number of a player who makes the Hall of Fame. The issue the Angels face is that No. 27 is still being worn, and it’s being worn by Mike Trout, who’s building a career that appears headed toward baseball’s highest honor. “It’s pretty cool to wear his number,” Trout said, “[knowing] what kind of person he is and what he brought to the game and what he brought to the organization.” Guerrero indicated he also thinks Trout continuing to represent No. 27 is cool. “It might be a different story if the person wearing it was not as good as he was,” Guerrero said. “It might be easier for the team [to make the player switch numbers]. I am very proud of what Mike Trout has done wearing No. 27 and, to me, it’s not an issue at all.” Ohtani is already target of critics When not only the baseball world but the rest of the world is watching, the expectations are bound to be high and the critiques unforgiving. Shohei Ohtani’s Cactus League debut Saturday certainly was uneven — four outs, two runs given up, almost as many balls as strikes in 11⁄3 innings — a fact not missed by those who witnessed it and reported the details. A headline on Newsday’s website called the perform- ance “somewhat underwhelming,” the story below making sure to remind everyone that by choosing the Angels, Ohtani was “forgoing a chance to join the Yankees.” One baseball blogger labeled the effort “decidedly ordinary” and Ohtani’s lack of command “not encouraging.” In rewriting an Associated Press story, the Japan Times mentioned that Ohtani, who likely would have pitched two innings had his pitch count been lower, “got pulled early.” Attempting to become the first player to stand out as a regular hitter and pitcher in the big leagues in nearly a century, Ohtani has been likened to Babe Ruth. Mercifully, no one used his ho-hum debut to pro- nounce him the “Joe Blanton of Japan.” New nickname for Ohtani At least one Angel has settled on a nickname for Ohtani. Catcher Martin Maldonado is calling him “Jorge.” “That’s his Latin name,” Maldonado said. “He’s a Latin player now.” Short hops Scioscia still has not made official when Ohtani will debut as a designated hitter, with Monday or Tuesday most likely. … Tyler Skaggs is scheduled to make his first start of the spring Monday against the San Diego Padres. email@example.com ON THE MOUND: Garrett Richards made his 2018 Cactus League debut, pitching a 1-2-3 first inning before giving up a homer to Austin Hedges leading off the second. It was the only hit Richards gave up in his two innings. He made just six starts in 2017 because of a biceps strain and said he spent the offseason focusing not just on strength, but also on flexibility. Rule 5 pick Luke Bard pitched a scoreless inning, his second of the spring. Left-hander Ian Krol worked into and out of seventh- inning trouble, two strikeouts helping offset two walks. Felix Pena closed out the game with a scoreless ninth on his 28th birthday. EXTRA BASES: Nearly all of the Angels regulars have been held out of the first three spring training games and most aren’t likely to play Monday. Look for the likes of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on Tuesday or Wednesday. … Richards said his next start would come Friday or Saturday, as all the Angels have to remain flexible as the team maps out its plans for a six-man rotation. UP NEXT: Angels vs. the San Diego Padres at noon Monday at Peoria Sports Complex. TV: FS West; Radio: 830. — Jeff Miller D6 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S NBA STANDINGS Standings have been arranged to reflect how the teams will be determined for the playoffs. Teams are ranked 1-15 by record. Division standing no longer has any bearing on the rankings. The top eight teams in each conference make the playoffs, and the top-seeded team would play the eighth-seeded team, the seventh team would play the second, etc. Head-to-head competition is the first of several tiebreakers, followed by conference record. (Western Conference divisions: SCPS-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast). WESTERN CONFERENCE Team 1. Houston 2. Golden State 3. San Antonio 4. Minnesota 5. Portland 6. New Orleans 7. Oklahoma City 8. Denver W 46 46 36 37 34 33 34 33 L 13 14 25 26 26 26 27 27 PCT .780 .767 .590 .587 .567 .559 .557 .550 GB L10 10-0 1 ⁄2 6-4 11 4-6 11 5-5 121⁄2 6-4 13 6-4 13 4-6 131⁄2 7-3 Rk. S1 P1 S2 N1 N2 S3 N3 N4 9. CLIPPERS 10. Utah 11. LAKERS 12. Memphis 13. Sacramento 14. Dallas 15. Phoenix 31 31 25 18 18 18 18 27 29 34 40 41 42 43 .534 .517 .424 .310 .305 .300 .295 1 2 71⁄2 14 141⁄2 15 151⁄2 7-3 9-1 6-4 1-9 3-7 2-8 1-9 P2 N5 P3 S4 P4 S5 P5 EASTERN CONFERENCE Team 1. Toronto 2. Boston 3. Cleveland 4. Washington 5. Indiana 6. Milwaukee 7. Philadelphia 8. Miami W 41 42 35 35 34 33 32 31 L 17 19 24 25 25 26 26 29 PCT GB .707 1 .689 ⁄2 .593 61⁄2 .583 7 .576 71⁄2 .559 81⁄2 .552 9 .517 11 L10 8-2 6-4 6-4 7-3 8-2 6-4 8-2 2-8 Rk. A1 A2 C1 S1 C2 C3 A3 S2 9. Detroit 10. Charlotte 11. New York 12. Chicago 13. Brooklyn 14. Orlando 15. Atlanta 28 27 24 20 19 18 18 31 33 37 39 41 41 42 .475 .450 .393 .339 .317 .305 .300 5-5 6-4 1-9 2-8 1-9 4-6 3-7 C4 S3 A4 C5 A5 S4 S5 21⁄2 4 71⁄2 101⁄2 12 121⁄2 13 Clippers hamstrung with injuries Key starters Gallinari (hand) and Bradley (hernia) sidelined during important stretch run for playoffs. By Broderick Turner Two of the Clippers’ main cogs, starters Danilo Gallinari and Avery Bradley, are sidelined by injuries during the team’s most important stretch of the season. Gallinari is perhaps the closest to returning after the forward was listed Sunday as day to day with a bruised right hand. The return of Bradley, one of the top two-way guards in the league, from a sports hernia is more uncertain. Gallinari had two X-rays, Thursday after the injury at Golden State and Friday night in Phoenix, and both revealed no broken bone in his hand. “There was nothing structural,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said before his team practiced Sunday. Chris Szagola Associated Press AVERY BRADLEY has a sports hernia, which may require surgery after the season. “The doctor thought he was day to day and that it would be a pain tolerance thing.” Bradley missed the last two games because of the injury. He has sought more medical advice, but he still hasn’t been cleared. “Avery is going to be out for a little bit so we’re just going to have to figure out how long,” Rivers said. “Don’t know. It could be a week. It could be three weeks. But we don’t know yet.” Bradley tried to practice last Tuesday but was in too much pain to finish the session. “The bottom line is, it’s a tough injury to have,” Rivers said. “It’s the same one that Jawun [Evans] has. And especially with what Avery does. He’s one of the top-five defensive players on the ball in the league and that’s all movement there. So, it’s a tough blow, but it is what it is.” Rivers was asked if surgery was an option for Bradley. “Yeah, it probably is at some point,” Rivers said. “But that would be his season. I think those are the injuries that a lot of players have. I think he has to consider it after the season, but not now.” The Clippers (31-27) just have to push forward with 24 regular-season games left and the playoffs in view. Line 2 101⁄2 3 OFF 111⁄2 81⁄2 10 21⁄2 2 51⁄2 Underdog at Atlanta Detroit Chicago Memphis at New York Phoenix Orlando at Dallas at Utah at Sacramento Wizards 109, 76ers 94 Time 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. HOUSTON 119, DENVER 114 San Antonio 110, at Cleveland 94: LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points, Danny Green had 22 and the Spurs ended a losing streak at four games. Green made five threepoint baskets. LeBron James had 33 points, 13 rebounds and nine assists for the Cavaliers, who are 3-2 since overhauling their roster with three trades. at Charlotte 114, Detroit 98: Dwight Howard had 17 points and 12 rebounds, Kemba Walker scored 17 points and the Hornets won their fourth game in a row. The Hornets bench outscored the Pistons reserves 51-28. Blake Griffin scored 20 points for the Pistons, who have lost five of six games. New Orleans 123, at Milwaukee 121 (OT): Jrue Holiday scored 36 points, 28 in the second half, to lead the Pelicans to their fifth consecutive victory. Anthony Davis had 27 points and 13 rebounds for New Orleans, which trailed by 18 points early in the second half but outscored Milwaukee 38-19 in the third quarter. Khris Middleton scored 25 points for the Bucks. at Washington 109, Philadelphia 94: Otto Porter scored 24 points, Bradley Beal had 23 and the Wizards cruised behind a dominant second quarter for their eighth home victory in a row over the 76ers. Joel Embiid had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia. The Wizards outscored the 76ers 37-20 in the second quarter to build a 67-48 lead by halftime. — associated press NEW ORLEANS Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Covington ...29 2-7 4-4 0-2 1 1 9 Saric..........29 5-17 1-2 7-8 3 1 13 Embiid .......31 9-20 5-6 2-10 4 5 25 Redick........29 2-10 0-0 0-1 4 1 6 Simmons ....36 6-12 4-6 4-8 8 3 16 Belinelli......27 3-10 2-3 1-3 0 1 10 McConnell ..20 0-2 0-0 0-2 3 1 0 Johnson......11 1-2 3-5 2-5 0 0 5 Holmes ......11 2-4 3-3 0-2 0 1 7 Booker .........8 1-2 1-2 1-2 1 2 3 Luwawu-Cbrot2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 31-86 23-31 17-43 24 16 94 Shooting: Field goals, 36.0%; free throws, 74.2% Three-point goals: 9-33 (Embiid 2-6, Belinelli 2-7, Saric 2-7, Redick 2-8, Covington 1-5). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 15 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Embiid, Holmes, Simmons). Turnovers: 15 (Embiid 5, Redick 3, McConnell 2, Simmons 2, Belinelli, Johnson, Saric). Steals: 13 (McConnell 4, Covington 2, Embiid 2, Belinelli, Johnson, Redick, Saric, Simmons). Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Davis .........43 12-26 3-4 5-13 1 4 27 Moore ........35 4-11 1-2 0-3 0 3 11 Okafor........15 1-3 0-0 1-6 0 3 2 Holiday.......41 16-31 2-2 1-9 6 4 36 Rondo........35 7-11 0-0 3-8 12 3 16 Mirotic .......37 5-15 3-3 1-7 1 4 14 Miller .........28 2-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 6 Clark..........17 2-4 1-1 0-1 1 1 6 Diallo...........9 2-3 1-2 0-1 0 1 5 Liggins .........0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Lemon Jr.......0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 51-107 11-14 11-50 22 24 123 Shooting: Field goals, 47.7%; free throws, 78.6% Three-point goals: 10-30 (Miller 2-3, Rondo 2-3, Holiday 2-5, Moore 2-6, Clark 1-2, Mirotic 1-8, Davis 0-3). Team Rebounds: 14. Team Turnovers: 15 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 7 (Mirotic 4, Davis 2, Holiday). Turnovers: 15 (Rondo 6, Davis 3, Mirotic 3, Holiday 2, Diallo). Steals: 8 (Davis 2, Moore 2, Rondo 2, Holiday, Mirotic). Technical Fouls: None. WASHINGTON Rockets win 12th in row behind Harden Pelicans 123, Bucks 121, OT PHILADELPHIA Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Morris ........26 3-6 2-2 0-5 3 4 8 Porter Jr......32 10-16 0-0 2-7 3 4 23 Gortat ........27 6-11 1-1 4-10 2 2 13 Beal...........37 9-14 3-3 1-5 8 3 24 Satoransky..32 2-3 2-2 1-7 10 3 7 Oubre Jr......31 6-11 3-4 0-2 3 5 19 Mahinmi.....16 1-3 0-0 2-5 0 3 2 Scott..........14 3-7 0-0 0-2 1 2 6 Frazier........11 1-3 0-0 0-3 4 2 2 Meeks........10 2-5 0-0 0-2 1 0 5 Totals 43-79 11-12 10-48 35 28 109 Shooting: Field goals, 54.4%; free throws, 91.7% Three-point goals: 12-25 (Oubre Jr. 4-7, Beal 3-5, Porter Jr. 3-6, Satoransky 1-1, Meeks 1-2, Morris 0-2, Scott 0-2). Team Rebounds: 2. Team Turnovers: 19 (31 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Oubre Jr. 3, Mahinmi 2, Gortat). Turnovers: 19 (Beal 7, Morris 3, Porter Jr. 3, Satoransky 2, Frazier, Mahinmi, Meeks, Scott). Steals: 9 (Morris 2, Porter Jr. 2, Beal, Frazier, Meeks, Oubre Jr., Satoransky). Technical Fouls: coach Wizards (Defensive three second), 7:34 first. Philadelphia 28 20 25 21— 94 Washington 30 37 20 22— 109 RESULTS James Harden had 41 points and eight rebounds, Chris Paul scored 23 points and the Houston Rockets beat the host Denver Nuggets 119-114 on Sunday night for their 12th consecutive victory. Harden has scored 40 points or more nine times this season. Nikola Jokic had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and Will Barton had 25 points for the Nuggets, whose winning streak ended at four games. The Rockets are 21-4 since Dec. 29. They are outscoring opponents by an average of 12.5 points during the winning streak. The five-point victory over Denver was their closest game during the streak. Houston led by as many as 18 points but Denver rallied in the fourth quarter. Jokic’s tip with 2 minutes 12 seconds left made it 110-106 and after Joe Johnson missed from the corner, Gary Harris had a chance to cut it to a point with a three-point basket. But the Nuggets’ leading scorer, who had six points, missed and Harden made two free throws to make it 112-106 with 1:17 left. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @BA_Turner BOX SCORES TODAY’S GAMES Favorite LAKERS at Toronto at Brooklyn at Boston Golden State at New Orleans at Oklahoma City Indiana Houston Minnesota They are in ninth place in the Western Conference, just one game behind Denver (33-27), which would be the eighth and final seed for the playoffs. The West standings are so tight, that only 41⁄2 games separate No. 3 San Antonio (36-25), which won at Cleveland on Sunday, and No. 10 Utah (31-29). The Clippers face two teams this week ahead of them — the Nuggets on Tuesday night in Denver and the Houston Rockets on Wednesday night at Staples Center. “Obviously this is the stretch run right here so it’s frustrating,” Rivers said. “It’s probably more frustrating for everyone right now, but we still have to figure out a way to win this game. Then hopefully Gallo plays [at Denver], and if not, see if he can play by Houston. If not, you just got to keep going that way. “It’s the same thing with Avery. I mean, Avery could be back within a week. We don’t know that. We just got to make sure he’s healthy.” A—17,180. T—2:19. O—Tony Brown, Matt Boland, Derrick Stafford MILWAUKEE Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Anttknmpo ..39 6-18 8-10 1-4 6 5 20 Middleton ...37 8-16 8-8 1-5 3 3 25 Henson ......27 5-7 2-3 1-7 0 1 12 Bledsoe......37 7-15 4-4 1-9 5 2 20 Snell..........34 4-9 0-0 0-3 1 1 9 Parker ........24 7-14 2-2 2-6 2 1 18 Brown ........20 4-5 0-0 0-4 0 2 9 Terry ..........18 0-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 0 Maker ........14 2-5 2-2 2-3 2 1 6 Zeller .........11 1-1 0-0 2-3 1 2 2 Totals 44-97 26-29 10-45 21 19 121 Shooting: Field goals, 45.4%; free throws, 89.7% Three-point goals: 7-25 (Parker 2-3, Bledsoe 2-5, Brown 1-2, Snell 1-3, Middleton 1-4, Antetokounmpo 0-2, Maker 0-2, Terry 0-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 13 (20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Brown 2, Henson 2). Turnovers: 13 (Snell 6, Middleton 3, Bledsoe 2, Brown, Zeller). Steals: 10 (Snell 3, Antetokounmpo 2, Brown 2, Bledsoe, Middleton, Parker). Technical Fouls: None. New Orleans 21 28 38 27 9— 123 Milwaukee 32 34 19 29 7— 121 A—18,717. T—2:32. O—Tre Maddox, Bill Kennedy, Brian Forte Rockets 119, Nuggets 114 HOUSTON Jim Mone Associated Press LAKERS COACH Luke Walton has high expectations for Julius Randle, right. Randle’s recent growth coming at a good time By Tania Ganguli ATLANTA — All Julius Randle could think about was the one thing that hadn’t gone his way during the game. So Saturday night, after he notched a double-double in the Lakers’ 113-108 win over the Sacramento Kings, before he did anything else, Randle found a practice court in the bowels of the arena. He needed to shoot some free throws. “I wouldn’t be able to sleep tonight if I didn’t go to the gym and see a free throw go in,” Randle said. “At least one. I went 0-for-5. Jeez.” That kind of accountability is typical of Randle these days, and it’s one of the ways in which he’s grown. It’s helped contribute to his performance lately. In the Lakers’ past two games, a back-to-back against Dallas and Sacramento, Randle notched a triple-double before his 12point, 13-rebound performance in Sacramento. Where he might have made the best strides, though, is in his growing understanding of his role on defense. “He was our enforcer like he’s been the past few months,” Lakers forward Brandon Ingram said. “… He knows what he can do on the floor to affect our team. When he gets in the paint, he drives. He knows how to finish in the lane, he knows where to kick the ball, he knows where the defense is going to be. He knows double teams are coming. He knows what to expect now and he’s being more aggressive.” Ingram sees part of Randle’s growth in Randle understanding himself better, or “figuring out who he is.” He’s done that under challenging circumstances this season through losing his starting job, through trade rumors and through the demands of his head coach. Lakers coach Luke Walton uses a mildly combative technique when coaching Randle for two reasons. First, he thinks Randle responds well to that style of coaching. Second, he has high expectations for the fourth-year power forward. “He’s got the ability to guard one through five,” Walton said. “With that, as the league goes smaller, he’s still able to defend skilled, space shooters and he’s able to wrestle with power postup players. He can use his skill set and his strength on defense if they were trying to use him on smaller players. There’s definitely an advantage to be gained, but a lot of it, what he’s gotten pretty darn good at, is also being able to recognize multiple defensive coverages.” Randle worked on that at the insistence of his coaches. He watched hours of film and sometimes enlisted his veteran teammates to help him learn what tendencies to expect from certain play- ers. “As years go on, you learn schemes and how teams play,” Randle said. “Sets start to look familiar. You know what’s coming before it comes.” It helps, too, that Randle has a better understanding of what his coaches meant all last season when they asked for more consistency in his effort. “It doesn’t mean going 100 miles an hour the whole time he’s out there, but it means when he’s in a defensive coverage, he’s down and he’s ready to jump people,” Walton said. “When he’s on offense, it’s not just a job to the three-point line but it’s a sprint to the post and then relocate from there. He’s doing a much better job of doing that.” In the past few days, Randle’s growth has helped the Lakers start the final stretch of the season with a pair of wins. TONIGHT AT ATLANTA When: 4:30 p.m. PST. On the air: TV: Spectrum Sportsnet, Spectrum Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Update: The Hawks have the worst winning percentage in the Eastern Conference, tied for second worst in the NBA with the Mavericks, whom the Lakers played on Friday. They are half a game worse than the Kings, whom the Lakers played Saturday. email@example.com Twitter: @taniaganguli Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Ariza ..........32 5-7 1-2 0-6 0 0 14 Tucker ........24 3-8 0-0 2-5 2 2 9 Capela .......26 3-6 0-0 2-7 0 3 6 Harden.......37 11-20 13-16 1-8 7 2 41 Paul...........32 6-14 9-10 2-5 6 1 23 Johnson......28 2-5 2-2 0-2 2 4 7 Mbh a Mte..22 3-8 1-2 0-2 1 3 7 Anderson....20 4-6 0-0 3-5 0 5 8 Wright ........15 2-3 0-0 1-2 0 3 4 Totals 39-77 26-32 11-42 18 23 119 Shooting: Field goals, 50.6%; free throws, 81.3% Three-point goals: 15-35 (Harden 6-10, Ariza 3-4, Tucker 3-5, Paul 2-7, Johnson 1-3, Anderson 0-2, Mbah a Moute 0-4). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 18 (26 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Capela 2, Wright). Turnovers: 18 (Capela 6, Harden 5, Paul 3, Mbah a Moute 2, Johnson, Tucker). Steals: 7 (Paul 2, Ariza, Harden, Johnson, Mbah a Moute, Tucker). Technical Fouls: coach Rockets (Defensive three second), 1:23 second. DENVER Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Barton........36 10-15 2-3 1-7 6 4 25 Chandler.....31 5-10 0-0 2-3 3 5 10 Jokic ..........31 7-18 7-9 7-14 8 4 21 G.Harris......32 2-12 2-5 0-2 2 2 6 Murray .......36 8-13 0-0 1-2 5 4 19 Lyles..........22 5-8 1-2 0-4 4 1 12 Beasley ......20 3-10 1-2 0-2 1 1 9 Plumlee......16 2-2 2-2 1-2 3 2 6 D.Harris ......11 2-3 1-1 0-0 1 4 6 Totals 44-91 16-24 12-36 33 27 114 Shooting: Field goals, 48.4%; free throws, 66.7% Three-point goals: 10-29 (Murray 3-5, Barton 3-7, Beasley 2-5, D.Harris 1-1, Lyles 1-2, Jokic 0-1, Chandler 0-3, G.Harris 0-5). Team Rebounds: 15. Team Turnovers: 13 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Chandler 3, Beasley, G.Harris, Jokic). Turnovers: 13 (Jokic 3, Murray 3, Lyles 2, Plumlee 2, Barton, Beasley, Chandler). Steals: 13 (G.Harris 5, Barton 3, Plumlee 2, Beasley, Jokic, Lyles). Houston 38 28 26 27— 119 Denver 25 27 27 35— 114 A—20,044. T—2:13. O—Lewis, Davis, Taylor Hornets 114, Pistons 98 DETROIT Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Griffin.........30 10-18 0-0 0-4 4 5 20 Johnson......28 3-4 2-2 0-3 0 3 9 Drummond .32 7-13 0-1 4-14 1 3 14 Bullock.......29 5-14 3-4 1-3 5 2 14 Smith.........28 6-11 0-2 0-1 8 0 13 Ennis III......19 2-5 4-4 0-1 1 4 9 Tolliver........15 0-2 0-0 1-2 1 2 0 Buycks .......13 6-7 0-0 0-1 1 1 12 Galloway.....12 0-4 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Moreland....11 0-0 0-0 2-9 0 1 0 Ellenson .......6 3-5 1-1 0-2 0 0 7 Nelson .........6 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Kennard .......6 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Totals 42-85 10-14 8-41 23 22 98 Shooting: Field goals, 49.4%; free throws, 71.4% Three-point goals: 4-18 (Johnson 1-1, Smith 1-1, Ennis III 1-2, Bullock 1-5, Ellenson 0-1, Nelson 0-1, Tolliver 0-1, Galloway 0-3, Griffin 0-3). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 17 (21 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Drummond, Ennis III, Moreland). Turnovers: 17 (Griffin 6, Nelson 2, Smith 2, Tolliver 2, Bullock, Buycks, Drummond, Ennis III, Johnson). Steals: 4 (Smith 2, Drummond, Johnson). Technical Fouls: Griffin, 8:00 fourth. CHARLOTTE Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Kd-Glchrst...20 3-6 0-3 1-2 0 2 6 Williams .....24 3-7 0-0 0-7 0 2 8 Howard ......23 8-10 1-2 4-12 0 4 17 Batum........29 5-10 1-1 0-5 9 0 15 Walker........27 5-11 5-5 1-1 6 2 17 Kaminsky....23 4-9 2-4 2-8 1 1 13 Lamb .........21 4-10 0-0 0-0 5 2 11 Zeller .........21 6-9 1-2 3-5 0 2 13 Crtr-Wllms...18 3-6 3-4 0-3 6 1 10 Graham......17 1-3 1-2 2-4 1 2 4 Monk ...........6 0-5 0-0 0-0 0 1 0 Hernangomez 3 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Bacon..........3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 42-88 14-23 13-47 28 19 114 Shooting: Field goals, 47.7%; free throws, 60.9% Three-point goals: 16-35 (Batum 4-7, Kaminsky 3-5, Lamb 3-6, Walker 2-4, Williams 2-5, Graham 1-1, CarterWilliams 1-4, Monk 0-3). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 18 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Batum, CarterWilliams, Kaminsky, Walker). Turnovers: 18 (Howard 4, Walker 4, Carter-Williams 3, Williams 3, Kidd-Gilchrist 2, Batum, Kaminsky). Steals: 9 (Batum 3, Carter-Williams 3, Kaminsky, Lamb, Zeller). Technical Fouls: None. Detroit 19 27 25 27— 98 Charlotte 32 38 26 18— 114 A—17,894. T—2:08. O—Rodney Mott, Bill Spooner, Leroy Richardson Spurs 110, Cavaliers 94 SAN ANTONIO Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Aldridge......36 9-20 9-10 1-6 3 1 27 Anderson....29 4-7 2-4 1-6 4 2 10 Gasol.........25 5-9 1-2 3-7 3 2 11 Mills ..........35 3-9 3-3 0-2 5 1 11 Murray .......33 5-12 3-4 3-9 5 2 13 Green.........22 6-11 5-6 0-3 0 2 22 Forbes........20 4-7 2-3 0-1 0 0 12 Gay............15 2-8 0-0 0-4 1 2 4 Parker ........14 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Lauvergne.....4 0-3 0-0 2-5 0 0 0 Paul.............1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Bertans ........1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 38-86 25-32 10-44 22 12 110 Shooting: Field goals, 44.2%; free throws, 78.1% Three-point goals: 9-19 (Green 5-9, Forbes 2-3, Mills 2-6, Gay 0-1). Team Rebounds: 14. Team Turnovers: 9 (11 PTS). Blocked Shots: 9 (Anderson 3, Murray 3, Aldridge, D.Green, Gay). Turnovers: 9 (D.Green 3, Parker 3, Aldridge 2, Mills). Steals: 11 (Murray 4, Anderson 2, D.Green, Forbes, Gay, Mills, Parker). Technical Fouls: coach Spurs (Defensive three second), 7:30 fourth. CLEVELAND Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T James ........39 14-25 3-4 2-13 9 3 33 Osman .......15 1-6 2-3 0-1 0 4 4 Thompson...22 3-7 0-0 7-13 0 3 6 Hill ............25 1-7 0-0 2-2 1 2 2 Smith.........20 1-8 0-0 0-2 0 2 2 Hood .........28 2-6 2-2 1-2 2 1 6 Korver ........25 2-7 0-1 0-5 1 3 6 Clarkson .....23 7-14 0-0 1-2 0 2 17 J.Green.......21 6-9 1-2 0-2 1 0 14 Nance Jr. ....15 1-1 2-2 0-4 4 4 4 Holland ........1 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Zizic.............1 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 0 0 Calderon ......1 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 38-91 10-14 13-47 18 24 94 Shooting: Field goals, 41.8%; free throws, 71.4% Three-point goals: 8-34 (Clarkson 3-7, James 2-5, Korver 2-7, J.Green 1-3, Holland 0-1, Hood 0-1, Hill 0-2, Osman 0-2, Smith 0-6). Team Rebounds: 7. Team Turnovers: 15 (29 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Nance Jr. 2, Hill). Turnovers: 15 (James 6, Clarkson 3, J.Green 2, Korver 2, Smith 2). Steals: 8 (Korver 2, Nance Jr. 2, Hood, J.Green, James, Thompson). Technical Fouls: James, 6:57 fourth. San Antonio 25 25 26 34 — 110 Cleveland 20 33 21 20 — 94 A—20,562. T—2:16. O—Ken Mauer, Mark Lindsay, Derek Richardson CLIPPERS, LAKERS STATISTICS CLIPPERS L.Williams Griffin Harris Gallinari Rivers Beverley Jordan Wallace Harrell Bradley Teodosic Wilson W.Johnson C.Williams Evans Reed Dekker Thornwell PPG 23.3 22.6 19.4 15.9 15.5 12.2 11.8 9.8 9.3 9.2 9.2 7.0 6.3 5.9 5.6 4.9 4.3 3.2 RPG 2.5 7.9 7.4 4.9 2.2 4.1 15.0 3.4 3.9 3.7 3.0 2.1 3.4 1.5 2.0 3.1 2.5 1.4 APG 5.4 5.4 3.1 2.1 3.8 2.9 1.4 2.4 .7 1.8 5.0 .7 .9 .9 2.4 .2 .6 .7 LAKERS Ingram Kuzma Randle Clarkson Caldwell-Pope Thomas Lopez Ball Nance Jr. Hart Brewer Ennis Frye Zubac Caruso Payton II Deng Bogut PPG 16.1 15.5 14.7 14.5 13.5 13.2 11.7 10.2 8.6 6.5 3.7 3.1 3.0 3.0 2.6 2.5 2.0 1.5 RPG 5.3 5.8 7.5 3.0 5.0 1.4 3.8 7.1 6.8 3.8 1.7 1.4 .0 1.8 1.3 1.5 .0 3.2 APG 3.8 1.7 2.5 3.3 2.2 4.2 1.5 7.1 1.4 1.2 .8 1.6 .0 .2 1.9 1.0 1.0 .6 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S D7 NHL Fans receive Carter warmly in Kings return Personnel changes are a positive work in progress heading into series with Vegas. By Curtis Zupke Reed Saxon Associated Press THE DUCKS’ Brandon Montour is upended as he tangles with Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse, left, and Milan Lucic in the second period Sunday. The Ducks have lost two straight against clubs outside the playoff picture. Ducks’ frantic comeback wasted in shootout loss Rakell completes hat trick against Oilers by scoring twice in final seconds of regulation. EDMONTON 6 DUCKS 5 (SO) By Mike Coppinger One by one, the hats hit the ice. Orange lids. Black ones. They came in waves after Rickard Rakell completed the unthinkable — a second goal in less than 15 seconds, and his third of the contest, tying the score with 5.6 ticks left. With Ryan Miller on the bench for the extra attacker, the Ducks frantically pressed, and the all-star’s first career hat trick forced overtime, the first time a team has reached the extra period facing such a deficit with 21 seconds or fewer in nearly 14 years. If there’s such a thing as a moral victory in sports, this was it. Still, the Ducks, and even Rakell, were in no mood to celebrate after they lost 6-5 in a shootout on Sunday at Honda Center. “It always feels good to score, but it feels better to win,” said Rakell, who generated nine shots on goal and ended an eight-game goal drought. “The way the standings look right now, we need to take every point we can get and move forward. We’re going to need them all in the end.” The four-game winning streak entering the weekend is now simply a distant memory. Any momentum created by their best run this season has been erased after these back-to-back losses to clubs sitting outside the playoff picture. The Ducks found themselves in desperation mode after a bevy of sloppy turnovers and lost puck battles allowed the dangerous duo of reigning MVP Connor McDavid (who scored the deciding shootout goal) and Leon Draisaitl to dazzle with multi-point games. McDavid picked up three assists, including a nifty backhanded dish behind the net on the give-and-go to Anton Slepyshev. Miller allowed five goals on 42 shots, but he was spectacular in the overtime period with a highlight-reel split save on McDavid. The 37-year-old goalie didn’t have a chance on most of the goals, many of which came on odd-man rushes. “We had some breakdowns, my first play of the game was a breakdown,” said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf, whose errant center-ice pass led to a Draisaitl NHL STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE Pacific Vegas San Jose DUCKS Calgary KINGS Edmonton Vancouver Arizona Central Nashville Winnipeg Minnesota Dallas St. Louis Colorado Chicago W 41 33 31 32 33 27 24 18 W 38 37 35 35 34 32 27 L 16 21 21 22 24 31 31 34 L 14 16 20 23 25 24 28 OL 4 9 12 9 5 4 7 10 OL 9 9 7 4 4 5 8 Pts 86 75 74 73 71 58 55 46 Pts 85 83 77 74 72 69 62 GF 215 182 176 182 177 177 167 148 GF 196 208 188 184 173 187 178 GA 166 176 178 185 155 204 201 205 GA 155 164 174 164 164 185 179 Note: Overtime or shootout losses are worth one point. Metropolitan Washington Philadelphia Pittsburgh New Jersey Columbus NY Islanders Carolina NY Rangers Atlantic Tampa Bay Toronto Boston Florida Detroit Montreal Ottawa Buffalo W 35 33 36 32 31 29 27 27 W 42 39 37 28 26 23 21 19 L 20 19 23 22 26 27 25 30 L 17 20 15 25 26 29 30 33 OL 7 10 4 8 5 7 10 6 OL 3 5 8 6 10 9 10 11 Pts 77 76 76 72 67 65 64 60 Pts 87 83 82 62 62 55 52 49 GF 194 188 206 185 163 207 164 177 GF 223 213 195 175 165 157 166 151 GA 184 178 187 188 174 225 189 201 GA 167 178 150 193 183 193 216 206 RESULTS EDMONTON 6, AT DUCKS 5 (SO) NASHVILLE 4 ST. LOUIS 0 AT BUFFALO 4 BOSTON 1 DETROIT 3 at N.Y. RANGERS 2 (OT) AT MINNESOTA 3 SAN JOSE 2 (OT) VANCOUVER 3 AT ARIZONA 1 Ryan Strome scored twice for the Oilers, who won in a shootout after giving up two late goals in regulation. Pekka Rinne made 27 saves for the Predators, who handed the Blues their sixth consecutive loss. Benoit Pouliot and Kyle Okposo scored for the Sabres, who spoiled the debut of Bruins forward Rick Nash. Trevor Daley scored on a deflected shot with 5.6 seconds remaining in overtime for the Red Wings. Jared Spurgeon scored with 12 seconds left in overtime and Devan Dubnyk made 26 saves for the Wild. The Canucks’ Daniel Sedin broke a 1-1 tie with 9:17 remaining with his second goal of the game. For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores TODAY’S GAMES Vegas at KINGS, 7:30 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m. Vancouver at Colorado, 6 p.m. Washington at Columbus, 4 p.m. Philadelphia at Montreal, 4:30 p.m. TUESDAY’S GAMES KINGS at Vegas, 7:30 p.m. New Jersey at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. Toronto at Florida, 4:30 p.m. St. Louis at Minnesota, 5 p.m. Edmonton at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. Ottawa at Washington, 4 p.m. Carolina at Boston, 4 p.m. Nashville at Winnipeg, 5 p.m. Calgary at Dallas, 5:30 p.m. WEDNESDAY’S GAMES Buffalo at Tampa Bay, 4 p.m. Detroit at St. Louis, 5 p.m. NY Rangers at Vancouver, 7 p.m. N.Y. Islanders at Montreal, 4 p.m. Calgary at Colorado, 6:30 p.m. goal 13 seconds in. “It’s a matter of showing desperation from the start of the game. … We have a few days off now so we can regroup and get going.” Less than two minutes after the Oilers jumped on the board, Rakell scored his first of the game, a short-side goal with plenty of open net. He had to work harder for his last two. The Swede whipped around and slung the puck past Al Montoya on his second tally, and on the third, he picked up his own rebound in a mad dash for the puck through a scrum. With the hat trick, Rakell eclipsed the 50-point plateau for the second consecutive campaign and matched his point total from last season. “He’s a streaky scorer,” said coach Randy Carlyle, “and we’d like to see him continue to fill the net.” Said Getzlaf: “He’s developing his game and playing the way we need him to. Again, this league is all about building that consistency as a player.” Rakell will have a chance to turn this into another goal-scoring streak after the trade deadline, when the Ducks return Friday against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Gibson update Carlyle said John Gibson will return to practice this week and the “expectation” is that he’ll be available to play against Columbus. The starting goaltender is currently on injured reserve because of a lower-body injury. Ducks add center The Ducks signed center Chris Kelly to a one-year contract worth $1.25 million (prorated for the balance of the season), according to a source who was not authorized to speak publicly. The deal includes unspecified bonuses. Kelly, who led Canada to a bronze medal in the Olympic Games this month, was out of the NHL this season after playing with Ottawa in 2016-17. The timing of Jeff Carter’s first shift was such that it happened out of a stoppage in play, so there was a built-up pause before he took a faceoff. The fans at Staples Center used that moment to give Carter a big, audible welcome-back ovation Saturday, and Carter took note. “It’s good,” Carter said. “It’s nice. It makes you feel good about yourself. You’ve done some good around here. Always nice to hear from fans.” Unfortunately for Carter and the Kings, they couldn’t return the warm sentiment with a win. They didn’t move the puck well and it ultimately cost them in a 4-3 loss to the Edmonton Oilers that ended with a controversial goalie interference call that negated what would have been Dustin Brown’s scoretying goal with about 10 seconds to go. Carter, like the Kings, is a work in progress. He got his first game out of the way Saturday and acknowledged his timing was off, having not played in a game since October because of an ankle tendon injury. “Just read and react and being in the right place at the right time,” Carter said Sunday. “I could have practiced for two weeks and I still would have felt the same out there. It’s totally different, especially this time of year, when you jump into a game.” Carter said it shouldn’t take too long to get that feel back and “hopefully doesn’t [take long] anyway. We’ve got some work to do.” The Kings go into the first half of a home-andhome series against the Vegas Golden Knights with two straight losses, but they can see their personnel come into focus with the return of Carter, in addition to such new players as Dion Phaneuf, Nate Thompson and Tobias Rieder. Thompson, who played against Carter while with the Ducks, is intrigued by having Carter on his side. “A player of his caliber and how elite he is, and what he’s done year in and year out, even being on the other side of it, playing against him, it’s been fun being on the same team as him,” Thompson said. “I think adding these guys will be able to spread it around a little bit more for guys’ ice time. Some guys being able to play different roles, and accepting their roles, only makes us better.” TONIGHT VS. VEGAS When: 7:30. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 790. Update: Trevor Lewis (upper-body injury) skated on his own again but has not yet been cleared to practice with the team, Kings coach John Stevens said. The Kings are winless (0-1-1) against Vegas this season. William Karlsson paces the Golden Knights with 33 goals and is one of five 20-goal scorers for Vegas. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @curtiszupke email@example.com OILERS 6, DUCKS 5, SO Edmonton.........................2 DUCKS .............................1 1 1 2 3 0 — 6 0 — 5 FIRST PERIOD: 1. Edm., Draisaitl 20 (Cammalleri), 0:13. 2. DUCKS, Rakell 23 (Fowler, Getzlaf), 1:46. 3. Edm., Slepyshev 5 (Cammalleri, McDavid), 12:55. Penalties—None. . SECOND PERIOD: 4. DUCKS, Henrique 19 (Getzlaf, Montour), 1:22 (pp). 5. Edm., Strome 11 (Montoya, Draisaitl), 8:02. Penalties—Larsson, EDM, (boarding), 0:10. Nurse, EDM, (tripping), 12:53. Lindholm, ANA, (tripping), 17:17. . THIRD PERIOD: 6. Edm., Strome 12 (Puljujarvi, McDavid), 2:31. 7. DUCKS, Getzlaf 9 (Lindholm, Perry), 14:00. 8. Edm., Pakarinen 2 (Lucic, McDavid), 15:40. 9. DUCKS, Rakell 24 (Getzlaf, Perry), 19:39. 10, DUCKS, Rakell 25 (Grant, Perry), 19:53. Penalties—Cogliano, ANA, (interference), 4:10. Caggiula, EDM, (tripping), 16:20. . OVERTIME: Scoring—None. Penalties—None. . Shootout—Edm. 2 (Cammalleri NG, Draisaitl G, McDavid G), DUCKS 1 (Rakell G, Getzlaf NG, Kase NG). . SHOTS ON GOAL: Edm. 12-17-6-7—42. DUCKS 1311-20-2—46. Power-play Conversions—Edm. 0 of 2. DUCKS 1 of 3. . GOALIES: Edm., Montoya 4-2-1 (46 shots-41 saves). DUCKS, Miller 8-5-6 (42-37). Att—17,174 (17,174). T—2:45. Harry How Getty Images JEFF CARTER returns to game action after a four- month recovery from a lacerated ankle tendon. Kings, Ducks bombshells unlikely [Deadline, from D3] season in giving long looks to Michael Amadio and Jonny Brodzinski, among others, along with the development of Adrian Kempe and Alex Iafallo. “I think what you’re seeing now is what we have,” Blake said. “We don’t have a lot coming that’s going to step in here and score us a goal this year again from the minors. We understand what our depth is, but those guys are also capable of playing here.” While the Kings know what they have, the Ducks are in the unusual position of assessing whether they warrant adding significant pieces. Injuries rendered the first half of the season a wash, and the past 20 games have still made it befuddling. They didn’t clarify matters with a 2-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday. It also doesn’t help that goalie John Gibson is hurt and Ryan Kesler is playing through injury. General manager Bob Murray has voiced his frustration at the inconsistency and, given his history of high activity, it’s likely that Murray will try to improve his club. One potential target is winger Thomas Vanek of the Vancouver Canucks, according to a report by Elliotte Friedman of Sportsnet. It seems likely that the Ducks would seek a lower-profile option along the lines of their acquisition of Patrick Eaves last season. Sean M. Haffey Getty Images THOMAS VANEK , a left wing for the struggling Vancouver Canucks, is a poten- tial target for the Ducks at the trade deadline, according to a Sportsnet report. In an unrelated depth move, the Ducks reportedly agreed to terms on a oneyear contract with Chris Kelly, captain of the Canadian Olympic team. The Kings and Ducks were never players in major deals that went down Sunday, such as the New York Rangers’ long-awaited trade of Rick Nash to the Boston Bruins, for Ryan Spooner, Matt Beleskey, prospect Ryan Lindgren, a first-round pick in 2018 and a seventh-round pick in 2019. In a rare trade between historic rivals, the Canadiens traded Tomas Plekanec, along with prospect Kyle Baun, to the Toronto Maple Leafs for Rinat Valiev, Kerby Rychel and a second-round pick this year. Deadline day is always unpredictable, but given their situations, the Kings and Ducks aren’t looking for a savior so much as supplemental players to add to foundations that they hope will spark soon. Kings coach John Stevens summed it up Sunday when asked if he thought this was essentially their team now. “We believe the group in here is a group that’s capable of winning,” Stevens said. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @curtiszupke D8 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S THE DAY IN SPORTS Thomas wins Honda Classic in a playoff wire reports HOCKEY Justin Thomas nearly holed a wedge that got him into a playoff, and then hit five-wood over the water and onto the green to beat Luke List in a sudden-death playoff Sunday in the Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Thomas closed with a twounder 68 and won for the second time this season. He also won in a playoff at the CJ Cup last fall. List was going for his first PGA Tour victory. He put the pressure on Thomas by reaching the parfive 18th in two in regulation, twoputting for birdie and a 69. But he missed the fairway in the playoff and made par. Tiger Woods was briefly within three shots of the lead on the front nine. He shot a 70 and finished 12th. Jessica Korda closed with a four-under 67 to complete a fourshot victory and set the tournament record at 25-under 263 in the Honda LPGA Thailand. Gionta goes from Olympics to NHL Brian Gionta is returning for a 16th NHL season after the Boston Bruins signed the United States Olympic team captain to a oneyear, $700,000 contract. The Bruins announced the signing hours after they acquired veteran forward Rick Nash in a trade with the New York Rangers. Gionta joins the Bruins after competing at the Pyeongchang Games, where the U.S. was eliminated in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Czech Republic in the quarterfinals. The 39-year-old winger held off signing with an NHL team last summer to pursue an opportunity to compete at the Olympics. Gionta spent the past three seasons as captain of the Buffalo Sabres. He was also captain of the Montreal Canadiens and won a Stanley Cup with New Jersey in 2003. He has 289 goals and 588 points in 1,006 NHL games. Speedway by holding off Brad Keselowski in the rain-delayed NASCAR Cup race. Harvick, who was dominant Saturday in winning the Xfinity race, duplicated the three-finger salute he gave after his other Cup win in Atlanta in 2001, following the Daytona death of Dale Earnhardt, who drove the No. 3 car. The Toronto Maple Leafs acquired forwards Tomas Plekanec and Kyle Baun from the Montreal Canadiens for defenseman Rinat Valiev, forward Kerby Rychel and a 2018 second-round draft pick. ... Minnesota’s Chris Stewart, Ottawa’s Johnny Oduya and Alex Burrows and Columbus’ Jussi Jokinen have been put on waivers, the Associated Press reports. ... Carolina Hurricanes co-captain Jordan Staal, who missed this weekend’s games, is mourning the death of his infant daughter. ... The Rangers honored Hall of Fame center Jean Ratelle by retiring his No. 19. Courtney Force won the funny car competition at the NHRA Arizona Nationals after her father John, a 16-time funny car champion, escaped serious injury in an engine explosion and crash. Courtney Force beat Tommy Johnson Jr. in the final round with a 3.834second run at 337.16 mph. Steve Torrence won in top fuel and Chris McGaha in pro stock. one-year, $6.5-million contract, the Associated Press reports. ... Philadelphia Phillies infielder Will Middlebrooks broke his left leg in a collision in a spring training game. Frances Tiafoe, 20, became the youngest American to win an ATP title since Andy Roddick, beating Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-4 in the Delray Beach (Fla.) Open. ... Diego Schwartzman beat Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-4 to win the Rio Open for his second career title. ... Karen Khachanov secured the second ATP title of his career, beating Lucas Pouille 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 in the Open 13 final in France. ETC. Harvick pulls off sweep in Atlanta Minnesota Timberwolves AllStar Jimmy Butler had surgery on the injured meniscus in his right knee. He’s out indefinitely. Kevin Harvick completed a weekend sweep at Atlanta Motor Slugger Logan Morrison and the Minnesota Twins agreed on a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High of Parkland, Fla., won a state title in hockey, 11 days after the school shooting that killed 17. After finishing his first season in England empty-handed, manager Pep Guardiola finally collected his first trophy with Manchester City with a 3-0 victory over Arsenal in the League Cup final. Gold Coast rivals wave a white flag Chatsworth Sierra Canyon and Lancaster Paraclete have become dominant as league decides safety is paramount. ERIC SONDHEIMER ON HIGH SCHOOLS In the middle of the high school basketball and soccer playoffs, I just have to tell you about this startling agreement reached by the Gold Coast League for the 2018 football season: Chatsworth Sierra Canyon and Lancaster Paraclete are guaranteed the league’s two automatic playoff spots regardless of their record. The other four league schools that play 11-man football — Brentwood, Calabasas Viewpoint, Lancaster McAuliffe and North Hollywood Campbell Hall — in return won’t be required to play Sierra Canyon or Paraclete. They will compete for third place. This decision was made because Sierra Canyon and Paraclete have apparently gotten too strong for the other schools in football. Viewpoint forfeited to Paraclete last year, citing safety reasons. Based on this decision, Sierra Canyon and Paraclete could go 0-9 before meeting in their season finale and still be awarded the two automatic playoff berths from the league. Asked if the Southern Section would intervene, Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons said: “We can’t do something that is not in our power, according to the bylaws.” Sierra Canyon and Paraclete certainly aren’t feeling bad. In fact, they get to schedule nine nonleague games against quality opponents before ending the regular season playing for the Gold Coast title. Sierra Canyon has already scheduled games against Westlake, Lawndale, Redondo, Valencia, Bakersfield, Simi Valley Grace Brethren, Calabasas and San Pedro. Paraclete still has openings but reached agreement to play Higley (Ariz.), West Hills Chaminade, Quartz Hill, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and La Cañada St. Francis. The Southern Section had better take notice, because if schools can get together and decide not to play a particular school, others might follow. Should Moore League teams stop playing Long Beach Poly because it dominates? Last season, the Jackrabbits won a league game 81-0. And another they won 64-0. Said Simmons: “The bylaws provide no direction or ability for us other than to accept the entries of the league. It’s not something we would push, but it’s not our role to get involved. It’s a league decision.” Campbell Hall athletic director Juan Velazquez said his school, which competes in the Division 13 playoffs, is not ready to face Division 3 Sierra Canyon. “We’re trying this for this year,” he said. This could be a developing weakness of the new Southern Section playoff format that places each school in a specific playoff division regardless of the league. Schools can keep rising within a league while others are stuck. At a minimum, the Gold Coast League has launched a debate about what to do when ambitious programs become too good within a league. The other schools have basically waved the white flag when it comes to playing Sierra Canyon or Paraclete in football. “I think it’s wrong and goes against everything competitive athletics is about,” Sierra Canyon football coach Jon Ellinghouse said. “It’s crazy,” Paraclete coach Dean Herrington said. But at a time when parents are concerned about safety issues in football, the other schools don’t have any other choice. They can’t simply boot Sierra Canyon and Paraclete out of the league. And taking a forfeit is worse. Without membership providing new options, the Southern Section can’t do anything. Remember the Southern Section tried to move Westlake Village Oaks Christian and Ventura St. Bonaventure to new leagues, spent thousands of dollars in legal costs and lost. There won’t be any intervention this time. email@example.com Twitter: @latsondheimer Moutinho’s goal makes all the difference for LAFC Rookie acquired in the MLS super draft scores in the 60th minute in the club’s final preseason game. LAFC 1, SACRAMENTO 0 By Kevin Baxter LAFC’s first preseason sputtered to a close Sunday with the expansion Major League Soccer club beating the Sacramento Republic of the secondtier USL 1-0 on rookie Joao Moutinho’s goal in the 60th minute. The win, in Sacramento, was LAFC’s first in a preseason in which it went unbeaten, playing to draws in its first three games in its temporary training home at UCLA. But with less than a week to go before the regular-season opener in Seattle, the result wasn’t nearly as noteworthy as the lineup coach Bob Bradley put on the field. Missing were veteran center backs Walker Zimmerman and Laurent Ciman and winger Omar Gaber. A team spokesman said Zimmerman didn’t travel to Sacramento because Bradley wanted to get a look at other players, starting first-round draft pick Tristan Blackmon and Canadian international Dejan Jakovic on the back line instead. Ciman (knee) and Gaber (groin), meanwhile, have been sidelined much of the preseason with injury and Bradley said last week there’s a chance both could miss the team’s first two games. LAFC has a three-week international break after that so keeping both players on the sidelines would give them an additional month to get healthy. LAFC said it would release an injury update Monday. As for the game, LAFC dominated throughout, outshooting Sacramento 25-5 and putting nine of those on goal. Bradley got 75 minutes out of Marcos Urena and 80 from Carlos Vela in their final tuneups for next Sunday’s opener. The only goal came from Moutinho, the top pick in last month’s MLS super draft, who collected a Vela pass midway into the attacking end, made a long run between two defenders, then put a low left-footed shot inside the far post. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @kbaxter11 GOLF Sam Greenwood Getty Images QUICK ENDING Justin Thomas plays a shot on the way to defeating Luke List in only one playoff hole to win the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., his second victory on the PGA Tour this season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL SOCCER AP TOP 25 No. 2 Michigan State 68, Wisconsin 63 No. 9 Purdue 84, Minnesota 60 No. 11 Cincinnati 82, Tulsa 74 No. 20 Nevada 92, Colorado State 83 No. 23 Houston 109, East Carolina 58 NC State 92, No. 25 Florida State 72 SOUTHLAND Colorado 80, UCLA 76 UC Irvine 66, Hawaii 57 (late Sat.) WEST New Mexico 91, UNLV 90 EAST Canisius 98, Marist 74 Illinois 75, Rutgers 62 Manhattan 92, Quinnipiac 86, 2OT Memphis 83, UConn 79 Rider 110, Iona 101 Temple 75, UCF 56 SOUTH Furman 79, ETSU 76 Mercer 69, Wofford 68 UNC-Greensboro 88, Samford 75 VMI 68, Chattanooga 65 W. Carolina 92, The Citadel 75 MIDWEST Iowa 77, Northwestern 70 N. Kentucky 75, IUPUI 56 Nebraska 76, Penn St. 64 Wright St. 88, Ill.-Chicago 81 WOMEN AP TOP 25 No. 2 Mississippi State 85, Kentucky 63 No. 4 Louisville 81, Pittsburgh 49 No. 5 Notre Dame 86, No. 21 NC State 67 No. 7 South Carolina 46, No. 15 Tennessee 65 No. 8 Oregon 74, Arizona 61 No. 9 Florida State 64, Georgia Tech 61 No. 11 Missouri 63, No. 17 Texas A&M 82 No. 12 Oregon State 64, Arizona State 60 No. 13 Maryland 77, Nebraska 75 No. 14 Ohio State 89, Penn State 64 No. 16 Stanford, Washington State, ppd. No. 19 Georgia 63, Florida 43 No. 20 Duke 70, UNC 54 No. 22 Green Bay 88, Detroit 45 No. 24 LSU 79, Alabama 78 WEST California 83, Washington 67 EAST DePaul 72, Seton Hall 68 Drexel 62, Towson 54 Fairfield 59, Iona 39 Georgetown 74, Providence 48 Maine 74, Albany (NY) 69 Marquette 76, St. John’s 57 Quinnipiac 77, Monmouth (NJ) 57 Rider 53, Manhattan 50 Stony Brook 55, Vermont 49 Syracuse 69, Boston College 63 Villanova 55, Creighton 48 SOUTH Auburn 60, Mississippi 55 FAU 67, FIU 63 James Madison 67, Delaware 56 Miami 76, Virginia Tech 46 Middle Tennessee 54, Charlotte 53 Northeastern 67, Coll. of Charleston 48 Southern Miss. 60, UTEP 53 Tennessee 65, South Carolina 46 Vanderbilt 78, Arkansas 73 Virginia 48, Wake Forest 41 MIDWEST Drake 80, Illinois St. 64 IUPUI 56, N. Kentucky 54 Indiana St. 74, Loyola of Chicago 67 INTERNATIONAL ENGLAND Premier League Crystal Palace 0, Tottenham 1 Manchester United 2, Chelsea 1 EFL Cup Manchester City 3, Aresenal 0 ITALY Serie A Crotone 2, Spal 3 Sampdoria 2, Udinese 1 Fiorentina 1, Chievo 0 Verona 2, Turin 1 Sassuolo 0, Lazio 3 Juventus vs. Atalanta, ppd. Roma 0, AC Milan 2 SPAIN La Liga Villarreal 1, Getafe 0 Athletic Bilbao 2, Malaga 1 Valencia 2, Sociedad 1 Sevilla 2, Atletico 5 FRANCE Ligue 1 Bordeaux 0, Nice 0 Lyon 1, Saint-Etienne 1 PSG 3, Marseille 0 GERMANY Bundesliga Leverkusen 0, Schalke 2 RB Leipzig 1, Cologne 2 Minnesota 84, Illinois 75 N. Iowa 63, Bradley 50 Northwestern 63, Rutgers 50 Valparaiso 67, Evansville 54 Wright St. 80, UIC 53 Xavier 57, Butler 54 SOUTHWEST Texas A&M 82, Missouri 63 UTSA 62, Rice 58 PRO BASEBALL MLB EXHIBTIONS Angels 2, San Diego 1 Seattle 2, Dodgers 0 Washington 9, Atlanta 3 NY Mets 10, Miami 3 Boston 7, Baltimore 1 Houston 7, St. Louis 3 NY Yankees 8, Philadelphia 3 Pittsburgh 8, Detriot (SS) 8 Minnesota 5, Tampa Bay 4 Detriot (SS) 6, Toronto 3 Chicago Cubs 12, San Fransico 10 Chicago White Sox 8, Cincinnati (SS) 5 Texas 4, Colorado 2 Oakland 4, Kansas City 4, 10 innings Cleveland 2, Cincinnati (SS) 2 Milwaukee 5, Arizona 1 Mariners 2, Dodgers 0 Dodgers ab 3 1 3 1 3 1 2 1 1 1 3 3 2 1 2 1 r 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 h 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 bi ab r h bi Utley 2b 0 Gamel lf 3 1 1 1 Peter pr 0 White 1b 1 0 0 0 Sager dh 0 Sgura ss 3 0 0 0 Tijeron ph 0 Law 2b 1 0 0 0 Trner 3b 0 Cano 2b 2 0 0 0 Beaty 3b 0 Vncej 2b 1 0 0 0 Kemp lf 0 Mndza ph 1 0 0 0 Jackson ss 0 Cruz dh 1 0 0 0 Grandal c 0 DeCarlo ph 2 0 1 0 Lcastro pr 0 Sager 3b 2 0 2 0 Pderson cf 0 Mjs-Brn 3b 2 0 0 0 Toles rf 0 Znino c 2 0 0 0 Muncy 1b 0 Gswisch c 1 0 0 0 Rios ph 0 Perkins rf 2 0 0 0 Slano ss 0 Ford 1b 2 0 1 0 Smith c 0 Androli pr 0 1 0 0 Mller cf 2 0 0 0 Totals 29 0 2 0 Totals 28 2 5 1 Dodgers 000 000 000 — 0 Seattle 001 010 00x — 2 E—Jackson (1), Segura (1). LOB—Dodgers 5, Seattle 6. 2B—Muncy 2, Ford. 3B—Gamel. IP H R ER BB SO Dodgers Kershaw 1 0 0 0 0 0 Koehler 1 1 0 0 1 0 Alexander L, 1 1 1 1 0 1 0-1 Baez 1 1 0 0 0 1 Stewart 1 1 1 1 0 0 Lowe 1 1 0 0 0 1 DeFratus 2 0 0 0 1 2 Seattle Gonzales 2 0 0 0 1 4 Nicasio W, 1-0 1 1 0 0 0 1 Diaz H, 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 Whalen H, 1 2 1 0 0 1 3 Bradford H, 1 2 0 0 0 0 1 Moll S, 1-1 1 0 0 0 0 0 HBP—by—Koehler (Cruz). WP—Koehler, Alexander, Gonzales. Umpires—Home, Lance Barrett T—2:33. A—7,504 PGA TOUR $6.6-MILLION HONDA CLASSIC At Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. — Par 70 PGA Palm Beach Gardens — 7,140 yards Final 72-Hole Scores 272 (-8)—$1,188,000 x-Justin Thomas (500)...............67-72-65-68 272 (-8)—$712,800 Luke List (300) ........................71-66-66-69 273 (-7)—$448,800 Alex Noren (190) .....................66-75-65-67 274 (-6)—$316,800 Tommy Fleetwood (135) ............70-68-67-69 276 (-4)—$250,800 Byeong Hun An (105) ...............70-72-69-65 Webb Simpson (105)................66-72-66-72 277 (-3)—$221,100 Jamie Lovemark (90) ................68-69-68-72 278 (-2)—$191,400 Sam Burns ..............................70-71-69-68 Emiliano Grillo (80) ..................71-72-69-66 Kelly Kraft (80) ........................72-69-66-71 279 (-1)—$165,000 Dylan Frittelli ...........................71-72-67-69 280 (E)—$151,800 Tiger Woods (65)......................70-71-69-70 281 (+1)—$123,750 Dominic Bozzelli (56)................68-73-71-69 Derek Fathauer (56) .................73-72-71-65 Thomas Pieters (56) .................69-70-71-71 Adam Scott (56) ......................73-72-67-69 282 (+2)—$86,366 Greg Chalmers (45) ..................74-71-70-67 Lucas Glover (45).....................70-75-71-66 C.T. Pan (45) ...........................71-71-71-69 Jason Dufner (45) ....................69-72-70-71 Tom Lovelady (45) ....................75-70-67-70 Scott Piercy (45) ......................70-70-71-71 Rory Sabbatini (45)..................69-69-71-73 283 (+3)—$54,780 Tyler Duncan (34).....................70-74-70-69 Russell Henley (34) ..................68-70-74-71 John Huh (34) .........................71-73-68-71 Louis Oosthuizen (34) ...............67-72-69-75 Michael Thompson (34) ............76-69-70-68 284 (+4)—$43,890 Daniel Berger (27)....................67-72-70-75 Rafa Cabrera Bello (27) ............70-72-73-69 Adam Schenk (27) ...................69-71-71-73 Scott Stallings (27) ..................73-70-70-71 285 (+5)—$29,954 Joel Dahmen (17) ....................74-71-73-67 Roberto Diaz (17).....................71-73-70-71 Sergio Garcia (17)....................72-70-72-71 Chris Kirk (17) .........................71-74-72-68 William McGirt (17) ..................71-71-74-69 Chris Stroud (17) .....................69-73-72-71 Jimmy Walker (17)....................76-68-74-67 Nick Watney (17) .....................71-71-72-71 Harris English (17) ...................71-74-67-73 Brian Harman (17) ...................74-70-69-72 Ben Martin (17) .......................70-71-70-74 Patrick Rodgers (17) .................72-71-69-73 Aaron Wise (17).......................76-69-69-71 PGA EUROPEAN TOUR $1.75-MILLION QATAR MASTERS At Doha, Qatar — Par 72 Doha Golf Club — 7,400 yards Final 72-Hole Scores 270 (-18) Eddie Pepperell, England ...........65-69-66-70 271 (-17) Oliver Fisher, England................66-69-65-71 272 (-16) Marcus Kinhult, Sweden ............68-69-67-68 273 (-15) G Fernandez-Castano, Spain ......68-68-69-68 Gregory Havret, France ..............65-69-70-69 Pablo Larrazabal, Spain.............68-67-70-68 Renato Paratore, Italy................71-66-70-66 274 (-14) George Coetzee, South Africa .....69-66-71-68 Sebastian Heisele, Germany.......67-68-71-68 275 (-13) Matthew Baldwin, England .........68-70-68-69 Mike Lorenzo-Vera, France..........68-68-69-70 Adrian Otaegui, Spain ...............67-66-73-69 276 (-12) Mark Foster, England ................71-68-68-69 Seungsu Han, United States.......69-71-69-67 David Horsey, England ...............71-68-65-72 Matthew Nixon, England ............69-68-69-70 Andrea Pavan, Italy ...................68-69-67-72 Chris Wood, England.................68-69-68-71 COLLEGE BASEBALL NONCONFERNCE Cal Poly 8, Michigan 1 CS Northridge 9, Manhattan 1 Gonzaga 5, UC Irvine 3 Houston 10, CS Fullerton 5 Michigan State 1, Pepperdine 0 Oregon 9, Loyla Marymount 2 TCU 5, Long Beach State 2 UC Riverside 6, Washington 3 UCLA 3, Baylor 0 USC 5, Villanova 2 TENNIS $1.7-MILLION ATP RIO OPEN At Rio de Janeiro Surface: Clay-Outdoor Singles Championship Diego Schwartzman (6), Argentina, def. Fernando Verdasco (8), Spain, 6-2, 6-3. $556,010 ATP DEL RAY INTERNATIONAL At Delray Beach, Fla. Surface: Hard-Outdoor Singles Championship Frances Tiafoe, United States, def. Peter Gojowczyk, Germany, 6-1, 6-4. Doubles Championship Jack Sock and Jackson Withrow, United States, def. Nicholas Monroe, United States, and John-Patrick Smith (4), Australia, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8. $226,750 WTA HUNGARIAN LADIES OPEN At Budapest, Hungary Surface: Clay-Outdoor Singles Championship Alison Van Uytvanck, Belgium, def. Dominika Cibulkova (1), Slovakia, 6-3, 3-6, 7-5. Doubles Championship Georgina Garcia Perez, Spain, and Fanny Stollar, Hungary, def. Kirsten Flipkens, Belgium, and Johanna Larsson, Sweden, 4-6, 6-4, 10-3. LPGA TOUR $1.6-MILLION LPGA THAILAND At Chonburi, Thailand — Par 72 Siam Country Club — 6,576 yards Final 72-Hole Scores 263 (-25)—$240,000 Jessica Korda ..........................66-62-68-67 267 (-21)—$128,770 Lexi Thompson .........................66-68-69-64 Moriya Jutanugarn ....................66-69-65-67 270 (-18)—$83,762 Minjee Lee ..............................66-67-68-69 271 (-17)—$61,290 Shanshan Feng ........................69-68-68-66 Ariya Jutanugarn.......................68-69-65-69 272 (-16)—$39,022 Jin Young Ko............................73-67-68-64 Pornanong Phatlum ..................69-69-70-64 Brooke M. Henderson................67-68-70-67 Brittany Lincicome ....................67-65-73-67 273 (-15)—$30,644 Michelle Wie............................68-67-69-69 274 (-14)—$28,601 Megan Khang ..........................67-69-69-69 275 (-13)—$26,803 Charley Hull.............................70-70-69-66 276 (-12)—$22,555 Azahara Munoz ........................69-68-71-68 Austin Ernst.............................71-67-69-69 Nicole Broch Larsen..................70-67-68-71 Nelly Korda .............................70-69-65-72 Amy Yang................................67-69-68-72 SANTA ANITA RESULTS Copyright 2018 by Equibase Co. 36th day of 59-Day meet. 2307 FIRST RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Claiming. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Purse $33,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Royal Opera House Desrmux 11.80 4.40 3.40 3 Swinging Star Prat 5.00 3.20 8 Awesome Heights Nakatani 3.20 8 Also Ran: Curly’s Waterfront, Particleacelerator, Carrie, Sunny Kat, Pappou. 8 Time: 21.71, 44.05, 1.07.84, 1.13.99. Clear & Firm. Trainer: Alfredo Marquez. Owner: Cannon, Robert T., Goodwin, Kelley and Goodwin, Tim. 8 Exotics: $1 Exacta (7-3) paid $26.50, $1 Superfecta (7-3-8-6) paid $331.20, $1 Super High Five (7-3-8-6-5) paid $495.70, 50-Cent Trifecta (7-3-8) paid $44.60. 2308 SECOND RACE. 6 furlongs. Maiden Claiming. 3-year-olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Purse $29,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 El Asesino Elliott 8.40 3.80 2.20 5 Imagineiamfastest Franco 3.60 2.20 2 Alternate Rhythm Prat 2.10 8 Also Ran: Charming Gent, Dynamic Duo. 8 Time: 22.29, 45.69, 58.18, 1.10.91. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Mick Ruis. Owner: Ruis Racing LLC. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (7-4) paid $65.40, $1 Exacta (4-5) paid $16.30, 50-Cent Trifecta (4-5-2) paid $12.25. 2309 THIRD RACE. 6 furlongs. Spring Fever Stakes. Fillies and mares. 4-year-olds and up. Purse $100,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Miss Sunset Smith 4.40 3.00 2.10 4 Cuddle Alert Baze 6.00 2.40 1 Majestic Heat Prat 2.10 8 Also Ran: Bad Ju Ju, Shy Carmelita. 8 Time: 22.42, 45.68, 57.74, 1.09.92. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Jeff Bonde. Owner: Klein, Alan Phillip and Lebherz, Philip. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (4-3) paid $20.40, $1 Exacta (3-4) paid $12.20, 50-Cent Trifecta (3-4-1) paid $8.95, $1 Pick Three (7-4-3) paid $56.00. 2310 FOURTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Allowance optional claiming. Fillies and mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Purse $58,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Blame It On Alphie Van Dyke 10.80 4.40 3.60 5 Spin Me a Kiss Maldonado 9.00 5.40 3 Angel Allie Baze 5.20 8 Also Ran: Bowie, Zaffinah (IRE), Saida, Instant Reflex. 8 Time: 21.93, 44.00, 1.06.97, 1.13.08. Clear & Firm. Trainer: Richard E. Mandella. Owner: Johnson, Ellen and Peter O. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (3-6) paid $20.00, $1 Exacta (6-5) paid $50.00, $1 Superfecta (6-5-3-4) paid $862.40, $1 Super High Five (6-5-34-1) paid $2,234.70, 50-Cent Trifecta (6-5-3) paid $128.05, $1 Pick Three (4-3-6) paid $81.30. 2311 FIFTH RACE. 51⁄2 furlongs. Maiden special weight. 3-year-olds. Purse $54,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Graycaster Prat 5.20 2.40 2.20 5 Facts Matter Roman 3.20 2.40 4 Upo Espinoza 2.20 8 Also Ran: Nate’s Attack, Harbor Drive. 8 Time: 22.07, 45.33, 57.45, 1.03.95. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Jerry Hollendorfer. Owner: C T R Stables LLC, Hollendorfer, LLC and Robertson, Richard. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (6-2) paid $36.40, $1 Exacta (2-5) paid $6.20, 50-Cent Trifecta (2-5-4) paid $6.15, $1 Pick Three (3-6-2) paid $44.60, 50-Cent Pick Four (4-3-6-2) 4 correct paid $102.60, 50-Cent Pick Five (7-4-3-6-2) 5 correct paid $342.30. 2312 SIXTH RACE. 6 furlongs. Claiming. Fillies and mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Purse $16,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 6 Dragon Flower Quinonez 24.80 6.60 3.80 4 Pomp and Party Roman 2.60 2.10 2 Rockantharos Pena 4.80 8 Also Ran: Holidayincambodia, Sweetwater Gal, Fruity (IRE). 8 Time: 22.36, 46.11, 58.95, 1.12.17. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Derek Meredith. Owner: Mark Mandala. 8 Scratched: Herunbridledpower. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (2-6) paid $89.60, $1 Exacta (6-4) paid $24.30, $1 Superfecta (6-4-2-5) paid $668.00, 50-Cent Trifecta (6-4-2) paid $85.00, $1 Pick Three (6-2-6) paid $282.40. 2313 SEVENTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Allowance optional claiming. 3-year-olds. Claiming Price $75,000. Purse $56,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 3 Masked Van Dyke 3.80 3.00 2.40 8 Cono Smith 4.80 3.00 7 La La Land (IRE) Talamo 4.80 8 Also Ran: Risky Proposition, Magic Musketier, Cannonball Comin, Mar- tin Riggs, Trusting Friend, Colonel Cash. 8 Time: 21.75, 44.03, 1.07.12, 1.13.32. Clear & Firm. Trainer: Bob Baffert. Owner: Abdullah Saeed Almaddah. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (6-3) paid $56.00, $1 Exacta (3-8) paid $8.00, $1 Superfecta (3-8-7-4) paid $645.90, $1 Super High Five (3-8-7-4-1) paid $3,200.90, 50-Cent Trifecta (3-8-7) paid $29.00, $1 Pick Three (2-6-3) paid $106.20. 2314 EIGHTH RACE. 1 mile. Claiming. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Purse $35,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Clear the Mine Baze 13.40 5.60 4.00 6 Ike Walker Prat 3.20 3.00 1 Just Kidding Roman 3.60 8 Also Ran: Mr. Opportunist, Stormin Monarcho, Raagheb. 8 Time: 22.66, 46.21, 1.11.52, 1.24.31, 1.37.27. Clear & Fast. Trainer: John W. Sadler. Owner: Hronis Racing LLC. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (3-5) paid $35.00, $1 Exacta (5-6) paid $21.90, $1 Superfecta (5-6-1-4) paid $277.60, 50-Cent Trifecta (5-6-1) paid $47.90, $1 Pick Three (6-3-5) paid $232.30. 2315 NINTH RACE. About 61⁄2 furlongs turf. Maiden special weight. Fillies. 3-year-olds. Purse $54,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Travieza Bejarano 9.00 4.20 3.40 10 Rockin Ready Talamo 3.20 2.40 3 Stradella Road Franco 4.80 8 Also Ran: Sensible Myth, Spiel, Operandi, Lady Lemon Drop, Sutro, My Princess Taylor, Sea Glass, Eurasia. 8 Time: 23.28, 46.14, 1.08.68, 1.14.33. Clear & Firm. Trainer: Doug F. O’Neill. Owner: W.C. Racing Inc. and Lewis, Greg. 8 Scratched: Ladybug. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (5-5) paid $75.20, $1 Exacta (5-10) paid $12.90, $1 Superfecta (5-10-3-12) paid $230.70, $1 Super High Five (5-103-12-2) 41 tickets paid $674.40, 50-Cent Trifecta (5-10-3) paid $32.85, $1 Pick Three (3-5-5) paid $102.60, 50-Cent Pick Four (6-3-5-5) 1061 tickets with 4 correct paid $530.15, 50-Cent Pick Five (2-6-3-5-5) 118 tickets with 5 correct paid $2,520.40, $2 Pick Six (6-2-6-3-5-5) 69 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $407.20, $2 Pick Six Jackpot (6-2-6-3-5-5) 1 ticket with 6 correct paid $342,006.40. ATTENDANCE / MUTUEL HANDLE On-Track Attendance-7,251 / Mutuel handle-$1,141,721 Inter-Track Attendance-N/A / Mutuel handle-$2,206,675 Out of State Attendance-N/A / Mutuel handle-$6,606,960 Total Attendance-7,251 / Mutuel handle-$9,955,356 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S D9 Ball’s remarks ‘ludicrous,’ says UCLA’s Alford Lakers guard’s college coach rejects notion that ‘everybody’s getting paid anyway.’ By Ben Bolch BOULDER, Colo. — UCLA coach Steve Alford and point guard Lonzo Ball were completely in sync throughout Ball’s one season with the Bruins, but they have vastly differing opinions on the issue of illicit payments to college basketball players. Ball, nearing the end of his rookie season with the Lakers, said Friday in response to the widening scandal threatening college basketball that “everybody’s getting paid anyway, you might as well make it legal.” Alford didn’t take even a full second to respond after he was relayed the quote from his former star player Sunday afternoon following UCLA’s 80-76 loss to Colorado at the Coors Events Center. “I mean, that’s ludicrous,” Alford said with a chuckle. “I mean, that’s all I’ve got to say on that. I mean, that’s crazy. Not everybody’s getting paid.” Ball told reporters he wasn’t paid because his father wasn’t interested in inducements while building the family’s Big Baller Brand shoe and apparel label while he was at UCLA. But Lakers teammate and former Utah standout Kyle Kuzma was among the players identified as having been paid by an agent while in college in documents obtained by Yahoo Sports. Kuzma has declined to comment on the matter, saying he was gathering information. A possible UCLA connection emerged Friday when an email obtained by Yahoo revealed that Brandon Dawkins, a former business associate of disgraced NBA agent Andy Miller, whose ASM Sports agency is at the heart of the FBI probe into alleged payments to high school prospects, college players and other intermediaries, met with a prominent club team director. Dawkins said in the email that he had met with Etop Udo-Ema, the director of the high school club team the Compton Magic that Dawkins described as “pretty big time” and “looking for new partners” despite an existing relationship with another sports agency. Several Magic alumni have gone on to become Bruins, including TJ Leaf, Jaylen Hands, Jalen Hill and Ike Anigbogu. Asked if he was concerned about a possible link between the Compton Magic and ASM, Alford said, “Zero concerns. Zero.” Alford declined to say how the corruption probe might change the landscape of college basketball but reiterated he was not worried about any connection to UCLA. “When it comes to that, I always sleep well,” Alford said. “I know how we do things. I know how our staff operates, I know how I operate, so that’s never an issue when I go to bed.” email@example.com Twitter: @latbbolch David Zalubowski Associated Press ALEX OLESINSKI battles the Buffaloes for a rebound on a night when the Bruins were playing catch-up most of the time. UCLA fell to 2-6 in Pac-12 games on the road entering Saturday’s season finale at USC. Swept in the season series [UCLA, from D3] jans, and the Bruins might have to win the conference tournament to keep playing meaningful games. Then again, improbable history could repeat itself. UCLA’s resume is fairly similar to the one that got the Bruins into the NCAA tournament during the 2014-15 season when some didn’t even consider them on the bubble. That team got in with a 20-13 record after going 11-7 in the Pac-12 and advancing to the semifinals of the conference tournament. These Bruins share a more unsettling similarity: Their defensive efficiency entering the game Sunday was No. 118 nationally, according to analytics guru Ken Pomeroy, the same ranking UCLA held when it last missed the NCAA tournament in 2015-16. It didn’t figure to improve after the Bruins became the first team to allow Colorado (16-13, 8-9) to reach 80 points PAC-12 STANDINGS Conf. TEAM W L Arizona 12 4 USC 12 5 Stanford 10 6 UCLA 10 7 Utah 10 7 Oregon 9 7 Washington 9 7 Colorado 8 9 Arizona State 7 9 Oregon State 6 10 Washington State 3 13 California 2 14 David Zalubowski Associated Press STEVE ALFORD , shown coaching UCLA against Colorado on Sunday, rejects Lonzo Ball’s assertion that college players are receiving illicit payments. Overall W L 22 7 21 9 16 13 19 10 18 10 19 10 19 10 16 13 19 9 14 14 11 17 8 21 SUNDAY’S RESULT Colorado 80, UCLA 76 THURSDAY’S GAMES Oregon at Washington State ............. 6 p.m. California at Arizona State ................ 6 p.m. Stanford at Arizona ......................... 7 p.m. Oregon State at Washington ............. 8 p.m. SATURDAY’S GAMES Stanford at Arizona State ........... 11:30 a.m. Oregon at Washington ................. 1:30 p.m. California at Arizona ................... 3:30 p.m. Oregon State at Washington State 3:30 p.m. Colorado at Utah ............................ 4 p.m. UCLA at USC ............................. 7:15 p.m. since Washington State in mid-January. The Buffaloes shot only 41.4% and made the same number of threes (14) as the Bruins, but won because they took 25 free throws and made 18; UCLA took 12 and made eight. The Bruins also expended lots of energy with their first big comeback, leaving little in reserve. “When you’re down 12, 13, 14 ... and you battle all the way back, that takes a lot out of you,” Alford said. UCLA took a 56-54 lead midway through the second half after a 16-4 run. It wouldn’t last. Some of the lowlights as Colorado went on a 17-1 push included a Chris Smith turnover leading to Dominique Collier (19 points) making a three, the Bruins watching as guard McKinley Wright went in for a transition layup, and UCLA’s Aaron Holiday committing a turnover seconds after a timeout. Big games from Holiday (21 points, six assists) and Wilkes (20 points) weren’t enough to keep the Bruins from being swept in the season series. UCLA fell to 2-6 in Pac-12 road games this season and 18-26 in conference road games in Alford’s five seasons, largely because of a lack of sustained urgency and defensive lapses that the team doesn’t seem to know how to fix. “That effort, that mindset that we’re about to lose this game that we had in that last three to four minutes, we’ve just got to play like that the whole game,” Wilkes said. “I just think it kicks in too late for us a lot of times.” UP NEXT Saturday at USC, 7:15 p.m., Galen Center, TV: ESPN — The Bruins toppled the Trojans 82-79 in the first game this season. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @latbbolch COLORADO 80, UCLA 76 UCLA Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Goloman...........27 4-5 0-0 3-6 0 3 9 Welsh ...............35 2-8 0-0 1-10 1 1 5 Hands ..............19 2-4 0-0 0-5 0 3 6 Holiday .............39 6-19 5-8 1-6 6 3 21 Wilkes ..............31 7-17 3-4 2-3 3 4 20 Ali....................19 4-7 0-0 1-5 2 2 11 Olesinski ...........17 2-3 0-0 1-3 0 2 4 Smith ...............13 0-2 0-0 0-0 0 3 0 Totals 27-65 8-12 9-38 12 21 76 Shooting: Field goals, 41.5%; free throws, 66.7% Three-point goals: 14-31 (Holiday 4-9, Ali 3-6, Wilkes 3-8, Hands 2-3, Goloman 1-1, Welsh 1-2, Olesinski 0-1, Smith 0-1). Team Rebounds: 3. Team Turnovers: 11 (8 PTS). Blocked Shots: 4 (Goloman 2, Smith, Wilkes). Turnovers: 11 (Holiday 5, Hands 3, Olesinski, Smith, Wilkes). Steals: 4 (Holiday 2, Hands, Wilkes). Technical Fouls: Holiday, 16:01 first. COLORADO Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Walton..............21 2-5 0-1 0-7 2 3 4 Collier...............33 5-10 4-6 0-4 3 1 19 King .................28 4-11 5-6 1-4 1 2 16 M.Wright ...........32 4-13 2-4 0-4 8 3 10 Bey ..................17 1-2 0-0 1-2 0 2 2 Siewert .............23 3-5 7-8 3-5 0 2 15 N.Wright............18 4-8 0-0 0-3 0 1 11 Nikolic ..............17 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 1 3 Schwartz ...........11 0-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Repine ...............-- 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 24-58 18-25 5-32 15 15 80 Shooting: Field goals, 41.4%; free throws, 72.0% Three-point goals: 14-30 (Collier 5-9, N.Wright 3-5, King 3-9, Siewert 2-2, Nikolic 1-2, Schwartz 0-1, M.Wright 0-2). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 10 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (King 3, Bey, Walton). Turnovers: 10 (M.Wright 3, King 2, N.Wright 2, Collier, Siewert, Walton). Steals: 8 (Collier 2, King 2, M.Wright 2, Bey, Siewert). Technical Fouls: None. UCLA 36 40— 76 Colorado 45 35— 80 A—8,176 (11,064). TOP 25 ROUNDUP Michigan St. clinches Big Ten associated press No. 2 Michigan State arrived at Wisconsin feeling a little discombobulated with so many off-the-court issues swirling around the program. The Spartans are returning to East Lansing with the outright Big Ten regularseason title and more clarity about the future of star forward Miles Bridges. Cassius Winston scored 20 points and went six for six from the three-point line, and Bridges hit two late foul shots to hold off the Badgers for a 68-63 win on Sunday. The Spartans (28-3, 16-2) celebrated in the locker room after clinching the top seed in this week’s Big Ten tournament in New York. It appears that Bridges’ short-term future is more secure after he was cleared by the NCAA following a Yahoo! Sports article on Friday that identified him as one of many players who may have received improper benefits. “I didn’t get anything, that’s the truth,” Bridges said. tin scored 25 points, Jordan Caroline had 21 points and 14 rebounds and Nevada clinched the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West tournament and at least a share of the regular-season championship. at No. 9 Purdue 84, Minnesota 60: Dakota Mathias matched his career high with 25 points and led Purdue to a blowout win. Carsen Edwards had 18 points for the Boilermakers (26-5, 15-3 Big Ten). at No. 23 Houston 109, East Carolina 58: Houston (22-6, 12-4 AAC) shot 67% from the field and built a 6213 first-half lead for the most points scored in a half by the Cougars since scoring 62 in the second half against Florida Tech on Nov. 22, 2005. at No. 11 Cincinnati 82, Tulsa 74: Gary Clark led a 24-4 run that put Cincinnati (25-4, 14-2) ahead to stay early in the second half, and the Bearcats held on to preserve their one-game American Athletic lead. at No. 20 Nevada 92, Colorado State 83: Caleb Mar- at North Carolina State 92, No. 25 Florida State 72: Allerik Freeman scored 25 points to lift North Carolina State. N.C. State (20-9, 10-6) won its fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season game in the same season for the first time since 2006. ‘Dungeon’ helps UFC fighter steer life in right direction [UFC, from D3] weight champion Frankie Edgar, 36, at T-Mobile Arena. Reflecting on how he has gotten here, Ortega pointed to Luhrsen’s question. “We’ve all had that one time ... when you have this choice, that one chance,” Ortega said. “That’s your ticket out. That’s your escape. A lot of people don’t take it, the guys who tell you later in life, ‘I could’ve done this, I should’ve been here. ...’ I heard it all the time. So I just knew what I was supposed to do. The energy that time was, ‘Take this opportunity.’ ” It would start then as Ortega’s fight camps still begin, with the fighter driving his dated Chevy SUV to Luhrsen’s garage for sessions that cover opponent breakdown, heavy bag striking, weightlifting and, most important, deep conversation. Ed Soares, Ortega’s manager and a longtime friend of Luhrsen, says, “The influence and guidance James provided Brian is like that of a father, a confidant, a shadow. Brian is a good-hearted human being, the captain of his own ship. All he needed was to be guided, someone to help him navigate.” Luhrsen calls his one-car garage “the dungeon.” The pair is shielded from the world when the garage door slides down. Inside, Ortega has bared the darkest torment of his past and reached the most painful limits of physical conditioning. “We always said this is going to be from the ground up. It’s not much, definitely not state of the art, but it’s where we started,” Ortega said. “It started by having this fantasy talk of, ‘One day, you’re going to do this and that, and then be champion.’ All of a sudden, we’re sitting here training for Frankie Edgar and the winner gets a shot at the belt. “A lot of people think they need the best training partners, the best gym. I started with Vans, Jack in the Box and a dream, and now I’m here. You just need to have that work ethic, focus and dedication.” There was much to discuss inside the garage — “there’s some real dark side to his before,” Luhrsen said. ‘The mind is a powerful tool, and my mentality in the octagon is literally, “You have to kill me to stop me.” ’ — Brian Ortega Ortega had much to be angry about. He drifted from an erratic home life in which his father worked around the clock and his mother had criminal trouble. He sought to harness his interest in fighting at the Gracie jiujitsu academy in Redondo Beach, but that sport’s attention to discipline was sabotaged by his life on the street. “My house was a revolving door,” Ortega said. “I was just telling James’ son, who’s 17, ‘Dude, when I was 17, I wouldn’t come home for two to three weeks.’ “And I wouldn’t even get a call of ‘how are you?’ or ‘where are you?’ It was just … different. I was up to no good, and when you’re living in the houses of the people who’ll just take you in, the environment is … not the best.” Ortega says it was like Luhrsen had a crystal ball in predicting how the fighter’s friends would fall by the wayside. Luhrsen, who would only say he is in his 50s, withstood a similar life a generation earlier. He listened and nodded as Ortega would confide to the doubts fanned by those people, even as Ortega went 11-0 in amateur fights, then won his first eight pro bouts to land a UFC contract in 2014. “There’s always a way to pull back and discredit ourselves, but once you just shut that out and start doing it, you realize things about yourself that you never thought were possible,” Ortega said. “This was a vision … I used the negativity as gasoline. “We just had each other in the garage. Fight by fight, it was like, ‘Boom, proved you wrong.’ They still had something to say — ‘It’s only the minor leagues,’ ‘You barely made it through,’ ‘You won’t do it in the UFC — Now, finally now, they’re like, ‘We believed in you.’ ” Ortega is 13-0 as an MMA pro and none of his five UFC bouts have gone the distance. His most recent victory was a second-round submission over veteran Cub Swanson in December to earn his third fight-of-thenight bonus. Then, earlier this month, featherweight champion Max Holloway withdrew from UFC 222 because of a leg injury and Ortega emerged. Huddled in the garage, where Ortega has hung his blood-stained fight uniforms — “war paint,” he says — he and Luhrsen consider the double-edged sword of his youth and energy versus Edgar’s wisdom and age. “James sharpens the right tools in the right place to help Brian execute what he needs at the right time,” said Soares, who also manages UFC legend Anderson Silva. “Anderson once told me there’s a magic moment in every fight, and Brian’s able to feel and capitalize off those magic moments.” Something that can’t be coached also stirs in Ortega, and it’s been seen in his unflinching response to punches in the face. “The mind is a powerful tool, and my mentality in the octagon is literally, ‘You have to kill me to stop me,’ ” he said. “I never want to lose, but James knows the way I think: If you’re going to fail, fail big.” The proof he lives that motto: A skilled surfer, Ortega dismissed Luhrsen’s warnings in 2016 about high surf and took on the Breakwall’s biggest waves. A local news story headlined, “Two dead, MMA fighter gets a scare,” is taped to the garage wall, after Luhrsen’s friends pulled a breathless Ortega from the ocean floor to resuscitate him. “I’ve proven I can hang in there, go through adversity and pull tricks out of the bag. This is another step I have to go through. I’m dangerous,” Ortega said, “because I have nothing to lose.” email@example.com Twitter: @latimespugmire D10 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S PYEONGCHANG 2018 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Martin Bernetti AFP/Getty Images THE CLOSING CEREMONY brought us a reminder that amid the pageantry of the Games, there remain some cold, hard realities for the athletes in them. DOPING TAINTED GAMES [Hernandez, from D1] continued banishment of Russia would have punished individual athletes who had no control or say over the governmentbacked drug program. Compared to other athletes, the Russians were subjected to more extensive drug screenings before and during the Games. There were four positive drug tests at these Olympics, two of them by OAR athletes. But IOC President Thomas Bach explained that he didn’t view the cases as extensions of what Russia did in Sochi. These were isolated instances, he said, as opposed to part of systemic abuse. Bach said he was pleased with how OAR responded to the positive tests, particularly that of bronze-medalwinning mixed curler Alexander Krushelnitzky. OAR didn’t appeal the results of the test and immediately returned the medals that were won by Krushelnitzky and his wife. However, the two positive tests were why Russia failed in its quest to be reinstated for the closing ceremony. Bach never explained why. Bach also never said how the IOC determined these were isolated cases instead of part of something larger. “This fight with doping will never be over,” Bach said. “We have to be realistic. The day where we say ‘We have won this fight against doping’ will not come. As long as you have human beings in competition with each other, you will have some who try to cheat. In society, you have laws against theft or robbery for thousands of years, but there is still theft and robbery. This is unfortunate, but we cannot ignore human reality.” Bach’s statement was common sense. It was also extraordinary. Dan Istitene Getty Images MADISON CHOCK and Evan Bates of the U.S. did not medal in ice dance but didn’t let that spoil the fun. As much as anything, the organizations and leagues that control sports sell stories — stories about athletes, stories about the significance of competitions, stories about what the sports themselves represent. To be in the sportsentertainment industry is to nurture and protect these myths. By saying what he did, Bach conceded one of the great myths of the Olympics — the one about a level playing field — is, in fact, a myth. If the Olympic ideals exist, they exist inside of the athletes. When a group of American athletes was asked about the IOC’s decision on Russia, a United States Olympic Committee spokesman answered for them. “You’re telling us the news, so I think we probably need a little time to digest it,” he said. “But it seems like the appropriate decision.” But freestyle skier David Wise spoke up. “Cheating’s cheating,” Wise said. “I think any true competitor, any true champion, admires winning fairly more than winning in general. And some people get lost in that and they make winning their end goal rather than winning well and winning with a conscience, so, yeah, cheating’s cheating.” Bobsledder Elana Meyers Taylor added to the chorus of frustration. She spoke of how drugs have specifically affected her sport. OAR’s other positive test at these Games was by a bobsledder. “It’s a really difficult situation as an athlete to know that these offenses have occurred and that they’ve drastically affected medals, and not only medals, but even who was able to participate in the Games,” Meyers Taylor said. Meyers Taylor understands why this is a problem not only for her sport, but the entire Olympic movement. “I feel like there’s been a loss in faith of the athletes of these Games, of all Games, because of the offenses that have occurred,” she said. She still believes. But who else does? And if there are others, for how much longer? firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @dylanohernandez E CALENDAR M O N D A Y , F E B R U A R Y 2 6 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times THE TUMULTUOUS scene at last year’s Oscars, with host Jimmy Kimmel, left, commiserating with Warren Beatty about the best-picture envelope mix-up. AH, MEMORIES What’s in the cards for the TV production team after last year’s debacle? BY JOSH ROTTENBERG >>> Rob Paine, supervising producer of the Academy Awards, remembers an urgent message — one that no one ever imagined they’d hear — coming over his headset: “It’s wrong! It’s wrong!” Derek McLane, the Oscar telecast’s production designer, was seated in the audience at the Dolby Theatre and recalls the “murmur of confusion” that suddenly swept through the crowd. Stationed in a production trailer behind the Dolby, the show’s announcer, Randy Thomas, remembers simply thinking, “What the …?” Few who sat at home watching last year’s Oscars telecast are likely to soon forget the show’s shocking and chaotic final moments, in which “La La Land” was mistakenly announced as best picture over the actual winner, “Moonlight.” But for those who worked behind the scenes on the show’s production team, that epic snafu wasn’t just a crazy TV moment. It was a four-alarm disaster that played out on one of the world’s biggest stages, and, even as they prepare to turn the page with the 90th Oscars telecast next Sunday, it remains indelibly seared into their memory. The best picture win for “Moonlight,” a low-budget, poetic indie about a gay black boy growing up in Miami, over the musical juggernaut “La La Land” was an upset in its own right. But the way in which that win unfolded turned what had otherwise been an amiable if somewhat predictable night into one of the most memorable shows in Oscar history and a reminder that in any live event — the Super Bowl, the presidential election — anything can happen. For a film academy that had weathered two [See Oscars, E5] Era of artisanal blockbusters Americana from SoCal to Texas Directors’ personal touches invigorate recent mega-movies. Dave Alvin and Jimmie Dale Gilmore’s “Downey to Lubbock” finds common ground. By Mark Olsen The supersized success of “Black Panther” didn’t just smash assumptions about what superheroes are allowed to look like, it has also proved that the best franchise films put the emphasis on the film, rather than the franchise. Following on the heels of Rian Johnson’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” Taika Waititi’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” Patty Jenkins’ “Wonder Woman” and James Mangold’s “Logan,” Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” is one more example of Hollywood’s most surprising trend — artisanal blockbusters. [See Blockbusters, E3] By Randy Lewis Film Frame / Marvel Studios “BLACK PANTHER,” from director/co-writer Ryan Coogler, is a superhero film with an auteur feel. Lupita Nyong’o, left, Chadwick Boseman, Danai Gurira star. Two Americana music veterans whose paths have crossed for nearly half a century — even before they knew each other — are teaming up for their first recording as a duo, a project that brings Southern California native Dave Alvin together with esteemed West Texas singer-songwriter Jimmie Dale Gilmore. The pair recently joined forces to record the forthcoming album “Downey to Lubbock,” the title referring to their hometowns. The Times is premiering one of the new collection’s original songs, “Billy the Kid and Geronimo,” about an imagined meeting between the two 19th century outlaws whose lives became the stuff of legend in the American West. You can listen at lat.ms/ downeytolubbock. “I thought Jimmie and I needed something to sing together,” Alvin, 62, said in an interview shortly after getting home from a recent round of tour dates with Gilmore, who is a decade older. “I’d had the song in pieces. Usually when I write the semi-historical mythical songs, there’s at least five other verses laying around — like old folks songs themselves. “I write in a flurry, then go back and say, ‘We don’t need [See Duo, E8] E2 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R TELEVISION REVIEW Franchising mob model ROBERT LLOYD TELEVISION CRITIC Josh Stringer NBC MAE WHITMAN , left, Christina Hendricks and Retta play struggling moms who rob a grocery store. TELEVISION REVIEW ‘Good Girls’ need risks After the robbery, it’s unclear what these moms can get away with on a network. LORRAINE ALI TELEVISION CRITIC Three working-class moms are driven toward a life of crime in NBC’s dramedy “Good Girls.” Waitress Ruby (Retta) needs life-saving medication for her daughter, which isn’t covered by her or her husband’s (Reno Wilson) bottom-end insurance. Mother of four Beth (Christina Hendricks) must fix the financial mess left by her philandering husband (Matthew Lillard) or risk losing their home. Beth’s sister Annie (Mae Whitman) has to make enough money to win custody of her daughter against her moneyed ex (Zach Gilford), but that’s never going to happen on her minimum wage salary as a grocery store clerk. So the trio slip on ski masks and rob a grocery store at (toy) gunpoint. Now that the loot’s in the bag, nothing will ever be the same — except for Ruby’s lasagna because she froze enough of it to sustain her family in case she winds up in prison. Part “Breaking Bad” and part “Thelma and Louise,” this hour-long series which premieres Monday combines the desperation of those living the vanishing American dream with the fury of the #MeToo movement. These women want the good life for their children, and they want R-E-S-P-EC-T. What’s clear is they’ll never achieve either of those goals by playing by the rules. The premise is similar to that of “Claws,” the TNT series about the working women of a nail salon who struggle to get ahead in a man’s world, even as the men themselves are turning to any means necessary to make ends meet. That series, set in the exotic surrounds of central strip-mall Florida, is fueled by sharp and sometimes crass humor, and its cast is a wonderful mix of eccentric personalities. “Good Girls,” which is executive produced by Jenna Bans (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Scandal”), doesn’t quite stand out in the same way. It’s set around Detroit, but the surrounds (at least in the first few episodes available for review) don’t contribute much to the story. The writing has promising moments but is more safe than daring, which renders the characters a bit too tame, especially in a narrative where the women’s morality is challenged by their increasing desperation. It begs the question: Would the smooth and middling “Good Girls” be sharper and funnier as a cable or streaming series? Traditional networks are in the impossible position of trying to figure out just who their audience is among the multiple platforms and billion new shows, and that requires appealing to a wide swath of demographics without alienating advertisers. Edges get sanded, rough bits polished. The networks’ comfort ‘Good Girls’ Where: NBC When: 10 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-14-DLSV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with advisories for suggestive dialogue, coarse language, sexual content and violence) zones are sitcoms such as “The Big Bang Theory” and “Modern Family,” or police procedurals which follow formats that have worked since the dawn of television. When the story lines become more complicated, however, that tightrope walk between challenging artistry and mass appeal becomes more precarious. Walter White’s crime odyssey and the liberation of Thelma and Louise crossed TV and film boundaries: he was a working-class hero who wasn’t exactly heroic, and they grabbed the wheel from the men who’d been driving them mad. “Good Girls,” of course, shouldn’t be held to those impossible high standards. But it does need some element of risk to make it pop, and even as the ladies’ simple plan of robbery turns into a crime spree that includes kidnapping, bilking a senior, and tangling with prisontattooed gangsters, there’s not a lot of surprises here. Hendricks isn’t the most convincing desperate housewife. The detached demeanor and ambition that made “Mad Men’s” Joan a memorable character didn’t entirely fade with that pe- riod show, and it’s hard to reconcile with the freshly woke soccer mom in “Good Girls.” One of the best moments for Hendricks’ Beth is when she does find her mojo after kicking her cheating husband out of the house. She spends several episodes trying to master the impossible remote control system to simply turn on cable TV — input, input, power cable, menu (or something like that). The kids are losing confidence in mom. When she finally masters it, it’s almost as if the clouds part, and she’s showered in a small ray of empowerment. Retta and Whitman are better suited in their roles, and their characters provide the deepest emotional hooks. When they interact with their kids, you can feel Ruby’s powerlessness as she sits in a free clinic begging for the doctors to pay attention to her child’s failing kidneys. Impulsive single mom Annie is immature. Her tween daughter Sadie (Izzy Stannard), who dresses like a boy, is the grown-up in this relationship. Their family life may look dysfunctional, but they protect each other, and the love between them is palpable. Scenes between these two are as sweet as they are believable. Women driven to the edge is no doubt a poignant theme in the time of #Times Up. But as the culture pushes forward into unexplored territory, so too must the characters of TV and film. The “Good Girls” need more than ski masks. They need a challenge. email@example.com Twitter: @lorraineali The eight-part drama “McMafia,” premiering Monday on AMC, is one of those productions that regularly wash up on our shores, with exotic locations and multinational casts involved in international skulduggery. The title, which comes from Misha Glenny’s 2008 nonfiction book, “McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld,” is explained within the series when a character compares the drug trade to a fast-food franchise: The one with the most locations wins. But beyond that, the series, created by Hossein Amini and James Watkins, does not really go deeply into particulars, other than to offer some money-laundering montages, highlight the use of shipping containers and picture the enterprise as run by men in expensive suits speaking politely, often in nice restaurants or fancy parties. Alex Godman (James Norton, the priest-detective in the “Masterpiece: Mystery” series “Grantchester”) is a Russian-born investment banker raised in British boarding schools and polished at Harvard. He has a small but successful firm he has been careful to keep apart from all things Russian or connected with his family, which has a criminal past. Without going too much into spoilery detail, things occur that put Alex reluctantly in cahoots with Semiyon Kleiman, a drugrunning Israeli politician (David Strathairn, oddly cast but not uninteresting), who is attempting surreptitiously to undermine his Russian rival, Vadim Kalyagin (Merab Ninidze). (That the Godmans, too, are Jewish, is expressed only by the men wearing yarmulkes at funerals, and Alex’s remembering being called a “Yid” at school.) The unsuccessful target of an assassination attempt in one of the series’ early scenes, Vadim is also the reason the Godman family is in exile, which has left papa Dimitri (Aleksei Serebryakov) an extravagantly sorrowful drunk, dreaming only of the day he can safely return to Moscow. In the meantime, he has a dangerous habit of going up to the roof with a bottle of what I can only suppose is vodka, forcing his children to keep the windows locked. He is not particularly a candidate for your sympathy. With scenes set in London; Tel Aviv; Moscow; Mumbai, India; Prague, Czech Republic; and Istanbul, Turkey, among other passing locations, the series does not lack for incidental glamour. (There is a yacht too.) At the same time, the photography, even in the action sequences, remains Nikola Predovic Cuba Pictures “McMAFIA” drama stars David Strathairn, left, and James Norton. ‘McMafia’ Where: AMC When: 10 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-14-LSV (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14 with advisories for coarse language, sexual content and violence) calm and naturalistic — it is, one might say, a matte finish approach, rather than a glossy one. What’s difficult is caring what happens to most of these characters for any amount of time, given how much time there is — a task complicated by the fact the person you may be rooting for in one scene is the person you may have rooted against in the previous one, or will in the next. That they may love their children or friends — whose lives may be endangered by that love — may briefly soften a viewer’s heart. Some (Kirill Pirogov as a Russian security agent) get by on actorly charisma. But apart from the women — the wives, girlfriends, daughters and a kidnapped beautician (Sofia Lebedeva) — most of the main characters are bad people doing bad things for bad reasons. There is something undeniably appealing in Alex’s nearly unflappable sangfroid and we are shown him training in hardcore martial arts to let us see that he is disciplined and plausibly capable of surviving an action scene or two. At the same time, Norton’s performance is so measured that whatever internal struggles Alex is experiencing on his journey through the dark side remain obscure to the viewer. Alex believes he is working mainly to ensure the safety of his family and his fiancée, Rebecca Harper (Juliet Rylance), who works for an “ethical capitalist.” He is not even sure he is doing wrong, just moving money around — though he is sufficiently unsure to lie about it — and convinced in any case that it is only for a while. He thinks he’s in control, but he does make some poor choices on the way to filling up eight hours of television. firstname.lastname@example.org TELEVISION REVIEW ‘Living Biblically’s’ sin? A lack of laughs By Chris Barton Like a lot of failed sitcoms, CBS’ new “Living Biblically” probably seemed like a good idea at the time. Inspired by A.J. Jacobs’ 2007 bestseller “The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible as Literally as Possible” — a title that works as a tidy elevator pitch itself — the show arriving Monday centers on Chip (Jay R. Ferguson, best known as the amply bearded Stan Rizzo from “Mad Men”), a newspaper film critic and lapsed Catholic who follows in Jacobs’ footsteps to enter a sticky world of ancient absolutes to the chagrin of his friends, family and so on. Presumably, the facial hair will make a comeback too. Except in the case of Jacobs — the writer of similar journalistic gadget-plays such as attempting to outsource his life and embarking on an effort to read every volume of Encyclopedia Britannica — the dip into the Bible was driven by a book that also examined other perspectives among the devout about faith and religious practice. Produced by “Big Bang Theory’s” Johnny Galecki, “Living Biblically” flips the concept by placing Chip at a personal crossroads between the death of a best friend and the prospect of impending fatherhood, two factors that lead him to follow the Bible in the hopes of becoming a better person. While Chip is eventually encouraged to turn his efforts into a column at his paper, the motivational switch seems driven by an urge for a tidier narrative, which is part of the problem. “Living Biblically” adheres to sitcom tropes so strictly, it’s as if those have also been written in stone, perhaps somewhere on a CBS backlot. You have the preternaturally patient wife (Lindsey Craft), who weathers the complications spurred by her husband’s impulsive pursuit; the wisecracking coworker (Tony Rock); the intimidating boss (a wasted Camryn Manheim); and even a local bar where Chip talks theological matters with a willing rabbi and a ‘Living Biblically’ Where: CBS When: 9:30 p.m. Monday Rating: TV-PG-L (may be unsuitable for young children with an advisory for coarse language) Sonja Flemming CBS CHIP (Jay R. Ferguson) and Leslie (Lindsey Kraft) share a glass or two with Father Gene (Ian Gomez). priest (David Krumholtz and Ian Gomez, respectively), whom he dubs his “God squad.” Centuries of religion and decades of television have proved such strictures can be useful guides if coupled with good works — in this case, strong jokes and writing. But that’s where “Living Biblically” falls short. A spiritual crisis of the kind that would lead some- one to return to their faith is rich material from a character standpoint, but you never get the sense that Chip is much more than a tourist. His Bible study leads him to consider his phone a false idol in the second episode, but “Living Biblically” mostly uses it to show it’s hard to live without one. And rather than giving Chip a moral compass strong enough to tell a “bro- code”-spouting adulterer in the office to shut his mouth in the first episode, Chip eventually follows the Old Testament’s way, which strangely feels far less direct. In the early going, the show’s conceit is less of a means to consider faith, self-improvement and how both mingle with modern life than it is a desire to be told what to do. Chip doesn’t seem to be finding religion as much as a few quirky new habits. Though his faith seems renewed in the last of the three episodes CBS made available for preview (featuring JoBeth Williams as his judgmentally atheist mother-inlaw), his advocating for surrendering to something greater through prayer is undercut by the episode’s simplistic reinforcement of the practice as a means to get what you want. But even setting aside the show’s lack of interest in the complexity of faith, it’s greatest sin is simply not being funny enough. The characters are too thin and familiar to generate laughs on their own, and some jokes rely too heavily on references while others just don’t make sense. “Who are you? Kramer?” his priest asks as Chip barges into someone’s confessional, having evidently not yet discovered “The Golden Rule.” The show’s failures are a shame because religion is a powerful enough presence in our culture to be approached with honesty and wit. The British import “Rev” comes to mind as a compelling example, as well as HBO’s stand-up comedycentric “Crashing,” which follows its own bent spiritual journey. To do it right, however, you have to be willing to break a few rules. email@example.com M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R WEEKEND BOX OFFICE King T’Challa still reigns ‘Black Panther’ remains leader of the pack and is the top February film ever. By Kevin Crust No one will ever underestimate King T’Challa of Wakanda again. “Black Panther,” proving its $200-million opening weekend was no fluke, eclipsed $108 million over the last three days, trailing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as the largest second weekend of all time, according to data from measurement and analytics firm ComScore. Directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, Marvel Studios’ latest superhero epic continued to monopolize the domestic box office, easily sweeping aside the week’s newcomers — “Game Night,” “Annihilation” and “Every Day” — its three-day total accounting for more than 50% of the weekend’s gross. “Black Panther’s” $400million North American total already makes it the highest-grossing February film ever. Internationally, the Disney release tallied $83.8 million to bring its global total to $704 million. No. 2 “Game Night,” an action-comedy starring Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams, opened with $16.6 million, apace with analysts’ projections but higher than the studio’s reported expec- Estimated sales in the U.S. and Canada: 3-day Percentage gross change from Total (millions) last weekend (millions) Movie (Studio) Days in release 1 Black Panther $108.0 -47% $400.0 10 (Disney) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------2 Game Night $16.6 N/A $16.6 3 (Warner Bros.) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------3 Peter Rabbit $12.5 -28% $71.3 17 (Sony) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------4 Annihilation $11.0 N/A $11.0 3 (Paramount) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------5 Fifty Shades Freed $6.9 -60% $89.6 17 (Universal) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------6 Jumanji: Welcome to $5.7 -29% $387.3 68 the Jungle (Sony) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------7 The 15:17 to Paris $3.6 -53% $32.3 17 (Warner Bros.) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------8 The Greatest Showman $3.4 -32% $160.8 68 (20th Century Fox) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------9 Every Day $3.1 N/A $3.1 3 (Orion) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------10 MET Opera: la Bohème $1.9 N/A $1.9 1 (Fathom Events) ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Industry totals 3-day gross (in millions) Change from 2017 Year-to-date gross (in billions) Change from 2017 Change in attendance from 2017 54.5% $1.9 12.7% N/A $192 Sources: comScore Los Angeles Times tations. Despite The Times’ Justin Chang’s assessment of “Game Night” as a “tediously overworked suburbannoir farce,” it satisfied most critics, netting 81% fresh on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, while scoring a B+ with audiences per the polling firm CinemaScore. Holdover “Peter Rabbit,” Sony’s hybrid live-action/ animation adaptation of the Beatrix Potter children’s classic, held on to third place with $12.5 million in its third weekend. Its modest 28% drop, reflecting it being the primary option for families with young children, brings its total to $71.3 million. In fourth place, British writer-director Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller “Annihilation,” his first film since the critically acclaimed “Ex Machina” in 2014, earned $11 million. The film stars Natalie Portman as a biologist on a mission with an allfemale team in a toxically mutated region of the U.S. that Chang called “a mindbending foray into the unknown.” The cerebrally challenging movie received only a C CinemaScore but pleased critics, with an 87% on Rotten Tomatoes. Rounding out the top five was “Fifty Shades Freed” at $6.9 million, also in its third weekend. The wind-up of the erotic romance trilogy, starring Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan, stands at $89.6 million total. The previous two installments, 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” and 2017’s “Fifty Shades Darker” finished at $166.2 million and $114.6 million, respectively. Finally, the third of the week’s new releases, “Every Day,” the rebooted Orion Pictures’ teen fantasy romance, finished ninth with $3.1 million on 1,600 screens. Kimber Myers, reviewing for The Times, characterized the movie as “all soul and no brain.” The film rated a B+ on CinemaScore, and left critics split, landing at 50% on Rotten Tomatoes. Next week, “Black Panther” faces Bruce Willis in the “Death Wish” remake and Jennifer Lawrence’s spy thriller “Red Sparrow.” firstname.lastname@example.org Super-visionary filmmakers [Blockbusters, from E1] Each of these films, in its own way, bears the unmistakable imprint of its director, whether the exploration of identity and representation in “Black Panther,” the genre sleight-of-hand in “Last Jedi,” the liberating optimism of “Wonder Woman,” the absurdist humor of “Ragnarok” or the intense character drama of “Logan.” And that in itself feels like a win for the industry and audiences alike. Collectively they feel like a triumph over the long-simmering tension between art and commerce — between personal expression and commercial concerns — that has seen renewed debate in the film industry as artists endeavor to make movies that feel like more than another episode in a series. The rise of franchiseminder figures such as Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy in roles that are an unusual blend of producer, production chief and showrunner, initially looked to be pointing toward a homogenous sameness from film to film in the name of quality control and brand management. When director Edgar Wright left Marvel’s “AntMan” just before it went into production in 2014, it was interpreted as a blow against allowing for the idiosyncrasies of individual filmmakers within the confines of the current production model. A similar reaction erupted when filmmakers Chris Miller and Phil Lord left the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story” deep into production, citing “creative differences.” And related or not, it was after the disastrous reception to his oddball indie “The Book of Henry” that “Jurassic World” director Colin Trevorrow departed the upcoming “Star Wars: Episode IX” project. One of the most common complaints against current serialized franchises, and installments such as “Avengers: Age of Ultron” or “Justice League,” is that the films do not seem like individual works, but rather episodes in some larger story. The recent films such as “Black Panther” that have gotten around that problem have done so in part because their filmmakers draw outside the lines. There’s a push toward putting a personal imprint on the storytelling rather than conforming to some greater blueprint. The resulting films stand firmly on their own. One uniting factor among these recent franchise auteurs is that each latched on to the scale of the storytelling Clay Enos Warner Bros. “WONDER WOMAN’S” Chris Pine and Gal Gadot share sometimes touching, sometimes screwball rapport in director Patty Jenkins’ World War I-set film. the projects afforded them. From more creatively conceived villains to sidestepping the trope of mass destruction as climactic event, this is where a grasp of storytelling beyond mere plot mechanics really comes into play. The new breed of franchise auteurs are engaging audiences on deeper levels of character and thematic development. All initially emerged with low-budget independent features (many of them made their debut at the Sundance Film Festival). It is likely also noteworthy that these filmmakers all place particular emphasis on collaboration — most work with core colleagues from film to film, opening up their own artistic practice and smashing the dictatorial stereotypes of the director. Which is another way of saying that the works they create are just good movies, well-made, engaging and entertaining. The screwball snap between Gal Gadot and Chris Pine in “Wonder Woman,” the zesty verve of Cate Blanchett and Tessa Thompson in “Thor: Ragnarok” or the discovery of young Dafne Keen in “Logan” all bring a human scale of emotion to outsized stories. Late in “The Last Jedi,” one space transport smashes through a much larger vessel in a bold, desperate maneuver to save a small fleet of escaping ships. The exposure of the image dramatically shifts as the impact fills the entire screen and the soundtrack drops out to a suspended silence, creating an unexpectedly serene moment of obliteration, hope, sacrifice and survival. The formal daring of the moment is the exact sort of thing these types of movies typically don’t do, which is exactly what makes Johnson’s choice so exciting, so impactful, so special. Likewise, early in “Black Panther,” a futuristic ship sweeps across an African plain, taking in a postcard landscape. Then it suddenly swoops within a secret city in the hero’s home nation of Wakanda, flying by skyscrapers with thatched balconies and a cityscape drawn from the iconography of Afrofuturist science fiction. It is a breathtaking moment of immersion and innovation that in many other films would be a throwaway series of expository shots. Coogler’s arrival sequence is also something of a microcosm for the rest of the film, a surprise world hidden underneath more typical expectations. There are plenty of projects on the way from the Avengers, Star Wars, X-Men and DC franchises, and many more opportunities for the filmmakers behind these franchises to continue to distinguish themselves. Even the venerable James Bond franchise has found new life with two recent films directed by Sam Mendes and current reports that Danny Boyle is in consideration for the next adventure. With filmmakers such as Coogler and Johnson — alongside Jenkins, Waititi and other creators of handcrafted blockbusters — blazing a trail, hopefully more filmmakers will find a way to satisfy the needs of the system while also building vehicles for personal expression and achievement of craft at the highest levels. And hopefully they will be granted the same leeway to do it. While franchise films are simply a reality of contemporary Hollywood, filmmakers have shown that the effort that goes into them does not have to be as simplistic nor as cynical as the old adage “one for them.” Rather, by making movies that smartly and distinctly bridge that eternal art/ commerce gap and appeal to inclusive modern audiences, they are working to ensure the franchises are for all of us. email@example.com Twitter: @IndieFocus E3 E4 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R THEATER REVIEW ‘Henry V’ may please all but the purists A Noise Within’s shortened adaptation of Shakespeare classic proves a rousing ride. ‘Henry V’ Where: A Noise Within, 3352 E. Foothill Blvd., Pasadena By F. Kathleen Foley Co-directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott have certainly not held back in their bold staging of “Henry V” at A Noise Within, beginning with a truncated adaptation by Geoff that runs just a tad over two hours and takes certain liberties with the text. Shakespeare purists might balk at the omissions, but if you’re not a Shakespearean stickler, you may well find that this “Henry” is a breathless theatrical joy ride full of thrills, chills and spills (of blood, naturally). As the action opens, Henry V (an authoritative Rafael Goldstein, the linchpin of the production) has just ascended to power and must assert his supremacy over a divided nation that’s still rankled by his father’s usurpation of the throne. Henry’s dissolute youth tells against him, but a pointed insult from the French Dauphin (Kasey Mahaffy) cements Henry’s resolve to invade France and recon- When: In repertory (see website for schedule); ends April 6 Tickets: From $25 Info: (626) 356-3100, www.anoisewithin.org Running time: 2 hours, 10 minutes. Craig Schwartz A SCENE from the action-packed “Henry V,” nimbly co-directed by Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott, quer the lands he considers his by right. Of course, from there, the play charts Henry’s rise to glorious manhood and royal supremacy, culminating with the magnificent St. Cri- spin’s Day speech, a call to arms that, in Goldstein’s stirring delivery, raises goosebumps. Frederick Stuart is particularly fine as the French King Charles VI. Erika Soto is an ideal gamine as Katherine, the French princess whom Henry woos and wins. And Mahaffy strikes just the right note of effete hubris as the Dauphin. Among the design el- ements, Robert Oriol’s sound and original music are standouts. Frederica Nascimento’s set, however, is a mixed blessing, at least initially, as the performers labor up and down daunting steps apparently designed for giants. (That unit, fortunately, later breaks apart into components that serve the action well.) Combat sequences by fight choreographer Kenneth R. Merckx Jr., assisted by co-fight choreographers Marc LeClerc and Collin Bressie, are inspired — rousing battles that fill the stage with tumult and turmoil. Rodriguez-Elliott and Elliott are intrepid vandals in the high church of Shakespeare. They may have spray-painted out a few passages, but they have kept the meaning intact in a richly articulate production that never flags in energy or style. firstname.lastname@example.org M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R E5 COUNTDOWN TO THE OSCARS It can’t happen again, right? [Oscars, from E1] years of #OscarsSoWhite controversy and now finds itself trying to navigate the #MeToo moment, this was a singular crisis it could never have seen coming. The show’s director, Glenn Weiss, is one of many members of that team returning to work on this year’s telecast, including producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd. For Weiss, who earned a Directors Guild Award earlier this month for his work on last year’s show, the best-picture fumble and the nonstop coverage that followed dramatically illustrate the high stakes of mounting one of the most-watched live shows on television. “The difference between doing the Oscars and other shows is not the mechanics of the job, it’s not the functions that you do every day, it’s the microscope the show is under,” said Weiss, who has also directed the Tony Awards and the Emmys, among other live broadcasts. “It’s scrutinized. It’s watched all over the world. Just looking at the red carpet and how many outlets are here, it’s something that is focused on and paid attention to within and without the industry.” It’s easy to forget after the most stunning blunder in Oscars history, but as Weiss points out, the show had gone off without a hitch up until that final envelope was opened. Indeed, as the producers of “La La Land” took the stage to accept what they thought was their best picture award, the production team was preparing to bring the carefully choreographed telecast in for a smooth landing. “I was about to tweet ‘That’s a wrap,’ ” says Thomas, who was the first woman ever hired by the academy to announce the Oscars — and will return this year for her ninth time. When the show’s key stage manager Gary Natoli announced over the production’s internal communications system that a mistake had been made, it took a moment for some on the crew to wrap their heads around what he was saying. “I couldn’t figure out what was supposedly wrong,” Paine said. “I thought Gary had lost his mind. I thought he was upset about the fact that ‘La La Land’ had won. Then I looked up and I saw him on camera — and, well, I don’t think you can print what we all said in the truck.” As the reality quickly sank in, Weiss knew that he had to let the audience see what was happening in real time with complete transparency. No matter how awkward or embarrassing it might be, there would be no Robert Gauthier Los Angeles Times FAYE DUNAWAY and Warren Beatty prepare to open the envelope they had been given for best picture. cutting to a commercial, no breaking away for “technical difficulties.” “In the world of live television, mishaps happen, and reflexively, instinctively you go wide, you cut away, you do what you can not to show it,” Weiss said. “In this case, it had to play the opposite way. I don’t care that suddenly there’s a guy in a headset onstage now, I don’t care that suddenly the accountants are on stage. What we need to do is make sure that we’re not accused of covering anything up.” When “La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz held up the right card showing that “Moonlight” was indeed the winner, Weiss had a camera ready to zoom in on it, creating an image that became an instant viral meme. “I’ve been joking about the fact that I’ve spent a whole career staging breathtaking, beautiful moments on television, and the shot that I’ll be remembered for is a guy holding a card,” Weiss says. “But I have to thank Jordan. Not only did he handle this so graciously — and I’m not sure everybody would have in this situation — but he gave us the opportunity to get that shot.” Taryn Hurd, who is returning this year for her fifth time as the show’s talent producer, was seated next to De Luca and Todd as the shock waves spread. As the person on the production team responsible for booking and taking care of the show’s presenters, she felt awful for Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty, who had been handed the wrong envelope by a PricewaterhouseCooper accountant. “It broke my heart for them,” said Hurd. “Obviously, as we all know now, it had absolutely nothing to do with them and was not in any way their fault, but they were the faces of it. Once it all unfolded on stage and everyone came back, there was definitely a feel of, like, ‘OK, let’s take stock.’ All of us were just trying to figure out how that happened so we could get ahead of it because we knew the kind of story it was going to be.” Looking to this year’s show, the production team is confident that sort of freak bungle won’t happen again. New procedures have been put in place to further guard against such a mix-up, and the PricewaterhouseCoopers officials who handled last year’s envelopes have been replaced. While it’s safe to predict that returning host Jimmy Kimmel will make a joke or two about it, the hope is that the audience can shift its focus back to the movies. “The most important thing is to remember that it’s about the movies,” said returning head writer Jon Macks, who is working on his 21st Oscars telecast. With the show just days away, the production team is intent on preserving as many surprises as possible. But given the 90th ceremony milestone, you can expect the telecast to be steeped in the histories of Hollywood and Oscar shows. “When I grew up watching the show, and in my early days on the show, the musical numbers used to be very large and extravagant,” said Paine, who has been a part of the Oscars production team for more than 20 years. “I think there will be a few of those moments this year.” “We took an extra-careful look at the history of the Oscars as an event, really looking at what its roots were as a show to see if there were any ways to honor that on this occasion,” said McLane, who says the driving visual motif of this year’s set design is “light and reflectivity.” “There are things that are both reminiscent of some of the shows from the past, but there’s also a lot of stuff that I hope will feel very contemporary and modern and forward-thinking.” This has been no ordinary year in Hollywood, as the industry has been rocked for months by ongoing sexual harassment scandals. Earlier this year, last year’s lead actor winner Casey Affleck, who has faced allegations of inappropriate behavior toward two women, withdrew from presenting the lead actress award at this year’s show. (“I’m not really at liberty to talk about that one,” Hurd says.) Beyond that, while there’s no doubt the #MeToo movement will be represented in the show, how exactly that unfolds remains to be seen. “At the end of the day we can’t control what someone at a microphone is going to say,” Weiss said. “But our focus is to celebrate 90 years of a great industry, and there is so much to work with with that. We want to keep it positive and stay on that message.” As for last year’s chaotic conclusion, Weiss can even see the positive in that. “When people come up to me at parties and ask the question, the first thing I say to them is, ‘Can you tell me right now, without taking out your phone, who won best picture three years ago?’ ” he said. “And nobody can name it. I think ‘Moonlight’ will be remembered. I don’t wish this on anyone, but the upside for them at least is there’s notoriety in some way.” josh.rottenberg @latimes.com Twitter: @joshrottenberg E6 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 S L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R COMICS BRIDGE By Frank Stewart The American Contract Bridge League’s Spring Championships start next week in Philadelphia. The ACBL, which promotes all types of bridge with a focus on competition, runs hundreds of tournaments yearly as well as local club games. Philadelphia is hosting one of three 10-day nationals. ACBL tournaments are for everyone. There will be events and activities for players at all levels. Tournament play improves your game and measures your progress. Doing well is exhilarating, but you need good technique. Say you play at 3NT as today’s South, and West leads the queen of spades, won by your ace. You have six top tricks and need three more before West can use his spades. If the missing clubs break 2-2, you can get three extra club tricks. If clubs break 3-1, you can succeed by losing a heart to the ace and finding a 3-3 diamond break. Test the diamonds. If they break 3-3, force out the ace of hearts. If not, play clubs and hope for good luck. Question: You hold: ♠ A 4 ♥ Q 6 5 ♦ K 7 5 ♣ 9 8 6 4 2. Your partner opens one spade, you respond 1NT, he bids two hearts and you return to two spades. Partner then bids 2NT. What do you say? Answer: Your false preference of two spades showed fewer than 10 points and only a tolerance for spades, not real support. Knowing that, your partner bid again and so remains interested in game. Since you have a maximum hand for your previous bidding, go to 3NT and expect to make it. South dealer N-S vulnerable NORTH ♠A4 ♥Q65 ♦K75 ♣98642 WEST EAST ♠ Q J 10 8 7 ♠9652 ♥ A 10 8 3 ♥972 ♦863 ♦ J 10 9 ♣J ♣KQ7 SOUTH ♠K3 ♥KJ4 ♦AQ42 ♣ A 10 5 3 SOUTH WEST NORTH EAST 1 NT Pass 3 NT All Pass Opening lead — ♠ Q Tribune Media Services ASK AMY Suddenly, a libido surge HOROSCOPE By Holiday Mathis Aries (March 21-April 19): You’re not a stereotype. Today there’s a reward for defying the stereotype. Taurus (April 20-May 20): The only good thing about regret is that it shows you what to want today. Use it as information to help you look for opportunities. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Among the strongest addictions of all is a person’s addiction to his or her own story. If yours isn’t a story that’s serving you, give it up. Cancer (June 22-July 22): You know it’s “just” an experience, but it’s still your life. Whatever the stakes may be, play full out. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): Without a destination, you’ll do a lot of moving but feel as if you’re getting nowhere. Give yourself the satisfaction of arrival. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Don’t explain what went into your special recipe; just go for the overall effect. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): You can save yourself a lot of hassle by choosing right in the first place. This will be true for relationships, tasks, items just about everything you do. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Skilled actors know that even if they are playing someone deplorable, they must use a nonjudgmental kind of compassion to find the motivation behind villainy. This will apply in the case of your figuring someone out today. Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): There’s a new pattern emerging in your life. Give it scrutiny. Is this really what you want to repeat? Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): It’s a flipbook kind of day. You’ll go quickly from scene to scene. Be sure to appreciate each moment. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You’re very supportive in a particular situation these days. Just don’t let this be the norm, or someone will become dependent on you. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): You can afford to be selective. There’s a big difference between action and intelligent action. Today’s birthday (Feb. 26): You’re not the same person you were last year, and by your next birthday, you’ll have evolved again. You’ll get funding for a project, and an adventure begins. In April, love sparks your creativity. A new interest will have you making big plans in May and following through for most of the summer on them. Cancer and Sagittarius adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 8, 5, 3, 33 and 38. Holiday Mathis writes her column for Creators Syndicate Inc. The horoscope should be read for entertainment. Previous forecasts are at latimes.com/horoscope. Dear Amy: I’m a 52-yearold happily married woman. My husband and I have been married for 12 years. We enjoy a very close, passionate and loving relationship. I’ve been in menopause for the last year. This can be a challenge, because my libido is waning. My husband’s libido has not waned. Here’s the thing: I’ve developed a crazy, physical crush on my daughter’s coach. Amy, he’s a good 22 years younger than I, and I would absolutely never cheat on my husband with him, but his effect on my libido is extraordinary. Needless to say, my husband is thrilled by my sexual revival, but I can’t help but feel guilty. As long as I don’t act on my fantasies, am I OK having them? I’d appreciate your insights. What’s a Girl to Do? Dear What’s a Girl: You are not cheating. You are not guilty of anything nefarious. You are a perfectly normal woman who is lucky enough to be experiencing a libido surge during a period that can be very tough. What you are experiencing now is partly what has made the “50 Shades” books and movies such a phenom- enon among women, which is using a fantasy to spark a renewed and refreshed reallife and sexy connection with the person you love. I don’t see any difference between fantasizing about Christian Grey (or any ripple-chested attraction from a romance novel) and the soccer coach across a field. Sex and love spring from different motivations. Show your love and passion abundantly and without reservation, and feel free to keep your fantasies to yourself. Dear Amy: Way back in 1983, I was completely devastated after a breakup with a man I deeply loved. I had a nervous breakdown and had to be hospitalized for several days. On the day I thought he would propose he broke up with me, saying he realized he had been using me on the rebound from a previous relationship. Three weeks ago, this same man approached me in the airport and asked me if I was so-and-so. He was smiling and acted happy to have run into me again after all these years. Amy, I could feel my insides falling apart all over again. I thought I was going to start crying right there in the airport. I told him he was mistaken and he moved on, but I’m sure he knew I was lying to him. How could he think I would be happy to see him? I’m completely broken up all over again, and it seems that all these years later I never really moved on. How can I get beyond this? Sad Dear Sad: First of all, good burn! He approached you and you denied him. Granted, you did so out of paralysis, but he doesn’t know that. This encounter triggered a long-buried traumatic memory for you. It seems to have erased all the years, and all of the recovery you’ve made, but it hasn’t. You’ve only hit a skid. I suggest you get out a pen and paper and make notes of all of your best moments in the past 34 years. Think about all you’ve done which this experience did not rob you of. Own this, proudly. A professional counselor could help you make sense of your reaction, and put it into a healthy and forward-looking context. Send questions to askamy@ amydickinson.com or by mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R COMICS E7 E8 M O N DAY , F E B RUA RY 2 6 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R ‘Downey to Lubbock’ plays with history [Duo, from E1] this, we don’t need that, we don’t need to know what color his socks were,” he said with a laugh. “I like it — of course, it’s historically inaccurate because it never happened. … I like dialogues about archetypes and guilt and all that.” Alvin tackles the vocals for the lines expressing the imagined views of Billy the Kid, a.k.a. William Bonney, a.k.a. William Henry McCarty Jr., the young gunslinger infamous for killing 21 people and who was famously shot to death at age 21 by Sheriff Pat Garrett. Gilmore, who is part Native American, voices the thoughts Alvin wrote for Geronimo, the Chiricahua Apache chief who was one of the last Native American leaders to abandon his resistance against white colonization of the American Southwest: Billy the Kid said, “We’re just the same. We’re cursed and we’re damned as they whisper our names…” Geronimo said, “No, We’re not the same, for the harm I have done, I feel great shame “But we’ll pay the same price for the blood on our hands” Alvin sounded especially thrilled to have Gilmore sing the Geronimo part. “He’s got native blood on both sides, and I guess I was a kid at one time, so there you go.” The album is due June 1, the same day they start a joint tour in Houston. The trek will occupy them for most of June and July — bringing them to Southern California July 25 at the Belly Up in Solana Beach and July 26 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. “I first met Jimmie probably 27 years ago — maybe more,” Alvin said. “Tom Russell [another former L.A.based singer-songwriter] had put together a songwriter-traveling-circus kind of show with Butch Hancock and Jimmie Dale” — who had played together with Joe Ely in the fabled 1970s West Texas trio the Flatlanders — “and Tom and me and Steve Young and Katy Moffatt. As we rolled along with picked up Lucinda Williams and some other folks. “I’d heard of him, mentioned in a kind of whispered status, but when we met, I discovered he was a really nice guy and we kind of clicked,” Alvin said. “There were certain complexities to him musically that took a while to figure out — like I knew he was influenced in many ways by blues stuff. A couple of years after that, I heard him pull out a Blind Lemon Jefferson number. There are not many people who do Blind Lemon.” Alvin discovered later that the two of them had been hanging around the 1960s L.A. folk-blues club the Ash Grove during the same period and likely attended some of the same shows, unknown to each other. “I probably came up to his belt buckle at that point,” Alvin said, acknowledging how he and his older brother, Phil, had started seeking out celebrated folk and blues musicians when they were still passionate teenage music fans from Downey. “There’s a Lightnin’ Hopkins song on the album because Jimmie had heard Lightnin’ do it at the Ash Grove,” he said, referencing “Buddy Brown’s Blues.” “He dropped that one in one night on stage, and when I picked my jaw off the floor, we started talking and figured we might have been there at the same time.” That would have occurred well before the Alvins formed their high-octane roots music band, the Blasters. They also included “Seven Bridges Road” writer Young’s song “Silverlake” and found out each felt a sense of proprietary connection to the song, which Young wrote about the neighborhood adjacent to Echo Park, where Young and Alvin once lived. Young, who died in 2016, long ago told Alvin he wrote it for him but also told Gilmore that he yearned to hear him sing it. “I cut it five years ago,” Alvin said, “but I never released it. That’s really Photographs by worked out for the best. Steve may have written it for me, but he wrote it for Jimmie to sing, and he’s right. All these old songs, shared experiences, historical and sociological things come out of that space between our two hometowns.” Alvin and Gilmore collaborated on the title track, which highlights those areas of commonality. They’ve also recorded “The Gardens,” a song written by Alvin’s best friend and former bandmate, Orange County singer-songwriter Chris Gaffney, who died in 2008 of cancer. “I had to do it,” he said. “It’s coming up on the 10th anniversary of Chris’ death, and as we all are about some passings, I’m still mourning that one. And it’s a great song. As the record was shaping up, it kinda captures the idea of Downey to Lubbock and what’s in between, which is where most of these songs reside in one way or another.” DAVE ALVIN and Gilmore had been crossing musical paths for years before they email@example.com TV HI GHL I GHTS SERIES Shoot the Messenger A homicide detective and a reporter (Lyriq Bent, Elyse Levesque) investigate when one of the journalist’s sources is shot in the premiere of this new mystery. 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