$2.75 DESIGNATED AREAS HIGHER © 2018 WSCE latimes.com MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 Trump lashes out at Russia inquiry Social network breach ignites uproar A Trump consultant is accused of exploiting ill-gotten Facebook data to sway voters. As tensions rise over McCabe’s dismissal, some Republicans urge president not to move to fire Mueller. By David Pierson With each comment, like and share, users provide Facebook with a deeply personal window into their lives. The result of that voluntary behavior? Advertisers looking to finely target their pitches can glean someone’s hobbies, what they like to eat and even what makes them happy or sad — propelling Facebook’s ad revenue to $40 billion last year. This rich trove of information is now at the center of a rapidly growing controversy involving one of President Trump’s campaign consultants, Cambridge Analytica, which reportedly took the advertising playbook and exploited it in a bid to influence swing voters. Former employees accuse the firm, owned by conservative billionaire Robert Mercer and previously headed by Trump’s former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, of taking advantage of ill-gotten data belonging to millions of unwitting Facebook users. News of the breach was met with calls over the weekend for stricter scrutiny of the company. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (DMinn.) demanded that Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Maura Healey, attorney general for Massachusetts, said her office was launching an investigation. And the head of a British parliamentary inquiry into fake news called on Facebook to testify before [See Facebook, A11] By Laura King Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times 3 3 Y E A R S A N D RU N N I NG Competitors pass Walt Disney Concert Hall in the 33rd L.A. Marathon, which drew more than 24,000 runners from around the world, including professional athletes and casual enthusiasts. CALIFORNIA, B1 Old criticism shadows new race While Villaraigosa touts his working-class roots, rivals say he benefits from firms that prey on state’s most vulnerable By Seema Mehta Antonio Villaraigosa has staked his candidacy for governor on his roots, telling voters he “grew up in a home rich in love, but limited in opportunity” while positioning himself as a voice for low-income families and people of color left behind in California’s economic recovery. His rivals, however, are trying to spin the narrative, arguing that the former Los Angeles mayor has benefited from the largesse of companies and industries that prey upon some of the state’s most vulnerable residents. Over the course of his political career, Villaraigosa has received hundreds of thousands of dollars in pay and donations from Herbalife, the L.A.-based multilevel-marketing nutritional supplements company, Kent Nishimura Los Angeles Times EX-L.A. Mayor Antonio Villa- raigosa, a candidate for governor, has taken donations from Herbalife and payday lenders. where he once served as a senior advisor. Payday lenders are among his other contributors. In the run-up to the June primary, Herbalife and its employees have contributed $38,650 to Villaraigosa. The company, which was fined $200 million by the federal government in 2016 for deceptive business practices, also donated $100,000 to charity at his request when he was mayor. Payday lenders — who advance short-term loans at high interest rates primarily in low-income communities — have donated $158,900 to the candidate over the years, as well as to officeholder and other political committees he controlled. Villaraigosa did not respond to a request for comment about the donations. But his campaign, which started 2018 with $5.9 million in the [See Villaraigosa, A12] Sprawling solar industry rises on India’s horizon The nation, long a top polluter, looks to take on global mantle with clean energy projects. By Shashank Bengali Francine Orr Los Angeles Times MAYOR Libby Schaaf drew President Trump’s ire after she warned Oakland of an impending ICE raid. Meet the mayor who dared to take on the president Libby Schaaf is the left’s newest hero. Will Trump punish Oakland for it? By Mark Z. Barabak OAKLAND — When Mayor Libby Schaaf delivered her most recent State of the City address, she moved the event from Oakland’s City Hall to a location rife with symbolism, the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California. It was a way of sending a message, about openness and inclusion, that was characteristic of a mayor known more for the quiet details of policy planning than the clenched-fist politics of this urban liberal hotbed. What followed a few weeks later, tipping off the community to an impending federal immigration raid, was an even more emphatic statement. The results were swift: condemnation by the nation’s attorney general and its chief immigration enforcement officer, a dressing-down from President Trump and Schaaf ’s overnight transformation — depending how one views it — into a left-wing heroine and brave face of resistance, or the law-breaking, mollycoddling embodiment of left coast lunacy. Schaaf sees it more simply: “I would describe myself as a mayor.” “Mayors are connected to their communities,” she said. “They do what they be[See Schaaf, A8] PAVAGADA, India — Weeds poke listlessly from the flat, rocky earth as the temperature climbs to the mid-90s. On a cloudless March afternoon, the blue horizon stretches out uninterrupted, as if even birds are too weary to fly. On this unforgiving patch of southern India, millions of silver-gray panels glimmer in the sun, the start of what officials say will be the biggest solar power station in the world. When completed, the Pavagada solar park is expected to produce 2,000 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 700,000 households — and the latest milestone in India’s transition to generating more green energy. Long regarded as a laggard in the fight against climate change, India is building massive solar stations at a furious clip, helping to drive a global revolution in renewable energy and reduce its dependence on coal and other carbonspewing fossil fuels blamed for warming the planet. While the Trump administration abandons the Paris agreement on fighting climate change and pledges to revive the U.S. coal industry, India this month hosted the inaugural conference of the International Solar Alliance, an organization launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the aim of raising $1 trillion to promote solar generation and technology in 121 countries. Thanks to low-cost solar panels and government in[See India, A4] WASHINGTON — President Trump stepped up his attacks against Robert S. Mueller III on Sunday even as some Republican allies cautioned the president against any move to fire the special counsel, who is carrying out a broad investigation arising from Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election. Tensions over the Mueller inquiry gained intensity from the firing late Friday night of Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions fired McCabe just hours before he would have qualified for the full government pension given to law enforcement officers. Trump, who had targeted McCabe, publicly cheered his removal. McCabe is expected to be a significant witness in the Mueller investigation. News reports said that he kept notes about his encounters with Trump as well as memos about his conversations with fired FBI Director James B. Comey. Mueller’s investigators have asked questions of witnesses that suggest they are looking at whether Trump’s firing of Comey was part of an effort to obstruct justice. According to Justice Department officials, internal FBI overseers recommended that McCabe be fired over a matter unrelated to the Mueller inquiry — his handling of information about the FBI’s investigation of allegations against Hillary Clinton. But Sessions’ decision to dismiss him, and the speed with which that happened, quickly became a talking point for both critics and defenders of the president in the context of the Russia investigation, which for months has cast a cloud over Trump’s presidency. The president, who spent a sunny Sunday at his golf property in Virginia, began the day with a series of caustic early-morning tweets aimed at McCabe, Comey and Mueller. One expressed doubts concerning whether McCabe had indeed documented details about their conversations. Trump tweeted that McCabe “never took notes when he was with me” and added that the memos were probably written at a later date “to [See Trump, A7] Once broken by injuries, he just served notice Juan Martin del Potro, showing the form that won him the U.S. Open in 2009, upsets Roger Federer in BNP Paribas final. SPORTS, D1 Putin’s election victory message The president calls on Russians to preserve the national unity that led to his landslide reelection. WORLD, A3 Weather Sun with high clouds. L.A. Basin: 71/54. B6 Mark J. Terrill Associated Press A2 MON DAY , MAR C H 19, 2018 LAT IMES. C OM BACK STORY Associated Press RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin makes his way down a red carpet at the Kremlin after his first inaugura- tion ceremony in 2000. His reelection Sunday has critics worrying about an increasingly authoritarian rule. Putin’s 18 years at the helm The newly reelected Russian leader’s highs, lows — and shirtless photo Russian president penned a stinging op-ed in the New York Times in which he directly appealed to the U.S. public to “avoid force against Syria.” “This will improve the atmosphere in international affairs and strengthen mutual trust,” he wrote. “It will be our shared success and open the door to cooperation on other critical issues.” By Ann M. Simmons In a widely anticipated victory, Russian President Vladimir Putin was reelected for a fourth term Sunday, delighting supporters, dismaying detractors and triggering speculation over what lies in store for the nation under six more years of the former KGB intelligence officer. Under Russian law, the president is elected every six years, with a limit of two consecutive terms. During his 18 years leading Russia, four of them as prime minister, Putin has entrenched authoritarian rule, executed plans for expansionism and engendered both friends and foes on the global political stage. But like him or loathe him, Putin has emerged as one of the world’s most influential figures. Here are highlights and lowlights of his rule. 2000 As the youngest Russian leader since dictator Josef Stalin, the 47-year-old Putin was sworn in as the country’s second democratically elected president May 7. A month later he held a summit in Moscow with President Clinton. Despite signing a pair of arms control agreements, the two leaders failed to compromise on a national missile defense system. 2001 Russia and the U.S. engaged in tit-for-tat expulsions of 50 of each other’s diplomats over accusations of spying, in what was the biggest such espionage tiff since 1986. Putin downplayed the seriousness of the spat, saying he did not think it would “have big consequences,” the Associated Press reported. 2002 In February, Putin voiced strong opposition to U.S. military action against Iraq, arguing that Iraq had not supported the Taliban in Afghanistan and warning that an attack on Iraq could undermine the global coalition against terrorism. In the fall, Putin faced terrorists on his doorstep when armed Chechens seized 850 hostages in a Moscow theater. He authorized the military to pump an undisclosed chemical agent into the building in a botched rescue attempt. About 130 hostages died. 2003 In an effort to curb opposition, Putin moved to rein in the media with the closure of the last independent Russian TV station. New media rules prompted protest over censorship and increased restrictions of journalists’ freedom. New laws made it illegal for the media to comment on elections. 2004 In March, Putin campaigned as an independent and decisively won a second term. Later in the year, he consolidated his hold on power, setting rules for appointing Russia’s regional governors after pushing through a law that abolished their direct election. 2014 Alexey Druzhinin AFP/Getty Images PUTIN during a 2009 vacation in Siberia. The photo- graph generated headlines and punchlines worldwide. 2005 Putin galvanized the pride and patriotism of ordinary Russians by promising to restore the country’s greatness and regain its prestige and power on the world stage. “I consider the development of Russia as a free and democratic state to be our main political and ideological goal,” he told the Russian Federal Assembly on April 25. “Above all,” he added, “we should acknowledge that the collapse of the Soviet Union was a major geopolitical disaster of the century.” 2006 Putin called on the Palestinian Sunni Muslim fundamentalist organization Hamas to acknowledge Israel’s right to exist. He told the militant group, which had at that time recently won Palestinian parliamentary elections, that Russia had never regarded it as a terrorist organization. A few days later, he invited Hamas leaders to Moscow. 2007 Putin was named Time magazine’s person of the year. In what it described as “a clear-eyed recognition of the world as it is and of the most powerful individuals and forces shaping that world — for better or for worse,” the publication noted that Putin’s then-final year as president had been “his most successful yet.” 2008 Dmitry Medvedev was elected president of Russia on March 2. Hours after his inauguration May 7, he appointed Putin as prime minister. Analysts said there was little doubt over who remained the real power behind the throne. 2009 Though officially the country’s No. 2, Putin remained in the limelight. Russians marveled at their prime minister’s athletic ability and prowess in the great outdoors. They were showered with photos of him camping in the Siberian tundra, swimming in a lake, and riding horseback — shirtless. That picture generated headlines — and punchlines — around the world. 2010 Putin began to position himself to reclaim the Russian presidency. While Medvedev appeared mostly confined to his Kremlin office, Putin dashed around the country with the news media in tow. In August, he was shown on television visiting the Volga city of Nizhny Novgorod, where he comforted victims of deadly wildfires that killed dozens and scorched millions of acres. He scolded local officials, offered financial compensation and promised those who lost their homes that “before winter, all the houses will be standing.” 2011 Thousands of Russians took to the streets after December parliamentary elections with accusations of ballot stuffing and voter fraud that they feared would allow the ruling party to maintain control of the parliament’s lower house. Putin accused then-U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton of stirring up the protesters. “She set the tone for some activists in our country and gave them a signal,” he said. 2012 Putin won a third term as president March 4 amid complaints of election misconduct. He was sworn in May 7 as thousands of opponents protested across the country and hundreds of demonstrators were arrested. In response to the U.S. Global Magnitsky Act — named for Russian lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, who died in custody — and the imposition of sanctions on Russians suspected of human rights violations, Putin pulled the plug on the ability of U.S. citizens to adopt Russian children. 2013 Putin and his wife, Lyudmila, announced in a June televised interview that their 30-year marriage had ended — an unprecedented move in country notorious for tightly guarding the personal affairs of its leaders. Later that year, the Putin dispatched troops to Crimea and annexed the peninsula that had been Ukrainian territory since 1954. As punishment, the West slapped Moscow with sanctions. Putin responded by banning the import of food and agricultural products from those countries chastising Russia. Putin was blamed for the July 17 downing of a Malaysia Airlines passenger plane over eastern Ukraine. The Kremlin denied responsibility. 2015 Putin ordered Russia’s intervention into the war in Syria. By launching airstrikes on anti-government strongholds, deploying specialized ground troops and supplying Syrian forces with food and medical aid, the Russian president managed to throw Syrian President Bashar Assad and his government a political lifeline. 2016 Calling it “utter nonsense” that the Kremlin favored Republican thenpresidential candidate Donald Trump, Putin slapped down claims that Moscow was tampering with the U.S. presidential election. “Does anybody seriously think that Russia can somehow influence the opinion of the American people? Is America some banana country?” Putin said a month before the U.S. election. At the same time, he also praised Trump for “getting through to voters’ hearts.” 2017 On July 7, on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Germany, Putin met Trump for the first time in a meeting that was said to be cordial. At the end of the month, the Russian leader announced that he planned to toss out 755 staffers at U.S. diplomatic missions in Russia in retaliation for a package of new sanctions against Moscow. 2018 In early March, British Prime Minister Theresa May accused Putin’s government of poisoning with a nerve agent a former Russian spy living in England. She issued Moscow an ultimatum to explain its action or risk facing a range of economic and diplomatic measures. The Kremlin, which denied any involvement in the attack, missed the deadline, prompting the British government to announce the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats. On Saturday, Moscow reciprocated, ordering the expulsion of 23 British diplomats from Russia. firstname.lastname@example.org MONDAY , MARC H 19, 2018 L AT I ME S . CO M A3 THE WORLD A Saudi prince on a U.S. mission Visits to the White House, Wall Street and Silicon Valley are on two-week itinerary. By Tracy Wilkinson and Alexandra Zavis WASHINGTON — Peddling the image of a new Saudi Arabia, controversial Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman arrives Monday in Washington on a crosscountry trip to court government officials, Silicon Valley techies, big-buck investors and one of his biggest fans: President Trump. He is a prince on a mission and in a hurry. The 32-year-old heir to the Saudi throne already has curried favor with the Trump administration, winning over the president and his family, and played a key role in restoring the desert kingdom to favored-ally status after years of tension under President Obama. The prince will meet with Trump at the White House on Tuesday and then is expected to travel over the next two weeks to Wall Street, Silicon Valley, Seattle, Boston and Houston, where he will confer with oil and energy executives. Trump made his first overseas trip as president to Saudi Arabia last year, where he and the Saudi king, the crown prince’s father, inked new agreements to fight terrorism, to counter Riyadh’s bitter regional rival Iran and to plan billions of dollars in business deals, most of which have yet to materialize. Mohammed is keen to take the next step: attracting American investment, business and expertise in a bid to diversify and modernize a sclerotic economy that historically has relied on oil and foreign guest workers. He is promoting a development blueprint he calls Saudi Vision 2030. The White House meeting comes on the heels of Mohammed’s vow to acquire nuclear weapons if Tehran is allowed to build them. Iran’s nuclear program was largely dismantled under a 2015 ac- Tolga Akmen AFP/Getty Images SAUDI Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is keen to attract American investment, business and expertise in a bid to diversify and modernize a sclerotic economy that historically has relied on oil and foreign workers. cord, but Trump has threatened to scrap it unless Iran and other signatories agree to numerous revisions. That has raised fears of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, already one of the world’s most volatile regions. The Trump administration “needs to make sure, in a region with many failed states, that this state, the most important in the region, remains stable,” said Bernard Haykel, a Middle East expert at Princeton University. Mohammed “has a short time to make change. He’s in a terrible hurry, but he could also hit the wall in a terrible way.” Known by his initials, MBS, the prince is widely viewed as a reformer at home. But his actions are progressive only in the Saudi context of an ultra-conservative society that practices a rigid form of Islam. He has led changes in the kingdom that will allow women to drive and will reopen cinemas, and that have allowed some foreign musicians to perform; more mixing has begun to be permitted between men and women at some public events. He also has reined in the unpopular religious police, who enforce regulations including attendance at prayers and strict public dress codes. But numerous limitations remain. The social openings have benefited the growing number of Saudis ages 18 to 35, while maintaining restraints on political freedoms. The prince is politically shrewd, said Steven Cook, a senior Middle East fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington. “So when the backlash does come, he will have a wellspring of support,” he said. Mohammed’s brash style, impatience and lack of a deep bench of advisors already have rocked the Saudi royal family. Some Saudis say the Trump administration may be putting too much faith in a single per- son, one with vast ambition and few apparent limits. Concerts by the Greek composer Yanni are “nice,” said a veteran Saudi analyst who requested anonymity to freely express his views. “But at the same time, there has to be transparency, good governance, rule of law, accountability. These are missing.” The prince already has stumbled in several episodes. Last year, he ordered the detention of hundreds of super-wealthy businessmen, including members of the royal family. Many were confined for weeks at the glitzy Ritz-Carlton hotel in Riyadh and released only after they had agreed to fork over cash and shares in their companies. Saudi authorities portrayed the arrests as a crackdown on rampant corruption and said they recovered more than $106 billion in assets from targets of the investigations. But they did not release details of the fi- nancial settlements or the charges they faced, citing privacy concerns. Although many Saudis welcomed the crackdown, others questioned whether the arrests were really a financial shakedown or an attempt to sideline the prince’s potential rivals for the throne. Norman Roule, a former CIA expert in the Middle East, said Mohammed’s move showed a ruthless willingness to challenge the old guard. “He needs money,” Roule said. Even as Mohammed touted his anti-corruption drive and budget cuts, reports surfaced of his purchases of a $550-million, 440foot yacht, complete with two helipads and a submarine hangar, from a Russian vodka tycoon; a $450-million painting by Leonardo da Vinci; and a $300-million chateau near Paris that has been called the world’s most expensive home. More serious was his decision, as Saudi defense min- ister, to intervene in the civil war in neighboring Yemen in a military campaign that humanitarian groups say has led to widespread atrocities. Instead of a quick victory, Saudi Arabia is mired in a grinding war against Iranaligned Houthi rebels. Saudi airstrikes — some backed by U.S. intelligence and using U.S.-supplied munitions — have killed thousands of people, according to human rights groups, and have targeted schools, medical facilities and other civilian sites. Mohammed will find a warm welcome at the White House, however. He began working with Trump’s sonin-law and advisor, Jared Kushner, shortly after the 2016 election, and the two orchestrated Trump’s visit to the kingdom last year. Kushner’s recent loss of a top-secret security clearance may limit his role, however. That may leave the Trump administration illequipped to handle what appears to be a sea change in Saudi culture and politics. The State Department has no ambassador posted to Saudi Arabia, and other key Middle East posts are also empty. While in America, Mohammed will focus heavily on his country’s economic challenge. The plummeting price of oil, which fueled the Saudi economy for decades, has cut deeply into the national budget. The prince’s Saudi Vision 2030 plan includes provisions to sell off shares in the state oil monopoly, Saudi Aramco, and remake the kingdom into a hub of international business, finance and technology. “Nothing he is doing is for the West,” said Haykel, the Princeton scholar. “It’s for himself. It happens to coincide with our interests and our ability to have influence in the region.” tracy.wilkinson @latimes.com Twitter: @TracyKWilkinson alexandra.zavis @latimes.com Twitter: @alexzavis Wilkinson reported from Washington and Zavis from Riyadh. Putin credits united Russia for reelection Focus on unity signals intent to keep using idea of a nation under siege as a distraction. By Sabra Ayres MOSCOW — Russian President Vladimir Putin told a crowd at a celebratory concert outside the Kremlin walls late Sunday that his overwhelming election victory resulted from a united nation looking to the future. Putin, based on preliminary results, was expected to win more than 70% of the vote, giving him another six years as the country’s leader. “It’s very important to preserve this unity,” he said as he addressed thousands of people at Manezh Square in central Moscow. “We will not be guided by short-term interests. We will think about the future of our great country. “We are destined to be successful,” the 65-year-old former KGB officer told the crowd before leading them in a round of chants of “Russia.” The speech lasted less than two minutes and did not reference the country’s economic challenges or an array of thorny international issues. Among those are Britain blaming Russia for the recent poisoning of a former spy and his daughter and the U.S. accusing the Kremlin of meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The Moscow crowd had gathered for a series of concerts from top Russian pop stars that was billed all week as a celebration of the fourth anniversary of the annexation of the Crimean peninsula. The timing of the concert was not lost on those in the crowd, who generally participated knowing that the evening would also be a victory event for Putin’s reelection. Putin didn’t declare his intention to run for a fourth term until December. He declined to participate in several candidate debates aired on state television and held only one significant campaign rally in Moscow, just two weeks before Sunday’s vote. His campaign plan came in the form of a state of the nation speech 17 days before the election, in which he promised to boost Russia’s growth, currently at 1.7% annually, to above the global average of 3.1%, and increase living standards. Both objectives will be difficult as economists predict setbacks for Russia’s two major exports: Global oil prices will remain low and demand for gas will decrease worldwide. Putin spent much of the state of the nation speech boasting about Russia’s latest nuclear-powered missile systems, using graphics and videos to describe their capabilities. Sunday’s vote came at a time when U.S. political discourse surrounding Russian election meddling was approaching a fever pitch. Tensions with Britain increased this month after Prime Minister Theresa May said it was “highly likely” that Russia was behind the nerve agent poisoning of a former Russian spy in Salisbury, England. The Kremlin has denied the allegation, blaming it on Western “Russophobia.” Russian news has suggested that it’s a British plot to spoil Russia’s hosting of the World Cup, which starts in June. “This is not a good thing for Putin, because he expected the World Cup would be a big public relations move for Russia,” said Alexander Baunov, a senior fellow at the Carnegie Moscow Center. “Whoever did this, whether it was a provocation from inside or outside [Russia], was harming Russia’s strategic goals.” Putin has been in power as either prime minister or president since 1999. His victory Sunday will keep him in power until 2024. The Kremlin ran a massive get-out-the-vote campaign before the election to ensure Putin’s reelection would be viewed as a mandate. “Our election, our president” posters decorated buses and billboards across the country. Some polling stations offered contests and raffles to win new iPads or microwave ovens. There was also a selfie contest in which voters were asked to take pictures of themselves at polling stations and post them on social media to win prizes such as a new iPhone or a bicycle. Putin’s main political foe, Alexei Navalny, was barred from running in the election because of a 2013 fraud conviction, a trial the anti-corruption campaigner said Alexander Zemlianichenko Pool Photo RUSSIAN President Vladimir Putin speaks at a concert that had been widely seen as a victory event. He was expected to win more than 70% of Sunday’s vote. was politically motivated. He called for his supporters and volunteers, of which there are tens of thousands across the country, to boycott the election in protest of what he says can’t be a legitimate vote without an opposition candidate on the ballot. With Navalny officially out of the race, only two candidates managed to get any significant traction: Pavel Grudinin, 57, of the Communist Party and Ksenia Sobchak, 36, a socialite whose family ties to Putin have called into question how truly independent her run is. Grudinin came in second with 15% of the vote. Sobchak, who cast herself as a protest candidate, got 1.4%. This year’s vote was a far cry from his third-term election in 2012, which saw tens of thousands of protesters in the center of Moscow decrying what they said was a falsified vote. The protests led Putin to create a narrative at home that Russia is a country under siege from the West. According to him, the U.S. and other world powers are trying to force change on Russia through overbearing liberal values and globalization. Putin has fought back by promoting rhetoric that focuses on Russia’s conservative, traditional values, which are closely linked to the Orthodox Church. This has created a nationalism in Russia unseen since the Soviet Union. The 2014 annexation of Crimea was a game changer for Putin, who used it to show he could be a leader who would restore Russia’s greatness both in territory and military might. When the West imposed sanctions for Moscow’s incursion in Crimea and eastern Ukraine, it only drove home the idea that Russia was being attacked from abroad. Putin is likely to continue using the idea of Russia as a nation under siege as a distraction from other domestic problems. “It’s quite clear that his strategy for months now, and intensely in the last weeks, has not been about winning the election, it’s been about how well he wins the election,” said Robert Legvold, a professor emeritus at Columbia University specializing in the international relations of the postSoviet states. “I think he thinks that it’s necessary in order to delegitimize the opposition and legitimize his leadership in the next phase.” Ayres is a special correspondent. A4 M ON DAY , MAR C H 19, 2018 LAT IMES. C OM Turkish-led rebels take Syrian city Two-month offensive ousts U.S.-backed Kurdish forces from enclave near border. By Nabih Bulos and Umar Farooq ISTANBUL, Turkey — The Syrian Kurdish dream of creating an autonomous state stretching across the country’s north suffered a crushing blow Sunday when Turkish-backed rebel forces routed a militia from the city of Afrin after a nearly twomonth offensive. The enclave along the Syrian-Turkish border had been controlled by the People’s Protection Units, a U.S.-backed Kurdish militia also known as YPG whose forces Turkey considers terrorists. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said in a televised address that the Turkish military and Syrian allies had taken control of the town’s center Sunday morning. Erdogan said Turkey would take “the necessary steps to rebuild Afrin” and “wipe out traces of terrorists.” The U.S. has provided air and arms support, funds and training to the YPG in a bid to make it the core of an Arab-Kurdish force against Islamic State extremists, even as it has worked to establish local governance councils and internal security cadres in their areas. Those moves have infuriated Turkey, which views the YPG as little more than an extension of its nemesis the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, a separatist faction in southeastern Turkey that has fought a decades-long guer- Aref Tammawi EPA/Shutterstock SYRIAN rebel fighters celebrate after seizing the northern city of Afrin from a Kurdish militia’s control. The campaign was supported by Turkey’s military. rilla war against the government. “We are not there to occupy but to wipe out terror groups and to achieve peace in Afrin,” Erdogan said during his speech. Video released by the Turkish army on social media depicted rebels congregating around a soldier standing atop a balcony. Celebratory gunfire can be heard off-camera as he unfurls a Turkish flag. Other images depict rebels vandalizing symbols of the Kurds’ nascent administration in the area: A bulldozer uproots a statue of the blacksmith Kawa, a legendary Kurdish figure, while other fighters struggle to slash at cloth-bound road signs featuring Abdullah Ocalan, the leader imprisoned by Turkey whose visage is ubiquitous in areas of Kurdish control. Lt. Col. Abdul Moqadam Naasan, a commander with the Northern Division, a Syrian rebel faction working with Turkey, said there had been little resistance because most of the Kurdish fighters had left by the time the Turkish-backed rebels had entered the city from three sides. “We have to organize things here,” Naasan said in a phone interview. “We’re removing mines and car bombs, and setting up checkpoints to protect people.” He said the offensive would soon continue eastward to take back areas including Menagh airbase and the city of Tal Rifaat, 10 and 13 miles east of Afrin, respectively. The Turkish army’s general staff said in a statement that 3,603 fighters had been neutralized since the start of “Olive Branch,” the name for the operation it launched al- most two months ago. Turkish officials said the figure included those killed as well as those who had surrendered or were captured, but they did not provide a breakdown. The military said 46 Turkish soldiers had been killed and 225 injured. It was unclear how many casualties had been sustained by Syrian rebel factions, but the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition monitoring group based in Britain with a network of activists in Syria, put the number at more than 400. It also reported that 289 civilians had been killed in the 58 days since Turkey first breached the border. Turkey has vehemently denied claims of civilian casualties, and the military on Sunday said “only terrorist targets are being destroyed,” while “utmost care” was being taken to avoid harming any civilians. In recent days, activists reported that tens of thousands of families had fled the violence engulfing the district. A large quantity of humanitarian supplies was being prepared and slated for the city of Tal Rifaat, where about 75,000 people had congregated, with more expected to arrive, said Linda Tom, a Damascus-based spokeswoman for the United Nations’ humanitarian coordination office, via the WhatsApp messaging service. The official Syrian Arab News Agency confirmed Afrin’s takeover while accusing Turkish forces and rebels of looting and destroying houses in the city. It put the casualties of the Turkish offensive at 1,100 and reported that thousands of families had escaped to the nearby government-held towns of Nubul and Zahra. A pro-government activist in Zahra confirmed the refugee exodus, which the U.N. said numbered almost 25,000 people. A statement from the Kurds’ autonomous administration in Afrin accused Erdogan of attempting to create demographic changes in the Kurdishdominated district and “exterminating an entire people.” It added that the administration had in recent days ordered civilians out of the city to avoid a “humanitarian disaster.” Now it would employ hitand-run tactics instead of direct confrontation, the statement continued, and its forces would become a “nightmare” for the “Turkish aggression and its mercenaries,” striking at them “at every opportunity.” It also excoriated the U.S.-led coalition, the U.N. and its Security Council for not fulfilling their “humanitarian and political duties towards our people and fighters who fought for all the world against Daesh,” referring to Islamic State by its Arabic acronym. Erdogan has long insisted that Turkey will give back areas taken by his forces to “their rightful owners,” who he claims were forcibly removed by the Kurds. He recently estimated that 140,000 to 200,000 people, including rebels and their families, would return to Afrin. Part of that mission, said Can Acun, a foreign policy analyst at the Foundation for Political, Economic and Social Research in Ankara, Turkey, will call for the area to be stabilized. “Ankara needs to build water infrastructure, supply electricity and provide security in the area,” Acun said. Col. Ryan Dillon, the Baghdad-based spokesman for the U.S.-led military coalition in Iraq and Syria, said U.S. troops, who are mainly in Kurdish-held areas such as Manbij, about 60 miles east of Afrin, were also at joint checkpoints and patrols farther west. He downplayed chances of a confrontation between Turkey and the U.S. and NATO allies. “We’ve been doing these patrols for 16 months to prevent tensions between groups in northern Syria, and we have Turkish liaison officers with us in our offices,” Dillon said in a phone interview Sunday. “We have discussions, and we’re very open and transparent with Turkey.” Twitter: @nabihbulos Bulos and Farooq are special correspondents. Plans for massive solar parks take shape in India [India, from A1] centives for renewable energy, India surged past Japan last year to become the world’s third-biggest market for solar power, after China and the United States. Modi has called for generating 100 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2022 — nearly 30 times what it had three years ago, and equivalent to the entire energy output of Spain. “It’s pretty inspiring,” said Tim Buckley, director of energy finance studies at the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “The U.S. and India have sort of swapped places, and Modi is now becoming a global statesman for renew- able energy and solar.” India’s need for green energy is obvious. With an economy expanding at roughly 7% annually, and ambitions to bring electricity to hundreds of millions of people who still lack it, India must pump up solar and wind power dramatically to meet its commitments under the Paris agreement. Air pollution has worsened in its cities, partly because of emissions thrown up by old power plants. Coal still accounts for 58% of India’s power, while wind provides 10% and solar 5%, according to government figures. 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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. AFP / India Press Information Bureau INDIAN Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, hosts French President Emman- uel Macron at the opening of a new solar power plant March 12 in Mirzapur, India. “The idea is, ‘If you build it, they will come,’ and it’s a smart design if you’re trying to expand quickly.” By next year, the largest solar park of all could lie on 20 square miles in Pavagada, in a dry belt of the state of Karnataka that sees more than 300 sunny days a year. Little grows here besides groundnuts. Clusters of tinroofed homes sit nearly deserted as many villagers migrate for work to Bangalore, the hub of India’s technology industry, three hours away by road. In early 2016, the staterun Karnataka Solar Power Development Corp. began leasing land from farmers across five villages at $320 an acre for 28 years, with incremental increases for inflation. This was far more than the land generates from small-hold farming and still allowed families to retain ownership. Experts said the tactic has helped avoid the legal disputes that often accompany government land acquisition in India. “The local people are very happy because it has made use of barren land,” said Seshagiri Rao, an environmental researcher in Pavagada. The first phase of the $2-billion park took a year to build before going online in December. Six companies, including Fortum, won the rights to sell a total of 600 megawatts — at about 7.5 cents per unit, slightly higher than the U.S. average — to the state-owned National Thermal Power Corp. The NTPC, India’s largest utility, used to get nearly all of its electricity from coal but now is mandated by the government to bundle renewables into its mix. On a recent afternoon, as groundskeepers whacked at weeds outside a cluster of trailers, Fortum technicians scanned monitors that tracked the output of the plant’s 1 million Malaysianmade panels. The ultra-thin gray modules were designed to withstand intense heat. As data showed the temperature of the panels rising to 124 degrees, plant manager Rajendra Gupta looked up approvingly. “We are at maximum output today,” he said. “These are very good conditions.” State officials said Pavagada’s remaining 1,400 megawatts would be online by year’s end, but they have hit delays in construction and bidding. There are other clouds on the horizon nationally. Prices of solar panels, which were falling for years, have risen slightly with the introduction of a complicated new national sales tax. And as Trump did in January, Modi is considering levying heavy tariffs on imported solar panels in an effort to boost struggling domestic manufacturers. More than 80% of India’s solar modules come from China, Taiwan and Malaysia. “Module cost typically forms around 55% of the cost of a solar project,” Fortum’s Aggarwal said. “It’s not rocket science that if the cost of the raw material goes up, growth is going to slow down.” Bridge to India, a consulting group, forecast that India would add six megawatts of solar power capacity in 2018, one-third less than last year, due to the uncertainty over costs. Further jeopardizing Modi’s 100-gigawatt target are questions over the government’s ability to secure land for additional largescale parks. In some areas, villagers have argued that solar farms might harm the environment because of the huge amounts of water required to keep panels clean. “We do see some challenges because the lowhanging fruit in terms of land acquisition is being cherry-picked,” said Vinay Rustagi, Bridge to India’s managing director. As its share of renewable energy resources grows, India also must retrofit its aging, inflexible energy grids to integrate more solar and wind power. “It’s not just about building bigger transmission links, but more has to be done to absorb green power,” Rustagi said. Still, experts such as Deepak Krishnan of the World Resources Institute say India’s experience could serve as an example for other sun-drenched parts of South Asia and Africa. “It’s the purpose of the International Solar Alliance — to show that you can go on a massive transition, and that these are not Western models but something we have developed for ourselves,” Krishnan said. shashank.bengali @latimes.com Twitter: @SBengali MONDAY , MARC H 19, 2018 L AT I ME S . CO M A5 North Korea sends diplomat to Finland talks Gathering with U.S. and South Korea may precede Kim Jong Un meeting with Trump. associated press Rick Rycroft Associated Press SINGAPOREAN Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, left, and Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull shake hands at a closing news conference during the ASEAN summit on Sunday in Sydney, Australia. Southeast Asia presses North Korean sanctions associated press SYDNEY, Australia — Southeast Asian leaders and Australia’s prime minister on Sunday called for North Korea to end its nuclear program and urged United Nations member states to fully implement sanctions against the country. Leaders at the first Assn. of Southeast Asian Nations summit to be held in Australia issued a joint statement with the host country that also called for non-militarization and a code of conduct in the contested waters of the South China Sea, where China has become increasingly assertive. ASEAN leaders also said they were working to provide humanitarian assistance for the continuing crisis involving Muslim Rohingya refugees fleeing Myanmar. Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Myanmar’s leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, addressed the matter “comprehensively” in meetings Sunday. The ASEAN-Australia joint statement urged North Korea to “immediately and fully comply with its obligations under all relevant United Nations Security Council Resolutions,” and called on all countries to implement sanctions. Turnbull went further at a closing news conference, saying ASEAN and Australia had affirmed their commitment to respond strongly over the “grave concerns we share about North Korea’s reckless and illegal nuclear missile programs.” President Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who are planning to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in spring, pledged last week to maintain “maximum pressure” on Kim’s authoritarian regime and seek action to force him to give up his nuclear weapons. Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, the current chairman of ASEAN, said the bloc had been encouraged by negotiations for the summits and had “noted reports of North Korea’s commitment to denuclearization and its pledge to refrain from further nuclear missile tests during this period.” On territorial conflicts with China, which, like Australia, is not a member of ASEAN, the statement said, “We emphasize the importance of non-militarization and the need to enhance mutual trust and confidence, exercise self-restraint in the conduct of activities and avoid actions that may complicate the situation.” China and the five neighbors that have conflicting territorial claims over the South China Sea — which include four ASEAN members — plan to negotiate a code of conduct for the busy waterway aimed at reducing the risks of armed confrontations in the contested areas. Lee said ASEAN policy meant it was “not able to intervene and to force an outcome” over the Rohingya crisis, in which more than 700,000 refugees have fled to neighboring Bangladesh amid a Myanmar military campaign that the U.N. has called “ethnic cleansing.” But Lee said the matter was a cause of concern for all of ASEAN, whose members would be anxious “if there is any instability or any trouble” in member countries. Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Saturday that the crisis was no longer solely a domestic issue for Myanmar, with fleeing Rohingya potential targets for terrorist radicalization. SEOUL — A senior North Korean diplomat handling North American affairs was heading to Finland on Sunday for talks with representatives from the U.S. and South Korea. Choe Kang Il’s trip comes ahead of a possible meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. South Korea’s Yonhap news agency said Choe was seen at a Beijing airport Sunday before boarding a flight to Finland. The report cited unnamed “diplomatic sources” in Seoul as saying Choe would take part in a meeting with former U.S. diplomats, including former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens, and South Korean security experts. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the gathering would be similar to the so- called Track II dialogue that has involved North Korean officials and former U.S. officials and experts. It gave no further details. Choe was in the delegation North Korea sent to last month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea. On Saturday, Sweden’s foreign minister concluded three days of talks in Stockholm with her North Korean counterpart, saying they discussed the “opportunities and challenges for continued diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution” to the Koreas’ security dispute. Sweden has been rumored as a possible site for a U.S.-North Korea summit, though a truce village on the South Korean side of the demilitarized zone between the Koreas is seen as more likely. Trump has agreed to meet Kim by May. So far, North Korea has yet to comment publicly on what it hopes to gain from the talks. Senior South Korean officials who traveled to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, this month and met with Kim say he is willing to discuss the North’s nuclear weapons program. Kim Jin-bang Yonhap CHOE KANG IL , a North Korean envoy for North American affairs, is seen Sunday at a Beijing airport. A6 M O N DAY , MAR C H 19, 2018 LAT IMES. C OM THE NATION ‘Dreamers’ find an Oregon haven Portland Community College opens center to provide support to immigrant students. By Thacher Schmid PORTLAND, Ore. — You could say Ana Maldonado goes out of her way to get to Portland Community College’s new DREAM Center. First she walks, then takes light rail, then a bus. That brings her to the PCC campus closest to her house. There she meets another student, Ignacio Garcia, and they carpool to another PCC campus one more hour away. Why does Maldonado — an immigrant recipient of DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program — go to all this trouble? “To learn how to use my voice,” she explained. “I’ve never felt so much support before as I do this year because of the DREAM Center.” The DREAM Center appears to be the first of its kind at any institution of higher education in Oregon. When it opened Jan. 22, it arrived on a wave of support in the Pacific Northwest but amid roiling waters nationally over the Obama administration program that shielded young immigrants from deportation. PCC President Mark Mitsui said the center reflected the wishes and philosophy of the PCC Board of Directors, which in December 2016 declared the school a “sanctuary” institution. “It certainly is consistent with our values, our mission as an institution, and you can even argue that it is embedded within the historic mission of community colleges,” Mitsui said. The center is simple — the sparsely decorated Room 101 of Building 2 of the PCC Rock Creek campus. It features cubicles, a school clock and a bank of computers underneath a large banner, “DREAMers Resource Center,” festooned with two monarch butterflies. The beautiful insects have been a symbol of immigrants for decades due to Thacher Schmid For The Times LILIANA LUNA helps run the center for “Dreamers” at Portland Community College’s Rock Creek campus. The facility offers legal services, assists with DACA paperwork and provides career and academic counseling. their ability to migrate across the U.S.-Mexico border, and they have often been adopted by “Dreamers.” It’s not lost on some that the monarchs are being reviewed for addition to the list of federally protected endangered species. One recent day at the center, Maldonado joined fellow DACA recipients Garcia and Keidy Caballero and talked about the challenges they face. DACA’s fate is uncertain. President Trump moved to end its protections by March 5, but a federal judge has stayed that move. Efforts to protect Dreamers legislatively have stalled in Congress. As Maldonado, Garcia and Caballero spoke, their words were often weighted with an emotion that contrasted with peals of laughter and lively discussions coming from several students working with mentors. There was obvious camaraderie, and language seesawed between guttural English and mellifluous Spanish. Garcia said his sense of having to struggle harder than other students started on his first day at the college, during new student orientation. Garcia said he was brusquely told to “just fill out your FAFSA,” a financial aid form. “But I’m not able to submit my FAFSA,” he said. “They didn’t know what DACA was. I had to explain it to them.” Led by coordinator Jhoana Monroy and Multicultural Center coordinator Liliana Luna, the center offers legal services, assists with DACA paperwork and provides a host of services, including career and academic counseling. Portland has sometimes been called America’s whitest big city, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t broad support for Dreamers here. In the Pacific Northwest, the center is a dot on a timeline of “sanctuary” declarations that have pushed back against the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant policies. With 90,000 students and four campuses, PCC is the largest institu- tion of higher education in Oregon. Many polls show that overwhelming majorities of Americans support Dreamers staying put. That’s a clear mandate, says PCC President Mitsui. Still, the continuing political limbo has Luna, who calls herself “DACAmented,” feeling a weariness that surpasses even droopyeyelid college standards. “I cannot explain to you how exhausted I feel,” she said. “Physically, mentally, emotionally.” While Maldonado hopes to someday be a teacher, Garcia a computer scientist and Caballero a nurse, Luna is in a master’s program to become a therapist helping Spanish-speaking immigrants. Brought by her parents on a plane at age 15 to the U.S. to escape cartels in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, Luna cried “the whole way here,” she said. She still wonders what happened to her beloved box of Barbie dolls since she heard the home was taken over by a cartel. She’s finely tuned then to what she calls “a constant battle, a constant attack” that DACA recipients struggle with. “I was having a conversation with students [at the center] about how a lot of us might go through depression or anxiety without knowing about it,” Luna said. Asked about the possibility of immigration agents raiding the center, which also serves DACA recipients’ families, Luna shared a thought that invokes her violence-filled past in Mexico — “I remember seeing a lot of my friends dying” — and her adopted country’s horrific pattern of school shootings. “What I am more concerned about is racist people that are going to come and shoot us,” Luna said. DACA recipients are “very visible,” she said. “I do feel that we’re targets to a lot of people.” She’s already been a target for ridicule. After she appeared in a local news story about the center, Luna received a stream of offensive, racist threats and was reported to immigration authorities even though she’s a legal resident, thanks to DACA. Luna shared screenshots that included racist caricatures showing Trump holding up a puppet with stereotypically Mexican features. She received messages like this one: “Ms. Luna. You know it’s illegal to be here. You have to apply. Also you know Muslims follow a cause to take over and kill. Right?” Such violent thoughts seem far away from the suburban Rock Creek campus. It’s a peaceful place, a stone’s throw from farm fields and nurseries. College officials say they have no statistics on how many students are in DACA. Luna estimates the group numbers 300 to 400 among the college’s 90,000 students and “maybe 200” at the Rock Creek campus. There are about 689,000 DACA recipients nationwide. The Migration Policy Institute, an independent think tank, estimates that about 10,000 Oregon residents are in the program. DACA recipients overwhelmingly hail from Mexico and Central America, a group that includes Garcia, Caballero and Maldonado. Caballero hasn’t been back to her native Honduras since she was brought here 12 years ago. Maldonado hasn’t been back to Mexico since she was brought here nine years ago. Garcia went back to Mexico just once, he said, to visit a sick grandmother. Now, the new center, Garcia said, offers “like, kind of a family.” Another way to understand it: Consider the “R” in the DREAM acronym (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors), first coined for the original bipartisan congressional bill in 2001: relief. “It was just nice to see people that looked like me,” Garcia said of his first visit after the center’s opening. “I didn’t have to explain what DACA was. I didn’t have to explain my struggle, because they already knew, because they’ve gone through it. And that was like the [first] moment when I felt like I belonged to PCC, like I mattered.” Schmid is a special correspondent. Trump’s plan for fighting opioid abuse The president wants some drug dealers put to death, a White House official says. By Laura King WASHINGTON — President Trump plans to push ahead with a controversial call for the death penalty for some drug dealers as part of a larger initiative to fight opioid abuse, a senior White House official said Sunday. But in a conference call with reporters, a senior administration official declined to provide any examples of circumstances under which convicted drug traffickers would face capital punishment, other than saying “appropriate” parameters would be established. The official referred further questions to the Justice Department. Some details of the plan are to be unveiled during Trump’s scheduled visit Monday to New Hampshire, which has been hit hard by the opioid crisis. It will be Trump’s first visit as president to the state, which ranks third nationwide in the rate of drug overdose deaths. The death-penalty element of Trump’s drug plan has been criticized by public health experts and others who point out that many of the people addicted to opioids were hooked initially by legally prescribed drugs. Trump floated the deathpenalty plan this month at a White House gathering focusing on opioid abuse, saying drug traffickers “are killing hundreds and hundreds of people.” The president has at times expressed admiration for countries with draconian penalties for trafficking drugs. Trump has praised Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who presided over a drug war that has left thousands of people dead and has drawn heavy criticism from human rights groups and many Western governments. The president has been criticized for touting penal solutions to the opioid crisis rather than emphasizing the public-health component. White House officials, however, said the plan to be unveiled in New Hampshire will stress education and prevention, a halt to the flow of illegal drugs, and the bolstering of treatment and recovery. Few specifics were provided about the initiative, but the White House officials said it would include a nationwide goal of reducing by a third, within three years, the opioid prescriptions being filled. The White House officials said no backing was envisioned for so-called safe in- Evan Vucci Associated Press PRESIDENT TRUMP, pictured with Melania Trump in October, is expected to unveil some details of his opioid plan during his scheduled visit Monday to New Hampshire, which has been hit hard by the opioid crisis. jection sites, which a few cities have adopted or are considering as a means of preventing overdose deaths. Some pain-management professionals have argued that across-the-board cuts in prescriptions could leave some chronically or terminally ill patients in unnecessary agony. Cutting back on prescriptions could also lead people who have become dependent on painkillers to shift to illegal drugs, such as heroin, or others, such as fentanyl, which already accounts for a significant number of overdoses. Opioid abuse has reached crisis proportions in re- cent years, with the death rate from overdoses continuing to rise. In 2016, about 64,000 people died from all drug overdoses nationwide, according to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The fastest increase has come in overdoses from synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, which accounted for about 20,000 deaths in 2016, according to the CDC. Deaths attributed to heroin overdoses have also increased rapidly in the last several years. Fatal overdoses from prescription opioids increased rapidly from 2002 to 2011, but have leveled off since then. Each of those categories accounted for roughly 15,000 deaths in 2016, according to the CDC. The administration’s stated commitment to tackling the problem has not been coupled with concrete funding plans. Instead, the White House has sought deep cuts to the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The new plan appeared in some ways reminiscent of the president’s much-ballyhooed infrastructure plan unveiled this year, which called mainly for state and private funding for major projects. New Hampshire is friendlier political territory for Trump than California, which he visited last week. The New England state’s voters supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, but narrowly. Some in the state were offended last year when Trump described the state as a “drug-infested den.” That characterization emerged in news reports about a conversation the president had with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto in August, in which Trump complained vociferously about illicit drugs flooding across the United States’ southern border. firstname.lastname@example.org M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M A7 Vibrations make prosthetic hand seem more real By Melissa Healy Consider for a moment the welter of unconscious judgments and adjustments you make every time your hand reaches for an object — say, a tall drink of water. Eyes, muscles, brain and digits coordinate with exquisite speed and subtlety to ensure the cup is reached, grasped around the middle, held gently but firmly, and drawn — upright and at a pace that won’t make waves — to your mouth. Now imagine performing that quotidian task with a prosthetic hand, or a disruption in the flow of signals between hand and brain. Even with the mechanical means to clutch a glass, grasping it will require constant visual oversight and a lot of effortful calculations. Without all that tactile feedback from your muscles and digits, mistakes, frustration and a sense of loss will probably ensue. With this in mind, researchers from the Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute asked how they could improve the user experience for amputees fitted with a prosthetic hand. Their answer was as simple in theory as it was complex in execution: To feel in fuller command of an artificial appendage, they found, the user of a prosthetic limb may just need a little buzz. Cleveland Clinic’s Paul Marasco and his colleagues devised a robotic system that, with every movement of an artificial hand, would deliver vibrations to the muscles in a user’s arm that controlled that hand. The location and intensity of those vibrations created for amputees an illusory “kinesthetic” sense that they were moving their own hand. Study subjects learned within minutes to use the vibratory feedback to more deftly move their mechanical hand, to better sense its position in space, and to tighten and loosen their grip on objects as needed. In some cases, no eyes needed. Once they got the system of feedback vibrations, participants were able to carry out a wide range of hand movements blindfolded. “Establishing a sense of agency for these devices will help amputees intrinsically feel in control of their artificial limbs, a key aspect of user acceptance,” Marasco and his colleagues reported last week in the journal Science Translational Medicine. In the near future, the authors wrote, this approach could inspire wearable or other feedback systems that might allow amputees to guide and control their prosthetic limbs intuitively, restoring the luxury of unconscious movement. Giving users a greater sense that they are the instigators of movement will become more important as the technology of prosthetic limbs advances, the authors wrote. Although many of those artificial limbs will be capable of independent movement, users are unlikely to accept them if they don’t feel like natural extensions of their wish to move. To devise a menu of vibrations that would signal 22 separate movements of the hand, the researchers largely worked with six participants who had had an arm amputated. All had undergone targeted reinnervation, a procedure that enables the establishment of a link between brain and machine by redirecting amputated nerves to remaining muscles. With a hand-held vibration unit, they delivered a slight buzz to muscles in the portion of the upper arm that remained intact. The participants then reported which complex movement they most associated with the buzz they felt. email@example.com Chip Somodevilla Getty Images THE FIRING of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe could lead opposing political camps to dig in. Trump decries inquiry [Trump, from A1] help his own agenda.” “Can we call them Fake Memos?” the president asked rhetorically. When dealing with a sensitive legal matter, law enforcement personnel often document encounters in as much detail as they can recall, immediately after the fact, in what are known as contemporaneous memos. Another presidential tweet accused Comey of lying to congressional investigators months ago, and yet another suggested that the investigative team of Mueller, a lifelong Republican, was tainted by political partisanship. That tweet marked the second day in a row in which Trump had publicly mentioned the special counsel by name, despite urgings from his legal team to refrain from doing so. Speculation that the president might be preparing to move against Mueller took on new energy Saturday, when one of his lawyers, John Dowd, suggested that the McCabe affair should serve as a prelude to a forced end to the special counsel’s investigation. Late Sunday, another of Trump’s lawyers, Ty Cobb, sent a statement to several news organizations insisting that the president was not planning to fire Mueller. “In response to media speculation and related questions being posed to the administration, the White House yet again confirms that the President is not considering or discussing the firing of the Special Counsel, Robert Mueller,” said Cobb, who has repeatedly appeared to be the member of Trump’s legal team most intent on avoiding a confrontation with Mueller’s office. Dowd’s earlier words drew a blunt warning Sunday from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has said consistently that any attempt by the White House to halt Mueller’s work would be disastrous for Trump. “If he tried to do that, it would be the beginning of the end of his presidency,” said Graham, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. “We are a rule-of-law nation.” Interviewed on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Graham said that Mueller could only be dismissed for cause. “I see no cause,” the senator said. “I think he’s doing a good job.” “There are many Republicans who share my view,” he pointedly added. Another South Carolina Republican, Rep. Trey Gowdy, took aim at Dowd, who had expressed hope Saturday that the “brilliant and courageous example” set by the firing of McCabe would “bring an end to the alleged Russia collusion investigation.” Dowd’s comments made it appear that Trump had something to hide, Gowdy said on “Fox News Sunday.” “The president’s attorney frankly does him a disservice when he says that, and when he frames the investigation that way,” said Gowdy, who chairs the House Oversight Committee and is not running for reelection. “If you have an innocent client, Mr. Dowd, act like it.” But Gowdy said if Trump did move against Mueller, “I’m not sure the House can do a lot.” One of the few Republicans who has spoken out strongly against Trump’s behavior on a wider range of issues predicted that the president would see a groundswell of opposition to any attempt to end the special counsel’s investigation. “I don’t know what the designs are on Mueller, but it seems to be building toward that,” Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona said on “State of the Union.” He said he would expect “considerable pushback in the next couple of days, urging the president not to go there.” Flake has announced plans to retire from the Senate and is exploring the possibility of challenging Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020. Democrats have long been harshly critical of Trump’s stance toward the Mueller investigation. They also insist that large numbers of Republican officials are privately horrified by the president’s behavior. “I hear so many Republican senators grumble about his ethics, about his namecalling,” Ohio Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “I think at some point Republican enablers in the House and Senate are going to say publicly what they’ve been saying privately,” he added. “And that’s when things change and we see a president back off this kind of name-calling, not telling the truth, sending out these tweets, all that.” Sen. Marco Rubio (RFla.), also on “Meet the Press,” expressed misgivings about the circumstances of McCabe’s firing, hours before his birthday would have made him eligible for the full pension. “I don’t like the way it happened,” Rubio said. “He [McCabe] should have been allowed to finish through the weekend.” Although officials say the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility laid out a case for firing McCabe in a not-yet-released internal report, Rubio said the president “obviously ... doesn’t like McCabe, and he’s made that pretty clear now for over a year.” Oklahoma Republican James Lankford, who sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week” that the investigation ought to run its course. “I don’t see the president firing him,” he said of Mueller. The issue of whether McCabe will be stripped of his retirement benefits was still unclear Sunday. Trump appeared to demand months ago that the former deputy director be fired in time to prevent him from collecting a pension earned over two decades of FBI service. Some experts on federal employment suggested, however, that any loss of retirement income could be prevented if a member of Congress hired McCabe, thus keeping him on the federal payroll for at least a few more days. Several lawmakers quickly offered to do so, sometimes accompanying their overtures with sardonic commentary on Twitter. One of them, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), tweeted, “Andrew call me. I could use a good two-day report on the biggest crime families in Washington, D.C.” Another Twitter message came from Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez, a bitter opponent of Trump’s immigration policies, saying it was important to “stand up to bullies.” “If you need a federal job, call me on Monday,” the Illinois Democrat said in a tweet directed at McCabe. “I am serious.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @laurakingLAT A8 MO N DAY , MAR C H 19, 2018 WSCE LAT IMES. C OM Will resistance help or hurt city? [Schaaf, from A1] lieve is in the best interest of their communities, irregardless of political ideology, and they do what’s best in the interest of their communities, sometimes, without regard to what might feel popular.” Actually, there is zero danger of seeming too antiTrump in a city where he received less than 5% of the vote, or in much of the rest of the state, for that matter; if anything, Schaaf had been viewed as too passive by the president’s more combustible critics. Now, she has not only cemented her prospects for a second term in November — Schaaf faces just token opposition — but positioned herself for even grander designs, if so inclined. political science department at Sonoma State. On top of those challenges, Schaaf has faced a police sex abuse scandal and the deadliest fire in city history, in which 36 young people crammed into the Ghost Ship, a warehouse-turnedartist-collective and party site, were killed. Compared with those awful episodes, Schaaf suggested, a verbal lashing from Trump is nothing. “A little surreal,” she said of her newfound celebrity, “but I’ve tried very hard not to let it distract me.” ‘1,000% focused’ ‘Badge of honor’ “In California, being the mayor that stood up to Donald Trump is as good as it gets,” said Jim Ross, a Democratic campaign consultant who lives in Oakland and has supported Schaaf but also worked in political opposition. “When you get called out by the president of the United States, that is a badge of honor that every other statewide Democrat would sell their fundraising list to have,” agreed Sonoma State’s David McCuan, who has tracked Oakland politics since growing up decades ago in nearby Richmond. Even so, there are some here who both loathe Trump and his immigration policies and criticize Schaaf for her brazen act, fearing retribution from a president with a lavish history of payback. “I wish she’d simply made that notification quietly,” said Joe Tuman, one of more than a dozen candidates who ran against Schaaf for mayor. “Because she’s in [Trump’s] gun sights, rhetorically speaking, Oakland is in his gun sights.” Noel Gallo, a councilman who represents a large immigrant population in the city’s Fruitvale district, fears Marcio Jose Sanchez Associated Press MAYOR LIBBY SCHAAF says the immigration raid was aimed not at hardened criminals but at upstanding residents. But some fear her public warning may lead to federal payback. Above, protesters in San Francisco. his constituents — many of whom are in the country illegally — will be the ones who pay a price. “The city of Oakland does need federal support for many services,” Gallo said. “I don’t want to get into a fight with Trump at that level.” Nor, Schaaf responded, does she. She sat at a corner table in her City Hall office, the rainy morning brightened by a cheerful bouquet from a well-wisher, and made her case with lawyerly precision. The immigration raid, she asserted, was aimed not at hardened criminals but at residents who, save for their undocumented status, were upstanding residents. Quiet warnings issued through community leaders hadn’t worked, Schaaf said — “I had tried going through those informal channels” — so she issued a public alarm to ensure “the information about rights, responsibilities and resources was spread widely.” Not, as critics have charged, to act as “a gang lookout,” but to avoid panic. Instead, political bedlam ensued. Schaaf, 52, is about as thoroughly Oakland as they come; “a scrappy localist,” she calls herself. A city of challenges Schaaf was born here and began her civic engagement at age 5, wearing a sandwich board to help her mother raise money for the Oakland Symphony. She played Cinderella and Raggedy Ann at Children’s Fairyland, an amusement park on the shore of downtown Lake Merritt, interned at the zoo and has lived in the city her whole life, save for attending college in Florida and law school in Los Angeles. As a young attorney, she served on three commissions and the boards of several nonprofits before being hired at City Hall, first as chief of staff to the council president, then as a top aide to then-Mayor Jerry Brown. In 2010, she was elected to the City Council and four years later, with Brown’s blessing, emerged from the field of 14 candidates to become mayor. The job is a tough one, historically more akin to a minefield than a pathway to higher office. Brown used eight years hunkering down to reinvent himself and help shed his flaky image. But for most recent mayors, their time in City Hall ended badly. That is because for all of its advantages — a vibrant cultural scene, strong sense of community, lovely climate and abundant natural beauty — Oakland has long suffered. It is a highly segregated city, and has been for generations, with a vast disparity between life in the mostly white, affluent hills and the disadvantaged “flats,” where black and brown residents have faced some of the worst ravages of urban America: drugs, crime, a dearth of jobs and opportunity, and toxic relations between police and minorities. Recent years have seen a considerably lower crime rate, a building boom and greater prosperity, as a flood of tech wealth has washed over the Bay Area. But the uneven spread of that abundance has produced its own set of issues. Soaring rents have contributed to a growing homeless problem and complaints that Oakland, historically an affordable alternative to San Francisco, is pricing out its middle class, just as that city has done. “You have the juxtaposition of Google zillionaires and the hipster-tech types opposite communities that have faced decades of flight, systematic unemployment and a lack of investment,” said McCuan, who heads the She has avoided social media and its vitriol, left the front office to deal with the public outcry — more than 1,000 phone calls, almost all critical and most from outside the Bay Area — and refused invitations to go on national television and mudwrestle with the president. (Not that she seems particularly suited to the endeavor.) She predictably waved aside talk of higher office, saying she was “1,000% focused” on being reelected mayor, and professed not to worry about any personal consequences, even though the White House ominously warned the Justice Department was looking into the matter. She has, however, retained outside counsel — a pro bono attorney, Schaaf emphasized, at no cost to the city. And yes, the mayor allowed, she has some concern that Oakland may be made an example and punished by Trump and his administration, so others won’t follow her defiant lead. But she’s undeterred. “At the end of the day,” she said, “I believe that I’m speaking for the values of the people that I represent and that we would not be cowed by a bully.” mark.barabak @latimes.com Twitter: @markzbarabak LOS ANGELES TIMES WSCE MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 A9 A10 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M MONDAY BUSINESS THE AGENDA: TECHNOLOGY A deal-making debacle Broadcom’s failed bid for Qualcomm shows risks of pursuing tie-ups in Trump era bloomberg Hock Tan had a trick for winning over skeptical investors. When people asked why he was so confident that Washington would approve his $117-billion takeover of San Diego-based Qualcomm Inc., Tan would take out his cellphone and show them a photo of himself with President Trump. Boy, was Tan wrong. As the world now knows, the chief executive of Broadcom Ltd. made a wild miscalculation on Trump. Instead of siding with Tan, the president shot down what would have been the largest technology deal in history. The reverberations have only just begun. Trump dinged the deal on national security grounds — but not because Broadcom, which is based in Singapore until it moves to the U.S. this month, posed an immediate threat. The big worry was China, Trump’s nemesis in trade, in the form of telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies Co. How could Tan, who is stocky and often sports a rakish grin that belies the workaholic beneath, make such a blunder? The story of Broadcom’s Washington misadventure is a lesson in global deal-making for the Trump era. A letter asking for an investigation sent by Qualcomm, which outspent Broadcom by almost 100 to 1 on Washington lobbying last year, seems to have connected with a president whose protectionist impulses have now taken shape in tariffs on foreign steel and aluminum. Wall Street bankers are still trying to assess the implications; few say the decision bodes well for mergers and acquisitions, though Broadcom Chief Financial Officer Tom Krause said Thursday that the company will still consider acquisitions as a means to fuel future growth. Trump’s verdict bookends Tan’s unlikely path from White House favorite to acquirer-non-grata in just four months. Tan, a 66-yearold deal addict who built Broadcom from an unwanted spinoff of HewlettPackard to one of the giants in the $400-billion semiconductor industry, on Wednesday was forced to concede defeat: Broadcom would formally abandon its bid for Qualcomm. But it also pledged to carry through with plans to move its headquarters to the U.S. — a move that appeared to be designed to appease officials and, possibly, open the way for other acquisitions. This account of what happened is based on conversations with multiple people who worked on Broadcom’s bid and Qualcomm’s attempts to stop it, and from investors asked to support it. Representatives for both companies declined to comment. Oval Office visit The night before Tan was due to meet Trump last November, he wanted to practice his speech. Again and again, he ran through the lines on a small group of advisors. The Malaysian-born CEO, who’s been a U.S. citizen since 1990, planned to begin by saying his mother could never have believed that he’d one day stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the president of the United States. The words were carefully choreographed, but the emotion was genuine, a person close to Tan said. The CEO was excited to be going to the White House. The visit, enshrined in videos uploaded to the president’s Twitter feed of Trump and Tan laughing together, was a success. Tan praised Trump for fostering the business-friendly climate that had encouraged him to bring Broadcom — a company created through acquisitions — back to the U.S. Trump, in turn, pro- Martin H. Simon Pool Photo HOCK TAN , Broadcom’s chief, with President Trump in November. Last week, Trump blocked Broadcom’s $117-billion bid for Qualcomm. Brad Barket Getty Images for Wired PAUL JACOBS , then-chairman of Qualcomm, is old school in his view of how a chip company should be run. He was said to be unmoved by Broadcom’s pitch. claimed Broadcom as one of the “really great, great companies.” Analysts applauded Tan for making a canny move to smooth approval of his pending acquisition of Brocade Communications Systems Inc. Twenty-four hours later, it became clear that everyone was underestimating Tan’s ambition, when Bloomberg broke the news that Broadcom was planning to go after Qualcomm, the biggest maker of mobilephone chips. The $70-ashare offer, when it came, immediately catapulted Tan into far less amicable conversations. From the start, Qualcomm’s board characterized Broadcom, and Tan in particular, as opportunistic financial engineers who lacked appreciation for the kind of long-maturity research and development that the semiconductor industry needs. In a rare display of emotion, Tan’s counterpart at Qualcomm, Steve Mollenkopf, said the offer “wasn’t even in the ballpark.” The Qualcomm board backed Mollenkopf ’s sentiment; investors called the offer an attempt to steal the company. When Tan bumped his offer to $82 a share in early February, Qualcomm continued to demur. For their part, Broadcom’s management pointed to a track record of creating outsized shareholder value and the benefits of building a semiconductor powerhouse. Qualcomm, left to its own devices, would continue to spend shareholders’ money on overambitious expansion schemes, they said. But as the fight dragged on, it morphed from a tussle over price into what at times felt like a referendum on the future of the technology industry: a choice between profits and innovation. Valentine’s Day Broadcom seemed to have grasped the importance of these cultural differences when, as the two sides eventually met in New York on Valentine’s Day, Tan took a back seat. Instead, he left it to Henry Samueli to deliver the pitch, according to people who attended the meeting. Samueli, the co-founder of legacy company Broadcom Corp., had been in this position before, just on the other side of the table — when he was negotiating the 2015 merger of his company with Tan’s Avago. The electrical engineer tried to appeal to Qualcomm from the standpoint of a skeptical techie founder who’d been won over by Tan and eventually sold his start-up to the businessman. Now, by his own account, he was relishing the ride. “I’m enjoying it a lot and learning a lot from Hock,” Samueli said in an interview. “He’s the master.” During his 20-minute appeal, Samueli encouraged Mollenkopf and his counterparts, including the son of Qualcomm’s founder and its then-chairman, Paul Jacobs, to follow him in changing their thinking about the semiconductor industry. The message: Trust in Hock. That technology had to be at the center of the conversation — rather than price and closing terms of a deal — illustrates just how far apart the two sides were. Simply put, Tan believes that the 50-year-old semiconductor industry’s growth spurt is over. The sector that led to the U.S.’ dominance in technology and fueled the creation of Silicon Valley will struggle to grow quicker than the overall economy going forward, he argues. Instead, he says, companies should shelve risky investments and concentrate on maximizing profits. Opposite him were two men behind Qualcomm’s effort to push its chips into laptops, server computers and cars, making the kind of expensive bet that Broadcom thinks is a waste of money. Jacobs and Mollenkopf were unmoved by Samueli’s pitch, the people who attended the meeting said. Although both men are younger than Tan, they’re steadfastly old school in their view of how a chip company should be run. Engineers by training who hold more than 20 patents between them, the pair embody Qualcomm’s belief that a chip company’s job is to develop leading technology, then invest to spread its use into new markets. With that belief, it was hardly surprising that neither man was swayed by Tan’s alternate worldview. And when Broadcom proposed new directors for Qualcomm’s board ahead of its March 6 shareholder meeting, the idea of the sides negotiating on friendly terms all but evaporated. Shareholders vote The votes started to come in Friday, March 2. By Sunday it was clear that Qualcomm’s defense had failed. Four of the six directors Broadcom had nominated were polling so far ahead of their Qualcomm peers that the race was effectively over, according to data viewed by Bloomberg. The remaining two were winning by less substantial margins. Making it worse, Mollenkopf and Jacobs, the architects of Qualcomm’s stand-alone plan, had received some of the fewest votes. Inside the Qualcomm camp, the mood was bleak; assuming the trend continued, the board would lose control of the company at the shareholder meeting. Broadcom’s message was one of quiet confidence. The company knew it had won, one person close to the discussions said. At that point, the person said, it was just a question of by how many votes, and who was going to leave the board. Early Sunday evening, with victory a sniff away, members of Broadcom’s deal team gathered at the Hyatt Regency hotel in San Diego, a 30-minute drive from where Qualcomm’s shareholder meeting was set to be held. Tan stayed at home in San Mateo, Calif. But even as he was winning the battle for shareholders, Tan had failed to see trouble gathering away from Silicon Valley. At a little after 9 local time that night, the U.S. Department of Treasury contacted both companies’ lawyers. They were concerned that a merger of the companies presented a potential threat to national security, and more specifically that Tan’s record for private equity-style cost-cutting could damage Qualcomm’s, and therefore America’s, longterm technological competitiveness. Both companies were instructed to temporarily abandon any pursuit of a deal. In a letter made public by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S. the following day, it emerged that the investigation was the result of Qualcomm having voluntarily filed a notice seeking a review of Broadcom’s efforts to secure seats on its board. The move by Qualcomm — unilaterally seeking a review of a theoretical merger — is, according to several former CFIUS employees who agreed to speak on the condition of anonymity, highly unusual. As Broadcom’s team scrambled to get up to speed in Washington, one thing became quickly apparent: Qualcomm had beaten them to it. Many of the people that the company tried to hire there were already working for Qualcomm, ac- cording to two people close to Broadcom’s efforts. Another person familiar with the matter said Tan had refused to spend on lobbying until it was too late. Federal lobbying disclosures for 2017 showing that Qualcomm spent $8.3 million, or roughly 100 times the $85,000 Broadcom spent, appear to support this theory. A bid to salvage deal On Monday last week, Tan was in Washington, convinced he still had time to bring around government officials who’d earlier that day publicly rebuked Broadcom for speeding up plans to move back to the U.S. He went to a meeting at the Pentagon in the afternoon aiming to explain that he was no threat to U.S. security. Tan and his team pitched hard. Broadcom was, they argued, a quintessential American success story; a spinoff from HewlettPackard that only moved its legal address to Singapore to escape a corporate tax system that Trump had repeatedly branded as broken. Moreover, the company was now coming home. As for his personal credentials, Tan explained that he had held top secret security clearance and had, as the CEO of a smaller chip company, worked on components for a piece of U.S. military hardware designed to shoot down incoming missiles. The tone of the meeting was cordial and Tan and his team left believing they had a good shot at salvaging the deal. Within four hours, Trump issued an order that downed those hopes forever. “There is credible evidence that leads me to believe that Broadcom Ltd. might take action that threatens to impair the national security of the United States,” Trump said. In November, when Tan was at the beginning of the fight, he gave an interview to Bloomberg. Confident that his mergers and acquisitions nous, newly underwritten by the self-styled deal king in the White House, would win the day, he laughed off questions about his secret recipe for acquiring companies. “I guess I’m just very good at it,” he responded. That kind of conviction may have won over investors. But for politicians increasingly anxious about the future of America’s industrial superiority, a solid record for money-making doesn’t count for much these days. Nor, apparently, does a photo op with their boss. WSCE L AT I M E S . C O M M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 A11 Can Facebook protect its users’ data? [Facebook, from A1] his panel again, this time with Zuckerberg. The accusations raise tough questions about Facebook’s ability to protect user information at a time when it’s already embroiled in a scandal over Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign and under pressure to adhere to new European Union privacy rules. They also highlight the power and breadth of the data Facebook holds over its 2 billion users. Whether used to sway voters or sell more detergent, the information harvested by the world’s biggest social network is proving to be both vital and exploitable regardless of who’s wielding it. “The data set assembled on people by Facebook is unrivaled,” said Scott Galloway, a professor of marketing at New York University’s Stern School of Business and author of “The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google.” “The bad news is, people are discovering this can be used as a weapon. The worse news is that people are learning how to detonate it.” The controversy began late Friday when Facebook’s vice president and deputy general counsel, Paul Grewal, announced in a blog post that the social network was suspending Strategic Communication Laboratories and its affiliate, Cambridge Analytica. Facebook said the companies failed to delete user data they had acquired in 2015 in violation of the platform’s rules. The data were supplied by a University of Cambridge psychology professor, Aleksandr Kogan, who built an app that was supposed to collect details on Facebook users for academic research. Kogan was not supposed to pass that information to a third party for commercial purposes under Facebook guidelines. Facebook said the data collection was contained to 270,000 people who downloaded Kogan’s app as well Nam Y. Huh Assocated Press THE DATA harvested by Facebook are proving to be both vital and exploitable regardless of who’s wielding it. Above, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg in June. as “limited information” about their friends. But a whistleblower and other reported sources contend the scope of the data collection was significantly larger. Christopher Wylie, a departed co-founder of Cambridge Analytica, said Kogan harvested data from 50 million Facebook users without their permission, largely by mining friends of the people who downloaded his app. The allegations were first reported by the New York Times and the British newspaper the Observer, whose stories about the breach were preempted hours earlier by Facebook’s announcement of the suspensions. Wylie, who described Cambridge Analytica as a weapon designed to wage a culture war in the U.S., said Facebook wasn’t particularly adamant about censuring his former company. He said the only effort made by the social network was sending a letter in August 2016 demanding that the data Kogan supplied be destroyed. He said Facebook never verified whether the data had been deleted. Facebook, which also suspended Wylie, did not respond to a request for comment. As recently as last month, Cambridge Analytica told a British parliamentary hearing that it never had or used Facebook data. But in a statement Saturday, Cambridge Analytica admitted receiving user information from Kogan and then deleting it after learning it violated Facebook’s rules. The firm added it never used any of the data for Trump’s 2016 campaign when it was hired as a consultant. Cambridge Analytica reportedly needed Facebook’s data for its so-called psychographic profiling, which combines data collected online to glean a better understanding of voters’ personalities in order to tailor ads to them. In many ways, it’s not unlike what Facebook can do for advertisers and a growing number of political campaigns willing to pay and play by Facebook’s rules. By micro-targeting users down to what charities they donate to, what device they play video games on and where they stand on the political spectrum, Facebook says its reach is expertly tailored to its clients’ needs. That kind of granular data helped increase Facebook’s advertising revenue last year by 49%. Advertising accounted for more than 98% of Facebook’s total revenue in 2017, according to company filings. None of that would be possible without hundreds of millions of users willingly sharing enough details about themselves to be categorized by advertisers. That business model is now under threat within the European Union, where the General Data Protection Regulation set to be introduced in May will prohibit companies such as Facebook from leveraging user information on subjects such as race and politics without consent. Facebook is adamant that the Cambridge Analytica controversy does not amount to a security breach. An admission would further sour the company’s reputation in Europe for lax privacy standards. There’s also a risk of running afoul of the Federal Trade Commission. “Platforms like Facebook need to be very, very careful with data, and they will come under more scrutiny by the government going forward,” said Rich Raddon, co-founder of Zefr, a Los Angeles start-up that helps brands target YouTube content for advertising. “In Europe we are seeing a reaction to these platforms leverag- ing personal identifiable information.” Raddon said by virtue of its size Facebook will be heavily scrutinized by lawmakers for how it analyzes personal data. But smaller firms such as Cambridge Analytica can fly under the radar doing virtually the same thing. Facebook says it has beefed up its review of thirdparty apps such as Kogan’s, which tap into the social network’s fire hose of data. That includes requiring developers to first “justify the data they’re looking to collect and how they’re going to use it,” said Grewal, the Facebook attorney. Experts say Facebook will increasingly diminish access to the most valuable data to third parties such as app developers as it strives to protect its own ad business and reduce security risks like those exposed by Kogan, Cambridge Analytica and Russian operatives tasked with sowing discord in American society. “Facebook’s business model is actually focused on not giving third parties data about its users,” said Aviv Ovadya, chief technologist at the Center for Social Media Responsibility. “If it owns the data, and you can only target people through its platform, then you must spend money on its platform. Facebook also wants people to be as comfortable as possible giving them data, so they want to ensure that the data is protected from being used in problematic ways.” Facebook’s critics now say devoting attention to those who exploit the platform, such as Russian trolls, is shortsighted. More attention should be directed at the social network itself, which provides the tools for exploitation, they say. Kogan, for instance, didn’t break any rules when he accessed information from millions of users without their consent. He broke the rules only when he shared that information for commercial gain. “The data that Facebook leaked to Cambridge Analytica is the same data Facebook retains on everyone and sells targeting services around. The problem is not shady Russian researchers; it’s Facebook’s core business model of collect, store, analyze, exploit,” Maciej Ceglowski, a prominent San Francisco web developer and leader of grass-roots activist group Tech Solidarity, wrote in a tweet Saturday. email@example.com A12 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 WSCE L AT I M E S . C O M Opponents seize upon his old ties [Villaraigosa, from A1] bank, defended the decision to accept them. “Like every other candidate, he must raise funds to be competitive,” spokesman Luis Vizcaino said. “Any assumption of connections between contributions and government action is baseless. Antonio Villaraigosa is, always has been and always will be focused on building an economy that works for everyone.” Criticism over Villaraigosa’s ties to the contributors predate the gubernatorial campaign. But Vizcaino blamed chief rival Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for “driving this story.” Newsom mentioned the donors at the California Democratic Party convention last month. “We took on … the predatory lenders and pyramidschemers who prey on our most vulnerable,” Newsom told thousands of delegates in a veiled shot at Villaraigosa. State Treasurer John Chiang’s campaign also recently criticized Villaraigosa’s work for Herbalife, chiding his proposed ballot designation of “public policy advisor.” “Let’s be real, the only thing Antonio Villaraigosa can currently advise on is how to best target innocent Californians,” Chiang spokesman Fabien Levy said. Garry South, a Democratic strategist who is not publicly backing a candidate, said that while the donations to Villaraigosa ought to be scrutinized, they should be put in perspective. “I think it’s unfair to candidates who are of modest means and can’t finance their own campaigns to assert or insinuate that every single entity they take campaign contributions from they’re in debt to,” he said. “It just doesn’t work that way.” Villaraigosa frequently recounts on the campaign trail that his mother took the bus to work as she struggled to make ends meet. He worked as a labor organizer and then spent 16 years in Al Seib Los Angeles Times EVEN before running for governor, Antonio Villaraigosa drew scrutiny for taking contributions from groups accused of preying on the poor. Above, the former L.A. mayor gives a pep talk at Cathedral High School in 2017. elected office: six years in the California Assembly; two years on the Los Angeles City Council, and eight years as mayor. After leaving office in 2013, Villaraigosa signed on as a senior advisor to Herbalife, which he heralded as “a solid member of the Los Angeles business community and a strong presence within the Latino community since the company was founded here in 1980.” Critics argue the company is behind a pyramid scheme that exploits the poor and people of color. In July 2016, Herbalife agreed to pay the fines and change its business practices to settle federal regulators’ claims that the company falsely told people they could quickly get rich by selling its products. Herbalife said at the time that it disagreed with the Federal Trade Commission’s findings, but was settling to avoid a protracted le- gal battle. In the final four months of 2013, Villaraigosa was paid $162,500 by Herbalife, according to his tax return for that year. He worked for the company until August 2016, shortly before he launched his gubernatorial bid. From 2014 to 2016, he earned nearly $3.5 million in consulting fees from multiple companies. Because he was compensated through a multimember limited liability company and was not required to disclose how much each client paid for his services, it is not clear how much of that money came from Herbalife. The company, a major political donor in the state, has not contributed to Villaraigosa’s gubernatorial rivals. Newsom accused Villaraigosa of “shilling” for the company when the matter was raised during a recent debate at UCLA. He said Villaraigosa cashed in after serving two terms as mayor by working for a company known for “predatory practices against communities of color.” Villaraigosa forcefully defended the company, arguing that it offered opportunities to make ends meet for people in disadvantaged communities. “They give people a shot at building, if not a small business, at least a little extra income on a monthly basis,” Villaraigosa told La Opinión in November. “My mother sold Tupperware and Avon, I know why Latinos and blacks do it: They need a few extra bucks. It’s called a multiple-level marketing company. That’s what Tupperware is, what Avon is — they’ve been around for 30 years. Pyramid schemes aren’t around for 30 years.” In a statement to The Times, Villaraigosa said his “focus at Herbalife was helping them organize communities — often ones with high rates of diabetes and obesity — and health fairs to encourage and educate communities about health and nutrition, and I stand by that work.” Herbalife did not respond to a request for comment on Villaraigosa’s role. Jamie Court, president of the nonprofit Consumer Watchdog, characterized Herbalife as “a house-ofmirrors scam that leads people to believe they’ll be millionaires if they get enough of their family members to use a product that many say is very detrimental to their health.” He also had harsh words for payday lenders. “Both industries pretend they are serving an unmet need in low-income communities, but my experience is they simply prey on these communities and the people in them and don’t give anything back except unconscionable financial burdens,” Court said. In California, the maximum payday loan is $300 with a fee of 15%, an effective annual interest rate of 460% for a two-week loan. Critics argue that payday lending leads to an endless cycle of debt in low-income communities. Payday lenders have donated $158,900 to Villaraigosa’s campaigns and other political committees he controlled. Newsom and Chiang, who is also running for governor, did not report any donations from payday lenders. This is not the first time Villaraigosa has faced questions about his ties to the industry. During the 2005 mayoral campaign, then-mayor and fellow Democrat James Hahn highlighted a 1996 bill Villaraigosa supported in the Assembly that Hahn said caused the proliferation of payday lenders in low-income communities, including more than 250 around Los Angeles. “That’s not the kind of leadership we need in a mayor,” Hahn said at the time. “We expect someone who will stand up for the little guy, stand up for the person who’s going to be victimized, and not stand up for the businesses that are up there victimizing.” Villaraigosa and his mayoral campaign argued that Hahn was taking the bill out of context and that the legislation had imposed new regulations on the industry. Requests for comment on the donations were not answered by national and state payday lenders industry groups. As politicians face scrutiny over their positions, examinations of their political donors is a given, South said. “When they have to raise money, there’s going to be a lot of eyebrows raised about who they’re raising money from,” he said. “There always is.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @LATSeema Times staff writers Phil Willon in Sacramento and Maloy Moore in Los Angeles contributed to this report. M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / O P I N I O N A13 OPINION EDITORIALS OP-ED ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Elect a public defender? Not in L.A. LIVABLE CITY Let’s go local on water By Mark Gold The power to appoint a defender enables the county supervisors to intervene when needed. Like now. T hey do it in San Francisco. They do it in Florida, Nebraska and Tennessee. They elect their public defenders. Why not in Los Angeles County? In calmer times, this question might be of interest mostly to academics. It has taken on new urgency now, however, as L.A. County deputy public defenders rebel against the appointment of their interim leader, Nicole Davis Tinkham, because of her lack of experience in criminal law. They plan to protest outside downtown’s Clara Shortridge Foltz courthouse on Monday, the 54th anniversary of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon vs. Wainwright, which recognized that the 6th Amendment right to counsel — regardless of the defendant’s ability to pay — applies in any criminal case, whether state or federal, felony or misdemeanor. Deputy public defenders take their role as guardians of the 6th Amendment seriously. What they lack in pay and resources compared to private-sector lawyers they make up for in a sense of mission to serve the indigent and to push back against a culture of over-criminalization, excessive punishment and racially selective prosecution. The Board of Supervisors already had been through several interim department leaders when it picked Tinkham in January to serve for six months while it continued to search for a permanent public defender. The appointment has been taken by many in the criminal defense world as an attack on the independence of the Public Defender’s Office and a disruption in the careful constitutional balance of power in the criminal justice system. But there’s a certain structural imbalance already, isn’t there? The other players are elected, and because of that, they enjoy a measure of independence in carrying out their duties as they see fit. We elect the district attorney, who prosecutes criminal cases. We elect the sheriff, who polices much of the county and locks up accused and convicted criminals. We even elect the judges. But the public defender is an appointee. How come? Why is San Francisco the only county in California to elect a public defender? Maybe the best answer is that it’s San Francisco. Small, compact and notoriously liberal, it’s a city in which voters are at least as vested in who represents criminal defendants as who prosecutes them. L.A. is liberal too, of course, but not as consistently so. We have been the birthplace of many tough-on-crime measures. Like other counties, we elect our district attorney to represent us in court and to protect us from lawbreakers. If we pick a lousy lawyer, we suffer the consequences, at least in theory. Guilty people are acquitted, or perhaps charges are never brought. Crime proliferates. If need be, we make a change, ousting the D.A. at election time and picking a replacement. Public defenders are different. They don’t represent The People. They are lawyers in a more traditional sense, representing individuals accused of crimes. They are employed by us, but they don’t work for us. They work for the people who our lawyer, the district attorney, is trying to convict. If L.A. were going through one of its fearof-crime waves, voters who want to crack down on crime might, if they elected the public defender, find themselves in the perverse position of choosing the least effective defense lawyer for indigent people accused of crimes. The Board of Supervisors has to deal with a different set of tensions. Its goal is not necessarily the most acquittals or convictions, but rather an office that represents its clients in a way that at least meets constitutional standards. Its job in one sense is to butt out and let the lawyers do their work as they see fit, while standing ready to butt in when things aren’t working and changes are in order. By butting in with the appointment of Tinkham, it’s trying to make up for many years of deference. Or, if you prefer, neglect. It’s hard to imagine that things would be better if L.A. voters were in charge. Their job is to make a decision once every four years, without ordering management audits or assessing the quality of representation. Voters are better at neglect than the Board of Supervisors. L.A. County doesn’t need an elected public defender. It needs its office to be audited, examined, shaken up and set right. D espite another hot and dry year with less than four inches of rain in the Los Angeles area, we are back to our water-wasting ways. Two years ago, Californians were using 24% less water compared with 2013. This year, we’re hardly conserving at all — just 1%. Clearly, our earlier successes were more behavioral than structural. If lawn removal and new efficient fixtures and appliances had saved all that water, we wouldn’t be seeing this momentous backslide. Meanwhile, our sources of imported water — from the Delta, the Colorado River, and the Los Angeles aqueduct — have all been revealed as vulnerable to politics, drought, climate change and crumbling concrete in recent years. Los Angeles sorely needs to transform its water infrastructure. In a proactive move, Mayor Eric Garcetti and the city of Los Angeles this month released the Resilient Los Angeles plan, which outlines 96 steps to strengthen the city. Among the smartest moves: reduce our reliance on imported water from the current 85% to less than 50% by 2035. Right now, if an earthquake severed our connection to the L.A. Aqueduct, the State Water Project or the Colorado River Aqueduct, we would quickly be in dire straits. With a local supply portfolio — balanced between recycled water, captured stormwater, and groundwater — the city will survive catastrophes. Pumping less water from faraway sources has environmental benefits too. Moving water across the state uses huge amounts of energy. Leaving more water in the Delta, Owens Valley and the Colorado River watershed would reduce ecological impacts and the carbon footprint of our water supplies. The bigger question is could Los Angeles become entirely water self-sufficient by 2050? Even as we face climate change and population growth? The answer is yes, but it will require a modern, integrated approach to water management. Currently, only 1% to 2% of the city’s water supply comes Irfan Khan Los Angeles Times EARTHQUAKES could cut Los Angeles off from the Colorado River Aqueduct and disrupt the city’s water supply. Relying on local water also causes less environmental harm. from recycled water, but that could supply roughly 40%. All the wastewater going to the Terminal Island Treatment Plant gets recycled, but that’s not the case at the Tillman, Glendale or Hyperion treatment plants. Those three dump treated wastewater into the L.A. River and Santa Monica Bay. If all the treatment plants were upgraded, their recycled water could be injected or filtered into our local groundwater basins. This highly treated wastewater could be pumped directly to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power’s drinking water filtration plant for distribution to customers — providing the state establishes regulations for direct potable reuse — within a decade. Stormwater is another local source we haven’t adequately tapped. Based on a DWP study, urban runoff can provide an additional 58,000 acre-feet of water, or about 11% of current annual use. But the potential is there for much more: In an average rainfall year, 270,000 acrefeet per year of stormwater ends up flowing down the L.A. River into the ocean. Funding for green stormwater infrastructure could come from the L.A. County Safe Clean Water Mea- sure, which is expected to be on the ballot this November. The final piece of the puzzle is our local groundwater basins. If Los Angeles can improve rainwater absorption with green streets and alleys, infiltration basins, biofilters and other nature-based solutions, local aquifers can provide approximately 114,000 acre-feet per year. An essential first step is already underway: the remediation of the San Fernando Valley aquifer. Our primary local aquifer, it became so contaminated with industrial chemicals that it’s a Superfund site. But the city, with support from the state, has begun a $600-million project to clean it up. By cleaning the groundwater, DWP could provide residents and businesses with up to 20% of local water supply. If we tally all those sources — recycled wastewater, captured stormwater and new groundwater — Los Angeles has about 372,000 acre-feet of local water that it could bring online by 2050. That’s still not quite enough for a population likely to be 4.5 million. The mayor’s plan uses a consumption rate goal of 98 gallons per capita per day. To achieve complete water self-sufficiency, Angelenos would need to de- crease consumption to approximately 75 gallons per capita per day. Numerous Australian, Southeast Asian and Western European cities have managed that. For Los Angeles to join them, all properties within the city will need to replace turf with native, climate-appropriate landscapes. Residents will need to use water-efficient washing machines and dishwashers. Commercial properties will need to install water-efficient cooling technologies. Also, DWP customers should get individual smart meters that provide real-time consumption information. Going local on water won’t be easy and it won’t be cheap. But it can be done. The city managed similar transformation once before when — in the span of a decade — it rebuilt the Hyperion Treatment Plant, replaced miles of old sewer lines and stopped dumping sewage sludge to clean up Santa Monica Bay. If that history can repeat itself, the benefits for Angelenos and distant ecosystems are enormous. Marc Gold is associate vice chancellor of environment and sustainability at UCLA and the leader of the Sustainable LA Grand Challenge. Happy anniversary, financial crisis By Phil Angelides en years ago this week, Bear Stearns, the high-flying Wall Street investment bank, collapsed after years of reckless risk-taking and regulatory neglect. Its stunning failure blindsided the public officials charged with safeguarding our financial system and marked the moment when the simmering financial crisis burst into full public view. Before the crisis passed, millions lost their homes and jobs, communities across the country were devastated and trillions of dollars of wealth were wiped away. The anniversary of Bear’s demise might have gone unnoticed but for the disturbing push by the banking industry to undo a number of the reforms enacted in the wake of the crisis. Bear’s failure shouldn’t have come as a surprise to regulators. It was wildly overleveraged, with only $1 in equity for every $38 in debt, meaning a drop in asset values of less than 3% would wipe out the firm. The firm was knee deep in subprime mortgages — originating loans, bundling mortgages into securities and bundling those securities into other securities. To sustain itself, Bear was borrowing up to $70 billion in the overnight markets, loans T that had to be renewed each day. If those loans were pulled, the firm would collapse — they were and it did. On March 11, 2008, just three days before the firm’s meltdown, Christopher Cox, chairman of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, expressed “comfort about the capital cushions” at the big investment banks, including Bear. His calming words were consistent with the repeated assurances given by Treasury Secretary Henry M. Paulsen and Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke that the woes in the subprime mortgage market did not threaten the overall economy. How could it be that the people trusted with protecting the public from Wall Street excesses could be so oblivious? In the three decades leading up to the 2008 financial meltdown, Wall Street had successfully pushed a deregulatory agenda. Congress and successive administrations stripped away key safeguards and constrained the budgets and powers of regulators. By the 2000s, men like Cox who favored a light touch sat atop key oversight agencies. Critical areas with trillions of dollars at risk, such as over-the-counter derivatives and overnight borrowings — like the ones that brought down Bear — were kept hidden from view. Simply put, as Wall Street News piled risk on top of risk, the sentries abandoned their posts. When the economy crashed, the federal government bailed out the banks and implemented stricter rules under the auspices of the Dodd-Frank reform law. But after nearly a decade of systemic stability, an expanding economy and record bank profits, Washington is poised to repeat the same old mistakes. The people appointed by President Trump to head financial regulatory agencies — Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, Comptroller of the Currency Joseph Otting, SEC Chairman Jay Clayton and Commodity Futures Trading Commission Chair J. Christopher Giancarlo — have one trait in common: their lifetime service in and fealty to the financial industry. The one person heading a key regulatory body who is not from the financial sector, Mick Mulvaney at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, has made no secret of his contempt for that agency. These appointees have already made clear their intentions to reduce oversight and retreat on enforcement. Congress is also doing its part to destabilize the system again. Just this week, Senate Republicans joined with a rump group of Democrats to pass legislation rolling back important post-crisis protections. Among other things, the bill would less- en oversight of 25 of the nation’s 38 biggest banks; exempt a slew of financial institutions from reporting mortgage lending data; weaken prohibitions against steering borrowers into highercost loans; and reduce the frequency of stress tests on the nation’s biggest banks from semiannually to as little as once every three years. But this legislation is almost certainly not the end of the story. Buttressed by over $3 billion in lobbying and campaign spending since 2008, the recidivist banks are unlikely to settle for half-measures in their renewed quest for deregulation. The only missing ingredient for another crisis is Wall Street excess — as sure to come as the sun is to rise. Happy 10th Anniversary, America. Phil Angelides, former California state treasurer, was chairman of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission, which conducted the nation’s official inquiry into the 2008 financial crisis. HOW TO WRITE TO US Please send letters to email@example.com. For submission guidelines, see latimes.com/letters or call 1-800-LA TIMES, ext. 74511. latimes.com/opinion EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Jim Kirk DEPUTY MANAGING EDITORS Colin Crawford, Scott Kraft ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITORS Christina Bellantoni, Shelby Grad, Mary McNamara, Michael Whitley Opinion Nicholas Goldberg EDITOR OF THE EDITORIAL PAGES Juliet Lapidos OP-ED AND SUNDAY OPINION EDITOR FOUNDED DECEMBER 4, 1881 OPINION L.A. 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Marathon By Hailey Branson-Potts When Tammy Blanck saw her husband, Jim, running toward her at Hollywood Boulevard and Cherokee Avenue, between miles 11 and 12 of the Los Angeles Marathon, she started jumping up and down, squealing. “There he is!” she chirped to her 5year-old grandson, Emory, who grinned from under a crocheted lion-themed stocking cap. Emory and his 3-year-old sister, Eryn, ran toward Jim, and Jim clutched his grandchildren’s hands as he ran toward his family in a bright yellow shirt just after 8:30 a.m. He was still feeling good. Jim Blanck, 61, was a legacy runner participating in his 33rd L.A. Marathon, which drew more than 24,000 runners on Sunday. The marathon, which attracts professional athletes from around the world as well as casual enthusiasts, stretched 26.2 miles from Dodger Stadium in downtown Los Angeles to the Santa Monica Pier. “He just loves it,” Tammy said of the long-distance run. “He doesn’t do any other marathons. I tell everybody, but he has such humility he doesn’t tell everybody. But he wants to do this forever.” “We’re so proud of him,” said his [See L.A. Marathon, B5] SACRAMENTO — California may appear to Democrats as an electoral oasis, a sea of newly turned-blue political maps that could quench their thirst for control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Or the oasis could be nothing more than a mirage, disappearing in the haze of the state’s unbridled primary election rules. In places where antipathy for President Trump is now sky-high, a poor showing by Democrats on election day would be stunning. “It’s really through the looking glass, but Democrats could be shut out of these races,” strategist Katie Merrill said. For the third consecutive election cycle, state and congressional races on California’s primary ballot will feature large pools of candi- L.A. Unified urged to look at properties Panel recommends school district hire experts to evaluate real estate holdings. By Howard Blume Patrick T. Fallon For The Times A FIREFIGHTER runs in full gear near Dodger Stadium. Clear skies and a slight chill in the air made for ideal race conditions. The Los Angeles school system’s vast real estate holdings cost millions of dollars a year to maintain, but they also present an opportunity, according to a task force studying the district. Some properties could generate millions for the financially stretched district, CALIFORNIA JOURNAL Lessons from edible pot and a 911 call she was in such distress that I suggested that her husband call 911. ROBIN ABCARIAN One evening late last year I was on my computer at home when I heard a woman yelling. Well, not just yelling. More like screaming bloody murder. I ran outside and discovered the noise was coming from the house next door. I bounded in and found my neighbor in her bedroom, alternately curled on her bed, then sitting up screaming. Her dogs were cowering. She had bitten off a chunk of a cannabis-infused caramel that contained a total of 100 milligrams of THC. She had probably consumed 10 to 15 milligrams. A standard dose for experienced users is around 10 milligrams, but as a cannabis expert friend of mine says, “Your mileage may vary.” Having spent the last couple of years learning about cannabis, I knew that she was not going to die. But :: Robin Abcarian Los Angeles Times KRISTI KNOBLICH and her husband run Kiva Confections, which makes sweets with low doses of THC. Above, mints are created at their Oakland facility. dates no longer subdivided by partisan labels. Only the two contenders with the most votes in each race advance to a showdown in November, even those from the same party. The rest go home. The top-two primary has maximized voter choice while minimizing the power of parties and interest groups to foresee the eventual outcome. Voters have the power — and sometimes the burden — of sorting through what can be lists filled with dozens of names. “It’s such a loose and open system that it can produce quirky results,” said Eric McGhee, a researcher at the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California. The top-two primary was crafted in the dark of a winter night in 2009, a concession by Democrats in the California Legislature to a single Republican lawmaker in exchange for his support of a state budget package. When it appeared on the ballot the following spring as Proposition 14, the only leader embracing it was Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, [See Primary, B4] “As a business owner, those are the nightmare scenarios that we have worked really hard to prevent over the years,” said Kristi Knoblich, who, along with her husband, Scott Palmer, own Kiva Confections, one of the largest edible cannabis companies in the state. “You may feel like you are going to die, but you are not going to die — that’s not great marketing language.” As California enters the brave and complex world of cannabis legalization, it’s important that consumers who choose to experiment with pot understand how to avoid ending up like my neighbor. Inexperienced users who want to dabble, especially with edibles, owe it to themselves to get educated. “Dosing and storage are the two areas we need to [See Abcarian, B6] concludes a report the task force released Monday. Many could be used better to serve students and their families. “We’re recommending three things: Take a careful inventory, figure out how best to utilize these properties and engage the community along the way,” said Austin Beutner, co-chair of the L.A. Unified School District Advisory Task Force. The task force’s primary recommendation is that L.A. Unified should hire real estate experts by the end of next month, who would complete an analysis by September. The nation’s secondlargest school system owns 6,400 acres, an area larger than Santa Monica. Its holdings include 1,200 schools and centers, spread out over 710 miles and 31 municipalities. Also in its portfolio are vacant lots, administrative buildings, operation plants and parking lots. “The district lacks a comprehensive strategy to manage these properties and utilize each asset at its highest and best use to support the district’s goals,” the report states. Such goals include academic improvement and easing budget problems exacerbated by growing pension and health benefits costs and declining enrollment. “This is not an appeal to sell anything,” Beutner said. “You need a plan first and have to have a much longer horizon than today’s crisis.” [See L.A. Unified, B5] Pot website pushes back In a letter to the state cannabis regulator, Weedmaps argues it’s not subject to the same licensing laws as its advertisers. B3 Lottery ...................... B2 B2 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M S AC R A M E N T O WAT C H Promising to build on Obamacare Coalition announces measures aimed at making healthcare better in California. MELANIE MASON SACRAMENTO — Promising to build on the Affordable Care Act, a coalition of influential interest groups announced a new legislative push Thursday for a patchwork of measures that aim to make healthcare in California cheaper and more accessible. Advocates touted a slate of proposals, including expanding Medi-Cal access to adults without legal status and increasing subsidies to those buying insurance on the Covered California exchange, as priorities for this legislative session. “This uniquely Californian campaign seeks not just to protect our progress, but advance an aspirational agenda that is achievable without the need of approval from a hostile federal government,” Anthony Wright, executive director of the advocacy group Health Access California, said at a Capitol news conference. The ability to act independently of the federal government is a key contrast from the single-payer proposal, Senate Bill 562, which has consumed much of Sacramento’s healthcare debate in the last year. That bill would rely on permission from Washington to establish a sweeping system that covers the healthcare costs of all Californians, including those who would otherwise be on Medicare or Medi-Cal. Wright said he did not see a tension between the approach taken by his coalition, which includes labor unions, community health organizations and immigrant rights groups, and that of single-payer proponents. “This is entirely comple- Howard Lipin San Diego Union-Tribune A DENTAL CLINIC in San Marcos, Calif. Influential interest groups announced a new legislative push Thursday for a patchwork of measures that aim to make healthcare in the state cheaper and more accessible. mentary with other efforts that are on different tracks and different timelines,” he said, arguing that the success of these incremental measures now could lay the groundwork for single-payer in the future. “If that window of opportunity opens up at the federal level, we will be better positioned if we can get to universal coverage, if we can get to cost controls, if we can get to improvements in these key consumer protections.” The California Nurses Assn., the sponsor of SB 562, praised elements of the package — notably the expansion of Medi-Cal to immigrants who are in the country illegally — but said its proposal also would have extended healthcare coverage to that population. “Overall, it would be less fragmented to do a compre- hensive approach like SB 562 that actually solves the problem without scrambling to push piecemeal legislation, some of which only reinforce the existing profitfocused insurance system,” said Chuck Idelson, spokesman for the nurses union. Proponents don’t yet have a cost estimate for the proposal, but rough estimates would total in the billions. Wright said they would seek money in the budget but did not rule out proposing new taxes to pay for the proposals. California’s uninsured rate plummeted from 17.2% in 2013 to the current 6.8% after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Of the remaining 1.8 million Californians uninsured, more than half are immigrants who are in the country illegally. Advocates successfully pushed Gov. Jerry Brown to expand Medi-Cal to children without legal status but were unsuccessful in an attempt to extend that coverage to young adults last year. “Immigrants are an integral part of our state and shape our neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and communities,” said Cynthia Buiza, executive director of the California Immigrant Policy Center. “With Health4All, California has an opportunity to remove barriers on healthcare based on immigration status.” The Medi-Cal expansion received an endorsement Thursday from the California Medical Assn., the influential lobbying group for the state’s doctors. The association also backed other components of the plan, including establishing a statelevel mandate to purchase insurance to replace the federal requirement repealed last year. The scope of the package touches nearly every aspect of the healthcare system, from health plans to prescription drugs. Some measures are holdovers that were introduced last year but failed to advance. Other elements are still to be fully fleshed out, including the form of subsidies offered to make insurance on the individual market cheaper, and the possibility of crafting a public option to ensure more choices on the Covered California market. Some components of the package include establishing quality assessments for Medi-Cal managed care plans, regulating health plan mergers and maintaining a $250 cap on prescription drug co-pays. Other measures take aim at actions by the federal government that advocates say undermine the Affordable Care Act. One bill would ban the availability of “shortterm” insurance plans that do not have to meet requirements under Obamacare, which have been encouraged by the Trump administration. Another bill would bar work requirements for MediCal, a policy pursued by several other states, including Kentucky, with the White House’s blessing. melanie.mason @latimes.com Twitter: @melmason SC I E N C E F I L E Material has strength in fibers AMINA KHAN Move over, Styrofoam. Scientists have designed a heat-insulating material made from wood that is both light and strong and made entirely from tiny, strippeddown wood fibers. So-called nanowood, described in the journal Science Advances, could one day be used to make more energy-efficient buildings. It’s cheap and biodegradable too. “Nature is producing this kind of material,” said senior author Liangbing Hu, a materials scientist and engineer at the University of Maryland in College Park. Managing heat is a major issue in the cities we build. It’s hard to keep heat indoors in the winter and outdoors in the summer. The insulating materials in use are often very expensive to make, both in terms of money and energy. They’re not usually biodegradable and ultimately contribute to our landfills. So scientists have been trying to come up with cheaper, more environmentally friendly options. Hu has been studying the properties of nanocellulose, nanometer-scale versions of cellulose, the tough carbohydrate in the cell walls of plants that allows tree trunks to grow strong and tall. At these incredibly small scales, cellulose fibers can take on remarkable characteristics, including a strength-to-weight ratio that’s about eight times that of steel. Hu and his team have already developed a strong, dense material they called super wood, in part by removing some of the wood’s lignin — a complex polymer that holds cellulose in the wood together, almost like glue — and hemicellulose, another component of woody tissue. But for this project, Hu and his colleagues removed all of the lignin and most of the hemicellulose. Lignin is very good at conducting heat — which means it would be a terrible insulator. Without all that lignin, the woody material turned pure white, allowing it to reflect incoming light rather than absorb it (which also helps to block heat). The secret to nanowood’s insulating powers lies partly in its structure. Styrofoam is isotropic: It basically looks the same from any angle. t Nanowood is anisotropic: The fibers are bundled together in parallel, so it looks very different from different angles. Heat can travel up Hua Xie University of Maryland SO-CALLED nanowood is a heat-insulating material made from wood that is both light and strong. and down the fibers with ease, but can’t easily cross them, particularly because of the air gaps left after all the woody filler (lignin and hemicellulose) is removed. The scientists found that nanowood was just as good an insulator as Styrofoam — better, even. It far outclassed other materials too. “When exposed to the solar spectrum, the silica aerogel absorbs ~20% and transmits ~60% of the radiative heat,” the study authors wrote. “In comparison, ~95% of the radiative energy was reflected, whereas only ~2% was found absorbed by the nanowood.” On top of that, the nanowood was also lightweight and could withstand pressures of 13 megapascals. That’s about 50 times higher than insulators like cellulose foam and more than 30 times higher than the strongest of the commercially used thermal insulation materials, they said. “To the best of our knowledge, the strength of our nanowood represents the highest value among available super insulating materials,” the study authors wrote. Even better, nanocellulose is readily available and relatively cheap to process, potentially costing as little as $7.44 per square meter. (The key to keeping it sustainable, Hu added, would be to harvest fast-growing trees such as balsa and leave slow-growing trees alone.) In the right conditions, bacteria can eat it, making it biodegradable. “When the thickness is less than 1 mm, the nanowood slice can be rolled and folded, making it suitable for scenarios that require flexibility, such as pipelines in chemical factories and power plants,” the authors wrote. Hu said that such a strong, lightweight, thermally insulating biodegradable material could have a host of uses. 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C O M B3 CITY & STATE Immigrant activist gets statewide position Her appointment is California’s first of someone living in the U.S. illegally. associated press Francine Orr Los Angeles Times A BILLBOARD advertising Weedmaps in Vernon. The firm says it is not a marijuana business subject to state licensing and safety rules and is instead protected under federal laws as a service website like Google or Yelp. Weedmaps pushes back against regulator Irvine-based website that links consumers with cannabis providers argues that it’s not subject to the same licensing laws as its advertisers By Joseph Serna An Irvine-based website known as the Craigslist of pot for linking consumers with cannabis providers is pushing back against allegations that it is violating state law, arguing that it’s a technology company and not a marijuana business. This month, the state Bureau of Cannabis Control said it had sent 900 warning letters to marijuana shops suspected of operating without state licenses since Jan. 1 and recently sent a ceaseand-desist notice to the marijuana-location service Weedmaps.com, warning it to stop advertising sellers that lack a permit or face civil or criminal penalties. It was the state’s first action against a marijuana advertiser. The website responded last week, arguing that, as a service site like Google, Craigslist or Yelp, it was not subject to the same laws as its advertisers. But it also struck a conciliatory tone. “We note at the outset that Weedmaps is a technology company and an interactive computer service which is subject to certain federally preemptive protections ... of the Communications Decency Act,” the company’s letter to Bureau of Cannabis Control chief Lori Ajax said. “Nonetheless, as a technology company that has serviced this industry for a decade and as a company which employs almost 300 California residents, we wish to work together as a partner with California to find a solution to the concerns you raise.” The letter was Weedmaps’ first public response to the Bureau of Cannabis Control’s allegation that the company was essentially “aiding and abetting in violations of state cannabis laws” by allowing unlicensed marijuana shops to advertise on its website. The company’s president, Chris Beals, told The Times that he was “surprised” the state was going after Weedmaps since the state’s latest marijuana regulations only took effect Jan. 1. “We were under the impression that the bureau would focus on getting people licensed before they moved on toward attempting enforcement,” he said. The unexpected crackdown may be a result of Weedmaps’ success over the last decade as the legalization of recreational use of marijuana — and attempts to regulate the huge market — come into force. “Weedmaps has done a really good job of branding their name across the country. It’s the Craigslist of pot, the Yelp of cannabis,” said Gary Coronado Los Angeles Times SHANT DAMIRDJIAN assists a customer at the January opening of Cookies Los Angeles, the first recreational marijuana dispensary in Maywood. Lauren Mendelsohn, a Northern California attorney who specializes in cannabis regulatory compliance. “It’s been making its living, quite frankly, on illegal advertising,” Mendelsohn said. She said the company’s claim that it’s protected under federal statutes is questionable. Since 2007, Weedmaps has pointed millions of visitors a month to an online localized marijuana storefront, offering delivery service and doctors able to provide a medical recommendation. Over the years, local, state and federal authorities have used its listings to identify unlicensed marijuana businesses and ordered them to close. To avoid detection, some businesses don’t list on the site. In a letter to the company dated Feb. 16, the Bureau of Cannabis Control accused Weedmaps of not posting its own marijuana license number or those of its advertisers online and also allowing unlicensed businesses to advertise. The company argues it is not a marijuana business subject to state regulations under the Medicinal and Adult-Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act and is instead protected under federal laws as an interactive computer service. That many of the Weedmaps advertisements are for unlicensed marijuana businesses isn’t a sign the site is flouting state regulations but a symptom of the state’s broken licensing process, Beals said. “It’s almost a complete failure of county and local governments to enact any sort of legalization to provide pathways for licensed businesses,” Beals said. He estimated that there are nine unlicensed marijua- na providers for every one that is licensed in California and suggested competing interests have fostered a regulatory bottleneck that’s giving a small number of businesses the lion’s share of the legal market. Licensed or not, there’s simply too much money in the cannabis business for entrepreneurs to wait for the processes to catch up, Beals said. Cracking down on unlicensed businesses at this point in the fledgling legal market is a waste of state resources in the long run, he said. “Scrubbing the internet of the reality of unlicensed operators that have created thousands of jobs over the last 20 years does nothing to fix the underlying issues,” Weedmaps’ letter to the state said. “It is simply opening a new face of regulatory ‘Whack-a-mole’ when the ultimate cause is broken policy that provides no opportunity for thousands of business owners who just want a chance to get a license and enter the legal market.” California, Beals said, should look to other states with legalized marijuana for examples of better licensing processes. joseph.serna @latimes.com Twitter: @JosephSerna SACRAMENTO — An attorney and immigrant rights activist is the first person living in the U.S. illegally to be named to a statewide appointment in the nation’s most populous state, California’s Senate leader announced Wednesday. The Senate Rules Committee appointed Lizbeth Mateo to be an advisor on college access and financial aid. Mateo is well-known for championing protections for people without legal authorization to live in the U.S. who were brought to the country as children. Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) framed her appointment as a rebuke of President Trump’s immigration policies. As a member of the Student Opportunity and Access Program’s Project Grant Advisory Committee, Mateo will advise the California Student Aid Commission to help low-income and marginalized people attend college. The position is not paid. The Senate Rules Committee, which oversees such appointments, does not have a record of ever before confirming a person living in the country illegally to a statewide position, according to De Leon’s office. Mateo, 33, was born in Mexico and came to California with her parents at age 14. She was the first person in her family to earn a college degree. She now has her own law office in Los Angeles. “I hope to be able to draw from my own experiences as an undocumented, firstgeneration college graduate,” she said in a statement. “I have no doubt that California can do more for all underrepresented students, especially in regions with low college participation rates, and I appreciate the opportunity to be able to help in any way I can.” De León announced Mateo’s appointment the day after Trump visited California to view prototypes of his proposed border wall and a week after the U.S. Justice Department sued the state over policies that limit cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Democrats who run California’s Francine Orr Los Angeles Times SENATE leader Kevin de León called the appointment a rebuke of Trump. ‘I hope to be able to draw from my own experiences as an undocumented, first-generation college graduate.’ — Lizbeth Mateo, appointed to be advisor on college access and financial aid government, including De León, vehemently oppose the wall and Trump’s conservative stance on immigration. Mateo’s appointment comes as the U.S. Congress is struggling to reach an agreement about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which grants temporary protected status to people living in the country illegally who came to the U.S. as children. The program’s future is uncertain after Trump attempted to cancel it last year and tasked Congress with reauthorizing it. Although she isn’t a DACA recipient herself, Mateo has been a vocal advocate of protections for young immigrants. Assemblyman Travis Allen, a Republican from Huntington Beach, criticized the appointment. “This is an insult to every California citizen and legal resident,” he said in a statement. “The California Democratic Party now prioritizes illegal immigrants over California citizens.” But De León said Mateo embodies California values. “Ms. Mateo is a courageous, determined and intelligent young woman who at great personal risk has dedicated herself to fight for those seeking their rightful place in this country,” the Senate leader said in a statement. Mistrial in S.D. murder case Jurors are divided on whether Tieray Jones killed his stepson, who disappeared in 2002. By Pauline Repard SAN DIEGO — The question of what happened to Jahi Turner, a toddler who disappeared from San Diego in 2002, remains unresolved after a jury on Friday declared they were unable to reach a verdict. The jurors had spent the week trying to determine whether the boy’s stepfather, Tieray Jones, had killed him. San Diego County Superior Court Judge Joan Weber declared a mistrial when the jurors said they would not be able to agree unanimously to convict or acquit Jones. John Gibbins S.D. Union-Tribune TIERAY JONES testi- fied that Jahi Turner, 2, vanished from a park. They revealed in court that after two days of deliberations, they were divided 10 to 2 in favor of finding Jones not guilty on a charge of murder. They also could not agree on a lesser charge of manslaughter, splitting 10 to 2 in favor of acquittal. Although the 2-year-old’s body was never found, pros- ecutors built a circumstantial case against Jones, now 39. Investigators found a small amount of Jahi’s blood on his pajamas and a blanket. They also found neighbors who saw Jones take large trash bags to a Dumpster at his Beech Street apartment complex around the time Jahi disappeared. Jones testified that Jahi vanished when he took the boy to a Golden Hill neighborhood playground and walked away for about 15 minutes on April 25, 2002. Jones said that when he called 911 about 2:30 p.m. to report the boy missing, he had been lying to a dispatcher because Jahi’s disappearance actually had occurred about three hours earlier. Jones said he lied because he was ashamed of having failed the child, and because he didn’t want con- tact with police, who might arrest him for a Maryland misdemeanor marijuana warrant. When San Diego police talked to people who had been at the park around the time of the 911 call, no one recalled seeing Jones and Jahi. The boy’s mother and Jones’ then-wife, Tameka Jones, was a Navy seaman on a weeklong deployment at the time Jahi vanished. The investigation stalled for years with no charges filed, but Tieray Jones was arrested in 2016. Prosecutors alleged he may have become irate over Jahi wetting their shared bed and over not being able to access funds on his wife’s Navy bank account. pauline.repard @sduniontribune.com Repard writes for the San Diego Union-Tribune. B4 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M State’s primary rules face big test [Primary, from B1] who insisted the top-two primary would discourage extreme partisanship while encouraging candidates to embrace the kind of centrist platform he believed voters were demanding. “It will force them to appeal to a broader number of voters,” Schwarzenegger said in a 2010 video. “It will free legislators from their ideological straitjackets, so they can meet in the middle and get things done.” But McGhee, one of the state’s foremost experts on the top-two primary, has found only a few traces of political moderation since 2010 and then only among Democrats who won. In a lengthy study published last fall, he and political scientist Boris Shor wrote that California created so many changes almost simultaneously — new primary rules, independent political redistricting, longer legislative term limits — that pinpointing the effect of each is practically impossible. “If institutional reform is a potential lever in the American democratic system, these reforms amount to grabbing the lever and pulling as hard as possible,” the researchers wrote. The California primary that’s now less than three months away promises to be the system’s most important test, and possibly its most controversial. Although Democrats have largely consolidated their power behind just a few for- Rich Pedroncelli Associated Press THEN-GOV. Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about the passage of Proposition 14, which created the state’s top-two primary system, in June 2010. midable candidates in statewide contests, local races with a multitude of candidates could allow Republicans to quell the anti-Trump fervor in at least four congressional districts that Democrats otherwise are well poised to capture. “The top-two primary math is showing us there need to be fewer Democrats in those races,” said Merrill, whose Fight Back California political action committee is betting the bank on the seven Republican districts won by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016. Recent polling by Merrill’s PAC found significant potential for GOP candidates in Southern Califor- nia’s hottest races to finish first and second — even though a plurality of those surveyed said they would “definitely” vote Democratic. That includes seats being vacated by Reps. Darrell Issa (R-Vista) and Ed Royce (R-Fullerton) and the reelection effort of embattled Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Costa Mesa). Analysts also have pointed out the possibility for dispersed Democratic support in large fields of candidates running in GOP congressional districts representing the Central Valley and Sierra Nevada foothills. The nonpartisan California Target Book now counts 60 Democrats running in the 14 districts currently represented by Republicans. Merrill said her group prefers to spend its money solely against Republicans but may have to help at least one Democrat stand out in some of those crowded primary contests. “We’re going to have to shift our focus,” she said. The challenges are not limited to Democrats. Republicans face a similar problem in a San Diego County Assembly district where six GOP candidates could squander a dominance that’s kept Democrats out of the November election since 2010. Republican candidates were overrepresented too in the 2016 U.S. Senate race. The primary rules allowed two prominent Democrats to advance to the final election, the first single-party Senate election since California began direct election of its senators in 1914. That dynamic could return in some of the most important statewide races in 2018 — as a small number of well-funded Democrats are competing against a GOP field that’s too big and too obscure. The intraparty battle between Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Senate leader Kevin de León is an especially weak spot for Republicans and could leave GOP voters with little reason to even show up for the June 5 primary. California has not his- torically had strong party machines and bosses found in other states but has plenty of experience with trying to circumvent restricted primaries. Until 1959 Democrats and Republicans frequently were “cross-filing” for elected office — placing a candidate under more than one party and thus increasing their chances of making it to the November general election. In 1996 voters enacted a “blanket primary” similar to the current method in that it placed all candidates on a single ballot. It differed in that the top vote-getter from each party was still guaranteed a spot in the fall election — ostensibly better for the parties than what they have now, but challenged in court by California Democrats who didn’t want outsiders anointing their standardbearer. The U.S. Supreme Court agreed, declaring the blanket primary unconstitutional in 2000. The rules approved by voters in 2010’s Proposition 14 were crafted specifically to avoid such legal challenges. But the current system based on the raw vote has almost erased the names of minor parties come November. And it scrapped what some believe would have been an important fail-safe in the event of same-party fall face-offs: a provision to allow write-in candidates. Top-two primaries were envisioned by self-pro- claimed reformers to be as much about voters as politicians. But McGhee said voters haven’t really changed, largely still making choices based on the “D,” “R” or other party designation listed on the ballot. “Voters don’t follow politics closely, and so they use shortcuts,” McGhee said. A party designation doesn’t always help when shared by so many candidates in a single race. When they have few real policy differences, everyone gets a thin spread of votes. That possibility has prompted some of this year’s hopefuls to step aside. Two Democrats recently decided to abandon their efforts in the open-seat race for the 39th Congressional District: community college trustee Jay Chen and chemistry professor Phil Janowicz. Chen was later praised for “his selfless actions that will help ensure that Orange County voters and activists have the opportunity to vote for a Democrat this November” in a statement by the leader of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. And yet the departure of two men seems to have hardly moved the needle; there are still nine Democrats running June 5. “The top-two primary doesn’t work in a two-party environment,” Merrill said. “It just doesn’t.” email@example.com Twitter: @johnmyers M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M B5 Christina House Los Angeles Times ARMANDO OSORIO falls to his knees after crossing the finish line. Crisp weather — with temperatures in the 60s and low 70s — contributed to a festive atmosphere. Hugs and cheers from sidelines [L.A. Marathon, from B1] daughter, Jessica Blanck, clutching a heart-shaped sign that read “We love legacy runners.” The Simi Valley family has come to watch him every year in about the same spot, near Nat “King” Cole’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From there, they said, they’ll pile into a car parked nearby and rush to mile 22. They’ve got it down to a science, they joked. They use an app so they can see where Jim is on the course and know when he’s coming. Tammy kept checking her watch. “He’s coming soon!” she told her grandkids. “Say, ‘Go, Grandpa!’ ” When Jim approached to hold his grandkids’ hands, Tammy ran out onto Hollywood Boulevard and gave him a kiss. “Thanks for coming!” he told his wife, kids and grandkids with a grin. “But I’ve got to go!” They cheered him off. As hundreds of runners passed on the boulevard, others lined up along the route clanged cowbells and cheered them on. Clear skies and crisp weather — in the high 60s and low 70s early Sunday — made for a festive atmosphere. Liz Guillen, 38, of Santa Ana giggled with anticipation as she scanned the crowd of thousands of runners for her friend Rina Padula. Liz and her sister, Sam Guillen, 27, of Hollywood and their friend Myrna Ramirez, 39, of San Gabriel Patrick T. Fallon For The Times IT WOULDN’T be the L.A. Marathon without a few Elvis impersonators. “If this is your Hollywood dream, you’re living it,” one volunteer told runners. stood near Hollywood Boulevard and Argyle Avenue. They each consulted smartphone apps, trying to keep track of Padula so they wouldn’t miss her. All they knew was that she was wearing a red hat and she was getting close. “There are so many red hats!” Ramirez said, laughing. They cheered on everyone in a red cap, just in case. “I hope she sees us!” Liz Guillen said. “I feel so nervous for her. I feel like I just ran the marathon.” Liz hopped on a train at 6 a.m. in Orange County to be here for Padula’s first marathon. She and Ramirez were college roommates at USC, and Padula was a close friend and a “designated roommate.” They’ve all been friends for about 20 years. Padula has been training hard, Ramirez said, and they planned to celebrate afterward with champagne. Finally, at about 9:15 a.m., they spotted her: red cap, long braided hair, a white tank top. They chanted her name and held up a pink poster board that said: “#RinaRocks LA Marathon, <3 your fans.” She saw them, flashed a big smile, waved and kept running. Her friends were thrilled they spotted her. They’ve never done a marathon themselves. “Maybe you and I next year, Myrn!” Liz said to Ramirez. “Then she’ll have to come watch us!” Across the street, someone held up a sign that read, “no time for Walken” with a photo of actor Christopher Walken. Runners dressed as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis got big cheers. A man in an inflatable T. rex costume jogged by as a woman shouted, “Go, T. rex!” “I can’t even imagine doing that for one mile,” she said, laughing. Bert Champagne of Hollywood stood near Hollywood Boulevard and Whitley Avenue in a robe that made him look like a penguin, giving a droll congratulations to passing runners. “Welcome to Hollywood,” he said. “If this is your Hollywood dream, you’re living it.” Champagne was a volunteer with the Pablove Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. Pablove had 35 runners trained by the group in the marathon; they had raised about $60,000 while training. Champagne stood with volunteer Kat Ferson and Kerry Quakenbush, director of Team Pablove, which trains athletes. Quakenbush is a runner himself who said he has done 60 marathons and cheered at many others. He said this year’s weather — clear, with just a slight chill in the air — was so much better than past L.A. Marathons, which were sometimes held in sweltering conditions. “The weather’s perfect,” he said. “You can’t beat it.” The three had energy gel, hugs and cheers to give their runners if they needed a A plan for real estate is advised [L.A. Unified, from B1] The report is the second from the 13-member task force that includes co-chair Laphonza Butler, president of Service Employees International Union Local 2015, and Elise Buik, chief executive of United Way of Greater Los Angeles. The first report tackled chronic student absenteeism and quickly led to pilot projects. Beutner said they’ve done well, and he expects them to go districtwide next year. Beutner put together the task force last year with the blessing of L.A. schools Supt. Michelle King, who went on medical leave for cancer treatment soon after and was unable to return. Interim Supt. Vivian Ekchian is equally supportive, Beutner said. The task force includes three members whose names have come up as possible King successors: Beutner, who was formerly the Los Angeles Times publisher; Wendy Greuel, a district parent and former L.A. city controller; and Miguel Santana, chief executive of the Los Angeles County Fair Assn. and former Los Angeles city administrative officer. The superintendent search is confidential, and Gina Ferazzi Los Angeles Times THE RESIDENCES at Sage Park Apartments in Gardena were intended for teachers, but most of the units are leased to low-wage district employees. it’s not clear whether any of them have submitted their names. Ekchian confirmed to The Times that she has applied. The task force’s report gave some examples of underused properties, including 16 acres in a downtown industrial area and two spots in the west San Fernando Valley. It also mentions successes, including the new YMCA adjacent to University High School in Sawtelle, on what used to be an empty lot. The 60,000square-foot building serves students as well as area residents. Such projects should happen elsewhere, said Beutner, who added that the Sawtelle project took too long — 12 years — to complete. A second example of success, the Sage Park Apart- ments in Harbor Gateway, has 90 low-cost units on 5.7 acres adjacent to Gardena High. Eighty-three units are leased to low-wage district employees. District leaders had intended the Gardena units for teachers, but teachers make too much to qualify for the subsidized units. howard.blume @latimes.com Twitter: @howardblume boost. When the final Pablove runners, a man and woman, passed, they ran out and hugged them. Champagne said he dresses silly every year. He’s dressed as the pope a few times, which he said always gets a laugh. He’s also been Santa Claus. “Anything to make them smile,” he said. “It takes their mind off the race.” hailey.branson @latimes.com Twitter: @haileybranson 4 gravely ill after L.A. Marathon By Alene Tchekmedyian The annual Los Angeles Marathon routinely draws more than 20,000 participants every year, many of them athletes from around the world. The 26.2-mile race can be grueling for those in the best physical shape, but especially people who suffer from heart conditions or other physical ailments. On Sunday, four out of 86 people treated, mostly runners, suffered potentially life-threatening medical problems that required immediate care, L.A. Fire Department Capt. Erik Scott said. Their conditions were not immediately known. That doesn’t count individuals who visited medical tents along the marathon course, which stretched from downtown Los Angeles to the Santa Monica Pier. There were no deaths. In 2006, two runners died in the Los Angeles Marathon. Raul Reyna, 53, a veteran LAPD detective, collapsed two miles from the finish line. It was his fifth marathon. The other marathoner was Jim Leone, a 60-year-old retired Los Angeles County sheriff ’s deputy from St. George, Utah, who died of an apparent cardiac arrest after collapsing in the third mile. Since those deaths, race officials have taken preventive steps by making defibrillators available and setting up more medical tents. The marathon has had one other known death: William McKinney, a 59year-old runner from Altadena, who suffered a heart attack in 1990. alene.tchekmedyian @latimes.com B6 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M Be mindful of children — and your limits how much THC you are getting, and you may end up feeling as if you are going to die. [Abcarian, from B1] bring awareness to,” Knoblich said. :: known that prices are going to be this high in the regulated market, I wouldn’t have voted to legalize cannabis,’ ” Knoblich said. :: The state’s Bureau of Cannabis Control and the Department of Public Health have created rules and regulations designed to keep the public safe. But the public, obviously, has an obligation to keep itself safe too. The rules cover all aspects of the manufacturing process, including product design (edibles cannot be packaged in a way that is attractive to children, nor can the product itself look like kids’ candy). And there are stringent requirements for child-resistant packaging, which are adding considerably to the cost of every product. “ ‘Child resistance’ is a really nice talking point,” Knoblich said. “It sounds great on paper. But, honestly, parents need to lock this stuff up. Like their guns and their alcohol cabinet. Cannabis needs to be in an area that is completely inaccessible to children.” The new law says that one serving of an edible can contain no more than 10 milligrams of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, with no more than 100 milligrams allowed in a single product package. (Think of a segmented chocolate bar.) But for inexperienced users, 10 milligrams is prob- :: Peter DaSilva For The Times BLUEBERRIES coated with chocolate are sorted at Kiva Confections in 2016. The sweets have small doses of THC, the psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. ably way too much. Knoblich and her husband are proponents of microdosing. Generally, a microdose is defined as an amount between 2.5 milligrams and 5 milligrams of THC. “It’s difficult to explain to people what the effects are going to be, but I try to use a glass of wine analogy,” Knoblich said as we sat in the conference room of her factory in West Oakland last month. “A microdose of 2.5 milligrams may be like one glass of wine for someone, and 5 milligrams might be like two glasses of wine. The frustrating part about cannabis is that every amount affects everybody differently, so you run the risk of not feeling it, then getting frustrated. And then you want to take more, which can be a mistake.” Indeed. Although a glass of wine goes to your head immediately, it can take hours to feel the full effect of an edible. This is where so many people get into trouble. “There is not a lot of research on how external factors affect you, but food in your stomach, what your metabolism is like, and alcohol, can add to the intensity of the effects,” Knoblich said. “Two hours is a realistic amount of time to wait to see.” Also, if I may: Don’t ever eat homemade marijuana brownies. You have no idea One major byproduct of legalization has been the dramatic increase in the cost of doing business. All marijuana entrepreneurs must obtain local and state licenses, which are expensive. Taxes have been levied on cannabis at nearly every point between cultivation and retail sales. In addition to state taxes, cities and counties can impose taxes of their own. Oakland, for example, where Kiva is based, levies a 10% tax on gross receipts, which has prompted the company to look for a location in a lowertax city. To keep and attract cannabis businesses, the city of Berkeley recently slashed its tax from 10% to 5%. For consumers, all the taxes mean retail prices have jumped, even as the wholesale price of raw cannabis has plummeted. One of Kiva’s most popular products, a small round tin containing chocolatecovered blueberries (each berry has 5 milligrams of THC and can easily be cut in half) retailed last year for about $19. This year, the same tin retails for closer to $30. “The most poignant piece of feedback we got from a consumer is, ‘If I had Shortly after we called 911, the paramedics arrived. By their demeanor, I could see there was nothing special about this “emergency.” My neighbor’s vitals were fine, and she had calmed down. She declined an offer to be taken to the ER. But one of the paramedics said something that upset her, and she started screaming again, so they took her anyway. After a few hours of observation, she was sent home. The next morning she was a little embarrassed but fine. She told me that she had hallucinated that her contractor was trying to steal her home out from under her. As I told the story to Knoblich, I found myself chuckling. “I don’t want to downplay the severity of feeling like you are out of control,” Knoblich said. “But a lot of people present these stories the way you did: ‘This happened to my neighbor, it was absolutely terrible,’ and when you get to the end of the story, you’re kind of laughing.” robin.abcarian @latimes.com Twitter: @AbcarianLAT D SPORTS M O N D A Y , M A R C H 1 9 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / S P O R T S Hoping to hear loud barks B NP PARIBAS OPEN FINALS Retrievers fall but there are still some underdogs for whom to cheer. BEN BOLCH ON COLLEGE BASKETBALL They wore white warmup shirts reading “Unleash Chaos” and “Shock the World,” two days after they had done just that. Their feet were encased in shoes sent by Golden State Warriors star and fellow onetime underdog Stephen Curry. The Maryland Baltimore County Retrievers, America’s Sweet 16 seed, were nearly best in show again Sunday in the NCAA men’s tournament’s second round. Trailing Kansas State by only three points with less than two minutes to go, bodies flying across the half-court line to save a possession, the Retrievers finally ran out of miracles at the Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C. Jairus Lyles tapped his chest after airballing a desperation three-point shot as the Retrievers’ comeback hopes fizzled in the South Regional. The gesture was symbolic of a player whose team had already touched a nation. “Well, it was fun y’all,” tweeted the school’s athletic department, which had gone from about 5,400 followers before its 20-point romp over top-seeded Virginia on Friday to 109,000 followers by the end of the Retrievers’ loss to Kansas State. “KState may have won [50-43] but we hope to have won your hearts.” Maryland Baltimore [See Bolch, D6] Bruins are sweet on moving on They are aiming for big things against Creighton in a women’s basketball second-round game. D7 Mike Nelson EPA/Shutterstock JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO celebrates his 6-4, 6-7(8), 7-6(2) victory over Roger Federer in the final of the BNP Paribas Open. RACKET BUSTER COMMENTARY Del Potro, once broken by injuries, hits high point of comeback, upsets top seed Federer to take tournament Little drama as Osaka claims women’s title HELENE ELLIOTT INDIAN WELLS — Sometime between his third and fourth wrist surgeries, feeling no relief from his debilitating pain and seeing little reason to believe he would regain the top-five form that brought him the U.S. Open title in 2009, Juan Martin del Potro considered retirement. His backhand was feeble. His spirit was broken. After the fourth operation the pain began to ebb and he was able to rearrange the pieces of his game to compensate for the absence of that potent, two-handed backhand. Fulfilling lifelong dreams of winning a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and collaborating on a Davis Cup championship for his native Argentina a few months later freed him to play for fun again. “I took a good way to feel happy again with tennis life,” he said. Standing at center court Sunday, his face raised toward heaven and his arms flung wide in joy after he wrested a tense and twisty 6-4, 6-7(8), 7-6(2) victory from [See Elliott, D10] By Bill Dwyre John G. Mabanglo EPA/Shutterstock NAOMI OSAKA said she only looked calm in Sunday’s final. “I was extremely stressed and extremely nervous,” she said. Truex rules at Auto Club 400 Trail Blazers leave Clippers in the dust Portland wins 13th game in a row and deals another blow to L.A.’s playoff hopes. PORTLAND 122 CLIPPERS 109 By Broderick Turner The hill the Clippers keep trying to climb during this injury-ravaged season is getting steeper, game after agonizing game. They played the 69th game of their regular season Sunday night at Staples Center, losing 122-109 to the Portland Trail Blazers, who extended to 13 the longest winning streak in the NBA. The Clippers fell into a 16point hole in the third that deepened to 18 in the fourth. They never got a grip on the five Trail Blazers starters who scored in double figures. All-Star guard Damian Lillard started it off for the Trail Blazers, scoring 14 of his 23 points in the first half. CJ McCollum helped finish off the Clippers, scoring 15 of his 21 points in the second half. Throw in Portland’s [See Clippers, D8] INDIAN WELLS — The plain and ordinary way to report this is that Naomi Osaka beat Daria Kasatkina in Sunday’s women’s final of the prestigious BNP Paribas tennis tournament. Plain and ordinary pretty well captures it. The score was 6-3, 6-2. The match took 1 hour 11 minutes and was never in doubt after the two nervous 20-year-olds broke serve to begin. Then Osaka broke serve again at 3-3 and never looked back. Osaka — who has been in the United States since age 3, lives in Florida and plays for Japan (where her mother is from) — won because she was the aggressor throughout. It was a puncher versus a counterpuncher and Osaka was throwing most of the [See Osaka, D10] Harvick’s winning streak is derailed by crash with Larson and wall on Lap 38. By James F. Peltz Christina House Los Angeles Times WELDON KIRUI crosses the finish line in 2 hours 11 minutes 47 seconds to win the race. L.A. MARATHON Well done, Weldon Weldon Kirui of Kenya pulls away for his second L.A. Marathon victory in three years, and erases memories of falling short in the 2017 race. D3 Martin Truex Jr. held his breath as the laps wound down at the Auto Club 400 on Sunday. After all, late-race caution periods that bunch up the field have been commonplace at the Fontana race, and that was the last thing that Truex — who was cruis- ing toward victory — needed to see out the window of his No. 78 Toyota. He needn’t have worried as the race stayed green and Truex, the reigning champion in NASCAR’s top-level Monster Energy Cup Series, won by nearly 12 seconds over second-place Kyle Larson, who won the race last year. It was Truex’s first Cup victory at the two-mile Auto Club Speedway, and he accomplished it in dominating fashion, winning from the pole position and leading 125 of the race’s 200 laps. [See Auto Club, D9] D2 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S PRO CALENDAR MON. 19 TUE. 20 WED. 21 LAKERS KINGS FRI. 23 at New Orleans 5 SpecSN at Indiana 4 SpecSN CLIPPERS THU. 22 at at Minnesota Milwaukee 5 5 Prime Prime at at Minnesota Winnipeg 5 5 FSW NBCSN at Indiana 4 Prime at Colorado 6 FSW By Mike Coppinger at Winnipeg 5 FSW DUCKS NEXT: SATURDAY AT VANCOUVER, 7, SPECSN GALAXY ˜ NEXT: MAR. 31 AT GALAXY, NOON, CH. 11, YOUTUBE TV LAFC TODAY ON THE AIR TIME EVENT BASEBALL PRESEASON 10 a.m. New York Mets at Houston 1 p.m. Chicago White Sox at Arizona 6 p.m. Seattle at Angels 6 p.m. Colorado at Texas 7 p.m. Oakland at Dodgers COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS 3:30 p.m. Women’s NCAA, whip-around coverage 4 p.m. NIT, Stanford at Oklahoma State 6 p.m. Women’s NCAA, whip-around coverage 6 p.m. NIT, Louisiana State at Utah 8 p.m. NIT, Washington at St. Mary’s 8:30 p.m. NIT, Western Kentucky at USC COLLEGE SOFTBALL 2 p.m. Washington at Arizona State CURLING 11 a.m. World Women’s Curling Championship, Japan vs. U.S. GOLF 4:30 p.m. Match Play Bracket Special HOCKEY 4 p.m. Columbus at Boston 5 p.m. Kings at Minnesota PRO BASKETBALL 4 p.m. Milwaukee at Cleveland 4 p.m. Lakers at Indiana Golden State at San Antonio Anaheim moves into third place with defeat of New Jersey for its third straight win. DUCKS 4 NEW JERSEY 2 at Calgary 6:30 FSW 6:30 p.m. Ducks deliver crushing blow ON THE AIR TV: MLB TV: MLB TV: FS West R: 830 TV: MLB TV: SNLA R: 570 TV: ESPN2 TV: ESPNU TV: ESPN2 TV: ESPNU TV: ESPNU TV: ESPN2 R: 710 TV: Pac-12 TV: NBCSN TV: Golf TV: TSN TV: NBCSN R: 790 TV: ESPN TV: SpecSN, SpecDep R: 710, 1330 TV: ESPN latimes.com/newsletters There weren’t any fights this time, but there were skirmishes aplenty, an official needed to separate the squads after seemingly every other whistle as the contest wore on. These were two desperate teams on the playoff bubble scratching and clawing as the season draws to a close, and tensions were at an all-time high. Following three brawls in Friday’s victory over the Detroit Red Wings, the Ducks doled out several bonecrushing hits with some fighting words, too, en route to a 4-2 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday at Honda Center. It’s no secret that the Ducks are one of the most physically imposing squads in the NHL, and they leveraged their size and grit to stymie a fast-skating Devils team that rode in on a threegame winning streak capped off by a shutout of the Kings on Saturday. The Ducks were able to clog the neutral zone and held the Devils to just 17 shots, the second time they’ve registered fewer than 20 this season. The more the Ducks joust and shove after the play, it appears, the more emotionally invested they are in the contest. “As long as we’re in control — we have a tendency sometimes to get a little overboard — but as long as we’re playing on the edge and not over it,” Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf said, “we’re OK. … If our guys are involved and engaged then we’re sticking up for each other and playing hard.” Getzlaf ensured the Ducks produced the fast start coach Randy Carlyle was looking for (with the Devils playing for the second Photographs by ing the third period of the Ducks’ 4-2 win. THE DUCKS’ Brandon Montour, foreground, scores against New Jersey goaltender Keith Kinkaid. consecutive day) when he registered an unassisted goal just 1:14 into the matchup. Devils goalie Keith Kinkaid made a tremendous save on Rickard Rakell off the rush, but the stop pulled him out of the crease, and Getzlaf was there to fire the bouncing puck into the empty net. And yes, Getzlaf produced a highlight-reel assist for the third consecutive game — all victories — with a behind-the-net feed to Brandon Montour on a third-period power-play chance. The Devils responded about two minutes later to cut the deficit to one, and it Mixed feelings for Kings’ Folin By Curtis Zupke Chris Carlson Associated Press PITCHER HYUN-JIN RYU is among the Dodgers whose stories can be found in the newsletter. DODGERS DUGOUT Sign up for our free newsletter Don’t miss out on an inside look at the team. Our free newsletter will be emailed to you. ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota brings up mixed memories for Christian Folin. They include a bus ride full of doubt and pop star Taylor Swift. It’s complicated. But it’s mostly positive, and it’s why Folin has an attachment to the state where he adapted to American culture, developed as a player and made his NHL debut, as a member of the Minnesota Wild. He also made friendships that have lasted well into his return Monday with the Kings. “I talk to [Wild defenseman] Jonas Brodin every other day, basically,” Folin said. “It will be fun. I obviously circled the date.” Folin comes back as a simple, hard-edged defenseman who has scratched out a career after he nearly abandoned his NHL dream. The story begins eight years ago. Minnesota was foreign to Folin, a native of Sweden, but he accepted a full hockey scholarship to Bemidji State. However, he didn’t have a passing SAT score. Folin retook the test and passed but by then an assistant coach told him he wasn’t in their plans. The scholarship was canceled. Folin turned to junior hockey, and two months into that endeavor he was traded and found himself questioning his career choices while in transit to join the Austin (Minn.) Bruins. “I packed everything I had in two hockey bags and got on a bus,” Folin said. “Looking back at it, it was a good experience, but at the time it was really tough. I thought about going home.” He was 19. It was Christmas break and he went back to Sweden. “I saw all my friends, they were all working 9 to 5,” Folin said. “So I was like, you know what? I like hockey. I might as well go back and try to enjoy it as much as you can.” Folin ended up at the University of Massachusetts Lowell and caught the atten- Jae C. Hong Associated Press ANAHEIM’S HAMPUS LINDHOLM upends New Jersey’s Blake Coleman dur- tion of Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher. Signed after his sophomore season, he joined Minnesota and got an assist in his 2014 debut, at Xcel Energy Center. “It was a fun atmosphere,” he said. “I know all the guys were excited.” Folin played parts of four seasons with Minnesota, living downtown with defenseman Matt Dumba. The adventure ended last summer when he signed a one-year contract with the Kings. He’s become a safe puck mover in a third-pairing role and on March 1 he had his first three-point game. “He has a great attitude, great energy in the room,” defenseman Jake Muzzin said. “He’s just kind of fit into what we’re about here on the back end — playing hard, playing quick, physical. He’s blocking shots. It kind of goes unnoticed, but he does a lot of good things.” Folin has been scratched the last two games in favor of rookie Paul LaDue. But even if he doesn’t play, he’ll see old friends and Wild personnel. A Swift fan, Folin saw her in concert at Xcel Energy Center. He tweeted how much he enjoyed it and Swift favorited it, which prompted Folin to kiddingly call it “the best day of my life.” Folin has more serious items on his mind as the Kings open a four-game trip in an otherwise intense building, where the Wild are 24-6-6. The Kings and Ducks are vying for third in the Pacific Division, and a playoff spot, with 10 games left. “I’m going to enjoy it,” Folin said. “But at the same time, it’s going to be a really important game.” TONIGHT AT MINNESOTA When: 5 PDT. On the air: TV: NBCSN; Radio: 790. Update: Minnesota’s Eric Staal reached the 70-point mark, with 38 goals, for the first time since 2011-12. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @curtiszupke was two familiar faces that connected on the score. Former Ducks winger Patrick Maroon finished off the feed from Sami Vatanen, but the Devils’ momentum turn was short-lived. Just 46 seconds later, Rakell re-directed Cam Fowler’s point shot to salt the game away. “We felt like we had control of the game,” said Rakell, who also assisted on Montour’s goal. “We had some good chances throughout the game and we didn’t get negative after they scored. We kept coming after them.” That tenacity — that resiliency — will serve the Ducks well as they prepare to embark on a four-game swing through Western Canada that could make or break their postseason hopes. Carlyle expects Josh Manson to be ready after he exited the contest in the first period with an upper-body injury. The defenseman didn’t return, but Carlyle said it’s “more than likely” Manson will accompany the squad on the trip. The 26year-old will be reevaluated Monday before they resume practice Tuesday. They currently sit in the Pacific Division’s third seed , but there’s no room to let up now with just nine games left amid mounts of uncertainty. email@example.com DUCKS 4, DEVILS 2 New Jersey ...............................0 DUCKS ....................................2 1 0 1 — 2 2 — 4 FIRST PERIOD: 1. DUCKS, Getzlaf 11, 1:14. 2. DUCKS, Silfverberg 16 (Manson, Lindholm), 6:37. Penalties—Kase, ANA, (interference), 10:32. Henrique, ANA, (hooking), 19:25. Montour, ANA, (high sticking), 19:52. . SECOND PERIOD: 3. N.J., Palmieri 20 (Hall, Zajac), 10:31 (pp). Penalties—DUCKS bench, served by Perry (too many men on the ice), 9:57. Vatanen, N.J., (hooking), 12:30. . THIRD PERIOD: 4. DUCKS, Montour 9 (Getzlaf, Rakell), 7:55 (pp). 5. N.J., Maroon 16 (Vatanen, Noesen), 10:05. 6. DUCKS, Rakell 31 (Pettersson, Fowler), 10:51. Penalties—Moore, N.J., (cross checking), 7:29. Maroon, N.J., (roughing), 10:51. Getzlaf, ANA, (roughing), 10:51. . SHOTS ON GOAL: N.J. 6-7-4—17. DUCKS 17-7-12— 36. Power-play Conversions—N.J. 1 of 4. DUCKS 1 of 2. . GOALIES: N.J., Kinkaid 19-10-2 (36 shots-32 saves). DUCKS, Gibson 28-17-6 (17-15). Att—16,401 (17,174). T—2:33. NHL STANDINGS EASTERN CONFERENCE WESTERN CONFERENCE Pacific Vegas San Jose DUCKS KINGS Calgary Edmonton Vancouver Arizona Central Nashville Winnipeg Minnesota Colorado Dallas St. Louis Chicago W 46 40 37 39 35 31 25 23 W 47 43 41 39 38 39 30 L 21 23 24 27 28 36 38 37 L 14 19 24 25 27 28 34 OL 5 9 12 6 10 5 9 11 OL 10 10 7 8 8 5 9 Pts 97 89 86 84 80 67 59 57 Pts 104 96 89 86 84 83 69 GF 244 219 206 207 202 201 186 170 GF 232 240 224 231 209 201 208 GA 199 199 197 181 217 231 236 228 GA 178 189 206 209 197 193 223 Note: Overtime or shootout losses are worth one point. Metropolitan Washington Pittsburgh Philadelphia Columbus New Jersey Carolina N.Y. Rangers N.Y. Islanders Atlantic Tampa Bay Boston Toronto Florida Montreal Ottawa Detroit Buffalo W 41 41 37 39 37 31 32 30 W 49 45 43 35 26 26 26 23 L 24 26 25 28 27 30 32 32 L 19 17 22 27 34 34 35 36 OL 7 5 11 5 8 11 8 10 OL 4 8 7 7 12 11 11 12 Pts 89 87 85 83 82 73 72 70 Pts 102 98 93 77 64 63 63 58 GF 225 237 218 200 217 194 208 231 GF 260 235 243 210 182 197 184 172 GA 214 218 215 199 215 225 231 262 GA 202 179 204 216 230 244 224 232 RESULTS AT DUCKS 4 NEW JERSEY 2 COLORADO 5 AT DETROIT 1 AT VEGAS 4 CALGARY 0 AT TAMPA BAY 3 EDMONTON 1 CAROLINA 4 AT N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 AT PHILADELPHIA 6 WASHINGTON 3 AT WINNIPEG 4 DALLAS 2 ST. LOUIS 5 AT CHICAGO 4 (OT) The Ducks won their third game in a row and moved into third place in the Pacific Division. Nathan MacKinnon had two goals and an assist, and the Avalanche extended the Red Wings’ skid to 10 games. William Karlsson had a hat trick and the Golden Knights ended a home losing streak at four games. Nikita Kucherov scored twice to back Louis Domingue, who stopped 28 shots. Trevor van Riemsdyk scored the go-ahead goal late in the third period, his second goal this season. Wayne Simmonds scored twice for Flyers; the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin tied for the NHL lead with 43 goals. Patrik Laine scored twice to tie for the NHL lead with 43 goals and help the Jets tie the club record of 43 victories. Patrik Berglund scored 3:31 into overtime to cap a rally by the Blues, who trailed 4-3 with 1:22 left in regulation. For complete NHL summaries, go to latimes.com/sports/scores TODAY’S GAMES KINGS at Minnesota, 5 p.m. Nashville at Buffalo, 4 p.m. Calgary at Arizona, 7 p.m. Columbus at Boston, 4 p.m. Florida at Montreal, 4:30 p.m. TUESDAY’S GAMES KINGS at Winnipeg, 5 p.m. Dallas at Washington, 4 p.m. Edmonton at Carolina, 4 p.m. Philadelphia at Detroit, 4:30 p.m. Colorado at Chicago, 5:30 p.m. New Jersey at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. Columbus at New York Rangers, 4 p.m. Pittsburgh at New York Islanders, 4 p.m. Florida at Ottawa, 4:30 p.m. Toronto at Tampa Bay, 4:30 p.m. Vancouver at Vegas, 7 p.m. WEDNESDAY’S GAMES DUCKS at Calgary, 6:30 p.m. Arizona at Buffalo, 4 p.m. Montreal at Pittsburgh, 4 p.m. Boston at St. Louis, 5 p.m. WILD-CARD RACES Besides the top three teams in each division (P-Pacific; C-Central; A-Atlantic; M-Metropolitan) qualifying for the playoffs, the next two teams with the most points in each conference qualify as wild-card teams. The races: **TEMPTAG** WEST (Division) Pts. EAST (Division) Pts. 1. Colorado (C) 86 1. Columbus (M) 83 2. KINGS (P) 84 2. New Jersey (M) 82 3. Dallas (C) 84 3. Florida (A) 77 4. St. Louis (C) 83 4. Carolina (M) 73 5. Calgary (P) 80 5. N.Y. Rangers (M) 72 SS L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 D3 L.A. MARATHON Second wind, and win, for Kirui Kenyan finishes strong after fading late last year to take back his L.A. Marathon crown. By Lance Pugmire In a redemptive push near the exact spot where he faded a year earlier, Kenya’s Weldon Kirui won the Los Angeles Marathon on Sunday for the second time in three years. Kirui, 29, collected the winner’s $25,000 purse after completing the 26.2-mile course that runs from Dodger Stadium to the Pacific Ocean’s shore in Santa Monica in 2 hours 11 minutes 47 seconds. Ethiopia’s Gebresadik Adihana was runner-up despite a desperate final response, finishing 10 seconds behind. Defending champion Elisha Barno of Kenya was third (2:12:47). “I knew the course. I’d already run those miles,” Kirui said after making his fourth top-four showing in Los Angeles. “I changed my training. I trained very well and proper.” Ethiopia’s Sule Utura Gedo won the women’s race in 2:33.49 by separating in the final mile from runnerup countrywoman Tsehay Desalegn (2:33.57) and defending champion Hellen Jepkurgat (2:34.01) of Kenya. Five American women, led by fourth-place finisher Christina Vergara Aleshire of Henderson, Nev., placed in the top 10 for the second consecutive year. A field of more than 24,000 was entered in the marathon that weaved through downtown — where at one point Kirui and the elite men nearly barreled over a woman carrying mail through a crosswalk — on its way to the beach. The temperature was a cool 47 degrees at the start, giving the runners a break from the typical March thermometer reading. Instead of pursuing the marathon-record times of 2:06.35 and 2:25.10, however, the elite runners settled into packs for most of the race, the eventual winners obviously content to lean on their reserves as the ocean neared. “I learned I must wait, to store my energy and leave it until the end,” Kirui said. Barno remained close to Kirui through 20 miles; Kirui said after the race that he glanced at Barno and “thought I must win this race after my friend pushed me again side by side.” Kirui accelerated the pace sharply, and Barno dropped about 30 feet behind Kirui and Adihana as they neared the two-hour TOP FINISHERS MEN PL RUNNER NATIONALITY 1. Weldon Kirui 2. Gebresadik Adihana 3. Elisha Barno 4. Ihor Russ 5. Daniel Limo 6. Ismail Ssenyange 7. Rachid Ezzouniou 8. Carlos Larios 9. James Richardson 10. Takahiro Yoda 11. Daniel Estrella 12. Dirian Bonilla 13. James Lefrak 14. Mario Dimas 15. Samuel Bradbury 16. Martin Rindahl 17. Ian Sharman 18. Victor Martinez 19. Francisco Quijada 20. Lee Troup 21. Michael Bowlds 22. Hiroyuki Kayama 23. Tim Comay 24. Kian Messkoub 25. Greg Eng Kenya Ethiopia Kenya Ukraine Kenya Dubai, UAE El Paso, TX Granada Hills Canada Japan Los Angeles Downey New York Astoria, OR Santa Monica Fresno Bend, OR Los Angeles Los Angeles Boulder, CO Santa Barbara Irvine Walnut Creek Morristown, NJ R. Palos Verdes TIME 2:11:47 2:11:57 2:12:47 2:15:51 2:17:03 2:21:41 2:22:42 2:24:24 2:26:29 2:27:27 2:28:01 2:28:23 2:29:24 2:29:32 2:29:56 2:30:47 2:30:49 2:30:56 2:32:30 2:32:43 2:33:07 2:33:37 2:34:00 2:34:58 2:35:07 WOMEN PL RUNNER NATIONALITY 1. Sule Gedo 2. Tsehay Desalegn 3. Hellen Jepkurgat 4. C. Vergara Aleshire 5. Jane Kibii 6. Brittany Charboneau 7. Olena Shurkhno 8. Joanna Reyes 9. Heather Lieberg 10. Brittney Feivor 11. Mitsuko Ino 12. Grace Gonzales 13. Keely West Baker 14. Melina Devoney 15. Meg Alley 16. Julia Patkowski 17. Nadia Tamby 18. Claudia Rodriguez 19. Emily Wold 20. Sarah Gulli 21. Elizabeth Camy 22. Wendy Cohen 23. Ingrid Walters 24. Meredith Tribble 25. Maria Castaneda Ethiopia 2:33:49 Ethiopia 2:33:57 Kenya 2:34:01 Henderson, NV 2:34:24 Kenya 2:34:34 Littleton, CO 2:36.25 Ukraine 2:37:21 San Jose 2:37:42 Helena, MT 2:38:29 Goodyear, AZ 2:40:37 Japan 2:43:43 Sacramento 2:47:26 Great Falls, MT 2:49:46 Los Angeles 2:49:54 Austin 2:50:28 Santa Monica 2:50:30 Austin 2:51:02 Bakersfield 2:51:19 Redondo Beach 2:52:05 La Verne 2:52:42 Chino 2:53:50 Fort Worth, TX 2:54:52 Santa Monica 2:55:33 Tuscaloosa, AL 2:58:12 Los Angeles 2:59:28 TIME Photographs by Christina House Los Angeles Times WELDON KIRUI reacts after winning for the second time in three years. The Kenyan pulled away in the 24th mile. mark. The defending champion might have compromised his endurance by running a marathon in Houston in January. “I was trying to push the pace so I’d leave them, but it was very difficult,” Barno said; he had run a personalbest 2:09.32 in Houston on Jan. 14. He turned to Kirui at the post-race news conference and said, “Congratulations, today he was a champion.” It became a virtual sprint to the finish as Kirui and Adihana posted their fastest two miles in the 22nd and 23rd miles, at 4:38 and 4:44, respectively. Kirui grabbed a bottle of water from a table in the 24th mile, sipped strongly and whisked beyond Adihana, bolting through the 24th mile in 4:55, 16 seconds better than Adihana at the similar point he lost touch with Barno a year earlier. The women’s pack, loaded with Americans for an extended period, whittled to the three Africans. Gedo, a 5,000-metertrained runner whose coach has tailored her distancerunning sessions for extreme hot and cold weather, embraced the cool and welcomed the slower pace to set up her finishing kick in the final 2,600 feet. “I used that speed to win today,” she said. She described the course’s hilly first half as “very difficult,” but said she kept her eye on the time, striving to remain in reach until the end. Jepkurgat said she wanted to pull away in the final three miles, but lamented, “Today was not my day. [Gedo] pushed. We tried to push with her. I didn’t make it. Today seemed more uphill, not like last year.” At the 25-mile mark, she said, it was clear that a repeat victory was not in the cards for her. “I knew,” she said. “This was really tough.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @latimespugmire SULE UTURA GEDO celebrates as she crosses the finish line, winning the women’s title with a final-mile push that the defending champion couldn’t match. MARATHON NOTES Montana teacher covers the course By Lance Pugmire After 14 miles, Heather Lieberg, 38, a mother of three from Montana, looked up to see no one in front of her Sunday at the Los Angeles Marathon. Although others felt the 47-degree temperature at the race’s start was too cool, she considered the light snow and 20-degree conditions at home and thought, “Perfect.” “I felt awesome, it was fun,” Lieberg said, turning to spot one-time L.A. Marathon champion Hellen Jepkurgat and Jane Kibii, both of Kenya, to each side, with elite American runner Joanna Reyes just behind. “I just wanted to hang in as long as I could.” What would be a story beyond fathoming for the second-grade class Lieberg will teach Monday in Helena, Mont., became something nevertheless inspiring. By finishing ninth in the women’s marathon in 2 hours 38 minutes 29 seconds, Lieberg was one of five American women to finish in the top 10 in Los Angeles for the second consecutive year. Lieberg said that just after the 15-mile marker, when the course began a downhill slope toward the Pacific Ocean, she felt sharp discomfort in her quadriceps. “Being in Montana, I do all my training on the tread- Patrick T. Fallon For The Times RUNNERS IN the L.A. Marathon make their way down Santa Monica Boulevard at the 17th mile. mill, so my quads just weren’t ready for it,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh, that hurts,’ so I had to back off.” A pace eight minutes slower than the marathon’s record time helped 5,000meter specialist Sule Utura Gedo of Ethiopia win the women’s event in 2:33.49, with Lieberg taking heart that she was so close while slowing through a sevenminute mile because of the quadriceps pain. “I really didn’t start professional running until I was about 35,” Lieberg said. “I grew up playing basketball, at Northwest College in Wyoming. … Running was something I did after I had my daughter. People said I was fast. I did a couple relays, then signed up for a marathon and ran it under three hours without training, so I thought, ‘This could be fun.’ ” Her mother and father cheered her on Sunday. Her children, ages 8, 11 and 18, remained at home, and Lieberg was flying home Sunday night so she wouldn’t miss a class. “When I started falling apart, I had a seven-minute mile, started getting passed and was like, ‘Damn it … ,’ but this was a good day,” she said. American women The best finish by an American woman was the fourth-place showing in 2:34.24 by Christina Vergara Aleshire of Henderson, Nev. Five months after New York Marathon winner Shalane Flanagan was the first American in 40 years to win that event, the state of women’s distance running is peaking with the Boston Marathon coming next month. Brittany Charboneau of Littleton, Colo., was sixth, followed by San Jose’s Reyes in eighth, with Brittney Feivor of Goodyear, Ariz., following Lieberg for 10th place. Building her endurance in the hills outside Las Vegas near Green Valley, Summerlin and Red Rock, Vergara Aleshire began seriously running four years ago and completed the Chicago Marathon in October. “I kept pushing myself to see what I could achieve, kept getting better and I love that feeling of accomplishment. … I can’t stop smiling,” she said. “I still want to see how much speed I can pick up and see how far I can take it.” Some of the answer materialized in the second half of the marathon, as Vergara Aleshire surged past all the Americans and fifth-place Kibii, edging her by 10 seconds. “The last three miles — the crowd, everyone cheering for me — gave me a kick and I just managed to push through to the end,” she said. “I was running with four Americans throughout and was so excited to see us all up there. Really special. “It’s always so motivating to see American women finish strong and prove they can be competitive. “It keeps us all hungry to compete and stay in the lead pack.” Wheelchair winners Boston’s Krige Schabort, who has participated in more than 100 marathons, won his fifth L.A. Marathon in 1:35.38, and Chicago’s Michelle Wheeler won her first event in L.A. in 2:16.36. Making a pitch Mayor Eric Garcetti basked in the turnout of more than 24,000 runners, and thousands of spectators lining the course, to nudge Southland citizens to embrace the good health attached to a running lifestyle. Marathon officials have worked to make the course as visibly engaging as possible, as many 5K, 10K and half-marathon events that pepper the Southland each weekend do. “It’s a reflection of L.A.,” Garcetti said, telling a television reporter he’d like the city to stand as the healthiest in America. email@example.com Twitter: @latimespugmire D4 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S NCAA TOURNAMENT South Regional First round 1 East Regional Second round Virginia 54 Regional finals Regional finals Regional semifinals Regional semifinals Notes: 8 All times Pacific 8 The second games start about 30 minutes after the first games end 8 Printable bracket: latimes.com/sports CHARLOTTE, N.C. 8 Creighton 59 9 Kansas State 50 1 Villanova 87 1 Villanova 81 16 UMBC 43 16 UMBC 74 First round Second round 9 Kansas St. (24-11) 9 Kansas State 69 Thursday, 6:30 p.m. 16 Radford 61 PITTSBURGH 1 Villanova (32-4) 8 Virginia Tech 83 9 Alabama 58 9 Alabama 86 Friday, 4:15 p.m. 5 Kentucky 78 5 West Virginia 85 5 Kentucky 95 12 Davidson 73 5 W. Virginia(26-10) 5 Kentucky (26-10) 5 West Virginia 94 12 Murray State 68 BOISE, IDAHO 4 Arizona 68 SAN DIEGO 4 Wichita State 75 13 Marshall 71 13 Buffalo 75 13 Marshall 81 13 Buffalo 89 ATLANTA 6 Miami 62 11 Loyola Chicago 64 BOSTON Sunday Saturday 6 Florida 77 6 Florida 66 11 Loyola Chicago 63 11 St. Bonaventure 62 DALLAS DALLAS 3 Tennessee 73 3 Tennessee 62 3 Texas Tech (26-9) 11 Loyola Chi. (30-5) 3 Texas Tech 70 3 Texas Tech 69 14 Stephen F. Austin 60 14 Wright State 47 Friday, 6:45 p.m. Thursday, 4 p.m. 7 Nevada 87 7 Nevada 75 10 Texas 83 7 Arkansas 62 National semifinals San Antonio, March 31 2 Purdue (30-6) 7 Nevada (29-7) 10 Butler 73 10 Butler 79 DETROIT NASHVILLE 2 Cincinnati 68 2 Purdue 74 2 Purdue 76 2 Cincinnati 73 15 Cal State Fullerton 48 15 Georgia State 53 West Regional March 31 Midwest Regional March 31 First round First round Xavier 102 1 Kansas 76 1 16 Texas Southern 83 1 Kansas 83 1 Xavier 70 16 Penn 60 NASHVILLE 8 Missouri 54 WICHITA, KAN. 9 Florida State 75 9 Florida St. (22-11) National championship 1 Kansas (29-7) 8 Seton Hall 94 8 Seton Hall 79 San Antonio April 2, 6 p.m. 9 Florida State 67 9 NC State 83 Friday, 4 p.m. Thursday, 6:45 p.m. 5 Clemson 79 5 Ohio State 81 12 South Dakota State 73 5 Ohio State 84 4 Gonzaga (32-4) 5 Clemson (25-9) 5 Clemson 84 12 New Mexico St. 68 BOISE, IDAHO 4 Gonzaga 68 SAN DIEGO 4 Auburn 62 4 Auburn 53 4 Gonzaga 90 13 Charleston 58 13 NC Greensboro 64 LOS ANGELES 6 Houston 67 11 San Diego State 65 Saturday OMAHA Sunday 6 Texas Christian 52 11 Syracuse 55 6 Houston 63 11 Syracuse 57 DETROIT WICHITA, KAN. 3 Michigan 61 3 Michigan 64 3 Michigan (30-7) 11 Syracuse (23-13) 3 Michigan State 53 14 Bucknell 78 14 Montana 47 Friday, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, 4:30 p.m. 7 Rhode Island 83 7 Texas A&M 73 10 Providence 69 7 Texas A&M 86 7 Tex. A&M (22-12) First Four (at Dayton, Ohio) 2 Duke (28-7) 7 Rhode Island 62 10 Oklahoma 78 PITTSBURGH CHARLOTTE, N.C. 2 North Carolina 84 3 Michigan State 82 2 North Carolina 65 15 Lipscomb 66 Game 1 (East) 16 Radford 71 Game 2 (East) 11 St. Bonaventure 65 Game 3 (West) 16 Texas Southern 64 Game 4 (Midwest) 11 Syracuse 60 16 LIU Brooklyn 61 11 UCLA 58 16 NC Central 46 11 Arizona State 56 2 Duke 87 2 Duke 89 15 Iona 67 EAST REGIONAL Purdue fends off late Butler rally associated press Paul Sancya Associated Press A BATTLE for a rebound is on between Michigan State forward Xavier Tillman (23) and Syracuse forward Matthew Moyer (2) in the first half. The Orange pulled off a 55-53 upset victory at Detroit. MIDWEST REGIONAL Syracuse stuns Michigan State associated press The last team selected for the field of 68 is going to the round of 16. Tyus Battle had 17 points and Oshae Brissett scored 15, lifting 11th-seeded Syracuse to a 55-53 victory over third-seeded Michigan State on Sunday in Detroit. Cassius Winston missed an opportunity to win the game for the Spartans with a shot from about 45 feet just before the buzzer. The Spartans, flummoxed by Syracuse’s 2-3 zone, didn’t make a basket in the last 5 minutes 41 seconds. “No one plays zone like we do,” Brissett said. “We’re always moving — and we challenge every shot — so teams never get easy looks against us. That’s why nothing surprises me with our defense.” The Orange (23-13) forced the Spartans (30-5) to settle for long shots all game. The Spartans took a schoolrecord 37 three-point shots and made only eight. Syracuse has won three consecutive games since being sent to Dayton, Ohio, for the First Four as what the selection committee chairman acknowledged was the final team to receive an atlarge bid. Miles Bridges missed a three-point shot with a chance to tie the score with 11 seconds left and teammate Joshua Langford missed a putback, but Syracuse turned the ball over with 7.9 seconds left. The Orange fouled intentionally to avoid giving up a tying three-point basket twice in the closing seconds and the Spartans made the free throws to pull within a point both times. Paschal Chukwu made a free throw with 2.4 seconds left and the miss gave Michigan State a chance to win, but Winston couldn’t make a long shot. Bridges had 11 points and Winston scored 15. Clemson 84, Auburn 53: Gabe DeVoe scored 22 points, and Elijah Thomas had 18 points and 11 rebounds for Clemson (25-9), which closed the first half at San Diego with a 25-4 run for a 43-19 lead. In a matchup of Southern schools nicknamed Tigers and better known for football, Clemson reached the round of 16 for the fourth time overall and the first since 1997. Auburn (26-8) trailed 1815 with 10:33 left in the first half but missed the next 18 shots. Mustapha Heron and Bryce Brown each scored 12 points for Auburn, which made only 17 of 66 (25.8%) shots. Marcquise Reed scored 16 points for Clemson. BOX SCORES SYRACUSE 55, MICHIGAN ST. 53 SYRACUSE—Dolezaj 2-5 2-2 6, Brissett 4-10 6-8 15, Chukwu 0-1 1-2 1, Howard 5-10 3-3 13, Battle 4-15 9-10 17, Sidibe 0-0 2-4 2, Moyer 0-1 1-2 1, Bayer 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 15-42 24-31 55. MICHIGAN ST.—Ward 4-5 2-2 10, Jackson 0-4 2-2 2, Winston 4-12 4-4 15, Langford 1-12 0-0 3, Bridges 4-18 0-2 11, Carter 1-2 0-1 2, Goins 0-1 0-0 0, Tillman 2-5 1-3 5, Nairn 0-0 0-0 0, McQuaid 1-7 2-2 5. Totals 17-66 11-16 53. Halftime—Michigan St. 25-22. 3-Point Goals—Syracuse 1-8 (Brissett 1-4, Howard 0-1, Battle 0-3), Michigan St. 8-37 (Winston 3-11, Bridges 3-12, Langford 1-7, McQuaid 1-7). Fouled Out—Tillman, Howard. Rebounds—Syracuse 24 (Brissett 9), Michigan St. 44 (Tillman 12). Assists—Syracuse 3 (Battle 2), Michigan St. 11 (Winston 6). Total Fouls—Syracuse 20, Michigan St. 22. A—20,360 (21,000). CLEMSON 84, AUBURN 53 CLEMSON—Thomas 7-10 4-7 18, Simms 1-2 0-0 3, Reed 6-17 4-5 16, S.Mitchell 2-6 5-7 10, DeVoe 8-13 0-0 22, William 1-1 1-2 3, Skara 2-2 2-2 6, Donnal 0-3 0-0 0, Trapp 0-1 0-0 0, Fields 0-0 0-0 0, S.Spencer 0-1 0-0 0, Oliver 2-5 0-0 6, Davis 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 29-61 16-23 84. AUBURN—Murray 0-6 0-0 0, H.Spencer 3-6 4-4 10, Brown 4-13 1-1 12, Heron 3-10 5-6 12, Harper 2-12 0-0 5, Okeke 2-9 2-4 7, Blackstock 0-0 0-0 0, Keim 0-0 0-0 0, D.Mitchell 1-5 0-0 2, Macoy 0-0 0-0 0, Dunbar 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 17-66 12-15 53. Halftime—Clemson 43-19. 3-Point Goals—Clemson 10-26 (DeVoe 6-9, Oliver 2-5, Simms 1-1, S.Mitchell 1-3, Trapp 0-1, S.Spencer 0-1, Donnal 0-2, Reed 0-4), Auburn 7-32 (Brown 3-9, Heron 1-2, Dunbar 1-4, Okeke 1-6, Harper 1-6, D.Mitchell 0-2, Murray 0-3). Fouled Out—Heron. Rebounds—Clemson 46 (Thomas 11), Auburn 27 (H.Spencer 9). Assists—Clemson 19 (S.Mitchell 6), Auburn 9 (Okeke 3). Total Fouls—Clemson 16, Auburn 19. Without Isaac Haas, Purdue played fine for the most part. Until the last few minutes, when the Boilermakers’ season nearly slipped away. “We lost our poise there, but then we also regained it,” coach Matt Painter said. “And Dakota Mathias made a huge shot.” Mathias sank a threepointer with 14.2 seconds left, and second-seeded Purdue held off 10th-seeded Butler 76-73 on Sunday at Detroit to reach the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive year. Haas, the 7-foot-2 center who broke his elbow in Friday’s win over Cal State Fullerton, did not play, but the Boilermakers prevailed anyway despite a late push by their in-state rivals. Purdue led by as many as 10 points in the second half, but Butler cut the deficit to two and had the ball in the final minute. Kelan Martin missed a three-pointer, and the Boilermakers were able to settle down. The shot by Mathias made the score 76-71. “Once it left my hand it felt pretty good,” Mathias said. “Those last couple of minutes we kind of got out of our element, forcing some things offensively, not making the right read, to let them back in. “Give Butler a lot of credit. They played hard. They’re a good team. We’re excited to come out with a win.” Martin scored with 2.1 seconds remaining, and P.J. Thompson missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving Butler another chance. The Bulldogs called a timeout with 1.8 seconds left, and Kamar Baldwin’s shot from near midcourt hit the rim — although it may have been waved off on a review even if it had gone in. Purdue faces thirdseeded Texas Tech on Fri- day in Boston. West Virginia 94, Marshall 71: Jevon Carter scored 28 points, Lamont West added 18 off the bench and the Mountaineers overwhelmed their in-state rival at San Diego. Bigger, more physical and making fewer mistakes, the fifth-seeded Mountaineers took control with a 19-0 first-half run. West Virginia will face top-seeded Villanova on Friday in Boston. “We did it for the state,” West said. “We just wanted to go out there and play hard. We knew that we didn’t want to go home with [a loss] and we did what we could do.” Aside from his scoring, Carter was the leader of West Virginia’s swarming defense that made the night miserable for the 13thseeded Herd. Marshall star Jon Elmore had more turnovers than points in the first half and was held to 15 points. BOX SCORES PURDUE 76, BUTLER 73 BUTLER—Wideman 3-4 1-1 7, Martin 9-18 8-8 29, A.Thompson 1-1 0-0 2, Baldwin 5-16 3-3 14, McDermott 4-4 0-0 9, Fowler 1-2 0-0 2, Jorgensen 3-8 1-2 8, Baddley 1-1 0-0 2, David 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-55 13-14 73. PURDUE—V.Edwards 6-8 6-6 20, Haarms 1-3 5-8 7, Mathias 4-8 0-0 11, C.Edwards 4-17 2-2 13, P.Thompson 6-9 0-1 14, Eifert 1-1 0-1 2, Taylor 1-2 0-0 2, Eastern 1-1 0-0 2, Cline 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 26-52 13-18 76. Halftime—Purdue 40-36. 3-Point Goals—Butler 6-20 (Martin 3-10, McDermott 1-1, Jorgensen 1-4, Baldwin 1-4, David 0-1), Purdue 11-24 (Mathias 3-6, C.Edwards 3-10, V.Edwards 2-2, P.Thompson 2-5, Cline 1-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Butler 24 (Fowler, Martin 5), Purdue 24 (Haarms 6). Assists—Butler 12 (A.Thompson 4), Purdue 12 (Mathias 4). Total Fouls—Butler 20, Purdue 15. WEST VIRGINIA 94, MARSHALL 71 MARSHALL—Williams 1-1 0-0 3, Penava 7-9 2-3 18, Burks 3-15 4-4 12, J.Elmore 4-12 4-4 15, J.West 0-3 2-4 2, George 3-5 0-0 7, Koljanin 1-2 0-0 2, Thieneman 0-0 2-4 2, Mijovic 0-1 1-2 1, Watson 1-4 0-0 3, O.Elmore 1-2 0-0 3, Bledsoe 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 22-56 15-21 71. WEST VIRGINIA—Harris 0-0 0-0 0, Ahmad 3-7 4-4 10, Konate 3-10 2-2 8, Carter 10-18 3-3 28, Miles 3-8 0-0 9, L.West 6-10 3-4 18, Allen 4-7 0-0 8, Routt 0-0 0-0 0, Bender 1-1 0-0 2, Harler 0-0 0-0 0, Bolden 3-5 4-5 11. Totals 33-66 16-18 94. Halftime—West Virginia 42-25. 3-Point Goals—Marshall 12-26 (J.Elmore 3-9, Penava 2-2, Burks 2-6, Watson 1-1, Williams 1-1, O.Elmore 1-2, George 1-2, Bledsoe 1-2, J.West 0-1), West Virginia 12-25 (Carter 5-7, L.West 3-7, Miles 3-7, Bolden 1-2, Allen 0-1, Ahmad 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Marshall 23 (Penava 6), West Virginia 38 (L.West 9). Assists—Marshall 18 (Penava 6), West Virginia 19 (Ahmad 7). Total Fouls— Marshall 16, West Virginia 22. Technicals—O.Elmore, Konate. A—11,628 (12,414). LOS ANGELES TIMES MONDAY, MARCH 19, 2018 D5 D6 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S NCAA TOURNAMENT Underdogs still are on prowl [Bolch, from D1] County couldn’t recapture its magic from 48 hours earlier because it shot 29.8% and scored only three points off Kansas State’s 18 turnovers. But the Retrievers’ legacy will endure. A sign had been posted on one of the school’s buildings reading “Number one seeds: 135-1. We’re the 1.” Cinderellas will roam Philips Arena in Atlanta for the South Regional semifinals Thursday even without the Retrievers. The remaining seeds are Nos. 11, 9, 7 and 5, making it the first time all four top seeds were eliminated in the same regional over the NCAA tournament’s opening weekend. So much for all of Kentucky coach John Calipari’s whining about being put in a monster bracket; his fifthseeded Wildcats will be heavy favorites against ninth-seeded Kansas State. There will also be a new national champion after North Carolina fell behind by 24 points against Texas A&M and couldn’t trot out Josh Rosen to the rescue a la the UCLA quarterback helping his Bruins overcome a 34-point deficit against the Aggies’ football team in September. On the opposite end of the prestige spectrum, the last team picked for the tournament was still standing. Syracuse went from First Four to Sweet 16 after playing its third game in five days with a short bench. Good thing it was essentially first team to 10 points wins when the Orange faced Michigan State. Syracuse prevailed in a 55-53 slug crawl, shrugging off the most improbable shot of the tournament when Michigan State’s Matt McQuaid caught his own blocked three-point shot in midair and flung it off the backboard and into the basket, giving the Spartans a three-point halftime lead. It felt like the last shot Michigan State made after it missed its final 14 shots of the game against Syracuse’s zone defense. Syracuse joined Virginia Commonwealth (2011), La Salle (2013) and Tennessee (2014) as the only teams to appear in a play-in game and advance to the tournament’s second week. Virginia Commonwealth made it to the Final Four before losing to Butler. Loyola Chicago doesn’t get often to college basketball’s biggest stage but continues to make the most of its appearances. The 11th-seeded Ramblers advanced to a regional semifinal for the second time since 1985, the last time they were in the NCAA tournament. Some heroic shots in the final seconds left Loyola’s opponents a rambling wreck. Two days after Donte Ingram’s three-point basket with three-tenths of a second left slayed sixthseeded Miami, Clayton Custer made a game-winning 15-footer with 3.6 seconds left Saturday against third-seeded Tennessee. Custer’s next stand will come Thursday in Atlanta against seventh-seeded Nevada, whose only lead during a 75-73 victory over Cincinnati after being down 22 points came courtesy of the game-winning basket. Sister Jean DoloresSchmidt, Loyola’s chaplain and 98-year-old good-luck charm, will presumably be on hand at Philips Arena to flash more thumbs-up from her wheelchair. Dolores-Schmidt had the best one-liner of the tournament when she told a reporter inquiring about her status as a national sensation: “Really, if I can correct you, international.” Arizona State might have been feeling a bit better about its loss to Syracuse after the Orange lived to play another week, but UCLA and Arizona were left to wallow in their conquerors going one (win) and undone. The Bruins’ loss to St. Bonaventure was doubly embarrassing because it came in a play-in game and led to fans funding a plane banner circling campus reading “Final Fours not First Fours #FireAlford.” Purdue was flying high Sunday even without injured center Isaac Haas, who is probably out for the tournament after breaking his right elbow in the first round against Cal State Fullerton. That left Haas’ 7-foot-3 replacement, Matt Haarms, to repeatedly run his hand through his floppy hair on the way to seven points, six rebounds and two blocks during a victory over Butler. “My product wasn’t holding up,” Haarms said. “I should’ve put more in, I guess. … I might need to go to an arts and crafts store and put some glue in there. Anything that keeps it up there. It’s been a yearlong struggle.” Maryland Baltimore County could have also used a bit more staying power, leaving fans to wonder if it will take another 33 years to witness the kind of upset the Retrievers unfurled in the first round. firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @latbbolch AROUND THE NATION Putting the ‘done’ in one-and-done wire reports Many of the freshman stars who garnered so much of the college basketball world’s attention this season have been bounced from March Madness. Arizona’s Deandre Ayton, Oklahoma’s Trae Young, Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr., Alabama’s Collin Sexton, Texas’ Mohamed Bamba and Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson Jr. are all considered potential NBA lottery picks and expected to turn pro. They’re also all out of the NCAA tournament. Sexton is the only freshman from that group who even reached the second round. “I hate losing,” Young said after Oklahoma’s firstround overtime loss to Rhode Island. “That’s not in my DNA, losing.” One lesson these freshmen are learning: It always helps to be surrounded by experienced players or equally talented freshmen. Only three of the top seven prospects from the 2017 recruiting class, according to the 247Sports Composite, remain in the tournament. It’s probably no coincidence that all three of them play for the same school: Duke. Marvin Bagley III, Trevon Duval and Wendell Carter Jr. are in the regional semifinals after helping the Blue Devils win their first two tournament games by an average of 23-plus points. Duke has five players — including four freshmen — averaging 10 or more points. “That’s the reason I came to Duke, to play with a lot of great guys who I’ve seen play before and to be able to team up with these guys and figure out each other and work together,” Bagley said. Kentucky also has reached the Sweet 16 with a freshman class that included five of the top 18 Class of 2017 recruits, according to 247Sports. Freshmen Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Hamidou Diallo, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox have averaged a combined 66 points in two games. NIT Quinndary Weatherspoon got a friendly bounce off the rim on a three-pointer at the buzzer to lift Mississippi State at Baylor, 78-77 in the second round. ... Andrew Rowsey scored 29 points with nine assists and host Marquette had its highestscoring game of the season in a 101-92 victory over Oregon to advance to the quarterfinals. ... Ray Spalding scored 18 points and host Louisville beat Middle Tennessee 84-68. Andy Lyons Getty Images NEVADA’S JOSH HALL, NO. 33, celebrates with Hallice Cooke after the Wolf Pack erased a 22-point defi- cit in the final 11 minutes to defeat the Cincinnati Bearcats during the second round of the NCAA tournament. SOUTH REGIONAL Comeback for the ages Associated Press Nevada’s Jordan Caroline sat in the Wolf Pack’s locker room and shouted the three words that were being repeated in households across the country. “What just happened?!” Only a comeback that matched the second-largest in NCAA tournament history. In Knoxville, Tenn., Nevada rallied from 22 points down in the final 11 minutes Sunday to stun No. 2 seed Cincinnati 75-73 and earn its second Sweet 16 appearance ever. Josh Hall converted an offensive rebound with 9.1 seconds left to make the tiebreaking basket and give Nevada its only lead of the night. “It’s such an unimaginable feeling,” Caroline said. The seventh-seeded Wolf Pack (28-7) move on to an all-upstart South Region semifinal matchup with 11th-seeded Loyola Chicago (30-5) on Thursday night in Atlanta. Nevada’s only previous regional semifinal appearance came in 2004. Nevada earned its trip to Atlanta because Cody Martin led a comeback for the ages. The only bigger comeback in NCAA history came in 2012, when Brigham Young beat Iona after trailing by 25 points. Nevada’s rally is tied for second place with Duke, which erased a 22-point deficit to beat Maryland in the 2001 Final Four. “That locker room right now, I’ve never seen anything like it in my life,” Nevada coach Eric Musselman said. “It’s the happiest I’ve ever seen. It’s the happiest I’ve ever been in my life.” Meanwhile, Cincinnati’s players stood silently in their locker room wondering how their defense that ranked second among all Division I teams allowed 32 points in the last 11 minutes. The Bearcats also failed to make a basket in the final 5 minutes 45 seconds. Kansas State 50, UMBC 43: Barry Brown scored 18 points, and Kansas State ended the Retrievers’ brief, but historic run in the NCAA tournament in Dallas. UMBC had only two field goals in the final six minutes and shot just 29.8% for the game. UMBC garnered national attention for its relatively unknown program when it destroyed top-ranked Virginia 74-54 in the biggest upset in college basketball history. It was the first time a No. 16 seed had defeated a No. 1 seed. The Wildcats (24-11) move on to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2010. They will face Kentucky on Thursday. BOX SCORES KANSAS ST. 50, UMBC 43 UMBC—Akin 1-1 1-4 3, Lyles 4-15 3-6 12, Sherburne 0-9 0-1 0, Maura 3-7 2-3 10, Lamar 2-8 0-0 5, Portmann 0-0 0-0 0, Horvath 0-0 0-0 0, Curran 2-3 0-0 5, Gerrity 0-0 0-0 0, Rogers 1-1 0-0 2, Rosario 0-1 0-0 0, Jabbie 0-0 0-0 0, Grant 1-3 3-4 6. Totals 14-48 9-18 43. KANSAS ST.—Sneed 4-9 0-0 8, Mawien 4-7 3-4 11, Diarra 2-5 0-4 5, Stokes 2-6 0-0 4, Brown 5-13 8-8 18, Stockard 0-0 0-0 0, Love 0-0 0-0 0, McGuirl 0-2 2-2 2, Wainright 1-2 0-0 2, Schoen 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 18-44 13-18 50. Halftime—Kansas St. 25-20. 3-Point Goals—UMBC 6-22 (Maura 2-3, Curran 1-2, Grant 1-3, Lamar 1-5, Lyles 1-5, Sherburne 0-4), Kansas St. 1-12 (Diarra 1-2, Wainright 0-1, Brown 0-1, McGuirl 0-2, Stokes 0-3, Sneed 0-3). Fouled Out—Grant. Rebounds—UMBC 28 (Lamar, Lyles 6), Kansas St. 33 (Diarra, Sneed, Mawien 7). Assists—UMBC 6 (Lyles 4), Kansas St. 4 (Stokes, Sneed 2). Total Fouls—UMBC 17, Kansas St. 17. NEVADA 75, CINCINNATI 73 NEVADA—Co.Martin 10-20 4-4 25, Ca.Martin 4-12 0-1 10, Cooke 0-1 0-1 0, Stephens 5-9 0-0 13, Caroline 5-11 3-6 13, Foster 0-0 0-0 0, Hall 6-8 2-4 14. Totals 30-61 9-16 75. CINCINNATI—Clark 5-6 1-2 11, Washington 5-9 0-0 10, Cumberland 5-17 4-4 17, Jenifer 1-5 1-2 4, Evans 7-19 5-6 19, Scott 2-2 0-0 4, Nsoseme 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 1-2 0-0 3, Broome 1-6 3-3 5. Totals 27-66 14-17 73. Halftime—Cincinnati 44-32. 3-Point Goals—Nevada 6-18 (Stephens 3-7, Ca.Martin 2-7, Co.Martin 1-1, Caroline 0-3), Cincinnati 5-17 (Cumberland 3-9, Moore 1-2, Jenifer 1-3, Broome 0-1, Evans 0-2). Fouled Out— Cumberland. Rebounds—Nevada 29 (Caroline 7), Cincinnati 44 (Washington 11). Assists—Nevada 13 (Co.Martin 7), Cincinnati 13 (Cumberland, Clark 3). Total Fouls—Nevada 15, Cincinnati 16. Technicals— Co.Martin, Nevada coach Eric Musselman. WEST REGIONAL Florida State KOs top seed associated press Florida State senior Phil Cofer knows the biggest key to making any comeback, especially in the NCAA tournament. Don’t get rattled. Now the Florida State Seminoles are on their way to the round of 16 for the first time since 2011 after upsetting top-seeded Xavier with a furious rally at Pittsburgh. PJ Savoy made a threepointer with 1:08 left to give Florida State its first lead of the second half, and the Seminoles rallied from a 12point deficit to beat the Musketeers 75-70 on Sunday night in the second round of the West Regional. “Everybody kept their composure, and that’s what you got to do in March Madness,” Cofer said. “And I think we did it.” The Seminoles did just that when trailing by 12 with 10:42 left and outscored Xavier 31-14 down the stretch. “We were much better than Xavier in the last 21⁄2 minutes of the game,” Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. “Sometimes when the games are close, that’s all that’s important.” It’s a painful ending for a team that returned four starters from a team that lost in the Elite Eight last year — to Gonzaga, the team Florida State will play Thursday in Los Angeles. Texas A&M 86, North Carolina 65: Texas A&M had its big men relentlessly snatching down loose rebounds, its wing players knocking down shots and an entire roster full of guys playing with aggressive confidence at Charlotte, N.C. Stunningly, reigning national champion North Carolina found no match for any of it. And just as shockingly, the second-seeded Tar Heels were eliminated with their most lopsided NCAA tournament loss of Roy Williams’ career. “It’s the most inadequate feeling I’ve ever felt,” Williams said. “I feel it all the time, last game of the year, but I think I felt it more today than any other time. I’m not ashamed to say I love these kids.” The seventh-seeded Aggies manhandled the Tar Heels, marking the second straight year the titleholder has been bounced before the Sweet 16. They dominated the glass and used their size to control the paint and block shots. “We had a certain togetherness today,” said Tyler Davis, who had 18 points and nine rebounds for the Aggies. “We didn’t have the fastest start, but we were together the whole time.” BOX SCORES FLORIDA ST. 75, XAVIER 70 FLORIDA ST.—Cofer 3-8 3-3 10, Allen 0-0 0-0 0, Koumadje 0-1 2-2 2, Angola 5-12 2-2 15, C.Walker 0-3 2-2 2, Kabengele 3-5 3-4 9, Obiagu 1-1 0-0 2, Savoy 3-6 2-2 11, Forrest 5-8 4-5 14, Mann 4-5 1-2 10, M.Walker 0-6 0-0 0. Totals 24-55 19-22 75. XAVIER—Marshall 0-1 0-0 0, Kanter 6-10 3-4 15, Goodin 2-5 2-2 6, Bluiett 2-8 3-4 8, Macura 6-8 3-6 17, Gates 2-5 1-2 6, O’Mara 0-0 0-0 0, Jones 2-3 3-6 7, Scruggs 3-9 4-6 11. Totals 23-49 19-30 70. Halftime—Xavier 34-32. 3-Point Goals—Florida St. 823 (Savoy 3-5, Angola 3-7, Mann 1-1, Cofer 1-5, C.Walker 0-1, M.Walker 0-4), Xavier 5-13 (Macura 2-3, Scruggs 1-2, Bluiett 1-3, Gates 1-3, Marshall 0-1, Kanter 0-1). Fouled Out—Macura. Rebounds—Florida St. 30 (Angola 6), Xavier 30 (Kanter 6). Assists—Florida St. 7 (Angola, Forrest 3), Xavier 11 (Goodin, Macura, Scruggs 2). Total Fouls—Florida St. 23, Xavier 22. TEXAS A&M 86, NORTH CAROLINA 65 TEXAS A&M—R.Williams 3-3 2-2 8, Hogg 5-11 1-2 14, Davis 7-9 4-7 18, Gilder 5-11 0-0 12, Starks 7-15 5-8 21, Jasey 0-0 0-0 0, Trocha-Morelos 2-6 2-2 7, Chandler 1-2 0-0 3, Collins 0-1 0-0 0, French 0-0 0-0 0, Flagg 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 31-60 14-21 86. NORTH CAROLINA—Maye 6-16 0-0 13, Pinson 2-7 0-0 4, Johnson 3-11 0-0 7, K.Williams 2-8 0-0 5, Berry 7-17 5-5 21, Miller 0-0 0-0 0, Manley 2-4 1-1 5, Rohlman 0-0 0-0 0, Brooks 1-6 1-1 3, Rush 0-2 0-0 0, Huffman 1-1 0-0 2, Ma 0-0 0-0 0, Platek 1-1 0-0 3, Robinson 0-2 0-0 0, Woods 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 26-78 7-7 65. Halftime—Texas A&M 42-28. 3-Point Goals—Texas A&M 1024 (Hogg 3-7, Gilder 2-3, Starks 2-6, Chandler 1-1, Flagg 1-2, Trocha-Morelos 1-4, Collins 0-1), North Carolina 6-31 (Berry 210, Platek 1-1, Maye 1-4, K.Williams 1-5, Johnson 1-7, Robinson 0-1, Woods 0-1, Pinson 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds— Texas A&M 47 (R.Williams 13), North Carolina 36 (Maye 11). Assists—Texas A&M 17 (Starks 5), North Carolina 17 (Pinson 11). Total Fouls—Texas A&M 13, North Carolina 20. USC continues without Metu By Lindsey Thiry USC is preparing to play its remaining games in the National Invitation Tournament without leading scorer Chimezie Metu. Metu told coaches and teammates before an opening-round victory over North Carolina Asheville that he would not play in the tournament so he can avoid injury as he prepares for the NBA draft. “We support him through everything even though not everybody might agree with it,” sophomore guard Jonah Mathews said Sunday after practice. The Trojans (24-11), a No. 1 seed, needed double overtime to defeat eighth-seeded UNC Asheville 103-98 last week. USC will play fourth- seeded Western Kentucky (25-10) in a second-round game Monday at the Galen Center. Sophomore forward Nick Rakocevic said the Trojans were confident they could advance despite playing without Metu, who averaged 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. “Obviously he’s a really big part of our team so it’s tough not having him,” said Rakocevic, who scored 24 points and had 19 rebounds against UNC Asheville. “But I mean we still have Jordan McLaughlin and Elijah Stewart.” McLaughlin is averaging 12.8 points and 7.6 assists per game. Stewart is averaging 11.5 points. Metu, who is projected as a potential first-round pick, defended his decision on so- cial media last week in a since-deleted post. “To all the angry USC ‘fans’ out there,” Metu wrote, “I know you’re mad I didn’t play tonight but I’m asking you to please keep the insults to a minimum and not judge me off a cautious decision that I made about my future but rather by the 3 years of hard work and dedication that I gave to USC.” Coach Andy Enfield said that he supported Metu. “He’s made a lot of important decisions over the last three years here and he’s done extremely well in the classroom and on the basketball court,” Enfield said. “So we respect him and this is his decision.” TONIGHT VS. WEST. KENTUCKY When: 8:30. Where: Galen Center. On the air: TV: ESPN2; Radio: 710. Update: USC has won seven of its last nine games. The Trojans are playing in the NIT without leading scorers Metu and Bennie Boatwright, who averaged 13.6 points, but suffered a season-ending knee injury last month. Western Kentucky finished third in the Conference USA season standings before defeating Boston College in the opening round of the NIT. Justin Johnson leads Western Kentucky, averaging 15.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. The winner of Monday’s game will face the winner of the Stanford-Oklahoma State game. email@example.com Twitter: @LindseyThiry WSCE L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 D7 WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT ROUNDUP Tennessee suffers historic loss at home associated press Tennessee lost for the first time at home in women’s NCAA tournament history when Marie Gulich had 14 points and 12 rebounds to lead sixth-seeded Oregon State to a 66-59 upset win. The third-seeded Lady Vols had been 57-0 at their Knoxville home with most of those victories coming under late Hall of Fame coach Pat Summitt, who led the team to eight national championships. It’s the second straight season that Tennessee (24-8) lost in the second round of the NCAAs and will miss the Sweet 16 in back-toback seasons for the first time in the program’s 37year tournament history. “You come here wanting to win championships and the expectations are extremely high. Sometimes the things thrown at these kids are unfair,” Tennessee coach Holly Warlick said. “They come wanting to learn and get better and just play the game. They get criticized quite a bit.” Oregon State (26-7) advanced to the regional semifinals for the third straight year. Mercedes Russell finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds in the final game of her Tennessee career. Fellow senior Jaime Nared scored nine points on three-for-14 shooting. Louisville 90, Marquette 72: Myisha Hines-Allen had 24 points and 13 rebounds, Asia Durr scored 19 points and host Louisville quickly pounced on Marquette. The Cardinals (34-2) advanced to their second consecutive Sweet 16 and will play 80 miles east in next weekend’s regional in Lexington, Ky. Hines-Allen and Durr made sure of that right away by combining for 26 points on 12-for-14 shooting in the first half after the duo totaled just 13 points in a first-round rout of Boise State. HinesAllen earned her 16th double-double this season. Texas A&M 80, DePaul 79: Freshman Chennedy Carter hit a three with 3.2 seconds left, capping a 37point performance, to help host Texas A&M rally from a 17-point, second-half deficit. Carter had 32 of her points after halftime and the fourth-seeded Aggies pulled off another stunning, second-half comeback for the second consecutive year. It was the largest comeback ever in the second round of the tournament and the fourth-largest ever. North Carolina State 74, Maryland 60: Kiara Leslie had 21 points and 11 rebounds against her former team. Leslie, who spent three seasons at Maryland before graduating and transferring to N.C. State, finished one point shy of a career high. Kalia Ealey and Chelsea Nelson added 12 points apiece while Akela Maize scored 11 to help the fourth-seeded and host Wolfpack (26-8) earn their first Sweet 16 appearance since the late Kay Yow led an inspirational run in 2007. Notre Dame 98, Villanova 72: With top-seeded Notre Dame struggling to a halftime tie, coach Muffet McGraw put in Kathryn Westbeld, who had been sidelined with a sprained ankle, to start the second half. Westbeld sparked the Irish as they went on a 12-3 run and outscored the visiting Wildcats (23-9) by a 28-8 margin for a 73-53 lead after three quarters. Notre Dame advanced to the regional semifinals for the ninth straight season, where it will face Texas A&M. South Carolina 66, Virginia 56: A’ja Wilson had 25 points and 11 rebounds in her last college home game to lead South Carolina to its fifth consecutive trip to the Sweet 16. Wilson, the threetime SEC player of the year, posted her 23rd double-double of the season and 53rd of her career for the secondseeded Gamecocks (28-6). Baylor 80, Michigan 58: Lauren Cox had 18 points with 16 rebounds, and host Baylor is going to the Sweet 16 for the 10th year in a row after a convincing win over Michigan. The Big 12 champion and No. 2 seed Bears (33-1) put Michigan, the seventh seed, away by scoring 13 consecutive points in the third quarter. Oregon 101, Minnesota 73: Sabrina Ionescu had 29 points, nine assists and seven rebounds and secondseeded Oregon advanced to the Sweet 16, routing No. 10 Minnesota. It was the 11th straight victory for the Ducks, who are headed to the round of 16 for the second straight season. Last year they went to the Elite Eight for the first time in program history. Wade Payne Associated Press OREGON STATE’S KAT TUDOR pressures Ten- nessee’s Mercedes Russell in second-round action. TODAY’S REGIONAL GAMES All times Pacific (*approximate time; game will start 30 minutes after the completion of the previous one): ALBANY REGIONAL at Tallahassee, Fla. 3 Florida State (26-6) vs. 11 Buffalo (25-8) ..........................................3:30 p.m. at Athens, Ga. 4 Georgia (26-6) vs. 5 Duke (23-8).....................................................3:30 p.m. at Storrs, Conn. 1 Connecticut (33-0) vs. 9 Quinnipiac (28-5).......................................3:30 p.m. SPOKANE REGIONAL at Columbus, Ohio 3 Ohio State (28-6) vs. 11 Central Michigan (29-4) ...............................3:30 p.m. KANSAS CITY REGIONAL at Starkville, Miss. 1 Mississippi State (33-1) vs. 9 Oklahoma State (21-10)..............................6 p.m. at Los Angeles 3 UCLA (24-7) vs. 11 Creighton (18-12) ......................................................6 p.m. at Austin, Texas 2 Texas (27-6) vs. 7 Arizona State (22-12).................................................6 p.m. LEXINGTON REGIONAL at Palo Alto 4 Stanford (23-10) vs. 12 Florida Gulf Coast (31-4) ....................................6 p.m. Luis Sinco Los Angeles Times FORWARD MONIQUE BILLINGS , dribbling against Cecily Carl in UCLA’s 71-60 victory over American on Saturday in a first-round game of the NCAA tournament, has 46 double-doubles in four seasons at UCLA. Bruins look for sweet spot UCLA hopes for big things against Creighton in the second round. By Steve Galluzzo After taking all it could handle from American on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament, the UCLA women’s basketball team hopes to play better Monday in its Pauley Pavilion finale this season. The third-seeded Bruins host No. 11 Creighton in the second round and the Bluejays are full of confidence after their 76-70 upset of No. 6 Iowa on Saturday. The teams met Nov. 25 at the South Point Thanksgiving Classic in Las Vegas and UCLA won 72-63, but that was then and this is now. “Creighton is a really good basketball team,” UCLA coach Cori Close said Sunday. “We played them earlier this year and we have total respect for their program. They have a similar style to what we faced in American. They’re a very well-coached team. They shoot the three extremely well; they shot it well last night. They made nine threes, and that’s a pretty normal night for them. I fully expect Creighton to have a great game plan, but I think our team has matured in that. We’ll get their best shot and that’s good because it’s going to help us to rise up.” UCLA (25-7) is seeking to advance to the Sweet 16 for the third year in a row and earn its 15th victory in 18 games. The best the Bruins have done in 15 NCAA tournament trips is the Elite Eight in 1999. After practice Sunday, senior guard Jordin Canada talked about her last home game and her favorite memories. She recorded her 115th double-figure scoring game and 21st double-double this season in the Bruins’ 71-60 victory against American. “I don’t have a favorite memory, it’s too hard to recall,” she said. “I just think the past four years here have been amazing. The fans and all the supporters we’ve had being there through our journey. It’s just been a great experience for me and obviously for Monique [Billings] and Kelli [Hayes] as well.” Billings, a senior forward, had her team-leading 17th double-double this season and 46th of her career with 20 points and 10 rebounds against American, as UCLA won for the 39th consecutive time at home against an unranked team. The Bruins improved to 18-1 when scoring at least 70 points. “I don’t have a favorite memory, but from our freshman year with the record that we had and then developing into our sophomore, junior, and senior years, how we only lost three home games within those three years combined, so we would want to replicate that tomorrow night,” Billings said. “That’s just something really cool, to have that under our belt like, ‘Wow, we only lost three games at home.’ It’s really cool to say that we were a part of that and how our team has grown. I think that’s a memory I’ll always cherish.” Close and the Bruins are embracing the “favorite” role and all of the pressure and expectations that go with it. “When you’re a top-10 program for most of the season in terms of rankings you do have a target on your back when you’re picked to win things,” said Close, in her seventh season at UCLA. “That’s the reality. There has to be a maturity about you that knows that’s coming and you have to match and exceed their aggression. There’s nothing to lose for a team that can play really free and we just have to maintain who we are. Whatever that other team throws at you, you find the way to play towards that. I think that’s just part of growing and that’s an area we’ve had to grow in as well.” Hayes, a senior guard, reflected on how the team’s postseason expectations have changed — or have they? “The expectations have always been high for our teams,” Hayes said. “I know the word talent can be an eschewed word, but the talent we have is very special. It’s something that can conquer hard things and us surpassing where we’ve gone in previous years is something we’re working for with every weapon that we have. We’re still trying to strive towards greatness in a sense, but it’s already within us and something we can do.” Creighton (19-12), which finished fourth in the Big East Conference regularseason standings and lost to top-seeded Marquette in the semifinals of the conference tournament, is led by junior forward Audrey Faber, who averages 20 points per game, and sophomore forward Jaylyn Agnew, who had 24 points and five assists against Iowa. “Obviously, we have a big challenge tomorrow night,” coach Jim Flanery said. “The good news is we have some familiarity with UCLA because we played them and our players were able to watch them a little bit yesterday, which can possibly be helpful. We’ll have to do a lot of things well but I really feel like we can build off of yesterday and even our conference tournament performance. We’ll be ready, I know they will be.” The Bruins’ ability to press and score in spurts, as they did in a 22-3 run at the end of the first quarter Saturday, presents a major challenge for the Bluejays. “They’re hard enough to guard in the half court,” Flanery said. “If we turn the ball over and give them easy baskets, it’s going to be really difficult for us to overcome that.” firstname.lastname@example.org D8 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S NBA Pacers playing better minus George By Tania Ganguli When the Indiana Pacers traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder last summer, a common opinion about what they got in return was: “That’s it?” After months of speculation about what it would take for a team to land George, and the Lakers’ attempt to offer some of their young players for him, all the Thunder had to part with was Victor Oladipo, now on his third team in five years, and Domantas Sabonis? Luke Walton was just like the rest of us. And, like anyone who’s paid attention to the Pacers since, his opinion has evolved. “Originally I thought it was kind of a lopsided trade, but I’m man enough to admit that I was wrong,” Walton said. “Indiana has, I think they’re probably the surprise team of the season so far. They’re playing unbelievable. They got that three seed. Both of those players they got in the trade, they’re playing some really, really good basketball, so obviously a good trade for both teams.” George was linked to the Lakers since he told the Pacers last June that he planned to become a free agent in the summer of 2018 and sign with his hometown team. Larry Bird had been the Pacers’ longtime chief executive and had no intention of trading George, certainly not to the Lakers. He and his longtime rival Magic Johnson chatted over the phone before last year’s trade deadline, but Bird insisted to The Times that the conversation was not about trading George. However, Bird stepped away from that role in May, leaving Kevin Pritchard as the president of basketball operations. Pritchard began exploring options to trade George, even as George continued to insist to friends that he planned to wind up with the Lakers. And while Pritchard was more amenable to trading George than Bird had been, he was not interested in sending him to the Lakers. George recognized that hurt feelings might have factored into that. “Both sides could’ve done a better job of communication and going for- ward and taking steps to where we were both comfortable getting what we wanted to get out of it,” George said. “But it was definitely feelings involved with that whole [thing], how it went down.” Indiana found its quest to trade George hampered by the fact that many teams figured he would be only a one-year rental. So Oklahoma City got another All-Star with whom it could try to chase a championship, in the hope that would be enough to keep him long term. And Indiana got something back for George, whom it seemingly was going to lose anyway. But then the narrative changed, because Oladipo changed it. The Pacers have the fourth-best record in the East, tied with the Washington Wizards and only half a game back from the Cleveland Cavaliers. They’re on pace for the most wins they’ve had since 2013-14 and to surpass their No. 7 playoff seed of George’s last two seasons. That is largely due to Oladipo’s play. A player who didn’t quite fit with Oklahoma City is thriving back in Indiana, where he starred as a Hoosier. He is averaging 23.4 points, which is the first season in his career he has averaged more than 20. He’s scored more than 30 points in 11 games and had a 47-point game in December. “I always knew that he had that ability to have games like that, but the thing that separates normal players from All-Stars and All-Stars from superstars is the ability to do it every single night,” Walton said. “So far this season he’s really taken a big step as far as the consistency of playing at that elite level. That is not easy. Play big minutes, defenses are focused on you. He’s getting it done pretty much every night.” TONIGHT AT INDIANA When: 4 PDT. On the air: TV: Spectrum SportsNet, Spectrum Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330 Update: The Pacers won at Boston and Philadelphia last week before losing to the East-leading Raptors and at Washington, which holds the fourth seed despite sharing a 40-30 record with Indiana. email@example.com Twitter: @taniaganguli 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: S-Southwest; P-Pacific; N-Northwest; Eastern Conference divisions: A-Atlantic; C-Central; S-Southeast). W 56 53 44 43 40 40 40 40 L 14 17 26 29 30 30 30 31 PCT .800 .757 .629 .597 .571 .571 .571 .563 GB L10 9-1 3 7-3 12 10-0 14 8-2 16 6-4 16 5-5 16 9-1 171⁄2 4-6 Rk. S1 P1 N1 N2 S3 S2 N3 N4 9. Denver 10. CLIPPERS 11. LAKERS 12. Sacramento 13. Dallas 14. Memphis 15. Phoenix 38 37 31 23 22 19 19 32 32 38 48 48 50 52 .543 .536 .449 .324 .314 .275 .268 11⁄2 2 8 17 171⁄2 20 21 5-5 5-5 6-4 5-5 4-6 1-9 1-9 N5 P2 P3 P4 S4 S5 P5 Rk. A1 A2 C1 C2 S1 A3 C3 S2 PORTLAND Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Aminu ........32 6-12 0-0 2-8 6 3 16 Harkless .....28 8-11 2-2 2-5 2 1 21 Nurkic ........29 8-18 1-2 1-12 1 2 17 Lillard ........31 6-13 9-9 0-0 2 0 23 McCollum ...32 9-17 1-2 0-5 3 0 21 Napier........22 4-4 0-0 0-3 8 0 9 Turner.........17 2-5 2-3 0-2 2 2 7 Collins........15 1-5 1-2 0-2 0 4 4 Davis .........11 1-3 0-0 2-6 0 6 2 Cnnaughtn ..10 0-2 0-0 1-3 0 2 0 Leonard........4 1-2 0-0 0-1 0 0 2 Swanigan .....2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 2 0 Layman ........2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 46-92 16-20 8-47 24 22 122 Shooting: Field goals, 50.0%; free throws, 80.0% Three-point goals: 14-29 (Aminu 4-7, Harkless 3-4, McCollum 2-4, Lillard 2-6, Napier 1-1, Turner 1-2, Collins 1-3, Connaughton 0-1, Leonard 0-1). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 13 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 6 (Nurkic 4, McCollum, Napier). Turnovers: 13 (Nurkic 3, Davis 2, Aminu, Collins, Connaughton, Layman, Lillard, Napier, Swanigan, Turner). Steals: 7 (Aminu 3, Harkless 2, Lillard, McCollum). Technical Fouls: None. **TEMPTAG** CLIPPERS Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Harris.........35 5-14 0-0 0-3 2 3 11 Thornwell ....29 2-7 1-2 1-3 0 2 5 Jordan........28 3-4 1-2 3-16 2 2 7 Rivers.........37 5-11 3-4 0-2 3 3 15 Teodosic .....22 2-7 0-0 0-0 3 2 6 L.Williams...31 11-24 5-5 0-1 4 2 30 Harrell........20 9-14 6-10 3-7 3 2 24 Marjanovic ..11 0-2 4-4 1-5 1 0 4 Evans...........9 1-2 0-0 0-1 1 0 2 Johnson .......8 2-2 0-0 0-0 1 1 5 Kilpatrick ......2 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Dekker .........2 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 40-89 20-27 8-38 21 17 109 Shooting: Field goals, 44.9%; free throws, 74.1% Three-point goals: 9-23 (L.Williams 3-6, Rivers 2-5, Teodosic 2-5, Johnson 1-1, Harris 1-4, Thornwell 0-2). Team Rebounds: 11. Team Turnovers: 8 (10 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Harrell 2, Rivers). Turnovers: 8 (Harris 2, Thornwell 2, Harrell, L.Williams, Rivers, Teodosic). Steals: 8 (Harris 2, Thornwell 2, Dekker, Harrell, L.Williams, Rivers). Technical Fouls: coach Clippers (Defensive three second), 8:18 third. Portland 24 34 33 31—122 Clippers 18 34 29 28—109 Pelicans 108, Celtics 89 BOSTON Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Horford.......27 3-11 0-0 1-4 3 3 6 Morris ........29 5-14 5-7 1-6 0 2 17 Baynes .......14 0-2 0-0 1-4 3 4 0 Rozier ........31 6-16 0-0 1-7 5 0 13 Tatum.........27 9-14 3-5 0-5 1 3 23 Larkin.........27 2-7 0-0 1-2 2 1 5 Monroe ......25 6-13 0-0 3-6 2 1 12 Ojeleye .......23 1-3 0-0 0-3 0 3 3 Nader ........21 2-5 2-8 0-3 0 4 8 Yabusele.......4 1-2 0-0 0-2 0 0 2 Allen............3 0-0 0-0 0-1 1 0 0 Bird .............3 0-0 0-0 1-1 0 0 0 Totals 35-87 10-20 9-44 17 21 89 Shooting: Field goals, 40.2%; free throws, 50.0% Three-point goals: 9-26 (Nader 2-3, Tatum 2-3, Morris 2-4, Ojeleye 1-2, Larkin 1-5, Rozier 1-6, Horford 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 12 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 3 (Baynes, Horford, Yabusele). Turnovers: 12 (Monroe 4, Tatum 2, Bird, Horford, Larkin, Ojeleye, Rozier, Yabusele). Steals: 8 (Monroe 2, Nader 2, Tatum 2, Morris, Rozier). Technical Fouls: Morris, 6:04 fourth. WESTERN CONFERENCE Team 1. y-Houston 2. y-Golden State 3. Portland 4. Oklahoma City 5. New Orleans 5. San Antonio 5. Utah 8. Minnesota Trail Blazers 122, Clippers 109 NEW ORLEANS Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Davis .........32 14-24 6-8 1-11 3 0 34 Moore ........28 4-9 0-0 0-3 5 0 11 Okafor........17 4-4 0-0 1-7 0 1 8 Holiday.......28 2-5 3-3 0-3 4 4 7 Rondo........32 2-5 0-0 1-3 11 1 4 Clark..........25 3-9 1-1 0-0 3 2 8 Diallo.........23 7-9 3-4 1-6 1 2 17 Mirotic .......22 4-12 7-9 1-10 3 1 16 Miller ...........8 1-1 0-0 0-1 1 1 3 Hill ..............8 0-0 0-0 0-0 1 0 0 Drew II .........5 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 1 0 Cooke ..........3 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Liggins .........3 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 Totals 41-82 20-25 5-44 33 13 108 Shooting: Field goals, 50.0%; free throws, 80.0% Three-point goals: 6-18 (Moore 3-5, Miller 1-1, Clark 1-3, Mirotic 1-5, Holiday 0-1, Davis 0-3). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 10 (17 PTS). Blocked Shots: 5 (Mirotic 2, Clark, Davis, Okafor). Turnovers: 10 (Mirotic 3, Moore 2, Davis, Diallo, Holiday, Miller, Rondo). Steals: 9 (Mirotic 3, Clark 2, Davis, Holiday, Moore, Rondo). Technical Fouls: coach Alvin Gentry, 10:54 fourth. Boston 28 21 27 13— 89 New Orleans 20 27 35 26— 108 EASTERN CONFERENCE Team 1. x-Toronto 2. x-Boston 3. Cleveland 4. Indiana 4. Washington 6. Philadelphia 7. Milwaukee 8. Miami W 52 47 40 40 40 38 37 37 L 18 23 29 30 30 30 32 33 PCT .743 .671 .580 .571 .571 .559 .536 .529 GB L10 9-1 5 6-4 111⁄2 5-5 12 6-4 12 5-5 13 6-4 141⁄2 4-6 15 6-4 9. Detroit 10. Charlotte 11. New York 12. Chicago 13. Brooklyn 14. Orlando 15. Atlanta 30 30 25 24 22 21 20 39 40 45 45 48 49 50 .435 .429 .357 .348 .314 .300 .286 6 ⁄2 7 12 121⁄2 15 16 17 A—18,277. T—2:03. O—Kennedy, Ford, Petraitis 1 2-8 3-7 1-9 4-6 3-7 3-7 2-8 C4 S3 A4 C5 A5 S4 S5 Rockets 129, Timberwolves 120 HOUSTON x-clinched playoff spot y-clinched division TODAY’S GAMES Favorite at Indiana at Cleveland at Philadelphia at Miami at New York at Brooklyn at San Antonio Detroit Line OFF 21⁄2 8 OFF OFF 5 61⁄2 21⁄2 Underdog LAKERS Milwaukee Charlotte Denver Chicago Memphis Golden State at Sacramento Time 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 7 p.m. RESULTS Michael Owen Baker Associated Press THE CLIPPERS’ Austin Rivers tries to get a layup past Trail Blazers defenders during Sunday night’s game. This season, the Clippers have played 50 games without the oft-injured Danilo Gallinari. CLIPPERS REPORT Westbrook stops Raptors’ win streak OKLAHOMA CITY 132 TORONTO 125 Russell Westbrook had 37 points, 14 assists and 13 rebounds for his fifth straight triple-double, Steven Adams scored 25 points and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Toronto Raptors 132-125 on Sunday to snap their winning streak at 11. Paul George scored 22 points and Carmelo Anthony had 15 as the Thunder extended their winning streak to six. Anthony reached 25,289 points, passing Reggie Miller (25,279) to take over 19th place on the NBA’s list. Next up is Alex English (25,613). DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points and Kyle Lowry fouled out with 22 points and 10 assists as the East-leading Raptors suffered just their sixth home loss. Toronto is 29-6 at Air Canada Centre, the best home record in the NBA. Houston 129, at Minnesota 120: James Harden had 34 points and 12 assists and the Rockets held off a rally for their 26th win in 28 games. The Timberwolves dropped into the eighth spot in the West. at New Orleans 108, Boston 89: Anthony Davis had 34 points and 11 rebounds against a Celtics team missing injured Kyrie Irving. The Pelicans rose to sixth in the West. Portland 122, at Clippers 109 — associated press MINNESOTA Gallinari’s absence takes a toll By Broderick Turner The shorthanded Clippers have missed power forward Danilo Gallinari more than they could have imagined. They miss his scoring, his passing ability and his availability off the bench. Without Gallinari, the Clippers don’t have another scorer at the forward spot next to starter Tobias Harris. Gallinari missed his 12th consecutive game Sunday night because of a non-displaced fracture of his right hand. The Clippers are unsure when Gallinari will return. Gallinari has now missed a total of 50 games this season because of an assortment of injuries. “Over all the guys we miss, it’s Gallo,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “It’s not even close. One of the things I thought when we had him for those games was when you took Tobias off the floor, you had Gallo on the floor, so we always had a ‘stretch four’ on the floor. Now when Tobias goes off the floor, we can’t duplicate that. And that’s been difficult for us. He’s missed, clearly. But it is what it is. We’re used to it. He’s been out a lot.” What standings? While everyone else has kept a close eye on the crowded standings in the Western Conference, Rivers maintained that he has not. He says it’s his job to keep his team ready for the task at hand, like Sunday night’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center. Besides, the standings change so much daily that it can be hard to keep up with things. “I have not looked at the standings in 10 years,” Rivers said. “It doesn’t matter. I say that all the time. It really doesn’t matter what you look at. If you win the game and you keep winning the game, then things are going to work in your favor. “But if you get caught hoping for someone else to do something for you. … It’s just like in life, right? If you take care of yourself, you don’t have to ask anybody for any favors. That’s the same way I believe in this. It’s still fun to look. There’s nothing wrong with that. I get reminded by everyone, so it’s easy to know where we’re at. But that’s all I do.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @BA_Turner Clippers were ‘flat-out outplayed’ [Clippers, from D1] 48.3% three-point shooting (14 for 29) and it was easy to see why the Clippers were fighting uphill all game. “I just thought we got flat-out outplayed tonight,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Listen, when you play a team that’s on a streak, you know you got to deal with it because they’re playing well. “You could see they were riding that. They were riding energy. They played last night and you couldn’t tell. I thought they played harder than us, which I don’t say very often.” In losing their third consecutive game, the Clippers lost more ground in their bid to gain a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. After playing their third game in four nights, the Clippers are now in 10th place in the West, two games behind the Minnesota Timberwolves, who currently hold the eighth and fi- Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Ariza ..........33 4-11 0-0 1-1 2 2 11 Tucker ........23 4-9 1-4 2-4 0 6 12 Capela .......31 8-11 0-2 4-12 2 5 16 Harden.......36 9-18 14-14 0-4 12 2 34 Paul...........34 4-8 9-10 1-8 9 2 18 Gordon.......30 2-5 0-0 0-1 1 1 5 Mbh a Mte..19 3-5 1-2 0-2 0 3 7 Anderson....16 4-6 2-2 0-0 2 3 14 Green.........14 5-5 0-2 0-1 0 2 12 Totals 43-78 27-36 8-33 28 26 129 Shooting: Field goals, 55.1%; free throws, 75.0% Three-point goals: 16-35 (Anderson 4-5, Tucker 3-5, Ariza 3-8, Green 2-2, Harden 2-9, Gordon 1-3, Paul 1-3). Team Rebounds: 6. Team Turnovers: 11 (9 PTS). Blocked Shots: 8 (Capela 3, Tucker 2, Ariza, Gordon, Harden). Turnovers: 11 (Harden 4, Paul 3, Tucker 3, Mbah a Moute). Steals: 7 (Ariza 3, Harden 2, Mbah a Moute, Paul). Technical Fouls: Green, 10:13 fourth. nal playoff spot in the conference. The Denver Nuggets are in the ninth spot, a half-game ahead of the Clippers. “I don’t care how many games we have played in how many nights,” said Austin Rivers, who scored 15 points. “At this point, man, we just got to win games. I don’t care if we got to play five games in five nights. “We just got to win games. Everybody is tired right now. Everybody is bruised. Everybody is trying to play catchup. Us, Timberwolves, the Nuggets, all of us are fighting for that eighth spot ... New Orleans. We’ve dropped a couple of games in a row. We’ve got to get it back going. That’s it.” The Clippers started their 32nd different starting lineup, an NBA high. They reinserted guard Milos Teodosic as a starter and put sixthman extraordinaire Lou Williams back with the reserves. Williams was a big factor for the Clippers, scoring 30 points. Montrezl Harrell had 24 points off the bench. But it was a tough night for Tobias Harris, who had just 11 points on fivefor-14 shooting. The Clippers have 13 regular-season games remaining, four of them coming this week on the road against playoff-caliber teams. They start the trip Tuesday night with a crucial matchup against Minnesota. “Nothing should deflate you,” Doc Rivers said. “You can lose and still be a game out in the West right now, and we are. We go up to Minnesota and win and we’re right back in the hunt. I hope it deflates us tonight. But by tomorrow, we should be fine.” email@example.com Twitter: @BA_Turner Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Bjelica........35 6-10 1-2 1-6 3 4 15 Gibson .......25 2-6 0-0 2-3 0 5 4 Towns.........35 9-15 2-3 5-18 1 3 20 Teague .......36 5-11 10-10 1-6 11 4 23 Wiggins ......35 8-16 3-6 1-2 1 4 21 Crawford.....27 8-12 1-1 1-1 3 1 20 Rose..........19 6-11 2-2 1-1 3 0 14 Dieng.........12 1-2 1-2 2-4 1 3 3 Jones .........11 0-3 0-0 0-0 1 2 0 Totals 45-86 20-26 14-41 24 26 120 Shooting: Field goals, 52.3%; free throws, 76.9% Three-point goals: 10-20 (Crawford 3-4, Teague 3-5, Wiggins 2-3, Bjelica 2-4, Gibson 0-1, Rose 0-1, Jones 0-2). Team Rebounds: 10. Team Turnovers: 12 (18 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Towns). Turnovers: 12 (Teague 3, Towns 3, Wiggins 2, Bjelica, Crawford, Gibson, Rose). Steals: 7 (Teague 2, Wiggins 2, Crawford, Gibson, Towns). Technical Fouls: Dieng, 10:13 fourth. Houston 38 39 30 22— 129 Minnesota 23 33 35 29— 120 A—18,978. T—2:21. O—Malloy, Kogut, Wood Thunder 132, Raptors 125 OKLAHOMA CITY Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Anthony......34 6-10 0-0 0-2 2 2 15 George .......36 6-14 10-12 1-5 3 5 22 Adams .......33 10-13 5-9 5-8 4 3 25 Brewer........30 4-8 0-0 1-2 0 4 10 Westbrook...37 15-22 6-8 5-13 14 3 37 Grant .........14 3-5 3-5 0-2 0 1 9 Patterson ....13 1-4 0-0 0-2 3 1 3 Felton ........13 2-6 0-0 0-2 1 2 5 Ferguson ....12 0-0 0-0 0-1 0 1 0 Abrines ........6 2-2 0-0 0-0 0 1 6 Huestis.........6 0-4 0-0 2-2 0 1 0 Totals 49-88 24-34 14-39 27 24 132 Shooting: Field goals, 55.7%; free throws, 70.6% Three-point goals: 10-21 (Anthony 3-4, Abrines 2-2, Brewer 2-4, Westbrook 1-1, Patterson 1-2, Felton 1-3, Grant 0-1, Huestis 0-1, George 0-3). Team Rebounds: 14. Team Turnovers: 17 (20 PTS). Blocked Shots: 2 (Anthony, Patterson). Turnovers: 17 (George 5, Westbrook 5, Adams 2, Brewer 2, Felton, Grant, Patterson). Steals: 11 (Brewer 3, George 3, Westbrook 2, Abrines, Adams, Anthony). Technical Fouls: Anthony, 2:08 fourth. TORONTO Min FG-A FT-A OR-T A P T Anunoby .....13 2-2 0-2 0-1 0 2 5 Ibaka .........29 2-11 2-2 2-6 2 3 7 Valancns.....21 5-7 0-0 1-2 2 5 10 DeRozan.....33 8-18 5-7 0-3 5 2 24 Lowry .........27 7-10 3-3 1-4 10 6 22 Wright ........31 6-8 2-2 1-2 8 1 15 Miles .........26 5-12 2-3 0-2 0 1 15 Siakam ......22 5-5 0-0 0-2 0 2 10 Poeltl .........15 2-2 2-2 3-4 2 2 6 Powell ........13 2-4 1-1 0-0 2 1 6 Nogueira ......6 2-2 1-1 0-5 0 0 5 Totals 46-81 18-23 8-31 31 25 125 Shooting: Field goals, 56.8%; free throws, 78.3% Three-point goals: 15-30 (Lowry 5-7, DeRozan 3-6, Miles 3-9, Anunoby 1-1, Powell 1-2, Wright 1-2, Ibaka 1-3). Team Rebounds: 5. Team Turnovers: 19 (28 PTS). Blocked Shots: 1 (Lowry). Turnovers: 19 (Lowry 4, Ibaka 3, Siakam 3, Valanciunas 3, Powell 2, Anunoby, DeRozan, Miles, Wright). Steals: 5 (Ibaka 2, Wright 2, Siakam). Technical Fouls: coach Raptors (Defensive three second), 5:46 second Oklahoma City 40 26 31 35— 132 Toronto 34 30 34 27— 125 A—19,800. T—2:21. O—Brent Barnaky, Marc Davis, Haywoode Workman M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S D9 McIlroy closes strong to end drought He puts off challenge by DeChambeau at Bay Hill for first Tour victory since 2016. By Edgar Thompson ORLANDO, Fla. — Tiger Woods’ charge Sunday had fizzled at Bay Hill, but some 72nd-hole magic still was to come. Rory McIlroy showed he has his own flair for the dramatic. McIlroy made a 25-foot birdie Sunday on the final hole of the Arnold Palmer Invitational to leave no doubt of victory against a big-name field and end an 18-month winless stretch on the PGA Tour. McIlroy’s bogey-free eight-under-par 64 earned him a three-shot victory against 24-year-old Bryson DeChambeau, who trailed by only one shot with two holes remaining when McIlroy made the clinching putt. “I knew that my job wasn’t done,” McIlroy said. “I needed to hit a great second shot in there and I needed to at least two-putt from there. But it was great to see it drop and I said just Mike Ehrmann Getty Images RORY McILROY makes a birdie on No. 15 on the way to winning the Arnold Pal- mer Invitational to end a Tour winless streak that stretched 26 tournaments. after that I’ve seen Tiger do it enough times, I know what that putt does. “It was nice to make my own little bit of history.” The career of McIlroy, a four-time major champion and former world No. 1, had stalled. After battling injuries and making an equipment change in 2017, McIlroy had fallen to 13th in the world and gone 26 tournaments without a victory. But McIlroy, 28, never lost faith in himself. “I know that me being 100% healthy is good enough to not just win on the PGA Tour but win a lot,” he said after his 14th victory on Tour. “I guess that’s what kept me going. I never lost belief. “I know that I’ve got a gift for this game and I know that if I put the time in I can make a lot of it.” It was McIlroy’s first victory on the Tour since the 2016 Tour Championship. McIlroy seized control of the tournament Sunday with four consecutive birdies on the back nine, highlighted by a chip-in on the par-four 15th hole. But DeChambeau did not back down and cut McIlroy’s three-shot lead to one with a 15-foot eagle putt on the parfive 16th hole. McIlroy knew he could use one more birdie for the cushion he needed. After the putt found the hole, McIlroy raised his arms before he turned and punched the air with his right fist, like Woods. “I can’t remember when I got on a run like that before,” McIlroy said. Woods’ run ran out of steam when his birdie putt broke at the last second on the 15th hole. He then hit his drive out of bounds on the par-five 16th, leading to a bogey and a 69 to tie for fifth. Despite his limp finish, the 42-year-old coming off four back surgeries is trending in the right direction heading toward the Masters, where he is a four-time winner. “If you would have asked me at the beginning of the year that I would have had a chance to win two golf tour- naments,” Woods said, “I would have taken that in a heartbeat.” No one, not even Woods, was catching McIlroy on Sunday. McIlroy put on a clinic at Bay Hill. He ended the week leading the field in driving distance, proximity to the hole on his approach shots, scrambling and strokes gained putting. In fast, firm, warm conditions Sunday, McIlroy matched Henrik Stenson for the low round of the week. Stenson rode his hot opening round to the 18-, 36- and 54-hole leads, but he managed a one-under 71 to finish five shots back and in fourth place. But no matter who is at the top of the leaderboard, McIlroy is going to be hard to beat if he can play like he did Sunday. Everyone knows it, especially McIlroy. “It’s huge for my confidence going into the next few weeks,” he said. “I kept saying I didn’t need a win going into Augusta to feel like I had a chance. I just wanted to see signs of good golf, and thankfully I’ve been able to get both today.” firstname.lastname@example.org AUTO CLUB 400 RESULTS Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway, Fontana. Lap Length: Two miles. Start position in parentheses: Place 1. (1) 2. (3) 3. (2) 4. (11) 5. (6) 6. (25) 7. (4) 8. (8) 9. (33) 10. (5) 11. (26) 12. (27) 13. (28) 14. (7) 15. (29) 16. (31) 17. (15) 18. (16) 19. (14) 20. (19) 21. (9) 22. (32) 23. (30) 24. (34) 25. (21) 26. (22) 27. (17) 28. (37) 29. (36) 30. (12) 31. (18) 32. (20) 33. (35) 34. (24) 35. (10) 36. (23) 37. (13) Driver Martin Truex Jr. Kyle Larson Kyle Busch Brad Keselowski Joey Logano Denny Hamlin Erik Jones Ryan Blaney Jimmie Johnson Austin Dillon Clint Bowyer Aric Almirola Alex Bowman Kurt Busch William Byron Chase Elliott Jamie McMurray Ricky Stenhouse Jr. Paul Menard Darrell Wallace Jr. Ryan Newman AJ Allmendinger Daniel Suarez Kasey Kahne David Ragan Michael McDowell Ty Dillon Cole Whitt Ross Chastain Chris Buescher Matt DiBenedetto Gray Gaulding Timmy Hill Reed Sorenson Kevin Harvick Jeffrey Earnhardt Trevor Bayne Car Toyota Chevrolet Toyota Ford Ford Toyota Toyota Ford Chevrolet Chevrolet Ford Ford Chevrolet Ford Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Ford Ford Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Toyota Chevrolet Ford Ford Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Chevrolet Ford Toyota Chevrolet Chevrolet Ford Chevrolet Ford, accident Laps Points 200 60 200 43 200 51 200 49 200 45 200 39 200 39 29 200 200 38 200 27 199 30 199 25 199 24 199 27 199 23 199 21 199 20 199 19 199 18 199 17 199 16 199 15 199 14 199 13 199 12 199 11 198 10 198 9 198 0 197 7 196 6 194 5 193 0 193 3 191 2 189 1 108 1 Race Statistics Average Speed of Race Winner: 147.528 mph. Time of Race: 2 hours 42 minutes 41 seconds. Margin of Victory: 11.685 seconds. Caution Flags: 5 for 21 laps. Lead Changes: 16 among 7 drivers. Lap Leaders: M.Truex 1-10. Ky.Busch 11-28. J.McMurray 29. Ky. Busch 30. M.Truex 31-63. J.Logano 64-72. M.Truex 73-89. Ky. Busch 90-93. M.Truex 94-123. Ky.Busch 124-130. K.Kahne 131. W.Byron 132. Ky.Busch 133-160. M.Truex 161-163. D.Hamlin 164. Ky. Busch 165-168. M.Truex 169-200 Leaders Summary (Driver, Times Led, Laps Led): M.Truex, 6 times for 119 laps. Ky.Busch, 6 times for 56 laps. J.Logano, 1 time for 8 laps. W.Byron, 1 time for 0 laps. D.Hamlin, 1 time for 0 laps. K.Kahne, 1 time for 0 laps. J.McMurray, 1 time for 0 laps. Top 16 in Points:1. M.Truex, 216. 2. Ky.Busch, 207. 3. J.Logano, 197. 4. B.Keselowski, 183. 5. R.Blaney, 181. 6. D.Hamlin, 176. 7. K.Larson, 174. 8. K.Harvick, 170. 9. C.Bowyer, 155. 10. A.Almirola, 148. 11. Ku.Busch, 144. 12. A.Dillon, 141. 13. E.Jones, 132. 14. R.Newman, 117. 15. A.Bowman, 115. 16. P.Menard, 115. NASCAR Driver Rating Formula A maximum of 150 points can be attained in a race. The formula combines the following categories: wins, finishes, top-15 finishes, average running position while on lead lap, average speed under green, fastest lap, led most laps, lead-lap finish. Sarah Crabill Getty Images MARTIN TRUEX JR. celebrates in victory lane after winning the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Auto Club 400 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana. Truex dominates in win [Auto Club, from D1] Kyle Busch was third, Brad Keselowski finished fourth and Joey Logano, Keselowski’s teammate at Team Penske, was fifth. Only 10 cars in the 37-car field finished on the lead lap. “To get our first California win is unbelievable,” Truex said. “I feel like we’ve been close. “I knew we really had a good race car after the first adjustment of the race,” said Truex, a 37-year-old New Jersey native who drives for the Furniture Row Racing team with Toyota engines built in Costa Mesa. “The thing just came alive,” he said. “From there, it was just about managing my tires and being smart. Once we got some clean air” by being in front of the field, the car “was unbelievable,” he said. Although Truex was on the pole, all eyes were focused on Kevin Harvick, the Bakersfield native who was attempting to win his fourth consecutive Cup race. It wasn’t to be. Harvick started 10th and soon was battling side by side with Larson for third. But on Lap 38, as the pair started down the back straightaway, Harvick’s No. 4 Ford veered left and struck the side of Larson’s No. 42 Chevrolet. Harvick’s car then slammed into the outside wall and suffered major damage. He was able to continue after repairs but finished 35th, nine laps down to the leaders. “I was just trying to get a little too much there,” said Harvick, who was coming off consecutive wins at Atlanta, Las Vegas and Phoenix. “I don’t know that it’s his fault,” he said of Larson. “I went down to sidedraft [Larson] and he was coming up and we touched, and it just knocked the thing to the right and spun out,” Harvick said. Larson said: “I don’t know if [Harvick] was just coming down to side-draft me or what, but we made contact and it spun his car to the right. You never want to make contact with anybody.” Larson’s car suffered minimal damage, but he said, “We had a lot of weird issues like vibrations and stuff that made us have to restart in the back, and we would have to go back forward.” “It always seemed like we would get to third or fourth and kind of stall out there,” said Larson, who drives for Chip Ganassi Racing. “But it was still a very good day.” Logano was just behind Harvick and Larson when they collided and the early, hard racing left him a bit confused. “I don’t know if there’s some history there or something” between the drivers, Logano said, but “it seemed kind of odd” that they raced so close during “the first run of the race like that, and they were door-ing each other pretty hard.” The last driver to win four consecutive Cup races was seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson in 2007. Johnson finished ninth Sunday. Truex said as the race neared its end and his lead grew wider, he was nervous. “Those last 15 or 20 laps I was really praying that we didn’t get a caution, because I just didn’t want to worry about something happening and taking it away from us. Luckily it all worked out.” Other than the HarvickLarson collision, the race was relatively free of major incidents and only one car wasn’t running at the end, Trevor Bayne’s Ford, because of an accident. email@example.com Twitter: @jpeltzlatimes AUTO CLUB NOTES Despite early push, Johnson extends winless streak By James F. Peltz There would be no seventh time for “Seven Time.” Jimmie Johnson, the seven-time champion in NASCAR’s Monster Energy Cup Series, also hoped to become the first driver to win seven Cup races at Auto Club Speedway and, in doing so, snap a 27-race winless streak. Johnson certainly tried, storming into the top 10 early in the race after starting 33rd at the Fontana track. But the driver of the No. 48 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet couldn’t reach the front of the field and finished ninth. Even so, Johnson called the finish “a good, solid day, and so we will take it.” “We are definitely not happy with where we are right now, but we are seeing the improvements,” Johnson said. “We are making the cars drive better and better, and we are getting more competitive.” Praise for Harvick Kevin Harvick did not make it four consecutive wins because of an earlyrace accident, but that didn’t diminish Brad Keselowski’s opinion of Har- vick’s No. 4 Ford. “I still think the 4 car is probably the best car in the field right now,” said Keselowski, who finished fourth in his No. 2 Ford. “Things didn’t come together for him today,” Keselowski said. “There will probably be a race in the future where he’s not the fastest and it does come together. That’s how things work. “I would move on a little disappointed” after a race like Sunday’s, “and still be pretty happy to be the fastest car,” Keselowski said. Strides for Jones Erik Jones, a 21-year-old in his second year in the Cup series, finished seventh Sunday to give him his fourth consecutive finish of 11th or better. Jones took over the No. 20 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing after Gibbs declined to retain 46-year-old veteran Matt Kenseth. “We had about a seventhplace car,” Jones said, “so we did a good job of running where we were supposed to and not making any mistakes all day. We have to keep doing that.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @jpeltzlatimes D10 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S Osaka simply was too much for Kasatkina [Osaka, from D1] haymakers, though she later said she wasn’t as aggressive as normal and was “just waiting to see what she [Kasatkina] was going to do.” Which, overall, wasn’t much. Kasatkina’s approach seemed to be to hit everything back and hope. Defense may win Super Bowls, but not so many tennis matches. Osaka kept going for it and Kasatkina kept letting her. Quickly, the match turned into 71 minutes of ordinary. If fans were looking for fire-and-ice tennis, they likely were disappointed. There was no Serena bombast, no Azarenka spunk, not even any Sharapova screeching. Just a lot of forehands and backhands. This one will not make the WTA’s top 10 highlight films. To her credit, Kasatkina did not pretend she had played well. “Basically,” she said, “she was much better than me today, so she deserved to win. “I think we were both nervous at the beginning because this was [our] biggest finals so far. But during the match, she was able to manage her nerves and stuff and I was still a little bit tight. It is what it is.” Osaka looked less stressed but said looks can be deceiving. “I think towards the end,” she said, “I didn’t know that I won match point. So then, I was sort of like Caveman SpongeBob.” (There’s a quote you don’t get a lot.) “I don’t really know what is going on right now,” Osaka continued. “I really feel like I have another match I have to play tomorrow, and it really didn’t sink in that I won.” She said that anybody who thought she looked calm was wrong. “I was extremely stressed and extremely nervous,” she said. “But my plan was to, like, fake that I’m very calm. I’m glad it worked.” Osaka was calm enough to convert four of seven break points. She was calm enough to win 60 of the 100 points played in the match. She wasn’t calm enough to get through her on-court acceptance speech without some glitches. She hemmed and hawed and eventually told the audience — in a packed stadium that seats 16,100 on a day when the tournament sold a record 18,347 tickets to get onto the grounds — that she had just delivered “the worst acceptance speech of all time.” She explained later, “I knew what I was going to say, in what order. But when they called me, I freaked out. I just started saying whatever came into my mind. ... Yeah, it was pretty embarrassing.” In a few days, Osaka’s victory will sink in. Later Sunday, she got on a private jet for the trip to her next big tournament in Miami. She said she would share the plane with Kasatkina, who is playing in the same event. Osaka said she won’t know what kind of discussion they will have. “I don’t know how to start conversations,” Osaka said. She will not need a conversation starter when she looks at her winner’s paycheck of $1.3 million, which nearly doubles her career earnings. Her Sunday final? Pretty it wasn’t. Profitable it was. email@example.com Mike Nelson EPA/Shutterstock WITH THE title, Naomi Osaka earned $1.3 million, which nearly doubles her career earnings. John G. Mabanglo EPA/Shutterstock JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO appears to be the biggest obstacle to Roger Federer’s supremacy, with Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic injured, after beating him for the fourth time in six finals. Del Potro ends Federer’s 17-match winning streak [Elliott, from D1] Roger Federer in the final of the BNP Paribas Open, Del Potro savored the biggest achievement of his comeback. And make no mistake, he is back. He gave emphatic notice by ending Federer’s 17match win streak and winning the first Masters 1000level tournament of his career, overcoming his frustrations with himself and chair umpire Fergus Murphy to earn his seventh career victory over world No. 1 Federer in 25 meetings. It was Del Potro’s fourth triumph over Federer in the six times they’ve played in tournament finals. “This is what I miss when I was injured,” Del Potro said of the dramatic match and the cheers from the sold-out crowd. “Now I’m excited to see what’s next. I’m still surprising myself and I want to keep surprising the tennis tour.” After a routine first set in which Del Potro lost only six points on serve, the match evolved into a tempestuous affair in which both players got into nasty dialogues with Murphy, who had to caution spectators not to shout while players were serving. Both were unhappy with some of Murphy’s rulings, and by the time Federer had built a 5-4 lead on serve in the second set and squandered two set points in the 10th game, he was seething. “I don’t want to get into the details. I think I was just also just trying to pump myself up more, you know, to get energy for me,” Fed- Harry How Getty Images ROGER Federer: “I would like to play that tiebreaker again, because I don’t know what the hell happened.” erer said. “It had no effect on the outcome of the match. I think we both went after the umpire for different reasons, or the same reasons in different moments.” Del Potro acknowledged he had directed too much attention to Murphy and not enough toward keeping his calm. “Roger and me were nervous during the whole match and we felt that on court,” he said. Federer thought he had won the second-set tiebreaker on his third try but was called for a double fault after a review. He survived a match point against him at 7-8 when Del Potro netted a forehand, and he clinched the set on his fifth chance in the tiebreaker. “It was a lot of chances on either end. He should have maybe closed it first in the second set, I believe,” Federer said. The third set stayed on serve until the ninth game, when Federer broke for 5-4 and then had three match points. “All his match points, hitting hard my forehand,” said Del Potro, who broke back for 5-5 on an excellent forehand winner. Federer didn’t count how many chances he squandered. “It doesn’t matter whether it was 20 or one,” he said, smiling. “It’s disappointing, but I thought it was a good match. Yeah, Juan Martin was a bit better at the end. It was maybe a point here or there, maybe a shot, maybe a forehand, maybe a chip. … It’s unfortunate, but I’m happy for him. Well done to him.” Del Potro dominated the tiebreaker, boosted by two double faults by Federer. “It’s just crazy how it can go the other way. But, you know, I had already missed my opportunities then,” Federer said. “Standing at the trophy ceremony, I think I would like to play that tiebreaker again, because I don’t know what the hell happened.” Del Potro’s victory on Sunday altered the competitive landscape. With Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic injured and youngsters such as Borna Coric, Sascha Zverev and Taylor Fritz not ready to ascend to the throne, Del Potro appears to be the biggest obstacle to Federer’s continued supremacy. Del Potro didn’t dare to imagine that possibility while recovering from those surgeries. “I’m surprising myself every day,” he said. “It’s like a surprising life to me and I’m so happy for that.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @helenenothelen For five sons, a chance to shine NBA-style, like dads ERIC SONDHEIMER ON HIGH SCHOOLS There were close to a dozen sons of former NBA players playing high school basketball in Southern California this season, and five will get the chance to play in a real NBA arena this weekend as the state championships are held at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. Since the Golden 1 Center is just 2 years old, none of the fathers will be able to offer specific inside knowledge. But their NBA experiences ought to give their sons some ideas about the challenges of shooting in an NBA arena and playing in a state championship game. Chatsworth Sierra Canyon (26-4) has four NBA sons on its Open Division final team: Scotty Pippen Jr., Duane Washington Jr., Terren Frank and K.J. Martin. Santa Monica Crossroads (24-9) is in the Division II final on Friday against Alameda and has Shareef O’Neal, son of Shaquille. “It’s going to be really fun, really exciting and I can’t wait to play for the championship,” said Washington, whose team defeated Etiwanda 58-55 in Saturday’s Southern California Regional final and will play the hometown Sheldon Huskies in Saturday’s 8 p.m. Open Division final. “This is all I’ve wanted to do. We’re at this moment. Now we have to get it done.” Sierra Canyon coach Andre Chevalier has successfully blended his group of five newcomers into the best team in Southern California. They have different personalities, but they’ve come together and are performing well under pressure and meeting every challenge. “Week by week, they’ve been getting better,” Chevalier said. Sierra Canyon was able to overcome the loss of Cassius Stanley in the second quarter to beat a tough, determined Etiwanda team. Stanley’s availability for Saturday’s final is uncertain. He hit the ground hard after making a layup. If he suffered a concussion, he won’t be able to play under concussion protocol rules. With one game left, the ‘This is all I’ve wanted to do. We’re at this moment. Now we have to get it done.’ — Duane Washington Jr. Sierra Canyon player experiences of the fathers should come in handy for their sons. “They can talk to them about the depth behind the backboard and how to prepare,” Chevalier said. “When the boys are home, it seems the parents are giving them positive feedback and constructive criticism to help them get over the top.” Sierra Canyon won a Division V championship in 2015, but this is the school’s first appearance in the Open Division final. Having former NBA fathers Scottie Pippen, Kenyon Martin, Duane Washington Sr., Tellis Frank and possibly Shaquille O’Neal courtside at Golden 1 Center ought to attract some fans. Southern California teams are coming well armed to take on their Northern California counterparts. Chino Hills, playing in the Division I final on Friday at 8 p.m. against Walnut Creek Las Lomas, has the duo of 6foot-9 Onyeka Okongwu and Andre Ball, cousin of Lakers guard Lonzo Ball. Okongwu has thrust himself into the top spot for player of the year status by averaging 28.6 points, 12 rebounds and 3.7 blocks. He’ll be the best center on display and should be ready to deliver his share of dunks. In the girls’ competition, all eyes will be on Windward junior Charisma Osborne. The No. 1 college prospect in California has been putting on a show during the playoffs. Windward will be facing Los Altos Hills Pinewood in the Open Division final on Saturday at 6 p.m. Tickets are $16 for adults and $10 for students. Spectrum will broadcast all 12 championship games. email@example.com Twitter: @latsondheimer PREP BASEBALL TOP 25 By Eric Sondheimer Rk. School (W-L) Comment (last week’s ranking) 1 SHERMAN OAKS NOTRE DAME (8-0) Grant Berman is batting .522. (2) 2 EL TORO (7-1-1) Lots of competition in South Coast League. (1) 3 HUNTINGTON BEACH (9-2) On a nine-game win streak. (7) 4 MIRA COSTA (7-0) Pitching has been outstanding. (8) 5 HARVARD-WESTLAKE (5-2) Three games vs. Alemany this week. (3) 6 SERVITE (8-1) Faces Corona Santiago on Tuesday. (10) 7 ETIWANDA (6-1) Cody Freeman is 13 for 25 with 10 RBIs. (13) 8 NORCO (8-2) Big win over Corona in league play. (17) 9 ARCADIA (6-0) Tyus Santa Anna is seven for 14. (11) 10 CORONA (7-3) Faces Roosevelt on Wednesday. (4) 11 AYALA (6-2) Showdown with South Hills on Monday. (6) 12 LA MIRADA (7-1-1) Sophomore Jared Jones is 15 for 30. (NR) 13 FOUNTAIN VALLEY (6-3) Nathan Wilson shut out Los Alamitos. (NR) 14 SAN CLEMENTE (6-1) Faces Cypress on Tuesday. (14) 15 CORONA SANTIAGO (5-2) Hanging tough with tough schedule. (9) 16 YUCAIPA (7-0) Faces Rancho Cucamonga on Tuesday. (18) 17 ALISO NIGUEL (6-2) Faces Capistrano Valley on Wednesday. (20) 18 CHAMINADE (6-2) Patrick Collins had nine Ks vs. Alemany. (19) 19 MISSION VIEJO (6-3) Win over El Toro shows Diablos’ potential. (21) 20 WEST RANCH (7-2) Junior Cade Nicol is 3-0 with 0.78 ERA. (15) 21 SIMI VALLEY (4-3) Let’s see who can beat Owen Sharts. (16) 22 BECKMAN (5-2-1) Big win over Corona del Mar. (22) 23 CAPISTRANO VALLEY (5-2) Big South Coast League games ahead. (23) 24 ORANGE LUTHERAN (3-2) Lancers sweep Cypress. (24) 25 THOUSAND OAKS (7-3) Garrett Clarke is 3-0 with 2.30 ERA. (NR) M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S D11 THE DAY IN SPORTS GOLF Raiders trade Patterson to the Patriots staff and wire reports The Oakland Raiders are trading kick returner Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots, the Associated Press reported Sunday. NFL Network reported that Oakland will receive a fifth-round pick in the deal and send one of its six sixth-round picks to New England. Patterson is one of the most accomplished kickoff returners in the game. His career average of 30.2 yards per return ranks second all time to Hall of Famer Gale Sayers’ 30.6 mark. Patterson, 26, had a career-low 968 all-purpose yards last season, his first in Oakland after four seasons in Minnesota, including two All-Pro campaigns. Still, the Raiders had the best average starting field position after kickoffs in the NFL, while the Patriots ranked fourth. Defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh, released last week by the Miami Dolphins, is expected to visit the Rams this week, a person with knowledge of the situation said. Suh, 31, is a five-time Pro Bowl selection. He has visited the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints and reportedly also has interest in meeting with the Seattle Seahawks. — Gary Klein The Pittsburgh Steelers signed inside linebacker Jon Bostic to a two-year contract. ... The New York Jets signed linebacker Avery Williamson and center Spencer Long, and re-signed cornerback Morris Claiborne, defensive lineman Mike Pennel and safety Terrence Brooks. ETC. Bruins sign Olympian Donato The Boston Bruins signed Ryan Donato to a two-year, entry-level deal and say the U.S. Olympic star could play for them right away. Donato, 21, had 26 goals and 17 assists for 43 points in 29 games this season at Harvard. He led the United States with five goals and six points at the Olympics as one of its youngest players. The Boston native said his dream was to play for the Bruins as his dad Ted Donato did. The Stanley Cup contenders also signed Olympian and NHL veteran Brian Gionta last month. Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Polanco hit .256 with 13 home runs and 74 RBIs last season while starting 127 games at shortstop. In a statement, Polanco said he didn’t “intentionally consume this steroid.” ... New York Mets left-hander Jason Vargas is expected to miss four to six weeks after fracturing a bone in his right hand. Inbee Park spoiled Laura Davies’ bid to become the oldest winner in LPGA Tour history, pulling away from the 54-year-old Englishwoman to win the Founders Cup in Phoenix. Richie Crampton won the NHRA Gatornationals in Florida after upsetting teammate Doug Kalitta and three-time champion Antron Brown to make the final. Tim Weah, a son of former world player of the year George Weah, is among seven players added to the U.S. Soccer roster who could debut in a March 27 exhibition against Paraguay at Cary, N.C. ... Cristiano Ronaldo scored four goals in Real Madrid’s 6-3 rout of Girona in the Spanish league. He has 21 goals in his past 11 matches. ... Manchester United will play Tottenham in the FA Cup semifinals at the Spurs’ Wembley Stadium home. Last year’s finalist Chelsea faces Southampton. $8.9-MILLION ARNOLD PALMER INVITATIONAL At Orlando, Fla. — Par 72 Bay Hill Club & Lodge—7,149 yards Final 72-Hole Scores 270 (-18)—$1,602,000 Rory McIlroy (500) ...................69-70-67-64 273 (-15)—$961,200 Bryson DeChambeau (300) .......67-66-72-68 274 (-14)—$605,200 Justin Rose (190).....................69-71-67-67 275 (-13)—$427,200 Henrik Stenson (135) ...............64-69-71-71 278 (-10)—$338,200 Ryan Moore (105) ....................71-67-69-71 Tiger Woods (105)....................68-72-69-69 280 (-8)—$249,942 Kevin Chappell (78)..................70-70-73-67 Marc Leishman (78) .................70-70-73-67 Luke List (78) ..........................71-67-74-68 Sean O’Hair (78)......................72-71-69-68 Patrick Reed (78) .....................68-70-71-71 Patrick Rodgers (78) .................72-71-68-69 281 (-7)—$186,900 Chris Kirk (60) .........................71-69-70-71 282 (-6)—$137,950 Byeong Hun An (50) .................68-68-72-74 Bud Cauley (50) ......................72-67-70-73 Rickie Fowler (50) ....................67-71-70-74 Charley Hoffman (50) ...............71-66-71-74 Sam Horsfield..........................70-73-68-71 Charles Howell III (50)...............72-70-70-70 Grayson Murray (50) .................71-69-69-73 Kyle Stanley (50) .....................71-71-71-69 283 (-5)—$89,000 Jason Day (38) ........................73-71-67-72 Harris English (38) ...................72-71-70-70 Brian Gay (38).........................73-71-70-69 Graeme McDowell (38) .............69-72-69-73 284 (-4)—$59,319 Keegan Bradley (27).................72-72-68-72 Tommy Fleetwood (27) ..............69-76-69-70 Talor Gooch (27) ......................65-70-73-76 Emiliano Grillo (27) ..................69-75-71-69 Tom Hoge (27).........................71-70-74-69 John Huh (27) .........................72-73-66-73 Zach Johnson (27) ...................69-71-71-73 Martin Laird (27)......................72-70-73-69 William McGirt (27) ..................70-71-70-73 Francesco Molinari (27) ............72-71-69-72 285 (-3)—$41,919 Austin Cook (18)......................72-73-66-74 Brandon Harkins (18) ...............69-74-71-71 Kevin Na (18)..........................71-70-76-68 Alex Noren (18) .......................71-72-75-67 Brian Stuard (18) .....................74-69-68-74 286 (-2)—$30,305 J.B. Holmes (12) ......................68-71-73-74 Jamie Lovemark (12) ................73-68-70-75 C.T. Pan (12) ...........................74-71-71-70 Ian Poulter (12) .......................73-70-73-70 Ollie Schniederjans (12)............71-71-68-76 Adam Scott (12) ......................73-70-72-71 Kevin Streelman (12) ................73-72-68-73 Aaron Wise (12).......................65-76-72-73 287 (-1)—$21,965 Sam Burns ..............................69-70-71-77 Ernie Els (8) ............................69-70-75-73 Lucas Glover (8).......................72-71-72-72 Chesson Hadley (8) ..................74-70-69-74 Hideki Matsuyama (8)...............70-72-71-74 288 (E)—$20,381 Brian Harman (6) .....................68-75-71-74 Billy Horschel (6) .....................68-70-73-77 Mackenzie Hughes (6)...............74-69-72-73 HaoTong Li ..............................73-70-74-71 289 (+1)—$19,491 Stewart Cink (5).......................72-70-72-75 James Hahn (5) .......................71-71-75-72 Sung Kang (5) .........................78-67-69-75 Davis Love III (5) ......................73-71-72-73 Curtis Luck ..............................71-68-74-76 Kevin Tway (5)..........................74-71-71-73 290 (+2)—$18,868 David Lingmerth (4)..................77-68-71-74 290 (+2)—$0 Collin Morikawa........................72-72-71-75 291 (+3)—$18,512 Beau Hossler (4)......................71-73-73-74 Peter Uihlein (4).......................73-72-74-72 Bubba Watson (4) ....................70-70-72-79 292 (+4)—$18,067 Paul Goydos (3) .......................70-74-72-76 Tyrrell Hatton (3) ......................70-74-73-75 293 (+5)—$0 Doc Redman ...........................72-72-72-77 295 (+7)—$17,800 Tyrone Van Aswegen (3).............72-72-74-77 296 (+8)—$17,533 Russell Knox (3).......................74-71-76-75 Jimmy Walker (3) .....................67-76-74-79 297 (+9)—$17,177 Anirban Lahiri (2) .....................73-72-74-78 Hudson Swafford (2).................73-72-73-79 $1.5-MILLION FOUNDERS CUP At Phoenix — Par 72 Wildfire Golf Club—6,656 yards Final 72-Hole Scores 269 (-19)—$225,000 Inbee Park...............................68-71-63-67 274 (-14)—$105,846 Marina Alex .............................70-66-70-68 Laura Davies............................73-69-63-69 Ariya Jutanugarn.......................68-68-68-70 275 (-13)—$57,023 In Gee Chun ............................71-69-69-66 Megan Khang ..........................71-71-65-68 276 (-12)—$36,305 Ally McDonald .........................74-69-65-68 Erynne Lee ..............................71-70-67-68 Chella Choi .............................67-72-66-71 Mariajo Uribe...........................68-68-67-73 277 (-11)—$25,105 Amy Olson ..............................72-70-66-69 Amy Yang................................71-71-66-69 Karine Icher.............................67-69-72-69 Caroline Inglis..........................71-68-68-70 Hee Young Park ........................68-70-69-70 278 (-10)—$19,388 Seon Woo Bae .........................70-70-70-68 Austin Ernst.............................73-69-67-69 Tiffany Joh...............................70-72-64-72 Brittany Lincicome ....................72-66-68-72 279 (-9)—$15,979 Bronte Law..............................71-69-71-68 Eun-Hee Ji...............................71-69-71-68 Catriona Matthew ....................71-71-68-69 Dani Holmqvist ........................69-71-70-69 Lindy Duncan...........................71-69-68-71 Jodi Ewart Shadoff....................70-71-66-72 280 (-8)—$12,697 Brittany Altomare......................71-72-69-68 Aditi Ashok..............................70-72-70-68 Caroline Masson ......................71-71-68-70 Ryann O’Toole ..........................70-73-66-71 Mo Martin ...............................71-66-72-71 Jessica Korda ..........................69-68-71-72 281 (-7)—$9,764 Azahara Munoz ........................73-70-68-70 Lindsey Weaver ........................72-68-71-70 Beatriz Recari ..........................71-71-68-71 Nanna Koerstz Madsen..............72-69-68-72 Michelle Wie............................70-68-71-72 Cydney Clanton........................68-67-74-72 Jeong Eun Lee .........................71-70-67-73 282 (-6)—$7,310 Anna Nordqvist ........................69-73-73-67 Morgan Pressel ........................71-72-70-69 Hyo Joo Kim ............................73-69-70-70 Charley Hull.............................71-72-68-71 Lizette Salas............................68-73-70-71 Haeji Kang ..............................71-69-69-73 Jennifer Song...........................72-68-68-74 283 (-5)—$6,006 Rebecca Lillian Artis .................72-70-69-72 Katherine Kirk ..........................69-72-69-73 Jin Young Ko............................70-69-71-73 284 (-4)—$4,797 Thidapa Suwannapura...............73-70-74-67 Maude-Aimee Leblanc...............69-71-73-71 Carlota Ciganda .......................71-72-69-72 Jackie Stoelting .......................70-69-73-72 Jacqui Concolino ......................73-69-69-73 Ayako Uehara ..........................72-69-70-73 Amelia Lewis ...........................71-67-73-73 Kyung Kim...............................70-68-73-73 Jane Park ................................70-72-68-74 Sung Hyun Park .......................69-70-69-76 285 (-3)—$3,783 Yani Tseng...............................76-67-73-69 Cristie Kerr ..............................75-68-73-69 P.K. Kongkraphan......................72-71-70-72 Kim Kaufman...........................71-70-71-73 286 (-2)—$3,497 Nicole Broch Larsen..................72-71-72-71 Perrine Delacour.......................71-72-72-71 Lee Lopez ...............................72-69-71-74 287 (-1)—$3,308 Wichanee Meechai ...................76-67-75-69 Brianna Do..............................71-72-71-73 288 (E)—$3,193 Pornanong Phatlum ..................69-73-72-74 289 (+1)—$3,054 Angel Yin ................................72-70-78-69 Paula Reto ..............................74-68-76-71 Jing Yan ..................................73-69-73-74 291 (+3)—$2,965 Brittany M Benvenuto ................70-71-75-75 COLLEGE TENNIS MEN Nonconference Wake Forest 4, USC 1 WOMEN Pac-12 UCLA 4, Oregon 0 COLLEGE BASKETBALL NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT Second Round Sunday’s Results Mississippi State 78, Baylor 77 Marquette 101, Oregon 92 Louisville 84, Middle Tennessee 68 Today’s Schedule Western Kentucky (25-10) at USC (24-11), 8:30 p.m. Stanford (19-15) at Oklahoma State (20-14), 4 p.m. LSU (18-14) at Utah (20-11), 6 p.m. Washington (21-12) at Saint Mary's (29-5), 8 p.m. CBI Quarterfinals Today’s Schedule Campbell (17-15) vs. New Orleans (16-16), 4 p.m. North Texas (16-17) vs. Mercer (19-14), 5 p.m. Central Arkansas (18-16) vs. Jacksonville State (22-12), 5 p.m. Utah Valley (23-10) vs. San Francisco (19-15), 7 p.m. CIT Second Round Sunday’s Result Northern Colorado 81, Drake 72 Today’s Schedule Eastern Michigan (22-12) at Sam Houston State (19-14), 4:30 p.m. Quarterfinals Wednesday’s Schedule UIC (18-15) at Austin Peay (19-14), 5 p.m. NCAA Division II Quarterfinals Tuesday’s Schedule West Texas A&M (31-3) vs. Le Moyne (27-6),11 a.m. Ferris State (35-1) vs. Barry (23-8), 1:30 p.m. Queens (NC) (31-3) vs. California Baptist (28-5), 5 p.m. Northern State (34-3) vs. East Stroudsburg (27-5), 7:30 p.m. NAIA TOURNAMENT Semifinals Today’s Schedule LSU Shreveport (30-4) vs. Graceland (Iowa) (2710), 4 p.m. LSU Alexandria (28-7) vs. William Penn (30-4), 6 p.m. WOMEN NIT Second Round Sunday’s Results Indiana 74, Milwaukee 54 Purdue 77, Ball State 72 Virginia Tech 78, George Mason 69 South Dakota 74, Colorado State 49 Georgia Tech 91, UAB 47 West Virginia 79, Saint Joseph's 51 Alabama 80, UCF 61 UC Davis 74, Wyoming 64 Fordham 63, Drexel 60 Kansas State 74, Utah 57 Today’s Schedule Toledo (18-14) at Michigan State (18-13), 4 p.m. Duquesne (24-7) at Georgetown (16-15), 4 p.m. Penn (22-8) at St. John's (17-14), 4 p.m. Tuesday’s Schedule Rice (23-9) at New Mexico (24-10), 6 p.m. NCAA Division II Quarterfinals Today’s Schedule Lubbock Christian (31-1) vs. Central Missouri (27-3), 10 a.m. Carson-Newman (32-2) vs. Union (Tenn.) (30-3), 12:30 p.m. Montana State Billings (25-11) vs. Ashland (34-0), 4 p.m. Stonehill (29-3) vs. Indiana (Pa.) (29-3), 6:30 p.m. WBI Quarterfinals Today’s Schedule Furman (18-13) at South Alabama (20-12), 5 p.m. Weber State (21-10) at Central Arkansas (23-9), 5:30 p.m. Nevada (18-16) at Fresno State (17-14), 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20 Yale (16-13) at Binghamton (20-11), 4 p.m. NAIA TOURNAMENT Semifinals Today’s Schedule Montana Western vs. Freed-Hardeman, 5 p.m. Wayland Baptist vs. Westmont, 7 p.m. EXHIBITION BASEBALL TRANSACTIONS Sunday’s Results Milwaukee 7, DODGERS (ss) 3 San Diego 2, DODGERS (ss) 1 ANGELS 4, Texas 2 Atlanta 6, Houston 3 Boston 2, Pittsburgh (ss) 1 Tampa Bay 10, Detroit 5 N.Y. Yankees 8, Miami 5 N.Y. Mets 5, Baltimore 4 Minnesota 4, Philadelphia 3 St. Louis 10, Washington 0 Toronto 5, Pittsburgh (ss) 2 Cleveland (ss) 11, Chicago Cubs 4 Cincinnati 6, Arizona 3 Oakland 14, Chicago White Sox 0 Kansas City 11, Chicago Cubs (ss) 9 San Francisco 13, Colorado 0 Cleveland (ss) 16, Seattle 3 Today’s Schedule Seattle vs. ANGELS at Tempe, 6:10 p.m. Oakland vs. DODGERS at Glendale, 7:05 p.m. COLLEGE BASEBALL Pac-12 UCLA 5, Washington St. 4 West Coast Gonzaga 7, Pepperdine 0 Nonconference Cal State Fullerton 2, Grand Canyon 0 Long Beach State 1, Tulane 0 Nevada 3, UC Riverside 0 (DH) Utah Valley 9, UC Irvine 5 UC Riverside 9, Nevada 2 (DH) TENNIS $16.7-MILLION PARIBAS OPEN At The Indian Wells Tennis Garden Surface: Hard-Outdoor MEN’S SINGLES (championship)—Juan Martin del Potro (6), Argentina, def. Roger Federer (1), Switzerland, 6-4, 6-7 (8), 7-6 (2). WOMEN’S SINGLES (championship)—Naomi Osaka, Japan, def. Daria Kasatkina (20), Russia, 6-3, 6-2. SOCCER INTERNATIONAL SPAIN La Liga Leganes 2, Sevilla 1 Barcelona 2, Athletic Bilbao 0 Celta Vigo 0, Malaga 0 Villarreal 2, Atletico 1 Madrid 6, Girona 3 ITALY Serie A Sampdoria 0, Inter 5 Verona 0, Atalanta 5 Turin 1, Fiorentina 2 Benevento 1, Cagliari 2 AC Milan 3, Chievo 2 Crotone 0, Roma 2 Napoli 1, Genoa 0 Lazio 1, Bologna 1 FRANCE Ligue 1 Nice 1, PSG 2 Metz 1, Nantes 1 Saint-Etienne 2, Guingamp 0 GERMANY Bundesliga Dortmund 1, Hannover 0 Cologne 2, Leverkusen 0 RB Leipzig 2, Bayern 1 MEXICO Liga MX Monterrey 3, Queretaro 1 Leon 2, Lobos B.U.A.P. 2 Necaxa 1, Pachuca 1 America 1, Toluca 2 Chivas 0, Tigres 0 BASEBALL MLB — Suspended Minnesota SS Jorge Polanco 80 games without pay after testing positive for Stanozolol, a performance-enhancing substance, in violation of Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Arizona — Released C Josh Thole. Optioned RHPs Braden Shipley and Silvino Bracho to Reno (PCL). Cincinnati — Traded 1B Eric Jagielo to Miami for cash. Houston — Optioned RHP Francis Martes to minor league camp. Reassigned OFs Jon Kemmer and Kyle Tucker, INF Jack Mayfield and C Garrett Stubbs to minor league camp. Kansas City — Optioned INF Ramon Torres, C Cam Gallagher and RHPs Miguel Almonte, Sam Gaviglio and Trevor Oaks to Omaha (PCL). Designated Gaviglio for assignment. Agreed to terms with RHP Justin Grimm on a one-year contract. Miami — Agreed to terms with LHP Sean Burnett on a minor league contract. Minnesota — Reassigned RHPs Jake Reed and Myles Jaye, C Jordan Pacheco, INF Nick Gordon, and OFs Nick Buss and LaMonte Wade to their minor league camp. New York Yankees — Optioned INF Miguel Andujar to Scranton OAKLAND ATHLETICS — Optioned RHP Chris Bassitt to Nashville (PCL). Reassigned LHPs Eric Jokisch and A.J. Puk, RHP Kyle Finnegan, C Sean Murphy, INF Steve Lombardozzi and OFs Anthony Garcia, Slade Heathcott and Nick Martini to minor league camp. Philadelphia — Optioned RHP Yacksel Rios to Lehigh Valley (IL). St. Louis — Optioned RHPs Jack Flaherty and John Gant, LHP Ryan Sherriff, C Carson Kelly, INF Breyvic Valera and OF Oscar Mercado to Memphis (PCL). BASKETBALL NBA — Fined New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry and Detroit coach Stan Van Gunday $15,000 each, for public criticism of the officiating at their games on Saturday. Atlanta — Transferred F Andrew White III to Erie (NBAGL). FOOTBALL New York Jets — Signed QB Teddy Bridgewater to a one-year contract and LB Avery Williamson and C Spencer Long. Re-signed CB Morris Claiborne, DL Mike Pennel and S Terrence Brooks. Oakland — Signed LB Kyle Wilber. THE ODDS NBA Favorite at Cleveland at Indiana at Philadelphia at Miami at New York at Brooklyn at San Antonio Detroit Line (O/U) 21⁄2 (223) OFF (OFF) 8 (223) OFF (OFF) OFF (OFF) 5 (211) 61⁄2 (206) 1 2 ⁄2 (2031⁄2) Underdog Milwaukee Lakers Charlotte Denver Chicago Memphis Golden State at Sacramento College Basketball THIS DAY IN SPORTS 1942 — The Thoroughbred Racing Associations of the United States is formed, with John C. Clark as president. 1972 — The Lakers beat the Golden State Warriors 162-99 for the most lopsided victory in NBA history. 2014 — Chris Eversley scores 19 points to help Cal Poly become the first team in 59 years with 19 losses to win an NCAA Tournament game, beating Texas Southern 81-69 in the First Four. Favorite at Oklahoma St. at Utah at Saint Mary’s at USC at Campbell at Central Arkansas at North Texas Utah Valley Line 71⁄2 Underdog Stanford 4 11 4 6 PK LSU Washington W. Kentucky New Orleans Jacksonville St PK 1 E. Michigan 11⁄2 Purdue 11⁄2 Mercer at San Francisco at Sam Houston St. Texas Tech NHL Favorite at Boston Nashville Florida at Minnesota at Arizona OFF -226 -140 -135 OFF Underdog Columbus at Buffalo at Montreal Kings Calgary OFF +206 +130 +125 OFF SANTA ANITA RESULTS Copyright 2018 by Equibase Co. 48th day of 59-day meet. 2414-FIRST RACE. 6 furlongs. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming Prices $25,000-$22,500. Purse $23,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 Empress Rules Roman 7.60 4.20 3.20 2 Just Be Held Ceballos 4.60 3.00 5 Royal Astronomer Talamo 5.80 8 Also Ran: Del Mar Diva, Mining Diamonds, Tiz Mi Haina. 8 Time: 22.38, 46.02, 58.89, 1.11.54. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Cheryl Lankford. Owner: Cheryl Lankford. 8 Scratched: none. 8 Exotics: $1 Exacta (4-2) paid $10.40, 10-Cent Superfecta (4-2-5-1) paid $26.36, 50-Cent Trifecta (4-2-5) paid $30.90. 2415-SECOND RACE. 1 mile. Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $8,000. Purse $16,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Where’s the D Hernndz 14.80 5.60 5.40 3 Honor Maker Baze 3.60 4.80 5 Jill Madden Pedroza 7.60 8 Also Ran: Rosie My Rosie, Veronica Bay. 8 Time: 24.14, 48.58, 1.13.43, 1.26.56, 1.40.18. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Rosemary Trela. Owner: Kenny Stufflebeam. 8 Scratched: I’m No Patsy. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (4-2) paid $65.60, $1 Exacta (2-3) paid $28.30, 10-Cent Superfecta (2-3-5-6) paid $17.83, 50-Cent Trifecta (2-3-5) paid $62.55. 2416-THIRD RACE. 5 1⁄2 furlongs. Maiden Claiming. 3-year-olds. Claiming Price $75,000. Purse $33,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Crazy Uncle Rick Maldndo 2.80 2.10 3 Nova Roman 2.60 2 Imperial Legacy Sanchez 8 Also Ran: Earnednevergiven. 8 Time: 22.42, 45.68, 57.77, 1.04.23. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Jeff Bonde. Owner: Das, Soumya, Lebherz, Philip, Stanton, Mark and Wedge, Stephanie. 8 Scratched: Mongolian Groom, Jimmy the Bull. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (2-5) paid $35.60, $1 Exacta (5-3) paid $3.40, 10-Cent Superfecta (5-3-2-4) paid $0.77, 50-Cent Trifecta (5-3-2) paid $4.75, $1 Pick Three (4-2-5) paid $94.40. 2417-FOURTH RACE. 1-mile turf. Starter Allowance. 3-year-olds. Claiming Price $50,000. Purse $30,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Shifty Dancer Baze 43.20 17.60 8.20 3 Touchdown U S C Pereira 10.00 6.00 1 Gray Admiral Fuentes 3.40 8 Also Ran: Black Site, Zippy Groom, Risky Proposition, Bob’s All In, Shackalov. 8 Time: 23.62, 47.66, 1.11.99, 1.24.57, 1.37.15. Clear & Good. Trainer: Hector O. Palma. Owner: BG Stables. 8 Scratched: none. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (5-2) paid $49.60, $1 Exacta (2-3) paid $162.00, 10-Cent Superfecta (2-3-1-6) paid $265.64, $1 Super High Five (2-3-1-6-4) paid $12,368.40, 50-Cent Trifecta (2-3-1) paid $261.70, $1 Pick Three (2-5-2) paid $288.90. 2418-FIFTH RACE. 5 1⁄2 furlongs. Maiden Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $16,000. Purse $17,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 7 Dizzy Diva Talamo 3.40 2.20 2.10 1 Yalla Pedroza 3.20 2.60 6 Magicalchic Payeras 4.40 8 Also Ran: Angela’s Rose, Sonnet’s Joy, Radio Chatter. 8 Time: 22.75, 46.75, 59.10, 1.05.63. Clear & Fast. Trainer: David E. Hofmans. Owner: Kingston, Ted, Zennedjian, Brandon, Zennedjian, Eddie S. and Zolnier, Casey. 8 Scratched: Shining Armada. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (2-7) paid $84.40, $1 Exacta (7-1) paid $4.50, 10-Cent Superfecta (7-1-6-5) paid $3.71, 50-Cent Trifecta (7-1-6) paid $8.05, $2 Consolation Double (2-4) paid $45.00, $1 Pick Three (5-2-7) paid $85.90, $1 Consolation Pick Three (5-2-4) paid $32.00, 50-Cent Pick Four (2-1/5/6-2-4/7) 584 tickets with 4 correct paid $207.10, 50-Cent Pick Five (4-2-1/5/6-2-4/7) 327 tickets with 5 correct paid $950.25. 2419-SIXTH RACE. 6 1⁄2 furlongs. Allowance Optional Claiming. Fillies and Mares. 3-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $62,500. Purse $58,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Spectator Prat 4.00 2.60 2.20 3 Yuvetsi Pereira 3.20 2.60 2 Phantom Proton Talamo 2.60 8 Also Ran: Ms Wakaya, She’s No Drama, Dis Smart Cat. 8 Time: 21.95, 44.57, 1.09.46, 1.16.12. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Philip D’Amato. Owner: Waller, Rick and Sharon. 8 Scratched: none. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (7-1) paid $5.80, $1 Exacta (1-3) paid $5.40, 10-Cent Superfecta (1-3-2-4) paid $3.19, 50Cent Trifecta (1-3-2) paid $6.05, $1 Pick Three (2-7-1) paid $76.60, $1 Consolation Pick Three (2-4-1) paid $30.30. 2420-SEVENTH RACE. 6 1⁄2 furlongs. Allowance Optional Claiming. 4-year-olds and up. Claiming Price $40,000. Purse $56,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Quality Line Baze 14.60 5.80 3.40 1 Tony Blackjack Talamo 4.40 2.80 8 Hoffenheim Conner 6.20 8 Also Ran: Stringent, Grazen Sky, Tina’s Exchange, Elwood J, Royal Opera House (IRE). 8 Time: 21.55, 44.70, 1.09.40, 1.16.10. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Victor L. Garcia. Owner: Lucky Charm Stable. 8 Scratched: none. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (1-5) paid $45.40, $1 Exacta (5-1) paid $27.50, 10-Cent Superfecta (5-1-8-3) paid $89.32, $1 Super High Five (5-1-8-3-7) paid $3,020.50, 50Cent Trifecta (5-1-8) paid $127.05, $1 Pick Three (7-1-5) paid $27.00. 2421-EIGHTH RACE. 1 1⁄8 mile turf. ‘Santa Ana Stakes.’ Fillies and Mares. 4-year-olds and up. Purse $200,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 1 Madam Nakatani 4.60 3.20 2.20 Dancealot (IRE) 8 Midnight Crossing Blanc 7.20 4.00 (IRE) 9 Sassy Little Lila Prat 2.60 8 Also Ran: Lucy De, How Unusual, Majestic Angel, Evo Campo (IRE), Laseen (IRE). 8 Time: 24.78, 49.00, 1.12.89, 1.37.31, 1.49.51. Clear & Good. Trainer: Richard Baltas. Owner: Slam Dunk Racing. 8 Scratched: Fault. 8 Exotics: $2 Daily Double (5-1) paid $37.40, $1 Exacta (1-8) paid $19.80, 10-Cent Superfecta (1-8-9-6) paid $40.68, $1 Super High Five (1-8-9-6-7) paid $1,885.10, 50Cent Trifecta (1-8-9) paid $24.65, $1 Pick Three (1-5-1) paid $38.90. 2422-NINTH RACE. 6 furlongs. Maiden Claiming. Fillies. 3-year-olds. Claiming Prices $50,000-$40,000. Purse $29,000. P# Horse Jockey Win Place Show 9 Donut Girl Conner 9.00 5.40 3.60 1 Paprika Prat 5.60 4.40 8 Champagne Honey Baze 2.80 8 Also Ran: Full Court, Sweet Maria, Whatyouciswhatuget, I Adore You, A Little Romance, Boom Boom Bango. 8 Time: 22.59, 46.43, 58.67, 1.11.31. Clear & Fast. Trainer: Mike Puype. Owner: Dante, Janet and Dante, Michael. 8 Scratched: none. 8 Exotics: $2 Pick Six Jackpot (2-4/7-1-5-1/2-9) , Pick Six Jackpot Carryover $77,730, $2 Daily Double (1-9) paid $26.20, $1 Exacta (9-1) paid $28.70, 10-Cent Superfecta (9-1-8-7) paid $146.96, $1 Super High Five (9-1-8-7-4) 4 tickets paid $7,561.40, 50-Cent Trifecta (9-1-8) paid $37.65, $1 Pick Three (5-1-9) paid $124.50, 50-Cent Pick Four (1-51/2-9) 4652 tickets with 4 correct paid $93.45, 50-Cent Pick Five (4/7-1-5-1/2-9) 2084 tickets with 5 correct paid $120.15, $2 Pick Six (2-4/7-1-5-1/2-9) 341 tickets with 5 out of 6 paid $46.60, $2 Pick Six (2-4/7-1-5-1/2-9) 9 tickets with 6 correct paid $8,230.00. ATTENDANCE/MUTUEL HANDLE On-Track Attendance-7,512 Mutuel handle-$1,198,568 Inter-Track Attendance-N/A Mutuel handle-$2,029,923 Out of State Attendance-N/A Mutuel handle-$5,354,998 Total Attendance-7,512 Mutuel handle- $8,583,489 D12 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / S P O RT S BASEBALL DODGERS REPORT Kershaw says goodbye to glorious 20s By Bill Shaikin PHOENIX — No competitor, in any sport, is more focused than Clayton Kershaw. On the days he pitches, there is no tolerance for distraction. But this is spring training, where the atmosphere is lighter and the crowd sits extra close to the field. On Sunday, as Kershaw adjusted his batting glove in the on-deck circle, a group of fans serenaded him with a chorus of “Happy Birthday.” Kershaw turned for a moment, tipping the brim of his helmet to the impromptu choir. On Monday, the greatest pitcher of our generation turns 30. “Thirty just sounds old,” Kershaw said. “I don’t feel old. But, especially with the group of guys we have in here, 30 is different. The core of our team is 25-ish. “A wife and two kids, I start feeling old. And now I’m 30.” His 20s were incredibly special: marriage, children, the construction of two homes for vulnerable children in Zambia, and community service in Los Angeles, his hometown of Dallas and the Dominican Republic. And on the field: a World Series appearance, a mostvaluable-player award, three Cy Young awards, seven AllStar appearances, and the lowest career earned-run average of any major league pitcher ever to throw 1,000 innings. “It’s been a lot of fun,” Kershaw said. “I’m not a very reflective person, but I don’t take for granted the time. No doubt about it. Hopefully I get to do it for a little bit longer.” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts would not go so far as to say Kershaw could maintain that unprecedented level of excellence well into his 30s. On the other hand, Roberts said, Kershaw thrives on the location and command of his pitches, not on an overwhelming fastball velocity that would be bound to decline in his second decade in the majors. His average fastball velocity last season, at 92.7 mph, did not rank among the top 50 pitchers with at least 100 innings. “The dominance of what he’s done his entire career, that’s a big ask,” Roberts said. “But I still think he’s right there at the top of the game.” Kershaw dominated the San Diego Padres on Sunday, throwing five shutout innings, striking out eight, and delivering the double that drove in the Dodgers’ lone run. His Cactus League earned-run average is 0.00, and yet he declined to declare himself unconditionally ready for the season. “You never know,” he said. “I’ll let you know on opening day, I guess.” Carlos Osorio Associated Press “I DON’T feel old,” says the Dodgers’ Clayton Ker- shaw, who has an ERA of 0.00 in the Cactus League. pected to make outfielder Trayce Thompson available in trade talks. Thompson is out of options, so the Dodgers could lose him on waivers if they try to send him to the minor leagues. Thompson appears to rank behind Matt Kemp, Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez, Andrew Toles, Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo on the Dodgers’ outfield depth chart. “I’m 27 years old,” Thompson said. “It’s time for me to get a shot in the big leagues.” Thompson hit 13 home runs in the first half of the 2016 season, then missed the second half because of a back injury. He started last season 0 for 38, split between the Dodgers and triple-A Oklahoma City, and finished the lost season batting .122 in 27 games for the Dodgers and .212 in 95 games at Oklahoma City. Thompson said his first choice would be to play alongside his Dodgers teammates. “I love these guys,” he said. “They are my friends for life.” Marathon man Justin Turner was excused from camp Sunday so he could attend the Los Angeles Marathon. His foundation, one of the official charities of the marathon, sponsored a race team and raised more than $35,000 to help the less fortunate in Southern California. “He wants to take his personal day to do stuff for the community,” Roberts said, “and I think that’s fantastic.” firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @BillShaikin Rotation alignment Kershaw, Alex Wood, Kenta Maeda and Rich Hill will start the season-opening series against the San Francisco Giants, Roberts said. Hyun-Jin Ryu will be the fifth starter. He’ll start the opener of the Dodgers’ first road series, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Dodgers will start all left-handers in that series. The Diamondbacks last season had an OPS of .739 against left-handers and a league-leading OPS of .787 against right-handers. Thompson trade? The Dodgers are ex- San Diego 2, Dodgers 1 Milwaukee 7, Dodgers 3 AT THE PLATE: Clayton Kershaw doubled in the Dodgers’ run against the San Diego Padres at Camelback Ranch, and Joc Pederson doubled and singled against the Milwaukee Brewers at Maryvale Baseball Park. Pederson lifted his Cactus League batting average to .167. ON THE MOUND: Kershaw pitched five scoreless innings, striking out eight batters. He has not given up a run in the Cactus League in 142⁄3 innings. Josh Fields and Tony Cingrani each threw a scoreless inning against the Brewers, with Fields maintaining his ERA at 0.00 and Cingrani lowering his to 2.25. EXTRA BASES: Dodgers pitching coach Rick Honeycutt is expected to rejoin the team Monday, manager Dave Roberts said. Honeycutt has been away for a week tending to a family matter. ... Nick Allen, 19, who was playing for Parker High in San Diego this time last year, is scheduled to be the Oakland Athletics’ starting shortstop Monday against the Dodgers. UP NEXT: Oakland at 7 p.m. Monday at Camelback Ranch. TV: SportsNet LA. Radio: 570. — Bill Shaikin Chris Carlson Associated Press VETERAN SECOND BASEMAN Ian Kinsler, 35, has been a catalyst on offense for the Angels during spring- training games after arriving from the Detroit Tigers by way of a trade in December. ANGELS REPORT Kinsler keeps putting on a show than just a guy who is going to hit first for us. He’s an important part of our lineup.” By Jeff Miller Angels 4, Texas 2 SURPRISE, Ariz. — Given his performance this spring, Ian Kinsler sort of sneaking up on the Angels in the offseason now seems entirely appropriate. The savvy of a veteran entering his 13th season has been impossible to miss, Kinsler, as one example, continually finding ways to advance an extra base in a manner that could almost be described as devious. His timing and execution have been nearly impeccable. He genuinely has swiped real estate on plays that only officially didn’t count as stolen bases. “There’s no doubt when you take that extra base or you can create something on the basepaths, it’s the icing on the cake,” manager Mike Scioscia said. The most impressive play for Kinsler came against Texas on March 11, when he scored from first base on a Mike Trout groundout to shortstop. Think about how unlikely that sounds for a second. Kinsler broke when the ball was struck and, as Jurickson Profar was fielding it and throwing to first, hesitated but never stopped running around second. His aggressiveness led to first baseman Joey Gallo throwing wildly across the infield, the error allowing Kinsler to score just ahead of the throw home. Scioscia said such plays “definitely can give you a lift,” Kinsler providing the Angels with some newfound fire at the top of their batting order. Entering Sunday, and in another game against the Rangers, one of his former teams, Kinsler was hitting .321 with a .472 on-base percentage. No Angel had scored more runs than his nine. “Batter’s box offense is still the lion’s share of what you’re going to create,” Scioscia said. “But what you do on the bases definitely AT THE PLATE: Zack Cozart drove in the Angels’ first two runs on a fielder’s choice and a double, doubling his RBI total for the spring. The team’s new third baseman is hitting .303, although he did make a throwing error Sunday. Kole Calhoun had a double in three at-bats, continuing a fine spring during which he’s batting .424. Calhoun is coming off a season in which his average dipped to .244 and the slugging percentage to .392. Carlos Perez and Chris Carter had RBI doubles. ON THE MOUND: Nick Tropeano pitched into the sixth inning in the best Cactus League start yet for the Angels. He gave up two hits and two walks in 51⁄3 scoreless innings. The right-hander struck out nine batters, including five in a row during one stretch. He picked off a runner at first base. Blake Wood gave up one hit but got the final two outs of the sixth inning. Jim Johnson surrendered a run and three hits in one inning. Johnson’s ERA is 3.38 in eight appearances. EXTRA BASES: With a night game set for Monday, Tyler Skaggs is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game during the day. … Osmer Morales, a nonroster invitee, will start the Cactus League game. UP NEXT: Seattle at 6 p.m. Monday at Surprise Stadium. TV: FS West; Radio: 830. — Jeff Miller complements that.” Kinsler, 35, joined the Angels in December in a trade with Detroit that came together so unexpectedly that it forced general manager Billy Eppler to ask Zack Cozart to switch from second base to third base. This, in a story that’s already a part of 2018 Angels lore, happened only a day after Eppler had asked Cozart to switch from shortstop, where he had played pretty much his entire career, to second base. The Angels and Tigers had first discussed a Kinsler trade around the July 31 deadline. Those talks continued on and off after the season. On the morning of the news conference at which Shohei Ohtani was introduced, Eppler reached out to Detroit again. The response he received was less than enthusiastic. “My temperature on it felt fairly cold,” Eppler said. “It didn’t feel like there was anything really there.” At the subsequent winter meetings, as nothing changed on the Kinsler front, Eppler focused on pursuing Cozart, who was a free agent and eventually agreed to become an Angel. Before Cozart could fly to Southern California for his physical, the Tigers contacted Eppler and the oncedead Kinsler deal not only was alive again but completed a short time later. Just that quickly, the Angels had someone with practical experience to place at the top of their lineup. Last season, the Angels didn’t have a true leadoff hitter, only eight guys who at one point or another batted first. Four of those eight are no longer with the club. From that batting position, they ranked 21st in onbase percentage, 22nd in onbase-plus-slugging percentage and 22nd in runs in 2017. Kinsler’s spring training, at least, suggests those numbers should change for the better. “I think he’s doing what we anticipated,” Scioscia said. “You’re seeing him set the table. You’re seeing him with big hits. … He’s more Ohtani goes hitless Trying to gain some traction in his first big league spring training, Ohtani had four tough, and hitless, plate appearances against Texas. He faced a left-hander each time. He went 0 for 2 against starter Martin Perez, and 0 for 1 against each Alex Claudio and minor leaguer Brady Feigl. For his career, Claudio has limited lefthanders to 36 hits in 209 atbats, a .172 average. Ohtani struck out twice, lined out and reached on an error. He is two for 24 for the spring with nine strikeouts. “I’m trying to get my swing right,” he said through an interpreter. “I’ve been fouling off a lot of pitches I shouldn’t be fouling off.” Scioscia said Ohtani likely will be the designated hitter again Monday when the Angels play Seattle at Tempe Diablo Stadium. “I feel like I can’t let the pitchers dictate my timing,” he said. “I have to find my own rhythm.” Ohtani’s next pitching appearance will come Saturday, possibly in a minor league game. The Angels’ final game in Arizona also is Saturday, at home, against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Richards is sharp Right-hander Garrett Richards pitched six scoreless innings in a triple-A game against the Colorado Rockies. He struck out six batters and walked none, and threw 88 pitches, 58 for strikes. In the same game, Albert Pujols went four for seven with a home run. By having them play in a minor league game, the Angels could more directly control Richards’ pitch count and get Pujols more at-bats than he would have received against Texas. email@example.com E CALENDAR M O N D A Y , M A R C H 1 9 , 2 0 1 8 :: L A T I M E S . C O M / C A L E N D A R SXSW MUSIC FESTIVAL Music brings a bit of unity A yearning to connect is a common thread as film chapter gives way to tunes and gaming. By Todd Martens AUSTIN, Texas — Mid-20s Australian artist Stella Donnelly was about halfway through “Mean to Me,” a song about a no-good significant other who criticizes her jokes, acts bored in her presence and lacks even a sliver of human decency, when she decided to lighten the mood with the lilt of a violin. It was a clever sleight-ofhand, given that the only instrument in sight was her electric guitar. So she improvised. She began swaying the guitar, bowing before the microphone and mimicking the wordless accompaniment, as if she was suddenly an unvanquished star in her own orchestra. Mission accomplished: Where bitterness had once filled the room, now there was laughter. Donnelly was one of a number of artists who descended upon Austin, Texas, for the annual South by Southwest festival and conference whose art was openly frank about real life and remarkably cognizant of the audience, so much so that her songs extended a hand as much as they told a story or presented a point of view. The 10-day event, in which more than 70,000 registered attendees explored [See SXSW, E2] Choirs of wailing shells In ‘Journey’s End,’ soldiers reminisce and wait to die in muddy trenches of WWI. By Jeffrey Fleishman Years ago, in a quiet German forest, a gravedigger for fallen soldiers stilled his spade and said: “In these bones, you see what war is like. I know war now. I’ll tell you what it is. War is young men killing other young men they do not know on the orders of old men who know one another too well.” That sentiment lingers through “Journey’s End,” a nuanced and forbidding British film set on the front lines of World War I, which killed around 17 million people, many of them young soldiers marched into hopeless battles by misguided generals. The story, adapted from a 1928 play by R.C. Sherriff, is a meditation on duty and folly and a glimpse back to a time before Kevlar vests, laser-guided missiles and public concern over high casualty counts. British soldiers in [See ‘End,’ E3] Kirk McKoy Los Angeles Times “I DON’T really have any agenda with it. And just kind of hope for the best,” “Love, Simon” star Nick Robinson says of his career. A star on the brink Nick Robinson graduates from teen actor to leading man with the groundbreaking LGBTQ high school comedy ‘Love, Simon’ BY AMY KAUFMAN >>> “Have you been to Echo Park Lake? You wanna go down there?” Nick Robinson asks. He’s finished his cortado, a frothy espresso drink that became his goto coffee order after a trip to Spain a few years ago, and says it’s nice outside — not too cold. So we leave the Woodcat Coffee Bar, and I throw my bag into my car before we head to the lake. The actor checks out the stuff in the back seat, observing bulk-size quantities of Special K and Lysol wipes. “Did you just go to Costco?” he asks. “I love Costco. I just find it very calming, for some reason. The best time to go is, like, a Wednesday at 2 o’clock. You have the whole place to yourself. You don’t have to wait for the free samples. And you can buy a bunch of [stuff] you don’t need, but you’re like, ‘Wow, this is a great deal.’ ” His favorite things to buy at Costco, he says, are Suntory Japanese whiskey and flashlights. He recently started rent- ing a house in the neighborhood, and he’s building a workshop with a toolbox — hence the flashlights. “I like to have stuff to be prepared,” he says. “Not for doomsday. I just find it really Zen to be like, ‘I have all of these things if I ever needed them.’ ” At age 22, Robinson is in that phase of life where performing mundane adult tasks still feels thrilling. He’s finding his footing as a twentysomething Angeleno just as he’s coming into his own in the movie business too. Robinson is carrying his first major studio picture: “Love, Simon,” in which he stars as a high-schooler struggling to come out as gay to his friends and family. He’s been in big movies before — the blockbuster reboot “Jurassic World,” the teen romance “Everything, Everything,” the sci-fi action film “The 5th Wave” — but he played supporting roles in those. “Love, Simon,” which opened Friday, is a larger role, better reviewed [See Robinson, E5] and, in his opinion, riskier. ART REVIEW Tony DeLap works outside the lines A welcome Laguna retrospective displays his boundary-busting hybrids of forms. CHRISTOPHER KNIGHT ART CRITIC Streisand opens PaleyFest 2018 The singer sits for an entertaining Q&A as she’s honored at the annual television industry gathering. E3 Comics ................... E6-7 TV grid ...................... E8 Christopher Knight Los Angeles Times ARTIST Tony DeLap’s painting-sculpture hybrids include (from left) “Lompoc,” “Day” and “Maga.” Usually, the front of a painting is the part that counts most. It’s the field where a composition lives, color blooms, subject matter — figurative or abstract — unfolds, brushstrokes are elided or emphasized. The front is where the action is. Tony DeLap has been making highly unusual paintings since about 1974. A current show handily demonstrates that the front of a DeLap painting, contrary to expectations, is seldom the main event. The welcome retrospective exhibition at the Laguna Art Museum features 60 paintings and sculptures, plus more than 80 works on pa[See DeLap, E4] E2 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R Music, games change vibe at SXSW fest [SXSW, from E1] various entertainment disciplines — film, television, music and interactive entertainment — has always had a rebellious spirit, be it celebrating underground music or disruptive technologies. But as SXSW’s film festival handed the baton to the music and gaming industries this past week, a distinct sense of revolution hung in the air. Though political and socially aware, with many an artist touching on the various anxieties of life in 2018, music such as Donnelly’s was neither the clenchedfist tone of ’70s punk rock nor the nihilistic, preaching-tothe-choir feel of ’90s alt-rock. And it definitely wasn’t about escapism — an observation that could also be made regarding some of the seemingly out-there games and interactive installations showcased. While frustration and anger could be found underlying much of the best work of this year’s SXSW, more prevalent was self-preservation. What stood out was less a need to confront and more a desire for connecting — the real-life, face-to-face kind — where rage, humor and even empathy were equal parts of an artist’s toolbox. Rising British country singer Jade Bird described nearly every other song of hers as “sassy,” a warning, perhaps, that she was about to get real, but she also sought to assure the audience that they could still drink and party to them. She put a more domesticated spin on the #MeToo and Time’s Up era, as her outlaw spirit, fiery riffs and readyto-roar vocals illustrated everyday gender dynamics (“I’m your girlfriend, not your maid,” she shouted in one song). The indiscretions she described were of the eyerolling sort — “She asks if you love her and you nod and say, ‘uh-huh,’ ” she sang in another tune — but the force in which she struck her acoustic guitar made it clear these errors in judgment would not stand. Perhaps the most buzzed-about band in Austin was British rocker Shame, whose all-fury, allthe-time songs are tightly wound, punk-rock clamor. It’s music that sounds like it’s looking for a fight, but Shame’s bite appears harder than it is, as evidenced by the act’s between-song silliness and jokes about succumbing to rock-star clichés such as going shirtless . But with so much to stress about, perhaps such humor is a necessity. “In a time of such injustice, how can you not want to be heard?” sings Charlie Steen on “Friction.” Donnelly’s best-known number, “Boys Will be Boys,” is as fragile as a lullaby as it details not only the rape of a friend but the culture that allowed the perpetrator to go unpunished. At least for now: “I will never let you rest,” she calmly sings in the song’s deciding moment. It’s intense, but takes a personal account and broadens it into a resonant call for widespread change. And yet understanding that today’s audiences are under siege from breaking news alerts and social media notifications alluding to another social or political crisis, Donnelly, who performs March 26 at downtown’s Moroccan Lounge, immediately sought to assure the audience that not everything would be so weighty. If there was an overriding theme at the festival, it may have been best articulated by veteran rocker Ted Leo. Long associated with the punk-rock scene, Leo has flirted with pop and his latest, “The Hanged Man,” elegantly deals with the difficult subjects inspired by a personal health scare. Survival in music, said Leo at one afternoon panel in the Austin Convention Center, requires a “perpetual curiosity to actually learn about what’s happening, a curiosity that almost makes it fun to figure out the approaching challenges.” And make no mistake, there was plenty of fun to be had in Austin. North Carolina’s Bat Fangs even had a theme song — “Fangs Out,” which, said leader and guitar ace Betsy Wright, is “silly, just go with it.” In the course of about 30 minutes, Wright and her two bandmates cycled through a bevy of hardrock guitar tones, touching on trippy excursions one moment, rockabilly journeys the next and plenty of metal in between. Bat Fangs closed its SXSW sets with a cover of Poison’s “Talk Dirty to Me,” giving the ’80s hair-metal song a glammed-up, punkier edge, but even that treatment couldn’t disguise how dumb of a tune it is to begin with. And yet the song still felt vital in the hands of Bat Fangs, who reclaimed this relic from one of rock ’n’ roll’s most overtly sexist eras. Those who took the time to explore what SXSW had to offer outside the clubs would find that similar themes were prevalent in other disciplines. It was perhaps no surprise that the most exciting talk to come out of SXSW’s gaming initiatives was a discussion from L.A.’s Thatgamecompany, who are busy putting the finishing touches on “Sky,” which is slated to be released this year for Apple platforms. The follow-up to “Journey,” an abstract game about communication, “Sky” owns similar themes. Little is known about the title at this point, but Thatgamecompany continues to explore how strangers can connect and essentially learn a new language given only a few tools. Their games emphasize cooperation and politeness, ultimately seeking to show that our differences are not unsolvable if we just, well, listen to one another. It was telling, then, that late one night Julia Steiner of the band Ratboys — a buoyant rock act from Chicago that can turn a song about losing a cat into a hearty Midwestern anthem — realized she made the mistake of bringing her smartphone on stage. She picked it up and tossed it aside, expressing annoyance at the pointless yet distracting notifications she was receiving from Twitter (“Judd Apatow liked a tweet,” she mocked). Far more healthy were the connections she was making with the audience that night, and there was no song as “SXSW” as Donnelly’s “I Should Have Stayed at Home,” a moment of pop convergence that bridges music and interactive disciplines and chronicles a not-so-hot Tinder date (“I should have swiped left,” she sings). It was, like much of SXSW, a tacit acknowledgment that while there can be plenty of advantages to online connections, ultimately there’s more power in actual conversations. firstname.lastname@example.org Lorne Thomson Redferns STELLA DONNELLY performs last week at the South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas. M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R E3 BOX OFFICE ‘Panther’ bests all rivals again By Sonaiya Kelley Jay L. Clendenin Los Angeles Times BARBRA STREISAND greets the audience with Q&A emcee Ryan Murphy on Friday at the Dolby Theatre. Streisand’s high notes open annual PaleyFest The entertainer is honored for her TV specials and more at the industry event. By Alejandra Reyes-Velarde When she was a newly independent teen living in a tiny New York apartment, Barbra Streisand never made her bed. Determined to pursue her dream as a Broadway actress, she regarded her unkempt covers and thought, “I have to make it.” Make it in her career, that is. How else would she get enough money to pay someone else to tidy up? That bed(time) story was just one of the misty, water-colored memories the legendary singer shared with a sold-out audience who packed Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on Friday for a tribute to her TV work. The event was the opening night for this year’s annual PaleyFest, which honors current and veteran TV favorites. The festival, which will host evenings devoted to “Stranger Things,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and other shows, continues through Sunday. Friday’s salute kicked off with a generous montage of clips from Streisand’s 1960s specials “My Name Is Barbra” and “Color Me Barbra” and her recent Netflix special, “Barbra: The Music ... The Mem’ries ... The Magic!” When the lights came up, Streisand, wearing a dark dress with knee-high black boots, walked out on stage alone and started waving to the audience, who greeted her with a thunderous ovation. She was joined a few moments later by Ryan Murphy (“Glee,” “American Horror Story”), the evening’s moderator. The writer-producer-director made no effort to mask his excitement about his emcee duties, recounting his thrill as a young boy seeing Streisand for the first time in 1968’s “Funny Girl.” Murphy dismissed those who merely want to label Streisand as the greatest female star in entertainment. “No, that’s not enough,” he proclaimed. “Barbra Streisand is the greatest star, male or female, period.” The crowd roared in agreement. As Murphy listed her achievements, which include two Academy Awards, 10 Grammy Awards, five Emmy Awards fand a slew of lifetime achievement honors, Streisand craned her neck in mock bewilderment. “What? I don’t remember that,” she quipped, indicating she often remembered more about the menu at the ceremonies than the actual awards: “I usually remember things by the food.” Referencing the current focus on sexual harassment in Hollywood, Murphy asked Streisand if she had ever experienced a #MeToo moment. “Never,” she responded, adding, “I wasn’t like those pretty girls with those nice little noses. Maybe that’s why. I have no idea.” She also addressed her reputation for being “difficult” and controlling because of her insistence on approving quotes and photographs in stories about her. Over the years, she said, she has grown comfortable with supervising her image and letting go of the anxieties she felt as a young actress. “I didn’t want people to call me controlling, which I am,” she said. “Everyone who is talented … wants to control their work. “Yeah, I want … picture approval,” she declared, prompting another hearty audience response. “I love the truth, what can I say?” At one point, Murphy read excerpts from articles about Streisand. She was quick to note that she gets upset when she feels that the press twists her words. Streisand also singled out her 1961 interview on “60 Minutes” with Mike Wallace, who called her “self-absorbed.” When she later called him to complain and fans called him mean, Streisand said Wallace lied and told viewers she loved the show. “He made me cry,” she said. “He would say, ‘Why are you self-obsessed?’ Who else should I be obsessed with? I’m 19 years old!” The tribute also included clips from some of the factual, politically oriented TV movies she produced, including 1995’s “Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story,” starring Glenn Close as a lesbian colonel struggling for her right to serve in the military, and 1998’s “The Long Island Incident,” starring Laurie Metcalf as Carolyn McCarthy, a homemaker who became a outspoken gun-control advocate after her husband was killed and her son seriously wounded when a deranged man opened fire on unsuspecting passengers on a New York commuter train. A scene from that 1998 film drew particularly loud applause. After a brief audience question-and-answer session, Streisand was presented with the Paley Center for Media’s Icon award, the first to honor her TV work. The evening came to a close, and the audience again gave a standing ovation. Some fans tried to rush the stage, but Streisand was quickly ushered away. As the crowd exited, one Streisand devotee, Marguerita Drew of Glendale, said Streisand was everything she hoped she would be. “All you read about her is negative stuff,” said the 51year-old teacher who has a Streisand Barbie doll on her desk. “They call her demanding or they call her the B-word. But listening to her talk, she’s like any of us.” alejandra.reyesvelarde @latimes.com Twitter: @r_valejandra Marvel’s comic book juggernaut “Black Panther” continues to crush the box office and the record books. The Disney blockbuster added $27 million to its domestic earnings over the weekend, raising its total to $605.4 million, according to figures from measurement firm ComScore. “Black Panther” is the first picture to spend five consecutive weekends at No. 1 since “Avatar” in 2009. It is also only the seventh movie to cross the $600-million mark in the U.S. and is on track to top the $623-million domestic take of “The Avengers,” which would make it the highest-grossing comic book film in U.S. box office history. Warner Bros.’ “Tomb Raider” reboot debuted at No. 2, earning $23.5 million. The film, which stars Alicia Vikander as Lara Croft, earned a B on CinemaScore and a 49% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roadside Attraction’s faith-based movie “I Can Only Imagine” opened at No. 3 with $17 million. The picture exceeded all expectations, posting the best opening for a Christian film since Fox’s “Son of God” and Sony’s “Heaven Is for Real” each topped $20 million in 2014. Starring Dennis Quaid and J. Michael Finley, the film follows the lead singer of the Christian band MercyMe during his process of writing “I Can Only Imagine,” the most played radio hit in Christian music history. It earned mixed reviews from audiences and critics, with an A-plus on CinemaScore and a 58% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. In fourth place, Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” now in its second week, added $16.6 million to its earnings, for a cumulative $61 million. Rounding out the top five, Fox’s “Love, Simon” debuted to $11.5 million. An LGBTQ coming-of-age tale, the movie was popular among audiences and critics, earning an A plus on CinemaScore and a 91% “fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Sony’s “Peter Rabbit,” finishing seventh. Additionally, Sony’s “Jumanji,” which came in at No. 12, managed to cross the $400-million mark after 13 weeks in theaters. This is also the first time the film has fallen out of the top 10 since its opening Dec. 20. In limited release, Focus Features opened the thriller “7 Days in Entebbe” in 838 theaters, with $1.6 million. The Orchard opened the teen comedy drama “Flower” in three locations with $57,851. sonaiya.kelley @latimes.com Twitter: @sonaiyak 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 $27 -34% $605.4 31 Disney ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------2 Tomb Raider $23.5 NA $23.5 3 Warner Bros. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------3 I Can Only Imagine $17 NA $17 3 Roadside Attractions ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------4 A Wrinkle in Time $16.6 -50% $61 10 Disney ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------5 Love, Simon $11.5 NA $11.5 3 20th Century Fox ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------6 Game Night $5.6 -29% $54.2 24 Warner Bros. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------7 Peter Rabbit $5.2 -23% $102.4 38 Sony ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------8 Strangers: Prey at Night $4.8 -54% $18.6 10 Aviron Pictures ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------9 Red Sparrow $4.5 -48% $39.6 17 20th Century Fox ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------10 Death Wish $3.4 -49% $29.9 17 MGM ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Industry totals 3-day gross (in millions) Change from 2017 Year-to-date gross (in billions) Change from 2017 Change in attendance from 2017 -48.4% $2.5 2.2% NA $135 Sources: comScore Los Angeles Times Folly of honor and cost of battle in WWI [‘End,’ from E1] trenches on the Western Front — German forces are camped 60 yards away — listen and crouch as shells drop in the dark distance. Cigarettes are passed, rats scurry, mud squishes, gas masks dangle and flares pop overhead like apparitions. The claustrophobic drama, which opened Friday in L.A., centers on 2nd Lt. Raleigh (Asa Butterfield), untested and brimming with good cheer, and the man he reveres, Capt. Stanhope (Sam Claflin), who has seen too many bodies and downed too much whiskey. “They’re there to defend a front line that was indefensible. Your job was to be sacrificed,” said Saul Dibb, the film’s director. “The story’s about the psychological aspect of your waiting for your impending death. It was a chance to look far deeper into characters and the strange intimacy between men, the tenderness, and how men deal with fear. This is men at war with themselves.” When the film opened in England, the Guardian praised it as “forthright, powerful, heartfelt.” The newspaper added: “The first world war is one of the 20th century’s oldest, grimmest tales of futility and slaughter. Dibb and his excellent cast put new passion into it.” Reminiscent of the unsparing poetry of Wilfred Owen and the opposite of jingoistic war films, “Journey’s End” is more mournful than thunderous. It knows that courage is most poignant when it’s humble and that honor is best marked by humility. The movie is punctuated by requisite British wit, as in the “small tragedy” that fruit ration tins contain apricots instead of pineapples. Officers cling to refinement — they wear ties in their crumbling, candle-lighted bunker — and reflect on the coming ravages across a terrain of poison gas, carbines and corpses. World War I was a gruesome collision of old and modern Europe, a conflict fought with advanced weapons — mortars, hand-held flamethrowers and machine guns — that shook the continent with mass killing. Much of the fighting was done from trenches, compressing the battlefield as soldiers stood and fired through barbed wire and mist, as if mice in a maze, and waited for onslaughts. The war nearly wiped out a generation of working- and upper-class men. “I have had so very much out of life,” a lieutenant — a schoolmaster before the war — writes to his wife on the eve of an attack. “But all these youngsters don’t know how unlucky they are. How new they are to their Steffan Hill Good Deed Entertainment ASA BUTTERFIELD plays 2nd Lt. Raleigh in “Journey’s End,” a WWI film set on Western Front. very existence.” The scene echoes with a middle-aged man’s lament and the stiff-upper-lip English resolve so ingrained in the mythology of last century’s wars. The moment is truthful and eerily quaint, even as one knows that today’s soldiers and their countrymen are more questioning of the duties placed upon their armies in places like Iraq and Afghanistan. The soulfulness in the lieutenant’s letter “has nobility to it,” said Dibb, “a sense that you’re withholding your feelings for the sake of other people’s feelings. What died in that trench was deference.” In his poem “Anthem for Doomed Youth,” Owen captures the scouring, cruel loss of vanquished men: “What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? — Only the monstrous anger of the guns. Only the stuttering rifles’ rapid rattle Can patter out their hasty orisons. No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,— The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; And bugles calling for them from sad shires.” Like the Academy Awardnominated “Dunkirk,” about British soldiers trapped by German forces on the French coast during World War II, “Journey’s End,” written by Simon Reade, creates layers of tension through music. Composed by Icelandic cellist Hildur Gudnadottir and British composer Natalie Holt, the score is rueful and ominous, like a phantom floating through a winter’s dusk. It propels a film whose action lies not in relentless battle scenes but in the ticktock of anticipating an attack. “We wanted to permeate the film with this terrible sense of foreboding, to make it very clear from the start that these were dead men walking,” said Dibb, who has also directed “The Duchess,” starring Keira Knightley, and “Suite Francaise,” the tale of German soldiers occupying a French village during World War II, with Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas. He noted that more than 700,000 soldiers died in the three-month Spring Offensive in 1918. Class distinctions reverberate throughout the story. The officers, as was consistent with a British pecking order based on lineage and wealth, were from the nation’s best schools and breeding. The lower-ranking soldiers came from workingclass lives of fewer polished syllables. Capt. Stanhope’s courage and tenacity bridged the class gap; he was re- spected by those in his own rank and those above and beneath him. “It was a fine line,” Dibb said in making class distinct in the film but not allowing it to distract from the deeper camaraderie shared among the men. “We didn’t want to make the officers feel alienated to an audience by their class, which can happen with the British upper middle class. Most of the actors who play the officers all went to state schools, so they’re playing officers, but they’re not of that class themselves, and I think that helped bridge the gap a little bit.” The human cost and national calculation of war resonate through “Journey’s End.” They are the same universal themes that Owens’ World War I poetry, still studied in schools across England, personified. Dibb said Owen, a soldier killed one week before the armistice that ended the war in 1918, is not cited in the film, but the movie seeks to embody the air of honor and loss articulated in his verse. “They are beautifully put poems, but a righteous anger runs through them,” said the director. “There’s a bittersweet tone where there’s so much humanity and beauty in something so wasteful.” jeffrey.fleishman @latimes.com E4 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 S L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R DeLap works get a magical retrospective [DeLap, from E1] per, by the widely admired Orange County artist, who turned 90 in November. In fact, more often than not, the front of a DeLap painting is mostly blank. It might be a flatly painted jolt of intense, monochrome color — crimson, say, or especially cobalt blue. A sizable number are a neutral gray or black or else a near-neutral — a dusty gray-green, for instance, like a leaf of lamb’s ear or desert sage. And good luck finding a brushstroke. DeLap’s paintings are mostly monochrome but not gesturally so. Each one looks as if it is an uninflected chunk of industrially manufactured color, like powder-coating that has been electrostatically applied. Mostly, though, the surface plane is a keenly wrought mechanism to get you to look to see what’s going on along the sides. There, beyond the painting’s edges, the possibilities are several. The side might twist like a section of Moebius strip, its wood ribbon starting off as a framing edge but torqueing into a smooth sculptural form. The side might bend into itself and disappear altogether, leaving the surface plane to hang free a few inches from the wall. Or it might be a canvas-covered curve, arcing away from an edge that’s as straight as an arrow. Eccentric shadows on the wall don’t always correspond to a viewer’s expectations, based on the painting’s shape as seen from the front. Shadow play is a cue that something is up, something that disrupts convention. By the late 1960s, when artists were intensely scrutinizing every aspect of painting, the rectangle used in conventional canvases had come under concentrated inspection. Ellsworth Kelly, Ron Davis, Frank Stella and many others experimented with canvases in eccentric shapes. DeLap began slicing up the traditional rectangle — as well as the less common (but equally traditional) circular tondo — into various irregular geometries. A square and a circle might intersect, creating a virtually indescribable shape. A hexagon internally cut up into pie sections could visually flip into an illusionistic projection of a cube, like something by Larry Bell, its internal ridges rippling outward like a pebble dropped in a pond. Unorthodox contours emphasized the painting as a physical object — a thing occupying space, a place where illusion and reality collide. Some works, such as “Maga” from 1974 and “Spirit Extras” from 1979, are even assembled from multiple shaped canvases. “Maga” looks like a schematic rendering of a theatrical stage. The top is curved, like a proscenium. The bottom is notched at each side, like steps. Three canvases are cobbled together, the schematic lines that appear to be drawn on the painting’s surface actually made from each canvas abutting the others. The polished wooden frame around the proscenium twists in toward the wall as it approaches the summit. DeLap is putting on quite a show. “Spirit Extras” is a leisurely curve nearly 7 feet long — but less than 4 inches wide. On closer inspection, that already modest width turns out to be more modest still, made from not one but two joined canvases. Lines do not exist in nature, so the curved line in the center of the painting is formed by the physical abutment of two canvases. Just for good measure, DeLap has also torqued the two outer edges of the curve. One bends away from the front, the other bends toward it. “Spirit Extras” is itself a line, assembled from a surplus of linear edges. Edges are a thing with DeLap. He wants to push you over them. The most profound edge, metaphorically speaking, is the one that separates life from death. Appropriately, his paintings’ titles often come from the great beyond: Spirit art is a type of picture said to be guided from the afterlife, while Maga is a Hindu priestly caste. One pleasure of the show is the abundance of his early works, dated between 1961 and 1974, when DeLap’s wellknown shaped hybrids of painting and sculpture began to emerge. The earliest are not often seen. Guest curator Peter Frank, who is also responsible for the indispensable catalog, lays out the evolution. The artist was born in Oakland in 1927, and his work began to mature in the Bay Area just before his move to Southern California. (DeLap was a founding faculty member at the then-new UC Irvine in 1965; he taught at the school for the next 26 years.) Eccentric barely begins to describe those early works. Double-sided tabletop boxes are fronted in glass. Inside are layered planes of thin, painted chipboard stepping down toward the center, often mysteriously suspended in space. The design is like an aerial view of an amphitheater. At their center, peepholes or narrow slits allow you to Photographs by Christopher Knight Los Angeles Times “MAQUETTE for Floating Lady” 1974-78, from Tony DeLap, who celebrated his 90th birthday in November. ‘Tony DeLap: A Retrospective’ Where: Laguna Art Museum, 307 Cliff Drive, Laguna Beach When: Through May 28; closed Wednesdays Information: (949) 494-8971, www.laguna artmuseum.org DELAP paintings often play with every aspect of the art form’s dimensions. look through the object — although typically, the focused view is blocked by a dot or line that DeLap has painted on the glass. Sometimes, the work’s title is spelled out in letters tucked into the four corners on either side of the box — “Mona Lisa,” “Ping Pong,” “Flip Flop,” “Hard Edge.” These works are like an abstract cross between a Joseph Cornell shadow box and William Hogarth’s “Satire on False Perspective,” an 18th century engraving in which the artist deliberately confuses illusionistic effects of linear perspective. (“Whoever makes a design without the knowledge of perspective will be liable to such absurdities,” Hogarth wrote across the bottom of the print.) Frank, the curator, provocatively connects DeLap’s geometric design to the slitted, cast-concrete blocks with which Frank Lloyd Wright built Pasadena’s great Millard House — a DeLap favorite. To that I would add the growing prominence of Marcel Duchamp. The Dada imp’s word games and visual pranks were busily bumping off Picasso as the primary influence on the ’60s American avant-garde. DeLap’s eccentric boxes, which focus vision while blocking it, are related to impossible objects — a type of optical illusion. M.C. Escher’s endless, interlocking stairways are the genre’s most popular example, but its 20th century origins in art are traced to Duchamp. In Duchamp’s 1916-17 “Apolinère Enameled,” a commercial advertisement for paint showing a little girl painting a bed white, is cleverly altered to confuse the perspective lines. The bed impossibly collapses in on itself, while a mirror reflection of the little girl is skewed. Duchamp underscored the deliberateness of his visual trickery by removing a piece of the picture’s frame — telling, perhaps, for the oddball framing devices DeLap was soon making. The show also includes freestanding painted sculptures — mostly flat, layered, linear forms that unfurl and undulate on the floor or pedestal. These are hybrids of painting and sculpture, like the shaped canvases, but they are less engaging than their wall-bound cousins. DeLap is at his best when approaching hybridization from the painting side rather than the sculpture side. He comes across as a painter at heart. The exception to the rule is “Floating Lady,” 1974-78, which stands in front of the Orange County Museum of Art a few miles from Laguna Beach. (The maquette for the sculpture is in the show.) A 46-foot wooden beam whose ends balance precariously on two concrete cubes slowly transforms from being square at one end to triangular at the other. The sculpture is too long for a viewer to take in its slow metamorphosis all at once. It demands close-up scrutiny and attentive inspection to know what’s happening right before your eyes. In the process, a forced perspective both shortens and lengthens the beam’s appearance, depending on where you stand. “Floating Lady” is its own impossible object. I suspect Hogarth and Duchamp would both approve. So would Harry Houdini. DeLap has been famously obsessed with magic and magicians throughout his life — his 90th birthday was celebrated at Hollywood’s Magic Castle, where he’s been a member for 50 years — and the results of that fascination are in abundant evidence in the retrospective. It’s a show where the hand of the artist might better be described as often marvelous sleight of hand. christopher.knight @latimes.com Twitter: @KnightLAT S L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 E5 He is carving his own path forward [Robinson, from E1] As a straight dude, Robinson admits that it made him “personally nervous” to play a gay character. He didn’t feel like it was his “place” — he didn’t want to be pretending to know an experience he was unfamiliar with. “But I was also just nervous to play a gay character, period,” he acknowledges. “There were still some tremors from past times where that was frowned upon. I think that’s kind of unfounded and that audiences are accepting enough now to understand that either way you go, it’s a character.” That’s partly why when Greg Berlanti, director of the film, called Robinson to offer him the lead, the young star sounded less than enthused. “When I told him he got the job, I could tell he seemed a little nervous,” recalls the filmmaker, best known in the television space for his work on teen series like “Dawson’s Creek,” “Everwood” and “The Flash.” “And then I got a little nervous and worried that he was not as interested in the role.” Berlanti says Robinson wasn’t explicit about his concerns — “maybe he was nervous because I’m a gay person,” the director says with a laugh. “He kept saying ‘the tone’ — wanting to make sure it felt grounded and wasn’t shticky. And he was nervous about being the center of a movie; he was a bit daunted by the size and scope of the film.” Berlanti was able to assuage Robinson’s concerns, but the actor’s anxiety still took a while to dissipate. “There were moments when we were making it when I would wake up some mornings and be like, ‘I don’t know if I can do this,’ ” says Robinson, talking about his experience on the Atlanta set. “But Greg was always there to remind not just me but everyone why what we were making was different and, dare I say, important. “There are also certain stereotypes that this film works to break down — but it’s complicated, because you can be playing into the hetero-normative, cisgen- Ben Rothstein 20th Century Fox “LOVE, SIMON” stars Jorge Lendeborg Jr., left, Nick Robinson, Alexandra Shipp and Katherine Langford. Chuck Zlotnick Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment ROBINSON , left, costarred with Ty Simpkins in blockbuster “Jurassic World.” The young actor also appeared in “Everything, Everything” and “The 5th Wave.” der thing. So it’s a tightrope.” At Campbell Hall, the prestigious Studio City high school Robinson attended, his gay classmates “were never shoved into lockers by bullies” or treated as poorly as some of the LGBQT students are in “Love, Simon.” “But I went to a fairly liberal school, and in Los Angeles and California — even on the West Coast — we’re in a little bit of a bubble. There are huge swaths of the country where this is still a big deal, and if you come out in high school, you might be a pariah.” Seeing a gay teenager as the lead character in a ro- mantic comedy from a major studio — something that has never happened before — could make a difference. Robinson’s own sense of otherness during high school came from being a professional actor. After working the theater scene in Seattle as a kid, he and his family — he has six siblings — moved to L.A. when he was 15 and booked a role on ABC Family’s “Melissa & Joey,” a sitcom starring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. There were a couple of other kids at Campbell Hall who also did acting, but his job always felt like “a bit of the elephant in the room” — a feeling that continued when he went to New York University. After two gap years, he enrolled in the university’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study, taking classes in everything from art history to psychology. “You can kind of do whatever you want there, as long as you’re able to back it up. There were rumors that people had graduated with majors in Madonna,” says Robinson, who was at Gallatin at the same time as 22-year-old Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet. “It was great, but then I booked a job and left. I wish it wasn’t as expensive as it is. I would like to go back, but there were times when it was also pretty strange. I definitely — I feel like I’ve passed a point — I have passed a point where I could go and have the quote unquote ‘normal college ex- perience.’ ” Indeed, it will probably be even more difficult for Robinson to blend in with the release of “Love, Simon.” Elizabeth Gabler, president of Fox 2000 Pictures — which released the movie — says she felt Robinson has been on the cusp of major fame for years. She almost cast him in “The Fault in Our Stars” but passed because he looked too young. “Watching Nick in this movie reminded me of when I first saw Tom Cruise in ‘Risky Business,’ ” says Gabler. “I think it’s that kind of a role. There are so many moments where you see this kid who is just so winning and emotional and funny and accessible.” Robinson already has a couple of other movies in the can — a comedy directed by William H. Macy called “Krystal” and the pregnancy thriller “Strange But True,” costarring fellow rising star Margaret Qualley. “I don’t want to say I’ve stopped being strategic, but I guess I’ve learned that it’s really pretty hard to plan anything in this business,” Robinson says, walking around the lake, which he calls his “version of Central Park.” “Trying to be strategic has actually gotten me in trouble. So now I’m more just trying to find stuff that I like or want to do. I don’t really have any agenda with it. And just kind of hope for the best. Because it really is a crapshoot.” He has more specific plans for his off-screen life. The last time he was home in Seattle, he went to Pike Place Market and saw a guy selling tree stumps — “he’d sanded the top down so it was really, really smooth, and he cut inserts in the top and put in little river stones where you could strike matches.” He’s planning on making his own version in his new workshop. “I could make a killing if I came down here and sold those during a festival or something,” he says, pausing to watch a man feeding geese. “That’s me years from now, after I’m done selling my tree stumps. I’ll just be a bird man.” email@example.com E6 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R COMICS BRIDGE By Frank Stewart I believe the standard of play among all players, especially those below the expert level, is in decline. Players focus too much on bidding. Knowledge of basic play technique is vital. Since you can’t get more basic than setting up a suit, see today’s deal. West leads the queen of hearts against seven spades. How should declarer proceed? He has 12 tricks: six trumps, a heart, two heart ruffs in dummy, a diamond and two clubs. He could get one more trick if a diamond finesse won or the A-K of clubs dropped the queen. But South’s main chance is to set up dummy’s fifth diamond. Assuming a likely 4-3 break, South needs four dummy entries: three to ruff diamonds, one to cash the established winner. South must start the diamonds promptly: ace of diamonds at Trick Two, diamond ruff, K-A of trumps, diamond ruff, heart ruff, diamond ruff. Then he reaches dummy with a heart ruff and takes the good diamond. This week: setting up a suit. Question: You hold: ♠ A 4 3 2 ♥ A ♦ A Q 7 5 4 ♣ J 6 3. Your partner opens one club, and the next player bids one heart. What do you say? Answer: If you play negative doubles, a double would promise four cards in spades and enough strength to respond, but you don’t need that convention here. Bid two diamonds, showing your best suit and suggesting a good hand. If your ace of dia- monds were a low diamond, a double would be correct. North dealer N-S vulnerable NORTH ♠A432 ♥A ♦AQ754 ♣J63 WEST EAST ♠65 ♠7 ♥ Q J 10 6 5 ♥K843 ♦J32 ♦ K 10 9 6 ♣ 10 4 2 ♣Q987 SOUTH ♠ K Q J 10 9 8 ♥972 ♦8 ♣AK5 NORTH EAST SOUTH WEST 1♦ Pass 1♠ Pass 3♠ Pass 4♣ Pass 4♦ Pass 5♠ Pass 6♥ Pass 7♠ All Pass Opening lead — ♥ Q Tribune Media Services ASK AMY Tell young sons the truth HOROSCOPE By Holiday Mathis Aries (March 21-April 19): Laughter is contagious. You don’t even have to know what you’re laughing about to get the many benefits of a jolly good time today. Taurus (April 20-May 20): Those with a primitive conscience do not want to do bad things because of what would happen to them. Those with a higher conscience do not want to do bad things because of their effect on others. Gemini (May 21-June 21): Good relationships are not defined by an absence of problems. Good relationships go on regardless of what problems are present. Cancer (June 22-July 22): Life is movement. Engage the movement and you are dancing. Stay rigid and you risk being passed over. Leo (July 23-Aug. 22): You’re open to seeing things differently. You can under- stand the story from many sides without losing your own take on it. Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22): Lately, you’ve been dealing with a few layers of negativity. Rest assured the condition isn’t chronic. Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 23): The currency of the ego is glamour, money and might. It’s the ability to control others. This is what goes for power, but it’s not real power, as the powerful know. Scorpio (Oct. 24-Nov. 21): Beware of people who seem to want more — more of your time, more of your attention, more of your money. Sagittarius (Nov. 22Dec. 21): People around you will feel compelled to give their opinion, whether or not they were asked for it. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19): Anyone with money can show affection through the purchase of gifts or by wining and dining. Be different. Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18): You’ve been stable and consistent in an endeavor, and now you’ll enjoy the rewards. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20): The small print will now be a large part of the deal. The hidden costs will come out of hiding. Today’s birthday (March 19): Realizing that it’s not enough to push out of your comfort zone just every once in a while, you make a habit of it this year. You’ll become more and more courageous, grow your skill set and become more attractive to all sorts of people. You’ll get your comeuppance in May. Love will be declared in June. November brings a windfall. Leo and Taurus adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 9, 3, 15, 2 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 am an American man living in China with my two sons. I left my wife because she was a drug addict. I paid for her to go to a treatment program, but it did not work for her. She died of an overdose. My older son was 3 when his mother died; his younger brother was 2. Neither boy seems to remember much about her. We moved to China a few months before she died. Both boys think their mother is in America. I have not told them the truth about her. I don’t think they know that she had any problems, or that she has died. I know I need to tell my sons the truth. I would never tell them that she died of a drug overdose, but I wonder about the guidelines. My oldest son is 5 and the younger is almost 4. I’d really appreciate your help. Lost Dear Lost: I shared your question with Dr. Joshua Sparrow, director of the Brazelton Touchpoints Center at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. He responds: “Yes, you need to tell your sons the truth. As parents, that’s our best chance to sustain our children’s trust in us, and to model the importance of being truthful. We parents must do our best to help our children learn to cope with the inescapable challenges that we all must live with. “Never say anything that you will have to take back. There is no need to say more than a young child can understand, but it is important not to say things that you will later need to contradict. You must tell them that death is forever. Of course, they will not understand. Most adults can’t really fathom death’s irreversibility, either. “Tell the truth in simple terms. Don’t add more detail than they can handle. They will let you know when they’re ready for more [because] ... children, like grown-ups, revisit the loss through time. “You can say that their mother died from a very bad sickness that most people, including children, never get. ... It is important not to cast blame, because children, even very young ones, often blame themselves for a parent’s death.” Dr. Sparrow and I agree your children are lucky to have a father willing to walk this difficult path with them. Dear Amy: I work for a family-owned company in the Midwest. I am first (blood) cousin to the owners of the company. I love them very much and go above and beyond in my work. I’ve worked for them for eight months, but for the last six months, I have not been paid. I tried having conversations with them about this issue (payroll, my unhappiness), but they make it about their problems and the company’s problems. Your advice? Uncompensated Dear Uncompensated: If you are on the payroll at this company and you are working and they are not paying you, they are likely breaking federal law. You should find another job immediately. Keep all of your records from this job, including all written communication, in order to try to receive back pay. If you want to help your family members in your free time, perhaps you could volunteer on nights or weekends. Working under these circumstances is not good for you. Send questions to askamy @amydickinson.com or by mail to Ask Amy, P.O. Box 194, Freeville, NY 13068. L AT I M E S . C O M / CA L E N DA R M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 COMICS E7 E8 M O N DAY , M A R C H 19 , 2 018 L AT I M E S . 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