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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.
ann.simmons@latimes.com
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.
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M ON DAY , MAR C H 19, 2018
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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. India had created 20 gigawatts of solar
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“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,
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Karnataka that sees more
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Little grows here besides
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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.
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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-
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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.
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prosthetic hand
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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.
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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.”
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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
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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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.”
seema.mehta@latimes.com
Twitter: @LATSeema
Times staff writers Phil
Willon in Sacramento and
Maloy Moore in Los Angeles
contributed to this report.
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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.
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Free-for-all
primary rules
are wild card
June election may
hold surprises as just
top two vote-getters
in each race move on.
By John Myers
Wally Skalij Los Angeles Times
RUNNERS POUND the streets of downtown in the 33rd L.A. Marathon. Participants — some professional
athletes, others weekend warriors — ran 26.2 miles, from Dodger Stadium to the Santa Monica Pier.
A breathtaking feat
to reach the beach
Crowds gather on the sidelines as more than 24,000
runners hit the pavement for the 33rd L.A. 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
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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
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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. It could help
build skyscrapers, manufacture cars and even protect
heat-sensitive electronics,
on Earth or in space.
amina.khan@latimes.com
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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.
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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.”
john.myers@latimes.com
Twitter: @johnmyers
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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
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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
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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
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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
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LAFC
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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.
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GOLF
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.”
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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-
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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.
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Twitter: @latimespugmire
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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
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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
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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.
ben.bolch@latimes.com
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.
lindsey.thiry@latimes.com
Twitter: @LindseyThiry
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WOMEN’S NCAA TOURNAMENT
ROUNDUP
Tennessee
suffers historic
loss at home
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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.”
sports@latimes.com
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.
tania.ganguli@latimes.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.”
broderick.turner@latimes.com
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.”
broderick.turner@latimes.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.”
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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.
james.peltz@latimes.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.”
james.peltz@latimes.com
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.
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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-
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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.”
helene.elliott@latimes.com
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.
eric.sondheimer@latimes.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.”
bill.shaikin@latimes.com
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.
sports@latimes.com
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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
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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
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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]
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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.
todd.martens@latimes.com
Lorne Thomson Redferns
STELLA DONNELLY performs last week at the
South by Southwest Music Festival in Austin, Texas.
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‘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
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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
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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
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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.”
amy.kaufman@latimes.com
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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.
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Kevin Can Wait Vanessa
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Kevin (Kevin James) to
appear on a TV talk show
with the now-adult “baby
boy” he helped deliver
years ago as a cop in this
new episode. 8 p.m. CBS
The Voice The battle rounds
begin, and the coaches enlist the help of recording
artists Trace Adkins,
Shawn Mendes, Julia
Michaels and Hailee Steinfeld to help guide the
contestants. 8 p.m. NBC
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Sara (Caity Lotz) becomes the bearer of one of
the totems as Mallus’ malign power over her reexerts itself in the new episode of the superhero
drama. Dominic Purcell
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The reality series about
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of a friend, while Sara (Dakota Fanning) urges the
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THE TEAM is on a mis-
sion down in the bayou
on “Scorpion” on CBS.
With Katharine McPhee.
Scorpion The team must
track an evasive alligator
down on the bayou to stop
a lethal virus transmitted
by mosquitoes in this new
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The Good Doctor Shaun
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who never has been able to
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Good Girls Beth (Christina
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Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer star. 10
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p.m. KCBS
Steve Tracey Edmonds and
Deion Sanders. (N) 2 p.m.
KNBC
Dr. Phil A woman says her
daughter has been on a
downward spiral since puberty. (N) 3 p.m. KCBS
The Ellen DeGeneres Show
Allison Janney (“I, Tonya”); Zach Woods. (N) 3
p.m. KNBC
The Real Valentin and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. (N) 3
p.m. KTTV
Amanpour on PBS (N) 11
p.m. KOCE, KVCR
The Daily Show (N) 11 p.m.
Comedy Central
Conan (N) 11 p.m. TBS
The Tonight Show Starring
Jimmy Fallon Scott Eastwood; Blake Shelton performs. (N) 11:34 p.m.
KNBC
The Late Show With
Stephen Colbert Drew
Barrymore; Adam DeVine; Moby performs. (N)
11:35 p.m. KCBS
The Late Late Show With
James Corden RuPaul
Charles; Kumail Nanjiani;
Jenny Slate; Craig David.
(N) 12:37 a.m. KCBS
Late Night With Seth Meyers Bill Hader; Rosie
Perez; Tayari Jones; Lil’
John Roberts performs.
(N) 12:37 a.m. KNBC
Nightline (N) 12:37 a.m.
KABC
Last Call With Carson Daly
Josh Radnor; Mimicking
Birds performs; Tom Segura. (N) 1:38 a.m. KNBC
SPORTS
2018
NCAA
Women’s
Basketball Tournament
Second Round (3:30 p.m.
and 6 p.m. ESPN2).
College Basketball NIT
Tournament
Western
Kentucky at USC (8:30
p.m. ESPN2).
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