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Monday | December 31, 2018

Year in review

‘Staycation’ 2018 sees
arrest in
most infamous
cold case
Labor Day murders case
to go before grand jury
in January

This year
Starkville saw the
first ever arrest in
one of its oldest and
most infamous cold
Betty Jones, 65,
Isabelle Altman/Dispatch Staff and Kathryn Crigler,
West Lowndes Elementary fifth grade teacher Tammara Buchanan eats dinner with her husband Jesse Buchanan 81, were attacked in Devaughn
and their son Jaxon, 9, at the Hyatt Place Friday night. Tammara was one of 25 school employees in the area Crigler’s home on Highway 82 East
treated to a complimentary stay at the hotel after being nominated as one of their school’s “heroes.” on Sept. 3, 1990 — an attack which
left Jones dead and Crigler so in-

Area schools’ ‘unsung heroes’ honored jured that she died several months
On Oct. 6 of this year, Starkville

with a vacation away from the house Police Department had the man be-
lieved to be responsible in custody.
See Cold Case, 6A

In the 21 years she’s worked as a
custodian for Columbus Municipal
School District, Cynthia Lewis never
expected to be chosen as one of the
10-year-old girl
district’s “heroes.”
She certainly didn’t expect to
rescued after
be treated to dinner and a compli-
mentary overnight stay at a local ho-
tel as a thank you for her service.
Itawamba standoff
“This is the biggest and most ex-
citing (award I’ve ever received),”
Two men dead after
she said as she sat in a corner booth
Isabelle Altman/Dispatch Staff
standoff that lasted
at Hyatt Place Friday night with fel-
low custodian Savannah Monroe, Savannah Monroe, a custodian at Columbus Success Academy, and Cyn-
thia Lewis, a custodian at Columbus Middle School, sit and talk during a
more than 30 hours
who started working for the district reception for area school employees at the Hyatt Place Friday night. The
this year. The Associated Press
reception was held in honor of Monroe, Lewis and 23 other school employ-
Lewis and Monroe were two of ees nominated as “unsung heroes” for their school.
25 area school employees — includ- FULTON — A Mississippi sher-
ing teachers, secretaries and custo- istrators from 28 public and private “We were going to do principals iff says two men are dead and a
dians — chosen by their principals schools in Lowndes County asking and just give them a complimentary 10-year-old girl has been rescued
or superintendents to receive a free them to nominate staff members room for the night,” Black said. “But after a standoff that lasted more
room at the hotel off Highway 45 to receive a “School Hero Award.” we got to brainstorming. There are than 30 hours.
North. Sales manager Tressa Black Those nominees and their families so many unsung heroes. Most of Itawamba County Sheriff Chris
said hotel staff reached out to admin- got to spend Friday night in the hotel. See Heroes, 6A Dickinson told news outlets the girl
was safe and the man holding her is
dead, as is her father.
See Standoff, 6A

Weather Five Questions Calendar NEW YEAR’S Public
1 What is the only bird that can fly Saturday SCHEDULE meetings
backward? Jan. 2: Colum-
■ Exhibit reception: The Columbus Arts ■ NO PAPER TUESDAY:
2 Until Michael Phelps broke it 36 bus City Council,
Council hosts a free reception from 5:30-7 p.m. The offices of The Dispatch
years later, who held the record for 5 p.m., Municipal
most gold medals in a single Olym- at the Rosenzweig Arts Center, 501 Main St., will be closed and no paper
opening an exhibit of quilting by Karen Arzamen- Complex (re-
pics? will be published Tuesday,
scheduled to ac-
3 What German car company name di in the main gallery. ArtReach program artwork Jan. 1 in observance of
means “people’s car”? will be displayed in Artist Alley. For information, commodate New
Lucia Tofts New Year’s Day. Normal
4 Where did A Tribe Called Quest visit or call 662-328-2787 Year’s holiday)
First grade, Annunciation operations will resume
leave their wallet? (closed Mondays). Jan. 7: Lowndes
Wednesday at 8 a.m.

71 Low 51
5 Who comes after the U.S. vice County Super-
president in the line of presidential ■ GARBAGE PICKUP: In
High succession? Columbus and Lowndes
visors, 9 a.m.,
Cloudy, t-storm likely County Court-
County garbage pickup will
Full forecast on
page 2A.
Answers, 6B Top of page run as normal on Monday.
Jan. 9: Colum-
It will not run on Tuesday
■ READY FOR NEW YEAR’S: Walyn Wiegel, bus Municipal
and the rest of the week
8, and Aazly Wiegel, 5, play while shopping for School District
will run on a one-day delay
fireworks at Orbit Fireworks in Columbus Satur- Board review
Inside day evening. “They aren’t real swords, they’re
(for example, garbage nor-
mally picked up on Tuesday
meeting, 11:30
Classifieds 6B Dear Abby 5B sparklers. I like loud fireworks that go in the air,” a.m., Sale Inter-
will be collected Wednes-
Comics 5B Obituaries 5A Aazly said. Their father is Billy Wiegel. — Photo national Studies
139th Year, No. 249 Crossword 4B Opinions 4A by Deanna Robinson/Dispatch Staff
day and so on).
Magnet School

2A Monday, December 31, 2018 The Dispatch •

Say What?
Did you hear? “A stat line like today is hard to argue with.”
‘Aquaman’ still rules, and others MSU women’s basketball coach Vic Schaefer, talking about
Bre’Amber Scott, who had a career-high 21 points, three
assists, two steals, a blocked shot, and two rebounds in a
see a post-Christmas bump 104-36 victory against Louisiana on Sunday. Story, 1B.

Estimated ticket
Trump’s promise of a wall may
AP Film Writer

LOS ANGELES — In sales for Friday
the final weekend of 2018, through Sunday

not be fulfilled as advertised
“Aquaman” still led the 1. “Aquaman,” $51.6
pack at the box office, but million ($85.4 million inter-
other films like “Mary Pop- national).
pins Returns,” ‘’The Mule” 2. “Mary Poppins Re-
and “Second Act” enjoyed turns,” $28 million ($28.9
‘There may be a wall in
Trump-Pelosi showdown over
million international).
post-holiday bumps too,
3. “Bumblebee,” $20.5
even amid an onslaught of
new Christmas offerings
million ($45.7 million inter- some places, there may
shutdown first battle of new era
like “Vice,” ‘’Holmes and
Watson,” ‘’On the Basis of
4. “Spider-Man: Into the be steel slats, there
Spider-Verse,” $18.3
Sex” and the Netflix phe- million ($27.4 million inter- may be technological
nomenon “Bird Box.” national). By LISA MASCARO
Warner Bros. said Sun- 5. “The Mule,” $11.8
enhancements’ AP Congressional Correspondent
day that “Aquaman” added White House counselor
an estimated $51.6 million 6. “Vice,” $7.8 million WASHINGTON — Nancy Pelosi often quotes Abra-
($875,160 international). Kellyanne Conway ham Lincoln saying public sentiment is everything. It’s
in North American ticket
7. “Holmes and Watson,” a theory that will be put to the test when the new House
sales over the weekend $7.3 million ($4 million
to take first place again. The Associated Press Democratic majority gavels in this week and votes to end
Down just 24 percent from the government shutdown without money for President
8. “Second Act,” $7.2
its domestic debut, the million ($1.5 million interna- WA S H I N G T O N Donald Trump’s border wall with Mexico.
DC Comics pic, which has tional). — Three confidantes The high-stakes move to reopen the government will
been No. 1 internationally 9. “Ralph Breaks the of President Donald be the first big battle between Trump and Pelosi as Dem-
for four weeks, has now Internet,” $6.5 million Trump, including ocrats come into control ready to reassert the power of Pelosi
grossed nearly $748.8 mil- ($13.7 million international). his departing chief of the legislative branch and confront the White House.
lion worldwide. 10. “Dr. Seuss’ The staff, are indicating Trump is counting on public support as he holds out for $5 billion to
Although other films
Grinch,” $4.2 million that the president’s build the wall. He’s signaled he’s in no rush to give up on a signature
in theaters were left in
($17.5 million international). signature campaign campaign issue as he launches his own re-election bid in 2020. But Pe-
“Aquaman’s” wake, more pledge to build a Trump losi just as strongly believes the public will be on Democrats’ side as
than a few in the top 10 Up 11 percent, “Spi- wall along the U.S.-Mexico border they try to get government working again, and move on to health care
experienced an uncom- der-Man: Into the Spi- would not be fulfilled as advertised. and other priorities — including oversight of the White House.
mon uptick in returns der-Verse” got fourth with Trump sparked fervent chants As the shutdown drags into a second week, shuttering popular
this weekend. Disney’s $18.3 million, and “The of “Build that wall!” at rallies before Smithsonian museums and creating hardship among some 800,000 fed-
“Mary Poppins Returns” Mule,” up 24 percent, took and after his election and more re- eral workers, the stalemate is fast becoming a test of wills rarely seen
ended the weekend up an fifth with $11.8 million. cently cited a lack of funding for a when Republicans had monopoly control of government in Washington.
estimated 19 percent, in The Jennifer Lopez-led border wall as the reason for par-
second place, with $28 mil- “Second Act,” which got tially shutting down the govern- ent contradiction “a silly semantic Graham said Trump was
lion, while “Bumblebee,” off to a slow start last ment. At times the president has argument.” “open-minded” about a broader
down only five percent, weekend, also found itself also waved off the idea that the wall “There may be a wall in some immigration agreement, saying the
settled in third with $20.5 up 11 percent, with $7.2 could be any kind of barrier. places, there may be steel slats, budget impasse presented an op-
million. million in seventh place. However, White House chief of there may be technological en- portunity to address issues beyond
staff John Kelly told the Los Ange-
hancements,” Conway told “Fox the border wall. But a previous at-
les Times in an interview published
News Sunday.” “But only saying tempt to reach a compromise that
CONTACTING THE DISPATCH Sunday that Trump abandoned the
notion of “a solid concrete wall ear-
‘wall or no wall’ is being very dis- addressed the status of “Dreamers”
Office hours: Main line: ly on in the administration.” ingenuous and turning a complete — young immigrants brought to
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Kelly said, adding that the mix of border.” last year as a result of escalating
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Report a missing paper? “steel slat” barriers the president
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Submit a calendar item? Along the same lines, White become a metaphor for border se- before his lunch with Trump that
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Prices rise as the minimum wage increases in several states
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ple. There’s no big pot of
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Economic studies on minimum wage
Starkville Office: 101 S. Lafayette St. #16, Starkville, MS 39759 JEFFERSON CITY,
the money out of” for the
required pay raises, Wig-
increases have shown that some
Mo. — At Granny Shaf-
fer’s restaurant in Joplin,
gins said. workers do benefit, while others
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A little rain early; mostly
Partly sunny and cooler

58° 41°
Cooler with periods

of rain
41° 49°
Periods of rain

30° 49°
Plenty of sun

Ring in the new:
Columbus Sunday
59° 46°
LOW to oversee Times
54° 34°
75° (1951) 19° (1961)
Square revelry
Sunday Trace The Associated Press
Month to date 8.90
Normal month to date 5.02
Year to date 66.52 NEW YORK — It’s an
Normal year to date 55.43 Auld Lang Syne of the
TOMBIGBEE RIVER STAGES times: For the first time, a
In feet as of Flood
Stage Chng.
police drone will be keep-
7 a.m. Sun.
Amory 20 13.13 -1.95 ing watch over the New
Bigbee 14 9.11 -0.48 Shown are tomorrow’s noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands are highs for the day. Year’s Eve celebration in
Columbus 15 17.22 +5.13 Showers T-Storms Rain Flurries Snow Ice Cold Warm Stationary Jetstream New York’s Times Square.
Fulton 20 14.08 -1.28 -10s -0s 0s 10s 20s 30s 40s 50s 60s 70s 80s 90s 100s 110s
Tupelo 21 2.29 -0.76 TUE WED TUE WED
The unmanned eye-in-
LAKE LEVELS City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W City Hi/Lo/W Hi/Lo/W the-sky is the latest wrinkle
In feet as of 24-hr. Atlanta
in the New York City Police
Capacity Level Chng.
7 a.m. Sun.
Chicago 32/22/sf 33/21/pc Philadelphia 61/36/pc 44/37/pc Department’s ever-evolv-
Aberdeen Dam 188 164.43 -2.97
Stennis Dam 166 143.90 -2.97
ing plan to keep revelers
Bevill Dam 136 136.22 -0.15 Jacksonville 81/58/pc 79/61/pc Salt Lake City 22/9/pc 26/15/pc — and “Rockin’ Eve” host
SOLUNAR TABLE Memphis 50/34/c 41/34/r Seattle 43/33/c 46/43/r Ryan Seacrest — safe.
Weather(W): s-sunny, pc-partly cloudy, c-cloudy, sh-showers, t-thunderstorms, r-rain, sf-snow flurries, sn-snow, i-ice.
The solunar period indicates peak feeding times for
fish and game.
About 7,000 police of-
Major Minor Major Minor SUN AND MOON MOON PHASES ficers will be on duty for
Mon. 8:12a 2:00a 8:36p 2:24p
Sunrise 6:58 a.m. 6:58 a.m. Monday night’s festivities
Tue. 8:54a 2:42a 9:18p 3:06p
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Under the capitol dome
Report: Senator’s blood
Analysis: Defense spending alcohol was almost
is a Mississippi tradition twice legal limit
State Senate President Pro Tem
‘I think we continually during his 41-year career, includ-
ing his desire for “a navy second to
defense spending has taken off
again in the last two years, with the Terry Burton was measured with
have to build the none.” The late Sonny Montgomery
spent much of his 30 years in the
enthusiastic support of Mississip-
pi Republicans. While parts of the
a .14 blood alcohol level
strength of the military’ U.S. House looking after the needs
of veterans, reserve forces and Na-
federal government were shut down The Associated Press
Rep. Trent Kelly in late December because Con-
tional Guard members, as well as gress and President Donald Trump JACKSON — A top Mississippi
By JEFF AMY advocating for military bases. couldn’t agree on a budget, law- lawmaker registered a blood alco-
The Associated Press Today, Sen. Roger Wicker is an makers and the president signed hol level of almost twice the legal
Air Force veteran. Rep Steven Pala- off on a $717 billion spending plan limit after his Dec. 19 drunken driv-
JACKSON — As the current zzo is a Marine Corps veteran and for defense months ago. ing arrest.
Congress sputters to an end, there’s member of the Mississippi Nation- The impact of defense spending The Clarion Ledger reported Fri-
one accomplishment that Mississip- al Guard. And Rep. Trent Kelly is
is most evident in Palazzo’s 4th Con- day that state Senate President Pro
pi’s Republican members are look- a brigadier general in the National
gressional District. There’s Keesler Tem Terry Burton was measured Burton
ing back on with pride — higher Guard.
defense spending. It was a theme Air Force Base in Biloxi, the Naval with a .14 blood alcohol level, above
Both Palazzo and Kelly, in inter-
in the re-election campaigns of sev- views with The Associated Press Construction Battalion Center in the legal limit of .08. The newspaper obtained a
eral members, and resurfaced with before their re-elections cited in- Gulfport and the Naval Meteorol- Mississippi Highway Patrol incident report of the
December’s announcement of two creased military spending as one of ogy and Oceanography Command arrest near Starkville through a public records
more Coast Guard cutters to built at their goals. Palazzo said he wanted and other units at Stennis Space request.
Ingalls Shipbuilding in Pascagoula to “continue to fund our military to Center and the Camp Shelby Na- A trooper found a Chevrolet pickup driven by
at an eventual cost of $1.7 billion. restore our loss of readiness and tional Guard base near Hattiesburg. Burton in a ditch. The trooper talked to the New-
Military support is a tradition recapitalize the equipment. We feel That’s more than 24,000 active duty ton Republican and reported he “could smell the
for Mississippi’s delegation. The like we’re stronger than we were.” and civilian personnel, more than odor of intoxicants.”
late John C. Stennis is the only U.S. Kelly said that “I think we con- half the state’s total of 46,000, ac- The report says Burton “admitted to drinking”
senator with an aircraft carrier tinually have to build the strength cording to Department of Defense and tested positive for alcohol on a preliminary
named for him, in recognition of his of the military.” figures. And that doesn’t count In- test before being taken to the Oktibbeha Coun-
long advocacy for military funding After ebbing earlier this decade, galls and its 11,000 employees. ty Sheriff’s Department where he blew the .14,
according to the report. He was charged with a
DUI second offense and failure to maintain prop-
er lane.
Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has called for Burton to
give up his leadership post but can’t force him to
Area arrests step down, because the president pro tem is elect-
The following arrests ed by all 52 state senators. Reeves and Burton are
were made by Lowndes both Republicans and have been allies. As pro
County Sheriff’s Office: tem, the 62-year-old Burton helps advance legis-
n Reginald Scott, 28, lation that the lieutenant governor wants and pre-
was charged with posses- sides over the Senate when Reeves is unavailable.
sion, sale or transfer of a
stolen firearm.
n Angela Edwards, 44,
was charged with embez- Scott Edwards Pelphrey Ervin Baker McGee
zlement. beha Coun-
n Brandie Pelphrey, 27,
ty Sheriff’s
was charged with posses-Office:
sion of methamphetamine n Omar-
and two counts of con- tra McGee,
tempt of court. 35, was
n Julise Ervin, 35, was
charged with possession
with proba-
of a weapon by a felon. Gatheright Reese Sudduth O’Briant Netterville
n John Baker, 33, wastion viola-
tion. expired driver’s license was charged with two
charged with possession
n Daryl Gatheright, and possession of marijua- counts of receiving stolen
of a weapon by a felon and
grand larceny-more than 26, was charged with pro- na in a vehicle. property and two counts of
$500. bation violation. n Larry Sudduth, 49, burglary of a vehicle.
n Denver Reese, 24, was charged with proba- n Takyra Netterville,
The following arrests was charged with posses- tion violation. 26, was charged with ag-
were made by the Oktib- sion of a stolen firearm, n James O’Briant, 19, gravated assault.

Around the state
Jamie Foxx makes video the start of sports betting Sandhill, home of Olym- bracelets back.
in the state. pic gold medalist Tori The manager thanked
decrying violence in State revenue depart- Bowie.” him for his honesty in an
Mississippi city ment figures show gam- Bowie won gold with email and the company
NATCHEZ — An blers lost $160 million the American team in sent a pair of diamond ear-
Academy Award-winning statewide in November, women’s 4x100 meter re- rings as a thank-you for
actor is among those call- down less than 1 percent lay in the 2016 Summer returning the bracelets.
ing for an end to violence from $161 million in No- Olympics in Rio de Janei-
in a southwest Mississippi vember 2017. ro. She also won a silver
city. Of that amount, $1.6 medal that year in the
Larry Hooper, prin- million was lost on sports 100-meter and a bronze
cipal of the ninth grade wagers, with $32.8 million medal in the 200-meter.
school in the Natchez-Ad- in bets placed Local news outlets re-
ams school district, says Receipts fell to $92 mil- port the 28-year-old Bow-
Jamie Foxx made the lion at the 12 coastal casi- ie attended the ceremony.
17-second video after nos, down 2 percent from She graduated from
talking to the mother of November 2017. Pisgah High School in
an 18-year-old shooting Mississippi’s 16 river Rankin County and at-
victim. casinos posted winnings tended the University of
The Natchez Democrat of $67 million, up 2 percent Southern Mississippi.
reports that Foxx says it’s from last year.
his “sincere hope that we Revenue statewide Mississippi man orders
went up 1 percent over the
stop the killing in Nat-
last 12 months, with Gulf
wife diamond bracelet,
chez, Mississippi.”
Adams County and Coast casinos showing a 3 gets 48
percent increase and river OLIVE BRANCH —
Natchez have seen at least
casinos showing a 3 per- A Mississippi man says
13 slayings this year, up he ordered his wife a
from five in 2017. Police cent decrease.
Numbers exclude $2,000 diamond bracelet
blame killings on a cycle for Christmas and was
Choctaw Indian casinos,
of retaliatory violence. shocked see 48 of the
which don’t report win-
Foxx won a best actor bracelets when he opened
nings to the state.
award for portraying Ray the box.
Charles in the 2004 film, WATN-TV reports
“Ray.” Olympic champion Olive Branch Alderman
Hooper says he be- honored with Rankin Dale Dickerson ordered
came friends with Foxx County highway sign the bracelet from a com-
after Hooper and his SANDHILL — Even pany called Jewelry Un-
daughter won a trip to Los speeding Mississippi limited that’s based in
Angeles and met Foxx. drivers will note one of Atlanta.
the fastest women in the When Dale received
Casino revenue falls world.
Officials recently un-
his shipment, there were
dozens of bracelets in the
in first since sports veiled a highway sign on box but no paperwork.
betting began Mississippi 25 in Rankin Dale called the com-
JACKSON — Casino County honoring sprinter pany after catching his
revenue fell slightly in Tori Bowie. breath. He says the man-
Mississippi in November, The sign says: “Wel- ager sounded panicked
the first decrease since come to the community of but Dale sent the extra

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Reading in the New Year
“You can find History where he stole hundreds of
magic wherever valuable, irreplaceable bird skins and
you look. Sit then vanished. The author became
back and relax, obsessed to find what became of Rist
all you need is a and the stolen bird skins.
book.” “Forest Life–Practical Mediations
Dr. Seuss, on Canoeing, Fishing, Hunting, and
children’s Bushcraft,” by George Washington
author Sears, known as Nessmuk: Nessmuk
was born in 1821, and though he was
Predicted for trained by his father as a shoemaker,
the new year is said he was never suited for indoor
plenty of good Shannon Bardwell work. By 1860 he began writing a local
reads and a newspaper column of life in the woods
lot of running around. For Christmas and later for magazines — “Porter’s
the Bardwells each received two pairs Spirit of the Times” and “Forest and
of tennis shoes and a total of seven Stream.” He published a camping
books. We also received more than our guide in 1884 and a book of poetry in
share of chocolates and goodies which, 1887.
of course, have all been consumed. Nessmuk took his last canoe trip
Hopefully the running around will exploration. This sketchbook encour- hope set in 1987 about the 14-year-old along the Florida coast at age 65
somewhat decrease what the choco- ages observation through a gratifying June Elbus. before succumbing to tuberculosis and
lates increased. Our book-givers are so practice of filling just one small space “The Short Novels of John Stein- malaria. At his weakest, he asked to lie
good at picking books I’ve provided a at a time. beck,” including “Tortilla Flat,” “The beneath the hemlocks near his home,
book list, with descriptions in order of “The Illustrated Words of Jesus Moon Is Down,” “The Red Pony,” “Of where he passed away. “Forest and
the book’s dimensions: for Women,” by Carolyn Larsen: This Mice and Men,” “Cannery Row” and Stream’s” tribute: “Nessmuk loved na-
“Everyday Encouragement,” by is 366 days of calming coloring and “The Pearl”: Steinbeck created stories ture as few men ever did. He knew her
Pamela McQuade, in it’s third printing: meaningful meditations on the words that were realistic, rugged and imbued secrets, while shy almost to the degree
These brief but powerful devotional of Jesus. with energy and resilience. of self-effacement, his character was
readings will nourish you —mind, “Tell the Wolves I’m Home,” by “The Feather Thief,” by Kirk as strong as his integrity was upright.
body and soul, helping you to rise Carol Rifka Brunt: A New York Times Wallace Johnson: A true crime story How well he loved the waters and the
above life’s challenges. bestseller that will live in the readers’ of Edwin Rist, a 20-year-old American woods and the light of day filtering
“A Year in Small Drawings,” by imaginations long after the final page flautist who, after performing at Lon- through the leaves.“
Matilda Tristram: Matilda provides 52 is turned, Brunt’s novel is a beautifully don’s Royal Academy of Music, took a Email reaches Shannon Bardwell of
themes and examples to inspire your bittersweet mixture of heartbreak and train to the British Museum of Natural Columbus at

State of the nation

Loneliness is an
all-season companion
By Ana Veciana-Suarez
Tribune Content Agency

I often complain — rather gratuitously, I now realize
— that I don’t have a moment to myself. Responsibili-
ties and relationships tug at my time, and hardly a day
goes by without someone calling or knocking on my
door unexpectedly.
How did I get so lucky?
I’m not being sarcastic either. Lately I’ve been
nudged into recognizing that my complaints would
count as someone else’s blessings. There are plenty of
people who would welcome the good fortune of a deep-
bench support network.
Loneliness, we are being told again and again,
has become an epidemic. Which strikes me as weird,
and sad, and ironic. We live in a world where we can
connect instantly with an acquaintance halfway across
the world. An abundance of social media allows us to
enjoy a grandchild’s first steps in real time and chat
with cousins in different cities, even when we’re stuck
at the office. Other editors
And yet, loneliness is spreading as contagious as a
flu bug. Earlier this year, a national survey by Cigna,
the global health care company, found that almost half
of all Americans reported feeling alone sometimes or
always, and more than one in four Americans rarely or
Taking a fresh look at executions
Pride in our state’s exceptional tification, official misconduct, serious initial charge dropped or
never felt they were understood. More alarming, two history and traditions related to and false or misleading forensic reduced to a less severe charge,”
in five Americans sometimes or always feel that their the Old West may help explain evidence. the study said.
relationships were not meaningful. Texans’ clinging to some prac- A report published in the Prejudice shouldn’t be the
Surprisingly, it was the younger folk, not the elderly, tices that should be consigned to Proceedings of the National difference in whether someone
who lamented their loneliness most. But what truly the state’s past. That includes the Academy of Sciences concluded is put to death. Neither should a
shook me to my core was not the demographics but death penalty, which continues that “approximately one out of clumsy defense, mishandling of
the bleakness of the isolation. One in five Americans to be carried out more frequently every 24 prisoners” on death row evidence, a mistaken eyewitness,
reported rarely or never feeling close to people, and 18 in Texas than anywhere else in nationwide between 1973 and or an overly zealous prosecutor
percent said they don’t have someone to talk to. America. 2004 was wrongly convicted. with political ambitions — all
The Cigna report shouldn’t come as a shock, In fact, this year Texas re- Not even one death of an in- of which have been factors in
though. It actually echoes other surveys and mental versed course from the national nocent person should be consid- wrongful convictions.
health professionals’ warnings. And if it makes us feel trend it had been following and ered acceptable or the collateral The Supreme Court in 1972
any better, many other countries have also acknowl- executed 13 people; which was damage of an imperfect criminal ruled the death penalty as applied
edged the problem. A few months back, the British more than the 12 executions that justice system. That imperfect was unconstitutional, only to rein-
government even named a minister for loneliness and occurred in the rest of the United system becomes even harder to state it in a 1976 ruling establish-
launched a government-wide strategy to tackle the States. Seven people were put to defend when viewed through the ing what were expected to be bet-
issue. death in Texas in both 2016 and lens of race, which shows the ter safeguards against arbitrary
Wise public policy, this, since social isolation has 2017. color of a defendant’s skin can death sentences. Nonetheless,
been linked to serious health conditions, including With 224 inmates currently on determine whether he or she is most states have abandoned the
depression and higher levels of stress hormones and death row in Texas, a 25-year low, sentenced to death. barbaric practice. Thirty-seven
inflammation, which can, in turn, lead to heart dis- more executions appear cer- All seven defendants sen- states have not had an execution
ease, Type 2 diabetes, arthritis, even dementia. In an tain. Less certain is what those tenced to death in Texas this year in the past five years, and 31 of
analysis of various studies, researchers concluded that executions will accomplish other were people of color. That’s no those states have not executed
loneliness was equal to or greater than several other than removing those executed anomaly. In the past five years, anyone in the past 10 years. Tex-
health risk factors, such as obesity and smoking. from society — a goal that could more than 70 percent of death as needs to join them.
We may think that the holidays prove worse for be achieved just as well and less sentences in Texas have been im- Capital punishment is no
those who feel alone, but research says loneliness is an expensively by life sentences. posed on people of color — and in deterrent to murder. Despite
all-season companion, embracing people year-round The cost leading to an exe- particular, African Americans. the high-profile serial-killer and
regardless of the calendar. In fact, because we’re cution, including appeals and Blacks are less than 13 per- mass-murder cases that get the
conscious of sharing good cheer, we make it a point incarceration, easily exceeds $1 cent of the Texas population but most news coverage, homicides
to include the new co-worker living far from family million; compared with less than 43 percent of the state’s death are more likely to result from per-
or the recently widowed neighbor left all alone in our $700,000 to keep an inmate in row inmates. Hispanics are 38 sonal conflicts involving people
festivities. But what about in February or April, when prison for 40 years. percent of the state population who know each other and aren’t
goodwill has been folded into the grind of daily life? Of course, money isn’t the and 27 percent of those on death thinking about facing a judge in a
Maybe we should consider extending invitations most important reason for Texas row. court of law. A date with a lethal
not just for the big holiday meal but also long after the to reconsider capital punishment. The American Bar Association injection needle isn’t on their
turkey has been carved and the Christmas ornaments With DNA testing and other says “the disadvantages faced minds.
stored. Maybe we must recognize that a text is not the improved evidence collection by low-income defendants” also No matter how or why a mur-
same as a touch, and a Facebook post is no substitute methods, it is now indisputable play a role in who gets the death derer killed someone, he should
for the presence of a loved one. And maybe, too, we that sometimes the wrong person penalty. pay for his crime. Vengeance,
should learn to cherish (instead of lament) family who is sentenced to death. A recent study in the Boston however, should play no role
asks for help, neighbors who drop in unexpectedly, and The Innocence Project says College Law Review said the dis- in the outcome. Any vengeful
friends who interrupt your day to share a good joke. at least 162 inmates have been crepancy in how black defendants satisfaction felt is fleeting. It
Ana Veciana-Suarez writes about family and social released from death row nation- are treated in America’s courts will never fill the hole left in the
issues. Email her at or visit wide because they were wrongly is glaring. “White defendants are hearts of a murder victim’s family
her website Follow @AnaVeci- convicted. The reasons range 25 percent more likely than black and friends.
ana. from mistaken eyewitness iden- defendants to have their most Houston (Texas) Chronicle
The Dispatch • Monday, December 31, 2018 5A

Senator: Trump slowing down troop pullout from Syria
Trump announced earlier this month that he place swiftly. The president had
declared victory over the Islamic
“I think we’re slowing things
down in a smart way,” Graham
was ordering the withdrawal of all the roughly State group in Syria, though pock- said, adding that Trump was very
ets of fighting remain. aware of the plight of the Kurds.
2,000 troops from war-torn Syria Graham had been an outspo- Critics had contended that the
ken critic of Trump’s decision, U.S. withdrawal would embolden
By ZEKE MILLER tion,” the South Carolina Republi- which had drawn bipartisan criti- Iran and Russia, which have sup-
The Associated Press can said outside the White House cism. The announcement also had ported the government of Syrian
after lunch with the president. shocked lawmakers and Ameri- President Bashar al-Assad.
WASHINGTON — President
Trump announced earlier this can allies, including Kurds who National security adviser John
Donald Trump has ordered a slow-
month that he was ordering the have fought alongside the U.S. Bolton was expected to travel to
Robert M. Adams
down to the withdrawal of U.S. Incomplete
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Trump tries to deflect blame for migrant children’s deaths
By NOMAAN MERCHANT, was healthy when he left that allow people to make during their trek. She
ZEKE MILLER and with his father on their the long trek thinking they spoke with AP journalists
COLLEEN LONG journey hoping to migrate can enter our country ille- at the family’s home in the
The Associated Press to the U.S. gally.” remote Guatemalan village
Meanwhile, Homeland He also said that both of Yalambojoch, her step-
President Donald Trump Security Secretary Kirst- children “were very sick daughter Catarina Gomez
sought to deflect blame jen Nielsen visited Border before they were given over translating her indigenous
for the deaths of two Gua- Patrol agents and medical to Border Patrol.” language Chuj into Span-
temalan children in U.S. officials at the southern The two tweets were ish.
custody by claiming they border amid promises his first comments on the “When he called me, he
were “very sick” when they of more thorough health Dec. 8 death of 7-year-old told me he was fine. He told
arrived, even though im- screenings for migrant Jakelin Caal and the death me not to worry because he
migration authorities have children. on Christmas Eve of 8-year- was fine,” Catarina Alonzo
said both children passed Trump, whose admin- old Felipe Gomez Alonzo. said.
initial health checks. istration has faced wide- Felipe’s mother, Catari- The mother said the last
The mother of the boy spread criticism over the na Alonzo, told the AP that time she spoke with Felipe
who died Christmas Eve deaths, pointed on Twitter her son reported he was do- he was in Mexico at the
told The Associated Press at Democrats “and their pa- ing well every time that he U.S. border and said he was
on Saturday that her son thetic immigration policies and his father called home eating chicken.
6A Monday, December 31, 2018 The Dispatch •

Continued from Page 1A
these are custodial people,
cafeteria workers, people
who would not normally ...
be able to come to a hotel
and be appreciated. So it’s
really worked out.”
Black added that hotels
are usually at their empti-
est at the end of the year,
making it an ideal time to
host the school employ-
Lowndes County
School District Superin-
tendent Lynn Wright said
the administration was
extremely grateful for the
employees’ recognition,
adding it’s always good for
them to receive recogni-
“To have a chance to get
away like that, like a short
that’s just
a w e s o m e ,”
he said. “... Isabelle Altman/Dispatch Staff
It’s great to Hyatt Place sales manager Tressa Black, right, gives a “School Hero Award” to
know that Fairview Elementary School secretary Cheryl Turner at the Hyatt Friday night. The
they have Columbus hotel held a reception and gave complimentary overnight stays to 25
the support, employees from area schools who were nominated by school administrators as
deserving of recognition.
that educa- Wright
tion has the tion Friday night for the tion she receives. It’s the much,” she said. “You just
support of local business employees and their fami- impact she has on her stu- go about your day.”
and industries.” lies, including food donat- dents. That’s not the case with
CMSD Superintendent ed by nearby restaurants. “Sometimes at first it’s schools for younger stu-
Cherie Labat agreed. West Lowndes Elemen- like, ‘Oh my goodness, dents, she said.
“We are very grateful tary fifth grade teacher am I getting through?’” “You see them every
to have the Hyatt recog- Tammara Buchanan, who she said. “And then seeing day,” Monroe said.
nize our stayed the night with her their progress: It’s heav-
employees,” Lewis also just started
husband and 9-year-old en.” working at Columbus Mid-
she said in son, called it a “little vaca- Likewise, Lewis and
a message dle School after 20 years
tion away from the house.” Monroe said they like see-
to The Dis- at Stokes-Beard Acade-
“I’ve never been to this ing the students every day
patch. “The my. Now she likes seeing
hotel before even though at work. Monroe just be-
relation- it’s right here in Colum- gan working at Columbus some of the same students
ships we bus,” she said. “It’s nice to Success Academy, the dis- she knew when they were
continue to Labat get away from the house trict’s alternative school at younger, as if she’s watch-
... build have because we really didn’t the campus that was for- ing them grow up. Since
made a positive impact on plan on going anywhere merly Hunt Intermediate they know her, she often
our employees. They feel for the Christmas holi- School, after several years receives hugs and greet-
valued and appreciated for days.” of working at East Missis- ings of “Hey Miss Lewis”
the work they do to sup- Still, she said, her fa- sippi Community College. when she goes to work.
port children.” vorite thing about being a “In college, we don’t “Some of them call me
The hotel held a recep- teacher isn’t the recogni- associate with the kids too ‘mom,’” she said.

Cold case
Continued from Page 1A
Michael Devaughn, “ I t ’ s Lott was honored as a podcast in the hopes of
51, of Rienzi, was charged probably Hometown Hero by fra- getting more attention
with capital murder and the most ternal financial benefit for the Labor Day mur-
sexual battery in the impor t a nt organization Modern ders.
case after investigators case in the Woodmen in November District Attorney
matched DNA taken history of for the 14 years he spent Scott Colom said at the
from one of his cigarette our depart- investigating the case time of Devaughn’s ar-
butts to the DNA profile ment,” Lott for free during his time rest that the case would
from Crigler’s rape kit. said. “For Lott off. Lott began working be his office’s No. 1 pri-
It was the first break in me personally, long be- on the case in 1998, tak- ority moving forward
the 28-year-old case, fore I was involved in the ing a break for four years into the new year.
which SPD Sgt. Bill Lott case, it was something starting in 2009 when he The case is slated to
had predicted before the that really motivated served in A fghanistan, go before a grand jury
arrest would be cracked me. For something like and getting back to it in January, according
because of advances that to happen in our when he returned home to previous reporting
in forensic technology community, it really in 2013. from The Dispatch.
made since the murders. drove me to get as much Before the case was Devaughn is currently
Lott said Monday that training as I could get solved, it was the subject being held in Oktibbeha
the case was not only an and be the best I could of Knock Knock podcast County Jail on $11 mil-
important milestone in be even though at the set up by Jones’ grand- lion bond.
his long career, but for time of this crime I was sons, Jason B. Jones and Dispatch reporter
the Starkville Police De- just starting out and not Simon Jones. The broth- Slim Smith contributed
partment. with the (SPD).” ers began the true crime to this report.

No jail time for Louisiana man in wild deer sausage sting
The Associated Press arrest report that says authorities on a chase that agents he bought the deer
31-year-old Brandon J. reached 95 mph. meat and raccoons from a
CONVENT, La. — A Engham sold 10 pounds A search of his two Mississippi seller. He also
Louisiana man who au- of wild deer sausage for homes yielded 10 cleaned acknowledged trying to
thorities say was caught $60 to an undercover state raccoon carcasses and sell blue crabs without a
in an illegal deer sausage Wildlife and Fisheries packages of deer sausage, license.
sting will avoid prison agent in March. He fled af- fish fillets, shrimp and un- Per a plea agreement,
time. ter the sale, crashing into known meat. he received five years’ pro-
The Advocate cites an an agent’s car and leading Engham later told bation and a $1,000 fine.

Continued from Page 1A
Dickinson said the door because Nathan team entered the home. The Mississippi Bu-
Mississippi State Patrol Shepard was waiting for The sheriff did not say reau of Investigation says
SWAT team entered the them. Shepard was found how Shepard or the girl’s a weapon was found at the
home northeast of Tupelo dead when the SWAT father died. scene.
around 9 p.m. Sunday.
Dickenson said the girl
called 911 Saturday af-
ternoon and warned dis-
patchers not to allow dep-
uties to come to the front

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Nassar and the chaos they provoked was The SPORTS EDITOR SECTION
Associated Press’ No. 1 story of 2018. Page 2B Adam Minichino

THE DISPATCH n CDISPATCH.COM n Monday, December 31, 2018

college football WOMEN’S COLLEGE
Clemson Scott’s career day
will meet lifts No. 8 MSU to
again in
title game another big win
The Associated Press

It will be Alabama and STARKVILLE — Mississippi State women’s
Clemson, again. basketball coach Vic Schaefer wanted toughness
The top-ranked Crim- and a physical presence on the court when he
son Tide and No. 2 Tigers signed Bre’Amber Scott.
had double-digit victories The 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock,
in their semifinal games Arkansas, is still working on
Saturday, setting up what becoming that player. Along MSU 104,
has quickly become an the way, her offensive game is Louisiana 36
annual postseason meet- developing, too.
ing. They will meet in the Scott poured in a
College Football Playoff career-high 21 points Sunday afternoon as
for the fourth consecutive No. 8 MSU routed Louisiana 104-36 in its final
year, the third time in the non-conference regular-season game of the sea-
championship game. son at Humphrey Coliseum.
And the winner this “We wanted Bre’Amber to come here and be
time will become the first our toughest player,” Schaefer said. “She has
15-0 Football Bowl Subdi- been brought here to do the dirty work. She
vision (FBS) champion. is aggressive. She is physical. She will lay her
Alabama-Clemson Part body on the floor to fight for a loose rebound. We
IV, Nick Saban vs. Dabo signed her to be our toughest player, and she still
Swinney, comes Jan. 7 on has a chance to become that.
the opposite side of the “A stat line like today is hard to argue with.
country for both teams. That’s the kind of all-around player she can be-
Kelly Donoho/Mississippi State Athletic Media Relations
The national title will be come.”
Mississippi State expects linebackers like Willie Gay Jr., shown above against
at the home stadium of the Louisiana-Lafayette, to play a bigger role against a physical Iowa attack in the MSU improved to 12-1 (7-0 at home) entering
NFL’s San Francisco 49ers Outback Bowl at 11 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2) in Tampa, Florida. its Southeastern Conference opener against Ar-
in Santa Clara, California. kansas on Thursday in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

msu linebackers will play See MSU WOMEN, 4B
This matchup has
seemed inevitable since
the Tide and Tigers start- game 14
ed the season ranked 1-2.

key role against iowa
n At Arkansas, 6 p.m. Thursday (SEC Network;
They will also likely finish WKBB-FM 100.9, WFCA-FM 107.9).
that way, like they did two
seasons ago when they be-
gan the season as the top
two teams in the AP Top By Brett Hudson

Lewis, Hall lead Tide
At Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida
Both have regularly n No. 18 Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Iowa (8-4),
been winning games by STARKVILLE — When Tem Luka-
bu was Colgate’s leading linebacker at 11 a.m. Tuesday (ESPN2; WKBB-FM 100.9,
wide margins this year.
the beginning of the millennium, the WFCA-FM 107.9).

past Lumberjacks
Freshman Trevor Law-
rence threw for 327 yards spread offense hadn’t reached the Pa-
and three touchdowns as triot League. The league was still filled spread. MSU is no different. Against
Atlantic Coast Conference with traditional offenses that featured Iowa, though, MSU will have to deploy
champion Clemson beat downhill running, fullbacks in active a classic 4-3 alignment to match up By The Associated Press

No. 3 Notre Dame 30-3 in roles, and more pulling guards than against Iowa’s downhill attack. MSU
quick screens. has used the configuration primarily NACOGDOCHES, Texas — Kira Lewis Jr.
the Cotton Bowl. had 17 points and eight assists, Donta Hall add-
“Phenomenal night,” When Lukabu, who now works as in short stretches against Kansas State
the Mississippi State football team’s and LSU. On Tuesday, MSU will have ed 12 points and 14 rebounds, and the Alabama
Swinney said. men’s basketball team beat Stephen F. Austin 79-
Alabama jumped out to linebackers coach, watches film of to live in it.
“We have some different person- 69 on Sunday night.
See TITLE GAME, 4B Iowa, he remembers his college days,
Hall was 6-for-7 from the field and notched
which means his linebackers will face nel groupings in this week, and when
his fifth double-double of the
College Football a different challenge when No. 18 MSU they get into two-back that’s going to
season for the Crimson Tide Alabama 79,
(8-4) takes on Iowa at 11 a.m. Tuesday be required,” MSU defensive coordina-
Playoff (ESPN2) in the Outback Bowl at Ray- tor Bob Shoop said. “They’re going to
(9-3), who won their fourth
SFA 69
Championship straight.
mond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. get to play old-school, power football.
Monday, Jan. 7 Stephen F. Austin rallied
At Santa Clara, California In the modern era, defenses have Leads, outside zones, some things like late in the second half, but Alabama stopped the
n Clemson (14-0) vs. Alabama grown accustomed to playing with five that. It’s going to be fun.” momentum with a 9-2 run that ended with Lewis’
(14-0), 7 p.m. (ESPN) or more defensive backs to counter the See LINEBACKERS, 3B pair of free throws to make it 77-67 with 1 min-
ute, 52 seconds left in the game.

Offensive line rotation “We were able to build a pretty comfortable
lead, but they cut into in the second half,” Ala-
bama coach Avery Johnson said. “We made some

pays off for Bulldogs
free throws down the stretch, hit some big shots
and got some timely rebounds and were able to
pull out a win. Riley Norris was huge for us, Don-
ta was huge as well. When we have four or five
By Brett Hudson Tide, so Mississippi State guys scoring in double figures, we can be a pret- offensive line coach Mar- ty tough team to beat.”
cus Johnson put him out Norris added 14 points, including four 3-point-
STARKVILLE — Tom- there. ers, and Tevin Mack scored 12 for Alabama.
my Champion’s introduc- Most offensive line Hall’s basket with 6:14 left in the first half tied
tion to meaningful col- coaches work hard to find it at 21 and sparked a 22-9 run for the Tide that
lege football snaps came five linemen and allow made it 41-30 with 1:48 left in the half. Alabama
against No. 1 Alabama. them to build continuity. never trailed again, though the Lumberjacks (7-
Champion wasn’t No. 18 MSU has opted to 5) closed the deficit to 68-65 on Kevon Harris’
thrown into the fire out rotate four offensive line- jumper with 5:31 left in the game.
Kelly Donoho/Mississippi State Athletic Media Relations
of necessity. He earned men off its bench in the Mississippi State junior tackle Tyre Phillips has rotated
the right to be on the second half of the season. in at right tackle in relief of Stewart Reese and at left Game 13
field against the Crimson See ROTATION, 3B tackle in relief of Greg Eiland. n No. 16 Kentucky, Noon, Saturday (ESPN).

n more college basketball: Sunday’s Men’s,
football: NFL Women’s Scores. Page 3B

Prescott throws four TDs to rally Cowboys past Giants
Dallas 36, the intensity that we them looking forward to
The Associated Press played with, the ups next weekend’s wild-card
New York Giants 35 and the downs and how game at home.
EAST RUTHER- we stayed through it,” Dallas coach Jason
FORD, N.J. — Don’t tell down pass to Cole Bea- Prescott said after going Garrett downplayed the
Dak Prescott and the Dal- sley on a play that was 27-for-44 for 387 yards meaningless angle, even
las Cowboys their regu- reversed by video replay and a season-high four though he rested NFL
lar-season finale against and added a winning two- touchdowns, three to leading rusher Ezekiel
the New York Giants was point conversion pass to tight end Blake Jarwin. Elliott and two of his top
a meaningless game. Michael Gallup with 1 “We stayed positive, offensive linemen.
They played it to the minute, 12 seconds to play knowing we were going “That might be for
end and got momentum as the NFC East champi- to give ourselves a chance people outside our build-
for the playoffs, in which on Cowboys rallied twice to come out on the end. It ing, talking about the
Alabama Athletic Media Relations
they will host Seattle next in the final 10 minutes to was a great win.” meaningful or meaning- Alabama’s Herbert Jones makes a move past
weekend. beat the New York Giants The win was the sev- less nature of a game,” Stephen F. Austin’s Kevon Harris in their game
Prescott threw a 32- 36-35 on Sunday. enth in eight games for Garrett said. “They’re all Sunday afternoon. Jones had five points in the
yard fourth-down touch- “You saw it out there, the Cowboys and it has See COWBOYS, 3B Crimson Tide’s 79-69 victory.
2B Monday, December 31, 2018 The Dispatch •

YEAR IN REVIEW: Top National Stories for 2018

Nassar saga named The AP’s Story of Year
By EDDIE PELLS of it. though 2018 is coming to an end, the
The Associated Press USOC chairman Larry Probst, pain, lessons and impact felt from the
CEO Scott Blackmun and sport per- Nassar saga will resonate in 2019 and
The depths of Larry Nassar’s de- formance director Alan Ashley all left beyond.
pravity began to emerge some 15 or were forced out under a cloud. In
months before the calendar flipped “I think we have opened this door
his going-away speech, Probst said and revealed a lot of bad truths about
to 2018 — when reports of his sexu- despite the USOC’s success under
al abuse first appeared in newspaper our sport and sports in general,”
his watch, “it is our collective failure
stories that would eventually lead to said one of Nassar’s many victims,
to keep you safe that that will forever
a trial and, ultimately, to the doctor’s cause me deep and profound regret.” Olympic champion Jordyn Wieber.
imprisonment. Brought on to repair USA Gymnas- “Not only in sports in general, but a
But it was January 2018, the month tics, president Kerry Perry got forced big child-abuse problem. People are
when more than 150 female athletes out after a series of embarrassing and opening their eyes a little bit more.”
testified at Nassar’s sentencing hear- out-of-touch missteps. Her predeces-
ing for convictions on child-porn and sor, Steve Penny, was arrested on A list of the top 10 sports sto-
sex-abuse charges, that marked a charges he ordered files pertaining ries of 2018, as voted on by As-
turning point in a crisis that has in- to Nassar removed from the team’s sociated Press members and ed- Sudoku YESTERDAY’S ANSWER
flicted untold damage.
The testimony brought the true
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crimes to the fore, triggering spasms ceives decadeslong prison sentence
Hirshland, eventually called for de- after dozens of female athletes detail
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of anger, soul-searching and attempts certification of USA Gymnastics — given numbers.
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exposing abuse that had been swept changes in the law that governs the responses to allegations. number 9 7 1 8 2 4 6 5 3
contains the same number
out of the public’s conscience for de- 2. Eagles bring first Super Bowl only once. The difficulty
entire, dysfunctional U.S. Olympic only once. The difficulty 2 8 5 3 7 6 1 9 4
cades. title home to Philadelphia with 41-33 level increases from
charter. level increases from 3 6 4 9 1 5 7 2 8
Nassar’s crimes and the chaos they Monday to Sunday.
Ironically, one of the biggest driv- victory over New England, capping Monday to Sunday. Difficulty Level 12/31

provoked — the massive turnover ers of change turned out to be the exciting playoffs that salvaged regu-
at Michigan State, the U.S. Olympic world’s best gymnast. A Nassar vic- lar season filled with off-field issues
Committee and USA Gymnastics, to tim herself, Olympic and world cham- (national anthem, concussions) and
say nothing of the trauma wrought pion Simone Biles was unabashed in lackluster games.
on the victims themselves — was the calling it like she saw it when change 3. Supreme Court strikes down
Story of the Year in balloting by AP wasn’t coming quickly enough — or law prohibiting sports betting outside
members and editors. The Nassar didn’t make any sense. Though hers
saga earned more than double the Nevada; New Jersey, Mississippi and
may have been the best-known voice,
number of votes as the second- and West Virginia among first states to
it wasn’t the only one.
third-place finishers: the Eagles first Survivors are cautiously optimis- start taking wagers.
Super Bowl championship and the tic. 4. Maryland-Baltimore County up-
Supreme Court’s decision to strike “There is a broader cultural im- sets Virginia to become first 16 seed
down a law that prohibited sports pact in terms of survivors speaking to topple a No. 1 in the history of the
gambling outside of Nevada. up,” said Rachel Denhollander, whose NCAA Tournament.
The year 2018 was also notable story of abuse at the hands of Nassar 5. Boston Red Sox overcome 18-in-
for a string of stirring comebacks triggered the entire meltdown. “Pros- ning loss to Dodgers in Game 3 to
and surprises: Maryland-Baltimore ecutors are saying they’re seeing a capture World Series and cap domi-
County pulled the first 16 vs. 1 upset significant increase. A lot of them are nating 108-win season.
in an NCAA Tournament that was tying them back to the sentencing 6. Inspired by a superfan nun,
also highlighted by Loyola-Chicago’s hearing with Larry.” 98-year-old Sister Jean Dolores
run to the Final Four, spurred on by a Though he worked with high-pro- Schmidt, tiny Loyola-Chicago makes
98-year-old superfan, Sister Jean Do- file gymnasts in a volunteer capacity,
run to Final Four.
lores-Schmidt . Tiger Woods returned Nassar did most of his damage at his
to form, nearly winning the PGA 7. In expansion season, Las Vegas
full-time job at Michigan State.
before capturing the season-ending The school has settled lawsuits Golden Knights surge to Stanley Cup
Tour Championship . The expansion totaling $500 million . Its university Final before falling to Washington.
Las Vegas Knights made it all the way president, athletic director, gymnas- 8. Tiger Woods makes stirring
to the Stanley Cup Final before falling tics coach, vice president of legal af- comeback less than 18 months after
to the Washington Capitals. fairs, a dean and a school doctor have spinal fusion surgery, with close calls
There was a steady trickle of news all left under the cloud of how the uni- at British and PGA, then victory in
about the still-emerging evidence versity failed, time and again, when Tour Championship.
and response to the doping scandal in presented with evidence that Nassar 9. Freshman quarterback Tua Ta-
Russia that has sullied the last three was a serial abuser. Some of those govailoa comes off bench to rally Al-
Olympics, with potential for more.

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who have left are awaiting trials for abama to overtime victory over Geor-
But the steadiest flow of cringe-in- enabling Nassar in some way. gia for program’s fifth national title in
ducing headlines came out of the Hundreds of gymnasts’ lawsuits the Nick Saban era.
Nassar scandal — not only detailing against the USOC and USA Gym-
10. Fallout from Russian doping
his depravity, but also the slow, of- nastics are still pending. More Con-
ten-ham-handed way in which some scandal continues. Despite sanctions
gressional hearings will be sched-
of the most powerful people in sports uled. More failures are certain to be on their country, nearly 170 Russians
dealt with the aftermath. detailed, and possibly some positive allowed to compete in Pyeongchang
Those who failed paid dearly, and solutions — few and far between as Olympics; international athletes out-
it’s no exaggeration to say the entire the recriminations have piled up — raged over reinstatement of Russia’s
Olympic movement inside the United can be found, as well. anti-doping agency before all criteria
States could be reconfigured because The one sure thing is that even fulfilled.

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Jumble, Word Warp, Crossword, Sudoku and Cryptquote puzzles that would have appeared 11 Assertion
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16 Sprinted
17 Cry of insight
18 Out, socially
20 Fruitcake bit
21 Ear: Prefix
22 Annoy
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26 Port sights
Monday’s Cryptoquote: 27 Sacks
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29 Make mistakes New York 23 Helped in a heist
30 Good fortune 3 Eric Clapton song 24 Airlines’
34 Golf peg 4 Coq au — price-cutting battle
35 Boxing great 5 Dubai, for one 25 Sign off on
36 Victory 6 Play part 26 Tickle pink
37 1931 Kentucky 7 Light touch 28 Depend
Derby champion 8 Marine 30 Bulb units
40 Worry 9 Bruce Banner’s 31 Knowing
41 Stable animal alter ego 32 Washer cycle
42 Plummets 10 Lawmaking 33 Finished
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Basketball Cowboys
Tuesday’s Games 3-Point Goals—Charleston Southern
No games scheduled 6-17 (Wilbanks 0-1, Bretches 2-7, Burns 1-4, No. 1 Alabama 45,
Jackson 3-4, Godfrey 0-1), Florida 4-17 (Moore
Wednesday’s Games
No games scheduled 0-2, Johnson 0-1, Nakkasoglu 4-7, Smith 0-1, No. 4 Oklahoma 34
de Oliveira 0-2, Rainey 0-4). Assists—Charles- Oklahoma 0 10 10 14—34
Atlantic Division
Thursday’s Games
No games scheduled ton Southern 7 (Jackson 2), Florida 10 (Wash- Alabama 21 10 0 14—45 Continued from Page 1B
ington 4). Rebounds—Charleston Southern First Quarter
W L Pct GB Friday’s Games
Toronto 27 11 .711 — No games scheduled 32 (Burns 5), Florida 40 (Washington 9). Total
Fouls—Charleston Southern 24, Florida 16.
BAMA—D.Harris 1 run (Bulovas kick), 11:54
BAMA—Ruggs 10 pass from Tagovailoa very meaningful to us. It’s op- onship runs. When you are not
Philadelphia 23 14 .622 3½ Saturday’s Games
Boston 21 14 .600 4½ Kentucky at Alabama, Noon (ESPN) A—1,479. (Bulovas kick), 5:54
BAMA—D.Harris 1 run (Bulovas kick), 11:54
portunity for us to improve as a doing as well as you want to, it is
New York
17 21 .447 10
9 28 .243 17½
Georgia at Tennessee, 2:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
Arkansas at Texas A&M, 5 p.m. (SEC Network) LSU 78, Second Quarter football team, to finish strong, tough to handle.”
BAMA—Jacobs 27 pass from Tagovailoa

Southeast Division
W L Pct GB
South Carolina at Florida, 6 p.m. (ESPN2)
Ole Miss at Vanderbilt, 7:30 p.m. (SEC Network)
South Florida 49 (Bulovas kick), 13:01 to have some momentum going Saquon Barkley capped a re-
SOUTH FLORIDA (9-5): Ferreira 4-12 OKL—Sermon 2 run (Seibert kick), 11:48
17 18 .486 —
17 18 .486 —
Sunday, Jan. 6
No games scheduled
0-0 11, Rader 0-0 0-0 0, Jordao 0-2 0-0 0, Har- OKL—FG Seibert 26, 7:30 into the playoffs.” cord-setting rookie season with
vey 0-6 2-2 2, Pinzan 0-3 0-0 0, Henshaw 3-6 BAMA—FG Bulovas 38, :25
Orlando 16 19 .457 1
Sunday’s Women’s Major 0-0 6, Rozentale 0-3 1-2 1, Septe 2-3 0-0 4, Le- Third Quarter For the Giants (5-11), it was a sensational 2-yard touchdown
Washington 14 23 .378 4
Atlanta 11 24 .314 6
College Scores
verett 2-5 6-8 10, Kestner 1-2 0-0 3, Pehadzic
5-11 0-0 12, Totals 17-53 9-12 49.
OKL—FG Seibert 26, 7:30
OKL—Rambo 49 pass from Ky.Murray (Seibert another late loss. They lost eight dive with 3:21 to play to put the
Central Division
W L Pct GB EAST LSU (9-3): Mitchell 5-7 4-8 15, Aifuwa
7-12 1-5 15, Norton 1-3 3-4 5, Pointer 8-10
kick), 3:03
Fourth Quarter
games by seven points or less in Giants ahead 35-28
Army 74, Connecticut College 48
25 10 .714 —
24 12 .667 1½ Chattanooga 66, Maine 61
1-2 18, Richard-Harris 2-6 1-1 5, Farley 0-0
0-0 0, Bidikuindila 0-2 0-0 0, Ashman 0-1 0-0
BAMA—D.Smith 10 pass from Tagovailoa
(Bulovas kick), 13:08
Pat Shurmur’s first season, the However, Prescott engi-
16 18 .471 8½
10 27 .270 16
Fordham 61, Middle Tennessee 49
Hartford 84, NJIT 53
0, Brooks 4-12 2-2 13, Cherry 0-2 0-0 0, Seay OKL—Lamb 10 pass from Ky.Murray (Seibert last two by a total of two points. neered a nine-play, 70-yard
2-4 0-0 5, Spencer 1-1 0-0 2, Totals 30-60 12- kick), 8:31
Cleveland 8 29 .216 18
Holy Cross 81, Bryant 62 22 78. BAMA—Jeudy 13 pass from Tagovailoa This also could have been drive that he ended with an
James Madison 57, Robert Morris 36 South Florida 8 8 20 13 —49 (Bulovas kick), 6:08

Southwest Division
W L Pct GB
Seton Hall 77, St. John’s 67 LSU 31 19 18 10 —78 OKL—Ky.Murray 8 run (Seibert kick), 4:23 quarterback Eli Manning’s final arching pass to Beasley in the
Houston 20 15 .571 —
Stony Brook 74, St. Francis Brooklyn 67
Temple 75, La Salle 47
3-Point Goals—South Florida 6-21 (Fer-
reira 3-7, Harvey 0-3, Pinzan 0-2, Rozentale
start for them after a 15-year ca- back of the end zone. There was
San Antonio 20 17 .541 1
Memphis 18 17 .514 2
UCF 47, Quinnipiac 45
0-1, Septe 0-1, Kestner 1-2, Pehadzic 2-5), LSU
6-15 (Mitchell 1-1, Pointer 1-1, Richard-Harris

First downs
26 28
reer. He has a year left on a four- no doubt he caught the ball, and
Dallas 17 18 .486 3
New Orleans 16 21 .432 5 Campbell 93, Columbia (SC) 46 0-2, Ashman 0-1, Brooks 3-8, Seay 1-2). As-
sists—South Florida 10 (Ferreira 2), LSU 19
32-163 42-200
308 328
year contract but his salary will a review showed he got his knee
Cent. Michigan 90, Miami 80

Northwest Division
W L Pct GB Duke 57, Florida Gulf Coast 41 (Norton 6). Fouled Out—South Florida Harvey, Comp-Att-Int 19-37-0 25-28-0 count $23 million against the down in bounds.
Rebounds—South Florida 37 (Henshaw 7), Return Yards 97 0
Oklahoma City
23 11 .676 —
22 13 .629 1½
Florida 70, Charleston Southern 60
Georgia Tech 81, Wofford 40 LSU 33 (Aifuwa 7). Total Fouls—South Florida Punts-Avg. 2-37.5 2-25.5 cap next season. “That was as good a play as
23, LSU 16. A—2,270. Fumbles-Lost 0-0 0-0
Portland 21 16 .568 3½ Houston 61, Southern Miss. 44
Penalties-Yards 7-55 9-86 The soon-to-be 38 year old I’ve ever seen him (Prescott)
18 19 .486 6½
17 19 .472 7
Jacksonville 73, FIU 62
LSU 78, South Florida 49
Missouri 70, Time of Possession 23:52 36:08
who is not very mobile still loves make, and Beas made a big-time

Pacific Division
W L Pct GB
Louisiana-Monroe 70, Arkansas-Monticello 39 Arkansas State 50 INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS to play, but New York has made catch at the end of it,” Garrett
Mercer 61, UNC-Asheville 47 ARKANSAS STATE (5-6): Martin 7-13 RUSHING—Oklahoma, Ky.Murray 17-109,
Golden State 24 13 .649 —
L.A. Clippers 21 15 .583 2½
Mississippi St. 104, Louisiana-Lafayette 36
NC State 75, Davidson 45
0-3 14, Taylor 0-1 1-2 1, Tennison 1-5 0-0 2,
Wallace 4-9 0-2 11, Westbrook 2-7 2-8 6, Heck-
Brooks 6-35, Sermon 9-19. Alabama, Jacobs
15-98, D.Harris 13-48, N.Harris 6-45, Tagov-
the playoffs once since winning said, adding it made no sense
L.A. Lakers
21 16 .568
19 17 .528 4½
3 South Carolina 66, Furman 53 ert 0-0 0-0 0, Jackson 0-1 1-2 1, Peevy 0-4 1-4
1, Ford 1-3 1-2 4, Washington 4-8 2-5 10, Totals
ailoa 5-9, Hurts 1-4, (Team) 2-(minus 4). the Super Bowl in February 2012. to go to overtime with a playoff
Tennessee 84, Belmont 76 PASSING—Oklahoma, Ky.Murray 19-37-0-
Phoenix 9 28 .243 15
Tulane 78, Florida A&M 34 19-51 8-28 50.
MISSOURI (11-3): Schuchts 1-4 0-0 3,
308. Alabama, Hurts 1-1-0-10, Tagovailoa “The losses hurt and they game next week.
Late Saturday
Boston 112, Memphis 103
UAB 83, Alabama Huntsville 58
UNC-Wilmington 71, East Carolina 68 Aldridge 2-9 0-0 6, Cunningham 2-6 16-18 20, RECEIVING—Oklahoma, Lamb 8-109, Rambo are tough to deal with,” said Barkley finished with 109
Roundtree 4-7 0-0 9, Smith 4-7 1-2 9, Berg 1-3
Utah 129, New York 97 Virginia 65, Charlotte 61
Wake Forest 63, Norfolk St. 61
2-2 4, Porter 1-1 2-2 4, Tahane 0-1 0-0 0, Brown
3-74, Meier 3-51, Brooks 3-21, Basquine 1-35,
Calcaterra 1-18. Alabama, D.Smith 6-104, Manning who was 24-for-41 for yards rushing and 142 yards
Denver 122, Phoenix 118 1-1 0-0 2, Chavis 3-4 0-0 7, Green 1-1 0-0 2,
Golden State 115, Portland 105 MIDWEST Levy 1-1 2-2 4, Troup 0-2 0-0 0, Winfrey 0-0 0-0
Jeudy 4-73, Jacobs 4-60, Ruggs 3-14, D.Har-
ris 2-25, Waddle 2-20, I.Smith 2-19, Hurts 1-9,
301 yards and two touchdowns. from scrimmage. He ended the
San Antonio 122, L.A. Clippers 111 Ball St. 99, Urbana 62
Sunday’s Games Bowling Green 63, Davis & Elkins 28
0, Totals 21-47 23-26 70.
Arkansas St. 18 12 8 12 — 50
N.Harris 1-4. “They are tougher now than in season with 91 catches, break-
Orlando 109, Detroit 107
Minnesota 113, Miami 104
Brown 90, Chicago St. 65
Cleveland St. 67, Detroit 49
Missouri 16 17 18 19 —70
3-Point Goals—Arkansas St. 4-11 (Ten-
Today’s Games the past because you know your ing Reggie Bush’s NFL record
Military Bowl
Toronto 95, Chicago 89
Dallas 105, Oklahoma City 103
E. Illinois 104, Eureka 48
E. Michigan 53, Northwood (MI) 39
nison 0-2, Wallace 3-4, Peevy 0-2, Ford 1-3),
Missouri 5-23 (Schuchts 1-2, Aldridge 2-9,
At Annapolis, Maryland opportunities are running low (88) for most receptions by a
Cincinnati (10-2) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6),
Portland 129, Philadelphia 95 IUPUI 70, N. Kentucky 48 Cunningham 0-4, Roundtree 1-3, Smith 0-1, 11 a.m. (ESPN) to make playoffs and champi- rookie running back.

L.A. Lakers 121, Sacramento 114 Illinois St. 62, UMKC 55 Berg 0-1, Chavis 1-1, Troup 0-2). Assists—Ar-
Today’s Games Sun Bowl
Indiana St. 79, Davenport 43 kansas St. 6 (Peevy 2), Missouri 12 (Cunning- At El Paso, Texas
Atlanta at Indiana, 2 p.m. ham 5). Fouled Out—Arkansas St. Westbrook,
Orlando at Charlotte, 5 p.m. Kansas 77, Vermont 36 Stanford (8-4) vs. Pittsburgh (7-6), 1 p.m. (CBS)
Michigan St. 84, Iowa 70 Rebounds—Arkansas St. 25 (Martin 5), Mis- Redbox Bowl
Boston at San Antonio, 6 p.m. souri 43 (Smith 10). Total Fouls—Arkansas St.
Memphis at Houston, 6 p.m. Missouri 70, Arkansas St. 50 At Santa Clara, California
Missouri St. 48, UALR 44 29, Missouri 21. A—5,265. Michigan State (7-5) vs. Oregon (8-4), 2 p.m.
Dallas at Oklahoma City, 7 p.m.
(FOX) Continued from Page 1B
Minnesota at New Orleans, 7 p.m.
Golden State at Phoenix, 8 p.m.
North Dakota 79, Purdue Fort Wayne 60
Notre Dame 95, Lehigh 68 SEC Women Liberty Bowl
Tuesday’s Games Oral Roberts 71, Nebraska-Omaha 56
Conf. Pct. Overall
0-0 .000 13-1
At Memphis, Tennessee
Missouri (8-4) vs. Oklahoma State (6-6),
Johnson is breaking the mold field this season. The 2019 cam-
Utah at Toronto, 6:30 p.m. SIU-Edwardsville 64, McKendree 63
Detroit at Milwaukee, 7 p.m. South Dakota 67, N. Dakota St. 41 Auburn
Miss. State
0-0 .000 12-1
0-0 .000 12-1
2:45 p.m. (ESPN) yet sees no drawbacks. paign will be his last one with
New York at Denver, 8 p.m. Holiday Bowl
Portland at Sacramento, 8 p.m.
W. Illinois 87, Denver 78
Wichita St. 66, Savannah St. 50 Tennessee 0-0 .000 11-1 .917 At San Diego “If it’s not a big drop-off, why the Bulldogs.
Texas A&M 0-0 .000 11-2 .846 Northwestern (8-5) vs. Utah (9-4), 6 p.m. (FS1)
Philadelphia at L.A. Clippers, 9:30 p.m.
Wednesday’s Games
Wright St. 79, Ill.-Chicago 46
Youngstown St. 69, Oakland 55 Arkansas 0-0 .000 11-3 .786 Gator Bowl not play them?” Johnson said, “He said before he wanted to
Atlanta at Washington, 6 p.m.
Dallas at Charlotte, 6 p.m.
0-0 .000 11-3
0-0 .000 9-3
At Jacksonville, Florida
NC State (9-3) vs. Texas A&M (8-4), 6:30 p.m. “especially if they’re doing the rotate guys, but he didn’t feel I
Arkansas 76, Jackson St. 57
Miami at Cleveland, 6 p.m.
New Orleans at Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma St. 86, Grambling St. 40 Georgia 0-0 .000 9-4 .692 (ESPN) right things, if they compete, was ready for it,” Champion said
S. Carolina 0-0 .000 8-4 .667
Detroit at Memphis, 7 p.m.
Minnesota at Boston, 7 p.m.
UTSA 86, Texas A&M-Kingsville 55
FAR WEST Alabama 0-0 .000 8-5 .615 Tuesday’s Games
Outback Bowl
they’re working hard. If you of Johnson. “I needed to mature
Ole Miss 0-0 .000 6-8 .429
Orlando at Chicago, 7 p.m. Harvard 85, California 79
Vanderbilt 0-0 .000 5-8 .385
At Tampa, Florida earn the right to play, you de- during the season and earn my
Philadelphia at Phoenix, 8 p.m. New Mexico St. 81, UC Santa Barbara 73 Mississippi State (8-4) vs. Iowa (8-4), 11 a.m.
Oklahoma City at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. UCLA 72, Southern Cal 65 Florida 0-0 .000 4-9 .308 (ESPN2) serve to play. They know me by reps.
Citrus Bowl
Sunday’s Men’s Major Utah 76, Colorado 61
Washington St. 79, Washington 76 Sunday’s Games At Orlando, Florida now. If you have a bad week, you “It felt great. Like a lot of
Tennessee 84, Belmont 76
College Scores The AP Women’s Top 25 Florida 70, Charleston Southern 60
Kentucky (9-3) vs. Penn State (9-3), Noon
(ABC) don’t show up to that, you won’t hard work had paid off. When
Cornell 61, Navy 50 Fared
South Carolina 66, Furman 53
Missouri 70, Arkansas State 50
Fiesta Bowl
At Glendale, Arizona
play. That’s how I operate. you love the game like I do, you
Dartmouth 76, New Hampshire 68
Delaware 82, Northeastern 80, 2OT
1. UConn (11-0) did not play.
2. Notre Dame (12-1) beat Lehigh 95-68.
Arkansas 76, Jackson State 57
Mississippi State 104, Louisiana-Lafayette 36
LSU (9-3) vs. UCF (12-0), Noon (ESPN)
Rose Bowl
“(The) final say goes to the put a lot of effort into it.”
Hofstra 89, Drexel 75
Holy Cross 78, Iona 71
3. Louisville (12-0) did not play.
4. Maryland (12-0) beat Penn State 77-61.
LSU 78, South Florida 49 At Pasadena, California head coach, but that’s how I’ve Champion said showing ef-
Today’s Games Washington (10-3) vs. Ohio State (12-1), 4 p.m.
LIU Brooklyn 60, Fordham 57 5. Oregon (11-1) did not play. No games scheduled (ESPN) operated.” fort is the best way to show John-
Rhode Island 72, Middle Tennessee 60 6. Stanford (10-1) beat Cal State Northridge Sugar Bowl
West Virginia 78, Lehigh 68 69-43.
Tuesday’s Games
No games scheduled At New Orleans Junior tackle Tyre Phillips son someone is worthy of play-
SOUTH 7. Baylor (8-1) did not play.
Charleston Southern 111, 8. Mississippi State (12-1) beat Louisiana-
Wednesday’s Games
No games scheduled
Texas (9-4) vs. Georgia (11-2), 7:45 p.m.
(ESPN) has rotated in at right tackle in ing time. He said he has learned
Piedmont International 65
Clemson 84, Lipscomb 67
Lafayette 104-36.
9. N.C. State (13-0) beat Davidson 75-45.
Thursday’s Games
Mississippi State at Arkansas, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7
relief of Stewart Reese and at how to stay prepared and to lock
Elon 68, James Madison 65
Georgia 91, UMass 72
10. Tennessee (11-1) beat Murray State 98-77;
beat Belmont 84-76.
(SEC Network) College Football Championship
At Santa Clara, California
left tackle in relief of Greg Ei- on to what Reese is doing on the
Vanderbilt at Kentucky, 6 p.m.
N. Kentucky 73, Ill.-Chicago 58
NC Central 91, Wilberforce 44
11. Oregon State (10-2) beat Cal State
Bakersfield 92-52.
Tennessee at Auburn, 6 p.m. Alabama (14-0) vs. Clemson (14-0), 7 p.m. land. That rotation started as field so he can emulate it once
LSU at Georgia, 6 p.m. (ESPN)
Northwestern St. 86, 12. Minnesota (12-0) beat Wisconsin 74-56. Ole Miss at Missouri, 7 p.m. early as the fourth game of the it’s his turn.
Champion Christian College 65
Presbyterian 72, Jacksonville 67
VCU 90, Rider 79
13. Texas (10-2) beat Northwestern State
14. California (9-2) lost to Harvard 85-79.
Florida at Georgia, 7 p.m.
South Carolina at Texas A&M, 8 p.m. Hockey season against Kentucky. MSU offensive linemen also
William & Mary 71, Towson 61 15. Syracuse (11-2) did not play.
(SEC Network
Friday’s Games NHL Since then, Johnson has in- have to stay locked in so they
Akron 82, Carnegie Mellon 55
16. Iowa (9-3) lost to No. 21 Michigan State
No games scheduled
Saturday’s Games
Atlantic Division troduced Champion, a junior can communicate with their
Bowling Green 94, UT Martin 80
Cent. Michigan 123,
17. Arizona State (9-3) lost to Arizona 51-39.
18. Kentucky (13-1) beat Sacred Heart 71-43.
No games scheduled GP W L OT Pts GF GA
Tampa Bay 39 30 7 2 62 166 116 tackle, in a similar role, and ju- teammates. Coaches typically
Sunday, Jan. 6
Indiana University South Bend 76
Detroit 73, Cleveland St. 61
19. DePaul (9-4) lost to Creighton 85-82. Alabama at South Carolina, 11 a.m. (ESPNU) Toronto
39 26 11 2 54 144 109
39 21 12 6 48 114 112
nior Michael Story and sopho- stick with five players to help
20. Gonzaga (12-1) beat Loyola Marymount Auburn at Florida, Noon (SEC Network)
E. Illinois 81, North Alabama 70 78-53. Missouri at Tennessee, 1 p.m. (ESPN2) Boston 39 21 14 4 46 110 103 more Dareuan Parker at guard. them strengthen their ability
Miami (Ohio) 70, Evansville 67 21. Michigan State (11-1) beat No. 16 Iowa Montreal 39 20 14 5 45 125 126
Michigan 74, Binghamton 52 84-70.
Arkansas at Ole Miss, 2 p.m. (SEC Network)
Georgia at Vanderbilt, 2 p.m. Florida 37 16 15 6 38 120 131 Johnson said he played as many to communicate with their line-
Minnesota 71, Mount St. Mary’s 53 Detroit 40 15 19 6 36 112 136
Missouri St. 110, William Woods 56
22. Marquette (10-3) beat Providence 85-46.
23. Texas A&M (11-2) beat Texas-Rio Grande
Texas A&M at LSU, 2 p.m.
Kentucky at Mississippi State, 4 p.m. Ottawa 39 15 20 4 34 123 153 as nine linemen when he was mates. Johnson has a way of
Northwestern 75, Columbia 54
Oakland 76, Youngstown St. 74
Valley 84-61.
24. Miami (12-3) beat Florida A&M 103-54; lost
(SEC Network)

Metropolitan Division
GP W L OT Pts GF GA the offensive line coach at Duke, combating that with so many
Ohio 68, FIU 66
Oral Roberts 87, Nebraska-Omaha 84
Purdue Fort Wayne 90, N. Dakota St. 87, OT
to Central Michigan 90-80.
25. South Carolina (8-4) beat Furman 66-53. Football Washington 37 24 10 3 51 135 106
38 22 13 3 47 123 116
38 20 12 6 46 130 113
where he worked before joining
coach Joe Moorhead’s staff at
players in the mix.
“I try to keep calls and com-
SIU-Edwardsville 79, Missouri S&T 66 No. 8 Mississippi St. 104, NFL N.Y. Islanders 37 20 13 4 44 111 101
Saint Louis 83, Appalachian St. 55
Louisiana-Lafayette 36 AMERICAN CONFERENCE N.Y. Rangers 37 16 14 7 39 109 122 MSU. He has followed a similar munication simple,” Johnson
W. Illinois 78, Denver 60 Philadelphia 37 15 17 5 35 110 133
W. Michigan 73, UC Riverside 64 LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE (2-9): Daniels

W L T Pct PF PA Carolina 37 15 17 5 35 91 108 plan in Starkville in an effort to said. We try to stay away from
Wright St. 72, IUPUI 64 0-2 0-0 0, Doucet 1-7 1-2 3, Cournoyer 3-8 0-0 New Jersey 37 14 16 7 35 109 127
SOUTHWEST 6, Goodwin 3-13 2-2 9, Williams 1-9 1-1 3, Bess y-New England 11 5 0 .688 436 325 WESTERN CONFERENCE develop players. adding more terminology and
3-5 0-2 6, Mathis 2-7 3-5 7, Morrison 0-3 0-0 Miami 7 9 0 .438 319 433
Alabama 79, Stephen F. Austin 69
Cent. Arkansas 62, Lyon College 47 0, Rivera 0-2 0-0 0, Womack 1-6 0-0 2, Totals Buffalo 6 10 0 .375 269 374
Central Division
GP W L OT Pts GF GA “I do believe in program de- more calls within our room,
Hawaii 71, Alabama A&M 63
14-62 7-12 36.
MISSISSIPPI STATE (12-1): Bibby 3-9
N.Y. Jets 4 12 0 .250 333 441
38 24 12 2 50 130 108
39 22 15 2 46 114 101
veloping. It’ll help those guys out within the offensive line. A lot of
New Mexico 103, University of the Southwest 47
New Mexico St. 88, Colorado St. 68
0-0 6, Howard 6-9 4-4 16, McCowan 5-5 3-3
13, Danberry 5-8 2-3 12, Holmes 1-4 0-0 2,
W L T Pct PF PA Colorado
39 19 13 7 45 132 120
39 20 16 3 43 106 103
next year,” Johnson said. “Once our plays tend to have the same
y-Houston 11 5 0 .688 402 316
Southern Cal 73, UC Davis 55 Carter 3-6 0-2 6, Campbell 0-0 2-2 2, Espino-
za-Hunter 3-8 0-0 7, Scott 7-9 2-2 21, Tate 0-3 x-Indianapolis 10 6 0 .625 433 344
Minnesota 37 18 16 3 39 108 105 (center) Elgton (Jenkins) and calls. That way we’re not getting
Chicago 41 15 20 6 36 119 149
The Associated Press 0-0 0, Taylor 3-7 2-2 9, Wiggins 1-5 7-10 10, Tennessee 9 7 0 .563 310 303 St. Louis 36 15 17 4 34 101 121 (guard) Deion (Calhoun) leave, confused and we know what call
Totals 37-73 22-28 104. Jacksonville 5 11 0 .313 245 316 Pacific Division
Men’s Top 25 Fared Louisiana-Lafayette 6 10 14 6 —36 North GP W L OT Pts GF GA it won’t be those guys’ first time works for what combination.”
1. Duke (11-1) did not play. Mississippi St. 29 21 31 23 —104
2. Michigan (13-0) beat Binghamton 74-52. 3-Point Goals—Louisiana-Lafayette 1-7 (Cour-
y-Baltimore 10 6 0 .625 389 287
39 23 12 4 50 133 107
42 23 15 4 50 128 115 in the fire. It’s about experience MSU’s coaches hope that
3. Tennessee (11-1) beat Tennessee Tech
noyer 0-2, Goodwin 1-2, Williams 0-2, Womack
0-1), Mississippi St. 8-20 (Bibby 0-4, Howard Pittsburgh 9 6 1 .594 428 360 San Jose
40 21 12 7 49 135 121
40 19 15 6 44 101 118
and the more reps they get, the strategy enables nine guys to
Cleveland 7 8 1 .469 359 392
4. Virginia (11-0) did not play.
5. Kansas (11-1) beat Eastern Michigan 87-63.
0-1, Espinoza-Hunter 1-4, Scott 5-6, Taylor
1-3, Wiggins 1-2). Assists—Louisiana-Lafay- Cincinnati 6 10 0 .375 368 455
Vancouver 41 19 18 4 42 124 129
Edmonton 38 18 17 3 39 108 122
more experience they get, the play cohesively as five. They
6. Nevada (13-0) beat Utah 86-71.
7. Gonzaga (12-2) beat North Alabama 96-51.
ette 5 (Cournoyer 2), Mississippi St. 23 (Taylor
7). Rebounds—Louisiana-Lafayette 32 (Dou-
Arizona 39 17 20 2 36 100 112 better they’ll become. believe the philosophy will aid
Los Angeles 39 15 21 3 33 89 117
8. Michigan State (11-2) beat Northern Illinois
cet 7), Mississippi St. 58 (McCowan 11). Total y-Kansas City 12 4 0 .750 565 421 “It keeps the room hungry. in the development of younger
Fouls—Louisiana-Lafayette 22, Mississippi St. NOTE: Two points for a win, one point for
9. Florida State (11-1) did not play. 16. A—10,242.
x-L.A. Chargers 12 4 0 .750
428 329
6 10 0 .375 329 349 overtime loss. Top three teams in each division It keeps the backups locked in, players. Moorhead feels it bene-
10. Virginia Tech (11-1) beat Maryland-Eastern
Shore 85-40. No. 10 Tennessee 84, Oakland 4 12 0 .250 290 467 and two wild cards per conference advance to
playoffs. knowing and understanding fits the Bulldogs in the present,
11. Texas Tech (11-1) beat Texas-Rio Grande NATIONAL CONFERENCE
Valley 71-46. Belmont 76 East Late Saturday
I’m one play from getting in. It too.
BELMONT (7-4): Harmeyer 7-14 6-6 20,
12. Auburn (11-2) beat North Florida 95-49.
13. Ohio State (12-1) beat High Point 82-64. Wright 5-9 0-0 10, Maggard 6-19 0-0 14, Muen-

10 6 0 .625 339 324
Pittsburgh 6, St. Louis 1
Dallas 5, Detroit 1
keeps your room competitive. “The thing I like the most
14. North Carolina (9-3) beat Davidson 82-60.
15. Wisconsin (10-3) lost to Western Kentucky
sterman 5-9 0-0 12, Roy 4-10 0-1 8, Chinn 0-2
0-0 0, Cook 2-3 0-0 4, Culbertson 3-6 0-0 6, x-Philadelphia 9 7 0 .563 367 348 N.Y. Rangers 4, Nashville 3 Hopefully they don’t get the op- with what coach Johnson’s do-
Chicago 3, Colorado 2, OT
16. Kentucky (10-2) beat Louisville 71-58.
Kinney 1-1 0-0 2, Totals 33-73 6-7 76.
TENNESSEE (11-1): Davis 7-16 2-2 19,
Washington 7 9 0 .438
N.Y. Giants
281 359
5 11 0 .313 369 412 Arizona 5, Anaheim 4, OT portunity to go through the mo- ing is it mirrors what we’re do-
Vancouver 3, Calgary 2, OT
17. Arizona State (9-3) lost to Princeton 67-66. Green 2-4 0-0 4, Green 3-13 2-2 10, Jackson
3-8 2-2 10, Westbrook 6-12 8-11 20, Collins 2-2
South Sunday’s Game tions on a week-to-week basis.” ing with our defensive line,”
18. Marquette (11-2) beat Southern University W L T Pct PF PA
84-41. 0-0 4, Kushkituah 2-4 0-0 4, Burrell 2-4 1-2 6, y-New Orleans 13 3 0 .813 504 353
Vegas 5, Arizona 1
Today’s Games In most scenarios, Champion Moorhead said. “We’re getting a
19. Mississippi State (12-1) beat BYU 103-81. Massengill 3-5 0-0 7, Totals 30-68 15-19 84.
20. N.C. State (12-1) beat Loyola (Md.) 97-64. Belmont 20 15 23 18 —76
7 9 0 .438
7 9 0 .438
Nashville at Washington, 11:30 a.m.
Vancouver at New Jersey, Noon
wouldn’t have played meaning- bunch of guys in there, the abil-
Tennessee 26 25 8 25 — 84
21. Buffalo (12-1) beat Canisius 87-72.
22. Houston (13-0) beat NJIT 80-59. 3-Point Goals—Belmont 4-20 (Harmeyer Tampa Bay 5 11 0 .313 396 464 Philadelphia at Carolina, 5 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Minnesota, 5 p.m.
ful snaps this season. Champion ity to keep people fresh, partic-
23. Indiana (11-2) did not play.
24. Iowa (11-2) beat Bryant 72-67.
0-1, Wright 0-1, Maggard 2-11, Muensterman
2-6, Culbertson 0-1), Tennessee 9-21 (Davis W L T Pct PF PA
N.Y. Islanders at Buffalo, 5 p.m. used his redshirt season after ularly at the latter stages of the
N.Y. Rangers at St. Louis, 6 p.m.
25. Oklahoma (11-1) did not play. 3-6, Green 2-6, Jackson 2-5, Westbrook 0-1,
Burrell 1-1, Massengill 1-2). Assists—Belmont
y-Chicago 12 4 0 .750 421 283 Ottawa at Columbus, 6 p.m. transferring from Copiah-Lin- game.”
Minnesota 8 7 1 .531 360 341
Alabama 79, 20 (Maggard 6), Tennessee 19 (Westbrook 7). Green Bay 6 9 1 .406 376 400
Florida at Detroit, 6:30 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Anaheim, 7 p.m. coln Community College, which Follow Dispatch sports writer
Rebounds—Belmont 39 (Harmeyer 10), Ten-
Stephen F. Austin 69 nessee 41 (Davis 6). Total Fouls—Belmont 15,
Detroit 6 10 0 .375 324 360 Los Angeles at Colorado, 7 p.m.
Montreal at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. forced him to do what he could Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_
ALABAMA (9-3): Hall 6-7 0-0 12, Petty Tennessee 16. A—8,546. West
2-7 0-0 6, Jones 1-3 3-4 5, Lewis 4-12 7-8 17, W L T Pct PF PA San Jose at Calgary, 8 p.m. to earn a chance to get on the Hudson
No. 25 South Carolina 66, Winnipeg at Edmonton, 8 p.m.

Mack 5-10 0-0 12, Smith 1-2 1-2 3, Reese 0-1 y-L.A. Rams 13 3 0 .813 527 384
0-0 0, A.Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Ingram 2-5 3-6 8, Tuesday’s Games
x-Seattle 10 6 0 .625 428 347
Norris 5-10 0-0 14. Totals 27-61 14-20 79. Furman 53 San Francisco 4 12 0 .250 342 435
Boston vs. Chicago at South Bend, Indiana,
STEPHEN F. AUSTIN (7-5): Bain 1-1 0-0 FURMAN (7-6): Duncan 5-11 1-2 11,
2, Seraille 0-2 0-0 0, Fitzgerald 2-10 0-0 4, Davidson 7-19 4-6 19, Hunter 0-3 0-0 0, Mano- Arizona 3 13 0 .188 225 425 Philadelphia at Nashville, 7:30 p.m.
Bogues 8-19 2-2 21, Harris 7-12 2-3 18, Nich- jlovic 1-4 0-0 2, Petty 0-4 0-0 0, Taborn 3-10 Los Angeles at Vegas, 8 p.m.
2-4 8, van Rij 0-0 0-0 0, Kirisome 1-1 0-0 3, x-clinched playoff spot Wednesday’s Games
olas 5-14 1-2 11, Grujic 0-0 0-0 0, Hughes 0-0
0-0 0, Walker 0-0 0-0 0, Comeaux 6-10 0-1 13. Outten 3-5 0-0 6, West 2-4 0-0 4, Totals 22- y-clinched division Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers, 6 p.m. Continued from Page 1B
Totals 29-68 5-8 69. 61 7-12 53. Calgary at Detroit, 6 p.m.
Halftime—Alabama 41-34. 3-Point SOUTH CAROLINA (8-4): Herbert Harri-
gan 4-5 0-0 8, Jennings 8-11 3-5 19, Cooper
Sunday’s Games
Vancouver at Ottawa, 6 p.m.
New Jersey at Dallas, 7:30 p.m. The change is significant in 305 pounds. Jackson and Ren-
Goals—Alabama 11-31 (Norris 4-7, Petty 2-6,
Lewis 2-6, Mack 2-7, Ingram 1-2, A.Johnson 2-6 0-0 4, Harris 1-6 2-2 5, Henderson 3-8 2-2
Detroit 31, Green Bay 0
Houston 20, Jacksonville 3
Edmonton at Arizona, 8:30 p.m.
San Jose at Colorado, 8:30 p.m.
structure and personnel. It also der did so at 320.
0-1, Reese 0-1, Jones 0-1), Stephen F. Aus- 10, Grissett 2-4 1-2 5, Jackson 1-1 3-4 6, Sax-
ton 2-4 0-0 4, Cliney 0-1 1-2 1, Cuevas-Moore New England 38, N.Y. Jets 3 means the Bulldogs will have to Since the coaching staff be-
tin 6-19 (Bogues 3-8, Harris 2-6, Comeaux
Carolina 33, New Orleans 14
1-2, Fitzgerald 0-3). Rebounds—Alabama 44
(Hall 14), Stephen F. Austin 27 (Nicholas 8).
2-7 0-0 4, Perry 0-0 0-0 0, Totals 25-53 12-17
66. Buffalo 42, Miami 17 communicate in their new roles lieves there will be little in the
Assists—Alabama 15 (Lewis 8), Stephen F.
Austin 7 (Nicholas, Comeaux 2). Total Fouls—
Furman 14 13 13 13 — 53
South Carolina 14 17 16 19 — 66
Atlanta 34, Tampa Bay 32
Dallas 36, N.Y. Giants 35
Sunday’s Moves to ensure all of the assignments way of assignment changes, that
Alabama 13, Stephen F. Austin 18. A—7,203
3-Point Goals—Furman 2-12 (David-
son 1-7, Petty 0-3, Kirisome 1-1, Outten 0-1),
Kansas City 35, Oakland 3 American League are covered. MSU’s coaches say leaves the players on the field to
Georgia 91,
South Carolina 4-15 (Cooper 0-3, Harris 1-3, Philadelphia 24, Washington 0
Chicago 24, Minnesota 10 Austin Brice for assignment. Agreed to terms the change is an easy one to take on a new mentality.
Henderson 2-5, Jackson 1-1, Cuevas-Moore
Massachusetts 72 0-3). Assists—Furman 10 (Manojlovic 3), South Pittsburgh 16, Cincinnati 13 with C Jonathan Lucroy on a one-year contract.
TORONTO BLUE JAYS — Acquired LHP make. “It’s not so much the physi-
Carolina 13 (Harris 4). Rebounds—Furman 37 Seattle 27, Arizona 24
MASSACHUSETTS (7-6): Laurent 3-5 (Duncan 8), South Carolina 33 (Jennings 5). L.A. Chargers 23, Denver 9
Clayton Richard and cash considerations from
San Diego for OF Connor Panas. Designated
“It’s more of a fill in for an X cality of it — don’t get me wrong,
3-4 11, Holloway 4-4 2-3 10, Pipkins 7-20 8-11
22, Pierre 2-9 0-0 5, Clergeot 2-7 2-5 6, Diallo
Total Fouls—Furman 14, South Carolina 11.
L.A. Rams 48, San Francisco 32
Baltimore 26, Cleveland 24
RHP Oliver Drake for assignment.
as opposed to doing something you better bring it against these
3-4 0-2 6, West 0-0 0-0 0, Chatman 0-0 0-0
0, Turner-Morris 0-0 0-0 0, Baptiste 1-2 0-0 2, Arkansas 76, Indianapolis 33, Tennessee 17 National Basketball Association that you normally wouldn’t do,” guys — it’s a mentality thing,”
ATLANTA HAWKS — Assigned F Omai
Wood 0-1 0-0 0, Cobb 4-8 1-2 10, Hayward 0-0
0-0 0, McLean 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 26-61 16-27 72. Jackson State 57 NFL Playoff Schedule Spellman to Erie (NBAGL). Transferred F Alex Lukabu said. “In certain pack- Lukabu said. “That’s what Iowa
Wild-card Playoffs Poythress to Erie.
GEORGIA (8-4): Hammonds 4-6 8-9 18,
Claxton 8-13 3-3 20, Ogbeide 4-9 4-5 12, High-
JACKSON STATE (4-7): Hamer 10-15 0-0
21, Womack 1-4 0-2 2, Lucky 4-12 1-4 9, Mitch- Saturday, Jan. 5 DENVER NUGGETS — Waived G Nick Young. ages, even in our Nickel, the does a great job of, and they’ve
tower 3-7 0-0 7, Jackson 1-2 2-2 5, Ngumezi 1-3
1-1 3, Toppin 0-0 0-0 0, O’Neill 0-0 0-0 0, Ed-
ell 4-16 0-0 12, Redmon 0-2 0-0 0, Augustine
0-2 0-0 0, Causey 1-4 0-0 2, King 0-1 0-0 0,
Indianapolis at Houston, 3:35 p.m. (ESPN)
Seattle at Dallas, 7:15 p.m. (FOX)
Stephens. Star (the Bulldogs’ term for an- been doing it forever. Their men-
wards 0-0 0-0 0, Wilridge 0-0 4-5 4, Sargiunas Ellis 4-7 2-2 11, Tallie 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 0-1 Sunday, Jan. 6
L.A. Chargers at Baltimore, 12:05 p.m. (CBS)
National Football League
other defensive back) is doing tality is we’re coming at you, we
0-1 2-2 2, Fagan 1-3 0-0 2, Harris 1-1 0-0 2, 0-0 0, Totals 24-65 3-8 57.
Harrison 1-1 0-0 2, Crump 4-6 3-4 14. Totals ARKANSAS (11-3): Williams 1-5 0-0 2, Philadelphia at Chicago, 3:40 p.m. (NBC) NEW YORK JETS — Fired coach Todd Bowles.
a lot of what a third linebacker don’t care that you know it, you
28-52 27-31 91. Dungee 4-18 5-6 13, Mason 4-8 0-0 9, Monk
Halftime—Georgia 43-32. 3-Point 3-10 3-4 11, Tolefree 6-12 0-0 17, Stout 0-0 Divisional Playoffs Dirk Koetter. would normally do. have to stop it. It’s fun that way.
Saturday, Jan. 12 HOCKEY
Goals—UMass 4-22 (Laurent 2-4, Cobb 1-3,
Pierre 1-5, McLean 0-1, Clergeot 0-1, Pipkins
0-0 0, Thomas 2-3 0-0 4, Weaver 0-0 1-2 1,
Doumbia 2-4 1-1 5, Gaulden 1-3 0-0 2, North- Baltimore/Los Angeles Chargers/Indianapolis National Hockey League “From day one, the good sys- We see what they do to people
0-8), Georgia 8-19 (Crump 3-5, Hammonds
2-4, Jackson 1-2, Hightower 1-3, Claxton 1-3,
cross-Baker 0-4 0-0 0, Spangler 2-2 0-2 6,
Zimmerman 2-5 0-0 6, Totals 27-74 10-15 76.
at Kansas City, 3:35 p.m. (NBC)
Chicago/Dallas/Seattle at L.A. Rams,
BOSTON BRUINS — Assigned F Jesse
Gabrielle from Providence (AHL) to Wichita tems I’ve been around, that’s if you’re not playing your tech-
Ngumezi 0-1, Sargiunas 0-1). Rebounds—
UMass 26 (Laurent 7), Georgia 39 (Claxton
Jackson St.
15 13 9 20 — 57
16 12 26 22 —76
7:15 p.m. (FOX)
Sunday, Jan. 13
CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS — Acquired F Drake how it’s set up. You don’t want nique right.”
11). Assists—UMass 8 (Pipkins 3), Georgia 12 3-Point Goals—Jackson St. 6-20 (Hamer Houston/Baltimore/Los Angeles Chargers at
New England, 12:05 p.m. (CBS)
Caggiula and D Jason Garrison from Edmonton
for Ds Brandon Manning and Robin Norell.
a surprise at the middle of the When linebacker Erroll
(Ogbeide 4). Total Fouls—UMass 24, Georgia 1-1, Lucky 0-1, Mitchell 4-13, Redmon 0-1, Ellis
23. A—10,523 (10,523). 1-3, Tallie 0-1), Arkansas 12-37 (Dungee 0-8, Dallas/Seattle/Philadelphia at New Orleans, DALLAS STARS — Assigned G Colton Point
from Texas (AHL) to Idaho (ECHL).
season or the end of the season Thompson watches film of Iowa,
Mason 1-4, Monk 2-5, Tolefree 5-10, Doumbia 3:40 p.m. (FOX)
Southeastern 0-1, Northcross-Baker 0-4, Spangler 2-2, Zim- EDMONTON OILERS — Traded D Chris and have to teach something he doesn’t see the motions and
Conference Championships Wideman and a conditional 2019 third-round
Conference Men merman 2-3). Assists—Jackson St. 12 (Lucky
4), Arkansas 15 (Gaulden 4). Rebounds—Jack- Sunday, Jan. 20 draft pick to Florida for D Alexander Petrovic. new.” other pre-snap tricks deployed
Conf. Pct. Overall Pct.
Miss. State 0-0 .000 12-1 .923
son St. 49 (Hamer 8), Arkansas 40 (Williams
8). Total Fouls—Jackson St. 17, Arkansas
LOS ANGELES KINGS — Assigned F Michael
Amadio to Ontario (AHL). Against Iowa, MSU likely in typical pro-style offenses.
0-0 .000 11-1
0-0 .000 11-2
11. Technical Fouls—Jackson St. TEAM 1.
John Muse from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL) will use Willie Gay Jr. (6-foot-2, With Iowa, he said, “what you
Ole Miss
0-0 .000 10-2
0-0 .000 10-2
.833 Florida 70, Pro Bowl
to Wheeling (ECHL).
ST. LOUIS BLUES — Assigned G Jordan
235 pounds) in place of a Star see is what you get.”
0-0 .000 10-3
0-0 .000 9-3
.750 Charleston Southern 60
Sunday, Jan. 27 Binnington to San Antonio (AHL). Recalled G defensive back like Jaquarius “I take it as a fun challenge,
At Orlando, Florida Evan Fitzpatrick from San Antonio.
Arkansas 0-0 .000 9-3 .750 CHARLESTON SOUTHERN (3-8): Wil- AFC vs. NFC, 2 p.m. (ABC/ESPN) SOCCER Landrews (6-0, 190) or Mar- being able to be physical,”
Missouri 0-0 .000 9-3 .750 banks 3-8 0-0 6, Cassell 2-4 0-1 4, Bretches Major League Soccer
Vanderbilt 0-0 .000 8-3 .727 3-16 2-2 10, Burns 2-6 4-4 9, Jackson 8-15 Super Bowl ATLANTA UNITED — Signed D Brek Shea to a cus Murphy (6-1, 195). MSU Thompson said. “I think that’s
1-2 20, Dumorne 2-5 3-4 7, Godfrey 0-2 0-0 0,
0-0 .000 8-4
0-0 .000 8-4
.667 Steede 0-1 0-0 0, Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Ruff-Mills
Sunday, Feb. 3
At Atlanta
one-year contract.
COLLEGE likely will need that added size one of my best skill sets and all
Texas A&M
S. Carolina
0-0 .000 6-5
0-0 .000 4-7
2-2 0-0 4, Totals 22-59 10-13 60.
FLORIDA (4-9): Moore 0-3 1-2 1, Robin-
AFC champion vs. NFC champion, 5 p.m.
FLORIDA — OT Jawaan Taylor will enter the
NFL draft. because at one point Iowa had the linebackers, I feel like we’re
Sunday’s Games
son 0-1 0-0 0, Johnson 0-1 0-0 0, Nakkasoglu
9-12 8-8 30, Smith 0-3 2-2 2, Williams 7-12 4-5 College Bowl Schedule
HOUSTON — Fired football coach Major
three offensive linemen — left going to take pride in that.”
Alabama 79, S.F. Austin 69 18, de Oliveira 0-5 2-2 2, Rainey 0-6 4-4 4, Sta- Saturday, Dec. 29 INDIANA — Announced the retirement of tackle Alaric Jackson, center Follow Dispatch sports writer
Georgia 91, Massachusetts 72 ples 0-0 0-0 0, Washington 4-9 5-7 13, Totals Orange Bowl associate head football coach Mike DeBord.
Today’s Games 20-52 26-30 70. At Miami Gardens, Florida MIAMI — Announced the retirement of football Keegan Render, and right tack- Brett Hudson on Twitter @Brett_
UNC Asheville at Vanderbilt, 1 p.m. Charleston Sou. 13 12 19 16 — 60 College Football Playoff Semifinal coach Mark Richt. Named Manny Diaz football
North Greenville at South Carolina, 1 p.m. Florida 12 18 17 23 —70 Alabama 45, Oklahoma 34 coach. le Tristan Wirfs — start at over Hudson
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Friday’s Games
Columbus at South Panola
No. 1 Alabama builds big
Pickens County at New Hope
Northwest Rankin at Starkville
Noxubee County at Leake Central
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Friday’s Matches way. Scoring Summary,
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Women’s College Basketball pion Crimson Tide led 28-0 af- during one of his several sideline only once. The difficulty
only once. The difficulty 8 1 3 7 5 2 4 6 9
Thursday’s Games ter 17 minutes. tirades. He lobbed oranges after level increases from
level increases from 7 6 9 8 1 4 5 2 3
Mississippi State at Arkansas, 6 p.m. Alabama (14-0) advanced the game. Monday to Sunday.
Monday to Sunday. Difficulty Level 12/29

Rice at Southern Mississippi, 6 p.m. to the national championship “It was more fun throwing
Florida at Alabama, 7 p.m. game for the fourth consecu- the oranges,” he said.
Ole Miss at Missouri, 7 p.m. tive season and will play Jan. Tagovailoa’s performance
Saturday’s Game 7 in Santa Clara, California argued for a Florida recount in
North Texas at Southern Mississippi, 4 p.m. against familiar foe Clemson, the Heisman Trophy vote. He
which beat Notre Dame 30-3 finished as the runner-up to
Junior College Basketball Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray but
Thursday’s Games in the Cotton Bowl. Clemson,
Women: EMCC at Meridian, 5:30 p.m. which is ranked No. 2, and Al- See ALABAMA, 5B

Title game
Men: EMCC at Meridian, 7:30 p.m.

on the air
Continued from Page 1B
Today a 28-0 lead on way to its 45-34 there, and they’ve got a great Sunday’s Cryptoquote:
win in the Orange Bowl over program,” Saban said. “So I’m
3 p.m. — Creighton at Providence, FS1
Heisman Trophy winner Kyler sure it’ll be a real challenge for
11 a.m. — Military Bowl: Cincinnati vs. Virginia Murray and Big 12 champion us, and I’m sure we’ll need to
Tech, at Annapolis, Maryland, ESPN Oklahoma. play better than we did today.”
1 p.m. — Sun Bowl: Stanford vs. Pittsburgh, at “Really proud of our team. Alabama beat fellow SEC
El Paso, Texas, WCBI It’s a great win for us,” Sa- team Georgia in last year’s
2 p.m. — Redbox Bowl: Michigan State vs. ban said. “Oklahoma has got CFP title game after a 24-6 win
Oregon, at Santa Clara, California,WLOV a great program and a great over Clemson in its semifinal
2:45 p.m. — Liberty Bowl: Missouri vs. team, a great offensive team game at the Sugar Bowl.
Oklahoma State, at Memphis, Tennessee, ESPN for sure, a lot of weapons, a lot
6 p.m. — Holiday Bowl: Northwestern vs. Utah, “We got our butts beat last
of firepower.” year. I’m just thankful that we
at San Diego, California, FS1
Before Alabama had to ral- got back and has a better re-
6:30 p.m. — Gator Bowl: North Carolina State
vs. Texas A&M, at Jacksonville, Florida, ESPN ly to beat Georgia 35-28 in sult,” Swinney said. “We make
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL the Southeastern Conference every game the biggest game
3 p.m. — Under Armour All-America Game, Championship Game, the clos- of the year. We really do. ... Our
practice, Orlando, Florida, ESPNU est margin for the Crimson daily structure prepares us
MIXED MARTIAL ARTS Tide had been 24 points. That for this moment. I always tell
6 p.m. — Professional Fighters League: PFL was 24-0 over then-No. 18 Mis-
Championship, NBC Sports Network them, we’re built for this.”
sissippi State on Nov. 10 when
NBA Clemson won the 2016
they posted their second con-
2 p.m. — Atlanta at Indiana, Fox Sports Southeast championship — its only other
secutive shutout victory.
6 p.m. — Memphis at Houston, Fox Sports national title was 1981 — with
Since winning 28-26 at Tex-
as A&M and 27-23 against Syr- a 35-31 victory over Alabama
NHL after Hunter Renfrow, now a
11:30 a.m. — Nashville at Washington, NHL acuse in the first month of the
season, Clemson has won its Tigers senior, caught a 2-yard
last nine games by an average touchdown from DeShaun Wat-
Noon — Nebraska at Ohio State, Big Ten Network margin of 37 points. The clos- son with a second remaining in
2 p.m. — Illinois at Northwestern, Big Ten Network est game in that stretch was Tampa Bay.
Alabama beat the Tigers 45-
Tuesday a 20-point win at then-No. 17
40 in Arizona for the 2015 title
COLLEGE BASKETBALL Boston College — on the same
Noon — Notre Dame at Virginia Tech, ESPNU day as Alabama’s closest call in after the two teams combined
6 p.m. — Marquette at St. John’s, FS1 the regular season. for a 40-point fourth quarter.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL The Crimson Tide will be Before Alabama and Clem-
11 a.m. — Outback Bowl: Mississippi State vs. going for their sixth national son, the last time the same two
Iowa, at Tampa, Florida, ESPN2 championship in Saban’s 12 teams started and ended the ACROSS
Noon — Citrus Bowl: Kentucky vs. Penn State, at seasons. Swinney is in his 10th season 1-2 in the AP poll was in 1 Small crown
Orlando, Florida, WTVA-ABC 2005. Southern Cal was No. 1 6 Min. parts
Noon — Fiesta Bowl: LSU vs. UCF, at Tempe,
full season as Clemson’s coach.
“Well, you know they’ve got all season until losing to Texas 10 Inert gas
Arizona, ESPN 11 Russian range
4 p.m. — Rose Bowl: Washington vs. Ohio State, a great program and great team and Vince Young in the nation-
and Dabo has done a great job al championship game. 13 Wild fear
at Pasadena, California, ESPN (Command Center

MSU women
14 Comic strip unit
broadcast on ESPN2) 15 Mineral suffix
7:45 p.m. — Sugar Bowl: Texas vs. Georgia, at
16 Glacier makeup
New Orleans, Louisiana, ESPN (Command Center
broadcast on ESPN2) Continued from Page 1B 18 Casual shirt
HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL 19 Annual celebra-
In a final tuneup before the “Thought we knocked off tion
3 p.m. — Under Armour All-America Game, grind begins, the announced the rust early in the game,”
practice, Orlando, Florida, ESPNU 22 Finish
NBA crowd of 10,242 filled nearly all Schaefer said. “Haven’t played 23 Cry
6:30 p.m. — Utah at Toronto, NBA TV of the Hump and was treated to in over a week and then your 24 Day after
NHL a rout. practice time is altered be- 19-Across
Noon — Winter Classic: Boston vs. Chicago, WTVA MSU’s starting five scored cause of Christmas, so there 27 Violet’s cousin
7:30 p.m. — Philadelphia at Nashville, NHL Network the first 20 points before catch- is concern. Just proud of the 28 Adam’s home Sunday’s answer
ing a breather six minutes in, effort, how hard we played, and 29 Friend of Frodo
which allowed some of the re- that means everybody on the 30 Things to make DOWN questions
6:25 a.m. — Premier League: Everton vs.
serves to get a lot of playing team. First five minutes were on 19-Across 1 Short putt 21 Wise teacher
Leicester City, NBC Sports Network 2 Furious 24 Passion
time. special and set the tone.” 35 Dyeing tub
8:55 a.m. — Premier League: Arsenal vs. 36 Make a choice 3 Nixon’s veep 25 Company thinker
Fulham, NBC Sports Network Scott set her a career-high Scott scored in double fig-
in points by going 7-for-9 from ures for the fourth time this 37 Place to park 4 King of France 26 Put in other
11:25 a.m. — Premier League: Cardiff City vs. 38 Nebraska city 5 Age-old words
Tottenham, NBC Sports Network the field, including 5-for-6 from season in her longest outing
40 Musical set in 6 Tenement worker 27 Sewing aid
3-point range. She added three (22 minutes) this season.
Wednesday assists, two steals, a blocked Schaefer said that playing time
Argentina 7 Historic time 29 Eat late
COLLEGE BASKETBALL 42 Gave a score to 8 Scout’s water 31 A bunch
shot, and two rebounds. Fresh- should increase as roles on the 43 Ohio or Missis- container 32 Martini garnish
5:30 p.m. — Nebraska at Maryland, Big Ten
man Xaria Wiggins also had team have to be solidified. sippi 9 Shirt parts 33 Famous
career highs with 10 points and “Just felt comfortable out 44 Anchor’s delivery 12 Nodding, per- 34 Sky sights
5:30 p.m. — Tulane at Cincinnati, CBS Sports
six rebounds. there,” Scott said. “This is a 45 Requires haps 39 Chop down
Schaefer complimented new team in a lot of ways and 17 Bounder 41 Compete
5:30 p.m. — Seton Hall at Xavier, FS1
Wiggins’ ability to block out for we have been doing a lot of 20 Like some
6 p.m. — TBD, ESPN2
her rebounds and for getting to learning. On offense, we are
6 p.m. — Temple at Central Florida, ESPNEWS
the free-throw line 10 times playing well. We just have
6 p.m. — Texas Tech at West Virginia, ESPNU
(seven makes). to keep that up. (McCowan)
7:30 p.m. — Northwestern at Michigan State,
“I was down because I needs all the help we can give
Big Ten Network
missed my first three free her, so it’s great out there mak-
7:30 p.m. — Connecticut at South Florida, CBS
throws,” Wiggins said. “That’s ing things happen.”
Sports Network
the best thing (about) our Jordan Danberry was the
7:30 p.m. — DePaul at Villanova, FS1
coaches, they kept encourag- fifth Bulldog in double figures
8 p.m. — TBD, ESPN2
ing me. We had a size advan- with 12 points. Myah Taylor
8 p.m. — Iowa State at Oklahoma State, ESPNEWS
tage underneath, so we knew added nine points and seven
8 p.m. — Texas at Kansas State, ESPNU
we had to get some rebounds. rebounds. Jessika Carter had a
9:30 p.m. — Colorado State at UNLV, CBS
This game was fun because so season-high 10 rebounds. Mc-
Sports Network
many people contributed.” Cowan had five of the team’s
10 p.m. — Utah State at Nevada, ESPNU
The Bulldogs worked season-high 12 blocks.
through a five-minute lull in MSU topped 100 points for
7 p.m. — Minnesota at Boston, ESPN
9:30 p.m. — Oklahoma City at LA Lakers, ESPN
the second quarter and led 50- the sixth time.
16 at halftime. “We have scored 100 points
6 p.m. — Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, NBC Sports
MSU scored 29 points off several times, but we have so
26 turnovers and held a 26-re- many things to work on,” Dan-
8:30 p.m. — San Jose at Colorado, NBC Sports bound advantage against the berry said. “We have to become
Network much smaller Ragin’ Cajuns. a lot better defensive team if we
SOCCER Anriel Howard added 16 want to win (the SEC) again.”
points, while Teaira McCowan Follow Dispatch sports
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won sweet consolation by com- lodged his helmet and forced him “Our offense really con- trash with the Alabama bench ry Jeudy for 40 yards to set up
pleting 24 of 27 passes, with from the game for one play in the trolled the tempo of the game,” — with his team trailing by the Crimson Tide’s third score,
scores to four receivers. fourth quarter. Saban said. “The only time we three touchdowns. and Jacobs’ catch and run for a
“It’s always good to see your The Sooners (12-2) came up really got stopped in the game The Sooners rallied and touchdown made it 28-0.
hard work pay off,” said Tagov- short in a bid for their first nation- is when we stopped ourselves.” closed to within 11 points three INJURY REPORT
ailoa, who played on a sore left al title since the 2000 season. In a matchup between the times in the final 18 minutes. Tide linebacker Christian
ankle. His completion percentage “Agonizingly close,” coach two highest-scoring offenses in But two onside kicks failed, and Miller limped to the locker
was an Orange Bowl record. Lincoln Riley said. the country, Oklahoma fell too Alabama ran the final 4:23 off room in the third quarter with
While Tagovailoa connected His team was bowled over, far behind early. the clock after Oklahoma’s last a left hamstring injury. An MRI
on his first nine passes for 184 on one play in particular. When On the first snap, DeVonta score. was planned, and his availabili-
yards, Murray was sacked twice Robert Barnes tried to stop Josh Smith turned Tagovailoa’s short QUICK START ty for the title game was uncer-
before he threw a pass, and his Jacobs in the open field, the Ala- pass into a 50-yard gain. The Alabama took the opening tain, Saban said.
first completion came with his bama running back lowered his Crimson Tide went on to score an kickoff and drove 75 yards for TAKEAWAYS
team already down 21-0. head for the collision and contin- Orange Bowl-record 21 points in a touchdown. Oklahoma was The Crimson Tide need one
“The slow start got us beat,” ued to the end zone for a 27-yard the opening quarter. awarded a fumble recovery at more win for their sixth na-
Murray said. “It’s tough to score while the Sooners safety “It’s not the result we wanted the 1, but officials overturned tional title in the past decade.
come back from that.” spun to the turf, dazed and briefly or expected,” Riley said. “We the ruling following a replay They have a chance to finish
Murray had one brilliant mo- unable to get up. had a hard time breaking their review, and Damien Harris 15-0, which hasn’t been done at
ment, a perfect deep throw on the “When I saw an opportuni- string of momentum. We dug scored on the next play. the top level of college football
move to Charleston Rambo in the ty to score, I just tried my best ourselves too big a hole.” The Sooners’ first three plays since Penn went 15-0 in 1897.
end zone for a 49-yard score. He to score,” Jacobs said with a At one point the disparity lost 6 yards, forcing a punt, and Saban moved closer to his
passed for 308 yards and ran for chuckle. in yards was 191-0. The most eight plays later Tagovailoa hit seventh national title, which
109 but took several jarring hits, Alabama had the ball for noise the Sooners mustered in Henry Ruggs III with a 10-yard would break the record he
including when All-America nose more than 36 minutes and to- the early going was when line- touchdown pass. shares with the Crimson Tide’s
guard Quinnen Williams dis- taled 528 yards. backer Kenneth Murray talked Tagovailoa threw deep to Jer- Bear Bryant.

Comics & Puzzles
Dear Abby
EAR ABBY: believe Jacob another couple we love dearly.
A year ago, would kill himself, Lately the wife has been
after five and I could not concerned about her husband’s
years of marriage, live with that. Any continued weight gain. She
I divorced my advice would be makes comments when we are
ex-husband, “Tay- appreciated. —IN all out to dinner about what he
lor.” We agreed to A HARD SPOT IN wants to order and insists they
separate because ALABAMA share a meal or that he choose
I believed I had DEAR HARD something lighter.
fallen out of love SPOT: Jacob is I know she’s concerned
with him. We have in therapy. Write about diabetes and heart dis-
remained friendly a letter to his ease and all the other ills obe-
ZITS and communicate therapist and sity can bring, but I don’t think
often. explain your this is helping. In fact, I think
Since the concerns. That it’s pushing him to want to eat
divorce, I have way the therapist more. How can we as friends
struggled with will understand in help them to overcome this?
feelings of guilt
Dear Abby advance that his/ For the record, he now weighs
and the creeping her patient may more than 300 pounds. – BEST
suspicion that I have made a be heading for a rough patch. FRIENDS IN TEXAS
mistake. I think I am still in love Regardless of whether Jacob DEAR FRIENDS: Your
with him. Taylor desperately is serious about killing himself friend’s husband is dangerously
wants us to get remarried, and should you end the relationship, overweight. She may be panick-
lately I have been considering it. for your own sake, you must not ing at the reality that the load
However, I have another issue allow yourself to become a pris- he’s carrying could shorten their
to consider. oner of his illness. That dynamic marriage. What she doesn’t
For the past few months, is unhealthy for you. realize is that the motivation
GARFIELD I have been seeing another I must caution you, however, for him to deal with his weight
man, “Jacob.” Although he is not to allow yourself to be pres- problem has to come from him,
sweet and affectionate, Jacob sured into reconciling with your not her.
is needy, clingy and struggles ex unless both of you have pre- Rather than second guess
with depression and anxiety. marital counseling so you won’t what he’s eating when you are
He often expresses suicidal fall back into the pattern that all out to dinner, she should
thoughts over problems in his destroyed your marriage. Wheth- encourage him to talk with his
life, including the thought of me er it was lack of communication, doctor and a nutritionist about
leaving him. He is in therapy, boredom, a dull sex life – you what he needs to do to get
but it doesn’t seem to be both must understand where it healthy. Please tell her that. It
helping. went off track and take steps to won’t happen overnight, and
I am terrified of breaking up correct it before remarrying. she should expect him to fall off
with him to reconcile with my DEAR ABBY: My husband the wagon sometimes. But with
ex-husband because I honestly and I are close friends with determination, it can be done.

TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Dec. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). organizational system. It still
31). You’ll get a spectacular If you’re in a place where you’re could work; it’s just a little more
sign pointing to the exact work discouraged to be who you are, complicated.
necessary to augment your leave. Why should you willingly LEO (July 23-Aug. 22).
fortunes. Other highlights of the subject yourself to rejection? From large-scale enterprises to
solar journey include a small Also, note that no one benefits the smallest transactions, the
but hugely meaningful personal in an environment where people bottom-line principle remains
victory, the rapt attention of a are scared to be themselves. the same: To have a surplus,
VIP you want to impress and the GEMINI (May 21-June 21). you must take in more than you
great relief of knowing that you Because you’re willing to ask put out. The question now is,
owe no one and no one owes why a bothersome thing keeps How much surplus do you really
you. Pisces and Taurus adore occurring, you’ll finally get need?
you. Your lucky numbers are: somewhere with altering the dy- VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22).
BABY BLUES 28, 9, 30, 44 and 14. namics. Start by examining the It makes no sense to totally
ARIES (March 21-April 19). chain of thoughts that leads up avoid negativity, because for
In order to be acceptable to to the unwanted circumstances. starters, you can’t. What you
yourself, to be deserving of hap- CANCER (June 22-July 22). can do, though, is make the
piness and to know that you are When you purge the old, you most of potentially negative
more than enough, what exactly make way for the new. When situations and see the best in
would you have to do? Let’s you get something new without people.
hope the answer is “nothing.” purging the old, you create LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23).
You’re already worthy. a need for a more intricate People really do live in different
worlds, and the rules vary from
world to world, too. Learning
the culture of another person’s
reality will broaden you just as
much as the mental expan-
sion induced by travel with a
SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov.
21). Maybe it goes without
saying that relationships and
people are always more import-
ant than material interests.
Indeed, you don’t have to say it,
because your actions prove it,
setting a precedent for anyone
needing a reminder.
21). Every time you act in ac-
cordance with your independent
spirit, you act in resistance of
the evil in the world that keeps
MALLARD FILLMORE people subservient to intoler-
ant, toxic systems that use fear
as a means of control.
CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan.
19). Your friends have their
idiosyncrasies, and you don’t
necessarily need them to con-
form to your way of doing things.
However, certain group projects
only work if you’re all on the
same page. Communicate.
AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb.
18). Should you withdraw to
your inner sanctuary, you may
not immediately find order
FAMILY CIRCUS there, but spend a little more
time and you’ll start to under-
stand what needs to be done to
restore the peace.
PISCES (Feb. 19-March
20). You don’t want the pres-
sures of leadership, yet you’re
the one who sees clear ways to
doing things better. It would be
a shame to hoard the informa-
tion. You might as well step up.

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