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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Houston Astros
FILE PHOTO: Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) prior to a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports – 12384288

March 20, 2019

Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and the Houston Astros went on to a 2-1 spring training victory over the New York Yankees at Kissimmee, Fla.

Astros starter Wade Miley gave up one run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings as five Astros pitchers held the Yankees to four hits on the day.

Gary Sanchez drove in the only run for the Yankees on a double in the first inning.

Braves 8, Blue Jays 7

Andy Wilkins hit a home run and drove in two runs while Charlie Culberson and Ronald Acuna Jr. each also drove in two as Atlanta won at Dunedin, Fla. Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a home run for Toronto.

Tigers 3, Phillies 1

Josh Harrison hit a home run and Spencer Turnbull pitched five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts as Detroit won at Clearwater, Fla. Bryce Harper had a single and scored the only run for Philadelphia on an Odubel Herrera ground ball.

Marlins 6, Cardinals 0

Neil Walker hit a home run and Pablo Lopez gave up just two hits over six scoreless innings as Florida won at Jupiter, Fla. Drew Robinson had two of the three St. Louis hits.

Pirates 6, Twins 5

Colin Moran had a pair of RBI singles as Pittsburgh scored all six runs over the final two innings for the victory at Fort Myers, Fla. Jonathan Schoop hit a home run for Minnesota.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Houston Astros
FILE PHOTO: Mar 20, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; New York Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez (24) prior to a spring training game against the Houston Astros at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports – 12384288

March 20, 2019

Carlos Correa hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning and the Houston Astros went on to a 2-1 spring training victory over the New York Yankees at Kissimmee, Fla.

Astros starter Wade Miley gave up one run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings as five Astros pitchers held the Yankees to four hits on the day.

Gary Sanchez drove in the only run for the Yankees on a double in the first inning.

Braves 8, Blue Jays 7

Andy Wilkins hit a home run and drove in two runs while Charlie Culberson and Ronald Acuna Jr. each also drove in two as Atlanta won at Dunedin, Fla. Kevin Pillar and Teoscar Hernandez each hit a home run for Toronto.

Tigers 3, Phillies 1

Josh Harrison hit a home run and Spencer Turnbull pitched five scoreless innings with seven strikeouts as Detroit won at Clearwater, Fla. Bryce Harper had a single and scored the only run for Philadelphia on an Odubel Herrera ground ball.

Marlins 6, Cardinals 0

Neil Walker hit a home run and Pablo Lopez gave up just two hits over six scoreless innings as Florida won at Jupiter, Fla. Drew Robinson had two of the three St. Louis hits.

Pirates 6, Twins 5

Colin Moran had a pair of RBI singles as Pittsburgh scored all six runs over the final two innings for the victory at Fort Myers, Fla. Jonathan Schoop hit a home run for Minnesota.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

Henry Rodgers | Capitol Hill Reporter

The Republican National Committee (RNC) raised a historic amount of money in February, as Republicans gear up for 2020, The Daily Caller News Foundation learned Wednesday.

The RNC raised 14.6 million, a record high for the month of February in a non-election year, according to internal numbers shared with TheDCNF. The number is also the second highest of all time for the month of February, going back to 2004. The party is also zero dollars in debt as the RNC has continued to beat The Democratic National Committee (DNC) in fundraising.

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has continued to lead the committee to historic fundraising numbers, giving the party hope for the 2020 elections.

Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel of the Republican National Committee speaks in support of Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Hawley during a campaign stop at the MOGOP field Office on November 5, 2018 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The RNC and National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) also raised a historic amount of money in the month of January, as Senate Republicans gear up for a fight to keep the Senate. The NRSC raised a record $5.58 million in January, the most money ever raised by the committee in that month. (RELATED: RNC Raised Historic Amount Of Money In January)

The RNC announced in June that they would be fundraising throughout President Donald Trump’s first 500 days in office as a campaign strategy. For five months the RNC released videos touting Trump’s success, which they believed would help lead them to victory for the midterm elections. (RELATED: RNC Raised Historic Amount Of Money In January)

The committee filed a record-setting $19.8 million January 2017 after Trump was elected into office.

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NHL: Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils
Mar 19, 2019; Newark, NJ, USA; Washington Capitals right wing Brett Connolly (10) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the New Jersey Devils during the second period at Prudential Center. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

March 20, 2019

Brett Connolly had a goal and an assist, and the Washington Capitals defeated the New Jersey Devils 4-1 on Tuesday night in Newark, N.J., to move into sole possession of first place in the Metropolitan Division.

Andre Burakovsky, Evgeny Kuznetsov and Tom Wilson also scored for Washington. Nicklas Backstrom collected his 50th assist of the season, and Pheonix Copley made 20 saves.

Kenny Agostino scored, and Mackenzie Blackwood made 18 saves for the Devils, who have lost two straight.

Blues 7, Oilers 2

Jaden Schwartz capped his hat trick with a power-play goal at 18:48 of the third period as St. Louis defeated visiting Edmonton.

David Perron added two goals and an assist, and Alex Pietrangelo and Pat Maroon also scored for the Blues. Jordan Binnington made 15 saves to improve to 14-3-0 in his past 17 starts.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Zack Kassian scored for the Oilers. Mikko Koskinen stopped 17 of 20 shots before being pulled 5:42 into the second period after the Blues took a three-goal lead. Connor McDavid failed to tally a point, ending his 12-game scoring streak.

Flames 4, Blue Jackets 2

Michael Frolik scored the winning goal in a two-point night, and David Rittich was sensational while making 31 saves as host Calgary defeated Columbus. The Flames moved three points ahead of the San Jose Sharks for top spot in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference.

While Rittich had incredible fortune on his side with the Blue Jackets ringing four pucks off iron, he was outstanding all game, including a one-sided third period in which he stopped 11 shots.

Andrew Mangiapane, Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk added goals for Calgary, which has won four of its past five games. Zach Werenski and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored for the Blue Jackets.

Stars 4, Panthers 2

Alexander Radulov scored two goals, including the winner with 9:28 to play in the third period, and Tyler Seguin had four assists to lift host Dallas to a victory over Florida.

Dallas is now four points ahead of idle Arizona for the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference. Florida lost its second straight and is now 4-2-0 in its past six games.

Jamie Benn and John Klingberg collected the Stars’ other goals. Aleksander Barkov tallied twice for the Panthers.

Avalanche 3, Wild 1

Philipp Grubauer made 36 saves, Tyson Barrie, Tyson Jost and Ian Cole scored, and Colorado won at Saint Paul, Minn.

The Avalanche won their second in a row to tighten the Western Conference wild-card race. Colorado moved within a point of the Wild and within two points of Arizona. The Coyotes currently hold the second wild-card spot.

Zach Parise had a goal, and Devan Dubnyk stopped 35 shots for Minnesota. The Wild have lost two in a row, and they fell to 2-7-3 in their past 12 home games.

Predators 3, Maple Leafs 0

Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg scored goals, Pekka Rinne stopped 22 shots, and Nashville defeated visiting Toronto.

Rinne has four shutouts this season, and the past two have been against the Maple Leafs. He has 55 career shutouts.

Ryan Johansen had two assists for the Predators, who managed only 20 shots on goal but won their third in a row. Frederik Andersen finished with 17 saves for the Maple Leafs.

Bruins 5, Islanders 0

Sean Kuraly scored two goals in a regular-season game for the first time in his career, and Tuukka Rask stopped all 13 shots he faced as Boston cruised to a win at Uniondale, N.Y.

The Bruins have won two straight following a three-game losing streak. Boston allowed 15 goals in the skid but has given up just one goal in its last two games. Jake DeBrusk, Patrice Bergeron and Noel Acciari also scored for the Bruins.

The Islanders lost for the second time in three games (1-2-0). New York goalie Robin Lehner, who played for the first time since sustaining what was believed to be a concussion on March 5, made 34 saves.

Hurricanes 3, Penguins 2 (SO)

Dougie Hamilton scored on the first attempt of a shootout, and that was enough for Carolina in a victory against Pittsburgh at Raleigh, N.C.

The Hurricanes made it past regulation when Justin Williams scored the tying goal with 1:56 left in the third period after the Hurricanes opted to go with an extra skater.

Pittsburgh’s Kris Letang scored with 4:37 remaining, but the Penguins couldn’t hold on.

Red Wings 3, Rangers 2

Jimmy Howard made 41 saves, and Andreas Athanasiou scored twice as Detroit opened a five-game road trip by holding on for a victory over New York.

Howard helped the Red Wings sweep the three-game season series with the Rangers by making at least 40 saves for the fifth time this season and 21st time in his career.

Detroit’s Frans Nielsen scored in the first period, and Athanasiou tallied in the second before adding an empty-net goal in the final minute. Ryan Strome and Brendan Smith were the Rangers’ goal-scorers.

Canadiens 3, Flyers 1

Goals from Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Max Domi carried Montreal to a win at Philadelphia.

Andrew Shaw tallied two assists and Carey Price stopped 32 shots for the Canadiens.

Sean Couturier scored and Carter Hart made 33 saves for the Flyers, who took a second straight home loss for the first time since early January.

–Field Level Media

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi explained to reporters Monday what kind steps she may consider to lower the federal voting age to 16 years old at a press conference in Ferguson, Missouri.

“We’re obviously collecting thoughts about it. Just because someone has a good idea — any of us — doesn’t mean it’s going to the Floor next,” Pelosi said. “It means you go through the process. You build consensus. You build a crescendo. That’s another club I’m starting: the crescendo club.”

She added, “You have an idea? Let’s see how many people you can convince. Let’s see what the other views are that we can enhance this.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in Ferguson, MO (Credit: KMOV Video screenshot)

Pelosi, at her weekly presser last Thursday, told The Daily Caller she always supported lowering the voting age. The Democrat-proposed legislation, known as the “For The People Act” (H.R.1), included a debate over a failed amendment intended to lower the voting age to 16 years of age. The amendment was defeated 126-305, but H.R.1 passed.  (RELATED: 125 Democrats And 1 Republican Vote To Lower Voting Age To 16)

“I myself, personally — I’m not speaking for my caucus. I myself have always been for lowering the voting age to 16,” Pelosi said last week. “I think it’s really important to capture kids when they’re in high school, when they’re interested in all of this, when they’re learning about government to be able to vote.” (RELATED: Pelosi Says She Personally Supports Lowering The Voting Age To 16)

The Speaker further elaborated on her thoughts concerning the issue Monday night when she joined Missouri Democratic Rep. Lacy Clay to talk about and take questions about H.R.1, as well as the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2019 (H.R.4).

“ …. When kids are in high school is really a prime time for them to be aware of civics. Many years ago, when I was in school, civics was a requirement. Then — remember that? Well, you don’t remember that, but you read about it.”

She continued:

But then, it became an elective, and I don’t know. There were other things kids took instead. So, the point is that when they are in high school, we see such a heightened interest in history and civics and climate and gun safety and you name it. And that would be a time for them to be registered to vote. Now, we want to start something that might say ‘register to register.’  But you’ve got to get them on there because once they leave high school, not all kids go to college. And even if they do, they might not be in that same sense of community that they as high school students can make a big difference. More and more, more and more.

Pelosi previously supported a local effort two years ago in San Francisco known as Proposition F, which would have lowered the voting age for municipal elections, but the measure was defeated.

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MLB: Spring Training-Philadelphia Phillies at St. Louis Cardinals
Mar 18, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Paul Goldschmidt (46) walks into the dugout during a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2019

Paul Goldschmidt hit his first homer of the spring, a two-run blast, to help the St. Louis Cardinals post a 4-1 victory over the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at Jupiter, Fla.

Goldschmidt sent a low pitch from Philadelphia right-hander Zach Eflin over the wall in left-center in the fifth inning to give the Cardinals a 3-0 lead.

Tyler O’Neill also went deep for St. Louis. The Phillies had just six hits and were 0-for-11 with runners in scoring position.

Nationals (ss) 6, Mets 5

Spencer Kieboom homered and drove in three runs to help visiting Washington defeat New York at Port St. Lucie, Fla. Michael Conforto hit a two-run blast for the Mets.

Marlins 7, Nationals (ss) 1

Peter O’Brien drove in five runs to help Miami cruise past Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla. Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin was roughed up for five runs (four earned) and nine hits over five innings.

Pirates 4, Rays 2

Right-hander Nick Kingham allowed two hits over five shutout innings and JB Shuck delivered a two-run single as Pittsburgh beat host Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla. Brandon Lowe and Garrett Whitley each had a run-scoring double for the Rays.

Blue Jays 3, Tigers (ss) 2

Dalton Pompey went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and Teoscar Hernandez hit a solo homer as host Toronto edged Detroit at Dunedin, Fla. Gordon Beckham homered for the Tigers.

Twins 4, Red Sox 1

Eddie Rosario clubbed a two-run homer to help Minnesota knock off visiting Boston at Fort Myers, Fla. J.D. Martinez recorded an RBI single for the Red Sox.

Orioles 14, Tigers (ss) 1

Dwight Smith Jr. went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and Jonathan Villar hit a three-run triple as Baltimore pounded host Detroit at Lakeland, Fla. Nicholas Castellanos homered for the Tigers.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins
Mar 17, 2019; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Philadelphia Flyers center Sean Couturier (14) celebrates after scoring the game winning goal with defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere (53) against the Pittsburgh Penguins in overtime at PPG PAINTS Arena. Philadelphia won 2-1 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

March 18, 2019

Sean Couturier scored with 3.4 seconds left in overtime Sunday to give the visiting Philadelphia Flyers a critical 2-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Couturier’s 29th goal came when he blasted the puck from the right circle to the far side past goaltender Matt Murray, who also gave up James van Riemsdyk’s tying goal with 18.8 seconds left in regulation.

Flyers goalie Carter Hart, in just his second start in 11 games, made 41 saves.

The game was played 16,000 days after Philadelphia (35-29-8, 78 points) last won the Stanley Cup in 1975, and the two points helped keep the Flyers’ playoff hopes alive. They are six points out of an Eastern Conference wild-card spot with 10 games to play.

Islanders 3, Wild 2 (OT)

Brock Nelson scored at 1:04 of overtime as New York defeated host Minnesota, which had twice erased one-goal deficits.

Jordan Eberle and Anders Lee also scored, and goaltender Thomas Greiss made 32 saves as the Islanders won for the fifth time in their past seven games and bounced back from a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Red Wings on Saturday in Detroit.

Zach Parise and Jared Spurgeon scored for Minnesota, which lost for the fourth time in its past five games. Goalie Alex Stalock, making just his second start in the past 14 games, stopped 17 of 20 shots.

Golden Knights 6, Oilers 3

Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals, including what proved to be the game-winner early in the third, and Malcolm Subban had 16 saves to lead Vegas over visiting Edmonton.

Mark Stone, Cody Eakin, Brayden McNabb and Alex Tuch also scored goals, and William Karlsson and Reilly Smith each had two assists for the Knights (40-27-5, 85 points), who won for the eighth time in nine games.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Leon Draisaitl and Kris Russell scored goals, and Connor McDavid had two assists for Edmonton (32-33-7, 71 points), which remained seven points out of the second wild card in the Western Conference. It was the eighth straight multi-point game for McDavid, who now has 105 points this season.

Sabers 4, Blues 3 (SO)

Sam Reinhart scored in the third round of the shootout as host Buffalo snapped a seven-game skid with a victory over St. Louis.

Reinhart nearly won the contest in the waning moments of overtime, but his shot caromed off the left post.

Buffalo captain Jack Eichel and St. Louis forward Tyler Bozak each scored in the first round of the shootout. Reinhart’s bid banked off Jake Allen’s glove and into the net to set the stage for former Sabres forward Ryan O’Reilly, whose shot deflected off the crossbar to end the game.

Avalanche 3, Devils 0

Tyson Barrie scored two goals, Philipp Grubauer had 22 saves and Colorado kept its postseason hopes alive with a win over New Jersey in Denver.

Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist to give him 91 points on the season. He joins Hall of Famer Peter Forsberg as the only two Avalanche players to have consecutive 90-point seasons. Colorado trails Arizona by four points in the Western Conference wild-card race. The Avalanche host the Coyotes on March 29.

Cory Schneider stopped 31 shots for the Devils, who had their two-game winning streak snapped. New Jersey has not won three straight since late December.

Canucks 3, Stars 2 (SO)

Josh Leivo’s goal in the fourth round of the shootout lifted visiting Vancouver past Dallas.

The Canucks posted their second win in three games, while the Stars took their second straight loss, which prevented Dallas from gaining ground on St. Louis for third place in the Central Division.

Tim Schaller led the Canucks with two goals, marking the first two-goal game of his NHL career. Jamie Benn and Taylor Fedun tallied for the Stars.

Ducks 3, Panthers 2

Adam Silfverberg scored with 4:43 to play as Anaheim continued to play spoiler with a victory over visiting Florida.

Devin Shore and Adam Henrique also scored goals, and Ryan Getzlaf had a pair of assists as the Ducks (30-35-9, 69 points), won for the sixth time in their past nine games, with all six of those victories coming against teams either currently in a qualifying position for the playoffs or fighting to become eligible.

The Panthers (32-28-12, 76 points) were the furthest out from eligibility in that group, but their hopes had been raised with a four-game winning streak that had them believing they could grab the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-New York Yankees at Philadelphia Phillies
Mar 17, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper (3) reacts after striking out in the first inning of the spring training game against the New York Yankees at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports

March 17, 2019

Bryce Harper returned to action Sunday after missing a game with a bruised right ankle and went 0-for-3 with a walk as the Philadelphia Phillies were defeated 7-3 by the visiting New York Yankees at Clearwater, Fla.

Harper was out Saturday after getting hit by a pitch on his ankle on Friday. He still has yet to record a hit this spring in a Phillies uniform.

Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres and Troy Tulowitzki each hit home runs for the Yankees, while New York starter James Paxton gave up one run but did not allow a hit over 4 1/3 innings.

Athletics 5, Fighters 1

Khris Davis and Jurickson Profar each drove in two runs as Oakland won the tune up before Wednesday’s Far East season opener against the Seattle Mariners at Tokyo. Daiki Asama drove in the only run for the Nippon-Ham Fighters.

Astros 7, Braves (ss) 3

Houston left-hander Framber Valdez gave up two hits over four scoreless innings, while Alex De Goti and Nick Tanielu each drove in two runs at Kissimmee, Fla. Freddie Freeman hit a home run for host Atlanta.

Red Sox 3 (ss), Rays 2

Danny Mars and Ryan Fitzgerald each drove in a run in the eighth inning as host Boston rallied for the victory at Fort Myers, Fla. Taylor Walls had the only extra-base hit for Tampa Bay, a double.

Yankees (ss) 5, Orioles 3

Miguel Andujar, Luke Voit and Zack Zehner each hit home runs as New York won at Sarasota, Fla. Carlos Perez hit a home run for host Baltimore.

Tigers 3, Braves (ss) 2

Detroit right-hander Tyson Ross worked five innings while giving up two runs, but neither of them were earned at Lakeland, Fla. Rafael Ortega and Sean Kazmar Jr. each drove in a run for visiting Atlanta, which did not have an extra-base hit.

Blue Jays 9, Twins 8

Rowdy Tellez hit the tiebreaking homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and Randal Grichuk also went deep as Toronto outlasted Minnesota at Dunedin, Fla. Ehire Adrianza and Tyler Austin homered for the Twins.

Marlins 4, Cardinals 2

Right-hander Trevor Richards fired six hitless innings and Pedro Alvarez hit a home run as Miami won at Jupiter, Fla. Andrew Kinzer drove in a run for St. Louis, which had just two hits on the day.

Pirates 8, Red Sox (ss) 1

Corey Dickerson and Starling Marte each hit home runs for Pittsburgh and right-hander Jameson Taillon did not allow an earned run over five innings at Bradenton, Fla. Sandy Leon had two hits for visiting Boston.

Nationals 10, Mets 5

Juan Soto and Tyler Goeddel each hit home runs and Stephen Strasburg struck out six over fine innings as Washington won at West Palm Beach, Fla. Pete Alonso and Michael Conforto each hit home runs for visitingNew York.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning
Mar 16, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Alex Killorn (17) shoots as Washington Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby (70) makes a save during the third period at Amalie Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 17, 2019

Alex Killorn recorded his first career hat trick, Tampa Bay set a franchise record for wins in a season, and the Lightning beat the visiting Washington Capitals 6-3 on Saturday in the first meeting this season between the Eastern Conference’s two division leaders.

The Lightning notched their 55th victory and became just the fourth team in NHL history to win 54 games or more in consecutive seasons.

Tyler Johnson, Erik Cernak and Yanni Gourde also tallied, and Nikita Kucherov notched two assists for the Lightning, who won their fourth straight. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 30 shots and won for the 13th time in his past 14 starts.

Alex Ovechkin had two goals, and John Carlson added a marker and an assist for Washington, which lost for just the third time in its past 15 games. Braden Holtby allowed four goals on 33 shots.

Oilers 3, Coyotes 2 (OT)

Connor McDavid scored his second goal of the game 58 seconds into overtime as Edmonton claimed a victory in Glendale, Ariz.

Mikka Koskinen made 28 saves for the Oilers, and Matthew Benning added a goal.

Alex Galchenyuk scored twice for Arizona. Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 22 shots.

Bruins 2, Blue Jackets 1 (OT)

Brad Marchand scored at 3:30 of overtime as Boston returned home and snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over Columbus.

Patrice Bergeron also scored for Boston, and Jaroslav Halak made 24 saves. The Bruins put together a streak of 19 straight games with a point, the longest in the NHL this season, before going 0-3-0 on a three-game trip to Pittsburgh, Columbus and Winnipeg.

Matt Duchene scored the lone goal for the Blue Jackets, who had a two-game winning streak snapped. Columbus’ Joonas Korpisalo stopped 31 shots.

Blackhawks 2, Canadiens 0

Corey Crawford made a career-high 48 saves in his hometown as visiting Chicago won its fifth in a row, beating Montreal. Connor Murphy and Brendan Perlini were the goal-scorers, both on assists from Alex DeBrincat.

Crawford, who missed 28 games in the middle of the season due to concussion issues, posted his second shutout of 2018-19. He owns a 1.48 goals-against average during a five-game winning streak.

The Canadiens are 6-10-1 following an impressive 8-1-1 stretch.

Blues 5, Penguins 1

Vince Dunn scored twice, and Pat Maroon had a goal and an assist as St. Louis ended a three-game losing streak by winning at Pittsburgh.

Oskar Sundqvist and Jay Bouwmeester also scored, and Colton Parayko and Robert Thomas each had two assists for St. Louis, which built a 4-0 lead through the game’s first 23 minutes. Jordan Binnington made 40 saves and is 17-4-1 in his first 22 NHL starts.

Dominik Simon scored for the Penguins, who had won three straight and six of seven. Matt Murray stopped nine of 13 shots before being relieved by Casey DeSmith, who allowed one goal on 13 shots.

Red Wings 2, Islanders 1

Andreas Athanasiou scored a pair of goals as host Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak with a victory over New York.

Danny DeKeyser assisted on both goals, while Jonathan Bernier turned aside 41 shots. Detroit avenged a pair of one-goal losses to the Islanders earlier in the season.

Anders Lee scored the only goal for the Islanders, who had won their previous two games. Thomas Greiss made 20 saves for New York.

Panthers 4, Kings 3

Jonathan Huberdeau scored the go-ahead goal with 1:56 left in regulation to lead Florida over host Los Angeles.

Huberdeau also had a game-tying assist. Evgenii Dadonov scored twice and had an assist, Mike Hoffman added a goal, and Aleksander Barkov posted three helpers for the Panthers.

Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, and Brendan Leipsic also tallied for the Kings, who are 2-11-4 in their past 17 games.

Jets 2, Flames 1

Mathieu Perreault’s second-period power-play goal held up as the winner as host Winnipeg held on for a win over Calgary in a clash of Western Conference division leaders.

Connor Hellebuyck made 27 saves, including 14 in the third period, to record the victory for Winnipeg, which has won two straight games. Hellebuyck had some good fortune, too, as the Flames’ Johnny Gaudreau twice rang shots off the post and Mark Jankowski drilled the crossbar — all in the opening frame.

Mark Scheifele gave the Jets a 1-0 lead in the first period, and Jankowski tied the game with a short-handed goal in the second period. Mike Smith stopped 19 shots for the Flames.

Senators 6, Maple Leafs 2

Magnus Paajarvi scored two consecutive goals during the second period as Ottawa beat visiting Toronto.

Cody Ceci added a goal and an assist, and Brian Gibbons, Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg also scored for the Senators, who won their second straight. Zack Smith added three assists for the Senators.

Morgan Rielly and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who have allowed 23 goals while losing three of their past four games.

Hurricanes 4, Sabres 2

Rookie Andrei Svechnikov scored his third goal in three games as Carolina recorded its ninth straight win over Buffalo, prevailing in Raleigh, N.C.

Jordan Staal scored to notch his 500th career point, and Justin Williams and Lucas Wallmark also tallied for the Hurricanes, who improved to 8-2-1 in their past 11 contests. Curtis McElhinney finished with 35 saves.

Former Hurricanes forward Jeff Skinner matched his career high with his 37th goal, and Zemgus Girgensons also tallied for the Sabres, who have dropped seven in a row (0-6-1).

Wild 5, Rangers 2

Ryan Donato recorded his second career two-goal game as Minnesota snapped a three-game losing streak with a victory over New York in Saint Paul, Minn.

Eric Staal also scored for the Wild, who won for just the second time in their past 11 home games (2-6-3) since Jan. 19. Jared Spurgeon added a power-play goal, and J.T. Brown scored an empty-net tally for Minnesota.

Mika Zibanejad and Pavel Buchnevich scored for the Rangers, who went 0-3-1 on their four-game road trip. They lost their seventh straight road game and dropped to 2-6-5 in their past 13 games.

Predators 4, Sharks 2

Viktor Arvidsson scored twice, and Filip Forsberg added a goal and an assist as Nashville won at San Jose.

Colton Sissons also scored for the Predators, and goaltender Juuse Saros made 24 saves. Nashville won its second straight and remained a point behind Winnipeg, which beat Calgary 2-1 Saturday, in the chase for first place in the Central Division.

Timo Meier and Joe Thornton scored for the Sharks, and Martin Jones stopped 26 of 29 shots. The Sharks lost their second straight following a six-game winning streak.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Wings
Mar 14, 2019; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the third period against the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena. Mandatory Credit: Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

March 15, 2019

Nikita Kucherov had two goals and two assists, and the Tampa Bay Lightning rallied from a three-goal deficit to defeat the host Detroit Red Wings for the 15th consecutive time, 5-4, on Thursday.

Tampa Bay won its third straight while Detroit lost for the 12th time in 13 games (1-9-3). The Lightning matched their franchise record of 54 wins set last season.

Steven Stamkos tied Vincent Lecavalier’s franchise record of 383 goals during the second period, and he also had an assist. Brayden Point supplied a goal and two assists, and Tyler Johnson also scored for Tampa Bay. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 23 saves.

Darren Helm scored his 100th career goal during a short-handed situation for Detroit. Justin Abdelkader tallied his first goal in 41 games. Madison Bowey and Michael Rasmussen also scored, and Jimmy Howard stopped 34 shots.

Stars 4, Wild 1

Ben Bishop set a franchise-record shutout streak before exiting with an injury, and Dallas scored three goals in the second period in a victory over Minnesota at Saint Paul, Minn.

Radek Faksa and rookies Roope Hintz and Joel L’Esperance scored in a 2:22 span for the Stars, who have won six of their last seven games overall to pull even in points with St. Louis (79) for third place in the Central Division. Alexander Radulov sealed the victory with an empty-net goal.

Anton Khudobin turned aside 14 shots in relief of Bishop, who extended his shutout streak to a career-best 230:53 before leaving with a lower-body injury. The 32-year-old Bishop, who finished with seven saves, eclipsed the previous franchise mark of 219:26 set by Ed Belfour in November 2000.

Penguins 5, Sabres 0

Casey DeSmith made 26 saves, and Phil Kessel, Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist to pace visiting Pittsburgh past Buffalo for its third straight win.

It was the fourth career shutout and third of the season for DeSmith, who had not started since Feb. 21. Brian Dumoulin and Patric Hornqvist also scored for the Penguins, and Sidney Crosby had two assists to give him 31 points in the past 17 games.

Carter Hutton made 23 saves for Buffalo, which was shut out for the third straight game and has lost six in row.

Jets 4, Bruins 3

A third-period goal from Nikolaj Ehlers ended up being the deciding score as Winnipeg edged visiting Boston.

Some strong forechecking from the Jets led to a Boston turnover, with Ehlers pouncing on the loose puck for his 18th goal of the season at 13:02 of the third period. Ehlers’ score ended up being a critical one as Charlie Coyle tipped in a Zdeno Chara point shot at 17:04 of the final frame to pull Boston within one.

The victory snapped a two-game losing streak for Winnipeg and allowed the first-place Jets to maintain their lead over Nashville atop the Central Division. The Bruins have lost their last three games in regulation, following a stretch that saw them record points over 19 consecutive games (15-0-4).

Capitals 5, Flyers 2

Brett Connolly scored two goals and added an assist to lead visiting Washington past Philadelphia.

Lars Eller, Tom Wilson and Evgeny Kuznetsov each scored a goal while Braden Holtby stopped 22 shots. Kuznetsov also had an assist for the Capitals, who have won eight of nine.

James van Riemsdyk and Scott Laughton scored for the Flyers. Carter Hart played for the first time in three weeks and gave up all four goals while making 27 saves.

Senators 2, Blues 0

Anders Nilsson made 35 saves for his second shutout of the season as lowly host Ottawa beat struggling St. Louis. Chris Tierney and Christian Wolanin had the goals.

Nilsson made several key saves to help his team earn just its second win in the last 13 games. Ottawa, which has an NHL-low 54 points and has already been eliminated from the playoff race, snapped a five-game home losing streak and a four-game slide to St. Louis.

The result could prove costly for the playoff-hopeful Blues, who have totaled three goals during an 0-2-1 stretch that’s come without injured goal leader Vladimir Tarasenko. St. Louis had its chances in the third, particularly from Ryan O’Reilly and Robert Thomas, but was stopped on point-blank saves by Nilsson.

Islanders 2, Canadiens 1

Anders Lee scored the tiebreaking goal with 2:57 left in the third period as New York edged visiting Montreal.

Adam Pelech scored in the second period for the Islanders, who won for the fourth time in five games to remain two points behind the first-place Washington Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. Thomas Greiss made 33 saves.

Jordie Benn scored in the second period for the Canadiens, who lost for the fourth time in six games and missed a chance to move ahead of the idle Columbus Blue Jackets in the race for the second and final wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference. Carey Price made 36 saves.

Coyotes 6, Ducks 1

Vinnie Hinostroza scored his first career hat trick, and Arizona inched closer to its first Stanley Cup playoff appearance in seven years with a rout of visiting Anaheim.

The Coyotes moved three points ahead of Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference. Jason Demers had a goal and an assist, and Oliver Ekman-Larsson tied the franchise record with the 15th short-handed goal of the season for the Coyotes. Darcy Kuemper made 37 saves for Arizona, which is 13-4-0 since Feb. 9.

Jakob Silfverberg extended his career-long point streak to seven games with a goal, and Ryan Miller made 18 saves for the Ducks.

Predators 3, Kings 1

Craig Smith and Colton Sissons scored second-period goals as visiting Nashville took the lead for good and defeated Los Angeles to keep pace in the Central Division.

Viktor Arvidsson also scored a goal as the Predators remained in second place, a point behind Winnipeg. Pekka Rinne had 25 saves as the Predators won in regulation for the first time in their past nine games.

Austin Wagner scored a goal for the Kings after missing the previous four games with a lower-body injury. Los Angeles lost for the fourth time in its past five games and for the 14th time in its past 16 games.

Panthers 4, Sharks 2

Mike Hoffman scored the go-ahead goal, and rookie goaltender Sam Montembeault won his third straight start to lead visiting Florida past San Jose.

Hoffman, who added an assist, set a career high for points (63). With his 32nd goal, he tied Ray Whitney (1997-98) for the most by a player in his first season with Florida.

Jamie McGinn, Dryden Hunt and Frank Vatrano also scored for the Panthers, who won their third straight overall. Montembeault, 22, made 26 saves in his first road start, and he improved to 3-0-1. Melker Karlsson and Kevin Labanc tallied for the Sharks, who had their six-game winning streak snapped.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-Cleveland Indians at Milwaukee Brewers
FILE PHOTO: Feb 27, 2019; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin (45) pitches against the Cleveland Indians during the first inning at Maryvale Baseball Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

March 15, 2019

The winner of the 2019 Home Run Derby will earn a $1 million bonus, and there is a boost coming for this year’s All-Star selections, MLB announced Thursday in a rules update for the upcoming season.

The proposed changes must be ratified by baseball’s 30 owners to become official.

The total prize pool for the 2019 Home Run Derby, which takes place the night before the All-Star Game scheduled for July 9 at Progressive Field in Cleveland, is up to $2.5 million. The winner will claim $1 million. Whether the increase is enough incentive to keep stars interested in the swing-a-thon is unclear.

For example, new Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper took part in the event when it was held in his home park with the Nationals, but his new contract pays him the equivalent of $50,000 per plate appearance.

–The Milwaukee Brewers announced that 31-year-old right-hander Jhoulys Chacin will get the Opening Day start against the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on March 28.

“Jhoulys earned the honor from what he did last year,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “He deserves it, for sure.”

Chacin, who compiled a 15-8 record with a 3.50 ERA in 35 starts last season, also started openers for the Colorado Rockies in 2013 (a no-decision vs. the Brewers) and the San Diego Padres in 2017 (allowing nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers).

–Los Angeles Angels left-hander Andrew Heaney looks to be out of the running to be the team’s Opening Day starter after he was shut down because of elbow inflammation, manager Brad Ausmus said.

Heaney had an MRI exam that did not reveal any structural damage, but his upcoming downtime could lead to him starting the season on the injured list, Ausmus said.

Heaney was scratched from his March 3 spring training start but resumed throwing last week. He recorded two outs against the Chicago White Sox on Friday but came out of that game when he felt more discomfort.

–The Seattle Mariners could be without third baseman Kyle Seager until early June after the eight-year veteran had hand surgery, general manager Jerry Dipoto revealed.

Seager, 31, had surgery Tuesday in Phoenix and recovery time is expected to be 8-10 weeks. Dipoto confirmed, however, that Seager won’t even be able to swing a bat for eight weeks, meaning that his return could be in the range of 10-12 weeks.

Seager, a Gold Glove Award winner in 2014, batted a career-low .221 last season with 22 home runs and 78 RBIs. It was his lowest home run total since 2013, the year before he made his lone All-Star Game appearance.

–The Toronto Blue Jays reassigned Vladimir Guerrero Jr., their top prospect, to their minor league camp, Sportsnet reported.

The third baseman has been sidelined since last weekend with a left oblique strain and will start the season with Triple-A Buffalo. Recovery time is expected to be about three weeks.

Guerrero, who will turn 20 on Saturday, spent time last season at Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo. The son of Hall of Fame member Vladimir Guerrero batted .402 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs in 61 games in New Hampshire.

–Right-hander Michael Fulmer was shut down by the Detroit Tigers for an indefinite period of time, one day before his next scheduled spring outing.

“He took a step back to refine his lower-body mechanics,” manager Ron Gardenhire said, reading from a statement written on a legal pad, after the Tigers and Red Sox played to a 4-4 tie. “We have no timetable on when he’s going to get back on the mound.”

Asked follow-up questions by a reporter, Gardenhire said, “We’re not going to go any further than that. We have to let him do his thing and let the trainers do their thing.”

–Left-handed reliever Tony Sipp signed a one-year deal worth up to $1.25 million with the Washington Nationals.

Sipp’s deal includes a mutual option for 2020 and gives the Nationals a third left-hander in the bullpen to counter a division loaded with mashing lefties — Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper included.

Sipp posted a 1.86 ERA in 38 2/3 innings with the Houston Astros in 2018 and fills the bullpen vacancy created when the Nationals cut Sammy Solis, another lefty specialist, last week.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-Houston Astros at New York Mets
FILE PHOTO: Mar 13, 2019; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) throws against the Houston Astros during a spring training game at First Data Field. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

March 14, 2019

Noah Syndergaard threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings Wednesday, surrendering just two hits and striking out five to lead the New York Mets to a 2-1 win over the visiting Houston Astros at Port St. Lucie, Fla.

It was billed as pitchers’ duel, with Syndergaard taking on Houston ace Gerrit Cole, and the game was scoreless through three innings.

Jeff McNeil opened the fourth inning with a single off of Cole, and Robinson Cano followed with a home run to center on an 0-1 pitch. Cole pitched 4 2/3 innings and gave up four hits, to go with a walk and four strikeouts, and largely was pleased.

“I wasn’t thrilled with the walk,” he said. “For the most part it was good. I was challenging the (batters). I got the slider where I wanted it a few times. Got the changeup where I wanted to. Threw some breaking balls behind in the count.”

Royals 17, Indians (ss) 7

Alex Gordon and Cam Gallagher each had three hits as Kansas City tallied 21 hits – including three home runs — to top visiting Cleveland at Surprise, Ariz. Greg Allen had three of the Indians’ 11 hits.

Indians (ss) 9, Brewers 3

Hanley Ramirez, trying to win a roster spot, went 1-for-3 and drove in two runs to lead Cleveland over visiting Milwaukee in Goodyear, Ariz. Keston Hiura hit a three-run home run for the Brewers.

Twins 9, Red Sox 5

Brian Navarreto hit a three-run home run in a four-run sixth inning as visiting Minnesota beat Boston at Fort Myers, Fla. Red Sox DH Steve Pearce was 0-for-3 and remains hitless in 11 at-bats this spring.

Athletics 12, Cubs 11

Sean Murphy lined a walk-off two-run double to cap a four-run ninth inning as Oakland beat the visiting Chicago Cubs in Mesa, Ariz. Cubs’ starter Jon Lester was rocked for seven earned runs in 2 2/3 innings.

Nationals 8, Braves 4

Trea Turner, Juan Soto, Adam Eaton and Brian Dozier each hit a solo home run to lead Washington over visiting Atlanta at West Palm Beach, Fla. The Braves’ Ronald Acuna went 3-for-3 to raise his spring average to .429.

Marlins 4, Cardinals 1

Miami pitchers held visiting St. Louis to three hits at Jupiter, Fla. Deven Marrero’s two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth gave the Marlins a pair of insurance runs.

Orioles 6, Blue Jays 4

Baltimore scored three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to defeat visiting Toronto at Sarasota, Fla. Dwight Smith Jr. was 2-for-2 and scored twice for the Orioles. The Blue Jays had 10 hits on the day but stranded eight runners.

Rockies 5, Diamondbacks 3

David Dahl had three of Colorado’s eight hits and scored twice as the Rockies topped visiting the Diamondbacks at Scottsdale, Ariz. Matt Szczur hit his first home run of the spring for Arizona.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Montreal Canadiens
Mar 12, 2019; Montreal, Quebec, CAN; Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price (31) prepares to throw pucks to the crowd after being named first star of the game after the game against the Detroit Red Wings at the Bell Centre. Price becomes the winningest goalie in franchise history. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports

March 13, 2019

Carey Price set the Montreal franchise record for most wins by a goalie, Max Domi scored two goals, and the host Canadiens defeated the reeling Detroit Red Wings for the ninth consecutive time, 3-1 on Tuesday.

With his 315th regular-season victory, Price supplanted Jacques Plante for the team mark. He made 20 saves as the Canadiens completed a sweep of the four-game season series by a 21-7 aggregate score.

Brett Kulak collected the other goal for Montreal while Tomas Tatar recorded two assists.

Andreas Athanasiou scored the only goal for the Red Wings, who have lost 11 of their last 12 games (1-8-3). Jonathan Bernier made 33 saves.

Flames 9, Devils 4

Johnny Gaudreau collected a career-best six points — including a hat trick — and host Calgary exploded for six goals in the third period en route to a comeback victory over New Jersey.

Derek Ryan had two goals and an assist, and Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm both collected a goal and three assists for the Flames. Sam Bennett and Matthew Tkachuk also scored for Calgary.

Blake Coleman produced a goal and an assist for the Devils, who also got goals from Kyle Palmieri, Kenny Agostino and Travis Zajac.

Stars 2, Sabres 0

Ben Bishop recorded his third consecutive shutout, Roope Hintz notched his first multiple-goal game, and visiting Dallas beat Buffalo.

Bishop made 35 saves to notch his sixth shutout of the season and the 30th of his career, running his career record to 12-0-1 against the Sabres. He has a shutout streak of 204:20, the second-longest stretch in club history. Ed Belfour went 219:26 without allowing a goal in the 2000-01 season.

The three straight shutouts ties Bishop with Belfour and Cesare Maniago for the franchise record. Maniago did it in December 1967 with the then-Minnesota North Stars, and Belfour’s hot stretch was in November 2000.

Penguins 5, Capitals 3

Evgeni Malkin had two assists to become the 88th NHL player to reach 1,000 career points, and Pittsburgh halted visiting Washington’s seven-game winning streak.

Sidney Crosby scored twice, and Jake Guentzel, Phil Kessel and Jared McCann tallied once apiece for Pittsburgh, which has won five of six. Matt Murray stopped 38 shots.

Jakub Vrana scored twice and John Carlson once for the Capitals, and Braden Holtby made 25 saves. Washington’s Alex Ovechkin had an assist to reach 1,200 career points.

Sharks 5, Jets 4

Joe Pavelski scored the go-ahead goal with five seconds remaining in the third period as San Jose won at Winnipeg for its sixth straight victory.

Gustav Nyquist scored twice to record his 13th career multi-goal performance, and Marcus Sorensen added a goal and an assist for the Sharks, who improved to 15-3-1 in their past 19 games.

Joe Thornton had two assists to move past Hall of Famer Stan Mikita (1,467 assists) for sole possession of 14th place in NHL history. The 39-year-old Thornton skated in his 1,554 regular-season game to tie Jarome Iginla for 13th place on the league’s all-time list.

Coyotes 3, Blues 1

Darcy Kuemper made 39 saves as Arizona moved into the second wild-card spot in the Western Conference with a victory at St. Louis.

Richard Panik, Vinnie Hinostroza and Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored goals for the Coyotes, who won for the ninth time in their past 11 games. Kuemper, pulled in the second period after giving up four goals on 12 shots in a 7-1 loss at Chicago on Monday, bounced back to improve to 18-5-3 since Jan. 1.

Jaden Schwartz scored a power-play goal and Jordan Binnington had 19 saves for the Blues.

Blue Jackets 7, Bruins 4

Boone Jenner recorded his 100th career goal and first hat trick as Columbus earned a wild victory over visiting Boston.

Zach Werenski and Josh Anderson each had one goal and three assists for the Blue Jackets, who were shut out twice in the past three contests and posted seven non-shootout goals while losing four of their previous six.

The Bruins have lost two straight in regulation following their 15-0-4 stretch. Boston’s Brad Marchand reached the 30-goal mark for a fourth straight season and equaled his career high of 85 points with two goals and an assist.

Ducks 3, Predators 2

Ryan Getzlaf scored less than four minutes into the game, and Anaheim denied visiting Nashville a chance to move into first place in the Central Division.

The Predators made things interesting with a pair of Filip Forsberg goals 58 seconds apart in the third period, but the Ducks were able to make their early 3-0 lead stand.

Jakob Silfverberg and Daniel Sprong also scored for the Ducks, who won for the fourth time in their past six games. Anaheim goaltender John Gibson made 32 saves.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals
Mar 11, 2019; Jupiter, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (31) delivers a pitch in the first inning of the spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

March 13, 2019

Injured Houston Astros right-handed pitcher Francis Martes has received an 80-game suspension after testing positive for Clomiphene, a performance-enhancing substance, Major League Baseball announced Tuesday.

The Astros said in a statement Tuesday that they “hope that Francis can learn from this experience and that he returns to have a successful career.”

Clomiphene is an anti-estrogen substance used in fertility treatments and employed by men to accelerate testosterone production. It is taken along with steroids to inhibit estrogen problems. It is not FDA-approved for use by men, according to the USDA, and has been placed on the list of banned substances.

Martes underwent Tommy John surgery on the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow last Aug. 15, and was not scheduled to return until the second half of the season, at the earliest. His suspension will begin at the start of the 2019 regular season.

–Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer will be the Washington Nationals’ Opening Day starter.

Manager Dave Martinez feigned surprise announcing the move, saying, “I’m going to go out on a limb today and tell you that Max will be our Opening Day starter.”

It will be Scherzer’s fourth Opening Day nod in five seasons with the team, and it will pit him against last year’s Cy Young Award winner, Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets, on March 28 in D.C. Scherzer finished second to deGrom in Cy Young balloting last year.

–New York Mets outfielder Tim Tebow was assigned to minor league camp.

Tebow joked in an interview with SNY that he would stay in touch with the big-leaguers, saying, “It’s only, like, three minutes away. We have cell phones, too. I’ll stay in touch with these guys.”

Tebow, who had four hits and one RBI in 15 at-bats in the Grapefruit League, is expected to start the 2019 season at Triple-A Syracuse.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-Pittsburgh Pirates at Atlanta Braves
Mar 11, 2019; Lake Buena Vista, FL, USA; Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (13) comes in from the field during the fifth inning against the Pittsburgh Pirates at Champion Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

March 13, 2019

Ronald Acuna Jr. went 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs as the Atlanta Braves posted a 5-0 victory over the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday at Kissimmee, Fla.

The reigning National League Rookie of the Year had an opposite-field double in the second inning and a run-scoring single in the sixth in addition to the fourth-inning liner over the left-field fence off Cardinals right-hander Miles Mikolas.

“I felt good from the start of camp,” Acuna told reporters through an interpreter after a contest in which he raised his spring average to .360. “But as the games have progressed, I have definitely felt even better.

“I think with those last at-bats, I’ve had a little extra patience. Initially, I think I was still having good at-bats. I just wasn’t getting results. Things are progressing quickly and we’re starting to see the results now.”

Rays 2, Blue Jays 1

Kevin Kiermaier’s seventh-inning sacrifice fly plated the decisive run as Tampa Bay edged host Toronto at Dunedin, Fla. Kevin Pillar had an RBI single for the Blue Jays.

Tigers 4, Red Sox 3

Jordy Mercer slugged a two-run homer to help visiting Detroit beat Boston at Fort Myers, Fla. Red Sox left-hander David Price served up the blast as one of two hits he allowed during three innings.

Twins 10, Pirates 4

LaMonte Wade had a three-run triple to help visiting Minnesota cruise past Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla. Adam Frazier contributed a two-run single for the Pirates.

Marlins 8, Mets 1

Brian Anderson hit a two-run homer as Miami trounced visiting New York. Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom took the loss while allowing two runs and five hits and striking out six over five innings.

White Sox (ss)-Royals, canceled

The game between Chicago and host Kansas City at Surprise, Ariz., was washed out due to persistent rain.

Mariners-White Sox (ss), canceled

Seattle and host Chicago were unable to play due to heavy rain at Glendale, Ariz.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-Tampa Bay Rays at Philadelphia Phillies
Mar 11, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Blake Snell (4) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 12, 2019

Left-hander Blake Snell, the best bargain in baseball, struck out Bryce Harper in a highly anticipated matchup as the Tampa Bay Rays cruised to an 8-2 victory over the host Philadelphia Phillies on Monday at Clearwater Fla.

Snell, the reigning American League Cy Young Award winner, had his contract renewed for $573,700, a raise of just $15,500. But Harper, who landed a $330 million contract over 13 seasons to join the Phillies, was overmatched and struck out looking on three pitches during their first-inning matchup.

“He’s good,” Harper told reporters afterward. “I was just happy to go out there and face a guy like him, see some (velocity), see some off-speed as well and just see one of the best in baseball. It’s always fun to be able to do that, whether it’s the third game in spring or the middle of the season. It’s good to see.”

Snell struck out two while tossing two perfect innings. Avisail Garcia homered and had three RBIs for Tampa Bay.

Cardinals 3, Nationals 2

Paul Goldschmidt lined a tiebreaking two-run double in the third inning as St. Louis edged visiting Washington at Jupiter, Fla. Juan Soto and Kurt Suzuki had run-scoring singles for the Nationals.

Braves 6, Pirates 2

Ronald Acuna Jr. clubbed a two-run homer and reached base three times to lead Atlanta past visiting Pittsburgh at Kissimmee, Fla. Colin Moran and Patrick Kivlehan had RBI singles for the Pirates.

Tigers 3, Twins 0

JaCoby Jones drilled a two-run homer to help Detroit blank host Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla. The Twins had just three hits against four Tigers’ hurlers.

Astros 6, Mets 3

Kyle Tucker delivered the tiebreaking two-run double in the bottom of the eighth inning to help Houston knock off New York at West Palm Beach, Fla. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 with a RBI for the Mets.

Brewers 8, White Sox 5

Ryan Braun belted a two-run blast for his first homer of the spring and Cory Spangenberg added a three-run blast as host Milwaukee knocked off Chicago at Phoenix, Ariz. Adam Engel homered for the White Sox.

Giants 4, Dodgers 1

Joey Bart delivered a tiebreaking three-run double in the top of the ninth inning as San Francisco defeated host Los Angeles at Phoenix, Ariz. Justin Turner’s first-inning sacrifice fly plated the Dodgers’ lone run.

Rockies 6, Athletics 3

Noel Cuevas hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the eighth inning and Ian Desmond and Elliot Soto also went deep as Colorado beat visiting Oakland at Scottsdale, Ariz. Mark Canha had a two-run single and Marcus Semien went 3-for-3 for the Athletics.

Angels 12, Rangers 11

Jack Kruger homered and drove in six runs as Los Angeles outlasted host Texas at Surprise, Ariz. Hunter Pence and Preston Beck went deep for the Rangers.

Indians 5, Reds 5

Eric Haase hit a tying two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to allow Cleveland to play Cincinnati to a draw at Goodyear, Ariz. Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp homered for the Reds.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays
Mar 10, 2019; Port Charlotte, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays designated hitter Mike Zunino (10) and shortstop Daniel Robertson (28) talk on the field prior to a game against the Boston Red Sox at Charlotte Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

March 11, 2019

The Tampa Bay Rays clobbered six solo home runs while cruising to an 8-1 victory over the visiting Boston Red Sox in Port Charlotte, Fla.

Guillermo Heredia went deep twice, while Joey Wendle, Mike Zunino, Avisail Garcia and Nathaniel Lowe each did so once. Zunino added an RBI double, and Wendle and Ji-Man Choi each had two hits as well.

Rick Porcello, Hector Velazquez and Brandon Workman each surrendered two homers for the Red Sox. Velazquez allowed four runs on six hits in two innings, though he struck out two.

Yankees (ss) 6, Pirates 5

Zack Zehner’s two-run homer in the eighth inning lifted New York to a victory over visiting Pittsburgh in Tampa. Gio Urshela also went yard for the Yankees, while Jung Ho Kang and Francisco Cervelli each homered for the Pirates.

Phillies 8, Orioles 5

Jonathan Guzman broke a tie with an eighth-inning RBI double, and Trevor Plouffe followed with a two-run homer for insurance as visiting Philadelphia downed Baltimore in Sarasota, Fla. Jonathan Villar went 2-for-3 with two runs scored for the Orioles.

Marlins 5, Braves 2

Peter O’Brien had an RBI single and a grand slam to account for all five of Miami’s runs in a win over visiting Atlanta in Jupiter, Fla. Sandy Alcantara struck out five while allowing two hits and two walks in 4 1/3 scoreless innings for the Braves.

Nationals 6, Astros 4

Brothers Spencer and Carter Kieboom each hit RBI doubles to help visiting Washington to a 6-0 lead, and Houston’s late rally wasn’t enough in West Palm Beach, Fla. Abraham Toro had an RBI double in the seventh and RBI single in the ninth to help the Astros close the gap.

Blue Jays 10, Twins 1

Bo Bichette cracked two home runs and a double, and Cavan Biggio also homered as visiting Toronto cruised past Minnesota in Fort Myers, Fla. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi allowed five runs on four hits in just two-thirds of an inning.

Mets 9, Cardinals 1

Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil and Travis d’Arnaud all went deep as New York coasted to a victory over visiting St. Louis in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Dylan Carlson homered for the Cardinals.

Padres 11, Royals 6

Aderlin Rodriguez had a grand slam and an RBI double, and Jose Pirela homered twice as visiting San Diego scored 11 unanswered runs to beat Kansas City in Surprise, Ariz. Whit Merrifield, Cam Gallagher and Adalberto Mondesi each homered to help the Royals take a 6-0 lead after two innings.

Brewers 7, Cubs 5

Ben Gamel and Tyler Saladino hit back-to-back homers in the sixth inning to help Milwaukee come from five runs down to beat visiting Chicago in Phoenix. Orlando Arcia hit a three-run shot to jumpstart the rally, after Cristhian Adames’ three-run triple put the Cubs up 5-0.

Rangers 7, Giants (ss) 6

Hunter Pence hit a solo homer against his former team, and visiting Texas overcame four errors to beat San Francisco in Scottsdale, Ariz. Mike Gerber hit a two-run triple with two outs in the ninth inning to get within one run, but Henry Ramos struck out to end the game.

Athletics 5 (ss), Giants (ss) 4

Chad Pinder, Marcus Semien and Mark Canha each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Canha’s walk-off single lifted Oakland over visiting San Francisco. Aramis Garcia had an RBI single and a home run for the Giants.

Athletics (ss) 7, White Sox 6

Josh Phegley had a homer and an RBI double in Oakland’s victory over Chicago in Phoenix. Jose Abreu went 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs, while Yoan Moncada homered for the White Sox.

Indians 16, Mariners (ss) 2

Oscar Mercado went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and an RBI double as visiting Cleveland pummeled Seattle in Peoria, Ariz. Ryon Healy and Jay Bruce each hit solo homers for the Mariners.

Diamondbacks (ss) 3, Reds 2

Caleb Joseph’s three-run shot in the fourth inning accounted for visiting Arizona’s only scoring in a victory over Cincinnati in Goodyear, Ariz. Kyle Wren knocked in an RBI double for the Reds.

Dodgers 3, Rockies (ss) 1

Justin Turner had an RBI double and Max Muncy hit a two-run double to carry visiting Los Angeles over Colorado in Scottsdale, Ariz. Mark Reynolds’ solo shot accounted for the Rockies’ only run.

Mariners (ss) 9, Angels 9

Jared Walsh’s two-run double capped a six-run, ninth-inning rally as Los Angeles overcame a seven-run deficit to tie Seattle in Tempe, Ariz. Joe DeCarlo’s three-run double began a five-run eighth inning by the Mariners that had given them a 9-2 lead.

Diamondbacks (ss) 5, Rockies 2

Eduardo Escobar had a pair of RBI doubles, and Kevin Cron and Ildemaro Vargas each homered to help Arizona beat visiting Colorado in Monterrey, Mexico. The Rockies had just three hits, scoring on Pat Valaika’s sacrifice fly and a throwing error by Cron.

Yankees (ss) 2, Tigers 2

Miguel Cabrera hit a solo homer, and Hector Sanchez tied the game with an RBI walk in the eighth inning as Detroit tied New York in Lakeland, Fla. Brandon Wagner homered for the Yankees.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NCAA Basketball: Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship Bradley vs UNI
Mar 10, 2019; St. Louis, MO, United States; Bradley Braves forward Elijah Childs (10) defends against Northern Iowa Panthers center Justin Dahl (15) during the first half in the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament Championship game at Enterprise Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

March 10, 2019

Gardner-Webb earned its first-ever berth in the NCAA Tournament with a 76-65 win over host Radford on Sunday in the Big South Tournament.

DJ Laster led the Runnin’ Bulldogs (23-11) with 32 points on 14-of-17 shooting. Senior guard David Efianayi added 15 points, keyed by making all eight of his free throw attempts. Gardner-Webb shot 52.1 percent on the day.

The No. 4 seed entering the tournament, Gardner-Webb knocked off No. 1 Campbell in the semifinals before beating No. 2 Radford (22-11). Gardner-Webb becomes the fifth different school to represent the conference in the tournament in the past five years.

Bradley 57, Northern Iowa 54

In St. Louis, Elijah Childs scored 16 points and Bradley fought back from a 16-point deficit with 14:29 left to defeat Northern Iowa and win the Missouri Valley Conference’s bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Northern Iowa jumped to a 14-2 lead and was up 27-15 at the half. A quick 8-2 run to start the second half gave the Panthers an 18-point edge with 17:07 to play.

The Braves then went on a 12-0 run, fueled by eight points from Luqman Lundy, to make the score 38-34 with 10:40 to play. After Northern Iowa got the lead back to seven with 6:28 to play, Bradley went on an 8-0 run to take over the game.

Seven free throws by Dwayne Lautier-Ogunleye in the final two minutes sealed the win for Bradley.

The teams defeated the top seeds in the tournament Friday in a pair of two-point wins. No. 4 Bradley (20-14) topped No. 1 Loyola-Chicago, last season’s NCAA Tournament darling, and No. 6 Northern Iowa (16-18) beat No. 2 Drake.

–Field Level Media

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Neetu Chandak | Education and Politics Reporter

St. Louis became part of America 215 years ago on March 10, 1804, finalizing the 1803 Louisiana Purchase.

The city was part of three countries in just a weekend’s length of time, however.

It was part of Spain before St. Louis was given to the French on March 9, 1804. It became an American city the next day. The rapid exchange between the three countries is also known as “Three Flags Days,” Atlas Obscura reported.

America was trying to get the commercially successful port of New Orleans, but France was willing to sell the entire Louisiana Territory, according to Monticello.

France was willing to give up the land because they were engulfed in other foreign relation issues and could not afford to send more troops to the territory. Former French President Napoleon Bonaparte’s minister of finance, François de Barbé-Marbois, also doubted Louisiana’s worth and convinced Bonaparte into selling it to the U.S., according to Monticello.

Pictured is an illustration of the Louisiana Purchase. SHUTTERSTOCK/ Jose Gil

Pictured is an illustration of the Louisiana Purchase. SHUTTERSTOCK/ Jose Gil

The deal was signed in 1803 with the exchange of territory over months. The U.S. paid $15 million, though the final cost was more than $27 million after interest payments, Britannica reported. (RELATED: Kansas Prof Removed From Teaching Class After Reportedly Telling Student To ‘Learn English’)

New Orleans was transferred to America from France in December 1803, however, the upper part of the territory had yet to be given, according to Obscura. St. Louis was still owned by Spain. Two treaties needed to go into effect in order for America to obtain St. Louis, which is how the city went through three different countries in a matter of days.

The Louisiana Purchase occurred under former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson’s administration and doubled the size of the country.

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NHL: Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins
Mar 9, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Referee Rob Martell (26) points at Boston Bruins center David Krejci (46) after he scored the winning goal in the final minute as he waits to celebrate with center Danton Heinen (43) and defenseman Charlie McAvoy (73) during the third period of Boston’s 3-2 win over the Ottawa Senators at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

March 10, 2019

David Krejci tipped in the go-ahead goal with 45 seconds left in regulation, and the Boston Bruins beat the visiting Ottawa Senators 3-2 on Saturday night to extend their point streak to 19 games.

Two nights after Boston scored twice in the final minute to beat Florida 4-3, Krejci put home a shot from Danton Heinen to break a 2-2 tie.

The Bruins are 15-0-4 since losing in regulation to the New York Rangers on Jan. 19 — the team’s longest such run since a club-record 23-game point streak (15-0-8) from 1940-41.

Boston also swept a six-game homestand by winning its 10th in a row at TD Garden and eighth straight overall against the Senators, who are 1-9-1 in their last 11 contests.

Coyotes 4, Kings 2

Christian Dvorak and Michael Grabner scored two goals each to help the Arizona inch closer to a playoff spot with a win against visiting Los Angeles.

They were the first goals for both forwards since returning from long-term injuries.

Clayton Keller had two assists and Darcy Kuemper made 34 saves for the Coyotes (34-29-5), who moved within a point of the Minnesota Wild for the second wild card from the Western Conference.

Knights 6, Canucks 2

Alex Tuch had a goal and two assists, and Mark Stone, Paul Stastny and Tomas Nosek each had a goal and an assist as visiting Vegas scored a franchise-record five goals in the first period en route to the victory over Vancouver.

Cody Eakin and Nate Schmidt also scored goals, and Colin Miller added two assists for Vegas, which moved within eight points of second-place Calgary in the Pacific Division.

The Golden Knights will try to match their season-high seven-game win streak on Sunday night when they play the Flames on the back end of a back-to-back in Calgary.

Flyers 5, Islanders 2

James van Riemsdyk collected a goal and an assist, and five different Philadelphia skaters scored to thump New York.

Goalie Brian Elliott stopped 25 shots for the Flyers, who are on a 5-1-1 run and five points out of a playoff spot.

Philadelphia surrendered the game’s first goal, but took over with five consecutive goals en route to their second win over the Islanders in less than a week.

Hurricanes 5, Predators 3

Nino Niederreiter bounced back from an ugly performance by scoring two goals, leading Carolina to a victory against host Nashville.

Justin Williams, Jordan Martinook and Sebastian Aho also scored for Carolina, and goaltender Petr Mrazek made 31 saves to improve to 6-1-0 in his past seven starts.

Craig Smith, Brian Boyle and Mikael Granlund scored for Nashville, which missed an opportunity to move past idle Winnipeg into first place in the Central Division. Predators goalie Juuse Saros stopped 27 of 31 shots.

Blackhawks 2, Stars 1

Alex DeBrincat scored the deciding goal late in the first period, and Corey Crawford made 26 saves as visiting Chicago outlasted Dallas in a key Western Conference dustup.

The Blackhawks captured consecutive wins for the first time since Feb. 18 and 20. They are 3-4-0 in their past seven games and climbed to within seven points of Minnesota with 14 games remaining in the regular season.

Anton Khudobin turned away 37 of the 39 shots he faced as Dallas had a four-game win streak snapped and settled for a 2-1 homestand. The Stars play their next two games on the road, beginning Tuesday in Buffalo.

Blue Jackets 4, Penguins 1

Cam Atkinson scored twice, including a short-handed goal in the second period that held up as the decider, as Columbus finally solved visiting Pittsburgh to enhance its chances of making the playoffs.

Pittsburgh had won nine straight games against Columbus.

Boone Jenner and Oliver Bjorkstrand also scored for the Blue Jackets, who had lost three of their previous four games. Goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who somewhat curiously was a healthy scratch Thursday at Pittsburgh, made 28 saves.

Rangers 4, Devils 2

Vladislav Namestnikov scored the tiebreaking goal with 6:35 remaining in the third period and collected two assists as New York rallied from an early two-goal deficit and snapped a season-high six-game losing streak with a victory over visiting New Jersey.

The Rangers beat the Devils for the third time in as many meetings and rallied from a 2-0 deficit for the second time, thanks to Namestnikov, who was moved up to the first line.

New York went ahead after Namestnikov helped keep possession of the puck by prying it away from New Jersey goaltender Cory Schneider, who tried to smother the puck after the Rangers moved it out of the right corner.

Lightning 3, Red Wings 2

Nikita Kucherov scored two goals, and Tampa Bay defeated visiting Detroit for the 14th consecutive time.

Kucherov now has an NHL-high 110 points, which is also a franchise record.

Louis Domingue made 22 saves while Ryan McDonagh had the other goal for Tampa Bay, which bounced back after being shut out by Minnesota in its previous outing.

Maple Leafs 3, Oilers 2

John Tavares had a goal and two assists and visiting Toronto held on to defeat Edmonton.

Morgan Rielly and Jake Muzzin also scored for the Maple Leafs, who ended the Oilers’ four-game winning streak. Toronto won both meetings between the teams this season, after a 6-2 home win on Feb. 27.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Oscar Klefbom scored for Edmonton late in the third period with the goaltender removed for an extra attacker. Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl each had two assists.

Sharks 3, Blues 2 (OT)

Kevin Labanc scored 3:21 into overtime as host San Jose moved into first place in the Pacific Division with a victory over St. Louis Blues.

St. Louis goaltender Jake Allen kept the contest tied at 2 by using his blocker to deny Marcus Sorensen’s bid on a breakaway with three minutes remaining in the third period. Allen also turned away Gustav Nyquist’s shot from the slot early in overtime before Labanc converted a give-and-go with Logan Couture for his fourth career overtime goal.

Timo Meier scored twice to extend his goal-scoring streak to four consecutive contests for the Sharks (41-19-8, 90 points), who completed a sweep of their four-game homestand and moved past idle Calgary atop the Pacific.

Avalanche 3, Sabres 0

Philipp Grubauer had 18 saves for his second shutout of the season, Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and two assists, and Colorado beat slumping Buffalo.

Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Bourque also scored for the Avalanche (30-27-12, 72 points), who moved within two points of idle Minnesota for the second wild card in the Western Conference.

Carter Hutton had 40 saves for Buffalo. The Sabres (30-29-9, 69) have lost four straight and are 2-8-2 in their last 12 games.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at Philadelphia Phillies
Mar 9, 2019; Clearwater, FL, USA;Philadelphia Phillies designated hitter Bryce Harper (3) walks up to bat during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at Spectrum Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

March 9, 2019

Bryce Harper walked twice in two at-bats of his Philadelphia Phillies debut, but the Toronto Blue Jays walked away with an 8-7 victory at Clearwater, Fla.

In the game as the designated hitter, Harper took a pair of five-pitch free passes. After his first-inning walk, Rhys Hoskins hit a two-run home run. Harper, who signed a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Phillies, is next expected to play Monday.

“It was just fun to be out there with the guys and be in front of the fan base,” Harper said afterward. “I got some dirt under my cleats and got in the batter’s box again to compete. That’s something I love to do and that’s what it is all about.”

The Blue Jays moved out front in the top of the ninth inning on an RBI double from Andy Burns.

Astros 9, Cardinals 3

Nick Tanielu and Jack Mayfield hit home runs as Houston used a seven-run sixth inning to earn the victory at Jupiter, Fla. Tommy Edman hit a home run for St. Louis, while starter Adam Wainwright threw four scoreless innings.

Braves 6, Tigers 4

Sean Kazmar Jr., Cristian Pache and Jefrey Ramos all hit home runs as Atlanta won at Lakeland, Fla. Christin Stewart drove in two runs for Detroit.

Orioles (ss) 17, Rays 15

Austin Hays hit a home run, his third of the spring, on a day when Baltimore went deep four times to win a slugfest at Port Charlotte, Fla. Tampa Bay went deep three times, including Brandon Lowe’s second of the spring.

Twins 10, Pirates 1

Adam Rosales hit a home run, his third of the spring, as Minnesota hit five homers during a victory at Bradenton, Fla. Corey Dickerson had two of Pittsburgh’s four hits.

Mets 10, Red Sox 2

Pete Alonso hit a home run, his third of the spring, and starter Zack Wheeler threw four scoreless innings as New York won at Fort Myers, Fla. Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez gave up one run over four innings.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

Former Rep. Tom Coleman (R-Mo.) | Contributor

Recently, I have found myself having to explain to people I meet for the first time why I decided to pursue a public service career as a Republican. Often I anticipate their curiosity with a self-effacing introductory comment like “I’ve been out of Congress for 25 years, so you can’t blame me for what’s going on!” The questioning has reminded me how and why I made this major decision and how times and parties have changed.

It’s a truism recognized from generation to generation: young people are generally more idealistic than their elders who have lived long enough to experience cynicism. That was certainly true during my formative years. I saw public service as a higher calling. John F. Kennedy was a young charismatic president who attracted many young Americans to public service — and some of us even turned out to be Republicans!

During my years in graduate school at NYU and law school at Washington University in St. Louis, I kept close tabs on politics in my home state of Missouri. Always an avid newspaper reader, my hometown newspaper, the Kansas City Star covered political comings and goings in depth as did the two St. Louis dailies. From the Star pages I read lengthy features on Kansas City’s organized crime families, union corruption and their close association and political alliances with the state and local Democratic Party. I decided then that I would look to the only alternative available in which to pursue a political career, and that was with the GOP.

The Democratic coalition at that time was made up of white lower and middle class families (like mine), conservative small businessmen, farmers as well as many minority groups. It gave the party of FDR and local hero Harry Truman a secure lock on local and state politics. So, it was by default that the Missouri Republican Party became THE reform party in the state. With no successes state wide in 40 years, the party was an obvious choice for young people to join who didn’t want to play ball with the special interests or the vestiges of the Pendergast political machine.

Republican success came to Missouri in 1968 with John Danforth’s election as attorney general. Jack’s successful campaign marks the beginning of the modern Republican Party in Missouri.

Nationally, the party was being torn apart by the moderate-conservative split personified by Sen. Barry Goldwater’s candidacy for president and Nelson Rockefeller’s moderate to liberal governing philosophy as governor of New York. These differences were on the path to being settled with the election of Richard Nixon in 1968 and fully put to rest with the Reagan presidency. Most Republicans were mainstream conservatives or center-right moderates. 

During my 25-year political career, the national Republican Party advocated for a strong national defense against communism and its nation-state followers; it was pro-business, pro-trade, anti-protectionist.

Republicans were for limited government and maximum opportunities. Republicans were generally better educated. They believed in controlling government spending and supported balancing the federal budget. We believed Lincoln’s adage: “the government should do for the people, what the people cannot do for themselves.” Republicans appointed to be federal judges including those taking a seat on the Supreme Court were known as strict constructionists, interpreting the Constitution in a more restrictive fashion based upon the actual words contained in it. 

Today, the political party that still calls itself the Republican Party, through its actions and rhetoric, opposes every single one of these tenets. That has forced me to become a political independent.

The Democratic Party has also undergone a realignment of its views and followers.

In many ways the two parties have changed places in their philosophy and have, therefore, attracted a different type of membership. Democrats used to be seen as the party of lunch pail, union, working class families who got a factory job or performed manual labor immediately after leaving high school.

Exit polling results from the 2018 congressional election reflect a different make-up. Democrats today often have a higher education with a large majority of women identifying themselves as voting Democratic, while Republicans show a higher proportion of non-college men have moved to the GOP. In many states there is a split among urban Democrats and rural Republicans just as there is between the liberal East and West Coasts and the conservative Midwest and the South.

In the past, I considered it an unfair accusation that Republicans were considered the wealthy class and made up the majority of the “country club set.” Now the GOP has its share of low-income voters while many in the Democratic Party are now among the more affluent. These are, of course, wide generalizations with many exceptions and caveats to them. 

As Gerald F. Seib recently noted, “The odd constituency out in the realigned world may be the business community, which now finds neither party particularly in sync with its free-market view of the world.” If he is correct, then business leaders must be prepared to look beyond their traditional corporate self-interests and begin to address the systemic problems facing our democracy. 

Tom Coleman represented Missouri as a Republican in the United States House from 1976-1993. He has taught as an adjunct professor at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and at American University in Washington, D.C.


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FILE PHOTO: MLB: Spring Training-Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners
FILE PHOTO: Feb 22, 2019; Peoria, AZ, USA; Oakland Athletics shortstop Chad Pinder (18) flips his bat after drawing a walk in the second inning against the Seattle Mariners during the second inning at Peoria Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

March 9, 2019

Greg Deichmann hit a two-run home run to cap a four-run bottom of the eighth inning as the Oakland Athletics rallied for a 6-5 victory over the San Diego Padres on Friday at Mesa, Ariz.

Chad Pinder delivered a run-scoring double and Austin Beck plated another run on an infield single before Deichmann swatted a 2-0 pitch from Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo over the wall in right field.

Hunter Renfroe went 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Padres. Renfroe’s two-run double in the fifth gave San Diego a 5-0 lead before Oakland began its comeback with Josh Phegley’s two-run blast in the seventh.

Rockies 11, Rangers 10

Peter Mooney recorded the tying double in the bottom of the ninth and Colton Welker stroked the winning two-out single as Colorado rallied to beat Texas at Scottsdale, Ariz. Elvis Andrus hit a grand slam to help the Rangers build a 7-0 lead.

White Sox 15, Angels 8

Yonder Alonso went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs and Jon Jay went 3-for-4 with two RBIs as Chicago defeated Los Angeles at Tempe, Ariz. Albert Pujols had a run-scoring single for his second RBI of the spring for the Angels.

Marlins 10, Mets 3

Neil Walker went 3-for-3 with two homers and four RBIs as Miami rolled past host New York at Port St. Lucie, Fla. The Mets’ Robinson Cano hit his first homer of the spring while reaching base three times on two hits and a walk.

Brewers 6, Diamondbacks 3

Travis Shaw homered twice and drove in three runs as Milwaukee knocked off Arizona at Phoenix, Ariz. Andy Young and Wyatt Mathisen both went deep for the Diamondbacks.

Cardinals 3, Nationals 2

Matt Wieters had two hits and one RBI as St. Louis edged visiting Washington at Jupiter, Fla. Matt Adams and Jake Noll homered for the Nationals.

Blue Jays (ss) 5, Pirates (ss) 2

Right-hander Marcus Stroman gave up one hit over four shutout innings as the Blue Jays downed Pittsburgh at Dunedin, Fla. Freddy Galvis and Brandon Drury homered for Toronto, while Oneil Cruz went deep for the Pirates.

Royals 8, Reds 3

Alex Gordon and Khalil Lee had two RBIs apiece as host Kansas City cruised past Cincinnati at Surprise, Ariz. Jose Peraza smacked a two-run homer for the Reds.

Blue Jays (ss) 11, Pirates (ss) 0

Anthony Alford homered twice and Bo Bichette, Jonathan Davis and Billy McKinney each added solo shots as Toronto routed host Pittsburgh at Bradenton, Fla. The Pirates had three hits, all singles.

Orioles 4, Red Sox 2

Renato Nunez homered and Hanser Alberto lined the go-ahead double in the sixth inning as host Baltimore defeated Boston at Sarasota, Fla. The Red Sox had just two hits.

Rays 5, Twins 5

Ji-Man Choi, Willy Adames and Jake Smolinski each homered as Tampa Bay and host Minnesota played to a draw at Fort Myers, Fla. Tyler Austin went 3-for-3 for the Twins.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

NHL: Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins
Mar 7, 2019; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) follows the puck in the corner during the first period against the Florida Panthers at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

March 8, 2019

Minnesota goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 25 saves and Jason Zucker scored a hat trick as the visiting Wild cooled off Tampa Bay in a 3-0 win on Thursday, breaking the Lightning’s eight-game home winning streak.

Dubnyk recorded his second shutout this season and the 31st of his career and improved to 6-0-1 in his last seven starts for the Wild. The Lightning’s Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 27 shots and saw his 10-game winning streak end.

Zucker recorded the hat trick when he tallied his 20th of the season into an empty net with 1:46 left in regulation, giving him eight points in his past seven games.

Eric Staal’s assist on the last goal pushed his season-high point streak to eight games. Ryan Donato notched a pair of assists for Minnesota, which is 6-0-2 in its past eight games.

Bruins 4, Panthers 3

Patrice Bergeron produced two goals — including the go-ahead score with 6.7 seconds left — as host Boston rallied to score twice in the final minute and stun Florida.

Boston won its fifth game in a row and extended its points streak to 18 games (14-0-4). Florida has lost six consecutive games, although four of those defeats went past regulation.

Boston’s Matt Grzelcyk scored a power-play goal with 37 seconds left to tie the score 3-3. David Krejci produced Boston’s other goal. Florida’s Jonathan Huberdeau had two goals and an assist, and Aleksander Barkov also scored.

Coyotes 2, Flames 0

Jakob Chychrun collected a goal and an assist, and Darcy Kuemper stopped 30 shots for his third shutout of the season as Arizona beat Calgary in Glendale, Ariz.

The Coyotes have won seven of eight games and sit three points off the pace set by the Minnesota Wild for the second Western Conference wild-card spot.

The Western Conference-Leading Flames have dropped four consecutive games, all in regulation, and have scored only five goals total in those defeats. Mike Smith made 23 saves for Calgary, which plays eight of its next 10 games at home.

Stars 4, Avalanche 0

Alexander Radulov recorded his first NHL hat trick, and Ben Bishop was perfect for the second straight game as Dallas rolled to a win over visiting Colorado.

The Stars earned their fourth win in a row and improved to 6-2-0 in their past eight games. The Avalanche lost their fourth straight.

Bishop turned away 31 shots and recorded his fifth shutout of the season and the 29th of his 10-year NHL career. He made 28 saves on Tuesday in a 1-0 win over the New York Rangers. Jamie Benn had a goal and an assist for Dallas.

Islanders 4, Senators 2

Anthony Beauvillier scored the tiebreaking goal late in the third period, and New York moved back into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with a win at Ottawa.

Valtteri Filppula scored twice in the first period and Casey Cizikas added an empty-netter in the final minute of the third for the Islanders, who have the exact same record (39-21-7) as the Washington Capitals. Thomas Greiss made 35 saves for the win.

Brady Tkachuk and Oscar Lindberg scored for the league-worst Senators. Anders Nilsson made 27 saves as Ottawa fell to 1-2-1 under interim head coach Marc Crawford.

Oilers 3, Canucks 2

Zack Kassian scored in his career-high fourth straight contest as host Edmonton skated to a victory over Vancouver.

Alex Chiasson and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins also tallied, and Mikko Koskinen made 35 saves for the Oilers, who posted their season-high-tying fourth consecutive victory. Connor McDavid set up a pair of goals to give him at least a point in each of the past seven contests in which he has played. Linemate Leon Draisaitl picked up an assist to boost his point streak to a career-high 12 games.

Alex Edler and Jay Beagle scored, and Brock Boeser notched a pair of assists for the Canucks, who fell for the 12th time in 16 contests overall (4-9-3).

Sharks 5, Canadiens 2

Marcus Sorensen and Kevin Labanc each had two points to lead San Jose past visiting Montreal.

Labanc had two assists while Sorensen had an assist and also scored his 15th goal of the season. Four of Sorensen’s goals have come in his past three games. Joe Thornton, Gustav Nyquist and Tomas Hertl also found the net for the Sharks, who got 37 saves from Martin Jones.

Antti Niemi stopped 20 of 24 shots in a rare start for the Canadiens. Montreal’s Artturi Lehkonen and Andrew Shaw scored.

Blues 4, Kings 0

Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan O’Reilly bookended the second period with goals, and St. Louis strengthened its playoff chances with a victory at Los Angeles.

Tyler Bozak also scored a second-period goal for the Blues, while Ivan Barbashev added an insurance goal in the third period. Jake Allen made 28 saves, including a dazzling snag with his blocker hand to protect a gaping side of the net in the third period, for his third shutout of the season.

The Kings dropped their second consecutive game and were defeated for the 12th time in their past 13 games.

Penguins 3, Blue Jackets 0

Matt Murray stopped all 25 shots he faced as Pittsburgh beat visiting Columbus. It was Murray’s fourth shutout this season and 10th of his career. He is 5-0-2 in his past seven starts.

Phil Kessel, Nick Bjugstad and Sidney Crosby scored for Pittsburgh, which won its third straight game. The Penguins have won eight in a row against the Blue Jackets and are 9-0-1 in the teams’ past 10 meetings.

Joonas Korpisalo made 28 saves for the Blue Jackets, who have lost four of six.

Blackhawks 5, Sabres 4 (SO)

Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Alex DeBrincat each scored during the shootout round, and Chicago posted a win over visiting Buffalo.

Artem Anisimov scored a pair of regulation-time goals for the Blackhawks, who snapped a two-game skid. Chicago’s Duncan Keith and Brendan Perlini also scored.

Zach Bogosian had a goal and an assist to lead Buffalo, which remains winless over the past three games. Brandon Montour, Vladimir Sobotka and Kyle Okposo also scored in regulation, and Jack Eichel notched the Sabres’ lone shootout goal.

Red Wings 3, Rangers 2 (SO)

Andreas Athanasiou had a goal and an assist in regulation, then scored the only goal in the shootout as Detroit snapped an eight-game losing streak with a win over visiting New York.

Tyler Bertuzzi had the other goal for Detroit, which won for the first time since Feb. 14. Jimmy Howard made 32 saves in regulation and another during the shootout. Two other shootout chances by the Rangers missed the target.

Pavel Buchnevich scored both goals for the Rangers, who have dropped six straight, including five by a one-goal margin. It’s their longest slide this season. Henrik Lundqvist stopped 43 shots.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

Workers produce some of the specialized valves at Emerson Electric Co.’s factory in Marshalltown Iowa
Workers produce some of the specialized valves at Emerson Electric Co.’s factory in Marshalltown, Iowa, U.S., July 26, 2018. Picture taken on July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Timothy Aeppel

March 8, 2019

By Timothy Aeppel

Ferguson, Mo. (Reuters) – In 2009, the chief executive of Emerson Electric Co. bluntly told investors at a Chicago conference what many of his counterparts at other manufacturing firms would only say privately.

“I’m not going to hire anybody in the United States. I’m moving,” David Farr said as he blasted U.S. taxes and regulations and called it an easy decision to expand in India and China.

Farr’s flash of candor was emblematic of an era of free trade, globalization and offshoring of U.S. jobs – one that has now come under attack in the trade wars launched by U.S. President Donald Trump.

A decade later, Farr has made a stunning reversal: Emerson now plans to build at least three new U.S. plants and is already expanding existing domestic operations. Farr saw a new era of U.S. protectionism coming before Trump’s election – and started planning accordingly, he said in an interview with Reuters at the company’s sprawling headquarters near St. Louis, Missouri.

“For the first time now, I’m looking for best-cost U.S. locations” to build factories, he said.

Trump’s election, Farr said, accelerated a political shift against free trade policy that is now transforming many U.S. firms’ domestic investment strategy. Protectionist policies — especially toward China — are now a rare point on which many Democrats and Trump agree, relegating formerly bold Republican free traders to the sidelines.

Emerson has committed $250 million for new U.S. facilities through 2021, part of a larger domestic investment in existing operations, including a new headquarters and a factory renovation at its Wisconsin garbage-disposal business. Emerson spent $407 million on U.S. capital projects last year, a 38 percent jump from the year before, and plans to spend $425 million this year.

Those investments have added 2,500 employees, Farr said. Emerson declined to say how many jobs the new factories would create.

Emerson, a diversified manufacturer with $17.4 billion in sales last year, provides dozens of industries with thousands of products, from tools and large industrial valves to refrigeration, lighting and climate control systems. Its best-known consumer brand may be the InSinkErator garbage disposal.

Farr’s new take on U.S. investment reflects a broader questioning of overseas expansions, especially in China, for both political and operational reasons. A survey of top managers at 500 U.S. companies conducted in December by investment bank UBS AG found that 31 percent have moved or are moving production facilities to avoid tariffs. Fifty-eight percent said they expect tariffs to “have a positive impact on domestic investment.”

It remains unclear, however, whether and how much the trade policy upheaval will benefit U.S. workers. Many firms fleeing China to avoid U.S. tariffs are not moving to the United States, often choosing locations in Southeast Asia. Those that are expanding U.S. operations are trying to maximize automation to minimize labor costs, and some U.S. industries – such as consumers of steel – have said they plan to cut jobs because tariffs have raised their costs.

The renewed domestic focus by Emerson, a major employer of high-skilled workers, nonetheless stands out as a victory for Trump’s protectionism. Emerson has been a poster child for globalization, and its CEO is among the nation’s most influential manufacturing executives. Farr just completed a two-year term as chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers, the sector’s main lobbying organization.

Emerson once had an overwhelming U.S. and European focus. But that changed as it joined the stampede of manufacturers moving to emerging markets. When Farr became CEO in 2000, 8 percent of Emerson’s sales were in Asia. Last year, that hit 22 percent, and Emerson now has 26,000 employees in the region, slightly more than in the U.S. and Canada. Most of the company’s 215 factories sprinkled around the globe are now outside the U.S.

But one of Farr’s first moves after Trump’s election was to assign a task force of top managers to adapt the firm’s investment plans to a less certain trade environment. The group has produced a top-ten list of potential U.S. locations for new plants.

TURNING AGAINST TRADE

Free trade deals once had almost universal support among Republicans and broad support among Democrats. Farr noted that it was Democratic President Barack Obama who negotiated the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton once called the “gold standard” of trade agreements. But Clinton turned against the deal during the campaign as Trump’s attacks on trade deals drew applause across the industrial Midwest.

Trump withdrew the United States from the sweeping Pacific accord immediately after his election, and many Republican free-traders have since gone silent on the issue or adopted variations of the president’s rhetoric.

“You have a growing number in the Republican party aligned with what the President calls ‘America first’ – what others call isolationism,” said Andrew Downs, director of the Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics at Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The tax reform passed by Republicans has also made the U.S. a better place to invest by slashing taxes on businesses, Farr said, saving Emerson $189 million last year. The tax cuts enabled Emerson to grant a 2.9 percent general wage increase worth $42 million and better benefits.

Some decisions remain in flux as trade disputes simmer. Emerson had long planned a new factory in Mexico to serve North America, but broke construction into two phases pending the outcome of a revised U.S. trade agreement with Canada and Mexico that awaits congressional approval. The first phase is underway, but the second will only be built if the trade deal goes forward.

Forces beyond politics are pushing manufacturers like Emerson to reconsider investments in China, including rising labor and logistics costs there; worries about transferring intellectual property to state-run Chinese firms; and emerging technology to automate factories in high-wage countries.

Farr said his meetings with candidate Trump during the campaign convinced him he was serious about overhauling U.S. trade relationships. But Emerson’s renewed commitment to U.S. manufacturing is also part of a larger move by global manufacturers to produce more goods in the regions where they are consumed to save on transportation costs.

Foreign companies are also recalibrating, including Dutch multinational Koninklijke Philips NV, one of the world’s largest electronics companies, which last year relied on the United States for 35 percent of its sales. CEO Frans van Houten told investors on a call in January that he is stepping up efforts — like Emerson — to produce more goods where they sell them, moving away from a model of factories specializing in products that are then shipped globally.

The push is visible in trade data, said Susan Lund, a partner at McKinsey & Company who studies trade flows. In 2007, 28 percent of global production of goods was traded — moving from one country to another. That share has dropped to 22.5 percent.

Emerson’s industrial valve and controls business is one area where Farr plans to move factory capacity to the United States to serve customers there. Emerson produces valves used in everything from fracking to oil refineries and has sprawling research and production facilities in Marshalltown, Iowa, which this fiscal year will receive a $22 million capital investment and three dozen new jobs.

U.S. valve factories produced only about half the goods it sold domestically in 2017. Emerson plans to push that to 90 percent by 2021.

“We’re looking at two new facilities in Texas,” Farr said. “That will mean taking capacity, and jobs – out of Europe and some out of China – and bringing it to Texas.”

(Reporting by Timothy Aeppel; Editing by Joseph White and Brian Thevenot)

Source: OANN

Virginia Kruta | Associate Editor

Police showed up to execute a search warrant at the office of St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, and she showed them the door.

Gardner is currently the subject of a special prosecutor’s investigation into the handling of the case against former Republican Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens — specifically regarding William Tisaby, who was hired by Gardner to investigate Greitens. Tisaby is accused of perjuring himself during that investigation and Gardner is being investigated under the suspicion that she suborned that perjury. (RELATED: Prosecutor Who Brought Down Republican Governor Now Under Grand Jury Investigation)

Eric Greitens Founder and CEO, The Mission Continues speaks at the Robin Hood Veterans Summit at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Eric Greitens Founder and CEO, The Mission Continues speaks at the Robin Hood Veterans Summit at Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on May 7, 2012 in New York City. Craig Barritt/Getty Images

Gardner filed a motion Monday after she refused to comply with the warrant as served, claiming that the warrant was too broad. In a statement released by her office, she also argued that it was a “fishing expedition” and amounted to retaliation against her office for working to “hold the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department accountable.”

The warrant is a thinly-veiled attempt to circumvent the law and the people of St. Louis in retribution for my efforts to hold the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department accountable and reform our criminal justice system. I am asking the Court to protect the information of thousands of St. Louis citizens from this clear fishing expedition. I will not allow shameful overreach to jeopardize the public’s interest and safety.

Judge Michael Mullen, who is presiding over the grand jury investigation into Gardner and signed the search warrant she rebuffed, chastised her in open court Tuesday and accused her office of “playing games” instead of cooperating with the investigation.

Gardner delayed any upcoming court proceedings by demanding that her three outside attorneys, none of whom live locally, be present in the courtroom. Her office further indicated that she was not likely to be present before the grand jury on March 14 — when she was initially scheduled to testify.

St. Louis Police Officers Association business manager — and author of “The War On Police” — Jeff Roorda spoke with The Daily Caller on Thursday, noting that there were a number of aspects of this case that were troubling.

First and foremost, he pointed out the fact that Gardner was out of line in filing the motion before police were allowed to execute the search warrant. “When you’re the defendant, and she is in this case, you don’t get to tell the police that the search warrant is invalid. Defendants don’t get to say whether or not search warrants are valid. If they could, no search warrant would ever be executed.”

Roorda also noted that doing so before the warrant was executed gave her ample time to destroy any evidence they might have found, especially since the warrant pertained specifically to computer records. “That’s why you don’t give defendants a warning before you serve a warrant,” he explained.

Second, he argued that there really is “no such thing as a fishing expedition” when it comes to search warrants. If a search warrant is properly obtained, it has to meet a fairly high level of scrutiny.

“A judge has to sign off on the warrant,” he explained. “And for that to happen, he has to believe there is probable cause that a crime was committed and that evidence pertaining to that crime can be found where the warrant allows police to look.”

As for Gardner’s assertion that the search warrant was “retribution” for her efforts to hold police accountable, Roorda found no shortage of irony in that claim, saying, “It’s fine if she’s holding police accountable, but shouldn’t she be holding herself accountable as well?”

Gardner’s office currently has a list of over two dozen St. Louis Metropolitan Police Officers from whom she will not take cases or allow testimony — however, Roorda informed the Caller that none of the officers on that list have been the subject of court hearings determining that they are not credible witnesses or upstanding police officers. (RELATED: St. Louis Prosecutor Refuses To Take Cases From 28 Police Officers — She Made A List)

Roorda concluded with one simple question: “Why isn’t this a bigger story?” he asked. “An elected official refused to comply with a legally-obtained search warrant, ignored a court order and this isn’t national news?”

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NHL: Calgary Flames at New York Islanders
Feb 26, 2019; Uniondale, NY, USA; Calgary Flames center Mikael Backlund (11) celebrates with Calgary Flames defenseman Mark Giordano (5) in front of New York Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck (15) after scoring a goal during the third period at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

February 27, 2019

Mikael Backlund and Rasmus Andersson scored early in the third period Tuesday night for the Calgary Flames, who remained red hot with a 3-1 win over the New York Islanders in Uniondale, N.Y.

Matthew Tkachuk opened the scoring for the Western Conference-leading Flames, who have won a season-high six straight, including the first two games of an Eastern Conference road trip. Calgary earlier had two winning streaks of five straight games.

Flames goalie Mike Smith made 26 saves.

Josh Bailey scored for the Islanders, who lost for the third time in the past four games — a skid that began with a 4-2 loss at Calgary last Wednesday — to fall into a tie for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Washington Capitals.

Wild 3, Jets 2

Minnesota scored two goals in the last 87 seconds of the game to steal a road victory over Winnipeg.

After Jason Zucker’s power-play goal at 18:33 of the third period tied the score, Joel Eriksson Ek forced in a rebound just 26 seconds later for the winner. Eriksson Ek’s goal stood after both a video review and a coach’s challenge from the Winnipeg bench.

Ryan Donato and Eric Staal each had two assists for the Wild, who extended their winning streak to four games. The Jets got goals from Patrik Laine and Mark Scheifele.

Coyotes 4, Panthers 3 (SO)

Nick Cousins, Alex Galchenyuk and Vinnie Hinostroza scored in a shootout as host Arizona won its fourth straight game, defeating Florida.

Jonathan Huberdeau scored for the Panthers in the shootout, but Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped Panthers captain Aleksander Barkov, and that was the difference in a wild game.

Arizona hit the post three times in the final two frantic minutes of regulation, failing to score each time. Both Kuemper and Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo made spectacular saves in overtime.

Capitals 7, Senators 2

T.J. Oshie scored twice in a four-goal second period as Washington defeated visiting Ottawa.

The Senators dominated the early minutes and scored the game’s first two goals, but it was all Capitals after that. Washington scored twice late in the first period to tie it and added four more in less than eight minutes in the second.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, Brett Connolly, Lars Eller and Tom Wilson each finished with one goal and one assist for the Capitals, who also got a goal from John Carlson. Anthony Duclair and Oscar Lindberg were the scorers for Ottawa.

Flyers 5, Sabres 2

Oskar Lindblom, Jakub Voracek, James van Riemsdyk, Travis Sanheim and Claude Giroux each scored a goal to lead host Philadelphia past Buffalo.

Giroux also added an assist as the Flyers earned their fifth straight win over the Sabres in Philadelphia. Goaltender Brian Elliott made 34 saves as the Flyers won their second in a row.

Jack Eichel and Casey Mittelstadt each scored a goal for the Sabres.

Penguins 5, Blue Jackets 2

Jared McCann scored twice to lead visiting Pittsburgh past Columbus.

Sidney Crosby had a goal and assist, and Jake Guentzel and Evgeni Malkin also scored for the Penguins, who ended a two-game losing streak. They have won seven in a row against the Blue Jackets. Goaltender Matt Murray stopped 21 of 23 Columbus shots.

Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson scored for the Blue Jackets, whose two-game winning streak ended. Sergei Bobrovsky made 22 saves for Columbus.

Hurricanes 6, Kings 1

Dougie Hamilton scored two goals as Carolina won its ninth game in 11 outings by routing Los Angeles at Raleigh, N.C.

Sebastian Aho, Micheal Ferland, Jaccob Slavin and Teuvo Teravainen also scored for the Hurricanes. Teravainen also provided three assists, while Jordan Staal assisted three times and Hamilton had one assist.

Carolina goalie Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots, blanking the Kings until the final eight minutes. Dustin Brown scored for Los Angeles off an assist from Alex Iafallo.

Bruins 4, Sharks 1

Brad Marchand recorded his franchise-record-tying 25th short-handed goal and added two assists as host Boston extended its point streak to 14 games (10-0-4) with a victory over San Jose.

David Krejci collected a goal and an assist for the Bruins, who defeated San Jose for the sixth straight time. Boston’s Charlie McAvoy and Jake DeBrusk scored 37 seconds apart in the second period, and Jaroslav Halak finished with 19 saves to improve to 4-0-2 in his past six starts.

San Jose’s Erik Karlsson exited early in the second period after appearing to aggravate a groin injury that had sidelined him for the Sharks’ 5-3 win over Detroit on Sunday. Karlsson returned midway into the period, but Marchand breezed by him before backhanding the puck past Martin Jones (28 saves) at 12:28 to tie Rick Middleton for the most short-handed goals in franchise history.

Canadiens 8, Red Wings 1

Andrew Shaw notched his first career hat trick, Max Domi had two goals and three assists, and visiting Montreal pounded Detroit.

Jonathan Drouin collected four assists while Tomas Tatar, Brendan Gallagher and Joel Armia also scored for Montreal. Carey Price made 28 saves as the Canadiens defeated Detroit for the third time in three meetings this season.

Anthony Mantha scored for the Red Wings, who have lost six straight. Detroit starting goaltender Jimmy Howard was pulled early from his third start in a row after allowing six goals on 22 shots in the first two periods.

Golden Knights 4, Stars 1

Max Pacioretty scored twice, including the deciding goal with 5:08 to play, and Marc-Andre Fleury recorded 23 saves as Vegas defeated visiting Dallas to snap a three-game losing streak.

Pacioretty’s second goal came as he swept behind the net and lifted the puck off the stick of Dallas goaltender Ben Bishop, then tried to center the puck. Instead, his pass deflected off the Stars’ Tyler Seguin and trickled across the goal line before Bishop could swipe it away.

Vegas earned just its fourth win in the past 14 games (4-9-1), while Dallas fell to 3-6-1 in its past 10 outings. Bishop stopped 44 shots for the Stars, who got a goal from Roope Hintz. Brayden McNabb and Nate Schmidt had goals for the Golden Knights.

Blues 2, Predators 0

Tyler Bozak broke a scoreless tie with 7:25 left in regulation, and rookie Jordan Binnington needed to make just 19 saves for his fifth shutout as St. Louis beat visiting Nashville.

The Blues were finally rewarded for outshooting the Predators 44-19 in the game as Bozak fired a Vladimir Tarasenko pass just as an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on Nashville’s Ryan Johansen ended. Alex Pietrangelo added an empty-netter for the Blues.

Binnington continued his stellar play, improving to 7-0-0 with a 1.55 goals-against average at home as a starter for St. Louis. Juuse Saros was just as tough, making 42 saves for Nashville, which was shut out for the second time in three games.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
Feb 26, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

February 27, 2019

Right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched two perfect innings in his first start of the spring as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the host Washington Nationals 6-1 on Tuesday at West Palm Beach, Fla.

The 37-year-old Wainwright was limited to just eight starts last season due to elbow troubles. He is trying to regain the form that saw him win 19 or more games four times during 13 big league seasons.

“The difference today was that I was focused on command and trusting my stuff, and last year I was focused on surviving,” Wainwright told reporters. “Making a pitch and trying to make it to the next pitch. My focus today was on pitching instead of on health.”

Marlins 3, Astros 0

Right-hander Dan Straily struck out three in two perfect innings as Miami blanked visiting Houston at Jupiter, Fla. Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole pitched a perfect inning in his spring debut.

Tigers 14, Mets (ss) 4

Harold Castro and Pete Kozma each clubbed three-run homers as visiting Detroit routed New York at Port Fort Lucie, Fla. Rajai Davis went deep for the Mets.

Rays (ss) 11, Orioles 5 (8 innings)

Jesus Sanchez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during a 10-run eighth-inning splurge as Tampa Bay rallied to knocked off host Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla. Chris Davis smacked a two-run blast for the Orioles in a game that was stopped due to rain.

Braves 4, Mets (ss) 3

William Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning as Atlanta defeated visiting New York at Kissimmee, Fla. Sebastian Espino hit an inside-the-park homer for the Mets.

Twins 6, Pirates 5

Ryan Jeffers delivered the go-ahead pinch-hit, two-run single during a four-run fifth-inning uprising as visiting Pittsburgh edged Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla. Patrick Kivlehan homered for the Twins.

Angels 17, Athletics 5

Jose Rosas hit a three-run homer and Peter Bourjos had a solo shot as Los Angeles routed Oakland at Mesa, Ariz. The Angels’ Roberto Baldoquin also knocked in three runs. Oakland reliever Fernando Rodney gave up four runs on four hits, two walks and a wild pitch in one-third of an inning.

White Sox 9, Royals (ss) 7

Tim Anderson drove in runs with a triple and a single, and Yonder Alonso added a two-run homer as Chicago beat Kansas City at Phoenix. MJ Melendez, Hunter Dozier and Taylor Jones hit two-run shots for the Royals, and Jecksson Flores added a solo homer.

Padres 3, Brewers 1

Fernando Tatis Jr. belted a two-run homer and Austin Hedges added a solo shot as San Diego defeated Milwaukee at Phoenix. Zach Davies threw two hitless, scoreless innings for the Brewers.

Giants 4, Reds 3

Jose Lopez struck out three in two scoreless innings, and San Francisco beat Cincinnati at Goodyear, Ariz. Jesus Reyes tossed two shutout innings for the Reds.

Diamondbacks 5, Cubs 4

Wilmer Flores hit a three-run double to lead Arizona to a win over Chicago at Mesa, Ariz. Chicago’s Yu Darvish walked four in 1 1/3 hitless innings, and he was charged with two runs (one earned).

Royals (ss) 8, Dodgers 2

Kansas City exploded for seven runs in the eighth inning, two on a single by Humberto Arteaga, in a victory over Los Angeles at Surprise, Ariz. The Dodgers’ Shane Peterson homered.

Indians 5, Rockies 3

Carlos Santana homered and knocked in three runs as Cleveland topped Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz. The Rockies’ Brian Mundell hit a two-run double.

Rangers 4, Mariners 4

Jake Fraley and Chris Mariscal hit ninth-inning home runs to lift Seattle into a tie with Texas at Peoria, Ariz. The Mariners’ Marco Gonzales struck out five in three scoreless innings.

Phillies-Yankees, canceled

New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka’s spring debut was washed out by rain as the host Yankees and Philadelphia were unable to play at Tampa, Fla.

Red Sox-Blue Jays, canceled

Right-hander Matt Shoemaker was slated to make his first Toronto appearance before rain prevented the contest between the Blue Jays and visiting Boston at Dunedin, Fla.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-St. Louis Cardinals at Washington Nationals
Feb 26, 2019; West Palm Beach, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Adam Wainwright (50) delivers a pitch against the Washington Nationals at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

February 26, 2019

Right-hander Adam Wainwright pitched two perfect innings in his first start of the spring as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the host Washington Nationals 6-1 on Tuesday at West Palm Beach, Fla.

The 37-year-old Wainwright was limited to just eight starts last season due to elbow troubles. He is trying to regain the form that saw him win 19 or more games four times during 13 big league seasons.

“The difference today was that I was focused on command and trusting my stuff, and last year I was focused on surviving,” Wainwright told reporters. “Making a pitch and trying to make it to the next pitch. My focus today was on pitching instead of on health.”

Marlins 3, Astros 0

Right-hander Dan Straily struck out three in two perfect innings as Miami blanked visiting Houston at Jupiter, Fla. Houston right-hander Gerrit Cole pitched a perfect inning in his spring debut.

Tigers 14, Mets (ss) 4

Harold Castro and Pete Kozma each clubbed three-run homers as visiting Detroit routed New York at Port Fort Lucie, Fla. Rajai Davis went deep for the Mets.

Rays (ss) 11, Orioles 5 (8 innings)

Jesus Sanchez hit a go-ahead, three-run homer during a 10-run eighth-inning splurge as Tampa Bay rallied to knocked off host Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla. Chris Davis smacked a two-run blast for the Orioles in a game that was stopped due to rain.

Braves 4, Mets (ss) 3

William Contreras hit a tiebreaking two-run homer in the sixth inning as Atlanta defeated visiting New York at Kissimmee, Fla. Sebastian Espino hit an inside-the-park homer for the Mets.

Twins 6, Pirates 5

Ryan Jeffers delivered the go-ahead pinch-hit, two-run single during a four-run fifth-inning uprising as visiting Pittsburgh edged Minnesota at Fort Myers, Fla. Patrick Kivlehan homered for the Twins.

Phillies-Yankees, canceled

New York right-hander Masahiro Tanaka’s spring debut was washed out by rain as the host Yankees and Philadelphia were unable to play at Tampa, Fla.

Red Sox-Blue Jays, canceled

Right-hander Matt Shoemaker was slated to make his first Toronto appearance before rain prevented the contest between the Blue Jays and visiting Boston at Dunedin, Fla.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

Joshua Gill | Religion Reporter

  • The General Conference of the United Methodist Church voted down two plans of reform Tuesday that would have rescinded restrictions on LGBT ordination and marriage, and showed favor to a traditionalist plan that would strengthen denominational penalties for violating the church’s rules against LGBT practices.
  • Thousands of church leaders on both sides of the issue have threatened to leave the denomination in the event that the conference approves traditionalist or reformist plans respectively. 
  • Should any congregations actually follow through on their threat to leave, their church properties may actually be forfeit to the denomination.

A major schism looms over the United Methodist Church (UMC) as the denomination’s international conference grapples with whether or not to allow homosexual clergy and same-sex marriage.

Members of the denomination’s Legislative Committee rejected two proposed plans of reform Tuesday, the One Church Plan and the Simple Plan, that would have allowed churches to decide their policies on LGBT issues on an individual basis. The committee has advanced a third proposal, the Traditional Plan, which would strengthen denominational penalties for violating the ban on same-sex marriage and gay clergy. (RELATED: US Mennonite Church Splits Over Homosexuality)

More than half of the 864 General Conference delegates voted down the One Church plan. Supporters of the plan lamented that the Legislative Committee did not approve it to be brought up for a vote in Tuesday’s plenary session in St. Louis, but noted that the proposal would still be brought up in a minority report in that session.

Rudolph Merab, a delegate of the Liberia annual conference, denounced the One Church plan and the argument that it would allow the UMC to remain united, saying that it would be better to divide than to sacrifice truth to remain united.

“We keep talking about trying to be united, but, in fact, we continue to talk about being divided. It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error,” Merab said, according to Religion News Service.

The One Church plan would have rescinded restrictions on LGBT clergy and marriage and allowed individual churches and regional conferences to choose whether to allow them or not. The Simple Plan would have removed all references to “the practice of homosexuality” from the denomination’s Book of Discipline.

The Traditional Plan, by contrast, would add language to the denomination’s policies that states “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching” and that “self-avowed practicing homosexuals” are barred from serving, ordination, and marriage in UMC churches.

The United Methodist Church could be on the verge of a split, given that 56 percent of the delegates support the Traditional Plan while 47 percent voiced support for the One Church plan. Should the denomination vote during Tuesday’s last session to uphold the Traditional Plan, those who support the idea of embracing homosexual practices may leave the denomination.

Church leaders on both sides of the debate threatened a denominational split ahead of the UMC General conference. More than 1,000 churches have joined the theologically conservative Wesleyan Covenant Association in pledging to split from the denomination should it rescind restrictions on LGBT ordination and marriage.

Rev. Forbes Matonga, a delegate from Zimbabwe, said that African congregations would leave the denomination if the general conference approved allowances for homosexual marriage and clergy, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Pastor Rob Renfroe, who shares Matonga’s view on homosexuality, said that a split was all but inevitable.

“We’re in a cage match. The loser can’t get up off the mat. The winner is beaten up, bloody, battered,” Renfroe told WSJ.

Even supporters of LGBT ordination and marriage suggested that a split would be best.

Pastor Frank Schaefer, who officiated his gay son’s wedding, said “It’s better for our LGBTQ community if we split.”

Years of theologically liberal clergy flouting the denomination’s rules by performing gay marriages or coming out as homosexual built up the tension between traditionalists and reformists in the UMC. That tension has come to a head, but some say the threats of leaving the denomination are empty, as none of the proposals clarify whether congregations would be allowed to keep their church properties if they left in disagreement over whichever proposal the general conference adopts.

Rev. Irene Elizabeth Stroud (L) walks with her partner, Chris Paige, toward the gymnasium at Camp Innabah on the second day of Stroud's trial in Pughtown, Pennsylvania, December 2, 2004. Stroud, a Methodist minister facing a church trial for being a practicing homosexual said on Wednesday that she believes God created her as a lesbian but she does not expect to keep her job. - Getty

Rev. Irene Elizabeth Stroud (L) walks with her partner, Chris Paige, toward the gymnasium at Camp Innabah on the second day of Stroud’s trial in Pughtown, Pennsylvania, December 2, 2004. Stroud, a Methodist minister facing a church trial for being a practicing homosexual said on Wednesday that she believes God created her as a lesbian but she does not expect to keep her job. – Getty

“All of this comes down to money. If people wanted to leave, they would have left a long time ago, but they would have had to give up their buildings and their pensions,” said pastor and LGBT advocate Mandy McDow.

Others like John Lomperis, the director of United Methodist Action, claim that faith and principles override the more material consequences of a split.

“I cannot be faithful to God while also being part of a church that has made this change,” Lomperis told WSJ. “Are we willing to abandon what scripture teaches to follow the secular Western culture?”

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NHL: Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets
FILE PHOTO – Feb 16, 2019; Winnipeg, Manitoba, CAN; Ottawa Senators forward Mark Stone (61) reacts after a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during the first period at Bell MTS Place. Mandatory Credit: Terrence Lee-USA TODAY Sports

February 26, 2019

The Vegas Golden Knights agreed to a contract extension with Mark Stone on Monday, shortly after they acquired the right winger from the Ottawa Senators.

The contract will be for eight years and worth an average of $9.5 million per season, Bob McKenzie of TSN reported. Stone confirmed with the network that he and the team have agreed to a deal but declined to confirm the terms.

The Senators received highly regarded defensive prospect Erik Brannstrom (the No. 15 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft), forward Oscar Lindberg and a 2020 second-round draft pick that originally belonged to the Dallas Stars.

Stone, 26, has 28 goals and 34 assists (62 points) in 59 games this season. He was set to become an unrestricted free agent following the season.

–The Pittsburgh Penguins made two deals for defensemen, acquiring Erik Gudbranson from the Vancouver Canucks for forward Tanner Pearson, and netting Chris Wideman from the Florida Panthers for forward Jean-Sebastien Dea.

–The Winnipeg Jets acquired forward Kevin Hayes from the New York Rangers for forward Brendan Lemieux and a 2019 first-round draft pick.

The Jets then closed out trade-deadline day with five more moves, bringing back forward Matt Hendricks from the Minnesota Wild for a seventh-round pick in 2020, landing forward Par Lindholm from the Toronto Maple Leafs for forward Nic Petan, getting defenseman Nathan Beaulieu from the Buffalo Sabres for a sixth-round selection in 2019 and acquiring defenseman Bogdan Kiselevich from the Panthers for a seventh-round selection in 2019.

In the Jets’ final move of the day, they acquired forward Alex Broadhurst from the Columbus Blue Jackets for future considerations.

–The Philadelphia Flyers traded veteran forward Wayne Simmonds to the Nashville Predators for forward Ryan Hartman and a conditional fourth-round draft pick in 2020. Simmonds, 30, had 16 goals and 11 assists in 62 games for Philadelphia this season.

–The Predators also traded forward Kevin Fiala to the Wild for veteran winger Mikael Granlund in a swap of former first-round draft picks.

–The Blue Jackets acquired veteran defenseman Adam McQuaid from the Rangers for AHL defenseman Julius Bergman and two 2019 draft picks. New York received fourth- and seventh-round selections.

Columbus also acquired goaltender Keith Kinkaid from the New Jersey Devils in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2022 NHL Draft.

–The St. Louis Blues added defenseman Michael Del Zotto from the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for a sixth-round draft pick.

–Prior to Colorado’s Monday night contest against Florida, the Avalanche acquired forward Derick Brassard and a reported conditional 2020 sixth-round draft pick from the visiting Panthers in exchange for a third-round pick in 2020.

–The Montreal Canadiens acquired center Jordan Weal from the Arizona Coyotes on for center Michael Chaput. Both players turn 27 in April, and both were selected in the third round of the 2010 NHL Draft.

–The Carolina Hurricanes acquired forward Tomas Jurco from Florida and dealt forward Cliff Pu to the Panthers in separate trades Monday. In both transactions, the teams are receiving future considerations in return.

–The Boston Bruins acquired forward Marcus Johansson from the Devils in exchange for a second-round pick in 2019 and a fourth-rounder in 2020.

–The Calgary Flames acquired defenseman Oscar Fantenberg from the Los Angeles Kings for a conditional 2020 fourth-round draft pick.

–The Canucks acquired 19-year-old forward Linus Karlsson from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for 21-year-old forward Jonathan Dahlen.

–The Wild and center Eric Staal agreed to a two-year, $6.5 million deal shortly after the trade deadline. Staal, 34, had been slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the season.

–The Rangers signed forwards Boo Nieves and Steven Fogarty to one-year extensions. Terms were not released, but TSN reported the value of Nieves’ deal at $700,000. Nieves was set to become an unrestricted free agent in July.

–Buffalo right winger Kyle Okposo cleared concussion protocol and played in the Sabres’ Monday road game against the Maple Leafs. Okposo had been sidelined since being punched in the chin by Rangers defenseman Tony DeAngelo on Feb. 15. It was his third diagnosed concussion in three years.

–Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Corey Crawford, who has recovered from a concussion, was activated by the team. Crawford, 34, was sidelined more than two months after his second concussion in less than a year. Chicago removed Crawford from injured reserve and assigned goaltender Collin Delia to Rockford of the AHL.

–Field Level Media

Source: OANN

MLB: Spring Training-Toronto Blue Jays at New York Yankees
Feb 25, 2019; Tampa, FL, USA;New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki (12) celebrates after hitting a home run during the first inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

February 25, 2019

Troy Tulowitzki homered in his first spring at-bat with the New York Yankees, the blast coming against the team that released him as part of a 3-0 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday at Tampa, Fla.

Tulowitzki was let go by Toronto in December and is trying to revive his once-standout career with the Yankees. He delivered a message to the Blue Jays with his shot off right-hander Marcus Stroman as his first-inning swing sent the ball over the wall in the right-field corner.

“No doubt about it, it was definitely extra special,” Tulowitzki told reporters afterward. “It was a team that basically told me I couldn’t play anymore. It is spring training. It is what it is. But it was a big day for myself.”

Braves 9, Nationals 4

Left-hander Patrick Corbin allowed one hit in two innings of his spring debut with Washington but host Atlanta recovered from an early three-run deficit to rout the Nationals at Kissimmee, Fla. Freddie Freeman smacked a two-run homer for the Braves.

Twins 7, Orioles 1

Byron Buxton went 3-for-3 with a homer and five RBIs to lead Minnesota past visiting Baltimore at Fort Myers, Fla. Eric Young Jr. homered for the Orioles.

Phillies 12, Tigers (ss) 7

Maikel Franco had four RBIs and Rhys Hoskins and Shane Robinson drove in two runs apiece as Philadelphia defeated visiting Detroit at Clearwater, Fla. Right-hander Jordan Zimmermann struck out four in two perfect innings for the Tigers.

Pirates 4, Red Sox 3

Lolo Sanchez’s run-scoring single capped a three-run uprising in the bottom of the eighth inning as host Pittsburgh edged Boston at Bradenton, Fla. Bryce Brentz’s solo homer was one of four hits for the Red Sox.

Marlins 5, Rays 2

Austin Dean lined a two-run single to help Miami defeat host Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla. Nathan Lukes and Jake Smolinski drove in runs for the Rays.

Mets 3, Astros 3

Houston’s Justin Verlander and fellow right-hander Noah Syndergaard of visiting New York each tossed two scoreless innings as the teams played to a draw at West Palm Beach, Fla. Nick Tanielu had a three-run triple for the Astros and David Thompson hit a three-run homer for the Mets.

Tigers (ss) 3, Cardinals 3

Tommy Edman singled home the tying run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth as St. Louis scored twice in the frame to tie visiting Detroit at Jupiter, Fla. Miguel Cabrera’s RBI single in the fifth gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead.

–Field Level Media

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St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard speaks at a public lecture in Singapore
St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard speaks at a public lecture in Singapore October 8, 2018. REUTERS/Edgar Su/File Photo

February 22, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank President James Bullard on Friday said he was not expecting another rate cut in 2019, but added that the U.S. Federal Reserve will see how the U.S. economy progresses this year.

“We’ve got inflation well under control here and we don’t need to be preemptive in trying to control inflation going forward,” Bullard said in an interview on Fox Business Network.

(Reporting by Susan Heavey and Tim Ahmann; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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NHL: Minnesota Wild at New York Rangers
Feb 21, 2019; New York, NY, USA; Minnesota Wild left wing Zach Parise (11) scores a goal past New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (30) during the third period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

February 22, 2019

Jamie Benn recorded his second two-goal game of the season, and the Dallas Stars ended the visiting St. Louis Blues’ franchise-record, 11-game winning streak with a 5-2 decision Thursday.

The Blues had not dropped a game since a 4-3 loss at Los Angeles on Jan. 21.

Radek Faksa and Tyler Seguin each added a goal and an assist for the Stars, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Alexander Radulov also scored for Dallas, which got two assists from Esa Lindell. Stars goalie Anton Khudobin made 43 saves to win for the second time in his past seven games.

Ryan O’Reilly had a goal and an assist for St. Louis, which also got a goal from Vladimir Tarasenko. Blues goalie Jordan Binnington made 20 saves but saw his nine-game winning streak end.

Lightning 2, Sabres 1 (SO)

Steven Stamkos and Nikita Kucherov scored in a shootout to lead host Tampa Bay past Buffalo, the Lightning’s eighth straight win.

Kucherov made history in the second period when he buried his 30th goal for his 100th point, making him the first Lightning player with multiple 100-point seasons. The Russian winger is the first NHL player to record 100 points (30 goals, NHL-best 70 assists) in 62 games or fewer since Mario Lemieux accomplished it in 61 games in the 1996-97 season.

Rasmus Dahlin scored a goal for the Sabres, who lost their fourth straight and dropped three of the four meetings in the season series with Tampa Bay.

Sharks 4, Penguins 0

Martin Jones made 26 saves, Tomas Hertl scored twice, and San Jose rode its special teams to a win at Pittsburgh.

Hertl’s goals came on power plays, and Evander Kane scored short-handed. Brent Burns had a power-play goal and two assists. Kevin Labanc also had two assists.

Jones, who picked up his 29th win, earned his 21st career shutout — first against the Penguins — and second this season. San Jose, which was kicking off a four-game road trip, is 8-1-1 in its past 10 games. Casey DeSmith made 29 saves for Pittsburgh, which had won four of its previous five.

Canadiens 5, Flyers 1

Brendan Gallagher scored his first career NHL hat trick to lead Montreal past visiting Philadelphia.

Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Tomas Tatar also scored for Canadiens, who improved to 8-1-2 in their past 11 home games. Carey Price saved 29 of 30 shots for his 25th victory of the season.

Michael Raffl scored 10:23 into the third period for Philadelphia’s lone goal of the game. For the second game in a row, goalie Carter Hart was pulled in the first period after allowing three goals on nine shots.

Wild 4, Rangers 1

Zach Parise scored a goal and added an assist as Minnesota snapped a five-game losing streak with a victory at New York.

Jared Spurgeon, Mikael Granlund and Jordan Greenway also scored for the Wild, and Eric Staal and Ryan Donato each had two assists. The Wild had been shut out in their previous two games and won for just the second time (2-7-3) in 11 games since the All-Star break. Devan Dubnyk made 33 saves.

Pavel Buchnevich scored the lone goal for the Rangers, and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 of 34 shots.

Predators 2, Kings 1

Roman Josi had a goal with an assist to help Nashville move into first place in the Central Division thanks to a home victory over Los Angeles.

Pekka Rinne made several key saves and 28 total for the Predators, who now sit one point ahead of the slumping Winnipeg Jets for the Central lead. Kyle Turris also scored for Nashville, which has won three of four following an 0-2-1 slide.

The Kings, who got a goal from Michael Amadio, matched a season high with their sixth straight defeat.

Devils 4, Senators 0

Cory Schneider made 30 saves to record his 25th career shutout as New Jersey skated to a victory over Ottawa in Newark, N.J.

Miles Wood collected a goal and an assist before exiting late in the second period with an undisclosed injury. Travis Zajac and Steven Santini also scored, and Kurtis Gabriel recorded his first career NHL goal for the Devils, who have won three of their past four.

The NHL-worst Senators took a ninth loss in their past 12 contests.

Hurricanes 4, Panthers 3

Justin Williams scored two goals — including one that hit him in the face — to help Carolina rally for a win at Sunrise, Fla.

Williams, who also had an assist, left the ice bleeding after he scored Carolina’s first goal — off his right cheekbone. He quickly returned with gauze in his nose and then scored Carolina’s fourth goal, giving the Hurricanes a 4-3 lead with 17:45 left in the third.

The Panthers got three straight second-period goals in a span of 4:15, from Evgenii Dadonov, Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau. That gave Florida a 3-2 lead, but Carolina rallied with two third-period goals, from Justin Faulk and Williams. Nino Niederreiter scored Carolina’s other goal.

Capitals 3, Maple Leafs 2

Tom Wilson scored a short-handed goal and added an assist to help Washington prevail at Toronto.

Alex Ovechkin and Brett Connolly also scored one goal each, and Lars Eller added two assists for the Capitals, who are 3-2-0 during their six-game road trip. Washington’s Braden Holtby stopped 40 shots.

Andreas Johnsson and John Tavares scored for the Maple Leafs, who have lost three in a row. Frederik Andersen made 25 saves.

Coyotes 3, Canucks 2 (OT)

Alex Galchenyuk scored 1:54 into overtime to lead visiting Arizona past Vancouver.

Galchenyuk scored on a fake wraparound as he went one way behind the net and backtracked and tucked the puck in. He also had an assist as the Coyotes posted their fifth win in the past seven games. Jakob Chychrun and Lawson Crouse added goals for the Coyotes.

Bo Horvat and Adam Gaudette tallied for the Canucks, and Antoine Roussel assisted on both goals. Vancouver lost for the fourth time in its past five outings.

Oilers 4, Islanders 3 (OT)

Connor McDavid scored the winner to cap a two-point game, and Leon Draisaitl also notched one goal and one assist as host Edmonton snapped a five-game losing skid with an overtime victory against New York.

McDavid converted a backhand shot 82 seconds into the extra frame, a goal set up by Draisaitl. Sam Gagner and Oscar Klefbom also scored, and Oilers goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped 20 shots.

Brock Nelson, Anders Lee and Cal Clutterbuck tallied for New York, which lost for the second night in a row. Robin Lehner made 37 saves.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: A screen displays the headlines that the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates as a trader works at a post on the floor of the NYSE in New York
FILE PHOTO: A screen displays the headlines that the U.S. Federal Reserve raised interest rates as a trader works at a post on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., December 19, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

February 22, 2019

By Howard Schneider and Jonathan Spicer

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Federal Reserve’s promise in January to be “patient” about further interest rate hikes, putting a three-year-old process of policy tightening on hold, calmed markets after weeks of turmoil that wiped out trillions of dollars of household wealth.

But interviews with more than half a dozen policymakers and others close to the process suggest it also marked a more fundamental shift that could define Chairman Jerome Powell’s tenure as the point where the Fed first fully embraced a world of stubbornly weak inflation, perennially slower growth and permanently lower interest rates.

Along with Powell’s public comments, Fed minutes, and other documents, the picture emerges of a central bank edging towards a period of potentially difficult change as it reviews how to do business in light of that new reality. One question, for example, is whether to make crisis-fighting policies a part of the routine toolkit. Another is whether to try to prepare the public to accept higher inflation from time to time.

Policymakers have debated for years how well traditional central banking fits a world transformed by the global financial crisis a decade ago. But it was a brief Oct. 3 remark by Powell that set off the chain of events which helped settle the matter.

“We’re a long way from neutral now, probably,” Powell said at a Washington think-tank event, referring to a level of interest rates that neither cool or boost the economy.

Though Powell was effectively summarizing what the Fed had just concluded at its Sept. 25-26 policy meeting, when it raised rates amid stronger than expected U.S. growth, his characterization touched a nerve.

Investors dumped stocks and bonds, fearing the Fed aimed to drive rates higher than they felt the economy could withstand.

It was the beginning of weeks of volatility that led the Fed to recalibrate its message, with more than one misstep along the way.

In doing so, the central bank went beyond fine-tuning its language or adjusting to changing conditions. Interviews with officials as well as analysis of Fed minutes and policymakers’ public statements suggest the emergence of a long-elusive consensus that interest rates would likely never return to pre-crisis levels, and that once established relationships, such as inflation rising when unemployment fell, no longer worked.

Concern that years of solid economic growth and falling unemployment would inevitably rekindle inflation or threaten financial stability have been a staple of Fed debates, but had largely disappeared by the Fed’s Dec. 18-19 meeting, according to a review of Fed meeting minutes and officials’ public statements.

GRAPHIC – How the Fed’s meeting minutes reflected changing views on interest rates: https://tmsnrt.rs/2TX9fC0

It was a conclusion hiding in plain sight. After a year when the Trump administration pumped around $1.5 trillion of tax cuts and public spending into a full employment economy, the Fed in 2018 would miss its 2 percent inflation target yet again.

“I hate to say we were right,” Dallas Federal Reserve president Robert Kaplan told reporters on Jan. 15 in Dallas. “But we have been warning for quite some time that…the structure of the economy has changed dramatically.”

Technological innovation, globalization, and the Fed’s commitment to its inflation target all held down prices, and “those forces are powerful and they are accelerating,” he said.

His arguments echoed those made by St. Louis Fed president James Bullard and Minneapolis Fed president Neel Kashkari. New Fed vice chairman Richard Clarida and Governor Lael Brainard have flagged similar issues.

Later in January, the Fed’s policy meeting jettisoned mention of any further rate increases and cited “muted inflation” among the reasons, largely aligning the Fed with the prevailing sentiment among investors who saw conditions weakening.

At first, it was investors who appeared to have overreacted to Powell’s “long way from neutral” remark in early October.

Global markets had absorbed nearly two years of quarterly Fed rate increases in stride, but yields on U.S. 10 year Treasury bonds spiked a tenth of a percentage point that day and stocks started a slide that wiped out 10 percent of the S&P 500’s value by late November.

If sustained, It was the type of environment, with asset values falling and borrowing conditions tightening, that could hurt the Main Street economy and not just the investor class.

The initial response from Powell and others at the Fed was that the U.S. economy remained strong, and that it was not the central bank’s job to coddle Wall Street.

“We watch markets very carefully,” Powell said at a mid-November event in Dallas. “But it is one of many, many factors that go into a very large economy.”

But investors were not just reacting to the Fed and the prospect of higher rates. Weakening business and consumer confidence, slowing global growth, and potential disruptions from President Donald Trump’s trade war with China also factored in.

Over the next few weeks the Fed tried to build those concerns into its policy stance, but it became clear the situation was more fragile than they had divined.

In early December a portion of the bond yield curve “inverted,” with short term rates rising above long term ones in what can be seen as a loss of faith in economic growth.

For months, Fed officials had debated whether to discount such developments as the clash and clang of daily trading or to treat them as a significant warning. Some, including Bullard, warned against ignoring what markets seemed to be saying, and both he and Kashkari said the Fed should stop raising rates or risk trouble.

When the Fed met in December, policymakers thought they could square the circle.

Officials proceeded with another quarter-point rate increase, as expected at the time, and released updated projections showing two more rate hikes for 2019 – one less than in September, but still heading higher.

LOST NUANCE

The Fed hoped, though, that between a small change in its policy statement and Powell’s follow-up news conference, things would stay calm, a strategy Fed officials spelled out after the fact in interviews and in minutes of the December meeting.

By replacing the phrase that the Fed “expected” further rate hikes with one saying it “judged” them likely, the central bank tried to show it was now less committed to tighter policy.

But that nuance was lost on markets, and Powell’s assurance at the news conference of a newly “patient” Fed got lost as well when he described the Fed’s monthly rundown of as much as $50 billion in assets as on “automatic pilot.”

To investors, that undermined the intended message, since the regular decline in the Fed’s asset holdings effectively worked to tighten financial conditions.

The S&P 500 fell another 7.5 percent in the days that followed.

Investors felt the Fed was “not fully appreciating” how market turbulence and “softening global data” put the U.S. itself at risk, the Fed’s January minutes concluded in reviewing how the December statement was perceived.

“It was a delicate time,” New York Fed President John Williams told Reuters on Tuesday. The tweak in the December statement “was a pretty subtle message. That’s one of the challenges of trying to communicate a very complicated and complex situation in just one page.”

Over the next few weeks, the Fed eschewed subtlety for a more public acknowledgement that its view of economic reality had changed.

For a Jan. 4 question-and-answer session at the American Economic Association Powell came armed with written notes and a core message that the Fed was “always prepared to shift the stance of policy and to shift it significantly” if conditions weakened.

After the January meeting that message became official. References to the new “patient” approach and “muted inflation,” words cited in minutes of the December meeting, became part of the Fed’s policy statement. A longstanding mention of the need for higher rates was deleted.

The changes drew no dissent, with even those who have worried most about inflation and financial risk falling silent.

It was a significant moment of unanimity at a central bank that has spent the last decade wondering when, rather than whether, inflation or financial risks would re-emerge. Throughout that era some group of officials – including Powell early in his central banking career – has consistently warned that the combination of falling unemployment, cheap money, and trillions of dollars injected by the Fed’s crisis era policies would inevitably cause problems.

As the Fed’s January meeting minutes showed, not all officials have sworn off further rate increases and some noted that a possible turn for the better – a resolution of trade tensions for example – could lead them to raise rates again.

But to veteran Fed watchers, the bar is now higher. The January statement, JP Morgan analyst Michael Feroli wrote recently, showed the Fed “subtly but profoundly evolving” to a new view of the world where a variety of forces have changed the way inflation and interest rates work, and have now changed how the central bank responds.

GRAPHIC – The Fed’s new normal: https://tmsnrt.rs/2VccqWm

(Reporting by Howard Schneider; Additional reporting by Ann Saphir and Jason Lange; Editing by Dan Burns and Tomasz Janowski)

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