It’s Time to Count the Birds Again

The 18th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place February 13-16, 2015 so you can celebrate your love of birds on Valentine’s Day. A joint project of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, the National Audubon Society and Bird Studies Canada, the GBBC is an opportunity for all to discover the wonders of nature we call birds.

Begun in 1998, the GBBC enlists birders of all skill levels in an effort to keep common birds common. It provides a snapshot of midwinter bird abundance and distribution.

Last year, GBBC “citizen scientists” from 135 countries turned in 144,109 checklists reporting a total of 17,748,756 individual birds and 4,296 species — that’s about 43% of all the bird species in the world! In addition to the U.S. and Canada, India, Australia and Mexico led the way with the greatest number of checklists submitted.

In the U.S., California birders submitted the most checklists (9,452), followed by New York (8,450) and Pennsylvania (7,617). Ohio ranked 7th with 5,798 checklists, Michigan ranked 10th (4,334) and West Virginia ranked 37th (898). The species reported on the most checklists were northern cardinals (61,045), dark-eyed juncos (58,077), mourning doves (50,596), blue jays (45,027) and downy woodpeckers (42,215). The most numerous bird reported in the U.S. was the red-winged blackbird with 1,609,037 counted.

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In 2014, North American birdwatchers fell in love with snowy owls when they were reported in unprecedented numbers across southeastern Canada, the Great Lakes states, the Northeast and down the Atlantic Coast. Expect snowy owls to show up in higher numbers during this year’s GBBC, too.

“It’s called an ‘echo flight,’” explains Marshall Iliff, eBird project leader at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology. “After a huge irruption like we had last winter, the following year often yields higher-than-usual numbers as well. The abundance of lemmings that produced last year’s snowy owl irruption likely continued or emerged in new areas of eastern Canada, more owls may have stayed east after last year’s irruption and some of last year’s birds that came south are returning.”

“This may also be a big year for finches,” notes Audubon chief scientist Gary Langham. “GBBC participants in North America should be on the lookout for larger numbers of pine siskins and redpolls. These birds also push farther south when pine cone seed crops fail in the far north of Canada.”

“We especially want to encourage people to share their love of birds and bird watching with someone new this year,” says Dick Cannings at Bird Studies Canada. “Share your passion, and you may fledge a brand new bird watcher!”

Anyone can participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count, from novice bird watchers to experts. Participants count birds for as little as 15 minutes (or as long as they wish) on one or more days of the event and report their sightings online. Counts can be done anywhere from the backyard to a local park, nature center or wildlife refuge. It’s easy, free and fun.

During the count, results are updated hourly on animated maps and colorful graphs for all to view. This feedback allows participants to see almost immediately how their observations fit into the continental perspective. Results from previous GBBCs are also available online.

Pat Leonard, a spokesperson for the lab, says they also receive thousands of digital photos each year from all over the country. To see some of the best recent photos and the winners of the GBBC photo contests, visit

The GBBC website also includes a variety of other useful birding information — vocabulary, birdwatching and bird feeding tips and vocalizations. It’s a valuable resource for all birders, especially students.

The GBBC is a terrific way to contribute to a better understanding of birds. For more information about the GBBC or the Lab of Ornithology, contact the lab at 159 Sapsucker Woods Road, Ithaca, NY 14850, or call 800.843.2473.

~~  Dr. Scott Shalaway - 2222 Fish Ridge Road, Cameron, WV 26033 ~~


DEP or EPA: Who Will Write WV’s Carbon Rules?

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Legislation to shield West Virginia coal from new federal carbon rules could have just the opposite effect, according to environmental watchdogs.

Under an Environmental Protection Agency plan to reduce carbon pollution, states have a lot of flexibility in how they can meet the requirements. But bills moving quickly through the Legislature would limit how the state implements the rules - so much, that analysts say the EPA would almost certainly toss out West Virginia’s plan and impose a new one.

Jim Kotcon, energy committee chair for the Sierra Club’s West Virginia chapter, said that would be a worse move for the state’s economy.

“It is in the state’s best interest to develop a rule that is as flexible as possible and as beneficial for West Virginia residents as possible,“ he said. “I don’t think EPA will do that for us.“

The bills are part of a broad resistance to federal environmental rules many see as hurting the coal industry. However, James Van Nostrand, associate professor and director of the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at West Virginia University’s College of Law, called the legislation short-sighted for ruling out energy conservation.

“You describe it as being ‘pro-coal’ - I think it ought to be also described as being ‘anti-consumer’ because it goes down the highest-cost compliance strategy, instead of the lowest cost,“ he said. “That results in higher utility bills for everyone.“

As written, Van Nostrand said, the bills would all but guarantee the EPA would end up imposing a compliance plan on the state.

Kotcon agreed that energy conservation shouldn’t be ruled out. As he puts it, “The cleanest and cheapest electricity is the electricity we don’t burn.“

He added that resisting the carbon rules won’t make them go away, and said West Virginia should take advantage of the flexibility the EPA has proposed.

“Whether you support coal or not, if we are serious about a free market, there should be the opportunity to select alternatives,“ Kotcon said. “This bill does not allow the market to work in that way.“

Senate Bill 4 and House Bill 2004 are awaiting hearings in the Judiciary Committees. According to the EPA, states can meet the emissions cuts with combinations of more efficient power plants, shifting to lower-carbon fuels and energy conservation. Lawmakers look likely to limit which tools the Department of Environmental Protection can use when writing the state plan.

The bills can be tracked online at

~~  Dan Heyman ~~

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A McDowell County man has pleaded guilty in the 1981 fatal shooting of his father.

Media outlets report 54-year-old David Miller of Premier entered the plea Friday to voluntary manslaughter in McDowell County Circuit Court. His trial on a second-degree murder charge had been scheduled to start Monday.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 26.

Prosecutors say Miller’s father, Hobert Melvin Miller, died of a single shotgun wound in December 1981.

David Miller was sentenced in November to up to 20 years in prison for sexually abusing another relative in the 1980s.

Prosecutors say the investigation into Hobert Miller’s death was reopened after the victim in the sex crimes case came forward to say she witnessed the shooting.


Morgantown Police have charged a man with driving under the influence following a vehicle versus pedestrian accident early Saturday morning.

Officers were called to University Ave. near the Mountainlair around 1:05 AM for the accident involving a Hyundai Sedan and a pedestrian. Dillan Levi Curry was arrested and chared with DUI with injury. He was also charged with battery of a police officer.

The pedestrian was also cited for failing to use a crosswalk. she was transported to the hospital for treatment of her injuries.

Her name has not been released.


Direct descendants of the Hatfields and McCoys are producing legal moonshine, the start of a new legacy for the families made famous for their 19th-century feud.

Using the original recipe of Hatfield family patriarch William Anderson “Devil Anse” Hatfield, batches of the “Drink of the Devil” are made at a licensed distillery in the southern West Virginia community of Gilbert. Hatfield & McCoy Moonshine ships to six states.

Chad Bishop, husband of Hatfield’s great-great-great granddaughter, oversees the business. Among those lending knowledge and elbow grease to the daily functions are Bishop’s wife, Amber, and her mother, Nancy Hatfield, the oldest living descendant of “Devil Anse.“

Ronald McCoy, a great-great grandson of McCoy patriarch Randolph McCoy, was a consultant for the distillery’s startup and the product’s testing and marketing.


After the GOP-led West Virginia Legislature voted to repeal an environmental energy standard, national small government groups are turning the action into a rallying cry for other states to do the same.

National free market lobbies, including The Heartland Institute, heralded the repeal’s passage in West Virginia in early January. For years, similar groups have failed to get states to repeal standards. All but 12 states have some renewable standards or goals.

West Virginia would be first to eliminate its standards. Ohio came closest by signing a bill freezing state standards last June.

The standards require West Virginia to generate 25% of its electricity with renewable or alternative power sources by 2025.

Democratic Governor Earl Ray Tomblin will act on the bill this week.


Virginia-based Alpha Natural Resources Inc. says it has notified workers at coal mines in two West Virginia counties that the company plans to idle their operations.

The decision will mean the loss of nearly 100 jobs.

In an announcement Friday, Alpha said the affected mines are in Logan and Mingo counties. The company cited weak market conditions and federal anti-pollution regulations.

Alpha said 91 workers have been given notice at affiliate Highland Mining Co.‘s surface mines, as well as seven workers at a reclamation unit.

Twenty-five% of the affected workers will continue to perform reclamation work as operations wind down. The mine idlings and workforce reduction are expected to be completed by mid-April.

The affected mines produced 1.5 million tons of thermal coal in 2014.


A Fayette County teenager is dead after the car he was riding in crashed minutes after the driver tried to speed away from police.

Fayette County deputies said they tried to pull over a car near Save-A-Lot in Oak Hill around 4 AM Saturday for a minor traffic violation.

Deputies said the driver took off at speeds of 80 mph on U.S. highway 19 near Lochgelly.  They said due to the slick road conditions, the deputy did not attempt to catch the driver.

A few minutes later, deputies said they got a call the same vehicle had crashed on WV highway 16.

Deputies said the 17-year-old driver and his 15-year-old passenger were taken to the hospital.  The 15-year-old died from the injuries they suffered.  The driver is listed in stable condition.  Their names have not been released.

At this time, it is unclear if drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.  Deputies said they are working with the Fayette County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office to determine what charges should be filed.


Not the type of animal you would expect to find on Charleston’s west side.

“A large cat of some kind, I’m not sure,“ said Michael Perry, who lives in Charleston.

“Maybe a bird or something, a parrot,“ said John Quagliotti, who also lives in Charleston.

“Some sort of a python, boa constrictor type thing,“ said L.J. Fairless of South Charleston.

It might seem hard to believe, but Tuesday a man walked out of his house on Stockton Avenue, to find an alligator in the middle of the road.

“That would have to be a first I would think,“ said Mick Bates of Beckley.

“Yea that’s different, that’s not something you hear every day that’s for sure,“ Quagliotti added.

“Well that beats any kind of puppy dog you’re gonna be walking on the street,“ Fairless added.

Just by looking at the alligator…It looks to be about 4 feet long… What remains a mystery is where it came from and to whom it belonged.

“That’s a big alligator, big enough to do some damage,“ Bates added.

But when the gator was found, it was believed to be dead, not moving for more than a day. However, a couple from Milton told the man who found the gator that they believe it’s just dormant. They took it to try to warm it up.

Although a lot of people are questioning how an alligator could survive in our winter weather here in West Virginia.

“Alligators wouldn’t like this weather, that’s one thing I can be sure about,“ Bates added.

“They can’t survive this cold like other animals like mammals since they’re cold blooded,“ added Perry.


one person had to be flown to Ruby after a car accident Saturday morning.

They say it happened along Bills Creek Road in Belington. Only one car was involved, but it’s unclear at this point what caused the accident.

There’s no word yet on the patient’s name or condition.

The Barbour County Sheriff’s Department is investigating.


A family is welcoming the surprise new addition of a new baby.

The mother says right up til time for delivery, she had no idea she was pregnant.

After 2 AM Thursday, Mandie Smith of Culloden, West Virginia, says she woke up with some pretty significant pain.

She thought at first it was some other kind of medical issue, but then realized she was about to deliver a baby.

Smith says she had no idea whatsoever the past nine months that she was pregnant. She says she hasn’t gained significant weight, and her normal clothes have fit. She also says she doesn’t have normal menstrual cycles.

Harrison Smith was born 7:45 AM Thursday at Cabell Huntington Hospital perfectly healthy.

Doctors say these kinds of surprise births happen more often than you might think.

“Pregnancy usually has signs that are loud and clear,“ Dr. Allan Chamberlain with St. Mary’s said, “but every year, more than 1,000 women in this country have babies before even knowing they were pregnant.“

Smith says her friends and family have been wondering if this is some kind of a prank.

“Everybody has been like ‘What?‘ “ Smith said. “We’ve been texting people showing the baby, and they were like ‘I was with you yesterday, you didn’t look pregnant.‘ Nobody believes it. Everybody’s in shock.“

The father, J.R. Smith, was in Washington D.C. on a business trip when he got the phone call. He was able to witness the delivery on Facetime.

“I’m still kind of in shock,“ J.R. said. “It was just a split second and tears of joy.“

The couple already has three older boys. They say they were able to detect those pregnancies early on.

Smith says her other sons are thrilled about the surprise new addition as well.

Movie Review:  ‘Two Days, One Night’

The simplest of stories can reveal the most complex human truths, a verity that comes to taut, emotionally affecting life in “Two Days, One Night.” Written and directed by brothers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, this deceptively straightforward film — set in a working-class community in the filmmakers’ native Belgium — hews to the most streamlined contours of classic drama, with a protagonist racing the clock while encountering a series of obstacles, each of which affects the ultimate journey in tiny but life-changing ways. It’s a reflection of the particular genius of the Dardennes and the mesmerizing personal power of leading lady Marion Cotillard that “Two Days, One Night” winds up possessing such inexorable power, building to a climax that counts as one of the most hard-won and triumphant of the season.

Cotillard plays Sandra, an employee in a company that makes solar panels, who has just returned to work after taking medical leave. In her absence, management discovered that her job could be handled by other workers. In what seems like a stroke of purposeful cruelty, her bosses have left it to Sandra’s colleagues to decide if they want to keep her on or receive their usual annual bonuses. Sandra discovers the scheme just two days before the vote, meaning she has just that long to persuade her co-workers to cast their ballots her way.

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The Dardennes are best known for their austere, naturalistic portraits of the marginalized and dispossessed; they usually work with relatively unknown actors, certainly none as glamorous or famous as Cotillard. This departure serves them spectacularly well: Virtually devoid of makeup, her hair pulled back in a finger-combed ponytail, Cotillard portrays Sandra through superb physical expressiveness, her face and body conveying both resignation and stubborn self-belief as she dutifully seeks out her peers to lobby them one by one. (Since they’ve already staged a preliminary vote, in some cases she’s trying to convince them to change their original ballot.)

Following Sandra as if she’s the main player in a present-day documentary, the Dardennes stay at an intimate but discreet distance as she works up the courage to knock on doors and interrupt weekend rituals. Each encounter conveys its own tough truth about what a globalized economy looks and feels like at the most local level.

Meanwhile, Sandra is supported by her superhumanly patient husband, played in a sympathetic turn by Fabrizio Rongione.

Although “Two Days, One Night” is clearly on Sandra’s side, the filmmakers ensure that everyone has his or her say as to why they decide to vote the way they do. As time ticks by, the Dardennes keep the tension as taut as a thriller; viewers may be surprised to discover just how much they care about Sandra’s ultimate fate, despite her own foibles and fatalistic tendencies.

As a parable on karma, capitalism and Darwinian corporate politics, “Two Days, One Night” can often feel brutal. As a testament to connection, service, sacrifice and self-worth, it’s a soaring, heart-rending hymn.

★ ★ ★ ★

PG-13. Contains some mature thematic elements. In French with subtitles. 95 minutes.


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►   Expect Sherman on Sunday

When it comes to Richard Sherman and playing in the Super Bowl there is no right or wrong answer unless you are talking about the math itself.

“You’ve gotta time your conception a little better, I would say,“ Jets wide receiver Eric Decker quipped Friday on WFAN Radio.

Sherman’s girlfriend, Ashley Moss, is pregnant and due to give Seattle’s All- Pro cornerback a son in the coming days but if the baby decides to make a break for it early on Sunday, Sherman will be forced to choose between his teammates and his duty as a father.

“I think he’s going to be a disciplined young man and stay in there until after the game,“ Sherman joked on Thursday. “He’s going to do his father his first favor and stay in there for another week or two.“

Sherman’s current quandary signals a sharp generational shift.

Years ago there would have been no discussion—you play if it’s a Week 4 game never mind the Super Bowl but things have changed in today’s society and Seahawks coach Pete Carroll made sure to give his star a wide berth.

“Whenever our players have a personal family issue that comes up, it’s always about the family first,“ Carroll said on Friday morning.

Moss told one television station that Sherman will be suiting up on Sunday no matter what.

“He’s very locked in; football comes first,“ Moss told Seattle’s KING 5.

Sherman has hedged far more, though.

“I’ve thought about the possibility of his coming during the game or coming before the game,“ Sherman said earlier this week. “We have things in place in case that happens. We’ll cross that bridge when we get there.

“I would not like to miss the birth of my first kid,“ he added. “Hopefully, and God willing, we won’t have to cross that bridge.“

Others don’t think it should be a choice.

“I couldn’t miss (the birth of a child),“ Decker said. “That’s the Super Bowl of my life.“

Decker’s wife, country singer Jessie James Decker, gave birth to their first child last March.

Pro golfer Hunter Mahan famously passed on a chance for a huge pay day when he left the 2013 Canadian Open while leading after his wife went into labor before the final round.

Phil Mickelson was also prepared to leave the 1999 U.S. Open early despite being in the hunt for what would have been his first major tourney win.

Golfers, though, are independent contractors and their decisions aren’t going to impact 52 other men who have fought and clawed through 18 games to play on football’s biggest stage.

“This opportunity is rare in itself and unique in itself,“ Carroll said of playing in the Super Bowl.

And that’s why the easiest prop bet on Super Bowl Sunday is Sherman suiting up for the Seahawks despite a hyperextended elbow and the potential stork visit.

“I guess we’ll have a Super Bowl baby,“ Moss said when asked what will happen if she goes into labor, “and if you see Richard heading for the locker room right after it hits zero in the fourth quarter, don’t be surprised.“

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►   Area High Schools Boys Basketball Game Results

(Saturday, January 31)

#5 Gilmer County 80     Wirt County 40

#2 Bridgeport 64     #5 Robert C. Byrd 57

#6 Lincoln 74     Frankfort 65

North Marion 65     Webster County 58 (OT)

Tygarts Valley 63     Greenbrier West 48

Weirton Madonna 63     Clay-Battelle 54

St. Marys 59     Meadow Bridge 42

►   Area High Schools Girls Basketball Game Results

(Saturday, January 31)

#7 Charleston Catholic 43     #8 Notre Dame 30

#5 Logan 79     #10 Buckhannon-Upshur 46

Parkersburg South 84     Parkersburg 79

St. Marys 62     Clay-Battelle 52

►   Big Atlantic Classic

Friday’s Results

Game 13 — Wyoming East 72, Oak Hill 42 (girls co-consolation)

Game 14 — Parkersburg South 83, Princeton 76 (boys AAA)

Game 15 — Martinsburg 57, Shady Spring 49 (boys AAA)

Game 16 — Greenbrier East 80, Hampshire 64 (boys AAA)

Game 17 — Woodrow Wilson 56, Washington 36 (boys AAA)

Saturday’s Results

Game 18 — Huntington 95, Oak Hill 19 (girls co-consolation)

Game 19 — Princeton 69, Shady Spring 61, 2 OT (boys AAA co-consolation)

Game 20 — Washington 46, Hampshire 40 (boys AAA co-consolation)

Game 21 — Westside 63, Scott 50 (boys AA championship)

Game 22 — Morgantown 56, Greenbrier East 42 (girls co-championship)

Game 23 — Parkersburg South 53, Martinsburg 52 (boys AAA co-championship)

Game 24 — St. Albans 65, George Washington 44 (girls co-championship)

Game 25 — Greenbrier East 65, Woodrow Wilson 64 (boys AAA co-championship)

►   Shootout at the Big House - At Charleston Civic Center

Monday, February 09

10:00 AM — Man vs. Paden City (boys)

11:30 AM — Liberty Raleigh vs. St. Marys (boys)

1:00 PM — Webster County vs. Petersburg (boys)

2:30 PM — Parkersburg vs. Oak Hill (boys)

4:00 PM — George Washington vs. Hurricane (girls)

5:30 PM — South Charleston vs. Logan (girls)

7:00 PM — Magnolia vs. Valley Fayette (boys)

8:30 PM — Woodrow Wilson vs. Wesley Christian, Ky. (boys)

Tuesday, February 10

10:00 AM — Lincoln County vs. Chapmanville (girls)

11:30 AM — Lincoln County vs. Clay County (boys)

1:00 PM — Chapmanville vs. Williamstown (boys)

2:30 PM — Ravenswood vs. Point Pleasant (boys)

4:00 PM — Nitro vs. Charleston Catholic (boys)

5:30 PM — Parkersburg South vs. Logan (girls)

7:00 PM — Parkersburg South vs. Logan (boys)

8:30 PM — George Washington vs. Perry Central, KY (boys)

10:00 PM — Huntington Prep vs. team TBA (boys)

Wednesday, February 11

10:00 AM — Greater Beckley Christian vs. St. Joseph (girls)

11:30 PM — Greater Beckley Christian vs. St. Joseph (boys)

1:00 PM — Ripley vs. Westside (boys)

2:30 PM — Frankfort vs. East Fairmont (boys)

4:00 PM — Scott vs. Buffalo (boys)

5:30 PM — Wyoming East vs. Robert C. Byrd (boys)

7:00 PM — South Charleston vs. Elkins (boys)

8:30 PM — Parkersburg vs. Spring Valley (girls)

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►   MEC Men’s Basketball Game Results

(Saturday, January 31)

Glenville State 82, Shepherd 76 | Final Stats

Glenville State got past Shepherd, 82-72, on Saturday at the Butcher Center.

With the game tied at 70-70 with 2:30 to go, the Pioneers (16-4, 12-2) scored the next six points, capped by a Sedric Nady three-pointer that helped GSC pick up the victory. Both teams shot over 50% from the field, and Glenville State hit 12 threes while Shepherd made 11.

GSC’s Dontre Morales scored 30 points on 11-of-15 shooting and pulled down seven rebounds. Nady finished with 20 and Brett Morris scored 12.

Ryan McTavish scored 26 points to lead Shepherd (11-9, 6-8). Austin Cunningham had 18 and Morgan McDonald scored 10 points and had six rebounds.

Wheeling Jesuit 93, West Virginia State 89 | Final Stats

Wheeling Jesuit withstood a late charge from West Virginia State to pick up a 93-89 win over West Virginia State.

The Cardinals (11-7, 7-6) were led by 26 points from Justin Fritts. Eric Seifert scored 18 and Kyle Ritz tallied a double-double with 17 points and 12 rebounds as WJU won its fifth-straight.

Markee Mazyck scored a game-high 27 points, 26 of which came in the second half, before fouling out. Damion Harris had 18 points and Dominic Phillips scored 12 as West Virginia State dropped to 3-18 overall and 3-10 in conference play.

Fairmont State 86, West Virginia Wesleyan 76 (OT) | Final Stats

Fairmont State needed overtime to pick up its league-best sixth-straight win, 86-76, over West Virginia Wesleyan at Joe Retton Arena.

After trailing by 14 early in the second half, WVWC battled all the way back to take a 66-63 lead with 1:07 to go after a Garrett Grantham layup. FSU forced overtime as Nick Harney laid it in with seven seconds left.

In the overtime session, Fairmont State hit 10-of-12 free throws and forced WVWC to go just 2-for-10 from the field to secure the victory.

FSU (14-6, 11-3) was led by 25 points and eight rebounds from Harney and 24 points from Jamel Morris. Shammgod Wells had 17 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Tanner McGrew scored 26 points and pulled down 15 rebounds for WVWC (8-12, 6-8). Grantham finished with 19 points and seven assists and Anthony Richards contributed 11.

#10 West Liberty 83, Charleston 65 | Final Stats

C.J. Hester scored 26 points and pulled down 14 rebounds to lead No. 10 West Liberty to an 83-65 win over Charleston on Saturday at Eddie King Gymnasium.

Seger Bonifant scored 17 and Devin Hoehn added 12 as West Liberty improved to 17-2 overall and 12-2 in league play.

Octavius Green came off the bench and scored 19 points to lead UC (14-6, 9-5). Jevonte Hughes contributed 14 points and Chris Evans tallied 11 points and five assists.

Concord 85, Notre Dame 72 | Final Stats

Concord broke a halftime tie by opening the second half on a 27-10 run to claim an 85-72 win over Notre Dame on Saturday at the Carter Center.

Aaron Miller scored 23 points, including 18 in the second half, to lead Concord (13-6, 9-5). Terry Hopewell scored 17 points and pulled down 16 rebounds, and Rob Reed added 17 points. Mike Boyd dished out eight assists to go with eight points.

Notre Dame (10-10, 6-8) was paced by 24 points from Tyree Gaiter. Lawrence DeArmond had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Will Vorhees scored 16.

Urbana 76, UVa-Wise 64 | Final Stats

Urbana snapped a nine-game losing streak with a 76-64 win over UVa-Wise on Saturday at the Prior Center.

Urbana (5-15, 2-12) shot 48% from the field, committed just 10 turnovers and out-rebounded UVa-Wise, 41-34. Rodney Clark Jr. led a balanced attack for the Blue Knights with 14 points, and Carlas Jackson scored 12. Doug Hilson and Myles Busby each contributed 10 points.

Philip Owens led UVa-Wise (1-18, 0-14) with 21 points. Matt Day registered a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

►   MEC Women’s Basketball Game Results

(Saturday, January 31)

West Virginia State 77, Wheeling Jesuit 74 | Final Stats

A 10-0 run midway through the second half sparked West Virginia State to a 77-74 win over Wheeling Jesuit.

The Yellow Jackets (6-12, 4-9) were led by 23 points and 11 rebounds from Shealyn Shafer. Alexus Hobbs added 16 points and seven rebounds and Aurreshae Hines added 10 points off the bench. WVSU shot 50% from the field and had just 13 turnovers in the game. 

Wheeling Jesuit (11-6, 8-5) had 22 points and five assists from Jaila Bryant in the losing effort. Jaana Motton had 10 points to go with nine rebounds, and Breanna Butler tallied 15.

West Liberty 90, Charleston 83 | Final Stats

West Liberty held off Charleston, 90-83, on Saturday afternoon at Eddie King Gymnasium

The Hilltoppers (13-7, 10-4) had a 10-point advantage at halftime and increased it to 16 points with 15:52 left, but Charleston (15-5, 10-4) fought its way back into the game, eventually drawing even at 72-72 with 5:27 left. WLU regained control of the game by scoring 13 of the game’s next 17 points to take the win.

West Liberty’s Liz Flowers poured in 27 points, and Kailee Howe scored 24 and dished out 11 assists. Hillary Southworth added 17 points for the ‘Toppers.

Kiara Johnson registered a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds. LeAnne Ross finished with 18 points, and Nichole Perry scored 14 of her 16 points in the second half to help spark the comeback.

Glenville State 77, Shepherd 66 | Final Stats

An 11-0 run midway through the second half broke a close game open as Glenville State picked up its fourth-straight win, 77-66, on the road at Shepherd.

Kayla Tibbs led all scorers with 19 points for Glenville State (10-8, 8-6). Keyanna Tate had a double-double with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Brittany Jackson contributed 11 points.

Shepherd (13-7, 10-4) was paced by 15 points from Cara Mason. Briana Vaden had 13 points and seven rebounds, and Gabby Flinchum came off the bench to score 12.

Fairmont State 62, West Virginia Wesleyan 53 | Final Stats

Holding a narrow 52-51 with under three minutes left, Hailey Garrett scored eight of Fairmont State’s 10 points in a 10-0 run as the Falcons came away with a 62-53 win over West Virginia Wesleyan.

Garrett finished with 24 points and eight rebounds to lead FSU (16-4, 10-4). Hallie Gunnoe and Emily Lohr each added 14 in the victory.

Mari Stewart scored 21 and Adrian Cunningham finished with 10 points for the Bobcats (2-15, 2-12).

UVa-Wise 75, Urbana 58 | Final Stats

Blair Harding scored 29 points and pulled down 13 rebounds to lead UVa-Wise to a 75-58 win over Urbana on Saturday at the Prior Center.

The Cavs (7-13, 6-8) forced 23 turnovers in the game and out-rebounded the Blue Knights 44-39. Taylor Sandidge scored 15 points and Kayla Carey added 12 for UVa-Wise in the win.

Urbana (1-19, 1-13) was led by 15 points apiece from Kennedy Boggs and Tori Purk. Kate Francisco had 13 points to go with five rebounds and four assists.

Notre Dame 76, Concord 62 | Final Stats

Notre Dame shot 50% from the field and Martha Nagbe went for 26 points to lead the Falcons to a 76-62 win over Concord.

In addition to 26 points, Nagbe had seven rebounds and four assists for NDC (13-7, 9-5). Kelsey Miller had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Lexi Hassing chipped in 10 points.

Kylie Molisee had 20 points and Jacqueline Kestner had 11 points and 10 rebounds for Concord (5-13, 5-9).

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►   Credit the Mountaineers with another 26 turnovers

Coach Tubby Smith hoped Texas Tech might better handle No. 17 West Virginia’s press the second time around.

Instead, the Red Raiders committed 26 turnovers, including 10 during a 6 1/2-minute span of the second half when the Mountaineers seized control on their way to a 77-58 romp Saturday.

“Awful. Just awful,” Smith said. “It was like we never saw it before.”

In fairness to Texas Tech’s flustered ballhandlers, West Virginia (18-3, 6-2 Big 12) has made numerous opponents look awful. The national leaders in steals grabbed 10 more and enjoyed a 33-9 edge in points off turnovers thanks to their tenacious press.

“It’s uncomfortable to play against,” said Bob Huggins. “If you were walking down the street and somebody just got in your face about 3 inches away for a few blocks, would that bother you? No one wants to play against that.”

Devin Williams scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half when West Virginia turned a six-point lead into a blowout. He also grabbed eight rebounds, sharing the team-high with Jonathan Holton.

Daxter Miles added 12 points and point guard Juwan Staten contributed 11 points and five assists as the Mountaineers surpassed last season’s win total before the end of January.

West Virginia opened the second half on a 16-2 run lined with transition layups and dunks fed by a flurry of turnovers. During one sequence Texas Tech coughed up the ball on five of seven possessions.

“We got inside their heads,” Miles said. “I heard them telling other players to come get the ball.”

Added Staten: “At halftime we talked about if you have a team down, you’ve got to put them away.”

Pressing company: Riddled by 22 turnovers earlier this month during a loss to West Virginia in Lubbock, Texas Tech (11-11, 1-8) aimed to be stronger and smarter with the basketball in the rematch. But the mistakes simply repeated themselves, with six Red Raiders committing at least three turnovers.

“We were overwhelmed by West Virginia’s pressure,” Smith said. “They stay after you. It reminds me of a team Billy Donovan had at Florida and some of the teams Rick Pitino coached at Louisville. They’re always attacking.”

From hot hand to forgotten man: Texas Tech guard Robert Turner scored 18 first-half points, keeping the deficit to 37-31, but was shut out during the final 20 minutes, smothered by the defense of WVU’s Gary Browne.

“We put Gary on him and said don’t let him catch it,” Huggins said.

After nearly matching his season-high of 19 points during the first half, Turner was 0-of-2 shooting after that in an additional 10 minutes.

Forward Aaron Ross scored 13 and Isaiah Manderson added 10 for Texas Tech, which was held to 16 fewer shot attempts overall and trailed by 21 points in the second half.

Browne finished with 10 for West Virginia, which led wire-to-wire and shot an atypical 51% in the second half.

Scuffling: After West Virginia ran off 12 unanswered to build a 30-14 lead, Turner was sent sprawling on a breakaway layup by Mountaineers forward Brandon Watkins. That led to a scuffle after which Texas Tech center Norense Odiase was ejected.

Along with Odiase’s technical, Ross was assessed a flagrant technical for swinging an elbow on a rebound, one of Texas Tech’s 15 first-half fouls.

The 31 first-half points must have felt like an avalanche after the Red Raiders managed only 36 in their previous loss at Oklahoma, setting a record for scoring futility in a Big 12 game.

Next up: West Virginia encounters the meat of its Big 12 schedule during the final regular-season 10 games, facing opponents with an average RPI of 26. That stretch starts Tuesday at Oklahoma.

►   Huggins: Team leaders rebuilt culture of commitment

West Virginia has won three straight games and six out of eight in the Big 12, which according to RPI calculations, is the deepest league in college basketball.

An NCAA tourney berth seems all but assured, after a two-year absence, and if grander dreams are your thing, the Mountaineers might—I say might—make a charge at Kansas for the conference championship.

Bob Huggins has fixed things, it appears, and he credits players being more committed and more immersed in the sport. After whipping Texas Tech 77-58 on Saturday, leadership commendations went to point guard Juwan Staten and forward Devin Williams, an inside-out duo who rebuilt the program from inside out.

“Leadership is not doing as I say, it’s doing as I do,” Huggins said. “Those are two guys who spend an enormous amount of time in the gym. So then you can get on somebody else about not improving and not working hard.

“That’s the culture we had here … and then we lost it.”

Blame Deniz Kilicli’s electric guitar. The Turkish forward enjoyed the Final Four as a freshman, a 13-19 sendoff as a senior and passion for music that spanned both. He was a multi-dimensional guy, but to hear Huggins tell it, basketball and rock-n-roll don’t mix.

“We had some guys who would rather go play in a band than they would play basketball,” the coach said. “When they’re your leaders and they can’t wait to sprint out of here to pick up a guitar … it creates the wrong culture.”

To be clear, this was Huggins appraising Kilicli, not bashing him, because the coach developed a somewhat paternal affinity for the big kid with the hook shot. “I love him to death and he’s one of my favorite people of all-time,” said Huggins, who just wished that Kilicli and others on the past two teams loved basketball more.

“I’ve had guys where that was their self-being, and when they didn’t play well they were miserable. Just miserable,” Huggins said. “But they did something about it.”

Things aren’t so miserable now. Starting 18-3 with a top-20 RPI makes all signs point up. The roster was recalibrated with players who are more single-minded. None of them have taken the stage at 123 Pleasant; their stage of preference arrives in March.

Huggins wants hobbies on hold. And as this West Virginia outfit transforms devotion into development, winning is the music they appreciate most.

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►   Top-25 College Men’s Basketball Game Results

(Saturday, January 31)

Final Score: (1) Kentucky 70, Alabama 55

Willie Cauley-Stein and Karl-Anthony Towns each scored 12 points in the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats’ 70-55 victory over the Alabama Crimson Tide. The Wildcats (21-0, 8-0 SEC), who are off their best start since beginning 23-0 in 1965-66, became the lone unbeaten team left in the country after No. 2 Virginia lost to fourth-ranked Duke on Saturday. Devin Booker and Aaron Harrison added 11 and 10 points, respectively, for Kentucky, which shot 58.5% from the field.

Final Score: (4) Duke 69, (2) Virginia 63

No. 4 Duke missed 10 of its first 11 looks from behind the arc and trailed by nine points late in the second half. Then the shots started falling. Quinn Cook made three 3-pointers in the final 4:38, Tyus Jones put the game away with a deep 3 with 10 seconds left and the Blue Devils went into Charlottesville and rallied late to stun No. 2 Virginia, 69-63, handing the Cavaliers their first loss of the season. Jones finished with 17 points while Cook and Justise Winslow netted 15 apiece for the Blue Devils (18-3, 5-3 ACC), who were primed to fall three games back in the ACC standings before closing the game on an 11-0 run. Malcolm Brogdon paced Virginia (19-1, 7-1) with 17 points, and Justin Anderson added 11.

Final Score: (3) Gonzaga 82, Memphis 64

Przemek Karnowski scored 17 points with six rebounds as No. 3 Gonzaga extended a pair of winning streaks with an 82-64 win over Memphis on Saturday. The Bulldogs (22-1) have won their last 15 games since their lone blemish on the season, a 66-63 overtime loss to Arizona on December 6, and are undefeated in their last 38 games at home, the longest current streak of its kind in the nation. Kyle Wiltjer had 15 points and seven boards, Domantas Sabonis netted 13 points with 11 rebounds and Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, in the win. Nick King paced the Tigers (13-8) with 13 points and four steals and Austin Nichols provided 12 points in defeat.

Final Score: (5) Wisconsin 74, Iowa 63

Frank Kaminsky scored 24 points and Nigel Hayes added 14, leading fifth-ranked Wisconsin to a 74-63 victory over Iowa on Saturday at Carver-Hawkeye Arena. Josh Gasser and Sam Dekker each chipped in 11 for the Badgers (19-2, 7-1 Big Ten), who have won four straight since a stunning loss at Rutgers on January 11. Kaminsky, who missed the game against the Scarlet Knights because of a concussion, also grabbed a game-high nine rebounds on Saturday while making half of his field goal attempts and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. Wisconsin has won 12 of its last 13, including a season sweep of Iowa. The Badgers rolled to an 82-50 rout of the Hawkeyes just 11 days ago in Madison and have won five straight in the series. Aaron White scored 15 to lead Iowa (13-8, 4-4), which has lost three in a row. White had played just seven minutes in last week’s loss to Purdue because of a stinger.

Final Score: (7) Villanova 68, DePaul 55

Ryan Arcidiacono scored all of his 18 points in the second half to lead No. 7 Villanova to a 68-55 win over DePaul on Saturday. JayVaughn Pinkston went 10-for-10 from the free throw line on his way to 14 points, Darrun Hilliard added 11 points and Daniel Ochefu posted seven points with 12 rebounds in the win. The Wildcats (19-2, 6-2 Big East) have won six of their last seven contests. Billy Garrett Jr. netted 14 points and was the only double-figure scoring effort for the Blue Demons (11-12, 5-5), who have lost three straight.

Final Score: Pittsburgh 76, (8) Notre Dame 72

Robinson made a tough go-ahead runner in the lane with 12 seconds remaining as Pittsburgh took down No. 8 Notre Dame 76-72 in a wild finish on Saturday afternoon. The Fighting Irish nearly pulled off an improbable comeback when Jerian Grant shook off a slow start and went on a personal 9-0 run inside the final three minutes. Grant’s two free throws with 31.2 seconds left gave Notre Dame a 72-71 lead, but Robinson drove right, gained some space with a spin move and scored over Pat Connaughton for what proved to be the deciding bucket. Grant passed up a shot at the other end with Steve Vasturia open in the corner, and Vasturia’s shot was off the mark. Jamel Artis grabbed the rebound, made two free throws, and Pitt stole the ensuing inbounds pass to end its three-game losing streak. Artis finished with 20 points and eight rebounds, and Robinson added 15 points with 10 assists for the Panthers (14-8, 4-5 ACC), who shot 68% from the field in the second half and 59% overall. Demetrius Jackson led Notre Dame with 15 points, Grant chipped in with 14, and Vasturia and Zach Auguste each netted 12 in a losing cause. Notre Dame (20-3, 8-2) had won five in a row—four in comeback fashion—and was fresh off a signature victory over No. 4 Duke.

Final Score: (9) Kansas 68, Kansas State 57

Ellis had 16 points and 12 rebounds in the ninth-ranked Kansas Jayhawks’ 68-57 win over the Kansas State Wildcats on Saturday. Wayne Selden Jr. added 14 points and four blocks for the Jayhawks (18-3, 7-1 Big 12), who have won four in a row and sit atop the Big 12 standings. Brannen Greene tallied 11 points off the bench. Thomas Gipson and Marcus Foster each scored 19 points for the Wildcats (12-10, 5-4), who have lost three of four.

Final Score: (10) Louisville 78, (13) North Carolina 68 (OT)

Montrezl Harrell had 22 points and 15 rebounds and No. 10 Louisville rallied from 18 down in the second half to beat No. 13 North Carolina 78-68 on Saturday. Louisville outscored the North Carolina 53-25 over the last 22 1/2 minutes of the game to snap a six-game Tar Heels winning streak that began with a one-point victory over the Cardinals in Chapel Hill on January 10. Terry Rozier added 22 points and 10 rebounds, scoring eight in overtime to help Louisville (18-3, 6-2 ACC) pick up its third consecutive win since a loss to Duke two weeks ago. Chris Jones scored seven of his 17 points in overtime for the Cardinals. Marcus Paige had 15 points to lead North Carolina (17-5, 7-2) and J.P. Tokoto added 11 with 11 rebounds. Brice Johnson had two points and 10 rebounds before fouling out. The Tar Heels shot 43.3% from the field, down from a 50.8% mark during their winning streak. They are 0-3 all-time against the Cardinals in Louisville, also losing games in 1929 and 1999.

Final Score: (18) Northern Iowa 70, (12) Wichita State 54

Northern Iowa and Wichita State played the first Missouri Valley game between ranked opponents in 33 years. And it was the 18th-ranked Panthers who picked up a solid home win to snap No. 12 Wichita State’s 27-game regular-season winning streak in conference. Seth Tuttle scored a career-high 29 points with seven rebounds as Northern Iowa defeated Wichita State, 70-54, on Saturday. The Panthers (20-2, 9-1 MVC) made 60% of their field goals and converted 5-of-7 shots from beyond the arc in their ninth straight win. Fred VanVleet led the Shockers (19-3, 9-1) with 18 points and Ron Baker chipped in with 12 points on just 2-of-10 shooting from 3-point range.

Final Score: Richmond 64, (14) VCU 55

Kendall Anthony scored 22 points, and the Richmond Spiders upset cross-town rival No. 14 VCU, 64-55, on Saturday. The Spiders (12-9, 5-3 Atlantic 10) handled the Rams’ Havoc defense in a 42-point second half. The Rams shot just 40.7% overall and made just 3-of-20 attempts from 3-point range. Terry Allen added 15 points and seven rebounds for Richmond. VCU (17-4, 7-1) saw its 12-game winning streak come to an end. Treveon Graham paced the Rams with 18 points on 6-of-11 shooting and seven boards. Briante Weber chipped in 11 before leaving late in the game with a knee injury.

Final Score: (15) Iowa State 83, TCU 66

Georges Niang poured in 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, leading 15th-ranked Iowa State to an 83-66 victory over TCU on Saturday at Hilton Coliseum. Monte Morris contributed 16 points and six assists for the Cyclones (16-4, 6-2 Big 12), who were coming off a three- point win on Monday against Texas and extended their home winning streak to 19 consecutive games. Iowa State owns the 10th-longest home winning streak in the country. Bryce Dejean-Jones also scored 16 points and Dustin Hogue added 12 in the victory. Each of the Cyclones’ first seven conference games had been decided by single digits, but Iowa State used a couple of second- half runs to make it a laugher after leading by only two at halftime. Trey Zeigler scored 14 points for TCU (14-7, 1-7), which has lost four in a row. The Horned Frogs were 13-0 before conference play began in January.

Final Score: (17) West Virginia 77, Texas Tech 58

Devin Williams contributed 18 points with eight rebounds in 17th-ranked West Virginia’s 77-58 win over Texas Tech on Saturday. Daxter Miles Jr. chipped in with 12 points and Juwan Staten scored 11 with five assists for the Mountaineers (18-3, 6-2 Big 12), who have won three straight and four of their last five. Robert Turner supplied 18 points for the Red Raiders (11-11, 1-8), while Aaron Ross and Isaiah Manderson went for 13 and 10, respectively, off the bench in the loss.

Final Score: (20) Baylor 83, (19) Texas 60

Kenny Chery totaled 23 points thanks to a 5- of-7 performance from long range, and Royce O’Neale added 20 with eight rebounds as No. 20 Baylor topped 19th-ranked Texas, 83-60, at the Ferrell Center. Taurean Price and Johnathan Motley each contributed 13 points for the Bears (16-5, 4-4 Big 12), while Rico Gathers clocked in with eight points and 15 boards as the Bears won for the third time in their last four. Jonathan Holmes had 17 points for the Longhorns (14-7, 3-5), who received 16 points and 10 assists from Isaiah Taylor in a losing effort.

Final Score: (21) Georgetown 67, Creighton 40

D’Vauntes Smith-Rivera and Jabril Trawick nearly outscored Creighton by themselves, combining for 39 points as No. 21 Georgetown cruised to a 67-40 victory over the cold-shooting Bluejays. Smith- Rivera totaled 24 points, Trawick added 15 and the Hoyas (15-6, 7-3 Big East) emphatically rebounded from Tuesday’s home loss to Xavier with a stout defensive showing. Creighton (10-13, 1-9) followed up its first Big East win with its worst shooting performance of the season. The Bluejays shot an embarrassing 21% (11-for-53) from the floor and did not have a single player score in double figures. Avery Dingman led the way with eight points.

Final Score: (22) Indiana 72, Rutgers 64

James Blackmon Jr. scored 20 points with five rebounds to help No. 22 Indiana in a 72-64 win over Rutgers on Saturday. Yogi Ferrell and Troy Williams each netted 14 points for the Hoosiers (16-6, 6-3 Big Ten), with Williams adding 11 rebounds in the win. Indiana snapped its two-game losing streak. Myles Mack did all he could for the Scarlet Knights (10-13, 2-8), scoring 24 points and handing out eight assists.

Final Score: (24) Oklahoma 64, Oklahoma State 56

Jordan Woodard led four Oklahoma players in double digits with 17 points as the No. 24 Sooners rebounded from a big early deficit and downed rival Oklahoma State, 64-56, at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Buddy Hield picked up 15 points, Ryan Spangler 13 with nine rebounds and six assists while TaShawn Thomas poured in 12 for the Sooners (14-7, 5-4 Big 12). Phil Forte recorded 15 points for the Cowboys (14-7, 4-5). Le’Bryan Nash had 12 and Anthony Hickey added 10 points for the hosts.

Final Score: (25) Butler 72, Marquette 68 (OT)

Andrew Chrabascz had 30 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 25 Butler to a 72-68 victory over Marquette on Saturday. Kellen Dunham posted 17 points, Alex Barlow scored 15 with five rebounds and five assists, and Kameron Woods had 18 rebounds for the Bulldogs (16-6, 6-3 Big East), who have won three straight. Matt Carlino and Duane Wilson each scored 18 points, Luke Fischer added 12 points and six rebounds and Juan Anderson had 10 and eight for the Golden Eagles (10-11, 2-7), who have lost their past five.

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►   NBA Game Results

(Saturday, January 31)

Final Score: Sacramento 99, Indiana 94

Rudy Gay scored 31 points, DeMarcus Cousins had another double-double and the Sacramento Kings snapped an eight- game losing skid with a 99-94 win over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday. Darren Collison scored 23 points with five rebounds and five assists, and Cousins overcame his worst shooting night of the season to post 20 points and 19 rebounds. The trio of Gay, Collison and Cousins combined for nearly 75% of Sacramento’s points. Cousins shot 6-for-24 from the floor and turned the ball over four times before fouling out late in the fourth quarter. C.J. Miles and David West had 17 points apiece to lead Indiana, while George Hill gave 14, six boards and four assists in limited minutes off the bench.

Final Score: Dallas 108, Orlando 93

In the absence of Rajon Rondo, Monta Ellis scored 25 points and handed out 13 assists to help the Dallas Mavericks top the Orlando Magic, 108-93, on Saturday. Just 1 1/2 minutes into the game, Rondo went down with a head injury and would not return. Leading by as much as 27, the Mavericks’ edge was cut to as little as five in the fourth quarter before they pulled away again. Tyson Chandler added 20 points and nine rebounds for Dallas in its second straight win, and Dirk Nowitzki netted 11 points. Orlando lost its eighth straight game despite a 17-point, 16-rebound effort from Nikola Vucevic. Evan Fournier and Willie Green each scored 15 points.

Final Score: Toronto 120, Washington 116 (OT)

Kyle Lowry scored seven of his 23 points in overtime and the Toronto Raptors escaped with a 120-116 win over the Washington Wizards on Saturday night. The Wizards rallied from 21 points down with 14 minutes left in the game, tying the score on Paul Pierce’s 3-pointer with 25 seconds remaining in regulation. Washington’s only lead in the game came 56 seconds into overtime on a free throw by Pierce. But Lowry scored four points during a quick 6-0 run that put the Atlantic Division-leading Raptors ahead for good on the way to a sixth consecutive win—their third winning streak of that length this season. It came a day after Toronto led Brooklyn by 17 points in the third quarter but needed overtime to knock off the Nets 127-122 Friday night. Lou Williams added 19 points in this one for Toronto, Amir Johnson scored 17, Patrick Patterson had 16 and DeMar DeRozan netted 15 with 10 rebounds. Greivis Vasquez added 12 points to finish off six Raptors players in double figures. John Wall flirted with a triple-double, scoring 28 points with 12 assists and eight rebounds for the Wizards, who have dropped two in a row and four of the last six. Bradley Beal added 26 points in the loss, Pierce scored 19 and Nene had 16 points. Kris Humphries added 10 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

Final Score: Atlanta 91, Philadelphia 85

Al Horford had 23 points and 11 rebounds and the Atlanta Hawks held on to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 91-85 on Saturday night for their 19th consecutive win. The NBA-leading Hawks wrapped up a perfect 17-0 January, but it came harder than expected. They had to battle to stay ahead down the stretch despite leading by 21 points in the second quarter and 15 in the third. Michael Carter-Williams, Luc Mbah a Moute and Jerami Grant scored 13 points apiece for the Sixers, who were attempting to win three consecutive games for the first time this season.

Final Score: Detroit 114, Houston 101

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and D.J. Augustin each scored 28 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Houston Rockets 114-101 on Saturday night. Augustin added 12 assists for one of three double- doubles by the Pistons. Greg Monroe had 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Andre Drummond finished with 11 points and 16 boards. Kyle Singler scored 14 points and Anthony Tolliver supplied 12 for Detroit, which snapped a four-game losing streak and ended a seven-game skid against Houston. James Harden left the game late in the second quarter with a bruised left knee, but returned for the Rockets at the start of the second half and went on to score 26 points with nine assists and seven rebounds. Donatas Motiejunas had 21 points and Trevor Ariza added 15 for the Rockets, who had won four games in a row. Josh Smith missed eight shots while scoring just seven points in his first game against the Pistons since they waived him in December.

Final Score: Memphis 85, Oklahoma City 74

Durant was not effective in his return after a two-game absence, and the Memphis Grizzlies’ tough defense shut down the Oklahoma City Thunder, 85-74, on Saturday. Durant and Russell Westbrook each shot 5-of-16 for Oklahoma City, losers in four of its last five. The Grizzlies were led by their frontcourt duo of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. Randolph paced the game with 21 points and 18 rebounds, and Gasol added 15 points, 12 boards and five assists. In his own return from a two-game absence, Mike Conley scored 10 points for Memphis, which has won six in a row.

Final Score: Cleveland 106, Minnesota 90

In his first game in Minnesota since being traded, Cavaliers forward Kevin Love got the boos he expected when he was introduced before the game. Love, who was booed every time he touched the ball, had 14 points and 17 rebounds in Cleveland’s 106-90 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday. After playing his first six NBA seasons for the Timberwolves, Love was dealt to Cleveland as part of a three-team deal in the offseason. Minnesota acquired Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett, the last two No. 1 overall picks in the draft. Wiggins himself a career night in a losing cause, scoring 33 points on 14- of-25 shooting. The 19-year-old matched the franchise record for most points by a teenager. All storylines aside, it was LeBron James who stole the show in the fourth quarter. James scored 16 of his 36 points in the final frame for the Cavaliers, who have won 10 in a row. Thaddeus Young ended with 19 points for the Timberwolves, who fell to 8-39 on the season. Nikola Pekovic and Kevin Martin had 14 points apiece, with Pekovic also pulling down 12 rebounds.

Final Score: Milwaukee 95, Portland 88

Jared Dudley scored 18 points with six rebounds to power the Milwaukee Bucks in a 95-88 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday. O.J. Mayo finished with 17 points and seven rebounds, John Henson supplied 14 points, eight boards and four blocks while Brandon Knight and Jerryd Bayless each netted 11 in the Bucks’ third straight win. Wesley Matthews and Damian Lillard each scored 19 points apiece for Portland, which has lost three in a row.

Final Score: Charlotte 104, Denver 86

Cody Zeller had 21 points and the Charlotte Hornets rolled to a 104-86 win over the Denver Nuggets on Saturday night. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added 17 points and 13 rebounds and Al Jefferson and Jason Maxiell each scored 14 for the Hornets, who missed all 11 of their 3- point attempts but led by as many as 36. Danilo Gallinari had 15 points to lead the Nuggets, who have lost nine of their last 10.

Final Score: LA Clippers 105, San Antonio 85

Blake Griffin posted 31 points, 13 rebounds and five assists, and the Los Angeles Clippers got back on track with a 105-85 win over the San Antonio Spurs. Chris Paul had 20 points and six assists and DeAndre Jordan led a dominant effort on the glass with 19 rebounds. The Clippers, who improved to 2-1 on their season-long eight game road trip, outrebounded the Spurs 56-36. They were coming off a 108-103 loss to the Pelicans on Friday. San Antonio, which took the first two games in the season series, stumbled out of the gate and never recovered as its three-game win streak was snapped.

Final Score: Golden State 106, Phoenix 87

Steph Curry tallied 25 points and seven assists as the Golden State Warriors snapped a two-game slide with a convincing 106-87 win over the Phoenix Suns. Klay Thompson netted 22 points and Leandro Barbosa added 14 in his second straight strong bench effort for Golden State, which endured its third two-game losing streak of the season but has still not dropped three straight games. Draymond Green added 11 rebounds and four assists while Harrison Barnes and Andre Igoudala gave 13 and 12 points, respectively. Markieff Morris posted his second straight double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which hadn’t been away from home since an overtime loss to Memphis on January 11. The Suns have dropped three of five overall and lost three straight road games.

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►   NHL Game Results

(Saturday, January 31)

Final Score: Montreal 1, Washington 0 (OT)

Max Pacioretty scored the game’s only goal with 1:52 remaining in overtime to lift the Montreal Canadiens past the Washington Capitals 1-0 on Saturday afternoon. Pacioretty’s goal, coupled with Carey Price’s second consecutive shutout, ended Washington’s seven- game winning streak in Montreal and sent the Canadiens to a fifth straight victory. Price followed up his whitewash of the Rangers on Thursday with 36 saves. He improved to 10-1-1 since December 20, thanks in part to Pacioretty chipping in Tomas Plekanec’s centering feed in OT. Plekanec was skating down the right boards when he sent a backhand on net that a lunging Pacioretty got enough of to send over Braden Holtby’s left shoulder. Holtby, who was coming off his own shutout of the Penguins, made 29 saves in an otherwise stellar performance.

Final Score: Detroit 4, NY Islanders 1

Petr Mrazek stopped 22 shots and the Detroit Red Wings grabbed a 4-1 victory over the New York Islanders on Saturday. Brendan Smith, Gustav Nyquist, Tomas Tatar and Jonathan Ericsson each lit the lamp for the Red Wings, who rebounded from a loss at Tampa Bay on Thursday to win for a seventh time in their past eight games. Lubomir Visnovsky had the only goal of the game for the Islanders, who have dropped their past two contests. Chad Johnson allowed all four goals on just 19 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Ottawa 7, Arizona 2

Robin Lehner made 35 saves, and the Ottawa Senators scored four goals in a 5 1/2 minute span in their 7-2 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday afternoon. Milan Michalek and Mark Stone each scored in the closing minutes of the second period, and Bobby Ryan and Jean- Gabriel Pageau added goals very early in the third period. Ottawa also got goals from Mike Hoffman, Erik Karlsson and Mika Zibanejad to win for the second time in three games. Marc Methot tallied a career-high three assists. Mike Smith allowed five Senators goals on 20 shots against him before getting the hook in the third period. Zbynek Michalek and Sam Gagner scored Arizona’s goals as the Coyotes fell to 1-3-2 on their ongoing eight- game road trip.

Final Score: Boston 3, Los Angeles 1

Brad Marchand scored two goals to lift the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday. Chris Kelly tallied the game-winning goal late in the third and Tuukka Rask made 30 saves for the Bruins, who were coming off a 5-2 win over the Islanders on Thursday. Jordan Nolan lit the lamp and Jonathan Quick stopped 30-of-32 shots for the Kings, who have dropped five of their last six games.

Final Score: New Jersey 3, Florida 1

Keith Kinkaid made 26 saves to backstop the New Jersey Devils to a 3-1 win over visiting the Florida Panthers on Saturday night. Kinkaid was bidding for his first NHL shutout, but allowed a goal to Brandon Pirri with 1:29 remaining. Steve Bernier had scored an empty-net goal a minute earlier to seal the Devils’ third win in four games. Jaromir Jagr and Mike Cammalleri had first-period goals for New Jersey, which registered just one shot in the second and two in the third. Roberto Luongo stopped 11 shots as the Panthers suffered their sixth loss in seven games.

Final Score: NY Rangers 4, Carolina 1

Henrik Lundqvist stopped 31 shots to lead the New York Rangers in a 4-1 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Chris Kreider, Dan Boyle, Dominic Moore and Rick Nash all lit the lamp for the Rangers, who snapped a two-game slide. Brad Malone had the only goal of the game for the Hurricanes, who have dropped their last two games. Cam Ward allowed all four goals on 37 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Philadelphia 1, Toronto 0

Michael Del Zotto recorded the game’s lone goal and Steve Mason stopped 30 shots as Philadelphia claimed a 1-0 decision over Toronto on Saturday. Mason made his 100th career appearance for the club a memorable one, recording his second shutout of the season and 25th career whitewash for the Flyers, who have won a season-high four straight games. James Reimer made 17 saves for the Maple Leafs, whose losing skid reached nine consecutive outings.

Final Score: Dallas 5, Winnipeg 2

Klingberg had two goals and two assists in the Dallas Stars’ 5-2 victory over the Winnipeg Jets on Saturday. Shawn Horcoff, Patrick Eaves and Jason Spezza also lit the lamp for the Stars, who have won two in a row since a two-game skid. Kari Lehtonen made 38 saves. Dallas went 4-for-8 on the power play, while Winnipeg went 0-for-2. Andrew Ladd and Toby Enstrom scored for the Jets, who have lost three straight for the first time since a season-high four-game slide from October 11-19. Michael Hutchinson gave up all five goals on 32 shots.

Final Score: Tampa Bay 3, Columbus 1

Ben Bishop turned aside 34 shots to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning in a 3-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. Cedric Paquette, Brett Connolly and Valtteri Filppula each lit the lamp for the Lightning, who have won five of their last six games. Ryan Johansen had the only marker for the Blue Jackets, who have lost three of their last four. Curtis McElhinney allowed all three goals on 34 shots in defeat.

Final Score: Calgary 4, Edmonton 2

Lance Bouma scored twice in a four-goal third period which lifted Calgary over Edmonton, 4-2, at the Saddledome. Paul Byron and Sean Monahan also tallied while Mikael Backlund and David Jones chipped in two assists each for the Flames, who had lost two of three coming in and have now taken six of eight overall. Jonas Hiller stopped 17-of-19 shots for the victory. Jordan Eberle and Benoit Pouliot scored for the Oilers, who have dropped five of their last eight. Ben Scrivens made 29 saves in the setback.

Final Score: San Jose 2, Chicago 0

Antti Niemi stopped 31 shots as the San Jose Sharks blanked the Chicago Blackhawks 2-0 on Saturday night. Joe Thornton and Melker Karlsson each had a goal and one assist for the Sharks, who have won three straight and improved to 5-1-1 in their last seven games. Antti Raanta made 18 saves for Chicago, which dropped two of three games in California. The Blackhawks were coming off Friday’s 4-1 win over Anaheim after beginning the stretch with Wednesday’s 4-3 loss to Los Angeles.

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►   Serena wins another Aussie crown

Serena Williams is again the Australian Open champion.

The top-seeded American earned her sixth Aussie Open title and 19th career Grand Slam championship with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) triumph over Maria Sharapova on Saturday at Rod Laver Arena.

Williams won in Melbourne for the first time since 2010, finishing the match with an ace in the second-set tiebreaker on her third championship point. She now owns the second-most women’s Grand Slam titles in the Open Era, surpassing legends Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova. Only Steffi Graf has more with 22.

“Standing here with 19 majors is something I never thought would happen,“ said Williams during the trophy ceremony.

Sharapova was trying for a second Australian Open title. She fell to 2-17 lifetime against Williams and has lost the last 16 meetings.

“I haven’t beaten her in a really long time, but I love playing her because you want to play the best,“ said Sharapova. “And she’s the best.“

The 33-year-old Williams notched her 65th career title and has captured the last two Grand Slam events, taking the U.S. Open crown last September.

Williams had a break point opportunity in the opening game of the match when Sharapova fired a backhand wide. A double fault quickly gave Williams the early advantage.

The players were locked at 30-30 in the sixth game when rain forced the closing of the roof.

Williams, who was bothered by a cold and a cough, hardly seemed affected by the wait, following an ace with a strong forehand winner to complete the hold for a 4-2 lead. She actually threw up during the delay.

“I guess there’s a first time for anything,“ said Williams about vomiting. “I think in a way that just helped me—I felt better after that. My chest was really stuck at that point.“

A double fault gave Williams three break points in the next game, but she only needed one as Sharapova fired a backhand long. Sharapova broke back, but Williams responded to the poor service game with a break at love to take the first set.

Williams continued her strong play into the second set with a hold at love, then had two more break points in the next game. Sharapova, though, regrouped and managed to save both before holding.

Each player had a break chance midway through the second set, but Williams failed to convert her opportunity with a wide backhand in the sixth game and Sharapova sent a forehand wide in the seventh game.

Another Sharapova forehand error gave Williams her first championship point in the 10th game, but the Russian came up with a big serve that Williams barely returned. Sharapova followed with a blistering forehand that drew applause from the American.

“The match definitely got tough in the second set,“ said Williams. “Maria started playing a lot better. She started being a little more aggressive. I think I got a little more passive. Was just trying to get the ball back in play. But I also started serving better in the second set because I knew if I wasn’t having my groundstrokes where I wanted them to be, I knew I could serve it out.“

After Williams held with an ace, Sharapova held at love to force the tiebreak.

Sharapova won the first point of the tiebreak with a forehand return winner, but Williams won the next four to take control. At 6-4, Sharapova came up with a forehand that Williams could not return to save a second championship point.

Williams then blasted what appeared to be an ace to win the title, but it was ruled a let. She dropped her racket in disbelief, then followed with the same serve. This one did not tip the tape and she dropped her racket again, but in exultation.

“I thought after the let, ‘Man, I am not meant to win this tournament.‘ I had a couple of match points. She played great on those match points,“ said Williams, who excitedly jumped around the court after winning.

Sharapova fell to 5-5 all-time in Grand Slam finals, including 1-3 against Williams. The only victory came in the 2004 Wimbledon title match. Williams also beat Sharapova for the 2007 Australian Open crown and for the 2013 French Open title.

“It’s always tough getting to a final stage of an event where it’s down to two players and you end up the one that’s going home with the smaller trophy, there’s no doubt about it,“ Sharapova lamented. “No matter how you played, well or not, whatever the score line is, it’s always tough. But it will be all right.“

The 27-year-old Sharapova’s lone Australian Open championship came in 2008 against Ana Ivanovic. She also lost the 2012 final against Victoria Azarenka.

►   Bolelli and Fognini capture Australian Open men’s doubles

Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini won the men’s doubles title on Saturday at the Australian Open.

The Italian duo came away with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over the French tandem of Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut in the final. They became the first Italian pairing to win a Grand Slam doubles crown since Nicola Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola captured the French Open title in 1959.

It’s the third overall doubles title for Bolelli and Fognini, who teamed for trophies at Umag in 2011 and Buenos Aires in 2013.

Herbert and Mahut were trying to give France its first men’s doubles title in Melbourne since Michael Llodra and Fabrice Santoro claimed the 2004 crown.

►   Australian Open Men’s Doubles Tennis Update – January 31

Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia

Total Prize Money: $2,600,000


S.Bolelli/F.Fognini defeated P.Herbert/N.Mahut, 6-4, 6-4

►   Australian Open Women’s Tennis Update – January 31

Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia

Total Prize Money: $14,000,000


Serena Williams (1) defeated Maria Sharapova (2), 6-3, 7-6 (7-5)

Serena Williams (1) defeated Madison Keys, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2
Maria Sharapova (2) defeated Ekaterina Makarova (10), 6-3, 6-2

Serena Williams (1) defeated Dominika Cibulkova (11), 6-2, 6-2
Maria Sharapova (2) defeated Eugenie Bouchard (7), 6-3, 6-2
Ekaterina Makarova (10) defeated Simona Halep (3), 6-4, 6-0
Madison Keys defeated Venus Williams (18), 6-3, 4-6, 6-4

Serena Williams (1) defeated Garbine Muguruza (24), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2
Maria Sharapova (2) defeated Peng Shuai (21), 6-3, 6-0
Simona Halep (3) defeated Yanina Wickmayer, 6-4, 6-2
Venus Williams (18) defeated Agnieszka Radwanska (6), 6-3, 2-6, 6-1
Eugenie Bouchard (7) defeated Irina-Camelia Begu, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
Ekaterina Makarova (10) defeated Julia Goerges, 6-3, 6-2
Dominika Cibulkova (11) defeated Victoria Azarenka, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Madison Keys defeated Madison Brengle, 6-2, 6-4

Serena Williams (1) defeated Elina Svitolina (26), 4-6, 6-2, 6-0
Maria Sharapova (2) defeated Zarina Diyas (31), 6-1, 6-1
Simona Halep (3) defeated Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-4, 7-5
Madison Keys defeated Petra Kvitova (4), 6-4, 7-5
Agnieszka Radwanska (6) defeated Varvara Lepchenko (30), 6-0, 7-5
Eugenie Bouchard (7) defeated Caroline Garcia, 7-5, 6-0
Ekaterina Makarova (10) defeated Karolina Pliskova (22), 6-4, 6-4
Dominika Cibulkova (11) defeated Alize Cornet (19), 7-5, 6-2
Yanina Wickmayer defeated Sara Errani (14), 4-6, 6-4, 6-3
Venus Williams (18) defeated Camila Giorgi, 4-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-1
Peng Shuai (21) defeated Yaroslava Shvedova, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
Garbine Muguruza (24) defeated Timea Bacsinszky, 6-3, 4-6, 6-0
Victoria Azarenka defeated Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (25), 6-4, 6-4
Julia Goerges defeated Lucie Hradecka, 7-6 (8-6), 7-5
Madison Brengle defeated Coco Vandeweghe, 6-3, 6-2
Irina-Camelia Begu defeated Carina Witthoeft, 6-4, 6-4

Serena Williams (1) defeated Vera Zvonareva, 7-5, 6-0
Maria Sharapova (2) defeated Alexandra Panova, 6-1, 4-6, 7-5
Simona Halep (3) defeated Jarmila Gajdosova, 6-2, 6-2
Petra Kvitova (4) defeated Mona Barthel, 6-2, 6-4
Agnieszka Radwanska (6) defeated Johanna Larsson, 6-0, 6-1
Eugenie Bouchard (7) defeated Kiki Bertens, 6-0, 6-3
Victoria Azarenka defeated Caroline Wozniacki (8), 6-4, 6-2
Ekaterina Makarova (10) defeated Roberta Vinci, 6-2, 6-4
Dominika Cibulkova (11) defeated Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-2, 6-0
Sara Errani (14) defeated Silvia Soler-Espinosa, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3
Venus Williams (18) defeated Lauren Davis, 6-2, 6-3
Alize Cornet (19) defeated Denisa Allertova, 6-4, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2
Coco Vandeweghe defeated Samantha Stosur (20), 6-4, 6-4
Peng Shuai (21) defeated Magdalena Rybarikova, 6-1, 6-1
Karolina Pliskova (22) defeated Oceane Dodin, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4
Garbine Muguruza (24) defeated Daniela Hantuchova, 6-1, 1-6, 6-0
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (25) defeated Kai-Chen Chang, 6-1, 7-5
Elina Svitolina (26) defeated Nicole Gibbs, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6)
Madison Keys defeated Casey Dellacqua (29), 2-6, 6-1, 6-1
Varvara Lepchenko (30) defeated Ajla Tomljanovic, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1)
Zarina Diyas (31) defeated Anna Schmiedlova, 3-6, 6-2, 8-6
Yanina Wickmayer defeated Lara Arruabarrena, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Kristina Mladenovic, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6)
Caroline Garcia defeated Stefanie Voegele, 6-3, 6-4
Carina Witthoeft defeated Christina McHale, 6-3, 6-0
Irina-Camelia Begu defeated Katerina Siniakova, 7-5, 6-4
Yaroslava Shvedova defeated Monica Puig, 6-2, 7-6 (8-6)
Madison Brengle defeated Irina Falconi, 6-1, 6-3
Camila Giorgi defeated Tereza Smitkova, 6-1, 6-4
Lucie Hradecka defeated Polona Hercog, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
Julia Goerges defeated Klara Koukalova, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2
Timea Bacsinszky defeated Anna Tatishvili, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-2

Serena Williams (1) defeated Alison Van Uytvanck, 6-0, 6-4
Maria Sharapova (2) defeated Petra Martic, 6-4, 6-1
Simona Halep (3) defeated Karin Knapp, 6-3, 6-2
Petra Kvitova (4) defeated Richel Hogenkamp, 6-1, 6-4
Lucie Hradecka defeated Ana Ivanovic (5), 1-6, 6-3, 6-2
Agnieszka Radwanska (6) defeated Kurumi Nara, 6-3, 6-0
Eugenie Bouchard (7) defeated Anna-Lena Friedsam, 6-2, 6-4
Caroline Wozniacki (8) defeated Taylor Townsend, 7-6 (7-1), 6-2
Irina-Camelia Begu defeated Angelique Kerber (9), 6-4, 0-6, 6-1
Ekaterina Makarova (10) defeated An-Sophie Mestach, 6-2, 6-2
Dominika Cibulkova (11) defeated Kirsten Flipkens, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1
Camila Giorgi defeated Flavia Pennetta (12), 4-6, 6-2, 6-3
Madison Brengle defeated Andrea Petkovic (13), 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Sara Errani (14) defeated Grace Min, 6-1, 6-0
Timea Bacsinszky defeated Jelena Jankovic (15), 6-1, 6-4
Yaroslava Shvedova defeated Lucie Safarova (16), 6-4, 2-6, 8-6
Carina Witthoeft defeated Carla Suarez Navarro (17), 6-3, 6-1
Venus Williams (18) defeated Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor, 6-2, 6-2
Alize Cornet (19) defeated Zhang Shuai, 6-3, 6-2
Samantha Stosur (20) defeated Monica Niculescu, 6-4, 6-1
Peng Shuai (21) defeated Tatjana Maria, 6-4, 7-5
Karolina Pliskova (22) defeated Evgeniya Rodina, 7-5, 6-1
Yanina Wickmayer defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (23), 4-6, 6-3, 6-3
Garbine Muguruza (24) defeated Marina Erakovic, 7-5, 6-0
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (25) defeated Timea Babos, 6-4, 6-4
Elina Svitolina (26) defeated Jana Cepelova, 6-3, 7-5
Caroline Garcia defeated Svetlana Kuznetsova (27), 6-4, 6-2
Kristina Mladenovic defeated Sabine Lisicki (28), 4-6, 6-4, 6-2
Casey Dellacqua (29) defeated Yvonne Meusburger, 6-4, 6-0
Varvara Lepchenko (30) defeated Vitalia Diatchenko, 6-3, 6-3
Zarina Diyas (31) defeated Urszula Radwanska, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Julia Goerges defeated Belinda Bencic (32), 6-2, 6-1
Oceane Dodin defeated Alison Riske, 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 6-3
Roberta Vinci defeated Bojana Jovanovski, 7-5, 6-1
Monica Puig defeated Arina Rodionova, 6-0, 6-3
Magdalena Rybarikova defeated Ana Konjuh, 6-4, 6-4
Bethanie Mattek-Sands defeated Duan Ying-Ying, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Jarmila Gajdosova defeated Alexandra Dulgheru, 6-3, 6-4
Kiki Bertens defeated Daria Gavrilova, 7-6 (10-8), 5-7, 6-2
Stefanie Voegele defeated Pauline Parmentier, 6-1, 3-6, 6-2
Anna Schmiedlova defeated Chanelle Scheepers, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2
Alexandra Panova defeated Sorana Cirstea, 7-5, 6-0
Christina McHale defeated Stephanie Foretz Gacon, 6-4, 1-6, 12-10
Katerina Siniakova defeated Elena Vesnina, 6-2, 7-5
Ajla Tomljanovic defeated Shelby Rogers, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0
Johanna Larsson defeated Alla Kudryavtseva, 6-4, 6-3
Coco Vandeweghe defeated Francesca Schiavone, 6-2, 6-2
Irina Falconi defeated Kaia Kanepi, 2-6, 6-4, 7-5
Tereza Smitkova defeated Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, 6-1, 6-1
Lauren Davis defeated Aleksandra Krunic, 6-1, 7-5
Silvia Soler-Espinosa defeated Annika Beck, 7-5, 6-4
Lara Arruabarrena defeated Renata Voracova, 6-1, 6-2
Polona Hercog defeated Wang Qiang, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
Klara Koukalova defeated Storm Sanders, 7-5, 6-4
Mona Barthel defeated Donna Vekic, 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
Madison Keys defeated Lesia Tsurenko, 6-3, 7-5
Kai-Chen Chang defeated Zheng Jie, 6-1, 6-2
Victoria Azarenka defeated Sloane Stephens, 6-3, 6-2
Tsvetana Pironkova defeated Heather Watson, 6-4, 6-0
Denisa Allertova defeated Romina Oprandi, 6-0, 6-2
Daniela Hantuchova defeated Zheng Saisai, 6-4, 6-4
Anna Tatishvili defeated Kimiko Date-Krumm, 7-5, 6-4
Vera Zvonareva defeated Ons Jabeur, 6-2, 6-3
Nicole Gibbs defeated Olivia Rogowska, 6-4, 6-1

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►   Texas Red is favored for season debut San Vicente Stakes

Breeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red is the 9-5 morning line favorite for Sunday’s $200,000 San Vicente Stakes at Santa Anita Park as he begins his 3-year-old season

Texas Red, trained by Keith Desormeaux and ridden by the trainer’s brother Kent, will start the seven-furlong race from post 4 in the eight-horse field.

Co-owned by his trainer, Texas Red won the Juvenile on November 01 by 6 1/2 lengths as a 13-1 longshot, just his second win in five starts. The son of Afleet Alex has earned $1,192,300.

Keith Desormeaux has plans to bring the colt along quickly leading to the Kentucky Derby on May 02.

“I’m thinking about wheeling him back pretty quickly in the Risen Star on (February 21) and then we’ll have a little gap between the Risen Star and the $1,000,000 Santa Anita Derby (on April 04),“ the trainer said.

“It’s still on schedule. It’s always been kind of a tentative schedule, like with all things concerning racehorses,“ Desormeaux continued. “It seems like the best plan for me at this point. It’s kind of quick, but I like the way it feels. If I can get him (to Fair Grounds) a week early, that would be perfect. I’ll be at the mercy of whoever is going to fly us and their schedule.

“For him to overcome the fact that he’s not really built to be an early horse - that’s what makes him great and that’s also what makes us so excited about this year. If he can do what he did as a juvenile, what can he accomplish as a 3-year-old?“

The 2-1 second choice is Lord Nelson owned by Peachtree Stable and trained by Bob Baffert. The chestnut colt will be ridden by Rafael Bejarano from the rail post.

Lord Nelson has two wins from four starts and has earnings of $129,571. He was fourth in the FrontRunner Stakes at Santa Anita last September 27 but came back on October 13 with a win in the track’s Speakeasy Stakes. He was the 7-5 favorite for Churchill Downs’ Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes but finished fifth to El Kabeir.

Trainer Peter Miller’s Serbian Syclone is the 3-1 third pick for the San Vicente. The colt, owned by Rockingham Ranch, will be ridden by regular rider Elvis Trujillo from post 2.

Serbian Syclone was eighth first time out but has won his last two races going gate to wire by a combined 8 1/2 lengths. He tries stakes company for the first time in the seven-furlong event.

Here is the field for the San Vicente in post position order: Lord Nelson, Rafael Bejarano, 2-1; Serbian Syclone, Elvis Trujillo, 3-1; Jazzy Josh, Flavien Prat, 15-1; Texas Red, Kent Desormeaux, 9-5; Punctuate, Martin Garcia, 9-2; Magic Taste, Omar Santos, 50-1; Bench Warrant, Tyler Baze, 12-1 and Sir Samson, Joe Talamo, 15-1.

Post time for the 74th San Vicente is approximately 4:30 PM ET.

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►   McIlroy moves 4 clear at Dubai Desert Classic

Rory McIlroy recorded his second straight bogey-free round on Saturday and his 6-under 66 on day three has moved him four shots clear heading into the final round of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy finished his third round at 20-under-par 196, which is four strokes better than Morten Orum MadSenator McIlroy has nine career wins on the European Tour, with four of them coming last season. The five-time major champion earned his first professional victory at this event back in 2009.

“To be bogey-free again today was important to me, especially when you’re going out with the lead,“ said McIlroy. “I’m very happy. I feel like I could be a little bit more but I’m not going to complain. I’m four ahead going into the final day, so I’ve put myself in a great position to win tomorrow.“

After shooting a 63 on Friday, Madsen matched McIlroy with a 66 of his own on day three and moved into sole possession of second place at 16-under 200. Two shots further back is 23-time tour winner Lee Westwood (69) at 14-under 202.

Two-time defending champion Stephen Gallacher, first-round leader Bernd Wiesberger, Andy Sullivan and Danny Willett all fired matching, 2-under 70s and are tied for fourth at 13-under 203.

McIlroy, last year’s British Open and PGA Championship winner, started the day with a 1-shot lead and quickly widened the gap. The 25-year-old Ulsterman jumped out to a fast start when he drained birdies on one, three and five to go along with pars on two, four and six.

Following the par on No. 6, McIlroy poured in back-to-back gains on seven and eight before finishing his front nine with a par on nine.

Making the turn with a 4-shot lead, it seemed as if McIlroy would extend his advantage even more on the back nine, but he slowed down a bit down the stretch. McIlroy made eight straight pars from No. 9 and saw his lead whittled down to three when Madsen birdied the last.

McIlroy broke the par streak when he drained a birdie putt from about 15 feet on the par-4 17th, moving his advantage back to four.

Now on the par-5 18th, a hole he had birdied in 14 of his last 18 rounds prior to Saturday, McIlroy found the water with his second shot and was in danger of making bogey. McIlroy remained calm, however, as his fourth shot landed about 10 feet from the hole and he knocked that in for par to make it 36 straight holes without a bogey.

“Not to make any mistakes makes it that much harder for anyone else,“ McIlroy said. “Just to get that up-and-down on the last was big for momentum going into tomorrow ... I just have to go and try and play similar golf to the way I have the first three days.“

Madsen, who holds the week’s low round with his 63 Friday, also went bogey- free and may stand the best chance of catching McIlroy on Sunday. Madsen started with a pair of pars on one and two before making his first birdie on No. 3. He then wrapped four more pars on four, five, seven and eight around a gain on No. 6.

The 26-year-old from Denmark made the turn in style with back-to-back birdies on nine and 10. Following his fifth gain of the day on 13, Madsen rattled off four straight pars from 14 before closing with a birdie at the last to pull within three of McIlroy at the time.

Three shots behind McIlroy to start the day, Westwood had a strong start to his round before struggling a bit in the middle. Westwood made a pair of birdies on two and three, but he made a mess of No. 9 and settled for double- bogey as the Englishman made the turn at even par.

A birdie on 10 got Westwood back into red figures and he traded a bogey on 12 for a birdie on 13. Westwood finished well to give himself an outside shot going into Sunday as three pars from 14 preceded back-to-back birdies on 17 and 18, putting him six strokes behind McIlroy.

NOTES: McIlroy’s last bogey came on the par-4 ninth hole, his last, in the first round ... McIlroy finished his third round just one shot off of Gallacher’s 54-hole record of 195. Gallacher also tied the tournament record of 266 that year in his first of two consecutive victories here ... McIlroy has finished runner-up in each of the last four events he has played in ... Madsen is seeking his second victory on tour, with his lone win coming at the South African Open Championship last season ... Westwood’s last win was at the Maybank Malaysian Open last year.

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►   Elliott, Scott among those inducted into NASCAR HofF

Bill Elliott, a former Sprint Cup Series champion, and Wendell Scott, the first African-American to win a race in NASCAR’s premier racing circuit, were among the sixth five-member class inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Friday night.

Joe Weatherly, a two-time Cup champion, Fred Lorenzen, who won 26 races in the sport’s top series, including the Daytona 500 and the World 600 (Charlotte) in 1965, and Rex White, a former premier series champion as well, were also inducted during the two-hour ceremony, which was held at the Charlotte Convention Center.

Known as “Awesome Bill From Dawsonville (Georgia),“ Elliott had an illustrious 37-year career as a driver in NASCAR. His 44 wins rank him 16th all-time and his 55 poles rank eighth. He won the Cup Series championship in 1988 and scored victories in the Daytona 500 in ‘85 and ‘87. In addition, Elliott won NASCAR’s “Most Popular Driver” Award a record 16 times.

Elliott was introduced by driver Kasey Kahne and inducted by his former car owner Ray Evernham.

“It’s just an honor to be here,“ Elliott said. “At a young age, I dreamed of doing this, and I knew as time went on, my dad was so involved in racing, he had such a love for the sport. I’ve always said he was such a Ford fanatic, if you cut him, he bled Ford blue. That’s just the way the man was. He was just so involved.“

Elliott’s induction occurred one day after his 19-year-old son, Chase, the reigning Xfinity Series champion, was named as the replacement driver for Jeff Gordon in the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet after Gordon departs from the team following the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Scott was the first African-American to race full-time in NASCAR’s top series. His only win in the series came in December 1963 at Speedway Park in Jacksonville, Florida. Scott recorded 147 top-10 finishes in 495 starts during his 13-year on the premier circuit. Prior to that, he had won more than 100 races at local tracks, including 22 races at Southside Speedway in Richmond, Virginia, in 1959, en route to capturing both the Sportsman Division and NASCAR Virginia Sportsman championships. He died in 1990.

Members of Scott’s family attended the induction ceremony. His sons, Wendell Jr. and Franklin, honored him, while Gordon, a four-time Sprint Cup champion, introduced Scott.

“Wendell Scott fulfilled his destiny, and now we can proudly say that he is the first African-American inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame,“ Franklin Scott said. “We must carry his legacy to even greater heights with the same selflessness, honor, integrity, humility and perseverance that were his trademark.“

Weatherly’s titles in the Cup Series came in 1962 and ‘63. He also won 25 races during his career in the series. A decade earlier in 1952-53, Weatherly won 101 events in the NASCAR Modified division, claiming that title in ‘53. He competed in NASCAR’s short-lived Convertible Division from 1956-59, winning 12 times. Weatherly died in 1964 as a result of a racing accident at Riverside, California.

“Uncle Joe was a very competitive driver,“ said Joy Barbee, who is Weatherly’s youngest niece. “He was one of NASCAR’s first big stars, as his 25 wins and back-to-back championships in 1962 and 1963 will attest.

“In those days, the races were not televised in our home, and my mother would listen to them on the radio, but she sure got to know the local sportswriter at the newspaper. She knew exactly what time the races were over, and she would call the newspaper, and she would ask who won, and when she hung up the phone and she was crying and she was jumping with excitement, we knew that there was a ‘W’.“

Brad Keselowski, the 2012 Sprint Cup titleholder, introduced Weatherly, while Bud Moore, who was inducted into the second class in the NASCAR HofF in 2011, inducted him.

Lorenzen got his start in NASCAR as a mechanic with the famed Holman-Moody team in 1960, but he was elevated to lead driver by the end of the year. He won three races in only 15 starts the following season. Lorenzen’s best overall season came in 1963, posting six wins, 21 top-five finishes and 23 top-10s in 29 starts. Despite missing 26 races that season, he finished third in the standings.

Three-time Sprint Cup champion Tony Stewart introduced Lorenzen. Amanda Gardstrom, who is Lorenzen’s daughter, inducted him.

“Our dad’s story began as a childhood dream,“ said Lorenzen’s son, Chris, who accepted the induction on behalf of his father. “All dad could think about was that he had to find a way to become a race car driver. He proceeded to live his life doing everything possible to make that dream come true. He always believed that anything is possible if you work hard enough and you put your mind to it, no matter what.“

Competing in the Cup Series during the 1950’s and 60’s, White was a short- track specialist in an era in which those tracks dominated the schedule. Of his 28 career wins in the series, only two came on tracks longer than one mile in length. White finished among the top-five in nearly a half of his 233 races and outside the top-10 only 30% of the time. He won six times during his 1960 championship season.

Reigning Sprint Cup champion Kevin Harvick introduced White.

“Words can’t express how honored I am to be inducted into the NASCAR Hall of Fame along with the other Hall of Fame members, especially the 2015 fellow inductees,“ White said. “No driver wins a championship by himself. Nobody enters the Hall of Fame alone. I am a symbol of a team effort, my first race in 1953 until now. This effort spans 62 years.“

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West Fork Conservation District Supervisors Meeting – Thursday 02.05.15


The West Fork Conservation District Board of Supervisors monthly meeting will be held on Thursday February 05, 2015, at the USDA Service Center, Mt. Clare, WV.

The meeting starts at 9:00 AM.

Please if you have questions contact Robin Ward district manager for the West Fork Conservation District at 304.627.2160 x 109.

The West Fork Conservation District in West Virginia is comprised of the following four (4) counties located in the northern-central portion of the state:

•  Doddridge County
•  Gilmer County
•  Harrison County
•  Lewis County



RECEIPTS:    Auctions     Direct    Video/Internet     Total
This Week     216,900     22,500         5,600        245,000 
Last Week     302,500     29,700        75,100        407,300 
Last Year     253,000     47,900        51,400        352,300

Compared to last week, the downtrend again continued this week with last Friday’s sales and early week sales this week catching the full brunt of price declines as Cattle futures last Friday were limit lower and sharply lower on Monday to start the week.

Early week sales were 10.00-20.00 lower with several sales 25.00-30.00 lower.

The Board showed some footing on Tuesday with sharp gains and some light follow through buying on Wednesday made cattle feeders feel a little better for a change as prices from mid-week on were mostly uneven, trading 5.00-10.00 lower in most cases.

The most decline this week was on calves weighing 450-650 lbs. with the 5 weight steers feeling the full decline.

Cattle buyers showed some caution this week on calves that will go to grass as they try to fill their needs early enough to get their stockers assembled and straightened out before offerings tail off.

Bearish signals continue to lead the way in the cattle markets as pressure comes from several factors: the CME Board remains very volatile searching for direction after the enormous sell-off in December and January; declining boxed-beef prices; a steadily rising U.S. dollar that is at a near 11 year high.

All when added together can become troublesome on the market.

The Stock Market has also had a rough time this week as stocks tumbled on weak data and disappointing earnings of Blue-Chip companies this week.

With the dollar at an 11 year high, exporters are hurt as their goods become more expensive on the global landscape.

It also eats into the profits of companies that see a significant amount of their sales abroad.

Two weeks ago, boxed-beef prices hit an all-time high at 263.81 on Choice product and it seems this was all but ignored.

Since then Choice product has fell over 21.00, closing on Friday at 242.44.

The bearishness of the feeder and fed cattle markets have also spilled over into the slaughter cow market.

This market is seeing steep declines of 10.00-20.00 lower over the last several weeks.

This past fall saw droves of feeding cows being bought with competition from ranchers/feeders looking to either harvest another calf from the old girl or put some cheap weight on her.

With much cheaper feed and a good outlook made feeding cow outlook attractive.

Three months later and markets are lower with supplies of these cows coming back to the auctions especially in the Northern plains with packers bidding substantially lower.

The feeder cattle prices seen over the last couple of weeks may be more realistic than the record prices we saw last year.

The U.S. Cattle Inventory report was released Friday afternoon with all cattle and calves in the U.S. as of January 01, 2015 totaling 89.8 million, 1% higher than the 88.5 million head from a year ago.

All cows and heifers that have calved were at 39 million head, up 2% from 38.3 million head a year ago, while beef replacement heifers were at 5.8 million head up 4%.

This week’s auction volume consisted of 61% over 600 lbs. and 37% heifers.

AUCTION RECEIPTS:  216,900   Last Week:  302,500   Last Year:  253,000

Buckhannon Livestock , Buckhannon, WV
Weighted Average Report for Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Due to weather conditions, there were not enough
livestock to have a true market analysis.

Greenbrier Valley Livestock Market, Caldwell, WV
Weighted Average Report for Friday January 23, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  80  

Slaughter cows made up 40% of the offering, slaughter bulls 6%,
replacement cows 23%, other cows 3%, and feeders 29%.

The feeder supply included 78% steers, 17% heifers, and 4% bulls.

Near 91% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    645-645    645       220.00         220.00
   14    676-680    677       220.00         220.00
    1    665-665    665       195.00         195.00   RWF
    1    785-785    785       190.00         190.00
    1    765-765    765       195.00         195.00   RWF

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    350-350    350       210.00         210.00
    1    615-615    615       115.00         115.00   SMOKE
    1    825-825    825       157.50         157.50
    1    875-875    875       170.00         170.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    365-365    365       246.00         246.00   RED

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    3    900-1155  1025   999.00-1915.00    1591.49   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1095-1095  1095   999.00-1875.00    1875.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1200-1200  1200   999.00-1775.00    1775.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1275-1400  1338   999.00-2300.00    2300.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    4    905-1180  1060   850.00-1350.00    1064.98   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1225-1250  1238   999.00-1750.00    1440.66   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1185-1185  1185   999.00-1500.00    1500.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred
    4   1270-1400  1331   999.00-1850.00    1552.49   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                Breaker 70-80% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1440-1440  1440       100.50         100.50
                               Boner 80-85% Lean
    6   1150-1340  1230     85.00-103.00      97.96
    5   1190-1285  1256    109.50-115.50     112.49   High Dressing
    2   1210-1350  1280     85.50-89.00       87.15   Low Dressing
    5   1460-1550  1504    104.50-107.50     105.91
    4   1410-1680  1535    108.50-112.50     110.08   High Dressing
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    2   1065-1195  1130     84.50-87.00       85.68
    4   1075-1390  1263     90.00-97.00       94.39   High Dressing
    3    950-1150  1062     50.00-64.00       55.37   Low Dressing

Other Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    950-975    963    120.00-147.50     133.93   Per Head

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1350-1350  1350       115.00         115.00   Low Dressing
    3   1550-1665  1598    123.50-128.00     125.50
    1   1545-1545  1545       108.00         108.00   Low Dressing

Head    Wt Range      Price Range
  37     177-191.6     125-150

Head     Wt Range      Price Range
  1        145            175

Slaughter Barrows & Gilts
Head     Wt Range      Price Range
  5       185-450        50-87.5

Weston Livestock Special, Weston, WV
Weighted Average Report for Saturday January 24, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  56  

Slaughter cows made up 48% of the offering, slaughter bulls 7%,
replacement cows 5%, and feeders 39%.

The feeder supply included 14% steers, 64% heifers, and 23% bulls.

Near 9% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    485-485    485       227.50         227.50
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    260-260    260       150.00         150.00
    1    535-535    535       210.00         210.00

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    2    330-330    330       200.00         200.00
    1    410-410    410       207.50         207.50
    1    580-580    580       207.50         207.50
    1   1080-1080  1080       120.00         120.00
                             Medium and Large 2
    1    190-190    190       150.00         150.00
    1    230-230    230       150.00         150.00
    1    315-315    315       177.50         177.50
    1    365-365    365       192.50         192.50
    3    463-463    463       195.00         195.00
    1    550-550    550       175.00         175.00
    1    600-600    600       175.00         175.00

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    350-350    350       250.00         250.00
    4    420-444    438    217.50-225.00     223.20

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1245-1245  1245   999.00-1425.00    1425.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    2   1355-1435  1395   999.00-1375.00    1349.28   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    895-895    895        99.00          99.00
    7    960-1375  1192     87.00-104.00      93.94
    2   1220-1385  1303    109.00-115.00     112.19   High Dressing
    9   1035-1275  1171     81.00-86.00       83.47   Low Dressing
    3   1410-1515  1455     94.00-96.00       94.66
                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1    122-122    122        62.00          62.00   Low Dressing
    2   1115-1120  1118     82.00-86.00       84.00
    1   1155-1155  1155        62.00          62.00   Low Dressing
    1   1445-1445  1445        70.00          70.00   Low Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1430-1430  1430       104.00         104.00
    1   1620-1620  1620        91.00          91.00
    2   1755-1935  1845    118.00-124.00     121.15   High Dressing

Weighted Average Report for Saturday January 24, 2015

Cattle Receipts:  280  

Slaughter cows made up 8% of the offering, slaughter bulls 1%,
replacement cows 5%, and feeders 86%.

The feeder supply included 39% steers, 51% heifers, and 10% bulls.

Near 34% of the run weighed over 600 lbs.

Feeder Steers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    185-185    185       285.00         285.00
    1    260-260    260       310.00         310.00   RED
    3    335-340    338    225.00-255.00     234.90
    1    335-335    335       300.00         300.00   SMOKE
    5    350-390    370    260.00-300.00     288.57
    1    380-380    380       295.00         295.00   SMOKE
    5    417-417    417       297.50         297.50
    8    450-485    476    229.00-275.00     263.24
    2    465-465    465    235.00-244.00     239.50   RED
    1    485-485    485       252.00         252.00   SMOKE
   18    528-545    535    229.00-251.00     243.32
    1    525-525    525       220.00         220.00   RED
    1    500-500    500       217.50         217.50   RWF
    3    550-565    555    220.00-232.00     227.93
    1    590-590    590       200.00         200.00   RED
   10    617-645    635    189.00-210.00     204.27
   10    651-662    659    205.00-208.00     207.11
    5    700-730    719    115.00-204.00     174.05
    3    716-716    716       192.00         192.00   RED
    1    750-750    750       105.00         105.00

                             Small 1 - 2
    1    545-545    545       180.00         180.00   SMOKE

                             Medium and Large 2
    2    397-397    397       240.00         240.00
    1    515-515    515       182.50         182.50
    1    590-590    590       165.00         165.00
    1    635-635    635       170.00         170.00   RED
    1    810-810    810       167.50         167.50

                             Medium and Large 3
    1    360-360    360       120.00         120.00
    1    635-635    635       115.00         115.00
    1    635-635    635       145.00         145.00   RWF
    1    730-730    730       120.00         120.00   RWF
    1    785-785    785       155.00         155.00

                             Holstein Large 3
    1    850-850    850       107.50         107.50

Feeder Heifers                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    245-245    245       250.00         250.00
    1    295-295    295       235.00         235.00
    1    285-285    285       235.00         235.00   SMOKE
    2    320-340    330    240.00-251.00     245.67
    1    360-360    360       238.00         238.00
    5    410-425    414    228.00-244.00     240.59
    2    415-435    425    207.50-225.00     216.46   RED
    2    425-445    435    221.00-231.00     226.11   SMOKE
    7    455-490    471    219.00-241.00     229.13
    1    465-465    465       212.00         212.00   RED
   26    500-548    519    219.00-238.00     229.13
   16    550-581    574    211.00-235.00     225.32
    2    560-560    560       210.00         210.00   SMOKE
   14    611-630    614    182.00-208.00     192.46
    1    615-615    615       171.00         171.00   RED
    3    686-686    686       185.50         185.50
   14    710-734    730    182.00-194.00     191.03
    1   1020-1020  1020       146.00         146.00

                             Small 1 - 2
    1    420-420    420       152.50         152.50
    1    475-475    475       182.50         182.50

                             Medium and Large 2
    1    290-290    290       218.00         218.00
    3    400-445    428    162.50-220.00     193.86
    2    495-495    495       203.00         203.00
    1    575-575    575       196.00         196.00

                             Medium and Large 3
    1    345-345    345       135.00         135.00
    1    350-350    350       190.00         190.00
    3    430-435    432    165.00-166.00     165.66
    1    475-475    475       125.00         125.00
    1    570-570    570       142.50         142.50   RED
    4    610-645    624    145.00-160.00     151.74
    3    623-623    623       160.00         160.00   SMOKE

Feeder Bulls                Medium and Large 1 - 2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    385-385    385       297.50         297.50
    1    435-435    435       170.00         170.00
    1    445-445    445       280.00         280.00   RED
    3    460-475    468    200.00-280.00     243.94
    1    450-450    450       267.50         267.50   RED
    4    518-545    525    225.00-240.00     236.11
    4    580-585    583    177.00-211.00     193.93
    1    572-572    572       205.00         205.00   RED
    2    635-635    635       190.00         190.00
    2    802-802    802       150.00         150.00   RED
    1    970-970    970       130.00         130.00
    1   1055-1055  1055       124.00         124.00
    1   1145-1145  1145       126.00         126.00

                             Small 1 - 2
    1    400-400    400       180.00         180.00

Bred Cows                  Medium and Large 1 - 2 Young
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1    805-805    805   999.00-1150.00    1150.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    2    985-1000   993   999.00-1375.00    1312.03   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1   1160-1160  1160   999.00-1750.00    1750.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1020-1020  1020   999.00-1450.00    1450.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Middle Aged
    1   1230-1230  1230   999.00-1250.00    1250.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1    985-985    985   999.00-1250.00    1250.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1360-1360  1360   999.00-1950.00    1950.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    1   1660-1660  1660   999.00-1700.00    1700.00   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

                            Medium and Large 1 - 2 Aged
    1    865-865    865       735.00         735.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1   1235-1235  1235   999.00-1200.00    1200.00   Per Head  1-3 Months Bred
    1   1015-1015  1015   999.00-1310.00    1310.00   Per Head  4-6 Months Bred
    2   1265-1465  1365   999.00-1575.00    1493.91   Per Head  7-9 Months Bred

Slaughter Cows                 Boner 80-85% Lean
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
   10   1075-1385  1270     92.00-108.00     101.29
    2   1300-1365  1333    118.00-126.50     122.15   High Dressing
    2   1200-1245  1223     93.00-97.00       95.04   Low Dressing
    1   1410-1410  1410       104.00         104.00
    2   1445-1515  1480    111.50-113.00     112.27   High Dressing
    1   1410-1410  1410        93.00          93.00   Low Dressing

                                Lean 85-90% Lean
    1   1220-1220  1220       113.00         113.00   High Dressing
    3    825-1165  1010     88.00-108.00      96.77   Low Dressing

Slaughter Bulls                Yield Grade 1-2
 Head   Wt Range   Avg Wt    Price Range   Avg Price
    1   1165-1165  1165        80.00          80.00   Low Dressing
    2   1630-1795  1713    125.00-127.00     126.05

Slaughter Cattle 
   20   Choice Steers and heifers      1040-1235    137.00-152.00
        Select Steers and heifers      1200-1655    150.00-163.00

Breeding Bulls
    2   1475.00-1600.00

Baby Calves
    1   100-150 lbs    Beef  350.00

Cow Calf Pairs
 Head    None

Goats                           Sel 1                 
 Head     Sm Billies          75.00-145.00
          Bg Billies         145.00-210.00
          Sm Nannies          50.00-145.00
          Big Nannies        100.00-167.50

Slaughter Barrows and Gilts
    10   200-250lbs    65.00-85.00
         250-300lbs    95.00-112.50
         300 and up    95.00-102.50

Bon Appétit: Beef Chili

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Servings: 6

  2 guajillo chiles
  1 dried ancho chile
  1 dried pasilla chile
  4–5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  3 tablespoons olive oil
  1 pound boneless beef chuck, cut into ½” pieces
  ½ pound boneless beef short ribs, cut into ½” pieces
  ½ pound brisket, cut into ½” pieces
  Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  2 yellow onions, finely chopped
  6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  1 tablespoon ground cumin
  2 teaspoons dried oregano
  1 canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, chopped (optional)
  1 12-ounce bottle lager
  Sour cream, shredded cheddar, chopped red onion, cilantro leaves, and chips (for serving)


Toast guajillo, ancho, and pasilla chiles in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat, turning occasionally and pressing chiles to help them make contact with the pan, until darkened in color and beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and cover with 2 cups boiling water; let sit 30 minutes to soften. Drain; discard seeds and stems. Working in batches if needed, purée chiles and 4 cups broth in a blender until smooth, about 1 minute.

While chiles are soaking, heat 1 Tbsp. oil in a large heavy pot over medium-high heat. Season chuck, short ribs, and brisket with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until browned all over, about 5 minutes. Continue cooking until liquid accumulated in pot has evaporated, about 5 minutes more. Transfer beef to a plate.

Add 1 Tbsp. oil to pot, then onions and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until onions are softened, 6–8 minutes. Onion juices should help loosen any bits of beef stuck to bottom of pot, but if surface looks too brown, add a splash of water and cook, stirring and scraping up browned bits. Add cumin, oregano, and chipotle, if using, and cook, stirring, 1 minute.

Return beef to pot and add lager. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid is almost completely reduced, about 5 minutes. Add chile purée, season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until liquid is slightly thickened and meat is very tender, 1–1¼ hours, adding more broth if needed to keep meat submerged. Serve chili topped with sour cream, cheddar, red onion, cilantro leaves, and chips.

Do Ahead: Chili can be made up to 4 days ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Reheat gently over low heat, adding a splash of water to loosen, if needed.

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A Man Despised By All

His Position.

“And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.”   Luke 19:2.

The publican was a man who collected taxes for the Roman government.

Nobody likes to pay taxes, and to make matters worse, these taxes were being sent to a hated foreign government (the cause of the American Revolution).

To make matters even worse, this man was a Jew, collecting taxes from his own people.

On top of that, he was a chief tax collector, which means he was in some kind of supervisory position, and to top that, he was rich, which is cause for suspicion.

All this taken into consideration, Zacchaeus was probably the most hated man in Jericho at the time.

His Ambition.

“And he sought to see Jesus who he was…”  Luke 19:3.

Why did he want to see Jesus?

What had he heard about Him?

What did he want from Him?

When Jesus was selecting men to be His apostles, “he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom:  and he said unto him, ‘Follow me’. And he left all rose up, and followed him.” Luke 5:27-28.

Could it be that Zacchaeus and Levi knew one another?

Could Levi have told Zacchaeus about Jesus?

Could it be that Levi had told Jesus about Zacchaeus?

It seems Jesus invited Himself into the home of Zacchaeus (19:5), which He didn’t ordinarily do unless invited.

His Problem.

“And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.” Luke 19:3.

The Greek word for press here is not necessarily the news media but refers to the people, to the crowd.

Zacchaeus had a problem.

He was a short man.

He could not see over the crowd.

“Might as well forget it.

No way he’s ever going to see Jesus.”

Not Zacchaeus!

His Determination.

“And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him:  for he was to pass that way.”   Luke 19:4.

Zacchaesus had a problem, but he was not one to let his handicap keep him from his ambition.

Imagine a man of his position, a supervisor (in a business suit?)  climbing a sycamore tree!

Most every discovery or invention has been made by somebody with a problem, but somebody who found a way to overcome their problem.

“Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”

The problem is not the problem.

The problem is the will to overcome the problem.

His Reward.

“And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him,  Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down;  for to-day I must abide at thy house.”   Luke 19:5.

Zacchaeus not only got to see Jesus, he was privileged that day to entertain him as a guest in his own house.  Jesus grants much more than we even ask or think.

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Minister: Gene H Miller, 3281 Rosedale Road, Shock WV 26638-8410.
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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.


Knowing God

When you come to knowing God, the initiative lies on His side. If He does not show Himself, nothing you can do will enable you to find Him. And, in fact, He shows much more of Himself to some people than to others—not because He has favourites, but because it is impossible for Him to show Himself to a man whose whole mind and character are in the wrong condition. Just as sunlight, though it has no favourites, cannot be reflected in a dusty mirror as clearly as in a clean one.

~ from Mere Christianity, by C. S. Lewis

James 2:1-13

Impartiality to Wealth

My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism. For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives?

Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him? But you have dishonored the poor man. Is it not the rich who oppress you and personally drag you into court? Do they not blaspheme the fair name by which you have been called?

If, however, you are fulfilling the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

For whoever keeps the whole law and yet stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. For He who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery, but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. So speak and so act as those who are to be judged by the law of liberty. For judgment will be merciless to one who has shown no mercy; mercy triumphs over judgment.

Notes on the Scripture

The truth of Scripture was revealed not only to change our way of thinking but also our way of acting. Without an active response of obedience, it cannot accomplish its purpose in our lives. But before we can respond to the truth we must know and believe it. There is a reciprocal relationship between belief and behavior: just as attitude leads to action, so action creates or reinforces attitude. Faith grows as we plug it into life.

When we put a principle into practice, the principle becomes more real to us, which then makes it easier to practice, and so forth. A loving attitude toward another person leads to loving actions on that person’s behalf. But the other side of the coin is that by acting as if we love another person, our attitude toward him or her actually moves in that direction.

In the same way, there are times when we may not feel like doing what the mirror of the Word tells us to do. But by God’s grace we can choose to do it regardless of how we feel. “For it is God who is at work in you, both to will and to work for His good pleasure” (Phil. 2:13). Faith in Christ is not theoretical but intensely practical, and this is the theme of the epistle of James.

James sets forth an important principle in 2:1 and develops it in 2:2-13. The principle is that believers should not make judgments on the basis of outward appearances. “My brethren, do not hold your faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with an attitude of personal favoritism.” In the Greek, “personal favoritism” is a compound of the words “face, outward, surface” and “receive.” Those who have placed their trust in Christ should not receive others on the basis of externals; they should look beyond the surface to the level of inward character.

James illustrates this principle with the natural tendency to look with greater favor upon those who appear to be wealthy:
For if a man comes into your assembly with a gold ring and dressed in fine clothes, and there also comes in a poor man in dirty clothes, and you pay special attention to the one who is wearing the fine clothes, and say, “You sit here in a good place,” and you say to the poor man, “You stand over there, or sit down by my footstool,” have you not made distinctions among yourselves, and become judges with evil motives? (Jas. 2:2-4).

Such distinctions in the assembly of believers destroys the unity which Christ made possible. “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. 3:28). These distinctions also reveal the impure motives of judging others in terms of their social status and their ability to provide financial assistance.

This stands in stark contrast to the “pure and undefiled religion” of James 1:26-27 which seeks to minister to others without expecting something in return.

James E. Kelly

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James E. Kelly

Age 70, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 30, 2015.

He was born on August 28, 1944 to the late Howard Kelly and Mildred (Bosley) Kelly in Baltimore, MD.

He was a woodworker by trade and served in the Marine Corp.

James is also preceded in death by his brother, William Kelly; sisters, Shirley Kelly, Dolores Gines, and Doris Burlingame.

Family left to honor his memory is son, James Kelly Jr. of Corvallis, Oregon; several nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.

James enjoyed spending time with family and loved his dog, Philo. He also studied his ancestors and enjoyed searching through old cemeteries to locate family. He also spent time collecting coins.

The family will receive friends from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Tuesday, February 03, 2015 at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home at 378 Flatwoods Corner Road in Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Services will follow visitation at 1:00 PM at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Chapel with Pastor Paul Beatty officiating.

Interment will follow in Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Exchange, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be serving the Kelly Family.

Ronald Wayne Knight

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Ronald Wayne Knight

Age 68 of Powell Road, Fairmont, WV went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, January 30, 2015 in his residence surrounded by his loving family.

He was born on August 29, 1946 at Covington, VA a son of the late Carl Wayne and Dessell Knight.

On March 27, 2006 he married Margaret “Peggy” Rowe Knight who survives.

Also surviving is two daughters, Jennifer “Missy” Knight, Fairmont, Kayla Renee Grant and husband Robert, Clarksburg, two sons, R. Christopher Knight and wife Becky, Lumberport, Jarrod Wayne Knight and wife Tausha, Clarksburg, one step daughter, Rebecca Renee Wilson and husband Robert, Fairmont, one step son, Wade Ellott Kincaid, Martinsburg, grandchildren, Alec Christy, Savannah Christy-Harper, Zachary Riggleman, Garrett Lohiser, Deegan Grant, Jackson Wayne Knight, Cody Wilson, one brother, Kevin Knight and wife Betty, Grafton and his K-9 best friend “Maxie”.

Mr. Knight was a manager for A & P Grocery, Foodlion and Shop N Save with 45 years service. He had served with the West Union Fire Department as a volunteer fireman and the Doddridge County EMS. Ron enjoyed hunting, hot rod cars and was an avid WVU Mountaineer Football Fan.

He was Baptist by faith.

Ron enjoyed spending time with his family and was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be sadly missed by his family and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted in the Spurgeon Funeral Home 212 Front Street, West Union on Wednesday, February 04, 2015 at 2:00 PM with Pastor John Eklund officiating.

Interment will follow in the Masonic Memorial Park, West Union.

The family will receive friends in the funeral home chapel on Wednesday, February 04, 2015 from 10 AM until service time.

Spurgeon Funeral Home is privileged to serve the Knight family.

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Spend Groundhog Day with French Creek Freddie at the West Virginia State Wildlife Center

37th Anniversary Celebration Planned

For the 37th year, French Creek Freddie, the state’s official weather prognosticating groundhog, will be the star of the show on Monday, February 02, 2015 at the West Virginia Wildlife Center at French Creek in Upshur County.

Each Groundhog Day, a Wildlife Center staff member awakens the rodent and brings him out of his winter hibernation box to allow him to look for his shadow and predict the severity of the remaining six weeks of winter.

He’s usually right, but after making his forecast before an audience of hundreds of groundhog fans, including news media from around the state, he is more than happy to return to the warmth of his bed.

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“Everyone is invited to join in the fun of Groundhog Day at the West Virginia Wildlife Center, and afterward take a walking tour of the native wildlife on display,” said Rob Silvester, district wildlife biologist. “Festivities begin in the amphitheater at 9:30 AM with entertainment by Keith Buchanan. Wake-up time for Freddie is 10:00 AM. Our third annual Woodchuckin’ Contest starts at 10:30 AM. The Gift Shop will have free hot chocolate and cookies for all our guests, and we’ll have activity sheets for the kids to take home.”

The event is free.

The West Virginia State Wildlife Center is located in Upshur County in north-central West Virginia, 12 miles south of Buckhannon on State Highway 20.

From the north, take exit 99 off Interstate 79 and follow US Highway 33 east approximately 12 miles to Buckhannon and turn south on WV Highway 20.

Coming from the south, take exit 67 off Interstate 79 at Flatwoods and follow US Highway 19 and WV Highway 4 north approximately 30 miles to Rock Cave and WV Highway 20.

Follow WV Highway 20 North for 2 miles to the center.

Visiting the Wildlife Center is a convenient side trip for travelers on I-79.

For more information visit


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Morrisey: Scammers will be busy during tax season trying to collect consumers’ personal information.

WV Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is warning taxpayers to be aware of an email scam claiming to be from the Internal Revenue Service that targets consumers’ financial information.

“Tax season is in full swing and so are scammers who are busy trying to steal your personal information,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “These emails tell consumers that they are eligible for a refund and can be very believable. Consumers need to approach any email like this with caution.”

Morrisey said the email often has a subject line that reads “Tax Refund Notification.”  The sender claims to be from the IRS and says the consumer is entitled to receive a tax refund. The consumer is directed to a third-party website, where he or she is asked to provide vital personal and financial information.

“Consumers should never share personal or financial information with anyone via email or unsolicited phone call. If the IRS needs to reach you, they will do so through official means, such as a letter,” Morrisey said. “Also it is wise to never click on a link embedded in an email unless you are absolutely sure the email and its author are legitimate.”

The IRS also is warning consumers about the scam on its website. The website states: “These e-mails usually are scams whose purpose is to ... commit identity theft. Identity thieves use the data to empty the victim’s financial accounts, run up charges on the victim’s existing credit cards, apply for new loans, credit cards, services, or benefits in the victim’s name, file fraudulent tax returns and more.”

Morrisey said consumers should view any email offering prizes, rewards, or even a tax refund with a degree of skepticism.

“It’s understandable that everybody wants a tax refund, but this scam will turn a big refund into a big regret,” he said.

Morrisey said consumers and businesses should follow these safety tips if they receive an unsolicited email offering a tax refund:

•  Do not click on any links or reply to the message.

•  Completely delete the message from your inbox.

•  Run a full virus scan on your computer if you did click on any links.

•  Report your unsolicited email to .

Morrisey reminded consumers that the IRS sends millions of notices and letters to taxpayers for a variety of reasons. However, the IRS will not contact people by email or social media to ask for personal or financial information.

If you have been involved in tax refund scam, or believe you have been a victim of a different scam, call the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division at 800.368.8808. To file a report online, go to

Can Schools Ask for You Facebook Password?

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A new anticyberbullying measure in Illinois now allows schools to have access to students’ social media profiles. A necessary step or a step too far?

The conversations around data privacy and internet safety just got hotter.

A new Illinois state law can now compel students to hand over their social media login credentials to their school if school and state officials believe it can help prevent hostile online behavior – raising privacy concerns among parents and students alike.

The law, which then-Governor Pat Quinn signed in August and went into effect January 01, is an effort to curb cyberbullying and online harassment both in and out of the classroom, before it gets out of hand. Previously, Illinois schools could intervene if online bullying occurred during class hours.

“Children need to understand that whether they bully a classmate in school or outside of school using digital devices, their actions have consequences,” State Rep. Laura Fine (D-Glenview) said in a statement. “Students should not be able to get away with intimidating fellow classmates outside of school.”

On the other hand, as Illinois mom Sara Bozarth told local Fox affiliate KTVI: “It’s one thing for me to take my child’s social media account and open it up, or for the teacher to look or even a child to pull up their social media account, but to have to hand over your password and personal information is not acceptable to me.”

The discussion in Illinois mirrors similar conversations about cyberbullying and data privacy in the United States, as cities and counties across the country struggle to find ways to protect children online.

In 2013, a school district in Los Angeles was met with suspicion and media scrutiny when it spent more than $40,000 to monitor the social media profiles of its students for any signs of bullying or self-harm, the Los Angeles Times reported. In Denver last year, the Colorado Defense Bar opposed the passage of a cyberbullying bill that criminalized using social media to cause “serious emotional distress on a minor.”  

Lawmakers in Albany County, New York also had to pare down their original bill against cyberbullying after the state Supreme Court, citing First Amendment rights, struck it down in July. And a software program in Washington County, Maryland allows school officials to monitor students’ profiles for illegal and violent activity on and off campus, much to the chagrin of privacy advocates.

There’s no doubt that cyberbullying can get bad. While definitions vary, cyberbullying is at its core online harassment – any aggressive behavior, insults, denigration, impersonation, exclusion, and activities related to hacking against a person or persons – done repeatedly over a period of time, according to the Pew Research Center. Figures vary regarding the prevalence of cyberbullying among children and young adults, but most research estimates that anywhere between 6 to 30% of teens have experienced some form of it.

The worst consequences are death and self-harm, as in the 2013 case of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, who committed suicide after a group of middle-school students barraged her with text messages urging her to kill herself.

“Every student should feel safe from harassment, whether that’s in the school hallways or when using the internet or a cell phone,” former Gov. Quinn said after he signed the bill in Illinois. “In our technology-driven age, bullying can happen anywhere. This new law will help put an end to it.”

But others argue that there are ways to protect children besides monitoring and surveillance.

Jim Steyer, CEO of nonprofit Common Sense Media, told NPR in 2013 that his company tries to focus on informing and educating kids from a young age instead of watching their every move. The company developed a curriculum on “digital literacy and citizenship,” Steyer said, which teaches students how to use digital technology safely and responsibly.

“Our approach is teaching kids empathy,“ he said. “I think that’s much better than spying on kids.“

Recommended: Do you have a clue about teenage behavior? Take our quiz!

~~  Jessica Mendoza ~~

2015 Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition Entries Deadline Set for April 24

The Gilmer Free Press

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History invites all West Virginia quilters to enter the 2015 Quilts and Wall Hangings Exhibition.

Mailed entries for the 2015 quilt exhibition will be accepted at the Culture Center from April 10 through April 24. Hand-delivered entries must be received on April 16 and 17 between 10 AM and 4 PM unless other arrangements have been made. Quilts that are selected for show will be on display May 22 until September 12. There will be a quilting workshop on May 08. More information on the workshop will be announced in March.

Handmade and machine-made quilts by West Virginia residents are eligible for the exhibition. First- ($750), second- ($400), and third-place ($300) awards will be given for pieced quilts, appliqued quilts, quilts made with mixed/other media, and wall hangings. The division will provide Purchase Awards for one quilt and one wall hanging which will be added to the West Virginia State Museum collection.

A complete list of winners and exhibitors from the 2014 Quilts and Wall Hangings Exhibition is attached. High resolution photographs are available at Click on the individual quilts you are interested in and the caption will appear below the image.

The prospectus and entry information for the 2015 Quilts and Wall Hangings Juried Exhibition can be downloaded at To request a printed prospectus or for more information, please contact Cailin Howe, exhibits coordinator, at 304.558.0220 or .

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History is an agency within the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts with Kay Goodwin, Cabinet Secretary. The division, led by Commissioner Randall Reid-Smith, brings together the past, present and future through programs and services focusing on archives and history, arts, historic preservation and museums. For more information about the division’s programs, events and sites, visit The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Betty C. Bond
Lost Creek, Harrison County
Welcome to My Garden

Brenda Casto
Buckhannon, Upshur County
1930’s Sampler
Quilter: Sue Papouschek
Pieced, Third Place

Tresha Cottrill
Rosedale, Gilmer County
Raise The Roof
Quilter: Sue Papouschek
Pieced, Second Place

Elwanda Dennison
Mt. Clare, Harrison County
Wedding Star
Quilter: Jill Bentley

Linda Diane Dolan
Spencer, Roane County
Thousand Pyramids
Quilter: Erma Miller

Judy Fouty
Reedy, Roane County
Sunny Sunbonnet Sue
Quilter: Shirley Hildreth
Mixed/Other, Honorable Mention

Joy Fritz
Sutton, Braxton County
Lace Garden – Lacy Flowers
Quilter: Quilts of Joy, Donald Fritz
Wall Hanging

Shirley Hildreth
Spencer, Roane County
Flower Baskets

Sheila Maxey
Sutton, Braxton County
Hidden Stars Sampler
Quilter: Tina Shinkovich

Hazeline Price
Spencer, Roane County
Rose Wreath
Applique, Honorable Mention

Cathy L. Sowa
Frametown, Braxton County
Ring Around the Rose
Quilter: Quilts of Joy, Donald Fritz

The Legislature Today 01.30.2015

At the legislature today, when their party took over control of the house and senate, Republicans promised tort reform.

Several bills are moving through the legislative process including one about nursing home administrators that was up for amendments on the senate floor today. And we’ll find out more about West Virginia’s prevailing wage law.

It’s a target of the majority.

West Virginia News     150131

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A five-year project to conserve a threatened warbler in West Virginia and several other states has won an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The funding is aimed at providing habitat for the cerulean warbler. Once abundant, numbers of the sky-blue bird have declined by about 70% since the 1960s. Habitat loss is a leading cause.

The Appalachian Mountains are a breeding stronghold for the warbler and mountaintop mining for coal has shrunk the bird’s habitat.

West Virginia University and the state’s Division of Natural Resources are among the many partners in the effort to restore habitat for the cerulean warbler.


A former guard at the Federal Prison Camp in Alderson faces up to two years in prison after admitting he improperly touched an inmate.

The Register-Herald reports that 50-year-old Richard Canterbury of Lewisburg pleaded guilty Thursday to an abusive sexual contact involving a ward. The charge relates to an incident in 2014 when he touched the breasts of a female inmate.

Besides a prison term, Canterbury also could be fined $250,000 fine. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 13.


West Virginia quilters are being invited to enter an exhibition of their work in Charleston.

The invitation is from the West Virginia Division of Culture and History for a quilt exhibition at the Culture Center in Charleston.

Mailed and hand-delivered entries will be accepted in April. Quilts that are selected will be on display from May 22 until September 12.

Handmade and machine-made quilts by West Virginia residents are eligible for the exhibition.

Money awards will be given for a variety of quilts.


U.S. Senator Joe Manchin is calling on state lawmakers to make certain cold medicines used to create methamphetamine available by prescription only.

In a letter Thursday, the Democrat asked the Republican-led Legislature to limit pseudoephedrine sales to people with prescriptions. It would apply to cold medicines like Sudafed.

Manchin pointed to successes Oregon and Mississippi, where the medicine is prescription-only.

Previously, Republicans have not been favorable to the change. The pharmaceutical industry has been a staunch opponent, saying the change would limit law-abiding citizens’ choices.

Under Democratic leadership last year, the prescription-only bill was watered down and eventually did not pass at all.

Manchin also wants monthly pseudoephedrine sales limited to 3.6 grams and annual sales capped at 24 grams. Currently, the yearly cap is 48 grams.


The Republican-controlled Senate on Thursday approved a bipartisan bill to construct the Keystone XL oil pipeline, defying a presidential veto threat and setting up the first of many battles with the White House over energy and the environment.

The 62-36 vote advanced a top priority of the newly empowered GOP, and marked the first time the Senate passed a bill authorizing the pipeline, despite numerous attempts to force President Barack Obama’s hand on the issue. Nine Democrats joined with 53 Republicans to back the measure.

This bill “is an important accomplishment for the country,“ said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. “We are hoping the president upon reflection will agree to sign on to a bill that the State Department said could create up to 42,000 jobs and the State Department said creates little to no impact on the environment.“

Still the vote was short of the threshold needed to override a veto, and the legislation still must be reconciled with the version the House passed.

“We hope President Obama will now drop his threat to veto this common-sense bill that would strengthen our energy security and create thousands and thousands of new, good-paying American jobs,“ said House Speaker John Boehner.

Most Democrats framed the bill as gift to a foreign oil company that would have little benefit for the American people, because much of the oil would be exported. They tried and failed to get amendments on the bill to construct the pipeline with U.S. steel, ban exports of the oil and the products refined from it, and protect water resources.

The Senate agreed to add an energy efficiency measure, and went on the record saying climate change was not a hoax and the oil sands should be subject to a tax that helps pay for oil spill cleanups. Oil sands are currently exempt.

“This bill is a disgrace,“ said Senator Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., the top Democrat on the Senate environment committee. “We tried on our side to make this a better bill and they turned us away.“

TransCanada Corp., the pipeline’s developer, disputed the export argument Thursday, saying it didn’t make sense.

“Those who argue this pipeline is for export are not being factual,“ said Russ Girling, president and chief executive officer of TransCanada. “It’s time to approve Keystone XL so we can transport Canadian and American oil to fuel the everyday lives of the American people.“

First proposed in 2008, the $8 billion pipeline project has been beset by delays in Nebraska over its route and at the White House, where the president has resisted prior efforts by Congress to force him to make a decision. In 2012, Obama rejected the project after Congress attached a measure to a payroll tax cut extension that gave him a deadline to make a decision. The pipeline’s developer, TransCanada Corp., then reapplied.

The 1,179-mile pipeline is proposed to go from Canada through Montana and South Dakota to Nebraska, where it would connect with existing pipelines to carry more than 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day to refineries along the Texas Gulf coast.

Obama has said he will not be forced to make a decision on the pipeline, which requires presidential approval because it crosses an international border, until the review process concludes. Federal agencies’ comments on whether the project is in the national interest are due Monday.

Environmental groups have called on Obama to reject the project outright, saying it would make it easier to tap a dirty source of energy that would exacerbate global warming. The State Department’s analysis, assuming higher oil prices, found that shipping it by pipelines to rail or tankers would be worse for the planet. It also concluded that the project, after construction, would create only 35 permanent jobs, a figure Senator Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., compared to a fried chicken franchise.

“The facts are clear: the Keystone XL pipeline will only create 35 permanent jobs while dumping millions of tons of carbon pollution into the air and threatening waterways and communities across the Midwest,“ said Tom Steyer, the investor and philanthropist who founded the NextGen Climate political action committee.

Supporters say the pipeline is a critical piece of infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs during construction and boost energy security by importing oil from a friendly neighbor.

“We urge the president to make the right decision and approve KXL because it is in this nation’s best interest,“ said Jack Gerard, the president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute. “The fact is that if all other infrastructure projects are delayed like Keystone XL, we are years away from approving anything that could create jobs and enhance our energy security.“

Senator Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., a consistent supporter of the pipeline, and one of 9 Democrats to back the bill, said the pipeline had a “distorted position in the energy debate.“

“Keystone is first and foremost is an energy infrastructure project,“ Heitkamp said in a call with reporters Thursday. “It has become something bigger than what it is.“


Two days after Harrison County Prosecuting Attorney Joe Shaffer annouced his resignation, a 30-day interim prosecuting attorney has been appointed.

Susan Morris, the current chief assistant prosecuting attorney, will assume the role when Shaffer’s resignation takes effect at 2 PM on Monday.

“While [Shaffer] was here, he built an office that works well together and works effectively in the criminal justice system and I just hope to maintain that,“ Morris said.

Having previously taken on the responsibilities of the prosecuting attorney when Shaffer has needed to step away, Morris believes she has learned the intricacies of this particular staff and can help facilitate its success.

“We all have very specialized expertise that we bring to each job function that we have. That will not change,“ she said. “I expect the office will continue to function as it has and we’ll continue to deal with those unforeseen circumstances that we’re forced to deal with.“

The county commission held a special meeting Friday morning where Morris was the only nomination and she was approved quickly approved by the two commissioners.

“She’s been there 15 years. She’s been there longer than any of the other assistant prosecuting attorneys,“ Commission President Ron Watson said. “Why disrupt what’s happening?“

The commission is now responsible for appointing a long-term replacement to serve until Shaffer’s term expires, which is the end of 2016.

While he could not speak for Commissioner Bernie Fazzini or the soon-to-be-named commissioner to replace now-Senator Mike Romano, Watson said he knows who he would like to fill the role.

“My intent would be if Susan wants to continue after [the 30 days], is to support her because why disrupt the basic operation of how the prosecuting attorney’s office has been run.“

Watson did say they are not obligated to appoint a new prosecutor from the current assistant prosecutors working in the office and could pull from qualified candidates from outside the area.

Morris will be sworn into the new position sometime around when Shaffer’s resignation takes affect. The entire staff will have to be sworn in again as is required when a new prosecuting attorney takes the helm.


A city policeman is unharmed, but authorities are searching for a suspect who allegedly opened fire on the officer late Thursday night.

According to authorities, the officer was on patrol near the Haywood bridge just before midnight when a spotlight was illuminated into the parked vehicle. Reports indicate that it was then that several rounds were fired from the other side of the West Fork River.

The officer evacuated the vehicle and took shelter in a wooded area until backup arrived on the scene. The officer was not injured in the incident.

Several agencies set up positions around the surrounding area, but the suspect was unable to be immediately located.

Early media reports claim authorities believe the shots were fired from a rifle.

The investigation into the incident is ongoing and is being conducted by the Lumberport Police Department.


A Martinsburg man has been convicted of killing his estranged wife with a hammer.

A Berkeley County Circuit Court jury found 31-year-old Rickie Lee Greenfield guilty of first-degree murder Friday.

Media outlets report the jury did not recommend mercy, meaning Greenfield has no chance for parole. His sentencing is scheduled for April 03.

Jill Greenfield was found dead in her bed in August 2013 with severe trauma to her face and head. A blood-stained hammer was recovered from the scene.


Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has appointed an Elkins attorney to succeed a circuit court judge who resigned after admitting having an affair with a corrections official.

Tomblin announced David H. Wilmoth’s appointment to the Randolph County judgeship Friday. Wilmoth succeeds Jaymie Wilfong, who resigned in November.

Wilmoth is a graduate of Marshall University and West Virginia University College of Law. He began his legal career in 1991 at Jory & Smith before establishing his own law firm in 1997.

Wilfong resigned after the West Virginia Supreme Court suspended her for having a two-year affair with William Travis Carter. At the time, Carter was director of the North Central Community Corrections program in Elkins. He resigned from that position in December 2013.


Four former Freedom Industries executives have been arraigned on a superseding indictment stemming from a chemical spill last January that turned off tap water for 300,000 people.

The indictment contains a new charge against former Freedom President Gary Southern stemming from the company’s bankruptcy. It restates original charges against him and three other former executives.

Southern faces a new count of fraud by interstate commercial carrier. He faces up to 88 years in prison if convicted.

He, William Tis, Charles Herzing and Dennis Farrell previously were charged with federal Clean Water Act violations.

Farrell pleaded not guilty in court Thursday.

In court filings this week, Southern, Tis and Herzing pleaded not guilty to the superseding indictment and waived their rights to be present at Thursday’s arraignment.


A 38-year-old West Virginia man has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for operating what the government called a Detroit-to-Wheeling drug ring.

The U.S. attorney’s office says Brian Schultz of Triadelphia was sentenced Thursday after admitting his role in the distribution of prescription painkillers and cocaine.

Prosecutors say Schultz moved large quantities of drugs to a network of associates who distributed them throughout the Ohio Valley.

Besides a prison term, he was also ordered to forfeit approximately $70,000 and fined $30,000.

An associate of Schultz was also sentenced.


A Maryland man has been convicted in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old West Virginia University student.

Media outlets report a Monongalia County Circuit Court jury found Robert Hernandez Jr. of Cumberland, Maryland, guilty of first-degree murder Thursday.

The jury now must recommend to a judge whether Hernandez should be eligible for parole after serving his sentence.

The victim was Devante Waites, a freshman communications student from Fairmont. He was stabbed in the abdomen during a fight at a Morgantown bar in August. Hernandez was arrested during a traffic stop after police interviewed several witnesses and viewed video surveillance.


A Lewis County man will remain behind bars on sexual assault charges after court proceedings.

Jude Jacob Reger denied a reduction in bond for Joseph Goldsmith.

Goldsmith is accused of third-degree sexual assault after meeting a juvenile on an app called Grindr.

Lawyers for Goldsmith asked for the bond to be reduced, saying the juvenile told him he was 18 before they ever met.

Goldsmith remains in jail on a total of $70,000 bail.

Movie Review: ‘The Humbling’

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As a fanciful meditation on art, reality, acting and aging, “The Humbling,” Barry Levinson’s adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel, bears more than a few resemblances to the Acadamy Award-nominated “Birdman.” One of Levinson’s spare, small-canvas productions, this uneven drama features a poignant leading performance by Al Pacino as an actor in his mid-60s who, after taking a literal plunge off stage, goes into seclusion at his weirdly empty country house. Ravaged, a little ragged-looking, with the constantly agape expression that has been his expressive signature for the past several years, Pacino plays Simon Axler with the knowing weariness of someone who understands too well the terrors of losing your chops — or, as Axler relates in a group therapy session, “my craft… my gift.”

Just as Axler is contemplating an uncertain future (how are you supposed to act when you can no longer act?), he’s visited by Pegeen, a voluptuous professor from a nearby women’s college who happens to be the daughter of old theater friends. The two embark on a May-December relationship made all the more unlikely by Pegeen’s having identified as a lesbian for the past 16 years. Luckily for the audience, Pegeen is played by Greta Gerwig, who injects her patented tonic of wild, ungovernable spontaneity — a spirit that is somehow anarchic and serenely self-possessed at the same time.

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Levinson, working with a script by Buck Henry and Michal Zebede, tries to introduce his own version of spontaneity in “The Humbling” with lots of naturalistic lighting, shadow play and edgy jump cuts; the result is a hallucinatory, sometimes amusingly antic slice of an actor’s life that keeps the lines fuzzy between what Axler is fantasizing or actually experiencing firsthand. Although Pacino and Gerwig are always game for whatever scene they’re in, Levinson never seems to find the story’s organic pacing: What should snap, crackle and pop too often flits and fades into indeterminate nothingness.

Then again, maybe that’s the point. Propelled by reversals, masks and gender games of Shakespearean proportions, “The Humbling” is shot through with wistful ambiguity worthy of the Bard. As the characters come into sharper focus, it’s clear that Axler’s ebbing ambition and desire reveal only more unexamined regrets — and, to his horror, dawning self-awareness.

Even the most uneven elements of “The Humbling” pay off in a part-traumatic, part-triumphant third act, which features the added bonus of a hilariously pitch-perfect commentary by Charles Grodin as Axler’s agent. What’s more, Levinson, Roth and the filmmakers are, in Axler’s own words, gloriously committed to their own toughest instincts: The only art worth doing, “The Humbling” humbly suggests, leaves blood on the floor.

R. Contains sexual material, profanity and brief violence. 112 minutes. Available through iTunes, Amazon Instant, Google Play, Sony Playstation, Vudu, Xbox, Target Ticket and on-demand cable.

Lady Pioneers Win Thrid Straight, Down UVa-Wise 63-54

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Keyanna Tate scored a game high 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds finishing with a double-double as the Lady Pioneers went on the road and defeated UVa-Wise, 63-54.

Glenville State would find themselves down early to UVa-Wise, 9-3, at the 16:17 minute mark of the first half. However the Lady Pioneers would tie the game up at 14 all at the 12:11 minute mark. Then Glenville State would take their first lead of the game at the 10:34 minute mark as they led the Lady Cavaliers, 18-17.

The Lady Pioneers would then end the first half on a 7-0 run as Glenville State led at halftime, 35-26.

The Lady Pioneers would start the second half on a 9-2 run as they took a 15 point lead over UVa-Wise, 44-29, with 13:50 left in the game.

UVa-Wise would try and make several runs throughout the second half but the Lady Pioneers would prove to be too much for the Lady Cavaliers as Glenville State won by nine, 63-54.

Glenville State shot 35 percent from the floor and 30 percent from behind the three-point line while UVa-Wise shot 29 percent from floor and only 20 percent from behind the three-point line.

The Lady Pioneers won the rebounding battle as they out-rebounded the Lady Cavaliers by seven, 53-46.

Keyanna Tate had a double-double as she scored 17 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Briana Smythe scored 14 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench.

Paige Tuttle dished out a team high three assists to go along with her five points.

UVa-Wise was led by Kayla Carey as she scored 14 points and had 15 rebounds for a double-double.

The Lady Pioneers (9-8, 7-6) are on a three game winning streak and will return to the court this Saturday, January 31, 2015 (Today) when they travel to Shepherd University, tip-off is set for 2:00 PM.

Official Basketball Box Score
Glenville State vs UVa-Wise
01.29.2015 5:30 PM at Wise, VA (Prior Center)
VISITORS: Glenville State 9-8, 7-6

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Katrina Salins…... *  1-5    0-3    0-0    0  2  2   0   2  2  5  0  0  18
03 Tayana Stewart…... *  0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  1  0  0  1  11
04 Keyanna Tate…..... *  6-11   0-0    5-6    5  8 13   2  17  2  2  0  1  23
20 Briauna Nix…...... *  1-3    0-0    0-0    0  6  6   4   2  1  0  2  0  18
35 Julie Bishop…..... *  2-8    2-6    0-0    1  0  1   0   6  2  1  0  0  20
02 Paige Tuttle….....    1-8    1-4    2-2    1  1  2   2   5  3  3  0  0  21
10 Skyy Lewis….......    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  1  0  0   2
12 Kayla Tibbs…......    2-9    2-6    0-0    1  1  2   1   6  0  1  0  1  18
13 Chanice Lee…......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   0   0  0  1  0  0   1
21 Kristin DesRocher…    2-4    2-3    0-0    1  3  4   0   6  1  1  0  0  18
22 Angenay Williams….    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
24 Madison Martin…...    1-3    1-3    0-0    2  1  3   1   3  0  1  0  1  19
25 Briana Smythe…....    7-10   0-0    0-0    3  6  9   3  14  1  0  0  1  15
32 Brittany Jackson….    0-2    0-1    0-0    1  1  2   2   0  1  2  0  0   6
34 La’Shaughn Jones….    1-3    0-0    0-0    0  3  3   5   2  0  1  0  0   9
   TEAM….............                         1  3  4
   Totals…...........   24-67   8-26   7-8   18 35 53  21  63 14 19  2  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-33 42.4%   2nd Half: 10-34 29.4%   Game: 35.8%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  7-19 36.8%   2nd Half:  1-7  14.3%   Game: 30.8%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  0-0   0.0%   2nd Half:  7-8  87.5%   Game: 87.5%    1

HOME TEAM: UVa-Wise 6-13, 5-8

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
03 Taylor Sandidge….. *  1-8    0-1    1-2    3  3  6   3   3  2  1  0  1  33
20 Blair Harding….... *  4-17   1-10   3-7    3  2  5   0  12  3  3  0  1  37
23 Katie Jo Dockery…. *  2-10   2-7    0-0    3  4  7   4   6  2  3  0  0  33
25 Kehana Grayer….... *  1-7    0-0    2-5    4  1  5   1   4  2  3  1  0  29
42 Kayla Carey…...... *  6-18   0-0    2-5    5 10 15   1  14  2  2  0  1  32
11 Naya Williams…....    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  1  0  0  3   6
24 Allison Ball….....    5-7    1-2    2-2    1  2  3   1  13  1  5  0  1  22
30 Megan Smith…......    1-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   2  0  1  0  0   8
   TEAM….............                         2  2  4
   Totals…...........   20-69   4-20  10-21  22 24 46  11  54 13 18  1  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 10-33 30.3%   2nd Half: 10-36 27.8%   Game: 29.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-11 27.3%   2nd Half:  1-9  11.1%   Game: 20.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  3-8  37.5%   2nd Half:  7-13 53.8%   Game: 47.6%   3,1

Officials: Dwight Ford, Ben Smith, and Kim Crabtree

Technical fouls: Glenville State-None. UVa-Wise-None.

Attendance: 227

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Glenville State…............   35   28  -   63
UVa-Wise…...................   26   28  -   54

#24 Pioneers Down UVa-Wise 75-57

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The #24 Glenville State Pioneer basketball team outscored the UVa-Wise Cavaliers 37-21 in the first as the Pioneers cruised to a big road victory.

In the first half Glenville State would see UVa-Wise take a 5-0 lead at the 17:45 minute mark however the Pioneers would then go on a 7-3 run as they took their first lead of the game at the 14:30 minute mark, 9-8.

After that Glenville State would not look back and take a 16 point halftime lead, 37-21.

In the second half it would be all Pioneers as they rolled to an 18 point victory, 75-57.

There was one tie and three lead changes in the game all coming in the first half. The Pioneers biggest lead of the game was 26 points.

The Pioneers scored 36 points in the paint while the Cavaliers only scored 14 points in the paint. Glenville State’s bench outscored UVa-Wise bench 24 to 12.

The Pioneers had four players score in double figures with Brett Morris scoring a game high 18 points. Sedric Nady scored 14 points while Donte Morales and Juwan Wells both chipped in with 10 points each. Wells also grabbed nine rebounds and handed out a team high four assists.

Brien Winston grabbed a team high 11 rebounds and scored nine points.

UVa-Wise was led by Brian Sydnor as he scored 16 points.

The #24 Pioneers (15-4, 11-2) are on a three game win streak and travel to Shepherd University for a showdown with the Rams. Game time is set for 4:00 PM.

Official Basketball Box Score
Glenville State vs. UVa-Wise
01.29.2015  7:30 PM  at Wise, VA (Prior Center)
VISITORS: Glenville State 15-4, 11-2

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Sedric Nady…...... *  5-9    4-6    0-0    1  1  2   2  14  2  0  0  0  27
03 Donte Morales….... *  3-8    1-3    3-4    1  5  6   3  10  1  3  3  0  29
11 Reggie Williams….. *  2-5    0-3    1-2    0  3  3   3   5  3  0  0  1  26
12 Luke Campbell….... *  2-8    0-6    0-0    0  4  4   1   4  3  0  0  0  31
23 Brett Morris…..... *  6-10   2-4    4-4    0  3  3   1  18  3  0  2  0  21
00 Brien Winston…....    3-7    0-1    3-4    5  6 11   2   9  2  3  0  3  24
22 Hunter Given….....    0-3    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  1   6
32 Juwan Wells…......    4-7    0-1    2-2    3  6  9   2  10  4  2  1  2  24
33 Alonzo Molina…....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  4  4   1   0  0  0  0  0   3
50 ED Newell…........    2-3    0-0    1-2    2  2  4   1   5  0  3  0  0   9
   TEAM….............                            1  1
   Totals…...........   27-60   7-25  14-18  12 35 47  16  75 18 11  6  7 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 12-32 37.5%   2nd Half: 15-28 53.6%   Game: 45.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  5-16 31.3%   2nd Half:  2-9  22.2%   Game: 28.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  8-10 80.0%   2nd Half:  6-8  75.0%   Game: 77.8%    2

HOME TEAM: UVa-Wise 1-17, 0-13

                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
02 Philip Owens II….. *  5-13   3-6    1-2    0  4  4   2  14  6  4  0  0  37
20 Tyler Maggard….... *  0-3    0-3    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  1  0  0  0  20
22 Oliver Thompson….. *  3-9    2-7    0-0    1  5  6   3   8  2  0  0  1  34
32 Brian Sydnor…..... *  5-11   2-3    4-5    3  1  4   1  16  0  2  0  0  29
33 Matt Day…......... *  2-11   1-7    2-2    0  9  9   5   7  0  3  0  0  33
01 Charles George…...    1-4    0-0    2-3    1  1  2   2   4  3  1  0  1  23
03 Jordan Smith….....    3-7    2-6    0-0    0  1  1   3   8  1  0  0  0  15
14 Corey Dick….......    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  1  0   9
   TEAM….............                         2  1  3
   Totals…...........   19-59  10-32   9-12   7 23 30  16  57 13 10  1  2 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  8-29 27.6%   2nd Half: 11-30 36.7%   Game: 32.2%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  3-15 20.0%   2nd Half:  7-17 41.2%   Game: 31.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-3  66.7%   2nd Half:  7-9  77.8%   Game: 75.0%    1

Officials: Lewis Foreman, Greg Howard, and Austin Jones

Technical fouls: Glenville State-None. UVa-Wise-None.

Attendance: 247

Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Glenville State…............   37   38  -   75
UVa-Wise…...................   21   36  -   57

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►   WVSSAC executive director Gary Ray retiring

The executive director of the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission is retiring.

Gary Ray will step down next January after more than eight years as head of the agency that oversees interscholastic athletics, cheerleading and band activities among its member schools.

The SSAC board of directors accepted Ray’s retirement at a meeting Wednesday. A search will begin soon for Ray’s replacement.

Ray has been with the SSAC since 2001. Before that he served in several capacities in the Fayette County school system. He currently serves on the board for the National Federation of State High School Associations.

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►   Roger Goodell on a season of ‘soul-searching,’ Deflategate and state of the NFL

As the NFL prepares for a Super Bowl that will cap a season marred by controversies, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that he’d had a year of “soul-searching” over how he and the league handled issues of domestic violence and sexual assault and, as it addresses its latest issue, he promised “a thorough and fair” investigation in his first comments about Deflategate.

Goodell also commented on Marshawn Lynch’s reluctance to speak to the media in an annual “state of the game” press conference that had an odd vibe Friday in Phoenix. Curiously, he chose to lead off with comments about point-after touchdowns, streaming games and business matters rather than the elephants in the room: domestic violence, sexual assault and Deflategate. Although his leadership was at times questioned during the season, Goodell reiterated that he, as the NFL’s $44-million-a-year chief executive, could envision no circumstances in which he would be bounced from his job.

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“No, I can’t,” he said to laughter. “It has been a tough year, a tough year on me personally. It’s been a year of humility and learning. We obviously as an organization have gone through adversity, but more importantly it’s been adversity for me. That is something we take seriously. It’s an opportunity for us to get better, it’s an opportunity for our organization to get better, so we’ve all done lot of soul-searching, starting with yours truly. We have taken action. A lot of the concerns that we had back in August where we didn’t have a policy to address a very complex issue–we didn’t have answers for that. We didn’t fully understand those issues. Well, now we experts in the field, they’re in our office, they’re helping us understand this.”

As for Deflategate, Goodell refused to say much while outside counsel Ted Wells investigates how footballs used by the New England Patriots in the first half of the AFC championship game became deflated. He noted that the investigation focuses on two questions: Why were some footballs used not in compliance with NFL rules and was this the result of deliberate action.

“I want to emphasize, we have made no judgments on these points and we will not compromise the investigation by engaging in speculation,” Goodell said. “When Ted Wells has completed the investigation and made his determination based on all available evidence, we will share his report publicly.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a man considered so close to Goodell as to be called an “assistant commissioner” according to a new GQ article, opened Super Bowl week with a salvo at Goodell, saying he expected an apology from the NFL if no evidence of a deliberate act turns up in Deflategate. Goodell was asked about that comment and it was noted that Kraft was not in attendance. Typically, the owners of the two Super Bowl teams attend the press conference.

“My thoughts are this is my job. My responsibility is to protect the integrity of the game. I represent 32 teams,” Goodell said. “All of us want to make sure that the rules are being followed and if we have any information where the potential is that those rules were violated, I have to consider that and I have to pursue that aggressively. This is my job. This is the job of the league office. It’s what all 32 clubs expect and I believe our partners and our fans expect. We will do it vigorously and it is important for it to be thorough and fair.”

Lynch, the Seattle Seahawks running back, has made headlines for what he wouldn’t say and for how he wouldn’t say what he wouldn’t say during league-mandated sessions with the media. Lynch, who was fined $100,000 last fall for dodging the media, was available for the allotted time, but may be fined because he wore gear that is not sanctioned by the league. Goodell wouldn’t address whether there will be another fine.

“I’ve been very clear that when you’re in the NFL, you have an obligation, an obligation to the fans,” Goodell said. “It is part of your job and there are things that we all have to do in our jobs that we may not necessarily want to do. I think Marshawn understands the importance of the Super Bowl, the importance of his appearance and the importance of him as an individual in this game. Fans are curious. Fans want to know. The media would like to make that story clear to our fans. I understand it may not be on the top of his list, but everyone else is cooperating, everyone else is doing his part because it is our obligation. … It comes with the territory and the privilege of playing.”

In other comments, Goodell said the NFL would be hiring a chief medical officer and would look at making the extra point after touchdowns more difficult for kickers. In addition, the league will consider the expanded use of instant replay and rotating officials on crews.

Goodell bristled at the idea that he was usually unavailable to the media and at the idea that he and the league were more often reactive than proactive. When questioned just how independent Wells is, Goodell in a flat joke that seemed to contradict the claim of increased humility, responded to CNN’s Rachel Nichols by flippantly saying she didn’t seem to be “volunteering” to pay for the investigation. And he was asked bluntly if he deserved a pay cut based on his performance this season.

“That’s up to the owners. They evaluate my performance. They evaluate my compensation every year and I don’t argue,” he said with a smile.

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►   Texas Tech comes to Morgantown after historically bad beatdown

Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith, struggling to explain his squad’s 81-36 cave-in at Oklahoma, found comfort in a cliche.

“You are never as bad as your worst loss,” he said.

He hopes they don’t come any worse than what transpired Wednesday night in Norman.

While the Red Raiders have rarely looked crisp offensively this season, the 36 points represented the fewest points ever in a Big 12 game. After producing only 11 baskets and shooting 21 percent, Texas Tech faces another difficult road trip Saturday at No.17 West Virginia.

“Knowing Tubby the way I know Tubby, he’ll have them ready,” said Mountaineers coach Bob Huggins. “The Oklahoma game—that’s probably never happened to him in his career. I think they went 1 for their first 18 (shooting), and that makes it hard to win.”

West Virginia won 78-67 in Lubbock earlier this month, shooting 47 percent (its fifth-best outing this season) and placing five players in double figures, led by Juwan Staten’s 16 points.

West Virginia’s point guard admitted it was strange watching Texas Tech cut-ups from the past week, when the Raiders upset then-No. 9 Iowa State before being embarrassed by Oklahoma.

“That’s just the makeup of our league,” Staten said. “The same thing sort of happened to us—we beat Oklahoma (by 21) and then we went out and lost to Texas (by 27).”

Fellow guard Gary Browne found deeper evidence as to why WVU can’t overlook Texas Tech:

“They beat Iowa State and Iowa State beat us, so we’ve got to come out ready.”

No. 17 WEST VIRGINIA (17-3, 5-2) vs. TEXAS TECH (11-10, 1-7)

Tipoff: Noon at Morgantown (ESPNU)

Scouting the Red Raiders:
Texas Tech has an 0-7 record away from Lubbock this season and stands just 6-43 the past four years. … Junior college transfer guard Devaugntah Williams (10.6 points) is the lone double-digits scorer, though he is 1-of-10 shooting in his past two road losses. … Senior guard Toddrick Gotcher, a career 5.4-point scorer, has averaged 15.3 in his last three meetings against West Virginia. … Robert Turner (9.2 points), … Tech’s primary bigs are freshmen, 6-9 Norense Odiase (6.6 points, 4.5 rebounds) and 6-10 Isaiah Manderson (4.3 points, 2.2 rebounds). “We have to remember that we have seven new faces on our team that are adjusting to Division I basketball in the toughest league in the country,” Smith said. “There is a learning curve.” … From 351 Division I teams, the Red Raiders rank 307th in field-goal percentage, 312th in assist-to-turnover ratio and 275th in scoring.

Coaching the Red Raiders: The 63-year-old Smith (536-254 in his 24th season) is the Big 12’s oldest head coach. After taking Tulsa and Georgia to the NCAA tournament, he won a national championship at Kentucky in 1998 and most recently enjoyed six years of moderate success at Minnesota.

Mountaineers musings:
West Virginia tops the nation in forced turnovers (22.1) and steals (12.6) and benefited from 22 Tech turnovers in the first meeting. … Forwards Devin Williams (11 points, 7.9 rebounds) and Jonathan Holton (9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds) and guard Daxter Miles (6.1 points, 2.3 rebounds) have started every game this season. … Despite ranking 270th in field-goal percentage, WVU ranks 23rd in scoring (77.1 per game). … Staten ranks fourth in the Big 12 in scoring (14.9), third in assists (4.3) and he’s tied for second in free-throw attempts (119). … The Mountaineers have won all five regular-season meetings since joining the Big 12 three years ago, while Texas Tech claimed the lone postseason matchup in the 2013 conference tournament. … Huggins owns a 757-303 record in 33 seasons, including a 167-94 mark at West Virginia.

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►   Area High Schools Boys Basketball Game Results

(Friday, January 30)

Sherman 70     South Harrison 69

Parkersburg 63     Propel Charter, PA 56

Williamstown 88     Parkersburg Catholic 48

Wood County Christian 61     Teays Valley Christian 54

►   Area High Schools Girls Basketball Game Results

(Friday, January 30)

#10 Bridgeport 53     #10 Buckhannon-Upshur 43

#3 Fairmont Senior 66     Liberty 22

Wood County Christian 74     Teays Valley Christian 59

►   Big Atlantic Classic

Monday’s Results

Game 1 — Greater Beckley Christian 82, Moorefield 51 (boys A)

Game 2 — Gilmer County 71, Sherman 59 (boys A)

Tuesday’s Results

Game 3 — Westside 81, Wyoming East 67 (boys AA)

Game 4 — Scott 70, Liberty Raleigh 46 (boys AA)

Wednesday’s Results

Game 5 — Moorefield 78, Sherman 33 (boys A consolation)

Game 6 — Liberty Raleigh 48, Wyoming East 46 (boys AA consolation)

Game 7 — Oak Hill Academy (VA) 81, Blue Ridge 39 (boys national)

Game 8 — St. Albans 64, Wyoming East 59 (girls)

Thursday’s Results

Game 9 — George Washington 76, Brooke 34 (girls)

Game 10 — Morgantown 67, Huntington 57 (girls)

Game 11 — Greater Beckley Christian 81, Gilmer County 57 (boys A championship)

Game 12 — Greenbrier East 75, Oak Hill 39 (girls)

Friday’s Results

Game 13 — Wyoming East 72, Oak Hill 42 (girls co-consolation)

Game 14 — Parkersburg South 83, Princeton 76 (boys AAA)

Game 15 — Martinsburg 57, Shady Spring 49 (boys AAA)

Game 16 — Greenbrier East 80, Hampshire 64 (boys AAA)

Game 17 — Woodrow Wilson 56, Washington 36 (boys AAA)

Today’s Games

Game 18 — Brooke vs. Huntington (girls co-consolation), 9 AM

Game 19 — Princeton vs. Shady Spring (boys AAA co-consolation), 10:40 AM

Game 20 — Hampshire vs. Washington (boys AAA co-consolation), 12:20 PM

Game 21 — Westside vs. Scott (boys AA championship), 2 PM

Game 22 — St. Albans vs. Greenbrier East (girls co-championship), 4 PM

Game 23 — Parkersburg South vs. Martinsburg (boys AAA co-championship), 5:40 PM

Game 24 — George Washington vs. Morgantown (girls co-championship), 7:20 PM

Game 25 — Greenbrier East vs. Woodrow Wilson (boys AAA co-championship), 9 PM

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►   Top-25 College Men’s Basketball Game Results

(Friday, January 30)

Final Score: (6) Arizona 57, Oregon State 34

T.J. McConnell’s solid all-around effort helped No. 6 Arizona avenge a recent loss to Oregon State with a 57-34 victory on Friday. McConnell finished with seven points, eight steals and six assists, Brandon Ashley scored 12 points with six rebounds and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson netted 11 for the Wildcats (20-2, 8-1 Pac-12), who won their sixth straight game since a 58-56 loss to the Beavers in Corvallis on Jan. 11. Olaf Schaftenaar paced Oregon State (14-7, 5-4) with eight points and six boards in the team’s second straight loss.

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►   Cousins to replace Bryant in All-Star Game

Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins will replace injured Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on the Western Conference All-Star team, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced Friday.

Cousins was not one of the seven Western Conference reserves named Thursday, but a spot opened up when Bryant had season-ending shoulder surgery this week.

Cousins, who will make his first NBA All-Star Game appearance, has averaged 23.8 points, 12.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 blocks in 32 games this season.

The 24-year-old Cousins is the first Kings’ All-Star since 2004.

►   Kings give Miller another 10-day deal

The Sacramento Kings have signed forward Quincy Miller to a second 10-day contract, the team announced prior to Friday’s game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Miller inked his first 10-day deal with the Kings on January 17 following a successful run with the NBA Development League’s Reno Bighorns, in which he led the D-League with averages of 26.3 points and 3.7 blocks over 14 games.

The 22-year-old has played in two games with Sacramento, totaling 14 points, eight rebounds and a pair of blocks over 40 minutes.

A second-round pick of Denver in the 2012 NBA Draft, Miller made 52 appearances and 16 starts with the Nuggets last season and averaged 4.9 points and 2.8 rebounds.

►   Knicks sign Amundson for rest of season

The New York Knicks have signed forward Lou Amundson for the remainder of the season.

Amundson is averaging 6.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists in seven games (six starts) with the Knicks since signing the first of two consecutive 10-day contracts on January 10.

►   Nothin’ but Net: Explaining All-Star snubs

Outrage comes with the territory when the All-Star reserves are announced.

This year, DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers and Kyle Korver of the Atlanta Hawks were the poster children for the snubbed.

The reason these gentlemen didn’t make their respective team is clear. They don’t carry the name recognition of the fellas who will be headed to New York City in a few weeks.

Cousins has a great argument to make the West team. He’s sixth in the league in scoring, third in rebounding, sixth in Player Efficiency Rating and 12th in blocked shots. Those numbers stop traffic, but Cousins had a few things going against him.

First, the Kings own a losing record. To make an All-Star team with a sub-.500 record a player needs other-worldly stats. Or, be a member of the Miami Heat. Ugh.

Cousins is very close to having those marks. Not close enough.

Secondly, coaches check familiar boxes way too often. Kevin Durant played about the same number of games as my mailman, but got the nod. Why? Well, he is an All-Star caliber player no matter how many games, but mostly the reason is, he’s Kevin Durant.

Angry Tim Duncan is on the team over Cousins? Same principals apply, but at least the San Antonio Spurs are a playoff team.

But here’s a more specific explanation why Cousins has Valentine’s weekend off and Duncan will be in the Big Apple. It was articulated much better than I could have by Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News Friday morning on Twitter.

“All things being equal, I think coaches tend to vote for players they would most like to coach. Duncan over Boogie Cousins, for example.“

There it is. Now, to be fair, numbers aren’t remotely close to equal, but the point is Cousins still suffers from a bad rap. He’s worked hard at changing that, but the perception exists. Duncan is a saint. There are probably shrines dedicated to his very existence. It’s easier to vote for that guy, than the one who causes havoc and not necessarily in a good way.

Lillard was something of a surprise in missing out. I had him on my ballot at the expense of LA Clippers’ perennial All-Star Chris Paul, but Cliff’s twin got the nod.

Winning can’t be the argument against Lillard’s shunning. The Blazers are 32-14 and have been near the top of the standings for almost the entire season. They’ve fallen on hard times of late, losing seven of nine, but the Trail Blazers share the fourth-best record in the NBA.

Can you name the two teams the Blazers share the fourth-best record with? The Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Clippers, so, for those who feel Paul didn’t deserve it, LA’s record can’t be the reason.

Let’s look at the numbers. Paul is averaging 17.5 ppg, 9.7 apg and 1.9 spg, while shooting 47% from the floor, 39% from long range and is seventh in PER.

Lillard averages 21.8 ppg, 6.2 apg and 1.3 spg. He shoots 43% from the field, 36.7% from 3-point land and is 20th in PER.

Let’s put it this way - Paul’s inclusion at Lillard’s expense is not as tragic a miscarriage of justice as say Nick Offerman never being nominated for an Emmy for “Parks and Recreation.“

No need to bother with Korver’s absence. It was a coin flip with Wade, and superstar won out. Wade also has All-Star numbers, just a hideous record in a hideous conference.

Superstardom trumps all and it always will. Plus, if Wade can’t go because of a hamstring injury, Korver is the only logical replacement in the East.

I don’t believe it’s a total laziness by the coaches. McDonald’s point is a great one. Coaches will always vote for the great player whose legacy is pristine.

My advice to Cousins is keep putting up those numbers, keep staying out of trouble with the attitude-related stuff and hope Sacramento improves in the standings.

For Lillard, it was five guys for four spots. The least-tenured got passed over. It’s disappointing, sure, and he may get in as a replacement for Kobe Bryant. Same goes for Cousins.

These young guys can’t overcome politics. Keep it in your mind and use it for motivation. They are both young enough to make plenty of All-Star games in the future.

The coaches aren’t going to change the way they vote. Their philosophy isn’t terrible, but it’s just boring to see the likes of Duncan and Durant go when they aren’t most deserving.

Not a thing we can do about it, so it’s probably just been a waste of 100 lines.


- Not a bold prediction, but after a snub at the All-Star Game and a snub for the US World Cup team, Lillard is going to go on a second-half tear. I’m serious. I think it’s going to be an MVP-type push.

- The Atlanta Hawks do something really cool with their Twitter handle. For every game during this winning streak, they add a “W” in the Hawks name. So many teams do hilarious work on Twitter, including, but not limited to the Portland Trail Blazers, Dallas Mavericks and Philadelphia 76ers.

- Per Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Jacque Vaughn will coach the Orlando Magic on Saturday, but that could be it. There really has been no significant improvement during his tenure. There are a lot of puppies on that roster, but there should have been some growth.

- Movie moment - “Wedding Crashers” might go into my top-five all-time comedies. Back in the day when Richard Roeper worked on TV with Roger Ebert, he singled out Vince Vaughn’s performance as worthy of a Supporting Actor nomination. He’s right.

- TV moment - Not many people watched “Parenthood,“ but I did. Admittedly, I’m behind on this final season, but this was just solid, honest entertainment and apparently people don’t like that.    ~~  Jim Brighters ~~

►   NBA Game Results

(Friday, January 30)

Final Score: Philadelphia 103, Minnesota 94

Michael Carter-Williams scored 17 points with 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his fifth career triple-double, helping the Philadelphia 76ers to a 103-94 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night. Luc Mbah a Moute paced the Sixers with 18 points, while Nerlens Noel contributed 14 points, six rebounds and a career-high six blocks in the win. The Sixers, who have won two straight home games since taking the first two at home last season, snapped their season-opening 17-game losing streak with a win over Minnesota on Dec. 3. Kevin Martin had 19 points, Nikola Pekovic tallied 18 points with seven rebounds and Gorgui Dieng posted 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Timberwolves, who looked to win two straight games for the first time this season.

Final Score: Atlanta 105, Portland 99

Atlanta’s All-Stars came through again. Paul Millsap, Al Horford and Jeff Teague had plenty of help as the Hawks pushed their franchise-record winning streak to 18 games. Millsap scored 21 points, Horford had 17 and Teague scored six of his 13 points in the fourth quarter as the Hawks held off LaMarcus Aldridge and the Portland Trail Blazers for a 105-99 victory on Friday night. Kyle Korver added 16 points and Kent Bazemore had 12 points in 40 minutes off the bench as the Hawks won without injured forward DeMarre Carroll, who sat with a left Achilles strain. Millsap, Horford and Teague were all named to the Eastern Conference All-Star team on Thursday, the first time since 1980 that three Hawks made the game. Atlanta’s Mike Budenholzer will coach the East in the Feb. 15 game at Madison Square Garden in New York. The Hawks haven’t lost since Dec. 26 in Milwaukee. And at 39-8, they surpassed last season’s win total (38-44). They could secure a perfect 17-0 month with a win Saturday against Philadelphia, which will end a seven-game homestand. Aldridge scored 37 points for Portland a day after he was named to the Western Conference All-Star team. Wesley Matthews added 16 points and Damian Lillard scored 13 with 11 assists.

Final Score: Houston 93, Boston 87

In the absence of Dwight Howard, Donatas Motiejunas had a career night to keep the Houston Rockets’ winning streak alive. Motiejunas scored a career-high 26 points with 12 rebounds to lead the Rockets to a 93-87 win over the Boston Celtics. Howard missed his third straight game with a knee injury. The team revealed earlier in the week that Howard is suffering from edema in the knee caused by fluid build-up in body tissues. Josh Smith deposited 15 points and James Harden added 14 with seven assists and six rebounds for Houston, which has won four straight both overall and in the series with Boston. Brandon Bass and Marcus Thornton each scored 17 points for the Celtics, who have lost three of their last four.

Final Score: Toronto 127, Brooklyn 122 (OT)

DeMar DeRozan finished with 26 points and nine assists as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 127-122 for a thrilling overtime victory on Friday. Lou Williams netted 25 points, Amir Johnson had 24 points and seven rebounds and Jonas Valanciunas supplied 14 points and 11 boards for the Raptors, who won their fifth straight win. Jarrett Jack scored a career-high 35 points with 13 assists and Brook Lopez also had 35 and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Nets, who have dropped their last four games.

Final Score: Cleveland 101, Sacramento 90

LeBron James returned to the Cavaliers lineup and scored 19 points, and Cleveland used balanced scoring to top the Sacramento Kings 101-90, extending its season-long winning streak. Kevin Love had 23 points and 10 rebounds and Kyrie Irving scored 21 points with six assists. Irving carried the load offensively in Cleveland’s win over Portland on Wednesday, netting a career-high 55 of the team’s 99 points. James, who missed that game with a wrist injury, also contributed seven assists and four steals, and J.R. Smith added 16 points. The Cavs have ripped off nine straight wins since a six-game skid. DeMarcus Cousins led Sacramento with 21 points and 13 rebounds just hours after it was announced that he would make his first appearance in the All-Star game. Cousins will replace injured Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who had season- ending shoulder surgery. Rudy Gay chipped in 20 points in Sacramento’s eight straight setback.

Final Score: Dallas 93, Miami 72

The Dallas Mavericks made three shots in the first quarter, scored 33 points in the first half and beat the Miami Heat by 21. How? With a 39-3 run. Charlie Villanueva scored 20 points and the Mavericks held the Heat to just three points over a nearly 14-minute span in the third and fourth quarters on the way to a 93-72 win on Friday night. Miami’s stale finish—which came after Dallas started the game ice-cold from the field—tempered what was a career night for Hassan Whiteside, who set a franchise record with 14 rebounds in the first quarter. The 7-foot center ended with 16 points and a career-high 24 rebounds for the Heat, who were without Dwyane Wade because of a hamstring strain the All-Star guard suffered Tuesday against Milwaukee, which could sideline him for weeks. James Ennis added 15 points off the bench, All-Star Chris Bosh scored 12 and Mario Chalmers had 10 in Miami’s fourth loss in six games.

Final Score: New Orleans 108, LA Clippers 103

Eric Gordon scored a season-high 28 points to lift the New Orleans Pelicans to a 108-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. Ryan Anderson netted 24 points and went 5-of-11 from 3-point range, while Alexis Ajinca supplied 17 points and nine rebounds off the bench and Tyreke Evans had 11 points and 12 assists for the Pelicans, who have won five of their last six games. Chris Paul finished with 24 points, Blake Griffin scored 19 and DeAndre Jordan contributed 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Clippers, who had their six-game winning streak come to an end.

Final Score: Utah 110, Golden State 100

Gordon Hayward’s career game led the Utah Jazz to an improbable 110-100 win over the Golden State Warriors on Friday. The Jazz improved to 12-10 on the season when Hayward scores at least 20 points, compared to 5-20 when he nets 19 or fewer. He finished with 26 in this one to go along with a career-high 15 rebounds and six assists. Utah also got a boost from its reserves, who had just nine fewer points between them than the starters. Trevor Booker scored 17 points, Trey Burke had 15 with seven assists and Rudy Gobert had 10 points and 10 boards for his sixth double-double in January. The young 7-footer had just two double-doubles in his career before this month. Steph Curry filled it up with 32 points, seven rebounds and six assists in Golden State’s second straight loss, but his running mate Klay Thompson contributed just 12 points and did not connect from deep on three tries. Curry and Thompson will both represent the Western Conference in the All-Star game on Feb. 15.

Final Score: Phoenix 99, Chicago 93

Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points, including the final four for Phoenix, to help the Suns pull away from the Chicago Bulls and cap an eight-game homestand with a 99-93 win. Goran Dragic scored 21 points for the Suns, who finished the homestand 6-2. Markieff and Marcus Morris both scored 12 points, with Markieff also contributing a season-high 14 rebounds. Derrick Rose, Jimmy Butler and Aaron Brooks combined for 66 of Chicago’s 93 points and Pau Gasol had 19 boards in the setback. Rose’s struggles from the floor continued on Friday despite scoring 23 points. He shot 8-of-23 and 0- for-6 from behind the arc. Rose is shooting 28-of-82 (34 percent) from the floor and 5-for-25 from 3 over his last three games.

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►   Brewers sign Cotts

The Milwaukee Brewers signed reliever Neal Cotts to a one-year contract on Friday.

The deal is reportedly worth $3 million.

Cotts had a career year in 2013 for the Texas Rangers, going 8-3 with a 1.11 ERA in 58 appearances. He regressed last season, posting a 2-9 record with a 4.32 ERA in 73 games.

The 34-year-old will replace Zach Duke as a second left-handed option alongside Will Smith in Milwaukee’s bullpen. Duke signed a three-year deal with the Chicago White Sox this offseason.

Cotts is 20-24 with a 4.05 ERA in 415 career games (five starts) with the White Sox, Cubs and Rangers. He won a World Series with the White Sox in 2005.

He did not pitch in the majors from 2010 through 2012 because of injuries.

To make room on a full 40-man roster, the Brewers designated utilityman Elian Herrera for assignment.

►   Rockies acquire Hale from Braves in four-player trade

The Colorado Rockies have acquired right- handed pitchers David Hale and Gus Schlosser in exchange for catchers Jose Briceno and Chris O’Dowd.

Hale and Schlosser are the only players in the deal with major league experience.

After allowing just one earned run over two starts in 2013, the 27-year-old Hale went 4-5 with a 3.30 ERA in 45 games—six starts—for Atlanta last season.

Schlosser was roughed up for 16 runs—15 earned—over 17 2/3 innings over 15 appearances with the Braves in 2014.

Briceno, 22, has spent the past two seasons at Single-A Asheville, while the 23-year-old O’Dowd split 2014 between High-A Modesto and Double-A Tulsa.

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►   NHL Game Results

(Friday, January 30)

Final Score: Pittsburgh 2, New Jersey 1 (OT)

Simon Despres scored with 2:39 remaining in overtime and Pittsburgh rallied to post a 2-1 victory over New Jersey at Prudential Center. Holding the puck near the right-wing boards, Brandon Sutter passed to Kris Letang, whose own backhanded dish landed on the stick of Despres at the point. His harmless flip to the net beat a screened Cory Schneider to complete a comeback from one goal down late in regulation. Chris Kunitz registered a power-play goal with 3:11 remaining for the Penguins, who won for the second time in their last seven games. Marc-Andre Fleury needed to make only 13 saves. Steve Bernier tallied for the Devils, who had won two in a row. Schneider ended up with a season-high 41 saves in defeat.

Final Score: St. Louis 3, Carolina 2 (SO)

Kevin Shattenkirk scored the winner in the shootout to lead the St. Louis Blues in a 3-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Shattenkirk was the second shooter for the Blues and he buried a wrister past Cam Ward, while Jake Allen stopped Eric Staal’s wrister for the win. Allen made 26 saves, while David Backes and Ryan Reaves scored in regulation for the Blues, who have won four straight. Justin Faulk and Ryan Murphy lit the lamp for the Hurricanes, who had a three-game winning streak snapped. Ward stopped the 29 shots he faced through overtime in relief of Anton Khudobin, who was pulled from the start after allowing two goals on three shots.

Final Score: Colorado 3, Nashville 0

Semyon Varlamov posted 23 saves for his fourth shutout of the season to lead the Colorado Avalanche in a 3-0 victory over the Nashville Predators on Friday. Maxime Talbot, Gabriel Landeskog and Jarome Iginla scored for the Avalanche, who had lost three of four coming into the game. Colorado avenged a loss to Nashville in its last game on Tuesday. It wasn’t a home-and-home series because the Predators played in St. Louis on Thursday. Marek Mazanec made 25 saves for the Predators, who have dropped four of their last five.

Final Score: Vancouver 5, Buffalo 2

Ryan Miller faced his former team for the first time and his 20 saves helped the Vancouver Canucks to a 5-2 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Friday. Miller played against the team he won a Vezina Trophy with for the first time since being traded to St. Louis last February. He had a chance to play them late last season while with the Blues, but opted to sit out. His strong game saw his former team drop its 14th straight game, all in regulation, as the team is suffering through a franchise-record losing streak. Bo Horvat, Radim Vrbata, Chris Higgins, Nick Bonino and Yannick Weber all scored for the Canucks, who had lost two straight coming in. Chris Stewart had both the goals for the Sabres, who have also lost 14 straight games on the road. Matt Hackett allowed four goals on 37 shots in the loss.

Final Score: Chicago 4, Anaheim 1

Patrick Kane scored two goals and set up another in helping the visiting Chicago Blackhawks beat the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Friday night. Patrick Sharp had four assists, and Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith also scored for the Blackhawks. Rickard Rakell’s power-play goal midway through the third period spoiled the shutout bid for Corey Crawford, who made 21 saves as Chicago notched its third straight victory at Honda Center. Frederik Andersen stopped 29 shots for the Ducks, who have dropped two in a row following a six-game winning streak.

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►   Djokovic outlasts Wawrinka to reach Australian Open final

Novak Djokovic battled to a five- set win over defending champion Stan Wawrinka to reach his fifth Australian Open final.

The world No. 1 Djokovic dismissed the fourth-seeded Wawrinka 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 on Friday.

The 27-year-old Djokovic joins Roger Federer and Stefan Edberg as the only men in the Open Era to make five finals at the Aussie Open. He has won all four of his previous finals here, including two against Andy Murray.

Djokovic will meet Murray in Sunday’s final. Murray advanced to his fourth final in the year’s first major with Thursday’s 6-7 (6-8), 6-0, 6-3, 7-5 semifinal victory over seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych. Djokovic holds a 15-8 record over Murray.

Djokovic and Wawrinka met for the third year in a row at Melbourne Park. Two years ago, Djokovic denied Wawrinka 12-10 in the fifth set of a fourth-round clash, but last year the Swiss got his revenge with a 9-7 fifth-set victory in the quarterfinals.

Wawrinka captured his first Grand Slam title here a year ago by stunning Rafael Nadal in the final.

Fans packed Rod Laver Arena on Friday in anticipation of another epic five-set match between Djokovic and Wawrinka. Their previous three grand slam encounters had all gone the distance.

“Yeah, well, I’m sure everybody who came to watch the match live and watched it on TV were expecting a five-set match,“ said Djokovic. “It’s what we delivered for them. Of course, it was not intentional from our side to play five sets, I’m sure. But, again, very, very few details, very few points, very few shots can decide a winner of these matches. That’s what happened tonight.“

Wawrinka broke serve in the seventh game—prompting a racquet bash from Djokovic at the change of ends. But Djokovic was able to break right back to love for 4-4. The set progressed to a tiebreak, where Wawrinka’s game fell apart.

The 29-year-old Wawrinka won the second set in just 36 minutes. It was the first set that Djokovic had lost at this 2015 fortnight.

Djokovic jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third set, but Wawrinka found a way back to 3-3. A double fault by Wawrinka at 40-15 in the 10th game helped Djokovic win the set.

The world No.1 appeared to have the match in hand when he went up a break early in the fourth. But yet again, Djokovic failed to put Wawrinka away. The Swiss came all the way back to win the set this time.

Djokovic dominated the fifth set to record his 49th-match win at the Australian Open. Only Federer (75-12) and Edberg (56-10) have more victories at the hard-court major in the Open Era.

“Getting to the finals is already a great achievement, as I mentioned before,“ said Djokovic. “But now this is the match for which you have worked for now two months. This is where you want to be. This is why you put all these hours on and off the court, trying to get yourself in a position to win Grand Slam trophy, because that’s what matters the most. I’m going to give my best, of course.“

In addition, Djokovic won his ninth straight match against players in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings. His last loss to a member of the elite came against Federer in the 2014 Shanghai Rolex Masters semifinals.

►   Mattek-Sands, Safarova win women’s doubles title

American Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova made the most of their first Australian Open together, besting Chan Yung-Jan and Zheng Jie to win the women’s doubles title at the year’s first major.

Mattek-Sands and her Czech partner entered the tournament unseeded and only advanced to the final after Julia Goerges retired due to an illness in the semis.

They took the first set from the 14th-seeded duo with a break of serve and won a second set tiebreak to come away with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) victory at Rod Laver Arena.

The prize for capturing their first major title is splitting $575,000.

China’s Zheng was an Aussie and U.S. Open doubles champ in 2006, while Chan of Taipei was an Aussie and U.S. Open doubles runner-up in 2007.

►   Australian Open Men’s Tennis Update – January 30

Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia

Total Prize Money: $14,000,000


Novak Djokovic (1) defeated Stan Wawrinka (4), 7-6 (7-1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0

Novak Djokovic (1) vs. Andy Murray (6)

►   Australian Open Women’s Doubles Tennis Update – January 30

Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
Total Prize Money: $2,600,000

B.Mattek-Sands/L.Safarova defeated Y.Chan/Z.Jie (14), 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)

Y.Chan/Z.Jie (14) defeated M.Krajicek/B.Zahlavova Strycova (13), 6-3, 6-2
B.Mattek-Sands/L.Safarova defeated J.Goerges/A.Groenefeld (16), 6-0, Retired

B.Mattek-Sands/L.Safarova defeated E.Makarova/E.Vesnina (3), 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-2
M.Krajicek/B.Zahlavova Strycova (13) defeated R.Kops-Jones/A.Spears (5), 3-6, 6-3, 7
Y.Chan/Z.Jie (14) defeated K.Jans-Ignacik/A.Klepac, 6-1, 6-2
J.Goerges/A.Groenefeld (16) defeated K.Bertens/J.Larsson, 6-2, 7-5

J.Goerges/A.Groenefeld (16) defeated S.Errani/R.Vinci (1), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5
E.Makarova/E.Vesnina (3) defeated S.Soler-Espinosa/M.Torro-Flor, 6-1, 6-2
Y.Chan/Z.Jie (14) defeated M.Hingis/F.Pennetta (4), 6-3, 6-3
R.Kops-Jones/A.Spears (5) defeated A.Kudryavtseva/A.Pavlyuchenkova (12), 6-4, 6-4
B.Mattek-Sands/L.Safarova defeated C.Garcia/K.Srebotnik (7), 3-6, 6-2, 6-2
K.Jans-Ignacik/A.Klepac defeated A.Hlavackova/L.Hradecka (9), 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (6-8),

M.Krajicek/B.Zahlavova Strycova (13) defeated G.Dabrowski/A.Rosolska, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4
K.Bertens/J.Larsson defeated S.Kuznetsova/S.Stosur, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3

S.Errani/R.Vinci (1) defeated M.Barthel/M.Minella, 6-0, 6-2
G.Dabrowski/A.Rosolska defeated S.Hsieh/S.Mirza (2), 7-6 (7-5), 6-4
E.Makarova/E.Vesnina (3) defeated D.Cibulkova/K.Flipkens, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
M.Hingis/F.Pennetta (4) defeated D.Hantuchova/K.Knapp, 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 6-2
R.Kops-Jones/A.Spears (5) defeated V.Diatchenko/M.Niculescu, 6-1, 3-6, 7-6 (7-5)
K.Jans-Ignacik/A.Klepac defeated G.Muguruza/C.Suarez Navarro (6), 7-6 (8-6), 6-4
C.Garcia/K.Srebotnik (7) defeated S.Rogers/D.Vekic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3
A.Hlavackova/L.Hradecka (9) defeated M.Adamczak/O.Rogowska, 6-3, 6-2
B.Mattek-Sands/L.Safarova defeated T.Babos/K.Mladenovic (10), 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 6-4
K.Bertens/J.Larsson defeated A.Medina Garrigues/Y.Shvedova (11), 3-6, 6-2, 6-4
A.Kudryavtseva/A.Pavlyuchenkova (12) defeated A.Panova/H.Watson, 6-0, 6-2
M.Krajicek/B.Zahlavova Strycova (13) defeated J.Gajdosova/A.Tomljanovic, 7-5, 6-3
Y.Chan/Z.Jie (14) defeated L.Arruabarrena/I.Begu, 6-4, 6-3
J.Goerges/A.Groenefeld (16) defeated Z.Diyas/C.Scheepers, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2
S.Kuznetsova/S.Stosur defeated A.Rodionova/A.Rodionova, 6-2, 6-4
S.Soler-Espinosa/M.Torro-Flor defeated P.Shuai/X.Yi-Fan, 7-5, 6-2

S.Errani/R.Vinci (1) defeated K.Pliskova/A.Schmiedlova, 6-2, 6-0
S.Hsieh/S.Mirza (2) defeated M.Irigoyen/R.Oprandi, 6-2, 6-0
E.Makarova/E.Vesnina (3) defeated M.Keys/A.Riske, 7-5, 6-1
M.Hingis/F.Pennetta (4) defeated B.Bencic/K.Siniakova, 7-6 (7-3), 6-2
R.Kops-Jones/A.Spears (5) defeated K.Birrell/P.Hon, 6-3, 7-5
G.Muguruza/C.Suarez Navarro (6) defeated V.Lepchenko/A.Tatishvili, 6-3, 6-2
C.Garcia/K.Srebotnik (7) defeated A.Petkovic/M.Rybarikova, 6-4, 5-7, 6-2
S.Kuznetsova/S.Stosur defeated H.Chan/K.Peschke (8), 6-3, 6-2
A.Hlavackova/L.Hradecka (9) defeated L.Kichenok/O.Savchuk, 6-0, 7-6 (7-4)
T.Babos/K.Mladenovic (10) defeated B.Jovanovski/K.Piter, 6-1, 6-3
A.Medina Garrigues/Y.Shvedova (11) defeated I.Falconi/P.Martic, 6-3, 6-3
A.Kudryavtseva/A.Pavlyuchenkova (12) defeated S.Aoyama/R.Voracova, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5)
M.Krajicek/B.Zahlavova Strycova (13) defeated M.Erakovic/M.Puig, 6-7 (9-11), 7-6 (8-
Y.Chan/Z.Jie (14) defeated K.Koukalova/S.Voegele, 6-3, 6-0
P.Shuai/X.Yi-Fan defeated K.Date-Krumm/C.Dellacqua (15), 6-4, 5-7, 6-5
J.Goerges/A.Groenefeld (16) defeated M.Inglis/A.Nancarrow, 6-4, 6-1
K.Bertens/J.Larsson defeated M.Lucic-Baroni/L.Raymond, 7-6 (9-7), 6-3
S.Soler-Espinosa/M.Torro-Flor defeated T.Bacsinszky/Y.Beygelzimer, 4-6, 6-2, 6-1
Z.Diyas/C.Scheepers defeated D.Jurak/M.Moulton-Levy, 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (7-5)
L.Arruabarrena/I.Begu defeated Z.Yang/Q.Ye, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4
D.Hantuchova/K.Knapp defeated C.Chuang/Z.Shuai, 6-3, 6-3
A.Rodionova/A.Rodionova defeated N.Bains/S.Tomic, 6-2, 6-2
B.Mattek-Sands/L.Safarova defeated T.Maria/R.Olaru, 6-3, 6-2
A.Panova/H.Watson defeated A.Beck/S.Peer, 2-6, 7-5, 3-1, Retired
J.Gajdosova/A.Tomljanovic defeated J.Moore/A.Myers, 6-0, 6-0
D.Cibulkova/K.Flipkens defeated C.Vandeweghe/Y.Wickmayer, 6-3, 6-4
M.Barthel/M.Minella defeated O.Kalashnikova/K.Nara, 6-3, 7-5
S.Rogers/D.Vekic defeated A.Cornet/P.Parmentier, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4
K.Jans-Ignacik/A.Klepac defeated J.Jankovic/A.Parra Santonja, 7-6 (7-5), 5-7, 7-6 (7
M.Adamczak/O.Rogowska defeated D.Gavrilova/S.Sanders, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4
G.Dabrowski/A.Rosolska defeated C.Black/Z.Saisai, 6-1, 6-4
V.Diatchenko/M.Niculescu defeated L.Davis/C.McHale, 6-2, 4-6, 6-3

►   At the Net: The time is now for Madison Keys

Madison Keys may have lost the biggest match of her young career on Thursday ... but she sure made a believer of the great Serena Williams.

The world No. 1 superstar, Serena, prevailed in a semifinal showdown at the 2015 Australian Open, which might be remembered as the tournament where a new American star—Keys—was born.

Serena doesn’t dole out compliments to her opponents too often, but she thinks Keys “can be the best in the world.“ She also said, “The way she [Keys] played today, I definitely think she has potential to be No. 1—and win Grand Slams.“

Prior to this week, Keys had never advanced beyond the third round at Grand Slam event (her 11th), but this year’s Aussie marked many firsts for the 19-year-old from Chicago.

“Did I think it was going to happen here? Not particularly. But I’m very happy it did,“ said Keys, who won over fans with her infectious smile, sense of humor, and humble self-confidence ... not to mention her great tennis.

Under advisement from new coach Lindsay Davenport, the three-time Grand Slam champion and Tennis Hall-of-Famer, Keys stayed off Twitter and focused on her tennis at this fortnight. The advice appeared to pay off.

For the first time in her blossoming career, Keys overcame the psychological boundary of reaching the second week at a major.

En route to the final four in Melbourne, she stunned two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova in the third round and seven-time Grand Slam titlist Venus Williams in the quarterfinals to set up back-to-back matches with the veteran Williams sisters, whom Keys idolized as a youngster.

Going up against Serena marked the first time Keys had ever faced a No. 1 player—and she made the 18-time Grand Slam champ work for her supper.

Their semifinal was staged on a windy, chilly day at Melbourne Park and was the most-hyped women’s match of the tournament. The up-and-coming American teenager against her compatriot and one of the greatest champions of all-time. This time around, the great champion came out on top, in straight sets, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, but the score did not tell the whole story.

Keys was gritty, fearless, and demonstrated powerful strokes, including a big serve. She was cool enough to stave off seven match points.

“This week has definitely shown me that I can play the top players, and I can do well against them,“ Keys said. “I can play the No. 1 player in the world in a pretty close match.“

Onlookers at Laver Arena were memorized, as tennis balls zoomed back and forth during hotly contested rallies with great speed and force.

Keys described Serena’s shots like this: “It comes hard; it comes deep… she’s one of the few who can hit like that.“

And Serena described Keys’ hitting in much the same way: “She hits a very, very hard ball, but she also hits it very deep. I wasn’t ready really for that.“

Keys said she’ll probably save most of her $510,000 prize money but will probably allow herself one extravagant purchase, like a Louis Vuitton purse.

She will move up in the world rankings from No. 34 to No. 20 as a result of her stellar Aussie run.

Keys was asked what makes her a good tennis player (or her Keys to success), and she chalked it up to her fighting spirit.

“For me, even this week, as great as it is, I still want more,“ Keys said. “For me, it’s just never being satisfied with what I’ve done and always wanting more and more.“

Keys was asked if she could sum up her two-week stay in the ‘Bourne with an emoji, which one would it be?

“I think pretty much just the smiley face,“ she said smiling, of course. “Can’t go wrong with the plain old smiley face.“

I think Keys is going to be doing a lot of smiling on the WTA circuit.  ~~  Scott Riley ~~

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►   Marathon champ Jeptoo banned 2 years for doping

Three-time Boston Marathon champion Rita Jeptoo has been handed a two-year ban from competition after testing positive for blood doping.

Athetics Kenya announced Friday that Jeptoo, who has won the last two Boston and Chicago Marathons and is the world’s top-ranked female long-distance runner, was found to have used the prohibited blood-booster EPO in two separate samples.

The suspension became effective as of October 30 and will run until October 29, 2016. Jeptoo can appeal the penalty to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

According to the Chicago Tribune, Jeptoo will have to forfeit her title at the most recent Chicago Marathon, which took place on October 12. The International Track Federation told the newspaper that her suspension affects all results after September 25.

Jeptoo also will have to give back her $500,000 purse as the winner of the 2013-14 World Marathon Majors series if the suspension is upheld.

The 33-year-old, one of Kenya’s most recognizable athletes, set a course record of 2:18:57 in winning the Boston Marathon this past April.

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►   Tiger Woods ties his worst nine-hole score ever at Phoenix Open

Tiger Woods struggled early in his first round of the year on Thursday at the Phoenix Open. He needed to scramble on his final nine holes just to reach 2-over-par 73, which was nine shots off the pace set by opening-day leader Ryan Palmer.

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His first nine holes in Friday’s second round were worse. Much worse.

Starting out on the back nine, Woods bogeyed the 11th, 17th and 18th holes, double-bogeyed the 14th and triple-bogeyed the 15th. He didn’t have any birdies.

Through 12 holes Friday, Woods stood in a tie for 131st place. That would be last place.

The Twitter wags were out in force.

►   McIlroy’s 64 gives him lead in Dubai

Rory McIlroy fired a second-round, 8-under 64 on Friday and that vaulted him into the outright lead heading into the weekend at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

McIlroy, who earned his first professional victory here back in 2009, finished 36 holes at 14-under-par 130 and he leads Marc Warren by one stroke. The No. 1 player in the world has nine career victories on the European Tour, including four last year, two of which were major championship wins at the British Open and PGA Championship.

“I’m in a great position, obviously. But there are so many people that are close to the lead and it’s so bunched up there,“ said McIlroy. “Even though I’m in the lead, there’s so many people still in with a chance if they shoot a good round tomorrow. I’ve just got to go out there, stay aggressive, stick to the game plan and try to make as many birdies as I can.“

Warren also used a big day on Friday to move into sole possession of second place. Warren carded a 7-under 65 on the Majlis Course at Emirates Golf Club and he is right behind McIlroy at 13-under. Graeme McDowell (65) and Seve Benson (66) are one shot further back at 12-under.

First-round leader Bernd Wiesberger shot a 3-under 69 in his second round and he is now tied for fifth with two-time defending champion Stephen Gallacher (67), Danny Willett (66), Lee Westwood (68) and Andy Sullivan (68).

McIlroy, who began his day two shots behind the leader Wiesberger, was consistent throughout his round and was able to finish with a string of birdies to take the outright lead.

After making a par at the first, the 25-year-old Ulsterman drained three birdies in a four-hole stretch on Nos. 2, 3 and 5. McIlroy finished up his front nine with four pars from No. 6 and he made the turn at 3-under.

There was still much more to come from McIlroy as he began the back side with a pair of birdies on 10 and 11 before another set of four pars from No. 12 preceded McIlroys strong finish.

With Warren leading at 13-under at the time, McIlroy still sat two shots behind. He then ran off three straight birdies from No. 16 and McIlroy’s third straight birdie at the par-5 last put him in the lead at the end of two rounds.

“I couldn’t ask for much more. Bogey free, made birdies and set myself up for a good run over the next couple days,“ McIlroy said. “I didn’t play my best, but I definitely improved from tee to green out there and was able to make some putts. It was a great round and I’m going to need something similar over the next couple of days to stay in the position that I’m in.“

Warren used a hot start and a strong finish to take the lead before McIlroy caught him later on. Warren was even through three holes when he traded a birdie on 10 for a bogey on 12, but then he went on a big run by rattling off five birdies on his next six holes from No. 13.

After a pair of pars on one and two, Warren again traded a birdie on three for a bogey on four. He later finished things up with birdies on seven and nine to take the lead at the time.

McIlroy’s compatriot McDowell, playing the back nine first like Warren, made three birdies on his opening nine at 10, 13 and 16. McDowell then poured in five birdies over six holes from No. 2 to go along with a bogey on No. 6.

Benson had a hot start with four birdies on his first five holes from No. 10. A double-bogey on No. 18 tripped Benson up a bit, but he responded with a birdie on four and three straight gains from six to finish his round just two shots back of McIlroy.

NOTES: Over his last 28 rounds on the European Tour, McIlroy has shot in the 60s 24 times. He is 117-under par in those 28 rounds ... McIlroy has finished runner-up in each of his last four professional starts dating back to last season. He also came in second at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship two weeks ago ... Warren’s last victory was at the inaugural Made in Denmark last season. He has three total wins on tour ... Warren also finished runner-up at last week’s Qatar Masters ... Julien Quesne was disqualified in the second round ... With the cut falling at 2-under 142, 75 players advanced to play the weekend.

►   Golf Course Review - Poipu Bay Golf Course

FACTS AND STATS: Course Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr. (1991, 2011). Year Opened: 1991. Location: Koloa, Kauai, Hawaii. Slope: 128. Rating: 74.5. Par: 72. Yardage: 7,123.


1 - Par 4 428 Yds 10 - Par 4 429 Yds

2 - Par 5 524 Yds 11 - Par 3 193 Yds

3 - Par 3 209 Yds 12 - Par 4 435 Yds

4 - Par 4 380 Yds 13 - Par 4 384 Yds

5 - Par 4 355 Yds 14 - Par 5 537 Yds

6 - Par 5 573 Yds 15 - Par 4 427 Yds

7 - Par 3 179 Yds 16 - Par 4 501 Yds

8 - Par 4 374 Yds 17 - Par 3 225 Yds

9 - Par 4 420 Yds 18 - Par 5 550 Yds

Par 36 3,442 Yds Par 36 3,681 Yds

Awards Won: Premier Resort by Golf Magazine (1994, 1997-2000, 2004, 2014-15), Rated one of Best Golf Courses in Hawaii - Hawaii Magazine (2013), Top 100 Greatest Courses in North America - Golf Digest (2013), Ranked #13 by Golf Digest - Best in State, Hawaii (2013-14), Top 125 Golf Resorts by Conde Nast Traveler (2012), Golf Week’s America’s Best Golf Resorts (2006-07, 09, 2011-12), Rated #7 Best Courses You Can Play in Hawaii (2011-12), Rated 4 1/2 stars by Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play.

Key Events Held: PGA Grand Slam of Golf (1994-2006), U.S. Women’s Amateur sectional qualifier (2014-15), USGA Senior Amateur qualifier (2014), U.S. Amateur Public Links qualifier (2011).

Course Record: 59 (Phil Mickelson, 2004).


HISTORY: Built near the site of the ancient Hawaiian village of Kaneiolouma, with remains of Hawaiian heiaus (place of worship), Poipu Bay Golf Course is a wonderfully crafted design by Robert Trent Jones II.

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Often considered Kauai’s father of golf, Jones II designed four of the nine venues on the island, with Poipu Bay being his last on the Garden Island.

With more than 270 courses in over 40 countries on six continents to his credit, RTJ II boasts more than 100 courses to have hosted tournaments on every major golf tour in the world. It will include the 2015 U.S. Open at Chambers Bay (Washington).

Poipu Bay features four archaeological sites on the course dating back over 500 years. The first of these special areas is on the ninth hole, which includes a lava rock heiau located to the right side of the fairway.

The final three areas where the remnants have been incorporated into the course are on holes 16-18. The 16th features a heiau, just short of the green on the left side, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, while the 17th hole sports another ancient structure next to the elevated tee and a stone wall down the right side of the cart path and through to the 18th tee.

“When we came upon a heiau, we obviously respected it and went around it, specifically on 16 and 17,“ Jones said. “In some cases, we worked with the historical society and rebuilt part of the heiau wall in the old-fashioned way. It wasn’t difficult, it was interesting and it added a cultural story to the course.“

The layout is built on the south shore on the island of Kauai, on 210 acres of breathtaking land, featuring rocky cliffs 150 feet above the mighty Pacific. Not only does the course possess ancient archaeological significance, it sports beautiful tropical foliage and flora, not to mention its mix of design strategy, making Poipu Bay Golf Course a unique, golfing experience.

What started out as a 6,959-yard venue has been stretched to over 7,100 yards with room to grow! The challenge and adventure of Poipu Bay is all about the design. RTJ II used the lay of the land to create a precise layout, not only to challenge the best players in the world, but to make for a most enjoyable visit by the resort golfer.

“Poipu Bay is on the dry and arid part of the island, and it’s more exposed to the wind,“ Jones said. “So our challenge at Poipu Bay was to lay it out as a continuous 18 that reaches way out and way back. This is similar to St. Andrews and Pebble Beach, so once you start playing golf, you have to play golf, you’re committed.

“The pillar of our design philosophy is that every project is site specific,“ Jones added. “We listen to the land and work with it to create the best golf design possible on every unique site.“

As with most courses in Hawaii, the elements can play havoc on your game and Poipu Bay is not without its share of weather, especially when discussing the trade winds, which whip throughout the layout.

“The course finishes along the coast and we laid it out in that direction, rather than in reverse of that, to take advantage of the prevailing winds finishing, so the winds are at your back,“ Jones continued. “The winds are a form of a hazard, so you can either learn to use it as a player or be abused by it. As a designer, we like you to finish happy, so we wanted you to play downwind.“

But Jones II did not create just up and back holes. His layout features holes that play with the wind, into the breeze and across, just enough to keep you guessing on each and every shot.

The word Poipu literally means “crashing waves” in Hawaiian and the final four holes run alongside and well above the Pacific Ocean’s mighty bounty.

Just under one mile in length, the closing four holes are without a doubt the signature grouping at Poipu Bay, with the world’s largest water hazard on the left. The 16th is what many consider RTJ II’s autograph. In fact, he considered this gem as “the Pebble Beach of the Pacific.“

It comes as no surprise that Poipu Bay Golf Course has received the accolades and awards that it has, such as one of Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses,“ and since 2000, Conde Nast Traveler considers the course and the Grand Hyatt Resort as one of the top resorts in the United States.

“We wanted to distinguish Poipu Bay from the other courses, so the greens are generally smaller and somewhat rounded on the edges,“ Jones said. “They’re a little like a Donald Ross concept, like an inverted concept and that’s pretty tricky in the wind. It’s a shorter course and compact and a real golf experience. It’s produced a lot of excitement and a lot of history and fun when the Grand Slam was here.“

After just three years of opening its tee boxes, the powers that be at the Professional Golfers Association of America decided to bring its premier after-season event to Poipu Bay.

The PGA of America was certainly pleased, as from 1994 through 2006 Poipu Bay hosted the Grand Slam of Golf, which features the winners of the four majors in that calendar year.

The champions during this time frame read like a who’s who of World Golf Hall- of-Famers, led by seven-time winner Tiger Woods. In addition, other HOFs who captured the Grand Slam at Poipu Bay were Greg Norman, Ben Crenshaw, Ernie Els and course record-holder Phil Mickelson. Two other winners, Tom Lehman and Jim Furyk, can possibly reach this pinnacle in the near future.

When Norman captured the 1994 event, he became the first alternate in the history of the event to win the title. Norman capped off his final round 66 with a 5-foot eagle on the last hole to win by three shots over Nick Price, who had recorded wins that year in the PGA Championship and the British Open.

A more dramatic finish came the next season, when Crenshaw holed his 50-yard approach on the last for an eagle to clip Steve Elkington and Corey Pavin by a shot. It should be noted that John Daly also eagled the closing hole by reaching the green in two and making the putt. According to Daly lore, the long-hitting lad from Arkansas leaped over part of the sacred ground (stone wall), but still made eagle. Call it irony or karma, but Daly has not won again on the PGA Tour since.

Els set a tournament record in 1997, as he finished the two-day event at 11- under-par 133, besting Woods, then a first-time participant, by three shots.

Woods started his streak of five consecutive wins at the Grand Slam of Golf by defeating Vijay Singh 2-up in match play as the PGA of America changed the format.

Following another match-play win the following year over Davis Love III, the PGA of America returned the format to stroke play, and Woods edged Singh again, this time in a playoff. Woods made eagle in regulation to force the playoff and then eagled the 18th hole again in the extra session.

In 2002, Woods obliterated the field by carding a 36-hole total of 127, which included a final-round 61 for a whopping 14-stroke win over Davis Love III and Justin Leonard.

Making his first appearance at the Grand Slam, Furyk cruised to an eight-shot win over Masters champion Mike Weir. Furyk, who captured his only major at the U.S. Open in 2003, had 11 birdies in the two-day event and needed just 55 putts.

Playing in the event for the first time, Mickelson made history when he carded a course-record 59 to win by five shots over three-time runner-up Singh in 2004. Mickelson played flawless golf during his record run, as he tied Woods for the lowest 36-hole total in event history. In his round, he made 11 birdies and an eagle and needed only 24 putts. The round could have been better if he had only made a 9-foot eagle putt on the last!

Woods returned to Poipu Bay for the final two seasons of this event in Hawaii and did not disappoint, as he captured the 2005 and ‘06 events. In all, Woods recorded seven wins and one runner-up finish in his eight appearances at Poipu Bay. Over the years, Woods recorded 87 birdies and eight eagles for a scoring average of 66.75 and earnings of $3.15 million. It’s hard to argue with success and Woods certainly has had his share. “This facility here, the Hyatt, is absolutely fantastic, all of the amenities that they have. It’s a pretty great place,“ said Woods.

In 2010, Poipu Bay underwent a facelift of sorts, as the greens were transformed from traditional Bermuda to the eco-friendly Seashore Paspalum. In addition, several of the bunkers and tee boxes were upgraded.

“The main thing we changed were the greens,“ said Chad Dusenberry, head golf professional at Poipu Bay. “Initially we had Tid Dwarf Bermuda, which wasn’t a consistent putting surface for the weather that we have. After researching to find the best product to fit our conditions that we have, such as ocean breeze, we settled on Seashore Paspalum. We were looking for more consistency, quality and something we could speed up more, so that in the future we might be able to host another event here.“

HOLE-BY-HOLE REVIEW: The opener is a pretty straightforward hole, playing uphill from tee to green. Bunkers guard both sides of the landing area off the tee, but with the trade winds at your back, a solid tee ball will certainly avoid the trouble. A medium to short iron should remain to a fairly large putting surface that slopes toward the front and to the right. Stay below the hole, avoid the bunker on the left and you’ll get off to a good start.

The second is a boomerang par-5 that stretches 524 yards from the back markers. Playing uphill from the tee to the fairway, the key here is to avoid the bunker down the right side of the landing area. Cut the corner if you dare, but missing the short grass might eliminate your shot at getting home in two. If you’re forced to lay up, this shouldn’t be a problem, as long as you stay left of the grouping of bunkers down the right. With a wedge in hand, the player should be able to stick one close to the flag and set up a great chance at birdie.

Although the yardage does not suggest that the third hole will be the longest of the par-3s, trust me, it is, as it plays directly into the wind. The trouble here is pin placement and club selection. The green wraps around a deep bunker on the right side of the putting surface, so when the flag is tucked, stay away and play toward the center. A gentle, left-to-right shot, riding the breeze is the play here. This is not the time to be heroic. Make your par and move on.

The fourth hole is an average par-4 of just 380 yards in length. Simple, right? Not so fast. At first blush, it might appear to be a real birdie chance, but with the elements in your face and a cross-bunker staring at you, you’d better be careful. With a successful tee shot, you’ll have a medium iron remaining and don’t forget to take enough club, as sand short of the green is not the place to be. The green is fairly simple, but if you miss right, you’ll finish in a tightly mown chipping area.

The shortest par-4 on the course, the fifth is just 355 yards in length, but it requires pinpoint accuracy off the tee as fairway bunkers tighten the landing area. Missing the fairway will most likely end in bogey, but a quality tee ball can produce a birdie.

From the shortest to the longest, as the Z-shaped sixth is a monster par-5 of 573 yards from the gold markers. One large fairway bunker guards the right corner of the first dogleg. Usually downwind, this hole can be had despite its length. A successful tee ball can set up a shot at the green in two, but a more sensible effort would be to lay up just past the bunkers on either side of the landing area, thus setting up a simple run to the pin. Your hardest choice will be what club to play to the putting surface, as this is one of the longest on the course with a huge slope splitting the green. Place your approach in the proper spot and you’ll have a great shot at birdie.

One of the prettiest holes on the course, No. 7, is also the shortest of the par-3s at 179 yards. Club selection is critical in more ways than one, as a large pond protects the entire right side of the hole and with a back-right pin placement, you’ll need to be spot on, otherwise a double-bogey or worse might mess up your scorecard. I know first hand of this!

A critical juncture of the golf course, the eighth, although short, is generally played back into the breeze, making this one of the more difficult par-4s. Two fairway bunkers squeeze the landing area off the tee and with the wind in your face, it would be best to avoid them at all costs. Your slightly uphill approach gets even more difficult with the fact that the putting surface is guarded by a dozen bunkers and is the smallest green at Poipu Bay. Let’s not forget the undulating and tiered surface and you have one diabolical hole.

The closing hole on the outward nine is rated as the most difficult on the course. A par-4 reaching 420 yards from the tips, this bad boy is also the first hole on the course to feature historical sites dating back over 500 years. Playing back into the trade winds, the ninth requires an accurate tee shot, as the bunkers lining the undulating landing area, crimp the fairway to just 24 yards. From here it’s a guessing game, as your approach plays uphill to an elevated green, so take an extra stick. To top it off, the first rock heiau (ancient worship site) is located on the right side of the hole and is a culturally sensitive area, where players are not allowed to enter or play from.

The back nine opens with the fourth-most difficult hole on the course. A long, 429-yard par-4, the 10th features fairway bunkering that narrows the landing area, so much so that many players will use 3-metal off the tee for accuracy. Now you’re faced with a 200-yard approach to a very tight putting surface, guarded by deep bunkers. Miss right of the green and you’ll be faced with a difficult up-and-down from a tight chipping area.

Number 11 is a slightly downhill par-3, just under 200 yards in length. A pond guards most of the green, from the center to right, while a pair of bunkers protect the left. The winds generally blow left to right, so play out to the left for your best chance at par, especially when the pin is tucked to the right behind the pond. Any shot long will end up in a deep, chipping area, so your best play is middle of the green.

Playing away from the ocean and toward the mountains, the 12th is a straightaway par-4 that reaches 435 yards in length. The large fairway bunker on the left side of the landing area off the tee pinches the short grass and must be avoided. Your approach to the green will be uphill and into the breeze, so choose the right club to bypass the bunker that fronts the putting surface. The green itself runs from front to back and is quite narrow, which will test your skill level. Missing the putting surface might result in bogey, as several bunkers lay in wait. This hole concludes a stretch of five holes that rank in the top 10 of most difficult on the course.

If there ever was a chance to get a stroke back, the 13th is certainly that chance. The final of four par-4s under 400 yards, No. 13 can be had, especially with a good tee shot. Playing back toward the water, the trade winds will once again blow from left to right, so avoiding the bunker left and the trees right will be important to your success. The difficulty will be with your approach. Although you’ll have a short iron, the tiered putting surface is protected on the left by sand and the right by another pond. Another back- right pin can spell doom, especially since the water wraps around the green, so be careful not to go long. Half of the green is encased beautifully by a surrounding rock wall, from the front-center to behind the green. Adjusting your ball flight will serve you well.

The final stretch of holes, starting with the 14th at Poipu Bay, are as rock- solid and as exciting as many of the courses in Hawaii. This par-5 is only 537 yards long, but plays longer than all of the three-shotters due to the uphill climb from tee to green and the fact that the wind blows against you. The landing area is one of the largest on the course, so let it fly off the tee. Your second shot, most definitely a layup, must avoid the long fairway bunker that stands right-center of the landing area. With a short iron in hand, your approach, again uphill, must be struck with precision, as the green is long with plenty of undulations.

The 15th is a dynamic par-4 of just 427 yards. Dynamic because of the huge water hazard to your left, the Pacific Ocean. From an elevated tee, this hole plays down breeze and does not play as long as the yardage indicates. It does, however, require an accurate tee shot, as three fairway bunkers down the right, tighten the landing zone. A successful tee ball with leave a short iron to a green that features a bunker on either side and a severe slope on the left. Don’t be cute, play toward the center of the putting surface and trust your putter. The final four holes play atop a 150-foot cliff overlooking the ocean.

Many believe the 16th is the signature hole at Poipu Bay, and with good reason. Stretching 501 yards from the back markers, this par-4 is as difficult as it is breathtaking. Again with the Pacific down the left, your tee ball must favor the right side, avoiding the fairway bunker. Although this hole also plays down wind and slightly downhill, it will plays almost as long as its yardage. Called “the Pebble Beach of the Pacific,“ by Jones II, since it hugs the coast and bends to the left, similar to its counterpart in California. Number 16 stifles the best of players, especially with your approach, which is played uphill from the fairway. With the ocean crashing down below and an ancient rock wall squeezing the fairway by the green, your target looks as small as a thimble. Toss in a back-left pin placement and you’ll be begging for bogey.

At 225 yards, the final par-3 on the course - the 17th - is outstanding and difficult, to say the least. Although downhill and down breeze, you’ll need a long iron or fairway metal to reach the putting surface. Be careful to avoid the heiau to the right of the green and, of course, the bunkers guarding the left and right portions of the putting surface. Take time to take a look back from behind the green at the wonder of the Pacific Ocean. Trust me, it’s worth it.

From the back tee, the closing hole plays like a dogleg right, as it bends around a stand of trees. Although it has been reached in two, No. 18 is really a three-shot, par-5 of 550 yards in length. Although the tee shot is important, it is the second shot that’s crucial, as it must play short of the pond fronting the green and the bunker to the right. Roughly 100 yards will remain to a putting surface that runs from middle to back, so land soft to set up a birdie chance. If you played your cards right, you will be rewarded.

FINAL WORD: Poipu Bay Golf Course is another Robert Trent Jones II classic on the island of Kauai, complete with rolling terrain, awesome elevation changes, dramatic views of the Pacific (as much of the golf course sits almost 90 feet above the ocean and 150 feet in some places), several water holes, over 85 bunkers and, yes ... the elements.

The trade winds blow on an average of 15-20 miles per hour each and every day, making Poipu Bay quite a challenge. Jones laid the golf course out so that the wind direction is diverse throughout the layout. In doing so, Jones made club selection and strategy crucial in playing the course. As if you didn’t have enough problems to worry about!

The average player should not be overly concerned, however, as Poipu Bay is for all levels of golf.

“The playability, depending upon what skill level you are, and the different tees, makes it enjoyable for all different player types,“ Dusenberry said. “From the high handicapper to the low handicapper, depending upon what tee boxes you play, it will provide a challenge. There are not a lot of forced carries, and you can miss it left and right and still keep your golf ball in play.“

Poipu Bay is a great mix of holes, such as three par-3s over water, with the quartet of one-shotters ranging from 179 to 225 yards. There are four par-4s under 400 yards in length, five over 420 yards and one over 500. Finally, the spectacular par-5s are all laid out in different directions, presenting their own set of problems.

“Our philosophy also calls for the creation of courses that combine playability for the average golfer with sufficient difficulty from championship tees to challenge the world’s best players,“ Jones said. “Providing alternative lines of play adds another crucial strategic component to our courses.“

Although not as flamboyant as The Prince Course on the north shore, Poipu Bay is itself quite unique, with its several archaeological sites that boast Heiaus and ancient stone walls.

The one aspect of the course that really stands out is the natural beauty of the layout. The conditioning of the layout is top notch and the flora and fauna throughout the course are stunning. From tropical flowers, such as the beautiful pink blossoms by the 18th green or the thick vegetation and timeless palms scattered throughout, make Poipu Bay a visual delight.

As mentioned before, the fact this course is playable for all levels makes it a favorite amongst the locals and, of course, the resort guests. The forward tees are 5,372 yards in length and are followed up by the white markers (6,127 yards), the blue (6,612 yards) and finally, the gold tees at 7,123 yards.

The inexperienced player, not to mention the medium handicap player, will enjoy the course, while the best of players will be extremely tested on a course that at times plays as difficult as any. You’ll be forced to play shots that you normally don’t on the mainland, such as knock-down shots with a 6- iron from 150 yards away or putting from 10 yards off the green.

So pick a spot or mix and match and you’ll have the time of your life. The fairways are generous, the greens are undulating and slick and the course as a whole is a top-caliber venue that will bring you back, time and time again.

Hey, if the golf doesn’t bring you back, then the dramatic views of the Pacific Ocean, the waves crashing down below, the seals sunbathing and the surfers hanging loose will.

Did I forget to mention the 21,000 square foot clubhouse, with a fully stocked pro shop, complete locker room facilities, a restaurant and a lounge.

To top it off, the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa is just a short walk from the first tee, so take advantage of this beautiful resort and its 602 luxurious rooms.

As with all the courses on Kauai, Poipu Bay is a must play and should be on everyone’s proverbial bucket list.

Aces, pars or bogeys.  ~~  Phil Sokol ~~

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►   Jeff Gordon may be retiring, but Dale Earnhardt Jr. is still having ‘fun’

One week ago, the world of NASCAR suffered a blow when Jeff Gordon announced that this year would be his last as a full-time driver. On Thursday, the circuit got just about the best news possible: Dale Earnhardt Jr. isn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

Earnhardt was engaging with the media at Charlotte Motor Speedway when he made some expansive comments, indicating an optimism about possibly racing for another decade. That’s music to the ears of NASCAR fans, as Earnhardt is easily the most popular driver going.

Gordon, of course, is also one of circuit’s top stars, a four-time Sprint Cup champion who helped the sport grow by breaking the mold of the traditional, Southern-boy stock-car ace. But the 43-year-old driver has been struggling with back ailments and grappling more with all the time he’s had to spend away from his two young children.

Earnhardt isn’t much younger, having turned 40 last year, but he has no children and said Thursday that he feels “like a 30-year-old.” Another thing the 16-year Sprint Cup veteran does not have is a championship, unlike Gordon, not to mention Earnhardt’s legendary father, who won seven Winston Cup titles.

                              “I’d love to win a championship,” Earnhardt told Fox Sports. “We try every year to win that championship. It’s either in the cards for me or it’s not. I don’t know that I will be affected by it — should it not happen to me — for a long time after my career. But that’s definitely one of the things I’d love to accomplish.

                              “Jeff made his decision based on factors in his life, whether it be his health or his kids. And factors in my life will affect the way I look at retirement or look at making a change in my career. Right now I’ve never had more fun driving a race car than I have in the last five years. I didn’t even know I could have this much fun.”

Earnhardt racked up four Sprint Cup wins in 2014, his most since 2004 (six). He finished eighth in the standings, notching consecutive top-10 seasons for the first time since 2003-04.

So there’s no doubt that Earnhardt can still compete with the best. And as long as that’s the case, it appears that he’ll be delighted to get out there and trade paint.

                              “I want to race as long as I am healthy and as long as I’m in cars that I feel like are competitive, and as long as I feel competitive,” Earnhardt told Fox Sports. “I think I’ll stop racing when my health is an issue or I don’t feel like I’m in a competitive car or I feel like that I’ve lost a step.

                              “Like a cornerback or wide receiver loses his step as they get into their mid-30s or get older, if I start to feel like I’m not carrying my weight out on the racetrack, I think that you’ll have to take a look at yourself.

                              “You don’t want to waste anybody’s time out there. You don’t want the team carrying you on the racetrack out there. I feel like this past year we had some really good success and I feel like that I’m getting better in some areas as a driver each year, and my health’s been great.

                              “I’ve really had the most fun that I’ve had in a long time in consecutive years. It’s not just because we won four races. I’ve had so much fun driving cars, and I think with that happening, it’s going to be very hard to consider doing anything different.”

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G-Comm™: Hoppy’s Commentary - Let’s give public charter schools a chance in WV


The debate is underway under the Capitol dome over public charter schools. This could turn into a nasty fight, since both teacher organizations—the West Virginia Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers West Virginia—oppose charter schools.

Public charter schools receive state money, but they don’t have to play by the same rules as traditional schools. They provide greater flexibility and freedom to teachers, administrators and parents to create what they believe is the strongest learning environment, while raising expectations for higher achievement.

The teacher groups argue that the state should put more resources into improving traditional public schools to generate better results. And they point out the state is already experimenting with “innovation zones” designed to give more local control to schools.

Their frustration is understandable. Teachers get blamed for marginal test scores and failing students, while some of those critics of the status quo point to charters as a panacea, which they are not.

Even the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, which has a representative at the Legislature lobbying for charters, admits their student outcomes vary significantly, depending on how they have been created by the states.

But Stanford University’s 2013 study of charter schools in 27 states found a number of positive results. For example:

—Charter school students show more gains in reading than traditional public schools (TPS) and made the same gains in math.

—Charter schools are especially helpful for some students, “particularly students in poverty, black students, and English language learners, all of whom post significantly higher gains in both reading and math.”

The Stanford study concluded, “We see slow and steady progress in the performance of the charter sector. The dialogue as a community of educators, policy-makers, community members, and a growing faction of parents and students has affirmed the predominant value of the charter school enterprise to academic quality.”

Charters are not the sole solution to what ails public education, but they are a viable option for frustrated parents and educators, especially in high poverty areas where charters tend to perform better.

Bon Appétit: Black Bean Nachos with Red and Green Salsas

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Servings: 4-6

Pico de Gallo

  3 plum tomatoes, seeded, chopped
  ½ red onion, finely chopped
  1 jalapeño, finely chopped
  1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
  Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano

Black Beans

  1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  ½ red onion, finely chopped
  1 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  1 jalapeño, finely chopped
  1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed
  2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

  1 cup chopped tomatillos, husked, rinsed (about 4 medium)
  1 avocado, chopped
  ½ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems
  1 jalapeño, chopped
  1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper

Chips and Assembly

  6 ounces restaurant-style tortilla chips
  1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
  1 jalapeño, thinly sliced
  Thinly sliced radishes (for serving)


Pico de Gallo

Combine tomatoes, onion, jalapeño, and vinegar in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper and let sit at least 1 hour. Stir in cilantro and oregano just before serving.

Black Beans

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, garlic, and jalapeño and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes. Transfer onion mixture to a food processor and add black beans, lime juice, and ¼ cup water. Season with salt and pepper and process until smooth.

Tomatillo Avocado Salsa

Combine tomatillos, avocado, cilantro, jalapeño, and lime juice in a food processor and purée until mostly smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Chips and Assembly

Preheat oven to 425°. Arrange half of chips on a 9½-by-13” foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Top with half of beans, then half of each cheese. Repeat layering with remaining chips, beans, and cheese. Bake until cheese is melted and bubbling, about 5 minutes. Serve nachos topped with tomatillo avocado salsa, pico de gallo, sliced jalapeño, and radishes.

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Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever and ever.


Proverbs 18:2

A fool has no delight in understanding,
But in expressing his own heart.

Exodus 3:1-6

Moses and The Burning Bush

Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.

And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!”
Burning bush

And he said, “Here I am.”

Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.”

And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.

Notes on the Scripture

Moses, who would become the greatest prophet of God until the coming of Christ Himself, is different from most of the holy figures in the Bible, because he is an ordinary man, ridden with faults. His early life was unusual but not necessarily supernatural. Unlike almost every other Old Testament prophet, his early life was characterized by neither great righteousness nor signs of a great destiny. God has, in fact, been silent for centuries.

And now, at a fairly advanced age, he is happy to live out his life as an escaped criminal, in the mean prosperity of a shepherd, grazing his father-in-law’s herd in the margins of the civilized world.

Perhaps it is related to Moses’ worldliness, but compare how God presents Himself to Moses as opposed to, say, Abraham or Mary, whom He approaches as a warm friend. Moses is contacted by a rather terrifying vision, not in human form; the burning bush does not come to him, but commands him to approach in humility and reverence. If you consider the rude “Hello” Paul got on the road to Damascus, it seems that the way in which He approaches people has much to do with their godliness.

But Moses is no Saul/Paul; he is not horrendously sinful, just a bit slack. He has simply been living his life as if God did not exist. Unlike Adam, when God calls him, he does not try to hide; he is not a purposeful sinner, trying to avoid God. When the Lord calls him, Moses says “Here I am” and obeys in fear and wonder. Fear of God, as Proverbs tells us, is the beginning of all wisdom, and Moses is at the beginning of his relationship with God.

The bush is symbolic; for like the bush, Moses is touched by God’s firey hand, but not destroyed. And similarly, the Hebrews will suffer God’s wrath, but He will not destroy them. The bush foreshadows God’s treatment of Moses and the Hebrews.

Harlan Junior Starcher

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Harlan Junior Starcher

Age 78, of Normantown, WV passed away on January 28, 2015 at his home.

He was born August 14, 1936 in Calhoun County, WV, the son of the late Harlan and Lona Mae Starcher.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years Betty Jean: his children Calvin Lee and his wife Cheryl, Mark Blaine and his wife Amy; his grandson Timothy Joseph and his wife Tara; and his great granddaughter Alexandria Nicole.

He is also survived by two sisters Ruby and Janet and one brother, Darrell.

He is preceded in death by 1 brother Leo Starcher; 4 sisters Ruth, Lena, Reda, and Emogene; one grandson Jeremy Victor Starcher.

He was a retired lumberman and truck driver. In his spare time, he loved hunting and fishing and spending time in the woods. He was the happiest when he was with his family whom he loved more than anything. He was an avid cat lover.

Services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday February 02, 2015 at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville with Rev. Lewis Villers officiating.

Burial will follow in the Gibson Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home from 12:00-2:00 PM prior to the services.


Eloise Davis Meads

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Eloise Davis Meads

A long-time resident of Spencer, WV, was transferred to heaven on January 29, 2015.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, James Henry Meads.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Bill Greenleaf in Spencer, WV, and her son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Judy Meads in Glenville, WV; two granddaughters and their husbands; and four great-grandchildren also survive her, Rachael Meads and husband, John Meeker, and children, Flora Louise and Lucy Meeker of Shepherdstown, WV, and Sarah and Jeff Dodson, and sons, Samuel Dodson and Nathaniel Dodson of Bridgeport, WV. She also had two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren, Bill and Chris Greenleaf, and daughter, Rachel Greenleaf in Summerville, SC, and Denise and Randy Howard, and son, Michael Headley in Ripley, WV. Surviving brothers and their spouses are Bob and Betty Davis in Eugene, Oregon, and Gary and Allene Davis in Camano Island, Washington; and sister-in-law, Jan Davis in Burien, Washington.

Her brothers and sister who preceded her in death were Gene Davis of Port Lucie, Florida, Dwight Davis of Buren, Washington, and sister, Pauline Crosby of Bellingham, Washington.

Eloise Davis Meads was born in Gardner, Kansas, the daughter of the late Ben and Olive Davis. Her father was a Methodist minister who was transferred to Billings, Montana, when Eloise was a girl. She graduated from high school in Billings and began college courses to become a teacher.

Eloise first started her teaching experience at McLeod Elementary School in McLeod, Montana, from September 1943 to January 1944. She was the only teacher in a one-room school and taught grades one through eight. During World War II, Eloise enlisted in the WAVES - a branch of the U.S. Naval Reserve. Having served in World War I, her father, Ben Davis, was too old to enlist, and her brothers were too young, but she felt someone in their family should help the war effort, so she enlisted. On February 07, 1944, she left Livingston, Montana by troop train to start her career in the WAVES with training in Stillwater, Oklahoma. She completed additional training in the Bronx, NY, and was then assigned to Camp Elliott, San Diego, California. There she met her Navy husband, Jim Meads, at a dance near the end of the war. They were married in their Navy uniforms with the service performed by her father. Their marriage lasted 44 years until his death in 1989.

Because her husband was from West Virginia, they made their home there. He became a WV State Policeman. They lived in several places including Cabin Creek, East Bank, Ward, Grantsville, and Spencer. Eloise worked as a substitute teacher in Calhoun, Kanawha, and Roane Counties. While her children were in school, she went back to college at Marshall University and finally earned a Board of Regents Degree from Glenville State College. She marched in the same commencement with her daughter, Judy Meads Greenleaf, who received a BA in Education, and her son, Jim Meads, who marched as a GSC faculty member. Eloise became secretary of Spencer High School where she worked for four years. In 1965, she moved to the Roane County Board of Education Office where she became Bookkeeper and Head Financial Secretary, and held those positions until her retirement in 1984.

She was an active member of the St. Johns Methodist Church

She was also a member of the Susanna Wesleyan Circle, and played in the bell choir. For many years she was president of the Roane County Retired School Employees. Eloise was involved in the Committee on Aging activities and worked to get the old Spencer Elementary School remodeled into the current Senior Center. She also worked to gather furnishings, books, and displays for the one-room school house at Heritage Park, and frequently served as a hostess there during community celebrations. Other community service included working with Helping Hands. In addition, she enjoyed the fellowship of her friends in the Novelty Club. She was proud to represent Roane County as a Belle at the West Virginia State Folk Festival in Glenville.

When she was in her late eighties, Eloise was interviewed about her military service as a WAVE for the WV Veteran’s Legacy Project which was to document and preserve experiences of WV veterans. Her interview was videotaped and her words and pictures given the last four pages of the book Heroes Among Us, a collection of veterans stories.

Eloise played the piano by note and by ear. Her repertoire often included a medley of hymns followed by World War II era songs and the boogie woogie. She frequently recited the lengthy poem “Little Orphan Annie”, an 1885 poem written by James Whitcomb Riley. She recited the poem from memory and enjoyed entertaining her children, grandchildren, and school children with verse. She always enjoyed visiting with friends and family, and loved watching the birds and other animals that came to her yard.

A funeral service will be held at 2 PM on Sunday, February 01, at the St. Johns United Methodist Church in Spencer, with Pastor David Hall officiating.

Burial will follow in the Eventide Cemetery in Spencer.

Visiting will be from 5-8 PM Saturday at the Taylor-Vandale Funeral Home in Spencer.

Mae M. (McClain) Johnson

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Mae M. (McClain) Johnson

Age 97, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

She was born on December 30, 1917 to the late Schuyler and Lovie (Greathouse) McClain.

Mae was retired from the UNINYS Corporation of Los Angeles, CA with 30 years of service.

She is also preceded in death by her husband, Given Johnson, and brothers, Pat, Bert, Earl, Delbert, Roy and Steve McClain; sister, Glenda Conley.

She is survived by sister, Eleanor L. Reese of Burnsville; brother, Sammy (Betty) of Lakemore, OH; several nieces and nephews.

Mae was protestant by faith.

She loved to travel, especially to Natural Bridge and Williamsburg, VA. She loved flowers; her favorite were Irises and Azaleas. She also loved to cook, sew, and enjoyed watching wildlife, especially birds and squirrels.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home at 378 Flatwoods Corner Road in Flatwoods, WV 26621.

Funeral Services will follow visitation at 2:00 PM at Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home with Reverend Ronzel Roberts officiating.

Interment will follow in I.O.O.F. Cemetery in Burnsville, WV.

The Stockert-Paletti Funeral Home of Flatwoods is honored to be serving the Johnson Family.

Ann Bland Edmiston Nangle

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Ann Bland Edmiston Nangle

Age 85, of Simsbury, Connecticut passed away Saturday, January 17, 2015, at John Dempsey Hospital in Farmington, after a short illness.

She was born December 08, 1929, in Weston, West Virginia: daughter of the late Andrew and Alice Merle (Williams) Edmiston, and had lived in Newburyport and Hamilton, Massachusetts for many years prior to moving to Simsbury, Connecticut eight-years ago.

She graduated from Cornell University Class of 1952 where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in English. Nangle was a member of the League of Women Voters in Hamilton, Massachusetts and enjoyed traveling abroad, reading and socializing.

She co-owned “The Anchorage” consignment store in Newburyport, Massachusetts for many years.

She is survived by her daughter, Dana (John) Scott of Simsbury, Connecticut; three sons, John B. Nangle of Amesbury, Massachusetts, Clinton E. “Gene” Nangle of Newburyport and Theodric E. “Rod” (Elizabeth) Nangle of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts; and three grandchildren, Sam A. Scott of Simsbury, Conn., and Jacob A. and Joshua M. Nangle, both of Wellesley Hills, Massachusetts.

There was no calling hours.

A memorial service celebrating her life was held Saturday, January 24, at 3 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Church Street in Tariffville, Connecticut.

Another memorial service will be held for her in the spring in Newburyport, Massachusetts with a final memorial service to be held in in early July in her hometown of Weston, West Virginia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Kenneth Lane Stalnaker

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Kenneth Lane Stalnaker

Age 90, Old Route 33 Weston, WV passed away on Thursday, January 29, 2015 in Crestview Manor Nursing Home of Jane Lew following a brief illness.

He was born in Lewis County, WV on September 15, 1924: son of the late Lewis Hanson Stalnaker and Virgie May (Lane) Stalnaker.

On July 29, 1949, Mr. Stalnaker was married to Haroldine Mae (Greene) Stalnaker, who preceded him in death on April 14, 2014.

Mr. Stalnaker is survived by two daughters: Sandra Jo Stalnaker and partner Mark Smith of Smithburg, WV and Joyce Ellen (Thom) Zirkle of Ft. Myers, FL, three grandchildren: Brian Wright and partner Melissa Shirley, Breeanna Wright and fiance Ernie Hall and Amy Jones, four great grandchildren: Brian Conrad, Ryder Hall, Wyatt Hall and Quinn Hall and one great great grandchild: Brendon Conrad. He is also survived by three brothers: Gary Stalnaker, Zane Stalnaker and Nelson Stalnaker, one sister: Nell Hall and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife, Haroldine, Kenneth was preceded in death by one brother: Ralph Stalnaker and two sisters: Clara Reger and Doris Smith and a special friend his dog, Oliver.

Mr. Stalnaker was a master craftsman. He built homes for a living and upon retirement he crafted wooden furniture of all types including diningroom tables, curio cabinets and many other items.At a younger time in his life, Kenneth loved to hunt, bowling and golf. He was a veteran serving as a Pharmacist’s mate Third class in the United States Navy during World War II. He loved nature including birds, wild flowers and all wild animals. Mr. Stalnaker was an avid reader, mostly non-fiction and loved to learn new things. Kenneth was a family man. He loved spending time with his children , grandchildren , extended family and friends. He was also a special man, loving, kind, and generous and a man of fortitude and integrity.

Family and friends will be received at the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home 730 N. Main Avenue Weston on Sunday, February 01, 2015 from 1-5 PM.

Funeral services will be held on Monday at 1:00 PM from the Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home chapel with Reverend Stephen White officiating.

Interment will follow services in the Georgetown Cemetery of Horner, WV.

Full military honors will be conducted by the Lewis County Honor Guard.

Hardman-Paletti Funeral Home of Weston is honored and privileged to serve the family of Kenneth Lane Stalnaker.

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