Arcilia Morales, 86, passed away on January 17, 2018, at her home in Hagerman, New Mexico. Viewing will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00 AM, followed by a Rosary at 12:00 noon at St Catherine’s Catholic Church in Hagerman. Mass will follow at 1:00 PM. Celebrate Arcilia’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.
Arcilia was born in San Patricio, New Mexico on May 14, 1931, to Ben Salas and Ageda Gonzales Salas. She was a dedicated member of St Catherine’s Church. She enjoyed being a housewife and mother, and then later a grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
Those who preceded Arcilia in death were her husband, Alvaro Morales; daughter, Jane S Morales; son, Mike Morales; brothers: Julio Salas, Florencio Salas, Rogelio Salas; sisters: Lucinda Salas, parents; Ben Salas and Ageda Gonzales Salas.
Remaining to cherish Arcilia’s memory are sons: Mario Morales, Gilbert (Beto) Morales; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Arcilia Morales, 86, passed away on January 17, 2018, at her home in Hagerman, New Mexico. Viewing will be held Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00 AM, followed by a Rosary at 12:00 noon at St Catherine’s Catholic Church in Hagerman. Mass will follow at 1:00 PM. Celebrate Arcilia’s life by visiting www.andersonbethany.com to offer a memory or expression of sympathy for her family.
Memorial service for Phillip Randolph Patton, (P. R.) or (Randy) age 66, of Roswell, NM will be held at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, with Rev. Dale Plummer officiating.
Randy, (P. R.) passed away Tuesday, December 26, 2017 in Castle Rock, Colorado.
He was born November 1, 1951, in Roswell, NM to William M. (Bill) Patton, and Doriene S. (Roberts) Patton.
Randy graduated from Roswell High School and went on to earn a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from New Mexico State University, in 1974. He married Teresa Ann Foust on December 28, 1974 at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, Roswell, NM. He worked for the New Mexico State Engineer in the technical division. Randy became a licensed Structural Engineer and a Licensed Land Surveyor, and in 1980 opened his own firm “P. R. Patton & Associates” which has operated for 37 years. He was a past member of the East Grand Plains Volunteer fire department, a member of the Roswell Geologic Society, and Past President of Pecos Valley Horsemen. While his children were young he was active as a leader in 4-H and later FFA. He was active in his church and a graduate of EFM.
No interment will be held at this time as Randy’s love for knowledge led him to request his body be sent to the University of Colorado, School of Medicine. He leaves behind his wife Teresa, a Daughter, Victoria Sloan MD, of Castle Rock Colorado, and his Son Andrew Patton of Roswell, NM. He was a loving father. Randy is preceded in death by his Father Bill, Mother Doriene. Please make donations to St. Andrews, Casa Esperanza in Albuquerque, or a charity of your choice.
Services are pending at LaGrone Funeral Chapel for Karen Hay, age 63, who passed away Wednesday, January 17, 2018 in Las Cruces, NM.
A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at www.lagronefuneralchapels.com.
Secret Circus concert
Secret Circus and a special surprise guest perform at 7 p.m. at Milton’s brewing, 108 E. Mermod St. For more information, visit Secret Circus’ Facebook or event page.
Jan. 19 and Jan. 26
Pre-school story time at the zoo
Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park are holding their pre-school story time on both days starting at 9:30 a.m. The story on Jan. 19 is “Maggie’s Birthday and on Jan. 26 it’s “Footprints in the Snow.” A short walk in the zoo, weather permitting, and an activity will follow the story. There is no fee for the Visitor Center program; however, regular entrance fees apply to enter the zoo. For more information, call 575-887-5516.
Championship Bull Riding
The 2018 Hobbs Tuff Hedeman Championship Bull Riding takes place at the Lea County Event Center, 5101 N. Lovington Hwy. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, visit selectaseatlubbock.com or call 575-391-2900.
Secret Circus & friends concert
Secret Circus & friends will perform at Sacred Grounds Coffee and Tea House, 2704 Sudderth Drive, at 6 p.m.
STOMP performs at the Spencer Theater, 108 Spencer Road, at 7 p.m. Garnering armfuls of awards in all aspects of theatrics, STOMP is explosive, witty and utterly unique. Household items and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in this exhilarating combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy. It is a journey through sound, the pulse of humanity. For more information, visit spencertheater.com.
Jan. 19 – May 13
In the Dark
In the Dark is the new, interactive exhibit at the Western Heritage Museum, 1 Thunderbird Circle. Visitors will be surrounded by the sights, sounds, smells and sensation of ecosystems at night. Sometimes scary, but always intriguing, darkness beckons exploration and represents the unknown. It’s also a natural evolutionary selective pressure that has caused plants and animals to adapt to ecosystems like caves, the deep sea, the forest at night and underneath the ground. For more information, visit nmjc.edu or call 575-492-2678.
Wait for What?! concert
Wait for What?! is performing at St. Clair Winery, 1325 De Baca Road SE, at 5 p.m. Wait for What?! is kicking off 2018 Friday music nights at St. Clair. The audience can enjoy classic rock, country, and a crazy variety of music, mixed in with originals songs. For more information, visit waitforwhat.com.
New Mexico Men’s & Lady State Championship Chili Cook-off
The 2018 New Mexico Men’s & Lady State Championship Chili Cook-off takes place at the Hobbs Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge, 2920 W. Maryland Blvd. There is plenty of space for dry camping; the RV hook-ups are on a first come basis. If the weather is bad, the cooks can move inside the lodge. Friday night kicks off with Soup Cook-off and everyone can join. No entry fee. Friday night is the Chili Cook-off with turn-in at 7 p.m. Saturday night turn in is 2 p.m. and there will be a free Saturday night meal for all registered cooks and their spouses. On Sunday turn in is noon. The Chili Appreciation Society International rules apply. For more information, call Paul Mulkey at 575-390-6184 or Jennifer Sherfield at 575-441-0535 or visit the CASI event page on Facebook.
Feb. 9 to 10
Mardi Gras in the Clouds
The annual Mardi Gras in the Clouds has this year the theme “Love and Magic on The Mountain.” The events include Cajun cooking contest, children’s parade and mask contest, including baby contest and dance on Friday. On Saturday, there will be a scavenger hunt, cake walk, battle of the bands and the official parade. For more information, visit coolcloudcroft.com/mardigras/.
“Singin’ The Blues”
Brenda Hollingsworth-Marly is performing in “Singin’ The Blues” as Billie Holiday at the Ocotillo Performing Arts Center, 310 W. Main St., at 7 p.m. The late great Billie Holiday, also known as Lady Day, was born to sing the blues in a jazzy sultry tones from coast to coast. Hollingsworth-Marly brings Holiday back to life and to stage with her famous hits. For more information, visit artesiaartscouncil.com.
ABBA MANIA is not only for life long, diehard ABBA fans but the new generation of fans, who never had the opportunity to see the band ABBA live. Hits include “Dancing Queen,” “Waterloo,” “Mamma Mia,” “The Winner Takes it All,” “Super Trouper,” “Fernando” and “Take A Chance On Me.” Songs that continue to fill dance floors worldwide. The show opens at 7 p.m. at the Flickinger Center for Performing Arts, 1110 New York Ave. For more information, visit flickingercenter.com or abbamania.com/abba-mania-the-show.
Third annual feBREWary fest
The third annual wine and beer festival, benefits the Hobbs Chamber of Commerce and takes place from 1 to 6 p.m. at the Lea County Event Center & Fairgrounds, 5101 N. Lovington Hwy. Tickets go on sale on Jan. 1. For more information, call 575-397-3202.
Ongoing until Jan. 28
Broadway Bound kids
Registration is open for Way Way Off-Broadway’s Broadway Bound kids youth performing group for the spring 2018 semester. The BBK final concert is scheduled for April 21. For more information, visit waywayoffbroadway.com.
Kids in Arts ProgramS spring class
Spring registration is now open for the Kids in Arts ProgramS theater class. The class fills up fast and only 30 students are accepted. Students will be working on the production of the “Mystery Club, Cases 1 & 2.” Performances will be held April 20 and 21. For more information, visit roswellkaps.org.
Esham at The Unity Center
The Detroit artist Eshem specializes in acid rap, horrorcore, alternative hip-hop, electronic and metal. Eshem is going to perform at The Unity Center, 108 E. Bland St., at 6 p.m. For more information, visit bandsintown.com.
Ben Danaher concert
Red River singer and song writer Ben Danaher performs for the first time at Pecos Flavors Winery + Bistro, 412 W. Second St., at 7 p.m. For more information, visit pecosflavorswinery.com.
New Mexico School for the Arts
The public is invited to the Anderson Museum of Contemporary Art, 409 E. College Blvd., at 2 p.m. for a free performance of the students from the New Mexico School for the Arts. The students present their works in music, theater, dance and visual art. For more information, call 575-623-5600.
Live and Let Die
The Roswell Symphony Orchestra brings the music of Paul McCartney to stage in A Symphonic Tribute to Paul McCartney, at 7:30 p.m. at the Pearson Auditorium at the New Mexico Military Institute. For more information, visit roswellsymphony.org or call 575-623-5882 or 800-300-9822.
Mardi Gras dinner and dance
All Saints Catholic School Mardi Gras Dinner and Dance fundraiser event will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Peter Church gym on East Deming Street. Activities include dancing, king cakes, costume contest, crowning of a king and queen, cash bar and a silent auction. Tickets are available at All Saints Catholic School, 2700 N. Kentucky Ave. or at the St. Peter Church office, 111 E. Deming St. For more information, visit allsaintsmardigras.com or call the school office at 575-627-5744.
Blue is blue, apple is apple and theft is theft.
Using the same letters and stringing them together in the same order will give us the same word with the same meaning. I did not think that we would have to spell those principles out — nor that Ms. (Cynthia) Hansen would feel compelled to provide a 400-word essay to the effect. So, if we can consider that particular aspect of the English language sorted out, maybe we can take at least one step back toward the issue at hand.
Nobody has tried to redefine the word theft. The power to define theft rests with the owner of the property potentially subject to expropriation. In the case at hand, NMMI or in the case of my peach trees, me. In my case, my neighbors are not stealing my peaches as I let them pick them. In the case of NMMI, people are stealing the pecans as NMMI has historically rather let them rot than have the “riff-raff” scouring the edges of their property.
We can debate the reasons behind it, but today, Friday the 12th, NMMI cadets were out picking. Is this just a timely coincidence considering the current debate, or is it a case of shaming? We will never know. Any debate will just further muddy the waters around the original question, for which the pecan enforcement is just an example.
I will, however, let the lack of a moral framework used and taught by NMMI rest until the next obvious symptom exhibits, and will consider this “thread” closed from my side.
Reporter Alison Penn did a good job reporting on the City Council discussion of a resolution supporting state adoption of egregiously named right-to-work legislation.
Whoever wrote the headline “Routine resolution bitterly divides City Council” neither read the article nor understands the issue. So-called right-to-work provisions are anything but routine. They are highly controversial and usually fiercely debated.
If this resolution did not go through the usual committee process, then the vote should be negated. City Council, like all governing bodies, should adhere to proper procedure, ensuring that all parties are heard at appropriate times and in appropriate settings. It seems that this matter was not handled properly.
Handled properly or not, though, right to work is a highly charged, divisive issue and deserves more discussion than a routine resolution. Only Republicans view this issue as routine, and though City Council is technically non-partisan, its Republican underpinnings often come through loud and clear. The newspaper’s headline is pure Republican-speak as well.
I agree with Mr. Oropesa that right-to-work laws are harmful to workers. Study after study has shown that unionized workers earn more than non-unionized workers in the same geographical area and field of work and have more and better benefits through employment. They have protection from unfair labor practices that some employers use to subjugate and intimidate their employees. I cannot address the racial undertones of the issue, though I do not doubt that they are there. I just know that unions help all workers, no matter the race or gender.
In some places, these laws are called “right-to-work-for-less” laws, and for good reason. These laws help to prevent unionization, making it difficult for a union to collect enough money in the form of dues in order to properly support the workers. These laws also undermine the rule of the majority that our democracy (in fact all democracies) is founded on. When the majority votes for unionization, all workers should pay proper dues so that all may be represented. Contracts will, after all, benefit all workers.
But back to the headline. This headline reflects a Republican view of the issue that most certainly is how the mayor and most see it, but it does not reflect the reported controversy in the article. It is definitely partisan, and inappropriate for a newspaper that should be striving for impartial accuracy. Please keep our news — and your headlines — non-partisan and accurate.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Tom Brady hasn’t missed many starts during his 18-year NFL career, and no one sounds too worried that he’ll be sidelined for Sunday’s AFC championship game.
Nonetheless, after Brady sat out the Patriots’ practice on Thursday — and did not speak to reporters as scheduled — there was plenty of speculation about the 40-year-old quarterback’s health.
Brady sat out with a right-hand injury after being limited by the same issue a day earlier as New England prepares for its matchup with Jacksonville.
Brady wore a glove on the injured hand during the stretching portion of practice that was open to reporters. He usually wears a glove only on his non-throwing hand. He was listed as a non-participant on the injury report, and his news conference was postponed until Friday.
With scant official information about the nature of Brady’s injury, it fell to backup quarterback Brian Hoyer to address the situation. More than 50 reporters swarmed his locker as he walked through the locker room, and after stepping into the training room, Hoyer returned to find the assembled group.
“You guys waiting for Phil?” Hoyer asked wryly, referring to receiver Phillip Dorsett’s adjacent locker.
For the next six minutes he was asked a half-dozen questions about Brady, a quarterback he has now backed up twice. Hoyer said he didn’t see Brady get hurt and wouldn’t elaborate on how much he’s been able to do in practice the last two days.
“I’m always preparing to play, because the truth of reality is you never know when your name’s gonna be called,” he said.
Jaguars coach Doug Marrone expects his defense to line up against Brady, not Hoyer, on Sunday.
“I’m sure he can throw left-handed if he has a problem with his right hand, you know, and throw it just as well,” Marrone said Thursday.
Hoyer was Brady’s backup for three seasons from 2009 through 2011. After leaving in 2012, he started for at least five-game stretches during stops in Cleveland, Houston, Chicago and San Francisco.
Hoyer was cut by the 49ers on Oct. 31 after they traded a second-round pick to New England for Jimmy Garoppolo. He signed as Brady’s backup the following day.
“I prepare every week like I’m gonna play,” Hoyer said. “Whether I do or I don’t, that’s not really up to me.”
Having coached in Brady’s division in Buffalo, Marrone is familiar with Brady’s ability to play through pain.
Brady appeared on the Patriots’ weekly injury report several times during the latter half of this season with injuries to both his Achilles tendon and his left shoulder.
He has never missed a playoff start during his 18-year career. He hasn’t missed any start because of an injury since he sat out the final 15 games of the 2008 season after tearing ligaments in his left knee during New England’s season opener.
Brady missed the first four games of 2016 while serving his “Deflategate” suspension. He also popped up on the injury report late that season, but he didn’t miss a game and capped the season with his MVP performance in the Patriots’ comeback win over Atlanta in the Super Bowl.
Devin McCourty chuckled when he was asked about the frenzy created this week by Brady’s injury.
“When you’re a good-looking guy, a good quarterback, people want to know about you. I understand,” McCourty said. “My people want to know about him, too. I get text messages and phone calls. When I first got here it was, ‘Did you meet Tom? Are you and Tom friends?’ I’m happy now. Eight years in, I consider us friends. So I’m kind of a big deal back home.”
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield says one of his top priorities as he prepares for the NFL draft is to allay concerns about his character.
“People will have their guesses and their opinions on my character, but anyone that’s actually sat down and talked to me knows that I don’t have any character issues, any off-the-field issues,” Mayfield said Thursday night during a conference call after being selected the 2017 Manning Award winner.
Mayfield, who passed for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns, is the first Sooner and first former walk-on to win the Manning Award, which is given to the nation’s top college quarterback. It is the only award to consider postseason performances in voting by a national media panel as well as Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.
Mayfield also won the Heisman Trophy this season. And after racking up prestigious accolades for his performances during live snaps, Mayfield said he’s eager to meet with NFL coaches and front-office personnel and explain why some of his antics after the whistle and his behavior off the field won’t be an issue going forward.
Last offseason, he was arrested on public intoxication charges, for which he reached a plea deal. His sportsmanship also was scrutinized after he planted a flag on the field after a victory at Ohio State, and after he made an obscene gesture toward opponents during a lopsided victory at Kansas.
“Mistakes happen. I feel like I’ve owned up to those mistakes and I’ve grown and learned from them,” Mayfield said. “So just moving forward, getting in front of (NFL coaches and front office personnel), I think that’s going to be the first thing I address. And then after that, it’s going to be about playing ball, competitiveness, about how much I care to win and how much I will do to achieve that.”
One person who does not need to be convinced is Archie Manning, who said he knows Mayfield personally as a participant in the Manning Passing Academy.
“We’re all crazy about Baker and thoroughly enjoyed his career,” Manning said. “He plays the game with passion. … That’s why he’s been successful. I think that’s why he’ll continue to be successful.”
Mayfield led the Sooners to a Big 12 championship, as well as a semifinal berth in the College Football Playoff. But he said the semifinal loss to Georgia in the Rose Bowl still hurts and haunts him.
“Still haven’t really gotten over it,” he said. “Still having nightmares about some of the reads and some of the throws I made.”
Now, Mayfield asserts he’ll prepare for the NFL draft the same way he prepared to prove himself as a college — his numerous football honors notwithstanding.
“This type of training, it’s the type of stuff that I thrive on,” Mayfield said. “I know how to work. Not everything was given to me. I had to play the cards I was dealt, get better mentally, physically, push myself to limits that I didn’t think I was capable of, so this is another one of those scenarios.”
Mayfield, now working out in California, said he was in the gym recently when he noticed on TV that several draft projections did not list him among the top four quarterback prospects.
“So it’s the same thing over again, which is why I’m going to enjoy this,” Mayfield said. “Winning speaks for itself — competitive nature — those go a lot farther than any height and weight, any big arms can take you.”
Other finalists for this year’s Manning Award were: Ohio State’s J.T. Barrett, Clemson’s Kelly Bryant, Southern California’s Sam Darnold, Alabama’s Jalen Hurts, Louisville’s Lamar Jackson, Penn State’s Trace McSorley, UCF’s McKenzie Milton, Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph, Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham and Arizona’s Khalil Tate.
ATLANTA (AP) — De’Andre Hunter scored 17 points and No. 2 Virginia won its ninth straight game, 64-48 over Georgia Tech on Thursday night.
It was another defensive masterpiece by the Cavaliers (17-1, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who limited Georgia Tech to 40.5 percent shooting and forced 18 turnovers.
Virginia snapped a four-game winning streak for the Yellow Jackets (10-8, 3-2).
After making the first basket of the game, Georgia Tech quickly got an idea of what kind of night it would be. The Jackets missed their next eight shots and turned it over four times before Josh Okogie finally broke a nearly eight-minute scoreless drought with a dunk off a backdoor pass.
Virginia led 28-19 at halftime, and Georgia Tech never got any closer the rest of the way.
The last gasp for the home team essentially came in the closing seconds of the first half. It looked as though the Jackets would go to the locker room on a bit of a high after Curtis Haywood hit his second 3-pointer of the first half, closing the gap to 24-19.
But Hunter got free in the corner and knocked down a trey with 0.1 seconds left in the half, turning it into a four-point play when Abdoulaye Gueye foolishly went for the block and sent the Virginia player sprawling to the court.
The free throw gave the Cavaliers their biggest lead of the half.
They steadily pulled away over the final 20 minutes. Ty Jerome added 12 points, while Devon Hall and Kyle guy had 11 apiece.
Tadric Jackson led Georgia Tech with 14 points. No one else was in double figures.
Virginia: The Cavaliers held an opponent under 50 points for the eighth time this season. They came into the night allowing the fewest points of any Division I team, and actually improved on their 52.9 average.
Georgia Tech: Okogie, averaging 18.8 points per game, struggled to get open and finished with just nine points on 3-of-8 shooting. Big man Ben Lammers had an even tougher night, hitting just 1 of 5 shots and finishing with four points. It was an especially disappointing performance considering the Yellow Jackets drew their first sellout of the season at 8,600-seat McCamish Pavilion.
Virginia: Plays its second straight ACC road game at Wake Forest on Sunday.
Georgia Tech: Faces a short turnaround before traveling to Chapel Hill on Saturday for another game against a ranked opponent, No. 15 North Carolina.
NEW YORK (AP) — Team LeBron against Team Stephen is the NBA’s new All-Star matchup.
LeBron James and Stephen Curry will go head-to-head again, this time as captains who pick teams for the revamped NBA All-Star Game.
James and Curry received the most votes from fans in their conferences Thursday night and will draft from a pool of the rest of the NBA’s best for the Feb. 18 game in Los Angeles.
“Captain huh? Really Appreciate all the votes from the fans, media and players!” Curry wrote on Twitter.
James will pick first as the player who received the most fan votes. He will make his 14th All-Star Game start, one behind Kobe Bryant for the most in league history.
“Congrats Captain,” Kevin Love wrote to his Cleveland teammate James on Instagram.
He could start his team with Kevin Durant, who teamed with Curry to beat James and the Cavaliers in the NBA Finals. Or maybe he could go with Kyrie Irving, a former All-Star Game MVP who asked to be traded away from Cleveland last summer and has led Boston to the best record in the East.
Perhaps it will be Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, whom James came from behind to edge with 2.6 million votes. The Greek Freak had a little more than 2.5 million.
The format was changed from the traditional East vs. West matchup for the first time after lackluster games the last two seasons, when players made little attempt to defend and the West nearly scored 200 points in both of its victories.
Both James and Curry will make their first four picks from the pool of starters, but they don’t have to stick to conference affiliation in choosing their rosters.
The other starters from the Eastern Conference will be Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan and Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, the only first-time All-Star among the starters.
New Orleans also has two starters in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. Houston guard James Harden, the NBA’s scoring leader, rounds out the starters, who were selected by a combination of fan, media and player voting. Fan balloting accounted for 50 percent of the formula, with the media panel and player vote each making up 25 percent.
The seven reserves in each conference, voted upon by the head coaches in each conference, will be announced Tuesday, and the rosters selected by James and Curry will be unveiled next Thursday.
The league does not plan to televise the draft.
NEW YORK (AP) — The players’ association rejected Major League Baseball’s proposal to institute 20-second pitch clocks and limits on mound visits, a move that dares management to unilaterally impose the changes designed to speed pace of games.
Union head Tony Clark and deputy general counsel Matt Nussbaum informed MLB of the decision Thursday during a telephone call to deputy commissioner Dan Halem, a person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.
Management has the right to implement the rules changes it proposed last year. Under baseball’s labor contract, management can change on-field rules on its own with one season of advance notice.
MLB does not intend to make any decision before its next owners’ meetings, scheduled for Jan. 30 to Feb. 1 in Beverly Hills, California. Spring training games start Feb. 23 and the season opens March 29.
The union’s decision was first reported by Fox
Nine-inning games averaged a record 3 hours, 5 minutes during the 2017 regular season and 3:29 during the postseason, and the length of games has concerned club owners and executives in an age where they compete for consumers with more entertainment choices and shorter attention spans.
Players and MLB have bargained over the matter since last summer, and the union told MLB on Thursday there was no consensus among its members for pace alterations. After a November owners’ meeting, Commissioner Rob Manfred vowed change.
“My preferred path is a negotiated agreement with the players, but if we can’t get an agreement we are going to have rule changes in 2018 one way or the other,” he said then.
Under the proposal MLB can implement, there would be a 30-second clock between batters and a 20-second clock between pitches, according to details obtained by the AP.
A hitter would be required to be in the batter’s box with at least 5 seconds left on the timer. The clock would start when the pitcher has the ball on the mound, except for the first pitch of an at-bat, when it would start at the end of the previous play.
The clock would reset when a pitcher steps off the rubber and when he makes or feints a pickoff throw.
An umpire would issue a warning to a pitcher or batter for a first violation each game, and subsequent violations by the same player would result in a ball being called against a pitcher and a strike against a batter.
Under the proposed limit on mound visits, a team would be allowed one per pitcher each inning, whether by a manager, coach or player. A second visit would result in the team being forced to change pitchers.
During bargaining, MLB offered to start the pitch clock this year only with no runners on base and delay its use with runners on until 2019, the person said.
Clark did not respond to an email seeking comment.
NEW YORK (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez vows to have a quiet voice with the New York Mets.
A month after the first baseman was released by Atlanta from a contract that guaranteed him $21.5 million this year, Gonzalez finalized a one-year deal with the Mets on Thursday for the $545,000 major league minimum.
Bobby Valentine, Gonzalez’s manager during Boston’s last-place 2012 season, was quoted by the New York Post this week as saying: “He can really talk — he is a smart guy and he is excessive in his willingness to share his thoughts.”
“I think Bobby was in the right there,” Gonzalez said. “I think going into that 2012 season I heard a lot of people tell me that I had to be more of a vocal leader and do things that were out of context for me. I feel like I went into that season trying to make myself do something that I’m not used to doing. And I do agree with Bobby: I think I had a lot of opinions that year. But I don’t think it is who I am.”
Gonzalez said he reverted to his previous demeanor after he was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in August 2012.
“I made a commitment to myself to not be somebody that someone else wants me to be and just be who I am,” he said. “I think that was the only season when I’ve been that person, and I promise that is not who I am and that’s not who I’ll be and definitely not who I’m going to be with the Mets because that’s not me.”
Now 35, Gonzalez will compete for playing time with rookie first baseman Dominic Smith, who hit .198 in 49 games after his August call-up. Outfielder Jay Bruce and Wilmer Flores also are possibilities for time at first, general manager Sandy Alderson said this week.
“There is somewhat of a defined role as far as starting a good amount of games but it’s not set in stone,” Gonzalez said. “I am a player that can put up great numbers, drive in runs and help the team win.”
Gonzalez hit .242 for the Dodgers last season, when he was limited to 71 games because of a herniated disk in his back. He was left off the postseason roster and watched postseason games from a luxury suite. Major League Baseball limits the dugout to active players during games, and Gonzalez said the Dodgers didn’t allow inactive players in the clubhouse.
“It was unique to be able to watch them from the TV,” he said, “almost be a super fan and be there with them and the ups and downs and give advice from what I see.”
A five-time All-Star, Gonzalez has a .288 average with 311 home runs in 14 major league seasons. The Braves, who sent outfielder Matt Kemp to Los Angeles, are responsible for all of his salary except for the amount offset by what the Mets are paying. He was in entering the final season of a $154 million, seven-year contract he signed with Boston, and the Braves will receive $4.5 million from the Dodgers by May 1 as part of the trade.
Gonzalez has changed his offseason workouts because of the bad back.
“I’m doing more Pilates, more stretching, more conditioning, a lot of water activity, water aerobics,” he said. “It’s responding really well.”
He plans to mentor the 22-year-old Smith in spring training, especially on defense.
“Just kind of the mindset and tell him all my experiences and everything I’ve done,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to that adventure, Dominic, as well, so I can help him become the best major leaguer he can be in the future.”
Notes: To create room on the 40-man roster for Gonzalez and Bruce, whose $39 million, three-year contract was finalized this week, the Mets said Thursday they had designated right-handers Kevin McGowan and Chasen Bradford for assignment.
Tesho Akindele realizes a career as a soccer player can be fleeting at best.
The FC Dallas forward went to college but never finished before he was drafted by the Major League Soccer team in 2014. A partnership between MLS and Southern New Hampshire University allowed him to wrap up his bachelor’s degree.
But Akindele has taken it a step further. He’s about to start working toward his master’s in finance.
“We have this great career and we’ve been working our whole lives toward this one thing. Then we get it, and sometimes it’s easy to forget that it’s going to end, and it’s going to end way earlier than everybody else’s career,” Akindele said. “So we have to be prepared to continue living our lives after that.”
Major League Soccer announced Thursday that it is extending the partnership that has helped the league’s players and employees with tuition assistance to pursue their college degrees.
With many promising young players going the academy route rather than playing college soccer, the SNHU program has been popular. Fifty-five players and 50 league staff members are currently enrolled.
One of them is Toronto FC and U.S. national team forward Jozy Altidore, who is working toward a business degree. Altidore figures he’s got about a year and a half to go. The program also allows the players flexibility in completing their coursework.
“It was a big priority for my mom and my dad that I went to school and get a college education like they did. And being of Haitian descent, for most parents education is key on the island: Educate yourself and making sure you continue to learn is important,” Altidore said. “So that’s a promise that I made to my mom when I turned pro, that I’d someday still get a degree.”
The program, which started in 2015, was extended through 2020.
“All too often, professional athletes have to choose between going to college and going into the pros,” said SNHU President Paul LeBlanc. “Partnering with MLS allows us to meet students where they are and provide an opportunity; they no longer have to postpone one dream to achieve the other.”
Southern New Hampshire has some 4,000 students enrolled at its Manchester campus and more than 80,000 enrolled in its online programs.
As part of the partnership, the league offers SNHU students internships both at its New York headquarters and with a number of teams. One intern recently was promoted to a full-time position in the league’s communications department.
Akindele, who played in 29 games for FC Dallas last season with 15 starts and four goals, was the first player to earn his degree from the program. He had a jump on others because he already had some college credit. So far, four degrees have been awarded.
Akindele, who also plays for the Canadian national team, has about an hour or two of homework each day. Practice is mostly in the morning, so he tries to get all his school work done before dinner. Travel schedules mean he has to be smart about time management.
“I always knew I was going to finish my degree,” he said. “It was something I promised myself and the people close to me — that even though I’m going to live my dream now, I’m going to make sure I get that degree.”
What to watch in the leading soccer leagues in Europe this weekend:
Real Madrid returns to the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to face its disgruntled fans in a match against Deportivo La Coruna on Sunday.
Madrid hasn’t won at home in three matches and its demanding fans have shown their unhappiness by loudly jeering the team.
The European champion’s chance to make amends comes against a side that hasn’t won in four matches and is in the relegation zone.
Madrid is 19 points behind leader Barcelona with a game in hand, and its fight now is to remain in the Champions League qualification places. It is eight points behind third-place Valencia, and only one point in front of fifth-place Villarreal.
Unbeaten Barcelona plays at Real Betis on Sunday, while second-place Atletico Madrid hosts Girona on Saturday.
Valencia, two points behind Atletico, is at last-place Las Palmas on Saturday.
— By Tales Azzoni in Madrid.
There was no rush to declare the Premier League title race back on after Manchester City slipped to a first loss of the season last weekend at Liverpool.
It might happen if City drop points at home to Newcastle on Saturday.
City still holds a 12-point lead after 23 of 38 games, leaving the teams in the chasing pack — led by Manchester United — no room for error if they are to have any chance of reeling in Pep Guardiola’s side. However, in the last three games, City has drawn at Crystal Palace and lost at Anfield, so its charge has slowed.
Newcastle is only three points above the relegation zone, but has won its last two away matches — at Stoke and West Ham.
United travels to Burnley while Liverpool and Chelsea — level on points in third and fourth, respectively — also have away games, at Swansea and Brighton.
Hamburger SV, the only member of the Bundesliga to have played every season since the league’s formation in 1963, faces a potentially decisive battle for survival on Saturday when last-place Cologne visits.
Cologne, which picked up just three points from its opening 16 matches for the worst ever start by any side to the league, secured a dramatic late win over Borussia Moenchengladbach last weekend and is just six points behind Hamburg, which hasn’t won any of its last five games.
“We’re lacking courage and confidence,” Hamburg coach Markus Gisdol said.
Bayern Munich, the leader by 13 points, hosts relegation-threatened Werder Bremen on Sunday. Second-place Leipzig visits Freiburg on Saturday.
Borussia Dortmund, whose return to the league from the winter break has been overshadowed by disciplinary problems with star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, gets the 19th round underway at Hertha Berlin on Friday.
— By Ciaran Fahey in Berlin.
It seems there is nothing to halt the Paris Saint-Germain scoring machine.
PSG’s devastating attack, featuring the prolific Neymar and Edinson Cavani, teen star Kylian Mbappe and the resurgent Angel Di Maria, has already plundered 106 goals in all competitions.
Coach Unai Emery’s side is 11 points clear in the league after 21 games and travels to play second-place Lyon on Sunday.
Lyon plays an exciting brand of attacking football, too. Bruno Genesio’s side will look to take the game to PSG, which needs to keep a close eye on Nabil Fekir. The roaming Lyon forward is in the best form of his career with 15 league goals — the same tally as Neymar.
Marseille, which has won its past three games, is one point behind Lyon in third place and defending champion Monaco is a point further back in fourth. It sets up what is likely to be a three-way scrap to be runner-up.
Marseille has a trip up to Normandy to face mid-table Caen on Saturday, while Monaco plays last-place Metz at home on Sunday.
— By Jerome Pugmire in Paris.
LA QUINTA, Calif. (AP) — Jon Rahm’s soaring 5-iron settled 5 feet away to set up an eagle on the par-5 fifth hole at La Quinta Country Club.
“It’s quite simple, honestly,” Rahm said. “Beyond perfect drive, perfect second shot, perfect putt.”
Two hours later Thursday in the first round of the CareerBuilder Challenge, young Charlie Reiter matched his new friend’s eagle with a low hook around a tree to a foot.
“It was a little down in the rough,” said Reiter, the Palm Desert High School senior who recently played with Rahm at nearby Big Horn. “I just closed the face and trusted my swing and it worked out perfectly.”
Rahm also had eight birdies in his bogey-free round for a 10-under 62 and a one-stroke lead. The 23-year-old Spaniard — the top-ranked player in the field at No. 3 in the world — played the first seven holes in 6 under on a sunny morning so comfortable he shed his light sweater halfway through his warmup on the driving range.
“You’re not going to make every single putt. You’re not going to hit every single shot perfect,” Rahm said. “I do feel like I could have made a couple more putts, just because I had so many that were makeable. But there’s a couple birdie putts, like the one on 14, that, if I’m being quite honest, I did not hit the line I wanted and it still went in dead center.”
Rahm had the lowest score in his PGA Tour career, topping a 64 two years ago at Congressional in his first round as a professional. At 10 under, the former Arizona State player bested his four-day total of 9 under last year in the CareerBuilder when he tied for 34th in his first start in the event.
“This type of golf is something I love,” Rahm said. “La Quinta is really, really similar to Phoenix Country Club, which I played many times. I’ve also shot 10 under there, funny enough, and it’s just really familiar to what I’m used to playing. Four years of college on these golf courses, it’s something you’re not going to forget.”
Rahm was second two weeks ago at Kapalua in his first start since winning the European Tour’s season-ending event in Dubai in November. He’s the defending champion next week at Torrey Pines, and also won last year in Ireland.
“I feel super-rested and really in peace with my game and I think it shows,” Rahm said. “Kapalua wasn’t the best ball-striking week of my life, but I was able to scramble really well and keep calm and have a good score. Today, it was a complete opposite. I had one of the best ball-striking days of my life and just had it going.”
Reiter, 18, finished with a 68 after a shaky start to his PGA Tour debut.
“We went over to the Mountains Course because I can’t hit driver here because the range is too short,” Reiter said. “I hit a couple drives and my legs were like wobbly and I was like getting light-headed and I said, ‘I think I’m going to throw up.’ And then I got to the course and I kind of settled down.”
The University of Southern California recruit is the first amateur to receive a sponsor exemption in tournament history. He tied for 65th in the Australian Open in November in his first pro event.
“It was a little different playing with everybody I know watching me,” Reiter said.
Austin Cook, Jason Kokrak and Andrew Landry were a stroke behind Rahm at 63. Cook closed with a 15-foot par save on PGA West’s Jack Nicklaus Tournament Course. Kokrak and Landry opened at La Quinta.
Beau Hossler, Aaron Wise, Brandon Harkins and Martin Piller were at 64. Hossler, Wise and Harkins played La Quinta, and Piller was on the Nicklaus layout. Nick Watney and Grayson Murray shot 65 to top the players at PGA West’s Stadium Course, the once-feared layout that will be the site of the final round.
Phil Mickelson had a 70 at La Quinta in his first tournament round since late October.
“It was fun to get back out and be competitive,” Mickelson said. “For some reason, I’m stuck on 70 here at La Quinta. Whether I get off to a good start or a bad one, I end up shooting the same score.”
The 47-year-old Hall of Famer was 4 under after six holes, and then had one birdie and three bogeys — the first on the par-4 eighth after driving out-of-bounds to the right — on the final 12.
“With the exception of one tee shot, I drove it pretty well today and putted OK,” Mickelson said.
SINGAPORE (AP) — Sergio Garcia opened his season with a 5-under 66 and a share of the clubhouse lead on Thursday in the first round of the weather-interrupted Singapore Open.
Playing his first tournament of the year, the Masters champion rebounded after making an early bogey to collect four birdies and an eagle at the Sentosa Golf Club.
He was later joined by American qualifier Kurt Kitayama in the clubhouse lead. Still on the course, Tirawat Kaewsiribandit was at 6 under through 16 holes when play was suspended for the day because of the threat of lightning.
Louis Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion, was at 5 under through 16 holes when he also had to stop his round because of the weather.
Of the players who did finish their opening rounds, only three were within two strokes of Garcia and Kitayama. One of them was Casey O’Toole, who aced the par-3 second with a 7-iron.
The 38-year-old Garcia dropped his only shot of the day on the par-4 15th, his sixth hole after teeing off on the back nine, when he missed the fairway and was unable to make par. But he made amends when he birdied the par-3 17th and then eagled the par-5 18th to go out in 33.
“I was 1 over after (the) seventh but it didn’t feel like I was playing badly,” said Garcia, who made birdies on each of the two par-5s and one of the par-3s on the second nine. “But then I hit two greats in a row for holes 17 and 18. I got a birdie-eagle there, so that settled me a little bit and I could play solid in the back nine and it was a great round.”
Garcia made the shortlist for the Laureus Sports Awards in the Breakthrough of the Year category after claiming his first major at Augusta National last year and is hoping for more success this season.
He credits the Singapore Open as having played a part in toughening him up for his Masters win because he opted to start his 2017 campaign in the stifling humidity of Southeast Asia to prepare himself for the bigger tournaments ahead.
Although he finished tied for 11th in Singapore, Garcia won the Dubai Desert Classic the next week and was in peak form when he won the Masters two months later.
Kitayama only secured his place in the $1 million event on Monday by finishing at the top of the qualifying competition, but he made a strong start with birdies on three of his first five holes. The 25-year-old Thai was 6 under through 13 holes but spoiled his otherwise flawless round with a bogey on his last.
“I started with a birdie and I just let it roll from there. I had some good tee shots, which I think, is the biggest thing for this course,” Kitayama said. “I’m a little tired, but I’m hanging in there. Whenever I have time off, I’ll try not to think too much about golf.”
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — On a day when shade was a valuable commodity in the searing heat at Melbourne Park, Roger Federer played it cool at the Australian Open.
Six-time champion Novak Djokovic, however, complained about the brutal conditions during his second-round win over Gael Monfils, when the temperature peaked at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
Djokovic urged tennis organizers to be more flexible about the rules for drink breaks, time between points and suspension of play when the conditions were bordering on dangerous.
Federer, the defending champion, finished off a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (4) win over Jan-Lennard Struff a half-hour before midnight, when the temperature was still around 29 degrees C (84 degrees F), and said playing at the height of the heat wouldn’t have bothered him.
“I may have thrived in those conditions,” he said. “It’s definitely a challenge. It’s hard to prepare for that in some ways, but you know when you come down here that can happen.
“Sure, I’m happy I played at night time. But, like I said on court, I would back myself playing during the daytime also. Used to go to Dubai when it was 45 — 38 seems almost OK.”
Temperatures are expected to rise on Friday, before cooling off considerably over the weekend, when Federer and Djokovic’s half of the draw is back for the third round.
Stan Wawrinka, the 2014 Australian Open champion, No. 7 David Goffin and No. 13 Sam Querrey didn’t make it through the second round. Nor did Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza, one of the five seeded women’s players who were eliminated on Day 4.
That left only Maria Sharapova and Angelique Kerber — who will meet in the next round — and French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko as Grand Slam winners in the women’s draw.
Sharapova beat 14th-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 7-6 (4) to avenge a loss in last year’s U.S. Open, the five-time major champion’s first Grand Slam after returning from a 15-month doping ban.
Kerber, the 2016 Australian Open champion, had a 6-4, 6-1 win over Donna Vekic before the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to celebrate her 30th birthday.
Still looking for a first major after two French Open final losses, top-ranked Simona Halep held off 2014 Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard 6-2, 6-2. Halep will next play Lauren Davis.
U.S. Open finalist Madison Keys opened with four straight aces and won the first 11 games in a 6-0, 6-1 win over 92nd-ranked Ekaterina Alexandrova.
Sixth-seeded Karolina Pliskova, No. 8 Caroline Garcia and No. 26 Agnieszka Radwanska also advanced.
Blisters from the hot court surface didn’t help Muguruza in a 7-6 (1), 6-4 loss to 88th-ranked Hsieh Su-wei, who has been No. 1 in doubles but had a career-high ranking of 23rd in singles.
Ninth-seeded Johanna Konta also struggled in a straight-set loss to lucky loser Bernarda Pera, an American who is ranked 123rd and making her Grand Slam debut. Pera, who didn’t even know she had a spot in the main draw until another player withdrew, will next play No. 20 Barbora Strycova.
Wawrinka left it as late as possible before deciding his knee might just be good enough to get him through the first major of the season. Clearly, the 2014 champion was too ambitious. A 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 loss to 97th-ranked Tennys Sandgren in the second round was his earliest exit in a decade here.
“I only had surgery five months ago,” said Wawrinka, who still has a visible scar running down his left knee and hadn’t played since Wimbledon. “To be that far already, it’s more than what we could have expected.”
Wawrinka appeared lethargic and generally didn’t threaten Sandgren, who had never beaten a top-10 player. His wins in the first two rounds make Sandgren 2-0 at majors.
Sandgren — his first name comes down from his great-grandfather — said he held his celebrations in check out of respect for an injured opponent.
Still, he added: “It’s a huge deal for me, and something that if I don’t ever get another accomplishment, I can at least hang my hat on this one.”
Djokovic, who won four of the five Australian titles between 2011 and ’16 before his shocking second-round exit last year, extended his career head-to-head domination over Monfils to 15-0.
The heat peaked during Djokovic’s 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 win. Both players slouched over in the shade between points, earning warnings about time delays from the chair umpire.
The win was a relief for Djokovic, but he said officials need to be more considerate about the players in the conditions.
Now seeded 14th, Djokovic needed four match points in an eight-minute last game before clinching the win against Monfils, who needed a medical timeout for heat stress and said he had trouble breathing.
“It was obvious we both suffered on the court today,” Djokovic said. “Really tough conditions — brutal.”
Juan Martin del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, had issues with the heat but still advanced along with No. 19 Tomas Berdych, No. 21 Albert Ramos and No. 5 Dominic Thiem, who rallied to beat 190th-ranked American qualifier Denis Kudla 6-7 (6), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
Djokovic said the conditions were some of the toughest he’s ever played in, and had some advice for organizers with temperatures predicted to rise to 42 degrees C (108 degrees F) on Day 5.
“There are certain days where you just have to, as a tournament supervisor, recognize that you might need to give players few extra hours,” he said. “I understand there is a factor of tickets. If you don’t play matches, people will be unhappy.”
But he said the conditions were at the point where it becomes a “danger in terms of health.”
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The WTA has signed a long-term deal to move its season-ending WTA Finals to Shenzhen, China, in 2019 and will increase total prize money to $14 million, double the previous purse.
The move represents a significant investment in the China market at a time when the sport is aggressively expanding its reach in the country, with the addition of a number of new tournaments in recent years. The WTA signed a 10-year deal to stage the finals in Shenzhen — double the length of the current commitment in Singapore, the host since 2014.
The prize money for the top eight singles players and top eight doubles teams is also a major upgrade from the current purse of $7 million and is nearly double the $8 million in total prize money on offer at the ATP Finals in London.
The WTA said the Chinese real estate developer Gemdale Corporation submitted the winning bid and will build a 12,000-seat stadium in downtown Shenzhen.
“We are very excited about the opportunity I think that Shenzhen brings,” Steve Simon, the CEO of the WTA Tour, said at the Australian Open on Thursday. “With the new arena that’s being built, it will be built in the downtown district, which hasn’t been done. Most of the time it’s on the outskirts, and now it’s there.”
Attendance has been a concern at ATP and WTA events in China in recent years, particularly at new tournaments in cities such as Wuhan and Tianjin, but Simon believes the WTA Finals will attract a sizable audience in a major metropolitan region like the Pearl River Delta.
“When you have 20 million people in that downtown district, plus 68 million in the entire delta region,” he said, “we feel confident we’re going to be able to fill (the arena).”
The 10-year commitment is also far longer than the WTA has signed in previous host cities, another potential issue if attendance figures don’t reach initial expectations.
Simon said, however, that time is needed to build a successful event in a new market. He spoke in 2016 of finding a more permanent home for the finals, saying at the time that Singapore was a city “we’d be very proud to call home.”
Jean Ng, sports director for the Singapore Tourism Board, said in an email to The Associated Press that the STB and the national agency Sport Singapore had engaged in discussions with the WTA about keeping the tournament in Singapore, but “as we were unable to reach an agreement on certain commercial issues, we decided not to pursue the extension.”
The Singapore event hasn’t had the WTA’s marquee player, Serena Williams, since 2014, the last year she played in the finals. Williams shut down her seasons early in 2015 and 2016 and gave birth to her daughter in 2017.
Still, Ng said the event attracted 133,000 spectators last year when Caroline Wozniacki defeated Venus Williams for the title, the highest attendance over the past four years in Singapore.
“We take a holistic view of the performance of all events,” she said. “The WTA Finals has enjoyed a successful run in Singapore thus far.”
Simon said the WTA would evaluate whether it could bring another tournament to Singapore in the future.
“We have created a good market down there, and I would hate to see it get vacated,” he said. “I don’t have one to put there today, but it’s something we will certainly look at.”
Shenzhen already hosts a WTA tournament in early January, one of the tune-up tournaments for the Australian Open.
Maria Sharapova, who played in the Shenzhen Open at the start of this season, said the WTA was making a good strategic move to partner with “a place that’s willing to invest in women’s tennis.”
“They were the ones that put the money on the line,” Sharapova said. “They are willing to grow our sport. They’re willing to build a stadium, willing to accept the game and its level and the players.”