CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs: Friday’s scores, matchups for the championship games

Scores from the CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs Friday and the updated schedule.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

OPEN DIVISION

Pool play

Saturday, 7 p.m.

POOL A

Bishop Montgomery (2-0) at Sierra Canyon (2-0)

Troy (0-2) at Redondo (0-2)

POOL B

Windward (2-0) at Etiwanda (1-1)

Rosary (0-2) at Mater Dei (1-1)

Championship game, Feb. 23

At Cal Baptist, time TBD

Pool A winner vs. Pool B winner

 

DIVISION 1

Semifinals

Chaminade 70, Keppel 46

King 49, Long Beach Poly 37

Championship game, Feb. 23

Time and site, TBD

Chaminade vs. King

 

DIVISION 2AA

Semifinals

Rolling Hills Prep 47, Eastvale Roosevelt 45

Orange Lutheran 44, Village Christian 31

Championship game, Feb. 23

Time and site, TBD

Rolling Hills Prep vs. Orange Lutheran

 

DIVISION 2A

Semifinals

Lakeside 60, Flintridge Prep 51

Oxford Academy 60, Santa Margarita 29

Championship game, Feb. 23

Time and site, TBD

Lakeside vs. Oxford Academy

 

DIVISION 3AA

Semifinals

Santiago/Corona 68, Brentwood 60

Crossroads 53, Cathedral City 50

Championship game, Feb. 23

Time and site, TBD

Santiago/Corona vs. Crossroads

 

DIVISION 3A

Semifinals

Mayfair 59, St. Bonaventure 47

Diamond Ranch 54, Oxnard 53

Championship game, Feb. 23

Time and site, TBD

Mayfair vs. Diamond Ranch

 

DIVISION 4AA

Semifinals

Oak Park 49, Ramona 43

Northview 54, Maranatha 43

Championship game, Feb. 23

Time and site, TBD

Oak Park vs. Northview

 

DIVISION 4A

Semifinals

Santa Fe 64, Crean Lutheran 48

Hillcrest 66, Anaheim 59

Championship game, Feb. 23

Time and site, TBD

Santa Fe vs. Hillcrest

 

DIVISION 5AA

Semifinals

Linfield Christian 54, Mary Star 27

Montclair 49, Pasadena Marshall 42

Championship game, Feb. 23

Time and site, TBD

Linfield Christian vs. Montclair

 

DIVISION 5A

Semifinals

Bloomington Christian 53, Western Christian 52

Bishop Conaty-Loretto 57, Saddleback 47

Championship game, Feb. 23

Time and site, TBD

Bloomington Christian vs. Bishop Conaty-Loretto

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CIF-SS girls basketball playoffs: Saturday’s scores, updated schedule for quarterfinals

Scores from the CIF-SS girls basketball playoff games Saturday and the updated schedule for the quarterfinals.

GIRLS BASKETBALL

OPEN DIVISION

Pool play, Saturday

POOL A

Sierra Canyon 68, Troy 41

Bishop Montgomery 68, Redondo 61

POOL B

Etiwanda 51, Rosary 39

Windward 53, Mater Dei 49

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 7 p.m.

POOL A

Redondo (0-1) at Sierra Canyon (1-0)

Troy (0-1) at Bishop Montgomery (1-0)

POOL B

Mater Dei (0-1) at Etiwanda (1-0)

Rosary (0-1) at Windward (1-0)

Saturday, Feb. 16, 7 p.m.

POOL A

Bishop Montgomery at Sierra Canyon

Troy at Redondo

POOL B

Windward at Etiwanda

Rosary at Mater Dei

DIVISION 1

Second round, Saturday

Serra 70, Aliso Niguel 46

Keppel 55, Corona Centennial 52

Chaminade 67, JSerra 49

Valley View 48, Ventura 38

Long Beach Poly 55, Lynwood 47

Harvard-Westlake 47, Esperanza 42

Riverside North 53, Camarillo 38

King 70, Alemany 37

Quarterfinals

Feb. 13, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Serra at Keppel

Chaminade at Valley View

Long Beach Poly at Harvard-Westlake

King at Riverside North

DIVISION 2AA

Second round, Saturday

Rolling Hills Prep 67, University 41

Warren 46, Los Altos 45

Huntington Beach 35, Crescenta Valley 34

Eastvale Roosevelt 75, Cajon 40

Millikan 65, Walnut 53

Orange Lutheran 43, Orangewood Academy 40

Leuzinger 62, Pasadena 46

Village Christian 45, North Torrance 42

Quarterfinals

Feb. 13, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Warren at Rolling Hills Prep

Eastvale Roosevelt at Huntington Beach

Millikan at Orange Lutheran

Leuzinger at Village Christian

DIVISION 2A

Second round, Saturday

Lakeside 54, Bonita 42

Foothill Tech 48, El Dorado 32

Flintridge Prep 59, Arroyo Valley 47

Chino Hills 37, Arcadia 33

Palos Verdes 38, Saugus 35

Santa Margarita 47, Marlborough 40

Oxford Academy 45, El Rancho 34

St. Mary’s Academy 75, Tustin 55

Quarterfinals

Feb. 13, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Lakeside at Foothill Tech

Chino Hills at Flintridge Prep

Palos Verdes at Santa Margarita

St. Mary’s Academy at Oxford Academy

DIVISION 3AA

Second round, Saturday

Brentwood 70, San Jacinto 40

Ridgecrest Burroughs 82, Twentynine Palms 78

Knight 37, Covina 33

Corona Santiago 59, Colony 50

Whittier Christian 41, Claremont 32

Crossroads 63, South Torrance 62

Cerritos 49, Peninsula 39

Cathedral City 65, Murrieta Mesa 53

Quarterfinals

Feb. 13, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Ridgecrest Burroughs at Brentwood

Knight at Santiago/Corona

Crossroads at Whittier Christian

Cerritos at Cathedral City

DIVISION 3A

Second round, Saturday

St. Bonaventure 74, Gabrielino 56

Laguna Hills 54, Don Lugo 48

El Segundo 40, Irvine 34

Mayfair 59, Hueneme 52

Oxnard 50, Santa Monica 40

San Juan Hills 53, Pioneer 39

Diamond Ranch 60, La Quinta 49

Patriot 59, San Dimas 51 (OT)

Quarterfinals

Feb. 13, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Laguna Hills at St. Bonaventure

Mayfair at El Segundo

San Juan Hills at Oxnard

Diamond Ranch at Patriot

DIVISION 4AA

Second round, Saturday

Rosemead 53, Barstow 33

Ramona 37, Burbank Providence 30

Whitney 43, La Serna 39

Oak Park 78, Workman 44

Maranatha 50, Paloma Valley 47

Sultana 62, Compton 49

Dominguez 51, CAMS 43

Northview 55, Fountain Valley 42

Quarterfinals

Feb. 13, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Rosemead at Ramona

Oak Park at Whitney

Maranatha at Sultana

Northview at Dominguez

DIVISION 4A

Second round, Saturday

Crean Lutheran 73, Inglewood 57

Garey 66, Orange Vista 56

Holy Martyrs 43, Santiago/GG 35

Santa Fe 58, Xavier Prep 40

St. Genevieve 41, Moreno Valley 38

Anaheim 59, Ontario Christian 40

Bassett 45, Pilibos 37

Hillcrest 45, Big Bear 34

Quarterfinals

Feb. 13, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Garey at Crean Lutheran

Holy Martyrs at Santa Fe

St. Genevieve at Anaheim

Bassett at Hillcrest

DIVISION 5AA

Second round, Saturday

Linfield Christian 65, Hesperia Christian 28

Kaiser 55, Coastal Christian 32

Mesa Grande Academy 40, Wildwood 33

Mary Star 61, Rancho Christian 58 (OT)

Rio Hondo Prep 61, Santa Paula 41

Pasadena Marshall 48, Thacher 28

Montclair 65, Coast Union 39

Costa Mesa 54, Riverside Prep 38

Quarterfinals

Feb. 13, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Kaiser at Linfield Christian

Mary Star at Mesa Grande Academy

Pasadena Marshall at Rio Hondo Prep

Costa Mesa at Montclair

DIVISION 5A

Second round, Saturday

Bloomington Christian 54, Santa Rosa Academy 14

Shalhevet 50, Samueli 39

Trinity Classical 32, Nuview Bridge 23

Western Christian 72, La Reina 60

Cobalt 55, Villanova Prep 53

Bishop Conaty-Loretto 66, Santa Maria Valley Christian 19

Saddleback 46, CSDR 24

Second round

Feb. 11, Monday, 6:30 p.m.

Milken at Calvary Murrieta

Quarterfinals

Feb. 13, Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Bloomington Christian at Shalhevet

Trinity Classical at Western Christian

Bishop Conaty-Loretto at Cobalt

TBD at Saddleback

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CIF-SS boys basketball playoffs: Friday’s scores, updated schedule for all divisions

Scores from the CIF-SS boys basketball playoff games Friday and the updated schedule.

BOYS BASKETBALL

OPEN DIVISION

Pool play

Friday’s games

POOL A

Etiwanda 59, Rancho Verde 49

POOL B

Sierra Canyon 71, Mater Dei 61

Corona Centennial 75, St. John Bosco 71

Saturday, 7 p.m.

POOL A

Bishop Montgomery vs. Rancho Christian at Chaparral HS

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

POOL A

Etiwanda at Rancho Christian

Bishop Montgomery at Rancho Verde

POOL B

St. John Bosco at Sierra Canyon

Mater Dei at Corona Centennial

Friday, Feb. 15, 7 p.m.

POOL A

Rancho Verde at Rancho Christian

Bishop Montgomery at Etiwanda

POOL B

Corona Centennial at Sierra Canyon

Mater Dei at St. John Bosco

DIVISION 1

First round, Friday

Chino Hills 59, Muir 37

Riverside Poly 61, Cajon 31

St. Anthony 90, Alemany 77

Windward 82, San Marcos 38

Pasadena 53, Esperanza 48

Loyola 80, Serra 67

Brentwood 65, Oak Park 54

JSerra 75, Eastvale Roosevelt 56

Santa Margarita 57, Edison 44

Crespi 75, Calabasas 63

Los Altos 81, Crossroads 70

Damien 59, Maranatha 43

Second round

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Chino Hills at Canyon

St. Anthony at Riverside Poly

Windward at Long Beach Poly

Pasadena at Loyola

Redondo at Harvard-Westlake

JSerra at Brentwood

Crespi at Santa Margarita

Los Altos at Damien

 

DIVISION 2AA

First round, Friday

Cathedral 71, Bonita 56

Heritage Christian 98, Oaks Christian 71

Rancho Cucamonga 74, Hesperia 59

Temecula Valley 92, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame 91

Newport Harbor 56, El Toro 37

Santa Monica 73, Capistrano Valley 29

Riverside Notre Dame 74, Northwood 45

Chaminade 76, Knight 61

Beverly Hills 75, Saugus 55

Mayfair 67, Corona del Mar 57

Campbell Hall 64, Trabuco Hills 60

Orange Lutheran 94, Inglewood 63

Second round

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Cathedral at Camarillo

Heritage Christian at Rancho Cucamonga

Newport Harbor at Temecula Valley

Santa Monica at Valencia/V

Riverside Notre Dame at Chaminade

Beverly Hills at Cypress

Mayfair at Villa Park

Campbell Hall at Orange Lutheran

 

DIVISION 2A

First round, Friday

Beaumont 65, Murrieta Mesa 55

West Ranch 69, Buena 51

Peninsula 70, Bishop Amat 51

Compton 68, Lynwood 61

King 48, Great Oak 46

Culver City 70, West Torrance 67 (OT)

Crescenta Valley 59, Diamond Ranch 56

La Canada 57, Burbank 43

La Mirada 67, Gahr 63

Diamond Bar 76, Long Beach Wilson 68

Walnut 49, Laguna Beach 42

Redlands East Valley 65, University 61

Crean Lutheran 67, Sonora 66

Troy 57, La Serna 43

Second round

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Beaumont at Colony

West Ranch at Peninsula

Compton at King

Crescenta Valley at Culver City

La Mirada at La Canada

Diamond Bar at Walnut

Redlands East Valley at Crean Lutheran

Troy at Tesoro

 

DIVISION 3AA

First round, Friday unless noted

Rolling Hills Prep 75, Price 48

Ocean View 64, Murrieta Valley 53

Schurr 64, Thousand Oaks 63

Cerritos 71, Paraclete 67

Mission Viejo 71, Miller 42

Oxnard 70, La Salle 57

Beckman 73, Twentynine Palms 62

St. Francis 66, Marina 62

La Habra 64, Torrance 44

Warren 61, Cerritos Valley Christian 46

Citrus Hill 56, Keppel 48

Santa Clarita Christian 90, Millikan 70

Highland 69, Claremont 55

Ventura 58, Dos Pueblos 42

Hillcrest 59, Paloma Valley 54 (OT)

San Gabriel Academy 61, Yorba Linda 37 (Feb. 6)

Second round

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Rolling Hills Prep at Ocean View

Cerritos at Schurr

Oxnard at Mission Viejo

Beckman at St. Francis

La Habra at Warren

Santa Clarita Christian at Citrus Hill

Highland at Ventura

Hillcrest at San Gabriel Academy

 

DIVISION 3A

First round, Friday

Santa Barbara 70, San Gabriel 41

St. Bonaventure 63, Corona 52

Barstow 71, Summit 62

Mary Star 78, Pioneer 70

Palm Springs 65, Heritage 55 (Feb. 7)

Sunny Hills 55, Artesia 53

San Dimas 63, Santa Fe 57

Shalhevet 66, Lawndale 60 (Feb. 5)

Capistrano Valley Christian 65, Valencia/P 34

Redlands 62, Palm Desert 60

South Hills 51, Kaiser 50

Salesian 52, Rowland 39

Covina 77, Rancho Mirage 57

Pacifica 61, El Dorado 52

Eisenhower 70, Norco 60

Palos Verdes 71, Westminster 43

Second round

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Santa Barbara at St. Bonaventure

Mary Star at Barstow

Palm Springs at Sunny Hills

Shalhevet at San Dimas

Capistrano Valley Christian at Redlands

Salesian at South Hills

Covina at Pacifica

Eisenhower at Palos Verdes

 

DIVISION 4AA

First round, Friday

Fairmont Prep 78, Jurupa Valley 48

Temple City 49, Flintridge Prep 36

Holy Martyrs 65, St. Monica 59

California 62, Pacific 49

Wilson/HH 73, San Marino 58

Garden Grove 68, St. Margaret’s 58

Aquinas 72, Montclair 57

Silverado 67, Sultana 48

Quartz Hill 69, Adelanto 66

Shadow Hills 65, Hemet 37

Portola 55, Santiago/GG 54

Moorpark 75, Pilibos 40

Dana Hills 53, Indio 32

Rialto 65, Ontario 43

Ridgecrest Burroughs 55, Costa Mesa 43

Pacifica Christian/NB 88, Perris 71

Second round

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Temple City at Fairmont Prep

Holy Martyrs at California

Wilson/HH at Garden Grove

Aquinas at Silverado

Shadow Hills at Quartz Hill

Moorpark at Portola

Rialto at Dana Hills

Pacifica Christian/NB at Ridgecrest Burroughs

 

DIVISION 4A

First round, Friday 

Burbank Providence 84, Foothill Tech 45

Pomona 61, Arlington 51

Da Vinci 72, St. Monica Academy 38

Hesperia Christian 69, Rubidoux 53

Patriot 77, Grand Terrace 67

Savanna 62, Montebello 58

Loara 64, Nogales 54

Orange Vista 81, California Military 42

Ontario Christian 80, United Christian 39

Century 63, Estancia 48

La Quinta/W 53, Valley Torah 48 (Feb. 6)

Pacifica Christian/SM 77, Duarte 68

Southlands Christian 72, Sherman Indian 52

La Puente 51, Big Bear 47

Calvary Baptist 79, Desert Hot Springs 62

Ribet Academy 94, Katella 37

Second round

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Burbank Providence at Pomona

Hesperia Christian at Da Vinci

Patriot at Savanna

Orange Vista at Loara

Century at Ontario Christian

La Quinta at Pacifica Christian/SM

La Puente at Southlands Christian

Calvary Baptist at Ribet Academy

 

DIVISION 5AA

First round, Friday

Santa Clara 71, Trinity Classical 37

Riverside Prep 69, Pasadena AGBU 52

South El Monte 84, Mesrobian 31

Indian Springs 87, Bethel Christian 38

Hueneme 67, Newbury Park Adventist 38

University Prep 56, Nuview Bridge 55

Moreno Valley Riverside County Education Academy 73, Littlerock 69

Sage Hill 59, CAMS 40

Workman 65, Mesa Grande Academy 60

Yeshiva 63, Coast Union 28 (Feb. 7)

Bassett 66, Arroyo 63

Lancaster Desert Christian 69, Environmental Charter 54

Thacher 68, Palmdale Aerospace 59

First round

Saturday, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.

Tarbut V’Torah at Santa Ana, 8:30 p.m.

Gabrielino at Le Lycee

Loma Linda Academy at Temecula Prep

Second round

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Santa Clara at Riverside Prep

South El Monte at Indian Springs

Hueneme at University Prep

TBD vs. Sage Hill

Yeshiva at Workman

Lancaster Desert Christian at Bassett

TBD vs. Thacher

 

DIVISION 5A

First round, Friday

Western Christian 102, Bethel Baptist 36

Excelsior 60, Pasadena Marshall 55

Mojave 84, River Springs 32

de Toledo 62, Garden Street Academy 30 (Feb. 6)

Bloomington Christian 70, Pilgrim 40

Arroyo Valley 58, Anza Hamilton 28

New Roads 52, Villanova Prep 42

Waverly 53, Academy of Careers and Exploration 46

Vistamar 51, Victor Valley Christian 46

Carpinteria 72, New Covenant Academy 24

San Jacinto Valley Academy 50, Coastal Christian 39

Cate 70, St. Michael’s Prep 58

Avalon 66, Cornerstone Christian 29

Dunn 66, Ambassador 64

Nordhoff 63, Westmark 62 (OT)

Oakwood 97, Discovery Christian 43

Second round

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 7 p.m.

Excelsior at Western Christian

Mojave at de Toledo

Bloomington Christian at Arroyo Valley

Waverly at New Roads

Carpinteria at Vistamar

Cate at San Jacinto Valley Academy

Avalon at Dunn

Oakwood at Nordhoff

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Foothill girls water polo knocks off defending CIF Division 1 champion San Marcos

SANTA ANA Foothill goalie Kristen Hemmila watched the trick play by San Marcos unfold right in front of her cage Thursday night with about 40 seconds left in the CIF-SS Division 1 girls water polo quarterfinals.

Like she had throughout the tightly-contested match, Hemmila communicated with her field defenders but she didn’t stop there.

The sophomore deflected an open chance by the reigning Division 1 champion to seal a 5-4 victory that sent the host Knights to the semifinals against top-seeded Laguna Beach on Wednesday in Irvine.

San Marcos ran an under-water play coming out of a timeout with 41 seconds left in the fourth period that freed a shooter at the point from 6 meters. About three Knights in the field raised their arms to block the attempt but Hemmila deflected the shot toward the upper corner off the post.

Foothill knocks off defending D1 champ San Marcos 5-4 thanks to this save late by Kristen Hemmila v the underwater trick play👀‼@ocvarsity 🤽‍♀️💦💯pic.twitter.com/bReGN2ilCo

— Dan Albano (@ocvarsityguy) February 8, 2019

Hemmila grabbed the rebound and Foothill called timeout before running out the final 24 seconds.

“If I didn’t block that, that would have been scary,” Hemmila said with a smile.

Hemmila, a first-year starter, finished with 10 saves, including five against San Marcos’ power-play that went 3 for 8.

Foothill supported Hemmila by not allowing a natural goal and recording numerous steals. Juniors Michaele Strickland, Mallory Reynoso and Julia Janov each had two steals while Strickland and Celeste Wijnbelt recorded field blocks.

“We have such a good defensive team,” Hemmila said. “Communication is the key.”

Foothill’s defense was so stellar, the Knights won without scoring in the fourth period and without a goal from two of its top scorers, Janov and Malia Allen.

Janov, however, drew an exclusion at center and assisted a power-play goal by Kelly Hungerford that gave Foothill to a 5-3 lead with 25 seconds left in the third quarter. The Knights finished 3 for 5 with the extra attacker.

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Trump calls for bipartisanship, draws a hard line on immigration

By JULIE PACE and CATHERINE LUCEY

WASHINGTON — Face to face with emboldened Democrats, President Donald Trump called on Washington to cast aside “revenge, resistance and retribution” and end “ridiculous partisan investigations” in a State of the Union address delivered at a vulnerable moment for his presidency.

Trump appealed Tuesday night for bipartisanship but refused to yield on the hard-line immigration policies that have infuriated Democrats and forced the recent government shutdown. He renewed his call for a border wall and cast illegal immigration as a threat to Americans’ safety and economic security.

Trump accepted no blame for his role in cultivating the rancorous atmosphere in the nation’s capital, and he didn’t outline a clear path for collaborating with Democrats who are eager to block his agenda. Their opposition was on vivid display as Democratic congresswomen in the audience formed a sea of white in a nod to early 20th-century suffragettes.

Trump is staring down a two-year stretch that will determine whether he is re-elected or leaves office in defeat. His speech sought to shore up Republican support that had eroded slightly during the recent government shutdown and previewed a fresh defense against Democrats as they ready a round of investigations into every aspect of his administration.

“If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation,” he declared. Lawmakers in the cavernous House chamber sat largely silent.

Looming over the president’s address was a fast-approaching Feb. 15 deadline to fund the government and avoid another shutdown. Democrats have refused to acquiesce to his demands for a border wall, and Republicans are increasingly unwilling to shut down the government to help him fulfill his signature campaign pledge. Nor does the GOP support the president’s plan to declare a national emergency if Congress won’t fund the wall.

Wary of publicly highlighting those intraparty divisions, Trump made no mention of an emergency declaration in his remarks. He did offer a lengthy defense of his call for a border wall, declaring: “I will build it.” But he delivered no ultimatums about what it would take for him to sign legislation to keep the government open.

“I am asking you to defend our very dangerous southern border out of love and devotion to our fellow citizens and to our country,” he said, painting a dark and foreboding picture of the risks posed to Americans by illegal immigration.

The 72-year-old Trump harkened back to moments of American greatness, celebrating the moon landing as astronaut Buzz Aldrin looked on from the audience and heralding the liberation of Europe from the Nazis. He led the House chamber in singing happy birthday to a Holocaust survivor sitting with first lady Melania Trump.

“Together, we represent the most extraordinary nation in all of history. What will we do with this moment? How will we be remembered?” Trump said.

The president ticked through a litany of issues with crossover appeal, including boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs and combating childhood cancer. But he also appealed to his political base, both with his harsh rhetoric on immigration and a call for Congress to pass legislation to prohibit the “late-term abortion of children.”

Trump devoted much of his speech to foreign policy, another area where Republicans have increasingly distanced themselves from the White House. He announced details of a second meeting with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un, outlining a Feb. 27-28 summit in Vietnam.

Trump and Kim’s first summit garnered only a vaguely worded commitment by the North to denuclearize. But the president said his outreach to Pyongyang had made the U.S. safer.

“If I had not been elected president of the United States, we would right now, in my opinion, be in a major war with North Korea,” he said.

As he condemned political turmoil in Venezuela, Trump declared that “America will never be a socialist country” — a remark that may also have been targeted at high-profile Democrats who identify as socialists.

The president was surrounded by symbols of his emboldened political opposition. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who was praised by Democrats for her hard-line negotiating during the shutdown, sat behind Trump as he spoke. And several senators running for president were also in the audience, including Sens. Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.

Another Democratic star, Stacey Abrams, delivered the party’s response to Trump. Abrams narrowly lost her bid in November to become America’s first black female governor, and party leaders are aggressively recruiting her to run for U.S. Senate from Georgia.

Speaking from Atlanta, Abrams calls the shutdown a political stunt that “defied every tenet of fairness and abandoned not just our people, but our values.”

Trump’s address amounted to an opening argument for his re-election campaign. Polls show he has work to do, with his approval rating falling to just 34 percent after the shutdown, according to a recent survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

One bright spot for the president has been the economy, which has added jobs for 100 straight months.

“The only thing that can stop it,” he said, “are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations” — an apparent swipe at the special counsel investigation into ties between Russia and Trump’s 2016 campaign, as well as the upcoming congressional investigations.

The diverse Democratic caucus, which includes a bevy of women, sat silently for much of Trump’s speech. But they leapt to their feet when he noted there are “more women in the workforce than ever before.”

The increase is due to population growth — and not something Trump can credit to any of his policies.

The president also defended his decisions to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan over the opposition from national security officials and many Republican lawmakers.

“Great nations do not fight endless wars,” he said, adding that the U.S. is working with allies to “destroy the remnants” of the Islamic State group and that he has “accelerated” efforts to reach a settlement in Afghanistan.

IS militants have lost territory since Trump’s surprise announcement in December that he was pulling U.S. forces out, but military officials warn the fighters could regroup within six months to a year of the Americans leaving. Several leading GOP lawmakers have sharply criticized his plans to withdraw from Syria, as well as from Afghanistan.

Trump’s guests for the speech included Alice Marie Johnson, a woman whose life sentence for drug offenses was commuted by the president, and Joshua Trump, a sixth-grade student from Wilmington, Delaware, who has been bullied over his last name. They sat with Mrs. Trump during the address.

 

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Clippers agree to trade Tobias Harris to 76ers, acquire two 1st-round picks in 6-player deal

The surprising Clippers, who are in eighth place in the Western Conference, on Tuesday night agreed to trade leading scorer Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers in a blockbuster deal, according to a league source.

The Clippers will deal Harris, who made a game-winning shot to cap a comeback win in Charlotte just a few hours before the trade, center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott to Philadephia in exchange for forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala, rookie guard Landry Shamet, two first-round picks (one lottery protected) and two second-round picks. Terms of the deal were first reported by ESPN.

The move comes less than 48 hours before the league’s Thursday noon PT trade deadline. The Clippers had not been considered aggressive buyers or sellers in recent days, but they found a championship-hungry partner in the 76ers, who will send them first-round picks in 2020 (lottery protected) and 2021 (unprotected, via Miami). The second-round picks are in 2021 and 2023 (via Detroit), according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

The most coveted piece the Clippers receive is the 2021 first-round pick from Miami, which is currently 25-27, 1½ games ahead of Detroit for the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Barring a major turnaround next season, the Heat’s pick could wind up being a lottery selection.

If the Clippers, who are 30-25, miss the playoffs this season, they will retain their own first-round pick in the upcoming draft, which is lottery protected. If they make the playoffs, that pick transfers to Boston.

It’s the fifth time Harris, 26, has been traded in eight seasons. On the last year of his current contract, the forward is earning $14.8 million and enjoying his best season yet, averaging career highs in points per game (20.9), as well as field-goal percentage (49.6 percent), 3-point percentage (43.3 percent) and free-throw percentage (91.1 percent). He’s also averaging 7.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists.

On Tuesday night, Harris scored 34 points to lead the Clippers back from a 20-point deficit in a 117-115 victory in Charlotte, recording his fourth game this season with 20-plus points, five-plus rebounds and five-plus assists.

Harris declined an $80 million contract extension from the Clippers last summer with his sights set on a larger deal as an unrestricted free agent this upcoming offseason. While the Clippers considered Harris, 26, close to a max-level contract player, that would be difficult for them to pay given their lofty free agent goals.

Expected to have salary-cap space for two max-level contracts, they’re expected to pursue several premier free agents this offseason, when players such as Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and Jimmy Butler are expected to be available. Many believe the Clippers are Leonard’s preferred destination.

The Clippers pushed for Harris to make the All-Star roster this season, and though he was left off the team, Philadelphia receives an All-Star-caliber talent to add to a roster that already includes three players with All-Star credentials in Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Butler, who they acquired from Minnesota earlier this season.

Forward Danilo Gallinari, who is expected to return as soon as Thursday from back spasms that have kept him out of the past nine games, will be reunited with Chandler, someone he played alongside in New York and Denver.

Marjanovic, a fan favorite, was averaging a career-high 6.7 points and 10.4 minutes per game – and co-starred with Harris in the Clippers’ series of silly video shorts, titled the “Bobi + Tobi Show.” The pair was traded to the Clippers, along with Avery Bradley, last January in the deal that sent Blake Griffin to Detroit.

Scott played sporadically this season, his first with the Clippers after signing as a free agent last summer. He was averaging 4.8 points per game and shooting 39.1 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

Chandler, 31, is averaging 6.7 points and 4.7 rebounds in 26.4 minutes per game this season. Shamet, 21, is averaging 8.3 points in 20.5 minutes. Muscala, 27, was posting 7.4 points and 4.3 rebounds in 22.2 minutes.

Chandler and Muscala have expiring contracts. Shamet is earning $1.7 million this season with a guaranteed contract of nearly $2 million next season; the last two years of his contract are team options.

Removing Harris from the Clippers’ roster certainly hurts the team’s playoff hopes. The Clippers, Lakers, Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings are all separated by only a few games in a battle for the last few spots in the Western Conference playoff mix.

However, missing the playoffs would have a silver lining for the Clippers, since retaining that lottery-protected first-round pick instead of seeing it transfer to Boston this spring could prove a savvy strategic move. The Celtics are reportedly trying to convince the New Orleans Pelicans to wait until the offseason to trade big man Anthony Davis, and seeing a potential mid-round 2019 first-round pick from the Clippers evolve into a 2020 pick that could be in the latter third of the first round instead is a potential downgrade of Boston’s stockpile of assets.

From the moment Davis informed the Pelicans he wanted to be traded it has been presumed he would try to force his way to the Lakers or New York Knicks, but reports this week indicated that Davis, who intends to opt out of his existing contract in July of 2020, regardless, would also consider the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks as teams he’d consider re-signing with long-term.

New Orleans could have interest in the Clippers’ assets prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, or perhaps again in the offseason if Davis remains on the Pelicans’ roster.

Can confirm, the #Clippers are trading the Bobi + Tobi show and Mike Scott for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and four draft picks, per league source.

— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) February 6, 2019

Damnnnnn crazy news!!! NBA people !

— Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) February 6, 2019

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Clippers agree to trade Tobias Harris to 76ers, acquire multiple 1st-round picks in 6-player deal

The Clippers have agreed to trade leading scorer Tobias Harris to the Philadelphia 76ers in a blockbuster deal, a person not authorized to speak publicly on the matter confirmed to Southern California News Group reporter Mirjam Swanson late Tuesday.

The Clippers will deal Harris, who made a game-winning shot to beat the Hornets in Charlotte just a few hours before the trade, center Boban Marjanovic and forward Mike Scott to Philadephia in exchange for forwards Wilson Chandler and Mike Muscala, rookie guard Landry Shamet, two first-round picks (one lottery protected) and two second-round picks. Terms of the deal were first reported by ESPN.

The move comes less than 48 hours before the league’s Thursday noon PT trade deadline. The Clippers had not been considered aggressive buyers or sellers in recent days, but they found a partner in the 76ers, who will send first-round picks in 2020 (lottery protected) and 2021 (unprotected, via Miami). The second-round picks are in 2021 and 2023 (via Detroit).

The 76ers are one of the top four teams in the Eastern Conference and apparently are budgeting to retain free agents-to-be Jimmy Butler and newly acquired Harris this summer, hoping to create a long-term Big Four with Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons.

Harris and Marjanovic came to the Clippers a little more than one year ago as part of the trade that sent Blake Griffin to Detroit. Scott signed a one-year deal as a free agent last summer.

Harris was enjoying his best NBA season, averaging 20.7 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while flirting with the exclusive 50-40-90 shooting club (field goal percentage, 3-point percentage, free-throw percentage).

Danilo Gallinari, the Clippers’ second-leading scorer, is expected to return from back spasms sometime during the team’s current road trip, but removing Harris from the roster certainly hurts the team’s playoff hopes. The Clippers, Lakers, Utah Jazz and Sacramento Kings are all separated by only a few games in a battle for the last few spots in the Western Conference playoff mix.

However, should the Clippers miss the playoffs, they would retain their first-round draft pick this year, instead of seeing it transfer to Boston. That could prove a savvy strategic move, since Boston is reportedly trying to convince the New Orleans Pelicans to wait until the offseason to trade big man Anthony Davis, and the Celtics losing a first-round pick from their stockpile of assets is notable.

The Clippers have already set themselves up to clear enough salary-cap space to chase at least one, if not two elite free agents this summer. Many believe the Clippers are the preferred destination for Toronto Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard, but Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Klay Thompson and Butler are all expected to be free agents this summer as well.

While the Clippers considered Harris, 26, close to a max-level contract player, that would have been difficult for them to pay given their lofty free agent goals.

From the moment Davis informed the Pelicans he wanted to be traded it has been presumed he would try to force his way to the Lakers or New York Knicks, but reports this week indicated that Davis, who intends to opt out of his existing contract in July of 2020, regardless, would also consider the Clippers and Milwaukee Bucks as teams he’d consider re-signing with long-term.

New Orleans could have interest in the Clippers’ assets prior to Thursday’s trade deadline, and perhaps again in the offseason if Davis remains on the Pelicans roster.

More to come on this story.

Can confirm, the #Clippers are trading the Bobi + Tobi show and Mike Scott for Landry Shamet, Wilson Chandler, Mike Muscala and four draft picks, per league source.

— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) February 6, 2019

Damnnnnn crazy news!!! NBA people !

— Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) February 6, 2019

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