With the first contests unfolding next year in South Carolina, Iowa and New Hampshire, small-town voters will play a critical role in choosing the next Democratic nominee.,Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders lamented rural decline during an Iowa swing this weekend.,Several candidates plan to attend a March 30 rural issues forum at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa — population 10,600.,AP VoteCast, a national survey of more than 115,000 voters, found rural and small-town residents cast 35 percent of midterm ballots; 56 percent of those voted for Republican House candidates, compared to 41 percent for Democrats.,Sanders noted that many Vermonters, as in the rest of rural America, view guns differently than most big-city residents, but Clinton successfully used the issue against Sanders, particularly with black women.

James and his closest friends idolized Michael Jordan while they grew up together on Akron’s competitive playgrounds and tough streets.,As James grew into a tantalizing basketball prospect capable of jumping from high school to the NBA as the No. 1 draft pick, he studied, imitated and drew profound inspiration from Jordan’s tongue-wagging dunks, that fadeaway jumper, his competitive fire — even the little details of the way Jordan wore his sneakers and shorts.,Jordan has also admired James’ game for years.,When James surpassed Jordan’s career points total Wednesday night, he did it in a pair of Nikes with “Thank You M.J.” written neatly on the side.,James moved past Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list with a driving three-point play in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 115-99 loss to the Denver Nuggets.

Vince Velasquez made his first start for Philadelphia, allowing one run, one hit and two walks in one inning.,Mike Yastrzemski, a grandson of Red Sox Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski, homered in the ninth inning — a two-run shot for his first hit of spring training.,Tyler O’Neill, still looking for his first single of spring training, hit his fourth home run and his first double, driving in two runs for St. Louis.,Tyson Ross struggled in his third start, giving up four runs, six hits and a walk in three innings as his ERA rose to 13.50.,Matt Harvey made his first start for Los Angeles, pitching three innings and allowing one run, two hits and a walk.

YOUNGSTOWN — Senior guard Melinda Trimmer scored in double figures for a seventh straight game in leading Youngstown State past Milwaukee, 64-58, in a Horizon League quarterfinal Wednesday night in front of 1,382 fans at the Beeghly Center.,LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James moved past Michael Jordan into fourth place on the NBA’s career scoring list Wednesday night.,James, who entered the NBA at 18 years old compared to 21 for Jordan, began the night averaging 27.1 points per game in 1,189 games over 16 seasons with Cleveland, Miami and the Lakers.,Just eight days ago, James moved into 10th place on the assists list, becoming the first player in league history to make the top 10 in points and assists.,James began the night averaging 27.0 points, 8.7 rebounds and 8.0 assists while hitting 51 percent of his shots and playing 35.7 minutes per game for the Lakers.

What was the betting line on Mike North emerging from his sports-radio retirement for a regular Chicago broadcasting gig?,North left The Score in 2008 but continued in other media ventures across several platforms, including the scandalized internet radio outlet Webio and a morning news and talk show for CBS-2.,One of North’s ongoing activities has been handicapping sports.,“I started handicapping at age 14 and lost for 40 years but haven’t had a losing year in the last five,” North said in ESPN 1000’s announcement.,Phil Rosenthal: Controversial radio host Mike North says he's done with sports »

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So by November, when nearly 200 Catholic leaders — including Spokane's bishop, Thomas Daly, and his predecessor, Blase Cupich — gathered for the annual meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the pressure to directly address the scandals was intense.,But to conservative and traditionalist Catholics, Cupich is a villain, and it's Bishop Daly — who recently told abortion-defending politicians they shouldn't take Communion — who represents what the church should be.,He recalls a nun telling him that some in the Catholic Church may be fearful of gay people, but here, in the Spokane diocese, he didn't have to worry.,Yes, the Catholic Church was opposed to abortion in all circumstances, but in this "toxic and polarizing" political environment, Cupich argued that decisions were made around the "kitchen table" rather than outside of clinics.,Sporting a Martin Sheen haircut and a pectoral cross hanging from his neck, Bishop Thomas Daly speaks with a pressing enthusiasm as he flits between pop culture jokes, impassioned laments on the state of the church, and miniature dissertations on Catholic history.

Sinclair Broadcast Group said Tuesday it expects to generate signficant cash — up to $50 million annually — from the Chicago Cubs regional sports network it will launch in 2020.,Chris Ripley, Sinclair’s president and chief executive officer, said the Maryland-based broadcaster is looking at the Cubs TV network, announced earlier this month, as a boon to the bottom line and a model to partner with other teams.,The Marquee Sports Network, as it will be called, will become the exclusive TV home of the Cubs, ending 70 years of local over-the-air broadcasts and moving all of the games to cable and satellite.,The current Cubs local TV schedule is split between WGN-Ch.9, WLS-Ch.7 and NBC Sports Chicago, the regional sports network formed in 2004.,The Cubs represent Sinclair's first foray in a regional sports network.

Vivid Seats is the largest independent online ticket marketplace, sending tens of millions of fans to live events.,Being a part of our team means having the ability to drive impact and own the innovation that connects our tens of millions of unique monthly users to the memorable experiences that only live events create.,As a Recruiting Coordinator you will partner with recruiters and staffing partners to assist with candidate communication and scheduling across all of Vivid Seats departments.,Working side by side with the recruiters and business partners, you will drive timelines forward, identify and implement efficiencies for the team, and advocate for an exceptional candidate experience.,You will get the chance to connect with candidates through each step of their interview process, share the Vivid Seats story, and play an important role in Vivid Seats hiring initiatives.

BREATH BLESSING: Beginning a Jewish Mindfulness Journey with Jeryl, Brown, MSW and Rabbi Debra Cantor at the Mandell JCC, 335 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford on Thrusday, Feb. 28 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 noon - $60; free for Neshama Patrons - Please RSVP to B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom by calling 860-243-3576 or [email protected] CEI TALKS: Tunxis Community College’s Civic Engagement Institute invites the community to the following free lectures and discussions during the semester, in 600 Building, Room 6-127 Farmington.,SHABBAT ACROSS AMERICA: Shabbat Dinner Friday, March 1 following 6:00 p.m. Shabbat Services at B’nai Tikvoh-Sholom, 180 Still Road, Bloomfield - $18 per person $40 family maximum — Please RSVP by calling the BTS Office at 860-243-3576 or [email protected] PLAY: Renbrook School presents “Freaky Friday” Renbrook School, Stedman Auditorium, 2865 Albany Ave., West Hartford.,Learn more about preschool through grade 8 at Renbrook School by visiting www.renbrook.org GOLF RULES CLINIC: The Rockledge Men’s and Women’s Clubs are sponsoring a free 2019 USGA Golf Rules Clinic on Saturday, March 2 from 10 am to 12 pm at the Rockledge Grille in West Hartford.,Monday, March 4, 7:00pm - 8:45pm West Hartford Libraries and the Capital Classics Theatre Company team up to bring you the Shakespeare Book Club monthly.,WEST HARTFORD GARDEN CLUB MEETING: Thursday, March 7, 12 p.m. Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker present “Birdscaping, Home Sweet Home: Turning Your Property into a Mecca for Birds”.