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Is Target coming to Midtown St. Louis? Plans offer clues

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Is Target coming to Midtown St. Louis? Plans offer clues

ST. LOUIS-Rumors of ‘big box’ retail interest in coming to the city of St. Louis have ebbed and flowed in recent years, but it appears one of them is moving forward with plans to put a store in Midtown.

Plans filed with the St. Louis Development Corporation have identified Target as a potential tenant in a mixed-use project designed at Grand and Papin.

A spokesman for the Pier Property Group, the developer for the project, declined comment. A message seeking comment from Target has not been returned.

The project was first reported by City Scene STL.

Target has one other location within the city limits at 4255 Hampton.

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Women’s basketball: North Carolina holds off Gophers in ACC/Big Ten Challenge

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No. 6 Gophers beat UMD for first victory of the season

Minnesota’s women’s basketball team fell short in the ACC/Big Challenge on Wednesday, falling 82-76 against a good team from North Carolina at Williams Arena. It was disappointing, but there was a silver lining — freshman forward Alanna Micheaux.

Micheaux was a revelation, scoring a career-high 23 points with five rebounds.

Coach Lindsay Whalen raved about the freshman from suburban Detroit before the season started, and now everyone knows why.

“She has some of the best touch I think I’ve ever seen around the paint, and she knocked down her free throws,” Whalen said. “That was a heck of a game from her — timing, positioning, getting to her spots, but then being able to score through people and finish with finesse like she does.”

The 6-foot-2 post shot 8 for 10 from the field and 7 for 8 from the free-throw line and kept Minnesota close in a torrid second half. Her three-point play with 6:24 remaining pulled the Gophers to within 67-60, and her inside basket cut the deficit to 67-65 with 4:39 remaining.

Her miss on the ensuing free throw was her only miss from the stripe, and the Tar Heels scored the next nine points — six by Kennedy Todd Williams — to help North Carolina pull away.

Alyssa Ustby led five Tar Heels in double figures with 19 points, and Deja Kelly and Carrie Littlefield added 15 points apiece as North Carolina remained undefeated (8-0). The Gophers were never completely out of it, but they spent most of their effort trying to rally back from deficits as large as 12.

The Gophers trailed 39-29 at intermission.

Minnesota pulled ahead, 55-54, on a drive by Gadiva Hubbard with 35 seconds left in the third quarter, but Todd-Williams hit one free throw after an offensive rebound, and Kelly hit a half-court shot with a second remaining to give the Tar Heels a 58-55 lead heading into the fourth quarter — the beginning of a 9-0 run.

“It seemed like in the second half there was just a better flow for us and a lot of it started defensively. We were able to run and get some easy stuff,” Whalen said. “It’s hard when you spot a team 10 points in the second quarter. We did it, but that’s when you need those key two or three stops in a row.

“Then maybe it’s a different ballgame, but give them credit.”

Deja Winters’ three-point play pulled Minnesota to within 75-71 with 1:12 remaining, but Todd-Williams answered with a layup and free throw for a 78-71 lead with 51 seconds left, and the Gophers were never able to catch up.

Winters scored 17 points and Gadiva Hubbard added 14 for the Gophers, who fell to 6-4. The Gophers begin the Big Ten season Monday against Nebraska at Williams Arena.

The Gophers didn’t have a player like Micheaux last season, and she could make a big difference this season as the Gophers take aim at an NCAA tournament berth.

“A game like this really boosted my confidence. It helped me out a lot,” Micheaux said. “But I can’t lie: I couldn’t have done it without the team. If it wasn’t for them setting up the plays, telling me how to get through and what screens to set, it would have never happened.”

The Gophers’ offense was sharp early. The team had six assists on seven first-quarter baskets and was tied 17-17 going into the second quarter. But things soon began unraveling. By intermission, Minnesota had taken 19 3-point shots and made just three (15.8 percent).

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Whicker: UCLA’s Tyger Campbell broadens his game as Bruins stifle Colorado

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LOS ANGELES — The immediate goal for UCLA is to put last Tuesday’s nightmare a little bit deeper into the rear-view in each game.

Tyger Campbell was invisible against Gonzaga, as were several Bruins in that ballyhooed 20-point loss. He was present and up front in Wednesday night’s Pac-12 opener.

Campbell was content to include everyone else in the offense as UCLA barged to a 16-point halftime lead over Colorado. When the Buffaloes came back, Campbell reined them in, with 13 points and no turnovers in the second half of the fifth-ranked Bruins’ 73-61 win, a game they led by only four points with 9:35 left.

Campbell got three baskets in the next four minutes and the Bruins led by 12 again. Despite the best efforts of Colorado’s Jabari Walker, whose dad Samaki once played for the Lakers, UCLA handled the rest of it and improved to 7-1.

For the game, Campbell had 21 points, seven assists and one turnover. Coach Mick Cronin thought that was nearly as impressive as Myles Johnson’s 12 points, 10 rebounds and 14 deflections in the middle.

Like Johnson, Campbell has been in the coach’s crosshairs.

“For us to be the type of team we want to be in March, that’s the way he has to play,” Cronin said.

“I accepted he was a young player the first couple of years, trying to develop him to what he can be. Their strategy tonight was to force him to shoot, but I like the fact that he didn’t even hesitate. I’ve seen that guy in practice.”

“It wasn’t about me being super-aggressive or anything,” Campbell said. “When I’m out there, I’m just looking at the defense. Tonight my teammates got me the ball and I was able to knock them down.

“But I like to take the big shots. I think every player does. I believe in myself and I know the coaches believe in me.”

Campbell also got some counseling from Russell Westbrook, the Lakers’ All-Star who donated the money for the Bruins’ practice court in the Ostin Center. He was honored at Pauley Pavilion on Wednesday.

“To me, it’s just great that he comes here and sees us play,” Campbell said. “We remember the days when he was here. He’s such a great player. The legacy he left, with all the Final Fours … he just told me to keep shooting.”

It was an efficient night for the Bruins, who took 12 Colorado turnovers and turned them into 23 points. They suffered only nine turnovers themselves, and Campbell (4 for 7) and Johnny Juzang combined for 5-for-10 shooting from the 3-point line.

Colorado missed 10 of its first 12 shots but rallied to shoot 42.1 percent, and Walker put together 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Cronin wasn’t satisfied with UCLA’s second-half defense, but then Jaime Jaquez Jr. played only 7:14 and sat out the second half. He banged his head on the court, and assistant coach Michael Lewis told Cronin that Jaquez “doesn’t look 100 percent” after warmups at halftime.

UCLA is still missing Cody Riley in the post, and Cronin is hoping his return, plus a higher comfort level for Team USA member and freshman Peyton Watson, will accelerate the Bruins. To that end, he experimented with five bench players together for a short period in the first half.

“I think that helped us wear them down in the second half, but I still think Johnny and Tyger played too many minutes,” Cronin said. Juzang had 35 minutes, Campbell 33.

The 6:30 p.m. start held the crowd to 7,941, although UCLA’s frenzied win against Villanova last month was supposed to make every home game an occasion.

Writing this win off as a routine errand wouldn’t be wise. Colorado has won twice in Pauley since 2018 and beat the Bruins, 70-61, in Boulder last year.

“The margin for error is limited against UCLA,” Colorado coach Tad Boyle said. “Even when they lose somebody like Jaquez they keep coming at you.”

UCLA’s theme now is to reject satisfaction. Johnson was a defensive specialist at Rutgers and Campbell was a distributing point guard, but Cronin is trying to push them past their definitions.

The Bruins don’t believe in looking back, either, but then they already know what’s there.

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MLB owners lock out players, 1st work stoppage since 1995

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IRVING, Texas — Major League Baseball plunged into its first work stoppage in a quarter-century when the sport’s collective bargaining agreement expired Wednesday night and owners immediately locked out players in a move that threatens spring training and opening day.

The strategy, management’s equivalent of a strike under federal labor law, ended the sport’s labor peace after 9,740 days over 26 1/2 years.

Teams decided to force the long-anticipated confrontation during an offseason rather than risk players walking out during the summer, as they did in 1994. Players and owners had successfully reached four consecutive agreements without a work stoppage, but they have been accelerating toward a clash for more than two years.

“We believe that an offseason lockout is the best mechanism to protect the 2022 season,” baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in a letter to fans. “We hope that the lockout will jumpstart the negotiations and get us to an agreement that will allow the season to start on time. This defensive lockout was necessary because the players’ association’s vision for Major League Baseball would threaten the ability of most teams to be competitive.”

Talks that started last spring ended Wednesday after a brief session of mere minutes with the sides far apart on the dozens of key economic issues. Management’s negotiators left the union’s hotel about nine hours before the deal lapsed at 11:59 p.m. EST.

MLB’s 30 controlling owners held a brief digital meeting to reaffirm their lockout decision, and MLB delivered the announcement of its fourth-ever lockout — to go along with five strikes — in an emailed letter to the Major League Baseball Players Association.

“This drastic and unnecessary measure will not affect the players’ resolve to reach a fair contract,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement. “We remain committed to negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement that enhances competition, improves the product for our fans, and advances the rights and benefits of our membership.”

This stoppage began 30 days after Atlanta’s World Series win capped a complete season following a pandemic-shortened 2020 played in empty ballparks.

The lockout’s immediate impacts were a memo from MLB to clubs freezing signings, the cancellation of next week’s annual winter meetings in Orlando, Florida, and banishing players from team workout facilities and weight rooms while perhaps chilling ticket sales for 2022.

The union demanded change following anger over a declining average salary, middle-class players forced out by teams concentrating payroll on the wealthy and veterans jettisoned in favor of lower-paid youth, especially among clubs tearing down their rosters to rebuild.

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