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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Texas Tech coach Tubby Smith was upset after Saturday night’s game against Missouri State.

“I thought it was one of our worst defensive efforts,” he said. “We just lost people, didn’t get out and contest shots like we should. We let them pass the ball up the court wherever they wanted.”

Just imagine what his reaction would’ve been had the Red Raiders not earned an 80-68 home win against Missouri State.

They won behind a strong second-half and overall dominance down low. The Red Raiders outscored Missouri State 28-10 in the paint and outrebounded the Bears 40-22.

“I felt the big difference in the game was clearly the rebounding,” Bears coach Paul Lusk said. “But most importantly their ability to finish at the rim and finish at the paint and our absolute lack of ability to finish at the rim when we got the ball there multiple times. That’s deflating.”

The Bears (2-1) evened the score at 44 with 17:54 left in the second half on an Austin Ruder 3-pointer, but the Red Raiders scored seven consecutive points over the next 2:32 for a 51-44 lead.

The Bears pulled to within four points twice but couldn’t come closer.

The Red Raiders (2-1) outrebounded Missouri State 28-9 in the second half, which helped turn a 42-38 halftime lead into the 12-point final margin. Texas Tech had their biggest lead at 80-61 with 2:03 remaining in the second half.

They survived an excellent game by Bears junior Marcus Marshall, who finished with 27 points. He scored his team’s first 17 points on 5-of-5 shooting and didn’t miss a bucket in the first nine minutes.

“Marcus can’t do it by himself,” Lusk said. “I felt for most of the game we were right in position. We just wilted right there in the end.”

Devaugntah Williams, who’s been battling a toe injury, scored a career-high 18 points for the Red Raiders. Norense Odiase added 14 points and seven rebounds to give him double-digit points in all three Texas Tech games this season. Robert Turner added 12 points.

Although Odiase and Zach Smith led the Red Raiders with just seven rebounds apiece, 11 Red Raiders earned a rebound. Ruder added 19 points for the Bears.

TIP-INS

Missouri State: Marcus Marshall appears to be fully recovered from the right knee surgery that ended his sophomore season. The guard entered Saturday tied for sixth nationally with 25.5 points per game and scored 27 points Saturday.

Texas Tech: The bench continues to be a strong point for the Red Raiders. The unit scored 38 points Saturday to the starters’ 42. The bench outscored the starters 38-33 in the Red Raiders’ season-opener against Loyola (Md.) and was outscored 47-17 in the Red Raiders’ second game this season, which was a 69-64 loss to LSU.

PIVOTAL MOMENT

Missouri State evened the score at 44 with 17:54 remaining in the second half, but three Red Raiders came up big over the next 2:32. Odiase made a layup, Smith two free throws and Turner a layup and a free throw for a 51-44 lead the Red Raiders held from there.

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Missouri State plays Colorado State on Thursday in Anchorage, Alaska.

Texas Tech hosts Northwestern State on Tuesday.

The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzlies traveled to Wilburton, Oklahoma on Saturday where they took on the Eastern Oklahoma State College Mountaineers.

The voice of the Grizzlies Brian Ingalls has your Grizzly Scoreboard Report:

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Once again the Grizzlies suffered their second loss this season, losing 100-96 to the Eastern Oklahoma State College Mountaineers.

 

(Ozark Radio Sports) – Gerry Elam is back with another local sports update, with results from the most recent Grizzly volleyball game from the national tournament and a discussion with Coach Steve Ary:

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(West Plains) – After only three years coaching the West Plains Zizzers Football team, Coach Steve Ary has been named Coach of the Year.

Ozark Radio News spoke with Coach Ary to learn what it means to him to receive such a title:

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The West Plains Zizzers played an incredible season, coming away with an 8-3 record on the season and a 7-2 record in district play. Coach Ary shared his thought on his most recent season of play:

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With this season over for the Zizzers, Coach Ary says he’s already looking to next year:

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19 boys from the West Plains Zizzer Football team were named All-Ozark Conference for their play during their 2014 season.

FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

Player

Grade

Position

School
Sam Hall

11

QB

West Plains
Brad Gaffey

11

WR

West Plains
Dausen Neuschwander

11

OL

West Plains
Andrew Cobb

11

TE

West Plains
Jacob Hackworth

12

OL

West Plains
Gerard Dietrich

11

WR

West Plains

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

Player

Position

Grade

School
Matt Wernsing

LB

12

West Plains
Sage Wood

DL

12

West Plains
Tyler Sands

DB

12

West Plains
John Williams

DB

11

West Plains

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

Player

Grade

Position

School
Jett Sexton

11

OL

West Plains
Greg Freeman

12

OL

West Plains
Sage Wood

12

OL

West Plains
Robert Kurth

12

RB

West Plains

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

Player

Position

Grade

School
Jake Quarti

LB

11

West Plains
Chance Davis

DL

11

West Plains
Dakota Sloan

DL

11

West Plains


HONORABLE MENTION OFFENSE

Player

Grade

Position

School
Wade Chezem

12

FB

West Plains


HONORABLE MENTION DEFENSE

Player

Position

Grade

School
Brandon Mitchell

DB

11

West Plains
Justin Nichols

DB

10

West Plains
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Sio Moore during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The Raiders won 24-20. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) is sacked by Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Sio Moore during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif., Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014. The Raiders won 24-20. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Kansas City overcame a flat start that put them in a 14-point hole to take the lead midway through the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders.

Then they could do nothing to stop the NFL’s only winless team from pounding the ball down the field on a game-winning drive.

Rookie Derek Carr capped a 17-play drive with a 9-yard touchdown pass to James Jones with 1:42 remaining and the Chiefs allowed the Raiders to snap a 16-game losing streak with a 24-20 win Thursday night.

Kansas City (7-4) allowed 179 yards rushing and its first two touchdowns on the ground this season as their front seven was overpowered on a rainy night by the Raiders, especially on the final drive.

“When you line up and it’s raining, the weather’s no good and they can’t throw the ball, you just line up and run the football,” Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali said. “We weren’t playing our gaps and it’s like a high school football game.”

Alex Smith threw two TD passes for the Chiefs (7-4), who had won five in a row. They fell a half-game behind Denver in the AFC West.

The Raiders (1-10) became just the third team since the merger to beat a first-place team for their first win after losing at least 10 games to start the season. Indianapolis did it against Green Bay in 1997 and Buffalo did it to Dallas in 1984.

The Chiefs will have a long time to stew over this loss before hosting Denver on Nov. 30 in an AFC West showdown.

“We knew we were going to be in a dogfight,” Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce said. “Prime-time game and they’ve got the guys, played a lot of tough teams very well.”

Oakland’s Latavius Murray ran for two touchdowns, including a 90-yarder, before leaving the game with a concussion.

The Raiders’ offense stalled after that until an impressive final drive by Carr won it. He twice had to sneak for first downs. He also threw an 8-yard pass to Mychal Rivera on third-and-6 and capitalized on a pass interference penalty against Ron Parker on another third down before finding Jones for the go-ahead score.

Fullback Marcel Reece carried seven times for 34 yards on the drive after running just six times in the first 10 games.

“To go 17 plays on the winning drive, that’s impressive, man,” Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck said. “That lets you know a little bit of the moxie of No. 4 (Carr).”

The game wasn’t sealed until Smith threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-13 from his 48. Even that didn’t come without a tense moment. Khalil Mack and Sio Moore sacked Smith on third down and celebrated in the backfield while the Chiefs ran up to the line. An angry Justin Tuck had to call timeout as he seethed at his younger teammates.

“I was so caught in the moment,” Moore said. “That was an error I have to make sure I clean up.”

The Chiefs battled back from a 17-3 deficit late in the third quarter to take the lead with three scores in less than 8 minutes, including a pair of touchdown passes from Smith.

The first came on a looping throw to Anthony Fasano for a 19-yard score with 1:52 remaining in the third quarter.

The Raiders managed to move the ball near midfield before stalling on their next drive, and the Chiefs answered with a four-play, 65-yard drive that was made even more difficult by a pair of holding penalties.

Jamaal Charles beat Charles Woodson out of the backfield to catch a short pass and weaved through Oakland’s defense for a 30-yard score that tied it at 17. It was Charles’ fifth touchdown catch in his past two games at the Oakland Coliseum.

Frankie Hammond’s 28-yard punt return set up Cairo Santos’ second field goal of the game, giving the Chiefs their first lead of the night.

The Raiders started fast behind the little-used Murray, who had just 10 carries in the first 10 games. He spelled starter Darren McFadden on the second drive and provided an immediate spark for Oakland’s struggling offense before leaving the game with a concussion.

Murray carried twice on his first drive, sprinting 11 yards around the end for Oakland’s first rushing touchdown since Oct. 19 against Arizona. The Chiefs were looking to match the 2011 San Francisco 49ers by becoming the second team ever to allow no rushing touchdowns through 11 games.

Murray did even better the next time he touched the ball, sprinting past the Chiefs defense for the longest run by a Raiders running back since Bo Jackson had a 92-yarder against Cincinnati in 1989. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a 93-yard TD run last season against Pittsburgh.

NOTES: Former Raiders P Ray Guy was presented his Hall of Fame ring at halftime. … WR Junior Hemingway (concussion), T Donald Stephenson (shoulder) and DL Kevin Vickerson (calf strain) left with injuries for Kansas City.

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, left, makes a save against St. Louis Blues' Jori Lehtera during third-period NHL hockey game action Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Montreal. The Canadiens won 4-1. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price, left, makes a save against St. Louis Blues’ Jori Lehtera during third-period NHL hockey game action Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, in Montreal. The Canadiens won 4-1. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Paul Chiasson)

MONTREAL (AP) — Max Pacioretty believes the Montreal Canadiens made a big statement by beating a Western Conference powerhouse.

Pacioretty scored twice, and Carey Price made 31 saves to lead the first-place Canadiens to a 4-1 victory over the t. Louis Blues on Thursday night.

“We had stretches where we’ve struggled to score goals, and we came in and scored four against a team that doesn’t give up many,” Pacioretty said. “That really helps the confidence.”

The Blues had won 10 of 12 games. St. Louis, second in the Central Division and two points from the Western Conference lead, is a stingy club that came in with an NHL-low 1.89 goals-against-average.

“It shows that we can play with the big boys in the West,” Pacioretty said. “They’re a great team over there, and hopefully we opened a few eyes.”

Dale Weise and Lars Eller also scored for Montreal.

Vladimir Tarasenko was the lone scorer for St. Louis. Jake Allen stopped 26 shots in defeat.

Pacioretty netted the winner at 7:32 of the second – his team-leading ninth goal. He got the better of Allen on a breakaway after taking a stretch pass from linemate Pierre-Alexandre Parenteau from his own zone.

“That was an amazing pass,” said Pacioretty, who added his second of the game in the third period. “I just had a feeling that it was going to land right over. Passes don’t get much softer and nicer than that. I credit my first goal to (Parenteau) completely.”

The Canadiens (15-5-1) stretched their lead atop the Eastern Conference to three points. The Blues have lost consecutive games after winning 10 of 11.

Montreal coach Michel Therrien was reluctant to give too much importance to the victory.

“It was a great challenge,” he said. “This is one of the elite teams in the NHL – really well balanced, and they play really well defensively. It’s the kind of game that can give you a lot of confidence.

“But it’s a little early to make statements.”

Tarasenko scored at 7:45 of the first period, batting the puck out of the air. The goal came on the Blues’ third shot.

The period was played largely in the neutral zone and along the boards, and the Canadiens failed to score a goal in the first period for the 16th time this season.

After going 96 minutes, 9 seconds without scoring a goal – dating to the third period against Detroit on Sunday – the Canadiens scored twice in quick succession against the Blues.

Weise jumped on a defensive blunder by Kevin Shattenkirk to tie it 1-1 at 4:50 of the second. Shattenkirk made an ill-advised pass out from behind his net that was intercepted by Weise, who waited for Allen to go down before beating him high for his fourth goal.

“It’s a nice bounce for me,” Weise said. “Just standing there, throw your stick out front and it hits you. I made a little pump fake, and then saw he took his goalie out. I tried to get in there as quick as I could.”

Weise scored only three times in 17 games last season.

Pacioretty scored less than three minutes later.

In the third, after Price made back-to-back sensational saves on two odd-man rushes 20 seconds apart, first on Jori Lehtera and then on Jaden Schwartz, Pacioretty added his second of the game off a pass by David Desharnais.

The Canadiens were well disciplined for the second straight game, taking no penalties against St. Louis’ NHL-best road power-play unit (30.4 percent).

“We made some puck errors that ended up in our net,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We made a big push when it was 2-1 – we got all the scoring chances. Their third one really took the wind out of our sails. We made some casuals plays, and they ended up at the back of our net.

“Montreal has speed, and they really took advantage of our mistakes. They scored on their opportunities, and we missed on ours.”

Earlier Thursday, Montreal acquired veteran defenseman Bryan Allen from Anaheim for Rene Bourque.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Running back Latavius Murray has left Oakland’s game against the Kansas City Chiefs with a concussion.

Murray scored two TDs in the first half and rushed for 112 yards on four carries before getting hurt Thursday night. Those were the first two rushing touchdowns of the season against the Chiefs. Murray had the most yards of any player since at least 1960 with five or fewer carries.

Offensive lineman Donald Stephenson (shoulder) and receiver Junior Hemingway (concussion) left for Kansas City with injuries.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have acquired outfielder Reymond Fuentes from the San Diego Padres for left-hander Kyle Bartsch.

The trade was announced Thursday.

The 23-year-old Fuentes hit a combined .294 with five home runs, 33 RBIs and 25 steals in Triple-A and Double-A last season. He made his major league debut in 2013, hitting .152 in 23 games with the Padres.

The 23-year-old Bartsch went 5-5 with seven saves and a 2.29 ERA in 41 relief appearance at the advanced Class A level.

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — When Kylie Glass grows up, she wants to be a veterinarian and a roller derby jammer.

The 11-year-old from Edgerton, Kansas, fell in love with roller derby two years ago, when her parents took her to a Kansas City Roller Warriors bout, The Kansas City Star reported. The aggressive sport, where skaters with menacing nicknames race and often collide around an elliptical track, instantly entranced Glass. She didn’t go home until she had autographs from every skater.

When Kylie turned 10, her mom, Jackie Glass, let her join Junior Warriors, a co-ed roller derby team of about 40 players ranging in age from 10 to 17. The mostly female team is now in its sixth season. It’s coached by members of the Roller Warriors, Kansas City’s all-female flat-track derby league.

Until this fall, the Junior Warriors practiced only during the regular season, which starts in May and ends in August. In October, they started practicing year-round so they could better prepare for summertime bouts against other teams.

Roller derby has become increasingly popular in recent years thanks to movies like 2009′s “Whip It” and a growing number of skater-run leagues. The Roller Warriors, founded 10 years ago, is one of 1,500 roller derby leagues in 40 countries, according to derbyroster.com. Crashes and collisions are part of the sport’s appeal, which is why Junior Warriors are required to have health insurance and provide their own protective gear: Helmets, elbow pads, wrist guards, knee pads and mouth guards.

Kylie’s mom says she was “a little worried” to let her fifth-grader play roller derby with teenagers. But she figured the sport wasn’t any more dangerous than gymnastics, cheerleading or football.

Kylie quickly learned to block, fall without hurting herself and skate fast. She toughened up, started calling herself Lucille Brawl, and held her own against players who were a foot taller.

“I’m shy,” Kylie says. But on the track, as Lucille Brawl, she’s more confident: “I’m a different person.”

Junior Warriors coach Tessa Brant, who goes by Anya Neezenbeg on the track, says that through roller derby, kids and adults find community, embrace individuality and bloom with confidence.

The sport is not for everyone, Brant says, but “for the people who grasp onto it, it becomes their life.”

Junior Warriors come from all over the Kansas City metro to attend practices at Winnwood Skate Center. One player drives 45 minutes from Greenwood, Missouri. And it takes about an hour for the Glass family to get from Edgerton to the Northland rink.

Practice begins with a warm-up. The skaters coast counter-clockwise around the rink on quad skates. Under their protective gear, they wear bright shorts, tights or leggings and shirts emblazoned with nicknames such as Marilyn Mon Roll, Bash Ketchum, Princess Pain in the Butt and Demon Seed.

During a recent practice, the concession stand was dim but the rink smelled like buttered popcorn. The disco balls weren’t twirling, but skating rink standards such as “Pump Up the Jam” and “Good Vibrations” (by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, not the Beach Boys) echoed across the wooden floor along with the click-clack of skates.

After plenty of squats and stretches, the Junior Warriors divided into two groups. The beginners group practiced basic skating skills while the intermediate and advanced group paired up and practiced leaning into one another as they slowly rolled around a makeshift track outlined by blue strips of fabric.

“Keep it low, keep it controlled,” yelled coach Laurel Hautala, also known as Madam McBomb. “It’s not about bashing each other – yet.”

“But I wanna bash!” a skater shouted out from the pack.

The first bash of the evening happened soon afterward – but it was an accident. Grace Reading, a 16-year-old Junior Warrior from Kansas City who goes by Barbie Brutality, tripped over her partner’s skate and went sprawling face-first across the wooden floor. Reading came up smiling, with a plastic mouthguard concealing her front teeth.

“If you fall and cry, why are you in roller derby?” Reading said after practice.

Like any contact sport, roller derby requires durability, strength and stamina. Coach Brant is working on her durability: Thanks to a bad back, she couldn’t compete with the Kansas City Roller Warriors last season. She volunteered as a referee instead.

Brant’s back injury wasn’t caused by roller derby, but roller derby doesn’t exactly help. Still, she says she won’t quit the sport she loves.

“I’m in physical therapy four times a week so I can do derby,” Brant says. She plans to join next season’s draft.

Roller derby players can’t be afraid to fall or get hurt. That’s tough for both players and their parents.

Nicole Craft is married to a roller derby player – her husband, Scott Craft, skates as Double Tap for the Kansas City Cowtown Butchers. Still, it was hard for her to allow 10-year-old daughter Cadence to join the Junior Warriors.

“I almost threw up the first time she had a bout,” Nicole Craft says.

Nicole says that Cadence, who skates as Tiny Dancer, has muscular dystrophy, and that being active helps: “The more she uses her muscles, the more she keeps it at bay.”

Despite being one of the youngest Junior Warriors, Cadence practices with the intermediate and advanced players and can block with the best of them. Nicole isn’t scared to watch her daughter compete anymore.

“We celebrate falls,” Nicole says, “because that means you pushed yourself as hard as you could push yourself.”

Learning to be aggressive didn’t come easy for Sam Allen, a 16-year-old Junior Warrior from Greenwood, Missouri, who goes by Sam Scissorhands.

“Hitting was new to me,” Allen says, “and I was horrible at skating.”

Now she can weave through other players backward, and she’s not afraid to bash.

“This does get out your aggression, but it’s not hostile,” Allen says.

Roller Derby might seem like an anything-goes sport, but there are lots and lots of rules. In a typical bout, two teams of five skaters compete in contests called jams that last as long as two minutes each. Each team has one scoring position called a jammer who starts behind the other players, called blockers.

The jammer’s objective is to pass through the pack of blockers. On the second pass, the jammer scores one point for each player from the opposing team passed, and the team with the most points at the end of the bout wins.

Skaters can’t use their hands, elbows or heads to block, and pushing another player from behind is prohibited. Rule breakers serve time in the penalty box.

The first time Lucille Brawl was sent to the penalty box, “I was Facebooking it,” says Jackie Glass with pride. “You gotta learn the rules and the consequences of breaking those rules.”

During Junior Warriors practices, coaches often stop the skaters during scrimmages to break down the rules. They call this “Zack Morris-ing it out” after the star of “Saved by the Bell,” who would take timeouts during the show to explain what was happening.

The Junior Warriors learn lessons on and off their skates. Brant says a big part of the team’s mission is giving back to the community. The Junior Warriors recently participated in an event that raised money for skin cancer research, and in December they’ll wrap presents for kids at Della Lamb Community Services.

“The overall goal,” Brant says, “is to teach them to work hard, play hard and be themselves.”

The players take their team and their sport seriously. Haven Price, a 16-year-old Junior Warrior from Shawnee known as Miss-B-Haven, says she’s looking forward to the day that roller derby is included in the Summer Olympics.

“I’m going,” Price says.

And Kylie Glass is determined to keep playing jammer. Over the summer, she played the scoring position and was voted MVP.

“I like jamming because I’m the one being counted on,” Glass says. “It makes me work harder.”

(Casper, WY) – The Missouri State University-West Plains Grizzly Volleyball team is still in the hunt for its first national title after defeating Salt Lake Community College, Salt Lake City, Utah, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16, 25-21 in first round action today at the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship Tournament in Casper, Wyoming.

The Grizzlies (26-12), seeded 11th in the three-day event, will face third seeded College of Southern Idaho (33-2), Twin Falls, at 6:30 p.m. local time today in the quarterfinals. The Golden Eagles advanced by defeating No. 14 seed New Mexico Military Institute, Roswell, 25-15, 25-21, 25-7 in a first round match that took place on a court adjacent to the Grizzlies’ match. All of the tournament matches can be viewed via streaming live video at www.njcaatv.org.

Grizzly Volleyball Head Coach Paula Wiedemann couldn’t be more pleased with the effort her team put forth against the Bruins. “Our players were phenomenal,” she said of her players. “They executed our game plan very well. They played great defense, and that helped create our offense. I can’t say enough about their effort today.

The Grizzlies and the Salt Lake Bruins fought a tight contest through the first two sets, with neither team gaining more than a 4-point advantage. In the third, however, the Grizzlies jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead and continued to build that advantage throughout the set with great team play. The Bruins righted their ship in the fourth set, keeping pace with the Grizzlies until freshman middle attacker Penny Liu put the set away by scoring 4 of the Grizzlies’ final 5 points to give the team the win.

Liu led the Grizzlies offensively with 31 kills on 46 attempts with three errors for an attacking percentage of .609. Freshman outside attacker Pulotu Manoa followed with 17 kills, and freshman outside hitter Gabby Edmondson added 11. Freshman setter Susannah Kelley led the team in assists with 53, and sophomore outside hitter/defensive specialist Kaili Simmons recorded the team’s only service ace.

Defensively, Liu, Manoa and redshirt freshman right side/middle attacker Ashley Bishton each had two blocks, and Simmons led the team in digs with 25, followed closely by sophomore libero Alyssa Aldag with 21. Liu earned the most points with 35.

One notable statistic from the match really impressed Wiedemann. “Both teams only missed one serve the entire match! We have been working on it, and it made a difference. When teams come out and play like that, it’s fantastic,” she said.

The Grizzlies will have to turn in another great performance against CSI, Wiedemann said. “Defensively, we want to continue what we’re doing and try to be efficient on offense. We’re playing with a lot of confidence right now, and that’s how we need to be playing. Our players need to continue to give each other confidence on the court.”