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Weekly scorecard

Winners

Saint Francis basketball: Lady Cougars finish regular season undefeated, easily winning the Crossroads League title and heading to the NAIA Division II tourney in Sioux City, Iowa.

Big gulp: A 10-foot olive python managed to overpower a yard-long crocodile after a prolonged struggle that an onlooker videotaped in the shallows of a Queensland, Australia, lake. After squeezing the life out of the crocodile, the snake proceeded to swallow it whole. The reptile-vs.-reptile battle itself was unusual only in that it was documented, according to National Geographic. And the magazine reports that the crocodile sometimes wins.

George P. Bush: The newest member of the family political dynasty wins GOP nod for powerful Texas land commissioner post. He is the son of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush.

Wisconsin: Winning series of travel ads revives hilarious “Airplane!” movie gags, with commercials featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Robert Hays.

Tossups

Pope Francis: The tradition-smasher in the Vatican continues to keep observers on their toes. Delivering last Sunday’s blessing from the balcony over St. Peter’s Square in Italian, the Argentine pontiff was trying to use the word “caso,” which means “chance,” but instead said “cazzo,” the Italian equivalent of the F-word.

Sharks: Conservationists have begun a campaign in Trinidad & Tobago to stop people from eating a popular delicacy: deep-fried shark sandwiches, regarded as an essential part of a visit to Trinidad’s Maracas beach. But a local conservation group wants to forbid catching sharks to help protect a dwindling population. It started its campaign during Trinidad’s Carnival celebration.

Losers

John Travolta: Introducing Idina Menzel to sing the Oscar-winning song “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” Travolta somehow managed to call her “Adele Dazeem.”

Darrell Issa: California congressman, stymied in his effort to probe IRS scrutiny of tea party groups, orders microphones shut off at oversight panel when Democrat Elijah Cummings protests political overtones of the hearing.

Milestones

Alain Resnais: French filmmaker who made impenetrable but widely discussed movies like “Last Year at Marienbad” and “Hiroshima Mon Amour” was editing drafts of his next project from his hospital bed when he died last week at 91. President Francois Hollande said France had lost “one of its greatest filmmakers.”

Stephen Johnson: Indianapolis attorney was long-time executive director of the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council. He died unexpectedly at 66.

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