KAVANAUGH ACCUSER HAS UNTIL FRIDAY TO GIVE TESTIMONY… Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa announced yesterday that the woman who has accused Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, of sexually assaulting her in the 1980s has until Friday morning to provide prepared testimony to the committee. Lawyers representing Christine Blasey Ford Court announced yesterday that she wants the FBI to investigate her allegations before she will agree to testify at a Senate hearing. Meanwhile, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released yesterday showed only 31 percent of U.S. adults said they were in favor of Kavanaugh’s appointment.
POMPEO TALKS NORTH KOREA… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that he will resume negotiations with North Korea as part of his efforts to denuclearize completely the country by January 2021. Pompeo explained that he will meet with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in New York City next week during the United Nations General Assembly meeting. He also has invited North Korean representatives to meet with U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Stephen Biegun in Vienna, Austria, “at the earliest opportunity.”
WHITE HOUSE ISSUED GRANTS TO COMBAT OPIOID ADDICTION… Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced yesterday that the Trump administration is issuing $1 billion in grants to states to provide treatment for opioid addiction. The funding was expected to go to state agencies and community health centers to treat and prevent addiction, and gather data on the crisis. Grants include provisions to promote the use of medication-assisted treatment, including overdose reversal drug naloxone.
53K STILL WITHOUT POWER IN THE CAROLINAS… More than 53,600 homes and businesses in the Carolinas remain without power following last week’s arrival of Hurricane Florence. Duke Energy Corporation says as many as 1.9 million customers lost power during the storm. The company said it expects to restore power to all customers by the end of the week.
POLICE FATALLY SHOOT WISCONSIN GUNMAN… A gunman was fatally shot by police yesterday morning after opening fire and wounding four people at an office building in Middleton, Wisconsin. One of the wounded was listed in critical condition and two others were reported to be in serious condition. The fourth wounded person was treated for non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities didn’t identify the gunman but say he was “heavily armed, with a lot of extra ammunition.”
MAROON 5 TO PERFORM AT SUPER BOWL… The pop band Maroon 5 has reportedly agreed to perform at the 2019 Super Bowl. The game is set for February 3 in Atlanta. The halftime show at the annual contest draws tens of millions of television viewers. Previous performers have included Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Madonna, Bruce Springsteen and Prince.
ASHLEY JUDD’S CAN PROCEED WITH DEFAMATION SUIT… A judge ruled yesterday that actress Ashley Judd’s defamation lawsuit against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein can proceed in federal court. The actress claims Weinstein defamed her in 1998 after she refused his sexual advances. According to the civil lawsuit filed in April, Weinstein smeared Judd’s reputation by discouraging director Peter Jackson from casting her in his blockbuster movie franchise “The Lord of the Rings.”
L.A. DODGERS 5 – Colorado 2… Yasiel Puig delivered a tie-breaking three-run pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Dodgers finished off a sweep of the Rockies and took a 2-1/2-game lead over second-place Colorado in the NL West. Matt Kemp added his 20th homer.
MILWAUKEE 7 – Cincinnati 0… Jesus Aguilar’s infield single in the bottom of the first inning gave him 100 RBIs on the season and he added a three-run homer in the third as the Brewers cruised past the Reds. Manny Pina also blasted a three-run homer. Gio Gonzalez (9-11) limited Cincinnati to two his over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout. Milwaukee trails the first-place Cubs by 2-1/2 games in the NL Central.
ARIZONA 9 – Chi. Cubs 0… Robbie Ray (6-2) held the Cubs to one hit over six innings and got plenty of support in the Diamondbacks’ win. Christian Walker hit a three-run homer during a four-run bottom of the first inning. Chris Owings and Jeff Mathis each homered with a runner aboard.
ATLANTA 7 – St. Louis 3… First baseman Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs as the Braves downed the Cardinals and reduced their magic number for clinching the NL East to six. Tyler Flowers had a couple of hits, including a solo homer. Touki Toussaint (2-1) allowed two runs on five hits over 5-2/3 innings.
PHILADELPHIA 4 – N.Y. Mets 0… Zach Eflin (11-7) pitched three-hit ball over five innings and struck out nine as the Phillies blanked the Mets. Rhys Hoskins smacked a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning and Odubel Herrera added a two-run shot in the fourth for Philadelphia.
SAN DIEGO 8 – San Francisco 4… Will Myers’ two-run homer capped a five run bottom of the second inning and Freddy Galvis belted a three-run shot in the eighth as the Padres erased an early 3-0 deficit and doubled up on the Giants.
N.Y. YANKEES 10 – Boston 1… Luke Voit went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs as the Yankees pounded the Red Sox and prevented them from clinching the AL East title for the second straight night. Miguel Andujar’s 25th homer came with the bases empty.
OAKLAND 10 – L.A. Angels 0… Brett Anderson (4-5) surrendered just three hits over 6-2/3 innings and got help from three relievers in the shutout of the Angels. Stephen Piscotty doubled home two runs during a six-run bottom of the fourth inning and blasted a three-run homer in the fifth. Ramon Laureano went 2-for-3 and drove in two runs for Oakland, which pulled within four games of first-place Houston in the AL West.
Seattle 9 – HOUSTON 0… Robinson Cano went 3-for-4 with two doubles and three RBIs to lead the Mariners in their rout of the Astros. Kyle Seager, Mitch Haniger and Guillermo Heredia hit solo homers. Seven Seattle pitchers combined on the five-hit shutout.
Minnesota 8 – DETROIT 2… The Twins rolled past the Tigers to complete a series sweep. Stephen Gonsalves (2-1) came on in the second and pitched one-hit ball over six innings on his way to his first major-league win. Willians Astudillo had a pair of hits and knocked in three runs. Tyler Austin went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
BALTIMORE 2 – Toronto 1… The Orioles edged the Blue Jays to salvage the series finale. D.J. Stewart homered to lead off the bottom of the third inning and Cedric Mullins singled home a run. Five Baltimore pitchers limited Toronto to four hits.
Tampa Bay 9 – TEXAS 3… Tommy Pham went 3-for-5 with a pair of solo homers as the Rays ripped the Rangers to keep alive their hopes for a wild-card spot. Matt Duffy and Jake Bauers hit two-run doubles for Tampa Bay.
CLEVELAND 4 – Chi. White Sox 1… Jason Kipnis’ 1,000th career hit was a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth inning in the Indians’ win over the White Sox. The game featured a duel between Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco and his counterpart Dylan Covey, but neither got a decision.
PITTSBURGH 2 – Kansas City 1… Chris Archer (5-8) held the Royals to a run on six hits over seven innings and the Pirates finished off a three-game sweep. Colin Moran lifted a sacrifice fly and Adam Frazier homered for Pittsburgh.
TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE…
the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 6-9) are at Washington (Scherzer, 17-7)…
Miami (Brigham, 0-2) hosts Cincinnati (Reed, 0-2)…
Philadelphia (Velasquez, 9-11) is at Atlanta (Gausman, 10-10)
TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE…
the L.A. Angels (Shoemaker, 2-1) are at Oakland (Jackson, 5-3)…
the N.Y .Yankees (Tanaka, 12-5) host Boston (Rodriguez, 12-4)…
Tampa Bay (Stanek, 2-3) is at Toronto (Gaviglio, 3-8)…
Cleveland (Tomlin, 1-5) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 7-16)…
Kansas City (Lopez 2-4) is at Detroit (Boyd, 9-12)