The Rundown for Sept. 24, 2018

FEINSTEIN WANTS KAVANAUGH HEARING POSTPONED… Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein of California is urging the Senate Judiciary Committee to postpone the committee’s hearing with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh after a new sexual-misconduct accuser came forward. Feinstein, the top Democrat on the committee, also wants the FBI should investigate the new claims, which were made by new accuser Deborah Ramirez, who alleges that Kavanaugh exposed himself to her during a party while they were freshmen at Yale. Meanwhile, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, the university professor who made the original accusations against Kavanaugh, is scheduled to testify before the committee on Thursday.

U.S.-CHINA TRADE WAR INTENSIFIES TODAY… A trade war between the U.S. and China is expected to intensify today as both countries launch their biggest round of tariffs yet. The Trump administration will impose new 10% tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods. China has declared it will retaliate immediately with new taxes of 5% to 10% on $60 billion of U.S. goods.

FLOODING IN CAROLINAS CONTINUES… Water levels on rivers in North and South Carolina continued to rise over the weekend and are expected to remain at flood level for days. Authorities have urged as many as 8,000 people in Georgetown County, South Carolina to evacuate. Forecasters say the area could be hit with a “record event” of up to 10 feet of flooding.

CALIFORNIA AIR REGULATOR WANTS STANDARDS PRESERVED… California’s Air Resources Board wants the Trump administration to abandon a plan to freeze fuel efficiency standards through 2026. A spokesman for the air regulator says the plan “turns its back on decades of progress in cleaning up cars and trucks.” The Trump administration also stated its intention to revoke California’s authority to set its own strict tailpipe emissions rules and mandate the sale of electric vehicles. 18 other states have said they plan to challenge the rollback in court.

GAS PRICES DROP BY A PENNY… The average price for a gallon of gas in the U.S. has dropped by a penny per gallon over the past two weeks to $2.99, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations. The Lundberg Survey found the most expensive gas was in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it cost $3.69 a gallon. The cheapest gas was $2.50 in Jackson, Mississippi.

CARRIE UNDERWOOD TOPS ALBUM CHART… Carrie Underwood’s new release “Cry Pretty” sold 266,000 copies to give her her fourth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Eminem’s “Kamikaze sold 103,000 units to finish second. 6Lack’s “East Atlanta Love Letter” opened in third place with 77,000 units sold. Drake’s “Scorpion” rose one spot into fourth place after selling 68,000 units. Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” capped the top five with 68,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “The House With A Clock In Its Walls” took in $26.8 million to open atop the weekend box office. “A Simple Favor” rose one spot to third place after making $10.4 million. “The Nun” slipped to third place with $10.2 million. “The Predator” finished third with $8.7 million. “Crazy Rich Asians” capped the top five with $6.5 million.

L.A. DODGERS 14 – San Diego 0… The Dodgers crushed the Padres to remain 1-1/2 games ahead of second-place Colorado in the NL West. Matt Kemp went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs. Manny Machado and Austin Barnes also went deep.
Hyun-Jin Ryu (6-3) limited San Diego to four hits over six innings.

Colorado 2 – ARIZONA 0… Kyle Freeland (16-7) scattered seven hits over seven innings and got help from three relievers as the Rockies shut out the Diamondbacks and eliminated them from the postseason. Nolan Arenado doubled home a run and Gerardo Parra added an RBI single for Colorado.

MIAMI 6 – Cincinnati 0… Trevor Richards (4-9) pitched three-hit ball and struck out nine over seven innings as the Marlins blanked the Reds. Chad Wallach went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer.

Milwaukee 13 – PITTSBURGH 6…The Brewers throttled the Pirates to continue their playoff push. They got homers from Christian Yelich, Travis Shaw and Mike Moustakas. Milwaukee trails the first-place Cubs by 2-1/2 games in the NL Central but holds a 2-1/2-game lead in the race for the NL’s top wild-card spot.

ST. LOUIS 9 – San Francisco 2… The Cardinals rolled past the Giants to complete a series sweep and retain their 1-1/2-game lead over Colorado in the race for the NL’s second wild card. Matt Carpenter homered with a runner aboard. Jose Martinez and Yairo Munoz each had two hits and two RBIs. Miles Mikolas (17-4) held San Francisco to two runs on two hits over seven innings. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

N.Y. Mets 8 – WASHINGTON 6… Michael Conforto delivered a bases-clearing triple during a four-run top of the fourth inning and the Mets held off the Nationals. Jeff McNeil went 4-for-5 with an RBI.

ATLANTA 2 – Philadelphia 1… The Braves edged the Phillies despite resting most of their regulars after clinching the NL East title. Lane Adams doubled home Adam Duvall in the bottom of the second inning to break a scoreless tie and added a go-ahead homer in the fifth. Anibal Sanchez (7-6) allowed a run on four hits over five innings.

CLEVELAND 4 – Boston 3 (11 innings)… Greg Allen singled home Jose Ramirez with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Indians outlasted the Red Sox in a matchup of division champs. Melky Cabrera lined a two-run double during a three-run fourth.

Houston 6 – L.A. ANGELS 2… The Astros opened with a three-run top of the first inning and never looked back in downing the Angels. Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run homer. Evan Gattis drove in two runs with a pair of singles.

Baltimore 6 – N.Y. YANKEES 3… The Orioles doubled up on the Yankees after spotting them an early three-run lead. Tim Beckham homered twice and knocked in three runs. D.J. Stewart lifted a sacrifice fly and lined a run-scoring double. Renato Nunez homered with the bases empty.

Minnesota 5 – OAKLAND 1… Kyle Gibson (9-13) held the Athletics to a run on seven hits over 7-1/3 inning and prevented them from clinching an AL wild-card spot. Jake Cave provided all the offense Minnesota needed with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Ehire Adrianza had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Tampa Bay 5 – TORONTO 2… Blake Snell (21-5) boosted his Cy Young campaign by pitching the Rays past the Blue Jays for his ninth straight win. He surrendered three hits and struck out 11 in 6-2/3 innings. Brandon Lowe homered with a runner aboard. C.J. Cron doubled home a run and smacked a solo homer.

Kansas City 3 – DETROIT 2… Brad Keller (9-6) held the Tigers to a run on three hits over seven innings and the Royals hung on for the win. Adalberto Mondesi had a couple of hits, including a solo homer. Cam Gallagher stroked a two-run single.

TEXAS 6 – Seattle 1… Nomar Mazara’s two-run double sparked a four-run bottom of the sixth inning and pinch-hitter Joey Gallo homered with a runner aboard in the eighth as the Rangers put away the Mariners.

Chi. Cubs 6 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1… The Cubs did all their scoring in their first three at-bats and coasted past the White Sox. Kyle Schwarber hit a solo homer and doubled home a run. Kyle Hendricks (13-11) gave up a run on four hits over 7-2/3 innings.

Miami (Alcantara, 2-1) is at Washington (Strasburg, 9-7)…
the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 9-10) host Pittsburgh (Taillon, 13-9)…
Milwaukee (TBD) is at St. Louis (Flaherty, 8-8)…
Colorado (Anderson, 6-9) hosts Philadelphia (Anderson, 6-9)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 8-5) are at Arizona (Ray, 6-2)…
San Francisco (Mitchell, 1-4) hosts San Diego (Holland, 7-8)

Houston (Keuchel, 11-11) is at Toronto (Estrada, 7-13)…
Boston (Eovaldi, 5-7) hosts Baltimore (Bundy, 8-15)…
the N.Y. Yankees (TBD) are at Tampa Bay (Castillo, 3-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Covey, 5-13) host Cleveland (Kluber, 19-7)…
Texas (Sampson, 0-2) is at the L.A. Angels (Peña, 3-5)…
Seattle (TBD) hosts Oakland (Anderson, 4-5)

New Orleans 43 – ATLANTA 37 (OT)… Drew Brees capped an 80-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime to send the Saints (2-1) past the Falcons (1-2). Brees passed for 396 yards and three touchdowns. In reaching 6,311 career pass completions, he passed Brett Favre for the most in NFL history.

Buffalo 27 – MINNESOTA 6… Rookie Josh Allen threw for a touchdown and ran for two more as the Bills (1-2) whipped the Vikings (1-1-1). Buffalo took advantage of three turnovers by Minnesota quarterback Kirk Cousins.

PHILADELPHIA 20 – Indianapolis 16… Carson Wentz threw a first-quarter touchdown pass in his return to action and Wendell Smallwood ran four yards for the decisive score in the fourth quarter as the Eagles (2-1) downed the Colts (1-2).

WASHINGTON 31 – Green Bay 17… Adrian Peterson rushed for 120 yards and a pair of touchdowns in leading the Redskins (2-1) past the Packers (1-1-1). Alex Smith threw touchdown passes to Paul Richardson and Jamison Crowder.

KANSAS CITY 38 – San Francisco 27… Patrick Mahomes completed 24 of 38 passes for 314 yards and three touchdowns as the Chiefs (2-0) beat the 49ers (1-1). Kareem Hunt rushed for a pair of scores.

MIAMI 28 – Oakland 20… Albert Wilson hit Jakeem Grant with a 52-yard go-ahead touchdown pass off a reverse in the fourth quarter, then took a shovel pass 74 yards for a clinching score in the Dolphins’ (3-0) defeat of the Raiders (0-3).  Ryan Tannehill also found Kenny Stills on a scoring toss and shovel-passed to Grant for a 52-yard touchdown.

Tennessee 9 – JACKSONVILLE 6… Ryan Succop booted three field goals to 39 yards as the Titans (2-1) held off the Jaguars (2-1).

CAROLINA 31 – Cincinnati 21… Cam Newton threw two touchdown passes and ran for a pair of scores as the Panthers (2-1) handled the Bengals (2-1). Christian McCaffrey rushed for 184 yards on 28 carries.

BALTIMORE 27 – Denver 14… Joe Flacco passed for 277 yards and a touchdown as the Ravens (2-1) got past the Broncos (2-1). Alex Collins and Javorious Allen ran for scores.

N.Y. Giants 27 – HOUSTON 22… Eli Manning completed 25 of 29 passes for 297 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Giants (1-2) past the Texans (0-3). Odell Beckham had nine catches for 109 yards.

L.A. RAMS 35 – L.A. Chargers 23… Jared Goff threw for 354 yards and three touchdowns as the Rams (2-0) pounded the Chargers (1-1). Todd Gurley rushed for 105 yards and a score.

SEATTLE 24 – Dallas 13… Russell Wilson threw a pair of first-half touchdown passes and the Seahawks (1-2) put away the Cowboys (1-2). Chris Carson rushed for 102 yards and a score.

Chicago 16 – ARIZONA 14… Cody Parkey’s third field goal of the game was a 43-yarder with 4:31 remaining and lifted the Bears (2-1) over the Cardinals (0-3). Jordan Howard scored on a 1-yard run in the third quarter.

DETROIT 26 – New England 10… Matthew Stafford passed for 262 yards and two touchdowns as the Lions (1-2) stomped the Patriots. Kerryon Johnson rushed for 101 yards on 16 carries.

Pittsburgh (0-1-1) is at Tampa Bay (2-0)

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL… This week’s AP Top 25 college football poll has a new look following a weekend in which five ranked teams lost to unranked teams. Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas A&M and Boston College have dropped out of the poll. Five teams that enter this week’s poll include Kentucky at No. 17 and Texas one spot behind at No. 18. Alabama collected 60 of 61 first-place votes in holding the top spot in this week’s poll. Third-ranked Clemson picked up the other vote.

#1 Alabama (4-0), LW: 1
#2 Georgia (4-0), LW: 2
#3 Clemson (4-0), LW: 3
#4 Ohio State (4-0), LW: 4
#5 LSU (4-0), LW: 6
#6 Oklahoma (4-0), LW: 5
#7 Stanford (4-0), LW: 7
#8 Notre Dame (4-0), LW: 8
#9 Penn State (4-0), LW: 10
#10 Auburn (3-1), LW: 9
#11 Washington (3-1), LW: 10
#12 West Virginia (3-0), LW: 12
#13 UCF (3-0), LW: 16
#14 Michigan (3-1), LW: 19
#15 Wisconsin (3-1), LW: 28
#16 Miami (3-1), LW: 21
#17 Kentucky (4-0), LW: NR
#18 Texas (3-1), LW: NR
#19 Oregon (3-1), LW: 20
#20 BYU (3-1), LW: 25
#21 Michigan State (2-1), LW: 24
#22 Texas A&M (2-1), LW: NR
#23 Mississippi State (3-1), LW: 14
#24 California (3-0), LW: NR
#25 Texas Tech (3-1), LW: NR

TIGER WOODS WINS TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP… Tiger Woods shot a final-round 71 to take a two-stroke win over Billy Horschel at the Tour Championship in Atlanta yesterday. It was Woods’ first tour victory since 2013. Dustin Johnson finished two strokes behind Horschel in third place. Hideki Matsuyama, Webb Simpson and Justin Rose were one stroke back in a fourth-place tie.

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