The Rundown for Sep. 25, 2018

KAVANAUGH SAYS HE’S ‘NOT GOING ANYWHERE’… Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh insists he is “not going to let false accusations” drive him out of the nomination process. Kavanaugh appeared on Fox News and said he is “not going anywhere” despite the sexual misconduct allegations levied against him by four different women. Kavanaugh’s first accuser, Christine Blasey Ford, is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.

TRUMP TO MEET WITH ROSENSTEIN ON THURSDAY… White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced yesterday that President Trump and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will meet on Thursday to discuss recent news stories. The announcement comes amid reports that Rosenstein expected to be fired yesterday morning after being summoned to the White House. A New York Times report last week claimed Rosenstein once proposed secretly recording the president and discussed enlisting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove him from office. Rosenstein has denied the allegations.

DALLAS OFFICER FIRED OVER SHOOTING… The Dallas Police Department has fired the white officer who fatally shot her black neighbor inside his own apartment earlier this month. Officer Amber Guyger is charged with manslaughter in the death of 26-year-old Botham Jean. Guyger told investigators she thought she had encountered a burglar inside her own home.

INSURANCE FIGURES FROM FLORENCE… A risk modeling and analytics firm said yesterday that insured losses from Hurricane Florence will range between $2.8 billion and $5 billion. The figures include losses caused by high winds, storm surges, inland floods and the National Flood Insurance Program. Hundreds of roads remain closed in the Carolinas as thousands of residents remain displaced from homes or under evacuation watches and hundreds of others have been rescued from rising waters. The death toll from the storm stands at 43.

JUDGE RESTORES PROTECTIONS TO GRIZZLIES… A federal judge yesterday ordered Endangered Species Act protections restored to grizzlies in and around Yellowstone National Park. The decision by U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen in Missoula, Montana, halts plans for the first licensed trophy hunts of the bears in the region in more than 40 years. The judge side with environmentalists and Native American groups in overruling U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to remove the grizzlies’ protected status as a threatened species.

ENTERTAINMENT
COSBY TO BE SENTENCED TODAY… Sentencing for Bill Cosby is scheduled for today in Philadelphia. Prosecutors are seeking a five- to 10-year prison sentence following Cosby’s conviction for drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University administrator Andrea Constand. Defense lawyers argued in court yesterday that the 81-year-old comedian is better-suited to something closer to house arrest due to his age and health. Constand appeared in court yesterday and asked for “justice as the court sees fit.”

GIBSON TO DIRECT ‘THE WILD BUNCH’ REMAKE… Mel Gibson is set to co-write and direct a remake of Sam Peckinpah’s classic 1969 Western “The Wild Bunch.” Gibson earned a Best Director Oscar nomination for his 2016 World War II drama “Hacksaw Ridge.” The production schedule and release date for “The Wild Bunch” has not been announced.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
L.A. Dodgers 7 – ARIZONA 4… The Dodgers got past the Diamondbacks to maintain their 1-1/2-game lead over second-place Colorado in the NL West. David Freese singled home a run and homered with the bases empty. Manny Machado also drove in two runs. Clayton Kershaw (9-5) allowed three runs on six hits over six innings.

COLORADO 10 – Philadelphia 1… The Rockies bombed the Phillies to win their fourth straight in pursuit of a playoff spot. Davi Dahl hit a two-run homer. Gerardo Parra knocked in two runs with a pair of singles. Trevor Story’s fourth-inning double gave him 80 extra-base hits on the season and made him the fourth shortstop in National League history to reach that mark.

Milwaukee 6 – ST. LOUIS 4… The Brewers took advantage of some shoddy defense to beat the Cardinals and pull within 1-1/2 games of the first-place Cubs in the NL Central. The victory also moved Milwaukee three games ahead of St. Louis for the top spot in the NL wild-card standings. Ryan Braun hit a solo homer. Christian Yelich drove in two runs.

Pittsburgh 5 – CHI. CUBS 1… Jameson Taillon (14-9) held the Cubs to a run on five hits over seven innings and the Pirates cruised to the win. Francisco Cervelli homered with a runner aboard. Reyes singled home a run and smacked a solo homer.

WASHINGTON 7 – Miami 3… Anthony Rendon homered and drove in four runs to lead the Nationals past the Marlins. Bryce Harper drove in his 100th run of the season.

San Diego 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Bryan Mitchell (2-4) scattered seven hits over 8-2/3 innings as the Padres blanked the Giants. Jose Pirela went 3-for-4 with a solo homer. Franmil Reyes had a couple of hits and two RBIs.

AL SCORES
Houston 5 – TORONTO 3… The Astros downed the Blue Jays to reduce their magic number for clinching the AL West title to two. Brian McCann and Josh Reddick hit back-to-back homers in the top of the second inning.

Oakland 7 – SEATTLE 3… The Athletics powered their way past the Mariners on a night they clinched a playoff spot. Khris Davis connected for his major league-leading 46th homer. Jonathan Lucroy, Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman also went deep for Oakland.

BOSTON 6 – Baltimore 2… The Red Sox downed the Orioles to set a franchise record with their 106th victory and clinch the majors’ best mark to assure home-field advantage throughout the postseason. Mookie Betts’ two-run homer capped a four-run bottom of the second inning. Andrew Benintendi and Xavier Bogaerts both had two hits and an RBI.

N.Y. Yankees 4 – TAMPA BAY 1… Eight Yankees pitchers combined on a two-hitter in the defeat of the Rays. Andrew McCutchen smacked his 20th homer with the bases empty.

Cleveland 4 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0… Corey Kluber (20-7) pitched four-hit ball and struck out 11 over seven innings on his way to his 20th victory in the Indians’ shutout of the White Sox. Brandon Guyer and Adam Rosales hit solo homers.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Texas 4 (11 innings)… Jose Briceno cam through with a walkoff pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the 11th inning as the Angels outlasted the Rangers. L.A. also got solo homers from Shohei Ohtani, Jefry Marte and Michael Hermosillo.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Miami (Brigham, 0-3) is at Washington (Scherzer, 17-7)…
the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 12-4) host Atlanta (Toussaint, 2-1)…
Pittsburgh (Archer, 5-8) is at the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 5-5)…
St. Louis (Gomber, 6-1) hosts Milwaukee (Gonzalez, 9-11)…
Philadelphia (Velaszuez, 9-11) is at Colorado (TBD)…
Arizona (Koch, 5-5) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 7-5)…
San Diego (Erlin, 4-7) is at San Francisco (Stratton, 10-10)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Houston (James, 1-0) is at Toronto (Gaviglio, 3-8)…
Boston (Price, 15-7) hosts Baltimore (TBD)…
the N.Y. Yankees (TBD) are at Tampa Bay (TBD)…
the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 17-6) host Cleveland (Bauer, 12-6)…
Detroit (Turnbull, 0-1) is at Minnesota (TBD)…
the L.A. Angels (Shoemaker, 2-2) host Texas (Gallardo, 8-6)…
Oakland (Anderson, 4-5) is at Seattle (Leake, 10-10)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Kansas City (Skoglund, 1-5) is at Cincinnati (Harvey, 7-9)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Pittsburgh 30 – TAMPA BAY 27… The Steelers (1-1-1) built a 30-10 halftime lead and held on to down the Buccaneers (2-1). Ben Roethlsberger threw for 353 yards and found three different receivers with touchdown passes.

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