The Rundown for Sept. 28, 2018

KAVANAUGH HEARING… Brett Kavanaugh responded emotionally yesterday to questions over a sexual assault accusation. Appearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Kavanaugh tearfully expressed anger when pressed about Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s claim that he sexually assaulted her 36 years ago and called the effort a “political hit.” Earlier in the day, Ford told the committee that she feared Kavanaugh might accidentally kill her as he raped her during the alleged assault while both were high school students in Maryland. The committee is scheduled to vote today on Kavanaugh’s confirmation.

SEC SUES ELON MUSK… The Securities and Exchange Commission yesterday filed suit against Tesla CEO Elon Musk over a tweet of his that misled investors. The SEC’s suit alleges that Musk fabricated the August claim that he had secured funding to take the company private. The tweet caused Tesla’s shares to rise. The lawsuit seeks unspecified monetary penalties as well as an order preventing Musk from serving as as an officer or director of a public company.

EXECUTION IN TEXAS… In its second execution in two days, Texas put to death a 46-year-old man convicted of fatally running over his girlfriend with his truck in March 2000. Daniel Acker said he ran over Marquetta George because he believed she had been cheating on him. The Supreme Court rejected an appeal by Acker’s attorneys earlier in the day.

FTC PAYOUTS… The Federal Trade Commission announced yesterday that it is mailing more than $505 million of refund checks to nearly 1.18 million people who were victimized in a massive payday lending scheme. The FTC has been working with the Department of Justice to dispense winnings from a $1.27 billion civil judgment that the FTC won in September 2016 against former race car driver and convicted racketeer Scott Tucker and some of his companies. The payout will go to consumers who obtained loans from seven portfolios once serviced by Tucker’s company, AMG Services, Inc.

2 DEAD IN SOUTH CARLINA JET CRASH… The crash of a small jet in Greenville, South Carolina, yesterday left the pilot and co-pilot dead. Authorities say the jet broke in half after it went off a runway, through a fence and into a road at the Greenville Downtown Airport. Two passengers aboard the jet were hospitalized.

ENTERTAINMENT
BRUCE DERN REPLACES BURT REYNOLDS IN TARANTINO FILM… Bruce Dern is replacing Burt Reynolds in the upcoming Quentin Tarantino film “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.” The story centers an actor and his stunt double who witness paranoia sweep through Hollywood as the Manson family terrorizes Los Angeles. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on July 26, 2019.

IN THEATERS… “Night School” stars Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart in the story about a group of troublemakers are forced to attend night school in hope that they’ll pass the GED exam to finish high school. The comedy is rated PG-13. In the animated feature “Smallfoot,” a Yeti is convinced that the elusive creatures known as “humans” really do exist. Channing Tatum and James Corden star in the PG film. Robert Redford and Casey Affleck star in “The Old Man & The Gun.” The PG-13 film is based on the true story about a 70-year-old man who escaped from San Quentin and pulled off crimes that confounded authorities and charmed the public.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
COLORADO 5 – Philadelphia 3… David Dahl homered for the fourth straight game and the Rockies won their seventh in a row to move a game ahead of the idle second-place Dodgers in the NL West. Dahl also tripled home a run.

N.Y. METS 4 – Atlanta 1… Jason Vargas (7-9) held the NL East-champion Braves to three hits over seven innings and four relievers preserved the Mets’ shutout win. Pinch-hitter Devin Mesoraco came through with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning.

CHI. CUBS 3 – Pittsburgh 0… The Cubs blanked the Pirates and widened their lead to one game over the idle second-place Brewers in the NL Central. Jon Lester (18-6) pitched three-hit ball over six innings. Rookie David Bote legged out a two-run triple.

AL SCORES
N.Y. Yankees 12 – TAMPA BAY 1… The Yankees pounded the Rays to increase their lead to two games over idle Oakland in the race for the AL’s top Wild Card spot. Luke Voit, Giancarlo Stanton and Miguel Andujar homered. CC Sabathia limited the Rays to one hit over five innings and then was ejected for apparently throwing at a batter in the sixth.

MINNESOTA 9 – Detroit 3… Willians Astudillo singled home two runs and doubled home two more in leading the Twins past the Tigers. Tyler Austin went 2-for-4 and knocked in three runs.

KANSAS CITY 2 – Cleveland 1 (10 innings)… Salvador Perez singled home Adalberto Mondesi with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as Royals outlasted the Central Division-champion Indians. Mondesi tied the game with a third-inning homer.

Texas 2 – SEATTLE 0… Ariel Jurado (5-5) limited the Mariners to two hits over six innings and three Rangers relievers preserved the shutout. Ronald Guzman broke a scoreless tie with RBI single in the top of the seventh inning.

BALTIMORE – Houston (ppd)… Rain in Baltimore postponed yesterday’s Orioles-Astros game. It will be made up tomorrow as part of a doubleheader.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Washington (Ross, 0-1) is at Colorado (Freeland, 16-7)…
San Francisco (Bumgarner, 6-6) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Ryu, 6-3)…
St. Louis (Wainwright, 2-3) is at the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 13-11)…
Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 7-7) hosts Pittsburgh (Kingham, 5-7)…
Miami (Ureña, 8-12) is at the N.Y. Mets (Oswalt, 3-3)…
San Diego (Lauer, 6-7) hosts Arizona (Corbin, 11-7)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Yankees (TBD) are at Boston (Porcello, 17-7)…
the L.A. Angels (Barria, 10-9) host Oakland (Fiers, 12-7)…
Houston (Verlander, 16-9) is at Baltimore (TBD)…
Kansas City (Kennedy, 3-8) hosts Cleveland (Clevinger, 12-8)…
Toronto (Pannone, 4-1) is at Tampa Bay (Glasnow, 2-7)…
Seattle (LeBlanc, 8-5) hosts Texas (Perez, 2-6)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 7-9; Giolito, 10-12) are at Minnesota (Berrios, 11-11; De Jong, 0-1) for a doubleheader

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Detroit (Zimmermann, 7-8) is at Milwaukee (Davies, 2-7)

NFL SCORE
L.A. RAMS 38 – Minnesota 31… Jared Goff completed 26 of 33 passes for 465 yards and five touchdowns in leading the Rams past the Vikings. Cooper Kubb and nine catches or 162 yards and two scores. Brandin Cooks and Robert Woods both topped 100 yards receiving and hauled in a TD catch.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Jets (1-2) are at Jacksonville (2-1)…
Atlanta (1-2) hosts Cincinnati (2-1)…
Philadelphia (2-1) is at Tennessee (2-1)…
Indianapolis (1-2) hosts Houston (0-3)…
Miami (3-0) is at New England (1-2)…
Green Bay (1-1-1) hosts Buffalo (1-2)…
Tampa Bay (2-1) is at Chicago (2-1)…
Dallas (1-2) hosts Detroit (1-2)…
Cleveland (1-1-1) is at Oakland (0-3)…
Arizona (0-3) hosts Seattle (1-2)…
San Francisco (1-2) is at the L.A. Chargers (1-2)…
the N.Y. Giants (1-2) host New Orleans (2-1)…
Baltimore (2-1) is at Pittsburgh (1-1-1)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Kansas City (3-0) is at Denver (2-1)

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORE
#16 MIAMI (Fla.) 47, North Carolina 10

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE..
#1 Alabama hosts Louisiana…
#2 Georgia hosts Tennessee…
#3 Clemson hosts Syracuse…
#4 Ohio State is at #9 Penn State…
#5 LSU hosts Mississippi…
#6 Oklahoma hosts Baylor…
#7 Stanford is at #8 Notre Dame…
#10 Auburn hosts Southern Mississippi…
#11 Washington hosts #20 Brigham Young…
#12 West Virginia is at #25 Texas Tech…
#13 Central Florida hosts Pittsburgh…
#14 Michigan is at Northwestern…
#17 Kentucky hosts South Carolina…
#18 Texas is at Kansas State…
#19 Oregon is at #24 California…
#21 Michigan State hosts Central Michigan…
#22 Duke hosts Virginia Tech…
#23 Mississippi State hosts Florida

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