CANADA JOINS U.S. AND MEXICO IN TRADE DEAL… Canada has agreed to join the U.S. and Mexico in a new trade deal that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement. The deal was reached before last night’s midnight deadline imposed by the U.S. The U.S. will gain greater access to Canada’s dairy market as part of the deal, officials say. All three countries are expected to sign the new deal by the end of the month.
KAVANAUGH INVESTIGATION… A number of Democratic U.S. senators expressed concern yesterday following reports that the White House has been working with Republicans to narrow the scope of the FBI’s investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The nominee has denied abuse allegations made by three women. CNN reported yesterday that FBI investigators have spoken with Deborah Ramirez, the second woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. She reportedly gave investigators a list of witnesses who were allegedly present when the event occurred.
MUSK STEPS DOWN AS TESLA CEO…Elon Musk has reached a deal with U.S. regulators that requires him to step down as chairman of Tesla’s board for three years and pay a $20 million fine over tweets he posted about taking the firm private. The agreement follows the Securities and Exchange Commission decision on Thursday to sue Musk for alleged securities fraud. Musk will remain as Tesla CEO.
CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR RESTORES NET NEUTRALITY… California Governor Jerry Brown last night signed legislation that restores net neutrality protections in the state. The legislation is a response to the Trump administration repeal of open internet protections afforded under the Obama administration. The Trump administration promptly announced it will sue California to block the legislation from taking effect. The FCC voted along party lines 3-2 in December to reverse rules preventing internet service providers from blocking or throttling traffic or offering paid fast lanes, also known as paid prioritization.
3 DEAD IN ALLENTOWN CAR EXPLOSION… Authorities in Allentown, Pennsylvania, confirmed yesterday that three people were killed in an “intentional” car explosion on Saturday night. Officials have not identified the dead but said they believe that the perpetrator was killed in the blast. The FBI, ATF and Allentown police are investigating.
COAST GUARD SUSPENDS SEARCH AFTER ALASKA CRASH… The Coast Guard has suspended its search for three people missing from a helicopter crash on Friday in the frigid waters northwest of Juneau, Alaska. Authorities searched 788 square miles over the weekend, according to a Coast Guard statement. A 14-year-old boy was found alive on Friday and was reported to be in good condition. The boy’s father and 11-year-old brother, along with the pilot of the helicopter, were identified as the missing.
BROCKHAMPTON TOPS ALBUM CHART… The hip-hop collective Rockhampton tops this week’s Billboard 200 album chart after its new release “Iridescence” sold 101,000 copies. Eminem’s “Kamikaze” slipped to third place after selling 65,000 units. Drake’s “Scorpion” remained at No. 4 on sales of 63,000 units. Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” finished fifth with 57,000 units sold.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Night School” took in $28 million to open atop the weekend box office. Another newcomer, “Smallfoot,” finished second with $23 million. “the House With a Clock In Its Walls” took in $12.5 to finish third. “A Simple Favor” slipped to fourth place with $6.6 million. “The Nun” capped the top five with $5.4 million.
MLB REGULAR SEASON CLOSES… Baseball’s regular season came to a close yesterday, but 162 games weren’t enough to complete the National League’s postseason picture. Two tiebreaker games today are needed to determine which two teams will advance to the postseason as division champs and which two teams will battle tomorrow for a wild-card berth…
The Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers recorded easy wins yesterday to finish in a tie for the NL West title while the Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers were also victorious and finished tied for first in the NL Central…
In the first of today’s tiebreakers, Chicago hosts Milwaukee at 1 p.m. Eastern, with the winner hosting the wild card entrant in the National League Division Series beginning Thursday. Neither starter has been announced. In the later game, Colorado visits L.A. at 4 p.m. Eastern, with the winner hosting East Division-champion Atlanta Thursday to open the other NL Division Series. Announced starters are German Marquez (14-10) for the Rockies and Walker Buehler (7-5) for the Dodgers in a matchup of righthanders.
The American League postseason schedule is set. Oakland visits the N.Y. Yankees in Wednesday’s wild-card game, with the winner advancing to take on Boston in the AL Division Series beginning Friday. The defending World-Series champion Houston Astros host Cleveland on Friday to open the other AL Division Series.
NL FINAL-DAY SCORES…
L.A. DODGERS 15 – San Francisco 0… Matt Kemp went 3-for-3 and knocked in three runs. Max Muncy and Brian Dozier hit two-run homers. Austin Barnes also went deep. Rich Hill (11-5) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings.
COLORADO 12 – Washington 0… Charlie Blackmon hit for the cycle, drove in three runs and scored three times. Nolan Arenado homered twice and knocked in three runs. David Dahl and Trevor Story also circled the bases.
CHI. CUBS 10 – St. Louis 5… Wilson Contreras homered with a runner aboard. Anthony Rizzo went 4-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored.
MILWAUKEE 11 – Detroit 0… Jesus Aguilar smacked a solo homer and drove in three runs. Travis Shaw also homered with the bases empty. Ryan Braun had a couple of hits and drove in two runs. Gio Gonzalez (10-11) allowed three hits over five innings and two relievers completed the shutout.
PHILADELPHIA 3 – Atlanta 1… The Phillies cruised past the NL East division-champion Braves. Cesar Hernandez homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Jose Bautista went 2-for-3 and scored twice. Eight Philadelphia pitchers held Atlanta at bay.
Pittsburgh 6 – CINCINNATI 5 (10 innings)… The Pirates erased an early 3-0 lead. Pablo Reyes raced home with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning on a wild pitch. Josh Bell and Starling Marte hit solo homers.
N.Y. METS 1 – Miami 0… Noah Syndergaard (13-4) went the distance in a five-hit shutout. Todd Frazier doubled home Jeff McNeil with the game’s only run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
SAN DIEGO 4 – Arizona 3 (10 innings)… Manuel Margot homered in the bottom of the second inning and raced home with the winning run on a passed ball in the 10th. Eric Hosmer singled home Javy Guerra with a tying run in the ninth.
AL FINAL-DAY HIGHLIGHTS…
BOSTON 10 – N.Y. Yankees 2… The AL East-champion Red Sox rolled past the Yankees to finish the regular season with the major leagues’ best record at 108-54. J.D. Martinez’s 43rd homer came with two runners aboard in the bottom of the fourth inning. Xavier Bogarts drilled a two-run homer in the second.
Cleveland 2 – KANSAS CITY 1… Carlos Carrasco (17-10) limited the Royals to a run on three hits over five innings and Trevor Bauer held them scoreless the rest of the way. Francisco Lindor stole third base and scored on an error in the top of the first inning and homered in the third.
BALTIMORE 4 – Houston 0… Three Orioles pitchers combined to one-hit the AL West-champion Astros. Trey Mancini and Renato Nuñez both had two hits and an RBI.
L.A. ANGELS 5 – Oakland 4… Taylor Ward’s two-run homer capped a three-run bottom of the ninth inning. After the game, Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced he was stepping down as manager after 19 years and one World Series title.
TAMPA BAY 9 – Toronto 4… Jake Bauers went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Tommy Pham added three hits, including an RBI triple, and scored twice. Tampa Bay finished its season with a surprising 90 wins.
SEATTLE 3 – Texas 1… David Freitas doubled home a run to open the scoring in the bottom of the second inning and scored on Andrew Romine’s single. Roenis Eliz (3-1) surrendered just one hit over five shutout innings.
MINNESOTA 5 – Chi. White Sox 4… Jake Cave hit a bases-empty homer and Logan Forsythe stroked a two-run single in the bottom of the fourth inning. Max Kepler added a two-run homer in the sixth.
Seattle 20 – ARIZONA 17… Sebastian Janikowski’s 52-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Seahawks (2-2) over the Cardinals (0-4). Mike Davis rushed for 101 yards and two touchdowns.
L.A. CHARGERS 29 – San Francisco 27… Philip Rivers passed for 250 yards and three touchdowns to rally the Chargers (2-2) past the 49ers (1-3). Melvin Gordon ran for 104 yards.
New Orleans 33 – N.Y. GIANTS 18… Alvin Kamara ran for three second-half touchdowns in leading the Saints (3-1) past the Giants (1-3). Wil Lutz booted four field goals to 42 yards.
TENNESSEE 26 – Philadelphia 23 (OT)… Marcus Mariota threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Corey Davis with 5 seconds remaining in overtime to send the Titans (3-1) past the Eagles (2-2). Davis had nine catches for 161 yards on the day.
Cincinnati 37 – ATLANTA 36… Andy Dalton’s 13-yard touchdown pass to A.J. Green with 7 seconds left carried the Bengals (3-1) past the Falcons (1-3). Giovanni Bernard ran for a pair of scores.
NEW ENGLAND 38 – Miami 7… Tom Brady threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and the Patriots (2-2) knocked the Dolphins (3-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten. Sony Michel rushed for 112 yards and a TD.
CHICAGO 48 – Tampa Bay 10… Mitchell Trubisky completed 19 of 26 passes for 354 yards and six touchdowns as the Bears (3-1) pounded the Buccaneers (2-2). Tarik Cohen had seven catches for 121 yards and a score. Taylor Gabriel finished with seven receptions for 104 yards and two TDs.
DALLAS 26 – Detroit 24… Brett Maher kicked a 38-yard field goal as time expired to give the Cowboys (2-2) a win over the Lions (1-3). Dak Prescott passed for 255 yards and two touchdowns.
GREEN BAY 22 – Buffalo 0… The Packers (2-1-1) recorded their first shutout since 2010 in rolling past the Bills (1-3). Aaron Rodgers passed for 298 yards and a score.
JACKSONVILLE 31 – N.Y. Jets 12… Blake Bortles completed 29 of 38 passes for 388 yards and two touchdowns as the Jaguars (2-1) ripped the Jets (1-2). Dede Westbrook had nine catches for 130 yards.
Houston 37 – INDIANAPOLIS 34 (OT)… Ka’imi Fairbairn booted a 37-yard field goal in overtime as the Texans (1-3) outlasted the Colts (1-3) to snap their nine-game losing streak. DeShaun Watson threw for 375 yards and two touchdowns. DeAndre Hopkins racked up 10 receptions for 169 yards and a score.
OAKLAND 45 – Cleveland 42 (OT)… The Raiders recorded their first win of the season on Matt McCrane’s 29-yard field goal with 1:50 left in overtime. Derek Carr passed for 437 yards and four touchdowns. Amare Cooper finished with eight receptions for 128 yards and a TD. Jared Cook had eight catches for 110 yards and two scores. Marshawn Lynch rushed for 130 yards on 20 carries.
Baltimore 26 – PITTSBURGH 14… Joe Flacco passed for 363 yards and two first-half touchdowns and the Ravens (3-1) got four second-half field goals from Justin Tucker to get past the Steelers (1-2-1). John Brown had three receptions for 116 yards and a score.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Kansas City (3-0) is at Denver (2-1)
AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL… Notre Dame moved up two spots and Ohio State jumped past Clemson in this week’s AP Top 25 College Football poll. The final five spots of this week’s poll are held by newcomers.
#1 Alabama (5-0), LW: 1
#2 Georgia (5-0), LW: 2
#3 Ohio State (5-0), LW: 4
#4 Clemson (5-0), LW: 3
#5 LSU (5-0), LW: 5
#6 Notre Dame (5-0), LW: 8
#7 Oklahoma (5-0), LW: 6
#8 Auburn (4-1), LW: 10
#9 West Virginia (4-0), LW: 12
#10 Washington (4-1), LW: 11
#11 Penn State (4-1), LW: 9
#12 Central Florida (4-0), LW: 13
#13 Kentucky (5-0), LW: 17
#14 Stanford (4-1), LW: 7
#15 Michigan (4-1), LW: 14
#16 Wisconsin (3-1), LW: 15
#17 Miami (4-1), LW: 16
#18 Oregon (4-1), LW: 19
#19 Texas (4-1), LW: 18
#20 Michigan State (3-1), LW: 21
#21 Colorado (4-0), LW: NR
#22 Florida (4-1), LW: NR
#23 North Carolina State (4-0), LW: NR
#24 Virginia Tech (3-1), LW: NR
#25 Oklahoma State (4-1), LW: NR