The Rundown for Oct. 8, 2018

NEW U.S. ADVISER IN AFGHANISTAN… The new U.S. adviser on Afghanistan arrived in Kabul yesterday amid a new Taliban offensive that left at least 10 Afghan policemen dead. Zalmay Khalilzad was appointed to the position last month as part of an effort to bring the Taliban into talks to end the country’s 17-year war. Khalilzad has reportedly met with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and is expected to meet with other top officials today before a Middle East tour with stops in Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan and Qatar.

POMPEO IN NORTH KOREA… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un for more than two hours yesterday during his fourth trip to Pyongyang since March. Pompeo says the two countries “continue to make progress on agreements made at Singapore Summit.” Pompeo was frustrated in July when he announced great progress in talks but was heavily criticized by Pyongyang for his “gangster-like demands.”

STARK REPORT ON GLOBAL WARMING… A report released yesterday by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warned that governments around the world must take “rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” to avoid disastrous levels of global warming. The report by the global scientific authority on climate change said current levels of greenhouse gas emissions would the planet to the crucial threshold of 2.7 degrees Fahrenheit above pre-industrial levels by 2030. Scientists note that planet is already two-thirds of the way there.

20 DEAD IN NEW YORK STRETCH-LIMO CRASH… New York State Police confirmed yesterday morning that a limousine crash in Schoharie County on Saturday left 20 people dead in the deadliest transportation accident in the U.S. in nine years. Authorities say all 18 people inside the SUV-style stretch limousine were killed when the vehicle crashed into a parked vehicle at an intersection. The crash also killed two other people standing in a parking lot.

86 BOATS DAMAGED IN LAKE LANIER FIRE… A massive fire that broke out at a boat storage facility near Lake Lanier in Buford, Georgia, yesterday damaged 86 boats and four cars. Gwinnett County firefighters found heavy flames and smoke when they responded to a security guard’s report of the blaze. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

TROPICAL STORM MICHAEL HEADING TOWARD GULF… Tropical Storm Michael formed in the Caribbean yesterday and is forecast to strengthen into a hurricane over the next couple of days. The National Hurricane Center predicted the storm will head straight for the Gulf Coast and probably making landfall as a Category 1 hurricane on Wednesday. Florida Governor Rick Scott has announced plans to declare a state of emergency for counties in the Florida Panhandle and the Big Bend area of the state.

LIL WAYNE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Lil Wayne’s new release, “The Carter V,” sold 480,000 units to dominate the Billboard 200 album chart. Logic’s “YSIV” sold 167,000 units to enter at No. 2. Cher’s “Dancing Queen” debuted in third place after selling 153,000 copies. Kevin Gates’ “Luca Brasi 3” opened at No. 4 on sales of 78,000 units. Drake’s “Scorpion” capped the top five after selling 56,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Venom” raked in $80 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Another newcomer, “A Star is Born,” finished second with $41.2 million. “Smallfoot” clipped to third place after bringing in $14.9 million. Last week’s camp, “Night School,” dropped to fourth place with $12.2 million. “The House With a Clock In Its Walls” made $7.2 million to finish fifth.

Milwaukee 6 – COLORADO 0… The Brewers breezed past the Rockies to complete a sweep of the National League Division Series. Starter Wade Miley limited Colorado to three hits over 4-2/3 innings and five relievers preserved the shutout. Jesus Aguilar, Orlando Arcia and Keon Broxton hit solo homers for Milwaukee, which will host the winner of the Dodgers-Braves series in Game 1 of the NL Championship Series on Friday.

Atlanta 6 – L.A. DODGERS 5… The Braves recovered to beat the Dodgers after blowing a 5-0 lead and pulled within 2-1 in the best-of-five series. Ronald Acuña Jr.’s grand slam capped a five-run bottom of the second inning. Freddie Freeman connected for a tie-breaking homer in the seventh. The series remains in Atlanta for today’s Game 4. First pitch is set for 4:30 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on FS1.

Houston (Keuchel) is at Cleveland (Clevinger) for ALDS Game 3 with the Astros leading 2-0. First pitch is set for 1:30 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on TBS…

The N.Y. Yankees (Severino) host Boston (Eovaldi) for ALDS Game 3 with the series tied 1-1. First pitch is set for 7:40 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on TBS.

PITTSBURGH 41 – Atlanta 17… Ben Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown with two second-half touchdown passes and the Steelers (1-2-1) pulled away from the Falcons (1-3). Roethlisberger also hit JuJu Smith-Schuster with an 18-yard TD pass in the first quarter. James Connor rushed for 110 yards and two scores.

BUFFALO 13 – Tennessee 12… Stephen Hauschka booted a 46-yard field goal as time expired to lift the Bills (2-3) over the Titans (3-2). Buffalo’s defense forced three turnovers.

N.Y. JETS 34 – Denver 16… Isaiah Crowell ran 77 yards for a touchdown and finished with a franchise-record 219 yards as the Jets (2-3) knocked off the Broncos (2-3) to snap a three-game losing streak. Sam Darnold passed for 198 yards and three scores.

CAROLINA 33 – N.Y. Giants 31… Graham Gano kicked a 63-yard field goal with one second left to send the Panthers (3-1) past the Giants (1-4). The kick was just the sixth field goal of 63 yards or more in NFL history and it tied the league record longest game-winning field goal set by Saints kicker Tom Dempsey in 1970. Cam Newton tossed a pair of touchdown passes.

CINCINNATI 27 – Miami 17… The Bengals (3-2) roared back from a 17-point deficit to score 27 unanswered points and upend the Dolphins (4-1). Andy Dalton threw for 248 yards and a touchdown. A.J. Green had six receptions for 112 yards.

CLEVELAND 12 – Baltimore 9 (OT)… Greg Joseph knocked through a 37-yard field goal with 2 seconds remaining to give the Browns (2-2-1) a hard-fought win over the Ravens (3-2). Baker Mayfield passed for 342 yards and a touchdown.

KANSAS CITY 30 – Jacksonville 14… Patrick Mahomes threw for 313 yards and ran for a touchdown as the Chiefs (5-0) handled the Jaguars (3-2). Chris Jones returned one of Kansas City’s four interceptions 20 yards for a score. Travis Kelce had five catches for 100 yards.

DETROIT 31 – Green Bay 23… Matthew Stafford threw for a pair of touchdowns and LaGarrette Blount ran for two more as the Lions (2-3) downed the Packers (2-2-1). It was a tough day for Green Bay kicker Mason Crosby, who missed four field-goal attempts and an extra-point attempt in the loss.

L.A. CHARGERS 26 – Oakland 10… Philip Rivers completed 22 of 27 passes for 339 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Chargers (3-2) past the Raiders (1-4).

Minnesota 23 – PHILADELPHIA 21… The Vikings (2-2-1) held off the Eagles (2-3) in a rematch of last season’s NFC title game. Kirk Cousins was 30-of-37 for 301 yards passing and found Adam Thielen on a 3-yard touchdown pass. Thielen had seven catches for 116 yards on the day.

L.A. Rams 33 – SEATTLE 31… Todd Gurley rushed for three touchdowns, Jared Goff threw for a score and the Rams (5-0) rallied past the Seahawks (2-3). L.A. trailed by a touchdown heading into the fourth quarter.

Arizona 28 – SAN FRANCISCO 18… Josh Rosen hit Christian Kirk with a 75-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage and the Cardinals (1-4) went on to take advantage of five turnovers in downing the 49ers (1-4). Josh Bynes returned a fumble 23 yards for a score. David Johnson rushed for a pair of TDs.

HOUSTON 19 – Dallas 16 (OT)… Ka’imi Fairbairn’s 36-yard field goal at 1:55 of overtime pushed the Texans (1-3) past the Cowboys (2-2) for their first win of the year. The winning drive was set up by a Deshaun Watson-DeAndre Hopkins 49-yard pass play. Watson passed for 375 yards and a score. Hopkins finished with nine catches for 151 yards.

Washington (2-1) is at New Orleans (3-1)

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL… The top four spots remain unchanged in this week’s AP Top 25 College Football poll, but Notre Dame has entered the top five. The Irish replace LSU, which dropped eight spots to No. 13 after falling to Florida. The Gators, meanwhile, jumped eight spots to No. 14. Texas made the biggest leap, rising 10 spots to No. 9 after beating Oklahoma. The Sooners slipped four spots to No. 11. No. 1 Alabama received 59 of 61 first-place votes. No. 3 Ohio State and No. 4 Clemson got the other votes. Texas A&M, South Florida, Mississippi State and Cincinnati enter this week’s poll. They replace Stanford, Michigan State, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma State.

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

CAROLINA 8 – N.Y. RANGERS 5… Andre Svetchnikov netted his first NHL goal to break a third-period tie and the Hurricanes scored twice more to beat the Rangers. Warren Foegele had two goals and an assist. Jordan Martinook added a goal and an assist.

Toronto 7 – CHICAGO 6 (OT)… Morgan Rielly found the net 19 seconds into overtime to send the Maple Leafs past the Blackhawks. John Tavares recorded a hat trick for Toronto. Auston Matthews scored a pair of goals and assisted on two others.

LOS ANGELES 4 – Detroit 2… Alex Lafallo scored a third-period goal and added an empty-netter as the Kings skated past the Red Wings. Paul LaDue scored an unassisted tie-breaking goal in the second period.

San Jose is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Boston hosts Ottawa…
Vegas is at Buffalo…
Anaheim hosts Detroit

OKLAHOMA CITY 114, Atlanta 94…
Houston 108, SAN ANTONIO 93…
Milwaukee 125, MINNESOTA 107…
Utah 123 – PORTLAND 112

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