The Rundown for Oct. 15, 2018

SAUDI AMBASSADOR NOT ANSWERING QUESTIONS… Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois said yesterday that Saudi ambassador to the U.S., Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud failed to answer his basic questions about the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi journalist and U.S. resident has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul nearly two weeks ago. Durbin said Ambassador bin Salman “refused to comment directly on the video showing Mr. Khashoggi entering the Istanbul consulate but not exiting, would not respond to reports of intelligence showing a plan to lure Mr. Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, would not respond to a request for a third party to investigate, and gave me no timetable on the Saudi’s investigative report.”

GOVERNOR CUOMO WANTS STREET-FIGHT INVESTIGATION… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has called on the FBI to investigate the violence that erupted in Manhattan on Friday night following a speech by the leader of the far-right group “Proud Boys.” Videos shot by witnesses showed dozens of Proud Boy members provoking multiple fights in the street. Three people have been arrested in connection with the violence so far.

HURRICANE MICHAEL DEATH TOLL RISES… The death toll from Hurricane Michael rose to at least 18 people yesterday as searches continue for missing people. Florida Governor Rick Scott says about 1,700 search and rescue personnel have searched 25,000 homes for survivors. About 420,000 people were without power across four states as of last night, including 177,971 in Florida, 79,261 in Virginia, 95,286 in North Carolina and 67,809 in Georgia.

FOUR DEAD IN TEXAS SHOOTINGS… Authorities in Taft, Texas, near Corpus Christi confirmed yesterday that shootings at a child’s first birthday party left four men dead and a fifth man wounded. The shootings on Saturday afternoon involved distant relatives, witnesses said. Gunfire broke out following an argument, it was reported.

EARLY-SEASON SNOW… An early-season snowstorm blanketed parts of Colorado and Wyoming with as much as a foot of snow yesterday. Authorities say icy conditions were blamed for crashes, traffic backups and the closure of Interstate 25 at the Colorado-Wyoming state line for nearly 11 hours. The heaviest snow fell in an area stretching from Boulder, Colorado, through Wyoming to Montana’s Beartooth Mountains.

BILLBOARD 200 CHART… ‘A STAR IS BORN’ soundtrack sold 231,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. Twenty One Pilots’ “Trench” opened in second place after selling 175,000 units. Last week’s chart-topper, Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter V,” slipped to third place on sales of 135,000 units. Rappers Lil Baby and Gunna’s collaborative album “Drip Harder” debuted at No. 4 with 130,000 units sold. Another newcomer, Eric Church’s “Desperate Man,” sold 116,000 units to finish fifth.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Venom” brought in another $35.7 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “A Star is Born” stayed in second place with $28 million. “First Man” opened at No. 3 with $16.5 million. “Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween” debuted in fourth place with $16.2 million. “Smallfoot” capped the top five with $9.3 million.

BOSTON 7 – Houston 5… The Red Sox fought their way past the Astros to even the American League Championship Series at a game apiece. Jackie Bradley Jr. struck the big blow with a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the third inning. Mookie Betts and Rafael Devers both had two hits with an RBI and two runs scored. The series shifts to Houston for tomorrow’s Game 3. Dallas Keuchel gets the start for the Astros. The Red Sox have yet to announce a starter. Gametime is 5:09 p.m. Eastern.

Milwaukee (Chacin) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler) for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1. First pitch is set for 7:39 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on FS1.

MIAMI 31 – Chicago 28 (OT)… Jason Sanders kicked a 47-yard field goal at the end of overtime to lift the Dolphins (4-2) over the Bears (3-2). Brock Osweiler passed for 380 yards and three touchdowns. Frank Gore rushed for 101 yards.

L.A. Rams 23 – DENVER 20… Todd Gurley rushed for 208 yards and two touchdowns as the Rams (6-0) held off the Broncos (2-4). Robert Woods caught six Jared Goff passes for 109 yards.

DALLAS 40 – Jacksonville 7… Dak Prescott found Cole Beasley with a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a score as the Cowboys (3-3) routed the Jaguars (3-3). Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 106 yards and a TD.

Baltimore 21 – TENNESSEE 0… The Ravens (4-2) piled up a franchise-record 11 sacks in shutting out the Titans (3-3). Alex Collins ran for pair of scores.

WASHINGTON 23 – Carolina 17… Alex Smith threw touchdown passes to Vernon Davis and Paul Richardson and the Redskins (3-2) got past the Panthers (3-2). Cornerback Josh Norman intercepted a pass and forced a fumble.

Seattle 27 – OAKLAND 3… Russell Wilson threw for 222 yards and found three different receivers with touchdown passes as the Seahawks (3-3) cruised past the Raiders (1-5) in London.

N.Y. JETS 42 – Indianapolis 34… Jason Myers kicked a franchise-record seven field goals in helping the Jets (3-3) get past the Colts (1-5). Sam Darnold passed for 280 yards and two touchdowns.

Pittsburgh 28 – CINCINNATI 21… Ben Roethlisberger found Antonio Brown on a 31-yard touchdown pass with 10 seconds remaining to give the Steelers (3-2-1) their eighth straight win over the Bengals (4-2). James Conner rushed for 111 yards and two scores.

L.A. Chargers 38 – CLEVELAND 14… Philip Rivers connected with Tyrell Williams on a pair of touchdown passes and Melvin Gordon ran for three scores as the Chargers (4-2) pounded the Browns (2-3-1). Gordon rushed 18 times for 132 yards.

HOUSTON 20 – Buffalo 13… Johnathan Joseph returned an interception 28 yards for a touchdown with 1:23 remaining to send the Texans (3-3) past the Bills (2-4).

ATLANTA 34 – Tampa Bay 29… Matt Ryan completed 31 of 41 passes for 354 yards and three touchdowns as the Falcons (2-4) held off the Buccaneers (2-3). Julio Jones had 10 catches for 143 yards.

MINNESOTA 27 – Arizona 17… Latavius Murray rushed for 155 yards and a touchdown to lead the Vikings (3-2-1) past the Cardinals (1-5). Kirk Cousins passed for 233 yards and a score.

NEW ENGLAND 43 – Kansas City 40… Stephen Gostkowski’s 28-yard field goal on the last play of the game gave the Patriots (4-2) a hard-fought win over the Chiefs (5-1). Tom Brady was 24-of-35 passing for 340 yards and a touchdown. Sony Michael rushed for 106 yards and two scores.

San Francisco (1-4) is at Green Bay (2-2-1)

NEW JERSEY 3 – San Jose 2… Kyle Palmieri scored a pair of goals for the third straight game and the Devils rallied past the Sharks. Taylor Hall assisted on two goals.

WINNIPEG 3 – Carolina 1… Bryan Little netted a tie-breaking goal with 2:09 remaining as the Jets got past the Hurricanes. Josh Morrissey had two assists. Goalie Laurent Brossoit made 42 saves.

Anaheim 3 – ST. LOUIS 2… The Ducks got third-period goals from Ben Street and Andrew Cogliano to edge the Blues. Goalie Ryan Miller stopped 29 shots.

Dallas is at Ottawa…
Montreal hosts Detroit…
Los Angeles is at Toronto…
Nashville hosts Minnesota

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL… LSU made the biggest climb of the week, jumping eight spots to No. 5 after its decisive win over Georgia, which fell six spots to No. 8. Ohio State, Clemson and Notre Dame each jumped one spot into the top five. Top-ranked Alabama received 60 of 61 first-place votes. No. 2 Ohio State got the other. Miami, Colorado and Auburn have fallen out of this week’s rankings.

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

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