The Rundown for Oct. 19, 2018

MNUCHIN PULLS OUT OF SAUDI CONFERENCE… Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced yesterday that he’s pulling out of the Future Investment Initiative conference hosted by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund. Major media companies, including Bloomberg, The New York Times, and The Washington Post, already announced they were withdrawing from the event following the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Audio recordings reportedly shared by Turkish officials with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo indicate that Khashoggi was beheaded and dismembered by a team of Saudi agents inside the Istanbul consulate.

FEDS INVESTIGATE PRIESTS’ CHILD ABUSE IN PENNSYLVANIA… Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania. They served subpoenas last week demanding secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders. A state grand jury report over the summer that found that 301 “predator priests” in Pennsylvania had molested more than 1,000 children over seven decades and that church leaders had covered up for the offenders.

HIGH-RANKING AFGHAN OFFICIALS KILLED IN ATTACK… At least two high-ranking Afghan officials were killed and two Americans were injured yesterday when an Afghan security guard opened fire at the provincial governor’s compound in Kandahar province. A key U.S. ally, Kandahar police chief Abdul Raziq, was one of the fatalities. The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan had just left a meeting at the compound and was not injured.

U.S. MERGING CONSULATE IN JERUSALEM… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced that the U.S. is merging its consulate general in Jerusalem. The consulate that deals with Palestinian affairs is now a part of the U.S.’ new embassy. Pompeo said the decision was made for efficiency reasons and did not signal a change of policy on Jerusalem, the West Bank or the Gaza Strip. Palestinians condemned the move and criticized the U.S. for not working toward a two-state solution with Israel.

GOVERNMENT MUST PROCESS ASYLUM CLAIMS… A federal judge has ordered the federal government to begin processing asylum claims for dozens of migrant parents and children who had been separated at the southern border under the Trump Administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policy. According to the order, the government must start reviewing asylum claims for about 60 detained parents and children, even if their claims had previously been denied. Civil rights attorneys argued in court papers that the government was violating a September settlement agreement under which more than 1,000 immigrants would have their asylum claims reconsidered.

ENTERTAINMENT
RIHANNA WON’T PERFORM AT SUPER BOWL HALFTIME… Rihanna is reportedly turning down an invitation to perform at the Super Bowl LIII halftime show because she supports former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The singer says she doesn’t agree with the NFL’s stance toward Kaepernick and others kneeling during the national anthem at football games to protest racial inequality. Maroon 5 has agreed to be the halftime show performer this year.

IN THEATERS… In “Halloween,” Laurie Strode comes to her final confrontation with the masked figure whose killing spree she narrowly escaped almost 40 years earlier. Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer star in the R-rated film.

SPORTS
MLB
ALCS GAME 5
Boston 4 – HOUSTON 1… The Red Sox powered their way past the Astros to punch their ticket to the World Series. J.D. Martinez smacked a solo homer and Rafael Devers connected for a three-run blast off Houston starter Justin Verlander. David Price struck out nine over six shutout innings. Boston will host Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday.

NLDS RESUMES TONIGHT… The Dodgers and Brewers meet tonight in Milwaukee for Game 6 of the NL Championship Series. L.A. leads 3-2 in the series and will try to close it out behind starter Hyun-Jin Ryu. Milwaukee counters with Wade Miley in a matchup of lefthanders. First pitch is scheduled for 8:39 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on FS1.

NBA SCORES
Miami 113 – WASHINGTON 112… Kelly Olynyk’s putback of a Dwyane Wade missed jumper with less than a second remaining lifted the Heat over the Wizards. Josh Richardson led all scorers with 28 points.

PHILADELPHIA 127 – Chicago 108… Joel Embiid powered his way to 30 points and 12 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Bulls. Robert Covington added 20 points. Ben Simmons had 13 points, 13 boards and 11 assists. Eight players scored in double figures for Philadelphia.

PORTLAND 128– L.A. Lakers 119… The Trail Blazers were too much for the Lakers down the stretch. Damian Lillard scored a game-high 28 points. C.J. McCollum added 21 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Charlotte is at Orlando…
Brooklyn hosts New York…
Atlanta is at Memphis…
Toronto hosts Boston…
Cleveland is at Minnesota…
New Orleans hosts Sacramento…
Indiana is at Milwaukee…
the L.A. Clippers host Oklahoma City…
Golden State is at Utah

NHL SCORES
Pittsburgh 3 – TORONTO 0… Matt Murray made 38 saves in the shutout and the Penguins got a pair of goals and an assist from Evgeni Malkin.

COLUMBUS 6 – Philadelphia 3… Cam Atkinson scored back-to-back second-period goals off assists by Artemi Panarin and the Blue Jackets doubled up on the Flyers.

Colorado 5 – NEW JERSEY 3… Gabriel Landeskog completed a hat trick with 3:22 remaining in leading the Avalanche past the Devils.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Detroit 1… The Lightning skated past the Red Wings and kept them winless after six games this season. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 29 shots.

WINNIPEG 4 – Vancouver 1… Bryan Little’s power-play goal sparked a three-goal third period that carried the Jets past the Canucks. Dustin Byfuglien had a goal and two assists.

Arizona 4 – CHICAGO 1… Vinnie Hinostroza found the net twice against his former team as the Coyotes handled the Blackhawks. Antti Raanta made 33 saves at goal.

EDMONTON 3 – Boston 2 (OT)… Leon Draisaitl scored 37 seconds into overtime as the Oilers outlasted the Bruins. Connor McDavid assisted on two goals for Edmonton.

SAN JOSE 5 – Buffalo 1… The Sharks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Sabres. Logan Couture recorded his third career hat trick. Brent Burns had two assists.

N.Y. Islanders 7 – LOS ANGELES 2… Valtteri Filppula scored a pair of goals and had an assist as the Islanders clobbered the Kings. Andrew Ladd added a goal and two assists. Scott Mayfield assisted on three goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Florida is at Washington…
Dallas hosts Minnesota…
Nashville is at Calgary

NFL SCORE
Denver 45 – ARIZONA 10… The Broncos (3-4) routed the Cardinals (1-6) to snap their four-game losing streak. Todd Davis and Chris Harris Jr. returned first-quarter interceptions for touchdowns. Emanuel Sanders had six catches for 102 yards and threw for a touchdown.

SUNDAY’S FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Tennessee (3-3) is at San Diego (4-2)…
Philadelphia (3-3) hosts Carolina (3-2)…
Cleveland (2-3-1) is at Tampa Bay (2-3)…
Miami (4-2) hosts Detroit (2-3)…
Minnesota (3-2-1) is at the N.Y. Jets (3-3)…
Chicago (3-2) hosts New England (4-2)…
Buffalo (2-4) is at Indianapolis (1-5)…
Jacksonville (3-3) hosts Houston (3-3)…
New Orleans (4-1) is at Baltimore (4-2)…
Washington (3-2) hosts Dallas (3-3)…
the L.A. Rams (6-0) are at San Francisco (1-5)…
Kansas City (5-1) hosts Cincinnati (4-2)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
the N.Y. Giants (1-5) are at Atlanta (2-4)

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 Alabama is at Tennessee…
#2 Ohio State is at Purdue…
#3 Clemson hosts #16 North Carolina State…
#5 LSU hosts #22 Mississippi State…
#6 Michigan is at #24 Michigan State…
#9 Oklahoma is at Texas Christian…
#10 Central Florida is at East Carolina…
#12 Oregon is at #25 Washington State…
#14 Kentucky hosts Vanderbilt…
#15 Washington hosts Colorado…
#18 Penn State is at Indiana…
#19 Iowa hosts Maryland…
#20 Cincinnati is at Temple…
#21 South Florida hosts Connecticut…
#23 Wisconsin hosts Illinois…

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