The Rundown for Oct. 23, 2018

TRUMP WARNS OF STRENGTHENING NUCLEAR ARSENAL… President Trump warned yesterday that the U.S. will strengthen its nuclear arsenal to put pressure on Russia and China. Trump also accused Russia of violating the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty and threatened to pull out. The treaty signed during the Reagan administration banned medium-range missiles. Russia has warned it would respond in kind to a U.S. arms buildup.

MNUCHIN MEETS WITH SAUDI CROWN PRINCE… Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh yesterday among continuing outrage over the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, earlier this month. Mnuchin has pulled out of Saudi Arabia’s Future Investment Initiative conference, but agreed to “hold talks on joint efforts toward countering terrorist financing and curbing Iran’s military and political influence.” Mnuchin says it is too soon to discuss sanctions against the country.

AIDE TO CROWN PRINCE ORCHESTRATED KHASHOGGI MURDER… Reuters reported yesterday that a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman orchestrated the gruesome killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi via a Skype call. The aide, identified as Saud al-Qahtani, reportedly told Khashoggi’s captors at the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul to “bring me the head of the dog.” The recording of the Skype call is reportedly in the hands of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

SUPREME COURT SHIELDS WILBUR ROSS FROM DEPOSITION… The Supreme Court yesterday temporarily blocked a judge’s order forcing Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to give a deposition in a lawsuit by 18 states challenging a planned question in the 2020 census that would ask respondents whether they are U.S. citizens. The decision lessens the chance that Ross will testify at the November 5 trial in the case. The lawsuits argue that the citizenship question will discourage immigrants from participating, diluting political representation and federal dollars for states that tend to vote Democratic.

2 NAVY SHIPS SAIL THROUGH TAIWAN STRAIGHT… Tensions between the U.S. and China heightened yesterday after two U.S. Navy warships sailed through the international waters of the Taiwan Strait. The situation occurred amid a trade dispute between the U.S. and China as well as the U.S.’ concern that China is militarizing the South China Sea. Earlier this month a Chinese Navy ship came within 45 yards of the U.S. Navy destroyer USS Decatur as it passed through international waters in the same general area.

NETFLIX RENEWS ‘DISENCHANTMENT’… Netflix has renewed animated comedy series “Disenchantment” for two more seasons. The renewal extends the series through 2021 and gives it four seasons in total. The second season is scheduled for next year.

BOB BARKER TAKEN TO HOSPITAL… Former game-show host Bob Barker was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital yesterday after complaining about back trouble. The 94-year-old former “Price is Right” host reportedly woke up in pain. Barker is reported to be resting and undergoing evaluations.

ATLANTA 23 – N.Y. Giants 20… Matt Ryan completed his final 18 passes and finished 31 of 39 for 379 yards and a touchdown in leading the Falcons (3-4) past the Giants (1-6). Julio Jones had nine catches for 104 yards.

Washington 125 – PORTLAND 124 (OT)… The Wizards got 28 points from Markieff Morris and 25 from Bradley Beal in outlasting the Trail Blazers. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 22 points.

GOLDEN STATE 123 – Phoenix 103… Stephen Curry scored 29 points in just 29 minutes and the Warriors cruised past the Suns. Kevin Durant tossed in 22 points.

Orlando 93 – BOSTON 90… The Magic held on at the end to pull off a win over the Celtics. Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and brought down 12 rebounds. Jonathan Isaac had 18 points and 12 boards.

TORONTO 127 – Charlotte 106… Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Raptors breezed past the Hornets. Kyle Lowry scored 16 points and dished off 14 assists.

MINNESOTA 101 – Indiana 91… The Timberwolves came up big in the fourth quarter to put away the Pacers. Jimmy Butler scored 20 points in his return to the lineup. Karl-Anthony Towns had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

MILWAUKEE 124 – New York 113… The Bucks built a 19-point halftime lead and then needed a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Knicks. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points to lead all scorers. Kris Middleton added 30 points. Eric Bledsoe finished with 16 points and 13 assists.

DALLAS 115 – Chicago 109… Wesley Matthews scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures and the Mavericks handled the Bulls. DeAndre Jordan had 18 points and 16 boards.

Memphis 92 – UTAH 84… The Grizzlies got past the Jazz despite shooting just 36.9 percent. Mike Conley led the way with 23 points. Marc Gasol added 18 points and 13 rebounds.

San Antonio 143 – L.A. LAKERS 142 (OT)… The Spurs recovered to outlast the Lakers after letting a lead slip away at the end of regulation. Paddy Mills hit a go-ahead jumper with 7 seconds remaining after LeBron James missed two free throws on the other end. LaMarcus Aldridge had 37 points and 10 boards for San Antonio. DeMar DeRozan added 32 points and 14 assists.

Philadelphia is at Detroit…
New Orleans hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Sacramento is at Denver

Colorado 4 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Mikko Rantanen found the net twice as the Avalanche downed the Flyers. Gabriel Landeskog had a goal and an assist.

Carolina 3 – DETROIT 1… Michael Ferland scored in the fourth straight game and the Hurricanes topped the Red Wings.

WINNIPEG 5 – St. Louis 4 (OT)… The Jets came from two goals down to outlast the Blues. Jacob Trouba scored the winning goal in overtime. Mark Scheifele had two goals and two assists.

Washington 5 – VANCOUVER 2… Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and assisted on two others as the Capitals skated past the Canucks. Nicklas Backstrom assisted on three goals. John Carlson had a goal and an assist.

Florida is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Columbus hosts Arizona…
Boston is at Ottawa…
Montreal hosts Calgary…
San Jose is at Nashville…
Chicago hosts Anaheim…
Los Angeles is at Dallas…
Edmonton hosts Pittsburgh

WORLD SERIES OPENS TONIGHT... The Dodgers and Red Sox will open the World Series tonight in Boston. It’ll be the first Fall Classic meeting between the two teams since 1916. Los Angeles arrives after beating Colorado in a tiebreaker to claim the NL West, then eliminating Atlanta in a four-game NL Division Series and Milwaukee in a seven-game NL Championship Series. Boston, which won a franchise-record 108 games in the regular season, eliminated the N.Y. Yankees in a four-game ALDS and got past defending World Series-champion Houston in a five-game ALCS. Clayton Kershaw has been announced as the Game 1 starter for L.A., while Boston will counter with Chris Sale in a matchup of lefthanders. First pitch is scheduled for 8:09 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on Fox.

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