The Rundown for Nov. 15, 2018

TRUMP SUPPORTS JUSTICE REFORM BILL… President Trump yesterday gave his support to a bipartisan criminal justice reform bill that would ease certain mandatory minimum sentencing laws. Trump said the “First Step Act” provides “reasonable sentencing reforms while keeping dangerous and violent criminals off our streets.” The measure adds four provisions to a version of the bill that passed through the House in May. It would provide $50 million annually to the Bureau of Prisons for the next five years to provide prison programs including education, drug treatment and job skills training in hopes of reducing recidivism. The provisions include reducing the “three-strikes” penalty from a life sentence to 25 years in prison, reducing minimum sentences after one prior conviction from 20 years to 15 years and reducing mandatory minimum sentences that go into effect when a firearm is used during a violent crime or drug offense. None of these provisions would go into effect retroactively.

NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER RE-ASSIGNED… National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel has been assigned a day after first lady Melania Trump called for her removal. Ricardel reportedly disagreed with Melania Trump’s staff over airplane seating assignments during their October trip to Africa. Ricardel also clashed with Defense Secretary James Mattis and officials at the Department of Homeland Security, according to reports.

DEATH TOLL RISES IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE… Authorities in northern California found eight more bodies yesterday as they continued their search for people reported missing in a massive wildfire. The death toll from the Camp Fire in Butte County is now 56. At least another 130 people are still unaccounted for. The blaze has now grown to 215 square miles and has destroyed more than 9,000 homes.

2 DEAD, 44 INJURED IN MISSISSIPPI BUS CRASH… Two people were killed and 44 others were injured yesterday when a tour bus overturned in bad weather in Mississippi. Authorities say the bus was traveling southbound on Interstate 269 in DeSoto County when it crashed. It was headed from Huntsville, Alabama, to Tunica, Mississippi.

EXECUTION IN TEXAS… A Mexican citizen convicted in the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago was executed in Texas last night. 64-year-old Roberto Moreno Ramos became the 21st inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the 11th given a lethal injection in Texas. Mexican officials had called for his execution to be stopped, arguing he was part of a group of Mexican citizens condemned in the U.S. who were never told when first arrested that they could get legal help from the Mexican government.

CMA AWARDS… Chris Stapleton and Carrie Underwood were the big winners at last night’s 52nd Country Music Association Awards. Stapleton won for Single of the Year, Song of the Year and Male Vocalist of the Year. Underwood was named Female Vocalist of the Year for the fifth time. Keith Urban was honored as Entertainer of the Year.

AMAZON RENEWS ‘BOSCH’…Amazon Prime Video announced yesterday that it has ordered a sixth season of its detective drama “Bosch.” The series stars Titus Welliver and is based on Michael Connelly’s popular novels. Season 5 is scheduled to air next year.

ORLANDO 111 – Philadelphia 106… The Magic used a 21-0 fourth-quarter run to upend the 76ers. Nikola Vucevic put the game away with a pair of free throws in the final seconds and finished with a game-high 39 points.

WASHINGTON 119 – Cleveland 95… The Wizards built a 21-point halftime lead and never looked back in routing the Cavaliers. Bradley Beal scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Detroit 106 – TORONTO 104… Reggie Bullock’s basket at the buzzer lifted the Pistons over the Raptors. Blake Griffin had game-highs with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Andre Drummond added 11 points and 14 boards.

BOSTON 111 – Chicago 82… The Celtics took control by outscoring the Bulls 32-11 in the second quarter on their way to a dominant win. Jaylen Brown scored 18 points to lead five players in double figures.

Miami 120 – BROOKLYN 107… The Heat led from start to finish in downing the Nets to snap their three-game skid. Tyler Johnson led the way with 24 points. Goran Dragic added 21 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY 128 – New York 103… Paul George lit it up for 35 points in leading the Thunder past the Knicks. Dennis Schroder scored 15 points and dished off 12 assists.

Memphis 116 – MILWAUKEE 113… The Grizzlies got 29 points from Marc Gasol and 26 from Mike Conley in handing the Bucks their first home loss of the season. Memphis let a 15-point third-quarter lead slip away and had to come from eight points down in the final 9 minutes.

MINNESOTA 107 – New Orleans 100… Karl-Anthony Towns powered his way to 25 points and 16 rebounds as the Timberwolves topped the Pelicans. Andrew Wiggins tossed in 23 points. Jeff Teague had 14 points and as many assists.

DALLAS 118 – Utah 68… The Mavericks held the Jazz to 22 second-half points on their way to handing them their worst loss since moving to Utah. Harrison Barnes scored 19 points in just 26 minutes of play.

PHOENIX 116 – San Antonio 96… The Suns jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and cruised past the Spurs. T.J. Warren scored 27 points to lead all scorers. Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

L.A. LAKERS 126 – Portland 117… LeBron James poured in 44 points to pass Wilt Chamberlain for fifth place on the NBA’s career scoring list and brought down 10 boards in the Lakers’ win over the Trail Blazers. JaVale McGee added 20 points.

Golden State is at Houston…
Denver hosts Atlanta…
San Antonio is at the L.A. Clippers

CHICAGO 1 – St. Louis 0… The Blackhawks clipped the Blues to end their eight-game losing streak. Brent Seabrook scored the game’s only goal in the second period. Goalie Corey Crawford stopped all 28 shots.

WINNIPEG 3 – Washington 1… Ben Chiarot netted a tie-breaking goal with 7:09 left in the third period as the Jets downed the Capitals. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 27 shots at goal.

COLORADO 6 – Boston 3… The Avalanche used a four-goal third period to double up on the Bruins. Mikko Rantanen scored a goal and had two assists. Nathan MacKinnon added a goal and an assist.

VEGAS 5 – Anaheim 0… Cody Eakin found the net twice as the Golden Knights breezed past the Ducks. Marc-Andre Fleury made 29 saves in his third shutout of the season.

Florida is at Columbus…
the N.Y. Islanders host the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia hosts New Jersey…
Tampa Bay is at Pittsburgh…
Ottawa hosts Detroit…
Vancouver is at Minnesota…
Calgary hosts Montreal…
Nashville is at Arizona…
San Jose hosts Toronto

Green Bay (4-4-1) is at Seattle (4-5)

MLB NEWS… Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Blake Snell of the Tampa Bay Rays were named Cy Young Award winners yesterday. Both are first-time honorees. DeGrom beat out finalists Max Scherzer of the Nationals and Aaron Nola of the Phillies to land the National League award. Snell won out over Justin Verlander of the Astros and Corey Kluber of the Indians in the American League.

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