The Rundown for Nov. 16, 2018

FLORIDA SENATE RACE HEADED TO RECOUNT… Florida’s U.S. Senate race is headed to a legally required hand recount after an initial review by ballot-counting machines showed Republican Governor Rick Scott and Democratic Senator Bill Nelson separated by fewer than 13,000 votes. State law requires a hand recount of races in which the margin is less than 0.25 of a percentage point. In Florida’s governor’s race, Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis holds a 0.41 percent lead over Tallahassee Democratic Mayor Andrew Gillum, but Gillum has not conceded.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GOES AFTER ASSANGE… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the Justice Department prosecutors are “increasingly optimistic” they will get him WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange into a U.S. courtroom. Charges being prepared against Assange could include violations of the Espionage Act. Assange has been holed up in the Ecuadorian embassy in London since Ecuador granted him political asylum in 2012. Special counsel Robert Mueller has reportedly portrayed WikiLeaks as a conduit of Russian intelligence to release Hillary Clinton’s campaign emails before the 2016 presidential election.

PENTAGON FAILS AUDIT… A senior military official revealed yesterday that the Pentagon has failed its first-ever comprehensive audit. Auditors allegedly found U.S. Defense Department accounting discrepancies that could take years to resolve. The inspection was conducted by some 1,200 auditors who examined financial accounting on a wide range of spending including on weapons systems, military personnel and property. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan said the findings showed the need for greater discipline in financial matters within the Pentagon.

CALIFORNIA FIRES… Seven more bodies were found yesterday to raise the death toll in northern California’s Camp Fire to at least 63. Authorities also announced yesterday that the number of people missing doubled to more than 600. The blaze has burned more 140,000 acres and destroyed 8,700 homes. It’s 40 percent contained. Meanwhile, crews in Southern California have reported making gains on the Woolsey Fire, which has killed three people.

NEW YORK HIT BY SEASON’S FIRST SNOWSTORM… The commute was a mess in New York City last night as the first snowstorm of the season brought several inches of snow. The storm downed tree branches and prompted police to warn residents to remain inside. The storm extended as far west as St. Louis and was blamed for multiple crashes that left eight people dead.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROY CLARK DIES… Country music Hall of Famer and former “Hee Haw” host Roy Clark died yesterday of complications from pneumonia at his home in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He was 85. Clark released his debut album, “The Lightning Fingers of Roy Clark,” in 1962. He went on to make multiple appeared on “The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson” and “American Bandstand” in addition to “Hee Haw,” which ran from 1969 to 1992.

IN THEATERS… The sequel “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” features the adventures of magizoologist Newt Scamander. Eddie Redmayne and Kathrine Waterston star in the PG-13 film. “Instant Family” tells the story about a couple who find themselves over their head after they adopt three children. Mark Wahlberg and Rose Byrne star in the PG-13 film. In “Widows,” four women facing debt from their dead husbands’ criminal activities take fate into their own hands. The R-rated film stars Viola Davis and Michelle Rodriguez.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
HOUSTON 107 – Golden State 86… The Rockets cruised past a Warriors that remains without the injured Stephen Curry. James Harden pumped in a game-high 27 points.

DENVER 138 – Atlanta 93… The Nuggets started fast and never looked back in their romp over the Hawks. Juancho Hernangomez scored 25 points to lead seven players in double figures.

L.A. CLIPPERS 116 – San Antonio 111… The Clippers were too much down the stretch in their defeat of the Spurs. The victory was their third in a row. Lou Williams made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining and added a pair of free throws to cap a 23-point night.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Utah is at Philadelphia…
Boston hosts Toronto…
Brooklyn is at Washington…
Indiana hosts Miami…
New York is at New Orleans…
Minnesota hosts Portland…
Sacramento is at Memphis…
Milwaukee hosts Chicago

NHL SCORES
N.Y. ISLANDERS 7 – N.Y. Rangers 5… Anthony Beauvillier scored three goals and assisted on another as the Islanders shot their way past the Rangers. Leo Komarov and Brock Nelson each had a goal and an assist.

COLUMBUS 7 – Florida 3… The Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Panthers. Cam Atkinson netted the tie-breaking goal and had an assist.

Tampa Bay 4 – PITTSBURGH 3… Brayden Point scored three straight goals after the Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead and led the Lightning to a come-from-behind victory. Nikita Kucherov had three assists.

New Jersey 3 – PHILADELPHIA 0… Blake Coleman scored a goal and had two assists as the Devils blanked the Flyers. Goalie Keith Kinkaid stopped all 29 shots.

OTTAWA 2 – Detroit 1… Drake Batherson netted a tie-breaking power-play goal in the second period and the Senators made it stand in edging the Red Wings. Cody Ceci found the net late in the first period to open the scoring. Craig Anderson stopped 34 shots at goal.

MINNESOTA 6 – Vancouver 2… The Wild got a goal and two assists from Mikko Koivu in skating past the Canucks. Ryan Suter assisted on two goals.

ARIZONA 2 – Nashville 1… Goals by Michael Grabner and Jason Demers staked the Coyotes to a two-goal lead and they hung on to down the Predators. Goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 45 shots.

Montreal 3 – CALGARY 2… Jonathan Drouin and Artturi Lehkonen scored third-period goals to send the Canadiens past the Flames. Tomas Tatar opened the scoring with a first-period goal.

Toronto 5 – SAN JOSE 3… Kasperi Kapanen netted two goals as the Maple Leafs got pas the Sharks. Mitch Marner had a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at Winnipeg…
Dallas hosts Boston…
Los Angeles is at Chicago…
Colorado hosts Washington…
St. Louis is at Vegas…
Anaheim hosts Toronto

NFL SCORE
SEATTLE 27 – Green Bay 24… Ed Dickson’s only catch of the night was a go-ahead 15-yard touchdown reception with 5:08 remaining and the Seahawks (5-5) held on to down the Packers (4-5-1). Russell Wilson also connected with Doug Baldwin on a 6-yard TD pass.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Dallas (4-5) is at Atlanta (4-5)…
Jacksonville (6-2-1) hosts Pittsburgh (3-6)…
Tampa Bay (3-6) is at the N.Y. Giants (2-7)…
Washington (6-3) hosts Houston (6-3)…
Tennessee (5-4) is at Indianapolis (4-5)…
Baltimore (4-5) hosts Cincinnati (5-4)…
Carolina (6-3) is at Detroit (3-6)…
the L.A. Chargers (7-2) host Denver (3-6)…
Oakland (1-8) is at Arizona (2-7)…
Philadelphia (4-5) is at New Orleans (8-1)…
Chicago (6-3) host Minnesota (5–3-1)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Kansas City (9-1) is at the L.A. Rams (9-1)

TONIGHT’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#25 Boise State is at New Mexico

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE…
#1 Alabama hosts The Citadel…
#2 Clemson hosts Duke…
#3 Notre Dame hosts #12 Syracuse…
#4 Michigan hosts Indiana…
#5 Georgia hosts Massachusetts…
#6 Oklahoma hosts Kansas…
#7 LSU hosts Rice…
#8 Washington State hosts Arizona…
#9 West Virginia is at Oklahoma State…
#10 Ohio State is at Maryland…
#11 Central Florida hosts #24 Cincinnati…
#13 Florida hosts Idaho…
#14 Penn State is at Rutgers…
#15 Texas hosts #16 Iowa State…
#17 Kentucky hosts Middle Tennessee…
#18 Washington hosts Oregon State…
#19 Utah is at Colorado…
#20 Boston College is at Florida State……
#21 Mississippi State hosts Arkansas…
#22 Northwestern is at Minnesota…
#23 Utah State is at Colorado State……

MLB NEWS… Mookie Betts of the Boston Red Sox and Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers were runaway winners in MVP balloting. Betts topped the Angels’ Mike Trout and the Indians’ Jose Ramirez in American League voting. Javier Baez of the Cubs and Nolan Arenado joined Yelich as finalists in the NL.

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