The Rundown for Nov. 18, 2018

EVACUATION WAS DELAYED IN FIRE-STRUCK TOWN… The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday that many residents in the Northern California town of Paradise were not evacuated until nearly an hour after the flames approached the area. Authorities say the delay may have cost dozens of people their lives. The wind-whipped blaze spread fast enough to catch firefighters off guard and create, it was reported. At least 76 people have been confirmed dead as a result of the blaze and more than 1,200 people remain unaccounted for.

NELSON CONCEDES FLORIDA SENATE RACE… Democratic Senator Bill Nelson has conceded Florida’s Senate race to Republican Governor Rick Scott. The concession came after it was revealed that Scott held a lead of about 10,000 votes following a manual recount. The recount was ordered last week when late vote counting narrowed the margin.

ABRAMS CALLS KEMP’S WIN ILLEGITIMATE… Former Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams refused to acknowledge Republican Brian Kemp as Georgia’s legitimate new governor yesterday after conceding her defeat to him the day before. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Abrams suggested voter suppression played a role in the election. Abrams accused Kemp of compromising “our Democratic systems.”

BLOOMBERG DONATING $1.8B TO JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY… Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that he is donating $1.8 billion to fund scholarships at Johns Hopkins University for low- and middle-income students. It marks the largest-ever gift to a U.S. academic institution and will allow the university to remove student loans from financial aid packages and run a need-blind admissions process. Currently, 44 percent of Hopkins students leave the university with debt.

GAS PRICES DROP… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline has dropped 12 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.72, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations. Gas prices are currently 11 cents per gallon higher than they were a year ago. The Lundberg Survey found the most expensive gas was in Honolulu, where it cost $3.77 a gallon. Tulsa, Oklahoma, had the cheapest gas at $2.19.

ENTERTAINMENT
KANE BROWN TOPS ALBUM CHART… Country singer-songwriter Kane Brown’s new release, “Experiment,” sold 124,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Imagine Dragons’ “Origin” finished second with 91,000 units sold. Trippie Redd’s “A Letter to You 3” opened in third place after selling 84,000 units. Lil Peep’s posthumous release, “Come Over When You’re Sober,” sold 81,000 units to finish fourth. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” slipped to fifth with 68,000 units sold.

IN THEATERS… “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” brought in $62.2 million to open atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018),” dropped to second place with $38.1 million. “Bohemian Rhapsody” finished third with $15.7 million. “Instant Family” took in $14.7 million to finish fourth. Another newcomer, “Widows,” capped the top five with $12.3 million

SPORTS
NFL SCORES
Dallas 22 – ATLANTA 19… Brett Maher’s third field goal of the game was a 42-yarder with 3 seconds remaining and sent the Cowboys (5-5) past the Falcons (4-6). Ezekiel Elliot rushed for 122 yards and had a 23-yard scoring run.

Pittsburgh 20 – JACKSONVILLE 16… The Steelers (7-2-1) erased a 16-0 third-quarter deficit on their way past the Jaguars (3-7). Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of touchdown passes and plunged 1 yard for the go-ahead score with 5 seconds left. Antonio Brown had five catches for 117 yards and a TD.

N.Y. GIANTS 38 – Tampa Bay 35… The Giants (3-7) took advantage of four interceptions to get past the Buccaneers (3-7). Saquon Barkley rushed for 142 yards and two touchdowns. Eli Manning passed for 231 yards and a pair of scores.

Houston 23 – WASHINGTON 21… Ka’imi Fairbairn booted three field goals, including a go-ahead 54-yarder with 7:35 remaining, as the Texans (7-3) held of the Redskins (6-4) to win their seventh in a row. Justin Reid returned a second-quarter interception 101 yards for a score.

INDIANAPOLIS 38 – Tennessee 10… Andrew Luck completed 23 of 29 passes for 297 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Colts (5-5) past the Titans (5-5). T.Y. Hilton had nine catches for 155 yards and two scores.

DETROIT 20 – Carolina 19… The Lions (4-6) escaped with a win over the Panthers (6-4) after Carolina failed to convert a point-after-touchdown and a two-point conversion after fourth-quarter touchdowns. Matthew Stafford found Kenny Golladay with a 19-yard touchdown pass.

BALTIMORE 24 – Cincinnati 21… The Ravens (5-5) rallied past the Bengals (5-5) in the second half. Justin Tucker kicked a tie-breaking 24-yard field goal with 8:15 remaining. Quarterback Lamar Jackson passed for 150 yards and rushed for 117 more.

Oakland 23 – ARIZONA 21… Daniel Carlson’s 35-yard field goal with 2 seconds to go lifted the Raiders (2-8) over the Cardinals (2-8). Derek Carr threw touchdown passes to Jared Cook and Brandon LaFell.

Denver 23 – L.A. CHARGERS 22… Brandon McManus booted a 34-yard field goal with 3 seconds left gave the Broncos (4-6) a hard-fought win over the Chargers (7-3). Phillip Lindsay ran for a pair of scores.

NEW ORLEANS 48 – Philadelphia 7… Drew Brees passed for 363 yards and hit four different receivers with touchdown passes as the Saints (9-1) rolled past the Eagles (4-6). Mark Ingram rushed for 103 yards and two scores.

CHICAGO 25 – Minnesota 20… Eddie Jackson returned an interception 23 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown and the Bears (7-3) held off the Vikings (5-4-1). Mitchell Trubisky hit Anthony Miller with an 18-yard scoring pass in the second quarter.

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

NBA SCORES
Memphis 100 – MINNESOTA 87… Marc Gasol scored 26 points and brought down 13 rebounds in leading the Grizzlies past the Timberwolves. The victory was Memphis’ fifth in six games.

Portland 119 – WASHINGTON 109… Damian Lillard poured in 40 points to lead the Trail Blazers past the Wizards. C.J. McCullom added 25 points. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 13 points and 14 boards.

ORLANDO 131 – New York 117… Aaron Gordon scored 20 of his 31 points during a 44-point first quarter and the Magic went on to hand the Knicks their fifth straight loss. Nikola Vucevic had 28 points and 10 rebounds.

L.A. Lakers 113 – MIAMI 97… LeBron James lit it up for 51 points and the Lakers led from start to finish in their pounding of the Heat. Kentavius Caldwell-Pope delivered 19 points off the bench.

SAN ANTONIO 104 – Golden State 92… The Spurs led by as many as 18 points and withstood a late run to top the slumping Warriors. LaMarcus Aldridge powered his way to 24 points and 18 boards. DeMar DeRozan tossed in 20 points. Golden State has dropped three straight and four of five.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Boston is at Charlotte…
Philadelphia hosts Phoenix…
Cleveland is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Utah…
the L.A. Clippers are at Atlanta…
Memphis hosts Dallas…
San Antonio is at New Orleans…
Milwaukee hosts Denver…
Oklahoma City is at Sacramento

NHL SCORES
Dallas 6 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 2… Esa Lindell and Alexander Radulov scored two goals apiece as the Stars skated past the Islanders. Radulov also had an assist. Tyler Seguin finished with a goal and two assists. Jamie Benn assisted on three goals.

CAROLINA 2 – New Jersey 1… Justin Williams and Michael Ferland scored 8 seconds apart in the first 30 seconds of the game and the Hurricanes hung on to edge the Devils. Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 33 saves.

CHICAGO 3 – Minnesota 1… Jonathan Toews and Brandon Saad netted first-period goals and the Blackhawks got an empty-netter from Dominik Kahun in downing the Wild. Corey Crawford stopped 39 shots at goal.

Vegas 6 – EDMONTON 3… Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals and assisted on another as the Golden Knights doubled up on on the Oilers. Colin Miller had three assists.

Colorado 4 – ANAHEIM 3 (OT)… The Avalanche rallied from two goals down late in the second period to upend the Ducks. Mikko Rantanen scored the game-winner at 4:58 of overtime and had two assists in regulation. Nathan MacKinnon also had a goal and two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at Pittsburgh…
the N.Y. Rangers host Dallas…
Columbus is at Toronto…
Ottawa hosts Florida…
Washington is at Montreal…
Nashville hosts Tampa Bay…
Los Angeles is at St. Louis…
Calgary hosts Vegas…
Winnipeg is at Vancouver

TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#10 KENTUCKY 92, VMI, 82…
#11 MICHIGAN STATE 101, Tennessee Tech 33…
#12 KANSAS STATE 64, Pennsylvania 48…
#16 Virginia Tech 89, #23 Purdue 83 in the Charleston Classic…
#18 Michigan 66, PROVIDENCE 47…

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS… The top six spots in this week’s AP Top 25 college football poll remain unchanged. Top-ranked Alabama collected all 61 first-place votes.#23 Army and #24 Pittsburgh enter this week’s poll. Cincinnati and Boston College dropped out.

#1 Alabama…
#2 Clemson…
#3 Notre Dame…
#4 Michigan…
#5 Georgia…
#6 Oklahoma…
#7 Washington State…
#8 Central Florida…
#8 (tie) LSU…
#10 Ohio State…
#11 Texas…
#12 West Virginia …
#13 Florida…
#14 Utah State…
#15 Penn State…
#16 Washington…
#17 Kentucky…
#18 Utah…
#19 Syracuse…
#20 Northwestern…
#21 Boise State…
#22 Mississippi State …
#23 Army…
#24 Pittsburgh…
#25 Iowa State

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