The Rundown for Nov. 27, 2018

TRUMP DEFENDS GASSING MIGRANTS… President Trump staunchly defended the U.S. firing of tear gas at migrants massed at the Mexican border. The act was called inhumane and overkill by critics who blamed U.S. border officials for creating the problem and noted that migrants struck by tear gas included barefoot women and children. “They were being rushed by some very tough people and they used tear gas,” Trump said in defense of border personnel,

TRUMP DOUBTS GOVERNMENT CLIMATE-CHANGE REPORT… President Trump cast doubt yesterday on Friday’s government report that warned of devastating effects from climate change. Trump told reporters, “I don’t believe it,” when asked about findings that unchecked global warming would devastate the U.S. economy. The report also found that climate change will cost the U.S. hundreds of billions of dollars annually and damage health.

MANAFORT ACCUSED OF VIOLATING PLEA AGREEMENT… In a court filing yesterday, special counsel Robert Mueller accused former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of violating his plea agreement by lying to federal prosecutors. Manafort “committed federal crimes by lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Special Counsel’s Office on a variety of subject matters,” Mueller’s office declared in a joint status report. The special counsel’s office said it would provide more details later.

NASA SPACECRAFT LANDS ON MARS… InSight, a NASA spacecraft designed to drill down into Mars’ interior, landed on the planet after a six-month, 300-million-mile journey. Due to the distance between Earth and Mars, it took eight minutes for confirmation of the landing to arrive. Two satellites that had been tailing the craft also sent back InSight’s first snapshot of Mars.

GM ANNOUNCES CUTS… General Motors announced yesterday that it will cut as many as 14,000 workers in North America and put five plants up for possible closure. Reductions as part of a restructuring plan could amount to as much as 8 percent of GM’s global workforce of 180,000 employees. The automaker also announced it is abandoning many of its car models to focus more on autonomous and electric vehicles.

BERNARDO BERTOLUCCI DIES… Italian filmmaker Bernardo Bertolucci, who is best known for his Oscar-winning film “The Last Emperor” and the controversial “Last Tango in Paris,” died yesterday at his home in Rome. He was 77 and had been battling cancer. “The Last Emperor” earned Bertolucci Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Awards at the 1987 Oscars. The film won nine total Academy Awards, including Best Picture. 1972’s “Last Tango in Paris” starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider was given an X rating in the U.S. and prompted obscenity charges against Bertolucci in his native Italy. He was given a four-month suspended sentence and the Italian Supreme Court ordered that all copies of the film be destroyed.

GREG KINNEAR TO STAR AS BOB HOPE… Greg Kinnear has signed on to star alongside Keira Knightley in the upcoming film “Misbehaviour.” Kinnear will portray Bob Hope in the story of how the newly founded Women’s Liberation Movement stormed the stage to disrupt the live broadcast of the 1970 Miss World contest. The show, with a worldwide audience of more than 100 million viewers, returned from the disruption to crown the first black winner in the history of the contest.

HOUSTON 34 – Tennessee 17… The Texans (8-3) rolled past the Titans (5-6) for their eighth straight win after an 0-3 start. Deshaun Watson passed for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Lamar Miller rushed for 162 yards and a score.

Minnesota 102 – CLEVELAND 95… Robert Covington scored a game-high 24 points and the Timberwolves held off the Cavaliers. Karl Anthony-Towns added 21 points and 10 rebounds.

CHARLOTTE 110 – Milwaukee 107… The Hornets took control with a big second quarter and hung on to down the Bucks. Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb scored 21 points apiece.

WASHINGTON 135 – Houston 131 (OT)… The Wizards withstood a 54-point performance by James Harden to outlast the Rockets. John Wall scored 36 points and dished of 11 assists. Bradley Beal tossed in 32 points.

San Antonio 108 – CHICAGO 107… The Spurs turned away the Bulls at the end to escape with the victory. They got 21 points from DeMar DeRozan and 20 points from LaMarcus Aldridge.

Boston 124 – NEW ORLEANS 107… The Celtics came on strong down the stretch to put away the Pelicans. Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 10 assists. Al Horford and Jayson Tatum added 20 points apiece. Marcus Morris finished with 19 points and 11 boards.

Indiana 121 – UTAH 88… The Pacers built a double-digit halftime lead and never looked back in routing the Jazz. Doug McDermott came off the bench to score 21 points and lead seven players in double figures.

GOLDEN STATE 116 – Orlando 110… The Warriors rallied in the second half to erase a 16-point halftime deficit and upend the Magic. Kevin Durant poured in 49 points. Klay Thompson scored 29 points.

New York is at Detroit…
Miami hosts Atlanta…
Toronto is at Memphis…
Phoenix hosts Indiana…
the L.A. Lakers are at Denver

N.Y. RANGERS 4 – Ottawa 2… The Rangers scored three third-period goals to get past the Senators. Mika Zibanejad scored a goal and had an assist. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves.

TORONTO 4 – Boston 2… Josh Leivo netted a tie-breaking goal late in the second period and Zach Hyman added an empty-netter as the Maple Leafs handled the Bruins. Mitch Marner assisted on three goals. Frederik Andersen stopped 38 shots at goal.

Washington 4 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1… Tom Wilson found the net twice in leading the Capitals past the Islanders. Goalie Braden Holtby made 32 saves.

FLORIDA 4 – New Jersey 3 (OT)… Mike Hoffman netted the winning goal at 1:28 of overtime to send the Panthers past the Devils. Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal and had two assists.

Columbus 7 – DETROIT 5… The Blue Jackets scored three unanswered goals in the first period on their way past the Red Wings. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored two goals and had an assist. Artemi Panarin added a goal and two assists.

San Jose is at Buffalo…
Philadelphia hosts Ottawa…
Carolina is at Montreal…
Tampa Bay hosts Anaheim…
Vegas is at Chicago…
Winnipeg hosts Pittsburgh…
Colorado is at Nashville…
Minnesota hosts Arizona…
Dallas is at Edmonton…
Vancouver hosts Los Angeles

#1 GONZAGA 102, North Dakota State 60…
Texas Southern 89, #18 OREGON 84…
#25 MISSISSIPPI STATE 88, Alcorn State 65

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