The Rundown for Nov. 28, 2018

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT APPEALS ASYLUM-BAN RULING… Trump’s administration announced plans yesterday to appeal a judge’s order that prohibits a ban on asylum for any immigrants who illegally cross Mexico’s border into the U.S. The Justice Department also asked the judge to stay his order pending the appeal to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. The 9th Circuit has already ruled against Trump in several major immigration cases.

MANAFORT LAWYER BRIEFED TRUMP ON INVESTIGATION… The New York Times reported yesterday that a lawyer for jailed former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort regularly briefed Trump’s legal team about his client’s contact with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Attorney Kevin Downing reported informed the president’s legal team about what questions Manafort was asked during interviews and what angles of inquiry were part of the investigation. Downing’s actions weren’t illegal, but they did add to the festering relationship between the White House and the special counsel’s office.

TRUMP THREATENS GM… President Trump yesterday responded to General Motors’ announced massive layoffs and plant closures by threatening to cut off all subsidies to the company. Trump issued the threat on Twitter while claiming he’s protecting American workers. The threat sent GM’s shares plummeting within minutes.

HYDE-SMITH WINS MISSISSIPPI SENATE RACE... Republican U.S. Senator Cindy Hyde-Smith held her seat in yesterday’s U.S. Senate runoff election in Mississippi. She won a surprisingly close race against Democratic challenger Mike Espy after a racially charged campaign. Espy sought to become the state’s first African-American senator since Reconstruction.

FBI LIST DETAILS TEXAS INMATES DOZENS OF MURDERS… The FBI has released a list detailing dozens of murders that Texas inmate Samuel Little has claimed to have carried out over several decades. The list includes descriptions of Little’s 90 possible victims and the circumstances of their deaths. Authorities say Little remembers his victims in great detail. Federal investigators have “confirmed 34 killings” by matching evidence to his confessions. Little targeted prostitutes and addicts in selecting his victims, investigators say.

‘SPONGEBOB’ CREATOR DIES… “SpongeBob SquarePants” creator Stephen Hillenburg died yesterday after a battle with ALS. He 57. Hillenburg announced last spring that he had been diagnosed with the disease. In addition to creating the cartoon character, Hillenburg also directed 2004’s “The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie.”

RITA MORENO RETURNING IN ‘WEST SIDE STORY’… Actress Rita Moreno has signed on to the cast of Steven Spielberg’s remake of the 1961 film, “West Side Story.” The 86-year-old Moreno will also serve as executive producer in the latest adaptation of the Broadway musical. In the original film, Moreno won a Best Support Actress for her portrayal as Anita. She remains one of only 15 people who has won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar and a Tony Award.

DETROIT 115 – New York 108… Blake Griffin pumped in a game-high 30 points to lead the Pistons past the Knicks. Stanley Johnson added 21 points.

Atlanta 115 – MIAMI 113… The Hawks withstood a fourth-quarter rally to down the Heat and snap their seven-game road losing streak. Taurean Waller-Prince scored 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Trae Young had 17 points and 10 assists.

Toronto 122 – MEMPHIS 114… The Raptors erased a 17-point third-quarter deficit on their way past the Grizzlies. Kyle Lowry scored 24 points to lead six players in double figures. Kawhi Leonard had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Indiana 109 – PHOENIX 104… Bojan Bodanovic knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 31 seconds remaining and the Pacers hung on to top the Suns. Doug McDermott and Domantas Sabonis both came off the bench to score 21 points. Sabonis also had 16 boards.

DENVER 117 – L.A. Lakers 85… The Nuggets turned the game into a rout in the second half after leading the Lakers by just 8 points at the break. Paul Millsap, Jamal Murray and Malik Beasley scored 20 points apiece. Milsap also had 11 boards.

Atlanta is at Charlotte…
Philadelphia hosts New York…
Utah is at Brooklyn…
Houston hosts Dallas…
Washington is at New Orleans…
Oklahoma City hosts Cleveland…
Chicago is at Milwaukee…
Minnesota hosts San Antonio…
Orlando is at Portland…
the L.A. Clippers host Phoenix

BUFFALO 3 – San Jose 2 (OT)… The Sabres recovered after blowing a 2-0 lead in the final 8-1/2 minutes to outlast the Sharks and extended their winning streak to 10 games. Jeff Skinner scored the game-winner 1:41 into overtime.

Ottawa 4 – PHILADELPHIA 3… The Senators scored three unanswered goals in the third period to rally past the Flyers. Brady Tkachuk scored less than two minutes apart and Matt Duchene added the decisive goal.

Anaheim 3 – TAMPA BAY 1… Nick Ritchie scored a goal and had an assist as the Ducks downed the Lightning. Goalie Ryan Miller made 34 saves.

Carolina 2 – MONTREAL 1… The Hurricanes got goals from Victor Rask and Trevor van Riemsdyk in holding off the Canadiens. Curtis McElhinney stopped 48 shots at goal.

Vegas 8 – CHICAGO 3… Shea Theodore and Cody Eakin each had two goals and an assist as the Golden Knights routed the Blackhawks. Alex Tuch added a goal and an assist.

Pittsburgh 4 – WINNIPEG 3… Zach Aston-Reese scored a tie-breaking with 5:12 remaining and the Penguins made it stand in beating the Jets. Derek Grant had a goal and an assist.

Colorado 3 – NASHVILLE 2… Nathan MacKinnon found the net twice to lead the Avalanche past the Predators for their fifth straight win. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 36 saves.

Arizona 4 – MINNESOTA 3… The Coyotes came from two goals down in the third period to upend the Wild. Josh Archibald scored two goals and assisted on another. Lawson Crouse had a goal and an assist.

EDMONTON 1 – Dallas 0… Oscar Klefbom scored the game’s only goal at 2:42 of overtime to lift the Oilers over the Stars. Mikko Koskinen stopped 28 shots at goal.

Los Angeles 2 – VANCOUVER 1 (OT)… Dustin Brown’s goal at 53 seconds of overtime sent the Kings past the Canucks. Brown also assisted on Alex Iafallo’s second-period goal.

Anaheim is at Florida…
Detroit hosts St. Louis…
San Jose is at Toronto…
Calgary hosts Dallas…
Pittsburgh is at Colorado

#3 DUKE 90, Indiana 69…
#5 Nevada 79, LOYOLA-CHICAGO 65…
LOUISVILLE 92, #9 Michigan State 78 (OT)…
PENN STATE 63, #13 Virginia Tech 62…
#14 IOWA 69, Pittsburgh 68…
#22 WISCONSIN 79, North Carolina State 75

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