WHITE HOUSE, CHINA REACH TRADE TRUCE… The White House announced last night that President Trump and China President Xi Jinping have agreed to a 90-day trade truce. Trump has reportedly agreed to hold off on raising the tariff rate on $200 billion of Chinese imports for 90 days. The delay will allow for further talks to address U.S. concerns after China committed to buying a “very substantial” amount of American exports. If there is no deal at the end of the 90-day grace period, the U.S. will increase tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent. The negotiations, and therefore the 90 days, start immediately.
COMEY TO TESTIFY… Former FBI Director James Comey has brokered a deal to testify privately before the House Judiciary Committee. Comey, who had earlier demanded a public hearing, is scheduled to testify on Friday. Comey is expected to be asked about why the FBI didn’t bring charges against Hillary Clinton in 2016 for using a private email server. He is also expected to be questioned about the FBI’s investigation into possible collusion between Russia and President Trump’s campaign. As part of his agreement with lawmakers, Comey will be allowed to discuss the proceedings afterward and a transcript will be released within 24 hours.
AMERICA MOURNS GEORGE H.W. BUSH… Four days of events begin today as America mourns former President George H.W. Bush, who died Friday at age 94. He will be honored during several public and private events in Houston and Washington before his burial Thursday in Texas. Bush’s body will be transported by a motorcade this morning from a Houston funeral home to Ellington Field Joint Reserve Base, where it will be flown to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Relatives accompanying the casket will include his sons, former President George W. Bush and Neil Bush, along with members of their immediate families. In Washington, Bush will lie in state in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol from tonight until Wednesday morning. A state funeral is scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday at the National Cathedral.
25 STILL MISSING AFTER CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE… Authorities in Northern California say the number of people listed as missing from the Camp Fire in Butte County has dropped again to 25, down from a high of more than 1,200 about two weeks ago. The death toll remains at 88. The fire started on November 8 and roared through the town of Paradise, leaving tens of thousands of people homeless.
ALASKA STILL SHAKING… Alaska was still shaking yesterday following the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck near Anchorage on Friday. The U.S. Geological Survey has recorded 166 aftershocks of magnitude 3.0 or higher around Anchorage as of last night. The USGS has predicts 84 to 610 aftershocks of magnitude 3 or higher will rumble the next week.
TRAVIS SCOTT TOPS ALBUM CHART… Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” sold 71,000 units and returned to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. 6ix9ine’s “Dummy Boy” sold 66,000 units to finish second. Michael Bublé’s “Love” slipped to No. 3 on sales of 58,000 units and the singer’s seven-year-old album “Christmas” rose to fifth after selling 44,000 copies. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” soundtrack remained in fourth place with 53,000 units sold.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Ralph Breaks the Internet” took in $25.7 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “Dr Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)” jumped one spot into second place after taking in $17.7 million. “Creed II” slipped to third place with $16.8 million. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlwald” made $11.2 million to stay at No. 4. “Bohemian Rhapsody” capped the top five with $8.1 million.
Baltimore 26 – ATLANTA 16… The Ravens (7-5) rode their defense to a win over the Falcons (4-8). They allowed just 131 total yards. Lamar Jackson ran 13 yards for a touchdown and Tavon Young returned a fumble 11 yards for a score.
Denver 24 – CINCINNATI 10… Phillip Lindsay ran for 157 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Broncos (6-6) downed the Bengals (5-7) for their third straight win.
L.A. Rams 30 – DETROIT 16… The Rams (11-1) shook off a slow start to get past the Lions (4-8). Todd Gurley rushed for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
Arizona 20 – GREEN BAY 17… Zane Gonzalez booted a tie-breaking 44-yard field goal with 1:41 remaining and the Cardinals (3-9) made it stand in beating the Packers (4-7-1). Green Bay’s Mason Crosby missed a 49-yard attempt as time expired. After the game. Green Bay announced that coach Mike McCarthy had been fired and replaced by Joe Philbin on an interim basis.
MIAMI 21 – Buffalo 17… Ryan Tannehill’s third touchdown pass of the day was a 13-yarder to Kenny Stills with 8:42 to go and proved to be the difference in the Dolphins’ (6-6) defeat of the Bills (4-8).
N.Y. GIANTS 30 – Chicago 27 (OT)… Aldrick Rosas; 44-yard field goal in overtime sent the Giants (4-8) past the Bears (8-4). Saquon Barkley rushed for 125 yards.
TAMPA BAY 24 – Carolina 17… Jameis Winston passed for 249 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers (5-7) past the Panthers (6-6). Chris Godwin had five catches for 101 yards and a score.
JACKSONVILLE 6 – Indianapolis 0… The Jaguars (4-8) dominated defensively and shutting out the Colts (6-6) to end their seven-game losing streak. Josh Lambo kicked 30- and 37-yard field goals for the game’s only scoring.
HOUSTON 29 – Cleveland 13… Deshaun Watson threw a first-quarter touchdown pass and Zach Cunningham returned an interception 38 yards in the second as the Texans (9-3) tamed the Browns (4-7-1). Ka’imi Fairbairn booted five field goals to 53 yards.
TENNESSEE 26 – N.Y. Jets 22… The Titans (6-6) erased an early 16-point deficit to upend the Jets (3-9). Marcus Mariota threw a pair of touchdown passes. Taywan Taylor had three catches for 104 yards.
Kansas City 40 – OAKLAND 33… Patrick Mahomes found Travis Kelce with two of his four touchdown passes and the Chiefs (10-2) outgunned the Raiders (2-10). Kelce had 12 receptions for 168 yards.
NEW ENGLAND 24 – Minnesota 10… Tom Brady passed for 311 yards and a score as the Patriots (9-3) cruised past the Vikings (6-5-1) to give Bill Belichick his 250th victory as coach of the team. James Davelin scored on a pair of short touchdown runs.
SEATTLE 43 – San Francisco 16… Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes and the Seahawks (7-5) rolled past the 49ers (2-10). Bobby Wagner returned an interception 98 yards for a score.
L.A. Chargers 33 – PITTSBURGH 30… The Chargers (9-3) rallied from 16 points down at halftime to stun the Steelers (7-4-1). Michael Badgley kicked a 29-yard field goal on the final play of the game. Philip Rivers passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns. Keenan Allen had 14 receptions for 148 yards and a score.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Washington (6-5) is at Philadelphia (5-6)
L.A. LAKERS 120 – Phoenix 96… The Lakers got 23 points from Kyle Kuzma and 22 from LeBron James in their rout of the Suns. Six players scored in double figures for Los Angeles.
New Orleans 119 – CHARLOTTE 109… Anthony Davis powered his way to 36 points and 18 rebounds in leading the Pelicans past the Hornets.
PHILADELPHIA 103 – Memphis 95… J.J. Redick scored a game-high 24 points and Jimmy Butler added 21 as the 76ers fought off the Grizzlies. Ben Simmons had 19 points and 12 boards.
MIAMI 102 – Utah 100… Dwyane Wade’s two free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining gave the Heat a win over the Jazz. Hassan Whiteside led Miami with 23 points and 20 rebounds.
SAN ANTONIO 131 – Portland 118… DeMar DeRozan pumped in a season-high 36 points as the Spurs handled the Trail Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge added 29 points.
DALLAS 114 – L.A. Clippers 110… The Mavericks held off the Clippers down the stretch to pull out a victory. Harrison Barnes scored 30 points to lead all scorers and DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 23 boards against his former team. J.J. Barea delivered 24 points off the bench.
TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE…
Oklahoma City is at Detroit…
Brooklyn hosts Cleveland…
Washington is at New York…
Atlanta hosts Golden State…
Denver is at Toronto…
Minnesota hosts Houston…
the L.A. Clippers are at New Orleans
Anaheim 6 – WASHINGTON 5… Pontus Aberg’s second goal of the third period came with 5:05 remaining and proved to the difference in the Ducks’ win over the Capitals. Ryan Getzlaf had a goal and two assists.
Winnipeg 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 3 (SO)… The Jets erased a 3-0 third-period deficit in outlasting the Rangers. Mark Scheifele’s goal sparked the rally and he added the game-winner in the shootout. Jacob Trouba had two assists.
Colorado 2 – DETROIT 0… Semyon Varlamov made 24 saves in his 24th career shutout and the Avalanche cruised past the Red Wings. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist.
Calgary 3 – CHICAGO 2… Sean Monahan and Elias Lindholm each had a goal and an assist as the Flames edged the Blackhawks. Johnny Gaudreau assisted on two goals.
San Jose 3 – MONTREAL 1… Joe Pavelski scored a goal and assisted on another as the Sharks skated past the Canadiens. Goalie Martin Jones made 39 saves.
LOS ANGELES 2 – Carolina 0… Alec Martinez’ tip-in with 2:13 remaining broke a scoreless tie and Kyle Clifford added an empty-netter in the Kings’ defeat of the Hurricanes. Jonathan Quick stopped 34 shots at goal.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Tampa Bay is at New Jersey…
Nashville hosts Buffalo…
Edmonton is at Dallas
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF PAIRINGS SET… Alabama, Clemson, Notre Dame and Oklahoma hold down the top four spots in the final college football rankings and will compete for the national title. In the December 29 semifinals, top-ranked Alabama will take on fourth-ranked Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl and second-ranked Clemson and third-ranked Notre Dame meet in the Cotton Bowl. The winners play for the national championship January 7 in Santa Clara, California.
FINAL COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS…
#1 Alabama (13-0)
#2 Clemson (13-0)
#3 Notre Dame (12-0)
#4 Oklahoma (12-1)
#5 Georgia (11-2)
#6 Ohio State (12-1)
#7 Michigan (10-2)
#8 Central Florida (12-0)
#9 Washington (9-3)
#10 Florida (9-3)
#11 LSU (9-3)
#12 Penn State (9-3)
#13 Washington State (10-2)
#14 Kentucky (9-3)
#15 Texas (9-3)
#16 West Virginia (8-3)
#17 Utah (9-4)
#18 Mississippi State (8-4)
#19 Texas A&M (8-4)
#20 Syracuse (9-3)
#21 Fresno State (11-2)
#22 Northwestern (8-5)
#23 Missouri (8-4)
#24 Iowa State (8-4)
#25 Boise State (10-3)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL LINEUP…
Dec. 15, New Orleans Bowl, Appalachian State vs. MTSU
Dec. 15, Camellia Bowl, E. Michigan vs. Ga. Southern
Dec. 15, Las Vegas Bowl, Arizona State vs. Fresno State
Dec. 15, Cure Bowl, Tulane vs. Louisiana
Dec. 15, New Mexico Bowl, N. Texas vs. Utah State
Dec. 18, Boca Raton Bowl, UAB vs. N. Illinois
Dec. 19, Frisco Bowl, Ohio vs. San Diego State
Dec. 20, Gasparilla Bowl, Marshall vs. S. Florida
Dec. 21, Bahamas Bowl, Toledo vs. Florida International
Dec. 21, Idaho Potato Bowl, BYU vs. Western Michigan
Dec. 22, Birmingham Bowl, Memphis vs. Wake Forest
Dec. 22, Armed Forces Bowl, Army vs. Houston
Dec. 22, Dollar General, Buffalo vs. Troy
Dec. 22, Hawaii Bowl, Hawaii vs. Lousiana Tech
Dec. 26, First Responder Bowl, Boston College vs. Boise State
Dec. 26, Quick Lane Bowl, Minnesota vs. Georgia Tech
Dec. 26, Cheez-It Bowl, TCU vs. Cal
Dec. 27, Independence Bowl, Temple vs. Duke
Dec. 27, Pinstripe Bowl, Wisconsin vs. Miami
Dec. 27, Texas Bowl, Baylor vs. Vanderbilt
Dec. 28, Music City Bowl, Auburn vs. Purdue
Dec. 28, Camping World Bowl, West Virginia vs. Syracuse
Dec. 28, Alamo Bowl, Iowa State vs. Washington State
Dec. 29, Peach Bowl, Florida vs. Michigan
Dec. 29, Belk Bowl, South Carolina vs. Virginia
Dec. 29, Arizona Bowl, Nevada vs. Arkansas State
Dec. 31, Taxslayer Bowl, Texas A&M vs. NC State
Dec. 31, Military Bowl, Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech
Dec. 31, Sun Bowl, Pitt vs. Stanford
Dec. 31, Redbox Bowl, Michigan State vs. Oregon
Dec. 31, Liberty Bowl, Missouri vs. Oklahoma State
Dec. 31, Holiday Bowl, Northwestern vs. Utah
Jan. 1, Outback Bowl, Mississippi State vs. Iowa
Jan. 1, Fiesta Bowl, LSU vs. Central Florida
Jan. 1, Citrus Bowl, Kentucky vs. Penn State
Jan. 1, Rose Bowl, Ohio State vs. Washington
Jan. 1, Sugar Bowl, Georgia vs. Texas