The Rundown for Dec. 10, 2018

NICK AYERS DECLINES CHIEF OF STAFF ROLE… Nick Ayers announced yesterday that he will not replace John Kelly as President Trump’s chief of staff. Trump revealed on Saturday that Kelly will be leaving at year’s end. Ayers, who has served as Vice President Mike Pence’s chief of staff, said he declined after he and Trump couldn’t agree to terms. Ayres says he’s trying to move back home to Georgia and didn’t want to give Trump the two-year commitment the president sought.

SAUDIS WON’T EXTRADITE KHASHOGGI’S ACCUSED MURDERERS… Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said yesterday that the kingdom won’t extradite suspects in the slaying of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. Prosecutors in Istanbul, Turkey, have issued warrants for the arrest of the two men accused of orchestrating Khashoggi’s October murder at the Saudi consulate. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jube declared at a press conference yesterday, “We don’t extradite our citizens.”

WISCONSIN GOVERNOR-ELECT SEEKS VETOES OF GOP BILLS… Wisconsin’s Democratic Governor-elect Tony Evers conceded yesterday that he’s not optimistic that outgoing governor Scott Walker will veto bills approved by the Republican-dominated Legislature that would limit the new governor’s power. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Evers said appealed for vetos in phone calls to Walker, but the governor remained noncommittal. Evers is scheduled to be sworn in on January 7 after ousting Walker last month. Former Republican Wisconsin Governo Scott McCallum jas called for Walker (R) to reject some of the measures the state legislature passed to limit incoming Democratic officials’ authority, equating it to a “power grab.”

WINTER STORM WALLOPS SOUTHEAST… A powerful winter storm knocked out power for more than 380,000 customers in the Southeast over the weekend and prompted the cancellation of hundreds of flights yesterday. As much as a foot and a half of snow was expected to fall from western and northern North Carolina to southwest Virginia. Snowfall reached 7.5 inches in parts of northern Georgia and up to 10 inches in northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia. Meanwhile, South Carolina was doused with heavy rainfall.

GAS PRICES DROP… The average price for a gallon of gas has dropped 22 cents over the past three weeks, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations released yesterday. The most expensive gas was in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it cost $3.85 a gallon. Tulsa had the cheapest gas at $1.91.

POST MALONE JOINS NEW YEAR’S EVE BROADCAST… Post Malone has signed on to the Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest broadcast. ABC announced yesterday that the rapper will perform remotely from a stop on his concert tour in Brooklyn. The broadcast begins at 8 p.m. Eastern from Manhattan’s Times Square. Comedian Jenny McCarthy will provide commentary.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… The top five films at the weekend box office remain unchanged this week. “Ralph Breaks the Internet” took in $16.1 million to finish at No. 1 for the third straight week. “Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch (2018)” was just behind in second place with $15.1 million. “Creed II” made $10.3 to finish third. “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” came in fourth with $6.8 million. “Bohemian Rhapsody” capped the top five with $6 million.

MIAMI 34 – New England 33… The Dolphins (7-6) stunned the Patriots (9-4) with a double-lateral desperation touchdown as time expired. Kenyan Drake carried the second pitch 50 yards to paydirt in a play reminiscent of a sandlot. Ryan Tannehill passed for 265 yards and three touchdowns. Brandon Bolden rushed for two scores.

OAKLAND 24 – Pittsburgh 21… Derek Carr threw a 6-yard touchdown pass to Derek Carrier with 21 seconds remaining and the Raiders (3-10) barely held on to defeat the Steelers (7-5-1). Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell slipped on his attempt to kick a game-tying 40-yard field goal on the game’s final play. Carr completed 25 of 34 passes for 322 yards and two TDs. Jared Cook had seven receptions for 116 yards.

DALLAS 29 – Philadelphia 23 (OT)… Dak Prescott hit Amari Cooper with three touchdown passes, including the game-winner to cap the first possession of overtime and push the Cowboys (8-5) past the Eagles (6-7). Cooper had 10 catches for 217 yards. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 113 yards.

L.A. CHARGERS 26 – Cincinnati 21… Michael Badgley booted our field goals, including a team-record 59-yarder, and the Chargers (10-3) held off the Bengals (5-8). Philip Rivers threw for 220 yards and a score.

N.Y. Jets 27 – BUFFALO 23… Rookie Sam Darnold engineered a game-winning 2-minute drive that rallied the Jets (4-9) past the Bills (4-9). Elijah McGuire’s 1-yard plunge capped the drive with 1:17 remaining. Darnold found Robby Anderson with a 7-yard TD toss earlier in the fourth quarter.

CLEVELAND 26 – Carolina 20… The Browns (5-7-1) rallied in the fourth quarter to hand the Panthers (6-7) their fifth straight loss. Jarvis Landry caught a 51-yard Baker Mayfield touchdown pass and ran 3 yards for a score.

SAN FRANCISCO 20 – Denver 14… The 49ers (3-10) built a 20-0 halftime lead and held on to beat the Broncos (6-7). Nick Mullens connected with George Kittle on an 85-yard touchdown pass. Mullens also found Dante Pettis with a 1-yard scoring toss and passed for 332 yards on the day.

N.Y. Giants 40 – WASHINGTON 16… The Giants (5-8) scored 34 unanswered points in the first half and coasted past the Redskins (6-7). Sasquon Barkley rushed for 170 yards and a touchdown. Eli Manning hit three different receivers with touchdown passes.

GREEN BAY 34 – Atlanta 20… The Packers (5-7-1) handled the Falcons (4-9) to snap their three-game skid and give Joe Philbin his first victory as interim head coach. Aaron Rodgers completed a 21 of 32 passes for 196 yards and a score. Along the way, he set an NFL record with 359 consecutive attempts without an interception, breaking the mark previously held by New England’s Tom Brady (358 in 2010-11). Bashaud Breeland returned an interception 22 yards for a Green Bay TD.

KANSAS CITY 27 – Baltimore 21… Harrison Butker’s 36-yard field goal at 4:42 of overtime lifted the Chiefs (11-2) over the Ravens (7-6). The winning kick atoned for a Butker miss at the end of regulation. Patrick Mahomes threw for 377 yards and two touchdowns.

New Orleans 28 – TAMPA BAY 14… Drew Brees threw for a touchdown and ran for another in leading the Saints (11-2) to a come-from-behind win over the Buccaneers (5-8). Mark Ingram II ran 17 yards for a score.

Indianapolis 24 – HOUSTON 21… Andrew Luck passed for 399 yards and two touchdowns as the Colts (7-6) dealt the Texans (9-4) their first loss in 10 games. T.Y. Hilton caught nine passes for 199 yards.

Detroit 17 – ARIZONA 3… Darius Slay returned an interception 67 yards for a third-quarter touchdown and Zach Zenner added a 1-yard TD run in the fourth to send the Lions (5-8) past the Cardinals (3-10). Detroit’s victory in Phoenix was its first in nine tries.

CHICAGO 15 – L.A. Rams 6… The Bears (9-4) were too much defensively in stifling the Rams (11-2). They allowed just 195 total yards and intercepted L.A. quarterback Jared Goff four times. Mitchell Trubisky threw a 2-yard pass to offensive lineman Bradley Sowell in the third quarter for the game’s only touchdown.

Minnesota (6-5-1) is at Seattle (7-5)

Milwaukee 104 – TORONTO 99… Malcom Brogdon knocked down the tying and go-ahead 3-pointers in the final 67 seconds as the Bucks fought off the Raptors. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 19 points and grabbed as many rebounds.

New Orleans 116 – DETROIT 108… Jrue Holiday pumped in 37 points to lead the Pelicans past the Pistons. Julius Randle added 28 points.

SAN ANTONIO 110 – Utah 97… The Spurs built a double-digit first-half lead and cruised past the Jazz. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 26 points. Rudy Gay added 23 points and 15 boards. LaMarcus Aldridge tossed in 20 points.

Charlotte 119 – NEW YORK 107… Kemba Walker scored 25 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Hornets hammered the Knicks.

Detroit is at Philadelphia…
Indiana hosts Washington…
New Orleans is at Boston…
Milwaukee hosts Cleveland…
Utah is at Oklahoma City…
Chicago hosts Sacramento…
Orlando is at Dallas…
Phoenix hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Memphis is at Denver…
Golden State hosts Minnesota…
Miami is at the L.A. Lakers

Boston 2 – OTTAWA 1 (OT)… Torey Krugs goal 3:07 into overtime lifted the Bruins over the Senators. Tuukka Rask made 27 saves at goal.

Montreal 3 – CHICAGO 2… The Canadiens recovered to edge the Blackhawks after letting an early 2-0 lead slip away. Tomas Tatar netted a tie-breaking goal with 1:17 remaining.

WINNIPEG 7 – Philadelphia 1… The Jets scored three power-play goals in their rout of the Flyers. Josh Morrissey scored a goal and had two assists. Mark Scheifele assisted on three goals.

Vancouver 6 – ST. LOUIS 1… Brock Boeser recorded his second career hat trick in leading the Canucks past the Blues. Rookie Elias Patterson scored a goal and had four assists. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 22 shots.

ANAHEIM 6 – New Jersey 5 (SO)… Daniel Sprong and Ryan Getzlaf scored in the shootout as the Ducks outlasted the Devils. Ondrej Kase scored a goal and had two assists. Brandon Mountour added a goal and an assist.

EDMONTON  1 – Calgary 0… Connor McDavid scored a first-period goal and the Oilers made it stand in clipping the Flames. Goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped all 24 shots.

VEGAS 4 – Dallas 2… William Karlsson and Alex Tuch scored second-period goals to give the Golden Knights the lead for good in their win over the Stars. Reilly Smith capped the scoring with an empty-netter.

Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Tampa Bay hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Los Angeles is at Detroit…
San Jose hosts New Jersey

#7 Tennessee 76, #1 GONZAGA 73…
#4 Virginia 57, VCU 49…
#6 NEVADA 74, Grand Canyon 66…
#15 VIRGINIA TECH 81, South Carolina State 44

MLB NEWS… Harold Baines and Lee Smith have been voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday by the 16-person Today’s Game Committee. Baines played 22 seasons in the major leagues, including 14 with the White Sox. He retired in 2001 with a .289 lifetime average with 2,866 hits and 384 home runs. Baines joins Ken Griffey Jr. and Chipper Jones as the only No. 1 overall draft picks to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Smith played for eight teams, primarily the Cubs, in an 18-year career that ended after then 1997 season. He had 478 career saves and a career 3.03 ERA in 1,289 1/3 innings.

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