The Rundown for Dec. 12, 2018

TRUMP SAYS HE’D INTERVENE IN HUAWEI CASE… President Trump vowed yesterday that he would intervene in the Justice Department’s case against the chief financial officer of Chinese technology company Huawei if it would “serve national security interests or help close a trade deal with China.” Trump said he has yet to speak with Chinese officials following the arrest of Meng Wanzhou earlier this month in Canada. She is accused of using Huawei subsidiary Skycom to facilitate violations of Iranian sanctions and was released on bail yesterday as she awaits a hearing on extradition to the U.S.

STORMY DANIELS ORDERED TO PAY TRUMP’S ATTORNEYS $300K… A federal judge yesterday ordered porn star Stormy Daniels to pay President Trump’s attorneys nearly $300,000 in legal fees. The order follows the October dismissal of Daniels’ defamation case against the president. The amount was 75 percent of what Trump’s attorneys had sought.

FLYNN’S LAWYERS FILE SENTENCING MEMO… Lawyers representing former national security adviser Michael Flynn revealed in a memo they filed last night outlined Flynn’s level of cooperation in advance of next Tuesday’s sentencing. They noted that Flynn turned over “sweeping categories of documents” from his two companies to the Department of Justice and “facilitated the production of electronic devices” prior to his plea deal with the government late last year for lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Defense attorneys suggest a sentence of one year of probation with “minimal conditions of supervision” and 200 hours of community service.

COHEN SENTENCED TODAY… President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen will be sentenced by a federal judge in New York today for crimes including tax evasion, making illegal hush-money payments to protect Trump during the campaign and lying to Congress about the president’s past business dealings in Russia. The 52-year-old Cohen has been presenting himself as a reformed man who broke from Trump to assist investigators. Last week, however, prosecutors urged a substantial prison sentence, claiming he’d failed to fully cooperate and overstated his helpfulness.

EXECUTION IN TEXAS… A 43-year-old man convicted in the fatal stabbing of a newly married man during 1993 robbery attempt was executed in Texas last night. Alvin Braziel Jr. received a lethal injection at the state penitentiary in Huntsville. He became the 24th inmate put to death this year in the U.S. and the 13th executed in Texas.

ENTERTAINMENT
COSBY ATTORNEYS APPEAL… Attorneys for Bill Cosby have cited errors in legal procedure that may have biased the jury in appealing the 81-year-old comedian’s sexual assault conviction. Cosby was found guilty by a Pennsylvania jury in April of drugging and sexually assaulting a onetime friend in 2004. In September, trial judge Steven O’Neill sentenced Cosby to a term of three to 10 years in prison and designated him a “sexually violent predator.”

KATHIE LEE GIFFORD LEAVING ‘TODAY’… Kathie Lee Gifford announced yesterday that she will leave NBC’s “Today” show next April. Gifford became Hoda Kotb’s co-host on the 10 a.m. hour of the show in 2008. From 1985 until 2000, she co-hosted “Live! with Regis and Kathie Lee.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
HOUSTON 111 – Portland 103… The Rockets rallied in the second half to get past the Trail Blazers. James Harden scored 29 points to lead seven players in double figures.

SAN ANTONIO 111 – Phoenix 86… Bryn Forbes scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading the Spurs past the Suns. The victory was San Antonio’s third straight.

Toronto 123 – L.A. CLIPPERS 99… The Raptors jumped out to a double-digit lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their rout of the Clippers. Serge Ibaka scored a game-high 25 points. Kyle Lowry tossed in 21 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Brooklyn is at Philadelphia…
Cleveland hosts New York…
Milwaukee is at Indiana…
Charlotte hosts Detroit…
Boston is at Washington…
New Orleans hosts Oklahoma City…
Portland is at Memphis…
Dallas hosts Atlanta…
Miami is at Utah…
Sacramento hosts Minnesota…
Toronto is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
Vancouver 3 – COLUMBUS 2… The Canucks came alive to score all three goals in the third period to upend the Blue Jackets. Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist.

Toronto 4 – CAROLINA 1… Morgan Reilly netted a tie-breaking goal in the second period and the Maple Leafs scored twice more in the third to put away the Hurricanes. William Nylander assisted on two goals.

BUFFALO 4 – Los Angeles 3 (OT)… The Sabres erased a two-goal third-period deficit in outlasting the Kings. Jeff Skinner found the net 1:49 into overtime. Jack Eichel had a goal and an assist.

BOSTON 4 – Arizona 3… The Bruins scored four straight goals in the second period to erase a 2-0 deficit on their way past the Coyotes. Brad Marchand scored two goals and had an assist. David Pastrnak added a goal and two assists. David Krejci assisted on three goals.

WASHINGTON 6 – Detroit 2… Alex Ovechkin scored three goals in his 21st career hat trick and the Capitals skated past the Red Wings. Nicklas Backstrom had four assists. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 35 shots.

WINNIPEG 6 – Chicago 3… Kyle Conner netted a pair of goals as the Jets handed the Blackhawks their eighth straight loss. Mark Scheifele and Tyler Myers each had a goal and assist. Dustin Byfuglien assisted on three goals.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Florida 3… The Blues used a four-goal third period to stun the Panthers. Brayden Schenn scored the decisive goal with 3:55 remaining. David Perron scored two goals.

MINNESOTA 7 – Montreal 1… Matt Dumba found the net twice as the Wild breezed past the Canadiens. Zach Parise added a goal and an assist. Devan Dubnyk stopped 29 shots at goal.

NASHVILLE 3 – Ottawa 1… Ryan Ellis scored a go-ahead goal in the third period and Craig Smith added a third-period goal in the Predators’ win over the Senators. Austin Watson also scored for Nashville.

Edmonton 6 – COLORADO 4… Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored twice during a four-goal second period that carried the Oilers past the Avalanche. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Vegas is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Chicago hosts Pittsburgh…
Philadelphia is at Calgary…
Anaheim hosts Dallas

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