The Rundown for Dec. 13, 2018

MICHAEL COHEN GETS THREE-YEAR SENTENCE… President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen was given a 36-month prison sentence yesterday after admitting to lying to Congress, campaign finance violations and tax evasion. The 52-year-old Cohen blamed Trump for causing him to “follow a path of darkness rather than light.” Prosecutors originally asked for a “substantial” sentence of about four years.

PUBLISHER AMI REACHES AGREEMENT WITH FEDS… Federal prosecutors announced yesterday that National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. has entered into a non-prosecution agreement related to the hush-money payment to former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Before the 2016 presidential election, AMI paid McDonald $150,000 for the story about her affair with Trump, then buried the story. AMI admitted that the payment was to ensure McDougal would keep quiet before the 2016 presidential election about the affair.

HOUSE PASSES FARM BILL… The House voted 369-47 yesterday to pass a new farm bill. The legislation already passed the Senate earlier in the week and has been sent to the White House for President Trump’s signature. The $867 billion bill was unveiled Monday night. It leaves out work requirements for food stamp recipients and maintains conservation programs that were threatened with elimination.

PELOSI TO SERVE 4 YEARS MAX AS HOUSE SPEAKER… House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi solidified her efforts to become speaker yesterday by agreeing to serve in the post for a maximum of four years. The announcement won the immediate support of seven Democrats who had opposed her. House Democrats will vote on an agreement that limits caucus leaders to three terms, and a fourth term if two-thirds of the caucus agrees to it. The new limits would apply retroactively to Pelosi as well as incoming Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland and incoming Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of South Carolina.

STATES WANT TO REVIVE COAL LEASING MORATORIUM… Four states have filed a lawsuit that seeks to revive a coal leasing moratorium imposed under President Barack Obama. Attorneys for California, New Mexico, New York and Washington argue that burning coal will hurt their residents as it makes climate change worse in their effort to stop the Trump administration from selling vast reserves of the fuel that are beneath public lands. Conservation groups and Montana’s Northern Cheyenne tribe have joined the lawsuit.

EPIX EXTENDS ‘GET SHORTY’… Epix is extending the comedy-drama series “Get Shorty” for a third season. The series stars Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano in the story about a hitman who joins a washed-up producer in a Hollywood movie-making venture. The series is loosely based on the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel.

CAST NAMED FOR STAR WARS SERIES… Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers and German filmmaker Werner Herzog are among those who have joined the cast of the upcoming Star Wars series “The Mandalorian.” Pedro Pascal has already been introduced in the lead role. The series is currently in production and will air on the new streaming service Disney+.

CHARLOTTE 108 – Detroit 107… The Hornets rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to upend the Pistons. Jeremy Lamb knocked down a 22-foot jumper with 0.3 seconds remaining. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 31 points.

CLEVELAND 113 – New York 106… The Cavaliers recovered to beat the Knicks after blowing a 22-point lead. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points. Rodney Hood added 23 points.

Boston 130 – WASHINGTON 125 (OT)… Kylie Irving scored 12 straight points to close the Celtics’ defeat of the Wizards. Irving led all scorers with 38 points. Marcus Morris added 27 points.

INDIANA 113 – Milwaukee 97… The Pacers handled the Bucks for their fifth straight win. Thaddeus Young scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Myles Turner added 23 points.

Brooklyn 127 – PHILADELPHIA 124… Spencer Dinwiddie lit it up for a career-high 39 points off the bench and the Nets held off the 76ers. Allen Crabbe tossed in 20 points.

NEW ORLEANS 118 – Oklahoma City 114… Anthony Davis powered his way to 44 points and 18 boards in leading the Pelicans to a hard-fought win over the Thunder. Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and dished off 10 assists.

MEMPHIS 92 – Portland 83… The Grizzlies turned in a strong effort defensively in downing the Trail Blazers. Mike Conley scored 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

DALLAS 114 – Atlanta 107… The Mavericks got 25 points from Harrison Barnes and 24 from Luka Doncic in beating the Hawks for their 11th straight win at home. Doncic also brought down 10 rebounds.

UTAH 111 – Miami 84… The Jazz jumped out to a 40-15 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their romp over the Heat. Donavan Mitchell led the way with 21 points.

SACRAMENTO 141 – Minnesota 130… The Kings built a double-digit halftime lead and maintained it the rest of the way in outgunning the Timberwolves. Nemanja Bjelica scored 25 points. Buddy Hield and Bojan Bogdanovic added 20 points apiece.

Toronto 113 – GOLDEN STATE 93… All five starters scored in double figures as the Raptors dominated the Warriors. Kyle Lowry had 23 points and 12 assists. Serge Ibaka finished with 20 points and 12 boards.

the L.A. Lakers are at Houston…
San Antonio hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Chicago is at Orlando…
Phoenix hosts Dallas

Vegas 3 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 2… Tomas Nosek netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Golden Knights made it stand in edging the Islanders. Jonathan Marchessault and William Karlsson also scored for Vegas.

CHICAGO 6 – Pittsburgh 3… The Blackhawks pounded the Penguins to snap their eight-game losing streak. Marcus Kruger, Brent Seabrook, Andreas Martinsen, Brandon Saad each had a goal and an assist.

CALGARY 6 – Philadelphia 5 (OT)… Johnny Gaudreau found the net 35 seconds into overtime to lift the Flames over the Flyers. Calgary trailed 5-3 before Sean Monahan and Rasmus Andersson scored in the final 68 seconds of third period. Matthew Tkachuk assisted on four goals.

ANAHEIM 6 – Dallas 3... The Ducks scored five unanswered goals to erase a 3-1 deficit late in the second period and double up on the Stars. Ondrej Kase scored Anaheim’s first three goals. Brandon Montour had a goal and three assists.

Los Angeles is at Columbus…
Buffalo hosts Arizona…
Toronto is at Tampa Bay…
Montreal hosts Carolina…
Florida is at Minnesota…
Winnipeg hosts Edmonton…
Vancouver is at Nashville…
San Jose hosts Dallas

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