The Rundown for Dec. 14, 2018

TRUMP WAS PRESENT DURING HUSH-MONEY TALKS… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Donald Trump was the third person in the room in August 2015 when his lawyer Michael Cohen and National Enquirer publisher David Pecker discussed ways to silence negative stories about Trump’s relationships with women. The report follows Wednesday’s revelation that “Pecker offered to help deal with negative stories about that presidential candidate’s relationships with women Enquirer’s parent company. According to an immunity agreement between prosecutors and National Enquirer parent company American Media Inc., “Pecker offered to help deal with negative stories about that presidential candidate’s relationships with women by, among other things, assisting the campaign in identifying such stories so they could be purchased and their publication avoided.”

TRUMP INAUGURAL COMMITTEE UNDER INVESTIGATION… President Trump’s 2017 inaugural committee is under investigation for its spending of $107 million it raised from donations. The Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office is reportedly in its early stages of the criminal probe. Federal prosecutors also want to know whether contributions from top donors bought them access to the incoming Trump administration, policy concessions or influence in official administration positions. Investigators say materials seized in the federal probe of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s business dealings sparked the investigation.

MARIA BUTINA PLEADS GUILTY… Accused Russian spy Maria Butina pleaded guilty to participating in a conspiracy against the U.S. in federal court yesterday. The 30-year-old Butina agreed to cooperate with prosecutors investigating Russian efforts targeting the 2016 election. She has been jailed since her arrest in July for acting as a Kremlin agent in connection with her efforts to cultivate connections with influential conservative figures and groups, most notably the National Rifle Association.

SENATORS OPPOSE SUPPORTING WAR IN YEMEN… The Senate voted yesterday to force the Trump administration to end its military support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. The 56-41 vote marked the first time the Senate has invoked the War Powers Act to challenge U.S. military involvement abroad. Senators unanimously approved a separate nonbinding resolution naming Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed Bin Salman, responsible for the murderer of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

DEMS SEEK TRUMP’S TAX RETURNS… Nancy Pelosi vowed yesterday that Democrats will begin to seek President Donald Trump’s tax returns when they take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in January. Pelosi said the House Ways and Means Committee will “take the first steps.” Trump defied decades of tradition when he refused to release his tax records, even after promising to. Democrats say Trump’s tax returns will determine whether his business interests present a conflict of interest.

ENTERTAINMENT
SINGER NANCY WILSON DIES… Grammy-winning pop-jazz singer Nancy Wilson died yesterday at her California home after a long illness. She was 81. Wilson released eight albums in the 1960s that reached the top 20 on the Billboard pop charts. Wilson was active in the civil rights movement, including the Selma march of 1965, and hosted NPR’s “Jazz Profiles” series for years. She received an NAACP Image Award in 1998.

NEW ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAMERS… Radiohead, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Def Leppard, The Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies have been announced as the 2019 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Nicks becomes the first woman to enter the Hall twice, as she was inducted as a member of Fleetwood Mac in 1998. The induction ceremony is scheduled for March 29 in New York.

IN THEATERS… “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” tells the story of Miles Morales, who becomes the Spider-Man of his reality and crosses paths with his counterparts from other dimensions to stop a threat to all reality. Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey star in the PG film. In “Deadpool 2,” mutant mercenary Wade Wilson brings together a team of fellow mutant rogues to protect a young boy with supernatural abilities from the brutal, time-traveling cyborg, Cable. The R-rated film stars Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin. “The Mule” centers on a 90-year-old horticulturist and WWII veteran is caught transporting $3 million worth of cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel. Clint Eastwood and Bradley Cooper star in the R-rated film.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
HOUSTON 126 – L.A. Lakers 111… James Harden poured in 50 points grabbed 10 rebounds and dished off 11 assists in leading the Rockets put away the Lakers. Clint Capela had 16 points and 14 boards.

SAN ANTONIO 125 – L.A. Clippers 87… The Spurs routed the Clippers for their fourth straight win LaMarcus Aldridge scored a game-high 27 points. Rudy Gay added 21 points.

ORLANDO 97 – Chicago 91… Nikola Vucevic hit a tie-breaking jumper with 28 seconds remaining and finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds in the Magic’s win over the Bulls in Mexico City. The win snapped Orlando’s three-game skid.

PHOENIX 99 – Dallas 89… T.J. Warren pumped in 30 points to lead the Suns in their defeat of the Mavericks. Dallas made just five of 33 3-point attempts.

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

NHL SCORES
COLUMBUS 4 – Los Angeles 1… Artemi Panarin scored a pair of goals of assists from Cam Atkinson and the Blue Jackets skated past the Kings. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 saves.

BUFFALO 3 – Arizona 1… Casey Mittelstadt and Jeff Skinner scored early in the first period and the Sabres held off the Coyotes the rest of the way. Carter Hutton made 25 saves at goal

TAMPA BAY 4 – Toronto 1… Anthony Cirelli and Nikita Kucherov each had a goal and an assist as the Lightning handled the Maple Leafs. Goalie Andre Vasilevskiy returned after sitting out a month with a broken foot and recorded a career-high 48 saves.

MONTREAL 6 – Carolina 4… Jeff Petry found the net twice and the Canadiens outshot the Hurricanes. Phillip Danault and Kenny Agostino each had two assists.

WINNIPEG 5 – Edmonton 4 (OT)… Josh Morrissey lit the lamp 41 seconds into overtime to send the Jets past the Oilers. Mark Scheifele netted the tying goal midway through the third period.

MINNESOTA 5 – Florida 1… Nino Niederreiter scored a pair of goals and had an assist as the Wild trounced the Panthers. Ryan Suter had three assists and Jared Spurgeon added two.

NASHVILLE 4 – Vancouver 3 (OT)… The Predators recovered to outlast the Canucks after blowing a two-goal lead over the final 4:05 of regulation. Colton Sissons netted the game-winner 3:05 into overtime. Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist.

SAN JOSE 3 – Dallas 2… Timo Meier scored the Sharks’ first two goals and Joe Thornton also found the net in the win over the Stars. Logan Couture had two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Pittsburgh…
New Jersey hosts Vegas…
Arizona is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Detroit hosts Ottawa…
Washington is at Carolina…
St. Louis hosts Colorado…
Winnipeg is at Chicago…
Edmonton hosts Philadelphia

NFL SCORE
L.A. Chargers 29 – KANSAS CITY 28… The Chargers (11-3) overcame a two-touchdown deficit in the fourth quarter to upend the Chiefs (11-3). L.A. marched 60 yards on eight plays in its game-winning drive, punctuated by Philip Rivers’ 1-yard TD pass to Mike Williams with 4 seconds remaining. Kansas City then left Williams in the end zone and Rivers found him for the two-point conversion. Williams also had a 3-yard TD reception and ran a reverse 19 yards for a score.

SATURDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Houston (9-4) is at the N.Y. Jets (4-9)…
Denver (6-7) hosts Cleveland (5-7-1)

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Washington (6-7) is at Jacksonville (4-9)…
Minnesota (6-6-1) hosts Miami (7-6)…
Tennessee (7-6) is at the N.Y. Giants (5-8)…
Atlanta (4-9) hosts Arizona (3-10)…
Dallas (8-5) is at Indianapolis (7-6)…
Cincinnati (5-8) hosts Oakland (3-10)…
Detroit (5-8) is at Buffalo (4-9)…
Baltimore (7-6) hosts Tampa Bay (5-8)…
Green Bay (5-7-1) is at Chicago (9-4)…
San Francisco (3-10) hosts Seattle (8-5)…
New England (9-4) is at Pittsburgh (7-5-1)…
the L.A. Rams (11-2) host Philadelphia (6-7)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
New Orleans (11-2) is at Carolina (6-7)

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#16 WISCONSIN 101, Savannah State 60

MLB NEWS… Cleveland, Seattle and Tampa Bay completed a three-way trade yesterday. The Indians sent designated hitter Edwin Encarnacion and a Competitive Balance Round B Draft pick (77th overall in 2019) to the Mariners as well as infielder Yandy Diaz and minor league pitcher Cole Sulser to the Rays. In exchange, Cleveland obtained first baseman Carlos Santana and cash from Seattle along with first baseman Jake Bauers and cash from Tampa Bay.

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