The Rundown for Dec. 28, 2018

SHUTDOWN TO LAST THROUGH WEEKEND… The government shutdown is likely to continue through the weekend, as House lawmakers have yet to receive their promised a 24-hour notice ahead of any congressional action. The shutdown leaves nearly 800,000 federal workers without pay. President Trump continues his demands for funding to build a border wall while Democrats remain adamantly opposed.

EVIDENCE OF PRAGUE MEETING… McClatchy reported yesterday that a mobile phone traced to President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen sent signals off cell towers near Prague, Czechoslovakia, in late summer 2016. The revelation would support allegations that Cohen met secretly there with Russian officials. The meeting was alleged in the dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele, who claimed its purpose was to coordinate Trump’s presidential campaign with Russia’s election meddling operation.

MARATHON BOMBER APPALS CONVICTION AND SENTENCE… Attorneys representing convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev appealed their client’s conviction and death sentence yesterday. They claim that it was unfair for Tsarnaev to be tried in the city where the 2013 attack occurred. The bombing killed three people and injured 260. Tsarnaev was convicted of 17 charges in total.

OLDEST U.S. VETERAN DIES… Richard Overton, the oldest U.S. World War II veteran, has died at the age of 112. He was admitted to a hospital in Austin, Texas, last week after being diagnosed with pneumonia and was transferred to a rehab facility Monday. Overton enlisted in the Army in September 1942 and served in Hawaii, Okinawa, Guam and Iwo Jima. He retired from the Army as a corporal in October 1945.

FOUR ARRESTED FOR ENTERING MINE… Four people who illegally entered an abandoned coal mine earlier this month in an incident that left three people trapped for four days have been arrested. Shortly after the group became los, one of the group found his way out of the mine and notified authorities that his three companions were still trapped. Rescue crews brought them to safety on December 12. The father of one of the those arrested said the four entered the cave to steal copper.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR FRANK ADONIS DIES… Actor Frank Adonis, who is best known for his work in Martin Scorsese films, died Wednesday night in Las Vegas from kidney-related issues. He was 83. Adonis had a memorable role as Anthony Stabile in the 1990 classic mafia film “Goodfellas.” His film credits include “Raging Bull” and “Casino.”

IN THEATERS… “Holmes & Watson” stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in a humorous take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic mysteries. It’s rated PG-13. Christian Bale and Amy Adams star in “Vice.” The R-rated film centers on former Vice President Dick Cheney. In “Destroyer,” a police detective reconnects with people from an undercover assignment in her distant past in order to make peace. Nicole Kidman and Toby Kebbell star in the R-rated film. “On the Basis of Sex,” stars Felicity Jones and Armie Hammer in the story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and what she had to overcome in order to become a U.S. Supreme Court Justice. The film is raged PG-13. “Stan & Ollie” centers on the world’s most famous comedy duo as they try to reignite their film careers during a theater tour of post-war Britain. The PG film stars John C. Reilly and Steve Coogan.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
HOUSTON 127 – Boston 113… James Harden poured in 45 points as the Rockets handled the Celtics. Clint Capela had 24 points and 18 rebounds. Eric Gordon tossed in 20 points.

MILWAUKEE 112 – New York 96… Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 31 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the Bucks past the Knicks. Kris Middleton added 25 points. D.J. Wilson delivered 10 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

SACRAMENTO 117 – L.A. Lakers 116… Bogdan Bogdanovic knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to complete the Kings’ comeback win over the Lakers. Bogdanovic finished with 23 points for Sacramento, which erased a 15-point fourth quarter deficit. De’Aarron Fox scored 15 points and dished off 12 assists.

Philadelphia 114 – UTAH 97… Joel Embiid powered his way to 23 points and 15 boards in the 76ers’ defeat of the Jazz. Ben Simmons racked up 13 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists.

Portland 110 – GOLDEN STATE 109 (OT)… The Trail Blazers outlasted the Warriors after letting a 10-point lead slip away in the final minutes of regulation. Jusuf Nurkic had 27 points and 12 boards. CJ McCollum added 24 points and Damian Lillard tossed in 21.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Brooklyn is at Charlotte…
Indiana hosts Detroit…
Chicago is at Washington…
Orlando hosts Toronto…
Atlanta is at Minnesota…
New Orleans hosts Dallas…
Cleveland is at Miami…
Phoenix hosts Oklahoma City…
San Antonio is at Denver…
the L.A. Lakers host the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCORES
PITTSBURGH 5 – Detroit 2… Phil Kessel and Derick Brassard scored two goals apiece to lead the Penguins past the Pistons. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had two assists.

WASHINGTON 3 – Carolina 1… The Capitals topped the Hurricanes for their third straight game. Chandler Stephenson scored his second goal in three games. Braden Holtby made 28 saves at goal.

Columbus 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 3… Pierre-Luc Dubois found the net with 31 seconds left in overtime to send the Blue Jackets past the Rangers. Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist.

New Jersey 5 – BOSTON 2… Blake Coleman netted two goals in the Devils’ defeat of the Bruins. Andy Greene assisted on two goals. Goalie MacKenzie Blackwood made 40 stops.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Philadelphia 5 (OT)… The Lightning recovered to beat the Flyers after blowing a three-goal third-period lead. Alex Killorn scored the winning goal with 31 seconds left in overtime. Steven Stamkos scored two goals and had two assists. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Buffalo 1… The Blues scored three straight goals in the second period and cruised past the Sabres. Jay Bouwmeester and Pat Maroon scored 54 seconds apart. Robert Thomas had a goal and an assist.

Dallas 2 – NASHVILLE 0… Anton Khudobin stopped all 49 shots in the Stars’ shutout of the Predators. Tyler Pitlick and Mattias Janmark scored for Dallas.

Calgary 4 – WINNIPEG 1… Johnny Gaudreau scored three goals off Shane Manahan assists and the Flames cruised past the Jets. Goalie David Rittich made 35 saves.

CHICAGO 5 – Minnesota 2… Patrick Kane’s hat trick carried the Blackhawks past the Wild. Brandon Saad scored Chicago’s other two goals. Collin Delia stopped 46 shots at goal.

Vancouver 4 – EDMONTON 2… The Canucks scored four first-period goals and never looked back in doubling up on the Oilers. Elias Pettersson had a goal and an assist. Goalie Jacob Markstrom made 30 saves.

VEGAS 2 – Colorado 1… Paul Stastny scored a tying goal in the second period and assisted on Brandon Pirri’s go-ahead goal in the third as the Golden Knights edged the Avalanche. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 31 shots.

SAN JOSE 4 – Anaheim 2… Brent Burns scored a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and Tomas Hertl added an empty-netter to push the Sharks past the Ducks. Barclay Goodrow assisted on three goals.

LOS ANGELES 2 – Arizona 1… Dustin Brown’s goal with 17 seconds remaining sent the Kings past the Coyotes. Jake Muzzin found the net with a tying goal late in the first period.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Florida…
the N.Y. Islanders host Ottawa…
Toronto is at Columbus

COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORES
Duke 56, Temple 27…
Wisconsin 35, Miami 3…
Baylor 45, Vanderbilt 38

TODAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Purdue plays Auburn in the Music City Bowl…
#16 West Virginia plays #20 Syracuse in the Camping World Bowl…
#13 Washington State plays #24 Iowa State in the Alamo Bowl

SATURDAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
South Carolina plays Virginia in the Belk Bowl…
#7 Michigan plays #10 Florida in the Peach Bowl…
Arkansas State plays Nevada in the Arizona Bowl…
#2 Clemson plays #3 Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl…
#1 Alabama plays #4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Atlanta (6-9) is at Tampa Bay (5-10)…
Buffalo (5-10) hosts Miami (7-8)…
Carolina (6-9) is at New Orleans (13-2)…
the N.Y. Giants (5-10) host Dallas (9-6)…
the N.Y. Jets (4-11) are at New England (10-5)…
Houston (10-5) hosts Jacksonville (5-10)…
Detroit (5-10) is at Green Bay (6-8-1)…
Denver (6-9) hosts San Diego (11-4)…
San Francisco (4-11) is at the L.A. Rams (12-3)…
Seattle (9-6) hosts Arizona (3-12)…
Philadelphia (8-7) is at Washington (7-8)…
Baltimore (9-6) hosts Cleveland (7-7-1)…
Oakland (4-11) is at Kansas City (11-4)…
Minnesota (8-6-1) hosts Chicago (11-4)…
Cincinnati (6-9) is at Pittsburgh (8-6-1)…
Tennessee (9-6) hosts Indianapolis (9-6)

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