The Rundown for Jan. 3, 2019

TRUMP SAYS SHUTDOWN WILL LAST ‘AS LONG AS IT TAKES’… President Trump vowed yesterday that the shutdown will last “as long as it takes” to get $5.6 billion he is demanding to cover the cost of a border wall along the southern border with Mexico. Trump and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen attacked immigrants solicited support for the wall by making unsubstantiated claims about illegal immigration. Trump claimed that building a wall was really about “health and wellness,” and that it can’t be immoral if the Vatican has one, too.

AMBASSADOR HUNTSMAN VISITS WITH ACCUSED AMERICAN SPY… U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman visited with accused American spy Paul Whelan yesterday. Whelan was arrested on Monday by Russian officials who claim they caught the former U.S. Marine in the act. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. will demand Whelan’s immediate return if it determines his detention is inappropriate.

DEMS VOW TO PROTECT OBAMACARE… Democrats are preparing to defend Obamacare against its pending federal court challenge. Incoming House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to intervene in a Texas judge’s December 14 ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional. U.S. District Court Judge Reed O’Connor is allowing the health-care law to remain in effect while his ruling is being appealed.

INTERIOR DEPARTMENT UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT… Former fossil fuel lobbyist David Bernhardt has taken over as acting Interior Department secretary. Bernardt more recently served as Ryan Zinke’s chief deputy prior to the scandal-ridden Zinke’s resignation. Zinke, a former Montana congressman, is facing nearly 20 federal investigations. Trump has yet to nominate a permanent replacement.

APPLE BLAMES UNDERPERFORMANCE ON TARIFFS… Apple announced yesterday that an economic slowdown in China has weakened sales of its iPhones, Macs and iPads. The situation has forced the tech giant to lower its financial guidance. Apple says revenue for its fiscal first quarter will total about $84 billion, which is short of its $91.5 billion estimate. CEO Tim Cook explained to shareholders in a letter that the Trump administration’s trade tariffs “appeared to reach consumers” in China and reduced retail sales there.

ENTERTAINMENT
COMEDIAN BOB EINSTEIN DIES… Comedian Bob Einstein died yesterday following a battle with cancer. He was 76. Einstein, the older brother of comic actor/writer Albert Brooks, launched his show-business career as a writer on “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour” in the late 1960s before creating the daredevil character Super Dave Osbourne that he performed in sketch comedy specials and on Showtime. Einstein more recently portrayed Larry David’s friend Marty Funkhouser in HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”

‘THE CAPTAIN’ DARYL DRAGON DIES… Musician Daryl Dragon, who is best known as “The Captain” in the 1970s duo the Captain and Tennille, died yesterday of renal failure. He was 76. Dragon paired with his longtime partner and ex-wife Toni Tennille in the duo. Their song “Love Will Keep Us Together” climbed to No. 1 in Nov. 1974, where it remained for eight weeks.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Miami 117 – CLEVELAND 92… Josh Richardson scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Heat handled the Cavaliers. Miami made 16 3-pointers on the night.
Dallas 122 – CHARLOTTE 84… The Mavericks ran past the Hornets to snap their nine-game road skid. Luka Doncic and Dennis Smith Jr. scored 18 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack. Doncic also grabbed 10 rebounds.

WASHINGTON 114 – Atlanta 98… The Wizards got 24 points from Bradley Beal and 22 from Jeff Green in downing the Hawks. Thomas Bryant had 16 points and 15 boards.

BROOKLYN 126 – New Orleans 121… The Nets built an 18-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and held on to beat the Pelicans. De’Angelo Russell scored 22 points and dished off 13 assists. Joe Harris tossed in 21 points.

Detroit 101 – MEMPHIS 94… The Pistons fought their way past the Grizzlies to win for the first time in four games. Blake Griffin dropped in 26 points.

BOSTON 115 – Minnesota 102… Gordon Hayward lit it up for a game-high 35 points in leading the Celtics past the Timberwolves. Howard was 14 of 18 from the field. Terry Rozier scored 11 of his 16 points in the first quarter.

Orlando 112 – CHICAGO 84… The Magic led from start to finish in their blowout of the Bulls. Nikola Vucevic scored 22 points and pulled down 12 rebounds before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Philadelphia 132 – PHOENIX 127… The 76ers led by 28 points after three quarters but had to hold on to outgun the Suns. Joel Embiid had game-highs with 42 points and 18 boards. Ben Simmons added 29 points and J.J. Redick tossed in 27.

Oklahoma City 107 – L.A. LAKERS 100… The Thunder pulled past the Lakers in the fourth quarter on their way to the win on the road. Paul George scored 37 points to lead all scorers. Russell Westbrook racked up 14 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Steven Adams added 14 points and 15 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at San Antonio…
Sacramento hosts Denver…
Houston is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
Pittsburgh 7 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Kris Letang and Dominik Simon each had a goal and an assist as the Penguins cruised past the Rangers. Goalie Matt Murray stopped 28 shots.

Calgary 5 – DETROIT 3… The Flames rallied from two goals down in the second period to hand the Red Wings their sixth straight loss. Johnny Gaudreau scored a goal and had three assists. Elias Lindholm added a goal and two assists.

Vancouver 4 – OTTAWA 1 (OT)… Elias Pettersson found the net at 1:38 of overtime to complete a hat trick and send the Canucks past the Senators. Sven Baertschi had a goal and an assist. Alexander Edler added three assists.

DALLAS 5 – New Jersey 4… Miro Heiskanen’s second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and sent the Stars past the Devils. Tyler Seguin also scored twice for Dallas. Alexander Radulov assisted on three goals.

San Jose 5 – COLORADO 4… The Sharks built a 5-1 lead and hung on to edge the Avalanche. Brent Burns and Joe Pavelski each scored a goal and had three assists.

Edmonton 3 – ARIZONA 1… Connor McDavid netted a go-ahead goal in the second period and added an empty-netter to lead the Oilers past the Coyotes. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at Toronto…
Philadelphia hosts Carolina…
Calgary is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts Florida…
Vancouver is at Montreal…
the N.Y. Islanders host Chicago…
Washington is at St. Louis…
Los Angeles hosts Tampa Bay

NCAA MEN’S HOOPS TOP 25 SCORES
#5 KANSAS 70, #23 Oklahoma 63…
#6 NEVADA 72, Utah State 49…
#8 MICHIGAN STATE 81, Northwestern 55…
#11 Texas Tech 62, WEST VIRGINIA 59…
#15 NORTH CAROLINA 77, Harvard 57…
#19 HOUSTON 74, Tulsa 56…
MARYLAND 74, #24 Nebraska 72

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