The Rundown for Jan. 7, 2019

TRUMP PRESSES DEMAND FOR WALL… President Trump continues his demand for $5.6 billion funding to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico, but yesterday said the barrier could be made of steel instead of concrete as a potential compromise with Democrats who won’t give him the money. The president reiterated his position yesterday while leaving the White House for Camp David. Trump said building the wall is “about safety” and blamed Democrats for the partial government shutdown that is entering its third week. Trump said he could relate to the workers who would have trouble paying bills because of the shutdown and repeated his threat to declare a national emergency as a possible way to build the wall.

NATIONAL PARKS TAPPING INTO USERS FEES… The Washington Post reported yesterday that the National Park Service is planning to tap into entrance fees to cover expenses at some locations. The move is a response to the government shutdown that has cut off funding for maintenance, sanitation and public safety. An Interior Department order issued on Saturday allows park administrators to hire additional staff to manage areas at risk of degradation amid the shutdown.

BOLTON DISCUSSES SYRIA PULL-OUT… National Security Adviser John Bolton said yesterday that the U.S. will not withdraw troops from Syria until Turkey guarantees it won’t attack Kurdish forces. Bolton, who was in Israel meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders, said leaving Kurdish Syrians alone is among several conditions that must be fulfilled before the U.S. leaves the Middle East. The U.S. is also intent on defeating the remnants of ISIS. The comments clarified President Trump’s previous announcement that the U.S. was immediately pulling out its 2,000 troops.

USS COLE MILITANT KILLED IN STRIKE… The White House has confirmed that the al-Qaeda militant behind the attack on the USS Cole in Yemen in 2000 has been killed in a U.S. air strike. Pentagon officials say Jamal al-Badawi was targeted in a strike carried out in Yemen’s Marib region on January 1. A U.S. grand jury indicted Badawi in 2003 for his role in the bombing U.S. Navy shop as it was refueling in the port of Aden. The attack killed 17 U.S. sailors and wounded at least 40 other people. A Saudi-born suspect in the planning of the attack, Abd al-Nashiri, is being held in U.S. custody at Guantanamo Bay and could face the death penalty.

WINDSTORMS KILL POWER IN NORTHWEST… Hundreds of thousands of customers were without power in Washington and Oregon yesterday following powerful windstorms that struck over the weekend. The National Weather Service in Seattle reported that winds as high as 60 mph were recorded at Sea-Tac Airport. A power outage in the Seattle area forced Alaska Airlines to ground all flights for about an hour beginning at 4:20 yesterday morning.

GOLDEN GLOBES… “Green Book” claimed three wins, including best comedy, best supporting actor and best screenplay categories, to lead the field at last night’s 76th annual Golden Globes. Netflix’s “Roma” won for best foreign-language film and best director. “Bohemian Rhapsody” was honored for best drama and best actor categories. “The Americans” won for best drama series “The Kominsky Method” was named best comedy series. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won the award for best animated feature. “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” won in the limited TV series category. Last night’s event was hosted by Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg.

21 SAVAGE TOPS ALBUM CHART AGAIN… 21 Savage’s “I Am > I Was” sold 65,000 copies to stay at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. A Boogie wit da Hoodie’s “Hoodie SZN” remained in second place after selling 58,000 units. Meek Mill’s “Championships” rose to third place after selling 48,500 copies. Post Malone’s “beerbongs & bentleys” jumped into fourth place with 48,000 copies sold. The “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” soundtrack capped the top five with 46,000 units sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Aquaman” took in another $30.7 million to remain top the weekend box office for the third straight week. “Escape Room” opened in second place with $18 million. “Mary Poppins Returns” finished third with $15.7 million. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” held on at No. 4 with $13 million. “Bumblebee” slipped to fifth with $12.7 million.

L.A. Chargers 23 – BALTIMORE 17… Mike Badgley booted five field goals to 53 yards, Melvin Gordon ran 1 yard or a fourth-quarter touchdown and the wild-card Chargers knocked off the AFC North-champion Ravens in their first-round playoff game. Baltimore quarterback Lamar Jackson overcame a rough afternoon to hit Michael Crabtree with two touchdown passes in the final 7 minutes and make the game close. L.A. advances to visit AFC East-champion New England in next Sunday’s divisional round. AFC West-champion Kansas City hosts wild-card Indianapolis on Saturday in the other AFC divisional-round matchup.

Philadelphia 16 – CHICAGO 15… The wild-card and defending Super Bowl-champion Eagles escaped with a win over the NFC North-champion Bears. Philadelphia moved 60-yards on 12 plays and took the lead on Nick Foles’ 2-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate with 56 seconds left. Chicago took the ensuing kickoff and moved to the Philadelphia 33, but kicker Cody Parkey’s game-winning field goal attempt hit the upright and crossbar in bouncing short. Foles hit Dallas Goedert with a 10-yard scoring toss in the third quarter. The Eagles travel to NFC South-champion New Orleans on Sunday in the divisional round. The NFC West-champion L.A. Rams host NFC East-champion Dallas in the other NFC divisional-round matchup.

L.A. CLIPPERS 106 – Orlando 96… The Clippers shook off a slow start to ease past the Magic. Tobias Harris scored 28 points to lead all scorers.

Brooklyn 117 – CHICAGO 100… The Nets pulled away in the second half to put away the Bulls. D’Angelo Russell scored a game-high 28 points. DeMarre Carroll delivered 20 points off the bench.

MINNESOTA 108 – L.A. Lakers 86… The Timberwolves built a 16-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their rout of the Lakers. Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins scored 28 points apiece. Towns also grabbed 18 rebounds.

ATLANTA 106 – Miami 82… The Hawks bombed the Heat 41-21 in the third quarter to win going away. Trae Young scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. John Collins had 13 points and as many boards.

Washington 116 – OKLAHOMA CITY 98… The Wizards pulled away in the second half to down the Raptors. They got 25 points from Bradley Beal and 20 from Otto Porter Jr. off the bench.

TORONTO 121 – Indiana 105… Norman Powell came off the bench to score a game-high 23 points and lead eight players in double figures as the Raptors handled the Pacers. Pascal Siakam had 12 points to go with his 10 rebounds.

Charlotte 119 – PHOENIX 113… The Hornets pushed past the Suns in the second half of their road victory. Kemba Walker led the way with 29 points. Tony Parker delivered 20 points off the bench.

San Antonio is at Detroit…
Boston hosts Brooklyn…
Utah is at Milwaukee…
New Orleans hosts Memphis…
Denver is at Houston…
Dallas hosts the L.A. Lakers…
New York is at Portland..
Sacramento hosts Orlando

Carolina 5 – OTTAWA 4… Justin Williams netted a tie-breaking off a power-play at 7:34 of the third period and the Hurricanes made it stand in edging the Senators for their fourth straight win. Justin Faulk and Brock McGinn each had a goal and an assist. Teuvo Teravainen assisted on two goals.

ARIZONA 5 – N.Y. Rangers 0… Goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 23 shots in his first shutout of the season and the Coyotes cruised past the Rangers to end their three-game skid. Rookie Conor Garland was credited with two goals.

VEGAS 3 – New Jersey 2… Brayden McNabb and Max Pacioretty scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the second period and the Golden Knights hung on to edge the Devils. Malcolm Subban made 36 saves at goal.

Washington 3 – DETROIT 2… Michal Kempny found the net with 3:52 remaining and the Capitals made it stand in a come-from-behind win over the Red Wings. Travis Boyd’s goal tied the game earlier in the period.

WINNIPEG 5 – Dallas 1… The Jets closed with five unanswered goals to put away the Stars. Bryan Little and Josh Morrissey each had a goal and an assist. Jacob Trouba had two assists.

Chicago 5 – PITTSBURGH 3… Dylan Strome netted a go-ahead goal early in the third period and Jonathan Toews added an empty-netter as the Blackhawks ended the Penguins’ eight-game winning streak. Duncan Keith scored the tying goal with 3:01 left in the second. Patrick Kane had three assists.

Edmonton 4 – ANAHEIM 0… The Oilers scored three first-period goals and never looked back in their blanking of the Ducks. Goalie Cam Talbott racked up 32 saves in the shutout. Caleb Jones and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had two assists.

St. Louis is at Philadelphia…
Toronto hosts Nashville…
Minnesota is at Montreal…
Chicago hosts Calgary…
Los Angeles is at San Jose

#2 MICHIGAN 74, #21 Indiana 63…
#16 MARQUETTE 70, Xavier 52…
#19 HOUSTON 90, Memphis 77…
#22 Wisconsin 71, PENN STATE 52…
#25 IOWA 93, #24 Nebraska 84

COLLEGE FOOTBALL TITLE GAME TONIGHT… #1 Alabama plays #2 Clemson in tonight’s college football national championship game in Santa Clara, California. It will mark the third time in four years that the two teams have met for the title, with each side winning once. Alabama has reached the title game for the fourth straight season for and seventh time in 10 seasons. Alabama. Clemson handed the Crimson Tide their only loss in their past six appearances.

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