The Rundown for Jan. 14, 2019

LINDSEY GRAHAM URGES TRUMP TO RE-OPEN THE GOVERNMENT… South Carolina Republican Senator Lindsey Graham has urged President Trump to reopen the federal government for a short period before declaring a national emergency over border security. During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Graham expressed hope that Trump signs a bill that re-opens the government for three weeks as negotiations with Democrats continue. Trump on Friday said he has no immediate plans to make a declaration “right now” but would if he had to. The standoff enters its 24th day today.

JUDGE BLOCKS BIRTH-CONTROL RULES… A federal judge in California yesterday blocked Trump administration rules allowing more employers to opt out of providing free birth control under Obamacare rules in 13 states and the District of Columbia. The new rules take effect today in other states. U.S. Judge Haywood Gilliam granted the plaintiffs’ request for a preliminary injunction while a lawsuit moves forward. Plaintiffs have argued that the rules would force women would to turn to state-funded programs for birth control and face greater risk of unintended pregnancies.

SHOOTINGS IN PHOENIX, UTAH… A shooting at a Phoenix hotel yesterday afternoon left an 18-year-old woman dead and five other people injured. Witnesses say an argument involving two women on the second floor led to a man pulling a gun and firing off multiple shots. Three victims were listed in critical condition. A separate shooting at a mall in Murray, Utah, yesterday left a man critical condition and woman in serious condition. Police say three suspects remain at large.

ATLANTIC COAST GETS SNOW… A winter storm blamed for the deaths of seven people in the Midwest blanketed the mid-Atlantic coast yesterday. The storm was expected to bring as much as a foot of snow to Washington D.C. and parts of northern Virginia through today. Freezing rain is forecast for the western Carolinas into southern Virginia. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Washington, parts of central Maryland and northern and northwest Virginia heading into last night.

L.A. PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS GOING ON STRIKE… Some 30,000 public school teachers in Los Angeles are expected to go on strike the morning after negotiations between the teachers’ union and the nation’s second-largest school district failed. School-district officials say schools will remain open during the strike and will be staffed by administrators, volunteers and 400 newly hired substitute teachers.

ENTERTAINMENT
SUPER BOWL ENTERTAINERS… Maroon 5, along with rappers Travis Scott and Big Boi, have been officially named entertainers at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. The event is scheduled for February 3 in Atlanta. Maroon 5 is a three-time Grammy-winning group led by Adam Levine. Big Boi is a Georgia native who was previously one half of rap group Outcast.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “The Upside” took in $19.5 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “Aquaman” slipped to second place with $17.2 million after three weeks at No. 1. Another newcomer, “A Dog’s Way Home,” made $11.3 million to finish third. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” rose one spot to No. 4 with $9 million. “Escape Room” made $8.9 million to cap the top five.

SPORTS
NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCORES
NEW ENGLAND 41 – L.A. Chargers 28… The Patriots (12-5) built a 35-7 halftime lead and never looked back on their way past the Chargers (13-5) in the AFC divisional round. Sony Michel rushed for 129 yards and three touchdowns. Tom Brady passed or 343 yards and a score. Julian Edelman had nine receptions for 151 yards. New England visits Kansas City (13-4) on Sunday in the AFC championship game.

NEW ORLEANS 20 – Philadelphia 14… The Saints (14-3) rallied past the Eagles (10-8) in the NFC divisional round after spotting them a 14-point second-quarter lead. Drew Brees threw touchdown passes to Michael Thomas and Keith Kirkwood. Marcus Lattimore recorded his second interception of the game with about two minutes remaining to clinch the victory. The ball went through the hands of Philadelphia receiver Alshon Jeffries at the New Orleans 24 yard line. New Orleans hosts the L.A. Rams (13-4) on Sunday in the NFC title game.

NBA SCORES
Philadelphia 108 – NEW YORK 105… The 76ers built a 16-point halftime lead and held on to beat the Knicks. They got 26 points from Joel Embiid and 22 from J.J. Redick. Ben Simmons brought down 22 rebounds to go with his 20 points.

Toronto 140 – WASHINGTON 138 (2OT)… The Raptors recovered to outlast the Wizards after blowing a 23-point second-quarter lead. Serge Ibaka knocked down the decisive 3-pointer with 15 seconds left in the second overtime. Kawhi Leonard had 41 points and 11 boards. Pascal Siakam added 24 points.

Milwaukee 133 – ATLANTA 114… Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 33 points in leading the Bucks past the Hawks. Eric Bledsoe tossed in 24 points and dished off 10 assists.

ORLANDO 116 – Houston 109… Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon scored 22 points apiece as the Magic came from behind to down the Rockets. Houston’s James Harden scored 38 points to extend his streak of 30-point games to 16. He made just one of 17 3-point attempts, however.

Golden State 119 – DALLAS 114… Stephen Curry made 11 of 19 3-point attempts on his way to 48 points and the Warriors held off the Mavericks. Kevin Durant added 28 points.

DENVER 116 – Portland 116… The Nuggets came up big down the stretch in escaping with a win over the Trail Blazers. Nikola Jokic powered his way to 40 points and 10 rebounds. Jamal Murray tossed in 24 points.

Cleveland 101 – L.A. LAKERS 95… All five starters scored in double figures and the Cavaliers got past the cold-shooting Lakers. Cedi Osman led the way with points. Alec Burks had 17 points and 13 boards. Tristan Thompson finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Boston is at Brooklyn…
Houston hosts Memphis…
Charlotte is at San Antonio…
Utah hosts Detroit…
Portland is at Sacramento…
the L.A. Clippers host New Orleans

NHL SCORES
CAROLINA 6 – Nashville 3… Sebastian Aho scored three goals and assisted on another as the Hurricanes doubled up on the Predators. Michael Ferland had two assists for Carolina.

COLUMBUS 7 – N.Y. Rangers 5… Nick Foligno’s second goal of the game came with 1:21 remaining and iced the Blue Jackets’ win over the Rangers. Cam Atkinson and Artemi Panarin each had a goal and an assist.

WINNIPEG 4 – Anaheim 3 (OT)… Bryan Little found the net at 4:49 of overtime as the Jets dealt the Ducks their 11th straight loss. Ben Chiarot scored the tying goal with 5:55 remaining in regulation.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Tampa Bay 1… Casey Cizikas and Cal Clutterbuck each had a goal and an assist as the Islanders skated past the Lightning. Matt Martin assisted on two goals. Goalie Thomas Griess made 38 saves.

VANCOUVER 5 – Florida 1… Loui Eriksson scored a goal and had two assists in leading the Canucks past the Panthers. The loss was Florida’s sixth in a row.

CALGARY 7 – Arizona 1… Mark Giordano and Matthew Tkachuk scored two goals apiece to lead the Flames in their romp over the Coyotes. Giordano also had an assist. Mikael Backlund and Michael Frolik each had two assists. 

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at Philadelphia…
New Jersey hosts Chicago…
St. Louis is at Washington…
Toronto hosts Colorado…
Montreal is at Boston…
Edmonton hosts Buffalo

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 MICHIGAN 80, Northwestern 60…
#6 Michigan State 71, PENN STATE 56

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