The Rundown for Jan. 18, 2019

TRUMP CANCELS PELOSI’S OVERSEAS TRIP… President Trump yesterday postponed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s scheduled overseas trip just an hour before she was scheduled to depart. The president said the trip would be rescheduled when the partial government shutdown has ended. Pelosi appears to have angered Trump on Wednesday when she uninvited him to deliver his scheduled State of the Union address from the House chamber. Pelosi planned to stop in Brussels to “affirm the United States’ ironclad commitment to the NATO alliance” with key allies, according to her chief of staff. The speaker was also set to visit Afghanistan to express appreciation for the service and dedication of American service members.

LAW FIRM ADMITS UKRAINIAN WORK… A law firm that worked with former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort for the Ukrainian government has agreed to pay the Justice more than $4.6 million in fines and register as a foreign agent. The firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom has acknowledged that a partner misled prosecutors about the extent of its work for Ukraine. The Ukrainian Ministry of Justice allegedly hired the firm with Manafort’s assistance and produced a report favoring Viktor Yanukovych, the former pro-Russian president of Ukraine. The firm also agreed to advise Ukraine on a “second, potential future prosecution” of Tymoshenko, according to the DOJ. A former lawyer at the firm, Alex Van Der Zwaan, spent 30 days in jail after he was charged with lying to Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

COHEN RIGGED POLLS, LIED ABOUT TRUMP TOWER MOSCOW… President Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, claims he paid the chief information officer of Liberty University to rig online polling data at Trump’s direction. Cohen says he paid John Gauger $50,000 to falsify a CNBC and Drudge Report poll in 2014 and 2015. Gauger maintains that he was never paid in full. Meanwhile, Buzzfeed reported last night that several sources have told Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Trump also directed Cohen to lie to Congress about negotiations to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

CONGRESSMAN TOM MARINO RESIGNS… Republican Tom Marino of Pennsylvania announced his resignation from Congress yesterday. The announcement came less than three months after Marino won his fifth term in office. Marino said he plans to enter the private sector. Pennsylvania’s Democratic Governor Tom Wolf must wait at least 60 days before scheduling a special election.

HOUSE VOTES AGAINST EASING DERIPASKA SANCTIONS… The House yesterday overwhelmingly rebuked the Trump administration’s plan to ease sanctions for companies with ties to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The symbolic 362-53 vote came just a day after the Senate came up three votes short of advancing a resolution that blocked the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on Deripaska’s companies. Some 130 Republicans crossed the aisle to vote with Democrats in yesterday’s House vote. Deripaska has been investigated for money laundering and accused of threatening the lives of business rivals, illegally wiretapping a government official and taking part in extortion and racketeering. The close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin has also been accused of bribing a government official, ordering the death of a businessman and having links to a Russian organized crime group.

GLADYS KNIGHT TO SING SUPER BOWL NATIONAL ANTHEM… Seven-time Grammy Award-winner Gladys Knight has agreed to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at this year’s Super Bowl. The 74-year-old entertainer is best known for er hits “Midnight Train to Georgia” and “That’s What Friends Are For.” She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996. The game is scheduled for February 3 in Atlanta.

IN THEATERS… In “Glass,” a security guard uses his supernatural abilities to track a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities. Anya Taylor-Joy and James McAvoy star in the PG-13 film. “An Acceptable Loss” stars Tika Sumpter and Jamie Lee Curtis in the story about a former top U.S. security adviser who is threatened by associates from her dark past. The film is rated R.

WASHINGTON 101 – New York 100… Allonzo Trier was called for goaltending on Thomas Bryant’s layup attempt with 0.4 seconds remaining, pushing the Wizards past the Knicks in a game played in London. Washington outscored New York 24-11 in the fourth quarter. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 26 points. Otto Porter Jr. added 20 points off the bench.

CHARLOTTE 114 – Sacramento 95… The Hornets shook off a slow start to build a 13-point halftime lead and cruised past the Kings. Kemba Walker scored 23 points to lead seven players in double figures.

Philadelphia 120 – INDIANA 96… The 76ers racked up 38 assists and shot 53 percent in their blowout of the Pacers. Jimmy Butler led the way with 27 points. Joel Embiid had 22 points and 13 rebounds. J.J. Redick tossed in 20 points.

TORONTO 111 – Phoenix 109… Pascal Siakam scored off a drive as time expired to lift the Raptors over the Suns. Siakam finished with 10 points and 12 boards. Serge Ibaka led Toronto with 22 points.

DENVER 135 – Chicago 105… The Nuggets rolled past the Bulls after trailing early. All five starters scored in double figures led by Jamal Murray’s 25 points. Nikola Jokic finished with 18 points and 11 assists.

L.A. Lakers 138 – OKLAHOMA CITY 128 (OT)… The Lakers overcame a 17-point deficit to outlast the Thunder. Kyle Kuzma scored a game-high 32 points. Ivica Zubac finished with 28 points and 12 rebounds. Lonzo Ball had 18 points and 12 assists.

Brooklyn is at Orlando…
Detroit hosts Miami…
Memphis is at Boston…
Minnesota hosts San Antonio…
Cleveland is at Utah…
Portland hosts New Orleans…
Golden State is at the L.A. Clippers

BOSTON 5 – St. Louis 2… Chris Wagner netted a tie-breaking goal 5:27 into the third quarter and the Bruins made it stand in edging the Blues. Wagner also had an assist. David Krejci assisted on three goals. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 28 saves and tied a franchise record with his 252nd career victory.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – New Jersey 1… The Islanders scored three first-period goals and never looked back in downing the Devils. Anders Lee opened the scoring and added a third-period goal. Jordan Eberle had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. RANGERS 4 – Chicago 3… Chris Kreider scored a goal and assisted on another in leading the Rangers past the Blackhawks. Mats Zuccarello, Filip Chytil and Mika Zibanejad also scored for New York.

Toronto 4 – TAMPA BAY 2… Mitchell Marner’s second-period goal gave the Maple Leafs the lead for good in their defeat of the Lightning. Nazem Kadri and Patrick Marleau each had a goal and an assist.

Winnipeg 5 – NASHVILLE 1… Brendan Lemieux found the net twice as the Jets skated past the Predators. Joe Morrow and Sami Niku had two assists apiece. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 37 saves.

Anaheim 3 – MINNESOTA 0… Goalie John Gibson stopped all 37 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Ducks topped the Wild to snap their 12-game losing streak. Anaheim did all its scoring in the first period on goals by Adam Henrique, Rickard Rakell and Brian Gibbons.

Los Angeles 2 – DALLAS 1… Goals by Dustin Brown and Carl Hagelin carried the Kings past the Stars. Jack Campbell made 29 saves at goal and came within 1:04 of a shutout.

Montreal is at Columbus…
Florida hosts Toronto…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Washington…
Carolina hosts Ottawa…
Detroit is at Calgary…
Arizona hosts Pittsburgh…
Buffalo is at Vancouver

#5 GONZAGA 73, Loyola Marymount 55…
#6 Michigan State 70, NEBRASKA 64

West Division-champion L.A. Rams are at South Division-champion New Orleans in the NFC title game, 3:05 p.m. Eastern, Fox…

West Division-champion Kansas City hosts East Division-champion New England in the AFC title game, 6:40 p.m. Eastern, CBS

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