The Rundown for Jan. 21, 2019

GIULIANI CONCEDES TRUMP TOWER MOSCOW DISCUSSIONS… President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani yesterday conceded that Trump pursued the construction of Trump Tower in Moscow throughout 2016. Trump discussed the project with his former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, as late as a month before his election, Giuliani said during an appearance on “Meet the Press.” The concession comes as congressional investigators are probing possible ties between the president and Russia. BuzzFeed News reported last week that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow real estate deal.

TRUMP APPEARS TO WARN PELOSI OF DEPORTATIONS… President Trump warned House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Twitter yesterday to “be careful” after Democrats turned down his proposal to end the partial government shutdown. In responding to concerns that his plan would offer amnesty to thousands of undocumented immigrants by extending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Trump appeared to warn Pelosi that he could increase deportations. “There will be no big push to remove the 11,000,000 plus people who are here illegally,” the president tweeted, “but be careful Nancy!” Pelosi later responded by calling for an end to the government shutdown before negotiating how to fund an expanded physical barrier along the southern border with Mexico.

NATIVE AMERICAN ACTIVIST SAYS HE FACED ‘MOB MENTALITY’… Native American activist Nathan Phillips said the Kentucky high school students who confronted him Friday at the Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C., had a “mob mentality” and had been harassing black protesters. Phillips, an Omaha elder, told the Detroit Free Press that the confrontation with Covington Catholic High School students who had attended the anti-abortion March for Life was “very scary.” Video of the incident went viral. The school and Archdiocese of Covington have condemned the behavior of its students and warned of possible expulsions.

OREGON MAN KILLS 4 FAMILY MEMBERS… Authorities in Oregon confirmed yesterday that a 42-year-old man murdered four family members during a rampage on Saturday night and was fatally shot by police as he was trying to kill a girl. Investigators say it appears Mark Leo Gregory Gago used multiple weapons to kill his parents, his girlfriend and their infant daughter. Two surviving family members were taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries, authorities said.

WINTER STORM CHILLS NORTHEAST… Much of the Northeast was brought to a crawl yesterday by a major winter storm that brought snow, ice and some of the coldest temperatures of the season. The storm prompted National Weather Service warnings or advisories in at least 15 states stretching from southeast Missouri to the northern tip of Maine. Boston’s Logan Airport bore the brunt of yesterday’s flight cancellations. As much as 20 inches of snow fell in New York’s Adirondack Mountains.

ENTERTAINMENT
SUPER BOWL FILL OUT MUSICAL LINEUP… R&B sister duo Chloe X Halle has signed on to perform “America the Beautiful” at the Super Bowl in Atlanta on February 3. The NFL announced yesterday that the two are joining the event’s lineup of musical talent. Gladys Knight is set to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” and Maroon 5 headlines a halftime show that includes guest performers Big Boi and Travis Scott.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Glass” took in $40.5 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “The Upside,” slipped to second place with $15.6 million. “Dragon Ball Super: Broly” opened at No. 3 with $10.6 million. “Aquaman” finished fourth with $10.3 million. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” made $7.2 million to finish fifth.

SPORTS
NFL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
L.A. Rams 26 – NEW ORLEANS 23 (OT)… Greg Zuerlein’s 57-yard field goal at 11:43 of overtime capped a comeback that carried the Rams to Super Bowl 53. The winning kick was set up by John Johnson’s interception at the Rams’ 46-yard line. Zuerlein’s 19-yard field goal with 19 seconds left in regulation forced the extra period. Jared Goff passed for 297 yards and a touchdown. Brandin Cooks had seven catches for 107 yards.

New England 37 – KANSAS CITY 31 (OT)… Rex Burkhead completed a 13-play, 75-yard drive at the start of overtime with a 2-yard touchdown plunge that sent the Patriots past the Chiefs and into a Super Bowl matchup with the Rams. Burkhead also had a 4-yard scoring run with 39 seconds left in regulation to give New England a three-point lead they couldn’t hold. Sony Michel had two TD runs of his own and finished with 113 yards rushing. Tom Brady passed for 348 yards and a touchdown.

NBA SCORES
INDIANA 120 – Charlotte 95… Victor Oladipo scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Pacers cruised past the Hornets. Myles Turner grabbed 16 rebounds to go with his nine points.

MINNESOTA 116 – Phoenix 114… Derrick Rose knocked down an 18-foot jumper with less than a second remaining to lift the Timberwolves over the Suns. Rose finished with a game-high 31 points. Karl-Anthony Towns scored 28 of his 30 points in the first half and brought down 12 boards.

L.A. Clippers 103 – SAN ANTONIO 95… The Clippers handled the Spurs to snap their five-game skid. Tobias Harris scored 27 points to go with his nine rebounds and nine assists. Patrick Beverley had 18 points and 12 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Oklahoma City is at New York…
Cleveland hosts Chicago…
Detroit is at Washington…
Milwaukee hosts Dallas…
Orlando is at Atlanta…
Brooklyn hosts Sacramento…
New Orleans is at Memphis…
Boston hosts Miami…
Houston is at Philadelphia…
Utah hosts Portland…
Golden State is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
CHICAGO 8 – Washington 5… Jonathan Toews scored three goals and assisted on two others as the Blackhawks outshot the Capitals. Patrick Kane added two goals and two assists.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 – Anaheim 0… Cal Clutterbuck’s two first-period goals provided the Islanders with all the scoring they needed in shutting out the Ducks for their fifth straight win. Goalie Robin Lehner turned away all 19 shots he faced.

VANCOUVER 3 – Detroit 2… Antoine Roussel’s third-period goal lifted the Canucks over the Red Wings. Elias Pettersson opened the scoring midway through the first period and assisted on Bo Horvat’s tying goal in the third. Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped 35 shots.

Arizona 4 – TORONTO 2… Vinnie Hinostroza netted a tie-breaking goal at 6:44 of the third period and Lawson Crouse added an empty-netter as the Coyotes put away the Maple Leafs. Darcy Kuemper stopped 25 shots at goal.

Carolina 7 – EDMONTON 4… Nino Niederreiter scored two of his team’s three first period goals and the Hurricanes added three more goals in the second period on their way past the Oilers. Lucas Wallmark closed the scoring with his second goal of the game into an empty net. Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and two assists. Jaccob Slavin assisted on three goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Nashville is at Colorado…
Los Angeles hosts St. Louis…
Minnesota is at Vegas…
Florida hosts San Jose

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES...
BOSTON COLLEGE 87, #11 Florida State 82…
#15 MARQUETTE 79, Providence 68…
#23 IOWA 95, Illinois 71

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