The Rundown for Jan. 23, 2019

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS MILITARY TRANSGENDER BAN… The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the Trump administration can impose its plan to ban transgender military service while lower-court rulings play out. The 5-4 vote removed several national injunctions and did not reflect the court’s opinion on the merits of the ban. The Supreme Court won’t be able to revisit the issue until after its new term begins in October. The policy forbids individuals who identify with a gender different from their biological sex from entering military service, unless they’re either already serving openly or are willing to enroll “in their biological sex.”

NORTH CAROLINA JUDGE REFUSES TO CALL CONGRESS RACE… A judge yesterday refused to declare Republican Mark Harris the victor in the undecided North Carolina congressional race pending an investigation into whether his narrow lead was boosted by illegal vote-collection tactics. Harris leads Democrat Dan McCready in the 9th district contest, but doubt has been raised by allegations that mail-in ballots could have been altered or discarded by an operative Harris employed. Superior Court Judge Paul Ridgeway says a newly reorganized state elections board will be seated at the end of the month “will be in the best position to weigh the factual and legal issues” to declare the rightful winner.

FBI DISCUSSES IMPACTS OF SHUTDOWN… The partial government shutdown is negatively impacting FBI operations and national security, the FBI Agents Association emphasized at a press conference yesterday. The association’s president, Tom O’Connor, says investigations into crimes against children and terrorism are among operations being hampered. Agents identifying themselves as members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force complained that the shutdown is preventing them from paying confidential human sources.

L.A. TEACHERS RETURNING TO CLASSROOMS… A tentative agreement to end a six-day-old strike at the nation’s second-largest school district was reached yesterday. The deal between Los Angeles school officials and the teachers union will return educators to classrooms today after overwhelming support from union members. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti joined leaders from United Teachers Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District in announcing the strike’s end at City Hall following a 21-hour bargaining session that ended before dawn. The deal includes a 6 percent raise for teachers, a reduction in class sizes and more school nurses, librarians and counselors.

ARRESTS IN MUSLIM ATTACK PLOT… Authorities have charged three adults and a 16-year-old student with plotting an attack in the Muslim community of Islamberg, New York. Police say the suspects had access to 23 firearms and three homemade explosives at the time of their arrests. Investigators say they don’t know when the attack was set to occur. An investigation was launched Friday in response to a comment the student made at school.

ENTERTAINMENT
CHRIS BROWN ARRESTED FOR RAPE IN FRANCE… French police have taken into custody Chris Brown and two members of his team after a woman accused the singer of raping her in a hotel. Authorities say Brown has been detained on aggravated rape and narcotics charges. The victim claims she met Brown at a club on the night of January 15 and then went with him to the hotel where the alleged rape occurred. Investigators must decide within two days whether to file preliminary charges or release Brown.

OSCAR NOMINATIONS… “The Favourite” and “Roma” received 10 nominations apiece, including Best Picture, to lead the field at the 91st Annual Academy Awards. Nominations were announced yesterday and winners will be named at the Oscar ceremony on February 24. Other Best Picture nominees include “BlacKkKlansman,” “Black Panther,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Green Book,” “A Star Is Born” and “Vice”… “A Star Is Born” and “Vice” each got eight nominations… Best Director nominees are Alfonso Cuaron (“Roma”) Yorgos Lanthimos (“The Favourite”), Spike Lee (“BlacKkKlansman”), Adam McKay (“Vice”) and Pawel Pawlikowski (“Cold War”)… Nominated for Best Actress were Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”), Glenn Close (“The Wife”), Olivia Colman (“The Favourite”), Lady Gaga (“A Star Is Born”) and Melissa McCarthy (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”)… Best Actor nominees are Christian Bale (“Vice”), Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Willem Dafoe (“At Eternity’s Gate”), Rami Malek (“Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Viggo Mortensen (“Green Book”)… Nominated for Best Supporting Actress were Amy Adams (“Vice”), Marina de Tavira (“Roma”), Regina King (“If Beale Street Could Talk”), Emma Stone (“The Favourite”) and Rachel Weisz (“The Favourite”)… Best Supporting Actor nominees were Mahershala Ali (“Green Book”), Adam Driver (“BlacKkKlansman”), Sam Elliott (“A Star Is Born”), Richard E. Grant (“Can You Ever Forgive Me?”) and Sam Rockwell (“Vice”).

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
TORONTO 120 – Sacramento 105… The Raptors overcame a slow start to roll past the Kings. Kyle Lowry and Fred VanVleet scored 19 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack. Serge Ibaka had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

OKLAHOMA CITY 123 – Portland 114… Paul George scored a game-high 36 points as the Thunder outgunned the Trail Blazers. Russell Westbrook racked up 29 points, 10 boards and 14 assists. Four other players scored in double figures for Oklahoma City.

DALLAS 106 – L.A. Clippers 98… Five players scored in double figures as the Mavericks scratched out a win over the Clippers. Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 20 points. DeAndre Jordan finished brought down 16 rebounds to go with his 13 points.

Minnesota 118 – PHOENIX 91… Karl-Anthony Towns powered his way to 25 points and 18 rebounds to lead the Timberwolves in their blowout of the Suns. Josh Okogie dropped in 21 points. The game featured the ejections of Phoenix’s Devin Booker and Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng following a third-quarter skirmish.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Indiana…
Miami hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Cleveland is at Boston…
Brooklyn hosts Orlando…
Houston is at New York…
Philadelphia hosts San Antonio…
Charlotte is at Memphis…
Chicago hosts Atlanta…
Detroit is at New Orleans…
Utah hosts Denver

NHL SCORES
San Jose 7 – WASHINGTON 6 (OT)… Tomas Hertl found the net at 2:48 of overtime to complete a hat trick and the Sharks outlasted the Capitals to snap their three-game skid. Evander Kane’s second goal of the night tied the game with a second remaining in regulation. Joe Pavelski had a goal and three assists. Logan Couture added a goal and two assists. Alex Ovechkin’s three goals weren’t enough for Washington, which has lost six in a row.

Arizona 3 – OTTAWA 2… Vinnie Hinostroza netted a pair of goals and added an assist as the Coyotes held off the Senators. Richard Panik assisted on two goals.

CHICAGO 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2 (SO)… Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane scored in a shootout to push the Blackhawks past the Islanders. Toews scored a tying goal with 22 seconds left in the second period. Dylan Strome also found the net for Chicago.

Detroit 3 – EDMONTON 2… Luke Glendening score two goals as the Red Wings held off the Oilers. Dylan Larkin opened the scoring in the first period. Goalie Jimmy Howard made 32 saves.

CALGARY 3 – Carolina 2 (OT)… The Flames recovered to edge the Hurricanes after blowing a late lead. Mikael Backlund scored the game-winning goal 15 seconds into overtime. Carolina’s Sebastian Aho lit the lamp with 44 seconds left in regulation to force the extra period.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington is at Toronto…
Montreal hosts Arizona…
Minnesota is at Colorado…
Anaheim hosts St. Louis…
Nashville is at Vegas…
Vancouver hosts Carolina

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 Duke 79, PITTSBURGH 64…
#3 VIRGINIA 68, Wake Forest 45…
#5 MICHIGAN 59, Minnesota 57…
#8 KENTUCKY 76, #22 Mississippi State 55…
KANSAS STATE 58, #14 Texas Tech 45…
NORTHERN ILLINOIS 77, #14 Buffalo 75…
SOUTH CAROLINA 80, #16 Auburn 77…
#18 Villanova 80, BUTLER 72…
ALABAMA 74, #20 Mississippi 53

BASEBALL NEWS… Closer Mariano Rivera, designated hitter Edgar Martinez and starting pitchers Roy Halladay and Mike Mussina have been voted in as the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame. Rivera, who racked up a record 652 saves over his 19-year career and helped the New York Yankees win five World Series titles, became the first player to be voted in unanimously. Martinez won two batting titles and hit .312 with 309 home runs over 18 seasons with Seattle. Halladay finished 203-105 in his career with a 3.38 ERA and won two Cy Young Awards during his 12 seasons with Toronto and Philadelphia. Mussina compiled a 270-153 record with a 3.68 ERA and 2,813 strikeouts during an 18-year career with Baltimore and the N.Y. Yankees.

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