The Rundown for Jan. 28, 2019

GOVERNMENT REOPENING TODAY… U.S. government agencies are reopening today following the 35-day shutdown over a budget standoff. Some 800,000 federal workers went without pay during the longest shutdown in U.S. history. A study released last week found federal workers are owed about $6 billion in back pay.

MULVANEY WARNS OF ANOTHER SHUTDOWN… President Trump’s acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney warned Americans to prepare for another government shutdown if Congress won’t work with President Trump to secure the southern border. Mulvaney said during a pair of talk-show appearances yesterday that Trump intends to use executive power or shut down the government again unless he gets border-wall funding. Trump will press his demand for $5.7 billion, according to Mulvaney. Later, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Trump acknowledged that another shutdown is “certainly an option” as he pursues the wall’s construction.

TREASURY LIFTS SANCTIONS ON OLIGARCH… The Treasury Department yesterday removed sanctions on three businesses linked to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska. Congressional Democrats objected to the move on the grounds that the sanctions should not be lifted until the Mueller investigation has ended. In return for the lifting of the sanctions, Deripaska is required to drop his direct and indirect share of each company below 50 percent and to hire new board members for two of his companies.

ARREST IN LOUISIANA MURDERS OF 5… A 21-year-old man who sparked a manhunt after allegedly killing his parents and three other people in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, on Saturday was arrested in Virginia yesterday when he arrived at his grandmother’s house. Dakota Theriot’s victims reportedly included his girlfriend, her brother and father. Authorities say Theriot’s grandmother anticipated he might show up at her house and checked into a hotel on Saturday night. Theriot was arrested after he pulled up at the home as authorities were there to check on it.

FRIGID TEMPERATURES COMING… Forecasters say a chill is about to grip the Midwest and parts of the Northeast. Snow, severely cold temperatures and dangerous wind chill was expected to arrive in Chicago last night and expand over both regions by midweek lasting into Friday. International Falls, Minnesota, recorded a record-low minus-44 degrees yesterday morning. Low temps in the Northeast won’t be as severe but snow is on the forecast for New York, Washington D.C., Pennsylvania and New England.

SAG AWARDS… “Black Panther” claimed the biggest award at last night’s SAG Awards when it won for best cast ensemble. Other big winners included Rami Malek, who was honored best actor in a film for “Bohemian Rhapsody” and Glenn Close, who was named best actress in a leading role for “The Wife.” Mahershala Ali was named best supporting actor for “Green Book” and Emily Blunt won best supporting actress for “A Quiet Place.” “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was the big winner on the television side with three big wins. The show captured the best ensemble in a comedy series award and its stars Tony Shalhoub and Rachel Brosnahan won for best actor and best actress, respectively.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… Four of the top five films remain unchanged at the weekend box office. “Glass” took in $19 million to remain at No. 1. “The Upside” stayed in second place with $12.2 million. “Aquaman” hung on at No. 3 with $7.3 million. “The Kid Who Would be King” opened in fourth place with $7.2 million. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” held onto fifth place with $6.1 million.

L.A. CLIPPERS 122 – Sacramento 108… The Clippers built a 16-point halftime lead and coasted past the Kings. Montrezl Harrell scored a game-high 25 points. Patrick Beverley scored 16 points and brought down 10 rebounds.

Cleveland 104 – CHICAGO 101… Alec Burks knocked down a go-ahead short jumper with 17 seconds remaining and Matthew Dellavedova added two free throws down the stretch as the Cavaliers topped the Bulls. Burks and Jeremy Clarkson scored 18 points apiece in leading a balanced scoring attack.

OKLAHOMA CITY 118 – Milwaukee 112… The Thunder led by 14 points at the break and held off the Bucks. Paul George made eight 3-pointers and finished with 36 points and 13 boards. Russell Westbrook racked up 13 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 27 points and 18 boards weren’t enough for Milwaukee.

HOUSTON 103 – Orlando 98… The Rockets held the Magic to 16 fourth-quarter points in a come-from-behind victory. James Harden poured in 40 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Houston, which trailed by 16 points after the first quarter.

Utah 125 – MINNESOTA 111… Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points to lead seven players in double figures as the Jazz handled the Timberwolves. Derrick Favors had 11 boards to go with his 11 points.

SAN ANTONIO 132 – Washington 119… The Spurs outgunned the Wizards in a back-and-forth contest. LaMarcus Aldridge pumped in a game-high 30 points. Davis Bertans delivered 21 points off the bench.

Toronto 123 – DALLAS 120… The Raptors pulled past the Mavericks in the fourth quarter after letting a double-digit lead slip away. Kawhi Leonard scored 33 points and gathered 10 rebounds. Dallas rookie Luka Doncic tallied 35 points, 12 boards and 10 assists in the loss.

Miami 106 – NEW YORK 97… The Heat clamped down on the Knicks defensively in the second half and pulled away with the win. Wayne Ellington’s 19 points led seven players in double figures. Hassan Whiteside had 16 rebounds to go with his 13 points.

L.A. LAKERS 116 – Phoenix 102… Ivica Zubac and Kentavius Caldwell-Pope dropped in 24 points apiece as the Lakers cruised past the Suns. Zubac also had 16 boards. Brandon Ingram added 22 points.

New York is at Charlotte…
Indiana hosts Golden State…
Brooklyn is at Boston…
Memphis hosts Denver…
Atlanta is at the L.A. Clippers

PURDUE 73, #6 Michigan State 63…
#17 Houston 77, TULSA 65…
#18 VILLANOVA 80, Seton Hall 52…
MINNESOTA 92, #19 Iowa 87

New Jersey is at Pittsburgh…
Philadelphia hosts Winnipeg

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