The Rundown for Jan. 30, 2019

ROGER STONE PLEADS NOT GUILTY… President Trump’s former campaign adviser Roger Stone pleaded not guilty in federal court in Washington, D.C., yesterday to charges including obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Stone is accused of lying to the House Intelligence Committee regarding WikiLeaks and the Trump campaign and attempting to convince another witness to lie. Stone was arrested Friday during an early-morning raid on his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

STACEY ABRAMS WILL DELIVER DEMS’ SOTU RESPONSE… Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer announced yesterday that former candidate for Georgia governor Stacey Abrams will deliver the Democratic response to President Trump’s State of the Union next Tuesday. Schumer said he had asked Abrams three weeks ago to consider delivering the response and she accepted. Abrams came within 2 percentage points of Republican Brian Kemp last November in her bid to become the first black woman governor in the nation.

PENTAGON READY TO SECURE THE BORDER… Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick M. Shanahan said yesterday that the Pentagon is ready to provide additional troops or any other resources needed to secure the southern border with Mexico if President Trump declares a national emergency. The Pentagon is already preparing to send “several thousand” more troops to the border and might use military construction funds to support the effort, Shanahan said. The U.S. currently deploys about 2,300 national guard troops and 2,350 active-duty troops at the border.

ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE VOTE DELAYED… Democratic opposition has prompted the Senate Judiciary Committee to delay a vote for attorney general nominee William Barr until next week. Opponents raised questions about Barr’s nomination and his willingness to share a final, unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference with Congress. Barr is expected to be nominated by the Republican-controlled panel and Senate after the Judiciary Committee takes up the vote again on February 7.

MIDWEST SHIVERING IN DEEP FREEZE… A record-breaking deep freeze has brought dangerously low temperatures to much of the Upper Midwest. The polar vortex-produced freeze is blamed for at least six deaths in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Wisconsin and Minnesota. Conditions have forced the closures of schools and disrupted air travel. Grand Forks, Michigan, recorded a low of minus-61 degrees with wind chill. Other locations reported wind chills in the negative 50s.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR JUSSIE SMOLLETT HOSPITALIZED AFTER ATTACK… Chicago police are investigating the yesterday morning’s assault on African-American gay actor Jussie Smollett as a hate crime. The 36-year-old “Empire” star told authorities that his two attackers yelled out “racial and homophobic slurs” before the attack. They also reportedly yelled, “This is MAGA country.” According to police, attackers struck Smollett in the face, poured bleach on him and wrapped a rope around the victim’s neck. Smollett went to Northwestern Hospital under his own power and is reported to be in good condition.

JAMES INGRAM DIES… Five-time Grammy Award-winning singer James Ingram, who recorded a string of R&B and soul hits in the 1980s with a string of R&B and soul hits, died yesterday from a form of brain cancer. He was 66. Ingram was best known for his duet with Patti Austin “Baby Come To Me,” which topped the singles charts. His songs included “I Don’t Have the Heart,” “Somewhere Out There,” “Yah Mo B There” and “One Hundred Ways.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Oklahoma City 126 – ORLANDO 117… The Thunder rallied in the fourth quarter to upend the Magic. Paul George tossed 37 points to lead all scorers. Russell Westbrook racked up 23 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists.

Milwaukee 115 – DETROIT 105… The Bucks built a double-digit halftime lead and held off the Pistons. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 21 points. Antetokounmpo also dished off 11 assists.

CLEVELAND 116 – Washington 113… The Cavaliers took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter and held on to down the Wizards. They got 28 points from Jeremy Clarkson and 26 from Cedi Osman.

BROOKLYN 122 – Chicago 117… The Nets eased past the Bulls in the second half to win their ninth straight win at home. D’Angelo Russell pumped in a game-high 30 points. Sabazz Napier delivered 24 points off the bench.

New Orleans 121 – HOUSTON 116… The Pelicans came up big in the second half to pull past the Rockets. Jahlil Okafor scored 27 points to lead six players in double figures. Kenrich Williams collected 16 boards to go with his eight points.

SAN ANTONIO 126 – Phoenix 124… Rudy Gay knocked down a 21-foot jumper at the buzzer to lift the Spurs over the Suns. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 29 points and 14 rebounds.

Philadelphia 121 – L.A. LAKERS 105… The 76ers jumped out to a 39-20 lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Lakers. Joel Embiid led the way with 28 points and 11 boards. Jimmy Butler added 20 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Dallas is at New York…
Boston hosts Charlotte…
Chicago is at Miami…
Washington hosts Indiana…
Memphis is at Minnesota…
New Orleans hosts Denver…
Atlanta is at Sacramento…
Portland hosts Utah

NHL SCORES
Winnipeg 4 – BOSTON 3 (SO)… Kyle Connor scored two goals 34 seconds apart in the third period and added the lone goal in the shootout to send the Jets past the Bruins. Mark Scheifele assisted on two goals.

Buffalo 5 – COLUMBUS 4… Conor Sheary netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Sabres made it stand in edging the Blue Jackets. Evan Rodriguez had a goal and an assist.

Philadelphia 1 – N.Y. RANGERS 0… Oskar Lindblom scored the only goal the Flyers needed in the first period. Anthony Stolarz stopped all 38 shots in his return from a lower-body injury that kept him out of action for six weeks.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at Pittsburgh…
Dallas hosts Buffalo

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 Tennessee 92, SOUTH CAROLINA 70…
#3 Virginia 66, #23 NORTH CAROLINA STATE 65 (OT)…
#5 MICHIGAN 65, Ohio State 49…
#7 Kentucky 87, VANDERBILT 52…
#8 Nevada 87, UNLV 70…
#9 North Carolina 77, GEORGIA TECH 54…
TEXAS 73, #11 Kansas 63…
#18 BUFFALO 83, Ball State 59…
#21 MARYLAND 70, Northwestern 52…
ALABAMA 83, #22 Mississippi State 79…
#24 Wisconsin 62, NEBRASKA 51

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