The Rundown for Feb. 6, 2019

TRUMP DELIVERS STATE OF THE UNION… President Trump called for bipartisan unity in his State of the Union address last night but pressed his demand to build a border wall along the southern border with Mexico. The president also was heavily critical of abortion and the investigations into his scandal-plagued administration. Trump claimed his administration has produced an economic “boom” and took credit for historic job growth and low unemployment rates. In delivering the Democratic response, former Georgia House minority leader Stacey Abrams blamed Trump for the recent government shutdown and called fundamental election reform “the next battle for our democracy, one where all eligible citizens can have their say about the vision we want for our country.”

MIDDLE EAST COMMANDER WAS NOT CONSULTED ABOUT PULLOUT… America’s top military officer in the Middle East told the Senate Armed Services Committee yesterday that he wasn’t consulted before President Trump announced a U.S. withdrawal from Syria. General Joseph Votel, chief of U.S. Central Command, said he was aware of Trump’s desire to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, but was never asked about it. Trump shocked many officials and lawmakers when he announced the pullout in December and prompted the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.

SENATE APPROVES MIDDLE EAST POLICY BILL… The Senate voted 77 to 23 yesterday to approve a Middle East policy bill that urges President Trump to keep U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Syria until terrorist groups are destroyed in the countries. The measure also imposes new sanctions on Syria and strenGthens the U.S. military’s alliances with Israel and Jordan. Additionally, the legislation makes it easier for states and localities to approve laws to combat the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

PROSECUTORS WANT TO INTERVIEW TRUMP ORG EXECUTIVES… CNN reported yesterday that federal prosecutors in New York are seeking interviews with Trump Organization executives. It’s not known what prosecutors want to know but their questioning will be part of at least two investigations into Trump-linked organizations. So far, the probes target potential campaign-finance violations stemming from alleged hush-money payments to former fixer Michael Cohen and possible financial abuses by the Trump inaugural committee.

UBER DRIVER GETS LIFE SENTENCE FOR 6 MURDERS… An Uber driver from Kalamazoo, Michigan, who pleaded guilty last month in the murders of six people was sentenced to life in prison without parole yesterday. Jason Dalton was convicted in the 2016 fatal shootings of four people in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel and two more in the parking lot of a car dealership. Two other victims were shot, but survived. Dalton allegedly told police after he was arrested that a “devil figure” inside the Uber app controlled him during the shootings, according to the Associated Press.

OSCARS WILL HAVE NO HOST… The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has decided that the 2019 Academy Awards ceremony will have no host for the first time in three decades. The announcement follows a weeks-long search to find a replacement for Kevin Hart, who stepped down as host amid backlash over past homophobic comments. Hart initially failed to offer apology when the academy sought his explanation for the tweets.

‘MODERN FAMILY’ COMING TO AN END… ABC has announced that “Modern Family” will end after its 11th season. The Emmy Award-winning family sitcom is currently in its 10th season. The series centers on a blended family in Southern California and is ABC’s longest-running comedy series. Producers promise milestone events in the final, 2019-2020 season.

L.A. Clippers 117 – CHARLOTTE 115… Tobias Harris made a driving jumper with 4.3 seconds remaining to send the Clippers past the Hornets. Harris finished with a game-high 34 points. Montrezl Harrell delivered 16 points and 10 rebounds of the bench.

Boston 103 – CLEVELAND 96… The Celtics fought their way past the Cavaliers for their fifth straight win despite playing without the injured Kyrie Irving. Jayson Tatum led the way with 25 points.

INDIANA 136 – L.A. Lakers 94… The Pacers knocked down 19 3-pointers in their bombing of the Lakers. They got 24 points from Bojan Bogdanovic and 22 from Myles Turner. Five other players scored in double figures.

Detroit 105 – NEW YORK 92… The Pistons led from start to finish in dealing the Knicks their 14th straight loss. Blake Griffin dropped in 29 points. Andre Drummond powered his way to 17 points and 16 boards.

Toronto 119 – PHILADELPHIA 107… The Raptors jumped out to a double-digit lead after the first quarter and cruised past the 76ers. Kawhi Leonard made 16 of 17 free throw attempts on his way to 24 points. Serge Ibaka and Kyle Lowry added 20 points apiece. Ibaka also had 10 rebounds..

MEMPHIS 108 – Minnesota 106… Justin Holiday sank two free throws with .1 seconds remaining to lift the Grizzlies over the Timberwolves. Mike Conley scored 25 points and Jaren Jackson Jr. added 23. Ivan Rabb totaled 19 points and 11 boards.

OKLAHOMA CITY 132 – Orlando 122… The Thunder shot their way past the Magic for their ninth win in 10 games. Paul George poured in 39 points. Dennis Schroder added 20 points. Russell Westbrook racked up 16 points, 16 assists and 15 rebounds in his seventh-straight triple-double.

Miami 118 – PORTLAND 108… The Heat took a 15-point lead into the fourth quarter and withstood a late rally to beat the Trail Blazers. Hassan Whiteside scored 28 points and brought down 11 boards. Dwyane Wade added 22 points.

Denver is at Brooklyn…
Milwaukee hosts Washington…
New Orleans is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Charlotte…
Phoenix is at Utah…
Sacramento hosts Houston…
San Antonio is at Golden State

BOSTON 3 – N.Y. Islanders 1… Patrice Bergeron netted a pair of goals in his 1,000th career game to lead the Bruins past the Islanders. Both goals came off assists from Brad Marchand and David Pastrnak. Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 28 shots.

BUFFALO 5 – Minnesota 4 (SO)… The Sabres recovered to outlast the Wild after blowing a two-goal lead. Sam Reinhart had a goal and an assist in regulation and scored the lone goal in the shootout. Jack Eichel had two assists.

St. Louis 3 – FLORIDA 2… The Blues scored three straight goals in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and upend the Panthers. Vince Dunn’s goal with 3:53 left capped the uprising.

Los Angeles 5 – NEW JERSEY 1… Tyler Toffoli broke a third-period tie with back-to-back goals 35 seconds apart and the Kings scored twice more to put away the Devils. Anze Kopitar assisted on three goals.

Carolina 4 – PITTSBURGH 0… Goalie Curtis McElhinney stopped all 23 shots in his first shutout of the season as the Hurricanes blanked the Penguins. Jordan Martinook, Brett Pesce, Micheal Ferland and Andrei Svechnikov found the net for Carolina.

WASHINGTON 3 – Vancouver 2… Braden Holtby made 30 saves at goal to help the Capitals hold off the Canucks. T.J. Oshie scored off an Alex Ovechkin assist in the first period to open the scoring. The assist gave Ovechkin his 1,180th career point to become the NHL’s all-time scoring leader among Russian players.

MONTREAL 4 – Anaheim 1… Brendan Gallagher scored two goals and assisted on another in leading the Canadiens past the Ducks. Goalie Carey Price stopped 25 shots.

Vegas 3 – TAMPA BAY 2 (SO)… Alex Tuch scored the lone goal in the shootout to push the Golden Knights past the Lightning for their first win after four straight losses. Cody Eakin and Valentin Zykov scored in regulation for Vegas.

NASHVILLE 5 – Arizona 2… Craig Smith, Filip Forsberg and Ryan Ellis scored second-period goals to give the Predators the lead for good in their win over the Coyotes. Roman Josi had two assists and capped the scoring with an empty-netter.

San Jose 3 – WINNIPEG 2 (OT)… Joe Pavelski ripped through a short-handed goal 2:49 into overtime to give the Sharks a come-from-behind win over the Jets. Kevin Labanc had a pair of assists. Marcus Sorenson netted a tying goal early in the third period.

Columbus 6 – COLORADO 3… Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a pair of goals as the Blue Jackets doubled up on the Avalanche. Boone Jenner had two assists.

Chicago 6 – EDMONTON 2… The Blackhawks erupted to score five unanswered goals in the third period to blow away the Oilers. Patrick Kane and Dominik Kahun each had a goal and an assist.

Ottawa is at Toronto…
the N.Y. Rangers host Boston

#1 TENNESSEE 72, Missouri 60…
#2 DUKE 80, Boston College 55…
#5 KENTUCKY 76, South Carolina 48…
#7 Michigan 77, RUTGERS 65…
#8 NORTH CAROLINA 113, North Carolina State 96…
ILLINOIS 79, #9 Michigan State 74…
St. John’s 70, #10 MARQUTTE 69…
Kansas State 74, #13 KANSAS 67…
#22 Florida State 80, SYRACUSE 62

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