The Rundown for March 1, 2019

TRUMP LEAVES HANOI TALKS WITHOUT DEAL… President Trump left Hanoi earlier than expected yesterday after talks with North Korean officials broke down without an agreement reached over nuclear weapons or sanctions. North Korea denied Trump’s claim that the communist country demanded the removal of all sanctions. North Korea Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho said Pyongyang offered to “permanently and completely” dismantle uranium and plutonium production at its Yongbyon complex in exchange for the U.S. lifting five 2016-2017 sanctions that are “hampering our civilian economy and livelihood.” Trump raised eyebrows in the U.S. when he apparently sided with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un over the death of U.S. citizen Otto Warmbier, who was detained in North Korea for 17 months for stealing a propaganda poster and died days after he was returned to the U.S, in a coma. Trump said he took Kim at his word when the North Korean leader told him he wasn’t aware of Warmbier’s mistreatment.

ANDREW WHEELER CONFIRMED AS EPA CHIEF… The Senate yesterday confirmed former coal lobbyist Andrew Wheeler as new EPA chief in a 52-47 vote largely along party lines. Wheeler has been serving as acting EPA director. Climate activists and Senate Democrats expressed concern over Wheeler’s background lobbying against environmental regulations for the coal industry and fear he may undo policies on climate change left in place from the Obama administration.

TRUMP ORDERED SECURITY CLEARANCE FOR KUSHNER… President Trump allegedly ordered former then-Chief of Staff John Kelly to give Trump’s senior adviser and son-in-law, Jared Kushner, a top-secret security clearance last year despite concerns from intelligence officials and White House counsel. The New York Times reported yesterday say Kelly noted the order in an internal memo he wrote last May. The Times report said former White House counsel Don McGahn also wrote a memo “outlining the concerns that had been raised” by agencies like the CIA, and how he had “recommended that (Kushner) not be given a top-secret clearance.” Kushner’s clearance was upgraded but he never received a higher-level designation that would allow him access to “sensitive compartmented information,” according to the report.

FELIX SATER TO TESTIFY ABOUT TRUMP TOWER MOSCOW DEAL… New York real estate developer and former business Donald Trump associate Felix Sater has agreed to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on March 14 about the Trump Tower Moscow deal. Committee chairman Adam Schiff announced last night that the hearing will be public and the committee will “try to do as much as we can in the open.” Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen testified on Wednesday that Trump lied to the public about his involvement in the project and that discussions continued into the 2016 presidential campaign.

AMERICAN AIRLINES, DELTA HIT WITH LARGE FINES… The Department of Transportation has fined American Airlines $1 million and Delta Air Lines $750,000 for keeping passengers waiting in planes on tarmacs for more hours than allowed under federal law. The DOT found that between December 2015 and January 2017, 10 of American Airlines’ domestic flights and three international flights remained on the tarmac at various U.S. airports for more than three hours without being given the opportunity to deplane. The agency said 11 Delta flights were left for too long on the tarmac between January 2017 and February 2018.

ENTERTAINMENT
COMPOSER ANDRE PREVIN DIES… Award-winning musician, composer and conductor André Previn died yesterday of natural causes. He was 89. Previn won four Academy Awards for his scoring of musical adaptations and also won 10 Grammy Awards.

LUKE PERRY RECOVERING FROM STROKE… Actor Luke Perry was hospitalized yesterday after suffering a stroke at his Los Angeles-area home. The 52-year-old Perry, who is best known for his work on the series “Beverly Hills, 90210,” currently stars on the comic-based CW series “Riverdale.” Perry also played a preacher in the HBO prison drama “Oz.”

IN THEATERS… In “A Madea Family Funeral,” a family reunion becomes a nightmare when a family reunites in backwoods Georgia and ends up planning a funeral that might unveil unsavory family secrets. Tyler Perry and Cassi Davis star in the PG-13 comedy.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
INDIANA 122 – Minnesota 115… Bojan Bogdanovic scored a season-high 35 points in leading the Pacers past the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns’ 42 points and 17 rebounds weren’t enough for Minnesota.

ORLANDO 103 – Golden State 96… The Magic came from 11 points down in the fourth quarter to hand the Warriors their fourth loss in six games. Aaron Gordon had 22 points and 15 boards. Nikola Vucevic had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

Cleveland 125 – NEW YORK 118… The Cavaliers bombed the Knicks 40-21 in the fourth quarter to erase a 14-point deficit and run away with the victory. Kevin Love pumped in 26 points. Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton added 22 points apiece.

HOUSTON 121 – Miami 118… James Harden poured in 58 points and dished off 10 assists as the Rockets overcame a 21-point third-quarter deficit to top the Heat. Harden made 16 of 32 field goal attempts and made all 18 free throws.

Philadelphia 108 – OKLAHOMA CITY 104… The 76ers held on at the end to get past the Thunder. Tobias Harris scored a game-high 32 points. Ben Simmons racked up 11 points, 13 boards and 11 assists.

Utah 111 – DENVER 104… The Jazz took control with a big second quarter and held on in the second half to down the Nuggets. Donovan Mitchell scored 24 points to lead all scorers. Kyle Korver made six of 10 3-point attempts and finished with 22 points. Derrick Favors had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Ingles added 15 points and 11 assists.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Atlanta…
Brooklyn hosts Charlotte…
Portland is at Toronto…
Boston hosts Washington…
New Orleans is at Phoenix…
Sacramento hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Milwaukee is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
N.Y. ISLANDERS 6 – Toronto 1… Casey Cizikas netted a pair of goals to lead the Islanders in their thrashing of the Maple Leafs. Jordan Eberle and Cal Clutterbuck each had two assists.

COLUMBUS 4 – Philadelphia 3 (OT)… Seth Jones’ goal with 33 seconds left in overtime lifted the Blue Jackets over the Flyers. Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist.

BOSTON 4 – Tampa Bay 1… The Bruins scored three third-period goals to put away the Lightning. Noel Acciari had a goal and an assist. Danton Heinen and Torey Krug had two assists apiece.

Edmonton 3 – OTTAWA 2… The Oilers cruised past the Senators after spotting them an early lead. The loss was Ottawa’s sixth straight. Josh Currie set up two goals. Goalie Mikko Koskinen made 37 saves.

ARIZONA 5 – Vancouver 2… Brad Richardson erupted to score four goals in leading the Coyotes past the Canucks.  The last Arizona to score four goals in a game was Keith Tkachuk in 1997. Vinnie Hinostroza had three assists.

VEGAS 6 – Florida 5 (SO)… Shea Theodore netted the lone goal in the shootout after assisting on two goals in regulation to send the Golden Knights past the Panthers. Reilly Smith scored twice for Vegas.

Dallas 4 – LOS ANGELES 3 (OT)… Roope Hintz scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Stars outlasted the Kings. Blake Comeau and Ben Lovejoy each had two assists. Anton Khudobin stopped 27 shots at goal.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Buffalo…
New Jersey hosts Philadelphia…
Washington is at the N.Y. Islanders…
the N.Y. Rangers host Montreal…
St. Louis is at Carolina…
Winnipeg hosts Nashville…
Vegas is at Anaheim…
San Jose hosts Colorado

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 GONZAGA 86, Pacific 66…
#9 MICHIGAN 82, Nebraska 53…
#24 Wofford 80, CHATTANOOGA 54…
CALIFORNIA 76, #25 Washington 73

MLB NEWS… Free-agent outfielder Bryce Harper has reportedly agreed on a 13-year, $330 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies. The 26-year-old Harper was honored as National League MVP after the 2015 season with the Washington Nationals. He was also being pursued by the Giants and the Dodgers.

NFL NEWS… Jason Witten announced yesterday that he is coming out of retirement and returning to the Dallas Cowboys. During his one-season retirement, Witten served as a “Monday Night Football” analyst. Witten has played in 11 Pro Bowls during his 15 years as a tight end for the Cowboys.

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