The Rundown for March 12, 2019

TRUMP’S BUDGET PROPOSAL… A 5-percent increase in military spending and sharp cuts to education, safety-net programs and environmental protection for the 2020 fiscal year were part of the $4.75 trillion budget President Trump proposed yesterday. The proposal seeks $8.6 billion for construction of a border wall and would cut Medicaid and Medicare by $1.9 trillion. The proposal will face strong opposition in Congress, as Democrats have vowed to defeat it.

MILWAUKEE TO HOST DEM CONVENTION… The Democratic Party announced yesterday that it will host its 2020 national convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The party chose the city after also considering Houston and Miami. The convention is scheduled for July 13-16, 2020. Republicans will hold their convention a month later in Charlotte, North Carolina.

AIRLINES GROUNDING MAX 8s… The second crash of a Boeing 737 MAX 8 in recent months has prompted 22 airline carriers to ground the planes. The crashes have killed some 346 people. Investigators have recovered the flight data recorder and the cockpit voice recorder from an Ethiopian Airlines crash on Sunday and are trying to determine the cause. Officials say some circumstances of the crash were similar to a Lion Air 737 Max crash in Indonesia last October. American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are among U.S.-based carriers that continue to operate MAX 8s.

TREASURY DEPARTMENT SANCTIONS RUSSIAN BANK… The Treasury Department yesterday announced new sanctions against the Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank for attempting to evade U.S. sanctions on Venezuela. The bank, which is jointly owned by Russian and Venezuelan companies, is accused of aiding Venezuela’s Petroleos de Venezuela S.A. The bank has “long been a vehicle for corruption, embezzlement and money laundering by [Venezuelan President Nicolas] Maduro and his cronies,” the Treasury Department said.

MASSIVE COCAINE BUST… Customs agents at the port of New York and Newark, New Jersey, announced yesterday that they intercepted a shipment of 3,200 pounds of cocaine last month. $77 million worth of the drug in 60 packages was discovered in a shipping container on February 28, officials said. The drugs reportedly originated in South America, but officials have yet to reveal any arrests.

ENTERTAINMENT
DRUMMER HAL BLAINE DIES… Legendary session drummer Hal Blaine, who played on dozens of the most popular songs recorded during the 1960s and ’70s, died of natural causes yesterday at his home in Palm Desert, California. He was 90. As a member of the fabled “Wrecking Crew” employed by Capitol Records, Blaine worked with a wide range of performers, including Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and the Beach Boys. One of his most memorable riffs came at the start of the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby.” According to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Blaine played on 40 No. 1 hits, 150 top 10 songs and eight songs that won Grammys for record of the year.

ALLEGED R. KELLY TAPE TURNED OVER TO AUTHORITIES… A Pennsylvania man who claimed he found a videotape allegedly showing R. Kelly “sexually abusing underage African-American girls” says he has turned the tape over to authorities. Gary Dennis said he found the disturbing footage while sorting through a box of old VHS tapes. Kelly was charged last month with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four alleged victims, including three who were underage. The R&B singer has maintained his innocence.

KEITH FLINT’S DEATH A SUICIDE… A coroner in England ruled yesterday that former The Prodigy singer Keith Flint died earlier this month as the result of a suicide. Authorities say the 49-year-old Flint was found dead at his home in Essex, England, on March 4 after hanging himself. Flint sang lead vocals on the band’s number one singles “Breathe” and “Firestarter.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CLEVELAND 126 – Toronto 101… Collin Sexton scored a game-high 28 points to lead the Cavaliers in their blowout of the Raptors. Kevin Love had 16 points and 18 rebounds. Cleveland’s Marquese Chriss and Toronto’s Serge Ibaka were ejected for fighting late in the third quarter.

WASHINGTON 121 – Sacramento 115… Bradley Beal scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half to help the Wizards get past the Kings. Bobby Portis finished with 17 points and 13 boards. Five other players scored in double figures for Washington.

BROOKLYN 103 – Detroit 75… The Nets built a 26-point halftime lead and coasted past the Pistons. Spencer Dinwiddie came off the bench to score a game-high 19 points. Allen Crabb had 14 points and 10 boards.

HOUSTON 118 – Charlotte 106… The Rockets jumped out to a 27-point halftime lead and coasted past the Hornets. James Harden scored 28 points and dished off 10 assists. Clint Capela had 19 points and 15 rebounds.

Oklahoma City 98 – UTAH 89… The Thunder handled the Jazz to complete a season sweep. Dennis Schroder led the way with 24 points. Russell Westbrook added 23 points and 11 boards.

L.A. CLIPPERS 140 – Boston 115… Seven players scored in double figures as the Clippers routed the Celtics. Lou Williams led all scorers with 34 points. Dino Gallinari tossed in 25 points and Montrezl Harrell added 20.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
New York is at Indiana…
Philadelphia hosts Cleveland…
the L.A. Lakers are at Chicago…
New Orleans hosts Milwaukee…
San Antonio is at Dallas…
Denver hosts Minnesota…
Portland is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCORES
Tampa Bay 6 – TORONTO 2… Tyler Johnson and Cedric Paquette scored two goals apiece as the Lightning skated past the Maple Leafs. Yanni Gourde, Ryan McDonagh and Jan Rutta each had two assists.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 2 – Columbus 0… Goalie Thomas Greiss stopped 31 shots in his fifth shutout of the season and the Islanders clipped the Blue Jackets. Ryan Pulock and Anders Lee found the net for New York.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Ottawa 2… Oskar Lindblom, Michael Raffl and Scott Laughton scored second-period goals and the Flyers held on to edge the Senators. Raffi also had an assist.

San Jose 3 – MINNESOTA 0… Martin Jones stopped 24 shots at goal as the Sharks blanked the Wild for their fifth straight win. San Jose got goals from Barclay Goodrow, Tomas Hertl and Logan Couture.

CHICAGO 7 – Arizona 1… The Blackhawks breezed past the Coyotes after spotting them an early goal. Brendan Perlini recorded a hat trick. Jonathan Toews had a goal and an assist. Alex DeBrincat and Dominik Kahun each set up two goals.

Carolina 3 – COLORADO 0… Hurricanes goalie Petr Mrazek made 38 saves in shutting out the Avalanche. Andrei Svechnikov provided all the offense Carolina needed with two goals and an assist.

EDMONTON 3 – N.Y. Rangers 2 (OT)… The Oilers recovered to outlast the Rangers after blowing a two-goal second-period lead. Leon Draisaitl netted the winning goal 35 seconds into overtime. Connor David had a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Dallas is at Buffalo…
Pittsburgh hosts Washington…
Columbus hosts Boston…
Detroit is at Montreal…
St. Louis hosts Arizona…
San Jose is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts New Jersey…
Nashville is at Anaheim

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 Gonzaga 100, Pepperdine 74 (West Coast Conference Tournament)…
#20 Wofford 70, North Carolina-Greensboro 58 (Southern Conference Tournament)

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
MILWAUKEE 8, Chi. White Sox 5…
Cincinnati 5, CLEVELAND 5 (tie)…
San Francisco 4, L.A. DODGERS 1…
L.A. Angels 12,TEXAS 11…
COLORADO 6, Oakland 3…
Tampa Bay 8, PHILADELPHIA 2…
Detroit 3, MINNESOTA 0…
HOUSTON 6, N.Y. Mets 3…
ATLANTA 6, Pittsburgh 2…
ST. LOUIS 3, Washington 2…
Kansas City 5, SEATTLE 1…
TEXAS 6, Kansas City 2 (5 innings)

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