The Rundown for March 14, 2019

U.S. TO GROUND BOEING 737 MAX 8 AND 9s… President Trump announced yesterday that the U.S. will ground all Boeing 737 Max 8 and Max 9 planes following Sunday’s crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight. Boeing later released a statement saying it would recommend that the FAA temporarily suspend the entire global fleet of 737 MAX aircraft “out of an abundance of caution and in order to reassure the flying public of the aircraft’s safety.” The company insisted it still has “full confidence in the safety” of the plane.

MANAFORT SENTENCED AGAIN, HIT WITH MORE CHARGES… President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been charged with residential mortgage fraud and other felonies in New York. The charges were announced after Manafort was given a second federal sentence that extended his combined term to 7-1/2 years for conspiracy stemming from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The 69-year-old Manafort is facing 16 counts in the new indictment announced by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. The state charges ensure prosecution even if Manafort receives a presidential pardon.

NADLER MEETS WITH FORMER ACTING AG WHITAKER… House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler revealed yesterday that former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker during a private meeting did not deny discussing details of the Michael Cohen case with President Trump. The meeting was scheduled so that Whitaker could clarify his public testimony last month. Nadler also said Whitaker didn’t deny claims that he directly participated in conversations about whether to fire federal prosecutors in New York who brought the case against Cohen. Last month, Whitaker testified that Trump had never pressured him to intervene in any investigation.

SENATE APPROVES BILL TO END SAUDI SUPPORT IN YEMEN WAR… The Republican-led Senate yesterday approved a bill that ends U.S. support for the Saudi-led coalition war in Yemen. The 54-to-46 bipartisan vote is a rebuke to President Trump’s support of Saudi Arabia and its leader despite recent tensions. Trump has vowed to veto the resolution should it pass through the Democrat-led Congress.

STORM SLAMS ROCKY MOUNTAINS, PLAINS STATES… A “bomb cyclone” of high winds and drifting snow that slammed Rocky Mountain and Plains states yesterday stranded motorists, canceled more than 1,300 airline flights and was blamed for the death of a Colorado state trooper. Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper declared a state of emergency and activated the state National Guard to assist in search-and-rescue operations. The National Weather Service issued blizzard warnings for parts of Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Dakotas.

ENTERTAINMENT
LORI LOUGHLIN RELEASED ON $1M BAIL… “Full House” actress Lori Loughlin was released from federal custody on $1 million bond yesterday following her appearance in a Los Angeles court. Loughlin is accused of taking part in a scheme that resulted in her daughter’s acceptance into the University of Southern California. Loughlin’s fellow actress Felicity Huffman has also been charged in the college-acceptance scheme.

KIT HARINGTON TO HOST ‘SNL’… “Game of Thrones” star Kit Harington has agreed to host “Saturday Night Live” for the first time. The 32-year-old British actor is set to host the April 6 episode. Singer Sara Bareilles will be the musical guest on the episode.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
WASHINGTON 100 – Orlando 90… The Wizards pulled away in the fourth quarter to get past the Magic. Bradly Beal scored 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Thomas Bryant had 21 points and 10 rebounds.

OKLAHOMA CITY 108 – Brooklyn 96… Russell Westbrook piled up 31 points, 12 boards and 11 assists in leading the Thunder past the Nets. Paul George tossed in 25 points.

ATLANTA 132 – Memphis 111… John Collins scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Hawks ended the Grizzlies’ three-game winning streak. Trae Young added 22 points.

MIAMI 108 – Detroit 74… The Heat scored the first 21 points of the second half on their way to a blowout win over the Pistons. Justin Winslow scored 16 points to lead seven players in double figures. Hassan Whiteside had 13 points and 11 boards.

Golden State 106 – HOUSTON 104… Stephen Curry knocked down two free throws with 8 seconds left and finished with 24 points as the Warriors held off the Rockets. Klay Thompson scored a game-high 30 points and Kevin Durant added 27 for Golden State.

Utah 114– PHOENIX 97… The Jazz used a big fourth quarter to put away the Suns. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 26 points. Rudy Gobert had 18 points and 20 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Oklahoma City is at Indiana…
Orlando hosts Cleveland…
Sacramento is at Boston…
Toronto hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Minnesota is at Utah…
Denver hosts Dallas

NHL SCORES
Chicago 5 – TORONTO 4… The Blackhawks took a 5-1 lead into the third period and held on to edge the Maple Leafs. Brendan Perlini had a goal and two assists. Brandon Saad scored a goal and assisted on another.

New Jersey – EDMONTON… The Devils scored three second-period goals to take the lead for good in doubling up on the Oilers. Kenny Agostino and Damon Severson each had a goal and an assist.

VANCOUVER 4 – N.Y. Rangers 1… Tyler Motte scored 11 seconds apart to cap a three-goal second period that carried the Canucks past the Rangers. Goalie Jacob Markstrom made 22 saves at goal.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Buffalo…
the N.Y. Islanders host Montreal…
Washington is at Philadelphia…
Ottawa hosts St. Louis…
Tampa Bay is at Detroit…
Minnesota hosts Dallas…
Boston is at Edmonton…
Arizona hosts Anaheim…
Nashville is at Los Angeles…
San Jose hosts Florida

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#16 VIRGINIA TECH 71, Miami (Fla.) 56 (ACC Tournament)

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
San Diego 9, L.A. ANGELS 3…
SEATTLE 8, San Francisco 4…
Chi. White Sox 10, L.A. DODGERS 7…
WASHINGTON 8, Atlanta 4…
Minnesota 9, BOSTON 5…
MIAMI 4, St. Louis 1…
BALTIMORE 6, Toronto 4…
N.Y. METS 2, Houston 1…
OAKLAND 12, Chi. Cubs 11…
KANSAS CITY 17, Cleveland 7…
CLEVELAND 9, Milwaukee 3…
COLORADO 5, Arizona 3…
Philadelphia 5, N.Y. YANKEES 5 (10 innings, tie)

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