The Rundown for March 15, 2019

HOUSE VOTES UNANIMOUSLY TO MAKE MUELLER REPORT PUBLIC… The House voted unanimously yesterday in favor of making special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election public when it is completed. Federal law stipulates that Attorney General William Barr gets to decide if the report is made public, but the vote at least symbolically turned up the pressure to release it. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina immediately blocked the bipartisan resolution calling for the release and demanded that the Justice Department appoint a special counsel to investigate misconduct in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email use while she was secretary of state and the Carter Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications.

SENATE REJECTS TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY DECLARATION… The Senate yesterday rejected President Trump’s national emergency declaration along the southern border. The vote was 59-41, with 12 Republicans joined Democrats in the resolution rebuking the president’s efforts to secure funding for a border wall without congressional approval. The House passed the resolution with a vote of 245-182 last month. Trump has vowed to veto the resolution.

SUIT AGAINST REMINGTON OVER SANDY HOOK GETS GREEN LIGHT… A Connecticut court ruled yesterday that families of schoolchildren killed in the 2012 Sandy Hook mass shooting can sue American gun-maker Remington. The state’s Supreme Court voted 5-4 to allow the suit filed by relatives of nine victims and one survivor to proceed. The lawsuit cited the “militaristic” marketing of Remington’s AR-15 rifle.

SUIT AGAINST TRUMP CAN PROCEED… A New York appellate court ruled yesterday that former Apprentice contestant Summer Zervos can proceed with her defamation lawsuit against President Trump. The decision upheld a lower ruling that cleared the way for the suit. Zervos said she filed the defamation suit because of Trump’s public response to her accusation of sexual assault in 2007. She accused the president of lying about her during political rallies and interviews.

BETO ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL RUN… Former Texas congressman Robert “Beto” O’Rourke made it official yesterday by announcing his 2020 presidential run. In making the announcement, the 46-year-old O’Rourke said the election comes during America’s “defining moment of truth.” He becomes the 15th Democrat to enter the race for the White House.

ENTERTAINMENT
NETFLIX CANCELS ‘ONE DAY AT A TIME‘… Netflix announced yesterday that it is canceling the sitcom “One Day at a Time” after three seasons. The sitcom centers on a Cuban-American family that lives and works in California. The series stars Rita Moreno, Justina Machado, Isabella Gomez, Marcel Ruiz, Todd Grinnell, Sheridan Pierce and Stephen Tobolowsky.

IN THEATERS… “Captive State” explores the lives on both sides of the conflict nearly a decade after the occupation by an extra-terrestrial force. John Goodman and Ashton Sanders star in the PG-13 sci-fi thriller. In “Wonder Park,” the imagination of a wildly creative girl comes alive in an amusement park. The animated feature is rated PG. In “The Hummingbird Project,” a pair of high-frequency traders go up against their old boss in an effort to make millions in a fiber-optic cable deal. The R-rated thriller stars Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgård.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
INDIANA 108 – Oklahoma City 106… The Pacers rallied from 18 points down to upend the Thunder. Wesley Matthews tipped-in the winning basket with 1.8 seconds remaining. Domantas Sabonis came of the bench to score 26 points. Bojan Bogdanovic had 23 points.

ORLANDO 120 – Cleveland 91… The Magic built a 20-point halftime lead and cruised to a rout of the Cavaliers. Aaron Gordon scored 21 points and D.J. Augustin added 20 to lead a balanced scoring attack. Five other players finished in double figures for Orlando.

BOSTON 126 – Sacramento 120… The Celtics erased a 17-point first-half deficit on their way past the Kings. Kyrie Irving piled up 31 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Jaylen Brown added 22 points and Marcus Morris tossed in 21.

TORONTO 111 – L.A. Lakers 98… The Raptors jumped out to a double-digit lead early and coasted past the Lakers. They got 25 points from Kawhi Leonard and 20 from Norman Powell.

UTAH 120 – Minnesota 100… The Jazz used a big fourth quarter to put away the Timberwolves. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 24 points. Rudy Gobert brought down 13 boards to go with his 10 points.

DENVER 100 – Dallas 99… The Nuggets held the Mavericks to 10 fourth-quarter points in a come-from-behind victory. Nikola Jokic made a game-winning turnaround fadeaway jumper at the buzzer and finished with 11 points and 14 rebounds. Paul Millsap scored a game-high 33 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
L.A. Lakers are at Detroit…
Philadelphia hosts Sacramento…
Charlotte is at Washington…
Miami hosts Milwaukee…
Phoenix is at Houston…
Portland is at New Orleans…
San Antonio hosts New York…
Chicago is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCORES
Pittsburgh 5 – BUFFALO 0… The Penguins made it six wins in seven games by blanking the Sabres. Goalie Casey DeSmith made 26 saves in his fourth career shutout. Phil Kessel, Nick Bjugstad and Jake Guentzel each had a goal and an assist. Sidney Crosby set up two goals.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 2 – Montreal 1… Anders Lee found the net with 2:57 remaining to lift the Islanders over the Canadiens. Jordie Benn netted a tying goal with 1:50 remaining in the second period. Thomas Griess stopped 33 shots at goal.

Washington 5 – PHILADELPHIA 2… Brett Connolly found the net twice and had an assist in leading the Capitals past the Flyers. Carl Hagelin assisted on two goals.

OTTAWA 2 – St. Louis 0… Anders Nilsson stopped 34 shots in his second shutout of the season as the Senators clipped the Blues. Ottawa got goals from Christian Wolanin and Chris Tierney.

Tampa Bay 5 – DETROIT 4… The Lightning scored four third-period goals to topple the Red Wings after trailing by three goals in the second period. Nikita Kucherov scored two goals in the uprising. Steven Stamkos sparked the comeback with his 383rd career goal and tied Vincent LaCavalier for the franchise record.

Dallas 4 – MINNESOTA 1… Radek Faksa, Roope Hintz and Joel L’Esperance scored less than 2-1/2 minutes apart in the second period as the Stars skated past the Wild. The victory was Dallas’ sixth in seven games but the status of goalie Ben Bishop is up in the air after he left the contest with a lower-body injury.

EDMONTON 4 – Boston 3… Mark Scheifele scored one goal and set up two others as the Jets held off the Bruins. Blake Wheeler added a goal and an assist. Jacob Trouba and Nikolaj Ehlers netted third-period goals.

ARIZONA 6 – Anaheim. 1.. Vinnie Hinostroza’s hat trick led the Coyotes past the Ducks. Jason Demers had a goal and an assist. Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves at goal.

Nashville 3 – LOS ANGELES 1… Craig Smith and Colton Sissons scored second-period goals to give the Predators the lead for good in their win over the Kings. Goalie Pekka Rinne turned away 26 shots.

Florida 4 – SAN JOSE 2… The Panthers scored three unanswered goals in the second and third periods to put away the Sharks. Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist. Sam Montembeault got the start at goal and stopped 28 shots. Sissons also had an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Toronto…
Columbus hosts Carolina…
Vegas is at Dallas…
Colorado hosts Anaheim…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Calgary…
Vancouver hosts New Jersey

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 Virginia 76, North Carolina State 56 (ACC Tournament)
#6 DUKE 84, Syracuse 72 (ACC Tournament)…
#17 Kansas 65, Texas 57 (Big Eight Conference Tournament)…
#18 Buffalo 82, Akron 46 (Mid-American Conference Tournament)…
#25 Villanova 73, Providence 62 (Big East Conference Tournament)…

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
L.A. Dodgers 12, San Diego 0…
Boston 4, DETROIT 4 (tie)…
Miami 12, Houston 6…
Minnesota 7, BALTIMORE 6…
N.Y. Mets 1, ST. LOUIS 1…
PITTSBURGH 11, Philadelphia 2…
Philadelphia 4, TAMPA BAY 3…
Washington 10, MINNESOTA 4…
N.Y. Yankees 1, TORONTO 1…
L.A. Angels 7, Milwaukee 7…
Cincinnati 3, L.A. DODGERS 3 (tie)…
CLEVELAND 9, Colorado 3…
Texas 5, KANSAS CITY 4…
CHI. CUBS 2, Texas 1…
ARIZONA 3, San Francisco 0

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