The Rundown for March 18, 2019

MULVANEY DENIES THAT TRUMP IS A WHITE SUPREMACIST… Acting White House chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney denied allegations that President Trump is a white supremacist yesterday following the revelation that the New Zealand mass shooting suspect cited Trump. The remarks came During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Mulvaney also told host Chris Wallace that it was unfair to link Trump to the shootings. Mulvaney insisted Trump is doing all he can to prevent a similar attack in the U.S.

GILLIBRAND TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT… New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is the latest Democrat to announce her bid for the presidency in the 2020 election. The 52-year-old Gillibrand joins 15 other Democrats who have already announced their bids. Gillibrand targeted President Trump in her announcement, saying: “Brave doesn’t pit people against each other. Brave doesn’t put money over lives. Brave doesn’t spread hate. Cloud truth. Build a wall. That’s what fear does.”

U.S. PLANNING TO KEEP TROOPS IN SYRIA… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the U.S. has drawn up plans to leave as many as 1,000 troops in Syria. The report follows failed talks between the Trump administration and officials from Europe, Turkey, and the Kurds and months after President Trump pledged a full troop withdrawal. Officials reportedly have been working for months to devise a plan for a safe zone in the northeastern part of the country for Syrian refugees but have not yet been able to agree on who would maintain and patrol it.

2 DEAD IN MIDWEST FLOODING… Flooding along portions of the Missouri River is blamed for two deaths and prompted more evacuations in eastern Nebraska yesterday. Residents remain stranded in the hard-hit communities of Waterloo and Fremont, Nebraska. The Missouri River between Omaha, Nebraska, and Kansas City, Missouri, is expected to remain at major to record stage through most of this week as runoff from flooded streams and rivers flows downstream.

LOTTERY JACKPOT AT $550 MILLION… Lottery officials announced yesterday that the Powerball jackpot has risen to $550 million after no winner was announced in Saturday’s drawing. The jackpot figures to be the eighth-largest in Powerball’s history heading into the next drawing on Wednesday. The cash option for the drawing will be worth an estimated $335 million.

ENTERTAINMENT
GUITARIST DICK DALE DEAD AT 81… Pioneering guitarist Dick Dale died Saturday night at the age of 81 years old, according to reports by people close to him. Dale is considered the originator of surf-style music that became popular in the 1960s. Dale was the son of a Lebanese immigrant whose sound was influenced by Middle Eastern music. He recorded his own version of the traditional Middle Eastern song “Misirlou,” which found renewed popularity when it was included in the soundtrack of the Quentin Tarantino film “Pulp Fiction.”

BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM CHART… Juice WRLD’s “Death Race for Love” sold 165,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” remained in second place after selling 72,000 units. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star is Born” soundtrack stayed in third place on sales of 48,000 units. Maren Morris’ “Girl” debuted at No. 4 with 46,000 copies sold. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” soundtrack finished fifth after selling 36,000 units

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Captain Marvel” raked in another $69.3 million to remain atop the weekend box office for a second week. “Wonder Park” opened in a distant second place with $16 million. Another newcomer, “Five Feet Apart,” made $13.1 million to open at No. 3. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” slipped to fourth place with $9.3 million. “A Madea Family” finished fifth with $8 million.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
NEW YORK 124 – L.A. Lakers 123… Mario Hezonja’s block of a LeBron James’ shot in the final seconds preserved the Knicks’ defeat of the Lakers. Emmanuel Mudiay scored a game-high 28 points and Damyean Dotson tossed in 25. DeAndre Jordan powered his way to 17 points and 15 rebounds.

MIAMI 93 – Charlotte 75… The Heat outscored the Hornets 32-15 in the fourth quarter to run away with the victory. Goran Dragic came off the bench to score 19 points and lead a balanced scoring attack.

Philadelphia 130 – MILWAUKEE 125… Joel Embiid scored 40 points and gathered 15 boards in leading the 76ers past the Bucks. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 52 points and 16 boards weren’t enough for Milwaukee.

DETROIT 110 – Toronto 107… The Pistons rallied past the Raptors in the fourth quarter to complete a season sweep. Blake Griffin led the way with 25 points. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 17 rebounds.

ORLANDO 101 – Atlanta 91… The Magic built a 10-point halftime lead and maintained it in the second half to down the Hawks. Nikola Vucevic had 27 points and 20 boards. Aaron Gordon added 22 points.

SACRAMENTO 129 – Chicago 102… The Kings bombed the Bulls 32-17 in the second quarter to take the lead for good in their rout of the Bulls. Marvin Bagley III delivered 21 points off the bench.

HOUSTON 117 – Minnesota 102… Chris Paul dropped in 25 points and dished off 10 assists in the Rockets’ win over the Timberwolves. Clint Capela finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. James Harden also scored 20 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 119 – Brooklyn 116… Lou Williams knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to send the Clippers past the Nets. Williams finished with a team-high 25 points. Dino Gallinari had 20 points and 11 boards. Montrezl Harrell added 20 points and 10 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Cleveland…
Washington hosts Utah…
Denver is at Boston…
Toronto hosts New York…
Miami is at Oklahoma City…
San Antonio hosts Golden State…
New Orleans is at Dallas…
Phoenix hosts Chicago…
Indiana is at Portland

NHL SCORES
COLORADO 3 – New Jersey 0… Goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped all 22 shots to record his third shutout in his last five starts and the Avalanche cruised past the Devils. Tyson Barrie scored a pair of second-period goals for Colorado.

BUFFALO 4 – St. Louis 3 (SO)… Sam Reinhart netted the winning goal in the shootout as the Sabres outlasted the Blues. Carter Hutton made 30 saves at goal.

N.Y. Islanders 3 – MINNESOTA 2 (OT)… Brock Nelson found the net 1:04 into overtime to lift the Islanders over the Wild and move New York into a first-place tie with Washington in the Metropolitan Division. Mathew Barzal set up two goals.

Vancouver 3 – DALLAS 2 (SO)… The Canucks recovered to top the Stars after blowing a two-goal lead in the second period. Josh Leivo scored the decisive goal in the shootout. Tim Schaller netted two first-period goals for Vancouver.

Philadelphia 2 – PITTSBURGH 1 (OT)… James van Riemsdyk scored a tying goal with 19 seconds left in regulation and Sean Couturier added the winning goal in overtime as the Flyers upended the Penguins. Goalie Carter Hart made 40 saves.

ANAHEIM 3 – Florida 2… Jacob Silfverberg’s goal with 4:43 remaining was the difference in the Ducks’ defeat of the Panthers. Devin Shore scored a first-period goal and Adam Henrique lit the lamp in the second.

VEGAS 6 – Edmonton 3… The Golden Knights scored three third-period goals to double up on the Oilers. Jonathan Marchessault netted two goals. William Karlsson had two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Arizona is at Tampa Bay…
Chicago hosts Vancouver…
Winnipeg is at Los Angeles…
San Jose hosts Vegas

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#6 Michigan State 65, Michigan 60 (Big Ten Tournament Final)
#22 Auburn 84, #8 Tennessee 64…
#24 Cincinnati 69, #11 Houston 57

NCAA MEN’S HOOPS TOURNAMENT SEEDINGS… Duke earned the No. 1 overall seed in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball tournament, with fellow ACC teams Virginia and North Carolina, as well as Gonzaga also getting top seeds. It’s only the second time that three No. 1 seeds have been from the same conference, joining the Big East in 2009. Belmont and Temple were the last at-large teams included in the 68-team bracket. Tennessee, Michigan State, Kentucky and Michigan received No. 2 seeds. LSU, Purdue, Houston and Texas Tech drew third-seeds, while Virginia Tech, Kansas State, Kansas and Florida State were seeded at No. 4.

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
DETROIT 3, Atlanta 2…
PITTSBURGH 8, Boston 1…
N.Y. Yankees 5, BALTIMORE 3…
WASHINGTON 10, N.Y. Mets 5…
MIAMI 4, St. Louis 2…
Houston 7, ATLANTA 3…
N.Y. Yankees 7, PHILADELPHIA 3…
BOSTON 3, Tampa Bay 2…
TORONTO 9, Minnesota 8…
TEXAS 7, Arizona 2…
Cleveland 9, CINCINNATI 9 (tie)…
SAN FRANCISCO 7, Kansas City 2…
Milwaukee 9, L.A. DODGERS 8…
Colorado 7, CHI. CUBS 2…
SAN DIEGO 6, L.A. Angels 2…
ARIZONA 7, Chi. White Sox 3

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