The Rundown for March 20, 2019

ROSENSTEIN EXTENDS STAY AT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT… Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is staying on at the Justice Department longer than expected. Rosenstein was scheduled to leave the Justice Department by mid-March but has reportedly reached an agreement with Attorney General William Barr to stick around indefinitely. Rosenstein continues to serve as the primary liaison between the Justice Department and Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

TRUMP TALKS TOUGH ON VENEZUELA… During a press conference yesterday with Brazil’s new right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, President Trump warned that the U.S. could be “a lot tougher” with future sanctions against Venezuela. The two leaders vowed to fight socialism in the Western Hemisphere and condemned the left-wing governments of Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua. Trump threatened to use military force against the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and reiterated his administration’s demand that the country’s military abandon its support for Maduro.

CRIMINAL IMMIGRANTS CAN BE DETAINED INDEFINITELY AT ANY TIME… The Supreme Court voted 5-4 yesterday in ruling that criminal non-citizens can be detained indefinitely even years after they finish serving prison time. The ruling reversed a lower court decision that interpreted the existing law to mean federal authorities must detain convicted immigrants within 24 hours of their release from criminal detention. Civil rights lawyers had claimed after that deadline, immigrants should be permitted a bond hearing so they were not forced to remain in custody indefinitely while their deportation case went forward.

FBI INVESTIGATED COHEN FOR ALMOST A YEAR… A search warrant released by a federal judge revealed that President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was under FBI investigation for almost a year. An investigation into Cohen’s emails started less than six months after Trump took office. Cohen has been sentenced to three years in prison for committing various crimes, including tax evasion and violating campaign finance laws. He has also admitted to lying to Congress.

JURY BLAMES ROUNDUP FOR CANCER… A six-person jury in San Francisco determined yesterday that Roundup weed killer was a substantial factor in a California man’s cancer. The unanimous verdict capped a lawsuit filed by a 70-year-old man against Roundup’s manufacturer, agribusiness giant Monsanto. Edwin Hardeman was the second plaintiff to go to trial out of thousands around the country who claim the weed killer causes cancer. Another man was awarded $289 million last August after determining Roundup caused his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. A judge later slashed the award to $78 million, and Monsanto has appealed.

ENTERTAINMENT
JERRY LEE LEWIS ON THE MEND… Jerry Lee Lewis is reported to be recovering after a minor stroke. The 83-year-old rock ‘n’ roll legend suffered a minor stroke nearly three weeks ago, according to his manager. Lewis has canceled upcoming performances in April, May and June to focus on his health. Lewis, known as “the Killer,” rose to fame in 1957 with his hit songs “Great Balls of Fire” and “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On.” He was part of the Memphis music scene that included Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

WENDY WILLIAMS BATTLING COCAINE ADDICTION… Television talk-show host Wendy Williams admitted on her show yesterday that she has been living in a sober house while battling cocaine dependency. The 54-year-old Williams said her husband, Kevin Hunter, and son, Kevin Hunter, Jr., were the only ones aware she was seeking help. She said she returns to the sober house every night.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Philadelphia 118 – CHARLOTTE 114… The 76ers pulled past the Hornets in the fourth quarter. Ben Simmons pumped in 28 points. J.J. Redick had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Jimmy Butler tossed in 23 points and Tobias Harris added 22.

Houston 121 – ATLANTA 105… James Harden scored 31 points and dished off 10 assists as the Rockets cruised past the Hawks. Clint Capela finished with 26 points and 11 boards.

MILWAUKEE 115 – L.A. Lakers 101… The Bucks got 30 points from Khris Middleton and 28 from Brook Lopez in downing the Lakers. Milwaukee played without the injured Giannis Antetokounmpo, while LeBron James sat out for Los Angeles.

Golden State 117 – MINNESOTA 107… Stephen Curry scored 22 of his game-high 36 points in the third quarter as the Warriors handled the Timberwolves. Klay Thompson added 28 points.

Brooklyn 123 – SACRAMENTO 121… The Nets erased a 28-point halftime deficit to stun the Kings. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s layup with less than a second remaining provided the winning margin. D’Angelo Russell scored 27 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth period, as Brooklyn outscored Sacramento 45-18.

L.A. CLIPPERS 115 – Indiana 109… The Clippers withstood a fourth-quarter rally to top the Pacers. Dino Gallinari scored 24 points to lead six players in double figures. Montrezl Harrell delivered 20 points and 12 rebounds off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Milwaukee is at Cleveland…
Orlando hosts New Orleans…
Boston is at Philadelphia…
New York hosts Utah…
Washington is at Chicago…
Memphis hosts Houston…
Miami is at San Antonio…
Oklahoma City hosts Toronto…
Dallas is at Portland

NHL SCORES
Boston 5 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 0… Sean Kuraly netted a pair of goals to provide all the offense the Bruins needed in their blanking of the Islanders. Goalie Tuukka Rask needed to make only 13 saves in recording his fourth shutout of the season.

Detroit 3 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… Andreas Athanasiou found the net twice to lead the Red Wings past the Rangers. Jimmy Howard stopped 41 shots at goal.

Montreal 3 – PHILADELPHIA 1… The Canadiens boosted their playoff hopes by skating past the Flyers. They got goals from Brendan Gallagher, Shea Weber and Max Domi. Goalie Carey Price made 32 saves.

CAROLINA 3 – Pittsburgh 2 (SO)… Dougie Hamilton scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Hurricanes outlasted the Penguins. Justin Williams netted the tying goal with 1:56 left in regulation.

Washington 4 – NEW JERSEY 1… The Capitals scored three unanswered goals in the second period and never looked back in their win over the Devils. The victory moved them past the N.Y. Islanders into first place in the Metropolitan Division. Brett Connolly had a goal and an assist.

ST. LOUIS 7 – Edmonton 2… Jaden Schwartz scored three goals and assisted on another as the Blues trounced the Oilers. David Perron scored twice and had two assists.

NASHVILLE 3 – Toronto 0… Pekka Rinne stopped all 22 shots as the Predators shut out the Maple Leafs for their third straight win. Nashville got goals from Brian Boyle, Wayne Simmonds and Filip Forsberg.

Colorado 3 – MINNESOTA 1… The Avalanche kept their hopes alive by fighting off the Wild. Philipp Grubauer stopped 36 shots at goal. Tyson Barrie, Tyson Jost and Ian Cole found the net for Colorado.

DALLAS 4 – Florida 2… Alexander Radulov scored a go-ahead goal in the third period and added an empty-netter as the Stars put away the Panthers. Tyler Seguin set up all four Dallas goals.

CALGARY 4 – Columbus 2… The Flames got goals from four different players in doubling up on the Blue Jackets. Michael Frolik had a goal and an assist. Austin Czernik had two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Buffalo…
Washington hosts Tampa Bay…
Ottawa is at Vancouver…
Anaheim hosts Winnipeg

MLB REGULAR SEASON UNDERWAY… The Seattle Mariners and Oakland A’s were scheduled to open Major League Baseball’s regular season in Tokyo this morning. First pitch was scheduled for 5:35 a.m. Eastern.

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
CINCINNATI 6, Chi. White Sox 5…
KANSAS CITY 8, Chi. Cubs 6…
L.A. ANGELS 9, Colorado 7…
San Diego 4, ARIZONA 3…
PITTSBURGH 3, Detroit 1…
N.Y. YANKEES 6, Tampa Bay 2…
Washington 3, ATLANTA 2…
Texas 3, MILWAUKEE 2…
CHI. CUBS 6, Seattle 4…
Cleveland 3, L.A. DODGERS 2…
BALTIMORE, Minnesota (canceled)…
MIAMI, N.Y. Mets (canceled)…
HOUSTON, Philadelphia (canceled)…
BOSTON, Toronto (canceled)

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PLAY-IN GAMES
Fairleigh Dickinson defeated Prairie View A&M 82-76 in a matchup of 16 seeds and advances to play top-seeded Gonzaga in the West Regional… Belmont downed Temple 81-70 in a battle of 11 seeds and moves on to play sixth-seeded Maryland in the East Regional… Two more play-in games are scheduled for tonight. North Dakota State plays North Carolina Central in a battle of 16 seeds in the East Regional and Arizona State plays St. John’s in a matchup of 11 seeds in the West Regional.

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