The Rundown for March 21, 2019

JUDGE BLOCKS DRILLING IN WYOMING… A federal judge has blocked oil and gas drilling on almost 500 square miles in Wyoming and urged the federal government to consider the climate change’s impact. The ruling follows others that blamed the government for not taking greenhouse gas emissions into account when approving oil, gas and coal projects on federal land. U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras said that when the U.S. Bureau of Land Management auctions public lands for oil and gas leasing, officials must consider emissions from past, present and foreseeable future oil and gas leases nationwide.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT PROPOSES WALL-BUILDING FUNDING LIST… A Defense Department’s list of ways to pay for the construction of a wall along the southern border with Mexico includes taking money from projects that include $1.2 billion for schools, childcare centers and other facilities for military children. The list given to lawmakers on Monday includes $12.8 billion of construction projects for which it said funds could be redirected. Educational projects total about 10 percent of the projects on the list.

DEFENSE SECRETARY INVESTIGATED OVER ALLEGATIONS… The Pentagon’s inspector general is launching an investigation into allegations that acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has used his office to promote his former employer, Boeing. The move follows a complaint filed last week by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics. The complaint alleges that Shanahan has appeared to make statements promoting Boeing and disparaging competitors, such as Lockheed Martin.

HOUSTON PETROCHEMICAL FIRE EXTINGUISHED… Firefighters yesterday finally extinguished a fire that has been burning since Sunday at a petrochemical storage site outside Houston. The blaze at Mitsui & Co has been billowing acrid smoke, but no serious injuries were reported. State and federal monitors said air quality was safe, but environmental groups disagreed and vowed to conduct their own monitoring.

FED LEAVES INTEREST RATE UNCHANGED… The Federal Reserve yesterday decided against raising its benchmark interest rate and said it doesn’t plan to hike rates for the rest of the year. The decision kept the rate at 2.25 percent to 2.5 percent. The Fed expects one hike in 2020, according to projections.

ENTERTAINMENT
ANOTHER ‘BILL AND TED’ SEQUEL COMING… A third installment of the “Bill & Ted” franchise will go into production this summer and is planned for a summer 2020 release. Original stars Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves are reprising their roles as the metalhead title characters. The film will shoot in New Orleans.

‘ST. VINCENT’ FILMMAKERS SUED FOR TRADEMARK INFRINGEMENT… Veteran horse-racing announcer Dave Johnson is suing the makers of the 2014 Bill Murray film “St. Vincent” for using his signature phrase “and down the stretch they come” without permission. Johnson, who announced Triple Crown races on ABC television over two decades, accused the film’s distributor Weinstein Co, the producers Chernin Entertainment and Crescendo Productions and other defendants of infringing his 2012 trademark on the phrase. Murray is not named as a defendant in the suit.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CLEVELAND 107 – Milwaukee 102… The Cavaliers got 25 points from Collin Sexton and 23 from Jordan Clarkson in downing a Bucks team that played without the injured Giannis Antetokounmpo. Kevin Love and Ante Zizic grabbed 10 rebounds apiece.

ORLANDO 119 – New Orleans 96… Evan Fournier scored 22 points and Aaron Gordon tossed in 20 to lead the Magic in their rout of the Pelicans. Nikola Vucevic had 15 points and 17 boards.

PHILADELPHIA 118 – Boston 115… The 76ers rallied in the second half to take down the Celtics. Joel Embiid scored 37 points and gathered 22 rebounds. Jimmy Butler scored 15 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter.

Utah 137 – NEW YORK 116… The Jazz made it five straight blowout victories with their romp over the Knicks. Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 30 points. Utah had five other players score in double figures.

CHICAGO 126 – Washington 120 (OT)… Lauri Markkanen pumped in 32 points and brought down 13 boards as the Bulls outlasted the Wizards. Kris Dunn added 26 points and 13 assists.

MEMPHIS 126 – Houston 125 (OT)… Jonas Valanciunas made the winning free throw with one-tenth of a second remaining and finished with 33 points and 15 rebounds as the Grizzlies surprised the Rockets. Mike Conley led Memphis with 35 points. James Harden’s 57 points weren’t enough for Houston.

Miami 110 – SAN ANTONIO 105… The Heat built a 15-point halftime lead and held on to top the Spurs. Goran Dragic came off the bench to lead a balanced scoring attack with 22 points. Bam Adebayo collected 15 boards.

Toronto 123 – OKLAHOMA CITY 114 (OT)… The Raptors recovered to outlast the Thunder after blowing a 19-point lead. Pascal Siakam powered his way to 33 points and 13 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard added 22 points and 10 boards. Fred VanVleet tossed in 21 points.

PORTLAND 126 – Dallas 118… Damian Lillard lit it up for 33 points and dished off 12 assists in leading the Trail Blazers past the Mavericks. Seth Curry added 20 points off the bench. Enes Kanter had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at Charlotte…
Washington hosts Denver…
New Orleans is at Atlanta…
Phoenix hosts Detroit…
Dallas is at Sacramento…
Golden State hosts Indiana

NHL SCORES
Toronto 4 – BUFFALO 2… John Tavares and Auston Matthews each had a goal and an assist as the Maple Leafs doubled up on the Sabres. Goalie Garret Sparks made 24 saves.

Tampa Bay 5 – WASHINGTON 4… The Lightning recovered to outlast the Capitals after blowing a late lead. Victor Hedman found the net at 3:01 of overtime. Nikita Kucherov scored two of Tampa Bay’s four second-period goals.

VANCOUVER 7 – Ottawa 4… The Canucks led 5-0 with less than nine minutes to play and held on to escape with a win over the Senators. Tanner Pearson scored two goals. Bo Horvat had two goals, including an empty-netter and an assist. Alexander Edler assisted on three goals. Loui Eriksson scored into an empty net and had two assists. Elias Pettersson set up two goals.

Winnipeg 3 – ANAHEIM 0… Goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped all shots as the Jets blanked the Ducks. Kyle Connor had a goal and an assist. Jacob Trouba added two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Arizona is at Florida…
New Jersey hosts Boston…
Tampa Bay is at Carolina…
Montreal hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Detroit is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Pittsburgh…
Philadelphia is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Colorado…
Ottawa is at Calgary…
Edmonton hosts Columbus…
Winnipeg is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts San Jose

MLB
AL SCORE
Seattle 9 – OAKLAND 7… Domingo Santana unloaded a grand slam for the Mariners in Major League Baseball’s 2019 opener played in Tokyo. Tim Beckham went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer. The two teams were to play again today with first pitch scheduled for 5:30 a.m. Eastern.

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
Atlanta 8, TORONTO 7…
Arizona 11, CHI. WHITE SOX 2…
Cincinnati 6, TEXAS 1…
Milwaukee 10, SAN DIEGO 7…
Detroit 3, PHILADELPHIA 1…
Miami 6, ST. LOUIS 0…
HOUSTON 2, N.Y. Yankees 1…
Pittsburgh 6, MINNESOTA 5…
Boston 6, BALTIMORE 4…
CLEVELAND 4, L.A. Angels 2…
Kansas City 8, COLORADO 7…
CHI. CUBS 5, L.A. Dodgers 4…
SAN FRANCISCO 13, Cleveland 0

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT PLAY-IN GAMES
North Dakota State defeated North Carolina Central 78-74 in a battle of 16 seeds and moves on to play top-seeded Duke in the East Regional… Arizona State downed St. John’s 74-65 in a matchup of 11 seeds and advances to play sixth-seeded Buffalo in the West Regional.

TODAY’S NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
EAST REGION
#10 Minnesota vs. #7 Louisville
#14 Yale vs. #3 LSU…
#15 Bradley vs. #2 Michigan State…
#11 Belmont vs. #6 Maryland

MIDWEST REGION
#12 New Mexico State vs. #5 Auburn…
#13 Northwestern vs. #4 Kansas…
#15 Abilene Christian vs. #2 Kentucky…
#10 Seton Hall vs. #7 Wofford

WEST REGION
#13 Vermont vs. #4 Florida State…
#12 Murray State vs. #5 Marquette…
#10 Florida vs. #7 Nevada…
#16 Fairleigh Dickinson vs. #1 Gonzaga…
#15 Montana vs. #2 Michigan…
#9 Baylor vs. #8 Syracuse

SOUTH REGION
#11 Saint Mary’s vs. #6 Villanova…
#14 Old Dominion vs. #3 Purdue

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