The Rundown for March 22, 2019

KUSHNER ACCUSED OF CONDUCTING WHITE HOUSE BUSINESS ON APP… House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings revealed in a letter to White House counsel yesterday that Jared Kushner “continues to use” the app WhatsApp to conduct official White House business. According to Cummings, Kushner’s lawyer Abbe Lowell made the admission before the committee last December and claimed that he wasn’t sure whether Kushner had ever transmitted classified information. Lowell denied making the admission to Cummings, who also says that Kushner’s wife Ivanka Trump is not preserving all of her official email communications in violation of the Presidential Records Act.

TRUMP SUPPORTS ISRAELI CONTROL OF GOLAN HEIGHTS… President Trump said on Twitter yesterday that he recognizes Israel’s control of Golan Heights. The area was seized from Syria during the Arab War in 1967 and the tweet offered support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of his country’s upcoming national elections. Netanyahu urged Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to back Golan Heights’ annexation.

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR SIGNS TOUGH ABORTION LAW… Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant yesterday signed a law that makes it illegal for women to have an abortion once a fetal heartbeat is detected. The legislation effectively prohibits abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. The new law is scheduled to take effect on July 1 despite a federal judge’s decision last year to strike down a less-restrictive law limiting abortions.

WISCONSIN STRIKES DOWN LAW LIMITING GOVERNOR’S POWERS… A county judge in Wisconsin has struck down laws that Wisconsin Republicans passed in December to limit the powers of newly elected Democratic Governor Tony Evers. The judge ruled that all of the laws and appointments passed by legislators were not lawful because they were enacted during an unconstitutional “extraordinary session.” Yesterday’s ruling also temporarily struck down 82 appointments that former Republican Governor Scott Walker made during the final days of his administration.

MAGA BOMBER PLEADS GUILTY… A Florida man entered a guilty plea yesterday to sending pipe bombs to CNN and prominent critics of President Trump just prior to last fall’s midterm elections. 57-year-old Cesar Sayoc is facing life in prison when he is sentenced on September 12. He was charged with 65 counts, including using weapons of mass destruction and mailing explosives with intent to kill.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘SCHITT’S CREEK’ RENEWED FOR A FINAL SEASON… The Pop network has renewed the sitcom “Schitt’s Creek” for a sixth and final season. Series creators/stars Dan and Eugene Levy made the announcement yesterday via social media. Season 6 will consist of 14 episodes that will air next year. Season 5 is currently airing.

IN THEATERS… In “Us,” a family’s serenity turns to chaos when a group of doppelgängers begins to terrorize them. Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke star in the R-rated film.

SPORTS
NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES
EAST REGION
#10 Minnesota 86, #7 Louisville 76…
#3 LSU 79, #14 Yale 74…
#2 Michigan State 76, #15 Bradley 65…
#6 Maryland 79, #11 Belmont 77

MIDWEST REGION
#5 Auburn 78, #12 New Mexico State 77…
#4 Kansas 87, #13 Northeastern 53…
#2 Kentucky 79, #15 Abilene Christian 44…
#7 Wofford 84, #10 Seton Hall 68

WEST REGION
#4 Florida State 76, #13 Vermont 69…
#12 Murray State 83, #5 Marquette 64…
#10 Florida 70, #7 Nevada 61…
#1 Gonzaga 87,#16 Fairleigh Dickinson 49…
#2 Michigan 74, #15 Montana 55…
#9 Baylor 78, #8 Syracuse 69

SOUTH REGION
#6 Villanova 61, #11 Saint Mary’s 57…
#3 Purdue 61, #14 Old Dominion 48

TODAY’S NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
EAST REGION
#16 North Dakota State vs. #1 Duke…
#12 Liberty vs. #5 Mississippi State…
#9 Central Florida vs. #8 Virginia Commonwealth…
#13 Saint Louis vs. #4 Virginia Tech

MIDWEST REGION
#9 Washington vs. #8 Utah State…
#14 Georgia State vs. #3 Houston…
#16 Iona vs. #1 North Carolina…
#11 Ohio State vs. #6 Iowa State

WEST REGION
#14 Northern Kentucky vs. #3 Texas Tech…
#11 Arizona State vs. #6 Buffalo

SOUTH REGION
#10 Iowa vs. #7 Cincinnati…
#9 Oklahoma vs. #8 Mississippi…
#13 California-Irvine vs. #4 Kansas State…
#15 Colgate vs. #2 Tennessee…
#16 Gardner-Webb vs. #1 Virginia…
#12 Oregon vs. #5 Wisconsin

NBA SCORES
CHARLOTTE 113 – Minnesota 106… Kemba Walker scored 31 points as the Hornets dealt the Timberwolves their fifth straight loss. Miles Bridges grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his 11 points.

Denver 113 – WASHINGTON 108… Eight players scored in double figures as the Nuggets fought off the Wizards for their fifth straight win. Nikola Jokic scored 15 points and dished off 11 assists.

ATLANTA 117 – New Orleans 114… Trae Young converted a go-ahead three-point play and finished with 23 points and 11 assists as the Hawks handed the Pelicans their first loss in six games. Six other players scored in double figures for Atlanta.

Detroit 118 – PHOENIX 98… The Pistons bombed the Suns in the second half after trailing by two points at the half. Wayne Ellington scored 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Andre Drummond powered his way to 16 points and 19 boards.

SACRAMENTO 116 – Dallas 100… The Kings shook off a slow start to breeze pas the Mavericks. Buddy Hield scored a game-high 29 points. Marvin Bagley III added 22 points. Willie Cauley-Stein finished with 10 points and 18 rebounds.

GOLDEN STATE 112 – Indiana 89… The Warriors used a big second quarter to build a 10-point lead at halftime and never looked back in their rout of the Pacers. All five starters scored in double figures led by DeMarcus Cousins’ 19 points. Cousins also gathered 11 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Memphis is at Orlando…
Cleveland hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Denver is at New York…
Toronto hosts Oklahoma City…
San Antonio is at Houston…
Milwaukee hosts Miami…
Brooklyn is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
FLORIDA 4 – Arizona 2… Aleksander Barkov found the net twice as the Panthers doubled up on the Coyotes. Jonathan Huberdeau assisted on three goals.

Boston 5 – NEW JERSEY 1… Patrice Bergeron scored a pair of goals and had an assist as the Bruins skated past the shorthanded Devils. David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist. Brad Marchand set up three goals.

Tampa Bay 6 – CAROLINA 3… The Lightning scored our unanswered goals in the third period to down the Hurricanes for their seventh straight win. Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists.

MONTREAL 4 – N.Y. Islanders 0… Goalie Carey Price stopped all 27 shots to record his fourth shutout of the season and the Canadiens cruised past the Islanders. Joel Armia, Jonathan Drouin and Jordan Weal each had a goal and an assist.

Pittsburgh 2 – NASHVILLE 1 (SO)… Sidney Crosby scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Penguins over the Predators. Bryan Rust opened the scoring with a second-period goal. Matt Murray made 29 saves at goal.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Detroit 2… Ivan Barbashev scored three goals to notch his first career hat trick and lead the Blues past the Red Wings. Alexander Steen assisted on three goals.

Philadelphia 3 – CHICAGO 1… The Flyers east past the Blackhawks after spotting them an early lead. James van Riemsdyk scored a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and Sean Couturier added an empty-netter. Goalie Carter Hart stopped 40 shots.

Colorado 3 – DALLAS 1… Goalie Philipp Grubauer made 44 saves as the Avalanche clipped the Stars. Colorado got goals from Erik Johnson, Tyson Barrie and Carl Soderberg.

CALGARY 5 – Ottawa 1… The Flames closed with five straight goals to roll past the Senators. Andrew Mangiapane Garnet Hathaway and Matthew Tkachuk each had a goal and an assist. Derek Ryan had two assists.

EDMONTON 4 – Columbus 1… The Oilers scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Blue Jackets. Zack Kassian netted the go-ahead goal. Connor McDavid had a goal and an assist. Leon Draisaitl assisted on three goals.

VEGAS 5 – Winnipeg 0… William Karlsson lit the lamp twice and had an assist as the Golden Knights blanked the Jets. Reilly Smith also scored two goals. Goalie Malcolm Subban made 20 saves in the shutout.

LOS ANGELES  4 –  San Jose 2… Matt Roy and Anze Kopitar scored 2:17 apart midway through the third period to give the Kings the lead for good in their come-from-behind win over the Sharks. Kopitar assisted on Roy’s tying goal. Dustin Brown netted a first-period goal for L.A. Jeff Carter capped the scoring with a shorthanded goal into an empty net.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at Washington…
Anaheim hosts San Jose

MLB
AL SCORE
Seattle 5 – OAKLAND 4 (12 innings)… Domingo Santana’s groundout in the top of the 12th inning scored Dee Gordon with the tie-breaking run and the Mariners held on to edge the Athletics in a game played in Tokyo. Ryon Healey drilled a two-run homer and Mitch Hanigar added a solo shot for Seattle.

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES…
TEXAS 7, Cleveland 3…
Kansas City 14, CINCINNATI 6…
MILWAUKEE 11, L.A. Dodgers 5…
San Francisco 5, CHI. CUBS 5 (tie)…
CHI. WHITE SOX 12, Texas 2…
L.A. Angels 2, ARIZONA 1…
TAMPA BAY 8, Atlanta 1…
PITTSBURGH 7, Baltimore 5…
DETROIT 5, Houston 3…
ST. LOUIS 11, N.Y. Yankees 3…
PHILADELPHIA 13, Toronto 6…
N.Y. METS 6, Miami 0…
BOSTON 8, Tampa Bay 0…
WASHINGTON 7, St. Louis 1…
SEATTLE 6, Cincinnati 3

GAMES
WORD OF THE DAY… ODIOUS… (OH—dee—us)… adjective… 1) Causing or deserving hatred or repugnance.
The press had sunk to ODIOUS new lows by reporting pure speculation as fact and thus misleading the public.

BOND, COMMON BOND… What do these 3 things have in common: THE GRIM REAPER—A KING COBRA—A CAR?… (They all have Hoods)

WHAT THE HECK AM I TALKING ABOUT… FIRE—WOODS—SUMMER—TENT—SCOUT?… (Camp)

USELESS TRIVIA… Before there was a Timmy, another boy owned Lassie, what was his name?… (Jeff)

PHOBIA DU JOUR… Coulrophobia… Fear of clowns.

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