The Rundown for March 25, 2019

BARR RELEASES MUELLER INVESTIGATION SUMMARY… Attorney General William Barr claimed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found that neither President Trump nor any of his aides conspired or coordinated with the Russian government’s 2016 election interference but added that did not exonerate Trump. Barr also said in his four-page report that Mueller drew no conclusions about whether Trump illegally obstructed justice. The release of the summary prompted Democrats to demand the release of the full report. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler said that the committee would call Bar to testify “in light of the very concerning discrepancies.”

FLOODING CRESTS IN KANSAS CITY AREA… Authorities in the Kansas City area reported yesterday that the record flooding along the Missouri River appeared to have crested on yesterday without causing major damage and continued to move downstream. Kansas City’s drinking-water supply is still threatened, however. Kansas City officials warned on Saturday that the flooding had impaired its treatment of water and raised health risks.

MOSQUE FIRE INVESTIGATED AS ARSON… Police in Escondido, California, are investigating a possible arson attack early yesterday at a mosque. A small fire was reported at the Islamic Center of Escondido, some 30 miles north of San Diego. Police responding to the report found graffiti with a hate message spray painted on a wall. There were no reports of anyone injured or immediate word on any suspects.

SUICIDE SUSPECTED IN SECOND PARKLAND SURVIVOR DEATH… Police in Coral Springs, Florida, say a student who survived the school shooting in Parkland, Florida last year has died of an apparent suicide. The death came less than a week after another survivor of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School died by suicide. The student was identified only as a juvenile.

AVOCADO RECALL… A San Diego-area avocado grower and distributor is voluntarily recalling whole avocados over possible listeria contamination. The recall by Henry Avocados covers conventional and organic avocados grown and packed in California. The company said they were sold in bulk across California, Arizona, Florida, Wisconsin, North Carolina and New Hampshire. There have been no reports of any illnesses associated with the avocados.

ENTERTAINMENT
LARRY COHEN DIES… Writer/director Larry Cohen, who is best known or his films “It’s Alive,” “God Told Me To,” “Black Caesar” and “Hell Up in Harlem,” died Saturday night in Los Angeles. He was 77. Cohen entered film after creating the 1960s TV series “Branded” and “The Invaders.” Cohen more recently wrote the screenplay for the 2002 thriller “Phone Booth,” starring Colin Farrell.

BILLBOARD 200 ALBUM CHART… Juice WRLD’s “Death Race for Love” sold 74,000 units to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” stayed at No. 2 after selling 66,000 copies. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” held on at No. 3 on sales of 40,000 copies. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s “Hoodie SZN” rose to fourth place with 33,000 units sold. Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” soundtracked sold 33,000 copies to finish fifth.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… The R-rated horror film “Us” raked in $70.25 million to top the weekend box office. “Captain Marvel” slipped into second place with $35 million. “Wonder Park” finished third with $9 million. “Five Feet Apart” made $8.7 million to finish fourth. “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” capped the top five with $6.5 million.

SPORTS
NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES… Eight more teams joined the Sweet 16 of the 2019 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament yesterday.

EAST REGION
#1 Duke 77, #9 Central Florida 76…
#4 Virginia Tech 67, #12 Liberty 58

MIDWEST REGION
#1 North Carolina 81, #9 Washington 59…
#3 Houston 74, #11 Ohio State 59

WEST REGION
#3 Texas Tech 78, #6 Buffalo 58

SOUTH REGION
#2 Tennessee 83, #10 Iowa 77 (OT)…
#1 Virginia 63, #9 Oklahoma 51
#12 Oregon 74, #13 UC Irvine 54

NBA SCORES
MILWAUKEE 127 – Cleveland 105… The Buicks built a 13-point halftime lead and never looked back in their pounding of the Cavaliers. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Milwaukee had six other players score in double figures.

INDIANA 124 – Denver 88… Bojan Bogdanovic scored 26 of his 35 points in the first half to lead the Pacers in their rout of the Nuggets. Myles Turner had 17 points and 11 boards. Domantas Sabonis finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

L.A. Clippers 124 – NEW YORK 113… The Clippers pulled past the Knicks in the second half to win their fifth in a row. Lou Williams came off the bench to score a game-high 29 points. Danilo Gallinari added 26 points and Montrezl Harrell tossed in 24.

Charlotte 115 – TORONTO 114… The Hornets recovered to beat the Raptors after blowing a double-digit fourth-quarter lead. Jeremy Lamb banked in a game-winning 3-pointer from half-court at the buzzer. Dwayne Bacon led Charlotte with 20 points.

HOUSTON 113 – New Orleans 90… The Rockets jumped out to a 14-point lead after the first quarter and cruised past the Pelicans. James Harden scored 28 points in just 29 minutes. Chris Paul had 10 points and 13 assists. Clint Capela gathered 17 boards to go with his eight points.

San Antonio 115 – BOSTON 96… LaMarcus Aldridge powered his way to 48 points and 13 rebounds in leading the Spurs past the Celtics. DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points and dished off 11 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 121 – Detroit 114… The Warriors turned away a fourth-quarter rally to down the Pistons. Stephen Curry led the way with 26 points. Klay Thompson added 24 points. Kevin Durant finished with 14 points and 11 assists.

L.A. LAKERS 111 – Sacramento 106… Kyle Kuzma and LeBron James scored 29 points apiece as the Lakers held off the Kings. James also had 11 rebounds and as many assists.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Orlando…
Memphis hosts Oklahoma City…
Phoenix is at Utah…
Portland hosts Brooklyn

NHL SCORES
WASHINGTON 3 – Philadelphia 1… The Capitals got goals from Tom Wilson, Travis Boyd and Jakub Vrana in topping the Flyers. Goalie Braden Holtby made 35 saves.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 2 – Arizona 0… Goalie Robin Lehner stopped all 31 shots in his fifth shutout of the season and the Islanders clipped the Coyotes. Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson found the net for New York.

CAROLINA 2 – Montreal 1 (OT)… Andrei Svechnikov scored with 1:45 in overtime to give the Hurricanes a come-from-behind win over the Canadiens. Trevor van Riemsdyk netted a tying goal with 5:39 remaining in regulation. Curtis McElhinney stopped 28 shots at goal.

CHICAGO 2 – Colorado 1 (OT)… Artem Anisimov lit the lamp early in the third period and Duncan Keith scored at 1:23 of overtime as the Blackhawks rallied past the Avalanche. Goalie Corey Crawford made 20 saves.

Columbus 5 – VANCOUVER 0… Sergei Bobrovsky made 21 saves in his seventh shutout of the season as the Blue Jackets skated past the Canucks. Josh Anderson scored two goals and assisted on another. Pierre-Luc Dubois had a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Florida is at Toronto…
New Jersey hosts Buffalo…
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Tampa Bay hosts Boston…
Vegas is at St. Louis…
Minnesota hosts Nashville…
Dallas is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts Los Angeles…
Detroit is at San Jose

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
CHI. WHITE SOX 3, Cleveland 0…
Colorado 4, CINCINNATI 3…
Kansas City 3, TEXAS 3 (tie)…
Chi. Cubs 24, SAN DIEGO 6…
Milwaukee 3, ARIZONA 2…
OAKLAND 5, San Francisco 0…
ATLANTA 4, Tampa Bay 2…
N.Y. METS 8, Washington 4…
PHILADELPHIA 11, Baltimore 4…
ST. LOUIS 2, Miami 1…
N.Y. Yankees 5, MINNESOTA 3…
DETROIT 18, Toronto 6…
HOUSTON 5, Washington 3…
BALTIMORE 1, Pittsburgh 1 (tie)…
L.A. ANGELS 8, L.A. Dodgers 4

NFL NEWS… New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski announced his retirement from the NFL yesterday after nine seasons. The 29-year-old Gronkowski had 521 receptions for 7,861 yards pin 115 regular-season games. His 81 receptions for 1,163 yards and 12 touchdowns in 16 playoff games are all records for a tight end.

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