The Rundown for April 1, 2019

MULVANEY GUARANTEES AMERICANS WON’T LOSE HEALTH INSURANCE… White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney guaranteed yesterday that Americans would not lose their health insurance coverage if the Affordable Care Act is struck down in a court challenge. Mulvaney made the guarantee during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” and he offered it without a replacement plan in place. More than 60 million Americans with pre-existing conditions are protected under the ACA. During his appearance, Mulvaney also doubled down on President Trump’s threat to close the U.S. border with Mexico. Mulvaney said it would take “something dramatic” to persuade the president to abandon his border-closing plans.

EL PASO MIGRANT HOLDING AREA TO CLOSE… Immigration officials yesterday announced plans to close a holding area under a bridge connecting El Paso, Texas, with Juarez, Mexico. Customs and Border Protection issued a statement saying that migrants being held under the Paso Del Norte International Bridge will be relocated to a place with more space and shelter. The holding area is a few hundred yards from where Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan last week announced that 750 border inspectors will be reassigned to cope with an influx of families from Central American seeking asylum.

SCHUMER WANTS BOEING SUSPENDED FROM COMMITTEE… Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer wants Boeing to be removed from a Federal Aviation Administration rulemaking committee while the company and the regulating agency is under investigation following two deadly airline crashes. Schumer said yesterday that not only does he want Boeing suspended from the Aviation Rulemaking Advisory Committee, but he also wants the membership and activities of the committee to be made public. Congress began examining the relationship between Boeing and the FAA in response to the crashes of two 737 Max planes.

SAUDIS HAD BEZOS’ PRIVATE INFO… Security adviser Gavin de Becker claims the National Enquirer’s parent company tried to force Jeff Bezos into declaring that he did not find any evidence of “electronic eavesdropping or hacking” or outside political influence in his probe of how and why his texts were leaked to the tabloid. De Becker told The Daily Beast that AMI threatened to release intimate photos of Bezos unless he signed an eight-page contract that contained its demands. De Becker said Bezos did not sign the contract and that the investigation revealed that “the Saudis had access to Bezos’ phone, and gained private information.”

MARINES INVESTIGATING HELICOPTER CRASH… The Marine Corps is investigating Saturday night’s helicopter crash that killed two pilots in southwestern Arizona. Officials say the AH-1Z Viper crashed during a training mission at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma training grounds. The station is located about 2 miles from Yuma.

RAPPER NIPSEY HUSSLE FATALLY SHOT… Nipsey Hussle was killed and two other people were wounded yesterday at a shooting outside the rapper’s store in South Los Angeles. Hussle, born Ermias Asghedom, was 33. His debut studio album, “Victory Lap, was nominated for Best Rap Album at this year’s Grammy Awards.

NAV TOPS ALBUM CHART… Rapper NAV’s “Bad Habits” sold 82,000 units to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” held on to second place after selling 62,000 copies. WRLD’s “Death Race for Love” dropped to third place with 54,000 units sold. Rapper Rich the Kid’s “The World Is Yours 2” opened in fourth place with 42,000 units sold. XXXTenacion’s “?” capped the top five with 40,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Dumbo” raked in $45 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “Us” slipped into second place with $33.6 million. “Captain Marvel” made $20.5 million to finish third. “Five Feet Apart” remained in fourth place with $6.2 million. “Unplanned” opened at No.5 with $6.1 million.

MIAMI 3 – Colorado 0… Sandy Alcantara pitched four-hit ball over eight innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout. JT Riddle smacked a solo homer for the Marlins.

Pittsburgh 5 – CINCINNATI 0… Starter Trevor Williams allowed just three hits over six innings and three relievers preserved the shutout. At the plate, Williams singled home a run and drew a bases-loaded walk.

WASHINGTON 6 – N.Y. Mets 5… Trea Turner’s second homer of the day was a walk-off solo shot in the bottom of the ninth inning. Turner’s first blast came with two runners aboard in the third inning.

MILWAUKEE 5 – St. Louis 4… Christian Yelich tied a Major League record by homering in each of his team’s first four games and then delivered a game-winning two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning.

SAN DIEGO 3 – San Francisco 1… Padres starter Chris Paddack limited the Giants to a run on two hits over five innings in his major league debut. Manny Machado’s grounder scored Hunter Renfroe with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – Arizona 7… The Dodgers powered their way past the Diamondbacks in a wild contest. L.A. took a 4-0 lead into the fourth inning, but Arizona came alive to score all seven runs in the frame after which the Dodgers recovered to score three times in the eighth. A.J. Pollock lined a game-tying two-run double against his former team. Max Muncy’s sacrifice fly brought home the decisive run.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – Atlanta 1… Bryce Harper and Andrew McCutchen smacked solo homers. Phillies starter Jake Arrieta allowed a run on three hits over six innings.

Baltimore 7 – N.Y. YANKEES 5… Joey Rickard’s two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning sent the Orioles past the Yankees. Renato Nuñez and Trey Mancini also went deep.

Detroit 4 – TORONTO 3 (11 innings)… Nicholas Castellanos singled home Grayson Greiner with a go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and the Tigers made it stand in outlasting the Blue Jays.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Houston 1… Rays starter Yonny Chirinos allowed just a run on two hits over seven innings. Austin Meadows hit a two-run homer for Tampa Bay.

MINNESOTA 9 – Cleveland 3… Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer to lead the Twins’ 15-hit attack.

Chi. White Sox 6 – KANSAS CITY 3… Starter Lucas Giolito took a no-hitter into the seventh inning. Yonder Alonso and José Abreu hit solo homers for the White Sox.

OAKLAND 2 – L.A. Angels 1… Frankie Monas limited the Angels to a run on three hits over six innings and three relievers did the rest. Khris Davis homered for the Athletics.

SEATTLE 10 – Boston 8… The Mariners erased an early three-run deficit and held on. Omar Narvaez’s three-run homer sparked a seven-run bottom of the third inning. Jay Bruce added a solo shot.

TEXAS 11 – Chi. Cubs 10… Joey Gallo raced home with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rangers a come-from-behind win. Delino DeShields unloaded a grand slam. Jeff Mathis and Asdrubal Cabrera also went deep.

St. Louis (Wainwright, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (Archer, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 0-0) hosts Milwaukee (Davies, 0-1)…
the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 0-0) are at Atlanta (Newcomb, 0-0)…
Miami (Matz, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Smith, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Pomeranz, 0-0) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Urias, 0-0)…
San Diego (Strahm, 0-0) hosts Arizona (Kelly, 0-0)…

the Chi. White Sox (Nova, 0-0) are at Cleveland (Clevinger, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (German, 0-0) host Detroit (Ross, 0-0)…
Baltimore (Hess, 0-0) is at Toronto (Richard, 0-0)…
Texas (Smyly, 0-0) hosts Houston (Peacock, 0-0)…
Boston (Price, 0-0) is at Oakland (Brooks, 0-0)…
Seattle (Hernandez, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (0-0)

Colorado (Bettis, 0-0) is at Tampa Bay (TBA)

ATLANTA 136 – Milwaukee 135 (OT)… Trea Young grabbed a deflected inbounds pass and scored the game-winning bucket at the buzzer to lift the Hawks over the Bucks. Young finished with 12 points and 16 assists. Justin Anderson led Atlanta with 24 points. John Collins and Alex Len added 23 points apiece.

Dallas 106 – OKLAHOMA CITY 103… The Mavericks stunned the Thunder despite playing without the injured Luka Doncic. Trey Burke pumped in 25 points.

L.A. Lakers 130 – NEW ORLEANS 102… The Lakers used a big second half to blow away the Pelicans. Rajon Rondo scored 24 points and dished off 12 assists. JaVale McGee had 23 points and 16 rebounds. Alex Caruso delivered 23 points off the bench.

Sacramento 113 – SAN ANTONIO 106… The Kings got 26 points from Buddy Hield in their defeat of the Spurs. Six other players scored in double figures for Sacramento.

Washington 95 – DENVER 90… The Wizards handled the Nuggets after overcoming an early double-digit deficit. Troy Brown Jr. led the way with 24 points. Thomas Bryant and Jabari Parker added 20 points apiece.

GOLDEN STATE 137 – Charlotte 90… The Warriors shot over 60 percent in their blowout of the Hornets. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 25 points. Klay Thompson tossed in 24 points. Quinn Cook added 21 points off the bench.

L.A. CLIPPERS 113 – Memphis 96… The Clippers built a 15-point halftime lead and coasted past the Grizzlies. Dino Gallinari had game-highs with 27 points and 15 rebounds. Montrezl Harrell delivered 20 points off the bench.

Detroit is at Indiana…
Boston hosts Miami…
Milwaukee is at Brooklyn…
New York hosts Chicago…
Orlando is at Toronto…
Minnesota hosts Portland…
Philadelphia is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Charlotte…
Cleveland is at Phoenix

N.Y. Rangers 3 – PHILADELPHIA 0… Goalie Alexandar Georgiev stopped all 29 shots as the Rangers blanked the Flyers. Ryan Strome scored for the third straight game.

PITTSBURGH 3 – Carolina 1… Veteran Matt Cullen scored a goal and had an assist in helping the short-handed Penguins down the Hurricanes and move one game closer to clinching a playoff spot. Adam Johnson set up two goals.

ARIZONA 4 – Minnesota 0… The Coyotes continued their playoff push by shutting down the Wild. Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves. Josh Archibald found the net twice.

Columbus 4 – BUFFALO 0… Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky turned away 38 shots to notch his third shutout in five games and the Blue Jackets breezed past the Sabres. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a goal and assisted on two others. Nick Foligno had a goal and an assist.

DETROIT 6 – Boston 3… The Red Wings scored four unanswered goals in the third period to roll past the Bruins. Anthony Mantha’s third goal of the game sparked the uprising. Taro Hiros netted the go-ahead goal 8 seconds later.

Calgary 5 – SAN JOSE 3… The Flames skated past the Sharks after staking them to an early lead. Five different players found the net. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists.

Washington is at Florida…
New Jersey hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Toronto is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Ottawa hosts Tampa Bay…
Colorado is at St. Louis…
Chicago hosts Winnipeg…
Edmonton is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts Calgary

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT SCORES… It’s down to the Final Four in the 2019 Men’s college basketball tournament following two regional finals played yesterday. In the Midwest Region, fifth-seeded Auburn outlasted second-seeded Kentucky 77-71 in overtime and will play Virginia in a semifinal on Saturday. In the East Region, second-seeded Michigan State held off top-seeded Duke 68-67 and advances to play Texas Tech in Saturday’s other semifinal. The semifinals and Monday’s final are being in Minneapolis.

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