The Rundown for April 5, 2019

MORE ALLEGATIONS ABOUT BARR’S SUMMARY… The Washington Post and NBC report they’ve confirmed Wednesday’s New York Times report that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators take issue with Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report they provided him. The investigators insist the special counsel report is much worse for President Trump than Barr suggested. According to the Post, some members of Mueller’s team say they gathered “alarming and significant” evidence of obstruction by Trump. NBC reported that the Mueller report includes “detailed accounts of Trump campaign contacts with Russia” and depicts a “campaign whose members were manipulated by a sophisticated Russian intelligence operation.”

TRUMP BACKS OFF BORDER-CLOSURE THREAT… President Trump is backing off his threat to close the southern border and is now offering a “one-year warning” to Mexico. Trump last week vowed he’d close the border if Mexico does not stop undocumented immigrants from entering the U.S. The White House did not announce official plans to close the border.

FBI DIRECTOR CALLS WHITE SUPREMACY A THREAT… FBI Director Christopher Wray told the House Appropriations Committee yesterday that white supremacy is a “persistent” and “pervasive” threat to the U.S. Wray declared at a hearing that the FBI was “aggressively” investigating the increase in cases that have been reported to the agency. Wray’s testimony followed reports that the Trump administration disbanded a Department of Homeland Security intelligence group focusing on domestic terrorism.

HOUSE REAUTHORIZES VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT… The House rebuked the NRA yesterday by passing the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act. The bill, which passed by a 263-158 vote, prevents people who have been convicted of abusing partners from buying firearms. Republicans allowed the measure to expire in December.

HOUSE VOTES TO END SUPPORT OF YEMEN CIVIL WAR… The House voted 247-175-1 yesterday to approve a resolution to end support for the ongoing conflict in Yemen. The Senate version cleared a vote by a 54-46 margin last month. The U.S. has supported the Saudi-backed government of President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi in its fight against Iran-backed rebel Houthis. President Trump has already threatened to veto the legislation, saying it harms bilateral relationships in the region. Yemen’s four-year-old civil war has become “the world’s worst humanitarian crisis,” according to a U.N. report in December.

MORMONS REVERSE LGBT POLICY… The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has reversed its policy of refusing membership to children of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender parents. Church officials say the change also updates its handbook of instructions for leaders and removes the label of apostasy for homosexual behavior that was imposed in November 2015. The 2015 policy classified same-sex couples as “apostates.”

ENTERTAINMENT
GNR CONTINUES PARTIAL REUNION… Guns N’ Roses is resuming a partial reunion by signing on to perform at September’s Louder Than Life festival in Louisville, Kentucky. The band’s lineup will include singer Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and bassist Duff McKagan. It’s the same lineup that performed at a benefit in Hawaii last December.

IN THEATERS… “Shazam!” tells the story about a 14-year-old foster kid who can turn into an adult superhero. Zachary Levi and Djimon Hounsou star in the PG-13 film. In “Pet Sematary,” a couple discovers a mysterious burial ground hidden deep in the woods near their home in rural Maine. The R-rated film stars Jason Clarke and Amy Seimetz. “The Best of Enemies” is an account of the 1971 face-off between civil rights activist Ann Atwater and Ku Klux Klan leader C.P. Ellis over the issue of school integration in Durham, North Carolina. Taraji P. Henson and Sam Rockwell star in the PG-13 film.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
Washington 4 – N.Y. METS 0… Stephen Strasburg pitched three-hit ball over 6-2/3 innings and got help from four relievers in the Nationals’ blanking of the Mets. Victor Robles homered for Washington.

PITTSBURGH 2 – Cincinnati 0… Jordan Lyles held the Reds to three hits over five innings and three relievers preserved the shutout. Josh Bell had a couple of hits and knocked in a run.

ATLANTA 9 – Chi. Cubs 4… The Braves finished off a three-game sweep of the Cubs. Nick Markakis went 5-for-5 and drove in five runs. Starter Max Fried allowed just one hit over six shutout innings.

AL SCORES
DETROIT 5 – Kansas City 4… The Tigers took the lead for good by drawing four straight walks to open the bottom of the seventh inning. Niko Goodrum went 2-for-3 and drove home three runs.

N.Y. Yankees 8 – BALTIMORE 4… Gleyber Torres went 4-for-4 with a pair of homers and four RBIs. Luke Voit homered with two runners aboard and Gary Sanchez also went deep.

OAKLAND 7 – Boston 3… The Athletics rolled past the Red Sox after spotting them a three-run lead. Stephen Piscotty connected for a game-tying three-run homer and doubled home two runs.

CLEVELAND 4 – Toronto 1… Indians starter Trevor Bauer pitched seven hitless innings and the Indians eased past the Blue Jays.

Texas 11 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Joey Gallo got things going with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and Shin-Soo Choo lined a bases-clearing double to highlight the Rangers’ thrashing of the Angels.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
the L.A. Dodgers (Maeda, 1-0) are at Colorado (Anderson, 0-1)…
St. Louis (Flaherty, 0-0) hosts San Diego (Margevicius, 0-1)…
Cincinnati (Gray, 0-1) is at Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Gausman, 0-0) hosts Miami (Lopez, 1-0)…

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Seattle (Kikuchi, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 0-1)…
Cleveland (Bieber, 0-0) hosts Toronto (Thornton, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Quintana, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Woodruff, 1-0)…
Houston (McHugh, 0-1) hosts Oakland (Montas, 1-0)…
Texas (Lynn, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Pena, 0-1)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay (Glasnow, 1-0) is at San Francisco (Rodriguez, 1-0)…
Philadelphia (Pivetta, 0-0) hosts Minnesota (Odorizzi, 0-0)…
Arizona (Godley, 0-1) hosts Boston (Porcello, 0-1)…

NBA SCORES
Milwaukee 128 – PHILADELPHIA 122… Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 45 points and grabbed 13 rebounds as the Bucks topped the 76ers and clinched the top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Kris Middleton added 22 points.

SACRAMENTO 117 – Cleveland 104… Buddy Hield scored 23 points to lead all scorers and the Kings spanked the Cavaliers. De’Aaron Fox had 16 points and 10 assists.

Golden State 108 – L.A. LAKERS 90… The Warriors jumped out to a 39-12 lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Lakers. DeMarcus Cousins had 21 points and 10 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Charlotte…
Orlando hosts Atlanta…
San Antonio is at Washington…
Indiana hosts Boston…
New York is at Houston…
Minnesota hosts Miami…
Detroit is at Oklahoma City…
Dallas hosts Memphis…
Sacramento is at Utah…
Phoenix hosts New Orleans…
Portland is at Denver…
Golden State hosts Cleveland…
the L.A. Lakers are at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCORES
BUFFALO 5 – Ottawa 2… The Sabres downed the Senators to snap an eight-game skid. Jack Eichel scored a goal and had two assists.

Tampa Bay 3 – TORONTO 1… The Lightning topped the Maple Leafs to become just the second team in NHL history to win more than 60 games in a season. Steven Stamkos had a goal and an assist. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 29 saves.

N.Y. Islanders 2 – FLORIDA 1 (SO)… Brock Nelson scored in the second period and again in the shootout to lead the Islanders past the Panthers. Thomas Greiss finished with 29 saves through overtime and thwarted all four Florida attempts in the tiebreaker.

PITTSBURGH 4 – Detroit 1… The Penguins punched their ticket into the postseason with their win over the Red Wings. Phil Kessel scored two goals and assisted on another. Sidney Crosby added a goal and two assists.

WASHINGTON 2 – Montreal 1… The Capitals edged the Canadiens to clinch their fourth straight Metropolitan Division title. Nic Dowd’s second-period goal proved to be the difference. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 33 shots.

CAROLINA 3 – New Jersey 1… The Hurricanes scored in each period to put away the Devils and clinch their first playoff spot in 10 years. Justin Faulk scored a tiebreaking goal early in the second period. Warren Foegele and Nino Niederreiter also found the net.

ST. LOUIS 7 – Philadelphia 3… Alex Pietrangelo had three assists during a five-goal first-period and the Blues breezed past the Flyers. Alexander Steen found the net twice.

NASHVILLE 3 – Vancouver 2… The Predators closed with three unanswered goals to erase a two-goal deficit and upend the Canucks. Ryan Johansen scored the game-winner with 21 seconds remaining. Nick Bonino tied the game with 4:20 left.

Boston 3 – MINNESOTA 0… Jaroslav Halak got the start at goal and stopped all 26 shots in the Bruins’ blanking of the Wild. Joakim Nordstrom, David Pastrnak and Zach Senyshyn scored for Boston.

COLORADO 3 – Winnipeg 2 (OT)… The Avalanche came from two goals down in the second period to outlast the Jets. Erik Johnson netted the game-winner at 1:49 of overtime. Carl Soderberg netted a game-tying goal midway through the third period.

San Jose 3 – EDMONTON 2… Brent Burns scored a goal and had an assist as the Sharks held off the Oilers. Goalie Aaron Dell made 28 saves.

Arizona 4 – VEGAS 1… Derek Stepan netted a pair of goals as the Coyotes cruised past the Golden Knights. Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 35 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Columbus is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Chicago hosts Dallas…
Los Angeles is at Anaheim

SATURDAY’S NCAA MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE
Auburn vs. Virginia, 6:09 p.m. Eastern…
Texas Tech vs. Michigan State, 8:49 p.m. Eastern

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