The Rundown for April 8, 2019

DHS SECRETARY NIELSEN RESIGNS… Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen resigned under pressure last night amid President Trump’s frustration with illegal border crossings. Trump announced on Twitter that Nielsen’s resignation is effective immediately and that Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan will serve as acting DHS secretary. A senior White House official told CBS News that Nielsen’s departure is a part of a massive DHS overhaul engineered and directed by top Trump adviser Stephen Miller.

MULVANEY SAYS TRUMP WON’T RELEASE TAX RETURNS… Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney vowed yesterday that Democrats will never see President Donald Trump’s tax returns. During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday,” Mulvaney said the issue had already been settled in the 2016 presidential election. Democrats maintain that Congress has the right to see Trump’s returns and that it is more important to retain “the trust of the electorate” than to protect the president’s financial privacy.

NADLER: MUELLER REPORT COULD CARRY GROUNDS OF IMPEACHMENT… House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, a Democrat from New York, warned yesterday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report could contain “grounds for impeachment” of President Trump. Nadler also said “some” of the report would not leak publicly if provided without redactions to his committee. Appearing on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Nadler noted that some members of Mueller’s team “seem to be very unhappy” with Attorney General William Barr’s summary of the report. Last week the New York Times, Washington Post and NBC reported on the Mueller team’s frustration with the summary.

AMERICAN AIRLINES EXTENDS MAX-8 BAN… American Airlines has extended its ban of the Boeing 737 Max-8 aircraft from April 24 through June 5. The airline has canceled 90 flights a day since the Federal Aviation Administration grounded the aircraft on March 13 following the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash. Southwest Airlines has also extended its ban of the aircraft until at least the end of May.

U.S. PULLS TROOPS FROM LIBYA… The Pentagon yesterday withdrew a contingent of troops from Libya amid a surge in violence in the capital city of Tripoli. Marine Corps General Thomas Waldhauser, who heads US Africa Command, said the American troops have been relocated temporarily in response to “increased unrest.” The troops provide military support for diplomatic missions, counterterrorism activities and improving regional security. Yesterday, General Khalifa Haftar Libyan National Army announced it had launched airstrikes targeting UN-backed forces in southern Tripoli.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Shazam!” took in $53.4 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Another newcomer, “Pet Sematary,” finished in a distant second place with $25 million. Last week’s champ, “Dumbo,” dropped to third place with $18.2 million. “Us” slipped to fourth place with $13.8 million. “Captain Marvel” made $12.6 million to finish fifth.

BILLIE EILISH TOPS ALBUM CHART… Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” sold 313,000 units to dominate the Billboard 200 album chart. Nipsey Hussle’s “Victory Lap” rose to second place on sales of 66,000 copies. Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” dropped to third place after selling 53,000 units. Country singer George Straight’s new album “Honky Tonk Time Machine” sold 51,000 copies to finish in fourth place. Juice WRLD’s “Death Race for Love” capped the top five with 44,000 units sold.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
Washington 12 – N.Y. METS 9… The Nationals took advantage of nine walks in their win over the Mets. Anthony Rendon hit a three-run homer.

ATLANTA 4 – Miami 3… Dansby Swanson homered and singled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Braves.

PITTSBURGH 7 – Cincinnati 5… The Pirates held off the Reds in a game that featured a bench-clearing incident and five ejections. Derek Dietrick connected for a pair of two-run homers. Scott Schebler also went deep.

MILWAUKEE 4 – Chi. Cubs 2… Christian Yelich homered and knocked in three runs to lead the Brewers past the Cubs.

ST. LOUIS 4 – San Diego 1… Adam Wainwright fanned nine over six sharp innings and the Cardinals finished off a three-game sweep. Paul DeJong lined a two-run double.

L.A. Dodgers 12 – COLORADO 6… Max Muncy homered with a runner aboard, Cody Bellinger added a solo shot and the Dodgers pounded the Rockies. Enrique Hernandez doubled home two runs.

AL SCORES
N.Y. Yankees 15 – BALTIMORE 3… Gary Sanchez belted three of the Yankees’ seven home runs in the romp over the Orioles. Clint Frazier added a pair of round-trippers.

DETROIT 3 – Kansas City 1… Starter Tyson Ross (1-1) held the Royals at bay over seven innings. Christin Stewart drove in two runs with a single and a triple.

CLEVELAND 3 – Toronto 1… Starter Mike Clevenger allowed just one hit and struck out 10 over five scoreless innings as the Indians finished a four-game sweep. Tyler Naquin went 3-or-3 with an RBI.

HOUSTON 9 – Oakland 8… Jose Altuve drew a four-pitch bases-loaded walk with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home the winning run. Aledmys Diaz and Tony Kemp homered for Houston.

Seattle 12 – CHI. WHITE SOX 5… Dan Vogelbach homered twice, doubled and knocked in six runs for the Mariners.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – Texas 2… Mike Trout homered with a runner aboard and Brian Goodwin added a solo shot for the Angels.

INTERLEAGUE SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 2 – Minnesota 1… Rhys Hoskins’ drilled a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Phillies starter Zach Eflin (2-0) turned in a strong seven-inning effort.

Tampa Bay 3 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Yonny Chirinos pitched two-hit ball over five innings and four relievers preserved the shutout. Yandy Diaz provided all the offense the Rays needed with a solo homer in the top of the first inning.

Boston 1 – ARIZONA 0… Mitch Moreland homered on the first pitch in the top of the seventh inning and the Red Sox held on to clip the Diamondbacks. Five Boston pitchers combined on the shutout.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh (Taillon, 0-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Lester, 1-0)…
Philadelphia (Velasquez, 0-0) hosts Washington (Sanchez, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Ryu, 2-0) are at St. Louis (Mikolas, 0-1)…
Colorado (Freeland, 1-1) hosts Atlanta (Teheran, 0-1)…
San Diego (Lauer, 1-1) is at San Francisco (Bumgarner, 0-2)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay (Snell, 1-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 1-1)…
Houston (Verlander, 1-0) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 1-0)…
Oakland (Estrada, 0-0) is at Baltimore (Cashner, 1-1)…
Kansas City (Bailey, 0-0) hosts Seattle (Hernandez, 1-0)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Milwaukee (Chacin, 2-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Cahill, 0-1)

NBA SCORES
TORONTO 117 – Miami 109 (OT)… The Raptors outlasted the Heat and dealt a blow to their playoff hopes. Pascal Siakam scored 23 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard added 22 points.

San Antonio 112 – CLEVELAND 90… The Spurs took control with a big second quarter and coasted past the Cavaliers. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and grabbed 13 boards.

Oklahoma City 132 – MINNESOTA 126… Russell Westbrook and Paul George scored 27 points apiece as the Raptors topped the Timberwolves. Westbrook also had 10 rebounds and 15 assists.

Charlotte 104 – DETROIT 91… The Hornets built an 18-point halftime lead and retained control in their defeat of the Pistons. Kemba Walker scored a game-high 31 points. Frank Kaminsky added 24 points off the bench.

Brooklyn 108 – INDIANA 96… The Nets cruised past the Pacers to punch their ticket into the postseason. D’Angelo Russell scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Dallas 129 – MEMPHIS 127 (OT)… Trey Burke came off the bench to score 24 points and lead seven players in double figures as the Mavericks outlasted the Grizzlies. Dorian Finney-Smith had 16 points and 12 boards.

HOUSTON 149 – Phoenix 113… The Rockets built a 30-point halftime lead and never looked back in their thrashing of the Suns. Along the way, they set an NBA record by making 27 3-pointers. James Harden had 30 points and 13 rebounds. Eric Gordon added 26 points.

MILWAUKEE 115 – Atlanta 107… The Bucks got 30 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 21 from Kris Middleton in downing a Hawks team that played without the injured Trae Young.

Orlando 116 – BOSTON 108… The Magic pulled past the Celtics in the second half to clinch a playoff spot. Terrence Ross scored a game-high 26 points off the bench. Nikola Vucevic had 25 points and 12 boards. Evan Fournier tossed in 24 points.

NEW YORK 113 – Washington 110… The Knicks rallied in the fourth quarter to upend the Wizards. Mario Hezonja knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 44 seconds left and finished with a game-high 30 points.

GOLDEN STATE 131 – L.A. Clippers 104… The Warriors bombed the Clippers 42-18 in the third quarter on their way to clinching the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Stephen Curry scored 27 points to lead seven players in double figures.

PORTLAND 115 – Denver 108… Damian Lillard’s 30 points led all scorers and helped the Trail Blazers get past the Nuggets. Al-Farouq Aminu had 23 points and 11 rebounds.

New Orleans 133 – SACRAMENTO 129… The Pelicans came on strong down the stretch to fight off the Kings. Ian Clark led the way with 31 points. Eddie Payton scored 26 points and dished off 14 assists. Jahlil Okafor finished with 23 points and 14 boards.

L.A. LAKERS 113 – Utah 109… The Lakers overtook the Jazz in the second half to pull out the victory. Kentavius Caldwell-Pope pumped in a game-high 32 points. JaVale added 22 points. Alex Caruso had 18 points and 11 assists.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
No games scheduled

NCAA WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
Baylor 82, Notre Dame 81

NCAA MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL TITLE GAME TONIGHT
Texas Tech takes on Virginia in tonight’s NCAA Men’s college basketball title game in Minneapolis. Tip-off is scheduled for 9:20 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on CBS.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS OPEN WEDNESDAY

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