The Rundown for April 17, 2019

JUDGE SAYS WILLIAM BARR IS CREATING MISTRUST… A federal judge declared yesterday that Attorney General William Barr has created public distrust about whether the Justice Department is committed to sharing as much as possible about the Russia probe’s findings. During a hearing yesterday afternoon on a Freedom of Information Act suit demanding access to a report detailing the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller, U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton said, “The attorney general has created an environment that has caused a significant part of the public … to be concerned about whether or not there is full transparency.” Walton did not specify what actions or statements by the attorney general formed his conclusion.

TRUMP VETOES YEMEN WAR RESOLUTION… President Trump yesterday signed the second veto of his presidency in overturning a bipartisan congressional resolution to end U.S. support for the war in Yemen. The House and Senate both approved using the war-powers resolution to withdraw U.S. troops from the conflict. Yemen’s civil war began in 2015 and involves the Iran-backed rebel Houthis against the Yemen government of President Abdu Rabbo Mansour Hadi, a Saudi Arabia ally.

STATES CRITICIZE EPA PROPOSAL… The Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to replace an Obama-era water regulation would end federal protection for half of wetlands and 15 percent of streams across the country is being criticized by 14 states, including New York, California and the District of Columbia. Attorneys general from the states issued a joint statement denouncing the proposal, which is one of dozens that the Trump administration has issued to rescind environmental rules to boost the energy and agriculture industries. The attorneys general said the EPA violated the underlying federal Clean Water Act, whose goal is to restore and maintain “the chemical, physical, and biological integrity of the Nation’s waters.”

THREAT PROMPTS LOCKOUT AT DENVER SCHOOLS… School officials in Denver placed Columbine High School and about 20 other area schools on lockout yesterday afternoon following a “potential credible threat” made by an 18-year-old girl. Authorities said the FBI and local authorities were investigating the threats. All after-school activities were canceled at Columbine but were to occur as scheduled at the other schools.

UNITED GROUNDS MAX 8 FLIGHTS… United Airlines announced yesterday that it is joining American and Southwest airlines in grounding all Boeing 737 Max 8 flights. United officials said the planes would be grounded through early July. In the meantime, the airline will continue using spare aircraft and other solutions to fill in the gaps in its flight schedule.

ACTRESS GEORGIA ENGEL DIES… Actress Georgia Engel, who played Georgette Franklin in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” has died at the age of 70. Engel’s work in 56 episodes of the series earned her two Emmy nominations. She received a total of five Emmy nods during her television career.

MARY J. BLIGE, NAS TO TOUR… Mary J. Blige and Nas are planning a joint North American summer tour. The 22-city tour is set to kick off on July 11 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and wrap up on September 10 in Toronto. Stops on the tour include Tampa, Atlanta, Detroit, St. Louis, Houston, Phoenix, San Francisco, Las Vegas and Boston.

Arizona 9 – ATLANTA 6… The Diamondbacks overcame a 5-2 deficit to down the Braves. Christian Walker homered and drove in two runs. Adam Jones and Eduardo Escobar added two RBIs apiece.

San Francisco 7 – WASHINGTON 3… Evan Longoria, Brandon Belt and Steven Dugger homered for the Giants.

PHILADELPHIA 14 – N.Y. Mets 3… The Phillies opened with a 10-run bottom of the first inning and coasted past the Mets. Sean Kingery and J.T. Realmuto each had three hits and five RBIs.

Chi. Cubs 4 – MIAMI 0… Jose Quintana (2-1) scattered six hits over seven innings and two relievers completed the Cubs’ shutout of the Marlins.

MILWAUKEE 8 – St. Louis 4… Lorenzo Cain smacked a solo homer and Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run shot during a five-run bottom of the third inning for the Brewers. Christian Yelich added a three-run blast.

Colorado 8 – SAN DIEGO 2… Reimel Tapia drove in three runs and Nolan Arenado connected for a two-run homer. Jon Gray (1-3) gave up a run on three hits over seven innings.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – Cincinnati 1… Joc Pederson drilled a two-run homer and Alex Verdugo knocked in three runs for the Dodgers. Kenta Maeda (3-1) gave up a run on four hits over 6-2/3 innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 8 – Boston 0… Yankee starter James Paxton (2-2) limited the Red Sox to two hits over eight innings and struck out 12. Mike Tauchman hit a three-run homer and doubled home a run. Clint Frazier and Gleyber Torres hit bases-empty homers.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Baltimore 2… Avisail Garcia hit a go-ahead two-run homer and singled home a run for the Rays. Tyler Glasnow (4-0) allowed two runs over seven innings.

Toronto 6 – MINNESOTA 5… Teoscar Hernandez’s two-run single in the top of the seventh inning gave the Blue Jays the lead for good in their win over the Twins. Justin Smoak lined a two-run single.

TEXAS 5 – L.A. Angels 0… Rangers starter Mike Minor (2-1) tossed a three-hitter in his first carer shutout. Asdrubal Cabrera and Joey Gallo belted two-run homers.

CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – Kansas City 1… Leury Garcia hit a two-run homer, Yoan Moncada drilled a pair of solo shots and the White Sox cruised past the Royals. Reynaldo Lopez gave up a run on five hits over six innings.

Houston 9 – OAKLAND 1… Astros starter Colin McHugh (3-1) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and got plenty of support. Alex Bregman unloaded a grand slam. Josh Reddick homered with a runner aboard. George Springer homered to lead off the game.

Cleveland 4 – SEATTLE 2 … Mike Freeman singled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the seventh inning and Leonys Martin followed with an RBI double. Shane Bieber (2-0) surrendered a run on four hits over six innings.

Pittsburgh 5 – DETROIT 3 (10 innings)… Starling Marte’s two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning lifted the Pirates over the Tigers. Jung-ho Kang homered with a runner aboard.

San Francisco (Samardzija, 1-0) is at Washington (Hellickson, 1-0)…
Philadelphia (Arrieta, 2-1) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 1-1)…
the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 2-0) are at Miami (Alcantara, 1-1)…
Atlanta (Gausman, 1-1) hosts Arizona (Godley, 1-1)…
St. Louis (Wacha, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Burns, 0-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 1-0) host Cincinnati (Gray, 0-2)

Boston (Eovaldi, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Happ, 0-2)…
Tampa Bay (TBA) hosts Baltimore (Hess, 1-2)…
Toronto (Thornton, 0-1) is at Minnesota (Odorizzi, 0-2)…
Texas (Lynn, 1-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Harvey, 0-1)…
Kansas City (Keller, 2-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Giolito, 2-1)…
Oakland (Montas, 2-1) hosts Houston (Miley, 1-1)…
Cleveland (Carrasco, 1-2) is at Seattle (Swanson, 0-0)

Pittsburgh (Williams, 1-0) is at Detroit (Turnbull, 0-2)

NBA PLAYOFF SCORES (first-round)…
TORONTO 111 – Orlando 82… The Raptors rode their defense to a rout of the Magic and evened the series at a game apiece. Kawhi Leonard lit it up with a game-high 37 points. Kyle Lowry added 22 points. The series moves to Orlando for Game 3 on Friday.

DENVER 114 – San Antonio 105… The Nuggets came from 19 points down to upend the Spurs and bring the series even at a game apiece. Jamal Murray scored 21 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter. Gary Harris added 23 points. Nikola Jokic finished with 21 points and 13 rebounds. San Antonio hosts Game 3 on Thursday.

PORTLAND 114 – Oklahoma City 94… The Trail Blazers took control with a big third quarter and put away the Thunder to take a 2-0 lead in the series. CJ McCollum scored a game-high 33 points. Damian Lillard added 29 points. Game 3 is Friday in Portland.

Indiana is at Boston for Game 2 with the Celtics leading 1-0…
Milwaukee hosts Detroit for Game 2 with the Bucks leading 1-0…
Utah is at Houston for Game 2 with the Rockets leading 1-0

COLUMBUS 7 – Tampa Bay 3… The Blue Jackets scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Lightning and finish off a historic first-round sweep. Alexandre Texier netted his first NHL goal and added an empty-netter. Pierre Luc-Dubois had a goal and two assists. Tampa Bay became the first team in the expansion era to get swept in the first round of the playoffs after leading the league in points during the regular season. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves. Columbus advances to play the winner of the Boston-Toronto series.

N.Y. Islanders 3 – PITTSBURGH 1… The Islanders skated past the Penguins after spotting them an early lead and finished a first-round sweep. Brock Nelson scored the go-ahead goal with 1:54 left in the first period. Robin Lehner stopped 33 shots at goal. New York moves on to battle the winner of the Washington-Carolina series.

Winnipeg 2 – ST. LOUIS 1 (OT)… Kyle Connor scored at 6:02 of overtime to send the Jets past the Blues and tie the series at two games apiece. Mark Scheifele netted a tying goal early in the third period. Connor Hellebuyck made 32 saves. The series returns to Winnipeg for Thursday’s Game 5.

VEGAS 5 – San Jose 0… Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves in the blanking of the Sharks. Max Pacioretty scored twice and had two assists for the Golden Knights. Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist. Game 5 is Thursday in Las Vegas.

Boston is at Toronto for Game 4 with the Maple Leafs leading 2-1…
Dallas hosts Nashville for Game 4 with the Predators leading 2-1
Calgary is at Colorado for Game 4 with the Avalanche leading 2-1

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