The Rundown for April 19, 2019

REDACTED MUELLER REPORT RELEASED… The heavily redacted Mueller Report released by the Justice Department yesterday found evidence of crimes outside its scope and made 14 criminal referrals to other jurisdictions. The report detailed 10 episodes that cover potential obstruction charges. It also claimed that “The investigation established several individuals affiliated with the Trump Campaign lied to the Special Counsel, and to Congress about their interactions with Russian-related individuals…Those lies materially impaired the investigation of Russian interference.” The report noted that White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders admitted to investigators that she lied to reporters when she insisted in May 2017 that “countless” FBI agents had lost confidence in former Director James Comey leading up to his dismissal.”

APPEALS COURT UPHOLDS CALIFORNIA SANCTUARY STATUTES… The Trump administration was delivered a blow yesterday when a federal appeals court struck down its efforts to remove California’s “sanctuary” statutes. The statutes prevent local law enforcement from helping the government crack down on illegal immigration. The decision by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld the bulk of a July ruling from a lower court.

WASHINGTON PASSES VACCINATION BILL… Lawmakers in the state of Washington yesterday passed a bill to restrict vaccine exemptions. The state’s Senate voted to approve legislation that blocks parents from exempting their children from measles, mumps and rubella vaccinations on personal or philosophical grounds. Parents can legally opt out of MMR vaccinations for religious or medical reasons. The law’s passage comes as 74 cases of measles have been reported in Washington.

BILL WOULD RAISE LEGAL TOBACCO AGE TO 21… Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell is proposing to raise the minimum age for buying tobacco products from 18 to 21 nationwide. A bill he revealed during a press conference yesterday would cover products including vaping devices. The legislation is similar to laws enacted in 11 states.

NORTH KOREA WON’T DEAL WITH POMPEO… North Korea has accused Secretary of State Mike Pompeo of “talking nonsense” and being “reckless” in withdrawing from nuclear talks with the U.S. A senior North Korean foreign ministry official has requested that the U.S. replace him with someone “more careful.” North Korea’s demand comes after the country admitted testing a new “tactical guided weapon.” Pompeo visited North Korea four times last year and met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

HARRY ANDERSON DIES… Actor and comic Harry Anderson, who was best known for playing judge Harry T. Stone on the NBC series “Night Court,” died earlier this week at his home in Asheville, North Carolina, his family has confirmed. He was 65. Anderson began his career as a magician and stand-up comedian in Los Angeles clubs before landing the role on “Night Court,” which ran from 1984-1992.

IN THEATERS… In “Fast Color”, a woman is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Lorraine Toussaint star in the PG-13 sci-fi thriller.

Arizona 4 – ATLANTA 1… Christian Walker belted a two-run homer and the Diamondbacks completed a three-game sweep of the Braves. Luke Weaver (1-0) pitched four-hit ball over five shutout innings and struck out nine.

WASHINGTON 4 – San Francisco 2… Nationals starter Patrick Corbin (1-0) limited the Giants to a run on two hits over 7-2/3 innings. Wilmer Difo homered for Washington.

L.A. Dodgers 3 – MILWAUKEE 1… Dodgers starter Jose Urias (1-1) held the Brewers to one hit over six shutout innings and fanned nine. Cody Bellinger smacked a solo homer and Max Muncy added a two-run shot.

COLORADO 6 – Philadelphia 2… Ryan McMahon homered twice and knocked in five runs for the Rockies. Starter Kyle Freeland (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over six shutout innings.

Cincinnati 4 – SAN DIEGO 1… Home runs by Joe Votto, Tucker Barnhart and Jesse Winker powered the Reds past the Padres. Tanner Roark (1-0) gave up a run on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

DETROIT 9 – Chi White Sox 7… The Tigers outscored the White Sox to end their five-game skid. Nicholas Castellanos went 3-for-4 and knocked in two runs.

Toronto 7 – MINNESOTA 4… The Blue Jays got homers from Randal Grichuk, Justin Smoak and Teoscar Hernandez in downing the Twins. Eric Sogard lined a bases-clearing double.

Kansas City 6 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… Jorge Soler and Ryan O’Hearn hit solo homers for the Royals. Homer Bailey (2-1) allowed a run on three hits over six innings.

Baltimore 6 – TAMPA BAY 5 (11 innings)… Joey Rickard doubled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the 11th inning. Pedro Severino homered for the Orioles.

Seattle 11 – L.A. ANGELS 10… The Mariners recovered to beat the Angels after blowing a 10-2 seventh-inning lead. Jay Bruce singled home Mitch Hanigar with a go-ahead run in the top of the 10th inning. Ryon Healey homered twice and drove in five runs. Omar Narvaez went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs.

Arizona (Kelly, 1-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 0-3)…
Pittsburgh (Lyles, 1-0) hosts San Francisco (Bumgarner, 1-2)…
Washington (Sanchez, 0-1) is at Miami (Smith, 1-0)…
Milwaukee (Chacin, 2-2) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Stripling, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 1-0) are at St. Louis (Wainwright, 1-1)…
Colorado (Marquez, 1-2) hosts Philadelphia (Velasquez, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 0-1) is at San Diego (Strahm, 0-2)

Kansas City (Junis, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 0-0)…
Baltimore (Cobb, 0-0) hosts Minnesota (Berrios, 2-1)…
Boston (Rodriguez, 1-2) is at Tampa Bay (TBA)…
Detroit (Zimmerman, 0-2) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 2-2)…
Houston (Verlander, 2-0) is at Texas (Smyly, 0-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Pena, 0-1) host Seattle (Gonzales, 4-0)…
Toronto (Stroman, 0-3) is at Oakland (Brooks, 2-1)

Atlanta (Toussaint, 1-0) is at Cleveland (Kluber, 1-2)…

NBA PLAYOFF SCORES (first-round)…
Philadelphia 131 – BROOKLYN 115… The 76ers pulled away in the fourth quarter to down the Nets and go up 2-1 in the series. Ben Simmons scored a game-high 31 points. Tobias Harris had 29 points and 16 boards Game 4 is tomorrow in Brooklyn.

SAN ANTONIO 118 – Denver 108… The Spurs fought off the Nuggets to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Game 4 is tomorrow in San Antonio. Derrick White scored 36 points to lead six players in double figures. DeMar DeRozan added 25 points. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

Golden State 132 – L.A. CLIPPERS 105… The Warriors jumped out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and breezed past the Clippers to go up 2-1 in the series. Kevin Durant lit it up for 38 points. Stephen Curry dropped in 21 points. Game 4 is Sunday in Los Angeles.

Toronto is at Orlando for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Indiana hosts Boston for Game 3 with the Celtics leading 2-0…
Portland is at Oklahoma City for Game 3 with the Trail Blazers 2-0

CAROLINA 2 – Washington 1… Teuvo Teravainen netted a go-ahead goal with 27.9 seconds left in the second period and the Hurricanes made it stand in edging the Capitals to even the series in 2-2. Warren Foegele opened the scoring 17 seconds into the contest. Goalie Petr Mrazek made 31 saves. Game 5 is tomorrow in Washington.

St. Louis 3 – WINNIPEG 2… The Blues scored three unanswered goals in the third period to upend the Jets and take a 3-2 lead in the series. Jaden Schwartz scored the winning goal with 15 seconds remaining. Ryan O’Reilly and Brayden Schenn also found the net. Game 6 is tomorrow in St. Louis.

SAN JOSE 5 – Vegas 2… Tomas Hertl scored a pair of goals and the Sharks skated pas the Golden Knights to pull within 3-2 in the series. Erik Karlsson set up two goals. Martin Jones made 32 saves at goal. Game 6 is Sunday in Las Vegas.

Toronto is at Boston for Game 5 with the series tied 2-2…
Calgary hosts Colorado for Game 5 with the Avalanche leading 3-1

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