SECOND UKRAINE WHISTLEBLOWER EMERGES… A second whistleblower reportedly has spoken with the inspector general about President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Mark Zaid, the attorney who represents both whistleblowers, told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that the second one is an intelligence official who has yet to communicate with the congressional committees investigating communications between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Zaid says both whistleblowers have full protection of the law.
GIULIANI SOUGHT TO PROFIT FROM UKRAINIAN GAS COMPANY… The Associated Press reported yesterday that President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani sought to profit from a Ukrainian gas company while accusing Joe Biden’s son Hunter of doing the same. “This circle of businessmen and Republican donors touted connections to Giuliani and Trump while trying to install new management at the top of Ukraine’s massive state gas company,” the report said. “Their plan was to then steer lucrative contracts to companies controlled by Trump allies.” The plan reportedly hit a snag after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko lost his reelection bid to Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Energy Secretary Rick Perry then tried to install a friendlier management team at the helm of the gas company Naftogaz. The revelation raises questions about whether Trump allies were mixing business and politics just as Republicans were calling for a probe of Biden and his son Hunter, who sat for five years on the board of another Ukrainian energy company.
U.S. DENIES NORTH KOREA TALKS BROKE DOWN… U.S. State Department officials are disputing North Korea’s claims that nuclear talks between the two nations have broken down. Contradicting interpretations came after delegates from both sides met for more than eight hours in Sweden. Members of the U.S. delegation called the talks “good discussions” they hoped to build in in coming weeks. North Korea’s negotiator said U.S. delegates came to the table with an “empty hand,” and that the U.S. “has not discarded its old stance and attitude.”
SEARCH FOR SUSPECTS IN FATAL SHOOTINGS… A manhunt is underway for two male suspects in the fatal shootings of four people early yesterday at a bar in Kansas City, Kansas. Five other people suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were taken to local hospitals, authorities said. Police say the shooters were armed with handguns. A preliminary investigation suggested that the shootings followed earlier dispute occurred inside the bar.
UAW/GM TALKS STALL… The United Auto Workers has rejected General Motors’ latest labor contract but the two sides remain engaged in talks. UAW Vice President Terry Dittes told union members that GM’s offer was a repeat of one that was already turned down. GM says it is committed to negotiating “around the clock” to reach a deal.
GINGER BAKER DIES… Legendary rock drummer Ginger Baker died yesterday in London after becoming critically ill, his family has confirmed. He was 80. Baker’s use of twin bass drums and poly-rhythmic style inspired recent generations of musicians. Baker co-founded Cream in 1966 with Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce. He then formed the short-lived band Blind Faith with Clapton, Steve Winwood and Ric Grech.
RIP TAYLOR DIES… Flamboyant comedian/actor Rip Taylor died in a Los Angeles hospital yesterday after suffering a seizure last week. He was 84. Taylor used costumes, props and confetti-throwing to rise to fame on American television during the 1970s. He was nominated for an Emmy Award as the voice of Uncle Fester in the TV cartoon series, “The Addams Family.”
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Joker” raked in $93.5 million to blow away the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Abominable,” finished in a distant second place with $12 million. “Downtown Abby” made $8 million to finish third. “Hustlers” was No. 4 after taking in $6.3 million. “It: Chapter Two” capped the top five with $5.3 million.
NL DIVISIONAL SERIES SCORES…
Atlanta 3 – ST. LOUIS 1… The Braves came alive to score all three runs in the top of the ninth inning to down the Cardinals and take a 2-1 lead in the NLDS. Danby Swanson doubled home the tying run and scored on Adam Duvall’s two-run single. The series remains in St. Louis for today’s Game 4. Dakota Hudson gets the start for the Cardinals. The Braves hadn’t named their starter.
L.A. Dodgers 10 – WASHINGTON 4… The Dodgers erupted to score seven runs in the top of the sixth inning to put away the Nationals and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Russell Martin stroked a two-run double and homered with a runner aboard. Justin Turner blasted a three-run homer. Max Muncy also went deep. The Nationals will try to even the series at home in today’s Game 4. They’ll send Max Scherzer to the mound, where he’ll be opposed by the Dodgers’ Rich Hill. Game time is 6:40 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on TBS.
TODAY’S ALDS SCHEDULE…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 18-5) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 16-6) for Game 3 with the Astros leading 2-0, 1:05 Eastern, MLB
the N.Y. Yankees (Luis Severino, 1-1) host Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 15-7), 8:40 p.m. Eastern, FS1…
Arizona 26 – CINCINNATI 23… Zane Gonzalez booted a 31-yard field goal on the game’s final play to send the Cardinals (1-3-1) past the Bengals (0-5) in a matchup of teams that entered the game winless. Kyler Murray rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown and passed or 253 yards.
Buffalo 14 – TENNESSEE 7… Josh Allen threw touchdown passes to Lee Smith and Duke Williams and the Bills (4-1) held off the Titans (2-3).
New England 33 – WASHINGTON 7… Tom Brady threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Patriots (5-0) past the Redskins (0-5). Julian Edelman had eight catches for 110 yards and a score.
CAROLINA 34 – Jacksonville 27… Christian McCaffrey matched a career high with 237 yards from scrimmage and scored three touchdowns as the Panthers (2-3) got past the Jaguars (3-2). Brian Burns returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown.
HOUSTON 53 – Atlanta 32… Deshaun Watson passed for a career-high 426 yards and hit Will Fuller with three of his five touchdown passes as the Texans (3-2) rolled past the Falcons (1-4). Fuller finished with 217 yards receiving.
NEW ORLEANS 31 – Tampa Bay 24….Teddy Bridgewater threw for 314 yards and four touchdowns as the Saints (4-1) handled the Buccaneers (2-3). Michael Thomas had 11 catches for 182 yards and two touchdowns.
Minnesota 28 – N.Y. GIANTS 10… Kirk Cousins completed for 22 of 27 passes for 306 yards and found Adam Thielen with a pair of touchdown passes as the Vikings (3-2) cruised past the Giants (2-3). Dalvin Cook rushed for 132 yards.
OAKLAND 24 – Chicago 21… Josh Jacobs scored his second touchdown of the game on a 2-yard plunge with 1:57 remaining to carry the Raiders (3-2) past the Bears (3-2). Jacobs totaled 123 yards on the ground.
PHILADELPHIA 31 – N.Y. Jets 6… The Eagles (3-2) defense tallied 10 sacks and two touchdowns in the blowout of the Jets (0-4). Nathan Gerry returned an interception 51 yards for a score and Orlando Scandrick had a 44-yard fumble return for a score.
Baltimore 26 – PITTSBURGH 23 (OT)… Justin Tucker booted a 46-yard field goal in overtime as the Ravens (3-2) outlasted the Steelers (1-4). Tucker’s 48-yard field goal tied the game with 10 seconds remaining in regulation.
Denver 20 – L.A. CHARGERS 13… Phillip Linsay rushed for 114 yards and a touchdown and the Broncos (1-4) held on to beat the Chargers (2-3). Defensively, Denver forced three turnovers.
Green Bay 34 – DALLAS 24… Aaron Jones ran for 107 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Packers (4-1) past the Cowboys (3-2). Jones also had seven receptions for 75 yards.
Indianapolis 19 – KANSAS CITY 13… Jacoby Brissett ran 1 yard for the Colts’ (3-2) lone touchdown in their defeat of the Chiefs (4-1). Marlon Mack rushed for 143 yards. Adam Vinatieri booted four field goals to 32 yards.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Cleveland (2-2) is at San Francisco (3-0)
CAROLINA 4 – Tampa Bay 3 (OT)… The Hurricanes rallied from two goals down to outlast the Lightning. Jaccob Slavin netted the winning goal at 1:53 of overtime. Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist.
DETROIT 4 – Dallas 3… Anthony Mantha scored all four Red Wings goals, including the game-winner with 54 seconds remaining, in the win over the Stars. Filip Hronek assisted on two goals.
N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – Winnipeg 1… Josh Bailey, Brock Nelson and Anders Lee scored second-period goals as the Islanders cruised past the Jets. Thomas Greiss made 35 saves at goal.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
St. Louis is at Toronto…
Columbus hosts Buffalo