‘HIGH VALUE’ ISIS CAPTIVES ESCAPE… Two Pentagon officials told The New York Times that American forces were unable to follow through with a plan to transfer about 60 “high value” ISIS captives before President Trump’s sudden decision to withdraw U.S. troops from the region earlier this week. The Kurdish-run wartime prisons that held the captives are facing extremely strained resources as Turkish forces press their attacks without restraint from the American military. More than 700 ISIS prisoners escaped from a low-security detention camp yesterday.
RETIRED MARINE GENERAL SAYS TRUMP HAS ‘BLOOD ON HIS HANDS’… Retired four-star Marine general John Allen claimed yesterday that “There is blood on Trump’s hands for abandoning our Kurdish allies” in response to the U.S. pullout and ongoing Turkish military offensive in northern Syria. Allen, the former commander of American forces in Afghanistan and former special presidential envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS under the Obama administration, told CNN the unfolding crisis in Syria was “completely foreseeable” and “the US greenlighted it.” Kurdish forces guarding a U.S. military base in northern Syria say they feel they’ve been betrayed by their American allies after Trump cleared the way for a Turkish operation against them.
HOUSE MIGHT NOT PURSUE WHISTLEBLOWER TESTIMONY… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff says congressional investigators leading the impeachment inquiry into President Trump might not pursue testimony from the intelligence community whistleblower if doing so risks exposing the person’s identity. During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” yesterday, Schiff said, “The president started threatening the whistleblower, threatening others, calling them traitors and spies and suggesting that, you know, we used to give the death penalty to traitors and spies and maybe we should think about that again.” Schiff said he and other congressional investigators plan to use other avenues to unearth evidence surrounding the “conditionality” of a multi-million military aid package to Ukraine that was delayed for months, as well as purported efforts by top White House officials to restrict access to memoranda related to the July phone call between Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky.
DEFENSE SECRETARY ESPER TO COMPLY WITH SUBPOENA… Defense Secretary Mark Esper vowed yesterday that the Pentagon intends to comply with oversight requests made by congressional committees leading the impeachment inquiry. The cooperation applies to a subpoena for documents about a delay of hundreds of millions of dollars in military assistance to Ukraine over the summer. Last week, the House Intelligence Committee subpoenaed Esper asking for Pentagon documents pertaining to the White House’s delay in providing the congressionally-approved $250 million in military aid to Ukraine.
GAS PRICES UNCHANGED… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. has remained at $2.73 a gallon over the past two weeks, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations. The Lundberg Survey says the most expensive gas is in San Francisco, where it costs $4.20 a gallon. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had the cheapest gas at $2.17.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Joker” took in another $55 million to remain atop the weekend box office for a second week. “The Addams Family” debuted in second place with $30.2 million. “Gemini Man” opened at No. 3 after taking in $20.5 million. “Abominable” slipped to fourth place with $6.1 million. “Downtown Abbey” finished fifth with $4.9 million.
SuperM TOPS ALBUM CHART… SuperM’s “SuperM: The 1st Mini Album” sold 168,000 copies to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Summer Walker’s “Over It” opened at No. 2 with 134,000 units sold. Post Malone’s “Hollywood Bleeding” dropped to third place on sales of 108,000 copies. DaBaby’s “Kirk” finished fourth with 75,000 units sold. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” remained at No. 5 after selling 51,000 copies.
AL DIVISIONAL SERIES SCORE…
N.Y. Yankees 3 – HOUSTON 2 (11 innings)… Carlos Correa’s leadoff homer in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Astros over the Yankees and tied the AL Divisional Series at a game apiece. George Springer tied the game with a fifth-inning homer. The series moves to New York for tomorrow’s Game 3.
TODAY’S NL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES SCHEDULE…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty) is at Washington (Stephen Strasburg) for Game 3 with the Nationals leading 2-0, 7:38 p.m. Eastern, TBS
Carolina 37 – TAMPA BAY 26… Christian McCaffrey ran for a touchdown and caught a scoring pass as the Panthers (4-2) downed the Buccaneers (2-4). Defensively, Carolina intercepted Jameis Winston five times.
Seattle 32 – CLEVELAND 28… Chris Carson’s 1-yard touchdown plunge with 3:30 remaining was the difference as the Seahawks (5-1) topped the Browns (2-4). Russell Wilson threw for two scores and ran for another.
Houston 31 – KANSAS CITY 24… Deshaun Watson ran for two touchdowns and threw for another as the Texans (4-2) got past the Chiefs (4-2). Carlos Hyde rushed for 116 yards and a TD.
Washington 17 – MIAMI 16… The Redskins (1-5) stopped a two-point conversion with 6 seconds left to preserve their win over the Dolphins (0-5). Terry McLaurin had four receptions for 100 yards and two touchdowns. Adrian Peterson ran for 118 yards.
MINNESOTA 38 – Philadelphia 20… Kirk Cousins found Stefon Diggs with three of his four touchdown passes as the Vikings (4-2) cruised past the Eagles (3-3). Diggs finished with seven catches for 167 yards.
New Orleans 13 – JACKSONVILLE 6… Teddy Bridgewater hit Jered Cook with a tie-breaking 4-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter and the Saints (5-1) hung on to beat the Jaguars (2-4).
BALTIMORE 23 – Cincinnati 17… Lamar Jackson passed for 236 yards and ran for 152 yards and a touchdown as the Ravens (0-6) handled the Bengals (4-2).
San Francisco 20 – L.A. RAMS 7… The 49ers (5-0) rode their defense to a win over the Rams (3-3) and remained unbeaten. Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 243 yards and a touchdown.
ARIZONA 34 – Atlanta 33… The Cardinals (2-3-1) recovered to beat the Falcons (1-5) after blowing a 27-10 lead. Kyler Murray threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns. Atlanta kicker Matt Bryant missed what would have been a game-tying extra point with 1:53 to go.
DENVER 16 – Tennessee 0… The Broncos (2-4) recorded seven sacks and three turnovers defensively in the shutout of the Titans (2-4).
N.Y. JETS 24 – Dallas 22… Sam Darnold returned from his bout with mononucleosis and threw for 338 yards and two touchdowns to lead the Jets (1-4) past the Cowboys (3-3).
Pittsburgh 24 – L.A. CHARGERS 17… James Connor ran 12 yards for a touchdown and caught a 26-yard scoring toss as the Steelers (2-4) ripped the Chargers (2-4). Devin Bush returned a fumble 9 yards for a TD.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Detroit (2-1-1) is at Green Bay (4-1)
Pittsburgh 7 – WINNIPEG 2… Sam Lafferty and scored two goals apiece for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby assisted on two goals.
Vegas 5 – LOS ANGELES 2… Paul Stastney found the net twice and had two assists in leading the Golden Knights past the Kings. Max Pacioretty added a goal and two assists.
SAN JOSE 3 – Calgary 1… Tomas Hertl netted a shorthanded goal and had an assist as the Sharks skated past the Flames. Logan Couture had two assists.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Anaheim is at Boston…
Ottawa hosts Minnesota…
Florida is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Islanders host St. Louis…
Dallas is at Buffalo…
Washington hosts Colorado…
Edmonton is at Chicago
AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL (first-place votes in parenthesis)…
1. Alabama (30) 6-0
2. LSU (12) 6-0
3. Clemson (11) 6-0
4. Ohio St. (9) 6-0
5. Oklahoma 6-0
6. Wisconsin 6-0
7. Penn St. 6-0
8. Notre Dame 5-1
9. Florida 6-1
10. Georgia 5-1
11. Auburn 5-1
12. Oregon 5-1
13. Utah 5-1
14. Boise St. 6-0
15. Texas 4-2
16. Michigan 5-1
17. Arizona St. 5-1
18. Baylor 6-0
19. SMU 6-0
20. Minnesota 6-0
21. Cincinnati 5-1
22. Missouri 5-1
23. Iowa 4-2
24. Appalachian St. 5-0
25. Washington 5-2