TRUMP JR., McGAHN WEREN’T CALLED BEFORE GRAND JURY… The Justice Department confirmed yesterday that President Trump’s son Donald Jr. and former White House counsel Don McGahn were never called before a grand jury that heard witnesses called by special counsel Robert Mueller. The confirmation followed Thursday’s ruling that Justice Department attorneys had deleted too much information from a court filing last month in an ongoing legal dispute over Attorney General William Barr’s refusal to share with House lawmakers grand jury-related information in Mueller’s final report. Trump Jr. was present at the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting in which Trump campaign officials met with Russians. He also had received an email offering “dirt” on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The Mueller report claimed Trump Jr. declined a voluntary interview.
ESPER SAYS U.S. TROOPS HEADING TO IRAQ… Defense Secretary Mark Esper revealed yesterday that U.S. soldiers leaving northern Syria are heading to western Iraq instead of coming home as President Trump’s claimed last week. Trump on Wednesday justified the withdrawal of troops supporting Kurdish allies by saying, “It’s time to bring our soldiers back home.” According to Esper, U.S. forces will conduct counter-terrorism missions from Iraq into Syria to try to stop an ISIS resurgence.
THREE SOLDIERS KILLED IN CRASH… Three soldiers were killed early yesterday and three others were injured during a training exercise at Fort Stewart in Georgia. Army officials say the soldiers were riding in a Bradley fighting vehicle that crashed. The soldiers were reportedly members of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team.
OPIOID TRIAL UNDERWAY TODAY… A landmark trial pitting drug companies against local governments over the U.S. opioid epidemic is scheduled to begin today. Top executives of the largest U.S. drug distributors and drugmaker Teva Pharmaceutical Industries failed to reach a settlement agreement at a Cleveland courthouse on Friday. Distributors have been accused of failing to flag and halt suspicious orders for opioids, while drugmakers are accused of promoting benefits of the drugs while playing down their risks.
FORMER BALTIMORE MAYOR THOMAS D’ALESANDRO DIES… Former Baltimore mayor Thomas D’Alesandro III, who gained fame nationally when he led the city during the 1968 riots, died yesterday after complications of a stroke. He was 90. D’Alesandro served as Baltimore’s mayor from 1967 to 1971. His father, Thomas D’Alesandro Jr., served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1939 to 1947 and as the mayor of Baltimore for 12 years after that. D’Alesandro’s sister, Nancy Pelosi, became the first woman to serve as speaker of the House in 2007.
TORNADO IN DALLAS… Major damage was reported in north Dallas last night after a tornado touched down. The storm downed power lines and toppled bUildings. The National Weather Service reported more storms wee on their way.
YOUNGBOY TOPS ALBUM CHART… YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “AI YoungBoy 2” sold 110,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” finished second on sales of 99,000 units. Summer Walker’s “Over It” slipped into third place after selling 78,000 copies. DaBaby’s “Kirk” sold 55,000 units to finish fourth. Lil Tjay’s’ “True 2 Myself” capped the top five with 45,000 copies sold.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” took in $36 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Joker,” slipped to second place with $29.3 million. “Zombieland 2: Double Tap” made $26.7 million to open in third place. “The Addams Family” dropped to fourth place with $26 million. “Gemini Man” finished fifth with $8.5 million.
L.A. Rams 37 – ATLANTA 10… Jared Goff threw two touchdown passes and ran for another to lead the Rams (4-3) in their pounding of the Falcons (1-6).
BUFFALO 31 – Miami 21… The Bills (5-1) rallied in the fourth quarter to top the Dolphins (0-6). Josh Allen threw two touchdown passes. Tre’davious White forced two second-half turnovers defensively.
Jacksonville 27 – CINCINNATI 17… Gardner Minshew hit Keelan Cole with a go-ahead 2-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter and Yannick Ngakoue returned an interception 23 yards for a touchdown as the Jaguars (3-4) topped the Bengals (0-7). Leonard Fournette rushed for 131 yards.
Minnesota 42 – DETROIT 30… Kirk Cousins passed for 337 yards and four touchdowns as the Vikings (5-2) handled the Lions (2-3-1). Dalvin Cook rushed for 142 yards and two scores.
GREEN BAY 42 – Oakland 24… Aaron Rodgers completed 25 of 31 passes for 429 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Packers (6-1) past the Raiders (3-3). Rodgers also scored on a 3-yard run.
INDIANAPOLIS 30 – Houston 24… Jacoby Brissett threw four touchdown passes as the Colts (4-2) topped the Texans (4-3). Zach Pascal had six catches for 106 yards and two TDs.
Arizona 27 – N.Y. GIANTS 21… Chase Edmonds ran for 16 yards and three touchdowns as the Cardinals (3-3-1) fought off the Giants (2-5).
San Francisco 9 – Washington 0… Robbie Gould booted three field goals to 29 yards to push the 49ers (6-0) past the Redskins (1-6).
TENNESSEE 23 – L.A. Chargers 20… The Titans (3-4) put up a goal-line stand in the final seconds to turn away the Chargers (2-5). Jurrell Casey recovered a Melvin Gordon fumble at the goal line with 15 seconds left. Ryan Tannehill passed for 312 yards and a touchdown.
New Orleans 36 – CHICAGO 25… Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdown passes and Latavius Murray ran for a pair of scores as the Saints (6-1) got past the Bears (3-3).
Baltimore 30 – SEATTLE 16… The Ravens (5-2) came up big defensively in downing the Seahawks (5-2). Marcus Peters returned an interception 67 yards for a touchdown. Marlon Humphrey added an 18-yard fumble return for a fourth-quarter score. Lamar Jackson rushed for 116 yards and a TD.
DALLAS 37 – Philadelphia 10… Dak Prescott threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the Cowboys (4-3) rolled past the Eagles (3-4). Ezekiel Elliot ran for 111 yards and a score. Amari Cooper had five receptions for 106 yards.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
New England (6-0) is at the N.Y. Jets (1-4)
Vancouver 3 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… The Canucks scored all three goals in the first period and held on to edge the Rangers. Elias Pettersson assisted on two goals.
MINNESOTA 4 – Montreal 3… Brad Hunt and Zach Parise scored back-to-back goals in the third period to rally the Wild past the Canadiens. Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist.
Washington 5 – CHICAGO 3… The Capitals recovered to beat the Blackhawks after blowing a two-goal lead. Tom Wilson netted a tie-breaking goal with 8:13 remaining. Goalie Braden Holtby made 41 saves.
WINNIPEG 1 – Edmonton 0 (SO)… Kyle Connor and Patrik Lane scored in the shootout to send the Jets past the Oilers.
Calgary 2 – ANAHEIM 1… Mikael Backlund scored a go-ahead goal in the third period and the Flames made it stand in beating the Ducks. Cam Talbot stopped 29 shots at goal.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Columbus is at Toronto…
Philadelphia hosts Vegas…
Colorado is at St. Louis…
Ottawa is at Dallas
AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL (first-place votes)…
1. Alabama (24) 7-0
2. LSU (16) 7-0
3. Ohio State (13) 7-0
4. Clemson (9) 7-0
5. Oklahoma 7-0
6. Penn State 7-0
7. Florida 7-1
8. Notre Dame 5-1
9. Auburn 6-1
10. Georgia 6-1
11. Oregon 6-1
12. Utah 6-1
13. Wisconsin 6-1
14. Baylor 7-0
15. Texas 5-2
16. SMU 7-0
17. Minnesota 7-0
18. Cincinnati 6-1
19. Michigan 5-2
20. Iowa 5-2
21. Appalachian State 6-0
22. Boise State 6-1
23. Iowa State 5-2
24. Arizona State 5-2
25. Wake Forest 6-1