STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED AS CALIFORNIA BURNS… California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide state of emergency yesterday as wildfires raged throughout the state. Fires across Northern California prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County burned more than 30,000 acres and was listed at 10-percent containment. The Tick Fire in Los Angeles County consumed burned 4,615 acres and was at 65 percent containment, authorities said.
TRUMP KEPT DEM LEADERS IN THE DARK… President Trump admitted yesterday that he withheld information about the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from some members of Congress, including senior Democrats because he was worried about leaks. Among those who weren’t informed were House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The move to share information with Russia but not Democratic leaders drew widespread criticism. Russia’s foreign ministry later ridiculed Trump’s versions of events leading up to the death of al-Baghdadi as “propaganda.”
JOHN CONYERS DIES… Former longtime Democratic Congressman from Michigan John Conyers died in his sleep yesterday morning. He was 90. Conyers represented the Detroit area for more than 50 years before he resigned in 2017 due to claims of sexual harassment from former employees. Conyers served as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee from 1989 to 1995 and as Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary from 2007 to 2011. He also co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969.
CHICAGO TEACHERS REMAIN ON STRIKE… More than 300,000 Chicago students will remain out of school today as their teachers remain on strike. Contract talks between Chicago Public Schools and striking teachers continued through yesterday. City officials say a large gap separates the two sides.
GAS PRICES DROP… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. has dropped 4 cents per gallon over the past two weeks to $2.68, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations released yesterday. The Lindberg Survey found that the most expensive gas was in San Francisco, where it cost $4.71 a gallon. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had the cheapest gas at $2.12.
POST MALONE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 93,000 units to reclaim the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “AI YoungBoy 2” slipped into second place after selling 80,000 copies. Summer Walker’s “Over It” remained in third place with 69,000 units sold. DaBaby’s “Kirk” finished fourth on sales of 49,000 copies. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” sold 39,000 units to finish fifth.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Joker” took in $18.9 million to top the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” slipped into second place with $18.5 million. “The Addams Family” jumped one spot into third place after taking in $11.7 million. “Zombieland: Double Tap” made $11.6 million to finish fourth. “Countdown” capped the top five with $9 million.
WORLD SERIES Game 5…
Houston 7 – WASHINGTON 1… Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Correa and George Springer belted two-run homers to power the Astros to a Game 5 win and a 3-2 lead in the series. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole limited the Nationals to a run on three hits over seven innings. The series returns to Houston for tomorrow’s Game 6.
NEW ENGLAND 27 – Cleveland 13… The Patriots (8-0) rolled past the Browns (2-5) to give coach Bill Belichick hist 300th win as a head coach. Tom Brady found Julian Edelman with a pair of touchdown passes.
Seattle 27 – ATLANTA 20… Russell Wilson connected with DK Metcalf on two touchdown passes as the Seahawks (6-2) topped the Falcons (1-7).
Philadelphia 31 – BUFFALO 13… Josh Allen threw touchdown passes to Cole Beasley and Devin Singletary as the Eagles (4-4) thrashed the Bills (5-2).
L.A. Chargers 17 – CHICAGO 16… Philip Rivers’ 11-yard touchdown pass to Austin Ekeler in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Chargers (3-5) held off the Bears (3-4). Chicago kicker Eddy Pineiro missed a 41-yard field goal as time expired.
DETROIT 31 – N.Y. Giants 26… Matthew Stafford connected with Kenny Golladay on two of his three touchdown passes as the Lions (3-3-1) got past the Giants (2-6).
TENNESSEE 27 – Tampa Bay 23… Ryan Tannehill hit A.J. Brown with a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown pass with 6:55 remaining and the Titans (4-4) made it stand in beating the Buccaneers (2-5).
INDIANAPOLIS 15 – Denver 13… Adam Vinatieri booted a 51-yard field goal with 22 seconds left to send the Colts (5-2) past the Broncos (2-6). Vinatieri was also good from 55 yards out.
L.A. RAMS 24 – Cincinnati 10… Wide receiver Cooper Kupp had seven catches for 220 yards and a touchdown as the Rams (5-3) handled the Bengals (0-8). Jared Goff passed for 372 yards and two scores.
NEW ORLEANS 31 – Arizona 9… Drew Brees returned to action after thumb surgery and passed for 373 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Saints (7-1) over the Cardinals (3-4-1).
JACKSONVILLE 29 – N.Y. Jets 15… Gardner Minshew II completed 22 of 34 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns as the Jaguars (4-4) downed the Jets (1-6). Defensively, Jacksonville intercepted Sam Darnold three times.
SAN FRANCISCO 51 – Carolina 13… Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass as the 49ers (7-0) routed the Panthers (4-3).
HOUSTON 27 – Oakland 24… Deshaun Watson passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns as the Texans (5-3) fought off the Raiders (3-4). DeAndre Hopkins had 11 catches for 109 yards.
Green Bay 31 – KANSAS CITY 24… Aaron Jones took a quick pass from Aaron Rodgers and ran 67 yards for a tie-breaking touchdown with 8:02 remaining and the Packers (7-1) made it stand in beating the Chiefs (5-3). Jones also had a 4-yard TD reception. Rodgers passed for 305 yards and three scores.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Miami (0-6) is at Pittsburgh (2-4)
OKLAHOMA CITY 120 – Golden State 92… The Thunder jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their rout of the Warriors. Dennis Schroder scored 22 points off the bench. Dino Gallinari added 21 points.
MEMPHIS 134 – Brooklyn 133 (OT)… Jae Crowder knocked down a three-pointer at the overtime buzzer to send the Grizzlies past the Nets. Ja Morant pumped in 30 points.
MINNESOTA 116 – Miami 109… Andrew Wiggins made four 3-pointers in the final six minutes and finished with 25 points to push the Timberwolves past the Heat. Karl Anthony-Towns had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Teague dropped in 21 points.
Portland 121 – DALLAS 119… Damian Lillard sunk a tie-breaking layup with 26 seconds left and the Trail Blazers hung on to beat the Mavericks. Lillard finished with 28 points. CJ McCollum led all scorers with 35 points. Rodney Hood added 20 points.
L.A. LAKERS 120 – Charlotte 101… The Lakers pulled away in the second half to put away the Hornets. Anthony Davis totaled 29 points and 14 boards. LeBron James had 20 points and 12 assists.
TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE…
Indiana is at Detroit…
New York hosts Chicago…
Orlando is at Toronto…
Atlanta hosts Philadelphia…
Cleveland is at Milwaukee…
New Orleans hosts Golden State…
Oklahoma City is at Houston…
San Antonio hosts Portland…
Denver is at Sacramento…
Phoenix hosts Utah…
Charlotte is at the L.A. Clippers
OTTAWA 5 – San Jose 2… Nick Paul scored a pair of goals and had an assist for the Senators. Brady Tkachuk added a goal and two assists.
N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Philadelphia 3… Anders Lee scored a goal and assisted on another as the Islanders topped the Flyers.
Boston 7 – N.Y. RANGERS 4… The Bruins scored four second-period goals to put away the Rangers. Patrice Bergeron netted three goals. Brad Marchand scored two goals and had three assists. David Pastrnak piled up five assists.
CHICAGO 5 – Los Angeles 1… Dylan Strome found the net twice and had an assist as the Blackhawks skated past the Kings to snap their four-game skid.
Florida 6 – EDMONTON 2… Brian Boyle and Jayce Hawryluk each had a goal and an assist as the Panthers skated past the Oilers.
St. Louis 5 – DETROIT 4 (OT)… David Perron scored at 1:28 of overtime to lift the Blues over the Red Wings. He also assisted on three goals in regulation. Ryan O’Reilly scored two goals and had two assists.
VEGAS 5 – Anaheim 2… The Golden Knights opened with three first-period goals and cruised past the Ducks. Mark Stone had a goal and an assist.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Arizona is at Buffalo…
Vancouver hosts Florida
AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS (first-place votes)…
1. LSU (17) 8-0
2. Alabama (21) 8-0
3. Ohio St. (17) 8-0
4. Clemson (7) 8-0
5. Penn St. 8-0
6. Florida 7-1
7. Oregon 7-1
8. Georgia 6-1
9. Utah 7-1
10. Oklahoma 7-1
11. Auburn 6-2
12. Baylor 7-0
13. Minnesota 8-0
14. Michigan 6-2
15. SMU 8-0
16. Notre Dame 5-2
17. Cincinnati 6-1
18. Wisconsin 6-2
19. Iowa 6-2
20. Appalachian St. 7-0
21. Boise St. 6-1
22. Kansas St. 5-2
23. Wake Forest 6-1
24. Memphis 7-1
25. San Diego St. 7-1