CONGRESSWOMAN VOWS TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE RELEASED… Democratic congresswoman Jackie Speier of California revealed yesterday that transcripts of recent closed-door congressional appearances by current and former Trump administration officials at the center of the impeachment inquiry will be released this week. Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the transcripts will give the American people “an eye on exactly what we have heard, and what we have heard is growing evidence of grounds for impeachment.” She made the remarks during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
TRUMP WARNS HE’LL CUT CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE FUNDING… President Trump yesterday repeated the warning that he would cut federal funding to California as crews in the state seized the upper hand n their battle against raging wildfires. Trump blamed California Governor Gavin Newsom for the state’s forest management practices that have led to wildfires – even though the fires were almost entirely on federal land. Last year, Trump suggested that Californians should rake their forests’ floors. Newsom dismissed Trump’s criticism and criticized the president for not believing in climate change.
FEDERAL JUDGE STRIKES DOWN IMMIGRANT HEALTH INSURANCE LAW… A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has temporarily struck down a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants to prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon’s restraining order prevented the rule from taking effect yesterday. The ruling came in response to a federal lawsuit filed by seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization contending the rule would block nearly two-thirds of all prospective legal immigrants.
ADVISER REFUSES TO TESTIFY… A senior adviser for national security issues chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has refused to testify about White House policy toward Ukraine at a deposition scheduled for today. Robert Blair, who was on the line during Trump’s July call with Ukraine’s President, has not yet received a subpoena and his lawyer says he will still refuse to testify if he gets one. Blair had been associate director for national security programs in the Office of Management and Budget before he followed Mulvaney to the White House in January.
WHISTLEBLOWER OFFERS WRITTEN RESPONSES… The whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Trump is offering to answer written questions from Republicans on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, his lawyers announced yesterday. The action comes after recent Republican efforts, led by Trump, to unmask the whistleblower’s identity. The whistleblower previously offered to answer lawmakers’ questions under oath and in writing if they were submitted by the House Intelligence Committee as a whole.
KANYE WEST TOPS ALBUM CHART… Kanye West’s “Jesus is King” sold 264,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album cart. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” cropped to second place on sales of 81,000 units. Rex Orange County’s “Pony” debuted at No. 3 on sales of 56,000 copies. YoungBoyNever Broke Again’s “AI YoungBoy” dropped to fourth after selling 64,000 units. Summer Walker’s “Over It” capped the top five with 60,000 copies sold.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Terminator: Dark Fate” took in $29 million to open atop the weekend box office. “Joker” finished second with $13.9 million. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” made $12.1 million to finish in third place. “Harriet” brought in $12 million to take fourth place. “The Addams Family” came in fifth with $8.4 million.
Houston 26 – JACKSONVILLE 3… Deshaun Watson passed for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Texans (6-3) ripped the Jaguars (4-5). Carlos Hyde rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries.
BUFFALO 24 – Washington 9… Josh Allen threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the Bills (6-2) pounded the Redskins (1-8). Devin Singletary ran for 95 yards and a score.
KANSAS CITY 26 – Minnesota 23… Harrison Butker’s 44-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Chiefs (6-3) over the Vikings (6-3). Butker tied the game with a 54-yarder late in the fourth quarter. Matt Moore passed for 275 yards and a score. Damian Williams carried 19 times for 125 yards and a TD.
MIAMI 26 – N.Y. Jets 18… Ryan Fitzpatrick hit rookie Preston Williams with two of his three touchdown passes as the Dolphins (1-7) topped the Jets (1-7) for their first win over the season.
PHILADELPHIA 22 – Chicago 14… Carson Wentz passed for 239 yards and a touchdown in leading the Eagles (5-4) past the Bears (3-5). Zach Ertz had nine receptions for 103 yards and a score.
PITTSBURGH 26 – Indianapolis 24… The Steelers (4-4) escaped with a win over the Colts (5-3) when Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with 1:13 remaining. Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell booted four field goals to 51 yards. Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown.
CAROLINA 30 – Tennessee 20… Christian McCaffrey rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers (5-3) downed the Titans (4-5). McCaffrey also caught a 7-yard scoring pass.
OAKLAND 31 – Detroit 24… The Raiders (4-4) held on in the final seconds after the Lions (3-4-1) had 4th-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Josh Jacobs rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Derek Carr passed for 289 yards and two scores.
SEATTLE 40 – Tampa Bay 34 (OT)… Russell Wilson threw 10 yards to Jacob Hollister in overtime to give the Seahawks (6-2) a come-from-behind win over the Buccaneers (2-6). Wilson passed for 378 yards and five TDs on the day. Tyler Lockett had 13 receptions for 152 yards and two scores.
DENVER 24 – Cleveland 19… Brandon Allen threw 21- and 75-yard touchdown passes as the Broncos (3-6) held off the Browns (2-6). Noah Fant had three catches for 115 yards and a score.
L.A. CHARGERS 26 – Green Bay 11… Melvin Gordon ran for a pair of touchdowns and Michael Badgley kicked four field goals to 43 yards as the Chargers (4-5) ripped the Packers (7-2).
BALTIMORE 37 – New England 20… Lamar Jackson ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third as the Ravens (6-2) dealt the Patriots (8-1) their first loss of the season. Mark Ingram II rushed for 115 yards on 15 carries. Marlon Humphrey returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
Dallas (4-3) is at the N.Y. Giants (2-6)
INDIANA 108 – Chicago 95… T.J. Warren pumped in a season-high 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 22 points as the short-handed Pacers got past the Bulls.
MIAMI 129 – Houston 100… The Heat jumped out to a 41-point lead in the first quarter and coasted past the Rockets. Duncan Robinson led the way with 23 points. Meyers Leonard added 21 points.
Sacramento 113 – NEW YORK 92… The Kings got 24 points from De’Aaron Fox and 22 from Buddy Hield in their rout of the Knicks.
L.A. LAKERS 103 – SAN ANTONIO 96… The Lakers made it five straight wins by topping the Spurs. Anthony Davis had 25 points and 11 rebounds. LeBron James racked up 21 points, 11 boards and 13 assists. Dwight Howard delivered 14 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.
Dallas 131 – CLEVELAND 111… The Mavericks used a big fourth quarter to blow away the Cavaliers. Luka Doncic finished with 29 points, 14 boards and 15 assists. Six other players scored in double figures for Dallas.
L.A. CLIPPERS 105 – Utah 94… The Clippers erased a double-digit second-half deficit to upend the Jazz. Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points to lead six players in double figures.
TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE…
Detroit is at Washington…
Brooklyn hosts New Orleans…
Houston is at Memphis…
Minnesota hosts Milwaukee…
Philadelphia is at Phoenix…
Golden State hosts Portland
WASHINGTON 4 – Calgary 2… Jakub Vrana scored three goals to lead the Capitals past the Flames. Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on two goals.
Chicago 3 – ANAHEIM 2 (OT)… The Blackhawks recovered to outlast the Ducks after blowing a two-goal second-period lead. Patrick Kane netted the game-winner 24 seconds into overtime. Jonathan Toews assisted on two goals.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Pittsburgh is at Boston…
the N.Y. Rangers host Ottawa…
Nashville is at Detroit…
Edmonton hosts Arizona
AP TOP 25 RANKINGS (first-place votes)…
1 LSU (17) 8-0
2 Alabama (21) 8-0
3 Ohio State (17) 8-0
4 Clemson (7) 9-0
5 Penn State 8-0
6 Georgia 7-1
7 Oregon 8-1
8 Utah 8-1
9 Oklahoma 7-1
10 Florida 7-2
11 Baylor 8-0
12 Auburn 7-2
13 Minnesota 8-0
14 Michigan 7-2
15 Notre Dame 6-2
16 Wisconsin 6-2
17 Cincinnati 7-1
18 Iowa 6-2
19 Memphis 8-1
20 Kansas State 6-2
21 Boise State 7-1
22 Wake Forest 7-1
23 SMU 8-1
24 San Diego State 7-1
25 Navy 7-1
MLB GOLD GLOVE WINNERS (No. of times won)… MLB revealed the winners for the 2019 Rawlings Gold Gloves, given to the best defensive player at each position. Winners were chosen through a vote by managers and coaches.
Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks/Astros (6)
Catcher: JT Realmuto, Phillies (1)
First Base: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (2)
Second Base: Kolten Wong, Cardinals (1)
Shortstop: Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks (1)
Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (7)
Left Field: David Peralta, Diamondbacks (1)
Center Field: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers (1)
Right Field: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers (1)
Pitcher: Mike Leake, Mariners/Diamondbacks (1)
Catcher: Roberto Perez, Cleveland (1)
First Base: Matt Olson, Athletics (2)
Second Base: Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox (1)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland (2)
Third Base: Matt Chapman, Athletics (2)
Left Field: Alex Gordon, Royals (7)
Center Field: Kevin Kiermaier, Rays (3)
Right Field: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (4)