The Rundown for November 11, 2019

VETERAN’S DAY… It’s Veteran’s Day and Americans are honoring the 19.6 million active and former U.S. service members who have gone to war. The federal holiday will be observed at ceremonies throughout the nation and many businesses will be closed. Closures affect government-run agencies like the DMV and public libraries as well as most banks. The Postal Service won’t be delivering mail and post offices will be closed.

SECURITY OFFICIAL CONCERNED ABOUT WAR CRIMES… National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said yesterday that he’s “very concerned” about reports of potential war crimes against Kurd forces in Syria following the U.S. pullout in the region and a Turkish-led invasion. “There is no place for genocide, for ethnic cleansing, for war crimes in the 21st century,” O’Brien said during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” The pullout sparked bipartisan outrage in Congress. O’Brien also revealed that Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who delivered bombshell testimony last month in the House impeachment investigation into President Trump’s alleged Ukraine extortion plot, will be removed from his post at the White House National Security Council as a part of the White House’s “streamlining” efforts.

NIKKI HALEY CLAIMS SHE WAS ASKED TO DEFY TRUMP… Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley claimed yesterday that former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to recruit her to defy President Trump. Haley made the comments in a CBS News interview. Haley, who resigned as ambassador in 2018, said Kelly and Tillerson told her that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country.

SCHIFF TURNS DOWN WHISTLEBLOWER TESTIMONY… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff over the weekend turned down Republicans’ request for public testimony this week by the whistleblower who sparked an impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Schiff explained in a two-page letter that the abundance of information investigators uncovered made the whistleblower’s testimony “redundant and unnecessary.” The impeachment inquiry “has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence — from witnesses and documents, including the President’s own words in his July 25 call record — that not only confirms, but far exceeds, the initial information in the whistle-blower’s complaint,” Schiff said in his letter. Open hearings in Trump’s impeachment begin Wednesday.

GAS PRICES RISE SLIGHTLY… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas in the U.S. rose slightly to $2.69 over the past two weeks, according to a national survey of gas stations released yesterday. The Lindberg Survey found the cheapest gas was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where it cost $2.08 a gallon. San Francisco had the most expensive gas at $4.09 a gallon.

POST MALONE BACK ATOP ALBUM CHART… Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 78,000 units in reclaiming the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Kanye West’s “Jesus Is King” slipped into second place after selling 72,000 copies. YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “AI YoungBoy2” jumped into third place on sales of 62,000 units. Miranda Lambert’s “Wildcard” debuted at No. 4 after selling 53,000 copies. Summer Walker’s “Over It” remained in fifth place with 52,000 units sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Midway” took in $17.5 million to open atop the weekend box office. “Doctor Sleep” opened in second place with $14.1 million. “Playing with Fire” made $12.8 million to debut at No. 3. Another newcomer, “Last Christmas,” finished in fourth place with $11.6 million. Last week’s champ, “Terminator: Dark Fate,” slipped to fifth place with $10.8 million.

CHICAGO 20 – Detroit 13… Mitchell Trubisky threw touchdown passes to Ben Braunecker, Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel in leading the Bears (4-5) past the Lions (3-5-1).

Baltimore 49 – CINCINNATI 13… Lamar Jackson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Ravens (7-2) walloped the Bengals (0-9). Marcus Peters returned an interception 89 yards for a score. Tyus Bower returned a fumble 33 yards for a TD.

CLEVELAND 19 – Buffalo 16… Baker Mayfield’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins with 1:44 remaining sent the Browns (3-6) past the Bills (6-3). Nick Chubb rushed for 116 yards on 20 carries.

TENNESSEE 35 – Kansas City 32… Ryan Tannehill’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds left gave the Titans (5-5) a come-from-behind win over the Chiefs (6-4). Derrick Henry ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

Atlanta 26 – NEW ORLEANS 9… Matt Ryan passed for two touchdowns and Younghoe Koo booted four field goals to 48 yards as the Falcons (2-7) stunned the Saints (7-2).

N.Y. JETS 34 – N.Y. Giants 27… The Jets (2-7) got the better of the Giants (2-8) in an up-and-down battle. Sam Darnold had a touchdown pass and scoring run in the first quarter. Jamal Adams returned a fumble 25 yards for a TD.

TAMPA BAY 30 – Arizona 27… Peyton Barber’s 1-yard touchdown plunge with 1:43 remaining was the difference as the Buccaneers (3-6) downed the Cardinals (3-6-1). Jameis Winston passed for 358 yards and a score.

Miami 16 – INDIANAPOLIS 12… The Dolphins (2-7) converted three turnovers into 13 points to top the Colts (5-4) and make it back-to-back wins.

GREEN BAY 24 – Carolina 16… Aaron Jones rushed for three touchdowns and the Packers (8-2) held on at the end to beat the Panthers (5-4). Davante Adams had seven receptions for 118 yards.

PITTSBURGH 17 – L.A. Rams 12… The Steelers (5-4) rode their defense to a win over the Rams (5-4). Minkah Fitzpatrick scored on a 43-yard fumble return.

Minnesota 28 – DALLAS 24… Kirk Cousins found Kyle Rudolph with a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes and Dalvin Cook ran for a score as the Vikings (7-3) held off the Cowboys (5-4).

Seattle (7-2) is at San Francisco (8-0)

Denver 100 – MINNESOTA 98 (OT)… Nikola Jokic’s jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Nuggets over the Timberwolves. Jokic led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points. Will Barton had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Indiana 109 – ORLANDO 102… The Pacers rallied in the second half to get past the Magic. Domantas Sabonis led the way with 21 points and 16 boards.

PHILADELPHIA 114 – Charlotte 106… Joel Embiid scored 18 points to lead six players in double figures as the 76ers handled the Hornets.

Milwaukee 121 – OKLAHOMA CITY 119… The Bucks took the lead in the third quarter and hung on down the stretch to beat the Thunder. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 35 points and 16 rebounds.

Cleveland 108 – NEW YORK 87… The Cavaliers built a double-digit lead early and coasted past the Knicks. Collin Sexton scored 31 points to lead all scorers.

PHOENIX 138 – Brooklyn 112… Seven players scored in double figures as the Suns routed the Nets. Devin Booker led the way with 27 points. Ricky Rubio had 22 points and 12 assists.

PORTLAND 124 – Atlanta 113 (OT)… Damian Lillard lit it up with 30 points as the Trail Blazers outlasted the Hawks. CJ McCollum tossed in 23 points. Hassan Whiteside finished with 21 points and 12 boards.

Toronto 113 – L.A. LAKERS 104… The Raptors rallied in the second half to put away the Lakers. Pascal Siakam pumped in 24 points and 11 rebounds. Fred VanVleet added 23 points and 10 assists.

Minnesota is at Detroit…
Boston hosts Dallas…
Memphis is at San Antonio…
New Orleans hosts Houston…
Toronto is at the L.A. Clippers…
Golden State hosts Utah

Florida 6 – N.Y. RANGERS 5 (SO)… Vincent Trocheck netted the game-winner in the shootout as the Panthers shot their way past the Rangers. Evgenii Dadonov scored a goal and had two assists.

WINNIPEG 3 – Dallas 2 (OT)… Mark Scheifele found the net 21 seconds into overtime to send the Jets past the Stars. Andrew Copp scored a tying goal early in the third period.

New Jersey 2 – VANCOUVER 1… Wayne Simmonds and Jesper Bratt scored 22 seconds apart in the first period and the Devils held on to edge the Canucks. Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves.

DETROIT 3 – Vegas 2… The Red Wings scored twice in the third period to upend the Golden Knights. Anthony Mantha netted the game-winner with 30.9 seconds remaining.

Philadelphia 3 – BOSTON 2 (SO)… The Flyers recovered to top the Bruins after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Joel Farabee netted the lone goal in the shootout. Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist. Sean Couturier assisted on both regulation goals.

CHICAGO 5 – Toronto 4… The Blackhawks took a three-goal lead into the third period but needed a Brandon Saad goal to put away the Maple Leafs. Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist. Robin Lehner stopped 53 shots at goal.

EDMONTON 6 – ANAHEIM 2… Connor David recorded a hat trick, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added two goals and the Oilers skated past the Ducks. Leon Draisaitl assisted on four goals.

Arizona is at Washington…
Carolina hosts Ottawa

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL (first-place votes)…
1. LSU (54) 9-0
2. Ohio St. (5) 9-0
3. Clemson (3) 10-0
4. Alabama 8-1
5. Georgia 8-1
6. Oregon 8-1
7. Minnesota 9-0
8. Utah 8-1
9. Penn St. 8-1
10. Oklahoma 8-1
11. Florida 8-2
12. Baylor 9-0
13. Auburn 7-2
14. Michigan 7-2
15. Wisconsin 7-2
16. Notre Dame 7-2
17. Cincinnati 8-1
18. Memphis 8-1
19. Boise St. 8-1
20. SMU 9-1
21. Navy 7-1
22. Texas 6-3
23. Iowa 6-3
24. Indiana 7-2
25. Oklahoma St. 6-3

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