The Rundown for November 14, 2019

OPEN IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS OPEN… A new disclosure highlighted the first day of President Trump’s open hearings yesterday. William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified that a member of his staff overheard a July 26 phone call between Trump and diplomat Gordon Sondland in which Trump asked about an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The investigation is at the heart of accusations that Trump sought to extort Ukraine to benefit himself politically. Both Taylor and senior State Department official George Kent testified about their concerns about the pressure Trump applied.

TRUMP DENIED IN BID TO WITHHOLD FINANCIAL RECORDS… President Trump suffered another legal loss yesterday in his effort to prevent House investigators from acquiring his financial records. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected Trump’s bid for a rehearing of his lawsuit blocking the subpoena of his accounting firms. Investigators are seeking any information about conflicts of interest and payments from foreign governments.

TRUMP WELCOMES ERDOGAN TO WHITE HOUSE… President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met at the White House yesterday to hold a bilateral meeting about military operations in Syria. The two leaders also discussed Erdogan’s recent purchase of a Russian S-400 defense system, which foiled a previous deal for Ankara to buy the new F-35 fighter jet from the Pentagon. The White House visit was Erdogan’s second. His previous visit in 2017 made headlines when skirmishes broke out between his security detail and protesters demonstrating in support of Kurdish allies. Charges were filed against seven of Erdogan’s bodyguards, but they were later dropped.

HOUSE TO HOLD SPENDING BILL NEXT WEEK… The House is planning to call a vote next week on a resolution to keep the federal government funded for the next six weeks. House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said yesterday that he expects a “relatively clean” bill, indicating it might not contain language or provisions that have made previous spending measures difficult to pass in Congress. Senate Republicans have not indicated whether they will pass the resolution.

CHAD WOLF SWORN IN AS HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF… Chad Wolf was sworn in yesterday as the acting Homeland Security secretary. He became the fifth person to head the agency under the Trump administration. Wolf succeeds Kevin McAleenan, who directed the Department of Homeland Security in an acting capacity since April. McAleenan, who took over after Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure, resigned on October 11.

KODAK BLACK SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN PRISON… Rapper Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to weapons charges. The 22-year-old Black, whose album “Dying to Live” topped the Billboard album chart last December, admitted falsifying information on background forms to buy four guns. He was arrested before his set at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival in May and one of the guns he bought was used in an attempted shooting in March. Prosecutors said “a rival rap artist was the intended target.” Black has not been charged in relation to that shooting.

BODY IDENTIFIED AS ACTOR CHARLES LEVIN… Authorities in Oregon have identified actor Charles Levin as the man whose body was found last summer in a vehicle at the bottom of a ravine. Levin’s television credits included “Seinfeld,” ″Hill Street Blues” and “Night Court.” His death was ruled accidental.

ORLANDO 112 – Philadelphia 97… The Magic outscored the 76ers 32-15 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Nikola Vucevic had game-highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Six other players scored in double figures for Orlando.

Memphis 119 – CHARLOTTE 117… Ja Morant laid in the go-ahead bucket with less than a second remaining and finished with 23 points and 11 assists in lifting the Grizzlies over the Hornets. Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 12 boards.

BOSTON 140 – Washington 133… The Celtics outgunned the Wizards to win their ninth straight. Kemba Walker led the way with 25 points. Jayson Tatum added 23 points and Jaylen Brown tossed in 22.

HOUSTON 102 – L.A. Clippers 93… The Rockets jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and held on to down the Clippers. James Harden poured in 47 points. Clint Capela grabbed 20 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

MINNESOTA 129 – San Antonio 114… Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points to lead all scorers and the Timberwolves cruised past the Spurs. Karl Anthony-Towns racked up 28 points and 11 boards.

L.A. LAKERS 120 – Golden State 94… LeBron James scored 23 points and handed out 12 assists in just three quarters of play as the Lakers cruised past the Warriors. Kyle Kuzma added 22 points.

Toronto 114 – PORTLAND 106… The Raptors got 36 points from Pascal Siakam and 30 from Fred VanVleet in downing the Trail Blazers. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson delivered 18 points and 12 boards off the bench.

Miami is at Cleveland…
New Orleans hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Chicago is at Milwaukee…
New York hosts Dallas…
Atlanta is at Phoenix…
Denver hosts Brooklyn

Ottawa 4 – NEW JERSEY 2… The Senators scored three unanswered goals in the third period to get past the Devils. Jean-Gabriel Pageau recorded a hat trick. Connor Brown had two assists.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Toronto 4… The Islanders withstood a late rally to edge the Maple Leafs. Anthony Beauvillier netted two goals. Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists.

Washington 2 – PHILADELPHIA 1 (SO)… Evgeny Kuznetsov netted the winning goal in the shootout as the Capitals outlasted the Flyers. Goalie Brady Holtby made 30 saves.

Dallas 3 – CALGARY 1… Joe Pavelski opened the scoring with a second-period goal and added an empty-netter as the Stars topped the Flames.

Chicago 5 – VEGAS 3… Patrick Kane and Ryan Strome each had a goal and two assists as the Blackhawks skated past the Golden Knights.

Carolina is at Buffalo…
Tampa Bay hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Winnipeg is at Florida…
Minnesota hosts Arizona…
Colorado is at Edmonton…
Vancouver hosts Dallas…
San Jose is at Anaheim…
Los Angeles hosts Detroit

#4 LOUISVILLE 91, Indiana State 62…
#16 OHIO STATE 76, #10 Villanova 51…
#11 TEXAS TECH 103, Houston Baptist 74…

Pittsburgh (5-4) is at Cleveland (3-6)

MLB NEWS… Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros were named Cy Young Award winners yesterday. The 31-year-old deGrom, who was 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA, received 29 of 30 first-place votes in becoming the seventh National League pitcher to win the award at least two years in a row. The 36-year-old Verlander went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA. He won the award previously in 2011 with the Detroit Tigers.

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