The Rundown for November 15, 2019

AP: SECOND EMBASSY STAFFER OVERHEARD TRUMP-UKRAINE PHONE CALL… The Associated Press reported yesterday that a second U.S. embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard the phone call in which President Trump discussed the need for Ukraine leaders to pursue “investigations” with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor described the July 26 call to congress during Wednesday’s televised impeachment hearing. The call centered on Trump’s desire to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Impeachment hearings continue today with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as the sole witness.

TRUMP SEEKS TO WITHHOLD TAX RETURNS… President Trump yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that ordered his accounting firm to release eight years of his tax returns to New York prosecutors. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is seeking the returns as part of a criminal investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization. Trump’s lawyers claim the U.S. Constitution protects the president from being subjected to any criminal process while he is in office.

DANGEROUS MATERIALS EXCLUDED FROM SAFETY REVIEW… A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of dangerous materials in public use from a safety review. The Environmental Protection Agency must consider dangers posed by asbestos, lead and other toxins regardless of whether they’re still being manufactured, the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. Congress mandated the safety review as the first step toward enacting potential new regulations to protect the public.

REPORT: GIULIANI INVESTIGATION WIDER THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN… The federal investigation of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is wider than was previously known, Bloomberg reported yesterday. The investigation covers possible campaign finance violations, foreign bribery and a failure to register as a foreign agent. One official claimed the probe could include bribery of foreign officials or conspiracy and presents a serious threat to Trump’s presidency.

MATT BEVIN CONCEDES IN KENTUCKY GOVERNOR’S RACE… Kentucky’s incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin conceded defeat to Democratic rival Andy Beshear yesterday. Beshear narrowly won a November 5 election, prompting Bevin to organize a recanvass of the vote. Bevin offered his concession when the recanvassing showed no change in results.

2 DEAD, 3 INJURED IN HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING… Two people were killed and three others were injured at Saugus High School north of Los Angeles yesterday after a 16-year-old student opened fire on a crowded quad. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the gunfire broke out at 7:30 a.m., when students at the school were scheduled to be in their first-period classes. The body of the suspect was found on campus with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT BLOCKED FROM PERFORMING OLD HITS… Singer Taylor Swift says her former label chief Scott Borchetta and his partner Scooter Braun are trying to prevent her from performing her old songs at the American Music Awards and won’t let her use her recordings in a Netflix documentary. The singer announced on her social media accounts yesterday that the two would allow her to use her old songs only if she agreed not to re-record them in the future. “This is WRONG,” Swift told her fans in online posts. “Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this is where I’m asking for your help.”

IN THEATERS… “Charlie’s Angels” centers on three women who get called into action and put their lives on the line when a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology. Kristen Stewart, Maoni Scott and Ella Balinski star in the PG-13 film… “The Good Liar” tells the story about a con man who tries to swindle a rich widow and ends up in a cat-and-mouse game. The R-rated film stars Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen… “Ford V Ferrari” tells the story of American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles, who battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Christian Bale and Matt Damon star in the PG-13 film.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Miami 108 – CLEVELAND 97… The Heat built a 24-point halftime lead and coasted past the Cavaliers. Kendrick Nunn scored 23 points. Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 132 – L.A. Clippers 127… Jrue Holiday pumped in 36 points and came up big defensively with three steals down the stretch as the Pelicans got past the Clippers. Derrick Favors had 20 points and as many rebounds.

MILWAUKEE 124 – Chicago 115… Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 38 points and 15 boards in leading the Bucks past the Bulls. Eric Bledsoe added 31 points.

NEW YORK 106 – Dallas 103… Marcus Morris knocked down a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds remaining and the Knicks held on to down the Mavericks. Morris finished with a team-high 20 points. Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

PHOENIX 128 – Atlanta 112… The Suns shook off a slow start to cruise past the Hawks. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the way with 30 points. Devin Booker tossed in 27 points and Dario Saric added 23.

DENVER 101 – Brooklyn 93… The Nuggets erased a 12-point halftime deficit on their way past the Nets. Paul Milsap and Nikola Jokic scored 18 points apiece to lead seven players in double figures. Jokic also had 10 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Charlotte…
Orlando hosts San Antonio…
Indiana is at Houston…
Oklahoma City hosts Philadelphia…
New Orleans is at Memphis…
Minnesota hosts Washington…
Boston is at Golden State…
the L.A. Lakers host Sacramento

NHL SCORES
Carolina 5 – BUFFALO 4 (OT)… Dougie Hamilton found the net at 2:28 of overtime to lift the Hurricanes over the Sabres. Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and two assists.

TAMPA BAY 9 – N.Y. Rangers 3… Alex Killorn scored two goals and assisted on another as the Lightning walloped the Rangers. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists.

Winnipeg 4 – FLORIDA 3… Mark Scheifele scored a goal and had two assists as the Jets edged the Panthers. Patrik Laine assisted on three goals.

MINNESOTA 3 – Arizona 2… Jordan Greenway deflected in the decisive goal in the third period as the Wild clipped the Coyotes. Zach Parise had a goal and an assist.

EDMONTON 6 – Colorado 2… Connor McDavid scored three goals and assisted on three others as the Oilers skated past the Avalanche. Leon Draisaitl piled up five assists.

Dallas 4 – VANCOUVER 2… Tyler Seguin netted a tie-breaking goal late in the second period and had an assist as the Stars doubled up on the Canucks.

San Jose 5 – ANAHEIM 3… The Sharks scored three third-period goals to put away the Ducks. They got a pair of goals from Tomas Hertl.

LOS ANGELES 3 – Detroit 2 (OT)… Alex Iafallo lit the lamp 23 seconds into overtime to send the Kings past the Red Wings. Adrian Kempe scored the tying goal with 1:48 left in regulation.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Toronto…
New Jersey hosts Pittsburgh…
Montreal is at Washington…
Columbus hosts St. Louis…
Philadelphia is at Ottawa

NFL SCORE
CLEVELAND 21 – Pittsburgh 7… baker Mayfield ran for a touchdown and threw for two others in leading the Browns (4-6) past the Steelers (5-5).

SUNDAY’S NFL SCORES
Dallas (5-4) is at Detroit (3-5-1)…
Indianapolis (5-4) hosts Jacksonville (4-5)…
Buffalo (6-3) is at Miami (2-7)…
Minnesota (7-3) hosts Denver (3-6)…
New Orleans (7-2) is at Tampa Bay (3-6)…
Washington (1-8) hosts the N.Y. Jets (2-7)…
Atlanta (2-7) is at Carolina (5-4)…
Baltimore (7-2) hosts Houston (6-3)…
Arizona (3-6-1) is at San Francisco (8-1)…
Oakland (5-4) hosts Cincinnati (0-8)…
New England (8-1) is at Philadelphia (5-4)…
the L.A. Rams (5-4) host Chicago (4-5)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Kansas City (6-4) is at the L.A. Chargers (4-6)

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 LSU is at Mississippi…
#2 Ohio State is at Rutgers…
#3 Clemson hosts Wake Forest…
#4 Georgia is at #12 Auburn…
#5 Alabama is at Mississippi State…
#6 Oregon hosts Arizona…
#7 Utah hosts UCLA…
#8 Minnesota is at #20 Iowa…
#9 Penn State hosts Indiana…
#10 Oklahoma is at #13 Baylor…
#11 Florida is at Missouri…
#14 Wisconsin is at Nebraska…
#15 Michigan hosts Michigan State…
#16 Notre Dame hosts Navy…
#17 Cincinnati is at South Florida…
#18 Memphis is at Houston…
#19 Texas is at Iowa State…
#21 Boise State hosts New Mexico…
#22 Oklahoma State hosts Kansas…
#24 Kansas State hosts West Virginia…
#25 Appalachian State is at Georgia State

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#3 Michigan State 76, #12 Seton Hall 73 in the Gavitt Tipoff…
#15 FLORIDA 66, Towson 60…
#18 SAINT MARY’S 81, Long Beach State 63…
#19 ARIZONA 87, San Jose State 39

MLB NEWS… Outfielders Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels were named winners of the National League and American League Most Valuable Player awards, respectively, yesterday. The 24-year-old Bellinger, who batted .305 with 47 home runs and 115 RBIs, collected 19 of 30 first-place votes. The 28-year-old Trout batted .291 with 45 homers and 104 RBIs in winning the award for the third time.

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