The Rundown for November 25, 2019

ESPER FIRES NAVY SECRETARY… Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer yesterday in response to Spencer’s handling of the disciplinary case involving Navy Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher. Gallagher, a Navy SEAL, had been demoted after being found guilty of posing for a photo with the dead body of an ISIS casualty in Iraq. He had faced a court-martial for premeditated murder and attempted murder but was acquitted. President Trump early this month by pardoning two other service members charged with war crimes and restoring Gallagher’s rank. Spencer defied the White House directive, prompting Esper to demand Spencer’s resignation and ordering that Gallagher be allowed to retire at the end of this month. In his resignation letter, Spencer told President Trump that he cannot obey an order that he believes violates his “sacred oath” to defend the Constitution and said “I no longer share the same understanding as the Commander in Chief who appointed me, in regards to the key principle of good order and discipline.”

SCHIFF CALLS EVIDENCE AGAINST TRUMP ‘OVERWHELMING’… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday that the two weeks of public hearings produced “overwhelming evidence” that President Trump pressured the Ukrainian government into entering a deal that would benefit his re-election bid. Schiff said the evidence made it “urgent” for the House to move forward with its impeachment inquiry. The committee has no more public testimony scheduled but Schiff said others could be added.

HOUSE PANEL POSSESSES PARNAS MATERIALS… ABC News reported yesterday that Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has given the House Intelligence Committee audio and video recordings and photographs that include Giuliani and Trump. The materials were provided as part of that congressional subpoena issued to Parnas, who reportedly played a key role in assisting him in his efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Federal investigators within the Southern District of New York are believed to possess some of the items congressional investigators are seeking, which is delaying them from being turned over to the committee, according to the report.

BLOOMBERG OFFICIALLY ENTERS RACE… Michael Bloomberg officially entered the 2020 presidential race yesterday. The former New York mayor is targeting President Trump in his late-entry Democratic presidential bid. “I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions,” Bloomberg announced.

STORMS THREATEN THANKSGIVING WEEK… Thanksgiving week travel could be slowed by multiple storm systems that are forming throughout the U.S. High winds are expected to whip the nation’s interior tomorrow before heading east. Windy conditions later in the week are on the forecast for Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Forecasters say the conditions could force the grounding of balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Rain, snow and rough surf toughened conditions in the Pacific Northwest yesterday.

ENTERTAINMENT
CELINE DION TOPS ALBUM CHART… Celine Dion’s new release, “Courage,” sold 113,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 chart. Tory Lanez’s “Chixtape 5” came in second with 83,000 units sold. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 69,000 copies to finish third. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” finished fourth on sales of 56,000 units. Luke Combs’ “What You See Is What You Get” fell to fifth place after selling 55,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Frozen II” raked in $127 million to blow away the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Ford v Ferrari,” slipped into second place with $16 million. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” took in $13.5 million to finish in third place. Another newcomer, “21 Bridges,” made $9.3 million to finish fourth. “Midway” dropped to fifth place with $4.7 million.

SPORTS
NFL SCORES
Tampa Bay 35 – ATLANTA 22… Jameis Winston passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers (4-7) past the Falcons (3-8). Chris Godwin had seven catches for 184 yards and two scores.

BUFFALO 20 – Denver 3… Josh Allen hit Cole Beasley and John Brown with touchdown passes and the Bills (8-3) smothered the Broncos (3-8). Devin Singletary rushed for 106 yards.

CHICAGO 19 – N.Y. Giants 14… Mitchell Trubisky found Allen Robinson II with a 32-yard touchdown pass and ran 1 yard for a score as the Bears (5-6) fought off the Giants (2-9).

Pittsburgh 16 – CINCINNATI 10… Chris Boswell booted two fourth-quarter field goals to push the Steelers (6-5) past the Bengals (0-11). Devlin Hodges connected with James Washington on a 79-yard touchdown pass.

CLEVELAND 41 – Miami 24… Baker Mayfield passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns as the Browns (5-6) cruised past the Dolphins (2-9). Jarvis Landry had 10 receptions for 148 yards and two TDs.

NEW ORLEANS 34 – Carolina 31… Will Lutz’s 33-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Saints (9-2) over the Panthers (5-6). Drew Brees threw for 311 yards and three scores.

N.Y. JETS 34 – Oakland 3… Sam Darnold passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Jets (4-7) ripped the Raiders (6-5) for their third straight win.

Seattle 17 – PHILADEPHIA 9… Rashaad Penny ran 58 yards for a touchdown and finished with 129 yards on the ground as the Seahawks (9-2) handled the Eagles (5-6).

WASHINGTON 19 – Detroit 16… Dustin Hopkins’ 39-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining sent the Redskins (2-9) past the Lions (3-7).

TENNESSEE 42 – Jacksonville 20… The Titans exploded in the third quarter to score four touchdowns in six offensive plays on their way to routing the Jaguars. Derrick Henry ran for 159 yards and two TDs. A.J. Brown had four receptions for 135 yards and a score.

NEW ENGLAND 13 – Dallas 9… Tom Brady threw 10 yards to N’Keal Harry for the game’s only touchdown in the first quarter and the Patriots (10-1) held on to top the Cowboys (6-5).

SAN FRANCISCO 37 – Green Bay 8… Jimmy Garoppolo threw 41- and 62-yard touchdown passes to Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, respectively as the 49ers (10-1) walloped the Packers (8-3). Kittle finished with six catches for 129 yards.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Baltimore (8-2) is at the L.A. Rams (6-4)

NBA SCORES
Dallas 137 – HOUSTON 123… Luka Doncic poured in 41 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. tossed in 31 points as the Mavericks outgunned the Rockets. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Brooklyn 103 – NEW YORK 101… The Nets hung on at the end to get past the Knicks and win their third in a row. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Spencer Dinwiddie’s 30 points.

Sacramento 113 – WASHINGTON 106… The Kings got 26 points from Harrison Barnes and 21 from Bogdan Bogdanovic in their win over the Wizards.

DENVER 116 – Phoenix 104… The Nuggets pulled away in the second half to get past the Suns for their fifth straight victory. Paul Millsap led the way with 23 points. Jamal Murray and Will Barton added 22 points apiece.

L.A. CLIPPERS 134 – New Orleans 109… The Clippers built a 16-point halftime lead and coasted past the Pelicans. Montrezl Harrel had game-highs with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard tossed in 26 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Brooklyn is at Cleveland…
Detroit hosts Orlando…
Memphis is at Indiana…
Miami hosts Charlotte…
Sacramento is at Boston…
Atlanta hosts Minnesota…
Philadelphia is at Toronto…
Chicago hosts Portland…
Utah is at Milwaukee…
San Antonio hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Oklahoma City is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
Buffalo 5 – FLORIDA 2… Zemgus Girgensons scored a pair of goals as the Sabres downed the Panthers to snap a three-game skid. Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists.

Carolina 2 – DETROIT 0… Goalie James Reimer stopped all 19 shots in the Hurricanes’ blanking of the Red Wings. Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist.

Edmonton 4 – ARIZONA 3 (SO)… Connor McDavid scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Oilers outlasted the Coyotes. Markus Granlund netted the tying goal in the third period.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y, Rangers host Minnesota…
Vancouver is at Philadelphia…
Pittsburgh hosts Calgary…
Ottawa is at Columbus…
Nashville hosts St. Louis…
Vegas is at Dallas…
Anaheim hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
San Jose is at Los Angeles

TOP 25 COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#2 Louisville 82, Akron 76 in the Global Sports Shootout…
#7 Virginia 48, Arizona State 45 in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off…
#9 Kentucky 81, Lamar 56 in the BBN Showcase…
#12 Texas Tech 96, Brooklyn 66 in the Las Vegas Invitational…
#14 Arizona 104, Long Beach State 67 in the Wooden Legacy…
Utah State 68, North Texas 59 in the Jamaica Classic…
Florida 70, #18 Xavier 65 in the Charleston Classic…
#23 Colorado 56, Wyoming 41 in the Main Event…
#24 Baylor 87, #17 Villanova 78 in the Myrtle Beach Invitational…
#25 WASHINGTON 86, San Diego 68

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. LSU (50) 11-0
2. Ohio St. (9) 11-0
3. Clemson (3) 11-0
4. Georgia 10-1
5. Alabama 10-1
6. Utah 10-1
7. Oklahoma 10-1
8. Florida 9-2
9. Minnesota 10-1
10. Michigan 9-2
11. Baylor 10-1
12. Penn St. 9-2
13. Wisconsin 9-2
14. Oregon 9-2
15. Notre Dame 9-2
16. Auburn 8-3
17. Memphis 10-1
18. Cincinnati 10-1
19. Iowa 8-3
20. Boise St. 10-1
21. Oklahoma St. 8-3
22. Appalachian St. 10-1
23. Virginia Tech 8-3
24. Navy 8-2
25. USC 8-4

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