The Rundown for December 9, 2019

IMPEACHMENT HEARING TODAY… The House will lay out its plans for impeachment at a hearing this morning. House judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler and ranking member, Republican congressman Doug Collins, will start the proceeding by presenting opening statements. House Judiciary and Intelligence committee counsels will then offer their arguments for the case. The Judiciary Committee on Saturday released a report laying out its groundwork for the hearing. Nadler said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday that he expects his panel will present articles of impeachment against President Trump this week.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WORKING ON LAVROV VISIT… White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has confirmed that the Trump administration is trying to arrange an official White House meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Trump. The two would reportedly have “general conversations about arms control.” The potential meeting prompted critics to note that Lavrov helped lead Russia’s effort to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. U.S. intelligence agencies say he worked with now-imprisoned former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to sow disinformation among American voters.

TRUMP ANGERS JEWISH GROUPS AT SUMMIT… Jewish groups condemned President Trump’s remarks during a speech Saturday before the Israeli American Council advocacy group in Hollywood, Florida. Summit attendees characterized Trump’s speech as “vile” and “offensive” as he used “anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel.” One Jewish advocacy group claimed on social media that the president is “incapable of addressing Jewish audiences without dipping into the deep well of anti-Semitic tropes that shape his worldview.”

FBI INVESTIGATING PENSACOLA SHOOTINGS… The FBI announced yesterday that it is investigating Friday’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola as an act of terrorism. Investigators want to know whether gunman Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani was working as “part of a larger network” when he opened fire in a classroom and if there was “any possible ideology that may have been a factor” in the attack. Three people were killed and eight were injured in the shootings. The gunman, identified as a Saudi aviation trainee, was among the dead. There have been no arrests in the case.

TEMPERATURES TO PLUMMET IN MIDWEST… An invasion of Arctic air was expected to blow in from Canada last night and begin chilling middle America before heading eastward tonight. Sub-zero temperatures were forecast for northern and central Plains states before the frigid temperatures moved into the Great Lakes and Midwest tomorrow. Wind chill could make temperatures feel as cold as 10 to 30 degrees below zero across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest over the next two days, forecasters say.

ENTERTAINMENT
PUPPETEER CAROLL SPINNEY DIES… Television puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who was best known for his work as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the long-running show “Sesame Street,” died yesterday. He was 85 and had been living with dystonia, a neurological condition that can cause uncontrollable muscle contractions. Spinney began voicing and operating the two Sesame Street characters in 1969.

ACTOR RENE AUBERJONOIS DIES… Actor René Auberjonois, whose credits included the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died of metastatic lung cancer at his Los Angeles home yesterday. He was 79. The actor’s most memorable big-screen appearance was his portrayal of Father Mulcahy in the 1970 film “M*A*S*H.” Most recently, he voiced animation features and was the French chef who sang the love song to fish-killing Les “Poissons” in the 1989 Disney film “The Little Mermaid.”

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… The top five films were unchained at the weekend box office. “Frozen II” remained at No. 1 after taking in $34.6 million. “Knives Out” stayed in second place with $14.1 million. “Ford v Ferrari” finished third with $6.537 million. “Queen & Slim” took in $6.530 million to finish fourth. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” remained at No. 5 with $5.2 million.

SPORTS
NFL SCORES
ATLANTA 40 – Carolina 20… Matt Ryan threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a 93-yarder to Olamide Zaccheaus, as the Falcons (4-9) pounded the Panthers (5-8).

Baltimore 24 – BUFFALO 17… The Ravens (11-2) held off the Bills (9-4) to become the first AFC team to clinch a playoff berth. Lamar Jackson had three touchdown passes.

CLEVELAND 27 – Cincinnati 19… The Browns (6-7) held off the Bengals (1-12) to keep their playoff hopes alive. Denzel Ward returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown. Nick Chubb rushed for 106 yards.

GREEN BAY 20 – Washington 15… Aaron Jones ran for 134 yards and a touchdown as the Packers (10-3) topped the Redskins (3-10).

MINNESOTA 20 – Detroit 7… The Vikings (9-4) came up big defensively in handing the Lions (3-9-1) their sixth straight loss. Kirk Cousins passed for 242 yards and a touchdown.

San Francisco 48 – NEW ORLEANS 46… Robbie Gould’s 30-yard field goal as time expired lifted the 49ers (11-2) over the Saints (10-3). Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns. Emmanuel Sanders had seven catches for 157 yards and a score.

N.Y. JETS 22 – Miami 21… Sam Ficken booted a 44-yard field goal on the game’s last play to send the Jets (5-8) past the Dolphins (3-10). Sam Darnold passed for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Robby Anderson had seven receptions for 116 yards and a TD.

TAMPA BAY 38 – Indianapolis 35… The Buccaneers (6-7) closed with 17 straight points to rally past the Colts (6-7). Jameis Winston was 33-of-45 for 456 yards and four touchdowns.

Denver 38 – HOUSTON 24… Rookie Drew Lock passed for 309 yards and three first-half touchdowns in leading the Broncos (5-8) past the Texans (8-5). Noah Fant hauled in four receptions for 113 yards and a score.

L.A. Chargers 45 – JACKSONVILLE 10… Philip Rivers passed for 314 yards and found three different receivers with touchdown passes as the Chargers (5-8) routed the Jaguars (4-9). Austin Ekeler had four catches for 112 yards and a score along with 101 yards rushing.

Tennessee 42 – OAKLAND 21… Ryan Tannehill completed 21 of 27 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Titans (8-5) past the Raiders (6-7). A.J. Brown had five receptions for 153 yards and two scores. Derrick Henry ran for 103 yards and two TDs.

Kansas City 23 – NEW ENGLAND 16… The Chiefs (9-4) hung on at the end to clinch their fourth straight AFC West title and hand the Patriots (10-3) their first home loss in 22 games. Patrick Mahomes passed for 283 yards and a touchdown.

Pittsburgh 23 – ARIZONA 17… Diontae Johnson returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown and caught a scoring toss in leading the Steelers (8-5) past the Cardinals (3-9-1).

L.A. RAMS 28 – Seattle 12… The Rams (8-5) stayed in the playoff hunt and prevented the Seahawks (10-3) from clinching a postseason spot. Jared Goff passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Higbee had seven receptions for 116 yards.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
the N.Y. Giants (2-10) are at Philadelphia (7-5)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF… The College Football Playoff committed yesterday selected four Power 5 conference champions to compete for the national championship. The semifinal games are scheduled for December 28. No. 1 LSU will face No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta and No. 2 Ohio State will play No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. The national championship game is set for January 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
December 20: Charlotte vs. Buffalo in the Bahamas Bowl…
December 20: Utah State vs. Kent State in the Frisco Bowl…
December 21: Central Michigan vs. San Diego State in the New Mexico Bowl…
December 21: Georgia Southern vs. Liberty in the Cure Bowl…
December 21: Florida Atlantic vs. SMU in the Boca Raton Bowl…
December 21: Florida International vs. Arkansas State in the Camellia Bowl…
December 21: Washington vs. Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl…
December 21: Alabama-Birmingham vs. Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl…
December 23: Marshall vs. Central Florida in the Gasparilla Bowl…
December 24: BYU vs. Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl…
December 26: Miami (Fla.) vs. Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl…
December 26: Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl…
December 27: North Carolina vs. Temple in the Military Bowl…
December 27: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl…
December 27: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State in the Texas Bowl…
December 27: USC vs. Iowa in the Holiday Bowl…
December 27: Washington State vs. Air Force in the Cheez-It Bowl…
December 28: #10 Penn State vs. #17 Memphis in the Cotton Bowl…
December 28: Notre Dame vs. Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl…
December 30: #9 Florida vs. #24 Virginia in the Orange Bowl…
December 30: Western Michigan vs. Western Kentucky in the First Responder Bowl…
December 30: Louisville vs. Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl…
December 30: Illinois vs. California in the Redbox Bowl…
December 31: Utah vs. Texas in the Alamo Bowl…
December 31: Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky in the Belk Bowl…
December 31: Arizona State vs. Florida State in the Sun Bowl…
December 31: Kansas State vs. Navy in the Liberty Bowl…
December 31: Wyoming vs. Georgia State in the Arizona Bowl…
January 1: #5 Georgia vs. #7 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl…
January 1: #6 Oregon vs. #8 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl…
January 1: Michigan vs. Alabama in the Citrus Bowl…
January 1: Minnesota vs. Auburn in the Outback Bowl…
January 2: Boston College vs. Cincinnati in the Birmingham Bowl…
January 2: Tennessee vs. Indiana in the Gator Bowl…
January 3: Nevada vs. Ohio in the Idaho Potato Bowl…
January 4: Tulane vs. Southern Mississippi in the Armed Forces Bowl…
January 6: Louisiana vs. Miami (OH) in the Lending Tree Bowl

NBA SCORES
BROOKLYN 105 – Denver 102… The Nets held on down the stretch to top the Nuggets for their third straight win. Spencer Dinwiddie led the way with 24 points.

Atlanta 122 – CHARLOTTE 107… Trae Young lit it up for 30 points in leading the Hawks past the Hornets. Five other players scored in double figures for Atlanta.

MIAMI 110 – Chicago 105 (OT)… The Heat outlasted the Bulls to remain unbeaten after 10 home games this season. Tyler Herro knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and finished with 27 points.

PHILADELPHIA 110 – Toronto 104… The 76ers built a 15-point halftime lead and held off the Raptors to win their 12th straight at home. Tobias Harris pumped in 26 points. Matisse Thybulle added 20 points.

L.A. Clippers 135 – WASHINGTON 119… The Clippers pulled away in the second half to get past the Wizards. Kawhi Leonard had game-highs with 35 points and 11 rebounds. Paul George added 27 points.

Sacramento 110 – DALLAS 106… The Kings withstood a second-half rally to top the Mavericks. Nemanja Bjelica matched a career high with 30 points. Buddy Hield tossed in 26 points.

 Oklahoma City 108 – PORTLAND 96… Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroder scored 21 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Thunder took down the Trail Blazers. Chris Paul added 20 points.

L.A. LAKERS 142 – Minnesota 125… Anthony Davis poured in 50 points to lead the Lakers past the Timberwolves. LeBron James finished with 32 points and 13 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Indiana…
Boston hosts Cleveland…
Sacramento is at Houston…
Milwaukee hosts Orlando…
Detroit is at New Orleans…
Chicago hosts Toronto…
Minnesota is at Phoenix…
Utah hosts Oklahoma City…
Memphis is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
WINNIPEG 3 – Anaheim 2… Mark Scheifele’s second goal of the game came on a power play with 4:22 remaining and carried the Jets past the Ducks. Mathieu Perreault had two assists. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves.

FLORIDA 5 – San Jose 1… Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist as the Panthers skated past the Sharks. Jonathan Huberdeau assisted on two goals.

Arizona 4 – CHICAGO 3 (SO)… Conor Garland and Nick Schmaltz scored in the tie-breaker to send the Coyotes past the Blackhawks. Garland also netted a second-period goal.

N.Y. Rangers 5 – VEGAS 0… Goalie Alexandar Georgiev stopped all 38 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Rangers cruised past the Golden Knights. Jacob Trouba had a goal and an assist. Ryan Strome had two assists. Darnell Nurse assisted on two goals.

Buffalo 3 – EDMONTON 2 (OT)… The Sabres recovered to outlast the Oilers after blowing a two-goal lead. Colin Miller scored the winning goal at 1:13 of overtime.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Tampa Bay…
Washington hosts Columbus…
Boston is at Ottawa…
Colorado hosts Calgary

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#5 VIRGINIA 56, North Carolina 47…
#9 Gonzaga 83, #22 WASHINGTON 76…
#11 MICHIGAN STATE 77, Rutgers 65…
IOWA STATE 76, #16 Seton Hall 66…
#17 FLORIDA STATE 72, Clemson 53…
#19 Dayton 78, SAINT MARY’S 68

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