The Rundown for December 16, 2019

DEMS SEEK IMPEACHMENT SUPPORT… Top Democrats are urging Republicans to cross party lines and vote to impeach President Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff warned during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” yesterday that Trump poses a “clear and present danger” to democracy. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler appeared on ABC News’ This Week and said Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell subverted of constitutional order with his claim on Wednesday that he would cooperate with the White House on “everything” in the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. The House floor vote is set for Wednesday.

U.S. BLAMED FOR CLIMATE-CHANGE AGREEMENT FAILURE… The U.S. is being blamed for the failure of the 2019 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which ended yesterday after the group failed to reach a productive agreement on cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Attendees blamed the U.S.’ decision to pull out of the Paris Climate Accord for a failure to reach an agreement. In closing the event, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said, “The international community lost an important opportunity to show increased ambition on mitigation, adaptation and finance to tackle the climate crisis.”

MEXICO OPPOSES LABOR INSPECTORS… Mexico’s trade negotiator for North America announced yesterday that Mexico is opposed to allowing foreign labor inspectors to operate in the country. Jesús Seade said such an arrangement was not part of last week’s agreement between the U.S. and Canada on a new trade agreement. Language in the agreement calls for the posting of up to five U.S. labor attaches to monitor Mexico’s labor reform.

U.S. EXPELLED CHINESE EMBASSY OFFICIALS… The U.S. government secretly expelled two Chinese Embassy officials in September after they drove onto a sensitive military base in Virginia, the New York Times reported yesterday. The covert incident marked the first time Chinese diplomats have been suspected of espionage in the U.S. in more than 30 years. According to the Times’ report, the officials drove onto a Virginia military base with their wives and evaded military personnel who tried to deter them. A fire truck eventually had to be used to block their path. At least one of the officials is thought to be a Chinese intelligence officer.

WINTER STORM MOVING EASTWARD… A winter storm blanketed Plains states with snow and ice yesterday before crossing the Mississippi River and heading eastward through the Ohio Valley. The Kansas City, Missouri, metro area was hit with more than 4 inches of snow and storm warnings were issued for much of eastern Kansas and western Missouri. A mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain is on the forecast today for the mid-Atlantic.

CHANCE THE RAPPER CANCELS TOUR… Chance the Rapper cited family time and scheduling in announcing that he is canceling an upcoming North American tour he had planned to promote his latest album, “The Big Day.” The rapper also said he plans to make some new music during his time off. The 34-show “Big Tour” was scheduled to kick off February 8 in New York City.
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Jumanji: The Next Level” raked in $60.1 million to open atop the weekend box office. “Frozen II” slipped into a distant second place with $19.1 million. “Knives Out” dropped to No. 3 after taking in $9.2 million. “Richard Jewell” opened in fourth place with $5 million. “Black Christmas” finished fifth with $4.4 million.

New England 34 – CINCINNATI 13… Tom Brady hit James White and N’Keal Harry with touchdown passes as the Patriots (11-3) blasted the Bengals (1-13). Stephon Gilmore returned one of his two interceptions 64 yards for a score.

Tampa Bay 38 – DETROIT 17… Jameis Winston passed for 458 yards and four touchdowns as the Buccaneers (7-7) rolled past the Lions (3-10-1). Chris Godwin had five catches for 121 yards.

GREEN BAY 21 – Chicago 13… Aaron Rodgers opened the scoring with a 29-yard touchdown pass to Devante Adams in the first quarter and Aaron Jones ran for two second-quarter scores as the Packers (11-3) topped the Bears (7-7).

Houston 24 – TENNESSEE 21… The Texans (9-5) held off the Titans (8-6) to take control of the AFC South. Deshaun Watson threw for two touchdowns. Carlos Hyde ran for 104 yards and a score. DeAndre Hopkins had six receptions for 119 yards.

KANSAS CITY 23 – Denver 3… Patrick Mahomes completed 27 of 34 passes for 340 yards and two touchdowns as the Chiefs (10-4) cruised past the Broncos (5-9). Travis Kelce had 11 catches for 142 yards.

N.Y. GIANTS 36 – Miami 20… Eli Manning threw touchdown passes to Golden Tate and Darius Slayton in leading the Giants (3-11) past the Dolphins (3-11). Saquon Barkley rushed for 113 yards and two scores.

Philadelphia 37 – WASHINGTON 27… Carson Wentz’ third touchdown pass of the day was a go-ahead 4-yarder to Greg Ward with 26 seconds left as the Eagles (7-7) rallied past the Redskins (3-11). Nigel Bradham returned a fumble 47 yards for a score on the game’s final play. Miles Sanders ran for 122 yards and a TD.

Seattle 30 – CAROLINA 24… Chris Carson rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns as the Seahawks (11-3) fought off the Panthers (5-9). Russell Wilson passed for 286 yards and two TDs.

Jacksonville 20 – OAKLAND 16… The Jaguars (5-9) scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to rally past the Raiders (6-8) in their final game in Oakland. Gardner Minshew II threw 4 yards to Chris Conley for the go-ahead score with 31 seconds remaining.

ARIZONA 38 – Cleveland 24… Kenyon rake rushed for 137 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Cardinals (4-9-1) past the Browns (6-8). Kyler Murray hit Dan Arnold with a 6-yard scoring toss.

Minnesota 39 – L.A. CHARGERS 10… The Vikings (10-4) took advantage of seven turnovers in their pounding of the Chargers (5-9). Ifeadi Ogenigbo returned a fumble 56 yards for a touchdown. Mike Boone ran for a pair of TDs.

DALLAS 44 – L.A. Rams 21… Dak Prescott threw 19- and 59-yard touchdown passes as the Cowboys cruised past the Rams. Ezekiel Elliott added two short TD runs. Tony Pollard rushed for 131 yards and a score.

Atlanta 29 – SAN FRANCISCO 22… Matt Ryan found Julio Jones with a 5-yard pass that was ruled a touchdown after a replay reversal with 2 seconds left as the Falcons (5-9) stunned the playoff-bound 49ers (11-3). Atlanta scored another touchdown after the ensuing kickoff when Olamide Zaccheaus picked up a fumble.

Buffalo 17 – PITTSBURGH 10… Josh Allen’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Kroft with 7:55 left in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Bills (10-4) rallied past the Steelers (9-5) to clinch a playoff spot. Buffalo sealed the victory with two interceptions in their own end zone over the final 2 minutes.

Indianapolis (6-7) is at New Orleans (10-3)

Orlando 130 – NEW ORLEANS 119… Jonathan Isaac scored 21 points to lead eight players in double figures and the Magic dealt the Pelicans their 12th straight loss. Isaac also grabbed 11 rebounds.

INDIANA 107 – Charlotte 85… The Pacers built a 15-point halftime lead and then used a big fourth quarter to put away the Hornets. Aaron Holiday came off the bench to score 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter.

L.A. Lakers 101 – ATLANTA 96… The Lakers fought off the Hawks to win their seventh in a row. LeBron James led the way with 32 points and 13 boards. Anthony Davis added 27 points and 13 rebounds.

BROOKLYN 109 – Philadelphia 89… Spencer Dinwiddie scored 24 points to lead the Nets in their romp over the 76ers. The loss was Philadelphia’s first in six games.

DENVER 111 – New York 105… The Nuggets led by 16 points at the break and then hung on to top the Knicks. Nikola Jokic had 25 points and 10 boards.

Sacramento 100 – GOLDEN STATE 79… Bogdan Bogdanovic came off the bench to score a game-high 25 points in the Kings’ blowout of the Warriors.

Washington is at Detroit…
Toronto hosts Cleveland…
Dallas is at Milwaukee…
Oklahoma City hosts Chicago…
San Antonio is at Houston…
Memphis hosts Miami…
Portland is at Phoenix

WINNIPEG 7 – Philadelphia 3… Blake Wheeler and Mark Scheifele each scored a power-play goal and added two assists as the Jets downed the Flyers. Neal Pionk added three assists.

Los Angeles 4 – DETROIT 2… Anze Kopitar scored a pair of goals as the Kings doubled up on the Red Wings. Alex Iafallo had two assists.

CHICAGO 5 – Minnesota 3… Patrick Kane netted three goals in his first hat trick of the season and the Blackhawks topped the Wild to end their four-game skid. Connor Murphy assisted on two goals.

VEGAS 6 – Vancouver 3… Max Pacioretty scored two third-period goals and had two assists as the Golden Knights outshot the Canucks. Shea Theodore assisted on three goals.

Ottawa is at Florida…
the N.Y. Rangers host Nashville…
Washington is at Columbus…
St. Louis hosts Colorado…
Edmonton is at Dallas

MINNESOTA 84, #3 Ohio State 71…
Wofford 68, #17 NORTH CAROLINA 64

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