The Rundown for December 18, 2019

FORMER TRUMP CAMPAIGN ADVISER RICK GATES SENTENCED… Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates was sentenced yesterday to 45 days in jail and three years of probation for pleading guilty to making false statements and conspiring against the U.S. government. Gates faced nearly five years in prison before prosecutors agreed to lighter punishment due to Gates’ cooperation related to the investigation into Russia meddling in the 2016 presidential election. The court is allowing Gates to serve his jail time on weekends.

JUDGE DECLINES TO REVOKE LEV PARNAS’ BAIL… A federal judge yesterday declined to revoke the bail of Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Oetken rejected prosecutors’ accusations that Parnas posed an “extraordinary flight risk” after being indicted for allegedly violating campaign finance laws through his association with Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash. The judge also said he could not rule that Parnas had misstated information about his assets and income. Prosecutors had alleged that a lawyer for Firtash made a $1 million payment to Parnas’ wife just a month before Parnas was arrested.

DISINFORMATION LED TO YOVANOVITCH’S OUSTER… A social-media analysis firm has provided the first evidence that the same network of accounts responsible for spreading disinformation before the 2016 election was also involved in a smear campaign against the former American ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. The firm, Graphika, linked the Russian disinformation campaign with posts that purported to show a list of people Yovanovitch told Ukraine’s Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko not to prosecute. The Trump administration removed Yovanovitch from her post earlier this year. Graphika showed how disinformation posts circulated on the website Medium before spreading to other self-publishing platforms globally. The firm identified 44 stories launched by the Russian operation between October 2016 and October 2019, and described many of them as “demonstrably false, based on forged documents or non-existent interviews,” adding that, “all were amplified by networks of fake accounts across a wide range of social platforms.”

HOUSE PASSES SPENDING BILLS… The House moved Congress one step closer to averting a government shutdown yesterday by passing a $1.4 trillion spending deal. Four bills in one package that was approved funds Defense, Homeland Security, and Commerce-Justice-Science and Financial Services, while funding in a separate package covers Agriculture, Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Energy, Interior, Transportation Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Affairs and the Environmental Protection Agency. The House passed the first bundle by a vote of 297-120 and the second by a vote of 280-138. The Senate is expected to pass the packages and President Trump is expected to sign them prior to a government shutdown on Friday.

TULSA RACE RIOTS MASS GRAVE POSSIBLY FOUND… University of Oklahoma archaeologists say they have discovered a possible mass grave site from the 1921 Tulsa Race Riots at a city cemetery. The discovery provides new insight into an event that destroyed one of the nation’s wealthiest black communities. Riots began in May 1921 after Dick Rowland, a black teenager, was falsely accused of having assaulted a white woman named Sarah Page, which resulted in a standoff between black men who sought to protect Rowland and roughly 1,500 armed white men. Ku Klux Klan rioters burned down the Greenwood District of Tulsa on June 1, 1921, targeting black citizens and destroying their businesses over the course of 18 hours. Officials reported at the time that only 36 people were killed in the riots, however experts have long said that the number could reach hundreds.

‘NARCOS: MEXICO’ RETURNING IN FEBRUARY… Netflix announced yesterday that the second season of “Narcos: Mexico” will premiere on February 13. According to the streaming service, the second season takes place in the mid-1980s and chronicles “the missteps, ill-conceived agendas, and corruption on both sides of the border that have led to a dangerous present in the failed war on drugs.” The series stars Diego Luna and Walt Breslin.

POST MALONE TO HEADLINE NEW YEAR’S EVE SHOW… Producers announced yesterday that “Circles” rapper Post Malone will headline Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. day on Twitter that Post Malone, 24, will perform at the New York show December 31 in Times Square. Country singer Sam Hunt, singer Alanis Morissette and the cast of Broadway’s Jagged Little Pill musical will also perform at the New York event. The event will air live on ABC beginning at 8 p.m. ET.

CHARLOTTE 110 – Sacramento 102… Malik Monk scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Hornet put away the Kings. Monk also grabbed 10 rebounds.

INDIANA 105 – L.A. Lakers 102… The Pacers were too much down the stretch in snapping the Lakers’ 14-game road winning streak. Domantas Sabonis had 26 points and 10 boards.

NEW YORK 143 – Atlanta 120… The Knicks built a big lead early and never looked back in their blowout of the Hawks. R.J. Barrett led the way with 27 points. Mitchell Robinson delivered 22 points and 14 rebounds off the bench. Marcus Morris Sr. also had 22 points.

Brooklyn 108 – NEW ORLEANS 101 (OT)… Spencer Dinwiddie pumped in 31 points as the Nets outlasted the Pelicans and extended their losing streak to 13 games. Joe Harris added 24 points. Jarrett Allen pulled down 14 boards to go with his 12 points.

UTAH 109 – Orlando 102… Bogdan Bogdanovic and Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points apiece to lead the Jazz past the Magic. Rudy Gobert collected 19 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 120 – Phoenix 99… The Clippers got 24 points from Paul George I breezing past the Suns. Kawhi Leonard and Lou Williams added 20 points apiece.

Chicago is at Washington…
Cleveland hosts Charlotte…
Miami is at Philadelphia…
Detroit hosts Toronto…
New Orleans is at Minnesota…
Oklahoma City hosts Memphis…
Orlando is at Denver…
Dallas hosts Boston…
Golden State is at Portland

Los Angeles 4 – BOSTON 3 (OT)… Anze Kopitar found the net at 3:23 of overtime to send the Kings past the Bruins. Matt Roy netted the tying goal with 2:01 remaining in regulation.

TORONTO 5 – Buffalo 3… Auston Matthews scored two second-period goals to help the Maple Leafs down the Sabres. Rasmus Dahli had a goal and an assist.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Ottawa 3 (OT)… Anthony Cirelli’s goal with 12.7 seconds to go in overtime lifted the Lightning over the Senators. Connor Brown and Anthony Duclair scored back-to-back goals in the second period to tie the game.

Nashville 8 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 3… The Predators scored seven unanswered goals to overcome a 3-1 deficit and put away the Islanders. Craig Smith scored two goals and assisted on another. Calle Jarnkrok and Filip Forsberg each had a goal and an assist.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Anaheim 1… The Flyers skated past the Ducks on a night they honored cancer-stricken teammate Oskar Lindblom. Claude Giroux had a goal and an assist. Goalie Carter Hart made 40 saves.

Columbus 5 – DETROIT 3… Pierre-Luc Dubois netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and Gustav Nyquist added an empty-netter in the Blue Jackets’ defeat of the Red Wings. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist.

Carolina 6 – WINNIPEG 3… Sebastian Aho and Jordan Staal scored two goals apiece as the Hurricanes doubled up on the Jets. Nino Niederreiter assisted on two goals.

Pittsburgh 4 – CALGARY 1… The Penguins cruised past the Flames after spotting them an early lead. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist. Tristan Jarry stopped 33 shots at goal.

Montreal 3 – VANCOUVER 1…Tomas Tatar and Shea Weber scored a minute-and-a-half apart in the third period to carry the Canadiens past the Canucks. Goalie Carey Price stopped 38 shots.

VEGAS 3 – Minnesota 2… The Golden Knights got goals from Chandler Stephenson, Shea Theodore and Tomas Nosek in beating the Wild. Mark Stone had two assists.

Arizona 3 – SAN JOSE 3… Oliver Ekman-Larsson’s goal with 2:37 remaining was the difference in the Coyotes’ win over the Sharks. Carl Soderberg and Derek Stepan also scored for Arizona.

Anaheim is at New Jersey…
Chicago hosts Colorado…
Edmonton is at St. Louis

#5 OHIO STATE 80, Southeast Missouri State 48…
#13 DAYTON 71, North Texas 58…
#19 FLORIDA STATE 98, North Florida 81…
#22 WASHINGTON 81, Seattle 59

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