The Rundown for January 2, 2020

EMBASSY CRISIS IN BAGHDAD OVER… The unrest at the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad came to an end yesterday after Iran-backed militiamen withdrew after setting fire to the roof. Supporters of the Kataib Hezbollah militia left the compound after trapping diplomats inside. Protesters were angered by U.S. airstrikes that killed 25 fighters in retaliation for a rocket attack that killed an American contractor.

POMPEO POSTPONES UKRAINE TRIP... Rising tensions with Iran has prompted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay Friday’s scheduled trip to Ukraine. Pompeo was wet to visit Kyiv as part of a tour that included stops in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Cyprus. Pompeo was to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other high ranking officials.

MARIJUANA BECOMES LEGAL IN ILLINOIS… The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal in Illinois yesterday to the excitement of thousands of consumers who formed long lines at dispensaries. The state became the 11th to legalize recreational cannabis. Some 43 stores in the state had received the necessary permits in time to sell recreational weed, according to the Chicago Tribune. On Tuesday, Governor JB Pritzker issued 11,017 pardons for people convicted of misdemeanor marijuana crimes in the state. Records of the pardoned crimes will be expunged in the coming months.

JUDGE ISSUES TEMPORARY INJUNCTION AGAINST GIG LAW… A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction against California’s gig-worker labor law that was scheduled to impact more than 70,000 independent truckers beginning yesterday. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez scheduled a hearing for January 13, at which time he will decide whether to make the restraining order permanent. The law would make it harder for gig economy companies to qualify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law last September.

5 MISSING AFTER ALASKA CRAB BOAT SINKS… The Coast Guard announced yesterday that two people have been rescued but five people remain missing after a 130-foot crab fishing vessel from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sank Tuesday night. Authorities say seven crew members were aboard the Scandies Rose when it went down after its captain issued a mayday distress call. A helicopter crew arrived and lifted two survivors from a life raft.

ENTERTAINMENT
MARIAH CAREY TOPS CHARTS AGAIN… Mariah Carey has become the first artist ever to top the Billboard charts in four decades. The singer’s version of the Christmas classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” gave her a chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 2020s after she recorded No. 1 songs in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. The Billboard Hot 100 data combines radio airplay, sales and streaming data.

‘AVENGER’ ACTRESS CHARGED IN MURDER OF MOTHER… An actress who had a small role in “Captain America: The First Avenger” was arrested Tuesday in Olathe, Kansas, and charged with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing her mother. Police found the body of the 68-year-old mother inside her home on December 20 after responding to a call of an armed disturbance. Authorities say the case remains under investigation.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Orlando 122 – WASHINGTON 101… D.J. Augustin pumped in a season-high 25 points as the Magic cruised past the Wizards. Nicola Vucevic totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds.

NEW YORK 117 – Portland 93… The Knicks used a big fourth quarter to put away the Trail Blazers for their third straight win. Mitchell Robinson came off the bench to make all 11 field-goal attempts on his way to 22 points. Julius Randle added 22 points and 13 boards.

MILWAUKEE 106 – Minnesota 104… The Bucks held on at the end to get past the short-handed Timberwolves. Giannis Antetokounpo had game-highs with 32 points and 17 rebounds.

L.A. LAKERS 117 – Phoenix 107… The Lakers jumped out to a 43-17 lead and withstood a second-half rally to down the Suns. LeBron James racked up 31 points, 13 boards and 12 assists. Anthony Davis added 26 points and 11 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Charlotte is at Cleveland…
Indiana hosts Denver…
Toronto is at Miami…
Minnesota hosts Golden State…
Utah is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Brooklyn…
Oklahoma City is at San Antonio…
Sacramento hosts Memphis…
Detroit is at the L.A. Clippers

FORMER NBA COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN DIES… Former NBA Commissioner David Stern died yesterday after suffering a brain hemorrhage last month. He was 77. Stern served as commissioner of the NBA from 1984 through 2014 and was subsequently named the league’s commissioner emeritus. He was the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner.

NHL SCORE
DALLAS 4 – Nashville 2… The Stars overcame an early two-goal deficit to cruise past the Predators in the Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Mattias Janmark tied the game early in the third period with the first of three straight Dallas goals. A little more than 4 minutes later, Alexander Radulov and Andrej Sekera found the net over a minute-and-a-half span. John Klingberg assisted on two goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Columbus is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts Edmonton…
Tampa Bay is at Montreal…
the N.Y. Islanders host New Jersey….
San Jose is at Pittsburgh…
Ottawa hosts Florida…
Toronto is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Anaheim is at Arizona…
Colorado hosts St. Louis…
Chicago is at Vancouver…
Vegas hosts Philadelphia

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCORES
#18 Minnesota 31, #12 Auburn 24 in the Outback Bowl…
#13 Alabama 35, #14 Michigan 16 in the Citrus Bowl…
#6 Oregon 28, #8 Wisconsin 27 in the Rose Bowl…
#5 Georgia 26, #7 Baylor 14 in the Sugar Bowl

TODAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
#21 Cincinnati plays Boston College in the Birmingham Bowl…
Tennessee plays Indiana in the Gator Bowl

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#13 SAN DIEGO STATE 61, Fresno State 52…
#24 WICHITA STATE 75, East Carolina 69

MLB NEWS
DON LARSEN DIES… Don Larsen, who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, died yesterday in in Hayden, Idaho, of esophageal cancer. He was 90. Larsen played for seven teams over a 14-year career while posting a lifetime 81-91 record but made history on October 8, 1956, while with the New York Yankees. In Game 5 of the World Series, retired all 27 Brooklyn Dodgers batters and the Yankees went on to win that series in seven games.

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