The Rundown for January 7, 2020

BOLTON SAYS HE’S PREPARED TO TESTIFY… Former National Security Adviser John Bolton announced yesterday that he is “prepared to testify” if the Senate issues him a subpoena for President Trump’s impeachment trial. The announcement defies Trump’s repeated efforts to block most senior aides and advisers from testifying in the House inquiry into his dealings with the government of Ukraine. Bolton’s willingness to cooperate is likely to put the spotlight on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has consistently refused to commit to calling witnesses to testify at the trial.

HOUSE TO VOTE ON WAR POWERS RESOLUTION… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will vote this week on a “War Powers Resolution” aimed at setting limits on President Trump’s military actions against Iran. Pelosi sent a letter to Democratic members of Congress explaining that the resolution “reasserts Congress’ long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further congressional action is taken, the administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.” The Trump administration is deploying thousands of additional troops to the Middle East after last week’s airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

ESPER DENIES IRAQ PULLOUT… Defense Secretary Mark Esper denies that U.S. troops are pulling out of Iraq. The denial came in response to a letter by Brigadier General William H Seely, head of the US military’s task force in Iraq, who wrote that the U.S. would be “repositioning forces in the coming days and weeks” after Iraq’s government had called for them to leave. Esper insists there has been “no decision whatsoever to leave.”

DEFENSE SECRETARY’S CHIEF OF STAFF STEPPING DOWN… Eric Chewning intends to step down as chief of staff to Defense Secretary Mark Esper at the end of the month. He’ll become the most recent high-profile civilian to leave the Pentagon. Chewning will be replaced by Jen Stewart, the top Republican staffer on the House Armed Services Committee and a former top adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

DRONE FLIGHTS INVESTIGATED… The FBI, FAA and U.S. Air Force have joined forces to investigate the mysterious swarms of drones that have been reported in the skies over Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. Authorities in the three states have received more than 30 reports of the flights since mid-December. Several of the reports noted the drones were flying in formation, but the military and local companies have denied responsibility.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEINSTEIN HIT WITH LOS ANGELES RAPE, SEXUAL-ASSAULT CHARGES… Film producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles yesterday while he was appearing in a New York court in a separate case. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said the charges are related to the alleged sexual assault of two women over two days in 2013. If convicted, Weinstein could face up to 28 years in prison.

‘JACKBOYS’ TOPS ALBUM CHART… The Travis Scott-led “Jackboys” project sold 154,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” jumped into second place after selling 74,000 units. Post Malone’s “Hollywood Bleeding” rose to third place on sales of 64,000 copies. Last week’s champ, Harry Styles’ “Fine Line,” slipped to fourth place with 54,000 units sold. The “Frozen II” soundtrack capped the top five after selling 46,000 copies.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 120 – Oklahoma City 113… Josh Richardson scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures and the 76ers topped the Thunder to snap their five-game skid. Ben Simmons had 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Indiana 115 – CHARLOTTE 104… T.J. Warren pumped in 30 of his 36 points in the second half to lead the Pacers past the Hornets. Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and 12 boards.

WASHINGTON 99 – Boston 94… The Wizards got 27 points from Ish Smith in surprising the Celtics. Four other players scored in double figures for Washington.

ORLANDO 101 – Brooklyn 89… Markelle Fultz scored seven straight points during a 15-1 fourth-quarter run and finished with a career-high 25 points in the Magic’s win over the Nets.

Denver 123 – ATLANTA 115… Nikola Jokic poured in 47 points as the Nuggets downed the Hawks. Will Barton added 28 points.

Utah 128 – NEW ORLEANS 126… The Jazz held on down the stretch to top the Pelicans for their sixth straight win. Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 35 points. Joe Ingles tossed in 22 points. Rudy Gobert pulled down 19 rebounds to go with his nine points.

SAN ANTONIO 126 – Milwaukee 104… The Spurs knocked down 19 3-pointers on their way past the Bucks. DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 25 points.

DALLAS 118 – Chicago 110… Luka Doncic piled up 38 points, 10 assists and 11 boards in his 11th triple-double of the season and the Mavericks handled the Bulls.

SACRAMENTO 111 – Golden State 98… The Kings built a double-digit halftime lead and coasted past the Warriors. D’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield scored 21 points apiece.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Cleveland…
Toronto hosts Portland…
Oklahoma City is at Brooklyn…
Memphis hosts Minnesota…
Sacramento is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Lakers host New York

NHL SCORES
Edmonton 6 – TORONTO 4… Connor McDavid scored a goal and had three assists in leading the Oilers past the Maple Leafs. A Chiasson and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist.

Winnipeg 3 – MONTREAL 2… Nikolaj Ehlers scored a short-handed goal and had an assist as the Jets held off the Canadiens. Blake Wheeler assisted on two goals.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 1 – Colorado 0… Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 32 shots in the Islanders’ shutout of the Avalanche. Anders Lee scored the game’s only goal at 6:54 of the third period.

Columbus 4 – LOS ANGELES 2… Scott Harrington and scored in the second period to give the Blue Jackets the lead for good in their win over the Kings. Elvis Merzlikins made 37 saves at goal.

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

NHL NEWS… The Nashville Predators fired head coach Peter Laviolette and assistant coach Kevin McCarthy yesterday. No interim coach or new head coach was immediately named. Laviolette took over as coach in 2014 and his teams went 248-143-60, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2017. Laviolette also reached the finals with the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. He won the Cup with Carolina in 2006.

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#17 West Virginia 55, OKLAHOMA STATE 41

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCORE
Louisiana 27, Miami (OH) 17 in the LendingTree Bowl

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