The Rundown for January 8, 2020

IRAN LAUNCHES MISSILE ATTACK… Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq that host U.S. military and coalition troops. The attacks at Ain al-Asad and Irbil bases caused unknown damage, the Pentagon said. Immediately after the attacks, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard warned the U.S. and its regional allies against retaliating. President Trump tweeted last night that “All is well” and said he would make a statement this morning.

McCONNELL VOWS GOP WILL SET RULES FOR IMPEACHMENT TRIAL… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has enough support from his fellow Republicans to set the rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial. The announcement dealt a blow to Democrats, who argue that it won’t be a fair trial unless they’re able to call several White House officials and Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that Republicans know their constituents want a fair trial and vowed to force votes that put them on record.

PROSECUTORS WANT FLYNN JAILED… Prosecutors reversed course yesterday by urging a federal judge to sentence President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn to up to six months in jail. In their sentencing memo, prosecutors said Flynn has failed to accept responsibility for his actions and undermined a separate criminal case. The 61-year-old Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced on January 28, more than two years after pleading guilty to lying to federal investigators.

TRUMP INAUGURATION DONOR CHARGED… A major donor to President Trump’s inaugural committee has been charged with obstructing a federal investigation into illegal contributions made to the president’s inaugural fund. Imaad Zuberi, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist, is accused of obstructing the probe into contributors to the inaugural fund. Zuberi allegedly backdated a $50,000 check and deleted emails. In a separate recent case, Zuberi pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent, campaign-finance violations and tax evasion.

CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN HUNTER RESIGNS… Republican U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter of California, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges last month, has submitted his resignation letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Governor Gavin Newsom. The resignation is effective January 13. Hunter faces a maximum of five years in prison when he is sentenced on March 17. He and his wife were indicted last summer on five dozen criminal counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy and falsification of records. Hunter allegedly misused $250,000 in campaign funds for personal uses ranging from vacations to extramarital affairs to a plane ticket for his wife’s pet rabbit.

WEINSTEIN CASE PROCEEDS… The judge presiding over the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial yesterday rejected a defense request for a “cooling-off period” and is pressing ahead with jury selection. Lawyers representing Weinstein requested a delay until after publicity generated by the new charges subsided. In refusing the postponement, Judge James Burke said he is confident the jury will understand that Weinstein is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

ROD STEWART TO TOUR… Rod Stewart has scheduled a 2020 North American summer tour that will feature special guest Cheap Trick. The 21-city tour kicks off on July 21 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and ends September 5 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Stewart says he’ll perform a number of his signature hits from throughout his career.

Detroit 115 – CLEVELAND 113… The Pistons rallied in the fourth quarter to get past the Cavaliers. Derrick Rose knocked down the winning jumper with 27 seconds left.

Portland 101 – TORONTO 99… Carmelo Anthony’s bucket with 4 seconds remaining lifted the Trail Blazers over the Raptors. Anthony led all scorers with 28 points. Hassan Whiteside grabbed 16 rebounds to go with his 14 points.

Oklahoma City 111 – BROOKLYN 103 (OT)… Chris Paul scored 20 of his 28 points after the third quarter as the Thunder outlasted the Nets. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points. Steven Adams pulled down 18 boards.

MEMPHIS 119 – Minnesota 112… The Grizzlies were too much down the stretch in downing the Timberwolves. They got 28 points from Dillon Brooks and 25 from Ja Morant.

Sacramento 114 – PHOENIX 103… The Kings came from 21 points down in the third quarter to upend the Suns. De’Aaron Fox led the way with 27 points.

L.A. LAKERS 117 – New York 87… LeBron James pumped in 31 points to lead the Lakers in their rout of the Knicks. Four other players scored in double figures for Los Angeles.

Toronto is at Charlotte…
Indiana hosts Miami…
San Antonio is at Boston…
Orlando hosts Washington…
Denver is at Dallas…
Atlanta hosts Houston…
Chicago is at New Orleans…
Utah hosts New York…
Milwaukee is at Golden State

TAMPA BAY 9 – Vancouver 2… The Lightning scored six second-period goals to blow away the Canucks. Carter Vergaeghe recorded a hat trick. Brayden Point had a goal and three assists.

Arizona 5 – FLORIDA 2… Taylor Hall netted a tie-breaking goal and had an assist as the Coyotes topped the Panthers for their fourth straight win. Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and two assists.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – NEW JERSEY 3 (OT)… Anders Lee lit the lamp with 51 seconds left in overtime to send the Islanders past the Devils. Tom Kuhnhackl tied the game with 5:46 left in regulation.

WASHINGTON 6 – Ottawa 1… T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin scored two goals apiece as the Capitals skated past the Senators.

CAROLINA 5 – Philadelphia 4 (OT)… The Hurricanes overcame an early two-goal deficit, then let a two-goal lead slip away before Dougie Hamilton scored the winning goal 1:56 into overtime.

N.Y. RANGERS 5 – Colorado 3… Artemi Panarin scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Rangers past the Avalanche. Ryan Strome added a goal and an assist. Goalie Igor Shesterkin stopped 29 shots in his NHL debut.

DETROIT 4 – Montreal 3… Filip Zadina scored a tie-breaking goal with 3:52 remaining and the Red Wings made it stand in their win over the Canadiens. Frans Nielsen scored twice for Detroit.

ST. LOUIS 3 – San Jose 2… David Perron’s goal early in the third period proved to be the difference in the Blues’ defeat of the Sharks. Jordan Binnington made 28 saves at goal.

Boston 6 – NASHVILLE 2… Danton Heinen scored a goal and had an assist for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron found the net for the third straight game. Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots.

Calgary 2 – CHICAGO 1… Elias Lindholm scored twice in the second period and the Flames held on to clip the Blackhawks. Matthew Tkachuk assisted on both goals. Cam Talbot made 31 saves.

Columbus 4 – ANAHEIM 3… Zach Werenski scored with 11 seconds left in the second period and with 1:33 left in the third to carry the Blue Jackets past the Ducks. Pierre-Luc Dubois had three assists.

Pittsburgh 4 – VEGAS 3… The Penguins opened with three straight goals before Brandon Tanev netted the winning in the third period. Dominik Kahun had a goal and an assist.

Winnipeg is at Toronto…
Philadelphia hosts Washington…
Dallas is at Los Angeles

#4 Baylor 57, #22 TEXAS TECH 52…
#12 MARYLAND 67, #11 Ohio State 55…
#13 LOUISVILLE 74, Miami (Fla.) 58…
#14 Kentucky 78, GEORGIA 69…
#16 Villanova 64, CREIGHTON 59…
BOSTON COLLEGE 60, #18 Virginia 53…
RUTGERS 72, #20 Penn State 61

NFL COACHING HIRES… The New York Giants have reportedly selected New England Patriots wide receivers coach Joe Judge to become the team’s next head coach. The 38-year-old Judge would replace Pat Shurmur, who was fired last week after two seasons… Baylor coach Matt Rhule has agreed on a seven-year contract to become the Carolina Panthers’ next coach. The 44-year-old Ruhle takes over a Carolina team that finished 5-11 in 2019. He will replace Ron Rivera, who was fired with four games left in the just-concluded regular season.

MLB NEWS: RED SOX INVESTIGATED FOR SIGN STEALING… Major League Baseball is investigating the Boston Red Sox for allegedly using their video replay room to steal signs from opposing pitchers and catchers during their 2018 World Series championship season. The Athletic cited three anonymous people who were with the team in reporting that Boston players would visit the replay room to decipher their opponents’ sign sequence and then relay the information to the dugout. Someone from the Red Sox dugout would then communicate with a baserunner, who would use body movements to relay pitch information to the batter. Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who guided Boston to the World Series title in his debut 2018 season, could also be facing discipline as part of MLB’s investigation of the 2017 Houston Astros for alleged sign stealing. Cora was the Astros’ bench coach that season.

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