The Rundown for December 12, 2019

INSPECTOR GENERAL: INVESTIGATION WASN’T POLITICALLY MOTIVATED… Justice Department inspector general Michael Horowitz yesterday contradicted President’s Trump’s that an investigation into his campaign was politically motivated. Testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee about the inspector general’s 400-page report on the FBI’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, Horowitz said there was no “documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to conduct these operations.” Horowitz also said a continuing investigation targets FBI officials’ leaks to Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani before the 2016 election.

BOEING OVERLOOKED ANALYSIS IN LETTING MAX JETS FLY… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that the Federal Aviation Administration allowed Boeing 737 MAX jets to fly despite its own analysis that warned it could become one of the most accident-prone airliners in decades unless fixes were made to an automated flight-control system. The analysis in November 2018 warned of one fatal crash every two or three years and predicted as many as 15 catastrophic accidents globally over the life of the MAX fleet. The FAA allowed the MAX to remain in service after installing revised flight-control software and telling crews how to respond to a misfire.

PROSECUTORS WANT LEV PARNAS RETURNED TO JAIL… Federal prosecutors in Manhattan want Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas returned to jail after accusing him of misrepresenting his income and hiding a large payment he got from Russia earlier this year. Bloomberg reported yesterday that the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York considers Parnas a “flight risk” after he allegedly lied about his income and concealed a $1 million payment from Russia in September. Prosecutors say the payment was sent to an account under Parnas’ wife’s name. Parnas, along with fellow Giuliani associate Igor Fruman, was arrested in October and charged with campaign finance violations.

HOUSE PASSES FARMWORKERS BILL… The House yesterday passed a bipartisan bill that would grant legal status to thousands of undocumented farmworkers. The bill, which passed by a 260-165 vote, would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants working in agriculture, reform a temporary agricultural program used by employers and require companies to verify whether workers are in the U.S. legally through a federal system. A 2016 Pew Research Center survey found that immigrants without legal status accounted for 15 percent of workers in the agriculture industry.

FED LEAVES KEY RATE UNCHANGED… The Federal Reserve cited steady low inflation in leaving the benchmark interest rate unchanged yesterday. The Federal Open Market Committee kept the federal funds rate at 1.5 percent to 1.75 percent after basing its decision on a strong labor market, rising economic activity and household spending. The committee did express concern over weak exports.

ENTERTAINMENT
NYT: WEINSTEIN REACHES DEAL WITH ACCUSERS… The New York Times reported yesterday that Harvey Weinstein and the board of his bankrupt film studio have reached a tentative $25 million settlement with dozens of women who accused the former Hollywood producer of sexual misconduct. Lawyers involved in the negotiations reportedly told the paper that the deal would end nearly all civil lawsuits by actresses and former Weinstein employees who accused him of offenses ranging from sexual harassment to rape. Weinstein would not be required under the settlement to admit wrongdoing and the payout would be made by insurers for the former Weinstein Co. studio. Weinstein has been accused of sexual misconduct dating back decades by more than 70 women. He has denied the allegations, saying any sexual encounters were consensual.

BAD RELIGION, ALKALINE TRIO TO TOUR… Rock bands Bad Religion and Alkaline Trio are planning a joint North American tour in 2020. The groups will perform 18 shows together, beginning March 26 in Los Angeles and ending April 19 in Milwaukee. The tour coincides with the 40th anniversary of Bad Religion’s debut as a group.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
L.A. Lakers 96 – ORLANDO 87… LeBron James racked up 25 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds in leading the Lakers past the Magic. Anthony Davis finished with 16 points and 12 rebounds.

L.A. Clippers 112 – TORONTO 92… The Clippers bombed the Raptors 37-14 in the second quarter and remained in control the rest of the way. Kawhi Leonard scored 23 points in his return to Toronto after collecting his championship ring before the contest.

Houston 116 – CLEVELAND 110… James Harden scored 20 of his 55 points in the fourth quarter and the Rockets fought off the Cavaliers. Russell Westbrook tossed in 23 points for Houston.

INDIANA 122 – Boston 117… The Pacers outscored the Celtics 38-23 in the fourth quarter to pull off a come-from-behind win. Malcolm Brogdon led the way with 29 points. Domantas Sabonis had 15 points and 12 boards.

Charlotte 113 – BROOKLYN 108… The Hornets built a double-digit halftime lead and held on to down the Nets. Devonte Graham scored 40 points to lead all scorers. Five other players scored in double figures for Charlotte.

CHICAGO 136 – Atlanta 102… Zack LaVine scored 35 points to lead the Bulls in their rout of the Hawks. Lauri Markkanen added 22 points.

Utah 127 – MINNESOTA 116… Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points, Joe Ingles tossed in 23 points and the Jazz handled the Timberwolves. Rudy Gobert finished with 20 points and 16 rebounds.

Memphis 115 – PHOENIX 108… The Grizzlies got 27 points from Dillon Brooks and 24 from Jaren Jackson Jr. in topping the Suns.

MILWAUKEE 127 – New Orleans 112… The Bucks led by 23 points at the half and coasted past the Pelicans to win their 16th straight. Eric Bledsoe pumped in 29 points.

SACRAMENTO 94 – Oklahoma City 93… The Kings rallied from 11 points down in te fourth quarter to upend the Thunder. Bogdan Bogdanovic knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.4 seconds remaining. Buddy Hield scored a team-high 23 points.

New York 124  – GOLDEN STATE 122 (OT)… The Knicks fought off the Warriors after letting an 18-point halftime lead slip away. Marcus Morris Sr. scored a game-high 36 points and brought down 10 boards. Julius Randle added 24 points. RJ Barrett had 22 points and 10 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Boston…
San Antonio hosts Cleveland…
Dallas is at Detroit…
Denver hosts Portland

NHL NEWS… The San Jose Sharks fired head coach Pete DeBoer last night and replace him with assistant coach Bob Boughner on an interim basis. The Sharks are 15-16-2 with 32 points on the season. The 51-year-old DeBoer had a 198-129-34 record in his four-plus seasons as head coach. The team reached the Stanley Cup Final in his first season in San Jose and advanced to the Western Conference final last season.

NHL SCORES
WASHINGTON 3 – Boston 2… John Carlson netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Capitals made it stand in beating the Bruins. T.J. Oshie scored back-to-back goals in the second period.

MONTREAL 3 – Ottawa 2 (OT)… The Canadiens recovered to outlast the Senators after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Ben Chairot found the net 1:11 into overtime. Nick Cousins and Tomas Tatar also scored for Montreal.

COLORADO 3 – Philadelphia 1… Mikko Rantanen found the net twice in leading the Avalanche past the Flyers. Goalie Pavel Francouz made 32 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Nashville is at Buffalo…
Tampa Bay hosts Boston…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Florida…
Pittsburgh hosts Columbus…
Winnipeg is at Detroit…
St. Louis hosts Vegas…
Edmonton is at Minnesota…
Calgary hosts Toronto…
Chicago is at Arizona…
Vancouver hosts Carolina…
Los Angeles is at Anaheim…
San Jose hosts the N.Y. Rangers

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
ILLINOIS 71,#5 Michigan 62…
#15 ARIZONA 99, Omaha 49

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Jets (5-8) are at Baltimore (11-2)

The Rundown for December 11, 2019

HOUSE DEMS UNVEIL ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT… House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump yesterday, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler declared that Trump had “violated his oath of office” leading to charges of “committing high crimes and misdemeanors” under powers granted to the House by the U.S. Constitution. Nadler said Trump left the House with “no choice” but to impeach after he pressured the government of Ukraine for political favors and refused to cooperate with the resulting investigation,. House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said House leaders decided to move ahead, rather than wait for the 2020 election, partly because the president’s actions have placed the integrity of the election into jeopardy. The judiciary committee plans to vote on both articles tomorrow before a full House vote next week.

DEMS, TRUMP AGREE ON TRADE DEAL… House Democrats and the Trump administration reached an agreement yesterday on a United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the U.S./Mexico/Canada trade agreement an improvement over the 25-year-old NAFTA pact. The agreement on the USMCA came after Democrats fought for months to strengthen environmental and labor protections. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced last night that the Senate will take up the vote on the accord after President Trump’s impeachment trial concludes in the chamber.

NAVY STANDS DOWN SAUDI MILITARY STUDENTS… A “safety stand-down” order issued yesterday is grounding Saudi military students in Florida following last week’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The attack carried out by a Saudi military trainee left three young sailors dead and eight others wounded. Yesterday’s order affects Saudi students at three naval bases in Florida.

LISA PAGE SUES OVER TEXT RELEASES… Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page filed suit against the Trump administration yesterday for releasing hundreds of text messages between her and a former FBI agent Peter Strzok. Page accused the Department of Justice and FBI of illegally disclosing nearly 400 text messages to the media in 2017. The Justice Department released the messages as part of the Trump administration’s effort to prove that the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was politically motivated. The messages contained a mix of political, work-related and personal content. Some included criticisms of Trump. An Inspector’s General report released Monday concluded there was nothing improper about the FBI’s investigation.

SIX DEAD IN JERSEY CITY GUNBATTLE… A gun battle on the streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, yesterday left six people dead. The fatalities included a police officer, three bystanders and two gunmen. Gunfire reportedly broke out near a cemetery and continued at a kosher supermarket about a mile away. Two other officers were wounded but were later released from a hospital.
ENTERTAINMENT
BILL COSBY LOSES CONVICTION APPEAL… An appeals court yesterday denied Bill Cosby in his bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction. The Superior Court ruling affirmed the right of prosecutors to call other accusers to bolster their case. Cosby’s lawyers had complained that the judge had let five women testify at last year’s retrial in suburban Philadelphia, although he had let just one woman testify at the first trial in 2017. But the judge said their testimony was evidence of Cosby’s “unique sexual assault playbook” and undermined any claim that he “was unaware of or mistaken about victim’s failure to consent.”

PHILIP McKEON, FORMER CHILD ACTOR, DIES… Former child actor Philip McKeon, who is best remember for portraying the son of Linda Lavin’s Alice Hyatt character in the 1980s CBS situation comedy “Alice,” died yesterday in Texas after a long illness. He was 55. McKeon played Tommy Hyatt in “Alice” from 1976 to 1985. His most recent acting role was in the video “Ghoulies IV,” which was released in 1994.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CHARLOTTE 114 – Washington 107… The Hornets fought off the Wizards in a game that featured 20 lead changes. Devonte Graham scored 29 points to lead six players in double figures. Bismack Biyombo had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

PHILADELPHIA 97 – Denver 92… Joel Embiid scored 22 points and grabbed 10 boards in leading the 76ers past the Nuggets. Tobias Harris added 20 points.

MIAMI 135 – Atlanta 121 (OT)… The Heat went on an 18-4 spurt in overtime to put away the Hawks. Kendrick Nunn scored a game-high 36 points. Duncan Robinson added 34 points and Bam Adebayo tossed in 30. Jimmy Butler had 20 points and 18 rebounds.

PORTLAND 115 – New York 87… Damian Lillard scored 25 of his game-high 31 points in the first half and the Trail Blazers went on to rout the Knicks. Hassan Whiteside finished with 17 points and 15 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Lakers are at Orlando…
Toronto hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Houston is at Cleveland…
Indiana hosts Boston…
Charlotte is at Brooklyn…
Minnesota hosts Utah…
Atlanta is at Chicago…
Phoenix hosts Memphis…
New Orleans is at Milwaukee…
Sacramento hosts Oklahoma City…
New York is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
Tampa Bay 2 – FLORIDA 1… The Lightning got goals from Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn in edging the Panthers. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves.

MONTREAL 4 – PITTSBURGH 1… The Canadiens cruised past the Penguins after spotting them an early lead. Joel Armia had a goal and an assist.

BUFFALO 5 – St. Louis 2… Jack Eichel found the net twice for the Sabres in their defeat of the Blues. Johan Larsson and Sam Reinhart each had a goal and an assist.

NASHVILLE 3 – San Jose 1… Nick Bonino scored early in the third period to break a scoreless tie and the Predators also got goals from Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok in downing the Sharks.

Anaheim 3 – MINNESOTA 2 (SO)… The Ducks got shootout goals from Rickard Rickell and Max Comtois in outlasting the Wild. Rakell opened the scoring with a first-period goal.

WINNIPEG 5 – Detroit 1… Blake Wheeler, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored over a two-minute span in the second period and the Jets never looked back in their win over the Red Wings.

DALLAS 2 – New Jersey 0… Ben Bishop made 16 of his 26 saves in the third period as the Stars blanked the Devils and made a winner out of Rick Bowness in his fist game as interim head coach. Radek Faksa and Joe Pavelski scored first-period goals.

Carolina 6 – EDMONTON 3… Jordan Martinook netted a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Hurricanes also got goals from Sebastian Aho and Dougie Hamilton in doubling up on the Oilers. Aho also scored a first-period goal.

Calgary 5 – ARIZONA 2… Michael Frolik scored a goal and assisted on another as the Flames skated past the Coyotes. Cam Talbott stopped 46 shots at goal.

Toronto 4 – VANCOUVER 1… John Tavares scored two goals and assisted on another as the Maple Leafs downed the Canucks. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 38 saves.

VEGAS 5 – Chicago 1… Five different players found the net as the Golden Knights walloped the Blackhawks. Reilly Smith had a goal and an assist.

LOS ANGELES 3 – N.Y. Rangers 1… Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist and Matt Roy assisted on two goals as the Kings clipped the Rangers. Goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 30 shots.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Washington…
Montreal hosts Ottawa…
Philadelphia is at Colorado

TOP 25 COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
Texas Tech 70, #1 LOUISVILLE 57 at the Jimmy V Classic in New York…
#2 KANSAS 95, Milwaukee 68…
PENN STATE 76, #4 Maryland 69…
#11 BAYLOR 53, Butler 52…
Northern Iowa 79, #24 COLORADO 76

The Rundown for December 10, 2019

DEMOCRATS PRESENT IMPEACHMENT CASE TO JUDICIARY COMMITTEE… Democratic investigators started presenting their impeachment case against President Trump yesterday at a hearing on Capitol Hill. In presenting evidence to the House judiciary committee, House intelligence committee investigative director Daniel Goldman turned over a 300-page report based on weeks of public and private testimony alleging Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Goldman also referred to Trump’s actions as dangerous, saying he “launched an unprecedented campaign of obstruction of Congress” and dismissing as “patently false” Trump’s allegations that Biden acted corruptly in his interactions with Ukraine. Republican lawyer Steve Castor referred to the Democratic case as “baloney.”

INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT FINDS NO ILLEGALITIES… The Department of Justice’s Inspector General claimed in a report released yesterday that there was nothing improper or illegal in the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The 476-page report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz defied accusations by the Trump administration that the FBI illegally spied on former campaign adviser Carter Page while searching for evidence of collusion. “We did not find any documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to conduct these operations,” the report concluded. The report did specify 17 inaccuracies involving three applications filed under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but said agents did not act improperly in their activities.

CHRISTOPHER STEELE WAS FRIENDS WITH IVANKA TRUMP… Among revelations stemming from yesterday’s Inspector General’s report was that former British foreign intelligence agency officer Christopher Steele had an extended friendship with Ivanka Trump. A dossier compiled by Steele detailed Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia. According to the report, Steele even gifted Ivanka Trump a “family tartan from Scotland.” The report did not mention Ivanka Trump by name but her identity was confirmed by ABC News. Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted Steele on social media, describing him as a “failed spy” and claiming that the dossier he compiled was “phony.”

WAPO: U.S. GOVERNMENT LIED ABOUT AFGHANISTAN WAR… The Washington Post yesterday published more than 2,000 pages of secret notes that indicate the U.S. government has misled citizens about the progress of the war in Afghanistan. The notes show that U.S. officials made positive statements they knew were inaccurate and concealed evidence that the war wasn’t winnable. John Sopko, head of the federal agency that carried out the interviews, told the newspaper the files show “the American people have constantly been lied to.”

SUPREME COURT LETS STAND KENTUCKY ABORTION LAW… Kentucky’s tough new abortion law cleared a final hurdle yesterday when the Supreme Court declined to hear opposing arguments. The Ultrasound Informed Consent Act was signed into law in 2017 by then-Republican Governor Matt Bevin. It requires physicians to show women seeking abortions ultrasound images of their unborn fetuses. The high court dismissed a challenge to an April decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that upheld the law.

ENTERTAINMENT
NARCOTICS AND GUNS FOUND IN JUICE WRLD’S LUGGAGE… Chicago police and FBI agents who searched the luggage of the late rapper Juice WRLD reported finding narcotics and weapons. Authorities say the luggage contained 70 lbs. of marijuana and six bottles of codeine, along with two 9mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets. Juice WRLD, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, died early Sunday as authorities began searching his and his guards’ luggage. The 21-year-old entertainer reportedly began convulsing and went into cardiac arrest.

‘FROZEN 2’ SOUNDTRACK TOPS ALBUM CHART… The Frozen 2 soundtrack sold 80,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” rose to No. 2 after selling 65,000 units. Trippie Redd’s “A Love Letter to You 4” slipped to third place after selling 54,000 copies. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” finished fourth on sales of 52,000 units. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” remained in fifth place after selling 50,000 copies.

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
PHILADELPHIA 23 – N.Y. Giants 17 (OT)… The Eagles (6-7) erased a 17-3 halftime deficit to down the Giants (2-11). Zach Ertz caught one 2-yard pass from Carson Wentz on a game-tying touchdown with 1:53 remaining in regulation and hauled in another 2-yard game-winning scoring toss at 5:13 of overtime.

NBA SCORES
L.A. Clippers 110 – INDIANA 99… Paul George returned to Indianapolis and pumped in a game-high 36 points in leading the short-handed Clippers past the Pacers. Montrezl Harrell added 26 points.

BOSTON 110 – Cleveland 88… The Celtics built an early double-digit lead and coasted past the Cavaliers. Kemba Walker scored 22 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Sacramento 119 – HOUSTON 118… Nemanja Bjelica knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Kings over the Rockets. Buddy Hield led Sacramento with 26 points.

MILWAUKEE 110 – Orlando 101… The Bucks handled the Magic and extended their winning streak to 15 games. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and brought down 15 rebounds.

Detroit 105 – NEW ORLEANS 103… Derrick Rose scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and sank a game-winning 14-foot jumper with less than a second remaining as the Pistons topped the Pelicans.

Toronto 93 – CHICAGO 92… The Raptors held on at the end to edge the Bulls. They got 22 points from Pascal Siakam. Serge Ibaka delivered 11 points and 14 boards off the bench.

PHOENIX 125 – Minnesota 109… Devin Booker scored 26 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 24 and the Suns put away the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio tossed in 16 points and dished off 14 assists.

Oklahoma City 104 – UTAH 90… The Thunder took control with a big third quarter on their way past the Jazz. Dennis Schroder came off the bench to score 27 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 20 points.

Memphis 110 – GOLDEN STATE 102… Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 26 points in their defeat of the Warriors. Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Washington is at Charlotte…
Philadelphia hosts Denver…
Atlanta is at Miami…
Portland hosts New York

NHL SCORES
N.Y. Islanders 5 – TAMPA BAY 1… Brock Nelson netted a pair of goals to lead the Islanders past the Lightning. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves.

Columbus 5 – WASHINGTON 2… Cam Atkinson netted two goals in leading the Blue Jackets past the Capitals. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots at goal.

OTTAWA 5 – Boston 2… Anthony Duclair scored two goals and assisted on another as the Senators skated past the Bruins. Chris Tierney had a goal and two assists. Goalie Anders Nilsson made 38 saves.

Calgary 5 – COLORADO 4 (OT)… The Flames recovered to outlast the Avalanche after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Sean Monahan scored the game-winning goal 2:09 into overtime.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Tampa Bay…
Washington hosts Columbus…
Boston is at Ottawa…
Colorado hosts Calgary

The Rundown for December 9, 2019

IMPEACHMENT HEARING TODAY… The House will lay out its plans for impeachment at a hearing this morning. House judiciary committee chairman Jerry Nadler and ranking member, Republican congressman Doug Collins, will start the proceeding by presenting opening statements. House Judiciary and Intelligence committee counsels will then offer their arguments for the case. The Judiciary Committee on Saturday released a report laying out its groundwork for the hearing. Nadler said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday that he expects his panel will present articles of impeachment against President Trump this week.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION WORKING ON LAVROV VISIT… White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien has confirmed that the Trump administration is trying to arrange an official White House meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and President Trump. The two would reportedly have “general conversations about arms control.” The potential meeting prompted critics to note that Lavrov helped lead Russia’s effort to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election. U.S. intelligence agencies say he worked with now-imprisoned former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort to sow disinformation among American voters.

TRUMP ANGERS JEWISH GROUPS AT SUMMIT… Jewish groups condemned President Trump’s remarks during a speech Saturday before the Israeli American Council advocacy group in Hollywood, Florida. Summit attendees characterized Trump’s speech as “vile” and “offensive” as he used “anti-Semitic stereotypes to characterize Jews as driven by money and insufficiently loyal to Israel.” One Jewish advocacy group claimed on social media that the president is “incapable of addressing Jewish audiences without dipping into the deep well of anti-Semitic tropes that shape his worldview.”

FBI INVESTIGATING PENSACOLA SHOOTINGS… The FBI announced yesterday that it is investigating Friday’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola as an act of terrorism. Investigators want to know whether gunman Ahmed Mohammed al-Shamrani was working as “part of a larger network” when he opened fire in a classroom and if there was “any possible ideology that may have been a factor” in the attack. Three people were killed and eight were injured in the shootings. The gunman, identified as a Saudi aviation trainee, was among the dead. There have been no arrests in the case.

TEMPERATURES TO PLUMMET IN MIDWEST… An invasion of Arctic air was expected to blow in from Canada last night and begin chilling middle America before heading eastward tonight. Sub-zero temperatures were forecast for northern and central Plains states before the frigid temperatures moved into the Great Lakes and Midwest tomorrow. Wind chill could make temperatures feel as cold as 10 to 30 degrees below zero across the northern Plains and Upper Midwest over the next two days, forecasters say.

ENTERTAINMENT
PUPPETEER CAROLL SPINNEY DIES… Television puppeteer Caroll Spinney, who was best known for his work as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on the long-running show “Sesame Street,” died yesterday. He was 85 and had been living with dystonia, a neurological condition that can cause uncontrollable muscle contractions. Spinney began voicing and operating the two Sesame Street characters in 1969.

ACTOR RENE AUBERJONOIS DIES… Actor René Auberjonois, whose credits included the television shows “Benson” and “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” died of metastatic lung cancer at his Los Angeles home yesterday. He was 79. The actor’s most memorable big-screen appearance was his portrayal of Father Mulcahy in the 1970 film “M*A*S*H.” Most recently, he voiced animation features and was the French chef who sang the love song to fish-killing Les “Poissons” in the 1989 Disney film “The Little Mermaid.”

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… The top five films were unchained at the weekend box office. “Frozen II” remained at No. 1 after taking in $34.6 million. “Knives Out” stayed in second place with $14.1 million. “Ford v Ferrari” finished third with $6.537 million. “Queen & Slim” took in $6.530 million to finish fourth. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” remained at No. 5 with $5.2 million.

SPORTS
NFL SCORES
ATLANTA 40 – Carolina 20… Matt Ryan threw a pair of touchdown passes, including a 93-yarder to Olamide Zaccheaus, as the Falcons (4-9) pounded the Panthers (5-8).

Baltimore 24 – BUFFALO 17… The Ravens (11-2) held off the Bills (9-4) to become the first AFC team to clinch a playoff berth. Lamar Jackson had three touchdown passes.

CLEVELAND 27 – Cincinnati 19… The Browns (6-7) held off the Bengals (1-12) to keep their playoff hopes alive. Denzel Ward returned an interception 61 yards for a touchdown. Nick Chubb rushed for 106 yards.

GREEN BAY 20 – Washington 15… Aaron Jones ran for 134 yards and a touchdown as the Packers (10-3) topped the Redskins (3-10).

MINNESOTA 20 – Detroit 7… The Vikings (9-4) came up big defensively in handing the Lions (3-9-1) their sixth straight loss. Kirk Cousins passed for 242 yards and a touchdown.

San Francisco 48 – NEW ORLEANS 46… Robbie Gould’s 30-yard field goal as time expired lifted the 49ers (11-2) over the Saints (10-3). Jimmy Garoppolo threw for 349 yards and four touchdowns. Emmanuel Sanders had seven catches for 157 yards and a score.

N.Y. JETS 22 – Miami 21… Sam Ficken booted a 44-yard field goal on the game’s last play to send the Jets (5-8) past the Dolphins (3-10). Sam Darnold passed for 270 yards and two touchdowns. Robby Anderson had seven receptions for 116 yards and a TD.

TAMPA BAY 38 – Indianapolis 35… The Buccaneers (6-7) closed with 17 straight points to rally past the Colts (6-7). Jameis Winston was 33-of-45 for 456 yards and four touchdowns.

Denver 38 – HOUSTON 24… Rookie Drew Lock passed for 309 yards and three first-half touchdowns in leading the Broncos (5-8) past the Texans (8-5). Noah Fant hauled in four receptions for 113 yards and a score.

L.A. Chargers 45 – JACKSONVILLE 10… Philip Rivers passed for 314 yards and found three different receivers with touchdown passes as the Chargers (5-8) routed the Jaguars (4-9). Austin Ekeler had four catches for 112 yards and a score along with 101 yards rushing.

Tennessee 42 – OAKLAND 21… Ryan Tannehill completed 21 of 27 passes for 391 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Titans (8-5) past the Raiders (6-7). A.J. Brown had five receptions for 153 yards and two scores. Derrick Henry ran for 103 yards and two TDs.

Kansas City 23 – NEW ENGLAND 16… The Chiefs (9-4) hung on at the end to clinch their fourth straight AFC West title and hand the Patriots (10-3) their first home loss in 22 games. Patrick Mahomes passed for 283 yards and a touchdown.

Pittsburgh 23 – ARIZONA 17… Diontae Johnson returned a punt 85 yards for a touchdown and caught a scoring toss in leading the Steelers (8-5) past the Cardinals (3-9-1).

L.A. RAMS 28 – Seattle 12… The Rams (8-5) stayed in the playoff hunt and prevented the Seahawks (10-3) from clinching a postseason spot. Jared Goff passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns. Tyler Higbee had seven receptions for 116 yards.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
the N.Y. Giants (2-10) are at Philadelphia (7-5)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF… The College Football Playoff committed yesterday selected four Power 5 conference champions to compete for the national championship. The semifinal games are scheduled for December 28. No. 1 LSU will face No. 4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta and No. 2 Ohio State will play No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. The national championship game is set for January 13 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
December 20: Charlotte vs. Buffalo in the Bahamas Bowl…
December 20: Utah State vs. Kent State in the Frisco Bowl…
December 21: Central Michigan vs. San Diego State in the New Mexico Bowl…
December 21: Georgia Southern vs. Liberty in the Cure Bowl…
December 21: Florida Atlantic vs. SMU in the Boca Raton Bowl…
December 21: Florida International vs. Arkansas State in the Camellia Bowl…
December 21: Washington vs. Boise State in the Las Vegas Bowl…
December 21: Alabama-Birmingham vs. Appalachian State in the New Orleans Bowl…
December 23: Marshall vs. Central Florida in the Gasparilla Bowl…
December 24: BYU vs. Hawaii in the Hawaii Bowl…
December 26: Miami (Fla.) vs. Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl…
December 26: Pittsburgh vs. Eastern Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl…
December 27: North Carolina vs. Temple in the Military Bowl…
December 27: Michigan State vs. Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl…
December 27: Texas A&M vs. Oklahoma State in the Texas Bowl…
December 27: USC vs. Iowa in the Holiday Bowl…
December 27: Washington State vs. Air Force in the Cheez-It Bowl…
December 28: #10 Penn State vs. #17 Memphis in the Cotton Bowl…
December 28: Notre Dame vs. Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl…
December 30: #9 Florida vs. #24 Virginia in the Orange Bowl…
December 30: Western Michigan vs. Western Kentucky in the First Responder Bowl…
December 30: Louisville vs. Mississippi State in the Music City Bowl…
December 30: Illinois vs. California in the Redbox Bowl…
December 31: Utah vs. Texas in the Alamo Bowl…
December 31: Virginia Tech vs. Kentucky in the Belk Bowl…
December 31: Arizona State vs. Florida State in the Sun Bowl…
December 31: Kansas State vs. Navy in the Liberty Bowl…
December 31: Wyoming vs. Georgia State in the Arizona Bowl…
January 1: #5 Georgia vs. #7 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl…
January 1: #6 Oregon vs. #8 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl…
January 1: Michigan vs. Alabama in the Citrus Bowl…
January 1: Minnesota vs. Auburn in the Outback Bowl…
January 2: Boston College vs. Cincinnati in the Birmingham Bowl…
January 2: Tennessee vs. Indiana in the Gator Bowl…
January 3: Nevada vs. Ohio in the Idaho Potato Bowl…
January 4: Tulane vs. Southern Mississippi in the Armed Forces Bowl…
January 6: Louisiana vs. Miami (OH) in the Lending Tree Bowl

NBA SCORES
BROOKLYN 105 – Denver 102… The Nets held on down the stretch to top the Nuggets for their third straight win. Spencer Dinwiddie led the way with 24 points.

Atlanta 122 – CHARLOTTE 107… Trae Young lit it up for 30 points in leading the Hawks past the Hornets. Five other players scored in double figures for Atlanta.

MIAMI 110 – Chicago 105 (OT)… The Heat outlasted the Bulls to remain unbeaten after 10 home games this season. Tyler Herro knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer in overtime and finished with 27 points.

PHILADELPHIA 110 – Toronto 104… The 76ers built a 15-point halftime lead and held off the Raptors to win their 12th straight at home. Tobias Harris pumped in 26 points. Matisse Thybulle added 20 points.

L.A. Clippers 135 – WASHINGTON 119… The Clippers pulled away in the second half to get past the Wizards. Kawhi Leonard had game-highs with 35 points and 11 rebounds. Paul George added 27 points.

Sacramento 110 – DALLAS 106… The Kings withstood a second-half rally to top the Mavericks. Nemanja Bjelica matched a career high with 30 points. Buddy Hield tossed in 26 points.

 Oklahoma City 108 – PORTLAND 96… Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Dennis Schroder scored 21 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Thunder took down the Trail Blazers. Chris Paul added 20 points.

L.A. LAKERS 142 – Minnesota 125… Anthony Davis poured in 50 points to lead the Lakers past the Timberwolves. LeBron James finished with 32 points and 13 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Indiana…
Boston hosts Cleveland…
Sacramento is at Houston…
Milwaukee hosts Orlando…
Detroit is at New Orleans…
Chicago hosts Toronto…
Minnesota is at Phoenix…
Utah hosts Oklahoma City…
Memphis is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
WINNIPEG 3 – Anaheim 2… Mark Scheifele’s second goal of the game came on a power play with 4:22 remaining and carried the Jets past the Ducks. Mathieu Perreault had two assists. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 31 saves.

FLORIDA 5 – San Jose 1… Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist as the Panthers skated past the Sharks. Jonathan Huberdeau assisted on two goals.

Arizona 4 – CHICAGO 3 (SO)… Conor Garland and Nick Schmaltz scored in the tie-breaker to send the Coyotes past the Blackhawks. Garland also netted a second-period goal.

N.Y. Rangers 5 – VEGAS 0… Goalie Alexandar Georgiev stopped all 38 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Rangers cruised past the Golden Knights. Jacob Trouba had a goal and an assist. Ryan Strome had two assists. Darnell Nurse assisted on two goals.

Buffalo 3 – EDMONTON 2 (OT)… The Sabres recovered to outlast the Oilers after blowing a two-goal lead. Colin Miller scored the winning goal at 1:13 of overtime.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Tampa Bay…
Washington hosts Columbus…
Boston is at Ottawa…
Colorado hosts Calgary

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#5 VIRGINIA 56, North Carolina 47…
#9 Gonzaga 83, #22 WASHINGTON 76…
#11 MICHIGAN STATE 77, Rutgers 65…
IOWA STATE 76, #16 Seton Hall 66…
#17 FLORIDA STATE 72, Clemson 53…
#19 Dayton 78, SAINT MARY’S 68

The Rundown for December 6, 2019

HOUSE TO DRAW UP ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi cited abuse of power yesterday in announcing that she has instructed House Democrats to draw up articles of impeachment of President Trump. The announcement paves the way for a House floor vote in the coming weeks. “The president abused his power for his own personal political benefit at the expense of our national security by withholding military aid and a crucial Oval Office meeting in exchange for an announcement of an investigation into his political rival,” Pelosi said. “The facts are uncontested,” she added.

TRUMP ASKS SUPREME COURT TO PROTECT HIS FINANCIAL RECORDS… President Trump yesterday asked the Supreme Court to void a House subpoena demanding his financial records. The High Court already has blocked the release of the documents while justices consider whether to hear Trump’s case and his separate appeal of a court order that requires his accounting firm to turn his tax returns over to the Manhattan District Attorney. A third case involving House subpoenas for Trump’s records from New York banks also is headed for the Supreme Court.

U.S. TAKES ACTION AGAINST RUSSIAN HACKING GROUP… The Justice and Treasury departments announced yesterday that they have taken action against a Russian hacking group that stole “at least” $100 million from banks using malicious software that swiped banking credentials. According to a joint press release, 17 individuals associated with an organization that went by the name “Evil Corp.” have been targeted. The State Department has offered a $5 million reward for information on the group’s leader, Maksim Yakubets. Evil Corp. allegedly used a type of malware known as “Dridex,” which worked to evade common anti-virus software and spread through emailed phishing campaigns. The malware was able to steal login credentials and empty the accounts of bank employees and bank customers. The group also stole an estimated $70 million using a similar malware known as “Zeus.”

DOZENS OF LATIN KINGS GANG MEMBERS ARRESTED… Authorities in Massachusetts yesterday announced the arrest of more than 60 members of the Latin Kings street gang on federal racketeering, drug and firearms charges. Among those arrested was Michael Cecchetelli, who was linked to the Genovese crime family and reportedly oversaw the gang’s operations from Massachusetts down to Florida. The gang has an estimated 400 members in Massachusetts prisons, including leaders who face charges for continuing to coordinate criminal activity outside the prison, authorities said.

3 DEAD IN FLORIDA SHOTOUT… At least three people were killed in South Florida yesterday after a police pursuit of a carjacked UPS vehicle ended in a shootout. Authorities say the incident began after an armed robbery at a jewelry store in Coral Gables where a woman was shot. Several police cars joined in a high-speed chase after the carjacking and the pursuit ended when traffic forced the driver of the UPS vehicle to slow down.

ENTERTAINMENT
MORE CHARGES FOR R. KELLY… Singer R. Kelly is facing more trouble in New York, where he stands accused of bribing an Illinois official to create a fake ID one day before he secretly married 15-year-old singer Aaliyah in 1994. Illinois law requires a person to be at least 18 years old to marry without parental consent and the marriage was later annulled at the insistence of Aaliyah’s family. Aaliyah died in a 2001 plane crash. Charges filed yesterday were added to a New York lawsuit accusing the 52-year-old Kelly of racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and sexual exploitation of a child. Kelly has also been indicted in Chicago on child pornography and obstructing justice charges. In June, he pleaded not guilty to felony charges of sex abuse involving four women.

IN THEATERS… Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne star in “The Aeronauts.” It’s the story about a pilot and a scientist who find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon. The film is rated PG. The animated feature “Playmobil: The Movie” is inspired by the Playmobil brand toys. It’s rated PG.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
WASHINGTON 119 – Philadelphia 113… The Wizards took control during a big second quarter and held off the 76ers. Rui Hachimura led a balanced scoring attack with 27 points. Bradley Beal had 26 points and 10 rebounds. Davis Bertans tossed in 25 points off the bench.

Houston 119 – TORONTO 109… The Rockets got 28 points from Ben McLemore and 23 from James Harden in downing the Raptors. Russell Westbrook tallied 19 points, 13 boards and 11 assists.

Denver 129 – NEW YORK 92… Will Barton scored 17 points to lead eight players in double figures as the Nuggets routed the Knicks.

Phoenix 139 – NEW ORLEANS 132 (OT)… The Suns put away the Pelicans in overtime after letting a 20-point lead slip away. Devin Booker poured in 44 points to lead all scorers. Frank Kaminsky tossed in 20 points. Ricky Rubio dished off 15 assists to go with his 13 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at Cleveland…
Detroit hosts Indiana…
Brooklyn is at Charlotte…
Miami hosts Washington…
Golden State is at Chicago…
Oklahoma City hosts Minnesota…
Denver is at Boston…
Milwaukee hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Sacramento is at San Antonio…
Portland hosts the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
Chicago 4 – BOSTON 3 (OT)… The Blackhawks recovered to outlast the Bruins after blowing a three-goal lead. Jonathan Toews netted the winning goal 54 seconds into overtime.

Colorado 3 – MONTREAL 2… The Avalanche built a three-goal lead and hung on to edge the Canadiens. Matt Calvert had a goal and an assist. Goalie Pavel Francouz made 38 saves.

Minnesota 5 – TAMPA BAY 4… Mats Zuccarello scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Wild past the Lightning for their fifth straight win. Carson Soucy added a goal and an assist.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 – Vegas 2 (OT)… Ryan Pulock scored a power-play goal at 3:20 of overtime to lift the Islanders over the Golden Knights. Cal Clutterbuck and Brock Nelson also scored for New York.

Arizona 3 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Phil Kessel opened the scoring with a first-period goal and added an empty-netter in leading the Coyotes past the Flyers.

CAROLINA 3 – San Jose 2 (SO)… Andrei Svechnikov lit the lamp 50 seconds into the game and netted the lone goal in the shootout to send the Hurricanes past the Sharks. Svechnikov also assisted on Jake Gardiner’s second-period goal.

N.Y. Rangers 3 – COLUMBUS 2… Artemi Panarin scored the decisive goal in the second period as the Rangers held off his former team. Jacob Trouba netted a tie-breaking power-play goal.

DALLAS 3 – Winnipeg 2 (OT)… Joe Pavelski netted the winning goal on a power play 2:02 into overtime after the Stars couldn’t hold their two-goal third-period lead. Goalie Ben Bishop made 36 saves.

CALGARY 4 – Buffalo 3… The Flames withstood a late rally to turn away the Sabres. Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist. Derek Ryan assisted on two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Chicago is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Rangers host Montreal…
Arizona is at Pittsburgh…
Edmonton hosts Los Angeles…
Washington is at Anaheim

NFL SCORE
CHICAGO 31 – Dallas 14… Mitchell Trubisky passed for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead the Bears (7-6) in their pounding of the Cowboys (6-7). Allen Robinson II was on the receiving end of two scoring tosses.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Carolina (5-7) is at Atlanta (3-9)…
Buffalo (9-3) hosts Baltimore (10-2)…
Cincinnati (1-11) is at Cleveland (5-7)…
Green Bay (9-3) hosts Washington (3-9)…
Detroit (3-8-1) is at Minnesota (8-4)…
New Orleans (10-2) hosts San Francisco (10-2)…
Miami (3-9) is at the N.Y. Jets (4-8)…
Tampa Bay (5-7) hosts Indianapolis (6-6)…
Denver (4-8) is at Houston (8-4)…
Jacksonville (4-8) hosts the L.A. Chargers (4-8)…
Tennessee (7-5) is at Oakland (6-6)…
New England (10-2) hosts Kansas City (8-4)…
Pittsburgh (7-5) is at Arizona (3-8-1)…
the L.A. Rams (7-5) host Seattle (10-2)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
the N.Y. Giants (2-10) are at Philadelphia (7-5)

TONIGHT’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#5 Utah plays #13 Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 Ohio State plays #8 Wisconsin in the Big Ten championship game…
#2 LSU plays #4 Georgia in the SEC championship game…
#3 Clemson plays #23 Virginia in the ACC championship game…
#6 Oklahoma plays #7 Baylor in the Big 12 championship game…
#17 Memphis plays #20 Cincinnati in the American Athletic Conference championship game…
#19 Boise State plays Hawaii in the Mountain West championship game…
#21 Appalachian State plays Louisiana in the Sun Belt championship game..
#24 Navy hosts Army

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORE
#14 AUBURN 81, Furman 78 (OT)

The Rundown for December 5, 2019

IMPEACHMENT HEARING… President Trump committed impeachable offenses when he pressured the government of Ukraine to launch investigations into his political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter, according to three prominent legal scholars who testified yesterday at the House Judiciary Committee. The three professors, who were called to testify by Democrats, told the committee that evidence appears to make Trump guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and other impeachable actions. Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan said the “the very idea that a president might seek the aid of a foreign government in his re-election campaign would have horrified” America’s Founding Fathers. Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman testified that, “On the basis of the testimony and evidence before the House, President Trump has committed impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors by corruptly abusing the office of the presidency.” University of North Carolina School of Law professor Michael Gerhardt added that “the record compiled thus far shows that the president has committed several impeachable offenses, including bribery, abuse of power in soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader to benefit his political campaign, obstructing Congress and obstructing justice.” George Washington University School of Law professor Jonathan Turley, who had been called in by Republicans to testify, said the hurried process being followed by lawmakers was not adequate for something as serious as impeachment.

U.S. MIGHT SEND MORE TROOPS TO MIDDLE EAST… Trump administration officials confirmed yesterday that as many as 14,000 additional U.S. military troops could be sent to the Middle East as part of an effort to counter Iran. The deployment would also include dozens more ships and military hardware. President Trump announced in May that hundreds of troops would be sent overseas to the Middle East, and that number is now at roughly 14,000 U.S. military personnel. Then-National Security Adviser John Bolton said at the time that the decision was a result of “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” of threats from Iran, adding that the move was meant to “send a clear and unmistakable message” to the country as a deterrent.

HOUSE ANGERS CHINA BY APPROVING UIGHUR BILL… The House has angered China by overwhelmingly approving a bill that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region. Representatives passed the Uighur bill by a 407-1 vote. The bill calls for sanctions against senior Chinese officials who are found responsible for abuses against Muslims in mass detention camps in the northwestern region. It also requires President Trump to impose sanctions on a member of China’s powerful politburo as he seeks a trade deal with Beijing. China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the bill “deliberately denigrates China’s human-rights situation in Xinjiang, wantonly smears China’s efforts to eliminate extremism and combat terrorism and viciously attacks the Chinese government’s policy of governing Xinjiang.”

FOOD STAMPS CUT FOR NEARLY 700,000 AMERICANS… A new work requirement rule introduced yesterday by the Trump administration will cause nearly 700,000 Americans to lose access to food stamps. The rule affects childless, non-disabled adults between the ages of 18 and 49, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Under the current rule, single, able-bodied adults can only receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for three months out of every 36-month period unless they work or receive training at least 20 hours a week. Areas with higher unemployment rates or insufficient jobs were eligible to receive a waiver to that rule. The USDA said some 2.9 million single adults received food stamps in 2018, about 74 percent of whom weren’t employed.

NEW JOBS SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS… The 67,000 new jobs created last month, as revealed yesterday by the payroll company ADP and Moody’s analytics, were substantially short of what most Wall Street experts predicted. A gain of some 150,000 jobs was on the forecast last month after a gain of more than 160,000 in October. November’s figure is the second-lowest of 2019. The economy lost 18,000 jobs in the goods-products sector, 15,000 in trades-transportation-utilities and another 15,000 in small businesses with less than 20 employees, ADP and Moody’s said.

ENTERTAINMENT
THE WHO ADDS DATES TO TOUR… The Who is adding a new block of concert dates to its ongoing Moving On! North American tour. The band’s lineup includes singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, guitarist and backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey and backing vocals Billy Nicholls. Shows on the tour feature local symphony orchestras with orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder performing classic Who songs. The tour was launched in May.

‘THE IRISHMAN’ HONORED BY NEW YORK CRITICS… The New York Film Critics Circle honored “The Irishman” as the year’s best film yesterday. Joe Pesci was named best supporting actor for his performance in the film. Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) was best actress and Antonio Banderas (“Pain & Glory”) was honored as best actor. Laura Dern was named best supporting actress for her performances in both Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.” Best director went to Josh and Benny Safdie for “Uncut Gems.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CHARLOTTE 106 – Golden State 91… Devonte Graham knocked down 10 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 33 points and the Hornets put away the Warriors. Terry Rozier added 25 points.

Milwaukee 127 – DETROIT 103… The Bucks overcame a slow start to cruised past the Pistons. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points to lead all scorers.

ORLANDO 128 – Phoenix 114… The Magic took control with a big second quarter and pulled past the Suns. Aaron Gordon made 13 of 15 field-goal attempts and finished with 32 points.

BOSTON 112 – Miami 93… The Celtics shook off an early deficit to blow past the Heat. Jaylen Brown pumped in 31 points. Kemba Walker added 28 points.

Brooklyn 130 – ATLANTA 118… Garry Temple scored a season-high 27 points in leading the Nets past the Hawks. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half.

Indiana 107 – OKLAHOMA CITY 100… T.J. Warren scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Pacers fought off the Thunder. Domantas Sabonis had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

CHICAGO 106 – Memphis 99… The Bulls built a 15-point halftime lead and held off the Grizzlies. All five starters scored in double figures led by Zack LaVine’s 25 points. Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 15 boards.

DALLAS 121 – Minnesota 114… The Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter to get past the Timberwolves. They got 24 points from Dwight Powell and 22 from Luka Doncic.

L.A. Lakers 121  – UTAH 96… Anthony Davis scored 26 points in just 26 minutes to lead the Lakers in their blowout of the Jazz. LeBron James scored 20 points and dished off 12 assists.

PORTLAND 127 – Sacramento 116… CJ McCollum led a balanced scoring attack with 33 points and the Trail Blazers handled the Kings. Damian Lillard had 24 points and 10 assists. Hassam Whiteside finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony tossed in 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Washington…
Toronto hosts Houston…
Denver is at New York…
New Orleans hosts Phoenix

NHL SCORES
Colorado 3 – TORONTO 1… Valeri Nichushkin scored early in the third period to give the Avalanche the lead for good in their win over the Maple Leafs. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist.

PITTSBURGH 3 – St. Louis 0… Goalie Tristan Jarry stopped all 28 shots in the Penguins’ shutout of the Blues. Pittsburgh got goals from Teddy Blueger, Stefan Noesen and Alex Galchenyuk.

Ottawa 5 – EDMONTON 2… Tyler Ennis scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Senators topped the Oilers. Connor Brown added a goal and an assist.

Washington 3 – LOS ANGELES 1… John Carlson found the net twice in the first period to lead the Capitals past the Kings for their fifth straight win.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Boston…
Montreal hosts Colorado…
Minnesota is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y. Islanders host Vegas…
Arizona is at Philadelphia…
Carolina hosts San Jose…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Columbus…
Winnipeg is at Dallas…
Calgary hosts Buffalo

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#3 MARYLAND 72, Notre Dame 51…
PURDUE 69, #5 Virginia 40…
#6 Ohio State 74, #7 NORTH CAROLINA 49…
#9 GONZAGA 101, Texas Southern 69…
#20 COLORADO 76, Loyola Marymount 64…
#21 TENNESSEE 72, Florida A&M 43…
#22 WASHINGTON 90, Eastern Washington 80…
#23 VILLANOVA 80, Pennsylvania 69…
#25 Utah State 71, SAN JOSE STATE 59

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
Dallas (6-6) is at Chicago (6-6)

The Rundown for December 4, 2019

INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE RELEASES IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY REPORT… The House Intelligence Committee yesterday released a report that summarizes its findings in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The panel later formally passed the report in a closed-door vote and will advance it to the Judiciary Committee. The 300-page report cited Trump for obstruction of the House inquiry and withholding U.S. military aid from Ukraine on the condition of investigating Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. “The President placed his own personal and political interests above the national interests of the United States, sought to undermine the integrity of the U.S. presidential election process, and endangered U.S. national security,” Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff wrote in the preface. The report counted a dozen current or former administration officials who declined to testify to his investigators, with 10 of them refusing despite getting subpoenas. It also cites four specific examples in which Trump used Twitter to intimidate people who were called to testify before the House committee, as well as the whistleblower who was the subject to more than 100 public statements during a two-month period. Additionally, phone records revealed that the top Republican on the committee, Devin Nunes, spoke several times to Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani earlier this year as Giuliani was publicly attacking Marie Yovanovitch, the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine at the time, and arranging a trip to Ukraine to dig up dirt on Joe Biden. Nunes spoke to Giuliani’s recently-indicted associate Lev Parnas, whose lawyer has claimed he was explicitly tasked by Trump to investigate the Bidens’ activities in Ukraine, according to the records. Finally, the report casts doubt on a September 9 phone call in which Ambassador Gordon Sondland claims Trump said he did not want a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine.

DEUTSCHE MUST TURN OVER TRUMP FINANCIALS… The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled yesterday that Deutsche Bank must turn over documents detailing President Trump’s financial records to two congressional committees. Trump has tried to block the release of the documents through lawsuits he filed against the German bank and Capital One. Investigators say The documents could contain extensive information about Trump’s business dealings, how he made his money and his relationships with foreign governments.

TRUMP CONTRADICTS POMPEO OVER IRAN PROTESTERS… President Donald Trump contradicted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo yesterday on U.S. support of protesters in Iran. During a joint news conference with French President Emmanuel Macron, Trump initially said he “didn’t want to comment on” whether America supported the protesters before adding: “But the answer is no.” The day before, Pompeo told Fox & Friends that the U.S. is supporting the protesters and that “we’ve done our best to make sure they can continue to communicate by using the internet” despite Iran’s efforts last week to shut down the entire web. Trump later declared on Twitter that the U.S. “supports the brave people of Iran who are protesting for their FREEDOM” while telling the press in NATO that he thought the original question was whether America was supporting the protesters financially.

KAMALA HARRIS ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID… California Senator Kamala Harris announced yesterday that she is suspending her bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. The announcement followed upheaval among staff and disarray among her own allies. Harris had qualified for the December debate but was in single digits in both national and early-state polls.

DUNCAN HUNTER PLEADS GUILTY… Six-term California Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter pleaded guilty yesterday to a single charge of conspiring with his wife to use at least $150,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses under a plea deal. The congressman who had faced 60 counts before changing his plea. Hunter admitted that he and his wife, Margaret, misused at least $25,000 in campaign money every year from 2010 to 2016. The charge carries up to a five-year sentence, but he is expected to serve no longer than a year when he is sentenced in March.

ENTERTAINMENT
TELEVISION HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES… Cicely Tyson, Seth MacFarlane and Walt Disney Co. chief executive Bob Iger have been announced among inductees into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Tyson is a three-time Emmy Awards winner whose credits include 1974’s “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and 1994’s “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.” MacFarlane, a writer, director, producer and performer, has won Emmy Awards for his animated series “Family Guy.” Iger became CEO of Disney in 2005, and in the years since, the company has acquired Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox in addition to launching the Disney Plus streaming service.

CHARGES AGAINST REMY MA DROPPED… Prosecutors in New York have dropped assault charges against Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma. She was accused of punching her “Love & Hip Hop New York” castmate Brittney Taylor in the face at a New York City concert venue on April 16. Prosecutors say conflicting evidence and witness accounts made the case too difficult to prove.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Detroit 127 – CLEVELAND 94… The Pistons cruised past the Cavaliers to record back-to-back wins for the first time this season. Blake Griffin led the way with 27 points. Andre Drummond had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

Orlando 127 – WASHINGTON 120…The Magic built a double-digit first-half lead and hung on to beat the Wizards. Evan Fournier pumped in 31 points. D.J. Augustin scored 16 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter.

Miami 121 – TORONTO 110 (OT)… The Heat spurted past the Raptors in the overtime period. Jimmy Butler racked up 22 points, 14 boards and 12 assists. Duncan Robinson added 22 points.

Dallas 118 – NEW ORLEANS 97… Luca Doncic scored 15 of his 33 points in the third quarter and brought down 18 rebounds in leading the Mavericks past the Pelicans.

SAN ANTONIO 135 – Houston 133 (2OT)… The Spurs erased a 22-point deficit to outlast the Rockets. DeMar DeRozan made two free throws with 3.3 seconds left in the second overtime. Lonnie Walker IV led the Spurs with 28 points. Houston’s James Harden made all 24 free throws and finished with 50 points in the loss.

L.A. Lakers 105 – DENVER 96… Anthony Davis and LeBron James scored 25 points apiece to lead the Lakers past the Nuggets. Davis also had 10 boards.

L.A. CLIPPERS 117 – Portland 97… The Clippers pulled away in the second half to put away the Trail Blazers. Montrezl Harrell pumped in 26 points off the bench. Paul George tossed in 25 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Golden State is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Milwaukee…
Phoenix is at Orlando…
Boston hosts Miami…
Brooklyn is at Atlanta…
Oklahoma City hosts Indiana…
Memphis is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Minnesota…
the L.A. Lakers are at Utah…
Portland hosts Sacramento

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 2 – Carolina 0… Charlie Coyle and David Krejci scored 1:08 apart late in the third period to send the Bruins past the Hurricanes. Jaroslav Halak stopped all 24 shots at goal.

MONTREAL 4 – N.Y. Islanders 2… The Canadiens doubled up on the Islanders to end their eight-game losing streak. Shea Weber, Brendan Gallagher and Phillip Danault each had a goal and an assist.

Minnesota 4 – FLORIDA 2… Carson Soucy netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Wild went on to down the Panthers. Jason Zucker had a goal and an assist. Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen made 44 saves.

Vegas 4 – NEW JERSEY 3… Jonathan Marchessault scored three straight goals in the third period to rally the Golden Knights past the Devils. Alex Tuch had three assists. Just prior to the contest, New Jersey announced the firing of head coach John Hynes. Assistant coach Alain Nasreddine was named the interim coach.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Toronto 1… The Flyers scored five straight goals in the third period to put away the Maple Leafs. Claude Giroux netted the go-ahead goal. Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist.

Arizona 4 – COLUMBUS 2… Carl Soderberg scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Coyotes past the Blue Jackets. Darcy Kuemper stopped 33 shots at goal.

Tampa Bay 3 – NASHVILLE 2 (OT)… Nikita Kucherov found the net at 2:35 of overtime to lift the Lightning over the Predators. Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat scored in regulation.

WINNIPEG 5 – Dallas 1… Kyle Connor had a goal and two assists as the Jets skated past the Stars. Mark Scheifele and Nikolaj Ehlers each had a goal and an assist.

VANCOUVER 5 – Ottawa 2… The Canucks opened with four unanswered goals in the first period and never looked back in their defeat of the Senators. Adam Gaudette assisted on two goals.

Washington 5 – SAN JOSE 2… The Capitals skated past the Sharks after spotting them an early lead. Jakub Vrana and Garnet Hathaway scored two goals apiece. John Carlson had a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Colorado is at Toronto…
Pittsburgh hosts St. Louis…
Ottawa is at Edmonton…
Los Angeles hosts Washington

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#1 LOUISVILLE 58, #4 Michigan 43…
#10 Duke 87, #11 MICHIGAN STATE 75…
#15 MEMPHIS 71, Bradley 56…
INDIANA 80, #17 Florida State 64…
#18 BAYLOR 78, Maryland-Eastern Shore 46…
#19 DAYTON 99, Houston Baptist 68…
#24 Butler 67, MISSISSIPPI 58

NFL NEWS… The Carolina Panthers fired head coach Ron Rivera yesterday. The Panthers compiled a 76-63-1 regular-season records during Rivera’s nine-year tenure. He leaves as the winningest coach in team history and was a two-time NFL Coach of the Year. Carolina advanced Super Bowl 50 following the 2015 season.