The Rundown for February 13, 2020

BARR TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE PANEL… Attorney General William Barr has agreed to testify to the House Judiciary Committee on March 31. Democrats on the panel want to know about Barr’s apparent intervention in the sentencing of President Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone. Justice Department prosecutors recommended a seven- to nine-year sentence for Stone following his conviction last year on charges of lying to congressional investigators and threatening a witness. Within hours of Trump tweeting that the sentence was too severe, the Justice Department rebuked its prosecutorial team and issued a revised recommendation calling for a lighter sentence. The four prosecutors assigned to Stone’s case abruptly withdrew on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a federal judge yesterday denied Stone’s request for a new trial.

HOUSE DEMS PROBE TAXPAYER SPENDING ON TRUMP… House Democrats are concerned that President Trump is profiting from taxpayer dollars and want the Secret Service to reveal how much money it has spent at Trump’s properties. House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and Congresswoman Jackie Speier have demanded documents and contracts following a Washington Post the Secret Service paid Trump-owned companies more than $471,000 for stays on dates between January 2017 and April 2018. The report found the Secret Service was charged a $650 rate numerous times in 2017 and a $396.15 rate numerous times in 2018 to stay at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. Taxpayers were also charged $17,000 per month for the Secret Service to use a three-bedroom cottage at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. The Government Accountability Office has found federal agencies spent roughly $13.6 million on four trips Mr. Trump took to Mar-a-Lago from February 3 through March 5, 2017. The costs include $10.6 million for operating government aircraft and boats, and $3 million for “temporary duty costs of government personnel supporting the president’s travel.”

DEVAL PATRICK ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID… Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick became the most recent Democrat pull out of the 2020 presidential race yesterday. Patrick announced his withdrawal following a disappointing performance in New Hampshire in Tuesday’s primary. Patrick had skipped the Iowa caucuses and was banking on strong finishes in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

FORD ANNOUNCES RECALL… Ford announced yesterday that it has recalled nearly 230,000 vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Mexico due to a possible suspension problem that could increase the risk of a crash. The automaker said the recall affects 2013-18 Ford Flexes, Ford Taurus Police Interceptor Sedans, Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKT vehicles. More than 211,200 of the vehicles are located in the U.S.

WHITE SUPREMACY PROPAGANDA RISES… A report released yesterday by the Anti-Defamation League found that incidents of white supremacist material being spread across the U.S. rose by 120 percent in 2019. It was the second year that the circulation of racist and nationalist posters and banners more than doubled, the report noted. One Texas-based group was responsible for two-thirds of all propaganda. University campuses were frequent targets, the ADL found, with all but seven out of 50 states reporting incidents of banners, posters and flyers.

ENTERTAINMENT
RICK MORANIS TO SHRINK AGAIN… Rick Moranis is returning to the big screen in a franchise he helped build. The actor has signed on to appear in Disney’s upcoming reboot of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” “Shrunk” will star Josh Gad as the son to Moranis’ character, Wayne Szalinski. Moranis starred in the 1989 original as a scientist whose children stumble upon one of his experiments in their family’s home and end up shrinking themselves down to the size of bugs. The film spawned a 1992 theatrical sequel, “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid,” as well as 1997’s straight-to-DVD “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.” Moranis appeared in all three. Moranis last appearance in a live-action theatrical film was 1994’s “Little Giants.”

PAULA KELLY DIES… Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, family members have confirmed. She was 77. Kelly earned an Emmy Award nomination in 1994 for her work on the first season of the sitcom “Night Court.” On the big screen, she co-starred with Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the 1969 musical comedy-drama film “Sweet Charity.” Her TV credits also include “Santa Barbara,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Kojak” and “The Golden Girls.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CLEVELAND 127 – Atlanta 105… The Cavaliers built a big lead early and cruised past the Hawks to snap their 12-game home losing streak. Tristan Thompson scored 27 points and brought down 11 rebounds. Larry Nance Jr. added 23 points.

ORLANDO 116 – Detroit 112 (OT)… The Magic recovered to outlast the Pistons after letting a big lead early slip away. They got 25 points from Aaron Gordon and 21 from Markelle Fultz.

Washington 114 – NEW YORK 96… The Wizards pulled away in the second half to down the Knicks. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 30 points.

INDIANA 118 – Milwaukee 111… The Pacers took a 23-point lead into halftime and held on to top the Bucks. All five starters scored in double figures, led by T.J. Warren’s 35 points. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 17 points and 13 assists.

BROOKLYN 101 – Toronto 91… Caris LeVert led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points and the Nets dealt the Raptors their first home loss in 16 games. Jarrett Allen grabbed 13 boards to go with his 10 points.

MEMPHIS 111 – Portland 104… Brandon Clarke came off the bench to lead all scorers with 27 points as the Grizzlies handled the Trail Blazers. Ja Morant added 20 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 18 rebounds.

Charlotte 115 – MINNESOTA 108… The Hornets erased a 16-point halftime deficit to upend the Timberwolves. Devonte Graham led the way with 28 points. Malik Monk added 25 points off the bench. Miles Bridges tossed in 20 points.

DALLAS 130 – Sacramento 111… Luka Doncic scored 33 points and brought down 12 boards in his return after missing seven games with a sprained ankle as the Mavericks cruised past the Kings. Kristaps Porzingis added 27 points and 13 boards.

UTAH 116 – Miami 101… The Jazz rallied in the second half to get past the Heat. Donovan Mitchell dropped in 26 points. Bojan Bogdanovic tossed in 22 points. Jordan Clarkson delivered 21 points off the bench.

PHOENIX 112 – Golden State 106… The Suns got 27 points from Devin Booker in holding off the Warriors. Phoenix had four other players score in double figures.

L.A. Lakers 120 – DENVER 116  (OT)… Anthony Davis scored seven of his 33 points in the overtime period to push the Lakers past the Nuggets. LeBron James racked up 32 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Oklahoma City is at New Orleans…
Boston hosts the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 4 – Montreal 1… David Pastrnak scored the Bruins’ first three goals in their win over the Canadiens. Brad Marchand assisted on three goals.

LOS ANGELES 5 – Calgary 3... Tyler Toffoli and Austin Wagner scored 39 seconds apart in the second period and the Kings added three more goals in the third to put away the Flames. Goalie Cal Petersen made 35 saves.

VANCOUVER 3 – Chicago 0… Jacob Markstrom stopped all 49 shots in the Canucks’ blanking of the Blackhawks. Brandon Sutter scored one goal and assisted on two others.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Columbus is at Buffalo…
Toronto hosts Dallas…
Edmonton is at Tampa Bay…
Florida hosts Philadelphia…
Detroit is at New Jersey…
Ottawa hosts Arizona…
the N.Y Islanders are at Nashville…
Minnesota hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Washington is at Colorado…
Vegas hosts St. Louis…
Calgary is at Anaheim

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#3 Kansas 58, #14 WEST VIRGINIA 49…
GEORGIA TECH 64, #5 Louisville 58…
#23 Creighton 87, #10 SETON HALL 82…
#11 AUBURN 95, Alabama 91…
#15 VILLANOVA 72, #18 Marquette 71…
#19 BUTLER 66, Xavier 61…
#20 Houston 62, SOUTH FLORIDA 58

The Rundown for February 12, 2020

SANDERS WINS NEW HAMPSHIRE… Senator Bernie Sanders prevailed over Mayor Pete Buttiegieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar in yesterday’s Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Sanders got 26 percent of the vote, while Buttigieg was two points behind and Klobuchar finished third with 20 percent. Elizabeth Warren finished fourth with just over 9 percent. Two more Democratic candidates announced they were dropping out of the race yesterday. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, a late addition to the race, and Andrew Yang announced they were ending their bids.

ROGER STONE CASE PROSECUTORS QUIT… Four federal prosecutors who built the case against former President Trump adviser Roger Stone resigned yesterday after the Justice Department said it planned to reduce the amount of prison time it would seek. Stone, who was convicted on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering, was facing a recommended a sentence of seven to nine years. Trump declared in a tweet yesterday that the recommendation was “disgraceful” and called it “very horrible and unfair.” Hours later, the Justice Department announced that it would seek a reduction. Trump told reporters he did not speak to the Justice Department about it. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz calling for an investigation into the Justice Department’s actions.

JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT SEEKING PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS… A judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed by historians and watchdog groups that sought to prevent the White House from destroying, misfiling or omitting records of President Trump’s calls and meetings with foreign leaders. U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson said that in order that White House records are to be preserved, Congress to change the Presidential Records Act. The lawsuit was filed in May by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the National Security Archive at George Washington University and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. The three groups claimed that Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed record-keeping practices that were “specifically designed to conceal the president’s abuse of his power.” The call was at the center of Congress’ impeachment inquiry.

PHILIPPINES TO ABANDON U.S. SECURITY PACT… The Philippines has reportedly decided to scrap a major security pact that has allowed the U.S. to rotate forces through Philippine military bases since 1999. The agreement also has given the U.S. a key strategic foothold near the disputed South China Sea and allowed for hundreds of joint exercises each year. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said during a fiery speech on Monday night that talks have fallen apart with President Trump. Duterte also accused the U.S. of meddling in Philippine affairs.

HOUSE PANEL PASSES D.C.-STATE BILL… The House Oversight Committee yesterday approved a bill to make the nation’s capital the 51st state. The bill is now on its way to the House floor for a full vote. The bill passed in committee over the objections of Republicans, who introduced amendments to impose restrictions on abortion and gun control on the proposed state. The bill has 220 co-sponsors and is expected to pass the in the Democratic-led House.

ENTERTAINMENT
JUSSIE SMOLLETT INDICTED… Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted in Cook County, Illinois, yesterday on six counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly making false reports to police about an assault last year. The indictment follows a six-month investigation by a special prosecutor. Smollett, who appeared in the Fox series “Empire,” told police that on January 29, 2019, he was confronted in Chicago home by two masked attackers who poured a chemical substance on him, wrapped a rope around his neck and made threatening comments. Questions about Smollett’s story led to the arrest of two men who were allegedly paid to perform a fake attack.

JANET JACKSON TO TOUR… Janet Jackson has announced plans to tour in summer. The North American leg of the Black Diamond world tour begins June 24 in Miami and ends August 23 in Tacoma, Washington. The 53-year-old singer will be promoting her upcoming album “Black Diamond, which is scheduled for release this year.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 110 – L.A. Clippers 103… The 76ers topped the Clippers in a back-and-forth affair. Ben Simmons racked up 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Joel Embiid also had 26 points. Tobias Harris had 17 points and 12 boards.

WASHINGTON 126 – Chicago 114… The Wizards built an early double-digit lead and retained control in downing the Bulls. Bradley Beal scored 30 points to lead seven players in double figures. Zach LaVine’s 41 points weren’t enough for Chicago.

NEW ORLEANS 138 – Portland 117… Rookie Zion Williamson scored a game-high 31 points in leading the Pelicans past the Trail Blazers. J.J. Redick fired in 20 points off the bench.

San Antonio 114 – OKLAHOMA CITY 106… The Spurs limited the Thunder to 14 first-quarter points and held them off the rest of the way to snap their five-game skid. LaMarcus Aldridge and Dejounte Murray scored 25 points apiece. Aldridge also gathered 14 rebounds. Paddy Mills came off the bench to contribute 20 points.

HOUSTON 116 – Boston 105… The Rockets came up big in the second half to put away the Celtics. James Harden poured in 42 points. Russell Westbrook had 36 points and 10 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Cleveland…
Orlando hosts Detroit…
Washington is at New York…
Indiana hosts Milwaukee…
Toronto is at Brooklyn…
Memphis hosts Portland…
Charlotte is at Minnesota…
Dallas hosts Sacramento…
Miami is at Utah…
Phoenix hosts Golden State…
the L.A. Lakers are at Denver

NHL SCORES
BUFFALO 3 – Detroit 2… Sam Reinhart netted a tie-breaking goal 57 seconds into the third period and the Sabres made it stand in edging the Red Wings. Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist.

TORONTO 3 – Arizona 2… Kasperi Kapanen found the net 3:43 into overtime to lift the Maple Leafs over the Coyotes. Zach Hyman scored twice in regulation.

Florida 5 – NEW JERSEY 3… Michael Matheson and Mark Pysyk each had a goal and an assist in the Panthers’ defeat of the Devils. Noel Acciari scored one goal and assisted on another.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Philadelphia 3… The Islanders recovered to beat the Flyers after blowing a three-goal lead in the second period. Ryan Pulock netted a go-ahead goal with 41 seconds remaining. Leo Komarov had a goal and an assist. Matthew Barzal set up three goals.

Tampa Bay 2 – PITTSBURGH 1 (OT)… Yanni Gourde wristed in the game-winning goal 2:45 into overtime as the Lightning outlasted the Penguins. Mikhail Sergachev scored a tying goal on a second-period power play. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves.

MINNESOTA 4 – Vegas 0… Goalie Alex Stalock stopped all 26 shots in the Wild’s blanking of the Golden Knights. Kevin Fiala scored a goal and had two assists.

N.Y. Rangers 4 – WINNIPEG 1… Chris Kreider scored back-to-back goals to open the scoring and the Rangers cruised past the Jets. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist. Igor Shesterkin made 42 saves at goal.

DALLAS 4 – Carolina 1… Jamie Benn scored the Stars’ final two goals in the victory over the Hurricanes. Denis Gurianov scored a tie-breaking goal on a second-period power play. Miro Heiskanen had two assists.

COLORADO 3 – Ottawa 0… Goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 34 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Avalanche breezed past the Senators. Mikko Rantanen scored the only goal Colorado needed with 41 seconds left in the first period. Valeri Nichushkin and Gabriel Landeskog also found the net.

EDMONTON 5 – Chicago 3… Kailer Yamamoto scored a pair of goals to help the Oilers pull away from the Blackhawks. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and three assists. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added a goal and an assist.

St. Louis – ANAHEIM (ppd)… Last night’s Blues-Ducks game was postponed with 7:50 left in the first period when St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench. Bouwmeester suffered the medical emergency while grabbing a drink of water. He appeared to be awake and alert as emergency medical personnel transported him out of the arena to a hospital.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Boston…
Los Angeles hosts Calgary…
Vancouver hosts Chicago

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#4 SAN DIEGO STATE 82, New Mexico 59…
#6 DAYTON 81, Rhode Island 67…
#9 MARYLAND 72, Nebraska 70…
#12 Kentucky 78, VANDERBILT 64…
#13 Penn State 88, PURDUE 76…
Michigan State 70, #22 ILLINOIS 69…
#25 LSU 82, Missouri 78

The Rundown for February 11, 2020

TRUMP BUDGET PROPOSAL… The $4.8 trillion budget plan President Trump proposed yesterday includes deep cuts to domestic safety net programs while providing additional funding for the military and the construction of a wall on the southern U.S. border. The administration also seeks to cut 26 percent of funding for the Environmental Protection Agency along with the elimination of 50 programs Trump deemed “wasteful.” The proposal would nullify a two-year deal negotiated with Congress that raised spending for both defense and domestic spending. Trump’s proposal will next be submitted to the budget committees in the House and Senate. The Congressional Budget Office will study the blueprint and publish an analysis next month. The proposal isn’t expected to pass in the Democratic-led House.

SCHUMER WANTS INVESTIGATION OF RETALIATORY FIRINGS… Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants the inspector general at every agency to investigate retaliation against whistleblowers who report misconduct from President Trump. Schumer’s action follows the firing of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council. Vindman, who testified in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump, was escorted from the White House on Friday. Also fired were Vindman’s twin brother, Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Vindman, a National Security Council attorney, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

4 CHARGED IN EQUIFAX DATA BREACH… A two-year investigation has resulted in federal prosecutors charging four members of the Chinese military for their roles in a major breach of credit-reporting company Equifax in 2017. The data breach was the largest in U.S. history and exposed personal data affecting nearly 150 million people. The four members of Beijing’s People’s Liberation Army were charged with computer fraud and abuse, economic espionage and wire fraud. Prosecutors say the suspected hackers found a vulnerability in Equifax servers that gave them login credentials and for two months mined data that included credit card numbers, drivers licenses and social security numbers.

NEW YORK SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER TRAVEL BAN… The State of New York has filed suit against the Trump Administration over its policy that bans hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers from enrolling in federal programs that help travelers speed through airport security lines and borders. Calling the ban “political punishment,” state officials say it amounts to political punishment, would undermine public safety and will cause economic harm by slowing travel. Plaintiffs argue that the new policy violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and equal sovereignty among states and its prohibition on federal coercion.

ACCUSED LOUISIANA CHURCH-BURNER PLEADS GUILTY… The man accused of setting fire to three historically black churches in Louisiana last year changed his plea to guilty yesterday. Suspect Holden Matthews, the 22-year-old son of a deputy sheriff, entered the new plea at U.S. District Court in Lafayette, Louisiana. He was facing three counts of intentional damage to a religious facility and three counts of using fire to commit a felony. The three churches in St. Landry Parish were set ablaze last March and April.

ENTERTAINMENT
LIL WAYNE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Lil Wayne’s “Funeral” sold 139,000 units to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” slipped to second place after selling 86,000 copies. Last week’s champ, Eminem’s “Music to Be Murdered By,” dropped to No. 3 on sales of 69,000 units. Russ’ “Shake the Snow Globe” opened in fourth place after selling 65,000 copies. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” finished fifth with 55,000 units sold.

MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD TO TOUR… Megadeth and Lamb of God are planning to co-headline a 54-date North America tour through summer and fall. Megadeth ceased headlining tours last year after frontman Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with cancer. The shows will also feature Trivium and In Flames throughout the entire run. The 54-date tour kicks off June 12 in Bristow, Virginia. It ends November 13 in Reno, Nevada.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Charlotte 87 – DETROIT 76... The Hornets got it done defensively in grinding out a win over the Pistons to snap a five-game skid. Miles Bridges scored 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Brooklyn 106 – INDIANA 105… Spencer Dinwiddie knocked down a 21-foot stepback jumpshot with 5.2 seconds remaining to lift the Nets over the Pacers. Dinwiddie finished with 21 points to lead eight players in double figures.

ORLANDO 135 – Atlanta 126… The Magic pulled away in the second half to put away the Hawks. They got 26 points from Aaron Gordon and 24 from Nikola Vucevic.

TORONTO 137 – Minnesota 126… The Raptors took control with a big third quarter and held off the Timberwolves. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Pascal Siakam’s game-high 34 points. Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and dished off 11 assists. Og Anunoby added 25 points and 12 rebounds.

MILWAUKEE 123 – Sacramento 111… A Bucks team playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo recovered to beat the Kings after blowing a big lead early. Kris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points apiece. Brook Lopez tossed in 20 points.

Utah 123 – DALLAS 119… The Jazz built a big first-half lead and hung on to get past the Mavericks. Jordan Clarkson delivered 25 points off the bench. Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece.

DENVER 127 – San Antonio 120... The Nuggets came from 23 points down to upend the Spurs. Jamal Murray scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. Paul Milsap came off the bench to score 22 points

Miami 113 – GOLDEN STATE 101… Jimmy Butler scored 21 points and pulled down 10 boards in his return to action and the Heat downed the Warriors. Jae Crowder added 21 points.

L.A. LAKERS 125 – Phoenix 100... Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds n leading the Lakers past the Suns. Rajon Rondo added 23 points. Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Chicago…
Portland is at New Orleans…
Oklahoma City hosts San Antonio…
Boston is at Houston

NHL SCORES
Arizona 3 – MONTREAL 2… The Coyotes skated past the Canadiens after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Jakob Chychrun netted the winning goal on a power play with a minute left. Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Florida 1… The Flyers gave up a goal early and then scored four unanswered. James van Riemsdyk netted one goal and assisted on another.

N.Y. Islanders 5 – WASHINGTON 3… Anthony Beauvillier found the net twice as the Islanders outshot the Capitals. Josh Bailey assisted on three goals.

Tampa Bay 2 – COLUMBUS 1 (OT)… Nikita Kucherov opened the scoring early in the first period and scored again 31 seconds into overtime to send the Lightning past the Blue Jackets. Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 31 saves.

VANCOUVER 6 – Nashville 2… Elias Petterssn and J.T. Miller each had a goal and an assist as the Canucks skated past the Predators. Jacob Markstrm made 36 stops at goal.

Calgary 6 – SAN JOSE 2… Milan Lucic and Tobias Reder opened the scoring 34 seconds apart in the first quarter and the Flames cruised past the Sharks. Noah Hanifin set up two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Buffalo…
Toronto hosts Arizona…
Florida is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Islanders host Philadelphia…
Tampa Bay is at Pittsburgh…
Minnesota hosts Vegas…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Winnipeg…
Dallas hosts Carolina…
Ottawa is at Colorado…
Edmonton hosts Chicago…
St. Louis is at Anaheim

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 Baylor 52, TEXAS 45…
#7 DUKE 70, #8 Florida State 65…
#24 TEXAS TECH 88, TCU 42

The Rundown for February 10, 2020

TRUMP TO RELEASE $4.8T BUDGET… President Trump will propose steep cuts to social safety net programs and foreign aid release as part of a $4.8 trillion budget he will release today. The budget will raise military spending by 0.3% to $740.5 billion for the fiscal year 2021 and propose higher outlays for defense and veterans, according to the Wall Street Journal. In seeking to slash spending by $4.4 trillion over 10 years, the Trump budget targets $2 trillion in savings from mandatory spending programs. That includes $130 billion from changes to Medicare prescription-drug pricing, $292 billion from cuts in safety net programs and $70 billion from tightening eligibility rules for federal disability benefits. Trump will seek to make a 21 percent cut in foreign aid.

FLYNN SEEKS SENTENCING DELAY… Federal prosecutors yesterday filed a motion seeking to delay the criminal sentencing of former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The filing cites Flynn’s recent request to withdraw his guilty plea on charges that he made a false statement to the FBI as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Flynn’s lawyers say the plea require additional testimony. Last month, U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan delayed Flynn’s sentencing hearing by a month to February 27.

2 U.S. SERVICE MEMBERS DEAD, 6 INJURED IN AFGHANISTAN… The Pentagon announced yesterday that two U.S. service members were killed and six others were wounded Saturday during an attack on a joint operation between American and Afghan forces in eastern Afghanistan. Investigators believe that the killings were carried out by infiltrators or members of Afghan forces who turned their weapons on U.S. and coalition troops. The six wounded service members are being treated at a U.S. facility.

SUSPECTED N.Y. COP SHOOTER IN CUSTODY… Authorities have announced the arrest of the suspect in the shootings of two New York City Police Department officers over the weekend. The suspect reportedly attacked a Bronx precinct twice over a 12-hour period. One of two officers seated in a marked police van was wounded when a man approached and opened fire into the vehicle on Saturday night. Yesterday morning, the suspect walked into the precinct and fired at several uniformed officers and a civilian employee, striking a NYPD lieutenant in the arm. Police say the gunman then placed his gun on the floor and laid down to surrender.

STORM THREATENS NORTHEAST COMMUTE… A storm arriving from the Upper Midwest could slow the commute in the Northeast this morning. Northern and western New York state, along with northern and central New England, was expected to receive as much as 6 inches of snow. Most areas would get between 1 and 3 inches of snow, forecasters said.

ENTERTAINMENT
OSCARS
… “Parasite” won the Best Picture Oscar at last night’s Academy Awards and its filmmaker, Bong Joon Ho, was honored as Best Director. In the acting categories, “Joker” star Joaquin Phoenix won for Actor in a Leading Role. Renee Zellweger took home the Best Actress Oscar for “Judy.” Laura Dern was honored as Best Supporting Actress for her work in “Marriage Story.” Brad Pitt was named Best Supporting Actor for “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood.”

IN THEATERS… “Birds of Prey” took in $33.2 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Bad Boys for Life,” slipped into second place with $12 million. “1917” dropped to No. 3 after bringing in $9 million. “Dolittle” dropped to fourth place with “$6.6 million. “Jumanji: The Next Level” capped the top five with $5.5 million.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Boston 112 – OKLAHOMA CITY 111… The Celtics held off the Thunder for their seventh straight victory. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Kemba Walker’s 27 points. Jayson Tatum had 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Memphis 106 – WASHINGTON 99… The Grizzlies overcame poor 3-point shooting to top the Wizards. Ja Morant racked up 27 points, 10 assists and 10 boards in his first career triple-double.

ATLANTA 140 – New York 135 (2OT)… The Hawks rallied from an early double-digit deficit to outlast the Knicks. Trae Young poured in 43 points and dished off 13 assists. John Collins finished with 32 points and 16 rebounds.

PHILADELPHIA 118 – Chicago 111… The 76ers were too much in the fourth quarter and shook off the Bulls. Furkan Korkmaz pumped in 31 points. Joel Embiid had 28 points and 12 boards.

Utah 114 – HOUSTON 113… Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer at the buzzer lifted the Jazz over the Rockets. Donovan Mitchell led a balanced scoring attack with 24 points. Mike Conley tossed in 20 points.

L.A. Clippers 133 – CLEVELAND 92… The Clippers jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in handing the Cavaliers their worst home loss in franchise history. Lou Williams scored 25 points and Paul George added 22.

PORTLAND 115 – Miami 109… Damian Lillard scored 33 points to lead six players in double figures as the Trail Blazers handled the Heat. Gary Trent Jr. delivered 22 points off the bench. Trevor Ariza tossed in 21 points. Hassan Whiteside pulled down 17 rebounds to go with his 11 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Charlotte is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Brooklyn…
Atlanta is at Orlando…
Toronto hosts Minnesota…
Sacramento is at Milwaukee…
Dallas hosts Utah…
San Antonio is at Denver…
Golden State hosts Miami…
Phoenix is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
DETROIT 3 – Boston 1… Andreas Athanasiou scored on a power play to break a third-period tie and added an empty-netter as the NHL-worst Red Wings surprised the NHL-best Bruins. Jonathan Bernier made 39 saves at goal.

Anaheim 3 – BUFFALO 2… The Ducks opened the game with three straight goals and hung on to edge the Sabres. Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie scored 1:15 apart. Goalie Ryan Miller stopped 31 shots.

N.Y. RANGERS 4 – Los Angeles 1… The Rangers scored three third-period goals to put away the Kings. Filip Chytil and Phil Di Giuseppe set up two goals apiece. Goalie Igor Shesterkin made 42 stops.

WINNIPEG 5 – Chicago 2… The Jets skated past the Blackhawks after spotting them a two-goal lead in the second period. Andrew Copp broke a tie with the second of Winnipeg’s four third-period goals. He also had an assist.

Colorado 3 – MINNESOTA 2… The Avalanche held off the Wild after both teams did all their scoring in the second period. Pierre-Edouard Bellemare opened the scoring with a shorthanded goal. Nathan MacKinnon scored off a power play. Gabriel Landeskog added the decisive goal.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Arizona is at Montreal…
Philadelphia hosts Florida…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Washington…
Columbus hosts Tampa Bay…
Nashville is at Vancouver…
San Jose hosts Calgary

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
MARQUETTE 76, #19 Butler 57…
#12 HOUSTON 76, Wichita State 43

The Rundown for February 7, 2020

BUTTIGIEG APPEARS TO WIN IOWA CAUCUS… Results released by the Iowa Democratic Party indicate that former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg edged out Bernie Sanders after 100 percent of the votes were counted in the Iowa caucuses. Buttigieg’s lead over Sanders was less than a tenth of a percent. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren finished third and was followed in the top five by ex-Vice President Joe Biden and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Results from Monday’s voting were delayed due to inconsistencies in their reporting after a new mobile phone app built by the company Shadow to tally the votes had to be checked against a paper trail.

FORMER AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH SAYS SHE HAS NO REGRETS… Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch says she has “no regrets” after testifying in the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. She did say in a Washington Post op-ed yesterday, however, that it was “shocking” to experience the “storm of criticism, lies, and malicious conspiracies” she faced before and after she testified. “We did this because it is the American way to speak up about wrongdoing,” she wrote, adding that citizens have to “fight” for democracy to prevent the U.S. from becoming like a dictatorship—where “blind obedience is the norm and truth-tellers are threatened with punishment or death.” Yovanovitch vowed that U.S. institutions and citizens could “persist” and “prevail.”

HATE CRIMES ADDED TO EL PASO WALMART SHOOTER CHARGES… The 21-year-old man arrested for the killings of 22 people in the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart last year has been charged with federal hate crimes. Patrick Crusius was indicted yesterday on 90 counts, including “hate crime resulting in death” and “use of a firearm to commit murder.” He had previously pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges for the August 3, 2019, shooting. Authorities say Crusius’ intent was to kill Hispanic people inside the busy store near the U.S.-Mexico border. Eight of his victims were Mexican nationals.

SOUTH PUMMELED BY SEVERE STORMS… Severe storms that swept across the South yesterday have been blamed for the deaths of four people. Flooding was reported in several states struck by tornadoes and high winds. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency after more than 500 people were displaced and rescued from their homes due to flooding in Tazewell County. Flooding was also reported in Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. Flash flood emergencies were declared in Pickens County, South Carolina, where people had to be rescued from swamped homes and buildings.

EXECUTION IN TEXAS… A man convicted in the fatal shootings of his wife, two children and two other relatives was executed in Texas last night. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Abel Ochoa was high on crack cocaine and looking for money to buy more drugs when he started shooting inside his home in August 2002. The execution was carried out after the Supreme Court denied a final appeal.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROLLING STONES RESUME TOUR… The Rolling Stones are preparing to complete their North American tour from spring through summer. The band postponed the tour last May while frontman Mick Jagger was recovering from heart surgery. A schedule of 15 shows begins May 8 in San Diego and ends July 9 in Atlanta.

IN THEATERS… In “Birds of Prey,” Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. Margot Robbie and Rosie Perez star in the R-rated film. In “The Lodge,” some strange and frightening events take place when a soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in at a remote holiday village with her fiancé’s two children. The R-rated horror film stars Richard Armitage and Riley Keough.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
NEW YORK 105 – Orlando 103… The Knicks held on at the end to get past the Magic for their third straight win. Julius Randle led the way with 22 points.

New Orleans 125 – CHICAGO 119… The Pelicans took a 22-point lead into the fourth quarter and withstood a late rally to top the Bulls. Zion Williamson scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Derrick Favors grabbed 15 rebounds to go with his eight points.

MILWAUKEE 112 – Philadelphia 101… Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 36 points and 20 boards in leading the Bucks past the 76ers. Kris Middleton added 20 points.

PORTLAND 125 – San Antonio 117… The Trail Blazers outgunned the Spurs in a back-and-forth affair. Damian Lillard scored 26 points and dished off 10 assists. Carmelo Anthony added 20 points. Hassam Whiteside collected 23 boards to go with his 17 points.

Houston 121 – L.A. LAKERS 111… Robert Covington’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left sparked a 9-0 run that carried the Rockets past the Lakers. Russell Westbrook lit it up for 41 points. Houston had five other players score in double figures.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Dallas is at Washington…
Philadelphia hosts Memphis…
Atlanta is at Boston…
Oklahoma City hosts Detroit…
Toronto is at Indiana…
Phoenix hosts Houston…
Miami is at Sacramento…
Utah hosts Portland

NHL SCORES
Detroit 4 – BUFFALO 3 (SO)… Dylan Larkin scored twice in the first period and again in the shootout as the Red Wings outlasted the Sabres to snap their nine-game skid. Robby Fabbri had two assists.

MONTREAL 3 – Anaheim 2 (OT)… Jeff Petry found the net 25 seconds into overtime to send the Canadiens past the Ducks. Petry also assisted on Nick Suzuki’s power-play goal in the first period.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist as the Lightning doubled up on the Penguins. Victor Hedman assisted on three goals.

Vegas 7 – FLORIDA 2… The Golden Knights scored five straight goals spanning the final two periods to roll past the Panthers. Mark Stone scored two goals and had three assists. Max Pacioretty added a pair of goals and an assist.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Los Angeles 3… The Islanders skated past the Kings after spotting them a two-goal lead. Rookie Kieffer Bellows netted his first two NHL goals. Derick Brassard had two assists.

New Jersey 5 – PHILADELPHIA 0… Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped all 46 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Devils cruised past the Flyers. Miles Wood found the net twice.

Colorado 4 – OTTAWA 1… Cale Makar had a goal and an assist in the Avalanche’s win over the Senators. Goalie Marcus Hogberg made 30 saves.

Winnipeg 4 – ST. LOUIS 2… The Jets recovered to top the Blues after blowing a two-goal second-period lead. Andrew Copp assisted on Jansen Harkins’ first-period goal and netted a tie-breaking goal in the third period. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 35 stops.

MINNESOTA 4 – Vancouver 2… Kevin Fiala and Brad Hunt each had a goal and an assist during a three-goal first period that carried the Wild past the Canucks. Alex Stalock made 24 saves at goal.

Nashville 3 – CALGARY 2… Mikael Granlund’s power-play goal in the second period proved to be the difference in the Predators’ defeat of the Flames. Roman Josi set up two goals.

Carolina 5 – ARIZONA 3… The Hurricanes rallied from two goals down in the second period to down the Coyotes. Andrew Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho each tallied two goals and assist.

 San Jose 6 – EDMONTON 3… The Sharks erased a two-goal deficit on their way past the Oilers. Timo Meier scored two goals and had an assist. Joe Thornton and Brent Burns each had two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Anaheim is at Toronto…
the N.Y. Rangers host Buffalo…
Detroit is at Columbus…
Dallas hosts Minnesota

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 GONZAGA 85, Loyola Marymount 67…
#23 ARIZONA 85, USC 80…
#24 COLORADO 71, California 65…
#25 HOUSTON 75, Tulane 62

The Rundown for February 6, 2020

SENATE VOTES NOT TO CONVICT TRUMP... The Republican-led Senate voted yesterday not to convict President Trump in his impeachment trial. Senators voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress. The outcome was expected after Republicans in the Senate on Friday voted against additional witnesses and documents. The House impeached Trump in December after accusing him of using military aid to pressure the Ukraine government to smear his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. In voting to convict Trump on the abuse of power charge, Utah Senator Mitt Romney became the first U.S. senator ever to vote for removal of a president from his own party. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer compared the Senate trial with a “kangaroo court.” Schumer said Trump’s acquittal will be “meaningless” since “You cannot be on the side of this president and be on the side of truth.”

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REVIEWING ERIK PRINCE ALLEGATIONS… The Justice Department is looking into allegations by House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff that Trump ally Erik Prince repeatedly misled the committee during their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Schiff reportedly referred Prince to the DOJ 10 months ago, seeking “prompt” action for Prince’s “falsehoods.” Schiff claimed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report contradicted multiple points of the Blackwater founder’s November 2017 testimony to the committee.

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS QUARANTINED OVER CORONAVIRUS… Some 428 Americans are among more than 5,000 passengers who are under a mandatory two-week quarantine after 13 passengers on two cruise ships tested positive for coronavirus. The Diamond Princess, with 3,700 passengers aboard, is stranded in the sea off Japan. A second cruise ship, the World Dream, is docked in Hong Kong but none of the 1,800 people on board are allowed to get off.

MISSISSIPPI PRISONS INVESTIGATED… The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has opened an investigation into the conditions inside four state prisons in Mississippi. Investigators hope to determine whether the state’s department of corrections adequately protects inmates as well as investigate its suicide prevention methods and mental health care. The four facilities include the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, the Southern Mississippi Correctional Institute, the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. Since late December, 15 inmates have died inside Mississippi prisons.

NRA CHARGED WITH INSURANCE-LAW VIOLATIONS, DECEPTION… New York’s Department of Financial Services is accusing the NRA of acting as an unlicensed insurance producer in civil charges filed yesterday. The DFS also accused the NRA of deceiving its members with misleading marketing practices and seeks civil fines and other remedies. A hearing has been scheduled for April 6.

ENTERTAINMENT
KIRK DOUGLAS DIES… Prolific actor Kirk Douglas, whose career spanned six decades, died in Los Angeles yesterday at age 103. Douglas was perhaps best-known for his work in the 1960 film “Spartacus,” which won four Oscars. Douglas received Oscar nominations for the 1949 film “Champion,” the 1952 film “The Bad and the Beautiful” and 1956’s “Lust for Life.” He was honored with an honorary award in 1996.

RATINGS DOWN FOR TRUMP ADDRESS… President Trump’s annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night posted a roughly 25-percent decline in viewership compared with 2019. The address and the Democratic response averaged 15.23 million viewers from 9 to 11 p.m. ET on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in Nielsen’s fast national ratings. CBS topped the broadcast networks with 4.24 million viewers, followed by NBC with 4.05 million, Fox with 3.5 million and ABC with 3.45 million.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
DETROIT 116 – Phoenix 108… Andre Drummond powered his way to 31 points and 19 rebounds as the Pistons dealt the Suns their fourth straight loss. Reggie Jackson added 25 points. Christian Wood delivered 21 points off the bench.

TORONTO 119 – Indiana 118… The Raptors scored 11 straight points over the final 2:27 to stun the Pacers. Serge Ibaka made a go-ahead 3-pointer with a half-minute remaining and finished with 30 points. Kyle Lowry scored 32 points and dished off 10 assists.

BOSTON 116 – Orlando 100… The Celtics pulled away in the second half to down the Magic. Jayson Tatum pumped in 33 points. Gordon Hayward added 23 points.

BROOKLYN 129 – Golden State 88… The Nets built a 15-point lead at halftime and coasted past the Warriors. Chris LeVert scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures.

OKLAHOMA CITY 109 – Cleveland 103… Dennis Schroder came off the bench to score 30 points and lead the Thunder past the Cavaliers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points and 10 boards.

Atlanta 127 – MINNESOTA 120… The Hawks withstood a fourth-quarter rally to get past the Timberwolves. Trae Young had game-highs with 38 points and 11 assists. John Collins added 27 points.

Memphis 121 – DALLAS 107… The Grizzlies bombed the Mavericks 41-22 in the third quarter to put away the Mavericks. Ja Morant scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures.

Denver 98 – UTAH 95… The Nuggets rallied in the second half to upend the Jazz. Jamal Murray led all scorers with 31 points. Nikola Jokic piled up 30 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists.

L.A. CLIPPERS 128 – Miami 111… The Clippers took control with a big third quarter and ran away from the Heat. Paul George had 23 points and 10 assists. Landry Shamet added 20 points off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at New York…
Chicago hosts New Orleans…
Philadelphia is at Milwaukee…
Portland hosts San Antonio…
Houston is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
N.Y. RANGERS 5 – Toronto 3… The Rangers scored three straight goals in the first period after spotting the Maple Leafs an early lead and cruised to the win. Pavel Buchnevich scored a goal and assisted on two others. Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider each had a goal and an assist.

Boston 2 – CHICAGO 1 (OT)… Charlie McAvoy found the net at 1:19 of overtime to lift the Bruins over the Blackhawks. Alex DeBrincat opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the second period.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Buffalo…
Montreal hosts Anaheim…
Pittsburgh is at Tampa Bay…
Florida host Vegas…
Los Angeles is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Philadelphia hosts New Jersey…
Colorado is at Ottawa…
St. Louis hosts Winnipeg…
Vancouver is at Minnesota…
Calgary hosts Nashville…
Carolina is at Arizona…
Edmonton hosts San Jose

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#5 LOUISVILLE 86, Wake Forest 76…
#19 BUTLER 79, #10 Villanova 76…
#12 Seton Hall 78, GEORGETOWN 71…
#13 WEST VIRGINIA 76, Iowa State 61…
PURDUE 104, #17 Iowa 68…
VANDERBILT 99, #18 LSU 90…
PROVIDENCE 73, #21 Creighton 56

The Rundown for February 5, 2020

TRUMP DELIVERS SOTU… President Trump made a partisan pitch to his supporters in his State of the Union last night. Trump addressed the nation on the eve of the impeachment verdict in the same room where he was impeached in December. Trump pressed Republican talking points and used the occasion to present right-wing talk-show host and golf partner Rush Limbaugh with the Medal of freedom. Democrats cringed during the president’s speech whenever he demonstrated what they considered to be blatant disregard for the truth. Following the speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of the speech. Earlier, Trump refused to shake her extended hand when he took the stage.

IOWA CAUCUSES… The Democratic National Committee continues to work with state party officials in reporting results from Monday’s Iowa caucuses. The delay has been blamed on the failure of an app to gather data from nearly 1,700 caucus sites across Iowa. As of last night, results had been gathered from 62 percent of precincts. According to the Iowa Democratic Party, Pete Buttigieg was first with 26.9 percent. Bernie Sanders was close behind at 25.1 percent. Elizabeth Warren was third on 18.3 percent. Joe Biden was running fourth on 15.6 percent.

E.U. CRITICIZES TRUMP LAND MINE DECISION… The European Union yesterday criticized President Trump’s decision to ease restrictions on the U.S. military’s use of anti-personnel land mines. The E.U. called the decision “completely unacceptable” and noted that the ban on such mines had “saved tens of thousands of people in the past twenty years.” Trump broke with NATO allies Britain and France when he lifted the ban on military use of the land mines outside of the Korean Peninsula.

VIRGINIA BLOCKS COASTAL OIL, GAS DEVELOPMENT… Lawmakers in Virginia yesterday passed a bill to block future oil and gas development off the state’s coastline, reflecting opposition to the Republican Trump administration’s efforts to open Atlantic waters to fossil fuel exploration. The bill passed by the Democrat-led state House of Delegates prohibits infrastructure such as pipelines or gathering systems in state waters that could be used to transport oil and gas drilled in federal waters to Virginia’s shores. It also repeals a state policy to explore for offshore oil and gas. A companion bill was approved in the state’s Senate last week, and the legislation is expected to be sent to Governor Ralph Northam shortly. The governor reportedly supports the bill.

MACY’S TO CLOSE 125 STORES… The department store chain Macy’s has announced plans to close 125 stores in “lower tier malls” and lay off 2,000 corporate workers over the next three years. The announcement comes a month after Macy’s said it would close 29 stores despite reporting strong store sales during the holiday shopping season. The company will also move its headquarters from Cincinnati to New York City. Macy’s hasn’t released a list of stores that will close, but they account for 20 percent of Macy’s locations and a combined $1.4 billion in annual sales.

ENTERTAINMENT
BRIAN WILSON OPPOSES BEACH BOYS PERFORMANCE… Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is urging fans to boycott a performance by a variation of the band at a convention for trophy hunters in Reno, Nevada. The band will be fronted by lead singer Mike Love when it performs at the Safari Club International Convention tonight. Wilson tweeted yesterday that he and former guitarist Al Jardine had nothing to do with the event.

SHANNEN DOHERTY IN CANCER BATTLE… Shannen Doherty announced yesterday that her breast cancer has returned and is now at stage 4. The 48-year-old actress was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and said she got the new diagnosis last year. She says she didn’t tell anyone about her recurrence because she wanted to prove that she could still work. Doherty is best known for her roles in the TV series “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Charmed.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Milwaukee 120 – NEW ORLEANS 108… The Bucks shook off a slow start and cruised past the Pelicans. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 34 points and 17 rebounds. Kris Middleton added 20 points.

HOUSTON 125 – Charlotte 110… The Rockets erased a 12-point deficit after the first quarter and breezed past the Hornets. James Harden lit it up for 40 points. Danuel House Jr. added 22 points.

DENVER 127 – Portland 99… The Nuggets held the Trail Blazers to 10 second-quarter points in opening up a 26-point halftime lead on their way to a blowout win. Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed 13 boards. Jamal Murray added 20 points.

L.A. LAKERS 129 – San Antonio 102… LeBron James made six of nine 3-point attempts and finished with 36 points in leading the Lakers past the Spurs. Kyle Kouzma came off the bench to score 18 points and pull down 12 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at Detroit…
Toronto hosts Indiana…
Orlando is at Boston…
Brooklyn hosts Golden State…
Cleveland is at Oklahoma City…
Minnesota hosts Atlanta…
Memphis is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Denver…
Miami is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 4 – Vancouver 0… Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped all 25 shots as the Bruins blanked the Canucks. Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist. Charlie McAvoy assisted on two goals.

Colorado 6 – BUFFALO 1… The Avalanche scored four unanswered goals in the second period to put away the Sabres. Andre Burakovsky had a goal and three assists. Valeri Nichushkin added a goal and two assists.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Vegas 2… Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Alex Killorn added an empty-netter to push the Lightning past the Golden Knights. Brayden Point had a goal and an assist.

Montreal 5 – NEW JERSEY 4 (SO)… The Canadiens erased a three-goal deficit on their way past the Devils. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the lone goal in the shootout.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – Dallas 3 (OT)… Anthony Beauvillier scored his second goal of the game 2:52 into overtime to lift the Islanders over the Stars. Jordan Eberle set up two goals.

WASHINGTON 4 – Los Angeles 2… Alex Ovechkin scored three straight goals in the third period to carry the Capitals past the Kings. He now has 40 goals on the season. John Carlson scored a goal and assisted on two others.

COLUMBUS 1 – Florida 0 (OT)… Zach Werenski scored the game’s only goal 1:54 into overtime and the Blue Jackets extended their points streak to nine games. Elvis Merzlikins made 32 saves at goal.

Anaheim 3 – OTTAWA 2 (SO)… Ondrej Kase and Rickard Rakell scored in the tiebreaker to send the Ducks past the Senators. Kase also netted a second-period goal.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Carolina 3… Zach Sandford and Brayden Schenn scored two goals apiece as the Blues doubled up on the Hurricanes. Ryan O’Reilly assisted on three goals.

MINNESOTA 3 – Chicago 2 (OT)… The Wild recovered to top the Blackhawks after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Matt Dumba netted the game-winner with 2:39 left in overtime. Kevin Fiala scored twice in the second period.

Nashville 2 – WINNIPEG 1 (OT)… Mikael Granlund found the net at 1:11 of the overtime period to give the Predators a hard-fought win over the Jets. Nick Bonino tied the game with a first-period goal.

ARIZONA 3 – Edmonton 0… Goalie Antti Raanta made 30 saves in the Coyotes’ shutout of the Oilers. Lawson Crouse had a goal and an assist.

San Jose 3 – CALGARY 1… The Sharks rallied past the Flames after spotting them an early lead. Joe Thornton assisted on goals by Brent Burns and Kevin Labanc. Evander Kane also found the net. Aaron Dell stopped 30 shots at goal.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Toronto is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Chicago hosts Boston

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#7 Duke 63, BOSTON COLLEGE 55…
#9 MARYLAND 56, Rutgers 51…
#11 Auburn 79, ARKANSAS 76…
#15 KENTUCKY 80, Mississippi State 72…
#22 Penn State 75, #16 MICHIGAN STATE 70

MLB NEWS… The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts and All-Star starting pitcher David Price from the Boston Red Sox yesterday in a three-way trade that also included the Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox ended up with Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol and the Twins picked up Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda. In a separate deal, the Dodgers dealt outfielder Joc Pederson to the Los Angeles Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo.