The Rundown for November 6, 2019

ELECTION RESULTS… Democrat Andy Breshear pulled off a major upset in yesterday’s elections when he defeated Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in the race for Kentucky’s governor. Democrats also prevailed in Virginia, where they flipped the state House and Senate to capture control of the legislature and the governorship for the first time in 26 years. Republicans were victorious in the Mississippi gubernatorial race, as Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves cruised past his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Jim Hood.

SONDLAND TIED TRUMP TO QUID PRO QUO… House investigators yesterday released the transcripts of closed-door interviews with two key officials as part of their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. A bombshell was delivered in the form of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s revised testimony in which he admitted telling a Ukrainian official that U.S. military aid to the country “likely” hinged on an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. The reversal came after Sondland last month testified that the aid freeze was not politically motivated. Sondland said Vice President Mike Pence was aware of the arrangement and was actively involved in carrying out the plan. Kurt Volker, the State Department’s former special envoy to Ukraine, told House investigators that he was not “fully in the loop” about a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump requested dirt on the Bidens. However, subsequently released text messages revealed he was much more involved than he let on. Meanwhile, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was asked yesterday to testify Friday in the impeachment inquiry.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO OPEN ALASKA LAND FOR OIL DEVELOPMENT… The Trump administration said yesterday that it will auction off nearly 4 million acres of land in Arctic Alaska for oil development next month and promised to open much more land to development in the future. The Bureau of Land Management’s annual oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska is scheduled for December 11. The sale will be the 15th in a series of oil lease sales held by the BLM for that region on the western side of Alaska’s North Slope. The BLM is also finishing up a draft plan to overturn Obama-era protections that put about half of the 23 million-acre reserve off-limits to oil development, citing needs to protect caribou, migratory birds and other resources important to the region’s indigenous people and to the nation. The Trump administration and the oil industry argue the Obama plan is too restrictive and needs to be replaced.

GOVERNMENT FUNDING LEGISLATION DISCUSSED… Congress and the White House are discussing legislation to keep U.S. government agencies operating beyond November 21 when existing funding expires. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, said a range of dates were possible for the duration of the next stop-gap funding bill. A bill lasting until mid-December or even well into 2020 was possible, he noted.

9 U.S. CITIZENS DEAD IN MEXICO MASSACRE… Surviving family members are blaming mistaken identity for Monday’s killings of at least nine U.S. citizens, including six children, who lived in a Mormon community in northern Mexico. Officials suspect the killings were carried by drug cartel gunmen but there has been no confirmation of a motive in the attack. The FBI has opened an investigation into the deaths. Victims reportedly were traveling in three separate cars near the town of Bavispe about 100 miles south of the Arizona border when their convoy of SUVs came under heavy fire.

COLIN FARRELL EYED AS THE PENGUIN… Colin Farrell is reportedly in talks to play the Penguin in the upcoming “The Batman” film. Robert Pattinson has already signed on to star the Dark Knight, with other actors including Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Batman ally Commissioner Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth. The film is set for a 2021 release.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON TO BE HONORED AT THE CMA AWARDS… Kris Kristofferson will be honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards. The 83-year-old Kristofferson will not attend the ceremony, which is scheduled for November 13 in Nashville. Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osbourne will perform Kristofferson’s hit song “Me & Bobby McGee” during a special tribute at the event. The 83-year-old Kristofferson is an eight-time CMA Awards nominee. He is also a three-time Grammy winner and was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

CHARLOTTE 122 – Indiana 120 (OT)… The Hornets came from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to outlast the Pacers. Devonte Graham scored a career-high 35 points.

Boston 119 – CLEVELAND 113… Gordon Hayward made all 16 of his 2-point field goal attempts and matched a career high with 39 points in leading the Celtics past the Cavaliers for their fifth straight win. Kemba Walker added 25 points.

ATLANTA 108 – San Antonio 100… The Hawks used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Spurs. Trae Young came alive to score 28 of his 29 points in the second half and dished off 13 assists.

OKLAHOMA CITY 102 – Orlando 94… Shai Gilgeous-Alexander pumped in 17 of his 24 points in the second half as the Thunder handled the Magic. Chris Paul added 20 points.

L.A. Lakers 118 – CHICAGO 112… The Lakers outscored the Bulls 38-19 n the fourth quarter to run their winning streak to six games. LeBron James racked up 30 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

DENVER 109 – Miami 89… Jamal Murray scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures and the Nuggets cruised past the Heat. Will Barton had 15 points and 10 boards.

New York is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Washington…
Golden State is at Houston…
Atlanta hosts Chicago…
Sacramento is at Toronto…
Memphis hosts Minnesota…
Orlando is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Philadelphia…
Milwaukee is at the L.A. Clippers

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – Ottawa 1… The Islanders made it 10 straight wins by skating past the Senators. Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas each had a goal and an assist.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Carolina 1… The Flyers scored three unanswered goals in the third period to get past the Hurricanes. Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist. Goalie Carter Hart made 33 saves.

Vegas 2 – COLUMBUS 1… Reilly Smith scored both goals as the Golden Knights edged the Blue Jackets. William Karlsson had two assists.

MONTREAL 5 – Boston 4… Ben Chariot’s goal midway through the third period was the difference as the Canadiens clipped the Bruins. Defenseman Victor Mete found the net twice.

TORONTO 3 – Los Angeles 1… Auston Matthews and William Nylander netted third-period goals to send the Maple Leafs past the Kings. Nylander also had an assist.

New Jersey 2 – WINNIPEG 1 (SO)… Nikita Gusev and Jesper Bogvist scored in the shootout to lift the Devils over the Jets. Andrew Copp scored in regulation.

DALLAS 4 – Colorado 1… Radek Faksa scored twice off rebounds and the Stars topped the Avalanche for their seventh win in eight games.

CALGARY 4 – Arizona 3 (OT)… The Flames erased a 3-1 third-period deficit to down the Coyotes. Matthew Tkachuk won it with his second goal of the game at 4:26 of overtime.

St. Louis 2 – VANCOUVER 1 (OT)… Jaden Schwartz found the net at 3:28 to give the Blues a win over the Canucks. Tyler Bozak also scored for St. Louis.

Minnesota 4 – ANAHEIM 2… The Sharks scored four unanswered goals to double up on the Ducks after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist.

SAN JOSE 4 – Chicago 2… Tomas Hertl and Timo Maier each had a goal and an assist in the Sharks’ defeat of the Blackhawks. Barclay Goodrow had two assists.

Detroit is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Edmonton hosts St. Louis

The Rundown for November 5, 2019

COURT RULES THAT TRUMP MUST TURN OVER TAX RETURNS… A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that President Trump must turn over eight years of personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors. The ruling came in response to a grand jury subpoena by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who is investigating alleged hush-money payments made to women just before the 2016 presidential election. Lawyers representing Trump say they’ll take their case to the Supreme Court. Trump promised during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would release his taxes but has since refused to do so.

GIULIANI ASSOCIATE TO ASSIST IN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY… An associate of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who is under indictment on campaign-finance charges is now prepared to comply with requests for materials and testimony from Congress in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Reuters reported yesterday that Lev Parnas aided Giuliani in digging up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Parnas and his associate, Igor Fruman, have both pleaded not guilty to being part of a scheme that used a shell company to donate to a pro-Trump election committee. They’re also accused of raising money for an ex-congressman as part of an attempt to get the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine removed from her post. In addition, Parnas is tied to pro-Trump lawyers Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova. Both were hired by Dmytro Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch wanted by U.S. authorities over conspiracy charges. According to his lawyer, Parnas’ decision to cooperate with the inquiry was the result of “President Trump’s plainly false statement that he did not know him.” Parnas has maintained that he has had extensive dealings with Trump.

U.S. FILES PAPERWORK TO LEAVE PARIS ACCORD… The Trump administration yesterday filed paperwork to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The filing came on the first day it was eligible to give a one-year notice to the international community to exit the agreement aimed at combatting climate change. With the paperwork filed, the U.S. will reportedly leave the accord on November 4, 2020.

MASS RELEASE OF OKLAHOMA PRISONERS… More than 400 inmates were released in Oklahoma yesterday as part of the largest mass commutation in U.S. history. The releases followed last week’s commutation of 500 inmates’ sentences by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board in response to the state’s criminal justice reform. 462 inmates walked free yesterday with more to follow. The released inmates were doing time for nonviolent crimes.

E. JEAN CARROLL SUES TRUMP… Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll has filed a defamation suit against President Trump, claiming he damaged her reputation by denying her accusation that he sexually assaulted her more than 20 years ago. According to the suit, Trump made “express statements and deliberate implications” that accused her of lying about the rape in order to increase sales of her memoir. The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

CAROL BURNETT JOINS ‘MAD ABOUT YOU’ REVIVAL… Carol Burnett has signed on to the “Mad About You” revival. She will reprise her Emmy-winning role as the mother of Helen Hunt’s character when the show returns for a limited run on the Spectrum Originals streaming service later this month. The show centers on a New York married couple played by Hunt and Paul Reiser. The NBC series that aired 164 episodes before its finale in May 1999. The revival debuts on November 20 and will conclude its season on December 18.

CHER ADDS CONCERT DATES… Cher has announced additional North American dates for her ongoing “Here We Go Again” tour. The singer will resume the 2020 portion of the tour March 6 in El Paso, Texas, and will also perform in Oklahoma City, Memphis, Miami, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Kansas City and Salt Lake City, among other cities. The tour supports Cher’s ABBA cover album, “Dancing Queen.”

Dallas 37 – N.Y. GIANTS 18… Dak Prescott threw for 257 yards and found three different receivers with touchdown passes as the Cowboys (5-3) handled the Giants (2-7). Jourdan Lewis capped the scoring with a 63-yard fumble return for a TD.

WASHINGTON 115 – Detroit 99… The Wizards pulled away in the second half to take down the injury-depleted Pistons. Bradley Beal led the way with 22 points.

BROOKLYN 135 – New Orleans 125… Kyrie Irving lit it up for 39 points in leading the Nets past the Pelicans. Jarrett Allen had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Houston 107 – MEMPHIS 100… The Rockets fought off the Grizzlies despite resting Russell Westbrook. James Harden poured in 44 points and grabbed 10 boards.

Milwaukee 134 – MINNESOTA 106… Giannis Antetokounmpo pumped in 34 points and gathered 15 rebounds as the Bucks cruised past the Timberwolves. Khris Middleton added 26 points and Eric Bledsoe tossed in 22.

PHOENIX 134 – Philadelphia 109… Devin Booker poured in a game-high 40 points in leading the Suns to a come-from-behind win over the 76ers. Ricky Rubio scored 21 points and dished off 10 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 127 – Portland 118… The undermanned Warriors came up big in the second half to get past the Trail Blazers. Eric Paschall powered his way to 36 points and 13 boards.

Indiana is at Charlotte…
Cleveland hosts Boston…
San Antonio is at Atlanta…
Oklahoma City hosts Orlando…
the L.A. Lakers are at Chicago…
Denver hosts Miami

BOSTON 6 – Pittsburgh 4… Brad Marchand scored two goals and assisted on three others in leading the Bruins past the Penguins. David Pastrnak added a goal and an assist.

Ottawa 6 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… Jean-Gabriel Pageau found the net twice as the Senators skated past the Rangers.

Nashville 6 – DETROIT 1…The Predators scored five unanswered goals in the second period after to erase an early deficit and put away the Red Wings. Matt Duchene scored two goals.

Arizona 3 – EDMONTON 2 (OT)… Derek Stepan scored at 2:01 of overtime to lift the Coyotes over the Oilers. Michael Grabner and Carl Soderberg netted unassisted goals.

Ottawa is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Philadelphia hosts Carolina…
Vegas is at Columbus…
Montreal hosts Boston…
Los Angeles is at Toronto…
Winnipeg hosts New Jersey…
Colorado is at Dallas…
Calgary hosts Arizona…
St. Louis is at Vancouver…
Anaheim hosts Minnesota…
Chicago is at San Jose

The Rundown for November 4, 2019

CONGRESSWOMAN VOWS TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE RELEASED… Democratic congresswoman Jackie Speier of California revealed yesterday that transcripts of recent closed-door congressional appearances by current and former Trump administration officials at the center of the impeachment inquiry will be released this week. Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the transcripts will give the American people “an eye on exactly what we have heard, and what we have heard is growing evidence of grounds for impeachment.” She made the remarks during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

TRUMP WARNS HE’LL CUT CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE FUNDING… President Trump yesterday repeated the warning that he would cut federal funding to California as crews in the state seized the upper hand n their battle against raging wildfires. Trump blamed California Governor Gavin Newsom for the state’s forest management practices that have led to wildfires – even though the fires were almost entirely on federal land. Last year, Trump suggested that Californians should rake their forests’ floors. Newsom dismissed Trump’s criticism and criticized the president for not believing in climate change.

FEDERAL JUDGE STRIKES DOWN IMMIGRANT HEALTH INSURANCE LAW… A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has temporarily struck down a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants to prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon’s restraining order prevented the rule from taking effect yesterday. The ruling came in response to a federal lawsuit filed by seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization contending the rule would block nearly two-thirds of all prospective legal immigrants.

ADVISER REFUSES TO TESTIFY… A senior adviser for national security issues chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has refused to testify about White House policy toward Ukraine at a deposition scheduled for today. Robert Blair, who was on the line during Trump’s July call with Ukraine’s President, has not yet received a subpoena and his lawyer says he will still refuse to testify if he gets one. Blair had been associate director for national security programs in the Office of Management and Budget before he followed Mulvaney to the White House in January.

WHISTLEBLOWER OFFERS WRITTEN RESPONSES… The whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Trump is offering to answer written questions from Republicans on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, his lawyers announced yesterday. The action comes after recent Republican efforts, led by Trump, to unmask the whistleblower’s identity. The whistleblower previously offered to answer lawmakers’ questions under oath and in writing if they were submitted by the House Intelligence Committee as a whole.

KANYE WEST TOPS ALBUM CHART… Kanye West’s “Jesus is King” sold 264,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album cart. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” cropped to second place on sales of 81,000 units. Rex Orange County’s “Pony” debuted at No. 3 on sales of 56,000 copies. YoungBoyNever Broke Again’s “AI YoungBoy” dropped to fourth after selling 64,000 units. Summer Walker’s “Over It” capped the top five with 60,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Terminator: Dark Fate” took in $29 million to open atop the weekend box office. “Joker” finished second with $13.9 million. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” made $12.1 million to finish in third place. “Harriet” brought in $12 million to take fourth place. “The Addams Family” came in fifth with $8.4 million.

Houston 26 – JACKSONVILLE 3… Deshaun Watson passed for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Texans (6-3) ripped the Jaguars (4-5). Carlos Hyde rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries.

BUFFALO 24 – Washington 9… Josh Allen threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the Bills (6-2) pounded the Redskins (1-8). Devin Singletary ran for 95 yards and a score.

KANSAS CITY 26 – Minnesota 23… Harrison Butker’s 44-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Chiefs (6-3) over the Vikings (6-3). Butker tied the game with a 54-yarder late in the fourth quarter. Matt Moore passed for 275 yards and a score. Damian Williams carried 19 times for 125 yards and a TD.

MIAMI 26 – N.Y. Jets 18… Ryan Fitzpatrick hit rookie Preston Williams with two of his three touchdown passes as the Dolphins (1-7) topped the Jets (1-7) for their first win over the season.

PHILADELPHIA 22 – Chicago 14… Carson Wentz passed for 239 yards and a touchdown in leading the Eagles (5-4) past the Bears (3-5). Zach Ertz had nine receptions for 103 yards and a score.

PITTSBURGH 26 – Indianapolis 24… The Steelers (4-4) escaped with a win over the Colts (5-3) when Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with 1:13 remaining. Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell booted four field goals to 51 yards. Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown.

CAROLINA 30 – Tennessee 20… Christian McCaffrey rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers (5-3) downed the Titans (4-5). McCaffrey also caught a 7-yard scoring pass.

OAKLAND 31 – Detroit 24… The Raiders (4-4) held on in the final seconds after the Lions (3-4-1) had 4th-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Josh Jacobs rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Derek Carr passed for 289 yards and two scores.

SEATTLE 40 – Tampa Bay 34 (OT)… Russell Wilson threw 10 yards to Jacob Hollister in overtime to give the Seahawks (6-2) a come-from-behind win over the Buccaneers (2-6). Wilson passed for 378 yards and five TDs on the day. Tyler Lockett had 13 receptions for 152 yards and two scores.

DENVER 24 – Cleveland 19… Brandon Allen threw 21- and 75-yard touchdown passes as the Broncos (3-6) held off the Browns (2-6). Noah Fant had three catches for 115 yards and a score.

L.A. CHARGERS 26 – Green Bay 11… Melvin Gordon ran for a pair of touchdowns and Michael Badgley kicked four field goals to 43 yards as the Chargers (4-5) ripped the Packers (7-2).

BALTIMORE 37 – New England 20… Lamar Jackson ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third as the Ravens (6-2) dealt the Patriots (8-1) their first loss of the season. Mark Ingram II rushed for 115 yards on 15 carries. Marlon Humphrey returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown.

Dallas (4-3) is at the N.Y. Giants (2-6)

INDIANA 108 – Chicago 95… T.J. Warren pumped in a season-high 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 22 points as the short-handed Pacers got past the Bulls.

MIAMI 129 – Houston 100… The Heat jumped out to a 41-point lead in the first quarter and coasted past the Rockets. Duncan Robinson led the way with 23 points. Meyers Leonard added 21 points.

Sacramento 113 – NEW YORK 92… The Kings got 24 points from De’Aaron Fox and 22 from Buddy Hield in their rout of the Knicks.

L.A. LAKERS 103 – SAN ANTONIO 96… The Lakers made it five straight wins by topping the Spurs. Anthony Davis had 25 points and 11 rebounds. LeBron James racked up 21 points, 11 boards and 13 assists. Dwight Howard delivered 14 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.

Dallas 131 – CLEVELAND 111… The Mavericks used a big fourth quarter to blow away the Cavaliers. Luka Doncic finished with 29 points, 14 boards and 15 assists. Six other players scored in double figures for Dallas.

L.A. CLIPPERS 105 – Utah 94… The Clippers erased a double-digit second-half deficit to upend the Jazz. Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points to lead six players in double figures.

Detroit is at Washington…
Brooklyn hosts New Orleans…
Houston is at Memphis…
Minnesota hosts Milwaukee…
Philadelphia is at Phoenix…
Golden State hosts Portland

WASHINGTON 4 – Calgary 2… Jakub Vrana scored three goals to lead the Capitals past the Flames. Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on two goals.

Chicago 3 – ANAHEIM 2 (OT)… The Blackhawks recovered to outlast the Ducks after blowing a two-goal second-period lead. Patrick Kane netted the game-winner 24 seconds into overtime. Jonathan Toews assisted on two goals.

Pittsburgh is at Boston…
the N.Y. Rangers host Ottawa…
Nashville is at Detroit…
Edmonton hosts Arizona

AP TOP 25 RANKINGS (first-place votes)…
1 LSU (17) 8-0
2 Alabama (21) 8-0
3 Ohio State (17) 8-0
4 Clemson (7) 9-0
5 Penn State 8-0
6 Georgia 7-1
7 Oregon 8-1
8 Utah 8-1
9 Oklahoma 7-1
10 Florida 7-2
11 Baylor 8-0
12 Auburn 7-2
13 Minnesota 8-0
14 Michigan 7-2
15 Notre Dame 6-2
16 Wisconsin 6-2
17 Cincinnati 7-1
18 Iowa 6-2
19 Memphis 8-1
20 Kansas State 6-2
21 Boise State 7-1
22 Wake Forest 7-1
23 SMU 8-1
24 San Diego State 7-1
25 Navy 7-1

MLB GOLD GLOVE WINNERS (No. of times won)… MLB revealed the winners for the 2019 Rawlings Gold Gloves, given to the best defensive player at each position. Winners were chosen through a vote by managers and coaches.

National League
Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks/Astros (6)
Catcher: JT Realmuto, Phillies (1)
First Base: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (2)
Second Base: Kolten Wong, Cardinals (1)
Shortstop: Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks (1)
Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (7)
Left Field: David Peralta, Diamondbacks (1)
Center Field: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers (1)
Right Field: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers (1)

American League
Pitcher: Mike Leake, Mariners/Diamondbacks (1)
Catcher: Roberto Perez, Cleveland (1)
First Base: Matt Olson, Athletics (2)
Second Base: Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox (1)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland (2)
Third Base: Matt Chapman, Athletics (2)
Left Field: Alex Gordon, Royals (7)
Center Field: Kevin Kiermaier, Rays (3)
Right Field: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (4)

The Rundown for October 31, 2019

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE BREAKS WITH TRUMP IN TESTIMONY… Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan broke with President Trump in his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. Sullivan testified that it would not be “in accord with our values” for a president to ask a foreign government to investigate a political rival. Sullivan’s testimony came as he was being vetted to become the next U.S. ambassador to Russia.

JOHN BOLTON ASKED TO TESTIFY… Congressional investigators have formally asked former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in their impeachment inquiry on November 7. Investigators have also asked White House lawyers John Eisenberg and Michael Ellis to testify on November 4. Bolton reportedly won’t testify voluntarily but would provide testimony if subpoenaed.

PATHOLOGIST SUSPECTS HOMICIDE IN EPSTEIN’S DEATH… Prominent forensic pathologist Michael Baden claimed yesterday that evidence suggests convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died as the result of homicide, not suicide. The findings of Bader, who was hired by Epstein’s family, contradicts the New York City medical examiner who concluded that the late financier’s death in August was caused by hanging in his Manhattan jail cell. Baden said Epstein had a number of injuries that “are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation.”

ECONOMY GROWTH SLOWS… U.S. economic growth slowed during the third quarter as business investment declined, according to figures released yesterday. Gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 1.9 percent from July through September, according to the Commerce Department. The economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate in the second quarter.

CALIFORNIA CREWS BATTLING 10 ACTIVE FIRES… Fire officials in California reported that two new fires that broke out yesterday brought the number of major fires in the state to 10. The Easy fire between Simi Valley and Moorpark in Ventura County came within 30 yards of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, which was evacuated but not damaged. The Hill fire broke out in Riverside County’s Jurupa Valley. The Kincade fire, which broke out last week in Northern California’s Sonoma County, had burned through nearly 77,000 acres and was 30 percent contained by yesterday morning.

JOHN WITHERSPOON DIES… Actor and comedian John Witherspoon has died, his family has confirmed. He was 77. Witherspoon was best known for his role as Ice Cube’s dad in the “Friday” films. He also appeared in The Wayans Bros TV series, voiced the grandfather in “The Boondocks” animated series and was also a frequent guest on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”

CUBA GOODING JR. ARRAIGNMENT TODAY… Cuba Gooding Jr. is facing a new accuser and new charges in his New York City sexual misconduct case, his lawyer revealed yesterday. The 51-year-old Oscar-winning actor is scheduled to be arraigned today on an updated misdemeanor indictment. A third accuser has joined a case that began in June when a 29-year-old woman accused Gooding of squeezing her breast without consent at Manhattan nightclub.

NATIONALS WIN WORLD SERIES… The Washington Nationals erased a 2-0 seventh-inning deficit on their way to beating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series. Anthony Rendon homered with the bases empty and Howie Kendrick added a two-run shot in the top of the seventh. Adam Eaton produced a two-run single in the ninth to cap the scoring. Rendon was named the series’ MVP. The victory gave the nation’s capital its first World Series champion since the 1924 Washington Senators. The seven-game series was the only one in which the home team didn’t win a game.

PHILADELPHIA 117 – Minnesota 95… The 76ers’ Joel Embiid led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points before he and the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns were ejected for fighting. Al Horford had 12 points and 16 rebounds.

CLEVELAND 117 – Chicago 111… Tristan Thompson pumped in 23 points for the Cavaliers. Kevin Love finished with 17 points and 20 boards.

ORLANDO 95 – New York 83… The Magic pulled past the Knicks in the second half. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds.

TORONTO 125 – Detroit 113… Pascal Siakam scored 19 of his 30 points in the third quarter to lead the Raptors past the Pistons. Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 11 assists.

BOSTON 116 – Milwaukee 105… The Celtics rallied past the Bucks after trailing by 15 after the first quarter. Kemba Walker scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half.

Indiana 118 – BROOKLYN 108… The Pacers got 29 points from Domantas Sabonis and 25 from Jeremy Lamb in downing the Nets for their first win of the season.

Portland 102 – OKLAHOMA CITY 99… Damian Lillard scored 23 points and dished off 13 assists as the Trail Blazers held off the Thunder. CJ McCollum tossed in 22 points.

Houston 159 – WASHINGTON 158… James Harden made a go-ahead free throw with 2.4 seconds remaining and finished with 59 points as the Rockets outscored the Wizards. Clint Capela had 21 points and 12 boards. Russell Westbrook added 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Charlotte 118  – SACRAMENTO 111… The Hornets took control with a bg third quarter and hung on to top the Kings. PJ Washington scored 23 points and Terry Rozier added 22.

UTAH 110 – L.A. Clippers 96… Mike Conley scored 24 points, Donovan Mitchell added 24 and the Jazz handled a Clippers team that rested Kawhi Leonard.

Phoenix 121 – GOLDEN STATE 110… The Suns jumped out to a 43-14 lead after the first quarter and coasted past a Warrior team that lost Stephen Curry to a broken hand suffered after a fall. Devin Booker scored a game-high 31 points. Aron Baynes had 24 points and 12 boards.

Miami is at Atlanta…
New Orleans hosts Denver…
San Antonio is at the L.A. Clippers

Tampa Bay 7 – NEW JERSEY 6 (OT).. Tyler Johnson found the net 1:16 into overtime to left the Lightning over the Devils. Ondrej Palat scored two goals and had an assist.

Edmonton 4 – COLUMBUS 1… Leon Draisaitl scored two goals and assisted on another as the Oilers skated past the Blue Jackets. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assisted on two goals.

ST. LOUIS 2 – Minnesota 1… Alex Pietrangelo netted a go-ahead goal 1:39 into the third period and the Blues held on to edge the Wild. Goalie Jordan Binnington made 35 saves.

Florida 3 – COLORADO 3 (OT)… The Panthers came from two goals down in the tird period to outlast the Avalanche. Jonathan Huberdeau netted the tying goal with 1:30 left in regulation and added the winning goal 29 seconds into overtime.

Montreal 4 – ARIZONA 1… Shea Weber had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens in their defeat of the Coyotes. Carey Price made 33 saves at goal.

Vancouver 5 – LOS ANGELES 3… Brock Boeser scored three goals and had an assist as the Canucks skated past the Kings. Elias Pettersson added a goal and three assists.

Calgary is at Nashville…
Vegas hosts Montreal

San Francisco (7-0) is at Arizona (3-4-1)

#12 Baylor hosts West Virginia…
#20 Appalachian State hosts Georgia Southern

The Rundown for October 30, 2019

UKRAINE EXPERT TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS… Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the White House who raised concerns about the administration’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Trump’s political rivals, testified for 10-1/2 hours before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform yesterday. He reportedly claimed the White House transcript of a July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was missing certain words and phrases. The New York Times reported that Vindman said there are ellipses in the memo that indicate omissions where Trump spoke about tapes of presidential candidate Joe Biden and that his attempts to restore words and phrases failed. Analysts say Vindman’s testimony is likely to drive investigators to ask further questions about how officials handled the call. Top Democrats at the deposition described Vindman’s testimony as “extremely disturbing” and praised him for appearing despite attacks from the White House.

WHISTLEBLOWER LAWYERS THREATENED… Lawyers representing the whistleblower who first drew attention to President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has received multiple death threats, according to a report in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Individuals close to the legal team also told the newspaper the death threats have led to at least one investigation from law enforcement, and the attorneys have also been subject to other abusive messages. No threats thus far have been determined to be credible, the report said.

HOUSE DEMS RELEASE IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION… House Democrats yesterday unveiled the resolution that details their procedures in moving forward with the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The House is expected to vote on the resolution tomorrow. The eight-page resolution calls for public hearings and specifically permits staff counsels from both parties to question witnesses for periods of up to 45 minutes per side.

INDICTED GIULIANI ASSOCIATE TO BE QUESTIONED UNDER OATH… A federal judge in Florida ruled yesterday that Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, can be questioned under oath in the coming weeks about financial transfers he made to Republican political campaign. The ruling comes as part of a civil court proceeding and is separate from the criminal charges in New York. Parnas is accused in a New York federal court of conspiracy and campaign finance-related violations and has pleaded not guilty to his criminal charges. The Manhattan federal prosecutors continue to consider new charges related to him.

ISIS DEFECTOR TO GET REWARD FOR AL-BAGHDADI DEATH… The Washington Post reported yesterday that an ISIS defector credited with leading U.S. forces to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Syrian hideout will get at least some of a $25 million reward. The unidentified defector turned against the terror group after it killed one of his family members, officials said. Kurds handed him over to U.S. intelligence officials who determined his info on Baghdadi’s whereabouts was credible.

SPACEY WON’T FACE L.A. SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES… The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced yesterday that Kevin Spacey won’t be charged in a sexual assault case because the alleged victim died during the investigation. Spacey was accused of forcing a male massage therapist to touch his genitals during an in-home session in 2016. The therapist claimed he suffered emotional pain and distress from the incident.

HBO ORDERS ‘GAME OF THRONES’ PREQUEL… HBO revealed yesterday that it has ordered a “Game of Thrones” prequel series. The series is based on the “Game of Thrones” companion book “Fire & Blood” and will be titled “House of the Dragon.” The story is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and centers on House Targaryen.

WORLD SERIES GAME 6… The Washington Nationals forced Game 7 in the 2019 World Series with a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros. Anthony Rendon drove in five runs with a homer, double and a single. Juan Soto blasted a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the fifth inning. Adam Eaton also went deep. Starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs on five hits over 8-1/3 innings. Washington is expected to send Max Scherzer to the mound tonight. He would be opposed by fellow righthander Zack Greinke. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on Fox.

MIAMI 112 – Atlanta 97… Rookie Tyler Herro scored 29 points as the Heat cruised past the Hawks. Jimmy Butler added 21 points in his Miami debut.

Dallas 109 – DENVER 106… Maxi Kleber and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 14 points apiece to lead nine players in double figures as the Mavericks rallied past the Nuggets. Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

L.A. LAKERS 120  – Memphis 91… The Lakers broke open a close game in the second half. Anthony Davis lit it up with 40 points and 20 rebounds. LeBron James added 23 points.

Minnesota is at Philadelphia…
Cleveland hosts Chicago…
New York is at Orlando…
Toronto hosts Detroit…
Milwaukee is at Boston…
Brooklyn hosts Indiana…
Portland is at Oklahoma City…
Washington hosts Houston…
the L.A. Clippers are at Utah…
Sacramento hosts Charlotte…
Phoenix is at Golden State

BOSTON 5 – San Jose 1… David Krejci had a goal and an assist in his return to the ice after missing five games with an injury and the Bruins skated past the Sharks.

Washington 4 – TORONTO 3 (OT)… Alex Ovechkin’s second goal of the game came at the 4-minute mark of overtime and lifted the Capitals over the Maple Leafs. Ovechkin also assisted on two goals scored by John Carlson.

PITTSBURGH 7 – Philadelphia 1… The Penguins opened with a four-goal first period and never looked back in their thrashing of the Flyers. Sidney Crosby, Dominik Simon and Dominik Kahun each had a goal and two assists.

CAROLINA 2 – Calgary 1… Andrei Svechnikov scored two goals in the final 10:47 to lead the Hurricanes past the Flames.

N.Y. RANGERS 4 – Tampa Bay 1… The Rangers scored three third-period goals to put away the Lightning. Filip Chytil netted the tie-breaking goal in his season debut.

DETROIT 3 – Edmonton 1… The Red Wings topped the Oilers to snap their eight-game losing streak. Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist.

NASHVILLE 3 – Chicago 0… Nick Bonino scored all three Predators goals in their blanking of the Blackhawks. Rocco Grimaldi had three assists. Goalie Pekka Rinne stopped all 20 shots.

DALLAS 6 – Minnesota 3… The Stars used a five-goal third period to upend the Wild. Alexander Radulov netted three goals and had an assist.

ANAHEIM 7 – Winnipeg 4… Carter Rowney netted two late goals to put away the Jets. Josh Mahura had three assists for the Ducks.

Tampa Bay is at New Jersey..
Columbus hosts Edmonton…
Minnesota is at St. Louis…
Colorado hosts Florida…
Montreal is at Arizona…
Los Angeles hosts Vancouver

The Rundown for October 29, 2019

TOP UKRAINE EXPERT TO TESTIFY THIS MORNING… The top Ukraine expert at the White House is scheduled to testify this morning before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman, the first person who heard President Trump’s call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, will tell impeachment investigators he twice reported concerns about President Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. In an opening statement released last night, Vindman declared he is acting out of a “sense of duty” and that he “did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen.”

CONGRESS TO VOTE ON IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that Congress will vote this week on a resolution affirming the impeachment investigation, establishing rules for public hearings, providing due process rights for the White House and other procedures. The decision was announced in a letter that came after she was pressured from Republicans and the White House to put the matter to vote. “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said.

NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL MAP RULED ILLEGAL… A panel of three Superior Court judges ruled yesterday that North Carolina’s congressional map is an illegal gerrymander and blocked the state’s congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections. Voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain, according to the ruling. The judges issued no deadline for a new map but suggested lawmakers could redraw them on their own quickly to ensure congressional primaries are held as scheduled. The State Board of Elections wants lines to be finalized by December 15.

CONGRESSMAN WALDEN WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION… Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election in 2020. The 62-year-old Walden has served in Congress since 1999 and is deputy chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He joins top Republicans on the House Armed Services, Natural Resources and Agriculture committees and other senior GOP representatives who have decided not to run next year.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES… Wildfires continue to break out in California amid dry and windy conditions. Officials announced yesterday that crews have been battling more than 300 wildfires that ignited in just 24 hours. Among the new fires is the Getty Fire in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Brentwood, Mountaingate and West Los Angeles, which prompted the mandatory evacuations of approximately 10,000 residential and commercial structures. Authorities announced last night that a fire in the wine country of Sonoma County is 15% contained and that about 30,000 people who had been evacuated on the western side of the blaze have been allowed home.

ROBERT EVANS DIES… Legendary Hollywood producer and former Paramount Pictures production chief Robert Evans died on Saturday, family members confirmed yesterday. He was 89. Evans is best remembered for backing such films as “Chinatown,” ″The Godfather” and “Harold and Maude” in the 1970s. He was the model for Dustin Hoffman’s petty-minded Hollywood producer in the 1997 satire “Wag the Dog.” His 1994 memoir, “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” was later turned into a 2002 documentary.

PITTSBURGH 27 – Miami 14… The Steelers (2-4) rolled past the Dolphins (0-6) after spotting them a 14-point lead. Mason Rudolph threw touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster. James Connor ran 9 yards for a fourth-quarter score.

DETROIT 96 – Indiana 94… Derrick Rose’s driving layup with 28.3 seconds remaining gave the Pistons the lead for good in their defeat of the Pacers. Christian Wood had 19 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Andre Drummond added 18 points and as many boards.

NEW YORK 105 – Chicago 98… The Knicks overcame an 18-point deficit after the first quarter to top the Bulls. Bobby Portis knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining and finished with 38 points against his former team.

TORONTO 104 – Orlando 95… Kyle Lowry scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and Pascal Siakam dropped in 24 points as the Raptors held off the Magic.

Philadelphia 105 – ATLANTA 103… Joel Embiid made the two decisive free throws with 5.3 seconds left and finished with 36 points and 13 rebounds in the 76ers’ win over the Hawks.

MILWAUKEE 129 – Cleveland 112… Khris Middleton scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures as the Bucks downed the Cavaliers. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 points and 10 boards.

Golden State 134 – NEW ORLEANS 123… Stephen Curry scored 26 points and dished off 11 assists in leading the Warriors to their first win of the season. D’Angelo Russell added 24 points. Damion Lee delivered 23 points and 11 boards off the bench.

HOUSTON 116 – Oklahoma City 112… James Harden poured in 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 21 points in leading the Rockets past the Thunder.

SAN ANTONIO 113 – Portland 110… The Spurs erased a double-digit second-quarter lead in fighting off the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan pumped in 27 points.

Utah 96 – PHOENIX 95… Donovan Mitchell’s free throw with .4 seconds to go gave the Jazz a hard-fought win over the Suns. Mitchell had 26 points on the night. Bogdan Bogdanovic led all scorers with 29 points. Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 18 rebounds.

Denver 101 – SACRAMENTO 94… The Nuggets took control in the third quarter and held on to beat the Kings. Jamal Murray led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 111 – Charlotte 96… The Clippers pulled away in the second half to shake off the Hornets. Kawhi Leonard totaled 30 points. Lou Williams added 23 points.

Atlanta is at Miami…
Denver hosts Dallas…
Memphis is at the L.A. Lakers

Arizona 3 – BUFFALO 2 (SO)… Nick Schmaltz scored in the shootout to lift the Coyotes over the Sabres. Conor Garland had a goal and an assist.

VANCOUVER 7 – Florida 2… The Canucks opened with a five-goal first period and coasted past the Panthers. J.T. Miller netted two goals. Elias Pettersson and Alexander Edler each had three assists.

San Jose is at Boston…
Toronto hosts Washington…
Philadelphia is at Pittsburgh…
Carolina hosts Calgary…
Tampa Bay is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Detroit hosts Edmonton…
Chicago is at Nashville…
Dallas hosts Minnesota…
Winnipeg is at Anaheim

WORLD SERIES GAME 6 TONIGHT… The Houston Astros will try to wrap up their second World Series title in three years when they host the Washington Nationals in Game 6 tonight. Houston will send Justin Verlander (21-6) to the mound, where he’ll be opposed by fellow righthander Stephen Strasburg (18-6). Gametime is 8:07 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on Fox.

The Rundown for October 28, 2019

STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED AS CALIFORNIA BURNS… California Governor Gavin Newsom declared a statewide state of emergency yesterday as wildfires raged throughout the state. Fires across Northern California prompted the evacuation of nearly 200,000 people. The Kincade Fire in Sonoma County burned more than 30,000 acres and was listed at 10-percent containment. The Tick Fire in Los Angeles County consumed burned 4,615 acres and was at 65 percent containment, authorities said.

TRUMP KEPT DEM LEADERS IN THE DARK… President Trump admitted yesterday that he withheld information about the raid that killed ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi from some members of Congress, including senior Democrats because he was worried about leaks. Among those who weren’t informed were House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. The move to share information with Russia but not Democratic leaders drew widespread criticism. Russia’s foreign ministry later ridiculed Trump’s versions of events leading up to the death of al-Baghdadi as “propaganda.”

JOHN CONYERS DIES… Former longtime Democratic Congressman from Michigan John Conyers died in his sleep yesterday morning. He was 90. Conyers represented the Detroit area for more than 50 years before he resigned in 2017 due to claims of sexual harassment from former employees. Conyers served as Chairman of the House Oversight Committee from 1989 to 1995 and as Chairman of the House Committee on the Judiciary from 2007 to 2011. He also co-founded the Congressional Black Caucus in 1969.

CHICAGO TEACHERS REMAIN ON STRIKE… More than 300,000 Chicago students will remain out of school today as their teachers remain on strike. Contract talks between Chicago Public Schools and striking teachers continued through yesterday. City officials say a large gap separates the two sides.

GAS PRICES DROP… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. has dropped 4 cents per gallon over the past two weeks to $2.68, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations released yesterday. The Lindberg Survey found that the most expensive gas was in San Francisco, where it cost $4.71 a gallon. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had the cheapest gas at $2.12.

POST MALONE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 93,000 units to reclaim the top spot on the Billboard 200 chart. YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “AI YoungBoy 2” slipped into second place after selling 80,000 copies. Summer Walker’s “Over It” remained in third place with 69,000 units sold. DaBaby’s “Kirk” finished fourth on sales of 49,000 copies. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” sold 39,000 units to finish fifth.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Joker” took in $18.9 million to top the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil,” slipped into second place with $18.5 million. “The Addams Family” jumped one spot into third place after taking in $11.7 million. “Zombieland: Double Tap” made $11.6 million to finish fourth. “Countdown” capped the top five with $9 million.

Houston  7 – WASHINGTON 1… Yordan Alvarez, Carlos Correa and George Springer belted two-run homers to power the Astros to a Game 5 win and a 3-2 lead in the series. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole limited the Nationals to a run on three hits over seven innings. The series returns to Houston for tomorrow’s Game 6.

NEW ENGLAND 27 – Cleveland 13… The Patriots (8-0) rolled past the Browns (2-5) to give coach Bill Belichick hist 300th win as a head coach. Tom Brady found Julian Edelman with a pair of touchdown passes.

Seattle 27 – ATLANTA 20… Russell Wilson connected with DK Metcalf on two touchdown passes as the Seahawks (6-2) topped the Falcons (1-7).

Philadelphia 31 – BUFFALO 13… Josh Allen threw touchdown passes to Cole Beasley and Devin Singletary as the Eagles (4-4) thrashed the Bills (5-2).

L.A. Chargers 17 – CHICAGO 16… Philip Rivers’ 11-yard touchdown pass to Austin Ekeler in the fourth quarter proved to be the difference as the Chargers (3-5) held off the Bears (3-4). Chicago kicker Eddy Pineiro missed a 41-yard field goal as time expired.

DETROIT 31 – N.Y. Giants 26… Matthew Stafford connected with Kenny Golladay on two of his three touchdown passes as the Lions (3-3-1) got past the Giants (2-6).

TENNESSEE 27 – Tampa Bay 23… Ryan Tannehill hit A.J. Brown with a go-ahead 8-yard touchdown pass with 6:55 remaining and the Titans (4-4) made it stand in beating the Buccaneers (2-5).

INDIANAPOLIS 15 – Denver 13… Adam Vinatieri booted a 51-yard field goal with 22 seconds left to send the Colts (5-2) past the Broncos (2-6). Vinatieri was also good from 55 yards out.

L.A. RAMS 24 – Cincinnati 10… Wide receiver Cooper Kupp had seven catches for 220 yards and a touchdown as the Rams (5-3) handled the Bengals (0-8). Jared Goff passed for 372 yards and two scores.

NEW ORLEANS 31 – Arizona 9… Drew Brees returned to action after thumb surgery and passed for 373 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Saints (7-1) over the Cardinals (3-4-1).

JACKSONVILLE 29 – N.Y. Jets 15… Gardner Minshew II completed 22 of 34 passes for 279 yards and three touchdowns as the Jaguars (4-4) downed the Jets (1-6). Defensively, Jacksonville intercepted Sam Darnold three times.

SAN FRANCISCO 51 – Carolina 13… Tevin Coleman rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns and caught a touchdown pass as the 49ers (7-0) routed the Panthers (4-3).

HOUSTON 27 – Oakland 24… Deshaun Watson passed for 279 yards and three touchdowns as the Texans (5-3) fought off the Raiders (3-4). DeAndre Hopkins had 11 catches for 109 yards.

Green Bay 31 – KANSAS CITY 24… Aaron Jones took a quick pass from Aaron Rodgers and ran 67 yards for a tie-breaking touchdown with 8:02 remaining and the Packers (7-1) made it stand in beating the Chiefs (5-3). Jones also had a 4-yard TD reception. Rodgers passed for 305 yards and three scores.

Miami (0-6) is at Pittsburgh (2-4)

OKLAHOMA CITY 120 – Golden State 92… The Thunder jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their rout of the Warriors. Dennis Schroder scored 22 points off the bench. Dino Gallinari added 21 points.

MEMPHIS 134 – Brooklyn 133 (OT)… Jae Crowder knocked down a three-pointer at the overtime buzzer to send the Grizzlies past the Nets. Ja Morant pumped in 30 points.

MINNESOTA 116 – Miami 109… Andrew Wiggins made four 3-pointers in the final six minutes and finished with 25 points to push the Timberwolves past the Heat. Karl Anthony-Towns had 23 points and 11 rebounds. Jeff Teague dropped in 21 points.

Portland 121 – DALLAS 119… Damian Lillard sunk a tie-breaking layup with 26 seconds left and the Trail Blazers hung on to beat the Mavericks. Lillard finished with 28 points. CJ McCollum led all scorers with 35 points. Rodney Hood added 20 points.

L.A. LAKERS 120 – Charlotte 101… The Lakers pulled away in the second half to put away the Hornets. Anthony Davis totaled 29 points and 14 boards. LeBron James had 20 points and 12 assists.

Indiana is at Detroit…
New York hosts Chicago…
Orlando is at Toronto…
Atlanta hosts Philadelphia…
Cleveland is at Milwaukee…
New Orleans hosts Golden State…
Oklahoma City is at Houston…
San Antonio hosts Portland…
Denver is at Sacramento…
Phoenix hosts Utah…
Charlotte is at the L.A. Clippers

OTTAWA 5 – San Jose 2… Nick Paul scored a pair of goals and had an assist for the Senators. Brady Tkachuk added a goal and two assists.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Philadelphia 3… Anders Lee scored a goal and assisted on another as the Islanders topped the Flyers.

Boston 7 – N.Y. RANGERS 4… The Bruins scored four second-period goals to put away the Rangers. Patrice Bergeron netted three goals. Brad Marchand scored two goals and had three assists. David Pastrnak piled up five assists.

CHICAGO 5 – Los Angeles 1… Dylan Strome found the net twice and had an assist as the Blackhawks skated past the Kings to snap their four-game skid.

Florida 6 – EDMONTON 2… Brian Boyle and Jayce Hawryluk each had a goal and an assist as the Panthers skated past the Oilers.

St. Louis 5 – DETROIT 4 (OT)… David Perron scored at 1:28 of overtime to lift the Blues over the Red Wings. He also assisted on three goals in regulation. Ryan O’Reilly scored two goals and had two assists.

VEGAS 5 – Anaheim 2… The Golden Knights opened with three first-period goals and cruised past the Ducks. Mark Stone had a goal and an assist.

Arizona is at Buffalo…
Vancouver hosts Florida

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS (first-place votes)…
1. LSU (17) 8-0
2. Alabama (21) 8-0
3. Ohio St. (17) 8-0
4. Clemson (7) 8-0
5. Penn St. 8-0
6. Florida 7-1
7. Oregon 7-1
8. Georgia 6-1
9. Utah 7-1
10. Oklahoma 7-1
11. Auburn 6-2
12. Baylor 7-0
13. Minnesota 8-0
14. Michigan 6-2
15. SMU 8-0
16. Notre Dame 5-2
17. Cincinnati 6-1
18. Wisconsin 6-2
19. Iowa 6-2
20. Appalachian St. 7-0
21. Boise St. 6-1
22. Kansas St. 5-2
23. Wake Forest 6-1
24. Memphis 7-1
25. San Diego St. 7-1