The Rundown for January 6, 2020

IRAN ABANDONS TERMS OF NUCLEAR AGREEMENT… Iran’s government announced yesterday that it will no longer abide by terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement following the U.S.’ assassination of Major-General Qassem Soleimani. The announcement followed a meeting of Iran’s National Security Council to discuss the country’s nuclear policy. Iran has vowed to no longer limit its enrichment of uranium along with research and development in its nuclear activities.

TRUMP VOWS ‘DISPROPORTIONATE’ RETALIATION… President Trump declared on Twitter yesterday that Iran can expect “disproportionate” retaliation to any attacks on U.S. citizens or American facilities. Trump also said his Twitter posts “will serve as notification to the United States Congress.” Trump drew widespread condemnation yesterday for a tweet that claimed cultural sites were among potential targets that the U.S. has identified in Iran. Some critics have claimed that actions taken against cultural sites would be a violation of international law.

TO IRAQI PARLIAMENT VOTES TO EXPEL U.S… Iraqi lawmakers voted yesterday to expel U.S. troops from their country. Prior to the vote, they changed “Death to America!” in the parliamentary chambers. The expulsion order will now go before Iraq Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi, who has suggested he will sign it.

3 AMERICANS KILLED IN KENYA… The Pentagon has confirmed that three Americans were killed in an attack by extremist group al-Shabab early yesterday on Camp Simba in Kenya near the Somalia border. The dead included one U.S. service member and two Department of Defense contractors, according to a statement. Two wounded Americans were evacuated with injuries and reported to be in stable condition. Four of the attackers were reportedly killed when they tried to breach security at the base at Manda Bay Airfield, which is used by the U.S. military.

AT LEAST 5 DEAD IN PENNSYLVANIA TURNPIKE CRASH… An early-morning crash yesterday on the Pennsylvania Turnpike left at least five people dead and 39 others hospitalized. A tour bus, three tractor-trailers loaded with parcels and a passenger vehicle were involved in the six-vehicle crash, according to the Pennsylvania State Police. Authorities say the tour bus was traveling on a downhill curve in Westmoreland County when it struck an embankment and was hit by vehicles behind it.

GOLDEN GLOBES… The World War I film “1917” was honored as Best Motion Picture Drama at last night’s 77th Golden Globe Awards.“Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood” picked up awards for Best Screenplay, Best Supporting Actor for Brad Pitt and Best Musical or Comedy film. Best Actor in a Drama went to Joaquin Phoenix for “Joker,” and best actress to Renee Zellweger in “Judy.” Taron Egerton, who played Elton John in “Rocketman,” won for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, while Best Actress in a Comedy was Awkwafina in “The Farewell.” Laura Dern won Best Supporting Actress in a film for “Marriage Story.” “Parasite” was honored as Best Foreign Language film. In television, “Succession” was best drama series, and “Fleabag” was best comedy series. Brian Cox of “Succession,” Olivia Colman of “The Crown,” Phoebe Waller-Bridge of “Fleabag” and Ramy Youssef of “Ramy” were actors who were honored. Stellan Skarsgard of “Chernobyl” and Patricia Arquette of “The Act” won supporting actors awards. “Chernobyl” was named Best Limited Series or Movie.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” took in $33.7 to remain atop the weekend box office. “Jumanji: The Next Level” finished second with $26.5 million. “Little Women” jumped one spot into third place after bringing in $13.5. “The Grudge” finished fourth with $11.3 million. “Frozen 2” made $11.2 million to finish fifth. The weekend haul made “Frozen s” the biggest-grossing animated movie of all-time with $1.325 billion globally.

Minnesota 26 – NEW ORLEANS 20 (OT)… The Vikings recovered to outlast the Saints in their NFC wild-round matchup after letting a 10-point fourth-quarter lead slip away. Kirk Cousins connected with Kyle Rudolph on a 4-yard touchdown pass at 10:40 of overtime. Adam Thielen’s 43-yard reception set up the winning score. Delvin Cook rushed for a pair of scores. Minnesota travels to San Francisco for next Saturday’s divisional-round clash.

Seattle 17 – PHILADELPHIA 9… The Seahawks fought off the Eagles in the other NFC wild-round contest. Marshawn Lynch ran 5 yards in the second quarter for the game’s first touchdown. Russell Wilson threw 53 yards to DK Metcalfe for a third-quarter score and finished with 325 passing yards. Seattle heads to Green Bay for next Sunday’s divisional-round showdown.

L.A. CLIPPERS 135 – N.Y. Knicks 132… The Clippers rallied past the Knicks after trailing by 16 heading into the second quarter. Montrezl Harrell scored a game-high 34 points. Paul George and Lou Williams added 32 points apiece. Kawhi Leonard sat out the game with a knee injury.

MIAMI 122 – Portland 111… The Heat built a 19-point lead and coasted past the Trail Blazers. Goran Dragic came off the bench to score 29 points and dish off 13 assists. Miami had six other players score in double figures.

Minnesota 118 – CLEVELAND 103… The Timberwolves regrouped to put away the Cavaliers after letting a 25-point lead slip away. Gorgui Dieng led the way with 22 points. Shabazz Napier added 21 points.

Memphis 121 – PHOENIX 114… The Grizzlies took control with a big third quarter and held off the Suns. Jonas Valanciunas scored 30 points to lead six players in double figures. Devin Booker’s 40 points weren’t enough for Phoenix.

L.A. LAKERS 106 – Detroit 99… The Lakers were too much in the fourth quarter as they pulled past the Pistons. Anthony Davis scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. LeBron James piled up 21 points, 14 boards and 11 assists.

Oklahoma City is at Philadelphia…
Charlotte hosts Indiana…
Boston is at Washington…
Orlando hosts Brooklyn…
Denver is at Atlanta…
New Orleans hosts Utah…
Milwaukee is at San Antonio…
Dallas hosts Chicago…
Golden State is at Sacramento

WASHINGTON 5 – San Jose 4 (OT)… The Capitals came from two goals down in the final minute of regulation to outlast the Sharks. After San Jose’s Logan Couture scored what appeared to be a victory-sealing empty-net goal with a minute to go, Jakub Brana found the net with 47 seconds left and T.J. Oshie added the tying goal 32 seconds later. Lars Eller scored the winning goal with 2:59 remaining in overtime.

Florida 4 – PITTSBURGH 1… The Panthers skated past the Penguins to snap their eight-game winning streak. Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist. Rookie goalie Chris Driedger made 31 saves.

Tampa Bay 3 – CAROLINA 1… The Lightning downed the Hurricanes for their seventh straight win. Steven Stamkos scored a goal and assisted on another. Nikita Kucherov assisted on two goals.

Calgary 5 – MINNESOTA 4 (SO)… Dillon Dube scored the winning goal in the shootout after the Flames trailed the Wild four times in regulation. Mikael Backlund and Johnny Gaudreau each had two assists.

CHICAGO 4 – Detroit 2… The Blackhawks erased a two-goal deficit late in the second period to double up on the Red Wings. Adam Boqvist netted the go-ahead goal in the third period.

ANAHEIM 5 – Nashville 4 (SO)… Ryan Getzlaf scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Ducks outlasted the Predators. Getzlaf had three assists in regulation. Adam Henrique had two goals and an assist.

Edmonton is at Toronto…
Montreal hosts Winnipeg…
Colorado is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Los Angeles hosts Columbus

#14 MICHIGAN STATE 87, #12 Michigan 69…
#20 Dayton 80, SAINT JOSEPH’S 67

Louisiana plays Miami (OH) in the LendingTree Bowl

The Rundown for January 1, 2020

Today is Wednesday, January 1… HAPPY NEW YEAR!
the 1st day of the year… 365 days remaining

U.S. SENDING TROOPS TO BAGHDAD… The Defense Department has announced that it is sending additional forces to Baghdad to protect the American embassy from attacks by Iraqi Shiite militia supporters. Yesterday, protesters breached the embassy’s main gate, lit fires and threw bricks while chanting “death to America.” The demonstrations were prompted by airstrikes in Iraq and Syria that targeted the Iran-backed militia group Kataib Hezbollah, according to Pentagon officials.

TRUMP WINERY FIRES EMPLOYEES OVER IMMIGRATION STATUS… The Trump Winery in Virginia reportedly has fired at least seven employees were over their immigration status. The firings came almost a year after the Trump Organization promised to end its reliance on undocumented workers at its properties. The Washington Post noted that the firings came after the annual harvest at the vineyard and during the winter downtime. The terminated employees were reportedly part of a small group that worked the vineyard year-round and were separate from the legal immigrants that have worked at Trump Winery on seasonal work visas.

FEDERAL ATTORNEY TO EXAMINE BEVIN PARDONS… A federal attorney is looking into former Kentucky governor Matt Bevin’s pardons of more than 600 convicts on his way out of office. Convicted rapists, murderers and child molesters were among those who received pardons and sentence reductions from Bevin. U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman wants to know whether any of the convicts pardoned committed federal crimes. The Louisville Courier Journal has reported that the FBI is looking into the pardons as well.

CHIEF JUSTICE ROBERTS WARNS OF DISINFORMATION… U.S. Chief Justice John Roberts used the final day of 2019 to express concern about disinformation amplified by the internet and social media. Roberts warned that Americans “have come to take democracy for granted, and civic education has fallen by the wayside.” His comments come as U.S. legislators and officials have raised concerns about the persistence of foreign propaganda and false news aimed at sowing discord in the U.S. political system in the lead-up to the 2020 election. U.S. intelligence agencies and an inquiry by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller found that Russia engaged in a campaign of hacking and propaganda to push the 2016 presidential race toward Republican President Donald Trump.

CONSUMER CONFIDENCE DROPS… The Conference Board reported yesterday that U.S. consumer confidence took a slight dip in December due to decreasing expectations of job prospects and other economic factors. The business organization’s consumer confidence index fell from 126.8 in November to 126.5 in December, coming in below expectations and representing a marginal loss. The index uses a baseline of 100 as where confidence stood in 1985. While consumers expressed greater confidence about their present situation, they felt less confident about the near future, researchers found.

SPACEY AGREES TO SETTLE LAWSUIT… Kevin Spacey has agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by an anonymous massage therapist who died after he alleged he was sexually assaulted by the actor. Lawyers representing the plaintiff filed a notice of death in court after he died, which gave the accuser’s estate 90 days to be substituted in the case. On Monday, Spacey’s attorneys and the plaintiff’s son filed a stipulation to dismiss the case with prejudice, which prevents the claims from being refiled. Another Spacey accuser, Norwegian actor Ari Behn, died by suicide on Christmas day.

MARIAH CAREY’S TWITTER ACCOUNT HACKED… Hackers appeared to take over Mariah Carey’s Twitter account yesterday. Tweets from the account made reference to a group that previously hacked Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s account sent from Carey’s handle. Among the more than 50 tweets posted were inappropriate references to other celebrities and calls to follow certain accounts. The tweets started being deleted around 20 minutes after they began appearing.

INDIANA 115 – Philadelphia 97… Domantas Sabonis scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading the Pacers past the 76ers.

Boston 109 – CHARLOTTE 92… Jayson Tatum scored 24 points to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Celtics cruised past the Hornets. Kemba Walker added 22 points and Gordon Hayward tossed in 21.

L.A. Clippers 105 – SACRAMENTO 87… Paul George had 21 points and 11 boards to lead the short-handed Clippers in their win over the Kings.

TORONTO 117 – Cleveland 97… The Raptors took control with a big second quarter and rolled past the Cavaliers. Kyle Lowrie pumped in 24 points.

HOUSTON 130 – Denver 104… The Rockets built a double-digit lead early and never looked back in their blowout of the Nuggets. James Harden scored a game-high 35 points.

SAN ANTONIO 117 – Golden State 113 (OT)… DeMar DeRozan scored 24 points to lead five players in double figures and the Spurs outlasted the Warriors. LaMarcus Aldridge had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

OKLAHOMA CITY 106 – Dallas 101… Chris Paul knocked down a go-ahead basket with 40.9 seconds remaining and the Thunder held on to top the Mavericks. Danilo Gallinai and Dennis Schroder scored 20 points apiece.

Orlando is at Washington…
New York hosts Portland…
Minnesota is at Milwaukee…
the L.A. Lakers host Phoenix

NEW JERSEY 3 – Boston 2 (SO)… Damon Severson scored in the sixth round of the shootout to win it for the Devils.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – WASHINGTON 3… Casey Cizikas netted two goals and Tom Kuhnhackl scored the tie-breaker for the Islanders.

VEGAS 5 – Anaheim 2… The Golden Knights got a pair of goals from Jonathan Marchessault in skating past the Ducks.

Toronto 4 – MINNESOTA 1… Auston Matthews and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist for the Maple Leafs.

Tampa Bay 6 – BUFFALO 4… The Lightning scored three unanswered goals in the third period to upend the Sabres. Alex Killorn scored two goals and assisted on another.

COLUMBUS 4 – Florida 1… Zach Werenski recorded his first career hat trick as the Blue Jackets skated past the Panthers. Elvis Merzlikins stopped shots at goal.

CAROLINA 3 – Montreal 1… Erik Haula had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes. Goalie Petr Mrazek made 30 saves.

DETROIT 2 – San Jose 0… Goalie Jonathan Bernier stopped all 34 shots as the Red Wings blanked the Sharks. Tyler Bertuzzi netted tho only goal Detroit needed early in the second period.

Winnipeg 7 – COLORADO 4… Kyle Connor scored three goals as the Jets outshot the Avalanche.

Chicago 5 – CALGARY 3… The Blackhawks opened with four straight goals and coasted past the Flames. Patrick Kane scored two goals and had two assists.

EDMONTON 7 – N.Y. Rangers 5… James Neal scored three goals and assisted on another as the Oilers held off the Rangers. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins had a goal and three assists.

ARIZONA 3 – St. Louis 1… Phil Kessel scored a tie-breaking goal in the third period as the Coyotes fought off the Blues. Antti Raanta made 38 saves at goal.

LOS ANGELES 5 – Philadelphia 3… The Kings scored four unanswered goals in the first period and cruised past the Flyers. Adrian Kempe had a goal and an assist.

Nashville is at Dallas in the Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl

Kentucky 37, Virginia Tech 30 in the Belk Bowl…
Arizona State 20, Florida State 14 in the Sun Bowl…
#23 Navy 20, Kansas State 17 in the Liberty Bowl…
Wyoming 38, Georgia State 17 in the Arizona Bowl…
Texas 38, #11 Utah 10 in the Alamo Bowl

#12 Auburn plays #18 Minnesota in the Outback Bowl…
#13 Alabama plays #14 Michigan in the Citrus Bowl…
#6 Oregon plays #8 Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl…
#5 Georgia plays #7 Baylor in the Sugar Bowl

#2 DUKE 88, Boston College 49…
#11 Butler 60, St. John’s 58…
#18 FLORIDA STATE 70, Georgia Tech 58

The Rundown for December 27, 2019

STOCKS CONTINUE LATE RALLY… A year-end rally pushed by strong retail sales over the holiday season continued yesterday as U.S. stocks raised the Nasdaq Composite index to 9,000 for the first time in its history. The Nasdaq closed at 9,022.39 after surging 69.51 points, or 0.78 percent, while the S&P 500 also posted a fresh all-time high at 3,239.91. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose about 105 points to a peak of 28,621.39.

UPS EXPECTS TO SET ANOTHER RETURN RECORD… United Parcel Service forecast yesterday that it will set a record with 1.9 million returns during National Returns Day on January 2. The number reflects a 26-percent increase over 2018. UPS says returns have changed dramatically over the years because now customers and businesses anticipate returns, while more returns are being made for gifts purchased online. This will be the seventh year that straight returns have reached a record high, the carrier said.

MURDER-SUICIDE SUSPECTED IN DEATHS OF MOTHER, 2 CHILDREN… Authorities in Boston believe a mother killed her two young children and then herself at a parking garage on Christmas Day. The bodies of a 40-year-old woman, along with her 4-year-old daughter and 15-month-old son, were found on the sidewalk outside the parking garage. Suffolk County District Attorney Rachael Rollins said yesterday that it appears the two children fell from the garage’s roof first and were followed by their mother.

WOMAN CHARGED WITH HIDING CHILDREN AT DAYCARE… A 58-year-old Colorado Springs, Colorado, woman has been arrested for allegedly hiding 26 young children behind a false wall of her daycare center. Police arrested Carla Faith after officers visited the building and discovered the kids and two adults in the basement. The children were all younger than 3 years old. Faith is facing charges that include two counts of reckless child abuse without injury and one count of trying to influence a public servant. Three of Faith’s employees are also facing charges following a six-week police investigation triggered by complaints that the daycare was housing more children than permitted by its license.

HARD-BOILED EGGS RECALL EXPANDED… Almark Foods has announced an expanded recall of hard-boiled eggs that have been sold nationwide stores including Costco, Walmart, Kroger and Trader Joe’s. The recall was originally issued last week after the Food and Drug Administration linked the eggs to a listeria outbreak that killed one person and caused illness in several others. The expanded recall now affects all products manufactured at Almark Foods’ facility in Gainesville, Georgia. The affected products have a “Best If Used By” code starting with a “G,” indicating they were made at the Gainesville location.

SLEEPY LaBEEF DIES… Legendary rockabilly performer Sleepy LaBeef died of undisclosed causes yesterday at age 84. LaBeef launched his career in the mid-1950s and continued performing at festivals until earlier this year. Music historians remember him as one of the last direct links to the birth of rock and roll. The Arkansas native was the subject of a 2013 documentary, “Sleepy LeBeef Rides Again.”

IN THEATERS… In “1917,” two young British soldiers during World War I are given the impossible mission of delivering a message deep in enemy territory that will stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldier’s brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap. Andrew Scott and Benedict Cumberbatch star in the R-rated film… In “Little Women,” four sisters come of age in the aftermath of America’s Civil War. The PG film stars Saoirse Ronan and Emma Watson… “Just Mercy” tells the story about civil-rights attorney Bryan Stevenson in his effort to free a wrongly-condemned death-row prisoner. Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson star in the PG-13 drama… Alfre Woodard and Aldis Hodge star in “Clemency,” which centers on a prison warden who confronts psychological and emotional demons as she prepares to execute another inmate. It’s rated R… In the animated feature “Spies in Disguise,” the world’s best spy is turned into a pigeon and must rely on his nerdy tech officer to save the world. The film carries a PG rating.

DETROIT 132 – Washington 102… Christian Wood came off the bench to score 22 points and lead seven players in double figures as the Pistons routed the Wizards. Blake Griffin had 14 points and 11 rebounds.

New York 94 – BROOKLYN 82… The Knicks held the Nets to 27 percent shooting in cruising to the win. Julius Randle scored a game-high 33 points. Marcus Morris Sr. added 22 points.

DALLAS 102 – San Antonio 98… Luka Doncic returned to the lineup after missing four games due to injury and led all scorers with 24 points in the Mavericks’ win over the Spurs. Doncic also grabbed 10 boards.

Memphis 110 – OKLAHOMA CITY 97… The Grizzlies got 21 points from Jonas Valanciunas and 20 from Jaren Jackson Jr. in downing the Thunder. Four other players scored in double figures.

UTAH 121 – Portland 115… The Jazz took a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter and barely hung on to down the Trail Blazers. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 35 points. Joe Ingles tossed in 26 points. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

Minnesota 105 – SACRAMENTO 104 (2OT)… Gorgui Deng scored 21 points and brought down 15 rebounds as the Timberwolves outlasted the Kings. Andrew Wiggins had 18 points and 10 boards.

Cleveland is at Boston…
Charlotte hosts Oklahoma City…
Philadelphia is at Orlando…
Atlanta hosts Milwaukee…
Indiana is at Miami…
Golden State hosts Phoenix

Boston is at Buffalo…
New Jersey hosts Toronto…
Carolina is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Washington hosts Columbus…
Pittsburgh is at Nashville…
Winnipeg hosts St. Louis…
Minnesota is at Colorado…
Chicago hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Calgary is at Edmonton…
Anaheim hosts Vegas…
Los Angeles is at San Jose

Louisiana Tech 14, Miami (Fla.) 0 in the Independence Bowl…
Pittsburgh 34, Eastern Michigan 30 in the Quick Lane Bowl

North Carolina plays Temple in the Military Bowl…
Michigan State plays Wake Forest in the Pinstripe Bowl…
#25 Oklahoma State plays Texas A&M in the Texas Bowl…
#16 Iowa plays #22 Southern California in the Holiday Bowl…
Air Force plays Washington State in the Cheez-It Bowl

#10 Penn State plays #17 Memphis in the Cotton Bowl…
#15 Notre Dame plays Iowa State in the Camping World Bowl…
#1 LSU plays #4 Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl (CFP semifinal)…
#2 Ohio State plays #3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl (CFP semifinal)

NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE… Only two playoff spots remain as the NFL heads into the final weekend of its regular season. However, only two out of the six seeds have been finalized in the AFC and the NFC has only one seed finalized… In the AFC, the North Division champion-Baltimore Ravens have clinched the top seed. The East Division-champion New England Patriots will enter the post-season as the 2 or 3 seed. The West Division-champion Kansas City Chiefs could land seeds 2, 3 or 4 while the South Division-champion Houston Texans are in contention for seeds 3 or 4. The wild-card Buffalo Bills have clinched the fifth seed. The Tennessee Titans, Pittsburgh Steelers and Oakland Raiders will try to nail down the other AFC wild-card spot… In the NFC, the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks will battle it out to determine the NFC West winner and a wild-card spot, with both teams in contention for the 1, 2, 3 or 5 seed. The North Division-champion Green Bay Packers and the South Division-champion New Orleans Saints are seeking the 1, 2 or 3 seed. The Philadelphia Eagles need a win over the New York Giants to lock down the East Division title and enter the playoffs as the 4 seed. An Eagles loss and a Dallas Cowboys win would send Dallas into the postseason with a 4 seed. The Minnesota Vikings have clinched a wild-card spot and the 6 seed.

the N.Y. Jets (6-9) are at Buffalo (10-5)…
Cincinnati (1-14) hosts Cleveland (6-9)…
Green Bay (12-3) is at Detroit (3-11-1)…
Kansas City (11-4) hosts the L.A. Chargers (5-10)…
Chicago (7-8) is at Minnesota (10-5)…
New England (12-3) hosts Miami (4-11)…
Atlanta (6-9) is at Tampa Bay (7-8)…
Carolina (5-10) hosts New Orleans (12-3)…
Washington (3-12) is at Dallas (7-8)…
Denver (6=9) hosts Oakland (7-8)…
Arizona (5-9-1) is at the L.A. Rams (8-7)…
the N.Y. Giants (4-11) host Philadelphia (8-7)…
Indianapolis (7-8) is at Jacksonville (5-10)…
Baltimore (13-2) hosts Pittsburgh (8-7)…
Tennessee (8-7) is at Houston (10-5)…
Seattle (11-4) hosts San Francisco (12-3)

The Rundown for December 25, 2019

FORMER FBI DIRECTOR SAYS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS WITHHOLDING EVIDENCE… Former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is accusing the Trump administration of withholding evidence related to his wrongful termination lawsuit. A declaration filed by McCabe’s attorney yesterday claims that several agencies and 30 individuals have yet to hand over any materials requested as part of his lawsuit against the FBI and the Department of Justice following his firing in March 2018. McCabe was ousted just two days before he was set to retire after a Justice Department inspector general report found that he had repeatedly misstated his involvement in a news media disclosure regarding an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation. McCabe contends his firing was the result of Trump’s plan to rid the agency of leaders he perceives as disloyal to him.

GIULIANI FALSELY CLAIMS HE WAS U.S. ATTORNEY GENERAL… President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani is facing backlash for falsely claiming on his Facebook page that he is a “former attorney general of the United States.” The page also describes Giuliani as a “government official” even though he holds no official government position. Giuliani did serve as U.S. associate attorney general under President Ronald Regan from 1981 to 1983.

BLOOMBERG CAMPAIGN CALLS MADE BY INMATES… The Intercept reported yesterday that Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg used prison labor to make campaign calls. The report claims the calls were arranged by a New Jersey-based company that runs two of its call centers out of state prisons. Inmates at a minimum-security women’s prison were allegedly making calls to California and were required to disclose at the end of the calls that they were paid by the Bloomberg campaign. The Bloomberg campaign says it ended its relationship with the call-center company after the story was published.

U.S. RECALLS AMBASSADOR TO ZAMBIA… The State Department has confirmed that it has recalled ambassador to Zambia after he waded into a dispute over gay and lesbian rights with the president of the southern African nation. Diplomat Daniel Foote was recalled after Zambian President Edgar Lungu announced he would no longer work with him. The American envoy last month criticized 15-year prison sentences handed down to two gay men convicted of having sex. Sexual relations among gay Zambians, even consensual, is illegal.

FORMER MARINE REMAINS IN RUSSIAN CUSTODY… A U.S. Marine accused of espionage will remain held in Russia until at least March following a court ruling in Moscow yesterday. 49-year-old Paul Whelan faces up to 20 years in prison on the spying charge. He claims he was in Russia to attend a wedding last year when he was taken into custody. Prosecutors say Whelan was caught with a flash drive that contained Russian “state secrets.”

RAPPER DaBABY FACING CHARGES… Grammy-nominated rapper DaBaby was cited on counts of misdemeanor possession of marijuana and resisting an officer in Charlotte, North Carolina, just hours after he performed a concert and gave away toys to children on Monday. Police officers working outside the concert venue noticed a strong smell of marijuana coming from the van that the rapper was traveling in and could see marijuana in plain view through the windows. DaBaby allegedly walked away from officers and refused to talk to them when they approached him following the show.

MILEY CYRUS, LIAM HEMSWORTH REACH DIVORCE SETTLEMENT… Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth have reportedly reached a settlement in their divorce. Hemsworth cited irreconcilable differences in his divorce filing last August. The divorce won’t become final for six months.

Hawai’i 38, BYU 34 in the Hawai’i Bowl

Boston is at Toronto…
Philadelphia hosts Milwaukee…
Houston is at Golden State…
the L.A. Lakers host the L.A. Clippers…
New Orleans is at Denver

The Rundown for December 24, 2019

SCHUMER DEMANDS UKRAINE DOCUMENTS… Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is stepping up his effort to obtain new documents into how the White House froze promised military aid to Ukraine 90 minutes after President Trump’s July 25 phone call with the country’s president. Schumer has sent a letter requesting records from the State Department, Office of Management and Budget, and the White House. In the letter, Schumer noted that House Democrats have been unsuccessful in their efforts to obtain some of the records due to the administration’s defiance of congressional subpoenas. Schumer cited newly-released emails from White House budget official Michael Duffey in demanding specific documents. The emails revealed that Duffey asked the Pentagon not to disburse the security assistance to Ukraine and to keep the information “closely held” due to its “sensitive nature.”

HOUSE PANEL SEEKS McGAHN TESTIMONY… The House Judiciary Committee told an appeals court yesterday that it still has an urgent need for testimony from former White House counsel Don McGahn. Lawyers for the panel filed a request for a quick ruling on the validity of subpoena it issued to McGahn for testimony about Trump’s efforts to impede former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. The request comes just a week after Trump was impeached on abuse of power and obstruction charges stemming from his pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter.

PARNAS, FRUMAN CONNECTED TO GAS DEAL… Two indicted associates of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani allegedly boasted of their connections to Trump in trying to set up a deal with Ukraine’s state-run gas company Naftogaz. The Associated Press reported yesterday that Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman told Naftogaz executive Andrew Favorov to facilitate a deal in which Ukraine would purchase large quantities of liquified natural gas from Texas. Favorov reportedly dismissed the boast until months later when Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev was ousted and Trump recalled U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch. Giuliani has denied being part of any deal.

FBI INVESTIGATING EX-KENTUCKY GOVERNOR… The Louisville Courier-Journal reported yesterday that the FBI is investigating former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin’s flurry of pardons. Bevins commuted the sentences of more than 600 criminals, including violent felons, after he was voted out of office. Among those pardoned was Patrick Baker, who had served two years of a 19-year sentence for homicide and robbery. Baker’s brother held a fundraiser for Bevin last year.

BOEING OUSTS CEO… Dennis Muilenburg has been ousted as Boeing Chief Executive Officer in the wake of two fatal crashes by 737 MAX jetliners. Muilenburg and the company had maintained that the aircraft was safe, but investigators determined that problems with the jetliner’s software were linked to the crashes of a Lion Air flight in Indonesia in October 2018 and of an Ethiopian Airlines MAX in March. The crashes left 346 people dead. Boeing has announced that it will suspend production of the MAX in 2020, and the crisis will cost Boeing at least $10 billion.

LIL WAYNE FACING POSSIBLE FIREARMS, DRUG CHARGES… Lil Wayne could be facing federal charges after authorities found firearms and drugs aboard a private jet that the rapper flew into Miami yesterday. Federal agents obtained a search warrant to inspect the aircraft at Miami-Opa-locka Executive Airport after Miami-Dade Police were tipped that it was carrying weapons and marijuana. The search carried out by the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and other agencies reportedly turned up cocaine and a gun. Lil Wayne, was “cleared” to leave the scene last night, according to his defense attorney.

TOMEI, MOMOA TO STAR IN NETFLIX FILM… Academy Award-winning actress Marisa Tomei has signed on to co-star with Jason Momoa in the upcoming Netflix film “Sweet Girl.” The thriller tells the story about a husband who vows to bring justice to the people responsible for his wife’s death while protecting his daughter. The 55-year-old Tomei won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her work in the 1992 film, “My Cousin Vinny.”

Green Bay 23 – MINNESOTA 10… Aaron Jones rushed for 154 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns as the Packers (12-3) downed the Vikings (10-5) and clinched the NFC North title. Mason Crosby kicked three field goals to 42 yards.

Washington 121 – NEW YORK 115… Bradley Beal scored 30 points and Troy Brown Jr. delivered 26 off the bench as the short-handed Wizards held off the Knicks.

CLEVELAND 121 – Atlanta 118… The Cavaliers jumped out to an early double-digit lead and hung on to beat the Hawks. Collin Sexton pumped in 25 points. Darius Garland added 21 points.

Philadelphia 125 – DETROIT 109… Tobias Harris scored a game-high 35 points in leading the 76ers past his former team. Joel Embiid added 20 points. Ben Simmons piled up 16 points, 13 rebounds and 17 assists.

ORLANDO 103 – Chicago 95… Terrence Ross came off the bench to score 26 points in the Magic’s defeat of the Bulls. Nikola Vucevic tossed in 21 points.

INDIANA 120 – Toronto 115 (OT)… All five starters scored in double figures as the Pacers outlasted the Raptors. T.J. Warren and Myles Turner scored 24 points apiece. Domantas Sabonis grabbed 17 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

MIAMI 107 – Utah 104… Jimmy Butler scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures and the Heat fought off the Jazz. Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 12 boards.

San Antonio 145 – MEMPHIS 115… The Spurs outscored the Grizzlies 46-31 in the first quarter and never looked back in the blowout victory. LaMarcus Aldridge poured in 40 points. DeMar DeRozan had 26 points and 10 assists.

Denver 113 – PHOENIX 111… Jamal Murray’s jumper with 2-1/2 seconds remaining lifted the Nuggets over the Suns. Murray led all scorers with 28 points. Nikola Jokic finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Houston 113 – SACRAMENTO 104… The Rockets got 34 points from James Harden and 28 from Russell Westbrook in their win over the Kings. Clint Capela had 15 points and 14 boards.

New Orleans 102 – PORTLAND 94… The Pelicans came up big in the second half to get past the Trail Blazers. Jrue Holiday led the way with 21 points. Brandon Ingram had 19 points and 11 rebounds.

GOLDEN STATE 113 – Minnesota 104… The Warriors took control with a big second quarter and withstood a fourth-quarter rally to down the Timberwolves. DeAngelo Russell led all scorers with 30 points. Alec Burks added 25 points.

No games scheduled.

TORONTO 8 – Carolina 6… Mitch Marner scored two of the Maple Leafs’ three goals within a two-minute span of the third period in a come-from-behind win over the Hurricanes. Marner and Zach Hyman had three assists. John Tavares had a goal and two assists.

MINNESOTA 3 – Calgary 0… Devan Dubnyk stopped all 22 shots in his first shutout of the season as the Wild skated past the Flames. Luke Kunin had a goal and an assist.

BOSTON 7 – Washington 3… The Bruins scored four unanswered goals in the first period on their way past the Capitals. David Krejci had a goal and two assists. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 39 saves.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Florida 1… Victor Hedman netted two goals and assisted on another as the Lightning skated past the Panthers. Brayden Point had a goal and three assists.

Columbus 3 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 2… Vladislav Gavrikov scored a go-ahead goal with 3:29 remaining and the Blue Jackets made it stand in edging the Islanders. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots at goal.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – N.Y. Rangers 1… The Flyers breezed past the Rangers after spotting them an early lead. Kevin Hayes and Travis Sanheim scored two goals apiece.

OTTAWA 3 – Buffalo 1… Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and the Senators hung on to beat the Sabres. Brady Tkachuk assisted on both goals and scored an empty-netter.

NASHVILLE 3 – Arizona 2… Roman Jose assisted on Filip Forsberg’s first-period goal and scored the decisive goal in the third to lead the Predators past the Coyotes.

Montreal 6 – WINNIPEG 2… Tomas Tatar and Phillip Danault scored two goals apiece as the Canadiens handled the Jets for their fourth straight win. Nick Suzuki had two assists.

New Jersey 7 – CHICAGO 1… The Devils answered an early deficit with seven straight goals to blow away the Blackhawks. Damon Severson had a goal and two assists.

VANCOUVER 4 – Edmonton 2… The Canucks scored three unanswered goals in the third period to upend the Oilers. Quinn Hughes scored the go-ahead goal on a power play.

St. Louis 4 – LOS ANGELES 1… Brayden Schenn scored twice as the Blues scored all four goals in the first period and coasted past the Kings. Alex Pietrangelo had two assists.

Colorado 7 – VEGAS 3… Pierre-Edouard Bellemare found the net twice to lead the Avalanche in their trouncing of the Golden Knights. J.T. Compher and Nathan MacKinnon each had two assists.

No games scheduled.

#18 DAYTON 81, Grambling 53…
#21 Washington 72, Hawaii 61 in the Diamond Head Classic

Central Florida 48, Marshall 25 in the Gasparilla Bowl

BYU plays Hawai’i in the Hawai’i Bowl

The Rundown for December 17, 2019

WILLIAM WEBSTER FEARS LOSS OF ‘RULE OF LAW’… Former FBI and CIA director William Webster warned yesterday that America’s “rule of law” is being threatened by the very people “whose job it should be to protect them.” In an opinion piece published by The New York Times, Webster called the rule of law “the bedrock of American democracy, the principle that protects every American from the abuse of monarchs, despots and tyrants,” adding that the attacks on the FBI by President Trump and Attorney General William Barr, who he described as his “long-time friend,” are “troubling in the extreme.” The 95-year-old Webster wrote that Trump’s assailing of FBI professionals as “scum” is a “slur against people who risk their lives to keep us safe.” Webster also said he is “profoundly disappointed” in Rudy Giuliani, another “long-time, respected friend,” because of his involvement in the pressure campaign on Ukraine to dig up dirt on Trump’s political rivals and spread a discredited theory that the country interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE RELEASED FULL REPORT… The House Judiciary Committee accuses President Trump of committing criminal bribery and wire fraud in the full report it released yesterday. The report will accompany articles of impeachment when they’re voted on later this week. The Rules Committee will consider articles of impeachment today ahead of tomorrow’s expected House vote.

WAPO: TRUMP HAS MADE 15,413 FALSE CLAIMS… The Washington Post reported yesterday that President Trump has made 15,413 false or misleading claims over his 1,055 days in office. The compilation indicates that the rate of Trump’s mistruths this year more than doubling the total number for his three years in office. His most repeated claim is that the U.S. economy is the best in history.

GIULIANI ADMITS YOVANOVITCH WAS IN THE WAY… President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has admitted that he considered former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as an obstacle in his plan to find dirt on Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter in advance of the 2020 election. He made the admission in an interview for The New Yorker. During her testimony before Congress during the impeachment hearings, Yovanovitch said Trump directly pressured the State Department to remove her Giuliani had criticized her for months.

BOEING TO DROP PRODUCTION ON 737 MAX… Boeing has announced that it will temporarily halt production of its 737 Max airliner in January. The company had allowed production of the jet to continue despite the model being grounded for nine months after two crashes that left more than 300 people dead. Boeing had been hoping to have the aircraft back in the air by the end of this year but the company was informed by regulators that the planes would not be certified to return to the skies that quickly.

NETFLIX RETURNS ‘SPECIAL’ FOR SECOND SEASON… Netflix announced yesterday that it is bringing back the comedy series “Special” for a second season. The series centers on a young gay man with cerebral palsy who lives and works in Los Angeles. The show stars Ryan O’Connell, Jessica Hecht, Marla Mindelle and Patrick Fabian. Season 2 will consist of eight episodes.

RODDY RICCH TOPS ALBUM CHART… Rapper Roddy Ricch’s debut studio album “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” sold 101,000 units to top the Billboard 200 album chart. The Who’s “Who” opened in second place on sales of 89,000 copies. Camila Cabello’s “Romance” debuted at No. 3 on sales of 86,000 units. Post Malone’s “Hollywood Bleeding” dropped to fourth place with 66,000 copies sold. XXXTentacion’s “Bad Vibes Forever” capped the top five after selling 65,000 units.
NEW ORLEANS 34 – Indianapolis 7… Drew Brees passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Saints (11-3) in their rout of the Colts (6-8). His 5-yard pass to tight end Josh Hill midway through the third quarter gave him 540 touchdown passes for his career and moved him past Payton Manning for the most all time. Michael Thomas had 12 catches for 128 yards and a score.

Washington 133 – DETROIT 119… The Wizards scored 43 first-quarter points on their way past the Pistons. Bradley Beals had game-highs with 35 points and 10 assists. Isaiah Thomas added 23 points.

TORONTO 133 – Cleveland 113… Pascal Siakam pumped in 33 points to lead the Raptors in their romp over the Cavaliers. Norman Powell tossed in 26 points. Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 11 assists.

Dallas 120 – MILWAUKEE 116… The Mavericks turned away a fourth-quarter rally and ended the Bucks’ 18-game winning streak despite playing without Luka Doncic. Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and 12 rebounds.

OKLAHOMA CITY 109 – Chicago 106… The Thunder erased a 26-point second-half deficit on their way past the Bulls. Chris Paul knocked down five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 30 points. Dino Gallinari added 22 points.

HOUSTON 109 – San Antonio 107… The Rockets came from 25 points down to upend the Spurs. They got 31 points from Russell Westbrook and 28 from James Harden. Westbrook also had 10 boards. Clint Capela finished with 15 points and as many rebounds.

MEMPHIS 118 – Miami 111… The Grizzlies built a 15-point halftime lead and held on to down the Heat. Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 boards. Ja Morant scored 20 points and dished off 10 assists.

Portland 111 – PHOENIX 110… Damian Lillard converted a go-ahead three-point play with 26 seconds remaining and the Trail Blazers made it stand in beating the Suns. Lillard finished with 27 points. CJ McCollum scored 30 points to lead all scorers.

Sacramento is at Charlotte…
Indiana hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Atlanta is at New York…
New Orleans hosts Brooklyn…
Orlando is at Utah…
the L.A. Clippers host Phoenix

FLORIDA 6 – Ottawa 1… Noel Acciari scored two of his three goals during a five-goal second period and the Panthers romped over the Senators. Jonathan Huberdeau had four assists.

Nashville 5 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… Roman Josi scored two goals and assisted on another as the Predators handled the Rangers. Goalie Juuse Saros made 39 saves.

COLUMBUS 3 – Washington 0… Joonas Korpisalo stopped all 30 shots in the Blue Jackets’ blanking of the Capitals. Oliver Bjorkstrand scored two third-period goals.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Colorado 2… David Perron netted a pair of goals to record his fifth career hat trick and the Blues skated past the Avalanche. Ryan O’Reilly had two assists.

Edmonton 2 – DALLAS 1… Zack Kassian and Leon Draisaitl scored first-period goals and the Oilers hung on to edge the Stars. Mikko Koskinen made 34 saves at goal.

Los Angeles is at Boston…
Toronto hosts Buffalo…
Ottawa is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y. Islanders host Nashville…
Anaheim is at Philadelphia…
Detroit hosts Columbus…
Carolina is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts Pittsburgh…
Montreal is at Vancouver…
Vegas hosts Minnesota…
Arizona is at San Jose

#24 TEXAS TECH 71, Southern Mississippi 65

The Rundown for November 20, 2019

IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY RESUMES… The second week of public impeachment hearings got underway yesterday with four witnesses. The National Security Council’s top Ukraine specialist, Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, and Vice President Mike Pence’s aide, Jennifer Williams, testified in the morning session. Both expressed concern for the July 25 phone call they listened to between President Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, with Vindman describing it as “improper” and unbecoming for a U.S. president. They said the call raised suspicions that Trump was holding the release of promised financial and military aid to Ukraine until Zelensky agreed to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The afternoon session was highlighted by former Ukraine envoy Kurt Volker offering a significant revision to his first impeachment testimony. During his closed-door testimony, Volker denied being aware of any discussions about the Bidens in a July 10 meeting with a Ukrainian Defense Chief Alex Danylyuk but reversed that statement in yesterday’s testimony. He called allegations of corruption against the Bidens as “self-serving,” “not credible” and a “conspiracy.” Former National Security Council official Tim Morrison, who also heard the July 25 call, said he was not concerned by anything he heard but testified that he grew increasingly concerned about the delay in U.S. aid to Ukraine.

FEDS INVESTIGATING GIULIANI BUSINESS DEALINGS… Federal prosecutors investigating the business dealings of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani are planning to interview an executive with Ukraine’s state-owned gas company. Andrew Favorov, the director of the integrated gas division at Ukraine’s state-owned gas provider Naftogaz, is scheduled to meet voluntarily with the U.S. Justice Department. Two Soviet-born Giuliani associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, were arrested last month at an airport outside Washington while trying to board a flight to Europe with one-way tickets. They were later indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of conspiracy, making false statements and falsification of records.

SENATE PASSES HONG KONG PROTESTERS BILL… The Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan bill yesterday in support of Hong Kong protesters who have launched massive pro-democracy demonstrations. The passing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 1992 sends a message of solidarity to those protesting, said Florida Republican Marco Rubio. The bill requires the State Department to assess Hong Kong’s level of autonomy from China annually to justify China’s special trade status under U.S. law.

‘CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE’ INVESTIGATED IN EPSTEIN’S DEATH… Bureau of Prisons Director Kathleen Hawk Sawyer said during a Senate Judiciary Committee oversight hearing yesterday that the FBI is investigating Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide in a Manhattan jail this year and is focusing on a possible “criminal enterprise” related to his death. Sawyer emphasized that she has not seen evidence to suggest Epstein’s death was not a suicide and indicated she is not allowed to speak openly about the federal investigation because it is ongoing. Meanwhile, two guards who were on duty the night before Epstein was found dead at a federal prison in Manhattan on August 10 were indicted yesterday on six counts related to falsifying prison records.

U.S. TOPS THE WORLD IN CHILD DETENTION… A United Nations human rights report released yesterday found that the U.S. has the world’s highest rate of child detention, and its policy of separating children at the U.S.-Mexico border amounts to “inhumane treatment.” The High Commissioner for Human Rights’ “Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty” said the Trump administration’s child-separation policy in the handling of migrants is “absolutely prohibited” by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report estimates more than 100,000 migrant children are still being held in U.S. detention centers.

KEVIN HART TO RELEASE NETLIX DOCU-SERIES… Kevin Hart will release a new Netflix docu-series next month. The six-episode series follows the 40-year-old actor/comedian in his day-to-day life. “Don’t [Expletive] This Up” is scheduled to premiere on the streaming service on December 27.

DOOBIE BROTHERS PLANNING 50TH ANNIVERSARY TOUR… The Doobie Brothers are planning to launch a 50th anniversary tour in June 2020. The band, whose hits include “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “Listen To The Music” and “Black Water,” will feature Michael McDonald, Tom Johnston, Pat Simmons and John McFee. It will mark the first time in 25 years that the lineup has played together.

Golden State 114 – MEMPHIS 95… The Warriors downed the Grizzlies to snap their seven-game losing streak. Alec Burks led the way with 29 points. Glen Robinson III added 20 points.

NEW ORLEANS 115 – Portland 104… Jrue Holiday scored 22 points and dished off 10 assists to lead the Pelicans past the Trail Blazers, Brandon Ingram added 21 points.

 SACRAMENTO 120  – Phoenix 116… Bogdan Bogdanovic made seven 3-pointers on his way to 31 points and the Kings withstood a second-half rally to down the Suns. Richaun Holmes powered his way to 20 points and 15 rebounds.

L.A. LAKERS 112 – Oklahoma City 107… The Lakers fought off the Thunder on a historic night for LeBron James. He totaled 25 points, 11 boards and 12 assists to become the first NBA player to record a triple-double against every team in the league. Anthony Davis scored 34 points to lead all scorers.

San Antonio is at Washington…
Philadelphia hosts New York…
Orlando is at Toronto…
Atlanta hosts Milwaukee…
Cleveland is at Miami…
Brooklyn hosts Charlotte…
Golden State is at Dallas…
Chicago hosts Detroit…
Utah is at Minnesota…
Denver hosts Houston…
Boston is at the L.A. Clippers

Minnesota 4 – BUFFALO 1… Zach Parise scored a pair of goals for the Wild. Goalie Alex Stalock made 30 saves.

FLORIDA 5 – Philadelphia 2… Alexander Barkov and Brett Connolly each had a goal and an assist for the Panthers in their win over the Flyers.

Boston 5 – NEW JERSEY 1… David Pastrnak and Matt Grzelcyk scored two goals apiece as the Bruins skated past the Devils. Brad Marchand assisted on three goals.

N.Y. Islanders 5 – PITTSBURGH 4 (OT)… The Islanders erased a pair of two-goal deficits to upend the Penguins and extend their unbeaten streak to 15 games. Brock Nielson netted his second goal of the game at 2:55 of overtime.

COLUMBUS 5 – Montreal 2… The Blue Jackets scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Canadiens. Pierre Luc-Dubois scored a pair of goals.

Ottawa 4 – DETROIT 3… The Senators scored three straight goals in the second period and hung on to edge the Red Wings. Anthony Duclair scored two goals and assisted on another. Anders Nillson stopped 35 shots at goal.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Tampa Bay 1… The Blues skated past the Lightning after spotting them an early lead. Oskar Sundqvist netted a tie-breaking goal.

Winnipeg 2 – NASHVILLE 1… The Jets got goals from Patrik Laine and Nikolaj Ehlers in holding off the Predators.

Carolina 4 – CHICAGO 2… The Hurricanes took a three-goal lead into the third period and turned away a late rally to top the Blackhawks. Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist. Patrick Kane assisted on two goals.

DALLAS 6 – Vancouver 1… Jamie Benn lit the lamp twice in leading the Stars past the Canucks. Miro Heiskanen and Justin Dowling each had a goal and an assist.

Colorado 3 – CALGARY 2… Andre Burakovsky scored two first-period goals and the Avalanche held off the Flames. Nathan MacKinnon had two assists.

VEGAS 4 – Toronto 2… Tomas Nosek netted a go-ahead goal in the third period and Mark Stone added an insurance goal 2:14 later as the Golden Knights doubled up on the Maple Leafs. Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves.

Edmonton 5 – SAN JOSE 2… Connor McDavid scored a goal and had two assists in leading the Oilers past the Sharks. Oscar Klefbom had two assists. Goalie Mikko Koskinen stopped 33 shots.

Ottawa is at Montreal…
New York hosts Washington

#4 Kansas 75, East Tennessee State 63 in the Maui Invitational…
#6 MARYLAND 74, Fairfield 55…
#7 Virginia 61, Vermont 55 in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off
#8 Gonzaga 72, Texas-Arlington 66 in the Battle 4 Atlantis…
#25 WASHINGTON 72, Maine 53

1. LSU (10-0)
2. Ohio State (10-0)
3. Clemson (11-0)
4. Georgia (9-1)
5. Alabama (9-1)
6. Oregon (9-1)
7. Utah (9-1)
8. Penn State (9-1)
9. Oklahoma (9-1)
10. Minnesota (9-1)
11. Florida (9-2)
12. Wisconsin (8-2)
13. Michigan (8-2)
14. Baylor (9-1)
15. Auburn (7-3)
16. Notre Dame (8-2)
17. Iowa (7-3)
18. Memphis (9-1)
19. Cincinnati (9-1)
20. Boise State (9-1)
21. Oklahoma State (7-3)
22. Iowa State (6-4)
23. Southern California (7-4)
24. Appalachian State (9-1)
25. SMU (9-1)