The Rundown for December 3, 2019

WITNESSES LINED UP FOR TOMORROW’S IMPEACHMENT HEARING… House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler yesterday unveiled the list of constitutional scholars who have agreed to testify in tomorrow’s first impeachment hearing. Democrats will call Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan and University of North Carolina law professor Michael Gerhardt. Republicans on the committee plan to call George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley as their witness. The hearing will frame constitutional grounds for impeachment on grounds that Trump violated his oath of office by pressuring the Ukraine government to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff announced last night that his panel will release its impeachment inquiry report publicly today. “Even while the Judiciary does its work we will continue investigating, we will continue to issue subpoenas, we will continue to learn new information—that work goes on,” he said.

GUILIANI ASSOCIATES FACING SUPERCEDING INDICTMENTS… Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Zolkind revealed yesterday that prosecutors will likely upgrade their indictments in the criminal case against two Rudy Giuliani associates with ties to Ukraine. Zolkind said during a pretrial hearing yesterday that a superseding indictment is likely in the case against Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Current indictments against the two include charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records. An attorney representing Parnas yesterday asked that materials seized during his client’s arrest be released to the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The evidence includes thousands of files, including phone, bank and internet records.

CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN HUNTER TO PLEAD GUILTY… Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of California is expected to enter a guilty plea in court today in response to the 60 criminal counts he faces over alleged improper use of his campaign funds. Hunter is expected to plead guilty to one conspiracy count in a plea bargain. Hunter’s wife and former campaign treasurer earlier this year admitted to the spending of more than $200,000 in campaign donations on a variety of personal expenses, including vacations, groceries, gas, and the congressman’s romantic liaisons with lobbyists and campaign staffers. Hunter’s wife, who will face up to five years in prison at her April sentencing hearing, agreed to testify against her husband.

NORTH CAROLINA GOP-DRAWN DISTRICT MAP GETS GO-AHEAD… A North Carolina congressional district map drawn by Republicans last month will be in effect for 2020 following yesterday’s ruling by a three-judge panel. The ruling was considered a blow to Democrats, who argued the map was a partisan gerrymander. The decision likely concluded a decade of protracted legal battles over boundaries used to decide elections.

MANUFACTURING SECTOR DROPS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT MONTH… Data released yesterday by the Institute for Supply Management claims the manufacturing sector contracted for a fourth consecutive month. The 48.1 percent Production Manufacturing Index measurement reflected a drop from 48.3 percent in October. New orders fell 1.9 percent to 47.2 percent, employment fell to 46.6 percent and new export orders dropped to 47.9 percent. Despite the continued contraction, the GDP increased by 1.5 percent as supplier deliveries increased 2.5 percent to 52 percent, while prices and imports also grew.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ ALLEGATIONS INVESTIGATED… NBC and the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are investigating Gabrielle Union’s allegation that she was fired as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” because she complained of racism and other on-set issues. In a statement released yesterday, the guild said such investigations and their results are usually kept confidential unless the union member making the report wants it made public. Union allegedly sought action to address an environment she said allowed racist jokes, comments and notes from producers along with other troubling behavior, including judge-producer Simon Cowell’s smoking indoors.

CHICAGO, RICK SPRINGFIELD TO JOIN ON TOUR… The band Chicago announced yesterday that it will hit the road with Rick Springfield on a North American summer tour. The tour kicks off June 12 in Concord, California, and ends August 1 in Rosemont, Illinois. Chicago has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame. Springfield has earned 17 U.S. Top 40 hits and is best known for 1981’s “Jessie’s Girl.”

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
SEATTLE 37 – Minnesota 30… Russell Wilson passed or 240 yards and two touchdowns (10-2) as the Seahawks fought off the Vikings (8-4). Chris Carson rushed for 104 yards and a score. Rashaad Penny ran for a score and caught a TD pass.

NBA SCORES
Phoenix 109 – CHARLOTTE 104… The Suns built a 20-point halftime lead and barely hung on to down the Hornets. Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 23 points apiece.

PHILADELPHIA 103 – Utah 94… The 76ers cruised past the Jazz to remain unbeaten after 10 home games. Tobias Harris led the way with 26 points. Joel Embiid had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

ATLANTA 104 – Golden State 79… The Hawks shook off a slow start to roll past the Warriors and end their 10-game losing streak. Trae Young scored 24 points.

MILWAUKEE 132 – New York 88… The Bucks jumped out to a 33-15 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their dismantling of the Knicks. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 29 points and 15 boards.

Indiana 117 – MEMPHIS 104… Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures and the Pacers handled the Grizzlies. Domantas Sabonis finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Chicago 113 – SACRAMENTO 106… The Bulls took control in the second quarter and held off the Kings. They got 28 points from Zack LaVine and 20 from Lauri Markkanen.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Cleveland…
Washington hosts Orlando…
Miami is at Toronto…
New Orleans hosts Dallas…
Houston is at San Antonio…
Denver hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Portland is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCORES
BUFFALO 7 – New Jersey 1… Connor Sheary scored two of the Sabres’ five first-period goals in the pounding of the Devils. Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists. Johan Larsson assisted on three goals.

Vegas 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 1… Alex Tuch netted a pair of first-period goals and the Golden Knights skated past the Rangers.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – DETROIT 1… Jordan Eberle netted a pair of goals in leading the Islanders past the Red Wings. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves.

St. Louis 4 – CHICAGO 0… Jake Allen stopped all 38 shots at goal as the Blues blanked the Blackhawks. Jaden Schwartz had a goal and an assist.

ANAHEIM 4 – Los Angeles 2… Carter Rowney scored a goal and assisted on another as the Ducks doubled up on the Kings. Derek Grant netted a first-period goal and added an empty-netter. Hampus Lindholm had three assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Carolina is at Boston…
Montreal hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Minnesota is at Florida…
New Jersey hosts Vegas…
Toronto is at Philadelphia…
Columbus hosts Arizona…
Tampa Bay is at Nashville…
Dallas is at Winnipeg…
Vancouver hosts Ottawa…
Washington is at San Jose

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#22 WASHINGTON 75 – South Dakota 55

The Rundown for December 2, 2019

WHITE HOUSE WON’T PARTICIPATE IN IMPEACHMENT HEARING… The White House announced yesterday that President Trump and his attorneys will not participate in Wednesday’s House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearing. The president will instead rely on congressmen Jim Jordan, John Ratcliffe and Matt Gaetz to defend him. A panel of constitutional scholars and law professors in the initial hearing will assess the allegations against Trump to determine whether or not they constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors.” The House Intelligence Committee is expected to approve its report recommending that Trump be removed from office over allegations that he pressured a foreign country (Ukraine) to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

TEENS ESCAPE IN TENNESSEE DETENTION CENTER… Authorities in Tennessee are on the lookout for four teenagers who escaped from the Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center in Nashville on Saturday night. The boys, who are ages 15 to 17, reportedly “ran out” of the detention center after they had been left alone on work detail. Their staff supervisor left them while responding to a fight at a different location at the facility, it was reported. The escapees are considered dangerous and two are facing murder charges.

NINE FAMILY MEMBERS KILLED IN SOUTH DAKOTA PLANE CRASH… Authorities in South Dakota confirmed yesterday that nine members of an eastern Idaho family died Saturday afternoon in a plane crash shortly after takeoff in a snowstorm in Chamberlain. Three other passengers survived the crash, according to the Brule County Sheriff’s Office. The passengers ranged in age from 7 to 81. The survivors were reported to be 17-, 27- and 28-year-old males. The family was visiting South Dakota from Idaho Falls for a weekend hunting trip, officials said.

SHOOTINGS IN NEW ORLEANS… Violence broke out early yesterday in New Orleans, as 10 people were wounded in gunfire near the French Quarter and separate shootings hours later left two men dead and two others wounded. Police said both shootings remain under investigation. Two of the French Quarter shooting victims were listed in critical condition as of yesterday afternoon.

WINTER STORM REACHES NORTHEAST… A winter storm that spanned the entire nation and was blamed for multiple deaths culminated yesterday by covering the Northeast in snow and ice. More than a foot of snow was expected in parts of upstate New York and New England. The heaviest ice accumulations were forecast in parts of Pennsylvania.

ENTERTAINMENT
TRIPPIE REDD TOPS ALBUM CHART… Trippie Redd’s “A Love Letter to You 4” sold 104,000 units to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Jason Aldean’s “9” sold 83,000 copies to open in second place. The “Frozen 2” soundtrack rose to third place after selling 79,000 units. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” slipped to fourth place after selling 73,000 copies. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” finished fifth with 52,000 units sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Frozen 2” raked in another $85.2 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “Knives Out” opened in a distant second place with $27 million. “Ford v Ferrari” dropped to third place with $13.2 million. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” finished fourth with $11.8 million. “Queen & Slim” capped the top five with $11.7 million.

SPORTS
NFL SCORES
CINCINNATI 22 – N.Y. Jets 6… Andy Dalton threw a touchdown pass, Joe Mixon ran for a score and the Bengals (1-11) downed the Jets (4-8) for their first victory of the season.

Tennessee 31 – INDIANAPOLIS 17… Tye Smith returned a blocked field goal 63 yards for the go-ahead touchdown with 5:02 remaining as the Titans (7-5) put away the Colts (6-6). Ryan Tannehill passed for two scores.

MIAMI 37 – Philadelphia 31… The Dolphins (3-9) rallied in the second half to upend the Eagles (5-7). Ryan Fitzpatrick found DeVante Parker on two of his three touchdown passes. Parker had seven receptions for 159 yards.

Green Bay 31 – N.Y. GIANTS 13… Aaron Rodgers passed for 243 yards and four touchdowns in leading the Packers (9-3) past the Giants (2-10). Devante Adams was on the receiving end of two scoring tosses.

PITTSBURGH 20 – Cleveland 13… The Steelers (7-5) kept their postseason push alive by fighting off the Browns (5-7). Benny Snell scored a go-ahead touchdown on a 1-yard plunge in the third quarter. Devlin Hodges hit James Washington with a game-tying 30-yard scoring pass in the second quarter.

Washington 29 – CAROLINA 21… The Redskins (3-9) made a late goal-line stand to hold off the Panthers (5-7). Derrius Guise ran for 129 yards and two touchdowns.

Tampa Bay 28 – JACKSONVILLE 11… Peyton Barber ran for a pair of touchdowns and Devin White returned a fumble 14 yards for another as the Buccaneers (5-7) topped the Jaguars (4-8).

BALTIMORE 20 – San Francisco 17… Justin Tucker’s 49-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Ravens (10-2) over the 49ers (10-2) for their eighth straight win. Lamar Jackson threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score.

L.A. Rams 34 – ARIZONA 7… Jared Goff threw for 424 yards and two touchdowns in leading the Rams (7-5) past the Cardinals (3-8-1). Robert Woods had 13 catches for 172 yards.

DENVER 23 – L.A. Chargers 20… Brandon McManus booted a 53-yard field goal as time expired to send the Broncos (4-8) past the Chargers (4-8). Drew Lock hit Courtland Sutton with a pair of first-half touchdown passes.

KANSAS CITY 40 – Oakland 9… Patrick Mahomes threw a touchdown pass and ran for a score in the first half as the Chiefs (8-4) cruised past the Raiders (6-6). Juan Thornhill returned an interception 46 yards for a score.

HOUSTON 28 – New England 22… Deshaun Watson threw touchdown passes to three different receivers and hauled in a DeAndre Hopkins scoring pass and the Texans (8-4) held off the Patriots (10-2).

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Minnesota (8-3) is at Seattle (9-2)

NBA SCORES
Miami 109 – BROOKLYN 106… The Heat scored the game’s final 10 points to rally past the Nets. Jimmy Butler led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points. Bam Adebayo had 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Memphis 115 – MINNESOTA 107… Dillon Brooks pumped in 26 points and the short-handed Grizzlies handled the Timberwolves. Bruno Cabocio had 13 boards to go with his 12 points.

Boston 113 – NEW YORK 104… The Celtics got 30 points from Jayson Tatum and 28 from Jaylen Brown in a come-from-behind win over the Knicks. Kemba Walker had 16 points and 10 assists.

Dallas 114 – L.A. LAKERS 100… The Mavericks took control with a big third quarter and ended the Lakers’ 10-game winning streak. Luka Doncic scored 21 of his 27 points in the second half and dished off 10 assists.

Oklahoma City 107 – NEW ORLEANS 104… The Thunder mounted a late 12-0 run on their way past the Pelicans. Dino Gallinari had 23 points and 11 rebounds.

DETROIT 132 – Phoenix 98… Christian Wood came off the bench to make 11 of 14 field-goal attempts and finished with a game-high 28 points in the Pistons’ rout of the Suns. Luke Kennard tossed in 20 points.

TORONTO 130 – Utah 110… The Raptors built a 77-37 halftime lead and coasted past the Jazz. Pascal Siakam scored 35 points. Fred VanVleet had 21 points and 11 assists.

ORLANDO 100 – Golden State 96… The Magic hung on down the stretch to get past the Warriors. Evan Fournier led the way with 32 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 150 – Washington 125… The Clippers opened up a 25-point lead at the break and coasted past the Wizards. They got 34 points from Kawhi Leonard and 31 from Paul George. Montrezl Harrell finished with 23 points and 15 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at Charlotte…
Philadelphia hosts Utah…
Golden State is at Atlanta…
Milwaukee hosts New York…
Indiana is at Memphis…
Sacramento hosts Chicago

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 3 – Montreal 1… Jake DeBrusk, David Backes and David Pastrnak netted third-period goals to send the Bruins past the Canadiens.

MINNESOTA 3 – Dallas 2 (SO)… Zack Parise, Kevin Fiala and Mikko Koivu scored in the shootout as the Wild outlasted the Stars. Fiala and Parise also scored in regulation.

Edmonton 3 – VANCOUVER 2… Leon Draisaitl scored a pair of power-play goals to lead the Oilers past the Canucks. Connor McDavid had two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
New Jersey is at Buffalo…
the N.Y. Rangers host Vegas…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Detroit…
Chicago hosts St. Louis…
Los Angeles is at Anaheim

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#5 Maryland 84, Marquette 63 in the Orlando Invitational…
#14 Arizona 73, Wake Forest 66 in the Wooden Legacy…
#22 VILLANOVA 83, La Salle 72

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS (first-place votes)…
1. LSU (40) 12-0
2. Ohio St. (19) 12-0
3. Clemson (3) 12-0
4. Georgia 11-1
5. Utah 11-1
6. Oklahoma 11-1
7. Florida 10-2
8. Baylor 11-1
9. Alabama 10-2
10. Wisconsin 10-2
11. Auburn 9-3
12. Penn St. 10-2
13. Oregon 10-2
14. Notre Dame 10-2
15. Minnesota 10-2
16. Memphis 11-1
17. Michigan 9-3
18. Iowa 9-3
19. Boise St. 11-1
20. Appalachian St. 11-1
21. Cincinnati 10-2
22. Virginia 9-3
23. Navy 9-2
24. Southern Cal 8-4
25. Air Force 10-2

The Rundown for November 29, 2019

TRUMP VISITS AFGHANISTAN… President Trump made a surprise visit to Afghanistan for the first time yesterday. After arriving at Bagram Air Field, he spent time with U.S. troops and passed out meals of turkey and mashed potatoes. The visit came a week after Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to Iraq’s Al Asad airbase and served meals to the servicemen and women.

STORM PUMMELS MIDWEST… A powerful winter storm rolled across the Midwest and disrupted Thanksgiving Day travel early yesterday. The storm was blamed for one death and hundreds of canceled flights as it pushed east from the Rockies into South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin. It dropped close to a foot of snow in some areas even as the system weakened and headed toward New York and Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, on the West Coast, a “bomb cyclone” caused by a rapid drop in air pressure brought snow to the mountains and wind and rain along the California and Oregon coasts.

NO RECORD OF TRUMP’S ‘NO QUID PRO QUO’ CALL… The Washington Post reported yesterday that the White House has not found a record of the September 9 phone call recounted by U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland in which he testified that President Trump told him he wanted “no quid pro quo” with Ukraine. White House officials reportedly searched switchboard logs on that date but couldn’t corroborate the call. Trump has touted Sondland’s recollection of the conversation as a crucial part of his defense, claiming it clears him of any wrongdoing in the impeachment inquiry.

CHINA WARNS U.S. OVER HONG KONG LAW… China issued a stern warning to the U.S. yesterday that it would take “firm counter measures” after President Trump signed legislation that backs pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The new law requires the State Department to annually certify that Hong Kong is an autonomous city in order to continue its trading relationship with the financial hub. Chinese government officials reportedly told U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad that Washington must immediately stop interfering in China’s domestic affairs. Protesters in Hong Kong responded by holding a peaceful “thanksgiving” rally complete with American flags to express gratitude for the support.

EVACUATIONS REMAINSAFTER CHEMICAL FIRE… More than 50,000 people in East Texas remained under a mandatory evacuation order yesterday as a fire continued to burn at a chemical plant in Port Neches. The blazed followed two massive explosions there on Wednesday. Officials say they don’t know when people will be able to return to their homes.

ENTERTAINMENT
MADONNA TAKES BREAK TO RECOVER… Madonna has announced that she is taking a break from touring to recover from unspecified health issues. The 61-year-old singer is promoting her latest album “Madame X.” The tour kicked off in September in New York and included stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia, Miami, London and Paris.

IN THEATERS… In “Knives Out,” a detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. Daniel Craig and Chris Evans star in the PG-13 film. “Queen & Slim” tells the story about a couple whose first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over. The R-rated film stars Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith.

SPORTS
NFL SCORES
Chicago 24 – DETROIT 20… Mitchell Trubisky’s third touchdown pass of the day was a 3-yarder to David Montgomery with 2:17 remaining and sent the Bears (6-6) past the Lions (3-8-1). Anthony Miller had nine catches for 140 yards.

Buffalo 26 – DALLAS 15… Cole Beasley had six receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown in helping the Bills (9-3) roll past the Cowboys (6-6). John Brown became the first Buffalo receiver to throw a touchdown pass when he connected with Devin Singletary on a trick play that covered 26 yards.

New Orleans 26 – ATLANTA 18… The Saints (10-2) rode their defense to a win over the Falcons (3-9). They recorded nine sacks and two interceptions. Taysom Hill caught a 3-yard Drew Brees touchdown pass and ran 30 yards for a score.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Jets (4-7) are at Cincinnati (0-11)…
Indianapolis (6-5) hosts Tennessee (6-5)…
Philadelphia (5-6) is at Miami (2-9)…
the N.Y. Giants (2-9) host Green Bay (8-3)…
Cleveland (5-6) is at Pittsburgh (6-5)…
Carolina (5-6) hosts Washington (2-9)…
Tampa Bay (4-7) is at Jacksonville (4-7)…
Baltimore (9-2) hosts San Francisco (10-1)…
the L.A. Rams (6-5) are at Arizona (3-7-1)…
Denver (3-8) hosts the L.A. Chargers (4-7)…
Oakland (6-5) is at Kansas City (7-4)…
Houston (7-4) hosts New England (10-1)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Minnesota (8-3) is at Seattle (9-2)

NHL SCORES
New Jersey 6 – MONTREAL 4… Travis Zajac scored a first-period goal and had two assists in leading the Devils past the Canadiens. Nikita Gusev assisted on three goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at Boston…
Buffalo hosts Toronto…
Detroit is at Philadelphia…
Chicago hosts Colorado…
Ottawa is at Minnesota…
Anaheim hosts Winnipeg…
Los Angeles is at San Jose…
Washington hosts Tampa Bay…
Arizona is at Vegas…
Columbus hosts Pittsburgh…
Nashville is at Carolina…
Dallas hosts St. Louis

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#5 Maryland 76, Temple 69 in the Orlando Invitational…
Michigan 73, #6 North Carolina 64 in the Battle 4 Atlantis…
#8 Gonzaga 73, #11 Oregon 72 (OT) in the Battle 4 Atlantis…
Iowa 72, #12 Texas Tech 61 in the Las Vegas Invitational…
#13 Seton Hall 81, Southern Mississippi 56 in the Battle 4 Atlantis…
#14 Arizona 93, Pepperdine 91 in the Wooden Legacy…
#16 Memphis 83, North Carolina State 78 in the Barclays Center Classic

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Boston is at Brooklyn…
Orlando hosts Toronto…
Charlotte is at Detroit…
New York hosts Philadelphia…
Milwaukee is at Cleveland…
Miami hosts Golden State…
Atlanta is at Indiana…
Oklahoma City hosts New Orleans…
Utah is at Memphis…
San Antonio hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Dallas is at Phoenix…
Portland hosts Chicago…
Washington is at the L.A. Lakers

TODAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#17 Iowa is at Nebraska…
#18 Memphis hosts #19 Cincinnati…
#20 Boise State is at Colorado State…
#24 Virginia Tech is at Virginia
#25 Appalachian State is at Troy

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 Ohio State is at #13 Michigan…
#2 LSU hosts Texas A&M…
#3 Clemson is at South Carolina…
#4 Georgia is at Georgia Tech…
#5 Alabama is at #15 Auburn…
#6 Utah hosts Colorado…
#7 Oklahoma is at #21 Oklahoma State…
#8 Minnesota hosts #12 Wisconsin…
#9 Baylor is at Kansas…
#10 Penn State hosts Rutgers…
#11 Florida hosts Florida State…
#14 Oregon hosts Oregon State…
#16 Notre Dame is at Stanford…
#23 Iowa State is at Kansas State

The Rundown for November 28, 2019

FORECAST LEAVES PARADE BALLOONS IN DOUBT… The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will kick off today’s holiday festivities, but as of last night officials didn’t know whether the parade’s traditional balloons will fly this year. Wind gusts on forecast put the availability of the balloons in doubt. The large balloons will be grounded if sustained winds top 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph.

N.Y. TIMES: GIULIANI SOUGHT UKRAINE OFFICIALS AS CLIENTS… The New York Times reported yesterday that President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani privately sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in business from Ukrainian officials while trying to get dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The report comes as impeachment proceedings target President Trump for allegedly abusing his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the 2020 election and attempting to cover it up. The Times report citing documents they reviewed in its claim that Giuliani and other lawyers made repeated attempts to sign on Ukrainian officials as clients.

DOCUMENTS INDICATE TRUMP KEPT SEPARATE BOOKS ON PROPERTY… Tax and loan documents obtained by ProPublica appear to show that President Trump’s business kept separate books with widely varying figures for Trump Tower in Manhattan. The books reported a high occupancy rate to lenders, but a lower rate in official tax filings. Analysts say the higher occupancy rate submitted to lenders in 2012 may have helped Trump refinance his share of Trump Tower that year and qualify for a $100 million loan on good terms.

CBP KNEW IT COULDN’T REUNITE CHILDREN WITH PARENTS… A report released yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General claims Customs and Border Protection agency officials were aware that they did not have sufficient means to reunite the children with relatives when they separated thousands of children from their families last year. The separations were part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy. The CBP had to rescind its previous estimate of 2,800 children who were separated at the border and change it to 3,014, according to the report. 26,000 additional children would have been separated had President Trump had not been pressured to end the policy in June of last year, the report said.

OUSTED NAVY SECRETARY SPEAKS OUT… Richard Spencer, who was ousted as secretary of the Navy Sunday, is speaking out against the Trump administration’s “shocking and unprecedented intervention” in the case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes. President Trump intervened in the case before the trial against Gallagher had even started in March, Spencer wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published yesterday. Spencer said he received two calls from the president urging Gallagher to be released from the Navy brig and placed in a less-secure holding facility. Spencer said the Gallagher situation is a “reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”

ENTERTAINMENT
NETFLIX CANCELS ‘MST 3000’ REVIVAL… Netflix is canceling that revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” after two seasons. Host Jonah Ray announced the cancellation yesterday on Twitter. Prior to its two seasons on Netflix, MST 3000 aired on Comedy Central and then Syfy from 1988 to 1999.

NBC FACES ALLEGATIONS OVER ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’… NBC facing allegations of racism and other issues on the set of “America’s Got Talent” following last week’s removal of Gabrielle Union as a judge. Union said staff complained that her hair was “too black” and she felt retaliated against for taking issue with Jay Leno, who appeared as a guest and joked that a painting of dogs looked like something “on the menu at a Korean restaurant.” Yesterday, Variety and Vulture both published articles detailing a “toxic environment” at the show.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Orlando 116 – CLEVELAND 104… Evan Fournier pumped in a season-high 30 points for the Magic in their win over the Cavaliers.

INDIANA 121 – Utah 102… Domantas Sabonis and T.J. Warren scored 23 points apiece in leading the Pacers past the Jazz. Malcolm Brogdan tossed in 22 points.

BOSTON 121 – Brooklyn 110… The Celtics rallied in the second half to get past the Nets. Kemba Walker returned from a neck injury to score a game-high 39 points.

PHILADELPHIA 97 – Sacramento 91… Joel Embiid dropped in 33 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Kings.

CHARLOTTE 102 – Detroit 101… The Hornets held on at the end to beat the Pistons for the eighth straight time. Bismack Byombo scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Devonte Graham had 16 points and 15 assists.

TORONTO 126 – Detroit 98… The Raptors shook off a slow start to roll past the Pistons. Pascal Siakam led the way with 31 points.

MILWAUKEE 111 – Atlanta 102… The Bucks jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and then rallied in the fourth quarter to top the Hawks. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 10 boards.

L.A. Clippers 121 – MEMPHIS 119… Montrezl Harrell’s tip-in of a Lou Williams miss with 3.2 seconds remaining lifted the Clippers over the Grizzlies. Harrell finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Williams had 24 points and 13 assists.

HOUSTON 117 – Miami 108… The Rockets bombed the Heat 39-19 in the second quarter and coasted to the victory. James Harden led all scorers with 34 points. Russell Westbrook added 27 points.

SAN ANTONIO 113 – Minnesota 101… The Timberwolves’ victory in San Antonio was their first in 12 tries. Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points. Karl-Anthony Townes had 23 points and 14 boards.

Washington 140 – PHOENIX 132… Bradley Beal lit it up for 35 points to lead the Wizards past the Suns. Thomas Bryant tossed in 23 points and Ish Smith added 21.

L.A. Lakers 114 – New Orleans 110… Anthony Davis made a steal and knocked down three free throws in the final seconds to cap a 41-point night in leading the Lakers past this former team. LeBron James finished with 29 points and 11 assists.

PORTLAND 136 – Oklahoma City 119… The Trail Blazers built a big lead early and cruised past the Thunder. Damian Lillard scored 27 points to lead six players in double figures. Hasan Whiteside had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

GOLDEN STATE 104 – Chicago 90… The Warriors got 25 points from Eric Paschall and 23 from Alec Burks in beating the Bulls. Burks also brought down 10 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
No games scheduled

NHL SCORES
Calgary 3 – BUFFALO 2 (OT)… Elias Lindholm scored the winning goal on a wraparound 1:17 into overtime. Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist.

Boston 2 – OTTAWA 1… Zdeno Chara scored a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Bruins held on to edge the Senators. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 33 saves.

Toronto 6 – DETROIT 0… Andreas Johnsson scored two goals and had an assist as the Maple Leafs clobbered the Red Wings. Frederik Andersen stopped all 25 shots at goal.

St. Louis 4 – TAMPA BAY 3… Oskar Sundqvist scored two goals before leaving with a lower-body injury in the second period and the Blues held off to the Lightning.

N.Y. RANGERS 3 – Carolina 2… The Rangers scored all three goals in the first period and turned away the Hurricanes. Adam Fox had a goal and an assist. Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves at goal.

PITTSBURGH 8 – Vancouver 6… The Penguins scored six third-period goals to shoot their way past the Canucks. Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and assisted on three others. Jake Guentzel added two goals and two assists.

WASHINGTON 4 – Florida 3… Lars Eller and Brendan Leipsic netted third period goals to push the Capitals past the Panthers. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots.

Philadelphia 3 – COLUMBUS 2… Claude Giroux’s second-period power-play goal proved to be the difference in the Flyers’ defeat of the Blue Jackets. Scott Laughton scored a tying goal earlier in the period.

Vegas 4 – NASHVILLE 3… Max Pacioretty found the net with less than a second left in regulation and Paul Stastney ripped through the winning goal at 1:52 of overtime in the Golden Knights’ come-from-behind win.

ARIZONA 4 – Anaheim 3 (SO)… Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak scored in the shootout to send the Coyotes past the Ducks. Alex Goligoski netted a tying goal midway through the third period.

COLORADO 4 – Edmonton 1… The Avalanche skated past the Oilers after spotting them an early lead. Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and had an assist.

LOS ANGELES 4 – N.Y. Islanders 1… Alex Iafallo had a goal and an assist for the Kings in their romp over the Islanders.

Winnipeg 5 – SAN JOSE 1… Patrik Lane scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Jets breezed past the Sharks. Kyle Connor added a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
New Jersey is at Montreal…

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#3 Michigan State 75, UCLA 62 in the Maui Invitational…
#4 Kansas 90, Dayton 84 (OT) in the Maui Invitational…
#6 North Carolina 76, Alabama 67 in the Battle 4 Atlantis…
#7 VIRGINIA 46, Maine 26…
#8 GONZAGA 94, Southern Mississippi 69…
#11 Oregon, #13 Seton Hall in the Battle 4 Atlantis

TODAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Chicago (5-6) is at Detroit (3-7-1)…
Dallas (6-5) hosts Buffalo (8-3)…
New Orleans (9-2) is at Atlanta (3-8)

The Rundown for November 27, 2019

OMB OFFICIALS RESIGNED OVER WITHHOLDING OF UKRAINE FUNDS… The Washington Post reported yesterday that two White House Office of Management and Budget officials resigned after expressing concerns over the Trump administration’s withholding of U.S. security aid meant for Ukraine. The story cited the November 16 congressional testimony by OMB deputy associate director for national security programs Mark Sandy. According to Sandy, one unnamed official from the agency’s legal division had a “dissenting opinion” about how the Ukraine aid could be held without violating the law. A second unnamed official who resigned in September had “expressed some frustrations about not understanding the reason for the hold,” Sandy said. President Trump is accused of withholding the funds as a means of pressuring the Ukrainian government to investigate his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Sandy told the impeachment inquiry that he did not receive an explanation for the freeze of $400 million in aid until around the time the money was ultimately released. The explanation came in the form of an email from Mike Duffey, whom Trump had put in charge of defense programs.

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE INVITES TRUMP TO HEARING… The House Judiciary Committee has invited President Trump to its first impeachment hearing next week. Trump is not required to attend the December 4 hearing but the invitation combats charges of unfairness by allowing the president and his legal team access to congressional impeachment procedures. The House Intelligence Committee, which has conducted the impeachment investigation through closed-door testimony and public hearings, is expected to release a formal evidence report shortly after lawmakers return to Congress from their Thanksgiving recess on December 3.

TRUMP CLAIMS HE’D LIKE AIDES TO TESTIFY… President Trump went on social media yesterday to claim he would “actually like” his current and former aides to testify in the House impeachment inquiry but that he is “fighting for future Presidents and the Office of the President.” The claim drew widespread skepticism following Trump’s past assertions that he would actually like to give his own testimony to legislators conducting the impeachment inquiry. He also previously claimed that he wanted to sit down with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and provide testimony but instead provided only written answers to Mueller’s questions. On Monday, a federal district judge rejected the White House’s argument that Trump could block aides from responding to congressional subpoenas based on the claim of presidential immunity.

ANIMAL CRUELTY NOW A FEDERAL CRIME… President Trump yesterday signed a bipartisan bill into law that makes animal cruelty a federal crime. The Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act, which unanimously passed both Congress earlier this month and the House in October, revises and expands upon an Obama administration bill that outlawed the making and distributing videos of animal cruelty. The bill now criminalizes the crushing, drowning, suffocating, impaling and seriously harming of animals and punishes those convicted with fines and up to seven years in prison.

FEDERAL PROSECUTORS TARGET BIG PHARMA COMPANIES… Six pharmaceutical companies are targeted by federal prosecutors who are investigating potential criminal charges stemming from the shipping of big quantities of opioid painkillers that contributed to a healthcare crisis, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday. Regulatory filings reveal that five companies have received subpoenas from the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York as part of the investigation. Prosecutors are expected to subpoena other companies in the coming months, according to the report.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘GODZILLA VS. KONG’ RELEASE DATE DELAYED… Producers announced yesterday that the highly anticipated upcoming film “Godzilla vs. Kong” has been pushed back eight months from its March 13, 2020, release date to November 20. The Warner Bros. and Legendary film matches two legendary monsters that have been well-represented on the big screen. Julian Dennison, Brian Tyree Henry, Alexander Skarsgard and Demian Bichir star in the film.

IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS BOOST CABLE RATINGS… Five days of impeachment hearings boosted cable news networks’ ratings over the last two weeks. The Nielsen company said the daytime hearing audience ranged from a high of 13.8 million on opening day to a low of 11 million on the third day. CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC showed the hearings in their entirety. Fox averaged 2.5 million viewers over the five days. MSNBC and CNN more than doubled their daytime average.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
L.A. Clippers 114 – DALLAS 99… The Clippers built a 16-point halftime lead and held on to win their sixth in a row. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 28 points. Paul George scored 17 of his 26 points in the first quarter.

DENVER 117 – Washington 104… The Nuggets took control with a big second quarter and cruised past the Wizards. Jerami Grant came off the bench to score 20 points and lead six players in double figures. Nikola Jokic grabbed 20 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
No games scheduled

NHL SCORES
Boston 8 – MONTREAL 1… David Pastrnak scored three goals to lead the Bruins in their rout of the Canadiens. Charlie Coyle had a goal and two assists.

Minnesota 3 – NEW JERSEY 2… Ryan Suter scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Wild made it stand in their win over the Devils. Suter also assisted on Zach Parise’s first-period goal.

CHICAGO 3 – Dallas 0… Goalie Corey Crawford stopped all 32 shots as the Blackhawks recorded their first shutout of the season and ended the Stars’ seven-game winning streak. Brandon Saad, Patrick Kane and Connor Murphy scored for Chicago.

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

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
Stephen F. Austin 85, #1 DUKE 83 (OT)…
#3 Michigan State 93, Georgia 85 in the Maui Invitational…
#4 Kansas 71, BYU 56 in the Maui Invitational…
#18 Auburn 79, Richmond 65 in the Legends Classic…
#21 Colorado 71, Clemson 67 in the Main Event

The Rundown for November 26, 2019

FEDERAL JUDGE: McGAHN MUST OBEY SUBPOENA… A federal judge ruled last night that former White House counsel Don McGahn must obey a subpoena for his testimony issued by the House Judiciary Committee. The ruling by Federal District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson rejected all three of DOJ’s arguments and found that “the claim that a President’s senior-level aides have absolute testimonial immunity is meritless.” A higher court is expected to immediately put the ruling on hold as the Justice Department appeals the decision. The House Judiciary Committee sued to enforce that subpoena in August. Committee members say they want to question McGahn about matters he discussed with Special Counsel Robert Mueller as part of the Russia investigation. Mueller’s report cited McGahn’s testimony extensively in detailing potential instances of obstruction of justice by President Trump.

HOUSE PANEL TO ISSUE IMPEACHMENT REPORT… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said yesterday that lawmakers plan to issue a report that could lead to impeachment charges against President Trump over his dealings with Ukraine. Schiff said the report will be released after Congress returns to Washington next week. Schiff sent a letter to members of Congress explaining that the report would include a catalog of Trump administration refusals to cooperate with the inquiry and that the lack of cooperation could form the basis of a separate article of impeachment.

ESPER ADMITS TAKING ORDER FROM TRUMP OVER NAVY SEAL… Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper admitted yesterday that his order for U.S. Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher to retain his Trident pin came directly from President Trump. Esper said he considered it a formal order. Gallagher, who is accused of war crimes in Iraq, was prepared to surrender his Trident pin “for the good of the SEALs, and the president and the country,” but was later informed that he would be allowed to keep it. Gallagher was acquitted by a military jury in July of murdering a captured and wounded Islamic State fighter in Iraq, but was convicted of posing with the detainee’s corpse. Trump has vehemently supported Gallagher and previously intervened in the case to restore his rank following his demotion over the conviction. Esper also accused Navy Secretary Richard Spencer, whom he fired Sunday, of secretly offering to the White House to rig the Navy disciplinary process to ensure that Gallagher retains his status as a SEAL.

SUBPOENAS LINKED TO GIULIANI… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that subpoenas issued to people linked to President Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani name Giuliani’s consulting company and list conspiracy to defraud the U.S., making false statements to the U.S. government, donating funds from foreign nationals, mail fraud and wire fraud among potential charges. The subpoenas named Giuliani Partners and suggested that federal prosecutors are looking into Giuliani’s consulting work. The subpoenas also reportedly name Fraud Guarantee, a company that paid Giuliani for consulting work. The company’s co-founder, Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, has pleaded not guilty to campaign finance violations along with fellow Giuliani associate Igor Fruman. Both men reportedly worked with Giuliani to help search in Ukraine for dirt on Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

NATIONAL ENQUIRER PUBLISHER MET WITH PROSECUTORS… National Enquirer publisher David Pecker has reportedly spoken with federal prosecutors in New York as part of the New York District Attorney office’s investigation into the Trump Organization’s handling of hush-money payments to women who alleged affairs with President Trump. Trump has denied the affairs. According to CNN, Pecker met with prosecutors in late October and detailed agreements that were made with former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen to kill potentially damaging stories to then-candidate Trump.

ENTERTAINMENT
LL COOL J TO HOST KENNEDY CENTER AWARDS… LL Cool J has agreed to host the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors in December. CBS announced yesterday that the 51-year-old rapper and actor will lead the honoring of top performers and their lifetime contributions to American culture. The event is set for December 8 at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. This year’s ceremony will honor actress Sally Field, conductor and composer Michael Tilson Thomas, singer Linda Ronstadt, the children’s program Sesame Street and the band Earth, Wind & Fire.

JULIA LOUIS-DREYFUS-WILL FERRELL FILM GETS RELEASE DATE… The upcoming Julia Louis-Dreyfus-Will Ferrell black comedy “Downhill” has been given a February 14 release date. The film is the English-language remake of the 2014 Swedish film “Force Majeure.” The story centers on a married couple whose lives take a turn when they barely escape an avalanche while vacationing in the Alps.

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Baltimore 45 – L.A. RAMS 6… Lamar Jackson completed passes for yards and five touchdowns as the Ravens (9-2) routed the Rams (6-5). Jackson also rushed for 95 yards. Marquise Brown and Willie Snead IV had two scoring catches apiece. Mark Ingram II rushed 15 times for 111 yards and a score.

NBA SCORES
Brooklyn 108 – CLEVELAND 106… Spencer Dinwiddie knocked down a fadeaway jumper with 1.9 seconds remaining to send the Nets past the Cavaliers. He finished with 23 points. Jarrett Allen piled up 22 points and 21 rebounds.

DETROIT 103 – Orlando 88… The Pistons came up big in the second half on their way past the Magic. Luke Kennard scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

INDIANA 126 – Memphis 114… T.J. Warren pumped in 26 points to lead the Pacers in their pounding of the Grizzlies. Five other players scored in double figures for Indiana.

MIAMI 117 – Charlotte 100… The Heat cruised past the Hornets to remain unbeaten at home. Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler scored 21 points apiece. Adebayo also grabbed 13 boards.

BOSTON 103 – Sacramento 102… Jaylen Brown scored 24 points and Jayson Tatum added 20 as the Celtics held off the Kings. Buddy Hield’s career-high 41 points weren’t enough for Sacramento.

Minnesota 125 – ATLANTA 113… The Timberwolves overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to roll past the Hawks. Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 13 rebounds. Andrew Wiggins added 25 points.

TORONTO 101 – Philadelphia 96… The Raptors got 25 points from Pascal Siakam and 24 from Fred VanVleet in downing the 76ers. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson delivered 16 points and 10 boards off the bench.

Portland 117 – CHICAGO 94… The Trail Blazers shook off a slow start to put away the Bulls. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 25 points. CJ McCollum tossed in 21 points.

MILWAUKEE 122 – Utah 118… Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 50 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as the Bucks rallied past the Jazz for their fifth straight win.

L.A. Lakers 114 – SAN ANTONIO 104… LeBron James scored 33 points and dished off 13 assists in leading the Lakers past the Spurs. Anthony Davis finished with 19 points and 12 boards.

Oklahoma City 100 – GOLDEN STATE 97… The Thunder scored the final 13 points to stun the Warriors. Chris Paul made a go-ahead jumper with 36.8 seconds remaining and finished with 20 points. Dennis Schroder scored a team-high 22 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Dallas…
Denver hosts Washington

NHL SCORES
TAMPA BAY 5 – Buffalo 2… Cedric Paquette and Ondrej Palat netted short-handed goals 49 seconds apart in the third period as the Lighting skated past the Sabres. Palat also assisted on two goals.

N.Y. RANGERS 3 – Minnesota 2 (OT)… Tony DeAngelo found the net 32 seconds into overtime to lift the Rangers over the Wild. Artemi Panarin assisted on all three New York goals.

PHILADELPHIA 2 – Vancouver 1… The Flyers clipped the Canucks after spotting them an early lead. Jakub Voracek assisted on Sean Couturier’s second-period goal and netted the game-winner in the third period.

PITTSBURGH 3 – Calgary 2 (OT)… Jake Guentzel scored 4:04 into overtime to win it for the Penguins. Jared McCann and Alex Galchenyuk both had a goal and an assist.

COLUMBUS 1 – Ottawa 0… Goalie Joonas Korpisalo stopped all 25 shots as the Blue Jackets blanked the Senators. Oliver Bjorkstrand netted the game’s only goal 21 seconds into the third period.

NASHVILLE 3 – St. Louis 2 (SO)… The Predators recovered to outlast the Blues after blowing a two-goal lead. Filip Forsberg and Daniel Carr scored in the shootout.

DALLAS 4 – Vegas 2… Alexander Radulov scored two goals and assisted on another as the Stars doubled up on the Golden Knights. Tyler Seguin had two assists.

ANAHEIM 3 – N.Y. Islanders 0… John Gibson made 26 saves at goal in shutting out the Islanders. The Ducks got goals from Ondrej Kase, Cam Fowler and Ryan Getzlaf.

San Jose 4 – LOS ANGELES 3 (OT)… The Sharks topped the Kings after letting a three-goal lead slip away. Patrick Marleau scored the winning goal at 2:35 of overtime. Timo Meier netted two second-period goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Montreal…
New Jersey hosts Minnesota…
Dallas is at Chicago

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
Virginia Tech 71, #3 Michigan State 66 in the Maui Invitational…
#4 Kansas 93, Chaminade 63 in the Maui Invitational…
#10 Ohio State 71, Kent State 52 in the Buckeye Classic…
#17 Tennessee 58, Chattanooga 46 in the Emerald Coast Classic…
#18 Auburn, New Mexico in the Legends Classic…
#20 VCU 78, Alabama State 62

The Rundown for November 25, 2019

ESPER FIRES NAVY SECRETARY… Defense Secretary Mark Esper fired Navy Secretary Richard Spencer yesterday in response to Spencer’s handling of the disciplinary case involving Navy Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher. Gallagher, a Navy SEAL, had been demoted after being found guilty of posing for a photo with the dead body of an ISIS casualty in Iraq. He had faced a court-martial for premeditated murder and attempted murder but was acquitted. President Trump early this month by pardoning two other service members charged with war crimes and restoring Gallagher’s rank. Spencer defied the White House directive, prompting Esper to demand Spencer’s resignation and ordering that Gallagher be allowed to retire at the end of this month. In his resignation letter, Spencer told President Trump that he cannot obey an order that he believes violates his “sacred oath” to defend the Constitution and said “I no longer share the same understanding as the Commander in Chief who appointed me, in regards to the key principle of good order and discipline.”

SCHIFF CALLS EVIDENCE AGAINST TRUMP ‘OVERWHELMING’… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff said during an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday that the two weeks of public hearings produced “overwhelming evidence” that President Trump pressured the Ukrainian government into entering a deal that would benefit his re-election bid. Schiff said the evidence made it “urgent” for the House to move forward with its impeachment inquiry. The committee has no more public testimony scheduled but Schiff said others could be added.

HOUSE PANEL POSSESSES PARNAS MATERIALS… ABC News reported yesterday that Lev Parnas, an associate of President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, has given the House Intelligence Committee audio and video recordings and photographs that include Giuliani and Trump. The materials were provided as part of that congressional subpoena issued to Parnas, who reportedly played a key role in assisting him in his efforts to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Federal investigators within the Southern District of New York are believed to possess some of the items congressional investigators are seeking, which is delaying them from being turned over to the committee, according to the report.

BLOOMBERG OFFICIALLY ENTERS RACE… Michael Bloomberg officially entered the 2020 presidential race yesterday. The former New York mayor is targeting President Trump in his late-entry Democratic presidential bid. “I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America. We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions,” Bloomberg announced.

STORMS THREATEN THANKSGIVING WEEK… Thanksgiving week travel could be slowed by multiple storm systems that are forming throughout the U.S. High winds are expected to whip the nation’s interior tomorrow before heading east. Windy conditions later in the week are on the forecast for Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Forecasters say the conditions could force the grounding of balloons at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Rain, snow and rough surf toughened conditions in the Pacific Northwest yesterday.

ENTERTAINMENT
CELINE DION TOPS ALBUM CHART… Celine Dion’s new release, “Courage,” sold 113,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 chart. Tory Lanez’s “Chixtape 5” came in second with 83,000 units sold. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 69,000 copies to finish third. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” finished fourth on sales of 56,000 units. Luke Combs’ “What You See Is What You Get” fell to fifth place after selling 55,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Frozen II” raked in $127 million to blow away the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Ford v Ferrari,” slipped into second place with $16 million. “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” took in $13.5 million to finish in third place. Another newcomer, “21 Bridges,” made $9.3 million to finish fourth. “Midway” dropped to fifth place with $4.7 million.

SPORTS
NFL SCORES
Tampa Bay 35 – ATLANTA 22… Jameis Winston passed for 313 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers (4-7) past the Falcons (3-8). Chris Godwin had seven catches for 184 yards and two scores.

BUFFALO 20 – Denver 3… Josh Allen hit Cole Beasley and John Brown with touchdown passes and the Bills (8-3) smothered the Broncos (3-8). Devin Singletary rushed for 106 yards.

CHICAGO 19 – N.Y. Giants 14… Mitchell Trubisky found Allen Robinson II with a 32-yard touchdown pass and ran 1 yard for a score as the Bears (5-6) fought off the Giants (2-9).

Pittsburgh 16 – CINCINNATI 10… Chris Boswell booted two fourth-quarter field goals to push the Steelers (6-5) past the Bengals (0-11). Devlin Hodges connected with James Washington on a 79-yard touchdown pass.

CLEVELAND 41 – Miami 24… Baker Mayfield passed for 314 yards and three touchdowns as the Browns (5-6) cruised past the Dolphins (2-9). Jarvis Landry had 10 receptions for 148 yards and two TDs.

NEW ORLEANS 34 – Carolina 31… Will Lutz’s 33-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Saints (9-2) over the Panthers (5-6). Drew Brees threw for 311 yards and three scores.

N.Y. JETS 34 – Oakland 3… Sam Darnold passed for two touchdowns and ran for another as the Jets (4-7) ripped the Raiders (6-5) for their third straight win.

Seattle 17 – PHILADEPHIA 9… Rashaad Penny ran 58 yards for a touchdown and finished with 129 yards on the ground as the Seahawks (9-2) handled the Eagles (5-6).

WASHINGTON 19 – Detroit 16… Dustin Hopkins’ 39-yard field goal with 16 seconds remaining sent the Redskins (2-9) past the Lions (3-7).

TENNESSEE 42 – Jacksonville 20… The Titans exploded in the third quarter to score four touchdowns in six offensive plays on their way to routing the Jaguars. Derrick Henry ran for 159 yards and two TDs. A.J. Brown had four receptions for 135 yards and a score.

NEW ENGLAND 13 – Dallas 9… Tom Brady threw 10 yards to N’Keal Harry for the game’s only touchdown in the first quarter and the Patriots (10-1) held on to top the Cowboys (6-5).

SAN FRANCISCO 37 – Green Bay 8… Jimmy Garoppolo threw 41- and 62-yard touchdown passes to Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, respectively as the 49ers (10-1) walloped the Packers (8-3). Kittle finished with six catches for 129 yards.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Baltimore (8-2) is at the L.A. Rams (6-4)

NBA SCORES
Dallas 137 – HOUSTON 123… Luka Doncic poured in 41 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. tossed in 31 points as the Mavericks outgunned the Rockets. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Brooklyn 103 – NEW YORK 101… The Nets hung on at the end to get past the Knicks and win their third in a row. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Spencer Dinwiddie’s 30 points.

Sacramento 113 – WASHINGTON 106… The Kings got 26 points from Harrison Barnes and 21 from Bogdan Bogdanovic in their win over the Wizards.

DENVER 116 – Phoenix 104… The Nuggets pulled away in the second half to get past the Suns for their fifth straight victory. Paul Millsap led the way with 23 points. Jamal Murray and Will Barton added 22 points apiece.

L.A. CLIPPERS 134 – New Orleans 109… The Clippers built a 16-point halftime lead and coasted past the Pelicans. Montrezl Harrel had game-highs with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Kawhi Leonard tossed in 26 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Brooklyn is at Cleveland…
Detroit hosts Orlando…
Memphis is at Indiana…
Miami hosts Charlotte…
Sacramento is at Boston…
Atlanta hosts Minnesota…
Philadelphia is at Toronto…
Chicago hosts Portland…
Utah is at Milwaukee…
San Antonio hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Oklahoma City is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
Buffalo 5 – FLORIDA 2… Zemgus Girgensons scored a pair of goals as the Sabres downed the Panthers to snap a three-game skid. Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists.

Carolina 2 – DETROIT 0… Goalie James Reimer stopped all 19 shots in the Hurricanes’ blanking of the Red Wings. Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist.

Edmonton 4 – ARIZONA 3 (SO)… Connor McDavid scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Oilers outlasted the Coyotes. Markus Granlund netted the tying goal in the third period.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y, Rangers host Minnesota…
Vancouver is at Philadelphia…
Pittsburgh hosts Calgary…
Ottawa is at Columbus…
Nashville hosts St. Louis…
Vegas is at Dallas…
Anaheim hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
San Jose is at Los Angeles

TOP 25 COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#2 Louisville 82, Akron 76 in the Global Sports Shootout…
#7 Virginia 48, Arizona State 45 in the Hall of Fame Tip-Off…
#9 Kentucky 81, Lamar 56 in the BBN Showcase…
#12 Texas Tech 96, Brooklyn 66 in the Las Vegas Invitational…
#14 Arizona 104, Long Beach State 67 in the Wooden Legacy…
Utah State 68, North Texas 59 in the Jamaica Classic…
Florida 70, #18 Xavier 65 in the Charleston Classic…
#23 Colorado 56, Wyoming 41 in the Main Event…
#24 Baylor 87, #17 Villanova 78 in the Myrtle Beach Invitational…
#25 WASHINGTON 86, San Diego 68

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL RANKINGS
1. LSU (50) 11-0
2. Ohio St. (9) 11-0
3. Clemson (3) 11-0
4. Georgia 10-1
5. Alabama 10-1
6. Utah 10-1
7. Oklahoma 10-1
8. Florida 9-2
9. Minnesota 10-1
10. Michigan 9-2
11. Baylor 10-1
12. Penn St. 9-2
13. Wisconsin 9-2
14. Oregon 9-2
15. Notre Dame 9-2
16. Auburn 8-3
17. Memphis 10-1
18. Cincinnati 10-1
19. Iowa 8-3
20. Boise St. 10-1
21. Oklahoma St. 8-3
22. Appalachian St. 10-1
23. Virginia Tech 8-3
24. Navy 8-2
25. USC 8-4