The Rundown for October 31, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Miami is at Atlanta…
New Orleans hosts Denver…
San Antonio is at the L.A. Clippers

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

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

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

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

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

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

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Calgary is at Nashville…
Vegas hosts Montreal

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
San Francisco (7-0) is at Arizona (3-4-1)

TONIGHT’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#12 Baylor hosts West Virginia…
#20 Appalachian State hosts Georgia Southern

The Rundown for October 30, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for October 29, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Miami…
Denver hosts Dallas…
Memphis is at the L.A. Lakers

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for October 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Miami (0-6) is at Pittsburgh (2-4)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Arizona is at Buffalo…
Vancouver hosts Florida

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

The Rundown for October 25, 2019

DOJ INVESTIGATING ITS OWN RUSSIA PROBE… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into the origins of its own Russia probe. Analysts immediately expressed fear that it’s a sign that Trump is targeting people he considers to be his enemies. Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, who is in charge of the probe, now has the power to issue subpoenas for witness testimony and documents, to enlist a grand jury and to file criminal charges.

REPORT ASSAILS ACCOUNTABILITY OFFICE… A 100-page inspector general’s report released yesterday claims the Office of Accountability and Whistleblower Protection hasn’t fulfilled its core mission to turn around the Department of Veterans Affairs’ culture of retaliation against whistleblowers. The office became one of President Trump’s signature initiatives when it was created two years ago but the report says it has punished those it was intended to protect and held few wrongdoers accountable. The office has shown “significant deficiencies” from the top to the bottom, including poor leadership, uneven training, and a failure to discipline senior leaders for misconduct, according to the report.

EDUCATION SECRETARY DeVOS HELD IN CONTEMPT… A federal judge yesterday held Education Secretary Betsy DeVos in contempt of court and imposed a $100,000 fine for violating an order to stop collecting on the student loans owed by students of a defunct for-profit college. The action was a response to the Trump administration’s admission earlier this year that it erroneously collected on the loans of some 16,000 borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges despite being ordered to stop doing so. DeVos was named in the federal lawsuit but her $100,000 in monetary sanctions will be paid by the government.

TIM RYAN ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID… Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio announced yesterday that he’s dropping out of the 2020 Democratic presidential race. The 46-year-old Ryan came up short in polling and donation requirements to qualify for the last two Democratic debates. When he launched his campaign in April, he said he was motivated to improve the economy following the closure of an Ohio auto plant. In other campaign news, Tulsi Gabbard announced last night that she won’t seek re-election to Congress so that she can concentrate on her presidential campaign. Gabbard, a Democrat who represents Hawaii’s second district, has been polling at less than 2 percent in her White House run.

LOS ANGELES-AREA FIRES PROMPT EVACUATIONS… At least 40,000 people north of Los Angeles were issued mandatory evacuation orders yesterday after two fires swept to the edges of residential neighborhoods. As of last night, authorities said there was no containment of either blaze. Flames were fanned by dry winds that were expected to reach 70 mph.

ENTERTAINMENT
SECRET SERVICE INTERVIEWED EMINEM… The Secret Service has turned over 40 pages of documents that proved agents interviewed rapper Eminem after the release of his 2018 album “Revival.” The interviews were a response to “threatening lyrics” from his rap “Framed.” A TMZ employee reported the lyrics hours after the entertainment gossip company wrote about the anti-Donald Trump references. The information was revealed as the result of a Freedom of Information Act request filed by BuzzFeed News.

IN THEATERS… In “Black and Blue,” a rookie police officer in New Orleans has to balance her identity as a black woman with her role as a police officer when she witnesses other police officers committing murder. Naomie Harris and Mike Colter star in the R-rated film. “The Last Full Measure” tells the story about an airman who is awarded the nation’s highest military honor 34 years after his death. Bradley Whitford and Samuel L. Jackson star in the R-rated film.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Atlanta 117 – DETROIT 100… Trae Young poured in 38 points to lead the Hawks past the Pistons. John Collins had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee 117 – HOUSTON 111… The Bucks erased a 16-point halftime deficit on their way past the Hawks. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 30 points before fouling out in the fourth quarter. He also had 14 boards and 11 assists in his 15th career triple-double.

L.A. Clippers 141 – GOLDEN STATE 122… Lou Williams scored 22 points to lead six players in double figures as Clippers routed the Warriors. Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and Patrick Patterson added 20.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Boston…
Charlotte hosts Minnesota…
New York is at Brooklyn…
Oklahoma City hosts Washington…
Chicago is at Memphis…
New Orleans hosts Dallas…
Phoenix is at Denver…
Sacramento hosts Portland…
Utah is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
San Jose 4 – MONTREAL 2… The Sharks got a pair of power-play goals from Evander Kane in their win over the Canadiens.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – Arizona 2… Josh Bailey had a goal and assist for the Islanders. Brock Nelson assisted on two goals.

N.Y. RANGERS 6 – Buffalo 2… Ryan Strome scored two goals for the Rangers. Brett Howden and Tony DeAngelo each had a goal and an assist.

COLUMBUS 4 – Carolina 3 (OT)… Can Atkinson’s goal 3:28 into overtime lifted the Blue Jackets over the Hurricanes. Ryan Murphy had a goal and an assist.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Los Angeles 2… Brayden Schenn found the net twice for the Blues. Alex Pietrangelo and Robert Thomas scored two minutes apart in the second period.

NASHVILLE 4 – Minnesota 0… Goalie Pekka Rinne stopped all 26 shots in shutting out the Wild. Four different players scored for the Predators.

Philadelphia 4 – CHICAGO 1… Kevin Hayes and James van Riemsdyk scored successive goals in the third period as the Flyers put away the Blackhawks. van Riemsdyk also had an assist.

DALLAS 2 – Anaheim 1… Denis Giurianov scored two first-period goals and the Stars hung on to edge the Ducks. Goalie Ben Bishop made 30 saves.

CALGARY 6 – Florida 5 (SO)… Matthew Tkachuk netted two goals in regulation and another in the shootout as the Flames outlasted the Panthers. Mark Giordano had a goal and an assist.

EDMONTON 4 – Washington 3… Leon Draisaitl’s second goal of the game came at 1:18 of overtime to send the Oilers past the Capitals. Connor McDavid scored the tying goal with 1:38 left in regulation.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Colorado is at Vegas…
Toronto hosts San Jose…
Arizona is at New Jersey…
Ottawa hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Buffalo is at Detroit…
Vancouver hosts Washington

NFL SCORE
MINNESOTA 19 – Washington 9… Dalvin Cook totaled 171 total yards and scored the game’s lone touchdown in the second quarter as the Vikings topped the Redskins. Dan Bailey booted four field goals to 40 yards.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Seattle (5-2) is at Atlanta (1-6)…
Buffalo (5-1) hosts Philadelphia (3-4)…
the L.A. Chargers (2-5) are at Chicago (3-3)…
Detroit (2-3-1) hosts the N.Y. Giants (2-5)…
Tampa Bay (2-4) is at Tennessee (3-4)…
Indianapolis (4-2) hosts Denver (2-5)…
Cincinnati (0-7) is at the L.A. Rams (4-3)…
New Orleans (6-1) hosts Arizona (3-3-1)…
the N.Y. Jets (1-5) are at Jacksonville (3-4)…
San Francisco (6-0) hosts Carolina (4-2)…
Cleveland (2-4) is at New England (7-0)…
Texas (4-3) hosts Oakland (3-3)…
Green Bay (6-1) is at Kansas City (5-2)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Miami (0-6) is at Pittsburgh (2-4)

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORE
#16 SMU 34, HOUSTON 31

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 Alabama hosts Arkansas…
#2 LSU hosts #9 Auburn…
#3 Ohio State hosts #13 Wisconsin…
#4 Clemson hosts Boston College…
#5 Oklahoma is at Kansas State…
#6 Penn State is at Michigan State…
#8 Notre Dame is at #19 Michigan…
#11 Oregon hosts Washington State…
#12 Utah hosts California…
#15 Texas is at TCU…
#17 Minnesota hosts Maryland…
#20 Iowa is at Northwestern…
#21 Appalachian State is at South Alabama…
#23 Iowa State hosts Oklahoma State…
#24 Arizona State is at UCLA

WORLD SERIES RESUMES TONIGHT… The nation’s capital will host a World Series game tonight for the first time since 1933 tonight when the Washington Nationals host the Houston Astros in Game 3. Washington won the first two games on the road. It’ll be a matchup of righthanders as the Nats send Anibal Sanchez to the mound, where he’ll be opposed by Zack Greinke. Sanchez went 11-8 on the regular season; Greinke was 18-5. First pitch is set for 8:97 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on Fox.

The Rundown for October 24, 2019

TRUMP ATTORNEY MAINTAINS PRESIDENT IMMUNE FROM PROSECUTION… An attorney representing President Trump argued in court yesterday that presidents can’t be criminally investigated or charged while in office. During an appeals court hearing to decide whether the Manhattan district attorney can obtain Trump’s tax returns to investigate potential fraud, Judge Denny Chin asked lawyer William Consovoy if he thought Trump would be immune from prosecution, even if he stood “in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shot somebody.” Consovoy maintained that presidents can only face consequences once they have left office.

HOUSE REPUBLICANS STORM CLOSED HEARING… The testimony of deputy assistant secretary of defense Laura Cooper before three House committees was delayed by five hours yesterday after about 25 House Republicans stormed the closed hearings. The GOP representatives who occupied the secure hearing room demanded that Democrats allow even members who don’t sit on the Intelligence, Oversight and Foreign Affairs committees to participate. President Trump reportedly had advance knowledge of the protest and supported the action. National security experts called the action a reckless publicity stunt that posed a security risk.

NOT GUILTY PLEAS IN UKRAINE-SCANDAL DEFENDANTS… Lawyers representing one of two defendants arraigned yesterday for their roles in the Ukraine scandal argued raised the issue of executive privilege during the court proceeding. Lev Parnas, a Soviet-born business associate with ties to Rudy Giuliani, and Igor Furman pleaded not guilty in a four-count indictment that accused them of funneling money through straw donors into U.S. elections in an effort to gain influence. Prosecutors also allege the pair petitioned U.S. politicians, including a congressman, to have the ambassador to Ukraine removed from her post. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rebekah Donaleski said charges are supported by voluminous information gained through “dozens of search warrants,” property searches, subpoenas, emails, social media accounts and financial records from more than 50 bank accounts.

BARR URGED TO RECUSE FROM UKRAINE MATTERS… The New York City Bar Association yesterday urged Attorney General William Barr to recuse himself from the Department of Justice’s Ukraine investigation. The association said Barr would undermine the Department of Justice’s role in safeguarding the rule of law under the Constitution by failing to recuse himself. “If he fails to do so, he should resign or, failing that, be subject to sanctions, including possible removal, by Congress,” the association wrote.

U.S. TROOPS CAN STAY ONLY A MONTH IN IRAQ… The Iraqi government said yesterday that U.S. troops who are moved from Syria to Iraq have will be allowed to stay for only four weeks. The Pentagon announced last week that about 1,000 U.S. troops are being moved from northern Syria to western Iraq to continue the fight against ISIS. Iraq defense minister Najah al-Shammari made the announcement after meeting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Baghdad.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROSE McGOWAN FILES SUIT OVER ALLEGED WEINSTEIN RAPE… A federal lawsuit filed yesterday by actress Rose McGowan claims that Harvey Weinstein and two of his former attorneys engaged in racketeering to silence her and derail her career before she accused him of rape. The suit filed in Los Angeles names as defendants Weinstein, attorneys David Boies and Lisa Bloom and their law firms, and Black Cube, an Israeli intelligence firm hired by Weinstein. Defendants conspired to defraud, smear and marginalize McGowan as she was preparing to name Weinstein during the run-up to the explosion of the #MeToo movement late in 2017, according to the lawsuit. The 46-year-old McGowan was one of the earliest among dozens of women who accused Weinstein of sexual misconduct.

CHUCK D TO BE HONORED… Rapper Chuck D will be honored with the Woody Guthrie Prize, which recognizes artists who speak out for the less fortunate. He will receive the award at a ceremony in Tulsa on November 16. Chuck D was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013 as a member of the hip-hop group Public Enemy. Previous recipients of the award include John Mellencamp, Norman Lear, Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples and Pete Seeger.

SPORTS
WORLD SERIES GAME 2
Washington 12 – HOUSTON 3… The Nationals erupted to score six runs in the top of the seventh inning to break a 2-2 tie on their way to taking a 2-0 lead in the 2019 World Series. Kurt Suzuki sparked the uprising with a solo homer. Adam Eaton added a two-run shot in the eighth. Asdrubal Cabrera had a couple of hits and drove in three runs. Starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings. The series shifts to the nation’s capital for Game 3 tomorrow.

NBA SCORES
CHARLOTTE 126 – Chicago 125… Rookie PJ Washington made seven 3-pointers on his way to 27 points and the Hornets came from behind to top the Bulls. Dwayne Bacon added 22 points. Cody Zeller finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Detroit 119 – INDIANA 110… Andre Drummond racked up 32 points and 23 rebounds in leading the Pistons past the Pacers. Luke Kennard made six 3-pointers in the final 6 minutes and finished with 30 points.

ORLANDO 94 – Cleveland 85… Nikola Vucevic pumped in 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Magic handled the Cavaliers.

PHILADELPHIA 107 – Boston 93… Ben Simmons dropped in 24 points for the 76ers. Joel Embiid finished with 15 points and 13 boards.

MIAMI 120 – Memphis 101… The Heat bombed the Grizzlies 37-17 in the fourth quarter to pull out the win. Justise Winslow led the way with 27 points. Rookie Kendrick Nunn added 24 points.

Minnesota 127 – BROOKLYN 126 (OT)… Karl Anthony-Towns had 36 points and 14 rebounds as the Timberwolves outlasted the Nets. Andrew Wiggins tossed in 21 points. Kyrie Irving’s 50 points weren’t enough for Brooklyn.

DALLAS 108 – Washington 100… Luka Doncic led all scorers with 34 points. Kristaps Porzingis added 23 points for the Mavericks.

SAN ANTONIO 120 – New York 111… The Spurs pulled past the Knicks in the fourth quarter. They got 22 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 20 from Bryn Forbes.

UTAH 100 – Oklahoma City 95… Donovan Mitchell scored 32 points and grabbed 12 boards as the Jazz topped the Thunder in a back-and-forth contest.

PHOENIX 124 – Sacramento 95… Devin Booker scored 22 points and dished off 10 assists for the Suns in their defeat of the Kings. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 21 points.

Denver 108 – PORTLAND 100… The Nuggets came up big in the fourth quarter to fight off the Trail Blazers. Nikola Jokic had 20 points and 13 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Detroit…
Houston hosts Milwaukee…
the L.A. Clippers are at Golden State

NHL SCORES
OTTAWA 5 – Detroit 2… Anthony Duclair found the net twice as the Senators downed the Red Wings to snap a four-game skid.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Pittsburgh 2… Victor Hedman’s power-play goal with 56.8 seconds remaining gave the Lightning a come-from-behind win over the Penguins. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 37 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
San Jose is at Montreal…
the N.Y. Islanders host Arizona…
Buffalo is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Columbus hosts Carolina…
Los Angeles is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Minnesota…
Philadelphia is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Anaheim…
Florida is at Calgary…
Edmonton hosts Washington

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
Washington (1-6) is at Minnesota (5-2)

TONIGHT’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#16 SMU is at Houston

The Rundown for October 23, 2019

WILLIAM TAYLOR CONFIRMS UKRAINE QUID PRO QUO… The U.S.’ top diplomat to Ukraine, William Taylor, confirmed quid pro quo between the Trump administration and Ukraine yesterday during testimony before lawmakers. Taylor said a shadow foreign policy operation led by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani intended withhold U.S. aid to Ukraine until the country’s president publicly declared an investigation of Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Trump mentioned the Bidens in a July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, which became the subject of a whistleblower complaint that prompted a formal impeachment inquiry.

TRUMP CRITICIZED FOR ‘LYNCHING’ COMMENT... President Trump faced severe backlash yesterday after comparing the impeachment proceedings against him to a “lynching.” Critics said the comment trivialized racist hate crimes against African Americans. Some of the backlash came from Trump’s fellow Republicans. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “I don’t agree with that language, it’s pretty simple.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell separated himself from the comment later at a news conference.

ANONYMOUS ‘SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL’ TO RELEASE BOOK… The anonymous writer who penned a powerful anti-Trump op-ed in the New York Times in September 2018 is scheduled to release a book next month. Titled, “A Warning,” the book will present an “unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency.” The official, only identified in the September 2018 Times op-ed as a senior Trump administration official, will retain anonymity.

INVESTIGATION INTO FACEBOOK GROWS… 47 Attorneys general have joined a New York investigation into potential antitrust concerns involving social media giant Facebook, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced yesterday. The investigation centers on Facebook’s dominance in the social media market and whether the social media giant is engaging in anti-competitive conduct. Federal regulators fined the company a record $5 billion in July for violating an order related to the privacy of users’ personal information.

TRAFFIC DEATHS DROP… A report released yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that traffic deaths in the U.S. fell 2.4 percent in 2018 to 36,560 although the number of pedestrians killed rose to its highest level in nearly three decades. Results indicated traffic deaths fell for the second straight year. The fatality rate of 1.13 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled was the lowest since 2014. Despite the decrease in overall deaths, pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities continue to rise, with deaths of those on foot climbing 3.4 percent to 6,283 last year. The number of people killed on roads while using bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles rose 6.3 percent to 857. More pedestrians and cyclists were killed in 2018 than in any year since 1990. Deaths of pedestrians have jumped by 42 percent in the last decade even as the combined number of all other traffic deaths has fallen by 8 percent.

ENTERTAINMENT
LORI LAUGHLIN FACES NEW CHARGES IN COLLEGE ADMISSION SCANDAL… Federal prosecutors have filed new charges against actress Lori Loughlin and 10 other parents for their alleged roles in the massive college admission scandal. The new charges were included in a third superseding indictment that alleges the defendants conspired to commit federal program bribery. Prosecutors say the parents bribed University of Southern California employees to help their children get into the school by allegedly designating them as “athletic recruits…or other favored admissions categories.” Prosecutors previously alleged that the 54-year-old Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer nearly $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to USC as crew recruits, even though neither teen had previously rowed crew.

ACTOR HENRY THOMAS ARRESTED… Actor Henry Thomas was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants in Oregon on Monday night, authorities revealed yesterday. Tualatin police found the 48-year-old Thomas, who is best known for starring as Elliot in the 1982 Steven Spielberg film “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” inside a car stopped in traffic. Thomas was released on yesterday morning on his own recognizance. Thomas most recently appeared in the Netflix film “The Haunting of Hill House.”

SPORTS
WORLD SERIES GAME 1
Washington 5 – HOUSTON 4… Juan Soto smacked a game-tying solo homer in the top of the fourth inning and added a two-run double in the fifth and the Nationals held off the Astros to take Game 1 of the 2019 World Series. Ryan Zimmerman also went deep for Washington. The series remains in Houston for tonight’s Game 2. It will be a matchup of premier righthanders as Justin Verlander gets the start for the Astros and will be opposed by Stephen Strasburg. First pitch is set for 8:07 p.m. and the game airs on Fox.

NBA SCORES
TORONTO 130 – New Orleans 122 (OT)… Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet scored 34 points apiece for the Raptors in their opening-night win over the Pelicans. Siakam also grabbed 18 rebounds. Kyle Lowry tossed in 22 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 112 – L.A. Lakers 102… The Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter to down their cross-town rivals. Kahwi Leonard pumped in 30 points in his debut with his new team. Lou Williams added 21 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Charlotte…
Indiana hosts Detroit…
Cleveland is at Orlando…
Brooklyn hosts Minnesota…
Memphis is at Miami…
Philadelphia hosts Boston…
Washington is at Dallas…
San Antonio hosts New York…
Oklahoma City is at Utah…
Phoenix hosts Sacramento…
Denver is at Portland

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 4 – Toronto 2… David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each scored a goal and had an assist for the Bruins.

BUFFALO 4 – San Jose 3 (OT)… Jack Eichel’s second goal of the game came 3:13 into overtime and sent the Sabres past the Sharks. Eichel also had two assists.

FLORIDA 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Jonathan Huberdeau and Denis Malgin each had a goal and an assist as the Panthers doubled up on the Penguins.

Arizona 3 – N.Y. RANGERS 2 (OT)… Christian Dvorak’s goal 1:04 into overtime lifted the Coyotes over the Rangers for their fourth straight win.

Vancouver 5 – DETROIT 2… The Canucks came alive to score all five goals in the third period to put away the Red Wings. Bo Horvat led the barrage with three goals.

NASHVILLE 6 – Anaheim 1… Roman Josi and Viktor Arvidsson each had a goal and an assist in the Predators’ pounding of the Ducks.

MINNESOTA 3 – Edmonton 0… Goalie Alex Stalock faced only 16 shots in shutting out the Oilers. Eric Staal found the net twice and had an assist.

Los Angeles 3 – WINNIPEG 2… Anze Kopitar netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Kings made it stand in edging the Jets.

Vegas 2 – CHICAGO 1 (SO)… Shea Theodore netted the decisive goal in the shootout as the Golden Knights outlasted the Blackhawks. Nick Holden’s goal tied the game with 1:33 remaining in regulation.

Washington 5 – CALGARY 3… John Carlson found the net twice in the Capitals’ defeat of the Flames. Alex Ovechkin added a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Ottawa…
Tampa Bay hosts Pittsburgh