The Rundown for January 31, 2020

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL… The Senate completed a second round of questioning last night in President Trump’s impeachment trial. Both sides continued sparring over the limits of executive and congressional power in their quest for swing votes. Democrats need just four Republicans to join them in voting to extend the trial and allow witnesses and documents to be subpoenaed. Lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff responded to complaints about the length of the trial by proposing that it follow the Clinton model and limit witness depositions to a week. Republicans picked up the vote when retiring Tennessee Congressman Lamar Alexander remained loyal to his party and announced he would vote against new witnesses. However, Democrats appear to have gained the vote of GOP Senator Susan Collins of Maine, who said she’d vote in support of the motion. Remaining potential swing voters include GOP senators Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah. Murkowski plans to announce her decision this morning. Republicans hope to bring the trial to a quick end after it resumes today at 1 p.m. Eastern. They intend to block the motion to consider witnesses and advance to a final vote to convict or acquit the president.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT LAWYER CONTRADICTS TRUMP IMPEACHMENT DEFENSE… Arguments offered by a Justice Department attorney in federal court yesterday contradicted a key argument President Trump’s defense team has been relying on in its defense against one of the two articles of impeachment the president faces in his Senate trial. Testifying in a separate case involving a House committee’s subpoena for documents related to aborted efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, Justice Department attorney James Burnham argued that Congress cannot use the courts to enforce its subpoenas and is limited to impeachment and other legislative tools at its disposal. In contrast, Trump’s impeachment attorneys have been arguing that the obstruction charge against the president is completely unwarranted because Democrats should have taken the president to court to enforce subpoenas.

RAPE ACCUSER SEEKS DNA SAMPLE FROM TRUMP… Lawyers representing advice columnist E. Jean Carroll, who claims Donald Trump her in the 1990s, have requested a DNA sample from the president. The lawyers requested for a sample to be submitted March 2 in Washington. They hope to determine whether his genetic material is on a dress Carroll says she wore during the encounter. Carroll filed a defamation suit against Trump in November after the president denied her allegation.

PENCE AIDE LEAVING WHITE HOUSE… Jennifer Williams, a national security aide to Vice President Mike Pence who was a key witness in the House’s impeachment of President Trump, is leaving her post two months early. Williams, whose last day will be on Monday, will start her new position as a CENTCOM deputy foreign policy adviser in the spring. She will be advising the command on Middle East policy issues. Williams listened to the July 25 phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky that led to Trump’s impeachment. In her testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, she said that Trump’s efforts to pressure the Ukrainian government into announcing an investigation of Joe Biden and his son Hunter were “unusual and inappropriate.”

THREE STATES DEMAND FEDERAL ERA CERTIFICATION… Attorneys general in three states Virginia, Nevada and Illinois took legal action yesterday in demanding that the federal government certify the long-proposed Equal Rights Amendment. Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring joined his Illinois and Nevada counterparts in the 22-page lawsuit. They seek to compel the U.S. Archivist to “carry out his statutory duty of recognizing the complete and final adoption of the Equal Rights Amendment.”

LONGEST-EVER SMUGGLING TUNNEL FOUND ALONG MEXICO BORDER… U.S. authorities have discovered the longest smuggling tunnel ever found along the southwest border. The tunnel originates in Tijuana, Mexico, near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry and extends more than three-quarters of a mile. It is approximately 5-1/2-feet tall, 2 feet wide and has an average depth of 70 feet from the surface.. The investigation that led to the discovery spanned many years and involved various agencies.

CORONOVIRUS CONCERNS… Chicago health officials yesterday reported the first U.S. case of human-to-human transmission of the deadly coronavirus. Officials say the new patient is married to a Chicago woman who carried the infection back from Wuhan, China. It’s the sixth confirmed case in the U.S. More than 130 people have died in China and nearly 6,000 have been infected. The virus has spread to at least 16 countries and the global death toll is now 170. The World Health Organization has declared the outbreak of the fast-spreading strain of coronavirus a global health emergency.

ENTERTAINMENT
KATHARINE McPHEE AND EDDIE CIBRIAN LAND NETFLIX SERIES… Katharine McPhee and Eddie Cibrian have signed on to star in a new Netflix comedy series. “Country Comfort” centers on an aspiring country music singer who becomes a nanny for a cowboy and his five children. McPhee is best known for her work in the CBS series “Scorpion.” Cibrian recently portrayed Eddie on the ABC comedy-drama series “Take Two.”

IN THEATERS… In “The Rhythm Section,” a woman seeks revenge against those who orchestrated a plane crash that killed her family. The R-rated film stars Blake Lively and Jude Law. “Gretel & Hansel” tells the story of a young girl who stumbles into a nexus of terrifying evil when she leads her little brother into the woods to search for food and work. Sophia Lillis and Alice Krige star in the PG-13 film.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES...
Toronto 115 – CLEVELAND 109… The Raptors got 26 points from Serge Ibaka and 23 from Kyle Lowry in fighting off the Cavaliers for their ninth straight win. Fred VanVleet had 12 assists.

WASHINGTON 121 – Charlotte 107… Bradley Beal lit it up for 39 points in leading the Wizards past the Hornets. Thomas Bryant delivered 21 points off the bench.

ATLANTA 127 – Philadelphia 117… Trae Young poured in 39 points and dished off a career-high 18 assists to lead the Hawks past the 76ers. Five other players scored in double figures for Atlanta.

BOSTON 119 – Golden State 104… Gordon Hayward pumped in 25 points and Marcus Smart added 21 off the bench as the Celtics cruised past the Warriors. Jayson Tatum added 20 points.

DENVER 106 – Utah 100… The short-handed Nuggets took the lead with a 15-0 run to end the third quarter and held on to down the Jazz. Nikola Jokic came up big down the stretch and finished with 28 points and 10 assists. Michael Porter Jr. had 12 points and as many rebounds.

Sacramento 124 – L.A. CLIPPERS 103… The Kings held the Clippers to 14 second-quarter points on their way to an easy win. De’Aaron Fox scored a game-high 34 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Detroit…
Brooklyn hosts Chicago…
Dallas is at Houston…
New Orleans hosts Memphis…
Denver is at Milwaukee…
Phoenix hosts Oklahoma City…
Portland is at the L.A. Lakers

NBA ALL-STAR ROSTERS SET… Rosters are complete for the 69th NBA All-Star Game, which is scheduled for February 16 in Chicago. Reserves were announced last night following last week’s naming of starters… LeBron James of the L.A. Lakers and Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks have been named starters and captains. Other starters are: Anthony Davis of the Lakers, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, Kemba Walker of the Boston Celtics, Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks, James Harden of the Houston Rockets, Kawhi Leonard of the L.A. Clippers, Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors and Trae Young of the Atlanta Hawks… Reserves are: Bam Adebayo and Jimmy Butler of the Miami Heat, Kris Middleton of the Bucks, Domantas Sabonis of the Indiana Pacers, Jayson Tatum of the Celtics, Kyle Lowry of the Raptors, Ben Simmons of the 76ers, Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Donovan Mitchell and Rudy Gobert of the Utah Jazz, Brandon Ingram of the New York Knicks, Chris Paul of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook of the rockets.

NHL SCORES
Montreal 3 – BUFFALO 1… The Canadiens got past the Sabres after spotting them an early goal. Ilya Kovalchuk and Brendan Gallagher scored 2:16 apart in the second period.

Nashville 6 – NEW JERSEY 5 (SO)… Filip Forsberg’s second goal of the game broke a tie midway through the third period and the Predators held on to edge the Devils. Matt Duchene had a goal and an assist. Kyle Turris assisted on two goals.

Los Angeles 3 – ARIZONA 2 (OT)… Alex Iafallo found the net 24 seconds into overtime to complete a hat trick and lift the Kings over the Coyotes. Anze Kopitar set up two of the goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Detroit is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Pittsburgh hosts Philadelphia….
Washington is at Ottawa…
Carolina hosts Vegas…
Boston is at Winnipeg…
Edmonton hosts St. Louis…
Tampa Bay is at Anaheim

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 Gonzaga 87, SANTA CLARA 72…
#11 Oregon 77, CALIFORNIA 72…
#15 Maryland 82, #18 Iowa 72…
#19 ILLINOIS 59, Minnesota 51…
UCLA 72, #20 Colorado 68

SUPER BOWL WEEKEND… Super Bowl weekend is upon us as the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs will clash on Sunday to determine the NFL champion. Super Bowl LIV will feature a pass-happy Kansas City offense against a San Francisco defense that ranked second in the league. Sunday’s game will be played in Miami and airs on Fox at 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

NASCAR NEWS… NASCAR driver John Andretti, who announced in 2017 that he had stage 4 colon cancer, lost his battle with the disease yesterday. He died at age 56. Andretti raced all types of cars, but was most active in NASCAR’s top series, running 393 races. He won the 1997 summer race at Daytona International Speedway and at Martinsville, in 1999. Andretti raced 12 times at the Indy 500, and in 1994 he raced there and in a NASCAR event that night. He was the nephew of racing legend Mario Andretti.

The Rundown for January 30, 2020

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL… President Trump’s impeachment trial continued yesterday with representatives on both sides asking questions. The questions were submitted in writing and read aloud by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial. Senate Republicans hope to wrap up the trial and vote for acquittal tomorrow. They oppose calls for witnesses and evidence while Democrats maintain you cannot have a fair trial without them. Trump is accused of using his office to arrange a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government that would benefit him politically. In one of the more shocking arguments yesterday, Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz argued that a quid pro quo that benefits the president politically is legal because it’s something politicians do in the public’s interest and without corrupt motive. In addressing Trump’s denial of a quid pro quo, lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff noted, “If every defendant could be exonerated just by denying the crime, there would be no trial. It doesn’t work that way.”

WHITE HOUSE ISSUES WARNING OVER BOLTON BOOK… The White House has taken action to prevent former national security adviser John Bolton from publishing an upcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.” A passage from the book leaked earlier this week included Bolton’s claim that President Trump personally told him he wanted to withhold $391 in military aid from Ukraine until its government publicly announced it was launching an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. A letter from the Records Management Division warned that the book “appears to contain significant amounts of classified information” that could cause “grave harm to the national security.” Trump has denied the allegation. Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly said earlier this week that he believes Bolton’s version. Yesterday, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel issued a statement claiming that Bolton told him during a September 23, 2019, phone call that the committee should “look into the recall of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch” and that he “strongly implied that something improper had occurred around her removal as our top diplomat in Kyiv.” Engel said the discussion leaves him wanting to hear from Biden ”under oath, in a formal setting.”

YOVANOVITCH STALKER CLAIMED TO BE A FEDERAL AGENT… NBC News reported yesterday that the Dutch man who claims he held Marie Yovanovitch under surveillance while she was U.S. ambassador to Ukraine has informed people that he was a U.S. federal law-enforcement officer. In sharing information about 54-year-old Anthony de Caluwe with foreign governments, the FBI says he has presented himself as an agent for the FBI, CIA or Drug Enforcement Administration. de Caluw has denied any connection to Ukraine but he has been romantically linked with a Ukrainian woman. Authorities say the woman was frequently returning to her home country in early 2019 while de Caluw was informing Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde of Yovanovitch’s location. Hyde allegedly passed along the information to Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

TRUMP SIGNS NORTH AMERICA TRADE DEAL… President Trump yesterday signed into law a revamped trade deal with Mexico and Canada. The president called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, “a colossal victory” for American farmers, manufacturers and other workers. Trump saluted Republican lawmakers for helping push the bipartisan deal through Congress but invited none of the Democrats who worked on the agreement to yesterday’s signing ceremony.

CHINA FLIGHT BAN CONSIDERED.. Federal transportation officials say the U.S. is considering a ban on flights between the U.S. and mainland China to guard against the spread of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The proposed ban would not apply to travelers who may be transiting through other countries to reach the U.S. Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 alert in warning Americans to “reconsider” traveling to China. Yesterday, 195 Americans evacuated from Hubei province in China were flown aboard a U.S. government-chartered plane to March Air Reserve Base, where they will be screened for the virus. Nearly 6,000 cases if the deadly virus have been confirmed in China. It is blamed for the deaths of at least 132 people.

ENTERTAINMENT
CHRIS STAPLETON RESUMES ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW TOUR… Chris Stapleton has announced plans for his fourth annual All-American Road Show tour. The country singer will headline the 46-date nationwide tour, which includes a roster of special guests that includes Dwight Yoakam, Sheryl Crow, Hank Williams, Jr., the Highwomen, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and the Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell. The tour opens March 11 in Corpus Christi, Texas, and ends October 23 in San Antonio.

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE REUNITES FOR TOUR… The rock band My Chemical Romance announced yesterday that it is reuniting for its first North American tour in nine years. The band released four studio albums before splitting up in 2013. My Chemical Romance came together for a Los Angeles performance in December. The tour begins September 9 in Detroit and ends October 11 in Las Vegas.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
INDIANA 115 – Chicago 106 (OT)… The Pacers scored seven straight points at the end of regulation and then spurted past the Bulls in overtime. Victor Oladipo returned from a knee injury that kept him out of action for a year and hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation. Malcolm Brogdon scored seven of hi1 5 points in the extra period. T.J. Warren led Indiana with 25 points.

BROOKLYN 125 – Detroit 115… Spencer Dinwiddie came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points in leading the Nets past the Pistons. Taurean Prince tossed in 22 points and Garrett Temple added 20.

Memphis 127 – NEW YORK 106… The Grizzlies rolled past the Knicks in a contest that included a bench-clearing scuffle in the final minute. Dillon Brooks scored 27 points to lead six players in double figures. Ja Morant had 28 points and 12 assists.

SAN ANTONIO 127 – Utah 120… DeMar DeRozan pumped in 38 points to lead the Spurs past the Jazz. San Antonio got 54 points from its bench.

Oklahoma City 120 – SACRAMENTO 100… Dennis Schroder delivered a game-high 24 points off the bench as the Thunder cruised past the Kings. Luguentz Dort added 23 points.

PORTLAND 125 – Houston 112… The Trail Blazers took control with a big second quarter and held off the Rockets. Damian Lillard led the way with 36 points. CJ McCollum added 22 points. Hassan Whiteside had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Cleveland…
Washington hosts Charlotte…
Philadelphia is at Atlanta…
Boston hosts Golden State…
Utah is at Denver…
the L.A. Clippers host Sacramento

NHL SCORES
Nashville 5 – WASHINGTON 4… The Predators scored twice in the third period to upend the Capitals after blowing an early two-goal lead. Ryan Johansen scored a game-tying shorthanded goal and Yannick Weber added the game-winner with 4:37 left.

Toronto 5 – DALLAS 3… Andreas Johnsson, Auston Matthews and Tyson Barrie each had a goal and an assist as the Maples Leafs skated past the Stars. Mitch Marner had two assists.

ANAHEIM 4 – Arizona 2… Adam Henrique scored a pair of first-period goals and the Ducks went on to double up on the Coyotes. Derek Grant set up two goals.

Calgary 4 – EDMONTON 3 (SO)… Sean Monahan netted the lone goal in the shootout to send the Flames past the Oilers. Andrew Mangiapane found the net twice in the second period.

Tampa Bay 4 – LOS ANGELES 2… The Lightning came from two goals down in the second period to get past the Kings. Steven Stamkos scored a tying goal in the second period and assisted on Erik Cernak’s go-ahead goal in the third. Stamkos also scored into an empty net.

Vancouver 5 – SAN JOSE 2… The Canucks scored four unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Sharks. Tanner Pearson and Quinn Hughes each had a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Buffalo…
New Jersey hosts Dallas…
Los Angeles is at Arizona

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 Baylor 67, IOWA STATE 53…
#4 San Diego State 85, NEW MEXICO 57…
#6 Louisville 86, BOSTON COLLEGE 69…
#7 Dayton 73, DUQUESNE 69…
#10 SETON HALL 64, DePaul 57…
TEXAS TECH 89, #12 West Virginia 81…
#13 KENTUCKY 71, Vanderbilt 62…
#14 MICHIGAN STATE 79, Northwestern 50…
#21 Houston 69, EAST CAROLINA 59…
#22 LSU 90, Alabama 76…
#24 PENN STATE 64, Indiana 49

The Rundown for January 29, 2020

TRUMP TRIAL… Attorneys defending President Trump yesterday called for the Senate to end the trial with an acquittal in concluding their opening arguments. White House counsel Pat Cipollone urged senators to do what’s right “in your heart” and “defend our Constitution.” Cipollone warned that removing Trump from office would be to “tear up every ballot across this country” for the 2020 presidential election. Trump is facing abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his dealings with Ukraine last year. He is accused of using Congress-approved military aid and a potential White House visit as leverage to pressure the Ukrainian government into announcing investigations of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Trump also interfered with the House impeachment investigation by refusing to cooperate and defying subpoenas to keep administration officials from testifying in the inquiry, according to the House Judiciary Committee.

McCONNELL FEARS HE LACKS VOTES TO BLOCK WITNESSES… The Senate impeachment trial of President Trump appears to have left Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell feeling desperate. The Wall Street reported yesterday that McConnell conceded during a private Senate Republican meeting that he lacks the votes to block impeachment witnesses. While Republicans had been hoping to wrap up the trial with an acquittal this week, Democrats have continued their efforts to subpoena individuals and materials to gather more information relevant to Trump’s impeachment. The vote is not expected until Friday.

DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RELEASES DOCUMENTS… The Department of Energy last night released a batch of documents related to its former Secretary Rick Perry and his relationship with Ukraine. Analysts were looking for any information that could shed light on impeachment allegations against President Trump and Perry’s involvement in an alleged quid pro quo that would seek foreign help to benefit Trump politically. The documents include Perry’s briefing book prior to his May trip to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. Perry resigned from the Energy Department early last month shortly after news broke of a whistleblower’s complaint about the Ukraine quid pro quo.

KELLY BELIEVES IN BOLTON… President Trump’s former chief of staff John Kelly said during a lecture earlier this week that he “believes” former national security advisor John Bolton, whose explosive claims in an upcoming book were have been leaked. Among the claims was that Trump personally told him he wanted to withhold military aid from Ukraine until its government investigated his political rivals. “Every single time I was with him… he always gave the president the unvarnished truth,” Kelly said of Bolton.

CASUALTIES RISE IN MISSILE ATTACK… The Defense Department announced yesterday that 50 U.S. military personnel have been diagnosed with concussions and traumatic brain injuries after an Iranian missile attack earlier this month. Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two military bases in Iraq where U.S. forces were stationed. A Pentagon spokesman said 16 additional service members have been diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries since a report on Friday.

CBO: BUDGET DEFICIT TO TOP $1 TRILLION… The U.S. budget deficit is likely to surpass $1 trillion this year despite a healthy economy, according to an annual Congressional Budget Office report released yesterday. The rise was attributed to an increase in new spending last year and the repeal in December of several taxes used to help finance the Affordable Care Act. The deficit hasn’t topped $1 trillion since 2012, when former President Barack Obama capped four consecutive years of $1 trillion-plus budget deficits. For the government to spend its $4.6 trillion this year, it would have to borrow 22 cents of every dollar it spends.

ENTERTAINMENT
McCONAUGHEY TO STAR, EXECUTIVE PRODUCE FX SERIES… Matthew McConaughey has signed on as star and executive producer of a new FX drama series. In “Redeemer,” McConaughey reunites with “True Detective” creator Nic Pizzolatto. The actor will play a former minister turned security guard who is searching for a missing woman in Texas in a journey that brings together his future with his past.

CYRUS-HEMSWORTH DIVORCE FINAL… A judge in Los Angeles yesterday finalized the divorce of 27-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus and 30-year-old actor Liam Hemsworth. The couple separated after eight months of marriage and Hemsworth cited irreconcilable differences in filing for divorce in August. The couple has no children, and neither sought spousal support.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CHARLOTTE 97 – New York 92… The Hornets erased a 13-point deficit in downing the Knicks to end their eight-game losing streak. Terry Rozier pumped in 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

PHILADELPHIA 115 – Golden State 104… Joel Embiid had 24 points and 10 rebounds in his return after missing three weeks of action and the 76ers handled the Warriors. Five other players scored in double figures for Philadelphia.

New Orleans 125 – CLEVELAND 111… The Pelicans got 28 points from Jrue Holiday and 24 from Brandon Ingram in cruising past the Cavaliers. Rookie Zion Williamson had 14 points and nine boards in his NBA road debut.

TORONTO 130 – Atlanta 114… The Raptors built a 10-point lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Hawks for their eighth straight win. Pascal Siakam and Serge Ibaka scored 24 points apiece. Ibaka also brought down 10 rebounds.

Boston 109 – MIAMI 101… All five starters scored in double figures as the Celtics fought off the Heat. Gordon Hayward led the way with 29 points. Jaylen Brown added 25 points.

MILWAUKEE 151 – Washington 131… The Bucks erupted to score 88 first-half points in their dismantling of the Wizards. Kris Middleton poured in 51 points and collected 10 boards. Eric Bledsoe added 34 points and 10 assists. Milwaukee’s leading scorer Giannis Antetokounmpo sat out the game with a shoulder injury.

MEMPHIS 104 – Denver 96… The Grizzlies built a big lead early and held off the Nuggets. Dillon Brooks dropped in 24 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

Phoenix 133 – DALLAS 104… The Suns bombed the Mavericks 48-22 in the third period on their way to a blowout win. Devin Booker led all scorers with 32 points. Deandre Ayton tossed in 31 points.

CLIPPERS-LAKERS GAME POSTPONED… The Clippers and Lakers postponed last night’s inner-city matchup in Los Angeles to mourn the death of NBA legend Kobe Bryant. A makeup date has not been announced.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Indiana…
Brooklyn hosts Detroit…
Memphis is at New York…
San Antonio hosts Utah…
Oklahoma City is at Sacramento…
Portland hosts Houston

NHL SCORES
Ottawa 5 – BUFFALO 2… The Senators scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Sabres. Mike Reilly netted the go-ahead goal on a power play. Mark Borowiecki added a shorthanded goal later in the period. Jean-Gabriel Pageau had a goal and an assist.

 St. Louis 5 – CALGARY 4 (SO)… David Perron and Ryan O’Reilly scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Blues outlasted the Flames. Perron and Zach Sanford each had a goal and an assist in regulation.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Nashville is at Washington…
Dallas hosts Toronto…
Calgary is at Edmonton…
Anaheim hosts Arizona…
Tampa Bay is at Los Angeles…
San Jose hosts Vancouver

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
VIRGINIA 61, #5 Florida State 56…
#8 Villanova 79, ST. JOHN’S 59…
#9 DUKE 79, Pittsburgh 67…
#16 Butler 69, GEORGETOWN 64…
MISSISSIPPI, #17 Auburn (2OT)…
#25 RUTGERS 70, Purdue 63

The Rundown for January 28, 2020

DETAILS FROM BOLTON’S BOOK CONTINUE TO LEAK… Details from a forthcoming book written by former national security adviser John Bolton continue to be leaked to the media. The New York Times reported yesterday that Bolton told Attorney General William Barr he had concerns about President Trump giving favors to the autocratic leaders of Turkey and China. The report claims that Bolton remembers Barr expressing concern that Trump indicated that he had influence over independent Justice Department investigations relating to entities in both countries. Bolton, his publisher, and his literary agency insist they did not share the manuscript with the Times. The newspaper reported that Bolton’s discussion with Barr was included in a manuscript submitted for White House review almost one month ago. Revelations are strengthening Democrats’ efforts to seek Bolton’s testimony in Trump’s impeachment.

SUPREME COURT APPROVES TRUMP IMMIGRANT RULES… The Supreme Court voted 5-4 yesterday to let the Trump administration implement new rules designed to deny U.S. residency or admission to immigrants seen as a risk of becoming “public charges.” The decision lifted an injunction imposed by a district judge in New York that blocked the policy, which was criticized as a “wealth test” to keep out non-white immigrants. The new rules will make it easier to screen out green card applicants because they have or might require government assistance.

PENTAGON CONFIRMS U.S. PLANE CRASH IN AFGHANISTAN… The Pentagon has confirmed that a U.S. aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan yesterday. Military officials say the cause of the crash is under investigation and denied reports that the plane was brought down by enemy fire. It wasn’t clear how many people were aboard the Air Force Bombardier E-11A, which is used to conduct electronic surveillance.

PRINCE ANDREW NOT COOPERATING WITH INVESTIGATORS… Federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman claims Britain’s Prince Andrew has provided “zero cooperation” to U.S. authorities investigating sex trafficking allegations against the late financier Jeffrey Epstein and co-conspirators. The FBI and prosecutors got nowhere in their efforts to interview the prince. Berman did not say when U.S. authorities had requested the interview.

8 DEAD IN ALABAMA BOAT FIRES… Authorities in Scottsboro, Alabama, have confirmed that eight people died and 35 boats were destroyed in a fire along the Tennessee River early yesterday. Officials anticipate the death toll will rise as bodies are found in boats that sank. Most of the destroyed vessels were houseboats, officials said. Investigators say the blaze consumed a wooden dock and an aluminum roof that covered many of the vessels, which cut off escape routes.

ENTERTAINMENT
GRAMMY AWARDS RATINGS TUMBLE… Sunday night’s Grammy Awards attracted the lowest ratings ever, according to Nielsen ratings. The ceremony, which lasted more than three hours, drew 18.7 million viewers, which was a roughly six percent drop from last year’s show. This year’s event featured 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish making history as the youngest artist to win the four biggest awards, including Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

EMINEM TOPS ALBUM CHART… Eminem’s “Music to be Murdered By” sold 279,000 units to give him his 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Halsey’s “Manic” debuted in second place after selling 239,000 copies. The Mac Miller posthumous album “Circles” opened at No. 3 on sales of 164,000 units. Buddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” dropped into fourth place with 103,000 copies sold. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 53,000 units to cap the top five.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Cleveland 115 – DETROIT 110… Collin Sexton pumped in 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Cavaliers cruised past the Pistons. Kevin Love scored all 20 points in the first half. Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

MIAMI 113 – Orlando 92… The Heat built an early double-digit lead on their way past the Magic. Duncan Robinson scored 21 points. Bam Adebayo racked up 20 points, 10 boards and 10 assists.

Dallas 107 – OKLAHOMA CITY 97… Luka Doncic scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading the Mavericks past the Thunder. Delon Wright delivered 14 points and 12 boards off the bench.

CHICAGO 110 – San Antonio 109… Zach LaVine scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and made two clutch free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to rally the Bulls past the Spurs. Six other players scored in double figures for Chicago.

Sacramento 133 – MINNESOTA 109 (OT)… The Kings rallied from 27 points down to outlast the Timberwolves. Buddy Hield poured in 42 points. De’Aaron Fox added 22 points. Nemanja Bjelic tossed in 20 points.

Houston 126 – UTAH 117… The Rockets topped the Jazz despite playing without James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Eric Gordon erupted to score 50 points. Austin Rivers and Danuel House Jr. scored 21 points apiece.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
New York is at Charlotte…
Philadelphia hosts Golden State…
New Orleans is at Cleveland…
Toronto hosts Atlanta…
Boston is at Miami…
Milwaukee hosts Washington…
Denver is at Memphis…
Dallas hosts Phoenix…
the L.A. Clippers are at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
Washington 4 – MONTREAL 2… The Capitals doubled up on the Canadiens for their fourth straight win. Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson each had a goal and an assist.

New Jersey 4 – OTTAWA 3 (SO)… Nikita Gusev and Jack Hughes scored in the shootout to lift the Devils. Kyle Palmieri netted a tying goal with 3:21 left in regulation.

Toronto 5 – NASHVILLE 2… Zach Hyman, William Nylander and Rasmus Sandin each had a goal and an assist as the Maple Leafs handled the Predators. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 36 saves.

DALLAS 3 – Tampa Bay 2 (OT)… Jamie Benn’s second goal of the game came at 2:07 of overtime and sent the Stars past the Lightning. Ben Bishop stopped 25 shots at goal.

VANCOUVER 3 – St. Louis 1… The Canucks skated past the Blues after spotting them an early lead. J.T. Miller scored two second-period goals. Jake Virtanen assisted on both.

SAN JOSE 4 – Anaheim 2… Patrick Marleau and Stefan Noesen scored two goals apiece in leading the Sharks past the Ducks.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Ottawa is at Buffalo…
Calgary hosts St. Louis

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#3 Kansas 65, OKLAHOMA STATE 50…
#18 IOWA 68, Wisconsin 62

The Rundown for January 27, 2020

BOLTON’S BOOK ALLEGES TRUMP QUID PRO QUO WITH UKRAINE… Democrats began turning up their efforts last night to get former national security adviser John Bolton’s testimony at President Trump’s impeachment trial following an explosive report that emerged from his unpublished book. Bolton wrote in his book that Trump personally tied Ukraine aid to Ukraine’s investigation of his political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. According to the New York Times, the contents of the manuscript were described as a rough account of how Bolton would testify should he be called as a witness in the Senate trial.

SCHIFF: TRUMP’S TWEET MEANT TO INTIMIDATE… Lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff yesterday called President Trump “wrathful and vindictive” in response to a tweet the president posted. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Schiff was asked about Trump’s tweet that “he has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!” Schiff responded that he thought the tweet’s purpose was to intimidate him. Schiff and other Democrats have accused Trump of “witness intimidation” during the House impeachment hearings over his tweets attacking former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence.

TRUMP ANGERS VETERANS’ GROUPS… Veterans’ groups are speaking out against President Trump’s response to injuries suffered by Americans in an Iranian air strike. After 34 American troops suffered traumatic brain injuries in the attack, Trump said he didn’t consider those “very serious” compared with other military injuries he’d seen. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and others say Trump minimized the injuries and are calling for an apology.

U.S. EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD STRUCK BY ROCKET… The U.S. Embassy building in Baghdad was struck by one of five Katyusha rockets that were fired last night. Iraq’s security forces reported U.S. helicopters were evacuating injured people. A statement released by the State Department did not comment on any injuries or deaths but called on Iraq to “fulfill its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities.”

5 CORONAVIRUS CASES IN U.S… The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose to five yesterday after two new cases in Southern California and one in Arizona were reported. All five patients have recently traveled through Wuhan, China, where the outbreak is centered. Cases were reported last week in Washington state and Chicago.

ENTERTAINMENT
GRAMMY AWARDS… Los Angeles icons Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle were honored with tributes at last night’s 2020 Grammy Awards. 18-year-old Billie Eilish swept the major categories. She was named best new artist, won song of the year for “Bad Guy,” won Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and won Record of the Year for “Bad Guy.” Lizzo, who led the field with eight nominations, won Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts” and took the Traditional R And B Performance award for “Jerome.” Cage the Elephant’s “Social Cues” won for Rock Album and Gary Clark Jr.’s “This Land” won for Rock Performance and Rock song. Tyler, The Creator’s “Igor” won for Rap Album. Tanya Tucker’s “Bring My Flowers Now” won for Country Song and her album “While I’m Livin’” won for Country Album. Willie Nelson won Solo Country Performance for “Ride Me Back Home.”

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Bad Boys for Live” took in $34 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “1917” remained in second place with $15.8 million. “Dolittle” made $12.5 million to finish third. “The Gentlemen” opened in fourth place with $11 million. “Jumanji: The Next Level” finished fifth with $7.9 million.

SPORTS
HELICOPTER CRASH KILLS KOBE BRYANT, DAUGHTER, 6 OTHERS… The sports world continues to mourn NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash yesterday morning in Calabasas, California, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The 41-year-old Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The night before his passing, Bryant was passed by current Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The Federal Aviation Administration will work with the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the crash.

NBA SCORES
DENVER 117 – Houston 110… The Nuggets shook off a slow start to get past the Rockets. Jeramy Grant pumped in 25 points. Nikola Jokic piled up 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

Toronto 110 – SAN ANTONIO 106… The Raptors jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and held on to top the Spurs. Pascal Siakam scored a game-high 35 points.

ATLANTA 152 – Washington 133… The Hawks pulled away in the second half to down the Wizards. Trae Young pumped in 45 points and dished off 13 assists. De’Andre Hunter added 25 points.

MEMPHIS 114 – Phoenix 109... Ja Morant scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies held off the Suns. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks scored 20 points apiece.

NEW ORLEANS 123 – Boston 108… The Pelicans built a 20-point halftime lead on their way past the Celtics. Jrue Holiday dropped in 25 points. Zion Williamson had 21 points and 11 boards.

NEW YORK 110 – Brooklyn 97… Julius Randle scored 22 points and brought down 15 rebounds in leading the Knicks past the Nets. Marcus Morris Sr. tossed in 21 points.

L.A. Clippers 112 – ORLANDO 97… Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his 31 points during a big third quarter and gathered 14 boards as the Clippers handled the Magic. Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell added 19 points apiece.

PORTLAND 139 – Indiana 129… Damian Lillard erupted to score 50 points and dish off 13 assists in leading the Trail Blazers past the Pacers. CJ McCollum added 28 points. Hassan Whiteside finished with 21 points and 14 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Cleveland is at Detroit…
Miami hosts Orlando…
Dallas is at Oklahoma City…
San Antonio is at Chicago…
Minnesota hosts Sacramento…
Houston is at Utah

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#4 San Diego State 71, UNLV 67…
#11 Michigan State 70, MINNESOTA 52…
#12 OREGON 96, UCLA 75…
#17 Maryland 77, INDIANA 76…
#25 HOUSTON 68, South Florida 49

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington is at Montreal…
Ottawa hosts New Jersey…
Toronto is at Nashville…
Dallas hosts Tampa Bay…
St. Louis is at Vancouver…
San Jose hosts Anaheim

The Rundown for January 24, 2020

IMPEACHMENT DAY 3… The Democrats stressed “abuse of power” early in yesterday’s third day of President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. They spent the rest of the eight-plus-hour session presenting evidence that Trump used his official position to pressure the Ukrainian government into helping his presidential campaign by investigating his political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. Democrats continually stressed that Trump was putting himself above the constitution. New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries stressed that “Trump must be held accountable for his assault on the Constitution and our democracy.” Lead manager Adam Schiff told senators that “right matters” in the U.S. and “you know that what he did was not right.” In his closing statements, Schiff told the chamber, “You know you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. You can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump.”

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS BACK WATERWAY PROTECTIONS… The Trump administration yesterday rolled back the types of waterways protected from pollution under federal law. The new Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which benefits agriculture, construction, mining, and oil and gas industries but angers environmental groups, narrows the definition of “waters of the United States” that are protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act from pollutants like fertilizers, pesticides, and mining waste. The industries opposed an Obama-era regulation that strengthened broad protections for headwater streams, which are at the beginning of the river network, as well as certain wetlands. The implementation of the new rule comes against the recommendation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s outside scientific advisers, who warned in a draft report in late December that the proposed rule was “in conflict with established science … and the objectives of the Clean Water Act.” The criticism was particularly notable given that the majority of the board members were handpicked by the Trump administration. Fourteen states, including New York, California, and the District of Columbia complained that the rule would end federal protection for half of the nation’s wetlands and 15 percent of streams across the country.

NEW STATE DEPARTMENT POLICY TARGETS BIRTH TOURISM… A new State Department policy that takes effect today is part of a crackdown on birth tourism. Under the policy, pregnant women applying for U.S. visitor visas may need to prove they have a specific reason for travel other than giving birth on U.S. soil. Nearly all children born in the U.S. gets automatic citizenship.

20 STATES JOIN IN 3D PRINTED GUN LAWSUIT... A lawsuit filed on behalf of 20 states hopes to block the Trump administration’s efforts to allow blueprints for making guns from 3-D printers to be released on the internet. The suit threatens that the release of the blueprints would result in a proliferation of “ghost guns” that spread violence. The states argue that the new rules transfer oversight of 3-D printed guns from the State Department to the Commerce Department, effectively ending Congressional oversight of the blueprints. Plaintiffs argue that the transfer leaves behind loophole-filled regulations that make it easy to distribute blueprints that can be used to create guns that won’t set off metal detectors and are difficult to trace because they have no serial numbers.

NEWSMAN JIM LEHRER DIES... Jim Lehrer, who co-founded PBS NewsHour and anchored the program for 36 years before retiring in 2011, died in his sleep yesterday. He was 85. Lehrer became the lone anchor of “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” in 1995 and hosted some 8,000 broadcasts.

ENTERTAINMENT
ANNABELLA SCIORRA ACCUSES WEINSTEIN OF RAPE… “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra yesterday became the first accuser to testify at the trial of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The 59-year-old Sciorra took the witness stand and testified that Weinstein overpowered and raped her in the winter of 1993-94. Her allegation is too old to bring charges as a separate crime, but prosecutors are using it to establish that Weinstein was a repeat sexual predator. Prosecutors intend to put on the stand three additional accusers who will vouch to Weinstein’s habit of preying on women.

IN THEATERS… In “The Gentlemen,” a British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. Matthew McConaughey and Charlie Hunnam star in the R-rated film… “The Last Full Measure” tells the story of Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr., whose actions on the battlefield earn him the nation’s highest military honor 43 years after his death. The R-rated drama stars Samuel L. Jackson and Sebastian Stan… “The Turning” centers on a young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after their parents’ deaths. Mackenzie Davis and Finn Wolfhard star in the PG-13-rated modern take on Henry James’ novella “The Turn of the Screw.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Washington 124 – CLEVELAND 112… Bradley Beal pumped in a game-high 36 points to lead the Wizards past the Cavaliers. The loss was Cleveland’s sixth in a row.

L.A. Lakers 128 – BROOKLYN 113… LeBron James piled up 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in leading the Lakers past the Nets. Anthony Davis had 16 points and 11 boards.

Dallas 133 – PORTLAND 125… The Mavericks made 10 3-pointers during a 45-point first quarter and held off the Trail Blazers in the second half. Luka Doncic scored 27 points to lead seven players in double figures. Kristaps Porzingis tossed in 20 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Milwaukee is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Memphis…
Boston is at Orlando…
New York hosts Toronto…
Sacramento is at Chicago…
Oklahoma City hosts Atlanta…
Houston is at Minnesota…
New Orleans hosts Denver…
the L.A. Clippers are at Miami…
San Antonio hosts Phoenix…
Indiana is at Golden State

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
INDIANA 67, #11 Michigan State 63…
#12 OREGON 79, USC 70 (2OT)…
#23 COLORADO 78, Washington State 56…
#25 HOUSTON 63, Connecticut 59

NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND… The NHL’s top players are in St. Louis awaiting tomorrow night’s All-Star Game. The weekend kicked off last night with an alumni game and includes tonight’s All-Star Skills competition. Rosters were announced last week and have been updated.

ATLANTIC DIVISION:
Forwards: David Pastrnak – Captain, Boston (2nd appearance); Tyler Bertuzzi, Detroit (1st); Anthony Duclair, Ottawa (1st); Jack Eichel, Buffalo (3rd); Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida (1st); Mitchell Marner, Toronto (1st); and, Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa (1st)

Defense: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay (3rd); Shea Weber, Montreal (7th)

Goalies: Frederik Andersen, Toronto (1st), Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay (3rd)

*Boston goalie Tuukka Rask has chosen not to play… Toronto forward Auston Matthews will attend but not participate in on-ice activities.

METROPOLITAN DIVISION:
Defense: Kris Letang – Captain, Pittsburgh (6th appearance); John Carlson, Washington (2nd); Seth Jones, Columbus (3rd); Jaccob Slavin, Carolina (1st)

Forwards: Mathew Barzal, N.Y. Islanders (2nd); Nico Hischier, New Jersey (1st); Travis Konecny, Philadelphia (1st); Chris Kreider, N. Y. Rangers (1st); T.J. Oshie, WSH (1st)

Goalies: Braden Holtby, Washington (5th); Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh (1st)

*Forwards Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh; Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey; and Artemi Panarin, N.Y. Rangers, along with defenseman Dougie Hamilton, Carolina; and goalie Joonas Korpisalo, Columbus; were replaced because of injury. Forward Alex Ovechkin, Washington (Captain), has chosen not to play.

CENTRAL DIVISION:
Forwards: Nathan MacKinnon – Captain, Colorado (4th appearance); Patrick Kane, Chicago (9th); Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis (3rd); David Perron, St. Louis (1st); Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg (2nd); Tyler Seguin, Dallas (6th); Eric Staal, MIN (6th)

Defense: Roman Josi, Nashville (3rd); Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis (2nd)

Goalies: Jordan Binnington, St. Louis (1st); Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg (2nd)

PACIFIC DIVISION:
Forwards: Connor McDavid – Captain, Edmonton (4th appearance); Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton (2nd); Tomas Hertl, San Jose (1st); Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles (5th); Max Pacioretty, Vegas (1st); Elias Pettersson, Vancouver (2nd); Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary (1st)

Defense: Mark Giordano, Calgary (3rd); Quinn Hughes, Vancouver (1st)

Goalies: Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver (1st); David Rittich, Calgary (1st)

*Forwards Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim (personal) and Logan Couture, San Jose (injury), along with goalie Darcy Kuemper, Arizona (injury) were replaced. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas, has chosen not to play.

The Rundown for January 23, 2020

DEMOCRATS POUND TRUMP ACCUSATIONS IN TRIAL… Democrats opened the impeachment trial of President Trump yesterday by accusing the president of devising a corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine to help him get re-elected and warned that America’s global standing would suffer if the Senate acquits him. House manager leader Adam Schiff called on senators to act as impartial jurors. Schiff accused Trump of using his power to cheat and said if he’s not removed from office, he will “permanently alter the balance of power” between the branches of government. Trump was impeached last month by the House on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his dealings with Ukraine. The trial continues today.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION APPROVES KEYSTONE XL RIGHT-OF-WAY… The Trump administration yesterday approved a right-of-way that allows the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land. Associated Press reported that the right-of-way covers 46 miles of the pipeline’s route across land in Montana that’s controlled by the Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The controversial $8 billion project faces additional legal challenges. The pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from western Canada to terminals on the U.S. Gulf Coast.

D.C. ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES TRUMP INAUGURAL COMMITTEE… The Washington, D.C. attorney general’s office is suing President Trump’s inaugural committee and other companies for spending non-profit funds at a Trump-owned hotel to celebrate his inauguration three years ago. Attorney General Karl Racine said the committee sought to “enrich the Trump family” by spending the non-profit funds at the Trump International Hotel in Washington. The Trump inaugural committee raised $107 million for the event when Trump took office in January 2017, more than doubling the previous record for any other incoming president.

CIA INTERROGATOR SAYS GITMO TORTURE WENT TOO FAR… An architect of the CIA’s torture program for the accused 9/11 suspects testified yesterday in a Guantánamo Bay courtroom that he now believes that those torture techniques went too far and verged on breaking the law. Psychologist and interrogator James Mitchell was testifying in a pretrial hearing for the criminal case against five accused suspects in the 9/11 attacks. Mitchell said one prisoner, Abu Zubaydah, was waterboarded more than 80 times at a CIA site overseas.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PLANE CRASH KILLS 4… Four people were killed yesterday when a small plane crashed in Southern California. Authorities say the plane crashed near Corona Municipal Airport, about 20 miles east of Anaheim. The crash caused a brushfire, which burned a quarter-acre of land before being contained.

ENTERTAINMENT
R. KELLY ACCUSED OF JAIL OFFENSES… Prosecutors are accusing R. Kelly of using a Chicago jail staffer’s phone to make at least one unsupervised call to someone on the outside. Prosecutors in New York argue that the singer has potentially made moves to intimidate witnesses. Prosecutors also alleged that an attorney smuggled in a letter for the singer in November, marking the file as a “legal” document to avoid inspection. R. Kelly is facing multiple federal charges in Chicago and New York, as well as state charges in Minnesota and Illinois. The cases are all related to alleged sex crimes.

JUICE WRLD DIED OF ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE… A Chicago medical examiner ruled yesterday that rapper Juice WRLD died from an accidental overdose of oxycodone and codeine. The rapper, whose real name was Jarad A. Higgins, was just 21 years old when he died on December 8. Higgins, a Chicago native, died after suffering what was described as a “medical emergency” at Midway International Airport.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
TORONTO 107 – Philadelphia 95… The Raptors made it five straight wins with their defeat of the 76ers. Fred VanVleet led a balanced scoring attack with 22 points. Pascal Siakam had 18 points and 15 rebounds.

DETROIT 127 – Sacramento 106… Christian Wood came off the bench to lead seven players in double figures with 23 points as the Pistons dealt the Kings their sixth straight loss. Derrick Rose and Reggie Jackson added 22 points apiece.

Oklahoma City 120 – ORLANDO 114… The Thunder got 31 points from Dennis Schroder in fighting off the Magic. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 18 points and 12 boards.

L.A. Lakers 100 – NEW YORK 92… The Lakers came up big in the second half and held off the Knicks. Anthony Davis led the way with 28 points. LeBron James added 21 points.

BOSTON 119 – Memphis 95… The Celtics shook off a slow start to roll past the Grizzlies. Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 23 points. Five other players scored in double figures for Boston.

MIAMI 134 – Washington 129 (OT)… The Heat recovered to outlast the Wizards after blowing a 21-point lead. Tyler Herro delivered 25 points off the bench. Jimmy Butler had 24 points and 10 assists. Goran Dragic tossed in 22 points.

ATLANTA 102 – L.A. Clippers 95… The Hawks came from 21 points down to upend the Clippers despite playing without the injured Trae Young. John Collins game-highs with 33 points and 16 rebounds.

CHICAGO 117 – Minnesota 110… Zach LaVine scored 25 points and Lauri Markkanen added 21 as the Bulls handled the Timberwolves. Karl-Anthony Towns’ 40 points weren’t enough for Minnesota.

HOUSTON 121 – Denver 105… The Rockets downed the Nuggets to snap their four-game skid. Russell Westbrook totaled 28 points and 16 boards. James Harden tossed in 27 points.

Indiana 112 – PHOENIX 87… T.J. Warren led all scorers with 25 points as the Pacers routed the Suns. Domantas Sabonis had 24 points and 13 boards.

San Antonio 121 – NEW ORLEANS 117… The Spurs turned way a late rally to get past the Pelicans. LaMarcus Aldridge dropped in 32 points. DeMar DeRozan tallied 20 points.

Utah 129 – GOLDEN STATE 96… The Jazz built a big lead early and never looked back in their dismantling of the Warriors. Donovan Mitchell scored 23 points, Rudy Gobert powered his way to 22 points and 15 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Washington is at Cleveland…
Brooklyn hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Dallas is at Portland

NHL SCORES
COLUMBUS 4 – Winnipeg 3… Oliver Bjorkstrand’s second goal of the game broke a third-quarter tie and pushed the Blue Jackets past the Jets. Pierre-Luc Dubois assisted on three goals.

MINNESOTA 4 – Detroit 2… The Wild scored three unanswered goals in the third period to double up on the Red Wings. Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist. Matt Dumba set up two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
No games scheduled.

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES…
#6 LOUISVILLE, 68, Georgia Tech 64…
#7 DAYTON 86, St. Bonaventure 60…
#10 SETON HALL 73, Providence 64…
#16 AUBURN 80, South Carolina 67…
#19 IOWA 85, #24 Rutgers 80…
TULSA 80, #20 Memphis 40…

NFL NEWS… New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning has announced that he is retiring after 16 seasons and two Super Bowl victories. The 39-year-old Manning broke almost every passing record in team history. He is one of just five players in NFL history with at least two Super Bowl MVPs… Authorities in Hollywood, Florida, have obtained an arrest warrant for NFL veteran Antonio Brown. Prosecutors filed a felony charge of burglary and battery after a moving truck driver alleged that he was assaulted by both Brown and his trainer on Tuesday afternoon.
GAMES
WORD OF THE DAY… QUANDARY… (KWAN–dree)… noun… 1) A state of perplexity or doubt.
The last minute decision to host the entire family for Thanksgiving left them in a QUANDARY as to where to seat everyone.

BOND, COMMON BOND… What do these 3 things have in common: WILL ROBINSON–ROBOT–DR. SMITH?… (Characters from Lost in Space)

WHAT THE HECK AM I TALKING ABOUT… PATCHWORK–COVER–BLANKET–BED–SEW?… (Quilt)

USELESS TRIVIA… What one-hit wonder sang the song “Brandy”?… (Looking Glass)

PHOBIA DU JOUR… Aerophobia… Fear of drafts or airborne noxious substances.