The Rundown for September 17, 2020

Today is Thursday, September 17…
the 259th day of the year… 107 days remaining
47 days until the 2020 presidential election

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,625,560 and the nation’s death toll stands at 196,650, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield yesterday told a Senate committee that he believes face masks are “the most important, powerful public health tool we have” to fight COVID-19—and even better than a potential vaccine. Redfield also told the panel that most Americans probably wouldn’t be vaccinated against COVID-19 until summer or early autumn 2021.

BARR SEEKS FEDERAL CHARGES AGAINST PROTESTERS… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Attorney General William Barr advised U.S. attorneys via a conference call to get aggressive in charging protesters who may have committed violent acts at demonstrations. Barr allegedly urged prosecutors to charge protesters with harsh federal crimes, such as impeding a law-enforcement officer or plotting to overthrow the U.S. government. In advising the prosecutors, Barr also predicted Black Lives Matter protests will intensify as the election nears. More than 200 people have been charged with federal crimes related to the protests this year. The FBI has previously said those people were mostly opportunists taking advantage of Black Lives Matter protests.

TROOPS ARMED HEAVILY TO CONFRONT LAFAYETTE SQUARE PROTESTERS… An Army National Guard major claims federal officials considered deploying a heat ray that makes human skin feel like it’s burning on peaceful protesters in Lafayette Square in June. Federal troops also amassed thousands of rounds of ammunition as they prepared to clear the crowd to enable a photo op for President Trump holding a Bible. Major Adam DeMarco made the claims in written House testimony and described himself as one of the senior National Guard officials on the scene.

ROMNEY OPPOSES BIDEN INVESTIGATION… Utah Republican Senator Mitt Romney came out against the Senate GOP-led investigation into Democratic nominee Joe Biden’s ties with Ukraine. Romney called the investigation a “political exercise” from the get-go. The probe has been led by Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who has vowed to release a report summarizing his investigation in the coming weeks.

HHS SPOKESMAN TAKES LEAVE… Department of Health and Human Services top spokesman Michael Caputo has voluntarily taken a 60-day leave of absence in order to “focus on his health and well-being of his family,” according to an HHS statement released yesterday. Caputo’s leave comes days after he posted a bizarre Facebook rant filled with false claims, including “deep state” scientists want America to be sick, the CDC is guilty of “sedition” and leftists are gearing up for a post-election armed revolt. He apologized for the rant on Tuesday.

SALLY MAKES LANDFALL… Hurricane Sally made landfall near Gulf Shores, Alabama, yesterday morning as a Category 2 storm but weakened later in the day to tropical depression strength. The National Hurricane Center said last night that the center of the storm was about 30 miles south-southeast of Montgomery, Alabama. There was a tropical storm warning in effect for the Okaloosa-Walton County, Florida, line eastward to Indian Pass, Florida. Forecasters said Sally could produce as many as 30 inches of rain in some areas between Florida and western Alabama.

… Jim Carrey has signed on to play former Vice President Joe Biden on “Saturday Night Live” when the show returns for its 46th season on October 3. NBC says the show will be performed before a “limited in-studio audience.” Three new featured players have joined the cast of the new season. They are: Lauren Holt, a comedian who has been a house performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles; Punkie Johnson, a comedian and writer whose credits include the shows “Space Force and Corporate”; and Andrew Dismukes a stand-up comic and ‘SNL’ staff writer since season 43. Alec Baldwin has agreed to return and portray against Carrey’s Biden in the five consecutive episodes that will precede the 2020 election. Former cast member Maya Rudolph will return as Kamala Harris and current cast member Beck Bennett will continue to play Mike Pence.

BONNAROO OFFERING VIRTUAL EVENT… The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival will feature new and archived performances in a virtual event that will stream on YouTube September 24-26. A complete schedule will be announced later. Archival performances include Alabama Shakes from 2015, Beastie Boys from 2009, Dave Matthews and Friends from 2004, Jack White from 2014, James Brown from 2003, Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit from 2016, Metallica from 2008, My Morning Jacket from 2011, Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats from 2016, Nile Rogers and Chic from 2018, Run the Jewels from 2015, Tears for Fears from 2015, The White Stripes from 2007 and The XX from 2017.

ABC CANCELS ‘UNITED WE FALL’… ABC announced yesterday that it is canceling the family comedy “United We Fall” after just one season. The series starred Will Sasso and Christina Vidal who try to raise their two children amid family differences. The series premiered in July and ran for eight episodes.

St. Louis 4 – MILWAUKEE 2
… The Cardinals rallied past the Brewers in the doubleheader opener after spotting them a two-run lead. Tyler O’Neil lifted a sacrifice fly and homered. Brad Miller also went deep. Adam Wainwright (5-1) allowed two first-inning runs on four hits over seven innings.

MILWAUKEE 6 – St. Louis 0… Four pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Brewers blanked the Cardinals to claim a split of the doubleheader. Ryan Braun’s 350th career homer was a three-run shot. Jacob Nottingham homered with a runner aboard.

Washington 4 – TAMPA BAY 2 (10 innings)… Rookie Luis García belted a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning to send the Nationals past the Rays. Asdrubal Cabrera homered with a runner aboard in the sixth.

Oakland 3 – COLORADO 1… Mike Fiers (6-2) held the Rockies to a run on seven hits over six innings. Jake Lamb had a couple of hits and knocked in a run

L.A. Dodgers 7 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Dodgers held off the Padres to become the first team in the pandemic-shortened season to clinch a berth in the expanded playoffs. AJ Pollock and Chris Taylor hit solo homers. Will Smith drove in three runs.

MIAMI 8 – Boston 4… Jorge Alfaro connected for a pair of two-run homers and the Marlins doubled up on the Red Sox. Garrett Cooper also homered with a runner on.

CINCINNATI 1 – Pittsburgh 0… Reds starter Luis Castillo limited the Pirates to three hits and struck out 10 over seven innings. Shogo Akiyama singled home Jose Garcia with the game’s only run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

N.Y. YANKEES 13 – Toronto 2… Kyle Higashioka slugged three of the Yankees’ seven home runs and drove in five runs to lead the rout of the Blue Jays. DJ LeMahieu homered twice. Luke Voit and Clint Frazier also went deep.

N.Y. Mets 5 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Mets came from four runs down in the fourth inning to upend the Phillies. Andres Gimenez singled home pinch-runner Amed Rosario with the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning. J.D. Davis hit a two-run homer.

Kansas City 4 – DETROIT 0… Brady Singer (3-4) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout of the Tigers. Salvador Perez drilled a two-run homer and doubled home a run.

BALTIMORE 5 – Atlanta 1… Orioles starter Keegan Akin (1-1) limited the Braves to three hits over five scoreless innings and fanned nine. Renato Nunes gapped a two-run double.

Minnesota 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 1… Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano connected for two runs homers as the Twins cooled off the White Sox. Eddie Rosario added a solo shot.

Texas 1 – HOUSTON 0… Kyle Gibson (2-5) tossed a complete-game four-hitter in outdueling counterpart Lance McCullers and the Rangers edged the Astros. Joey Gallo’s double in the top of the ninth inning scored Leody Taveras and broke a scoreless tie.

CHI. CUBS 3 – Cleveland 2 (10 innings)… Javier Lopez singled home Ian Happ with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Cubs outlasted the Indians. Cameron Maybin went 2-for-3 with an RBI single.

Arizona 9 – L.A. ANGELS 6… Kole Calhoun blasted a two-run homer and David Peralta added a solo shot as the Diamondbacks rolled past the Angels. Nick Ahmed and Daulton Varsho stroked two-run singles.

San Francisco 9 – SEATTLE 3… The Giants used a 15-hit attack to crush the Mariners. Brandon Belt hit a two-run homer and Evan Longoria followed with a solo shot in the top of the fourth inning. Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored.

Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 4-1; Trevor Richards, 0-0) is at Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-4; Dean Kremer, 1-0) for a doubleheader…
Miami (Jose Urena, 0-1) hosts Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 2-2)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 5-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 6-2)…
Seattle (Nick Margevicius, 1-3) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 2-3)…
Arizona (Alex Young, 2-3) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-3)…
Pittsburgh (Seven Brault, 0-3) hosts St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 3-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Seth Lugo, 2-3) are at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 2-2) host Toronto (Chase Anderson, 0-1)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 7-1) is at Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-1)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 3-3) hosts Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 3-0) are at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-1)

MLB PLAYOFF PICTURE… Major League Baseball announced an expanded postseason format in 2020, which will include eight teams in each league. The top two teams in each division qualify, and the two teams with the next-best records in each league make it as Wild Cards. All ties will be resolved mathematically, without tiebreaker games.

The Rays lead the Yankees by three games for the division title and lead the A’s by a half-game for the AL’s second seed. Tampa Bay is one game behind the White Sox for the top AL seed and has a magic number of four to clinch a postseason berth

The Yankees are 1-1/2 games ahead of the Blue Jays for the division’s No. 2 playoff berth and hold the AL’s fifth seed.

The Blue Jays trail the division-leading Rays by 4 1/2 games and are 1-1/2 games behind the Yankees for the division’s No. 2 playoff berth.

The Orioles are five games back of the Indians for the AL’s No. 8 playoff spot.

The White Sox lead the division by two games over the Twins and six games over the Indians, and lead the Rays by one game for the top seed in the AL. The A’s are 1-1/2 games back. Chicago’s magic number is three for a postseason berth

The Twins lead the Indians by four games for second place in the AL Central, trailing the White Sox by two games for the division lead. They hold the AL’s No. 4 playoff seed. Minnesota’s magic number is five for a postseason berth

The Indians are in third place in the AL Central, four games behind the Twins and six games behind the White Sox. They currently hold the eighth and final AL playoff seed.

The Tigers are 4 1/2 games behind the Indians for the eighth and final AL playoff spot, a half-game behind the Orioles and Mariners.

The A’s are 6 1/2 games ahead of the Astros for the division lead and 1 1/2 games behind the White Sox for the top AL playoff seed. Oakland’s magic for a postseason berth is four.

The Astros are 6 1/2 games behind the A’s for the division lead but two games ahead of the Mariners for the second guaranteed playoff spot in the AL West.

The Mariners are two games behind the Astros for the AL West’s second playoff spot and are four games behind the Indians for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Angels are 6 1/2 games behind the Indians for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Braves lead the division by 2-1/2 games over the Marlins and are a game behind the Cubs for the NL’s second seed.

The Marlins are 2-1/2 games behind the Braves for the division lead, and are 1-1/2 games ahead of the Phillies for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot.

The Phillies are four games behind the first-place Braves and 1-1/2 games behind the Marlins for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot.

The Mets are 3-1/2 games behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Nationals are 5-1/2 games behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Cubs lead the division by 5-1/2 games over the Cardinals and hold the No. 2 NL playoff seed.

The Cardinals trail the Cubs by 5-1/2 games for the division lead and lead the Reds by a half-game for the NL Central’s second guaranteed playoff berth.

The Reds are tied with the Cardinals for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot, and they are also a half-game behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot, with the Brewers a half-game and Rockies a game behind.

The Brewers are a game behind the Reds and one game behind the Cardinals for the division’s second guaranteed playoff spot. They are also 1-1/2 games behind the Giants for the eighth and final playoff spot.

The Dodgers became the first team to clinch a postseason spot. They lead the Padres by 3-1/2 games in the division race and lead the Cubs by five games for the NL’s best record.

The Padres trail the Dodgers by 3-1/2 games for the division lead and lead the Giants by 6-1/2 games for the NL West’s second guaranteed playoff spot. San Diego’s magic number is three for postseason berth.

The Giants are a half-game ahead of the Reds and 1-1/2 games ahead of the Brewers and Reds for the NL’s No. 8 playoff seed.

The Rockies trail the Giants by two games for the eighth and final NL playoff berth.

Boston vs. Miami in Game 2 with the Heat leading 1-0

(in Toronto)
Tampa Bay vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Game 6 with the Lightning leading 3-2

BIG TEN FOOTBALL HOPES TO OPEN PLAY NEXT MONTH… Big Ten Conference administrators announced yesterday that they will attempt to play football games next month after reversing its decision to call off the fall season due to the coronavirus pandemic. The league’s schedule is likely to be announced this week and is expected to be an eight-game, conference-only slate beginning the weekend of October 24. An all-inclusive championship week and ninth game is scheduled for December 19. Under the plan, the two division winners will play each other in the conference title game per normal, with the second- through seventh-place teams from each division facing off. Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, who leads the conference’s scheduling subcommittee, noted that the conference will try to avoid having teams play each other twice and said it’s not been determined where the additional championship week games will be played.

The Rundown for January 14, 2020

AG BARR: PENSACOLA SHOOTINGS A ‘TERRORIST ATTACK’… Attorney General William Barr yesterday called last month’s deadly shootings at a Naval airbase in Pensacola, Florida, “an act of terrorism.” The shootings killed three U.S. sailors and injured eight other Americans. Evidence gathered by investigators indicated gunman Lieutenant Mohammed Saeed al-Shamrani was motivated by “jihadist ideology.” Al-Shamrani was killed in an exchange of gunfire with sheriff’s deputies.

RUSSIA HACKED BURISMA… The New York Times reported yesterday that hackers from Russia’s military intelligence unit successfully targeted subsidiaries of the Ukrainian gas company Burisma, where ex-Vice President Joe Biden’s son served on the board. Russian military intelligence and “Fancy Bear” hackers started a phishing campaign in November and collected usernames and passwords from employees to breach the system, according to the report. It’s not clear what the hackers found, or what they were searching for.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN ADVISER PLEADS GUILTY… An informal adviser to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign who was interviewed as part of the special counsel’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of child sex trafficking and possessing child pornography. 60- year-old George Nader was first charged in June 2019 with transporting and possessing pornographic images of children including some featuring toddler-age boys, baby goats and other farm animals. A month later\, prosecutors added a sex-trafficking charge, saying Nader had arranged the transport to his Washington home of a 14-year-old boy from the Czech Republic in February 2000. Nader served six months in prison after a 1991 guilty plea in Virginia to transporting child pornography. In 2003, the Prague Municipal Court in the Czech Republic convicted him of sexually abusing boys and expelled from the country after he served a year.

CORY BOOKER ENDS PRESIDENTIAL RUN… New Jersey Senator Cory Booker announced yesterday that he is ending his 2020 presidential run. The Democrat said in a statement that he no longer sees a path to the party nomination. Booker failed to qualify for tonight’s seventh primary debate in Des Moines, Iowa. He launched his campaign last February as the seventh Democrat to enter the party’s field.

PROSECUTORS WEEK TOP-END SENTENCE FOR CHRIS COLLINS… Federal prosecutors are seeking a top-end sentence of 46 to 57 months in prison for former Republican U.S. Congressman Chris Collins. The New York Republican resigned from Congress last September after pleading guilty to insider trading charges. He had been indicted in summer 2018 after investing in a pharmaceutical company that failed its clinical trial.

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINATIONS… “Joker” collected 11 nominations to lead the field at this year’s Academy Awards. The film’s nods included best picture, best director and best actor for Joaquin Phoenix. “The Irishman,” “1917” and “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” each picked up 10 nominations, including best picture. Other best-picture nominees were “Little Women,” “Marriage Story,” “Jojo Rabbit,” “Ford v Ferrari” and “Parasite.”

RODDY RICCH TOPS ALBUM CHART… Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me For Being Antisocial” sold 97,000 copies in returning to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” finished second after selling 65,000 units. Harry Styles’ “Fine Line” rosed to third place with 49,000 copies sold. The self-titled Jackboys album finished fourth with 47,000 units sold. The “Frozen II” soundtrack capped the top five with 42,000 copies sold.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME… Top-ranked LSU rolled past Clemson 42-25 in last night’s NCAA College Football Championship Game in New Orleans. Heisman Trophy-winner Joe Burrow passed for 463 yards and five touchdowns. He also ran for a score. Ja’Marr Chase had nine catches for 221 yards and two TDs. Clyde Edwards-Helaire led the ground game with 110 yards rushing.

New Orleans 117 – DETROIT 110 (OT)… The Pelicans recovered to outlast the Pistons after letting a double-digit lead slip away in the fourth quarter. Jahlil Okafor had 25 points and 14 rebounds. Nicolo Melli tossed in 20 points.

INDIANA 101 – Philadelphia 95… The Pacers came up big in the second half to put away the 76ers. T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon scored 21 points apiece.

BOSTON 113 – Chicago 101… The Celtics jumped out to a 14-point lead after the first quarter and remained in control of their victory over the Bulls. Jayson Tatum scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures.

Oklahoma City 117 – MINNESOTA 104… Danilo Gallinari pumped in a game-high 30 points as the Thunder handled the Timberwolves. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander racked up 20 points, a career-high 20 boards and 10 assists.

Orlando 114 – SACRAMENTO 112… The Magic held on at the end to get past the Kings. Nikola Vucevic had 26 points and 15 rebounds. Evan Fournier added 25 points.

PORTLAND 115 – Charlotte 112… The Trail Blazers got 30 points from Damian Lillard and 27 from CJ McCollum in downing the Hornets. Anthony Tolliver delivered 16 points and 11 boards off the bench.

L.A. LAKERS 128 – Cleveland 99… The Lakers shook off a slow start to rout the Cavaliers. LeBron James led all scorers with 31 points. Dwight Howard delivered 21 points and 15 rebounds off the bench.

Phoenix is at Atlanta…
Brooklyn hosts Utah…
New York is at Milwaukee…
Memphis hosts Houston…
Dallas is at Golden State…
the L.A. Clippers host Cleveland

MONTREAL 2 – Calgary 0… Carey Price stopped all 31 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Canadiens snapped the Flames’ five-game winning streak. Jordan Weal scored the only goal Montreal needed in the first period.

N.Y. RANGERS 6 – N.Y. Islanders 2… Artemi Panarin scored two goals and assisted on thee others in leading the Rangers past the Islanders. Jesper Fast added a goal and two assists.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Boston 5 (SO)… The Flyers rallied from three goals down in the second period to upend the Bruins. Travis Konecny netted the winning goal in the tie-breaker. Travis Sanheim’s second goal of the game tied it in the third period. Sean Couturier had a goal and two assists.

WASHINGTON 2 – Carolina 0… Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of first-period goals and the Capitals made them stand in their blanking of the Hurricanes. Goalie Ilya Samsonov made 23 saves.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Anaheim 1… The Blues cruised past the Ducks to win their ninth straight at home. Brayden Schenn set up two goals.

Vegas is at Buffalo…
Toronto hosts New Jersey…
Los Angeles is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y. Islanders host Detroit…
Minnesota is at Pittsburgh…
Columbus hosts Boston…
Chicago is at Ottawa…
Winnipeg hosts Vancouver…
Dallas is at Colorado…
Edmonton hosts Nashville…
San Jose is at Arizona

ASTROS GM, MANAGER FIRED AFTER SUSPENSIONS… The Houston Astros yesterday fired general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager A.J. Hinch for their roles in the sign-stealing scandal that surrounds the team’s 2017 World Series-winning team. The firings came after Major League Baseball suspended each of the men one year. An investigation was launched after Mike Fiers, who pitched for the Astros in 2017, claimed the team used a system of video monitoring in order to steal opposing teams’ pitching signs.

The Rundown for January 13, 2020

PELOSI TALKS SUBPOENAS… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday left open the possibility of subpoenaing witnesses for President Trump’s impeachment. Pelosi says the decision depends on whether the Senate pursues testimony for its trial. Appearing on ABC News’ “This Week,” the Speaker said she will decide tomorrow during a caucus meeting whether to send articles of impeachment to the Senate as early as this week. Pelosi added the House could also file new articles of impeachment based on the Senate’s actions.

OFFICIALS NOT AWARE OF IRAQI GENERAL’S PLOTS… Secretary of Defense Mark Esper admitted during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” yesterday that he hadn’t seen evidence to support President Trump’s claim that Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was “actively planning” imminent attacks on four American embassies before Soleimani was fatally targeted by a U.S. airstrike last week. The claim has also been challenged by security adviser Robert O’Brien, who conceded on ABC’s “This Week” that it was unclear whether embassies or U.S. military bases would be targeted. Some members of Congress say intelligence briefings did not mention threats to embassies.

SAUDI SERVICE MEMBERS EXPELLED… Federal officials say more than a dozen Saudi service members training at U.S. bases will be expelled. The expulsions follow the investigation into last month’s deadly shooting by a Saudi national that killed three people and wounded eight others at Naval Air Station Pensacola. Some of the Saudis being expelled are accused of having ties to extremist movements and a number are accused of possessing child pornography.

SHOOTER WOUNDS 5 AT COLORADO PARTY… Police in Colorado are on the lookout for a gunman who opened fire Saturday night and wounded five people attending a party at an apartment complex in Aurora. The wounded are all expected to survive. Three of those wounded were juveniles over the age of 16, and two of them were females, officials said.

WEEKEND WEATHER DEADLY… Winter weather that turned deadly over the weekend is blamed for at least 10 deaths. Fatalities were reported in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana and Alabama. A tornado brought 100-mph winds to east Texas. In the Northeast, about 50 million people were under wind advisories and more than 145,000 homes were without power in eight states. The biggest outages were reported in New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

OSCAR NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED THIS MORNING… Nominations for the 92nd Academy Awards will be announced this morning. The nominations will be read by Issa Rae and John Cho and live-streamed beginning at 8:18 a.m. Eastern on, and the academy’s digital social platforms. A second wave of nominees will begin at 8:30 a.m. Eastern and be carried live on “Good Morning America.” This year’s Academy Award ceremony is scheduled for February 9.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “1917” took in $36.5 million to top the weekend box office following its wide release. “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” slipped into second place with $15 million. “Jumanji: The Next Level” dropped one spot to No. 3 after bringing in $14 million. “Like a Boss” debuted in fourth place with $10 million. “Just Mercy” made $9.75 million to cap the top five.

KANSAS CITY 51 – Houston 31… The Chiefs erased a 24-0 second-quarter deficit to roll past the Texans and advance to take on Tennessee in next Sunday’s AFC title game. Patrick Mahomes passed for 321 yards and five touchdowns. He also gained 53 yards on the ground. Travis Kelce had 10 receptions for 134 yards and three scores.

Green Bay 28 – SEATTLE 23… The Packers built a 21-3 halftime lead and held on to down the Seahawks and move on to battle San Francisco next Sunday for the NFC title. Aaron Rodgers found Davante Adams eight times for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Aaron Jones ran for a pair of second-quarter scores.

Utah 127 – WASHINGTON 116… The Jazz handled the Wizards and extended their winning streak to nine games. Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 31 points. Rudy Gobert finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds.

NEW YORK 124 – Miami 121… The Knicks rallied in the fourth quarter to upend the Heat. Julius Randle led the way with 26 points. RJ Barrett added 23 points.

San Antonio 105 – TORONTO 104… The Spurs came from 18 points down to stun the Raptors. DeMar DeRozan scored 25 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

MEMPHIS 122 – Golden State 102… The Grizzlies pulled away in the second half to throttle the Warriors. Jonas Valanciunas piled up 31 points and 19 boards.

BROOKLYN 108 – Atlanta 86… Kyrie Irving returned from injury after two months and scored 21 points in the Nets’ win over the Hawks. Five other players scored in double figures for Brooklyn.

DENVER 114 – L.A. Clippers 104… The Nuggets used a big second quarter to build a double-digit lead and maintained it in the second half. Nikola Jokic finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds.

PHOENIX 100 – Charlotte 92… The Suns came up big in the fourth quarter to fight off the Hornets. Kelly Oubre Jr. racked up 25 points and 15 boards.

New Orleans is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Philadelphia…
Chicago is at Boston…
Minnesota hosts Oklahoma City…
Orlando is at Sacramento…
Portland hosts Charlotte…
Cleveland is at the L.A. Lakers

Vancouver 4 – Minnesota 1… Bo Horvat scored a tie-breaking goal in the second period and added an empty-netter to lead the Canucks past the Wild. J.T. Miller assisted on two goals.

Buffalo 5 – DETROIT 1… Evan Rodrigues scored back-to-back goals 2:21 apart early in the first period and the Sabres cruised past the Red Wings. Curtis Lazar had two assists.

Nashville 1 – WINNIPEG 0… Juuse Saros stopped all 28 shots in his first shutout of the season as the Predators clipped the Jets. Kyle Turris netted the game’s only goal in the first period.

Pittsburgh 4 – ARIZONA 3 (SO)… Bryan Rust and Teddy Blueger scored in the shootout to send the Penguins past the Coyotes. Brandon Tanev netted the tying goal with 3:02 remaining in regulation.

FLORIDA 8 – Toronto 4… Jonathan Huberdeau had a goal and an assist on his way to becoming the Panthers’ franchise leader in career points with 420. Vincent Trocheck had a goal and two assists for Florida.

NEW JERSEY 3 – Tampa Bay 1… The Devils skated past the Lightning and ended their 10-game winning streak. Travis Zajac’s goal midway through the second period gave New Jersey the lead for good. Goalie Louis Domingue made 26 saves.

Calgary is at Montreal…
the N.Y. Rangers host the N.Y. Islanders…
Boston is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Carolina…
Anaheim is at St. Louis

PURDUE 71, #8 Michigan State 42…
MINNESOTA 75, #19 Michigan 67…
#21 Memphis 68, SOUTH FLORIDA 64…
#23 Wichita State 89, CONNECTICUT 86 (2OT)…
OREGON STATE 82, #24 Arizona 65…
#25 COLORADO 91, Utah 52

COLLEGE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME TONIGHT… Top-ranked LSU takes on third-ranked Clemson tonight in the college football championship game. Both teams are 14-0 heading into the contest. Kickoff from the Superdome in New Orleans is scheduled for 8 p.m. Eastern. The game airs on ESPN.

The Rundown for January 10, 2020

HOUSE VOTES TO LIMIT TRUMP MILITARILY… The House last night passed a resolution that limits President Trump’s power to strike Iran militarily. The 224-194 vote was largely along political lines. The resolution directs the president to end military hostilities with Iran without specific authorization from Congress and unless the U.S. faces an “imminent armed attack.” As a “concurrent resolution,” the measure does not need Trump’s signature.

PELOSI SAYS SHE’LL PASS ALONG IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES ‘SOON’… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that she expects to pass along to the Senate the two articles of impeachment against President Trump “soon,” but first wants to learn more about Republicans’ plans for the trial. Pelosi has angered Republicans by withholding the articles after the House convicted Trump on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress charges last month. Earlier this week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced plans to approve Senate trial rules without the help of Democrats.

TRUMP SAYS CLIMATE CHANGE ‘NOT A HOAX’… President Trump declared yesterday that he is a “big believer” in climate change and that it is “not a hoax.” The surprise announcement came after administration officials introduced a plan to overhaul the 50-year-old National Environmental Policy Act. The administration’s plan would effectively roll back regulations that require federal agencies to consider climate change when approving infrastructure projects, such as highways or oil and gas pipelines.

WATCHDOG: TRUMP HAS ADDED $4.7T TO NATIONAL DEBT… The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget revealed yesterday that legislation signed by President Trump has added $4.7 trillion to the national debt since Trump took office in January 2017. The federal budget watchdog estimates the debt figure based on a time window starting in 2017 and ending in 2029. The $4.7 trillion is on top of the existing $17.2 trillion already held by the public, and $9.2 trillion the U.S. is expected to borrow over the next decade. The committee said the additional debt under Trump is split evenly between tax and spending policy changes. The report also said the president and Congress share the responsibility for growing the debt.

IRAN BLAMED FOR UKRAINIAN CRASH… U.S. officials believe the Ukrainian jetliner that crashed on Wednesday was shot down by Iran following the country’s missile attacks on U.S. targets. All 176 people on board were killed when the Ukrainian International Airlines plane crashed soon after takeoff from Tehran’s airport. The plane was believed to have been mistakenly targeted. Officials report U.S. intelligence picked up signals of a radar being turned on and U.S. satellites detected two surface-to-air missile launches.

BUCK HENRY DIES… Family members have confirmed that comedy legend Buck Henry died Wednesday in Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack. He was 89. Henry earned Academy Award nominations as co-writer of the 1967 film “The Graduate” and as co-director of 1978’s “Heaven Can Wait.” He was co-creator of the television series “Get Smart” and was a frequent guest and host of “Saturday Night Live.”

IN THEATERS… “1917” expands nationally this weekend. The R-rated film tells the World War I story about two young British soldiers who are tasked with delivering a message deep in enemy territory in an effort to stop 1,600 men, and one of the soldiers’ brothers, from walking straight into a deadly trap. Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Daniel Mays and Colin Firth star… “Just Mercy” centers on world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, who works to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner. Michael B. Jordan and Brie Larson star in the PG-13 film… In “Like a Boss,” two friends with very different ideals start a beauty company together. The R-rated comedy stars Rose Byrne and Tiffany Haddish… “Underwater” stars Kristen Stewart and T.J. Miller in the story about a crew of aquatic researchers who work to get to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory. It’s rated PG-13… Ana de Armas and Rosamund Pike star in “The Informer.” In the R-rated drama, an ex-convict working undercover intentionally gets himself incarcerated again in order to infiltrate the mob at a maximum-security prison.

PHILADELPHIA 109 – Boston 98… The 76ers shook off a slow start to cruise past the Celtics. Jamal Richardson led the way with 29 points.

Cleveland 115 – DETROIT 112 (OT)… Kevin Love knocked down a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 37.9 seconds remaining and the Cavaliers made it stand in their win over the Pistons. Tristan Thompson piled up 35 points and 14 rebounds.

MINNESOTA 116 – Portland 102… The Timberwolves outscored the Trail Blazers 31-13 in the second quarter and retained control. Andrew Wiggins pumped in 23 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY 113 – Houston 92... The Thunder jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Rockets. Dino Gallinari scored 23 points and grabbed 11 boards. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander tossed in 20 points.

Atlanta is at Washington…
New York hosts New Orleans…
Miami is at Brooklyn…
Memphis hosts San Antonio…
Indiana is at Chicago…
Phoenix hosts Orlando…
Charlotte is at Utah…
Dallas hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Milwaukee is at Sacramento…
the L.A. Clippers host Golden State

BOSTON 5 – Winnipeg 4… David Pastrnak recorded a hat trick and extended his point streak to 12 games in leading the Bruins past the Jets. His third goal came in the third quarter and proved to be the difference.

Edmonton 4 – MONTREAL 2… Alex Chiasson netted a tie-breaking goal in the third period as the Oilers came from behind to down the Canadiens.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Arizona 0… Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 25 shots in the Lightning’s blanking of the Coyotes. Nikita Kucherov scored two goals.

FLORIDA 5 – Vancouver 2… The Panthers got two goals from Noel Acciari in topping the Canucks. Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves at goal.

N.Y. RANGERS 6 – New Jersey 3… Tony DeAngelo recorded his first career hat trick and assisted on two goals as the Rangers doubled up on the Devils. Artemi Panarin contributed a goal and two assists.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Buffalo 1… Alexander Steen found the net twice and had an assist as the Blues breezed past the Sabres. Robert Thomas and Tyler Bozak each had a goal and an assist.

Nashville 5 – CHICAGO 2… The Predators handled the Blackhawks to give coach John Hynes his first win since taking over. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 29 saves and scored an empty-net goal.

CALGARY 2 – Minnesota 1… Johnny Gaudreau scored a go-ahead goal in the second period and the Flames held off the Wild. Goalie Cam Talbot stopped 42 shots.

Los Angeles 5 – VEGAS 2… The Kings scored four unanswered goals in the first period and never looked back in their win over the Golden Knights. Jack Campbell stopped 44 shots at goal.

Dallas 3 – ANAHEIM 0… Ben Bishop made 27 saves in his 33rd career shutout as the Stars made it six straight wins. Roope Hintz had a goal and an assist.

SAN JOSE 3 – Columbus 1… Kevin Labanc had a goal and an assist to lead the Sharks in their defeat of the Blue Jackets.

Ottawa is at Detroit…
Carolina hosts Arizona…
Pittsburgh is at Colorado

#1 Gonzaga 94, SAN DIEGO 50…
#8 MICHIGAN STATE 74, Minnesota 58…
#9 OREGON 74, Arizona 73 (OT)…
#19 MICHIGAN 84, Purdue 78…
#23 WICHITA STATE 76, #21 Memphis 67

Minnesota is at San Francisco in the NFC Divisional Playoffs…
Baltimore hosts Tennessee in the AFC Divisional Playoffs

Houston is at Kansas City in the AFC Divisional Playoffs…
Green Bay hosts Seattle in the NFC Divisional Playoffs

The Rundown for January 7, 2020

BOLTON SAYS HE’S PREPARED TO TESTIFY… Former National Security Adviser John Bolton announced yesterday that he is “prepared to testify” if the Senate issues him a subpoena for President Trump’s impeachment trial. The announcement defies Trump’s repeated efforts to block most senior aides and advisers from testifying in the House inquiry into his dealings with the government of Ukraine. Bolton’s willingness to cooperate is likely to put the spotlight on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has consistently refused to commit to calling witnesses to testify at the trial.

HOUSE TO VOTE ON WAR POWERS RESOLUTION… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says the House will vote this week on a “War Powers Resolution” aimed at setting limits on President Trump’s military actions against Iran. Pelosi sent a letter to Democratic members of Congress explaining that the resolution “reasserts Congress’ long-established oversight responsibilities by mandating that if no further congressional action is taken, the administration’s military hostilities with regard to Iran cease within 30 days.” The Trump administration is deploying thousands of additional troops to the Middle East after last week’s airstrike that killed Iranian commander Qassem Soleimani.

ESPER DENIES IRAQ PULLOUT… Defense Secretary Mark Esper denies that U.S. troops are pulling out of Iraq. The denial came in response to a letter by Brigadier General William H Seely, head of the US military’s task force in Iraq, who wrote that the U.S. would be “repositioning forces in the coming days and weeks” after Iraq’s government had called for them to leave. Esper insists there has been “no decision whatsoever to leave.”

DEFENSE SECRETARY’S CHIEF OF STAFF STEPPING DOWN… Eric Chewning intends to step down as chief of staff to Defense Secretary Mark Esper at the end of the month. He’ll become the most recent high-profile civilian to leave the Pentagon. Chewning will be replaced by Jen Stewart, the top Republican staffer on the House Armed Services Committee and a former top adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs.

DRONE FLIGHTS INVESTIGATED… The FBI, FAA and U.S. Air Force have joined forces to investigate the mysterious swarms of drones that have been reported in the skies over Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas. Authorities in the three states have received more than 30 reports of the flights since mid-December. Several of the reports noted the drones were flying in formation, but the military and local companies have denied responsibility.

WEINSTEIN HIT WITH LOS ANGELES RAPE, SEXUAL-ASSAULT CHARGES… Film producer Harvey Weinstein was charged with rape and sexual assault in Los Angeles yesterday while he was appearing in a New York court in a separate case. The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office said the charges are related to the alleged sexual assault of two women over two days in 2013. If convicted, Weinstein could face up to 28 years in prison.

‘JACKBOYS’ TOPS ALBUM CHART… The Travis Scott-led “Jackboys” project sold 154,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” jumped into second place after selling 74,000 units. Post Malone’s “Hollywood Bleeding” rose to third place on sales of 64,000 copies. Last week’s champ, Harry Styles’ “Fine Line,” slipped to fourth place with 54,000 units sold. The “Frozen II” soundtrack capped the top five after selling 46,000 copies.

PHILADELPHIA 120 – Oklahoma City 113… Josh Richardson scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures and the 76ers topped the Thunder to snap their five-game skid. Ben Simmons had 17 points and 15 rebounds.

Indiana 115 – CHARLOTTE 104… T.J. Warren pumped in 30 of his 36 points in the second half to lead the Pacers past the Hornets. Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and 12 boards.

WASHINGTON 99 – Boston 94… The Wizards got 27 points from Ish Smith in surprising the Celtics. Four other players scored in double figures for Washington.

ORLANDO 101 – Brooklyn 89… Markelle Fultz scored seven straight points during a 15-1 fourth-quarter run and finished with a career-high 25 points in the Magic’s win over the Nets.

Denver 123 – ATLANTA 115… Nikola Jokic poured in 47 points as the Nuggets downed the Hawks. Will Barton added 28 points.

Utah 128 – NEW ORLEANS 126… The Jazz held on down the stretch to top the Pelicans for their sixth straight win. Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 35 points. Joe Ingles tossed in 22 points. Rudy Gobert pulled down 19 rebounds to go with his nine points.

SAN ANTONIO 126 – Milwaukee 104… The Spurs knocked down 19 3-pointers on their way past the Bucks. DeMar DeRozan scored a game-high 25 points.

DALLAS 118 – Chicago 110… Luka Doncic piled up 38 points, 10 assists and 11 boards in his 11th triple-double of the season and the Mavericks handled the Bulls.

SACRAMENTO 111 – Golden State 98… The Kings built a double-digit halftime lead and coasted past the Warriors. D’Aaron Fox and Buddy Hield scored 21 points apiece.

Detroit is at Cleveland…
Toronto hosts Portland…
Oklahoma City is at Brooklyn…
Memphis hosts Minnesota…
Sacramento is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Lakers host New York

Edmonton 6 – TORONTO 4… Connor McDavid scored a goal and had three assists in leading the Oilers past the Maple Leafs. A Chiasson and Leon Draisaitl each had a goal and an assist.

Winnipeg 3 – MONTREAL 2… Nikolaj Ehlers scored a short-handed goal and had an assist as the Jets held off the Canadiens. Blake Wheeler assisted on two goals.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 1 – Colorado 0… Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 32 shots in the Islanders’ shutout of the Avalanche. Anders Lee scored the game’s only goal at 6:54 of the third period.

Columbus 4 – LOS ANGELES 2… Scott Harrington and scored in the second period to give the Blue Jackets the lead for good in their win over the Kings. Elvis Merzlikins made 37 saves at goal.

Vancouver is at Tampa Bay…
Florida hosts Arizona…
the N.Y. Islanders are at New Jersey…
Washington hosts Ottawa…
Philadelphia is at Carolina…
the N.Y. Rangers host Colorado…
Montreal is at Detroit…
St. Louis hosts San Jose…
Boston is at Nashville…
Chicago hosts Calgary…
Pittsburgh is at Vegas…
Anaheim hosts Columbus

NHL NEWS… The Nashville Predators fired head coach Peter Laviolette and assistant coach Kevin McCarthy yesterday. No interim coach or new head coach was immediately named. Laviolette took over as coach in 2014 and his teams went 248-143-60, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2017. Laviolette also reached the finals with the Carolina Hurricanes and Philadelphia Flyers. He won the Cup with Carolina in 2006.

#17 West Virginia 55, OKLAHOMA STATE 41

Louisiana 27, Miami (OH) 17 in the LendingTree Bowl

The Rundown for January 6, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louisiana plays Miami (OH) in the LendingTree Bowl

The Rundown for January 3, 2020

U.S. AIRSTRIKES IN BAGHDAD… A U.S. airstrike on a convoy in Baghdad airport yesterday killed five members of Iraqi paramilitary groups and two “guests,” according to reports from Iraqi paramilitary groups. The targets included Iranian Major-General Qassem Soleimani, head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard’s elite Quds Force, and Iraqi militia commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis. The Pentagon released a statement claiming that Suleimani was planning attacks on American diplomats and service members in Iraq and throughout the Middle East. Soleimani was Iran’s most revered military leader and was hailed as a “living martyr” by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

DEFENSE OFFICIALS FEARED HOLDING OF UKRAINE AID… The national-security forum Just Security has released unredacted emails that reveal Pentagon officials panicking about President Trump’s decision to withhold military aid to Ukraine and the legal ramifications involved. Defense Department officials feared that the decision to hold the promised aid would violate the Impoundment Control Act, which requires the Executive Branch to spend money as agreed by Congress. “Clear direction from POTUS to continue to hold,” associate director of national security programs at the Office of Management and Budget Michael Duffey told acting Pentagon comptroller Elaine McCusker in an August 30 email. The emails didn’t reveal why the aid was withheld, nor why it was later lifted.

MORE MUELLER INVESTIGATION DOCUMENTS RELEASED… The Justice Department yesterday released more than 350 pages of FBI memos from key witness interviews in the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election. The release followed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by CNN and BuzzFeed News. The memos include interviews with Stephen Miller, Sarah Sanders, Rob Porter, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, among others. Highlights included: Trump told White House counsel Don McGahn and then deputy White House counsel Uttam Dhillon that the communications team could not get the story right about the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, so he was going to participate in an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt to say what really happened; White House policy adviser Stephen Miller described the process for crafting the letter that was used to fire Comey; Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen told the FBI at some point he and Trump attorney Jay Sekulow discussed the concept of Trump issuing “pre pardons,” or pardons to everyone so that no one had to comply with the investigations; Translator Ike Kaveladze recalled Donald Trump Jr. asking, “Is there anything you have on HILLARY?” during a June 2016 meeting with Russians in Trump Tower; and Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s claim that he used Fox News host Sean Hannity as a “back channel” to Trump in the period between the FBI raid of his apartment and his indictment months later.

CONGRESS WEIGHS IN ON ROE V. WADE… More than 200 members of Congress are asking the Supreme Court to consider overturning Roe v. Wade, which guarantees the right to an abortion. 39 senators and 168 House members have submitted an amicus brief urging the court to uphold a Louisiana law severely restricting abortion. The brief is in response to the case of June Medical Services LLC v. Gee, which the Supreme Court will consider this spring. The plaintiff challenged a Louisiana law passed in 2014 that requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital within 30 miles of the facility where the abortion is performed. Lawmakers argue that the Supreme Court should uphold the 5th Circuit appeals court decision that found that the law did not place an “undue burden” on women seeking an abortion.

CASTRO ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID… Julián Castro announced yesterday that he is ending his presidential bid. “I’ve determined that it simply isn’t our time,” the former housing secretary and only Latino candidate in the Democratic nomination field said. Castro rarely scored more than 2 percent support in national or early-voting state surveys and qualified only for the first four primary debates. He nonetheless vowed to continue fighting.

SOME E-CIGARETTE FLAVORS BANNED… The Trump administration has imposed a national ban on some e-cigarette flavors to combat rising vaping among teens. The ban applies to mint and fruit flavors that are offered in cartridge-based e-cigarettes. Menthol and tobacco flavors, as well as fruit flavors delivered in other ways, will be allowed. South Korea, India, Brazil are among dozens of other countries that have announced widespread vaping bans. Restrictions have been imposed in other countries.

NETFLIX RENEWS ‘RAISING DON’… Netflix announced yesterday that it is renewing its superhero drama “Raising Dion” for a second season. The series is based on the Dennis Liu comic book and short film of the same name. It follows a young boy who begins to show superhuman abilities after the death of his father. Ja’Siah Young, Michael B. Jordan and Alisha Wainwright star in the series.

IN THEATERS… In “The Grudge,” a vengeful ghost curses a house and dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Tara Westwood and Junko Bailey star in the R-rated horror film.

Charlotte 109 – CLEVELAND 106… Devonte Graham knocked down a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining and the Hornets hung on to down the Cavaliers. Terry Rozier led all scorers with 30 points.

Denver 124 – INDIANA 116… The Nuggets overcame an early double-digit deficit to get past the Pacers. Michael Porter delivered 25 points off the bench. Nicola Jokic and Jamal Murray tossed in 22 points apiece.

MIAMI 84 – Toronto 76… The Heat clamped down defensively to smother the Raptors. Bam Adebayo led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

MINNESOTA 99 – Golden State 84… The Timberwolves jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their win over the Warriors. Robert Covington and Shabazz Napier scored 20 points apiece. Covington also had 10 boards.

Utah 102 – CHICAGO 98… The Jazz took control with a 24-4 third-quarter run and held off the Bulls. Bojan Bogdanovic led the way with 19 points.

DALLAS 123 – Brooklyn 111… Luka Doncic scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter as the Mavericks pulled away from the Nets. He also pulled down 13 rebounds. Seth Curry added 25 points off the bench.

Oklahoma City 109 – SAN ANTONIO 103… The Thunder came up big in the fourth quarter to win at San Antonio for the first time in 10 tries. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander pumped in 25 points.

SACRAMENTO 128 – Memphis 123… The Kings rallied past the Grizzlies in the fourth quarter after trailing by 16 points heading into the second quarter. They got 27 points from D’Aaron Fox and 26 from Buddy Hield.

L.A. CLIPPERS 126 – Detroit 112… The Clippers bombed the Pistons 37-16 in the third quarter and coasted to the victory. Montrezl Harrell came off the bench to score 23 points. Lou Williams added 22 points. L.A. had four other players score in double figures.

Miami is at Orlando…
Washington hosts Portland…
Atlanta is at Boston…
Houston hosts Philadelphia…
New York is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Lakers host New Orleans

Columbus 2 – BOSTON 1 (OT)… Pierre-Luc Dubois scored the winning goal 52 seconds into overtime to send the Blue Jackets past the Bruins. Goalie Elvis Merzlikins made 25 saves.

BUFFALO 3 – Edmonton 2 (OT)… The Sabres upended the Oilers after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Jack Eichel scored the winning goal on a penalty shot 1:09 into overtime.

Tampa Bay 2 – MONTREAL 1… Nikita Kucherov netted a tie-breaking breaking goal in the first period and the Lightning made it stand in their defeat of the Canadiens. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 38 shots at goal.

New Jersey 2 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1… Nico Hischier scored the decisive goal early in the third period as the Devils edged the Islanders. P.K. Subban netted the tying goal with 1:27 left in the second period.

San Jose 3 – PITTSBURGH 2 (OT)… Brent Burns scored 2:02 into overtime to lift the Sharks over the Penguins. Goalie Aaron Dell made 36 saves.

Florida 6 – OTTAWA 3… The Panthers scored four unanswered goals in the second period to put away the Senators. Evgenii Dadonov scored two goals and had an assist.

Toronto 6 – WINNIPEG 3… William Nylander scored two goals and assisted on another as the Maple Leafs doubled up on the Jets. Kasperi Kapanen added a goal and an assist.

CALGARY 4 – N.Y. Rangers 3… The Flames clipped the Rangers after blowing an early two-goal lead. Sean Monahan scored the game-winner in the second period.

ARIZONA 4 – Anaheim 2… The Coyotes scored three straight goals in the third period to double up on the Ducks. Brad Richardson scored the tie-breaking goal.

COLORADO 7 – St. Louis 3… Nazem Kadri netted two goals to lead the Avalanche in their pounding of the Blues. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and three assists. Samuel Girard assisted on four goals.

VANCOUVER 7 – Chicago 5… Adam Gaudette broke a tie late in the third period and Bo Horvat scored his second goal into an empty net as the Canucks outshot the Blackhawks. J.T. Miller had a goal and three assists.

VEGAS 5 – Philadelphia 4… Max Pacioretty scored two of the Golden Knights’ four first-period goals in the win over the Flyers. Paul Stastny had two assists.

Washington is at Carolina…
Dallas hosts Detroit

#21 Cincinnati 38, Boston College 6 in the Birmingham Bowl…
Tennessee 23, Indiana 22 in the Gator Bowl

Ohio plays Nevada in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

Southern Mississippi plays Tulane in the Armed Forces Bowl

#1 Gonzaga 85, PORTLAND 72…
COLORADO 74, #4 Oregon 65…
#14 MICHIGAN STATE 76, Illinois 56…
#20 Dayton 84, LA SALLE 58

Buffalo is at Houston…
New England hosts Tennessee

Minnesota is at New Orleans…
Philadelphia hosts Seattle

NFL NEWS… Former NFL head coach Sam Wyche, who coached the Cincinnati Bengals to an appearance in Super Bowl XXIII, died yesterday morning after a battle with melanoma. He was 74. Wyche coached the Bengals for eight seasons from 1984 to 1991. He also was the head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for four seasons from 1992 to 1995.

The Rundown for January 2, 2020

EMBASSY CRISIS IN BAGHDAD OVER… The unrest at the U.S. embassy compound in Baghdad came to an end yesterday after Iran-backed militiamen withdrew after setting fire to the roof. Supporters of the Kataib Hezbollah militia left the compound after trapping diplomats inside. Protesters were angered by U.S. airstrikes that killed 25 fighters in retaliation for a rocket attack that killed an American contractor.

POMPEO POSTPONES UKRAINE TRIP... Rising tensions with Iran has prompted U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to delay Friday’s scheduled trip to Ukraine. Pompeo was wet to visit Kyiv as part of a tour that included stops in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Cyprus. Pompeo was to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and other high ranking officials.

MARIJUANA BECOMES LEGAL IN ILLINOIS… The sale of marijuana for recreational purposes became legal in Illinois yesterday to the excitement of thousands of consumers who formed long lines at dispensaries. The state became the 11th to legalize recreational cannabis. Some 43 stores in the state had received the necessary permits in time to sell recreational weed, according to the Chicago Tribune. On Tuesday, Governor JB Pritzker issued 11,017 pardons for people convicted of misdemeanor marijuana crimes in the state. Records of the pardoned crimes will be expunged in the coming months.

JUDGE ISSUES TEMPORARY INJUNCTION AGAINST GIG LAW… A federal judge has issued a temporary injunction against California’s gig-worker labor law that was scheduled to impact more than 70,000 independent truckers beginning yesterday. U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez scheduled a hearing for January 13, at which time he will decide whether to make the restraining order permanent. The law would make it harder for gig economy companies to qualify their workers as independent contractors rather than employees. California Governor Gavin Newsom signed the bill into law last September.

5 MISSING AFTER ALASKA CRAB BOAT SINKS… The Coast Guard announced yesterday that two people have been rescued but five people remain missing after a 130-foot crab fishing vessel from Dutch Harbor, Alaska, sank Tuesday night. Authorities say seven crew members were aboard the Scandies Rose when it went down after its captain issued a mayday distress call. A helicopter crew arrived and lifted two survivors from a life raft.

MARIAH CAREY TOPS CHARTS AGAIN… Mariah Carey has become the first artist ever to top the Billboard charts in four decades. The singer’s version of the Christmas classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” gave her a chart-topper on the Billboard Hot 100 in the 2020s after she recorded No. 1 songs in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. The Billboard Hot 100 data combines radio airplay, sales and streaming data.

‘AVENGER’ ACTRESS CHARGED IN MURDER OF MOTHER… An actress who had a small role in “Captain America: The First Avenger” was arrested Tuesday in Olathe, Kansas, and charged with second-degree murder in the fatal stabbing her mother. Police found the body of the 68-year-old mother inside her home on December 20 after responding to a call of an armed disturbance. Authorities say the case remains under investigation.

Orlando 122 – WASHINGTON 101… D.J. Augustin pumped in a season-high 25 points as the Magic cruised past the Wizards. Nicola Vucevic totaled 20 points and 12 rebounds.

NEW YORK 117 – Portland 93… The Knicks used a big fourth quarter to put away the Trail Blazers for their third straight win. Mitchell Robinson came off the bench to make all 11 field-goal attempts on his way to 22 points. Julius Randle added 22 points and 13 boards.

MILWAUKEE 106 – Minnesota 104… The Bucks held on at the end to get past the short-handed Timberwolves. Giannis Antetokounpo had game-highs with 32 points and 17 rebounds.

L.A. LAKERS 117 – Phoenix 107… The Lakers jumped out to a 43-17 lead and withstood a second-half rally to down the Suns. LeBron James racked up 31 points, 13 boards and 12 assists. Anthony Davis added 26 points and 11 rebounds.

Charlotte is at Cleveland…
Indiana hosts Denver…
Toronto is at Miami…
Minnesota hosts Golden State…
Utah is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Brooklyn…
Oklahoma City is at San Antonio…
Sacramento hosts Memphis…
Detroit is at the L.A. Clippers

FORMER NBA COMMISSIONER DAVID STERN DIES… Former NBA Commissioner David Stern died yesterday after suffering a brain hemorrhage last month. He was 77. Stern served as commissioner of the NBA from 1984 through 2014 and was subsequently named the league’s commissioner emeritus. He was the NBA’s longest-serving commissioner.

DALLAS 4 – Nashville 2… The Stars overcame an early two-goal deficit to cruise past the Predators in the Winter Classic at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas. Mattias Janmark tied the game early in the third period with the first of three straight Dallas goals. A little more than 4 minutes later, Alexander Radulov and Andrej Sekera found the net over a minute-and-a-half span. John Klingberg assisted on two goals.

Columbus is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts Edmonton…
Tampa Bay is at Montreal…
the N.Y. Islanders host New Jersey….
San Jose is at Pittsburgh…
Ottawa hosts Florida…
Toronto is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Anaheim is at Arizona…
Colorado hosts St. Louis…
Chicago is at Vancouver…
Vegas hosts Philadelphia

#18 Minnesota 31, #12 Auburn 24 in the Outback Bowl…
#13 Alabama 35, #14 Michigan 16 in the Citrus Bowl…
#6 Oregon 28, #8 Wisconsin 27 in the Rose Bowl…
#5 Georgia 26, #7 Baylor 14 in the Sugar Bowl

#21 Cincinnati plays Boston College in the Birmingham Bowl…
Tennessee plays Indiana in the Gator Bowl

#13 SAN DIEGO STATE 61, Fresno State 52…
#24 WICHITA STATE 75, East Carolina 69

DON LARSEN DIES… Don Larsen, who pitched the only perfect game in World Series history, died yesterday in in Hayden, Idaho, of esophageal cancer. He was 90. Larsen played for seven teams over a 14-year career while posting a lifetime 81-91 record but made history on October 8, 1956, while with the New York Yankees. In Game 5 of the World Series, retired all 27 Brooklyn Dodgers batters and the Yankees went on to win that series in seven games.

The Rundown for January 1, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for December 31, 2019

IRAN VOWS ‘CONSEQUENCES’ FOR AIR STRIKES… Iran warned of “consequences” yesterday following Sunday’s U.S. airstrikes that targeted Iran-backed militia group Kataib Hezbollah in Iraq and Syria. The strikes killed 25 people and wounded at least 51 more, according to CNN. The strikes came weeks after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo blamed Iranian-backed forces for a series of attacks on American bases in Iraq.

POMPEO TO VISIT UKRAINE… The State Department announced yesterday that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Kyiv on January 3. The meeting will be part of the first leg of Pompeo’s five-day tour through Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The Ukraine visit will while U.S. Senators are returning from holiday recess and continuing negotiations with congressional leaders over terms for President Trump’s trial on charges related to his withholding of military aid from Ukraine. Trump is accused of using the aid as collateral in pressuring the Ukrainian government to launch investigations into his political rival Joe Biden.

JUDGE TOSSES LAWSUIT OVER WHITE HOUSE AIDE’S SUBPOENA… A federal judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit that sought a ruling on whether former White House aide Charles Kupperman must comply with a congressional subpoena in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. U.S. District Judge Richard Leon called the lawsuit “moot” because a U.S. House of Representatives committee withdrew a subpoena seeking his testimony. House investigators subpoenaed Kupperman in October for his testimony in their investigation into Trump’s dealings with the Ukrainian government. Kupperman, who served as a deputy to former national security adviser John Bolton, listened to a July 25 call Trump made to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The White House instructed him not to comply with the subpoena. Legal observers noted that yesterday’s could force Bolton to testify in the impeachment inquiry.

MORE CHARGES AGAINST HANNUKAH STABBING SUSPECT… Prosecutors have filed federal hate crime charges against Hannukah stabbing suspect Grafton Thomas. The Greenwood Lake, New York, resident has pleaded not guilty to five state counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary stemming from a machete-wielding attack at the home of a Hasidic Jewish rabbi during a Hannukah party on Saturday night. He was ordered held on $5 million bail with his next court appearance Friday. FBI investigators say the 37-year-old Thomas possessed documents that expressed anti-Semitic views and referenced “Nazi culture.”

U.S. POPULATION GROWTH SLOWS… A Census Bureau report released yesterday found that the U.S. population growth rate in 2019 was the slowest in a century due to declining births, increasing deaths and immigration restrictions. The nation’s population grew from 2018 to 2019 by almost 1.5 million people, which is the slowest rate since 1917 to 1918 during World War I, the report claimed. President Trump’s restrictions on immigration, combined with fewer economic opportunities, were cited for a migration drop from 1 million in 2016 to 595,000 in 2019.

SHARON STONE HAS DATING-APP ACCOUNT RESTORED… The women-driven dating app Bumble says it has restored the account of actress Sharon Stone. Her account was blocked after the platform’s moderators received several reports of a fake profile. The 62-year-old Stone, who is best-known for starring in the 1992 film “Basic Instinct,” was back up and running after complaining tweeting at Bumble about her block.

HARRY STYLES REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Harry Styles’ “Fine Line” sold 89,000 units to remain atop the weekend box office. Michael Buble’s “Christmas” rose into second place after selling 77,000 copies. Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse me for Being Antisocial” stayed at No. 3 on sales of 73,000 units. Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” rose to fourth place with 71,000 copies sold. Billie Eilish’s “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” finished fifth after selling 63,000 units.

WASHINGTON 123 – Miami 105… The Wizards bombed the Heat 42-24 in the second quarter to erase an early double-digit deficit and cruised to the victory. Jordan McRae pumped in 29 points. Garrison Matthews added 28 points and Ian Mahinmi tossed in 25.

Atlanta 101 – ORLANDO 93… The Hawks rallied in the second half to put away the Magic and end their 10-game losing streak. Brandon Goodwin scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Milwaukee 123 – CHICAGO 102… Kris Middleton’s 25 points led seven players in double figures and the Bucks throttled the Bulls. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 23 points and 10 rebounds.

MINNESOTA 122 – Brooklyn 115 (OT)… The Timberwolves outlasted the Nets despite playing without Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins. They got 24 points from Shabazz Napier and 21 from Jarrett Culver. Gorgui Dieng pulled down 20 boards to go with his 11 points.

UTAH 104 – Detroit 81… The Jazz pulled away in the second half to rout the Pistons. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 23 points. Jordan Clarkson delivered 20 points off the bench. Rudy Gobert finished with 13 points and 19 rebounds.

Phoenix 122 – PORTLAND 116… The Suns rallied past the Trail Blazers after trailing by 19 heading into the second quarter. They got 33 points from Devin Booker and 29 from Kelly Oubre Jr. Ricky Rubio scored 18 points and dished off 13 assists.

Philadelphia is at Indiana…
Charlotte hosts Boston…
the L.A. Clippers are at Sacramento…
San Antonio hosts Golden State
Cleveland is at Toronto…
Houston hosts Denver…
Dallas is at Oklahoma City

PITTSBURGH 5 – Ottawa 2… Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and assisted on another in leading the Penguins past the Senators. Jake Guentzel had a goal and two assists before leaving the game with an upper-body injury after being slammed into the boards.

Boston is at New Jersey…
Washington hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Anaheim is at Vegas…
Minnesota hosts Toronto…
Tampa Bay is at Buffalo…
Carolina hosts Montreal…
Florida is at Columbus…
Detroit hosts San Jose…
Winnipeg is at Colorado…
Calgary hosts Chicago…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Edmonton…
Arizona hosts St. Louis…
Philadelphia is at Los Angeles

Western Kentucky 23, Western Michigan 20 in the First Responder Bowl…
Louisville 38, Mississippi State 28 in the Music City Bowl…
California 35, Illinois 20 in the Redbox Bowl…
#9 Florida 36, #24 Virginia 28 in the Orange Bowl

Virginia Tech plays Kentucky in the Belk Bowl…
Florida State plays Arizona State in the Sun Bowl…
#23 Navy plays Kansas State in the Liberty Bowl…
Wyoming plays Georgia State in the Arizona Bowl…
#11 Utah plays Texas in the Alamo Bowl

#1 GONZAGA 93, Detroit Mercy 72…
#6 BAYLOR 83, Jackson State 57…
#9 MEMPHIS 84, Tulane 73…
#10 VILLANOVA 68, Xavier 62…
#20 DAYTON 77, North Florida 59