The Rundown for January 17, 2020

SENATORS SWORN IN FOR TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL… All 100 members of the Senate were sworn in yesterday as jurors for the impeachment trial of President Trump. The trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Trump is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He has denied wrongdoing and branded the case against him as a “hoax.” Senators will decide whether Trump is removed from office over charges brought by the House of Representatives.

UKRAINE GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE YOVANOVITCH SURVEILLANCE… The Ukrainian government announced yesterday that it will launch an investigation into the alleged surveillance of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. The campaign was allegedly carried out by associates of President Trump. In a statement released yesterday, Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said his government “took note of the possible illegal surveillance on the territory of Ukraine.” Yovanovitch was recalled from her position in May following what she has described as a smear campaign against her from Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Earlier this week, House Democratic investigators released a trove of documents obtained from Lev Parnas, an associate of Giuliani’s. The documents implied that Parnas had access to people tracking Yovanovitch’s movements in Kyiv.

WATCHDOG SAYS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BROKE THE LAW OVER UKRAINE… The nonpartisan government watchdog Government Accountability Office yesterday issued a legal opinion that the Trump administration broke the law by withholding defense aid to Ukraine. The issue centers on $214 million that was appropriated by Congress and allocated to the Department of Defense for security assistance. The GAO noted that the aid was later released to Ukraine only after a whistleblower complaint made the withheld money public.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SUED OVER FOOD-STAMP LAW… Washington, D.C. and New York City have joined 14 states in a lawsuit that challenges the Trump administration’s plans to impose new work requirements that would cut food stamps to hundreds of thousands of Americans. The suit accuses the administration of undermining the purpose of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and of violating the federal rule-making process. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced the new rule targeting childless, non-disabled adults between the ages of 18 and 49.

VIRGINIA FIREARM BAN UPHELD… A Virginia judge has rejected a request to block Governor Ralph Northam’s firearm ban at a gun-rights rally in Richmond’s Capitol Square on Monday. Lawyers for Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America unsuccessfully argued that the ban violated state law along with protesters’ right to arms, assembly and speech. Meanwhile, FBI agents yesterday arrested a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who are linked to a violent white supremacist group and were believed to be heading to the pro-gun rally. The three men are facing federal charges of transporting a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a felony. One of the defendants is also charged with “transporting and harboring aliens.”

ENTERTAINMENT
DEMI LOVATO TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL… Demi Lovato has signed on to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl. The Grammy-nominated pop singer will perform prior to the February 2 game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the halftime show.

IN THEATERS… “Dolittle” centers on a physician who learns that he can talk to animals. Robert Downey Jr. and Antonio Banderas star in the PG film. Will Smith and Alexander Ludwig star in “Bad Boys for Life.” The R-rated film tells the story of Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, who are back together for one last ride. In “The Wave,” an opportunistic insurance lawyer who thinks he’s in for the time of his life when he goes out on the town to celebrate an upcoming promotion with his co-worker instead gets dosed with a hallucinogen that completely alters his perception of the world. The R-rated sci-fi thriller stars Justin Long and Tommy Flanagan. “VHYes” follows a 12-year-old boy who accidentally records home videos and his favorite late-night shows over his parents’ wedding tape. Kerri Kenney and Thomas Lennon star in the unrated comedy.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Phoenix 121 – NEW YORK 98... The Suns took control with a big second quarter and rolled past the Knicks. Devin Booker pumped in 29 points. Deandre Ayton piled up 26 points and 21 rebounds. Ricky Rubio added 25 points and 13 assists.

MILWAUKEE 128 – Boston 123… The Bucks took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter and hung on to down the Celtics. Giannis Antetokounmpo piled up 32 points and 17 boards. Kris Middleton added 23 points.

NEW ORLEANS 138 – Utah 132 (OT)… Brandon Ingram poured in a career-high 49 points to lead the Pelicans in their overtime win over the Jazz. Derrick Favors finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

L.A. CLIPPERS 122 – Orlando 95… Kawhi Leonard lit it up for 32 points in the Clippers’ rout of the Magic. Montrezl Harrell delivered 21 points off the bench.

Denver 134 – GOLDEN STATE 131 (OT)… The Nuggets outlasted the Warriors in a back-and-forth contest. Nikola Jokic scored a tying basket with 10.8 seconds left in regulation and finished with 23 points and 12 boards. Will Barton led all scorers with 31 points. Malik Beasley had 27 points off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Washington is at Toronto…
Indiana hosts Minnesota…
Chicago is at Philadelphia…
Oklahoma City hosts Miami…
Cleveland is at Memphis…
San Antonio hosts Atlanta
Portland is at Dallas

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 4 – Pittsburgh 1… The Bruins cruised past the Penguins after spotting them an early goal. Karson Kuhlman and David Pastrnak each had two assists.

Calgary 2 – TORONTO 1 (SO)… Matthew Tkachuk scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Flames outlasted the Maple Leafs. Goalie David Rittich made 35 saves.

FLORIDA 4 – Los Angeles 3… The Panthers withstood a three-goal rally to edge the Kings. Brian Boyle’s third-period goal turned out to be the difference.

N.Y. Rangers 3 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 2… Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal with 25 seconds remaining to lift the Rangers over the Islanders. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 38 shots at goal.

Montreal 4 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Ilya Kovalchuk found the net twice to lead the Canadiens past the Flyers. Phillip Danault had three assists. Goalie Carey Price stopped 40 shots.

WASHINGTON 5 – New Jersey 2… Alex Ovechkin scored three goals in his 25th career hat trick to highlight the Capitals’ win over the Devils. Nicklas Backstrom assisted on two goals.

COLUMBUS 3 – Carolina 2… Nick Foligno’s goal with 1:41 remaining sent the Blue Jackets past the Hurricanes. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist. Goalie Elvis Merzlikins made 32 saves.

Vegas 4 – OTTAWA 2… Mark Stone and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist in leading the Golden Knights past the Senators. Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 stops at goal.

Anaheim 4 – NASHVILLE 2… Rickard Rakell scored a goal and assisted on another as the Ducks doubled up on the Predators. John Gibson made 33 stops at goal.

MINNESOTA 3 – Tampa Bay 2… The Wild held off the Lightning to end their four-game losing streak. Zach Parise, Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Suter scored for Minnesota.

Buffalo 4 – DALLAS 1… Rasmus Dahlin netted a tie-breaking goal late in the second period and the Sabres scored twice more in the third to put away the Stars. Kyle Okposo had two assists.

COLORADO 4 – San Jose 0… Philipp Grubauer stopped all 27 shots as the Avalanched blanked the Sharks. Valeri Nichushkin scored the only goal Colorado needed in the first period.

VANCOUVER 3 – Arizona 1… The Lightning overcame an early one-goal deficit to cruise past the Coyotes. Elias Petterson assisted on two goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Detroit…
Carolina hosts Anaheim..
Tampa Bay is at Winnipeg

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL
#1 GONZAGA 104, Santa Clara 54…
WASHINGTON STATE 72, #8 Oregon 61…
#20 Colorado 68, ARIZONA STATE 61…
#22 MEMPHIS 60, Cincinnati 49…

SUNDAY’S NFL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Tennessee is at Kansas City in the AFC title game…
San Francisco hosts Green Bay in the NFC title game

MLB: BELTRAN STEPS DOWN AS METS MANAGER… The New York Mets have parted with manager Carlos Beltran prior to his first year with the team. Beltran has been the only player so far to be named in MLB’s investigation of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. He becomes the third manager to lose his job as a result of the scandal. Houston fired AJ Hinch and the Boston Red Sox let Alex Cora go after he admitted to wrongdoing while a bench coach with the Astros.

The Rundown for January 16, 2019

PELOSI SIGNS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed articles of impeachment against President Trump yesterday and has sent them to the White House. The Senate won’t officially receive the articles until this afternoon when it is presented to the Senate by a House impeachment manager. Upon receipt of the articles, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will be sworn in to preside over the trial. Senators will be sworn in as jurors. Pelosi also announced the seven impeachment trial “managers” who will prosecute the case in the Senate. Congressman Adam Schiff of California will be the lead manager; the team includes his fellow Democratic representatives Jerry Nadler of New York; Val Demings of Florida; Hakeem Jeffries of New York; Zoe Lofgren of California; Sylvia Garcia of Texas; and Jason Crow of Colorado. The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

PARNAS: TRUMP KNEW WHAT I WAS DOING… Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, said last night that “Trump knew exactly what was going on” in Ukraine. During an appearance on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, Parnas said Trump “was aware of all of my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president.” Parnas also said Trump “lied” when he said he didn’t know Parnas or his associate Igor Fruman. The interview came a day after Parnas turned over a batch of documents that indicated Giuliani mounted a campaign to oust former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Parnas was indicted with partner Igor Fruman last October on charges that they conspired to violate straw and foreign donor bans.

THREATS TO FORMER UKRAINE AMBASSADOR INVESTIGATED… The House Foreign Affairs Committee has requested materials regarding potential threats to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in response to the documents that Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas has turned over to Congress. Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat, sent the undersecretary of state for management a letter expressing that he was “deeply concerned” about the apparent efforts of Parnas and Congressional candidate Robert Hyde to surveil Yovanovitch while she was still the ambassador. Engel noted that the messages contained sensitive information about Yovanovitch’s whereabouts and her security protocols.

JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REFUGEE ORDER… A federal judge yesterday blocked President Trump’s executive order that would have given state and local officials the ability to deny residence to refugees. The decision by U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in Maryland has ignited a fierce debate in the U.S. over how welcome the nation should be. Judge Messitte said the order “flies in the face of clear Congressional intent” of the 1980 Refugee Act by allowing state and local governments to block the resettlement of refugees in their jurisdictions. The judge said in issuing a preliminary injunction that the process should continue as it has for nearly 40 years, with refugee resettlement agencies deciding where a person would best thrive.

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY OVER GUN RALLY… Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency due to threats of violence during a scheduled gun control rally in the state early next week. The governor’s declaration prohibits all weapons including firearms, sticks, bats, chains and projectiles from Capitol grounds from 5 p.m. on Friday until 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Northam took action after receiving a tip about potential violence during Monday’s Lobby Day against gun control legislation.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROCK HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED… Six acts will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland next May. Whitney Houston and British acts T. Rex and Depeche Mode will be joined by The Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails and The Doobie Brothers. The six were selected yesterday from 16 acts that were nominated. Artists are eligible for the famous hall 25 years after the release of their first album.

JAY-Z SUES MISSISSIPPI PRISON OFFICIALS… Jay-Z is suing Mississippi prison officials following the deaths of five inmates in the past two weeks. The suit, filed yesterday in Greenville, Mississippi, names Mississippi corrections chief Pelicia Hall and Parchman Penitentiary Superintendent Marshal Turner as defendants. The entertainment mogul filed on behalf of 29 inmates in the state penal system who accuse authorities of failing to stem violence inside prison walls. Jay-Z and rap artist Yo Gotti called for change in the penitentiary system earlier this month in threatening the suit, which cites violations of Eighth Amendment rights and identifies conditions within the Parchman facility.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Detroit 116 – BOSTON 103… Sekou Doumbouya pumped in a season-high 24 points to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Pistons topped the Celtics. Markieff Morris added 23 points and Derrick Rose tossed in 22. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk finished with 21 points.

PHILADELPHIA 117 – Brooklyn 106… The 76ers rallied in the fourth quarter to put away the Nets. Tobias Harris scored a game-high 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons had 20 points and 11 assists.

MIAMI 106 – San Antonio 100… The Heat came up big in the fourth quarter to get past the Spurs. Kendrick Nunn lit it up for 33 points.

Toronto 130 – OKLAHOMA CITY 121… The Raptors built an 18-point halftime lead and held off the Thunder. Norman Powell led the way with 23 points off the bench. Pascal Siakam and Og Anunoby added 21 points apiece.

CHICAGO 115 – Washington 106… The Bulls fought their way past the Wizards after trailing by five at the break. Zack LaVine led all scorers with 30 points. Six other players scored in double figures for Chicago.

Indiana 104 – MINNESOTA 99… The Pacers came on after a slow start and topped the Timberwolves. Domantas Sabonas had game-highs with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points.

DENVER 100 – Charlotte 86… The Nuggets built a 15-point halftime lead but needed a fourth-quarter rally to put away the Hornets. Michael Porter Jr. delivered 19 points off the bench to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Portland 117 – HOUSTON 107… The Trail Blazers withstood a late surge to beat the Rockets. They got 25 points from Damian Lillard and 23 from CJ McCollum. Carmelo Anthony had 18 points and 12 boards.

Dallas 127 – SACRAMENTO 123… Luka Doncic piled up 25 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists and the Mavericks held on at the end to down the Kings. Seth Curry came off the bench and scored 21 points.

Orlando 119 – L.A. LAKERS 118… Markelle Fultz made a couple big buckets in the final minute on his way to 21 points and the Magic hung on to end the Lakers’ nine-game winning streak. Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 21 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at New York…
Milwaukee hosts Boston…
Utah is at New Orleans…
Golden State hosts Denver…
Orlando is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCORES
Chicago 4 – MONTREAL 1… Zack Smith got the Blackhawks going with a pair of first-period goals and they breezed past the Canadiens. Goalie Corey Crawford made 32 saves.

Philadelphia 4 – ST. LOUIS 3 (OT)… The Flyers recovered to outlast the Blues after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Jakub Voracek scored the winning goal with 1:27 left in overtime. Sean Couturier assisted on two goals. Brian Elliott made 33 stops at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Boston…
Toronto hosts Calgary…
Los Angeles is at Florida…
the N.Y. Islanders host the N.Y. Rangers…
Montreal is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts New Jersey…
Carolina is at Columbus…
Ottawa hosts Vegas…
Anaheim is at Nashville…
Tampa Bay is at Minnesota…
Dallas hosts Buffalo…
San Jose is at Colorado…
Vancouver hosts Arizona

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL
#2 BAYLOR 68, Iowa State 55…
ALABAMA 83, #4 Auburn 64…
#18 Seton Hall 78, #5 BUTLER 70…
#9 FLORIDA STATE 54, Virginia 50…
SOUTH CAROLINA 81, #10 Kentucky 78…
TEMPLE 65, #16 Wichita State 53…
GEORGETOWN 83, #25 Creighton 80

The Rundown for January 15, 2020

HOUSE VOTES TODAY ON IMPEACHMENT CHARGES… The House is planning a vote for tomorrow to send formal impeachment charges against President Trump to the Senate. If passed, the trial could begin as early as Tuesday. Last month, Trump became only the third U.S. president to be impeached when the House found that he obstructed Congress and abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed, “The president and the senators will be held accountable,” and announced that she will appoint lawmakers who will act as prosecutors in the trial.

HOUSE RELEASES LEV PARNAS DOCUMENTS… The House Intelligence Committee last night released a new batch of impeachment inquiry evidence. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s partner in Ukraine, Lev Parnas, turned over evidence in the form of documents that include Parnas’ handwritten notes, copies of text messages, and other correspondence. The documents indicate that Giuliani was acting with President Trump’s “knowledge and consent” in his communications with the Ukrainian government. Some of the most disturbing documents involve former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, whose firing appears to have been part of a quid pro quo. The documents also reveal her movements in Ukraine were being tracked and that she was being threatened.

TRUMP’S EMBASSY CLAIMS DOUBTED… The Washington Post says government officials are increasingly skeptical of President Trump’s claims that Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was planning imminent attacks on several U.S. embassies across the Middle East. Trump used the claims to justify his assassination of Soleimani earlier this month but the Pentagon and embassy officials say they were never warned of the purported threat. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denies that embassy staff wasn’t warned, and a State Department spokesman said the White House sent out a “worldwide security warning to every embassy.” The newspaper report concluded that “Trump’s statement was at best an unfounded theory and at worst a falsehood.”

TRUMP DIVERTING ADDITIONAL WALL FUNDING… President Trump is diverting an additional $7.2  billion in Pentagon funding to use in constructing his border-wall this year, according to a report in yesterday’s Washington Post. The money is reportedly coming from the cancellation of several military construction projects and would be enough to finish about 885 miles of barriers by early 2022. The diverted funds would bring the total amount of federal funds allocated to border fencing to $18.4 billion under Trump following his promise during the 2016 presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for it.

COURT BLOCKS WISCONSIN VOTER PURGE… A Wisconsin appeals court yesterday blocked an order that would immediately have removed as many as 209,000 names from the state’s voter registration rolls. The court sided with the bipartisan state elections commission in issuing the injunction while the court fight continues. It also put on hold a ruling from Monday in which a judge found the commission and its three Democratic members in contempt for not proceeding with removing the voters. Wisconsin’s presidential primary is on April 7 and analysts don’t expect the issue to be resolved before the presidential election.

TOYOTA ANNOUNCES RECALL… Toyota has announced that it is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles due to a faulty fuel pump that could result in sudden stalling, and increase the risk of a crash. The automaker warned that defective fuel pumps could set off a warning light on the instrument panel when it malfunctions and cause a rough-running engine that could ultimately stall. Vehicles involved in the recall include certain 2018-2019 Lexus models and 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runners, Camrys, Highlanders, Land Cruisers, Sequoias, Siennas, Tacomas and Tundras. Some of Toyota’s 2019 Avalon and Corolla models are also affected by the recall. Owners can visit Toyota’s website to learn if their vehicles are affected.

ENTERTAINMENT
BILLIE EILISH TO PERFORM BOND THEME… Billie Eilish will write and perform the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, “No Time To Die.” The 18-year-old singer wrote the piece with her brother Finneas O’Connell. She is the youngest artist ever to write and record a James Bond theme song. “No Time To Die” will feature Daniel Craig as agent 007 for the final time. It is set for release on April 8 in the U.S.

NETFLIX RENEWS ‘YOU’… Netflix is bringing back its hit drama series “You” for a third season in 2021. The streaming service has ordered 10 new episodes. The second season rose to No. 5 on Netflix’s top 10 list of its most popular series shortly after its December 26 premiere. Stars Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti have signed on to reprise their roles.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
ATLANTA 123 – Phoenix 110… Trea Young scored 21 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter as the Hawks pulled away from the Suns. Kevin Huerter had 23 points and 15 rebounds. John Collins added 22 points and 10 boards.

Utah 118 – BROOKLYN 107… The Jazz built a 14-point halftime lead and coasted past the Nets. Joe Ingles scored 27 points to match a career high. Rudy Gobert finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds.

MILWAUKEE 128 – New York 102… The Bucks blew the game open with a big second quarter and never looked back in routing the Knicks. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 37 points in just 21 minutes.

MEMPHIS 121 – Houston 110… The Grizzlies handled the Rockets to win their sixth in a row. They got 26 points from Ja Morant and 24 from Dillon Brooks.

Dallas 124 – GOLDEN STATE 97… Dwight Powell scored 21 points and Luka Doncic tossed in 20 as the Mavericks downed the Warriors. Boban Marjanovic delivered 13 points and 11 boards off the bench.

L.A. CLIPPERS 128 – Cleveland 103… Kawhi Leonard poured in 43 points to lead the Clippers in their dismantling of the Cavaliers. Lou Williams added 24 points off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Boston…
Philadelphia hosts Brooklyn…
San Antonio is at Miami…
Oklahoma City hosts Toronto…
Washington is at Chicago…
Minnesota hosts Indiana…
Charlotte is at Denver…
Houston hosts Portland…
Dallas is at Sacramento…
the L.A. Lakers host Orlando

NHL SCORES
BUFFALO 4 – Vegas 2… Jack Eichel netted a tie-breaking goal in the third quarter and Chris Lazar added an empty-netter as the Sabres doubled up on the Golden Knights. Eichel also had an assist.

TORONTO 7 – New Jersey 4… Auston Matthews recorded his second career hat trick in leading the Maple Leafs past the Devils. John Tavares had a goal and two assists. Blake Coleman’s three goals weren’t enough for New Jersey.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Los Angeles 3 (SO)… Nikita Kucherov scored a tying goal with 1:15 left in regulation and Steven Stamkos added the game-winner in the shootout as the Lightning outlasted the Kings. Anthony Cirelli assisted on two goals.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 8 – Detroit 2… Brock Nelson found the net twice to lead the Islanders in their throttling of the Red Wings. Leo Komarov had a goal and an assist.

PITTSBURGH 7 – Minnesota 3… Sidney Crosby returned to the ice after a two month layoff and had a goal and three assists in the Penguins win over the Wild. Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and assisted on another.

COLUMBUS 3 – Boston 0… Elvis Merzlikins stopped all 34 shots in his second consecutive shutout and Blue Jackets clipped the Bruins. Alexander Wennberg scored the only goal Columbus needed in the first period.

Chicago 3 – OTTAWA 2 (OT)… The Blackhawks overcame the Senators after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Jonathan Toews assisted on both Chicago goals in regulation and netted the winning goal 42 seconds into overtime.

WINNIPEG 4 – Vancouver 0… Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves in his fourth shutout of the season and the Jets skated pasted past the Canucks. Kyle Connor scored a pair of goals.

Dallas 3 – COLORADO 2 (OT)… The Stars came from two goals down to upend the Avalanche. Esa Lindell scored the winning goal at 1:54 of overtime. Jason Dickinson netted the tying goal with 5:23 left in regulation.

EDMONTON 4 – Nashville 2… Leon Draisaitl scored two power-play goals and had an assist in leading the Oilers past the Predators. Mike Smith stopped 30 shots at goal.

ARIZONA 6 – San Jose 3… Phil Kessel and Taylor Hall each had two goals and an assist in the Coyotes’ win over the Sharks. Conor Garland added a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Montreal…
St. Louis hosts Philadelphia

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL
CLEMSON 79, #3 Duke 72…
#6 Kansas 66, OKLAHOMA 52…
#7 San Diego State 64, FRESNO STATE 55…
#11 Louisville 73, PITTSBURGH 68…
#12 WEST VIRGINIA 81, TCU 49…
#13 DAYTON 79, VCU 65…
#14 VILLANOVA 79, DePaul 75…
WISCONSIN 56, #17 Maryland 64…
#21 OHIO STATE 80, Nebraska 68…
#23 Texas Tech 77, KANSAS STATE 63

MLB: ALEX CORA, RED SOX PART WAYS… The Boston Red Sox and manager Alex Cora have mutually agreed to part ways amid the ongoing sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League baseball. The 44-year-old Cora led Boston to a World Series win in 2018, just a year after he was a bench coach for the world-champion Houston Astros. Both teams were implicated in a scheme that used technology to steal opposing teams’ catchers’ signs. Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired after Major League Baseball suspended them for a year. Commissioner Rob Manfred says he won’t announce Cora’s punishment until MLB completes its investigation.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT
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.

SPORTS
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.

NBA SCORES
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.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
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

NHL SCORES
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.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
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.

ENTERTAINMENT
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 Oscar.com, Oscars.org 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.

SPORTS
NFL DIVISIONAL-ROUND PLAYOFF SCORES
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.

NBA 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.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
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

NHL SCORES
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.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
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

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
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.

ENTERTAINMENT
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.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
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.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
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

NHL SCORES
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.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Ottawa is at Detroit…
Carolina hosts Arizona…
Pittsburgh is at Colorado

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES...
#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

SATURDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at San Francisco in the NFC Divisional Playoffs…
Baltimore hosts Tennessee in the AFC Divisional Playoffs

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Houston is at Kansas City in the AFC Divisional Playoffs…
Green Bay hosts Seattle in the NFC Divisional Playoffs

The Rundown for January 9, 2020

TRUMP ADDRESSES IRAN… President Trump revealed yesterday during his address to the nation that the U.S. military had advance warning of Iran’s missile attacks on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces on Tuesday. Trump announced no retaliation for the attacks, but said “powerful sanctions” would be imposed until Iran changed its ways. The Trump administration also gave its first briefings about Iran to legislators but the effort drew criticism. Representatives complained that information provided by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire lacked important details, including the intelligence behind killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and the future course of U.S. strategy against Tehran. Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah said it was “probably the worst briefing at least on a military issue I’ve seen,” adding that it was “insulting” to be told by administration officials not to debate merits of taking military action.

ROCKETS STRIKE NEAR U.S. EMBASSY… Iraqi military officials say two Katyusha rockets struck near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone yesterday, but caused no casualties. Warning sirens were heard blaring nearly 24 hours after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing American and other coalition forces, which did not cause casualties. Officials did not know where yesterday’s rockets were fired from.

COURT BLOCKS IMMIGRANT-FUNDING RULE… A federal appeals court in New York yesterday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a policy that would make it far easier for the government to deny legal status to immigrants whose families use or are deemed likely to use publicly funded programs. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a short order that denied the Trump administration’s attempt to lift a nationwide injunction barring the “public charge” rule from being implemented. The Department of Homeland Security previously defined “public charge” as someone who depended on cash assistance or government-funded long-term institutional care. The new rule expands the definition to include additional benefits such as food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies and housing vouchers. The new rule also defines public charge as any immigrant household that uses — or is deemed likely to use at some point — one public benefit for 12 months during a 36-month period. Receipt of two public benefits in one month counts as two months, the rule noted.

HOUSE DEMS OUTLINE CLIMATE BILL… House Democrats yesterday outlined a climate bill that seeks to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, and other members of the committee presented the outline for the bill known as the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for Our Nation’s Future Act. The proposal would require all retail electricity suppliers to provide an increasing supply of clean energy to consumers beginning in 2022 and then obtain 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Suppliers will be required to possess a certain amount of “clean energy credits” at the end of each year, which they can buy and trade from one another via auction. The building sector would be required to produce zero-energy-ready buildings by 2030 while the proposal would establish a Buy Clean Program that would require industrial projects that receive federal funding to “only use the cleanest construction materials.”

PUERTO RICO STRUGGLING AFTER EARTHQUAKE… A magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Puerto Rico early Tuesday has left roughly two-thirds of the island without electricity. Officials say many residents still don’t have water. The quake is blamed for the death of one man dead and has caused dozens of homes and structures to crumble. Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced has declared a state of emergency and activated the Puerto Rico National Guard as she pleaded with residents to remain calm and prepare for aftershocks.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACADEMY AWARDS WON’T HAVE HOST… ABC announced yesterday that the Academy Awards will air without a host for a second consecutive year. The network made the decision in conjunction with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following the success of last year’s Oscars ceremony, which was the first since 1989 to be staged without a host. The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for February 9.

ILLINOIS JUDGE SEEKS SMOLLETT DATA… An Illinois judge has ordered Google to turn over actor Jussie Smollett’s emails, photos, location data and private messages for an entire year as part of the investigation into his claims of being violently attacked. Smollett, who is best known for his work in the Fox series “Empire,” reported in January 2019 that he was attacked by two white men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs as they tied a rope around his neck in Chicago. Prosecutors later alleged that the actor had staged the attack on himself and filed multiple charges against him. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx abruptly dropped the charges last March.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Toronto 112 – CHARLOTTE 110 (OT)… Serge Ibaka made two free throws with 5.1 seconds left in overtime and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds in leading the Raptors past the Hornets. Terence Davis also had 23 points and 11 boards.

Miami 122 – INDIANA 108… The Heat rallied past the Pacers in the fourth quarter after letting a double-digit halftime lead slip away. Tyler Herro came off the bench to score 19 points and lead seven players in double figures.

San Antonio 129 – BOSTON 114… The Spurs jumped out to a 22-3 lead and coasted past the Celtics. DeMar DeRozan pumped in 30 points.

ORLANDO 123 – Washington 89… Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Magic rolled past the Wizards. Evan Fournier tossed in 19 points.

Denver 107 – DALLAS 106… Nikola Jokic came alive to score 26 of his game-high 33 points in the second half and made the winning basket with 7.9 seconds left as the Nuggets topped the Mavericks.

Houston 122 – ATLANTA 115… James Harden scored 22 of his 41 points in the first quarter and the Rockets held off the Hawks the rest of the way. Harden also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Clint Capela added 22 points and as many boards.

NEW ORLEANS 123 – Chicago 108… The Pelicans took control with a big third quarter on their way to handing the Bulls their fifth straight loss. Brandon Ingram scored 29 points and dished off 11 assists.

UTAH 128 – New York 104… Emmanuel Mudiay came off the bench to score 20 points against his former team and the Jazz routed the Knicks. Bojan Bogdanovic also had 20 points for Utah. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Milwaukee 107 – GOLDEN STATE 98… Giannis Antetokounmpo pumped in 30 points and collected 12 boards as the Bucks fought off the Warriors. Kris Middleton tossed in 21 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Boston is at Philadelphia…
Detroit hosts Cleveland…
Portland is at Minnesota…
Oklahoma City hosts Houston

NHL SCORES
Winnipeg 4 – TORONTO 3 (SO)… Blake Wheeler scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Jets outlasted the Maple Leafs. He also assisted on Nikolaj Ehlers’ first-period goal.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Washington 2… Kevin Hayes netted a short-handed goal with 2:01 left in the second period and the Flyers hung on to edge the Capitals. Goalie Carter Hart made 28 saves.

Dallas 2 – LOS ANGELES 1… Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau scored second-period goals to give the Stars the lead for good in their win over the Kings. Esa Lindell assisted on both goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Winnipeg is at Boston…
Montreal hosts Edmonton…
Arizona is at Tampa Bay…
Florida hosts Vancouver…
New Jersey is at the N.Y. Rangers…
St. Louis hosts Buffalo…
Nashville is at Chicago…
Calgary hosts Minnesota…
Los Angeles is at Vegas…
Anaheim hosts Dallas…
Columbus is at San Jose

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 Duke 73, GEORGIA TECH 64…
#3 Kansas 79, IOWA STATE 53…
#5 AUBURN 83, Vanderbilt 79…
#7 San Diego State 72, WYOMING 52…
#10 Florida State 78, WAKE FOREST 68