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

The Rundown for January 8, 2020

IRAN LAUNCHES MISSILE ATTACK… Iran launched more than a dozen ballistic missiles at two bases in Iraq that host U.S. military and coalition troops. The attacks at Ain al-Asad and Irbil bases caused unknown damage, the Pentagon said. Immediately after the attacks, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard warned the U.S. and its regional allies against retaliating. President Trump tweeted last night that “All is well” and said he would make a statement this morning.

McCONNELL VOWS GOP WILL SET RULES FOR IMPEACHMENT TRIAL… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says he has enough support from his fellow Republicans to set the rules for President Trump’s impeachment trial. The announcement dealt a blow to Democrats, who argue that it won’t be a fair trial unless they’re able to call several White House officials and Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton to testify. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer warned that Republicans know their constituents want a fair trial and vowed to force votes that put them on record.

PROSECUTORS WANT FLYNN JAILED… Prosecutors reversed course yesterday by urging a federal judge to sentence President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn to up to six months in jail. In their sentencing memo, prosecutors said Flynn has failed to accept responsibility for his actions and undermined a separate criminal case. The 61-year-old Flynn is scheduled to be sentenced on January 28, more than two years after pleading guilty to lying to federal investigators.

TRUMP INAUGURATION DONOR CHARGED… A major donor to President Trump’s inaugural committee has been charged with obstructing a federal investigation into illegal contributions made to the president’s inaugural fund. Imaad Zuberi, a Los Angeles-based venture capitalist, is accused of obstructing the probe into contributors to the inaugural fund. Zuberi allegedly backdated a $50,000 check and deleted emails. In a separate recent case, Zuberi pleaded guilty to failing to register as a foreign agent, campaign-finance violations and tax evasion.

CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN HUNTER RESIGNS… Republican U.S. Congressman Duncan Hunter of California, who pleaded guilty to corruption charges last month, has submitted his resignation letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and California Governor Gavin Newsom. The resignation is effective January 13. Hunter faces a maximum of five years in prison when he is sentenced on March 17. He and his wife were indicted last summer on five dozen criminal counts, including wire fraud, conspiracy and falsification of records. Hunter allegedly misused $250,000 in campaign funds for personal uses ranging from vacations to extramarital affairs to a plane ticket for his wife’s pet rabbit.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEINSTEIN CASE PROCEEDS… The judge presiding over the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault trial yesterday rejected a defense request for a “cooling-off period” and is pressing ahead with jury selection. Lawyers representing Weinstein requested a delay until after publicity generated by the new charges subsided. In refusing the postponement, Judge James Burke said he is confident the jury will understand that Weinstein is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

ROD STEWART TO TOUR… Rod Stewart has scheduled a 2020 North American summer tour that will feature special guest Cheap Trick. The 21-city tour kicks off on July 21 in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, and ends September 5 in Tinley Park, Illinois. Stewart says he’ll perform a number of his signature hits from throughout his career.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Detroit 115 – CLEVELAND 113… The Pistons rallied in the fourth quarter to get past the Cavaliers. Derrick Rose knocked down the winning jumper with 27 seconds left.

Portland 101 – TORONTO 99… Carmelo Anthony’s bucket with 4 seconds remaining lifted the Trail Blazers over the Raptors. Anthony led all scorers with 28 points. Hassan Whiteside grabbed 16 rebounds to go with his 14 points.

Oklahoma City 111 – BROOKLYN 103 (OT)… Chris Paul scored 20 of his 28 points after the third quarter as the Thunder outlasted the Nets. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 22 points. Steven Adams pulled down 18 boards.

MEMPHIS 119 – Minnesota 112… The Grizzlies were too much down the stretch in downing the Timberwolves. They got 28 points from Dillon Brooks and 25 from Ja Morant.

Sacramento 114 – PHOENIX 103… The Kings came from 21 points down in the third quarter to upend the Suns. De’Aaron Fox led the way with 27 points.

L.A. LAKERS 117 – New York 87… LeBron James pumped in 31 points to lead the Lakers in their rout of the Knicks. Four other players scored in double figures for Los Angeles.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Charlotte…
Indiana hosts Miami…
San Antonio is at Boston…
Orlando hosts Washington…
Denver is at Dallas…
Atlanta hosts Houston…
Chicago is at New Orleans…
Utah hosts New York…
Milwaukee is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
TAMPA BAY 9 – Vancouver 2… The Lightning scored six second-period goals to blow away the Canucks. Carter Vergaeghe recorded a hat trick. Brayden Point had a goal and three assists.

Arizona 5 – FLORIDA 2… Taylor Hall netted a tie-breaking goal and had an assist as the Coyotes topped the Panthers for their fourth straight win. Oliver Ekman-Larsson had a goal and two assists.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – NEW JERSEY 3 (OT)… Anders Lee lit the lamp with 51 seconds left in overtime to send the Islanders past the Devils. Tom Kuhnhackl tied the game with 5:46 left in regulation.

WASHINGTON 6 – Ottawa 1… T.J. Oshie and Alex Ovechkin scored two goals apiece as the Capitals skated past the Senators.

CAROLINA 5 – Philadelphia 4 (OT)… The Hurricanes overcame an early two-goal deficit, then let a two-goal lead slip away before Dougie Hamilton scored the winning goal 1:56 into overtime.

N.Y. RANGERS 5 – Colorado 3… Artemi Panarin scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Rangers past the Avalanche. Ryan Strome added a goal and an assist. Goalie Igor Shesterkin stopped 29 shots in his NHL debut.

DETROIT 4 – Montreal 3… Filip Zadina scored a tie-breaking goal with 3:52 remaining and the Red Wings made it stand in their win over the Canadiens. Frans Nielsen scored twice for Detroit.

ST. LOUIS 3 – San Jose 2… David Perron’s goal early in the third period proved to be the difference in the Blues’ defeat of the Sharks. Jordan Binnington made 28 saves at goal.

Boston 6 – NASHVILLE 2… Danton Heinen scored a goal and had an assist for the Bruins. Patrice Bergeron found the net for the third straight game. Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 33 shots.

Calgary 2 – CHICAGO 1… Elias Lindholm scored twice in the second period and the Flames held on to clip the Blackhawks. Matthew Tkachuk assisted on both goals. Cam Talbot made 31 saves.

Columbus 4 – ANAHEIM 3… Zach Werenski scored with 11 seconds left in the second period and with 1:33 left in the third to carry the Blue Jackets past the Ducks. Pierre-Luc Dubois had three assists.

Pittsburgh 4 – VEGAS 3… The Penguins opened with three straight goals before Brandon Tanev netted the winning in the third period. Dominik Kahun had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Winnipeg is at Toronto…
Philadelphia hosts Washington…
Dallas is at Los Angeles

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#4 Baylor 57, #22 TEXAS TECH 52…
#12 MARYLAND 67, #11 Ohio State 55…
#13 LOUISVILLE 74, Miami (Fla.) 58…
#14 Kentucky 78, GEORGIA 69…
#16 Villanova 64, CREIGHTON 59…
BOSTON COLLEGE 60, #18 Virginia 53…
RUTGERS 72, #20 Penn State 61

NFL COACHING HIRES… The New York Giants have reportedly selected New England Patriots wide receivers coach Joe Judge to become the team’s next head coach. The 38-year-old Judge would replace Pat Shurmur, who was fired last week after two seasons… Baylor coach Matt Rhule has agreed on a seven-year contract to become the Carolina Panthers’ next coach. The 44-year-old Ruhle takes over a Carolina team that finished 5-11 in 2019. He will replace Ron Rivera, who was fired with four games left in the just-concluded regular season.

MLB NEWS: RED SOX INVESTIGATED FOR SIGN STEALING… Major League Baseball is investigating the Boston Red Sox for allegedly using their video replay room to steal signs from opposing pitchers and catchers during their 2018 World Series championship season. The Athletic cited three anonymous people who were with the team in reporting that Boston players would visit the replay room to decipher their opponents’ sign sequence and then relay the information to the dugout. Someone from the Red Sox dugout would then communicate with a baserunner, who would use body movements to relay pitch information to the batter. Red Sox manager Alex Cora, who guided Boston to the World Series title in his debut 2018 season, could also be facing discipline as part of MLB’s investigation of the 2017 Houston Astros for alleged sign stealing. Cora was the Astros’ bench coach that season.

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.

ENTERTAINMENT
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.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
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.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
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

NHL SCORES
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.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
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.

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#17 West Virginia 55, OKLAHOMA STATE 41

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCORE
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.

ENTERTAINMENT
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.

SPORTS
NFL WILD-CARD ROUND PLAYOFF SCORES
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.

NBA SCORES
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.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
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

NHL SCORES
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.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Edmonton is at Toronto…
Montreal hosts Winnipeg…
Colorado is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Los Angeles hosts Columbus

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#14 MICHIGAN STATE 87, #12 Michigan 69…
#20 Dayton 80, SAINT JOSEPH’S 67

TODAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
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.

ENTERTAINMENT
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.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
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.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
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

NHL SCORES
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.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington is at Carolina…
Dallas hosts Detroit

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

TODAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
Ohio plays Nevada in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl

SATURDAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
Southern Mississippi plays Tulane in the Armed Forces Bowl

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 Gonzaga 85, PORTLAND 72…
COLORADO 74, #4 Oregon 65…
#14 MICHIGAN STATE 76, Illinois 56…
#20 Dayton 84, LA SALLE 58

SATURDAY’S NFL WILD-CARD ROUND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at Houston…
New England hosts Tennessee

SUNDAY’S NFL WILD-CARD ROUND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
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.