The Rundown for November 15, 2019

AP: SECOND EMBASSY STAFFER OVERHEARD TRUMP-UKRAINE PHONE CALL… The Associated Press reported yesterday that a second U.S. embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard the phone call in which President Trump discussed the need for Ukraine leaders to pursue “investigations” with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor described the July 26 call to congress during Wednesday’s televised impeachment hearing. The call centered on Trump’s desire to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Impeachment hearings continue today with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as the sole witness.

TRUMP SEEKS TO WITHHOLD TAX RETURNS… President Trump yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that ordered his accounting firm to release eight years of his tax returns to New York prosecutors. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is seeking the returns as part of a criminal investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization. Trump’s lawyers claim the U.S. Constitution protects the president from being subjected to any criminal process while he is in office.

DANGEROUS MATERIALS EXCLUDED FROM SAFETY REVIEW… A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of dangerous materials in public use from a safety review. The Environmental Protection Agency must consider dangers posed by asbestos, lead and other toxins regardless of whether they’re still being manufactured, the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. Congress mandated the safety review as the first step toward enacting potential new regulations to protect the public.

REPORT: GIULIANI INVESTIGATION WIDER THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN… The federal investigation of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is wider than was previously known, Bloomberg reported yesterday. The investigation covers possible campaign finance violations, foreign bribery and a failure to register as a foreign agent. One official claimed the probe could include bribery of foreign officials or conspiracy and presents a serious threat to Trump’s presidency.

MATT BEVIN CONCEDES IN KENTUCKY GOVERNOR’S RACE… Kentucky’s incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin conceded defeat to Democratic rival Andy Beshear yesterday. Beshear narrowly won a November 5 election, prompting Bevin to organize a recanvass of the vote. Bevin offered his concession when the recanvassing showed no change in results.

2 DEAD, 3 INJURED IN HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING… Two people were killed and three others were injured at Saugus High School north of Los Angeles yesterday after a 16-year-old student opened fire on a crowded quad. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the gunfire broke out at 7:30 a.m., when students at the school were scheduled to be in their first-period classes. The body of the suspect was found on campus with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT BLOCKED FROM PERFORMING OLD HITS… Singer Taylor Swift says her former label chief Scott Borchetta and his partner Scooter Braun are trying to prevent her from performing her old songs at the American Music Awards and won’t let her use her recordings in a Netflix documentary. The singer announced on her social media accounts yesterday that the two would allow her to use her old songs only if she agreed not to re-record them in the future. “This is WRONG,” Swift told her fans in online posts. “Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this is where I’m asking for your help.”

IN THEATERS… “Charlie’s Angels” centers on three women who get called into action and put their lives on the line when a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology. Kristen Stewart, Maoni Scott and Ella Balinski star in the PG-13 film… “The Good Liar” tells the story about a con man who tries to swindle a rich widow and ends up in a cat-and-mouse game. The R-rated film stars Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen… “Ford V Ferrari” tells the story of American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles, who battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Christian Bale and Matt Damon star in the PG-13 film.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Miami 108 – CLEVELAND 97… The Heat built a 24-point halftime lead and coasted past the Cavaliers. Kendrick Nunn scored 23 points. Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 132 – L.A. Clippers 127… Jrue Holiday pumped in 36 points and came up big defensively with three steals down the stretch as the Pelicans got past the Clippers. Derrick Favors had 20 points and as many rebounds.

MILWAUKEE 124 – Chicago 115… Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 38 points and 15 boards in leading the Bucks past the Bulls. Eric Bledsoe added 31 points.

NEW YORK 106 – Dallas 103… Marcus Morris knocked down a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds remaining and the Knicks held on to down the Mavericks. Morris finished with a team-high 20 points. Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

PHOENIX 128 – Atlanta 112… The Suns shook off a slow start to cruise past the Hawks. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the way with 30 points. Devin Booker tossed in 27 points and Dario Saric added 23.

DENVER 101 – Brooklyn 93… The Nuggets erased a 12-point halftime deficit on their way past the Nets. Paul Milsap and Nikola Jokic scored 18 points apiece to lead seven players in double figures. Jokic also had 10 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Charlotte…
Orlando hosts San Antonio…
Indiana is at Houston…
Oklahoma City hosts Philadelphia…
New Orleans is at Memphis…
Minnesota hosts Washington…
Boston is at Golden State…
the L.A. Lakers host Sacramento

NHL SCORES
Carolina 5 – BUFFALO 4 (OT)… Dougie Hamilton found the net at 2:28 of overtime to lift the Hurricanes over the Sabres. Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and two assists.

TAMPA BAY 9 – N.Y. Rangers 3… Alex Killorn scored two goals and assisted on another as the Lightning walloped the Rangers. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists.

Winnipeg 4 – FLORIDA 3… Mark Scheifele scored a goal and had two assists as the Jets edged the Panthers. Patrik Laine assisted on three goals.

MINNESOTA 3 – Arizona 2… Jordan Greenway deflected in the decisive goal in the third period as the Wild clipped the Coyotes. Zach Parise had a goal and an assist.

EDMONTON 6 – Colorado 2… Connor McDavid scored three goals and assisted on three others as the Oilers skated past the Avalanche. Leon Draisaitl piled up five assists.

Dallas 4 – VANCOUVER 2… Tyler Seguin netted a tie-breaking goal late in the second period and had an assist as the Stars doubled up on the Canucks.

San Jose 5 – ANAHEIM 3… The Sharks scored three third-period goals to put away the Ducks. They got a pair of goals from Tomas Hertl.

LOS ANGELES 3 – Detroit 2 (OT)… Alex Iafallo lit the lamp 23 seconds into overtime to send the Kings past the Red Wings. Adrian Kempe scored the tying goal with 1:48 left in regulation.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Toronto…
New Jersey hosts Pittsburgh…
Montreal is at Washington…
Columbus hosts St. Louis…
Philadelphia is at Ottawa

NFL SCORE
CLEVELAND 21 – Pittsburgh 7… baker Mayfield ran for a touchdown and threw for two others in leading the Browns (4-6) past the Steelers (5-5).

SUNDAY’S NFL SCORES
Dallas (5-4) is at Detroit (3-5-1)…
Indianapolis (5-4) hosts Jacksonville (4-5)…
Buffalo (6-3) is at Miami (2-7)…
Minnesota (7-3) hosts Denver (3-6)…
New Orleans (7-2) is at Tampa Bay (3-6)…
Washington (1-8) hosts the N.Y. Jets (2-7)…
Atlanta (2-7) is at Carolina (5-4)…
Baltimore (7-2) hosts Houston (6-3)…
Arizona (3-6-1) is at San Francisco (8-1)…
Oakland (5-4) hosts Cincinnati (0-8)…
New England (8-1) is at Philadelphia (5-4)…
the L.A. Rams (5-4) host Chicago (4-5)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Kansas City (6-4) is at the L.A. Chargers (4-6)

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 LSU is at Mississippi…
#2 Ohio State is at Rutgers…
#3 Clemson hosts Wake Forest…
#4 Georgia is at #12 Auburn…
#5 Alabama is at Mississippi State…
#6 Oregon hosts Arizona…
#7 Utah hosts UCLA…
#8 Minnesota is at #20 Iowa…
#9 Penn State hosts Indiana…
#10 Oklahoma is at #13 Baylor…
#11 Florida is at Missouri…
#14 Wisconsin is at Nebraska…
#15 Michigan hosts Michigan State…
#16 Notre Dame hosts Navy…
#17 Cincinnati is at South Florida…
#18 Memphis is at Houston…
#19 Texas is at Iowa State…
#21 Boise State hosts New Mexico…
#22 Oklahoma State hosts Kansas…
#24 Kansas State hosts West Virginia…
#25 Appalachian State is at Georgia State

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#3 Michigan State 76, #12 Seton Hall 73 in the Gavitt Tipoff…
#15 FLORIDA 66, Towson 60…
#18 SAINT MARY’S 81, Long Beach State 63…
#19 ARIZONA 87, San Jose State 39

MLB NEWS… Outfielders Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels were named winners of the National League and American League Most Valuable Player awards, respectively, yesterday. The 24-year-old Bellinger, who batted .305 with 47 home runs and 115 RBIs, collected 19 of 30 first-place votes. The 28-year-old Trout batted .291 with 45 homers and 104 RBIs in winning the award for the third time.

The Rundown for November 11, 2019

VETERAN’S DAY… It’s Veteran’s Day and Americans are honoring the 19.6 million active and former U.S. service members who have gone to war. The federal holiday will be observed at ceremonies throughout the nation and many businesses will be closed. Closures affect government-run agencies like the DMV and public libraries as well as most banks. The Postal Service won’t be delivering mail and post offices will be closed.

SECURITY OFFICIAL CONCERNED ABOUT WAR CRIMES… National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said yesterday that he’s “very concerned” about reports of potential war crimes against Kurd forces in Syria following the U.S. pullout in the region and a Turkish-led invasion. “There is no place for genocide, for ethnic cleansing, for war crimes in the 21st century,” O’Brien said during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” The pullout sparked bipartisan outrage in Congress. O’Brien also revealed that Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who delivered bombshell testimony last month in the House impeachment investigation into President Trump’s alleged Ukraine extortion plot, will be removed from his post at the White House National Security Council as a part of the White House’s “streamlining” efforts.

NIKKI HALEY CLAIMS SHE WAS ASKED TO DEFY TRUMP… Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley claimed yesterday that former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson tried to recruit her to defy President Trump. Haley made the comments in a CBS News interview. Haley, who resigned as ambassador in 2018, said Kelly and Tillerson told her that when they resisted the president, they weren’t being insubordinate, they were trying to save the country.

SCHIFF TURNS DOWN WHISTLEBLOWER TESTIMONY… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff over the weekend turned down Republicans’ request for public testimony this week by the whistleblower who sparked an impeachment inquiry of President Trump. Schiff explained in a two-page letter that the abundance of information investigators uncovered made the whistleblower’s testimony “redundant and unnecessary.” The impeachment inquiry “has gathered an ever-growing body of evidence — from witnesses and documents, including the President’s own words in his July 25 call record — that not only confirms, but far exceeds, the initial information in the whistle-blower’s complaint,” Schiff said in his letter. Open hearings in Trump’s impeachment begin Wednesday.

GAS PRICES RISE SLIGHTLY… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas in the U.S. rose slightly to $2.69 over the past two weeks, according to a national survey of gas stations released yesterday. The Lindberg Survey found the cheapest gas was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where it cost $2.08 a gallon. San Francisco had the most expensive gas at $4.09 a gallon.

ENTERTAINMENT
POST MALONE BACK ATOP ALBUM CHART… Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 78,000 units in reclaiming the top spot on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Kanye West’s “Jesus Is King” slipped into second place after selling 72,000 copies. YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “AI YoungBoy2” jumped into third place on sales of 62,000 units. Miranda Lambert’s “Wildcard” debuted at No. 4 after selling 53,000 copies. Summer Walker’s “Over It” remained in fifth place with 52,000 units sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Midway” took in $17.5 million to open atop the weekend box office. “Doctor Sleep” opened in second place with $14.1 million. “Playing with Fire” made $12.8 million to debut at No. 3. Another newcomer, “Last Christmas,” finished in fourth place with $11.6 million. Last week’s champ, “Terminator: Dark Fate,” slipped to fifth place with $10.8 million.

SPORTS
NFL SCORES
CHICAGO 20 – Detroit 13… Mitchell Trubisky threw touchdown passes to Ben Braunecker, Tarik Cohen and Taylor Gabriel in leading the Bears (4-5) past the Lions (3-5-1).

Baltimore 49 – CINCINNATI 13… Lamar Jackson passed for three touchdowns and ran for another as the Ravens (7-2) walloped the Bengals (0-9). Marcus Peters returned an interception 89 yards for a score. Tyus Bower returned a fumble 33 yards for a TD.

CLEVELAND 19 – Buffalo 16… Baker Mayfield’s 7-yard touchdown pass to Rashard Higgins with 1:44 remaining sent the Browns (3-6) past the Bills (6-3). Nick Chubb rushed for 116 yards on 20 carries.

TENNESSEE 35 – Kansas City 32… Ryan Tannehill’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Adam Humphries with 23 seconds left gave the Titans (5-5) a come-from-behind win over the Chiefs (6-4). Derrick Henry ran for 188 yards and two touchdowns.

Atlanta 26 – NEW ORLEANS 9… Matt Ryan passed for two touchdowns and Younghoe Koo booted four field goals to 48 yards as the Falcons (2-7) stunned the Saints (7-2).

N.Y. JETS 34 – N.Y. Giants 27… The Jets (2-7) got the better of the Giants (2-8) in an up-and-down battle. Sam Darnold had a touchdown pass and scoring run in the first quarter. Jamal Adams returned a fumble 25 yards for a TD.

TAMPA BAY 30 – Arizona 27… Peyton Barber’s 1-yard touchdown plunge with 1:43 remaining was the difference as the Buccaneers (3-6) downed the Cardinals (3-6-1). Jameis Winston passed for 358 yards and a score.

Miami 16 – INDIANAPOLIS 12… The Dolphins (2-7) converted three turnovers into 13 points to top the Colts (5-4) and make it back-to-back wins.

GREEN BAY 24 – Carolina 16… Aaron Jones rushed for three touchdowns and the Packers (8-2) held on at the end to beat the Panthers (5-4). Davante Adams had seven receptions for 118 yards.

PITTSBURGH 17 – L.A. Rams 12… The Steelers (5-4) rode their defense to a win over the Rams (5-4). Minkah Fitzpatrick scored on a 43-yard fumble return.

Minnesota 28 – DALLAS 24… Kirk Cousins found Kyle Rudolph with a pair of first-quarter touchdown passes and Dalvin Cook ran for a score as the Vikings (7-3) held off the Cowboys (5-4).

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Seattle (7-2) is at San Francisco (8-0)

NBA SCORES
Denver 100 – MINNESOTA 98 (OT)… Nikola Jokic’s jumper with 2.4 seconds remaining in overtime lifted the Nuggets over the Timberwolves. Jokic led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points. Will Barton had 13 points and 12 rebounds.

Indiana 109 – ORLANDO 102… The Pacers rallied in the second half to get past the Magic. Domantas Sabonis led the way with 21 points and 16 boards.

PHILADELPHIA 114 – Charlotte 106… Joel Embiid scored 18 points to lead six players in double figures as the 76ers handled the Hornets.

Milwaukee 121 – OKLAHOMA CITY 119… The Bucks took the lead in the third quarter and hung on down the stretch to beat the Thunder. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 35 points and 16 rebounds.

Cleveland 108 – NEW YORK 87… The Cavaliers built a double-digit lead early and coasted past the Knicks. Collin Sexton scored 31 points to lead all scorers.

PHOENIX 138 – Brooklyn 112… Seven players scored in double figures as the Suns routed the Nets. Devin Booker led the way with 27 points. Ricky Rubio had 22 points and 12 assists.

PORTLAND 124 – Atlanta 113 (OT)… Damian Lillard lit it up with 30 points as the Trail Blazers outlasted the Hawks. CJ McCollum tossed in 23 points. Hassan Whiteside finished with 21 points and 12 boards.

Toronto 113 – L.A. LAKERS 104… The Raptors rallied in the second half to put away the Lakers. Pascal Siakam pumped in 24 points and 11 rebounds. Fred VanVleet added 23 points and 10 assists.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at Detroit…
Boston hosts Dallas…
Memphis is at San Antonio…
New Orleans hosts Houston…
Toronto is at the L.A. Clippers…
Golden State hosts Utah

NHL SCORES
Florida 6 – N.Y. RANGERS 5 (SO)… Vincent Trocheck netted the game-winner in the shootout as the Panthers shot their way past the Rangers. Evgenii Dadonov scored a goal and had two assists.

WINNIPEG 3 – Dallas 2 (OT)… Mark Scheifele found the net 21 seconds into overtime to send the Jets past the Stars. Andrew Copp scored a tying goal early in the third period.

New Jersey 2 – VANCOUVER 1… Wayne Simmonds and Jesper Bratt scored 22 seconds apart in the first period and the Devils held on to edge the Canucks. Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood made 30 saves.

DETROIT 3 – Vegas 2… The Red Wings scored twice in the third period to upend the Golden Knights. Anthony Mantha netted the game-winner with 30.9 seconds remaining.

Philadelphia 3 – BOSTON 2 (SO)… The Flyers recovered to top the Bruins after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Joel Farabee netted the lone goal in the shootout. Travis Konecny had a goal and an assist. Sean Couturier assisted on both regulation goals.

CHICAGO 5 – Toronto 4… The Blackhawks took a three-goal lead into the third period but needed a Brandon Saad goal to put away the Maple Leafs. Patrick Kane had two goals and an assist. Robin Lehner stopped 53 shots at goal.

EDMONTON 6 – ANAHEIM 2… Connor David recorded a hat trick, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added two goals and the Oilers skated past the Ducks. Leon Draisaitl assisted on four goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Arizona is at Washington…
Carolina hosts Ottawa

AP TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL POLL (first-place votes)…
1. LSU (54) 9-0
2. Ohio St. (5) 9-0
3. Clemson (3) 10-0
4. Alabama 8-1
5. Georgia 8-1
6. Oregon 8-1
7. Minnesota 9-0
8. Utah 8-1
9. Penn St. 8-1
10. Oklahoma 8-1
11. Florida 8-2
12. Baylor 9-0
13. Auburn 7-2
14. Michigan 7-2
15. Wisconsin 7-2
16. Notre Dame 7-2
17. Cincinnati 8-1
18. Memphis 8-1
19. Boise St. 8-1
20. SMU 9-1
21. Navy 7-1
22. Texas 6-3
23. Iowa 6-3
24. Indiana 7-2
25. Oklahoma St. 6-3

The Rundown for November 8, 2019

TRUMP ORDERED TO PAY $2 MILLION TO SETTLE CIVIL SUIT… A New York state judge has ordered President Trump to pay $2 million to nonprofits to settle a civil suit against him, his foundation and three of his children for alleged violations of charities law. Former New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood filed the 41-page complaint in June 2018, naming Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and the Donald J. Trump Foundation. The complaint alleged “persistent violation of state and federal laws governing New York state charities,” including using charitable assets to promote Trump’ businesses, enrich himself personally and support his 2016 presidential campaign.

ROGER STONE THREATENING EMAILS UNVEILED AT TRIAL… The trial of President Trump’s adviser Roger Stone continued yesterday with prosecutors unveiling threatening text messages that Stone sent radio host Randy Credico. The messages urged Credico not to testify about their communications over Stone’s efforts in 2016 to learn when WikiLeaks might release more damaging emails about Trump’s rival Hillary Clinton. “Prepare to die…” Stone wrote in one text to Credico that also included an obscenity. “You are a rat.” In his September 2017 testimony to the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, Stone identified Credico as a source of information that WikiLeaks website founder Julian Assange would be releasing more damning emails about Hillary Clinton but that claim was disproven. Prosecutors accuse Stone of also concealing that he was relying on a second intermediary, conservative author Jerome Corsi, whom Stone had dispatched to “get to Assange” to dig up information on when Wikileaks might publish more emails.

U.S. DIPLOMAT RIPPED TRUMP OVER TURKISH OFFENSIVE… An internal memo obtained by The New York Times reveals that the top American diplomat stationed in northern Syria slammed the Trump administration for not trying hard enough to deter Turkey’s military offensive last month. In the memo, William Roebuck questioned whether tougher American diplomacy could have prevented Turkey from attacking last month and committing “war crimes and ethnic cleansing.” The diplomat also said the Trump administration’s actions left Syrian Kurdish allies abandoned, which has essentially opened the door for a possible Islamic State resurgence.

BOLTON WOULD TESTIFY UNDER COURT ORDER… President Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton is willing to go against the White House’s orders and testify before House impeachment investigators if a federal court allows him to do so, according to a report in yesterday’s Washington Post. Bolton would testify about his conversations with Trump and his misgivings over the president’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into probing his political rivals Joe Biden and his son Hunter, the report said. Bolton would reportedly testify only under a judicial order. He was requested to show for a deposition to the House inquiry panel on Friday but did not appear.

BLOOMBERG EYES PRESIDENTIAL RUN… The New York Times reported yesterday that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg plans to file paperwork this week allowing him to run in Alabama’s Democratic presidential primary. Bloomberg reportedly has been privately weighing a bid for the White House for weeks but has not made up his mind. Alabama is not one of the early primaries but candidates who formally want to enter the 2020 presidential race in the state face a deadline of today for filing paperwork.

ENTERTAINMENT
JAMES DEAN CASTING SPARKS BACKLASH… Filmmakers have responded to backlash following their announcement that the late actor James Dean would be cast in the upcoming Vietnam War-era drama “Finding Jack” nearly seven decades after his death. “Avengers” star Chris Evans called the decision “shameful” and actress Zelda Williams said on Twitter that “It sets such an awful precedent for the future of performance.” Director Anton Ernst told “The Hollywood Reporter” that he was “saddened” and “confused” over the overwhelmingly negative comments. “We don’t really understand it. We never intended for this to be a marketing gimmick,” he said.

IN THEATERS… “Doctor Sleep” follows the events of “The Shining” and centers on a now-adult Dan Torrance who meets a young girl with similar powers as he tries to protect her from a cult known as The True Knot that preys on children with powers to remain immortal. Ewan McGregor and Rebecca Ferguson star in the R-rated thriller. In “Last Christmas,” life takes a new turn for a young woman with a history of bad decisions who take a job as Santa’s elf at a department store and meets a man who seems too good to be true. Emma Thompson and Boris Isakovic star in the PG-13 comedy. “Midway” tells the story of the Battle of Midway through the leaders and sailors who fought it. Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson and Woody Harrelson star in the PG-13 film.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Boston 108 – CHARLOTTE 87… The Celtics jumped out to a double-digit lead early and cruised past the Hornets. Jayson Tatum pumped in 23 points. Gordon Hayward added 20 points and 10 rebounds.

SAN ANTONIO 121 – Oklahoma City 112… LaMarcus Aldridge pumped in a game-high 39 points as the Spurs fought off the Thunder. Dejounte Murray scored 17 points and dished off 10 assists.

Miami 124 – PHOENIX 108… Jimmy Butler scored 30 of his game-high 34 points in the first half and the Heat handled the Suns. Goran Dragic delivered 25 points off the bench.

L.A. CLIPPERS 107 – Portland 101… The Clippers were too much down the stretch in downing the Trail Blazers. They got 27 points from Kawhi Leonard and 26 from Lou Williams off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Memphis is at Orlando…
Washington hosts Cleveland…
Detroit is at Indiana…
Atlanta hosts Sacramento…
Golden State is at Minnesota…
New Orleans hosts Toronto…
New York is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Milwaukee…
Denver hosts Philadelphia…
Brooklyn is at Portland…
the L.A. Lakers host Miami

NHL SCORES
TORONTO 2 – Vegas 1 (OT)… John Tavares scored at 2:33 of overtime to lift the Maple Leafs over the Golden Knights. Tavares also assisted on Auston Matthews’ tying goal in the third period.

Washington 5 – FLORIDA 4 (OT)… Tom Wilson scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to send the Capitals past the Panthers for their fifth straight win.

Pittsburgh 4 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 (OT)… The Penguins rallied from three goals down in the third period to end the Islanders’ 10-game winning streak. Bryan Rust’s second goal of the game won it in overtime.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Montreal 2 (OT)… The Flyers recovered to outlast the Canadiens after blowing a two-goal lead. Sean Couturier netted the game-winner 55 seconds into overtime.

N.Y. Rangers 4 – CAROLINA 2… Pavel Buchnevich scored a goal and assisted on another as the Rangers doubled up on the Hurricanes. Goalie Henrik Lundqvist made 45 saves.

OTTAWA 3 – Los Angeles 2 (OT)… Jean-Gabriel Pageau found the net 3:12 into overtime to send the Senators past the Kings.

CHICAGO 5 – Vancouver 2… Patrick Kane netted a power-play goal and had two assists to lead the Blackhawks past the Canucks. Dylan Strome had three assists. Corey Crawford sopped 36 shots at goal.

COLORADO 9 – Nashville 4… The Avalanche used a six-goal second period to blow away the Predators. Joonas Donskoi recorded his first career hat trick. Nathan McKinnon had a goal and three assists.

CALGARY 5 – New Jersey 2… Mikael Backlund scored a tie-breaking goal during a four-goal second period that carried the Flames past the Devils. Noah Hanifan had a goal and two assists.

Columbus 3 – ARIZONA 2… Oliver Bjorkstrand lit the lamp with the go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Blue Jackets made it stand in beating the Coyotes to snap their five-game losing streak. Gustav Nyquist had a goal and two assists.

SAN JOSE 6 – Minnesota 5… The Sharks scored four unanswered goals in the first period and withstood a third-period rally to top the Wild. Logan Couture had a goal and three assists. Tomas Hertl added a goal and two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at Buffalo…
Detroit hosts Boston…
Vancouver is at Winnipeg…
Edmonton hosts New Jersey

NFL SCORE
OAKLAND 26 – L.A. Chargers 24… Josh Jacobs ran 18 yards for a go-ahead touchdown with 1:02 remaining and the Raiders (5-4) held on to beat the Chargers (4-6). Erik Harris returned one of his two interceptions 56 yards for a first-quarter score.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Detroit (3-4-1) is at Chicago (3-5)…
Cincinnati (0-8) hosts Baltimore (6-2)…
Cleveland (2-6) hosts Buffalo (6-2)…
Kansas City 6-3) is at Tennessee (4-5)…
New Orleans (7-1) hosts Atlanta (1-7)…
the N.Y. Giants (2-7) are at the N.Y. Jets (1-7)…
Arizona (3-5-1) are at Tampa Bay (2-6)…
Indianapolis (5-3) hosts Miami (1-7)…
Carolina (5-3) is at Green Bay (7-2)…
Pittsburgh (4-4) hosts the L.A. Rams (5-3)…
Minnesota (6-3) is at Dallas (5-3)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Seattle (7-2) is at San Francisco (8-0)

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#1 Ohio State hosts Maryland…
#2 LSU is at #3 Alabama…
#4 Penn State is at #17 Minnesota…
#5 Clemson is at North Carolina State…
#6 Georgia hosts Missouri…
#9 Oklahoma hosts Iowa State…
#10 Florida hosts Vanderbilt…
#12 Baylor is at TCU…
#13 Wisconsin hosts #18 Iowa…
#15 Notre Dame is at Duke…
#16 Kansas State is at Texas…
#19 Wake Forest is at Virginia Tech…
#20 Cincinnati hosts Connecticut…
#22 Boise State hosts Wyoming…
#25 SMU hosts East Carolina

The Rundown for November 4, 2019

CONGRESSWOMAN VOWS TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE RELEASED… Democratic congresswoman Jackie Speier of California revealed yesterday that transcripts of recent closed-door congressional appearances by current and former Trump administration officials at the center of the impeachment inquiry will be released this week. Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the transcripts will give the American people “an eye on exactly what we have heard, and what we have heard is growing evidence of grounds for impeachment.” She made the remarks during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

TRUMP WARNS HE’LL CUT CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE FUNDING… President Trump yesterday repeated the warning that he would cut federal funding to California as crews in the state seized the upper hand n their battle against raging wildfires. Trump blamed California Governor Gavin Newsom for the state’s forest management practices that have led to wildfires – even though the fires were almost entirely on federal land. Last year, Trump suggested that Californians should rake their forests’ floors. Newsom dismissed Trump’s criticism and criticized the president for not believing in climate change.

FEDERAL JUDGE STRIKES DOWN IMMIGRANT HEALTH INSURANCE LAW… A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has temporarily struck down a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants to prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon’s restraining order prevented the rule from taking effect yesterday. The ruling came in response to a federal lawsuit filed by seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization contending the rule would block nearly two-thirds of all prospective legal immigrants.

ADVISER REFUSES TO TESTIFY… A senior adviser for national security issues chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has refused to testify about White House policy toward Ukraine at a deposition scheduled for today. Robert Blair, who was on the line during Trump’s July call with Ukraine’s President, has not yet received a subpoena and his lawyer says he will still refuse to testify if he gets one. Blair had been associate director for national security programs in the Office of Management and Budget before he followed Mulvaney to the White House in January.

WHISTLEBLOWER OFFERS WRITTEN RESPONSES… The whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Trump is offering to answer written questions from Republicans on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, his lawyers announced yesterday. The action comes after recent Republican efforts, led by Trump, to unmask the whistleblower’s identity. The whistleblower previously offered to answer lawmakers’ questions under oath and in writing if they were submitted by the House Intelligence Committee as a whole.

ENTERTAINMENT
KANYE WEST TOPS ALBUM CHART… Kanye West’s “Jesus is King” sold 264,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album cart. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” cropped to second place on sales of 81,000 units. Rex Orange County’s “Pony” debuted at No. 3 on sales of 56,000 copies. YoungBoyNever Broke Again’s “AI YoungBoy” dropped to fourth after selling 64,000 units. Summer Walker’s “Over It” capped the top five with 60,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Terminator: Dark Fate” took in $29 million to open atop the weekend box office. “Joker” finished second with $13.9 million. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” made $12.1 million to finish in third place. “Harriet” brought in $12 million to take fourth place. “The Addams Family” came in fifth with $8.4 million.

NFL SCORES
Houston 26 – JACKSONVILLE 3… Deshaun Watson passed for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Texans (6-3) ripped the Jaguars (4-5). Carlos Hyde rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries.

BUFFALO 24 – Washington 9… Josh Allen threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the Bills (6-2) pounded the Redskins (1-8). Devin Singletary ran for 95 yards and a score.

KANSAS CITY 26 – Minnesota 23… Harrison Butker’s 44-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Chiefs (6-3) over the Vikings (6-3). Butker tied the game with a 54-yarder late in the fourth quarter. Matt Moore passed for 275 yards and a score. Damian Williams carried 19 times for 125 yards and a TD.

MIAMI 26 – N.Y. Jets 18… Ryan Fitzpatrick hit rookie Preston Williams with two of his three touchdown passes as the Dolphins (1-7) topped the Jets (1-7) for their first win over the season.

PHILADELPHIA 22 – Chicago 14… Carson Wentz passed for 239 yards and a touchdown in leading the Eagles (5-4) past the Bears (3-5). Zach Ertz had nine receptions for 103 yards and a score.

PITTSBURGH 26 – Indianapolis 24… The Steelers (4-4) escaped with a win over the Colts (5-3) when Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with 1:13 remaining. Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell booted four field goals to 51 yards. Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown.

CAROLINA 30 – Tennessee 20… Christian McCaffrey rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers (5-3) downed the Titans (4-5). McCaffrey also caught a 7-yard scoring pass.

OAKLAND 31 – Detroit 24… The Raiders (4-4) held on in the final seconds after the Lions (3-4-1) had 4th-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Josh Jacobs rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Derek Carr passed for 289 yards and two scores.

SEATTLE 40 – Tampa Bay 34 (OT)… Russell Wilson threw 10 yards to Jacob Hollister in overtime to give the Seahawks (6-2) a come-from-behind win over the Buccaneers (2-6). Wilson passed for 378 yards and five TDs on the day. Tyler Lockett had 13 receptions for 152 yards and two scores.

DENVER 24 – Cleveland 19… Brandon Allen threw 21- and 75-yard touchdown passes as the Broncos (3-6) held off the Browns (2-6). Noah Fant had three catches for 115 yards and a score.

L.A. CHARGERS 26 – Green Bay 11… Melvin Gordon ran for a pair of touchdowns and Michael Badgley kicked four field goals to 43 yards as the Chargers (4-5) ripped the Packers (7-2).

BALTIMORE 37 – New England 20… Lamar Jackson ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third as the Ravens (6-2) dealt the Patriots (8-1) their first loss of the season. Mark Ingram II rushed for 115 yards on 15 carries. Marlon Humphrey returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Dallas (4-3) is at the N.Y. Giants (2-6)

NBA SCORES
INDIANA 108 – Chicago 95… T.J. Warren pumped in a season-high 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 22 points as the short-handed Pacers got past the Bulls.

MIAMI 129 – Houston 100… The Heat jumped out to a 41-point lead in the first quarter and coasted past the Rockets. Duncan Robinson led the way with 23 points. Meyers Leonard added 21 points.

Sacramento 113 – NEW YORK 92… The Kings got 24 points from De’Aaron Fox and 22 from Buddy Hield in their rout of the Knicks.

L.A. LAKERS 103 – SAN ANTONIO 96… The Lakers made it five straight wins by topping the Spurs. Anthony Davis had 25 points and 11 rebounds. LeBron James racked up 21 points, 11 boards and 13 assists. Dwight Howard delivered 14 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.

Dallas 131 – CLEVELAND 111… The Mavericks used a big fourth quarter to blow away the Cavaliers. Luka Doncic finished with 29 points, 14 boards and 15 assists. Six other players scored in double figures for Dallas.

L.A. CLIPPERS 105 – Utah 94… The Clippers erased a double-digit second-half deficit to upend the Jazz. Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points to lead six players in double figures.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Washington…
Brooklyn hosts New Orleans…
Houston is at Memphis…
Minnesota hosts Milwaukee…
Philadelphia is at Phoenix…
Golden State hosts Portland

NHL SCORES
WASHINGTON 4 – Calgary 2… Jakub Vrana scored three goals to lead the Capitals past the Flames. Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on two goals.

Chicago 3 – ANAHEIM 2 (OT)… The Blackhawks recovered to outlast the Ducks after blowing a two-goal second-period lead. Patrick Kane netted the game-winner 24 seconds into overtime. Jonathan Toews assisted on two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Boston…
the N.Y. Rangers host Ottawa…
Nashville is at Detroit…
Edmonton hosts Arizona

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

MLB GOLD GLOVE WINNERS (No. of times won)… MLB revealed the winners for the 2019 Rawlings Gold Gloves, given to the best defensive player at each position. Winners were chosen through a vote by managers and coaches.

National League
Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks/Astros (6)
Catcher: JT Realmuto, Phillies (1)
First Base: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (2)
Second Base: Kolten Wong, Cardinals (1)
Shortstop: Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks (1)
Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (7)
Left Field: David Peralta, Diamondbacks (1)
Center Field: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers (1)
Right Field: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers (1)

American League
Pitcher: Mike Leake, Mariners/Diamondbacks (1)
Catcher: Roberto Perez, Cleveland (1)
First Base: Matt Olson, Athletics (2)
Second Base: Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox (1)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland (2)
Third Base: Matt Chapman, Athletics (2)
Left Field: Alex Gordon, Royals (7)
Center Field: Kevin Kiermaier, Rays (3)
Right Field: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (4)

The Rundown for November 1, 2019

HOUSE VOTES TO APPROVE IMPEACHMENT FRAMEWORK… The House voted 232-196 yesterday to approve the rules for its impeachment inquiry of President Trump. The measure detailed how the inquiry will move into a more public phase and sets out due process rights for Trump’s lawyers under the congressional inquiry. The president is accused of trying to pressure Ukraine into investigating unsubstantiated corruption claims against Joe Biden, and Biden’s son Hunter, who was on the board of Ukrainian gas company Burisma.

FORMER NATIONAL SECURITY AIDE TESTIFIES… In closed testimony before Congress yesterday, former National Security Aide Tim Morrison corroborated testimony that Trump sought a quid pro quo with Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden. Morrison, who listened to Trump’s call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, testified during more than eight hours of testimony that he was told Trump wanted a top Ukrainian official to announce an investigation into Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Morrison said he was concerned the July 25 call transcript of the phone call would leak and have negative ramifications.

TRUMP ACCUSED OF BRIBING SENATORS… President Trump is facing bribery accusations for allegedly giving Republican senators fundraising cash ahead of an increasingly likely impeachment trial in the Senate. Politico reported yesterday that Trump is soliciting his supporters to raise money for a handful of loyal senators facing tough reelection bids in 2020. All of those senators have also signed a resolution condemning the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry. Richard Painter, an attorney who served as the chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration, warned that Trump appeared to be committing “felony bribery.”

KEYSTONE PIPELINE LEAK… More than 383,000 gallons of crude oil has leaked out of the controversial Keystone pipeline, North Dakota state environmental regulators announced yesterday. The spill affected about 22,500 square feet of land near Edinburg in Walsh County. According to regulators, it did not affect any sources of drinking water but did cover an estimated half-acre of wetland. The pipeline has been shut down since crews discovered the leak on Tuesday night.

CHICAGO TEACHERS STRIKE ENDS… The Chicago teachers strike ended yesterday after Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot and the union president agreed that teachers and students would make up five of the 11 days lost. Teachers voted to accept a tentative agreement with City Hall on Wednesday night but continued striking through yesterday while final details were being worked out. The strike affected about 350,000 students in the nation’s third largest district.

ENTERTAINMENT
CUBA GOODING JR. PLEADS NOT GUILTY… Cuba Gooding Jr. pleaded not guilty to new sexual misconduct charges in New York yesterday. The 51-year-old Oscar-winning actor turned himself in to the Manhattan district attorney’s office after being charged with forcible touching and third-degree sexual abuse. Gooding is accused of forcibly touching a woman last year at a Manhattan nightclub. He faces two other separate charges of forcible touching and third-degree sexual abuse.

IN THEATERS… “The Irishman” stars Jesse Plemons, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Anna Paquin in the story about a mob hitman who recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa. The film is rated R. “Motherless Brooklyn” tells the story about a private detective with Tourette’s Syndrome who tries to solve the murder of his only friend. The R-rated film stars Edward Norton. In “Terminator: Dark Fate,” Sarah Connor and a hybrid cyborg human must protect a young girl from a newly modified liquid Terminator from the future. The R-rated sequel stars Linda Hamilton and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

NBA SCORES
Miami 106 – ATLANTA 97… Kendrick Nunn scored 28 points to lead all scorers and lead the Heat past the Hawks.

NEW ORLEANS 122 – Denver 107… The Pelicans cruised past the Nuggets to notch their first victory of the season. Jahlil Oklafor led the way with 26 points. Brandon Ingram added 25 points. Frank Jackson dropped in 21 points off the bench.

L.A. CLIPPERS 103  – San Antonio 97… Kawhi Leonard scored 38 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Clippers handed the Spurs their first loss of the season. Montrezl Harrell pumped in 24 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Houston is at Brooklyn…
Indiana hosts Cleveland…
Milwaukee is at Orlando…
Boston hosts New York…
Detroit is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Utah is at Sacramento…
Golden States hosts San Antonio

NHL SCORES
Calgary 6 – NASHVILLE 5 (OT)… The Flames erased a 4-1 third-period deficit on their way to outlasting the Predators. Matthew Tkachuk scored the tying goal with 39 seconds left in regulation and added the game-winner at 4:58 of overtime.

Montreal 5 – VEGAS 4… The Canadiens came from two goals down in the third period to upend the Golden Knights. Max Domi found the net 29 seconds into overtime. Brendan Gallagher netted the tying goal with 1:58 left in regulation.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Islanders host Tampa Bay…
Buffalo is at Washington…
Carolina hosts Detroit…
Columbus is at St. Louis…
Colorado hosts Dallas…
Vancouver is at Anaheim…
Winnipeg is at San Jose

NFL SCORE
San Francisco 28 – ARIZONA 25… Jimmy Garoppolo completed 28 of 37 passes for 317 yards and four touchdowns in leading the 49ers (8-0) past the Cardinals (3-5-1). Emmanuel Sanders had seven receptions for 112 yards and a touchdown.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Houston (5-3) is at Jacksonville (4-4)…
Buffalo (5-2) hosts Washington (1-7)…
Minnesota (6-2) is at Kansas City (5-3)…
Miami (0-7) hosts the N.Y. Jets (6-1)…
Chicago (3-4) is at Philadelphia (4-4)…
Pittsburgh (3-4) hosts Indianapolis (5-2)…
Tennessee (4-4) is at Carolina (4-3)…
Oakland (3-4) hosts Detroit (3-3-1)…
Tampa Bay (2-5) is at Seattle (6-2)…
Denver (2-6) hosts Cleveland (2-5)…
Green Bay (7-1) is at the L.A. Chargers (3-5)…
Baltimore (5-2) hosts New England (8-0)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Dallas (4-3) is at the N.Y. Giants (2-6)

TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCORES
#12 BAYLOR 17, West Virginia 14…
Georgia Southern 24, #20 APPALACHIAN STATE 21

SATURDAY’S TOP 25 COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
#4 Clemson hosts Wofford…
#6 Florida hosts #8 Georgia…
#7 Oregon is at Southern California…
#9 Utah is at Washington…
#11 Auburn hosts Mississippi…
#14 Michigan is at Maryland…
#15 SMU is at #24 Memphis…
#16 Notre Dame hosts Virginia Tech…
#17 Cincinnati is at East Carolina…
#21 Boise State is at San Jose State…
#22 Kansas State is at Kansas…
#23 Wake Forest hosts North Carolina State

The Rundown for October 31, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for October 28, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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