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 14, 2019

OPEN IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS OPEN… A new disclosure highlighted the first day of President Trump’s open hearings yesterday. William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified that a member of his staff overheard a July 26 phone call between Trump and diplomat Gordon Sondland in which Trump asked about an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The investigation is at the heart of accusations that Trump sought to extort Ukraine to benefit himself politically. Both Taylor and senior State Department official George Kent testified about their concerns about the pressure Trump applied.

TRUMP DENIED IN BID TO WITHHOLD FINANCIAL RECORDS… President Trump suffered another legal loss yesterday in his effort to prevent House investigators from acquiring his financial records. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected Trump’s bid for a rehearing of his lawsuit blocking the subpoena of his accounting firms. Investigators are seeking any information about conflicts of interest and payments from foreign governments.

TRUMP WELCOMES ERDOGAN TO WHITE HOUSE… President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met at the White House yesterday to hold a bilateral meeting about military operations in Syria. The two leaders also discussed Erdogan’s recent purchase of a Russian S-400 defense system, which foiled a previous deal for Ankara to buy the new F-35 fighter jet from the Pentagon. The White House visit was Erdogan’s second. His previous visit in 2017 made headlines when skirmishes broke out between his security detail and protesters demonstrating in support of Kurdish allies. Charges were filed against seven of Erdogan’s bodyguards, but they were later dropped.

HOUSE TO HOLD SPENDING BILL NEXT WEEK… The House is planning to call a vote next week on a resolution to keep the federal government funded for the next six weeks. House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said yesterday that he expects a “relatively clean” bill, indicating it might not contain language or provisions that have made previous spending measures difficult to pass in Congress. Senate Republicans have not indicated whether they will pass the resolution.

CHAD WOLF SWORN IN AS HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF… Chad Wolf was sworn in yesterday as the acting Homeland Security secretary. He became the fifth person to head the agency under the Trump administration. Wolf succeeds Kevin McAleenan, who directed the Department of Homeland Security in an acting capacity since April. McAleenan, who took over after Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure, resigned on October 11.

ENTERTAINMENT
KODAK BLACK SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN PRISON… Rapper Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to weapons charges. The 22-year-old Black, whose album “Dying to Live” topped the Billboard album chart last December, admitted falsifying information on background forms to buy four guns. He was arrested before his set at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival in May and one of the guns he bought was used in an attempted shooting in March. Prosecutors said “a rival rap artist was the intended target.” Black has not been charged in relation to that shooting.

BODY IDENTIFIED AS ACTOR CHARLES LEVIN… Authorities in Oregon have identified actor Charles Levin as the man whose body was found last summer in a vehicle at the bottom of a ravine. Levin’s television credits included “Seinfeld,” ″Hill Street Blues” and “Night Court.” His death was ruled accidental.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
ORLANDO 112 – Philadelphia 97… The Magic outscored the 76ers 32-15 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Nikola Vucevic had game-highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Six other players scored in double figures for Orlando.

Memphis 119 – CHARLOTTE 117… Ja Morant laid in the go-ahead bucket with less than a second remaining and finished with 23 points and 11 assists in lifting the Grizzlies over the Hornets. Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 12 boards.

BOSTON 140 – Washington 133… The Celtics outgunned the Wizards to win their ninth straight. Kemba Walker led the way with 25 points. Jayson Tatum added 23 points and Jaylen Brown tossed in 22.

HOUSTON 102 – L.A. Clippers 93… The Rockets jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and held on to down the Clippers. James Harden poured in 47 points. Clint Capela grabbed 20 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

MINNESOTA 129 – San Antonio 114… Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points to lead all scorers and the Timberwolves cruised past the Spurs. Karl Anthony-Towns racked up 28 points and 11 boards.

L.A. LAKERS 120 – Golden State 94… LeBron James scored 23 points and handed out 12 assists in just three quarters of play as the Lakers cruised past the Warriors. Kyle Kuzma added 22 points.

Toronto 114 – PORTLAND 106… The Raptors got 36 points from Pascal Siakam and 30 from Fred VanVleet in downing the Trail Blazers. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson delivered 18 points and 12 boards off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Miami is at Cleveland…
New Orleans hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Chicago is at Milwaukee…
New York hosts Dallas…
Atlanta is at Phoenix…
Denver hosts Brooklyn

NHL SCORES
Ottawa 4 – NEW JERSEY 2… The Senators scored three unanswered goals in the third period to get past the Devils. Jean-Gabriel Pageau recorded a hat trick. Connor Brown had two assists.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Toronto 4… The Islanders withstood a late rally to edge the Maple Leafs. Anthony Beauvillier netted two goals. Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists.

Washington 2 – PHILADELPHIA 1 (SO)… Evgeny Kuznetsov netted the winning goal in the shootout as the Capitals outlasted the Flyers. Goalie Brady Holtby made 30 saves.

Dallas 3 – CALGARY 1… Joe Pavelski opened the scoring with a second-period goal and added an empty-netter as the Stars topped the Flames.

Chicago 5 – VEGAS 3… Patrick Kane and Ryan Strome each had a goal and two assists as the Blackhawks skated past the Golden Knights.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Carolina is at Buffalo…
Tampa Bay hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Winnipeg is at Florida…
Minnesota hosts Arizona…
Colorado is at Edmonton…
Vancouver hosts Dallas…
San Jose is at Anaheim…
Los Angeles hosts Detroit

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#4 LOUISVILLE 91, Indiana State 62…
#16 OHIO STATE 76, #10 Villanova 51…
#11 TEXAS TECH 103, Houston Baptist 74…
VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH 84, #23 LSU 82…

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh (5-4) is at Cleveland (3-6)

MLB NEWS… Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros were named Cy Young Award winners yesterday. The 31-year-old deGrom, who was 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA, received 29 of 30 first-place votes in becoming the seventh National League pitcher to win the award at least two years in a row. The 36-year-old Verlander went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA. He won the award previously in 2011 with the Detroit Tigers.

The Rundown for November 12, 2019

HOUSE RELEASES MORE UKRAINIAN TRANSCRIPTS… Laura Cooper, the Pentagon official who oversaw U.S. policy in Ukraine, told House impeachment investigators last month that President Trump directed the freezing of $400 million in aid to the country in July, according to a transcript of her sworn deposition released yesterday. Cooper’s testimony before the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s Ukraine dealings detailed confusion and concern among U.S. national security agencies after the White House halted the aid without explanation. Trump allegedly ordered the money withheld until Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy publicly launched an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Also released yesterday was testimony from Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who advised Ambassador Kurt Volker on Ukraine policy. Public hearings in the investigation are set to begin tomorrow.

JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP TAX-RETURN LAWSUIT… A federal judge yesterday dismissed President Trump’s lawsuit to stop the House Ways and Means Committee from obtaining state tax returns under a recently enacted New York law. Judge Carl Nichols, whom Trump appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, dismissed the case based on lack of jurisdiction. Trump filed the suit in July after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill allowing the state to share information with Congress.

CONGRESSMAN PETER KING WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION… Fourteen-term Republican Congressman Peter King of New York announced yesterday that he won’t run for re-election in 2020. In making the announcement, King said he plans to vote against President Trump’s impeachment and will support the president’s bid for re-election. King becomes the 20th House Republican to announce that he won’t seek re-election next year.

U.S. SUB FOUND ALMOST 75 YEARS AFTER SINKING… An organization dedicated to finding dozens of lost war subs says it has found a World War II submarine that was sunk with 80 sailors on board and has been missing since February 26, 1944. The USS Grayback was discovered more than 1,400 feet underwater about 50 miles south of Okinawa, Japan, according to the “Lost 52 Project” team. The sub was sunk by a Nakajima b5N carrier bomber during its 10th war patrol but an incorrect Japanese translation of war records included an incorrect latitude and longitude of where the sub went down and hindered its discovery.

JIMMY CARTER TO UNDERGO PROCEDURE THIS MORNING… Former President Carter was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta yesterday and is scheduled to undergo a procedure this morning to relieve pressure on his brain. Doctors say the pressure is caused by bleeding due to his two recent falls. The 95-year-old Carter was reported to be resting comfortably last night.

ARCTIC BLAST SPREADS ACROSS U.S… An Arctic blast is spreading record-breaking temperatures across the U.S. Forecasters say about 222 million Americans will be chilled by below-freezing temperatures. The affected area spans from the central plains to New England and as far south as Florida. At least 25 states will be struck by snow and freezing temperatures.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘CRIMINAL MINDS’ RETURNS IN JANUARY… CBS announced yesterday that “Criminal Minds” will return for its final season in January. The January 8 Season 15 premiere will be a special two-hour episode. The series stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez and Daniel Henney.

BLACK CROWES REUNITING FOR TOUR… The Black Crowes are planning to reunite and tour in June. The “Shake Your Money Maker” tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of the rock band’s album of the same name. The tour will feature the group’s first live shows since 2013.

SPORTS
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Seattle  27 – SAN FRANCISCO 24 (OT)… Jason Myers booted a 47-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to lift the Seahawks (8-2) over the 49ers (8-1). Russell Wilson passed for 232 yards and a touchdown. Jadeveon Clowney returned a fumble 10 yards for a score.

NBA SCORES
Minnesota 120 – DETROIT 114… The Timberwolves built a 15-point lead after the first quarter and held on to beat the Pistons. They got 33 points from Andrew Wiggins and 25 from Karl-Anthony Towns.

BOSTON 116 – Dallas 106… Kemba Walker knocked down three 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points in leading the Celtics past the Mavericks. Jaylen Brown had 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Memphis 113 – SAN ANTONIO 109… Jaren Jackson scored 24 points and Dillon Brooks added 21 as the Grizzlies fought off the Spurs in a back-and-forth contest. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 18 points and 12 boards.

Houston 122 – NEW ORLEANS 116… James Harden scored 13 straight points during a stretch of the fourth quarter and finished with 39 points in leading the Rockets past the Pelicans. Russell Westbrook tossed in 26 points. Clint Capela grabbed 20 rebounds to go with his 11 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 98 – Toronto 88… The Clippers held the Raptors to 10 fourth-quarter points to pull away with the win. Lou Williams came off the bench to deliver 21 points.

Utah 122 – GOLDEN STATE 108… Rudy Gobert pumped in 25 points and gathered 14 boards in leading the Jazz past the Warriors. Donovan Mitchell added 23 points and Mike Conley tossed in 22.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Oklahoma City is at Indiana…
Philadelphia hosts Cleveland…
Detroit is at Miami…
Chicago hosts New York…
Brooklyn is at Utah…
Denver hosts Atlanta…
the L.A. Lakers are at Phoenix…
Sacramento hosts Portland

NHL SCORES
Arizona 4 – WASHINGTON 3 (SO)… Conor Garland netted the game-winner in the shootout as the Coyotes ended the Capitals’ six-game winning streak.

CAROLINA 9 – Ottawa 2… The Hurricanes skated past the Senators to stop their four-game losing streak. Sebastian Aho found the net twice. Joel Edmundson had a goal and two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Florida is at Boston…
Montreal hosts Columbus…
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Rangers…
St. Louis hosts Arizona…
Colorado is at Winnipeg…
Vancouver hosts Nashville…
Detroit is at Anaheim…
Los Angeles hosts Minnesota

MLB NEWS… New York Mets first-baseman Pete Alonso collected 29 of 30 first-place votes in being named the National League Rookie of the Year. Alonso slugged a rookie-record 53 home runs and drove in 120 runs. Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez was a unanimous selection in the American League after batting .313 with 27 homers and 78 RBIs.

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 7, 2019

PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS BEGIN NEXT WEEK… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced yesterday that public hearings in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump will begin on Wednesday. The initial open hearing will include testimony from career diplomat William Taylor and State Department official George Kent. A hearing two days later will hear testimony from ousted Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Additional announcements of witnesses are forthcoming, Schiff said.

HOUSE RELEASES WILLIAM TAYLOR DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPT… The House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry into President Trump yesterday released the full transcript of senior Ukraine ambassador William Taylor’s testimony. Taylor said during the October 22 closed hearing that he understood a $400 million military aid package hinged on Ukraine announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and the 2016 presidential election. Taylor repeatedly expressed concerns that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani directed U.S.-Ukraine foreign policy and was actively gunning for the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens in a bribery and extortion effort.

TRUMP HIRES HELP FOR IMPREACHMENT DEFENSE… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that President Trump is hiring former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and ex-Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh as temporary aides to assist in his impeachment-related matters. The two will help with communications, strategy and other special projects. The Bondi hiring immediately raised eyebrows as Trump reportedly donated $25,000 to a political action committee supporting Bondi’s re-election campaign in Florida. About a month later, her office announced that it would not be acting on complaints against Trump University, prompting quid pro quo accusations.

ROGER STONE TRIAL UNDERWAY… The trial of former Trump campaign official Roger Stone began yesterday in federal court in Washington. A prosecutor told jurors that Stone “straight up lied” to Congress and obstructed a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election “because the truth looked bad for Donald Trump.” Stone has pleaded not guilty to five counts of false statements, one count of obstruction of an official proceeding and one count of witness tampering.

CALIFORNIA CONFIRMS FACEBOOK INVESTIGATION… Officials in California have confirmed an 18-month investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices and accused the social media giant of hampering the investigation. The confirmation came in the form of a court filing yesterday. Facebook is targeted in investigations launched by 46 other states that have accused it and other big tech companies of engaging in anti-competitive practices, exposing consumer data to potential data theft and inflating advertising prices. California’s investigation began as a probe into the Cambridge Analytica scandal but “expanded over time to an investigation into whether Facebook has violated California law, by among other things, deceiving users and ignoring its own policies in allowing third parties broad access to user data,” according to yesterday’s filing.

ENTERTAINMENT
JAMES DEAN MAKE POSTHUMOUS ACTING COMEBACK… A Hollywood film company has announced plans to resurrect iconic actor James Dean by using special effects technology to “cast” him in a new movie. Magic City Films says it will feature Dean in a Vietnam-era action drama “Finding Jack.” Dean was killed in an automobile crash in Cholame, California, in 1955.

‘SPINAL TAP’ STARS SETTLE SOUNDTRACK DISPUTE… Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner have announced that they have resolved a legal dispute with Universal Music over the soundtrack of 1984 “mockumentary” film “This Is Spinal Tap.” The four had sued Universal’s parent company, Vivendi, claiming the entertainment group had denied them payments. A dispute over the film rights and merchandise is ongoing.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
DETROIT 122 – New York 102… Andre Drummond powered his way to 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in leading the Pistons past the Knicks. Tony Snell made all nine field-goal attempts and finished with 24 points. Markieff Morris tossed in 22 points.

INDIANA 121 – Washington 106… T.J. Warren scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Pacers cruised past the Wizards. Malcolm Brogdon had 12 points and 13 boards.

HOUSTON 129 – Golden State 112… James Harden pumped in 36 points and dished off 13 assists as the Rockets routed the Warriors. PJ Tucker finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Clint Capela added 19 points and 16 boards.

Chicago 113 – ATLANTA 93… The Bulls jumped out to a big lead early and coasted past the Hawks. Tomas Satoransky led the way with 27 points.

TORONTO 124 – Sacramento 120… Kyle Lowry dropped in 24 points in helping the Raptors hold off the Kings. Pascal Siakam totaled 23 points and 13 rebounds. Serge Ibaka delivered 21 points off the bench.

MEMPHIS 137 – Minnesota 121… The Grizzlies got 31 points from Dillon Brooks and 26 from rookie Ja Morant in downing the Timberwolves. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 10 points and 14 boards.

DALLAS 107 – Orlando 106… The Mavericks held on at the end to edge the Magic. Luka Doncic scored 27 points to lead all scorers.

UTAH 106 – Philadelphia 104… The Jazz turned away a fourth-quarter rally to get pas the 76ers. They got 24 points from Donovan Mitchel and 20 from Bojan Bogdanovic.

Milwaukee 129 – L.A. CLIPPERS 124… The Bucks took control with a big second quarter and hung on to beat the Clippers. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 38 points and 16 rebounds. George Hill added 24 points off the bench. Eric Bledsoe tossed in 20 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Boston is at Charlotte…
San Antonio hosts Oklahoma City…
Miami is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Clippers host Portland

NHL SCORES
N.Y. RANGERS 5 – Detroit 1… Tony DeAngelo and Artemi Panarin each had a goal and an assist as the Rangers skated past the Red Wings.

St. Louis 5 – EDMONTON 2… Alex Pietrangelo scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Blues past the Oilers. Jake Allen stopped 32 shots at goal.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Vegas is at Toronto…
Florida hosts Washington…
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Philadelphia hosts Montreal…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Carolina…
Ottawa hosts Los Angeles…
Vancouver is at Chicago…
Colorado hosts Nashville…
Calgary hosts New Jersey…
Columbus is at Arizona…
San Jose hosts Minnesota

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
the L.A. Chargers (4-5) are at Oakland (4-4)

The Rundown for November 5, 2019

COURT RULES THAT TRUMP MUST TURN OVER TAX RETURNS… A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that President Trump must turn over eight years of personal and corporate tax returns to Manhattan prosecutors. The ruling came in response to a grand jury subpoena by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr., who is investigating alleged hush-money payments made to women just before the 2016 presidential election. Lawyers representing Trump say they’ll take their case to the Supreme Court. Trump promised during the 2016 presidential campaign that he would release his taxes but has since refused to do so.

GIULIANI ASSOCIATE TO ASSIST IN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY… An associate of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who is under indictment on campaign-finance charges is now prepared to comply with requests for materials and testimony from Congress in the impeachment inquiry against President Trump. Reuters reported yesterday that Lev Parnas aided Giuliani in digging up dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Parnas and his associate, Igor Fruman, have both pleaded not guilty to being part of a scheme that used a shell company to donate to a pro-Trump election committee. They’re also accused of raising money for an ex-congressman as part of an attempt to get the then-U.S. ambassador to Ukraine removed from her post. In addition, Parnas is tied to pro-Trump lawyers Victoria Toensing and Joe DiGenova. Both were hired by Dmytro Firtash, a Ukrainian oligarch wanted by U.S. authorities over conspiracy charges. According to his lawyer, Parnas’ decision to cooperate with the inquiry was the result of “President Trump’s plainly false statement that he did not know him.” Parnas has maintained that he has had extensive dealings with Trump.

U.S. FILES PAPERWORK TO LEAVE PARIS ACCORD… The Trump administration yesterday filed paperwork to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The filing came on the first day it was eligible to give a one-year notice to the international community to exit the agreement aimed at combatting climate change. With the paperwork filed, the U.S. will reportedly leave the accord on November 4, 2020.

MASS RELEASE OF OKLAHOMA PRISONERS… More than 400 inmates were released in Oklahoma yesterday as part of the largest mass commutation in U.S. history. The releases followed last week’s commutation of 500 inmates’ sentences by the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board in response to the state’s criminal justice reform. 462 inmates walked free yesterday with more to follow. The released inmates were doing time for nonviolent crimes.

E. JEAN CARROLL SUES TRUMP… Advice columnist E. Jean Carroll has filed a defamation suit against President Trump, claiming he damaged her reputation by denying her accusation that he sexually assaulted her more than 20 years ago. According to the suit, Trump made “express statements and deliberate implications” that accused her of lying about the rape in order to increase sales of her memoir. The suit seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages.

ENTERTAINMENT
CAROL BURNETT JOINS ‘MAD ABOUT YOU’ REVIVAL… Carol Burnett has signed on to the “Mad About You” revival. She will reprise her Emmy-winning role as the mother of Helen Hunt’s character when the show returns for a limited run on the Spectrum Originals streaming service later this month. The show centers on a New York married couple played by Hunt and Paul Reiser. The NBC series that aired 164 episodes before its finale in May 1999. The revival debuts on November 20 and will conclude its season on December 18.

CHER ADDS CONCERT DATES… Cher has announced additional North American dates for her ongoing “Here We Go Again” tour. The singer will resume the 2020 portion of the tour March 6 in El Paso, Texas, and will also perform in Oklahoma City, Memphis, Miami, Cincinnati, Green Bay, Kansas City and Salt Lake City, among other cities. The tour supports Cher’s ABBA cover album, “Dancing Queen.”

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Dallas 37 – N.Y. GIANTS 18… Dak Prescott threw for 257 yards and found three different receivers with touchdown passes as the Cowboys (5-3) handled the Giants (2-7). Jourdan Lewis capped the scoring with a 63-yard fumble return for a TD.

NBA SCORES
WASHINGTON 115 – Detroit 99… The Wizards pulled away in the second half to take down the injury-depleted Pistons. Bradley Beal led the way with 22 points.

BROOKLYN 135 – New Orleans 125… Kyrie Irving lit it up for 39 points in leading the Nets past the Pelicans. Jarrett Allen had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Houston 107 – MEMPHIS 100… The Rockets fought off the Grizzlies despite resting Russell Westbrook. James Harden poured in 44 points and grabbed 10 boards.

Milwaukee 134 – MINNESOTA 106… Giannis Antetokounmpo pumped in 34 points and gathered 15 rebounds as the Bucks cruised past the Timberwolves. Khris Middleton added 26 points and Eric Bledsoe tossed in 22.

PHOENIX 134 – Philadelphia 109… Devin Booker poured in a game-high 40 points in leading the Suns to a come-from-behind win over the 76ers. Ricky Rubio scored 21 points and dished off 10 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 127 – Portland 118… The undermanned Warriors came up big in the second half to get past the Trail Blazers. Eric Paschall powered his way to 36 points and 13 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Indiana is at Charlotte…
Cleveland hosts Boston…
San Antonio is at Atlanta…
Oklahoma City hosts Orlando…
the L.A. Lakers are at Chicago…
Denver hosts Miami

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 6 – Pittsburgh 4… Brad Marchand scored two goals and assisted on three others in leading the Bruins past the Penguins. David Pastrnak added a goal and an assist.

Ottawa 6 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… Jean-Gabriel Pageau found the net twice as the Senators skated past the Rangers.

Nashville 6 – DETROIT 1…The Predators scored five unanswered goals in the second period after to erase an early deficit and put away the Red Wings. Matt Duchene scored two goals.

Arizona 3 – EDMONTON 2 (OT)… Derek Stepan scored at 2:01 of overtime to lift the Coyotes over the Oilers. Michael Grabner and Carl Soderberg netted unassisted goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Ottawa is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Philadelphia hosts Carolina…
Vegas is at Columbus…
Montreal hosts Boston…
Los Angeles is at Toronto…
Winnipeg hosts New Jersey…
Colorado is at Dallas…
Calgary hosts Arizona…
St. Louis is at Vancouver…
Anaheim hosts Minnesota…
Chicago is at San Jose