The Rundown for Jan. 22, 2019

MLK JR. DAY… The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was remembered yesterday at events across the country. During an annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day service at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, King’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King, condemned the partisanship that has led to a partial government shutdown. The church is part of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Historical Park and a grant from Delta Air Lines enabled it to re-open for the service. Meanwhile, senators Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders joined local leaders of the state NAACP chapter on the steps of the South Carolina state capitol and called for an end to racial injustice. Sanders called President Trump “a racist” in his remarks.

DERIPASKA SANCTIONS SCRUTINIZED… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Treasury Department’s plan to lift sanctions on companies controlled by Oleg Deripaska would actually benefit the Russian oligarch and his allies. The U.S. imposed sanctions last spring after accusing Deripaska of threatening the lives of business rivals, illegally wiretapping a government official and taking part in extortion and racketeering. The Trump administration moved to remove the sanctions after the companies “committed to significantly diminish Deripaska’s ownership and sever his control,” according to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. However, the Times noted that Deripaska and will maintain majority ownership of his most important company and allow him to erase hundreds of millions of dollars in debt by transferring some of his shares to the JRussian bank VTB.

KAMALA HARRIS ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL RUN… First-term Democratic Senator Kamala Harris of California announced her candidacy in the 2020 presidential run yesterday. The 54-year-old Harris, who previously served as her state’s attorney general, touted her experience as a prosecutor. The daughter of immigrants from Jamaica and India, she became the first black woman elected to the U.S. Senate from California in 2016.

U.S. CONVOY ATTACKED IN SYRIA… Two U.S. soldiers were injured and five of their Syria Democratic Forces escorts were killed yesterday in a suicide bombing in northern Syria. The attack marked the second such attack on American troops in five days. Two U.S. soldiers and two other Americans working for the coalition in Syria were killed Thursday in an attack ISIS claimed responsibility for.

ARCTIC BLAST CHILLS NATION… Much of the nation shivered yesterday as an Arctic blast brought record-low temperatures, heavy snowfall and high winds. Upper Midwest and Northeast regions were particularly hard-hit. According to the National Weather Service, the entire state of Michigan was below zero with wind gusts of up to 50 mph. A high of only 9 degrees was forecast in Boston. Multiple feet of snow fell in parts of Minnesota and upstate New York.

RAZZIE NOMINATIONS… Razzie Award voters have nominated “Gotti,” “Holmes & Watson,” “The Happytime Murders,” “Robin Hood” and “Winchester” for Worst Picture of 2018. Melissa McCarthy received Worst Actress nominations for both “The Happytime Murders” and “Life of the Party.” “Holmes & Watson” stars Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly were cited for “trashing two of literature’s most beloved characters.” The Razzies are in their 39th year of serving as a tongue-in-cheek antidote to the Academy Awards.

HOODIE REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s “Hoodie SZN” sold 56,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart for the second straight week. The “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” soundtrack jumped into second place after selling 52,000 copies. 21 Savage’s “I Am > I Was” slid into third place on sales of 46,000 units. Post Malone’s “beerbongs & bentleys” finished in fourth place with 43,000 copies sold. Meek Mill’s “Championships” sold 42,000 units to complete the top five.

Oklahoma City 127 – NEW YORK 109… The Thunder led from start to finish in their romp over the Knicks. Paul George scored a game-high 31 points. Russell Westbrook had 17 points and 10 rebounds to go with his nine assists.

Chicago 104 – CLEVELAND 88… The Bulls pulled away in the second half to down the Cavaliers and snap their 10-game losing streak. Zack LaVine led all scorers with 25 points.

MILWAUKEE 116 – Dallas 106…Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 31 points and 15 boards in leading the Wizards past the Pistons. Eric Bledsoe tossed in 21 points.

WASHINGTON 101 – Detroit 87… The Wizards held the Pistons to 34 first-half points in cruising to the victory. Trevor Ariza had 20 points and 12 rebounds. Six other players scored in double figures for Washington.

Orlando 122 – ATLANTA 103… The Magic shook off a rough start to blow past the Hawks. Nikola Vucevic powered his way to 29 points and 14 boards. Evan Fournier also scored 29 points.

BROOKLYN 123 – Sacramento 94… The Nets outscored the Kings 30-9 in the fourth quarter to pull away with the win. D’Angelo Russell pumped in 31 points. Ed Davis came off the bench to grab 16 rebounds.

New Orleans 105 – MEMPHIS 85… The Pelicans rolled past the Grizzlies despite trailing early and playing without the injured Anthony Davis. Jrue Holiday and Nikola Mirotic led a balanced scoring attack with 21 points. Jahlil Okafor and Julius Randle added 20 points apiece.

BOSTON 107 – Miami 99… The Celtics bombed the Heat 37-18 in the third quarter and turned away a late rally to win their fourth in a row. Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and dished off 10 assists. Al Horford finished with 18 points and 12 boards.

PHILADELPHIA 121 – Houston 93… Joel Embiid dropped in 32 points and brought down 14 rebounds as the 76ers thrashed the Rockets. Wilson Chandler also had 14 boards as Philadelphia held a 55-38 rebounding advantage.

Portland 109 – UTAH 104… The Trail Blazers rallied from seven points down at halftime and held off the Jazz. They got 26 points from Damian Lillard and 22 from Jusuf Nurkic.

Golden State 130 – L.A. LAKERS 111… The Warriors shot over 58 percent from the field and 48 percent from beyond the arc before removing their starters in their rout of the Lakers. Klay Thompson set an NBA record by making his first 10 3-point attempts and totaled a game-high 44 points. Thompson knocked down 17 of 20 shots overall. Kevin Durant tossed in 20 points. Stephen Curry dished off 12 assists to go with his 11 points.

Sacramento is at Toronto…
Oklahoma City hosts Portland…
the L.A. Clippers are at Dallas…
Phoenix hosts Minnesota

Nashville 4 – COLORADO 1… The Predators scored three second-period goals and never looked back in downing the Avalanche. Nick Bonino had a goal and an assist. Calle Jarnkrok assisted on two goals.

LOS ANGELES 4 – St. Louis 3… Paul LaDue ripped through a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Kings held on to edge the Blues. Anze Kopitar and Tyler Toffoli both had a goal and an assist. Brendan Leipsic had two assists.

Minnesota 4 – VEGAS 2… Charlie Coyle scored a go-ahead goal with 5:31 remaining and Mikko Koivu added an empty-netter to push the Wild past the Golden Knights. Eric Staal had a goal and an assist.

FLORIDA 6 – San Jose 2… Frank Vatrano scored a goal and assisted on three others in leading the Panthers past the Sharks. Aleksander Barkov had three assists. Avgenii Dadonov added two assists.

San Jose is at Washington…
Ottawa hosts Arizona…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Chicago…
Edmonton hosts Detroit…
Carolina is at Calgary

#6 MICHIGAN STATE 69, #13 Maryland 55…
#9 KANSAS 80, #24 Iowa State 76…
#11 NORTH CAROLINA 103, #10 Virginia Tech 82

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