The Rundown for Feb. 2, 2018

ESCAPED MURDER SUSPECT IN TEXAS… Authorities in Texas are on the lookout for an MMA fighter facing three “pending murder charges” who escaped from a private prisoner transport about 40 miles north of Houston. Cedric Marks was reportedly arrested last month in Michigan and charged with breaking into the home of an ex-girlfriend in Temple, Texas. The ex-girlfriend and a male friend were found dead last month in shallow graves. Additionally, police in Bloomington, Minnesota, consider Marks a person of interest in the 2009 disappearance of a woman he had a child with and who had accused him of domestic violence.

TRUMP SAYS U.S. TROOPS IN VENEZUELA AN OPTION… President Trump said yesterday that the use of U.S. military force in Venezuela remains “an option.” During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Trump added that he turned down a meeting with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. Venezuela’s National Assembly President, Juan Guaido, has the U.S.’ backing in challenging Maduro’s presidency. Trump didn’t identify what conditions would prompt the U.S. to take military action.

OHIO DEPUTY KILLED IN SHOOTING.. Authorities in Ohio said yesterday that one detective was killed and a sheriff’s deputy was wounded during a 12-hour standoff at an apartment complex in Clermont County. The wounded deputy was treated and released, it was reported. A 23-year-old suspect was taken into custody yesterday morning, according to the Clermont County Sheriff’s Office.

2 DEAD, 5 INJURED IN CHICAGO SHOOTINGS… Two people were killed and five others were wounded outside a bar in Chicago’s South Side early yesterday morning. Witnesses say the gunfire followed a disturbance inside the bar. Investigators say at least one person inside a car that pulled up outside the bar and opened fire at people standing outside. Three of the people injured were women. One man struck by gunfire was reported to be in critical condition.

CHILDREN KILLED IN CRASH WEREN’T WEARING SEATBELTS… Authorities revealed yesterday that none of the five children who were killed in a crash early Saturday morning were wearing seatbelts. The children, ages 5 to 15, were related, according to the Maryland State Police. Two of the dead were children of the driver who is hospitalized along with an adult passenger. Investigators say a medical condition may have prompted the driver to leave the road and strike several trees, throwing the children from the vehicle.

21 SAVAGE ARRESTED BY ICE… Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Atlanta yesterday on charges that he is in the country illegally and also a convicted felon. Authorities say the 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, but overstayed his visa after it expired a year later. Abraham-Joseph has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT DISCUSSES ATTACK… Singer and actor Jussie Smollett performed a concert at a Los Angeles club on Saturday night and discussed the recent attack on him in Chicago. The gay African-American “Empire” star says he was attacked on a street in Chicago by two men who yelled racist and homophobic remarks at him before beating him and putting a rope around his neck. Police have yet to make an arrest in the case. The 36-year-old Smollett told the audience at his Saturday night show, “I’m not fully healed yet, but I’m going to and I’m going to stand strong with you all.”

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Glass” took in $9.5 million to remain atop the weekend box office for the third week. “The Upside“ stayed in second place with $8.8 million. “Miss Bala” made $6.7 million to open in third place. “Aquaman” slipped to No. 4 with $4.7 million. “Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse” capped the top five with $4.4 million.

New England 13 – L.A. Rams 3… The Patriots scratched out a win over the Rams to claim their sixth Super Bowl victory under Bill Belichick. Sony Michel ran two yards to score the game’s first touchdown and break a 3-3 tie with seven minutes remaining. Stephen Gostkowski added a 41-yard field goal with to go. Julian Edelman had 10 catches for 141 yards on his way to being named the game’s most valuable player. Tom Brady completed 21 of 35 passes for 262 yards. New England’s defense limited L.A. to 229 yards passing and 62 yards rushing. Stephon Gilmore made the big play defensively with an interception of a Jared Goff pass at the New England 4-yard line with 4:17 left.

Memphis 96 – NEW YORK 84… The Grizzlies got 25 points from Mike Conley and 24 from Marc Gasol in downing the Knicks to end their nine-game road losing streak. The loss was New York’s 14th in a row.

BOSTON 134 – Oklahoma City 129… Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 30 points and dished off 11 assists as the Celtics held off the Thunder. Seven other players scored in double figures for Boston.

TORONTO 121 – L.A. Clippers 103… The Raptors took control with a big second quarter and cruised past the Clippers. Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

Atlanta is at Washington…
Detroit hosts Denver…
Milwaukee is at Brooklyn…
New Orleans hosts Indiana…
Houston is at Phoenix…
Sacramento hosts San Antonio

Boston 1 – WASHINGTON 0… David Krejci found the net midway through the second period and the Bruins hung on to beat the Capitals for the first time in 15 tries. Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 24 shots.

Calgary 4 – CAROLINA 3… Derek Ryan had a goal and an assist as the Flames edged the Hurricanes. David Rittich made 34 saves at goal.

MONTREAL 4 – Edmonton 3 (OT)… Jonathan Drouin scored 53 seconds into overtime to give the Canadiens a comeback win over the Oilers. Jesperi Kotkaniemi netted a tying goal with 6:25 remaining in regulation. Max Domi had a goal and an assist.

Los Angeles is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia hosts Vancouver…
Anaheim is at Toronto…
Dallas hosts Arizona

#14 VILLANOVA 77, Georgetown 65…
#17 PURDUE 73, Minnesota 63

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