The Rundown for Feb. 25, 2019

TRUMP EXTENDS TARIFF DEADLINE… President Trump announced yesterday that he is extending a deadline to escalate tariffs on Chinese imports. The president claimed on Twitter that the delay is the result of “productive talks” on some of the difficult issues dividing the U.S. and China. Trump plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his Florida resort to finalize an agreement if negotiations progress.

DEMS DEMAND RELEASE OF MUELLER REPORT… Democrats continue to press their demand for the full release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump administration and Russian election interference. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” California Congressman Adam Schiff vowed to use subpoena power and Congressional hearings to gather all the information if the report wasn’t released. Meanwhile, Connecticut Congressman Jim Himes appeared on “Meet the Press” and called for the release of the report. Attorney General William P. Barr has expressed a reluctance to release accusations that didn’t accompany charges.

JUDGE RULES MEN-ONLY DRAFT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL… A federal judge in Houston ruled yesterday that a military draft that applies only to men is unconstitutional. Judge Gray H. Miller of Federal District Court in the Southern District of Texas said that excluding women is no longer justified because they can now serve in combat roles just as men do. A draft hasn’t existed in the U.S. for more than 40 years, but all American men to register when they turn 18 in case a draft is reinstated.

CARGO PLANE CRASH KILLS ALL THREE ABOARD… Officials yesterday announced the deaths of all three people aboard an Amazon Prime Air cargo plane that crashed into a bay outside Houston on Saturday. Crews have recovered two bodies and continue to search for the third. The Boeing 767 cargo jetliner operated by Atlas Air Worldwide nosedived into the water as it approached Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport, authorities say.

WRONGLY IMPRISONED CALIFORNIA MAN SETTLES… A 71-year-old California man who was wrongfully convicted for killing an ex-girlfriend and her 4-year-old son in 1978 has reached a $21 million settlement with the city of Simi Valley. Craig Coley was sentenced to life in prison without parole and spent 39 years behind bars. He was pardoned in 2017 by California’s then-governor, Jerry Brown, based on exculpatory DNA evidence found by investigators.

ACADEMY AWARDS… “Green Book,” a film inspired by the true story of African-American classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley’s tour of the segregated South with his white chauffeur, won Best Picture at last night’s 91st Academy Awards. The film also earned a Best Actor in a Supporting Role Oscar Mahershala Ali. “Bohemian Rhapsody” took home four awards, while Marvel’s “Black Panther” won three. Regina King won Best Actress in a Supporting Role for “If Beale Street Could Talk.” “Roma” took the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film. “Free Solo” was honored as Best Documentary Feature.

ARIANA GRANDE REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” sold 151,000 units to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart for a second week. The soundtrack to “Bohemian Rhapsody” rose to second place after selling 56,000 copies. The “A Star Is Born” soundtrack slipped into third place with 51,000 units sold. Florida Georgia Line’s ‘Can’t Say I Ain’t Country” sold 50,000 copies to finish fourth. Drake’s 10-year-old “So Far Gone” mixtape finished fifth on sales of 45,000 units.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” raked in $55.5 million to dominate the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Alita: Battle Angel” slipped to a distant second place with $12 million. “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” dropped to third place after taking in $10 million. “Fighting with My Family” made $8 million and finished fourth. “Isn’t It Romantic” capped the top five with $7.5 million.

NEW YORK 130 – San Antonio 118… The Knicks handled the Spurs and ended their 18-game home losing streak. Damyean Dotson pumped in 27 points to lead six players in double figures. Dennis Smith Jr. scored 19 points and dished off 13 assists. Kevin Knox added 19 points and 10 boards.

Orlando 113 – TORONTO 98… Terrence Ross came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points against his former team and the Magic dealt the Raptors their first loss in eight games. Nikola Vucevic powered his way to 23 points and 12 rebounds.

DENVER 123 – L.A. Clippers 96… The Nuggets pulled away in the second half to rout the Clippers for their fourth straight win. Nikola Jokic had 22 points and 16 boards. Paul Millsap added 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Golden State is at Charlotte…
Cleveland hosts Portland…
Indiana is at Detroit…
Brooklyn hosts San Antonio…
Phoenix is at Miami…
Chicago hosts Milwaukee…
Atlanta is at Houston…
Memphis hosts the L.A. Lakers
Sacramento is at Minnesota…
New Orleans hosts Philadelphia…
Dallas is at the L.A. Clippers

Calgary 2 – OTTAWA 1… Austin Czarnik scored with 41 seconds remaining to lift the Flames over the Senators. Mikael Backlund opened the scoring with a first-period goal. Goalie David Rittich made 23 saves.

MINNESOTA 2 – St. Louis 1 (OT)… Ryan Donato’s goal with 2:31 let in overtime pushed the Wild past the Blues. Jason Zucker scored Minnesota’s first goal in the opening period.

ARIZONA 4 – Winnipeg 1… Lawson Crouse and Clayton Keller scored second-period goals to give the Coyotes the lead for good in their win over the Jets. Josh Archibald added an empty-netter. Alex Goligoski set up two goals.

WASHINGTON 6 – N.Y. Rangers 5 (OT)… Evgeny Kuznetsov netted the winning goal at 4:20 of overtime to send the Capitals past the Rangers. Nicklas Backstrom scored twice in regulation for Washington.

San Jose 5 – DETROIT 3… The Sharks shook off a rough start to down the Red Wings. Joe Pavelski scored three goals in his fifth career hat trick. Brett Burns had a goal and an assist.

Dallas 4 – CHICAGO 3… The Stars recovered to beat the Blackhawks after blowing a three-goal second-period lead. Jason Spezza scored the decisive goal on a 5-on-3 power play midway through the third period. Alexander Radulov and newly acquired Matts Zuccarello each had a goal and an assist. Zuccarello left after the second period with a broken arm and is expected to be out for a month.

Buffalo is at Toronto…
New Jersey hosts Montreal…
Los Angeles is at Tampa Bay…
Nashville hosts Edmonton…
Florida is at Colorado…
Vancouver hosts Anaheim

#10 Michigan State 77, MICHIGAN 70…
XAVIER 66, #17 Villanova 54

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