The Rundown for February 5, 2020

TRUMP DELIVERS SOTU… President Trump made a partisan pitch to his supporters in his State of the Union last night. Trump addressed the nation on the eve of the impeachment verdict in the same room where he was impeached in December. Trump pressed Republican talking points and used the occasion to present right-wing talk-show host and golf partner Rush Limbaugh with the Medal of freedom. Democrats cringed during the president’s speech whenever he demonstrated what they considered to be blatant disregard for the truth. Following the speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of the speech. Earlier, Trump refused to shake her extended hand when he took the stage.

IOWA CAUCUSES… The Democratic National Committee continues to work with state party officials in reporting results from Monday’s Iowa caucuses. The delay has been blamed on the failure of an app to gather data from nearly 1,700 caucus sites across Iowa. As of last night, results had been gathered from 62 percent of precincts. According to the Iowa Democratic Party, Pete Buttigieg was first with 26.9 percent. Bernie Sanders was close behind at 25.1 percent. Elizabeth Warren was third on 18.3 percent. Joe Biden was running fourth on 15.6 percent.

E.U. CRITICIZES TRUMP LAND MINE DECISION… The European Union yesterday criticized President Trump’s decision to ease restrictions on the U.S. military’s use of anti-personnel land mines. The E.U. called the decision “completely unacceptable” and noted that the ban on such mines had “saved tens of thousands of people in the past twenty years.” Trump broke with NATO allies Britain and France when he lifted the ban on military use of the land mines outside of the Korean Peninsula.

VIRGINIA BLOCKS COASTAL OIL, GAS DEVELOPMENT… Lawmakers in Virginia yesterday passed a bill to block future oil and gas development off the state’s coastline, reflecting opposition to the Republican Trump administration’s efforts to open Atlantic waters to fossil fuel exploration. The bill passed by the Democrat-led state House of Delegates prohibits infrastructure such as pipelines or gathering systems in state waters that could be used to transport oil and gas drilled in federal waters to Virginia’s shores. It also repeals a state policy to explore for offshore oil and gas. A companion bill was approved in the state’s Senate last week, and the legislation is expected to be sent to Governor Ralph Northam shortly. The governor reportedly supports the bill.

MACY’S TO CLOSE 125 STORES… The department store chain Macy’s has announced plans to close 125 stores in “lower tier malls” and lay off 2,000 corporate workers over the next three years. The announcement comes a month after Macy’s said it would close 29 stores despite reporting strong store sales during the holiday shopping season. The company will also move its headquarters from Cincinnati to New York City. Macy’s hasn’t released a list of stores that will close, but they account for 20 percent of Macy’s locations and a combined $1.4 billion in annual sales.

BRIAN WILSON OPPOSES BEACH BOYS PERFORMANCE… Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is urging fans to boycott a performance by a variation of the band at a convention for trophy hunters in Reno, Nevada. The band will be fronted by lead singer Mike Love when it performs at the Safari Club International Convention tonight. Wilson tweeted yesterday that he and former guitarist Al Jardine had nothing to do with the event.

SHANNEN DOHERTY IN CANCER BATTLE… Shannen Doherty announced yesterday that her breast cancer has returned and is now at stage 4. The 48-year-old actress was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and said she got the new diagnosis last year. She says she didn’t tell anyone about her recurrence because she wanted to prove that she could still work. Doherty is best known for her roles in the TV series “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Charmed.”

Milwaukee 120 – NEW ORLEANS 108… The Bucks shook off a slow start and cruised past the Pelicans. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 34 points and 17 rebounds. Kris Middleton added 20 points.

HOUSTON 125 – Charlotte 110… The Rockets erased a 12-point deficit after the first quarter and breezed past the Hornets. James Harden lit it up for 40 points. Danuel House Jr. added 22 points.

DENVER 127 – Portland 99… The Nuggets held the Trail Blazers to 10 second-quarter points in opening up a 26-point halftime lead on their way to a blowout win. Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed 13 boards. Jamal Murray added 20 points.

L.A. LAKERS 129 – San Antonio 102… LeBron James made six of nine 3-point attempts and finished with 36 points in leading the Lakers past the Spurs. Kyle Kouzma came off the bench to score 18 points and pull down 12 rebounds.

Phoenix is at Detroit…
Toronto hosts Indiana…
Orlando is at Boston…
Brooklyn hosts Golden State…
Cleveland is at Oklahoma City…
Minnesota hosts Atlanta…
Memphis is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Denver…
Miami is at the L.A. Clippers

BOSTON 4 – Vancouver 0… Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped all 25 shots as the Bruins blanked the Canucks. Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist. Charlie McAvoy assisted on two goals.

Colorado 6 – BUFFALO 1… The Avalanche scored four unanswered goals in the second period to put away the Sabres. Andre Burakovsky had a goal and three assists. Valeri Nichushkin added a goal and two assists.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Vegas 2… Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Alex Killorn added an empty-netter to push the Lightning past the Golden Knights. Brayden Point had a goal and an assist.

Montreal 5 – NEW JERSEY 4 (SO)… The Canadiens erased a three-goal deficit on their way past the Devils. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the lone goal in the shootout.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – Dallas 3 (OT)… Anthony Beauvillier scored his second goal of the game 2:52 into overtime to lift the Islanders over the Stars. Jordan Eberle set up two goals.

WASHINGTON 4 – Los Angeles 2… Alex Ovechkin scored three straight goals in the third period to carry the Capitals past the Kings. He now has 40 goals on the season. John Carlson scored a goal and assisted on two others.

COLUMBUS 1 – Florida 0 (OT)… Zach Werenski scored the game’s only goal 1:54 into overtime and the Blue Jackets extended their points streak to nine games. Elvis Merzlikins made 32 saves at goal.

Anaheim 3 – OTTAWA 2 (SO)… Ondrej Kase and Rickard Rakell scored in the tiebreaker to send the Ducks past the Senators. Kase also netted a second-period goal.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Carolina 3… Zach Sandford and Brayden Schenn scored two goals apiece as the Blues doubled up on the Hurricanes. Ryan O’Reilly assisted on three goals.

MINNESOTA 3 – Chicago 2 (OT)… The Wild recovered to top the Blackhawks after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Matt Dumba netted the game-winner with 2:39 left in overtime. Kevin Fiala scored twice in the second period.

Nashville 2 – WINNIPEG 1 (OT)… Mikael Granlund found the net at 1:11 of the overtime period to give the Predators a hard-fought win over the Jets. Nick Bonino tied the game with a first-period goal.

ARIZONA 3 – Edmonton 0… Goalie Antti Raanta made 30 saves in the Coyotes’ shutout of the Oilers. Lawson Crouse had a goal and an assist.

San Jose 3 – CALGARY 1… The Sharks rallied past the Flames after spotting them an early lead. Joe Thornton assisted on goals by Brent Burns and Kevin Labanc. Evander Kane also found the net. Aaron Dell stopped 30 shots at goal.

Toronto is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Chicago hosts Boston

#7 Duke 63, BOSTON COLLEGE 55…
#9 MARYLAND 56, Rutgers 51…
#11 Auburn 79, ARKANSAS 76…
#15 KENTUCKY 80, Mississippi State 72…
#22 Penn State 75, #16 MICHIGAN STATE 70

MLB NEWS… The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts and All-Star starting pitcher David Price from the Boston Red Sox yesterday in a three-way trade that also included the Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox ended up with Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol and the Twins picked up Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda. In a separate deal, the Dodgers dealt outfielder Joc Pederson to the Los Angeles Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo.

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