The Rundown for February 6, 2020

SENATE VOTES NOT TO CONVICT TRUMP... The Republican-led Senate voted yesterday not to convict President Trump in his impeachment trial. Senators voted to acquit him 52-48 on charges of abuse of power and 53-47 on obstruction of Congress. The outcome was expected after Republicans in the Senate on Friday voted against additional witnesses and documents. The House impeached Trump in December after accusing him of using military aid to pressure the Ukraine government to smear his political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. In voting to convict Trump on the abuse of power charge, Utah Senator Mitt Romney became the first U.S. senator ever to vote for removal of a president from his own party. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer compared the Senate trial with a “kangaroo court.” Schumer said Trump’s acquittal will be “meaningless” since “You cannot be on the side of this president and be on the side of truth.”

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REVIEWING ERIK PRINCE ALLEGATIONS… The Justice Department is looking into allegations by House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff that Trump ally Erik Prince repeatedly misled the committee during their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election. Schiff reportedly referred Prince to the DOJ 10 months ago, seeking “prompt” action for Prince’s “falsehoods.” Schiff claimed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report contradicted multiple points of the Blackwater founder’s November 2017 testimony to the committee.

CRUISE SHIP PASSENGERS QUARANTINED OVER CORONAVIRUS… Some 428 Americans are among more than 5,000 passengers who are under a mandatory two-week quarantine after 13 passengers on two cruise ships tested positive for coronavirus. The Diamond Princess, with 3,700 passengers aboard, is stranded in the sea off Japan. A second cruise ship, the World Dream, is docked in Hong Kong but none of the 1,800 people on board are allowed to get off.

MISSISSIPPI PRISONS INVESTIGATED… The Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division has opened an investigation into the conditions inside four state prisons in Mississippi. Investigators hope to determine whether the state’s department of corrections adequately protects inmates as well as investigate its suicide prevention methods and mental health care. The four facilities include the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman, the Southern Mississippi Correctional Institute, the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility and the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. Since late December, 15 inmates have died inside Mississippi prisons.

NRA CHARGED WITH INSURANCE-LAW VIOLATIONS, DECEPTION… New York’s Department of Financial Services is accusing the NRA of acting as an unlicensed insurance producer in civil charges filed yesterday. The DFS also accused the NRA of deceiving its members with misleading marketing practices and seeks civil fines and other remedies. A hearing has been scheduled for April 6.

ENTERTAINMENT
KIRK DOUGLAS DIES… Prolific actor Kirk Douglas, whose career spanned six decades, died in Los Angeles yesterday at age 103. Douglas was perhaps best-known for his work in the 1960 film “Spartacus,” which won four Oscars. Douglas received Oscar nominations for the 1949 film “Champion,” the 1952 film “The Bad and the Beautiful” and 1956’s “Lust for Life.” He was honored with an honorary award in 1996.

RATINGS DOWN FOR TRUMP ADDRESS… President Trump’s annual State of the Union address on Tuesday night posted a roughly 25-percent decline in viewership compared with 2019. The address and the Democratic response averaged 15.23 million viewers from 9 to 11 p.m. ET on ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC in Nielsen’s fast national ratings. CBS topped the broadcast networks with 4.24 million viewers, followed by NBC with 4.05 million, Fox with 3.5 million and ABC with 3.45 million.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
DETROIT 116 – Phoenix 108… Andre Drummond powered his way to 31 points and 19 rebounds as the Pistons dealt the Suns their fourth straight loss. Reggie Jackson added 25 points. Christian Wood delivered 21 points off the bench.

TORONTO 119 – Indiana 118… The Raptors scored 11 straight points over the final 2:27 to stun the Pacers. Serge Ibaka made a go-ahead 3-pointer with a half-minute remaining and finished with 30 points. Kyle Lowry scored 32 points and dished off 10 assists.

BOSTON 116 – Orlando 100… The Celtics pulled away in the second half to down the Magic. Jayson Tatum pumped in 33 points. Gordon Hayward added 23 points.

BROOKLYN 129 – Golden State 88… The Nets built a 15-point lead at halftime and coasted past the Warriors. Chris LeVert scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures.

OKLAHOMA CITY 109 – Cleveland 103… Dennis Schroder came off the bench to score 30 points and lead the Thunder past the Cavaliers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 23 points and 10 boards.

Atlanta 127 – MINNESOTA 120… The Hawks withstood a fourth-quarter rally to get past the Timberwolves. Trae Young had game-highs with 38 points and 11 assists. John Collins added 27 points.

Memphis 121 – DALLAS 107… The Grizzlies bombed the Mavericks 41-22 in the third quarter to put away the Mavericks. Ja Morant scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures.

Denver 98 – UTAH 95… The Nuggets rallied in the second half to upend the Jazz. Jamal Murray led all scorers with 31 points. Nikola Jokic piled up 30 points, 21 rebounds and 10 assists.

L.A. CLIPPERS 128 – Miami 111… The Clippers took control with a big third quarter and ran away from the Heat. Paul George had 23 points and 10 assists. Landry Shamet added 20 points off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at New York…
Chicago hosts New Orleans…
Philadelphia is at Milwaukee…
Portland hosts San Antonio…
Houston is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
N.Y. RANGERS 5 – Toronto 3… The Rangers scored three straight goals in the first period after spotting the Maple Leafs an early lead and cruised to the win. Pavel Buchnevich scored a goal and assisted on two others. Mika Zibanejad and Chris Kreider each had a goal and an assist.

Boston 2 – CHICAGO 1 (OT)… Charlie McAvoy found the net at 1:19 of overtime to lift the Bruins over the Blackhawks. Alex DeBrincat opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the second period.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Buffalo…
Montreal hosts Anaheim…
Pittsburgh is at Tampa Bay…
Florida host Vegas…
Los Angeles is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Philadelphia hosts New Jersey…
Colorado is at Ottawa…
St. Louis hosts Winnipeg…
Vancouver is at Minnesota…
Calgary hosts Nashville…
Carolina is at Arizona…
Edmonton hosts San Jose

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#5 LOUISVILLE 86, Wake Forest 76…
#19 BUTLER 79, #10 Villanova 76…
#12 Seton Hall 78, GEORGETOWN 71…
#13 WEST VIRGINIA 76, Iowa State 61…
PURDUE 104, #17 Iowa 68…
VANDERBILT 99, #18 LSU 90…
PROVIDENCE 73, #21 Creighton 56

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