The Rundown for February 7, 2020

BUTTIGIEG APPEARS TO WIN IOWA CAUCUS… Results released by the Iowa Democratic Party indicate that former South Bend, Indiana, mayor Pete Buttigieg edged out Bernie Sanders after 100 percent of the votes were counted in the Iowa caucuses. Buttigieg’s lead over Sanders was less than a tenth of a percent. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren finished third and was followed in the top five by ex-Vice President Joe Biden and Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar. Results from Monday’s voting were delayed due to inconsistencies in their reporting after a new mobile phone app built by the company Shadow to tally the votes had to be checked against a paper trail.

FORMER AMBASSADOR YOVANOVITCH SAYS SHE HAS NO REGRETS… Former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch says she has “no regrets” after testifying in the House impeachment inquiry of President Trump. She did say in a Washington Post op-ed yesterday, however, that it was “shocking” to experience the “storm of criticism, lies, and malicious conspiracies” she faced before and after she testified. “We did this because it is the American way to speak up about wrongdoing,” she wrote, adding that citizens have to “fight” for democracy to prevent the U.S. from becoming like a dictatorship—where “blind obedience is the norm and truth-tellers are threatened with punishment or death.” Yovanovitch vowed that U.S. institutions and citizens could “persist” and “prevail.”

HATE CRIMES ADDED TO EL PASO WALMART SHOOTER CHARGES… The 21-year-old man arrested for the killings of 22 people in the mass shooting at an El Paso Walmart last year has been charged with federal hate crimes. Patrick Crusius was indicted yesterday on 90 counts, including “hate crime resulting in death” and “use of a firearm to commit murder.” He had previously pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges for the August 3, 2019, shooting. Authorities say Crusius’ intent was to kill Hispanic people inside the busy store near the U.S.-Mexico border. Eight of his victims were Mexican nationals.

SOUTH PUMMELED BY SEVERE STORMS… Severe storms that swept across the South yesterday have been blamed for the deaths of four people. Flooding was reported in several states struck by tornadoes and high winds. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency after more than 500 people were displaced and rescued from their homes due to flooding in Tazewell County. Flooding was also reported in Kentucky, South Carolina and Tennessee. Flash flood emergencies were declared in Pickens County, South Carolina, where people had to be rescued from swamped homes and buildings.

EXECUTION IN TEXAS… A man convicted in the fatal shootings of his wife, two children and two other relatives was executed in Texas last night. Prosecutors say 47-year-old Abel Ochoa was high on crack cocaine and looking for money to buy more drugs when he started shooting inside his home in August 2002. The execution was carried out after the Supreme Court denied a final appeal.

ROLLING STONES RESUME TOUR… The Rolling Stones are preparing to complete their North American tour from spring through summer. The band postponed the tour last May while frontman Mick Jagger was recovering from heart surgery. A schedule of 15 shows begins May 8 in San Diego and ends July 9 in Atlanta.

IN THEATERS… In “Birds of Prey,” Harley Quinn joins superheroes Black Canary, Huntress and Renee Montoya to save a young girl from an evil crime lord. Margot Robbie and Rosie Perez star in the R-rated film. In “The Lodge,” some strange and frightening events take place when a soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in at a remote holiday village with her fiancé’s two children. The R-rated horror film stars Richard Armitage and Riley Keough.

NEW YORK 105 – Orlando 103… The Knicks held on at the end to get past the Magic for their third straight win. Julius Randle led the way with 22 points.

New Orleans 125 – CHICAGO 119… The Pelicans took a 22-point lead into the fourth quarter and withstood a late rally to top the Bulls. Zion Williamson scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Derrick Favors grabbed 15 rebounds to go with his eight points.

MILWAUKEE 112 – Philadelphia 101… Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 36 points and 20 boards in leading the Bucks past the 76ers. Kris Middleton added 20 points.

PORTLAND 125 – San Antonio 117… The Trail Blazers outgunned the Spurs in a back-and-forth affair. Damian Lillard scored 26 points and dished off 10 assists. Carmelo Anthony added 20 points. Hassam Whiteside collected 23 boards to go with his 17 points.

Houston 121 – L.A. LAKERS 111… Robert Covington’s 3-pointer with 2:40 left sparked a 9-0 run that carried the Rockets past the Lakers. Russell Westbrook lit it up for 41 points. Houston had five other players score in double figures.

Dallas is at Washington…
Philadelphia hosts Memphis…
Atlanta is at Boston…
Oklahoma City hosts Detroit…
Toronto is at Indiana…
Phoenix hosts Houston…
Miami is at Sacramento…
Utah hosts Portland

Detroit 4 – BUFFALO 3 (SO)… Dylan Larkin scored twice in the first period and again in the shootout as the Red Wings outlasted the Sabres to snap their nine-game skid. Robby Fabbri had two assists.

MONTREAL 3 – Anaheim 2 (OT)… Jeff Petry found the net 25 seconds into overtime to send the Canadiens past the Ducks. Petry also assisted on Nick Suzuki’s power-play goal in the first period.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Nikita Kucherov had a goal and an assist as the Lightning doubled up on the Penguins. Victor Hedman assisted on three goals.

Vegas 7 – FLORIDA 2… The Golden Knights scored five straight goals spanning the final two periods to roll past the Panthers. Mark Stone scored two goals and had three assists. Max Pacioretty added a pair of goals and an assist.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Los Angeles 3… The Islanders skated past the Kings after spotting them a two-goal lead. Rookie Kieffer Bellows netted his first two NHL goals. Derick Brassard had two assists.

New Jersey 5 – PHILADELPHIA 0… Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped all 46 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Devils cruised past the Flyers. Miles Wood found the net twice.

Colorado 4 – OTTAWA 1… Cale Makar had a goal and an assist in the Avalanche’s win over the Senators. Goalie Marcus Hogberg made 30 saves.

Winnipeg 4 – ST. LOUIS 2… The Jets recovered to top the Blues after blowing a two-goal second-period lead. Andrew Copp assisted on Jansen Harkins’ first-period goal and netted a tie-breaking goal in the third period. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 35 stops.

MINNESOTA 4 – Vancouver 2… Kevin Fiala and Brad Hunt each had a goal and an assist during a three-goal first period that carried the Wild past the Canucks. Alex Stalock made 24 saves at goal.

Nashville 3 – CALGARY 2… Mikael Granlund’s power-play goal in the second period proved to be the difference in the Predators’ defeat of the Flames. Roman Josi set up two goals.

Carolina 5 – ARIZONA 3… The Hurricanes rallied from two goals down in the second period to down the Coyotes. Andrew Svechnikov and Sebastian Aho each tallied two goals and assist.

 San Jose 6 – EDMONTON 3… The Sharks erased a two-goal deficit on their way past the Oilers. Timo Meier scored two goals and had an assist. Joe Thornton and Brent Burns each had two assists.

Anaheim is at Toronto…
the N.Y. Rangers host Buffalo…
Detroit is at Columbus…
Dallas hosts Minnesota

#2 GONZAGA 85, Loyola Marymount 67…
#23 ARIZONA 85, USC 80…
#24 COLORADO 71, California 65…
#25 HOUSTON 75, Tulane 62

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