The Rundown for February 12, 2020

SANDERS WINS NEW HAMPSHIRE… Senator Bernie Sanders prevailed over Mayor Pete Buttiegieg and Senator Amy Klobuchar in yesterday’s Democratic primary in New Hampshire. Sanders got 26 percent of the vote, while Buttigieg was two points behind and Klobuchar finished third with 20 percent. Elizabeth Warren finished fourth with just over 9 percent. Two more Democratic candidates announced they were dropping out of the race yesterday. Colorado Senator Michael Bennet, a late addition to the race, and Andrew Yang announced they were ending their bids.

ROGER STONE CASE PROSECUTORS QUIT… Four federal prosecutors who built the case against former President Trump adviser Roger Stone resigned yesterday after the Justice Department said it planned to reduce the amount of prison time it would seek. Stone, who was convicted on seven counts of lying to Congress, obstruction and witness tampering, was facing a recommended a sentence of seven to nine years. Trump declared in a tweet yesterday that the recommendation was “disgraceful” and called it “very horrible and unfair.” Hours later, the Justice Department announced that it would seek a reduction. Trump told reporters he did not speak to the Justice Department about it. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sent a letter to Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz calling for an investigation into the Justice Department’s actions.

JUDGE DISMISSES LAWSUIT SEEKING PRESIDENTIAL RECORDS… A judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed by historians and watchdog groups that sought to prevent the White House from destroying, misfiling or omitting records of President Trump’s calls and meetings with foreign leaders. U.S. District Judge Amy Jackson said that in order that White House records are to be preserved, Congress to change the Presidential Records Act. The lawsuit was filed in May by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, the National Security Archive at George Washington University and the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. The three groups claimed that Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky revealed record-keeping practices that were “specifically designed to conceal the president’s abuse of his power.” The call was at the center of Congress’ impeachment inquiry.

PHILIPPINES TO ABANDON U.S. SECURITY PACT… The Philippines has reportedly decided to scrap a major security pact that has allowed the U.S. to rotate forces through Philippine military bases since 1999. The agreement also has given the U.S. a key strategic foothold near the disputed South China Sea and allowed for hundreds of joint exercises each year. Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said during a fiery speech on Monday night that talks have fallen apart with President Trump. Duterte also accused the U.S. of meddling in Philippine affairs.

HOUSE PANEL PASSES D.C.-STATE BILL… The House Oversight Committee yesterday approved a bill to make the nation’s capital the 51st state. The bill is now on its way to the House floor for a full vote. The bill passed in committee over the objections of Republicans, who introduced amendments to impose restrictions on abortion and gun control on the proposed state. The bill has 220 co-sponsors and is expected to pass the in the Democratic-led House.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT INDICTED… Actor Jussie Smollett was indicted in Cook County, Illinois, yesterday on six counts of disorderly conduct for allegedly making false reports to police about an assault last year. The indictment follows a six-month investigation by a special prosecutor. Smollett, who appeared in the Fox series “Empire,” told police that on January 29, 2019, he was confronted in Chicago home by two masked attackers who poured a chemical substance on him, wrapped a rope around his neck and made threatening comments. Questions about Smollett’s story led to the arrest of two men who were allegedly paid to perform a fake attack.

JANET JACKSON TO TOUR… Janet Jackson has announced plans to tour in summer. The North American leg of the Black Diamond world tour begins June 24 in Miami and ends August 23 in Tacoma, Washington. The 53-year-old singer will be promoting her upcoming album “Black Diamond, which is scheduled for release this year.

PHILADELPHIA 110 – L.A. Clippers 103… The 76ers topped the Clippers in a back-and-forth affair. Ben Simmons racked up 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Joel Embiid also had 26 points. Tobias Harris had 17 points and 12 boards.

WASHINGTON 126 – Chicago 114… The Wizards built an early double-digit lead and retained control in downing the Bulls. Bradley Beal scored 30 points to lead seven players in double figures. Zach LaVine’s 41 points weren’t enough for Chicago.

NEW ORLEANS 138 – Portland 117… Rookie Zion Williamson scored a game-high 31 points in leading the Pelicans past the Trail Blazers. J.J. Redick fired in 20 points off the bench.

San Antonio 114 – OKLAHOMA CITY 106… The Spurs limited the Thunder to 14 first-quarter points and held them off the rest of the way to snap their five-game skid. LaMarcus Aldridge and Dejounte Murray scored 25 points apiece. Aldridge also gathered 14 rebounds. Paddy Mills came off the bench to contribute 20 points.

HOUSTON 116 – Boston 105… The Rockets came up big in the second half to put away the Celtics. James Harden poured in 42 points. Russell Westbrook had 36 points and 10 boards.

Atlanta is at Cleveland…
Orlando hosts Detroit…
Washington is at New York…
Indiana hosts Milwaukee…
Toronto is at Brooklyn…
Memphis hosts Portland…
Charlotte is at Minnesota…
Dallas hosts Sacramento…
Miami is at Utah…
Phoenix hosts Golden State…
the L.A. Lakers are at Denver

BUFFALO 3 – Detroit 2… Sam Reinhart netted a tie-breaking goal 57 seconds into the third period and the Sabres made it stand in edging the Red Wings. Marcus Johansson had a goal and an assist.

TORONTO 3 – Arizona 2… Kasperi Kapanen found the net 3:43 into overtime to lift the Maple Leafs over the Coyotes. Zach Hyman scored twice in regulation.

Florida 5 – NEW JERSEY 3… Michael Matheson and Mark Pysyk each had a goal and an assist in the Panthers’ defeat of the Devils. Noel Acciari scored one goal and assisted on another.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Philadelphia 3… The Islanders recovered to beat the Flyers after blowing a three-goal lead in the second period. Ryan Pulock netted a go-ahead goal with 41 seconds remaining. Leo Komarov had a goal and an assist. Matthew Barzal set up three goals.

Tampa Bay 2 – PITTSBURGH 1 (OT)… Yanni Gourde wristed in the game-winning goal 2:45 into overtime as the Lightning outlasted the Penguins. Mikhail Sergachev scored a tying goal on a second-period power play. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 35 saves.

MINNESOTA 4 – Vegas 0… Goalie Alex Stalock stopped all 26 shots in the Wild’s blanking of the Golden Knights. Kevin Fiala scored a goal and had two assists.

N.Y. Rangers 4 – WINNIPEG 1… Chris Kreider scored back-to-back goals to open the scoring and the Rangers cruised past the Jets. Mika Zibanejad had a goal and an assist. Igor Shesterkin made 42 saves at goal.

DALLAS 4 – Carolina 1… Jamie Benn scored the Stars’ final two goals in the victory over the Hurricanes. Denis Gurianov scored a tie-breaking goal on a second-period power play. Miro Heiskanen had two assists.

COLORADO 3 – Ottawa 0… Goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 34 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Avalanche breezed past the Senators. Mikko Rantanen scored the only goal Colorado needed with 41 seconds left in the first period. Valeri Nichushkin and Gabriel Landeskog also found the net.

EDMONTON 5 – Chicago 3… Kailer Yamamoto scored a pair of goals to help the Oilers pull away from the Blackhawks. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and three assists. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added a goal and an assist.

St. Louis – ANAHEIM (ppd)… Last night’s Blues-Ducks game was postponed with 7:50 left in the first period when St. Louis defenseman Jay Bouwmeester collapsed on the bench. Bouwmeester suffered the medical emergency while grabbing a drink of water. He appeared to be awake and alert as emergency medical personnel transported him out of the arena to a hospital.

Montreal is at Boston…
Los Angeles hosts Calgary…
Vancouver hosts Chicago

#4 SAN DIEGO STATE 82, New Mexico 59…
#6 DAYTON 81, Rhode Island 67…
#9 MARYLAND 72, Nebraska 70…
#12 Kentucky 78, VANDERBILT 64…
#13 Penn State 88, PURDUE 76…
Michigan State 70, #22 ILLINOIS 69…
#25 LSU 82, Missouri 78

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