The Rundown for February 21, 2020

NYT: REPORT OF RUSSIAN ELECTION MEDDLING ANGERED TRUMP… President Trump’s removal of national intelligence director Joseph Maguire continues to draw scrutiny. White House officials yesterday told the New York Times that the decision came in response to a classified briefing senior DNI official Shelby Pierson delivered to the House Intelligence Committee last week. Trump was reportedly angered by the briefing’s claim that Russia continues to interfere on behalf of his presidential re-election bid and complained that Democrats would “weaponize” it against him. The president on Wednesday named loyalist Richard Grenell as acting head of intelligence despite Grenell having no intelligence experience. In his position as U.S. Ambassador to Germany, Grenell has angered Germans by siding with European white nationalists.

ROGER STONE SENTENCED… President Trump’s long-time adviser Roger Stone was sentenced to three years and four months in prison yesterday following his November conviction on seven felony counts of lying to Congress, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. In handing out the sentence, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone posed a threat to American democracy with his lies to lawmakers investigating Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “He was not prosecuted – as some have complained – for standing up for the president. He was prosecuted for covering up for the president,” Judge Jackson said afterward.

MAN CHARGED FOR THREATS AGAINST WHISTLEBLOWER ATTORNEY… Federal prosecutors have filed charges against a Michigan man who allegedly emailed death threats to a lawyer representing the whistleblower whose disclosures led to President Trump’s impeachment inquiry. Brittan J. Atkinson is accused of calling attorney Mark Zaid a “traitor” who “must die a miserable death.” A November 7 email to Zaid warned that, “We will hunt you down and bleed you out like the pigs you are.” The warning came on the same day that Trump read the attorney’s tweets out at a campaign rally.

MOTHER OF MISSING CHILDREN ARRESTED… The mother of two missing children sought in a warrant out of Madison County, Idaho, has been arrested in Hawaii. 47-year-old Lori Vallow is being held on $5 million bail after being charged with two felony counts of desertion and nonsupport of dependent children, as well as a variety of other offenses. Her 7-year-old son and her 17-year-old daughter haven’t been heard from since September and their mother has defied court orders to produce them. Investigators say Vallow and her husband, Chad Daybell, have lied about the kids’ whereabouts and even their existence. The children’s disappearance occurred amid a trio of suspicious deaths. On July 11, Vallow’s brother fatally shot her estranged husband during a fight in Arizona; the brother then died of undisclosed causes in December without being charged. Daybell’s previous wife was found dead at her home on October 19. Vallow and Daybell have been actively involved in a Church of Latter-Day Saints sect whose mission it is “to help the saints begin to prepare” for the second coming of Jesus Christ.”

EXECUTION IN TENNESSEE… A death row inmate convicted in the fatal stabbing a fellow prisoner 34 years ago was executed last night in Tennessee. 58-year-old Nicholas Todd Sutton was put to death at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville. He became the fourth inmate in the U.S., and the first in Tennessee, to be executed in 2020.

ENTERTAINMENT
AT LEAST 4 SUSPECTS IN POP SMOKE’S MURDER… At least four suspects are connected to Wednesday’s murder of New York rapper Pop Smoke at a Hollywood Hills home, Los Angeles police reported yesterday. The update came after detectives reviewed home security camera video that captured the suspects fleeing in a car. Officials will now consult license plate readers near the site of the murder for further clues. Investigators still don’t know whether the fatal shooting of the 20-year-old rapper was gang-related or the result of a home-invasion robbery.

IN THEATERS… “The Call of the Wild” is the big-screen adaptation of the classic Jack London novel. The PG-rated drama stars Harrison Ford and Karen Gillan in the story about a sled dog that struggles for survival in the wilds of the Yukon.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Milwaukee 126 – DETROIT 106… The Bucks built a 29-point halftime lead and never looked back in their rout of the Pistons. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 33 points and 16 rebounds. Kris Middleton added 28 points.

ATLANTA 129 – Miami 124… The Hawks closed with a 10-0 run to upend the Heat. Trae Young poured in a career-high 50 points.

Charlotte 103 – CHICAGO 93… Malik Monk delivered 25 points off the bench and Miles Bridges tossed in 22 points as the Hornets held off the Bulls.

PHILADELPHIA 112 – Brooklyn 104 (OT)… The 76ers limited the Nets to a single point in the overtime period in pulling away with the win. They got 25 points from Chris LeVert and 22 from Spencer Dinwiddie.

SACRAMENTO 129 – Memphis 125… Harrison Barnes knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to 32 points and the Kings held off the Grizzlies. De’Aaron Fox added 26 points.

Houston 135 – GOLDEN STATE 105… The Rockets jumped out to a 21-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their rout of the Warriors. James Harden scored 29 points and dished off 10 assists. Russell Westbrook added 21 points and Robert Covington had 20.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Cleveland is at Washington…
Orlando hosts Dallas…
Phoenix is at Toronto…
New York hosts Indiana…
Denver is at Oklahoma City…
Minnesota hosts Boston…
San Antonio is at Utah…
Portland hosts New Orleans…
Memphis is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
TORONTO 4 – Pittsburgh 0… Goalie Frederik Anderson stopped all 24 shots as the Maple Leafs blanked the Penguins. Jake Muzzin scored a goal and assisted on two others. John Tavares also had two assists.

NEW JERSEY 2 – San Jose 1… The Devils eased past the Sharks after spotting them an early goal. P.K. Subban netted a tie-breaking goal on a third-period power play. Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood made 36 saves.

Montreal 4 – WASHINGTON 3 (OT)… Ben Chiarot scored his second goal of the game 58 seconds into overtime and the Canadiens dealt the Capitals their third straight loss. Shea Weber and Brendan Gallagher also found the net.

Philadelphia 4 – COLUMBUS 3 (OT)… The Flyers rallied from two goals down in the third period to outlast the Blue Jackets. Kevin Hayes netted the winning goal 3:51 into overtime. Travis Konecny had a goal and two assists.

Winnipeg 5 – OTTAWA 1… Mark Scheifele scored three goals and assisted on another in leading the Jets past the Senators. Kyle Connor added a goal and an assist. Patrik Laine set up two goals.

ST. LOUIS 1 – Arizona 0… Ryan O’Reilly scored the game’s only goal with 12 minutes remaining as the Blues stopped the Coyotes. Goalie Jordan Binnington faced only 14 shots in the shutout.

VEGAS 5 – Tampa Bay 3… Five different players found the net as the Golden Knights ended the Lightning’s 11-game winning streak. Alec Martinez scored a goal and had an assist in his first game since being acquired from Los Angeles. Max Pacioretty and Mark Stone also had a goal and an assist.

LOS ANGELES 5 – Florida 4… Ben Hutton scored a tie-breaking goal a 12:45 of the third period and the Kings made it stand in topping the Panthers. Gabriel Vilardi and Drew Doughty each scored a goal and had an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at Carolina…
the N.Y. Islanders host Detroit…
Nashville is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts St. Louis…
Boston is at Calgary…
Edmonton hosts Minnesota…
Anaheim hosts Colorado

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 GONZAGA 71, San Francisco 54…
ARIZONA STATE 77, #14 Oregon 72…
#18 COLORADO 70, USC 66…
#20 IOWA 85, #25 Ohio State 76…
#23 BYU 85, Santa Clara 75…
#24 ARIZONA 89, Oregon State 63

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