The Rundown for February 24, 2020

TRUMP IN INDIA… President Trump traveled to India yesterday for a 36-hour visit. The president is scheduled to tour the Taj Mahal, hold formal talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attend a state banquet tomorrow. Trump and Modi last appeared together in September at a rally in Houston.

NATIONAL SECURITY DIRECTOR DENIES RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE… White House national security advisor Robert O’Brien denies reports that Russia has been interfering in the 2020 election in support of President Trump. During an appearance yesterday on ABC’s “This Week,” O’Brien called “false” last week’s in the New York Times and Washington Post that claimed Russia is working on behalf of Bernie Sanders as well as Trump. U.S. intelligence officials reportedly informed members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee of the Russian efforts in a classified briefing and shared their analyses with Trump as well. Trump yesterday denied being briefed about the interference.

QUARANTINED CRUISE-SHIP PASSENGERS WON’T GO TO ALABAMA… The Trump administration has backed off plans to quarantined patients from the Diamond Princess cruise ship at a former Army base in Anniston, Alabama. Governor Kay Ivey and U.S. Senator Richard Shelby confirmed the news just a day after the Department of Health and Human Services said the Alabama facility would house evacuated Americans who had tested positive for coronavirus. Officials haven’t said where the patients would be quarantined.

JUDGE IN ROGER STONE CASE DENIES BIAS… The judge presiding over the case of long-time Trump loyalist Roger Stone last night denied Stone’s filing to have her disqualified due to bias. In issuing her denial, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone’s legal team had failed to back up its allegations with any “factual or legal support.” Lawyers for Stone had accused the judge of displaying bias at the sentencing hearing by commending the “integrity” of the jury. Stone was sentenced last week to 40 months in prison for obstruction of justice and lying to congressional investigators.

TANDEM FLOATS REMOVED FROM MARDI GRAS AFTER SECOND DEATH… New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has banned tandem floats for the remainder of Mardi Gras following a second parade-related death on Saturday night. Saturday night’s death resulted from a man getting caught between two sections of a massive tandem float, which are multiple floats connected together and pulled by a tractor. Last week, a 58-year-old woman was fatally run-over after she apparently tripped while trying to cross between two parts of a tandem float.

ENTERTAINMENT
JUSTIN BIEBER TOPS ALBUM CHART… Justin Bieber’s new release, “Changes,” sold 231,000 copies to give him his seventh No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. A Boogie With da Hoodie’s “Artist 2.0” debuted at No. after selling 111,000 units. Tame Impala’s “The Slow Rush” opened in third place with 110,000 copies sold. Last week’s chart-topper, Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial,” dropped to fourth place with 70,000 units sold. Monsta X’s “All About Luv” capped the top five with 52,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Sonic the Hedgehog” took in $26.3 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “The Call of the Wild” opened just behind at No. 2 with $24.8 million. “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” slipped to third place with $7 million. “Brahms: The Boy II” opened in fourth place after taking in $5.9 million. “Bad Boys for Life” made $5.8 million to finish fifth.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
L.A. LAKERS 114 – Boston 112… LeBron James’ fallaway jumper with 30 seconds remaining gave the Lakers the lead for good in their win over the Celtics. James finished with 29 points. Anthony Davis led L.A. with 32 points and 13 rebounds.

DENVER 128 – Minnesota 116… Paul Millsap scored a season-high 25 points and Nikola Jokic added 24 as the Nuggets topped the Timberwolves. Four other players scored in double figures for Denver.

TORONTO 127 – Indiana 81… The Raptors jumped out to a 34-12 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their blowout of the Pacers. Pascal Siakam led the way with 21 points. Serge Ibaka had 15 points and as many boards.

CHICAGO 126 – Washington 117… The Bulls cruised past the Wizards to snap their eight-game losing streak. Colby White pumped in 33 points off the bench. Thaddeus Young added 23 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY 131 – San Antonio 103… The Thunder bombed the Spurs 37-18 in the third quarter and coasted to the victory. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Steven Adams finished with 21 points and 14 boards.

New Orleans 115 – GOLDEN STATE 101… The Pelicans erased a 10-point halftime deficit on their way past the Warriors. Zion Williamson scored 28 points to lead all scorers. Jrue Holiday had 23 points and 15 assists. Nicolo Melli added 20 points.

PORTLAND 107 – Detroit 104… The Trail Blazers held on down the stretch to get past the Pistons despite playing without the injured Damian Lillard. CJ McCollum had game-highs with 41 points and 12 assists. Carmelo Anthony tossed in 32 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Milwaukee…
Miami is at Cleveland…
Brooklyn hosts Orlando…
New York is at Houston…
Dallas hosts Minnesota…
Phoenix is at Utah…
the L.A. Clippers host Memphis

NHL SCORES
WASHINGTON 5 – Pittsburgh 3… The Capitals used a four-goal third period to put away the Penguins and end their four-game losing streak. T.J. Oshie netted the go-ahead goal and had an assist. Carl Hagelin scored two goals.

BUFFALO 2 – Winnipeg 1… Kyle Okposo opened the scoring early in the first period and added a tie-breaking goal in the third to lead the Sabres past the Jets. Zemgus Girgensons assisted on both goals. Goalie Jonas Johansson made 25 saves.

DALLAS 2 – Chicago 1… Tyler Seguin netted a go-ahead goal with 3:31 remaining and the Stars made it stand in edging the Blackhawks. Joe Pavelski scored a first-period goal. Anton Khudobin stopped 31 shots at goal.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – San Jose 1… Anders Lee found the net twice as the Islanders skated past the Sharks. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves.

Calgary 4 – DETROIT 2… Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist as the Flames doubled up on the Red Wings. Noah Hanifin set up two scores.

St. Louis 4 – MINNESOTA 1… The Blues made it four straight wins with their thumping of the Wild. Oskar Sundqvist had a goal and an assist. Jordan Binnington made 32 stops at goal.

Vegas 6 – ANAHEIM 5 (OT)… The Golden Knights recovered to outlast the Ducks after blowing a two-goal lead in the final three minutes of regulation. Shea Theodore netted the winning goal at 3:50 of overtime. William Karlsson scored back-to-back goals in the third period to complete a hat trick.

Edmonton 4 – LOS ANGELES 2… Connor McDavid scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Oilers past the Kings. Caleb Jones assisted on two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Ottawa is at Columbus

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#25 OHIO STATE 79, #7 Maryland 72…
INDIANA 68, #9 Penn State 60…
#15 CREIGHTON 81, #21 Butler 59…
#16 SETON HALL 81, St. John’s 65

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