The Rundown for February 27, 2020

PENCE TO OVERSEE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE… President Trump yesterday announced the appointment of Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the U.S.’ response to the coronavirus. Pence will work with professionals, doctors and others working to combat the disease, according to a White House statement. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said there have been 15 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. in addition to three cases of people who came from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus and 42 who were brought in from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control said yesterday that a patient in Solano County, California, could possibly be the first instance of community spread. The patient “had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual,” officials said.

APPEALS COURT RULES AGAINST SANCTUARY POLICIES… A federal appeals court yesterday ruled in favor of the Trump administration in its effort to withhold federal funds from local and state jurisdictions that have so-called sanctuary policies. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s ruling in November 2018, which found the Trump administration’s threat to withhold public safety funds to be unconstitutional. Seven states sued the Justice Department in 2017 after it required that states comply with rules enforcing federal immigration law.

HOUSE VOTES TO MAKE LYNCHING A FEDERAL HATE CRIME… The House voted 410-4 yesterday to approve a bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime. The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act was named in honor of the 14-year-old slain in 1955 by four white men who were later acquitted of the crime. The legislation is expected to pass the Senate by the end of the week.

SHOOTINGS LEAVE 6 DEAD AT MILWAUKEE BREWERY… An employee fatally shot five fellow workers at the Molson Coors brewery in Milwaukee yesterday before taking his own life. Police identified the shooter as a 51-year-old Milwaukee man. Authorities offered no immediate motive for the attack.

MASSIVE OIL REFINERY FIRE… The largest fuel refinery on the West Coast was back up and running yesterday following a massive explosion and fire that broke out on Tuesday night. The blast at the Marathon Petroleum Refinery in Carson southwest of Los Angeles could be heard at least 25 miles away and the blaze prompted the overnight shutdown of one of the nation’s busiest freeways. The cause is under investigation.

ENTERTAINMENT
MACAULAY CULKIN JOINS ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’ CAST… Actor Macaulay Culkin has agreed to join the cast of “American Horror Story” for the series’ 10th season. Actors from previous seasons, like Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, are slated to return after sitting out of the show’s ninth season. The popular series will also feature Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross and Finn Wittrock.

CLIVE CUSSLER DIES… Best-selling author and adventurer Clive Cussler has died at age 88, publisher Penguin Random House confirmed yesterday. Cussler passed away Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. His more popular novels included “Cyclops,″ “Night Probe!” and his commercial breakthrough, “Raise the Titanic!”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CHARLOTTE 107 – New York 101… All five starters scored in double figures as the Hornets fought off the Knicks. Terry Rozier led the way with 26 points. Devonte Graham added 21 points.

CLEVELAND 108 – Philadelphia 94… The Cavaliers jumped out to an 11-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in downing the 76ers. Collin Sexton pumped in 28 points.

WASHINGTON 110 – Brooklyn 106… The Wizards had to rally past the Nets in the fourth quarter after leading by 13 at the break. Bradley Beal lit it up for 30 points.

Orlando 130 – ATLANTA 120… The Magic pulled away in the second half to get past the Hawks. Evan Fournier dropped in 28 points. Aaron Gordon had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Minnesota 129 – MIAMI 126… Jordan McLaughlin made a driving layup with 8.5 seconds remaining and Jake Leyman added a pair of free throws to send the Timberwolves past the Heat. D’Angelo Russell scored 27 points and Malik Beasley added 21 for Minnesota.

HOUSTON 140 – Memphis 112… The Rockets built a 26-point halftime lead and coasted past the Grizzlies. Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 33 points. James Harden tossed in 30 points.

Dallas 109 – SAN ANTONIO 103… The Mavericks jumped out to a big lead early and held off the Spurs. Kristaps Porzingis had 28 points and 12 boards. Luka Doncic racked up 26 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists.

L.A. Clippers 102 – PHOENIX 92… The Clippers shook off a slow start to down the Suns. Kawhi Leonard put up 24 points and 14 boards.

Boston 114 – UTAH 103… Jayson Tatum scored 33 points and brought down 11 rebounds in leading the Celtics past the Jazz. Jaylen Brown added 20 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
New York is at Philadelphia…
Indiana hosts Portland…
Sacramento is at Oklahoma City…
Golden State hosts the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
COLORADO 3 – Buffalo 2… J.T. Compher broke a tie with a third-period goal and the Avalanche held on to edge the Sabres. Goalie Pavel Francouz made 31 saves.

VEGAS 3 – Edmonton 0… Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 29 shots in the Golden Knights’ blanking of the Oilers. Max Pacioretty, Nick Cousins and Shea Theodore found the net.

LOS ANGELES 2 – Pittsburgh 1… Trevor Lewis’ put-back goal with 32 seconds left in the second quarter gave the Kings a two-goal lead and they hung on to edge the Penguins. Blake Lizotte opened the scoring with a first-period goal.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
New York is at Montreal…
Tampa Bay hosts Chicago…
Toronto is at Florida…
Boston hosts Dallas…
Vancouver is at Ottawa…
Detroit hosts Minnesota…
the N.Y. Islanders are at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Calgary…
Washington is at Winnipeg…
New Jersey is at San Jose

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#9 Maryland 74, MINNESOTA 73…
#12 VILLANOVA 71, St. John’s 60…
#16 PENN STATE 65, Rutgers 64

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