The Rundown for March 3, 2020

FOUR MORE CORONAVIRUS DEATHS… The number of deaths due to the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state rose to six yesterday after authorities reported four new fatalities. The deaths are the first on U.S. soil to be blamed on the virus. Five of the deaths occurred in King County, which includes Seattle. Researchers who studied the first two deaths expressed concern that the virus may have been spreading there for weeks. Data supplied by health officials yesterday indicated there are 100 cases of the coronavirus in the U.S.

BIDEN PICKS UP ENDORSEMENTS AHEAD OF TODAY’S SUPER TUESDAY… The presidential primary campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden continued to gain momentum yesterday on the eve of today’s Super Tuesday and its nomination contests in 14 states. After winning the South Carolina primary on Saturday, Biden yesterday piled up some major endorsements. The most surprising of them came from Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who announced that she was ending her presidential bid and would join South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg in endorsing Biden during his rally in Dallas last night. Biden also gained the endorsements of Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, California Senator Kamala Harris, former Nevada Senator Harry Reid and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke.

SUPREME COURT DECISIONS… The Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal that challenged the federal ban on bump stocks. The devices, which were banned following the 2017 Las Vegas massacre, can be fitted to semi-automatic rifles and allow a shooter to fire continuously with a single pull of the trigger. President Trump signed a directive to enact the ban in early 2018 following a Department of Justice review. The signing prompted gun-rights advocates to overturn the ban. Meanwhile, the High Court also revealed that it has agreed to consider a Republican-backed legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act as early as October. The challenge was presented by Republican state officials who claim Obamacare became unconstitutional after 2017 when the Republican-controlled Congress eliminated the tax penalty for violating the law’s “individual mandate.”

HILLARY CLINTON CAN BE DEPOSED OVER EMAILS… A federal judge ruled yesterday that Hillary Clinton can be deposed in a lawsuit about the State Department’s record-keeping of her private emails while serving as secretary of state. The order by U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth came in response to a six-year-old Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the right-wing group Judicial Watch in response to a 2012 attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton has been absolved of wrongdoing in the matter following investigations by the State Department inspector general and the FBI.

STOCKS REBOUND… Wall Street snapped a seven-day losing streak yesterday, as the Dow recorded its biggest point gain in history. The Dow finished up 1,294 points, or 5.1 percent at the closing of trading. Last week, the market dropped 12.4 percent, while the S&P 500 (SPX) plunged 11.5 percent. The S&P climbed 4.6 percent yesterday in its best performance since December 2018.

ENTERTAINMENT
JAMES LIPTON DIES… James Lipton, who was best known as the host of the Bravo series “Inside the Actors Studio,” died yesterday morning following a battle with bladder cancer. He was 93. Lipton hosted “Inside the Actors Studio” for 23 seasons following its launch in 1994. The show was a joint master class for students at the Actor Studio Drama School and The New School University. Lipton himself was an actor whose credits include the comedy sitcom “Arrested Development” as well as the films “Bewitched,” “Guiding Light” and “Bolt.”

CHRIS MATTHEWS RETIRES FROM MSNBC SHOW… Political commentator Chris Matthews announced last night that he is retiring as host of “Hardball” on MSNBC. The 74-year-old Matthews made the announcement before last night’s episode broke from commercial and he was immediately replaced by Steve Kornacki. Matthews has been heavily criticized for recent comments he made about Bernie Sanders, African-American lawmakers, and comments he had made to female journalists and coworkers.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Utah 126 – CLEVELAND 113… Bojan Bogdanovic pumped in 28 points and the Jazz cruised past the injury-depleted Cavaliers. Rudy Gobert added 20 points.

NEW YORK 125 – Houston 123… The Knicks held on at the end to hand the Rockets their first loss in seven games. Rookie guard RJ Barrett scored a season-high 27 points. Julius Randle had 16 points and as many rebounds.

Portland 130 – ORLANDO 107… The Trail Blazers bombed the Magic 38-19 in the fourth quarter to turn a close game into a rout of the Magic. CJ McCollum poured in 41 points. Gary Trent Jr. tossed in 24 points.

Memphis 127 – ATLANTA 88… The Grizzlies blew away the Hawks in the second half after leading by just 3 at the break. Gorgui Dieng came off the bench to score 17 points and lead nine players in double figures.

MIAMI 105 – Milwaukee 89… Jimmy Butler and Ja Crowder scored 18 points apiece to lead six players in double figures and the Heat handled the Bucks. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 13 boards.

CHICAGO 109 – Dallas 107… The Bulls held off the Mavericks after spotting them an early double-digit lead. Coby White scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Indiana 116 – SAN ANTONIO 111… The Pacers recovered to rally past the Spurs after blowing a 15-point lead. They got 26 points from Malcolm Brogdon and 23 from T.J. Warren.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
San Antonio is at Charlotte…
Boston hosts Brooklyn…
Minnesota is at New Orleans…
Oklahoma City hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Golden State is at Denver…
Phoenix hosts Toronto…
Philadelphia is at the L.A. Lakers…
Sacramento hosts Washington

NHL SCORES…
Colorado 2 – DETROIT 1… The Avalanche ran their winning streak to seven games by edging the Red Wings. Logan O’Connor scored the go-ahead goal on a breakaway in the second period. Vladislav Namestnikov’s goal tied the game in the first.

Edmonton 8 – NASHVILLE 3… Leon Draisaitl scored four goals and assisted on another in leading the Oilers past the Predators. Connor McDavid had a goal and four assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Montreal is at the N.Y. Islanders…
the N.Y. Rangers host St. Louis…
Ottawa is at Pittsburgh…
Tampa Bay hosts Boston…
Nashville is at Minnesota…
Winnipeg hosts Buffalo…
Anaheim is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Edmonton…
New Jersey is at Las Vegas…
San Jose hosts Toronto

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#4 BAYLOR 71, Texas Tech 68…
#12 DUKE 88, North Carolina State 69

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