The Rundown for March 5, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… Health officials said yesterday that there are now at least 130 cases of coronavirus in the U.S. spanning across 16 states. The virus has been blamed for 11 deaths, including California’s first fatality and the first death outside Washington state. Health officials continue to express frustration with their inability to determine how easily the disease spreads and how deadly it is.

BLOOMBERG ENDS PRESIDENTIAL RUN… Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that he is ending his campaign to become the Democratic presidential nominee. His announcement was expected following his dismal showing in Super Tuesday nomination contests. The 78-year-old Bloomberg endorsed Joe Biden while detailing his departure from the race.

TENNESSEE RECOVERING FROM TORNADOES… Rescue and recovery efforts continue in middle Tennessee following deadly tornadoes that claimed the lives of at least 25 people earlier this week. Authorities said yesterday that at least 38 people were still missing in Putnam County, where 18 fatalities occurred. According to officials, there are at least 48 collapsed structures in Nashville and more than 35,000 remain without electricity.

DEFENSE CONTRACTOR CHARGED WITH SHARING CLASSIFIED INFO… Federal prosecutors confirmed yesterday that they have charged a Defense Department contractor with transmitting highly sensitive classified national defense information to a foreign national with apparent connections to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Officials say 61-year-old Mariam Taha Thompson was arrested in Washington, D.C., last week on charges she gave “sensitive national defense information, including the names of individuals helping the United States, to a Lebanese national located overseas,” prosecutors say. Thompson will be detained without bond until at least next week.

BIDEN’S SUPER TUESDAY WINS RALLY MARKETS… Markets reacted favorable yesterday to former Vice President Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday wins in 10 states. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its second-largest gain in history, as it gained 1,173 points, or 4 percent, and closed at 27,090. The Nasdaq Composite was up 3.85 percent at 9,018 and the S&P 500 was up 4.22 percent at 3,130.

ENTERTAINMENT
RELEASE DATE OF NEW BOND FILM PUSHED BACK… The release date of the newest James Bond film is being pushed back from April to November due to fears about the coronavirus. Producers made the decision after an open letter from fans warned that theaters might be closed by the film’s original release date, or that attendance would be negatively affected. “No Time to Die” marks the final Bond film starring Daniel Craig, who was booked as host of this coming weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” to promote the film.

TRAVIS SMILEY LOSES PBS COURT CASE… Former television talk show host Travis Smiley has been ordered to pay about $1.5 million to his former employer, the Public Broadcasting Service. The jury decided that Smiley violated PBS’ morals clause. The network suspended Smiley in December 2017 and later fired him after claiming it had received multiple, credible allegations of misconduct by the hose. Smiley’s show aired on PBS for more than a decade.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Boston 112 – CLEVELAND 106… The Celtics fought off the Cavaliers in a matchup of teams missing key players. Jayson Tatum led the way with 32 points. Semi Ojeleye delivered 22 points off the bench.

Oklahoma City 114 – DETROIT 107… The Thunder recovered to down the Pistons after blowing a 16-point second-half lead. They got 27 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and 23 from Dennis Schroder.

MILWAUKEE 119 – Indiana 100… The Bucks bounced back to handle the Pacers after letting a 22-point lead slip away. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Kris Middleton tossed in 20 points.

MIAMI 116 – Orlando 113… The Heat knocked down a franchise-record 22 3-pointers and needed all of them to take down the Magic. Duncan Robinson was 9-of-12 from beyond the arc and finished with 27 points. Goran Dragic added 25 points.

Memphis 118 – BROOKLYN 79… The Grizzlies came on strong in the second half to rout the Nets. Josh Jackson led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points.

Utah 112 – NEW YORK 104… Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece to lead the Jazz past the Knicks. Rudy Gobert powered his way to 18 points and 14 boards.

MINNESOTA 115 – Chicago 108… The Timberwolves overcame a slow start to get past the Bulls. Malik Beasley pumped in 24 points.

DALLAS 127 – New Orleans 123 (OT)… The Mavericks outlasted the Pelicans in a contest that was close throughout. Kristaps Porzingis scored 34 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Luka Doncic racked up 30 points, 17 boards and 10 assists.

PORTLAND 125 – Washington 104… The Trail Blazers built a double-digit lead at halftime and put away the Wizards with a big third quarter. All five starters scored in double figures led by Carmelo Anthony’s 25 points. Hassan Whiteside had 24 points and 16 rebounds. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum added 22 points apiece.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Denver is at Charlotte…
Houston hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Philadelphia is at Sacramento…
Golden State hosts Toronto

NHL SCORES
Philadelphia 5 – WASHINGTON 2… The Flyers made it seven straight wins with their defeat of the Capitals. Kevin Hayes and Ivan Provorov each had a goal and an assist.

CALGARY 3 – Columbus 2 (OT)… The Flames erased a two-goal third-period deficit on their way past the Blue Jackets. T.J. Brodie found the net at 4:49 of overtime. Matthew Tkachuk netted the tying goal with 1:43 left in regulation.

Anaheim 4 – COLORADO 3 (OT)… Rickard Rakell lit the lamp with 1.2 seconds left in overtime and the Ducks snapped the Avalanche’s seven-game winning streak. Rakell also assisted on Brendan Gule’s first-period goal.

Arizona  4 – VANCOUVER 2… Nick Schmaltz and Lawson Crouse scored 2-1/2 minutes apart in the third period to give the Coyotes the lead for good in their defeat of the Canucks. Carl Soderberg had a goal and an assist. Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Buffalo…
Tampa Bay hosts Montreal…
Boston is at Florida…
the N.Y. Rangers host Washington…
Carolina is at Philadelphia…
Ottawa hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Dallas is at Nashville…
Chicago hosts Edmonton…
Toronto is at Los Angeles…
San Jose hosts Minnesota

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 KANSAS 75, TCU 66…
#3 Dayton 84, RHODE ISLAND 57…
#7 Florida State 73, NOTRE DAME 71…
#14 Villanova 78, #8 SETON HALL 75…
#11 CREIGHTON 91, Georgetown 76…
Texas A&M 78, #17 AUBURN 75…
#22 Virginia 46, MIAMI 44…
#24 WISCONSIN 63, Northwestern 48

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