The Rundown for March 6, 2020

SENATE PASSES CORONAVIRUS BILL… The Senate voted 96-1 yesterday to pass an $8.3 billion bill aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus and help develop vaccines. Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was the lone senator to oppose the bill. The House on Wednesday approved its version of the legislation in a 415-2 vote. Meanwhile, the Trump administration conceded that it won’t be able to meet its promised timeline of having a million coronavirus tests available by the end of the week. Health officials continue to focus on Washington state, where there have been 39 confirmed or presumptive positive cases, including 10 of the nation’s 11 fatalities from the virus. The Northshore Public School District, where 26 schools have been affected via direct or indirect exposure to the virus, announced it is closing for as long as two weeks in an effort to limit the outbreak. Facebook and Amazon have both urged Seattle-based workers to stay at home following infections at both companies. In California, where the only death outside Washington has been recorded, the San Francisco-bound Grand Princess Cruise ship that carried the elderly victim is being held off the coast until all other passengers are tested. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that the number of confirmed cases in his state has doubled to 22.

ELIZABETH WARREN ENDS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN… Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced yesterday that she is suspending her Democratic presidential nomination bid. He announcement came two days after her failure to win a single state primary on Super Tuesday, including the one in her home state. Warren followed-up her third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses by finishing fourth in both New Hampshire and Nevada and fifth in South Carolina.

INTERNATIONAL COURT APPROVES INVESTIGATION OF U.S. WAR CRIMES… The International Criminal Court has authorized an investigation into alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan. The court rejected a previous inquiry but an appeals chamber yesterday said the rejection was based on a misunderstanding of the court’s rules and allowed the investigation to proceed. Last year, the Trump administration revoked the U.S. visa of the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, citing “unjust investigation and prosecution.”

WELLS FARGO A ‘RECKLESS MEGABANK,” SAYS HOUSE PANEL… The House financial services committee released a report yesterday accusing Wells Fargo of operating a “reckless megabank” that continued abusing customers even after major scandals and punishment. The panel reached the conclusion following a year-long examination of the bank’s response to five consent orders from federal regulators. Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters said the inquiry showed an institution run by “an ineffective board and management.” Last month, the bank agreed to pay a $3 billion fine to settle investigations by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. Investigators found that bank workers opened millions of customer accounts without permission. Former CEO John Stumpf was ordered to pay a $17.5 million fine for his role in the scandals.

EXECUTION IN ALABAMA… A man convicted in the 2004 fatal shootings of three Birmingham police officers was executed in Alabama last night after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted its temporary stay to further review his case. Lawyers representing 44-year-old Nathaniel Woods sought a stay of execution for their client on the grounds that other death row inmates in Alabama who chose nitrogen hypoxia as their method of execution received temporary reprieves but not those who selected lethal injection. Woods’ roommate at the time of the slayings admitted to shooting the officers and Woods was accused of setting up an ambush. The confessed triggerman, Kerry Spencer, maintained until the end that Woods was in the wrong pace at the wrong time and had nothing to do with the crime.

R. KELLY PLEADS NOT GUILTY… R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty in a Chicago courtroom yesterday to 13 sexual abuse charges, including allegations involving a new accuser. The new alleged victim was added to a federal indictment. Prosecutors said during yesterday’s hearing that they had seized more than 100 electronic devices, such as smartphones, iPads and hard drives, after executing a search warrant. The judge in the case has set a trial date for October 13.

IN THEATERS… “The Way Back” tells the story about a failed high-school basketball phenom who seeks redemption after agreeing to coach at his alma mater. Ben Affleck and Janina Gavankar star in the R-rated film. The animated feature “Onward,” two teenage elf brothers living in a suburban fantasy world embark on a quest to discover whether there is still magic out there. It’s rated PG.

Denver 114 – CHARLOTTE 112… Jamal Murray’s 13-foot baseline jumper with 5.1 seconds remaining capped a fourth-quarter rally the lifted the Nuggets over the Hornets. Murray’s 18 points led seven Denver players in double figures.

L.A. Clippers 120 – HOUSTON 105… The Clippers jumped out to a 23-point halftime lead and never looked back in their pounding of the Rockets. Kawhi Leonard led a balanced scoring attack with 25 points. Ivica Zubac had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Philadelphia 125 – SACRAMENTO 108… Tobias Harris powered his way to 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the short-handed 76ers past the Kings. Shake Milton added 20 points.

Toronto 121 – GOLDEN STATE 112… The Raptors fought their way past the Warriors in a matchup of teams plagued by injuries. Norman Powell pumped in a career-high 37 points. Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and dished off 10 assists. The loss spoiled the return of Stephen Curry, who scored 23 points in 27 minutes for Golden State after missing 58 games with a fractured left hand.

Atlanta is at Washington…
Brooklyn hosts San Antonio…
Oklahoma City is at New York…
Boston hosts Utah…
Indiana is at Chicago…
Minnesota hosts Orlando…
Miami is at New Orleans…
Dallas hosts Memphis…
Portland is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Lakers host Milwaukee

Pittsburgh 4 – BUFFALO 2… Patric Hornqvist netted a pair of goals as the Penguins doubled up on the Sabres. Evegeni Malkin had two assists. The loss was Buffalo’s fifth in a row.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Montreal 0... Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots in the Lightning’s blanking of the Canadiens. Victor Hedman found the net twice for Tampa Bay.

Boston 2 – FLORIDA 1 (OT)… Torey Krug’s goal at 4:08 of overtime sent the Bruins past the Panthers for their fourth straight win. Patrice Bergeron tied the game with a first-period goal.

N.Y. RANGERS 6 – Washington 5 (OT)… Mika Zibanejad matched a franchise record with five goals, including the game-winner 33 seconds into overtime, to carry the Rangers past the Capitals. Artemi Panarin set up three goals.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Carolina 1… The Flyers skated past the Hurricanes for their eighth straight win. Scott Laughton assisted on two goals. Carter Hart made 28 stops at goal.

OTTAWA 4 – N.Y. Islanders 3… Matthew Barzal scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Senators past the Islanders. Goalie Craig Anderson made 37 saves.

NASHVILLE 2 – Dallas 0… Predators goalie Juuse Saros turned away 33 shots in shutting out the Stars. Nashville got goals from Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene,

CHICAGO 4 – Edmonton 3… Alex DeBrincat lit the lamp twice and the Blackhawks held off the Oilers for their fourth straight win. Adam Bogvist had two assists.

LOS ANGELES 1 – Toronto 0 (SO)… Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe scored in the shootout to send the Kings past the Maple Leafs. Jonathan Quick made 36 saves in the shutout.

Minnesota 3 – SAN JOSE 2… Zach Parise assisted on Alex Galchenyuk’s game-tying goal in the second period and added a go-ahead goal 3 minutes later as the Wild edged the Sharks. Goalie Alex Slalock stopped 40 shots.

St. Louis is at New Jersey…
Detroit hosts Chicago…
Vegas is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts Arizona…
Colorado is at Vancouver…
Anaheim hosts Toronto

#5 SAN DIEGO STATE 73, Air Force 60 (Mountain West Championship Quarterfinal)…
#13 OREGON 90, California 56…
#19 OHIO STATE 71, #23 Illinois 63…
CONNECTICUT 77, #21 Houston 71…
#25 MICHIGAN 82, Nebraska 58

WORD OF THE DAY… PANTHEON… (PAN–thee–ahn)… noun… 1) A group of illustrious persons.
In the PANTHEON of inspirational sports heroes, none shines brighter than Lance Armstrong.

BOND, COMMON BOND… What do these 3 things have in common: WILLY–ORCA–MOBY DICK?… (They are all Whales)


USELESS TRIVIA… Who is Buck Rogers’ girlfriend?… (Wilma Deering)

PHOBIA DU JOUR… Tachophobia… Fear of speed.

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