The Rundown for March 9, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… Data supplied by state and local health agencies, governments and the CDC yesterday revealed that the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has topped 550. The virus has killed at least 21 patients spanning 32 states and Washington, D.C. Vermont, Virginia and Connecticut announced their first cases yesterday. On Saturday, Hawaii and Utah announced residents had tested positive. Two Princess cruise ships have been quarantined at sea with patients and stranded passengers. The Grand Princess cruise, with 21 coronavirus patients, is scheduled to dock in Oakland, California, today. The Regal Princess is been forced to remain off the coast of South Florida until two of its crew members have been tested for the virus. Health officials warn that the number of positive case is expected to rise as more testing is done. Anthony Fauci, head of the infectious diseases unit at the National Institutes of Health, said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday that there should be 400,000 more tests available by today and four million by the end of the week.

TRUMP, PENCE WON’T ATTEND ST. PATRICK’S DAY LUNCH… President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have declined an invitation to attend Thursday’s annual bipartisan St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Capitol Hill. It would mark the first time in the more than 30 years of the event that neither the president nor vice president joined House and Senate lawmakers at the event. The White House said Trump decided not to attend due to his strained relationship with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

OIL PRICES PLUNGE… U.S. oil prices crashed as much as 27 percent to a four-year low of $30 a barrel yesterday in response to Saudi Arabia’s declared price war against Russia. Crude was recently trading down 22 percent to $32 a barrel. Brent crude also plunged 22 percent to $35 a barrel. Both oil contracts are on track for their worst day since 1991, according to Refinitiv. Russia split from OPEC on Friday in refusing to comply with OPEC’s efforts to cut production amid the coronavirus outbreak.

4 DEAD IN MURDER-SUICIDE… Houston-area authorities are investigating the deaths of four people at a home in Fort Bend County early yesterday morning. Sheriff’s deputies responding to a call for a welfare check discovered the bodies of two adults and two teenagers. Investigators believe a 48-year-old man killed his wife, two teen sons and two dogs before turning the gun on himself and killing himself. Victims were identified as the suspect’s 49-year-old wife and their 13- and 16-year-old sons.

OKLAHOMA WILDFIRE… Fire officials in Oklahoma said yesterday that a wildfire on the state’s panhandle is 50-percent contained. The 412 Fire has burned more than 29,000 acres and an undetermined number of buildings. On Saturday, residents of the towns of Beaver and Forgan in Beaver County were asked to evacuate.

ENTERTAINMENT
LIL BABY TOPS ALBUM CHART... Lil Baby’s new release, “My Turn,” sold 197,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Bad Bunny’s “YHLMDLG” debuted in second place with 179,000 units sold. Last week’s champ, BTS’ “Map of the Soul: 7” dropped to third place after selling 84,000 copies sold. James Taylor’s “American Standard” finished fourth on sales of 82,000 units. Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me or Being Antisocial” remained at No. 5 after selling 63,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Onward” took in $40 million to open atop the weekend box office. “The Invisible Man” slipped into second place after bringing in $15.1 million. “The way Back” made $8.5 million to finish third. “Sonic the Hedgehog” slid into fourth place with $8 million. “The Call of the Wild” capped the top five with $7 million.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
BROOKLYN 110 – Chicago 107… The Nets hung on down the stretch to top the Bulls.
Spencer Dinwiddie pumped in 24 points. Caris LeVert and Joe Harris added 23 points apiece.

New Orleans 120 – MINNESOTA 107… Jrue Holiday lit it up for a season-high 37 points in leading the Pelicans past the Timberwolves. Zion Williamson added 23 points.

L.A. Lakers 112 – L.A. CLIPPERS 103… The Lakers were too much in the second half and beat the Clippers for the first time in seven tries. Anthony Davis led the way with 30 points. LeBron James tossed in 28 points. Avery Bradley added 24 points.

Oklahoma City 105 – BOSTON 104… Dennis Schroder made a go-ahead layup off a steal with 8.5 seconds remaining and finished with 27 points as the Thunder edged the Celtics. Chris Paul led all scorers with 28 points.

PHOENIX 140 – Milwaukee 131… Devin Booker scored 20 of his 36 points in the first quarter as the Suns built a 19-point lead on their way past a Bucks team that played without the injured Giannis Antetokounmpo. Ricky Rubio had 25 points, 13 rebounds and as many assists. Aaron Baynes added 24 points and Mikal Bridges tossed in 21.

Miami 100 – WASHINGTON 89… The Heat spurted past the Wizards in the fourth quarter to end their four-game road losing streak. Bam Adebayo had 27 points and 14 boards. Duncan Robinson added 23 points.

Indiana 112 – DALLAS 109… Victor Oladipo scored the game’s final six points in helping push the Pacers past the Mavericks. Domantas Sabonis racked up 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Orlando 126 – HOUSTON 106… D.J. Augustin came off the bench and scored 24 points as the Magic dealt the Rockets their fourth straight loss. Aaron Gordon had 19 points and 14 boards.

CLEVELAND 132 – San Antonio 129 (OT)… Andre Drummond had 28 points and 17 rebounds in his return from a leg injury as the Cavaliers outlasted the Spurs. Collin Sexton added 26 points. Five other players scored in double figures for Cleveland.

NEW YORK 96 – Detroit 84… The Knicks held the Pistons to 13 fourth-quarter points to pull away with the win. Julius Randle scored 22 points and grabbed 12 boards.

Toronto 118 – SACRAMENTO 113… Pascal Siakam scored 11 of his 23 points in the final 2-1/2 minutes as the Raptors fought off the Kings. Nick Powell scored a game-high 31 points and Kyle Lowry added 30.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Charlotte is at Atlanta…
Denver hosts Milwaukee…
Toronto is at Utah

NHL SCORES
Carolina 6 – PITTSBURGH 2… Morgan Geekie netted two goals and assisted on another in his NHL debut and the Hurricanes skated past the Penguins. Justin Williams also scored twice for Carolina.

DETROIT 5 – Tampa Bay 4 (SO)… Robby Fabbri’s goal in the shootout sent the Red Wings past the Lightning and ended Detroit’s 16-game regular-season losing streak to Tampa Bay. Tyler Bertuzzi and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and three assists.

Vegas 5 – CALGARY 3… The Golden Knights recovered to beat the Flames after blowing a three-goal second-period lead. Shea Theodore scored a tie-breaking goal with 1:10 remaining and Jonathan Marchessault added an empty-netter. Nick Holden had a goal and an assist.

St. Louis 2 – CHICAGO 0… Goalie Jake Allen stopped all 29 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Blues clipped the Blackhawks. Jaden Schwartz assisted on goals by Robert Bertuzzo and Alex Pietrangelo.

Minnesota 5 – ANAHEIM 4 (OT)… Kevin Fiala’s second goal of the game came off a power play at 4:01 of overtime and gave the Wild a hard-fought win over the Ducks. Alex Galchenyuk had a goal and an assist.

Columbus 2 – VANCOUVER 1… Emil Bemstrom and Eric Robinson scored second-period goals and the Blue Jackets hung on to down the Canucks. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 26 shots at goal.

Colorado 4 – SAN JOSE 3… Nathan Mackinnon and Gabriel Landeskog each had a goal and two assists as the Avalanche fought off the Sharks. J.T. Compher set up two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington 0 sat Buffalo…
Winnipeg hosts Arizona…
Florida is at St. Louis…
Edmonton hosts Vegas…
Colorado is at Los Angeles

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#9 MARYLAND 83, #25 Michigan 70…
#16 MICHIGAN STATE 80, #19 Ohio State 69…
#23 ILLINOIS 78, #18 Iowa 76…
#21 HOUSTON 64, Memphis 57

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