The Rundown for March 10, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… There were 423 coronavirus cases and 19 deaths nationwide as of yesterday afternoon, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, scientists at Johns Hopkins University of Medicine list the number of cases at 607 and deaths at 22. The CDC said 75,000 COVID-19 tests are available at 78 state and local public health labs in all 50 states. Research has thus far revealed that people with pre-existing conditions or over the age of 80 are most susceptible. President Trump announced yesterday that he would introduce a payroll tax cut and ensure assistance is available to hourly workers throughout the pandemic. Trump, who has referred to the virus spread as the “Democrats’ new hoax,” is scheduled to hold a press conference today and reveal further details about action being taken. Meanwhile, Florida Republican Matt Gaetz became one of four GOP members of Congress to announce they are in self-quarantine after coming in contact with a person diagnosed with the virus at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference. Gaetz joins Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and congressmen Paul Gosar of Arizona and Doug Collins of Georgia.

CRUISE SHIPS DEALING WITH CORONAVIRUS… The Grand Princess cruise ship arrived in port at Oakland, California, yesterday after forced to idle for days off the coast of California. The 3,500 people aboard included 21 confirmed coronavirus patients. Officials say it will take up to three days to unload passengers. American passengers will be transported to military bases in California, Texas and Georgia for testing and a 14-day quarantine. Passengers from 55 other countries will be flown home. The more than 3,000 people aboard a separate Princess Cruises ship, the Caribbean Princess, remain anchored off the coast of Florida. The ship was scheduled to dock in Grand Cayman yesterday but was issued a “no sail order” from the U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention pending test results of two crew members who had transferred from the Grand Princess. The Caribbean Princess was originally scheduled to return to Fort Lauderdale last Wednesday following a 10-day trip to the Panama Canal.

WALL STREET TAKES BEATING… Wall Street took another staggering hit yesterday as markets plummeted amid falling oil stocks and concern about the coronavirus. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 2,000.70 points, or 7.74 percent, while the S&P 500 slid 7.6 percent and the Nasdaq Composite dropped 7.29 percent. There was a 15-minute halt in morning trading after the drop set off a built-in safety mechanism designed to avert a free fall. It was the first time the safety mechanism stopped trading since December 2008 financial crisis.

DEM CANDIDATES PREPARE FOR TODAY’S PRIMARIES… The two Democratic Party presidential hopefuls campaigned in Michigan yesterday ahead of today’s primaries there and in five other states today. Former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders are vying for the state’s 125 delegates. Other nominations today are in Washington, Missouri, Mississippi, Idaho and North Dakota. Biden has spurted ahead of Sanders in the delegate count and his hoping to deal a finishing blow today.

MONTANA GOVERNOR TO RUN FOR U.S. SENATE… Montana Governor Steve Bullock announced yesterday that he will run for the U.S. Senate currently held by incumbent Republican Steve Daines in November. The two-term governor touted his record of job creation and infrastructure in his campaign announcement. Since he took office, Montana’s economy has posted the nation’s sixth-fastest weekly wage growth, high school graduation rates improved and healthcare was expanded to 90,000 Montanans.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR MAX VON SYDOW DIES… Family members announced yesterday that Swedish-born actor Max von Sydow died Sunday of natural causes at age 90. Von Sydow earned Academy Award nominations as Best Actor for 1989’s “Pelle the Conqueror” and as Best Supporting Actor for 2012’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” His other film credits include “The Exorcist,” “Hannah and Her Sisters” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Von Sydow’s television credits include Showtime’s “The Tudors” and in HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”

LED ZEPPELIN PREVAILS IN COPYRIGHT DISPUTE… An appeals court yesterday ruled in favor of Led Zeppelin in its long-running copyright dispute over the 1971 song “Stairway to Heaven.” The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a 2016 verdict that the band did not unlawfully copy the Spirit song “Taurus” in creating the song. The initial verdict was delivered by a California jury in June 2016.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
ATLANTA 143 – Charlotte 138 (2OT)… De’Andre Hunter knocked down three free throws to break a tied with 13.3 seconds remaining in the second overtime and Cam Reddish added two more as the Hawks put away the Hornets. Hunter finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Trae Young led Atlanta with 31 points and 16 assists.

DENVER 109 – Milwaukee 95… The Nuggets jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and rallied in the fourth to bury the Bucks. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Jamal Murray’s 21 points. Paul Millsap had 20 points and 10 boards.

Toronto 101 – UTAH 92… The Raptors got big games from Serge Ibaka and Pascal Siakam in powering their way past the Jazz. Ibaka had 27 points and 13 rebounds. Siakam added 27 points and 11 boards. Kyle Lowry tossed in 21 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Boston is at Indiana…
Washington hosts New York…
Cleveland is at Chicago…
Houston hosts Minnesota…
Orlando is at Memphis…
San Antonio hosts Dallas…
Phoenix is at Portland…
Golden State hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Brooklyn is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
BUFFALO 3 – Washington 2 (SO)… The Sabres recovered to outlast the Capitals after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Dominik Kahun’s goal in the seventh round of the tie-breaker was the difference. Victor Olofsson and Jack Eichel scored in regulation for Buffalo.

WINNIPEG 4 – Arizona 2… The Jets came from two goals down in the second period to double up on the Coyotes. Cody Eskin scored the go-ahead goal in the third period and had an assist. Tucker Poolman also had a goal and an assist. Nikolaj Ehlers scored one goal and assisted on two others.

Florida 2 – ST. LOUIS 1… Brett Connolly scored early in the third period to break a tie and the Panthers held on to edge the Blues. Mike Hoffman evened the score with a second-period goal. Aleksi Saarela set up both scores. Goalie Chris Driedger stopped 26 shots.

Vegas 3 – EDMONTON 2 (OT)… Jonathan Marchessault tied the game with a third-period goal and assisted on Shea Theodore’s game-winner at 2:12 of overtime as the Golden Knights prevailed in a matchup of teams vying for the Pacific Division title. Nicolas Roy put Vegas on the board with a power-play goal in the first period.

LOS ANGELES 3 – Colorado 1… Austin Wagner and Mikey Anderson scored first-period goals and the Kings skated past the Avalanche. Alex Iafallo also found the net.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at Toronto…
Montreal hosts Nashville…
Pittsburgh is at New Jersey…
Philadelphia hosts Boston…
Carolina is at Detroit…
Dallas hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Vancouver…
Anaheim hosts Ottawa

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 GONZAGA 81, San Francisco 77 (West Coast Conference Tournament semifinal)…
Saint Mary’s 51, #14 BYU 50 (West Coast Conference Tournament semifinal)

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