CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 9,962,900 and the nation’s death toll stands at 237,567, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation added 127,399 cases yesterday, topping 100,000 new infections for the fourth consecutive day. The death toll rose by more than 1,000 for the fifth consecutive day as 1,040 new fatalities were reported.
PRESIDENTIAL RACE IN FOUR STATES TOO CLOSE TO CALL… Even after former Vice President Joe Biden has secured enough electoral votes to win the presidency, races in Georgia, North Carolina, Arizona and Alaska remained too close to call yesterday as votes were still being counted. Biden has secured nine more electoral votes than the 270 required to become president. Former President George W. Bush yesterday congratulated Biden on his win.
BIDEN GEARING UP FOR PRESIDENCY… President-elect Joe Biden is scheduled to announce his 12-member pandemic task force today. The coronavirus task force will develop a blueprint for containing the disease once Biden takes office in January. It will be headed by three co-chairs, former surgeon general Vivek Murthy, former Food and Drug Administration commissioner David Kessler, and Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith of Yale University. While prioritizing containment of the pandemic, Biden is reportedly preparing to take quick action elsewhere. Yesterday, his campaign adviser Symone Sanders vowed that the president elect, is “going to make good on his promises” made on the campaign trail.” Biden has promised to rejoin the Paris climate accord and the World Health Organization, repeal Trump’s ban on travel from some Muslim-majority countries and reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
CREWS CONTINUE OIL-SPILL CLEANUP… Crews continue their efforts to clean up an oil spill that spans the Delaware and Maryland coastlines. The spill was detected October 19 at Delaware’s Broadkill Beach and was spread by tidal action. An estimated 75 tons of oily sand and debris have been removed from coastal areas. The source of the spill has not been determined.
ETA ARRIVES… Tropical storm Eta carried maximum winds of 65 mph as it made landfall in the Florida Keys last night. Officials in Florida had braced for a storm that could hit at hurricane force. In Florida, governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency Saturday for eight counties and urged residents to stock up on supplies. Miami-Dade county declared a state of emergency Friday night and also warned a flood watch would be in effect through tomorrow night.
ALEX TREBEK DIES… Alex Trebek, who of the gameshow “Jeopardy!” since its 1984 debut in syndication, died yesterday of pancreatic cancer. He was 80. Trebek revealed his diagnosis in March 2019. “Jeopardy!” episodes hosted by Trebek will air through Christmas Day. Trebek’s last day in the studio was October 29. Trebek won five Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding game show host. In 2011, he received a Peabody Award for “encouraging, celebrating and rewarding knowledge.” Trebek hosted more than 8,200 “Jeopardy!” episodes over the course of 37 seasons.
ARIANA GRANDE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Ariana Grande’s new release, “Positions,” sold 174,000 copies to give her a fifth No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Trippie Redd’s “Pegasus” debuted in second place on sales of 60,000 units. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon” sold 60,000 copies to remain in third place. Last week’s champ, Luke Combs’ “What You See Is What You Get” dropped to No. 4 after selling 52,000 units. Sam Smith’s “Love Goes” debuted at No. 5 with 41,000 copies sold.
MINNESOTA 34 – Detroit 20… Dalvin Cook rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns to lead the ground game and the Vikings (3-5) rolled past the Lions (3-5). Kirk Cousins found Irv Smith with two of his three touchdown passes.
KANSAS CITY 33 – Carolina 31… Patrick Mahomes passed for four touchdown passes as the Chief s (8-1) held off the Panthers (3-6). Tyreek Hill had nine catches for 113 yards and two scores. Travis Kelce caught 10 passes for 159 yards.
Baltimore 24 – INDIANAPOLIS 10… The Ravens (6-2) came alive in the second half to top the Colts (5-3). Gus Edwards and Lamar Jackson ran for second-half touchdowns.
BUFFALO 44 – Seattle 34… Josh Allen completed 31 of 38 passes for 415 yards and threw touchdowns in leading the Bills (7-2) past the Seahawks (6-2). Stefon Diggs had nine receptions for 118 yards.
TENNESSEE 24 – Chicago 17… The Titans (6-2) withstood a fourth-quarter rally to down the Bears (5-4). Ryan Tannehill threw touchdowns to A.J. Brown and Jonnu Smith. Desmond King returned a fumble 63 yards for a score.
ATLANTA 34 – Denver 27… Matt Ryan threw touchdown passes to three different receivers as the Falcons (3-6) held off the Broncos (3-5) for their third win in four games. Olamide Zaccheaus had four receptions for 103 yards and a score.
Houston 27 – JACKSONVILLE 25… The Texans (2-6) held on at the end to hand the Jaguars (1-7) their seventh straight loss. Deshaun Harris threw 57- and 77-yard touchdown passes.
N.Y. Giants 23 – WASHINGTON 20… Logan Ryan’s interception of an Alex Smith pass late in the fourth quarter preserved the Giants’ (2-7) win over Washington 2-6. Daniel Jones hit Evan Engram with a 16-yard third-quarter touchdown pass. Wayne Gallman ran for a score.
Las Vegas 31 – L.A. CHARGERS 26… Derek Carr had two touchdown tosses and the Raiders (5-3) got touchdown runs from Devontae Booker and Josh Jacobs in topping the Chargers (2-6). It was a heartbreaking loss for L.A., as Justin Herbert’s 4-yard TD pass to Donald Parham Jr. on the final play was overturned after a replay review.
Miami 34 – ARIZONA 31… Tua Tagovailoa passed for yards and two touchdown in his first NFL start and the Dolphins (5-3) rallied past the Cardinals (5-3) in the fourth quarter. Jason Sanders’ 50-yard field goal with 3:50 remaining was the difference.
Pittsburgh 24 – DALLAS 19… The Steelers (8-0) scored 15 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to upend the Cowboys (2-7). Ben Roethlisberger threw three touchdown passes.
New Orleans 38 – TAMPA BAY 3… Drew Brees hit four different receivers with touchdown passes and the Saints (6-2) throttled the Buccaneers (6-3). Defensively, New Orleans intercepted Tom Brady three times.
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL…
New England (2-5) is at the N.Y. Jets (0-8)