The Rundown for January 7, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 21,295,174 and the nation’s death toll stands at 361,072, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… At least 52 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in the UK have been found in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 26 cases in California, 22 cases in Florida, two cases in Colorado, and one case each in Georgia and New York.

4 DEAD IN CAPITOL VIOLENCE… A violent and deadly day on Capitol Hill ended early this morning with President-elect Joe Biden move one step closer to being inaugurated on January 20. Lawmakers rejected objections to Arizona and Pennsylvania voting results in certifying Biden’s Electoral College victory in the presidential election. The process was interrupted for hours after mobs of President Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building and forced police to evacuate members of Congress. Egged on by Tweets from Trump, the mob entered the House and Senate chambers, ransacked offices and vowed further violence. One of the rioters, a woman from San Diego, was fatally shot by police. Metro D.C. police said three other people died as a result of medical emergencies.

VIOLENCE PROMPTS WHITE HOUSE RESIGNATIONS… Two top aides to first lady Melania Trump resigned in the wake of yesterday’s violence on Capitol Hill and top White House officials are reportedly on their way out. Stephanie Grisham resigned as chief of staff to the first lady. White House social secretary, Rickie Niceta, also resigned, as did deputy White House press secretary, Sarah Matthews. National security adviser Robert O’Brien and his deputy, Matthew Pottinger, are among those expected to resign.

OSSOFF PROJECTED AS WINNER IN GEORGIA RACE… Jon Ossoff appears to have followed fellow Democrat the Reverend Raphael Warnock in winning U.S. Senate seats following Tuesday’s runoff elections in Georgia. Ossoff, who ran against Senator David Perdue, was officially projected as the winner yesterday morning, giving Democrats control of Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade. The 33-year-old Ossoff becomes the first millennial to be elected to the Senate. Warnock, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta who ran against Senator Kelly Loeffler, was declared the winner Tuesday night.

BIDEN TO PICK GARLAND FOR AG… President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general as early as today. President Barack Obama nominated Garland for the Supreme Court in 2016 but the Republican-held Senate refused the hold a hearing from him. The seat remained open until President Trump filled it with Neil Gorsuch in 2017. Former Alabama Senator Doug Jones and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates were believed to be finalists for the post.

ENTERTAINMENT
BURGLARS TARGETED HOSPITALIZED DRE
… Los Angeles police say Dr. Dre’s home was the target of burglars while the music mogul was hospitalized. Officers responded to a report of an attempted burglary on Tuesday night after reports spread that Dre had suffered a brain aneurysm. Police say four suspects who unsuccessfully tried to enter Dre’s house and were apprehended following a short pursuit.

CLANCY BROWN TO BE VILLAIN IN ‘DEXTER’… Clancy Brown has signed on to the cast of Showtime’s upcoming limited series revival of “Dexter.” Brown will portray Kurt Caldwell, the series’ main villain. The 10-episode revival will take place seven years after the show’s 2013 series finale. “Dexter,” which follows about a serial killer in Miami who works for the police as a blood analyst, originally ran for eight seasons beginning in 2006. Series lead Michael C. Hall is returning as Dexter.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 114 – Houston 107
… Malcolm Brogdon knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining and finished with a career-high 35 points in leading the Pacers past the Rockets. Domantas Sabonis had 22 points and 12 rebounds. Eric Gordon delivered 20 points off the bench.

ORLANDO 105 – Cleveland 94… The Magic shook off a slow start to roll past the Cavaliers. Terrence Ross came off the bench to score 20 points and lead a balanced scoring attack. Orlando lost starting guard Markelle Fultz in the first quarter to a season-ending knee injury.

PHILADELPHIA 141 – Washington 136… The 76ers overcame a 60-point outburst by the Wizards’ Bradley Beal to escape with the victory. Joel Embiid pumped in 38 points to lead Philadelphia. Ben Simmons scored 17 points and dished off 12 assists.

Charlotte 102 – ATLANTA 94… The Hornets jumped out to a 27-11 lead after the first quarter and retained control in their win over of the Hawks. Gordon Hayward poured in a career-high 44 points.

Boston 107 – MIAMI 105… Payton Pritchard’s putback of a Marcus Smart miss with two-tenths of a second on the clock lifted the Celtics over the Heat. Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 27 points. Jaylen Brown had 21 points and 12 boards.

NEW YORK 112 – Utah 100… The Knicks erased a double-digit second-half deficit on their way past the Jazz. Julius Randle had game-highs with 30 points and 16 rebounds. Austin Rivers scored 14 straight points down the stretch and finished with 23 points. Elfrid Payton tossed in 22 points.

MILWAUKEE 130 – Detroit 115… The Bucks built a 26-point halftime lead and never looked back in their thrashing of the Pistons. They got 25 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 23 from Kris Middleton.

Oklahoma City 111 – NEW ORLEANS 110… George Hill made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 12.1 seconds left as the Thunder held off the Pelicans. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 21 points. Darius Bazley had 20 points and 12 boards.

PHOENIX 123 – Toronto 115… The Suns knocked down 21 3-pointers in downing the Raptors. Devin Booker scored 24 points and Jae Crowder added 21. Deandre Ayton grabbed 16 rebounds to go with his 11 points.

L.A. Clippers 108 – GOLDEN STATE 101… Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scored 21 points apiece as the Clippers fought off the Warriors. George also brought down 12 boards. Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

SACRAMENTO 128 – Chicago 124… Buddy’ Hield’s four-point play with 38 seconds left proved to be the difference in the Kings’ win over the Bulls. Richaun Holmes led Sacramento with 24 points. Marvin Bagley III had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Harrison Barnes added 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Brooklyn…
Memphis hosts Cleveland…
Dallas is at Denver…
the L.A. Lakers host San Antonio…
Minnesota is at Portland

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 2 BAYLOR 76, Oklahoma 61…
No. 7 CREIGHTON 89, Seton Hall 53…
No. 9 TENNESSEE 79, Arkansas 74…
No. 10 MICHIGAN 82, No. 16 Minnesota 57…
No. 11 HOUSTON 70, Wichita State 63…
LOUISVILLE 73, No. 19 Virginia Tech 71…
No. 21 DUKE 83, Boston College 82…
No. 22 VIRGINIA 70, Wake Forest 61

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