The Rundown for January 19, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 24,074,200 and the nation’s death toll stands at 398,980, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. have been trending down since peaking last week. The 1.5 million new cases recorded over the past seven days represent an 11-percent drop from the previous week. Cases declined in 35 states week-over-week, and 18 states saw a drop in the number of deaths. Nevertheless, health officials warn that it’s too early to be overly optimistic… A former Florida public health whistleblower who says she was fired in May because she refused to manipulate data to downplay the severity of the state’s coronavirus outbreak turned herself in to face a felony computer offense and was released on bail yesterday. 31-year-old Rebekah Jones called the case against her politically motivated and vows to press the truth.

GIULIANI WON’T REPRESENT TRUMP IN SENATE IMPEACHMENT… President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani declared yesterday that he won’t represent Trump at his upcoming impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. Giuliani said he’s having to recuse as attorney due to his participation in Trump’s rally just before the Capitol riot. Giuliani called for “trial by combat” during his appearance with Trump at the rally and potentially faces charges.

BIDEN TO INTRODUCE IMMIGRATION PLAN… President-elect Joe Biden intends to introduce an immigration bill on his first day in office that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. The legislation would allow those living in the U.S. as of January 1, 2021, to get a green card, which grants temporary status, within five years, provided they pay taxes and pass background checks, and afterward obtain naturalization within three years. The plan would also speed up the path to citizenship for children protected under the DREAM Act, agricultural workers and others.

CENSUS BUREAU DIRECTOR RESIGNS… Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham announced his resignation yesterday, effective tomorrow. Dillingham, who held the position for two years, was scheduled to continue through the end of 2021. His tenure was marked by whistleblowers’ complaints that President Trump’s political appointees were pressuring Dillingham to release its 2020 Census data by January 15, regardless of accuracy. Complaints noted that releasing the numbers so early would lessen their accuracy due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

ALLEGED NANCY PELOSI LAPTOP BANDIT ARRESTED… Federal authorities have arrested a 22-year-old woman who allegedly stole computer equipment from Nancy Pelosi’s office during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and intended to sell it to Russia’s intelligence service. An FBI criminal complaint says Riley June Williams of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was identified in a tip from person who claimed to be Williams’ former romantic partner. The witness said the sale to Russia fell through and that Williams “still has the computer device or destroyed it.”

ENTERTAINMENT
CRITICS CHOICE AWARD NOMINATIONS
… The crime-thriller “Ozark” and the royal drama “The Crown” each earned six nominations yesterday to lead the field at this year’s Critics Choice Awards. “Lovecraft Country,” “Mrs. America,” “Schitt’s Creek” and “What We Do in the Shadows” earned five nods apiece. “Better Call Saul” and “The Plot Against America” are each are up for four awards. Streaming service Netflix led the field with 26 nominations, which was two more than HBO. Winners will be announced during a March 7 ceremony hosted by entertainer Taye Diggs.

GARTH BROOKS TO PERFORM AT INAUGURATION… Country music superstar Garth Brooks announced yesterday that he’ll perform tomorrow at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. Brooks joins fellow headliners Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga in the event’s lineup of entertainers. “This is a great day in our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity,” Brooks said.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

NEW YORK 91 – Orlando 84… The Knicks dialed it up defensively in grinding out a win over the Magic. RJ Barrett scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Julius Randle finished with 21 points and 17 boards.

ATLANTA 108 – Minnesota 97… All five starters scored in double figures as the Hawks cruised past the Timberwolves. Deandre Hunter led the way with 25 points. Clint Capela had 23 points and 15 rebounds. Trae Young scored 20 points and dished off 13 assists.

San Antonio 125 – PORTLAND 104… The Spurs used a big fourth quarter to put away the Trail Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge pumped in 22 points. DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and 11 assists.

MEMPHIS 108 – Phoenix 104… The Grizzlies fought off the Suns to win their fifth straight. Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke scored 17 points apiece to lead seven players in double figures. Morant also had 10 assists.

BROOKLYN 125 – Milwaukee 123… Kevin Durant knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left and the Nets hung on to down the Bucks. Durant finished with 30 points. James Harden had game-highs with 34 points and 12 assists. Joe Harris tossed in 20 points.

TORONTO 116 – Dallas 93… The Raptors surged past the Mavericks in a game that was tied at halftime. Kyle Lowry pumped in 23 points. Chris Boucher delivered 21 points and 10 boards off the bench.

MIAMI 113 – Detroit 107… The shorthanded Heat overcame a 19-point deficit to upend the Pistons. Bam Adebayo powered his way to 28 points and 10 rebounds. Goran Dragic added 22 points.

CHICAGO 125 – Houston 120… The Bulls held off the Rockets in the second half to escape with the victory. Zack LaVine scored 33 points to lead seven players in double figures.

Golden State 115 – L.A. LAKERS 113… The Warriors rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to stun the Lakers. Stephen Curry knocked down a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute and finished with 26 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 23 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Oklahoma City is at Denver…
Utah hosts New Orleans

NHL SCOREBOARD
Columbus 3 – DETROIT 2… Pierre-Luc Dubois’ third-period goal proved to be the difference in the Blue Jackets’ win over the Red Wings. Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 35 saves.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 1 – Boston 0… Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted the game’s only goal with 4:09 remaining. Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 27 shots at goal.

TORONTO 3 – Winnipeg 1… John Tavares and Mitch Marner scored second-period goals for the Maple Leafs. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 27 saves.

Buffalo 6 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar scored two goals apiece to lead the Sabres in their romp over the Flyers. Jack Eichel had three assists.

ST. LOUIS 5 – San Jose 4… Jordan Kyrou netted a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Blues hung on to edge the Sharks. Justin Faulk found the net twice.

Carolina 4 – NASHVILLE 2… Vincent Trocheck and Sebastian Aho scored third-period goals to give the Hurricanes the lead for good in their defeat of the Predators. Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and an assist.

CALGARY 5 – Vancouver 2… The Flames scored three unanswered goals in the third period on their way past the Canucks. Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist.

Montreal 3 – EDMONTON 1… The Canadiens got goals from Alexander Romanov, Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen in cruising past the Oilers. Jake Allen stopped 26 shots at goal.

ANAHEIM 1 – Minnesota 0… Nicolas Deslauriers lit the lamp to break a scoreless tie early in the third period and the Ducks made it stand in their win over the Wild. John Gibson had 34 saves in the shutout.

VEGAS 4 – Arizona 2… The Golden Knights rallied past the Coyotes after spotting them a two-goal lead. Reilly Smith scored two of Vegas’ three third-period goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
New Jersey is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia hosts Buffalo…
Chicago is at Florida…
Pittsburgh hosts Washington…
Winnipeg is at Ottawa…
Detroit hosts Columbus…
Carolina is at Nashville…
Los Angeles hosts Colorado

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
No. 2 BAYLOR 77, No. 9 Kansas 69…
St. John’s 74, No. 23 CONNECTICUT 70

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