The Rundown for January 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 24,433,677 and the nation’s death toll stands at 406,001, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Efforts to vaccinate Americans continue to be slowed by a shortage of vaccine. The Health and Human Services Department suggested last week that states had unrealistic expectations for how much vaccine was on the way.

BIDEN INAUGURATED… Joe Biden was sworn in yesterday as the 46th president of the United States. In his inauguration address, Biden called for unity and promised to “restore the soul of our nation.” At 78, Biden became the nation’s oldest president upon entering office. History was also made when Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president and became the first woman in American history to hold the nation’s second-highest job. Biden launched his presidency by issuing a slew of executive orders aimed at undoing some Trump administration policies. The 17 orders Biden signed into law included re-entering the U.S. into the Paris Climate Agreement and World Health Organization, halting construction of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline permit and ending the travel ban imposed on several majority-Muslim countries.

NEW SENATORS SWORN IN… Three new Democratic senators were sworn in shortly after President Joe Biden’s inauguration yesterday. The Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff earned the seats with wins in Georgia’s runoff elections last month. They became the first black and Jewish, respectively, senators from Georgia. Alex Padilla became the first Latino senator from California in filling the seat Kamala Harris vacated to become vice president.

AVRIL HAINES CONFIRMED AS NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR… The Senate voted 84-10 yesterday to confirm Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence. She becomes President Biden’s first Cabinet-level official to be confirmed. During her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, the 51-year-old Haines pledged to declassify an intelligence report about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and promised an “aggressive response” to counter China’s “illegal and unfair practices.” Haines previously served as deputy national security adviser and was deputy chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2007-2008 when Biden was chairman. In 2013, President Barack Obama named her deputy CIA director, the first woman to hold the job.

ARMY SECRETARY RESIGNS… Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced his resignation yesterday. His departure follows the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building and subsequent questions regarding a lax response. McCarthy told members of Congress that the Washington, D.C. National Guard had not prepared for such a threat, even though plans were revealed a month earlier on social media.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘WORST COOK’ ARRESTED IN CHILD’S DEATH
… A former winner of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America has been arrested in connection with the killing of a 3-year-old child. Ariel Robinson and her husband Jerry Robinson were charged with homicide by child abuse on Tuesday. Charges were filed after police in Greenville County, South Carolina, received a call about an unresponsive child who was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. After winning season 20 of “Worst Cooks in America,” Robinson told an interviewer that she had five children.

DANNY MASTERSON ATTORNEY ENTERS NOT-GUILTY PLEA… An attorney representing Danny Masterson entered a not-guilty plea yesterday to charges that the actor raped three women in the early 2000s. Prosecutors claim that the 44-year-old Masterson raped a 23-year-old woman sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April of 2003, and a 23-year-old woman between October and December of 2003. All of the alleged rapes happened at his Hollywood Hills home. Masterson, who has been free on bail since his June 17 arrest, could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted. He is best known for playing Steven Hyde on the retro sitcom “That ’70s Show” from 1998 to 2006.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

CLEVELAND 147 – Brooklyn 135
(2OT)… Collin Sexton scored 15 of his game-high 42 points in the second overtime period to push the Cavaliers past the Nets. Cedi Osman added 25 points.

Dallas 124 – INDIANA 112… The Mavericks pulled away in the fourth quarter to put away the Pacers. Kristaps Porzingis had game-highs with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Trey Burke delivered 22 points off the bench. Luka Doncic had 13 points, 12 boards and 12 assists.

PHILADELPHIA 117 – Boston 109… The 76ers rallied in the fourth quarter to upend the Celtics. Joel Embiid poured in 42 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 22 points.

ATLANTA 123 – Detroit 115… The Hawks came from 17 points down to outlast the Pistons. Trae Young scored 21 of his 38 points in the third quarter. John Collins tossed in 31 points.

Miami 111 – TORONTO 102… The shorthanded Heat caught fire in the second half and pulled past the Raptors. Kendrick Nunn came off the bench to score 28 points.

Orlando 97 – MINNESOTA 96… Cole Anthony hurried 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Magic a come-from-behind win over the Timberwolves. Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points and Evan Fournier added 24 for Orlando.

Phoenix 109 – HOUSTON 103… Deandre Ayton powered his way to 26 points and 17 boards in leading the Suns past the Rockets. Devin Booker tossed in 24 points.

GOLDEN STATE 121 – San Antonio 99… The Warriors built a 19-point halftime lead and coasted past the Spurs. Stephen Curry had 26 points and 11 rebounds. James Wiseman added 20 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 115 – Sacramento 96… The Clippers shook off a slow start to cruise past the Kings for their fifth straight win. Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 32 points. Paul George finished with 19 points and 12 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Lakers are at Milwaukee…
Utah hosts New Orleans…
New York is at Golden State

NHL SCOREBOARD
Edmonton 3 – TORONTO 1… Leon Draisaitl scored scored on a power play to break a third-period tie and push the Oilers past the Maple Leafs. Goalie Mikko Koskinen made 25 saves.

San Jose 2 – ST. LOUIS 1 (SO)… Tomas Hertl scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Sharks edged the Blues. Marcus Sorensen netted a tying goal late in the second period.

Minnesota 3 – ANAHEIM 2… Joel Eriksson Ek netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Wild made it stand in downing the Ducks. Carter Rowney had two assists.

VANCOUVER 6 – Montreal 5 (SO)… J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat scored in the tiebreaker as the Canucks outlasted the Canadiens. Horvat found the net twice and had an assist in regulation. Montreal’s Tyler Toffoli had three goals in the losing effort.

VEGAS 5 – Arizona 2… The Golden Knights got a pair of goals from Shea Theodore in skating past the Coyotes. Alex Tuch had a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Boston…
the N.Y. Islanders host New Jersey…
Tampa Bay is at Columbus…
Ottawa hosts Winnipeg…
Montreal is at Vancouver…
the L.A. Kings host Colorado

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
No. 8 HOUSTON 86, Tulsa 59…
No. 10 WISCONSIN 68, Northwestern 52…
Providence 74, No. 11 CREIGHTON 70…
GEORGIA TECH 83, No. 20 Clemson 65

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