The Rundown for January 26, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 25,272,812 and the nation’s death toll stands at 420,963, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of new cases dropped by 21 percent last week, as all but one state reported declines in new infections. The number of hospitalizations also fell. New Hampshire is the only state where cases rose. New cases fell 32 percent in California, which had been a hotbed of hospitalizations. Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom lifted regional stay-at-home orders in favor of county-by-county restrictions and ended a 10 p.m. curfew.

HOUSE DELIVERS IMPEACHMENT ARTICLE TO SENATE… The House yesterday officially charged former President Trump with inciting a riot in the U.S. Capitol by delivering its article of impeachment to the Senate. The Senate trial is expected to begin the week of February 8. A two-thirds vote of the Senate is required for a conviction, meaning at least 17 Republican senators would have to defect in order for Trump to be found guilty. If Trump is convicted, a simple majority vote in the Senate would disqualify him from running for office again. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the Senate’s President pro temporee, is expected to preside over the impeachment trial.

YELLEN CONFIRMED AS TREASURY SECRETARY… Janet Yellen was confirmed yesterday as the nation’s first woman Treasury secretary. During her confirmation hearing last week, Yellen said the first priority of the incoming administration must be to get the nation and its people through the pandemic before addressing other concerns, including America’s ballooning deficit or raising taxes. Yellen will attempt to push President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan through Congress and oversee its execution.

DOJ WATCHDOG INVESTIGATES ELECTION PLOT… The Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office announced yesterday that it will investigate whether any current or former department officials tried to change the results of the presidential election. In a two-paragraph statement, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said the investigation would cover “all relevant allegations” in his jurisdiction. The statement follows reports that former President Trump considered a plan to replace the acting attorney general during his final weeks in office with one more willing to look into his baseless claims of voter fraud. The plan failed after several top Justice Department officials threatened to resign over it.

ARREST IN SHOOTING OF 6 IN INDIANAPOLIS… Indianapolis police have arrested a juvenile boy accused in the shooting deaths of six family members, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child. The gunman allegedly fatally shot the occupants of a home in northern Indianapolis around 4 a.m. Sunday. He was hospitalized with gunshot wounds and is likely to survive, police said.

ENTERTAINMENT
AFI UNVEILS YEAR’S 10 BEST FILMS
… The American Film Institute unveiled its top 10 films of the year yesterday. The honorees included Pixar’s jazz themed “Soul” and two of Chadwick Boseman’s final films: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Da 5 Bloods.” The two films were joined by fellow Netflix “Mank” and and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Amazon’s “Sound of Metal” and “One Night in Miami…” also made the list.

TREY SONGZ ARRESTED… R&B singer Trey Songz was jailed overnight Sunday after he scuffled with police officers in Kansas City. He was arrested for not following coronavirus protocols and other rules at the AFC championship between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. The 36-year-old performer, whose real name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson, was released without charges being filed. Songz is a three-time Grammy-nominee with three No. 1s on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 119 – Philadelphia 104… The Pistons took control with a big first half and coasted past the 76ers. Delon Wright scored a game-high 28 points. Jerami Grant added 25 points and Wayne Ellington tossed in 20.

INDIANA 129 – Toronto 114… The Pacers used a big fourth quarter to put away the Raptors. Malcolm Brogdon pumped in 36 points. Myles Turner scored 11 of his 21 points in the final 8-1/2 minutes.

ORLANDO 117 – Charlotte 108… The Magic shook off a slow start to get past the Hornets. Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Cole Anthony added 21 points.

BROOKLYN 98 – Miami 85… The Nets caught fire after scoring just 15 first-quarter points and rallied past the Heat. Kevin Durant and James Harden scored 20 points apiece to lead six players in double figures. Durant also brought down 13 boards.

L.A. Lakers 115 – CLEVELAND 108… The Lakers started out fast but had to rally late to upend the Cavaliers. LeBron James scored 23 of his 46 points in the fourth quarter.

Denver 117 – DALLAS 113… Michael Porter Jr. Came off the bench to score 30 points and the Nuggets held off the Mavericks. Nikola Jokic had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston 119 – CHICAGO 103… The Celtics got 26 points from Jaylen Brown and 23 from Jayson Tatum in their romp over the Bulls. Marcus Smart had 13 points and 11 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 130 – Minnesota 108… Stephen Curry knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to 36 points and the Warriors cruised past the Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points against his former team.

Oklahoma City 125 – PORTLAND 122… The Thunder held on at the end to escape with a victory over the Trail Blazers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 24 points. Mike Muscala tossed in 23 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Atlanta…
Houston hosts Washington…
New York is at Utah

NHL SCOREBOARD
VANCOUVER 7 – Ottawa 1… Brandon Sutter scored three goals to lead the Canucks in their dismantling of the Senators. Tanner Pearson had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia is at New Jersey…
Washington hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Florida is at Columbus…
Nashville hosts Chicago…
Edmonton is at Winnipeg…
Minnesota hosts Los Angeles…
Detroit is at Dallas…
Calgary hosts Toronto…
San Jose is at Colorado…
Arizona hosts Anaheim…
St. Louis is at Vegas

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 8 VIRGINIA 81, Syracuse 58…
No. 11 WEST VIRGINIA 88, No. 10 Texas Tech 87

MLB NEWS… The Major League Baseball Players Association has ejected the owners’ latest proposal for the universal designated hitter and an expanded playoff format. The universal DH and expanded playoff format were implemented during 2020’s pandemic-shortened 60-game regular season. NL teams have used a DH when playing in AL parks since interleague play was instituted in 1997.

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