The Rundown for January 27, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 25,437,225 and the nation’s death toll stands at 425,062, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Biden administration officials announced yesterday that the federal government will purchase 200 million more vaccine doses from Pfizer and Moderna as part of a “National Action Strategy.” The purchases will raise the weekly supply allotted to states from 8.6 million to 10 million. The administration also pledged to vaccinate the majority of Americans by the latter half of this year.

SENATE DEMS OVERCOME TRUMP IMPEACHMENT OBSTACLE… Senate Democrats yesterday defeated a motion by Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky to dismiss the impeachment trial for former President Trump. Only five Republicans crossed party lines in the 55-45 vote to oppose Paul’s argument that Trump’s impeachment is unconstitutional because he is no longer in office. To reach the two-thirds majority necessary to convict Trump in the Senate, Democrats would need 17 Republicans to defect.

BIDEN CALLS PUTIN… President Joe Biden pressed Russian President Vladimir Putin on the poisoning of opposition leader Alexey Navalny during a phone call yesterday. During his first conversation with Putin as commander-in-chief, Biden also reaffirmed the U.S.’ firm support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and questioned Putin about the SolarWinds hack, reports of Russia placing bounties on U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan and interference in the 2020 U.S. election. The two leaders agreed to extend New START for five years and plan to explore strategic stability discussions on a range of arms control and emerging security issues.

BLINKEN CONFIRMED AS SECRETARY OF STATE… The Senate voted 78-22 yesterday to confirm Antony Blinken as President Joe Biden’s secretary of state. Blinken served as deputy secretary of state under former President Barack Obama and is credited with playing a key role in developing U.S. Middle East policy. The 58-year-old Blinken is expected to lead the U.S.’ return to the Paris Climate Agreement.

DOJ RESCINDS ‘ZERO TOLERANCE’ BORDER RULE… The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Justice Department has rescinded its policy of “zero tolerance” for migrants crossing the border illegally. The Trump-era rule directed the separation of children from the parents as they awaited trial and hundreds of children have yet to be reunited with their families. The policy was implemented in 2018.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR BRUCE KIRBY DIES… Longtime character actor Bruce Kirby, who is best known for his recurring roles in the television series “Columbo” and “L.A. Law,” died Sunday of undisclosed causes in a Los Angeles hospital. He was 95. Kirby began his acting career in the 1950s with appearances in Golden Age anthology programs. In addition to his work in television sitcoms and drama series, Kirby also made appearances in such feature films as 1985’s “Sweet Dreams,” 1986’s “Stand By Me” and the 1993 comedy “Mr. Wonderful.” One of Kirby’s most memorable big-screen roles was in 2004’s “Crash,” which won the Best Picture Oscar. Kirby was the father of actor Bruno Kirby, who died of leukemia in 2006 at age 57.

KEVIN HART LANDS ‘BORDERLANDS’ ROLE… Kevin Hart has signed on to star opposite Cate Blanchett in the upcoming film “Borderlands.” Eli Roth will direct feature film adaptation of the bestselling series of video games. Hart will play a mercenary who hunts down an alien vault rumored to contain advanced technology. Blanchett is one of the film’s main protagonists.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

ATLANTA 108 – L.A. Clippers 99… Trae Young poured in 38 points as the Hawks handed the shorthanded Clippers their first loss in eight games. Deandre Hunter tossed in 22 points. Clint Capela grabbed 18 rebounds to go with his 13 points.

HOUSTON 107 – Washington 88… The Rockets pulled away in the fourth quarter to put away the Wizards. John Wall scored 24 points in his first game against his former team. Victor Oladipo added 20 points. Demarcus Cousins finished with 19 points and 11 boards.

UTAH 108 – New York 94… The Jazz erased a 13-point halftime deficit in rallying past the Knicks. Royce O’Neale scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Rudy Gobert powered his way to 18 points and 19 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Indiana is at Charlotte…
Cleveland hosts Detroit…
Sacramento is at Orlando…
Atlanta hosts Brooklyn…
Denver is at Miami…
Philadelphia hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Milwaukee vs. Toronto in Tampa…
San Antonio hosts Boston…
Washington is at New Orleans…
Phoenix hosts Oklahoma City…
Dallas is at Utah…
Golden State hosts Minnesota

NHL SCOREBOARD
BOSTON 3 – Pittsburgh 2 (OT)… The Bruins recovered to outlast the Penguins after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Craig Smith found the net at 4:49 of overtime. Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist.

BUFFALO 3 – N.Y. Rangers 2… Jack Eichel netted a tie-breaking goal off a third-period power play and the Sabres made it stand in edging the Rangers. Goalie Linus Ullmark made 28 saves.

Philadelphia 5 – NEW JERSEY 3… The Flyers scored three straight goals in the third period to put away the Devils. James van Riemsdyk netted a pair of goals. Ivan Provorov had a goal and two assists.

WASHINGTON 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2… Justin Schultz’ goal with 27 seconds remaining lifted the Capitals over the Islanders. John Carlson had a goal and an assist. Vitek Vanecek stopped 32 shots at goal.

Florida 4 – COLUMBUS 3 (SO)… Patric Hornqvist scored a tying goal with 3 seconds left in regulation and added the winning goal in the shootout to lead the Panthers past the Blue Jackets.

NASHVILLE 3 – Chicago 2 (OT)… Roman Josi scored the game-winner at 1:57 of overtime as the Predators topped the Blackhawks. Yakov Trenin and Mikael Granlund scored in regulation.

WINNIPEG 6 – Edmonton 4… The Jets scored four third-period goals to get past the Oilers. Andrew Copp scored two goals and had two assists. Nikolaj Ehlers had a goal and three assists.

Los Angeles 2 – MINNESOTA 1… Carl Grundstrom netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Kings hung on to beat the Wild. Kurtis MacDermid opened the scoring with a first-period goal. Goalie Calvin Petersen made 32 saves.

DALLAS 2 – Detroit 1… Jason Dickinson scored at 1:32 of overtime to send the Stars past the Red Wings. John Klingberg tied the game with a power-play goal in the second period.

Toronto 4 – CALGARY 3… The Maple Leafs fought off the Flames after letting a pair of two-goal leads slip away. Mitchell Marner netted the decisive goal in the third period and had an assist.

COLORADO 7 – San Jose 3… Brandon Saad scored two goals to lead the Avalanche in their romp over the Sharks. Valeri Nichushkin had a goal and an assist.

Anaheim 1 – ARIZONA 0… Danton Heinen netted the game’s only goal in the first period as the Ducks blanked the Coyotes. Goalie John Gibson stopped all 31 shots.

St. Louis 5 – VEGAS 4 (SO)… David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored in the tie-breakers to send the Blues past the Golden Knights. Perron scored back-to-back goals in the first period. Goalie Jordan Binnington made 42 saves.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Nashville…
Vancouver hosts Ottawa

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 24 Oklahoma 80, No. 5 TEXAS 79…
No. 9 ALABAMA 70, Kentucky 59…
AUBURN 88, No. 12 Missouri 82…
No. 18 TENNESSEE 56, Mississippi State 53…
Dayton 76, No. 22 SAINT LOUIS 71

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