The Rundown for February 11, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,285,623 and the nation’s death toll stands at 471,422, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed yesterday that wearing two masks prevents the spread of COVID-19 more than wearing just one mask. The CDC also announced that people who have received both doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine can skip quarantine if they are exposed to someone infected with the virus. The CDC noted that it doesn’t mean vaccinated people should stop taking precautions, just that it’s not necessary for them to quarantine.

IMPEACHMENT DAY 2… House impeachment managers yesterday emphasized the danger to then-Vice President Mike Pence and other top government leaders in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. On the second day of former President Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial, prosecutors intensified their arguments that Trump the attack. Virgin Islands delegate Stacey Plaskett and California Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell showed previously unseen security video of the attack. The impeachment managers will have another eight hours to make their case today before and Trump’s legal team will have an equal amount of time to present their defense in the following days.

BIDEN TALKS WITH CHINA’S PRESIDENT XI… President Joe Biden discussed a wide range of issues with China’s President Xi Jinping yesterday in their first call since Biden took office. Biden prioritized economic and military issues, but the two also talked about climate change and nuclear proliferation. Biden expressed concern for China’s nefarious use of technology, unfair trade and human rights abuses. A White House readout of the call said Biden “affirmed his priorities of protecting the American people’s security, prosperity, health, and way of life, and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

GEORGIA DA INVESTIGATING TRUMP OVER ELECTION INTERFERENCE… Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis has opened a criminal investigation into former President Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the state’s presidential election. Willis has asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan and Attorney General Chris Carr to retain documents related to the investigation. President Joe Biden defeated Trump by fewer than 12,000 votes in Georgia, prompting Trump to accuse state officials of enabling widespread voter fraud. Raffensperger recorded a conversation in which Trump asked him to “find” enough votes that would give him the victory in Georgia. The case is the second investigation into Trump’s phone call with Raffensperger. On Monday, Georgia state election officials announced they were investigating the phone call.

LARRY FLYNT DIES… “Hustler” magazine founder and outspoken first amendment activist Larry Flynt died yesterday of an undisclosed cause at his Hollywood Hills home. He was 78. Flynt launched the Hustler in 1974 as a more blue-collar alternative to Playboy and quickly became notorious for its graphic and controversial images. Flynt was shot and paralyzed from the waist down in a 1978 assassination attempt by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, who said he was upset after seeing an interracial couple together in a Hustler photo. Flynt’s story was told in the 1996 film “The People vs. Larry Flynt” starring Woody Harrelson.

ENTERTAINMENT
JEEP PULLS SPRINGSTEEN AD
… Jeep has pulled its Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl ad urging Americans to find common ground after learning the rocker is facing a drunken driving charge in New Jersey. Springsteen was arrested November 14 in a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area on the New Jersey coast. He was cited for driving while under the influence, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area.

GINA CARANO FIRED FROM ‘THE MANDALORIAN’… Actress Gina Carano has been booted out of the “Star Wars” universe amid backlash to her social-media posts. Carano, who has portrayed battle-hardened mercenary Cara Dune in the first two seasons of “The Mandalorian,” has compared modern American politics to Nazi Germany, mocked the use of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and propagated misinformation about voter fraud. Yesterday, Lucasfilm issued a statement announcing Carano is not employed at the studio.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Toronto 137 – WASHINGTON 115… The Raptors knocked down 19 3-pointers in routing the Wizards. Norman Powell scored 28 points to lead seven players in double figures. Pascal Siakam added 26 points and Kyle Lowrie tossed in 21.

DALLAS 118 – Atlanta 117… The Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter to top the Hawks. Luka Doncic piled up 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Jalen Brunson came off the bench to score 21 points.

BROOKLYN 104 – Indiana 94… The Nets built a 32-point halftime lead and coasted past the Pacers. Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 35 points. James Harden had 19 points and 11 boards.

MEMPHIS 130 – Charlotte 114… The Grizzlies set a franchise record with 23 3-pointers in gunning down the Hornets to snap a four-game skid. Kyle Anderson pumped in 27 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Dillon Brooks added 20 points.

L.A. Clippers 119 – MINNESOTA 112… The Clippers took control with a big third quarter and held on to down the Timberwolves. Kawhi Leonard dripped in 36 points. Lou Williams delivered 27 points off the bench.

CHICAGO 129 – New Orleans 116… The Bulls bombed the Pelicans 40-14 in the third quarter and made 25 3-pointers on the night. Zach LaVine poured in a season-high 46 points. Coby White tossed in 30 points.

DENVER 133 – Cleveland 95… The Nuggets jumped out to a big lead early and never looked back in their throttling of the Cavaliers. Paul Millsap scored 22 points to lead six players in double figures.

PHOENIX 125 – Milwaukee 124… The Suns held on at the end to edge the Bucks for their fourth straight win. Devin Booker led the way with 30 points. Chris Paul added 28 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 47 points weren’t enough for Milwaukee.

L.A. LAKERS 114 – Oklahoma City 113 (OT)… LeBron James made a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and came up with a big defensive play late in overtime to lead the Lakers past the Thunder. James finished with 25 points and Montrezl Harrell added 20.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Miami is at Houston…
Boston hosts Toronto…
Indiana is at Detroit…
Golden State hosts Orlando…
Philadelphia is at Portland

NHL SCOREBOARD
Boston 3 – N.Y. RANGERS 2 (OT)… Brad Marchand found the net 36 seconds into overtime to send the Bruins past the Rangers. Chris Wagner and Anders Bjork scored in regulation. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 33 saves.

Toronto 4 – MONTREAL 2… The Maple Leafs cruised past the Canadiens after spotting them an early goal. Justin Holl, Ilya Mikheyev and Zach Hyman scored third-period goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Florida hosts Tampa Bay…
Edmonton is at Montreal…
Chicago hosts Columbus…
Detroit is at Nashville…
Winnipeg hosts Ottawa…
Carolina is at Dallas…
Vancouver hosts Calgary…
Anaheim is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts San Jose

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 5 VILLANOVA 96, Marquette 64…
No. 8 Houston 82, SOUTH FLORIDA 65…
No. 9 Virginia 57, GEORGIA TECH 49…
MISSISSIPPI 80, No. 10 Missouri 59…
No. 15 IOWA 79, No. 25 Rutgers 66…
No. 16 TENNESSEE 89, Georgia 81…
No. 21 Wisconsin 61, NEBRASKA 48

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