The Rundown for March 2, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 28,659,784 and the nation’s death toll stands at 514,333, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky yesterday issued a stern warning against easing up on safety measures too soon. She said the U.S. could lose all its recent gains against the coronavirus if highly contagious variants are allowed to spread. New infections are on the rise after weeks of falling case numbers. Last week’s seven-day averages of new cases and deaths increased more than 2 percent over the previous week.

MIGRANT CHILDREN MAY REUNITE WITH FAMILIES… Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced yesterday that hundreds of migrant children still separated from their parents by the Trump administration may be allowed to reunite with their families in the U.S. Mayorkas described reuniting the families as a “moral imperative” and President Biden has made it a priority of his administration. More than 5,500 migrant children were separated from their parents when they entered the U.S. and more than 1,400 parents were ultimately deported without their children.

CARDONA CONFIRMED AS EDUCATION SECRETARY… The Senate voted 64 to 33 yesterday in confirming Miguel Cardona as the next Department of Education secretary. Cardona has served as Connecticut’s education commissioner for the past year and a half and his appointment comes as Americans are divided over the reopening of schools amid the pandemic. Cardona has argued that schools should reopen in order to keep equity gaps from growing ever wider.

GARLAND’S AG NOMINATION PASSES SENATE PANEL… Merrick Garland came one step closer to being confirmed as attorney general yesterday. The Senate judiciary committee approved the appellate court judge by a 15-7 vote and sent his appointment on to the full Senate for a final vote. During his confirmation hearing last week, Garland said his top early priority if confirmed would be overseeing the prosecution of those who attacked the U.S. Capitol building on January 6. He also said other priorities would include addressing racial and social inequalities and an upswing of violent crimes in large U.S. cities. Garland promised that the Justice Department will not be politicized as it was under former President Donald Trump and vowed to consider new federal-level gun control measures, so long as they are consistent with the law.

HYATT SENDS ITS REGRETS… Hyatt Hotels has released a corporate statement expressing regret for hosting the Conservative Political Action Conference over the weekend. The hotel group said it was “extremely disappointed by the disrespect many individuals involved in the event showed to our colleagues” following reports that attendees became abusive when asked to wear masks and socially distance. The hotel group also called symbols of hate “abhorrent” after the design of the CPAC stage was consistent with the Norse rune used by Nazis during World War II.

ENTERTAINMENT
T.I., WIFE FACING SEXUAL-ABUSE ACCUSATIONS
… Rapper-actor T.I. and his wife, musician Tiny, are the targets of disturbing sexual assault accusations. The New York Times reported yesterday that an attorney representing 11 alleged victims is accusing the couple of crimes including sexual abuse, forced ingestion of illegal narcotics, kidnapping, false imprisonment, intimidation, assault and harassment. The attorney, Tyrone A. Blackburn, wants authorities in California and Georgia to open investigations. The Hollywood Reporter reported that T.I. will not be returning for Marvel Studios’ upcoming “Ant-Man and the Wasp: Quantumania” but it is not clear whether the accusations are behind his departure.

MAYA RUDOLPH TO GUEST HOST ‘SNL’… “Saturday Night Live” is bringing back former cast member Maya Rudolph to guest host the March 27 show. Rapper Jack Harlow will provide the evening’s musical entertainment in the first live episode since the past Saturday’s. The 48-year-old Rudolph starred on SNL from 2000-2007. She has appeared on the show over the past couple years to portray former senator and current vice president Kamala Harris.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Dallas 130 – ORLANDO 124… Luka Doncic scored a game-high 33 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading the Mavericks past the Magic. Kristaps Porzingis finished with 17 points and 10 boards.

PHILADELPHIA 130 – Indiana 114… The 76ers got a big lift from their bench in rolling past the Pacers. Shake Milton led all scorers with 26 points. Joel Embiid totaled 24 points and 13 rebounds.

Denver 118 – CHICAGO 112… Nikola Jokic recorded game-highs with 39 points and 14 boards in powering the Nuggets past the Bulls. Jamal Murray tossed in 24 points. Michael Porter Jr. had 17 points and 15 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 129 – Utah 124… The Pelicans took control with a big third quarter and hung on to top the Jazz. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram scored 26 points apiece. Williamson also had 10 boards. Lonzo Ball added 23 points.

Brooklyn 124 – SAN ANTONIO 113 (OT)… The Nets recovered to outlast the Spurs after blowing a 10-point lead at the end of regulation. James Harden piled up 30 points, 15 assists and 14 rebounds. Brooklyn also got 27 points from Kyrie Irving and 23 from Bruce Brown.

Cleveland 101 – HOUSTON 90… The Cavaliers pulled away in the second half and dealt the Rockets their 12th straight loss. Collin Sexton pumped in 39 points. Jarrett Allen pulled down 15 boards to go with his 10 points.

PORTLAND 123 – Charlotte 111… The Trail Blazers shook off a slow start to cruise past the Hornets and snap a four-game skid. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 29 points. Damian Lillard scored 23 points and dished off 10 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Memphis is at Washington…
Boston hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Atlanta is at Miami…
Toronto hosts Detroit…
New York is at San Antonio…
Milwaukee hosts Denver…
Phoenix is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
Carolina 3 – FLORIDA 2 (OT)… Martin Necas found the net 1:59 into overtime to send the Hurricanes past the Panthers. Necas set up two goals in regulation. Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic made 44 saves.

OTTAWA 5 – Calgary 1… Drake Batherson netted two goals in leading the Senators past the Flames. Tim Stutzle had two assists. Matt Murray stopped 27 shots at goal.

Vancouver 4 – WINNIPEG 0… Thatcher Demko stopped all 27 shots in his first career shutout and the Canucks breezed past the Jets. Nate Schmidt had a goal and an assist.

Toronto 3 – EDMONTON 0… Michael Hutchinson made 31 saves in his sixth career shutout and the Maple Leafs skated past the Oilers. Morgan Rielly and William Nylander each had a goal and an assist as Toronto scored all three goals in the first period.

VEGAS 5 – Minnesota 4 (OT)… The Golden Knights came from two goals down in the third period to upend the Wild. Max Pacioretty’s second goal of the game came two minutes into overtime. Pacioretty also assisted on Alex Tuch’s game-tying goal with 42 seconds left in regulation.

St. Louis 5 – ANAHEIM 4… The Blues withstood a third-period rally to edge the Ducks. Zach Sanford netted two goals. Dakota Joshua found the net in his NHL debut. Isac Lundestrom’s three goals weren’t enough for Anaheim.

SAN JOSE 6 – Colorado 2… The Sharks blew past the Avalanche after spotting them a two-goal second-period lead. Six different players found the net. Timo Meier assisted on three goals. Goalie Martin Jones made 33 stops.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Rangers host Buffalo…
Philadelphia is at Pittsburgh…
Columbus hosts Detroit…
Ottawa is at Montreal…
Vancouver is at Winnipeg…
Nashville hosts Carolina…
Tampa Bay is at Dallas

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 21 VIRGINIA 62, Miami (Fla.) 51…
No. 17 Oklahoma State 79, No. 16 Oklahoma 75

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
OAKLAND 13, Cincinnati 5…
L.A. DODGERS 10, Colorado 0…
Kansas City 8, CLEVELAND 6…
TEXAS 1, San Francisco 1 (tie)…
Chi. White Sox 4, L.A. ANGELS 4 (tie)…
Chi. Cubs 1, SAN DIEGO 0…
Milwaukee 7, ARIZONA 1…
Atlanta 5, BOSTON 3…
Baltimore 4, PHILADELPHIA 4 (tie)…
N.Y. YANKEES 5, Detroit 4…
Houston 7, WASHINGTON 6…
Minnesota 6, TAMPA BAY 5…
MIAMI 2, N.Y. Mets 0…
TORONTO 2, Pittsburgh 2 (tie)

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