The Rundown for March 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 28,825,427 and the nation’s death toll stands at 520,228, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced plans yesterday to lift the state’s COVID-19 mask order by April 9. Ivey cited reduction in COVID-19 case statewide. Her announcement follows the removal of mandates in Texas and Mississippi.

SENATE ADVANCES CORONAVIRUS AID BILL… Vice President Kamala Harris cast the deciding vote yesterday as the Senate voted to take up President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus aid bill. Debate was delayed after Wisconsin Republican Senator Ron Johnson demanded that Senate clerks read the 628-page bill. A vote on final passage could come over the weekend.

SENATE PANEL ADVANCES HAALAND’S NOMINATION… The Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources yesterday approved the nomination of New Mexico Congresswoman Debra Haaland as interior secretary. The panel’s 11-9 vote sends Haaland’s nomination to the full Senate. Haaland’s support of the Green New Deal and opposition to fossil fuels have put her at odds with Republicans.

CAPITOL INVESTIGATION… Federal authorities are investigating phone calls between members of Congress and the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The investigation is centered on phone records from the days surrounding the riot as well as communications among the insurrectionists who might have discussed their connections to lawmakers. More than 300 people have been charged in connection with the attack so far.

CAPITAL POLICE WANT GUARD STAY EXTENDED… Capitol Police want the Defense Department to extend the National Guard’s deployment at the U.S. Capitol for an additional 60 days amid ongoing threats, the Pentagon announced yesterday. An order keeping about 5,200 troops on duty in Washington, D.C., is set to expire March 12. The troops were deployed to the Capitol following the attack by insurgents on January 6.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘FRIENDS’ REUNION TO START FILMING
… Actor David Schwimmer says a “Friends” reunion is finally coming together together after a series of delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Schwimmer said on a radio show Wednesday that filming in Los Angeles will begin in a little over a month. Safety measures will be in place to protect the cast and crew, he noted.

UNIVERSAL ANNOUNCES BLOCKBUSTER DELAYS… Universal has announced that it is once again delaying the release of the next installment in the “Fast & Furious” action franchise. The studio is pushing back “F9” from a Memorial Day weekend release on May 28 to June 25. The film was initially scheduled to hit theaters on May 22, 2020. It stars Vin Diesel as a Los Angeles street racer turned international spy. Universal also announced that it is pushing back “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” the next animated film in the “Despicable Me” franchise, an entire year to July 1, 2022.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

BOSTON 132 – Toronto 125… The Celtics took control with a big third quarter and held off the Raptors for their fourth straight win. Jayson Tatum scored 27 points and brought down 12 rebounds. Jaylen Brown added 21 points. Five other players scored in double figures for Boston.

WASHINGTON 119 – L.A. Clippers 117… The Wizards hung on at the end to top the shorthanded Clippers. Bradley Beal led all scorers with 33 points. Russell Westbrook scored 27 points and dished off 11 assists.

NEW YORK 114 – Detroit 104… Julius Randle scored 27 points and grabbed 16 boards in leading the Knicks past the Pistons. RJ Barrett added 21 points and Elfrid Payton added 20.

Denver 113 – INDIANA 103… Michael Porter Jr. scored 24 points and collected 11 rebounds in the Nuggets’ win over the Pacers. Jamal Murray added 23 points. Nikola Jokic had 20 points and 12 boards.

Milwaukee 112 – MEMPHIS 111… Jrue Holiday’s baseline jumper with two seconds remaining lifted the Bucks over the Grizzlies. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds. Khris Middleton hd 22 points and 10 boards.

Miami 103 – NEW ORLEANS 93… The Heat jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and turned away a Pelicans team that was without Zion Williamson. Jimmy Butler scored a game-high 29 points. Kelly Olynyk had 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Oklahoma City 107 – SAN ANTONIO 102… The Thunder rallied in the second half to get past the Spurs. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led all scorers with 33 points.

PORTLAND 123 – Sacramento 119… Damian Lillard poured in 44 points, including 10 straight down the stretch, to carry the Trail Blazers past the Kings. Enes Kanter racked up 22 points and 21 boards.
PHOENIX 120 – Golden State 98… Seven players scored in double figures as the Suns breezed past the Warriors. Cameron Payne delivered 17 points off the bench.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE… Teams are on break. All-Star game is Sunday in Atlanta

NHL SCOREBOARD
CAROLINA 5 – Detroit 2… The Hurricanes scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Red Wings. Jordan Staal scored a goal and assisted on two others. Andrei Svechnikov and Jesper Fast each had a goal and an assist.

Philadelphia 4 – PITTSBURGH 3… Claude Giroux tapped in his second goal of the night with 2:08 remaining to send the Flyers past the Penguins. Nicolas Aube-Kubel had two assists.

Winnipeg 4 – MONTREAL 3 (OT)… The Jets recovered to outlast the Canadiens after blowing a two-goal lead. Pierre-Luc Dubois found the net at 4:29 of overtime. Paul Stastny scored twice in regulation.

N.Y. Rangers 6 – NEW JERSEY 1… Chris Kreider recorded his second hat trick in five games and the Rangers skated past the Devils. Goalie Igor Shesterkin make 32 saves.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Buffalo 2… Matt Martin scored a pair of goals as the Islanders handled the Sabres. Jordan Eberle added a goal and an assist. Casey Cizikas had two assists.

Tampa Bay 3 – CHICAGO 2 (OT)… The Lightning came from two goals down in the third period to upend the Blackhawks for their sixth straight win. Victor Hedman netted the game-winner with a second left in overtime. Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist.

Florida 5 – NASHVILLE 4… The Panthers withstood a late rally to edge the Predators. Aaron Ekblad scored two goals and had two assists. Aleksander Barkov set up three goals.

Columbus 3 – DALLAS 2… Boone Jenner had a goal and an assist as the Blue Jackets held off the Stars. Oliver Bjorkstrand and Eric Robinson netted third-period goals.

CALGARY 7 – Ottawa 3… The Flames opened with a four-goal first period and coasted past the Senators. Dillon Dube scored three goals. Matthew Tkachuk had three assists.

VANCOUVER 3 – Toronto 1… Jake Virtanen found the net twice to provide the Canucks with all the offense they needed in the win over the Maple Leafs. Goalie Thatcher Demko made 31 saves.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington is at Boston…
Chicago hosts Tampa Bay…
Anaheim is at Colorado…
Arizona hosts Minnesota…
St. Louis is at Los Angeles…
San Jose hosts Vegas

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 2 MICHIGAN 69, Michigan State 50…
No. 3 BAYLOR 81, No. 17 Oklahoma State 70…
No. 5 IOWA 102, Nebraska 64…
No. 6 WEST VIRGINIA 76, TCU 67…
No. 13 KANSAS 67, Texas-El Paso 62…
NO. 15 Texas 69, No. 16 OKLAHOMA 65…
No. 18 TEXAS TECH 81, Iowa State 54…
No. 24 COLORADO 75, Arizona State 61

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
Colorado 9, SEATTLE 9 (tie)…
HOUSTON 14, St. Louis 0…
N.Y. METS 8, Washington 4…
PITTSBURGH 6, Atlanta 1…
BALTIMORE 6, Boston 3…
PHILADELPHIA 15, N.Y. Yankees 0…
Tampa Bay 5, MINNESOTA 2…
DETROIT 8, Toronto 2…
SAN FRANCISCO 3, Chi. White Sox 1…
TEXAS 5, San Diego 3…
ARIZONA 9, L.A. Angels 2…
Cleveland 5, MILWAUKEE 1…
Chi. Cubs 7, L.A. DODGERS 0…
Kansas City 5, CINCINNATI 3

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