The Rundown for March 12, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,285,001 and the nation’s death toll stands at 530,713, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… In his first prime-time address last night, President Joe Biden said he will direct states, tribes and territories to make all American adults eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. The president urged that if everyone does their part to slow the spread and get vaccinated, there is a chance that families, friends and neighbors could gather in small groups by the Fourth of July.

BIDEN SIGNS RELIEF BILL… President Joe Biden yesterday signed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that Congress passed earlier this week. The plan sends Americans direct payments of up to $1,400, extends a $300 per week unemployment insurance supplement, expands the child tax credit and puts funds into vaccine distribution. Biden signed the bill into law on the one-year anniversary of the declaration of the pandemic.

HOUSE PASSES GUN-CONTROL BILLS… The House yesterday approved a pair of gun control bills. The bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, which passed by a 227-203 vote, would require universal background checks on all commercial gun sales. The second bill, which passed 219-210, would give authorities 10 business days to complete federal background checks before a gun sale can be licensed. Currently, such sales can proceed if the government cannot complete complicated background checks of prospective buyers within three days.

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR SIGNS TRANS BILL… Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed into law yesterday a ban on transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports. The bill, S.B. 2536, was passed overwhelmingly in the state legislature last week. It prohibits “students of the male sex” from athletic teams or sports designated for women at high schools and universities throughout the state. Human rights and LGBTQ advocacy groups have condemned the bill as anti-transgender legislation.

FOX NEWS HOST COMMENTS ANGER MILITARY OFFICIALS… Fox News show host Tucker Carlson faced severe backlash from Pentagon and military leaders yesterday for mocking women serving in the armed forces. On Tuesday, Carlson said “pregnant women” fighting wars make “a mockery of the U.S. military.” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin shared the same “revulsion” that many senior Pentagon officials and military leaders have expressed about comments Carlson made.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACM AWARDS
… Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton have agreed to host the 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18. The two performed together at last September’s ACM Awards, which Urban also hosted. This year’s event will be broadcast live from three venues in Nashville.

THE WEEKND TO BOYCOTT GRAMMYS… The Weeknd has told the New York Times that he will forever boycott the Grammy Awards. The pop star vowed never to submit songs for the annual awards show after he failed to get a single nomination for his hit single “Blinding Lights,” which has spent 52 weeks in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 63rd annual event will air this Sunday.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

CHARLOTTE 105 – Detroit 102… P.J. Washington scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Hornets held off the Pistons. Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier added 20 points apiece.

BROOKLYN 121 – Boston 109… Kyrie Irving poured in a game-high 40 points and the Nets handled the Celtics. James Harden finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Atlanta 121 – TORONTO 120… The Hawks came from 15 points down in the final six minutes to upend the Raptors. Tony Snell knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Trae Young led all scorers with 37 points.

MIAMI 111 – Orlando 103… Jimmy Butler scored 27 points and dished off 11 assists as the Heat fought off the Magic. Kelly Olynyk tossed in 20 points.

Philadelphia 127 – CHICAGO 105… The 76ers cruised past the Bulls despite playing without Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons due to contract tracing. Tobias Harris scored 27 points to lead seven players in double figures.

MILWAUKEE 134 – New York 101… Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 24 points, 10 boards and 10 assists to lead the Bucks in their rout of the Knicks. Bryn Forbes delivered 21 points off the bench.

Minnesota 135 – NEW ORLEANS 105… The Timberwolves shook off a slow start to roll past the Pelicans. Jaylen Nowell made six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 28 points. Anthony Edwards added 27 points and Jaden McDaniels had 20.

OKLAHOMA CITY 116 – Dallas 108… The Thunder got 32 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in downing a Mavericks team that was resting Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Al Horford added 21 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 130 – Golden State 104… The Clippers blew the game open with a big third quarter and snapped a three-game skid in handing the Warriors their fourth straight loss. Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points before sitting out the fourth quarter. Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Phoenix 127 – PORTLAND 121… The Suns pulled past the Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter and extended their winning streak to five games. Devin Booker led all scorers with 35 points. Six other players scored in double figures for Phoenix.

SACRAMENTO 125 – Houston 105… The Kings took control in the second quarter and went on to hand the Rockets their 14th straight loss. De’Aaron Fox scored a game-high 30 points. Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes and Buddy Hield added 20 points apiece.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Washington…
Memphis hosts Denver…
Cleveland is at New Orleans…
Chicago hosts Miami…
Orlando is at San Antonio…
Utah hosts Houston…
Indiana is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
BOSTON 4 – N.Y. Rangers 0… Goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped all 28 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Bruins breezed past the Rangers. David Krejci scored his first goal of the season and Brad Marchand had two assists.

Pittsburgh 5 – BUFFALO 2… The Penguins skated past the Sabres to win their fourth in a row. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – New Jersey 3… The Islanders made it seven straight wins by fighting off the Devils. Matt Martin and Adam Pelech scored first-period goals. Ryan Pulock assisted on two goals.

Washington 5 – PHILADELPHIA 3… Alex Ovechkin netted his 715th career goal to highlight the Capitals’ defeat of the Flyers. Nic Dowd sealed the victory with an 185-foot empty-netter.

CAROLINA 5 – Nashville 1… Morgan Geekie netted a pair of goals in leading the Hurricanes past the Predators. Jake Bean had two assists. James Reimer made 32 saves at goal.

Florida 5 – COLUMBUS 4 (OT)… The Panthers erased a three-goal third-period deficit and outlasted the Blue Jackets. Frank Vetrano scored the game-winner at 2:48 of overtime. Aleksander Barkov’s power-play goal tied the game with 5:34 left in regulation.

TORONTO 4 – Winnipeg 3 (OT)… Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 21st goal of the season 59 seconds into overtime to send the Maple Leafs past the Jets. Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist.

DETROIT 6 – Tampa Bay 4… Anthony Mantha scored a goal and assisted on two others to lead the Red Wings past the Lightning. Filip Zadina had two assists.

Chicago 4 – DALLAS 2… The Blackhawks scored all four goals in their first eight shots and doubled up on the Stars. Carl Soderberg and Alex DeBrincat scored scored off power-plays during a three-goal second period.

CALGARY 2 – Montreal 1… Josh Leivo found the net twice in the second period and the Flames held on to edge the Canadiens. Derek Ryan assisted on both goals. Goalie Jacob Markstrom made 18 stops.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Vegas is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Arizona…
Ottawa is at Edmonton…
Colorado hosts Los Angeles…
San Jose is at Anaheim

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 2 Baylor 74, Kansas State 68 (Big 12 Championship quarterfinal)…
No. 9 Ohio State 79, Minnesota 75 (Big Ten Tournament – 2nd round)
No. 11 Kansas 69, No. 25 Oklahoma 62 (Big 12 Championship quarterfinal)…
No. 12 Oklahoma State 72, No. 10 West Virginia 69 (Big 12 Championship quarterfinal)…
No. 13 Texas 67, No. 20 Texas Tech 66 (Big 12 Championship quarterfinal)…
Georgetown 72, No. 14 Villanova 71 (Big East Tournament quarterfinal)…
No. 16 Virginia 72, Syracuse 69 (ACC Tournament quarterfinal)
No. 17 Creighton 87, Butler 56 (Big East Tournament quarterfinal)…
No. 19 San Diego State 69, Wyoming 66 (Mountain West Championship quarterfinal)…
North Carolina 81, No. 22 Virginia Tech 73 (ACC Tournament quarterfinal)…
No. 23 Colorado 61, California 58 (Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal)…
No. 24 USC 91, Utah 85 (2OT) (Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal)

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
PITTSBURGH 7, Baltimore 5…
Boston 5, MINNESOTA 4…
N.Y. Yankees 6, PHILADELPHIA 1…
ATLANTA 2, Tampa Bay 0…
MIAMI 1, Washington 1 (tie)…
TORONTO 10, Detroit 6…
Oakland 6, TEXAS 0…
Chi. Cubs 8, COLORADO 6…
SAN DIEGO 5, Cleveland 4…
Kansas City 4, MILWAUKEE 2…
L.A. ANGELS 5, San Francisco 4…
N.Y. Mets 1, HOUSTON 0…
CINCINNATI 7, Chi. White Sox 4…
Seattle 4, L.A. DODGERS 4 (tie)

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