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DOJ RESCINDS ‘ZERO TOLERANCE’ BORDER RULE… The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Justice Department has rescinded its policy of “zero tolerance” for migrants crossing the border illegally.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

The Rundown for January 26, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 25,272,812 and the nation’s death toll stands at 420,963, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of new cases dropped by 21 percent last week, as all but one state reported declines in new infections. The number of hospitalizations also fell. New Hampshire is the only state where cases rose. New cases fell 32 percent in California, which had been a hotbed of hospitalizations. Yesterday, Governor Gavin Newsom lifted regional stay-at-home orders in favor of county-by-county restrictions and ended a 10 p.m. curfew.

HOUSE DELIVERS IMPEACHMENT ARTICLE TO SENATE… The House yesterday officially charged former President Trump with inciting a riot in the U.S. Capitol by delivering its article of impeachment to the Senate. The Senate trial is expected to begin the week of February 8. A two-thirds vote of the Senate is required for a conviction, meaning at least 17 Republican senators would have to defect in order for Trump to be found guilty. If Trump is convicted, a simple majority vote in the Senate would disqualify him from running for office again. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, the Senate’s President pro temporee, is expected to preside over the impeachment trial.

YELLEN CONFIRMED AS TREASURY SECRETARY… Janet Yellen was confirmed yesterday as the nation’s first woman Treasury secretary. During her confirmation hearing last week, Yellen said the first priority of the incoming administration must be to get the nation and its people through the pandemic before addressing other concerns, including America’s ballooning deficit or raising taxes. Yellen will attempt to push President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan through Congress and oversee its execution.

DOJ WATCHDOG INVESTIGATES ELECTION PLOT… The Justice Department’s Inspector General’s Office announced yesterday that it will investigate whether any current or former department officials tried to change the results of the presidential election. In a two-paragraph statement, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said the investigation would cover “all relevant allegations” in his jurisdiction. The statement follows reports that former President Trump considered a plan to replace the acting attorney general during his final weeks in office with one more willing to look into his baseless claims of voter fraud. The plan failed after several top Justice Department officials threatened to resign over it.

ARREST IN SHOOTING OF 6 IN INDIANAPOLIS… Indianapolis police have arrested a juvenile boy accused in the shooting deaths of six family members, including a pregnant woman and her unborn child. The gunman allegedly fatally shot the occupants of a home in northern Indianapolis around 4 a.m. Sunday. He was hospitalized with gunshot wounds and is likely to survive, police said.

ENTERTAINMENT
AFI UNVEILS YEAR’S 10 BEST FILMS
… The American Film Institute unveiled its top 10 films of the year yesterday. The honorees included Pixar’s jazz themed “Soul” and two of Chadwick Boseman’s final films: “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Da 5 Bloods.” The two films were joined by fellow Netflix “Mank” and and “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Amazon’s “Sound of Metal” and “One Night in Miami…” also made the list.

TREY SONGZ ARRESTED… R&B singer Trey Songz was jailed overnight Sunday after he scuffled with police officers in Kansas City. He was arrested for not following coronavirus protocols and other rules at the AFC championship between the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs. The 36-year-old performer, whose real name is Tremaine Aldon Neverson, was released without charges being filed. Songz is a three-time Grammy-nominee with three No. 1s on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 119 – Philadelphia 104… The Pistons took control with a big first half and coasted past the 76ers. Delon Wright scored a game-high 28 points. Jerami Grant added 25 points and Wayne Ellington tossed in 20.

INDIANA 129 – Toronto 114… The Pacers used a big fourth quarter to put away the Raptors. Malcolm Brogdon pumped in 36 points. Myles Turner scored 11 of his 21 points in the final 8-1/2 minutes.

ORLANDO 117 – Charlotte 108… The Magic shook off a slow start to get past the Hornets. Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Cole Anthony added 21 points.

BROOKLYN 98 – Miami 85… The Nets caught fire after scoring just 15 first-quarter points and rallied past the Heat. Kevin Durant and James Harden scored 20 points apiece to lead six players in double figures. Durant also brought down 13 boards.

L.A. Lakers 115 – CLEVELAND 108… The Lakers started out fast but had to rally late to upend the Cavaliers. LeBron James scored 23 of his 46 points in the fourth quarter.

Denver 117 – DALLAS 113… Michael Porter Jr. Came off the bench to score 30 points and the Nuggets held off the Mavericks. Nikola Jokic had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Boston 119 – CHICAGO 103… The Celtics got 26 points from Jaylen Brown and 23 from Jayson Tatum in their romp over the Bulls. Marcus Smart had 13 points and 11 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 130 – Minnesota 108… Stephen Curry knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to 36 points and the Warriors cruised past the Timberwolves. Andrew Wiggins added 23 points against his former team.

Oklahoma City 125 – PORTLAND 122… The Thunder held on at the end to escape with a victory over the Trail Blazers. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 24 points. Mike Muscala tossed in 23 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Atlanta…
Houston hosts Washington…
New York is at Utah

NHL SCOREBOARD
VANCOUVER 7 – Ottawa 1… Brandon Sutter scored three goals to lead the Canucks in their dismantling of the Senators. Tanner Pearson had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia is at New Jersey…
Washington hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Florida is at Columbus…
Nashville hosts Chicago…
Edmonton is at Winnipeg…
Minnesota hosts Los Angeles…
Detroit is at Dallas…
Calgary hosts Toronto…
San Jose is at Colorado…
Arizona hosts Anaheim…
St. Louis is at Vegas

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 8 VIRGINIA 81, Syracuse 58…
No. 11 WEST VIRGINIA 88, No. 10 Texas Tech 87

MLB NEWS… The Major League Baseball Players Association has ejected the owners’ latest proposal for the universal designated hitter and an expanded playoff format. The universal DH and expanded playoff format were implemented during 2020’s pandemic-shortened 60-game regular season. NL teams have used a DH when playing in AL parks since interleague play was instituted in 1997.

The Rundown for January 25, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 25,124,064 and the nation’s death toll stands at 419,204, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during an appearance on Fox News “Sunday” yesterday that health officials are tracking coronavirus mutations to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines and treatments stay ahead of new variants until collective immunity is achieved. She said the CDC had administered 21,848,655 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of yesterday morning. President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, said in a separate interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that a plan for distributing the vaccine, particularly beyond nursing homes and hospitals, “did not really exist when we came into the White House.”

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION RALLIES SUPPORT FOR RELIEF PROPOSAL… The Biden administration is trying to rally bipartisan support for the president’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief proposal. During a call to 16 senators and two House members, administration officials tried to ease concerns that the package is too pricey. Some lawmakers from both parties have expressed preference for a smaller plan that prioritizes coronavirus vaccine distribution.

BIDEN TO LIFT PENTAGON’S TRANS BAN… President Joe Biden will lift the Pentagon’s ban on transgender people serving in the military by signing an executive order today, according to White House officials. Former President Trump imposed the ban in 2017, reversing the Obama administration’s policy that allowed open service by transgender people. New Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to attend today’s signing at the White House.

SIX DEAD IN INDIANAPOLIS SHOOTINGS… Six people were fatally shot and a juvenile was taken to the hospital in critical condition early yesterday following a shooting spree in Indianapolis. Police responding to the report of a disturbance found the wounded child and directed units to a second location, where the bodies were found. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Randall Taylor both referred to the incident as a “mass murder” during a press conference yesterday afternoon. Among the dead was a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

CHICAGO TEACHERS WON’T RETURN TO CLASS… Chicago Teachers Union members yesterday voted to defy an order from Chicago Public Schools to return to in-person instruction due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives from the nation’s third-largest school district have indicated that they would treat the defiance as an illegal strike. Kindergarten through eighth grade teachers were originally scheduled to return to classrooms today.

ENTERTAINMENT
MORGAN WALLEN REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART
… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 159,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart for a second week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” jumped into second place on sales of 47,000 units. Why Don’t We’s “The Good Times and the Bad Ones” opened in third place after selling 46,000 copies. Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” slipped to fourth place with 41,000 units sold. Ariana Grande’s “Positions” sold 39,000 copies to cap the top five.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… The Liam Neeson action-thriller “The Marksman” brought in $2 million to top the weekend box office for a second straight week. “The Croods: A New Age” finished second with $1.8 million. “Wonder Woman,” “News of the World” and “Monster Hunter” were also in the top five.

SPORTS
NFL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES

Tampa Bay 31 – GREEN BAY 26… The Buccaneers held off the Packers in the NFC title game and advance to take on defending-champion Kansas City in the Super Bowl on their home field. Tom Brady overcame three interceptions to throw touchdown passes to three different receivers in reaching the Super Bowl for the 10th time. Leonard Fournette ran 20 yards for a second-quarter score. Chris Godwin had five catches for 110 yards. Defensively, Tampa Bay sacked Aaron Rodgers five times.

KANSAS CITY 38 – Buffalo 24… Patrick Mahomes hit Travis Kelce with two of his three touchdown passes and the Chiefs rolled past the Bills in the AFC championship game. Mahomes completed 29 of 38 passes for 325 yards. Tyreek Hill had nine receptions for 172 yards.

NBA SCOREBOARD
Toronto 107 – INDIANA 102… The Raptors came on strong down the stretch to hold off the Pacers. OG Anunoby scored a game-high 30 points. Fred VanVleet added 21 points and Norman Powell tossed in 20.

L.A. CLIPPERS 108 – OKLAHOMA CITY 100… The Clippers jumped out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and hung on to down the Thunder. Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 34 points.

BOSTON 141 – Cleveland 103… The Celtics built a big lead early and never looked back in their dismantling of the Cavaliers. Jaylen Brown scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter. Kemba Walker dropped in 21 points.

Charlotte 107 – ORLANDO 104… The Hornets erased a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to upend the Magic. Gordon Hayward made a tie-breaking layup with less than a second remaining and finished with a game-high 39 points.

SAN ANTONIO 121 – Washington 101… The Spurs ran past a Wizards team that was playing for the first time in two weeks. Patty Mills scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

MILWAUKEE 129 – Atlanta 115… The Bucks led by 19 points at the half and coasted past the Hawks. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Bobby Portis delivered 21 points off the bench.

PORTLAND 116 – New York 113… The Trail Blazers withstood a fourth-quarter rally in downing the Knicks. Damian Lillard lit it up for 39 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Toronto…
Charlotte is at Orlando…
Miami is at Brooklyn…
Cleveland hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Denver is at Dallas…
Chicago hosts Boston…
San Antonio is at New Orleans…
Golden State hosts Minnesota…
Oklahoma City is at Portland

NHL SCOREBOARD
CHICAGO 6 – Detroit 2… Pius Suter scored two of his three goals in the first period and the Blackhawks skated past the Red Wings. Conor Murphy had a goal and an assist.

Buffalo 4 – WASHINGTON 3 (SO)… Jack Eichel netted the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Sabres over the Capitals. Rasmus Ristolainen assisted on two goals.

Toronto 3 – CALGARY 2… Wayne Simmonds scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 32 seconds left in the second period and Auston Matthews added the decisive goal in the third to push the Maple Leafs past the Flames. Morgan Rielly assisted on all three goals.

Vegas 1 – ARIZONA 0… William Karlsson found the net with 43 seconds remaining to send the Golden Knights past the Coyotes. Marc-Andre Fleury faced only 16 shots in the shutout.

NEW JERSEY 2 – N.Y. Islanders 0… Jack Hughes and Pavel Zacha scored two minutes apart in the first period and the Devils blanked the Islanders. Goalie Scott Wedgewood stopped all 28 shots.

PITTSBURGH 3 – N.Y. Rangers 2… Jake Guentzel’s goal with 1:31 left gave the Penguins a come-from-behind win over the Rangers. Jared McCann netted a tying goal early in the third period.

Los Angeles 6 – ST. LOUIS 3… Six different players found the net as the Kings doubled up on the Blues. Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists. Adrian Kempe set up two goals.

San Jose 5 – MINNESOTA 3… The Sharks recovered to put away the Wild after blowing a two-goal lead. Brent Burns scored a go-ahead goal with 1:49 remaining.

DALLAS 3 – Nashville 2… Joe Pavelski’s power-play goal early in the third period proved to be the difference in the Stars’ win over the Predators. Pavelski also had two assists. Roope Hintz also had a goal and two assists for Dallas.

ANAHEIM 3 – Colorado 1… John Gibson made 32 saves at goal and the Ducks eased past the Avalanche. Jakob Silfverberg, Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm found the net.

Edmonton 4 – WINNIPEG 3… Leon Draisaitl beat the final buzzer with a game-winning goal as the Oilers topped the Jets. Kailer Yamamoto scored a tying goal with 3:05 to go. Connor McDavid had three assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Ottawa is at Vancouver

MLB NEWS… The New York Yankees have acquired right-handed pitcher Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates for four minor league prospects. Pittsburgh received pitchers Miguel Yajure and Roansy Contreras, infielder Maikol Escotto and outfielder Canaan Smith in the deal. The 29-year-old Taillon, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010 and was a 14-game winner for the Pirates in 2018. He appeared in just seven games in 2019 and missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

The Rundown for January 22, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 24,626,884 and the nation’s death toll stands at 410,102, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Biden unveiled his administration’s COVID-19 strategy yesterday, signing a series of executive orders aimed at increasing testing capacity, speeding up vaccination distribution and reopening schools.

HAWLEY, CRUZ TARGETED IN SENATE ETHICS COMPLAINT… A group of seven Senate Democrats yesterday called on the Ethics Committee to launch an investigation into Republican senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz over the role they played in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The two senators are accused of violating the chamber’s ethics rules by objecting to the Electoral College results. The Democratic senators say Hawley and Cruz “lent legitimacy” to the cause of the mob that stormed the Capitol building in support of Donald Trump.

JAIME HARRISON ELECTED DNC CHAIR… Former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair and Senate candidate Jaime Harrison was officially elected chair of the Democratic National Committee yesterday. Harrison won by a near-unanimous vote after being selected by President Joe Biden for the job. He pledged to help the Democratic Party maintain its majorities through the upcoming election cycles, including the 2022 midterms. Harrison said as head of the DNC he would seek to implement a “50-state and seven-territory strategy” urging the Democratic candidates to compete in Republican strongholds.

DoD TO PROSECUTE ALLEGED TERROR BOMBERS… The Defense Department yesterday announced that it plans to try three men held at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for their roles in two deadly bombings in Indonesia in the early 2000s. Charges against Encep Nurjaman, Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep and Mohammed Farik Bin Amin have been referred to a military commission, clearing the way for the men to face trial. Prosecutors have charged the men with conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, terrorism, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, destruction of property and accessory after the fact.

JUDGE APPROVES FLINT SETTLEMENT… A federal judge has granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water. The city of Flint, state of Michigan, an area hospital and an engineering firm are included in the agreement. With preliminary approval, Flint residents can object and pursue their own claims. They have until March 29 to register to participate.

ENTERTAINMENT
BIDEN INAUGURATION RATINGS TOP TRUMP’S
… A million and a half more people watched Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday than Donald Trump’s in 2017, according to data released yesterday by the Nielsen Co. Roughly 39.87 million people tuned in to Biden’s swearing-in ceremony, which lasted a half-hour. CNN captured the most viewers with 9.9 million, while 7.66 million viewers tuned in to ABC.

‘NO TIME TO DIE’ PUSHED BACK AGAIN… The release of the James Bond flick “No Time To Die” is once again being pushed back amid the coronavirus pandemic. The film was originally set to open on April 2 but will now hit the big screen on October 8. The 25th installment in the iconic spy franchise returns Daniel Craig in the titular role.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

L.A. Lakers 113 – MILWAUKEE 106
… LeBron James scored a season-high 34 points in leading the Lakers past the Bucks. Kentavius Caldwell-Pope tossed in 23 points.

New York 119 – GOLDEN STATE 104… The Knicks opened with a 40-point first period on their way past the Warriors. All five starters scored in double figures, led by RJ Barrett’s 28 points. Julius Randle grabbed 17 rebounds to go with his 16 points.

UTAH 129 – New Orleans 118… The Jazz shook off a slow start to get past the Pelicans. Donovan Mitchell pumped in a game-high 36 points. Mike Conley added 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Houston…
Orlando is at Indiana…
Cleveland hosts Brooklyn…
Boston is at Philadelphia…
Toronto hosts Miami (in Tampa)…
Atlanta is at Minnesota…
San Antonio hosts Dallas…
Denver is at Phoenix…
Phoenix hosts Denver…
Oklahoma City is at the L.A. Clippers…
Sacramento hosts New York

NHL SCOREBOARD
BOSTON 5 – Philadelphia 4 (SO)… The Bruins outlasted the Flyers after spotting them a two-goal lead. Jake DeBrusk scored the lone goal in the shootout. Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – New Jersey 1… Jordan Eberle found the net twice as the Islanders cruised past the Devils. Noah Dobson assisted on two goals.

Tampa Bay 3 – COLUMBUS 2 (OT)… Brayden Point’s goal at 1:56 of overtime sent the Lightning past the Blue Jackets. Ryan McDonagh had two assists.

Winnipeg 4 – OTTAWA 1… The Jets put the game away with a three-goal second period. Mark Scheifel and Nikolaj Ehlers both had a goal and an assist.

Montreal 7 – VANCOUVER 3… Tyler Toffoli’s shorthanded goal sparked a four-goal second period that carried the Canadiens past the Canucks. Toffoli also opened the scoring with a first-period goal and had an assist. Joel Armia had two goals and two assists.

L.A. KINGS 4 – Colorado 2… The Kings rallied from two goals down in the second period to double up on the Avalanche. Adrian Kempe netted a go-ahead goal in the third period.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at Washington…
Pittsburgh hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Edmonton is at Toronto…
Chicago hosts Detroit…
San Jose is at Minnesota…
Dallas hosts Nashville…
Vegas is at Arizona…
Anaheim hosts Colorado

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
Indiana 81, No. 4 IOWA 69…
No. 24 UCLA 61, CALIFORNIA 57

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Green Bay hosts Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship…
Buffalo is at Kansas City in the AFC Championship

The Rundown for January 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 24,433,677 and the nation’s death toll stands at 406,001, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Efforts to vaccinate Americans continue to be slowed by a shortage of vaccine. The Health and Human Services Department suggested last week that states had unrealistic expectations for how much vaccine was on the way.

BIDEN INAUGURATED… Joe Biden was sworn in yesterday as the 46th president of the United States. In his inauguration address, Biden called for unity and promised to “restore the soul of our nation.” At 78, Biden became the nation’s oldest president upon entering office. History was also made when Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president and became the first woman in American history to hold the nation’s second-highest job. Biden launched his presidency by issuing a slew of executive orders aimed at undoing some Trump administration policies. The 17 orders Biden signed into law included re-entering the U.S. into the Paris Climate Agreement and World Health Organization, halting construction of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline permit and ending the travel ban imposed on several majority-Muslim countries.

NEW SENATORS SWORN IN… Three new Democratic senators were sworn in shortly after President Joe Biden’s inauguration yesterday. The Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff earned the seats with wins in Georgia’s runoff elections last month. They became the first black and Jewish, respectively, senators from Georgia. Alex Padilla became the first Latino senator from California in filling the seat Kamala Harris vacated to become vice president.

AVRIL HAINES CONFIRMED AS NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR… The Senate voted 84-10 yesterday to confirm Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence. She becomes President Biden’s first Cabinet-level official to be confirmed. During her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, the 51-year-old Haines pledged to declassify an intelligence report about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and promised an “aggressive response” to counter China’s “illegal and unfair practices.” Haines previously served as deputy national security adviser and was deputy chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2007-2008 when Biden was chairman. In 2013, President Barack Obama named her deputy CIA director, the first woman to hold the job.

ARMY SECRETARY RESIGNS… Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced his resignation yesterday. His departure follows the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building and subsequent questions regarding a lax response. McCarthy told members of Congress that the Washington, D.C. National Guard had not prepared for such a threat, even though plans were revealed a month earlier on social media.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘WORST COOK’ ARRESTED IN CHILD’S DEATH
… A former winner of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America has been arrested in connection with the killing of a 3-year-old child. Ariel Robinson and her husband Jerry Robinson were charged with homicide by child abuse on Tuesday. Charges were filed after police in Greenville County, South Carolina, received a call about an unresponsive child who was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. After winning season 20 of “Worst Cooks in America,” Robinson told an interviewer that she had five children.

DANNY MASTERSON ATTORNEY ENTERS NOT-GUILTY PLEA… An attorney representing Danny Masterson entered a not-guilty plea yesterday to charges that the actor raped three women in the early 2000s. Prosecutors claim that the 44-year-old Masterson raped a 23-year-old woman sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April of 2003, and a 23-year-old woman between October and December of 2003. All of the alleged rapes happened at his Hollywood Hills home. Masterson, who has been free on bail since his June 17 arrest, could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted. He is best known for playing Steven Hyde on the retro sitcom “That ’70s Show” from 1998 to 2006.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

CLEVELAND 147 – Brooklyn 135
(2OT)… Collin Sexton scored 15 of his game-high 42 points in the second overtime period to push the Cavaliers past the Nets. Cedi Osman added 25 points.

Dallas 124 – INDIANA 112… The Mavericks pulled away in the fourth quarter to put away the Pacers. Kristaps Porzingis had game-highs with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Trey Burke delivered 22 points off the bench. Luka Doncic had 13 points, 12 boards and 12 assists.

PHILADELPHIA 117 – Boston 109… The 76ers rallied in the fourth quarter to upend the Celtics. Joel Embiid poured in 42 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 22 points.

ATLANTA 123 – Detroit 115… The Hawks came from 17 points down to outlast the Pistons. Trae Young scored 21 of his 38 points in the third quarter. John Collins tossed in 31 points.

Miami 111 – TORONTO 102… The shorthanded Heat caught fire in the second half and pulled past the Raptors. Kendrick Nunn came off the bench to score 28 points.

Orlando 97 – MINNESOTA 96… Cole Anthony hurried 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Magic a come-from-behind win over the Timberwolves. Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points and Evan Fournier added 24 for Orlando.

Phoenix 109 – HOUSTON 103… Deandre Ayton powered his way to 26 points and 17 boards in leading the Suns past the Rockets. Devin Booker tossed in 24 points.

GOLDEN STATE 121 – San Antonio 99… The Warriors built a 19-point halftime lead and coasted past the Spurs. Stephen Curry had 26 points and 11 rebounds. James Wiseman added 20 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 115 – Sacramento 96… The Clippers shook off a slow start to cruise past the Kings for their fifth straight win. Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 32 points. Paul George finished with 19 points and 12 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Lakers are at Milwaukee…
Utah hosts New Orleans…
New York is at Golden State

NHL SCOREBOARD
Edmonton 3 – TORONTO 1… Leon Draisaitl scored scored on a power play to break a third-period tie and push the Oilers past the Maple Leafs. Goalie Mikko Koskinen made 25 saves.

San Jose 2 – ST. LOUIS 1 (SO)… Tomas Hertl scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Sharks edged the Blues. Marcus Sorensen netted a tying goal late in the second period.

Minnesota 3 – ANAHEIM 2… Joel Eriksson Ek netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Wild made it stand in downing the Ducks. Carter Rowney had two assists.

VANCOUVER 6 – Montreal 5 (SO)… J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat scored in the tiebreaker as the Canucks outlasted the Canadiens. Horvat found the net twice and had an assist in regulation. Montreal’s Tyler Toffoli had three goals in the losing effort.

VEGAS 5 – Arizona 2… The Golden Knights got a pair of goals from Shea Theodore in skating past the Coyotes. Alex Tuch had a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Boston…
the N.Y. Islanders host New Jersey…
Tampa Bay is at Columbus…
Ottawa hosts Winnipeg…
Montreal is at Vancouver…
the L.A. Kings host Colorado

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
No. 8 HOUSTON 86, Tulsa 59…
No. 10 WISCONSIN 68, Northwestern 52…
Providence 74, No. 11 CREIGHTON 70…
GEORGIA TECH 83, No. 20 Clemson 65

The Rundown for January 20, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 24,247,006 and the nation’s death toll stands at 401,586, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… An interim report released yesterday by a World Health Organization investigative panel concluded that the world was not prepared for the pandemic and blamed China and the WHO for reacting too slowly to contain the outbreak a year ago… A University of Arizona researcher has found that the coronavirus variant identified in the U.K. may have originated in the U.S. At least 100 cases of the variant have so far been identified in almost two dozen states. Health officials are confident that existing COVID-19 vaccines will be effective in blocking it.

BIDEN, HARRIS REMEMBER PANDEMIC VICTIMS… U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivered an emotional farewell to his home state of Delaware yesterday before traveling to Washington, D.C., where he will be inaugurated today as the nation’s 46th president. Biden last night led a national memorial observance to honor American lives lost during the coronavirus pandemic. He joined with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their families near the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial as about 400 lights were switched on, each representing 1,000 Americans who have died. Biden stressed that remembering is an important part of the healing process.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ENDS SENATOR BILL BURR INVESTIGATION… The Justice Department has ended its lengthy investigation into Senator Richard Burr’s stock transactions at the outset of the pandemic and won’t file charges. The Republican from North Carolina was accused of trading on private knowledge when he sold off $1.7 million in stock before markets before a market-induced market crash. Burr, who had been briefed about the virus in its early stages, stepped down as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee when the investigation was launched. He is set to retire from the Senate in 2022.

DNI NOMINEE COMMITS TO KHASHOGGI ASSESSMENT… President-elect Joe Biden’s director of national intelligence nominee, Avril Haines, has announced her intention to release an unclassified assessment of who murdered American journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Haines made the commitment after being pressed on the issue by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. The CIA concluded that the grisly 2018 murder was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in response to Khashoggi’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s royal family.

CONSPIRACY CHARGES IN CAPITOL ATTACK… Prosecutors yesterday filed conspiracy charges against three members of the so-called the militant right-wing extremist group Oath Keepers. The three are accused of planning and coordinating the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Messages they exchanged indicated they searched for lawmakers once they were inside the buildings and intended to stop Congress from certifying the presidential election.

ENTERTAINMENT
SUPER BOWL ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP SET
… Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan will pair up to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay. H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful” as part of the event’s pregame lineup. The Weeknd was selected in November to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LV halftime show. Viewers from around the world will tune in on February 7 to watch.

SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATED JOHN MULANEY JOKE… The U.S. Secret Service opened an investigation into comedian John Mulaney over jokes believed to be made about President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” last year, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. The 38 said last month that he had been investigated for referencing Julius Caesar in the joke. The file obtained by the AP confirmed that the Secret Service contacted NBC but did not interview the comedian in its inquiry

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

DENVER 119 – Oklahoma City 101… Nikola Jokic scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in leading the Nuggets past the Thunder. Six other players scored in double figures for Denver.

UTAH 118 – New Orleans 102… The Jazz cruised past the Pelicans for their sixth straight win. Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Brooklyn is at Cleveland…
Indiana hosts Dallas…
Boston is at Philadelphia…
Atlanta hosts Detroit…
Miami is at Toronto…
Minnesota hosts Orlando…
Phoenix is at Houston…
Golden State hosts San Antonio…
Sacramento is at the L.A. Clippers…
Portland hosts Memphis

NHL SCOREBOARD
New Jersey 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 3… Jack Hughes scored two goals and assisted on another during a three-goal second-period that carried the Devils past the Rangers.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Buffalo 0… Goalie Brian Elliott stopped all 40 shots as the Flyers blanked the Sabres. Travis Konecny netted his fourth goal in four games.

FLORIDA 5 – Chicago 4 (OT)… Frank Vatano found the net 2:50 into overtime to send the Panthers past the Blackhawks. Carter Verhaeghe netted two goals.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Washington 4 (OT)… Sidney Crosby’s goal 1:11 into overtime lifted the Penguins over the Capitals. Crosby assisted on two goals. Teddy Blueger had a goal and an assist.

Winnipeg 4 – OTTAWA 3 (OT)… The Jets overcame a pair of two-goal deficits to outlast the Senators. Nikolaj Ehlers scored the winning goal in overtime.

DETROIT 3 – Columbus 2 (OT)… Tyler Bertuzzi netted the game-winner 15 seconds into overtime as the Red Wings topped the Blue Jackets. Dylan Larkin set up two goals.

Colorado 3 – LOS ANGELES 2… The Avalanche took a 3-0 lead into the third period and held on to edge the Kings. Nathan MacKinnon assisted on two goal to reach 500 career points. Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen scored power-play goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Edmonton is at Toronto…
St. Louis hosts San Jose…
Minnesota is at Anaheim…
Vancouver hosts Montreal…
Arizona is at Vegas

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
FLORIDA 75, No. 6 Tennessee 49…
No. 3 VILLANOVA 76, Seton Hall 74…
No. 7 MICHIGAN 87, Maryland 63…
Purdue 67, No. 15 OHIO STATE 65…
No. 18 Alabama 105, LSU 75…
No. 19 MISSOURI 81, South Carolina 70…
No. 22 ILLINOIS 79, Penn State 65

MLB NEWS… Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton, whose 324 wins rank fourth on major league baseball’s all-time list, died Monday night at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a battle with cancer, his son announced yesterday. He was 75. Sutton was an L.A. Dodger for 16 of his 23 seasons. The four-time All-Star also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics and California Angels. He was known for his endurance and never missed a turn in the rotation in 756 big league starts.

The Rundown for January 19, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 24,074,200 and the nation’s death toll stands at 398,980, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. have been trending down since peaking last week. The 1.5 million new cases recorded over the past seven days represent an 11-percent drop from the previous week. Cases declined in 35 states week-over-week, and 18 states saw a drop in the number of deaths. Nevertheless, health officials warn that it’s too early to be overly optimistic… A former Florida public health whistleblower who says she was fired in May because she refused to manipulate data to downplay the severity of the state’s coronavirus outbreak turned herself in to face a felony computer offense and was released on bail yesterday. 31-year-old Rebekah Jones called the case against her politically motivated and vows to press the truth.

GIULIANI WON’T REPRESENT TRUMP IN SENATE IMPEACHMENT… President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani declared yesterday that he won’t represent Trump at his upcoming impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. Giuliani said he’s having to recuse as attorney due to his participation in Trump’s rally just before the Capitol riot. Giuliani called for “trial by combat” during his appearance with Trump at the rally and potentially faces charges.

BIDEN TO INTRODUCE IMMIGRATION PLAN… President-elect Joe Biden intends to introduce an immigration bill on his first day in office that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. The legislation would allow those living in the U.S. as of January 1, 2021, to get a green card, which grants temporary status, within five years, provided they pay taxes and pass background checks, and afterward obtain naturalization within three years. The plan would also speed up the path to citizenship for children protected under the DREAM Act, agricultural workers and others.

CENSUS BUREAU DIRECTOR RESIGNS… Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham announced his resignation yesterday, effective tomorrow. Dillingham, who held the position for two years, was scheduled to continue through the end of 2021. His tenure was marked by whistleblowers’ complaints that President Trump’s political appointees were pressuring Dillingham to release its 2020 Census data by January 15, regardless of accuracy. Complaints noted that releasing the numbers so early would lessen their accuracy due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

ALLEGED NANCY PELOSI LAPTOP BANDIT ARRESTED… Federal authorities have arrested a 22-year-old woman who allegedly stole computer equipment from Nancy Pelosi’s office during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and intended to sell it to Russia’s intelligence service. An FBI criminal complaint says Riley June Williams of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was identified in a tip from person who claimed to be Williams’ former romantic partner. The witness said the sale to Russia fell through and that Williams “still has the computer device or destroyed it.”

ENTERTAINMENT
CRITICS CHOICE AWARD NOMINATIONS
… The crime-thriller “Ozark” and the royal drama “The Crown” each earned six nominations yesterday to lead the field at this year’s Critics Choice Awards. “Lovecraft Country,” “Mrs. America,” “Schitt’s Creek” and “What We Do in the Shadows” earned five nods apiece. “Better Call Saul” and “The Plot Against America” are each are up for four awards. Streaming service Netflix led the field with 26 nominations, which was two more than HBO. Winners will be announced during a March 7 ceremony hosted by entertainer Taye Diggs.

GARTH BROOKS TO PERFORM AT INAUGURATION… Country music superstar Garth Brooks announced yesterday that he’ll perform tomorrow at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. Brooks joins fellow headliners Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga in the event’s lineup of entertainers. “This is a great day in our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity,” Brooks said.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

NEW YORK 91 – Orlando 84… The Knicks dialed it up defensively in grinding out a win over the Magic. RJ Barrett scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Julius Randle finished with 21 points and 17 boards.

ATLANTA 108 – Minnesota 97… All five starters scored in double figures as the Hawks cruised past the Timberwolves. Deandre Hunter led the way with 25 points. Clint Capela had 23 points and 15 rebounds. Trae Young scored 20 points and dished off 13 assists.

San Antonio 125 – PORTLAND 104… The Spurs used a big fourth quarter to put away the Trail Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge pumped in 22 points. DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and 11 assists.

MEMPHIS 108 – Phoenix 104… The Grizzlies fought off the Suns to win their fifth straight. Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke scored 17 points apiece to lead seven players in double figures. Morant also had 10 assists.

BROOKLYN 125 – Milwaukee 123… Kevin Durant knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left and the Nets hung on to down the Bucks. Durant finished with 30 points. James Harden had game-highs with 34 points and 12 assists. Joe Harris tossed in 20 points.

TORONTO 116 – Dallas 93… The Raptors surged past the Mavericks in a game that was tied at halftime. Kyle Lowry pumped in 23 points. Chris Boucher delivered 21 points and 10 boards off the bench.

MIAMI 113 – Detroit 107… The shorthanded Heat overcame a 19-point deficit to upend the Pistons. Bam Adebayo powered his way to 28 points and 10 rebounds. Goran Dragic added 22 points.

CHICAGO 125 – Houston 120… The Bulls held off the Rockets in the second half to escape with the victory. Zack LaVine scored 33 points to lead seven players in double figures.

Golden State 115 – L.A. LAKERS 113… The Warriors rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to stun the Lakers. Stephen Curry knocked down a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute and finished with 26 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 23 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Oklahoma City is at Denver…
Utah hosts New Orleans

NHL SCOREBOARD
Columbus 3 – DETROIT 2… Pierre-Luc Dubois’ third-period goal proved to be the difference in the Blue Jackets’ win over the Red Wings. Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 35 saves.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 1 – Boston 0… Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted the game’s only goal with 4:09 remaining. Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 27 shots at goal.

TORONTO 3 – Winnipeg 1… John Tavares and Mitch Marner scored second-period goals for the Maple Leafs. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 27 saves.

Buffalo 6 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar scored two goals apiece to lead the Sabres in their romp over the Flyers. Jack Eichel had three assists.

ST. LOUIS 5 – San Jose 4… Jordan Kyrou netted a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Blues hung on to edge the Sharks. Justin Faulk found the net twice.

Carolina 4 – NASHVILLE 2… Vincent Trocheck and Sebastian Aho scored third-period goals to give the Hurricanes the lead for good in their defeat of the Predators. Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and an assist.

CALGARY 5 – Vancouver 2… The Flames scored three unanswered goals in the third period on their way past the Canucks. Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist.

Montreal 3 – EDMONTON 1… The Canadiens got goals from Alexander Romanov, Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen in cruising past the Oilers. Jake Allen stopped 26 shots at goal.

ANAHEIM 1 – Minnesota 0… Nicolas Deslauriers lit the lamp to break a scoreless tie early in the third period and the Ducks made it stand in their win over the Wild. John Gibson had 34 saves in the shutout.

VEGAS 4 – Arizona 2… The Golden Knights rallied past the Coyotes after spotting them a two-goal lead. Reilly Smith scored two of Vegas’ three third-period goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
New Jersey is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia hosts Buffalo…
Chicago is at Florida…
Pittsburgh hosts Washington…
Winnipeg is at Ottawa…
Detroit hosts Columbus…
Carolina is at Nashville…
Los Angeles hosts Colorado

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
No. 2 BAYLOR 77, No. 9 Kansas 69…
St. John’s 74, No. 23 CONNECTICUT 70

The Rundown for January 18, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 23,932,551 and the nation’s death toll stands at 397,561, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said yesterday that President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of delivering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the first 100 days of his presidency “is absolutely a doable thing.” During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Fauci said two new vaccines under development by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson could “very soon” head to U.S. regulators for approval, which would speed up vaccinations… The incoming director of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention yesterday presented a grim forecast for the next month’s death toll. Dr. Rochelle Walensky told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he expects another 100,000 dead by the end of February, which is 25 percent of the current total.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN MEMBERS PLANNED RALLY BEFORE CAPITOL ATTACK… The Associated Press reported yesterday that several members of President Trump’s campaign staff helped plan the January 6 rally that led to an attack on the Capitol building. The Trump campaign has denied involvement and blamed the deadly riots on left-wing activists. However, an AP investigation found that those involved in both the Trump campaign and the rally planning include Maggie Mulvaney, niece of former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Megan Powers, the Trump campaign’s former director of operations.

PLAN PROTESTS FADE UNDER HEAVY SECURITY… It was a quiet day on state capitol grounds yesterday, as beefed up security appears to have doused violent threats by right-wing extremists. More than a dozen states activated National Guard troops to help secure their capitol buildings following an FBI warning of armed demonstrations. Members of the anti-government “boogaloo boys” movement last month announced plans to hold rallies in all 50 states but events drew only small gatherings of demonstrators.

MORE TRUMP PARDONS COMING… The New York Times reported yesterday that President Trump’s allies and associates have collected tens of thousands of dollars in fees from people seeking presidential pardons. Citing documents and interviews with more than three dozen lobbyists and lawyers, the report claimed that the demand intensified once it became clear that Joe Biden would be inaugurated as the next president. Three White House insiders told CNN that Trump is preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations tomorrow on his final full day in office.

KAMALA HARRIS TO RESIGN FROM SENATE TODAY… Kamala Harris will resign as U.S Senator from California today, just two days before she is set to make history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president. California Governor Gavin Newsom has picked California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the rest of Harris’ term, which could include President Trump’s second impeachment trial. Officials haven’t clarified when Padilla will be seated.

ENTERTAINMENT
PHIL SPECTOR DIES
… Authorities confirmed yesterday that legendary music producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector died of natural causes Saturday night. The California Health Care Facility in Stockton, California, where Spector was an inmate, listed his age as 80. Spector was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2009 in the 2003 fatal shooting of actress and club hostess Lana Clarkson. Spector used his “wall of sound” technique to produce some of the biggest hit songs of the 1960s and ’70s, including the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” and The Beatles’ final album, “Let It Be.”

MORGAN WALLEN TOPS ALBUM CHART… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 265,000 copies to debuts atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” slipped into second place after selling 55,000 units. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in third place on sales of 47,000 copies. Jazmine Sullivan’s “Heaux Tales” opened at No. 4 on sales of 43,000 units. Lil Durk’s “The Voice” sold 42,000 copies to cap the top five.

SPORTS
NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCORES

KANSAS CITY 22 – Cleveland 17… The Chiefs fought off the Browns despite losing quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the third quarter to a concussion. Mahomes scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and hit Travis Kelce with a 20-yard scoring toss early in the second quarter. Kansas City hosts Buffalo in the AFC title game next Sunday.

Tampa Bay 30 – NEW ORLEANS 20… The Buccaneers converted three turnovers into touchdowns and put away the Saints. Tom Brady threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another. Defensively, Tampa Bay intercepted Drew Brees three times. The Buccaneers are at Green Bay in next Sunday’s NFC championship.

NFL NEWS… The Los Angeles Chargers announced last night that they plan to hire Brandon Staley as their next head coach. The team will formally introduce him at a news conference on Thursday. Staley served the past season as the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator. He replaces coach Anthony Lynn, who was fired after four seasons and a 33-31 record. The Chargers went 7-9 in 2020 and finished third in the AFC West.

NBA SCOREBOARD
New York 105 – BOSTON 75… Julius Randle scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Knicks in their rout of the Celtics. RJ Barrett added 19 points and 11 boards.

Chicago 117 – DALLAS 101… The Bulls took control with a big second quarter and cruised past the Mavericks to snap a four-game skid. Garrett Temple scored 15 of his 21 points to key the run. Lauri Markkanen had 29 points and 10 rebounds. Luka Doncic’s 34 points, 16 boards and 15 assists weren’t enough for Dallas.

Utah 109 – DENVER 105… The Jazz came up big in the second half to down the Nuggets for their fourth straight win. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 23 points.

New Orleans 128 – SACRAMENTO 123… The Pelicans overcame a 43-points effort by the Kings De’Aaron Fox to escape with the victory. Zion Williamson pumped in 31 points. Brandon Ingram added 22 points and Eric Bledsoe tossed in 21. Steven Adams pulled down 15 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 129 – Indiana 96… Seven players scored in double figures as the Clippers thrashed the Pacers. Paul George, Marcus Morris and Luke Kennard scored 20 points apiece.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at New York…
Atlanta hosts Minnesota…
Detroit is at Miami…
San Antonio is at Portland…
Memphis hosts Phoenix…
Milwaukee is at Brooklyn…
Toronto hosts Dallas…
Houston is at Chicago…
the L.A. Lakers host Golden State

NHL SCOREBOARD
PITTSBURGH 4 – Washington 3
(SO)… Jake Guentzel scored the lone goal in the shootout to send the Penguins past the Capitals. Marcus Pettersson netted a tying goal in the second period.

FLORIDA 5 – Chicago 2… The Panthers recovered to beat the Blackhawks after blowing an early two-goal lead. They closed with three straight goals in the third period. Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal and assisted on two others. Eetu Luostarinen had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Columbus is at Detroit…
the N.Y. Islanders host Boston…
Winnipeg is at Toronto…
Philadelphia hosts Buffalo…
San Jose is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Carolina…
Vancouver is at Calgary…
Edmonton hosts Montreal…
Minnesota is at Anaheim…
Vegas hosts Arizona

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
NO. 5 Iowa 96, NORTHWESTERN 73…
No. 11 HOUSTON 75, Central Florida 58…
No. 20 Virginia Tech, WAKE FOREST 60

The Rundown for January 15, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 23,307,232 and the nation’s death toll stands at 388,533, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President-elect Joe Biden presented his $1.9 trillion relief package in a prime-time address last night. The aid package includes $415 billion to bolster the response to the virus and the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines, $1 trillion in direct relief to households and roughly $440 billion for small businesses and communities. Stimulus payment checks would be issued for $1,400, on top of the $600 checks delivered by the last congressional stimulus legislation. Supplemental unemployment insurance would also increase to $400 a week from $300 a week now and would be extended to September.

INVESTIGATION CONTINUES FOR CAPITOL ATTACKERS… FBI Director Chris Wray revealed yesterday that investigators have identified more than 200 suspects in the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol and arrested more than 100 individuals. Wray said investigators are chasing thousands of leads as they seek to prosecute people involved and deter follow-up attacks. Wray reiterated that the FBI has “confidence” in its preparation and security surrounding the January 20 inauguration. The Biden inauguration committee has rescheduled a rehearsal scheduled for Sunday to Monday due to threats.

JAIME HARRISON TO LEAD DNC… President-elect Joe Biden has nominated former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair Jaime Harrison to lead the Democratic National Committee. The 44-year-old Harrison is currently an associate chair and senior counselor at the DNC. His fundraising skills were on public display during his unsuccessful South Carolina Senate run against Lindsey Graham, as he raised a record-breaking $131 million.

DOJ WATCHDOG RELEASES BORDER POLICY REPORT… A report released yesterday by the Justice Department’s inspector general claims Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and his deputy Rod Rosenstein pushed to separate children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border against the wishes of prosecutors in their department. According to the report, Sessions believed families could be separated, prosecuted and reunified within the span of an afternoon. Both Sessions and Rosenstein were reportedly informed of possible ramifications, but ignored them. President Trump ceased the policy via executive order in June 2018 amid widespread public backlash.

SENATE COMMITTEE POSTPONES CONFIRMATION HEARING… The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has postponed today’s scheduled confirmation hearing for President-elect Joe Biden’s selection of Avril Haines as director of national intelligence. The committee hasn’t said whether it will reschedule the hearing before or after Wednesday’s inauguration. Democrats on the committee had been seeking to expedite the hearing with a virtual session but needed consent from all the senators on the panel to do so.

ENTERTAINMENT
SYLVAIN SYLVAIN DIES
… Sylvain Sylvain, a guitarist whose work with the New York Dolls made him a punk rock icon, died yesterday after a battle with cancer. He was 69. The New York Dolls’ self-titled 1973 debut album is listed among Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. The band dissolved in 1977 but reunited in 2004 and was a part of its final three albums.

LADY GAGA, JENNIFER LOPEZ TO PERFORM AT INAUGURATION… Lady Gaga and Jennifer Lopez will perform at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday. They are headlining an event that organizers say will showcase a diverse America. Lady Gaga will sing the national anthem. It was announced earlier this week that Tom Hanks will host a 90-minute primetime TV special celebrating the inauguration. Other performers include Justin Timberlake, Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato and Ant Clemons.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 125 – Miami 108… Shake Milton returned to action and pumped in 31 points in leading the 76ers past the Heat. Ben Simmons had 10 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

TORONTO 111 – Charlotte 108… The Raptors withstood a fourth-quarter rally to get past the Hornets. Chris Boucher came off the bench to score a game-high 25 points. Kyle Lowry had 16 points and 12 assists.

Houston 109 – SAN ANTONIO 105… The Rockets came on strong in the fourth quarter to get past the Spurs. Christian Wood powered his way to 27 points and 13 boards. Sterling Brown tossed in 23 points.

DENVER 114 – Golden State 104… Nikola Jokic scored 18 of his 23 points in the second half, gathered 14 rebounds and dished off 10 assists in leading the Nuggets past the Warriors. Six other players scored in double figures for Denver.

Indiana 111 – PORTLAND 87… The Pacers bombed the Trail Blazers 33-10 in the second quarter and coasted to the victory. Malcolm Brogdon scored 25 points to lead all scorers. Domantas Sabonis had 23 points and 15 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at Boston…
Cleveland hosts New York…
Dallas is at Milwaukee…
Minnesota hosts Memphis…
Chicago is at Oklahoma City…
Utah hosts Atlanta…
New Orleans is at the L.A. Lakers…
Sacramento hosts the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCOREBOARD
Washington 6 – BUFFALO 4… T.J. Oshie scored a goal and had two assists for the Capitals.

Boston 3 – NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)… Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist before netting the decisive goal in the shootout.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 0… Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 24 shots in the shutout. Anders Lee found the net twice for the Islanders.

Carolina 3 – Detroit 0… The Hurricanes held the Red Wings to just 14 shots on goal. Nino Niederreiter netted the only goal Carolina needed early in the first period.

NASHVILLE 3 – Columbus 1… Filip Forsberg and Calle Jarnkrok scored third-period goals to send the Predators past the Blue Jackets.

WINNIPEG 4 – Calgary 3 (OT)… The Jets erased a 3-1 second-period deficit in outlasting the Flames. Patrik Laine found the net in the first period and added the winning goal in overtime.

EDMONTON 5 – Vancouver 2… Connor McDavid scored three goals and assisted on another in leading the Oilers past the Canucks. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins added two goals and an assist. Leon Draisaitl assisted on four goals.

San Jose 4 – ARIZONA 3 (SO)… The Sharks recovered to top the Coyotes after blowing an early two-goal lead. Ryan Donato and Logan Couture scored in the shootout. Tomas Hertl netted two first-period goals.

VEGAS 5 – Anaheim 2… Mark Stone scored a tie-breaking goal early in the third period to help push the Golden Knights past the Ducks. Stone also assisted on a Max Pacioretty goal.

Minnesota 4 – LOS ANGELES 3 (OT)… The Wild came from two goals down in the third period to upend the Kings. Kirill Kaprizov scored the winning goal at 3:47 of overtime. Marcus Foligno’s goal tied the game with 10:18 left in regulation.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington is at Buffalo..
Philadelphia hosts Pittsburgh…
Chicago is at Tampa Bay…
Ottawa hosts Toronto…
St. Louis is at Colorado

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 1 GONZAGA 95, Pepperdine 70

NFL COACHING HIRES… The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Urban Meyer as their next head coach. Meyer, who won two national championships at the University of Florida and another at Ohio State, compiled a 187-32 record in 17 years as a college coach and never had a losing season. Meyer replaces Doug Marone and inherits a team that went 1-15 in 2020… The New York Jets have reached an agreement in principle with San Francisco 49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh to be their next head coach, The 41-year-old Saleh replaces Adam Gase, who went 9-23 and was fired immediately after the 2020 season.

SATURDAY’S NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the L.A. Rams are at Green Bay…
Buffalo hosts Baltimore

SUNDAY’S NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Cleveland is at Kansas City…
New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay

The Rundown for January 14, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 23,071,895 and the nation’s death toll stands at 384,653, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Researchers at Ohio State University have discovered a new coronavirus variant that carries a mutation identical to the strain found in the U.K. that has been detected in 11 states. Researchers said they also found another U.S. strain with three other gene mutations that were not previously seen.

TRUMP IMPEACHED FOR THE SECOND TIME… The House impeached President Trump for a second time yesterday in charging him with high crimes and misdemeanors. Democrats had the support of 10 Republicans in the 232-197 vote. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said the chamber will immediately send the article of impeachment to the Senate. The article argues Trump fed his supporters months of false claims that widespread fraud cost him the 2020 election, then urged them to contest the results before they marched to the Capitol and disrupted Congress’ count of President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

DEMS CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO CAPITOL TOURS… A coalition of more than 30 House Democrats is calling for an investigation into “suspicious” Capitol tours that took place the day before last Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. Coalition leader Mikie Sherrill said the tours appeared to have been reconnaissance missions. Democrats note that some of the visitors encountered by lawmakers “appeared to be associated” with the “Stop the Steal” rally at the White House the next day.

FAA WANTS STRICTER PENALTIES FOR UNRULY AIRLINE PASSENGERS… The Federal Aviation Administration announced yesterday that it will impose stricter penalties against unruly and combative airline passengers. An order signed by FAA administrator Steve Dickson calls for “a special emphasis enforcement program” to bring civil legal enforcement of fines of up to $35,000 and possible addition to the Transportation Security Administration’s no-fly list for “passengers who assault, threaten, intimidate or interfere with a crewmember in the performance of a crewmember’s duties.” The FAA said in a statement that it was seeking harsher civil penalties due to a recent increase in unruly behavior.

FORMER MICHIGAN GOVERNOR CHARGED… Prosecutors have charged former Michigan governor Rick Snyder for his role in the Flint water crisis. Snyder, who served from 2011 to 2018, faces a year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted of willful neglect of duty, a misdemeanor. On Snyder’s watch, the city of Flint changed water sources without taking appropriate measures and high levels of lead in the drinking water left a dozen residents dead and many other sickened.

ENTERTAINMENT
ARMIE HAMMER LEAVES JENNIFER LOPEZ FILM
… Actor Armie Hammer is leaving his role opposite Jennifer Lopez in the upcoming film “Shotgun Wedding” due to backlash he has faced on social media. Hammer was a trending topic last weekend after someone posted unverified direct Instagram messages that appeared to be written by Hammer and expressed graphic sexual fantasies, including cannibalism. The actor said the messages amounted to “vicious and spurious online attacks” against him.

ACTRESS JESSICA CAMPBELL DIES… Former actress Jessica Campbell, who was best known for her appearance alongside Reese Witherspoon in the 1999 film “Election,” died unexpectedly on December 29 in Portland, Oregon, her family announced yesterday. She was 38. Campbell also portrayed Amy Andrews in the first and only season of “Freaks And Geeks” in 2000. Later, Campbell left her acting career behind to become a naturopathy doctor.

SPORTS
NHL OPENING-DAY SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Pittsburgh 3… The Flyers closed with three straight goals in the third period to double up on the Penguins. Six different players found the net. Joel Farabee scored a goal and had three assists.

TORONTO 5 – Montreal 4 (OT)… Morgan Rielly scored at 3:24 of overtime to lift the Maple Leafs over the Canadiens. Jimmy Vesey netted the tying goal midway through the third period. William Nylander found the net twice and had an assist.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Chicago 1… The Lightning scored three power-play goals in cruising past the Blackhawks to mount their defense of the Stanley Cup. Steven Stamkos had a goal and two assists.

Vancouver 5 – EDMONTON 3… Brock Boeser scored the final two of the Canucks’ three third-period goals in putting away the Oilers. Tanner Pearson and Quinn Hughes both assisted on two goals.

St. Louis 4 – COLORADO 2… Oskar Sundqvist found the net twice to lead the Blues past the Avalanche. Robert Thomas set up two goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington is at Buffalo…
New Jersey hosts Boston…
the N.Y. Islanders are at the N.Y. Rangers…
Detroit hosts Carolina…
Columbus is at Nashville…
Winnipeg hosts Calgary…
Vancouver is at Edmonton…
Arizona hosts San Jose…
Anaheim is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts Minnesota

NBA SCOREBOARD
Dallas 104 – CHARLOTTE 93
… The Mavericks jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and cruised past the Hornets. Luka Doncic scored 34 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Milwaukee 110 – DETROIT 101… The Bucks got 22 points, 10 boards and 10 assists from Giannis Antetokounmpo in downing the Pistons for the third time this month. Jrue Holiday added 21 points.

Brooklyn 116 – NEW YORK 109… The Nets took control with a big second quarter and held off the Knicks. Kevin Durant pumped in 26 points. Bruce Brown finished with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Memphis 118 – MINNESOTA 107… The Grizzlies bombed the Timberwolves 38-17 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Jonas Valanciunas powered his way to 24 points and 16 boards.

L.A. Lakers 128 – OKLAHOMA CITY 99… The Lakers routed the Thunder in winning their seventh straight on the road to start the season. LeBron James led the way with 26 points. Montrezl Harrell delivered 21 points off the bench.

L.A.. CLIPPERS 111 – New Orleans 106… The Clippers used a big second quarter to build a 17-point halftime lead and hung on to top the Pelicans. They got 28 points from Kawhi Leonard and 27 from Paul George.

Portland 132 – SACRAMENTO 126… Damian Lillard scored eight of his game-high 40 points in the final four minutes and dished off 13 assists to lead the Trail Blazers in a come-from-behind win over the Kings. CJ McCollum dropped in 28 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Miami is at Philadelphia…
Toronto hosts Charlotte…
Houston is at San Antonio…
Denver hosts Golden State…
Indiana is at Portland

NBA NEWS… ESPN reported last night that James Harden is heading from the Houston Rockets to the Brooklyn Nets as part of a four-team trade that also involves the Indiana Pacers and Cleveland Cavaliers. Houston a package from Brooklyn that included Caris LeVert, Rodions Kurucs and draft picks. The Rockets then traded LeVert to the Pacers for Victor Oladipo. The the Rockets receive Cavaliers guard Dante Exum Center Jarrett Allen and forward Taurean Prince. The Rockets also get Cleveland’s 2022 first-round pick, via the Milwaukee Bucks, and Houston is sending a 2023 second-round pick to the Pacers. Brooklyn also gets a 2024 second-round pick from the Cavaliers.

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 15 Texas Tech 79, TEXAS 77…
No. 16 Louisville 77, WAKE FOREST 65…
No. 18 VIRGINIA 80, Notre Dame 68…
No. 21 OHIO STATE 81, Northwestern 71