The Rundown for March 16, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,494,312 and the nation’s death toll stands at 535,609, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A Reuters analysis found that the number of deaths from COVID-19 last week declined by 22 percent. Meanwhile, the number of vaccinations reached a record 2.4 million shots per day… Nearly 90 percent of Americans who received the first dose of a vaccine through February have completed the two-dose cycle, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday. Among those who received both shots of the two-dose vaccines, 96 percent received the second dose within the recommended time frame.

HAALAND CONFIRMED AS INTERIOR SECRETARY… The Senate voted 51-40 yesterday to confirm Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. The 60-year-old New Mexico Democratic congresswoman becomes the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history. Tribal groups, environmental organizations and lawmakers praised her selection but she faced strong resistance from Republicans due to her opposition to fossil fuels and stances on various other environmental issues.

2 ARRESTED FOR ATTACKS ON CAPITOL POLICE… The Justice Department yesterday announced that two men have been arrested and charged for assaulting U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick during the January 6 attack. Sicknick died trying to defend the Capitol from a mob. 32-year-old Julian Elie Khater, of Pennsylvania, and 39-year-old George Pierre Tanios, of West Virginia, allegedly teamed up to spray Sicknick and other officers with a toxic chemical spray during the attack. The two men are charged with nine counts.

CATHOLICS CAN’T BLESS SAME-SEX MARRIAGES… The Vatican decreed yesterday that the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages, no matter how stable or positive the couples’ relationships are. In a message approved by Pope Francis, the church says its answer regarding same-sex couples “declares illicit any form of blessing that tends to acknowledge their unions as such.” The church has long maintained that marriage should be limited to a union between a man and a woman, saying that same-sex unions involve “sexual activity outside of marriage.”

3 KILLED BY CAR ON SIDEWALK… Three people were killed and six others were injured yesterday morning when a 71-year-old man drove his car onto a sidewalk and into a group of people. The driver, Craig Voss, is being held on three counts of vehicular manslaughter, five counts of causing great bodily injury while committing a felony and one count of driving under the influence, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said at an afternoon press conference. Nisleit characterized the victims as homeless people seeking shelter from the rain in a tunnel.

ENTERTAINMENT
KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR JOINS ‘SECRET INVASION’
… Kingsley Ben-Adir has signed on to star in the upcoming Disney+ Marvel television series “Secret Invasion.” He will portray a lead villain on the series. Ben-Adir joins a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, who are reprising their Marvel roles as Nick Fury and Talos, respectively. No release date has been set.

DRAKE MAKES HISTORY… Drake yesterday became the first artist ever to have three songs debut in the Top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart following his new release, “Scary Hours 2.” The three songs — “What’s Next,” “Wants and Needs” with Lil Baby and “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” with Rick Ross — were released on March 5. The Beatles and Ariana Grande also had three songs rank in the top 3 simultaneously but the songs didn’t debut there.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

CHARLOTTE 122 – Sacramento 116… The Hornets came from 15 points down in the second half to upend the Kings. They got 26 points from Terry Rozier and 25 from Gordon Hayward.

Milwaukee 133 – WASHINGTON 122… Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 31 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in leading the Bucks past the Wizards for their fourth straight win. Khris Middleton added 23 points and Brook Lopez tossed in 22.

BROOKLYN 117 – New York 112… Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 34 points as the Nets fought off the Nets. James Harden finished with 21 points, 15 boards and 15 assists. Jeff Green added 20 points.

San Antonio 109 – DETROIT 99… Six players scored in double figures as the Spurs cruised past the Pistons. Dejounte Murray led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jakob Peoltl grabbed 12 boards to go with his 14 points.

L.A. Clippers 109 – DALLAS 99… Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Clippers handled the Mavericks. Ivica Zubac had 15 points and 11 boards. Five other players scored in double figures.

DENVER 121 – Indiana 106… The Nuggets outscored the Pacers 34-15 in the fourth quarter to run away with the victory. Nikola Jokic had game-highs with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. and Will Barton added 20 points apiece.

PHOENIX 122 – Memphis 99… The Suns shook off a slow start to roll past the Grizzlies. Devin Booker pumped in 27 points before sitting out the fourth quarter.

L.A. Lakers 128 – GOLDEN STATE 97… Montrezl Harrell made 11 of 14 field-goal attempts on his way to 27 points and the Lakers routed the Warriors. LeBron James had 22 points, 10 boards and 11 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Utah is at Boston…
Miami hosts Cleveland…
New York is at Philadelphia…
Chicago hosts Oklahoma State…
Atlanta is at Houston…
Portland hosts New Orleans…
Minnesota is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
Nashville 4 – TAMPA BAY 1… Calle Jarnkrok scored a shorthanded goal and had three assists as the Predators skated past the Lightning. Pekka Rinne made 38 saves at goal.

Philadelphia 5 – N.Y. RANGERS 4 (OT)…The Flyers blew an early two-goal lead and then came from behind twice before outlasting the Rangers. Jakub Voracek set up two goals and netted the game-winner at 3:47 of overtime. Joel Farabee had a goal and an assist.

FLORIDA 6 – Chicago 3… The Panthers came from two goals down in the second period to double up on the Blackhawks. Aleksander Barkov had a goal and two assists. Gustav Forsling scored a goal and assisted on another.

PITTSBURGH 4 – Boston 1… Evan Rodrigues and Sidney Crosby scored back-to-back goals in the second period to give the Penguins the lead for good in their win over the Bruins. Evgeni Malkin’s power-play goal in the second period gave him his 1,100th NHL point.

Vancouver 3 – OTTAWA 2 (OT)… The Canucks recovered to outlast the Senators after blowing a two-goal lead. J.T. Miller netted the game-winner at 1:40 of overtime. Goalie Thatcher Demko stopped 44 shots.

Washington 6 – BUFFALO 0… Vitak Vanecek stopped all 23 shots at goal and the Capitals skated past the Sabres. Alex Ovechkin scored his 717th career goal, leaving him tied with Phil Esposito for sixth place on the all-time list.

Montreal 4 – WINNIPEG 2… Tyler Toffoli scored a second-period goal and added an empty-netter as the Canadians topped the Jets. Toffoli also assisted on Josh Anderson’s power-play goal.

CALGARY 4 – Edmonton 3… Noah Hanifin scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Flames hung on to edge the Oilers. Elias Lindholm, Dillon Dube and Andrew Mangiapane each had a goal and an assist.

VEGAS 2 – San Jose 1… Max Pacioretty scored a power-play goal in the first period and set up Mark Stone’s goal in the third to lift the Golden Knights over the Sharks. Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 stops at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at New Jersey…
Washington hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Boston is at Pittsburgh…
Detroit hosts Carolina…
Arizona is at Minnesota…
Dallas hosts Tampa Bay…
Arizona is at Colorado

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is April 1)…
TAMPA BAY 3, Boston 2…
Miami 6, HOUSTON 5…
ATLANTA 5, Minnesota 1…
N.Y. YANKEES 4, Philadelphia 2…
BALTIMORE 12, Pittsburgh 3…
Toronto 4, DETROIT 0…
ST. LOUIS 4, Washington 2…
CHI. WHITE SOX 4, Chi. Cubs 4 (tie)…
CLEVELAND 7, Oakland 3…
KANSAS CITY 6, San Francisco 1…
Arizona 6, SEATTLE 5…
Cincinnati 7, L.A. ANGELS 3…
L.A Dodgers 12, COLORADO 5…
San Diego 13, MILWAUKEE 3

The Rundown for March 15, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,438,222 and the nation’s death toll stands at 534,880, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. has administered 107,060,274 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and distributed 135,847,835 doses as of yesterday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said 69,784,210 people had received at least one dose, while 37,459,269 people were fully vaccinated. A total of 7,547,477 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities… President Joe Biden is expected to name Gene Sperling to lead the implementation of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. Sperling was a top economic adviser to former Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

BORDER PRESENTS ‘HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGE’… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday characterized the influx of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border as a “humanitarian challenge” and said the Biden administration has inherited a broken immigration system. Pelosi’s remarks on ABC News’ “This Week” came a day after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin sheltering and transferring children who arrive at the southern border. More than 3,700 children were in Customs and Border Patrol custody as of last week, with about 450 being apprehended every day.

STACEY ABRAMS CALLS VOTER-SUPRESSION BILLS ‘RACIST’… Former congresswoman and voting-rights advocate Stacey Abrams called Republicans’ efforts to place restrictions on voting with new proposed bills “racist.” During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Abrams called the restrictive efforts “a redux of Jim Crow, in a suit and tie.” Republican lawmakers in Abrams’ home state of Georgia have introduced a slew of bills that would place would impose new restrictions on absentee voting and end early voting on Sundays, a day when Black churchgoers often head to the ballot box as part of “Souls to the Polls” voting drives. Democrats say Republican suppression efforts in Georgia are a response to surprising Democratic wins last November, when Georgians sided with Joe Biden in the presidential race and elected senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in runoff elections.

PLAINS STATES POUNDED BY BLIZZARD… Plains states are digging out from what the National Weather Service called a “historic and crippling” blizzard over the weekend. southeast Wyoming, northern Colorado and western Nebraska were blanketed under as much as 30 inches of snow amid a storm that is forecast to continue through tomorrow. More than 2,000 flights were canceled over the weekend at Denver International Airport. Colorado Governor Jared Polis last night urged that people “Stay home and stay safe while conditions remain poor.”

2 DEAD IN CHICAGO SHOOTINGS… Gunfire at a party in Chicago’s South Side early yesterday morning left two people dead and 13 others wounded. Police say an unidentified suspect began shooting after a disturbance with other people. Victims ranged in age from 20 to 44. As of yesterday morning, at least one of the victims was in critical condition.

ENTERTAINMENT
GRAMMY AWARDS
… Billie Eilish, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift were the big winners at last night’s 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Eilish took home Record of the Year for her song “Everything I Wanted.” Beyoncé made history at the awards show after winning Best R&B Performance for “Black Parade” and Best Rap Song for appearing on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage.” Her 28 Grammy wins are the most by any artist. Swift won Album of the Year for “Folklore.” H.E.R.’s tribute to George Floyd, “I Can’t Breathe,” won Song of the Year. Trevor Noah hosted the event, which aired live from Los Angeles.

MORGAN WALLEN STAYS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 78,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart for the ninth straight week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” jumped into second place after selling 40,000 units. Pooh Shiesty’s “Shiesty Season” climbed to No. 3 on sales of 33,000 copies. The Weeknd’s “After Hours” rose to No. 4 with 32,000 units sold. Lil Durk’s “The Voice” capped the top five with sales of 31,000 copies.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

OKLAHOMA CITY 128 – Memphis 122… The Thunder used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Grizzlies. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a game-high 30 points. Aleksej Pokusevski added 23 points.

GOLDEN STATE 131 – Utah 119… The Warriors fought off the Jazz to snap a four-game skid. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 32 points. Andrew Wiggins tossed in 28 points. Draymond Green racked up 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.

PHILADELPHIA 134 – San Antonio 99… The Sixers throttled the Spurs in their first game without the injured Joel Embiid. They got 23 points from Tobias Harris and 21 from Seth Curry.

Miami 102 – ORLANDO 97… The Heat pulled past the Magic in the fourth quarter for their fourth straight win. Jimmy Butler led the way with 29 points. Tyler Herro delivered 23 points off the bench.

ATLANTA 100 – Cleveland 82… The Hawks put away the Cavaliers late to win their fifth in a row. John Collins scored 22 points and brought down 12 boards. Danilo Galinari added 20 points.

Boston 134 – HOUSTON 107… Jaylen Brown scored 24 points and Jayson Tatum tossed in 23 as the Celtics dealt the Rockets their 16th straight loss. Tristan Thompson grabbed 13 rebounds.

MINNESOTA 114 – Portland 112… The Timberwolves held on at the end to top the Trail Blazers. Anthony Edwards made six 3-pointers on his way to 34 points.

CHICAGO 118 – Toronto 95… Nine players scored in double figures as the Bulls rolled past the Raptors. Rookie Patrick Williams scored 23 points to lead the balanced scoring attack.

NEW ORLEANS 135 – L.A. Clippers 115… The hot-shooting Pelicans blew the game open in the third quarter and coasted past the Clippers. Zion Williamson made 13 of 16 field goal attempts and finished with a game-high 27 points. Brandon Ingram added 23 points and Lonzo Ball added 20.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Sacramento is at Charlotte…
Washington hosts Milwaukee…
New York is at Brooklyn…
Detroit hosts San Antonio…
the L.A. Clippers are at Dallas…
Denver hosts Indiana…
Memphis is at Phoenix…
Golden State hosts the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
MINNESOTA 4 – Arizona 1… The Wild put away the Coyotes with a three-goal third period. Kevin Fiala assisted on Nick Bonino’s tie-breaking goal and scored off a power play.

Carolina 2 – DETROIT 1… Nino Niederreiter’s third-period goal proved to be the difference as the Hurricanes held off the Red Wings for their eighth straight win. Dougie Hamilton opened the scoring in the second period.

Dallas 2 – COLUMBUS 1 (SO)… Aleksander Radulov scored in the shootout to send the Stars past the Blue Jackets. Joe Pavelski netted his 14th goal in the first period.

N.Y. Islanders 3 – NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)… Oliver Wahlstrom netted the decisive goal in the tie-breaker as the Islanders outlasted the Devils. Kiefer Bellows and Brock Nelson scored first-period goals. Nelson’s came with two seconds on the clock.

COLORADO 4 – Los Angeles 1… Andre Burakovsky and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist to lead the Avalanche past the Kings. Goalie Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves.

OTTAWA 4 – Toronto 3… The Senators withstood a late rally to edge the Maple Leafs. Drake Batherson scored back-to-back goals 53 seconds apart in the second period. Joey Daccord stopped 33 shots at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Nashville is at Tampa Bay…
N.Y. Rangers host Philadelphia…
Chicago is at Florida…
Pittsburgh hosts Boston…
Vancouver is at Ottawa…
Buffalo hosts Washington…
Montreal is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts Edmonton…
San Jose is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts St. Louis

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 3 Illinois 91, Ohio State 88 (OT) (Big Ten Tournament final)…
No. 6 Alabama 80, LSU 79 (SEC Tournament final)…
No. 7 Houston 91, Cincinnati 54 (AAC Championship final)

GONZAGA TOP SEED IN MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT… Gonzaga was awarded the top overall seed in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball following their undefeated 24-0 regular season. The Zags await the winner of Thursday’s play-in game between Norfolk State an Appalachian State in the West Region first-round contest on Saturday. Baylor, Illinois and Michigan were given No. 1 seeds in other regionals. Baylor opens against Hartford in the South. Illinois drew Drexel as a first-round opponent in the Midwest. Michigan awaits the winner of Thursday’s play-in game between Mt. St. Mary’s-Texas Southern in the East.

NFL NEWS… New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced yesterday that he is retiring after 20 seasons in the NFL. The 42-year-old Brees leaves the game as the NFL’s all-time leader in career passing yards (80,358) and ranks second all time in touchdown passes (571) and completion percentage (67.7%). He racked up more than 5,000 yards passing in five seasons, something no other NFL quarterback has done more than once. Brees was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 after leading the Saints past the Indianapolis Colts for the franchise’s only NFL championship.

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is April 1)…
DETROIT 5, Baltimore 1…
ATLANTA 8, Tampa Bay 7…
MINNESOTA 5, Boston 5 (tie)…
HOUSTON 5, Washington 0…
Philadelphia 6, PITTSBURGH 5…
N.Y. Yankees 5, TORONTO 1…
N.Y. METS 7, St. Louis 5…
CHI. CUBS 1, L.A. Angels 1 (tie)…
TEXAS 3, Colorado 1…
San Diego 10, CINCINNATI 4…
Chi. White Sox 1, OAKLAND 0…
SEATTLE 5, Milwaukee 4…
San Francisco 6, ARIZONA 3…
Kansas City 8, L.A. DODGERS 4

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)

The Rundown for March 11, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,152,716 and the nation’s death toll stands at 529,203, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The House approved the final version of the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill yesterday, clearing its path for President Joe Biden’s signature. The vote was 220 to 211, with not one Republican supporting it… The White House announced plans yesterday to double its order of the single-shot Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine with an additional 100 million doses. President Biden will direct the Department of Health and Human Services to secure the additional supply… A late-stage study shows that a two-drug antibody cocktail treatment has proven 87-percent effective in reducing risks of coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths in high-risk patients. Pharma company Eli Lilly said that bamlanivimab and etesevimab, when taken together, greatly helped COVID-19 patients in a third-stage study.

SENATE CONFIRMATIONS… The Senate voted 70-30 yesterday to confirm Merrick Garland as attorney general. The former chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit pledged in his nomination hearing last month to “fend off any effort by anyone” to politically influence the Justice Department’s investigations. He identified his first priority as prosecuting the “heinous” crimes committed in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Senate also confirmed Ohio Congresswoman Marcia Fudge as the next U.S. secretary of housing and urban development. The vote was 66-34. Finally, the Senate voted 66-34 in confirming Michael Regan as EPA administrator.

AUDIO CAPTURES TRUMP PRESSURING ELECTION INVESTIGATOR… Audio obtained by the Wall Street Journal and released yesterday capture former President Donald Trump pressuring the a Georgia elections investigator over November’s election results. The pressure was applied during a December 23 phone call between Trump and Frances Watson, the chief investigator at the Georgia secretary of state’s office. In a recording of the call, Trump insists he won Georgia’s presidential election and warns Watson that “the country is counting on” an audit that was launched to determine whether the signature verification process for mail ballots was done properly in Fulton County. The release of the audio comes amid a criminal investigation of Trump’s efforts to overturn election results in Georgia, which he lost by 11,779 votes. The Fulton County district attorney’s office launched the investigation last month.

HAWAII FLOODING PROMPTS STATE OF EMERGENCY… Hawaii Governor David Ige has declared a state of emergency following severe flooding that prompted evacuations and damaged homes across the state’s islands. The state is expected to face extreme weather through tomorrow. Officials in Maui say intense rainfall damaged bridges, toppled a century-old dam and left several roads impassable.

SUSPECTED MURDERER OF 5 ARRESTED… U.S. Marshals in St. Louis have arrested a man wanted in connection to five murders in two states. 47-year-old Sean Lannon is suspected of killing his ex-wife and three other people, whose bodies were discovered Friday at an airport parking garage in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Lannon is also the suspect in the murder of a man in East Greenwich Township, New Jersey, on Monday.

ENTERTAINMENT
AMERICA FERRERA RETURNING FOR ‘SUPERSTORE’ FINALE
… America Ferrera is returning to the cast of the sitcom “Superstore” for its hourlong series finale on March 25. NBC confirmed in December that the series would end with its current sixth season. Ferrera departed the series in February 2020 before the Season 5 finale, but she guest-starred in the first two episodes of Season 6. The show centered employees of a big box discount store. It stars Ben Feldman, Lauren Ash, Colton Dunn, Nico Santos, Nichole Sakura, Kaliko Kauahi and Mark McKinney.

CASSETTE INVENTOR DIES… Lou Ottens, the Dutch engineer credited with inventing the audio cassette tape, died last weekend at age 94, family members have confirmed. Ottens invented the cassette while the head of Philips’ product development department and it immediately transformed the way people listened to music following its introduction at the Berlin Radio electronics fair in 1963. An estimated 100 billion cassette tapes have been sold worldwide.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

MEMPHIS 127 – Washington 112… The Grizzlies rolled past the Wizards to open the NBA season’s second half. Jonas Valanciunas had game-highs with 29 points and 20 rebounds. Ja Morant tossed in 21 points and dished off 10 assists. Desmond Bane added 20 points.

DALLAS 115 – San Antonio 104… The Mavericks finished with a 17-4 run to upend the Spurs. Kristaps Porzingis pumped in 28 points and grabbed 14 boards. Luka Doncic finished with 22 points and 12 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Charlotte…
Brooklyn hosts Boston…
Atlanta is at Toronto…
Miami hosts Orlando…
Philadelphia is at Chicago…
Milwaukee hosts New York…
Minnesota is at New Orleans…
Oklahoma City hosts Dallas…
Golden State is at the L.A. Clippers…
Portland hosts Phoenix…
Houston is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD
MINNESOTA 4 – Vegas 3… The Wild scored three straight goals to start the third period and held off a late charge to down the Golden Knights. Joel Eriksson Ek found the net twice.

EDMONTON 7 – Ottawa 1… Leon Draisaitl scored three goals and assisted on two others in leading the Oilers past the Senators. Connor McDavid had a goal and two assists.

COLORADO 2 – Arizona 1 (OT)… Gabriel Landeskog scored at 4:22 of overtime to send the Avalanche past the Coyotes. Brandon Saad opened the scoring 1:23 into the contest.

Los Angeles 5 – ANAHEIM 1… Adrian Kempe netted two goals as the Kings skated past the Ducks. Goalie Troy Grosenick made his first NHL appearance in nearly 6-1/2 years and stopped 33 shots.

Montreal 5 – VANCOUVER 1… Jasperi Kotkaniemi had a goal and an assist in the Canadiens’ thrashing of the Canucks. Tyler Toffoli assisted on two goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at Boston…
Buffalo hosts Pittsburgh…
New Jersey is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Philadelphia hosts Washington…
Nashville is at Carolina…
Columbus hosts Florida…
Winnipeg is at Toronto…
Detroit hosts Tampa Bay…
Chicago is at Dallas…
Calgary hosts Montreal

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 25 Oklahoma 79, Iowa State 73 (Big 12 Tournament, first round)

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
BOSTON 5, Atlanta 3…
PHILADELPHIA 6, Detroit 4…
Minnesota 6, TAMPA BAY 2…
WASHINGTON 3, St. Louis 2…
BALTIMORE 4, Toronto 3…
L.A. Angels 4, CLEVELAND 2…
SAN FRANCISCO 7, Chi. Cubs 6…
KANSAS CITY 9, Cincinnati 3…
Oakland 9, MILWAUKEE 1…
COLORADO 7, San Diego 5…
Texas 17, SEATTLE 5…
Houston 4, MIAMI 4 (tie)…
N.Y. YANKEES 6, Pittsburgh 5…
L.A. Dodgers 3, ARIZONA 2

The Rundown for March 10, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,093,946 and the nation’s death toll stands at 527,643, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Alaska has become the first state to make COVID-19 vaccines accessible to all its residents and workers. The Pfizer vaccine is available to anyone over the age of 16. The Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are available to anyone over 18.

HOUSE PASSES PRO-UNION LEGISLATION. The House yesterday passed legislation to expand protections for labor union organizing and collective bargaining. The Protecting the Right to Organize Act was approved by a 225-206 vote along party lines. The Democratic-pushed bill now heads to the Senate, where it needs the support of at least 10 Republicans for passage.

ARKANSAS GOVERNOR SIGNS ABORTION BAN INTO LAW… Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson yesterday signed into law legislation that effectively bans abortions in the state. The bill allows the procedure only when it’s necessary to save the mother’s life and does not provide exceptions for those impregnated in an act of rape or incest. Hutchinson said he supported the bill because of its “overwhelming legislative support and my sincere and long-held pro-life convictions.”

GUARDSMEN TO STAY AT CAPITOL… The Pentagon has agreed to extend National Guard deployment at the U.S. Capitol through May 23, 2021. Capitol police requested the 60-day extension last week based on intelligence that a militia posed a security threat. About 2,300 troops will remain at the Capitol, which is about half the number currently deployed.

SHERIFFS TO BE IDENTIFIED… A federal judge ruled yesterday that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department must identify deputies who allegedly shared photos of human remains in the helicopter crash that killed NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, and five others. The decision by District Court Judge John F. Walter is part of a lawsuit against the sheriff’s department filed by Bryant’s widow, Vanessa. The judge ruled that the public has a vested interest in whether agencies that are responsible for investigating and adjudicating complaints of misconduct have acted properly and wisely.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘BLINDING LIGHTS’ SETS MILESTONE
… The Weeknd’s “Blinding Lights” has become the first song in Billboard’s history to enjoy a spot in the top 10 of the Hot 100 chart for an entire year. The song made its debut in November 2019 and first reached the top 10 in February 2020. Fans were shocked when “Blinding Lights” failed to receive a Grammy nomination.

ROGER MUDD DIES… Former television journalist Roger Mudd died yesterday at his Fairfax County, Virginia, home of complications related to kidney failure. He was 93. Mudd emerged as a hard-hitting political reporter and anchor at CBS News and NBC News. He was co-moderator of “Meet the Press” and hosted occasional specials. Mudd joined the team of PBS’ “MacNeil-Lehrer NewsHour” in 1987, then served as the primary anchor of cable’s History Channel.

SPORTS
NHL SCOREBOARD

PITTSBURGH 4 – N.Y. Rangers 2… Kasperi Kapanen netted his fourth goal in five games to highlight the Penguins’ win over the Rangers. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist. Goalie Tristan Jarry made 33 saves.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 2 – Boston 1 (SO)… Anthony Beauvillier scored the decisive goal in the shootout to send the Islanders past the Bruins. Brock Nelson scored a tying goal late in the second period.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – Buffalo 4 (SO)… The Flyers overcame an early two-goal deficit to outlast the Sabres. Sean Couturier and Nolan Patrick scored in the tie-breaker. Couturier set up two goals in regulation.

WASHINGTON 5 – New Jersey 4 (OT)… The Capitals recovered to top the Devils after blowing a three-goal third-period lead. Jakub Vrana’s second goal of the game won it at 1:30 of overtime.

CAROLINA 3 – Nashville 2 (OT)… The Hurricanes came from two goals down in the second period to down the Predators. Jordan Staal netted his second goal of the game with 34 seconds left in overtime. Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist.

Florida 4 – COLUMBUS 2… Patric Hornqvist scored his 10th goal in the second period and the Panthers went on to double up on the Blue Jackets. Sergei Bobrovsky made 40 saves at goal.

Winnipeg 4 – TORONTO 3… Mason Appleton’s third-period goal proved to be the difference in the Jets’ win over the Maple Leafs. Neal Pionk set up three goals. Andrew Copp had a goal and an assist.

Tampa Bay 4 – DETROIT 3 (OT)… Blake Coleman found the net 2:17 into overtime to push the Lightning past the Red Wings. Erik Cernak and Blake Coleman both had a goal and an assist.

DALLAS 6 – Chicago 1… The Stars got goals from six different players in skating past the Blackhawks. Jason Robertson assisted on four goals. Roope Hintz had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Vegas is at Minnesota…
Edmonton hosts Ottawa…
Arizona is at Colorado…
Anaheim hosts Los Angeles…
Montreal is at Vancouver

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 1 Gonzaga 88, BYU 78 (West Coast Conference Tournament final)

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
MINNESOTA 1, Baltimore 0…
TAMPA BAY 11, Boston 3…
DETROIT 6, N.Y. Yankees 5…
Pittsburgh 10, ATLANTA 1…
TORONTO 4, Philadelphia 1…
N.Y METS 5, St. Louis 3…
Cleveland 9, TEXAS 2…
CHI. CUBS 9, Oakland 8…
San Diego 4, CHI. WHITE SOX 2…
Colorado 11, ARIZONA 4…
SEATTLE 6, Kansas City 3…
MILWAUKEE 13, San Francisco 7…
HOUSTON 4, Washington 4 (tie)…
L.A. Dodgers 5, ARIZONA 3

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Washington is at Memphis…
Dallas hosts San Antonio

The Rundown for March 9, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,044,109 and the nation’s death toll stands at 525,752, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The new CDC guidance says fully vaccinated people can: Visit other vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing; Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or physical distancing, if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe disease; Skip quarantine and testing if exposed to someone who has Covid-19 but are asymptomatic, but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

BIDEN SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDERS… President Joe Biden recognized International Women’s Day yesterday in signing executive orders to support gender equity and equal rights. Biden’s first executive order establishes the White House Gender Policy Council to ensure that the administration advances gender equity and equal rights and opportunity for women and girls. The second order directs the Education Department to review all existing regulations, orders, guidance and policy to guarantee education free from sexual violence.

SOUTH DAKOTA AG IMPEACHMENT ON PAUSE… South Dakota’s state House of Representatives voted yesterday to pause impeachment proceedings against state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. A bipartisan group of South Dakota lawmakers launched the impeachment effort after Ravnsborg was charged with distracted and careless driving in connection with a fatal crash. He faces three misdemeanors for running over a pedestrian on a remote highway last September. He told police he didn’t see what he struck, even as investigators noted that the victim’s face smashed through his windshield. Investigators also told Ravnsborg his phone records show he was scanning political articles a minute before the deadly crash.

GEORGIA STATE SENATE PASSES ABSENTEE-VOTING LAW… Georgia’s state Senate yesterday passed an election bill that would repeal no-excuse absentee voting, among other sweeping changes. The legislation, which has been championed by state Republican lawmakers, passed by a 29-20 vote. It now heads to the Georgia House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass in the coming weeks. Under SB 241, voters would need to be 65 years old or older, absent from their precinct, observing a religious holiday, be required to provide constant care for someone with a physical disability, or required to work “for the protection of the health, life, or safety of the public during the entire time the polls are open,” or be an overseas or military voter to qualify for an absentee ballot. The bill aims to undo a 2005 Republican-backed law allowing no-excuse absentee voting.

GHOST SHIP MAIN TENANT SENTENCED… The founder of a California artists’ warehouse where 36 people die in a fire more than four years ago was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison and three years of post-supervision release. Derick Almena, the master tenant of the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland, California, can serve the remainder of his prison term at home with a GPS monitor. Almena pled guilty to 36 counts of manslaughter in January, more than two years after a jury deadlocked on the charges in an earlier trial. The same jury acquitted a co-defendant, Max Harris, who had also faced involuntary manslaughter charges.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROYAL INTERVIEW A RATINGS HIT
… Oprah Winfrey’s Sunday interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drew an average of 17.1 million viewers. The viewership surpassed the most recent Golden Globes and Emmys combined. CBS released a statement yesterday calling the interview “the network’s most live-streamed event outside of the NFL and Super Bowl Sunday this season.”

GRAMMY PERFORMERS… Taylor Swift, BTS and Billie Eilish are among performers scheduled to perform at the 2021 Grammys. The event was rescheduled from January 31 to March 14 due to the pandemic. Beyoncé leads this year’s field with nine nominations. “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is scheduled to host the event.

SPORTS
NHL SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 2 – Vegas 0… Kaapo Kahkonen stopped all 26 shots in his first career shutout and the Wild clipped the Golden Knights. Kevin Fiala provided all the offense Minnesota needed in the first period with his eighth goal.

EDMONTON 3 – Ottawa 2… Leon Draisaitl’s second-period goal proved to be the difference in the Oilers’ win over the Senators. Connor McDavid assisted on two goals.

Arizona 3 – COLORADO 2… Johan Larsson tipped in a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Coyotes held on to edge the Avalanche. Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson each had two assists.

SAN JOSE 3 – St. Louis 2 (OT)… Evander Kane found the net 41 seconds into overtime to send the Sharks past the Blues. Ryan Donato set up two goals.

VANCOUVER 2 – Montreal 1 (SO)… Bo Horvat assisted on Adam Gaudette’s tying goal with 41 seconds left in regulation and netted the lone goal in the shootout to lead the Canucks past the Canadiens. Goalie Thatcher Demko made 27 saves.

ANAHEIM 6 – Los Angeles 5 (OT)… The Ducks outlasted the Kings after letting a two-goal third-period lead slip away. Adam Henrique netted the game-winner three minutes into overtime. Rickard Rakell scored two goals and assisted on another. Adrian Kempe’s three goals weren’t enough for Los Angeles.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at Pittsburgh…
the N.Y. Islanders host Boston…
Buffalo is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts New Jersey…
Nashville is at Carolina…
Columbus hosts Florida…
Winnipeg is at Toronto…
Detroit hosts Tampa Bay…
Chicago is at Dallas

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 1 GONZAGA 78, Saint Mary’s 55

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
Miami 7, ST. LOUIS 7 (tie)…
WASHINGTON 9, N.Y. METS 5…
Arizona 2, SAN FRANCISCO 2 (tie)…
L.A. DODGERS 8, Chi. White Sox 0…
KANSAS CITY 10, Oakland 3…
CLEVELAND 10, Seattle 0…
CHI. CUBS 9, Texas 0…
MILWAUKEE 10, L.A. Angels 9…
Cincinnati 6, COLORADO 4

NFL NEWS… The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott reportedly have agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract. The 27-year-old Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle suffered in the Week 5 win against the New York Giants in October, but doctors expected him to make a full recovery during the offseason. During his five seasons in the NFL, Prescott has recorded a team-record seven 400-yard passing games and 24 rushing touchdowns.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS… The University of Kansas has parted ways with head football coach Les Miles. The move comes three days after the university placed Miles on administrative leave amid accusations of inappropriate behavior toward female students during his head-coaching tenure at LSU. On Thursday, a report released on behalf of LSU showed that a 2013 internal investigation at the school accused Miles of inappropriate behavior toward female students, including allegations he contacted some via Facebook and text, met them off campus alone and kissed at least one of them.

NBA REGULAR SEASON RESUMES TOMORROW

The Rundown for March 8, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 28,998,832 and the nation’s death toll stands at 525,031, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said yesterday that the number of vaccine doses available will sharply rise in the coming weeks following federal approval of Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose shot. The U.S. is now administering at least 2 million shots each day, and 87.9 million doses have been given, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… The State Department warned yesterday that online platforms directed by Russian intelligence are spreading disinformation about two of the coronavirus vaccines being used in the U.S.

BIDEN ORDER EXPANDS VOTING… President Joe Biden yesterday marked the 56th anniversary of the bloody Selma civil-rights march by signing an executive order expanding voting access and information about voter registration. The order seeks to increase voting access to people with disabilities, active duty military and other overseas voters as well as citizens in federal custody in addition to modernizing voter information platforms and providing outreach to Native American communities. Biden noted that on March 7, 1965, Black demonstrators, including the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis, were beaten by police while crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, in a demand for the right to vote.

U.S., SOUTH KOREA REACH TROOP DEAL… The U.S. has reached an agreement in principle with South Korea on a new arrangement for sharing the cost of the American troop presence. According to the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, the deal includes a “negotiated increase” in Seoul’s share of the cost. South Korea’s Foreign Ministry said the agreement came after three days of face-to-face talks in Washington. The U.S. keeps about 28,000 troops in South Korea to help deter potential aggression from North Korea.

CAPITOL SECURITY REVIEW… A new security review recommends widespread changes at the U.S. Capitol following the January 6 insurrection. The final report was compiled by former Hurricane Katrina Commander and retired Lieutenant General Russel Honore, along with a task force composed of other former senior military officials. It proposes giving the U.S. Capitol Police authority to request support from the National Guard and outside law enforcement without pre-approval from the Capitol Police Board in “extraordinary emergency circumstances.” The 15-page document will be presented to the House today.

MORE CALLS FOR CUOMO TO RESIGN… Two top New York state lawmakers have stepped up the pressure on New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to resign amid allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate conduct. State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie both asked for Cuomo to step down yesterday. Despite the pleas from fellow Democrats, the governor insists he’s going nowhere.

ENTERTAINMENT
MORGAN WALLEN STAYS ATOP ALBUM CHART
… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 82,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart for the eighth straight week. The Weeknd’s compilation album “The Highlights” jumped into second place after selling 52,000 units. Pop Smoke’s ”Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” stayed at No. 3 with 42,000 copies sold. Pooh Sheisty’s “Sheisty Season” climbed into fourth place with 37,000 units sold. Lil Durk’s “The Voice” sold 36,000 copies to cap the top five.

CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS… “Nomadland” was the big winner at last night’s Critics Choice Awards, capturing honors for Best Picture and Best Director for Chloe Zhao. “Minari” won for Best Foreign Film and its star, Alan S. Kim, was honored as Best Young Actor or Actress. “Ted Lasso” also won twice, with awards for Best Comedy Series and Best Actor in a Comedy Series for Jason Sudeikis. Carey Mulligan won the Best Actress in a Film prize for “Promising Young Woman” and the late Chadwick Boseman was recognized as Best Actor in a Film for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Maria Bakalova won the Best Supporting Actress in a Film honor for “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Daniel Kaluuya was named Best Supporting Actor in a Film for “Judas and the Black Messiah” and Catherine O’Hara was voted Best Actress in a Comedy Series for “Schitt’s Creek.”

SPORTS
NBA ALL-STAR GAME
… Team LeBron cruised past Team Durant 170-150 in yesterday’s NBA All-Star Game in Atlanta. Giannis Antetokounmpo was awarded the game’s MVP trophy after making all 16 field-goal attempts on his way to a game-high 35 points. Stephen Curry made eight 3-pointers and finished with 28 points. The NBA’s regular season resumes on Wednesday.

NHL SCOREBOARD
N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Buffalo 2… Anders Lee and Brock Nelson scored 1:02 apart in the second period to open the scoring and the Islanders cruised past the Sabres. Nelson also found the net in the third.

Tampa Bay 6 – CHICAGO 3… The Lightning rolled past the Blackhawks after spotting them a three-goal lead. Yanni Gourde netted two second-period goals and had two assists. Victor Hedman and Ondrej Palat each had a goal and an assist.

CAROLINA 4 – Florida 2… The Hurricanes doubled up on the Panthers for their fifth straight win. Sebastian Aho had a goal and an assist.

New Jersey 1 – BOSTON 0… Kyle Palmieri’s goal with 4:37 remaining broke a scoreless tie and the Devils hung on to clip the Bruins. Goalie Scott Wedgewood stopped all 40 shots in the shutout.

Washington 3 – PHILADELPHIA 1… The Capitals got goals from Alex Ovechkin, Dmitry Orlov and Nick Jensen in downing the Flyers. T.J. Oshi set up two goals.

Pittsburgh 5 – N.Y. RANGERS 1… The Penguins scored three goals 1:01 apart late in the first period and never looked back in skating past the Rangers. Kasperi Kapanen scored a goal and set up two others. Evgeni Malkin added a goal and an assist.

Nashville 4 – DALLAS 3 (SO)… The Predators recovered to outlast the Stars after blowing a three-goal third-period lead. Roman Josi netted the winning goal in the shootout. Eeli Tolvanen had a goal and an assist. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 35 saves.

Ottawa 4 – CALGARY 3 (SO)… Tim Stutzie and Drake Batherson scored in the tie-breaker to send the Senators past the Flames. Connor Brown, Ryan Dzingel and Colin White scored in regulation for Ottawa.

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

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
MICHIGAN STATE 70, No. 2 Michigan 64…
No. 3 BAYLOR 88, No. 18 Texas Tech 73…
No. 5 IOWA 77, No. 25 Wisconsin 73…
No. 9 HOUSTON 67, Memphis 64…
No. 15 Texas 76, TCU 64…
No. 20 LOYOLA CHICAGO 75, DRAKE 65

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
PITTSBURGH 13, Baltimore 1…
ATLANTA 5, Boston 4…
ST. LOUIS 8, Houston 5…
N.Y. YANKEES 4, Philadelphia 0…
MINNESOTA 8, Tampa Bay 4…
DETROIT 5, Toronto 1…
Miami 4, N.Y. METS 4 (tie)…
OAKLAND 9, Cleveland 4…
Colorado 1, CHI. WHITE SOX 0…
TEXAS 4, L.A. Dodgers 3…
San Francisco 9, CINCINNATI 4…
ARIZONA 5, Chi. Cubs 4…
K.C. Royals 4, SAN DIEGO 3…
L.A. ANGELS 6, Seattle 2

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

The Rundown for March 4, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 28,786,045 and the nation’s death toll stands at 518,345, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden and moderate Democrats have reportedly compromised on a bill that narrows the income eligibility for the next round of $1,400 stimulus checks. A Wharton analysis of the compromised bill found that 7 million fewer families will receive a partial payment than a House bill passed on Saturday would have allowed… Earlier yesterday, Biden said Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves are making a “big mistake” by fully reopening their states next week. The president characterized the move as “Neanderthal thinking” that defies recent warnings by public health officials.

HOUSE SHUTS DOWN AMID THREAT… Credible reports of a second possible attack on the Capitol prompted the House of Representatives to cancel today’s scheduled session. According to a Washington Post report yesterday, U.S. Capitol Police warned that they had “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4.” Right-wing extremists have been making online claims that former President Donald Trump will be sworn in again. The Senate is scheduled to meet today and debate the Biden administration’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package.

NATIONAL GUARD COMMANDER TALKS ATTACK… Washington, D.C, National Guard commanding general William Walker told the Senate Rules and Administration Committee yesterday that he was “stunned” when senior military leaders refused his desperate requests to send in troops to defend the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 attack. Walker said senior Defense officials Charles Flynn and Walter Piatt held off on sending in reinforcements for three hours and 19 minutes while citing a concern about “optics.” The day before the attack, acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller put in place restrictions limiting Walker’s ability to prepare and move troops. Walker said he could have had 155 National Guard troops at the Capitol within 20 minutes of getting the order. Walker noted that during civil-rights protests that followed the death of George Floyd last year, the National Guard was given immediate approval to aid local law enforcement.

HOUSE PASSES VOTING, POLICE BILLS… The House voted 220 to 210 yesterday in passing voting and campaign finance reform legislation intended to expand access to the polls, fight partisan gerrymandering and set up new public funding for congressional races. Three Republicans joined with Democrats in approving the People Act of 2021, known as H.R. 1. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the legislation is needed to combat voter suppression efforts, crack down on corruption and lessen the influence of big donors in politics… The House also passed a bill banning controversial police tactics and exposing officers to lawsuits if they violate suspects’ constitutional rights. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act passed by a vote of 220-212. Both bill passed in the House yesterday face an uncertain fate in the Senate.

CHAO MISUSED OFFICE, ACCORDING TO REPORT… A 44-page report sent to House lawmakers yesterday detailed numerous instances of “misuse of office” by former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The report by the Transportation Department’s inspector general revealed that Chao sparked ethics concerns among officials by using her staff to perform tasks for her family’s shipbuilding company, Foremost Group, even though the tasks had nothing to do with official business of the Transportation Department. The watchdog noted one instance in which Chao instructed staffers to organize events for a later-canceled trip to China in 2017 that included a series of promotional stops for her family’s business. Chao also allegedly asked staffers to perform tasks for her father, including working on his Wikipedia page, peddling his biography and soliciting a “well-known C.E.O. of a major U.S. corporation” to write the foreword.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME TO HOST LIVE SHOW
… The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced plans to host a live induction of its 36th class on October 30 in Cleveland, with tickets available to the general public. Inductees will be announced in May. Nominees include Jay-Z, the Foo Fighters, Mary J. Blige, The Go-Go’s, Devo and Carole King.

‘THE GRAY MAN’ CAST GROWS… Billy Bob Thornton, Rege-Jean Page and Alfre Woodard have signed onto the ensemble cast of the upcoming Netflix film “The Gray Man.” They join a cast that already includes Ryan Gosling, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jessica Henwick, Wagner Moura, Dhanush and Julia Butters. The film is based on Mark Greaney’s “Gray Man” novel series, which centers on freelance assassin and former CIA operative Court Gentry, who will be played by Gosling.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Indiana 114 – CLEVELAND 111… The Pacers overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to top the Cavaliers. T.J. McConnell set an NBA record with nine steals in the first half and finished with 16 points, 13 assists and 10 steals. Malcolm Brogdon’s 29 points led a balanced scoring attack.

PHILADEPHIA 131 – Utah 123 (OT)… Tobias Harris scored 11 of his 22 points in overtime as the 76ers spurted past the Jazz in a matchup of the NBA’s top two teams. Joel Embiid had game-highs with 40 points and 19 rebounds. His 3-pointer tied the game with 5.9 seconds left in regulation.

Detroit 129 – TORONTO 105… The Pistons rolled past the short-handed Raptors to snap their three-game skid. Wayne Ellington pumped in 25 points. Saben Lee and fellow reserve Rodney McGruder added 20 points apiece.

Brooklyn 132 – HOUSTON 114… James Harden scored 29 points, grabbed 10 rebounds and dished off 14 assists in leading the Nets past the Rockets in his return to Houston. Kyrie Irving tossed in 24 points.

Atlanta 115 – ORLANDO 112… The Hawks came from 19 points down to upend the Magic. Trae Young knocked down the winning free throws with eight seconds remaining and finished with 32 points. Danilo Gallinari added 23 points.

Charlotte 135 – MINNESOTA 102… The Hornets broke the game open in the second half and dismantled the Timberwolves. They got 31 points from Terry Rozier and 23 from Gordon Hayward.

Chicago 128 – NEW ORLEANS 124… Zach LaVine scored six of his 36 points in the final minute to key a late rally that carried the Bulls past the Pelicans. Coby White added 25 points. Wendell Carter Jr. pulled down 15 rebounds to go with his seven points.

DALLAS 87 – Oklahoma City 78… The Mavericks handled the Thunder despite playing without Luka Doncic, who was nursing a bad back. Kristaps Porzingis had 19 points and 13 boards. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 19 points off the bench.

PORTLAND 108 – Golden State 106… Damian Lillard knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 13.7 seconds to go and drew a charge to seal the Trail Blazers’ win over the Warriors. Lillard and Carmelo Anthony led Portland with 22 points apiece. Enes Kanter had 11 points and 14 rebounds.

SACRAMENTO 123 – L.A. Lakers 120… The Kings held on at the end to be a Lakers team that was without LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Buddy Hield led the way with 29 points. De’Aaron Fox tossed in 23 points and Harrison Barnes added 20.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Boston…
Washington hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Detroit is at New York…
Indiana hosts Denver…
Milwaukee is at Memphis…
New Orleans hosts Miami…
Oklahoma City is at San Antonio…
Portland hosts Sacramento…
Golden State is at Phoenix

NHL SCOREBOARD
Washington 2 – BOSTON 1 (SO)… Jakub Vrana netted the lone goal in the shootout to send the Capitals past the Bruins. Lars Eller scored a tying goal early in the third period.

Toronto 6 – EDMONTON 1… Jimmy Vesey found the net twice as the Maple Leafs skated past the Oilers. Jason Spezza assisted on three goals.

St. Louis 3 – ANAHEIM 2… The Blues scored on all three of their power-plays and held off the Ducks. Zach Michael Sanford’s third-period goal proved to be the difference. Goalie Jordan Binnington made 27 saves.

VEGAS 5 – Minnesota 1… Alex Tuch and Chandler Stephenson both had a goal and an assist as the Golden Knights cruised past the Wild. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 36 stops.

Arizona 3 – LOS ANGELES 2… The Coyotes scored all three goals in the second period and hung on to edge the Kings. Clayton Keller and Nick Schmaltz netted power-play goals. Anti Raanta made 40 saves at goal.

Colorado 4 – SAN JOSE 0… Avalanche goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped all 26 shots in shutting out the Sharks. Mikko Rantanen scored two goals and assisted on two others.

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

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 10 VILLANOVA 72, No. 14 Creighton 60…
No. 11 FLORIDA STATE 93, Boston College 64…
No. 29 San Diego State 71, UNLV 62

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
Baltimore 8, ATLANTA 1…
Boston 14, MINNESOTA 6…
Miami 8, WASHINGTON 5…
ST. LOUIS 14, N.Y. Mets 9…
Philadelphia 4, DETROIT 2…
TAMPA BAY 3, Pittsburgh 1…
Arizona 9, CLEVELAND 4…
KANSAS CITY 6, Chi. White Sox 5…
Seattle 8, CHI. CUBS 8 (tie)…
Milwaukee 8, SAN DIEGO 5…
COLORADO 10, Oakland 7…
L.A. ANGELS 6, Texas 2…
N.Y. YANKEES 4, Toronto 1…
Cincinnati 4, L.A. DODGERS 4 (tie)

The Rundown for March 3, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 28,719,624 and the nation’s death toll stands at 516,608, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves eased restrictions in their states yesterday despite recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warnings not to. Abbott lifted a mask mandate and announced that businesses may open at full capacity next week. Reeves has lifted all county mask mandates and announced all businesses can operate at 100-percent capacity.

RAIMONDO CONFIRMED AS COMMERCE SECRETARY… The Senate yesterday confirmed Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as Commerce secretary. Her confirmation came following an 84-15 bipartisan vote. Raimondo said in her confirmation hearing she would prioritize addressing economic damage from COVID-19, ensuring fair competition for U.S. workers “on the global playing field” and tackling climate change. Also yesterday, former President Barack Obama adviser Neera Tanden withdrew her nomination as director of the Office of Management and Budget after facing scrutiny over her past tweets critical of lawmakers.

MORE THAN A DOZEN DEAD IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CRASH… At least 13 people were killed yesterday when a big rig hauling two trailers crashed with a Ford Expedition carrying at least 25 in Southern California, about 10 miles north of the Mexico border. The cause of the deadly crash near State Route 115 in Imperial County is being investigated for any connection to human smuggling. A preliminary report released last night by the California Highway Patrol said the SUV, driven by a 28-year-old resident of Mexico, “entered the intersection directly in front” of a 68-year-old truck driver. The SUV driver was killed instantly. The truck driver was hospitalized with major injuries. Authorities said 10 of the dead were Mexican nationals.

WRAY TESTIFIES ON CAPITOL ATTACK… FBI Director Christopher Wray repeatedly told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that there is no evidence of “antifa” participating in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol nor is there evidence of attackers posing as Trump supporters. Wray’s testimony defied the efforts of several GOP officials to divert blame for the insurrection from Trump supporters. A recent Suffolk University/USA Today poll found that 58 percent of Republicans believe the Capitol riot to have been “mostly an antifa-inspired attack that only involved a few Trump supporters.”

VERNON JORDAN DIES… Civil-rights activist Vernon Jordan, who developed close personal friendships with presidents from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama, died Monday night of undisclosed causes, his niece announced yesterday. He was 85. Jordan served as field secretary for the Georgia NAACP and executive director of the United Negro College Fund in the 1960s before becoming head of the National Urban League, He transitioned into business and politics in the 1980s. Jordan was a key campaign adviser to Clinton during his 1992 presidential campaign and co-chaired Clinton’s transition team.

ENTERTAINMENT
BUNNY WAILER DIES
… Reggae icon Bunny Wailer, who was the last living original member of the Wailers, died yesterday at the age of 73. The Jamaican Observer reported that Wailer had been in and out of the hospital since having a second stroke in July. The native of Kingston, Jamaica, was Bob Marley’s stepbrother. The two, along with Peter Tosh, formed the Wailing Wailers in 1963. It wasn’t until the 1970s that members of the group became international superstars as Bob Marley and the Wailers. After leaving the band in 1973, Wailer embarked on a successful solo career. He won three Grammys in the ’90s and recorded with Snoop Dogg on the 2013 Snoop Lion album “Reincarnated.” In 2017, Wailer was awarded the Order of Merit by the Jamaican government and in 2019 was presented the Reggae Gold Award for his contributions to the country’s music culture.

DOLLY PARTON GETS HER VACCINATION… Country star Dolly Parton, who was was credited with helping fund the Moderna vaccine through her $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been given her first dose of the vaccine. The 75-year-old Parton used the opportunity to urge others to join her in getting vaccinated. She sang an adapted version of her hit song “Jolene” before receiving the shot. “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate,” Parton pleaded in a video.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Memphis 125 – WASHINGTON 111… The Grizzlies took control in the second quarter and held off the Wizards. Ja Morant pumped in 35 points and dished off 10 assists. De’Anthony Melton and Dillon Brooks added 20 points apiece.

BOSTON 117 – L.A. Clippers 112… The Celtics withstood a late charge to get past a Clippers team that was playing without Kawhi Leonard. Kemba Walker scored 25 points to lead six players in double figures.

Atlanta 94 – MIAMI 80… Trae Young scored 13 straight points during a fourth-quarter surge that carried the Hawks past the Heat. Young finished with 18 points and 10 assists. Clint Capela pulled down 17 rebounds to go with his 10 points.

SAN ANTONIO 119 – New York 93… The Spurs came alive in the second half to blow open a close game. Six players scored in double figures led by Trey Lyles’ 18 points. DeMar DeRozan had 10 points and 11 assists.

Denver 128 – MILWAUKEE 97… The Nuggets built a double-digit lead early and went on to hand the Bucks their first loss in six games. Nikola Jokic racked up 37 points, 10 boards and 11 assists in his 50th career triple-double. Jamal Murray added 24 points.

Phoenix 114 – L.A. LAKERS 104… The Suns fought off the Lakers despite the third-quarter ejection of leading scorer Devin Booker for arguing. Dario Šarić came off the bench and scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Indiana is at Cleveland…
Philadelphia hosts Utah…
Detroit is at Toronto (in Tampa)…
Houston hosts Brooklyn…
Atlanta is at Orlando…
Minnesota hosts Charlotte…
Chicago is at New Orleans…
Oklahoma City is at Dallas…
Portland hosts Golden State…
the L.A. Lakers are at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD
N.Y. Islanders 2 – NEW JERSEY 1… Oliver Wahlstrom found the net early in the third period to break a scoreless tie and Anders Lee added what proved to be the decisive goal in the Islanders’ win over the Devils. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves and came within 14 seconds of his fourth shutout.

N.Y. RANGERS 3 – Buffalo 2… Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and an assist in leading the Rangers past the Sabres. The loss was Buffalo’s fourth straight.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Philadelphia 2… Kasperi Kapanen netted back-to-back goals in the second period to give the Penguins the lead for good in their defeat of the Flyers. Tristan Jarry stopped 40 shots at goal.

COLUMBUS 4 – Detroit 1… The Blue Jackets scored three second-period goals to put away the Red Wings. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist. Zach Werenski set up two goals.

MONTREAL 3 – Ottawa 1… Brandon Gallagher and Jeff Petry opened the scoring with back-to-back power-play goals 2:04 part in the second period and the Canadiens breezed past the Senators to give new coach Dominique Ducharme his first NHL victory. Goalie Carey Price made 26 saves.

WINNIPEG 5 – Vancouver 2… Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and two assists as the Jets skated past the Canucks. Laurent Brossoit made 32 stops at goal.

Carolina 4 – NASHVILLE 2… The Hurricanes got a pair of goals from Sebastian Aho in doubling up on the Predators. Steven Lorentz scored a goal and assisted on another.

Tampa Bay 2 – DALLAS 0… Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 28 shots in his third straight shutout and the Lightning clipped the Stars. Ondrej Palat provided all the offense Tampa Bay needed with a first-period power-play goal.

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

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD… 10 TOP-25 TEAMS IN ACTION!
No. 4 Illinois 76, No. 2 MICHIGAN 53…
No. 3 Baylor 94, No. 6 WEST VIRGINIA 89…
No. 8 ALABAMA 70, Auburn 58…
No. 12 Arkansas 101, SOUTH CAROLINA 73…
No. 15 Texas 81, IOWA STATE 67…
No. 18 TEXAS TECH 69, TCU 49…
No. 25 PURDUE 73, No. 23 Wisconsin 69

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
CHI. CUBS 3, Kansas City 2…
Texas 5, CHI. WHITE SOX 5 (tie)…
Cleveland 6, SEATTLE 1…
Oakland 2, MILWAUKEE 1…
San Diego 7, ARIZONA 2…
Detroit 6, PITTSBURGH 1…
ATLANTA 6, Minnesota 0…
N.Y. Yankees 4, BALTIMORE 2…
St. Louis 0, MIAMI 0 (tie)…
BOSTON 9, Tampa Bay 3…
TORONTO 4, Philadelphia 2…
N.Y. METS 2, Houston 0…
CINCINNATI 7, L.A. Angels 5…
SAN FRANCISCO 1, L.A. Dodgers 1 (tie)