The Rundown for March 26, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of deaths in the U.S. due to the coronavirus rose to at least 928 yesterday as 223 fatalities were reported. More than 65,000 Americans have now tested positive test for the virus, with nearly half in New York. Medical experts expect the numbers will rise dramatically as more tests are administered and analyzed.

SENATE APPROVES STIMULUS PACKAGE… The Senate voted unanimously last night to approve a $2 trillion stimulus package aimed at providing relief from the coronavirus pandemic. The largest emergency aid package in U.S. history is now heading to the House for a vote. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer indicated yesterday that the House will begin considering the relief package at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The Senate proposal includes $250 billion for direct payments to individuals and families, $350 billion for small business loans, $250 billion for unemployment insurance benefits and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.

TRAVEL HALTED FOR U.S. TROOPS… Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a halt to travel for 60 days for all U.S. troops, their families and civilian employee to limit the spread of coronavirus. The move will affect 90,000 troops scheduled for deployment, according to the Pentagon. Exceptions will be made for medical purposes and for those aboard ships that are deployed for 14 days. In addition, it will not affect the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan.

JUDGE ISSUES ORDER OVER DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE… A federal judge yesterday ordered the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to conduct a full environmental review of the Dakota Access pipeline. The order comes nearly three years after the controversial pipeline began carrying oil. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg wrote that a more extensive review is necessary than the environmental assessment that was done. Boasberg ordered both parties to submit briefs on whether the pipeline should continue operating during the period of the new environmental review.

AMERICAN HOSTAGE IN IRAN DEAD… The family of retired Drug Enforcement Agency and FBI agent, private investigator and part-time CIA consultant Robert Levinson announced that he has died after being held hostage in Iran. Family members said they made the announcement based on information received from U.S. officials. Levinson had traveled to Kish Island, Iran, in 2007 to investigate cigarette smuggling and was meeting with U.S. fugitive Dawud Salahuddin when Iranian security officials detained them both. Salahuddin later said he never again saw Levinson after they were released. In 2014, Levinson’s family filed suit against Iran.

TONY AWARDS POSTPONED… The Tony Awards has become the latest cultural event to be postponed due to the coronavirus. The awards ceremony was scheduled to air live on CBS on Sunday, June 7, from New York City. The show will be rescheduled, but a new date will not be determined until Broadway reopens.

ELTON JOHN TO HOST LIVING-ROOM CONCERT… Elton John has signed on to host a living-room concert for coronavirus relief special broadcast this Sunday. Billie Eilish, Mariah Carey, Billie Joe Armstrong and Alicia Keys are among performers who have agreed to take part in delivering at-home performances. Each performance was filmed using the artists’ personal cell phones, cameras and audio equipment. The hour-long iHeart Living Room Concert for America will air commercial-free on Fox.

BASEBALL PLANS COMEBACK… Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said during an ESPN interview yesterday that “nothing’s off the table” in terms of plans to return. Manfred said he’s hopeful the sport can begin preparing for a season at some point in May but there’s no way of knowing for certain when the sport will return. For the past couple weeks, MLB executives and the MLB Players Association have exchanged proposals over salary and service-time issues, as well as the proper way to return.

The Dallas Cowboys have agreed to a one-year deal with tight end Blake Bell.

The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed defensive tackle Mike Pennel and fullback Anthony Sherman to one-year deals.

The Minnesota Vikings have signed free-agent wide receiver Tajae Sharpe to a one-year contract.

The New York Jets have agreed to terms with former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Patrick Onwuasor on a one-year contract.

The Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a one-year deal with Cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman.

The Pittsburgh Steelers signed defensive tackle Cavon Walker, offensive tackle Jarron Jones and safety Tyree Kinnel from the XFL yesterday.

The Washington Redskins have agreed to terms with wide receiver Cody Latimer. Details were not announced.

The Rundown for March 20, 2020

GOP SENATORS INTRODUCE CORONAVIRUS AID PACKAGE… Senate Republicans last night introduced a $1 trillion coronavirus-relief package. The plan includes cash payments of up to $1,200 for individuals and $2,400 couples, with the sum increasing by $500 for each child for taxpayers beneath a certain income threshold. It would also extend the tax filing deadline from April 15 to July 15, allowing corporations to delay estimated tax payments until Oct. 15 and employers and self-employed people to delay payroll taxes.

U.S. IMPLEMENTS TRAVEL ADVISORY… The State Department implemented a Level Four travel advisory yesterday in advising all U.S. citizens abroad to return home unless they are prepared to remain in place “for an indefinite period.” The advisory also urged citizens in the U.S. to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of the coronavirus. The advisory follows last week’s ban on incoming travel from 30 countries.

NATIONAL COUNTERTERRORIST CENTER OFFICIALS REMOVED… Acting National Counterterrorism Center director Russell Travers and his acting deputy, Peter Hall, were fired Wednesday night, according to a report in yesterday’s Washington Post. Travers had been on the job since last year and reportedly opposed plans to make personnel cuts at the center. Hours before, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Pentagon special operations and counterterrorism official Christopher Miller as the full-time NCTC director.

TULSI GABBARD ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID… Hawaiian congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard announced yesterday that she is suspending her Democratic presidential campaign and endorses Joe Biden as the party’s nominee. Gabbard said Biden is the best candidate to take on Trump. She said she will now direct her time to fighting the coronavirus.

UNEMPLOYMENT FILINGS SPIKE… Figures released yesterday by the Labor Department reveal that filings for unemployment benefits spiked last week and have reached a two-year high. The Labor Department reported that claims rose by 70,000 to 281,000 last week as workers have been laid off amid the coronavirus pandemic. The filings were the most since September 2017.

CONAN O’BRIEN PLANS RETURN… Conan O’Brien is planning his return to the air. On March, he will resume releasing new episodes of his late-night talk show. O’Brien’s staff will remain at home, and the show will be cobbled together with O’Brien on an iPhone and guests via Skype. Other late-night talk-show hosts have adopted drastic measures as well. Jimmy Fallon has produced 10-minute “At Home” shows while Jimmy Kimmel and David Spade have delivered monologues from their homes. On Monday, Stephen Colbert delivered a 10-minute monologue from his bathtub.

DANIEL DAE KIM TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS… Daniel Dae Kim is the latest Hollywood star to be diagnosed with coronavirus. The 51-year-old Korean-American actor posted on social media that he became symptomatic at home in Hawaii after spending several weeks in New York shooting the TV show “New Amsterdam.” Kim says his condition is “not 100 percent” but “close.”

NBA NEWS… The coronavirus continues to make its way through the NBA. Boston Celtics guard Marcus Smart revealed yesterday that he has tested positive while two unidentified Los Angeles Lakers players also announced positive tests. The Denver Nuggets announced that an unnamed member of the organization has been diagnosed with the virus.

MLB NEWS… The Boston Red Sox announced yesterday that starting pitcher Chris Sale will undergo Tommy John surgery. Sale decided to undergo the procedure now out of fear that delaying it could have caused him to miss significant time in the 2021 season. The 30-year-old Sale didn’t pitch after experiencing elbow soreness last August. He went 6-11 with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts on the season.

NFL NEWS… New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton yesterday became the first person connected to the NFL to have reported catching the coronavirus. The 56-year-old Payton said he didn’t feel great this past Sunday and took a test Monday. He said he came forward with his diagnosis in an effort to get people to take the situation seriously.

The Arizona Cardinals have signed linebacker De’Vondre Campbell to a one-year deal.

The Carolina Panthers have signed wide receiver Keith Kirkwood to a one-year deal.

The Cincinnati Bengals have agreed to terms with cornerback Mackensie Alexander on a one-year contract. The Cincinnati Bengals plan to sign cornerback Torry McTyer to a one-year deal.

The Cleveland Browns have signed cornerback Kevin Johnson and defensive tackle Andrew Billings to one-year contracts.

The Denver Broncos are waiving former Super Bowl MVP quarterback Joe Flacco after a failed physical.

The Los Angeles Rams have released running back Todd Gurley and linebacker Clay Matthews.

The Miami Dolphins have re-signed safety Adrian Colbert to a one-year deal.

The Minnesota Vikings have re-signed kicker Dan Bailey.

The New England Patriots have signed guard Joe Thuney to a franchise tender.

The New York Giants have signed quarterback Colt McCoy to a one-year deal.

The Philadelphia Eagles have sent a 2020 third-round pick and 2020 fifth-round pick to the Detroit Lions in exchange for cornerback Darius Slay.

The Washington Redskins are planning to sign tight end Logan Thomas.


RUIZ TIRES & WINDOW TINTING 124 – O’Brien Gifts & Such 123… Julio Cedeño’s block of an Erin Gordon shot in the final seconds preserved the Toros’ win over the Fragrance. Mando Figueroa scored a game-high 28 points and Hector Garcia Uria tossed in 25. Raffy Gutierrez powered his way to 17 points and 15 rebounds.

CURTIS TRANSPORT 93 – Hansen Fuel 75… The Movers outscored the Hornets 32-15 in the fourth quarter to run away with the victory. Mike Tarwater came off the bench to score 19 points and lead a balanced scoring attack.

Schmidt’s Turf & Insulation 130 – ROANOKE TRUST 125… Robbie Wagstaff scored 40 points and gathered 15 boards in leading the Ruggers past the Moneymen. Brock Lyon’s 52 points and 16 boards weren’t enough for the losers.

FLEMINGTON DOWNS 110 – London Bookbinders 107… The Racers rallied past the Dickens in the fourth quarter to complete a season sweep. DeWayne Everson was out there scoring 25 points while his wife stayed home with a mare that was foaling. Duane Tudor had 15 points and 17 rebounds.

ELSIE’S BAR & GRILL 101 – Crystal Cave Mattresses 91… The Rowdies built a 10-point halftime lead and maintained it in the second half to down the Sleepers. Visco Brown had 27 points and 20 boards. Genovese Smith added 22 points.

CIRCLE 6 INNS 129 – Atcheson & Partners Architects 102… The Secretkeepers bombed the Pencilmen 32-17 in the second quarter to take the lead for good in the blowout. Steven Daniels III delivered 21 points off the bench.

MITCHELL COUNTY PARKS & RECREATION 117 – Vincent’s Pharmacy 102… Lester Orr dropped in 25 points and dished off 10 assists in the Outsiders’ win over the Feelgooders. Tom Molly finished with 20 points and 13 rebounds. Lonny Mincher also scored 20 points.

PRESCOTT THEATER 119 – Graham’s Fitness Centers 116… Arch Rahuney knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Flickers past the Abs. Rahuney finished with a team-high 25 points. Trent Atkinson had 20 points and 11 boards. Floyd Jenkins added 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Twyla’s Chicken is at Blue Sky Appliances…
Round Richard’s Play Center hosts Nelson’s Automotive…
Brown Sugar Coffee & Tea is at Dittleman Electric…
Carroll David CPA hosts Crossing Guards Local 412…
Hoo’s Chinese Garden is at Pettibone Kennels

BRISTOL ALUMNI 3 – Nappy’s Fricasse 0… Goalie Kris Klepton stopped all 22 shots to record his third shutout in his last five starts and the Keggers cruised past the Bakers. Enos Thompson scored a pair of second-period goals for Bristol.

DuBARR IRRIGATION 4 – Mills’ Plumbing 3 (SO)… Wilson Chester netted the winning goal in the shootout as the Sprinklers outlasted the Faucets. Louis Carscone made 30 saves at goal.

Wendy’s Not-the-Drivethrough 3 – SMITHTOWN CAGES 2 (OT)… Billy Nelson found the net 1:04 into overtime to lift the Order Takers over the Batsmen and move his team into a first-place tie with Hellington Property Management. Jelly Jones set up two goals.

Hellington Property Management is at Arlyne’s Drapes…
Silver Stu’s Social Club hosts Dizzy’s Painting…
Sons of Harley O’Keen is at Two Lips Tavern…
Arnold, Arnold & Partners Lawyers hosts Millington Community Church

GOLDY’S GUNS & LOAN 3, Liberty Creative 2…
Bell River Casino 5, Paul’s Halloween Costumes 3…
MARKOV BUILDERS 10, Ace Literary 5…
MITCHELL CROPDUSTING 4, Northside Glass 2…
Watkins Printing 7, Brett’s Burgers 3…
Wolfton Daily News 7, NEXT DAY PARCEL 3…
AIR CHANCE 3, Fourth Avenue Mini-Storage 2…
MAXWELL’S SATELLITE 7, Brigadier Engineering 2…
Office Heaven 9, PESTS-BE-GONE 9 (tie)…
SAL’S FISH MARKET 7, Paul’s Passport Photos 2

The Rundown for February 11, 2020

TRUMP BUDGET PROPOSAL… The $4.8 trillion budget plan President Trump proposed yesterday includes deep cuts to domestic safety net programs while providing additional funding for the military and the construction of a wall on the southern U.S. border. The administration also seeks to cut 26 percent of funding for the Environmental Protection Agency along with the elimination of 50 programs Trump deemed “wasteful.” The proposal would nullify a two-year deal negotiated with Congress that raised spending for both defense and domestic spending. Trump’s proposal will next be submitted to the budget committees in the House and Senate. The Congressional Budget Office will study the blueprint and publish an analysis next month. The proposal isn’t expected to pass in the Democratic-led House.

SCHUMER WANTS INVESTIGATION OF RETALIATORY FIRINGS… Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants the inspector general at every agency to investigate retaliation against whistleblowers who report misconduct from President Trump. Schumer’s action follows the firing of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council. Vindman, who testified in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump, was escorted from the White House on Friday. Also fired were Vindman’s twin brother, Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Vindman, a National Security Council attorney, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

4 CHARGED IN EQUIFAX DATA BREACH… A two-year investigation has resulted in federal prosecutors charging four members of the Chinese military for their roles in a major breach of credit-reporting company Equifax in 2017. The data breach was the largest in U.S. history and exposed personal data affecting nearly 150 million people. The four members of Beijing’s People’s Liberation Army were charged with computer fraud and abuse, economic espionage and wire fraud. Prosecutors say the suspected hackers found a vulnerability in Equifax servers that gave them login credentials and for two months mined data that included credit card numbers, drivers licenses and social security numbers.

NEW YORK SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER TRAVEL BAN… The State of New York has filed suit against the Trump Administration over its policy that bans hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers from enrolling in federal programs that help travelers speed through airport security lines and borders. Calling the ban “political punishment,” state officials say it amounts to political punishment, would undermine public safety and will cause economic harm by slowing travel. Plaintiffs argue that the new policy violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and equal sovereignty among states and its prohibition on federal coercion.

ACCUSED LOUISIANA CHURCH-BURNER PLEADS GUILTY… The man accused of setting fire to three historically black churches in Louisiana last year changed his plea to guilty yesterday. Suspect Holden Matthews, the 22-year-old son of a deputy sheriff, entered the new plea at U.S. District Court in Lafayette, Louisiana. He was facing three counts of intentional damage to a religious facility and three counts of using fire to commit a felony. The three churches in St. Landry Parish were set ablaze last March and April.

LIL WAYNE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Lil Wayne’s “Funeral” sold 139,000 units to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” slipped to second place after selling 86,000 copies. Last week’s champ, Eminem’s “Music to Be Murdered By,” dropped to No. 3 on sales of 69,000 units. Russ’ “Shake the Snow Globe” opened in fourth place after selling 65,000 copies. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” finished fifth with 55,000 units sold.

MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD TO TOUR… Megadeth and Lamb of God are planning to co-headline a 54-date North America tour through summer and fall. Megadeth ceased headlining tours last year after frontman Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with cancer. The shows will also feature Trivium and In Flames throughout the entire run. The 54-date tour kicks off June 12 in Bristow, Virginia. It ends November 13 in Reno, Nevada.

Charlotte 87 – DETROIT 76... The Hornets got it done defensively in grinding out a win over the Pistons to snap a five-game skid. Miles Bridges scored 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Brooklyn 106 – INDIANA 105… Spencer Dinwiddie knocked down a 21-foot stepback jumpshot with 5.2 seconds remaining to lift the Nets over the Pacers. Dinwiddie finished with 21 points to lead eight players in double figures.

ORLANDO 135 – Atlanta 126… The Magic pulled away in the second half to put away the Hawks. They got 26 points from Aaron Gordon and 24 from Nikola Vucevic.

TORONTO 137 – Minnesota 126… The Raptors took control with a big third quarter and held off the Timberwolves. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Pascal Siakam’s game-high 34 points. Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and dished off 11 assists. Og Anunoby added 25 points and 12 rebounds.

MILWAUKEE 123 – Sacramento 111… A Bucks team playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo recovered to beat the Kings after blowing a big lead early. Kris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points apiece. Brook Lopez tossed in 20 points.

Utah 123 – DALLAS 119… The Jazz built a big first-half lead and hung on to get past the Mavericks. Jordan Clarkson delivered 25 points off the bench. Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece.

DENVER 127 – San Antonio 120... The Nuggets came from 23 points down to upend the Spurs. Jamal Murray scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. Paul Milsap came off the bench to score 22 points

Miami 113 – GOLDEN STATE 101… Jimmy Butler scored 21 points and pulled down 10 boards in his return to action and the Heat downed the Warriors. Jae Crowder added 21 points.

L.A. LAKERS 125 – Phoenix 100... Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds n leading the Lakers past the Suns. Rajon Rondo added 23 points. Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

the L.A. Clippers are at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Chicago…
Portland is at New Orleans…
Oklahoma City hosts San Antonio…
Boston is at Houston

Arizona 3 – MONTREAL 2… The Coyotes skated past the Canadiens after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Jakob Chychrun netted the winning goal on a power play with a minute left. Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Florida 1… The Flyers gave up a goal early and then scored four unanswered. James van Riemsdyk netted one goal and assisted on another.

N.Y. Islanders 5 – WASHINGTON 3… Anthony Beauvillier found the net twice as the Islanders outshot the Capitals. Josh Bailey assisted on three goals.

Tampa Bay 2 – COLUMBUS 1 (OT)… Nikita Kucherov opened the scoring early in the first period and scored again 31 seconds into overtime to send the Lightning past the Blue Jackets. Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 31 saves.

VANCOUVER 6 – Nashville 2… Elias Petterssn and J.T. Miller each had a goal and an assist as the Canucks skated past the Predators. Jacob Markstrm made 36 stops at goal.

Calgary 6 – SAN JOSE 2… Milan Lucic and Tobias Reder opened the scoring 34 seconds apart in the first quarter and the Flames cruised past the Sharks. Noah Hanifin set up two goals.

Detroit is at Buffalo…
Toronto hosts Arizona…
Florida is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Islanders host Philadelphia…
Tampa Bay is at Pittsburgh…
Minnesota hosts Vegas…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Winnipeg…
Dallas hosts Carolina…
Ottawa is at Colorado…
Edmonton hosts Chicago…
St. Louis is at Anaheim

#1 Baylor 52, TEXAS 45…
#7 DUKE 70, #8 Florida State 65…
#24 TEXAS TECH 88, TCU 42

The Rundown for February 5, 2020

TRUMP DELIVERS SOTU… President Trump made a partisan pitch to his supporters in his State of the Union last night. Trump addressed the nation on the eve of the impeachment verdict in the same room where he was impeached in December. Trump pressed Republican talking points and used the occasion to present right-wing talk-show host and golf partner Rush Limbaugh with the Medal of freedom. Democrats cringed during the president’s speech whenever he demonstrated what they considered to be blatant disregard for the truth. Following the speech, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi ripped up her copy of the speech. Earlier, Trump refused to shake her extended hand when he took the stage.

IOWA CAUCUSES… The Democratic National Committee continues to work with state party officials in reporting results from Monday’s Iowa caucuses. The delay has been blamed on the failure of an app to gather data from nearly 1,700 caucus sites across Iowa. As of last night, results had been gathered from 62 percent of precincts. According to the Iowa Democratic Party, Pete Buttigieg was first with 26.9 percent. Bernie Sanders was close behind at 25.1 percent. Elizabeth Warren was third on 18.3 percent. Joe Biden was running fourth on 15.6 percent.

E.U. CRITICIZES TRUMP LAND MINE DECISION… The European Union yesterday criticized President Trump’s decision to ease restrictions on the U.S. military’s use of anti-personnel land mines. The E.U. called the decision “completely unacceptable” and noted that the ban on such mines had “saved tens of thousands of people in the past twenty years.” Trump broke with NATO allies Britain and France when he lifted the ban on military use of the land mines outside of the Korean Peninsula.

VIRGINIA BLOCKS COASTAL OIL, GAS DEVELOPMENT… Lawmakers in Virginia yesterday passed a bill to block future oil and gas development off the state’s coastline, reflecting opposition to the Republican Trump administration’s efforts to open Atlantic waters to fossil fuel exploration. The bill passed by the Democrat-led state House of Delegates prohibits infrastructure such as pipelines or gathering systems in state waters that could be used to transport oil and gas drilled in federal waters to Virginia’s shores. It also repeals a state policy to explore for offshore oil and gas. A companion bill was approved in the state’s Senate last week, and the legislation is expected to be sent to Governor Ralph Northam shortly. The governor reportedly supports the bill.

MACY’S TO CLOSE 125 STORES… The department store chain Macy’s has announced plans to close 125 stores in “lower tier malls” and lay off 2,000 corporate workers over the next three years. The announcement comes a month after Macy’s said it would close 29 stores despite reporting strong store sales during the holiday shopping season. The company will also move its headquarters from Cincinnati to New York City. Macy’s hasn’t released a list of stores that will close, but they account for 20 percent of Macy’s locations and a combined $1.4 billion in annual sales.

BRIAN WILSON OPPOSES BEACH BOYS PERFORMANCE… Beach Boys founder Brian Wilson is urging fans to boycott a performance by a variation of the band at a convention for trophy hunters in Reno, Nevada. The band will be fronted by lead singer Mike Love when it performs at the Safari Club International Convention tonight. Wilson tweeted yesterday that he and former guitarist Al Jardine had nothing to do with the event.

SHANNEN DOHERTY IN CANCER BATTLE… Shannen Doherty announced yesterday that her breast cancer has returned and is now at stage 4. The 48-year-old actress was first diagnosed with cancer in 2015, and said she got the new diagnosis last year. She says she didn’t tell anyone about her recurrence because she wanted to prove that she could still work. Doherty is best known for her roles in the TV series “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Charmed.”

Milwaukee 120 – NEW ORLEANS 108… The Bucks shook off a slow start and cruised past the Pelicans. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 34 points and 17 rebounds. Kris Middleton added 20 points.

HOUSTON 125 – Charlotte 110… The Rockets erased a 12-point deficit after the first quarter and breezed past the Hornets. James Harden lit it up for 40 points. Danuel House Jr. added 22 points.

DENVER 127 – Portland 99… The Nuggets held the Trail Blazers to 10 second-quarter points in opening up a 26-point halftime lead on their way to a blowout win. Nikola Jokic scored 29 points and grabbed 13 boards. Jamal Murray added 20 points.

L.A. LAKERS 129 – San Antonio 102… LeBron James made six of nine 3-point attempts and finished with 36 points in leading the Lakers past the Spurs. Kyle Kouzma came off the bench to score 18 points and pull down 12 rebounds.

Phoenix is at Detroit…
Toronto hosts Indiana…
Orlando is at Boston…
Brooklyn hosts Golden State…
Cleveland is at Oklahoma City…
Minnesota hosts Atlanta…
Memphis is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Denver…
Miami is at the L.A. Clippers

BOSTON 4 – Vancouver 0… Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped all 25 shots as the Bruins blanked the Canucks. Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist. Charlie McAvoy assisted on two goals.

Colorado 6 – BUFFALO 1… The Avalanche scored four unanswered goals in the second period to put away the Sabres. Andre Burakovsky had a goal and three assists. Valeri Nichushkin added a goal and two assists.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Vegas 2… Steven Stamkos scored a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and Alex Killorn added an empty-netter to push the Lightning past the Golden Knights. Brayden Point had a goal and an assist.

Montreal 5 – NEW JERSEY 4 (SO)… The Canadiens erased a three-goal deficit on their way past the Devils. Ilya Kovalchuk scored the lone goal in the shootout.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – Dallas 3 (OT)… Anthony Beauvillier scored his second goal of the game 2:52 into overtime to lift the Islanders over the Stars. Jordan Eberle set up two goals.

WASHINGTON 4 – Los Angeles 2… Alex Ovechkin scored three straight goals in the third period to carry the Capitals past the Kings. He now has 40 goals on the season. John Carlson scored a goal and assisted on two others.

COLUMBUS 1 – Florida 0 (OT)… Zach Werenski scored the game’s only goal 1:54 into overtime and the Blue Jackets extended their points streak to nine games. Elvis Merzlikins made 32 saves at goal.

Anaheim 3 – OTTAWA 2 (SO)… Ondrej Kase and Rickard Rakell scored in the tiebreaker to send the Ducks past the Senators. Kase also netted a second-period goal.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Carolina 3… Zach Sandford and Brayden Schenn scored two goals apiece as the Blues doubled up on the Hurricanes. Ryan O’Reilly assisted on three goals.

MINNESOTA 3 – Chicago 2 (OT)… The Wild recovered to top the Blackhawks after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Matt Dumba netted the game-winner with 2:39 left in overtime. Kevin Fiala scored twice in the second period.

Nashville 2 – WINNIPEG 1 (OT)… Mikael Granlund found the net at 1:11 of the overtime period to give the Predators a hard-fought win over the Jets. Nick Bonino tied the game with a first-period goal.

ARIZONA 3 – Edmonton 0… Goalie Antti Raanta made 30 saves in the Coyotes’ shutout of the Oilers. Lawson Crouse had a goal and an assist.

San Jose 3 – CALGARY 1… The Sharks rallied past the Flames after spotting them an early lead. Joe Thornton assisted on goals by Brent Burns and Kevin Labanc. Evander Kane also found the net. Aaron Dell stopped 30 shots at goal.

Toronto is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Chicago hosts Boston

#7 Duke 63, BOSTON COLLEGE 55…
#9 MARYLAND 56, Rutgers 51…
#11 Auburn 79, ARKANSAS 76…
#15 KENTUCKY 80, Mississippi State 72…
#22 Penn State 75, #16 MICHIGAN STATE 70

MLB NEWS… The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired 2018 American League MVP Mookie Betts and All-Star starting pitcher David Price from the Boston Red Sox yesterday in a three-way trade that also included the Minnesota Twins. The Red Sox ended up with Twins pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol and the Twins picked up Dodgers pitcher Kenta Maeda. In a separate deal, the Dodgers dealt outfielder Joc Pederson to the Los Angeles Angels for infielder Luis Rengifo.

The Rundown for January 22, 2020

IMPEACHMENT TRIAL UNDERWAY… The first full day of President Trump’s impeachment trial lasted 13 hours until nearly 2 a.m. Eastern before the Senate approved rules for the proceeding. The approval came in a party-line vote of 53-47 that delays the question of whether the Senate should subpoena witnesses and documents until next week. Prior to Senate Majority Mitch McConnell’s introduction of the rules resolution, Republicans defeated 11 amendments from Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that were seeking to subpoena documents and witnesses. The trial resumes at 1 p.m. Eastern today.

TRUMP AT DAVOS… President Trump boasted about his administration’s economic achievements during his presentation yesterday to open the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Trump claimed that the U.S. “is winning” like never before in his keynote address. In touting his administration’s policies, Trump made no mention of his impeachment trial. Trump did reveal that the U.S. will join the One Trillion Trees Initiative in planting more trees to help offset carbon dioxide emissions.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO EXPAND TRAVEL RESTRICTIONS… The Trump administration is planning to expand travel restrictions to seven additional countries. Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania are the countries being added but White House officials note the list isn’t final, according to reports. The countries are expected to have restrictions placed on specific types of visas, such as business or visitor visas. The expanded restrictions are expected to be introduced on Monday.

SUPREME COURT DOESN’T FAST-TRACK OBAMACARE CHALLENGE… The Supreme Court yesterday rejected a motion that sought to fast-track the repeal of the Affordable Care Act in its entirety. The rejection means the case probably won’t be decided until after the 2020 election. It also spares Republicans seeking to dismantle Obamacare possible negative coverage in an election year.

CORONAVIRUS REACHES U.S... The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of coronavirus in the U.S. The diagnosis was made on a traveler who returned to Seattle from China. The patient was reported to be in good condition. Chinese health officials say the disease has killed at least six people and sickened more than 300.

ALICIA KEYS TO TOUR… Alicia Keys announced yesterday that she will embark on a 2020 world tour in support of her upcoming eponymous album, which is scheduled for release next month. The world tour kicks off on June 5 in Dublin, Ireland. In the meantime, Keys is set to host Sundays 62nd annual Grammy Awards on Sunday.

OZZY OSBOURNE BATTLING PARKINSON’S… Rocker Ozzy Osbourne has confirmed that he is battling Parkinson’s disease. The 71-year-old Black Sabbath frontman made the announcement during an appearance yesterday morning on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Osbourne said he has a “mild form” and found out about it after suffering a fall last February.

L.A. Clippers 110 – DALLAS 107… The Clippers went on an 8-0 run spanning the two-minute mark to take the lead for good in their win over the Mavericks. Kawhi Leonard scored 36 points and brought down 11 rebounds.

Philadelphia is at Toronto…
Detroit hosts Sacramento…
Oklahoma City is at Orlando…
New York hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Memphis is at Boston…
Miami hosts Washington…
the L.A. Clippers are at Atlanta…
Chicago hosts Minnesota…
Denver is at Houston…
Phoenix hosts Indiana…
San Antonio is at New Orleans…
Golden State hosts Utah

BOSTON 3 – Vegas 2… Jake DeBrusk and David Krejci scored third-period goals to rally the Bruins past the Golden Knights. Krejci also assisted on Jeremy Lauzon’s goal in the first period.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… Josh Bailey scored a goal and had two assists as the Islanders doubled up on the Rangers. Thomas Greiss made 40 saves at goal.

CAROLINA 4 – Winnipeg 1… Justin Williams found the net twice in leading the Hurricanes past the Jets. Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and two assists.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Pittsburgh 0… Goalie Brian Elliott needed to stop only 19 shots in the Flyers’ blanking of the Penguins. Jakub Voracek and James van Riemsdyk scored first-period goals.

Florida 4 – CHICAGO 3… The Panthers withstood a third-period rally in holding off the Blackhawks. Frank Vatrano lit the lamp twice as Florida scored all four goals in the second period.

Winnipeg is at Columbus…
Minnesota hosts Detroit

#3 KANSAS 81, Kansas State 60…
#4 SAN DIEGO STATE 72, Wyoming 55…
#8 DUKE 89, Miami (Fla.) 59…
#9 VILLANOVA 76, #13 Butler 61…
#15 KENTUCKY 89, Georgia 79…
#17 Maryland 77, NORTHWESTERN 66…
TCU 65, #18 Texas Tech 54…
#21 Illinois 79, PURDUE 62

MLB NEWS: JETER, WALKER TO BE ENSHRINED… Shortstop Derek Jeter and outfielder Larry Walker were elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame yesterday. Jeter received all but one of the 397 votes cast by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in his first year of eligibility. The 14-time All-Star with the New York Yankees was named American League Rookie of the Year in 1996 and finished in the top 10 of AL MVP balloting eight times. Walker spent his 17-year career with the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals. He was the 1997 National League MVP after batting .366 with 9 homers and 130 RBIs for Colorado. He also won NL batting crowns in 1998 (.363) and 1999 (.372). Defensively Walker won seven Gold Gloves during his career.

WORD OF THE DAY… CANARD… (keh–NARD)… noun… 1) A false or unfounded report or story; a fabrication… …After being taken in by the old CANARD about alligators in the sewers, the tourists studiously avoided manhole covers in New York.

BOND, COMMON BOND… What do these 3 things have in common: RUSTY BURRELL–DOUG LLEWELYN–JOSEPH WAPNER? (They were the original stars of The People’s Court)


USELESS TRIVIA… What New York political heavyweight was Miss America in 1945?… (Bess Myerson)

PHOBIA DU JOUR… Uranophobia… Fear of heaven.

The Rundown for January 17, 2020

SENATORS SWORN IN FOR TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL… All 100 members of the Senate were sworn in yesterday as jurors for the impeachment trial of President Trump. The trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. Trump is accused of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. He has denied wrongdoing and branded the case against him as a “hoax.” Senators will decide whether Trump is removed from office over charges brought by the House of Representatives.

UKRAINE GOVERNMENT TO INVESTIGATE YOVANOVITCH SURVEILLANCE… The Ukrainian government announced yesterday that it will launch an investigation into the alleged surveillance of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. The campaign was allegedly carried out by associates of President Trump. In a statement released yesterday, Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said his government “took note of the possible illegal surveillance on the territory of Ukraine.” Yovanovitch was recalled from her position in May following what she has described as a smear campaign against her from Trump and his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Earlier this week, House Democratic investigators released a trove of documents obtained from Lev Parnas, an associate of Giuliani’s. The documents implied that Parnas had access to people tracking Yovanovitch’s movements in Kyiv.

WATCHDOG SAYS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION BROKE THE LAW OVER UKRAINE… The nonpartisan government watchdog Government Accountability Office yesterday issued a legal opinion that the Trump administration broke the law by withholding defense aid to Ukraine. The issue centers on $214 million that was appropriated by Congress and allocated to the Department of Defense for security assistance. The GAO noted that the aid was later released to Ukraine only after a whistleblower complaint made the withheld money public.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SUED OVER FOOD-STAMP LAW… Washington, D.C. and New York City have joined 14 states in a lawsuit that challenges the Trump administration’s plans to impose new work requirements that would cut food stamps to hundreds of thousands of Americans. The suit accuses the administration of undermining the purpose of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and of violating the federal rule-making process. Last month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture introduced the new rule targeting childless, non-disabled adults between the ages of 18 and 49.

VIRGINIA FIREARM BAN UPHELD… A Virginia judge has rejected a request to block Governor Ralph Northam’s firearm ban at a gun-rights rally in Richmond’s Capitol Square on Monday. Lawyers for Virginia Citizens Defense League and Gun Owners of America unsuccessfully argued that the ban violated state law along with protesters’ right to arms, assembly and speech. Meanwhile, FBI agents yesterday arrested a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist and two other men who are linked to a violent white supremacist group and were believed to be heading to the pro-gun rally. The three men are facing federal charges of transporting a firearm and ammunition with intent to commit a felony. One of the defendants is also charged with “transporting and harboring aliens.”

DEMI LOVATO TO PERFORM NATIONAL ANTHEM AT SUPER BOWL… Demi Lovato has signed on to perform the national anthem at the Super Bowl. The Grammy-nominated pop singer will perform prior to the February 2 game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the halftime show.

IN THEATERS… “Dolittle” centers on a physician who learns that he can talk to animals. Robert Downey Jr. and Antonio Banderas star in the PG film. Will Smith and Alexander Ludwig star in “Bad Boys for Life.” The R-rated film tells the story of Bad Boys Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, who are back together for one last ride. In “The Wave,” an opportunistic insurance lawyer who thinks he’s in for the time of his life when he goes out on the town to celebrate an upcoming promotion with his co-worker instead gets dosed with a hallucinogen that completely alters his perception of the world. The R-rated sci-fi thriller stars Justin Long and Tommy Flanagan. “VHYes” follows a 12-year-old boy who accidentally records home videos and his favorite late-night shows over his parents’ wedding tape. Kerri Kenney and Thomas Lennon star in the unrated comedy.

Phoenix 121 – NEW YORK 98... The Suns took control with a big second quarter and rolled past the Knicks. Devin Booker pumped in 29 points. Deandre Ayton piled up 26 points and 21 rebounds. Ricky Rubio added 25 points and 13 assists.

MILWAUKEE 128 – Boston 123… The Bucks took a 19-point lead into the fourth quarter and hung on to down the Celtics. Giannis Antetokounmpo piled up 32 points and 17 boards. Kris Middleton added 23 points.

NEW ORLEANS 138 – Utah 132 (OT)… Brandon Ingram poured in a career-high 49 points to lead the Pelicans in their overtime win over the Jazz. Derrick Favors finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

L.A. CLIPPERS 122 – Orlando 95… Kawhi Leonard lit it up for 32 points in the Clippers’ rout of the Magic. Montrezl Harrell delivered 21 points off the bench.

Denver 134 – GOLDEN STATE 131 (OT)… The Nuggets outlasted the Warriors in a back-and-forth contest. Nikola Jokic scored a tying basket with 10.8 seconds left in regulation and finished with 23 points and 12 boards. Will Barton led all scorers with 31 points. Malik Beasley had 27 points off the bench.

Washington is at Toronto…
Indiana hosts Minnesota…
Chicago is at Philadelphia…
Oklahoma City hosts Miami…
Cleveland is at Memphis…
San Antonio hosts Atlanta
Portland is at Dallas

BOSTON 4 – Pittsburgh 1… The Bruins cruised past the Penguins after spotting them an early goal. Karson Kuhlman and David Pastrnak each had two assists.

Calgary 2 – TORONTO 1 (SO)… Matthew Tkachuk scored the winning goal in the shootout as the Flames outlasted the Maple Leafs. Goalie David Rittich made 35 saves.

FLORIDA 4 – Los Angeles 3… The Panthers withstood a three-goal rally to edge the Kings. Brian Boyle’s third-period goal turned out to be the difference.

N.Y. Rangers 3 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 2… Chris Kreider scored a power-play goal with 25 seconds remaining to lift the Rangers over the Islanders. Alexandar Georgiev stopped 38 shots at goal.

Montreal 4 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Ilya Kovalchuk found the net twice to lead the Canadiens past the Flyers. Phillip Danault had three assists. Goalie Carey Price stopped 40 shots.

WASHINGTON 5 – New Jersey 2… Alex Ovechkin scored three goals in his 25th career hat trick to highlight the Capitals’ win over the Devils. Nicklas Backstrom assisted on two goals.

COLUMBUS 3 – Carolina 2… Nick Foligno’s goal with 1:41 remaining sent the Blue Jackets past the Hurricanes. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist. Goalie Elvis Merzlikins made 32 saves.

Vegas 4 – OTTAWA 2… Mark Stone and Paul Stastny each had a goal and an assist in leading the Golden Knights past the Senators. Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 stops at goal.

Anaheim 4 – NASHVILLE 2… Rickard Rakell scored a goal and assisted on another as the Ducks doubled up on the Predators. John Gibson made 33 stops at goal.

MINNESOTA 3 – Tampa Bay 2… The Wild held off the Lightning to end their four-game losing streak. Zach Parise, Joel Eriksson Ek and Ryan Suter scored for Minnesota.

Buffalo 4 – DALLAS 1… Rasmus Dahlin netted a tie-breaking goal late in the second period and the Sabres scored twice more in the third to put away the Stars. Kyle Okposo had two assists.

COLORADO 4 – San Jose 0… Philipp Grubauer stopped all 27 shots as the Avalanched blanked the Sharks. Valeri Nichushkin scored the only goal Colorado needed in the first period.

VANCOUVER 3 – Arizona 1… The Lightning overcame an early one-goal deficit to cruise past the Coyotes. Elias Petterson assisted on two goals.

Pittsburgh is at Detroit…
Carolina hosts Anaheim..
Tampa Bay is at Winnipeg

#1 GONZAGA 104, Santa Clara 54…
WASHINGTON STATE 72, #8 Oregon 61…
#20 Colorado 68, ARIZONA STATE 61…
#22 MEMPHIS 60, Cincinnati 49…

Tennessee is at Kansas City in the AFC title game…
San Francisco hosts Green Bay in the NFC title game

MLB: BELTRAN STEPS DOWN AS METS MANAGER… The New York Mets have parted with manager Carlos Beltran prior to his first year with the team. Beltran has been the only player so far to be named in MLB’s investigation of the Houston Astros’ sign-stealing scandal. He becomes the third manager to lose his job as a result of the scandal. Houston fired AJ Hinch and the Boston Red Sox let Alex Cora go after he admitted to wrongdoing while a bench coach with the Astros.