The Rundown for February 25, 2020

APPEALS COURT ALLOWS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO WITHHOLD TITLE X FUNDS… A federal appeals court yesterday lifted an injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold funding from clinics that provide abortion referrals of Title X family planning funds. The 7-4 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld last June’s unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel that lifted injunctions won by California, Oregon and Washington. President Trump declared during his 2016 presidential campaign that he sought to end federal support for Planned Parenthood, which received about $60 million annually, or one-fifth, of Title X funds.

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR RELIGIOUS-RIGHTS CASE… The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear a major religious rights case centered in Philadelphia. The city has refused to place children for foster care with a Catholic agency that bars same-sex couples from serving as foster parents. Catholic Social Services, an arm of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has responded by accusing the city of violating the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. In 2018, a lower court ruled that the religious views of the organization did not entitle it to an exemption from the city’s anti-discrimination policies. The case will be argued in the court’s next term, which starts in October. A ruling against Philadelphia could make it easier for plaintiffs to cite religious beliefs when seeking exemptions from widely applicable laws.

DOW PLUNGES ON CORONAVIRUS SCARE… A surge in the number of coronavirus cases outside China yesterday prompted the Dow to suffer its biggest point and percentage-point drop since February 2018. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 1,031.61 points lower, or 3.56%, at 27,960.80. The S&P 500 slid 3.35% to 3,225.89 while the Nasdaq Composite closed 3.71% lower at 9,221.28. The major averages hit record highs all hit record highs earlier this month despite lingering concerns over the virus, which had infected 53 people in the U.S. as of yesterday.

NASA MATHEMATICIAN KATHERINE JOHNSON DIES… NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who developed mathematical equations that were essential to NASA’s early efforts to send astronauts into space and then to the moon, died yesterday of natural causes. She was 101. Johnson’s trailblazing career was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated 2016 film “Hidden Figures.” President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

GEORGIA CRASH KILLS FAMILY OF 5… A crash on Interstate 95 near Midway, Georgia, yesterday left five members of a Virginia family dead. Authorities say the family was returning home from a trip when their vehicle was struck by an elderly motorist driving in the wrong lane. The victims included both parents and three children ages 4 to 13.

WEINSTEIN CONVICTED… Powerful Hollywood studio chief Harvey Weinstein was handcuffed and taken to Rikers Island jail in New York yesterday following his conviction on two of the five counts against him. The 67-year-old Weinstein is facing imprisonment of up to 29 years after a jury of seven men and five women took five days to find him guilty of raping an aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting a production assistant at his apartment in 2006. He was acquitted on the most serious charges, including two counts of predatory sexual assault that each carried up to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11. Weinstein also faces separate rape and sexual-assault charges in Los Angeles.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT PLEADS NOT GUILTY… Actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty yesterday in response to a six-count indictment charging him with falsely reporting that he was the victim of a January 2019 racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago home. The 37-year-old Smollett, who most recently appeared in the Fox drama series “Empire,” was released on $20,000 bond and ordered to return to court on March 18. He was indicted this month by a special grand jury.

PHILADELPHIA 129 – Atlanta 112… Joel Embiid poured in a career-high 49 points and brought down 14 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Hawks. Tobias Harris tossed in 25 points.

Milwaukee 137 – WASHINGTON 134 (OT)… Kris Middleton knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in overtime and finished with a game-high 40 points as the Bucks outlasted the Wizards. Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points and dished off 10 assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 14 boards.

CLEVELAND 125 – Miami 119 (OT)… The Cavaliers outscored the Heat 31-12 in the fourth quarter before sporting past them in overtime. Kevin Porter Jr. delivered 30 points off the bench. Six other players scored in double figures for Cleveland.

Orlando 115 – BROOKLYN 113… The Magic rallied in the second half to upend the Nets. Aaron Gordon had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross added 21 points apiece.

HOUSTON 123 – New York 112… The Rockets built a 15-point halftime lead and coasted past the Knicks. James Harden scored a game-high 37 points.

DALLAS 139 – Minnesota 123… The Mavericks took control early with an explosive first quarter and cruised past the Timberwolves. They got 23 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 20 from Luka Doncic.

Phoenix 131 – UTAH 111… The Suns pulled away in the second half to rout the Jazz. Devin Booker led the way with 24 points and 10 assists. Ricky Rubio added 22 points and 11 assists.

L.A. CLIPPERS 124 – Memphis 97… The Clippers led 40-14 after the first quarter and never looked back in their pounding of the Grizzlies. Kawhi Leonard dropped in 25 points. Montrezl Harrell added 22 points off the bench.

Charlotte is at Indiana…
Toronto hosts Milwaukee…
Oklahoma City is at Chicago…
Denver hosts Detroit…
Boston is at Portland…
the L.A. Lakers host New Orleans…
Sacramento is at Golden State

COLUMBUS 4 – Ottawa 3 (OT)… Emil Bemstrom found the net at 4:35 of overtime to lift the Blue Jackets over the Senators. Stefan Matteau scored a tying goal midway through the third period. Nick Foligno lit the lamp with Columbus’ first two scores.

Calgary is at Boston…
Montreal hosts Vancouver…
Toronto is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y. Islanders host the N.Y. Rangers…
San Jose is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Winnipeg…
Dallas is at Carolina…
Detroit hosts New Jersey…
Chicago is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Ottawa…
Columbus is at Minnesota…
Arizona hosts Florida…
Anaheim hosts Edmonton

#1 KANSAS 83, Oklahoma State 58…
#6 FLORIDA STATE 82, #11 Louisville 67…
TEXAS 67, #20 West Virginia 57

The Rundown for February 24, 2020

TRUMP IN INDIA… President Trump traveled to India yesterday for a 36-hour visit. The president is scheduled to tour the Taj Mahal, hold formal talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attend a state banquet tomorrow. Trump and Modi last appeared together in September at a rally in Houston.

NATIONAL SECURITY DIRECTOR DENIES RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE… White House national security advisor Robert O’Brien denies reports that Russia has been interfering in the 2020 election in support of President Trump. During an appearance yesterday on ABC’s “This Week,” O’Brien called “false” last week’s in the New York Times and Washington Post that claimed Russia is working on behalf of Bernie Sanders as well as Trump. U.S. intelligence officials reportedly informed members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee of the Russian efforts in a classified briefing and shared their analyses with Trump as well. Trump yesterday denied being briefed about the interference.

QUARANTINED CRUISE-SHIP PASSENGERS WON’T GO TO ALABAMA… The Trump administration has backed off plans to quarantined patients from the Diamond Princess cruise ship at a former Army base in Anniston, Alabama. Governor Kay Ivey and U.S. Senator Richard Shelby confirmed the news just a day after the Department of Health and Human Services said the Alabama facility would house evacuated Americans who had tested positive for coronavirus. Officials haven’t said where the patients would be quarantined.

JUDGE IN ROGER STONE CASE DENIES BIAS… The judge presiding over the case of long-time Trump loyalist Roger Stone last night denied Stone’s filing to have her disqualified due to bias. In issuing her denial, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone’s legal team had failed to back up its allegations with any “factual or legal support.” Lawyers for Stone had accused the judge of displaying bias at the sentencing hearing by commending the “integrity” of the jury. Stone was sentenced last week to 40 months in prison for obstruction of justice and lying to congressional investigators.

TANDEM FLOATS REMOVED FROM MARDI GRAS AFTER SECOND DEATH… New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has banned tandem floats for the remainder of Mardi Gras following a second parade-related death on Saturday night. Saturday night’s death resulted from a man getting caught between two sections of a massive tandem float, which are multiple floats connected together and pulled by a tractor. Last week, a 58-year-old woman was fatally run-over after she apparently tripped while trying to cross between two parts of a tandem float.

JUSTIN BIEBER TOPS ALBUM CHART… Justin Bieber’s new release, “Changes,” sold 231,000 copies to give him his seventh No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. A Boogie With da Hoodie’s “Artist 2.0” debuted at No. after selling 111,000 units. Tame Impala’s “The Slow Rush” opened in third place with 110,000 copies sold. Last week’s chart-topper, Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial,” dropped to fourth place with 70,000 units sold. Monsta X’s “All About Luv” capped the top five with 52,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Sonic the Hedgehog” took in $26.3 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “The Call of the Wild” opened just behind at No. 2 with $24.8 million. “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” slipped to third place with $7 million. “Brahms: The Boy II” opened in fourth place after taking in $5.9 million. “Bad Boys for Life” made $5.8 million to finish fifth.

L.A. LAKERS 114 – Boston 112… LeBron James’ fallaway jumper with 30 seconds remaining gave the Lakers the lead for good in their win over the Celtics. James finished with 29 points. Anthony Davis led L.A. with 32 points and 13 rebounds.

DENVER 128 – Minnesota 116… Paul Millsap scored a season-high 25 points and Nikola Jokic added 24 as the Nuggets topped the Timberwolves. Four other players scored in double figures for Denver.

TORONTO 127 – Indiana 81… The Raptors jumped out to a 34-12 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their blowout of the Pacers. Pascal Siakam led the way with 21 points. Serge Ibaka had 15 points and as many boards.

CHICAGO 126 – Washington 117… The Bulls cruised past the Wizards to snap their eight-game losing streak. Colby White pumped in 33 points off the bench. Thaddeus Young added 23 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY 131 – San Antonio 103… The Thunder bombed the Spurs 37-18 in the third quarter and coasted to the victory. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Steven Adams finished with 21 points and 14 boards.

New Orleans 115 – GOLDEN STATE 101… The Pelicans erased a 10-point halftime deficit on their way past the Warriors. Zion Williamson scored 28 points to lead all scorers. Jrue Holiday had 23 points and 15 assists. Nicolo Melli added 20 points.

PORTLAND 107 – Detroit 104… The Trail Blazers held on down the stretch to get past the Pistons despite playing without the injured Damian Lillard. CJ McCollum had game-highs with 41 points and 12 assists. Carmelo Anthony tossed in 32 points.

Atlanta is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Milwaukee…
Miami is at Cleveland…
Brooklyn hosts Orlando…
New York is at Houston…
Dallas hosts Minnesota…
Phoenix is at Utah…
the L.A. Clippers host Memphis

WASHINGTON 5 – Pittsburgh 3… The Capitals used a four-goal third period to put away the Penguins and end their four-game losing streak. T.J. Oshie netted the go-ahead goal and had an assist. Carl Hagelin scored two goals.

BUFFALO 2 – Winnipeg 1… Kyle Okposo opened the scoring early in the first period and added a tie-breaking goal in the third to lead the Sabres past the Jets. Zemgus Girgensons assisted on both goals. Goalie Jonas Johansson made 25 saves.

DALLAS 2 – Chicago 1… Tyler Seguin netted a go-ahead goal with 3:31 remaining and the Stars made it stand in edging the Blackhawks. Joe Pavelski scored a first-period goal. Anton Khudobin stopped 31 shots at goal.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – San Jose 1… Anders Lee found the net twice as the Islanders skated past the Sharks. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves.

Calgary 4 – DETROIT 2… Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist as the Flames doubled up on the Red Wings. Noah Hanifin set up two scores.

St. Louis 4 – MINNESOTA 1… The Blues made it four straight wins with their thumping of the Wild. Oskar Sundqvist had a goal and an assist. Jordan Binnington made 32 stops at goal.

Vegas 6 – ANAHEIM 5 (OT)… The Golden Knights recovered to outlast the Ducks after blowing a two-goal lead in the final three minutes of regulation. Shea Theodore netted the winning goal at 3:50 of overtime. William Karlsson scored back-to-back goals in the third period to complete a hat trick.

Edmonton 4 – LOS ANGELES 2… Connor McDavid scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Oilers past the Kings. Caleb Jones assisted on two goals.

Ottawa is at Columbus

#25 OHIO STATE 79, #7 Maryland 72…
INDIANA 68, #9 Penn State 60…
#15 CREIGHTON 81, #21 Butler 59…
#16 SETON HALL 81, St. John’s 65

The Rundown for February 20, 2020

DEMS DEBATE… Democratic presidential candidates gathered for a feisty ninth debate of the presidential campaign last night in Las Vegas. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders delivered strong performances, largely at the expense of billionaire candidate Mike Bloomberg. Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg clashed on several issues, including immigration.

GRENELL NAMED NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR… President Trump has named ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as the acting director of national intelligence. Grenell, a longtime Trump loyalist, sparked outrage among German politicians in 2018 when he expressed support for right-wingers in Europe. Grenell will succeed Joseph Maguire, who has served as the acting director of national intelligence since last summer’s resignation of Dan Coats.

EXPLOSIVE CLAIM IN ASSANGE HEARING… A lawyer representing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange delivered an explosive claim at a hearing in a British court yesterday ahead of next week’s extradition hearing. The lawyer said a witness will claim that President Trump offered Assange a pardon if he denied that Russia was involved in leaking emails damaging to Democrats during the 2016 election. The judge ruled the witness’s evidence would be admissible. Assange is facing 18 charges in the U.S. over leaked diplomatic cables. He faces up to 175 years in prison if found guilty.

PENTAGON POLICY OFFICIAL LEAVING… John Rood, who serves as the Pentagon’s top policy official, is stepping down at the end of the month. His departure comes a year after he warned against the Trump administration’s effort to block Ukraine’s military aid. The White House said James Anderson, the current senior official performing the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, will take over for Rood until President Trump has chosen a permanent successor. Rood joined the Trump administration in January 2018.

COURT RULES AGAINST FLORIDA’S FELON VOTING LAW… A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Florida cannot bar felons from voting over unpaid fines and fees related to their convictions. A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld a lower court’s preliminary ruling. A full trial on the case is scheduled to begin in April.

NORTH CAROLINA VOTER ID LAW ON HOLD… A North Carolina state appeals court panel has issued a temporary injunction against enacting the state’s law requiring a photo ID to vote. The three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that the 2018 measure was enacted with an intent to discriminate against minorities. A federal court had already blocked its use in next month’s primary election.

NETFLIX PICKS UP ADAM McKAY COMEDY… Netflix is planning to stream Adam McKay’s new comedy feature “Don’t Look Up.” The film stars Jennifer Lawrence in the story about two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching asteroid that will destroy Earth. Production will begin in April for a release later this year.

RAPPER POP SMOKE FATALLY SHOT… Emerging rapper Pop Smoke, whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was fatally shot in a Los Angeles home yesterday. He was 20. Police reported that the shooting occurred after an unknown number of suspects entered the home in the Hollywood Hills. Pop Smoke’s debut mixtape, “Meet the Woo,” was released last year and featured the song “Welcome To The Party,” which was later remixed by Nicki Minaj. His second mixtape “Meet the Woo 2,” was released earlier this month. He was scheduled to kick off his “Meet the Woo” Tour starting March 2 in Washington, D.C.

N.Y. Rangers 6 – CHICAGO 3… Mika Zibanejad and each had a goal and an assist as the Rangers doubled up on the Blackhawks. Pavel Buchnevich added a goal and an assist.

DALLAS 3 – Arizona 2… Jamie Oleksiak netted a tie=breaking goal midway through the third period and the Stars made it stand in their win over the Coyotes. Corey Perry had a goal and an assist. Goalie Ben Bishop made 39 saves.

Boston 2 – EDMONTON 1 (OT)… David Pastrnak found the net at 1:14 of overtime to lift the Bruins over the Oilers. Pastrnak also assisted on Patrice Bergeron’s first-period goal.

COLORADO 3 – N.Y. Islanders 1… The Avalanche got goals from Joonas Donskoi, Andre Burakovsky and Gabriel Landeskog in downing the Islanders. Cale Makar had two assists. Pavel Francouz stopped 27 shots at goal.

Florida 4 – ANAHEIM 1… The Panthers cruised past the Ducks after spotting them an early goal. Mackenzie Weegar had a goal and an assist. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 stops.

Minnesota 4 – VANCOUVER 3 (SO)… Alex Galchenyuk scored a tying goal late in the third period and added the winning goal in the shootout as the Wild outlasted the Canucks. Mats Zuccarello set up two goals.

Pittsburgh is at Toronto…
New Jersey hosts San Jose…
Montreal is at Washington…
Columbus hosts Philadelphia…
Winnipeg is at Ottawa…
St. Louis hosts Arizona…
Tampa Bay is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts Florida

#11 LOUISVILLE 90, Syracuse 66…
#12 Villanova 91, DePAUL 71…
GEORGIA 65, #13 Auburn 55…
#16 SETON HALL 74, #21 Butler 72…
#22 HOUSTON 76, Tulsa 43

Milwaukee is at Detroit…
Atlanta hosts Miami…
Charlotte is at Chicago…
Philadelphia hosts Brooklyn…
Memphis is at Sacramento…
Golden State hosts Houston

The Rundown for February 19, 2020

TRUMP GOES ON PARDON SPREE… President Trump went on an unexpected pardon spree yesterday. He took action to help out 11 high-profile people convicted in corruption scandals. Trump granted clemency to Trump commuted the 14-year prison sentence of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was convicted for trying to sell President Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat for personal gain. Blagojevich was removed from office in 2009, the same year he appeared on the NBC reality show “The Apprentice” when Trump was host. Trump also pardoned former New York police commissioner Bernie Kerik, who was sentenced to four years imprisonment in 2010 after pleading guilty to eight felony charges, including tax fraud and lying to White House officials. In a separate case in 2006, Kerik pleaded guilty to accepting tens of thousands of dollars while working as city corrections commissioner but avoided jail time by agreeing to pay $221,000 in fines and avoided jail time. Former junk bond king Michael Milkin, who became infamous for his involvement in the financial scandals of the 1980s, also received a presidential pardon. President Trump also signed an executive order granting clemency for former San Francisco 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo Jr., who was convicted in 1998 as part of a gambling fraud case against former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards. Also pardoned was former George W. Bush administration official David Safavian, who was convicted of perjury in 2006 as part of his involvement in the Jack Abramoff lobbying and corruption scandal.

JUDGES CALL EMERGENCY MEETING OVER WHITE HOUSE INTERFERENCE… The Federal Judges Association has called an emergency meeting to discuss President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr’s intervention in the sentencing recommendation of former Trump advisor Roger Stone. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, who leads the association of around 1,100 life-term federal judges, announced the meeting following an open letter signed by more than 1,000 former Justice Department employees calling on Barr to resign over the Stone case. Last week, Trump expressed anger over the length of the sentence, prompting the Justice Department to withdraw the recommendation.

ROGER STONE TO BE SENTENCED THIS WEEK… A federal judge declared yesterday that former Trump advisor Roger Stone will be sentenced for multiple crimes this week but his punishment will be delayed until his request for a new trial is resolved. Last week, Stone’s lawyers requested a new trial after it was revealed the jury forewoman in Stone’s trial posted anti-Trump messages on social media. Stone was convicted in November of lying to Congress, obstructing a congressional inquiry and trying to block the testimony of a witness.

HOMELAND SECURITY FAST-TRACKS BORDER WALL… The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it has issued waivers to bypass multiple federal statutes in order to build a long section of border wall between the U.S. and Mexico. A department spokesman said the waivers are part of an effort to construct 177 miles of wall along the border. Last week, the Defense Department asked to divert nearly $4 billion from its weapons programs to help build the wall. The request would shift $2 billion in defense appropriations and $1.6 billion in overseas contingency operations to fund the wall.

BOY SCOUTS FILES FOR CHAPTER 11… The Boy Scouts of America confirms yesterday that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy amid a flood of lawsuits over allegations of child sexual abuse spanning several decades. The bankruptcy is not expected to affect the organization’s programs. The Boy Scouts has offered apologies to anyone harmed and encouraged victims to come forward. The 110-year-old organization has been struck by a wave of lawsuits in states that have removed legal obstacles that prevented people from suing over old allegations of child sex abuse.

JURY DELIBERATING IN WEINSTEIN CASE… Jurors in Manhattan have begun deliberations in Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial. Weinstein is accused of raping a woman in a Manhattan hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on another woman, TV and film production assistant Mimi Haley, in 2006. Jurors will also be examining actress Annabella Sciorra’s account of a mid-1990s rape in considering whether Weinstein should be categorized as a sexual predator. Weinstein’s lawyers contend the acts were consensual.

OZZY OSBOURNE BATTLNE PARKINSON’S DISEASE… Ozzy Osbourne has canceled his North American tour in order to have further treatment for Parkinson’s disease. The 71-year-old Black Sabbath frontman revealed his diagnosis last month and plans to see doctors in Switzerland in April. Last April, Osbourne postponed a U.S. tour last April after a fall.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – Washington 1… Travis Konecny scored a goal and had two assists in leading the Flyers past the Capitals. Claude Giroux also set up two goals.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Toronto 2… Sidney Crosby scored a goal and assisted on three others as the Penguins skated past the Maple Leafs. Bryan Rust had a goal and two assists.

DETROIT 4 – Montreal 3… Andreas Athanasiou netted two of the Red Wings three unanswered goals in the third period in a come-from-behind win over the Canadiens. Anthony Mantha assisted on two goals.

OTTAWA 7 – Buffalo 4… Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Artem Anisimov scored two goals apiece as the Senators outshot the Sabres. Pageau also had two assists.

ST. LOUIS 3 – New Jersey 0… Goalie Jordan Binnington stopped all 17 shots in the Blues’ blanking of the Devils. Ivan Barbashev found the net twice.

Carolina 4 – NASHVILLE 1… Andrei Svechnikov’s second-period goal gave the Hurricanes the lead for good in their defeat of the Predators. Justin Williams had two assists.

WINNIPEG 6 – Los Angeles 3… The Jets scored three third-period goals on their way to doubling up on the Kings. Blake Wheeler netted two goals and had an assist. Nikolaj Ehlers added a goal and two assists. Mark Scheifele also assisted on two goals.

the N.Y. Rangers are at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Arizona…
Boston is at Edmonton…
Colorado hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Florida is at Anaheim…
Vancouver hosts Minnesota

#1 Baylor 65, OKLAHOMA 54…
#5 Dayton 66, VCU 61…
#8 FLORIDA STATE 82, Pittsburgh 67…
#7 MARYLAND 76, Northwestern 67…
Illinois 62, #9 PENN STATE 56…
#10 Kentucky 79, LSU 76…
#15 Creighton 73, #19 MARQUETTE 65…
#17 WEST VIRGINIA 65, Oklahoma State 47


The Rundown for February 18, 2020

TALIBAN OFFICIAL SAYS PEACE DEAL IS FINALIZED… A Taliban official said yesterday that a peace deal with the U.S. to end more than 18 years of war has been finalized. Spokesman Suhail Shaheen told an Afghan television station that the two sides are prepared to sign a deal by the end of February. An Afghan government official confirmed the agreement but stopped short of calling it a done deal until t was signed. The U.S. has been negotiating an end to the war since July 2018. A deal was reportedly nearing completion last September, but negotiations collapsed after the Taliban took credit for the death of a U.S. soldier.

PROSECUTORS CONSIDER MORE CHARGES AGAINST PARNAS… CNN reported yesterday that federal prosecutors are considering new charges against an associate of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani. The charges would center on Fraud Guarantee, a company co-founded by Lev Parnas that has been accused of misleading potential investors. The six-year-old company, which offers an insurance policy for companies to protect against fraud, reportedly paid Giuliani $500,000 at around the time that Parnas and his associate, Igor Fruman, launched a campaign to pressure Ukraine’s government to announce an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

VIRGINIA DELAYS ASSAULT-WEAPON BAN… Virginia lawmakers dealt a blow to the state’s gun control advocates yesterday by voting to defer a proposed ban on sales of assault weapons. The proposal was part of a package of gun control measures sought by Governor Ralph Northam. The proposal called for a ban on the sales of some semiautomatic weapons as well as the possession of magazines with more than 12 rounds. Four Democratic legislators on the Virginia Senate Judiciary Committee joined Republicans in the 10-5 vote to defer a final decision until next year after the state’s crime commission has studied the issue.

BEZOS PLEDGES $10B TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE… Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has announced plans to spend $10 billion of his own fortune in the fight against climate change. In an Instagram post yesterday, the world’s richest person said he’ll start giving grants this summer to scientists, activists and nonprofit groups. Bezos had faced criticism for not doing more to protect Earth. Last month, a group of 357 Amazon workers who referred to themselves collectively as Amazon Employees for Climate Justice posted complaints about environmental and other matters despite company rules forbidding workers from criticizing the company online.

QUARANTINED AMERICANS RETURN… More than 300 Americans who had been quarantined for two weeks aboard the coronavirus-affected Diamond Princess cruise ship returned to the U.S. yesterday. Among the passengers were 14 people who tested positive for the virus. According to the State Department, another 60 Americans remained in Japan for monitoring. The coronavirus outbreak is blamed for the deaths of 1,770 people in China and five in other countries.

RASCAL FLATTS MAKES ADDITIONS TO FAREWELL TOUR… Rascal Flatts has added new dates and additional opening acts for its planned farewell tour. Chase Rice and Chris Lane have joined Avenue Beat, Caylee Hammack, King Calaway, Matt Stell and Rachel Wammack as openers at different points during the tour. Most of the dates added will be in August and September. The tour ends October 30 in Nashville.

MARC MARON TO HOST NETFLIX SPECIAL… Actor, comedian and podcast host Marc Maron announced yesterday that he will host a new special that’s coming to Netflix next month. The 56-year-old Maron said his stand-up comedy special “End Times Fun” will premiere March 10. The special was filmed in Los Angeles last October. Maron says he will explore politics, celebrity status, religion, technology and more in the special.

CALGARY 6 – Anaheim 4… Andrew Maniapane scored two of his three goals during five-goal third period that carried the Flames past the Ducks. Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist.

ARIZONA 2 – N.Y. Islanders 1… The Coyotes got goals from Clayton Keller and Conor Garland and held off the Islanders. Goalie Antti Raanta made 28 saves.

Florida 5 – SAN JOSE 3… Mike Hoffman’s second-period goal gave the Panthers the lead for good in their defeat of the Sharks. Aaron Ekblad set up two goals. Sergei Bobrovsky made 29 stops at goal.

VEGAS 3 – Washington 2… The Golden Knights took a three-goal lead into the third period and held on to top the Capitals. Max Pacioretty’s second-period goal proved to be the difference.

Tampa Bay 4 – COLORADO 3 (OT)… The Lightning recovered to outlast the Avalanche after letting a two-goal lead slip away. Nikita Kucherov netted the winning goal at 3:03 of overtime. Alex Killorn and Cameron Gaunce scored 16 seconds apart in the second period.

Washington is at Philadelphia…
Pittsburgh hosts Toronto…
Buffalo is at Ottawa…
Detroit hosts Montreal…
New Jersey is a St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Carolina…
Los Angeles is at Winnipeg

#3 KANSAS 91, Iowa State 71

HAMLIN WINS AT DAYTONA… Denny Hamlin captured his second straight win at Daytona yesterday and third overall by crossing the finish line 0.014 seconds ahead of Ryan Blaney. Hamlin joined six Hall of Fame drivers as winners of three or more Daytona 500s. The race featured a fiery crash late in the final lap that sent Ryan Newman to the hospital. Doctors last night called his injuries non-life-threatening.


The Rundown for February 17, 2020

FORMER JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS CALL FOR BARR TO RESIGN… More than 1,110 former Justice Department officials who have served in the administrations of both parties have joined in calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign. The group said Barr’s efforts to protect President Trump have damaged the Department of Justice’s reputation for integrity and the rule of law. The statement was released just a week after four career prosecutors withdrew from the case against former Trump advisor Roger Stone. Barr also ordered an examination of politically charged cases involving others close to Trump.

AMERICANS CARRIED OFF CRUISE SHIP… Two planes chartered by the U.S. government carrying Americans from the quarantined cruise ship Diamond Princess left Japan yesterday. Some 400 Americans were aboard the ship, which quarantined earlier this month due to coronavirus infections. At least 40 US citizens are infected and will receive medical treatment in Japan.

AVALANCHE KILLS 2 SNOWMOBILERS… Search and rescue crews in Colorado have recovered the bodies of two snowmobilers who were killed over the weekend in an avalanche. According to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, three snowmobilers became caught in an avalanche they may have triggered Saturday night just north of Vail. Officials say two of the snowmobilers were killed when they were carried into a gully by the avalanche and where deeply buried in snow. The third snowmobiler was able to extract himself from the snow before contacting the authorities.

1 DEAD, 3 INJURED IN BIKER-GANG SHOOTOUT… A shootout between rival motorcycle gangs last night at a bar in Midland, Texas, left one person dead and three others injured. One of the three injured victims taken to a local hospital was listed in critical condition. Police believe multiple suspected gang members were involved.

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI PREPARES FOR FLOODING… Hundreds of people in Jackson, Mississippi, have evacuated their homes as the Pearl River continues to rise. The river, which runs east of downtown Jackson, reached its third-highest level on record yesterday morning at 36.38 feet. The river is expected to crest at 38 feet today, which could leave many homes flooded in 6 feet of water. Governor Tate Reeves declared a state of emergency on Saturday as law-enforcement officers went door to door in affected areas.

RODDY RICCH TOPS ALBUM CHART… Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” sold 79,000 units to top the Billboard 200 chart for a fourth non-consecutive week. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” jumped into second place after selling 52,000 copies. Eminem’s “Music to Be Murdered By” remained in third place after selling 51,000 units. Green Day’s “Father of All…” debuted at No. 4 on sales of 48,000 copies. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” sold 45,000 units to finish fifth.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Sonic the Hedgehog” took in $57 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Birds of Prey,” finished second with $17.1 million. “Fantasy Island” opened in third place with $12.4 million. Another newcomer, “The Photograph,” made $12.2 to finish fourth. “Bad Boys for Life” capped the top five with $11.3 million.

NBA ALL-STAR GAME… Kawhi Leonard scored a game-high 30 points on his way to winning the MVP award and Team LeBron topped Team Giannis 157-155 in last night’s NBA All-Star Game. LeBron James and Chris Paul added 20 points apiece. The regular season resumes Thursday.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Detroit 1… Patric Hornqvist scored two goals and had an assist as the Penguins skated past the Red Wings. Sidney Crosby added a goal and an assist.

Boston 3 – N.Y. RANGERS 1… The Bruins got goals from Charlie McAvoy, Charlie Coyle and Patrice Bergeron in their win over the Rangers. Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 25 saves.

Edmonton 4 – CAROLINA 3 (OT)… Josh Archibald’s second goal of the game came a 3:57 of overtime and lifted the Oilers over the Hurricanes. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and two assists.

Anaheim 5 – VANCOUVER 1… Adam Henrique found the net twice to lead the Ducks past the Canucks. John Gibson stopped 37 shots at goal.

OTTAWA 4 – Dallas 3 (OT)… Artem Anisimov found the net a 3:48 of overtime to send the Senators past the Stars. Brady Tkachuk and Jean-Gabriel Pageau each had a goal and an assist.

NEW JERSEY 4 – Columbus 3 (SO)… The Devils overcame an early two-goal deficit to outlast the Blue Jackets. Nikita Gusev and Jesper Bratt scored in the shootout. Joey Anderson had a goal and an assist.

NASHVILLE 2 – St. Louis 1… Kyle Turris netted a tie-breaking goal with 2:12 remaining and the Predators made it stand in edging the Blues. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 38 saves.

BUFFALO 5 – Toronto 2… The Sabres scored three goals over a 91-second span of the third period to put away the Maple Leafs. Jack Eichel scored the go-ahead goal. Rasmus Ristolainen assisted on two goals.

WINNIPEG 3 – Chicago 2… Nathan Beaulieu’s first goal of the season came early in the third period and proved to be the difference in the Jets’ defeat of the Blackhawks. Mason Appleton had a goal and an assist.

Anaheim is at Calgary…
Arizona hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Florida is at San Jose…
Vegas hosts Washington…
Tampa Bay is at Colorado

#4 San Diego State 72, BOISE STATE 55…
#15 Villanova 76, TEMPLE 56…
#17 OREGON 80, Utah 62…
#21 Iowa 58, MINNESOTA 55

The Rundown for February 14, 2020

SENATE VOTES TO CURB TRUMP’S WAR POWERS… The Senate yesterday approved a bipartisan resolution to limit President Trump’s war powers when it comes to Iran. Eight Republicans joined Democrats in the 55-45 vote, which fell short of the two-thirds needed to override a presidential veto. The resolution would ban the president from ordering any new offensive strikes against Iran. It would still allow the president to order strikes in self -defense against an imminent attack.

HOUSE PASSES ERA MEASURE… The House yesterday passed a measure that removes a deadline attached to the Equal Rights Amendment in 1982. The measure is intended to provide legal support to states that have recently approved legislation that enshrines the EPA into the U.S. Constitution. When Congress approved the ERA in 1972, it allowed 10 years for approval from at least 38 states to add a constitutional amendment. Only 35 states had approved the proposal by 1982, but Nevada, Illinois and Virginia have ratified it over the past three years. Opponents unsuccessfully argued that the last three states to approve the measure lacked legal standing because the deadline passed 38 years ago. Five Republicans voted with Democrats in yesterday’s passage.

JOHN KELLY SIDES WITH VINDMAN… Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has sided more strongly with former National Security Council aide Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and his decision to report President Trump’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky last July. The call allegedly included a quid pro quo that was at the heart of Trump’s impeachment. During a speech at Drew University on Wednesday night, Kelly said what Vindman heard was an “illegal order” and left him no choice but to tell his superiors. Vindman and his twin brother, an NSC attorney, were fired Friday. The firing appeared to be punishment for Vindman’s testimony against Trump during the impeachment inquiry. Kelly also criticized Trump’s immigration policies and warned that “If you only watch Fox News because it’s reinforcing what you believe, you are not an informed citizen.”

INDICTMENT CHARGES HUAWEI WITH RACKETEERING, THEFT… A superseding indictment filed by the U.S. government yesterday accuses Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies and two of its U.S. subsidiaries with racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets. The indictment also includes new allegations about Huawei and its subsidiaries’ involvement in projects in countries subject to sanctions, including Iran and North Korea. The concealed effort involved arranging shipment of Huawei technology and services to the sanctioned countries, prosecutors say. Huawei already faces charges for allegedly stealing intellectual property from U.S. firms through a combination of cyberattacks, espionage and other means.

CORONAVIRUS CASES REACH 15 IN U.S... U.S. health officials confirmed yesterday that the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 15 after diagnosing a second new case in less than 24 hours. The Centers for Disease Control says the newest coronavirus patient is among a group of people under federal quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. JBSA is one of four sites housing U.S. citizens evacuated from China’s Hubei province on February 7 aboard planes chartered by the State Department.

HBO RENEWS ‘AVENUE 5’… HBO announced yesterday that it is renewing the sci-fi comedy series “Avenue 5” for a second season. The announcement came as the series is midway through its nine-episode first season after premiering last month. The series stars Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Rebecca Front and Suzy Nakamura in the story about a space cruise ship that gets knocked off course, extending a scheduled eight-week journey into a three-year return to Earth.

IN THEATERS… “Downhill” stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell in the story about a married couple that barely escapes an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps and reevaluates their lives and feelings for each other. The comedy is rated R… Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star in “Ordinary Love.” The R-rated romance drama provides a look into a middle-aged couple after the wife is diagnosed with breast cancer… “What About Love” tells the story of two young lovers whose parents learn from the joyful experience of their kids and find their love again. Sharon Stone and Iain Glen star in the unrated film… In “Sonic the Hedgehog,” a small-town police officer finds a small blue hedgehog and must help I defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments with it. Jim Carrey and Ben Schwarz star in the PG film.

Oklahoma City 123 – NEW ORLEANS 118… Dino Gallinari scored 29 points to lead six players in double figures and the Thunder fought off the Pelicans. Dennis Schroder delivered 22 points off the bench.

BOSTON 141 – L.A. Clippers 133 (2 OT)… Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 39 points and Marcus Smart added 31 as the Celtics outgunned the Clippers. Gordon Hayward had 21 points and 13 rebounds.

NBA ALL-STAR GAME SUNDAY… Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has replaced the injured Damian Lillard in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. Lillard is plagued by a groin strain he suffered on Wednesday.

BUFFALO 4 – Columbus 3 (OT)… Rookie Victor Olofsson netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner 2:44 into overtime, to send the Sabres past the Blue Jackets. Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists.

Dallas 3 – TORONTO 2… Tyler Seguin’s power-play goal early in the third period snapped his 17-game goal drought and proved to be the difference in the Stars’ win over the Maple Leafs. Goalie Ben Bishop made 27 saves.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Edmonton 1… The Lightning skated past the Oilers for their ninth straight win. Yanni Gourde scored a tie-breaking shorthanded goal in the second period.

Philadelphia 6 – FLORIDA 2… James van Riemsdyk scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Flyers past the Panthers. Justin Braun set up three goals.

NEW JERSEY 4 – Detroit 1… Wayne Simmonds scored twice as the Devils did all their scoring in the third period to put away the Red Wings. Damon Severson had two assists.

OTTAWA 3 – Arizona 2… The Coyotes edged the Coyotes to snap their six-game home winless streak. They got goals from Vladislav Namestnikov, Brady Tkachuk and Nick Paul. Marcus Hogberg stopped 32 shots at goal.

NASHVILLE 5 – N.Y Islanders 0… Craig Smith recorded a hat trick as the Predators cruised past the Islanders. Goalie Juuse Saros stopped all 31 shots.

N.Y. Rangers 4 – MINNESOTA 3 (SO)… The Rangers came from two goals down in the third period to outlast the Wild. Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin scored in regulation and in the shootout. Zibanejad netted the tying goal with 1:06 left in the third period.

Washington 3 – COLORADO 2… Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie scored back-to-back goals in the third period to lift the Capitals over the Avalanche. Lars Eller had two assists.

VEGAS 6 – St. Louis 5 (OT)… Jonathan Marchessault scored his second goal of the game on a power play at 2:30 of overtime to give the Golden Knights a hard-fought win over the Blues. Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist.

Calgary 6 – ANAHEIM 0… Mikael Backlund and Mark Jankowski netted two goals apiece as the Flames breezed past the Ducks. Goalie Cam Talbott made 44 saves in the shutout.

Montreal is a Pittsburgh…
Columbus hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
San Jose is a Winnipeg…
Carolina hosts New Jersey

#17 OREGON 68, #16 Colorado 60…
INDIANA 89, #21 Iowa 77