The Rundown for January 7, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 21,295,174 and the nation’s death toll stands at 361,072, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… At least 52 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in the UK have been found in the U.S, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There have been at least 26 cases in California, 22 cases in Florida, two cases in Colorado, and one case each in Georgia and New York.

4 DEAD IN CAPITOL VIOLENCE… A violent and deadly day on Capitol Hill ended early this morning with President-elect Joe Biden move one step closer to being inaugurated on January 20. Lawmakers rejected objections to Arizona and Pennsylvania voting results in certifying Biden’s Electoral College victory in the presidential election. The process was interrupted for hours after mobs of President Trump supporters stormed the Capitol Building and forced police to evacuate members of Congress. Egged on by Tweets from Trump, the mob entered the House and Senate chambers, ransacked offices and vowed further violence. One of the rioters, a woman from San Diego, was fatally shot by police. Metro D.C. police said three other people died as a result of medical emergencies.

VIOLENCE PROMPTS WHITE HOUSE RESIGNATIONS… Two top aides to first lady Melania Trump resigned in the wake of yesterday’s violence on Capitol Hill and top White House officials are reportedly on their way out. Stephanie Grisham resigned as chief of staff to the first lady. White House social secretary, Rickie Niceta, also resigned, as did deputy White House press secretary, Sarah Matthews. National security adviser Robert O’Brien and his deputy, Matthew Pottinger, are among those expected to resign.

OSSOFF PROJECTED AS WINNER IN GEORGIA RACE… Jon Ossoff appears to have followed fellow Democrat the Reverend Raphael Warnock in winning U.S. Senate seats following Tuesday’s runoff elections in Georgia. Ossoff, who ran against Senator David Perdue, was officially projected as the winner yesterday morning, giving Democrats control of Congress and the White House for the first time in a decade. The 33-year-old Ossoff becomes the first millennial to be elected to the Senate. Warnock, the senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta who ran against Senator Kelly Loeffler, was declared the winner Tuesday night.

BIDEN TO PICK GARLAND FOR AG… President-elect Joe Biden is expected to name federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland as his pick for attorney general as early as today. President Barack Obama nominated Garland for the Supreme Court in 2016 but the Republican-held Senate refused the hold a hearing from him. The seat remained open until President Trump filled it with Neil Gorsuch in 2017. Former Alabama Senator Doug Jones and former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates were believed to be finalists for the post.

ENTERTAINMENT
BURGLARS TARGETED HOSPITALIZED DRE
… Los Angeles police say Dr. Dre’s home was the target of burglars while the music mogul was hospitalized. Officers responded to a report of an attempted burglary on Tuesday night after reports spread that Dre had suffered a brain aneurysm. Police say four suspects who unsuccessfully tried to enter Dre’s house and were apprehended following a short pursuit.

CLANCY BROWN TO BE VILLAIN IN ‘DEXTER’… Clancy Brown has signed on to the cast of Showtime’s upcoming limited series revival of “Dexter.” Brown will portray Kurt Caldwell, the series’ main villain. The 10-episode revival will take place seven years after the show’s 2013 series finale. “Dexter,” which follows about a serial killer in Miami who works for the police as a blood analyst, originally ran for eight seasons beginning in 2006. Series lead Michael C. Hall is returning as Dexter.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

INDIANA 114 – Houston 107
… Malcolm Brogdon knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 2:22 remaining and finished with a career-high 35 points in leading the Pacers past the Rockets. Domantas Sabonis had 22 points and 12 rebounds. Eric Gordon delivered 20 points off the bench.

ORLANDO 105 – Cleveland 94… The Magic shook off a slow start to roll past the Cavaliers. Terrence Ross came off the bench to score 20 points and lead a balanced scoring attack. Orlando lost starting guard Markelle Fultz in the first quarter to a season-ending knee injury.

PHILADELPHIA 141 – Washington 136… The 76ers overcame a 60-point outburst by the Wizards’ Bradley Beal to escape with the victory. Joel Embiid pumped in 38 points to lead Philadelphia. Ben Simmons scored 17 points and dished off 12 assists.

Charlotte 102 – ATLANTA 94… The Hornets jumped out to a 27-11 lead after the first quarter and retained control in their win over of the Hawks. Gordon Hayward poured in a career-high 44 points.

Boston 107 – MIAMI 105… Payton Pritchard’s putback of a Marcus Smart miss with two-tenths of a second on the clock lifted the Celtics over the Heat. Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 27 points. Jaylen Brown had 21 points and 12 boards.

NEW YORK 112 – Utah 100… The Knicks erased a double-digit second-half deficit on their way past the Jazz. Julius Randle had game-highs with 30 points and 16 rebounds. Austin Rivers scored 14 straight points down the stretch and finished with 23 points. Elfrid Payton tossed in 22 points.

MILWAUKEE 130 – Detroit 115… The Bucks built a 26-point halftime lead and never looked back in their thrashing of the Pistons. They got 25 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 23 from Kris Middleton.

Oklahoma City 111 – NEW ORLEANS 110… George Hill made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 12.1 seconds left as the Thunder held off the Pelicans. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander led the way with 21 points. Darius Bazley had 20 points and 12 boards.

PHOENIX 123 – Toronto 115… The Suns knocked down 21 3-pointers in downing the Raptors. Devin Booker scored 24 points and Jae Crowder added 21. Deandre Ayton grabbed 16 rebounds to go with his 11 points.

L.A. Clippers 108 – GOLDEN STATE 101… Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scored 21 points apiece as the Clippers fought off the Warriors. George also brought down 12 boards. Serge Ibaka had 12 points and 14 rebounds.

SACRAMENTO 128 – Chicago 124… Buddy’ Hield’s four-point play with 38 seconds left proved to be the difference in the Kings’ win over the Bulls. Richaun Holmes led Sacramento with 24 points. Marvin Bagley III had 21 points and 12 rebounds. Harrison Barnes added 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Brooklyn…
Memphis hosts Cleveland…
Dallas is at Denver…
the L.A. Lakers host San Antonio…
Minnesota is at Portland

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 2 BAYLOR 76, Oklahoma 61…
No. 7 CREIGHTON 89, Seton Hall 53…
No. 9 TENNESSEE 79, Arkansas 74…
No. 10 MICHIGAN 82, No. 16 Minnesota 57…
No. 11 HOUSTON 70, Wichita State 63…
LOUISVILLE 73, No. 19 Virginia Tech 71…
No. 21 DUKE 83, Boston College 82…
No. 22 VIRGINIA 70, Wake Forest 61

The Rundown for July 29, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,349,313 and the nation’s death toll stands at 149,235, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned of early signs that indicate a possible outbreak in Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Higher positivity rates are at the center of his concern, Fauci said during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America”… The American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.7 million school employees, has authorized its members to strike if schools decide to reopen without proper safety plans in place.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN ACCUSED OF SIPHONING $170M… A non-partisan nonprofit ethics watchdog group has accused President Trump’s reelection campaign of illegally concealing nearly $170 million worth of campaign spending. In yesterday’s 81-page filing with the Federal Elections Commission, the Campaign Legal Center claims Trump’s reelection campaign and campaign committee hid the money by running it through “pass-through” vendors linked to campaign leadership. According to the complaint, firms run by former campaign manager Brad Parscale and associates have essentially served as “clearing houses” that paid subcontractors and vendors without revealing where donor money actually went. Payments have not been reported in disclosure records as being paid by the campaign.

CONGRESS PANEL QUESTIONS WILLIAM BARR… Attorney General faced more than five hours of questioning from members of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. Subjects included the Justice Department’s handling of cases involving Trump associates, the federal response to protests and election integrity. In his opening remarks, committee chairman Jerrold Nadler accused Barr of enabling the failings of President Trump and said his tenure “has been marked by a persistent war” against the Justice Department’s “professional core in an apparent attempt to secure favors for the president.” Attorney General William Barr hesitated when asked on Tuesday whether it was proper for an American president to accept foreign interference in an election, claiming at first that it depended on the type of assistance given. In one of the more heated exchanges, Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline struggled to get Barr to admit that it would be “not appropriate” for the president to solicit or accept foreign assistance in an election. Barr also refused to answer Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond’s question about whether a sitting president can move a U.S. election.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO DENY DACA REQUESTS… The Trump administration announced yesterday that it will deny all new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals requests and limit renewal periods for current recipients. The decision follows a June 18 Supreme Court ruling the Trump administration couldn’t rescind DACA because in doing so it did not consider the effect on the people presently in the U.S. as part of the program. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a memorandum urging Congress to react.

BIDEN RELEASES RACIAL-EQUITY PLAN… Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden yesterday unveiled a plan to advance racial equity in the rebuilding of the economy. The plan, “Build Back Better by Advancing Racial Equality Across the American Economy,” would help families buy their first homes and build wealth by creating a new tax credit of up to $15,000, Biden said. The former vice president also said that he would invest in affordable housing, and call for more accurate, non-discriminatory credit scoring. The plan also calls for creating a new Small Business Opportunity Fund and legislation that requires the Federal Reserve to report data and trends on racial economic gaps and commit to a “real-time” payment system.

ENTERTAINMENT
EMMY NOMINATIONS
… HBO’s “Watchmen” received 26 nominations to lead the field for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. The show’s nods included Limited Series, Outstanding Cast for a Limited Series, Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Regina King and Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Jeremy Irons. Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” picked up 20 nominations. Netflix’s “Ozark” and HBO’s “Succession” each had 18 nods. The Emmy Awards show is set to air September 20 live on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony for the third time.

CHAINSMOKERS CONCERT ORGANIZERS FACE PENALTIES… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed yesterday that local officials could face “civil fines and potential criminal liability” over a packed weekend concert featuring The Chainsmokers in the Hamptons on Saturday night. The “drive-in” charity gig drew a crowd of 2,000 people and they disrespected fellow New Yorkers by defying social distancing restrictions, Cuomo said. Organizers insist they followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the show, despite footage that indicated otherwise.

SPORTS
MLB
MARLINS, PHILLIES GAMES SUSPENDED
… Major League Baseball has suspended Miami Marlins games through Sunday and Philadelphia Phillies games until Friday amid a coronavirus outbreak that infected half the Marlins’ team. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy.

NL
Chi. Cubs 8 – CINCINNATI 5
… Javier Baez homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Cubs past the Reds.

PITTSBURGH 8 – Milwaukee 6… The Pirates erased a 6-2 deficit after 6-1/2 innings to top the Brewers. Adam Frazier blasted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.

San Diego 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 3… Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a three-run homer and Wil Meyers added a two-run shot to send the Padres past the Giants.

AL
CLEVELAND 4 – Chi. White Sox 3
… Francisco Lindor and Bradley Zimmer each homered and knocked in two runs as the Indians held on to edge the White Sox in the doubleheader opener.

CLEVELAND 5 – Chi. White Sox 3… Carlos Santana belted a three run homer and Oscar Mercado singled in two runs to give the Tribe a sweep of the twinbill.

DETROIT 4 – Kansas City 3… The Tigers powered their way past the Royals after spotting them a three-run lead. Jonathan Schoop and Christin Smart connected for two-run homers in the bottom of the third inning.

L.A. Angels 10 – SEATTLE 2… The Angels got home runs from Anthony Rendon, Max Stassi and Albert Pujols in their pounding of the Mariners.

INTERLEAGUE
Toronto 5 – WASHINGTON 1
… The Blue Jays scored three unearned runs on their way to handing the Nationals their fourth loss in five games. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered with the base empty.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Atlanta 2… Yoshi Tsutsugo stroked a two-run single as the Rays scored all five runs in the bottom of the third inning in downing the Braves.

N.Y. Mets 8 – BOSTON 3… J.D. Davis homered with a runner aboard as the Mets dealt the Red Sox their fourth straight loss.

MINNESOTA 6 – St. Louis 3… Jorge Polanco drilled a two-run homer to cap a five-run bottom of the second inning and Josh Donaldson added a solo shot in the third as the Twins doubled up on the Cardinals.

Arizona 4 – TEXAS 1… Righthander Merrill Kelly took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Diamondbacks cruised past the Rangers. Arizona opened with a three-run top of the first.

L.A. Dodgers 5 – HOUSTON 2… The Dodgers got past the Astros in a feisty contest that featured a bench-clearing incident after L.A. reliever Joe Kelly was accused of throwing at Houston batters Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Dodgers scored all five runs in the fifth.

Colorado 8 – OAKLAND 3… The Rockies made it three straight wins with their defeat of the Athletics. Sam Hilliard homered with a runner aboard.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
NL

the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-0) are at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-0)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 0-1) hosts Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 0-1)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 1-0) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto)

AL
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 1-0) are at Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-1) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 0-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 0-1) are at Cleveland (Zach Plesac)…
Seattle (Justin Dunn) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney)

INTERLEAGUE
Washington (Max Scherzer, 0-1) is at Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu)…
Atlanta (Mike Soroka) hosts Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 0-1)…
N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom) are at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 1-0)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 1-0) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May) are at Houston (TBA)…
Minnesota (Rich Hill) hosts St. Louis (TBA)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 0-1) is at Oakland (Frankie Montas)

NFL… Former All-Pro defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield was found guilty of rape by force, oral copulation by force and false imprisonment yesterday by a jury in Santa Clara County, California. The 49-year-old Stubblefield, who played for the San Francisco 49ers in seven of his 11 years in the NFL, is facing 15 years to life in prison. Prosecutors accused Stubblefield of committing the crimes at gunpoint against a 31-year-old woman with developmental disabilities in 2015.

NBA REGULAR SEASON RESUMES TOMORROW

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS BEGIN SATURDAY