The Rundown for January 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for January 14, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
NHL OPENING-DAY SCOREBOARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for January 13, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 22,837,244 and the nation’s death toll stands at 380,640, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Department of Health and Human Services officials yesterday expanded COVID-19 vaccine availability during the initial phase of distribution to include people age 65 years and older. Patients with underlying health conditions that place them at higher risk will also be given priority.

HOUSE DEMS ADVANCE IN TRUMP’S REMOVAL… House Democrats last night passed a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office. The 233-to-205 vote was merely symbolic, since Pence has vowed he would not comply. Anticipating Pence’s refusal, House Democrats have scheduled a vote for today to impeach Trump for inciting last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The believe they have enough votes to make Trump the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. House Republican Conference Chair Liz Chaney of Wyoming and at least four other Republican House members say they’ll cross party boundaries and vote to impeach. The others are: John Katko of New York, Adam Kerzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. Meanwhile, House Speaker Pelosi has appointed Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland to lead the prosecution of Trump in a Senate trial that could follow. Other Democratic House members named as House managers were Diana DeGette of Colorado, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Joaquin Castro of Texas, Eric Swalwell of California, Ted Lieu of California, Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Joe Neguse of Colorado and Madeleine Dean of Colorado.

POMPEO REBUFFED IN EUROPE… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been rebuffed in what were supposed to be his final overseas meetings before leaving office. Leaders of U.S. European allies refused his requests for appointments in Luxembourg and Brussels in response to his support for President Trump following last week’s attack at the U.S Capitol. Luxembourg Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn called Trump a “criminal” during a radio appearance the day after the siege.

PROSECUTORS PURSUE CAPITOL CHARGES… Justice Department said yesterday that they’ve opened cases on some 170 people linked to last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Many of those being investigated are facing sedition charges carrying up to 20 years in prison. As of yesterday, some 70 people have been charged but federal prosecutor Michael Sherwin said the number will grow into the “hundreds.” New Jersey Democratic Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, a Navy veteran who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, said she saw fellow members of Congress lead people through the Capitol on a “reconnaissance” the day before the attack. Sherrill vowed in a Facebook video, “I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure they don’t serve in Congress.” Meanwhile, America’s most senior general Mark Milley and the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a statement yesterday condemning last week’s violence and reminding service members of their obligation to support and defend the Constitution and reject extremism.

MICHIGAN OFFICIALS TOLD THEY’LL BE CHARGED… The Associate Press reported yesterday that former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, his former health department director Nick Lyon and two other ex-state officials have been told to expect charges in the coming days for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis. Prosecutors plan to hold them responsible for the public health disaster that left at least 12 people dead and sickened many others. Specific charges haven’t been disclosed. Lyon was charged with manslaughter in 2018 but that investigation was scrapped and the charges were dismissed. A new investigation began in 2019.

ENTERTAINMENT
MASKLESS BRUCE WILLIS CONFRONTED AT STORE
… Bruce Willis was ejected from a Los Angeles drug store yesterday for refusing to wear a mask. The actor walked out of the store after other shoppers voiced disgust that he wouldn’t pull his scarf up around his face. L.A. has been especially hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic, with a positivity rate currently at 20 percent.

NETFLIX TO RELEASE A MOVIE PER WEEK IN 2021… Netflix yesterday announced plans to release a new movie every week in 2021. The films “Red Notice” starring Dwayne Johnson, Reynolds and Gal Gadot; “The Harder They Fall” with Regina King, Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors; and “Don’t Look Up” with Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande. Netflix’s current slate of 2021 originals features 70 titles, 52 of which are English live-action, eight of which are animated and 10 of which are non-English language films.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 137 – Miami 134
(OT)… Joel Embiid powered his way to 45 points and 16 rebounds as the 76ers outlasted the shorthanded Heat. Dakota Mathias’ only basket of the game was a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26.1 seconds left. Danny Green finished with 29 points and 10 boards.

BROOKLYN 122 – Denver 116… The Nets erased an 18-point deficit on their way past the Nuggets. Kevin Durant pumped in 34 points and dished off 13 assists. Caris LeVert delivered 20 points off the bench.

Utah 117– CLEVELAND 87… The Jazz got 27 points from Donovan Mitchell in cruising past the undermanned Cavaliers. Jeremy Clarkson came off the bench to toss in 21 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 20.

L.A. Lakers 117 – HOUSTON 100… The Lakers led from start to finish in their pounding of the Rockets. LeBron James scored a game-high 26 points in just more than three quarters of play. Anthony Davis had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

San Antonio 112 – OKLAHOMA CITY 102… Lonnie Walker IV scored 24 points to lead six players in double figures and the Spurs fought off the Thunder. LaMarcus Aldridge had 13 points and 10 boards.

Indiana 104 – GOLDEN STATE 95… The Pacers shook off a slow start to put away the Warriors. Miles Turner had 22 points and 12 rebounds. Domantas Sabonas finished with 18 points and 14 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Dallas is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Milwaukee…
Utah is at Washington…
New York hosts Brooklyn…
Memphis is at Minnesota…
Oklahoma City hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Atlanta is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Clippers host New Orleans…
Portland is at Sacramento

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
OKLAHOMA STATE 75, No. 6 Kansas 70…
No. 7 MICHIGAN 77, No. 9 Wisconsin 54…
No. 20 VIRGINIA TECH 74, No. 19 Duke 67

2021 NHL REGULAR SEASON OPENS TODAY
Pittsburgh is at Philadelphia (5:30 p.m. Eastern, NBCSN)…
Toronto hosts Montreal…
Chicago is at Tampa Bay (8 p.m. Eastern, NBCSN)…
Edmonton hosts Vancouver…
St. Louis is at Colorado (10:30 p.m. Eastern, NBCSN)

The season will have a look, with each of the NHL’s 31 teams in four realigned divisions playing a 56-game schedule… The North division will consist of only Canadian teams that will play each other 9 or 10 times. Teams in the East, Central and West divisions will play each other eight times.

North: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets.

West: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, LA Kings, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights.

Central: Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning.

East: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals.

The Rundown for January 11, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 22,406,747 and the nation’s death toll stands at 374,322, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Former Food and Drug Administration Director Dr. Scott Gottlieb said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” yesterday that the nation’s strategy for administering coronavirus vaccines is “not working” and encouraged public health officials to “hit the reset” and take up a new approach. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22.1 million doses of vaccines have been distributed, and nearly 6.7 million people have received their first of two doses. President-elect Joe Biden plans to speed up the process by releasing all available doses.

PELOSI TAKES ACTION TO REMOVE TRUMP… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday the House will move to impeach President Donald Trump if Vice President Mike Pence does not remove him. Pelosi says the House will attempt to pass a resolution by unanimous consent this morning calling for Pence and Trump’s Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. If the resolution doesn’t pass by unanimous consent, the measure will be brought to the floor for a full vote tomorrow. “In protecting our Constitution and our Democracy, we will act with urgency, because this President represents an imminent threat to both,” Pelosi wrote in a letter to colleagues yesterday.

FEDS BUILDING DOMESTIC-TERRORISM CASES… Federal prosecutors have opened at least 25 domestic terrorism cases following last week’s attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to Colorado Democratic Congressman and House Armed Services Committee member Jason Crow. In a statement he released yesterday, Crow said he obtained that number from Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy in a phone call. Crow said McCarthy informed him that authorities recovered long guns, Molotov cocktails, explosive devices and zipties during the insurrection. McCarthy reportedly also told Crow “that (the Department of Defense) is aware of further possible threats posed by would-be terrorists in the days up to and including Inauguration Day and is working with local and federal law enforcement to coordinate security preparations.”

D.C. MAYOR WANTS WHITE HOUSE HELP WITH INAUGURATION… Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked President Trump for an emergency declaration that will help fund President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration amid mounting safety concerns. Bowser noted in a letter to the president that the calls for violence have only intensified ahead of Inauguration Day on January 20. Bowser said during an appearance earlier on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that she will also ask the Department of Homeland Security to begin their “national special security event” timeline sooner than planned.

AUTHORITIES SEARCH FOR CALIFORNIA ESCAPEES… Authorities in Central California are on the lookout for six men who escaped from the Merced County Jail on Saturday night. Investigators believe the men accessed the jail’s roof and used a homemade rope to rappel down to the ground. Among the escapees is a 22-year-old man facing murder charges.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘SEX AND THE CITY’ REVIVED ON HBO MAX
… “Sex and the City” is returning with a new, 10-episode run on HBO Max. The show’s star, Sarah Jessica Parker, made the announcement yesterday on social media. Parker will be joined by Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon in reprising their roles. Kim Cattrall, who co-starred in the original series and two subsequent films, will not be returning. HBO Max hasn’t announced when the series will stream.

ACTOR JOHN REILLY DIES… Actor John Reilly, who was best known for his 11-year run as Sean Donely on “General Hospital,” died over the weekend of undisclosed causes, his daughter confirmed yesterday. He was 84. Reilly appeared on ‘General Hospital’ from 1984-1995. His television credits included “Gunsmoke,” “Dallas” and “Beverly Hills, 90210.”

SPORTS
NFL PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD

Baltimore 20 – TENNESSEE 13… The Ravens shook off an early 10-point deficit to rally past the Titans. Lamar Jackson rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown. Marquise Brown had seven catches for 109 yards. Baltimore visits Buffalo in the AFC Divisional round on Saturday.

NEW ORLEANS 21 – Chicago 9… Drew Brees threw touchdown passes to Michael Thomas and Latavius Murray as the Saints fought off the Bears. Alvin Kamara ran 4 yards for a fourth-quarter score and finished with 99 yards rushing. New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay in the Divisional round on Sunday.

Cleveland 48 – PITTSBURGH 37… The Browns jumped out to a 28-0 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in thrashing the Steelers. The victory was their first at Heinz Field in 18 tries. Baker Mayfield passed for 263 yards and hit three different receivers with touchdown passes. Kareem Hunt ran for two scores. Cleveland visits top-seeded Kansas City in the Divisional round on Sunday.

NBA SCOREBOARD
GOLDEN STATE 106 – Toronto 105
… The Warriors recovered to top the Raptors after blowing a double-digit fourth-quarter lead. Damion Lee made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining. Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points to lead seven players in double figures.

Utah 96 – DETROIT 86… The Jazz built a 17-point halftime lead and held off the Pistons. They got 28 points from Donovan Mitchell and 22 from Mike Conley. Rudy Gobert grabbed 19 rebounds.

L.A. CLIPPERS 130 – Chicago 127… The Clippers fought off a slow start to get past the Bulls. Kawhi Leonard pumped in 35 points and surpassed 10,000 in his career. Paul George added 29 points. Lou Williams delivered 21 points off the bench.

Oklahoma City 129 – BROOKLYN 116… The Thunder cruised past the Nets after spotting them a 12-point lead after the first quarter. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a game-high 31 points. Al Horford added 22 points.

Denver 114 – NEW YORK 89… Nikola Jokic scored 22 points and brought down 10 boards before sitting out most of the second half as the Nuggets routed the Knicks.

L.A. Lakers 120 – HOUSTON 102… The Lakers led by as many as 27 points in their romp over the Rockets. Anthony Davis led the way with 27 points. The game featured the ejections of L.A.’s Markieff Morris and Houston’s DeMarcus Cousins.

MINNESOTA 96 – San Antonio 88… The Timberwolves came up big in the second half to pull past the Spurs and snap their seven-game skid. D’Angelo Russell scored 27 points. Malik Beasley added 24 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
New York is at Charlotte…
Cleveland hosts Memphis…
Milwaukee is at Orlando…
Washington hosts Phoenix…
Philadelphia is at Atlanta…
Dallas hosts New Orleans…
Toronto is at Portland…
Indiana is at Sacramento

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 5 IOWA 86, No. 16 Minnesota 71…
Maryland 66, No. 12 ILLINOIS 63…
No. 19 VIRGINIA TECH 77, Notre Dame 63

The Rundown for January 8, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 21,574,043 and the nation’s death toll stands at 365,208, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The COVID Tracking Project reported 1.9 million tests, 266,000 cases, 132,370 hospitalizations and a record 4,033 deaths yesterday. The seven-day average for deaths topped 2,750, also a record. As of yesterday, roughly 6 million people across the U.S. have been given the first of two vaccine shots, with more than 21 million doses distributed nationwide… Pennsylvania yesterday announced its first confirmed case of the infectious coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom. The variant has been found in at least seven other states.

TRUMP PROMISES SMOOTH TRANSITION… President Trump for the first time yesterday acknowledged his loss in November’s presidential election by announcing that “a new administration will be inaugurated on January 20th. My focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly and seamless transition of power.” Trump made the comments in a videotaped message amid growing calls for his resignation or removal following Wednesday’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers are considering invoking the 25th Amendment or impeaching Trump for a second time.

DEATH TOLL REACHES 5 IN CAPITOL ATTACK… The death toll from Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol reached five yesterday with the passing of a U.S. Capitol policeman who was reportedly struck with a fire extinguisher. At least 69 people so far have been charged with crimes related to the siege. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser called on the Joint Terrorism Task Force to investigate “acts of domestic terrorism and sedition.”

RESIGNATIONS CONTINUE FOLLOWING CAPITOL SEIGE… Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao both resigned yesterday in response to the insurrection on Capitol Hill and President Trump’s response to it. Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger and House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving also resigned under heavy criticism. President Trump yesterday withdrew his nomination of Chad Wolf as secretary of homeland security just hours after Wolf urged Trump to condemn the attack.

BOEING TO PAY $2.5B IN 737 MAX SETTLEMENT… Boeing has agreed pay $2.5 billion to settle a Justice Department investigation and admit that employees misled regulators about the safety of its 737 Max aircraft. Two of the planes crashed shortly after the 737 Max entered airline service. The settlement includes money for the crash victims’ families, airline customers and a fine. Prosecutors accused Boeing employees of giving the Federal Aviation Administration misleading statements and half-truths about safety issues with the plane and then covering up their actions.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTRESS MARION RAMSEY DIES
… Actress Marion Ramsey, who was best known for her work in the “Police Academy” films and the 1978 Broadway production of “Eubie!,” died yesterday at her Los Angeles home. She was 73. Ramsey’s television credits included the variety show “Keep On Truckin’” and “Cos,” with one-off roles on “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “MacGyver.” Ramsey appeared in the first six “Police Academy” movies beginning in 1984.

‘MEAN GIRLS’ WON’T RESUME ON BROADWAY… Producers announced yesterday that the Broadway production of “Mean Girls” won’t resume when productions reopen in New York. However, the show still plans a national tour beginning this summer. The final performance of the popular Broadway show was March 11. The show played 833 performances since opening April 8, 2018.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

BROOKLYN 122 – Philadelphia 109
… The Nets cruised past the 76ers despite playing without Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant. Joe Harris came off the bench and scored 28 points. Caris LeVert had 22 points and 10 assists.

Cleveland 94 – MEMPHIS 90… The Cavaliers came up big in the fourth quarter to get past the Grizzlies. Andre Drummond powered his way to 22 points and 15 rebounds.

Dallas 124 – DENVER 117 (OT)… Luka Doncic scored 38 points and dished off 13 assists as the Mavericks outlasted the Nuggets.

San Antonio 118 – L.A. LAKERS 109… The Spurs got a game-high 28 points from LaMarcus Aldridge in downing the Lakers. Five other players scored in double figures for San Antonio.

PORTLAND 135 – Minnesota 117… The Trail Blazers bombed the Timberwolves 47-27 in the second quarter and coasted to the victory. Damian Lillard poured in 39 points. CJ McCollum tossed in 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at Detroit…
Boston hosts Washington…
Oklahoma City is at New York…
New Orleans hosts Charlotte…
Orlando is at Houston…
Memphis hosts Brooklyn…
Utah is at Milwaukee…
Golden State hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Chicago is at the L.A. Lakers…
Sacramento hosts Toronto

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 1 GONZAGA 86, BYU 69…
NO. 5 Iowa 89, MARYLAND 67…
No. 8 WISCONSIN 80, Indiana 73 (2OT)…
No. 12 Illinois 81, NORTHWESTERN 56…
COLORADO 79, No. 17 Oregon 72

MLB NEWS… The New York Mets have acquired shortstop Francisco Lindor and pitcher Carlos Carrasco in a trade with the Cleveland Indians. In exchange, Cleveland gets infielders Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario, pitcher Josh Wolf and outfielder Isaiah Greene.. The 27-year-old Lindor is a four-time All-Star and considered one of baseball’s best all-around players. He’s a career .285 hitter and averaged 29 homers, 86 RBIs and 21 steals in his six major league seasons. The 33-year-old Carrasco overcame leukemia to become one of the AL’s steadiest starters. He has an 88-73 career record with a 3.73 ERA.

SATURDAY’S NFL FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Indianapolis is at Buffalo…
Seattle hosts the L.A. Rams…
Tampa Bay is at Washington

SUNDAY’S NFL FIRST-ROUND PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Baltimore is at Tennessee…
New Orleans hosts Chicago…
Cleveland is at Pittsburgh

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 January 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 20,817,140 and the nation’s death toll stands at 353,483, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nearly 78,000 deaths in December made it the deadliest month of the pandemic so far. Health officials warned that even more people will likely die in January despite the rollout of vaccines… A Reuters analysis found that Arizona, Tennessee and South Carolina reported the most new cases per capita last week. Kansas, Wyoming and New Mexico were the hardest hit states in terms of deaths per capita… Health officials in New York have confirmed the state’s first case of the coronavirus variant that was initially discovered in the United Kingdom. The strain has also been found in California, Florida and Colorado.

GEORGIA SENATE RACES… Voters in Georgia will be heading to the polls today to cast their vote in a pair of U.S. Senate runoff races that will determine which party carries the majority. President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence visited the state yesterday to campaign for Republican candidates David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. President-elect Joe Biden hosted a rally for Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and David Warnock in Atlanta.

DEMS SEEK INVESTIGATION OF TRUMP GEORGIA CALL… Two House Democrats have asked FBI Director Christopher Wray to open a criminal investigation into President Trump’s leaked phone call with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger. The hour-long recording released on Sunday captures Trump begging Raffensperger to overturn Georgia’s results from the 2020 presidential election based on unfounded claims. Trump asks Raffensperger “to find” enough votes for him to erase his deficit in the state and warns of criminal liability if he fails to do so. In a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray requesting the probe, California Congressman Ted Lieu and New York Congresswoman Kathleen Rice claim, “The evidence of election fraud by Mr. Trump is now in broad daylight,” citing U.S. and Georgia codes prohibiting criminal solicitation to commit election fraud and refusing to count accurate votes.

PROUD BOYS LEADER ARRESTED… Washington, D.C., police yesterday arrested the leader of the white nationalist Proud Boys organization on charges of destruction of property and illegally possessing high capacity magazines. The arrest of 36-year-old Enrique Tarrio came in advance of a pro-Trump demonstration scheduled for tomorrow in the nation’s capital. Tarrio has admitted to stealing and burning a “Black Lives Matter” banner hanging outside the historic Asbury United Methodist Church during an anti-BLM rally last month. He says he intends to plead guilty.

OFFICIALS PREPARE FOR TROUBLE IN KENOSHA… Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers has mobilized 500 National Guard members to help officials in Kenosha prepare for potential unrest. Tensions are running high in the city as prosecutors decide whether Officer Rusten Sheskey will face charges in the shooting of Jacob Blake last August. An announcement on the decision is imminent. Blake, who is Black, was shot several times in the back by a white Kenosha officer who was responding to a domestic dispute. The shooting was captured on video and sparked three nights of violent protests.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTRESS TANYA ROBERTS IS NOT DEAD
… Former James Bond girl and “That 70s Show” star Tanya Roberts is reported to be in dire condition but not dead, as was widely reported on Sunday. The exaggerated claim of her passing stemmed by a press release issued by Roberts’ spokesperson. The press release quoted Roberts’ husband in announcing her death at age 65. Roberts, who starred alongside Roger Moore in the 1985 Bond film “A View to a Kill,” remains in intensive care at a Los Angeles hospital after collapsing at her home on Christmas Eve.

IRS WANTS MORE TAXES FROM PRINCE ESTATE… The IRS believes Prince’s estate owes another $32.4 million in federal taxes after an investigation showed that executors of the rock star’s estate undervalued it by 50 percent, or about $80 million. Investigators determined that Prince’s estate is worth $163.2 million, compared with the $82.3 million valuation submitted by the estate administrator, Comerica Bank & Trust. The discrepancy primarily involves Prince’s music publishing and recording interests, according to court documents. Prince died on April 21, 2016 of a fentanyl overdose.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES

ORLANDO 103 – Cleveland 83
… The Magic bombed the Cavaliers 38-28 in the third to take control for good. Aaron “Gordon scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Nikola Vucevic added 23 points.

PHILADELPHIA 118 – Charlotte 101… All five starters scored in double figures as the 76ers cruised past the Hornets. Tobias Harris led the way with 22 points.

New York 113 – ATLANTA 108… The Knicks came on strong in the fourth quarter to put away the Hawks. Julius Randle scored 28 points and brought down 17 boards. R.J. Barrett added 26 points and 11 rebounds.

MIAMI 118 – Oklahoma City 90… The Heat scored 20 straight points in the second quarter and blew away the Thunder. Bam Adebayo scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Boston 126 – TORONTO 114… The Celtics shook off a slow start to roll past the Raptors. Jayson Tatum poured in 40 points.

Dallas 113 – ATLANTA 100… The Mavericks used a fourth-quarter spurt to put away the Hawks. Luca Doncic racked up 33 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.

MILWAUKEE 128 – Detroit 115… Giannis Antetokounmpo erupted to score 43 points in leading the Bucks past the Pistons. Five other players scored in double figures for Milwaukee.

Indiana 118 – NEW ORLEANS 116 (OT)… Malcolm Brogdon scored a go-ahead basket with 1.7 seconds left and finished with 21 points and 11 assists as the Pacers outlasted the Pelicans. Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 25 points.

GOLDEN STATE 137 – Sacramento 106… The Warriors built a big lead early and never looked back in their thrashing of the Kings. Stephen Curry scored a game-high 30 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
New Orleans is at Brooklyn…
Memphis hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Minnesota is at Denver…
the L.A. Clippers host San Antonio…
Chicago is at Portland

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORE
No. 14 West Virginia 87, OKLAHOMA STATE 84

The Rundown for December 31, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 19,968,087 and the nation’s death toll stands at 345,737, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nearly 3,750 deaths on Wednesday set a new record for the second straight day. The average of about 2,500 deaths per day in December doubled November’s death rate… The Florida Department of Health yesterday announced the first identified case of a variant of the COVID-19 first discovered in the United Kingdom. The discovery in Florida’s Martin County follows the detection of the virus in Colorado and California earlier this week.

WORKER FIRED, ARRESTED FOR DESTROYING VACCINE… A Wisconsin hospital employee has been fired and arrested for allegedly destroying more than 500 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. The incident took place at the Aurora Medical Center in Grafton, Wisconsin, north of Milwaukee. A total of 57 vials of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine — which is required to be stored between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit — were left out overnight on Saturday. Officials say the worker “acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration.” Local authorities, the FBI and the Food and Drug Administration have joined in an investigation.

TRUMP EXTENDS BANS ON VISAS… President Trump yesterday extended his bans on green cards and several types of work visas amid the coronavirus pandemic. Trump imposed bans on new green cards and certain visas in April and June, claiming they would protect American workers during the pandemic. The bans were set to expire yesterday but will remain in place through March 31. President-elect Joe Biden, who has criticized the measures, could opt to reverse the extension when he takes office January 20.

TOXIN IN RECALLED DOG FOOD BLAMED FOR 28 DOG DEATHS… Dangerous levels of aflatoxin in Sportmix products made by Midwestern Pet Foods are blamed for the deaths of at least 28 dogs. The Food and Drug Administration recalled the brand on Wednesday. The FDA said the “scope of the recall may expand as new information becomes available” during its investigation with the manufacturer and the Missouri Department of Agriculture.

SLIGHT DROP IN UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS… Nearly 800,000 more U.S. workers have filed new unemployment claims, according to the weekly Labor Department report released yesterday. The number of claims reflect a decrease of 19,000 from the previous week. The figure was lower than most experts predicted. The Labor Department also revised up last week’s claims by 3,000 and said the unemployment rate for the most recent week was 3.6 percent.

ENTERTAINMENT
CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY TO MEDIATE DANNY MASTERSON CASE
… A judge in Los Angeles has ruled that stalking and intimidation cases brought by four women against actor Danny Masterson must now go through mediation within the Church of Scientology. The ruling comes just days before Masterson was scheduled to be arraigned on three charges of rape between 2001 and 2003. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Steven Kleifield ruled that the complaints must be settled by the Church in “religious arbitration” due to an arbitration agreement that already exists among the parties. The suit filed in August 2019 claimed the plaintiffs had been stalked and intimidated by the church’s agents after reporting the allegations to police. Masterson is best known for starring in the sitcom “That 70s Show.”

FINAL McGUIRE SISTERS SISTER DIES… The last of the singing McGuire Sisters has died. Phyllis McGuire was 89 when she died Tuesday at her Las Vegas home. The group, also consisting of Christine and Dorothy McGuire, rose to fame in 1952 after winning a competition on the Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts show. The sisters sold millions of records and were best known for their hits “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight,” “Sincerely,” “Sugartime” and “Picnic.” The group made multiple appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, performed for five U.S. presidents and reunited for a comeback in 1985 where they also performed at various venues around Las Vegas and Atlantic City.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES

INDIANA 119 – Cleveland 99
… The Pacers built an early double-digit lead and cruised past the Cavaliers. All five starters scored in double figures led by Domantas Sabonis’ 25 points. Sabonis also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Chicago 133 – WASHINGTON 130… Otto Porter scored 28 points and Zach LaVine added 22 as the short-handed Bulls kept the Wizards winless. Seven players scored in double figures for Chicago.

Philadelphia 116 – ORLANDO 92… The hot-shooting 76ers led by as many as 37 points in the first half and never looked back in routing the Magic. Joel Embiid and Seth Curry scored 21 points apiece. Tobias Harris added 20 points.

HOUSTON 122 – Sacramento 119… James Harden came on strong at the end and finished with 33 points in leading the Rockets past the Kings. John Wall added 22 points in his first game since 2018. Christian Wood tossed in 21 points.

TORONTO 100 – New York 83… The Raptors came alive in the second half to put away the Knicks. Fred VanVleet’s 25 points led a balanced scoring attack. Kyle Lowry added 20 points.

New Orleans 113 – OKLAHOMA CITY 80… The Pelicans held the Thunder to seven fourth-quarter points in the runaway win. Brandon Ingram scored 20 points before getting ejected in the third quarter. Six other players scored in double figures.

Phoenix 106 – UTAH 95… The Suns took control with a big second quarter and held off the Jazz. Devin Booker scored a game-high 25 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Memphis is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Boston…
Miami is at Dallas…
Brooklyn hosts Atlanta…
Chicago is at Milwaukee…
Minnesota hosts Washington…
the L.A. Lakers are at San Antonio…
Denver hosts Phoenix…
the L.A. Clippers are at Utah…
Golden State hosts Portland

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
No. 6 WISCONSIN 71, No. 21 Minnesota 59…
No. 16 Michigan 84, MARYLAND 73…
No. 21 OREGON 82, California 69

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCORES
Ball State 34, No. 22 San Jose State 13 in the Arizona Bowl…
Mississippi State 28, No. 24 Tulsa 26 in the Armed Forces Bowl…
West Virginia 24, Army 21 in the Liberty Bowl

TODAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
No. 8 Cincinnati plays No. 9 Georgia in the Peach Bowl…
No. 14 Northwestern plays Auburn in the Citrus Bowl…
No. 1 Alabama plays No. 4 Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl…
No. 2 Clemson plays No. 3 Oho State in the Sugar Bowl

SATURDAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
No. 5 Texas A&M plays No. 13 North Carolina in the Orange Bowl…
No. 10 Iowa State plays No. 25 Oregon in the Fiesta Bowl…
No. 11 Indiana plays Mississippi in the Outback Bowl…
No. 23 North Carolina State plays Kentucky in the Gator Bowl

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
Miami (10-5) is at Buffalo (12-3)…
Cincinnati (4-10-1) hosts Baltimore (10-5)…
Pittsburgh (12-3) is at Cleveland (10-5)…
Minnesota (6-9) is at Detroit (5-10)…
New England (6-9) hosts the N.Y. Jets (2-13)…
Dallas (6-9) is at the N.Y. Giants (5-10)…
Tampa Bay (10-5) hosts Atlanta (4-11)…
Green Bay (12-3) is at Chicago (8-7)…
Denver (5-10) hosts Las Vegas (7-8)…
Jacksonville (1-14) is at Indianapolis (10-5)…
the L.A. Chargers (6-9) are at Kansas City (14-1)…
the L.A. Rams (9-6) host Arizona (8-7)…
Seattle (11-4) is at San Francisco (6-9)…
Carolina (5-10) hosts New Orleans (11-4)…
Tennessee (10-5) is at Houston (4-11)…
Philadelphia (4-10) hosts Washington (6-9)

The Rundown for December 31, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 19,740,471 and the nation’s death toll stands at 342,312, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said yesterday that he foresees America regaining “some semblance of normality” by autumn 2021, despite early setbacks in the vaccine rollout. During an online discussion that included California Governor Gavin Newsom, Fauci said it will take until next fall to achieve enough collective COVID-19 immunity through vaccinations. Newsom, meanwhile, announced that the more infectious coronavirus variant originally found in the United Kingdom has been detected in his state. Newsom said the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 had been confirmed earlier in the day in a Southern California patient.

BIDEN NOMINATIONS… President-elect Joe Biden added two more nominations to the
Pentagon staff yesterday. Biden’s transition team announced that Kathleen Hicks has been nominated for deputy secretary of defense and Colin Kahl as undersecretary of defense for policy. If confirmed, Hicks would be the first woman to hold the position. She is currently a senior vice president and director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

UN EXPERTS SAY TRUMP PARDONS VIOLATED LAW… A panel of independent United Nations experts yesterday concluded that President Trump’s pardon last week of four former Blackwater Worldwide mercenaries violates U.S. obligations under international law and urged member states to condemn the action. The four men were convicted of killing 14 Iraqis and injuring 17 others during an attack on Nisour Square in 2007. Nicholas Slatten was convicted of first-degree murder and Paul Slough, Evan Liberty and Dustin Heard were convicted of voluntary and attempted manslaughter. Slatten was sentenced to life while the other three received at least 12-year-imprisonment orders.

MICHIGAN APPROVES FLINT TRUST FUND… The creation of a trust fund to distribute a $641 million settlement to residents affected by the Flint water crisis was approved yesterday by Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The governor signed a pair of bills that authorize the state to issue bonds to cover the settlement. The state agreed to settle in August. The crisis began in 2014 when Flint changed its water source in a cost-cutting move and high levels of lead started showing up in people’s drinking water. An investigation revealed officials failed to apply corrosion inhibitors leading to aging pipes leaching lead into the water supply, exposing residents to toxic contamination.

CENSUS BUREAU STRUGGLES AT DEADLINE… The U.S. Census Bureau acknowledged yesterday that it does not expect to meet today’s deadline to produce population counts used to allocate seats in Congress. The bureau said in a statement yesterday that it will continue to process the data it has collected since October and plans to “deliver a complete and accurate state population count for apportionment” in early 2021. The Census Bureau didn’t specify a date but vowed to deliver the data “as close to the statutory deadline as possible.”

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTRESS DAWN WELLS DIES
… Actress Dawn Wells, who was best known for playing Mary Ann in the 1960s sitcom “Gilligan’s Island,” died died in Los Angeles of causes related to COVID-19. She was 82. After “Gilligan’s Island” completed its three-season run in 1967. Wells continued her role in three made-for-TV sequel movies that aired between 1978 and 1982. The former Miss Nevada who competed in the 1959 Miss America pageant also had television roles in “77 Sunset Strip,” “Maverick,” “Bonanza,” “The Joey Bishop Show,” “Hawaiian Eye,” “The Wild Wild West” and “ALF.”

BIDENS TO RING IN NEW YEAR… President-elect Joe Biden and incoming First Lady Jill Biden are planning to ring in the new year tonight as part of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” on ABC. The Bidens will sit down with Seacrest for their final interview of 2020 before transitioning into the White House next month. The event will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest will feature performances by Jennifer Lopez, Megan Thee Stallion, Miley Cyrus, Brandy and Billy Porter.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES

BOSTON 126 – Memphis 107… Jaylen Brown poured in a career-high 42 points and the
Celtics made it 10 straight wins over the Grizzlies. Brown was 7-of-10 from beyond the arc.

BROOKLYN 145 – Atlanta 141… Kyrie Irving scored 17 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Nets surged past the Hawks. Kevin Durant had 33 points and 11 rebounds. Joe Harris tossed in 23 points. Jarrett Allen delivered 15 points and 13 boards off the bench.

MIAMI 119 – Milwaukee 108… The Heat topped the Bucks just 24 hours after losing to them by 47 points. Goran Dragic came off the bench and scored 26 points. Bam Adebayo dropped in 22 points. Tyler Herro finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Charlotte 118 – DALLAS 99… Rookie LaMelo Ball scored 22 points to lead the Hornets in their rout of the Mavericks. Miles Bridges racked up 20 points and 16 boards.

L.A. Lakers 121 – SAN ANTONIO 107… The Lakers used an 11-0 first-quarter run to shake off an early deficit and take the lead for good in their win over the Spurs. LeBron James led the way with 26 points on his 36th birthday. Dennis Schroder added 21 points and Anthony Davis tossed in 20. Spurs’ assistant coach Becky Hammon became the first woman to direct an NBA team when she took over for Gregg Popovich following his second-quarter ejection.

L.A. CLIPPERS 128 – Portland 105… Kawhi Leonard returned from a two-game absence and scored 28 points in leading the Clippers in their romp over the Trail Blazers. Paul George added 23 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Cleveland is at Indiana…
Washington hosts Chicago…
Philadelphia is at Orlando…
Houston hosts Sacramento…
New York is at Toronto…
Oklahoma City hosts New Orleans…
Phoenix is at Utah

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCORES
Wisconsin 42, Wake Forest 28 in the Mayo Bowl…
No. 6 Oklahoma 55, No. 7 Florida 20 in the Cotton Bowl

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
No. 2 BAYLOR 105, Alcorn State 76…
No. 7 Tennessee 73, No. 12 MISSOURI 53…
No. 23 Virginia 66, NOTRE DAME 57…
No. 25 OHIO STATE 90, Nebraska 54

The Rundown for December 30, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 19,556,927 and the nation’s death toll stands at 338,561, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A more infectious strain of the coronavirus that prompted an uptick of cases in the United Kingdom has officially arrived in the U.S. Colorado Governor Jared Polis revealed yesterday that state health officials found a case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 in a male patient in his 20s who had no travel history. There is no evidence yet that B.1.1.7 is deadlier or vaccine-resistant… NBC News has reported that the coronavirus vaccination effort in the U.S. is seriously behind schedule. At the current rate, it would take nearly 10 years for enough Americans to be vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus, the network says. The slightly more than 2 million people who have received the first dose of the vaccine in the U.S. so far is well below the 20 million that the Trump administration promised to have done by the end of the year.

McCONNELL BLOCKS RAISED STIMULUS PAYMENTS… Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell yesterday blocked a bipartisan effort to quickly pass a measure to increase direct stimulus payments from $600 to $2,000. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer sought to pass the change to the omnibus spending bill through a unanimous consent request on the Senate floor, but McConnell objected. The House passed the increase to stimulus payments on Monday. The measure could be scheduled for another vote in the Senate at a later date. Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin announced that the Department of Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service would begin delivering the $600 payments as early as last night through direct deposit, with paper checks being mailed out today.

CONGRESSMAN-ELECT DIES OF COVID… Louisiana congressman-elect Luke Letlow died yesterday after a short battle with Covid-19. The 41-year-old Letlow had announced his diagnosis on his Facebook page on December 18. Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered that flags in the state be flown at half-staff on the day of Letlow’s funeral. A new representative for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District will be determined by special election.

SAUDI ARABIA ARMS SALE APPROVED… The Trump administration yesterday approved a possible $300 million arms sale to Saudi Arabia. The State Department’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency gave its okay on the sale of 3,000 Boeing-made GBU-39 Small Diameter Bomb I Munitions and related equipment to the ally Middle Eastern country for $290 million. The State Department said the munitions will increase Saudi Arabia’s stock of long-range, precision air-to-ground munitions that will improve the nation’s “capability to meet current and future threats.”

DOJ CLOSES TAMIR RICE INVESTIGATION… The Justice Department announced yesterday that it has closed its civil rights investigation into the fatal 2014 shooting by Cleveland police of Tamir Rice and that no federal criminal charges would be brought in the case. The announcement came five years after an Ohio grand jury cleared two Cleveland officers of state charges in the death of Rice, a 12-year-old youth who was shot in a playground while holding a pellet gun. Both officers are white.

ENTERTAINMENT
CHRISTMAS SONGS DOMINATE HOT 100 CHART
… A total of 39 holiday songs dominate this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart, including nine holiday tunes in the Top 10. Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” holds the top spot for the fifth time. Brenda Lee’s “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” follows in second place. Bobby Helms’ “Jingle Bell Rock,” Burl Ives’ “A Holly Jolly Christmas” and Andy Williams’ “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” are also in the top five.

‘DANCING’ CHAMP BATTLING COVID… Recently crowned “Dancing with the Stars” champion Kaitlyn Bristowe is battling Covid-19, she announced on social media yesterday. Bristowe, an alum of “The Bachelor” franchise, said she and her her boyfriend Jason Tartick had been quarantining before the holidays but the one person they allowed to come visit was carrying the virus. Tartick was a contestant on “The Bachelorette.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES

New York 95 – CLEVELAND 86
… The Knicks built an early double-digit lead and held off the Cavaliers. Julius Randle racked up 28 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

Golden State 116 – Detroit 106… Stephen Curry pumped in 31 points and Andrew Wiggins scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter as the Warriors put away the Pistons.

Boston 116 – INDIANA 111… The Celtics rallied from 17 points down in the third quarter to take down the Pacers. Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 11 boards.

PHILADELPHIA 100 – Toronto 93… Joel Embiid had game-highs with 29 points and 15 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Raptors. Tobias Harris added 26 points and 11 boards.

Chicago 115 – WASHINGTON 107… Zach ZaVine scored nine straight points during a third-quarter surge and the Bulls dealt the Wizards their fourth straight loss. Wendell Carter Jr. had 12 rebounds to go with his 10 points.

Milwaukee 144 – MIAMI 97… The Bucks made an NBA-record 29 3-pointers in their bombing of the Heat. Kris Middleton led the way with 25 points. Jrue Holiday added 24 points.

Orlando 118 – Oklahoma City 107… The Magic handled the Thunder to win their fourth straight at the start of the season. Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points and pulled down 10 boards.

PHOENIX 111 – New Orleans 86… The Suns took over with a big second quarter and built a 39-point lead through three quarters in their thrashing of the Pelicans. Jae Crowder scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures.

L.A. CLIPPERS 124 – Minnesota 101… Lou Williams came off the bench to score 20 points and lead seven players in double figures as the Clippers cruised past the Timberwolves.

SACRAMENTO 125 – Denver 115… The Kings used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Nuggets. They got points from De’Aaron Fox and 20 from Richaun Holmes. Five other players scored in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Memphis is at Boston…
Brooklyn hosts Atlanta…
Milwaukee is at Miami…
Dallas hosts Charlotte…
the L.A. Lakers are at San Antonio…
the L.A. Clippers host Portland

COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCORES
No. 21 Oklahoma State 37, No. 18 Miami 34 in the Cheez-It Bowl…
No. 20 Texas 55, Colorado 23 in the Alamo Bowl

TODAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL BOWL SCHEDULE
Wisconsin plays Wake Forest in the Mayo Bowl…
No. 6 Oklahoma plays No. 7 Florida in the Cotton Bowl

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
No. 1 GONZAGA 112, Dixie State 67…
No. 2 BAYLOR 93, Central Arkansas 56…
TULSA 65, No. 5 Houston 64…
No. 9 WEST VIRGINIA 73, Northeastern 51…
No. 10 IOWA 87, No. 19 Northwestern 73…
No. 14 RUTGERS 81, Purdue 76…
CLEMSON 77, No. 18 Florida State 67…
No. 23 TEXAS TECH 79, Incarnate Word 51…
No. 24 VIRGINIA TECH 80, Miami 78

COLLEGE BASKETBALL NEWS… The University of Arizona announced yesterday that it is self-imposing a one-year postseason ban on its men’s basketball program. The decision follows the NCAA investigation stemming from the 2017 federal investigation into corruption in college basketball and college basketball recruiting. Former Arizona assistant coach Emanuel “Book” Richardson pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to commit bribery after being accused of accepting $20,000 to steer Arizona players to aspiring sports agent Christian Dawkins and financial advisers close to Dawkins.

MLB NEWS… The San Diego Padres made it official yesterday in announcing the acquisitions of pitchers Blake Snell from Tampa Bay and Yu Darvish from the Chicago Cubs. San Diego also announced the signing of infielder Ha-seong Kim from the Korea Baseball Organization. The deals follow the Padres’ first postseason appearance in 14 years.