The Rundown for February 11, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,285,623 and the nation’s death toll stands at 471,422, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed yesterday that wearing two masks prevents the spread of COVID-19 more than wearing just one mask. The CDC also announced that people who have received both doses of either the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine can skip quarantine if they are exposed to someone infected with the virus. The CDC noted that it doesn’t mean vaccinated people should stop taking precautions, just that it’s not necessary for them to quarantine.

IMPEACHMENT DAY 2… House impeachment managers yesterday emphasized the danger to then-Vice President Mike Pence and other top government leaders in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. On the second day of former President Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial, prosecutors intensified their arguments that Trump the attack. Virgin Islands delegate Stacey Plaskett and California Democratic congressman Eric Swalwell showed previously unseen security video of the attack. The impeachment managers will have another eight hours to make their case today before and Trump’s legal team will have an equal amount of time to present their defense in the following days.

BIDEN TALKS WITH CHINA’S PRESIDENT XI… President Joe Biden discussed a wide range of issues with China’s President Xi Jinping yesterday in their first call since Biden took office. Biden prioritized economic and military issues, but the two also talked about climate change and nuclear proliferation. Biden expressed concern for China’s nefarious use of technology, unfair trade and human rights abuses. A White House readout of the call said Biden “affirmed his priorities of protecting the American people’s security, prosperity, health, and way of life, and preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific.”

GEORGIA DA INVESTIGATING TRUMP OVER ELECTION INTERFERENCE… Fulton County, Georgia, District Attorney Fani Willis has opened a criminal investigation into former President Trump’s effort to overturn the results of the state’s presidential election. Willis has asked Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Governor Brian Kemp, Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan and Attorney General Chris Carr to retain documents related to the investigation. President Joe Biden defeated Trump by fewer than 12,000 votes in Georgia, prompting Trump to accuse state officials of enabling widespread voter fraud. Raffensperger recorded a conversation in which Trump asked him to “find” enough votes that would give him the victory in Georgia. The case is the second investigation into Trump’s phone call with Raffensperger. On Monday, Georgia state election officials announced they were investigating the phone call.

LARRY FLYNT DIES… “Hustler” magazine founder and outspoken first amendment activist Larry Flynt died yesterday of an undisclosed cause at his Hollywood Hills home. He was 78. Flynt launched the Hustler in 1974 as a more blue-collar alternative to Playboy and quickly became notorious for its graphic and controversial images. Flynt was shot and paralyzed from the waist down in a 1978 assassination attempt by serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin, who said he was upset after seeing an interracial couple together in a Hustler photo. Flynt’s story was told in the 1996 film “The People vs. Larry Flynt” starring Woody Harrelson.

ENTERTAINMENT
JEEP PULLS SPRINGSTEEN AD
… Jeep has pulled its Bruce Springsteen Super Bowl ad urging Americans to find common ground after learning the rocker is facing a drunken driving charge in New Jersey. Springsteen was arrested November 14 in a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area on the New Jersey coast. He was cited for driving while under the influence, reckless driving and consuming alcohol in a closed area.

GINA CARANO FIRED FROM ‘THE MANDALORIAN’… Actress Gina Carano has been booted out of the “Star Wars” universe amid backlash to her social-media posts. Carano, who has portrayed battle-hardened mercenary Cara Dune in the first two seasons of “The Mandalorian,” has compared modern American politics to Nazi Germany, mocked the use of masks to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and propagated misinformation about voter fraud. Yesterday, Lucasfilm issued a statement announcing Carano is not employed at the studio.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Toronto 137 – WASHINGTON 115… The Raptors knocked down 19 3-pointers in routing the Wizards. Norman Powell scored 28 points to lead seven players in double figures. Pascal Siakam added 26 points and Kyle Lowrie tossed in 21.

DALLAS 118 – Atlanta 117… The Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter to top the Hawks. Luka Doncic piled up 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Jalen Brunson came off the bench to score 21 points.

BROOKLYN 104 – Indiana 94… The Nets built a 32-point halftime lead and coasted past the Pacers. Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 35 points. James Harden had 19 points and 11 boards.

MEMPHIS 130 – Charlotte 114… The Grizzlies set a franchise record with 23 3-pointers in gunning down the Hornets to snap a four-game skid. Kyle Anderson pumped in 27 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Dillon Brooks added 20 points.

L.A. Clippers 119 – MINNESOTA 112… The Clippers took control with a big third quarter and held on to down the Timberwolves. Kawhi Leonard dripped in 36 points. Lou Williams delivered 27 points off the bench.

CHICAGO 129 – New Orleans 116… The Bulls bombed the Pelicans 40-14 in the third quarter and made 25 3-pointers on the night. Zach LaVine poured in a season-high 46 points. Coby White tossed in 30 points.

DENVER 133 – Cleveland 95… The Nuggets jumped out to a big lead early and never looked back in their throttling of the Cavaliers. Paul Millsap scored 22 points to lead six players in double figures.

PHOENIX 125 – Milwaukee 124… The Suns held on at the end to edge the Bucks for their fourth straight win. Devin Booker led the way with 30 points. Chris Paul added 28 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo’s 47 points weren’t enough for Milwaukee.

L.A. LAKERS 114 – Oklahoma City 113 (OT)… LeBron James made a game-tying 3-pointer at the end of regulation and came up with a big defensive play late in overtime to lead the Lakers past the Thunder. James finished with 25 points and Montrezl Harrell added 20.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Miami is at Houston…
Boston hosts Toronto…
Indiana is at Detroit…
Golden State hosts Orlando…
Philadelphia is at Portland

NHL SCOREBOARD
Boston 3 – N.Y. RANGERS 2 (OT)… Brad Marchand found the net 36 seconds into overtime to send the Bruins past the Rangers. Chris Wagner and Anders Bjork scored in regulation. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 33 saves.

Toronto 4 – MONTREAL 2… The Maple Leafs cruised past the Canadiens after spotting them an early goal. Justin Holl, Ilya Mikheyev and Zach Hyman scored third-period goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Florida hosts Tampa Bay…
Edmonton is at Montreal…
Chicago hosts Columbus…
Detroit is at Nashville…
Winnipeg hosts Ottawa…
Carolina is at Dallas…
Vancouver hosts Calgary…
Anaheim is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts San Jose

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 5 VILLANOVA 96, Marquette 64…
No. 8 Houston 82, SOUTH FLORIDA 65…
No. 9 Virginia 57, GEORGIA TECH 49…
MISSISSIPPI 80, No. 10 Missouri 59…
No. 15 IOWA 79, No. 25 Rutgers 66…
No. 16 TENNESSEE 89, Georgia 81…
No. 21 Wisconsin 61, NEBRASKA 48

The Rundown for February 10, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,190,160 and the nation’s death toll stands at 468,106, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… California surpassed New York yesterday as the state with the most coronavirus deaths. California’s number of dead has surpassed 45,000, with New York about 500 deaths behind.

SENATE PROCEEDS WITH TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL… The Senate voted 56-44 yesterday that a second impeachment trial for former President Trump is constitutional. Six Republicans crossed party lines to vote with Democrats, who accuse Trump of inciting the mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6. Lawyers representing Trump argued that the proceeding was an unconstitutional, partisan effort to close off Trump’s political future even after he had already departed the White House.

BIDEN PURGES TRUMP ATTORNEYS… The Biden administration yesterday asked all but two U.S. attorneys appointed to the Justice Department by the former Trump administration to resign by the end of the month. The request came after most Trump administration appointees had already tendered their resignation. Attorneys John Durham, who is reinvestigating the origins of the Russia probe, and David Weiss of Delaware, who is conducting a tax investigation into the president’s son, Hunter Biden, have been told to remain in office.

BIDEN, YELLEN MEET WITH CEOs… President Joe Biden and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen met with some of the country’s leading chief executives yesterday to discuss the White House’s coronavirus stimulus plan. The $1.9 trillion stimulus package currently being debated in Congress includes $1,400 checks to most U.S residents, funds to create vaccine centers and help for local and state governments to keep running and a $15-per-hour minimum wage. Yesterday’s meeting followed a disappointing January jobs report that revealed that only 49,000 jobs were created with an increasing number of people giving up on their job searches. Most economists had predicted the economy would create 50,000 to 100,000 jobs.

ONE DEAD, 4 INJURED IN MINNESOTA SHOOTING… A shooting at a health clinic north of Minneapolis yesterday left one person dead and four others injured. Authorities reported that a 67-year-old man was taken into custody near the Allina Health clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota. Two of the injured were hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

ENTERTAINMENT
SUPREMES FOUNDER MARY WILSON DIES
… Trailblazing singer Mary Wilson, who was best known as a founding member of the Supremes, died at her home in Henderson, Nevada, of an undisclosed cause on Monday, her publicist confirmed yesterday. She was 76. After founding the Supremes with Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, Ross helped develop the Motown sound with a blend of R&B and pop. The dozen chart-topping songs the group recorded in the 1960s included “Baby Love” and “Stop! In the Name of Love.” Wilson was the only original member still with the Supremes when the group broke up in 1977. She later released two solo albums and wrote four books.

SHIA LaBEOUF IN REHAB… Shia LaBeouf has reportedly left his agency and entered inpatient care for alcoholism and aggression amid recent abuse allegations exes have aired. The 34-year-old actor is taking time off work to focus solely on his recovery and get the help he needs, representatives say. Two of LaBeouf’s ex-girlfriends, including singer FKA Twigs, cited abuse in a lawsuit they filed.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 122 – Brooklyn 111… The Pistons built an early double-digit lead and held off the Nets. Jerami Grant pumped in a game-high 32 points. Delon Wright added 22 points.

MIAMI 98 – New York 96… The Heat held the Knicks to 14 fourth-quarter points in pulling out the victory. Jimmy Butler scored 26 points and dished off 10 assists. Kelly Olynyk tossed in 20 points.

NEW ORLEANS 130 – Houston 101… The Pelicans cruised past the Rockets for their fourth straight win. Brandon Ingram scored 22 points to lead seven players in double figures. Josh Hart had 20 points and 17 rebounds off the bench.

Golden State 114 – SAN ANTONIO 91… The Warriors pulled away in the second half and handed the Spurs their first loss in four games. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 32 points. Six other players scored in double figures for Golden State.

UTAH 122 – Boston 108… The Jazz took control in the third quarter and topped Celtics for their fifth straight win. Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 36 points. Joe Ingles added 24 points. Rudy Gobert powered his way to 18 points and 13 boards.

PORTLAND 106 – Orlando 97… Damian Lillard lit it up for 36 points and the Trail Blazers beat the Magic for the eighth straight time. Carmelo Anthony delivered 23 points off the bench.

Philadelphia 119 – SACRAMENTO 111… The 76ers got off to a fast start and then had to rally in the second half to get past the Kings. They got 25 points from Joel Embiid and 22 apiece from Tobias Harris and Seth Curry.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Washington…
Dallas hosts Atlanta…
Indiana is at Brooklyn…
Memphis hosts Charlotte…
the L.A. Clippers are at Minnesota…
Chicago hosts New Orleans…
Cleveland is at Denver…
Phoenix hosts Milwaukee…
Oklahoma City is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
FLORIDA 2 – Detroit 1… Patric Hornqvist netted a go-ahead power-play goal in the second period and the Panthers made it stand in edging the Red Wings. Hornqvist also assisted on Alex Wennberg’s first-period goal.

Edmonton 3 – OTTAWA 2… The Oilers got goals from defensemen Darnell Nurse, Evan Bourchard and Tyson Barrie in downing the Senators. Goalie Mikko Koskinen made 40 saves.

Tampa Bay 6 – NASHVILLE 1… Steven Stamkos scored two goals and assisted on another as the Lightning skated past the Predators. Mikhail Sergachev had three assists. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 32 shots at goal.

Chicago 2 – DALLAS 1 (OT)… Pius Suter found the net at 2:15 of overtime to send the Blackhawks past the Stars. Mattias Janmark netted a second-period goal. Goalie Kevin Lankinen made 34 saves.

CALGARY 3 – Winnipeg 2… Elias Lindholm’s power-play goal with 1:42 remaining lifted the Flames over the Jets. Andrew Mangiapane and Byron Froese scored back-to-back goals in the second period.

VEGAS 5 – Anaheim 4… The Golden Knights recovered to beat the Ducks after blowing a three-goal third-period lead. Zach Whitecloud netted the game-winner with 3:56 left. Chandler Stephenson had a goal and an assist.

San Jose 4 – LOS ANGELES 3 (SO)… Logan Couture scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Sharks outlasted the Kings. Evander Kane scored the tying goal with 45 seconds to go in regulation.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Montreal hosts Toronto

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 14 West Virginia 82, No. 7 TEXAS TECH 71…
No. 11 Alabama 81, SOUTH CAROLINA 78…
No. 13 Texas 80, KANSAS STATE 77…
No. 19 Creighton 63, GEORGETOWN 48

The Rundown for February 9, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,097,106 and the nation’s death toll stands at 465,072, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, urged Americans to get both doses of the coronavirus vaccine for greater protection against the coronavirus variant first discovered in the U.K. Fauci emphasized the need to vaccinate as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time… Nearly three out of four people in the U.S. plan to continue wearing masks in public even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, according to a survey conducted by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Four out of five said they also will continue to avoid crowds, and 90 percent of participants said they will maintain frequent hand-washing and sanitizer use after the coronavirus has been contained.

TRUMP SECOND IMPEACHMENT BEGINS TODAY… The Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump begins today with opening arguments. Trump is facing a charge of “incitement of insurrection” passed by the House last month following the attack on the U.S. Capitol. His lawyers deny Trump encouraged the violence and blamed it on “a small group of criminals.” House impeachment managers, meanwhile, maintain that the evidence of Trump’s conduct “is overwhelming.” Democrats would need the support of 17 Republicans to gain the two-thirds majority needed for a conviction.

CONGRESSMAN RON WRIGHT DIES… Republican Congressman Ron Wright died of COVID-19 on Sunday, his family confirmed yesterday. He was 67. Wright, revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis on January 21, is the first sitting member of Congress to die of COVID-19. He was elected to represent Texas’ 6th congressional district in 2018 and was re-elected in November. Wright was a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.

RICHARD SHELBY TO GIVE UP SENATE SEAT… Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama announced yesterday that he won’t run for re-election in 2022. He joins fellow Republicans Rob Portman of Ohio, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Richard Burr of North Carolina in announcing they are giving up their Senate seats. The 86-year-old Shelby has been in Congress for 42 years and has chaired the Appropriations, Rules, Banking, and Intelligence committees over the course of his career.

CBO ANALYZES MINIMUM WAGE HIKE… Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour would boost wages for some 17 million people and raise 900,000 U.S. workers out of poverty, but cost the United States 1.4 million jobs by 2025, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office. The analysis found that in addition to boosting the wages of millions of minimum wage earners, another 10 million who are “otherwise earning slightly” more than $15 per hour also could get a pay increase. Overall consumer demand for goods and services would also be boosted, the report said, because “lower-income families spend a larger proportion of any additional income on goods and services than do families with higher income.” However, faced with higher wages, employers might also have an incentive to invest in technology or machinery that cut jobs completely as wages rose.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘MANK’ LEADS FIELD AT CRITICS CHOICE AWARDS
… “Mank’ picked up 12 nominations to lead the field in the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards. “Minari” was close behind in second place with 10 nominations. “Mank” is up for Best Picture, Best Actor for Gary Oldman and Best Supporting Actress for Amanda Seyfried, among other awards. “Ozark” and “The Crown” lead television nominees with six nominations each. The Critics Choice Awards will air March 7 on The CW. Taye Diggs is returning to host for the third consecutive year.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS JOINS ‘BORDERLANDS’ CAST… Jamie Lee Curtis has joined Cate Blanchett and Kevin Hart in the cast of “Borderlands.” Curtis will play an archeologist in the adaptation of the popular video-game franchise. She last starred in the 2019 film “Knives Out” and next appears in the “Halloween” reboot sequels “Halloween Kills” and “HalloweenEnds.”

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

CHARLOTTE 119 – Houston 94… LaMelo Ball made seven 3-pointers on his way to 24 points and the Hornets cruised past the Rockets. Ball also had 10 assists.

Washington 105 – CHICAGO 101… Bradley Beal pumped in 35 points and the Wizards held off the Bulls. Rui Hachamura had 19 points and 10 boards.

Toronto 128 – MEMPHIS 113… The Raptors pulled away in the second half to put away the Grizzlies. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet scored 32 points apiece.

DALLAS 127 – Minnesota 122… The Mavericks jumped out to a 43-22 lead after the first quarter and withstood a late rally to top the Timberwolves. Kristaps Porzingis scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Luka Doncic added 26 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. tossed in 24 points off the bench.

SAN ANTONIO 105 – Golden State 100… Dejounte Murray had 27 points and 10 boards in leading the Spurs passed the Warriors. DeMar DeRozan added 21 points and 10 assists.

PHOENIX 119 – Cleveland 113… Devin Booker lit it up for a season-high 36 points as the Suns downed the Cavaliers. Mikal Bridges added 22 points.

Milwaukee 125 – DENVER 112… The Bucks used a big second half to spurt past the Nuggets. Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped in 30 points. Kris Middleton scored 29 points and dished off 12 assists.

L.A. LAKERS 119 – Oklahoma City 112 (OT)… LeBron James piled up 28 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in his third triple double of the season and the Lakers outlasted the Thunder. Montrezl Harrell delivered 21 points off the bench.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Brooklyn is at Detroit…
Miami hosts New York…
Houston is at New Orleans…
Utah hosts Boston…
Orlando is at Portland…
Sacramento hosts Philadelphia

NHL SCOREBOARD
N.Y. Islanders 2 – N.Y. RANGERS 0… Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 30 shots as the Islanders blanked the Rangers. Matt Martin had a goal and an assist.

COLUMBUS 3 – Carolina 2… Jack Roslovic netted a tie-breaking goal with 4:38 remaining and the Blue Jackets held on to edge the Hurricanes.

Edmonton 3 – OTTAWA 1… The Oilers skated past the Senators after spotting them an early lead Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist.

TORONTO 3 – Vancouver 1… Auston Matthews netted a go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Alexander Kerfoot found the net 12 seconds later in the Maple Leafs’ win over the Canucks. Frederik Andersen stopped 31 stops at goal.

Tampa Bay 4 – NASHVILLE 1… Anthony Cirelli scored to goals to provide all the offense the Lightning needed in skating past the Predators.

Arizona 4 – ST. LOUIS 3 (SO)… Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak scored in the tiebreaker to send the Coyotes past the Blues. Clayton Keller scored a goal and assisted on another.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Washington…
Florida hosts Detroit…
Edmonton is at Ottawa…
Nashville hosts Tampa Bay…
Chicago is at Dallas…
Calgary hosts Winnipeg…
Anaheim is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts San Jose

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 1 Gonzaga 82, BYU 71…
No. 4 Ohio State 73, Maryland 65…
KANSAS 78, No. 23 Oklahoma State 66

The Rundown for February 8, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,004,716 and the nation’s death toll stands at 463,437, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Research published yesterday claims the faster-spreading coronavirus variant first detected in the U.K. is spreading fast in the U.S. The research by a network of scientists has yet to be peer-reviewed or published in a medical journal but its findings are consistent with last month’s Centers for Disease Control and Infection warning that the B.1.1.7 variant could become the dominant source of infection by next month. The variant has a “doubling rate of a little over a week and an increased transmission rate of 35-45 percent,” according to the study.

BIDEN SAYS U.S. WON’T LIFT IRAN SANCTIONS… President Joe Biden vowed in a CBS interview that aired yesterday that the U.S. will not lift economic sanctions on Iran to bring the country back to the 2015 nuclear agreement. Biden insisted that Tehran must first reverse its nuclear program. Earlier yesterday, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the U.S. must “completely lift” sanctions before his government would return to its commitments as part of the nuclear agreement. During a televised speech to air force commanders, Khamenei also said Iran may block nuclear inspections scheduled for later this month if the Biden administration doesn’t act fast. Iran ramped up its uranium enrichment program after former President Trump withdrew the U.S. from the deal.

DEMS TO UNVEIL RELIEF LEGISLATION… House Democrats hope to give millions of families at least $3,000 per child as part of legislation they are set to unveil today. The enhanced Child Tax Credit bill would advance a key provision in President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid-19 relief package. The legislation would provide $3,600 per child under the age of six and $3,000 per child age six through 17 for a single year. The full benefit is available to single parents earning up to $75,000 annually and for couples earning up to $150,000.

CHICAGO REACHES TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH TEACHERS… Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says city officials have reached a tentative agreement with the Chicago Teachers Union to resume in-person learning over the next several weeks, after union members review the deal and make it official. City officials and the union have been at odds over Covid-19 reopening plans. Mayor Lightfoot and school district officials say in-person learning is safe but union leaders have argued that teachers and students remain at risk if they return to the classroom too soon.

FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGE SCHULTZ DIES… George Shultz, who held four different cabinet-level jobs in serving three Republican presidents, died yesterday at his home in Stanford, California. He was 100. Shultz entered government in 1955 as an economist on President Eisenhower’s Council of Economic Advisers. He was labor secretary and director of the Office of Management and Budget in the Nixon administration. Schultz is best remembered as Secretary of State under President Reagan as the Cold War was winding down.

ENTERTAINMENT
JENNIFER LAWRENCE INJURED ON SET
… Actress Jennifer Lawrence was injured on the set of the upcoming Netflix film “Don’t Look Up.” The Adam McKay-directed film has been filming in Massachusetts since November. Lawrence was reportedly struck in or near her eye with flying debris while filming a scene that involved a special-effects explosion. The 30-year-old actress was rushed to the hospital but representatives say she is okay and will return to the set next week.

MORGAN WALLEN REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 149,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 chart for the fourth straight week. Lil Durk’s “The Voice” jumps jumped int second place after selling 86,000 units. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” dropped to third place on sales of 43,000 copies. The Weeknd’s “After Hours” stayed at No. 4 with 34,000 units sold. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” capped the top five with 30,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
BRADY LEADS BUCS TO SUPER BOWL VICTORY
… 43-year-old Tom Brady passed for 201 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Tampa Bay Buccaneers past the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl 55 on the Bucs’ home field. Brady was awarded his fifth Super Bowl MVP award after earning his seventh ring. Rob Gronkowski caught a pair of scoring strikes. Leonard Fournette ran 27 yards for a fourth-quarter TD.

NBA SCOREBOARD
Utah 103 – INDIANA 95… Donovan Mitchell scored 27 points and dished off 11 assists in leading the Jazz past the Pacers. Rudy Gobert powered his way to 16 points and as many boards.

Miami 109 – NEW YORK 103… All five starters scored in double figures as the Heat fought off the Knicks. Bam Adebayo led the way with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Jimmy Butler added 17 points and 10 boards.

CHARLOTTE 119 – Washington 97… The Hornets shook off a slow start to roll past the Wizards. Terry Rozier made five 3-pointers on his way to 26 points. Gordon Hayward tossed in 25 points.

PHOENIX 100 – Boston 91… Mikal Bridges scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Suns held off the Celtics. Deandre Ayton had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

Sacramento 113 – L.A. CLIPPERS 110… The Kings were too much in the fourth quarter in downing the Clippers for their fourth straight win. De’Aaron Fox scored a game-high 36 points. Buddy Hield added 22 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Houston is at Charlotte…
Chicago hosts Washington…
Toronto is at Memphis…
Dallas hosts Minnesota…
Golden State is at San Antonio…
Phoenix hosts Cleveland…
Milwaukee is at Denver…
the L.A. Lakers host Oklahoma City

NHL SCOREBOARD
Philadelphia 7 – WASHINGTON 4… The Flyers scored three unanswered goals in the third period to blow past the Capitals after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Scott Laughton scored a goal in each period. Sean Couturier netted two goals and set up another.

Detroit 4 – FLORIDA 1… Marc Stall and Givani Smith found the net in the first period to provide the Red Wings with all the offense they needed in their win over the Panthers. Smith also assisted on Robby Fabbri’s third-period goal.

Carolina 6 – COLUMBUS 5… Jordan Staal scored a go-ahead power-play goal in the third period and Dougie Hamilton added what proved to be the decisive score as the Hurricanes topped the Blue Jackets. Stall also had two assists.

Chicago 2 – DALLAS 1 (OT)… Alex DeBrincat netted a power-play goal in the second period and added the game-winner at 2:56 of overtime as the Blackhawks outlasted the Stars. Goalie Malcolm Subban made 30 saves.

VEGAS 4 – Los Angeles 3… Chandler Stephenson scored a go-ahead goal on a power play early in the third period and the Golden Knights held on to edge the Kings. Stephenson also gave Vegas the lead with a second-period goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at the N.Y. Rangers…
Columbus hosts Carolina…
Edmonton is at Ottawa…
Toronto hosts Vancouver…
Tampa Bay is at Nashville…
St. Louis hosts Arizona

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 3 VILLANOVA 84, Georgetown 74…
INDIANA 67, No. 8 Iowa 65…
Valparaiso 74, No. 25 DRAKE 57

The Rundown for February 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 26,673,780 and the nation’s death toll stands at 455,657, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to exclude upper-income Americans from a new round of direct stimulus payments that could amount to $1,400 for individuals. Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was the lone dissenter in the 99-1 vote.

BIDEN POLICY CHANGES… President Joe Biden announced two major policy actions yesterday in freezing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Germany and ending U.S. support for offensive operations in Yemen. Biden emphasized during a speech at the State Department that diplomacy will drive “all” of his plans. He said Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will lead a global force posture review “so that our military footprint is appropriately aligned with our foreign policy and national security priorities.”

HOUSE STRIPS CONGRESSWOMAN FROM COMMITTEES… The House voted yesterday to remove Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from her committee assignments over her spreading of bizarre conspiracy theories and endorsement of violence against Democrats. A resolution stripping Greene from her seats on the budget and the education and labor committees passed by a 230-199 vote, with 11 House Republicans joining Democrats in voting for Greene’s removal. Greene was elected to the House in November despite her support of QAnon and a long history of making racist comments.

TRUMP WON’T TESTIFY AT IMPEACHMENT TRIAL… Lawyers representing former President Trump have rejected a request from House Democrats to testify at next week’s Senate impeachment trial. Trump is accused of inciting the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by urging supporters to “fight” his election defeat. Democrats would need he votes of 17 Republicans to reach the two-thirds majority they need to convict. The trial is scheduled to begin on Tuesday.

SMARTMATIC FILES LIBEL SUIT OVER FRAUD CLAIMS… The voting technology company Smartmatic has filed a $2.7 billion libel lawsuit against Fox News, several of its star hosts, along with Trump lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. Defendants are accused of putting Smartmatic in the forefront of their baseless claims of election fraud during the 2020 presidential election. The suit outlines how Powell and Giuliani “created a story about Smartmatic” and frequently appeared across Fox News programming “to defame and disparage Smartmatic and its election technology and software.” Fox hosts Maria Bartiromo, Lou Dobbs and Jeanine Pirro were among others named as defendants.

ENTERTAINMENT
SAG NOMINATIONS
… The late Chadwick Boseman leads the field of actors with four nominations for the 27th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards. Boseman, who died of cancer in August, was recognized for Best Actor in a Film and Best Supporting Actor in a Film for his performances in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” and “Da 5 Bloods.” He was also nominated as part of the casts of both for Best Ensemble in a Film. “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “The Trial of the Chicago 7” and “Minari” received three nominations apiece to lead all films. The TV comedy “Schitt’s Creek” and “The Crown” each earned five nominations, while “Ozark” earned four and “Dead to Me” picked up three. The SAG Awards will air Sunday, April 4, on TBS and TNT.

ZELLWEGER TAKES ON MURDER SERIES… Oscar-winning actress Renee Zellweger has signed on to star in and executive produce NBC’s six-episode series, “The Thing About Pam.” The 51-year-old Zellweger is known for her work in the films “Judy,” “Chicago,” “Cold Mountain,” “Nurse Betty,” “Bridget Jones’s Diary” and “Jerry Maguire.” The “Thing About Pam” is inspired by the real-life 2011 murder of Betsy Faria. Her husband was found guilty of the killing, but he insisted he did not take her life until his conviction was overturned.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD
Utah 112 – ATLANTA 91… Jeremy Clarkson came off the bench to knock down five 3-pointers on his way to 23 points in leading the Jazz past the Hawks. Bojan Bogdanovic added 21 points.

Golden State 147 – DALLAS 116… The Warriors blew away the Mavericks in the second half after trailing by two at the break. Kelly Oubre Jr. poured in 40 points. Stephen Curry tossed in 28 points.

Portland 121 – PHILADELPHIA 105… The short-handed Trail Blazers pulled away in the third quarter to thrash the 76ers. Gary Trent Jr. scored 24 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Carmelo Anthony added 22 points.

Houston 115 – MEMPHIS 103… The Rockets took control with an 18-4 run before halftime and coasted past the Grizzlies. They got 22 points from John Wall and 20 from Eric Gordon.

L.A. LAKERS 114 – Denver 93… The Lakers erased a 12-point halftime deficit in upending the Nuggets. LeBron James scored a game-high 27 points to go with his 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Dennis Schroder added 21 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
New Orleans is at Indiana…
Orlando hosts Chicago…
Toronto is at Brooklyn…
Cleveland hosts Milwaukee…
Utah is at Charlotte…
Miami hosts Washington…
Minnesota is at Oklahoma City…
Phoenix hosts Detroit…
Boston is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCOREBOARD
N.Y. RANGERS 4 – Washington 2… Ryan Strome found the net twice as the Rangers doubled up on the Capitals. Artemi Panarin assisted on three goals.

Nashville 6 – FLORIDA 5 (OT)… The Predators came from two goals down with two minutes left in regulation to outlast the Panthers. Filip Forsberg netted the game-winner four minutes into overtime and finished with two goals and three assists. Matt Duchene’s second goal tied the game with 57 seconds left in regulation.

COLUMBUS 4 – Dallas 3… Oliver Bjorkstrand and Jack Roslovic scored first-period goals and each had an assist as the Blue Jackets held off the Stars.

Ottawa 3 – MONTREAL 2… Tim Stutzie scored a power-play goal and had an assist to push the Senators past the Canadiens. Goalie Matt Murray stopped 36 shots.

TORONTO 7 – Vancouver 3… Jason Spezza scored three goals and Auston Matthews found the net twice as the Maple Leafs outshot the Canucks. Mitchell Marner added a goal and two assists.

CHICAGO 6 – Carolina 4… Alex DeBrincat netted back-to-back goals in the third period as the Blackhawks put away the Hurricanes. Patrick Kane had a goal and three assists.

Arizona 4 – ST. LOUIS 3… The Coyotes took a three-goal lead into the third period and hung on to top the Blues. Conor Garland scored a goal and set up another. Jordan Oesterle had two assists.

WINNIPEG 4 – Calgary 1… Mason Appleton lit the lamp twice as the Jets skated past the Flames. Mathieu Perrault set up three goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Philadelphia…
Tampa Bay hosts Detroit…
Nashville is at Florida…
Vegas hosts Los Angeles…
San Jose is at Anaheim

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 1 Gonzaga 76, PACIFIC 58…
No. 7 Ohio State 89, No. 8 IOWA 85

SUPER BOWL SUNDAY… The Kansas City Chiefs will try to repeat at NFL champions when they take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55 Sunday in Tampa. Kansas City went 14-2 on the regular season and earned the AFC’s top seed, returns to the Super Bowl following postseason wins over Cleveland and Buffalo. Tampa Bay, which entered the playoffs as a wild-card after an 11-5 season, has defeated Washington, New Orleans and Green Bay in the postseason. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.

The Rundown for February 4, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 26,554,737 and the nation’s death toll stands at 450,681, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… There is a downward trajectory in new cases and hospitalizations as the Biden administration remains confident that it can hit its target of 100 million vaccines in 100 days, the White House Coronavirus Task Force said yesterday. However, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky warned that new variants could threaten that positive momentum.

SENATE REACHES POWER-SHARING AGREEMENT… Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer yesterday reached a power-sharing agreement with Republicans. The Senate later approved the agreement by unanimous consent. Weeks-long negotiations had delayed the new Democratic majority from setting up some operations. Senators can now promptly “get to work, with Democrats holding the gavels,” Schumer said.

ARREST WARRENT FOR KYLE RITTENHOUSE… Prosecutors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, have filed an arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old boy who fatally shot two BLM protesters and wounded another last August. Rittenhouse, who was out of jail on $2 million bail, is accused of violating his release by not providing a current residence. Police who visited Rittenhouse at his Illinois home last month say they found someone else living there. Last month, Rittenhouse was pictured in a Wisconsin bar with members of the white nationalist Proud Boys group, flashing a “white power” hand gesture. In their filing, prosecutors ask for Rittenhouse to be re-arrested and his bail increased by $200,000.

REPUBLICANS FAIL TO OUST CHENEY… House Republicans voted yesterday to keep Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney as House Republican Conference Chair. The vote was 145 to 61. Cheney, the No. 3 Republican in the House, had come under fire from many in her party following her vote to impeach former President Trump. Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida led the unsuccessful effort to oust her from the leadership role.

MILITARY TO STAND DOWN AND DISCUSS WHITE SUPREMACY… Secretary of Defense General Lloyd Austin has ordered a military-wide “stand down” to allow for “needed discussions” between local commanders and their soldiers about right-wing extremism within their ranks. The stand down is expected within 60 days. Austin, who is the first Black Secretary of Defense, is reportedly frustrated by the lack of discussion and visibility of white supremacy in the military.

ENTERTAINMENT
MORGAN WALLEN FACING BACKLASH
… Country star Morgan Wallen continues to face backlash after video surfaced of him shouting a racial slur. The singer, whose new release “Dangerous: The Double Album” has spent three straight weeks atop the Billboard 200 album chart, has been suspended indefinitely from his label and his music has been pulled by radio stations and streaming services. Maren Morris, Mickey Guyton and other country music stars have denounced Wallen for using the N-word and other profanities in video released Sunday night.

PUBLIC VIEWING FOR CICELY TYSON… A public viewing for Cicely Tyson is scheduled for February 15 in New York. The late actress will lie in repose at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Manhattan. Masks and social-distancing will be mandatory. Tyson died January 28 at age 96.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD
Philadelphia 118 – CHARLOTTE 111
… The 76ers jumped out to a 30-13 lead after the first quarter and held off the Hornets for their fourth straight win. Joel Embiid had game-highs with 34 points and 11 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 26 points.

MILWAUKEE 130 – Indiana 110… Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 21 points, 14 boards and 10 assists before sitting out the fourth quarter of the Bucks’ blowout of the Pacers. Bryn Forbes delivered 20 points off the bench.

Dallas 122 – ATLANTA 116… The Mavericks fought off the Hawks to snap their six-game skid. Luka Doncic scored 27 points and dished off 14 assists. Kristaps Porzingis added 24 points and 11 rebounds.

L.A. Clippers 121 – CLEVELAND 99… Paul George made eight 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 36 points and the Clippers cruised past the Cavaliers. Kawhi Leonard added 24 points.

Washington 103 – MIAMI 100… The Wizards erased a 13-point second-half deficit to upend the Heat. Bradley Beal led all scorers with 32 points.

New York 107 – CHICAGO 103… The Knicks built a big lead early and then withstood a fourth-quarter rally to top the Bulls. They got 27 points from Julius Randle and 20 from Elfrid Payton.

OKLAHOMA CITY 104 – Houston 87… Kenrich Williams came off the bench to lead a balanced scoring attack with 19 points and the Thunder rolled past the Rockets. Darius Bazley had 18 points and 12 boards.

SAN ANTONIO 111 – Minnesota 108… The Spurs came from 16 points down to top the Timberwolves. DeMar DeRozan led the way with 30 points. Dejounte Murray finished with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 123 – Phoenix 101… The Pelicans surged past the Suns in the second half after leading by two at the break. Zion Williamson made 12 of 14 field goal attempts on his way to a game-high 28 points. Brandon Ingram added 23 points.

SACRAMENTO 116 – Boston 111… The Kings came up big in the fourth quarter to get past the Celtics. De’Aaron Fox had 26 points and 11 assists. Harrison Barnes tossed in 24 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Utah is at Atlanta…
Dallas hosts Golden State…
Portland is at Philadelphia…
Memphis hosts Houston…
Denver is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
TAMPA BAY 5 – Detroit 1… Victor Hedman found the scoring early in the first period and assisted on Antony Cirelli’s goal 2-1/2 minutes later to provide the Lightning with all the scoring they needed in the win over the Red Wings. Detroit managed just 16 shots on goal.

Boston 4 – PHILADELPHIA 3 (OT)… The Bruins came from two goals down in the third period to outlast the Flyers. David Pastrnak scored all three goals in regulation and Patrice Bergeron added the game-winner 31 seconds into overtime.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Florida hosts Nashville…
Dallas is at Columbus…
Montreal hosts Ottawa…
Vancouver is at Toronto…
Chicago hosts Carolina…
Arizona is at St. Louis…
Winnipeg hosts Calgary

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
ST. JOHN’S 70, No. 3 Villanova 59…
EAST CAROLINA 82, No. 5 Houston 73…
No. 10 ALABAMA 78, LSU 60…
No. 14 Virginia 64, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 57…
Georgetown 86, No. 15 CREIGHTON 79…
PITTSBURGH 83, No. 16 Virginia Tech 72
No. 18 MISSOURI 75, Kentucky 70…
SOUTH CAROLINA 72, No. 22 FLORIDA 66

The Rundown for February 3, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 26,427,398 and the nation’s death toll stands at 446,733, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The White House has announced plans to start shipping coronavirus vaccines next week directly to retail pharmacies alongside ongoing deliveries to states. The Biden administration’s COVID-19 response coordinator, Jeff Zients, said the program will launch on February 11 and will make 1 million doses available to 6,500 stores. As supply grows, the program could expand to as many as 40,000 stores, he said.

DEM SENATORS ADVANCE COVID RELIEF PACKAGE… Senate Democrats yesterday took the first step to securing the passage of President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion Covid relief package. They voted 50-49 to advance the budget reconciliation process in the Senate, where they would only 51 votes instead of the normal 60 vote supermajority for passage. The vote was along party lines, with Pennsylvania Republican Senator Pat Toomey absent.

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT BRIEFS PREVIEW ARGUMENTS… House impeachment managers yesterday accused former President Trump of being “singularly responsible” for inciting the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last month. In their filing briefs, lawmakers claimed Trump’s call for action during a pre-insurrection rally was a “betrayal” that can’t go unpunished. Trump’s legal team argued his speech was protected by the First Amendment and a Senate conviction would be unconstitutional.

SENATE CONFIRMATIONS… The Senate yesterday confirmed Alejandro Mayorkas as Department of Homeland Security director. The 61-year-old Mayorkas, the first Latino and immigrant to hold the position, will oversee a 240,000-employee department responsible for border security, immigration enforcement, cybersecurity and disaster readiness and relief, among other missions. Earlier yesterday, the Senate confirmed Pete Buttigieg as transportation secretary, making him the first openly gay U.S. Cabinet secretary. The 39-year-old Buttigieg served as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, and ran unsuccessfully for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.

BEZOS STEPPING DOWN AT AMAZON… Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos announced yesterday that he plans to step down at the end of the third fiscal quarter. Bezos, whose company made him the richest man in the world, will become executive chair of the company’s board. Andy Jassy, the CEO of the company’s profitable online hosting business Amazon Web Services, will take over as Amazon’s CEO.

TWO FBI AGENTS FATALLY SHOT… Two FBI agents were fatally shot and three others were wounded during a shootout yesterday morning in Sunrise, Florida. The agents reportedly came under fire as they executed the federal court-ordered search warrant as part of a violent crimes against children case. The of the warrant was fatally shot after barricaded himself inside an apartment. Two of the injured FBI agents were taken to the hospital and are in stable condition, while the third injured agent was not hospitalized, officials said.

SIX MORE WEEKS OF WINTER… Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day yesterday that predicted there will be six more weeks of winter. Yesterday’s annual gathering in Gobbler’s Knob, Pennsylvania, usually attracts around 30,000 people but was live-streamed due to the pandemic. Phil hadn’t seen his shadow the past two years.

ENTERTAINMENT
RAPPER SILENTO ARRESTED FOR MURDER
… Authorities in Atlanta have announced the arrest of rapper Silento in the fatal shooting of his cousin last month. The rapper, whose real name is Ricky Lamar Hawk, is being held without bond. Police say evidence from security camera videos led to the arrest but have not detailed a motive. Silento rose to prominence in 2015 when his debut single, “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae),” led to a viral dance.

JEN RICHARDS JOINS ‘CLARICE’ CAST… Actress and transgender activist Jen Richards has joined the cast of the “Silence of the Lambs” sequel series “Clarice.” Richards will play a character who intersects with Clarice Starling (Rebecca Breeds) and discusses the “complicated legacy” of Buffalo Bill, a serial killer portrayed by Ted Levine in the 1991 film “The Silence of the Lambs.” Richards will also serve as a consultant. The series co-stars Devyn A. Tyler, Lucca De Oliveira, Kal Penn and Nick Sandow and premieres February 11 on CBS and CBS All Access.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD
Toronto 123 – ORLANDO 108
… Fred VanVleet poured in a franchise record 54 points in leading the Raptors past the Magic. VanVleet made 11 of 14 3-point attempts. Norman Powell added 23 points.

BROOKLYN 124 – L.A. Clippers 120… Kyrie Irving scored eight straight points during a fourth-quarter run and finished with a game-high 39 points as the Nets held off the Clippers. Kevin Durant tossed in 28 points. James Harden finished with 23 points and 14 assists.

INDIANA 134 – Memphis 116… The Pacers built a 21-point halftime lead and coasted past the Grizzlies. Domantas Sabonis had game-highs with 32 points and 13 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon added 23 points. Myles Turner had 22 points and 11 boards.

Portland 132 – WASHINGTON 121… The Trail Blazers jumped out to a 40-23 lead after the first quarter and cruised past the Wizards. Damian Lillard pumped in 32 points. Gary Trent Jr. tossed in 26 points.

UTAH 117 – Detroit 105… The Jazz took control with a big first half and held off the Pistons. Donovan Mitchell led the way with 32 points. Mike Conley added 20 points.

Boston 111 – GOLDEN STATE 107… The Celtics were too much in the fourth quarter and eased past the Warriors in a back-and-forth contest. Jayson Tatum scored 27 points to lead five players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Charlotte…
Milwaukee hosts Indiana…
Dallas is at Atlanta…
Cleveland hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Washington is at Miami…
Chicago hosts New York…
Houston is at Oklahoma City…
San Antonio hosts Minnesota…
Phoenix is at New Orleans…
Sacramento hosts Boston

NHL SCOREBOARD
Dallas 6 – COLUMBUS 3… Joe Pavelski netted the Stars’ first two goals and added two assists in the thrashing of the Blue Jackets. Jamie Benn had a goal and two assists.

MONTREAL 5 – Vancouver 3… Tyler Toffoli netted back-to-back second-period goals and had an assist as the Canadiens skated past the Canucks. Josh Anderson also found the net twice.

Carolina 4 – CHICAGO 3 (SO)… The Hurricanes recovered to outlast the Blackhawks after blowing an early two-goal lead. Andrei Svechnikov netted the lone goal in the tiebreaker. Warren Foegele had a goal and an assist.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Arizona 3… Ryan Reilly’s third-period goal proved to be decisive as the Blues edged the Coyotes. Vince Dunn scored a goal and set up another.

WINNIPEG 3 – Calgary 2… The Jets scored all three goals in the first period and held on to top the Flames. Trevor Lewis opened the scoring 6:40 in and Derek Forbort found the net 30 seconds later.

COLORADO 2 – Minnesota 1… The Avalanche got goals from Logan O’Connor and Valeri Nichushkin in holding off the Wild. Goalie Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves.

EDMONTON 4 – Ottawa 2… The Oilers scored three unanswered goals in the first period and never looked back in doubling up on the Senators. Jesse Puljujarvi netted a pair of goals.

Anaheim 3 – LOS ANGELES 1… Calvin Petersen stopped 40 shots at goal and the Ducks fought off the Kings. Danton Heinen, David Backes and Nicolas Deslauriers found the net.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Dallas is at Columbus…
Montreal hosts Vancouver…
Carolina is at Chicago…
St. Louis hosts Arizona…
Calgary is at Winnipeg…
Colorado hosts Minnesota…
Ottawa is at Edmonton…
Los Angeles hosts Anaheim

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 2 Baylor 83, No. 6 TEXAS 69…
No. 8 IOWA 84, Michigan State 78…
MISSISSIPPI 52, No. 11 Tennessee 50…
No. 12 Illinois 75, INDIANA (OT) 71…
No. 17 West Virginia 76, IOWA STATE 72…
No. 19 WISCONSIN 72, Penn State 56…
No. 23 KANSAS 74, Kansas State 51…
MARYLAND 61, No. 24 Purdue 60

The Rundown for February 2, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 26,317,540 and the nation’s death toll stands at 443,205, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Biden administration’s coronavirus response team announced yesterday that the Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services have ordered tens of millions of at-home COVID-19 test kits from the Australian diagnostics manufacturer Ellume. The tests, approved by the Food and Drug Administration last December, provide results within 15 minutes, with 95 percent accuracy.

BIDEN TO PUSH FORWARD WITH COVID RELIEF PLAN… President Joe Biden is prepared to push forward with his $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan after meeting with a group of 10 Republican senators at the White House yesterday. Biden told the senators that their downsized plan didn’t go far enough. Prior to the meeting, top Democrats in the U.S. Senate and House filed a joint $1.9 trillion budget measure and demonstrated their willingness to bypass Republicans altogether on a new virus relief bill.

McCONNELL TRIES TO DISTANCE GOP FROM CONSPIRACIES… Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell yesterday acknowledged that “loony lies and conspiracy theories” have become a “cancer” for the Republican party. McConnell appeared to be referring to Georgia Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, although he didn’t refer to her by name. Greene felt targeted by McConnell’s remarks and declared that “the real cancer for the Republican Party is weak Republicans who only know how to lose gracefully. This is why we are losing our country.” House Democrats, meanwhile, are moving expeditiously to remove Greene from her committee assignments.

OREGON DECRIMINALIZES DRUGS… Oregon yesterday became the first state in the country to decriminalize virtually all illicit drugs after ballot measure approved last fall took effect. Under the new law, possession of small amounts of the drugs is a civil, not criminal, offense that carries a $100 fine that can be paid by undergoing a health assessment. Measure 110 also uses tens of millions of dollars from Oregon’s marijuana tax to fund addiction treatment for violators.

STORMS SLAMS EAST COAST… Northeast and mid-Atlantic states were slammed by a nor’easter that dumped more than a foot of snow in some areas and was expected to intensify overnight. The National Weather Service said swath of more than 2 feet of snow could cover the region from Pennsylvania to Maine, including the metro areas of Philadelphia, New York and Boston. New York City and New Jersey issued states of emergency and New York City put travel restrictions in place to keep nonessential personnel off the roads. Most flights in and out of New York City and Boston airports were canceled.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR DUSTIN DIAMOND DIES
… Actor Dustin Diamond, who was best-known for playing Screech on the sitcom “Saved by the Bell,” died yesterday of lung cancer. He was 44. The illness was diagnosed just three weeks ago. Diamond first played his Screech character in the 1988 series “Good Morning, Miss Bliss,” which was the basis for “Saved by the Bell.” After the show ended in 1992, Diamond continued to reprise his role for the franchise in various spinoffs, including “Saved by the Bell: The College Years” and “Saved by the Bell: The New Class.”

ABUSE CLAIMS SURROUND MARILYN MANSON… Marilyn Manson’s record label cut ties with him yesterday after multiple women accused him of abuse or assault. “Westworld” actress Evan Rachel Wood alleged that Manson, whose real name is Brian Warner, “brainwashed and manipulated” her for years while they were romantically involved. Following her claim, three more women made similar accusations. Manson called the allegations “distortions.”

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD
L.A. Lakers 107 – ATLANTA 99
… The Lakers were too much down the stretch in downing the Hawks. Anthony Davis led a balanced scoring attack with 25 points. LeBron James added 21 points.

Charlotte 129 – MIAMI 121 (OT)… Malik Monk came off the bench to score 36 points and lead the Hornets past the Heat. Devonte Graham added 24 points. Cody Zeller had 19 points and 12 rebounds.

CLEVELAND 100 – Minnesota 98… Collin Seton scored 26 points and Jarrett Allen added 23 points as the Cavaliers held off the Timberwolves. Allen also had 18 boards.

CHICAGO 110 – New York 102… Lauri Markkanen pumped in 30 points to lead the Bulls past the Knicks. Zach LeVine scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half.

MILWAUKEE 134 – Portland 106… The Bucks made 21 of 42 3-point attempts in building a big lead early and cruising past the Trail blazers. They got 22 points from Jrue Holiday and 21 from Bobby Portis.

Sacramento 118 – NEW ORLEANS 109… De’Aaron Fox poured in 38 points, including 17 straight during the decisive fourth quarter, as the Kings put away the Pelicans. Harrison Barnes tossed in 24 points.

Houston 136 – OKLAHOMA CITY 106… The Rockets jumped out to a 48-24 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their blowout of the Thunder. Eric Gordon delivered a game-high 25 points off the bench. Six other players scored in double figures for Houston.

Phoenix 109 – DALLAS 108… Devin Booker’s 3-pointer with 1.5 seconds remaining lifted the Suns over the Mavericks. Chris Paul led all scorers with 34 points. Deandre Ayton grabbed 17 rebounds to go with his 10 points.

Memphis 133 – SAN ANTONIO 102… The Grizzlies routed the Spurs for their seventh straight win. Gorgui Dieng scored 19 points to lead nine players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Orlando…
Brooklyn hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Memphis is at Indiana…
Washington hosts Portland…
Detroit is at Utah…
Golden State hosts Boston

NHL SCOREBOARD
N.Y. RANGERS 3 – Pittsburgh 1… Chris Kreider netted a go-ahead goal midway through the third period to help push the Rangers past the Penguins. Artemi Panarin had a goal and two assists.

Boston 5 – WASHINGTON 3… The Bruins rallied from three goals down in the second period to top the Capitals. David Pastrnak scored Boston’s first two goals to spark the comeback.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Nashville 2… Yanni Gourde found the net twice as the Lightning skated past the Predators. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 24 saves.

MONTREAL 6 – Vancouver 2… Jeff Petry scored two goals and assisted on another as the Canadiens breezed past the Canucks. Nick Suzuki and Artturi Lehkonen each had a goal and an assist.

Calgary 4 – WINNIPEG 3 (SO)… The Flames outlasted the Jets after spotting them a two-goal lead. Sean Monahan and Johnny Gaudreau scored in the tiebreaker. Gaudreau also scored a tying goal in the third period.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Pittsburgh hosts New Jersey…
Dallas is at Columbus…
Montreal hosts Vancouver…
Carolina is at Chicago…
St. Louis hosts Arizona…
Calgary is at Winnipeg…
Colorado hosts Minnesota…
Ottawa is at Edmonton…
Los Angeles hosts Anaheim

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 13 TEXAS TECH 57, No. 9 Oklahoma 52…
No. 25 DRAKE 95, Illinois State 60

The Rundown for February 1, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 26,185,355 and the nation’s death toll stands at 441,319, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… More than 31 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered as of yesterday, according to data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A total of 49,933,250 doses of the vaccine have been distributed throughout the country. The CDC also warned that a faster-spreading variant of the virus could become the dominant strain in the U.S. by spring… A New York Times analysis has found that cases and positivity rate have trended downward during the three weeks that followed a peak on January 8. Hospitalizations have also gone down from a peak on January 6.

BIDEN TO DISCUS COVID RELIEF WITH GOP SENATORS… A group of 10 Republican senators have accepted President Biden’s invitation to the White House for a discussion about his COVID-19 economic relief package. Biden invited the group shortly after its members proposed an alternative package. The president’s $1.9 trillion plan includes $400 billion to combat COVID-19 and more than $1 trillion to assist families needing direct financial support. The Republicans are proposing a $600 billion plan that calls for $160 billion to use against Covid, direct payments to Americans and an extension of expanded unemployment benefits.

MORE SHAKEUPS IN TRUMP DEFENSE TEAM… Former President Trump has appointed David Schoen and Bruce Castor as his lead attorneys at the upcoming Senate impeachment trial. The announcement came a day after after two other lawyers left the case. A third lawyer, Joshua Howard, also left the defense team. Schoen is a civil and criminal defense lawyer with offices in Alabama and New York. Castor is a former Philadelphia district attorney who declined to prosecute amid sexual-assault allegations in 2005.

CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOL BATTLE CONTINUES… Chicago public school students will continue learning remotely while the school district and teachers union clash over school-room safety. Yesterday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined Chicago Public Schools CEO Dr. Janice Jackson in demanding that pre-K to eighth grade teachers return to the classroom today. Union leaders say their concerns haven’t been addressed.

STORM BATTERS NORTHEAST… The Northeast is being battered by what the National Weather Service calls a “long duration” major winter storm. As much as 2 feet of snow could fall in New York, Boston and other cities in the region. Heavy snow as also expected in parts of eastern Pennsylvania, northern New Jersey, southern New York and into southern New England.

ENTERTAINMENT
MORGAN WALLEN REMAINS TOP ALBUM CHART
… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 130,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart for the third straight week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” finished in a distant second place after selling 45,000 units. Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” jumped into third place with 35,000 copies sold. The Weeknd’s “After Hours” climbed four places to No. 4 on sales of 35,000 units. Lil Durk’s “The Voice” capped the top five with 32,000 copies sold.

ANIMALS GUITARIST DIES… The Animals’ guitarist Hilton Valentine died last week of an undisclosed cause at age 77, family members have confirmed. Valentine formed The Animals in 1963, along with singer Eric Burdon, keys player Alan Price, bassist Chas Chandler and drummer John Steel. The band had a hit the next year with its version of “The House of the Rising Sun.” Valentine performs the song’s iconic opening riff. The Animals were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1994.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD
L.A. Clippers 129 – NEW YORK 115
… The Clippers pulled away in the second half to down the Knicks for their 10th win in 11 games. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Kawhi Leonard’s 28 points.

DENVER 128 – Utah 117… The Nuggets built a 25-point halftime lead on their way to ending the Jazz’ 11-game winning streak. Nikola Jokic poured in 47 points and brought down 12 rebounds.

Philadelphia 119 – INDIANA 110… The 76ers erased a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to upend the Pacers. Tobias Harris scored 27 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. All-Star center Joel Embiid sat out with a bad back.

TORONTO 115 – Orlando 102… The Raptors jumped out to an early double-digit lead and coasted past the Magic to snap their three-game skid. Pascal Siakam had 30 points and 10 boards. Kyle Lowrie dished off 15 assists to go with his 12 points.

WASHINGTON 149 – Brooklyn 146… The Wizards shot down the Nets with a stunning finish. Bradley Beal and Russell Westbrook hit back-to-back 3-pointers three seconds apart in the final seconds. Garrison Mathews’ steal of an inbounds pass set up Westbrook’s go-ahead trey with 4.9 seconds left. Beal added two free throws at the end and finished with 37 points. Westbrook had game-highs with 41 points and 10 rebounds.

MINNESOTA 109 – Cleveland 104… Anthony Edwards and Malik Beasley scored 23 points apiece as the Timberwolves downed the Cavaliers for their first win in four games.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Lakers are at Atlanta…
Miami hosts Charlotte…
Minnesota is at Cleveland…
Chicago hosts New York…
Portland is at Milwaukee…
Oklahoma City hosts Houston…
Phoenix is at Dallas…
San Antonio hosts Memphis…
Detroit is at Denver

NHL SCOREBOARD
New Jersey 5 – BUFFALO 3… Miles Wood and Michael McLeod scored two goals apiece to lead the Devils past the Sabres. Wood also had an assist.

CAROLINA 4 – Dallas 3 (S0)… Dougie Hamilton and Vincent Trocheck scored in the tiebreaker to push the Hurricanes past the Stars. Nino Niederreiter’s goal tied the game with 2:35 left in regulation.

Florida 3 – DETROIT 2… Patric Hornqvist and Aaron Ekblad scored on second-period power plays to give the Panthers the lead for good in their win over the Red Wings. Goalie Chris Driedger made 32 saves.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – N.Y. Islanders 3 (OT)… The Flyers recovered to outlast the Islanders after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Kevin Hayes found the net at 4:33 of overtime. Joel Farabee scored all three Philadelphia goals in regulation.

CHICAGO 3 – Columbus 1… Pius Suter scored a tie-breaking goal in the third period as the Blackhawks fought off the Blue Jackets. Patrick Kane and Philipp Kurashev each had a goal and an assist.

MINNESOTA 4 – Colorado 3 (OT)… Jonas Brodin’s goal 18 seconds into overtime lifted the Wild over the Avalanche. Victor Rask lit the lamp twice in regulation.

St. Louis 4 – ANAHEIM 1… The Blues got a pair of goals from Brayden Schenn in skating past the Ducks. Ville Husso made 25 stops at goal.

EDMONTON 8 – Ottawa 5… The Oilers opened with a five-goal first period but needed three second-period goals to put away the Senators. James Neal netted two goals. Connor McDavid had a goal and four assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Washington hosts Boston…
Nashville is at Tampa Bay…
Montreal hosts Vancouver…
Calgary is at Winnipeg

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 6 HOUSTON 70, SMU 48…
No. 13 OHIO STATE 79, Michigan State 62

The Rundown for January 29, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 25,756,351 and the nation’s death toll stands at 432,971, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The first cases of a more infectious COVID-19 variant that was first recorded in South Africa have been detected in the U.S. Health officials in South Carolina announced yesterday that two people in the state who have no history of international travel and live in different regions have contracted the variant… A report released yesterday by New York Attorney General Letitia James concluded that state health department underreported the Covid-19 death toll in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent. The 76-page report followed a months-long investigation by James’ office into allegations of patient neglect and other conduct that jeopardized the health and safety of residents and employees.

BIDEN SIGNS MORE EXECUTIVE ORDERS… President Joe Biden yesterday signed executive orders intended to expand Americans’ access to healthcare and protect women’s health and reproductive rights. The first order reopens enrollment to the Health Insurance Marketplace and strengthens parts of Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act. The second order protects women’s health rescinds the Trump administration’s ban on funding non-profit groups that provide abortion or reproductive rights counseling.

PELOSI CALLS OUT GOP LEADERS OVER CONGRESSWOMAN GREENE… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called out Republican leadership yesterday for not publicly condemning GOP Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia for spreading vile conspiracy theories. Greene, who has claimed the Sandy Hook and Parkland school shootings were fake, was captured on video berating a student who survived. Pelosi wondered why House Republicans, instead of condemning Greene, put her on the Education and Labor Committee.

DEADLY NITROGEN LEAK IN GEORGIA… A liquid nitrogen leak at a Georgia poultry plant yesterday is being blamed for the deaths of at least six people. Nine other people, including four firefighters, were hospitalized with respiratory-related injuries after Hall County Fire Department responded to the hazmat incident. A shelter-in-place order was issued for a nearby elementary school.

GM TO PHASE OUT GAS, DIESEL VEHICLES… General Motors announced yesterday that it plans to phase out production of gasoline and diesel cars and SUVs by 2035 in favor of electric vehicles. The plan is part of the automaker’s longer-term goal to become carbon-neutral by 2040. The announcement prompted GM’s stock rose more than 4 percent.

ENTERTAINMENT
CICELY TYSON DIES
… Tributes poured in from all over America yesterday to honor pioneering actress and civil-rights activist Cicely Tyson, who died of natural causes at age 96. Tyson rose to fame in television after landing the first recurring role for a Black woman in a drama series in 1963-64’s “East Side/West Side.” She later won two Emmys for her starring role in the 1974 TV movie “The Autobiography of Miss Jame Pittman” and had a memorable appearance in the 1977 mini-series “Roots.” Tyson launched her film career in 1957’s “Twelve Angry Men” and landed numerous roles into the mid-60s. After turning down roles in blaxpoitation films that were popular in the late 1960s, she earned a Best Actress Oscar nomination upon her return to the screen in the 1972 drama “Sounder.” She most recently appeared in a string of Tyler Perry films in the early to mid-2000s. On stage, Tyson won the Tony for best actress for her role as Carrie Watts in the 2013 revival of “A Trip to Bountiful.”

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON OFFICIALLY RETIRES… Singer-songwriter and actor Kris Kristofferson has officially announced his retirement. The 84-year-old Kristofferson quit performing last year but didn’t declare his career over until yesterday. Some of the entertainer’s best-known songs include “Me and Bobby McGee,” “Sunday Morning Coming Down” and “Why Me, Lord?” Kristofferson started acting in 1971, he began a side career as an actor. He won a Golden Globe award for his role in the 1976 film “A Star is Born” alongside Barbra Streisand He also went on to star such films as “Semi-Tough,” “Songwriter,” “Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid,” “Lone Star,” “Blade,” and “The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea.” In 1985, Kristofferson joined Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings to form the group The Highway Men. He is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

SPORTS
HOUSTON 104 – Portland 101
… The Rockets shook off a terrible first quarter to fight their way past the Trail Blazers. Victor Oladipo pumped in 25 points. Christian Wood had 22 points and 12 rebounds. John Wall tossed in 20 points.

DETROIT 107 – L.A. Lakers 92… The Pistons held the Lakers to 14 fourth-quarter points in pulling away for the victory. Blake Griffin scored 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Wayne Ellington added 20 points.

L.A. Clippers 109 – MIAMI 105… The Clippers went on a 20-2 third-quarter run to erase an 18-point deficit and withstood a fourth-quarter rally in topping the Heat. Nicolas Batum scored 18 points to lead six players in double figures. Serge Ibaka grabbed 13 boards to go with his 10 points.

PHOENIX 114 – Golden State 93… The Suns came alive in the second half to put away the Warriors. Seven players scored in double figures, led by Miles Bridges’ 20 points. Deandre Ayton had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Indiana is at Charlotte…
Washington hosts Atlanta…
Cleveland is at New York…
Toronto hosts Sacramento…
Milwaukee is at New Orleans…
Orlando hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Philadelphia is at Minnesota…
Oklahoma City hosts Brooklyn…
Denver is at San Antonio…
Utah hosts Dallas

NHL SCOREBOARD
BOSTON 4 – Pittsburgh 1… Patrice Bergeron netted a pair of goals in leading the Bruins past the Penguins. Pittsburgh managed only 17 shots on goal.

N.Y. Rangers 3 – BUFFALO 2 (OT)… Alexis Lefreniere scored at 2:47 of overtime to lift the Rangers over the Sabres. Artemi Panarin had a goal and an assist.

Philadelphia 3 – NEW JERSEY 1… Michael Raffi and Claude Giroux netted third-period goals to send the Flyers past the Devils. Erik Gustafsson had two assists. Goalie Carter Hart made 33 saves.

WASHINGTON 6 – N.Y. Islanders 3… Conor Sheary found the net twice as the Capitals doubled up on the Islanders. Zdeno Chara and John Carlson both had a goal and an assist.

CAROLINA 1 – Tampa Bay 0 (OT)… Martin Necas scored at 1:12 of overtime to give the Hurricanes a hard-fought win over the Lightning. Petr Mrazek stopped all 32 shots at goal.

COLUMBUS 3 – Florida 2 (SO)… Alexandre Texier scored the lone goal in the shootout to push the Blue Jackets past the Panthers. Mikko Koivu and Max Domi scored in regulation.

MONTREAL 4 – Calgary 2… The Canadiens did all their scoring in the first two periods and came within 1:18 of shutting out the Flames. Jonathan Drouin and Jesperi Kotkaniemi both had two assists.

MINNESOTA 5 – Los Angeles 3… Five different players found the net as the Wild skated past the Kings. Jonas Brodin set up two goals.

DALLAS 7 – Detroit 3… Denis Gurianov had a goal and two assists to lead the Stars in their spanking of the Red Wings. Miro Heiskanen assisted on three goals.

COLORADO 3 – San Jose 0… Nazem Kadri broke a scoreless tie midway through the third period and added a power-play goal as the Avalanche buried the Sharks. Goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 24 shots in the shutout.

ARIZONA 3 – Anaheim 2… Christian Dvorak put the Coyotes on the board with a second period goal and added the decisive power-play goal with 4:26 remaining in the win over the Ducks.

Toronto 4 – EDMONTON 3… The Maple Leafs recovered to edge the Oilers after blowing a two-goal lead. Auston Matthews scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 6:23 left. Jason Spezza scored a goal and assisted on another.

VANCOUVER 4 – Ottawa 1… Brock Boeser netted two goals and had an assist as the Canucks cruised past the Senators. Elias Pettersson added a goal and an assist. Goalie Braden Holtby made 36 saves.

VEGAS – St. Louis (PPD)… Last night’s game between the Golden Knights and Blues was postponed after a Vegas player and member of the coaching staff entered the league’s COVID-19 protocols.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Columbus is at Chicago

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 1 Gonzaga 90, SAN DIEGO 62…
No. 6 Houston 83, TULANE 60…
No. 15 KANSAS 59, TCU 52