The Rundown for January 22, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 24,626,884 and the nation’s death toll stands at 410,102, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Biden unveiled his administration’s COVID-19 strategy yesterday, signing a series of executive orders aimed at increasing testing capacity, speeding up vaccination distribution and reopening schools.

HAWLEY, CRUZ TARGETED IN SENATE ETHICS COMPLAINT… A group of seven Senate Democrats yesterday called on the Ethics Committee to launch an investigation into Republican senators Josh Hawley and Ted Cruz over the role they played in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The two senators are accused of violating the chamber’s ethics rules by objecting to the Electoral College results. The Democratic senators say Hawley and Cruz “lent legitimacy” to the cause of the mob that stormed the Capitol building in support of Donald Trump.

JAIME HARRISON ELECTED DNC CHAIR… Former South Carolina Democratic Party Chair and Senate candidate Jaime Harrison was officially elected chair of the Democratic National Committee yesterday. Harrison won by a near-unanimous vote after being selected by President Joe Biden for the job. He pledged to help the Democratic Party maintain its majorities through the upcoming election cycles, including the 2022 midterms. Harrison said as head of the DNC he would seek to implement a “50-state and seven-territory strategy” urging the Democratic candidates to compete in Republican strongholds.

DoD TO PROSECUTE ALLEGED TERROR BOMBERS… The Defense Department yesterday announced that it plans to try three men held at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, for their roles in two deadly bombings in Indonesia in the early 2000s. Charges against Encep Nurjaman, Mohammed Nazir Bin Lep and Mohammed Farik Bin Amin have been referred to a military commission, clearing the way for the men to face trial. Prosecutors have charged the men with conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, intentionally causing serious bodily injury, terrorism, attacking civilians, attacking civilian objects, destruction of property and accessory after the fact.

JUDGE APPROVES FLINT SETTLEMENT… A federal judge has granted preliminary approval Thursday to a $641 million deal that would benefit thousands of Flint residents who were harmed by lead-contaminated water. The city of Flint, state of Michigan, an area hospital and an engineering firm are included in the agreement. With preliminary approval, Flint residents can object and pursue their own claims. They have until March 29 to register to participate.

… A million and a half more people watched Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday than Donald Trump’s in 2017, according to data released yesterday by the Nielsen Co. Roughly 39.87 million people tuned in to Biden’s swearing-in ceremony, which lasted a half-hour. CNN captured the most viewers with 9.9 million, while 7.66 million viewers tuned in to ABC.

‘NO TIME TO DIE’ PUSHED BACK AGAIN… The release of the James Bond flick “No Time To Die” is once again being pushed back amid the coronavirus pandemic. The film was originally set to open on April 2 but will now hit the big screen on October 8. The 25th installment in the iconic spy franchise returns Daniel Craig in the titular role.


L.A. Lakers 113 – MILWAUKEE 106
… LeBron James scored a season-high 34 points in leading the Lakers past the Bucks. Kentavius Caldwell-Pope tossed in 23 points.

New York 119 – GOLDEN STATE 104… The Knicks opened with a 40-point first period on their way past the Warriors. All five starters scored in double figures, led by RJ Barrett’s 28 points. Julius Randle grabbed 17 rebounds to go with his 16 points.

UTAH 129 – New Orleans 118… The Jazz shook off a slow start to get past the Pelicans. Donovan Mitchell pumped in a game-high 36 points. Mike Conley added 20 points.

Chicago is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Houston…
Orlando is at Indiana…
Cleveland hosts Brooklyn…
Boston is at Philadelphia…
Toronto hosts Miami (in Tampa)…
Atlanta is at Minnesota…
San Antonio hosts Dallas…
Denver is at Phoenix…
Phoenix hosts Denver…
Oklahoma City is at the L.A. Clippers…
Sacramento hosts New York

BOSTON 5 – Philadelphia 4 (SO)… The Bruins outlasted the Flyers after spotting them a two-goal lead. Jake DeBrusk scored the lone goal in the shootout. Nick Ritchie had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – New Jersey 1… Jordan Eberle found the net twice as the Islanders cruised past the Devils. Noah Dobson assisted on two goals.

Tampa Bay 3 – COLUMBUS 2 (OT)… Brayden Point’s goal at 1:56 of overtime sent the Lightning past the Blue Jackets. Ryan McDonagh had two assists.

Winnipeg 4 – OTTAWA 1… The Jets put the game away with a three-goal second period. Mark Scheifel and Nikolaj Ehlers both had a goal and an assist.

Montreal 7 – VANCOUVER 3… Tyler Toffoli’s shorthanded goal sparked a four-goal second period that carried the Canadiens past the Canucks. Toffoli also opened the scoring with a first-period goal and had an assist. Joel Armia had two goals and two assists.

L.A. KINGS 4 – Colorado 2… The Kings rallied from two goals down in the second period to double up on the Avalanche. Adrian Kempe netted a go-ahead goal in the third period.

Buffalo is at Washington…
Pittsburgh hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Edmonton is at Toronto…
Chicago hosts Detroit…
San Jose is at Minnesota…
Dallas hosts Nashville…
Vegas is at Arizona…
Anaheim hosts Colorado

Indiana 81, No. 4 IOWA 69…

Green Bay hosts Tampa Bay in the NFC Championship…
Buffalo is at Kansas City in the AFC Championship

The Rundown for January 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 24,433,677 and the nation’s death toll stands at 406,001, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Efforts to vaccinate Americans continue to be slowed by a shortage of vaccine. The Health and Human Services Department suggested last week that states had unrealistic expectations for how much vaccine was on the way.

BIDEN INAUGURATED… Joe Biden was sworn in yesterday as the 46th president of the United States. In his inauguration address, Biden called for unity and promised to “restore the soul of our nation.” At 78, Biden became the nation’s oldest president upon entering office. History was also made when Kamala Harris was sworn in as vice president and became the first woman in American history to hold the nation’s second-highest job. Biden launched his presidency by issuing a slew of executive orders aimed at undoing some Trump administration policies. The 17 orders Biden signed into law included re-entering the U.S. into the Paris Climate Agreement and World Health Organization, halting construction of the wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, canceling the Keystone XL pipeline permit and ending the travel ban imposed on several majority-Muslim countries.

NEW SENATORS SWORN IN… Three new Democratic senators were sworn in shortly after President Joe Biden’s inauguration yesterday. The Reverend Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff earned the seats with wins in Georgia’s runoff elections last month. They became the first black and Jewish, respectively, senators from Georgia. Alex Padilla became the first Latino senator from California in filling the seat Kamala Harris vacated to become vice president.

AVRIL HAINES CONFIRMED AS NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR… The Senate voted 84-10 yesterday to confirm Avril Haines to be director of national intelligence. She becomes President Biden’s first Cabinet-level official to be confirmed. During her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, the 51-year-old Haines pledged to declassify an intelligence report about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and promised an “aggressive response” to counter China’s “illegal and unfair practices.” Haines previously served as deputy national security adviser and was deputy chief counsel to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in 2007-2008 when Biden was chairman. In 2013, President Barack Obama named her deputy CIA director, the first woman to hold the job.

ARMY SECRETARY RESIGNS… Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy announced his resignation yesterday. His departure follows the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building and subsequent questions regarding a lax response. McCarthy told members of Congress that the Washington, D.C. National Guard had not prepared for such a threat, even though plans were revealed a month earlier on social media.

… A former winner of Food Network’s “Worst Cooks in America has been arrested in connection with the killing of a 3-year-old child. Ariel Robinson and her husband Jerry Robinson were charged with homicide by child abuse on Tuesday. Charges were filed after police in Greenville County, South Carolina, received a call about an unresponsive child who was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. After winning season 20 of “Worst Cooks in America,” Robinson told an interviewer that she had five children.

DANNY MASTERSON ATTORNEY ENTERS NOT-GUILTY PLEA… An attorney representing Danny Masterson entered a not-guilty plea yesterday to charges that the actor raped three women in the early 2000s. Prosecutors claim that the 44-year-old Masterson raped a 23-year-old woman sometime in 2001, a 28-year-old woman in April of 2003, and a 23-year-old woman between October and December of 2003. All of the alleged rapes happened at his Hollywood Hills home. Masterson, who has been free on bail since his June 17 arrest, could face up to 45 years in prison if convicted. He is best known for playing Steven Hyde on the retro sitcom “That ’70s Show” from 1998 to 2006.


CLEVELAND 147 – Brooklyn 135
(2OT)… Collin Sexton scored 15 of his game-high 42 points in the second overtime period to push the Cavaliers past the Nets. Cedi Osman added 25 points.

Dallas 124 – INDIANA 112… The Mavericks pulled away in the fourth quarter to put away the Pacers. Kristaps Porzingis had game-highs with 27 points and 13 rebounds. Trey Burke delivered 22 points off the bench. Luka Doncic had 13 points, 12 boards and 12 assists.

PHILADELPHIA 117 – Boston 109… The 76ers rallied in the fourth quarter to upend the Celtics. Joel Embiid poured in 42 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 22 points.

ATLANTA 123 – Detroit 115… The Hawks came from 17 points down to outlast the Pistons. Trae Young scored 21 of his 38 points in the third quarter. John Collins tossed in 31 points.

Miami 111 – TORONTO 102… The shorthanded Heat caught fire in the second half and pulled past the Raptors. Kendrick Nunn came off the bench to score 28 points.

Orlando 97 – MINNESOTA 96… Cole Anthony hurried 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Magic a come-from-behind win over the Timberwolves. Nikola Vucevic scored 28 points and Evan Fournier added 24 for Orlando.

Phoenix 109 – HOUSTON 103… Deandre Ayton powered his way to 26 points and 17 boards in leading the Suns past the Rockets. Devin Booker tossed in 24 points.

GOLDEN STATE 121 – San Antonio 99… The Warriors built a 19-point halftime lead and coasted past the Spurs. Stephen Curry had 26 points and 11 rebounds. James Wiseman added 20 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 115 – Sacramento 96… The Clippers shook off a slow start to cruise past the Kings for their fifth straight win. Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 32 points. Paul George finished with 19 points and 12 assists.

the L.A. Lakers are at Milwaukee…
Utah hosts New Orleans…
New York is at Golden State

Edmonton 3 – TORONTO 1… Leon Draisaitl scored scored on a power play to break a third-period tie and push the Oilers past the Maple Leafs. Goalie Mikko Koskinen made 25 saves.

San Jose 2 – ST. LOUIS 1 (SO)… Tomas Hertl scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Sharks edged the Blues. Marcus Sorensen netted a tying goal late in the second period.

Minnesota 3 – ANAHEIM 2… Joel Eriksson Ek netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Wild made it stand in downing the Ducks. Carter Rowney had two assists.

VANCOUVER 6 – Montreal 5 (SO)… J.T. Miller and Bo Horvat scored in the tiebreaker as the Canucks outlasted the Canadiens. Horvat found the net twice and had an assist in regulation. Montreal’s Tyler Toffoli had three goals in the losing effort.

VEGAS 5 – Arizona 2… The Golden Knights got a pair of goals from Shea Theodore in skating past the Coyotes. Alex Tuch had a goal and two assists.

Philadelphia is at Boston…
the N.Y. Islanders host New Jersey…
Tampa Bay is at Columbus…
Ottawa hosts Winnipeg…
Montreal is at Vancouver…
the L.A. Kings host Colorado

No. 8 HOUSTON 86, Tulsa 59…
No. 10 WISCONSIN 68, Northwestern 52…
Providence 74, No. 11 CREIGHTON 70…
GEORGIA TECH 83, No. 20 Clemson 65

The Rundown for January 20, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 24,247,006 and the nation’s death toll stands at 401,586, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… An interim report released yesterday by a World Health Organization investigative panel concluded that the world was not prepared for the pandemic and blamed China and the WHO for reacting too slowly to contain the outbreak a year ago… A University of Arizona researcher has found that the coronavirus variant identified in the U.K. may have originated in the U.S. At least 100 cases of the variant have so far been identified in almost two dozen states. Health officials are confident that existing COVID-19 vaccines will be effective in blocking it.

BIDEN, HARRIS REMEMBER PANDEMIC VICTIMS… U.S. President-elect Joe Biden delivered an emotional farewell to his home state of Delaware yesterday before traveling to Washington, D.C., where he will be inaugurated today as the nation’s 46th president. Biden last night led a national memorial observance to honor American lives lost during the coronavirus pandemic. He joined with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their families near the reflecting pool at the Lincoln Memorial as about 400 lights were switched on, each representing 1,000 Americans who have died. Biden stressed that remembering is an important part of the healing process.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT ENDS SENATOR BILL BURR INVESTIGATION… The Justice Department has ended its lengthy investigation into Senator Richard Burr’s stock transactions at the outset of the pandemic and won’t file charges. The Republican from North Carolina was accused of trading on private knowledge when he sold off $1.7 million in stock before markets before a market-induced market crash. Burr, who had been briefed about the virus in its early stages, stepped down as chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee when the investigation was launched. He is set to retire from the Senate in 2022.

DNI NOMINEE COMMITS TO KHASHOGGI ASSESSMENT… President-elect Joe Biden’s director of national intelligence nominee, Avril Haines, has announced her intention to release an unclassified assessment of who murdered American journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Haines made the commitment after being pressed on the issue by Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. The CIA concluded that the grisly 2018 murder was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in response to Khashoggi’s criticism of Saudi Arabia’s royal family.

CONSPIRACY CHARGES IN CAPITOL ATTACK… Prosecutors yesterday filed conspiracy charges against three members of the so-called the militant right-wing extremist group Oath Keepers. The three are accused of planning and coordinating the January 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol. Messages they exchanged indicated they searched for lawmakers once they were inside the buildings and intended to stop Congress from certifying the presidential election.

… Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan will pair up to sing the national anthem at Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay. H.E.R. will perform “America the Beautiful” as part of the event’s pregame lineup. The Weeknd was selected in November to headline the Pepsi Super Bowl LV halftime show. Viewers from around the world will tune in on February 7 to watch.

SECRET SERVICE INVESTIGATED JOHN MULANEY JOKE… The U.S. Secret Service opened an investigation into comedian John Mulaney over jokes believed to be made about President Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” last year, according to records obtained by The Associated Press. The 38 said last month that he had been investigated for referencing Julius Caesar in the joke. The file obtained by the AP confirmed that the Secret Service contacted NBC but did not interview the comedian in its inquiry


DENVER 119 – Oklahoma City 101… Nikola Jokic scored 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in leading the Nuggets past the Thunder. Six other players scored in double figures for Denver.

UTAH 118 – New Orleans 102… The Jazz cruised past the Pelicans for their sixth straight win. Donovan Mitchell scored 28 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Brooklyn is at Cleveland…
Indiana hosts Dallas…
Boston is at Philadelphia…
Atlanta hosts Detroit…
Miami is at Toronto…
Minnesota hosts Orlando…
Phoenix is at Houston…
Golden State hosts San Antonio…
Sacramento is at the L.A. Clippers…
Portland hosts Memphis

New Jersey 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 3… Jack Hughes scored two goals and assisted on another during a three-goal second-period that carried the Devils past the Rangers.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Buffalo 0… Goalie Brian Elliott stopped all 40 shots as the Flyers blanked the Sabres. Travis Konecny netted his fourth goal in four games.

FLORIDA 5 – Chicago 4 (OT)… Frank Vatano found the net 2:50 into overtime to send the Panthers past the Blackhawks. Carter Verhaeghe netted two goals.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Washington 4 (OT)… Sidney Crosby’s goal 1:11 into overtime lifted the Penguins over the Capitals. Crosby assisted on two goals. Teddy Blueger had a goal and an assist.

Winnipeg 4 – OTTAWA 3 (OT)… The Jets overcame a pair of two-goal deficits to outlast the Senators. Nikolaj Ehlers scored the winning goal in overtime.

DETROIT 3 – Columbus 2 (OT)… Tyler Bertuzzi netted the game-winner 15 seconds into overtime as the Red Wings topped the Blue Jackets. Dylan Larkin set up two goals.

Colorado 3 – LOS ANGELES 2… The Avalanche took a 3-0 lead into the third period and held on to edge the Kings. Nathan MacKinnon assisted on two goal to reach 500 career points. Devon Toews and Mikko Rantanen scored power-play goals.

Edmonton is at Toronto…
St. Louis hosts San Jose…
Minnesota is at Anaheim…
Vancouver hosts Montreal…
Arizona is at Vegas

FLORIDA 75, No. 6 Tennessee 49…
No. 3 VILLANOVA 76, Seton Hall 74…
No. 7 MICHIGAN 87, Maryland 63…
Purdue 67, No. 15 OHIO STATE 65…
No. 18 Alabama 105, LSU 75…
No. 19 MISSOURI 81, South Carolina 70…
No. 22 ILLINOIS 79, Penn State 65

MLB NEWS… Hall of Fame pitcher Don Sutton, whose 324 wins rank fourth on major league baseball’s all-time list, died Monday night at his home in Rancho Mirage, California, after a battle with cancer, his son announced yesterday. He was 75. Sutton was an L.A. Dodger for 16 of his 23 seasons. The four-time All-Star also played for the Milwaukee Brewers, Oakland Athletics and California Angels. He was known for his endurance and never missed a turn in the rotation in 756 big league starts.

The Rundown for January 19, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 24,074,200 and the nation’s death toll stands at 398,980, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New Covid-19 cases in the U.S. have been trending down since peaking last week. The 1.5 million new cases recorded over the past seven days represent an 11-percent drop from the previous week. Cases declined in 35 states week-over-week, and 18 states saw a drop in the number of deaths. Nevertheless, health officials warn that it’s too early to be overly optimistic… A former Florida public health whistleblower who says she was fired in May because she refused to manipulate data to downplay the severity of the state’s coronavirus outbreak turned herself in to face a felony computer offense and was released on bail yesterday. 31-year-old Rebekah Jones called the case against her politically motivated and vows to press the truth.

GIULIANI WON’T REPRESENT TRUMP IN SENATE IMPEACHMENT… President Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani declared yesterday that he won’t represent Trump at his upcoming impeachment trial in the U.S. Senate. Giuliani said he’s having to recuse as attorney due to his participation in Trump’s rally just before the Capitol riot. Giuliani called for “trial by combat” during his appearance with Trump at the rally and potentially faces charges.

BIDEN TO INTRODUCE IMMIGRATION PLAN… President-elect Joe Biden intends to introduce an immigration bill on his first day in office that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. The legislation would allow those living in the U.S. as of January 1, 2021, to get a green card, which grants temporary status, within five years, provided they pay taxes and pass background checks, and afterward obtain naturalization within three years. The plan would also speed up the path to citizenship for children protected under the DREAM Act, agricultural workers and others.

CENSUS BUREAU DIRECTOR RESIGNS… Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham announced his resignation yesterday, effective tomorrow. Dillingham, who held the position for two years, was scheduled to continue through the end of 2021. His tenure was marked by whistleblowers’ complaints that President Trump’s political appointees were pressuring Dillingham to release its 2020 Census data by January 15, regardless of accuracy. Complaints noted that releasing the numbers so early would lessen their accuracy due to delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

ALLEGED NANCY PELOSI LAPTOP BANDIT ARRESTED… Federal authorities have arrested a 22-year-old woman who allegedly stole computer equipment from Nancy Pelosi’s office during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and intended to sell it to Russia’s intelligence service. An FBI criminal complaint says Riley June Williams of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was identified in a tip from person who claimed to be Williams’ former romantic partner. The witness said the sale to Russia fell through and that Williams “still has the computer device or destroyed it.”

… The crime-thriller “Ozark” and the royal drama “The Crown” each earned six nominations yesterday to lead the field at this year’s Critics Choice Awards. “Lovecraft Country,” “Mrs. America,” “Schitt’s Creek” and “What We Do in the Shadows” earned five nods apiece. “Better Call Saul” and “The Plot Against America” are each are up for four awards. Streaming service Netflix led the field with 26 nominations, which was two more than HBO. Winners will be announced during a March 7 ceremony hosted by entertainer Taye Diggs.

GARTH BROOKS TO PERFORM AT INAUGURATION… Country music superstar Garth Brooks announced yesterday that he’ll perform tomorrow at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration in Washington, D.C. Brooks joins fellow headliners Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga in the event’s lineup of entertainers. “This is a great day in our household, this is not a political statement, this is a statement of unity,” Brooks said.


NEW YORK 91 – Orlando 84… The Knicks dialed it up defensively in grinding out a win over the Magic. RJ Barrett scored 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Julius Randle finished with 21 points and 17 boards.

ATLANTA 108 – Minnesota 97… All five starters scored in double figures as the Hawks cruised past the Timberwolves. Deandre Hunter led the way with 25 points. Clint Capela had 23 points and 15 rebounds. Trae Young scored 20 points and dished off 13 assists.

San Antonio 125 – PORTLAND 104… The Spurs used a big fourth quarter to put away the Trail Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge pumped in 22 points. DeMar DeRozan had 20 points and 11 assists.

MEMPHIS 108 – Phoenix 104… The Grizzlies fought off the Suns to win their fifth straight. Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke scored 17 points apiece to lead seven players in double figures. Morant also had 10 assists.

BROOKLYN 125 – Milwaukee 123… Kevin Durant knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds left and the Nets hung on to down the Bucks. Durant finished with 30 points. James Harden had game-highs with 34 points and 12 assists. Joe Harris tossed in 20 points.

TORONTO 116 – Dallas 93… The Raptors surged past the Mavericks in a game that was tied at halftime. Kyle Lowry pumped in 23 points. Chris Boucher delivered 21 points and 10 boards off the bench.

MIAMI 113 – Detroit 107… The shorthanded Heat overcame a 19-point deficit to upend the Pistons. Bam Adebayo powered his way to 28 points and 10 rebounds. Goran Dragic added 22 points.

CHICAGO 125 – Houston 120… The Bulls held off the Rockets in the second half to escape with the victory. Zack LaVine scored 33 points to lead seven players in double figures.

Golden State 115 – L.A. LAKERS 113… The Warriors rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to stun the Lakers. Stephen Curry knocked down a clutch 3-pointer in the final minute and finished with 26 points. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 23 points.

Oklahoma City is at Denver…
Utah hosts New Orleans

Columbus 3 – DETROIT 2… Pierre-Luc Dubois’ third-period goal proved to be the difference in the Blue Jackets’ win over the Red Wings. Oliver Bjorkstrand had a goal and an assist. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 35 saves.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 1 – Boston 0… Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted the game’s only goal with 4:09 remaining. Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 27 shots at goal.

TORONTO 3 – Winnipeg 1… John Tavares and Mitch Marner scored second-period goals for the Maple Leafs. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 27 saves.

Buffalo 6 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Sam Reinhart and Curtis Lazar scored two goals apiece to lead the Sabres in their romp over the Flyers. Jack Eichel had three assists.

ST. LOUIS 5 – San Jose 4… Jordan Kyrou netted a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Blues hung on to edge the Sharks. Justin Faulk found the net twice.

Carolina 4 – NASHVILLE 2… Vincent Trocheck and Sebastian Aho scored third-period goals to give the Hurricanes the lead for good in their defeat of the Predators. Andrei Svechnikov had a goal and an assist.

CALGARY 5 – Vancouver 2… The Flames scored three unanswered goals in the third period on their way past the Canucks. Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist.

Montreal 3 – EDMONTON 1… The Canadiens got goals from Alexander Romanov, Shea Weber and Artturi Lehkonen in cruising past the Oilers. Jake Allen stopped 26 shots at goal.

ANAHEIM 1 – Minnesota 0… Nicolas Deslauriers lit the lamp to break a scoreless tie early in the third period and the Ducks made it stand in their win over the Wild. John Gibson had 34 saves in the shutout.

VEGAS 4 – Arizona 2… The Golden Knights rallied past the Coyotes after spotting them a two-goal lead. Reilly Smith scored two of Vegas’ three third-period goals.

New Jersey is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia hosts Buffalo…
Chicago is at Florida…
Pittsburgh hosts Washington…
Winnipeg is at Ottawa…
Detroit hosts Columbus…
Carolina is at Nashville…
Los Angeles hosts Colorado

No. 2 BAYLOR 77, No. 9 Kansas 69…
St. John’s 74, No. 23 CONNECTICUT 70

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.

… 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.


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.

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

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.

Washington is at Buffalo..
Philadelphia hosts Pittsburgh…
Chicago is at Tampa Bay…
Ottawa hosts Toronto…
St. Louis is at Colorado

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.

the L.A. Rams are at Green Bay…
Buffalo hosts Baltimore

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.

… 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.


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.

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

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.

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.

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.

… 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.


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.

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

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

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 December 22, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 18,035,209 and the nation’s death toll stands at 319,364, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. The U.S. yesterday recorded a second straight day of fewer than 200,000 cases and a fourth straight day of declining deaths. The decline in cases followed a record high of 249,700 on Friday. Figures show that hospitalizations in the United States are leveling off.

CONGRESS APPROVES CORONAVIRUS RELIEF BILLS… Congress has approved more than $900 billion for coronavirus assistance following an agreement reached Sunday night. The House voted to approve the two long-awaited bills and the Senate followed. The legislation will now go to President Trump, who has said he will sign it. The package contains direct stimulus payments for individuals of $600 to $700. It also includes enhanced federal unemployment benefits of $300 per week, $330 billion for small business loans, more than $80 billion for schools and several billion dollars to cover the costs of distributing COVID-19 vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna.

ROBERT E. LEE STATUE REMOVED FROM CAPITOL… A statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee was removed from the U.S. Capitol yesterday. Lee’s statue will be replaced by one of Barbara Johns, a Black woman who as a 16-year-old led classmates on a walkout of her segregated school. Virginia Governor Ralph Northam requested the removal of Lee’s statue over the summer.

WILLIAM BARR SEES NO NEED FOR SPECIAL PROSECUTOR… Attorney General William Barr said yesterday that he does not see a need for a special prosecutor in the criminal investigation of Hunter Biden or the November election. The announcement defied President Trump, who had been pushing for a special counsel to investigate the son of President-elect Joe Biden. Barr, who is stepping down effective tomorrow, will be replaced by Deputy Attorney General Jeffery Rosen.

HOUSE DEMS WANT ANSWERS ABOUT COVID RESPONSE… House Democrats have subpoenaed two top White House health officials. The Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis wants to ask Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar and Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Robert Redfield about Trump Administration interference in scientific reports related to the coronavirus. Democrat Majority Whip James Clyburn said former HHS Assistant Secretary Michael Caputo, senior adviser Paul Alexander and other officials engaged in a “far-reaching campaign to influence CDC’s scientific reports, despite pushback from career staff.”

… Comedian John Mulaney, a former “Saturday Night Live” writer who won an Emmy Award in 2018 for his stand-up special “Kid Gorgeous at Radio City,” has reportedly checked himself into a Pennsylvania rehab facility to receive treatment for cocaine and alcohol abuse. The 38-year-old Mulaney hosted “SNL” for the fourth time just days before the 2020 election and has been writing for “Late Night with Seth Meyers” in recent weeks. He has previously discussed his struggles with drugs and alcohol and first got sober at age 23.

K.T. OSLIN DIES… K.T. Oslin, the first female songwriter to win the CMA Award for Song of the Year for her 1987 hit “80’s Ladies,” died yesterday after a battle with Parkinson’s disease and Covid-19. She was 78. Oslin’s chart-topping 1987 debut country album “80’s Ladies,” featured the Top 10 title track and a pair of No. 1 country hits in “Do Ya” and “I’ll Always Come Back.” Oslin was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2018.


CINCINNATI 27 – Pittsburgh 17
… The Bengals (3-10-1) built a 17-0 halftime lead on the way to handing the Steelers (11-3) their third straight loss. Giovanni Bernard ran 4 yards for one second-quarter touchdown and caught a 14-yard pass for another. Quarterback Ryan Finley ran yards for fourth-quarter score. The victory was Cincinnati’s first over Pittsburgh in 12 tries.

NFL NEWS… Hall of Fame linebacker Kevin Greene died yesterday of undisclosed causes, his family confirmed. He was 58. Greene was a two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl selection. His 160 career sacks rank third in league history behind only Bruce Smith (200) and Reggie White (198). Greene, who played for the L.A. Rams, Pittsburgh, Carolina and San Francisco during his 15-year career, was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2016.

No. 1 GONZAGA 95, Northwestern State 57…
No. 2 BAYLOR 99, Arkansas-Pine Bluff 42…
No. 6 TENNESSEE 102, Saint Joseph’s 66…
No. 21 FLORIDA STATE 72, Gardner-Webb 59….
No. 24 VIRGINIA TECH 84, Longwood 58

NHL NEWS… The NHL is preparing a 56-game season that will begin on January 13 with a temporary realignment of teams. Restrictions on crossing the U.S.-Canada border due to coronavirus concerns, the NHL is setting up an all-Canada division and realigning the other divisions. The top four in each division will make the playoffs. All regular-season games and the first two rounds of the playoffs will be played within the division.

The Rundown for September 28, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 7,113,666 and the nation’s death toll stands at 204,750, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Almost half the U.S. is reporting increased numbers of new Covid-19 cases as health experts warn of a potential coronavirus surge in the fall and winter. The number of new coronavirus cases has increased by at least 10 percent from the week before in 21 states. The states are: Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

N.Y. TIMES OBTAINS TRUMP TAXES… The New York Times reported disturbing details about Donald Trump’s finances yesterday after obtaining the president’s tax returns going back decades. The report noted that Trump paid no federal income taxes in 10 of 15 years beginning in 2000 because he reported extensive losses. Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes for 2016, the year he was elected president. The Times also found that Trump used the $427.4 million he was paid for “The Apprentice” to fund his other businesses, mostly his golf courses, and was putting more cash into his businesses than he was taking out. Times staffers warned that more bombshells are forthcoming. At a White House briefing yesterday, Trump denied the Times’ allegations and claimed that he pays “a lot” in federal income taxes. However, he refused to answer how much he has paid and walked out as reported shouted questions.

TRUMP FORMER CAMPAIGN MANAGER TAKEN BY POLICE… President Trump’s former campaign manager Brad Parscale was taken from his Fort Lauderdale home by police yesterday afternoon after his wife reported that he was armed, had barricaded himself in his home and was threatening to harm himself. Fort Lauderdale Police Chief Karen Dietrich called the encounter at Parscale’s home “brief” and said he went willingly with police under Florida’s Baker Act, which allows police to detain a person who is potentially a threat to himself or others. Parscale, who made himself highly visible as campaign manager, was demoted in July following a poorly attended rally in Tulsa.

BIDEN SEEKS TO HOLD OFF BARRETT NOMINATION… During a speech in his Wilmington, Delaware, hometown yesterday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden implored Senate Republicans not to act on President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court until after the American people finish selecting their next president. The former vice president argued that since voters have already begun voting, it’s crucial to hold off on any consideration of a Supreme Court nominee until the election results are known. Biden also noted the proximity of the nomination to an upcoming case before the Supreme Court that challenges the Affordable Care Act and warned that Barrett’s vote could leave Americans without health care.

GAS PRICES DROP A PENNY… The average price of regular-grade gas in the U.S. fell a penny over the past two weeks to $2.25 per gallon, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations released yesterday. The Lundberg Survey found that the most expensive gas was in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it cost $3.27 per gallon. The cheapest gas was in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where a gallon cost $1.77.

… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 87,000 copies in returning to the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart for a seventh nonconsecutive week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in second place after selling 75,000 units. YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “Top” dropped from first to third place on sales of 63,000 copies. Alicia Keys’ new release, “Alicia,” opened in fourth place after selling 62,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” slipped to No. 5 on sales of 51,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Tenet” took in another $3.4 million to remain atop the weekend box office for a fourth weekend. “The New Mutants” made $1.1 million to stay in second place. “Unhinged” finished third with $1 million. The 2020 re-release of “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” took in $908,000 to finish fourth. “Infidel” capped the top five with $745,000.


Miami – Boston

INDIANAPOLIS 36 – N.Y. Jets 7… Philip Rivers threw his 400th career touchdown pass and the Colts (2-1) cruised past the Jets (0-3). Defensively, Xavier Rhodes and T.J. Carrie returned interceptions for touchdowns.

Carolina 21 – L.A. CHARGERS 16… Joey Sligh booted five field goals to 31 yards and the Panthers (1-2) took advantage of three turnovers in downing the Chargers (1-2).

SEATTLE 38 – Dallas 31… Russell Wilson’s fifth touchdown pass of the day was a 29-yarder to DK Metcalf with 1:47 remaining and lifted the Seahawks (3-0) over the Cowboys (1-2). Tyler Locket hauled in three TD tosses.

Detroit 26 – ARIZONA 23… Matt Prater booted a 39-yard field goal as time expired and the Lions topped the Cardinals (2-1) to snap an 11-game losing streak. Matt Stafford passed for 270 yards and two scores.

Tampa Bay 28 – DENVER 10… Tom Brady passed for 297 yards and three touchdowns in leading the Buccaneers (2-1) past the Broncos (0-3). Defensively, Shaq Barrett had two sacks, including one for a safety.

Chicago 30 – ATLANTA 26… The Bears (3-0) came from 16 points down in the final 6-1/2 minutes to upend the Falcons (0-3). Nick Foles relieved starting quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in the third quarter and threw three touchdown passes. Allen Robinson had 20 catches for 123 yards and a TD.

San Francisco 36 – N.Y. GIANTS 9… The 49ers (2-1) rolled past the Giants (0-3) despite playing without a half-dozen injured starters. Backup QB Nick Mullens passed for 343 yards and a score.

NEW ENGLAND 36 – Oakland 20… Rex Burkhead ran for a score and hauled in two touchdown passes as the Patriots (2-1) downed the Raiders (2-1). Sony Michel rushed for 117 yards.

PITTSBURGH 28 – Houston 21… The Steelers (3-0) held the Texans (0-3) scoreless in the second half of a come-from-behind win. Ben Roethlisberger threw a pair of touchdown passes. James Connor ran for 109 yards and a score.

BUFFALO 35 – L.A. Rams 32… The Bills (3-0) rallied to get past the Rams (2-1) after blowing a 25-point lead. Josh Allen threw 3 yards to tight end Tyler Kroft with 15 seconds remaining for the winning score. Kroft caught two of Allen’s four TD tosses.

Tennessee 31 – MINNESOTA 20… Stephen Gostkowski booted his sixth field goal of the game from 55 yards out with 1:44 remaining and the unbeaten Titans (3-0) kept the Vikings winless (0-3). Derrick Henry rushed for 119 yards and two touchdowns.

CLEVELAND 34 – Washington 20… The Browns (2-1) scored 17 unanswered points in the fourth quarter to put away Washington (1-2). The victory gave them their first winning record since 2014. Baker Mayfield passed for two touchdowns and Nick Chubb rushed for a pair of scores.

Cincinnati 23 – PHILADELPHIA 23 (tie, OT)… A scoreless overtime period left the Bengals Eagles tied and with identical 0-2-1 records. Cincinnati rooked QB Joe Burrow tossed a pair of touchdown passes to Tee Higgins in regulation. Philadelphia QB Carson Wentz dove into the end zone for the tying score in the final minute.


Kansas City (2-0) is at Baltimore (2-0)

MLB POSTSEASON SET… It took until yesterday’s final day of the pandemic-shortened season to complete major league baseball’s playoff picture. The two final spots remaining were in the National League and ended up going to the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers. The Cardinals played their way into the postseason with a 5-2 win over the Brewers, but Milwaukee gained entry after the Philadelphia Phillies were blanked 5-0 by Tampa Bay and the San Francisco Giants fell 5-4 to San Diego.

AL (best of three beginning tomorrow)
N.Y. Yankees are at Cleveland…
Minnesota hosts Houston…
the Chi. White Sox are at Oakland…
Tampa Bay hosts Toronto

NL (best of three beginning Wednesday)
St. Louis is at San Diego
the Chi. Cubs host Miami
Milwaukee is at the L.A. Dodgers…
Atlanta hosts Cincinnati

KANSAS CITY 3 – Detroit 1…
Miami 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 0…
TEXAS 8 – Houston 4…
WASHINGTON 15 – N.Y. Mets 5…
Baltimore 7 – TORONTO 5…
Chi. Cubs 10 – CHI. WHITE SOX 8…
Cincinnati 5 – MINNESOTA 3 (10 innings)…
OAKLAND 6 – Seattle 2…
CLEVELAND 8 – Pittsburgh 6…
ARIZONA 11 – Colorado 3…
L.A. DODGERS 5 – L.A. Angels 0…
Boston 9 – ATLANTA 1

Tampa Bay vs. Dallas in Game 6 with the Lightning leading 3-2

The Rundown for September 25, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,975,087 and the nation’s death toll stands at 202,738, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Results of a new study published in the Washington Post yesterday found that the Covid-19 virus is continuing to mutate throughout the course of the pandemic. Experts believe it is probably becoming more contagious, as coronavirus cases in the U.S. are again rising. The study did not find that mutations of the virus have made it more lethal or changed its effects.

SENATE COMMITS TO PEACEFUL TRANSITION… The Senate yesterday unanimously passed a resolution reaffirming its commitment to a peaceful transition of power following President Trump’s refusal to do so if he loses the election. The measure was authored by Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia and warns ”that there should be no disruptions by the President or any person in power to overturn the will of the people of the United States.” Yesterday morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell tweeted, “The winner of the November 3rd election will be inaugurated on January 20th. There will be an orderly transition just as there has been every four years since 1792.”

PROTESTS CONTINUE… Protests continued for a second night last night in major cities throughout the U.S. following Wednesday’s grand jury decision that no officers would be charged directly in the death of Breonna Taylor. The 26-year-old EMT was fatally shot by three Louisville Metro Police Department officers who executed a no-knock search warrant and entered her apartment. Unlawful assembly was declared in Louisville. New York City and Philadelphia were among other cities hosting major events.

BIDEN RACKS UP ENDORSEMENTS… Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden yesterday picked up the endorsement of a group of 489 retired generals and admirals, as well as former national security officials and diplomats. Those signing a letter of endorsement included former CIA and FBI Director William Webster as well as former defense secretaries William Perry, William Cohen, Chuck Hagel, Leon Panetta and Ash Carter. The signees described themselves as Democrats, Republicans and Independents who believe Biden’s positions “are rooted in sound judgement, through understanding and fundamental values.” Former Secretary of the Coast Guard Secretary Admiral Paul Zukunft said he signed the letter due to an “insurgency” on Americans’ constitutional rights that has occurred under the Trump administration.

TRUMP BOOED WHILE VISITING GINSBURG CASKET… President Trump was loudly booed yesterday while visiting the casket of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg outside the Supreme Court. Trump, accompanied by first lady Melania Trump, stood behind a column as the public jeered his appearance and began chanting, “Vote him out!” The casket will be moved today to the Capitol building where Ginsburg will lie in state.

FEDERAL INMATE EXECUTED… The U.S. government executed a 40-year-old man convicted in the 1999 murders of a married couple in Texas. Christopher Vialva became the seventh federal inmate to be executed this year after he was administered a lethal injection at the U.S. Penitentiary in Terre Haute, Indiana. Vialva’s attorneys were unsuccessful in their appeal to the Supreme Court earlier this week.

… NBC announced yesterday that comedian and actor Chris Rock will host “Saturday Night Live” on its October 3 46th annual season premiere. Rock stars in the fourth season of the FX series “Fargo,” which centers on Midwest mob bosses in the 1950s. Rapper Megan Thee Stallion has agreed to serve as musical guest of the “SNL” premiere.

LIV TYLER LEAVES ‘LONE STAR’… Actress Liv Tyler has left the Fox first-responder drama “911: Lone Star” after one season. She reportedly asked to be released from her multi-year contract due to pandemic-related concerns about traveling back and forth from her home in Britain to the U.S. where the show is filmed. Tyler’s character, Emergency Medical Services Captain Michelle Blake, is not expected to be recast or killed off.


L.A. Lakers 114 – Denver 108
… The Lakers fought off the Nuggets to take a 3-1 lead in the series. Anthony Davis scored a game-high 34 points. LeBron James added 26 points. Game 5 is tomorrow.


Boston vs. Miami in Game 5 with the Heat leading 3-1

PITTSBURGH 7 – Chi. Cubs 0
… Chad Kuhl (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the blanking of the Pirates. Adam Frazier, Colin Moran, Josh Bell and Bryan Reynolds all hit home runs for Pittsburgh.

Colorado 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 4 (11 innings)… Raimel Tapia’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning scored Garrett Hampson with the tie-breaking run and the Rockies held on to outlast the Giants. Tapia also singled home a run.

N.Y. Mets 3 – WASHINGTON 2… The Mets held off the Nationals to keep their playoff hopes alive. Robinson Chirinos drove in all three runs with a two-run homer and infield single.

CLEVELAND 5 – Chi. White Sox 4… Cesar Hernandez singled home two runs and Jose Ramirez added a two-run double in the top of the seventh inning as the Indians came from behind to top the White Sox. The victory gave Cleveland a sweep of the four-game series.

TORONTO 4 – N.Y. Yankees 1… The Blue Jays cruised past the Yankees to clinch a playoff spot. Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2) scattered five hits over seven shutout innings. Vladimir Guerrero homered. Alejandro Kirk stroked a two-run double.

Miami 4 – ATLANTA 2… Jon Berti went 3-for-4 with a two-run double and Jose Aguilar homered for the Marlins in their win over the Braves.

Baltimore 13 – BOSTON 1… The Orioles pounded out 18 hits in their dismantling of the Red Sox. Jose Iglesias, Pat Valaika and Austin Hays homered. Hanser Alberto lifted a sacrifice fly and doubled home two runs.

Houston 12 – TEXAS 4… George Springer and Jose Altuve blasted three-run homers in the Astros’ romp over the Rangers. Alex Bregman and Josh Reddick added two-run shots.

KANSAS CITY 8 – Detroit 7… Salvador Perez belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, Maikel Franco added a solo blast and the Royals downed the Tigers. Adalberto Mondesi went 4-for-4 with a two-run single.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Milwaukee 2… Dylan Carlson homered with a runner aboard and lined a run-scoring double in leading the Cardinals past the Brewers. Kwang-Hyun Kim (3-0) allowed a run on five hits over five innings.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – Oakland 1… Corey Seager homered and lifted a sacrifice fly for the Dodgers. Six pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 4-2; Daniel Ponce de Leon, 0-3) is at Milwaukee (TBD; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 2-2; Taylor Clarke, 2-0) hosts Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 5-2; Antonio Santos, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 3-1; Chris Paddack, 4-4) is at San Francisco (TBD; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 2-4) hosts Boston (Chris Mazza, 1-2)…
Baltimore (TBD) is at Toronto (TBD)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 4-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 1-6)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 1-1) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 2-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Sandy Alcantara, 3-2) host Miami (J.A. Happ, 2-2)…
Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-1) is at Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 3-4)….
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 4-3) hosts Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 4-3)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 1-1) is at Texas (Kyle Cody, 1-1)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 5-3) hosts Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 2-2)…
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 7-3) are at the Chi. White Sox (TBD)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 6-2) host the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-3)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 2-4) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 5-2)

Miami 31 – JACKSONVILLE 13
… Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another as the Dolphins (1-2) handled the Jaguars (1-2). In beating Jacksonville, Fitzpatrick became the first NFL quarterback to notch six wins over the same opponent with six teams.

Chicago (2-0) is at Atlanta (0-2)…
Buffalo (2-0) hosts the L.A. Rams (2-0)…
Washington (1-1) is at Cleveland (1-1)…
Minnesota (0-2) hosts Tennessee (2-0)…
Oakland (2-0) is at New England (1-1)…
the N.Y. Giants (0-2) host San Francisco (1-1)…
Cincinnati (0-2) is at Philadelphia (0-2)…
Pittsburgh (2-0) hosts Houston (0-2)…
the N.Y. Jets (0-2) are at Indianapolis (1-1)…
Carolina (0-2) is at the L.A. Chargers (1-1)…
Denver (0-2) hosts Tampa Bay (1-1)…
Detroit (0-2) is at Arizona (2-0)…
Seattle (2-0) hosts Dallas (1-1)…
Green Bay (2-0) is at New Orleans (1-1)

Kansas City (2-0) is at Baltimore (2-0)

Tampa Bay vs. Dallas in Game 4 with the Lightning leading 2-1

PAC-12 TO PLAY FOOTBALL… The Pac-12 Conference announced yesterday that it will play a seven-game conference football season beginning November 6. The conference said men’s and women’s basketball can begin November 25 while other winter sports can begin in line with their respective NCAA seasons. No fans will be allowed to attend Pac-12 games taking place on campuses.