Mr. LAUGHS LATE EDITION
Today is Friday, April 30…
the 120th day of the year… 245 days left

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,288,904 and the nation’s death toll stands at 575,193, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer yesterday unveiled a reopening plan that loosens restrictions according to COVID-19 vaccination rate milestones. Whitmer said nearly half of residents ages 16 and up have gotten their first shots and about 36 percent are fully vaccinated. The goal is to reach 70 percent of the population fully vaccinated, according to the governor. The vaccination plan comes as Michigan is starting to turn the corner on a surge in cases and hospitalizations, particularly among young adults.

BIDEN SPEAKS AT RALLY… President Joe Biden spoke to a crowd gathered at a drive-in rally in Duluth, Georgia, yesterday to promote his infrastructure plan and mark his 100th day in office. Biden declared that America is “on the move again” as he pressed many of the points he made during his first joint address before Congress on Wednesday night. The president promoted his American Jobs Plan as a “once-in-a-generation investment in America itself” and noted that his American Families Plan will provide free preschool for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds and two years of free community college for all Americans.

SENATE PASSES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… The Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to approve a $35 billion bill to upgrade the nation’s water infrastructure. The legislation is heading to the House following the 89-to-2 vote. The bill would improve the nation’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure, support programs to provide safe drinking water and set aside grant funding for poor, rural and tribal communities that have struggled with poor water quality.

FLORIDA PASSES VOTING-RESTRICTION LAW… The Florida legislature passed an omnibus election bill yesterday that imposes new restrictions on vote-by-mail and drop boxes. Both the state House and the state Senate passed the bills into law Thursday after weeks of negotiations between Republicans in both bodies. No Democrat voted in favor. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has indicated he will sign SB 90 into law.

GIULIANI INVESTIGATION… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Justice Department’s investigation of former president Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani centers on his efforts to remove former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. The investigation took a dramatic turn Wednesday morning when federal agents raided Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office. Investigators want to determine whether Giuliani broke lobbying laws and whether he pursued Yovanovitch’s removal at the behest of Ukrainian officials or Trump’s.

ENTERTAINMENT
ARRESTS IN LADY GAGA DOGNAPPINGS
… Police in Los Angeles have announced the arrest of five suspects in connection with the violent theft of Lady Gaga’s two dogs in February. The singer’s dog walker was shot and critically injured during the theft. Among those arrested is the 50-year-old woman who returned the French bulldogs into police, claiming she had found them tied to a pole. According to an LAPD press release, “Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner.” Instead, “evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.”

JOSH DUGGAR IN CUSTODY… Reality TV star Josh Duggar was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Washington County, Arkansas, yesterday and placed on a federal “hold” for undisclosed reasons. Duggar, who was the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children in the series, “19 Kids and Counting,“as well as its spinoff “Counting On,” brought the franchise to a close in 2015 after seven seasons when it was revealed he had molested multiple under-age girls, including four of his sisters. In late 2019, federal investigators raided a car dealership that is allegedly owned by Duggar but it is not known if Duggar’s arrest is related to the raid.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
ST. LOUIS 4 – Philadelphia 3
(10 innings)… Tyler O’Neal raced home with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on a wild pitch. Matt Carpenter belted a three-run homer in the fifth.

Chi. Cubs 9 – ATLANTA 3… The Cubs pounded out 16 hits in their thrashing of the Braves. Matt Duffy and Jason Heyward drove in two runs apiece. Jake Marisnick homered to lead off the top of the seventh inning.

MILWAUKEE 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1… Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Brewers held on to edge the Dodgers. Eric Lauer (1-0) pitched four-hit ball over five innings.

ARIZONA 5 – Colorado 3… Eduardo Escobar tripled home a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored on David Peralta’s single to push the Diamondbacks past the Rockies. Josh Rojas homered to lead off the fourth.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE 4 – N.Y. Yankees 3
(10 innings)… Cedric Mullins’ sacrifice fly scored Ramon Urias with the winning run and the Orioles claimed a split of the four-game series. Trey Mancini singled home a run and homered.

Oakland 3 – TAMPA BAY 2… Matt Chapman homered in the top of the fourth inning and doubled home Jed Lowrie with the go-ahead run in the ninth to lead the Athletics past the Rays.

Seattle 1 – HOUSTON 0… Yusei Kikuchi (1-1) limited the Astros to one hit over seven innings and two Mariners relievers completed the shutout. Taylor Trammell’s homer to lead off the top of the third inning accounted for the game’s only run.

TEXAS 4 – Boston 1… Rangers starter Kyle Gibson (3-0) held the Red Sox to a run on three hits over six innings. Jose Trevino homered with a runner aboard and Isiah Kiner-Falefa added a solo shot.

CHI. WHITE SOX 3 – Detroit 1 (7 innings)… Leury Garcia stroked a two-run single as the White Sox scored all three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to get past the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader. Carlos Rodón allowed a run on two hits and struck out 12 over six innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 11 – Detroit 0 (7 innings)… Dylan Cease (1-0) shut out the Tigers on three hits and the White Sox completed a sweep of the twinbill. Yoan Moncada blasted a three-run homer and Fermin Mercedes homered with the bases empty to cap a seven-run bottom of the fifth inning. Leury Garcia drove in three runs with a pair of singles.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis (John Gant, 1-2) is at Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 2-1)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 2-1) hosts Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 3-1) are at Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 0-3)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 2-2) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 3-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (TBA) are at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 2-0)…
Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 2-2) hosts Colorado (Jon Gray, 3-1)…
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-1) is at San Diego (Yu Darvish, 2-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 3-1)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 1-2) hosts Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 1-1)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 3-2) is at Texas (Kohei Arihara, 2-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 1-0) host Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 2-2)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-2) is at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 1-1)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 1-2) hosts Baltimore (John Means, 2-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-1) are at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 2-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 0-1) is at Toronto (Robbie Ray, 0-1) in Dunedin, FL

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Dallas 115 – DETROIT 105… Tim Hardaway erupted to score a career-high 42 points and lead the Mavericks past the Pistons on a night Dallas was without the injured Luka Doncic.

Brooklyn 130 – INDIANA 113… Kevin Durant scored 22 of his game-high 42 points in the third quarter and the Nets cruised past the short-handed Pacers. Alize Johnson came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 21 rebounds.

HOUSTON 143 – Milwaukee 136… Kevin Porter Jr. poured in a career-high 50 points and the Rockets rallied past the Bucks in the second half. Christian Wood added 31 points. Kelly Olynyk had 24 points and 13 boards. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo left the game less than a minute into the contest with an apparent ankle injury.

MINNESOTA 126 – Golden State 114… The Timberwolves pulled past the Warriors in the fourth quarter. They got 26 points from Ricky Rubio and 25 from Anthony Edwards. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

New Orleans 109 – OKLAHOMA CITY 95… The Pelicans built a 17-point halftime lead and coasted past the Thunder. Zion Williamson led the way with 27 points. Brandon Ingram tossed in 24 points.

DENVER 121 – Toronto 111… The Nuggets used a 31-8 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to put away the Raptors. Michael Porter Jr. scored 23 points to lead seven players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Philadelphia…
Boston hosts San Antonio…
Washington is at Cleveland…
Brooklyn hosts Portland…
Orlando is at Memphis…
Chicago hosts Milwaukee…
Utah is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Lakers host Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
TAMPA BAY 3 – Dallas 0… Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 20 shots in the blanking of the Stars. The Lightning got goals from Ondrej Palat, Blake Coleman and Brayden Point.

BOSTON 5 – Buffalo 2… Charlie Coyle scored the first of three unanswered third-period goals that carried the Bruins past the Sabres. David Krejci had a goal and an assist. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves at goal.

NEW JERSEY 5 – Philadelphia 3… Yegor Sharangovich scored two power-play goals in the first period to stake the Devils to an early lead and they skated past the Flyers. Damon Severson set up two goals.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 0… Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 25 shots for his NHL-leading sixth shutout of the season and 250th career win. Brock Nelson assisted on two goals.

Pittsburgh 5 – WASHINGTON 4 (OT)… Jake Guentzel found the net 2:11 into overtime to send the Penguins past the Capitals. Kasperi Kapanen scored a pair of goals.

CAROLINA 3 – Detroit 1… The Hurricanes skated past the Red Wings to run their points streak to nine games. Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist.

TORONTO 4 – Vancouver 1… Auston Matthews scored his league-leading 36th goal to highlight the Maple Leafs’ win over the Canucks. Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist.

Florida 4 – CHICAGO 3 (OT)… Sam Bennett scored at 4:08 of overtime to win it for the Panthers. Alex Wennberg scored a goal and assisted on another.

St. Louis 5 – MINNESOTA 4 (OT)… The Blues recovered to outlast the Wild after blowing a three-goal lead in the second period. Ryan O’Reilly scored a power-play goal in the third and added the game-winner at 3:43 of overtime.

Calgary 3 – EDMONTON 1… Elias Lindholm scored two goals in leading the Flames past the Oilers. Rasmus Andersson had two assists. Goalie Jakob Markstrom made 30 saves.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Winnipeg is at Montreal…
Colorado hosts San Jose…
Vegas is at Arizona…
Anaheim hosts Los Angeles

NFL DRAFT… The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in last night’s NFL draft. The Jaguars added Lawrence’s former Clemson teammate Travis Etienne when they drafted the running back with the 25th overall pick. The New York Jets chose BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the second pick in the draft, while North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance went to San Francisco at No. 3. Six former University of Alabama players were selected in the first round of the draft, tying the record for a single school set by the University of Miami in 2004.

The Rundown for March 15, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,438,222 and the nation’s death toll stands at 534,880, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. has administered 107,060,274 doses of COVID-19 vaccines and distributed 135,847,835 doses as of yesterday, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC said 69,784,210 people had received at least one dose, while 37,459,269 people were fully vaccinated. A total of 7,547,477 vaccine doses have been administered in long-term care facilities… President Joe Biden is expected to name Gene Sperling to lead the implementation of the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief plan. Sperling was a top economic adviser to former Democratic presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton.

BORDER PRESENTS ‘HUMANITARIAN CHALLENGE’… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday characterized the influx of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border as a “humanitarian challenge” and said the Biden administration has inherited a broken immigration system. Pelosi’s remarks on ABC News’ “This Week” came a day after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency will begin sheltering and transferring children who arrive at the southern border. More than 3,700 children were in Customs and Border Patrol custody as of last week, with about 450 being apprehended every day.

STACEY ABRAMS CALLS VOTER-SUPRESSION BILLS ‘RACIST’… Former congresswoman and voting-rights advocate Stacey Abrams called Republicans’ efforts to place restrictions on voting with new proposed bills “racist.” During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Abrams called the restrictive efforts “a redux of Jim Crow, in a suit and tie.” Republican lawmakers in Abrams’ home state of Georgia have introduced a slew of bills that would place would impose new restrictions on absentee voting and end early voting on Sundays, a day when Black churchgoers often head to the ballot box as part of “Souls to the Polls” voting drives. Democrats say Republican suppression efforts in Georgia are a response to surprising Democratic wins last November, when Georgians sided with Joe Biden in the presidential race and elected senators Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in runoff elections.

PLAINS STATES POUNDED BY BLIZZARD… Plains states are digging out from what the National Weather Service called a “historic and crippling” blizzard over the weekend. southeast Wyoming, northern Colorado and western Nebraska were blanketed under as much as 30 inches of snow amid a storm that is forecast to continue through tomorrow. More than 2,000 flights were canceled over the weekend at Denver International Airport. Colorado Governor Jared Polis last night urged that people “Stay home and stay safe while conditions remain poor.”

2 DEAD IN CHICAGO SHOOTINGS… Gunfire at a party in Chicago’s South Side early yesterday morning left two people dead and 13 others wounded. Police say an unidentified suspect began shooting after a disturbance with other people. Victims ranged in age from 20 to 44. As of yesterday morning, at least one of the victims was in critical condition.

ENTERTAINMENT
GRAMMY AWARDS
… Billie Eilish, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift were the big winners at last night’s 63rd annual Grammy Awards. Eilish took home Record of the Year for her song “Everything I Wanted.” Beyoncé made history at the awards show after winning Best R&B Performance for “Black Parade” and Best Rap Song for appearing on Megan Thee Stallion’s “Savage.” Her 28 Grammy wins are the most by any artist. Swift won Album of the Year for “Folklore.” H.E.R.’s tribute to George Floyd, “I Can’t Breathe,” won Song of the Year. Trevor Noah hosted the event, which aired live from Los Angeles.

MORGAN WALLEN STAYS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 78,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart for the ninth straight week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” jumped into second place after selling 40,000 units. Pooh Shiesty’s “Shiesty Season” climbed to No. 3 on sales of 33,000 copies. The Weeknd’s “After Hours” rose to No. 4 with 32,000 units sold. Lil Durk’s “The Voice” capped the top five with sales of 31,000 copies.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

OKLAHOMA CITY 128 – Memphis 122… The Thunder used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Grizzlies. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored a game-high 30 points. Aleksej Pokusevski added 23 points.

GOLDEN STATE 131 – Utah 119… The Warriors fought off the Jazz to snap a four-game skid. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 32 points. Andrew Wiggins tossed in 28 points. Draymond Green racked up 11 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.

PHILADELPHIA 134 – San Antonio 99… The Sixers throttled the Spurs in their first game without the injured Joel Embiid. They got 23 points from Tobias Harris and 21 from Seth Curry.

Miami 102 – ORLANDO 97… The Heat pulled past the Magic in the fourth quarter for their fourth straight win. Jimmy Butler led the way with 29 points. Tyler Herro delivered 23 points off the bench.

ATLANTA 100 – Cleveland 82… The Hawks put away the Cavaliers late to win their fifth in a row. John Collins scored 22 points and brought down 12 boards. Danilo Galinari added 20 points.

Boston 134 – HOUSTON 107… Jaylen Brown scored 24 points and Jayson Tatum tossed in 23 as the Celtics dealt the Rockets their 16th straight loss. Tristan Thompson grabbed 13 rebounds.

MINNESOTA 114 – Portland 112… The Timberwolves held on at the end to top the Trail Blazers. Anthony Edwards made six 3-pointers on his way to 34 points.

CHICAGO 118 – Toronto 95… Nine players scored in double figures as the Bulls rolled past the Raptors. Rookie Patrick Williams scored 23 points to lead the balanced scoring attack.

NEW ORLEANS 135 – L.A. Clippers 115… The hot-shooting Pelicans blew the game open in the third quarter and coasted past the Clippers. Zion Williamson made 13 of 16 field goal attempts and finished with a game-high 27 points. Brandon Ingram added 23 points and Lonzo Ball added 20.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Sacramento is at Charlotte…
Washington hosts Milwaukee…
New York is at Brooklyn…
Detroit hosts San Antonio…
the L.A. Clippers are at Dallas…
Denver hosts Indiana…
Memphis is at Phoenix…
Golden State hosts the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
MINNESOTA 4 – Arizona 1… The Wild put away the Coyotes with a three-goal third period. Kevin Fiala assisted on Nick Bonino’s tie-breaking goal and scored off a power play.

Carolina 2 – DETROIT 1… Nino Niederreiter’s third-period goal proved to be the difference as the Hurricanes held off the Red Wings for their eighth straight win. Dougie Hamilton opened the scoring in the second period.

Dallas 2 – COLUMBUS 1 (SO)… Aleksander Radulov scored in the shootout to send the Stars past the Blue Jackets. Joe Pavelski netted his 14th goal in the first period.

N.Y. Islanders 3 – NEW JERSEY 2 (SO)… Oliver Wahlstrom netted the decisive goal in the tie-breaker as the Islanders outlasted the Devils. Kiefer Bellows and Brock Nelson scored first-period goals. Nelson’s came with two seconds on the clock.

COLORADO 4 – Los Angeles 1… Andre Burakovsky and Nazem Kadri each had a goal and an assist to lead the Avalanche past the Kings. Goalie Philipp Grubauer made 27 saves.

OTTAWA 4 – Toronto 3… The Senators withstood a late rally to edge the Maple Leafs. Drake Batherson scored back-to-back goals 53 seconds apart in the second period. Joey Daccord stopped 33 shots at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Nashville is at Tampa Bay…
N.Y. Rangers host Philadelphia…
Chicago is at Florida…
Pittsburgh hosts Boston…
Vancouver is at Ottawa…
Buffalo hosts Washington…
Montreal is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts Edmonton…
San Jose is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts St. Louis

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 3 Illinois 91, Ohio State 88 (OT) (Big Ten Tournament final)…
No. 6 Alabama 80, LSU 79 (SEC Tournament final)…
No. 7 Houston 91, Cincinnati 54 (AAC Championship final)

GONZAGA TOP SEED IN MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT… Gonzaga was awarded the top overall seed in this year’s NCAA men’s basketball following their undefeated 24-0 regular season. The Zags await the winner of Thursday’s play-in game between Norfolk State an Appalachian State in the West Region first-round contest on Saturday. Baylor, Illinois and Michigan were given No. 1 seeds in other regionals. Baylor opens against Hartford in the South. Illinois drew Drexel as a first-round opponent in the Midwest. Michigan awaits the winner of Thursday’s play-in game between Mt. St. Mary’s-Texas Southern in the East.

NFL NEWS… New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees announced yesterday that he is retiring after 20 seasons in the NFL. The 42-year-old Brees leaves the game as the NFL’s all-time leader in career passing yards (80,358) and ranks second all time in touchdown passes (571) and completion percentage (67.7%). He racked up more than 5,000 yards passing in five seasons, something no other NFL quarterback has done more than once. Brees was named MVP of Super Bowl XLIV in 2010 after leading the Saints past the Indianapolis Colts for the franchise’s only NFL championship.

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is April 1)…
DETROIT 5, Baltimore 1…
ATLANTA 8, Tampa Bay 7…
MINNESOTA 5, Boston 5 (tie)…
HOUSTON 5, Washington 0…
Philadelphia 6, PITTSBURGH 5…
N.Y. Yankees 5, TORONTO 1…
N.Y. METS 7, St. Louis 5…
CHI. CUBS 1, L.A. Angels 1 (tie)…
TEXAS 3, Colorado 1…
San Diego 10, CINCINNATI 4…
Chi. White Sox 1, OAKLAND 0…
SEATTLE 5, Milwaukee 4…
San Francisco 6, ARIZONA 3…
Kansas City 8, L.A. DODGERS 4

The Rundown for March 9, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,044,109 and the nation’s death toll stands at 525,752, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued new guidelines for people who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. The new CDC guidance says fully vaccinated people can: Visit other vaccinated people indoors without masks or physical distancing; Visit indoors with unvaccinated people from a single household without masks or physical distancing, if the unvaccinated people are at low risk for severe disease; Skip quarantine and testing if exposed to someone who has Covid-19 but are asymptomatic, but should monitor for symptoms for 14 days.

BIDEN SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDERS… President Joe Biden recognized International Women’s Day yesterday in signing executive orders to support gender equity and equal rights. Biden’s first executive order establishes the White House Gender Policy Council to ensure that the administration advances gender equity and equal rights and opportunity for women and girls. The second order directs the Education Department to review all existing regulations, orders, guidance and policy to guarantee education free from sexual violence.

SOUTH DAKOTA AG IMPEACHMENT ON PAUSE… South Dakota’s state House of Representatives voted yesterday to pause impeachment proceedings against state Attorney General Jason Ravnsborg. A bipartisan group of South Dakota lawmakers launched the impeachment effort after Ravnsborg was charged with distracted and careless driving in connection with a fatal crash. He faces three misdemeanors for running over a pedestrian on a remote highway last September. He told police he didn’t see what he struck, even as investigators noted that the victim’s face smashed through his windshield. Investigators also told Ravnsborg his phone records show he was scanning political articles a minute before the deadly crash.

GEORGIA STATE SENATE PASSES ABSENTEE-VOTING LAW… Georgia’s state Senate yesterday passed an election bill that would repeal no-excuse absentee voting, among other sweeping changes. The legislation, which has been championed by state Republican lawmakers, passed by a 29-20 vote. It now heads to the Georgia House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass in the coming weeks. Under SB 241, voters would need to be 65 years old or older, absent from their precinct, observing a religious holiday, be required to provide constant care for someone with a physical disability, or required to work “for the protection of the health, life, or safety of the public during the entire time the polls are open,” or be an overseas or military voter to qualify for an absentee ballot. The bill aims to undo a 2005 Republican-backed law allowing no-excuse absentee voting.

GHOST SHIP MAIN TENANT SENTENCED… The founder of a California artists’ warehouse where 36 people die in a fire more than four years ago was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison and three years of post-supervision release. Derick Almena, the master tenant of the Ghost Ship warehouse in Oakland, California, can serve the remainder of his prison term at home with a GPS monitor. Almena pled guilty to 36 counts of manslaughter in January, more than two years after a jury deadlocked on the charges in an earlier trial. The same jury acquitted a co-defendant, Max Harris, who had also faced involuntary manslaughter charges.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROYAL INTERVIEW A RATINGS HIT
… Oprah Winfrey’s Sunday interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle drew an average of 17.1 million viewers. The viewership surpassed the most recent Golden Globes and Emmys combined. CBS released a statement yesterday calling the interview “the network’s most live-streamed event outside of the NFL and Super Bowl Sunday this season.”

GRAMMY PERFORMERS… Taylor Swift, BTS and Billie Eilish are among performers scheduled to perform at the 2021 Grammys. The event was rescheduled from January 31 to March 14 due to the pandemic. Beyoncé leads this year’s field with nine nominations. “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah is scheduled to host the event.

SPORTS
NHL SCOREBOARD

MINNESOTA 2 – Vegas 0… Kaapo Kahkonen stopped all 26 shots in his first career shutout and the Wild clipped the Golden Knights. Kevin Fiala provided all the offense Minnesota needed in the first period with his eighth goal.

EDMONTON 3 – Ottawa 2… Leon Draisaitl’s second-period goal proved to be the difference in the Oilers’ win over the Senators. Connor McDavid assisted on two goals.

Arizona 3 – COLORADO 2… Johan Larsson tipped in a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Coyotes held on to edge the Avalanche. Clayton Keller and Oliver Ekman-Larsson each had two assists.

SAN JOSE 3 – St. Louis 2 (OT)… Evander Kane found the net 41 seconds into overtime to send the Sharks past the Blues. Ryan Donato set up two goals.

VANCOUVER 2 – Montreal 1 (SO)… Bo Horvat assisted on Adam Gaudette’s tying goal with 41 seconds left in regulation and netted the lone goal in the shootout to lead the Canucks past the Canadiens. Goalie Thatcher Demko made 27 saves.

ANAHEIM 6 – Los Angeles 5 (OT)… The Ducks outlasted the Kings after letting a two-goal third-period lead slip away. Adam Henrique netted the game-winner three minutes into overtime. Rickard Rakell scored two goals and assisted on another. Adrian Kempe’s three goals weren’t enough for Los Angeles.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at Pittsburgh…
the N.Y. Islanders host Boston…
Buffalo is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts New Jersey…
Nashville is at Carolina…
Columbus hosts Florida…
Winnipeg is at Toronto…
Detroit hosts Tampa Bay…
Chicago is at Dallas

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 1 GONZAGA 78, Saint Mary’s 55

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
Miami 7, ST. LOUIS 7 (tie)…
WASHINGTON 9, N.Y. METS 5…
Arizona 2, SAN FRANCISCO 2 (tie)…
L.A. DODGERS 8, Chi. White Sox 0…
KANSAS CITY 10, Oakland 3…
CLEVELAND 10, Seattle 0…
CHI. CUBS 9, Texas 0…
MILWAUKEE 10, L.A. Angels 9…
Cincinnati 6, COLORADO 4

NFL NEWS… The Dallas Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott reportedly have agreed to a four-year, $160 million contract. The 27-year-old Prescott suffered a compound fracture and dislocation of his right ankle suffered in the Week 5 win against the New York Giants in October, but doctors expected him to make a full recovery during the offseason. During his five seasons in the NFL, Prescott has recorded a team-record seven 400-yard passing games and 24 rushing touchdowns.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWS… The University of Kansas has parted ways with head football coach Les Miles. The move comes three days after the university placed Miles on administrative leave amid accusations of inappropriate behavior toward female students during his head-coaching tenure at LSU. On Thursday, a report released on behalf of LSU showed that a 2013 internal investigation at the school accused Miles of inappropriate behavior toward female students, including allegations he contacted some via Facebook and text, met them off campus alone and kissed at least one of them.

NBA REGULAR SEASON RESUMES TOMORROW

The Rundown for February 16, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,692,948 and the nation’s death toll stands at 486,321, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo yesterday acknowledged that his office was wrong to have withheld data on COVID-19 nursing home deaths. Cuomo said at a press conference that “lessons were learned’ in not releasing the data and that things “should have been done differently.” More than 15,000 people have died in New York state’s nursing homes and long term care facilities from COVID-19, but as recently as last month, the state reported only 8,500 deaths… The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci was awarded the Israeli-based Dan David Prize. Fauci was honored with the $1 million prize for “defending science” and advocating for COVID-19 vaccines.

BIDEN REOPENS ACA SIGNUP… Joe Biden yesterday reopened the enrollment window for signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Uninsured Americans will be able to obtain Obamacare coverage through May 15. The original enrollment period began last November and ended on December 15. The action is expected to bring relief especially to Americans who lost health insurance due to the pandemic.

PELOSI PLANS CAPITOL COMMISSION… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday announced plans “to establish an outside, independent 9/11-type Commission” to investigate last month’s attack on the U.S. Capitol. In a letter to fellow House Democrats, Pelosi said the commission will “investigate and report on the facts and causes relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist attack upon the United States Capitol Complex… and relating to the interference with the peaceful transfer of power.” Support for a commission to scrutinize the attack has gained bipartisan support from lawmakers despite former President Trump’s acquittal in his Senate impeachment trial on one count of inciting an insurrection.

SENATOR BURR CENSURED BY NORTH CAROLINA GOP… The North Carolina Republican Party yesterday voted to censure Senator Richard Burr for voting to convict former President Trump at last week’s impeachment trial. In response, Burr said the move marked a “truly sad day” for the state GOP and showed that it “has chosen loyalty to one man over the core principles of the Republican Party and the founders of our great nation.” Burr stressed that his vote was based on evidence that Trump incited the deadly Capitol attack.

BRUTAL CHILL… Two people are dead and more than 2.6 million customers were without power in Texas yesterday amid the brutal cold and record snowfall that has struck the nation’s midsection. Abilene and San Angelo were hit by more than 10 inches of snow and joined several other Teas cities in setting daily snowfall records. Several inches of snow were also expected in Oklahoma and Arkansas, with some places more than six inches by tomorrow night.

ENTERTAINMENT
SIMONE ASHLEY LANDS ‘BRIDGERTON’ ROLE
… Simone Ashley has signed on as the female lead opposite Jonathan Bailey in Season 2 of the Netflix period drama series “Bridgerton.” The second season will chronicle the pursuit of a suitable marriage for the eldest Bridgerton sibling, Anthony, played by Bailey. Ashley will play Anthony’s romantic interest, Kate Sharma. The series is based on Julia Quinn’s romance novels. Filming is scheduled for spring in London.

OPRAH LANDS ROYAL INTERVIEW… Oprah Winfrey has landed a sit-down interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle for a CBS primetime special that will air on March 7. Winfrey will speak with Markle first about becoming a member of the royal family, marriage, motherhood, philanthropic work and being under the public eye. Harry will then join the conversation to discuss their move to the U.S. and the future of their family.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Chicago 120 – INDIANA 112 (OT)… The Bulls outlasted the Pacers after letting a fourth-quarter lead slip away. Zach LaVine scored a game-high 30 points.

WASHINGTON 131 – Houston 119… Bradley Beal pumped in 37 points and the Wizards outgunned the Rockets. Russell Westbrook scored 16 points and dished off 15 assists.

NEW YORK 123 – Atlanta 112… Julius Randle knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to 44 points in leading the Knicks past the Hawks. RJ Barrett added 21 points.

UTAH 134 – Philadelphia 123… The Jazz ran past the 76ers in a matchup of conference leaders. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 40 points. Donovan Mitchell dropped in 24 points and Joe Ingles tossed in 20.

GOLDEN STATE 129 – Cleveland 98… Stephen Curry scored 36 points before sitting out the fourth quarter and the Warriors dealt the Cavaliers their eighth straight loss. Five other players scored in double figures for Golden State.

L.A. CLIPPERS 125 – Miami 118… Marcus Morris made six 3-pointers and finished with a game-high 32 points as the Clippers downed the Heat for their fourth straight win. Ivica Zubac delivered 22 points off the bench.

Brooklyn 136 – SACRAMENTO 125… The Nets fought off the Kings despite playing without the injured Kevin Durant. Kyrie Irving led the way with 40 points. James Harden racked up 29 points, 13 rebounds and 14 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Denver is at Boston…
Memphis hosts New Orleans…
Toronto is at Milwaukee…
Minnesota hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Portland is at Oklahoma City…
Phoenix hosts Brooklyn

NHL SCOREBOARD
ARIZONA 1 – St. Louis 0… Clayton Keller scored a second-period goal and the Coyotes made it stand in blanking the Blues. Goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped all shots.

N.Y. Islanders 3 – BUFFALO 1… Anders Lee and Jean-Gabriel netted first-period goals and the Islanders cruised past the Sabres to run their points streak to seven games. Josh Bailey had two assists.

Ottawa 6 – TORONTO 5 (OT)… The Senators came from four goals down late in the second period to upend the Maple Leafs. Evgenii Dadonov netted a tying goal with 2:01 left in regulation and added the game-winner at 2:19 of overtime. Connor Brown had a goal and an assist.

CAROLINA 7 – Columbus 3… The Hurricanes skated past the Blue Jackets after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Brock McGinn scored two goals and assisted on two others. Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and three assists.

Florida 6 – TAMPA BAY 4… Six different players found the net as the Panthers topped the Lightning. Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist.

Chicago 3 – DETROIT 2 (OT)… The Blackhawks recovered to outlast the Red Wings after letting a two-goal lead slip away. Dominik Kubalik scored the winning goal at 4:43 of overtime.

Winnipeg 6 – EDMONTON 5… Mark Scheifele scored a goal and had two assists as the Jets held off the Oilers. Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler both had a goal and an assist.

Calgary 4 – VANCOUVER 3 (OT)… Johnny Gaudreau scored on a power play 23 seconds into overtime to send the Flames past the Canucks. Milan Lucic, Elias Lindholm and Dillon Dube scored in regulation.

SAN JOSE 3 – Anaheim 2… Second-period goals by Kevin Labanc and Logan Couture carried the Sharks past the Ducks. Couture also had an assist. Martin Jones made 26 saves at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Buffalo…
Pittsburgh hosts Washington…
New Jersey is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Dallas hosts Nashville…
Colorado is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts Minnesota

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 16 FLORIDA STATE 81, No. 7 Virginia 60

NFL NEWS… Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson was found dead yesterday in a Florida hotel room. He was 38. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Jackson’s body was discovered in a hotel and there were no apparent signs of trauma. Jackson played for the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a 12-year career that ended in 2016.

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 January 25, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 25,124,064 and the nation’s death toll stands at 419,204, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during an appearance on Fox News “Sunday” yesterday that health officials are tracking coronavirus mutations to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines and treatments stay ahead of new variants until collective immunity is achieved. She said the CDC had administered 21,848,655 doses of COVID-19 vaccines in the country as of yesterday morning. President Joe Biden’s chief of staff, Ron Klain, said in a separate interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that a plan for distributing the vaccine, particularly beyond nursing homes and hospitals, “did not really exist when we came into the White House.”

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION RALLIES SUPPORT FOR RELIEF PROPOSAL… The Biden administration is trying to rally bipartisan support for the president’s $1.9 trillion pandemic relief proposal. During a call to 16 senators and two House members, administration officials tried to ease concerns that the package is too pricey. Some lawmakers from both parties have expressed preference for a smaller plan that prioritizes coronavirus vaccine distribution.

BIDEN TO LIFT PENTAGON’S TRANS BAN… President Joe Biden will lift the Pentagon’s ban on transgender people serving in the military by signing an executive order today, according to White House officials. Former President Trump imposed the ban in 2017, reversing the Obama administration’s policy that allowed open service by transgender people. New Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is expected to attend today’s signing at the White House.

SIX DEAD IN INDIANAPOLIS SHOOTINGS… Six people were fatally shot and a juvenile was taken to the hospital in critical condition early yesterday following a shooting spree in Indianapolis. Police responding to the report of a disturbance found the wounded child and directed units to a second location, where the bodies were found. Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Chief Randall Taylor both referred to the incident as a “mass murder” during a press conference yesterday afternoon. Among the dead was a pregnant woman and her unborn child.

CHICAGO TEACHERS WON’T RETURN TO CLASS… Chicago Teachers Union members yesterday voted to defy an order from Chicago Public Schools to return to in-person instruction due to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. Representatives from the nation’s third-largest school district have indicated that they would treat the defiance as an illegal strike. Kindergarten through eighth grade teachers were originally scheduled to return to classrooms today.

ENTERTAINMENT
MORGAN WALLEN REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART
… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 159,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart for a second week. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” jumped into second place on sales of 47,000 units. Why Don’t We’s “The Good Times and the Bad Ones” opened in third place after selling 46,000 copies. Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” slipped to fourth place with 41,000 units sold. Ariana Grande’s “Positions” sold 39,000 copies to cap the top five.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… The Liam Neeson action-thriller “The Marksman” brought in $2 million to top the weekend box office for a second straight week. “The Croods: A New Age” finished second with $1.8 million. “Wonder Woman,” “News of the World” and “Monster Hunter” were also in the top five.

SPORTS
NFL CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP SCORES

Tampa Bay 31 – GREEN BAY 26… The Buccaneers held off the Packers in the NFC title game and advance to take on defending-champion Kansas City in the Super Bowl on their home field. Tom Brady overcame three interceptions to throw touchdown passes to three different receivers in reaching the Super Bowl for the 10th time. Leonard Fournette ran 20 yards for a second-quarter score. Chris Godwin had five catches for 110 yards. Defensively, Tampa Bay sacked Aaron Rodgers five times.

KANSAS CITY 38 – Buffalo 24… Patrick Mahomes hit Travis Kelce with two of his three touchdown passes and the Chiefs rolled past the Bills in the AFC championship game. Mahomes completed 29 of 38 passes for 325 yards. Tyreek Hill had nine receptions for 172 yards.

NBA SCOREBOARD
Toronto 107 – INDIANA 102… The Raptors came on strong down the stretch to hold off the Pacers. OG Anunoby scored a game-high 30 points. Fred VanVleet added 21 points and Norman Powell tossed in 20.

L.A. CLIPPERS 108 – OKLAHOMA CITY 100… The Clippers jumped out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter and hung on to down the Thunder. Kawhi Leonard led all scorers with 34 points.

BOSTON 141 – Cleveland 103… The Celtics built a big lead early and never looked back in their dismantling of the Cavaliers. Jaylen Brown scored 20 of his 33 points in the third quarter. Kemba Walker dropped in 21 points.

Charlotte 107 – ORLANDO 104… The Hornets erased a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to upend the Magic. Gordon Hayward made a tie-breaking layup with less than a second remaining and finished with a game-high 39 points.

SAN ANTONIO 121 – Washington 101… The Spurs ran past a Wizards team that was playing for the first time in two weeks. Patty Mills scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

MILWAUKEE 129 – Atlanta 115… The Bucks led by 19 points at the half and coasted past the Hawks. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and grabbed 14 rebounds. Bobby Portis delivered 21 points off the bench.

PORTLAND 116 – New York 113… The Trail Blazers withstood a fourth-quarter rally in downing the Knicks. Damian Lillard lit it up for 39 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Toronto…
Charlotte is at Orlando…
Miami is at Brooklyn…
Cleveland hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Denver is at Dallas…
Chicago hosts Boston…
San Antonio is at New Orleans…
Golden State hosts Minnesota…
Oklahoma City is at Portland

NHL SCOREBOARD
CHICAGO 6 – Detroit 2… Pius Suter scored two of his three goals in the first period and the Blackhawks skated past the Red Wings. Conor Murphy had a goal and an assist.

Buffalo 4 – WASHINGTON 3 (SO)… Jack Eichel netted the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Sabres over the Capitals. Rasmus Ristolainen assisted on two goals.

Toronto 3 – CALGARY 2… Wayne Simmonds scored a tie-breaking power-play goal with 32 seconds left in the second period and Auston Matthews added the decisive goal in the third to push the Maple Leafs past the Flames. Morgan Rielly assisted on all three goals.

Vegas 1 – ARIZONA 0… William Karlsson found the net with 43 seconds remaining to send the Golden Knights past the Coyotes. Marc-Andre Fleury faced only 16 shots in the shutout.

NEW JERSEY 2 – N.Y. Islanders 0… Jack Hughes and Pavel Zacha scored two minutes apart in the first period and the Devils blanked the Islanders. Goalie Scott Wedgewood stopped all 28 shots.

PITTSBURGH 3 – N.Y. Rangers 2… Jake Guentzel’s goal with 1:31 left gave the Penguins a come-from-behind win over the Rangers. Jared McCann netted a tying goal early in the third period.

Los Angeles 6 – ST. LOUIS 3… Six different players found the net as the Kings doubled up on the Blues. Anze Kopitar had a goal and two assists. Adrian Kempe set up two goals.

San Jose 5 – MINNESOTA 3… The Sharks recovered to put away the Wild after blowing a two-goal lead. Brent Burns scored a go-ahead goal with 1:49 remaining.

DALLAS 3 – Nashville 2… Joe Pavelski’s power-play goal early in the third period proved to be the difference in the Stars’ win over the Predators. Pavelski also had two assists. Roope Hintz also had a goal and two assists for Dallas.

ANAHEIM 3 – Colorado 1… John Gibson made 32 saves at goal and the Ducks eased past the Avalanche. Jakob Silfverberg, Rickard Rakell and Hampus Lindholm found the net.

Edmonton 4 – WINNIPEG 3… Leon Draisaitl beat the final buzzer with a game-winning goal as the Oilers topped the Jets. Kailer Yamamoto scored a tying goal with 3:05 to go. Connor McDavid had three assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Ottawa is at Vancouver

MLB NEWS… The New York Yankees have acquired right-handed pitcher Jameson Taillon from the Pittsburgh Pirates for four minor league prospects. Pittsburgh received pitchers Miguel Yajure and Roansy Contreras, infielder Maikol Escotto and outfielder Canaan Smith in the deal. The 29-year-old Taillon, the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2010 and was a 14-game winner for the Pirates in 2018. He appeared in just seven games in 2019 and missed all of last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow.

The Rundown for January 18, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 23,932,551 and the nation’s death toll stands at 397,561, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said yesterday that President-elect Joe Biden’s goal of delivering 100 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine within the first 100 days of his presidency “is absolutely a doable thing.” During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press,” Fauci said two new vaccines under development by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson could “very soon” head to U.S. regulators for approval, which would speed up vaccinations… The incoming director of the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention yesterday presented a grim forecast for the next month’s death toll. Dr. Rochelle Walensky told CBS’ “Face the Nation” that he expects another 100,000 dead by the end of February, which is 25 percent of the current total.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN MEMBERS PLANNED RALLY BEFORE CAPITOL ATTACK… The Associated Press reported yesterday that several members of President Trump’s campaign staff helped plan the January 6 rally that led to an attack on the Capitol building. The Trump campaign has denied involvement and blamed the deadly riots on left-wing activists. However, an AP investigation found that those involved in both the Trump campaign and the rally planning include Maggie Mulvaney, niece of former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney, and Megan Powers, the Trump campaign’s former director of operations.

PLAN PROTESTS FADE UNDER HEAVY SECURITY… It was a quiet day on state capitol grounds yesterday, as beefed up security appears to have doused violent threats by right-wing extremists. More than a dozen states activated National Guard troops to help secure their capitol buildings following an FBI warning of armed demonstrations. Members of the anti-government “boogaloo boys” movement last month announced plans to hold rallies in all 50 states but events drew only small gatherings of demonstrators.

MORE TRUMP PARDONS COMING… The New York Times reported yesterday that President Trump’s allies and associates have collected tens of thousands of dollars in fees from people seeking presidential pardons. Citing documents and interviews with more than three dozen lobbyists and lawyers, the report claimed that the demand intensified once it became clear that Joe Biden would be inaugurated as the next president. Three White House insiders told CNN that Trump is preparing to issue around 100 pardons and commutations tomorrow on his final full day in office.

KAMALA HARRIS TO RESIGN FROM SENATE TODAY… Kamala Harris will resign as U.S Senator from California today, just two days before she is set to make history as the first female, first Black and first South Asian vice president. California Governor Gavin Newsom has picked California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to fill the rest of Harris’ term, which could include President Trump’s second impeachment trial. Officials haven’t clarified when Padilla will be seated.

ENTERTAINMENT
PHIL SPECTOR DIES
… Authorities confirmed yesterday that legendary music producer and convicted murderer Phil Spector died of natural causes Saturday night. The California Health Care Facility in Stockton, California, where Spector was an inmate, listed his age as 80. Spector was found guilty of second-degree murder in 2009 in the 2003 fatal shooting of actress and club hostess Lana Clarkson. Spector used his “wall of sound” technique to produce some of the biggest hit songs of the 1960s and ’70s, including the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling” and The Beatles’ final album, “Let It Be.”

MORGAN WALLEN TOPS ALBUM CHART… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 265,000 copies to debuts atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” slipped into second place after selling 55,000 units. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in third place on sales of 47,000 copies. Jazmine Sullivan’s “Heaux Tales” opened at No. 4 on sales of 43,000 units. Lil Durk’s “The Voice” sold 42,000 copies to cap the top five.

SPORTS
NFL DIVISIONAL PLAYOFF SCORES

KANSAS CITY 22 – Cleveland 17… The Chiefs fought off the Browns despite losing quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the third quarter to a concussion. Mahomes scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter and hit Travis Kelce with a 20-yard scoring toss early in the second quarter. Kansas City hosts Buffalo in the AFC title game next Sunday.

Tampa Bay 30 – NEW ORLEANS 20… The Buccaneers converted three turnovers into touchdowns and put away the Saints. Tom Brady threw for a pair of touchdowns and ran for another. Defensively, Tampa Bay intercepted Drew Brees three times. The Buccaneers are at Green Bay in next Sunday’s NFC championship.

NFL NEWS… The Los Angeles Chargers announced last night that they plan to hire Brandon Staley as their next head coach. The team will formally introduce him at a news conference on Thursday. Staley served the past season as the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive coordinator. He replaces coach Anthony Lynn, who was fired after four seasons and a 33-31 record. The Chargers went 7-9 in 2020 and finished third in the AFC West.

NBA SCOREBOARD
New York 105 – BOSTON 75… Julius Randle scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Knicks in their rout of the Celtics. RJ Barrett added 19 points and 11 boards.

Chicago 117 – DALLAS 101… The Bulls took control with a big second quarter and cruised past the Mavericks to snap a four-game skid. Garrett Temple scored 15 of his 21 points to key the run. Lauri Markkanen had 29 points and 10 rebounds. Luka Doncic’s 34 points, 16 boards and 15 assists weren’t enough for Dallas.

Utah 109 – DENVER 105… The Jazz came up big in the second half to down the Nuggets for their fourth straight win. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 23 points.

New Orleans 128 – SACRAMENTO 123… The Pelicans overcame a 43-points effort by the Kings De’Aaron Fox to escape with the victory. Zion Williamson pumped in 31 points. Brandon Ingram added 22 points and Eric Bledsoe tossed in 21. Steven Adams pulled down 15 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 129 – Indiana 96… Seven players scored in double figures as the Clippers thrashed the Pacers. Paul George, Marcus Morris and Luke Kennard scored 20 points apiece.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at New York…
Atlanta hosts Minnesota…
Detroit is at Miami…
San Antonio is at Portland…
Memphis hosts Phoenix…
Milwaukee is at Brooklyn…
Toronto hosts Dallas…
Houston is at Chicago…
the L.A. Lakers host Golden State

NHL SCOREBOARD
PITTSBURGH 4 – Washington 3
(SO)… Jake Guentzel scored the lone goal in the shootout to send the Penguins past the Capitals. Marcus Pettersson netted a tying goal in the second period.

FLORIDA 5 – Chicago 2… The Panthers recovered to beat the Blackhawks after blowing an early two-goal lead. They closed with three straight goals in the third period. Jonathan Huberdeau scored a goal and assisted on two others. Eetu Luostarinen had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Columbus is at Detroit…
the N.Y. Islanders host Boston…
Winnipeg is at Toronto…
Philadelphia hosts Buffalo…
San Jose is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Carolina…
Vancouver is at Calgary…
Edmonton hosts Montreal…
Minnesota is at Anaheim…
Vegas hosts Arizona

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
NO. 5 Iowa 96, NORTHWESTERN 73…
No. 11 HOUSTON 75, Central Florida 58…
No. 20 Virginia Tech, WAKE FOREST 60

The Rundown for January 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for January 12, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 22,613,310 and the nation’s death toll stands at 376,060, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said nearly 9 million Americans have received their first vaccinations as of yesterday. The figure represents less than one-third of the 25 million total doses distributed to states by the federal government. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is seeking permission from the Trump administration to purchase 100,000 doses of the Pfizer directly to speed up vaccinations. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that the city could run out of vaccine doses if the federal government does not send more. He has pledged to inoculate 1 million New Yorkers by the end of the month.

DEMS UNVEIL IMPEACHMENT ARTICLES… House Democrats yesterday unveiled articles of impeachment against President Trump in response to last Wednesday’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol building. Democrats accuse Trump of “high crimes and misdemeanors” for “willfully inciting violence against the government of the United States.” The articles claim Trump encouraged his supporters to storm the Capitol in a speech the day before. Democrats plan to vote on impeachment as early as tomorrow if Vice President Mike Pence fails to “do his duty and invoke the 25th Amendment” today, according to Virginia Congresswoman Abigail Spanberger.

FBI WARNS OF INAUGURATION VIOLENCE… An FBI warning issued yesterday confirmed that possible armed protests are being planned for Washington, D.C., and at all 50 U.S. state capitals prior to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on January 20. The National Guard is sending as many as 15,000 troops to the nation’s capital. D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has urged Americans not to travel to the event. Biden’s inaugural committee announced yesterday the theme of the ceremony will be “America United.”

BIDEN PICKS CIA DIRECTOR… President-elect Joe Biden announced yesterday that he has picked State Department veteran William Burns as Central Intelligence Agency director. Burns has served in the State Department under five different administrations during his 33-year diplomatic career. His service includes U.S. ambassador to Jordan under former President Bill Clinton and ambassador to Russia under former President George W. Bush. Burns retired from the U.S. Foreign Service in 2014 and is currently president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY STEPS DOWN… Acting U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf announced yesterday that he was stepping down effective last night. Wolf was never confirmed by the Senate to his post, even though it is a Cabinet-level position. Several rulings have invalidated the department’s policy decisions based on Wolf not being lawfully appointed. Trump withdrew Wolf’s nomination last week after Wolf called on the president to denounce the riot in the U.S. Capitol. FEMA Administrator Peter Gaynor will direct the department for the remaining nine days of Trump’s term.

ENTERTAINMENT
AMAZON CASTING FOR ‘BEING THE RICARDOS’
… Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem are in talks to play Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz in the upcoming Amazon film, “Being the Ricardos.” Aaron Sorkin wrote the screenplay and is set to direct the film about the relationship between the “I Love Lucy” stars. The story is set during one production week of “I Love Lucy” as Lucy and Desi face one crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage. A production start date hasn’t been announced. Kidman most recently starred in the HBO drama series “The Undoing,” alongside Hugh Grant. She was also featured in Ryan Murphy’s Netflix musical “The Prom.” This year, she will star in Hulu’s star-studded “Nine Little Strangers” and Robert Eggers’ “The Northman.” Bardem will star in Deni Villeneuve’s sci-fi epic “Dune” and was most recently seen in “The Roads Not Taken.” He’ll also play Ariel’s father King Triton in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”

CNN, MSNBC PULL AHEAD IN CABLE NEWS RACE… Cable news viewers flocked to CNN and MSNBC for live coverage of the riots and fallout, according to figures released by the Nielsen Company. Both networks trounced Fox News for three state days following the storming of the U.S. Capitol. On Wednesday, CNN averaged 5.941 million total viewers and 2.074 million in the key 25-54 demographic for the entire day, compared with MSNBC’s 4.543 million viewers overall and 1.106 million demo audience and Fox News’ total audience of 3.464 million and 852,000 in the demo. The disparity increased on Thursday and Friday.

SPORTS
ALABAMA IS COLLEGE FOOTBALL’S NATIONAL CHAMPION
… Alabama rolled past Ohio State 52-24 in last night’s college football national championship game in Miami. Heisman Trophy-winning receiver DeVonta Smith caught 12 passes for 215 yards and three touchdowns before sitting out the second half with a right hand injury. The victory gave Alabama head coach Nick Saban his seventh championship, moving him past Bear Bryant for the most all-time.

NBA SCOREBOARD
CHARLOTTE 109 – New York 88
… Gordon Hayward scored a game-high 34 points to lead the Hornets in their rout of the Knicks. Five other players scored in double figures for Charlotte.

Memphis 101 – CLEVELAND 91… Dillon Brooks scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Grizzlies fought off the Cavaliers.

Milwaukee 121 – ORLANDO 99… The Bucks used a big fourth fourth quarter to put away the Magic. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the way with 22 points. Kris Middleton put up 20 points and 10 rebounds. Bobby Portis added 21 points off the bench.

WASHINGTON 128 – Phoenix 107… The Wizards built a 25-point halftime lead and never looked back in their thrashing of the Suns. Bradley Beal pumped in 34 points to lead all scorers. Robin Lopez grabbed 11 boards to go with his 11 points.

ATLANTA 112 – Philadelphia 94… The Hawks took control with a big second quarter and coasted past the shorthanded 76ers to snap their four-game skid. Trae Young led all scorers with 26 points.

PORTLAND 112 – Toronto 111… CJ McCollum knocked down a go-ahead jumper with 9.9 seconds remaining and the Trail Blazers hung on to edge the Raptors. McCollum finished with a game-high 30 points. Damian Lillard added 23 points. Carmelo Anthony delivered 20 points off the bench.

SACRAMENTO 127 – Indiana 122… The Kings were too much down the stretch in downing the Pacers. Harrison Barnes lit it up for 30 points. De’Aaron Fox tossed in 21 points.

DALLAS – New Orleans (ppd)… The Mavericks had to postpone their game with the Pelicans after they had fewer than eight players available for the contest.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Miami is at Philadelphia…
Brooklyn hosts Denver…
Utah is at Cleveland…
Houston hosts the L.A. Lakers…
San Antonio is at Oklahoma City…
Golden State hosts Indiana

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 25 Connecticut 60, DePAUL 53

NFL NEWS… The Philadelphia Eagles fired coach Doug Pederson yesterday in the wake of a 4-11-1 season. Pederson led the Eagles to their only Super Bowl title in 2018 and the team went 42-37 (.531) in his five seasons. Philadelphia reached the playoffs three times under Pederson.

The Rundown for January 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
NFL PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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