The Rundown for March 29, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 30,262,380 and the nation’s death toll stands at 549,395, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A report released yesterday by the White House COVID-19 team warns of a rise in new COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and instances of variants. The number of new people who tested positive was up 9 percent last week and there was a 2-percent increase in hospitalizations. The 8,337 cases of the British B.1.1.7 variant was up from 5,567 last week. The number of cases linked to the South African B.1.351 variant jumped from 180 to 266.

BIDEN PRESSES FOR GUN CONTROL BILL… President Joe Biden yesterday expressed confidence that the Senate would pass a “rational” gun control bill. “The only gun control legislation that’s ever passed is mine,” the president told reporters. “It’s going to happen again.” Biden was a Senator when Congress passed an assault weapons ban in 1994, but it expired in 2005. As president, Biden has unsuccessfully called on the Senate to pass two gun-control bills passed in the House and has considered taking executive action after two deadly mass shootings over the past two weeks left 18 people dead.

4 DEAD IN NASHVILLE FLOODING… Recovery efforts are underway in Nashville following a flash flood that killed at least four people and prompted the rescue of at least 130 others. The more than 7 inches of rain that fell on parts of the Nashville metro area was the city’s second-highest amount on record. Rain let up into yesterday morning but flood warnings remain in place for the Cumberland River at Nashville and other waterways in central and west Tennessee. Mayor John Cooper last night announced he had declared a state of emergency to help get local and federal resources to recover from the devastation.

ALASKA HELICOPTER CRASH KILLS 5… A helicopter crash at a glacier near Anchorage left five people and a survivor hospitalized in serious but stable condition. According to a statement issued yesterday by Alaska State Troopers, searchers had found the crash site and survivor late Saturday night after the chopper was reported overdue. The helicopter was ferrying skiers who had been on a backcountry tour, the statement said.

GAS PRICES UP A NICKEL… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gas in the U.S. jumped a nickel over the past two weeks to $2.94, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations released yesterday. The Lundberg Survey noted that the price of gas is up 77 cents per gallon since November 20 and is at the highest point since May 2019. The most expensive gas was in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it cost $3.94 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had the cheapest gas at $2.54 a gallon.

ENTERTAINMENT
ALABAMA SHAKES DRUMMER ARRESTED
… The Limestone County, Alabama, Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that Alabama Shakes drummer Steve Johnson was arrested last on charges that include willful torture, willful abuse and cruelly beating or otherwise willfully maltreating a child under the age of 18. Arraignment was set for April 7. The 35-year-old Johnson is currently halfway serving two months probation for violating a protection order filed by his ex-wife. Johnson pleaded guilty through a misdemeanor charge. The Alabama Shakes’ 2012 debut album “Boys & Girls” produced the hit song “Hold On,” which earned three Grammy nominations. Their follow up album, 2015’s “Sound & Color,” won four Grammys. The band is on hiatus while lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard pursues a solo career.

JUSTIN BIEBER TOPS ALBUM CHART… Justin Bieber’s new release, “Justice,” sold 154,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Another newcomer, Lana Del Rey’s “Chemtrails Over the Country Club,” opened at No. 2 with 75,000 units sold. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 66,000 copies in dropping to third place after topping the chart for its first 10 weeks. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” slipped to No. 4 after selling 40,000 units. Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” fell two spots into fifth place with 36,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCOREBOARD (Sweet 16; winners meet tomorrow in the Elite 8)…
(1) Gonzaga 83, (5) Creighton 65…
(6) USC 82, (7) Oregon 68

EAST REGION
(1) Michigan 76, (4) Florida State 58…
(11) UCLA 88, (2) Alabama 78 (OT)

TODAY’S NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (Elite 8)
WEST REGION
(2) Houston vs. (12) Oregon State, 7:15 p.m. ET…

SOUTH REGION
(1) Baylor vs. (3) Arkansas, 9:57 p.m. ET

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCOREBOARD (third round; winners meet tomorrow in the quarterfinals)…
HEMISFAIR REGION
(1) South Carolina 76, (5) Georgia Tech 65…
(6) Texas 64, (2) Maryland 61

ALAMO REGION
(1) Stanford 89, (5) Missouri State 62…
(2) Louisville 60, (6) Oregon 42

TODAY’S WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (quarterfinals)…
(1) Connecticut vs. (2) Baylor, 7 p.m. ET…
(3) Arizona vs. (4) Indiana, 9 p.m. ET

NBA SCOREBOARD
Phoenix 101 – CHARLOTTE 97 (OT)… Devin Booker scored a game-high 35 points as the Suns outlasted the Hornets in a back-and-forth contest. Deandre Ayton had 14 points and as many rebounds.

Portland 122 – TORONTO 117… CJ McCollum scored seven of his team-high 23 points in the final two minutes to lead the Trail Blazers past the Raptors. Damian Lillard added 22 points and dished off 11 assists. Five other players scored in double figures for Portland.

DENVER 126 – Atlanta 102… The Nuggets shook off a slow start to roll past the Hawks. Jamychal Green delivered 20 points off the bench to lead a balanced scoring attack.

L.A. LAKERS 96 – Orlando 93… The short-handed Lakers held on down the stretch to top the Magic. Dennis Schroder pumped in 24 points. Kyle Kuzma finished with 21 points and 11 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Indiana is at Washington…
Boston hosts New Orleans…
Minnesota is at Brooklyn…
New York hosts Miami…
Toronto is at Detroit…
Houston hosts Memphis…
Dallas is at Oklahoma City…
San Antonio hosts Sacramento…
Cleveland is at Utah…
Golden State hosts Chicago…
Milwaukee is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCOREBOARD
WASHINGTON 5 – N.Y. Rangers 4… The Capitals scored the game’s first four goals and held on to edge the Rangers. Tom Wilson netted two second-period goals. T.J. Oshie scored the decisive goal and had two assists.

DETROIT 4 – Columbus 1… The Red Wings scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Blue Jackets. Michael Rasmussen sparked the surge with a tie-breaking goal.

Anaheim 3 – ST. LOUIS 2 (OT)… The Ducks rallied past the Blues after spotting them a two-goal second-period lead. Josh Manson scored the game-winning goal at 1:42 of overtime. Max Jones had two assists.

New Jersey 1 – BOSTON 0… Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped all 40 shots in his first shutout of the season and the Devils clipped the Bruins. Kyle Palmieri netted the game’s lone goal late in the first period.

Florida 4 – DALLAS 1… Jonathan Huberdeau found the net twice in the first period and had an assist as the Panthers skated past the Stars. Chris Driedger made 33 saves at goal.

Nashville 3 – CHICAGO 2… The Predators recovered to top the Blackhawks after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Roman Josi scored the game-winner with 6:33 remaining. Viktor Arvidsson had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Buffalo…
Pittsburgh hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Edmonton is at Toronto…
Colorado hosts Anaheim…
Winnipeg is at Calgary…
Vegas hosts Los Angeles…
Minnesota is at San Jose

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is Thursday)…
TAMPA BAY 16, Atlanta 5…
BOSTON 8, Minnesota 3…
PHILADELPHIA 6, N.Y. Yankees 2…
MIAMI 10, N.Y. Mets 2…
Pittsburgh 2, BALTIMORE 1…
WASHINGTON 11, St. Louis 3…
TORONTO 4, Detroit 4 (tie)…
TEXAS 12, Chi. Cubs 8…
MILWAUKEE 7, Cincinnati 1…
CHI. WHITE SOX 7, Arizona 4…
Oakland 9, SAN FRANCISCO 3…
CLEVELAND 3, San Diego 3 (tie)…
Kansas City 6, COLORADO 3…
L.A. ANGELS 6, L.A. Dodgers 5

The Rundown for March 24, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,920,378 and the nation’s death toll stands at 543,793, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Texas, Indiana and Georgia have joined the growing list of states that plan to broaden vaccine eligibility to all adults ahead of a May 1 deadline set by President Joe Biden. Residents 16 years and older will be eligible for Covid-19 vaccinations starting Thursday for Georgia residents, Monday for Texans and on March 31 for Indianans. West Virginia, Alaska and Mississippi are currently the only states where all adults are eligible to receive shots. Utah will open eligibility to all adults today, with Tennessee following on April 5. New Yorkers 50 years and older became eligible yesterday.

SUSPECTED BOULDER GUNMAN CHARGED… Prosecutors in Colorado have charged 21-year-old Ahmad Alissa with 10 counts of first-degree murder following Monday’s attack that killed 10 people at a Boulder supermarket. Authorities say Alissa was hospitalized with a leg wound suffered in the attack but have released no information about a possible motive. During a brief exchange with reporters, President Joe Biden characterized one of the victims, Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley, as the “definition of an American hero” and called on Congress to act on gun reforms.

BIDEN ANNOUNCES ACA ENROLLMENT EXTENDED… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is extending the Affordable Care Act special enrollment period until August 15. During a visit to the James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute at Ohio State University, Biden said the extension was one of the benefits of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. The Department of Health and Human Services later released a statement explaining that in addition to the extension, consumers will have access to additional savings through the HealthCare.gov marketplace, decreasing premiums by $50 per person per month and $85 per policy per month on average beginning April 1.

DeJOY REVEALS 10-YEAR USPS PLAN… Postmaster General Louis DeJoy yesterday laid out a 10-year strategy to stabilize the U.S. Postal Service. His plan calls for slowing mail delivery standards and cutting hours at some post offices. It also includes a proposal to consolidate underused post offices, suggests a potential postage rate increase and details investments in new delivery vehicles. The USPS is facing an expected $160 billion in losses over the next decade.

TEXAS MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON NATIONAL GUARD… A 66-year-old man they was arrested in northwest Texas yesterday after allegedly forcing three National Guard vans carrying COVID-19 vaccines to stop on a highway and held up 11 soldiers at gunpoint. Larry Harris attempted to run the National Guard vans off the road multiple times before turning into oncoming traffic and forcing the vans to stop, according to Idalou police Chief Eric Williams. Harris reportedly pointed a loaded .45-caliber handgun at the guardsmen and demanded to search one of the vehicles. Williams said Harris told the soldiers he was a detective and he believed the people in the vans had kidnapped a woman and a child.

ENTERTAINMENT
GEORGE SEGAL DIES
… Actor George Segal, whose long career spanned dramatic roles on film to comedic roles on television, died in Santa Rosa, California, yesterday of complications from bypass surgery. He was 87. Segal received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his work opposite Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in the 1966 best picture nominee “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” He went on to appear in the lighthearted 1970s films “Where’s Poppa?,” “The Owl and the Pussycat” and “Fun With Dick and Jane.” On television, Segal starred for seven seasons (1997-2003) on the NBC sitcom “Just Shoot Me!” and more recently played Pops Solomon, a grandfather always on the lookout for the ladies, on ABC’s “The Goldbergs.”

PAISLEY PARK TO OPEN FREE TO THE PUBLIC… Prince’s Paisley Park is opening for free on April 21 to mark the fifth anniversary of the late musician’s death. Paisley Park, which served as Prince’s home and studio, is normally operated as a museum in Chanhassen, Minnesota, outside Minneapolis. Fans are encouraged to leave flowers and mementos in front of the Love Symbol statue that is located outside the entrance.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Denver 110 – ORLANDO 99… The Nuggets built a 22-point halftime lead and coasted past the Magic. Nikola Jokic piled up 28 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. Jamal Murray added 21 points.

NEW YORK 131 – Washington 113… Julius Randle pumped in 37 points to lead the Knicks in their rout of the Wizards. RJ Barrett tossed in 21 points. Mitchell Robinson delivered 16 points and 12 boards off the bench.

NEW ORLEANS 128 – L.A. Lakers 111… Brandon Ingram lit it up for a season-high 36 points in leading the Pelicans past the short-handed Lakers. Zion Williamson added 27 points.

Phoenix 110 – MIAMI 100… The Suns cruised past the Heat for their seventh straight road win. Devin Booker scored 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 16 rebounds.

Philadelphia 108 – GOLDEN STATE 98… The 76ers held the Warriors to 13 fourth-quarter points to come out ahead in a back-and-forth contest. Tobias Harris came up big down the stretch and finished with 25 points and 13 boards. Ben Simmons added 22 points.

Brooklyn 116 – PORTLAND 112… James Harden scored a game-high 25 points and dished off 17 assists as the Nets fought off the Trail Blazers. Jeff Green added 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Indiana…
Milwaukee hosts Boston…
Denver is at Toronto (in Tampa)…
Orlando hosts Phoenix…
Cleveland is at Chicago…
Houston hosts Charlotte…
Dallas is at Minnesota…
Oklahoma City hosts Memphis…
the L.A. Clippers are at San Antonio…
Utah hosts Brooklyn…
Atlanta is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD
New Jersey 4 – PHILADELPHIA 3… The Devils withstood a late rally to edge the Flyers. Yegor Sharangovich and Travis Zajac each had a goal and an assist.

CHICAGO 3 – Florida 2… The Blackhawks jumped out to a three-goal lead and held off the Panthers to end their four-game skid. Carl Soderberg’s power-play goal early in the second period proved to be the difference.

NASHVILLE 2 – Detroit 0… Goalie Jusse Saros stopped all 31 shots in his first shutout of the season and the Predators clipped the Red Wings. Mikael Granlund’s power-play goal in the first period provided all the offense Nashville needed.

Tampa Bay 2 – DALLAS 1… Steven Stamkos and Yanni Gourde netted second-period goals to give the Lightning the lead for good in their win over the Stars. Sergei Vasilevskiy made 16 stops at goal.

ARIZONA 5 – Colorado 4 (SO)… The Coyotes erased a two-goal third-period deficit and outlasted the Avalanche. Christian Dvorak scored the winning goal in the shootout. Phil Kessel netted a tying goal in the third period and had an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Calgary is at Ottawa…
Minnesota hosts Anaheim…
Edmonton is at Montreal…
Pittsburgh hosts Buffalo…
Winnipeg is at Vancouver…
San Jose hosts Los Angeles

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is April 1)…
TEXAS 6, L.A. Angels 4…
Chi. White Sox 3, CHI. CUBS 1…
OAKLAND 4, Colorado 1…
San Francisco 7, CLEVELAND 0…
SAN DIEGO 5, Cincinnati 4…
MILWAUKEE 9, L.A. Dodgers 6…
Boston 7, ATLANTA 6…
PITTSBURGH 1, Minnesota 0…
N.Y. Yankees 5, DETROIT 5 (tie)…
BALTIMORE 4, Tampa Bay 3…
ST. LOUIS 5, Washington 5 (tie)…
N.Y. METS 5, Miami 3…
Toronto 9, PHILADELPHIA 3…
Seattle 3, ARIZONA 0

The Rundown for March 22, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,605,933 and the nation’s death toll stands at 538,052, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Covid-19 cases are increasing in 21 states and health officials are alarmed that highly infectious variants are spreading while governors begin to relax restrictions on businesses…. New York has reported its first case of the COVID-19 variant first discovered in Brazil. Scientists at Mount Sinai hospital in New York City discovered the variant in a 90-year-old Brooklyn resident with no travel history. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that as of last Thursday, there were 48 cases of the P.1 variant in 15 states and territories throughout the U.S.

DEFENSE SEC AUSTIN IN AFGHANISTAN… Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin made a surprise visit to Afghanistan yesterday during his tour of Asia. After meeting with Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Austin told reporters, “I am here to listen and learn.” Austin did not answer questions about whether the Taliban have met conditions that would lead full withdrawal of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, per an agreement reached last year.

MAYORKAS SAYS BORDER IS CLOSED… Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas declared yesterday that the U.S. southern border is closed but backed away from other questions about the Biden administration’s handling of the migrant influx. During an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week,” Mayorkas said the administration is doing all it can to encourage migrants not to come. Documents obtained by CNN and CBS News claim more than 5,000 unaccompanied children are being held in Customs and Border Protection facilities. According to the documents, the children are being held in custody for an average of 136 hours, which is nearly twice the 72-hour limit outlined by U.S. law. Mayorkas explained that facilities are being overwhelmed while the administration is “rebuilding the system” left in place by its predecessor.

PROSECUTOR SAYS SEDITION CHARGES COMING… A federal prosecutor believes investigators have found evidence that would likely allow the government to file sedition charges against some of those involved in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. During an appearance last night on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin said facts already support sedition charges and even more facts are being uncovered. The Justice Department has already filed cases against 400 suspects involved in the attack, but charges haven’t included sedition. Most suspects have been charged with trespassing or assaulting officers, with a smaller number charged with conspiracy to obstruct Congress.

MIAMI BEACH EXTENDS CURFEW… Miami Beach officials have extended an 8 p.m. curfew and emergency powers for up to three weeks to help control spring-break crowds. The city’s South Beach District has been overwhelmed by rowdy college-age partiers, leading some businesses to close voluntarily out of concern for public safety. During an emergency meeting of the city commission yesterday, Mayor Dan Gelber said all manner of out-of-town and out-of-state visitors, not just college students, were filling the streets since Florida Governor Ron DeSantis on February 26 called the state an “oasis of freedom” from coronavirus restrictions.

ENTERTAINMENT
MORGAN WALLEN REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART
… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 69,000 to become the first album since Whitney Houston’s “Whitney” in 1987 to spend its first 10 weeks atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” remained in second place after selling 40,000 units. Dua Lipa’s “Future Nostalgia” jumped to No. 3 on sales of 37,000 copies. The Weeknd’s “After Hours” stayed at No. 4 with 32,000 units sold. R&B singer Giveon’s “When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time” sold 31,000 copies to debut in fifth place.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Raya and the Last Dragon” took in $5.1 million to top the box office for a second straight week. “Tom and Jerry” opened in second place with $3.8 million. Another newcomer, “The Courier,” took in $2 million to finish third. “Chaos Walking” brought in $1.9 for a fourth-place finish. “The Croods: A New Age” capped the top five with $620,000.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Indiana 109 – MIAMI 106 (OT)… The Pacers recovered to outlast the Heat after blowing a double-digit fourth-quarter lead. Justin Holiday made back-to-back 3-pointers and Malcolm Brogdon hit from downtown during a 9-0 run in overtime. Domantas Sabonis scored 17 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and brought down 11 rebounds.

Oklahoma City 114 – HOUSTON 112… The Thunder held on at the end to hand the Rockets their 20th straight loss. Luguentz Dort pumped in 23 points. Mosses Brown grabbed 14 boards to go with his 13 points.

New Orleans 113 – DENVER 108… Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson scored 30 points apiece to power the Pelicans past the Nuggets. Nickeil Alexander-Walker tossed in 20 points. Steven Adams gathered 13 rebounds.

BOSTON 112 – Orlando 96… The Celtics shook off a slow start to roll past the Magic. Jaylen Brown scored a career-high 10 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 23 points. Jayson Tatum added 23 points.

BROOKLYN 113 – Washington 106.. Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and James Harden added 26 as the Nets fought off the Wizards. Blake Griffin had a dunk in his debut for Brooklyn.

CLEVELAND 116 – Toronto 105… Collin Sexton scored 23 of his game-high 36 points in the second half and the Cavaliers dealt the Raptors their eighth straight loss. Jarrett Allen powered his way to 17 points and 15 boards.

Chicago 100 – DETROIT 86… The Bulls rode their defense to a win over the Pistons. Zach LaVine led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points. Daniel Gafford came off the bench to collect 11 rebounds.

Philadelphia 101 – NEW YORK 100 (OT)… Tobias Harris’ two free throws with 5.3 seconds remaining carried the 76ers past the Knicks. Harris finished with 20 points. Shake Milton delivered 21 points off the bench.

PHOENIX 111 – L.A. Lakers 94… The Suns cruised past a Laker squad that was playing without the injured LeBron James. Devin Booker and Deandre Ayton scored 26 points apiece. Chris Paul racked up 11 points, 10 boards and 13 assists.

Dallas 132 – PORTLAND 92… Luka Doncic let it up for 37 points before sitting out the fourth quarter of the Mavericks’ rout of the Trail Blazers. Josh Richardson added 21 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Sacramento is at Cleveland…
Minnesota hosts Oklahoma City…
Charlotte is at San Antonio…
Chicago hosts Utah…
Toronto is at Houston…
Memphis hosts Boston…
Indiana is at Milwaukee…
the L.A. Clippers host Atlanta

NHL SCOREBOARD
New Jersey 2 – PITTSBURGH 1 (OT)… Jesper Bratt’s wraparound at 2:50 of overtime sent the Devils past the Penguins. Sami Vatanen netted a tying goal early in the second period. Goalie Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 35 shots.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Florida 3… Tyler Johnson’s power-play goal midway through the third period gave the Lightning the lead for good in a hard-fought win over the Panthers. Brayden Point added an empty-netter. Yanni Gourde had a goal and an assist.

LOS ANGELES 3 – Vegas 1… Sean Walker and Dustin Brown scored 51 seconds apart in the second period and the Kings held on to edge the Golden Knights. Anze Kopitar assisted on both goals. Calvin Petersen made 41 saves at goal.

Nashville 4 – DALLAS 3… The Predators topped the Stars after letting a pair of two-goal leads slip away. Calle Jarnkrok scored in the fifth round of the shootout. Eeli Tolvanen had a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at the N.Y. Rangers….
Columbus hosts Carolina…
Edmonton is at Montreal…
Ottawa hosts Calgary…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Philadelphia…
Minnesota hosts Anaheim…
Winnipeg is at Vancouver…
Arizona hosts Colorado…
St. Louis is at Vegas…
San Jose hosts Los Angeles

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCOREBOARD (2nd round)…
MIDWEST REGION
(8) Loyola Chicago 71, (1) ILLINOIS 58… The eighth-seeded Ramblers became the first team in this year’s tournament to take down a top seed. They advance to play 12th-seeded Oregon State in the Sweet 16 round beginning Saturday. In other scores…
(12) Oregon State 70, (4) Oklahoma State 80…
(11) Syracuse 75, (3) West Virginia 72… Next for the Orange is second-seeded Houston…
(2) Houston 63, (10) Rutgers 60

SOUTH REGION
(1) Baylor 76, (9) Wisconsin 63… The Bears will put their top seed against fifth-ranked Villanova…
(5) Villanova 84, (13) North Texas 61…
(3) Arkansas 68, (6) Texas Tech 66… The Razorbacks move on to battle 15th-seeded Oral Roberts, the tournament’s Cinderella so far…
(15) Oral Roberts 81, (7) Florida 78

TODAY’S NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (2nd round)…
WEST REGION
(2) Iowa vs. (7) Oregon, 12:10 p.m. (CBS)…
(1) Gonzaga vs. (8) Oklahoma, 2:40 p.m. (CBS)…
(5) Creighton vs. (13) Ohio, 6:10 p.m. (TNT)…
(3) Kansas vs. (6) USC, 9:45 p.m. (CBS)…

EAST REGION
(11 UCLA vs. (14) Abilene Christian, 5:15 p.m. (TBS)…
(1) Michigan vs. (8) LSU, 7:10 p.m. (CBS)…
(4) Florida State vs. (5) Colorado, 7:45 p.m. (TBS)…
(2) Alabama vs. (10) Maryland, 8:45 p.m. (TNT)

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is April 1)…
CHI. CUBS 11, Cincinnati 6…
KANSAS CITY 6, Colorado 1…
San Francisco 10, L.A. DODGERS 4…
CLEVELAND 7, Texas 2…
SAN DIEGO 4, L.A. Angels 1…
ARIZONA 4, Chi. White Sox 4 (tie)…
Seattle 3, MILWAUKEE 1…
Atlanta 11, TAMPA BAY 1…
Detroit 5, PHILADELPHIA 3…
MIAMI 4, Houston 2…
Minnesota 12, BALTIMORE 7…
N.Y. Mets 6, WASHINGTON 2…
Pittsburgh 9, BOSTON 4…
N.Y. Yankees 8, TORONTO 3

The Rundown for March 19, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,605,933 and the nation’s death toll stands at 538,052, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… An update released yesterday by Johns Hopkins University revealed the number of COVID-19 cases jumped more than 10 percent in 14 states this week compared with last. Seven of the states are posting a rise of more than 20 percent, the report concluded. Infections are spreading fastest in Michigan, with alarming increases also in Delaware, Montana, Alabama and West Virginia.

SENATE CONFIRMATIONS… The Senate narrowly confirmed Xavier Becerra as Health and Human Services secretary yesterday. The 50-to-49 vote paved the way for California’s attorney general to lead the White House’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. Later yesterday, the Senate confirmed William Burns as CIA director and Brian McKeon was as deputy secretary of state for management and resources. Burns is a former ambassador to Russia and Jordan who served at the State Department for more than 30 years under both Democratic and Republican presidents. McKeon has been a longtime Biden aide and adviser who also served as foreign policy adviser for President Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign.

BIDEN TO PICK BILL NELSON AS NASA ADMINISTRATOR… Former Florida Democratic senator Bill Nelson is President Joe Biden’s pick for NASA administrator. Biden is expected to make the announcement as early as today. The 78-year—old Nelson flew to space aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1986 during his time in Congress advocated for space programs. He has faced criticism, however for his support of NASA’s troubled Space Launch System. The system’s heavy-lift rocket is years behind schedule, over budget and has yet to launch.

HOUSE PASSES IMMIGRATION BILLS… The House yesterday passed immigration bills that would protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation and offer them a pathway to gain legal status. The House voted 228-197 to approve the Dream and Promise Act, which would help more than 3 million so-called “Dreamers” and other qualifying immigrants remain in the U.S. and offer them a chance for citizenship. Lawmakers also passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act, which would help another 1 million immigrant agriculture workers and their families stay legally in the U.S. The vote was 247 to 174.

ATTORNEYS GENERAL SUE OVER PIPELINE… A coalition of attorneys general from 21 states is suing President Joe Biden and members of his administration for rescinding the Keystone XL pipeline permit. Their suit seeks to undo Biden’s attempt to effectively cancel the 1,200 mile-long pipeline, claiming the president exceeded his authority with his January 20 executive order revoking permits. Attorneys general say Biden and senior members of his administration flouted rules Congress established to limit actions the president can take regarding Keystone. Former president Trump approved permits for the pipeline in 2019 after the Obama administration had denied them.

ENTERTAINMENT
ARMIE HAMMER FACES RAPE ACCUSATION
… A new and determined accuser has emerged with sexual-misconduct accusations against actor Armie Hammer. A woman who lives in Europe and wants to be known by her first name, Effie, said during a virtual press conference yesterday that Hammer violently raped her and abused her physically and emotionally during their on-and-off four year relationship from 2016 to 2020. Effie claimed she has provided police with evidence that Hammer raped her on April 24, 2017, in Los Angeles. LAPD, meanwhile, confirms that Hammer is the target of a sexual-assault investigation. The actor, whose film credits include “The Social Network,” “Call Me By Your Name” and “Sorry to Bother You,” has come under scrutiny in recent months following the leak of disturbing graphic text messages that he allegedly wrote. Backlash to the allegations prompted him to step away from several high-profile projects, including the upcoming romantic comedy “Shotgun Wedding.” He had been cast as co-star alongside Jennifer Lopez but was replaced by Josh Duhamel.

HBO MAX PLANS BRITTANY MURPHY DOC… A two-part documentary about the late actress Brittany Murphy is in the works at HBO Max. The documentary centers on Murphy’s life prior to her passing in 2009 at age 32. Murphy was best known for her work in the 1995 film “Clueless” and her credits included “8 Mile,” “Just Married” and the Fox animated comedy series “King of the Hill.” Her death was ruled an accident and determined to be the result of a combination of pneumonia and the effects of several over-the-counter drugs she had taken. A year later, the death of her husband fueled speculation about her passing.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

WASHINGTON 131 – Utah 122… The Wizards built an 18-point halftime lead and held off the Jazz. Bradley Beal poured in a game-high 43 points. Russell Westbrook racked up 35 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists. Donovan Mitchell’s 42 points weren’t enough for Utah.

ATLANTA 116 – Oklahoma City 93… The Hawks cruised past the Thunder for their seventh straight win. Trae Young and Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece.

NEW YORK 94 – Orlando 93… The Knicks held on at the end to edge the Magic. Alec Burks had 21 points and 10 boards. Julius Randle had a solid all-around game with 18 points, 10 rebounds and 17 assists.

Minnesota 123 – PHOENIX 119… The Timberwolves used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Suns. They got a career-high 42 points from Anthony Edwards and 41 from Karl-Anthony Towns.

PORTLAND 101 – New Orleans 93… Damian Lillard scored 21 of his game-high 36 points in the first quarter to help the Trail Blazers take an early lead on their way past the Pelicans. Enes Kanter finished with 16 points and 13 boards.

L.A. LAKERS 116 – Charlotte 105… The Lakers came up big in the fourth quarter to put away the Hornets for their fourth straight win. LeBron James led all scorers with 37 points. Dennis Schroder tossed in 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Sacramento is at Boston…
Cleveland hosts San Antonio…
Indiana is at Miami…
Orlando hosts Brooklyn…
Utah is at Toronto…
Houston hosts Detroit…
Golden State is at Memphis…
Denver hosts Chicago…
Minnesota is at Phoenix…
Portland hosts Dallas

NHL SCOREBOARD
NEW JERSEY 3 – Pittsburgh 2… The Devils scored the game’s first three goals and held on to top the Penguins. Jack Hughes had a goal and an assist. Goalie Scott Wedgewood made 40 saves.

Boston 4 – BUFFALO 1… David Krejci set up three goals to surpass 700 points in his career and the Bruins dealt the Sabres their 13th straight loss. David Pastrnak had a goal and an assist.

Philadelphia 4 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 3… Oscar Lindblom’s second goal of the game broke a tie with 2:22 remaining and the Flyers made it stand in downing the Islanders. Claude Giroux scored a goal and assisted on another.

Columbus 3 – CAROLINA 2 (OT)… Seth Jones netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 50.4 seconds left in overtime, to send the Blue Jackets past the Hurricanes. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 25 shots at goal.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Chicago 2… Ross Colton scored a go-ahead goal in the third period and Victor Hedman added an empty-netter to push the Lightning past the Blackhawks. Hedman also picked up an assist.

Nashville 2 – FLORIDA 1… The Predators got a pair of goals from Calle Jarnkrok in tripping the Panthers. Goalie Juuse Saros made 40 stops.

DETROIT 3 – Dallas 2… Robby Fabbri scored a goal in each period and the Red Wings withstood a late rally to edge the Stars. Detroit lost goaltender Jonathan Bernier to an injury late in the second period after he stopped all 22 shots he faced.

EDMONTON 2 – Winnipeg 1… Connor McDavid found the net twice in the second period to carry the Oilers past the Jets. Tyson Barrie assisted on both goals. Mikko Koskinen made 25 stops at goal.

COLORADO 5 – Minnesota 1… The Avalanche got four goals from their top line of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen in snapping Wild’s five-game winning streak. Rantanen scored twice and had two assists.

ANAHEIM 3 – Arizona 2 (OT)… The Ducks outlasted the Coyotes after spotting them a two-goal lead. Adam Henrique netted a power-play goal 43 seconds into overtime. Jamie Drysdale had a goal and an assist in his NHL debut.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at Washington…
Montreal hosts Vancouver…
Calgary is at Toronto…
San Jose hosts St. Louis…
Vegas is at Los Angeles

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP UNDERWAY
The NCAA men’s basketball championship tipped off yesterday with First Four play-in games to fill out the 64-team bracket and finalize tomorrow’s first-round matchups…

Texas Southern 60, Mount St. Mary’s 52… The Tigers claimed a 16 seed in the East Regional and advances to play top-seeded Michigan.

Drake 53, Wichita State 52… The Bulldogs secured an 11 seed in the West Regional and moves on to face sixth-seeded USC.

Norfolk State 54, Appalachian State 53… The Spartans nailed down a 16 seed in the West and now must go up against Gonzaga, the tournament’s overall top seed.

UCLA 86, Michigan State 80 (OT)… The Bruins play on as an 11 seed in the East and will battle sixth-seeded BYU.

TODAY’S NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE
MIDWEST REGION (Indianapolis)
(1) Illinois vs. (16) Drexel…
(8) Loyola Chicago vs. (9) Georgia Tech…
(5) Tennessee vs. (12) Oregon State…
(4) Oklahoma State vs. (13) Liberty…
(7) Clemson vs. (10) Rutgers…
(6) San Diego State vs. (11) Syracuse…
(3) West Virginia vs. (14) Morehead State

MIDWEST REGION (West Lafayette, IN)
(2) Houston vs. (15) Cleveland State

SOUTH REGION (Indianapolis)
(7) Florida vs. (10) Virginia Tech…
(3) Arkansas vs. (14) Colgate…
(1) Baylor vs. (16) Hartford…
(4) Purdue vs. (13) North Texas…
(5) Villanova vs. (12) Winthrop

SOUTH REGION (Bloomington, IN)
(6) Texas Tech vs. (11) Utah State

SOUTH REGION (West Lafayette, IN)
(2) Ohio State vs. (15) Oral Roberts…
(8) North Carolina vs. (9) Wisconsin

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is April 1)…
Washington 3, N.Y. METS 1…
Chi. Cubs 4, CLEVELAND 3…
CHICAGO 9, Kansas City 7…
L.A. Dodgers 7, ARIZONA 7 (tie)…
L.A. ANGELS 3, Milwaukee 2…
Oakland 4, SAN DIEGO 2…
ST. LOUIS 7, Miami 5…
TEXAS 12, Cincinnati 9…
SEATTLE 6, San Francisco 3

The Rundown for March 18, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,605,933 and the nation’s death toll stands at 538,052, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Age appears to play a role in COVID-19 reinfection, according to new findings published yesterday by the peer-reviewed medical journal The Lancet. Researchers in Denmark participating in what’s considered the first large-scale study of coronavirus reinfections found that people under the age of 65 were found to have about 80 percent protection from the virus after an initial infection. Those over 65 were left with only about 47 percent protection, the study concluded.

BIDEN RECOGNIZES ST. PATRICK’S DAY WITH IRISH PM… President Joe Biden recognized St. Patrick’s Day yesterday during a virtual meeting with Ireland Prime Minister Michael Martin. The two leaders also discussed plans to discuss how their nations can work together to fight COVID-19, cooperate on vaccines and improve diplomatic relations. U.S. and Irish involvement on the UN Security Council, their relationship with the European Union, trade and continued support of the “Good Friday agreement” with Northern Ireland were among other topics on the agenda.

VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT PASSES… The House voted largely along party lines yesterday in passing legislation that reauthorizes the Violence Against Women Act, which lapsed in 2019. Only 29 Republicans joined Democrats in the 244-to-172 vote. The legislation provides grants to state and local governments for programs addressing domestic abuse, sexual assault, dating violence and stalking. It also closes the so-called boyfriend loophole to prevent dating partners convicted of domestic violence or abuse from buying or owning guns. Current law only applies the gun purchase restriction to spouses or formerly married partners convicted of abuse or under a restraining order.

REPORT WARNS OF DOMESTIC TERRORISM… In an unclassified report released yesterday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and Departments of Homeland Security and Justice, officials warn that domestic extremists “will almost certainly” attempt to launch further attacks this year. The report claims extremists feel emboldened by the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Justice Department has accused several members of the so-called Oath Keepers group of conspiracy, spending months planning their part in the attack and coordinating to meet up with others.

IRS PUSHES BACK FILING DEADLINE… Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Chuck Rettig announced yesterday that the IRS is pushing back the official federal income tax filing deadline from April 15 to May 17. He said the move was made to accommodate those who’ve been going through a tough time during the pandemic. Rettig also urged taxpayers to check their individual state’s deadlines for instructions and potential delays of state income taxes.

TAI CONFIRMED AS TRADE REP… The Senate voted 98-0 yesterday to confirm Katherine Tai as the U.S. Trade Representative. The 46-year-old former Congressional staff attorney will advise President Joe Biden on existing trade tariffs and enforcing a new trade deal with Mexico and Canada, among other issues. Tai served as the chief trade counsel for the House of Representatives during negotiations on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in 2019. She also served in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative under President Barack Obama.

ENTERTAINMENT
DISNEY TO REOPEN CALIFORNIA PROPERTIES
… Disneyland and Disney California Adventure Park in Anaheim, California, are planning to reopen at the end of April. Both properties will initially will open with limited capacities to California residents only. Walt Disney World in Florida reopened last July and increased capacity in November, but Disneyland has maintained tighter restrictions.

ANGELINA JOLIE ACCUSES BRAD PITT OF ABUSE… Actress Angelina Jolie alleges that Brad Pitt was abusive during their relationship in new documents filed as part of their ongoing divorce proceedings. Last week’s filing doesn’t detail the allegations but Jolie has boasted that she is willing to provide “proof and authority in support” of the claims. The filing says both Jolie and “minor children” are willing to testify.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

DETROIT 116 – Toronto 112… Saddiq Bey scored 28 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as the Pistons topped the Raptors to end a four-game skid. Jerami Grant added 23 points. Norman Powell’s 43 points weren’t enough for Toronto.

Brooklyn 124 – INDIANA 115… The Nets shook off a rough start to rally past the Pacers. James Harden racked up 40 points, 10 boards and 15 assists. Six other players scored in double figures for Brooklyn.

Milwaukee 109 – PHILADELPHIA 105 (OT)… Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 10 of his 32 points in overtime and brought down 15 rebounds to lead the Bucks past the 76ers in a matchup of two Eastern Conference frontrunners. Donte DiVicenzo tossed in 20 points.

Sacramento 121 – WASHINGTON 119… De’Aaron Fox knocked down a jumper with less than a second remaining to send the Kings past the Wizards. His 28 points led six players in double figures.

CLEVELAND 117 – Boston 110… The Cavaliers came up big down the stretch in holding off the Celtics. They got 29 points from Collin Sexton and 25 from Darius Garland. Larry Nance Jr. finished with 18 points and 10 boards.

San Antonio 106 – CHICAGO 99… After trailing by as many as 23 points in the first half, the Spurs bombed the Bulls 39-19 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. They scored 17 straight points at one point during the rally. Jakob Poeltl led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points and collected 16 rebounds.

Golden State 108 – HOUSTON 94… The Warriors used a dominant second quarter to build a 24-point halftime lead and coasted past the Rockets. Jordan Poole came off the bench to score 23 points. Draymond Green had 16 points, 12 boards and 10 assists. The loss was Houston’s 18th in a row, setting a franchise record.

MEMPHIS 89 – Miami 85… Ja Morant dribbled the length of the court to lay in a tie-breaking basket with 1.2 seconds left and Kyle Anderson added a steal and two free throws as the Grizzlies fought off the Heat. Morant, Anderson and scored 13 points apiece. Jonas Valanciunas gathered 12 rebounds.

DENVER 129 – Charlotte 104… Michael Porter Jr. had game-highs with 28 points and 13 boards in leading the Nuggets past the Hornets. Will Barton added 23 points. Nikola Jokic finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.

DALLAS 105 – L.A. Clippers 89… Luka Doncic poured in 42 points as the Mavericks pulled away from the Clippers. Kristaps Porzingis had 13 boards to go with his 11 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Utah is at Washington…
Atlanta hosts Oklahoma City…
Orlando is at New York…
Phoenix hosts Minnesota…
New Orleans is at Portland…
the L.A. Lakers host Charlotte

NHL SCOREBOARD
Vancouver 3 – OTTAWA 2 (SO)… The Canucks recovered to outlast the Senators after letting an early two goal lead slip away. Adam Gaudette scored the winning goal in the shootout. Bo Horvat had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. RANGERS 9 – Philadelphia 0… Mika Zibanejad scored three goals and assisted on three others during a seven-goal second period as the Rangers crushed the Flyers. Pavel Buchnevich had two goals and two assists. Goalie Alexandar Georgiev stopped all 26 shots.

WINNIPEG 4 – Montreal 3 (OT)… The Jets outlasted the Canadiens after blowing a pair of two-goal leads. Nikolaj Ehlers found the net 55 seconds into overtime. Kyle Connor scored twice in regulation.

Edmonton 7 – CALGARY 3… Connor McDavid’s power-play goal sparked a four-goal third period that carried the Oilers over the Flames. McDavid also assisted on two goals. Tyson Barrie had four assists and Leon Draisaitl added three.

VEGAS 5 – San Jose 4… The Golden Knights scored four straight in the third period to erase a two-goal deficit and held off the Sharks. Ryan Reaves’ first goal of the season gave Vegas the lead for good. Shea Theodore had a goal and two assists.

LOS ANGELES 4 – St. Louis 1… The Kings scored three unanswered goals in the first period and never looked back in skating past the Blues. Trevor Moore had a goal and an assist. Jaret Anderson-Dolan set up two goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at New Jersey…
Buffalo hosts Boston…
Philadelphia is at at the N.Y. Islanders…
Carolina hosts Columbus…
Chicago is at Tampa By…
Florida hosts Nashville…
Dallas is at Detroit…
Edmonton hosts Winnipeg…
Minnesota is at Colorado…
Anaheim hosts Arizona

NCAA TOURNAMENT OPENS TODAY… The NCAA men’s basketball championship gets underway today with four play-in games to fill out the brackets and finalize Saturday’s first-round matchups. Today’s play opens with Texas Southern playing Mount St. Mary’s for a 16 seed in the East Regional, with the winner to play top-seeded Michigan. Drake and Wichita State battle for an 11 seed in the West Regional, with the winner advancing to take on sixth-seeded USC. Norfolk State takes on Appalachian State for a 16 seed in the West, with the winner to face top-seeded Gonzaga. UCLA and Michigan State close out the day with a contest to determine the 11 seed in the East. The winner moves on to play sixth-seeded BYU.

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is April 1)…
OAKLAND 10, Kansas City 5…
L.A. Dodgers 4, CHI. WHITE SOX 3…
San Francisco 11, COLORADO 8…
BALTIMORE 5, Atlanta 2…
St. Louis 4, HOUSTON 4 (tie)…
PHILADELPHIA 2, Detroit 0…
BOSTON 9, Minnesota 1…
MIAMI 3, N.Y. Mets 2…
Tampa Bay 10, PITTSBURGH 9…
N.Y. Yankees 1, TORONTO 0…
TEXAS 3, Arizona 0…
CINCINNATI 12, Cleveland 7…
CHI. CUBS 8, San Diego 2…
L.A. Angels 7, SEATTLE 4

The Rundown for March 17, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,547,753 and the nation’s death toll stands at 536,887, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A federal review of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID-19 guidance turned up several troublesome recommendations by the former Trump administration. The review, which was ordered by CDC director Rochelle Walensky and posted on the agency’s website yesterday, found some of the recommendations were authored primarily by outside sources and were not based on the best science available.

INTELLIGENCE OFFICIALS SAY RUSSIA INTERFERED IN ELECTION… A report released yesterday by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence concluded that Russia attempted to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election by damaging Joe Biden and supporting Donald Trump. Russian President Vladimir Putin approved the operations, according to Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines. The report names two of the Russian intelligence operatives, Ukrainian MP Andriy Derkach and Konstantin Kilimnik. The latter is a long-time associate of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and met secretly with Manafort through the campaign. The report also accused Iran of taking part in efforts to undermine public confidence in the U.S. elections processes and institutions.

KAVANAUGH’S BACKGROUND CHECK QUESTIONED… Rhode Island Democratic Senator Shelton Whitehouse has called on Attorney General Merrick Garland to help ensure “proper oversight” of an investigation into the FBI’s background check of Brett Kavanaugh prior to his 2018 confirmation as a supreme court justice. Whitehouse, who serves on the Senate Judiciary Committee, suggested that the background check was “politically-constrained and perhaps fake.” Kavanaugh’s former high-school classmate Christine Blasey Ford and several other women have accused him of sexual assault and misconduct. The FBI was brought in to investigate the allegations during Kavanaugh’s confirmation but its efforts were questioned by some Democratic senators who found it incredulous that neither Kavanaugh nor Ford were so much as interviewed by investigators. In a letter he sent Garland yesterday, Whitehouse noted that some witnesses wanted to share their accounts with the FBI but could not find anyone at the bureau who would accept their testimony.

ISABEL GUZMAN CONFIRMED AS SBA ADMINISTRATOR… The Senate voted 81-17 yesterday to confirm Isabel Guzman’s nomination as administrator of the Small Business Administration. Guzman has been serving as director of California’s Office of the Small Business Advocate, where she was in charge of small businesses COVID-19 relief. In her new position, she will oversee the rollout the SBA’s Paycheck Protection Program for small-business loan relief.

8 DEAD IN ATLANTA-AREA SHOOTINGS… Authorities in Georgia say a 21-year-old man captured last night is the suspect in three metro Atlanta massage parlor shootings that left eight people dead. Robert Aaron Long is accused of killing four people at a massage Parlor in Cherokee County at around 5 p.m. Approximately 45 minutes later, he allegedly killed four more people at two separate massage parlors across the street from each other in Atlanta. Long was eventually taken into custody in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta.

ENTERTAINMENT
YAPHET KOTTO DIES
… Actor Yaphet Kotto, whose work spanned television and film from the 1960s through the 1990s, died on Monday of undisclosed causes in the Philippines. He was 81. Kotto was best-known for playing a snarky engineer in the 1983 film “Alien” and as a villain in the 1981 James Bond film “Live and Let Die.” He also played police lieutenant Al Giardello on NBC’s in the long-running TV series “Homicide: Live on the Street.”

UPCOMING ‘SNL’ GUESTS… Daniel Kaluuya and Carey Mulligan have been booked to guest-host upcoming “Saturday Night Live” episodes. Kaluuya will host the April 3 episode, with musical guest St. Vincent. Mulligan will host the show a week later, with Kid Cudi as musical guest. Both actors were nominated for Oscars on Monday. Kaluuya is up for Best Supporting Actor nod for “Judas and the Black Messiah” and Mulligan is up for Best Actress for “Promising Young Woman.”

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Utah 117 – BOSTON 109… Donovan Mitchell keyed a fourth-quarter rally and led a balanced scoring attack with 21 points in leading the Jazz past the Celtics. Jordan Clarkson delivered 20 points off the bench. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

MIAMI 113 – Cleveland 98… All five starters scored in double figures as the Heat cruised past the Cavaliers. Jimmy Butler led the way with 28 points and 12 boards.

PHILADELPHIA 99 – New York 96… The 76ers held the Knicks to 14 fourth-quarter points in coming from behind to win their sixth in a row. Tobias Harris scored six of his game-high 30 points in the final 2:25. Seth Curry tossed in 20 points. Ben Simmons had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

CHICAGO 123 – Oklahoma City 102… The Bulls jumped out to a fast start and never let up in downing the Thunder. Zach LaVine made 15 of 20 field-goal attempts on his way to 40 points. Lauri Markkanen added 22 points.

Atlanta 119 – HOUSTON 107… Danilo Galinari scored 20 of his 29 points in the first half as the Hawks won their sixth straight and extended the Rockets’ losing streak to 17 games. John Collins had 20 points and 10 boards. Trae Young dished off 14 assists to go with his 13 points.

PORTLAND 125 – New Orleans 124… The Trail Blazers came from 17 points down in the final six minutes to stun the Pelicans. Damian Lillard knocked down the tying and winning free throws with 1.2 seconds remaining to cap a 50-point effort.

L.A. LAKERS 137 – Minnesota 121… The Lakers pulled away in the second half to put away the Timberwolves. LeBron James racked up 25 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. Montrezl Harrell added 25 points off the bench.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Brooklyn…
Milwaukee is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Sacramento…
Boston is at Cleveland…
Chicago hosts San Antonio…
Golden State is at Houston…
Memphis hosts Miami…
Charlotte is at Denver…
Dallas hosts the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCOREBOARD
NEW JERSEY 3 – Buffalo 2
… Miles Wood netted the go-ahead goal on a power play early in the third period and the Devils hung on to edge the Sabres. Sami Vatanen scored a tying goal in the second period.

WASHINGTON 3 – N.Y. Islanders 1… Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom each had a goal and an assist as the Capitals topped the Islanders. Ovechkin’s goal in the second period was the 718th of his career and moved him past Phil Esposito for sole possession of sixth place on the NHL’s all-time list.

Boston 2 – PITTSBURGH 1… Trent Frederic scored a tiebreaking goal in the third period and the Bruins made it stand in edging the Penguins. David Pastrnak opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period. Goalie Daniel Vladar made 34 saves.

DETROIT 4 – Carolina 2… Adam Erne found the net twice as the Red Wings skated past the Hurricanes to end their eight-game skid. Filip Hronek had a goal and two assists. Jonathan Bernier made 35 saves at goal.

MINNESOTA 3 – Arizona 0… Goalie Kaapo Kahkonen stopped all 31 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Wild breezed past the Coyotes. Ryan Hartman provided all the offense Minnesota needed with a first-period goal.

Tampa Bay 4 – DALLAS 3 (SO)… The Lightning recovered to outlast the Stars after blowing a two-goal lead in the final two minutes of regulation. Brayden Point had a goal and an assist in regulation and netted the decisive goal in the shootout.

COLORADO 8 – Anaheim 4… The Avalanche scored four unanswered goals in the third period to double up on the Ducks. Nazem Kadri’s second goal tied the game late in the second period and he set up two other scores.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Vancouver is at Ottawa…
the N.Y. Rangers host Philadelphia…
Montreal is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts Edmonton…
San Jose is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts St. Louis

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is April 1)…
BOSTON 5, Atlanta 3…
TAMPA BAY 7, Baltimore 1…
N.Y. Yankees 7, DETROIT 4…
Pittsburgh 4, MINNESOTA 2…
Toronto 14, PHILADELPHIA 5…
N.Y. METS 8, Houston 3…
Milwaukee 7, L.A. DODGERS 2…
Chi. White Sox 4, SAN DIEGO 3…
L.A. ANGELS 17, Cleveland 8…
ARIZONA 12, Oakland 3…
Miami 4, WASHINGTON 3…
Colorado 11, CINCINNATI 7…
Seattle 13, KANSAS CITY 0…
Texas 10, SAN FRANCISCO 6

The Rundown for March 16, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,494,312 and the nation’s death toll stands at 535,609, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A Reuters analysis found that the number of deaths from COVID-19 last week declined by 22 percent. Meanwhile, the number of vaccinations reached a record 2.4 million shots per day… Nearly 90 percent of Americans who received the first dose of a vaccine through February have completed the two-dose cycle, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said yesterday. Among those who received both shots of the two-dose vaccines, 96 percent received the second dose within the recommended time frame.

HAALAND CONFIRMED AS INTERIOR SECRETARY… The Senate voted 51-40 yesterday to confirm Deb Haaland as Secretary of the Interior. The 60-year-old New Mexico Democratic congresswoman becomes the first Native American Cabinet secretary in U.S. history. Tribal groups, environmental organizations and lawmakers praised her selection but she faced strong resistance from Republicans due to her opposition to fossil fuels and stances on various other environmental issues.

2 ARRESTED FOR ATTACKS ON CAPITOL POLICE… The Justice Department yesterday announced that two men have been arrested and charged for assaulting U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick during the January 6 attack. Sicknick died trying to defend the Capitol from a mob. 32-year-old Julian Elie Khater, of Pennsylvania, and 39-year-old George Pierre Tanios, of West Virginia, allegedly teamed up to spray Sicknick and other officers with a toxic chemical spray during the attack. The two men are charged with nine counts.

CATHOLICS CAN’T BLESS SAME-SEX MARRIAGES… The Vatican decreed yesterday that the Roman Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex marriages, no matter how stable or positive the couples’ relationships are. In a message approved by Pope Francis, the church says its answer regarding same-sex couples “declares illicit any form of blessing that tends to acknowledge their unions as such.” The church has long maintained that marriage should be limited to a union between a man and a woman, saying that same-sex unions involve “sexual activity outside of marriage.”

3 KILLED BY CAR ON SIDEWALK… Three people were killed and six others were injured yesterday morning when a 71-year-old man drove his car onto a sidewalk and into a group of people. The driver, Craig Voss, is being held on three counts of vehicular manslaughter, five counts of causing great bodily injury while committing a felony and one count of driving under the influence, San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said at an afternoon press conference. Nisleit characterized the victims as homeless people seeking shelter from the rain in a tunnel.

ENTERTAINMENT
KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR JOINS ‘SECRET INVASION’
… Kingsley Ben-Adir has signed on to star in the upcoming Disney+ Marvel television series “Secret Invasion.” He will portray a lead villain on the series. Ben-Adir joins a cast that includes Samuel L. Jackson and Ben Mendelsohn, who are reprising their Marvel roles as Nick Fury and Talos, respectively. No release date has been set.

DRAKE MAKES HISTORY… Drake yesterday became the first artist ever to have three songs debut in the Top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart following his new release, “Scary Hours 2.” The three songs — “What’s Next,” “Wants and Needs” with Lil Baby and “Lemon Pepper Freestyle” with Rick Ross — were released on March 5. The Beatles and Ariana Grande also had three songs rank in the top 3 simultaneously but the songs didn’t debut there.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

CHARLOTTE 122 – Sacramento 116… The Hornets came from 15 points down in the second half to upend the Kings. They got 26 points from Terry Rozier and 25 from Gordon Hayward.

Milwaukee 133 – WASHINGTON 122… Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 31 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists in leading the Bucks past the Wizards for their fourth straight win. Khris Middleton added 23 points and Brook Lopez tossed in 22.

BROOKLYN 117 – New York 112… Kyrie Irving scored a game-high 34 points as the Nets fought off the Nets. James Harden finished with 21 points, 15 boards and 15 assists. Jeff Green added 20 points.

San Antonio 109 – DETROIT 99… Six players scored in double figures as the Spurs cruised past the Pistons. Dejounte Murray led the way with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Jakob Peoltl grabbed 12 boards to go with his 14 points.

L.A. Clippers 109 – DALLAS 99… Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Clippers handled the Mavericks. Ivica Zubac had 15 points and 11 boards. Five other players scored in double figures.

DENVER 121 – Indiana 106… The Nuggets outscored the Pacers 34-15 in the fourth quarter to run away with the victory. Nikola Jokic had game-highs with 21 points and 14 rebounds. Michael Porter Jr. and Will Barton added 20 points apiece.

PHOENIX 122 – Memphis 99… The Suns shook off a slow start to roll past the Grizzlies. Devin Booker pumped in 27 points before sitting out the fourth quarter.

L.A. Lakers 128 – GOLDEN STATE 97… Montrezl Harrell made 11 of 14 field-goal attempts on his way to 27 points and the Lakers routed the Warriors. LeBron James had 22 points, 10 boards and 11 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Utah is at Boston…
Miami hosts Cleveland…
New York is at Philadelphia…
Chicago hosts Oklahoma State…
Atlanta is at Houston…
Portland hosts New Orleans…
Minnesota is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
Nashville 4 – TAMPA BAY 1… Calle Jarnkrok scored a shorthanded goal and had three assists as the Predators skated past the Lightning. Pekka Rinne made 38 saves at goal.

Philadelphia 5 – N.Y. RANGERS 4 (OT)…The Flyers blew an early two-goal lead and then came from behind twice before outlasting the Rangers. Jakub Voracek set up two goals and netted the game-winner at 3:47 of overtime. Joel Farabee had a goal and an assist.

FLORIDA 6 – Chicago 3… The Panthers came from two goals down in the second period to double up on the Blackhawks. Aleksander Barkov had a goal and two assists. Gustav Forsling scored a goal and assisted on another.

PITTSBURGH 4 – Boston 1… Evan Rodrigues and Sidney Crosby scored back-to-back goals in the second period to give the Penguins the lead for good in their win over the Bruins. Evgeni Malkin’s power-play goal in the second period gave him his 1,100th NHL point.

Vancouver 3 – OTTAWA 2 (OT)… The Canucks recovered to outlast the Senators after blowing a two-goal lead. J.T. Miller netted the game-winner at 1:40 of overtime. Goalie Thatcher Demko stopped 44 shots.

Washington 6 – BUFFALO 0… Vitak Vanecek stopped all 23 shots at goal and the Capitals skated past the Sabres. Alex Ovechkin scored his 717th career goal, leaving him tied with Phil Esposito for sixth place on the all-time list.

Montreal 4 – WINNIPEG 2… Tyler Toffoli scored a second-period goal and added an empty-netter as the Canadians topped the Jets. Toffoli also assisted on Josh Anderson’s power-play goal.

CALGARY 4 – Edmonton 3… Noah Hanifin scored a go-ahead goal early in the third period and the Flames hung on to edge the Oilers. Elias Lindholm, Dillon Dube and Andrew Mangiapane each had a goal and an assist.

VEGAS 2 – San Jose 1… Max Pacioretty scored a power-play goal in the first period and set up Mark Stone’s goal in the third to lift the Golden Knights over the Sharks. Marc-Andre Fleury made 23 stops at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at New Jersey…
Washington hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Boston is at Pittsburgh…
Detroit hosts Carolina…
Arizona is at Minnesota…
Dallas hosts Tampa Bay…
Arizona is at Colorado

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is April 1)…
TAMPA BAY 3, Boston 2…
Miami 6, HOUSTON 5…
ATLANTA 5, Minnesota 1…
N.Y. YANKEES 4, Philadelphia 2…
BALTIMORE 12, Pittsburgh 3…
Toronto 4, DETROIT 0…
ST. LOUIS 4, Washington 2…
CHI. WHITE SOX 4, Chi. Cubs 4 (tie)…
CLEVELAND 7, Oakland 3…
KANSAS CITY 6, San Francisco 1…
Arizona 6, SEATTLE 5…
Cincinnati 7, L.A. ANGELS 3…
L.A Dodgers 12, COLORADO 5…
San Diego 13, MILWAUKEE 3

The Rundown for March 12, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 29,285,001 and the nation’s death toll stands at 530,713, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… In his first prime-time address last night, President Joe Biden said he will direct states, tribes and territories to make all American adults eligible for a COVID-19 vaccine by May 1. The president urged that if everyone does their part to slow the spread and get vaccinated, there is a chance that families, friends and neighbors could gather in small groups by the Fourth of July.

BIDEN SIGNS RELIEF BILL… President Joe Biden yesterday signed the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package that Congress passed earlier this week. The plan sends Americans direct payments of up to $1,400, extends a $300 per week unemployment insurance supplement, expands the child tax credit and puts funds into vaccine distribution. Biden signed the bill into law on the one-year anniversary of the declaration of the pandemic.

HOUSE PASSES GUN-CONTROL BILLS… The House yesterday approved a pair of gun control bills. The bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021, which passed by a 227-203 vote, would require universal background checks on all commercial gun sales. The second bill, which passed 219-210, would give authorities 10 business days to complete federal background checks before a gun sale can be licensed. Currently, such sales can proceed if the government cannot complete complicated background checks of prospective buyers within three days.

MISSISSIPPI GOVERNOR SIGNS TRANS BILL… Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed into law yesterday a ban on transgender athletes from competing in women’s sports. The bill, S.B. 2536, was passed overwhelmingly in the state legislature last week. It prohibits “students of the male sex” from athletic teams or sports designated for women at high schools and universities throughout the state. Human rights and LGBTQ advocacy groups have condemned the bill as anti-transgender legislation.

FOX NEWS HOST COMMENTS ANGER MILITARY OFFICIALS… Fox News show host Tucker Carlson faced severe backlash from Pentagon and military leaders yesterday for mocking women serving in the armed forces. On Tuesday, Carlson said “pregnant women” fighting wars make “a mockery of the U.S. military.” Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin shared the same “revulsion” that many senior Pentagon officials and military leaders have expressed about comments Carlson made.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACM AWARDS
… Keith Urban and Mickey Guyton have agreed to host the 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards on April 18. The two performed together at last September’s ACM Awards, which Urban also hosted. This year’s event will be broadcast live from three venues in Nashville.

THE WEEKND TO BOYCOTT GRAMMYS… The Weeknd has told the New York Times that he will forever boycott the Grammy Awards. The pop star vowed never to submit songs for the annual awards show after he failed to get a single nomination for his hit single “Blinding Lights,” which has spent 52 weeks in the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. The 63rd annual event will air this Sunday.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

CHARLOTTE 105 – Detroit 102… P.J. Washington scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Hornets held off the Pistons. Gordon Hayward and Terry Rozier added 20 points apiece.

BROOKLYN 121 – Boston 109… Kyrie Irving poured in a game-high 40 points and the Nets handled the Celtics. James Harden finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds.

Atlanta 121 – TORONTO 120… The Hawks came from 15 points down in the final six minutes to upend the Raptors. Tony Snell knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer. Trae Young led all scorers with 37 points.

MIAMI 111 – Orlando 103… Jimmy Butler scored 27 points and dished off 11 assists as the Heat fought off the Magic. Kelly Olynyk tossed in 20 points.

Philadelphia 127 – CHICAGO 105… The 76ers cruised past the Bulls despite playing without Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons due to contract tracing. Tobias Harris scored 27 points to lead seven players in double figures.

MILWAUKEE 134 – New York 101… Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 24 points, 10 boards and 10 assists to lead the Bucks in their rout of the Knicks. Bryn Forbes delivered 21 points off the bench.

Minnesota 135 – NEW ORLEANS 105… The Timberwolves shook off a slow start to roll past the Pelicans. Jaylen Nowell made six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 28 points. Anthony Edwards added 27 points and Jaden McDaniels had 20.

OKLAHOMA CITY 116 – Dallas 108… The Thunder got 32 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander in downing a Mavericks team that was resting Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. Al Horford added 21 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 130 – Golden State 104… The Clippers blew the game open with a big third quarter and snapped a three-game skid in handing the Warriors their fourth straight loss. Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points before sitting out the fourth quarter. Serge Ibaka had 16 points and 14 rebounds.

Phoenix 127 – PORTLAND 121… The Suns pulled past the Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter and extended their winning streak to five games. Devin Booker led all scorers with 35 points. Six other players scored in double figures for Phoenix.

SACRAMENTO 125 – Houston 105… The Kings took control in the second quarter and went on to hand the Rockets their 14th straight loss. De’Aaron Fox scored a game-high 30 points. Harrison Barnes, Richaun Holmes and Buddy Hield added 20 points apiece.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Washington…
Memphis hosts Denver…
Cleveland is at New Orleans…
Chicago hosts Miami…
Orlando is at San Antonio…
Utah hosts Houston…
Indiana is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
BOSTON 4 – N.Y. Rangers 0… Goalie Jaroslav Halak stopped all 28 shots in his second shutout of the season and the Bruins breezed past the Rangers. David Krejci scored his first goal of the season and Brad Marchand had two assists.

Pittsburgh 5 – BUFFALO 2… The Penguins skated past the Sabres to win their fourth in a row. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – New Jersey 3… The Islanders made it seven straight wins by fighting off the Devils. Matt Martin and Adam Pelech scored first-period goals. Ryan Pulock assisted on two goals.

Washington 5 – PHILADELPHIA 3… Alex Ovechkin netted his 715th career goal to highlight the Capitals’ defeat of the Flyers. Nic Dowd sealed the victory with an 185-foot empty-netter.

CAROLINA 5 – Nashville 1… Morgan Geekie netted a pair of goals in leading the Hurricanes past the Predators. Jake Bean had two assists. James Reimer made 32 saves at goal.

Florida 5 – COLUMBUS 4 (OT)… The Panthers erased a three-goal third-period deficit and outlasted the Blue Jackets. Frank Vetrano scored the game-winner at 2:48 of overtime. Aleksander Barkov’s power-play goal tied the game with 5:34 left in regulation.

TORONTO 4 – Winnipeg 3 (OT)… Auston Matthews scored his NHL-leading 21st goal of the season 59 seconds into overtime to send the Maple Leafs past the Jets. Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist.

DETROIT 6 – Tampa Bay 4… Anthony Mantha scored a goal and assisted on two others to lead the Red Wings past the Lightning. Filip Zadina had two assists.

Chicago 4 – DALLAS 2… The Blackhawks scored all four goals in their first eight shots and doubled up on the Stars. Carl Soderberg and Alex DeBrincat scored scored off power-plays during a three-goal second period.

CALGARY 2 – Montreal 1… Josh Leivo found the net twice in the second period and the Flames held on to edge the Canadiens. Derek Ryan assisted on both goals. Goalie Jacob Markstrom made 18 stops.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Vegas is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Arizona…
Ottawa is at Edmonton…
Colorado hosts Los Angeles…
San Jose is at Anaheim

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 2 Baylor 74, Kansas State 68 (Big 12 Championship quarterfinal)…
No. 9 Ohio State 79, Minnesota 75 (Big Ten Tournament – 2nd round)
No. 11 Kansas 69, No. 25 Oklahoma 62 (Big 12 Championship quarterfinal)…
No. 12 Oklahoma State 72, No. 10 West Virginia 69 (Big 12 Championship quarterfinal)…
No. 13 Texas 67, No. 20 Texas Tech 66 (Big 12 Championship quarterfinal)…
Georgetown 72, No. 14 Villanova 71 (Big East Tournament quarterfinal)…
No. 16 Virginia 72, Syracuse 69 (ACC Tournament quarterfinal)
No. 17 Creighton 87, Butler 56 (Big East Tournament quarterfinal)…
No. 19 San Diego State 69, Wyoming 66 (Mountain West Championship quarterfinal)…
North Carolina 81, No. 22 Virginia Tech 73 (ACC Tournament quarterfinal)…
No. 23 Colorado 61, California 58 (Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal)…
No. 24 USC 91, Utah 85 (2OT) (Pac-12 Tournament quarterfinal)

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
PITTSBURGH 7, Baltimore 5…
Boston 5, MINNESOTA 4…
N.Y. Yankees 6, PHILADELPHIA 1…
ATLANTA 2, Tampa Bay 0…
MIAMI 1, Washington 1 (tie)…
TORONTO 10, Detroit 6…
Oakland 6, TEXAS 0…
Chi. Cubs 8, COLORADO 6…
SAN DIEGO 5, Cleveland 4…
Kansas City 4, MILWAUKEE 2…
L.A. ANGELS 5, San Francisco 4…
N.Y. Mets 1, HOUSTON 0…
CINCINNATI 7, Chi. White Sox 4…
Seattle 4, L.A. DODGERS 4 (tie)

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 March 3, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 28,719,624 and the nation’s death toll stands at 516,608, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves eased restrictions in their states yesterday despite recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warnings not to. Abbott lifted a mask mandate and announced that businesses may open at full capacity next week. Reeves has lifted all county mask mandates and announced all businesses can operate at 100-percent capacity.

RAIMONDO CONFIRMED AS COMMERCE SECRETARY… The Senate yesterday confirmed Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo as Commerce secretary. Her confirmation came following an 84-15 bipartisan vote. Raimondo said in her confirmation hearing she would prioritize addressing economic damage from COVID-19, ensuring fair competition for U.S. workers “on the global playing field” and tackling climate change. Also yesterday, former President Barack Obama adviser Neera Tanden withdrew her nomination as director of the Office of Management and Budget after facing scrutiny over her past tweets critical of lawmakers.

MORE THAN A DOZEN DEAD IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CRASH… At least 13 people were killed yesterday when a big rig hauling two trailers crashed with a Ford Expedition carrying at least 25 in Southern California, about 10 miles north of the Mexico border. The cause of the deadly crash near State Route 115 in Imperial County is being investigated for any connection to human smuggling. A preliminary report released last night by the California Highway Patrol said the SUV, driven by a 28-year-old resident of Mexico, “entered the intersection directly in front” of a 68-year-old truck driver. The SUV driver was killed instantly. The truck driver was hospitalized with major injuries. Authorities said 10 of the dead were Mexican nationals.

WRAY TESTIFIES ON CAPITOL ATTACK… FBI Director Christopher Wray repeatedly told members of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that there is no evidence of “antifa” participating in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol nor is there evidence of attackers posing as Trump supporters. Wray’s testimony defied the efforts of several GOP officials to divert blame for the insurrection from Trump supporters. A recent Suffolk University/USA Today poll found that 58 percent of Republicans believe the Capitol riot to have been “mostly an antifa-inspired attack that only involved a few Trump supporters.”

VERNON JORDAN DIES… Civil-rights activist Vernon Jordan, who developed close personal friendships with presidents from Lyndon Johnson to Barack Obama, died Monday night of undisclosed causes, his niece announced yesterday. He was 85. Jordan served as field secretary for the Georgia NAACP and executive director of the United Negro College Fund in the 1960s before becoming head of the National Urban League, He transitioned into business and politics in the 1980s. Jordan was a key campaign adviser to Clinton during his 1992 presidential campaign and co-chaired Clinton’s transition team.

ENTERTAINMENT
BUNNY WAILER DIES
… Reggae icon Bunny Wailer, who was the last living original member of the Wailers, died yesterday at the age of 73. The Jamaican Observer reported that Wailer had been in and out of the hospital since having a second stroke in July. The native of Kingston, Jamaica, was Bob Marley’s stepbrother. The two, along with Peter Tosh, formed the Wailing Wailers in 1963. It wasn’t until the 1970s that members of the group became international superstars as Bob Marley and the Wailers. After leaving the band in 1973, Wailer embarked on a successful solo career. He won three Grammys in the ’90s and recorded with Snoop Dogg on the 2013 Snoop Lion album “Reincarnated.” In 2017, Wailer was awarded the Order of Merit by the Jamaican government and in 2019 was presented the Reggae Gold Award for his contributions to the country’s music culture.

DOLLY PARTON GETS HER VACCINATION… Country star Dolly Parton, who was was credited with helping fund the Moderna vaccine through her $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has been given her first dose of the vaccine. The 75-year-old Parton used the opportunity to urge others to join her in getting vaccinated. She sang an adapted version of her hit song “Jolene” before receiving the shot. “Vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, vaccine, I’m begging of you, please don’t hesitate,” Parton pleaded in a video.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

Memphis 125 – WASHINGTON 111… The Grizzlies took control in the second quarter and held off the Wizards. Ja Morant pumped in 35 points and dished off 10 assists. De’Anthony Melton and Dillon Brooks added 20 points apiece.

BOSTON 117 – L.A. Clippers 112… The Celtics withstood a late charge to get past a Clippers team that was playing without Kawhi Leonard. Kemba Walker scored 25 points to lead six players in double figures.

Atlanta 94 – MIAMI 80… Trae Young scored 13 straight points during a fourth-quarter surge that carried the Hawks past the Heat. Young finished with 18 points and 10 assists. Clint Capela pulled down 17 rebounds to go with his 10 points.

SAN ANTONIO 119 – New York 93… The Spurs came alive in the second half to blow open a close game. Six players scored in double figures led by Trey Lyles’ 18 points. DeMar DeRozan had 10 points and 11 assists.

Denver 128 – MILWAUKEE 97… The Nuggets built a double-digit lead early and went on to hand the Bucks their first loss in six games. Nikola Jokic racked up 37 points, 10 boards and 11 assists in his 50th career triple-double. Jamal Murray added 24 points.

Phoenix 114 – L.A. LAKERS 104… The Suns fought off the Lakers despite the third-quarter ejection of leading scorer Devin Booker for arguing. Dario Šarić came off the bench and scored 10 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Indiana is at Cleveland…
Philadelphia hosts Utah…
Detroit is at Toronto (in Tampa)…
Houston hosts Brooklyn…
Atlanta is at Orlando…
Minnesota hosts Charlotte…
Chicago is at New Orleans…
Oklahoma City is at Dallas…
Portland hosts Golden State…
the L.A. Lakers are at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD
N.Y. Islanders 2 – NEW JERSEY 1… Oliver Wahlstrom found the net early in the third period to break a scoreless tie and Anders Lee added what proved to be the decisive goal in the Islanders’ win over the Devils. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 28 saves and came within 14 seconds of his fourth shutout.

N.Y. RANGERS 3 – Buffalo 2… Pavel Buchnevich had a goal and an assist in leading the Rangers past the Sabres. The loss was Buffalo’s fourth straight.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Philadelphia 2… Kasperi Kapanen netted back-to-back goals in the second period to give the Penguins the lead for good in their defeat of the Flyers. Tristan Jarry stopped 40 shots at goal.

COLUMBUS 4 – Detroit 1… The Blue Jackets scored three second-period goals to put away the Red Wings. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist. Zach Werenski set up two goals.

MONTREAL 3 – Ottawa 1… Brandon Gallagher and Jeff Petry opened the scoring with back-to-back power-play goals 2:04 part in the second period and the Canadiens breezed past the Senators to give new coach Dominique Ducharme his first NHL victory. Goalie Carey Price made 26 saves.

WINNIPEG 5 – Vancouver 2… Kyle Connor and Blake Wheeler each had a goal and two assists as the Jets skated past the Canucks. Laurent Brossoit made 32 stops at goal.

Carolina 4 – NASHVILLE 2… The Hurricanes got a pair of goals from Sebastian Aho in doubling up on the Predators. Steven Lorentz scored a goal and assisted on another.

Tampa Bay 2 – DALLAS 0… Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 28 shots in his third straight shutout and the Lightning clipped the Stars. Ondrej Palat provided all the offense Tampa Bay needed with a first-period power-play goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington is at Boston…
Edmonton hosts Toronto…
St. Louis is at Anaheim…
Vegas hosts Minnesota…
Arizona is at Los Angeles…
San Jose hosts Colorado

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD… 10 TOP-25 TEAMS IN ACTION!
No. 4 Illinois 76, No. 2 MICHIGAN 53…
No. 3 Baylor 94, No. 6 WEST VIRGINIA 89…
No. 8 ALABAMA 70, Auburn 58…
No. 12 Arkansas 101, SOUTH CAROLINA 73…
No. 15 Texas 81, IOWA STATE 67…
No. 18 TEXAS TECH 69, TCU 49…
No. 25 PURDUE 73, No. 23 Wisconsin 69

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES
CHI. CUBS 3, Kansas City 2…
Texas 5, CHI. WHITE SOX 5 (tie)…
Cleveland 6, SEATTLE 1…
Oakland 2, MILWAUKEE 1…
San Diego 7, ARIZONA 2…
Detroit 6, PITTSBURGH 1…
ATLANTA 6, Minnesota 0…
N.Y. Yankees 4, BALTIMORE 2…
St. Louis 0, MIAMI 0 (tie)…
BOSTON 9, Tampa Bay 3…
TORONTO 4, Philadelphia 2…
N.Y. METS 2, Houston 0…
CINCINNATI 7, L.A. Angels 5…
SAN FRANCISCO 1, L.A. Dodgers 1 (tie)