The Rundown for March 11, 2020

BIDEN EXTENDS LEAD WITH PRIMARY WINS… Former vice president Joe Biden extended his lead over Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders yesterday in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. Biden won primaries in Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi and Missouri. Results from contests in North Dakota and Washington were considered too close to call as of earlier this morning, but Sanders was leading in both races. The most count had Biden collecting 823 of the 1,991 delegates he needs to win the nomination. Sanders had 663 delegates.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… President Trump said yesterday that the coronavirus outbreak would “go away” and urged Americans to remain calm. He made the comments as the number of cases in the U.S. surpassed 800. Washington Governor Jay Inslee warned of tens of thousands more cases without “real action” and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo deployed National Guard troops in the hard-hit New York City suburb of New Rochelle. Trump met with his top economic officials but didn’t disclose what was addressed.

APPEALS COURT GIVES HOUSE ACCESS TO MUELLER REPORT… A federal appeals court yesterday decided to let House Democrats access to redacted or deleted versions of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 448-page report on Russian election interference. The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 2-1 to uphold a lower court decision. Two of the judges rejected the Justice Department’s argument that impeachment is not the kind of court case where grand jury materials are usually available and said courts should not “micromanage” the House’s need for information in the context of an impeachment probe. The Justice Department is expected to file additional appeals and the case could still face Supreme Court review.

ST. PAUL TEACHERS STRIKE… School teachers in St. Paul, Minnesota, went on strike yesterday after negotiations with the school district failed to produce an agreement. The St. Paul Federation of Educators, which represents 3,600 teachers and support staff, says a reduction in new employees has been a sticking point in talks. Union officials on Sunday said no progress had been made on adding mental health, multilingual and special education supports or expanding restorative practices to address racial disparities. The district said adding mental health teams the union wants would cost $30 million per year.

UN CLIMATE REPORT WARNS OF CLIMATE CHANGE… A UN climate report released yesterday warns “time is fast running out” to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The report by the UN’s World Meteorological Organization cites unprecedented heat waves, fires and floods over the past year as well as soaring levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide levels once again hit a record in 2019. The five warmest years on record worldwide occurred over the most recent five years.

WEINSTEIN WISHED DEATH UPON JENNIFER ANISTON… Unsealed court documents reviewed by Variety yesterday revealed that Harvey Weinstein urged that “Jen Aniston should be killed” in response to a reporter’s question about an allegation that Weinstein had groped the actress. Weinstein made the comment in an October 2017 email that was part of 1,000 pages of documents unsealed in advance of Weinstein’s sentencing today. A representative for Aniston said the groping allegation was not true. A jury last month convicted the 67-year-old Weinstein on a first-degree criminal sexual act charge and third-degree rape. He faces a minimum of five years and a maximum of 29 years in prison.

COACHELLA POSTPONED… The Coachella music festival is being postponed over concerns over the coronavirus. The event in the Southern California desert is being pushed back six months to the weekends of October 9-11 and October 16-18. Rage Against the Machine, Frank Ocean and Travis Scott had been set as headliners.

Boston 114 – INDIANA 111… The Celtics turned away a late rally to down the Pacers and clinch a playoff spot. All five starters scored in double figures led by Jayson Tatum’s 30 points. Gordon Hayward had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Daniel Theis added 20 points.

WASHINGTON 122 – New York 115… The Wizards rallied past the Knicks in the second half after trailing by 14 at the break. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 40 points.

CHICAGO 108 – Cleveland 103… Coby White scored 20 points in his first career start and the Bulls fought off the Cavaliers. Chicago had four other players score in double figures.

HOUSTON 117 – Minnesota 111… The Rockets overcame the Timberwolves in the second half and snapped their four-game skid. James Harden scored a game-high 37 points. Russell Westbrook added 27 points.

Orlando 120 – MEMPHIS 115… Terrance Ross came off the bench to score 18 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter and lead the Magic past the Grizzlies. Fellow reserve Michael Carter-Williams tossed in 20 points. Nikola Vucevic finished with 19 points and 11 boards.

SAN ANTONIO 119 – Dallas 109… The Spurs came up big in the fourth quarter to surge past the Mavericks. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points in his return from injury. DeMar DeRozan had 13 points and 12 assists.

PORTLAND 121 – Phoenix 105… All five starters scored in double figures as the Trail Blazers handled the Suns. Damian Lillard dropped in 25 points. CJ McCollum and Trevor Ariza scored 22 points apiece. Carmelo Anthony had 21 points.

L.A. Clippers 131 – GOLDEN STATE 107… The Clippers built a 34-point lead through three quarters and coasted past the Warriors. Kawhi Leonard pumped in 23 points before sitting out the fourth quarter.

Brooklyn 104 – L.A. LAKERS 102… Spencer Dinwiddie knocked down a go-ahead jumper with 28.2 seconds left and the Nets held on to down the Lakers. Dinwiddie finished with a team-high 23 points. Caris LeVert added 22 points.

Detroit is at Philadelphia…
Atlanta hosts New York…
Charlotte is at Miami…
Oklahoma City hosts Utah…
Denver is at Dallas…
Sacramento hosts New Orleans

TORONTO 2 – Tampa Bay 1… Auston Matthews netted a tie-breaking goal in the third period and the Maple Leafs made it stand in their win over the Lightning. William Nylander opened the scoring in the first period. Mitch Marner assisted on both goals. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 32 saves.

Nashville 4 – MONTREAL 2… The Predators scored all four goals in the second period on their way past the Canadiens. Filip Forsberg scored two goals and assisted on another. Roman Josi had two assists.

Pittsburgh 5 – NEW JERSEY 2… Evgeni Malkin found the net twice in the third period and had an assist as the Penguins put away the Devils. Kris Letang added a goal and an assist.

Boston 2 – PHILADELPHIA 0… Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped all 36 shots as the Bruins blanked the Flyers to end their nine-game winning streak. Boston got goals from Matt Grzelcyk and Patrice Bergeron.

Carolina 5 – DETROIT 2… Justin Williams scored a go-ahead goal in the third period and Sebastian Aho added short-handed and power-play goals as the Hurricanes put away the Red Wings. Jake Gardiner had three assists.

N.Y. Rangers 4 – DALLAS 2… Kaapo Kakko’s two second-period goals proved to be the difference as the Rangers doubled up on the Stars. Mika Zibanejad netted his 10th goal in five games and reached 40 for the season.

ANAHEIM 5 – Ottawa 2… The Ducks opened with four unanswered goals in the first period and never looked back in their defeat of the Senators. Nicolas Deslauriers scored three straight goals, with the final two coming 32 seconds apart. Ryan Miller made 40 saves at goal.

VANCOUVER 5 – N.Y. Islanders 4 (SO)… J.T. Miller scored the lone goal in the tie-breaker to lift the Canucks over the Islanders. Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist. Thatcher Demko stopped 45 shots at goal. The loss was New York’s seventh in a row.

San Jose is at Chicago…
Edmonton hosts Winnipeg…
St. Louis is at Anaheim…
Colorado hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Ottawa is at Los Angeles

#2 Gonzaga 84, Saint Mary’s 66 (West Coast Conference final)

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