The Rundown for February 18, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,823,163 and the nation’s death toll stands at 490,394, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said yesterday that mounting evidence suggests the Covid-19 vaccine can slow the spread of the coronavirus. Whether vaccination can prevent transmission of the virus is “the looming question,” Fauci said during a White House coronavirus response team briefing.

TEXANS STRUGGLE DURING FREEZE… Troubles are mounting in Texas, where 2.7 million households are without power and residents in more than 100 counties have been told to boil their drinking water. Strained by an Arctic vortex that brought record low temperatures, the state has lost 40 percent of its generating capacity, with natural gas wells and pipelines, along with wind turbines, frozen shut. As many as two dozens deaths have been blamed on the cold snap and freezing temperatures are expected through the weekend.

CUOMO PANDEMIC HANDLING UNDER INVESTIGATION… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic is the target of an investigation launched by the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York. Investigators are reportedly looking into the conduct of top officials who coordinated the state’s response to the pandemic and a July 2020 order directing nursing homes to accept coronavirus-positive residents being discharged from hospitals. A former Cuomo staffer admitted last week that the governor’s administration had hidden the true death toll from the public for fear of political backlash. The state’s attorney general has also investigated and released a damning report of the governor’s handling of the crisis.

WOMEN GENERALS’ PROMOTIONS DELAYED… The New York Times yesterday quoted former Defense Secretary Mark Esper in reporting that the Pentagon delayed the promotion of two female generals out of fear that Trump would derail their nominations. Air Force General Jacqueline Van Ovost and Army Lieutenant General Laura Richardson of the Army are set to be nominated for promotions by the Biden administration in the coming weeks. Esper insisted he recommended the two generals not to be politically correct but because they were the best qualified.

8 WOUNDED IN PHILADELPHIA SHOOTING… Gunfire at a public transit station in Philadelphia yesterday afternoon left eight people wounded. The victims ranged in age from 17 to 71. One of them is reported to be in critical condition. Police say one person is in custody and two weapons have been recovered.

… Bombastic radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh died yesterday following a battle with lung cancer. He was 70. Limbaugh pioneered the American media phenomenon of conservative talk radio and used his platform to air commentary that was sometimes highly incendiary. He called former President Barack Obama a “house negro” and poked fun at Kurt Cobain’s suicide, former Chief Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s cancer and actor Michael J. Fox’s Parkinson’s disease. A racist comment he made in 2003 prompted his firing after a short stint at ESPN. His radio show was heard on more than 600 U.S. stations with an audience that reached 27 million people weekly.

JESSE PLEMONS JOINS CAST OF SCORSESE FILM… Jesse Plemons has signed on to join Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in the cast of the upcoming Apple thriller “Killers of the Flower Moon.” Plemons will reunite with director Martin Scorsese, with whom he worked on 2019’s “The Irishman.” The film is set in 1920s Oklahoma and centers on the serial murders of Osage Nation members in a string of brutal crimes that came to be known as the Reign of Terror. Plemons will play Tom White, the lead FBI agent investigating the murders.


ORLANDO 107 – New York 89… The Magic shook off a slow start to roll past the Knicks. Terrence Ross came off the bench to score a game-high 30 points. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and as many rebounds.

Atlanta 122 – BOSTON 114… Trae Young poured in 40 points and the Hawks topped the Celtics to end a four-game skid. Clint Capela powered his way to 24 points and 13 boards. John Collins tossed in 20 points.

PHILADELPHIA 118 – Houston 113… The 76ers built a 26-point halftime lead and held on to down the Rockets. Joel Embiid scored 31 points, grabbed 11 rebounds and dished out nine assists. Tobias Harris had 24 points and 15 boards. Seth Curry dropped in 25 points.

WASHINGTON 130 – Denver 128… Bradley Beal made two free throws with a tenth of a second remaining and finished with 25 points in the Wizards’ come-from-behind win over the Nuggets. Davis Bertans led Washington with 35 points off the bench. Russell Westbrook totaled 12 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists.

Indiana 134 – MINNESOTA 128 (OT)… Domantas Sabonis racked up 36 points, 17 boards and 10 assists in leading the Pacers to an overtime win over the Timberwolves. Malcolm Brogdon added 32 points.

CHICAGO 105 – Detroit 102… The Bulls overcame an 18-point halftime deficit to upend the Pistons. Zach LaVine led the way with 37 points. Jerami Grant’s 43 points weren’t enough for Detroit.

Portland 126 – NEW ORLEANS 124… Damian Lillard knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds remaining to cap a 43-point, 16-assist effort that carried the Trail Blazers past the Pelicans. Gary Trent Jr. added 23 points.

MEMPHIS 122 – Oklahoma City 113… The Grizzlies were too much in the fourth quarter and took down the Thunder. Grayson Allen and Jonas Valanciunas scored 22 points apiece. Ja Morant had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 120 – Miami 109 (OT)… The Warriors outlasted the Heat after trailing by 15 points at halftime. Kent Bazemore delivered a game-high 26 points off the bench. Stephen Curry had 25 points and 11 assists. Andrew Wiggins and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 23 points apiece.

Utah 114 – L.A. CLIPPERS 96… The Jazz blew past the short-handed Clippers in the second half to win their ninth in a row. Donovan Mitchell pumped in 24 points to lead all scorers. Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 20 boards.

Toronto is at Milwaukee…
the L.A. Lakers host Brooklyn…
Miami is at Sacramento

Florida 4 – CAROLINA 3 (OT)… Jonathan Huberdeau’s second goal of the game came with 2:31 remaining and gave the Panthers a come-from-behind win over the Hurricanes. Huberdeau also had an assist. Goalie Chris Driedger made 32 saves.

TORONTO 2 – Ottawa 1… Alexander Kerfoot netted a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Maple Leafs made it stand in edging the Senators. Frederick Andersen made 27 stops at goal.

Chicago 2 – DETROIT 0… Goalie Kevin Lankinen stopped all 29 shots in his first career shutout and the Blackhawks clipped the Red Wings. Chicago got goals from Philipp Kurashev and Alex DeBrincat.

Vancouver 5 – CALGARY 1… Five different players found the net as the Canucks skated past the Flames. Brock Boeser scored a goal and assisted on two others. Goalie Braden Holtby made 35 saves.

EDMONTON 3 – Winnipeg 2… Leon Draisaitl found the net twice to lead the Oilers past the Jets. Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins both had two assists.

New Jersey is at Boston…
Philadelphia hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Pittsburgh…
Columbus hosts Nashville…
Ottawa is at Toronto…
Washington hosts Buffalo…
San Jose is at St. Louis…
Arizona hosts Los Angeles…
Minnesota is at Anaheim

No. 17 USC 89, Arizona State 71…
No. 19 TENNESSEE 93, South Carolina 73…
No. 22 LOYOLA CHICAGO 54, Valparaiso 52…
No. 23 Kansas 59, KANSAS STATE 41

TENNIS NEWS… Naomi Osaka beat Serena Williams 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to secure a spot in the Australian Open women’s final. Osaka will take on Jennifer Brady, who defeated Karolína Muchová in three sets to reach her first grand slam final. In the men’s semifinals, World No. 1 Novak Djokovic goes up against Russian qualifier Aslan Karatsev and Daniil Medvedev battles Stefanos Tsitsipas.

The Rundown for February 17, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,756,623 and the nation’s death toll stands at 488,081, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… During a CNN Town Hall last night, President Joe Biden said he expects the COVID-19 vaccine to be widely available in the U.S. by the end of July and cautiously suggested the nation may return to “normal” by Christmas. Biden said one of the most significant obstacles he faced in taking on the pandemic response from the previous administration has been a lack of vaccinators to administer the shots. Earlier yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said The Biden administration will raise the vaccine supply to states from 11 million to 13.5 million doses per week.

AT LEAST 21 DEAD IN WINTER STORMS… At least 21 people have died in the polar vortex that brought brutal chill to the nation’s midsection this week. Most of the deaths were reported in Texas, where millions of people were left without power. Officials say at least seven of the deaths are suspected to be from gas or carbon monoxide poisoning as people struggle to keep warm in cars parked in enclosed spaces.

SENATE SCHEDULES CAPITOL-ATTACK HEARING… The Senate yesterday scheduled its first hearing to examine the security failures that led to last month’s breach of the U.S. Capitol building by a mob of Trump supporters. The joint hearing held between the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee and the Rules and Administration Committee is scheduled for Tuesday morning. Robert Contee, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department; Michael Stenger, former Senate Sergeant at Arms; Paul Irving, former House Sergeant at Arms; and Steven Sund, former chief of U.S. Capitol Police, have been requested to testify.

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION RESPONDS TO IRAQ ROCKET ATTACK… The Biden administration say it has “the right to respond at the time and place of our choosing” in response to Monday night’s rocket attack at Erbil Air Base in Iraq. The attack left five Americans injured and a foreign contractor dead. An obscure Iraqi militia group that calls itself the Guardians of the Blood Brigade claimed credit for the attack.

DOMINION TO SUE MIKE LINDELL… Dominion Voting Systems has announced plans to sue pillow salesman Mike Lindell over his baseless claims about nonexistent election-fraud conspiracy. Lindell, a staunch supporter of former President Trump, emerged as a leader in Republican efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and cited Dominion in his claims. The company has already filed $1.3 billion suits against Trump attorneys Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani.

… Aaron Eckhart has signed on to the cast of the Showtime series “The First Lady.” The 52-year-old actor will play president Gerald Ford in the series, which tells White House stories from the perspective of the wives of presidents. The first season will focus on Ford, Obama and Eleanor Roosevelt. Michelle Pfeiffer will play former first lady Betty Ford. Viola Davis has been cast as former first lady Michelle Obama.

CLINTONS AT CICELY TYSON SERVICE… Former President Bill Clinton and his wife, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, were among those who attended a private memorial service for legendary actress Cicely Tyson in Harlem yesterday. The nearly three-hour service was held a day after fans of the pioneering icon lined up to pay their respects at a public viewing. Gospel singer BeBe Winans provided a highlight at the service with a performance of sang “Stand” — which Tyson had requested prior to her death on January 28 at age 96.


BOSTON 112 – Denver 99… Jaylen Brown scored 27 points and Jayson Tatum added 21 as the Celtics topped the Nuggets. Tristan Thompson grabbed 12 rebounds to go with his nine points.

New Orleans 144 – MEMPHIS 113… Zion Williamson pumped in 31 points and the Pelicans rolled past the Grizzlies. Josh Hart delivered 27 points off the bench. Brandon Ingram dropped in 22 points.

Toronto 124 – MILWAUKEE 113… The Raptors pulled away in the second half to top the Bucks despite losing Kyle Lowry to an ankle injury. Fred VanVleet scored 33 points to lead six players in double figures. Pascal Siakam had 23 points and 13 rebounds.

L.A. Lakers 112 – MINNESOTA 104… LeBron James scored 30 points and grabbed 13 boards to lead the Lakers past the Timberwolves. Dennis Schroder added 24 points.

Portland 115 – Oklahoma City 104… The Trail Blazers built a 14-point halftime lead and coasted past the Thunder. Damian Lillard led the way with 31 points and 1 assists. Enes Kanter brought down 21 rebounds to go with his eight points.

Brooklyn 128 – PHOENIX 124… The Nets erased a 24-point third-quarter deficit to sink the Suns. James Harden scored a game-high 38 points. Joe Harris tossed in 22 points.

New York is at Orlando…
Boston hosts Atlanta…
Houston is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Denver…
Indiana is at Minnesota…
Chicago hosts Detroit…
Portland is at New Orleans…
Memphis hosts Oklahoma City…
Miami is at Golden State…
the L.A. Clippers host Utah

N.Y. Islanders 3 – BUFFALO 0… Anders Lee found the net twice in the Islanders’ blanking of the Sabres. Goalie Ilya Sorokin stopped all 20 shots in his first NHL win.

Washington 3 – PITTSBURGH 1… Conor Sheary and Jakub Vrana scored second period goals and the Capitals cruised past the Penguins. Richard Panik set up two goals.

New Jersey 5 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… The Devils scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Rangers. Nicholas Merkley had a goal and an assist. Mackenzie Blackwood made 37 saves at goal.

Colorado 3 – VEGAS 2… Nazem Kadri scored with 41 seconds remaining to send the Avalanche past the Golden Knights. Colorado also got goals from Nathan MacKinnon and Brandon Saad.

LOS ANGELES 4 – Minnesota 0… Goalie Jonathan Quick made 28 saves in shutting out the Wild. Jaret Anderson-Dolan had a goal and an assist for the Kings.

Florida is at Carolina…
Toronto hosts Ottawa…
Chicago is at Detroit…
Calgary hosts Vancouver…
Winnipeg is at Edmonton

No. 5 ILLINOIS 73, Northwestern 66…
GEORGIA 80, No. 20 Missouri 70…
No. 24 ARKANSAS 75, Florida 64

The Rundown for February 16, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. 16 FLORIDA STATE 81, No. 7 Virginia 60

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

The Rundown for February 15, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,639,630 and the nation’s death toll stands at 485,332, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Health officials are urging Americans to continue wearing masks and practicing social-distancing amid the dropping number of new coronavirus cases and deaths. During the week ending Saturday, the 7-day moving average of daily confirmed cases fell below 100,000 after peaking at 250,000 in early January. It marked the first time since October that the moving average was below 100,000.

BIDEN SEEKS STRICTER GUN LAWS… President Joe Biden called on Congress to pass stricter gun laws yesterday on the third anniversary of the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida. Biden asked Congress to pass laws requiring background checks on all gun sales, banning assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and eliminating immunity for gun manufacturers. The push for tighter gun legislation gained support three years ago yesterday, when 17 people who were fatally shot after a gunman opened fire at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.

LAWMAKERS SUPPORT CAPITOL-ATTACK COMMISSION… Lawmakers from both parties have joined to support the formation of a “9/11-style” independent commission that would investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. During an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week,” Republican Senator Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, along with Delaware Democratic Senator Chris Coons and Pennsylvania Democratic congresswoman Madeliene Dean, said they would support a full investigation into the potential coordination that led to Trump supporters taking over the Capitol as Congress was working to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election. Earlier this month, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested a 9/11-style commission while calling for measures to increase security for lawmakers.

ROGER STONE’S OATH KEEPER GUARDS ATTACKED CAPITOL… The New York Times reported yesterday that video evidence shows that six members of the Oath Keepers militia who guarded longtime Trump associate Roger Stone on January 5 and January 6 later stormed the Capitol. Video shows the six taunting officers outside the Capitol and captures them inside the building during the insurrection. Stone has claimed that he played no role in the riots and didn’t see any illegal behavior by Oath Keepers. Two of the Oath Keepers already arrested are facing conspiracy charges. They include Army veteran Jessica Watkins, who’s accused of organizing a “quick reaction force” to provide guns.

CHILLY NATION… At least 168 million people were under winter weather alerts last night as large swaths of the nation were struck by a major blast of Arctic chill. As many as 400 record cold temperatures are possible nationwide through the middle of the week. With temperatures across Texas plummeting to record lows, President Joe Biden approved Governor Greg Abbott’s emergency declaration for every county in the state. Snow is expected from Texas to Maine while harsh winter conditions continue in the Northwest. Ice storms pose a threat in the South and Northeast.

… Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” sold 150,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart for a fifth straight week. The Weeknd’s new release, “The Highlights,” opened in second place after selling 89,000 units. Foo Fighters’ new album, “Medicine at Midnight,” debuted in third place on sales of 70,000 copies. Pooh Shiesty’s “Shiesty Season” debuted at No. 4 with 62,000 units sold. Lil Durk’s “The Voice” sold 49,000 copies to cap the top five.

NICKI MINAJ’S FATHER DIES FROM INJURIES… Authorities in New York have confirmed that the father of rapper Nicki Minaj has died from injuries he suffered after being struck by a hit-and-run driver. Nassau County police say 64-year-old Robert Maraj was walking along a road in Mineola on Long Island at 6:15 p.m. Friday when he was hit by a car that kept going. Maraj was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead Saturday.


WASHINGTON 104 – Boston 91… Bradley Beal pumped in a game-high 35 points and the Wizards cruised past the Celtics. Russell Westbrook racked up 13 points and 11 assists and to go with his nine rebounds.

Minnesota 116 – TORONTO 112… All five starters scored in double figures and the Timberwolves held off the Raptors to snap a four-game skid. Karl-Anthony Towns had 20 points and 11 boards. Malik Beasley also dropped in 20 points.

San Antonio 122 – CHARLOTTE 110… The Spurs came up big in the fourth quarter to top the Hornets in a back-and-forth contest. Dejounte Murray scored 26 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Derrick White added 25 points.

DETROIT 123 – New Orleans 112… The Pistons overcame a slow start to get past the Pelicans. Svi Mykhailiuk came off the bench to score 21 points and lead a balanced scoring attack. Mason Plumlee had 17 points, 10 boards and 10 assists in his first career triple-double.

Portland 121 – DALLAS 118… The Trail Blazers withstood a fourth-quarter rally to top the Mavericks. Damian Lillard knocked down a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 32 seconds left and finished with 34 points and 11 assists. Luka Doncic’s 44 points weren’t enough for Dallas.

OKLAHOMA CITY 114 – Milwaukee 109… The Thunder came on strong down the stretch to down the Bucks after blowing an 11-point halftime lead. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Justin Jackson’s 22 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 17 boards and 10 assists in the loss.

PHOENIX 109 – Orlando 90… The Suns rolled past the Magic for their sixth straight win. They got 27 points from Devin Booker and 21 from Mikal Bridges. Deandre Ayton pulled down 13 rebounds to go with his 10 points.

DENVER 122 – L.A. Lakers 105… The Nuggets took control with a big second quarter and never let up in topping the Lakers. Jamal Murray led all scorers with 25 points. Nikola Jokic totaled 23 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists.

Memphis 124 – SACRAMENTO 110… Jonas Valanciunas scored 25 points to lead seven players in double figures and brought down 13 boards as the Grizzlies breezed past the Kings. Dillon Brooks tossed in 22 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 128 – Cleveland 111… Lou Williams made the most of a rare start for the Clippers, scoring 30 points and dishing off 10 assists in the win over the Cavaliers. Marcus Morris Sr. delivered 23 points off the bench. Serge Ibaka tossed in 21 points.

Chicago is at Indiana…
Washington hosts Houston…
Atlanta is at New York…
Utah hosts Philadelphia…
Cleveland is at Golden State…
the L.A. Clippers host Miami…
Brooklyn is at Sacramento

PITTSBURGH 6 – Washington 3… Bryan Rust scored two goals and assisted on another as the Penguins doubled up on the Capitals. Jake Guentzel added a goal and two assists.

VEGAS 1 – Colorado 0… Max Pacioretty found the net early in the second period and the Golden Knights hung on to clip the Avalanche. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 30 shots.

St. Louis is at Arizona…
Buffalo hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Ottawa is at Toronto…
Carolina hosts Columbus…
Florida is at Tampa Bay…
Detroit hosts Chicago…
Nashville is at Dallas…
Edmonton hosts Winnipeg…
Calgary is at Vancouver…
San Jose hosts Anaheim

No. 3 Michigan 67, WISCONSIN 59…
DRAKE 52, No. 22 Loyola Chicago 50

The Rundown for February 12, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,390,465 and the nation’s death toll stands at 475,291, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that the U.S. will have enough coronavirus vaccines for 300 million Americans by the end of July. Moderna and Pfizer will deliver a total of 200 million coronavirus vaccine doses two months earlier than expected. The companies will also deliver 100 million expected doses by the end of May, rather than the end of June… Earlier yesterday, the nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said during an appearance on the “Today” show that the general public could have access to Covid-19 vaccines in April, and the country may be able to inoculate most Americans by the middle or end of the summer. Fauci predicted the pace of vaccination will pick up next month.

DEMS REST CASE IN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL… House impeachment managers yesterday rested their case on the third day of former President Trump’s second Senate impeachment trial. Prosecutors called their Republican colleagues to convict Trump of inciting the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and presented video clips and other evidence showing participants insisting they attacked at Trump’s request. Five people including a police officer died in the attack. Two more police officers involved in the response died by suicide in the days afterward. House mangers warned the same level of violence could happen again if Trump is not held accountable.

5 MORE PROUD BOYS MEMBERS CHARGED IN CAPITOL ATTACK… The Justice Department yesterday unsealed conspiracy charges against five people associated with the Proud Boys and asked that a member of the Oath Keepers be held without bond in filings related to the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The five were charged with conspiracy, civil disorder, obstruction of an official proceeding, knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Their arrests raised the number of Proud Boys members facing charges to more than a dozen.

BIDEN ENDS BORDER-WALL FUNDING… President Joe Biden yesterday officially ended the national emergency declaration that used federal money to fund wall construction along the southern border with Mexico. Biden called the border wall “unwarranted” in a letter to Vice President Kamala Harris and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Last month, Biden had signed an executive order stopping wall construction.

6 DEAD IN FORT WORTH PILEUP… A massive pile-up involving 133 vehicles on icy Interstate 35W in Fort Worth, Texas, yesterday morning left at least six people dead. About 60 people were transported to area hospitals, officials said. The first crash occurred at approximately 6:15 a.m. and subsequent crashes stretched for nearly a mile long.

… Jack Black has joined the A-list ensemble cast of the upcoming film “Borderlands.” He will voice Claptrap, a persistently sarcastic robot that isn’t all that invested in the survival of his teammates. Previously-announced castmembers include Cate Blanchett, Kevin Hart and Jamie Lee Curtis.

PIANIST CHICK COREA DIES… Jazz pianist Chick Corea, who won 23 Grammy awards during his legendary career, died Tuesday after a battle with cancer, a spokesman announced yesterday. He was 79. Corea rose to fame in 1968 after replacing Herbie Hancock in Miles Davis’ group. His dozens of recordings encompassed classical music, standards, solo originals, Latin jazz and tributes to great jazz pianists.


Miami 101 – HOUSTON 94… The Heat shook off a rough start to get past the Rockets. They limited Houston to 10 third-quarter points. Jimmy Butler recorded game-highs with 27 points and 10 assists. Max Strus delivered 21 points off the bench.

BOSTON 120 – Toronto 106… Semi Ojeleye made five 3-pointers on his way to 24 points and the Celtics cruised past the Raptors. Kemba Walker added 21 points and Payton Pritchard tossed in 20 off the bench.

Indiana 111 – DETROIT 95… The Pacers pulled away in the second half to down the Pistons and snap their four-game skid. Domantas Sabonis scored 26 points to lead all scorers.

GOLDEN STATE 111 – Orlando 105… The Warriors jumped out to an early double-digit lead and then had to rally in the second half to put away the Magic. Stephen Curry knocked down 10 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 40 points. Andrew Wiggins added 21 points.

PORTLAND 118 – Philadelphia 114… Carmelo Anthony scored 17 of his 24 points in the fourth quarter to key the Trail Blazers’ come-from-behind win over the 76ers. Damian Lillard led Portland with 30 points. Enes Kanter grabbed 14 rebounds to go with his 10 points.

Minnesota is at Charlotte…
Washington hosts New York…
San Antonio is at Atlanta…
Dallas hosts New Orleans…
the L.A. Clippers are at Chicago…
Boston hosts Detroit…
Oklahoma City is at Denver…
Utah hosts Milwaukee…
Memphis is at the L.A. Lakers…
Portland hosts Cleveland…
Orlando is at Sacramento

Pittsburgh 4 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 (SO)… Sidney Cosby netted the lone goal in the shootout to push the Penguins past the Islanders. Evgeni Malkin scored a tying goal with 18 seconds left in regulation. Bryan Rust had a goal and an assist.

FLORIDA 5 – Tampa Bay 2… The Panthers spurted past the Lightning with a three-goal second period. Aaron Ekblad and Alex Wennberg both had a goal and an assist.

Columbus 6 – Chicago 5… Michael Del Zotto and Kevin Stenlund scored 1:27 apart in the final three minutes to cap a four-goal third period that carried the Blue Jackets past the Blackhawks. Jack Roslovic found the net twice. Cam Atkinson scored a goal and assisted on three others.

NASHVILLE 3 – Detroit 2… Dante Fabbro’s goal with 59 seconds remaining lifted the Predators over the Red Wings. Ryan Ellis and Matt Duchene also lit the lamp. Roman Josi set up two goals.

Edmonton 3 – MONTREAL 0… Oilers’ goalie Mike Smith stopped all 38 shots in his 40th career shutout. Jujhar Khaira provided all the offense Edmonton needed with a first-period goal.

WINNIPEG 5 – Ottawa 1… Paul Stastny opened the scoring eight seconds into the game and added an assist to lead the Jets past the Senators. Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves at goal.

Carolina 5 – DALLAS 3… Nino Niederreiter scored a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and Warren Foegele added an empty-netter in the Hurricanes’ hard-fought win over the Stars. Jordan Staal had a goal and an assist.

Calgary 3 – VANCOUVER 1… Mark Giordano scored a goal and had an assist as the Flames dealt the Canucks their sixth straight loss. Goalie Jacob Markstrom made 33 stops.

Anaheim 1 – VEGAS 0… Max Comtois broke a scoreless tie in the third period and the Ducks held on to blank the Golden Knights. Goalie John Gibson made 21 saves.

LOS ANGELES 6 – San Jose 2… Anze Kopitar, Carl Grundstrom and Jaret Anderson-Dolan each had a goal and an assist as the Kings skated past the Sharks. Drew Doughty assisted on three goals.

Boston is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Arizona hosts St. Louis

No. 20 USC 69, WASHINGTON 54…
MINNESOTA 71, No. 24 Purdue 68

The Rundown for February 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miami is at Houston…
Boston hosts Toronto…
Indiana is at Detroit…
Golden State hosts Orlando…
Philadelphia is at Portland

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for February 10, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boston is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Montreal hosts Toronto

No. 14 West Virginia 82, No. 7 TEXAS TECH 71…
No. 11 Alabama 81, SOUTH CAROLINA 78…
No. 13 Texas 80, KANSAS STATE 77…
No. 19 Creighton 63, GEORGETOWN 48

The Rundown for February 9, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Brooklyn is at Detroit…
Miami hosts New York…
Houston is at New Orleans…
Utah hosts Boston…
Orlando is at Portland…
Sacramento hosts Philadelphia

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. 1 Gonzaga 82, BYU 71…
No. 4 Ohio State 73, Maryland 65…
KANSAS 78, No. 23 Oklahoma State 66

The Rundown for February 8, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. 3 VILLANOVA 84, Georgetown 74…
INDIANA 67, No. 8 Iowa 65…
Valparaiso 74, No. 25 DRAKE 57

The Rundown for February 5, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Boston is at Philadelphia…
Tampa Bay hosts Detroit…
Nashville is at Florida…
Vegas hosts Los Angeles…
San Jose is at Anaheim

No. 1 Gonzaga 76, PACIFIC 58…
No. 7 Ohio State 89, No. 8 IOWA 85

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