The Rundown for March 6, 2020

SENATE PASSES CORONAVIRUS BILL… The Senate voted 96-1 yesterday to pass an $8.3 billion bill aimed at controlling the spread of the coronavirus and help develop vaccines. Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky was the lone senator to oppose the bill. The House on Wednesday approved its version of the legislation in a 415-2 vote. Meanwhile, the Trump administration conceded that it won’t be able to meet its promised timeline of having a million coronavirus tests available by the end of the week. Health officials continue to focus on Washington state, where there have been 39 confirmed or presumptive positive cases, including 10 of the nation’s 11 fatalities from the virus. The Northshore Public School District, where 26 schools have been affected via direct or indirect exposure to the virus, announced it is closing for as long as two weeks in an effort to limit the outbreak. Facebook and Amazon have both urged Seattle-based workers to stay at home following infections at both companies. In California, where the only death outside Washington has been recorded, the San Francisco-bound Grand Princess Cruise ship that carried the elderly victim is being held off the coast until all other passengers are tested. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said yesterday that the number of confirmed cases in his state has doubled to 22.

ELIZABETH WARREN ENDS PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN… Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren announced yesterday that she is suspending her Democratic presidential nomination bid. He announcement came two days after her failure to win a single state primary on Super Tuesday, including the one in her home state. Warren followed-up her third-place finish in the Iowa caucuses by finishing fourth in both New Hampshire and Nevada and fifth in South Carolina.

INTERNATIONAL COURT APPROVES INVESTIGATION OF U.S. WAR CRIMES… The International Criminal Court has authorized an investigation into alleged U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan. The court rejected a previous inquiry but an appeals chamber yesterday said the rejection was based on a misunderstanding of the court’s rules and allowed the investigation to proceed. Last year, the Trump administration revoked the U.S. visa of the court’s chief prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, citing “unjust investigation and prosecution.”

WELLS FARGO A ‘RECKLESS MEGABANK,” SAYS HOUSE PANEL… The House financial services committee released a report yesterday accusing Wells Fargo of operating a “reckless megabank” that continued abusing customers even after major scandals and punishment. The panel reached the conclusion following a year-long examination of the bank’s response to five consent orders from federal regulators. Committee Chairwoman Maxine Waters said the inquiry showed an institution run by “an ineffective board and management.” Last month, the bank agreed to pay a $3 billion fine to settle investigations by the Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission. Investigators found that bank workers opened millions of customer accounts without permission. Former CEO John Stumpf was ordered to pay a $17.5 million fine for his role in the scandals.

EXECUTION IN ALABAMA… A man convicted in the 2004 fatal shootings of three Birmingham police officers was executed in Alabama last night after the U.S. Supreme Court lifted its temporary stay to further review his case. Lawyers representing 44-year-old Nathaniel Woods sought a stay of execution for their client on the grounds that other death row inmates in Alabama who chose nitrogen hypoxia as their method of execution received temporary reprieves but not those who selected lethal injection. Woods’ roommate at the time of the slayings admitted to shooting the officers and Woods was accused of setting up an ambush. The confessed triggerman, Kerry Spencer, maintained until the end that Woods was in the wrong pace at the wrong time and had nothing to do with the crime.

ENTERTAINMENT
R. KELLY PLEADS NOT GUILTY… R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty in a Chicago courtroom yesterday to 13 sexual abuse charges, including allegations involving a new accuser. The new alleged victim was added to a federal indictment. Prosecutors said during yesterday’s hearing that they had seized more than 100 electronic devices, such as smartphones, iPads and hard drives, after executing a search warrant. The judge in the case has set a trial date for October 13.

IN THEATERS… “The Way Back” tells the story about a failed high-school basketball phenom who seeks redemption after agreeing to coach at his alma mater. Ben Affleck and Janina Gavankar star in the R-rated film. The animated feature “Onward,” two teenage elf brothers living in a suburban fantasy world embark on a quest to discover whether there is still magic out there. It’s rated PG.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Denver 114 – CHARLOTTE 112… Jamal Murray’s 13-foot baseline jumper with 5.1 seconds remaining capped a fourth-quarter rally the lifted the Nuggets over the Hornets. Murray’s 18 points led seven Denver players in double figures.

L.A. Clippers 120 – HOUSTON 105… The Clippers jumped out to a 23-point halftime lead and never looked back in their pounding of the Rockets. Kawhi Leonard led a balanced scoring attack with 25 points. Ivica Zubac had 17 points and 12 rebounds.

Philadelphia 125 – SACRAMENTO 108… Tobias Harris powered his way to 28 points and 14 rebounds to lead the short-handed 76ers past the Kings. Shake Milton added 20 points.

Toronto 121 – GOLDEN STATE 112… The Raptors fought their way past the Warriors in a matchup of teams plagued by injuries. Norman Powell pumped in a career-high 37 points. Kyle Lowry scored 26 points and dished off 10 assists. The loss spoiled the return of Stephen Curry, who scored 23 points in 27 minutes for Golden State after missing 58 games with a fractured left hand.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Washington…
Brooklyn hosts San Antonio…
Oklahoma City is at New York…
Boston hosts Utah…
Indiana is at Chicago…
Minnesota hosts Orlando…
Miami is at New Orleans…
Dallas hosts Memphis…
Portland is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Lakers host Milwaukee

NHL SCORES
Pittsburgh 4 – BUFFALO 2… Patric Hornqvist netted a pair of goals as the Penguins doubled up on the Sabres. Evegeni Malkin had two assists. The loss was Buffalo’s fifth in a row.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Montreal 0... Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 32 shots in the Lightning’s blanking of the Canadiens. Victor Hedman found the net twice for Tampa Bay.

Boston 2 – FLORIDA 1 (OT)… Torey Krug’s goal at 4:08 of overtime sent the Bruins past the Panthers for their fourth straight win. Patrice Bergeron tied the game with a first-period goal.

N.Y. RANGERS 6 – Washington 5 (OT)… Mika Zibanejad matched a franchise record with five goals, including the game-winner 33 seconds into overtime, to carry the Rangers past the Capitals. Artemi Panarin set up three goals.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Carolina 1… The Flyers skated past the Hurricanes for their eighth straight win. Scott Laughton assisted on two goals. Carter Hart made 28 stops at goal.

OTTAWA 4 – N.Y. Islanders 3… Matthew Barzal scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Senators past the Islanders. Goalie Craig Anderson made 37 saves.

NASHVILLE 2 – Dallas 0… Predators goalie Juuse Saros turned away 33 shots in shutting out the Stars. Nashville got goals from Filip Forsberg and Matt Duchene,

CHICAGO 4 – Edmonton 3… Alex DeBrincat lit the lamp twice and the Blackhawks held off the Oilers for their fourth straight win. Adam Bogvist had two assists.

LOS ANGELES 1 – Toronto 0 (SO)… Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe scored in the shootout to send the Kings past the Maple Leafs. Jonathan Quick made 36 saves in the shutout.

Minnesota 3 – SAN JOSE 2… Zach Parise assisted on Alex Galchenyuk’s game-tying goal in the second period and added a go-ahead goal 3 minutes later as the Wild edged the Sharks. Goalie Alex Slalock stopped 40 shots.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
St. Louis is at New Jersey…
Detroit hosts Chicago…
Vegas is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts Arizona…
Colorado is at Vancouver…
Anaheim hosts Toronto

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#5 SAN DIEGO STATE 73, Air Force 60 (Mountain West Championship Quarterfinal)…
#13 OREGON 90, California 56…
#19 OHIO STATE 71, #23 Illinois 63…
CONNECTICUT 77, #21 Houston 71…
#25 MICHIGAN 82, Nebraska 58

GAMES
WORD OF THE DAY… PANTHEON… (PAN–thee–ahn)… noun… 1) A group of illustrious persons.
In the PANTHEON of inspirational sports heroes, none shines brighter than Lance Armstrong.

BOND, COMMON BOND… What do these 3 things have in common: WILLY–ORCA–MOBY DICK?… (They are all Whales)

WHAT THE HECK AM I TALKING ABOUT… FRANKFURTER–HOT DOG–CONDIMENT–KETCHUP–YELLOW?… (Mustard)

USELESS TRIVIA… Who is Buck Rogers’ girlfriend?… (Wilma Deering)

PHOBIA DU JOUR… Tachophobia… Fear of speed.

The Rundown for March 5, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… Health officials said yesterday that there are now at least 130 cases of coronavirus in the U.S. spanning across 16 states. The virus has been blamed for 11 deaths, including California’s first fatality and the first death outside Washington state. Health officials continue to express frustration with their inability to determine how easily the disease spreads and how deadly it is.

BLOOMBERG ENDS PRESIDENTIAL RUN… Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that he is ending his campaign to become the Democratic presidential nominee. His announcement was expected following his dismal showing in Super Tuesday nomination contests. The 78-year-old Bloomberg endorsed Joe Biden while detailing his departure from the race.

TENNESSEE RECOVERING FROM TORNADOES… Rescue and recovery efforts continue in middle Tennessee following deadly tornadoes that claimed the lives of at least 25 people earlier this week. Authorities said yesterday that at least 38 people were still missing in Putnam County, where 18 fatalities occurred. According to officials, there are at least 48 collapsed structures in Nashville and more than 35,000 remain without electricity.

DEFENSE CONTRACTOR CHARGED WITH SHARING CLASSIFIED INFO… Federal prosecutors confirmed yesterday that they have charged a Defense Department contractor with transmitting highly sensitive classified national defense information to a foreign national with apparent connections to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah. Officials say 61-year-old Mariam Taha Thompson was arrested in Washington, D.C., last week on charges she gave “sensitive national defense information, including the names of individuals helping the United States, to a Lebanese national located overseas,” prosecutors say. Thompson will be detained without bond until at least next week.

BIDEN’S SUPER TUESDAY WINS RALLY MARKETS… Markets reacted favorable yesterday to former Vice President Joe Biden’s Super Tuesday wins in 10 states. The Dow Jones Industrial Average posted its second-largest gain in history, as it gained 1,173 points, or 4 percent, and closed at 27,090. The Nasdaq Composite was up 3.85 percent at 9,018 and the S&P 500 was up 4.22 percent at 3,130.

ENTERTAINMENT
RELEASE DATE OF NEW BOND FILM PUSHED BACK… The release date of the newest James Bond film is being pushed back from April to November due to fears about the coronavirus. Producers made the decision after an open letter from fans warned that theaters might be closed by the film’s original release date, or that attendance would be negatively affected. “No Time to Die” marks the final Bond film starring Daniel Craig, who was booked as host of this coming weekend’s “Saturday Night Live” to promote the film.

TRAVIS SMILEY LOSES PBS COURT CASE… Former television talk show host Travis Smiley has been ordered to pay about $1.5 million to his former employer, the Public Broadcasting Service. The jury decided that Smiley violated PBS’ morals clause. The network suspended Smiley in December 2017 and later fired him after claiming it had received multiple, credible allegations of misconduct by the hose. Smiley’s show aired on PBS for more than a decade.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Boston 112 – CLEVELAND 106… The Celtics fought off the Cavaliers in a matchup of teams missing key players. Jayson Tatum led the way with 32 points. Semi Ojeleye delivered 22 points off the bench.

Oklahoma City 114 – DETROIT 107… The Thunder recovered to down the Pistons after blowing a 16-point second-half lead. They got 27 points from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and 23 from Dennis Schroder.

MILWAUKEE 119 – Indiana 100… The Bucks bounced back to handle the Pacers after letting a 22-point lead slip away. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 12 rebounds. Kris Middleton tossed in 20 points.

MIAMI 116 – Orlando 113… The Heat knocked down a franchise-record 22 3-pointers and needed all of them to take down the Magic. Duncan Robinson was 9-of-12 from beyond the arc and finished with 27 points. Goran Dragic added 25 points.

Memphis 118 – BROOKLYN 79… The Grizzlies came on strong in the second half to rout the Nets. Josh Jackson led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points.

Utah 112 – NEW YORK 104… Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece to lead the Jazz past the Knicks. Rudy Gobert powered his way to 18 points and 14 boards.

MINNESOTA 115 – Chicago 108… The Timberwolves overcame a slow start to get past the Bulls. Malik Beasley pumped in 24 points.

DALLAS 127 – New Orleans 123 (OT)… The Mavericks outlasted the Pelicans in a contest that was close throughout. Kristaps Porzingis scored 34 points and pulled down 12 rebounds. Luka Doncic racked up 30 points, 17 boards and 10 assists.

PORTLAND 125 – Washington 104… The Trail Blazers built a double-digit lead at halftime and put away the Wizards with a big third quarter. All five starters scored in double figures led by Carmelo Anthony’s 25 points. Hassan Whiteside had 24 points and 16 rebounds. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum added 22 points apiece.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Denver is at Charlotte…
Houston hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Philadelphia is at Sacramento…
Golden State hosts Toronto

NHL SCORES
Philadelphia 5 – WASHINGTON 2… The Flyers made it seven straight wins with their defeat of the Capitals. Kevin Hayes and Ivan Provorov each had a goal and an assist.

CALGARY 3 – Columbus 2 (OT)… The Flames erased a two-goal third-period deficit on their way past the Blue Jackets. T.J. Brodie found the net at 4:49 of overtime. Matthew Tkachuk netted the tying goal with 1:43 left in regulation.

Anaheim 4 – COLORADO 3 (OT)… Rickard Rakell lit the lamp with 1.2 seconds left in overtime and the Ducks snapped the Avalanche’s seven-game winning streak. Rakell also assisted on Brendan Gule’s first-period goal.

Arizona  4 – VANCOUVER 2… Nick Schmaltz and Lawson Crouse scored 2-1/2 minutes apart in the third period to give the Coyotes the lead for good in their defeat of the Canucks. Carl Soderberg had a goal and an assist. Goalie Darcy Kuemper made 36 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Buffalo…
Tampa Bay hosts Montreal…
Boston is at Florida…
the N.Y. Rangers host Washington…
Carolina is at Philadelphia…
Ottawa hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Dallas is at Nashville…
Chicago hosts Edmonton…
Toronto is at Los Angeles…
San Jose hosts Minnesota

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 KANSAS 75, TCU 66…
#3 Dayton 84, RHODE ISLAND 57…
#7 Florida State 73, NOTRE DAME 71…
#14 Villanova 78, #8 SETON HALL 75…
#11 CREIGHTON 91, Georgetown 76…
Texas A&M 78, #17 AUBURN 75…
#22 Virginia 46, MIAMI 44…
#24 WISCONSIN 63, Northwestern 48

The Rundown for March 3, 2020

FOUR MORE CORONAVIRUS DEATHS… The number of deaths due to the coronavirus outbreak in Washington state rose to six yesterday after authorities reported four new fatalities. The deaths are the first on U.S. soil to be blamed on the virus. Five of the deaths occurred in King County, which includes Seattle. Researchers who studied the first two deaths expressed concern that the virus may have been spreading there for weeks. Data supplied by health officials yesterday indicated there are 100 cases of the coronavirus in the U.S.

BIDEN PICKS UP ENDORSEMENTS AHEAD OF TODAY’S SUPER TUESDAY… The presidential primary campaign of former Vice President Joe Biden continued to gain momentum yesterday on the eve of today’s Super Tuesday and its nomination contests in 14 states. After winning the South Carolina primary on Saturday, Biden yesterday piled up some major endorsements. The most surprising of them came from Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar, who announced that she was ending her presidential bid and would join South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg in endorsing Biden during his rally in Dallas last night. Biden also gained the endorsements of Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth, California Senator Kamala Harris, former Nevada Senator Harry Reid and former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke.

SUPREME COURT DECISIONS… The Supreme Court yesterday rejected an appeal that challenged the federal ban on bump stocks. The devices, which were banned following the 2017 Las Vegas massacre, can be fitted to semi-automatic rifles and allow a shooter to fire continuously with a single pull of the trigger. President Trump signed a directive to enact the ban in early 2018 following a Department of Justice review. The signing prompted gun-rights advocates to overturn the ban. Meanwhile, the High Court also revealed that it has agreed to consider a Republican-backed legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act as early as October. The challenge was presented by Republican state officials who claim Obamacare became unconstitutional after 2017 when the Republican-controlled Congress eliminated the tax penalty for violating the law’s “individual mandate.”

HILLARY CLINTON CAN BE DEPOSED OVER EMAILS… A federal judge ruled yesterday that Hillary Clinton can be deposed in a lawsuit about the State Department’s record-keeping of her private emails while serving as secretary of state. The order by U.S. District Court Judge Royce Lamberth came in response to a six-year-old Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the right-wing group Judicial Watch in response to a 2012 attack that killed four Americans at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Clinton has been absolved of wrongdoing in the matter following investigations by the State Department inspector general and the FBI.

STOCKS REBOUND… Wall Street snapped a seven-day losing streak yesterday, as the Dow recorded its biggest point gain in history. The Dow finished up 1,294 points, or 5.1 percent at the closing of trading. Last week, the market dropped 12.4 percent, while the S&P 500 (SPX) plunged 11.5 percent. The S&P climbed 4.6 percent yesterday in its best performance since December 2018.

ENTERTAINMENT
JAMES LIPTON DIES… James Lipton, who was best known as the host of the Bravo series “Inside the Actors Studio,” died yesterday morning following a battle with bladder cancer. He was 93. Lipton hosted “Inside the Actors Studio” for 23 seasons following its launch in 1994. The show was a joint master class for students at the Actor Studio Drama School and The New School University. Lipton himself was an actor whose credits include the comedy sitcom “Arrested Development” as well as the films “Bewitched,” “Guiding Light” and “Bolt.”

CHRIS MATTHEWS RETIRES FROM MSNBC SHOW… Political commentator Chris Matthews announced last night that he is retiring as host of “Hardball” on MSNBC. The 74-year-old Matthews made the announcement before last night’s episode broke from commercial and he was immediately replaced by Steve Kornacki. Matthews has been heavily criticized for recent comments he made about Bernie Sanders, African-American lawmakers, and comments he had made to female journalists and coworkers.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Utah 126 – CLEVELAND 113… Bojan Bogdanovic pumped in 28 points and the Jazz cruised past the injury-depleted Cavaliers. Rudy Gobert added 20 points.

NEW YORK 125 – Houston 123… The Knicks held on at the end to hand the Rockets their first loss in seven games. Rookie guard RJ Barrett scored a season-high 27 points. Julius Randle had 16 points and as many rebounds.

Portland 130 – ORLANDO 107… The Trail Blazers bombed the Magic 38-19 in the fourth quarter to turn a close game into a rout of the Magic. CJ McCollum poured in 41 points. Gary Trent Jr. tossed in 24 points.

Memphis 127 – ATLANTA 88… The Grizzlies blew away the Hawks in the second half after leading by just 3 at the break. Gorgui Dieng came off the bench to score 17 points and lead nine players in double figures.

MIAMI 105 – Milwaukee 89… Jimmy Butler and Ja Crowder scored 18 points apiece to lead six players in double figures and the Heat handled the Bucks. Bam Adebayo had 14 points and 13 boards.

CHICAGO 109 – Dallas 107… The Bulls held off the Mavericks after spotting them an early double-digit lead. Coby White scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Indiana 116 – SAN ANTONIO 111… The Pacers recovered to rally past the Spurs after blowing a 15-point lead. They got 26 points from Malcolm Brogdon and 23 from T.J. Warren.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
San Antonio is at Charlotte…
Boston hosts Brooklyn…
Minnesota is at New Orleans…
Oklahoma City hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Golden State is at Denver…
Phoenix hosts Toronto…
Philadelphia is at the L.A. Lakers…
Sacramento hosts Washington

NHL SCORES…
Colorado 2 – DETROIT 1… The Avalanche ran their winning streak to seven games by edging the Red Wings. Logan O’Connor scored the go-ahead goal on a breakaway in the second period. Vladislav Namestnikov’s goal tied the game in the first.

Edmonton 8 – NASHVILLE 3… Leon Draisaitl scored four goals and assisted on another in leading the Oilers past the Predators. Connor McDavid had a goal and four assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Montreal is at the N.Y. Islanders…
the N.Y. Rangers host St. Louis…
Ottawa is at Pittsburgh…
Tampa Bay hosts Boston…
Nashville is at Minnesota…
Winnipeg hosts Buffalo…
Anaheim is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts Edmonton…
New Jersey is at Las Vegas…
San Jose hosts Toronto

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#4 BAYLOR 71, Texas Tech 68…
#12 DUKE 88, North Carolina State 69

The Rundown for March 2, 2020

JUDGE RULES CUCCINELLI APPOINTMENT ILLEGAL… A federal judge ruled yesterday that President Trump’s appointment of Ken Cuccinelli as acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service was illegal. In ruling that the appointment violated the Federal Vacancies Reform Act, District Judge Randolph Moss voided Cuccinelli’s policy directive that gave asylum seekers less time to consult with legal counsel prior to their “credible fear” interview with a USCIS officer. Cuccinelli was appointed by Homeland Secretary Kevin McAleenan last June to lead USCIS after deputy director Mark Koumans automatically became the acting director under the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. After Cuccinelli initially served as “principal deputy director” of USCIS, McAleenan changed Cuccinelli’s job title to “first assistant” and allowed him to overtake Koumans as acting director. Judge Moss wrote in his ruling that Cuccinelli’s newly created title did not satisfy the necessary legal standard and lacked “any substance.”

CORONAVIRUS PROMPTS NEW SCREENING PROCEDURES… Amid growing fears of the coronavirus, President Trump yesterday announced new screening procedures for travelers entering the U.S. from Italy, South Korea, Iran and China. Medical professionals and scientists, meanwhile, are alarmed that the U.S. has reportedly tested just 3,600 or so people for the virus but are relieved that state labs are now being allowed to create their own tests as the outbreak spreads. A preliminary finding in Washington state released yesterday claimed the coronavirus may have been circulating for weeks undetected. The virus has been blamed for the deaths of two people in Washington. State health officials say at least 50 members of a nursing facility in Kirkland have symptoms of the virus after two women there tested positive. In California, two health care workers in the San Francisco Bay area who cared for an earlier coronavirus patient were diagnosed with the virus yesterday. A third case has been diagnosed in Illinois while the first cases have been identified in Rhode Island and New York.

TALIBAN PEACE DEAL ON EDGE… The U.S. peace deal with the Taliban faces an unknown future after Afghanistan’s president publicly rejected the timeline for a prisoner swap yesterday. The deal the U.S. signed with the Taliban on Saturday calls for a March 10 deadline for an exchange of prisoners but Afghan President Ashraf Ghani says that a prisoner release was not a promise the U.S. could make. “It can be part of the negotiations but it cannot be a precondition,” Ghani declared at a press conference. During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” yesterday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo acknowledged that the road ahead in Afghanistan will be “rocky and bumpy.”

BUTTIGIEG ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID… South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced yesterday that he is suspending his presidential campaign. The announcement came a day after he finished fourth in the South Carolina Democratic primary. The 38-year-old Buttigieg became the first openly gay presidential candidate from a major party when he launched his run and he pledged he would do “everything in my power” to ensure a Democratic win in November’s election. The Democratic field is down to just six heading into tomorrow’s Super Tuesday, with its 14 nomination contests.

JOHN LEWIS SPEAKS TO SELMA MARCHERS… Civil rights icon and U.S. Congressman from Georgia John Lewis inspired others in attendance when he made a surprise appearance at yesterday’s “Bloody Sunday” commemorative march in Selma, Alabama. Lewis urged voters to use the ballot box as “a nonviolent instrument or tool to redeem the soul of America” as he spoke on the 55th anniversary of a 1965 civil-rights march across the Edmund Pettus Bridge. As one of the original marchers, Lewis had his skull broken by white police officers. His participation in the commemorative event came into question after he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer in December.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… The K-pop band BTS tops the Billboard 200 chart for the fourth time, as its new release “Map of the Soul: 7” sold 422,000 copies. YoungBoy Never Broke Again’s “Still Flexin, Still Steppin” finished second after selling 91,000 units. Ozzy Osbourne’s “Ordinary Man” debuted at No. 3 on sales of 77,000 copies. Last week’s champ, Justin Bieber’s “Changes,” dropped to fourth place with 66,000 units sold. Roddy Ricch’s “Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” finished fifth on sales of 65,000 copies.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “The Invisible Man” took in $29 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “Sonic the Hedgehog” slipped into second place with $16 million. “The Call of the Wild” brought in $13.2 million to finish third. “My Hero Academia: Heroes Rising” finished fourth with $5.1 million. “Bad Boys for Life” capped the top five with $4.3 million.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Milwaukee 93 – CHARLOTTE 85… Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 41 points and 20 rebounds in leading the Bucks past the Hornets. The victory was Milwaukee’s sixth in a row.

Dallas 111 – MINNESOTA 91… The Mavericks took control with a big second quarter and rolled past the Timberwolves. Kristaps Porzingis pumped in 38 points and grabbed 13 boards. Seth Curry added 27 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 136 – Philadelphia 130… The Clippers fought off the 76ers for their fourth straight win. They got 30 points from Kawhi Leonard and 24 from Paul George.

DENVER 133 – Toronto 118… Nikola Jokic racked up 23 points, 18 rebounds and 11 assists as the Nuggets downed the short-handed Raptors. Jamal Murray tossed in 22 points.

SACRAMENTO 106 – Detroit 100… The Kings rallied past the Pistons after trailing by 15 entering the second quarter. De’Aaron Fox led all scorers with 23 points.

L.A. Lakers 122 – NEW ORLEANS 114… A Lakers team playing without the injured Anthony Davis came on strong in the fourth quarter to top the Pelicans. LeBron James piled up 34 points, 12 boards and 13 assists. Kyle Kuzma added 20 points. Rookie Zion Williamson’s 35 points weren’t enough for New Orleans.

Washington 124 – GOLDEN STATE 110… Bradley Beal scored 27 of his game-high 34 points in the first half and Davis Bertans delivered 29 points off the bench as the Wizards handled the Warriors. Beal has scored at least 25 points in a franchise-record 18 straight games.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Utah is at Cleveland…
New York hosts Houston…
Portland is at Orlando…
Atlanta hosts Memphis…
Milwaukee is at Miami…
Chicago hosts Dallas…
Indiana is at San Antonio

NHL SCORES
Philadelphia 5 – N.Y. RANGERS 3… The Flyers skated past the Rangers for their sixth straight win. Derek Grant and Travis Konecny each had a goal and an assist. Jakob Voracek set up two goals.

Calgary 3 – FLORIDA 0… Goalie Cam Talbot stopped all 38 shots as the Flames blanked the Panthers. Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist.

COLUMBUS 5 – Vancouver 3… The Blue Jackets scored four unanswered goals in the third period to upend the Canucks. Zach Werenski and Emil Bemstrom scored on power plays during the barrage. Riley Nash had a goal and an assist.

Washington 4 – MINNESOTA 3… Alex Ovechkin scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Capitals past the Wild. Evgeny Kuznetsov had two assists.

New Jersey 3 – ANAHEIM 0… Goalie Cory Schneider made 34 saves in his first shutout in more than a year as the Devils breezed past the Ducks. Pavel Zacha netted two power-play goals.

Los Angeles 4  – VEGAS 1… Anze Kopitar scored two first-period goals and the Kings coasted past the Golden Knights. Cal Petersen made 42 stops at goal.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Colorado is at Detroit…
Nashville hosts Edmonton

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
ST. JOHN’S 91, #10 Creighton 71…
#11 LOUISVILLE 68, Virginia Tech 52…
STANFORD 72, #21 Colorado 64…
#25 HOUSTON 68, Cincinnati 55

The Rundown for February 28, 2020

DOW PLUNGES AGAIN… Fear of a coronavirus outbreak continues to take its toll on Wall Street, as the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 1,190 points on the worst single-day points sell-off ever. The Dow, along with the S&P 500 and Nasdaq, were down by more than 4 percent. The market losses capped the worse week for U.S. stocks since the financial crash of 2008. Earlier this week, health officials urged Americans to prepare for community spread of coronavirus and warned investors of supply chain issues related to the outbreak.

WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINS OF CORONAVIRUS PREPAREDNESS… A government whistleblower has filed a complaint alleging that some federal workers did not have the necessary protective gear or training when they were deployed to help Americans evacuated from China during the coronavirus outbreak. The scary news came as the Centers for Disease Control revised its criteria for who should be tested for the coronavirus and is shipping more test kits out to states including California, where officials are monitoring more than 8,400 people who arrived on commercial flights for coronavirus symptoms. Governor Gavin Newsom said the state lacks test kits and has been held back by federal testing rules.

OBAMA LAWYERS FILE CEASE-AND-DESIST OVER AD… Lawyers representing former president Barack Obama are demanding that a Republican super PAC stop airing an ad that uses Obama’s images and voice to imply former Vice President Joe Biden supports “plantation politics.” In a cease-and-desist letter sent on Wednesday, the former president’s lawyers called the ad “despicable” and a racially charged attack. They say ad uses a clip of Obama that was presented as recent but was actually years old and captured him as he was quoting a barber who was commenting on Chicago politics.

DANIEL GOLDMAN LEAVES AS HOUSE PANEL LAWYER… Daniel Goldman became the third House Intelligence Committee lawyer to depart in recent days. Goldman, who questioned a dozen witnesses during the committee’s public impeachment hearings, is reportedly returning to New York. The two other departing lawyers, Barry Berke and Norm Eisen, worked closely with the House Judiciary Committee in building the constitutional case for removing Trump removal from office.

FORMER BALTIMORE MAYOR GETS 7-YEAR SENTENCE… Former Baltimore mayor Catherine Pugh, who pleaded guilty to federal conspiracy and tax evasion charges in November, was sentenced to three years in federal prison yesterday. The 69-year-old Pugh was elected mayor on a platform of public trust in 2016 and resigned under pressure in May as authorities investigated bulk sales of her “Healthy Holly” self-published children’s books, which netted her hundreds of thousands of dollars. Prosecutors say she fraudulently sold the books to nonprofits and foundations to promote her political career and fund her campaign.

DAUGHTER OF ALLEGED MEXICAN DRUGPIN ARRESTED… Authorities have confirmed that they arrested the daughter of an alleged Mexican drug kingpin on Wednesday after she showed up at a federal courthouse in Washington, D.C., to visit her brother. Jessica Johanna Oseguera Gonzalez, the daughter of alleged Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, the alleged head of the Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generacion. Oseguera Gonzalez, also known as “La Negra,” entered the U.S. legally and was apparently unaware she was under indictment, officials said. At her arraignment, she pleaded not guilty to charges of engaging in transactions or dealings in properties with businesses blacklisted by the Treasury Department. Her father, also known as “El Mencho,” is considered the DEA’s most-wanted man.

ENTERTAINMENT
SEAGAL CHARGED IN CRYPTOCURRENCY SCHEME… The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged actor Steven Seagal with failing to disclose payments he received to promote investment in a cryptocurrency scheme. The SEC says the 67-year-old Seagal did not admit to, or dispute, the SEC’s charge but agreed to pay a $157,000 fine. Seagal allegedly was promised $250,000 in cash and $750,000 in tokens from a cryptocurrency company in exchange for his promotion considerations, which included urging investors to buy into the first public offering. The SEC has previously warned that coins sold in ICOs may be securities and therefore anyone who promotes them must disclose it.

IN THEATERS…In “The Invisible Man,” a wealthy widow seeks to prove that she is bing hunted by someone nobody can see. Elisabeth Moss and Oliver Jackson-Cohen star in the R-rated mystery… “The Ride” tells the story about a BMX champion who overcame an abusive childhood through the love and life lessons of an interracial foster family. The PG-13 film stars Shane Graham and Ludacris.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 115 – New York 106… Tobias Harris pumped in 34 points as the short-handed 76ers fought off the Knicks. Philadelphia played without the injured Joel
Embiid and Ben Simmons.

INDIANA 106 – Portland 100… Domantas Sabonis scored 20 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading the Pacers past the Trail Blazers. Five other players scored in double figures for Indiana.

OKLAHOMA CITY 112 – Sacramento 108… The Thunder rallied from 19 points down to upend the Kings. Dino Gallinari scored 24 points to lead six players in double figures. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 20 points.

L.A. Lakers 116 – GOLDEN STATE 86… The Lakers bombed the Warriors 40-17 in the third quarter to break open the game after they led by only 2 at the break. Anthony Davis scored 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at Orlando…
Toronto hosts Charlotte…
Brooklyn is at Atlanta…
Milwaukee hosts Oklahoma City…
Dallas is at Miami…
New Orleans hosts Cleveland…
Sacramento is at Memphis…
Phoenix hosts Detroit…
Washington is at Utah…
the L.A. Clippers host Denver

NHL SCORES
New York 5 – MONTREAL 2… The Rangers skated past the Canadiens after spotting them an early two-goal lead and won their fifth in a row. Ryan Strome found the net twice. Adam Fox had a goal and an assist.

Chicago 5 – TAMPA BAY 2… Dominik Kubalik scored three of the Blackhawks’ five straight third-period goals that sent them past the Lightning. Goalie Corey Crawford made 36 saves.

Toronto 5 – FLORIDA 3… The Maple Leafs erased a two-goal first-period deficit on their way past the Panthers. William Nylander netted a tie-breaking goal in the third period. Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist.

BOSTON 4 – Dallas 3… The Bruins edged the Stars to snap their two-game skid. Nick Ritchie and Brad Marchand each had a goal and an assist.

OTTAWA 5 – Vancouver 2… Bobby Ryan returned to the ice after missing more than three months and recorded a hat trick in leading the Senators past the Canucks. Chris Tierney set up three goals. Marcus Hogberg stopped 32 shots at goal.

Minnesota 7 – DETROIT 1… Defenseman Matt Dumba scored two goals and assisted on another to lead the Wild in their rout of the Red Wings. Kevin Fiala added a goal and two assists.

ST. LOUIS 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2 (OT)… Colton Parayko buried the puck on an unassisted wraparound at 3:23 of overtime to lift the Blues over the Islanders. Vince Dunn’s unassisted goal tied the game with 1:44 remaining in regulation.

NASHVILLE 4 – Calgary 3 (OT)… Mikael Granlund netted a tying goal with one second left in regulation and added the game-winner at 1:20 of overtime in carrying the Predators past the Flames. Colin Blackwell assisted on two goals.

WINNIPEG 3 – Washington 0… Goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 34 shots in his fifth shutout of the season and the Jets cruised past the Capitals. Mark Scheifele had a goal and an assist.

SAN JOSE 3 – New Jersey 2… The Sharks rallied from a two-goal second-period deficit to top the Devils. Logan Couture found the net 18 seconds into overtime. Mario Ferrero and Marcus Sorensen scored second-period goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
New York is at Philadelphia…
Columbus hosts Minnesota…
Colorado is at Carolina…
Vegas hosts Buffalo…
Pittsburgh is at Anaheim

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#3 GONZAGA 94, San Diego 59…
#14 OREGON 69, Oregon State 54…
Wisconsin 81, #19 MICHIGAN 74…
CALIFORNIA 76, #21 Colorado 62…
#23 Ohio State 75, NEBRASKA 54

The Rundown for February 27, 2020

PENCE TO OVERSEE CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE… President Trump yesterday announced the appointment of Vice President Mike Pence to oversee the U.S.’ response to the coronavirus. Pence will work with professionals, doctors and others working to combat the disease, according to a White House statement. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said there have been 15 cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. in addition to three cases of people who came from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the virus and 42 who were brought in from the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Meanwhile, the Centers for Disease Control said yesterday that a patient in Solano County, California, could possibly be the first instance of community spread. The patient “had no known exposure to the virus through travel or close contact with a known infected individual,” officials said.

APPEALS COURT RULES AGAINST SANCTUARY POLICIES… A federal appeals court yesterday ruled in favor of the Trump administration in its effort to withhold federal funds from local and state jurisdictions that have so-called sanctuary policies. The ruling by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a lower court’s ruling in November 2018, which found the Trump administration’s threat to withhold public safety funds to be unconstitutional. Seven states sued the Justice Department in 2017 after it required that states comply with rules enforcing federal immigration law.

HOUSE VOTES TO MAKE LYNCHING A FEDERAL HATE CRIME… The House voted 410-4 yesterday to approve a bill that would make lynching a federal hate crime. The Emmett Till Anti-Lynching Act was named in honor of the 14-year-old slain in 1955 by four white men who were later acquitted of the crime. The legislation is expected to pass the Senate by the end of the week.

SHOOTINGS LEAVE 6 DEAD AT MILWAUKEE BREWERY… An employee fatally shot five fellow workers at the Molson Coors brewery in Milwaukee yesterday before taking his own life. Police identified the shooter as a 51-year-old Milwaukee man. Authorities offered no immediate motive for the attack.

MASSIVE OIL REFINERY FIRE… The largest fuel refinery on the West Coast was back up and running yesterday following a massive explosion and fire that broke out on Tuesday night. The blast at the Marathon Petroleum Refinery in Carson southwest of Los Angeles could be heard at least 25 miles away and the blaze prompted the overnight shutdown of one of the nation’s busiest freeways. The cause is under investigation.

ENTERTAINMENT
MACAULAY CULKIN JOINS ‘AMERICAN HORROR STORY’ CAST… Actor Macaulay Culkin has agreed to join the cast of “American Horror Story” for the series’ 10th season. Actors from previous seasons, like Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters, are slated to return after sitting out of the show’s ninth season. The popular series will also feature Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter, Lily Rabe, Angelica Ross and Finn Wittrock.

CLIVE CUSSLER DIES… Best-selling author and adventurer Clive Cussler has died at age 88, publisher Penguin Random House confirmed yesterday. Cussler passed away Monday at his home in Scottsdale, Arizona. His more popular novels included “Cyclops,″ “Night Probe!” and his commercial breakthrough, “Raise the Titanic!”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CHARLOTTE 107 – New York 101… All five starters scored in double figures as the Hornets fought off the Knicks. Terry Rozier led the way with 26 points. Devonte Graham added 21 points.

CLEVELAND 108 – Philadelphia 94… The Cavaliers jumped out to an 11-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in downing the 76ers. Collin Sexton pumped in 28 points.

WASHINGTON 110 – Brooklyn 106… The Wizards had to rally past the Nets in the fourth quarter after leading by 13 at the break. Bradley Beal lit it up for 30 points.

Orlando 130 – ATLANTA 120… The Magic pulled away in the second half to get past the Hawks. Evan Fournier dropped in 28 points. Aaron Gordon had 25 points and 10 rebounds.

Minnesota 129 – MIAMI 126… Jordan McLaughlin made a driving layup with 8.5 seconds remaining and Jake Leyman added a pair of free throws to send the Timberwolves past the Heat. D’Angelo Russell scored 27 points and Malik Beasley added 21 for Minnesota.

HOUSTON 140 – Memphis 112… The Rockets built a 26-point halftime lead and coasted past the Grizzlies. Russell Westbrook led all scorers with 33 points. James Harden tossed in 30 points.

Dallas 109 – SAN ANTONIO 103… The Mavericks jumped out to a big lead early and held off the Spurs. Kristaps Porzingis had 28 points and 12 boards. Luka Doncic racked up 26 points, 10 rebounds and 14 assists.

L.A. Clippers 102 – PHOENIX 92… The Clippers shook off a slow start to down the Suns. Kawhi Leonard put up 24 points and 14 boards.

Boston 114 – UTAH 103… Jayson Tatum scored 33 points and brought down 11 rebounds in leading the Celtics past the Jazz. Jaylen Brown added 20 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
New York is at Philadelphia…
Indiana hosts Portland…
Sacramento is at Oklahoma City…
Golden State hosts the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
COLORADO 3 – Buffalo 2… J.T. Compher broke a tie with a third-period goal and the Avalanche held on to edge the Sabres. Goalie Pavel Francouz made 31 saves.

VEGAS 3 – Edmonton 0… Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 29 shots in the Golden Knights’ blanking of the Oilers. Max Pacioretty, Nick Cousins and Shea Theodore found the net.

LOS ANGELES 2 – Pittsburgh 1… Trevor Lewis’ put-back goal with 32 seconds left in the second quarter gave the Kings a two-goal lead and they hung on to edge the Penguins. Blake Lizotte opened the scoring with a first-period goal.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
New York is at Montreal…
Tampa Bay hosts Chicago…
Toronto is at Florida…
Boston hosts Dallas…
Vancouver is at Ottawa…
Detroit hosts Minnesota…
the N.Y. Islanders are at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Calgary…
Washington is at Winnipeg…
New Jersey is at San Jose

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#9 Maryland 74, MINNESOTA 73…
#12 VILLANOVA 71, St. John’s 60…
#16 PENN STATE 65, Rutgers 64

The Rundown for February 26, 2020

TRUMP CALLS INDIA TRIP ‘PRODUCTIVE’… President Trump called his trip to India a “very productive visit” despite his inability to strike a trade accord. Trump and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi did agree on defense, energy and telecoms deals and vowed to continue negotiating on trade. Bilateral trade between the two countries slowed last year after the U.S. ended preferential trade status for India, prompting the Asian country to impose retaliatory tariffs on 28 U.S. products.

DEMS DEBATE IN SOUTH CAROLINA… Seven presidential candidates gathered in Charleston, South Carolina, for last night’s 10th Democratic debate. It was a fiery event, as candidates made last-minute pleas ahead of Saturday’s South Carolina primary and next week’s Super Tuesday, when nominating contests will be held in 14 states. Senator Bernie Sanders and former New York mayor Mike Bloomberg were often targeted in last night’s verbal sparring from a field that also included former vice president Joe Biden, Senator Elizabeth Warren, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Amy Klobuchar and investor Tom Steyer. Biden stumbled in the first three contests but remains the favorite to win in South Carolina despite his lead shrinking from 28 points to single digits.

HEALTH OFFICIALS TURN UP CORONAVIRUS WARNING… President Trump continues to claim that the coronavirus situation is “under control” despite a harsh warning issued yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. Vaccine expert Dr. Nancy Messonnier warned that health officials are “preparing as if we are going to see community spread in the near term” during a press call yesterday. Recent outbreaks in Italy and Iran have sparked fears among infectious disease experts that the virus may be past the point of containment. The coronavirus has infected more than 80,000 people and killed at least 2,700 overseas in less than two months. The CDC has outlined safety precautions schools and businesses will likely need to undertake if the virus becomes a global pandemic.

WALL STREET TUMBLES FOR SECOND STRAIGHT DAY... Fears of the coronavirus spread are being blamed for Wall Street plunging for a second straight day yesterday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 879.44 points, or 3.15 percent, at the end of trading while the S&P 500 dropped 3.03 percent and the Nasdaq Composite slid 2.77 percent. The 10-year Treasury yield hit an all-time low of 1.32 percent while the 30-year bond also fell to a record low.

STATES JOIN IN JUUL INVESTIGATION… A coalition of 39 states has announced an investigation into the marketing and sales of vaping products by Juul Labs. Investigators want to know whether the company targeted youths and made misleading claims about nicotine content in its devices. They also plan to probe the risk, safety and effectiveness of Juul’s vaping products as smoking cessation devices. Attorneys general from Connecticut, Florida, Nevada, Oregon and Texas are leading the probe into San Francisco-based company, which also is facing lawsuits by teenagers and others who say they became addicted to the company’s vaping products.

ENTERTAINMENT
NETFLIX ACQUIRES CATE BLANCHETT DRAMA… Netflix has acquired the rights to the drama “Stateless,” which was co-created by and stars Cate Blanchett. The limited series is set in Australia and tells the story about four strangers whose lives intersect as they battle immigration issues at a detention center in the middle of the desert. The series is expected to debut on Netflix later this year.

REPORT: PLACIDO DOMINGO MADE INAPPROPRIATE SEXUAL ADVANCES… Opera singer Plácido Domingo subjected more than two dozen women to sexual harassment or inappropriate behavior while he held senior management positions at Washington National Opera and Los Angeles Opera, according to a report released yesterday by the U.S. union representing opera performers. Lawyers hired by the American Guild of Musical Artists found that complaints about Domingo revealed a clear pattern of sexual misconduct and abuse of power. A second inquiry launched by Los Angeles Opera is still ongoing.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
INDIANA 119 – Charlotte 80… The Pacers built a 25-point lead at halftime and never looked back in their blowout of the Hornets. Domantas Sabonis had 21 pints and 15 rebounds.

Milwaukee 108 – TORONTO 97… The Bucks took control with a big third quarter and held off the Raptors. Kris Middleton scored 22 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 19 points and as many boards.

Oklahoma City 124 – CHICAGO 122… The Thunder took over down the stretch and edged the Bulls after letting a 17-point halftime lead. Dino Gallinari scored 24 points to lead six players in double figures. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 21 points and 11 rebounds.

DENVER 115 – Detroit 98… Jerami Grant came off the bench to score a career-high 28 points in leading the Nuggets past the Pistons. The loss was Detroit’s seventh in a row.

Boston 118 – PORTLAND 106… Jayson Tatum knocked down a career-best eight 3-pointers on his way to 36 points and the Celtics downed the Trail Blazers. Jaylen Brown tossed in 24 points.

L.A. LAKERS 118 – New Orleans 109… The Lakers fought off the Pelicans for their sixth straight victory. LeBron James pumped in 40 points. Anthony Davis had 21 points and 14 boards.

Sacramento 112 – GOLDEN STATE 94… Harrison Barnes and De’Aaron Fox scored 21 points apiece as the Kings cruised past the Warriors. Four other players scored in double figures for Sacramento.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
New York is at Charlotte…
Cleveland hosts Philadelphia…
Brooklyn is at Washington…
Miami hosts Minnesota…
Orlando is at Atlanta…
Houston hosts Memphis…
Dallas is at San Antonio…
Phoenix hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Boston is at Utah

NHL SCORES
Calgary 5 – BOSTON 2… Sean Monahan netted back-to-back goals 1:12 apart in the second period as the Flames skated past the Bruins. Mikael Backlund added two goals and assisted on another.

Vancouver 4 – MONTREAL 3 (OT)… The Canucks outlasted the Canadiens after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Newly acquired Tyler Toffoli scored at 1:35 of overtime. Jake Virtanen had a goal and an assist.

Toronto 4 – TAMPA BAY 3… John Tavares scored a pair of goals to lead the Maple Leafs past the Lightning. William Nylander had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. Rangers 4 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 (OT)… Mika Zibanejad found the net 28 seconds into overtime to send the Rangers past the Islanders. Ryan Lindgren set up two goals.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – San Jose 2… The Flyers doubled up on the Sharks for their fourth straight win. Kevin Hayes netted two goals and had an assist. Travis Konecny had a goal and two assists.

WASHINGTON 4 – Winnipeg 3 (SO)… Alex Ovechkin netted his 701st career goal and added the decisive goal in the shootout as the Capitals topped the Jets. Dmitry Orlov assisted on two goals.

Dallas 4 – CAROLINA 1… Tyler Sequin, Roope Hintz and Jason Dickinson scored first-period goals and the Stars breezed past the Hurricanes. Goalie Anton Khudobin made 49 saves.

New Jersey 4 – DETROIT 1… Nikita Gusev had a goal and an assist as the Devils handled the Red Wings. Cory Schneider stopped 27 shots at goal for his first win of the season.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Chicago 5… The Blues used a four-goal third period to rally past the Blackhawks. Zach Sanford’s second goal of the game broke a tie with 6:25 remaining. Robert Thomas had a goal and two assists.

NASHVILLE 3 – Ottawa 2… Ryan Ellis and Viktor Arvidsson netted third-period goals as the Predators upended the Senators. Goalie Juuse Saros stopped 33 shots.

MINNESOTA 5 – Columbus 4… Mikko Koivu scored two goals as the Wild held off the shorthanded Blue Jackets. Ryan Donato and Eric Staal both had a goal and an assist.

Florida 2 – ARIZONA 1… Mike Hoffman assisted on Brad Richardson’s first-period goal and scored the decisive goal in the third period as the Panthers clipped the Coyotes. Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 37 shots at goal.

ANAHEIM 4 – Edmonton 3 (OT)… Sonny Milano opened the scoring with a first-period goal and netted the game-winner at 2:05 of overtime to lead the Ducks past the Oilers. Adam Henrique had a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at Colorado…
Vegas hosts Edmonton…
Pittsburgh is at Los Angeles

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#2 BAYLOR 85, Kansas State 66…
#4 Dayton 62, GEORGE MASON 55…
35 SAN DIEGO STATE 66, Colorado State 60…
WAKE FOREST 113, #7 Duke 101 (2OT)…
#8 Kentucky 69, TEXAS A&M 60…
#15 AUBURN 67, Mississippi 58…
#24 MICHIGAN STATE 78, #18 Iowa 70
OKLAHOMA 65, #22 Texas Tech 51

The Rundown for February 25, 2020

APPEALS COURT ALLOWS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO WITHHOLD TITLE X FUNDS… A federal appeals court yesterday lifted an injunction against the Trump administration’s efforts to withhold funding from clinics that provide abortion referrals of Title X family planning funds. The 7-4 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld last June’s unanimous ruling by a three-judge panel that lifted injunctions won by California, Oregon and Washington. President Trump declared during his 2016 presidential campaign that he sought to end federal support for Planned Parenthood, which received about $60 million annually, or one-fifth, of Title X funds.

SUPREME COURT TO HEAR RELIGIOUS-RIGHTS CASE… The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday agreed to hear a major religious rights case centered in Philadelphia. The city has refused to place children for foster care with a Catholic agency that bars same-sex couples from serving as foster parents. Catholic Social Services, an arm of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, has responded by accusing the city of violating the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment rights of freedom of speech and religion. In 2018, a lower court ruled that the religious views of the organization did not entitle it to an exemption from the city’s anti-discrimination policies. The case will be argued in the court’s next term, which starts in October. A ruling against Philadelphia could make it easier for plaintiffs to cite religious beliefs when seeking exemptions from widely applicable laws.

DOW PLUNGES ON CORONAVIRUS SCARE… A surge in the number of coronavirus cases outside China yesterday prompted the Dow to suffer its biggest point and percentage-point drop since February 2018. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed 1,031.61 points lower, or 3.56%, at 27,960.80. The S&P 500 slid 3.35% to 3,225.89 while the Nasdaq Composite closed 3.71% lower at 9,221.28. The major averages hit record highs all hit record highs earlier this month despite lingering concerns over the virus, which had infected 53 people in the U.S. as of yesterday.

NASA MATHEMATICIAN KATHERINE JOHNSON DIES… NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, who developed mathematical equations that were essential to NASA’s early efforts to send astronauts into space and then to the moon, died yesterday of natural causes. She was 101. Johnson’s trailblazing career was portrayed by Taraji P. Henson in the Oscar-nominated 2016 film “Hidden Figures.” President Barack Obama awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2015.

GEORGIA CRASH KILLS FAMILY OF 5… A crash on Interstate 95 near Midway, Georgia, yesterday left five members of a Virginia family dead. Authorities say the family was returning home from a trip when their vehicle was struck by an elderly motorist driving in the wrong lane. The victims included both parents and three children ages 4 to 13.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEINSTEIN CONVICTED… Powerful Hollywood studio chief Harvey Weinstein was handcuffed and taken to Rikers Island jail in New York yesterday following his conviction on two of the five counts against him. The 67-year-old Weinstein is facing imprisonment of up to 29 years after a jury of seven men and five women took five days to find him guilty of raping an aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and sexually assaulting a production assistant at his apartment in 2006. He was acquitted on the most serious charges, including two counts of predatory sexual assault that each carried up to life in prison. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11. Weinstein also faces separate rape and sexual-assault charges in Los Angeles.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT PLEADS NOT GUILTY… Actor Jussie Smollett pleaded not guilty yesterday in response to a six-count indictment charging him with falsely reporting that he was the victim of a January 2019 racist and homophobic attack near his Chicago home. The 37-year-old Smollett, who most recently appeared in the Fox drama series “Empire,” was released on $20,000 bond and ordered to return to court on March 18. He was indicted this month by a special grand jury.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 129 – Atlanta 112… Joel Embiid poured in a career-high 49 points and brought down 14 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Hawks. Tobias Harris tossed in 25 points.

Milwaukee 137 – WASHINGTON 134 (OT)… Kris Middleton knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 30 seconds remaining in overtime and finished with a game-high 40 points as the Bucks outlasted the Wizards. Eric Bledsoe scored 23 points and dished off 10 assists. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 14 boards.

CLEVELAND 125 – Miami 119 (OT)… The Cavaliers outscored the Heat 31-12 in the fourth quarter before sporting past them in overtime. Kevin Porter Jr. delivered 30 points off the bench. Six other players scored in double figures for Cleveland.

Orlando 115 – BROOKLYN 113… The Magic rallied in the second half to upend the Nets. Aaron Gordon had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Evan Fournier and Terrence Ross added 21 points apiece.

HOUSTON 123 – New York 112… The Rockets built a 15-point halftime lead and coasted past the Knicks. James Harden scored a game-high 37 points.

DALLAS 139 – Minnesota 123… The Mavericks took control early with an explosive first quarter and cruised past the Timberwolves. They got 23 points from Tim Hardaway Jr. and 20 from Luka Doncic.

Phoenix 131 – UTAH 111… The Suns pulled away in the second half to rout the Jazz. Devin Booker led the way with 24 points and 10 assists. Ricky Rubio added 22 points and 11 assists.

L.A. CLIPPERS 124 – Memphis 97… The Clippers led 40-14 after the first quarter and never looked back in their pounding of the Grizzlies. Kawhi Leonard dropped in 25 points. Montrezl Harrell added 22 points off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Charlotte is at Indiana…
Toronto hosts Milwaukee…
Oklahoma City is at Chicago…
Denver hosts Detroit…
Boston is at Portland…
the L.A. Lakers host New Orleans…
Sacramento is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
COLUMBUS 4 – Ottawa 3 (OT)… Emil Bemstrom found the net at 4:35 of overtime to lift the Blue Jackets over the Senators. Stefan Matteau scored a tying goal midway through the third period. Nick Foligno lit the lamp with Columbus’ first two scores.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Calgary is at Boston…
Montreal hosts Vancouver…
Toronto is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y. Islanders host the N.Y. Rangers…
San Jose is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Winnipeg…
Dallas is at Carolina…
Detroit hosts New Jersey…
Chicago is at St. Louis…
Nashville hosts Ottawa…
Columbus is at Minnesota…
Arizona hosts Florida…
Anaheim hosts Edmonton

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 KANSAS 83, Oklahoma State 58…
#6 FLORIDA STATE 82, #11 Louisville 67…
TEXAS 67, #20 West Virginia 57

The Rundown for February 24, 2020

TRUMP IN INDIA… President Trump traveled to India yesterday for a 36-hour visit. The president is scheduled to tour the Taj Mahal, hold formal talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and attend a state banquet tomorrow. Trump and Modi last appeared together in September at a rally in Houston.

NATIONAL SECURITY DIRECTOR DENIES RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE… White House national security advisor Robert O’Brien denies reports that Russia has been interfering in the 2020 election in support of President Trump. During an appearance yesterday on ABC’s “This Week,” O’Brien called “false” last week’s in the New York Times and Washington Post that claimed Russia is working on behalf of Bernie Sanders as well as Trump. U.S. intelligence officials reportedly informed members of the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee of the Russian efforts in a classified briefing and shared their analyses with Trump as well. Trump yesterday denied being briefed about the interference.

QUARANTINED CRUISE-SHIP PASSENGERS WON’T GO TO ALABAMA… The Trump administration has backed off plans to quarantined patients from the Diamond Princess cruise ship at a former Army base in Anniston, Alabama. Governor Kay Ivey and U.S. Senator Richard Shelby confirmed the news just a day after the Department of Health and Human Services said the Alabama facility would house evacuated Americans who had tested positive for coronavirus. Officials haven’t said where the patients would be quarantined.

JUDGE IN ROGER STONE CASE DENIES BIAS… The judge presiding over the case of long-time Trump loyalist Roger Stone last night denied Stone’s filing to have her disqualified due to bias. In issuing her denial, Judge Amy Berman Jackson said Stone’s legal team had failed to back up its allegations with any “factual or legal support.” Lawyers for Stone had accused the judge of displaying bias at the sentencing hearing by commending the “integrity” of the jury. Stone was sentenced last week to 40 months in prison for obstruction of justice and lying to congressional investigators.

TANDEM FLOATS REMOVED FROM MARDI GRAS AFTER SECOND DEATH… New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell has banned tandem floats for the remainder of Mardi Gras following a second parade-related death on Saturday night. Saturday night’s death resulted from a man getting caught between two sections of a massive tandem float, which are multiple floats connected together and pulled by a tractor. Last week, a 58-year-old woman was fatally run-over after she apparently tripped while trying to cross between two parts of a tandem float.

ENTERTAINMENT
JUSTIN BIEBER TOPS ALBUM CHART… Justin Bieber’s new release, “Changes,” sold 231,000 copies to give him his seventh No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. A Boogie With da Hoodie’s “Artist 2.0” debuted at No. after selling 111,000 units. Tame Impala’s “The Slow Rush” opened in third place with 110,000 copies sold. Last week’s chart-topper, Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial,” dropped to fourth place with 70,000 units sold. Monsta X’s “All About Luv” capped the top five with 52,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Sonic the Hedgehog” took in $26.3 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “The Call of the Wild” opened just behind at No. 2 with $24.8 million. “Birds of Prey: And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” slipped to third place with $7 million. “Brahms: The Boy II” opened in fourth place after taking in $5.9 million. “Bad Boys for Life” made $5.8 million to finish fifth.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
L.A. LAKERS 114 – Boston 112… LeBron James’ fallaway jumper with 30 seconds remaining gave the Lakers the lead for good in their win over the Celtics. James finished with 29 points. Anthony Davis led L.A. with 32 points and 13 rebounds.

DENVER 128 – Minnesota 116… Paul Millsap scored a season-high 25 points and Nikola Jokic added 24 as the Nuggets topped the Timberwolves. Four other players scored in double figures for Denver.

TORONTO 127 – Indiana 81… The Raptors jumped out to a 34-12 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their blowout of the Pacers. Pascal Siakam led the way with 21 points. Serge Ibaka had 15 points and as many boards.

CHICAGO 126 – Washington 117… The Bulls cruised past the Wizards to snap their eight-game losing streak. Colby White pumped in 33 points off the bench. Thaddeus Young added 23 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY 131 – San Antonio 103… The Thunder bombed the Spurs 37-18 in the third quarter and coasted to the victory. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 22 points and 13 rebounds. Steven Adams finished with 21 points and 14 boards.

New Orleans 115 – GOLDEN STATE 101… The Pelicans erased a 10-point halftime deficit on their way past the Warriors. Zion Williamson scored 28 points to lead all scorers. Jrue Holiday had 23 points and 15 assists. Nicolo Melli added 20 points.

PORTLAND 107 – Detroit 104… The Trail Blazers held on down the stretch to get past the Pistons despite playing without the injured Damian Lillard. CJ McCollum had game-highs with 41 points and 12 assists. Carmelo Anthony tossed in 32 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Milwaukee…
Miami is at Cleveland…
Brooklyn hosts Orlando…
New York is at Houston…
Dallas hosts Minnesota…
Phoenix is at Utah…
the L.A. Clippers host Memphis

NHL SCORES
WASHINGTON 5 – Pittsburgh 3… The Capitals used a four-goal third period to put away the Penguins and end their four-game losing streak. T.J. Oshie netted the go-ahead goal and had an assist. Carl Hagelin scored two goals.

BUFFALO 2 – Winnipeg 1… Kyle Okposo opened the scoring early in the first period and added a tie-breaking goal in the third to lead the Sabres past the Jets. Zemgus Girgensons assisted on both goals. Goalie Jonas Johansson made 25 saves.

DALLAS 2 – Chicago 1… Tyler Seguin netted a go-ahead goal with 3:31 remaining and the Stars made it stand in edging the Blackhawks. Joe Pavelski scored a first-period goal. Anton Khudobin stopped 31 shots at goal.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – San Jose 1… Anders Lee found the net twice as the Islanders skated past the Sharks. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 29 saves.

Calgary 4 – DETROIT 2… Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist as the Flames doubled up on the Red Wings. Noah Hanifin set up two scores.

St. Louis 4 – MINNESOTA 1… The Blues made it four straight wins with their thumping of the Wild. Oskar Sundqvist had a goal and an assist. Jordan Binnington made 32 stops at goal.

Vegas 6 – ANAHEIM 5 (OT)… The Golden Knights recovered to outlast the Ducks after blowing a two-goal lead in the final three minutes of regulation. Shea Theodore netted the winning goal at 3:50 of overtime. William Karlsson scored back-to-back goals in the third period to complete a hat trick.

Edmonton 4 – LOS ANGELES 2… Connor McDavid scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Oilers past the Kings. Caleb Jones assisted on two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Ottawa is at Columbus

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#25 OHIO STATE 79, #7 Maryland 72…
INDIANA 68, #9 Penn State 60…
#15 CREIGHTON 81, #21 Butler 59…
#16 SETON HALL 81, St. John’s 65

The Rundown for February 20, 2020

DEMS DEBATE… Democratic presidential candidates gathered for a feisty ninth debate of the presidential campaign last night in Las Vegas. Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders delivered strong performances, largely at the expense of billionaire candidate Mike Bloomberg. Amy Klobuchar and Pete Buttigieg clashed on several issues, including immigration.

GRENELL NAMED NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR… President Trump has named ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell as the acting director of national intelligence. Grenell, a longtime Trump loyalist, sparked outrage among German politicians in 2018 when he expressed support for right-wingers in Europe. Grenell will succeed Joseph Maguire, who has served as the acting director of national intelligence since last summer’s resignation of Dan Coats.

EXPLOSIVE CLAIM IN ASSANGE HEARING… A lawyer representing Wikileaks founder Julian Assange delivered an explosive claim at a hearing in a British court yesterday ahead of next week’s extradition hearing. The lawyer said a witness will claim that President Trump offered Assange a pardon if he denied that Russia was involved in leaking emails damaging to Democrats during the 2016 election. The judge ruled the witness’s evidence would be admissible. Assange is facing 18 charges in the U.S. over leaked diplomatic cables. He faces up to 175 years in prison if found guilty.

PENTAGON POLICY OFFICIAL LEAVING… John Rood, who serves as the Pentagon’s top policy official, is stepping down at the end of the month. His departure comes a year after he warned against the Trump administration’s effort to block Ukraine’s military aid. The White House said James Anderson, the current senior official performing the duties of the deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, will take over for Rood until President Trump has chosen a permanent successor. Rood joined the Trump administration in January 2018.

COURT RULES AGAINST FLORIDA’S FELON VOTING LAW… A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that Florida cannot bar felons from voting over unpaid fines and fees related to their convictions. A three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld a lower court’s preliminary ruling. A full trial on the case is scheduled to begin in April.

NORTH CAROLINA VOTER ID LAW ON HOLD… A North Carolina state appeals court panel has issued a temporary injunction against enacting the state’s law requiring a photo ID to vote. The three-judge panel of the North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled that the 2018 measure was enacted with an intent to discriminate against minorities. A federal court had already blocked its use in next month’s primary election.

ENTERTAINMENT
NETFLIX PICKS UP ADAM McKAY COMEDY… Netflix is planning to stream Adam McKay’s new comedy feature “Don’t Look Up.” The film stars Jennifer Lawrence in the story about two low-level astronomers who must go on a giant media tour to warn mankind of an approaching asteroid that will destroy Earth. Production will begin in April for a release later this year.

RAPPER POP SMOKE FATALLY SHOT… Emerging rapper Pop Smoke, whose real name is Bashar Barakah Jackson, was fatally shot in a Los Angeles home yesterday. He was 20. Police reported that the shooting occurred after an unknown number of suspects entered the home in the Hollywood Hills. Pop Smoke’s debut mixtape, “Meet the Woo,” was released last year and featured the song “Welcome To The Party,” which was later remixed by Nicki Minaj. His second mixtape “Meet the Woo 2,” was released earlier this month. He was scheduled to kick off his “Meet the Woo” Tour starting March 2 in Washington, D.C.

SPORTS
NHL SCORES
N.Y. Rangers 6 – CHICAGO 3… Mika Zibanejad and each had a goal and an assist as the Rangers doubled up on the Blackhawks. Pavel Buchnevich added a goal and an assist.

DALLAS 3 – Arizona 2… Jamie Oleksiak netted a tie=breaking goal midway through the third period and the Stars made it stand in their win over the Coyotes. Corey Perry had a goal and an assist. Goalie Ben Bishop made 39 saves.

Boston 2 – EDMONTON 1 (OT)… David Pastrnak found the net at 1:14 of overtime to lift the Bruins over the Oilers. Pastrnak also assisted on Patrice Bergeron’s first-period goal.

COLORADO 3 – N.Y. Islanders 1… The Avalanche got goals from Joonas Donskoi, Andre Burakovsky and Gabriel Landeskog in downing the Islanders. Cale Makar had two assists. Pavel Francouz stopped 27 shots at goal.

Florida 4 – ANAHEIM 1… The Panthers cruised past the Ducks after spotting them an early goal. Mackenzie Weegar had a goal and an assist. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 stops.

Minnesota 4 – VANCOUVER 3 (SO)… Alex Galchenyuk scored a tying goal late in the third period and added the winning goal in the shootout as the Wild outlasted the Canucks. Mats Zuccarello set up two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Toronto…
New Jersey hosts San Jose…
Montreal is at Washington…
Columbus hosts Philadelphia…
Winnipeg is at Ottawa…
St. Louis hosts Arizona…
Tampa Bay is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts Florida

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
NORTH CAROLINA STATE 88, #6 Duke 66…
#11 LOUISVILLE 90, Syracuse 66…
#12 Villanova 91, DePAUL 71…
GEORGIA 65, #13 Auburn 55…
#16 SETON HALL 74, #21 Butler 72…
#22 HOUSTON 76, Tulsa 43

NBA REGULAR SEASON RESUMES TONIGHT
Milwaukee is at Detroit…
Atlanta hosts Miami…
Charlotte is at Chicago…
Philadelphia hosts Brooklyn…
Memphis is at Sacramento…
Golden State hosts Houston