The Rundown for March 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. 3 Illinois 91, Ohio State 88 (OT) (Big Ten Tournament final)…
No. 6 Alabama 80, LSU 79 (SEC Tournament final)…
No. 7 Houston 91, Cincinnati 54 (AAC Championship final)

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

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

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

The Rundown for March 9, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. 1 GONZAGA 78, Saint Mary’s 55

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

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

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


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 January 25, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ottawa is at Vancouver

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

The Rundown for January 18, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for January 15, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington is at Buffalo..
Philadelphia hosts Pittsburgh…
Chicago is at Tampa Bay…
Ottawa hosts Toronto…
St. Louis is at Colorado

No. 1 GONZAGA 95, Pepperdine 70

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

the L.A. Rams are at Green Bay…
Buffalo hosts Baltimore

Cleveland is at Kansas City…
New Orleans hosts Tampa Bay

The Rundown for January 12, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No. 25 Connecticut 60, DePAUL 53

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

The Rundown for January 11, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for January 4, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 20,630,543 and the nation’s death toll stands at 351,453, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Two top U.S. health officials yesterday disputed President Trump’s claim that the numbers of reported cases and deaths in the country are overblown. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, stressed during an appearance on ABC News’ “This Week” that “The deaths are real deaths.” Surgeon General Jerome Adams appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” and defended the accuracy of coronavirus data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TRUMP PRESSURES GEORGIA OVER VOTE… Audio from an hour-long phone call released yesterday captured President Trump asking Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger to “find” votes necessary to overturn the state’s presidential election results. Trump cited baseless claims of fraud in warning Raffensberger and his office attorney Ryan Germany that they face potential legal and political consequences. Trump insists there is “no way” he lost Georgia, which has certified President-elect Joe Biden as the winner. Raffensperger and Germany tell Trump in the recording that the data his challenge was based on “is wrong” and voting machines have not been tampered with.

FORMER PENTAGON HEADS WARN REPBULICANS… All 10 living former U.S Defense Secretaries are urging the Republican Party to stop trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election. In an editorial published yesterday in the Washington Post, the former Pentagon heads wrote that “The time for questioning the results has passed” and warn that “Efforts to involve the U.S. armed forces in resolving election disputes would take us into dangerous, unlawful and unconstitutional territory.” Both of President Trump’s defense secretaries, James Mattis and Mark Esper, signed on to the op-ed, as did former Vice President Dick Cheney.

PELOSI TO REMAIN HOUSE SPEAKER… California Democratic Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi was voted into her fourth term as House Speaker yesterday. Her victory came despite opposition from a handful of Democrats. Pelosi urged unity in her campaign to hold the position and told Democrats, “My opponent is COVID.”

PASTOR KILLED IN CHURCH SHOOTING… A shooting at a church in East Texas yesterday morning left one person dead and two others injured. The Smith County Sheriff’s office identified the fatality as the 62-year-old pastor of Starville Methodist Church. The pastor reportedly found a 21-year-old man hiding in a bathroom stall, pointed a gun at him and told him to leave. However, man captured the pastor’s gun and shot him with it, investigators say. Authorities say the man had been hiding in the woods behind the church following a police pursuit the night before.

… Playboi Carti’s “Whole Lotta Red” sold 100,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” slid into second place after selling 71,000 units. Lil Durk’s “The Voice” jumped into third place on sales of 66,000 copies. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” finished fourth with 46,000 units sold. Ariana Grande’s “Positions” sold 38,000 copies to cap the top five.

ACTRESS TANYA ROBERTS DIES… Actress Tanya Roberts, who was best known as a Bond girl and for her work on “That ’70s Show,” died yesterday after a brief hospitalization. She was 65. Roberts, who was born Victoria Leigh Blum, began her career as a model before breaking into film with the 1975 horror flick “Forced Entry.” Her big break came when she landed the role of Stacey Sutton in the 1985 James Bond film “A View to a Kill,” opposite Roger Moore.

SINGER GERRY MARSDEN DIES… Gerry Marsden, lead singer of the 1960s British rock band Gerry and the Pacemakers, has died of a heart infection, friends confirmed yesterday. He was 78. Marsden was was known for his cover of the song “You’ll Never Walk Alone” from the musical “Carousel.” His other hits included “Ferry Cross the Mersey” and “Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying.”

… The NFL postseason is set following yesterday’s regular-season finales. In the AFC, the Titans claimed the South division title while the Ravens, Browns and Colts all clinched playoff spots. The Bills locked down the conference’s No. 2 seed, with the Steelers sliding into the third spot. In the NFC, the Packers secured the top seed with a first-round bye, the Saints claimed the second seed and the Buccaneers locked themselves into the No. 5 seed. Washington captured the East division title, while the Rams and Bears clinched playoff spots.

No. 1 seed: Kansas City
No. 2 seed: Buffalo
No. 3 seed: Pittsburgh
No. 4 seed: Tennessee
No. 5 seed: Baltimore
No. 6 seed: Cleveland
No. 7 seed: Indianapolis

Indianapolis is at Buffalo – Saturday, 1:05 p.m. ET
Tennessee hosts Baltimore – Sunday, 1:05 p.m. ET
Cleveland is at Pittsburgh – Sunday, 8:15 p.m. ET

No. 1 seed: Green Bay
No. 2 seed: New Orleans
No. 3 seed: Seattle
No. 4 seed: Washington
No. 5 seed: Tampa Bay
No. 6 seed: L.A. Rams
No. 7 seed: Chicago

L.A. Rams are at Seattle – Saturday, 4:40 p.m. ET
Washington hosts Tampa Bay – Saturday, 8:15 p.m. ET
Chicago is at New Orleans – Sunday, 4:40 p.m. ET

Tennessee 41 – HOUSTON 38… Sam Sloman’s 37-yard field goal on the game’s final play sent the Titans (11-5) past the Texans (4-12). Derrick Henry ran for 250 yards and two touchdowns. He has surpassed 2,000 rushing yards on the season.

Baltimore 38 – CINCINNATI 3… The Ravens (11-5) set a franchise record with 404 rushing yards in routing the Bengals (4-11-1) and punching their ticket into the postseason. J.K. Dobbins rushed for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Lamar Jackson hit Marquise Brown with two of his three scoring passes.

CLEVELAND 24 – Pittsburgh 22… The Browns (11-5) held off the Steelers (12-4) and are heading to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. Nick Chubb ran 47 yards for a first-quarter touchdown.

INDIANAPOLIS 28 – Jacksonville 14… Jonathan Taylor ran for a franchise-record 253 yards and scored two touchdowns as the Colts (11-5) doubled up on the Jaguars (1-15).

BUFFALO 56 – Miami 26… The Bills (13-3) rolled past the Dolphins (10-6) and bounced them from the playoffs. Isaiah McKenzie caught two of Josh Allen’s three touchdown passes in the second quarter and returned a punt 84 yards for a touchdown.

Green Bay 35 – CHICAGO 16… Aaron Rodgers threw four touchdown passes to finish with a team-record 48 on the regular season and the Packers (13-3) handled the playoff-bound Bears (8-8).

New Orleans 33 – CAROLINA 7… The Saints (12-4) took advantage of five interceptions to breeze past the Panthers (5-11). Drew Brees threw touchdown passes to three different receivers. Ty Montgomery rushed for 105 yards.

TAMPA BAY 44 – Atlanta 27… Antonio Brown caught two of Tom Brady’s four touchdown passes and the playoff-bound Buccaneers (11-5) put away the Falcons (4-12).

Washington 20 – PHILADELPHIA 14… Alex Smith threw for a pair of scores as Washington (7-9) fought off the Eagles (4-11-1).

L.A. RAMS 18 – Arizona 7… The Rams (10-6) rode their defense to a win over the Cardinals (8-8). Troy Hill returned an interception 84 yards for a touchdown. John Wolford passed for 231 yards and rushed for 56 more in his NFL debut.

Seattle 26 – SAN FRANCISCO 23… Russell Wilson found Tyler Lockett with two fourth-quarter touchdown passes as the Seahawks (12-4) came from behind to top the 49ers (6-10).

Minnesota 37 – DETROIT 35… Kirk Cousins passed for 405 yards and hit three difference receivers with touchdown passes as the Vikings (7-9) fought off the Lions (5-11).

NEW ENGLAND 28 – N.Y. Jets 14… Cam Newton threw for three touchdowns and caught a scoring pass in leading the Patriots (7-9) past the Jets (2-14).

N.Y. GIANTS 23 – Dallas 19… Daniel Jones threw a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes as the Giants (6-10) topped the Cowboys (6-10).

Las Vegas 32 – DENVER 31… Derek Carr’s pass to Darren Waller converted a two-point conversion with 24 seconds remaining and lifted the Raiders (8-8) over the Broncos (5-11).

L.A. Chargers 38 – KANSAS CITY 21… The Chargers (7-9) cruised past a Chiefs (14-2) team that was resting its starters for the playoffs. Justin Herbert passed for 302 yards and three touchdowns.

Boston 122 – DETROIT 120
… Jayson Tatum knocked down a fallaway jumper with 2.9 seconds left as the Celtics held off the Pistons. Tatum finished with 21 points. Jayson Brown led all scorers with 31 points.

Washington 123 – BROOKLYN 122… The Wizards got a go-ahead dunk from Thomas Bryant with 14.9 seconds left and held on to edge the Nets. Bradley Beal had 27 points and 10 rebounds. Russell Westbrook scored 24 points and dished off 10 assists. Thomas Bryant totaled 21 points and 14 boards.

L.A. Lakers 108 – MEMPHIS 94… The Lakers shook off a rough start to blow past the Grizzlies. LeBron James scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds.

Denver 124 – MINNESOTA 109… The Nuggets used a 41-point fourth quarter to put away the Timberwolves. Jamal Murray pumped in a season-high 36 points. Nikola Jokic racked up 19 points, 12 boards and 12 assists.

Utah 130 – SAN ANTONIO 109… The Jazz jumped out to an early double-digit lead and never looked back in their thrashing of the Spurs. Bojan Bogdanovic scored a game-high 28 points. Donovan Mitchell tossed in 22 points.

CHICAGO 118 – Dallas 108… Zach LaVine poured in 39 points, Coby White scored 21 of his 23 points in the second half and the Bulls got past the Mavericks.

L.A. Clippers 112 – PHOENIX 107… The Clippers built a 20-point halftime lead and held on to top the Suns. Paul George led the way with 39 points.

GOLDEN STATE 137 – Portland 122… Stephan Curry erupted to score a career-high 62 points as the Warriors outshot the Trail Blazers. Andrew Wiggins added 21 points.

Cleveland is at Orlando…
Philadelphia hosts Charlotte…
New York is at Atlanta…
Miami hosts Oklahoma City…
Boston is at Toronto…
Houston hosts Dallas…
Detroit is at Milwaukee…
New Orleans hosts Indiana…
Sacramento is at Golden State

No. 5 Houston 74, SMU 60…
No. 16 MICHIGAN 85, No. 19 Northwestern 66…
No. 21 MINNESOTA 77, No. 25 Ohio State 60

The Rundown for December 28, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 19,107,675 and the nation’s death toll stands at 333,055, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, warned yesterday of a “post-seasonal surge” of COVID-19 cases following holiday gatherings. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Fauci also said that “somewhere between 70 and 85 percent” of the population would need to be vaccinated against the virus in order to achieve herd immunity.

TRUMP SIGNS BILLS… President Trump last night signed a $2.3 trillion omnibus funding bill and an associated coronavirus relief bill following Saturday’s expiration of unemployment benefits expired and a government shutdown that was to begin tomorrow. The two bills are tied together and Trump did not sign them as expected on last Thursday. Instead, he called the relief bill a “disgrace” and demanded amendments that included $2,000 in direct payments to Americans. The legislation he signed includes direct payments of $600 per adult and per child. The amount per adult is half the $1,200 payments that were provided under the CARES Act enacted in March, but the amount per child is slightly larger than the $500 allowed under that law.

AUTHORITIES ID NASHVILLE BOMBING SUSPECT… Authorities in Nashville said yesterday that the man believed to be responsible for Friday’s downtown bombing in Nashville died in the explosion. The suspected bomber was identified as 63-year-old Anthony Quinn Warner. Investigators said they matched his DNA with human remains at the scene and matched a vehicle identification number to a registration associated with him. Warner reportedly acted alone in carrying out the bombing, which injured three people and damaged dozens of buildings.

SPECIAL FORCES SOLDIER CHARGED IN SHOOTINGS… Authorities yesterday announced the arrest of an active-duty Special Forces soldier who has been charged with murder after three people were killed and three wounded in a shooting Saturday at a bowling alley in Rockford, Illinois. 37-year-old Duke Webb, an assistant operations and intelligence sergeant assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 7th Special Forces Group at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, was charged with three counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder. Webb was reportedly on leave at the time of the shootings.

HOLIDAY RETAIL SALES UP… Retail sales jumped 3 percent during this year’s expanded holiday shopping season, according to figures released yesterday by Mastercard SpendingPulse. The jump was attributed to more people buying decorations and furniture for their homes during the pandemic. The report noted online shopping sales also grew a whopping 49 percent between October 11 and December 24, accounting for 19.7 percent of total retail sales. Unsurprisingly, Black Friday was the top spending day of the season.

… Bluegrass performer Tony Rice died Friday at his Reidsville, North Carolina, home of undisclosed causes, the International Bluegrass Association confirmed yesterday. He was 69. Rice, a 2013 Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame inductee, rose to fame in the 1970s as a guitarist and vocalist in the band New South and later performed with the David Grisman Quintet.

TAYLOR SWIFT REMAINS ATOP BOX OFFICE… Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” sold 169,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 chart for a second straight week. Paul McCartney’s newest release, “McCartney III,” debuted in second place with 105,000 with units sold. Eminem’s “Music to Be Murdered By” jumped to No. 3 after selling 94,000 copies. Michael Bublé’s “Christmas” finished fourth on sales of 77,000 units. Mariah Carey’s “Merry Christmas” capped the top five with 60,000 copies sold.


KANSAS CITY 17 – Atlanta 14
… The Chiefs (14-1) fought off the Falcons (4-11) to clinch the AFC’s top seed and a first-round bye in the playoffs. Patrick Mahomes threw a go-ahead 25-yard touchdown pass to Demarcus Robinson with 1:55 remaining. Kansas City’s Travis Kelce became the first tight end to have two 100-catch seasons and set the single-season yardage record for a tight end with 1,467.

N.Y. JETS 23 – Cleveland 16… Kareem Hunt recovered a Baker Mayfield fumble with 1:16 remaining to seal the win as the Jets (2-13) stunned the Browns (10-5) and put a dent in their playoff chances. Sam Darnold threw a pair of second-quarter touchdown passes. Jamison Crowder put New York on the scoreboard in the first quarter when he took a pitch and threw 43 yards to fellow wide receiver Braxton Berrios.

PITTSBURGH 28 – Indianapolis 24… The Steelers (12-3) closed with 21 straight points to upend the Colts (10-5) and clinch the NFC North title. Ben Roethlisberger passed for 342 yards and hit three different receivers with touchdown passes.

Chicago 41 – JACKSONVILLE 17… The Bears (8-7) pulled away in the second half to hand the Jaguars (1-14) their 14th straight loss. Mitchell Trubisky found Jimmy Graham with a pair of touchdown passes and ran for a score. Allen Robinson had 10 catches for 103 yards.

BALTIMORE 27 – N.Y. Giants 13… The Ravens (10-5) scored the game’s first 17 points and cruised past the Giants (5-10). Lamar Jackson threw touchdown passes to Marquise Brown and Dez Bryant.

Cincinnati 37 – HOUSTON 31… Samaje Perine ran 3 yards for his second touchdown of the day with 1:57 left to give the Bengals (4-10-1) the lead for good in their win over the Texans (4-11). Brandon Allen threw for 371 yards and two touchdowns.

L.A. CHARGERS 19 – Denver 16… The Chargers (6-9) held off the Broncos (5-10) to win their third in a row. Michael Badgley’s fourth field goal of the game broke a tie with 41 seconds remaining. Justin Herbert’s 9-yard touchdown pass to Austin Ekeler in the second quarter was his 28th scoring toss of the season, breaking the NFL rookie record set by Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield in 2018.

Carolina 20 – WASHINGTON 3… The Panthers (5-10) took advantage of four Washington (6-9) turnovers to build a 20-3 halftime lead and held on for the victory. Their final score came on a 14 yard touchdown pass from Teddy Bridgewater to Robby Anderson.

DALLAS 37 – Philadelphia 17… Andy Dalton passed for 377 yards and found Michael Gallup with two of his three touchdown passes as the Cowboys (6-9) handled the Eagles (4-10-1) to remain in the playoff hunt. Gallup had six catches for 121 yards. Ezekiel Elliott rushed for 105 yards.

SEATTLE 20 – L.A. Rams 9… The Seahawks (11-4) downed the Rams (9-6) to claim the NFC West title. Russell Wilson ran for one touchdown and threw for another in the second half.

GREEN BAY 40 – Tennessee 14… Aaron Rodgers hit Davante Adams with three of his four touchdown passes and the Packers (12-3) crushed the Titans (10-5). Rodgers completed 21 of 25 passes for 231 yards in the snow at Lambeau. Adams finished with 11 catches for 142 yards. AJ Dillon carried 21 times for 124 yards and two scores.

Buffalo (11-3) is at New England (6-8)

Dallas 124 – L.A. CLIPPERS 73
… The Mavericks built an NBA-record 50-point halftime lead in their dismantling of the Clippers. Luka Doncic scored a game-high 24 points despite playing only 26 minutes. Josh Richardson added 21 points.

CHARLOTTE 106 – Brooklyn 104… Gordon Hayward scored 28 points to lead six players in double figures and the Hornets held off the Knicks. P.J. Washington had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

Orlando 120 – WASHINGTON 113… The Magic bombed the Wizards 43-19 in the fourth quarter for a come-from-behind win. Markelle Fultz and Terrence Ross scored 26 points apiece.

NEW ORLEANS 98 – San Antonio 95… Brandon Ingram scored 28 points and grabbed 11 boards in leading the Pelicans past the Spurs. Zion Williamson finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

CLEVELAND 118 – Philadelphia 94… Andre Drummond powered his way to 24 points and 14 boards as the Cavaliers rolled past the 76ers. Collin Sexton dropped in 22 points.

NEW YORK 130 – Milwaukee 110… The Knicks took control with a big second quarter and cruised past the Bucks. Julius Randle had game-highs with 29 points and 14 rebounds. Elfrid Payton tossed in 27 points.

INDIANA 108 – Boston 107… Domantas Sabonis was fouled while making a game-tying with 8.4 seconds left and converted the ensuing free throw to send the Pacers past the Celtics. Sabonis finished with 19 points and 10 rebounds. Malcolm Bogdon led Indiana with 25 points.

Golden State 129 – CHICAGO 128… Damion Lee knocked down a 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to lift the Warriors over the Bulls. Stephen Curry led Golden State with 36 points.

Phoenix 116 – SACRAMENTO 100… The Suns shook off a slow start to put away the Kings. They got 22 points from Mikal Bridges and 20 from Devin Booker. Deandre Ayton pulled down 15 boards to go with his 11 points.

L.A. LAKERS 127 – Minnesota 91… The Lakers jumped out to a 40-23 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their romp over the Timberwolves. Kyle Kuzma pumped in 20 points before sitting out most of the second half.

Detroit is at Atlanta…
Brooklyn hosts Memphis…
Utah is at Oklahoma City…
Denver hosts Houston…
Portland is at the L.A. Lakers