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SPORTS: Scoreboard Roundup

Men’s Top 25 College Basketball: (1) Florida 79 (27-2) – LSU 61 (17-11)

(2) Wichita State 68 (31-0) – Missouri State 45 (19-11)

(12) Virginia 75 (25-5) – (4) Syracuse 56 (26-3)

Oklahoma State 72 (19-10) – (5) Kansas 65 (22-7)

(21) Memphis 72 (22-7) – (7) Louisville 66 (24-5)

Xavier 75 (20-9) – (9) Creighton 69 (23-5)

VCU 67 (22-7) – (10) Saint Louis 56 (25-4)

Connecticut 51 (23-6) – (11) Cincinnati 45 (24-5)

(13) San Diego State 82 (25-3) – Fresno State 67 (15-15)

Kansas State 80 (20-9) – (15) Iowa State 73 (22-6)

(16) Michigan 66 (21-7) – Minnesota 56 (18-12)

South Carolina 72 (11-18) – (17) Kentucky 67 (21-8)

Illinois 53 (17-12) – (18) Michigan St. (22-7)

(19) North Carolina 60 (22-7) – Virginia Tech 56 (9-19)

(23) SMU 70 (23-6) – UCF 55 (11-16)

Oklahoma 77 (21-8) – (24) Texas 65 (21-8)

NBA:  Miami Heat 112 (42-14) – Orlando Magic 98 (18-43)

Washington Wizards 122 (31-28) – Philadelphia 76ers 103 (15-44)

Houston Rockets 118 (40-19) – Detroit Pistons 110 (23-36)

Indiana Pacers 102 (45-13) – Boston Celtics 97 (20-40)

Brooklyn Nets 107 (28-29) – Milwaukee Bucks 98 (11-47)

Memphis Grizzlies 110 (33-25) – Cleveland Cavaliers 96 (24-37)

Minnesota Timberwolves 108 (29-29) – Sacramento Kings 97 (20-39)

Portland Trail Blazers 102 (41-18) – Denver Nuggets 96 (25-33)

Los Angeles Clippers 108 (41-20) – New Orleans Pelicans 76 (23-36)

NHL: Washington Capitals 4 (29-23-9, 67pts) – Boston Bruins 2 (37-17-5, 79pts)

Philadelphia Flyers 4 (31-24-6, 68pts) – New York Rangers 2 (33-25-3, 69pts)

New Jersey Devils 6 (26-22-13, 65pts) – New York Islanders 1 (23-31-8, 69pts)

Los Angeles Kings 3 (34-22-6, 74pts) – Carolina Hurricanes 1 (26-25-9, 61pts)

Tampa Bay Lightning 4 (34-21-5, 73pts) – Dallas Stars 2 (28-22-10, 66pts)

Columbus Blue Jackets 6 (30-25-5, 65pts) – Florida Panthers 3 (22-31-7, 51pts)

Winnipeg Jets 3 (30-26-6, 66pts) – Nashville Predators 1 (26-25-10, 62pts)

Montreal Canadiens 4 (34-21-7, 75 pts) – Toronto Maple Leafs 3 (32-22-8, 72 pts) OT

Chicago Blackhawks 5 (36-12-14, 86 pts) – Pittsburgh Penguins 1 (40-16-4, 84 pts)

Calgary Flames 2 (23-30-7, 53 pts) – Edmonton Oilers 1 (20-34-8, 48 pts) OT

NASCAR Nationwide Series:  Kyle Busch wins the rain-shortened Blue Jeans Go Green 200 at Phoenix International Raceway.

Read On ABC News Radio: http://abcnewsradioonline.com/sports-news/scoreboard-roundup-3114.html#ixzz2uorY8l5E

Health Care Advocates Protest FDA Approval of ‘Killer’ Pain Reliever

(NEW YORK) — A new opiate painkiller approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has come under fire from health care advocates who say the medication may be too dangerous to be on the market.

The painkiller Zohydro is said to be 10 times more potent than Vicodin. As a result, the drug has made many health care advocates nervous about the possibility of an increase in overdoses and addiction related to opioids.

In December, 28 state attorneys general wrote to FDA commissioner Margaret Hamburg asking her to reconsider the approval of the drug or to impose additional restrictions on it to deter drug abuse.

“State attorneys general do not want a repeat of the recent past when potent prescription painkilling drugs entered the market without abuse-deterrent qualities and without clear guidance on how they were to be prescribed,” the attorneys general wrote in their letter.

The drug was approved in October of last year.

ABC News’ chief medical correspondent Dr. Richard Besser said that the drug pitted doctors treating patients with chronic pain and those treating patients with addiction against each other.

“There are millions of people with chronic pain and the FDA says this gives them another tool for people who aren’t being well handled by the existing drugs,” said Besser on Good Morning America. “The addiction community is very concerned because prescription pain medications are the gateway to heroin.”

However, while other opiates, including a reformulated OxyContin, have abuse deterrent qualities that make them harder to crush and snort, Zohydro has not been reformulated.

A grassroots group called Fed Up, which is made up of family members who have lost loved ones to opioid overdose, started a Change.org petition to get the FDA to reverse their approval of the drug.

“In the midst of a severe drug epidemic fueled by overprescribing of opioids, the very last thing the country needs is a new, dangerous, high-dose opioid,” reads the petition on Change.org.

The FDA could not be immediately reached for comment.

Health officials have had an increasingly difficult time handling opiate abuse as addiction and overdose rates have skyrocketed in recent years.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control found that the number of overdoses related to opiates quadrupled from 4,030 in 1999 to 15,451 in 2010.

In 2010, nearly 60 percent of drug overdose deaths (22,134) involved pharmaceutical drugs. Of these fatal pharmaceutical overdoses, three out of every four included some kind of opioid.

Mother of Philip Seymour Hoffman Releases Statement

(ROCHESTER, N.Y.) — The mother of late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman released a statement on Saturday announcing public celebrations of Hoffman’s life this spring.

According to the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle, the celebrations will take place in both Rochester, Hoffman’s hometown, and New York City, where he lived. The statement was read by film critic and Hoffman’s friend Jack Garner at a film series honoring the late Capote actor.

“It’s been a devastating loss for us, but I know that you also feel a great sorrow,” the statement read, says the Democrat and Chronicle. “We will find our way through this and hear his clear voice and laughter as we do, because he is cheering for all of us to go on, to shine, to be the best that we can be.”

Hoffman was found dead on Feb. 2 after an accidental overdose. An autopsy released on Friday that he had heroin, cocaine, benzodiazepines and amphetamine in his system.

Oscars to Be Handed Out Tonight

(LOS ANGELES) — All eyes will be on Hollywood this Sunday, when the 86th Academy Awards will be held at the Dolby Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center. Ellen DeGeneres will host the ceremony, which will air live from coast to coast on ABC. The network’s coverage will begin at 7 p.m. Eastern time and 4 p.m. Pacific time, with red carpet interviews.

If you can’t get to a TV on Sunday night, the ceremony will be streamed live on Oscar.com, ABC.com, and the Watch ABC app.

Gravity and American Hustle both have a leading 10 nominations. 12 Years a Slave has nine nominations. All three films are contenders for the best picture Oscar.

There are a total of nine nominees in the Academy’s top category this year. The others are Captain PhillipsDallas Buyers ClubHerNebraskaPhilomena and The Wolf of Wall Street.

Tom O’Neil, of the award show-centric website Gold Derby, says there may be an upset in the best picture race because of the Academy’s preferential ballot system. Under the system, voters rank the films in order of preference, one through nine.

For what it’s worth, 12 Years a Slave received the Golden Globe in January for best motion picture – drama, while American Hustle won the equivalent award in the comedy/musical category.

The best actor race may well come down to Matthew McConaughey, who’s nominated for his role in Dallas Buyers Club as an electrician and rodeo cowboy in the 1980s who has HIV, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was the lead in 12 Years a Slave. Their competition includes Christian Bale, who’s up for American Hustle; Bruce Dern, who earned his nod for Nebraska;  and The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Leonardo DiCaprio.

Cate Blanchett is considered to be the front-runner for the best actress Oscar, for her performance as a suddenly-broke widower in the Woody Allen movie Blue Jasmine. The rest of the field consists of American Hustle‘s Amy Adams, Gravity‘s Sandra Bullock, Philomena’s Judi Dench, and August: Osage County‘s Meryl Streep.

Actor/rock musician Jared Leto has received kudos this award season for playing a transgendered woman in Dallas Buyers Club. He’s up for best supporting actor, as are newcomer Barkhad Abdi of Captain PhillipsAmerican Hustle‘s Bradley Cooper, 12 Years a Slave‘s Michael Fassbender, and The Wolf of Wall Street‘s Jonah Hill.

Eighty-four-year-old Nebraska star June Squibb will make Oscar history if she wins the best supporting actress category. She’d become the oldest winner in any of the acting categories. She opposes American Hustle‘s Jennifer Lawrence, 12 Years a Slave‘s Lupita Nyong’o, August: Osage County‘s Julia Roberts and Blue Jasmine‘s Sally Hawkins.

Gravity director Alfonso Cuarón is a strong bet to claim the best director Oscar after winning the top prize at the Directors Guild of America Awards in January. Only seven times since the DGA Awards began in 1948 has the feature film winner not gone on to win an Academy Award the same year. The other nominees are David O. Russell, for American Hustle; Alexander Payne, for Nebraska; Steve McQueen, for 12 Years a Slave; and Martin Scorsese, for The Wolf of Wall Street.

Bette Midler and Pink are expected to perform at the Oscars ceremony. In addition, the telecast will feature performances by the best original song nominees, including U2.

The list of presenters includes Lawrence, McConaughey, Cooper, Daniel Day-Lewis, Christoph Waltz, Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway, Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, and many, many more.

After the ceremony, Jimmy Kimmel will host his annual post-Oscars edition of his ABC late-night show. Kevin Spacey will be his guest; there will also be appearances from DeGeneres, Streep, Scorsese, Tom Hanks and more.

For a complete list of nominees, visit Oscar.go.com.  Here are the nominees in the major categories:

Best Picture

12 Years a Slave
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Nebraska
Philomena
The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Actor
Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club 
Leonardo DiCaprio, The Wolf of Wall Street
Chiwetel Ejiofor, 12 Years a Slave
Christian Bale, American Hustle
Bruce Dern, Nebraska

Best Actress
Meryl Streep, August: Osage County
Sandra Bullock, Gravity
Judi Dench, Philomena
Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Amy Adams, American Hustle

Best Supporting Actor
Barkhad Abdi, Captain Phillips
Bradley Cooper, American Hustle
Jared Leto, Dallas Buyers Club
Michael Fassbender, 12 Years a Slave
Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street

Best Supporting Actress
Sally Hawkins, Blue Jasmine
Jennifer Lawrence, American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts, August: Osage County
June Squibb, Nebraska

Best Director
Martin Scorsese, The Wolf of Wall Street
David O. Russell, American Hustle
Steve McQueen, 12 Years a Slave
Alfonso Cuaron, Gravity
Alexander Payne, Nebraska

Best Original Screenplay
American Hustle
Blue Jasmine
Her
Dallas Buyers Club
Nebraska 

Best Adapted Screenplay
The Wolf of Wall Street
Before Midnight
Captain Phillips
Philomena
12 Years a Slave

Best Animated Film
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Earnest & Celestine
Frozen
The Wind Rises

Best Original Song
“Ordinary Love” from Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, U2
“Happy” from Despicable Me 2, Pharrell Williams
“Let It Go” from Frozen, Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez
“The Moon Song” from Her, Karen O. and Spike Jonze

Documentary Feature
The Act of Killing
Cutie and the Boxer
Dirty Wars
The Square
20 Feet from Stardom

Best Foreign Language Film
The Broken Circle Breakdown
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
Missing Picture
Omar

Sunday: 7 Day Forecast

Today: Rain and snow likely, mainly after 3pm.  Cloudy, with a high near 38. Light and variable wind becoming north 5 to
8 mph in the morning.  Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Little or no snow accumulation expected.

Tonight: Snow.  Low around 21. North wind 5 to 14 mph.
Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of 2
to 4 inches possible.

Monday: Snow, mainly before noon.  Steady temperature around 22. North wind 13 to 16 mph.  Chance of precipitation is
80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Monday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 13. North
wind 10 to 14 mph.

Tuesday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 25. North wind 6 to
9 mph becoming west in the afternoon.

Tuesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a steady temperature
around 24.

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.

Wednesday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15.

Thursday: Partly sunny, with a high near 33.

Thursday Night: A chance of snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a low
around 26. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday: A chance of rain and snow.  Mostly cloudy, with a
high near 38. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday Night: A chance of rain and snow.  Mostly cloudy,
with a low around 31. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 43.

 

Official: Massive Fire in Huntington

(Huntington) A story FIRST reported on LI News Radio - Massive fire at 417 NY Ave in Huntington which led to an evacuation of 70 people.  LI News Radio is on location and will provide updates as the story progresses.  Many fire departments are currently on the scene in Huntington Village.  The fire began around 7p.m on the top floor of a 2-story building.  Police tell LI News Radio that the building seemed to be ‘fully engulfed’.  There were at least 3 reported businesses affected by this fire.  A SCPD Officer was injured when he fell and was transported to Huntington Hospital, no other injuries were reported.  The investigation to the cause of the fire is still underway.

According to the Facebook of Huntington Town Councilman Mark A. Cuthbertson 

Still fighting to get this under control. I wonder if all of the plastic goods in Fad accelerated the fire because it was a very fast-burning fire.

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