The Rundown for May 14, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,852,998 and the nation’s death toll stands at 584,487, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday announced that fully vaccinated adults can safely resume activities indoors or outdoors without masks or distancing, in gatherings large or small. In announcing the new guidance, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, “You can do things you stopped doing because of the pandemic.” She noted that the new policy is based on recent real-world studies from Israel and the U.S. on people who’ve been vaccinated.

MARINE CORPS OFFICER CHARGED IN CAPITOL ATTACK… Federal authorities have arrested an active duty Marine Corps officer in Virginia for allegedly assaulting police during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Major Christopher Warnagiris was charged with five counts, including assaulting or impeding an officer, obstruction and unlawful entry. Officials say he is believed to be the first active-duty military service member to be charged in connection with the Capitol insurrection.

COLONIAL PIPELINE REPORTEDLY PAID RANSOM… Several media outlets reported yesterday that Colonial Pipeline paid a ransom to the hackers who infiltrated its system and forced the shutdown of a major pipeline supplying fuel to the East Coast last week. The company has not publicly confirmed the payment but Bloomberg News said the company paid the hackers $5 million. The payment was reportedly made shortly after Colonial Pipeline’s systems started locking up.

9 INJURED IN PROVIDENCE SHOOTINGS… Gunfire in Providence, Rhode Island, last night left nine people wounded. Three people had serious injuries and were “maybe critical,” according to authorities. Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements said multiple guns were used and the shootings involved an “ongoing feud” involving two groups. The shootings reportedly began when passengers in a vehicle fired into a home.

FORMER MINNEAPOLIS COPS’ TRIAL DELAYED… A judge in Minnesota has postponed the state trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd until March 2022. Former officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng have been charged by the state with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter for their alleged roles in Floyd’s May 25 death. A federal grand jury has also indicted the three officers, as well as former officer Derek Chauvin, with federal civil rights crimes related to the killing. Chauvin was convicted last month of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Judge Peter Cahill said he pushed back the trial date of the other three officers so the federal case can move forward, and the state trial can be distanced from the publicity surrounding Chauvin’s murder conviction.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘FRIENDS’ REUNION GETS PREMIERE DATE
… The long-delayed “Friends” reunion special finally has an official premiere date at HBO Max. “Friends: The Reunion” will debut on HBO Max on May 27. The special was originally set to film in February 2020 but was only able to begin filming in April due to the pandemic. It will feature Friends” stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.

COVID KNOCKS BILL MAHER OFF THE AIR… Bill Maher has tested positive for the coronavirus and canceled tonight’s taping of his HBO talk show. Maher, who is fully vaccinated, says he is not exhibiting any symptoms and “feels fine.” HBO says the show will be rescheduled at a later date.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that as of April 26, it had received 9,245 reports of positive cases out of the more than 95 million people fully vaccinated.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 5 – Philadelphia 1
… Starter Patrick Corbin (2-3) held the Phillies to a run on five hits over seven innings. Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell hit two-run homers in the bottom of the first inning.

St. Louis 2 – MILWAUKEE 0… Jack Flaherty (7-0) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the Cardinals’ blanking of the Brewers. Nolan Arenado provided all the offense St. Louis needed with an RBI single in the top of the first inning.

San Francisco 3 – PITTSBURGH 1… Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani (3-1) limited the Pirates to one hit over five innings. Steven Duggar’s solo homer sparked a three-run top of the fifth inning.

COLORADO 13 – Cincinnati 8… The Rockies took a 10-0 lead into the eighth inning and held off the Reds. Josh Fuentes went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs. Garrett Hampson also went deep. Connor Joe drove in three runs with a double and a single.

Miami 5 – ARIZONA 1… Trevor Rogers (5-2) held the Diamondbacks to a run on four hits over six innings. Jesus Aguilar went 3-for-5 with a run-scoring single.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
DETROIT 4 – Kansas City 3
… The Tigers scored all four runs in the bottom of the second inning and held on to hand the Royals their 11th straight loss. Spencer Turnbull (2-2) allowed a run on six hits over 6-1/3 innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Minnesota 2… The White Sox made it six straight wins with the defeat of the Twins. Tim Anderson and Jake Lamb smacked solo homers. Lance Lynn (4-1) gave up an unearned run on two hits over five innings.

TAMPA BAY 9 – N.Y. Yankees 1… The Rays romped over the COVID-stricken Yankees. Rich Hill (2-1) pitched three-hit ball over 6-2/3 innings. Austin Meadows homered with a runner on and stroked a two-run double. Randy Arozarena belted a three-run homer.

BOSTON 8 – Oakland 1… Xander Bogaerts and Bobby Dalbec hit two-run homers as the Red Sox ripped the Athletics. Garrett Richards (3-2) scattered five hits over six shutout innings.

HOUSTON 4 – Texas 3 (11 innings)… Myles Straw raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the Astros past the Rangers. Houston scored its first three-runs on Jose Altuve’s second-inning double.

Cleveland 4 – SEATTLE 2… Jose Ramirez’ two-run homer in the top of the third inning proved to be the difference in the Indians’ win over the Mariners. Starter Zach Plesac (3-3) took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

INTERLEAGUE
Toronto 8 – ATLANTA 4
… Bo Bichette’s go-ahead two-run double sparked a four-run top of the ninth inning that carried the Blue Jays past the Braves. Bichette also singled home a tying run in the fifth.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 3-0) is at Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 3-3)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 3-3) hosts Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 1-2)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 4-2) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 1-4)…
Arizona (Riley Smith, 1-2) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 2-2)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 1-2) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 5-3)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 2-4) hosts St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 2-4; TBA) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 2-3; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Baltimore (Dean Kremer, 0-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Corey Kluber, 2-2)…
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 3-2) are at Boston (Nick Pivetta, 5-0)…
Minnesota (Matt Shoemaker, 2-3) hosts Oakland (Frankie Montas, 4-2)…
Texas (Wes Benjamin, 0-1) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 2-1)

INTERLEAGUE
the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 3-3) are at Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-5)
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 4-2) hosts the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 1-3)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 1-0) is at Toronto (Steven Matz, 5-2)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Sunday)…
L.A. Clippers 113 – CHARLOTTE 90… The Clippers came alive in the second half to blow away the Hornets. Paul George scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee 142 – INDIANA 133… Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 40 points and grabbed 15 boards as the Bucks ran past the Pacers. Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and dished off 14 assists.

ATLANTA 116 – Orlando 93… The Hawks thrashed the Magic for their third straight win. Bogdan Bogdanovic pumped in 27 points. Clint Capela had 14 points and as many rebounds.

MIAMI 106 – Philadelphia 94… The Heat handled the 76ers to retain fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Jimmy Butler led the way with 21 points. Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 12 boards.

NEW YORK 102 – San Antonio 98… The Knicks came on strong in the fourth quarter to down the Spurs and continue their push for home-court advantage in the playoffs. Alec Burks led all scorers with 30 points.

CHICAGO 114 – Toronto 102… The Bulls got 24 points from Zach LaVine and 20 from Lauri Markkanen in fighting off the short-handed Raptors. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 16 rebounds.

MEMPHIS 116 – Sacramento 110… The Grizzlies rallied down the stretch to top the Kings. Dillon Brooks scored 30 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 24 points and 13 boards.

Denver 114 – MINNESOTA 103… Nikola Jokic scored 16 of his 31 points in the first quarter as the Nuggets built an early lead and turned away the Timberwolves. Jokic also collected 14 rebounds.

PHOENIX 118 – Portland 117… Devin Booker knocked down two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining to lift the Suns over the Trail Blazers. Chris Paul led Phoenix with 26 points. Mikal Bridges finished with 21 points and 11 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Cleveland is at Washington…
Detroit hosts Denver…
Orlando is at Philadelphia…
Oklahoma City hosts Utah…
Toronto is at Dallas…
Houston hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Sacramento is at Memphis…
Golden State hosts New Orleans

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Tuesday)…
ST. LOUIS 7 – Minnesota 3… The Blues rolled past the Wild after spotting them a three-goal lead after the first period. David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored two goals apiece. Mike Hoffman assisted on three goals.

CALGARY 4 – Vancouver 1… The Flames breezed past the Canucks after giving up an early goal. Elias Lindstrom and Matthew Tkachuk each had a goal and an assist.

COLORADO 5 – Los Angeles 1… The Avalanche skated past the Kings to clinch the No. 1 seed in the West Division and the top overall seed in the NHL playoffs. Tyson Jost found the net twice. Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Winnipeg

The Rundown for May 13, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,814,943 and the nation’s death toll stands at 583,685, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The easing of pandemic restrictions continued yesterday with announcements in Ohio and California. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that most COVID-19 regulations will end on June 2 and that vaccinated Ohio adult residents can enter a drawing to win $1 million for five weeks starting on May 26. California Governor Gavin Newsom said Californians will no longer be required to wear masks in most circumstances starting June 15.

MYSTERIOUS ATTACKS ON DIPLOMATS SPREADING… The New York Times reported yesterday that unexplained attacks against U.S. diplomats have afflicted more than 130 American personnel stationed overseas. The attacks were initially thought to be concentrated in China and Cuba but more recent incidents have been documented throughout Europe and Asia. The Biden administration is boosting efforts to investigate the mysterious ailments, which have left some U.S. personnel with permanent brain injuries and chronic health issues.

BIDEN SIGNS CYBERSECURITY EXECUTIVE ORDER… President Biden took action to strengthen the federal government’s cybersecurity defenses amid recent cyber attacks, including the ransom attack on a major East Coast fuel artery. Biden signed an executive order that directs the Commerce Department to author new standards for software vendors supplying the federal government. The cybersecurity rating system would mandate multi-factor user verification to new technology and added encryption.

GOP CANCELS LIZ CHENEY… House Republicans removed Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney as conference chair yesterday in response to her opposition to former President Donald Trump’s “Big Lie” that the 2020 election was stolen. Cheney had been the No. 3 House Republican and was the highest-ranking of the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for inciting an insurrection on January 6. Cheney responded defiantly to her ouster, vowing to help free the Republican party from Trump’s clutches.

CLIMATE CHANGE REPORT ACKNOWLEDGES HUMAN INVOLVEMENT… The Environmental Protection Agency has acknowledged for the first time that climate change is being driven at least in part by humans. The acknowledgement came in yesterday’s release of a new report that had been delayed for nearly four years by the Trump administration. The Climate Change Indicators report charts the extent to which glaciers are shrinking, sea levels are rising and flooding is increasing. The impacts are being felt by Americans “with increasing regularity,” according to the report.

ENTERTAINMENT
PERVIS STAPLES DIES
… Pervis Staples, who sang with his father and sisters’ in the legendary gospel group The Staple Singers, died last week at his home in Dolton, Illinois, a family spokesman revealed yesterday. He was 85 and the cause of death was not disclosed. Pervis Staples began sining gospel songs with his father, Roebuck “Pops” Staples, and sisters Mavis, Yvonne and Cleotha in Chicago churches. They gained a national audience in the 1950s with the release of such recordings as “If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again,” “Will the Circle Be Unbroken” and “Uncloudy Day.” The Staple Singers notched a No. 1 hit, “I’ll Take You There” in 1972 and followed with top 40 hits “Respect Yourself,” “Heavy Makes You Happy” and “If You’re Ready (Come Go With Me).” Pervis Staples was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with his family in 1999. The group also received a lifetime achievement award from the Grammys in 2005.

ELLEN DeGENERES ENDING TV TALK SHOW… Ellen DeGeneres says she plans to end her daily television talk show next year after 19 seasons. The Ellen DeGeneres Show debuted in 2003 but has suffered a severe rating drop since last year, when DeGeneres was criticized for her role in creating a toxic work environment at the show. The comic said the criticism did not influence her decision to leave and she is not sure what she will do next.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 5 – PITTSBURGH 1
(10 innings)… Jesse Winker singled home a run and Eugenio Suarez added a bases-clearing double as the Reds scored four runs in the top of the 10th inning to put away the Pirates. Mike Moustakas opened the scoring with a lead-off homer in the second inning.

San Diego 5 – COLORADO 3 (7 innings)… Victor Caratini unloaded a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning to power the Padres past the Rockies in the opener o a doubleheader.

COLORADO 3 – San Diego 2 (8 innings)… Josh Fuentes singled home Charlie Blackmon with the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Rockies a split of the twinbill.

Philadelphia 5 – WASHINGTON 2 (10 innings)… Rhys Hoskins’ run-scoring single sparked a three-run top of the 10th inning that carried the Phillies past the Nationals. Odubel Herrera tied the game with a ninth-inning solo homer.

MILWAUKEE 4 – St. Louis 1… Travis Shaw doubled home a run and Adolis Garcia followed with a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Brewers got past the Cardinals. Shaw’s sacrifice fly in the sixth put Milwaukee on the board.

Miami 3 – ARIZONA 2… The Marlins did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Diamondbacks. Jesus Aguilar homered for the third straight game with a runner aboard in the top of the first inning and Sandy Léon went deep to lead off the second. Cody Poteet (1-0) allowed two runs on four hits over five innings to win his major league debut.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
DETROIT 4 – Kansas City 2
… The Tigers cruised past the Royals after spotting then am early two-run lead. Jeimer Candelario doubled home a go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored in Miguel Cabrera’s second RBI single.

N.Y. Yankees 1 – TAMPA BAY 0… Aaron Hicks’ sacrifice fly in the top of the seventh inning scored Aaron Judge with the game’s only run. Yankees starter Gerrit Cole (5-1) pitched four-hit ball over eight innings and struck out 12 before Aroldis Chapman completed the shutout.

Oakland 4 – BOSTON 1… James Kaprielian (1-0) limited the Red Sox to a run on four hits over five innings to win his first major league start. Matt Olson homered to lead off the top of the sixth inning for the Athletics.

HOUSTON 9 – L.A. Angels 1… The Astros got home runs from Jose Altuve, Yuli Gurriel, Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez and Chas McCormick in crushing the Angels.

CHI. WHITE SOX 13 – Minnesota 8… The White Sox slugged their way past the Twins for their fifth straight win. Yasmani Grandal and rookie Andrew Vaughn homered. Jose Abreu had a couple of hits and drove in a pair of runs.

INTERLEAGUE
N.Y. METS 7 – Baltimore 1
… Domonic Smith went 3-for-4 and knocked in two runs as the ripped the Orioles. Kevin Pillar and Jose Peraza added two RBIs apiece. Taijuan Walker (3-1) surrendered a run on four hits over seven innings.

CLEVELAND 2 – Chi Cubs 1 (10 innings)… Amed Rosario doubled home a tying run in the bottom of the sixth inning and came through with a bases-loaded single in the 10th to lift the Indians over the Cubs.

Toronto 4 – ATLANTA 1… Teoscar Hernández homered twice and knocked in three runs to lead the Blue Jays past the Braves. Hyun Jin Ryu (3-2) gave up a run on five hits over seven innings.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Seattle 1… Julio Urías (5-1) held the Mariners to a run on two hits over seven innings and got plenty of support in the Dodgers’ win. Max Muncy hit a two-run homer. Matt Beaty doubled home two runs and singled home another.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 0-2) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 1-3)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 2-2) hosts St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 6-0)…
San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 2-1) is at Pittsburgh (Wil Crowe, 0-1)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 1-1) hosts Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 4-2)…
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 4-2) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 2-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City (Daniel Lynch, 0-1) is at Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 1-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 3-1) host Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 2-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 1-2) are at Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 0-1)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 2-2) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 3-1)…
Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-3) is at Houston (Cristian Javier, 3-1)…
Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 0-0) hosts Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 2-3)

INTERLEAGUE
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 0-2) is at Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 2-2)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Sunday)…
ATLANTA 120 – Washington 116… The Hawks rallied in the fourth quarter to top the Wizards. John Collins made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 24.4 seconds remaining. Trae Young scored 33 points.

BROOKLYN 128 – San Antonio 116… Landry Shamet scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Nets handled the Spurs.

CLEVELAND 102 – Boston 94… The Cavaliers got 30 points from Kevin Love and 28 from Collin Sexton in downing the Celtics to end their 11-game losing streak. Love also pulled down 14 rebounds.

DALLAS 125 – New Orleans 107… Luka Doncic scored 33 points to lead the Mavericks in their rout of the Pelicans. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 27 points.

Portland 105 – UTAH 98… The Trail Blazers fought off the Jazz to win their fifth straight. Damian Lillard scored a game-high 30 points. CJ McCollum tossed in 26 points.

L.A. Lakers 124 – Houston 122… Kyle Kuzma scored a tie-breaking basket off a drive with 6.9 seconds remaining and the Lakers held on to clip the Rockets. Talen Horton-Tucker scored 23 points and dished off 10 assists. Andre Drummond had 20 points and 10 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Charlotte…
Indiana hosts Milwaukee…
Orlando is at Atlanta…
Miami hosts Philadelphia…
San Antonio is at New York…
Chicago hosts Toronto…
Sacramento is at Memphis…
Minnesota hosts Denver…
Portland is at Phoenix

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Tuesday)…
Edmonton 4 – MONTREAL 3 (OT)… Dominik Kahun scored 27 seconds into overtime to send the Oilers past the Canadiens. Connor McDavid had two assists to raise his NHL-leading points total to 104 in 55 games.

OTTAWA 4 – Toronto 3 (OT)… Josh Norris found the net nine seconds into overtime to win it for the Senators.

Vegas 6 – SAN JOSE 0… The Golden Knights skated past the Sharks to end their regular season. Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 19 shots in his 67th career shutout. Dylan Sikura netted two goals for Vegas.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Minnesota 0… Goalie Ville Husso stopped 31 shots in his first career shutout. David Perron had a goal and two assists for the Blues.

COLORADO 6 – Los Angeles 0… J.T. Compher scored three goals in his first career hat trick and the Avalanche blanked the Kings. Mikko Rantanen assisted on three goals. Philipp Grubauer made 18 stops at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at St. Louis…
Calgary hosts Vancouver…
Los Angeles is at Colorado

The Rundown for May 12, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,779,153 and the nation’s death toll stands at 582,848, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Some vaccine sites began to inoculate 12-to-15-year-olds against Covid-19 yesterday morning. The Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for the age group the day before but the vaccinations are still awaiting a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

JUDGE DENIES NRA’S BANKRUPTCY BID… A federal bankruptcy judge yesterday dismissed the National Rifle Association’s effort to declare bankruptcy, ruling that the gun rights group had not filed the case in good faith. The NRA had hoped that bankruptcy laws would offer protection amid legal efforts by New York Attorney General Letitia James to dissolve the organization. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin Hale said the NRA did not file for Chapter 11 in good faith, but instead filed to avoid James’ oversight and gain an “unfair litigation advantage” over her. “Using this bankruptcy case to address a regulatory enforcement problem” is not a permitted use of bankruptcy, the judge noted. James last year sought a court’s approval to dissolve the NRA, alleging a wide variety of financial misconduct, chiefly by CEO Wayne LaPierre.

FUEL SHORTAGES ON EAST COAST… Fuel shortages along the East Coast have resulted in widespread reports of hoarding. Analysts say panic-buying has broke out in the region following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline. As of early last evening, 8.5 percent of gas stations in North Carolina and 7.7 percent in Virginia didn’t have gasoline. Significant outages were also reported in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm pleaded with Americans not to hoard gas as the pipeline attempts to resume operations.

ARIZONA GOVERNOR SIGNS VOTING-LIST BILL… Arizona Governor Doug Ducey yesterday signed a bill that removes the word “permanent” from the state’s permanent early voting list. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who opposes the legislative action, notes that 75 percent of Arizonans are members of the permanent early voting list and 80 percent of Arizonans used the early voting mechanism to cast ballots in the 2020 election. Arizona joins other Republican-led states that have introduced, passed and signed into law restrictive voting legislation. There are 361 bills in 47 states that introduce restrictive provisions.

ATLANTA SPA SHOOTER INDICTED… The suspect in the fatal shootings of eight people at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted on murder charges by separate grand juries in Fulton and Cherokee counties yesterday. The 19-count Fulton County indictment includes charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism. Six of the victims were women of Asian descent and District Attorney Fani Willis also filed notice that she intends to seek hate crime charges and the death penalty against 22-year-old Robert Aaron Long. The Cherokee County grand jury indicted Long on four counts each of malice murder and felony murder, plus criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, criminal damage to property in the first degree, and 11 counts of aggravated assault.

ENTERTAINMENT
EDWARD NORTON JOINS ‘KNIVES OUT’ SEQUEL
… Edward Norton has reportedly agreed to join Daniel Craig and Dave Bautista in the cast of an upcoming Netflix sequel to the popular who-done-it film “Knives Out.” Craig will reprise his role as super sleuth Benoit Blanc. Netflix has released no details about Norton’s character. Production is set to start this summer in Greece.

NORMAN LLOYD DIES… Actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd, whose career included collaborations with Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Chaplin, among others, died yesterday morning at his Los Angeles home. He was 106. In one of his more memorable film appearances, Lloyd portrayed the villain who plummets from the Statue of Liberty at the climax of Hitchcock’s 1942 film “Saboteur.” He later played Dr. Daniel Auschlander in the 1980s NBC hospital drama “St. Elsewhere.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
PITTSBURGH 7 – Cincinnati 2
… The Pirates beat the Reds for the first time in nine tries. Adam Frazier homered. Troy Stokes Jr. drove in runs with his first two major league hits.

Philadelphia 6 – WASHINGTON 2… Bryce Harper homered in the top of the first inning to get the Phillies going and they cruised past the Nationals. Trea Turner also went deep.

St. Louis 6 – MILWAUKEE 1 (11 innings)… Paul Goldschmidt homered with a runner aboard and Tyler O’Neill added a three-run shot during a five-run top of the 11th inning that carried the Cardinals past the Brewers.

San Diego 8 – COLORADO 1… Manny Machado knocked in five runs with a homer and a triple as the Padres ripped the Rockies. Five San Diego pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

ARIZONA 11 – Miami 3… Asdrubal Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer in leading the Diamondbacks past the Marlins. Nick Ahmed added a solo shot. Starter Madison Bumgarner (4-2) pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 3 – TAMPA BAY 1
… The Yankees got solo homers from Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez in downing the Rays. Jordan Montgomery (2-1) gave up a run on two hits over six innings.

DETROIT 8 – Kansas City 7… The Tigers recovered to top the Royals after blowing a seven-run eighth-inning lead. Robbie Grossman singled home Niko Goodrum with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Grossman earlier tripled with the bases loaded and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Oakland 3 – BOSTON 2… Matt Chapman singled home a tie-breaking run and scored on Elvis Andrus’ single in the top of the seventh inning to push the Athletics past the Red Sox. Chris Bassitt (3-2) surrendered two runs on three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings.

HOUSTON 5 – L.A. Angels 1… Michael Brantley singled home a run and Yuli Gurriel blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Astros put away the Angels. Kyle Tucker homered to lead of the fifth.

CHI. WHITE SOX 9 – Minnesota 3… Yasmani Grandal cracked a game-tying three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and Jose Abreu added a go-ahead two-run shot in the sixth as the White Sox rolled past the Twins for their fourth straight win.

INTERLEAGUE
SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Texas 2
… Logan Webb (2-3) fanned 10 in a solid six-inning start and the Giants dealt the Rangers their 10th straight interleague loss. Mike Yastrzemski doubled home a tying run in the bottom of the first inning. San Francisco scored twice more in the sixth on a throwing error by Texas third-baseman Charlie Culberson.

CLEVELAND 3 – Chi Cubs 2… César Hernández drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Indians held on to edge the Cubs. Jose Ramirez tied the game with a homer to lead off the fourth.

N.Y. METS 3 – Baltimore 2… The Mets came up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Orioles for their sixth straight win. Domonic Smith singled home the tying run and Patrick Mazeika produced a walkoff fielder’s choice grounder. Michael Conforto put New York on the board in the eighth with an RBI single.

Toronto 5 – ATLANTA 3… Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered with a runner aboard in the top of the sixth inning and singled home a run to spark a three-run eighth for the Blue Jays.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – Seattle 4… Gavin Lux belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Dodgers past the Mariners. Corey Seager singled home two runs in the seventh after his brother, Kyle, hit a two-run homer for Seattle.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-2) is at Pittsburgh (Trevor Cahill, 1-4)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 4-2; Austin Gomber, 2-4) hosts San Diego (Yu Darvish, 3-1; Blake Snell, 1-0) for a doubleheader…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 3-2) is at Washington (Jon Lester, 0-1)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 2-1) hosts St. Louis (John Gant, 2-3)…
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 4-2) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-2) is at Detroit (Casey Mize, 1-3)…
Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 2-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 4-1)…
Oakland (TBA) is at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 5-0)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 3-2) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-2)…
Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 2-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 1-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-2) is at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 2-1)…
Cleveland (Sam Hentges, 1-0 hosts the Chi Cubs (Zach Davies, 2-2)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 2-2) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 1-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 4-1) host Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-0)

TATIS TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID… The San Diego Padres placed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on the injured list yesterday after he tested positive for COVID-19. Utility players Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo joined Tatis on the IL as part of Major League Baseball’s contact-tracing program. Tatis, who is reported to be asymptomatic, must isolate from the team for 10 days.

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Sunday)…
Denver 117 – CHARLOTTE 112… Michael Porter Jr. and Nikola Jokic scored 30 points apiece as the Nuggets held off the Hornets. Jokic also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Minnesota 119 – DETROIT 100… The Timberwolves got 28 points from Karl-Anthony Towns and 22 from Anthony Edwards in running past the undermanned Pistons. D’Angelo Russell had 15 points and 10 assists.

Miami 129 – BOSTON 121… The Heat fought off the Celtics to clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Tyler Herro came off the bench to score 24 points. Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson had 22 points apiece.

L.A. Clippers 115 – TORONTO 96… The Clippers led from start to finish in their romp over the Thunder. Kawhi Leonard and Terance Mann scored 20 points apiece.

INDIANA 103 – Philadelphia 94… The Pacers rallied in the fourth quarter to hand the 76ers their first loss in nine games. Caris LeVert pumped in 24 points. Domantas Sabonis piled up 16 points, 13 boards and 15 assists.

Brooklyn 115 – CHICAGO 107… Kevin Durant scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Nets withstood a late rally to beat the Bulls. Bruce Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

MEMPHIS 133 – Dallas 104… The Grizzlies caught fire in the second half to put away the Mavericks. Ja Morant led a balanced scoring attack with 24 points. Dillon Brooks added 22 points.

MILWAUKEE 114 – Orlando 102… The Bucks continued their pursuit of the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs by downing the Magic. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and pulled down 12 boards.

GOLDEN STATE 122 – Phoenix 116… The Warriors came on strong in the fourth quarter to rally past the Suns. Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 38 points. Stephen Curry tossed in 21 points. Jordan Poole delivered 20 points off the bench.

SACRAMENTO 122 – Oklahoma City 106… The Kings kept their slim playoff hopes alive by handling the Thunder. Terance Davis scored 27 points. Buddy Held added 21 points.

L.A. LAKERS 101 – New York 99 (OT)… Talen Horton-Tucker knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 21 seconds left in overtime and the Lakers hung on to get past the Knicks. Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points off the bench. Andre Drummond collected 18 rebounds to go with his 16 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Washington is at Atlanta…
Brooklyn hosts San Antonio…
Boston is at Cleveland…
Dallas hosts New Orleans…
San Antonio is at Brooklyn…
Cleveland hosts Boston…
New Orleans is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Portland…
Houston is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Tuesday)…
WASHINGTON 2 – Boston 1… Michael Raffl found the net with 1.8 seconds remaining to lift the Capitals over the Bruins. Goalie Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves.

WINNIPEG 5 – Vancouver 0… Goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 24 shots as the Jets blanked the Canucks. Blake Wheeler scored two goals and set up two others. Kyle Connor added a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Edmonton is at Montreal…
Ottawa hosts Toronto…
Minnesota is at St. Louis…
San Jose hosts Vegas…
Los Angeles is at Colorado

The Rundown for May 11, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,743,300 and the nation’s death toll stands at 582,150, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. dropped 17 percent last week to just under 290,000, according to a Reuters analysis. It marked the fourth straight week of decreases and the weekly total was the lowest since September… The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday that the Pfizer vaccine will be authorized for emergency use in children ages 12 to 15. Pfizer had reported that the vaccine was extremely effective for teenagers during clinical trials, while noting that some did experience the same side effects as adults, such as fevers, chills, and headaches… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says more than a third of the country’s population had been fully vaccinated as of Sunday. 46 percent of Americans have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine.

BIDEN ADMIN ABANDONS TRANS HEALTH-CARE EXCLUSIONS… The Biden administration announced yesterday that it is abandoning the government’s policy of excluding transgender people from protections against sex discrimination in health care. Last year, the Trump administration announced its plan to define “sex” in sex-discrimination rules as a person’s gender assigned at birth, leaving transgender susceptible to discrimination by doctors, hospitals or insurance companies. However, the rules were blocked in courts before they were introduced.

NAVY SHIPS HARASSED BY IRANIAN FAST BOATS… The U.S. Coast Guard cutter Maui fired approximately 30 warning shots at a “large group” of Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy fast boats conducting “unsafe and unprofessional maneuvers” near U.S. naval vessels in the Strait of Hormuz yesterday, according to Pentagon spokesman John Kirby. Six U.S. Navy ships escorting the guided missile submarine USS Georgia encountered 13 of the fast attack boats as close as within 150 yards before the boat broke off, Kirby said. The Pentagon has identified three previous incidents of harassment by Iranian boats over the past two months.

FUEL SUPPLY NOT AN ISSUE… The Biden administration assured Americans yesterday that there are no issues with fuel supply following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline. Administration officials are working closely with Colonial Pipeline to mitigate the effects of the attack and subsequent shutdown. The FBI said yesterday blamed Darkside ransomware, a criminal group originating from Russia, for the cyberattack. Intelligence agents are working to assess any possible ties to foreign state actors.

YOUNGKIN WINS VIRGINIA GOVERNOR GOP PRIMARY… Businessman Glenn Youngkin defeated six other nominees through ranked-choice ballots to claim the Republican nomination for Virginia governor. Youngkin, a former executive at the global investment firm The Carlyle Group, positioned himself as a businessman and an outsider. Virginia Democrats will choose their nominee during the state-run primary on June 8.

ENTERTAINMENT
GOLDEN GLOBES LOSING SUPPORT
… NBC is withdrawing from airing next year’s Golden Globes amid an alleged lack of diversity and questionable ethics at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the nonprofit responsible for the awards. Revelations in a Los Angeles Times article have prompted several other major outlets, including Netflix, Amazon Studios and WarnerMedia, to announce that they would not participate in any Globes-related events until the HFPA enacted sweeping changes. Actor Tom Cruise has returned his three Golden Globes statues in disgust.

ABC BRINGING BACK ‘GREY’S ANATOMY’… ABC announced yesterday that it is bringing back the medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” for Season 18. The network boasted that “Grey’s Anatomy” has ranked as the No. 1 entertainment series among Adults 18-49 and as the network’s No. 1 show in total viewers for the 2020-2021 TV season. The show has attracted an average of 15.7 million viewers so far this season, delayed viewers included.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati 14 – PITTSBURGH 1
… The Reds broke the game open with a six-run top of the fourth inning. Tucker Barnhart struck the big blow with a two-run double. Tyler Naquin added a three-run homer in the seventh.

ARIZONA 5 – Miami 2… Luke Weaver (2-3) pitched four-hit ball over 6-13 innings and the Diamondbacks downed the Marlins. Asdrubal Cabrera doubled home a pair of runs.

San Diego – COLORADO (ppd.)… Inclement weather in Denver forced postponement of last night’s Padres-Rockies game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE 4 – Boston 1
…Trey Mancini smacked a tie-breaking homer to lead off the bottom of the sixth inning and singled home a run in the seventh as the Orioles beat the Red Sox to salvage the finale of the four-game series. Ryan Mountcastle also homered for Baltimore.

L.A. Angels 5 – HOUSTON 4… Jared Walsh and Justin Upton hit back-to-back homers to spark a four-run top of the sixth inning that carried the Angels past the Astros. Walsh also doubled home a run and was 4-for-4 on the night.

INTERLEAGUE
SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Texas 1
… Mauricio Dubon singled home Austin Slater with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Giants added an unearned run to get past the Rangers. Brandon Belt opened the scoring with a fourth-inning homer. Starter Alex Wood (4-0) allowed a run on four hits over seven innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 2-2) is at Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker 2-2)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 2-3) hosts Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 1-3)…
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 1-0) is at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 3-1)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 4-2) hosts San Diego (Yu Darvish, 3-1)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-2) is at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 3-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1) are at Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 2-3)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 2-3) hosts Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-3)…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-2) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi 4-2)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 2-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 1-0)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 2-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 2-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-2) is at San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-3)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 3-2) hosts the Chi Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 1-2)…
Baltimore (John Means, 4-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 3-3)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 1-1) hosts Toronto (Robbie Ray, 1-1)…
Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-0) is at the L.A. Dodgers (TBA)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Sunday)…
Indiana 111 – CLEVELAND 102… The Pacers rallied past the Cavaliers in the second half. Kelan Martin delivered 25 points off the bench. Domantas Sabonis scored 21 points and grabbed 20 rebounds.

ATLANTA 125 – Washington 124… The Hawks withstood a fourth-quarter rally to hold off the Wizards. Trae Young pumped in 36 points and John Collins added 28. Russell Westbrook piled up 28 points, 13 boards and 21 assists in the loss. His 182nd career triple-double moved him past Oscar Robertson for the most in NBA history.

MEMPHIS 115 – New Orleans 110… The Grizzlies secured a spot in the postseason play-in tournament by downing the Pelicans. Dillon Brooks scored 23 points. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

SAN ANTONIO 146 – Milwaukee 125… The Spurs scored 87 first-half points to set a franchise record and coasted past the Bucks. DeMar DeRozan pumped in 23 points. Patty Mills made six 3-pointers on his way to 20 points.

GOLDEN STATE 119 – Utah 116… The Warriors came on strong down the stretch after blowing a 14-point lead earlier in the fourth quarter. Stephen Curry made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 14.5 seconds remaining and added a pair of free throws to cap a 36-point effort.

PORTLAND 140 – Houston 129… The Trail Blazers opened with a 50-point first quarter and breezed past the Rockets. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 34 points. CJ McCollum tossed in 28 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Denver is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Minnesota…
Miami is at Boston…
Toronto hosts the L.A. Clippers (in Tampa)…
Philadelphia is at Indiana…
Chicago hosts Brooklyn…
Dallas is at Memphis…
Milwaukee hosts Orlando…
Phoenix is at Golden State…
Sacramento hosts Oklahoma City…
New York is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 18)…
FLORIDA 4 – Tampa Bay 0… Goalie Chris Driedger stopped all 30 shots and the Panthers blanked the Lighting to secure home-ice advantage in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Juho Lammikko had a goal and an assist.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – New Jersey 2… Joel Farabee netted two goals and the Flyers topped the Devils in the season finale for both teams. Claude Giroux had two assists.

Edmonton 4 – MONTREAL 3 (OT)… Connor McDavid found the net 2:42 into overtime to send the Oilers past the Canadiens. Montreal nevertheless picked up the point it needed to clinch the final playoff spot in the North division.

BOSTON 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2 (OT)… Taylor Hall’s second goal of the game came at 2:53 of overtime and lifted the Bruins over the Islanders. Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist for Boston, which clinched third place in the East division.

NASHVILLE 5 – Carolina 0… Goalie Pekka Rinne made 30 saves in his second shutout of the season and the Predators closed out their regular season in a romp over the Hurricanes. Matt Duchene scored two goals.

Dallas 5 – CHICAGO 4 (OT)… The Stars came from two goals down midway through the third period to outlast the Blackhawks. Jason Robertson scored the game-winner with 30 seconds left in overtime. He also assisted on Jason Dickinson’s tying goal in regulation.

Vancouver 3 – WINNIPEG 1… Nils Hoglander scored a pair of goals to lead the Canucks past the Jets… Thatcher Demko stopped 39 shots at goal.

Colorado 2 – VEGAS 1… J.T. Compher scored a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Avalanche hung on to down the Golden Knights in a matchup of teams battling for the West division crown. Philipp Brubauer made 36 stops at goal.

St. Louis 2 – LOS ANGELES 1 (OT)… Justin Faulk scored 45 seconds into overtime to lift the Blues over the Kings. Faulk also set up Tyler Bozak’s third-period goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Washington…
Winnipeg hosts Vancouver

The Rundown for May 10, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,707,797 and the nation’s death toll stands at 581,754, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told ABC News yesterday that as vaccination rates rise within the U.S., it may make sense to begin ditching indoor mask mandates. His statement came in response to comments last week by former Food and Drug Administration head Dr. Scott Gottlieb, who said health experts should consider getting rid of indoor mask mandates in places with a “high level of vaccination,” in order to retain public credibility should they need to reinstate them in case of a fall or winter surge. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently revised public health mandates to say fully vaccinated people can go mask-free while outside.

7 DEAD IN COLORADO SPRINGS SHOOTINGS… Seven people died yesterday after a man opened fire at a birthday party in a Colorado Springs trailer park. Police say the shooter was the boyfriend of one of the victims and was among the dead. Authorities say children were present in the trailer during the shooting but none were harmed.

McCARTHY ENDORSES STEFANIK FOR HOUSE GOP LEADERSHIP ROLE… House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy publicly endorsed New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik to replace Liz Cheney as the Republicans’ No. 3 leader. A vote to replace Cheney could be scheduled as soon as Wednesday. Cheney has angered Republicans with her criticism of former president Trump for promoting discredited claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

NAVY FINDS WEAPONS SHIPMENT IN ARABIAN SEA… The Navy announced yesterday that it seized an arms shipment of thousands of assault weapons, machines guns and sniper rifles hidden aboard a ship in the Arabian Sea. Analysts believe the shipment was =bound for Yemen to support the country’s Houthi rebels. The Navy’s initial investigation found the vessel came from Iran.

CYBERWARE ATTACK TARGETS U.S. PIPELINE… The federal government issued emergency legislation yesterday after the U.S.’ largest fuel pipeline was hit by a ransomware cyber-attack. The Colonial Pipeline carries 2.5 million barrels a day and accounts for 45 percent of the East Coast’s supply of diesel, gasoline and jet fuel. It was completely knocked offline by a cyber-criminal gang on Friday and is still working to restore service. 18 states have been granted a temporary hours of service waiver for transporting gasoline, diesel, jet fuel and other refined petroleum products. Experts say fuel prices are likely to rise 2 to 3 percent today.

ENTERTAINMENT
DJ KHALED TOPS ALBUM CHART
… DJ Khaled’s “Khaled Khaled” sold 93,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 chart. Moneybagg Yo’s “A Gangsta’s Pain” dropped to No. 2 after selling 70,000 units. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” stayed in third place with 53,000 copies sold. Justin Bieber’s “Justice” sold 42,000 units to finish fourth. The “Slime Language 2” project finished fifth with 40,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Wrath of Man” took in $8.1 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train” slipped to second with $3 million. “Mortal Kombat” made $2.3 million to finish third. “Godzilla vs. Kong” finished fourth with $1.9 million. “Raya and the Last Dragon” capped the top five with $1.8 million.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y METS 4 – Arizona 2
… The Mets made it five straight wins by downing the Diamondbacks. Jacob deGrom (3-2) held Arizona to a run on one hit before leaving after five innings with tightness in his side.

Milwaukee 2 – MIAMI 1 (10 innings)… Tyrone Taylor singled home pinch-runner Pablo Reyes with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and the Brewers made it stand in outlasting the Marlins. Daniel Vogelbach homered to lead off the fourth.

ST. LOUIS 2 – Colorado 0… Adam Wainwright (2-3) pitched three-hit ball over 8-1/3 innings and reliever Ryan Helsley completed the blanking of the Rockies. Nolan Arenado provided all the offense the Cardinals needed with a homer to lead off the bottom of the second inning.

Pittsburgh 6 – CHI. CUBS 5… Wilmer Difo went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and the Pirates held off the Cubs. Starter Tyler Anderson (3-3) pitched eight solid innings.

San Diego 11 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… The Padres pounded out 16 hits in their dismantling of the Giants. Jake Cronenworth and Fernando Tatis Jr. hit two-run homers.

ATLANTA 6 – Philadelphia 1… Dansby Swanson’s two-run homer capped a four-run bottom of the first inning and the Braves breezed past the Phillies. Freddie Freeman went 3-for-3 with a solo homer and RBI single. Huascar Ynoa (4-1) surrendered a run on four hits over six innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 4 – BALTIMORE 3
… Hunter Renfroe’s solo homer in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference. Rafael Devers also went deep for the Red Sox.

Chi. White Sox 9 – KANSAS CITY 3… Yoan Mercedes and Jose Abreu knocked in three runs apiece as the White Sox ripped the Royals. Starter Lucas Giolito (2-3) allowed a run on four hits over five innings.

HOUSTON 7 – Toronto 4… Kyle Tucker legged out an RBI triple and belted a three-run homer to lead the Astros past the Blue Jays. Jose Altuve homered to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning.

TEXAS 10 – Seattle 2… Adolis Garcia produced a pair of run-scoring singles and added a three-run homer as the Rangers pounded the Mariners. Charlie Culberson homered. Nick Solak drove in three runs.

Tampa Bay 4 – OAKLAND 3… Willy Adames connected for a game-tying three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning and Mike Brosseau added a go-ahead blast in the sixth as the Rays rallied past the Athletics to avoid a series sweep.

Minnesota – DETROIT (ppd.)… Rain in Detroit forced postponement of yesterday’s Twins-Tigers game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on July 16.

INTERLEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 3 – Washington 2
… Giancarlo Stanton singled home Tyler Wade in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Yankees over the Nationals. Greyber Torres homered to lead off the sixth.

L.A. ANGELS 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1… Jared Walsh ripped a go-ahead two-run double in the bottom of the inning and the Angels hung on to beat the Dodgers. Six Angel pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

Cincinnati – CLEVELAND (ppd.)… Rain in Cleveland forced postponement of yesterday’s Reds-Indians game. It has been rescheduled for August 9.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 1-1) is at Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 2-3)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 1-3) hosts San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 0-0)…
Miami (TBA) is at Arizona (Luke Weaver, 1-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston (Martin Perez, 0-2) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 1-3)…
Houston (Luis Garcia, 0-3) hosts the L.A. Angels (TBA)

INTERLEAGUE
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 3-0) is at San Francisco (Alex Wood, 3-0)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Miami 130 – BOSTON 124… The Heat withstood a fourth-quarter rally to top the Celtics. Jimmy Butler scored 26 points and dished off 11 assists.

New York 106 – L.A. CLIPPERS 100… Derrick Rose came off the bench to score 25 points in helping the Knicks down the Clippers. Reggie Bullock tossed in 24 points.

New Orleans 112 – CHARLOTTE 110… The Pelicans rallied past the Hornets in the fourth quarter and remain in the chase for a playoff spot. Eric Bledsoe had 24 points and 11 assists. Willie Hernangomez pulled down 16 rebounds.

Dallas 124 – CLEVELAND 97… The Mavericks overcame the ejection of Luka Doncic to roll past the Cavaliers. Tim Hardaway Jr. pumped in 25 points and Josh Richardson added 20.

Minnesota 128 – ORLANDO 96… The Timberwolves built a 30-point halftime lead and led by as many as 43 points in their rout of the Magic. Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell scored 27 points apiece.

Chicago 108 – DETROIT 96… The Bulls cruised past the Pistons to continue their push for a post-season spot. Zack LaVine led all scorers with 30 points. Nikola Vucevic powered his way to 29 points and 16 boards.

L.A. LAKERS 123 – Phoenix 110… Anthony Davis scored 42 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in leading the Lakers to a convincing win over the Suns.

SACRAMENTO 126 – Oklahoma City 98… Eight players scored in double figures as the Kings walloped the Thunder. Maurice Harkless and Terence Davis scored 18 points apiece.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Indiana is at Cleveland…
Atlanta hosts Washington…
New Orleans is at Memphis…
San Antonio hosts Milwaukee…
Utah is at Golden State…
Portland hosts Houston

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 18)…
CHICAGO 4 – Dallas 2… Alex DeBrincat found the net twice in leading the Blackhawks past the Stars. Goalie Kevin Lankinen made 37 saves.

CALGARY 6 – Ottawa 1… The Flames skated past the Senators to keep their playoff hopes alive. Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk each had a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at Florida…
Philadelphia hosts New Jersey…
Edmonton is at Montreal…
Boston hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Carolina is at Nashville…
Chicago hosts Dallas…
Vancouver is at Winnipeg…
Vegas hosts Colorado…
St. Louis is at Los Angeles

The Rundown for May 7, 2021

Mr. LAUGHS LATE EDITION
Today is Friday, May 7…
the 127th day of the year… 238 days left

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,604,704 and the nation’s death toll stands at 580,061, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam unveiled plans yesterday to ease or even completely erasing limits. Both said they made their decision based on rising vaccination numbers and lowering COVID-19 case numbers. Walz announced that limits on seating at entertainment venues, including outdoor stadiums, could be gone by the end of this month and said all limits will end by July 1 if 70 percent of Minnesota residents older than 16 get vaccinated. Northam said Virginia would lift all restrictions on June 15, except for a mask mandate… Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said yesterday morning he expects all schools to be fully open by the fall for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started more than a year ago. Cardona noted that President Joe Biden reached one of his administration’s goals of opening a majority of K-8 schools to in-person learning five days a week this spring.

BIDEN CONSERVATION PLAN TAKES FIRST STEP… The Biden administration plan to conserve 30 percent of American land and water over the next decade became official yesterday with the release of the “America the Beautiful” report. The report compiled by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory calls on the administration to back locally-led conservation projects across the country with investments and focused policies. After his first 100 days in office President Joe Biden directed Cabinet members to draft recommendations to the National Climate Taskforce.

BLINKEN VOWS SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE… Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a meeting in Kyiv yesterday that the U.S. strongly supports the country’s amid the Russian military presence along its borders. Blinken’s trip to Ukraine comes weeks after Russia amassed a military buildup of some 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders last month. Following widespread condemnation, Russia promised to return all troops home by May 1 but hasn’t.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR SIGNS ELECTION-SECURITY BILL… Florida Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday signed into a law an election-security bill that critics claim will make it harder for millions of voters to participate in the democratic process. The bill requires Florida residents to produce a driver’s license number, state ID number or part of their Social Security number to receive a mail ballot. It also limits ballot drop boxes to early voting days and hours unless it’s at the supervisor’s office and manned while in use.

FAKE FEEDBACK DROVE NET NEUTRALITY REPEAL… A New York attorney general report released yesterday claims millions of fake comments and a secret campaign undermined the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 net neutrality repeal. The report based on a multiyear investigation found nearly 18 million of the more than 22 million comments the FCC received during its 2017 proceeding to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules were fake. According to the report, some of the nation’s largest broadband companies funded a secret campaign that generated the fake comments and created an appearance of widespread grassroots opposition to net neutrality rules, which did not actually exist. The FCC defied public support for net neutrality in December 2017 when it voted 3-2 to repeal the Obama-era rules to prevent broadband companies from slowing down or blocking any sites or apps and charging more to access certain sites. The next month the attorneys general of more than 20 states led by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a petition to block the FCC’s repeal of the rules, claiming that it was illegal.

ENTERTAINMENT
OWEN WILSON LANDS NEXT ROLE
… Owen Wilson has signed on to star in the upcoming family action-comedy film “Secret Headquarters.” The Jerry Bruckheimer film centers on “a kid who discovers the secret headquarters of the world’s most powerful superhero hidden beneath his home and must defend it with his group of friends when villains attack.” Wilson’s Marvel series, “Loki,” premieres next month on Disney+.

AARON NEVILLE RETIRES FROM TOURING… Aaron Neville announced on social media yesterday that he is officially retiring from touring. The 80-year-old legendary New Orleans vocalist rose to fame with the 1966 release of “Tell It Like It Is” and later collaborated with Linda Ronstadt on “Don’t Know Much” and “All My Life.” Neville also fronted the family band, the Neville Brothers, which included his brothers Art, Charles and Cyril. The group formally disbanded in 2012.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
PHILADELPHIA 2 – Milwaukee 0
… Zack Wheeler (3-2) tossed a three-hit shutout and the Phillies completed a four-game sweep of the Brewers. Alex Bohm homered in the bottom of the seventh to break a scoreless tie and Rhys Hoskins added an RBI double in the eighth.

N.Y. METS 4 – St. Louis 1… The Mets pushed across three runs on bases-loaded walks to down the Cardinals. Starter Taijuan Walker (2-1) allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings.

Atlanta 3 – WASHINGTON 2… The Braves scored all three runs in the top of the fourth inning and held on to edge the Nationals. Ehire Adrianza stroked a two-run single. Drew Smyly allowed just an unearned run on four hits over the first six innings.

MIAMI 3 – Arizona 1… Adam Duvall smacked a go-ahead homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning for the Marlins. Miguel Rojas homered to lead off the first.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 7 – N.Y. YANKEES 4
… Jose Altuve belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to help power the Astros past the Yankees. Yordan Alvarez hit a pair of solo homers. Martin Maldonado also went deep.

BOSTON 12 – Detroit 9… The Red Sox used a four-run bottom of the eighth inning to get past the Tigers. Alex Verdugo drove in three runs with a pair of singles. Frenchy Cordero went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Texas 4 – MINNESOTA 3 (10 innings)… Willie Calhoun singled home Jonah Heim with the decisive run in the top of the 10th inning as the Rangers topped the Twins. Heim tied the game with a solo homer in the eighth. Joey Gallo also went deep for Texas.

Cleveland 4 – KANSAS CITY 0… Triston McKenzie (1-1) limited the Royals to two hits over five innings and three relievers completed the shutout. Amed Rosario singled home a run and legged out an RBI triple. Franmil Reyes homered with the bases empty.

Toronto 10 – OAKLAND 4… Randal Grichuk homered, doubled and knocked in five runs to lead the Blue Jays in their thrashing of the Athletics. Danny Jensen and Marcus Semien also circled the bases for Toronto.

Tampa Bay 8 – L.A. ANGELS 3… The Rays erupted to score seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to upend the Angels. Brett Phillips had two hits during the uprising. Mike Zunino put Tampa Bay on the board with a seventh-inning homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh (Trevor Cahill, 1-3) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 1-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 1-3) host Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (TBA) is at Miami (Trevor Rogers, 3-2)…
Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 2-1) hosts Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 1-1)…
Colorado (Austin Gomber, 2-3) is at St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 5-0)…
San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 2-1) hosts San Diego (Blake Snell, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 4-0) is at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-1)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-4) hosts Minnesota (Matt Shoemaker, 1-3)…
Seattle (Chris Flexen, 2-1) is at Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-3)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 2-3) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 4-0)…
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 0-1) is at Houston (Jose Urquidy, 2-2)…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 3-1) hosts Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 1-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 1-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 1-2)
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 2-3) hosts Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 3-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 4-0) are at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 2-2)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Chicago 120 – CHARLOTTE 99… The Bulls built a big lead early and turned the game into a rout with a dominant third quarter. Nikola Vucevic powered his way to 29 points and 14 rebounds.

DALLAS 113 – Brooklyn 109… The Mavericks fought off the Nets down the stretch to escape with the win. Luka Doncic scored 24 points and grabbed 10 boards. Tim Hardaway Jr. tossed in 23 points.

Washington 131 – TORONTO 129 (OT)… The Wizards outlasted the Raptors after trailing by nine at halftime. Bradley Beal caught fire late and finished with 28 points. Raul Neto added 25 points. Robin Lopez delivered 24 points off the bench.

DETROIT 111 – Memphis 97… Wayne Ellington and Cory Joseph scored 18 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Pistons downed the Grizzlies to snap their four-game skid. Joseph also dished off 11 assists.

INDIANA 133 – Atlanta 126… Caris LeVert scored nine of his 31 points in the final 2:17 and had 12 assists in leading the Pacers past the Hawks. Domantas Sabonis finished with 30 points.

GOLDEN STATE 118 – Oklahoma City 97… Stephen Curry scored 34 points in three quarters of play and the Warriors cruised past the Thunder. Mychal Mulder added 25 points off the bench.

L.A. CLIPPERS 118 – L.A. Lakers 94… The Clippers built a 23-point halftime lead and never looked back in their rout of the Lakers. The victory moved them into the No. 3 slot in the Western Conference playoff race. Paul George scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
New Orleans is at Philadelphia…
Chicago hosts Boston…
Orlando is at Charlotte…
Miami hosts Minnesota…
Houston is at Milwaukee…
Dallas hosts Houston…
Cleveland is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Denver…
New York is at Phoenix…
Portland hosts the L.A. Lakers…
San Antonio is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 18)…
BOSTON 4 – N.Y. Rangers 0… Goalie Jeremy Swayman faced only 15 shots in his second career shutout. Patrice Bergeron scored in his fourth straight game for the Bruins.

New Jersey 2 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1… Michael McLeod’s go-ahead goal in the second period proved to be the difference in the Devils’ win over the Islanders. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 32 shots at goal.

PITTSBURGH 8 – Buffalo 4… Jeff Carter scored four goals and the Penguins doubled up on the Sabres to move back into first place in the East Division. Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist. Frederick Gaudreau assisted on three goals.

TORONTO 5 – Montreal 2… Auston Matthews netted his NHL-leading 40th goal to highlight the Maple Leafs’ defeat of the Canadiens. John Tavares and Mitchell Marner each had a goal and an assist.

Chicago 2 – CAROLINA 1 (OT)… Alex DeBrincat found the net at 2:02 of overtime to lift the Blackhawks over the Hurricanes. Riley Stillman scored a tying goal with 3:01 left in regulation. Goalie Collin Delia made 36 stops.

Vancouver 6 – EDMONTON 3… The Canucks outshot the Oilers to snap their six-game losing streak. Travis Hamonic, Nils Hoglander and Jayce Hawryluk each had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Washington…
Columbus hosts Detroit…
Dallas is at Tampa Bay…
Minnesota hosts Anaheim…
St. Louis is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts Colorado…
Arizona is at San Jose

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,557,606 and the nation’s death toll stands at 579,276, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden has come out in favor of a World Trade Organization proposal to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines so that vaccine-strapped countries can manufacture their own vaccines… A federal judge has vacated the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide eviction moratorium amid the COVID-19 pandemic, possibly leaving many Americans in danger of being houseless. The CDC imposed the ban in September, and President Joe Biden had extended it until July 2021, but District Judge Dabney Friedrich questioned the health agency’s authority over the country… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected yesterday that COVID-19 cases and deaths will reach another peak in May and July before declining amid rising vaccination rates. Figures will then decline through September, according to CDC modeling, which took into account various vaccination rates and mitigation levels… The pharmaceutical company Moderna reported yesterday that a booster shot of its coronavirus vaccine strengthens immune response against two worrying coronavirus variants. A booster dose formulated specifically to match the B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa was even more effective, the company said.

FACEBOOK BOARD OKAYS TRUMP BAN… The Facebook Oversight Board ruled yesterday that former President Donald Trump will remain banned from the social media platform. Trump was banned indefinitely from the social-media platform following his posts related to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Oversight Board was tasked with reviewing Facebook’s decision, which it said was mostly correct. However, the board said Facebook should not have made the ban indefinite, meaning the company will have to make a decision at some point.

AMERICAN STUDENTS CONVICTED OF KILLING ITALIAN COP… Two American college students have been convicted of murdering an Italian police officer in an alleged drug deal gone wrong. A jury in Rome found 21-year-old Finnegan Lee Elder and 20-year-old Gabriel Natale-Hjorth guilty of fatally stabbing Vice Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega in July 2019. They were both given life sentences in prison. Police alleged Elder and Natale-Hjorth, who were 19 and 18 at the time of their arrest, stabbed Rega as he attempted to recover a stolen backpack from them.

LIZ CHENEY SAYS REPUBLICAN PARTY AT A ‘TURNING POINT’… Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney said in a Washington Post op-ed published yesterday that the Republican Party is at a “turning point” and must decide whether to accept or reject Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. Cheney blamed the lies for sparking the January 6 Capitol attack and warned that they could provoke violence again. Cheney’s future in the House leadership is in jeopardy, as Republicans are planing a vote to remove her as conference chair as early as next week.

SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE APPROVES FIRING SQUAD… The South Carolina House voted yesterday to add a firing squad to the state’s execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs. Representatives voted 66 to 43 on a bill that requires condemned inmates to choose either being shot or electrocuted if lethal injection drugs aren’t available. The state is one of only nine to still use the electric chair and will become only the fourth to allow a firing squad.

ENTERTAINMENT
JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON LANDS SCI-FI ROLE
… Golden Globe- and SAG-nominated actor John David Washington is on board to star in the upcoming sci-fi film “True Love.” Little is known about the film other than it is set in the near future. Washington is best known for his work in the film “BlacKkKlansman.” In the past year he has starred in the sci-fi action pic “Tenet” as well as the Netflix drama “Malcolm And Marie.”

‘LOKI’ TO PREMIERE JUNE 9… Disney+ announced yesterday that its Marvel series “Loki” will premiere on June 9, which is two days ahead of its announced schedule. The series will follow Loki as he falls into hot water with the Time Variance Authority after taking the Tesseract in “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston stars in the series. Co-stars include Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wummi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
ST. LOUIS 4 – N.Y. Mets 1
… Paul DeJong homered with a runner aboard and Paul Goldschmidt added a solo shot as the Cardinals downed the Mets in the doubleheader opener.

N.Y. Mets 7 – ST. LOUIS 2… The Mets earned a split of the twinbill and ended the Cardinals’ winning streak at six games. Tomás Nido hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Villar homered with the bases empty.

COLORADO 6 – San Francisco 5… Charlie Blackmon and Raimel Tapia stroked two-run singles as the Rockies scored all six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held off the Giants.

MIAMI 8 – Arizona 0… Five pitchers combined on a five-hitter and the Marlins rolled past the Diamondbacks. Adam Duvall belted a three-run homer and singled home a run.

Atlanta 5 – WASHINGTON 3… Marcell Ozuna unloaded a grand slam in the top of the third inning to power the Braves past the nationals. William Contreras also went deep.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – Milwaukee 4… Didi Gregorius connected for his eighth career grand slam during a five-run bottom of the first inning and the Phillies hung on to edge the Brewers.

CHI. CUBS 6 – L.A. Dodgers 5… Matt Duffy and Anthony Rizzo produced run-scoring singles in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Cubs over the Dodgers. Joc Pederson lifted a game-tying sacrifice fly in the 10th. Jake Marisnick hit a two-run homer.

SAN DIEGO 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Jake Cronenworth punched a game-tying two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Padres made it stand in their win over the Pirates. Victor Caratini homered to lead off the third.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 6 – SEATTLE 0
… Orioles starter John Means pitched the third no-hitter of the season in blanking the Mariners. He retired all 27 batters he faced but lost his perfect game when Sam Haggerty reached base on a third-strike wild pitch in the third inning. Trey Mancini blasted a three-run homer and Pat Valaika added a solo shot for Baltimore.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Houston 3… Giovanni Stanton homered with a runner aboard and doubled home two runs to lead the Yankees past the Astros.

Detroit 6 – BOSTON 5 (10 innings)… Jeimer Candelario hit a three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning and the Tigers escaped with a win. Jacoby Jones cracked a two-run single.

Texas 3 – MINNESOTA 1… Nick Solak ran home on a wild pitch to break a tie in the bottom of the sixth and Andy Ibañez followed with a sacrifice fly as the Rangers clipped the Twins.

Cleveland 5 – KANSAS CITY 4… Josh Naylor’s homer to lead off the top of the ninth inning sent the Indians past the Royals. Jose Ramirez’ solo homer tied the game in the eighth. Eddie Rosario lined a two-run double.

Tampa Bay 3 – L.A. ANGELS 1… Brandon Lowe provided all the offense the Rays needed with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning.

Toronto 9 – OAKLAND 4… The Blue Jays came up with five runs in the top of the eighth inning to put away the Athletics. Vladimir Guerrero, Teoscar Hernández and Randal Grichuk knocked in two runs apiece.

INTERLEAGUE
CINCINNATI 1 – Chi. White Sox 0
(10 innings)…. Jesse Winker singled home Tucker Barnhart with the game’s only run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 2-0) is at Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 2-2)…
St. Louis (John Gant, 2-2) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 1-1)…
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 0-2) is at Washington (John Lester, 0-0)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-2) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 3-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 2-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 4-1)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 4-2) hosts Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 1-2)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-2) is at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 2-1)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-1) hosts Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 0-1)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 1-2) is at Oakland (Mike Fiers, 0-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-2) host Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 1-3)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Boston 132 – ORLANDO 96… Kemba Walker scored a season-high 32 points to lead the Celtics in their rout of the Magic.

Portland 141 – CLEVELAND 105… Damian Lillard scored a game-high 32 points as the Trail Blazers blew out the Cavaliers. Enes Kanter had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

ATLANTA 135 – Phoenix 103… The Hawks bombed the Suns 38-15 in the fourth quarter to win going away. Clint Capela scored 18 points to lead seven players in double figures.

Sacramento 104 – INDIANA 93… The Kings kept their playoff hopes alive by downing the Pacers. Marvin Bagley III scored 31 points and grabbed 12 boards.

Philadelphia 135 – HOUSTON 115… The 76ers cruised past the Rockets for their sixth straight win. Joel Embiid scored 34 points in just 25 minutes.

MILWAUKEE 135 – Washington 134… The Bucks held on down the stretch to get past the Wizards. Jrue Holiday led the way with 29 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 23 points.

Memphis 139 – MINNESOTA 135… Ja Morant scored 37 points and dished off 10 assists as the Grizzlies held off the Timberwolves. Kyle Anderson tossed in 20 points.

DENVER 113 – New York 97… Nikola Jokic scored 24 of his 32 points in the first quarter as the Nuggets built a big lead early and coasted past the Knicks. Jokic also brought down 12 rebounds. Austin Rivers delivered 24 points off the bench.

UTAH 126 – San Antonio 94… The Jazz jumped out to a 12-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their romp over the Spurs. They got 30 points from Jordan Clarkson and 24 from Bojan Bogdanovic.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Charlotte…
Dallas hosts Brooklyn…
Washington is at Toronto…
Detroit hosts Memphis…
Atlanta is at Indiana…
Golden State hosts Oklahoma City…
the L.A. Lakers are at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Saturday)…
OTTAWA 5 – Montreal 1… Nick Paul had a goal and an assist for the Senators. Erik Brannstrom assisted on three goals.

Washington 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… T.J. Oshie’s three goals carried the Capitals past the Rangers in a fight-filled game. Dmitry Orlov set up three goals.

COLUMBUS 4 – Nashville 2… Mikhail Grigorenko netted a tie-breaking goal in the third period and the Blue Jackets prevented the Predators from clinching a playoff spot.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Dallas 2… Defenseman Erik Cernak scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Lightning skated past the Stars. Brayden Point and Alex Killorn each had a goal and an assist.

Anaheim 3 – ST. LOUIS 2 (SO)… Haydn Fleury found the net in the third period and added the decisive goal in the shootout. Max Jones also scored for the Ducks.

Vegas 3 – MINNESOTA 2 (OT)… Alex Pietrangelo scored at 1:53 of overtime to lift the Golden Knights over the Wild. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves.

Winnipeg 4 – CALGARY 0… Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 32 shots in shutting out the Flames. Adam Lowry and Blake Wheeler scored two goals apiece.

SAN JOSE 3 – Colorado 2… Tomas Hertl scored twice for the Sharks and Erik Karlsson added the decisive goal on a power play midway through the third period. Evander Kane assisted on all three goals.

Los Angeles 4 – ARIZONA 2… The Kings got a pair of goals from Gabriel Vilardi in eliminating the Coyotes from playoff contention. Anze Kopitar had an assist to reach 1,000 career points.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at Boston…
the N.Y. Islanders host New Jersey…
Buffalo is at Pittsburgh…
Toronto hosts Montreal…
Chicago is at Carolina…
Edmonton hosts Vancouver

The Rundown for May 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,510,922 and the nation’s death toll stands at 578,407, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden has set a new goal of administering at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to 70 percent of Americans and 160 million people fully vaccinated by July 4. Biden pledged to make vaccines more accessible by directing tens of thousands of pharmacies to offer walk-in appointments and redirecting Federal Emergency Management Agency resources to support pop-up clinics, community vaccination sites and mobile clinics.

BIDEN EXPECTS TO MEET WITH PUTIN… President Joe Biden yesterday said he expects to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Europe next month. Biden has visits scheduled for Britain and Belgium to attend G7, NATO and EU summits. Both countries intend to pursue strategic talks on arms control and emerging security issues to build on extension of the New START nuclear arms treaty.

DOJ MUST TURN OVER BARR MEMO… A federal judge yesterday ordered the Justice Department to turn over an internal legal memo related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election. Former Attorney General William Barr had cited the memo as the basis for his decision to clear former president Trump of obstruction of justice related to the probe. Barr said at the time that he’d come to his decision “in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers,” but he kept the memo under wraps until the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain it. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson accused Barr of being “disingenuous” and said the memo contradicted his claim that Mueller’s team “did not resolve the question of whether the evidence would support a prosecution.” The OLC’s memo “calls into question the accuracy of Attorney General Barr’s March 24 representation to Congress” and “raises serious questions about how the Department of Justice could make this series of representations to a court,” the ruling said. Meanwhile, Mueller has tentatively agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on May 15.

PROSECUTORS WANT REVIEW OF ITEMS SEIZED FROM GIULIANI… Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are seeking an independent review of materials seized during the FBI’s raid on former president Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani’s home and office last week. Prosecutors have asked a judge to appoint a “special master” who would help ensure attorney-client privilege is protected. The investigation into Giuliani centers on his activities in Ukraine, including whether he conducted illegal lobbying for Ukrainian officials while he pursued an investigation to dig up dirt on President Joe Biden.

CHAUVIN’S LAWYERS FILE FOR NEW TRIAL… Lawyers representing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin are seeking a new trial, claiming that Chauvin’s guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd was tainted by “prosecutorial and jury misconduct.” Attorney Eric Nelson said jurors felt “threatened,” and experienced “race-based” pressure during the trial, which may have affected their votes. In a statement issued in response, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office vowed: “The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them.”

ENTERTAINMENT
SPRINGSTEEN TO RECEIVE WOODY GUTHRIE PRIZE
… Bruce Springsteen will be honored next week with the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize. The honor is “awarded to an artist of any medium who continues in the footsteps of Guthrie,” an American folk singer known for “This Land is Your Land.” The 71-year-old Springsteen will receive the award at a virtual event May 13.

JACKSON ESTATE WINS IN TAX COURT… A U.S. tax court ruled yesterday that the IRS wildly inflated the value of Michael Jackson’s assets and image at the time of his death, resulting in his heirs being hit with an estate tax bill that was far too high. The decision capped a years-long battle that the Jackson estate had waged. The IRS had put the value of three disputed aspects of Jackson’s worth at the time of his 2009 death at about $482 million. In his decision issued Monday, Judge Mark Holmes put that figure at $111 million.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
NATIONAL LEAGUE
CHI. CUBS 7 – L.A. Dodgers 1
(7 innings)… David Bote’s bases-clearing double capped a four-run top of the first inning and the Cubs cruised past the Dodgers in the opener of a doubleheader. Jake Marisnick smacked a solo homer. Kyle Hendricks (2-3) allowed a run on seven hits in the complete-game victory.

CHI. CUBS 4 – L.A. Dodgers 3 (7 innings)… David Bote singled home Kris Bryant with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cubs a sweep of the twinbill. Javier Báez blasted a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth.

San Francisco 12 – COLORADO 4 (7 innings)… Brandon Belt singled home a run and unloaded a grand slam during a 10-run top of the first inning and the Giants coated past the Rockies in the doubleheader opener. Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford added solo homers.

COLORADO 8 – San Francisco 6 (7 innings)… Charlie Blackmon’s three-run homer capped a six-run bottom of the seventh inning that gave the Rockies a split of the twinbill. C.J. Cron homered with a runner aboard for Colorado.

MIAMI 9 – Arizona 3… The Marlins rallied to score six runs in the bottom o the eighth inning and put away the Diamondbacks. Jesus Aguilar’s RBI single sparked the uprising. Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer in the first.

Atlanta 6 – WASHINGTON 1… Huascar Ynoa (3-1) pitched and batted the Braves past the Nationals. He allowed just an unearned run on four hits over seven innings and helped his cause with a grand slam. Ronald Acuña Jr. also went deep

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Milwaukee 5… Brad Miller connected for a three-run homer and the Phillies also got a pair of solo shots from Andrew McCutchen in downing the Brewers. Aaron Nola (3-1) gave up a run on five hits and struck out 10 in six innings.

Pittsburgh 2 – SAN DIEGO 1… Mitch Keller (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over 5-2/3 scoreless innings and the Pirates held off the Padres. Bryan Reynolds had a couple of hits, including an RBI double.

N.Y. Mets – ST. LOUIS (ppd.)… Rain in St. Louis forced postponement of last night’s Mets-Cardinals game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 7 – Houston 3
… Giovani Stanton went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and RBI single in leading the Yankees past the Astros.

BOSTON 11 – Detroit 7… Xander Bogaerts cracked a two-run homer and the Red Sox got solo shots from Alex Verdugo, Hunter Renfroe and Kiké Hernández in outslugging the Tigers.

Texas 6 – MINNESOTA 3… Adolis Garcia opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first inning and added a tie-breaking two-run homer in the 10th to lead the Rangers past the Twins. Kole Calhoun homered in the ninth.

Cleveland 7 – KANSAS CITY 3… Jake Bauers came through with a pinch-hit two-run homer to cap a four-run top of the eighth inning for the Indians.

Tampa Bay 8 – L.A. ANGELS 3… Austin Meadows homered twice and knocked in five runs for the Rays.

OAKLAND 4 – Toronto 1… Jed Lowrie stroked a two-run double and Mitch Moreland followed with a two-run homer as the Athletics scored all four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Cole Irvin (3-3) allowed a run on three hits over eight innings.

SEATTLE 5 – Baltimore 2… Kyle Seager homered with the bases empty and Kyle Lewis added a three-run shot in the Mariners’ win over the Orioles.

INTERLEAGUE
Chi. White Sox 9 – CINCINNATI 0
… Dylan Cease (2-0) limited the Reds to one hit over six innings and two relievers completed the shutout of the Reds. Jose Abreu homered and drove in three runs. Tim Anderson also had three RBIs.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-2) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 3-2)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-2) hosts Arizona (Luke Weaver, 1-2)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-1) is at Washington (Erick Fedde, 2-2)…
Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 1-3) hosts Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 3-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 1-0) are at the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 1-2)…
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 1-0; Johan Oviedo, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 3-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 2-2) is at San Diego (Yu Darvish, 3-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore (John Means, 3-0) is at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 1-1)
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1) host Houston (Luis Garcia, 0-3)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 1-3) is at Boston (Martin Perez, 0-2)…
Minnesota (Lewis Thorpe, 0-0) hosts Texas (Hyeon-Jong Yang, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 3-2) is at Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-3)…
the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 1-0) host Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 1-3)…
Toronto (Robbie Ray, 1-1) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-2)

INTERLEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 1-1) are at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-2)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Phoenix 134 – CLEVELAND 118 (OT)… The Suns spurted past the Cavaliers in overtime to remain tied with Utah atop the Western Conference standings. Devin Booker scored 31 points. Chris Paul added 23 points and 16 assists.

Charlotte 102 – DETROIT 99… The Hornets were too much down the stretch in topping the Pistons. LaMelo Ball led a balanced scoring attack with 23 points.

MILWAUKEE 124 – Brooklyn 118… The Bucks rallied past the Nets in the fourth quarter and clinched a playoff spot. Giannis Antetokounmpo pumped in 36 points.

Dallas 127 – MIAMI 113… Tim Hardaway Jr. made 10 three-pointers on his way to 36 points in leading the Mavericks past the Heat. Luka Doncic had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 108 – Golden State 103… Lonzo Ball knocked down seven 3-pointers and finished with 33 points as the Pelicans pulled out a win over the Warriors. Zion Williamson had 23 points and 12 boards.

Sacramento 103 – OKLAHOMA CITY 99… All five starters scored in double figures as the Kings got past the Thunder. Buddy Hield led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

L.A. CLIPPERS 105 – Toronto 100… The Clippers came up big in the second half to pull past the Raptors. Paul George and Marcus Morris scored 22 points apiece.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Boston is at Orlando…
Cleveland hosts Portland…
Phoenix is at Atlanta…
Indiana hosts Sacramento…
Philadelphia is at Houston…
Milwaukee hosts Washington…
Memphis is at Minnesota…
Denver hosts New York…
San Antonio is at Utah

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Saturday)…
BUFFALO 4 – N.Y. Islanders 3 (SO)… Anders Bjork found the net twice in regulation and added the decisive goal in the shootout. Sabres goalie Michael Houser made 45 saves.

NEW JERSEY 4 – Boston 3 (OT)… Pavel Zacha scored at 2:42 of overtime to send the Devils past the Bruins. Yegor Sharangovich scored a tying goal in the third period.

Pittsburgh 7 – PHILADELPHIA 3… The Penguins clobbered the Flyers to regain first place in the East Division. Sidney Crosby scored two goals and assisted on another. Jake Guentzel had a goal and two assists.

CAROLINA 6 – Chicago 3… Andrei Svechnikov netted a pair of goals and had an assist for the Hurricanes. Teuvo Teravainen added a goal and two assists.

Edmonton 4 – VANCOUVER 1… Leon Draisaitl scored back-to-back goals in the second period to give the Oilers the lead for good in their win over the Canucks. Connor McDavid set up two goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Ottawa…
the N.Y. Rangers host Washington…
Nashville is at Columbus…
Tampa Bay hosts Dallas…
Anaheim is at St. Louis…
Minnesota hosts Vegas…
Winnipeg is at Calgary…
San Jose hosts Colorado…
Los Angeles is at Arizona

The Rundown for May 4, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,471,116 and the nation’s death toll stands at 577,500, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Florida and New York are rolling back pandemic restrictions. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday signed an executive order dropping all local emergency COVID-19 pandemic restrictions across the state. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that most capacity restrictions, including those on bars and restaurants, would be lifted on May 19…. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine in children and teens ages 12 to 15 by early next week. Pfizer said at the end of March that a clinical trial involving 2,260 12-to-15-year-olds showed its efficacy is 100 percent and it is well tolerated. The vaccine is currently authorized in the U.S. for emergency use in people 16 and older.

WHITE HOUSE RAISES REFUGEE CAP… The White House yesterday raised the number of refugees who can be admitted into the U.S. from 15,000 to 62,500. The administration noted that 22,000 would be allocated to refugees coming from Africa, 13,000 to those from the Middle East and South Asia, 6,000 to those from East Asia, 4,000 to those from Europe and Central Asia, 5,000 to those from Latin America and the Caribbean and the remaining 12,500 would remain unallocated. President Joe Biden has acknowledged that the U.S. would not hit the cap this year and said the country must first rebuild the infrastructure needed to take in and support the refugees.

93 COPS KILLED ON DUTYIN 2020… Ninety-three law enforcement officers were killed last year in the line of duty, the FBI said in its annual report released yesterday. The total was only four more than was recorded in 2019. 46 of the fallen officers died as a result of felonious acts, while 47 died in accidents.

STORMS BATTER GEORGIA… Severe storms and tornados battered Georgia yesterday, leaving at least two people dead. Both of the victims were struck by fallen trees.. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds, with a path 250 yards wide and 1.5 miles long, struck Douglas County, flooding streets and downing power lines. The tornado may also have touched down in Fulton County where damage was reported.

BILL AND MELINDA GATES DIVORCING… Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their marriage after 27 years. In her petition for divorce filed yesterday in King County, Washington, Melinda Gates asked a judge to dissolve the marriage based on the couple’s separation contract. After meeting at Microsoft and marrying, the couple founded a philanthropic organization in 2000. Since then, the foundation has spent $53.8 billion on a wide range of initiatives related to global health, poverty alleviation and more, according to its website.

ENTERTAINMENT
SPACEY ACCUSER CAN’T REMAIN ANONYMOUS
… A judge in New York has ruled that a man who is suing Kevin Spacey for $40 million in federal court cannot proceed anonymously because he shared his sexual abuse allegations with other people over the years. The plaintiff, who is identified only as C.D. in court papers, accused Spacey of preying on him in the 1980s when he was just 14 years old. His accusations were published by New York magazine and other media outlets.

NEW ‘LAW & ORDER’ ORDERED… NBC announced yesterday that it has ordered the next installment in the “Law & Order” franchise. “Law & Order: For the Defense will take an unbiased look inside a criminal defense firm, putting lawyers and the criminal justice system under the microscope. No casting has been announced yet. The original “Law & Order” debuted in 1990 and ran through 2010.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
PHILADELPHIA 4 – Milwaukee 3
… The Phillies did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Brewers. JT Realmuto hit a two-run homer. Starter Vince Velasquez (1-0) pitched six sharp innings.

ST. LOUIS 6 – N.Y. Mets 5…… Nolan Arenado belted a game-tying three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and Tyler O’Neill added a go-ahead RBI double as the Cardinals topped the Mets for their fifth straight win. Harrison Bader also went deep for St. Louis

SAN DIEGO 2 – Pittsburgh 0… Tommy Pham lifted a sacrifice fly and Nola doubled home a run as the Padres scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to slip the Pirates. Six San Diego pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

L.A. Dodgers – CHI. CUBS (ppd.)… Rain in Chicago forced postponement of last night’s Cubs-Dodgers game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

San Francisco – COLORADO (ppd.)… Rain in Denver forced postponement of last night’s Giants-Rockies game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
MINNESOTA 6 – Texas 5
… Jorge Polanco knocked in a pair of runs with a double and a triple and the Twins held off the Rangers. Starter Kenta Maeda (2-2) pitched two-hit ball over 5-1/3 scoreless innings.

Cleveland 8 – KANSAS CITY 6… Eddie Rosario blasted a tie-breaking three-run homer and Josh Naylor added a two-run shot during a five-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Indians past the Royals. Naylor also doubled home a run.

Tampa Bay 7 – L.A. ANGELS 3… Manuel Margot singled home a run and homered with a runner aboard to lead the Rays past the Angels. Mike Brosseau opened the scoring with a two-run single in the top of the third inning.

OAKLAND 5 – Toronto 4… Stephen Piscotty and Rámon Laureano hit two-run homers to power the Athletics past the Blue Jays. Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 with an RBI double.

Baltimore 5 – SEATTLE 3… Cedric Mullins and Freddy Galvis cracked two-runs homers as the Orioles scored all five runs in the top of the eighth inning to upend the Mariners.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 4-2; Trevor Bauer, 3-1) are at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-3; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Colorado (German Marquez, 1-2; TBD) hosts San Francisco (Alex Wood, 3-0; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Arizona (Riley Smith, 1-1) is at Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 1-2)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 2-1) hosts Atlanta (Huascar Ynoa, 2-1)…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 1-0) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 2-1)…
St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob DeGrom, 2-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Zack Greinke, 2-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 2-2)…
Boston (Nick Pivetta, 3-0) hosts Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 1-1)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 3-0) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 2-0)…
Kansas City (Mike Minor, 2-1) hosts Cleveland (Sam Hentges, 1-0)…
Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 1-1)…
Oakland (Anthony Kay, 0-1) hosts Toronto (Cole Irvin, 2-3)…
Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 1-3) is at Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-0)

INTERLEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 1-0) are at Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 2-1)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Orlando 119 – DETROIT 112… Mo Bamba had career-highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds in leading the Magic past the Pistons.

WASHINGTON 154 – Indiana 141… The Wizards continued their playoff push by outgunning the Pacers. Rui Hachimura pumped in 27 points Russell Westbrook had 14 points, 21 boards and 24 assists. He joins Wilt Chamberlain, who did it twice, as the only players with at least 20 rebounds and 20 assists in a game.

Golden State 123 – NEW ORLEANS 108… The Warriors built an 18-point lead after the first quarter and cruised past the Pelicans. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 41 points. Draymond Green finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists.

ATLANTA 123 – Portland 114… Danilo Gallinari made seven 3-pointers on his way to 28 points and the Hawks fought off the Trail Blazers. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 25 points. Trae Young scored 21 points and dished off 11 assists.

Philadelphia 106 – CHICAGO 94… The 76ers made it five straight wins with their defeat of the Bulls. They got 21 points from Tobias Harris and 20 from Seth Curry.

New York 118 – MEMPHIS 104… Julius Randle scored 28 points and Derrick Rose delivered 25 off the bench as the Knicks topped the Grizzlies. Taj Gibson grabbed 12 boards.

UTAH 110 – San Antonio 99… The Jazz led by 17 points at halftime and coasted past the Spurs. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Rudy Gobert had 24 points and 15 rebounds.

L.A. LAKERS 93 – Denver 89… The Lakers hung on down the stretch to get past the Nuggets and snap their three-game skid. Anthony Davis led the way with 25 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at Cleveland…
Charlotte is at Detroit…
Milwaukee hosts Brooklyn…
Dallas is at Miami…
New Orleans hosts Golden State…
Sacramento is at Oklahoma City…
the L.A. Clippers host Toronto

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Saturday)…
BUFFALO 4 – N.Y. Islanders 2… Sam Reinhart scored two of the Sabres’ three unanswered third-period goals in the win over the Islanders. Tage Thompson had a goal and an assist. Goalie Michael Houser stopped 34 shots to win his NHL debut.

Boston 3 – NEW JERSEY 0… The Bruins blanked the Devils to clinch their fifth straight playoff berth. Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped all 20 shots. Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist.

Washington 6 – N.Y. Rangers 3… The Capitals closed with four straight goals to double up on the Rangers. Nic Dowd had a goal and an assist. Michael Raffl set up two goals.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – Pittsburgh 2… Claude Giroux scored two goals and assisted on another as the Flyers thrashed the Penguins. Shayne Gostisbehere added a goal and an assist.

CAROLINA 5 – Chicago 2… Sebastian Aho scored two of his three goals in the second period and the Hurricanes rolled past the Blackhawks. Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist. Vincent Trocheck added two assists.

Nashville 4 – COLUMBUS 3 (OT)… Roman Josi’s second goal of the game came 3:24 into overtime and sent the Predators past the Blue Jackets. Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist.

MONTREAL 3 – Toronto 2 (OT)… Phillip Danault netted the tying goal with 52 seconds left in regulation and Cole Caulfield added the game-winner with 17 seconds to go in overtime as the Canadiens outlasted the Maple Leafs. Nick Suzuki had three assists.

OTTAWA 2 – Winnipeg 1… Nikita Zaitsev netted the decisive goal with 1:13 remaining as the Senators edged the Jets. Connor Brown scored a shorthanded goal in the first period. Filip Gustavsson made 28 saves at goal.

FLORIDA 5 – Dallas 4 (OT)… The Panthers recovered to outlast the Stars after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Aleksander Barkov scored the game-winner 2:50 into overtime. Owen Tippett had two assists.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Anaheim 1… Robert Bortuzzo netted his first goal of the season to break a third-period tie and help the Blues down the Ducks. Brayden Schenn opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the second period.

MINNESOTA 6 – Vegas 5… The Wild came from two goals down midway through the third period to stun the Golden Knights. Kirill Kaprizov and Jonas Brodin scored 26 seconds apart in the final minute-and-a-half. Nick Bonino scored goals and assisted on another.

Los Angeles 3 – ARIZONA 2… Alex Iafallo’s power-play goal in the second period gave the Kings the lead for good in their win over the Coyotes. Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist.

Edmonton 5 – VANCOUVER 3… Connor McDavid had two goals and two assists as the Oilers handled the Canucks and clinched a playoff spot. Leon Draisaitl assisted on two goals.

Colorado 5 – SAN JOSE 4 (OT)… The Avalanche came from two goals down in the third period to beat the Sharks. Andre Burakovsky found the net 43 seconds into overtime.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Buffalo…
New Jersey hosts Boston…
Pittsburgh is at Philadelphia…
Carolina hosts Chicago…
Edmonton is at Vancouver

The Rundown for May 3, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,421,534 and the nation’s death toll stands at 577,045, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Colorado Governor Jared Polis yesterday extended the state’s indoor mask mandate while relaxing restrictions for those who have been fully vaccinated. According to a press release from the governor’s office, the mask mandate applies to those in groups of 10 or more in all public indoor spaces in counties with more than 35 infections per 100,000 people. However, those in groups of 10 or more people are allowed to remove their masks indoors if 80 percent of them have proof of being fully vaccinated. Masks will still be required in schools, child care centers, indoor children’s camps, government facilities, prisons and emergency medical and other healthcare settings.

HUMAN SMUGGLING SUSPECTED IN CAPSIZED BOAT… The small boat that capsized in shallow water off San Diego yesterday morning may have been part of a human smuggling operation, Border Patrol investigators believe. Three people were killed after the boat crashed into the shoreline and then broke apart on the rocks. First responders pulled 27 people out of the water with “varying degrees of injuries,” a San Diego Fire Department spokesperson said.

VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS TO LEAD SPACE COUNCIL… The Biden administration confirmed over the weekend that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the National Space Council. She will help the council shape important national space policies and national security strategies related to space for the White House. Administration officials say Harris will focus on several areas, including sustainable development of commercial space activity, peaceful borders and responsible behaviors in space, as well as climate change and enhancing cybersecurity in space systems. She will also focus on STEM education and diversity in the workforce.

TEXAS RUNOFF.. A pair of Republicans have advanced to a runoff election that fills a vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives left by the February death of Ron Wright, who became the first sitting member of Congress to die of COVID-19. The late congressman’s wife, Susan Wright, was the top vote-getter among a crowded field of 23 candidates who were on the ballot in Saturday’s election. Wright will face Jake Ellzey, who finished finished second.

TUPELO TORNADO… A large and destructive tornado touched down last night in Tupelo, Mississippi. Emergency crews were assessing damage into early this morning. The National Weather Service in Memphis posted a series of tweets warning people to take shelter as the damaging tornado tore through the city. Earlier yesterday, another damaging tornado touched down in Yazoo City, about 170 miles southwest of Tupelo, as part of a round of storms sweeping across the Southeast.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘DEMON SLAYER’ SLAYS AT BOX OFFICE
… “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train” took in $6.4 million to become the first anime to top the weekend box office since “Pokémon: The First Movie” in 1998. “Moral Kombat” slipped to second place with $6.2 million. “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Separation” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” completed the top five.

MONEYBAGG YO TOPS ALBUM CHART… Moneybagg Yo’s “A Gangsta’s Pain” sold 110,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. “The Slime Language 2” compilation from Young Thug and Young Stoner Life Records dropped to No. 2 with 62,000 units sold. Morgan Wallen’s ”Dangerous: The Double Album” remained in third place after selling 54,000 copies. Eric Church’s “Soul” opened in fourth place on sales of 53,000 units. Justin Bieber’s “Justice” finished fifth with 47,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 3 – Miami 1
… Max Scherzer (2-2) gave up just a run on five hits and struck out nine in a complete-game victory over the Marlins. He lost the shutout when Isan Diaz homered to lead off the top of the ninth. Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run homer in the third provided all the offense the Nationals needed.

St. Louis 3 – PITTSBURGH 0… Carlos Martinez (2-4) held the Pirates to five hits over eight innings and reliever Alex Reyes completed the shutout and notched his seventh save. Harrison Bader slugged a three-run homer in the top of the second inning.

CINCINNATI 13 – Chi. Cubs 12 (10 innings)… Nick Castellanos’ single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored with the winning run after the Reds blew a four-run eighth-inning lead. Castellanos also hit a two-run homer in the third, when Cincinnati also got got back-to-back homers from Mike Moustakas and Eugenio Suarez. Tucker Barnhart went deep, as well.

L.A. Dodgers 16 – MILWAUKEE 4… A.J. Pollock and Matt Beaty unloaded grand slams to highlight the Dodgers’ throttling of the Brewers. Pollock aded a three-run homer and finished with eight RBIs. Beaty knocked in seven runs.

ARIZONA 8 – Colorado 4… Stephen Vogt legged out a tie-breaking two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Diamondbacks got back-to-back RBI doubles from Josh Rojas and Daulton Varsho in doubling up on the Rockies. Pavin Smith hit a two-run homer.

San Francisco 7 – SAN DIEGO 1… The Giants cruised past the Padres to salvage the series finale. Mike Tauchman hit a three-run homer and drew a bases-loaded walk. Tommy La Stella drove in a pair of runs with a single and a triple.

N.Y. Mets 8 – PHILADELPHIA 7… The Mets escaped with a win over the Phillies, thanks in part to a replay reversal in the top of the ninth inning that gave Rhys Hoskins a two-run double rather than a three-run homer. Pete Alonso’s bases-clearing double capped a six-run eighth for New York. Jonathan Villar sparked the rally with a leadoff homer.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 2 – Detroit 0
… Yankees starter Corey Kluber (2-2) allowed just two hits and struck out 10 over eight innings in notching his 100th career victory. Kyle Hagashioka doubled home a run and Brett Gardner lifted a sacrifice fly as New York scored both runs in the bottom of the second inning.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Houston 4… Austin Meadows belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored a tie-breaking run on Manuel Margot’s pinch-hit single in the seventh to lead the Rays past the Astros.

Cleveland 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0… Zach Plesac (2-3) pitched three-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and got help from three relievers in the blanking of the White Sox. Jose Ramirez homered with a runner aboard and Cesar Hernandez smacked a solo shot for the Indians. Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

MINNESOTA 13 – Kansas City 4… Andrelton Simmons’ two-run homer sparked a seven-run bottom of the third inning and the Twins rolled past the Royals. Mitch Garver capped the big inning with a three-run homer. Alex Kirilloff completed the scoring with a three-run blast in the eighth.

TEXAS 5 – Boston 3… The Rangers erased a 3-1 deficit in their final two at-bats to down the Red Sox. David Dahl and Brock Holt produced RBI singles during a three-run bottom of the eighth inning. Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered to lead off the seventh.

OAKLAND 7 – Baltimore 5… A’s centerfielder Rámon Laureano made a leaping catch against the wall in the top of the eighth inning to preserve a tie and hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning. Matt Olson also homered with a runner aboard for Oakland.

SEATTLE 2 – L.A. Angels 0… Mariners starter Justus Sheffield (2-2) allowed just two hits over six innings and four relievers did the rest in shutting out the Angels. Dylan Moore singled home a run in the bottom of the fourth inning and Mitch Hanigar lifted a sacrifice fly in the fifth to account for Seattle’s runs.

INTERLEAGUE
TORONTO 7 – Atlanta 2
… Marcus Semien slugged a tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the third inning and added a two-run homer in the eighth as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Braves.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 2-2) is at Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-3) host the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 1-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (TBA) are at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-3)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 1-2) hosts San Francisco (Aaron Sanchez, 1-1)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 2-2) is at San Diego (Miguel Diaz, 0-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Texas (Dane Dunning, 1-1) is at Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 1-2)…
Kansas City (Daniel Lynch, 0-0) hosts Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 4-0)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 3-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 1-1)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-2) hosts Toronto (Steven Matz, 4-1)…
Baltimore (Dean Kremer, 0-2) is at Seattle (TBA)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
MILWAUKEE 117 – Brooklyn 114… Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in a game-high 49 points and the Bucks fought off the Nets. Khris Middleton scored 26 points and brought down 11 rebounds.

Portland 129 – BOSTON 119… The Trail Blazers held off the Celtics for their fourth straight win. CJ McCollum pumped in 33 points. Damian Lillard scored 26 points and dished off 13 assists. Norman Powell tossed in 23 points.

Miami 121 – CHARLOTTE 111… The Heat took a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter and coasted past the Hornets. Bam Adebayo led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points and had 10 assists.

Sacramento 111 – DALLAS 99… The Kings got 27 points from Buddy Hield and 23 from Marvin Bagley III in downing the Mavericks. Sacramento swept the season series between the teams.

New York 122 – HOUSTON 97… Julius Randle scored 31 points before sitting out the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ blowout of the Rockets. Derrick Rose added 24 points and RJ Barrett tossed in 21.

Phoenix 123 – OKLAHOMA CITY 120… The Suns withstood a fourth-quarter rally to top the Thunder. Devin Booker led all scorers with 32 points. Chris Paul had 18 points and 12 assists.

Philadelphia 113 – SAN ANTONIO 111 (OT)… Ben Simmons’ tip-in at the buzzer sent the 76ers past the Spurs. Joel Embiid powered his way to 34 points and 12 boards. Seth Curry scored 22 points.

Toronto 121 – L.A. LAKERS 114… The Raptors bombed the Lakers 40-21 in the second quarter on their way past the Lakers. Pascal Siakam scored a game-high 39 points. Kyle Lowry had 37 points and 11 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at Detroit…
Washington hosts Indiana…
Golden State is at New Orleans…
Atlanta hosts Portland…
Philadelphia is at Chicago…
Memphis hosts New York…
San Antonio is at Utah…
the L.A. Lakers host Denver

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Saturday)…
Tampa Bay 2 – DETROIT 1… Mikhail Sergachev’s goal early in the second period proved to be the difference in the Lightning’s win over the Red Wings. Blake Coleman scored 16 seconds into the contest. Goalie Christopher Gibson made 22 saves.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Buffalo…
New Jersey hosts Boston…
Washington is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia hosts Pittsburgh…
Chicago is at Carolina…
Columbus hosts Nashville…
Toronto is at Montreal…
Ottawa hosts Winnipeg…
Dallas is at Florida…
St. Louis hosts Anaheim…
Vegas is at Minnesota…
Arizona hosts Los Angeles…
Edmonton is at Vancouver…
San Jose hosts Colorado