The Rundown for April 15, 2019

STORMS IN SOUTH LEAVE AT LEAST EIGHT DEAD… At least eight people were killed yesterday after powerful storms unleashed suspected tornadoes and flooding across the South. Three children were among the dead. Authorities reported that nearly 90,000 customers were without electricity in Texas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Georgia as of yesterday afternoon.

WHITE HOUSE RE-CONSIDERS MIGRANT OPTIONS… The White House insisted yesterday that President Trump is considering options to a twice-rejected proposal to send migrants to “sanctuary cities.” An ever-increasing number of Central American migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border is straining the U.S.’ immigration system, administration officials said. Under current laws, many migrants spend years in the U.S. waiting for their immigration cases to settle. Other migrants claim asylum and live in the U.S. during their wait.

PELOSI TALES ACTION AGAINST TRUMP TWEET… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that she is taking action to ensure the safety of Ilhan Omar following President Trump’s tweet of a video that accused the Minnesota Congresswoman of supporting the September 11 terrorist attacks. The president’s tweet disappeared from his timeline after Pelosi called on him to take down the video. Numerous Democrats accused Trump of using the tweet to incite violence against Omar.

AMERICAN CANCELS BOEING MAX FLIGHTS… American Airlines announced yesterday that it is canceling 115 flights per day through mid-August in response to ongoing problems with the Boeing 737 Max aircraft. American’s cancellations will last through August 19. Last week Southwest Airlines said it planned to cancel its Max flights through August 5. The U.S. and other countries grounded Boeing’s 737 Max plane last month after plane crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia.

BUTTIGIEG OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL RUN… Democrat Pete Buttigieg officially announced his presidential bid yesterday. The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana, is hoping to become the youngest and first openly gay commander in chief. Buttigieg unveiled a three-pronged campaign message intended to strengthen the nation’s security and democracy.

ENTERTAINMENT
KALID TOPS ALBUM CHART… Khalid’s new release “Free Spirit” sold 202,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep” slipped into second place after selling 118,000 units. Nipsey Hussle’s “Victory Lap” sold 63,000 copies to finish third. Ariana Grande’s “Thank You, Next” dropped one spot to No. 4 on sales of 47,000 units. WRLD’s “Death Race for Love” sold 38,000 copies to finish fifth.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Shazam!” made $25.1 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “Little” debuted in second place with $15.4 million. “Hellboy” opened at No. 3 with $12 million. “Pet Sematary” too in $10 million to finish fourth. “Dumbo” capped the top five with $9.1 million.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
Philadelphia 3 – MIAMI 1 (14 innings)… Jean Segura blasted a two-run homer in the top of the 14th inning to send the Phillies past the Marlins. César Hernández also went deep for Philadelphia.

Pittsburgh 4 – WASHINGTON 3… Rookie Jason Martin stroked a tie-breaking RBI double in the top of the ninth inning and the Pirates made it stand in edging the Nationals. Josh Bell knocked in two runs with a pair of doubles.

St. Louis 9 – CINCINNATI 5… Marcel Ozuna homered twice and drove in four runs as the Cardinals outslugged the Reds to earn a split of a two-game series played in Mexico City. Tyler O’Neill and Matt Carpenter also homered for St. Louis.

Colorado 4 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… German Marquez tossed a one-hitter in blanking the Giants and giving the Rockies their first win in nine games. Nolan Arenado belted a three-run homer.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Milwaukee 1… The Dodgers cruised past the Brewers to snap their six-game skid. Ross Stripling (1-1) pitched eight strong innings. Joc Pederson and Alex Verdugo homered.

ARIZONA 8 – San Diego 4… The Diamondbacks doubled up on the Padres to end their four-game losing streak. David Peralta homered with two runners aboard. Ketel Marte and Taijuan Walker also circled the bases.

ATLANTA 7 – N.Y. Mets 3… Charlie Culberson hit a two-run homer and the Braves got solo blasts from Nick Markakis and Josh Donaldson. Starter Julio Teheran (2-1) allowed a run on six hits over six innings.

AL SCORES
BOSTON 4 – Baltimore 0… David Price (1-1) went seven innings and two relievers completed the Red Sox shutout of the Orioles. Xavier Bogaerts lifted a sacrifice fly and hit a three-run homer.

Chi. White Sox 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Tim Anderson unloaded a grand slam to power the White Sox past the Yankees. Carlos Rodon (2-2) turned in a solid six-inning effort on the mound.

Tampa Bay 8 – TORONTO 4… Pinch-hitter Guillermo Heredia delivered a two-run homer to cap a five-run top of the eighth inning that carried the Rays past the Blue Jays. Mike Zunino preceded the blast with a pinch-hit two-run single.

MINNESOTA 6 – Detroit 4… The Twins held off the Tigers to take both games of the series. Jose Berrios (2-1) allowed two runs on four hits over 6-2/3 innings.

KANSAS CITY 9 – Cleveland 8… Hunter Dozier singled home pinch-runner Terrance Gore in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Royals over the Indians. Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer. Whit Merrifield and Jorge Soler added solo blasts for Kansas City.

Texas 8 – OAKLAND 7… The Rangers came up with four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the Athletics. Danny Santana legged out a two-run triple and scored the go-ahead run on Delino DeShields Jr.’s bunt single. Elvis Andrus tripled home a run and homered with the bases empty.

Houston 3 – SEATTLE 2… The Astros edged the Mariners to finish off a three-game sweep. Gerrit Cole gave up two runs on four hits over six innings and struck out 11. Aledmys Diaz smacked a go-ahead homer to lead off the top of the seventh inning.

INTERLEAGUE SCORE
L.A. Angels – CHI. CUBS (ppd)… Snow in Chicago forced postponement of yesterday’s Cubs-Angels game. No makeup date has been announced.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 1-1) are at Philadelphia (Nola, 1-0)…
Miami (Richards, 0-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Darvish, 0-2)…
St. Louis (Hudson, 0-1) is at Milwaukee (Peralta, 1-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 0-0) host Cincinnati (Castillo, 1-1)…
Colorado (TBA) is at San Diego (Lucchesi, 2-1)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Baltimore (Straily, 0-1) is at Boston (Velazquez, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Perez, 1-0) hosts Toronto (Shoemaker, 3-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Harvey, 0-1) are at Texas (Miller, 0-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Santana, 0-1) host Kansas City (Fillmyer, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Bauer, 1-1) I sat Seattle (Kikuchi, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFF SCORES (first-round openers)…
BOSTON 84 – Indiana 74… The Celtics rallied in the second half to down the Pacers. They held Indiana to just eight third-quarter points. Kyrie Irving and Marcus Morris scored 20 points apiece. Game 2 is Wednesday in Boston.

PORTLAND 104 – Oklahoma City 99… The Trail Blazers jumped out to a 14-point lead after the first quarter and held off the Thunder. Damian Lillard scored 30 points to lead all scorers. CJ McCollum added 24 points. Enes Kanter had 20 points and 18 rebounds. Game 2 is Tuesday in Portland.

MILWAUKEE 121 – Detroit 86… The Bucks built an early 20-point lead and never looked back in their rout of the Pistons. Giannis Antekounmpo had 24 points and 17 boards in just 24 minutes. Six other players scored in double figures for Milwaukee. Game 2 is Wednesday in Milwaukee.

HOUSTON 122 – Utah 90… The Rockets turned the game into a blowout with a big fourth quarter. James Harden scored 29 points to lead seven players in double figures and dished off 10 assists. Clint Capela had 16 points and 12 rebounds. Game 2 is Wednesday in Houston.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Brooklyn is at Philadelphia for Game 2 with the Nets leading 1-0…
Golden State hosts the L.A. Clippers for Game 2 with the Warriors leading 1-0

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCORES
COLUMBUS 3 – Tampa Bay 1… The Blue Jackets got goals from Matt Duchene, Oliver Bjorkstrand and Cam Atkinson in downing the Lightning to take a 3-0 lead in the series. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 30 saves. Game 4 is tomorrow in Columbus.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – PITTSBURGH 1… The Islanders skated past the Penguins to go up 3-0 in the series. Jordan Eberle and Brock Nelson scored 62 seconds apart in the first period to give New York the lead for good. Robin Lehner stopped 25 shots at goal. Game 4 is tomorrow in Pittsburgh.

Winnipeg 6 – ST. LOUIS 3… The Jets doubled up on the Blues to pull within 2-1 in the series. Kyle Connor scored twice, Patrik Laine had a goal and an assist. Game 4 is tomorrow in St. Louis.

VEGAS 6 – San Jose 3… The Golden Knights scored twice in each period to put away the Sharks and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Mark Stone scored two of his three goals in the third period and had two assists. Paul Stastny scored two second-period goals and set up three goals. Shea Theodore assisted on three goals. Max Pacioretty had a goal and an assist. Game 4 is tomorrow in Las Vegas.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE
Boston is at Toronto for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Carolina hosts Washington for Game 3 with the Capitals leading 2-0…
Nashville is at Dallas for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Colorado hosts Calgary for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

GOLF NEWS… Tiger Woods shot a final-round 70 to take a one-stroke victory over Brooks Koepka, Dustin Johnson and Xander Schauffele and win the Masters for the fifth time. His 15th major title came 11 years after the previous one. The 43-year-old Woods became the second-oldest tournament champion. Jack Nicklas won the Masters 33 years ago at age 46.

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