The Rundown for April 25, 2019

WILLIAM BARR TO TESTIFY BEFORE SENATE PANEL… Attorney General William Barr will face questioning from the Senate judiciary committee next Wednesday. He is expected to testify on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling. Senators will ask Barr about the content of Mueller’s report and its conclusions.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OFFICIAL DISREGARDS SUBPOENA… The Department of Justice yesterday refused to allow a deputy assistant attorney general in the department’s civil rights division to testify before the House oversight committee about attempts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Trump administration said John Gore won’t give testimony in today’s scheduled hearing without a Justice Department attorney in the room with him. Gore received a subpoena from the committee April 2 to answer questions related to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s decision to add the question to the census.

FACEBOOK PREPARES TO PAY HEAVY FINE… Facebook admits that it is setting aside money to absorb the blow of a $5 billion fine it expects the Federal Trade Commission to hand down over the social network’s questionable data privacy practices. Facebook also reported that its net income for the first three months of 2019 was $2.4 billion, which is 51 percent below what it reported during the same period last year. The company is reportedly in talks with the FTC.

MEASLES CASES CONTINUE TO RISE… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported yesterday that it has confirmed 695 measles cases so far this year. It is the highest level since the country declared it had eliminated the virus in 2000. Public health officials blame the resurgence partly on the spread of misinformation about the safety of vaccines

EXECUTION IN TEXAS… One of three men convicted in the 1998 racially motivated dragging death of a black man in Texas two decades ago was executed in Texas last night. John William King was put to death after the Supreme Court denied a last-minute appeal for a stay of execution. King and two others were convicted in the death of James Byrd Jr., who was beaten in a wooded area and dragged from a truck by a chain for three miles. Byrd’s body was left in front of an African-American church, where worshipers found him the next morning. One of King’s accomplices was already executed. The other is serving life in prison.

ENTERTAINMENT
STING TO LAUNCH VEGAS RESIDENCY… Sting is set to launch a Las Vegas residency next year at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. He will perform 16 shows in Las Vegas from May 22, 2020, until September 2, 2020. Sting says he will perform some of his most popular songs alongside visual references to his most iconic music videos.

ACTOR KEN KERCHEVAL DIES… Actor Ken Kercheval, who was best-known for his role as an oil tycoon on the popular soap opera “Dallas,” died in his Indiana hometown on Sunday. He was 83. Kercheval and Larry Hagman, who played rival character JR Ewing, were the only stars to stay with the series throughout its entire 14-year run. Kercheval began his career as a stage actor, appearing with Dustin Hoffman in a 1959 production of “Dead End” and starring in several Broadway shows during the 1960s.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
Atlanta 3 – CINCINNATI 1… Ozzie Albies homered to lead off the game. Braves starter Mike Soroka (1-1) allowed a run on five hits over 5-2/3 innings.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Milwaukee 2… The Cardinals completed a three-game sweep of the Brewers. Starter Adam Wainwright (2-2) held Milwaukee to a run on four hits over six innings to notch his 150th career victory. Marcell Ozuna hit a three-run homer and Yadier Molina added a solo shot in the bottom of the fourth inning.

COLORADO 9 – Washington 5… Raimel Tapia doubled twice and knocked in three runs to lead the Rockies past the Nationals. Charlie Blackmon smacked a solo homer.

Arizona 11 – PITTSBURGH 2… Ketel Marte hit a pair of homers and drove in four runs for the Diamondbacks. Merrill Kelly (2-2) surrendered two runs on six hits over seven innings.

Philadelphia 6 – N.Y. METS 0… Starter Vince Velasquez (1-0) combined with four relievers in the blanking of the Mets. Rhys Hopkins hit a two-run homer for the Phillies.

CHI. CUBS 7 – L.A. Dodgers 6… Javier Baez and Jason Heyward hit three-run homers during a six-run bottom of the sixth inning that erased a 3-0 deficit for the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo added an RBI double in the seventh.

AL SCORES
Kansas City 10 – TAMPA BAY 2… Adalberto Mondesi hit a three-run homer and singled home a run for the Royals. Whit Merrifield also homered. Starting pitcher Jakob Junis (2-2) gave up a run on four hits over five innings.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 5… Christian Pinder delivered a two-out run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Athletics over the Rangers. Marcus Semien blasted a three-run homer and Matt Chapman added a solo shot.

BALTIMORE 4 – Chi. White Sox 3… Stevie Wilkerson’s solo homer in the bottom of the fourth inning proved to be the difference. Orioles starter John Means (3-2) held the White Sox to a run on four hits over five innings.

BOSTON 11 – Detroit 4… Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Christian Vazquez drove in two runs apiece for the Red Sox. Starting pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez (2-2) gave up just a run on two hits over six innings.

HOUSTON 7 – Minnesota 1… Michael Brantley and Josh Reddick hit two-run homers for the Astros. Carlos Correa opened the scoring with a solo shot. Justin Verlander (4-0) held the Twins to a run on four hits over eight innings.

N.Y. Yankees 6 – L.A. ANGELS 5… The Yankees overcame a 5-0 deficit to upend the Yankees. DJ LeMahieu singled home Tyler Wade with a tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning. LeMahieu also doubled in New York’s first run in the sixth and lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

INTERLEAGUE SCORES
CLEVELAND 6 – Miami 2… Jake Bauers singled home a go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Jose Ramirez homered and drove in four runs for the Indians.

San Francisco 4 – TORONTO 0… Giants starter Drew Pomeranz (1-2) and two relievers combined on a two-hitter. Pablo Sandoval homered for the second straight game.

SAN DIEGO 1 – Seattle 0… Rookie Chris Paddack (1-1) limited the Mariners to one hit over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout. Ian Kinsler’s second-inning homer accounted for the game’s only run.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Arizona (Zach Greinke, 3-1) is at Pittsburgh (Jameson Taillon, 1-2)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 1-0) host the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 1-1)
Atlanta (Julio Teheran, 2-2) is at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 2-1)…
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 2-0) hosts Miami (Caleb Smith, 2-0)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Detroit (Jordan Zimmermann, 0-3) is at Boston (Rick Porcello, 0-3)…
Houston (Gerrit Cole, 1-3) hosts Cleveland (Trevor Bauer, 2-1)
the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 2-1) are at the L.A. Angels (Trevor Cahill, 1-2)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 4-0) hosts Texas (TBA)

NBA PLAYOFF SCORES (first-round)…
HOUSTON 100 – Utah 93… The Rockets fought off the Jazz to wrap up the series in five games. James Harden scored a game-high 26 points. Clint Capela had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

L.A. Clippers 129 – GOLDEN STATE 121… The Clippers handled the Warriors to pull within 3-2 in the series. Lou Williams lit it up for 33 points. Dino Gallinari tossed in 26 points and Montrezl Harrell added 24. Patrick Beverly had 17 points and 14 boards. Game 6 is tomorrow night in L.A.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Denver is at San Antonio for Game 6 with the Nuggets leading 3-2

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCORE (first round)…
Carolina 4 – WASHINGTON 3 (2OT)… Brock McGinn scored at 11:05 of the second overtime to send the Hurricanes past the defending-champion Capitals in Game 7. Carolina overcame a pair of two-goal deficits and advance to a second-round matchup with the N.Y. Islanders. Jordan Staal netted a tying goal in the third period. Sebastian Aho scored a short-handed goal and Teuvo Teravainen also found the net.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCHEDULE (second-round openers)…
Columbus is at Boston…
St. Louis hosts Dallas

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