The Rundown for April 26, 2019

BIDEN ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL RUN… Former Vice President Joe Biden made it official yesterday when he launched his third bid for the presidency. In announcing his presidential run, Biden characterized himself as a champion of the middle class and vowed to remove the threat posed by President Trump. Biden said he believes “history will look back on four years of this president and all he embraces as an aberrant moment in time.”

SEARCH WARRANTS TARGET BALTIMORE MAYOR… Federal authorities yesterday targeted Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh in search warrants executed at her home and several other locations. Pugh is under investigation for improperly profiting from a no-bid book deal steered to a Maryland medical system while she served on its board. The FBI says it has made no arrests so far.

TRUMP APPROVES PAYMENT TO NORTH KOREA OVER WARMBIER CARE… President Trump approved a $2 million payment to cover the cost of North Korea’s care of a comatose American college student who spent 17 months in a North Korean prison. The Washington Post reported that North Korea handed the invoice to State Department envoy Joseph Yun before 22-year-old Otto Warmbier was flown out of Pyongyang in a coma on June 13, 2017. Warmbier died shortly after being returned to the U.S.

FIVE DEAD IN SOUTHERN STORMS… Floods and tornadoes blamed for the deaths of five people continued across the Southeast yesterday. One tornado struck Rustin, Louisiana, killing two people and damaging Louisiana Tech University. Mississippi and parts of western Alabama were also threatened, forecasters said.

CHEMICAL LEAK NORTH OF CHICAGO… Authorities in Beach Park, Illinois, said yesterday that a hazardous chemical spill yesterday morning sent 37 people to the hospital, including seven in critical condition. Investigators say anhydrous ammonia leaked from containers that were being towed by a tractor north of Chicago. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the chemical is commonly used by farmers as an agricultural fertilizer. It can cause unconsciousness or death if inhaled.

MICHAEL MADSEN FACING DUI CHARGES… Actor Michael Madsen is facing two misdemeanor DUI charges stemming from a single-vehicle crash in Malibu last month. Charges include driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with .08% blood alcohol content within 10 years of another DUI. The 61-year-old Madsen drove his SUV into a power pole. He has not entered a plea.

IN THEATERS… In “Avengers: Endgame,” superheroes reunite to restore order in the universe. Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans star in the PG-13 film.

Arizona 5 – PITTSBURGH 0… Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke (4-1) and two relievers combined on a five-hitter in the blanking of the Pirates. Jarrod Dyson had three hits and an RBI.

L.A. Dodgers 2 – CHI. CUBS 1… The Dodgers’ runs came on an error and a sacrifice fly. Five pitchers held the Cubs at bay.

Miami 3 – PHILADELPHIA 1 (10 innings)… Starlin Castro’s two-out, two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning sent the Marlins past the Phillies.

CINCINNATI 4 – Atlanta 2… The Reds doubled up on the Braves in a game that featured a long rain delay. Eugenio Suarez had a couple of hits and knocked in three runs. Luis Castillo (3-1) scattered eight hits over six scoreless innings.

BOSTON 7 – Detroit 3… Michael Chavis homered with a runner aboard to help power the Red Sox past the Tigers. Rafael Devers doubled home a pair of runs.

Cleveland 2 – HOUSTON 1… Trevor Bauer (3-1) limited the Astros to a run on hits over eight innings. Leonys Martin and Jake Bauers homered for Cleveland.

L.A. ANGELS 11  – N.Y. Yankees 5… David Fletcher knocked in five runs with a triple and a single. Kole Calhoun and Tommy La Stella knocked in two runs apiece.

SEATTLE 14 – Texas 2… The Mariners opened with a five-run bottom of the first inning and never looked back in their thrashing of the Rangers. Tim Beckham hit a two-run homer. Ryon Healey had three hits and knocked in three runs. Marco Gonzalez (5-0) allowed six hits over seven shutout innings.

San Diego (Matt Strahm, 0-2) is at Washington (Max Scherzer, 1-3)…
Philadelphia (Jerad Eickhoff, 0-1) hosts Miami (Jose Urena, 1-3)…
Milwaukee (Chase Anderson, 2-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 2-2)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 3-0) hosts Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 1-1)…
Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 0-1) is at St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 2-1)…
Arizona (Robbie Ray, 0-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-3)…
Pittsburgh (Chris Archer, 1-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 2-1)

Oakland (Mike Fiers, 2-2) is at Toronto (Marcus Stroman, 1-3)…
Boston (David Price, 1-1) hosts Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 2-0)…
Cleveland (Corey Kluber, 2-2) is at Houston (Collin McHugh, 3-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 3-2) host Detroit (Daniel Norris, 1-0)…
Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 0-1) is at Minnesota (Martin Perez, 2-0)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (Tyler Skaggs, 1-2)…
Seattle (Yusei Kukuchi, 1-1) hosts Texas (Shelby Miller, 1-1)

the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 2-2) are at San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 1-3)

NBA PLAYOFF SCORE (first-round)…
SAN ANTONIO 120 – Denver 103… The Spurs pulled away in the fourth quarter to put away the Nuggets and force Saturday’s Game 7 in Denver. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points and brought down 10 rebounds. DeMar DeRozan added 25 points.

Golden State is at the L.A. Clippers for Game 6 with the Warriors leading 3-2

NBA NEWS… Former Boston Celtics great John Havlicek died yesterday at age 79. He had been battling Parkinson’s disease. Havlicek played all 16 years of his NBA career in Boston and won eight championships. Havlicek was the seventh pick in the 1962 NBA draft after winning the NCAA title at Ohio State in 1960.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS SCORES (second-round openers)…
BOSTON 3 – Columbus 2 (OT)… Charlie Coyle scored his second goal of the game at 5:15 of overtime to send the Bruins past the Blue Jackets. Noel Accieari opened the scoring in the first period.

ST. LOUIS 3  – Dallas 2… The Blues scored a goal in each period and held on to edge the Stars. Vladimir Tarasenko scored second- and third-period goals. Goalie Jordan Binnington made 29 saves.

Carolina is at the N.Y. Islanders…
San Jose hosts Colorado

NFL NEWS… The Arizona Cardinals made quarterback Kyler Murray the first pick in last night’s NFL draft. Murray became the 22nd Heisman Trophy winner to go first overall and second in as many seasons. His fellow University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield went to Cleveland in 2018. Murray was forced to choose football over baseball after being a first-round pick of the Oakland Athletics in 2018.

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