The Rundown for April 1, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 30,459,874 and the nation’s death toll stands at 552,038, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A Centers for Disease Control report released yesterday claims COVID-19 is the primary or contributing cause of 377,883 deaths in the U.S. last year, leaving it behind only heart disease and cancer as the nation’s third-leading cause of death. The CDC also said that COVID-19 drove a nearly 16 percent increase in the overall U.S. mortality rate… The Wisconsin Supreme Court yesterday struck down Governor Tony Evers’ mask mandate, saying he exceeded his authority and violated the separation of powers by reissuing emergency orders during the pandemic. In its 4-to-3 decision, the court found that Evers effectively breached a statute that limits his emergency powers to 60 days without approval of the state legislature. Evers, a Democrat, declared a state of emergency last March, which the Republican-controlled legislature never extended beyond its statutory 60-day limit… A study published yesterday by the open-source medical journal JAMA Network Open found that Nursing home residents over the age of 90 are nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those age 65 to 70. Additionally, anyone with severe dementia, regardless of age, had up to a 90 percent higher risk for death from the virus compared with those with no cognitive impairment.

BIDEN UNVEILS INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN… President Joe Biden unveiled a two-part $2 trillion infrastructure proposal yesterday, promoting it as essential to the U.S.’ economic future. The president’s American Jobs Plan will place a focus on modernizing transportation infrastructure including roads, bridges and airports as well as confront climate change. The plan raises the corporate tax rate from 21 to 28 percent, which White House say would fund the infrastructure plan within 15 years. It also changes the tax code to close loopholes that allow companies to move profits overseas. Biden said he’ll discuss the components of his American Families Plan in “a few weeks.”

PENTAGON ISSUES NEW TRANSGENDER POLICY… The Pentagon yesterday issued new rules to replace Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military. New department regulations allow transgender people who meet military standards to enlist and serve openly in their self-identified gender, and they will be able to get medically necessary transition-related care authorized by law. The new rules are being enacted following a two-month Pentagon review.

TRUMP ORG CFO RECORDS SUBPOENAED… The New York Times reported yesterday that Manhattan prosecutors investigating the Trump Organization’s finances have subpoenaed the bank records of the company’s longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg. The probe is reportedly centered on the Trump Organization’s valuation of certain properties in New York City and whether the company manipulated the figures to illegally gain tax benefits. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has also subpoenaed a new set of documents from the Trump Organization, along with expense ledgers and company records from JPMorgan Chase and Capital One.

4 DEAD IN CALIFORNIA SHOOTING… A shooting at a business complex in Orange, California, last night left a child and three adults dead. Police say the suspect was injured while exchanging gunfire with officers and is one of two people hospitalized with injuries. Police responding to the report of gunfire discovered the bodies prior to an officer-involved shooting on-scene. Investigators are looking into the relationship between the shooter and his victims.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘REAL HOUSEWIVES’ STAR INDICTED
… The Justice Department has indicted “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jennifer Shah and her assistant, Stuart Smith, for their alleged involvement in a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme. Complaints filed in New York District Court allege the reality stars perpetrated a “business opportunity scheme” in which they sold several services, such as tax preparation and web design services, aimed to make the victims’ businesses more efficient and profitable. Shah and Smith allegedly earned profit shares per the terms of the fraudulent agreements. They are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

STARZ CANCELS ‘AMERICAN GODS’… Starz has cancelled the fantasy series “American Gods” after three seasons. The series is based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name and starred Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane and Emily Brown. The show’s Season 3 finale was last week. According to Entertainment Weekly, multi-platform viewership declined 65 percent from the first to third seasons.

SPORTS
PLAY BALL! IT’S MLB OPENING DAY
… Major League Baseball opens a full 162-game season today with a full slate of 15 games. The defending World Series-champion Los Angeles Dodgers, are the odds-on choice to defend their crown. San Diego, Atlanta and the N.Y. Mets are expected to contend for National League dominance. Last year’s American League-champion, the Tampa Bay Rays, drew Miami as an opening-day opponent. The Rays are expected to face a challenge from the N.Y. Yankees in the AL East, with the Chicago White Sox expected to be among the most-improved teams in the AL.

TODAY’S MLB OPENING-DAY SCHEDULE
Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole), 1:05 p.m. ET…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber), 1:10 p.m. ET…
Baltimore (John Means) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi), 2:10 p.m. ET…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff) hosts Minnesota (Kenta Maeda), 2:10 p.m. ET…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks), 2:20 p.m. ET…
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola) hosts Atlanta (Max Fried), 3:05 p.m. ET…
Arizona (Madison Bumgarner) is at San Diego (Yu Darvish), 4:10 p.m. ET…
Colorado (German Marquez) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw), 4:10 p.m. ET…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty) is at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo), 4:10 p.m. ET…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara) hosts Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow), 4:10 p.m. ET…
Texas (Kyle Gibson) is at Kansas City (Brad Keller), 4:10 p.m. ET…
Washington (Max Scherzer) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom), 7:09 ET…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito) are at the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy), 10:05 ET…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt) hosts Houston (Zack Greinke), 10:07 ET…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman) is at Seattle (Marco Gonzales), 10:10 ET

NBA SCOREBOARD
Portland 124 – DETROIT 101… The Trail Blazers pulled past the Pistons in the second half to win their fourth in a row. Damian Lillard had game-highs with 33 points and 10 assists. CJ McCollum added 24 points.

Miami 92 – INDIANA 87… The Heat were too much down the stretch in grinding out a win over the Pacers. Duncan Robinson scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Dallas 113 – BOSTON 108… The Mavericks withstood a fourth-quarter rally to top the Celtics. Luka Doncic led all scorers with 36 points. Jalen Brunson delivered 21 points off the bench.

BROOKLYN 120 – Houston 108… The Nets erased an 11-point halftime deficit to upend the Rockets and move into first place in the Eastern Conference. Kyrie Irving had 31 points and a season-high 12 assists. Joe Harris added 28 points.

Utah 111 – MEMPHIS 107… Mike Conley scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz overtake the Grizzlies for their seventh straight win. Jordan Clarkson added 24 points off the bench and Bojan Bodanovic tossed in 23. Rudy Gobert brought down 12 rebounds.

MINNESOTA 102 – New York 101… The Timberwolves outscored the Knicks 22-9 over the final 7:29 to pull out the victory. Anthony Edwards scored 12 of his 24 points during the late run. Malik Beasley knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 37 seconds left and finished with 20 points. Karl-Anthony Towns powered his way to 18 points and 17 boards.

OKLAHOMA CITY 113 – Toronto 103… The Thunder held the Raptors to 36 second-half points after trailing by eight at the half and snapped their three-game skid. Svi Mykhailiuk scored 10 of his 22 points down the stretch. Moses Brown finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

SAN ANTONIO 120 – Sacramento 106… The Spurs built a 16-point halftime lead on their way handing the Kings their first loss in five games. All five starters scored in double figures, led by DeMar DeRozan’s 26 points. Jakob Poeltl grabbed 14 boards to go with his 12 points.

Milwaukee 112 – L.A. LAKERS 97… The Bucks fought off the short-handed Lakers to win for the first time in four tries. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds. He and his two brothers shared the court for 52 seconds late in the fourth quarter. Thanasis Antetokounmpo is Giannis’ teammate with the Bucks, while Kostas Antetokounmpo is a Lakers reserve.

PHOENIX 121 – Chicago 116… The Suns got a season-high 45 points from Devin Booker in holding off the Bulls. Chris Paul totaled 19 points and 14 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Cleveland…
Detroit hosts Washington…
Charlotte is at Brooklyn…
Miami hosts Golden State…
Orlando is at New Orleans…
San Antonio hosts Atlanta…
Denver is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCOREBOARD
BUFFALO 6 – Philadelphia 1… The Sabres cruised past the Flyers to end the NHL’s longest losing streak at 18 games. Brandon Montour netted a pair of goals. Steven Fogarty had a goal and an assist. Jacob Bryson set up two goals. Goalie Linus Ullmark made 31 saves.

Toronto 3 – WINNIPEG 1… Auston Matthews opened the scoring early in the first period with his NHL-leading 24th goal and assisted on Zach Hyman’s goal six minutes later to lead the Maple Leafs past the Jets. Mitchell Marner had two assists. Jack Campbell stopped 26 shots at goal.

COLORADO 9 – Arizona 3… Joonas Donskoi scored three of the Avalanche’s five first-period goals and had an assist in the thrashing of the Coyotes. Gabriel Landeskog netted two goals and assisted on another. Mikko Rantanen added a goal and two assists.

Los Angeles 4 – VEGAS 2… The Kings doubled up on the Golden Knights to notch their first win after three straight losses. Andreas Athanasiou had a goal and an assist. Goalie Cal Petersen stopped 40 shots.

SAN JOSE 4 – Minnesota 2… The Sharks continued their strong play defensively in downing the Wild. Rudolfs Balcers and Ryan Donato scored second-period goals. Nikolai Knyzhov netted his first career goal and Evander Kane had an empty-netter in the third.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Washington is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Tampa Bay hosts Columbus…
Detroit is at Florida…
Ottawa hosts Montreal…
Carolina is at Chicago…
Nashville hosts Dallas…
Minnesota is at Vegas

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