The Rundown for April 2, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 30,539,175 and the nation’s death toll stands at 553.120, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two more at-home tests. BinaxNOW by Abbott and the Quick Vue test by Quidel are both easy to perform and buy… A new study released yesterday has found that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is effective on new variants. A second dose of the vaccine left 46,000 participants in a clinical trial at least 90 percent protected from symptomatic COVID-19 for six months.

BIDEN PUTS CABINET TO WORK ON INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL… President Joe Biden used his first Cabinet meeting yesterday to introduce five Cabinet secretaries he has chosen to spearhead his efforts to get his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal approved by Congress. Biden announced that his emissaries on the American Jobs Plan will be Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. The wide-ranging plan tackles transportation, energy, climate change and affordable housing, among other issues. The plan would be through an increase from 21 percent to 28 percent in the nation’s corporate tax policy.

DEFENSE SECRETARY SUPPORTS UKRAINE… Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed “unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty” and condemned Russian aggression in the country yesterday in a phone call to Ukraine’s minister of defense, Andrii Taran. The two military counterparts also discussed the regional security situation and the deaths of four Ukrainian soldiers last week. Ukrainian officials say the soldiers were killed by Russian forces in Donbass, which the U.S. considers a violation of a ceasefire agreement.

CHARLOTTESVILLE CAN REMOVE CONFEDERATE GENERAL STATUES…The Virginia Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the City of Charlottesville can remove two statues of Confederate generals. Civil rights activists had called for the removal of statues honoring Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, claiming the depictions paid homage to America’s history of slavery and racism. The Robert E. Lee statue was also at the center of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017 that left one woman dead. In rendering the decision, state Supreme Court Justice Bernard Goodwyn said both statues were erected long before a 1997 state law barred local governments from removing monuments paying tribute to past wars. The City Council of Charlottesville approved resolutions to remove the statues in 2017 but locals complained the removal was illegal.

STOCKS RISE… President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan unveiled Wednesday sparked a record day on Wall Street yesterday. The S&P 500-stock index rose above the 4,000-point mark for the first time, to 4,020. The Dow rose 172 points, or 0.5 percent, to 33,153, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq jumped 1.8 percent. The Russell 2000 index of small companies was up 1.5 percent. The stock exchanges are closed today in observance of Good Friday.

ENTERTAINMENT
HBO FILLS OUT ‘STATION ELEVEN’ CAST
… HBO Max announced yesterday that Lori Petty, David Cross, Daniel Zovatto, Andy McQueen, Enrico Colantoni and Julian Obradors have joined the cast of its original series “Station Eleven.” The network is planning a 10-episode limited series based on Emily St. John Mandel’s book about the aftermath of a deadly flu. Survivors are challenged with rebuilding society.

‘LIVE PD’ SHERIFF ARRESTED… Former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, who made regular appearances on the reality TV show “Live PD,” was taken into custody yesterday and charged with tampering with video evidence in the death of a 40-year-old Black man. Javier Ambler II died more than two years ago after two deputies pulled him over for a minor headlight violation and tased him repeatedly until his heart failed. Both deputies were charged this week with manslaughter. A “Live PD” crew filmed the incident but Chody allegedly ordered the destruction of footage.

SPORTS
MLB OPENING-DAY SCORES

Toronto 3 – N.Y. YANKEES 2 (10 innings)… Randal Grichuk doubled home pinch-runner Jonathan Davis with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and the Blue Jays hung on to edge the Yankees. Teoscar Hernandez homered with the bases empty.

DETROIT 3 – Cleveland 2… Miguel Cabrera homered in the snow with a runner aboard in the bottom of the first inning and the Tigers went on to edge the Indians. Matthew Boyd and two relievers blanked the Indians on four hits over the first eight innings.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Minnesota 5 (10 innings)… The Brewers came from three runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to outlast the Twins. Orlando Arcia’s infield chopper scored Lorenzo Cain with the winning run. Travis Shaw came through with a game-tying two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Pittsburgh 5 – CHI. CUBS 3… Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a two-run homer to help power the Pirates past the Cubs. Adam Frazier also knocked in two runs.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Atlanta 2 (10 innings)… Jean Segura singled home Bryce Harper with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Phillies topped the Braves.

SAN DIEGO 8 – Arizona 7… Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs to lead the Padres past the Diamondbacks. Victor Caratini also drove in three runs. Wil Myers homered with nobody aboard.

COLORADO 8 – L.A. Dodgers 5… The Rockies pounded out 10 hits against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw and took advantage of some shoddy L.A. defense in taking their opener. Chris Owings singled home a go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning and came around to score on Raimel Tapia’s single. Colorado scored twice in the seventh on wild pitches.

St. Louis 11 – CINCINNATI 6.. Dylan Carlson’s three-run homer capped a six-run top of the first inning for the Cardinals and Eugenio Suarez’ solo homer sparked a four-run fourth.

Tampa Bay 1 – MIAMI 0… Austin Meadows provided all the offense the Rays needed with a two-out homer in the top of the eighth inning. The Marlins managed just three hits off four Tampa Bay pitchers.

KANSAS CITY 14 – Texas 10… The Royals erased five- and three-run deficits before finally putting away the Rangers. Nate Lowe had a couple of hits and drove in four runs. Michael A. Taylor, Jorge Soler and Whit Merrifield smacked solo homers.

L.A. ANGELS 4 – Chi. White Sox 3… The Angels came up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the White Sox. Mike Trout singled home the tying run. Max Stassi smacked a solo homer.

Houston 8 – OAKLAND 1… Yordan Alvarez doubled home a pair of runs and lifted a sacrifice fly in the Astros’ win over the Athletics. Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman homered.

SEATTLE 8 – San Francisco 7 (10 innings)… The Mariners rallied from five runs down in the seventh inning to get past the Giants. They drew three straight walks to open the bottom of the 10th inning to force home Evan White with the winning run. Dylan Moore’s two-run double highlighted a six-run eighth.

Baltimore – BOSTON (ppd)… Rain in Boston forced postponement of yesterday’s Red Sox-Orioles game. It will be made up today.

N.Y. Mets – WASHINGTON (ppd)… Yesterday’s Mets-Nationals game in the nation’s capital was postponed after as many as four Washington players tested positive for COVID-19. The game was rescheduled for today, pending test results.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Baltimore (John Means) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez) hosts Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer) are at Colorado (Antonio Senzatela)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney) host the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel)…
Houston (Cristian Javier) is at Oakland (Jesus Luzardo)…
San Diego (Blake Snell) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto) is at Seattle (James Paxton)…
Washington (Max Scherzer) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom)

NBA SCOREBOARD
Philadelphia 114 – CLEVELAND 94… The 76ers pulled away in the second half to trounce the Cavaliers. Shake Milton pumped in 27 points. Dwight Howard finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

DETROIT 120 – Washington 91… The Pistons built a double-digit lead early and never looked back in their blowout of the Wizards. Josh Jackson scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the first half.

BROOKLYN 111 – Charlotte 89… The Nets bombed the Hornets 32-11 in the first quarter and the rout was on. Jeff Green led all scorers with 21 points. Kyrie Irving had 15 points and 11 boards.

MIAMI 116 – Golden State 109… The Heat used a 10-0 fourth-quarter run to take control for good in their defeat of the Warriors. Jimmy Butler led the way with 22 points. Duncan Robinson added 21 points and Tyler Herro tossed in 20.

Orlando 115 – NEW ORLEANS 110 (OT)… Wendell Carter Jr. delivered 21 points and 12 rebounds off the bench as the Magic got past the Pelicans. Fellow reserve Terrence Ross knocked down a couple clutch shots in the overtime period and finished with 19 points.

Atlanta 134 – SAN ANTONIO 129 (2OT)… Clint Capela, Trae Young and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points apiece as the Hawks outlasted the Spurs. Capela also brought down 17 boards. Young dished off 12 assists.

Denver 101 – L.A. CLIPPERS 94… The Nuggets led from start to finish in downing the Clippers for their fourth straight win. Jamal Murray scored 23 points as all five starters finished in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Golden State is at Toronto…
Boston hosts Houston…
Dallas is at New York…
Indiana hosts Charlotte…
Minnesota is at Memphis…
New Orleans hosts Atlanta…
Chicago is at Utah…
Phoenix hosts Oklahoma City…
Milwaukee is at Portland…
Sacramento hosts the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
Pittsburgh 4 – BOSTON 1… Zach Aston-Reese and Mike Matheson netted first-period goals to stake the Penguins to an early lead and they coasted past the Bruins. Casey DeSmith stopped 30 shots at goal.

N.Y. Rangers 3 – BUFFALO 2 (OT)… Mika Zibanejad’s one-timer 4:32 into overtime sent the Rangers past the Sabres. Artemi Panarin assisted on two goals.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 8 – Washington 4… Matthew Barzal scored three goals and set up two others in leading the Islanders past the Capitals. Jordan Eberle found the net twice.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Columbus 2… Ross Colton and Brayden Point scored 1:05 apart late in the third period to rally the Lightning past the Blue Jackets. Point opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period.

FLORIDA 3 – Detroit 2 (OT)… Alex Wennberg scored at 1:25 of overtime to win it for the Panthers. Noel Acciari and Frank Vetrano also found the net for Florida.

Montreal 4 – OTTAWA 1… Philip Danault and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens skated past the Senators. Tomas Tatar assisted on two goals.

Carolina 4 – CHICAGO 3… Jesper Fast found the net with 29 seconds remaining to lift the Hurricanes over the Blackhawks. Warren Foegele scored a pair of goals.

Dallas 4 – NASHVILLE 1… Jason Robertson netted a tie-breaking goal in the second period and the Stars got goals from Jame Benn and Miro Heiskanen in the third to put away the Predators.

Minnesota 3 – VEGAS 2 (SO)… Kevin Fiala scored the lone goal in the shootout to win it for the Wild. Jared Spurgeon’s power-play tied the game early in the third period.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington is at New Jersey…
Winnipeg hosts Toronto…
Calgary is at Edmonton…
Colorado hosts St. Louis…
Arizona is at Anaheim…
Los Angeles hosts San Jose

TODAY’S NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE
*winners meet in national championship game on Sunday
South Carolina vs. Stanford, p.m. ET…
Connecticut vs. Arizona, 9:30 p.m. ET

SATURDAY’S NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE
*winners meet in national championship game on Monday
Baylor vs. Houston, 5:14 p.m. ET…
Gonzaga vs. UCLA, 8:34 p.m. ET

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