The Rundown for April 13, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,268,125 and the nation’s death toll stands at 562,533, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Last week’s 8-percent rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases marked the fourth straight week of increases. In the week ended April 11, Michigan reported the highest number of new cases per capita of all 50 states and also led the country in hospitalizations per capita. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned yesterday that he only way Michigan can get its surge under control in the short-term is by shutting down completely. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested additional vaccine, but Walensky notes that doses wouldn’t produce results for another six weeks.

BIDEN NOMINATES ARMY SECRETARY… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that he has nominated Christine Wormuth as secretary of the Army. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first woman to serve in the position. Wormuth most recently has been the director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation. She previously served as the Pentagon’s top policy official in the Obama administration.

AGREEMENT REACHED TO SLOW MIGRANT SURGE… The Biden administration announced yesterday that it has reached agreements with the governments of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to help slow the surge of immigrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. The agreement calls for the Latin countries to “put more troops on their own border,” Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council Tyler Moran told MSNBC. Mexico reportedly fortified its border with Guatemala last month and began intercepting increasing numbers of migrants headed for the U.S. border.

DAUNTE WRIGHT PROTESTS… There was more unrest in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center last night following Sunday’s police fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man following a traffic stop. The shooting of Daunte Wright occurred after he got back into his car as police were trying to arrest him for a misdemeanor warrant. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said yesterday that the shooting was accidental. He said the officer meant to use a Taser, but instead fired a gun. The National Guard has been called in to assist police amid protests. Minneapolis and St. Paul were under a 7 p.m. curfew last night and both cities are under a state of emergency. Curfews were also imposed in five counties.

NEW MEXICO LEGALIZES CANNABIS… New Mexico yesterday became the 17th U.S. state to legalize the use of cannabis. Beginning this summer. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill that allows New Mexicans 21 and older to both possess and grow marijuana. The bill takes effect on June 29. Retail sales are expected to launch by next spring after the state develops a regulatory infrastructure and ensures there’s sufficient commercial supply. Grisham also signed a companion bill that expunges many with past marijuana convictions.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘EMANCIPATION’ LEAVING GEORGIA
… Director Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith are pulling production of their new movie out of the Georgia to protest the state’s new voting restrictions. “Emancipation” stars Smith as a man who has escaped enslavement. Fuqua and Smith said in a statement that “The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting.”

OSCAR PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED… Academy Awards organizers yesterday shared the ensemble cast of presenters for next month’s Oscars ceremony. Presenters include Angela Bassett, Bong Joon Ho, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, Zendaya, Don Cheadle, Rita Moreno and Halle Berry. The April 25 event will will air live on ABC.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 6 – PITTSBURGH 2… Wil Meyers went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and five RBIs. Padres starter Yu Darvish (1-0) allowed just a run on three hits over seven innings.

Miami 5 – ATLANTA 3 (10 innings)… Garret Cooper tied the game with a two-run double in the top of the eighth inning and singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th. Adam Duvall homered to lead off the second.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Chi. Cubs 3… Luis Urias came through with a pinch-hit bases-clearing double in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Brewers went on to double up on the Cubs.

Washington 5 – ST. LOUIS 2… Starlin Castro knocked in a pair of runs, Andrew Stevenson delivered a pinch-hit homer and the Nationals cruised past the Cardinals.

Cincinnati 3 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Wade Miley (2-0) limited the Giants to two hits over five innings and two relievers completed the shutout. Jesse Winker homered with a runner aboard in the top of the third and Joey Votto added a two-run shot in the sixth for the Reds.

Philadelphia – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Phillies-Mets game. It will be replayed as part of a doubleheader today.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 3 – TORONTO 1
… Gerrit Cole (2-0) turned in a solid six-inning effort on the mound despite surrendering an early run. Kyle Higashioka drove in all three Yankee runs with a pair of homers.

TAMPA BAY 1 – Texas 0… Willy Adames homered in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Rays held on to clip the Rangers. Tyler Glasnow (1-0) pitched two-hit ball over 7-2/3 innings and struck out a career-high 14.

L.A. Angels 10 – KANSAS CITY 3… Shohei Ohtani went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Mike Trout drilled a two-run homer in the Angels’ thrashing of the Royals. L.A. starter Alex Cobb (1-0) fanned 10 over 5-2/3 innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Cleveland 3… Nick Madrigal reached base with an infield single in the top of the 10th inning and came around to score the winning run on a throwing error by Indians first baseman Yu Chang in the bottom of the ninth inning. Adam Eaton connected for a three-run homer in the third.

Detroit 6 – HOUSTON 2… Grayson Geiner hit a two-run homer, Renato Nuñez and Akil Badoo added solo blasts and the Tigers downed the Astros. Rookie Casey Mize (1-0) gave up four hits over seven scoreless innings in recording his first big-league win.

Seattle – BALTIMORE (ppd)… Rain in Baltimore forced postponement of last night’s Mariners-Orioles game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Boston – MINNESOTA (ppd)… The Twins postponed last night’s game against the Red Sox out of respect for 20-year-old Daunte Wright, the victim of a fatal police shooting in the Brooklyn Center suburb. No makeup date has been announced.

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland 9 – ARIZONA 5
… Jed Lowrie drove in the Athletics first three runs in staking them to an early lead on their way past the Diamondbacks. Matt Chapman knocked in two more runs with a single and a homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego (Blake Snell, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 0-0; Marcus Stroman, 1-0) host Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 0-1; Aaron Nola, 0-0) for doubleheader…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-1) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 0-1)…
Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 1-0)…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 1-1)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 1-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston (Martin Perez, 0-0) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 0-0)…
Baltimore (John Means, 1-0; Dean Kremer, 1-0) hosts Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-1; Nick Margevicius, 0-1) for doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 0-0) are at Toronto (Hyun Jim Ryu, 0-1)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-1) hosts Texas (Kyle Gibson, 1-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 0-0) are at Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 1-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 1-0) host Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 0-1)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 1-1) is at Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 0-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 0-1) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0)

NBA SCOREBOARD
NEW YORK 111 – L.A. Lakers 96… The Knicks put away the Lakers for their third straight win. Julius Randle scored a game-high 34 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Elfrid Payton added 20 points.

Philadelphia 113 – DALLAS 95… Joel Embiid pumped in 36 points to lead the 76ers past the Mavericks. Furkan Korkmaz delivered 20 points off the bench.

San Antonio 120 – ORLANDO 97… DeMar DeRozen scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Spurs rolled past the Magic. Keldon Johnson grabbed 10 boards.

MEMPHIS 101 – Chicago 90… The Grizzlies outscored the Bulls 31-16 in the fourth quarter to win going away. Jonas Valanciunas powered his way to 26 points and 14 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 117 – Sacramento 110… The Pelicans built a 23-point halftime lead and held on to top the Kings. They got 34 points from Brandon Ingram and 30 from Zion Williamson.

Washington 125 – UTAH 121… The Wizards withstood a late surge and handed the Jazz their first home loss in 25 games. Bradley Beale lit it up for 34 points. Russell Westbrook racked up 25 points, 14 boards and 14 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 116 – Denver 107… The Warriors took control with a dominant third quarter and held off the Nuggets. Stephen Curry poured in 53 points on a night he passed Wilt Chamberlain as the leading scorer in franchise history.

PHOENIX 126 – Houston 120… The Suns knocked down 18 3-pointers in the first half and led 80-58 at the break. Jae Crowder finished with 26 points and Devin Booker tossed in 24.

Brooklyn – MINNESOTA (ppd)… The Timberwolves postponed last night’s game against the Nets out of respect for 20-year-old Daunte Wright, the victim of a fatal police shooting in the Brooklyn Center suburb.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Indiana…
Toronto hosts Atlanta…
the L.A. Lakers are at Charlotte…
Utah hosts Oklahoma City…
Miami is at Phoenix…
Portland hosts Boston

NHL SCOREBOARD
Detroit 3 – CAROLINA 1… Adam Erne scored back-to-back goals early in the third period to break a scoreless tie. Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves at goal for the Red Wings.

COLUMBUS 4 – Chicago 3 (OT)… Brandon Hagel found the net 1:25 into overtime to send the Blue Jackets past the Blackhawks. Patrik Laine scored twice in regulation.

MONTREAL 4 – Toronto 2… Tomas Tatar opened the scoring 1:17 into the contest and added an empty-netter with 2:25 remaining and the Canadiens snapped the Maple Leafs’ six-game winning streak.

OTTAWA 4 – Winnipeg 2… Brady Tkachuk found the net twice as the Senators topped the jets. Thomas Chabot set up two goals.

COLORADO 4 – Arizona 2… Mikko Rantanen netted a pair of goals in leading the Avalanche past the Coyotes for their eighth win in nine games. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist. Cale Makar assisted on two goals.

Vegas 4 – LOS ANGELES 2… The Golden Knights erased a two-goal second-period deficit in downing the Kings. Mark Stone had a goal and an assist. Shea Theodore had two assists.

Anaheim 4 – SAN JOSE 0… Goalie Anthony Stolarz made a career-high 45 saves in his third career shutout. Alexander Vokov scored a pair of goals for the Ducks.

St. Louis – MINNESOTA (ppd)… The Wild postponed last night’s game against the Blues out of respect for 20-year-old Daunte Wright, the victim of a fatal police shooting in the Brooklyn Center suburb. The game has been rescheduled for May 12.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at New Jersey…
Boston hosts Buffalo…
Philadelphia is at Washington…
Toronto hosts Calgary…
Tampa Bay is at Nashville…
Dallas hosts Florida

NFL NEWS… New England Patriots star receiver Julian Edelman announced his retirement yesterday, just a month short of his 35th birthday. Edelman was member of three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams and was the MVP of Super Bowl LIII. He spent his entire 12-year career in New England and ranks behind only Wes Welker as the franchise leader in career receptions. He ranks second in NFL history with 118 postseason receptions, behind only Jerry Rice’s 151. Edelman was limited to six games last season because of a chronic knee injury… Prosectors in Jackson County, Missouri, have filed DWI charges against former Kansas City Chiefs coach Britt Reid. The charges stem from a February 4 crash that severely injured a 5-year-old girl. Authorities say Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, was driving nearly 84 miles per hour just seconds before his truck struck two cars on the side of highway.

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