The Rundown for April 14, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,345,992 and the nation’s death toll stands at 563,446, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Federal health agencies yesterday recommended pausing use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for at least a few days after six women under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot. Acting U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Janet Woodcock said the agency expected the pause to be a matter of days, and was aimed at providing information to healthcare providers on how to diagnose and treat the clots.

BIDEN PLANS AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL… Senior administration officials said yesterday that President Joe Biden plans to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Some 2,500 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, and as many as 1,000 more special operations forces are also reported to be in the country. There were more than 100,000 at the war’s peak in 2011.

FEDS REMOVE MALICIOUS CODE… Prosecutors said the FBI has erased remaining malicious code from hundreds of private U.S. computers in response to Chinese hackers’ attacks on networks in the U.S. Early last month, Microsoft announced it found Chinese hacker group HAFNIUM had exploited vulnerabilities in its Exchange servers that enabled access to email accounts and allowed for the installation of malware on computers that permitted long-term access. Patches and updates were successful in removing most of these web shells from infected computers, but hundreds remained until the FBI removed them through the court-authorized operation.

NEVADA LEGISLATURE VOTES TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY… Nevada’s Assembly yesterday passed a bill that would abolish the death penalty. AB395, which passed by a 26-to-16 vote, would also commute the sentences of those on death row to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The bill now heads to the Democratic-controlled state Senate for a vote. The Senate is already considering a similar bill, SB288, which would not be retroactively applied to current death row inmates. Seventy people currently sit on Nevada’s death row.

ARREST IN 1996 DISAPPEARANCE OF COLLEGE COED… A 44-year-old man and his 80-year-old father were arrested yesterday in connection with the disappearance 25 years ago of Kristin Smart, who has a freshman at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, at the time. Paul Flores, who was the last person seen with Smart and the only person of interest in the case, was charged with murder. His father was charged with accessory. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said search warrants were sealed and details of the evidence that led to the two arrests couldn’t be revealed.

ENTERTAINMENT
NETFLIX EXENDS ‘BRIDGERTON’
… Netflix announced yesterday that it is bringing back its popular period drama “Bridgerton” for a third and fourth season. The series is based on the Julia Quinn book series of the same name. Season 1 centered on the romance between Daphne Bridgerton and Simon, the Duke of Hastings, while Season 2 will follow Anthony Bridgerton’s search for a wife. Netflix confirmed this month that Regé-Jean Page won’t reprise Simon in Season 2. Netflix has added four actors, Charithra Chandran, Shelley Conn, Calam Lynch and Rupert Young, to the Season 2 cast.

FORMER CHILD ACTOR DIES… Lee Aaker, a child actor in the 1950s who was best known for starring as the orphan Rusty alongside a German shepherd on ABC’s “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin,” died earlier this month following a stroke near Mesa, Arizona. He was 77. Aaker also appeared in a number of 1950s films, including “Hondo” and “The Atomic City.” Aaker had battled drug and alcohol abuse during this life and his death certificate listed him as an “indigent decedent.”

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 4 – Philadelphia 3
… Pete Alonso and Jonathan Villar produced run-scoring singles in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Mets past the Phillies in the opener of a doubleheader. Dominic Smith homered with a runner aboard in the first.

N.Y. METS 4 – Philadelphia 0… Marcus Stroman (2-0) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and the Mets blanked the Phillies to complete a sweep of the twinbill. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs.

PITTSBURGH 8 – San Diego 4… Jacob Stallings went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Pirates doubled up on the Padres. Erik Gonzalez also had three hits, including an RBI double and run-scoring single.

Miami 14 – ATLANTA 8… Adam Duvall homered twice and knocked in seven runs as the Marlins outslugged the Braves. Brian Anderson had three hits, including a homer, and three RBIs.

Chi. Cubs 3 – MILWAUKEE 2… Willson Contreras’ two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning powered the Cubs past the Brewers. Contreras also scored the tying run in the second on Kris Bryant’s sacrifice fly.

ST. LOUIS 14 – Washington 3… The Cardinals blew the game open with a nine-run bottom of the fifth inning. Matt Carpenter sparked the big inning with a two-run homer and added a sacrifice fly. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado homered for St. Louis.

SAN FRANCISCO 7 – Cincinnati 6… Wilmer Flores’ tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Giants’ win over the Reds. Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Crawford slugged two-run homers in the first. Evan Longoria also circled the bases.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Colorado 0… Dodger starter Trevor Bauer (2-0) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and the Dodgers breezed past the Rockies. Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Mookie Betts and Max Muncy homered for L.A.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 4 – BALTIMORE 3
(8 innings)… Kyle Seager doubled home a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning and the Mariners took the doubleheader opener. Ty France and Tom Murphy homered for Seattle.

BALTIMORE 7 – Seattle 6… Ramon Urias singled home Rio Ruiz with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Orioles a split of the twinbill. Maikel Franco lined a bases-clearing double.

Boston 4 – MINNESOTA 2… Hunter Renfroe and Rafael Devers homered for the Red Sox. Bobby Dalbec stroked a pair of RBI doubles.

TORONTO 7 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Starter Hyun Jin Ryu (2-0) tossed 6-2/3 scoreless innings and the Blue Jays topped the Yankees. Marcus Semien and Rowdy Tellez hit solo homers for Toronto.

Texas 8 – TAMPA BAY 3… Nick Solak and Charlie Culberson drove in three runs apiece to lead the Rangers past the Rays. Culberson drilled a two-run homer. Texas starter Kyle Gibson (2-0) overcame a rough start to turn in a strong seven-inning effort.

KANSAS CITY 3 – L.A. Angels 2… Starter Danny Duffy (2-0) limited the Angels to a run on eight hits over six innings. Carlos Santana drove in a pair of runs.

Cleveland 2 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0 (10 innings)… Roberto Perez broke a scoreless tie with an RBI infield single in the top of the 10th inning and scored on Eddie Rosario’s double as the Indians outlasted the White Sox.

Detroit 8 – HOUSTON 2… Wilson Ramos belted two home runs and knocked in three runs to lead the Tigers past the Astros. Renato Nuñez, Nomar Mazara and Akil Baddo also went deep.

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland 7 – ARIZONA 5
… The Athletics rallied from five runs down to top the Diamondbacks. Jed Lowrie slugged a game-tying three run homer in the top of the seventh inning and Brown added a go-ahead solo blast in the eighth. Stephen Piscotty also went deep.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington (Joe Ross, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-1)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 0-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 2-0)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 1-0) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 1-0)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 0-2) hosts San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 2-0)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 0-1)…
Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 1-1) hosts Miami (Nick Neidert, 0-0)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 1-0) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Corey Kluber, 0-1) are at Toronto (Ross Stripling, 0-1)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 1-1; Eduardo, Rodriguez, 1-0) is at Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 1-0; Jose Berrios, 2-0) for a doubleheader…
Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 0-1) hosts Seattle (Justin Dunn, 0-0)…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0) is at Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 1-0)…
Tampa Bay (TBA) hosts Texas (Kobei Arihara, 0-1)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 1-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 1-0)

NBA SCOREBOARD
Brooklyn 127 – MINNESOTA 97… Kevin Durant pumped 31 points to lead the Nets in their thrashing of the Timberwolves. Joe Harris tossed in 23 points.

L.A. Clippers 126 – INDIANA 115… The Clippers got 36 points from Paul George in handling the Pacers. Marcus Morris added 22 points.

Atlanta 108 – TORONTO 103… Bogdan Bogdanovic dropped in 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Hawks got past the Raptors. Clint Capela finished with 19 points and 21 rebounds.

L.A. Lakers 101 – CHARLOTTE 93… The Lakers held off a Hornets team that played without five of its six top scorers. Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points for L.A. Andre Drummond grabbed 12 boards.

UTAH 106 – Oklahoma City 96… The Jazz got 23 points from Bojan Bogdanovic and 22 from Donovan Mitchell in fighting off the Thunder. Rudy Gobert had 14 rebounds and 13 points.

PHOENIX 106 – Miami 86… The Suns got 65 points from their bench in rolling past the Heat. Deandre Ayton finished with 19 points and 13 boards.

Boston 116 – PORTLAND 115… The Celtics held on at the end to edge the Trail Blazers and win their fourth straight game. Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 32 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Milwaukee is at Minnesota…
Charlotte hosts Cleveland…
Brooklyn is at Philadelphia…
Toronto hosts San Antonio…
the L.A. Clippers are at Detroit…
Chicago hosts Orlando…
New York is at New Orleans…
Houston hosts Indiana…
Golden State is at Oklahoma City…
Memphis hosts Dallas…
Miami is at Denver…
Sacramento hosts Washington

NHL SCOREBOARD
N.Y. Rangers 3 – NEW JERSEY 0… Goalie Igor Shesterkin stopped all 27 shots in his first NHL shutout. Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and Pavel Buchnevich scored for New York.

BOSTON 3 – Buffalo 2 (SO)… Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBusk scored in the shootout for the Bruins. Craig Smith had a goal and an assist.

WASHINGTON 6 – Philadelphia 1… Conor Sheary and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist as the Capitals skated past the Flyers. Goalie Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves.

Calgary 3 – TORONTO 2 (OT)… Johnny Gaudreau found the net 36 seconds into overtime to win it for the Flames. Juuso Valimaki and Elias Lindholm scored in regulation.

NASHVILLE 7 – Tampa Bay 2… The Predators opened with three unanswered goals in the first period and cruised past the Lightning. Viktor Arvidsson scored goal goals and assisted on another. Roman Josi added a goal and an assist.

Florida 3 – DALLAS 2 (OT)… Frank Vatrano scored a power-play goal with 1:51 left in overtime as the Panthers outlasted the Stars. Chris Driedger stopped 24 shots at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Arizona is at Minnesota…
Montreal hosts Calgary…
Winnipeg is at Ottawa…
St. Louis hosts Colorado…
Golden State is at Los Angeles…
San Jose hosts Anaheim

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