The Rundown for April 19, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,669,897 and the nation’s death toll stands at 567,217, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday that just over half of all adults in America have received at least one COVID-19 immunization shot. 130 million adults in the U.S. have been jabbed, which is 50.4 percent of the over-18 population. Nearly 84 million adults, or 32.5 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

SHOOTINGS IN KENOSHA, AUSTIN… Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, say a suspect was apprehended last night in connection with a shooting inside a tavern that left three people dead and two others injured early yesterday. The unnamed suspect is facing a charge of first-degree intentional homicide, with other charges likely to be added. Meanwhile, a manhunt is underway for a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective wanted for the fatal shootings of three people in Austin, Texas, yesterday. Investigators say the shootings were related to a domestic incident. The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Steven Broderick, was charged last June with the sexual assault of a child and placed on administrative leave.

U.S. WARNS RUSSIA OVER NAVALNY… National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” yesterday that the U.S. has warned Russia of “consequences” if opposition leader Alexei Navalny dies in the notorious Russian prison where he is being held. The 44-year-old Navalny is on Day 19 of a hunger strike and is reported to be in poor health. He was nearly fatally poisoned last August 2020 by suspected Russian agents working on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny’s supporters have called for nationwide protests on Wednesday to demand his release.

WHITE HOUSE STRUGGLING WITH REFUGEE ADMISSIONS… U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield yesterday called President Biden’s cap on refugee admissions is a “first step,” as the White House eyes increases beyond the limits initially set by the Trump administration. The Biden administration initially told Congress it planned to raise the refugee cap from 15,000 spots to 62,500 for the current fiscal year, but Biden announced on Friday that he would maintain the current ceiling of 15,000 spots for this year. White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged the initial goal of 62,500 spots “seems unlikely.”

CHINA, U.S. AGREE TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE… China and the United States have agreed to work together to fight climate change. The partnership between the world’s two biggest polluters was formed at a meeting last week between Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and John Kerry, who was representing the Biden administration. The agreement was announced in a joint statement issued yesterday and comes ahead of President Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit to be held this week.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACM AWARDS
… Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett were the big winners at last night’s 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Bryan was forced to pull out of performing at the event after testing positive for COVID-19 and accepted the award via video from Los Angeles where he’s been recuperating. Morris won her second-straight Female Artist of the Year award. Rhett was awarded Male Artist of the Year. Chris Stapleton won Album of the Year for “Starting Over.”

TAYLOR SWIFT TOPS ALBUM CHART… Taylor Swift’s newest release, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” sold 291,000 copies to give her a ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the biggest week of 2021 for any album. DMX’s greatest hits compilation “The Best of DMX” jumped to No. 2 with 77,000 copies sold following the rapper’s death on April 9. Justin Bieber’s “Justice” slipped into third place with 60,000 copies sold. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” remained in fourth place after selling 58,000 units. Rod Wave’s “SoulFly” capped the top five with 55,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona 5 – WASHINGTON 2
… Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner (1-2) held the Nationals to a run on two hits over five innings. Josh Rojas and Carson Kelly hit solo homers.

PHILADELPHIA 2 – St. Louis 0… Aaron Nola (1-1) tossed a complete-game two-hitter in shutting out the Cardinals. Bryce Harper’s bases-empty homer in the bottom of the first inning provided all the offense the Phillies needed.

San Francisco 1 – MIAMI 0… Ale Wood (1-0) limited the Marlins to three hits over five innings and four relievers provided hitless relief in the blanking of the Marlins. Alex Dickerson singled in Tommy La Stella with the game’s only run in the top of the third inning.

Pittsburgh 6 – MILWAUKEE 5 (10 innings)… Colin Moran belted a three-run homer in the top of the third inning and doubled home Bryan Reynolds with the tie-breaking run in the 10th to lead the Pirates past the Brewers. Reynolds homered with a runner aboard in the seventh.

N.Y. Mets 2 – COLORADO 1… Marcus Stroman (3-0) allowed just a run on three hits over eight innings and the Mets held off the Rockies.

SAN DIEGO 5 – L.A. Dodgers 2… Eric Hosmer came through with a tie-breaking RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning and added a run-scoring single in the eighth as the Padres salvaged the series finale. Jake Cronenworth smacked a solo homer.

Atlanta 13 – CHI. CUBS 4… The Braves connected for four home runs during a six-run top of the first inning and never looked back in their thrashing of the Cubs. Guillermo Heredia hit a two-run homer and unloaded a grand slam. Freddie Freeman, Travis d’Arnaud and Ehire Adrianza also went deep.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi. White Sox 3 – BOSTON 2
… Tim Anderson homered on the game’s first pitch and the White Sox went on to edge the Red Sox in the opener of a doubleheader. Dallas Keuchel (1-0) allowed two runs on six hits over five innings.

Chi. White Sox 5 – BOSTON 1… Fermin Mercedes’ leadoff homer sparked a three-run top of the fourth inning and the White Sox cruised past the Red Sox to complete a sweep of the twinbill. Nick Madrigal doubled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Tampa Bay 4 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Yoshi Tsutsugo stroked a tie-breaking RBI double in the top of the fifth inning and Joey Wendle added a solo homer in the ninth as the Rays finished off a series sweep and dealt the Yankees their fifth straight loss. Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

KANSAS CITY 2 – Toronto 0… Salvador Perez homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the seventh inning to power the Royals past the Blue Jays. Starter Brady Singer tossed two-hit ball over six innings but didn’t get a decision.

TEXAS 1, Baltimore 0 (10 innings)… Nate Lowe’s two-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Eli with the game’s only run as the Rangers outlasted the Orioles. The game featured a scoreless duel between Texas starter Kyle Gibson and his counterpart John Means.

OAKLAND 3 – Detroit 2… Matt Olson scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Athletics swept the four-game series with the Tigers. Sean Murphy led of the eighth with a game-tying homer.

SEATTLE 7 – Houston 2… France hit a two-run homer and doubled home a run in the Mariners’ pounding of the Astros. Mitch Hanigar legged out a two-run triple and added a run-scoring double. Six Seattle pitchers combined on a one-hitter.

Minnesota – L.A. ANGELS (ppd)… Multiple positive COVID-19 tests on the Minnesota team forced postponement of yesterday’s Twins-Angels game. No makeup date has been announced.

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 6 – CINCINNATI 3… Indians starter Shane Bieber (2-1) gave up three runs on six hits over six innings and struck out 13 in a historic performance. He became the first pitcher in big league history to begin the season with four straight starts with at least 10 strikeouts. Roberto Pérez blasted a three-run homer for Cleveland. Jordan Luplow added a two-run shot. Jose Ramirez also went deep.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 0-0) is at Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 0-1)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 1-0) hosts St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 2-0)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 0-0) is at San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 2-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 1-0) are at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 2-1)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 2-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 0-1)…
Texas (Kohei Arihara, 1-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 0-1)

INTERLEAGUE
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-0) are at Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-1)

NBA SCOREBOARD
ATLANTA 129 – Indiana 117… The Hawks built a 12-point lead after the first quarter and retained control in their win over the Pacers. Trae Young pumped in 34 points. Clint Capela finished with 25 points and 24 rebounds.

NEW YORK 122 – New Orleans 112 (OT)… The Knicks spurted past the Pelicans in overtime to win their sixth in a row. Julius Randle scored 33 points and dished off 10 assists. Derrick Rose delivered 23 points off the bench.

MIAMI 109 – Brooklyn 107… Bam Adebayo knocked down a 13-foot jumper as time expired lifted the Heat over the Nets. Adebayo had 21 points and 15 boards on the night.

CHARLOTTE 109 – Portland 101… The Hornets jumped out to a 44-24 lead after one quarter and held on to down the Trail Blazers and snap a four-game skid. Terry Rozier scored 34 points and had 10 assists.

Houston 114 – ORLANDO 110… The Rockets got 25 points from Christian Wood and 24 from Kelly Olynyk in fighting off the Magic. Wood also grabbed 10 rebounds. Kevin Porter Jr. tossed in 22 points.

TORONTO 112 – Oklahoma City 106… Chris Boucher powered his way to 31 points and 11 boards as the Raptors handed the Thunder their 10th straight loss. Gary Trent Jr. added 23 points.

Sacramento 121 – DALLAS 107… The Kings took control with a 45-point second quarter and cruised past the Mavericks for their first win in 10 games. De’Aaron Fox pumped in 30 points. Harrison Barnes added 24 points and Terence Davis II tossed in 23.

L.A. CLIPPERS 124 – Minnesota 105… Paul George scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures and the Clippers ran past the Timberwolves. Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Cleveland is at Detroit…
Boston hosts Chicago…
Golden State is at Philadelphia…
Indiana hosts San Antonio…
Houston is at Miami…
Washington hosts Oklahoma City…
Phoenix is at Milwaukee…
Denver hosts Memphis…
Utah is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
BOSTON 6 – Washington 3… Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece as the Bruins doubled up on the Capitals. Marchand also set up two goals.

N.Y. Rangers 5 – NEW JERSEY 3… Mika Zibanejad netted a tie-breaking power-play goal with 3 minutes remaining and the Rangers completed a four-game sweep of the Devils.

BUFFALO 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Sam Reinhart found the net twice in leading the Sabres past the Penguins. Rasmus Dahlin assisted on two goals. Goalie Dustin Tokarski made 34 saves.

Vegas 5 – ANAHEIM 2… The Golden Knights skated past the Ducks and into a first-place tie with Colorado atop the West Division. Max Stone, Max Pacioretty and Nicolas Roy each had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. Islanders 1 – PHILADELPHIA 0 (OT)… Nick Leddy’s goal 2:23 into overtime sent the Islanders past the Flyers. Ilya Sorokin stopped all 30 shots at goal.

VANCOUVER 3 – Toronto 2 (OT)… The Canucks returned from a nearly four-week layoff because of a COVID-19 outbreak and outlasted the Maple Leafs. Bo Horvat netted his second goal of the game 1:19 into overtime.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Carolina is at Tampa Bay…
Florida hosts Columbus…
Detroit is at Dallas…
Nashville hosts Chicago…
Ottawa is at Calgary…
Edmonton hosts Montreal…
Minnesota is at Arizona…
Vegas hosts San Jose

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