The Rundown for April 20, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,737,347 and the nation’s death toll stands at 567,690, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The risk of surface transmission of COVID-19, the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention advised yesterday. America is much more likely to spread the virus through airborne transmission, the CDC said, and people who obsessively disinfect surfaces may be doing more harm than good. During a telephone briefing, Vincent Hill, Chief of the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, said that while the risk of transmission from touching a surface is small, it is elevated indoors. The virus dies “rapidly” on porous surfaces but can persist longer on hard, indoor surfaces, he added.

SUPREME COURT REJECTS ELECTION CHALLENGE… The Supreme Court yesterday threw out another legal challenge to November’s presidential election. Justices ruled that a suit filed by a Republican former congressional candidate who had challenged the extension of Pennsylvania’s deadline to receive mail-in ballots was moot. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia previously ruled that the candidate, Jim Bognet, as well as four individual voters, did not have legal standing to challenge the ballot deadline extension.

WALTER MONDALE DIES… Former U.S. vice president and Minnesota senator Walter “Fritz” Mondale died at his Minneapolis home yesterday. He was 93. Mondale was vice president under former President Jimmy Carter and represented his state in the U.S. Senate for 12 years. Mondale, a champion of liberal politics, ran as the Democratic candidate for president in 1984 but lost in a landslide to President Ronald Reagan. His running mate was New York Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro, the first woman to seek the vice presidency on a major national ticket.

DEREK CHAUVIN TRIAL… Officials in Minneapolis and other cities throughout the nation are preparing for civil unrest that might result from the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The jury began deliberations yesterday after nearly six hours of closing arguments and rebuttals by prosecutors and the defense. The 45-year-old Chauvin is facing murder charges in the death last May of George Floyd. The Army has approved the call-up of 250 members of the DC National Guard to support the DC Metropolitan Police Department with traffic management and safety at downtown public transportation stations in the nation’s capital and establish a quick reaction force in the event of larger protests.

OLDEST LIVING AMERICAN DIES… A woman identified as the oldest living American died on Saturday in North Carolina, her family has announced. Hester Ford was either 115 or 116 years old, depending on which census report was being referred to. Regardless, Ford’s life spanned the 1918 influenza and COVID-19 pandemics, two world wars and the dawn of the civil rights movement. Last year, she was honored in Mecklenburg County after county commissioners declared September 1 as Hester Ford Day. Ford had 12 children, 68 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren and at least 120 great-great-grandchildren.

ENTERTAINMENT
RAPPER BLACK ROB DIES
… Rapper Black Rob, who was best known for his work at Bad Boy Records in the 1990s and early 2000s, died Saturday of cardiac arrest in Atlanta, a longtime friend has confirmed. He was 52. Black Rob had been hospitalized and suffered multiple health problems in recent years. His debut album “Life Story,” released in 2000, featured the hit single “Whoa!” and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

ANOTHER TAYLOR SWIFT STALKER ARRESTED… Police in Manhattan arrested a 52-year-old man Saturday night in connection with an attempted break-in at Taylor Swift’s apartment. Police responding to a 911 call about an intruder arrested the suspect for criminal trespass. Swift has had numerous encounters with stalkers over the years. In 2018, she obtained a restraining order against a man who tried to enter her home armed with a knife. Later that year, she was obtained a restraining order against a second man, who threatened to rape and kill the singer in letters he sent her. In 2019, a judge sentenced a man to six months in jail after the man broke into Swift’s New York apartment and took a shower before falling asleep.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco 2 – PHILADELPHIA 0
… Kevin Gausman (1-0) scattered six hits over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout of the Phillies. Brandon Belt’s two-run homer in the top of the third inning accounted for the game’s only offense.

St. Louis 12 – WASHINGTON 5… Paul DeJong smacked a solo homer and unloaded a grand slam to lead the Cardinals in their pounding of the Nationals. Tommy Edman, Paul Goldschmidt and Justin Williams also went deep.

Milwaukee 3 – SAN DIEGO 1… The Brewers got solo homers from Luis Urias, Billy McKinney and pinch-hitter Tyrone Taylor in their win over the Padres. Brandon Woodruff (1-0) allowed just a run on one hit over six innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BOSTON 11 – Chi. White Sox 4
… Kiké Hernandez’ lead-off homer sparked a six-run bottom of the first inning and the Red Sox coasted past the White Sox. Alex Verdugo and J.D. Martinez also hit solo homers.

Tampa Bay 4 – KANSAS CITY 1… Starter Josh Fleming (1-1) pitched two-hit ball over 5-1/3 innings and the Rays scored three unearned runs to down the Royals. Kevin Kiermaier had two hits and drove in two runs.

Texas 6 – L.A. ANGELS 4… The Rangers used a five-run top of the sixth inning to put away the Angels. Adolis Garcia opened the scoring with a homer to lead off the third.

OAKLAND – Minnesota (ppd)… Last night’s Twins-Athletics game in Oakland was postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing involving members of the Minnesota organization. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

INTERLEAGUE
SEATTLE 4 – L.A. Dodgers 3
… Jose Marmolejos staked the Mariners to an early lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and they went on to hold off the Dodgers. Taylor Trammell homered and doubled home a run.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 1-1)…
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 0-1) is at Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 1-2)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 0-2) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 0-0) are at the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 2-1)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 1-1) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 1-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 2-0) are at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 1-2…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 1-1; Jesus Luzardo, 0-1) hosts Minnesota (Matt Shoemaker, 1-0; Jose Berrios, 2-1) for a doubleheader…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 1-1) is at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 2-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 1-1) hosts Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 1-0)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 0-0)

INTERLEAGUE
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 2-0) are at Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 0-1) host Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 1-1)…
Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 0-1) is at Miami (Nick Neidert, 0-0)…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 1-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 1-2)…
Houston (Luis Garcia, 0-0) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 1-1)

NBA SCOREBOARD
DETROIT 109 – Cleveland 105… Frank Johnson and Saddiq Bey scored 20 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Pistons held on at the end to down the Cavaliers.

Chicago 102 – BOSTON 96… The Bulls dealt the Celtics their first loss in seven games. Nikola Vucevic pumped in 29 points.

Golden State 107 – PHILADELPHIA 96… Stephen Curry made 10 3-pointers on his way to 49 points in leading the Warriors past the 76ers. Andrew Wiggins had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

San Antonio 109 – INDIANA 94… The Spurs jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and cruised past the Pacers. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Derrick White’s 25 points.

MIAMI 113 – Houston 91… The Heat pulled away in the second half to down the Rockets. Kendrick Nunn scored a game-high 30 points.

WASHINGTON 119 – Oklahoma City 107… Bradley Beal lit it up for 30 points and the Wizards topped the Thunder for their fifth straight win. Davis Bertans made six 3-pointers on his way to 21 points.

Phoenix 128 – MILWAUKEE 127 (OT)… Devin Booker’s free throw with three-tenths of a second remaining in overtime lifted the Suns over the Bucks. Booker finished with 24 points. Chris Paul scored 22 points and dished of 13 assists. Mikal Bridges had 20 points and 13 boards.

DENVER 139 – Memphis 137 (2OT)… Nikola Jokic made a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in the second overtime and led all scorers with 47 points as the Nuggets outlasted the Grizzlies. Will Barton added 28 points and Michael Porter Jr. tossed in 21.

Utah 111 – L.A. LAKERS 97… The Jazz got 22 points from Jordan Clarkson and 21 from Joe Ingles in topping the Clippers. Mike Conley had 14 points and 10 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at Atlanta…
New York hosts Charlotte…
Brooklyn is at New Orleans…
Portland hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Minnesota is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD
TAMPA BAY 3 – Carolina 2 (OT)… Yanni Gourde found the net 2:50 into overtime to send the Lightning past the Hurricanes. Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist.

FLORIDA 4 – Columbus 2… Frank Vatrano netted a pair of goals to lead the Panthers past the Blue Jackets. Anthony Duclair assisted on two goals.

DALLAS 3 – Detroit 2 (SO)… Denis Gurianov scored in the fifth round of the shootout to win it for the Stars. Roope Hintz had a goal and an assist.

NASHVILLE 5 – Chicago 2… Tanner Jeannot and Luke Kunin scored 18 seconds apart in the third period as the Predators put away the Blackhawks. Mikael Granlund set up two goals.

Ottawa 4 – CALGARY 2… Connor Brown scored a short-handed goal and added an empty-netter as the Senators downed the Flames. Goalie Matt Murray made 26 saves.

EDMONTON 4 – Montreal 1… The Oilers came alive to score all four goals in the third period and skated past the Canadiens. Connor McDavid scored a goal and assisted on two others.

Minnesota 5 – ARIZONA 2… The Wild made it four straight wins with the defeat of the Coyotes. Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist.

VEGAS 3 – San Jose 2 (SO)… The Golden Knights extended their winning streak to seven games by outlasting the Sharks. Alex Tuch netted the winning goal in the tie-breaker. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots at goal. It was a historic night for 41-year-old San Jose forward Patrick Marleau, who played in his 1,768th game and passed Gordie Howe for the most games played in NHL History.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Buffalo…
the N.Y. Islanders host the N.Y. Rangers…
Carolina is at Tampa Bay…
Florida hosts Columbus…
New Jersey is at Pittsburgh…
Dallas hosts Detroit…
Toronto is at Vancouver…
Los Angeles hosts Anaheim

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