The Rundown for April 23, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,929,599 and the nation’s death toll stands at 570,345, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The 704 deaths-per-day average posted last week was the lowest seven-day average since mid-October… Hospitalizations among senior citizens have fallen by 80 percent since the start of the year. Health officials credit the drop to the vaccination of all seniors in the U.S. Senior citizens account for about 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths.

SENATE PASSES ASIAN HATE-CRIME LEGISLATION… The Senate yesterday passed legislation that targets anti-Asian hate crimes. Missouri Republican Josh Hawley was the only senator who opposed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in the 94-to-1 vote. The bill was introduced by Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii in March. It would direct the Department of Justice to expedite the review of hate crimes related to Covid-19 that were reported to law enforcement agencies and help them establish ways to report such incidents online and perform public outreach. Additionally, the bill would also direct the attorney general and the Department of Health and Human Services to issue best-practices guidance on how to mitigate racially discriminatory language in describing the pandemic. The bill still needs to pass the House.

SUPREME COURT DECIDES ON JUVENILE SENTENCING… The Supreme Court yesterday made it easier for judges to sentence juveniles to life without parole in a decision that upholds a Mississippi man’s life sentence without parole for a murder committed when he was a teenager. Conservative justices in the majority. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who authored the dissent, noted that 70 percent of juveniles sentenced to die in prison are people of color. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said she was pleased with the decision that “upheld the constitutionality of Mississippi’s criminal sentencing system.”

BIDEN TALKS CLIMATE… President Joe Biden announced at the Leaders Summit on Climate yesterday that the U.S. will take steps to cut carbon emissions in half by the end of the decade. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris delivered opening remarks as they try to rejoin the U.S. among other nations seeking to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Biden said the U.S. would meet net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. Other world leaders spoke via video conference.

STOCKS SLUMP… Reports that President Joe Biden intends to introduce an increased capital gains tax for wealthy Americans removed yesterday’s early gains on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 321.41 points, or 0.94 percent, while the S&P 500 dropped 0.91 percent and the Nasdaq Composite closed down 0.98 percent. The tumble began after Bloomberg and The New York Times reported that Biden was planning to hike the capital gains rate to 39.6 percent for those earning at least $1 million.

ENTERTAINMENT
RAPPER SHOCK G FOUND DEAD
… Rapper Shock G was found dead in a hotel room in Tampa yesterday. The cause of his death is unknown. The rapper, whose real name was Gregory Jacobs, was 57. Shock G was best known for singing lead vocals on “The Humpty Dance” while a member of Digital Underground, the rap group that introduced the world to Tupac Shakur. He had struggled with drug addiction for years.

BAY CITY ROLLERS SINGER DIES… Les McKeown, the former lead singer of 1970s pop sensation Bay City Rollers, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, family members announced yesterday. He was 65. The Scottish singer joined the Bay City Rollers in late 1973, replacing founding lead singer Gordon “Nobby” Clark. The group had a fanatical teen following and sold more than 100 million records. The Bay City Rollers split up in 1978 and reunited in 2015.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona 14 – CINCINNATI 11
(10 innings)… David Peralta stroked a three-run triple to highlight a six-run top of the sixth inning and finished with five hits and seven RBIs.

CHI. CUBS 4 – N.Y. Mets 3 (10 innings)… Jason Hayward’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Eric Sogard with the winning run and the Cubs completed a three-game sweep.

SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Miami 0… Aaron Sanchez (1-1) pitched two-hit ball over five innings and four relievers held the Marlins hitless the rest of the way. Giants catcher Curt Casali caught his fifth straight shutout and singled home two runs to cap a three-run bottom of the first.

San Diego 3 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Fernando Tatis Jr.’s double-play ball in the top of the eighth inning brought home Jurickson Profar with the decisive run. Trent Grisham homered for the Padres.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 6 – CLEVELAND 3
… Rougned Odor came through with a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the seventh inning. Kyle Hagashioka added a solo homer.

Seattle 7 – BOSTON 3 (10 innings)… Sam Haggerty doubled home a go-ahead run and Mitch Hanigar slugged a three-run homer during a four-run top of the 10th inning that carried the Mariners past the Red Sox. Ty France doubled home two runs.

HOUSTON 8 – L.A. Angels 2… The Astros cruised past the Angels to snap a three-game skid. Alex Bregman went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs. Cristian Javier (2-0) allowed three hits over five scoreless innings and struck out nine.

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 4 – DETROIT 2
… RBI singles by Colin Moran and Erik González in the top of the eighth inning pulled the Pirates past the Tigers.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks,0-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 1-1) host Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-1)…
Arizona (Luke Weaver, 1-1) is at Atlanta (Huascar Ynoa, 0-1)…
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 1-1)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 1-0) hosts Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 0-1)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 1-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 3-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland (Cole Irvin, 1-2) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 1-2)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 1-1) hosts Kansas City (Mike Minor, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1) are at Cleveland (Logan Allen, 1-2)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 0-1) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0)…
Toronto (Steven Matz, 3-0) is at Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 2-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 2-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-1)…
Texas (Dane Dunning, 1-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 0-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 2-0) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 0-0)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
BOSTON 99 – Phoenix 86… Kemba Walker scored a game-high 32 points for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

New Orleans 135 – ORLANDO 100… The Pelicans routed the Magic or their first win in five games. Brandon Ingram pumped in 29 points. Zion Williamson added 23 points.

MILWAUKEE 124 – Philadelphia 117… The Bucks scored 77 first-half points in building a 17-point lead at the break and held off the 76ers. They got 27 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 24 from Khris Middleton.

SAN ANTONIO 106 – Detroit 91… The Spurs won at home for the first time in six tries. Derrick White led the way with 26 points. Jakob Poeltl finished with 17 points and 11 boards.

CHICAGO 108 – Charlotte 91… Nikola Vucevic, Coby White and Thaddeus Young scored 18 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack. Vucevic also brought down 16 rebounds.

DALLAS 115 – L.A. Lakers 110… The Mavericks were up by 11 at the half and held on top the Lakers. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Luka Doncic’s 30 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Miami is at Atlanta…
Brooklyn hosts Boston…
Cleveland is at Charlotte…
Houston hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Washington is at Oklahoma City…
Golden State hosts Denver…
Memphis is at Portland

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
Toronto 5 – WINNIPEG 3… Mitch Marner scored two goals and assisted on another for the Maple Leafs. Auston Matthews netted his NHL-leading 34th goal and had two assists.

Boston 5 – BUFFALO 1… The Bruins skated past the Sabres for their sixth straight win. David Pastrnak scored a goal and set up two others.

Washington 1 – N.Y. Islanders 0 (SO)… Goalie Ilya Samsonov stopped all 26 shots in shutting out the Islanders. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the winning goal in the shootout.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Columbus 1… Ondrej Palat scored a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and Blake Coleman added an empty-netter for the Lightning. Coleman also scored a second-period goal.

Carolina 4 – FLORIDA 2… Sebastian Aho scored a pair of short-handed goals in leading the Hurricanes past the Panthers. Martin Necas set up three goals.

PITTSBURGH 5 – New Jersey 1… The Penguins scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Devils. Bryan Rust netted his 18th goal and Kasperi Kapanen scored 25 seconds later.

Philadelphia 3 – N.Y. Rangers 2… James van Riemsdyk scored tying and go-ahead goals and Jakub Voracek added the game-winner for the Flyers. Ivan Provorov had two assists. Goalie Brian Elliott made 33 saves.

DETROIT 7 – Dallas 3… Recently acquired Jakub Vrana scored four goals to lead the Red Wings in their thrashing of the Stars. Filip Zadina set up two goals. Thomas Greiss made 43 saves at goal.

Colorado 4 – ST. LOUIS 2… The Avalanche clinched a playoff berth in downing the Blues. Andre Burakovsky found the net twice. Nathan MacKinnon had three assists.

Ottawa 3 – VANCOUVER 0… Goalie Matt Murray made 31 stops in his second shutout in six days. Tim Stützle and Drake Batherson scored power-play goals in the first period.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Buffalo…
the N.Y. Rangers host Philadelphia…
Nashville is at Chicago…
Calgary hosts Montreal…
Minnesota is at Los Angeles

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