The Rundown for April 26, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,077,297 and the nation’s death toll stands at 572,200, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Biden administration has announced its intent to make raw materials needed for India’s coronavirus vaccine production available as the country’s Covid-19 infections surge. India yesterday set a global record for a rise in daily coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day. Britain, France and Germany also have pledged aid.

U.S. WITHDRAWING FROM AFGHANISTAN… Military officials have confirmed that the U.S. has begin its complete withdrawal from Afghanistan. General Austin Scott Miller, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, said during a news conference in Kabul yesterday that U.S. and NATO forces “are now preparing to retrograde” prior to an announced target date of May 1. Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced plans for all American troops to be out of Afghanistan by September 11.

6 DEAD IN GEORGIA CRASH… Authorities in Georgia said yesterday that at least six people were killed in a fiery crash of a passenger van on Interstate 85 about 35 miles north of Atlanta on Saturday night. Police say there were 16 adults in the van at the time of the crash and they were from a sober living group. Several passengers were transported to local hospitals. Investigators think a second vehicle may have been “directly or indirectly” involved.

ARIZONA WILDFIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONS… A wildfire in the Hualapai Mountains near Pine Lake, Arizona, has prompted the evacuation of about 200 households. The blaze, named the Flag Fire, has consumed nearly 1,000 acres in Mohave County. The area is just over 100 miles north of Phoenix.

GAS PRICES UP 2 CENTS… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 2 cents over the past two weeks to $2.96 per gallon, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations released yesterday. The Lundberg Survey noted that gas is $1.03 higher than it was a year ago. The most expensive gas was in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it cost an average of $4.04 a gallon. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had the cheapest gas at $2.49 a gallon.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘NOMADLAND’ WINS BIG
… “Nomadland” was the big winner at last night’s 93rd Academy Awards. The film won Best Picture, while Chloé Zhao was honored as Best Director and Frances McDormand was awarded Best Actress for the third time. Only four-time winner Katharine Hepburn has won more Best Actress awards. Anthony Hopkins won Best Director for his performance in “The Father.” Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The Best Supporting Actress went to Yuh-Jung Youn for “Minari.” “My Octopus Teacher” won Best Documentary.

SLIME LANGUAGE 2 TOPS ALBUM CHART… “Slime Language 2” project from Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records sold 113,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Last week’s champ, Taylor Swift’s “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” slipped into second place on sales of 57,000 units. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” so 56,000 copies to finish third. Justin Bieber’s “Justice” dropped to fourth place after selling 54,000 units. Eric Church’s “Heart” capped the top five with 49,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 4 – Washington 0
… Taijuan Walker (1-1) held the Nationals to three hits over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout. J.D. Davis homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the first inning and Pete Alonso homered to lead off the fifth for the Mets.

Arizona 5 – ATLANTA 0… Zac Gallen (1-0) limited the Braves to one hit in the seven-inning doubleheader opener. Stephen Vogt and Kole Calhoun homered for the Diamondbacks.

Arizona 7 – ATLANTA 0… Madison Bumgarner (2-2) no-hit the Braves over seven innings and the Diamondbacks completed a sweep of the twinbill. Pavin Smith homered to lead of the game and David Peralta added a two-run blast in the first. Eduardo Escobar led off the third with a homer.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Cincinnati 2… Tyler O’Neal smacked a pair of solo homers for the Cardinals. Jack Flaherty (4-0) allowed a run on three hits over seven innings.

Milwaukee 6 – CHI. CUBS 0… Brandon Woodruff (2-0) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout. Luis Urias stroked a two-run single. Travis Shaw drove in two runs with a bases-loaded walk and a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded.

COLORADO 12 – Philadelphia 2… Trevor Story unloaded a grand slam to cap a seven-run fourth inning. C.J. Cron homered with a runner aboard.

SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Miami 3… Logan Webb (1-1) allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings and helped himself at the plate with a two-run triple. Mauricio Dubon had a couple of hits and an RBI.

San Diego 8 – L.A. DODGERS 7 (11 innings)… The Padres erased a 7-1 seventh-inning deficit in outlasting the Dodgers. Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning scored Fernando Tatis Jr. With the decisive run. Tatis also scored the tying run in the ninth on Manny Machado’s single and homered.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE 8 – Oakland 1
… Austin Hays homered twice and drove in three runs as the Orioles ended the Athletics’ 13-game winning streak. Maikel Franco also went deep. John Means (2-0) gave up a run on two hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Kansas City 4 – DETROIT 0… The Royals blanked the Tigers for their fourth straight win. Danny Duffy (3-1) pitched four-hit ball over five innings and three relievers did the rest. Hunter Dozier homered and Carlos Santana singled home two runs.

CLEVELAND 7 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Franmil Reyes went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and a triple as the Indians salvaged the finale of the four-game series.

BOSTON 5 – Seattle 3… The Red Sox pushed across four runs in the bottom of the first inning and hung on to down the Mariners. Christian Vásquez got things going with an RBI single.

Toronto 1 – TAMPA BAY 0… Starter Hyun Jin Ryun left in the fourth inning with a minor strain, five relievers finished off the Blue Jays’ shutout of the Rays. Santiago Espinal single home Marcus Semien with the game’s only run in the top of the fifth inning.

L.A. Angels 4 – HOUSTON 2… Shohei Ohtani connected for a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the eighth inning. David Fletcher’s infield single brought in two fifth-inning runs.

CHI. WHITE SOX 8 – Texas 4… Michael Kopech (2-0) surrendered a run on four hits and struck out 10 in five innings. Jose Abreu drilled a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and lifted a sacrifice fly in the second.

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 6 – MINNESOTA 2
… Gregory Polanco went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and the Pirates cruised past the Twins. Bryan Reynolds slugged a pair of run-scoring doubles.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 1-2) are at Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 2-1) hosts Miami (Trevor Rogers, 2-1)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 1-2) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-2)…
San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 1-0) hosts Colorado (Austin Gomber, 1-2)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 1-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 3-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 1-2) is at Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 1-0)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 1-3) hosts Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 2-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Deivi Garcia, 0-0) are at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 1-1)…
Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 1-0) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 1-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Shohei, Ohtani, 0-0) are at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-1)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 0-2) hosts Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 1-1)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
CHARLOTTE 125 – Boston 104… The Hornets jumped out to an early double-digit lead and never looked back in trouncing the Celtics. Devonte Graham pumped in 24 points. P.J. Washington had 22 points and 12 rebounds.

BROOKLYN 128 – Phoenix 119… The Nets got 34 points from Kyrie Irving and 33 from Kevin Durant in downing the Suns. Irving also dished off 12 assists.

Memphis 120 – PORTLAND 113… Ja Morant scored 28 points and the Grizzlies topped the Trail Blazers for the second time in three days. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 21 points and 10 boards.

WASHINGTON 119 – Cleveland 110… The Wizards rallied in the fourth quarter to upend the Cavaliers and win their eighth in a row. Bradley Beale scored a game-high 33 points.

ATLANTA 111 – Milwaukee 104… The Hawks bombed the Bucks 41-26 in the fourth quarter to win going away. Bogdon Bogdanovic led all scorers with 32 points.

Indiana 131 – Orlando 112… The Pacers took control with a big third quarter and ran past the Magic. Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

GOLDEN STATE 117 – Sacramento 113… Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers on his way to 37 points and the Warriors fought off the Kings. Curry set an NBA record for 3-pointers in a month with 85. Draymond Green had 14 rebound and 13 assists to go with his eight points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Detroit…
Orlando hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Oklahoma City is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts San Antonio…
Phoenix is at New York…
Toronto hosts Cleveland…
Chicago is at Miami…
Minnesota hosts Utah…
the L.A. Clippers are at New Orleans…
Denver hosts Memphis…
Dallas is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
PITTSBURGH 1 – Boston 0… Jake Guentzel netted the game’s only goal early in the third period. Goalie Tristan Jarry made 30 saves.

N.Y. RANGERS 6 – Buffalo 3… Mika Zibanejad scored three goals to record his third hat trick in 22 games. Kaapo Kakko added two goals. Adam Fox had three assists.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – New Jersey 3 (SO)… The Flyers overcame a 3-1 third-period deficit to upend the Devils. Claude Giroux scored back-to-back goals in the third period and found the net in the tie-breaker.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Columbus 3 (OT)… Victor Hedman’s goal 10 seconds into overtime sent the Lightning past the Blue Jackets. Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Calgary…
Ottawa hosts Vancouver…
Colorado is at St. Louis…
Dallas hosts Carolina…
Florida is at Nashville…
Winnipeg hosts Edmonton…
Anaheim is at Los Angeles

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