The Rundown for April 29, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,229,327 and the nation’s death toll stands at 574,326, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New data released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 94 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations among fully vaccinated adults 65 and older. Meanwhile, vaccinations in the U.S. are down nearly 25 percent after peaking on April 11. For the first time since March 22, the U.S. is averaging less than 2.5 million vaccinations a day.

BIDEN ADDRESSES CONGRESS… President Joe Biden shared his vision to rebuild infrastructure, bolster public education and extend other benefits throughout much of America in his first address before a joint session of Congress last night. Biden pressed his $1.8 trillion American Families plan, which he said would provide access to “quality affordable child care.” The president also pleaded for Republicans to work with him and vowed the U.S. would overcome stiff economic competition posed by China.

GIULIANI’S APARTMENT, OFFICE SEARCHED… Federal agents yesterday morning executed a search warrant at the Manhattan apartment and office of former president Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani as part of a months-long criminal investigation into his activities in Ukraine. Investigators reportedly believe Giuliani conducted illegal lobbying for Ukrainian officials while he pursued an investigation linked to Joe Biden, who was at the time Trump’s primary political rival. As part of the same investigation, agents on Wednesday also searched the home of Giuliani associate Victoria Toensing.

CHARGES IN AHMAUD ARBERY KILLING… A federal grand jury has charged three men with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping in the February 2020 fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. The 25-year-old Black man was killed while jogging through a neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia. A federal indictment alleges that the three men intimidated and threatened Arbery and interfered with his right to use a public street “because of Arbery’s race and color.”

NEW OLDEST AMERICAN… A 114-year-old Omaha, Nebraska, woman is being recognized as America’s oldest living person. Thelma Sutcliffe, who was born on October 1, 1906, succeeds Hester Ford, a 115-year-old woman who died in North Carolina on April 17. Sutcliffe’s mind remains sharp, a friend told Associated Press, but her hearing and sight are fading.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘TINY’ LISTER HAD COVID
… Actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister was battling COVID-19 prior to his death on December 10 at age 62, according to newly released autopsy results. However, the medical examiner determined the cause of death as heart disease. Lister is best known for playing the villain in the 1995 film “Friday” and its 2000 sequel “Next Friday.” He also had a memorable role as president in the 1997 Bruce Willis film “The Fifth Element.”

NIECY NASH TO HOST GAME SHOW… Niecy Nash has signed on to host a new season of the Fox game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.” The season will premiere in the 2021-22 TV season. Nash takes over for Wayne Brady, who hosted the show for three seasons from 2007-2011. Nash recently filled in for Nick Cannon as host of “The Masked Singer.”

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 6 – MILWAUKEE 2
… Jesus Aguilar’s fifth homer in six games was a tie-breaking three-run shot in the top of the fourth inning. Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (1-2) allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – Cincinnati 0… Clayton Kershaw (4-2) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and got help from three relievers on the shutout as the Dodgers snapped a three-game skid. L.A. put the game away with a six-run bottom of the eighth inning. Justin Turner homered with the bases empty in the third.

ATLANTA 10 – Chi. Cubs 0… Marcell Ozuna and Austin Riley hit two-run homers during a four-run bottom of the first inning and the Braves pounded out 18 hits in the thrashing of the Cubs. Freddie Freeman, Oscar Albies and starting pitcher Huascar Ynoa also circled the bases. On the mound, Ynoa (2-1) gave up four hits and fanned nine over 5-1/3 innings.

Philadelphia 5 – ST. LOUIS 3… Brad Miller ripped a two-run homer and Andrew McCutchen singled home Matt Joyce with a tie-breaking run in the Phillies’ win over the Cardinals. Joyce entered the game in the sixth inning as a pinch-runner after Bryce Harper was hit in the face with a pitch and had to leave the game.

San Diego 12 – ARIZONA 3… Manny Machado’s bases-clearing triple highlighted a six-run top of the fifth inning and the Padres crushed the Diamondbacks. Jorge Mateo blasted a two-run homer. Jake Cronenworth added a solo shot.

SAN FRANCISCO 7 – Colorado 3… Brandon Belt’s two-run single capped a four-run bottom of the second inning for the Giants and pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores singled in two more runs during a three-run seventh. Alex Wood (3-0) gave up two runs on four hits over six innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 10 – CLEVELAND 2
… Mitch Garver hit two of the Twins’ six homers and knocked in three runs. Josh Donaldson, Jorge Polanco, Byron Buxton and Willians Astudillo also went deep. Starter J.A. Happ (2-0) allowed two run on four hits over seven innings.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – BALTIMORE 0… Domingo Germán (2-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and reliever Michael King completed the shutout of the Orioles. Gio Urshela belted a three-run homer. Mike Ford and Clint Frazier added solo shots.

TAMPA BAY 2 – Oakland 0… Tyler Glasnow (3-1) limited the Athletics to five hits over seven innings and struck out 10. Two relievers finished the shutout. Mike Zunino homered and Manuel Margot singled home a run as Tampa Bay scored both runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

L.A. Angels 4 – TEXAS 3… Anthony Rendon and Julio Iglesias stroked two-run singles in the top of the first inning and the Angels held on to edge the Rangers.

HOUSTON 7 – Seattle 5… The Astros pushed across four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the Mariners. Pinch-hitter Jason Castro drew a bases-loaded walk to score Carlos Correa with the go-ahead run. Aledmys Diaz came through with a game-tying RBI single.

Detroit – CHI. WHITE SOX (ppd.)… Inclement weather in Chicago forced postponement of last night’s Tigers-White Sox game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City 9 – PITTSBURGH 6
… Jorge Soler had a pair of doubles among his three hits and drove in three runs for the Royals. Hunter Dozier legged out a two-run triple and Andrew Benintendi doubled home two runs.

Boston 1 – N.Y. METS 0… Nick Pivetta (3-0) allowed just one hit over five innings and three relievers did the rest in the blanking of the Mets. Christian Vázquez doubled home Xavier Bogaerts with the game’s only run in the top of the second inning.

Washington 8 – TORONTO 2… Josh Harrison drilled a three-run homer and Josh Bell added a two-run blast for the Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a two-run single.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 2-1) is at St. Louis (Kwang Hyung Kim, 1-0)…
Atlanta (TBA) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 0-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 3-0) are at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 2-0)…
Arizona (Luke Weaver, 1-2) hosts Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 1-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1) are at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 1-3)…
Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 0-0) hosts Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-2)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-1) is at Houston (TBA)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 2-0) hosts Boston (Martin Perez, 0-1)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 2-2; TBD) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 0-0; TBD) for a doubleheader

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Orlando 109 – CLEVELAND 104… The Magic recovered to beat the Cavaliers after blowing a 23-point fourth-quarter lead. Cole Anthony laid in a tie-breaking basket with 45 seconds left. Gary Harris led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points.

PHILADELPHIA 127 – Atlanta 83… The 76ers jumped out to a 20 point lead after the first quarter and breezed past the Hawks to clinch a playoff spot. Seth Curry led the way with 20 points.

WASHINGTON 116 – L.A. Lakers 107… Bradley Beal scored a game-high 27 points and the Wizards fought off the short-handed Lakers. Russell Westbrook piled up 18 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists.

BOSTON 120 – Charlotte 111… The Celtics led by 20 points after the first period and coasted past the Hornets. They got 38 points from Jaylen Brown and 35 from Jayson Tatum.

NEW YORK 113 – Chicago 94… The Knicks handled the Bulls to win their 10th in 11 games. Julius Randle led all scorers with 34 points. RJ Barrett tossed in 22 points.

MIAMI 116 – San Antonio 111… The Heat took control with a 17-0 second-half run and held on at the end to top the Spurs and give Erik Spoelstra his 600th win as head coach. Jimmy Butler scored 29 points and Bam Adebayo added 21.

Portland 130 – MEMPHIS 109… The Trail Blazers built a 28-point lead at the half on their way past the Grizzlies. CJ McCollum pumped in 26 points. Norman Powell finished with 24 points and Damian Lillard tossed in 23.

DENVER 114 – New Orleans 112… The Nuggets held on at the end to get past the Pelicans. Nikola Jokic scored a game-high 32 points and made a key block of a Zion Williamson shot with 2.2 seconds left. Michael Porter Jr. added 28 points.

PHOENIX 109 – L.A. Clippers 101… Chris Paul had game-highs with 28 points and 10 assists and the Suns clinched their first postseason berth in 11 years with the victory over the Clippers. Devin Booker added 21 points.

Utah 154 – SACRAMENTO 105… The Jazz bombed the Kings 46-17 in the second quarter and the rout was on. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Bojan Bogdanovic’s 24 points. Jordan Clarkson delivered 23 points off the bench.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Dallas is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Brooklyn…
Milwaukee is at Houston…
Minnesota hosts Golden State…
New Orleans is at Oklahoma City…
Denver hosts Toronto

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
OTTAWA 6 – Vancouver 3… The Senators put away the Canucks with a four-goal second period. Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot both had a goal and an assist.

St. Louis 4 – MINNESOTA 3… Robert Thomas found the net with 23 seconds remaining with third of three unanswered third-period goals that lifted the Blues over the Wild. Mike Hoffman scored two goals and assisted on another.

Toronto 4 – MONTREAL 1… The Maple Leafs skated past the Canadiens to clinch a playoff spot. Auston Matthews netted his NHL-leading 35th goal. Morgan Rielly had two assists.

Edmonton 3 – WINNIPEG 1… Tyson Barrie and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers. Connor McDavid set up three goals.

VEGAS 5 – Colorado 2… Max Pacioretty scored two goals and had an assist in leading the Golden Knights past the Avalanche in a matchup of the Western Division’s top two teams. Mark Stone had a goal and two assists. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves.

Anaheim 3 – LOS ANGELES 2… The Ducks came from two goals down midway through the second period to down the Kings. Cam Fowler scored an unassisted tie-breaking goal with 1:01 remaining. John Gibson stopped 28 shots at goal.

SAN JOSE 4 – Arizona 2… The Sharks opened with three straight goals and then hung on to edge the Coyotes. Evander Kane sparked the barrage with his 20th goal. Goalie Josef Korenar made 28 stops.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Dallas is at Tampa Bay…
Boston hosts Buffalo…
Philadelphia is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Rangers host the N.Y. Islanders…
Pittsburgh is at Washington…
Carolina hosts Detroit…
Vancouver is at Toronto…
Chicago hosts Florida…
St. Louis is at Minnesota…
Edmonton hosts Calgary

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