The Rundown for May 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,510,922 and the nation’s death toll stands at 578,407, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden has set a new goal of administering at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to 70 percent of Americans and 160 million people fully vaccinated by July 4. Biden pledged to make vaccines more accessible by directing tens of thousands of pharmacies to offer walk-in appointments and redirecting Federal Emergency Management Agency resources to support pop-up clinics, community vaccination sites and mobile clinics.

BIDEN EXPECTS TO MEET WITH PUTIN… President Joe Biden yesterday said he expects to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Europe next month. Biden has visits scheduled for Britain and Belgium to attend G7, NATO and EU summits. Both countries intend to pursue strategic talks on arms control and emerging security issues to build on extension of the New START nuclear arms treaty.

DOJ MUST TURN OVER BARR MEMO… A federal judge yesterday ordered the Justice Department to turn over an internal legal memo related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election. Former Attorney General William Barr had cited the memo as the basis for his decision to clear former president Trump of obstruction of justice related to the probe. Barr said at the time that he’d come to his decision “in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers,” but he kept the memo under wraps until the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain it. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson accused Barr of being “disingenuous” and said the memo contradicted his claim that Mueller’s team “did not resolve the question of whether the evidence would support a prosecution.” The OLC’s memo “calls into question the accuracy of Attorney General Barr’s March 24 representation to Congress” and “raises serious questions about how the Department of Justice could make this series of representations to a court,” the ruling said. Meanwhile, Mueller has tentatively agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on May 15.

PROSECUTORS WANT REVIEW OF ITEMS SEIZED FROM GIULIANI… Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are seeking an independent review of materials seized during the FBI’s raid on former president Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani’s home and office last week. Prosecutors have asked a judge to appoint a “special master” who would help ensure attorney-client privilege is protected. The investigation into Giuliani centers on his activities in Ukraine, including whether he conducted illegal lobbying for Ukrainian officials while he pursued an investigation to dig up dirt on President Joe Biden.

CHAUVIN’S LAWYERS FILE FOR NEW TRIAL… Lawyers representing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin are seeking a new trial, claiming that Chauvin’s guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd was tainted by “prosecutorial and jury misconduct.” Attorney Eric Nelson said jurors felt “threatened,” and experienced “race-based” pressure during the trial, which may have affected their votes. In a statement issued in response, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office vowed: “The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them.”

… Bruce Springsteen will be honored next week with the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize. The honor is “awarded to an artist of any medium who continues in the footsteps of Guthrie,” an American folk singer known for “This Land is Your Land.” The 71-year-old Springsteen will receive the award at a virtual event May 13.

JACKSON ESTATE WINS IN TAX COURT… A U.S. tax court ruled yesterday that the IRS wildly inflated the value of Michael Jackson’s assets and image at the time of his death, resulting in his heirs being hit with an estate tax bill that was far too high. The decision capped a years-long battle that the Jackson estate had waged. The IRS had put the value of three disputed aspects of Jackson’s worth at the time of his 2009 death at about $482 million. In his decision issued Monday, Judge Mark Holmes put that figure at $111 million.

CHI. CUBS 7 – L.A. Dodgers 1
(7 innings)… David Bote’s bases-clearing double capped a four-run top of the first inning and the Cubs cruised past the Dodgers in the opener of a doubleheader. Jake Marisnick smacked a solo homer. Kyle Hendricks (2-3) allowed a run on seven hits in the complete-game victory.

CHI. CUBS 4 – L.A. Dodgers 3 (7 innings)… David Bote singled home Kris Bryant with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cubs a sweep of the twinbill. Javier Báez blasted a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth.

San Francisco 12 – COLORADO 4 (7 innings)… Brandon Belt singled home a run and unloaded a grand slam during a 10-run top of the first inning and the Giants coated past the Rockies in the doubleheader opener. Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford added solo homers.

COLORADO 8 – San Francisco 6 (7 innings)… Charlie Blackmon’s three-run homer capped a six-run bottom of the seventh inning that gave the Rockies a split of the twinbill. C.J. Cron homered with a runner aboard for Colorado.

MIAMI 9 – Arizona 3… The Marlins rallied to score six runs in the bottom o the eighth inning and put away the Diamondbacks. Jesus Aguilar’s RBI single sparked the uprising. Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer in the first.

Atlanta 6 – WASHINGTON 1… Huascar Ynoa (3-1) pitched and batted the Braves past the Nationals. He allowed just an unearned run on four hits over seven innings and helped his cause with a grand slam. Ronald Acuña Jr. also went deep

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Milwaukee 5… Brad Miller connected for a three-run homer and the Phillies also got a pair of solo shots from Andrew McCutchen in downing the Brewers. Aaron Nola (3-1) gave up a run on five hits and struck out 10 in six innings.

Pittsburgh 2 – SAN DIEGO 1… Mitch Keller (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over 5-2/3 scoreless innings and the Pirates held off the Padres. Bryan Reynolds had a couple of hits, including an RBI double.

N.Y. Mets – ST. LOUIS (ppd.)… Rain in St. Louis forced postponement of last night’s Mets-Cardinals game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

N.Y. YANKEES 7 – Houston 3
… Giovani Stanton went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and RBI single in leading the Yankees past the Astros.

BOSTON 11 – Detroit 7… Xander Bogaerts cracked a two-run homer and the Red Sox got solo shots from Alex Verdugo, Hunter Renfroe and Kiké Hernández in outslugging the Tigers.

Texas 6 – MINNESOTA 3… Adolis Garcia opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first inning and added a tie-breaking two-run homer in the 10th to lead the Rangers past the Twins. Kole Calhoun homered in the ninth.

Cleveland 7 – KANSAS CITY 3… Jake Bauers came through with a pinch-hit two-run homer to cap a four-run top of the eighth inning for the Indians.

Tampa Bay 8 – L.A. ANGELS 3… Austin Meadows homered twice and knocked in five runs for the Rays.

OAKLAND 4 – Toronto 1… Jed Lowrie stroked a two-run double and Mitch Moreland followed with a two-run homer as the Athletics scored all four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Cole Irvin (3-3) allowed a run on three hits over eight innings.

SEATTLE 5 – Baltimore 2… Kyle Seager homered with the bases empty and Kyle Lewis added a three-run shot in the Mariners’ win over the Orioles.

Chi. White Sox 9 – CINCINNATI 0
… Dylan Cease (2-0) limited the Reds to one hit over six innings and two relievers completed the shutout of the Reds. Jose Abreu homered and drove in three runs. Tim Anderson also had three RBIs.

San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-2) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 3-2)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-2) hosts Arizona (Luke Weaver, 1-2)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-1) is at Washington (Erick Fedde, 2-2)…
Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 1-3) hosts Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 3-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 1-0) are at the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 1-2)…
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 1-0; Johan Oviedo, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 3-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 2-2) is at San Diego (Yu Darvish, 3-1)

Baltimore (John Means, 3-0) is at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 1-1)
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1) host Houston (Luis Garcia, 0-3)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 1-3) is at Boston (Martin Perez, 0-2)…
Minnesota (Lewis Thorpe, 0-0) hosts Texas (Hyeon-Jong Yang, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 3-2) is at Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-3)…
the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 1-0) host Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 1-3)…
Toronto (Robbie Ray, 1-1) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-2)

the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 1-1) are at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-2)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Phoenix 134 – CLEVELAND 118 (OT)… The Suns spurted past the Cavaliers in overtime to remain tied with Utah atop the Western Conference standings. Devin Booker scored 31 points. Chris Paul added 23 points and 16 assists.

Charlotte 102 – DETROIT 99… The Hornets were too much down the stretch in topping the Pistons. LaMelo Ball led a balanced scoring attack with 23 points.

MILWAUKEE 124 – Brooklyn 118… The Bucks rallied past the Nets in the fourth quarter and clinched a playoff spot. Giannis Antetokounmpo pumped in 36 points.

Dallas 127 – MIAMI 113… Tim Hardaway Jr. made 10 three-pointers on his way to 36 points in leading the Mavericks past the Heat. Luka Doncic had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 108 – Golden State 103… Lonzo Ball knocked down seven 3-pointers and finished with 33 points as the Pelicans pulled out a win over the Warriors. Zion Williamson had 23 points and 12 boards.

Sacramento 103 – OKLAHOMA CITY 99… All five starters scored in double figures as the Kings got past the Thunder. Buddy Hield led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

L.A. CLIPPERS 105 – Toronto 100… The Clippers came up big in the second half to pull past the Raptors. Paul George and Marcus Morris scored 22 points apiece.

Boston is at Orlando…
Cleveland hosts Portland…
Phoenix is at Atlanta…
Indiana hosts Sacramento…
Philadelphia is at Houston…
Milwaukee hosts Washington…
Memphis is at Minnesota…
Denver hosts New York…
San Antonio is at Utah

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Saturday)…
BUFFALO 4 – N.Y. Islanders 3 (SO)… Anders Bjork found the net twice in regulation and added the decisive goal in the shootout. Sabres goalie Michael Houser made 45 saves.

NEW JERSEY 4 – Boston 3 (OT)… Pavel Zacha scored at 2:42 of overtime to send the Devils past the Bruins. Yegor Sharangovich scored a tying goal in the third period.

Pittsburgh 7 – PHILADELPHIA 3… The Penguins clobbered the Flyers to regain first place in the East Division. Sidney Crosby scored two goals and assisted on another. Jake Guentzel had a goal and two assists.

CAROLINA 6 – Chicago 3… Andrei Svechnikov netted a pair of goals and had an assist for the Hurricanes. Teuvo Teravainen added a goal and two assists.

Edmonton 4 – VANCOUVER 1… Leon Draisaitl scored back-to-back goals in the second period to give the Oilers the lead for good in their win over the Canucks. Connor McDavid set up two goals.

Montreal is at Ottawa…
the N.Y. Rangers host Washington…
Nashville is at Columbus…
Tampa Bay hosts Dallas…
Anaheim is at St. Louis…
Minnesota hosts Vegas…
Winnipeg is at Calgary…
San Jose hosts Colorado…
Los Angeles is at Arizona

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