The Rundown for May 7, 2021

Mr. LAUGHS LATE EDITION
Today is Friday, May 7…
the 127th day of the year… 238 days left

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,604,704 and the nation’s death toll stands at 580,061, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam unveiled plans yesterday to ease or even completely erasing limits. Both said they made their decision based on rising vaccination numbers and lowering COVID-19 case numbers. Walz announced that limits on seating at entertainment venues, including outdoor stadiums, could be gone by the end of this month and said all limits will end by July 1 if 70 percent of Minnesota residents older than 16 get vaccinated. Northam said Virginia would lift all restrictions on June 15, except for a mask mandate… Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said yesterday morning he expects all schools to be fully open by the fall for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started more than a year ago. Cardona noted that President Joe Biden reached one of his administration’s goals of opening a majority of K-8 schools to in-person learning five days a week this spring.

BIDEN CONSERVATION PLAN TAKES FIRST STEP… The Biden administration plan to conserve 30 percent of American land and water over the next decade became official yesterday with the release of the “America the Beautiful” report. The report compiled by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory calls on the administration to back locally-led conservation projects across the country with investments and focused policies. After his first 100 days in office President Joe Biden directed Cabinet members to draft recommendations to the National Climate Taskforce.

BLINKEN VOWS SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE… Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a meeting in Kyiv yesterday that the U.S. strongly supports the country’s amid the Russian military presence along its borders. Blinken’s trip to Ukraine comes weeks after Russia amassed a military buildup of some 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders last month. Following widespread condemnation, Russia promised to return all troops home by May 1 but hasn’t.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR SIGNS ELECTION-SECURITY BILL… Florida Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday signed into a law an election-security bill that critics claim will make it harder for millions of voters to participate in the democratic process. The bill requires Florida residents to produce a driver’s license number, state ID number or part of their Social Security number to receive a mail ballot. It also limits ballot drop boxes to early voting days and hours unless it’s at the supervisor’s office and manned while in use.

FAKE FEEDBACK DROVE NET NEUTRALITY REPEAL… A New York attorney general report released yesterday claims millions of fake comments and a secret campaign undermined the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 net neutrality repeal. The report based on a multiyear investigation found nearly 18 million of the more than 22 million comments the FCC received during its 2017 proceeding to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules were fake. According to the report, some of the nation’s largest broadband companies funded a secret campaign that generated the fake comments and created an appearance of widespread grassroots opposition to net neutrality rules, which did not actually exist. The FCC defied public support for net neutrality in December 2017 when it voted 3-2 to repeal the Obama-era rules to prevent broadband companies from slowing down or blocking any sites or apps and charging more to access certain sites. The next month the attorneys general of more than 20 states led by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a petition to block the FCC’s repeal of the rules, claiming that it was illegal.

ENTERTAINMENT
OWEN WILSON LANDS NEXT ROLE
… Owen Wilson has signed on to star in the upcoming family action-comedy film “Secret Headquarters.” The Jerry Bruckheimer film centers on “a kid who discovers the secret headquarters of the world’s most powerful superhero hidden beneath his home and must defend it with his group of friends when villains attack.” Wilson’s Marvel series, “Loki,” premieres next month on Disney+.

AARON NEVILLE RETIRES FROM TOURING… Aaron Neville announced on social media yesterday that he is officially retiring from touring. The 80-year-old legendary New Orleans vocalist rose to fame with the 1966 release of “Tell It Like It Is” and later collaborated with Linda Ronstadt on “Don’t Know Much” and “All My Life.” Neville also fronted the family band, the Neville Brothers, which included his brothers Art, Charles and Cyril. The group formally disbanded in 2012.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
PHILADELPHIA 2 – Milwaukee 0
… Zack Wheeler (3-2) tossed a three-hit shutout and the Phillies completed a four-game sweep of the Brewers. Alex Bohm homered in the bottom of the seventh to break a scoreless tie and Rhys Hoskins added an RBI double in the eighth.

N.Y. METS 4 – St. Louis 1… The Mets pushed across three runs on bases-loaded walks to down the Cardinals. Starter Taijuan Walker (2-1) allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings.

Atlanta 3 – WASHINGTON 2… The Braves scored all three runs in the top of the fourth inning and held on to edge the Nationals. Ehire Adrianza stroked a two-run single. Drew Smyly allowed just an unearned run on four hits over the first six innings.

MIAMI 3 – Arizona 1… Adam Duvall smacked a go-ahead homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning for the Marlins. Miguel Rojas homered to lead off the first.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 7 – N.Y. YANKEES 4
… Jose Altuve belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to help power the Astros past the Yankees. Yordan Alvarez hit a pair of solo homers. Martin Maldonado also went deep.

BOSTON 12 – Detroit 9… The Red Sox used a four-run bottom of the eighth inning to get past the Tigers. Alex Verdugo drove in three runs with a pair of singles. Frenchy Cordero went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Texas 4 – MINNESOTA 3 (10 innings)… Willie Calhoun singled home Jonah Heim with the decisive run in the top of the 10th inning as the Rangers topped the Twins. Heim tied the game with a solo homer in the eighth. Joey Gallo also went deep for Texas.

Cleveland 4 – KANSAS CITY 0… Triston McKenzie (1-1) limited the Royals to two hits over five innings and three relievers completed the shutout. Amed Rosario singled home a run and legged out an RBI triple. Franmil Reyes homered with the bases empty.

Toronto 10 – OAKLAND 4… Randal Grichuk homered, doubled and knocked in five runs to lead the Blue Jays in their thrashing of the Athletics. Danny Jensen and Marcus Semien also circled the bases for Toronto.

Tampa Bay 8 – L.A. ANGELS 3… The Rays erupted to score seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to upend the Angels. Brett Phillips had two hits during the uprising. Mike Zunino put Tampa Bay on the board with a seventh-inning homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh (Trevor Cahill, 1-3) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 1-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 1-3) host Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (TBA) is at Miami (Trevor Rogers, 3-2)…
Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 2-1) hosts Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 1-1)…
Colorado (Austin Gomber, 2-3) is at St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 5-0)…
San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 2-1) hosts San Diego (Blake Snell, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 4-0) is at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-1)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-4) hosts Minnesota (Matt Shoemaker, 1-3)…
Seattle (Chris Flexen, 2-1) is at Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-3)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 2-3) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 4-0)…
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 0-1) is at Houston (Jose Urquidy, 2-2)…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 3-1) hosts Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 1-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 1-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 1-2)
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 2-3) hosts Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 3-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 4-0) are at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 2-2)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Chicago 120 – CHARLOTTE 99… The Bulls built a big lead early and turned the game into a rout with a dominant third quarter. Nikola Vucevic powered his way to 29 points and 14 rebounds.

DALLAS 113 – Brooklyn 109… The Mavericks fought off the Nets down the stretch to escape with the win. Luka Doncic scored 24 points and grabbed 10 boards. Tim Hardaway Jr. tossed in 23 points.

Washington 131 – TORONTO 129 (OT)… The Wizards outlasted the Raptors after trailing by nine at halftime. Bradley Beal caught fire late and finished with 28 points. Raul Neto added 25 points. Robin Lopez delivered 24 points off the bench.

DETROIT 111 – Memphis 97… Wayne Ellington and Cory Joseph scored 18 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Pistons downed the Grizzlies to snap their four-game skid. Joseph also dished off 11 assists.

INDIANA 133 – Atlanta 126… Caris LeVert scored nine of his 31 points in the final 2:17 and had 12 assists in leading the Pacers past the Hawks. Domantas Sabonis finished with 30 points.

GOLDEN STATE 118 – Oklahoma City 97… Stephen Curry scored 34 points in three quarters of play and the Warriors cruised past the Thunder. Mychal Mulder added 25 points off the bench.

L.A. CLIPPERS 118 – L.A. Lakers 94… The Clippers built a 23-point halftime lead and never looked back in their rout of the Lakers. The victory moved them into the No. 3 slot in the Western Conference playoff race. Paul George scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
New Orleans is at Philadelphia…
Chicago hosts Boston…
Orlando is at Charlotte…
Miami hosts Minnesota…
Houston is at Milwaukee…
Dallas hosts Houston…
Cleveland is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Denver…
New York is at Phoenix…
Portland hosts the L.A. Lakers…
San Antonio is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 18)…
BOSTON 4 – N.Y. Rangers 0… Goalie Jeremy Swayman faced only 15 shots in his second career shutout. Patrice Bergeron scored in his fourth straight game for the Bruins.

New Jersey 2 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1… Michael McLeod’s go-ahead goal in the second period proved to be the difference in the Devils’ win over the Islanders. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 32 shots at goal.

PITTSBURGH 8 – Buffalo 4… Jeff Carter scored four goals and the Penguins doubled up on the Sabres to move back into first place in the East Division. Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist. Frederick Gaudreau assisted on three goals.

TORONTO 5 – Montreal 2… Auston Matthews netted his NHL-leading 40th goal to highlight the Maple Leafs’ defeat of the Canadiens. John Tavares and Mitchell Marner each had a goal and an assist.

Chicago 2 – CAROLINA 1 (OT)… Alex DeBrincat found the net at 2:02 of overtime to lift the Blackhawks over the Hurricanes. Riley Stillman scored a tying goal with 3:01 left in regulation. Goalie Collin Delia made 36 stops.

Vancouver 6 – EDMONTON 3… The Canucks outshot the Oilers to snap their six-game losing streak. Travis Hamonic, Nils Hoglander and Jayce Hawryluk each had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Washington…
Columbus hosts Detroit…
Dallas is at Tampa Bay…
Minnesota hosts Anaheim…
St. Louis is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts Colorado…
Arizona is at San Jose

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