The Rundown for May 12, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,779,153 and the nation’s death toll stands at 582,848, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Some vaccine sites began to inoculate 12-to-15-year-olds against Covid-19 yesterday morning. The Food and Drug Administration authorized Pfizer’s vaccine for the age group the day before but the vaccinations are still awaiting a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

JUDGE DENIES NRA’S BANKRUPTCY BID… A federal bankruptcy judge yesterday dismissed the National Rifle Association’s effort to declare bankruptcy, ruling that the gun rights group had not filed the case in good faith. The NRA had hoped that bankruptcy laws would offer protection amid legal efforts by New York Attorney General Letitia James to dissolve the organization. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Harlin Hale said the NRA did not file for Chapter 11 in good faith, but instead filed to avoid James’ oversight and gain an “unfair litigation advantage” over her. “Using this bankruptcy case to address a regulatory enforcement problem” is not a permitted use of bankruptcy, the judge noted. James last year sought a court’s approval to dissolve the NRA, alleging a wide variety of financial misconduct, chiefly by CEO Wayne LaPierre.

FUEL SHORTAGES ON EAST COAST… Fuel shortages along the East Coast have resulted in widespread reports of hoarding. Analysts say panic-buying has broke out in the region following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline. As of early last evening, 8.5 percent of gas stations in North Carolina and 7.7 percent in Virginia didn’t have gasoline. Significant outages were also reported in Georgia, Florida and South Carolina. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm pleaded with Americans not to hoard gas as the pipeline attempts to resume operations.

ARIZONA GOVERNOR SIGNS VOTING-LIST BILL… Arizona Governor Doug Ducey yesterday signed a bill that removes the word “permanent” from the state’s permanent early voting list. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs, who opposes the legislative action, notes that 75 percent of Arizonans are members of the permanent early voting list and 80 percent of Arizonans used the early voting mechanism to cast ballots in the 2020 election. Arizona joins other Republican-led states that have introduced, passed and signed into law restrictive voting legislation. There are 361 bills in 47 states that introduce restrictive provisions.

ATLANTA SPA SHOOTER INDICTED… The suspect in the fatal shootings of eight people at three Atlanta-area massage businesses was indicted on murder charges by separate grand juries in Fulton and Cherokee counties yesterday. The 19-count Fulton County indictment includes charges of murder, felony murder, aggravated assault and domestic terrorism. Six of the victims were women of Asian descent and District Attorney Fani Willis also filed notice that she intends to seek hate crime charges and the death penalty against 22-year-old Robert Aaron Long. The Cherokee County grand jury indicted Long on four counts each of malice murder and felony murder, plus criminal attempt to commit murder, aggravated battery, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, criminal damage to property in the first degree, and 11 counts of aggravated assault.

ENTERTAINMENT
EDWARD NORTON JOINS ‘KNIVES OUT’ SEQUEL
… Edward Norton has reportedly agreed to join Daniel Craig and Dave Bautista in the cast of an upcoming Netflix sequel to the popular who-done-it film “Knives Out.” Craig will reprise his role as super sleuth Benoit Blanc. Netflix has released no details about Norton’s character. Production is set to start this summer in Greece.

NORMAN LLOYD DIES… Actor, producer and director Norman Lloyd, whose career included collaborations with Orson Welles, Alfred Hitchcock and Charlie Chaplin, among others, died yesterday morning at his Los Angeles home. He was 106. In one of his more memorable film appearances, Lloyd portrayed the villain who plummets from the Statue of Liberty at the climax of Hitchcock’s 1942 film “Saboteur.” He later played Dr. Daniel Auschlander in the 1980s NBC hospital drama “St. Elsewhere.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
PITTSBURGH 7 – Cincinnati 2
… The Pirates beat the Reds for the first time in nine tries. Adam Frazier homered. Troy Stokes Jr. drove in runs with his first two major league hits.

Philadelphia 6 – WASHINGTON 2… Bryce Harper homered in the top of the first inning to get the Phillies going and they cruised past the Nationals. Trea Turner also went deep.

St. Louis 6 – MILWAUKEE 1 (11 innings)… Paul Goldschmidt homered with a runner aboard and Tyler O’Neill added a three-run shot during a five-run top of the 11th inning that carried the Cardinals past the Brewers.

San Diego 8 – COLORADO 1… Manny Machado knocked in five runs with a homer and a triple as the Padres ripped the Rockies. Five San Diego pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

ARIZONA 11 – Miami 3… Asdrubal Cabrera went 4-for-5 with a three-run homer in leading the Diamondbacks past the Marlins. Nick Ahmed added a solo shot. Starter Madison Bumgarner (4-2) pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 3 – TAMPA BAY 1
… The Yankees got solo homers from Aaron Judge and Gary Sánchez in downing the Rays. Jordan Montgomery (2-1) gave up a run on two hits over six innings.

DETROIT 8 – Kansas City 7… The Tigers recovered to top the Royals after blowing a seven-run eighth-inning lead. Robbie Grossman singled home Niko Goodrum with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. Grossman earlier tripled with the bases loaded and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Oakland 3 – BOSTON 2… Matt Chapman singled home a tie-breaking run and scored on Elvis Andrus’ single in the top of the seventh inning to push the Athletics past the Red Sox. Chris Bassitt (3-2) surrendered two runs on three hits and struck out 10 in seven innings.

HOUSTON 5 – L.A. Angels 1… Michael Brantley singled home a run and Yuli Gurriel blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Astros put away the Angels. Kyle Tucker homered to lead of the fifth.

CHI. WHITE SOX 9 – Minnesota 3… Yasmani Grandal cracked a game-tying three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and Jose Abreu added a go-ahead two-run shot in the sixth as the White Sox rolled past the Twins for their fourth straight win.

INTERLEAGUE
SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Texas 2
… Logan Webb (2-3) fanned 10 in a solid six-inning start and the Giants dealt the Rangers their 10th straight interleague loss. Mike Yastrzemski doubled home a tying run in the bottom of the first inning. San Francisco scored twice more in the sixth on a throwing error by Texas third-baseman Charlie Culberson.

CLEVELAND 3 – Chi Cubs 2… César Hernández drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Indians held on to edge the Cubs. Jose Ramirez tied the game with a homer to lead off the fourth.

N.Y. METS 3 – Baltimore 2… The Mets came up with two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Orioles for their sixth straight win. Domonic Smith singled home the tying run and Patrick Mazeika produced a walkoff fielder’s choice grounder. Michael Conforto put New York on the board in the eighth with an RBI single.

Toronto 5 – ATLANTA 3… Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered with a runner aboard in the top of the sixth inning and singled home a run to spark a three-run eighth for the Blue Jays.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – Seattle 4… Gavin Lux belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Dodgers past the Mariners. Corey Seager singled home two runs in the seventh after his brother, Kyle, hit a two-run homer for Seattle.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-2) is at Pittsburgh (Trevor Cahill, 1-4)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 4-2; Austin Gomber, 2-4) hosts San Diego (Yu Darvish, 3-1; Blake Snell, 1-0) for a doubleheader…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 3-2) is at Washington (Jon Lester, 0-1)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 2-1) hosts St. Louis (John Gant, 2-3)…
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 4-2) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-2) is at Detroit (Casey Mize, 1-3)…
Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 2-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 4-1)…
Oakland (TBA) is at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 5-0)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 3-2) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-2)…
Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 2-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 1-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-2) is at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 2-1)…
Cleveland (Sam Hentges, 1-0 hosts the Chi Cubs (Zach Davies, 2-2)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 2-2) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 1-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 4-1) host Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-0)

TATIS TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID… The San Diego Padres placed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on the injured list yesterday after he tested positive for COVID-19. Utility players Jurickson Profar and Jorge Mateo joined Tatis on the IL as part of Major League Baseball’s contact-tracing program. Tatis, who is reported to be asymptomatic, must isolate from the team for 10 days.

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Sunday)…
Denver 117 – CHARLOTTE 112… Michael Porter Jr. and Nikola Jokic scored 30 points apiece as the Nuggets held off the Hornets. Jokic also grabbed 11 rebounds.

Minnesota 119 – DETROIT 100… The Timberwolves got 28 points from Karl-Anthony Towns and 22 from Anthony Edwards in running past the undermanned Pistons. D’Angelo Russell had 15 points and 10 assists.

Miami 129 – BOSTON 121… The Heat fought off the Celtics to clinch an Eastern Conference playoff spot. Tyler Herro came off the bench to score 24 points. Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson had 22 points apiece.

L.A. Clippers 115 – TORONTO 96… The Clippers led from start to finish in their romp over the Thunder. Kawhi Leonard and Terance Mann scored 20 points apiece.

INDIANA 103 – Philadelphia 94… The Pacers rallied in the fourth quarter to hand the 76ers their first loss in nine games. Caris LeVert pumped in 24 points. Domantas Sabonis piled up 16 points, 13 boards and 15 assists.

Brooklyn 115 – CHICAGO 107… Kevin Durant scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Nets withstood a late rally to beat the Bulls. Bruce Brown had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

MEMPHIS 133 – Dallas 104… The Grizzlies caught fire in the second half to put away the Mavericks. Ja Morant led a balanced scoring attack with 24 points. Dillon Brooks added 22 points.

MILWAUKEE 114 – Orlando 102… The Bucks continued their pursuit of the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs by downing the Magic. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 27 points and pulled down 12 boards.

GOLDEN STATE 122 – Phoenix 116… The Warriors came on strong in the fourth quarter to rally past the Suns. Andrew Wiggins scored a game-high 38 points. Stephen Curry tossed in 21 points. Jordan Poole delivered 20 points off the bench.

SACRAMENTO 122 – Oklahoma City 106… The Kings kept their slim playoff hopes alive by handling the Thunder. Terance Davis scored 27 points. Buddy Held added 21 points.

L.A. LAKERS 101 – New York 99 (OT)… Talen Horton-Tucker knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 21 seconds left in overtime and the Lakers hung on to get past the Knicks. Kyle Kuzma scored 23 points off the bench. Andre Drummond collected 18 rebounds to go with his 16 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Washington is at Atlanta…
Brooklyn hosts San Antonio…
Boston is at Cleveland…
Dallas hosts New Orleans…
San Antonio is at Brooklyn…
Cleveland hosts Boston…
New Orleans is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Portland…
Houston is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Tuesday)…
WASHINGTON 2 – Boston 1… Michael Raffl found the net with 1.8 seconds remaining to lift the Capitals over the Bruins. Goalie Vitek Vanecek made 24 saves.

WINNIPEG 5 – Vancouver 0… Goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 24 shots as the Jets blanked the Canucks. Blake Wheeler scored two goals and set up two others. Kyle Connor added a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Edmonton is at Montreal…
Ottawa hosts Toronto…
Minnesota is at St. Louis…
San Jose hosts Vegas…
Los Angeles is at Colorado

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