The Rundown for May 14, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,852,998 and the nation’s death toll stands at 584,487, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday announced that fully vaccinated adults can safely resume activities indoors or outdoors without masks or distancing, in gatherings large or small. In announcing the new guidance, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said, “You can do things you stopped doing because of the pandemic.” She noted that the new policy is based on recent real-world studies from Israel and the U.S. on people who’ve been vaccinated.

MARINE CORPS OFFICER CHARGED IN CAPITOL ATTACK… Federal authorities have arrested an active duty Marine Corps officer in Virginia for allegedly assaulting police during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Major Christopher Warnagiris was charged with five counts, including assaulting or impeding an officer, obstruction and unlawful entry. Officials say he is believed to be the first active-duty military service member to be charged in connection with the Capitol insurrection.

COLONIAL PIPELINE REPORTEDLY PAID RANSOM… Several media outlets reported yesterday that Colonial Pipeline paid a ransom to the hackers who infiltrated its system and forced the shutdown of a major pipeline supplying fuel to the East Coast last week. The company has not publicly confirmed the payment but Bloomberg News said the company paid the hackers $5 million. The payment was reportedly made shortly after Colonial Pipeline’s systems started locking up.

9 INJURED IN PROVIDENCE SHOOTINGS… Gunfire in Providence, Rhode Island, last night left nine people wounded. Three people had serious injuries and were “maybe critical,” according to authorities. Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T. Clements said multiple guns were used and the shootings involved an “ongoing feud” involving two groups. The shootings reportedly began when passengers in a vehicle fired into a home.

FORMER MINNEAPOLIS COPS’ TRIAL DELAYED… A judge in Minnesota has postponed the state trial of three former Minneapolis police officers charged in the death of George Floyd until March 2022. Former officers Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng have been charged by the state with aiding and abetting second-degree murder and aiding and abetting second-degree manslaughter for their alleged roles in Floyd’s May 25 death. A federal grand jury has also indicted the three officers, as well as former officer Derek Chauvin, with federal civil rights crimes related to the killing. Chauvin was convicted last month of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Judge Peter Cahill said he pushed back the trial date of the other three officers so the federal case can move forward, and the state trial can be distanced from the publicity surrounding Chauvin’s murder conviction.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘FRIENDS’ REUNION GETS PREMIERE DATE
… The long-delayed “Friends” reunion special finally has an official premiere date at HBO Max. “Friends: The Reunion” will debut on HBO Max on May 27. The special was originally set to film in February 2020 but was only able to begin filming in April due to the pandemic. It will feature Friends” stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer.

COVID KNOCKS BILL MAHER OFF THE AIR… Bill Maher has tested positive for the coronavirus and canceled tonight’s taping of his HBO talk show. Maher, who is fully vaccinated, says he is not exhibiting any symptoms and “feels fine.” HBO says the show will be rescheduled at a later date.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that as of April 26, it had received 9,245 reports of positive cases out of the more than 95 million people fully vaccinated.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 5 – Philadelphia 1
… Starter Patrick Corbin (2-3) held the Phillies to a run on five hits over seven innings. Kyle Schwarber and Josh Bell hit two-run homers in the bottom of the first inning.

St. Louis 2 – MILWAUKEE 0… Jack Flaherty (7-0) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the Cardinals’ blanking of the Brewers. Nolan Arenado provided all the offense St. Louis needed with an RBI single in the top of the first inning.

San Francisco 3 – PITTSBURGH 1… Giants starter Anthony DeSclafani (3-1) limited the Pirates to one hit over five innings. Steven Duggar’s solo homer sparked a three-run top of the fifth inning.

COLORADO 13 – Cincinnati 8… The Rockies took a 10-0 lead into the eighth inning and held off the Reds. Josh Fuentes went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and four RBIs. Garrett Hampson also went deep. Connor Joe drove in three runs with a double and a single.

Miami 5 – ARIZONA 1… Trevor Rogers (5-2) held the Diamondbacks to a run on four hits over six innings. Jesus Aguilar went 3-for-5 with a run-scoring single.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
DETROIT 4 – Kansas City 3
… The Tigers scored all four runs in the bottom of the second inning and held on to hand the Royals their 11th straight loss. Spencer Turnbull (2-2) allowed a run on six hits over 6-1/3 innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Minnesota 2… The White Sox made it six straight wins with the defeat of the Twins. Tim Anderson and Jake Lamb smacked solo homers. Lance Lynn (4-1) gave up an unearned run on two hits over five innings.

TAMPA BAY 9 – N.Y. Yankees 1… The Rays romped over the COVID-stricken Yankees. Rich Hill (2-1) pitched three-hit ball over 6-2/3 innings. Austin Meadows homered with a runner on and stroked a two-run double. Randy Arozarena belted a three-run homer.

BOSTON 8 – Oakland 1… Xander Bogaerts and Bobby Dalbec hit two-run homers as the Red Sox ripped the Athletics. Garrett Richards (3-2) scattered five hits over six shutout innings.

HOUSTON 4 – Texas 3 (11 innings)… Myles Straw raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the Astros past the Rangers. Houston scored its first three-runs on Jose Altuve’s second-inning double.

Cleveland 4 – SEATTLE 2… Jose Ramirez’ two-run homer in the top of the third inning proved to be the difference in the Indians’ win over the Mariners. Starter Zach Plesac (3-3) took a no-hitter into the eighth inning.

INTERLEAGUE
Toronto 8 – ATLANTA 4
… Bo Bichette’s go-ahead two-run double sparked a four-run top of the ninth inning that carried the Blue Jays past the Braves. Bichette also singled home a tying run in the fifth.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 3-0) is at Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 3-3)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 3-3) hosts Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 1-2)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 4-2) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 1-4)…
Arizona (Riley Smith, 1-2) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 2-2)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 1-2) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 5-3)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 2-4) hosts St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 2-4; TBA) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 2-3; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Baltimore (Dean Kremer, 0-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Corey Kluber, 2-2)…
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 3-2) are at Boston (Nick Pivetta, 5-0)…
Minnesota (Matt Shoemaker, 2-3) hosts Oakland (Frankie Montas, 4-2)…
Texas (Wes Benjamin, 0-1) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 2-1)

INTERLEAGUE
the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 3-3) are at Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-5)
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 4-2) hosts the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 1-3)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 1-0) is at Toronto (Steven Matz, 5-2)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Sunday)…
L.A. Clippers 113 – CHARLOTTE 90… The Clippers came alive in the second half to blow away the Hornets. Paul George scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and pulled down 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee 142 – INDIANA 133… Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 40 points and grabbed 15 boards as the Bucks ran past the Pacers. Jrue Holiday scored 20 points and dished off 14 assists.

ATLANTA 116 – Orlando 93… The Hawks thrashed the Magic for their third straight win. Bogdan Bogdanovic pumped in 27 points. Clint Capela had 14 points and as many rebounds.

MIAMI 106 – Philadelphia 94… The Heat handled the 76ers to retain fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings. Jimmy Butler led the way with 21 points. Bam Adebayo had 18 points and 12 boards.

NEW YORK 102 – San Antonio 98… The Knicks came on strong in the fourth quarter to down the Spurs and continue their push for home-court advantage in the playoffs. Alec Burks led all scorers with 30 points.

CHICAGO 114 – Toronto 102… The Bulls got 24 points from Zach LaVine and 20 from Lauri Markkanen in fighting off the short-handed Raptors. Nikola Vucevic had 16 points and 16 rebounds.

MEMPHIS 116 – Sacramento 110… The Grizzlies rallied down the stretch to top the Kings. Dillon Brooks scored 30 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 24 points and 13 boards.

Denver 114 – MINNESOTA 103… Nikola Jokic scored 16 of his 31 points in the first quarter as the Nuggets built an early lead and turned away the Timberwolves. Jokic also collected 14 rebounds.

PHOENIX 118 – Portland 117… Devin Booker knocked down two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining to lift the Suns over the Trail Blazers. Chris Paul led Phoenix with 26 points. Mikal Bridges finished with 21 points and 11 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Cleveland is at Washington…
Detroit hosts Denver…
Orlando is at Philadelphia…
Oklahoma City hosts Utah…
Toronto is at Dallas…
Houston hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Sacramento is at Memphis…
Golden State hosts New Orleans

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Tuesday)…
ST. LOUIS 7 – Minnesota 3… The Blues rolled past the Wild after spotting them a three-goal lead after the first period. David Perron and Brayden Schenn scored two goals apiece. Mike Hoffman assisted on three goals.

CALGARY 4 – Vancouver 1… The Flames breezed past the Canucks after giving up an early goal. Elias Lindstrom and Matthew Tkachuk each had a goal and an assist.

COLORADO 5 – Los Angeles 1… The Avalanche skated past the Kings to clinch the No. 1 seed in the West Division and the top overall seed in the NHL playoffs. Tyson Jost found the net twice. Andre Burakovsky had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Winnipeg

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