The Rundown for May 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,056,853 and the nation’s death toll stands at 588,539, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The governors of New York and Maryland yesterday announced lottery promotions to boost vaccinations. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled the “Vax and Scratch” program, which will award New York Lottery tickets with prizes of up to $5 million to those 18 and older who get vaccinated at one of 10 sites across the state from Monday to Friday of next week. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan says a “$2 million Vax Cash promotion,” which runs from Tuesday to July 4, automatically enters vaccinated residents ages 18 and older into a lottery that offers a daily $40,000 cash prize, with a final daily drawing grand prize of $400,000. A similar incentive program was introduced in Ohio last week.

BORDER CLOSURES EXTENDED… The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it is extending U.S. border closures with Canada and Mexico due to the pandemic. Officials said borders will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least June 21. The DHS had originally closed the borders in March 2020.

BIDEN ORDER TARGETS CLIMATE CHANGE RISK… President Joe Biden yesterday signed an executive order that directs the federal government to develop a strategy limiting risks related to climate change on U.S. public and private financial assets. National Climate Adviser Gina McCarthy and Director of the National Economic Council Brian Deese are being tasked with developing a government-wide plan in the next 120 days. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has been directed to deliver a report on climate-related risk to the stability of the federal government and the U.S. financial system with 180 days. Labor Secretary Marty Walsh will consider suspending, revising or rescinding Trump administration policies that may prevent investment firms from considering environmental, social and governance factors including climate risks in investment decisions related to workers’ pensions.

TWO ICE DETENTION FACILITIES CLOSED… The Biden administration announced yesterday that it will close two Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facilities accused of mistreating immigrant detainees. The C. Carlos Carreiro Immigration Detention Center in North Dartmouth, Massachusetts, and the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Georgia. The closure of the Massachusetts facility follows a May 1 incident that erupted over 10 detainees who refused to be tested for COVID-19. Administration officials said the Georgia facility is no longer needed.

HOUSE NARROWLY PASSES CAPITOL SECURITY BILL… The House voted voted 213-212 yesterday to approve a $1.9 billion security upgrade for the U.S. Capitol in response to the January 6 attack. Republicans were unanimous in opposing the bill and six Democrats crossed the aisle to join them. In addition to upgrading security, the money would cover costs associated with damage caused by the attack.

ENTERTAINMENT
NEW ‘BORAT’ FOOTAGE
… All new Borat footage will premiere May 25 on Amazon Prime. The new footage will be called “Borat Supplemental Reportings Retrieved from Floor of Stable Containing Editing Machine” and will feature new material from the 2006 “Borat” film and last year’s “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm: Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan.” “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” earned an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and actress Maria Bakalova was nominated for Best Supporting Actress.

CNN ACKNOWLEDGES CHRIS CUOMO WAS ‘INAPPROPRIATE’… CNN acknowledged yesterday that it was “inappropriate” for anchor Chris Cuomo to have been involved in phone calls with the staff of his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, for discussions on how the governor should respond to sexual harassment allegations. The Washington Post reported that Chris Cuomo, who hosts CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” encouraged his brother to take a defiant position and not resign. CNN noted that Chris Cuomo has not been reporting on allegations about his brother so as to avoid a question of objectivity.

SPORTS
NBA PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT SCORE

EASTERN CONFERENCE – 8TH SEED GAME
WASHINGTON 142 – Indiana 115
… The Wizards routed the Pacers to punch their ticket into the NBA playoffs as the Eastern Conference’s No. 8 seed. Bradley Beal scored 25 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Russell Westbrook finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds. Washington visits Philadelphia on Sunday to begin their first-round series.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAY-IN TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE
Memphis is at Golden State in the Western Conference 8th-seed game

MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco 19 – CINCINNATI 4… Steven Duggar unloaded a grand slam during a nine-run top of the third inning and the Giants crushed the Reds to complete a three-game sweep. Brandon Crawford had three hits, including a three-run homer, and drove in six runs. Evan Longoria and Darin Ruff hit two-run homers.

CHI. CUBS 5 – Washington 2… The Cubs cruised past the Nationals after spotting them an early two-run lead. Ian Happ homered twice and knocked in three runs for Washington.

Miami 6 – PHILADELPHIA 0… Sandy Alcantara (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and three relievers finished off the shutout of the Phillies. Garrett Cooper hit a two-run homer and tripled home a run. Miguel Rojas also went deep.

Pittsburgh 6 – ATLANTA 4 (10 innings)… Kevin Newman singled home a tie-breaking run and Gregory Polanco lifted a sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning as the Pirates outlasted the Braves. Jacob Stallings homered with a runner aboard in the first.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Arizona 2… Will Smith’s homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be decisive in the Dodgers’ win. Albert Pujols staked the Dodgers to an early lead with a two-run homer in the second.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 10 – BALTIMORE 1
… The Rays ran their winning streak to seven games by walloping the Orioles. Randy Arozarena belted a three-run homer and singled home a run. Joey Wendle smacked a pair of solo homers. Starter Rich Hill (3-1) allowed a run on two hits over six innings.

N.Y. Yankees 2 – TEXAS 0… Domingo Germán scattered six hits over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the Yankees’ blanking of the Rangers. Gio Urshela and Aaron Judge produced run-scoring singles in the top of the seventh inning.

Houston 8 – OAKLAND 4… Martin Maldonado homered and knocked in three runs as the Astros doubled up on the Athletics. Alex Bregman went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – Minnesota 1… Phil Gosselin homered and lined a bases-clearing double in the first two innings and the Angels breezed past the Twins in the opener of a doubleheader. Alex Cobb (2-2) gave up a run on four hits over five innings.

Minnesota 6 – L.A. ANGELS 3… Miguel Sanó connected for a grand slam in the top of the first inning and the Twins never looked back in downing to Angels to salvage a split of the twinbill. Mitch Garver and Trevor Larnash also went deep.

Boston 8 – TORONTO 7… J.D. Martinez’ two-run homer capped a three-run top of the ninth inning that carried the Red Sox past the Blue Jays. Bobby Dalbec blasted a three-run homer for Boston.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 3-4) is at Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 2-3)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 1-3) hosts the N.Y. Mets (TBA)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 3-3) is at Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 3-1)…
St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 3-4) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 3-4)…
Arizona (Riley Smith, 1-3) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 2-4)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 5-0) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 4-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 5-1) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 2-1)…
Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 1-2) hosts Minnesota (TBA)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 4-2) is at Toronto (TBA) in Dunedin, FL…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 3-0) hosts Houston (Tyler Ivey, 0-0)…
Detroit (Jose Urena, 1-4) is at Kansas City (Mike Minor, 3-2)…
the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 0-5) host Oakland (James Kaprielian, 1-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 1-4) is at Washington (TBA)…
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 3-3) hosts Boston (Martin Perez, 1-2)…
Seattle (Chris Flexen, 4-1) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 1-3)

NHL PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Florida 6 – TAMPA BAY 5 (OT)… Ryan Lomberg scored on a breakaway 5:56 into overtime and the Panthers pulled within 2-1 in the Central Division first-round playoff series. Radko Gudas had a goal and an assist. Jonathan Huberdeau assisted on three goals. Game 4 is tomorrow in Tampa.

Pittsburgh 5 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 4… Brandon Tanev netted a go-ahead goal with 3:36 remaining and the Penguins hung on to edge the Islanders and take a 2-1 lead in the East Division first-round playoff series. Jeff Carter scored twice for Pittsburgh. Kris Letang had a goal and two assists. Game 4 is tomorrow in Brooklyn.

Montreal 2 – TORONTO 1… Paul Byron scored a short-handed goal from his knees to break a tie late in the third period and the Canadiens held off the Maple Leafs in the North Division playoff series opener. Josh Anderson opened the scoring with a first-period goal. Game 2 is tomorrow in Toronto.

Vegas 5 – MINNESOTA 2… The Golden Knights scored three unanswered goals in the second period to erase a two-goal deficit on their way to taking a 2-1 lead in the West Division first-round playoff series. Mark Stone netted two goals. William Karlsson had a goal and an assist. Game 4 is tomorrow in St. Paul.

TODAY’S NHL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Washington is at Boston for Game 4 of the East Division first-round playoffs with the Bruins leading 2-1…
Nashville hosts Carolina for Game 3 of the Central Division first-round playoffs with the Hurricanes leading 2-0…
Winnipeg is at Edmonton for Game 2 of the North Division first-round playoffs with the Jets leading 1-0…
St. Louis hosts Colorado for Game 3 of the West Division first-round playoffs with the Avalanche leading 2-0

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