The Rundown for May 26, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,166,509 and the nation’s death toll stands at 590,941, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention revealed yesterday that half of adult Americans have received all of their COVID-19 vaccine doses. Administration officials called the figure a key sign of progress in the country’s immunization campaign.

TRUMP GRAND JURY EMPANELED… The Washington Post reported yesterday that the Manhattan District Attorney’s office has convened the grand jury panel that will decide whether to bring criminal charges against former President Donald Trump, the Trump Organization and the company’s executives. The tax and bank fraud investigation by District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.’s office was launched more than two years ago. The grand jury will hear evidence three days a week for six months.

KRISTEN CLARKE CONFIRMED… The Senate voted 51-48 yesterday to confirm Kristen Clarke as the first Black woman to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights division. Clarke was a trial attorney for the Civil Rights division’s criminal and voting sections during the George W. Bush administration. She also served as co-director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s voting rights group and most recently as president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

BIDEN PLANS TRIP TO TULSA… The White House announced yesterday that President Joe Biden plans to travel to Tulsa, Oklahoma, next week to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. Political activist Stacey Abrams has been announced as the keynote speaker at a centennial event remembering the 1921 attack by a White mob that killed 300 Black residents and destroyed more than 1,000 homes, businesses, churches and schools. Last week, the last known living survivors of the massacre testified before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties as it considers reparations for survivors and their families.

BLINKEN IN JERUSALEM… Secretary of State Antony Blinken met separately with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem yesterday before announcing plans to reopen the U.S. consulate in the city. Blinken said the U.S. will continue giving aid for Israeli security as well as to help Palestinians in the “grave humanitarian situation” in Gaza. Egypt brokered a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas on Friday, ending 11 days of deadly fighting.

ENTERTAINMENT
MARILYN MANSON WANTED FOR ASSAULT
… Police in Gilford, New Hampshire, have obtained an arrest warrant out for rocker Marilyn Manson in connection with a 2019 assault. Manson, whose real name is Bryan Hugh Warner, is wanted for two counts of misdemeanor simple assault of a videographer during an August 18, 2019, show at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion. The videographer, who was subcontracted by a local company to record the concert, was in a stage pit area when the alleged assault took place. A Class A misdemeanor charge in New Hampshire can carry a possible jail sentence of less than one year and a fine of $2,000 or less.

ACTOR SAMUEL E. WRIGHT DIES… Samuel E. Wright, an actor best known for voicing Sebastian the Crab in the 1989 Disney film “The Little Mermaid,” died Monday following a battle with prostate cancer, his daughter confirmed yesterday. He was 74. Wright’s television acting credits included “The Cosby Show,” “All My Children” and “Law & Order.” The Broadway veteran received Tony nominations for his performances in 1984’s “The Tap Dance Kid” and 1998’s “The Lion King.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chi. Cubs 4 – PITTSBURGH 3
… The Cubs rallied past the Pirates after spotting them a three-run lead. Joc Pederson homered twice and knocked in three runs before Anthony Rizzo singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the fifth inning.

Philadelphia 2 – MIAMI 0… Vince Velasquez (2-0) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and got help from three relievers in the shutout of the Marlins. Rhys Hoskins’ two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning provided all the offense the Phillies needed.

Cincinnati 2 – WASHINGTON 1… The Reds got solo homers from Kyle Farmer and Eugenio Suarez in holding off the Nationals. Tyler Mahle (3-2) limited Washington to three hits over 5-1/3 scoreless innings.

N.Y. METS 3 – Colorado 1… Tomas Nido cracked a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Mets made it stand in their win over the Rockies. Jacob deGrom turned in a solid six-inning start in his return from the injured list but didn’t get a decision.

San Diego 7 – MILWAUKEE 1… Four pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Padres cruised past the Brewers. Jurickson Profar knocked in a pair of runs with a single and a double.

San Francisco 8 – ARIZONA 0… Kevin Gausman (5-0) scattered five hits over five innings and got help from three relievers in the blanking of the Diamondbacks. Brandon Crawford staked the Giants to an early lead with a bases-clearing double in the top of the first inning. Evan Longoria had three hits, including a three-run homer and RBI double.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto 6 – N.Y. YANKEES 2
… Steven Matz (6-2) held the Yankees to a run on six hits over 6-2/3 innings and struck out 10. Vladimir Guerrero homered with a runner aboard for the Blue Jays. Lourdes Gurriel and Randal Grichuk added solo shots.

Cleveland 4 – DETROIT 1… Indians starter Aaron Civale (7-1) blanked the Tigers over eight innings. Cesar Hernandez homered to lead off the game. Jordan Luplow ripped a two-run homer in the eighth.

Kansas City 2 – TAMPA BAY 1… Carlos Santana homered to tie the game in the top of the sixth inning, Salvador Perez singled home a go-ahead run in the eighth and the Royals hung on to end the Rays’ 11-game winning streak. Brad Keller (4-4) gave up a run on four hits over seven innings in outdueling counterpart Rich Hill (3-2).

MINNESOTA 7 – Baltimore 4… Rob Refsnyder went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and RBI double as the Twins dealt the Orioles their eighth straight loss. Jorge Polanco also went deep.

L.A. ANGELS 11 – Texas 5… Shohei Ohtani blasted his 15th homer with two runners aboard to cap a six-run bottom of the fourth inning and put away the Rangers. The Angels also got homers from Justin Upton and Jared Walsh.

Seattle 4 – OAKLAND 3… Tom Murphy doubled home a to-ahead run and scored in the top of the fourth inning and the Mariners fought off the Athletics. Jarred Kelenic had a couple of hits and an RBI.

INTERLEAGUE
ATLANTA 3 – Boston 1
… Charlie Morton (3-2) allowed just an unearned run on three hits over seven innings and the Braves eased past the Red Sox. Pablo Sandoval went 3-for-4 and scored a run.

L.A. Dodgers 9 – HOUSTON 2… Clayton Kershaw (7-3) took a shutout into the seventh inning and got plenty of support offensively in the Dodgers’ win. Justin Turner homered with a runner aboard. Chris Taylor stroked a two-run single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 8 – St. Louis 3… The White Sox scored five runs in their first two at-bats and never looked back in downing the Cardinals. Jose Abreu added a two-run homer and a run-scoring single. Lucas Giolito (4-4) gave up two runs on six hits over six innings. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the Chi. Cubs (Trevor Williams, 2-2) are at Pittsburgh (Wil Crowe, 0-2)…
Miami (TBA) hosts Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 3-4)…
Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 3-3) is at Washington (Joe Ross, 2-4)…
the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 3-4) host Colorado (German Marquez, 3-4)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 2-3) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 3-5)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 2-5) hosts San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 3-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 1-5) is at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 2-2)…
Oakland (James Kaprielian, 1-0) hosts Seattle (TBA)…
Texas (Dane Dunning, 2-3) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 3-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-2) host Toronto (Alek Manoah, 0-0)…
Cleveland (TBA) is at Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-4)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 4-2) hosts Kansas City (Mike Minor, 3-2)

INTERLEAGUE
St. Louis (John Gant, 3-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 5-1)…
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 2-2) hosts Boston (Nick Pivetta, 5-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 5-2) are at Houston (Luis Garcia, 2-3)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
BROOKLYN 130 – Boston 108… The Nets jumped out to a 14-point lead after the first quarter and ran past the Celtics to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series. Kevin Durant scored a game-high 26 points. Joe Harris made seven 3-pointers and finished with 25 points. James Harden added 20 points. Game 3 is Friday in Boston.

L.A. Lakers 109 – PHOENIX 102… Anthony Davis scored 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as the Lakers held off the Suns to even the Western Conference first-round playoff series at a game apiece. Dennis Schroder added 24 points and LeBron James had 23. Game 3 is tomorrow in Los Angeles.

Dallas 127 – L.A. CLIPPERS 121… The Mavericks got 39 points from Luka Doncic and 28 from Tim Hardaway Jr. in topping the Lakers to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference first-round playoff series. Kristaps Porzingis tossed in 20 points. Game 3 is Friday in Dallas.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Washington is at Philadelphia for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series with the 76ers leading 1-0…
New York hosts Atlanta for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series with the Hawks leading 1-0…
Memphis is at Utah for Game 2 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series with the Grizzlies leading 1-0

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Toronto 4 – MONTREAL 0… Goalie Jack Campbell stopped all 32 shots and the Maple Leafs blanked the Canadiens to take a 3-1 lead in the North Division first-round playoff series. Jason Spezza had a goal and an assist. Alex Galchenyuk set up two goals and scored into an empty net. Toronto hosts Game 5 tomorrow.

CAROLINA 3 – Nashville 2 (OT)… Jordan Staal scored off a rebound at 1:44 of overtime to give the Hurricanes a come-from-behind win and 3-2 lead in the Centra Division first-round playoff series. Marin Necas scored twice in regulation for Carolina. The series moves to Nashville for Game 6 tomorrow.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Islanders for Game 6 in the East Division first-round playoff series with the Islanders leading 3-2…
Tampa Bay hosts Florida for Game 6 in the Central Division first-round playoff series with the Lightning leading 3-2…
Vegas is at Minnesota for Game 6 in the West Division first-round playoff series with the Golden Knights leading 3-2

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