The Rundown for June 3, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,306,936 and the nation’s death toll stands at 595,825, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden yesterday announced a “National Month of Action” and outlined additional steps his administration is taking to reach its goal of 70 percent of U.S. adults receiving at least one Covid-19 shot by July 4. The administration is highlighting free child care for parents while they get a shot, vaccines available at barbershops and sporting events, pharmacies staying open 24 hours on Fridays and free beer from Anheuser-Busch when the goal is met. Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data shows that 62.8 percent of the U.S. adult population has received at least one dose and more than 133.5 million American adults are fully vaccinated.

TRUMP DOJ SEIZED REPORTERS’ PHONE RECORDS… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Justice Department under former President Trump seized phone records from four reporters for The New York Times while investigating a leak likely related to former FBI Director James Comey. Reporters Matt Apuzzo, Adam Goldman, Eric Lichtblau and Michael Schmidt had records seized, the Times reported. The Justice Department is believed to have taken similar measures when targeting reporters for CNN and The Washington Post.

CAPITOL ATTACKER PLEADS GUILTY… A 38-year-old Florida man pleaded guilty yesterday to charges related to the January 6 riot attack on the U.S. Capitol. Paul Allard Hodgkins entered his guilty plea to a single count of obstruction of an official proceeding. Prosecutors agreed to drop four other misdemeanor charges Hodgkins faced. Federal sentencing guidelines indicate Hodgkins could receive a prison sentence of between 15 months and 21 months, and a fine of $7,500 to $75,000 for the obstruction charge as well as a $2,000 restitution fine.

NASA PLANS VENUS TRIPS… NASA announced plans yesterday to launch two new discovery missions to Venus between 2028 and 2030. The upcoming trips will mark the first time in 30 years NASA probes have visited the “inferno-like” planet. The selected mission concepts, chosen from the agency’s Discover 2019 competition, are called DAVINCI+ and VERITAS. They each will be awarded approximately $500 million for development, NASA announced.

CHAUVIN SEEKS MERCY IN SENTENCING… Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin asked a judge yesterday to sentence him to a term of probation or a shorter prison term than suggested by Minnesota guidelines in a sentencing memorandum. A memo filed by Chauvin’s lawyers noted the defendant’s lack of previous criminal history, his previous work as a police officer and the risk he could be victimized in prison as factors the judge should consider as he weighs a sentence. Prosecutors, meanwhile asked for a sentence of 30 years. Chauvin was convicted April 21 of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd. A jury agreed with prosecutors who said Chauvin caused Floyd’s death when he pinned him to the ground with a knee on his neck for more than nine minutes during a May 2020 arrest in Minneapolis.

ENTERTAINMENT
TV ACTOR ROBERT HOGAN DIES
… Robert Hogan, who racked up more than 150 acting credits during his long career as a television actor, has died from complications from pneumonia. He was 87. Hogan portrayed Reverend Tom Winter in more than 60 episodes of “Peyton Place” and appeared as Louis Sobotka in four episodes of “The Wire.” The actor was a helicopter pilot on MAS*H, a judge on “Law & Order” and guest-starred multiple times on “Gunsmoke,” “The F.B.I.,” “Murder She Wrote,” “The Rockford Files,” “77 Sunset Strip” and “Barnaby Jones.” His other television credits include “Batman,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “Bonanza,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Hawaii Five-O” and “I Dream of Jeannie.”

SHOWTIME RENEWS ‘CITY ON A HILL’… Showtime announced yesterday that it is renewing the series “City on a Hill” for a third season. Kevin Bacon stars as corrupt Boston FBI agent Jackie Rohr, who was ousted from the bureau as Season 2 concluded. Bacon and Aldis Hodge, who plays Assistant District Attorney DeCourcy Ward are set to return for the new season.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
CHI. CUBS 6 – San Diego 1
… The Cubs made it nine wins in 10 games by cruising past the Padres. Anthony Rizzo had three hits, including a pair of doubles and knocked in two runs. Javier Baez homered with a runner aboard. Starter Adbert Alzolay (4-4) gave up a run on three hits over five innings.

N.Y. Mets 7 – ARIZONA 6… Pete Alonso singled home Francisco Lindor with a tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning and the Mets hung on to edge the Diamondbacks. Brian McCann belted a three-run homer during a four-run top of the first inning and singled home a tying run in the second.

Washington 5 – ATLANTA 3… Yan Gomes hit a go-ahead two-out solo homer in the top of the eighth inning and the Nationals got past the Braves. Juan Soto slugged a two-run homer.

L.A. DODGERS 14 – St. Louis 3… Cody Bellinger stroked a two-run single and unloaded a grand slam during an 11-run bottom of the first inning as the Dodgers crushed the Cardinals. Mookie Betts went 3-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring singles.

Philadelphia – CINCINNATI (ppd)… Rain in Cincinnati forced postponement of last night’s Phillies-Reds game. It will be made up on June 28.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE 6 – Minnesota 3
… DJ Stewart hit a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and Ryan Mountcastle added a three-run blast in the seventh as the Orioles doubled up on the Twins.

N.Y. YANKEES 4 – Tampa Bay 3… The Yankees overcame some sloppy play to top the Rays. Gio Urshela got things going with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. Clint Frazier singled home two runs in the fourth.

HOUSTON 2 – Boston 1… Framber Valdez (1-0) held the Red Sox to a run on five hits over seven innings and the Astros escaped with the win. Myles Straw’s infield grounder in the bottom of the fourth inning scored Kyle Tucker with the decisive run.

SEATTLE 6 – Oakland 0… Sean Manaea (4-2) tossed a four-hitter in his second shutout of the season and the Athletics breezed past the Mariners. Mark Canha knocked in three runs. Mitch Moreland homered with a runner aboard.

Chi. White Sox – CLEVELAND (ppd)… Rain in Cleveland forced postponement of yesterday’s White Sox-Indians game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on September 23.

INTERLEAGUE
TORONTO 6 – Miami 5
… The Blue Jays rallied to score three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and upend the Marlins. Joe Panik’s sacrifice fly brought home Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with the winning run. Bo Bichette legged out a game-tying two-run triple. Randal Grichuk smacked a pair of leadoff homers.

COLORADO 6 – Texas 3… Raimel Tapia’s RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Rockies the lead for good in their win over the Rangers. Tapia singled home a run and Joshua Fuentes homered with the bases empty in the eighth.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 2-4) is at Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 4-2)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 3-5) hosts Miami (Cody Poteet, 2-1)…
Arizona (TBA) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 3-5)…
St. Louis (TBA) hosts Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 1-8)…
the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 2-2) are at San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 4-2)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 5-1) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 4-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 2-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 6-2)…
Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 0-2) hosts Boston (Martin Perez, 3-2)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 3-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 4-1)…
Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 1-0) hosts Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 3-2)…
Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 4-4) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 4-3)

INTERLEAGUE
Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-5) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 4-5)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
PHILADELPHIA 129 – Washington 112
… The 76ers rolled past the Wizards despite playing without the injured Joel Embiid and wrapped up the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series in five games. Seth Curry pumped in 30 points and Tobias Harris added 28. Philadelphia advances to take on Atlanta in the second round.

Atlanta 103 – NEW YORK 89… The Hawks handled the Knicks to finish of the Eastern Conference first-round playoff series in five games. Trae Young scored a game-high 36 points. Clint Capela grabbed 15 rebounds to go with his 14 points.

UTAH 126 – Memphis 110… The Jazz jumped out to a 47-27 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in beating the Grizzlies to take the Western Conference first-round playoff series in five games. Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points and dished off 10 assists. Rudy Gobert added 23 points and 15 boards. Utah awaits the winner of the Dallas-L.A. Clippers series in the second round.

Dallas 105 – L.A. CLIPPERS 100… The Mavericks withstood a late rally to down the Clippers and take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference first-round playoff series. Luka Doncic poured in 42 points and had 14 assists. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 20 points. The series returns to Dallas for Game 6 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Denver is at Portland for Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series with the Nuggets leading 3-2…
the L.A. Lakers host Phoenix for Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series with the Suns leading 3-2

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Montreal 5 – WINNIPEG 3… Goals by Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Eric Stall gave the Canadiens an early lead and they skated past the Jets to open the North Division second-round playoff series. The series remains in Winnipeg for Game 2 tomorrow.

COLORADO 3 – Vegas 2 (OT)… Mikko Rantanen found the net at 2:07 of overtime to to give the Avalanche a 2-0 lead in the West Division second-round playoff series. Brandon Saad and Tyson Jost netted first-period goals. Game 3 is tomorrow in Las Vegas.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Boston is at the N.Y. Islanders for Game 3 of the East Division second-round playoff series with the series tied 1-1…
Tampa Bay hosts Carolina for Game 3 of the Central Division second-round playoff series with the Lightning leading 2-0

‘COACH K’ TO RETIRE… Duke University’s legendary basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski has announced plans to retire at the end of the 2021-22 season. The 75-year-old Krzyzewski’s 1,097 wins are the most of any coach in college basketball and his teams have won five national championships. “Coach K” took over the Duke Blue Devils’ men’s program in 1980 after five years as West Point head coach.

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