The Rundown for June 4, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,326,083 and the nation’s death toll stands at 596,401, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The White House announced yesterday that the U.S. has begin sharing surplus COVID-19 vaccine doses with the rest of the world. Roughly a third of the 80 million COVID-19 vaccines that President Joe Biden has pledged to provide internationally this month “without expectation of political favors in return” were shipped yesterday. The shipments are being made under the COVAX international vaccine-sharing program, Biden said, with some 6 million doses in the initial shipment going to Latin America and the Caribbean, about 7 million doses to South and Southeast Asia and roughly 5 million to Africa. The remaining doses, amounting to just over 6 million, would be shared among countries that include Canada, Mexico, India and South Korea.

BIDEN EXPANDS CHINESE INESTMENT BAN… President Joe Biden yesterday signed an executive order that expands the ban on U.S. investment in Chinese companies deemed national security threats. An executive order signed by former President Donald Trump in November prevented U.S. investors from trading stock in companies associated with the Chinese military, defense and surveillance technology firms. Biden’s order designated 11 additional Chinese firms that U.S. investors are prohibited from trading with, bringing the total to 59.

CAPITOL ATTACK CAUSED $1.5M DAMAGES… The January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol caused $1.5 million in damages, according to the Justice Department. The figure was disclosed during the prosecution of a Florida man who pleaded guilty on Wednesday to one count of obstructing an official proceeding. A plea agreement calls for Paul Allard Hastings to “pay restitution to the Department of Treasury in the amount of $2,000,” according to a letter from federal prosecutors.. More than 440 people have been charged in connection with the Capitol attack.

POSTMASTER GENERAL DeJOY UNDER INVESTIGATION… The Washington Post reported yesterday that Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is the target of an FBI investigation into an alleged private sector campaign finance scheme. The newspaper previously reported in September that employees at DeJoy’s North Carolina transport company felt pressured into donating to Republican candidates and that DeJoy reimbursed them through bonuses between 2000 and 2014. Reimbursement of campaign contributions would constitute a violation of state and federal election laws.

TRAFFIC FATALITIES ROSE DURING PANDEMIC… A Department of Transportation report released yesterday found that motor vehicle traffic fatalities in the U.S. rose to a 13-year high in 2020 despite a decrease in overall driving due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report compiled by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimated that 38,680 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes, reflecting a 7.2 percent increase from the 36,096 fatalities reported in 2019 and the largest projected number of fatalities since 2007. The increase comes despite preliminary Federal Highway Administration data showing that vehicle miles traveled decreased by about 13.2 percent in 2020.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘M:I5’ SHUT DOWN AGAIN
… A positive coronavirus test among the crew has prompted another shutdown in the filming of the latest “Mission: Impossible” film. Production on the sequel is being shut down while those involved self-isolate. “Mission: Impossible VII,” which stars Tom Cruise as IMF agent Ethan Hunt, shut down at the outset of the pandemic in February 2020. In December, audio surfaced of Cruise berating crew members for standing too close together and violating COVID safety procedures. The film has a May 27, 2022, release date.

GRAND FUNK RAILROAD TO TOUR… The legendary rock band Grand Funk Railroad has announced plans to launch a North American tour next month. The “Some Kind of Wonderful” tour kicks off July 2 in Fayetteville, Georgia, and runs through December 3, with more dates being added in the future. The band features original members Don Brewer and Mel Schacher along with Max Carl, Bruce Kulick and Tim Cashion. Grand Funk Railroad is best known for the hit songs Some King of Wonderful,” “We’re an American Band,” “I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home” and “Locomotion.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
ATLANTA 5 – Washington 1
… Dansby Swanson homered with a runner aboard to cap a four-run bottom of the sixth inning and the Braves cruised past the Nationals. Ozzie Albies went 3-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring singles.

PITTSBURGH 5 – Miami 3… Jacob Stallings stroked a bases-clearing double in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Pirates past the Marlins. Bryan Reynolds homered to lead off the fourth.

MILWAUKEE 7 – Arizona 4… Christian Yelich cracked a three-run homer and the Brewers got solo shots from Jackie Bradley Jr., Luis Urias and Avisail Garcia in downing the Diamondbacks. The loss was Arizona’s 14th straight on the road.

Cincinnati 4 – ST. LOUIS 2… Jesse Winker hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the second inning and the Reds cruised past the Cardinals. Vladimir Gutierrez (1-1) overcame a rough start to record his first major-league win.

SAN FRANCISCO 7 – Chi. Cubs 2… Brandon Crawford singled home a run in the bottom of the second inning and blasted a tie-breaking three-run homer in the fifth to lead the Giants past the Cubs. Anthony DeSclafani (5-2) surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings.

SAN DIEGO 4 – N.Y. Mets 3… Yu Darvish (6-1) blanked the Mets over five innings and the Padres hung for the win. Fernando Tatis hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and raced home with what turned out to be the decisive run on a wild pitch in the sixth.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 9 – N.Y. YANKEES 2
… Austin Meadows homered with a runner aboard and stroked a bases-clearing double as the Rays pounded the Yankees. Ryan Yarbrough (3-3) allowed two runs on six hits in the complete-game victory.

Boston 5 – HOUSTON 1… Martin Pérez scattered six hits over 7-2/3 scoreless innings and the Red Sox breezed past the Astros. Christian Arroyo hit a three-run homer and Xavier Bogaerts doubled home two runs for Boston..

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Detroit 1… Yoan Moncada, Jake Lamb, Yasmani Grandal and Tim Anderson hits solo homers to power the White Sox past the Royals. Lance Lynn (7-1) allowed just a run on four hits over six innings.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Minnesota 5… Salvador Perez hit a pair of solo homers and Hunter Dozier added another as the Royals fought off the Twins. Pinch-runner Jarrod Dyson scored a go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning on a pair of errors by Minnesota center-fielder Gilberto Celestino.

Seattle 6 – L.A. ANGELS 2… The Mariners rallied past the Angels after spotting them an early two-run lead. Jake Fraley connected for a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning. Kyle Seager capped the scoring with a solo shot in the seventh.

INTERLEAGUE
COLORADO 11 – Texas 6
… Charlie Blackmon homered and doubled home two runs as the Rockies dealt the Rangers their ninth straight loss. Brendan Rodgers also knocked in three runs. Austin Gomber (4-0) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (Cody Poteet, 2-1) is at Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 3-6)…
Philadelphia (Max Scherzer, 4-4) hosts Washington (Zack Wheeler, 4-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urías, 7-2) are at Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 4-2)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 3-5) hosts Arizona (Matt Peacock, 2-1)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 1-6) is at St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 1-3)…
San Francisco (TBA) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-5)…
the N.Y. Mets (TBA) are at San Diego (Blake Snell, 1-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 6-2) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)…
Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-0) hosts Cleveland (Jean Carlos Mejia, 1-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 5-2) is at Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 5-2) in Buffalo…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 3-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 5-3)…
Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 4-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 4-1)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 5-4) hosts Minnesota (Matt Shoemaker, 2-6)…
Seattle (TBA) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 1-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 5-5) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 4-5)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Denver 126 – PORTLAND 115… The Nuggets came up big in the second half to rally past the Trail Blazers and wrap up the Western Conference first-round playoff series in six games. Nikola Jokic scored a game-high 36 points. Michael Porter Jr. added 26 points and Monte Morris delivered 22 off the bench. Denver advances to take on Phoenix series in the second round.

Phoenix 113 – L.A. LAKERS 100… The Suns jumped out to a 36-14 lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Lakers to finish off the series in six games. Devin Booker poured in 47 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Chris Paul had 12 assists.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Dallas for Game 6 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series with the Mavericks leading 3-2

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Boston 2 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1 (OT)… Brad Marchand scored at 3:36 of overtime to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead in the East Division first-round playoff series. Craig Smith opened the scoring with a first-period goal. Tuukka Rask made 28 saves at goal. The series remains in Brooklyn for Game 4 tomorrow.

Carolina 3 – TAMPA BAY 2 (OT)… Jordan Staal’s power-play goal at 5:57 of overtime lifted the Hurricanes over the Lightning and brought them within 2-1 in the Central Division second-round playoff series. Rett Pesce and Sebastian Aho netted second-period goals to give Carolina a two-goal lead that it couldn’t hold. Aho also had two assists. Petr Mrazek stopped 35 shots at goal. Game 4 is tomorrow in Tampa.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Winnipeg for Game 2 of the North Division second-round playoff series with the Canadiens leading 1-0…
Vegas hosts Colorado for Game 3 of the West Division second-round playoff series with the Avalanche leading 2-0

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