CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,362,153 and the nation’s death toll stands at 597,624, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of vaccine doses administered in the U.S. topped 300 million yesterday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced. The seven-day average of new daily cases reported has decreased from 65,053 on April 1 to 12,780 on June 5. The seven-day average of new daily deaths reported decreased from 681 to 367 during the same time period, according to the CDC.
ROUGH START TO VP HARRIS’ TRIP… Kamala Harris overcame a rough start to make her first trip abroad as vice president yesterday. A plane carrying Harris on a trip to Guatemala and Mexico was forced to return to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland about 30 minutes after takeoff due to a technical issue. The vice president departed in another plane about an hour and a half later. Harris is set to spend two days meeting with the presidents of her two host nations and checking in with organizers helping stem migration.
SWALWELL FINALLY SERVES BROOKS… California Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell has succeeded in serving his Republican counterpart from Alabama, Mo Brooks, with a lawsuit seeking to hold him partially accountable for the January 6 insurrection. Recent court filings revealed that Swalwell’s legal team had to hire a private investigator to find Brooks and give him the papers after the congressman began purposely evading their attempts. The papers were reportedly served to Brooks at his home via his wife.
3 DEAD, 6 INJURED IN MIAMI-DADE SHOOTING… Three people were fatally shot and six others were injured early yesterday in a mass shooting at a graduation party outside a strip-mall restaurant in Kendall, Florida. It was Miami-Dade County’s second mass shooting in two weeks. Police said gunfire erupted after two cars pulled up into the strip mall and someone inside one of the vehicles opened fire on people leaving the restaurant.
OLDEST MALE CHIMP IN U.S. ZOO DIES AT 63… The San Francisco Zoo has announced the death of the oldest male chimpanzee in an accredited U.S. zoo. Cobby died Saturday at age 63, the zoo said, and is missed by many. The average life expectancy of the 100,000 to 200,000 chimpanzees that remain living in the wild is about 33 years, according to zoo officials, but they can live twice as long under human care.
ACTOR CLARENCE WILLIAMS III DIES… Actor Clarence Williams III died Friday of complications from colon cancer, his management announced yesterday. He was 81. Williams as best known for playing detective Linc Hayes in the 1960s cop drama “The Mod Squad” and as Prince’s father in “Purple Rain.” His television roles included an FBI agent in “Twin Peaks” and an alien in “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.”
TAYLOR SWIFT TOPS ALBUM CHART… Taylor Swift’s “Evermore” sold 202,000 copies in returning to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart for a fourth nonconsecutive week. Last week’s champ, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour,” slipped into second place with 186,000 units sold. J. Cole’s “The Off-Season” dropped to third place after selling 58,000 copies. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” stayed in fourth place with sales of 52,000 units. Moneybagg Yo’s “A Gangsta’s Pain” sold 43,000 copies to stay at No. 5.
Miami 3 – PITTSBURGH 1… Sandy Alcantara (3-5) held the Pirates to an unearned run on six hits over eight innings and the Marlins snapped their eight-game losing streak. Jesus Aguilar homered to lead off the top of the second inning and lifted a sacrifice fly.
PHILADELPHIA 12 – Washington 6… The Phillies pushed across seven runs in the bottom of the fourth innings on their way past the Nationals. J.T. Realmuto belted a three-run homer. Brad Miller added a two-run shot.
ATLANTA 4 – L.A. Dodgers 2… Max Fried (3-3) limited the Dodgers to a run on six hits over six innings in outdueling Trevor Bauer and the Braves took the rubber game of the series. Ender Inciarte singled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly.
MILWAUKEE 2 – Arizona 0… Corbin Burnes (3-4) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and got help from four relievers in the shutout as the Brewers dealt the Diamondbacks their 17th straight road loss. Daniel Robertson and Tyrone Taylor smacked solo homers for Milwaukee.
Cincinnati 8 – ST. LOUIS 7… Jesse Winker’s third homer of the game was a one-out solo shot in the top of the ninth inning that sent the Reds past the Cardinals. Winker finished with six RBIs. Eugenio Suarez stroked a two-run double.
Chi. Cubs 4 – SAN FRANCISCO 3… Patrick Wisdom homered twice and knocked in three runs to lead the Cubs past the Giants. Chicago starter Kyle Hendricks scored an unearned run in the top of the fifth inning to break a tie. Hendricks (7-4) worked 6-1/3 innings on the mound.
N.Y. Mets 6 – SAN DIEGO 2… Marcus Stroman (5-4) surrendered just an unearned run on four hits over 6-2/3 innings and the Mets cruised past the Padres. Stroman helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring double. Domonic Smith homered with the bases empty and James McCann went deep with a runner aboard.
BALTIMORE 18 – Cleveland 5… The Orioles walloped the Indians with a 21-hit attack. Cedric Mullins homered to lead of the bottom of the first inning and Ramon Urías added a leadoff homer in the eighth. Anthony Santander had three hits and three RBIs.
Houston 6 – TORONTO 3… Luis Garcia (5-3) gave up just a run on three hits over six innings and the Astros doubled up on the Blue Jays. Jose Altuve homered to lead off the game. Chas McCormick led off the second with a homer. Kyle Tucker had a couple of hits, including a two-run single.
CHI. WHITE SOX 3 – Detroit 0… Three pitchers combined on the shutout to give White Sox manager Tony La Russa 2,764th win as manager and move him past John McGraw into sole possession of second place on baseball’s all-time manager wins list. Dylan Cease (4-2) pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and struck out 10. Andrew Vaughn singled home a run and Tim Anderson added a two-run single as Chicago scored all three runs in the bottom of the second inning.
Minnesota 2 – KANSAS CITY 1… Trevor Larnach was hit by a pitch in the top of the fifth inning to force home a tie-breaking run and the Twins hung on to edge the Royals. Miguel Sanó doubled home a run in the third inning and was part of a triple-play defensively.
Tampa Bay 7 – TEXAS 1… The Rays came alive to do all their scoring in their final two at-bats and put away the Rangers. Yandy Diaz homered to cap a four-run top of the ninth inning. Taylor Walls stroked a two-run double in the eighth.
Seattle 9 – L.A. ANGELS 5… The Mariners came up with five runs in the top of the ninth inning to pound the Angels. Donovan Walton homered to lead off the top of the third inning and drew a bases-loaded walk. Starter Logan Gilbert (1-2) allowed a run on two hits over five innings.
Boston 6 – N.Y. YANKEES 5 (10 innings)… Xavier Bogaerts came through with a two-run single in the top of the 10th inning and the Red Sox held on to outlast the Yankees. Marwin Gonzalez homered with a runner aboard and Alex Verdugo also went deep for Boston.
COLORADO 3 – Oakland 1… German Marquez (4-5) held the Athletics to a run on four hits over six innings and two Rockies relievers nailed down the victory. Raimel Tapia singled home a run for Colorado. Brendan Rodgers and Dom Nuñez lifted sacrifice flies.
TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-4) are at San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 2-2)
Kansas City (Jackson Kowar, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 0-6)
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 1-3) is at Boston (Nick Pivetta, 6-1)
NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD…
Atlanta 128 – PHILADELPHIA 124… The Hawks built a 20-point halftime lead and held on to top the 76ers in the Eastern Conference semifinal opener. Trae Young scored 35 points and dished off 10 assists. Bogdan Bogdanovic and John Collins added 21 points apiece. The series remains in Philadelphia for Game 2 tomorrow.
L.A. CLIPPERS 126 – Dallas 111… Kawhi Leonard scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in leading the Clippers past the Mavericks in Game 7 of the Western Conference first-round playoff series. Marcus Morris tossed in 23 points. Paul George and 22 points and 10 assists. L.A. advances to take on Utah in the Western Conference semifinals beginning Thursday in Salt Lake City.
TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE…
Milwaukee is at Brooklyn for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Nets leading 1-0…
Phoenix hosts Denver for Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals
NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD…
MONTREAL 5 – Winnipeg 1… Joel Armia scored two goals and assisted on another as the Canadiens skated past the Jets to take a 3-0 lead in the North Division second-round series. Carey Price made 26 saves at goal. The series stays in Montreal for tonight’s Game 4.
VEGAS 5 – Colorado 1… Jonathan Marchessault recorded his fourth career hat trick and the Golden Knights breezed past the Avalanche to tie the West Division second-round playoff series at two games apiece. William Karlsson assisted on three goals. The series returns to Denver for Game 5 tomorrow.
TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Boston for Game 5 of the East Division second-round series with the series tied 2-2…
Montreal hosts Edmonton for Game 5 of the North Division second-round series with the Canadiens leading 3-0