The Rundown for June 8, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,377,696 and the nation’s death toll stands at 597,949, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo indicated that the state could lift its remaining COVID-19 restrictions in most settings within days when 70 percent of its adult population has been at least partially vaccinated. Currently, 68.6 percent of New Yorkers ages 18 and over have received at least one shot.

UKRAINIAN PRESIDENT TO VISIT WHITE HOUSE… Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as accepted President Joe Biden’s invitation to visit the White House this summer. Biden extended the invitation ahead of his scheduled meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin next week. Biden and Putin are expected to discuss Moscow’s aggression in Ukraine, including the massing of troops along their common border earlier this year.

VP HARRIS IN GUATEMALA… Vice President Kamala Harris told Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei yesterday that Central Americans must be provided “a sense of hope that help is on the way” before the ongoing migrant crisis can be solved. During their meeting in Guatemala City, Harris acknowledged to her host that “there is work that we can do together to grow the capacity of those resources and to reach the people.” Harris is making her first trip abroad as vice president while heading White House efforts to stem immigration at the southern U.S. border. She is also meeting with leaders of Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador.

DoJ RECOVERS CYBER RANSOM… The Justice Department announced yesterday that it has recovered more than half of the ransom that was paid to the hackers who targeted the Colonial Pipeline and caused widespread gas shortages on the East Coast. The Justice Department says it has reclaimed around $2.3 million of the $4.4 million in Bitcoin that Colonial Pipeline paid out to DarkSide after investigating the cybercriminals for over a year. In making the payment, Colonial Pipeline notified the FBI and followed protocols that allowed law enforcement to track the cryptocurrency.

SENATE PASSES ‘HAVANA SYNDROME’ BILL…The Senate yesterday passed a bill that offers financial support to U.S. diplomatic staff who have suffered brain injuries resulting from the mysterious set of symptoms known to have afflicted scores of American personnel over several years. The Helping American Victims Afflicted by Neurological Attacks authorizes more compensation for State Department and CIA employees who have been injured by the so-called “Havana Syndrome.” It passed by unanimous consent. House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff has introduced companion legislation in the House.

ENTERTAINMENT
SPRINGSTEEN RETURNS TO BROADWAY
… Bruce Springsteen’s solo Broadway show, “Springsteen on Broadway,” is making a revival later this month. The show is one of the first to be performed on Broadway since the Covid-19 pandemic. It is being performed at the St. James Theater, where all audience members must prove they’re fully vaccinated. “Springsteen on Broadway” originally played 236 performances in 2017 and 2018, earning a Special Tony Award. The show features Springsteen mixing songs with stories about his life taken from his 2016 autobiography “Born to Run.”

SINÉAD O’CONNOR RETIRES… Sinéad O’Connor has announced that she’s retiring from “touring and working in the record business.” The 54-year-old Irish singer says in an online post that it’s time to “make other dreams come true.” O’Connor, who recently released book “Rememberings,” rose to fame in the early ’90s following her rendition of the Prince-written song “Nothing Compares 2 U.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
SAN DIEGO 9 – Chi. Cubs 4
… Manny Machado lifted a pair of sacrifice flies and smacked a solo homer as the Padres ripped the Cubs. Brian O’Grady homered with a runner aboard and doubled home a run.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
L.A. ANGELS 8 – Kansas City 3
… Max Stassi stroked an RBI single during a three-run bottom of the first inning and homered with a runner aboard in the fifth to lead the Angels past the Royals. Starter Dylan Bundy (1-6) held Kansas City to two runs on six hits over 5-2/3 innings.

INTERLEAGUE
BOSTON 5 – Miami 3
… The Red Sox took advantage of some sloppy play defensively to top the Marlins. Christian Arroyo singled home a pair of runs during a three-run bottom of the fourth inning.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 2-3) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 4-4)…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-4) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 4-0)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-5) is at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 1-3)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-4) hosts Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 3-5)…
the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 2-3) are at San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Framber Valdez, 1-0) is at Boston (Martin Perez, 4-2)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 2-6) hosts Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-1) are at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 3-3)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 5-2) host Toronto (Robbie Ray, 3-2)…
Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 1-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 3-3)

INTERLEAGUE
the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 1-4) are at Baltimore (Bruce Zimmermann, 3-3)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 4-2) hosts Washington (Jon Lester, 0-2)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 5-3) is at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 2-4)…
St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 3-5) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 6-3)…
Arizona (Jon Duplantier, 0-1) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 5-2)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
BROOKLYN 125 – Milwaukee 86… The Nets led by as many as 49 points in blowing out the Bucks to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Kevin Durant scored a game-high 32 points. Kyrie Irving added 22 points. The series moves to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Thursday.

PHOENIX 122 – Denver 105… The Suns came from 10 points down in the third quarter to blow past the Nuggets in the Western Conference semifinals opener. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Mikal Bridge’s 23 points. Chris Paul and Devin Booker added 21 points apiece. Paul also dished off 11 assists. Deandre Ayton finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. The series remains in Phoenix for tomorrow’s Game 2.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Philadelphia for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Hawks leading 1-0…
Utah hosts the L.A. Clippers in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
N.Y. Islanders 5 – BOSTON 4… The Islanders fought off the Bruins to take a 3-2 lead in the East Division second-round playoff series. Josh Bailey scored the first of three straight goals to break a second-period tie. Matthew Barzal had a goal and an assist. The series returns to Brooklyn for Game 6 tomorrow.

MONTREAL 3 – Winnipeg 2 (OT)… Tyler Toffoli found the net at 1:39 of overtime and the Canadiens completed a sweep of the Jets in the North Division second-round playoff series. Erik Gustafsson and Artturi Lehkonen scored first-period goals. Montreal awaits the winner of the N.Y. Islanders-Boston series in the Conference Championships.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at Carolina for Game 5 of the Central Division second-round playoff series with the Lightning leading 3-1…
Colorado hosts Vegas for Game 5 of the West Division second-round playoff series with the series tied 2-2

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