The Rundown for June 14, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,461,572 and the nation’s death toll stands at 599,768, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden and other world leaders ended the G7 summit yesterday with a call for more transparency from China in the international effort to identify the source of the COVID pandemic inside the country. Biden said scientists from other countries need access to the laboratories “to determine whether or not this was the consequence of… an experiment gone awry.”

BIDENS IN BRUSSELS… President Joe Biden will be attending the 31st Summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization today after landing in Brussels last night. A White House statement says Biden is set to affirm the U.S.’ commitment to the transatlantic security and collective defense as as well as address future threats and “effective burden sharing.” The president’s participation at the summit will include a meeting with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Prior to leaving London yesterday, Biden and first lady Jill Biden were greeted at Windsor Castle by Queen Elizabeth II.

DOJ SUBPOENAED McGANNS’ RECORDS… The New York Times reported yesterday that former White House Counsel Donald McGahn and his wife were among those whose cell phone records were subpoenaed by the Justice Department. Apple reportedly informed the McGann’s that their records were turned over under gag order in February 2018. Last week, Democratic congressmen Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell revealed that Apple had turned over over their records, along with those of family members and staff.

POLICE INVESTIGATING MASS SHOOTINGS… Weekend shootings in four major cities left at least 39 people wounded and five dead. Police in Austin, Cleveland, Chicago and Savannah are investigating the gunfire that erupted over a six-hour period betting at 9 p.m. on Friday. According by data compiled by CNN and the Gun Violence Archive, there have been 270 mass shootings in the U.S. so far in 2021. As of yesterday, at least eight people were killed and another 48 were injured in eight mass shootings in six states. The total is about 40 percent higher than at this point in 2020, and about 65 percent higher than at this point in 2019.

ANTI-VAX HOSPITAL WORKERS LOSE IN COURT… A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by 117 employees at Houston Methodist Hospital who opposed a Covid-19 vaccine mandate as a condition of employment. U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Hughes ruled against Jennifer Bridges and coworkers, who claimed the Covid-19 vaccines used in the U.S. were “experimental and dangerous,” and that it would be “wrongful” to be terminated for refusing the get vaccinated. Lawyers representing the privately run Houston Methodist Hospital successfully shot down Bridges’ claims as baseless and noted that under Texas law, workers are protected from termination only if they refuse to commit a criminal act that carries criminal penalties.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR NED BEATTY DIES
… Versatile actor Ned Beatty, whose career spanned film, television and stage, died yesterday morning of natural causes. He was 83. Beatty’s film career arrived with his memorable role in the 1972 film “Deliverance” and he went on to earn an Oscar nominator for Best Supporting Actor in the 1976 film “Network.” The Kentucky native’s other film credits include 1975’s “Nashville,” 1976’s “All the President’s Men” and 1978’s “Superman” and its 1980 sequel.

LIL BABY AND LIL DURK TOP ALBUM CHART… Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s collaborative album, “The Voice of the Heroes,” sold 150,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” remained in second place after selling 143,000 units. Morgan Wallen ’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” jumped one spot to No. 3 after selling 50,000 copies. J. Cole’s “The Off-Season” slipped one spot to fourth on sales of 44,000 units. The K-pop and Tomorrow x Together’s “The Chaos Chapter: Freeze” sold 43,000 copies to debut at No. 5.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 5 – San Francisco 0
… Joe Ross pitched five-hit ball over eight innings and reliever Sam Clay completed the shutout of the Giants. Kyle Schwarber homered twice and knocked in four runs for the Nationals.

Atlanta 6 – MIAMI 4… Austin Riley stroked a two-run single and homered in leading the Braves past the Marlins. Ender Inciarte also went deep.

CINCINNATI 6 – Colorado 2… Eugenio Suárez homered with a runner aboard and Jesse Winker doubled home two runs as the Reds completed a series sweep of the Rockies.

San Diego 7 – N.Y. METS 3… Fernando Tatis Jr. unloaded a tie-breaking grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to help power the Padres past the Mets. Tommy Pham and Manny Machado added solo blasts. Chris Paddack (3-5) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Pittsburgh 2… Avisail Garcia cracked a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Brewers finished off a sweep of the Pirates.

CHI. CUBS 2 – St. Louis 0… Zack Davies (4-3) pitched two-hit ball over 6-2/3 innings and got help from two relievers in shutting out the Cardinals. Eric Sogard scored an unearned run and Anthony Rizzo singled home a run as the Cubs scored both runs in the bottom of the third inning.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 7 – Baltimore 1
… Randy Arozarena connected for his first career grand slam and the Rays handed the Orioles their 15th straight road loss. Four Tampa Bay relievers held Baltimore hitless over seven innings.

Chi. White Sox 4 – DETROIT 1… Carlos Rodón (6-2) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the White Sox breezed past the Tigers to complete a sweep of the series. Leury Garcia had a couple of hits and drove in two runs.

Seattle 6 – CLEVELAND 2… Kyle Seager and Jake Fraley homered to help the Mariners build a 5-0 lead and they coasted past the Indians. J.P. Crawford had three hits, including a run-scoring single. Logan Gilbert (2-2) allowed a run on four hits over 6-2/3 innings.

Toronto 18 – BOSTON 4… Teoscar Hernández belted a pair of three-run homers to lead the Blue Jays in their battering of the Red Sox. Bo Bichette, Cavan Biggio, Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., Marcus Semien, Vladimir Guerrero, Jr. and Rowdy Tellez also went deep.

Houston 14 – MINNESOTA 3.. The Astros used a 20-hit attack to throttle the Twins. Michael Brantley went 4-for-5 and knocked in four runs. Kyle Tucker and Yordan Alvarez hit two-run homers. Chas McCormick added a solo shot. Framber Valdez (3-0) surrendered two runs on five hits over seven innings. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

OAKLAND 6 – Kansas City 3… Matt Olson hit a pair of solo homers and Matt Chapman also homered with the bases empty as the Athletics doubled up on the Royals. Mark Canha singled home one run and double in another. Chris Bassitt (7-2) gave up two runs on five hits over 5-2/3 innings.

INTERLEAGUE
PHILADELPHIA 7 – N.Y. YANKEES 0
… Aaron Nola limited the Yankees to three hits over 7-2/3 innings and two Phillies relievers preserved the shutout. Jean Segura singled home a pair of runs. J.T. Realmuto singled twice and drove in two runs.

L.A. Angels 10 – ARIZONA 3… Max Stassi and Jared Walsh hit two-run homers as the Angels dealt the Diamondbacks their 10th straight loss. Walsh also doubled home a run. Patrick Sandoval (1-2) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – Texas 3… The Dodgers cruised into the ninth inning with a 5-0 lead and held off the Rangers. Mookie Betts smacked a solo homer. Zack McKinstry stroked a two-run double. Walker Buehler (6-0) held the Rangers to five hits over six scoreless innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-6) are at the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 1-5)…
Washington (Jon Lester, 0-2) hosts Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-5)…
Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 2-1) is at Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 1-2)…
St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 4-5) hosts Miami (Braxton Garrett, 0-1)…
San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 1-1) is at Colorado (Austin Gomber, 5-5)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 5-3) hosts Arizona (Matt Peacock, 2-3)…
Philadelphia (Spencer Howard, 0-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 0-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore (TBA) is at Cleveland (Jean Carlos Mejia, 1-1)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 7-3) hosts Toronto (Alek Manoah, 1-0)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 3-6) is at Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 7-1) host Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 5-2)…
the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-6) are at Oakland (Sean Manaea, 5-2)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-4) hosts Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 2-2)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
MILWAUKEE 107 – Brooklyn 96… The Bucks fought their way past the Nets to even the Eastern Conference semifinals at two games apiece. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 34 points and 12 rebounds. Brooklyn lost guard Kyrie Irving to an ankle injury in the second quarter. His status is unknown for tomorrows Game 5 in Brooklyn.

Phoenix 125 – DENVER 118… The Suns finished off a Western Conference semifinals sweep of the Nuggets and are headed to the conference finals for the first time since their last playoff appearance in 2010. They await the winner of the L.A. Clippers-Utah series. Chris Paul led all scorers with 37 points. Devin Booker added 34 points and 11 boards. Denver lost NBA MVP Nikola Jokic in the third quarter when he was assessed a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Atlanta for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the 76ers leading 2-1…
the L.A. Clippers host Utah for Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals with the Jazz leading 2-1

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Tampa Bay for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoff semifinals

TENNIS NEWS.. Novak Djokovic came from two sets down to outlast fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-7 (6), 2-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 in the men’s singles final of the French Open. The victory earned Djokovic his 19th Grand Slam trophy, leaving him just one behind the record shared by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Djokovic also joined Rod Laver and Roy Emerson as the only men to have won each major tournament at least twice.

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