The Rundown for June 22, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,554,339 and the nation’s death toll stands at 602,092, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Biden administration yesterday announced a list of countries that will receive the remaining 55 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that the U.S. has pledged to allocate by the end of this month. The U.S. will share 75 percent of the doses through COVAX, while 25 percent will be shared directly with individual countries. COVAX will split 41 million doses between countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. 14 million doses, or 25 percent of the next batch, will be shared directly with “regional priorities” in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.

SUPREME COURT DISMISSES IMMIGRATION-POLICY SUIT… The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed as a lawsuit filed against former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy that forced tens of thousands of asylum seekers to await their U.S. court dates in Mexico. The high court remanded the case back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with instructions to vacate it as moot in light of President Joe Biden’s order to terminate the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program this month. Civil rights and immigration advocacy groups sued the Department of Homeland Security over the policy, which ended on June 1 after President Joe Biden its implementation on Biden’s first day in office.

JUDGE ISSUES LAFAYETTE SQUARE RULING… A federal judge yesterday dismissed a series of lawsuits filed against the federal government for its use of force to drive Black Lives Matter protesters out of Lafayette Square last year. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled that claims filed against local officers involved could go forward, but rejected claims for damages against former Trump administration officials and some current officials. Lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Black Lives Matter D.C. and individual protesters alleged that protesters’ First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights were violated when U.S. law enforcement agents fired tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and flash bombs to force them and other peaceful protesters to disperse as Trump posed for photos at a nearby church.

TRUMP ORG COO UNDER INVESTIGATION… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Manhattan prosecutors are investigating the Trump Organization’s chief operating officer and his son over tax-free perks they may have received from the former president’s real-estate development company. The investigation targets Matthew Calamari, who began his career at the Trump Organization as Donald Trump’s personal bodyguard, and his son Matthew Jr., both of whom live at Trump properties. The Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Barry Weisselberg, is reportedly being investigated on similar grounds.

3 DEAD IN COLORADO SHOOTING… A shooting in Arvada, Colorado, yesterday afternoon left three people dead, including a police officer and the alleged suspect. Police an officer responding to a report of suspicious activity was struck by gunfire. Another person who died was described as a “Samaritan” by police.

ENTERTAINMENT
AMBLIN TO MAKE NETFLIX FILMS
… Steven Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Partners, will make multiple feature films per year for Netflix, per an agreement announced yesterday. Amblin has a separate deal with Universal Pictures for theatrical releases. The company previously worked with Netflix on the Aaron Sorkin movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Yesterday’s agreement didn’t specify what movies Amblin would produce.

PARAMOUNT+ TO RELEASED LOTTERY-WINNERS FILM… Paramount+ announced yesterday that it will premiere the original movie “Jerry and Marge Go Large.” The film stars Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening star as winners of a $27 million lottery who use the winnings to revitalize their community. Filming begins next month in Georgia.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 4 – Atlanta 2
… Domonic Smith’s bases-clearing double in the bottom of the fifth inning carried the Mets past the Braves in the opener of a doubleheader. Jacob DeGrom (7-2) pitched one-hit ball over five innings.

Atlanta 1 – N.Y. METS 0… Ian Anderson (5-3) held the Mets to three hits over 5-1/3 innings and two relievers completed the shutout as the Braves claimed a split of the twinbill. Ronald Acuña Jr.’s homer in the top of the fifth inning accounted for the game’s only run.

ARIZONA 5 – Milwaukee 1… Merrill Kelly (3-7) allowed just a run on five hits over seen innings and the Diamondbacks snapped their 17-game losing streak. Steven Vogt stroked a go-ahead RBI single during a three-run bottom of the second inning.

SAN DIEGO 6 – L.A. Dodgers 2… Yu Darvish (7-2) allowed just a run on two hits and struck out 11 in six innings as the Padres downed the Dodgers. Manny Machado belted a three-run homer to cap a four-run bottom of the first inning. Jake Cronenworth doubled home a run and homered with a runner aboard.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 10 – BALTIMORE 2
… The Astros pounded the Orioles and ran their winning streak to eight games. Yordan Alvarez slugged a three-run homer. Starter jake Odorizzi (2-3) pitched five no-hit innings.

TEXAS 8 – Oakland 3… The Rangers cruised past the athletics to win for the first time in eight games. Andy Ibanez and Jose Trevino hit three-run homers. Kyle Gibson (5-0) gave up two runs on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 4 – CHI. CUBS 0
… Five Indians pitchers combined on a six-hitter in the blanking of the Cubs. Tyler Naylor homered with a runner aboard and Bobby Bradley smacked a solo shot.

MINNESOTA 7 – Cincinnati 5 (12 innings)… Miguel Sanó cracked a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to send the Twins past the Reds. Both teams scored twice in the 10th. Nelson Cruz homered to lead off the second.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington (TBA) is at Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 5-3)…
the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman,6-5) host Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 6-3)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 6-2) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 8-6) are at San Diego (Blake Snell, 2-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Zack Greinke, 7-2) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-8)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 8-3) host Kansas City (Brady Singer, 3-5)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 5-4) is at Tampa Bay (Andrew Kittredge, 5-1)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 12-5) hosts Oakland (Cole Irvin, 4-7)

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati (wade Miley, 6-4) is at Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 3-7) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 5-5)…
St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-2) is at Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 4-7)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 4-6) hosts Toronto (Ross Stripling, 2-4)…
Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 0-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 9-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-4) host San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 7-2)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-2) is at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 6-3)

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
TAMPA BAY 8 – N.Y. Islanders 0… Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn each had two goals and an assist as the Lightning skated past the Islanders to take a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Stamkos’ first goal came just 45 seconds into the contest and sparked a three-goal opening period. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 21 shots. The series returns to New York for Game 6 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Vegas hosts Montreal for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the series tied 2-2

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Phoenix for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals with the Suns leading 1-0

The Rundown for June 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,541,887 and the nation’s death toll stands at 601,824, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… 65.3 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 52.6 percent of the total eligible U.S. population, including children aged 12 and older, are fully vaccinated, according to data released yesterday by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention… An outbreak of Delta-variant cases have been rising in rural portions of Missouri and Kansas. Last week, the CDC upgraded the variant from a “variant of interest” to a “variant of concern” after it accounted for 10 percent of new cases nationwide.

CLAUDIA RE-STRENGTHENING… Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expected Tropical Depression Claudette to restrengthen last night and produce up to 6 inches of rain across the eastern portions of the Florida Panhandle into North Florida, southern Georgia, central and coastal South Carolina into eastern North Carolina through this morning. Tropical storm warnings and watches were in place for both Carolinas from this afternoon to tomorrow morning. The storm is blamed for the deaths of at least 12 people in Alabama over the weekend. Authorities in Butler County say storm-related hydroplaning probably caused a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 that killed 10 people, including nine children from a home for neglected or abused school-age youths.

U.S. LAND BORDERS STAYS CLOSED… The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21. A month-long extension of the closure follows an extension announced by Canada on Friday. U.S. officials have been meeting with counterparts from Canada and Mexico about the travel restrictions and plan to continue meeting about every two weeks

MANHUNT FOR ALLEGED KILLER OF 3 CALLED OFF… A weekend-long manhunt for a suspect wanted in the deaths of three people in North Bend, Oregon, was called off yesterday morning after the suspect turned himself in to police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 30-year-old Oen Evan Nicholson had been on the run since Friday, when he allegedly began a string of violent attacks against four people. Investigators believe his victims include his 83-year-old father, who was found dead at an RV Park.

AMERICAN AIRLINES CANCELING FLIGHTS… American Airlines is having to cancel hundreds of flights through at least mid-July amid spiking travel demand brought on by the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions. The airline cancelled 120 flights on Saturday and is expected to cancel 50 to 80 flights daily for the time being. Customers who had been booked through July 15 will be notified or have already received notifications if their flights have been canceled.

ENTERTAINMENT
POLO G TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Polo G’s “Hall of Fame” sold 143,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Migos’ “Culture III” opened in second place after selling 130,500 units. Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” dropped to third place on sales of 122,000 copies. Last week’s champ, Lil Durk and Lil Baby’s “The Voice of the Heroes,” slipped to No. 4 with 73,000 units sold. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” capped the top five with 50,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” took in $11.675 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “A Quiet Place Part II” brought in $9.4 million to finish second. “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” finished third with $6.1 million. “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” made $5.15 million for a fourth-place finish. “Cruella” remained at No. 5 with $5.10 million.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 5 – N.Y. Mets 2
… Kyle Schwarber homered three times after hitting a pair of homers on Saturday to power the Nationals past the Mets. Patrick Corbin (5-5) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

St. Louis 9 – ATLANTA 1 (7 innings)… Adam Wainwright (5-5) held the Braves to three hits and struck out 11 in the complete-game victory to open a doubleheader. Paul Goldschmidt blasted a three-run homer and singled home a run. Nolan Arenado homered with a runner aboard and drew a bases-loaded walk.

ATLANTA 1 – St. Louis 0 (7 innings)… Drew Smyly (4-3) pitched one-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and got help from two relievers as the Braves claimed a split of the twinbill. Ronald Acuña Jr.’s third-inning homer accounted for the game’s only run.

CHI. CUBS 2 – Miami 0… Alex Mills (3-1) scattered six hits over six innings and three relievers completed the Cubs’ blanking of the Marlins. Jason Heyward scored the only run Chicago needed on a passed ball in the bottom of the third inning. Joc Pederson’s infield single added an insurance run in the fifth.

Milwaukee 7 – COLORADO 6… The Brewers recovered to top the Rockies after blowing a 6-0 sixth-inning lead. Daniel Vogelbach singled home Peterson with the decisive run in the top of the ninth inning. Kolton Wong hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee. Colorado homered four times in scoring all six runs to tie the game in the sixth.

SAN FRANCISCO 11 – Philadelphia 2… The Giants pounded out 15 hits in their thrashing of the Phillies. Mike Yastrzemski got things going with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. Brandon Crawford also homered with a runner aboard and added a two-run double. Wilmer Flores hit a bases-empty homer.

SAN DIEGO 3 – Cincinnati 2… Wil Myers legged out a two-run triple and scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the third inning and the Padres hung on to edge the Reds and complete a four-game sweep. Dinelson Lamet (2-2) pitched four-hit ball over five scoreless innings.

L.A. Dodgers 9 – ARIZONA 8… The Dodgers took a 9-1 lead into the sixth inning and held on to hand the Diamondbacks their 17th straight loss. Albert Pujols blasted a three-run homer. AJ Pollock went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and knocked in three runs.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 2 – Oakland 1
… The Yankees turned their third triple play of the season to strand the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and hold off the Athletics. Gary Sanchez gave New York the lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Toronto 7 – BALTIMORE 4… Reese McGuire went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs in leading the Blue Jays past the Orioles. Hyun Jin Ryu (6-3) allowed just a run on three hits over seven innings.

KANSAS CITY 7 – Boston 3… The Royals cruised past the Red Sox after spotting them an early two-run lead. Jarrod Dyson stroked a tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the third inning. Whit Merrifield homered with a runner aboard in the sixth.

HOUSTON 8 – Chi. White Sox 2… The Astros came up with five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead for good in their win over the White Sox. Carlos Correa homered. Yordan Alvarez lined a two-run single.

Minnesota 4 – TEXAS 2… The Twins made it four straight wins in dealing the Rangers their fourth straight loss. Byron Buxton connected for a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Kenta Maeda (3-2) surrendered two runs on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Detroit 5 – L.A. ANGELS 3 (10 innings)… Daz Cameron came through with a two-run single in the top of the 10th inning and the Tigers made it stand in beating the Angels. Miguel Cabrera had a couple of hits, including a two-run single.

SEATTLE 6 – Tampa Bay 2 (10 innings)… Shed Long Jr. unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Mariners past the Rays. Ty France and Luis Torrens hit solo homers.

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 2 – PITTSBURGH 1
… Tylor Naylor singled home Eddie Rosario with a tie-breaking run in the top of the seventh inning and the Indians held on to edge the Pirates and salvage the series finale. Harold Ramirez opened the scoring with a fifth-inning homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE

Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 4-3; Kyle Muller, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 6-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 2-7) hosts Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 9-2) are at San Diego (Yu Darvish, 6-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 1-3) is at Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-2)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 4-0) hosts Oakland (Frankie Montas, 7-6)

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 10-2) is at the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-5)…
Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 3-3) hosts Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-2)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
PHOENIX 120 – L.A. Clippers 114… The Suns mounted a 12-2 spurt to open the fourth quarter of a tied game and held off the Clippers in the Western Conference finals opener. Devin Booker racked up 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in his first-career triple-double. Deandre Ayton added 20 points. Phoenix was without Chris Paul, who sat out because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols. L.A.’s Kawhi Leonard missed his third straight game because of a sprained right knee. The series remains in Phoenix for Game 2 tomorrow.

Atlanta 103 – PHILADELPHIA 96… The Hawks fought their way past the 76ers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and advance to visit Milwaukee on Wednesday to open the East finals. Kevin Huerter scored 27 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Trae Young finished with with 21 points and 10 assists. John Collins grabbed 16 rebounds to go with his 14 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
No games scheduled…

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Vegas 2 – MONTREAL 1 (OT)… Nicolas Roy tipped in the winning goal 1:18 into overtime to send the Golden Knights past the Canadiens and even the Stanley cup semifinals at two games apiece. Brayden Nabb scored a tying goal midway through the third period. Robin Lehner got the start at goal and made 27 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Tampa Bay for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the series tied 2-2

The Rundown for June 18, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,508,060 and the nation’s death toll stands at 600,933, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Biden administration announced yesterday that it plans to invest more than $3 billion in the development and manufacturing of antiviral medicines to create an evolving line of coronavirus treatments. The National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Biomedical Advancement Research and Development Authority will take part in the Antiviral Program for Pandemics, with the Department of Health and Human Services serving as the umbrella organization over most of the programs. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, said the multidisciplinary collaborations among leading scientists in academia and industry will help inspire medical innovation and build on the past success in developing COVID-19 vaccines.

BIDEN SIGNS JUNETEENTH INTO LAW… President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law yesterday, officially making June 19 a federal holiday and giving national recognition to a day commemorating emancipation. Most federal employees will observe the holiday today, since June 19 falls on a Saturday this year. Biden signed the legislation a day after the House voted 415-14 to create the nation’s 11th national holiday. The Senate cleared the bill on Tuesday without debate. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. on the day a Union general brought word to Galveston, Texas, that enslaved African-Americans had been emancipated and the Civil War was over. The news arrived more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

HOUSE VOTES TO REPEAL IRAQ WAR AUTHORIZATION ACT… The House yesterday voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. The vote was 268-161, with 49 Republicans joining all but one Democrat in supporting it. The bill heads to the Senate, where its support among Republicans is questionable. The bill carries the support of President Joe Biden, who cited a White House Office of Management and Budget report this week that claimed, “the United States has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis, and repeal of the 2002 AUMF would likely have minimal impact on current military operations.”

SUPREME COURT DISMISSES ACA CHALLENGE… The Supreme Court delivered another blow to the most recent legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The High Court dismissed a challenge from Republican-led states and the former Trump administration, who sought to block the entire law. In penning the 7-2 decision, Justice Stephen Breyer said that the challengers of the 2010 law did not have the legal right to bring the case. Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented. The justices noted that there is no harm to opponents from the provisions that they are challenging because Congress has reduced the penalty for failing to buy health insurance to zero. A Department of Health and Human Services report released earlier this month that shows a record 31 million Americans have health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, including 11.3 million people enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges as of February and 14.8 million newly-eligible, low-income people enrolled in Medicaid expansion as of December.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OPPOSES ANTI-TRANS MEASURES… The Justice Department sided against state laws restricting transgender rights yesterday by warning that measures introduced in West Virginia and Arkansas should be struck down in the courts. The DoJ argued that recent Arkansas laws restricting trans medical care for children violate the 14th Amendment. It also said West Virginia’s law preventing trans women from playing on women’s sports teams in schools violates Title IX.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR FRANK BONNER DIES
… Actor Frank Bonner, who was best known for tacky radio-station sales manager Herb Tarlek on the CBS sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” from 1978 to 1982, died at his Southern California home on Wednesday of complications from Lewy body dementia, his wife announced yesterday. He was 79. Bonner also appeared as Father Hargis on the 1988-90 ABC show “Just the Ten of Us.” He then returned for “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” which ran from 1991-93.

BEATLES DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE DATE… Disney+ announced yesterday that Peter Jackson’s six-hour documentary series about the Beatles will and will debut over Thanksgiving episodes. “The Beatles: Get Back” consists of three two-hour-long episodes that will air November 25, 26 and 27. The series features never-before-seen footage to capture band members making music that carried worldwide impact.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
SAN FRANCISCO 10 – Arizona 3
… The Giants handed the Diamondbacks a historic pounding, as it ran their road losing streak to a record 23 games. Curt Casali hit a two-run homer, along with an RBI triple and run-scoring single. Mike Yastrzemski and Mauricio Dubon drove in two runs apiece.

Chi. Cubs 2 – N.Y. METS 0… Kyle Hendricks (9-4) pitched two-hit ball over six innings on his way to winning his seventh straight start. Three relievers held the Mets hitless over the final three innings. Javier Baez provided the game’s only offense with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.

ATLANTA 4 – St. Louis 0… Charlie Morton (6-3) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and got help from two relievers in the Braves’ blanking of the Cardinals. Guillermo Heredia hit a two-out solo homer to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ozzie Albies tripled home a run and scored on Abraham Almonte’s double in the sixth.

SAN DIEGO 6 – Cincinnati 4… The Padres powered their way past the Reds after blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead. Eric Hosmer hit a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and Victor Caratini followed two batters later with a walk-off two-run blast.

COLORADO 7 – Milwaukee 3… C.J. Cron unloaded a grand slam and Garrett Hampson added a solo blast in the bottom of the first inning and the Rockies cruised past the Brewers. German Marquez (5-6) limited Milwaukee to one hit over six innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
CLEVELAND 10 – Baltimore 3
…. Jose Ramirez and Bobby Bradley homered during a three-run bottom of the first inning and the Indians went on to extend the Orioles’ road losing streak to 19 games. Yu Chang singled home two runs and homered with a runner aboard.

N.Y. Yankees 8 – TORONTO 4… Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead two-run homer and pinch-hitter Chris Gittens singled home two runs during a four-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Yankees past the Blue Jays. Gittens added a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Gio Urshela went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer.

HOUSTON 10 – Chi. White Sox 2… Michael Brantley got things going with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and the Astros walloped the White Sox. Abraham Toro homered with a runner aboard and singled home two runs. Jose Altuve homered for the fourth time in three games.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – Detroit 5… Taylor Ward’s first career grand slam capped a five-run bottom of the seventh and the Angels held off the Tigers. Shohei Ohtani (3-1) allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

SEATTLE 6 – Tampa Bay 5… The Mariners scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Rays. Kyle Seager’s infield single scored Jake Bauers with the winning run. Shed Long Jr.’s RBI double tie the game fr Seattle. Luis Torrens homered to lead off the top of the fifth and Ty France homered with a runner aboard in the sixth.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the N.Y. Mets (Joey Lucchesi, 1-4) are at Washington (Joe Ross, 3-6)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 3-4) hosts St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 3-7)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 2-4) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 4-3)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-7) hosts Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 3-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 6-5) are at Arizona (Caleb Smith, 2-2)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 4-3) hosts Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 2-1)…
Cincinnati (Tony Santillan, 0-0) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 3-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland (James Kaprielian, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 1-4)…
Baltimore (Bruce Zimmermann, 4-4) hosts Toronto (Robbie Ray, 4-2)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-2) is at Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-7)…
Kansas City (Jackson Kowar, 0-2) hosts Boston (Nick Pivetta, 6-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 6-2) are at Houston (Luis Garcia, 5-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 4-2) host Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-6)…
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-1) is at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 3-3)

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland (Jean Carlos Mejia, 1-1) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-6)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
MILWAUKEE 104 – Brooklyn 89… The Bucks rolled past the Nets to force tomorrow’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Khris Middleton scored a game-high 38 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 30 points and 17 boards. Jrue Holiday tossed in 21 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Atlanta for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Hawks leading 3-2…
the L.A. Clippers host Utah for Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals with the Clippers leading 3-2

CARLISLE RESIGNS AS MAVERICKS COACH… Rick Carlisle resigned as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks yesterday. The 61-year-old Carlisle guided the Mavs to a 555-478 record during his 13 seasons and he coached the team to an NBA title in 2010-11. He had been the head coach for the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers before arriving in Dallas in 2008.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Tampa Bay 2 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1… Brayden Point scored a tie-breaking goal with 20 seconds left in the second period and the Lightning made it stand in edging the Islanders to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Yanni Gourde opened the scoring midway through the first period. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves at goal. The series remains in New York for Game 4 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Vegas is at Montreal for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the series tied 1-1

The Rundown for June 17, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,498,506 and the nation’s death toll stands at 600,653, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Health officials say the Delta variant of the coronavirus, which originated in India, now makes up 10 percent of all U.S. COVID cases. The finding reflects a 6 percent increase from last week.

BIDEN MEETS WITH PUTIN… U.S. President Joe Biden said the U.S. and Russia have room to “significantly improve” their relationship yesterday following his first summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two leaders met in Switzerland on the sidelines of a G7 meeting in Britain. Biden described the meeting as generally “positive,” adding that “I did what I came to do.” He said he pressed Putin on human rights abuses, specifically the detainment of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REVERSES ASYLUM RESTRICTIONS… Attorney General Merrick Garland yesterday reversed Trump-era restrictions on asylum cases based on domestic and gang violence. Garland cited an executive order by President Joe Biden that instructed officials to determine whether current asylum policies provide refuge to victims of gang and domestic violence “in a manner consistent with international standards.” Many Central American migrants along the southern border claim to be victims of domestic and gang violence when applying to enter the U.S.

HACKERS ARRESTED… Authorities in Ukraine announced yesterday that they have arrested six members of a notorious hacking group that has targeted a number of U.S. institutions with ransomware attacks. Those arrested are believed to be members of the C10p hacking group. During raids of suspects’ homes, police seized computers, vehicles and almost $200,000 in cash, officials said. In the past, C10p has targeted several universities in California, Florida, Maryland and Colorado, hijacking computer data and holding it for ransom.

HOUSE MAKES JUNETEENTH HOLIDAY.. The House voted overwhelmingly yesterday to make Juneteenth the nation’s 11th federal holiday. Supporters are hopeful President Joe Biden will sign the measure into law by Saturday, which would be the actual day being celebrated. The June 19th holiday commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. on the day a Union general brought word to Galveston, Texas, that enslaved African-Americans had been emancipated and the Civil War was over. The news arrived more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. In yesterday’s 415-14 tally, all 14 representatives who opposed the new holiday were Republicans.

ENTERTAINMENT
JENNIFER LOPEZ LANDS NETFLIX SCI-FI FILM
… Jennifer Lopez will star in a new Netflix sci-fi thriller. In “Atlas,” the 51-year-old entertainer portrays a woman fighting for humanity against an AI soldier who has determined the only way to end war is to eliminate humans. Lopez will also co-produce.

JIMMY KIMMEL IS A BOWL-GAME SPONSOR… Late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel revealed yesterday that his name will be attached as a title sponsor of a new college football bowl game. The Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl will debut December 18 at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. Organizers confirmed that they have reached a multiyear deal to put Kimmel’s name above the title of the event. The game will feature the Mountain West champion against the Pac-12′s No. 5 bowl selection.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
ST. LOUIS 1 – Miami 0
… Yadier Molina singled home Paul Goldschmidt with the game’s only run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Cardinals over the Marlins. Ryan Helsley (4-4) pitched the final 1-1/3 innings to get the win. Starter Jose Oviedo scattered six hits over seven innings. Miami starter Sandy Alcantara (4-6) went the distance in the loss.

Cincinnati 2 – MILWAUKEE 1… Tyler Naquin doubled home a tying run in the top of the fourth inning and Tucker Barnhart added an RBI double in the seventh as the Reds clipped the Brewers. Tyler Mahle (7-2) allowed a run on three hits and struck out 12 over six innings.

COLORADO 8 – San Diego 7… Charlie Blackmon singled home Trevor Story with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Rockies fought off the Padres. Story produced a pair of run-scoring doubles for Colorado. C.J. Cron homered with a runner aboard and Elias Diaz smacked a solo shot.

WASHINGTON 3 – Pittsburgh 1… Josh Bell’s two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Nationals’ win over the Pirates. Yan Gomes also went deep. Paolo Espino (1-2) limited Pittsburgh to three hits over five innings in recording his first major-league victory at age 34.

N.Y. METS 6 – Chi. Cubs 3… Kevin Pillar and Domonic Smith both homered and knocked in two runs as the Mets doubled up on the Cubs. New York starter Jacob deGrom fanned eight over just three innings but left with a shoulder injury he claimed isn’t serious.

SAN FRANCISCO 13 – Arizona 7… Buster Posey and Brandon Belt blasted three-run homers and the Giants dealt the Diamondbacks their 22nd straight road loss, tying a record that was shared by the 1963 New York Mets and 1943 Philadelphia Athletics. LaMonte Wade Jr., Steven Dugger and pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores also went deep for San Francisco.

Philadelphia 2 – L.A. DODGERS 0… Zack Wheeler (5-3) pitched five-hit ball over six innings and two relievers held the Dodgers hitless the rest of the way. Rhys Hoskins provided all the offense Philadelphia needed with a first-inning homer. J.T. Realmuto added a run-scoring double in the third.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 6 – KANSAS CITY 5
… Willi Castro hit a game-tying two-run homer during a three-run top of the seventh inning and the Tigers scored a pair of runs on wild pitches in putting away the Royals. Nomar Mazara had two hits, including an RBI single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 8 – Tampa Bay 7 (10 innings)… The White Sox recovered to outlast the Rays after blowing a five-run lead. Yasmani Grandal singled home Vaughn with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Andrew Vaughn doubled home a run and scored in the fifth. Jose Abreu opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the fourth.

OAKLAND 8 – L.A. Angels 4… The Athletics erased an early four-run deficit in downing the Angels. Matt Chapman’s RBI single sparked a six-run bottom of the sixth inning. Ramon Laureano homered with the bases empty.

N.Y. Yankees 3 – TORONTO 2… Gary Sánchez came through with a pinch-hit two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning and the Yankees held off the Blue Jays. Gerrit Cole (8-3) gave up two runs on four hits over eight innings.

CLEVELAND 8 – Baltimore 7… Cesar Hernandez’ two-run triple in the bottom of the sixth inning proved decisive in the Indians’ win over the Orioles. Jose Ramirez homered in the first and singled home two runs in the third. Cleveland starter Aaron Civale (10-2) became the majors’ first 10-game winner despite a rocky five-inning effort. Baltimore has lost 18 in a row on the road.

HOUSTON 8 – Texas 4… Jose Altuve and Chas McCormick each homered twice and the Astros cruised past the Rangers. Martin Maldonado and Matt Straw also homered.

Minnesota 7 – SEATTLE 2… Nelson Cruz cracked a three-run homer and Ryan Jeffers followed with a solo shot in the top of the fifth inning as the Twins put away the Mariners. Jorge Polanco had three hits and scored three runs.

INTERLEAGUE
Boston 10 – ATLANTA 8
… Pinch-hitter Christian Arroyo unloaded a go-ahead grand slam in the top of the seventh inning to power the Red Sox past the Braves. Hunter Renfroe had a couple of hits, including a two-run single in the top of the first inning. Xavier Bogaerts went 3-for-5 and knocked in a run.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona (Caleb Smith, 2-2) is at San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 7-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-4) host the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 8-4)…
St. Louis (John Gant, 4-4) is at Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 5-3)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 4-6) hosts Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 6-4)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 5-2) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 4-6)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-7) is at Cleveland (TBA)….
Toronto (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Michael King, 0-3) in Buffalo…
Detroit (Matt Manning, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 2-1)…
Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-3) hosts Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 5-2)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Atlanta 109 – PHILADELPHIA 106… The Hawks erased a 26-point first-half deficit in stunning the 76ers to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. They made 16 of 22 shots in the fourth quarter while outscoring Philadelphia 40-19. Trae Young made made three free throws with 1:26 remaining to put the Hawks on top and added two more with 8.4 seconds left to ice the contest. Young finished with a game-high 39 points. John Collins finished with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The series returns to Atlanta for Game 6 tomorrow.

L.A. Clippers 119 – UTAH 111… The Clippers took control with a big third quarter and held off the Jazz to go up 3-2 in the Western Conference semifinals. Paul George had game-highs with 37 points and 16 boards. Marcus Morris Sr. added 25 points and Reggie Jackson tossed in 20. L.A. hosts Game 6 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Brooklyn is at Milwaukee for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Nets leading 3-2

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Montreal 3 – VEGAS 2… Goals by Paul Byron, Joel Armia and Tyler Toffoli staked the Canadiens to a 3-0 second-period lead and they held off the Golden Knights to tie the Stanley Cup semifinals at a game apiece. Goalie Carey Price made 29 saves. Alex Pietrangelo netted both Vegas goals. The series shifts to Montreal for Game 3 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at the N.Y. Islanders for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the series tied 1-1

The Rundown for June 16, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,485,068 and the nation’s death toll stands at 600,272, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Biden administration yesterday announced its plan to provide more than $1 billion in federal COVID-19 relief funds for hundreds of community development lenders. Vice President Kamala Harris made the announcement alongside Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen at a press conference. Some $1.25 billion will be sent to 863 community development financial institutions to provide capital to small businesses, particularly in underserved communities… The governors of New York and California lifted most restrictions imposed during the pandemic. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo removed social distancing requirements, capacity limits and contact tracing. California Governor Gavin Newsom ended capacity limits, mask rules and social distancing for vaccinated people. Masks are still required on public transit in both states as well as in hospitals and schools.

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION GOES AFTER DOMESTIC TERRORISM… The Biden’s administration yesterday unveiled a new national strategy to counter the rise in domestic terrorism. The strategy includes four main points and seeks $100 million to add key personnel in the departments of justice and homeland security. It also calls for monitoring federal employees who could pose an inside threat. One of the main goals of the strategy is to improve the sharing of information across federal agencies to track domestic terrorism.

GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG CLEARS BORDER-WALL HALT… The Government Accountability Office confirmed yesterday that the Biden administration broke no budgetary law with its decision to halt funding for border wall construction. The watchdog’s legal opinion said the freezing of funds is a “programmatic delay” and doesn’t violate the Congressional Budget and Impoundment Control Act. Critics said the freezing of funds broke the law that requires the administration to spend the money that Congress appropriates for particular projects. However, the GAO said the executive branch has the discretion to pause the funding for things such as environmental reviews and consultations with stakeholders.

SENATE UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES JUNETEENTH BILL… The Senate voted unanimously yesterday to pass a bill that makes Juneteenth a federal holiday. The holiday will celebrate the end of slavery in the U.S. It marks the day—June 19, 1865 – that word reached Blacks in Galveston, Texas, that the war was over and they had been freed. If the legislation passes in the House as expected, it would become the 11th federal holiday.

4 DEAD IN CHICAGO SHOOTINGS… Authorities say four adult women were fatally shot in Chicago yesterday morning after an argument turned violent. The shootings occurred inside a home and also left four people injured. Two of them, both males, were shot in the back of the head and their conditions were not disclosed. A 23-year-old man and another woman were treated for gunshot wounds and remain in critical condition.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEINSTEIN TO BE EXTRADITED TO L.A
… Disgraced film producer and convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein will be extradited to Los Angeles to face additional rape and sexual assault charges after prosecutors obtained a judge’s approval yesterday. The 69-year-old Weinstein is currently serving a 23-year prison sentence in New York for sexual assault and rape. Los Angeles prosecutors allege Weinstein also sexually assaulted at least five women between 2004 and 2013. Charges they’ve filed against him range from forcible sexual assault to forcible rape.

ACTRESS LISA BANES DIES… Actress Lisa Banes, whose credits included the films “Cocktail” and “Gone Girl,” died yesterday in a New York City hospital 10 days after being struck by a scooter rider. She was 65. Authorities say Banes was crossing an intersection when the scooter rider ran a red light, hit her and kept going on June 4. The driver of the scooter has not been found. Banes lived in Los Angeles but had been in New York to appear in a show at the Manhattan Theater Club.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 3 – Chi. Cubs 2
… Pete Alonso drove in all three Mets runs with a two-run single and a sacrifice fly. Starter Taijuan Walker (6-2) held the Cubs to two runs n five hits and struck out 12 over seven innings.

WASHINGTON 8 – Pittsburgh 1… Yan Gomes’ grand slam highlighted the Nationals’ romp over the Pirates. Trea Turner went 4-for-5 with an RBI triple. Patrick Corbin (4-5) gave up a run on eight hits over 8-1/3 innings.

Cincinnati 2 – MILWAUKEE 1 (10 innings)… The Reds scored twice in the top of the 10th inning without a hit and held on outlast the Brewers. Eugenio Suárez was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded and Kyle Farmer lifted a sacrifice fly.

ST. LOUIS 2 – Miami 1… Paul Goldschmidt stroked a game-tying RBI single in the bottom of the sixth inning and led off the ninth with a walkoff homer as the Cardinals edged the Marlins.

COLORADO 8 – San Diego 4… The Rockies doubled up on the Padres after spotting them a four-run lead. Ryan McMahon homered, tripled and drove in four runs. Raimel Tapia hit a pair of run-scoring doubles.

SAN FRANCISCO 9 – Arizona 8… The Giants erased a 7-0 second-inning deficit in handing the Diamondbacks their 21st straight road loss. Mike Yastrzemski completed the comeback with a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning. Steven Duggar homered with a runner aboard for San Francisco.

L.A. DODGERS 5 – Philadelphia 3… Mookie Betts hit a go-ahead homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and added an RBI single in the eighth to push the Dodgers past the Phillies. Zack McKinstry had a couple of hits and an RBI.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 6 – TORONTO 5
… Clint Frazier came through with a tie-breaking pinch-hit RBI double in the top of the eighth inning and the Yankees made it stand in edging the Blue Jays. Gary Sanchez and Chris Gittens also went deep.

CLEVELAND 7 – Baltimore 2… Eddie Rosario’s two-run double capped a five-run bottom of the fourth inning and the Indians went on to extend the Orioles’ road losing streak to 17 games. Bobby Bradley singled home a run and homered.

Detroit 4 – KANSAS CITY 3… The Tigers held off the Royals and handed them their fifth straight loss. Jonatan Schoop homered with a runner aboard. Miguel Cabrera had a couple of hits, including an RBI single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 3 – Tampa Bay 0… Dallas Keuchel (6-1) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and got help from two White Sox relievers in the blanking of the Rays. Danny Mendick singled home a run and Adam Engel homered for Chicago.

HOUSTON 6 – Texas 3 (10 innings)… Jose Altuve unloaded a grand slam in the top of the 10th inning and the Astros put away the Rangers. Carlos Correa tied the game with a two-out solo homer in the ninth.

OAKLAND 6 – L.A. Angels 4… Elvis Andrus double home two runs and Sean Murphy homered as the Athletics got past the Angels. Frankie Montas (7-6) allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings.

SEATTLE 10 – Minnesota 0… Chris Flexen (6-3) pitched four-hit ball over eight innings and got plenty of support in the Mariners’ blanking of the Twins. J.P. Crawford, Luis Torrens and Ty France hit solo homers. Shed Long Jr. legged out a bases-clearing triple.

INTERLEAGUE
Boston 10 – ATLANTA 8
… Alex Verdugo connected for a tie-breaking three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning and the Red Sox held off the Braves. Rafael Devers also hit a three-run blast. Hunter Renfroe and Xavier Bogaerts smacked solo blasts.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 4-5) is at St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-2)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 6-1) hosts Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 6-2)…
San Diego (Blake Snell, 2-3) is at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-2)…
Washington (Paolo Espino, 0-2) hosts Pittsburgh (Chase De Jong, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Robert Stock, 0-0) are at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom)…
San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 6-2) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 2-6)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 4-3) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 8-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 3-7) is at Kansas City (Brady Singer, 3-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 5-5) host Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 4-3)…
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 5-4) are at Oakland (Cole Irvin, 4-7)…
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 2-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 7-3) in Buffalo…
Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-1) is at Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 9-2)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 6-2) hosts Texas (Jordan Lyles, 2-4)…
Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 0-0) is Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 5-5)

INTERLEAGUE
Boston (Garrett Richards, 4-4) is at Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 4-3)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
BROOKLYN 114 – Milwaukee 108… The Nets erased a 16-point halftime lead in rallying past the Bucks to take a 3-2 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Kevin Durant racked up 49 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists. Jeff Green delivered 27 points off the bench. The series returns to Milwaukee for Game 6 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Philadelphia for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the series tied 2-2…
Utah hosts the L.A. Clippers for Game 5 of the Western Conference semifinals with the series tied 2-2

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
TAMPA BAY 4 – N.Y. Islanders 2… Third-period goals by Jan Rutta and Victor Hedman proved to be the difference as the Lightning topped the Islanders to even the Stanley Cup semifinals at a game apiece. Nikita Kucherov assisted on three goals. The series shifts to Brooklyn for tomorrow’s Game 5.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Vegas for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the Golden Knights leading 1-0

The Rundown for June 15, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,474,758 and the nation’s death toll stands at 599,945, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Vermont yesterday became the first state to reach 80 percent of its eligible population having at least one vaccine shot. More than 444,000 Vermont residents over the age of 12 have received at least one dose, the state’s Department of Health said. Governor Phil Scott celebrated the occasion by signing an order that removed the mandate for masks, social distancing and capacity limits for indoor places. Vermont businesses can still issue COVID-19 related restrictions if they choose to.

BIDEN CONCLUDES NATO SUMMIT… President Joe Biden yesterday wrapped up his first meeting with NATO ally leaders by emphasize the U.S.’ “rock solid and unshakable” commitment to defend them. Following the summit in Brussels, Biden told reporters that during he had focused on security challenges posed by Russia and China. He promised fellow leaders that “America is back!” and re-iterated his commitment to Article 5 of North Atlantic Treaty, which guarantees that an attack on one member of the alliance is an attack on all and will be met with a collective response.

D.C. APPEALS COURT JUDGE CONFIRMED… The Senate yesterday approved the nomination of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to the federal appeals court in the District of Columbia. Jackson got the support from Republican senators Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska in the 53-44 vote. Jackson, a judge on the federal district court in D.C., fills the seat vacated by Attorney General Merrick Garland.

REALITY WINNER RELEASED… Former National Security Administration contractor Reality Winner, who pleaded guilty to leaking to the press classified information about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, is being released from prison. Winner’s attorney said the release is not a product of the pardon or compassionate release process, but rather the time earned from exemplary behavior while incarcerated.” In 2018, Winner was sentenced to five years and three months in prison for violating the Espionage Act by provided The Intercept with secret documents.

ILLINOIS CHEMICAL-PLANT FIRE… A massive fire at a chemical plant in Rockton, Illinois, yesterday prompted the evacuation of all residents within a one-mile radius. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker activated the state’s National Guard and deployed emergency vehicles to support local authorities fighting the blaze. The mandatory evacuation order affected about 150 homes. Some 70 workers were able to make it out of the factory after the fire broke out and there were no injuries reported.

ENTERTAINMENT
CLAPTON TO TOUR
… Eric Clapton has announced plans for an eight-city run of shows in September. His tour kicks off September 13 at Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, and wraps up September 26 at the Seminole Hard Rock in Hollywood, Florida. According to a press release, Clapton will schedule no other North American dates for the year. He has not performed in public since the start of the pandemic.

‘GREENLAND’ SEQUEL COMING… Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin have signed on to star in a sequel to the 2020 thriller “Greenland.” The two actors are returning as John and Allison Garrity in “Greenland: Migration” and find themselves having to leave their Greenland bunker and find a new home across Europe’s frozen wasteland. “Greenland” was released in August and earned more $52 million worldwide during the COVID-19 pandemic.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 5 – Chi. Cubs 2
… Domonic Smith homered and Kevin Pillar doubled home two runs as the Mets topped the Cubs. David Peterson (2-5) pitched one-hit ball over six scoreless innings.

WASHINGTON 3 – Pittsburgh 2… Kyle Schwarber singled home a tying run in the bottom of the third inning and smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the seventh to push the Nationals past the Pirates.

Cincinnati 10 – MILWAUKEE 2… The Reds pounded the Brewers for their fourth straight win. Joey Votto had a couple of hits, including a two-run homer, and three RBIs. Aristides Aquino also homered with a runner aboard. Vladimir Gutierrez (3-1) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Miami 2… Tyler O’Neill delivered a tie-breaking run-scoring double in the bottom of the eighth inning as the Cardinals got past the Marlins. Paul Goldschmidt and Edmundo Sosa both had a couple of hits and an RBI.

COLORADO 3 – San Diego 2… Austin Gomber (6-5) limited the Padres to three hits over eight scoreless innings and the Rockies held on for the win. C.J. Cron homered to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – Arizona 2… Brendan Crawford hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly as the Giants dealt the Diamondbacks their 20th straight road loss. Curt Casali had three of San Francisco’s 14 hits.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Philadelphia 1… Will Smith homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the fourth inning to give the Dodgers the lead for good in their win over the Phillies. Chris Taylor homered to lead off the fifth.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
CLEVELAND 4 – Baltimore 3
… Jose Ramirez singled home a run and came around to score during a three-run bottom of the first inning and then doubled home the decisive run in the sixth to lead the Indians past the Orioles.

BOSTON 2 – Toronto 1… Rafael Devers singled home Alex Verdugo with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Red Sox edged the Blue Jays. Verdugo doubled home the game’s first run in the third.

Detroit 10 – KANSAS CITY 3… The Tigers breezed past the Royals to snap a three-game skid despite losing staring pitcher Matthew Boyd and reliever Alex Lange to injuries. Niko Goodrum singled home two runs and homered. Wili Castro and Robbie Grossman also went deep.

Tampa Bay 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Austin Meadows homered with a runner aboard in the top of the first inning and the Rays got solo shots from Brandon Lowe and Randy Arozarena in downing the White Sox for their fourth straight win.

OAKLAND 8 – L.A. Angels 5… Sean Murphy connected for a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning and the Athletics added five more runs in the third to put away the Angels. Mitch Moreland stroked a two-run single. Sean Manaea (6-2) allowed a run on nine hits over 5-2/3 innings.

SEATTLE 4 – Minnesota 3… Jake Bauers blasted a tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Mariners made it stand in topping the Twins. Ty France sliced a run-scoring double in the fifth and scored the tying run on Dylan Moore’s triple.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 2-0) are at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 5-2)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 3-5) hosts Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 3-6)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 2-9) is at Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-4)…
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 1-4) hosts Miami (Trevor Rogers, 7-3)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 6-2) is at Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 2-4)…
San Francisco (Zack Littell, 0-0) hosts Arizona (TBA)…
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 2-5) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urías, 9-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-1) are at Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 5-4)…
Cleveland (Cal Quantrill, 0-2) hosts Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-7)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 3-4) is at Kansas City (Mike Minor, 5-3)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 5-1) host Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 2-1)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 4-0) is at Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 3-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-3) are at Oakland (Frankie Montas, 6-6)…
Seattle (Chris Flexen, 5-3) hosts Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 3-2)

INTERLEAGUE
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 5-4) is at Atlanta (Tucker Davidson, 0-0)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
ATLANTA 103 – Philadelphia 100… The Hawks rallied from 13 points down at halftime to down the 76ers and even the Eastern Conference semifinals at two games apiece. Trae Young scored 25 points and dished off 18 assists. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 22 points. Clint Capela grabbed 13 rebounds to go with his 12 points. The series returns to Philadelphia for tomorrow’s Game 5.

L.A. CLIPPERS 118 – Utah 104… The Clippers held the Jazz to 13 first-half points in building a 24-point halftime lead and tied the Western Conference semifinals at two games apiece. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George scored 31 points apiece. Marcus Morris Sr. tossed in 24 points. Game 5 is tomorrow in Salt Lake City.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Milwaukee is at Brooklyn for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the series tied 2-2

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
VEGAS 4 – Montreal 1… The Golden Knights cruised past the Canadiens to open the Stanley Cup semifinal series. Shea Theodore had a goal and an assist. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 28 saves. The series remains in Las Vegas for Game 2 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Tampa Bay for Game 2 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the Islanders leading 1-0

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.

The Rundown for June 11, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,426,310 and the nation’s death toll stands at 598,744, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The reduced risk of coronavirus transmission outdoors has prompted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to remove its mask requirement on travelers in outdoor transit hubs and in outdoor spaces on ferries, buses and trolleys. The change followed a lengthy review by the White House Office of Management and Budget’s regulatory arm. Masks are still required indoors on all forms of transportation” regardless of vaccination status.

BIDEN MEES WITH BORIS JOHNSON… President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson met in England yesterday to strengthen the U.S.-U.K. alliance. The bilateral meeting was Biden’s first overseas summit with a foreign leader since becoming president. During a 90-minute session, the two leaders laid out their “global vision” in an updated version of the Atlantic Charter of 1941.

LAWMAKERS SAY INFRASTRUCTURE DEAL AT HAND… A group of bipartisan lawmakers announced yesterday that they have reached an infrastructure deal to present to Congress. The group of 10 Democrats and Republicans who were tapped by Biden for the task said they had reached an agreement on a “realistic, compromise framework to modernize our nation’s infrastructure and energy technologies” and would not be funded by tax increases. Biden had initially proposed a $2 trillion package in March but has dropped it in half while seeking Republican support.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TARGETED POLITICAL OPPONENTS… The New York Times reported last night that former President Donald Trump’s Justice Department got a subpoena from Apple to spy on politically opposed members of Congress and their families. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff and fellow California Democratic Congressman Eric Swalwell were the targets of the surveillance. Schiff is calling for an inspector general investigation into whether any misconduct was involved in the surveillance. Prosecutors were reportedly looking for the sources behind news stories about contacts between Russia and Trump associates.

3 DEAD IN SOUTH FLORIDA SHOOTINGS… A man fatally shot a grandmother and her 1-year-old grandson inside a South Florida grocery store before killing himself, authorities say. The shootings occurred inside a Publix Supermarket in Royal Palm Beach. The Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office identified the shooter as a 55-year-old man and said there is “no known motive or relationship between the gunman and the victims.”

ENTERTAINMENT
‘NEVER HAVE I EVER’ PREMIERE SET
… Netflix announced yesterday that Season 2 of the coming-of-age comedy “Never Have I Ever” will premiere July 15. The series centers on an Indian American teenager following the death of her father. “Never Have I Ever” stars Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and its co-stars include Poorna Jagannathan, Ramona Young, Lee Rodriguez, Richa Moorjani and John McEnroe.

COLBERT RETURNING WITH STUDIO AUDIENCE… “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” has booked former “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart as its first in-studio guest when the returns with a live, fully-vaccinated audience to New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater on Monday. Colbert has worked from home and interviewed celebrities remotely during the pandemic. In addition to Stewart, Monday night’s guests include comedian Dana Carvey and Oscar and Grammy-Winning Artist H.E.R.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 6 – PITTSBURGH 3
(8 innings)… Julio Urías worked six innings on the mound and singled home a pair of runs in the Dodgers’ win over the Marlins. Mookie Betts smacked a solo homer in the top of the first inning. Zack McKinstry lifted a sacrifice fly and singled home a run.

Milwaukee 7 – CINCINNATI 2… Jace Peterson knocked in three runs with a single and a double as the Pirates cruised past the Reds. Daniel Vobelbach homered with a runner aboard.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Atlanta 3 (10 innings)… The Phillies came up with three runs in the bottom of the 10th inning to upend the Braves. Jean Segura stroked a game-winning two-run single after opening the scoring with an eighth-inning RBI double.

MIAMI 11 – Colorado 4… Adam Duvall, Jazz Chisholm Jr. and Starling Marte homered during a six-run bottom of the second inning and the Marlins never looked back in their pounding of the Rockies. Trevor Rogers (7-3) allowed two runs on four hits over seven innings.

San Francisco – WASHINGTON (ppd)… Rain in the nation’s capital forced postponement of last night’s Giants-Nationals game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
DETROIT 8 – Seattle 3
… Robbie Grossman hit a two-run homer and the Tigers got solo shots from Jonathan Schoop and Jake Rogers in downing the Mariners. Grossman also singled home a run.

BOSTON 12 – Houston 8… J.D. Martinez drilled his 13th homer, Christian Arroyo blasted a three-run homer and the Red Sox outslugged the Astros to salvage the series finale. A pair of dropped fly balls contributed to a five-run bottom of the sixth inning.

CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – Toronto 2… Yasmani Grandal hit a two-run homer to cap a three-run bottom of the first inning and the White Sox handled the Blue Jays. Adam Engel also went deep.

MINNESOTA 7 – N.Y. Yankees 5… Josh Donaldson and Nelson Cruz cracked two-run homers in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Twins past the Yankees. Cruz also lifted a sacrifice fly and doubled home a run.

Kansas City 6 – OAKLAND 1… Royals starter Mike Minor (5-3) held the Athletics to a run on three hits over seven innings. Andrew Benintendi and Jorge Soler hit a two-run homer and Andrew Benintendi added a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-2) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 7-4)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 5-4) hosts San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 5-2)…
Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 5-2) is at Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 3-5)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 5-2) hosts Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-1)…
San Diego (Blake Snell, 2-2) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 5-2)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 4-2) hosts Pittsburgh (Chase De Jong, 0-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-0) is at Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 3-3)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 3-7) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 5-5)…
Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-2) is at Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 8-2)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 4-4) hosts Toronto (Ross Stripling, 2-3)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 4-3) is at Minnesota (Matt Shoemaker, 2-7)..
Oakland (Cole Irvin, 4-7) hosts Kansas City (Brady Singer, 3-5)

INTERLEAGUE
the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 2-1) are at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 2-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 7-5) host Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-6)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
MILWAUKEE 86 – Brooklyn 83… The Bucks fought off the Nets at the end after blowing a 21-point first-quarter lead and pulled within 2-1 in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Kris Middleton scored 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 33 points and 14 boards. The series remains in Milwaukee for Game 4 on Sunday.

UTAH 117 – L.A. Clippers 111… The Jazz held off the Clippers in the second half to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. Donovan Mitchell scored a game-high 37 points. Rudy Gobert brought down 20 rebounds to go with his 13 points. The series shifts to Los Angeles for tomorrow’s Game 3.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Atlanta for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the series tied 1-1…
Denver hosts Phoenix for Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals with the Suns leading 2-0

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
VEGAS 6 – Colorado 3… The Golden Knights doubled up on the Avalanche to wrap up the West Division second-round playoff series in six games after dropping the first two. They advance to take on Montreal in the Stanley Cup playoff semifinals beginning Monday. Six different players found the net for Vegas. Alex Pietrangelo had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
No games scheduled

The Rundown for June 10, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,414,114 and the nation’s death toll stands at 598,765, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The White House has announced plans to buy and donate 500 million doses of Pfizer’s vaccine to other countries. The White House released plans to distribute 25 million doses last week, with 19 million being shared with Covax, an initiative backed by the World Health Organization that has allocated 81 million doses to 129 countries so far… Houston hospital system is suspending nearly 200 workers for two weeks without pay for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. The suspensions at Houston Methodist follow a Monday deadline for all employees to be fully immunized. Nearly 25,000 employees got their shots in time.

BIDEN IN BRITAIN… President Joe Biden told U.S. troops stationed in Britain last night that “the United States is back” and that democracies of the world must rally together to confront the challenges of the day. Biden addressed the troops at the Royal Air Force Mildenhall, about 90 miles northeast of London, during the first leg of his first overseas trip as president. Biden’s eight-day trip includes visits to Belgium and Switzerland for meetings with politicians, royalty and NATO allies. The president will attend summits with the Group of Seven nations, the European Union and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE SPONSORS CALL OF PROJECT… The sponsor of the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline announced yesterday that it is calling off project after Canadian officials failed to persuade President Joe Biden to reverse his cancellation of its permit. Calgary-based TC Energy had hoped to use the pipeline to transport crude from the oil sand fields of western Canada to Steele City, Nebraska. Construction began last year when former President Donald Trump revived the long-delayed project after it had stalled under the Obama administration. Biden canceled the 1 200-mile pipeline in January over longstanding concerns that burning oil sands crude would make climate change worse.

IRS SENDS MORE STIMULUS CHECKS… The IRS has announced that it will send millions more additional stimulus checks to eligible Americans, with another 2.3 million payments issued yesterday. The latest round of payments is part of the Biden administration’s efforts under the American Rescue Plan to deliver $1,400 to each eligible adult and child. The IRS says it has now delivered more than 169 million payments worth $395 billion, with the last batch of checks amounting to a total of $4.2 billion.

TEXAS AG UNDER INVESTIGATION… The Associated Press reported yesterday Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is being investigated by the state’s bar association for his attempt to have the 2020 presidential election overturned in favor of Donald Trump. The State Bar of Texas wants to know whether Paxton’s actions amount to professional misconduct. Critics accuse Paxton of trying to disenfranchise the voters in multiple states.

ENTERTAINMENT
NBC CANCELS ‘ZOEY’S’
… NBC announced yesterday that it is canceling “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist” after two seasons. The series starred Jane Levy as Zoey, a young woman who can hear people’s inner thoughts as songs. Mary Steenburgen co-starred as Zoey’s mother.

NETFLIX THRILLER ROUNDS OUT CAST… Chris “Ludacris” Bridges and Beau Bridges have joined the cast of the Netflix thriller “End of the Road.” They join Queen Latifah, who stars as Brenda, a recent widow who drives her family cross-country to start a new life after losing her job. Along the way, they must learn to fight back when they become the targets of a mysterious killer.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Chi. Cubs 3 – SAN DIEGO 1… Joc Pederson smacked a game-tying homer in the top of the fourth inning and Sergio Alcántara added a solo blast as the Cubs topped the Padres.

PHILADELPHIA 2 – Atlanta 1… Luke Walker’s two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning gave the Phillies a dramatic win over the Braves. The homer was the first of his career.

L.A. Dodgers 2 – PITTSBURGH 1… Justin Turner homered in his first two at-bats and the Dodgers hung on to edge the Pirates. Six L.A. pitchers combined on a three hitter.

Colorado 4 – MIAMI 3… Raimel Tapia had three hits and scored two runs in helping the Rockies get past the Marlins. Austin Gomber (5-5) allowed just a run on five hits over five innings.

CINCINNATI 7 – Milwaukee 3… Tyler Stephenson knocked in three runs with a pair of doubles and the Reds handled the Brewers. Nick Castellanos added a two-run double. Vladimir Gutierrez (2-1) surrendered two runs on six hits over seen innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 8 – BOSTON 3
… The Astros pounded the Red So with a 17-hit attack. Alex Bregman went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. Jose Altuve homered to lead off the top of the third inning. Michael Brantley had three hits, including an RBI single.

Seattle 9 – DETROIT 6 (11 innings)… Jake Fraley’s RBI single sparked a five-run top of the 11th inning that carried the Mariners past the Tigers. Kyle Seager belted a game-tying three-run homer in the sixth. Both teams scored single runs in the 10th.

N.Y. Yankees 9 – MINNESOTA 6… Giancarlo Santon homered twice and drove in five runs to power the Yankees past the Twins. Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar also went deep. Gerrit Cole (7-1) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

Toronto 6 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… The Blue Jays scored five runs in their final two at-bats to rally past the White So. Randal Grichuk homered to lead off the top of the second inning.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Kansas City 1… Anthony Rendon doubled home two runs and Wong stroked a two-run single for the Angels in their win over the Royals. Griffin Canning (5-4) allowed a run on five hits over 6-2/3 innings.

INTERLEAGUE
TEXAS 4 – San Francisco 3
(11 innings)… The Rangers scored single runs in the ninth, 10th and 11th innings in outlasting the Giants. Brock Holt singled home Nate Lowe with the winning run.

OAKLAND 4 – Arizona 0… Sean Manaea (5-2) pitched two-hit ball over six scoreless innings and three relievers completed the shutout as the Athletics dealt the Diamondbacks their 19th straight road loss. Mark Canha tripled home two runs and scored on Jed Lowrie’s infield single in the bottom of the second inning.

N.Y. Mets 14 – BALTIMORE 1… Kevin Pillar and Billy McKinney each homered twice as the Mets thrashed the Orioles. Pete Alonso and Mason Williams also went deep.

Washington 9 – TAMPA BAY 7 (11 innings)… Starlin Castro doubled home a tie-breaking run and scored on Josh Harrison’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning to send the Nationals past the Rays. Juan Soto opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first.

ST. LOUIS 8 – Cleveland 2… The Cardinals downed the Indians to end their six-game skid. Tyler O’Neill homered twice. Adam Wainwright (4-5) gave up two runs on three hits over seven innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
NATIONAL LEAGUE

the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 8-2) are at Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 3-6)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 2-8) hosts Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 8-2)…
Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 4-3) is at Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 4-3)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 5-4) hosts San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 5-2)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 2-3) is at Miami (Trevor Rogers, 6-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 5-4) is at Detroit (Tyler Anderson, 0-0)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 5-4) hosts Houston (Zack Greinke, 6-2)…
Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 5-3) is at Chicago (Dallas Keuchel, 4-1)…
Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 3-2) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Michael King, 0-3)…
Kansas City (Mike Minor, 4-3) is at Oakland (Frankie Montas, 6-5)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
PHOENIX 123 – Denver 98… The Suns ran past the Nuggets to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference semifinals. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Devin Booker’s 18 points. Booker also grabbed 10 rebounds. Chris Paul scored 17 points and dished off 15 assists without a turnover. Deandre Ayton finished with 15 points and 10 boards. The series moves to Denver for Game 3 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Brooklyn is at Milwaukee for Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Nets leading 2-0…
Utah hosts the L.A. Clippers for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals with the Jazz leading 1-0

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
N.Y. ISLANDERS 6 – Boston 2… The Islanders skated past the Bruins to wrap up their East Division second-round playoff series in six games. Brock Nelson scored back-to-back goals in the second period. Joe Bailey had two assists. New York awaits the winner of the Colorado-Vegas series in the Stanley Cup playoff semifinals.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Colorado is at Vegas for Game 6 of the West Division second-round playoff series with the Golden Knights leading 3-2

The Rundown for June 9, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,391,092 and the nation’s death toll stands at 598,326, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci warned yesterday that COVID-19 variants remain a threat to spread in the U.S. and urged more Americans to get vaccinated. As the number of vaccinations have climbed since January, case rates have declined 94 percent, dropping the number of new cases to its lowest point since March 2020… Pharma company Pfizer has announced plans to begin testing the effectiveness of its COVID-19 vaccine in larger groups of children 11 and younger. The company said it and partner BioNTech will conduct a study among 4,500 children at dozens of clinical sites in the U.S., Poland, Spain and Finland.

VP HARRIS MEETS WITH MEXICAN PRESIDENT… Kamala Harris discussed immigration policy with Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in Mexico City yesterday as part of her first trip abroad as vice president. Harris’ Mexico visit comes after a day after she urged Central Americans to stay away from the U.S. border and use legal means of entering the country. Harris has been tasked with slowing the migrant surge at the southern border amid the highest number of migrants since 2006, according to preliminary Customs and Border Protection data.

DHS RELEASES CHILD-SEPARATION DATA… The Department of Homeland Security revealed yesterday that the Trump administration separated more than 3,900 children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border over four years, leaving more than half without a confirmed record of reunification. The separations were part of Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy toward undocumented border-crossers. Children were taken from their parents and placed in the care of the Department of Health and Human Services while their parents were prosecuted and deported. A report by the DHS’ Interagency Task Force on the Reunification of Families says non-governmental agencies have helped identify 3,913 separated children. 1,779 have been reunited with their families, but no record of confirmed reunification exists for 2,127 children.

FBI STING NAILS DRUG TRAFFICKERS… The Justice Department said yesterday that roughly 800 suspects are facing charges following a years-long sting targeting worldwide drug transactions. Officials say the FBI nabbed the suspects by secretly running a phone encryption program that criminals unwittingly used to buy and sell narcotics. More than 300 criminal organizations in the U.S., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe used the FBI’s encrypted device company and unknowingly communicated about narcotics shipments. Several tons of marijuana, cocaine and methamphetamine have been seized, as well as different currencies totaling $48 million, officials said.

McAULIFE WINS VA GOVERNOR DEM PRIMARY… Former Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe won the Democratic Party’s nomination to return for a second term in office. McAuliffe will face GOP nominee and political newcomer Glenn Youngkin in the November general election. The 64-year-old McAuliffe held office from 2014 to 2018. He was prohibited by state law from seeking a consecutive term.

SENATE REJECTS PAYCHECK FAIRNESS ACT… The Senate voted 50-49 yesterday to reject legislation intended to address the gender pay gap. Democrats needed 60 votes to end the filibuster and advance the Paycheck Fairness Act to the floor for a vote. The bill would “provide more effective remedies to victims of discrimination in the payment of wages on the basis of sex.” Pennsylvania Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick was the only Republican to vote in favor.

ENTERTAINMENT
HBO RENEWS ‘HACKS’
… HBO Max announced yesterday that it has renewed “Hacks” for a second season. The series stars Jean Smart as a Las Vegas stand-up comedian who hires a fledgling TV writer to write jokes for her act. The first season finale will air Thursday. Hacks st HBO Max reports that Hacks has remained in its top 10 since it “Hacks” premiered May 13 and the first-season finale airs tomorrow night.

LYNYRD SKYNYRD TO TOUR… The Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd has announced plans to hit the road next week. The band’s “Big Wheels Keep on Turnin’ Tour” kicks off June 13th in Forest City, Iowa, and includes 30 dates ending November 19 in Bossier City, Louisiana. The group’s core members include founding guitarist Gary Rossington, singer Johnny Van Zant and guitarist Rickey Medlocke. Special guests on the tour include Eighties rockers Tesla on most dates. Kansas, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Blackberry Smoke, Allman Betts Band and the Marshall Tucker Band will also open select shows.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 9 – PHILADELPHIA 5
… The Braves used a five-run bottom of the eighth inning to upend the Phillies. Ronald Acuña Jr. hit a solo homer and stroked a two-run single. William Contreras and Austin Riley also homered with the bases empty.

L.A. Dodgers 5 – PITTSBURGH 3… Chris Taylor’s two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning proved to be the difference in the Dodgers’ win over the Pirates. Walker Buehler (5-0) pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

MIAMI 6 – Colorado 2… Jesus Aguilar, Corey Dickerson and Adam Duvall knocked in three runs apiece as the Marlins topped the Rockies. Pablo Lopez (2-3) allowed two runs on five hits over eight innings.

Milwaukee 5 – CINCINNATI 1… The Brewers cruised past the Reds for their fifth straight win. Avisail Garcia homered and singled home a run. Travis Shaw hit a two-run double.

Chi. Cubs 7 – SAN DIEGO 1… Zach Davies (3-3) limited the Padres to one hit over six scoreless innings and the Cubs breezed to the win. Patrick Wisdom and Anthony Rizzo drilled two-run homers. Willson Contreras added a solo shot.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 7 – BOSTON 1
… Framber Valdez (2-0) surrendered a run on five hits over 7-1/3 innings and got plenty of support as the Astros dealt the Red Sox their first loss in six games. Carlos Correa and Yordan Alvarez hit solo homers. Correa also doubled home a run.

DETROIT 5 – Seattle 3… Eric Haase’s two-run homer capped a three-run bottom of the first inning and the Tigers held off the Mariners. Matthew Boyd (3-6) allowed just an unearned run on six hits over six innings.

N.Y. Yankees 8 – MINNESOTA 4… The Yankees doubled up on the Twins to end their four-game skid. Gary Sanchez homered with a runner aboard and Miguel Andujar added a solo shot.

CHI. WHITE SOX 6 – Toronto 1… The White Sox scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to put away the Blue Jays. Adolis Garcia struck the big blow with a two-run triple. Andrew Vaughn tied the game with a seventh-inning homer and lifted a sacrifice fly to score the go-ahead run.

L.A. ANGELS 8 – Kansas City 1… The Angels got homers from Shohei Ohtani, Max Stassi, Justin Upton, Jose Iglesias and Taylor Ward in blasting the Royals. Andrew Heaney (4-3) gave up a run on six hits over 6-2/3 innings.

INTERLEAGUE
BALTIMORE 10 – N.Y. Mets 3
… The Orioles used a 16-hit attack to pound the Mets. Maikel Franco belted a three-run homer. Anthony Santander also went deep. Pat Valaika knocked in three runs with a pair of doubles. Bruce Zimmermann (4-3) allowed two runs on two hits over five innings.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Washington 1… Tyler Glasnow (5-2) held the Nationals to a run on six hits over seven innings and struck out 11 in the Rays’ win. Manuel Margot homered to lead off the bottom of the first inning. Mike Brosseau and Mike Zunino produced run-scoring singles in the fifth.

San Francisco 9 – TEXAS 4… Brendon Crawford homered twice and drove in four runs for the Giants in their romp over the Rangers. Mike Tauchman unloaded a grand slam.

Cleveland 10 – ST. LOUIS 1… José Ramirez homered and knocked in four runs to lead the Indians in their trashing of the Cardinals. Shane Bieber (7-3) surrendered a run on five hits over six innings. St. Louis has lost six straight.

OAKLAND 5 – Arizona 2… The Athletics scored all five runs in the top of the fourth inning and hung on to down the Diamondbacks. Chris Bassitt (6-2) gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 6-1) are at San Diego (Jake Arrieta, 5-6)
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 2-5) hosts Atlanta (Tucker Davidson, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 0-0) are at Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 3-5)…
Miami (Matt Peacock, 2-2) hosts Colorado (Austin Gomber, 4-5)…
Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-3) is at Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 1-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 0-3) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 7-2)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 3-4) hosts Seattle (Chris Flexen, 5-3)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 6-3) are at Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 1-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 7-1) host Toronto (Alex Manoah, 1-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-4) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 4-4)

INTERLEAGUE
San Francisco (Sam Long, 0-0) is at Texas (Kyle Gibson, 4-0)…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 4-2) hosts Arizona (TBA)…
the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 4-2) are at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-6)…
Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 2-1) hosts Washington (Patrick Corbin, 3-5)…
Cleveland (Jean Carlos Mejia, 1-0) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 3-5)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
PHILADELPHIA 118 – Atlanta 102
… The 76ers pulled past the Hawks in the fourth quarter to even the Eastern Conference second-round playoff series at a game apiece. Joel Embiid had game-highs with 40 points and 13 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 22 points and Seth Curry tossed in 21. The series shifts to Atlanta for Game 3 on Friday.

UTAH 112 – L.A. Clippers 109… The Jazz erased a 13-point halftime deficit with a big third quarter and fought off the Clippers in the opener of the Western Conference second-round playoff series. Donovan Mitchell poured in 45 points. Rudy Gobert grabbed 12 boards to go with his 10 points. The series remains in Salt Lake City for tomorrow’s Game 2.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Denver is at Phoenix for Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals with the Suns leading 1-0

JOKIC NAMED NBA MVP… Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokic received 91 of the 101 first-place votes in being named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player yesterday. The 26-year-old Serbia native played all 72 regular-season games during the 2020-21 season, averaging 26.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 8.3 assists per contest. Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid and Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry finished second and third, respectively, in the final voting.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Tampa Bay 2 – CAROLINA 0… Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 29 shots and the Lightning topped the Hurricanes two wrap up the Central Division second-round playoff series in five games. Brayden Point scored a power-play goal in the second period and Ross Colton found the net in the third. Tampa Bay awaits the winner of the Vegas-Colorado series in the semifinals of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Vegas 3 – COLORADO 2 (OT)… The Golden Knights erased a 2-0 third-period deficit in outlasting the Avalanche to take a 3-2 lead in the West Division second-round series. Mark Stone scored off a takeaway 50 seconds into overtime. Alex Tuch and Jonathan Marchessault netted back-to-back goals to tie the game.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Boston is at the N.Y. Islanders for Game 6 of the East Division second-round playoff series with the Islanders leading 3-2