The Rundown for April 14, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,345,992 and the nation’s death toll stands at 563,446, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Federal health agencies yesterday recommended pausing use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine for at least a few days after six women under age 50 developed rare blood clots after receiving the shot. Acting U.S. Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Janet Woodcock said the agency expected the pause to be a matter of days, and was aimed at providing information to healthcare providers on how to diagnose and treat the clots.

BIDEN PLANS AFGHANISTAN WITHDRAWAL… Senior administration officials said yesterday that President Joe Biden plans to withdraw all remaining U.S. troops from Afghanistan by September 11, the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Some 2,500 U.S. troops remain in Afghanistan, and as many as 1,000 more special operations forces are also reported to be in the country. There were more than 100,000 at the war’s peak in 2011.

FEDS REMOVE MALICIOUS CODE… Prosecutors said the FBI has erased remaining malicious code from hundreds of private U.S. computers in response to Chinese hackers’ attacks on networks in the U.S. Early last month, Microsoft announced it found Chinese hacker group HAFNIUM had exploited vulnerabilities in its Exchange servers that enabled access to email accounts and allowed for the installation of malware on computers that permitted long-term access. Patches and updates were successful in removing most of these web shells from infected computers, but hundreds remained until the FBI removed them through the court-authorized operation.

NEVADA LEGISLATURE VOTES TO ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY… Nevada’s Assembly yesterday passed a bill that would abolish the death penalty. AB395, which passed by a 26-to-16 vote, would also commute the sentences of those on death row to life in prison without the possibility of parole. The bill now heads to the Democratic-controlled state Senate for a vote. The Senate is already considering a similar bill, SB288, which would not be retroactively applied to current death row inmates. Seventy people currently sit on Nevada’s death row.

ARREST IN 1996 DISAPPEARANCE OF COLLEGE COED… A 44-year-old man and his 80-year-old father were arrested yesterday in connection with the disappearance 25 years ago of Kristin Smart, who has a freshman at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California, at the time. Paul Flores, who was the last person seen with Smart and the only person of interest in the case, was charged with murder. His father was charged with accessory. San Luis Obispo County Sheriff Ian Parkinson said search warrants were sealed and details of the evidence that led to the two arrests couldn’t be revealed.

ENTERTAINMENT
NETFLIX EXENDS ‘BRIDGERTON’
… Netflix announced yesterday that it is bringing back its popular period drama “Bridgerton” for a third and fourth season. The series is based on the Julia Quinn book series of the same name. Season 1 centered on the romance between Daphne Bridgerton and Simon, the Duke of Hastings, while Season 2 will follow Anthony Bridgerton’s search for a wife. Netflix confirmed this month that Regé-Jean Page won’t reprise Simon in Season 2. Netflix has added four actors, Charithra Chandran, Shelley Conn, Calam Lynch and Rupert Young, to the Season 2 cast.

FORMER CHILD ACTOR DIES… Lee Aaker, a child actor in the 1950s who was best known for starring as the orphan Rusty alongside a German shepherd on ABC’s “The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin,” died earlier this month following a stroke near Mesa, Arizona. He was 77. Aaker also appeared in a number of 1950s films, including “Hondo” and “The Atomic City.” Aaker had battled drug and alcohol abuse during this life and his death certificate listed him as an “indigent decedent.”

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 4 – Philadelphia 3
… Pete Alonso and Jonathan Villar produced run-scoring singles in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Mets past the Phillies in the opener of a doubleheader. Dominic Smith homered with a runner aboard in the first.

N.Y. METS 4 – Philadelphia 0… Marcus Stroman (2-0) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and the Mets blanked the Phillies to complete a sweep of the twinbill. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs.

PITTSBURGH 8 – San Diego 4… Jacob Stallings went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs as the Pirates doubled up on the Padres. Erik Gonzalez also had three hits, including an RBI double and run-scoring single.

Miami 14 – ATLANTA 8… Adam Duvall homered twice and knocked in seven runs as the Marlins outslugged the Braves. Brian Anderson had three hits, including a homer, and three RBIs.

Chi. Cubs 3 – MILWAUKEE 2… Willson Contreras’ two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning powered the Cubs past the Brewers. Contreras also scored the tying run in the second on Kris Bryant’s sacrifice fly.

ST. LOUIS 14 – Washington 3… The Cardinals blew the game open with a nine-run bottom of the fifth inning. Matt Carpenter sparked the big inning with a two-run homer and added a sacrifice fly. Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado homered for St. Louis.

SAN FRANCISCO 7 – Cincinnati 6… Wilmer Flores’ tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Giants’ win over the Reds. Mike Yastrzemski and Brandon Crawford slugged two-run homers in the first. Evan Longoria also circled the bases.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Colorado 0… Dodger starter Trevor Bauer (2-0) pitched seven innings of one-hit ball and the Dodgers breezed past the Rockies. Corey Seager, Chris Taylor, Mookie Betts and Max Muncy homered for L.A.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 4 – BALTIMORE 3
(8 innings)… Kyle Seager doubled home a go-ahead run in the top of the eighth inning and the Mariners took the doubleheader opener. Ty France and Tom Murphy homered for Seattle.

BALTIMORE 7 – Seattle 6… Ramon Urias singled home Rio Ruiz with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning to give the Orioles a split of the twinbill. Maikel Franco lined a bases-clearing double.

Boston 4 – MINNESOTA 2… Hunter Renfroe and Rafael Devers homered for the Red Sox. Bobby Dalbec stroked a pair of RBI doubles.

TORONTO 7 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Starter Hyun Jin Ryu (2-0) tossed 6-2/3 scoreless innings and the Blue Jays topped the Yankees. Marcus Semien and Rowdy Tellez hit solo homers for Toronto.

Texas 8 – TAMPA BAY 3… Nick Solak and Charlie Culberson drove in three runs apiece to lead the Rangers past the Rays. Culberson drilled a two-run homer. Texas starter Kyle Gibson (2-0) overcame a rough start to turn in a strong seven-inning effort.

KANSAS CITY 3 – L.A. Angels 2… Starter Danny Duffy (2-0) limited the Angels to a run on eight hits over six innings. Carlos Santana drove in a pair of runs.

Cleveland 2 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0 (10 innings)… Roberto Perez broke a scoreless tie with an RBI infield single in the top of the 10th inning and scored on Eddie Rosario’s double as the Indians outlasted the White Sox.

Detroit 8 – HOUSTON 2… Wilson Ramos belted two home runs and knocked in three runs to lead the Tigers past the Astros. Renato Nuñez, Nomar Mazara and Akil Baddo also went deep.

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland 7 – ARIZONA 5
… The Athletics rallied from five runs down to top the Diamondbacks. Jed Lowrie slugged a game-tying three run homer in the top of the seventh inning and Brown added a go-ahead solo blast in the eighth. Stephen Piscotty also went deep.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington (Joe Ross, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-1)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 0-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 2-0)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 1-0) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 1-0)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 0-2) hosts San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 2-0)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 0-1)…
Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 1-1) hosts Miami (Nick Neidert, 0-0)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 1-0) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Corey Kluber, 0-1) are at Toronto (Ross Stripling, 0-1)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 1-1; Eduardo, Rodriguez, 1-0) is at Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 1-0; Jose Berrios, 2-0) for a doubleheader…
Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 0-1) hosts Seattle (Justin Dunn, 0-0)…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0) is at Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 1-0)…
Tampa Bay (TBA) hosts Texas (Kobei Arihara, 0-1)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 1-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 1-0)

NBA SCOREBOARD
Brooklyn 127 – MINNESOTA 97… Kevin Durant pumped 31 points to lead the Nets in their thrashing of the Timberwolves. Joe Harris tossed in 23 points.

L.A. Clippers 126 – INDIANA 115… The Clippers got 36 points from Paul George in handling the Pacers. Marcus Morris added 22 points.

Atlanta 108 – TORONTO 103… Bogdan Bogdanovic dropped in 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Hawks got past the Raptors. Clint Capela finished with 19 points and 21 rebounds.

L.A. Lakers 101 – CHARLOTTE 93… The Lakers held off a Hornets team that played without five of its six top scorers. Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points for L.A. Andre Drummond grabbed 12 boards.

UTAH 106 – Oklahoma City 96… The Jazz got 23 points from Bojan Bogdanovic and 22 from Donovan Mitchell in fighting off the Thunder. Rudy Gobert had 14 rebounds and 13 points.

PHOENIX 106 – Miami 86… The Suns got 65 points from their bench in rolling past the Heat. Deandre Ayton finished with 19 points and 13 boards.

Boston 116 – PORTLAND 115… The Celtics held on at the end to edge the Trail Blazers and win their fourth straight game. Jayson Tatum led all scorers with 32 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Milwaukee is at Minnesota…
Charlotte hosts Cleveland…
Brooklyn is at Philadelphia…
Toronto hosts San Antonio…
the L.A. Clippers are at Detroit…
Chicago hosts Orlando…
New York is at New Orleans…
Houston hosts Indiana…
Golden State is at Oklahoma City…
Memphis hosts Dallas…
Miami is at Denver…
Sacramento hosts Washington

NHL SCOREBOARD
N.Y. Rangers 3 – NEW JERSEY 0… Goalie Igor Shesterkin stopped all 27 shots in his first NHL shutout. Mika Zibanejad, Artemi Panarin and Pavel Buchnevich scored for New York.

BOSTON 3 – Buffalo 2 (SO)… Charlie Coyle and Jake DeBusk scored in the shootout for the Bruins. Craig Smith had a goal and an assist.

WASHINGTON 6 – Philadelphia 1… Conor Sheary and Anthony Mantha each had a goal and an assist as the Capitals skated past the Flyers. Goalie Ilya Samsonov made 29 saves.

Calgary 3 – TORONTO 2 (OT)… Johnny Gaudreau found the net 36 seconds into overtime to win it for the Flames. Juuso Valimaki and Elias Lindholm scored in regulation.

NASHVILLE 7 – Tampa Bay 2… The Predators opened with three unanswered goals in the first period and cruised past the Lightning. Viktor Arvidsson scored goal goals and assisted on another. Roman Josi added a goal and an assist.

Florida 3 – DALLAS 2 (OT)… Frank Vatrano scored a power-play goal with 1:51 left in overtime as the Panthers outlasted the Stars. Chris Driedger stopped 24 shots at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Arizona is at Minnesota…
Montreal hosts Calgary…
Winnipeg is at Ottawa…
St. Louis hosts Colorado…
Golden State is at Los Angeles…
San Jose hosts Anaheim

The Rundown for April 13, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,268,125 and the nation’s death toll stands at 562,533, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Last week’s 8-percent rise in the number of new COVID-19 cases marked the fourth straight week of increases. In the week ended April 11, Michigan reported the highest number of new cases per capita of all 50 states and also led the country in hospitalizations per capita. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky warned yesterday that he only way Michigan can get its surge under control in the short-term is by shutting down completely. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has requested additional vaccine, but Walensky notes that doses wouldn’t produce results for another six weeks.

BIDEN NOMINATES ARMY SECRETARY… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that he has nominated Christine Wormuth as secretary of the Army. If confirmed by the Senate, she would be the first woman to serve in the position. Wormuth most recently has been the director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at the Rand Corporation. She previously served as the Pentagon’s top policy official in the Obama administration.

AGREEMENT REACHED TO SLOW MIGRANT SURGE… The Biden administration announced yesterday that it has reached agreements with the governments of Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala to help slow the surge of immigrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. The agreement calls for the Latin countries to “put more troops on their own border,” Special Assistant to the President for Immigration for the Domestic Policy Council Tyler Moran told MSNBC. Mexico reportedly fortified its border with Guatemala last month and began intercepting increasing numbers of migrants headed for the U.S. border.

DAUNTE WRIGHT PROTESTS… There was more unrest in the Minneapolis suburb of Brooklyn Center last night following Sunday’s police fatal shooting of a 20-year-old man following a traffic stop. The shooting of Daunte Wright occurred after he got back into his car as police were trying to arrest him for a misdemeanor warrant. Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon said yesterday that the shooting was accidental. He said the officer meant to use a Taser, but instead fired a gun. The National Guard has been called in to assist police amid protests. Minneapolis and St. Paul were under a 7 p.m. curfew last night and both cities are under a state of emergency. Curfews were also imposed in five counties.

NEW MEXICO LEGALIZES CANNABIS… New Mexico yesterday became the 17th U.S. state to legalize the use of cannabis. Beginning this summer. Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed a bill that allows New Mexicans 21 and older to both possess and grow marijuana. The bill takes effect on June 29. Retail sales are expected to launch by next spring after the state develops a regulatory infrastructure and ensures there’s sufficient commercial supply. Grisham also signed a companion bill that expunges many with past marijuana convictions.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘EMANCIPATION’ LEAVING GEORGIA
… Director Antoine Fuqua and Will Smith are pulling production of their new movie out of the Georgia to protest the state’s new voting restrictions. “Emancipation” stars Smith as a man who has escaped enslavement. Fuqua and Smith said in a statement that “The new Georgia voting laws are reminiscent of voting impediments that were passed at the end of Reconstruction to prevent many Americans from voting.”

OSCAR PRESENTERS ANNOUNCED… Academy Awards organizers yesterday shared the ensemble cast of presenters for next month’s Oscars ceremony. Presenters include Angela Bassett, Bong Joon Ho, Bryan Cranston, Laura Dern, Harrison Ford, Regina King, Marlee Matlin, Rita Moreno, Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, Reese Witherspoon, Renee Zellweger, Zendaya, Don Cheadle, Rita Moreno and Halle Berry. The April 25 event will will air live on ABC.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 6 – PITTSBURGH 2… Wil Meyers went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and five RBIs. Padres starter Yu Darvish (1-0) allowed just a run on three hits over seven innings.

Miami 5 – ATLANTA 3 (10 innings)… Garret Cooper tied the game with a two-run double in the top of the eighth inning and singled home the go-ahead run in the 10th. Adam Duvall homered to lead off the second.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Chi. Cubs 3… Luis Urias came through with a pinch-hit bases-clearing double in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Brewers went on to double up on the Cubs.

Washington 5 – ST. LOUIS 2… Starlin Castro knocked in a pair of runs, Andrew Stevenson delivered a pinch-hit homer and the Nationals cruised past the Cardinals.

Cincinnati 3 – SAN FRANCISCO 0… Wade Miley (2-0) limited the Giants to two hits over five innings and two relievers completed the shutout. Jesse Winker homered with a runner aboard in the top of the third and Joey Votto added a two-run shot in the sixth for the Reds.

Philadelphia – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Phillies-Mets game. It will be replayed as part of a doubleheader today.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 3 – TORONTO 1
… Gerrit Cole (2-0) turned in a solid six-inning effort on the mound despite surrendering an early run. Kyle Higashioka drove in all three Yankee runs with a pair of homers.

TAMPA BAY 1 – Texas 0… Willy Adames homered in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Rays held on to clip the Rangers. Tyler Glasnow (1-0) pitched two-hit ball over 7-2/3 innings and struck out a career-high 14.

L.A. Angels 10 – KANSAS CITY 3… Shohei Ohtani went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and Mike Trout drilled a two-run homer in the Angels’ thrashing of the Royals. L.A. starter Alex Cobb (1-0) fanned 10 over 5-2/3 innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Cleveland 3… Nick Madrigal reached base with an infield single in the top of the 10th inning and came around to score the winning run on a throwing error by Indians first baseman Yu Chang in the bottom of the ninth inning. Adam Eaton connected for a three-run homer in the third.

Detroit 6 – HOUSTON 2… Grayson Geiner hit a two-run homer, Renato Nuñez and Akil Badoo added solo blasts and the Tigers downed the Astros. Rookie Casey Mize (1-0) gave up four hits over seven scoreless innings in recording his first big-league win.

Seattle – BALTIMORE (ppd)… Rain in Baltimore forced postponement of last night’s Mariners-Orioles game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Boston – MINNESOTA (ppd)… The Twins postponed last night’s game against the Red Sox out of respect for 20-year-old Daunte Wright, the victim of a fatal police shooting in the Brooklyn Center suburb. No makeup date has been announced.

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland 9 – ARIZONA 5
… Jed Lowrie drove in the Athletics first three runs in staking them to an early lead on their way past the Diamondbacks. Matt Chapman knocked in two more runs with a single and a homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego (Blake Snell, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 0-0; Marcus Stroman, 1-0) host Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 0-1; Aaron Nola, 0-0) for doubleheader…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-1) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 0-1)…
Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 1-0)…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 1-1)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 1-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston (Martin Perez, 0-0) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 0-0)…
Baltimore (John Means, 1-0; Dean Kremer, 1-0) hosts Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-1; Nick Margevicius, 0-1) for doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 0-0) are at Toronto (Hyun Jim Ryu, 0-1)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-1) hosts Texas (Kyle Gibson, 1-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 0-0) are at Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 1-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 1-0) host Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 0-1)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 1-1) is at Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 0-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 0-1) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0)

NBA SCOREBOARD
NEW YORK 111 – L.A. Lakers 96… The Knicks put away the Lakers for their third straight win. Julius Randle scored a game-high 34 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Elfrid Payton added 20 points.

Philadelphia 113 – DALLAS 95… Joel Embiid pumped in 36 points to lead the 76ers past the Mavericks. Furkan Korkmaz delivered 20 points off the bench.

San Antonio 120 – ORLANDO 97… DeMar DeRozen scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Spurs rolled past the Magic. Keldon Johnson grabbed 10 boards.

MEMPHIS 101 – Chicago 90… The Grizzlies outscored the Bulls 31-16 in the fourth quarter to win going away. Jonas Valanciunas powered his way to 26 points and 14 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 117 – Sacramento 110… The Pelicans built a 23-point halftime lead and held on to top the Kings. They got 34 points from Brandon Ingram and 30 from Zion Williamson.

Washington 125 – UTAH 121… The Wizards withstood a late surge and handed the Jazz their first home loss in 25 games. Bradley Beale lit it up for 34 points. Russell Westbrook racked up 25 points, 14 boards and 14 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 116 – Denver 107… The Warriors took control with a dominant third quarter and held off the Nuggets. Stephen Curry poured in 53 points on a night he passed Wilt Chamberlain as the leading scorer in franchise history.

PHOENIX 126 – Houston 120… The Suns knocked down 18 3-pointers in the first half and led 80-58 at the break. Jae Crowder finished with 26 points and Devin Booker tossed in 24.

Brooklyn – MINNESOTA (ppd)… The Timberwolves postponed last night’s game against the Nets out of respect for 20-year-old Daunte Wright, the victim of a fatal police shooting in the Brooklyn Center suburb.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Indiana…
Toronto hosts Atlanta…
the L.A. Lakers are at Charlotte…
Utah hosts Oklahoma City…
Miami is at Phoenix…
Portland hosts Boston

NHL SCOREBOARD
Detroit 3 – CAROLINA 1… Adam Erne scored back-to-back goals early in the third period to break a scoreless tie. Jonathan Bernier made 37 saves at goal for the Red Wings.

COLUMBUS 4 – Chicago 3 (OT)… Brandon Hagel found the net 1:25 into overtime to send the Blue Jackets past the Blackhawks. Patrik Laine scored twice in regulation.

MONTREAL 4 – Toronto 2… Tomas Tatar opened the scoring 1:17 into the contest and added an empty-netter with 2:25 remaining and the Canadiens snapped the Maple Leafs’ six-game winning streak.

OTTAWA 4 – Winnipeg 2… Brady Tkachuk found the net twice as the Senators topped the jets. Thomas Chabot set up two goals.

COLORADO 4 – Arizona 2… Mikko Rantanen netted a pair of goals in leading the Avalanche past the Coyotes for their eighth win in nine games. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist. Cale Makar assisted on two goals.

Vegas 4 – LOS ANGELES 2… The Golden Knights erased a two-goal second-period deficit in downing the Kings. Mark Stone had a goal and an assist. Shea Theodore had two assists.

Anaheim 4 – SAN JOSE 0… Goalie Anthony Stolarz made a career-high 45 saves in his third career shutout. Alexander Vokov scored a pair of goals for the Ducks.

St. Louis – MINNESOTA (ppd)… The Wild postponed last night’s game against the Blues out of respect for 20-year-old Daunte Wright, the victim of a fatal police shooting in the Brooklyn Center suburb. The game has been rescheduled for May 12.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at New Jersey…
Boston hosts Buffalo…
Philadelphia is at Washington…
Toronto hosts Calgary…
Tampa Bay is at Nashville…
Dallas hosts Florida

NFL NEWS… New England Patriots star receiver Julian Edelman announced his retirement yesterday, just a month short of his 35th birthday. Edelman was member of three Super Bowl-winning Patriots teams and was the MVP of Super Bowl LIII. He spent his entire 12-year career in New England and ranks behind only Wes Welker as the franchise leader in career receptions. He ranks second in NFL history with 118 postseason receptions, behind only Jerry Rice’s 151. Edelman was limited to six games last season because of a chronic knee injury… Prosectors in Jackson County, Missouri, have filed DWI charges against former Kansas City Chiefs coach Britt Reid. The charges stem from a February 4 crash that severely injured a 5-year-old girl. Authorities say Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, was driving nearly 84 miles per hour just seconds before his truck struck two cars on the side of highway.

The Rundown for April 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,197,511 and the nation’s death toll stands at 562.066, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… More than 180 million vaccine doses have been administered in the U.S., with 35.3 percent of the population having received at least one dose and 21.3 percent fully vaccinated, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner and current Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb said during an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation” yesterday that he expects COVID-19 vaccine supply to exceed demand in as early as three weeks… Nineteen states and territories have seen a greater than 25 percent increase in COVID-19 cases in the last two weeks, compared to the two weeks before. A recent surge in Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer to request additional vaccines and ask residents to take a two-week “pause.”

DEFENSE SEC AUSTIN RE-AFFIRMS U.S. SUPPORT OF ISRAEL…Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin yesterday reinforced U.S. support of Israel by declaring the nation’s commitment “enduring and ironclad.” Austin made the declaration following a meeting in Jerusalem with his Israeli counterpart Benny Gantz. He is also scheduled to discuss Iran and other regional security issues with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

BUTTIGIEG PRESSES INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN… Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said yesterday that President Joe Biden is hoping to pass his $2 trillion infrastructure plan by Memorial Day. Biden continues to seek Republican support for his American Jobs plan and is facing backlash from West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin on the Democratic side. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Buttigieg defended the Biden administration’s broad definition of infrastructure in the plan, calling infrastructure “the foundation that allows us go about our lives.”

FED CHIEF OFFERS ROSY OUTLOOK… Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell characterized the U.S. economy as at an “inflection point” during an interview last night on CBS News’ “60 Minutes.” Powell based his optimism on the premise that growth and job creation is poised to accelerate. Powell conceded that another wave of COVID-19 could wipe out his rosy outlook and called on people to socially distance and wear masks.

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE TO INVESTIGATE TRAFFIC STOP… Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced yesterday that he has directed the Virginia State Police to open an investigation into a December traffic stop in which a uniformed Army lieutenant was threatened, held at gunpoint and pepper-sprayed by two Windsor Police Department officers. Lieutenant Caron Nazario, a Black/Latino Army medic, filed a federal lawsuit earlier this month accusing the officers of using excessive force, violating his First and Fourth Amendment Rights and of illegally searching his SUV. He was driving home in a new car when officers conducted a high-risk traffic stop. In body-camera footage released on Friday, Nazario is seen holding his hands in plain sight out the window, asking why he had been pulled over with guns drawn on him. When Nazario explains that he is scared to get out of the car. “Yeah? You should be!” the officer shouts back.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
… “Godzilla vs. Kong” took in $13.3 million to blow away the weekend box office. “Nobody” finished in a distant second place with $2.6 million. “The Unholy” made $2.4 million to finish third. “Raya and the Last Dragon” came in fourth place with $2.1 million. “Voyagers” debuted at No. 5 with $1.3 million.

BIEBER BACK ATOP ALBUM CHART… Justin Bieber’s “Justice” sold 75,000 copies in returning to the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Demi Lovato’s “Dancing With the Devil… The Art of Starting Over” opened at No. 2 with 74,000 units sold. Last week’s champ, Rod Wave’s “SoulFly” slipped to third place with 67,000 copies sold. Morgan Wallen’s former No. 1 “Dangerous: The Double Album” finished fourth on sales of 63,000 units. Lil Tjay’s “Destined 2 Win” capped the top five on sales of 62,000 copies.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
PITTSBURGH 7 – Chi. Cubs 1
… J.T. Brubaker (1-0) pitched 5-1/3 solid innings and helped himself at the plate with three RBIs in the Pirates’ win over the Cubs. Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo homered with a runner aboard.

Milwaukee 9 – ST. LOUIS 3… Avisail Garcia went deep for the second day in a row and the Brewers also got homers from Travis Shaw and Manny Piña in their drubbing of the Cardinals.

SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Colorado 0… Four Giant pitchers scattered eight hits in shutting out the Rockies. Starter Anthony DeSclafani (1-0) went the first six innings. Alex Dickerson and Brandon Belt smacked solo homers for San Francisco.

ARIZONA 7 – Cincinnati 0… Luke Weaver (1-0) pitched one-hit ball over seven innings and reliever Matt Peacock completed the Diamondbacks’ shutout of the Reds. David Peralta belted a three-run homer for Arizona. Eduardo Escobar added a two-run shot.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Washington 0… Clayton Kershaw (2-1) outdueled Max Scherzer in a strong six-inning effort and got help from three relievers in the shutout. McKinstry doubled home Max Muncy in the bottom of the second inning and homered with a runner aboard in the seventh.

Philadelphia 7 – ATLANTA 6… Didi Gregorius connected for a three-run homer and lifted a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning to lift the Phillies over the Braves. Rhys Hoskins and Bryce Harper smacked solo homers.

Florida – N.Y. METS (susp.)… Yesterday’s Marlins-Mets game was suspended after nine pitches due to rain in New York. It was be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on August 31.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 14 – BALTIMORE 9
… J.D. Martinez belted three home runs and drove in four runs in his return from the COVID-19 list and the Red Sox slugged their way past the Orioles. Rafael Devers added a three-run homer and a two-run shot. Alex Verdugo also went deep.

CLEVELAND 5 – Detroit 2… The Indians completed a three-game sweep of the Tigers.
Franmil Reyes went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Logan Allen (1-1) allowed just a run on two hits over five innings.

N.Y. Yankees 8 – TAMPA BAY 4 (10 innings)… Rougned Odor’s RBI single in the top of the 10th inning sparked a four run rally that pushed the Yankees past the Rays. Gio Urshela homered and knocked in three runs.

Kansas City 4 – CHI. WHITE SOX 3 (10 innings)… Michael A. Taylor scored the decisive run in the top of the 10th inning when White Sox reliever Garrett Crochet threw away Andrew Benintendi’s bunt attempt. Carlos Santana’s ninth-inning solo homer forced the extra inning.

Seattle 8 – MINNESOTA 6… The Mariners came from six runs down to upend the Twins. Kyle Seager’s second homer of the game was a three-run shot in the top of the ninth inning. Taylor Trammell also connected for a three-run blast.

L.A. Angels – TORONTO (ppd)… Rain in Dunedin, Florida, forced postponement of yesterday’s Angels-Blue Jays game. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader on August 10 in Anaheim.

INTERLEAGUE
San Diego 2 – TEXAS 0
… Seven pitchers combined on a five-hitter as the Padres blanked the Rangers. Starter Adrian Morejon left after the first inning with an arm injury. Trent Grisham and Manny Machado homered for San Diego.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (Trevor Cahill, 0-1)…
the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 0-1) host Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 0-1)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 0-1) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 1-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 0-1)…
Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 0-0) is at St. Louis (John Gant, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Aaron Sanchez, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston (Martin Perez, 0-0) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 0-0)…
Baltimore (Dean Kremer, 0-1) hosts Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 1-0) are at Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 0-1)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 0-0) hosts Texas (Dane Dunning, 1-0)…
the L.A. Angels (TBA) are at Kansas City (Brady Singer, 0-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 1-0) host Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 0-1)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 0-0) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 1-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 0-2) is at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-1)

NBA SCOREBOARD
Atlanta 105 – CHARLOTTE 101… The Hawks rallied from 10 points down in the fourth quarter to top the Hornets. Bogdan Bogdanovic made eight 3-pointers on his way to 32 points. Clint Capela had 20 points and 15 rebounds.

Boston 105 – DENVER 87… The Celtics mounted a 31-3 run spanning the third and fourth quarter to erase a 14-point deficit and blow away the Nuggets. Jayson Tatum scored 28 points and grabbed 10 boards. Jaylen Brown tossed in 20 points. The loss was Denver’s first in seven games.

New Orleans 116 – CLEVELAND 109… The Pelicans came on strong in the second half to rally past the Cavaliers. Zion Williamson scored 25 of his game-high 38 points in the first half.

Milwaukee 124 – ORLANDO 87… The Bucks built a big lead early and never looked back in their rout of the Magic. Kris Middleton scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Bobby Portis delivered 16 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.

NEW YORK 102 – Toronto 96… The Knicks recovered to down the Raptors after blowing an 18-point third-quarter lead. Julius Randle led all scorers with 26 points. Nerlens Noel pulled down 14 boards.

San Antonio 119 – DALLAS 117… DeMar DeRozan knocked down a jumper with less than a second remaining to send the Spurs past the Mavericks. 27 of DeRozan’s game-high 33 points came in the second half. Dejounte Murray added 25 points.

Indiana 132 – MEMPHIS 125… The Pacers jumped out to a 45-31 lead after the first quarter and held on to beat the Grizzlies. Caris LeVert pumped in 34 points. Malcolm Brogdon scored 29 points and dished off 11 assists. Domantas Sabonis had 18 points and 15 rebounds.

MINNESOTA 121 – Chicago 117… The Timberwolves held off the Bulls in the second half to escape with the victory. Karl-Anthony Towns and D’Angelo Russell scored 27 points apiece. Towns also had 10 boards.

Miami 107 – PORTLAND 98… The Heat caught fire after a slow start and handled the Trail Blazers. They got 22 points from Bam Adebayo and 20 from Jimmy Butler.

L.A. CLIPPERS 131 – Detroit 124… The Clippers were too much in the fourth quarter and fought off the Pistons in a back-and-forth contest. Marcus Morris scored 33 points and Paul George tossed in 32 to lead seven players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Lakers are at New York…
Dallas hosts Philadelphia…
San Antonio is at Orlando…
Minnesota hosts Brooklyn…
Chicago is at Memphis…
New Orleans hosts Sacramento…
Washington is at Utah…
Golden State hosts Denver…
Houston is at Phoenix

NHL SCOREBOARD
Buffalo 5 – PHILADELPHIA 3… The Sabres scored three straight goals late in the third period to pull past the Flyers. Rasmus Asplund netted the go-ahead goal with 2:38 left. Jeff Skinner scored the tying goal just 25 seconds earlier.

VEGAS 1 – Arizona 0… Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury faced only 14 shots in shutting out the Golden Knights. Tomas Nosek netted the game’s only goal midway through the third period.

Colorado 4 – ANAHEIM 1… Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and had an assist to run his points steak to nine games and the Avalanche cruised past the Ducks. Jonas Johansson stopped 24 shots at goal.

Pittsburgh 5 – NEW JERSEY 2… Colton Sceviour scored back-to-back goals early in the first period and Jake Guentzel accounted for the Penguins’ other three goals in the win over the Devils. Bryan Rust and Mike Matheson each set up two goals.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 – N.Y. Rangers 2 (OT)… Ryan Pulock lit the lamp 1:13 into overtime to lift the Islanders over the Rangers. Goals by Kyle Palmieri and Jean-Gabriel Pageau gave the Islanders a two-goal lead after the first period but they couldn’t hold it.

Washington 8 – BOSTON 1… Conor Sheary and T.J. Oshie netted two goals apiece to lead the Capitals in their romp over the Bruins. Goalie Vitek Vanecek made 34 saves.

NASHVILLE 3 – Dallas 2 (SO)… Ryan Johansen scored the lone goal in the shootout as the Predators outlasted the Stars. Ryan Ellis and Takov Trenin scored in regulation for Nashville.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Carolina…
Columbus hosts Chicago…
Toronto is at Montreal…
Ottawa hosts Winnipeg…
St. Louis is at Minnesota…
Colorado hosts Arizona…
Vegas is at Los Angeles…
San Jose hosts Anaheim

GOLF NEWS… Hideki Matsuyama became the first male golfer from Japan to win a major championship yesterday when he shot a 1-over 73 to take a one-stroke victory over Will Zalatoris at The Masters. Jordan Spieth and Xander Schauffele finished three strokes off the lead in a tie for third place.

The Rundown for April 9, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,002,264 and the nation’s death toll stands at 560,116, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A mass vaccination site in North Carolina temporarily shut down yesterday after several patients suffered immediate reactions to the Johnson & Johnson shot. On Wednesday, 11 people had adverse reactions at a site in Denver, Colorado.

BIDEN TAKES GUN ACTION… President Joe Biden yesterday announced a series of executive actions to reduce gun violence and called on Congress to pass broader gun-control legislation. Biden’s actions included directing the Department of Justice to address the spread of untraceable “ghost guns” and create a federal “red-flag” law that allows police or family members to petition a court to bar an individual from accessing firearms. The president also confirmed that he plans to nominate former federal agent David Chipman to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms.

UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS EXCEED EXPECTATIONS… Numbers released by the Labor Department yesterday revealed that nearly 750,000 U.S. workers have filed for new unemployment benefits. The number of new claims reflects an increase of 16,000 claims over the previous week and is about 70,000 more than what most analysts expected. New claims averaged about 200,000 per week before the pandemic.

FLORIDA SUES OVER CRUISE SHIPS… The state of Florida has filed suit against the Biden administration over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s decision to prevent the U.S. cruise industry from immediately resuming operations amid the pandemic. The suit, filed yesterday in federal court in Tampa by Republican Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, seeks an injunction barring enforcement of the CDC’s order and to quickly lift a “nationwide lockdown” on the industry that has been in place for more than a year. Plaintiffs say Florida’s ports have suffered a decline in operating revenue of almost $300 million since the pandemic started.

CHAUVIN TRIAL… George Floyd died from a “low level of oxygen” and his preexisting health conditions and drug use were not relevant to his death, a renowned pulmonary critical care doctor testified yesterday morning in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. Dr. Martin Tobin told the jury that Floyd was deprived of oxygen after Chauvin pinned him to the street with his knee on his nick and restricted his ability to breathe. Dr. Bill Smock, the police surgeon of the Louisville Police Department, offered testimony supporting Tobin’s conclusion, saying Floyd died of positional asphyxia. Chauvin faces conviction on a charge of second- or third-degree murder, or second-degree manslaughter. His trial is expected to last a couple more weeks.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROGER WATERS TOUR RESCHEDULED
… Roger Waters announced new dates for his “This Is Not a Drill” tour. The tour will launch next summer after the coronavirus pandemic forced postponement. The 36-date North American trek kicks off July 6, 2022, in Pittsburgh and continues through an October 8 show in Dallas. Waters says he’ll play songs from what he calls Pink Floyd’s “golden era,” along with “several” new tracks.

CBS CANCELS ‘McGYVER’… CBS announced yesterday that it is cancelling its “MacGyver” reboot after five seasons. The series will conclude with the April 30 episode. Lucas Till stars in the title role and the cast includes Tristin Mays, Justin Hires, Meredith Eaton, Levy Tran and Henry Ian Cusick. The original “MacGyver” starring Richard Dean Anderson aired for seven seasons from 1985 to 1992.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 3 – Miami 2
… The Mets scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to upend the Marlins. Jeff McNeil homered to lead off the inning and umpires rule that Michael Conforto was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the winning run.

Chi. Cubs 4 – PITTSBURGH 2… Javier Baez’ two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning gave the Cubs the lead for good in their win over the Pirates. Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo smacked solo homers.

COLORADO 7 – Arizona 3… Dom Nuñes blasted a three-run homer to help power the Rockies past the Diamondbacks. Trevor Story and Charlie Blackmon knocked in two runs apiece. Starting pitcher Jon Gray (1-0) held Arizona hitless through six innings.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Milwaukee 1… Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning sent the Cardinals past the Brewers on opening day in St. Louis. Tyler O’Neill’s infield single scored Yadier Molina with they tying run in the seventh.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston 7 – BALTIMORE 3
… The Red Sox topped the Orioles for their fourth straight win. Rafael Devers homered with a runner aboard. Kiké Hernández added a solo shot.

CHI. WHITE SOX 6 – Kansas City 0… White Sox starter Lance Lynn (1-0) tossed a five-hitter and struck out 11 in the majors’ first shutout of the season. Yoan Moncada hit a two-run homer and Yermin Mercedes followed with a solo shot in the bottom of the first inning for Chicago.

MINNESOTA 10 – Seattle 2… The Twins pounded out 16 hits in their thrashing of the Mariners. Mitch Garver blasted a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning. Byron Buxton homered to lead off the fifth. Luis Arraez capped the barrage with a two-run blast in the seventh.

L.A. Angels 7 – TORONTO 5 (11 innings)… David Fletcher came through with a two-run single in the top of the 11th inning to send the Angels past the Blue Jays in the first regular-season game played at Toronto’s spring training home in Dunedin, Florida. Fletcher also doubled home a run in the third. Mike Trout went 3-for-5 with a solo homer.

HOUSTON 6 – Oakland 2… Carlos Correa homered to open the scoring in the bottom of the second inning and doubled home a run in the fourth to spark the Astros past the Athletics. Yordan Alvarez and Jose Altuve also went deep for Houston. Myles Straw stroked a two-run single. Starter Cristian Javier (1-0) pitched three-hit ball over five scoreless innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington (Joe Ross, 0-0) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 0-0) hosts Colorado (Austin Gomber, 0-1)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 1-0) is at Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 0-1)…
Arizona (Taylor Widener, 1-0) hosts Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Corey Kluber, 0-0) are at Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 0-0)…
Toronto (T.J. Zeuch, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 0-1)…
Detroit (Julio Teheran, 1-0) is at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 0-1)
Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 1-0) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 0-1)

INTERLEAGUE
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 1-0) is at Texas (Kohei Arihara, 0-0)

NBA SCOREBOARD
MIAMI 110 – L.A. Lakers 104… The Heat pulled past the shorthanded Lakers in the second half to escape with the victory. Jimmy Butler scored 28 points to lead six players in double figures.

Chicago 122 – TORONTO 113… The Bulls cruised past the Raptors for their third straight win. Nikola Vucevic and Zach LaVine scored 22 points apiece. LaVine also dished off 13 assists.

Cleveland 129 – OKLAHOMA CITY 102… The Cavaliers held the Thunder to 13 third-quarter points and the rout was on. Collin Sexton led all scorers with 27 points. Taurean Prince scored 22 points off the bench and Darius Garland dropped in 21 points.

DALLAS 116 – Milwaukee 101… The Mavericks bombed the Bucks 36-17 in the fourth quarter to run away with the victory. Luka Doncic scored a game-high 27 points. Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and 17 rebounds.

UTAH 122 – Portland 103… The Jazz took control with a dominant third quarter and downed the Trail Blazers for their 23th straight home win. Donovan Mitchell lit it up for 37 points. Rudy Gobert grabbed 21 boards to go with his 18 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 113 – Phoenix 103… The Clippers got 33 points from Paul George and 27 from Kawhi Leonard in downing the Suns. L.A. seized control with a 10-2 spurt to open the second half.

Detroit 113 – SACRAMENTO 101… The Pistons built an 18-point halftime lead on their way past the Kings. Cory Joseph scored a season-high 24 points. Isaiah Stewart had 16 points and 13 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Indiana is at Orlando…
Boston hosts Minnesota…
Memphis is at New York…
Atlanta hosts Chicago…
Philadelphia is at New Orleans…
Milwaukee hosts Charlotte…
San Antonio is at Denver…
Golden State hosts Washington…
Houston is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCOREBOARD
New Jersey 6 – BUFFALO 3… Jesper Boqvist scored the first of Devils’ three unanswered third-period goals in their win over the Sabres. Pavel Zacha scored New Jersey’s first two goals on power-plays 1:41 apart in the first period. Jack Hughes had a goal and two assists.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 – Philadelphia 2 (SO)… The Islanders recovered to outlast the Flyers after blowing an early two-goal lead. Brock Nelson opened the scoring with a first-period goal and netted the lone goal in the shootout.

Pittsburgh 5 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… Radim Zohorna, Evan Rodrigues and Kris Letang all had a goal and an assist as the Penguins skated past the Rangers to snap a two-game skid.

Boston 4 – WASHINGTON 2… Brad Marchand scored a shorthanded goal and had an assist in the Bruins’ win over the Capitals. Craig Smith also had a goal and an assist. Goalie Jeremy Swayman made 31 saves in his second NHL start.

CAROLINA 3 – Florida 0… Hurricanes Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic stopped all 24 shots for his third shutout in 12 games. Vincent Trocheck, Sebastian Aho and Martin Necas scored for Carolina.

Tampa Bay 6 – COLUMBUS 4… The Lightning scored three goals in the first six minutes and held off the Blue Jackets. Blake Coleman had a goal and two assists. Yanni Gourde set up four goals.

Winnipeg 4 – MONTREAL 2… The Jets scored three first-period goals and hung on to top the Canadiens. Kyle Connor assisted on two goals. Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 36 stops.

Edmonton 3 – OTTAWA 1… Devin Shore tipped in a go-ahead goal with 7 minutes left and Jesse Puljujarvi added an empty-netter as the Oilers completed a nine-game sweep of the season series.

Nashville 7 – DETROIT 1… Viktor Arvidsson scored three goals in leading the Predators past the Red Wings. Nick Cousins had a goal and an assist. Ben Harpur had two assists.

Dallas 5 – CHICAGO 1… Blake Comeau found the net twice as the Stars breezed past the Blackhawks. Roope Hintz had a goal and three assists. Anton Khudobin made 38 saves at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Islanders host the N.Y. Rangers…
Washington is at Buffalo…
St. Louis hosts Minnesota…
Arizona is at Vegas…
Anaheim hosts Colorado…
Los Angeles is at San Jose

NFL NEWS… Authorities in South Carolina have confirmed that former NFL player Phillip Adams killed five people before killing himself on Wednesday. York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said at a news conference yesterday that investigators don’t know the motive in the shooting deaths of a prominent doctor, his wife and their three grandchildren. The 33-year-old Adams played defensive back in 78 NFL games over five seasons for San Francisco, New England, Seattle, Oakland and the New York Jets before finishing his career with Atlanta in 2015.

GOLF NEWS… Justin Rose made seven birdies and an eagle on his way to an opening-round 7-under 65 to take a four-stroke lead at The Masters. Brian Harman and Hideki Matsuyama finished the round in second place. Will Zalatoris, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Webb Simpson and Patrick Reed were in third place, five shots off the lead.

The Rundown for April 8, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 30,921,975 and the nation’s death toll stands at 559,109, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Nearly half of new coronavirus cases over the last week were confined to just five states, according to Johns Hopkins data. As of yesterday morning, New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey accounted for more than 196,400 of the country’s 453,360 cases (43 percent)… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky cautioned during a COVID-19 Response Team update yesterday that the U.K. coronavirus variant has become the most dominant strain of the virus in the U.S. Scientists warn that the variant has been found to be more contagious and up to 100 more deadly than the original strains of the virus. Walensky said the spread of the U.K. variant could lead to a surge of new COVID-19 cases.

BIDEN TAKING GUN ACTION… Administration officials say President Joe Biden will take his first, limited actions on gun control today by directing his administration to tighten restrictions on so-called ghost guns and stabilizing braces that turn pistols into short-barreled rifles, in terms of accuracy. Biden vowed following two mass shootings last month that he would take “common sense” steps right away to address gun violence. The president also is expected to announce his nomination of ATF veteran and gun control advocate David Chipman as the director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

MORE MIGRANT FAMILIES REUNITED… Lawyers who’ve been struggling to reunite migrant families separated during the Trump administration have recently contacted the parents of 61 more children, according to papers filed in federal court last night. The number of known separated children whose parents have yet to be contacted has dropped from 506 to 445. The number stood at 611 in mid-January. The search is being conducted by a coalition of pro bono attorneys known as the steering committee,

VIRGINIA LEGALIZES CANNABIS… The Virginia General Assembly narrowly voted yesterday to legalize cannabis possession and home cultivation of plants for adults 21 and over. The law will take effect on July 1. Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax broke a 20-20 tie in the Senate by casting his vote in favor. It could take years, however, before before businesses can begin selling marijuana, because the legislature will need to deliberate and implement a regulatory framework. The bill also provides for automatic expungement of past misdemeanor convictions concerning cannabis. Virginia becomes the 16th state in the U.S. to legalize cannabis.

U.S., IRAQ AGREE ON WITHDRAWAL… A third round of talks concluded yesterday with the U.S. and Iraq reaching agreement on the eventual withdrawal of U.S. combat troops from the Middle East nation. The two sides announced in a joint statement that the U.S. military presence in Iraq would begin to shift to a non-combat role. About 2,500 U.S. troops remain in the country.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR WALTER OLKEWICZ DIES
… Longtime character actor Walter Olkewicz, whose many credits over nearly a 50-year-long career included “Seinfeld” and “Twin Peaks,” died in Southern California yesterday after a long battle with infections. He was 72. Olkewicz played Nick the cable guy on the 1996 “Seinfeld” episode “The Cadillac” and was cast as the bartender and croupier Jacques Renault on the original “Twin Peaks” as well as the 2017 Showtime reboot. He also played an oil refinery worker on the 90s TV series “Grace Under Fire.” His film roles include a mafia lawyer in the 1994 film “The Client.”

JACK HANNA BATTLING DEMENTIA… Animal expert and zookeeper Jack Hanna, whose many television appearances made him a national celebrity, is retiring from public life after being diagnosed with dementia. Family members broke the news in a social-media post and explained that the illness as progressed faster than expected. The 76-year-old Hanna, who served as the director of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium for several years, made regular appearances on such shows as “Good Morning America” and “Late Night With David Letterman.”

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 7 – WASHINGTON 6
(7 innings)… Travis d’Arnaud’s two-run double capped a five-run top of the second inning and the Braves held on to take the first game of a doubleheader and win for the first time in four games this season. Ronald Acuña Jr. went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

Atlanta 2 – WASHINGTON 0 (7 innings)… Huascar Ynoa and two relievers combined on a two-hit shutout as the Braves completed a sweep of the twinbill. Pablo Sandoval connected for a two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. Atlanta managed just one hit in the first six innings off Washington starter Stephen Strasburg.

CINCINNATI 11 – Pittsburgh 4… Tyler Naquin’s leadoff homer sparked a five-run bottom of the first inning and the Reds rolled past the Pirates. Nick Castellanos, Aristides Aquino and Tyler Stephenson also hit solo homers. Luis Castillo (1-1) allowed just four hits over seven scoreless innings.

Milwaukee 4 – CHI. CUBS 2 (10 innings)… Lorenzo Cain opened the scoring with a homer to lead off the top of the eighth inning and added a three-run shot in the 10th to power the Brewers past the Cubs.

PHILADELPHIA 8 – N.Y. Mets 2… Alec Bohn and J.T. Realmuto blasted three-run homers as the Phillies cruised past the Mets. Rhys Hoskins also went deep.

San Francisco 3 – SAN DIEGO 2 (1O innings)… Donovan Solano’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 10th inning scored Alex Dickerson with the decisive run in the Giants’ win over the Padres. Darin Ruf homered with a runner aboard in the second.

St. Louis 7 – MIAMI 0… Jack Flaherty (1-0) limited the Marlins to one hit over six innings and two relievers did the rest in the Cardinals’ blanking of the Marlins. Yadier Molina hit a two-run homer and Dylan Carlson unloaded a grand slam.

COLORADO 8 – Arizona 0… Antonio Senzatela (1-1) held the Diamondbacks to four hits over eight innings and got plenty of support offensively in the Rockies’ shutout victory. Chris Owings went 3-for-3 with a two-run double.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
CLEVELAND 4 – Kansas City 2
… Jose Ramirez slugged a pair of go-ahead two-run homers to lead the Indians past the Royals.

Minnesota 3 – DETROIT 2… Jorge Polanco’s two-run double in the top of the sixth inning lifted the Twins over the Tigers.

BOSTON 9 – Tampa Bay 2… Christian Vázquez drilled a two-run homer and singled home a run as the Red Sox thrashed the Rays. Starter Nathan Eovaldi (1-1) allowed a run on three hits over seven innings.

TEXAS 2 – Toronto 1… Kyle Gibson (1-0) scattered six hits over six shutout innings and Rangers held off the Blue jays. Nick Solak hit a leadoff homer and Luis Taveras singled home a run in the top of the second inning.

SEATTLE 8 – Chi. White Sox 4… The Mariners erupted to score seven runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to erase a 4-1 deficit and put away the White Sox. Kyle Seager struck the big blow with a bases-clearing double.

Baltimore 4 – N.Y. YANKEES 3 (11 innings)… Chance Sisco’s pinch-hit single in the top of the 11th inning scored Rio Ruiz with a go-ahead run and the Orioles made it stand in outlasting the Yankees. Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander hit solo homers.

INTERLEAGUE
OAKLAND 4 – L.A. Dodgers 3
(10 innings)… The Athletics rallied past the Dodgers for their first win in seven games this season. Mitch Moreland stroked a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning. Matt Chapman homered in the seventh and scored the tying run on Elvis Andrus’ sacrifice fly in the ninth.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (TBA) is at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 0-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 1-0)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 0-1) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-1) hosts Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 0-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 0-0) is at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 0-0) host Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 0-0) is at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 1-0)…
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 0-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)…
Oakland (Cole Irvin, 0-1) is at Houston (Cristian Javier, 0-0)

NBA SCOREBOARD
INDIANA 141 – Minnesota 137… The short-handed Pacers goT 22 points from Aaron Holiday and 21 in Justin Holiday in downing the Timberwolves.

Washington 131 – ORLANDO 116… The Wizards made 19 3-pointers in their win over the Magic. Bradley Beal returned after a five-game absence and scored 26 points. Russell Westbrook piled up 23 points, 14 rebounds and 15 assists.

BOSTON 101 – New York 99… The Celtics came up big in the fourth quarter to rally past the Knicks. Jaylen Brown scored 32 points and grabbed 10 boards.

BROOKLYN 139 – New Orleans 111… The Nets got 24 points from Kyrie Irving and 22 from LaMarcus Aldridge in their bombing of the Pelicans.

Memphis 131 – ATLANTA 113… The Grizzlies rolled past the Hawks for their fourth straight win. Grayson Allen scored 17 of his 30 points in the third quarter.

HOUSTON 102 – Dallas 93… The Rockets surprised the Mavericks to snap their five-game skid. John Wall returned from injury to score 31 points.

Charlotte 113 – OKLAHOMA CITY 102… Jalen McDaniels scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Hornets topped the Thunder. Cody Zeller delivered 15 points and 14 rebounds off the bench.

DENVER 106 – San Antonio 96… Nikola Jokic scored 25 points and dished off 10 assists in leading the Nuggets past the Spurs. Michael Porter Jr. finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

PHOENIX 117 – Utah 113 (OT)… The Suns fought off the Jazz in a matchup between the top two teams in the NBA. Devin Booker pumped in 35 points. Chris Paul tossed in 29 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Lakers are at Miami…
Toronto hosts Chicago…
Cleveland is at Oklahoma City…
Dallas hosts Milwaukee…
Portland is at Utah…
the L.A. Clippers host Phoenix…
Detroit is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD
Edmonton 4 – OTTAWA 2… Connor McDavid assisted on Leon Draisaitl’s three goals and netted the game-winner with 6:06 remaining to lead the Oilers past the Senators.

TORONTO 3 – Montreal 2… Auston Matthews netted his NHL-leading 28th goal to highlight the Maple Leafs’ win over the Canadiens. Goalie Jack Campbell made 32 saves in his 10th straight victory.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Vegas 1… The Blues skated past the Golden Knights to snap their seven-game winless streak. Jordan Bennington stopped 45 shots at goal. Vladimir Tarasenko and Sammy Blais scored first-period goals.

MINNESOTA 8 – Colorado 3… Kevin Fiala scored three goals and assisted on another as the Wild shot their way past the Avalanche. Kirill Kaprizov added two goals and an assist. Jared Spurgeon set up three goals.

LOS ANGELES 4 – Arizona 3… The Kings came from two goals down in the third period to upend the Coyotes. Carl Grundstrom netted the decisive goal with 6:05 remaining. Drew Doughty assisted on two goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
New Jersey is at Buffalo…
the N.Y. Islanders host Philadelphia…
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Boston is at Washington…
Carolina hosts Florida…
Tampa Bay is at Columbus…
Montreal hosts Winnipeg…
Edmonton is at Ottawa…
Detroit hosts Nashville…
Dallas is at Chicago

The Rundown for April 7, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 30,845,12 and the nation’s death toll stands at 556,509, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that he is moving up his deadline for states to make all American adults eligible for a coronavirus vaccine by April 19, which is weeks ahead of an original May 1 deadline… Texas Governor Greg Abbott yesterday issued an executive order that prohibits state agencies and certain private businesses from requiring patrons to possess COVID-19 “vaccine passports.” Abbott argued in a social-media post that no Texans should be forced to show private health information to conduct daily activities.

U.S.-IRAN TALKS ‘CONSTRUCTIVE’… The leader of the Iranian delegation at meetings in Vienna, Austria, expressed limited optimism yesterday following indirect talks with the U.S. over the return to the 2015 nuclear deal. Iranian delegate Abbas Araqchi told state-run Press TV that the talks were “constructive” and that parties will hold further negotiations on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Friday. Araqchi did condemn the U.S.’ dismissal of Tehran’s demand for sanctions to be lifted as a condition for the deal’s return. The meetings in Vienna are being hosted by the European Union.

FORMER TRUMP APPOINTEE GIVEN 4-YEAR BAN… Former Housing and Urban Development regional administrator Lynne Patton has agreed to a four-year ban from federal employment after an investigation found she violated the Hatch Act, which prevents federal employees from using their office for personal gain. Patton, who was appointed to the post by former president Trump after shed previously served as the party planner at the wedding of Trump’s son Eric, must also pay a $1,000 fine. The investigation was launched in response to a complaint filed by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. The complaint centered on a video capturing New York City tenants talking about how bad New York’s federal housing was. Patton later turned the video into a two-minute clip that aired at the Republican National Convention and was used to promote Trump and bash New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, even though the people who had been interviewed insisted that they hated Trump.

CONGRESSMAN ALCEE HASTINGS DIES… Longtime U.S. congressman from Florida Alcee Hastings died yesterday following a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 84. Hastings was elected in 1992 as the first African American elected to Congress in Florida since the post-Civil War period after a bribery scandal led to his impeachment as a federal judge appointed by Jimmy Carter in 1979. In November, he was re-elected for his 15th term in the House after pulling in 78.7 percent of the vote and held senior posts on the House Rules Committee and the Helsinki Commission, which works with other countries on a variety of multinational issues. His heavily-Democratic district currently includes parts of Fort Lauderdale, Palm Beach and the area around Lake Okeechobee. Governor Ron DeSantis will call a special election in the coming months to fill the vacancy. In the meantime, Hasting’s death lowers the Democrats’ majority in the House to 218-211.

SAILOR GUNNED DOWN AFTER INJURING 2 IN MARYLAND SHOOTINGS… Police yesterday morning fatally shot a Navy sailor who shot and injured two other sailors at a Navy-linked facility in Frederick, Maryland. Authorities say the officers encountered the shooter after he drove to nearby Fort Detrick. The gunman reportedly used a rifle but no additional information on the weapon was released.

ENTERTAINMENT
HELEN MIRREN TO STAR AS GOLDA MEIR
… Helen Mirren has signed on to star as Golda Meir in in an upcoming biopic by Oscar-winning Israeli-born director Guy Nattiv. “Golda” tells the story of Israel’s first woman prime minister as she is forced to make crucial decisions during 1973’s Yom Kippur War after Egypt, Syria and Jordan launched a surprise attack on the Sinai Peninsula and the Golan Heights. Producers are eyeing an October production start date. Nattiv’s 2018 feature film “Skin” won the Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film. Mirren won the Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in the 2006 film “The Queen.” She also has received Academy Award nominations for work in the films “Gosford Park,” “The Last Station” and “The Madness of King George.”

JULIA ROBERTS-GEORGE CLOONEY ROMCOM GETS RELEASE… The upcoming Julia Roberts-George Clooney romantic comedy “Ticket to Paradise” is scheduled to hit theaters on September 30, 2022. Roberts and Clooney will play a divorced couple who try to stop their lovestruck daughter from repeating their mistakes. The Universal release also stars Billie Lourd.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

DETROIT 4 – Minnesota 3 (10 innings)… Akil Baddoo singled home Harold Castro with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Tigers past the Twins. Robbie Grossman knocked in a pair of runs with a double and a single.

WASHINGTON 6 – Atlanta 5… Juan Soto’s single in the bottom of the ninth inning scored Victor Robles and made a winner out of the Nationals in their delayed season opener. Trea Turner homered with a runner aboard and Jonathan Lucroy doubled home two runs for Washington.

Houston 4 – L.A. ANGELS 2… Carlos Correa belted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to push the Astros past the Angels. Houston tied the game in the second on back-to-back solo homers by Kyle Tucker and Aledmys Diaz.

N.Y. YANKEES 7 – Baltimore 2… Gerrit Cole (1-0) pitched four-hit ball and struck out 13 in a dominant performance that carried the Yankees past the orioles. Aaron Judge singled home a run and blasted a three-run homer. Jay Bruce also went deep.

CINCINNATI 14 – Pittsburgh 1… Tyler Naquin homered twice and drove in seven runs to lead the Reds in their shredding of the Pirates. Jonathan India went 3-for-4 with four RBIs.

St. Louis 4 – MIAMI 2… The Cardinals eased past the Marlins after spotting them an early two-run lead. Yadier Molina lifted a go-ahead sacrifice fly to cap a three-run top of the sixth inning. Dylan Carlson added a solo homer.

N.Y. Mets 8 – PHILADELPHIA 4… The Mets put together a four-run top of the seventh inning in doubling up on the Phillies. Dominic Smith and Pete Alonso hit two-run homers.

BOSTON 6 – Tampa Bay 5 (12 innings)… J.D. Martinez’ two-run double in the bottom of the 12th inning gave the Red Sox a hard-fought win over the Rays. Christian Vazquez hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the ninth inning and Rafael Devers singled home another tying run in the 11th.

Milwaukee 4 – CHI. CUBS 0… Freddy Peralta (1-0) and two relievers combined on a one-hitter and the Brewers cruised past the Cubs. Travis Shaw drilled a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Omar Narváez added a solo shot in the fourth.

TEXAS 7 – Toronto 4… Nick Lowe connected for a pair of two-run homers and the Rangers got solo blasts from Ronald Guzmán and Jonah Heim in downing the Blue Jays. Starter Dane Dunning (1-0) allowed a run on three hits over five innings.

L.A. Dodgers 5 – OAKLAND 1… Clayton Kershaw (1-1) gave up just a run on four hits over seven innings in a strong effort and the Dodgers dealt the Athletics their sixth straight loss to start the season. Max Muncy homered with a runner aboard. Edwin Rios and Mookie Betts added solo shots.

SAN DIEGO 3 – San Francisco 1… Victor Caratini’s tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning muscled the Padres past the Giants. Starter Yu Darvish pitched six strong innings but didn’t get a decision.

Arizona 10 – COLORADO 8 (13 innings)… Stephen Vogt singled home a run and Ketel Marte doubled home two more as the Diamondbacks scored three runs in the top of the 13th inning to outlast the Rockies after blowing one-run leads in the 10th and 12th innings. Vogt also hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Christian Walker homered with a runner aboard in the sixth.

Chi. White Sox 10 – SEATTLE 4… Jose Abreu unloaded a grand slam, Zack Collins hit a three-run homer and Luis Robert added a two-run shot as the White Sox pounded the Mariners. Abreu also lifted a sacrifice fly.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0; Huascar Ynoa, 0-0) is at Washington (Erick Fedde, 0-0; Stephen Strasbug, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl), 0-0…
Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 0-0) is at Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 0-1)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 1-0) hosts Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 0-0)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 0-0) hosts Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 0-1)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 0-1) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 1-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 0-0) are at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 0-0)…
Seattle (Justin Dunn, 0-0) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 0-0) is at San Diego (Blake Snell, 0-0)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-0) hosts St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0)…
Baltimore (John Means, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 0-0)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 0-1) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-0)

MLB MOVES ALL-STAR GAME… Major League Baseball yesterday confirmed that the 2021 All-Star Game has been Coors Field in Denver. The move comes days after the league announced that it planned to move the All-Star Game and MLB Draft out of Atlanta in response to Georgia enacting controversial new voting restrictions last month. The game is scheduled for July 13.

NBA SCOREBOARD
Chicago 113 – INDIANA 97… Nikola Vucevic powered his way to 32 points and 17 rebounds in leading the Bulls past the short-handed Pacers. Zach LaVine added 19 points.

ATLANTA 123 – New Orleans 107… The Hawks used a barrage of 3-pointers to bomb the Pelicans in the third quarter and pull away with the win. Trae Young pumped in 30 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic tossed in 21 points.

Philadelphia 106 – BOSTON 96… The 76ers got 35 points from Joel Embiid in rolling past the Celtics for their third straight win. Danny Green added 17 points.

L.A. Lakers 110 – TORONTO 101… The Lakers jumped out to a 12-point lead after the first quarter and retained control in their win over the Raptors. Talen Horton-Tucker came off the bench to score 17 points and lead seven players in double figures.

Memphis 124 – MIAMI 112… The Grizzlies won their third in a row and handed the Heat their first loss in five games. Dillon Brooks scored a season-high 28 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 20 points and 10 boards.

DENVER 134 – Detroit 119… The Nuggets built a 20-point halftime lead and coasted past the Pistons. Nikola Jokic led the way with 27 points. Michael Porter Jr. added 25 points and Wil Barton tossed in 24.

GOLDEN STATE 122 – Milwaukee 121… The Warriors held on at the end to edge the bucks. Kelly Oubre knocked down a pair of pair of free throws with 7.7 seconds left. Stephen Curry poured in 41 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 133 – Portland 116… The Clippers scored a franchise-record 47 first-quarter points on their way to a blowout of the Trail Blazers. Paul George scored a game-high 36 points. Kawhi Leonard had 20 points and 11 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at Indiana…
Orlando hosts Washington…
New York is at Boston…
Brooklyn hosts New Orleans…
Memphis is at Atlanta…
Houston hosts Dallas…
Charlotte is at Oklahoma City…
Denver hosts San Antonio…
Utah is at Phoenix

NHL SCOREBOARD
Buffalo 5 – NEW JERSEY 3… The Sabres closed with three straight goals to upend the Devils and end their 10-game road winless streak. Casey Mittelstadt and Rasmus Dahlin both had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 1 – Washington 0… Brock Nelson broke a scoreless tie with just under seven minutes remaining and the Islanders held on to clip the Capitals. Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 29 shots.

N.Y. RANGERS 8 – Pittsburgh 4… Eight different players found the net as the Rangers outshot the Penguins. Artemi Panarin had a goal and three assists.

Boston 4 – PHILADELPHIA 2… Patrice Bergeron scored three goals in leading the Bruins past the Flyers. Brad Marchand added a shorthanded goal. Jeremy Swayman made 40 saves at goal.

CAROLINA 5 – Florida 2… Jordan Staal scored two of the Hurricanes’ four unanswered goals in the third period in a comeback win over the Panthers. Vincent Trocheck had a goal and an assist. Goalie Petr Mrazek made 34 stops.

COLUMBUS 4 – Tampa Bay 2… The Blue Jackets scored the game’s first four goals in skating past the Lightning. Max Domi and Jack Roslovic each had a goal and an assist. Joonas Korpisalo made 36 saves at goal.

Nashville 3 – DETROIT 2 (SO)… Ryan Johansen and Roman Josi scored in the shootout to send the Predators past the Red Wings. Mikael Granlund scored a tying goal with 3:58 left in regulation.

CHICAGO 4 – Dallas 2… Patrick Kane scored a goal and assisted on another as the Blackhawks topped the Stars. Chicago also got goals from Kirby Dach, Dominik Kublik and Alex DeBrincat.

Anaheim 5 – SAN JOSE 1… David Backes and Nicolas Deslauriers each had a goal and an assist for the Ducks as they skated past the Sharks. Goalie John Gibson made 34 saves.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Edmonton is at Ottawa…
Toronto hosts Montreal…
Vegas is at St. Louis…
Minnesota hosts Colorado…
Arizona is at Los Angeles

The Rundown for April 6, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 30,777,338 and the nation’s death toll stands at 555,403, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said yesterday that the Biden administration is working with AstraZeneca to identify other facilities to produce its coronavirus vaccine after the contractor Emergent BioSolutions mixed up ingredients for two vaccines. AstraZeneca’s vaccine has yet to be approved in the U.S.

RULING HELPS DEMS BYPASS GOP FILIBUSTERS… A ruling yesterday by Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough paved the way for Democrats to pass the Biden administration’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan. MacDonough ruled that Democrats can use special rules to avoid Republican filibusters to pass two more major pieces of legislation with simple majority votes instead of reaching a 67-vote threshold that would require at least 17 GOP votes. Senate Democrats used the same budget reconciliation strategy to pass Biden’s $1.9 trillion pandemic aid package last month.

BIDEN CONFIDENT IN RAISED CORPORATE TAX… President Joe Biden expressed confidence yesterday in his plan to increase corporate America’s tax bill. Biden says he’s not worried about the impact of his proposed 28-percent corporate rate on the economy because there’s no evidence that it would. “Here you have 51 or 52 corporations in the Fortune 500 that haven’t paid a single penny in taxes for three years,” Biden noted. The proposed increase to the corporate rate is part of the administration’s effort to fund its infrastructure proposal.

ARKANSAS GOVERNOR VETOES TRANS MINOR MEDICAL BILL… Arkansas Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson yesterday vetoed a bill that would have made his state the first to restrict gender-affirming medical care, such as puberty blockers, for transgender minors. Calling the bill “a vast government overreach,” Hutchinson said at a news conference that the law would create “new standards of legislative interference with physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most complex and sensitive matters involving young people.” The Arkansas Senate passed the bill last week, and Hutchinson said he expects that the General Assembly will “likely” override his veto with a simple majority.

CHAUVIN TRIAL… There was more dramatic testimony yesterday on Day 6 of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. Chauvin is facing murder and manslaughter charges stemming from the death of George Floyd last May and prosecutors are attacking the defense’s claim that he was only doing what he was trained to do during his 19 years as a Minneapolis police officer. In yesterday’s testimony, Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo told the jury that Chauvin broke Minneapolis police department rules and its ethics code governing the “sanctity of life” with his conduct during the arrest of Floyd. Meanwhile, MPD Inspector Katie Blackwell, who headed the department’s training unit last year, said that kneeling on the neck, as Chauvin did to Floyd for nine minutes, is not allowed under department policy. She explained that only arms could be used as neck restraints and that Chauvin used an improvised position that was not part of his training. Also, the emergency-room doctor who treated Floyd testified that he theorized at the time that Floyd most likely died of asphyxiation.

ENTERTAINMENT
DMX VIGIL
… Supporters and family of the rapper DMX held a vigil last night outside the New York hospital where he remains on life support. The 50-year-old rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was admitted to the hospital on Friday following a heart attack. DMX has released seven albums starting with his 1998 debut, “It’s Dark and Hell is Hot,” which debuted atop the Billboard 200 album chart. The three-time Grammy nominee also has acted in several movies.

WEINSTEIN APPEALS CONVICTION… Harvey Weinstein is appealing his conviction for sexual assault and rape. In their court filing yesterday, lawyers for the film producer laid out seven grounds for overturning the conviction. The 69-year-old producer of films such as “Pulp Fiction,” “Shakespeare in Love” and “Gangs of New York” is serving a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted in February 2020.

SPORTS
BAYLOR WINS MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS TITLE
… Baylor built a big lead early and withstood several surges to put away previously unbeaten Gonzaga 86-70 in last night’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship final in Indianapolis. Baylor made 10 of 24 3-point attempts and had four starters score in double figures. Jared Butler pumped in 22 points on his way to being named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player. On the defensive end, the Bears held the Zags to 5-of-17 shooting from beyond the arc and forced 14 turnovers. Gonzaga was seeking to become the first team since Indiana in 1976 to cap an unbeaten season with a title-game victory.

NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS… Hubert Davis has been named the new head men’s basketball coach at the University of North Carolina. The 51-year-old Davis has served the past nine seasons as an assistant under his predecessor, Roy Williams, who announced his retirement last week after 18 seasons at North Carolina and 33 seasons as a head coach. Davis played for the Tar Heels under legendary coach Dean Smith from 1988 to 1992. The New York Knicks selected him in the first round of the NBA draft and he played for six organizations during his 12-year NBA career.

MLB SCORES
Minnesota 15 – DETROIT 6… Nelson Cruz unloaded a grand slam and added a solo homer as the Twins thrashed the Tigers. Starter Matt Shoemaker (1-0) allowed just a run on three hits over six innings.

Toronto 6 – TEXAS 2… Marcus Semien and Cavan Biggio slugged back-to-back homers in the top of the second inning to highlight the Blue Jays’ win over the Rangers. Steven Matz (1-0) limited Texas to a run on two hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Kansas City 3 – CLEVELAND 0… Three pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Royals blanked the Indians. Starter Danny Duffy (1-0) allowed two hits over six innings. Whit Merrifield drove in all three Kansas City runs with a two-run homer and a sacrifice fly.

N.Y. YANKEES 7 – Baltimore 0… Jordan Montgomery (1-0) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and two pitchers provided hitless relief as the Yankees breezed past the Orioles. Giancarlo Stanton cracked a grand slam. Aaron Judge also went deep.

CINCINNATI 5 – Pittsburgh 3… The Reds fought their way past the Pirates after spotting them an early two-run lead. Mike Moustakas slugged a tying solo homer in the fifth and Nick Castellanos added a go-ahead homer in the seventh.

St. Louis 4 – MIAMI 1… Yadier Molina’s two-run double capped a three-run top of the first inning and the Cardinals coasted past the Marlins. Starter Daniel Ponce de Leon (1-0) surrendered a run on three hits over five innings.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – N.Y. Mets 3… The Phillies came up with all five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to get past the Mets. A throwing error by New York third-baseman Luis Guillorme allowed Rhys Hoskins to score the go-ahead run. J.T. Realmuto and Michael Conforto stroked run-scoring singles.

BOSTON 11 – Tampa Bay 2… The Red Sox used a 16-hit attack to crush the Rays. J.D. Martinez belted a three-run homer. Nick Pivetta (1-0) pitched two-hit ball over five scoreless innings.

CHI. CUBS 5 – Milwaukee 3… Willson Contreras, Javier Báez and David Bote homered during a four-run bottom of the fourth inning that powered the Cubs past the Brewers. Contreras’ blast was a two-run shot.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – Houston 6… The Angels erased a 4-0 deficit on their way past the Astros. Anthony Rendon’s sacrifice fly capped a four-run bottom of the eighth inning.

L.A. Dodgers 10 – OAKLAND 3… Corey Seager and Zach McKinstry knocked in three runs apiece as the Dodgers ripped the Athletics. Wil Smith and Justin Turner hit solo homers. Starter Dustin May (1-0) held Oakland to two hits over six shutout innings.

Chi. White Sox 6 – SEATTLE 0… Carlos Rodon (1-0) and two White Sox relievers blanked the Mariners on three hits. Yasmani Grandal homered and singled home two runs.

San Francisco 3 – SAN DIEGO 2… Mike Yastrzemski came through with a tie-breaking pinch-hit solo homer in the top of the seventh inning and the Giants made it stand in edging the Padres. Darin Ruff and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco.

Atlanta – WASHINGTON (ppd)… Major League Baseball postponed yesterday’s opener of the teams’ three-game series because of a coronavirus outbreak that involves 11 of Washington’s players. The game has been re-scheduled for today.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Minnesota (J.A. Happ) is at Detroit (Casey Mize)…
Washington (Max Scherzer) hosts Atlanta (Drew Smyly)…
Houston (Zack Greinke) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole) host Baltimore (Dean Kremer)…
Pittsburgh (Trevor Cahill) is at Cincinnati (Wade Miley)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara) hosts St. Louis (John Gant)…
the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman) are at Philadelphia (Chase Anderson)…
Boston (Martin Perez) hosts Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta) is at the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay)…
Texas (Dane Dunning) hosts Toronto (Tanner Roark)…
Arizona (Luke Weaver) is at Colorado (German Marquez)…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 0-1) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 0-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito) are at Seattle (James Paxton)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish) hosts San Francisco (Aaron Sanchez)

NBA SCOREBOARD
TORONTO 103 – Washington 101… Gary Trent Jr. beat the buzzer with a 3-pointer to cap the Raptors’ comeback from a 19-point second-half deficit in upending the Wizards. Pascal Siakam’s 22 points led six players in double figures.

BROOKLYN 114 – New York 112… Jeff Green’s two free throws with 3.7 seconds remaining lifted the Nets over the Knicks. Green finished with 23 points. Kyrie Irving erupted to score 40 points after James Harden left the game early with hamstring tightness.

DALLAS 111 – Utah 103… The Mavericks fought off the Stars for their fifth straight win. They got 31 points from Luka Doncic and 23 from Dorian Finney-Smith. Jalen Brunson delivered 20 points off the bench.

MINNESOTA 116 – Sacramento 106… D’Angelo Russell returned following knee surgery to score 25 points in leading the Timberwolves past the Kings. Karl-Anthony Towns powered his way to 23 points and 13 rebounds.

Detroit 132 – OKLAHOMA CITY 108… The Pistons jumped out to an 11-point lead after the first quarter and cruised past the Thunder. Jerami Grant scored 21 points against his former team. Six other players scored in double figures for Detroit.

Cleveland 125 – SAN ANTONIO 101… Darius Garland pumped in a career-high 37 points to lead the Cavaliers in their rout of the Spurs. Collin Sexton added 22 points. Isaiah Hartenstein came off the bench to score 16 points and grab 12 boards.

Phoenix 133 – HOUSTON 130… Devin Booker scored 18 of his game-high 36 points in the fourth quarter to help the Suns hold off the Rockets. Deandre Ayton had 17 points and 11 rebounds. Mikal Bridges tossed in 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Indiana…
Atlanta hosts New Orleans…
Philadelphia is at Boston…
Toronto hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Memphis is at Miami…
Denver hosts Detroit…
Milwaukee is at Golden State…
the L.A. Clippers host Portland

NHL SCOREBOARD
MONTREAL 3 – Edmonton 2 (OT)… Eric Staal made the most of his Montreal debut by scoring the game-winner at 4:02 of overtime in the Canadiens’ come-from-behind win over the Oilers. Josh Anderson and Tomas Tatar netted back-to-back goals in the third-period to erase a two-goal deficit.

WINNIPEG 4 – Ottawa 3… Pierre-Luc Dubois found the net twice to lead the Jets past the Senators. Andrew Copp set up two goals.

Philadelphia 3 – BOSTON 2 (OT)… Travis Sanheim’s goal 3:08 into overtime sent the Flyers past the Bruins. Sean Couturier tied the game with a power-play goal early in the third period.

Vegas 6 – ST. LOUIS 1… The Golden Knights blew away the Blues with a four-goal second period. Alec Martinez netted a pair of goals. William Carrier had a goal and an assist. Goalie Robin Lehner made 31 saves.

Colorado 5 – MINNESOTA 4… The Avalanche scored four unanswered goals in the second period and held off the Wild to extend their points streak to 15 games. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist. Samuel Girard assisted on two goals.

Toronto 5 – CALGARY 3… Auston Matthews’ second goal of the night came on a third-period power play and gave the Maple Leafs the lead for good in their win over the Flames. John Tavaras had a goal and an assist.

Arizona 5 – LOS ANGELES 2… Michael Bunting’s hat trick carried the Coyotes over the Kings. Adin Hill stopped 36 shots at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Buffalo is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Islanders host Washington…
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia hosts Boston…
Florida is at Carolina…
Columbus hosts Tampa Bay…
Nashville is at Detroit…
Chicago hosts Dallas…
Anaheim is at San Jose

NFL NEWS… The New York Jets ended months of speculation yesterday by trading quarterback Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers for three draft picks. The Jets get a sixth-rounder in the 2021 draft later this month and a second-rounder and fourth-rounder in 2022. Darnold, the No. 3 overall draft pick out of USC in 2018, regressed the passed two seasons after showing considerable improvement over the course of his rookie season. Darnold threw 45 touchdown passes and 39 interceptions during his three seasons in New York and the Jets went 13-25 with him as a starter.

The Rundown for April 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 30,706,121 and the nation’s death toll stands at 555,001, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. has administered more than 165 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines and distributed nearly 208 million doses as of yesterday morning, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The agency said 106,214,924 people had received at least one vaccine dose, while 61,416,536 people have been fully vaccinated… Infectious disease expert Michael Osterholm cited threats posed by variants in claiming yesterday that the U.S. is in “category five hurricane status” with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. During an appearance on NBC News’ “Meet the Press,” Osterholm noted an ongoing pattern of surges beginning in the Upper Midwest and Northeast then subsiding and surging in the Southern Sunbelt states, before subsiding and then reemerging in the Northeast and Midwest. He expressed hope that a spike in new cases recorded in Michigan on Saturday served as a “wakeup call.”

WHITE HOUSE EASTER MESSAGES… President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden delivered a message of hope in their Easter greetings to Americans yesterday. President Biden released a video on social media urging more Americans to get vaccinated and repeating Pope Francis’ declaration that it is a moral obligation. Vice President Kamala Harris also posted a video, reminding Americans that there is “always reason for hope” amid the Easter holiday.

BUTTIGIEG PROMOTES INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN… Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg continued to press the Biden administration’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan yesterday during an appearance on NBC News’ “Meet the Press.” Buttigieg noted that our nation’s transportation’s decisions were made in the 1950s and argued the Biden plan represents “a generational investment” that can position the country for the future. The plan includes $155 billion earmarked toward repairing roads and bridges; $80 million dedicated to Amtrak repairs; $40 billion for public housing improvements; $111 billion for repairing lead pipes; $42 billion for ports and airports; $100 billion for public school improvements; and $180 billion for research and development.

FLOOD SITUATION IN FLORIDA… Response teams are confronting a “real catastrophic flood situation” in Manatee County, Florida. A toxic wastewater reservoir on the brink of collapse prompted Saturday’s evacuation orders for at least 316 homes. Officials warn that Piney Point Reservoir south of Tampa, could leave homes under up to 20 feet of water if the reservoir gives way. Governor Ron DeSantis took an aerial tour of the area yesterday and clarified that the water is not radioactive. The reservoir holds a mix of saltwater, fresh water, wastewater and fertilizer runoff.

CAPITOL POLICE UNION HEAD SEEKS HELP… The head of the Capitol Police union yesterday pushed Congress for help yesterday in the wake of a most recent fallen officer. Gus Papathanasiou, chairman of the U.S. Capitol Police Labor Committee, issued a statement warning that the Capitol Police Department’s ranks are thinning at an alarming rate. He noted that that the department is 233 officers below its authorized level of more than 2,000. Papathanasiou called on Congress to implement the recommendations presented last month as part of a task force led by retired Army Lieutenant Gen. Russel Honoré that was probing the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘CHICAGO 7’ WINS BIG AT SAG AWARDS
… The cast of the courtroom drama “The Trial of the Chicago 7” was honored as Best Ensemble last night at a virtual 27th Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also up for consideration for the top prize were “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Da 5 Bloods,” “One Night in Miami” and “Minari.” Chadwick Boseman and Viola Davis were honored as Best Male Actor and Best Female Actor, respectively, for “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.” Daniel Kaluuya was awarded Best Male Supporting Actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah,” while Yuh-Jung Youn won Best Female Supporting Actor for “Minari.” The SAG Awards are closely watched as possible harbingers of Oscar wins. This year’s event offers a slightly muddied projection, since the field didn’t include Oscar candidate “Nomadland.”

ROD WAVE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Rod Wave’s new release, “SoulFly,” sold 130,000 copies to give him his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Last week’s champ, Justin Bieber’s “Justice,” slipped to second place after selling 100,000 units. NF’s “Clouds (The Mixtape)” opened in third place with sales of 86,000 copies. Another newcomer, Carrie Underwood’s “My Savior, sold 73,000 units to debut in fourth place. Morgan Wallen’s former chart-topper, “Dangerous: The Double Album,” sold 63,000 copies to cap the top five.

SPORTS
STANFORD WINS WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS TITLE
… The Stanford Cardinal built 11-point leads in each half and survived at the end to edge the Arizona Wildcats 54-53 in last night’s NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship tournament final in San Antonio. The championship is Stanford’s first under coach Tara VanDerveer since 1992. The Cardinal had won both games against the Wildcats during the regular season. Stanford sophomore Haley Jones was honored as the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player after she scored 24 and 17 points, respectively, while shooting 19-of-28 from the field in her team’s two one-point victories.

GONZAGA, BAYLOR BATTLE TONIGHT FOR MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS TITLE… The NCAA men’s basketball championship tournament concludes tonight in Indianapolis with a pair of No. 1 seeds battling for the title. Gonzaga, the tournament’s top overall seed, brings a 31-0 record against South Region-champion Baylor, which has gone 27-2 on the season. Gonzaga reached tonight’s final with tournament wins over Norfolk State, Oklahoma, Creighton and USC before stunning UCLA in Saturday’s semifinal. Baylor defeated Hartford, Wisconsin, Villanova, Arkansas and Houston en route in its quest for the championship. The game airs on CBS with tip-off scheduled for 9:20 p.m. ET.

MLB SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 2 – Atlanta 1… Alec Bohm singled home Rhys Hoskins with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Phillies held on to complete a three-game sweep of the Braves.

Toronto 3 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… Vladimir Guerrero Jr. smacked a solo homer and Randal Grichuk followed with a two-run shot as the Blue Jays did all their scoring in the top of the second inning.

Baltimore 11 – BOSTON 3… The Orioles opened with a three-run top of the first inning and put the game away with a three-run third. Cedric Mullins went 5-for-5 and scored three runs. Anthony Santander had three hits and two RBIs.

Cleveland 9 – DETROIT 3… The Indians overcame a 3-1 deficit to roll past the Tigers. Yu Chang stroked a go-head two-run single and Jordan Luplow added a two-run homer during a four-run top of the seventh inning. Franmil Reyes also homered with a runner aboard and Austin Hedges connected for a solo shot.

CINCINNATI 12 – St. Louis 1… Nick Castellanos and Tyler Naquin belted three-run homers to lead the Reds in their pounding of the Cardinals.

Minnesota 8 – MILWAUKEE 2… Mitch Garver’s solo homer in the top of the fifth inning gave the Twins the lead for good in their win over the Brewers. Max Kepler singled home two runs and Miguel Sanó hit a two run homer in the sixth.

Texas 7 – KANSAS CITY 3… Nate Lowe opened the scoring with a towering three-run homer in the top of the third inning and the Rangers scored three more times in the fourth to put away the Royals. Isia Kiner-Falefa lined a two-run single and homered.

CHI. CUBS 4 – Pittsburgh 3… The Cubs topped the Pirates despite being held to three hits. Ian Happ walked and came around to score in the top of the first inning and then homered to lead off the third.

L.A. Dodgers 4 – COLORADO 2… Starter Julio Urias pitched into the eighth inning and the Dodgers cruised past the Rockies. L.A. scored three runs in the top the of the first inning on a wild pitch, bases-loaded walk and a sacrifice that resulted in a double play. Will Smith slugged a solo homer in the eighth.

Houston 9 – OAKLAND 2… The Astros battered the Athletics in completing a four-game sweep. Chas McCormick belted a three-run homer. Jason Castro homered with a runner aboard. Kyle Tucker also went deep.

Arizona 3 – SAN DIEGO 1… David Peralta’s two-run triple in the top of the first inning provided the Diamondbacks with all the offense they needed in downing the Padres to salvage the finale of the four-game series. Taylor Widener pitched three-hit ball over six innings in winning his first major league start.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – Chi. White Sox 4… Shohei Ohtani pitched two-hit ball into the fifth inning and blasted a 451-foot solo homer in a two-way performance that helped carry the Angels past the White Sox. Jared Walsh cracked a pair of homers and knocked in four runs.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Minnesota (Matt Shoemaker) is at Detroit (Jose Uribe)…
Washington (Max Scherzer) hosts Atlanta (Drew Smyly)…
Toronto (Steven Matz) is at Texas (Mike Foltynewicz)…
Cleveland (Logan Allen) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy)…
Baltimore (Jorge Lopez) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery)…
Cincinnati (Jose De Leon) hosts Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker)…
St. Louis (Daniel Ponce de Leon) is at Miami (Trevor Rogers)…
Philadelphia (Matt Moore) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom)…
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha) is at Boston (Nick Pivetta)…
the Chi. Cubs (Trevor Williams) host Milwaukee (Brett Anderson)…
Houston (Luis Garcia) is at the L.A. Angels (Jose Quintana)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon) are at Seattle (Justus Sheffield)…
San Diego (Adrian Morejon) hosts San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani)

NBA SCOREBOARD
CHICAGO 115 – Brooklyn 107… The Bulls gained control with a big second quarter and withstood a fourth-quarter rally to down the Nets and end their six-game skid. Zach LaVine led all scorers with 25 points. Nikola Vucevic finished with 22 points and 13 rebounds.

L.A. CLIPPERS 104 – L.A. Lakers 86… The Clippers cruised past the short-handed Lakers for their first win in three games. Marcus Morris led the way with 22 points. Kawhi Leonard had 19 points and 10 boards.

BOSTON 116 – Charlotte 86… The Celtics made 21 3-pointers to overcome a rough start and blow past the undermanned Hornets. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Jayson Tatum’s 22 points.

Memphis 116 – PHILADELPHIA 100… Dillon Brooks scored 17 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Grizzlies handled the 76ers. Grayson Allen scored 11 of his 15 points during the third quarter as Memphis built a 26-point lead.

ATLANTA 117 – Golden State 111… The Hawks came on strong in the fourth quarter to get past the Warriors for their third straight win. Danilo Gallinari pumped in 25 points. Clint Capela powered his way to 24 points and 18 rebounds.

New Orleans 122 – HOUSTON 115… The Pelicans rallied in the fourth quarter to down the Rockets in a back-and-forth contest. Lonzo Ball knocked down eight 3-pointers on his way to 27 points. Steven Adams had 12 points and 11 boards.

DENVER 119 – Orlando 109… The Nuggets mounted a 14-2 run with 3-1/2 minutes to go to spurt past the Magic. They got 24 points from Aaron Gordon and 22 from Jamal Murray. Michael Porter Jr. finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Washington is at Toronto…
Brooklyn hosts New York…
Utah is at Dallas…
Minnesota hosts Sacramento…
Detroit is at Oklahoma City…
San Antonio hosts Cleveland…
Phoenix is at Houston

NHL SCOREBOARD
Detroit 5 – TAMPA BAY 1… The Red Wings skated past the Lightning for their first win at Tampa in nearly six years. Goalie Thomas Greiss made 24 saves. Luke Glendening and Anthony Mantha both set up two goals.

Washington 5 – NEW JERSEY 4… The Capitals built a three-goal lead midway through the third period and held off the Devils to complete an eight-game sweep of their season series. Alex Ovechkin netted his 265th power-play goal to move into a second-place tie with Brett Hull on the NHL’s all-time list in that category. Ovechkin also had two assists.

FLORIDA 3 – Columbus 0… Goalie Chris Driedger stopped all 32 shots in his third career shutout and the Panthers eased past the Blue Jackets. Aleksander Barkov had a goal and an assist.

CAROLINA 1 – Dallas 0… Jordan Martinook found the net 40 seconds into the second period and the Hurricanes made it stand in blanking the Stars. Petr Mrazek returned after a two-month absence and made 28 saves at goal.

Toronto 4 – CALGARY 2… John Tavares and Auston Matthews scored third-period goals to push the Maple Leafs past the Flames. Alex Galchenyuk netted a tying goal in the second period. William Nylander assisted on two goals.

Arizona 3 – ANAHEIM 2 (OT)… Jakob Chychrun put the Coyotes on the board with a first-period goal, scored they tying goal late in regulation and added the game-winner at 1:47 of overtime in a hard-fought win over the Ducks. Trevor Zegras set up two goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Edmonton is at Montreal…
Winnipeg hosts Ottawa…
Philadelphia is at Boston…
St. Louis hosts Vegas…
Colorado is at Minnesota…
Calgary hosts Toronto…
Arizona is at Los Angeles

The Rundown for April 2, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 30,539,175 and the nation’s death toll stands at 553.120, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has authorized two more at-home tests. BinaxNOW by Abbott and the Quick Vue test by Quidel are both easy to perform and buy… A new study released yesterday has found that the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is effective on new variants. A second dose of the vaccine left 46,000 participants in a clinical trial at least 90 percent protected from symptomatic COVID-19 for six months.

BIDEN PUTS CABINET TO WORK ON INFRASTRUCTURE PROPOSAL… President Joe Biden used his first Cabinet meeting yesterday to introduce five Cabinet secretaries he has chosen to spearhead his efforts to get his $2 trillion infrastructure proposal approved by Congress. Biden announced that his emissaries on the American Jobs Plan will be Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Marcia Fudge, Labor Secretary Marty Walsh and Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. The wide-ranging plan tackles transportation, energy, climate change and affordable housing, among other issues. The plan would be through an increase from 21 percent to 28 percent in the nation’s corporate tax policy.

DEFENSE SECRETARY SUPPORTS UKRAINE… Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin expressed “unwavering U.S. support for Ukraine’s sovereignty” and condemned Russian aggression in the country yesterday in a phone call to Ukraine’s minister of defense, Andrii Taran. The two military counterparts also discussed the regional security situation and the deaths of four Ukrainian soldiers last week. Ukrainian officials say the soldiers were killed by Russian forces in Donbass, which the U.S. considers a violation of a ceasefire agreement.

CHARLOTTESVILLE CAN REMOVE CONFEDERATE GENERAL STATUES…The Virginia Supreme Court ruled yesterday that the City of Charlottesville can remove two statues of Confederate generals. Civil rights activists had called for the removal of statues honoring Confederate generals Robert E. Lee and Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson, claiming the depictions paid homage to America’s history of slavery and racism. The Robert E. Lee statue was also at the center of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017 that left one woman dead. In rendering the decision, state Supreme Court Justice Bernard Goodwyn said both statues were erected long before a 1997 state law barred local governments from removing monuments paying tribute to past wars. The City Council of Charlottesville approved resolutions to remove the statues in 2017 but locals complained the removal was illegal.

STOCKS RISE… President Joe Biden’s infrastructure plan unveiled Wednesday sparked a record day on Wall Street yesterday. The S&P 500-stock index rose above the 4,000-point mark for the first time, to 4,020. The Dow rose 172 points, or 0.5 percent, to 33,153, and the technology-heavy Nasdaq jumped 1.8 percent. The Russell 2000 index of small companies was up 1.5 percent. The stock exchanges are closed today in observance of Good Friday.

ENTERTAINMENT
HBO FILLS OUT ‘STATION ELEVEN’ CAST
… HBO Max announced yesterday that Lori Petty, David Cross, Daniel Zovatto, Andy McQueen, Enrico Colantoni and Julian Obradors have joined the cast of its original series “Station Eleven.” The network is planning a 10-episode limited series based on Emily St. John Mandel’s book about the aftermath of a deadly flu. Survivors are challenged with rebuilding society.

‘LIVE PD’ SHERIFF ARRESTED… Former Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody, who made regular appearances on the reality TV show “Live PD,” was taken into custody yesterday and charged with tampering with video evidence in the death of a 40-year-old Black man. Javier Ambler II died more than two years ago after two deputies pulled him over for a minor headlight violation and tased him repeatedly until his heart failed. Both deputies were charged this week with manslaughter. A “Live PD” crew filmed the incident but Chody allegedly ordered the destruction of footage.

SPORTS
MLB OPENING-DAY SCORES

Toronto 3 – N.Y. YANKEES 2 (10 innings)… Randal Grichuk doubled home pinch-runner Jonathan Davis with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and the Blue Jays hung on to edge the Yankees. Teoscar Hernandez homered with the bases empty.

DETROIT 3 – Cleveland 2… Miguel Cabrera homered in the snow with a runner aboard in the bottom of the first inning and the Tigers went on to edge the Indians. Matthew Boyd and two relievers blanked the Indians on four hits over the first eight innings.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Minnesota 5 (10 innings)… The Brewers came from three runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to outlast the Twins. Orlando Arcia’s infield chopper scored Lorenzo Cain with the winning run. Travis Shaw came through with a game-tying two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Pittsburgh 5 – CHI. CUBS 3… Ke’Bryan Hayes hit a two-run homer to help power the Pirates past the Cubs. Adam Frazier also knocked in two runs.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Atlanta 2 (10 innings)… Jean Segura singled home Bryce Harper with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Phillies topped the Braves.

SAN DIEGO 8 – Arizona 7… Eric Hosmer went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and three RBIs to lead the Padres past the Diamondbacks. Victor Caratini also drove in three runs. Wil Myers homered with nobody aboard.

COLORADO 8 – L.A. Dodgers 5… The Rockies pounded out 10 hits against Dodgers starter Clayton Kershaw and took advantage of some shoddy L.A. defense in taking their opener. Chris Owings singled home a go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning and came around to score on Raimel Tapia’s single. Colorado scored twice in the seventh on wild pitches.

St. Louis 11 – CINCINNATI 6.. Dylan Carlson’s three-run homer capped a six-run top of the first inning for the Cardinals and Eugenio Suarez’ solo homer sparked a four-run fourth.

Tampa Bay 1 – MIAMI 0… Austin Meadows provided all the offense the Rays needed with a two-out homer in the top of the eighth inning. The Marlins managed just three hits off four Tampa Bay pitchers.

KANSAS CITY 14 – Texas 10… The Royals erased five- and three-run deficits before finally putting away the Rangers. Nate Lowe had a couple of hits and drove in four runs. Michael A. Taylor, Jorge Soler and Whit Merrifield smacked solo homers.

L.A. ANGELS 4 – Chi. White Sox 3… The Angels came up with a pair of runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the White Sox. Mike Trout singled home the tying run. Max Stassi smacked a solo homer.

Houston 8 – OAKLAND 1… Yordan Alvarez doubled home a pair of runs and lifted a sacrifice fly in the Astros’ win over the Athletics. Michael Brantley and Alex Bregman homered.

SEATTLE 8 – San Francisco 7 (10 innings)… The Mariners rallied from five runs down in the seventh inning to get past the Giants. They drew three straight walks to open the bottom of the 10th inning to force home Evan White with the winning run. Dylan Moore’s two-run double highlighted a six-run eighth.

Baltimore – BOSTON (ppd)… Rain in Boston forced postponement of yesterday’s Red Sox-Orioles game. It will be made up today.

N.Y. Mets – WASHINGTON (ppd)… Yesterday’s Mets-Nationals game in the nation’s capital was postponed after as many as four Washington players tested positive for COVID-19. The game was rescheduled for today, pending test results.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Baltimore (John Means) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez) hosts Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer) are at Colorado (Antonio Senzatela)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney) host the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel)…
Houston (Cristian Javier) is at Oakland (Jesus Luzardo)…
San Diego (Blake Snell) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto) is at Seattle (James Paxton)…
Washington (Max Scherzer) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom)

NBA SCOREBOARD
Philadelphia 114 – CLEVELAND 94… The 76ers pulled away in the second half to trounce the Cavaliers. Shake Milton pumped in 27 points. Dwight Howard finished with 18 points and 15 rebounds.

DETROIT 120 – Washington 91… The Pistons built a double-digit lead early and never looked back in their blowout of the Wizards. Josh Jackson scored 19 of his game-high 31 points in the first half.

BROOKLYN 111 – Charlotte 89… The Nets bombed the Hornets 32-11 in the first quarter and the rout was on. Jeff Green led all scorers with 21 points. Kyrie Irving had 15 points and 11 boards.

MIAMI 116 – Golden State 109… The Heat used a 10-0 fourth-quarter run to take control for good in their defeat of the Warriors. Jimmy Butler led the way with 22 points. Duncan Robinson added 21 points and Tyler Herro tossed in 20.

Orlando 115 – NEW ORLEANS 110 (OT)… Wendell Carter Jr. delivered 21 points and 12 rebounds off the bench as the Magic got past the Pelicans. Fellow reserve Terrence Ross knocked down a couple clutch shots in the overtime period and finished with 19 points.

Atlanta 134 – SAN ANTONIO 129 (2OT)… Clint Capela, Trae Young and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 points apiece as the Hawks outlasted the Spurs. Capela also brought down 17 boards. Young dished off 12 assists.

Denver 101 – L.A. CLIPPERS 94… The Nuggets led from start to finish in downing the Clippers for their fourth straight win. Jamal Murray scored 23 points as all five starters finished in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Golden State is at Toronto…
Boston hosts Houston…
Dallas is at New York…
Indiana hosts Charlotte…
Minnesota is at Memphis…
New Orleans hosts Atlanta…
Chicago is at Utah…
Phoenix hosts Oklahoma City…
Milwaukee is at Portland…
Sacramento hosts the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
Pittsburgh 4 – BOSTON 1… Zach Aston-Reese and Mike Matheson netted first-period goals to stake the Penguins to an early lead and they coasted past the Bruins. Casey DeSmith stopped 30 shots at goal.

N.Y. Rangers 3 – BUFFALO 2 (OT)… Mika Zibanejad’s one-timer 4:32 into overtime sent the Rangers past the Sabres. Artemi Panarin assisted on two goals.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 8 – Washington 4… Matthew Barzal scored three goals and set up two others in leading the Islanders past the Capitals. Jordan Eberle found the net twice.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Columbus 2… Ross Colton and Brayden Point scored 1:05 apart late in the third period to rally the Lightning past the Blue Jackets. Point opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the first period.

FLORIDA 3 – Detroit 2 (OT)… Alex Wennberg scored at 1:25 of overtime to win it for the Panthers. Noel Acciari and Frank Vetrano also found the net for Florida.

Montreal 4 – OTTAWA 1… Philip Danault and Brendan Gallagher each had a goal and an assist as the Canadiens skated past the Senators. Tomas Tatar assisted on two goals.

Carolina 4 – CHICAGO 3… Jesper Fast found the net with 29 seconds remaining to lift the Hurricanes over the Blackhawks. Warren Foegele scored a pair of goals.

Dallas 4 – NASHVILLE 1… Jason Robertson netted a tie-breaking goal in the second period and the Stars got goals from Jame Benn and Miro Heiskanen in the third to put away the Predators.

Minnesota 3 – VEGAS 2 (SO)… Kevin Fiala scored the lone goal in the shootout to win it for the Wild. Jared Spurgeon’s power-play tied the game early in the third period.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Washington is at New Jersey…
Winnipeg hosts Toronto…
Calgary is at Edmonton…
Colorado hosts St. Louis…
Arizona is at Anaheim…
Los Angeles hosts San Jose

TODAY’S NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE
*winners meet in national championship game on Sunday
South Carolina vs. Stanford, p.m. ET…
Connecticut vs. Arizona, 9:30 p.m. ET

SATURDAY’S NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL FOUR SCHEDULE
*winners meet in national championship game on Monday
Baylor vs. Houston, 5:14 p.m. ET…
Gonzaga vs. UCLA, 8:34 p.m. ET

The Rundown for April 1, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 30,459,874 and the nation’s death toll stands at 552,038, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A Centers for Disease Control report released yesterday claims COVID-19 is the primary or contributing cause of 377,883 deaths in the U.S. last year, leaving it behind only heart disease and cancer as the nation’s third-leading cause of death. The CDC also said that COVID-19 drove a nearly 16 percent increase in the overall U.S. mortality rate… The Wisconsin Supreme Court yesterday struck down Governor Tony Evers’ mask mandate, saying he exceeded his authority and violated the separation of powers by reissuing emergency orders during the pandemic. In its 4-to-3 decision, the court found that Evers effectively breached a statute that limits his emergency powers to 60 days without approval of the state legislature. Evers, a Democrat, declared a state of emergency last March, which the Republican-controlled legislature never extended beyond its statutory 60-day limit… A study published yesterday by the open-source medical journal JAMA Network Open found that Nursing home residents over the age of 90 are nearly three times as likely to die from COVID-19 as those age 65 to 70. Additionally, anyone with severe dementia, regardless of age, had up to a 90 percent higher risk for death from the virus compared with those with no cognitive impairment.

BIDEN UNVEILS INFRASTRUCTURE PLAN… President Joe Biden unveiled a two-part $2 trillion infrastructure proposal yesterday, promoting it as essential to the U.S.’ economic future. The president’s American Jobs Plan will place a focus on modernizing transportation infrastructure including roads, bridges and airports as well as confront climate change. The plan raises the corporate tax rate from 21 to 28 percent, which White House say would fund the infrastructure plan within 15 years. It also changes the tax code to close loopholes that allow companies to move profits overseas. Biden said he’ll discuss the components of his American Families Plan in “a few weeks.”

PENTAGON ISSUES NEW TRANSGENDER POLICY… The Pentagon yesterday issued new rules to replace Trump-era policies that largely banned transgender people from serving in the military. New department regulations allow transgender people who meet military standards to enlist and serve openly in their self-identified gender, and they will be able to get medically necessary transition-related care authorized by law. The new rules are being enacted following a two-month Pentagon review.

TRUMP ORG CFO RECORDS SUBPOENAED… The New York Times reported yesterday that Manhattan prosecutors investigating the Trump Organization’s finances have subpoenaed the bank records of the company’s longtime CFO Allen Weisselberg. The probe is reportedly centered on the Trump Organization’s valuation of certain properties in New York City and whether the company manipulated the figures to illegally gain tax benefits. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. has also subpoenaed a new set of documents from the Trump Organization, along with expense ledgers and company records from JPMorgan Chase and Capital One.

4 DEAD IN CALIFORNIA SHOOTING… A shooting at a business complex in Orange, California, last night left a child and three adults dead. Police say the suspect was injured while exchanging gunfire with officers and is one of two people hospitalized with injuries. Police responding to the report of gunfire discovered the bodies prior to an officer-involved shooting on-scene. Investigators are looking into the relationship between the shooter and his victims.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘REAL HOUSEWIVES’ STAR INDICTED
… The Justice Department has indicted “Real Housewives of Salt Lake City” star Jennifer Shah and her assistant, Stuart Smith, for their alleged involvement in a nationwide telemarketing fraud scheme. Complaints filed in New York District Court allege the reality stars perpetrated a “business opportunity scheme” in which they sold several services, such as tax preparation and web design services, aimed to make the victims’ businesses more efficient and profitable. Shah and Smith allegedly earned profit shares per the terms of the fraudulent agreements. They are each charged with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years imprisonment, and conspiracy to commit money laundering, which has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison.

STARZ CANCELS ‘AMERICAN GODS’… Starz has cancelled the fantasy series “American Gods” after three seasons. The series is based on the Neil Gaiman novel of the same name and starred Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane and Emily Brown. The show’s Season 3 finale was last week. According to Entertainment Weekly, multi-platform viewership declined 65 percent from the first to third seasons.

SPORTS
PLAY BALL! IT’S MLB OPENING DAY
… Major League Baseball opens a full 162-game season today with a full slate of 15 games. The defending World Series-champion Los Angeles Dodgers, are the odds-on choice to defend their crown. San Diego, Atlanta and the N.Y. Mets are expected to contend for National League dominance. Last year’s American League-champion, the Tampa Bay Rays, drew Miami as an opening-day opponent. The Rays are expected to face a challenge from the N.Y. Yankees in the AL East, with the Chicago White Sox expected to be among the most-improved teams in the AL.

TODAY’S MLB OPENING-DAY SCHEDULE
Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole), 1:05 p.m. ET…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber), 1:10 p.m. ET…
Baltimore (John Means) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi), 2:10 p.m. ET…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff) hosts Minnesota (Kenta Maeda), 2:10 p.m. ET…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks), 2:20 p.m. ET…
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola) hosts Atlanta (Max Fried), 3:05 p.m. ET…
Arizona (Madison Bumgarner) is at San Diego (Yu Darvish), 4:10 p.m. ET…
Colorado (German Marquez) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw), 4:10 p.m. ET…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty) is at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo), 4:10 p.m. ET…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara) hosts Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow), 4:10 p.m. ET…
Texas (Kyle Gibson) is at Kansas City (Brad Keller), 4:10 p.m. ET…
Washington (Max Scherzer) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom), 7:09 ET…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito) are at the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy), 10:05 ET…
Oakland (Chris Bassitt) hosts Houston (Zack Greinke), 10:07 ET…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman) is at Seattle (Marco Gonzales), 10:10 ET

NBA SCOREBOARD
Portland 124 – DETROIT 101… The Trail Blazers pulled past the Pistons in the second half to win their fourth in a row. Damian Lillard had game-highs with 33 points and 10 assists. CJ McCollum added 24 points.

Miami 92 – INDIANA 87… The Heat were too much down the stretch in grinding out a win over the Pacers. Duncan Robinson scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Dallas 113 – BOSTON 108… The Mavericks withstood a fourth-quarter rally to top the Celtics. Luka Doncic led all scorers with 36 points. Jalen Brunson delivered 21 points off the bench.

BROOKLYN 120 – Houston 108… The Nets erased an 11-point halftime deficit to upend the Rockets and move into first place in the Eastern Conference. Kyrie Irving had 31 points and a season-high 12 assists. Joe Harris added 28 points.

Utah 111 – MEMPHIS 107… Mike Conley scored 12 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Jazz overtake the Grizzlies for their seventh straight win. Jordan Clarkson added 24 points off the bench and Bojan Bodanovic tossed in 23. Rudy Gobert brought down 12 rebounds.

MINNESOTA 102 – New York 101… The Timberwolves outscored the Knicks 22-9 over the final 7:29 to pull out the victory. Anthony Edwards scored 12 of his 24 points during the late run. Malik Beasley knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 37 seconds left and finished with 20 points. Karl-Anthony Towns powered his way to 18 points and 17 boards.

OKLAHOMA CITY 113 – Toronto 103… The Thunder held the Raptors to 36 second-half points after trailing by eight at the half and snapped their three-game skid. Svi Mykhailiuk scored 10 of his 22 points down the stretch. Moses Brown finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.

SAN ANTONIO 120 – Sacramento 106… The Spurs built a 16-point halftime lead on their way handing the Kings their first loss in five games. All five starters scored in double figures, led by DeMar DeRozan’s 26 points. Jakob Poeltl grabbed 14 boards to go with his 12 points.

Milwaukee 112 – L.A. LAKERS 97… The Bucks fought off the short-handed Lakers to win for the first time in four tries. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds. He and his two brothers shared the court for 52 seconds late in the fourth quarter. Thanasis Antetokounmpo is Giannis’ teammate with the Bucks, while Kostas Antetokounmpo is a Lakers reserve.

PHOENIX 121 – Chicago 116… The Suns got a season-high 45 points from Devin Booker in holding off the Bulls. Chris Paul totaled 19 points and 14 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Cleveland…
Detroit hosts Washington…
Charlotte is at Brooklyn…
Miami hosts Golden State…
Orlando is at New Orleans…
San Antonio hosts Atlanta…
Denver is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCOREBOARD
BUFFALO 6 – Philadelphia 1… The Sabres cruised past the Flyers to end the NHL’s longest losing streak at 18 games. Brandon Montour netted a pair of goals. Steven Fogarty had a goal and an assist. Jacob Bryson set up two goals. Goalie Linus Ullmark made 31 saves.

Toronto 3 – WINNIPEG 1… Auston Matthews opened the scoring early in the first period with his NHL-leading 24th goal and assisted on Zach Hyman’s goal six minutes later to lead the Maple Leafs past the Jets. Mitchell Marner had two assists. Jack Campbell stopped 26 shots at goal.

COLORADO 9 – Arizona 3… Joonas Donskoi scored three of the Avalanche’s five first-period goals and had an assist in the thrashing of the Coyotes. Gabriel Landeskog netted two goals and assisted on another. Mikko Rantanen added a goal and two assists.

Los Angeles 4 – VEGAS 2… The Kings doubled up on the Golden Knights to notch their first win after three straight losses. Andreas Athanasiou had a goal and an assist. Goalie Cal Petersen stopped 40 shots.

SAN JOSE 4 – Minnesota 2… The Sharks continued their strong play defensively in downing the Wild. Rudolfs Balcers and Ryan Donato scored second-period goals. Nikolai Knyzhov netted his first career goal and Evander Kane had an empty-netter in the third.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Washington is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Tampa Bay hosts Columbus…
Detroit is at Florida…
Ottawa hosts Montreal…
Carolina is at Chicago…
Nashville hosts Dallas…
Minnesota is at Vegas