Mr. LAUGHS LATE EDITION
Today is Friday, April 30…
the 120th day of the year… 245 days left

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,288,904 and the nation’s death toll stands at 575,193, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer yesterday unveiled a reopening plan that loosens restrictions according to COVID-19 vaccination rate milestones. Whitmer said nearly half of residents ages 16 and up have gotten their first shots and about 36 percent are fully vaccinated. The goal is to reach 70 percent of the population fully vaccinated, according to the governor. The vaccination plan comes as Michigan is starting to turn the corner on a surge in cases and hospitalizations, particularly among young adults.

BIDEN SPEAKS AT RALLY… President Joe Biden spoke to a crowd gathered at a drive-in rally in Duluth, Georgia, yesterday to promote his infrastructure plan and mark his 100th day in office. Biden declared that America is “on the move again” as he pressed many of the points he made during his first joint address before Congress on Wednesday night. The president promoted his American Jobs Plan as a “once-in-a-generation investment in America itself” and noted that his American Families Plan will provide free preschool for 3-year-olds and 4-year-olds and two years of free community college for all Americans.

SENATE PASSES WATER INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… The Senate voted overwhelmingly yesterday to approve a $35 billion bill to upgrade the nation’s water infrastructure. The legislation is heading to the House following the 89-to-2 vote. The bill would improve the nation’s aging water and wastewater infrastructure, support programs to provide safe drinking water and set aside grant funding for poor, rural and tribal communities that have struggled with poor water quality.

FLORIDA PASSES VOTING-RESTRICTION LAW… The Florida legislature passed an omnibus election bill yesterday that imposes new restrictions on vote-by-mail and drop boxes. Both the state House and the state Senate passed the bills into law Thursday after weeks of negotiations between Republicans in both bodies. No Democrat voted in favor. Republican Governor Ron DeSantis has indicated he will sign SB 90 into law.

GIULIANI INVESTIGATION… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Justice Department’s investigation of former president Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani centers on his efforts to remove former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. The investigation took a dramatic turn Wednesday morning when federal agents raided Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment and office. Investigators want to determine whether Giuliani broke lobbying laws and whether he pursued Yovanovitch’s removal at the behest of Ukrainian officials or Trump’s.

ENTERTAINMENT
ARRESTS IN LADY GAGA DOGNAPPINGS
… Police in Los Angeles have announced the arrest of five suspects in connection with the violent theft of Lady Gaga’s two dogs in February. The singer’s dog walker was shot and critically injured during the theft. Among those arrested is the 50-year-old woman who returned the French bulldogs into police, claiming she had found them tied to a pole. According to an LAPD press release, “Detectives do not believe the suspects were targeting the victim because of the dogs’ owner.” Instead, “evidence suggests the suspects knew the great value of the breed of dogs and was the motivation for the robbery.”

JOSH DUGGAR IN CUSTODY… Reality TV star Josh Duggar was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Washington County, Arkansas, yesterday and placed on a federal “hold” for undisclosed reasons. Duggar, who was the eldest of Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar’s 19 children in the series, “19 Kids and Counting,“as well as its spinoff “Counting On,” brought the franchise to a close in 2015 after seven seasons when it was revealed he had molested multiple under-age girls, including four of his sisters. In late 2019, federal investigators raided a car dealership that is allegedly owned by Duggar but it is not known if Duggar’s arrest is related to the raid.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
ST. LOUIS 4 – Philadelphia 3
(10 innings)… Tyler O’Neal raced home with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning on a wild pitch. Matt Carpenter belted a three-run homer in the fifth.

Chi. Cubs 9 – ATLANTA 3… The Cubs pounded out 16 hits in their thrashing of the Braves. Matt Duffy and Jason Heyward drove in two runs apiece. Jake Marisnick homered to lead off the top of the seventh inning.

MILWAUKEE 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1… Travis Shaw hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and the Brewers held on to edge the Dodgers. Eric Lauer (1-0) pitched four-hit ball over five innings.

ARIZONA 5 – Colorado 3… Eduardo Escobar tripled home a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning and scored on David Peralta’s single to push the Diamondbacks past the Rockies. Josh Rojas homered to lead off the fourth.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE 4 – N.Y. Yankees 3
(10 innings)… Cedric Mullins’ sacrifice fly scored Ramon Urias with the winning run and the Orioles claimed a split of the four-game series. Trey Mancini singled home a run and homered.

Oakland 3 – TAMPA BAY 2… Matt Chapman homered in the top of the fourth inning and doubled home Jed Lowrie with the go-ahead run in the ninth to lead the Athletics past the Rays.

Seattle 1 – HOUSTON 0… Yusei Kikuchi (1-1) limited the Astros to one hit over seven innings and two Mariners relievers completed the shutout. Taylor Trammell’s homer to lead off the top of the third inning accounted for the game’s only run.

TEXAS 4 – Boston 1… Rangers starter Kyle Gibson (3-0) held the Red Sox to a run on three hits over six innings. Jose Trevino homered with a runner aboard and Isiah Kiner-Falefa added a solo shot.

CHI. WHITE SOX 3 – Detroit 1 (7 innings)… Leury Garcia stroked a two-run single as the White Sox scored all three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to get past the Tigers in the first game of a doubleheader. Carlos Rodón allowed a run on two hits and struck out 12 over six innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 11 – Detroit 0 (7 innings)… Dylan Cease (1-0) shut out the Tigers on three hits and the White Sox completed a sweep of the twinbill. Yoan Moncada blasted a three-run homer and Fermin Mercedes homered with the bases empty to cap a seven-run bottom of the fifth inning. Leury Garcia drove in three runs with a pair of singles.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis (John Gant, 1-2) is at Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 2-1)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 2-1) hosts Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 3-1) are at Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 0-3)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 2-2) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 3-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (TBA) are at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 2-0)…
Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 2-2) hosts Colorado (Jon Gray, 3-1)…
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-1) is at San Diego (Yu Darvish, 2-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 3-1)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 1-2) hosts Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 1-1)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 3-2) is at Texas (Kohei Arihara, 2-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 1-0) host Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 2-2)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-2) is at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 1-1)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 1-2) hosts Baltimore (John Means, 2-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-1) are at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 2-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 0-1) is at Toronto (Robbie Ray, 0-1) in Dunedin, FL

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Dallas 115 – DETROIT 105… Tim Hardaway erupted to score a career-high 42 points and lead the Mavericks past the Pistons on a night Dallas was without the injured Luka Doncic.

Brooklyn 130 – INDIANA 113… Kevin Durant scored 22 of his game-high 42 points in the third quarter and the Nets cruised past the short-handed Pacers. Alize Johnson came off the bench to score 20 points and grab 21 rebounds.

HOUSTON 143 – Milwaukee 136… Kevin Porter Jr. poured in a career-high 50 points and the Rockets rallied past the Bucks in the second half. Christian Wood added 31 points. Kelly Olynyk had 24 points and 13 boards. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo left the game less than a minute into the contest with an apparent ankle injury.

MINNESOTA 126 – Golden State 114… The Timberwolves pulled past the Warriors in the fourth quarter. They got 26 points from Ricky Rubio and 25 from Anthony Edwards. Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

New Orleans 109 – OKLAHOMA CITY 95… The Pelicans built a 17-point halftime lead and coasted past the Thunder. Zion Williamson led the way with 27 points. Brandon Ingram tossed in 24 points.

DENVER 121 – Toronto 111… The Nuggets used a 31-8 run spanning the third and fourth quarters to put away the Raptors. Michael Porter Jr. scored 23 points to lead seven players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Philadelphia…
Boston hosts San Antonio…
Washington is at Cleveland…
Brooklyn hosts Portland…
Orlando is at Memphis…
Chicago hosts Milwaukee…
Utah is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Lakers host Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
TAMPA BAY 3 – Dallas 0… Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 20 shots in the blanking of the Stars. The Lightning got goals from Ondrej Palat, Blake Coleman and Brayden Point.

BOSTON 5 – Buffalo 2… Charlie Coyle scored the first of three unanswered third-period goals that carried the Bruins past the Sabres. David Krejci had a goal and an assist. Tuukka Rask made 29 saves at goal.

NEW JERSEY 5 – Philadelphia 3… Yegor Sharangovich scored two power-play goals in the first period to stake the Devils to an early lead and they skated past the Flyers. Damon Severson set up two goals.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 0… Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 25 shots for his NHL-leading sixth shutout of the season and 250th career win. Brock Nelson assisted on two goals.

Pittsburgh 5 – WASHINGTON 4 (OT)… Jake Guentzel found the net 2:11 into overtime to send the Penguins past the Capitals. Kasperi Kapanen scored a pair of goals.

CAROLINA 3 – Detroit 1… The Hurricanes skated past the Red Wings to run their points streak to nine games. Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and an assist.

TORONTO 4 – Vancouver 1… Auston Matthews scored his league-leading 36th goal to highlight the Maple Leafs’ win over the Canucks. Mitchell Marner had a goal and an assist.

Florida 4 – CHICAGO 3 (OT)… Sam Bennett scored at 4:08 of overtime to win it for the Panthers. Alex Wennberg scored a goal and assisted on another.

St. Louis 5 – MINNESOTA 4 (OT)… The Blues recovered to outlast the Wild after blowing a three-goal lead in the second period. Ryan O’Reilly scored a power-play goal in the third and added the game-winner at 3:43 of overtime.

Calgary 3 – EDMONTON 1… Elias Lindholm scored two goals in leading the Flames past the Oilers. Rasmus Andersson had two assists. Goalie Jakob Markstrom made 30 saves.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Winnipeg is at Montreal…
Colorado hosts San Jose…
Vegas is at Arizona…
Anaheim hosts Los Angeles

NFL DRAFT… The Jacksonville Jaguars selected Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the No. 1 overall pick in last night’s NFL draft. The Jaguars added Lawrence’s former Clemson teammate Travis Etienne when they drafted the running back with the 25th overall pick. The New York Jets chose BYU quarterback Zach Wilson with the second pick in the draft, while North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance went to San Francisco at No. 3. Six former University of Alabama players were selected in the first round of the draft, tying the record for a single school set by the University of Miami in 2004.

The Rundown for April 29, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,229,327 and the nation’s death toll stands at 574,326, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… New data released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are 94 percent effective in preventing hospitalizations among fully vaccinated adults 65 and older. Meanwhile, vaccinations in the U.S. are down nearly 25 percent after peaking on April 11. For the first time since March 22, the U.S. is averaging less than 2.5 million vaccinations a day.

BIDEN ADDRESSES CONGRESS… President Joe Biden shared his vision to rebuild infrastructure, bolster public education and extend other benefits throughout much of America in his first address before a joint session of Congress last night. Biden pressed his $1.8 trillion American Families plan, which he said would provide access to “quality affordable child care.” The president also pleaded for Republicans to work with him and vowed the U.S. would overcome stiff economic competition posed by China.

GIULIANI’S APARTMENT, OFFICE SEARCHED… Federal agents yesterday morning executed a search warrant at the Manhattan apartment and office of former president Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani as part of a months-long criminal investigation into his activities in Ukraine. Investigators reportedly believe Giuliani conducted illegal lobbying for Ukrainian officials while he pursued an investigation linked to Joe Biden, who was at the time Trump’s primary political rival. As part of the same investigation, agents on Wednesday also searched the home of Giuliani associate Victoria Toensing.

CHARGES IN AHMAUD ARBERY KILLING… A federal grand jury has charged three men with hate crimes and attempted kidnapping in the February 2020 fatal shooting of Ahmaud Arbery. The 25-year-old Black man was killed while jogging through a neighborhood in Brunswick, Georgia. A federal indictment alleges that the three men intimidated and threatened Arbery and interfered with his right to use a public street “because of Arbery’s race and color.”

NEW OLDEST AMERICAN… A 114-year-old Omaha, Nebraska, woman is being recognized as America’s oldest living person. Thelma Sutcliffe, who was born on October 1, 1906, succeeds Hester Ford, a 115-year-old woman who died in North Carolina on April 17. Sutcliffe’s mind remains sharp, a friend told Associated Press, but her hearing and sight are fading.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘TINY’ LISTER HAD COVID
… Actor Tommy ‘Tiny’ Lister was battling COVID-19 prior to his death on December 10 at age 62, according to newly released autopsy results. However, the medical examiner determined the cause of death as heart disease. Lister is best known for playing the villain in the 1995 film “Friday” and its 2000 sequel “Next Friday.” He also had a memorable role as president in the 1997 Bruce Willis film “The Fifth Element.”

NIECY NASH TO HOST GAME SHOW… Niecy Nash has signed on to host a new season of the Fox game show “Don’t Forget the Lyrics.” The season will premiere in the 2021-22 TV season. Nash takes over for Wayne Brady, who hosted the show for three seasons from 2007-2011. Nash recently filled in for Nick Cannon as host of “The Masked Singer.”

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami 6 – MILWAUKEE 2
… Jesus Aguilar’s fifth homer in six games was a tie-breaking three-run shot in the top of the fourth inning. Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara (1-2) allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – Cincinnati 0… Clayton Kershaw (4-2) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and got help from three relievers on the shutout as the Dodgers snapped a three-game skid. L.A. put the game away with a six-run bottom of the eighth inning. Justin Turner homered with the bases empty in the third.

ATLANTA 10 – Chi. Cubs 0… Marcell Ozuna and Austin Riley hit two-run homers during a four-run bottom of the first inning and the Braves pounded out 18 hits in the thrashing of the Cubs. Freddie Freeman, Oscar Albies and starting pitcher Huascar Ynoa also circled the bases. On the mound, Ynoa (2-1) gave up four hits and fanned nine over 5-1/3 innings.

Philadelphia 5 – ST. LOUIS 3… Brad Miller ripped a two-run homer and Andrew McCutchen singled home Matt Joyce with a tie-breaking run in the Phillies’ win over the Cardinals. Joyce entered the game in the sixth inning as a pinch-runner after Bryce Harper was hit in the face with a pitch and had to leave the game.

San Diego 12 – ARIZONA 3… Manny Machado’s bases-clearing triple highlighted a six-run top of the fifth inning and the Padres crushed the Diamondbacks. Jorge Mateo blasted a two-run homer. Jake Cronenworth added a solo shot.

SAN FRANCISCO 7 – Colorado 3… Brandon Belt’s two-run single capped a four-run bottom of the second inning for the Giants and pinch-hitter Wilmer Flores singled in two more runs during a three-run seventh. Alex Wood (3-0) gave up two runs on four hits over six innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 10 – CLEVELAND 2
… Mitch Garver hit two of the Twins’ six homers and knocked in three runs. Josh Donaldson, Jorge Polanco, Byron Buxton and Willians Astudillo also went deep. Starter J.A. Happ (2-0) allowed two run on four hits over seven innings.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – BALTIMORE 0… Domingo Germán (2-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and reliever Michael King completed the shutout of the Orioles. Gio Urshela belted a three-run homer. Mike Ford and Clint Frazier added solo shots.

TAMPA BAY 2 – Oakland 0… Tyler Glasnow (3-1) limited the Athletics to five hits over seven innings and struck out 10. Two relievers finished the shutout. Mike Zunino homered and Manuel Margot singled home a run as Tampa Bay scored both runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

L.A. Angels 4 – TEXAS 3… Anthony Rendon and Julio Iglesias stroked two-run singles in the top of the first inning and the Angels held on to edge the Rangers.

HOUSTON 7 – Seattle 5… The Astros pushed across four runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the Mariners. Pinch-hitter Jason Castro drew a bases-loaded walk to score Carlos Correa with the go-ahead run. Aledmys Diaz came through with a game-tying RBI single.

Detroit – CHI. WHITE SOX (ppd.)… Inclement weather in Chicago forced postponement of last night’s Tigers-White Sox game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City 9 – PITTSBURGH 6
… Jorge Soler had a pair of doubles among his three hits and drove in three runs for the Royals. Hunter Dozier legged out a two-run triple and Andrew Benintendi doubled home two runs.

Boston 1 – N.Y. METS 0… Nick Pivetta (3-0) allowed just one hit over five innings and three relievers did the rest in the blanking of the Mets. Christian Vázquez doubled home Xavier Bogaerts with the game’s only run in the top of the second inning.

Washington 8 – TORONTO 2… Josh Harrison drilled a three-run homer and Josh Bell added a two-run blast for the Nationals. Ryan Zimmerman went 3-for-5 with a two-run single.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 2-1) is at St. Louis (Kwang Hyung Kim, 1-0)…
Atlanta (TBA) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 0-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 3-0) are at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 2-0)…
Arizona (Luke Weaver, 1-2) hosts Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 1-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1) are at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 1-3)…
Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 0-0) hosts Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-2)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-1) is at Houston (TBA)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 2-0) hosts Boston (Martin Perez, 0-1)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 2-2; TBD) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 0-0; TBD) for a doubleheader

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Orlando 109 – CLEVELAND 104… The Magic recovered to beat the Cavaliers after blowing a 23-point fourth-quarter lead. Cole Anthony laid in a tie-breaking basket with 45 seconds left. Gary Harris led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points.

PHILADELPHIA 127 – Atlanta 83… The 76ers jumped out to a 20 point lead after the first quarter and breezed past the Hawks to clinch a playoff spot. Seth Curry led the way with 20 points.

WASHINGTON 116 – L.A. Lakers 107… Bradley Beal scored a game-high 27 points and the Wizards fought off the short-handed Lakers. Russell Westbrook piled up 18 points, 18 rebounds and 14 assists.

BOSTON 120 – Charlotte 111… The Celtics led by 20 points after the first period and coasted past the Hornets. They got 38 points from Jaylen Brown and 35 from Jayson Tatum.

NEW YORK 113 – Chicago 94… The Knicks handled the Bulls to win their 10th in 11 games. Julius Randle led all scorers with 34 points. RJ Barrett tossed in 22 points.

MIAMI 116 – San Antonio 111… The Heat took control with a 17-0 second-half run and held on at the end to top the Spurs and give Erik Spoelstra his 600th win as head coach. Jimmy Butler scored 29 points and Bam Adebayo added 21.

Portland 130 – MEMPHIS 109… The Trail Blazers built a 28-point lead at the half on their way past the Grizzlies. CJ McCollum pumped in 26 points. Norman Powell finished with 24 points and Damian Lillard tossed in 23.

DENVER 114 – New Orleans 112… The Nuggets held on at the end to get past the Pelicans. Nikola Jokic scored a game-high 32 points and made a key block of a Zion Williamson shot with 2.2 seconds left. Michael Porter Jr. added 28 points.

PHOENIX 109 – L.A. Clippers 101… Chris Paul had game-highs with 28 points and 10 assists and the Suns clinched their first postseason berth in 11 years with the victory over the Clippers. Devin Booker added 21 points.

Utah 154 – SACRAMENTO 105… The Jazz bombed the Kings 46-17 in the second quarter and the rout was on. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Bojan Bogdanovic’s 24 points. Jordan Clarkson delivered 23 points off the bench.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Dallas is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Brooklyn…
Milwaukee is at Houston…
Minnesota hosts Golden State…
New Orleans is at Oklahoma City…
Denver hosts Toronto

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
OTTAWA 6 – Vancouver 3… The Senators put away the Canucks with a four-goal second period. Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot both had a goal and an assist.

St. Louis 4 – MINNESOTA 3… Robert Thomas found the net with 23 seconds remaining with third of three unanswered third-period goals that lifted the Blues over the Wild. Mike Hoffman scored two goals and assisted on another.

Toronto 4 – MONTREAL 1… The Maple Leafs skated past the Canadiens to clinch a playoff spot. Auston Matthews netted his NHL-leading 35th goal. Morgan Rielly had two assists.

Edmonton 3 – WINNIPEG 1… Tyson Barrie and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins each had a goal and an assist for the Oilers. Connor McDavid set up three goals.

VEGAS 5 – Colorado 2… Max Pacioretty scored two goals and had an assist in leading the Golden Knights past the Avalanche in a matchup of the Western Division’s top two teams. Mark Stone had a goal and two assists. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 35 saves.

Anaheim 3 – LOS ANGELES 2… The Ducks came from two goals down midway through the second period to down the Kings. Cam Fowler scored an unassisted tie-breaking goal with 1:01 remaining. John Gibson stopped 28 shots at goal.

SAN JOSE 4 – Arizona 2… The Sharks opened with three straight goals and then hung on to edge the Coyotes. Evander Kane sparked the barrage with his 20th goal. Goalie Josef Korenar made 28 stops.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Dallas is at Tampa Bay…
Boston hosts Buffalo…
Philadelphia is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Rangers host the N.Y. Islanders…
Pittsburgh is at Washington…
Carolina hosts Detroit…
Vancouver is at Toronto…
Chicago hosts Florida…
St. Louis is at Minnesota…
Edmonton hosts Calgary

The Rundown for April 28, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,176,051 and the nation’s death toll stands at 573,381, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urges that fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear masks outdoors if they’re walking, running or biking, or if they attend small outdoor gatherings with friends. Federal health officials also said vaccinated adults should continue wearing masks and staying 6 feet apart in large public spaces, such as sports events, indoor shopping malls and movie theaters.

FORMER NY AG LOSES LAW LICENSE… Former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had his law licensed suspended for a year yesterday. A state appeals court said that Schneiderman stipulated to slapping and choking three of his lovers, but it also noted his apologies and the counseling he has received. The court noted that Schneiderman has taken steps to address his alcohol abuse and past abusive behavior via his participation in AA and therapy. Schneiderman resigned as New York Attorney General in May 2018 amid allegations he physically, verbally and emotionally abused his sexual partners.

BIDEN NOMINATES ICE DIRECTOR… President Joe Biden has nominated Harris County, Texas, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez to be director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Gonzalez, a former Houston police officer, was elected sheriff 2016. He publicly criticized former president Trump’s policies of targeting immigrants who did not pose public safety threats. Gonzalez withdraw his bureau from a federal agreement that deputized sheriff’s departments to enforce immigrations laws on behalf of Customs and Border Protection.

REAL ID DEADLINE EXTENDED… The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that it is extending the REAL ID full enforcement date by 19 months to May 3, 2023. The previous deadline was October 1, 2021. Once enforcement takes effect, travelers age 18 and older flying commercially in the U.S. will need to have a REAL ID-compliant driver’s license or other state photo identity card.

NAVY WARSHIP FIRES WARNING SHOTS… A Navy warship yesterday fired warning shots at three small Iranian speedboats in international waters yesterday after the boats approached within 70 yards. The USS Firebolt and a Coast Guard cutter were operating in the northern Persian Gulf. Three Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy speedboats approached within “an unnecessarily close range, with unknown intent,” the Navy said.

ENTERTAINMENT
BURNING MAN CANCELLED
… Organizers of the annual Burning Man arts festival in Nevada announced the cancellation of this year’s event yesterday due to the coronavirus pandemic. The nine-day countercultural event remains on schedule for 2022. The festival was scheduled to be held this year from August 29 to September 6.

BRITNEY SPEARS TO APPEAR IN COURT… Britney Spears is scheduled to appear June 23 before a Los Angeles court to address the conservatorship that controls her career and finances. A lawyer for the 38-year-old pop star said a Los Angeles Circuit Court judge approve Spears’ request for a hearing to “address the court directly.” Spears hasn’t spoken in court since 2019 and her previous testimony has not been made public.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
ATLANTA 5 – Chi. Cubs 0
… Ian Anderson (2-0) allowed one hit over seven innings. Ronald Acuña homered in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a scoreless tie.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Miami 4… Tyrone Taylor and Omar Narvaez hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the second inning for the Brewers. Taylor added an RBI single in the sixth.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Philadelphia 2… Carlos Martinez (1-0) notched his first win as a starter since 2018 with a strong seven-plus-inning performance. Tommy Edman and Paul Goldschmidt stroked two-run doubles for St. Louis.

ARIZONA 5 – San Diego 1… Diamondbacks starter Merrill Kelly (2-2) allowed just a run on four hits over six innings. Carson Kelly homered with a runner aboard.

Colorado 7 – SAN FRANCISCO 5 (10 innings)… Ryan McMahon hit a two-run homer and C.J. Cron followed with a solo shot in the top of the ninth inning as the Rockies put away the Giants. Charlie Blackmon lined a two-run double in the first.

Cincinnati 6 – L.A. DODGERS 5… Joey Votto came through with a go-ahead two-run double in the top of the seventh inning to rally the Reds past the Dodgers. Jesse Winker homered to lead off the game.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
CLEVELAND 7 – Minnesota 4
… Franmil Reyes went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers in leading the Indians past the Twins. Jose Ramirez also homered with the bases empty.

N.Y. Yankees 5 – BALTIMORE 1… Corey Kluber (1-2) held the Orioles to a run on six hits over 6-2/3 innings. Aaron Judge, Kyle Hagashioka and Giancarlo Stanton homered for New York.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Oakland 3… Brett Phillips slugged a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and Joey Wendle singled home the decisive run in the seventh for the Rays.

TEXAS 6 – L.A. Angels 1… Nick Solak hit a pair of solo homers and Joey Gallo connected for a two-run shot in the Rangers’ win. Mike Foltynewicz (1-3) gave up a run on eight hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Detroit 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… The Tigers overcame a season-high five errors in downing the White Sox. Miguel Cabrera and Niko Goodrum homered. Jose Ureña (1-3) pitched seven innings to notch his first win in two years.

HOUSTON 2 – Seattle 0… Cristian Javier (3-0) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the Astros’ shutout of the Mariners. Yordan Alvarez lifted a sacrifice fly and Kyle Tucker’s infield single brought in another run as Houston scored both runs in the bottom of the fourth inning.

INTERLEAGUE
PITTSBURGH 2 – Kansas City 1
… Pinch-hitter Wilmer Difo singled home Jacob Stallings with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Pirates hung on to edge the Royals.

TORONTO 9 – Washington 5… Vladimir Guerrero Jr. belted three home runs, including a grand slam, in helping power the Blue Jays past the Nationals. Guerrero drove in seven runs on the night.

Boston 2 – N.Y. METS 1… Garrett Richards (1-2) surrendered a run on seven hits and struck out 10 as the Red Sox clipped the Mets. Rafael Devers singled home Kiké Hernandez with a go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning. Bobby Dalbec homered to lead off the second.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 0-2) is at Milwaukee (TBA)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 3-2) host Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-1)
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-2) are at Atlanta (Huascar Ynoa, 1-1)…
St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-0) hosts Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0)…
Arizona (Taylor Widener, 1-0) hosts San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 1-0)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 1-1) is at San Francisco (Alex Wood, 2-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 1-0) is at Cleveland (Logan Allen, 1-3)…
Baltimore (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 1-2)…
Oakland (Cole Irvin, 3-2) is at Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 2-1)…
Texas (Dane Dunning, 1-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 1-1)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 1-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon 3-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 2-1) hosts Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City (Mike Minor, 2-1) is at Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 2-1) host Boston (Nick Pivetta, 2-0)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-2) is at Toronto (Steven Matz, 4-0) in Dunedin, FL

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Oklahoma City 119 – BOSTON 115… The Thunder came up big in the fourth quarter to get past the Celtics and snap their 14-game losing streak. Lu Dort pumped in 24 points. Darius Bazley had 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Milwaukee 114 – CHARLOTTE 104… Giannis Antetokounmpo had 29 points and 12 boards in leading the Bucks past the Hornets. Brook Lopez added 22 points.

Portland 133 – INDIANA 112… The Trail Blazers routed the Pacers in snapping their five-game skid. Anfernee Simons made nine consecutive 3-pointers on his way to 27 points.

Brooklyn 116 – TORONTO 103… The Nets rallied in the fourth quarter to down the Raptors and clinch a playoff spot. Jeff Green scored 22 points to lead seven players in double figures.

Minnesota 114 – HOUSTON 107… The Timberwolves made it three straight wins with their defeat of the Rockets. Karl-Anthony Towns led all scorers with 31 points. Juancho Hernangomez delivered 22 points off the bench.

Dallas 133 – GOLDEN STATE 103… The Mavericks jumped out to a 35-12 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their blowout of the Warriors. Luka Doncic scored a game-high 39 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at Cleveland…
Philadelphia hosts Atlanta…
the L.A. Lakers are at Washington…
Boston hosts Charlotte…
Chicago is at New York…
Miami hosts San Antonio…
Portland is at Memphis…
Denver hosts New Orleans…
the L.A. Clippers are at Phoenix…
Sacramento hosts Utah

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
WASHINGTON 1 – N.Y. Islanders 0… Daniel Sprong found the net 1:29 into the contest and the Capitals made it stand. Goalie Vitek Vanecek stopped all 18 shots.

NEW JERSEY 6 – Philadelphia 4… The Devils shot their way past the Flyers to end their 10-game winless streak. Yegor Sharangovich scored a go-ahead goal in the third period. Pavel Zacha had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. RANGERS 3 – Buffalo 1… Alex Lafreniere netted a tie-breaking goal in the third period and Mika Zibanejad added a power-play goal in the Rangers’ win. Igor Shesterkin made 36 saves at goal.

Boston 3 – PITTSBURGH 1… The Bruins tightened up the Eastern Conference race with the defeat of the Penguins. David Krejci had a goal and an assist. Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped 25 shots.

COLUMBUS 1 – Detroit 0 (SO)… Patrik Laine and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the tie-breaker to send the Blue Jackets past the Red Wings. Elvis Merzlikins made 41 saves at goal. The victory ended Columbus’ nine-game losing streak.

Tampa Bay 7 – CHICAGO 4… The Lightning skated past the Blackhawks to clinch a playoff spot. Alex Killorn netted a power-play goal and added an empty-netter. Brayden Point had a goal and two assists.

Florida 7 – NASHVILLE 4… The Panthers scored four unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Predators. Jonathan Huberdeau scored two goals and set up three others.

Carolina 5 – DALLAS 1… Jordan Staal scored two power-play goals and had an assist in leading the Hurricanes past the Stars. Sebastian Aho had a goal and two assists.

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

The Rundown for April 27, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,124,369 and the nation’s death toll stands at 572,666, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Pacific Northwest is emerging as the most recent hotspot, prompting state and local officials in Washington and Oregon to warn of dangers to younger people and new lockdown restrictions. Health officials say the spike is being driven by a “sharp increase” in the number of young adults in their 30s and 40s testing positive.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT TO PROBE LOUISVILLE METRO PD… An investigation launched by Attorney General Merrick Garland will assess whether the Louisville Metro Police Department engages in a pattern or practice of using unreasonable force. Investigators will also try to determine “whether LMPD engaged in unconstitutional stops and seizures” as well as illegally used search warrants on private homes. Garland last week announced the Justice Department would conduct a similar investigation into the Minneapolis Police Department.

CENSUS RESULTS… Results from Census Bureau published yesterday confirm that the South and West continue population growths. Census results are used to reallocate the 435 House districts among states population growth has spurred House seat gains in Texas, Florida, Colorado, Montana, Oregon and North Carolina. Seats were lost in California, New York, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois. Overall, the U.S. population grew to 331 million in the new census but the a 7.4-percent growth rate from the 2010 census was the second slowest rate of population growth ever recorded, just behind the 7.3-percent growth during the Great Depression.

TIM RYAN TO RUN FOR OHIO SENATE SEAT… Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan is the first Democrat to enter the race for the U.S. Senate seat that’s being vacated by retiring Republican Senator Rob Portman. Portman, who has served the passed two terms, cited “partisan gridlock” in his January announcement the he wouldn’t seek re-election. Ryan launched his campaign yesterday with an appeal to Ohio workers.

RECALL TARGETS CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR… Opponents of California Governor Gavin Newsom have gathered enough validated signatures to force a recall election this year. Election officials say voters would head to the polls sometime between this summer and December. The recall effort targeted restrictions Newsom put in place to curb the spread of coronavirus and the alarming surge in cases last winter.

DHS TO PROBE INTERNAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE EXTREMISM… Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has launched an internal investigation into the threat of domestic violent extremism within the DHS. In a letter he sent to employees at the department, Mayorkas said a working group will provide a “comprehensive review of how to best prevent, detect, and respond to threats related to domestic violent extremism within DHS.” The DHS is comprised of multiple agencies employing more than 240,000 people.

ENTERTAINMENT
OSCAR RATINGS PLUMMET
… A preliminary estimate from The Nielsen Company indicates Sunday’s night’s Academy Awards television audience drew a record-low 9.85 million viewers. That number is less than half of last year’s 23.6 million viewership, which set the previous record for least-watched Oscars telecast. Analysts believe that with movie theaters closed during the pandemic, people lacked enthusiasm for movies they may not have been familiar with.

NETFLIX SETS ‘MASTER OF NONE’ PREMIERE… Netflix announced yesterday that Season 3 of the series “Master of None” will premiere on May 23. The series centers on a struggling actor pursing a career and romance in New York. The third season will focus on Denise and her partner, Alicia. Aziz Ansari stars alongside Lena Waithe and Naomi Ackie. Ansari and series-co-creator Alan Yang, shared a writing Emmy for 2015’s first season. Ansari and Waithe won the outstanding comedy writing Emmy for the second season in 2017.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
ATLANTA 8 – Chi. Cubs 7… The Braves slugged their way past the Cubs after blowing an early 4-0 lead. Freddy Freeman belted a tie-breaking three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Miami 8 – MILWAUKEE 0… Starter Trevor Rogers (3-1) scattered six hits over six innings and two relievers completed the blanking of the Brewers. Corey Dickerson knocked in three runs with a homer, single and double.

Philadelphia 2 – ST. LOUIS 1… Zack Wheeler (2-2) took a one-hit shutout into the ninth inning and the Phillies held on to edge the Cardinals. Rhys Hoskins homered twice for Philadelphia.

SAN FRANCISCO 12 – Colorado 0… The Giants scored nine runs in the first two innings and coasted past the Rockies. Anthony DeSclafani (2-0) tossed a three-hit shutout. Buster Posey went 4-or-5 with a two-run homer and three RBIs. Evan Longoria also drove in three runs.

Cincinnati 5 – L.A. DODGERS 3 (10 innings)… Jesse Winker’s two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning gave the Reds their first win in eight games. Nick Castellanos had a couple of hits, including an RBI single.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City 3 – DETROIT 2
… Whit Merrifield lifted a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the top of the fifth inning and the Royals hung on to top the Tigers. Carlos Santana opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the third.

CLEVELAND 5 – Minnesota 3 (10 innings)… Jordan Luplow’s two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Indians over the Twins. Jose Ramirez tied the game with an eighth-inning solo homer.

BALTIMORE 4 – N.Y. Yankees 2… Cedric Mullins went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers and a double to push the Orioles past the Yankees. Starter Matt Harvey (2-1) allowed just a run on three hits over six innings.

Oakland 2 – TAMPA BAY 1… Sean Murphy’s two-run homer in the top of the fourth inning provided all the offense the Athletics needed in their win over the Rays. Sean Manaea (3-1) surrendered a run on four hits over the first four innings.

L.A. Angels 9 – TEXAS 4… Shohei Ohtani (1-0) overcame a rough start to deliver five innings on the mound and delivered a two-run double at the plate in leading the Angels past the Rangers. Justin Upton and Albert Pujols hit back-to-back homers to lead off the third. Jose Iglesias also went deep.

HOUSTON 5 – Seattle 2… Jose Altuve had three hits, including a two-run single, for the Astros. Starter Jose Urquidy (2-2) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the Chi. Cubs (Trevor Williams, 2-1) are at Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 1-0)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 1-2) hosts Miami (Daniel Castano, 0-1)…
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 1-0) is at St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 0-4)…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 1-2) hosts San Diego (Chris Paddack, 1-2)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 1-0) is at San Francisco (Aaron Sanchez, 1-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 1-0) host Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 2-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 1-1) is at Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 3-0)…
Baltimore (Bruce Zimmermann, 1-2) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Corey Kluber, 0-2)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-1) is at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-1)…
Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 0-3) hosts the L.A. Angels (Jose Quintana, 0-1)…
Detroit (Jose Urena, 0-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 1-1)…
Houston (Cristian Javier, 2-0) hosts Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-2)

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 1-0) is at Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 2-2)…
Toronto (Trent Thornton, 0-0) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 1-1)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 0-2) is at the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 1-2)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
DETROIT 100 – Atlanta 86… Jerami Grant and Frank Jackson scored 18 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Pistons handled the Hawks.

L.A. Lakers 114 – ORLANDO 103…The Lakers rallied past the Magic in the second half. Dennis Schroder scored 13 of his game-high 21 points in the fourth quarter.

PHILADELPHIA 121 – Oklahoma City 90… Six players scored in double figures as the 76ers dealt the Thunder their 14th straight loss. Joel Embiid scored 21 points in just 23 minutes.

San Antonio 146 – WASHINGTON 143 (OT)… DeMar DeRozan scored 37 points and dished off 10 assists as the Spurs ended the Wizards’ eight-game winning streak.
Dejounte Murray finished with 25 points and 17 rebounds.

Phoenix 118 – NEW YORK 110… Devin Booker led all scorers with 33 points and the Suns handed the Knicks their first loss after nine straight wins. Mikal Bridges added 21 points and Chris Paul tossed in 20.

TORONTO 112 – Cleveland 96… The Raptors pulled away in the second half to get past the short-handed Cavaliers. Pascal Siakam led the way with 25 points.

Chicago 110 – MIAMI 102… The Bulls were too much in the fourth quarter and rallied past the Heat. They got 24 points from Nikola Vucevic and 23 from Daniel Thies.

MINNESOTA 105 – Utah 104… De’Angelo Russell made a layup with 4.2 seconds remaining provided the winning margin in the Timberwolves’ win over the Jazz. Russel made seven 3-pointers on his way to 27 points. Karl-Anthony Towns had 21 points and 11 boards.

NEW ORLEANS 120 – L.A. Clippers 103… The Pelicans jumped out to a 13-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their thrashing of the Clippers. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Zion Williamson’s 23 points.

DENVER 120 – Memphis 96… The short-handed Nuggets ran past the Grizzlies. Michael Porter Jr. lit it up for 31 points. Nikola Jokic powered his way to 24 points and 15 rebounds.

SACRAMENTO 113 – Dallas 106… The Kings built a big lead early and fought off the Mavericks despite playing without leading scorer De’Aaron Fox. Richaun Holmes scored 24 points for Sacramento.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Oklahoma City is at Boston…
Charlotte hosts Milwaukee…
Portland is at Indiana…
Toronto hosts Brooklyn…
Minnesota is at Houston…
Golden State hosts Dallas

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
Montreal 2 – CALGARY 1… Tyler Toffoli’s goal late in the second period proved to be the difference as the Canadiens clipped the Flames.

OTTAWA 2 – Vancouver 1… Drake Batherson scored a go-ahead goal midway through the second period. Brady Tkachuk set up both Senators goals. Goalie Marcus Hogberg made 25 saves.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Colorado 1… David Perron scored a goal and had two assists in leading the Blues past the Avalanche. Jordan Binnington stopped 31 shots at goal.

DALLAS 4 – Carolina 3 (OT)… Jamie Benn assisted on all three Stars goals in regulation and netted the game-winner at 2:44 of overtime.

NASHVILLE 4 – Florida 1… Erik Haula had a goal and an assist as the Predators skated past the Panthers. Goalie Juuse Saros made 39 saves.

Edmonton 6 – WINNIPEG 1… Connor McDavid scored three goals in notching his third hat trick of the season and ninth of his career.

LOS ANGELES 4 – Anaheim 1… The Kings continued their push for a playoff spot by sending the Ducks down to their fifth straight loss. Sean Walker and Mike Anderson scored first-period goals.

SAN JOSE 6 – Arizona 4… The Sharks scored the game’s first four goals and turned away the Coyotes. Evander Kane set up three goals and scored an empty-netter.

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

The Rundown for April 26, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,077,297 and the nation’s death toll stands at 572,200, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Biden administration has announced its intent to make raw materials needed for India’s coronavirus vaccine production available as the country’s Covid-19 infections surge. India yesterday set a global record for a rise in daily coronavirus cases for a fifth straight day. Britain, France and Germany also have pledged aid.

U.S. WITHDRAWING FROM AFGHANISTAN… Military officials have confirmed that the U.S. has begin its complete withdrawal from Afghanistan. General Austin Scott Miller, commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan and NATO’s Resolute Support Mission, said during a news conference in Kabul yesterday that U.S. and NATO forces “are now preparing to retrograde” prior to an announced target date of May 1. Earlier this month, President Joe Biden announced plans for all American troops to be out of Afghanistan by September 11.

6 DEAD IN GEORGIA CRASH… Authorities in Georgia said yesterday that at least six people were killed in a fiery crash of a passenger van on Interstate 85 about 35 miles north of Atlanta on Saturday night. Police say there were 16 adults in the van at the time of the crash and they were from a sober living group. Several passengers were transported to local hospitals. Investigators think a second vehicle may have been “directly or indirectly” involved.

ARIZONA WILDFIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONS… A wildfire in the Hualapai Mountains near Pine Lake, Arizona, has prompted the evacuation of about 200 households. The blaze, named the Flag Fire, has consumed nearly 1,000 acres in Mohave County. The area is just over 100 miles north of Phoenix.

GAS PRICES UP 2 CENTS… The average price for a gallon of regular-grade gasoline jumped 2 cents over the past two weeks to $2.96 per gallon, according to a nationwide survey of gas stations released yesterday. The Lundberg Survey noted that gas is $1.03 higher than it was a year ago. The most expensive gas was in the San Francisco Bay Area, where it cost an average of $4.04 a gallon. Baton Rouge, Louisiana, had the cheapest gas at $2.49 a gallon.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘NOMADLAND’ WINS BIG
… “Nomadland” was the big winner at last night’s 93rd Academy Awards. The film won Best Picture, while Chloé Zhao was honored as Best Director and Frances McDormand was awarded Best Actress for the third time. Only four-time winner Katharine Hepburn has won more Best Actress awards. Anthony Hopkins won Best Director for his performance in “The Father.” Daniel Kaluuya won Best Supporting Actor for “Judas and the Black Messiah.” The Best Supporting Actress went to Yuh-Jung Youn for “Minari.” “My Octopus Teacher” won Best Documentary.

SLIME LANGUAGE 2 TOPS ALBUM CHART… “Slime Language 2” project from Young Thug’s Young Stoner Life Records sold 113,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Last week’s champ, Taylor Swift’s “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” slipped into second place on sales of 57,000 units. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” so 56,000 copies to finish third. Justin Bieber’s “Justice” dropped to fourth place after selling 54,000 units. Eric Church’s “Heart” capped the top five with 49,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 4 – Washington 0
… Taijuan Walker (1-1) held the Nationals to three hits over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout. J.D. Davis homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the first inning and Pete Alonso homered to lead off the fifth for the Mets.

Arizona 5 – ATLANTA 0… Zac Gallen (1-0) limited the Braves to one hit in the seven-inning doubleheader opener. Stephen Vogt and Kole Calhoun homered for the Diamondbacks.

Arizona 7 – ATLANTA 0… Madison Bumgarner (2-2) no-hit the Braves over seven innings and the Diamondbacks completed a sweep of the twinbill. Pavin Smith homered to lead of the game and David Peralta added a two-run blast in the first. Eduardo Escobar led off the third with a homer.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Cincinnati 2… Tyler O’Neal smacked a pair of solo homers for the Cardinals. Jack Flaherty (4-0) allowed a run on three hits over seven innings.

Milwaukee 6 – CHI. CUBS 0… Brandon Woodruff (2-0) pitched two-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout. Luis Urias stroked a two-run single. Travis Shaw drove in two runs with a bases-loaded walk and a hit-by-pitch with the bases loaded.

COLORADO 12 – Philadelphia 2… Trevor Story unloaded a grand slam to cap a seven-run fourth inning. C.J. Cron homered with a runner aboard.

SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Miami 3… Logan Webb (1-1) allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings and helped himself at the plate with a two-run triple. Mauricio Dubon had a couple of hits and an RBI.

San Diego 8 – L.A. DODGERS 7 (11 innings)… The Padres erased a 7-1 seventh-inning deficit in outlasting the Dodgers. Eric Hosmer’s sacrifice fly in the top of the 11th inning scored Fernando Tatis Jr. With the decisive run. Tatis also scored the tying run in the ninth on Manny Machado’s single and homered.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE 8 – Oakland 1
… Austin Hays homered twice and drove in three runs as the Orioles ended the Athletics’ 13-game winning streak. Maikel Franco also went deep. John Means (2-0) gave up a run on two hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Kansas City 4 – DETROIT 0… The Royals blanked the Tigers for their fourth straight win. Danny Duffy (3-1) pitched four-hit ball over five innings and three relievers did the rest. Hunter Dozier homered and Carlos Santana singled home two runs.

CLEVELAND 7 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Franmil Reyes went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and a triple as the Indians salvaged the finale of the four-game series.

BOSTON 5 – Seattle 3… The Red Sox pushed across four runs in the bottom of the first inning and hung on to down the Mariners. Christian Vásquez got things going with an RBI single.

Toronto 1 – TAMPA BAY 0… Starter Hyun Jin Ryun left in the fourth inning with a minor strain, five relievers finished off the Blue Jays’ shutout of the Rays. Santiago Espinal single home Marcus Semien with the game’s only run in the top of the fifth inning.

L.A. Angels 4 – HOUSTON 2… Shohei Ohtani connected for a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the eighth inning. David Fletcher’s infield single brought in two fifth-inning runs.

CHI. WHITE SOX 8 – Texas 4… Michael Kopech (2-0) surrendered a run on four hits and struck out 10 in five innings. Jose Abreu drilled a two-run homer in the bottom of the first and lifted a sacrifice fly in the second.

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 6 – MINNESOTA 2
… Gregory Polanco went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and the Pirates cruised past the Twins. Bryan Reynolds slugged a pair of run-scoring doubles.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 1-2) are at Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 2-1) hosts Miami (Trevor Rogers, 2-1)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 1-2) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-2)…
San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 1-0) hosts Colorado (Austin Gomber, 1-2)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 1-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 3-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 1-2) is at Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 1-0)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 1-3) hosts Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 2-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Deivi Garcia, 0-0) are at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 1-1)…
Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 1-0) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 1-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Shohei, Ohtani, 0-0) are at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-1)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 0-2) hosts Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 1-1)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
CHARLOTTE 125 – Boston 104… The Hornets jumped out to an early double-digit lead and never looked back in trouncing the Celtics. Devonte Graham pumped in 24 points. P.J. Washington had 22 points and 12 rebounds.

BROOKLYN 128 – Phoenix 119… The Nets got 34 points from Kyrie Irving and 33 from Kevin Durant in downing the Suns. Irving also dished off 12 assists.

Memphis 120 – PORTLAND 113… Ja Morant scored 28 points and the Grizzlies topped the Trail Blazers for the second time in three days. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 21 points and 10 boards.

WASHINGTON 119 – Cleveland 110… The Wizards rallied in the fourth quarter to upend the Cavaliers and win their eighth in a row. Bradley Beale scored a game-high 33 points.

ATLANTA 111 – Milwaukee 104… The Hawks bombed the Bucks 41-26 in the fourth quarter to win going away. Bogdon Bogdanovic led all scorers with 32 points.

Indiana 131 – Orlando 112… The Pacers took control with a big third quarter and ran past the Magic. Malcolm Brogdon scored 24 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

GOLDEN STATE 117 – Sacramento 113… Stephen Curry made seven 3-pointers on his way to 37 points and the Warriors fought off the Kings. Curry set an NBA record for 3-pointers in a month with 85. Draymond Green had 14 rebound and 13 assists to go with his eight points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Detroit…
Orlando hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Oklahoma City is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts San Antonio…
Phoenix is at New York…
Toronto hosts Cleveland…
Chicago is at Miami…
Minnesota hosts Utah…
the L.A. Clippers are at New Orleans…
Denver hosts Memphis…
Dallas is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
PITTSBURGH 1 – Boston 0… Jake Guentzel netted the game’s only goal early in the third period. Goalie Tristan Jarry made 30 saves.

N.Y. RANGERS 6 – Buffalo 3… Mika Zibanejad scored three goals to record his third hat trick in 22 games. Kaapo Kakko added two goals. Adam Fox had three assists.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – New Jersey 3 (SO)… The Flyers overcame a 3-1 third-period deficit to upend the Devils. Claude Giroux scored back-to-back goals in the third period and found the net in the tie-breaker.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Columbus 3 (OT)… Victor Hedman’s goal 10 seconds into overtime sent the Lightning past the Blue Jackets. Ondrej Palat had a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Calgary…
Ottawa hosts Vancouver…
Colorado is at St. Louis…
Dallas hosts Carolina…
Florida is at Nashville…
Winnipeg hosts Edmonton…
Anaheim is at Los Angeles

The Rundown for April 23, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,929,599 and the nation’s death toll stands at 570,345, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The 704 deaths-per-day average posted last week was the lowest seven-day average since mid-October… Hospitalizations among senior citizens have fallen by 80 percent since the start of the year. Health officials credit the drop to the vaccination of all seniors in the U.S. Senior citizens account for about 80 percent of COVID-19 deaths.

SENATE PASSES ASIAN HATE-CRIME LEGISLATION… The Senate yesterday passed legislation that targets anti-Asian hate crimes. Missouri Republican Josh Hawley was the only senator who opposed the COVID-19 Hate Crimes Act in the 94-to-1 vote. The bill was introduced by Democratic Senator Mazie Hirono of Hawaii in March. It would direct the Department of Justice to expedite the review of hate crimes related to Covid-19 that were reported to law enforcement agencies and help them establish ways to report such incidents online and perform public outreach. Additionally, the bill would also direct the attorney general and the Department of Health and Human Services to issue best-practices guidance on how to mitigate racially discriminatory language in describing the pandemic. The bill still needs to pass the House.

SUPREME COURT DECIDES ON JUVENILE SENTENCING… The Supreme Court yesterday made it easier for judges to sentence juveniles to life without parole in a decision that upholds a Mississippi man’s life sentence without parole for a murder committed when he was a teenager. Conservative justices in the majority. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who authored the dissent, noted that 70 percent of juveniles sentenced to die in prison are people of color. Mississippi Attorney General Lynn Fitch said she was pleased with the decision that “upheld the constitutionality of Mississippi’s criminal sentencing system.”

BIDEN TALKS CLIMATE… President Joe Biden announced at the Leaders Summit on Climate yesterday that the U.S. will take steps to cut carbon emissions in half by the end of the decade. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris delivered opening remarks as they try to rejoin the U.S. among other nations seeking to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels. Biden said the U.S. would meet net zero emissions economy-wide by 2050. Other world leaders spoke via video conference.

STOCKS SLUMP… Reports that President Joe Biden intends to introduce an increased capital gains tax for wealthy Americans removed yesterday’s early gains on Wall Street. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 321.41 points, or 0.94 percent, while the S&P 500 dropped 0.91 percent and the Nasdaq Composite closed down 0.98 percent. The tumble began after Bloomberg and The New York Times reported that Biden was planning to hike the capital gains rate to 39.6 percent for those earning at least $1 million.

ENTERTAINMENT
RAPPER SHOCK G FOUND DEAD
… Rapper Shock G was found dead in a hotel room in Tampa yesterday. The cause of his death is unknown. The rapper, whose real name was Gregory Jacobs, was 57. Shock G was best known for singing lead vocals on “The Humpty Dance” while a member of Digital Underground, the rap group that introduced the world to Tupac Shakur. He had struggled with drug addiction for years.

BAY CITY ROLLERS SINGER DIES… Les McKeown, the former lead singer of 1970s pop sensation Bay City Rollers, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday, family members announced yesterday. He was 65. The Scottish singer joined the Bay City Rollers in late 1973, replacing founding lead singer Gordon “Nobby” Clark. The group had a fanatical teen following and sold more than 100 million records. The Bay City Rollers split up in 1978 and reunited in 2015.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona 14 – CINCINNATI 11
(10 innings)… David Peralta stroked a three-run triple to highlight a six-run top of the sixth inning and finished with five hits and seven RBIs.

CHI. CUBS 4 – N.Y. Mets 3 (10 innings)… Jason Hayward’s pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Eric Sogard with the winning run and the Cubs completed a three-game sweep.

SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Miami 0… Aaron Sanchez (1-1) pitched two-hit ball over five innings and four relievers held the Marlins hitless the rest of the way. Giants catcher Curt Casali caught his fifth straight shutout and singled home two runs to cap a three-run bottom of the first.

San Diego 3 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Fernando Tatis Jr.’s double-play ball in the top of the eighth inning brought home Jurickson Profar with the decisive run. Trent Grisham homered for the Padres.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. Yankees 6 – CLEVELAND 3
… Rougned Odor came through with a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the seventh inning. Kyle Hagashioka added a solo homer.

Seattle 7 – BOSTON 3 (10 innings)… Sam Haggerty doubled home a go-ahead run and Mitch Hanigar slugged a three-run homer during a four-run top of the 10th inning that carried the Mariners past the Red Sox. Ty France doubled home two runs.

HOUSTON 8 – L.A. Angels 2… The Astros cruised past the Angels to snap a three-game skid. Alex Bregman went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs. Cristian Javier (2-0) allowed three hits over five scoreless innings and struck out nine.

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh 4 – DETROIT 2
… RBI singles by Colin Moran and Erik González in the top of the eighth inning pulled the Pirates past the Tigers.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks,0-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 1-1) host Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-1)…
Arizona (Luke Weaver, 1-1) is at Atlanta (Huascar Ynoa, 0-1)…
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 1-1)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 1-0) hosts Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 0-1)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 1-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 3-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland (Cole Irvin, 1-2) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 1-2)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 1-1) hosts Kansas City (Mike Minor, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1) are at Cleveland (Logan Allen, 1-2)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 0-1) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0)…
Toronto (Steven Matz, 3-0) is at Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 2-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 2-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-1)…
Texas (Dane Dunning, 1-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 0-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 2-0) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 0-0)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
BOSTON 99 – Phoenix 86… Kemba Walker scored a game-high 32 points for the Celtics. Jayson Tatum had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

New Orleans 135 – ORLANDO 100… The Pelicans routed the Magic or their first win in five games. Brandon Ingram pumped in 29 points. Zion Williamson added 23 points.

MILWAUKEE 124 – Philadelphia 117… The Bucks scored 77 first-half points in building a 17-point lead at the break and held off the 76ers. They got 27 points from Giannis Antetokounmpo and 24 from Khris Middleton.

SAN ANTONIO 106 – Detroit 91… The Spurs won at home for the first time in six tries. Derrick White led the way with 26 points. Jakob Poeltl finished with 17 points and 11 boards.

CHICAGO 108 – Charlotte 91… Nikola Vucevic, Coby White and Thaddeus Young scored 18 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack. Vucevic also brought down 16 rebounds.

DALLAS 115 – L.A. Lakers 110… The Mavericks were up by 11 at the half and held on top the Lakers. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Luka Doncic’s 30 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Miami is at Atlanta…
Brooklyn hosts Boston…
Cleveland is at Charlotte…
Houston hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Washington is at Oklahoma City…
Golden State hosts Denver…
Memphis is at Portland

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
Toronto 5 – WINNIPEG 3… Mitch Marner scored two goals and assisted on another for the Maple Leafs. Auston Matthews netted his NHL-leading 34th goal and had two assists.

Boston 5 – BUFFALO 1… The Bruins skated past the Sabres for their sixth straight win. David Pastrnak scored a goal and set up two others.

Washington 1 – N.Y. Islanders 0 (SO)… Goalie Ilya Samsonov stopped all 26 shots in shutting out the Islanders. Evgeny Kuznetsov scored the winning goal in the shootout.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Columbus 1… Ondrej Palat scored a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and Blake Coleman added an empty-netter for the Lightning. Coleman also scored a second-period goal.

Carolina 4 – FLORIDA 2… Sebastian Aho scored a pair of short-handed goals in leading the Hurricanes past the Panthers. Martin Necas set up three goals.

PITTSBURGH 5 – New Jersey 1… The Penguins scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Devils. Bryan Rust netted his 18th goal and Kasperi Kapanen scored 25 seconds later.

Philadelphia 3 – N.Y. Rangers 2… James van Riemsdyk scored tying and go-ahead goals and Jakub Voracek added the game-winner for the Flyers. Ivan Provorov had two assists. Goalie Brian Elliott made 33 saves.

DETROIT 7 – Dallas 3… Recently acquired Jakub Vrana scored four goals to lead the Red Wings in their thrashing of the Stars. Filip Zadina set up two goals. Thomas Greiss made 43 saves at goal.

Colorado 4 – ST. LOUIS 2… The Avalanche clinched a playoff berth in downing the Blues. Andre Burakovsky found the net twice. Nathan MacKinnon had three assists.

Ottawa 3 – VANCOUVER 0… Goalie Matt Murray made 31 stops in his second shutout in six days. Tim Stützle and Drake Batherson scored power-play goals in the first period.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Buffalo…
the N.Y. Rangers host Philadelphia…
Nashville is at Chicago…
Calgary hosts Montreal…
Minnesota is at Los Angeles

The Rundown for April 22, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,862,375 and the nation’s death toll stands at 569,401, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Public-health officials warned yesterday that the threat posed by COVID-19 virus will remain until more of the world has been immunized. While countries such as the U.S., England and Israel have vaccinated sizable percentages of their populations, cases are rising sharply in Brazil, India and other countries. Vaccine expert Bar-Zeev and colleague Dr. Anna Durbin urged federal, state and local governments to take steps to ensure widespread access to vaccinations.

GUPTA CONFIRMED AT JUSTICE DEPARTMENT… The Senate narrowly confirmed Vanita Gupta as associate attorney general yesterday. Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski was the lone Republican to approve the nomination and prevent Vice President Kamala Harris from having to cast a vote to break a 50-50 tie. Gupta, who led the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division under the Obama administration, joins Attorney General Merrick Garland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco in leading the Justice Department.

ARIZONA GOVERNOR SEEKS EMERGENCY DECLARATION… Arizona Governor Doug Ducey yesterday urged President Biden to declare a national emergency at the border in response to the migrant crisis. He made the request a day after deploying 250 National Guard members and issued an emergency declaration. The Biden administration has repeatedly referred to the situation as a “challenge” rather than a “crisis” and blamed the Trump administration for ending legal asylum pathways.

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR SIGNS MARIJUANA BILL… Virginia Governor Ralph Northam yesterday signed into law a bill that legalizes marijuana possession for adults. Beginning July 1, anyone 21 or older may legally possess up to 1 ounce of marijuana and grow up to four cannabis plants per household at their home. The Virginia General Assembly approved the measure earlier this month. The state is set to begin permitting recreational marijuana sales on January 1, 2024.

COP TARGETED ANTI-TRUMPERS DURING CAPITOL ATTACK… California Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren revealed yesterday that a Capitol Police officer is being investigated for allegedly directing fellow officers to go after only “anti-Trump” rioters during the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Lofgren summarized an internal investigation into the response during her questioning of Capitol Police Inspector General Michael Bolton. The inspector general confirmed six Capitol Police officers were under investigation for their conduct during the attack. More than 100 Capitol police were injured defending the Capitol.

ENTERTAINMENT
FINAL ‘JEOPARDY!’ GUEST HOSTS
… LeVar Burton, Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos are among guest hosts named to finish out the current 37th season of “Jeopardy!” The 64-year-old Burton, who is best known as the host of “Reading Rainbow” on PBS and for his roles in “Roots” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” had expressed on social media his desire to host the show. Online support and a fan petition popularized his candidacy.

FANS REMEMBER PRINCE… Fans from throughout the world gathered in suburban Minneapolis yesterday at the former home and studio of the late Prince to mark the fifth anniversary of his death. 1,400 people were allowed inside the Paisley Park atrium while other fans paid their respects outside. Prince died April 21, 2016, of an accidental fentanyl overdose at age 57.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona 5 – CINCINNATI 4
… The Diamondbacks held off the Reds in the resumption of a game suspended in the eighth inning on Tuesday due to snow and cold.

Arizona 8 – CINCINNATI 5 (10 innings)… Josh VanMeter came through with a game-tying pinch-hit three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Diamondbacks scored five times in the 10th to put away the Reds.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – San Francisco 5… Andrew Knapp singled home Bryce Harper in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Phillies over the Giants. Harper’s solo homer tied the game in the seventh. Mickey Moniak opened the scoring with a three-run blast in the second.

WASHINGTON 1 – St. Louis 0… Max Scherzer (1-1) limited the Cardinals to four hits over six innings in outdueling counterpart Carlos Martinez (0-4). Alex Avila’s double in the bottom of the second inning scored Josh Bell with the game’s only run.

Milwaukee 4 – SAN DIEGO 2… Omar Narvaez homered with a runner aboard and Jace Peterson followed with a solo shot in the top of the sixth inning as the Brewers completed a three-game sweep.

CHI. CUBS 16 – N.Y. Mets 4… Javier Baez’ grand slam highlighted the Cubs’ throttling of the Mets. David Bote had a couple of hits and four RBIs. Matt Duffy went 3-for-4 and drove in three runs.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
OAKLAND 13 – Minnesota 12
(10 innings)… The Athletics won a wild one to extend their winning streak to 11 games. They scored three unearned runs in the bottom of the 10th without the benefit of a hit. Matt Chapman lifted a game-tying sacrifice fly in the ninth. Matt Olson homered twice and knocked in three runs.

Texas 7 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Adolis Garcia blasted a go-ahead three-run homer and Nate Lowe added a solo shot in the top of the eighth inning to rally the Rangers past the Angels.

Toronto 6 – BOSTON 3… The Blue Jays jumped out to a 4-0 lead after two innings and scored a pair of insurance runs in the ninth to put away the Red Sox. Bo Bichette, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Randal Grichuk each had two hits and an RBI.

KANSAS CITY 9 – Tampa Bay 8… The Royals scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Rays. Salvador Perez singled home Nicky Lopez with the winning run. Pinch-hitter Hanser Alberto legged out a two-run triple and Carlos Santana homered with a runner aboard in the seventh.

Chi. White Sox – CLEVELAND (ppd)… Snowfall and freezing temperatures forced postponement of last night’s White Sox-Indians game. It will be made up on May 31.

INTERLEAGUE
MIAMI 3 – Baltimore 0
… Trevor Rogers (2-1) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout of the Orioles. Jesus Aguilar stroked a two-run double and scored on Adam Duvall’s single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Pittsburgh 3 – DETROIT 2… Bryan Reynolds and Erik González produced run scoring singles as the Pirate scored all three runs in the top of the fourth inning and held off the Tigers in the doubleheader opener. Tyler Anderson (2-2) allowed two runs on three hits over five innings.

DETROIT 5 – Pittsburgh 2… Jonathan Schoop’s leadoff homer sparked a three-run bottom of the fifth inning and the Tigers claimed a split of the twinbill. Niko Goodrum homered to lead of the third.

COLORADO 6 – Houston 3… Austin Gomber (1-2) surrendered two run on two hits over six innings and the Rockies dealt the Astros their ninth loss in 10 games. Trevor Story doubled home two runs in the bottom of the first inning. Yonathan Daza homered to lead of the second. Dom Nuñez drove in two runs with a single and a double.

Atlanta 4 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… Starter Ian Anderson (1-1) blanked the Yankees on four his over 6-2/3 innings and the Braves cruised to the win. Austin Riley homered for Atlanta.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona (Taylor Widener, 1-0) is at Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 2-1)…
the Chi. Cubs (Trevor Williams, 2-1) host the N.Y. Mets (Joey Lucchesi, 0-1)…
Miami (Daniel Castano, 0-0) is at San Francisco (Aaron Sanchez, 0-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 1-0) host San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo Germán, 0-2) are at Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 3-0)…
Boston (Nick Pivetta, 2-0) hosts Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 1-0) are at Houston (Cristian Javier, 1-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Pittsburgh (Mitch Keller, 1-2) is at Detroit (Jose Ureña, 0-3)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
CLEVELAND 121 – Chicago 105… The Cavaliers led from start to finish in their romp over the bulls. Collin Sexton pumped in 30 points and Darius Garland added 25.

INDIANA 122 – Oklahoma City 116… Malcom Brogdon put up game-highs with 29 points and 15 rebounds as the Pacers fought of the Thunder. Caris LeVert tossed in 28 points. Oshae Brissett finished with 23 points and 12 boards.

Phoenix 116 – PHILADELPHIA 113… The Suns escaped with a win when a last-second length-of-the-court, 85-foot shot by 76ers center Joel Embiid rimmed out. Chris Paul led Phoenix with 28 points.

WASHINGTON 118 – Golden State 114… The Wizards rallied past the Warriors in the fourth quarter for their sixth straight win. Bradley Beal led all scorers with 29 points.

TORONTO 114 – Brooklyn 103… The Raptors handled the Nets in a back-and-forth contest. They got 27 points from Pascal Siakam and 26 from OG Anunoby.

NEW YORK 137 – Atlanta 127 (OT)… The Knicks outlasted the Hawks for their eighth straight win. Julius Randle led the way with 40 points and 10 rebounds. Derrick Rose and Immanuel Quickley both delivered 20 points of the bench.

Utah 112 – HOUSTON 89… Jeremy Clarkson came of the bench to score 22 points and the Jazz cruised past the Rockets. Joe Ingles added 21 points. Rudy Gobert had 19 points and 18 boards.

DALLAS 127 – Detroit 117… The Mavericks took control in the second quarter and held of the Pistons. Luka Doncic scored 30 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

Miami 107 – SAN ANTONIO 87… The Heat caught fire in the second half and ran past the Spurs. Bam Adebayo led a balanced scoring attack with 23 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 117 – Memphis 105… The Clippers erased an 18-point first-half deficit on their way past the Grizzlies. Luke Kennard led all scorers with 28 points.

Denver 106 – PORTLAND 105… Nikola Jokic made three big free throws down the stretch and finished with 25 points in leading the Nuggets past the Trail Blazers.

SACRAMENTO 128 – Minnesota 125… Buddy Hield made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 8.8 seconds remaining and De’Aaron Fox added two free throws in the Kings’ win. Fox finished with a game-high 30 points. Hield had 29.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at Boston…
Orlando hosts New Orleans…
Philadelphia is at Milwaukee…
San Antonio hosts Detroit…
Charlotte is at Chicago…
Dallas hosts the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 8)…
CHICAGO 5 – Nashville 4 (OT)… The Blackhawks overcame a three-goal deficit midway through the third quarter to outlast the Predators. Brandon Hagel netted the game-winner three minutes into overtime.

Minnesota 4 – ARIZONA 1… The Wild breezed past the Coyotes after spotting them an early goal. Rookie Kirill Kaprizov scored his 18th goal. Cam Talbot made 39 saves at goal.

VEGAS 5 – San Jose 2… Jonathan Marchessault scored two goals and assisted on two others in the Golden Knights’ win over the Sharks. Shea Theodore had two assists.

Montreal 4 – EDMONTON 3… The Canadiens withstood a late rally to edge the Oilers. Josh Anderson netted a pair of goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Toronto is at Winnipeg…
Buffalo hosts Boston…
Washington is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Tampa Bay hosts Columbus…
Carolina is at Florida…
Pittsburgh hosts New Jersey…
Philadelphia is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Detroit hosts Dallas…
Colorado is at St. Louis…
Vancouver hosts Ottawa

The Rundown for April 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,792,509 and the nation’s death toll stands at 568,461, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The State Department has announced plans to update travel advisories amid the ongoing pandemic. New guidelines expected to be released later this week will urge Americans to curb visits “to approximately 80% of countries worldwide” that are experiencing dramatic spikes in cases.

CHAUVIN FOUND GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS… Former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of all three counts in the murder of George Floyd yesterday. The 12-person jury convicted Chauvin of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. The jurors reached their decision after 10 hours of deliberations and three weeks of testimony. Immediately after the verdict was announced, the judge revoked Chauvin’s bail and remanded him into custody, with a custody hearing in about eight weeks. Chauvin faces up to 40 years in prison on the second-degree murder charge, up to 25 years on the third-degree murder charge and up to 10 years on the manslaughter charge.

SENATE CONFIRMS LISA MONACO AS DEPUTY AG… The U.S. Senate voted 98-2 yesterday to confirm Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general. In filling the No. 2 position at the Justice Department, the 53-year-old Monaco will help lead investigations into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol and an alleged Russian-led hacking campaign that targeted software made by SolarWinds Corp. Monaco previously served as a Homeland Security Adviser to President Barack Obama.

U.S. AMBASSADOR TO RUSSIA HEADING HOME… U.S. ambassador to Russia John Sullivan has confirmed that he’s temporarily returning to the U.S. in response to the Russian government urging him to leave the country. The Kremlin last week retaliated against U.S. sanctions for election interference and the recent SolarWinds mega-hack by expelling 10 U.S. diplomats and telling Ambassador John Sullivan to return home. Russia recalled its ambassador to Washington, Anatoly Antonov, in March after Biden expressed his belief that Vladimir Putin is “a killer.”

COLORADO GOVERNOR SIGNS GUN LAWS… Colorado Governor Jared Polis yesterday signed two bills that tighten gun laws in his state. Both measures were introduced prior to last month’s mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder. Senate Bill 78 requires a gun owner to report their lost or stolen firearm within five days or be subject to fines. House Bill 1106 mandates gun owners to “responsibly and securely” store their firearms when not in use to prevent juveniles and other unauthorized users from accessing them. It also requires a licensed gun dealer to provide a locking device with each firearm sale or transfer.

ENTERTAINMENT
SONGWRITER JIM STEINMAN DIES
… Songwriter and producer Jim Steinman, who was best known for his collaborations with Meatloaf, died on Monday of undisclosed causes. He was 73. Steinman contributed songs to Meatloaf’s 1977 album “Bat Out of Hell” and produced the artist’s 1993 hit, “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That).” Steinman also produced Bonnie Tyler’s 1983 song “Total Eclipse of the Heart” and worked with such other artists as Def Leppard, Barbra Streisand and Air Supply.

‘LUPIN’ TOPS NETFLIX CHART… “Lupin” topped Netflix’s viewership charts for the first quarter of 2021. About 76 million member accounts worldwide watched at least a couple minutes of the series over its first four weeks of release. “Series Fate: The Winx Saga” and “Who Killed Sara?” were among other popular programs at the streaming service.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco 10 – PHILADELPHIA 7
… The Giants came from six runs down in the sixth inning to top the Phillies. Buster Posey homered twice with the bases empty.

WASHINGTON 3 – St. Louis 2… The Nationals came up with two runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the Cardinals. Yan Gomes drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Josh Harrison with the go-ahead run.

CHI. CUBS 3 – N.Y. Mets 1… Cubs starter Jake Arrieta (3-1) held the Mets to a run on three hits over three innings. Eric Sogard singled home a run and scored twice.

Milwaukee 6 – SAN DIEGO 0… Brewers starter Corbin Burnes tossed a four-hitter and fanned 10 over six innings. Three relievers completed the shutout. Billy McKinney and Jace Peterson smacked solo homers.

Arizona – CINCINNATI (susp.)… Rain and snow in Cincinnati forced suspension of the Diamondbacks-Reds game in the eighth inning with the Diamondbacks winning 5-4.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi. White Sox 8 – CLEVELAND 5
… Jose Abreu homered twice and drove in three runs for the White Sox.

OAKLAND 7 – Minnesota 0… Mitch Moreland hit a pair of homers and knocked in three runs for the Athletics in the doubleheader opener. Matt Olson unloaded a grand slam.

OAKLAND 1 – Minnesota 0… The Athletics clipped the Twins to complete a sweep of the twinbill and run their winning streak to 10 games. Jesus Luzardo (1-1) allowed just two hits over 5-1/3 innings.

BOSTON 4 – Toronto 3… Xavier Bogaerts belted a three-run homer and Bobby Dalbec added an RBI single as the Red Sox did all their scoring in the bottom of the fourth inning and held off the Blue Jays.

Tampa Bay 14 – KANSAS CITY 7… They Rays pounded out 17 hits in their thrashing of the Royals. They got homers from Brandon Lowe, Austin Meadows and Mike Zunino.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Texas 2… Kurt Suzuki hit a two-run homer for the Angels. Mike Trout and Albert Pujols added solo shots.

INTERLEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 1 – SEATTLE 0
… Julio Urias (3-0) pitched one-hit ball over seen innings and struck out 11. Two relievers completed the shutout. Corey Seager singled home A.J. Pollock with the game’s only run in the top of the third inning.

N.Y. YANKEES 3 – Atlanta 1… The Yankees scored twice in the bottom of the eighth inning on a wild pitch and a walk to ease past the Braves and snap their five-game skid.

Baltimore 7 – MIAMI 5… Trey Mancini and Freddy Galvis hit solo homers for the Orioles. Rio Ruiz stroked a two-run double.

COLORADO 6 – Houston 2… C.J. Cron belted a three-run homer and knocked in five runs to lead the Rockies’ past the Astros. Dom Nuñez also went deep.

Pittsburgh – DETROIT (ppd)… Rain in Detroit forced postponement of last night’s Pirates-Tigers game. It has been re-scheduled as part of a doubleheader today.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 1-0) is at Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 1-0)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 0-1) hosts St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 0-3)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 1-2) is at San Diego (Danielson Lamet, 0-0)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 1-1) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 1-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 1-1) are at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 1-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 1-1) is at Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Quintana, 0-1) host Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 0-3)…
Chi. White Sox (TBA) are at Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 3-0)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 0-1) hosts Toronto (TBA)…
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-1) is at Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 1-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Baltimore (Bruce Zimmermann, 1-1) is at Miami (Trevor Rogers, 1-1)…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 1-0; Spencer Turnbull, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (TBA; Mitch Keller, 1-2)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 0-1) is at Colorado (Austin Gomber, 0-2)
the N.Y. Yankees (Corey Kluber, 0-1) host Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 0-0)…

NBA SCOREBOARD
ATLANTA 112 – Orlando 96… Trae Young led the Bulls with 26 points. Lou Williams tossed in 22 points.

NEW YORK 109 – Charlotte 97… The Knicks downed the Hornets and extended their winning streak to seven games. RJ Barrett scored 18 of his 26 points in the third quarter.

Brooklyn 134 – NEW ORLEANS 129… Kyrie Irving took over in the final minute and finished with 32 points in leading the Nets past the Pelicans.

L.A. Clippers 113 – PORTLAND 112… Paul George capped a 33-point performance with a pair of free throws with 4.8 seconds left and the Clippers edged the Trail Blazers.

Minnesota 134 – SACRAMENTO 120… Karl-Anthony Towns scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds as the Timberwolves put away the Kings.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Cleveland…
Indiana hosts Oklahoma City…
Phoenix is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Golden State…
Brooklyn is at Toronto (in Tampa)…
New York hosts Atlanta…
Utah is at Houston…
Dallas hosts Detroit…
Miami is at San Antonio…
the L.A. Clippers host Memphis…
Denver is at Portland…
Sacramento hosts Minnesota

NHL SCOREBOARD
Boston 2 – BUFFALO 0… Tuukka Rask stopped all 32 shots in blanking the Sabres. Brad Marchand and Connor Clifton scored for the Bruins.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 6 – N.Y. Rangers 1… Josh Bailey found the net twice for the Islanders. Anthony Beauvillier scored a goal and assisted on three others.

Carolina 4 – TAMPA BAY 1… The Hurricanes scored three straight goals in the second period and never looked back in downing the Lightning. Nino Niederreiter had a goal and an assist.

FLORIDA 5 – Columbus 1… Sam Bennett netted a pair of goals for the Blue Jackets. Spencer Knight made 33 saves at goal.

PITTSBURGH 7 – New Jersey 6… The Penguins took a 6-0 lead into the third period and needed an additional goal from Sidney Crosby to get past the Devils.

DALLAS 5 – Detroit 2… Rookie Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist as the Stars won their fourth in a row. Jason Dickinson set up two goals.

VANCOUVER 6 – Toronto 3… Tanner Pearson and Brandon Sutter scored two goals apiece as the Canucks doubled up on the Maple Leafs.

LOS ANGELES 4 – Anaheim 1… Blake Lizotte and Andreas Athanasiou each had a goal and an assist for the Kings.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Nashville is at Chicago…
Arizona hosts Minnesota…
San Jose is at Vegas…
Edmonton hosts Montreal

The Rundown for April 20, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,737,347 and the nation’s death toll stands at 567,690, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The risk of surface transmission of COVID-19, the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention advised yesterday. America is much more likely to spread the virus through airborne transmission, the CDC said, and people who obsessively disinfect surfaces may be doing more harm than good. During a telephone briefing, Vincent Hill, Chief of the Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, said that while the risk of transmission from touching a surface is small, it is elevated indoors. The virus dies “rapidly” on porous surfaces but can persist longer on hard, indoor surfaces, he added.

SUPREME COURT REJECTS ELECTION CHALLENGE… The Supreme Court yesterday threw out another legal challenge to November’s presidential election. Justices ruled that a suit filed by a Republican former congressional candidate who had challenged the extension of Pennsylvania’s deadline to receive mail-in ballots was moot. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia previously ruled that the candidate, Jim Bognet, as well as four individual voters, did not have legal standing to challenge the ballot deadline extension.

WALTER MONDALE DIES… Former U.S. vice president and Minnesota senator Walter “Fritz” Mondale died at his Minneapolis home yesterday. He was 93. Mondale was vice president under former President Jimmy Carter and represented his state in the U.S. Senate for 12 years. Mondale, a champion of liberal politics, ran as the Democratic candidate for president in 1984 but lost in a landslide to President Ronald Reagan. His running mate was New York Congresswoman Geraldine A. Ferraro, the first woman to seek the vice presidency on a major national ticket.

DEREK CHAUVIN TRIAL… Officials in Minneapolis and other cities throughout the nation are preparing for civil unrest that might result from the verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. The jury began deliberations yesterday after nearly six hours of closing arguments and rebuttals by prosecutors and the defense. The 45-year-old Chauvin is facing murder charges in the death last May of George Floyd. The Army has approved the call-up of 250 members of the DC National Guard to support the DC Metropolitan Police Department with traffic management and safety at downtown public transportation stations in the nation’s capital and establish a quick reaction force in the event of larger protests.

OLDEST LIVING AMERICAN DIES… A woman identified as the oldest living American died on Saturday in North Carolina, her family has announced. Hester Ford was either 115 or 116 years old, depending on which census report was being referred to. Regardless, Ford’s life spanned the 1918 influenza and COVID-19 pandemics, two world wars and the dawn of the civil rights movement. Last year, she was honored in Mecklenburg County after county commissioners declared September 1 as Hester Ford Day. Ford had 12 children, 68 grandchildren, 125 great-grandchildren and at least 120 great-great-grandchildren.

ENTERTAINMENT
RAPPER BLACK ROB DIES
… Rapper Black Rob, who was best known for his work at Bad Boy Records in the 1990s and early 2000s, died Saturday of cardiac arrest in Atlanta, a longtime friend has confirmed. He was 52. Black Rob had been hospitalized and suffered multiple health problems in recent years. His debut album “Life Story,” released in 2000, featured the hit single “Whoa!” and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

ANOTHER TAYLOR SWIFT STALKER ARRESTED… Police in Manhattan arrested a 52-year-old man Saturday night in connection with an attempted break-in at Taylor Swift’s apartment. Police responding to a 911 call about an intruder arrested the suspect for criminal trespass. Swift has had numerous encounters with stalkers over the years. In 2018, she obtained a restraining order against a man who tried to enter her home armed with a knife. Later that year, she was obtained a restraining order against a second man, who threatened to rape and kill the singer in letters he sent her. In 2019, a judge sentenced a man to six months in jail after the man broke into Swift’s New York apartment and took a shower before falling asleep.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco 2 – PHILADELPHIA 0
… Kevin Gausman (1-0) scattered six hits over six innings and three relievers completed the shutout of the Phillies. Brandon Belt’s two-run homer in the top of the third inning accounted for the game’s only offense.

St. Louis 12 – WASHINGTON 5… Paul DeJong smacked a solo homer and unloaded a grand slam to lead the Cardinals in their pounding of the Nationals. Tommy Edman, Paul Goldschmidt and Justin Williams also went deep.

Milwaukee 3 – SAN DIEGO 1… The Brewers got solo homers from Luis Urias, Billy McKinney and pinch-hitter Tyrone Taylor in their win over the Padres. Brandon Woodruff (1-0) allowed just a run on one hit over six innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BOSTON 11 – Chi. White Sox 4
… Kiké Hernandez’ lead-off homer sparked a six-run bottom of the first inning and the Red Sox coasted past the White Sox. Alex Verdugo and J.D. Martinez also hit solo homers.

Tampa Bay 4 – KANSAS CITY 1… Starter Josh Fleming (1-1) pitched two-hit ball over 5-1/3 innings and the Rays scored three unearned runs to down the Royals. Kevin Kiermaier had two hits and drove in two runs.

Texas 6 – L.A. ANGELS 4… The Rangers used a five-run top of the sixth inning to put away the Angels. Adolis Garcia opened the scoring with a homer to lead off the third.

OAKLAND – Minnesota (ppd)… Last night’s Twins-Athletics game in Oakland was postponed to allow for continued testing and contact tracing involving members of the Minnesota organization. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

INTERLEAGUE
SEATTLE 4 – L.A. Dodgers 3
… Jose Marmolejos staked the Mariners to an early lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and they went on to hold off the Dodgers. Taylor Trammell homered and doubled home a run.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 1-1)…
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 0-1) is at Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 1-2)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 0-2) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 0-0) are at the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 2-1)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 1-1) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 1-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 2-0) are at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 1-2…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 1-1; Jesus Luzardo, 0-1) hosts Minnesota (Matt Shoemaker, 1-0; Jose Berrios, 2-1) for a doubleheader…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 1-1) is at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 2-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 1-1) hosts Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 1-0)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 0-0)

INTERLEAGUE
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 2-0) are at Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 0-1) host Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 1-1)…
Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 0-1) is at Miami (Nick Neidert, 0-0)…
Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 1-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 1-2)…
Houston (Luis Garcia, 0-0) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 1-1)

NBA SCOREBOARD
DETROIT 109 – Cleveland 105… Frank Johnson and Saddiq Bey scored 20 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Pistons held on at the end to down the Cavaliers.

Chicago 102 – BOSTON 96… The Bulls dealt the Celtics their first loss in seven games. Nikola Vucevic pumped in 29 points.

Golden State 107 – PHILADELPHIA 96… Stephen Curry made 10 3-pointers on his way to 49 points in leading the Warriors past the 76ers. Andrew Wiggins had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

San Antonio 109 – INDIANA 94… The Spurs jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and cruised past the Pacers. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Derrick White’s 25 points.

MIAMI 113 – Houston 91… The Heat pulled away in the second half to down the Rockets. Kendrick Nunn scored a game-high 30 points.

WASHINGTON 119 – Oklahoma City 107… Bradley Beal lit it up for 30 points and the Wizards topped the Thunder for their fifth straight win. Davis Bertans made six 3-pointers on his way to 21 points.

Phoenix 128 – MILWAUKEE 127 (OT)… Devin Booker’s free throw with three-tenths of a second remaining in overtime lifted the Suns over the Bucks. Booker finished with 24 points. Chris Paul scored 22 points and dished of 13 assists. Mikal Bridges had 20 points and 13 boards.

DENVER 139 – Memphis 137 (2OT)… Nikola Jokic made a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 43 seconds left in the second overtime and led all scorers with 47 points as the Nuggets outlasted the Grizzlies. Will Barton added 28 points and Michael Porter Jr. tossed in 21.

Utah 111 – L.A. LAKERS 97… The Jazz got 22 points from Jordan Clarkson and 21 from Joe Ingles in topping the Clippers. Mike Conley had 14 points and 10 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at Atlanta…
New York hosts Charlotte…
Brooklyn is at New Orleans…
Portland hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Minnesota is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD
TAMPA BAY 3 – Carolina 2 (OT)… Yanni Gourde found the net 2:50 into overtime to send the Lightning past the Hurricanes. Alex Killorn had a goal and an assist.

FLORIDA 4 – Columbus 2… Frank Vatrano netted a pair of goals to lead the Panthers past the Blue Jackets. Anthony Duclair assisted on two goals.

DALLAS 3 – Detroit 2 (SO)… Denis Gurianov scored in the fifth round of the shootout to win it for the Stars. Roope Hintz had a goal and an assist.

NASHVILLE 5 – Chicago 2… Tanner Jeannot and Luke Kunin scored 18 seconds apart in the third period as the Predators put away the Blackhawks. Mikael Granlund set up two goals.

Ottawa 4 – CALGARY 2… Connor Brown scored a short-handed goal and added an empty-netter as the Senators downed the Flames. Goalie Matt Murray made 26 saves.

EDMONTON 4 – Montreal 1… The Oilers came alive to score all four goals in the third period and skated past the Canadiens. Connor McDavid scored a goal and assisted on two others.

Minnesota 5 – ARIZONA 2… The Wild made it four straight wins with the defeat of the Coyotes. Kevin Fiala had a goal and an assist.

VEGAS 3 – San Jose 2 (SO)… The Golden Knights extended their winning streak to seven games by outlasting the Sharks. Alex Tuch netted the winning goal in the tie-breaker. Robin Lehner stopped 29 shots at goal. It was a historic night for 41-year-old San Jose forward Patrick Marleau, who played in his 1,768th game and passed Gordie Howe for the most games played in NHL History.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Buffalo…
the N.Y. Islanders host the N.Y. Rangers…
Carolina is at Tampa Bay…
Florida hosts Columbus…
New Jersey is at Pittsburgh…
Dallas hosts Detroit…
Toronto is at Vancouver…
Los Angeles hosts Anaheim

The Rundown for April 19, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 31,669,897 and the nation’s death toll stands at 567,217, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced yesterday that just over half of all adults in America have received at least one COVID-19 immunization shot. 130 million adults in the U.S. have been jabbed, which is 50.4 percent of the over-18 population. Nearly 84 million adults, or 32.5 percent of the population, have been fully vaccinated.

SHOOTINGS IN KENOSHA, AUSTIN… Authorities in Kenosha, Wisconsin, say a suspect was apprehended last night in connection with a shooting inside a tavern that left three people dead and two others injured early yesterday. The unnamed suspect is facing a charge of first-degree intentional homicide, with other charges likely to be added. Meanwhile, a manhunt is underway for a former Travis County Sheriff’s Office detective wanted for the fatal shootings of three people in Austin, Texas, yesterday. Investigators say the shootings were related to a domestic incident. The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Steven Broderick, was charged last June with the sexual assault of a child and placed on administrative leave.

U.S. WARNS RUSSIA OVER NAVALNY… National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said during an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union” yesterday that the U.S. has warned Russia of “consequences” if opposition leader Alexei Navalny dies in the notorious Russian prison where he is being held. The 44-year-old Navalny is on Day 19 of a hunger strike and is reported to be in poor health. He was nearly fatally poisoned last August 2020 by suspected Russian agents working on behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Navalny’s supporters have called for nationwide protests on Wednesday to demand his release.

WHITE HOUSE STRUGGLING WITH REFUGEE ADMISSIONS… U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Linda Thomas-Greenfield yesterday called President Biden’s cap on refugee admissions is a “first step,” as the White House eyes increases beyond the limits initially set by the Trump administration. The Biden administration initially told Congress it planned to raise the refugee cap from 15,000 spots to 62,500 for the current fiscal year, but Biden announced on Friday that he would maintain the current ceiling of 15,000 spots for this year. White House press secretary Jen Psaki acknowledged the initial goal of 62,500 spots “seems unlikely.”

CHINA, U.S. AGREE TO FIGHT CLIMATE CHANGE… China and the United States have agreed to work together to fight climate change. The partnership between the world’s two biggest polluters was formed at a meeting last week between Chinese climate envoy Xie Zhenhua and John Kerry, who was representing the Biden administration. The agreement was announced in a joint statement issued yesterday and comes ahead of President Joe Biden’s virtual climate summit to be held this week.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACM AWARDS
… Luke Bryan, Maren Morris and Thomas Rhett were the big winners at last night’s 56th annual Academy of Country Music Awards. Bryan was forced to pull out of performing at the event after testing positive for COVID-19 and accepted the award via video from Los Angeles where he’s been recuperating. Morris won her second-straight Female Artist of the Year award. Rhett was awarded Male Artist of the Year. Chris Stapleton won Album of the Year for “Starting Over.”

TAYLOR SWIFT TOPS ALBUM CHART… Taylor Swift’s newest release, “Fearless (Taylor’s Version),” sold 291,000 copies to give her a ninth No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with the biggest week of 2021 for any album. DMX’s greatest hits compilation “The Best of DMX” jumped to No. 2 with 77,000 copies sold following the rapper’s death on April 9. Justin Bieber’s “Justice” slipped into third place with 60,000 copies sold. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” remained in fourth place after selling 58,000 units. Rod Wave’s “SoulFly” capped the top five with 55,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona 5 – WASHINGTON 2
… Diamondbacks starter Madison Bumgarner (1-2) held the Nationals to a run on two hits over five innings. Josh Rojas and Carson Kelly hit solo homers.

PHILADELPHIA 2 – St. Louis 0… Aaron Nola (1-1) tossed a complete-game two-hitter in shutting out the Cardinals. Bryce Harper’s bases-empty homer in the bottom of the first inning provided all the offense the Phillies needed.

San Francisco 1 – MIAMI 0… Ale Wood (1-0) limited the Marlins to three hits over five innings and four relievers provided hitless relief in the blanking of the Marlins. Alex Dickerson singled in Tommy La Stella with the game’s only run in the top of the third inning.

Pittsburgh 6 – MILWAUKEE 5 (10 innings)… Colin Moran belted a three-run homer in the top of the third inning and doubled home Bryan Reynolds with the tie-breaking run in the 10th to lead the Pirates past the Brewers. Reynolds homered with a runner aboard in the seventh.

N.Y. Mets 2 – COLORADO 1… Marcus Stroman (3-0) allowed just a run on three hits over eight innings and the Mets held off the Rockies.

SAN DIEGO 5 – L.A. Dodgers 2… Eric Hosmer came through with a tie-breaking RBI double in the bottom of the seventh inning and added a run-scoring single in the eighth as the Padres salvaged the series finale. Jake Cronenworth smacked a solo homer.

Atlanta 13 – CHI. CUBS 4… The Braves connected for four home runs during a six-run top of the first inning and never looked back in their thrashing of the Cubs. Guillermo Heredia hit a two-run homer and unloaded a grand slam. Freddie Freeman, Travis d’Arnaud and Ehire Adrianza also went deep.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Chi. White Sox 3 – BOSTON 2
… Tim Anderson homered on the game’s first pitch and the White Sox went on to edge the Red Sox in the opener of a doubleheader. Dallas Keuchel (1-0) allowed two runs on six hits over five innings.

Chi. White Sox 5 – BOSTON 1… Fermin Mercedes’ leadoff homer sparked a three-run top of the fourth inning and the White Sox cruised past the Red Sox to complete a sweep of the twinbill. Nick Madrigal doubled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Tampa Bay 4 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Yoshi Tsutsugo stroked a tie-breaking RBI double in the top of the fifth inning and Joey Wendle added a solo homer in the ninth as the Rays finished off a series sweep and dealt the Yankees their fifth straight loss. Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

KANSAS CITY 2 – Toronto 0… Salvador Perez homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the seventh inning to power the Royals past the Blue Jays. Starter Brady Singer tossed two-hit ball over six innings but didn’t get a decision.

TEXAS 1, Baltimore 0 (10 innings)… Nate Lowe’s two-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored Eli with the game’s only run as the Rangers outlasted the Orioles. The game featured a scoreless duel between Texas starter Kyle Gibson and his counterpart John Means.

OAKLAND 3 – Detroit 2… Matt Olson scored an unearned run in the bottom of the 10th inning and the Athletics swept the four-game series with the Tigers. Sean Murphy led of the eighth with a game-tying homer.

SEATTLE 7 – Houston 2… France hit a two-run homer and doubled home a run in the Mariners’ pounding of the Astros. Mitch Hanigar legged out a two-run triple and added a run-scoring double. Six Seattle pitchers combined on a one-hitter.

Minnesota – L.A. ANGELS (ppd)… Multiple positive COVID-19 tests on the Minnesota team forced postponement of yesterday’s Twins-Angels game. No makeup date has been announced.

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 6 – CINCINNATI 3… Indians starter Shane Bieber (2-1) gave up three runs on six hits over six innings and struck out 13 in a historic performance. He became the first pitcher in big league history to begin the season with four straight starts with at least 10 strikeouts. Roberto Pérez blasted a three-run homer for Cleveland. Jordan Luplow added a two-run shot. Jose Ramirez also went deep.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 0-0) is at Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 0-1)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 1-0) hosts St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 2-0)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 0-0) is at San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 2-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 1-0) are at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 2-1)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 2-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 0-1)…
Texas (Kohei Arihara, 1-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 0-1)

INTERLEAGUE
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-0) are at Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-1)

NBA SCOREBOARD
ATLANTA 129 – Indiana 117… The Hawks built a 12-point lead after the first quarter and retained control in their win over the Pacers. Trae Young pumped in 34 points. Clint Capela finished with 25 points and 24 rebounds.

NEW YORK 122 – New Orleans 112 (OT)… The Knicks spurted past the Pelicans in overtime to win their sixth in a row. Julius Randle scored 33 points and dished off 10 assists. Derrick Rose delivered 23 points off the bench.

MIAMI 109 – Brooklyn 107… Bam Adebayo knocked down a 13-foot jumper as time expired lifted the Heat over the Nets. Adebayo had 21 points and 15 boards on the night.

CHARLOTTE 109 – Portland 101… The Hornets jumped out to a 44-24 lead after one quarter and held on to down the Trail Blazers and snap a four-game skid. Terry Rozier scored 34 points and had 10 assists.

Houston 114 – ORLANDO 110… The Rockets got 25 points from Christian Wood and 24 from Kelly Olynyk in fighting off the Magic. Wood also grabbed 10 rebounds. Kevin Porter Jr. tossed in 22 points.

TORONTO 112 – Oklahoma City 106… Chris Boucher powered his way to 31 points and 11 boards as the Raptors handed the Thunder their 10th straight loss. Gary Trent Jr. added 23 points.

Sacramento 121 – DALLAS 107… The Kings took control with a 45-point second quarter and cruised past the Mavericks for their first win in 10 games. De’Aaron Fox pumped in 30 points. Harrison Barnes added 24 points and Terence Davis II tossed in 23.

L.A. CLIPPERS 124 – Minnesota 105… Paul George scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures and the Clippers ran past the Timberwolves. Kawhi Leonard had 15 points and 11 rebounds.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Cleveland is at Detroit…
Boston hosts Chicago…
Golden State is at Philadelphia…
Indiana hosts San Antonio…
Houston is at Miami…
Washington hosts Oklahoma City…
Phoenix is at Milwaukee…
Denver hosts Memphis…
Utah is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCOREBOARD
BOSTON 6 – Washington 3… Patrice Bergeron, David Krejci and Brad Marchand scored two goals apiece as the Bruins doubled up on the Capitals. Marchand also set up two goals.

N.Y. Rangers 5 – NEW JERSEY 3… Mika Zibanejad netted a tie-breaking power-play goal with 3 minutes remaining and the Rangers completed a four-game sweep of the Devils.

BUFFALO 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Sam Reinhart found the net twice in leading the Sabres past the Penguins. Rasmus Dahlin assisted on two goals. Goalie Dustin Tokarski made 34 saves.

Vegas 5 – ANAHEIM 2… The Golden Knights skated past the Ducks and into a first-place tie with Colorado atop the West Division. Max Stone, Max Pacioretty and Nicolas Roy each had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. Islanders 1 – PHILADELPHIA 0 (OT)… Nick Leddy’s goal 2:23 into overtime sent the Islanders past the Flyers. Ilya Sorokin stopped all 30 shots at goal.

VANCOUVER 3 – Toronto 2 (OT)… The Canucks returned from a nearly four-week layoff because of a COVID-19 outbreak and outlasted the Maple Leafs. Bo Horvat netted his second goal of the game 1:19 into overtime.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Carolina is at Tampa Bay…
Florida hosts Columbus…
Detroit is at Dallas…
Nashville hosts Chicago…
Ottawa is at Calgary…
Edmonton hosts Montreal…
Minnesota is at Arizona…
Vegas hosts San Jose