The Rundown for April 6, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for April 5, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for April 2, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
MLB OPENING-DAY SCORES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for March 31, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 30,393,001 and the nation’s death toll stands at 550,967, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… All 50 states now have announced when they plan to open up coronavirus vaccinations to everyone eligible under U.S. Food and Drug Administration emergency use authorizations. Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson announced yesterday that his state has joined a dozen others in expanding vaccinations to include anyone 16 and over. Several other states that they are opening up vaccine eligibility at least a month ahead of schedule.

SENATORS SEEK RECURRING RELIEF PAYMENTS… A group of Senate Democrats wants President Joe Biden to include recurring relief payments and extended jobless benefits in his economic recovery plan. In a letter sent yesterday, lawmakers led by Senate finance committee Chairman Ron Wyden of Oregon noted that the $300 weekly unemployment supplement expired on September 6. They also said the $1,400 one-time direct payment in the last coronavirus relief bill isn’t enough for Americans hardest hit by the pandemic.

MORE BACKLASH OVER GEORGIA VOTING LAW… Georgia is facing mounting resistance to its restrictive new voting law. The law, known as S.B. 202, bans mobile voting, limits secure drop boxes and even prohibits volunteers from giving out water and snacks to Georgians who are waiting in long voting lines. The ACLU announced yesterday that it has united with several other civil rights groups in a lawsuit that claims the law is meant to “diminish Black political power in Georgia.” The lawsuit addresses the law’s violation of the First, Second, and Fifteenth Amendments, and the Voting Rights Act. Meanwhile, Atlanta-based corporations Delta Air Lines Inc and Coca-Cola Co continued to face boycott calls from activists seeking their support in opposing the law.

CONGRESSMAN GAETZ UNDER INVESTIGATION… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Justice Department is investigating whether Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz violated federal sex trafficking laws in a 2019 sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The investigation is reported to be part of a larger probe into Gaetz associate Joel Greenberg, a Florida tax collector who was charged last year with 14 felony counts that included the sex trafficking of a minor between the ages of 14 and 17. The investigation into Gaetz was launched near the end of President Donald Trump’s term, when William Barr was still attorney general, according to The Times.

NEW YORK PASSES MARIJUANA-LEGALIZATION MEASURE… New York state lawmakers yesterday passed a marijuana legalization measure that eliminates penalties for possession of less than three ounces of cannabis and automatically expunges records for people with previous convictions for decriminalized activities. The measure commits 40 percent of tax revenue to communities disproportionately affected by the policing of marijuana sales and use including funding for schools and public education as well as drug treatment, prevention and education. It also creates equity programs to provide loans, grants and incubator programs for businesses. Governor Andrew Cuomo said the bill will bring “justice for long-marginalized communities.”

ENTERTAINMENT
ARIANA GRANDE JOINING ‘THE VOICE’
… Ariana Grande is replacing Nick Jonas as a coach on the competition show “The Voice.” The 27-year-old Grammy-winning pop singer joins a Season 21 cast that includes regular coaches Blake Shelton, John Legend and Kelly Clarkson. Grande has performed her hit “Into You” on the 2016 series finale of the show but did not take part as a coach.

‘GAME OF THRONES’ HEADED TO STAGE… Author George R.R. Martin announced yesterday that that a stage version of “Game of Thrones” is on its way to Broadway and London’s West End. The play borrows from the popular HBO series that derived from Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” fantasy series of novels. It is expected to debut in 2023 and will reportedly focus on the Great Tourney at Harrenhal, an event that took place more than a decade before the events of the “Game of Thrones” HBO series.

SPORTS
NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL FOUR COMPLETE
… Overall top seed Gonzaga and surprising UCLA advanced to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship Final Four with wins in last night’s regional finals. Gonzaga rolled past sixth-seeded USC 85-66 to capture the West Region. UCLA, which had to play its way into the tournament as an 11th seed in the East, fought off top-seeded Michigan 51-49. Gonzaga and UCLA meet Saturday in the national semifinals. Baylor takes on Houston in the other semifinal. The men’s championship game is scheduled for Monday in Indianapolis.

NCAA WOMEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL FOUR COMPLETE
A pair of top seeds are moving on to the women’s Final Four after winning their regional finals yesterday. South Carolina breezed past sixth-seeded Texas 62-34 to capture the Hemisfair Region and Stanford thrashed Louisville 78-63 in the Alamo Region. South Carolina and Stanford meet in the national semifinals on Friday. Connecticut and Arizona battle in the other semifinal. The women’s national championship game is scheduled for Sunday in San Antonio.

NBA SCOREBOARD
Charlotte 114 – WASHINGTON 104… The Hornets took control with a 16-2 second-quarter spurt and held off the Wizards. Terry Rozier scored a game-high 27 points. Gordon Hayward finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds.

DENVER 104 – Philadelphia 95… The Nuggets jumped out to a 44-22 lead after the first quarter and withstood a second half comeback to down the 76ers. Jamal Murray led all scorers with 30 points. Michael Porter Jr added 27 points.

Orlando 103 – L.A. CLIPPERS 96… The Magic rallied in the fourth quarter to hand the Clippers their first loss in seven games. Chuma Okeke’s 18 points led a balanced scoring attack.

PHOENIX 117 – Atlanta 110… The Suns held on at the end to down the Hawks. They got 21 points from Devin Booker and 20 from Dario Saric. Deandre Ayton grabbed 14 boards to go with his 13 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Portland is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Miami…
Dallas is at Boston…
Brooklyn hosts Houston…
Utah is at Memphis…
Minnesota hosts New York…
Toronto is at Oklahoma City…
San Antonio hosts Sacramento…
Milwaukee is at the L.A. Lakers…
Phoenix hosts Chicago

NHL SCOREBOARD
BOSTON 5 – New Jersey 4 (SO)… The Bruins came from two goals down in the third period to upend the Devils. David Pastrnak scored the winning goal in the shootout. Matt Grzelcyk netted a tying goal with 4 minutes left in regulation. Brad Marchand had a goal and an assist. David Krejci set up three goals.

N.Y. RANGERS 5 – Washington 2… The Rangers skated past the Capitals after spotting them a two-goal lead. Artemi Panarin scored a goal and assisted on two others. Goalie Igor Shesterkin made 30 saves.

Columbus 3 – TAMPA BAY 1… Oliver Bjorkstrand and David Savard scored second-period goals to provide the Blue Jackets with all the offense they needed in their win over the Lightning. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 37 shots at goal.

FLORIDA 4 – Detroit 1… Carter Verhaeghe found the net twice to lead the Panthers past the Red Wings. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 35 stops.

MONTREAL 4 – Edmonton 0… Goalie Carey Price stopped all 16 shots in his first shutout of the season and the Canadiens put away the Oilers early with three first-period goals. Brendan Gallagher and Artturi Lehkonen each had a goal and an assist.

CHICAGO 2 – Carolina 1… Dylan Strome and Alex DeBrincat netted back-to-back goals early in the second period and the Blackhawks made them stand in edging the Hurricanes. Kevin Lankinen stopped 31 shots at goal.

NASHVILLE 3 – Dallas 2 (OT)… Eeli Tolvanen’s goal at 1:29 of overtime sent the Predators past the Stars. Calle Jarkrok scored the tying goal in the third period and had an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Buffalo…
Winnipeg hosts Toronto…
Arizona is at Colorado…
Vegas hosts Los Angeles…
Calgary is at Vancouver…
San Jose hosts Minnesota

MLB SPRING TRAINING SCORES (opening day is tomorrow)…
Cleveland, ARIZONA 3, Cleveland 2…
Pittsburgh 1, MINNESOTA 1 (tie)…
Tampa Bay 5, DETROIT 0…
Atlanta 5, BOSTON 3…
Milwaukee 6, TEXAS 3…
COLORADO 2, Chi. White Sox 1…
L.A. DODGERS 6, L.A. Angels 4