The Rundown for July 8, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,770,444 and the nation’s death toll stands at 606,218, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million yesterday amid mounting concerns over the highly contagious Delta variant. Vaccines have been credited for lowering average daily deaths to about 7,900 after peaking at more than 18,000 in January.

CONDO TOWER DEATH TOLL AT 54… Officials have called off the search for survivors in the rubble of the condo tower that collapsed June 24 in Surfside, Florida. No one has been found alive since the first hours after the collapse and authorities say they don’t believe there are any more survivors. The death toll rose to 54 yesterday after crews recovered 18 more victims from the rubble. Another 86 people remain unaccounted for.

RUDY GIULIANI LOSES D.C. LAW LICENSE… A local appeals court in Washington, D.C., has suspended Rudy Giuliani’s authority to practice law in the city Wednesday. The suspension comes in response to a New York appellate court suspending Giuliani’s law license last month, saying he made “demonstrably false and misleading” statements about last year’s election while serving as former President Donald Trump’s attorney. The action from the D.C. appellate court is required under the city’s bar rules whenever a lawyer faces disciplinary action in another jurisdiction.

ELSA ARRIVES… Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall along the Gulf Coast in northwestern Florida yesterday morning and continued on a path through Georgia. The storm, which weakened from a Category 1 hurricane the night before, had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency for 33 counties and the Florida National Guard activated dozens of guardsmen to serve at the State Emergency Operations Center and Logistics Readiness Center. A tropical storm warning was in effect for parts of New Jersey and South Carolina.

$1B MARIJUANA BUST… Authorities in Los Angeles County yesterday announced they made the largest marijuana confiscation in the county’s history. Agents seized some 372,000 plants and 33,480 pounds of harvested marijuana during a 10-day operation that launched June 8 in the Antelope Valley. The marijuana has a street value of more than $1 billion. At least 131 people were arrested in connection with the operation. Agents also seized 65 vehicles, $28,000 in cash and 33 firearms, he said, adding, 180 animals were rescued and 30 locations were demolished.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROBERT DOWNEY SR. DIES
… Actor and filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. died yesterday following a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 85. Downey’s filmmaking credits include “Putney Swope” and “Greaser’s Palace.” He also directed his son, Robert Downey Jr., in the films “Pound” and “Too Much Sun.” As an actor, Downey’s film appearances included “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “To Live and Die in L.A.”

ACTRESS SUZANNE DOUGLAS DIES… Actress Suzzanne Douglas, who was best known for work on the long-running Warner Bros. sitcom “The Parent ‘Hood,” has died of undisclosed causes. She was 64. Douglas played matriarch Jerri Peterson on the “The Parent ‘Hood,” which ran from 1995-99. Her other television credits included “Bones,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “NYPD Blue.” She most recently starred as Grace Cuffee on Ava DuVernay’s limited Netflix series, “When They See Us.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 4 – Milwaukee 3
(8 innings)… Jeff McNeil’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Mets over the Brewers in the opener of a doubleheader. Jose Peraza homered for New York.

Milwaukee 5 – N.Y. METS 0 (7 innings)… Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Brewers blanked the Mets to claim a split of the twinbill. Manny Piña and Luis Urias hit two-run homers. Willy Adames also went deep.

Atlanta 14 – PITTSBURGH 3… Abraham Almonte singled home two runs and homered with a runner aboard to lead the Braves in their pounding of the Pirates. Ronald Acuña also went deep. Dansby Swanson had three hits and an RBI.

MIAMI 9 – L.A. Dodgers 6… Jesus Aguilar blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Marlins past the Dodgers. Garrett Cooper homered twice. Jesus Sánchez also went deep.

CHI. CUBS 8 – Philadelphia 3… Seven different players drove in runs as the Cubs downed the Phillies. Patrick Wisdom capped the scoring with a two-run double.

ARIZONA 6 – Colorado 4… Eduardo Escobar’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Rockies. Nick Ahmed’s RBI single sparked a three-run second.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – St. Louis 2… Alex Wood (8-1) held the Cardinals to a run on three hits over seven innings. Darin Ruf belted a two-run homer for the Giants.

Washington 15 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Nationals throttled the Padres with a 17-hit attack. Juan Castro connected for a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Josh Harrison knocked in three runs with a single and a double.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 8 – Cleveland 1
(7 innings)… Kevin Kiermaier lined a two-run double and blasted a three-run homer to lead the Rays past the Indians in the opener of a doubleheader. Brandon Lowe and Brett Phillips also homered.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Cleveland 0 (7 innings)… Five pitchers combined on a seven-inning no-hitter and the Rays completed a sweep of the twinbill. Taylor Walls produced a pair of run-scoring singles for Tampa Bay and Yandy Diaz singled home two more.

Chi. White Sox 6 – MINNESOTA 1… Lance Lynn (9-3) held the Twins to a run on four hits over six innings. Leury Garcia homered with a runner aboard and tripled home a run. Tim Anderson went 4-for-4 with an RBI double.

Detroit 5 – TEXAS 3… Miguel Cabrera singled home a go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning and Tigers topped the Rangers. Jeimer Candelario homered for Detroit.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Boston 4… Jared Walsh homered twice and drove in three runs to help power the Angels past the Red Sox. Shohei Ohtani’s 32nd homer was a solo shot.

Toronto 10 – BALTIMORE 2… Bo Bichette singled home a run and hit a two-run homer in the Blue Jays’ trashing of the Orioles. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles.

HOUSTON 4 – Oakland 3… Kyle Tucker smacked a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Astros hung on to edge the Athletics. Jose Altuve cracked a three-run homer in the third.

N.Y. Yankees 5 – SEATTLE 4… The Yankees did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Mariners. Aaron Judge slugged a two-run homer. Gleyber Torres lined a two-run single.

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 5 – KANSAS CITY 2
… Reds starter Sonny Gray (2-4) allowed just two runs on seven hits over seven innings. Jonathan India went 3-for-4 with a two-run double.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 10-3) are at Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 8-7)…
Arizona (Jake Faria, 0-0) hosts Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 2-5)…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-8) is at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 7-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-8) host Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 3-6)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 5-5)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 7-3) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 7-4)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 7-5) is at Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 6-1)…
Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 2-2) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-3)..
Toronto (Alek Manoah, 2-0) is at Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-4)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 4-3) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-3)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 5-7) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 4-4)

NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS SCOREBOARD
TAMPA BAY 1 – Montreal 0… The Lightning blanked the Canadiens in Game 5 to claim their second straight Stanley Cup. Rookie Ross Colton netted the game’s only goal at 13:27 of the second period. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots and finished the postseason with shutouts in all four of Tampa Bay’s series-clinching wins. Afterward, he was presented the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

TONIGHT’S NBA FINALS SCHEDULE
Milwaukee is at Phoenix for Game 2 with the Suns leading 1-0

The Rundown for July 7, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,723,122 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,567, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden yesterday called for a renewed urgency to get more Americans vaccinated against Covid-19 amid case surges in parts of the country. The delta variant now makes up more than half of all new Covid-19 infections in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TOWER DEATH TOLL AT 36… Another eight victims were pulled from the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida, yesterday, raising the death toll to 36. Authorities say 109 people remain missing. The search for more victims is carrying on despite the approach of Tropical Storm Elsa. Concerns over the storm’s impact prompted officials to demolish a still-standing section of the building on Sunday night.

RNC CONTRACTOR HACKED… Hackers working on behalf of the Russian government breached the computer systems of a contractor for the Republican National Committee. The Russian government-affiliated group known as Cozy Bear allegedly targeted the IT service company Synnex late last week. It is unclear what data may have stolen and the RNC itself has denied that any of its systems were breached. Cozy Bear is the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and released reams of internal emails

ELSA STRIKES FLORIDA… Tropical storm Elsa strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it struck Florida’s southwestern coast yesterday. The storm brought heavy rain and 75-mph wind to Tampa and other cities on the Gulf of Mexico, prompting authorities to issue flood warnings as well as tornado and hurricane watches. The storm is expected to make landfall in Florida’s panhandle region in the coming days and continue into the southeastern U.S., though it will weaken as it moves inland.

ERIC ADAMS WINS NY MAYOR DEM PRIMARY… Former police captain Eric Adams has been declared the winner of the race to pick a Democratic candidate to be New York City’s mayor. Adams, currently borough president of Brooklyn, promised in his campaign to be tough on crime. Police figures last month showed crime in the city rose by 22 percent in the past 12 months and shootings were up 73 percent. Adams will be a heavy favorite over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa in November’s general election.

ENTERTAINMENT
SPEARS COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEY RESIGNS
… The court-appointed attorney who has represented Britney Spears throughout the duration of her almost 13-year conservatorship has submitted a petition to resign. Samuel D. Ingham said in a court filing that the resignation would be effective upon the designation of new court-appointed counsel for Spears. On Tuesday, Spears’ manager of 25 years, Larry Rudolph, also submitted a letter of resignation, citing the singer’s desire to retire.

CAST ADDITIONS TO ‘GAME OF THRONES’ PREQUEL… HBO announced yesterday that actresses Milly Alcock and Emily Carey have joined the cast of the “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon.” Alcock will play a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, with Emma D’Arcy to portray an older version of the character. Carey will portray a young Alicent Hightower, played by Olivia Cooke. Other cast members include Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen and Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon. The series is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
PITTSBURGH 2 – Atlanta 1
… Bryan Reynolds drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Rodolfo Castro with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Reynolds’ sacrifice fly in the third scored Adam Frazier with the game’s first run.

MIAMI 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1 (10 innings)… Starling Marte raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Marlins outlasted the Dodgers. Jesus Aguilar singled home a tying run in the sixth.

Philadelphia 15 – CHI. CUBS 10… Andrew McCutchen unloaded a grand slam in the top of the first inning and Bryce Harper added a three-run blast to cap a six-run seventh as the Phillies outslugged the Cubs. Rhys Hoskins had three hits, including a homer, and four RBIs.

ARIZONA 4 – Colorado 3… David Peralta was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home Stuart Fairchild with the winning run. David Peralta, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker produced run-scoring doubles during a three-run first.

St. Louis 6 – SAN FRANCISCO 5… Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer gave the Cardinals an early lead and they held off the Giants. Edmundo Sosa added a solo shot. Yadier Molina stroked a run-scoring single among his three hits.

SAN DIEGO 7 – Washington 4… Wil Myers homered, doubled and drove in five runs to lead the Padres past the Nationals. Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

Milwaukee – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Brewers-Mets game. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader today.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE 7 – Toronto 5
… Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander hit two-run homers during a five-run bottom of the fifth inning that carried the Orioles past the Blue Jays. Pedro Severino also homered with a runner aboard. Spenser Watkins (1-0) limited Toronto to a run on three hits over five innings in his major-league debut.

TEXAS 10 – Detroit 5… John Hicks hit a two-run homer and singled home a run in leading the Rangers past the Tigers. Brock Holt and Adolis Garcia also connected. David Dahl went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles.

HOUSTON 9 – Oakland 6… The Astros erased a 6-2 fourth-inning deficit on their way past the Athletics. Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs. homered twice and knocked in five runs. Jose Altuve singled home two runs.

Chi. White Sox 4 – MINNESOTA 1… Carlos Rodon (7-3) held the Twins to a run on seven hits over six innings. Zack Collins provided all the offense the White Sox needed with a two-run single in the top of the second inning.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Boston 3… Shohei Ohtani (4-1) gave up just two runs on five hits over seven innings on the mound sparked a three-run bottom of the first inning with an RBI double in the Angels’ win over the Red Sox. Max Stassi hit a two-run homer. David Fletcher went 4-for-4 with an RBI.

N.Y. Yankees 12 – SEATTLE 1… The Yankees used an 18-hit attack to throttle the Mariners. Giancarlo Stanton and Rougned Odor belted three-run homers. Luke Volt went 5-for-6 and drove in three runs.

Cleveland – TAMPA BAY (ppd)… The threat posed by tropical storm Elsa forced postponement of last night’s Indians-Rays game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

INTERLEAGUE
KANSAS CITY 7 – Cincinnati 6
… The Royals came from five runs down in their final two at-bats to upend the Reds. Nicky Lopez tied the game with a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Salvador Perez’ single. Andrew Benintendi homered with a runner aboard in the eighth.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 6-3) is at Pittsburgh (Wil Crowe, 1-5)…
Miami (TBA) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (TBA)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 4-4; Brett Anderson, 2-5) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 7-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-2) host Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 6-4)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-7) is at Arizona (TBA)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 7-3) hosts St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-4)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-7) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-3; Sam Hentges, 1-3) is at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 3-4) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 8-3)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-5) is at Texas (Kyle Gibson, 6-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-6) host Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-4)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 7-5) is at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-9)…
Houston (Luis Garcia, 6-5) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 6-5)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5) are at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-3)

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-4) is at Kansas City (Brady Singer, 3-6)

NBA FINALS SCOREBOARD
PHOENIX 118 – Milwaukee 105… Chris Paul pumped in 32 points to lead six players in double figures and the Suns cruised past the Bucks in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals. Devin Booker added 22 points. Deandre Ayton finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds. The series remains in Phoenix for Game 2 tomorrow.

NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS RESUME TONIGHT… The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to win their second straight Stanley Cup on home ice tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens for Game 5. Tampa Bay had won the first three games of the series before falling Monday night in overtime. Puck drops at 8 p.m. Eastern.

The Rundown for July 6, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,723,122 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,567, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Pandemic restrictions on travel between Canada and the U.S. began to loosen for some Canadians yesterday, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said plans to totally reopen the border would be announced over the next few weeks. Restrictions barring all non-essential trips between Canada and the United States, including tourism, will remain in place until at least July 21.

TOWER DEATH TOLL RISES… Another victim was pulled from the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South building yesterday, raising the death toll to 28. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine said 117 people remain unaccounted for. What remained standing of the structure was demolished Sunday night ahead of of approaching Tropical Storm Elsa.

IRAQ MILITIA LEADER VOWS RETALIATION… The leader of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia is vowing retaliation against the U.S. over the deaths of four of his men in a U.S. airstrike along the Iraq-Syria border last month. Abu Alaa al-Walae, commander of Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, told The Associated Press in Baghdad that the electoral victory of Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as president will strengthen Iran-backed militant groups throughout the Middle East for the next four years. U.S. Air Force planes carried out airstrikes near the Iraq-Syria border on June 17 against what the Pentagon said were facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups to support drone strikes inside Iraq.

ELSA HEADS FOR FLORIDA… Tropical storm Elsa produced heavy rain as it moved across central and western Cuba later last night and is expected to pass near the Florida Keys early this morning. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. Tropical storm warnings and watches were extended along the west coast of Florida.

ARREST FOLLOWING FIREWORKS EXPLOSION… Police in California have arrested a 27-year-old man on federal charges of illegally transporting tons of illegal fireworks following an explosion that rocked a Los Angeles neighborhood last week. Special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested the suspect Saturday on charges of transporting explosives without a license, which carries a statuary maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. Last Wednesday, police attempted to seize about 10 pounds of the fireworks inside a bomb disposal trailer but they blew up, destroying the truck and injuring 17 people, including 10 law enforcement officers.

ENTERTAINMENT
PRODUCER/DIRECTOR RICHARD DONNER DIES
… Hollywood producer and director Richard Donner, who was best known for his work on the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and “The Goonies,” died yesterday of undisclosed causes. He was 91. Donner’s career in film and television spanned six decades. His directing credits include 1978’s “Superman,” 1985’s “Ladyhawke” and 1988’s “Scrooged.”

‘THE VOICE’ COACHES MARRY… “The Voice” coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton married in Oklahoma over the Fourth of July holiday during a weekend wedding in Oklahoma. The two singers announced their engagement in October after meeting as judges on the singing competition show. Shelton was previously married to Miranda Lambert. Stefani divorced her former husband Gavin Rossdale in 2015.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 3
… Matt Carpenter opened the scoring with a two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning and the Cardinals went on to top the Giants. Kwang Hun Kim (3-5) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in outdueling Kevin Gausman (8-3).

MIAMI 5 – L.A. Dodgers 4… Jorge Alfaro cracked a two-out, tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Marlins past the Dodgers. Jazz Chisholm, Jr., had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

PITTSBURGH 11 – Atlanta 1… Ben Gamel went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and six RBIs to lead the Pirates in their romp over the Braves. Ke’Bryan Hayes homered with a runner aboard.

N.Y. METS 4 – Milwaukee 2… Pete Alonso doubled home two runs and scored on Michael Conforto’s single in the bottom of the seventh inning to push the Mets past the Brewers. Five New York pitchers racked up 13 strikeouts.

Philadelphia 13 – CHI. CUBS 3… Odubel Herrera’s three-run homer highlighted a six-run top of the seventh inning that put away the Cubs. Rhys Hoskins homered with a runner aboard. Andrew Knapp and Eric Bohm added solo shots.

Washington 7 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Nationals jumped out to an early five-run lead and held of the Padres. Trea Turner and Josh Bell hit solo homers. Starting pitcher Jon Lester’s RBI single sparked a four-run top of the second inning.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 9 – Cleveland 8
… The Rays came from three runs down to upend the Indians after blowing a 5-1 fifth-inning lead. Wander Franco tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning and Yandy Diaz’s infield grounder scored Randy Arozarena with the wining run. Brandon Lowe unloaded a grand slam for Tampa Bay.

MINNESOTA 8 – Chi. White Sox 5… Max Kepler homered twice and knocked in three runs as the Twins downed the White Sox. Nick Gordon legged out a two-run triple. Bailey Ober (1-1) limited Chicago to two hits over five scoreless innings.

Detroit 7 – TEXAS 3… Wily Peralta (2-1) blanked the Rangers on three hits over seven innings and the Tigers cruised to the win. Zack Short hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Boston 5 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Rafael Devers singled home a run and homered with a runner aboard in leading the Red Sox past the Angels. Christian Arroyo also went deep. Martin Pérez (7-4) surrendered two runs on eight hits over 5-1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned.

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 6 – KANSAS CITY 2
… Nick Castellanos smacked a game-tying leadoff homer and Eugenio Suarez added a three-run shot during a four-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Reds past the Royals. Victor Gutierrez (4-3) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-5) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 7-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 2-5) hosts Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 5-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 1-0) are at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 4-5)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-8) host Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-5)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 5-6) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 5-7)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-4) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 6-5)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-7) is at San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 3-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Toronto (Steven Matz, 7-3) is at Baltimore (TBA)…
Texas (Dane Dunning, 3-6) hosts Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-8)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 6-3) are at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-2)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 5-1) hosts Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 9-2)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 9-4) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 3-1)…
Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 5-7) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 3-4)

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 3-10) is at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 2-4)

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
MONTREAL 3 – Tampa Bay 2 (OT)… The Canadiens killed off most of a four-minute penalty before Josh Anderson’s second goal of the night gave them a Game 4 victory after they dropped the first three games. Alexander Romanov’s third-period goal gave Montreal a lead that it held for five minutes. Goalie Carey Price made 32 saves. The series returns to Tampa for Game 5 tomorrow.

NBA FINALS UNDERWAY TONIGHT… The Phoenix Suns visit the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals. The Suns never have won an NBA championship and are their first NBA Finals appearance since 1993 and their third overall (they also made it in 1976). The Bucks won their only NBA championship 50 years ago (1971), in the franchise’s third season. This is their first NBA Finals appearance in 47 years (1974) and their third overall. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who suffered a knee injury in the conference finals, is listed as doubtful for tonight.

The Rundown for July 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,717,574 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,526, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… As the Delta variant continues to spread across the country, health officials say Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Nevada and Utah are particularly vulnerable… Just 18 of 50 states reached President Joe Biden’s goal of 70 percent adults vaccinated with at least one dose by the Fourth of July. A total of 173,194,895 Americans, or 67.1 percent, had received at least one shot of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

AMERICANS CELEBRATE THE FOURTH… Americans celebrated the nation’s 245th birthday yesterday after the coronavirus pandemic forced the cancellation of nearly all celebrations last year. Two of the largest fireworks displays were on the National Mall in Washington and over New York City’s East River. Reigning champion Joey Chestnut shattered his own world record by downing 76 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes to win the Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating Contest at Brooklyn’s Coney Island. It was expected to be the busiest July Fourth road travel holiday on record, with an estimated 43.6 million Americans traveling by car.

REST OF FLORIDA CONDO BUILDING BROUGHT DOWN… The part of the condominium building in Surfside, Florida, that was still standing following the building’s collapse 10 days ago was brought down last night ahead of Tropical Storm Elisa’s arrival. Crews immediately began clearing debris in efforts to reach parts of the underground garage and find survivors. The bodies of 24 people, including three children, have been recovered from the building, but 121 people are still missing.

TALIBAN ADVANCES CONCERN U.S. MILITARY LEADER… The top U.S. military official overseeing the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan, Army General Austin Scott Miller, warned yesterday that there should be concern about the Taliban advances on the ground there. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Miller expressed concern that Afghanistan could go the way of Iraq, where terrorist extremists were able to gain power in the country once U.S. troops left, then forcing the U.S. to send troops back. President Joe Biden remains committed to drawing down troops by September 11 but administration officials are worried about the pace of troop withdrawal, the deteriorating security in Afghanistan and long-term U.S. strategy.

ARRESTS AFTER MILITIA STANDOFF… Authorities in Massachusetts have arrested 11 men following Saturday’s armed, nine-hour standoff. Those arrested are members of a militia called “The Rise of the Moors – The Moorish American Arms,” according to the Massachusetts State Police. Members of the group were seen wearing military fatigues and carrying guns as they refueled their vehicles along Interstate 95. When approached by police, some of the men ran into the woods with their guns., prompting a six-hour shutdown of the highway. The men said they were traveling from Rhode Island to Maine to participate in training exercises. Each man arrested this weekend was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, eight counts; unlawful possession of ammunition; use of body armor in the commission of a crime; possession of a high capacity magazine; improper storage of firearms in a vehicle; and conspiracy to commit a crime.

ENTERTAINMENT
TYLER, THE CREATOR TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Tyler, the Creator’s new release, “Call Me If You Get Lost,” sold 169,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Doja Cat’s “Planet Her,” opened in second place with 109,000 units sold. Last week’s champ, Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour,” slipped to third place after selling 93,000 copies. Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” finished fourth on sales of 52,000 units. Polo G’s “Hall of Fame” sold 49,000 copies to finish fifth.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “F9: The Fast Saga” brought in $24 million to remain atop the weekend box office. “The Boss Baby: Family Business” opened at No. 2 after taking in $17.3 million. “The Forever Purge” made $12.7 to finish third. “A Quiet Place Part II” finished fourth with $4.2 million. “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” capped the top five with $3 million.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 5 – WASHINGTON 1
… Seven pitchers combined to stifle the Nationals and the Dodgers won their ninth straight. Max Muncy knocked in three runs. Matt Beaty homered.

PITTSBURGH 2 – Milwaukee 0… Tyler Anderson (4-8) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the shutout of the Brewers. Kevin Newman homered for the Pirates.

CINCINNATI 3 – Chi. Cubs 2… The Reds scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to get past the Cubs. Jonathan Indian got hit by a pitch with the bases loaded to force home the tying run and Jesse Winker added an RBI grounder. Tucker Barnhart doubled home a run.

San Diego 11 – PHILADELPHIA 1… Manny Machado homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Padres in their thrashing of the Phillies. Eric Hosmer and Webster Rivas added three RBIs apiece.

ATLANTA 8 – Miami 7 (10 innings)… The Braves rallied from four runs down in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Marlins. Pinch-hitter Max Fried singled home Starling Marte with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Ronald Acuña blasted a two-run homer.

COLORADO 3 – St. Louis 2… Elias Dias singled home Joshua Fuentes in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rockies a come-from-behind win over the Cardinals. Trevor Story homered and lifted a sacrifice fly for Colorado.

San Francisco 5 – ARIZONA 2… Darin Ruff singled home a run and hit a two-run homer as the Giants topped the Diamondbacks. Austin Slater also went deep. Anthony DeSclafani (9-3) allowed two runs on six hits over 8-2/3 innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay 5 – TORONTO 1
… Ryan Yarbrough (5-3) held the Blue Jays to a run on four hits over five innings. Wander Franco homered. Austin Meadows went 3-for-4 with a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Houston 4 – CLEVELAND 3 (10 innings)… Jason Castro’s ground out in the top of the 10th inning scored Yuli Gurriel with a tie-breaking run and the Astros hung on to outlast the Indians. Chas McCormick singled home a run and hit a two-run homer.

DETROIT 6 – Chi. White Sox 5… The Tigers withstood a ninth-inning rally to edge the White Sox. Akil Baddoo had a couple of hits, including a two-run double.

Minnesota 6 – KANSAS CITY 2… Kenta Maeda (4-3) pitched two-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Twins cruised past the Royals. Jorge Polanco homered with a runner aboard. Max Kepler and Alex Kirilloff added solo shots.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Baltimore 5… The Angels recovered to down the Orioles after blowing a 4-0 sixth-inning lead. Juan Lagares came through with a two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning. Shohei Ohtani connected for his 31st homer. Anthony Rendon also went deep.

Boston 1 – OAKLAND 0… Alex Verdugo scored the game’s only run when Rafael Devers grounded into a double play in the top of the sixth inning. Nick Pivetta (7-3) allowed just two hits over seven innings and struck out 10.

SEATTLE 4 – Texas 1… Chris Flexen (7-3) limited the Rangers to a run on four his over six innings. Luis Torrens blasted a three-run homer for the Mariners. Shed Long, Jr. added a solo shot.

INTERLEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 10 – N.Y. YANKEES 5
(7 innings)… Pete Alonso’s leadoff homer sparked a six-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Mets past the Yankees in the opener of a doubleheader. Domonic Smith also homered. Brandon Nimmo drove in three runs.

N.Y. YANKEES 4 – N.Y. Mets 2 (7 innings)… Gio Urshela belted a three-run homer and the Yankees salvaged a split of the twinbill. Reliever Chad Green (3-4) was perfect over the final three innings and struck out six in earning the victory.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 2-5) is at San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 8-2)…
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 7-5) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 8-1)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 5-4) is at Pittsburgh (Chase De Jong, 0-3)…
the N.Y. Mets (Tylor Megill, 0-0) host Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff 7-3)…
Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 5-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-3) are at Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 0-1)…
Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 6-3) hosts Cleveland (Logan Allen, 1-5)…
Detroit (Wily Peralta, 1-1) is at Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 3-1) host Boston (Martin Perez, 6-4)

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 3-3) is at Kansas City (Mike Minor, 6-6)

ALL-STAR ROSTERS SET… Pitchers and reserves have been selected for Major League Baseball’s annual All Star Game July 13 in Denver. Shohei Ohtani of the L.A. Angels achieved a first in the near century history of baseball’s All-Star Game: selection as both a hitter and a pitcher. Ohtani, who leads the majors in home runs, had already been elected by fans to start as the AL’s designated hitter before being chosen yesterday as a pitcher. Boston has the most All-Stars with five.

AMERICAN LEAGUE ALL STARS
Elected starters
C: Salvador Perez (Kansas City)
1B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (Toronto)
2B: Marcus Semien (Toronto)
3B: Rafael Devers (Boston)
SS: Xander Bogaerts (Boston)
OF: Mike Trout (L.A. Angels)*
OF: Aaron Judge (N.Y. Yankees)
OF: Teoscar Hernández (Toronto)
DH: Shohei Ohtani (L.A. Angels)

Reserves
C: Mike Zunino (Tampa Bay)
2B: Jose Altuve (Houston)
SS: Bo Bichette (Toronto)
SS: Carlos Correa (Houston)
1B: Matt Olson (Oakland)
3B: José Ramírez (Cleveland)
1B: Jared Walsh (L.A. Angels)
OF: Michael Brantley (Houston)
OF: Joey Gallo (Texas)
OF: Adolis García (Texas)
OF: Cedric Mullins (Baltimore)
DH: J.D. Martinez (Boston)
DH: Nelson Cruz (Minnesota)

Starting Pitchers
RHP: Shane Bieber (Cleveland)*
RHP: Gerrit Cole (N.Y. Yankees)
RHP: Nathan Eovaldi (Boston)
RHP: Kyle Gibson (Texas)
LHP: Yusei Kikuchi (Seattle)
RHP: Lance Lynn (Chi. White Sox)
LHP: Carlos Rodón (Chi. White Sox)

Relievers
RHP: Matt Barnes (Boston)
LHP: Aroldis Chapman (N.Y. Yankees)
RHP: Liam Hendriks (Chi. White Sox)
RHP: Ryan Pressly (Houston)
LHP: Gregory Soto (Detroit)

NATIONAL LEAGUE ALL STARS
Elected starters
C: Buster Posey (San Francisco)
1B: Freddie Freeman (Atlanta)
2B: Adam Frazier (Pittsburgh)
3B: Nolan Arenado (St. Louis)
SS: Fernando Tatis Jr. (San Diego)
OF: Ronald Acuña Jr. (Atlanta)
OF: Nick Castellanos (Cincinnati)
OF: Jesse Winker (Cincinnati)

Reserves
C: J.T. Realmuto (Philadelphia)
2B: Ozzie Albies (Atlanta)
3B: Kris Bryant (Chi. Cubs)
SS: Brandon Crawford (San Francisco)
2B: Jake Cronenworth (San Diego)
3B: Eduardo Escobar (Arizona)
1B: Max Muncy (L.A. Dodgers)
SS: Trea Turner (Washington)
OF: Mookie Betts (L.A. Dodgers)
OF: Bryan Reynolds (Pittsburgh)
OF: Kyle Schwarber (Washington)*
OF: Juan Soto (Washington)
OF: Chris Taylor (L.A. Dodgers)

Starting pitchers
RHP: Corbin Burnes (Milwaukee)
RHP: Yu Darvish (San Diego)
RHP: Jacob deGrom (N.Y. Mets)
RHP: Kevin Gausman (San Francisco)
RHP: Germán Márquez (Colorado)
LHP: Trevor Rogers (Miami)
RHP: Zack Wheeler (Philadelphia)
RHP: Brandon Woodruff (Milwaukee)

Relievers
LHP: Josh Hader (Milwaukee)
RHP: Craig Kimbrel (Chi. Cubs)
RHP: Mark Melancon (San Diego)
RHP: Alex Reyes (St. Louis)

(*denotes a player who is inactive due to injury)

TONIGHT’S STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at Montreal for Game 4 with the Lightning leading 3-0

The Rundown for July 2, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,679,489 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,019, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of Covid-19 cases in the U.S. rose 10 percent this week, according to figures released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During a White House briefing, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky attributed the rise to the highly contagious delta variant and lagging vaccination rate. The delta variant, which was first detected in India, has been detected in all 50 states and it now accounts for a quarter of all new cases. Walensky warned that its rapid spread is sure to make it the dominant U.S. strain within the coming weeks, especially in states having lowest vaccination rates. Clinical trials and studies have shown that the three vaccines currently available in the U.S. all offer protection against the delta variant.

PELOSI PICKS JAN. 6 INVESTIGATION PANEL… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced her eight picks for the select House committee that will investigate the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Mississippi Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson will lead the panel. Others named to the committee were: Democratic Congressman Pete Aguilar of California; Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming; Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California; Democratic Congresswoman Elaine Luria of Virginia; Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Florida; Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland; and Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of California. Five remaining members will be picked in consultation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

TRUMP ORG, CFO ENTER NOT-GUILTY PLEAS… The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, pleaded not guilty to tax charges in a Manhattan court yesterday. Both were indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday night. The 73-year-old Weisselberg was charged with 15 felony counts including grand larceny in the second degree. Prosecutors accused him of participating in a 15-year tax scam and hiding more than $1.7 million in taxable income.

SUPREME COURT DECISIONS SIDE WITH CONSERVATIVES… The Supreme Court sided with conservatives yesterday in a pair of ideological 6-3 decisions on its final day of session. The High Court upheld restrictive voting laws in Arizona and struck down a California law that mandates disclosures of political donor lists. Voter-rights advocates had argued that Arizona’s voting laws purposely makes it harder for people of color to vote, justices ruled that they were enacted with no racial intent and do not violating the federal Voting Rights Act. The California donor list law had been challenged as unnecessary by a couple California non-profits. The decision to strike it down was criticized by groups seeking greater transparency in political funding on the grounds that it will attract more “dark money” into the process.

SURFSIDE RESCUE CREWS SUSPEND SEARCH… Rescue crews in Surfside, Florida, early yesterday suspended search efforts for survivors of last Thursday’s condo tower collapse out of safety concerns. Officials ordered the suspension due to the threat posed by parts of the building that could still fall. President Joe Biden toured the site yesterday and met with victims’ families, local leaders and first responders. The death toll from the collapse stands at 18, with 147 people still missing.

ENTERTAINMENT
THE BOSS TO PERFORM AT NYC ‘HOMECOMING CONCERT’
… Bruce Springsteen has joined the list of performers who’ve agreed to perform at a “homecoming concert” planned for New York’s Central Park next month. Other performers set to perform include Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson. Capacity for the event will be 60,000 people, according to a city official.

‘COCAINE BEAR’ GETS ITS STARS… Keri Russell and Ray Liotta have signed on to star in the upcoming Elizabeth Banks film “Cocaine Bear.” The story is inspired by the 1985 true story of a black bear in Kentucky that fatally overdosed on more than 70 pounds of cocaine that it found in a smugglers’ duffle bag dropped from a plane. The character-driven thriller begins shooting next month in Ireland.

SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD

MILWAUKEE 123 – Atlanta 112… The Bucks jumped out to a 14-point lead after the first quarter and retained control in downing the Hawks to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Brook Lopez came up big in the absence of injured two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, scoring a game-high 33 points. Khris Middleton racked up 26 points and 13 rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 25 points and 13 assists. Bobby Portis tossed in 22 points. The series returns to Atlanta for Game 6 tomorrow.

MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 6 – WASHINGTON 2
(5 innings)… AJ Pollock connected a game-tying solo homer and Max Muncy blasted a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning to power the Dodgers past the Nationals in a game shortened by an oncoming storm.

Milwaukee 7 – PITTSBURGH 2… Corbin Burnes (4-4) held the Pirates to a run on four hits over seven innings. Tyrone Taylor stroked a two-run single. Daniel Robertson went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly.

CINCINNATI 5 – San Diego 4… The Reds scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Padres. Kyle Farmer slugged a game-tying homer and
Tyler Stephenson singled home Jonathan India with the winning run. Alejo Lopez went 4-for-5 and scored two runs.

ATLANTA 4 – N.Y. Mets 3… Freddie Freeman singled home Guillermo Heredia with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Austin Riley’s two-run homer capped a three-run first for the Braves.

COLORADO 5 – St. Louis 2… Elias Diaz belted a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Rockies past the Cardinals. Brandon Rogers homered with a runner aboard in the second.

ARIZONA 5 – San Francisco 3… Josh Reddick hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to help the Diamondbacks get past the Giants. Wilmer Flores also homered with a runner aboard. Pavin Smith hit a solo shot.

Miami – PHILADELPHIA (ppd)… Rain in Philadelphia forced postponement of yesterday’s Marlins-Phillies game. It has been rescheduled for July 16.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 7 – TORONTO 2
… Yusei Kikuchi (6-3) held the Blue Jays to a run on five hits over seven innings and the Mariners cruised to the win. Shed Long, Jr. Hit a two-run homer. Jake Fraley added a solo shot. Kyle Seager drove in two runs with a pair of singles.

BOSTON 15 – Kansas City 1… Rafael Devers and Danny Santana each hit three-run homers and knocked in five runs to lead the Red Sox in their drubbing of the Royals. Kiké Hernández and J.D. Martinez smacked bases-empty homers.

CHI. WHITE SOX 8 – Minnesota 5… Zack Collins led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a tie-breaking homer and singled home a run in the seventh as the White Sox completed a sweep of the series. Brian Goodwin also went deep.

Texas 8 – OAKLAND 3… Joey Gallo went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and an RBI single, Nate Lowe homered twice with three RBIs and the Rangers ripped the Athletics. John Hicks also went deep.

Houston 7 – CLEVELAND 2… Jose Altuve unloaded a grand slam and Yuli Gurriel lifted a sacrifice fly during a five-run top of the fifth inning that carried the Astros past the Indians. Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Yordan Alvarez also circled the bases.

L.A. Angels – N.Y. YANKEES (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of yesterday’s Angels-Yankees game. It has been rescheduled for August 16.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-5) is at Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 6-4)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 7-4) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 9-3)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 4-5) is at Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-7)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-4) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-1)…
Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-2) is at Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 5-3)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 2-5) hosts St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-4)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 6-3) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay (Luis Patino, 1-1) is at Toronto (Alek Manoah, 1-0) in Buffalo…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-4) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 7-3)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 5-1) is at Cleveland (Sam Hentges, 1-2)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 3-6) hosts Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 4-3)…
Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-4) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 5-4)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 7-7) hosts Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-4)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 6-0) is at Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 2-2)

INTERLEAGUE
the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 6-3) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-2)

MLB ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED… Major League Baseball has tabulated votes from fans and announced starters for the July 13 2021 All-Star Game in Denver…

CATCHER
AL – Salvador Perez, Kansas City (6th All-Star Game start)
NL – Buster Posey, San Francisco (5th ASG start)

FIRST BASE
AL – Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto (1st ASG start)
NL – Freddie Freeman, Atlanta (3rd ASG start)

SECOND BASE
AL – Marcus Semien, Toronto (1st ASG start)
NL – Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh (1st ASG start)

THIRD BASE
AL – Rafael Devers, Boston (1st ASG start)
NL – Nolan Arenado, St. Louis (4th ASG start)

SHORTSTOP
AL – Xander Bogaerts, Boston (2nd ASG start)
NL – Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego (1st ASG start)

OUTFIELD
AL
Mike Trout, L.A. Angels (7th ASG start)
Aaron Judge, N.Y. Yankees (3rd ASG start)
Teoscar Hernández, Toronto (1st ASG start)

NL
Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta (2nd ASG start)
Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati (1st ASG start)
Jesse Winker, Cincinnati (1st ASG start)

DESIGNATED HITTER
AL – Shohei Ohtani, Angels (1st ASG start)
NL – Manager selects designated hitter

TONIGHT’S STANLEY CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at Montreal for Game 3 with the Lightning leading 2-0

The Rundown for July 1, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,664,949 and the nation’s death toll stands at 604,714, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, expressed concern yesterday that the nation is splitting, according to vaccination rates. During an appearance on CNN, Fauci warned of the danger posed by states with lower percentages of vaccinated residents backing off their COVID-19 protocols. The World Health Organization has urged people to continue wearing masks even if they’re vaccinated but Fauci says it doesn’t look like Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will change its more relaxed guidelines.

INDICTMENTS AGAINST TRUMP ORG AND ITS CEO… A New York grand jury has returned indictments accusing the Trump Organization and its CEO Allen Weisselberg of committing tax fraud. The indictments were filed last night and will be made public today. The Washington Post reported that Weisselberg will surrender to authorities this morning.

DONALD RUMSFELD DIES… Donald Rumsfeld, the architect of U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as Defense Secretary under two presidents, died in Taos, New Mexico, yesterday following a battle with multiple melanoma. He was 88. Rumsfeld served under presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush. In leading the U.S. into war in Iraq, he pushed the false claim that the country possessed weapons of mass destruction.

MIGRANT FACILITY CLOSURES… CBS News reported yesterday that the Biden administration is planning to close six makeshift facilities that housed unaccompanied minors who crossed the southern border. The closures of the facilities in California and Texas are a response to a drop in the number of border apprehensions and increased efforts to reunite unaccompanied children with their families. Some 6,000 children are being kept at the facilities this week, which is less than half the number who were there in mid-May.

HOUSE VOTES TO CREATE CAPITOL-ATTACK SELECT COMMITTEE… The House voted 222-190 yesterday to pass legislation that creates a select committee to investigate the January 6 attack at the U.S. Capitol. The investigation will gather details surrounding the effort to interrupt Congress’ certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election win. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois were the lone Republicans to break ranks and vote in favor of the measure. The panel will have subpoena power and there is no firm deadline for it to publish its findings. House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi will appoint eight members to the 13-person panel while Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy gets five picks.

CONDO COLLAPSE DEATH TOLL AT 16… Four more victims discovered yesterday raised the death toll from the Surfside condo collapse to 16. Officials fear that debris falling from the part of the building still standing may pose a safety risk and ordered the removal of parked vehicles in the vicinity. President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the site today.

ENTERTAINMENT
BILL COSBY RELEASED FROM PRISON
… Bill Cosby walked out of prison a free man yesterday after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court tossed his sexual assault conviction and ordered his release. In reaching its stunning decision, the court ruled that the prosecutor who brought the case was bound by his predecessor’s agreement not to charge Cosby, even though the agreement doesn’t exist in writing. The 83-year-old Cosby served nearly three years of a three- to 10-year sentence for drugging and violating Temple University sports administrator Andrea Constand in 2004.

JAMES FRANCO SETTLES SEXUAL MISCONDUCT SUIT… Actor James Franco has agreed to pay $2.2 million to settle a class-action lawsuit accusing him of sexual misconduct. Students in an acting class Franco taught in New York and Los Angeles alleged Franco used the guise of “art” to push them into on-camera explicit sex scenes. The settlement also promises a confidential non-monetary component for the victims.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
ST. LOUIS 7 – Arizona 4
… Kwang Hyun Kim held the Diamondbacks to a run on three hits over five innings and helped himself offensively with a two-run double to open the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. Tommy Edman also drove in two runs for the Cardinals. Paul Goldschmidt went 3-for-5 with an RBI single.

MILWAUKEE 15 – Chi. Cubs 7… Luis Urías homered twice and knocked in four runs in the Brewers’ pounding of the Cubs. Wily Adames unloaded a grand slam. Jace Peterson knocked in three runs.

COLORADO 6 – Pittsburgh 2… Jon Gray limited the Pirates to two runs on two hits over six innings. C.J. Cron homered and lifted a sacrifice fly for the Rockies. Garrett Hampson went 4-for-5 with two RBIs.

Miami 11 – PHILADELPHIA 6… The Marlins erased an early 4-1 deficit in rolling past the Phillies. Joe Panik homered and singled home a run. Adam Duval had three hits, including a solo homer.

San Diego 7 – CINCINNATI 5… Trent Grisham homered to lead off the top of the second inning and his grand slam in the top of the fifth inning gave the Padres the lead for good in their win over the Reds. Wil Myers and Fernando Tatis Jr. also went deep.

ATLANTA 20 – N.Y. Mets 2… Ozzie Albies went 5-for-6 with a pair of homers and seven RBIs to lead the Braves in their dismantling of the Mets. Austin Riley had three hits and drove in three runs. Ronald Acuña Jr. and Ehire Esperanza hit solo homers.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Detroit 9 – CLEVELAND 4
(7 innings)… Harold Castro went 3-for-3 with three RBIs in leading the Tigers past the Indians in the opener of a doubleheader. His fifth-inning single brought home a tie-breaking run. Jonathan Schoop hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Detroit 7 – CLEVELAND 1… Wily Peralta (1-1) allowed just an unearned run on three hits over five innings and the Tigers completed a sweep of the twinbill. Eric Haase and Miguel Cabrera hit solo homers. Derek Hill produced a two-run single.

L.A. Angels 11 – N.Y. YANKEES 8… The Angels erupted to score seven runs in the top of the ninth inning and upend the Yankees. Jared Walsh sparked the uprising with a grand slam. He also homered with the bases empty in the fifth. Phil Gosselin hit a two-run homer in the fifth before the Yankees put up a seven spot in the bottom half.

Seattle 9 – TORONTO 7 (10 innings)… Dylan Moore connected for a three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning and the Mariners outlasted the Blue Jays. Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger hit two-run homers for Seattle.

BOSTON 6 – Kansas City 2… J.D. Martinez belted a three-run homer and Hunter Renfroe added a solo shot as the Red Sox downed the Royals. Martin Pérez (6-4) surrendered two runs on seven hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Baltimore 5 – HOUSTON 2… The Orioles opened with a four-run top of the first inning and coasted past the Astros. Ryan Mountcastle doubled home the first two runs. Austin Hays homered. Maikel Franco went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

CHI. WHITE SOX 13 – Minnesota 3… Yasmani Grandal homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the White Sox in their thrashing of the Twins. Andrew Vaughn homered with a runner aboard and lifted a sacrifice fly. Gavin Sheets also hit a two-run homer.

OAKLAND 3 – Texas 1… Sean Murphy skied a sacrifice fly and Frank Schwindel hit a two-run homer as the Athletics scored all three runs in the bottom of the second inning and held off the Rangers. Chris Bassitt (9-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

INTERLEAGUE
WASHINGTON 15 – Tampa Bay 6
… Trea Turner hit for the cycle and scored four runs on his 28th birthday as the Nationals walloped the Rays. Starlin Castro homered with a runner aboard and singled home two runs. Josh Bell drove in three runs with a pair of singles.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 6-4) is at Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 2-6)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-6) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 3-4) is at Pittsburgh (Wil Crowe, 1-4)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 3-10) hosts San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 3-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 7-2) are at Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 5-4)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-7) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 6-5)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-3) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 4-7)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 5-4) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-2)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 7-4) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 5-3) in Buffalo…
Kansas City (TBA) is at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 8-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 6-3) host Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-2)…
Texas (Dane Dunning, 3-6) is at Oakland (Sean Manaea, 6-4)…
Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-2) hosts Houston (Framber Valdez, 4-1)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Phoenix 130 – L.A. CLIPPERS 103… The Suns cruised past the Clippers to wrap up the Western Conference finals in six games. Chris Paul poured in a game-high 41 points. Devin Booker added 22 points. Deandre Ayton grabbed 17 rebounds to go with his 16 points. Phoenix awaits the winner of the Atlanta-Milwaukee series in the NBA finals.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Milwaukee for Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals with the series tied 2-2. Milwaukee star Giannis Antetokounmpo is listed as doubtful after suffering a knee injury in Tuesday night’s Game 4. Tests have revealed no structural damage.

STANLEY CUP FINALS SCORE
TAMPA BAY 3 – Montreal 1… Blake Coleman beat the horn at the end of the second period with a go-ahead goal and the Lightning topped the Canadiens to take a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup finals. Anthony Cirelli opened the scoring earlier in the period and Ondrej Palat added a third-period goal. The series shifts to Montreal for Game 3 tomorrow.

NCAA ATHLETES CAN START MAKING MONEY TODAY… Beginning today, NCAA athletes will be allowed to make money from endorsements and other uses of their names, images and likenesses. The clearance comes a day after the NCAA’s board of directors officially suspended rules prohibiting amateur athletes from earning income. Schools must ensure that payments to athletes are not expressly for their athletic achievements and that no payments are used as recruiting inducements. NCAA rules that prevent schools from paying players directly remain intact.

The Rundown for June 30, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,651,272 and the nation’s death toll stands at 604,436, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The pharmaceutical company Moderna said yesterday that a recent lab study showed that its COVID-19 vaccine showed promise against the Delta variant. The study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, was conducted on blood serum from eight participants obtained one week after they received the second dose of the vaccine. According to Moderna, the vaccine was far more effective in producing antibodies against the Delta variant than it was against the Beta variant.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOLLOWING CONDO COLLAPSE… International crews have joined the search for 149 people who remain unaccounted for following last Thursday’s condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida. Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County said a body discovered yesterday raised the death toll to 12. The cause of the collapse has yet to be determined but Miami’s top prosecutor has vowed to have a grand jury examine the collapse. President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the site of the collapse tomorrow and meet with first responders and families of some of the victims.

BORDER ENTRANTS CAN BE DETAINED INDEFINITELY… The Supreme Court ruled along partisan lines yesterday in deciding that the federal government can detain certain immigrants and refugees for an indefinite period of time while they await possible entry to the U.S. The high court ruled in its 6-3 vote that certain undocumented immigrants have no right to a bond hearing for release while the government weighs claims that they face torture or persecution if they return to their native land. The detention could last for months, experts say.

AFGHAN PULLOUT HALFWAY COMPLETED… U.S. Central Command announced yesterday that more than 50 percent of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, including departure of American troops, has been completed. According to a CentCom press release, the Department of Defense has withdrawn about 896 C-17 loads of material and turned over six facilities to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. The Biden administration announced in April that it expected the withdrawal to end by September 11.

HOUSE VOTES TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE FIGURES FROM CAPITOL… The House of Representatives yesterday approved a measure to move statues of Confederate figures from the U.S. Capitol. The vote was 285 to 120, with only Republicans opposing. The proposal also would replace a bust of former Supreme Court Justice Robert Taney with a bust of Thurgood Marshall. Taney issued the High Court’s decision that defended the enslavement of African Americans in the 1856 Dred Scott case. Marshall was the court’s first Black justice.

ENTERTAINMENT
KYLE MASSEY HIT WITH FELONY
… Actor Kyle Massey, who was best known or playing Cory Baxter on “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House,” has been charged with one felony count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. The 29-year-old Massey allegedly sent inappropriate videos and messages to an underage girl between December 2018 and January 2019. Police were given a thumb drive by the girl’s mother containing the sexual material Massey allegedly sent over Snapchat. Massey failed to appear for arraignment in King County Criminal Court in Washington on Monday and has yet to release a statement.

INDIANA JONES’ FEDORA SELLS OR $300K… A fedora worn by Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” sold for $300,000 to an unidentified bidder yesterday during a Prop Store auction in Los Angeles. The hat had been expected to sell for between $150,000 and $250,000. A separate fedora that Ford wore in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” sold for more than $500,000 at auction in 2015.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
PHILADELPHIA 4 – Miami 3
… The Phillies took a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning and hung on to edge the Marlins. Rhys Hoskins smacked a solo homer. Vince Velasquez (3-2) pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

San Diego 5 – CINCINNATI 4… Tommy Pham went 3-for-5 with a homer and a sacrifice fly as the Padres held off the Reds. Jake Cronenworth tripled home a run and scored twice.

N.Y. Mets 4 – ATLANTA 3… The Mets scored all four runs in the top of the seventh inning to overtake the Braves. James McCann belted a three-run homer and Francisco Lindor lined an RBI single.

MILWAUKEE 2 – Chi. Cubs 1… Brandon Woodruff (7-3) held the Cubs to a run on four hits over six innings and four Brewers relievers blanked them the rest of the way. Jace Peterson singled home a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Arizona 2… Carlos Martinez (4-9) allowed just a run on four hits over six innings and got help from four Cardinals relievers in the win over the Diamondbacks. Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and Tommy Edman singled home a run for St. Louis.

COLORADO 8 – Pittsburgh 0… German Marquez (7-6) allowed only a Ka’ai Tom leadoff single in the top of the ninth inning and got plenty of support in the one-hit shutout of the Pirates. Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-4 with a RBI single to lead a 15-hit attack. Trevor Story knocked in two runs with a double and a single.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – San Francisco 1… The Dodgers made it five straight wins with the defeat of the Giants. Walker Buehler (8-1) allowed just an unearned run on three hits over 6-2/3 innings. Chris Taylor doubled home two runs in the bottom of the first inning and Max Muncy homered in the third.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 11 – L.A. Angels 5
… The Yankees got home runs from Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Miguel Andújar in their pounding of the Angels. Andújar also doubled home a run. L.A.’s Shohei Ohtani homered twice in the loss and leads the major leagues with 28 roundtrippers.

TORONTO 9 – Seattle 3… Marcus Semien opened the scoring with a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning and added a three-run homer in the seventh to lead the Blue Jays in their romp over the Mariners. Bo Bichette also connected for a three-run blast.

BOSTON 7 – Kansas City 6… J.D. Martinez’ two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Red Sox the lead for good in a hard-fought win over the Royals. Martinez also singled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly. Kiké Hernandez had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

Baltimore 13 – HOUSTON 3… Austin Hays and Maikel Franco drove in three runs apiece as the Orioles thrashed the Astros. Ramón Urías and Austin Wynns hit two-run homers. Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander added solo shots.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Minnesota 6… Gavin Sheets singled, doubled and knocked in two runs in his major-league debut and the White Sox fought off the Twins. Leury Garcia also had two RBIs.

Texas 5 – OAKLAND 4… Nick Solak’s two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning gave the Rangers a three-run lead and they escaped with a win over the Athletics. Joey Gallo smacked a pair of solo homers for Texas. Mike Foltynewicz (2-7) gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings.

Detroit – CLEVELAND (ppd)… Rain in Cleveland forced postponement of last night’s Tigers-Indians game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

INTERLEAGUE
WASHINGTON 4 – Tampa Bay 3
… Kyle Schwarber hit a lead-of homer and Juan Soto added a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to stake the Nationals to an early lead and they held off the Rays. Victor Robles also went deep for Washington. Joe Ross (5-7) allowed two runs on six hits over 6-1/3 innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona (Corbin Martin, 0-3) is at St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 1-5)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 3-4) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-8)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 2-4) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 4-6)…
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-4) hosts Miami (Cody Poteet, 2-3)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 4-6) is at Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 3-2)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 4-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 2-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 3-1) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5)…
Toronto (Steven Matz, 7-3) hosts Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 5-7) in Buffalo…
Detroit (Wily Peralta, 0-1) is at Cleveland (Cal Quantrill, 0-2)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 5-4) hosts Kansas City (Mike Minor, 6-5)…
Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-9) is at Houston (Luis Garcia, 6-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Crease, 6-3) host Minnesota (Bailey Ober 0-0)…
Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-3) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 8-2)

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-2) is at Washington (Jon Lester, 1-3)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
ATLANTA 110 – Milwaukee 88… The Hawks rolled past the Bucks and tied the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece despite playing without the injured Trae Young. Lou Williams got the start and scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 20 points. Milwaukee lost Giannis Antetokounmpo in the third quarter after he suffered a knee injury that appeared serious. The series returns to Milwaukee for Game 5 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at the L.A. Clippers for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals with the Suns leading 3-2

TONIGHT’S STANLEY CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Tampa Bay for Game 2 with the Lightning leading 1-0

The Rundown for July 29, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,640,493 and the nation’s death toll stands at 604,115, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A study published yesterday by the journal Nature found that Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines may protect against the virus for years. The findings suggest that most people who received the vaccines may not need boosters, provided the virus and its variants do not mutate significantly, and that the vaccines offer long-term protection, according to the researchers.

U.S. FORCES RETURN FIRE IN SYRIA… U.S. forces returned fire yesterday after rockets landed at a U.S. military base in eastern Syria. Some rockets did land within the immediate vicinity of U.S. troops, but there were no injuries reported. The exchange came a day after the U.S. carried out airstrikes on Iranian-backed militias in Syria.

TOWER COLLAPSE DEATH TOLL AT 11… Authorities say two more bodies found yesterday bring the death toll from Thursday’s condo tower collapse near Miami Beach to 11. About 150 people remain unaccounted for. Robots, dogs, drones, sonar technology, cameras and numerous teams have been involved in the search. A cause of the collapse has not been determined, but local engineers reported structural damage to the condo building in 2018, including evidence of flooding, cracking and corrosion. The building was constructed in 1981.

JUDGE TOSSES ACEBOOK ANTI-TRUST SUITS… A federal court yesterday dismissed two separate anti-trust lawsuits filed against Facebook. Judge James Boasberg ruled that a Federal Trade Commission’s anti-trust complaint against the social networking giant was too vague. Another separate anti-competition lawsuit filed by a coalition of states was thrown out because the alleged violations occurred too long ago. The FTC’s lawsuit had requested that the technology giant, which also owns Instagram and WhatsApp, be broken up. The watchdog has until 28 July to re-file the charges.

JUUL SETTLES NORTH CAROLINA LAWSUIT… E-cigarette maker Juul has agreed to settle a lawsuit with the state of North Carolina, which had accused the firm of marketing its products to young people. Juul has reportedly agreed to pay $40 million to the state over six years and will change its advertising in the region. The lawsuit, which was filed in 2019, had been scheduled to to go trial next month.

ENTERTAINMENT
DOUGRAY SCOTT LEAVES ‘BATWOMAN’
… Actor Dougray Scott has left his role as Jacob Kane on The CW’s “Batwoman” after two seasons. Scott, an original cast member on the DC Comics drama series, disappeared earlier in the season after his character was being transferred to Metropolis to await trail. Scott’s Jacob Kane was the father to Kate Kane (Wallis Day), Mary Hamilton (Nicole Kang) and Alice (Rachel Skarsten).

VANESSA KIRBY JOINS ‘THE SON’… Vanessa Kirby has joined the cast of the upcoming film “The Son.” The 33-year-old actress will star with Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern in the follow-up to director Florian Zeller’s Oscar-nominated 2020 drama “The Father.” “The Son” follows Peter (Jackman), a man whose busy life with his new partner, Emma (Kirby), and baby is disrupted when his ex-wife, Kate (Dern), shows up with their teenage son, Nicholas. Kirby played Princess Margaret in the first two seasons of “The Crown.” She was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance in the 2020 film “Pieces of a Woman.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
COLORADO 2– Pittsburgh 0
… Kyle Freeland pitched three-hit ball over five innings and got help from four Rockies relievers in the blanking of the Pirates. Yonathan Diaz tripled home a run in the bottom of the third and Elias Diaz homered in the sixth for Colorado.

CINCINNATI 13 – Philadelphia 4… Nick Castellanos had three hits, including a grand slam, and finished with seven RBIs in the Reds’ pounding of the Phillies. Joey Votto also homered for Cincinnati.

WASHINGTON 8 – N.Y. Mets 4… Kyle Schwarber hit two of the Nationals’ five home runs in their doubling up on the Mets. Trea Turner, Gerardo Parra and Ryan Zimmerman also went deep. Paolo Espino (2-2) held New York to five hits over five scoreless innings.

MILWAUKEE 14 – Chi. Cubs 4… The Brewers erupted to score 10 runs in the bottom of the eighth inning and blow away the Cubs. Wily Adames and Keston Hiura hit three-run homers to highlight the big inning. Avisail Garcia also went deep.

ST. LOUIS 7 – Arizona 1… Paul DeJong’s two-run homer capped a six-run bottom of the seventh inning that carried the Cardinals past the Diamondbacks. Yadier Molina doubled home two runs. Dylan Carlson legged out a run-scoring triple and singled in a run.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – San Francisco 2… The Dodgers got solo homers from Mookie Betts, Max Muncy and Will Smith in downing the Giants. Trevor Bauer (8-5) allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
L.A. Angels 5 – N.Y. YANKEES 3
… Shohei Ohtani cracked his 26th homer in the first inning and Juan Lagares also went deep in the Angels’ win over the Yankees. Reliever Jose Suarez held the Yankees to a run on two hits over 5-1/3 innings after replacing starter Dylan Bundy, who left the game with illness.

CLEVELAND 13 – Detroit 4… The Indians throttled the Tigers with a 19-hit attack. Jose Ramirez had three hits, including a three-run homer, and knocked in five runs. Austin Hedges homered with a runner aboard and lifted a sacrifice fly.

BOSTON 6 – Kansas City 5… The Red Sox erased a 5-1 deficit in edging the Royals. Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning and smacked a tie-breaking solo shot in the sixth. Kiké Hernandez and Bobby Dalbec also went deep for Boston.

Baltimore 9 – HOUSTON 7… The Orioles came up with five runs in the top of the ninth inning and held on to top the Astros. Austin Hays’ two-run homer sparked the uprising. Ryan Mountcastle also homered with a runner aboard.

Minnesota – CHI. WHITE SOX (ppd)… Rain in Chicago forced postponement of last night’s Twins-White Sox game. It will be made up on July 19.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 7-4) is at Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 2-2)…
Cincinnati (Tony Santillan, 1-1) hosts San Diego (Blake Snell, 3-3)…
the N.Y. Mets (Tyler Megill, 0-0) are at Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 7-3)…
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 6-3) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 5-4)…
Arizona (Caleb Smith, 2-3) is at St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 3-9)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 6-6) hosts Pittsburgh (Chase De Jong, 0-2)…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 8-1) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 7-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-5) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 2-4)…
Toronto (Robbie Ray, 5-3) hosts Seattle (Chris Flexen, 6-3) in Buffalo…
Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-8) is at Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-2)…
Boston (Nick Pivetta, 6-3) hosts Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-8)…
Baltimore (TBA) is at Houston (Jose Urquidy, 6-3)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 6-3) host Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 0-0)

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 6-2) is at Washington (Joe Ross, 4-7)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
L.A. Clippers 116 – PHOENIX 102… The Clippers jumped out to an early double-digit lead and cruised past the Suns to avoid elimination and pull within 3-2 in the series. Paul George poured in a game-high 41 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Reggie Jackson added 23 points and Marcus Morris Sr. tossed in 22. The series returns to Los Angeles for tomorrow’s Game 6.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Milwaukee is at Atlanta for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals with the Bucks leading 2-1

STANLEY CUP FINALS SCOREBOARD
TAMPA BAY 5 – Montreal 1… The defending-champion Lightning scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Canadiens in Game 1 of the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals. Nikita Kucherov found the net twice and had an assist. Brayden Point assisted on three goals. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 18 of the 19 shots he faced. The series remains in Tampa for Game 2 tomorrow.

The Rundown for June 28, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,625,036 and the nation’s death toll stands at 603,967 , according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned of “very dense outbreaks” of Delta variant. During an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” said the outbreaks will be “hyper-regionalized,” and occur in pockets. The most vulnerable areas continue to be those with low vaccination rates and low rates of immunity from prior infections.

DEATH TOLL AT 9 FOLLOWING CONDO COLLAPSE… Authorities in South Florida say nine people have been confirmed dead following Thursday’s collapse of a condominium complex in Seaside. At least 156 people remained unaccounted for and 130 others were accounted for as crews continue to search. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, but a 2018 engineering report warned of structural failure.

AIRSTRIKES TARGET IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS… The Pentagon announced yesterday that President Joe Biden ordered airstrikes on Iran-backed militias near the Iraq-Syria border over the weekend in response to unmanned aerial vehicle attacks. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the U.S. acted within its legal rights and said the airstrikes were a matter of self-defense. U.S. Air Force F-15s and F-16s from U.S. bases in the Central Command region carried out the airstrikes with precision-guided munitions.

FORMER ALASKA SENATOR MIKE GRAVEL DIES… Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel died at his home in Seaside, California, yesterday after a battle with multiple myeloma. He was 91. Gravel was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1968, where he served until 1981. He gained widespread attention for reading the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record amid the nation’s war in Vietnam in order to help end it. After a failed presidential campaign in 2006, he joined the Libertarian Party and ran again in 2020 on the ending U.S. involvement in wars and cutting defense spending.

NORTHWEST FEELING THE HEAT… Meteorologists say the current heat wave in the Northwest is as unprecedented as it is dangerous. Temperatures in Portland, Oregon, are expected to reach 114 degrees today after reaching 115 yesterday. The highest temperature ever recorded in the state is 117 degrees, which was set in Umatilla on July 27, 1939. Seattle is expected to swelter in temperatures as high as 110 degrees.

ENTERTAINMENT
OLIVIA RODRIGO TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” sold 105,000 copies in returning to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. Last week’s champ, Polo G’s “Hall of Fame,” slipped into second place with 65,000 units sold. Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” finished third on sales of 57,000 copies. Migos’ “Culture III” dropped to fourth after selling 54,000 units. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” remained at No. 5 with 49,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “F9: The Fat Saga” took in $70 million to blow away the weekend box office. “A Quiet Place Part II” finished in a distant second place with $6.2 million. “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” fell from first to third with $4.87 million. “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” made $4.85 million to finish fourth. “Cruella” capped the top five with $3.7 million.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 4 – N.Y. METS 2
… Zack Wheeler (6-4) pitched four-hit ball over eight scoreless innings and the Phillies held off the Mets. Nick Maton had a couple of hits, including an RBI double.

Atlanta 4 – CINCINNATI 0… Kyle Muller (1-1) limited the Reds to one it over five innings and five relievers preserved the shutout. Ronald Acuña Jr. and Austin Riley smacked solo homers for the Braves.

Washington 5 – MIAMI 1… Trea Turner and Josh Bell hit two-run homers in the top of the sixth inning and the Nationals put away the Marlins. Max Scherzer (7-4) gave up a run on five hits over six innings.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Colorado 0… Eric Bauer (2-3) allowed just two hits over six innings and got help from three relievers in the blanking of the Rockies. Omar Narváez and
Keston Hiura homered for the Brewers.

Pittsburgh 7 – ST. LOUIS 2… Max Kranick (1-0) pitched five perfect innings in his major-league debt and the Pirates handled the Cardinals. Gregory Polanco and Ben Gamel hit solo homers.

SAN DIEGO 5 – Arizona 4… Fernando Tatis Jr. stroked a tie-breaking RBI double double to cap a three-run bottom of the seventh inning and the Padres hung on to edge the Diamondbacks and finish off a series sweep. Tommy Pham homered to lead off the first.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Chi. Cubs 1… Zach McKinstry unloaded a grand slam and Cody Bellinger homered with a runner aboard during a six-run bottom of the second inning and the Dodgers breezed past the Cubs. Bellinger added a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Clayton Kershaw (9-7) gave up a run on four hits and struck out 13 over eight innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 3 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2
… Taylor Trammell’s second homer of the game came with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and lifted the Mariners over the White Sox in the makeup of a game rained out the night before. Seattle reliever Hector Santiago became the first player to be ejected as part of Major League Baseball’s new foreign substance protocols when umpires tossed him after the fifth inning.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Seattle 5 (7 innings)… Zack Collins’ bases-clearing double capped a four-run bottom of the fourth inning that carried the White Sox over the Mariners in the nightcap. Yermin Mercedes singled, doubled and knocked in three runs.

TORONTO 5 – Baltimore 2… Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio drove in two runs apiece for the Blue Jays. Ross Stripling (3-4) held the Orioles to two runs on six hits over five innings and four relievers held them scoreless the rest of the way.

L.A. Angels 6 – TAMPA BAY 4… Shohei Ohtani doubled, tripled, homered and knocked in three runs to lead the Angels past the Rays. Phil Gosselin singled home a run and homered.

DETROIT 2 – Houston 1 (1O innings)… Robbie Grossman bunted home Akii Baddoo with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Tigers outlasted the Astros. Badoo singled home a tying run in the seventh.

BOSTON 9 – N.Y. Yankees 2… The Red Sox cruised past the Yankees to complete a series sweep. Rafael Devers belted a three-run homer and singled home a run. Kiké Hernandez, J.D. Martinez and Christian Vazquez also went deep. Eduardo Rodriguez (6-4) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.

MINNESOTA 8 – Cleveland 2… Nelson Cruz blasted a three-run homer, Andrelton Simmons homered with a runner aboard and Josh Donaldson smacked a solo shot in powering the Twins past the Indians. J.A. Happ (4-3) surrendered two runs on six hits over six innings.

TEXAS 4 – Kansas City 1… Adolis Garcia tripled home a run and Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and the Rangers coasted past the Royals. Jordan Lyles (3-5) gave up a run on seven hits over seven innings.

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland 6 – SAN FRANCISCO 2
… Matt Chapman and Aramis Garcia each had a pair of RBIs and the Athletics topped the Giants. Cole Irvin (6-7) pitched three-hit ball over eight scoreless innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 3-7) is at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-2)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 6-4) hosts Philadelphia (Spencer Howard, 0-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jerad Eickhoff, 0-0) are at Washington (TBA)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 7-2) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 10-4)…
Arizona (Jake Faria, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 7-5) host San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 8-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-7) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Michael King, 0-3)…
Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 0-2) hosts Detroit (Matt Manning, 1-1)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-3) is at Boston (Garrett Richards, 4-5)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 8-2) hosts Baltimore (Thomas Eshelman, 0-1)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 3-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 5-5)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Milwaukee 113 – ATLANTA 102… The Bucks pulled past the Hawks in the fourth quarter and have taken a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Khris Middleton made six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 38 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 33 points and 11 boards. The series remains in Atlanta for Game 4 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Phoenix for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals with the Suns leading 3-1

STANLEY CUP FINALS BEGINS TONIGHT… Montreal visits defending-champion Tampa Bay tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Canadiens have made an improbable post-season run to reach the Cup Final for the first time since winning the championship in 1993. After finishing fourth in the North Division in the regular season, they outlasted Toronto in seven games, swept Winnipeg and eliminated Vegas in six games. Tyler Toffoli, with five goals and nine assists, leads the Canadiens with 14 points in the playoffs. Tampa Bay opened its defense of the Cup with a six-game win over Florida and then got past Carolina in five games and defeated the N.Y. Islanders in seven games. Nikita Kucherov, with five goals and 22 assists, is the NHL’s leading playoff scorer with 27 points.

The Rundown for June 25, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,590,429 and the nation’s death toll stands at 603,178, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday extended a national moratorium barring landlords from evicting renters through the end of July. The moratorium, aimed at helping renters who have lost their jobs and had income interrupted due to the pandemic, was set to expire next week. The CDC said Thursday’s extension would be the last, meaning the moratorium will run out on July 31.

BIDEN ANNOUNCES INFRASTRUCTURE AGREEMENT… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that he and a bipartisan group of senators have agreed to an infrastructure deal. Negotiations reportedly reached a massive breakthrough the night before. Biden said later yesterday that he would not sign the bipartisan infrastructure bill unless the investments he has proposed in his American Families Plan, which Democratic leadership plans on passing through the budget reconciliation process, also end up on his desk.

U.S. WORKING ON AFGHAN EVACUATION PLANS… The Pentagon confirmed yesterday that it is working with the State Department on plans to evacuate thousands of Afghan citizens who worked for the U.S. and allied forces during the 20-year-old war in Afghanistan. The Special Immigrant Visa program being created would make more than 17,000 Afghan citizens, along with more than 50,000 of their spouses and children, eligible for resettlement in the U.S. Observers warn that a September 11 deadline for withdrawing U.S. forces from Afghanistan puts the lives of America’s Afghan allies at risk. At least 50 of Afghanistan’s 370 districts have fallen to the Taliban since May, according to the United Nations.

HOUSE COMMITTEE TO INVESTIGATE CAPITOL ATTACK… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said yesterday that the House of Representatives will create a select committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Her announcement comes a week after Republicans blocked a bipartisan proposal for an independent, bipartisan commission. Pelosi said details of the bipartisan committee will be released in the coming days.

1 DEAD, 99 MISSING AFTER CONDO COLLAPSE… Authorities say that at least one person was killed and as many as 99 others were missing yesterday following the partial collapse of a 12-story condominium building near Miami Beach. There were at least 10 injuries reported. Miami-Dade Fire Rescue officials said more than three dozen people were rescued from the structure so far, and two people were pulled from the rubble after about 55 apartment units collapsed. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis declared a state of emergency.

ENTERTAINMENT
MUMFORD & SONS BANJO PLAYER DEPARTS BAND
… Banjo player and founding member Winston Marshall is leaving the folk-rock band Mumford & Sons amid the controversy over his praise for a book written by a right-wing activist. Marshall angered fans by complimenting the book, which claimed that antifa is out to destroy democracy. Marshall said time away from the band will allow him “to examine my blindspots.”

HONORARY OSCARS… The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present Elaine May, Samuel L. Jackson and Liv Ullmann with honorary Oscars and Danny Glover with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 12th Governors Awards. The honorary Oscars will be awarded during an untelevised ceremony on January 15 in Los Angeles. The honorary awards are given to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the academy. None of the recipients have previously received an Academy Award.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
CINCINNATI 5 – Atlanta 3
… Nick Castellanos homered with a runner aboard and knocked in four runs to lead the Reds past the Braves. Tony Santillan (1-1) limited Atlanta to a run on three hits over six innings.

Washington 7 – MIAMI 3… Kyle Schwarber homered in his first two at-bats and raised his season total to 21 in leading the Nationals past the Marlins. Juan Soto stroked a pair of run-scoring doubles.

Pittsburgh 8 – ST. LOUIS 2… Bryan Reynolds went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer
and RBI single as the Pirates downed the Cardinals. Adam Frazier and Phillip Evans smacked solo homers.

Chi. Cubs 4 – L.A. DODGERS 0… Starter Zach Davies combined with relievers Ryan Tepera, Andrew Chafin and Craig Kimbrel to no-hit the Dodgers. Davies (5-4) went the first six innings. Willson Contreras provided all the offense the Cubs needed with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Javier Báez also went deep.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 8 – Kansas City 1
… Gary Sanchez belted a three-run homer and the Yankees got solo shots from Aaron Judge and Luke Voit in cruising past the Royals. Jameson Taillon (2-4) allowed a run on five hits over 6-1/3 innings.

Oakland 5 – TEXAS 1… Ramon Laureano doubled home a run and came around to score during a three-run top of the first inning and the Athletics cruised past the Rangers. Chris Bassitt (8-2) allowed just a run on five hits over seven innings.

TORONTO 9 – Baltimore 0… Lourdes Gurriel Jr. unloaded a grand slam during a six-run bottom of the first inning and the Blue Jays never looked back in their romp over the Orioles. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. also went deep. Anthony Kay (1-2) pitched five-hit ball over five innings and got help from four relievers in the shutout.

TAMPA BAY 1 – Boston 0… Manuel Margot raced home with the game’s only run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning. Tampa Bay was held hitless until Kevin Kiermaier drilled a one-out double in the eighth.

Houston 12 – DETROIT 3… The Astros piled up 18 hits in their thrashing of the Tigers. Carlos Correa had three hits and drove in three runs. Yordan Alvarez capped the scoring with a grand slam. Luis Garcia (6-4) surrendered two runs on seven hits over six innings.

Cleveland 4 – MINNESOTA 1… The Indians pulled past the Twins after spotting them a first-inning run. Eddie Rosario came through with a tie-breaking two-run single in the top of the eighth.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado (Jon Gray, 4-6) is at Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 3-4)…
the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 6-3) host Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-4)…
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 4-3) is at Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 3-1)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 3-4) hosts Washington (Jon Lester, 1-2)…
Philadelphia (Spencer Howard, 0-2) is at the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 2-5)…
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 1-5) hosts Pittsburgh (Wil Crowe, 0-4)…
Arizona (Corbin Martin, 0-2) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 0-0) host the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-8)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-9) is at Toronto (Alek Manoah, 1-0) in Buffalo…
Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 6-4) hosts the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 5-4)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 4-0) is at Detroit (Wily Peralta, 0-1)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 5-4) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-4)…
Kansas City (Mike Minor, 6-4) is at Texas (Dane Dunning, 2-6)…
Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 1-6) hosts Cleveland (Cal Quantrill, 0-2)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 4-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 6-2)

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 6-3) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 5-3)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
L.A. CLIPPERS 106 – Phoenix 92… The Clippers pulled away in the second half to get past the Suns and pull within 2-1 in the Western Conference finals. Paul George scored 27 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. Reggie Jackson added 23 points. Ivica Zubac finished with 16 points and 15 boards. The series remains in Los Angeles for Game 4 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Milwaukee hosts Atlanta for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals with the Hawks leading 1-0

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
MONTREAL 3 – Vegas 2 (OT)… Artturi Lehkonen found the net 1:39 into overtime and the Canadiens are headed to the Stanley Cup finals for the first time in 28 years after wrapping up the semifinal series in six games. Shea Weber opened the scoring with a first-period power-play goal and Cole Caulfield scored in the second. Goalie Carey Price made 37 saves. Montreal awaits the winner of the Tampa Bay-New York Islanders series in the Cup final.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Tampa Bay for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals