The Rundown for May 7, 2021

Mr. LAUGHS LATE EDITION
Today is Friday, May 7…
the 127th day of the year… 238 days left

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,604,704 and the nation’s death toll stands at 580,061, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Minnesota Governor Tim Walz and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam unveiled plans yesterday to ease or even completely erasing limits. Both said they made their decision based on rising vaccination numbers and lowering COVID-19 case numbers. Walz announced that limits on seating at entertainment venues, including outdoor stadiums, could be gone by the end of this month and said all limits will end by July 1 if 70 percent of Minnesota residents older than 16 get vaccinated. Northam said Virginia would lift all restrictions on June 15, except for a mask mandate… Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said yesterday morning he expects all schools to be fully open by the fall for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic started more than a year ago. Cardona noted that President Joe Biden reached one of his administration’s goals of opening a majority of K-8 schools to in-person learning five days a week this spring.

BIDEN CONSERVATION PLAN TAKES FIRST STEP… The Biden administration plan to conserve 30 percent of American land and water over the next decade became official yesterday with the release of the “America the Beautiful” report. The report compiled by Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo, and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Brenda Mallory calls on the administration to back locally-led conservation projects across the country with investments and focused policies. After his first 100 days in office President Joe Biden directed Cabinet members to draft recommendations to the National Climate Taskforce.

BLINKEN VOWS SUPPORT FOR UKRAINE… Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a meeting in Kyiv yesterday that the U.S. strongly supports the country’s amid the Russian military presence along its borders. Blinken’s trip to Ukraine comes weeks after Russia amassed a military buildup of some 100,000 troops along Ukraine’s borders last month. Following widespread condemnation, Russia promised to return all troops home by May 1 but hasn’t.

FLORIDA GOVERNOR SIGNS ELECTION-SECURITY BILL… Florida Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday signed into a law an election-security bill that critics claim will make it harder for millions of voters to participate in the democratic process. The bill requires Florida residents to produce a driver’s license number, state ID number or part of their Social Security number to receive a mail ballot. It also limits ballot drop boxes to early voting days and hours unless it’s at the supervisor’s office and manned while in use.

FAKE FEEDBACK DROVE NET NEUTRALITY REPEAL… A New York attorney general report released yesterday claims millions of fake comments and a secret campaign undermined the Federal Communications Commission’s 2017 net neutrality repeal. The report based on a multiyear investigation found nearly 18 million of the more than 22 million comments the FCC received during its 2017 proceeding to repeal the agency’s net neutrality rules were fake. According to the report, some of the nation’s largest broadband companies funded a secret campaign that generated the fake comments and created an appearance of widespread grassroots opposition to net neutrality rules, which did not actually exist. The FCC defied public support for net neutrality in December 2017 when it voted 3-2 to repeal the Obama-era rules to prevent broadband companies from slowing down or blocking any sites or apps and charging more to access certain sites. The next month the attorneys general of more than 20 states led by then-New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a petition to block the FCC’s repeal of the rules, claiming that it was illegal.

ENTERTAINMENT
OWEN WILSON LANDS NEXT ROLE
… Owen Wilson has signed on to star in the upcoming family action-comedy film “Secret Headquarters.” The Jerry Bruckheimer film centers on “a kid who discovers the secret headquarters of the world’s most powerful superhero hidden beneath his home and must defend it with his group of friends when villains attack.” Wilson’s Marvel series, “Loki,” premieres next month on Disney+.

AARON NEVILLE RETIRES FROM TOURING… Aaron Neville announced on social media yesterday that he is officially retiring from touring. The 80-year-old legendary New Orleans vocalist rose to fame with the 1966 release of “Tell It Like It Is” and later collaborated with Linda Ronstadt on “Don’t Know Much” and “All My Life.” Neville also fronted the family band, the Neville Brothers, which included his brothers Art, Charles and Cyril. The group formally disbanded in 2012.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
PHILADELPHIA 2 – Milwaukee 0
… Zack Wheeler (3-2) tossed a three-hit shutout and the Phillies completed a four-game sweep of the Brewers. Alex Bohm homered in the bottom of the seventh to break a scoreless tie and Rhys Hoskins added an RBI double in the eighth.

N.Y. METS 4 – St. Louis 1… The Mets pushed across three runs on bases-loaded walks to down the Cardinals. Starter Taijuan Walker (2-1) allowed just one hit over seven scoreless innings.

Atlanta 3 – WASHINGTON 2… The Braves scored all three runs in the top of the fourth inning and held on to edge the Nationals. Ehire Adrianza stroked a two-run single. Drew Smyly allowed just an unearned run on four hits over the first six innings.

MIAMI 3 – Arizona 1… Adam Duvall smacked a go-ahead homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning for the Marlins. Miguel Rojas homered to lead off the first.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 7 – N.Y. YANKEES 4
… Jose Altuve belted a go-ahead three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to help power the Astros past the Yankees. Yordan Alvarez hit a pair of solo homers. Martin Maldonado also went deep.

BOSTON 12 – Detroit 9… The Red Sox used a four-run bottom of the eighth inning to get past the Tigers. Alex Verdugo drove in three runs with a pair of singles. Frenchy Cordero went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Texas 4 – MINNESOTA 3 (10 innings)… Willie Calhoun singled home Jonah Heim with the decisive run in the top of the 10th inning as the Rangers topped the Twins. Heim tied the game with a solo homer in the eighth. Joey Gallo also went deep for Texas.

Cleveland 4 – KANSAS CITY 0… Triston McKenzie (1-1) limited the Royals to two hits over five innings and three relievers completed the shutout. Amed Rosario singled home a run and legged out an RBI triple. Franmil Reyes homered with the bases empty.

Toronto 10 – OAKLAND 4… Randal Grichuk homered, doubled and knocked in five runs to lead the Blue Jays in their thrashing of the Athletics. Danny Jensen and Marcus Semien also circled the bases for Toronto.

Tampa Bay 8 – L.A. ANGELS 3… The Rays erupted to score seven runs in the top of the eighth inning to upend the Angels. Brett Phillips had two hits during the uprising. Mike Zunino put Tampa Bay on the board with a seventh-inning homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh (Trevor Cahill, 1-3) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 1-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 1-3) host Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (TBA) is at Miami (Trevor Rogers, 3-2)…
Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 2-1) hosts Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 1-1)…
Colorado (Austin Gomber, 2-3) is at St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 5-0)…
San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 2-1) hosts San Diego (Blake Snell, 1-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 4-0) is at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-1)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 0-4) hosts Minnesota (Matt Shoemaker, 1-3)…
Seattle (Chris Flexen, 2-1) is at Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-3)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 2-3) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 4-0)…
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 0-1) is at Houston (Jose Urquidy, 2-2)…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 3-1) hosts Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 1-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 1-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 1-2)
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 2-3) hosts Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 3-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 4-0) are at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 2-2)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Chicago 120 – CHARLOTTE 99… The Bulls built a big lead early and turned the game into a rout with a dominant third quarter. Nikola Vucevic powered his way to 29 points and 14 rebounds.

DALLAS 113 – Brooklyn 109… The Mavericks fought off the Nets down the stretch to escape with the win. Luka Doncic scored 24 points and grabbed 10 boards. Tim Hardaway Jr. tossed in 23 points.

Washington 131 – TORONTO 129 (OT)… The Wizards outlasted the Raptors after trailing by nine at halftime. Bradley Beal caught fire late and finished with 28 points. Raul Neto added 25 points. Robin Lopez delivered 24 points off the bench.

DETROIT 111 – Memphis 97… Wayne Ellington and Cory Joseph scored 18 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Pistons downed the Grizzlies to snap their four-game skid. Joseph also dished off 11 assists.

INDIANA 133 – Atlanta 126… Caris LeVert scored nine of his 31 points in the final 2:17 and had 12 assists in leading the Pacers past the Hawks. Domantas Sabonis finished with 30 points.

GOLDEN STATE 118 – Oklahoma City 97… Stephen Curry scored 34 points in three quarters of play and the Warriors cruised past the Thunder. Mychal Mulder added 25 points off the bench.

L.A. CLIPPERS 118 – L.A. Lakers 94… The Clippers built a 23-point halftime lead and never looked back in their rout of the Lakers. The victory moved them into the No. 3 slot in the Western Conference playoff race. Paul George scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
New Orleans is at Philadelphia…
Chicago hosts Boston…
Orlando is at Charlotte…
Miami hosts Minnesota…
Houston is at Milwaukee…
Dallas hosts Houston…
Cleveland is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Denver…
New York is at Phoenix…
Portland hosts the L.A. Lakers…
San Antonio is at Sacramento

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 18)…
BOSTON 4 – N.Y. Rangers 0… Goalie Jeremy Swayman faced only 15 shots in his second career shutout. Patrice Bergeron scored in his fourth straight game for the Bruins.

New Jersey 2 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1… Michael McLeod’s go-ahead goal in the second period proved to be the difference in the Devils’ win over the Islanders. Mackenzie Blackwood stopped 32 shots at goal.

PITTSBURGH 8 – Buffalo 4… Jeff Carter scored four goals and the Penguins doubled up on the Sabres to move back into first place in the East Division. Kasperi Kapanen had a goal and an assist. Frederick Gaudreau assisted on three goals.

TORONTO 5 – Montreal 2… Auston Matthews netted his NHL-leading 40th goal to highlight the Maple Leafs’ defeat of the Canadiens. John Tavares and Mitchell Marner each had a goal and an assist.

Chicago 2 – CAROLINA 1 (OT)… Alex DeBrincat found the net at 2:02 of overtime to lift the Blackhawks over the Hurricanes. Riley Stillman scored a tying goal with 3:01 left in regulation. Goalie Collin Delia made 36 stops.

Vancouver 6 – EDMONTON 3… The Canucks outshot the Oilers to snap their six-game losing streak. Travis Hamonic, Nils Hoglander and Jayce Hawryluk each had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Washington…
Columbus hosts Detroit…
Dallas is at Tampa Bay…
Minnesota hosts Anaheim…
St. Louis is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts Colorado…
Arizona is at San Jose

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,557,606 and the nation’s death toll stands at 579,276, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden has come out in favor of a World Trade Organization proposal to waive intellectual property protections for COVID-19 vaccines so that vaccine-strapped countries can manufacture their own vaccines… A federal judge has vacated the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s nationwide eviction moratorium amid the COVID-19 pandemic, possibly leaving many Americans in danger of being houseless. The CDC imposed the ban in September, and President Joe Biden had extended it until July 2021, but District Judge Dabney Friedrich questioned the health agency’s authority over the country… The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention projected yesterday that COVID-19 cases and deaths will reach another peak in May and July before declining amid rising vaccination rates. Figures will then decline through September, according to CDC modeling, which took into account various vaccination rates and mitigation levels… The pharmaceutical company Moderna reported yesterday that a booster shot of its coronavirus vaccine strengthens immune response against two worrying coronavirus variants. A booster dose formulated specifically to match the B.1.351 variant first seen in South Africa was even more effective, the company said.

FACEBOOK BOARD OKAYS TRUMP BAN… The Facebook Oversight Board ruled yesterday that former President Donald Trump will remain banned from the social media platform. Trump was banned indefinitely from the social-media platform following his posts related to the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Oversight Board was tasked with reviewing Facebook’s decision, which it said was mostly correct. However, the board said Facebook should not have made the ban indefinite, meaning the company will have to make a decision at some point.

AMERICAN STUDENTS CONVICTED OF KILLING ITALIAN COP… Two American college students have been convicted of murdering an Italian police officer in an alleged drug deal gone wrong. A jury in Rome found 21-year-old Finnegan Lee Elder and 20-year-old Gabriel Natale-Hjorth guilty of fatally stabbing Vice Brigadier Mario Cerciello Rega in July 2019. They were both given life sentences in prison. Police alleged Elder and Natale-Hjorth, who were 19 and 18 at the time of their arrest, stabbed Rega as he attempted to recover a stolen backpack from them.

LIZ CHENEY SAYS REPUBLICAN PARTY AT A ‘TURNING POINT’… Wyoming Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney said in a Washington Post op-ed published yesterday that the Republican Party is at a “turning point” and must decide whether to accept or reject Donald Trump’s lies about the 2020 election. Cheney blamed the lies for sparking the January 6 Capitol attack and warned that they could provoke violence again. Cheney’s future in the House leadership is in jeopardy, as Republicans are planing a vote to remove her as conference chair as early as next week.

SOUTH CAROLINA HOUSE APPROVES FIRING SQUAD… The South Carolina House voted yesterday to add a firing squad to the state’s execution methods amid a lack of lethal-injection drugs. Representatives voted 66 to 43 on a bill that requires condemned inmates to choose either being shot or electrocuted if lethal injection drugs aren’t available. The state is one of only nine to still use the electric chair and will become only the fourth to allow a firing squad.

ENTERTAINMENT
JOHN DAVID WASHINGTON LANDS SCI-FI ROLE
… Golden Globe- and SAG-nominated actor John David Washington is on board to star in the upcoming sci-fi film “True Love.” Little is known about the film other than it is set in the near future. Washington is best known for his work in the film “BlacKkKlansman.” In the past year he has starred in the sci-fi action pic “Tenet” as well as the Netflix drama “Malcolm And Marie.”

‘LOKI’ TO PREMIERE JUNE 9… Disney+ announced yesterday that its Marvel series “Loki” will premiere on June 9, which is two days ahead of its announced schedule. The series will follow Loki as he falls into hot water with the Time Variance Authority after taking the Tesseract in “Avengers: Endgame.” Tom Hiddleston stars in the series. Co-stars include Owen Wilson, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Sophia Di Martino, Wummi Mosaku and Richard E. Grant.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
ST. LOUIS 4 – N.Y. Mets 1
… Paul DeJong homered with a runner aboard and Paul Goldschmidt added a solo shot as the Cardinals downed the Mets in the doubleheader opener.

N.Y. Mets 7 – ST. LOUIS 2… The Mets earned a split of the twinbill and ended the Cardinals’ winning streak at six games. Tomás Nido hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Villar homered with the bases empty.

COLORADO 6 – San Francisco 5… Charlie Blackmon and Raimel Tapia stroked two-run singles as the Rockies scored all six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held off the Giants.

MIAMI 8 – Arizona 0… Five pitchers combined on a five-hitter and the Marlins rolled past the Diamondbacks. Adam Duvall belted a three-run homer and singled home a run.

Atlanta 5 – WASHINGTON 3… Marcell Ozuna unloaded a grand slam in the top of the third inning to power the Braves past the nationals. William Contreras also went deep.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – Milwaukee 4… Didi Gregorius connected for his eighth career grand slam during a five-run bottom of the first inning and the Phillies hung on to edge the Brewers.

CHI. CUBS 6 – L.A. Dodgers 5… Matt Duffy and Anthony Rizzo produced run-scoring singles in the bottom of the 11th inning to lift the Cubs over the Dodgers. Joc Pederson lifted a game-tying sacrifice fly in the 10th. Jake Marisnick hit a two-run homer.

SAN DIEGO 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Jake Cronenworth punched a game-tying two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Padres made it stand in their win over the Pirates. Victor Caratini homered to lead off the third.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore 6 – SEATTLE 0
… Orioles starter John Means pitched the third no-hitter of the season in blanking the Mariners. He retired all 27 batters he faced but lost his perfect game when Sam Haggerty reached base on a third-strike wild pitch in the third inning. Trey Mancini blasted a three-run homer and Pat Valaika added a solo shot for Baltimore.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Houston 3… Giovanni Stanton homered with a runner aboard and doubled home two runs to lead the Yankees past the Astros.

Detroit 6 – BOSTON 5 (10 innings)… Jeimer Candelario hit a three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning and the Tigers escaped with a win. Jacoby Jones cracked a two-run single.

Texas 3 – MINNESOTA 1… Nick Solak ran home on a wild pitch to break a tie in the bottom of the sixth and Andy Ibañez followed with a sacrifice fly as the Rangers clipped the Twins.

Cleveland 5 – KANSAS CITY 4… Josh Naylor’s homer to lead off the top of the ninth inning sent the Indians past the Royals. Jose Ramirez’ solo homer tied the game in the eighth. Eddie Rosario lined a two-run double.

Tampa Bay 3 – L.A. ANGELS 1… Brandon Lowe provided all the offense the Rays needed with a three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning.

Toronto 9 – OAKLAND 4… The Blue Jays came up with five runs in the top of the eighth inning to put away the Athletics. Vladimir Guerrero, Teoscar Hernández and Randal Grichuk knocked in two runs apiece.

INTERLEAGUE
CINCINNATI 1 – Chi. White Sox 0
(10 innings)…. Jesse Winker singled home Tucker Barnhart with the game’s only run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 2-0) is at Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 2-2)…
St. Louis (John Gant, 2-2) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 1-1)…
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 0-2) is at Washington (John Lester, 0-0)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-2) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 3-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 2-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 4-1)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 4-2) hosts Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 1-2)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-2) is at Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 2-1)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-1) hosts Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 0-1)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 1-2) is at Oakland (Mike Fiers, 0-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 1-2) host Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 1-3)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Boston 132 – ORLANDO 96… Kemba Walker scored a season-high 32 points to lead the Celtics in their rout of the Magic.

Portland 141 – CLEVELAND 105… Damian Lillard scored a game-high 32 points as the Trail Blazers blew out the Cavaliers. Enes Kanter had 18 points and 13 rebounds.

ATLANTA 135 – Phoenix 103… The Hawks bombed the Suns 38-15 in the fourth quarter to win going away. Clint Capela scored 18 points to lead seven players in double figures.

Sacramento 104 – INDIANA 93… The Kings kept their playoff hopes alive by downing the Pacers. Marvin Bagley III scored 31 points and grabbed 12 boards.

Philadelphia 135 – HOUSTON 115… The 76ers cruised past the Rockets for their sixth straight win. Joel Embiid scored 34 points in just 25 minutes.

MILWAUKEE 135 – Washington 134… The Bucks held on down the stretch to get past the Wizards. Jrue Holiday led the way with 29 points. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 23 points.

Memphis 139 – MINNESOTA 135… Ja Morant scored 37 points and dished off 10 assists as the Grizzlies held off the Timberwolves. Kyle Anderson tossed in 20 points.

DENVER 113 – New York 97… Nikola Jokic scored 24 of his 32 points in the first quarter as the Nuggets built a big lead early and coasted past the Knicks. Jokic also brought down 12 rebounds. Austin Rivers delivered 24 points off the bench.

UTAH 126 – San Antonio 94… The Jazz jumped out to a 12-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their romp over the Spurs. They got 30 points from Jordan Clarkson and 24 from Bojan Bogdanovic.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Charlotte…
Dallas hosts Brooklyn…
Washington is at Toronto…
Detroit hosts Memphis…
Atlanta is at Indiana…
Golden State hosts Oklahoma City…
the L.A. Lakers are at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Saturday)…
OTTAWA 5 – Montreal 1… Nick Paul had a goal and an assist for the Senators. Erik Brannstrom assisted on three goals.

Washington 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… T.J. Oshie’s three goals carried the Capitals past the Rangers in a fight-filled game. Dmitry Orlov set up three goals.

COLUMBUS 4 – Nashville 2… Mikhail Grigorenko netted a tie-breaking goal in the third period and the Blue Jackets prevented the Predators from clinching a playoff spot.

TAMPA BAY 6 – Dallas 2… Defenseman Erik Cernak scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Lightning skated past the Stars. Brayden Point and Alex Killorn each had a goal and an assist.

Anaheim 3 – ST. LOUIS 2 (SO)… Haydn Fleury found the net in the third period and added the decisive goal in the shootout. Max Jones also scored for the Ducks.

Vegas 3 – MINNESOTA 2 (OT)… Alex Pietrangelo scored at 1:53 of overtime to lift the Golden Knights over the Wild. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury made 26 saves.

Winnipeg 4 – CALGARY 0… Jets goalie Connor Hellebuyck stopped all 32 shots in shutting out the Flames. Adam Lowry and Blake Wheeler scored two goals apiece.

SAN JOSE 3 – Colorado 2… Tomas Hertl scored twice for the Sharks and Erik Karlsson added the decisive goal on a power play midway through the third period. Evander Kane assisted on all three goals.

Los Angeles 4 – ARIZONA 2… The Kings got a pair of goals from Gabriel Vilardi in eliminating the Coyotes from playoff contention. Anze Kopitar had an assist to reach 1,000 career points.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Rangers are at Boston…
the N.Y. Islanders host New Jersey…
Buffalo is at Pittsburgh…
Toronto hosts Montreal…
Chicago is at Carolina…
Edmonton hosts Vancouver

The Rundown for May 5, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,510,922 and the nation’s death toll stands at 578,407, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden has set a new goal of administering at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose to 70 percent of Americans and 160 million people fully vaccinated by July 4. Biden pledged to make vaccines more accessible by directing tens of thousands of pharmacies to offer walk-in appointments and redirecting Federal Emergency Management Agency resources to support pop-up clinics, community vaccination sites and mobile clinics.

BIDEN EXPECTS TO MEET WITH PUTIN… President Joe Biden yesterday said he expects to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his visit to Europe next month. Biden has visits scheduled for Britain and Belgium to attend G7, NATO and EU summits. Both countries intend to pursue strategic talks on arms control and emerging security issues to build on extension of the New START nuclear arms treaty.

DOJ MUST TURN OVER BARR MEMO… A federal judge yesterday ordered the Justice Department to turn over an internal legal memo related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 US election. Former Attorney General William Barr had cited the memo as the basis for his decision to clear former president Trump of obstruction of justice related to the probe. Barr said at the time that he’d come to his decision “in consultation with the Office of Legal Counsel and other Department lawyers,” but he kept the memo under wraps until the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to obtain it. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson accused Barr of being “disingenuous” and said the memo contradicted his claim that Mueller’s team “did not resolve the question of whether the evidence would support a prosecution.” The OLC’s memo “calls into question the accuracy of Attorney General Barr’s March 24 representation to Congress” and “raises serious questions about how the Department of Justice could make this series of representations to a court,” the ruling said. Meanwhile, Mueller has tentatively agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee on May 15.

PROSECUTORS WANT REVIEW OF ITEMS SEIZED FROM GIULIANI… Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are seeking an independent review of materials seized during the FBI’s raid on former president Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani’s home and office last week. Prosecutors have asked a judge to appoint a “special master” who would help ensure attorney-client privilege is protected. The investigation into Giuliani centers on his activities in Ukraine, including whether he conducted illegal lobbying for Ukrainian officials while he pursued an investigation to dig up dirt on President Joe Biden.

CHAUVIN’S LAWYERS FILE FOR NEW TRIAL… Lawyers representing former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin are seeking a new trial, claiming that Chauvin’s guilty verdict for the murder of George Floyd was tainted by “prosecutorial and jury misconduct.” Attorney Eric Nelson said jurors felt “threatened,” and experienced “race-based” pressure during the trial, which may have affected their votes. In a statement issued in response, the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office vowed: “The court has already rejected many of these arguments and the State will vigorously oppose them.”

ENTERTAINMENT
SPRINGSTEEN TO RECEIVE WOODY GUTHRIE PRIZE
… Bruce Springsteen will be honored next week with the 2021 Woody Guthrie Prize. The honor is “awarded to an artist of any medium who continues in the footsteps of Guthrie,” an American folk singer known for “This Land is Your Land.” The 71-year-old Springsteen will receive the award at a virtual event May 13.

JACKSON ESTATE WINS IN TAX COURT… A U.S. tax court ruled yesterday that the IRS wildly inflated the value of Michael Jackson’s assets and image at the time of his death, resulting in his heirs being hit with an estate tax bill that was far too high. The decision capped a years-long battle that the Jackson estate had waged. The IRS had put the value of three disputed aspects of Jackson’s worth at the time of his 2009 death at about $482 million. In his decision issued Monday, Judge Mark Holmes put that figure at $111 million.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES
NATIONAL LEAGUE
CHI. CUBS 7 – L.A. Dodgers 1
(7 innings)… David Bote’s bases-clearing double capped a four-run top of the first inning and the Cubs cruised past the Dodgers in the opener of a doubleheader. Jake Marisnick smacked a solo homer. Kyle Hendricks (2-3) allowed a run on seven hits in the complete-game victory.

CHI. CUBS 4 – L.A. Dodgers 3 (7 innings)… David Bote singled home Kris Bryant with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Cubs a sweep of the twinbill. Javier Báez blasted a game-tying two-run homer in the eighth.

San Francisco 12 – COLORADO 4 (7 innings)… Brandon Belt singled home a run and unloaded a grand slam during a 10-run top of the first inning and the Giants coated past the Rockies in the doubleheader opener. Buster Posey and Brandon Crawford added solo homers.

COLORADO 8 – San Francisco 6 (7 innings)… Charlie Blackmon’s three-run homer capped a six-run bottom of the seventh inning that gave the Rockies a split of the twinbill. C.J. Cron homered with a runner aboard for Colorado.

MIAMI 9 – Arizona 3… The Marlins rallied to score six runs in the bottom o the eighth inning and put away the Diamondbacks. Jesus Aguilar’s RBI single sparked the uprising. Brian Anderson hit a three-run homer in the first.

Atlanta 6 – WASHINGTON 1… Huascar Ynoa (3-1) pitched and batted the Braves past the Nationals. He allowed just an unearned run on four hits over seven innings and helped his cause with a grand slam. Ronald Acuña Jr. also went deep

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Milwaukee 5… Brad Miller connected for a three-run homer and the Phillies also got a pair of solo shots from Andrew McCutchen in downing the Brewers. Aaron Nola (3-1) gave up a run on five hits and struck out 10 in six innings.

Pittsburgh 2 – SAN DIEGO 1… Mitch Keller (2-3) pitched two-hit ball over 5-2/3 scoreless innings and the Pirates held off the Padres. Bryan Reynolds had a couple of hits, including an RBI double.

N.Y. Mets – ST. LOUIS (ppd.)… Rain in St. Louis forced postponement of last night’s Mets-Cardinals game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 7 – Houston 3
… Giovani Stanton went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and RBI single in leading the Yankees past the Astros.

BOSTON 11 – Detroit 7… Xander Bogaerts cracked a two-run homer and the Red Sox got solo shots from Alex Verdugo, Hunter Renfroe and Kiké Hernández in outslugging the Tigers.

Texas 6 – MINNESOTA 3… Adolis Garcia opened the scoring with an RBI single in the top of the first inning and added a tie-breaking two-run homer in the 10th to lead the Rangers past the Twins. Kole Calhoun homered in the ninth.

Cleveland 7 – KANSAS CITY 3… Jake Bauers came through with a pinch-hit two-run homer to cap a four-run top of the eighth inning for the Indians.

Tampa Bay 8 – L.A. ANGELS 3… Austin Meadows homered twice and knocked in five runs for the Rays.

OAKLAND 4 – Toronto 1… Jed Lowrie stroked a two-run double and Mitch Moreland followed with a two-run homer as the Athletics scored all four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Cole Irvin (3-3) allowed a run on three hits over eight innings.

SEATTLE 5 – Baltimore 2… Kyle Seager homered with the bases empty and Kyle Lewis added a three-run shot in the Mariners’ win over the Orioles.

INTERLEAGUE
Chi. White Sox 9 – CINCINNATI 0
… Dylan Cease (2-0) limited the Reds to one hit over six innings and two relievers completed the shutout of the Reds. Jose Abreu homered and drove in three runs. Tim Anderson also had three RBIs.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Francisco (Logan Webb, 1-2) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 3-2)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 0-2) hosts Arizona (Luke Weaver, 1-2)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-1) is at Washington (Erick Fedde, 2-2)…
Philadelphia (Chase Anderson, 1-3) hosts Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 3-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 1-0) are at the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 1-2)…
St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 1-0; Johan Oviedo, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 3-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 2-2) is at San Diego (Yu Darvish, 3-1)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore (John Means, 3-0) is at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 1-1)
the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 1-1) host Houston (Luis Garcia, 0-3)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 1-3) is at Boston (Martin Perez, 0-2)…
Minnesota (Lewis Thorpe, 0-0) hosts Texas (Hyeon-Jong Yang, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 3-2) is at Kansas City (Brady Singer, 1-3)…
the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 1-0) host Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 1-3)…
Toronto (Robbie Ray, 1-1) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 2-2)

INTERLEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 1-1) are at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-2)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Phoenix 134 – CLEVELAND 118 (OT)… The Suns spurted past the Cavaliers in overtime to remain tied with Utah atop the Western Conference standings. Devin Booker scored 31 points. Chris Paul added 23 points and 16 assists.

Charlotte 102 – DETROIT 99… The Hornets were too much down the stretch in topping the Pistons. LaMelo Ball led a balanced scoring attack with 23 points.

MILWAUKEE 124 – Brooklyn 118… The Bucks rallied past the Nets in the fourth quarter and clinched a playoff spot. Giannis Antetokounmpo pumped in 36 points.

Dallas 127 – MIAMI 113… Tim Hardaway Jr. made 10 three-pointers on his way to 36 points in leading the Mavericks past the Heat. Luka Doncic had 23 points and 12 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 108 – Golden State 103… Lonzo Ball knocked down seven 3-pointers and finished with 33 points as the Pelicans pulled out a win over the Warriors. Zion Williamson had 23 points and 12 boards.

Sacramento 103 – OKLAHOMA CITY 99… All five starters scored in double figures as the Kings got past the Thunder. Buddy Hield led the way with 18 points and 11 rebounds.

L.A. CLIPPERS 105 – Toronto 100… The Clippers came up big in the second half to pull past the Raptors. Paul George and Marcus Morris scored 22 points apiece.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Boston is at Orlando…
Cleveland hosts Portland…
Phoenix is at Atlanta…
Indiana hosts Sacramento…
Philadelphia is at Houston…
Milwaukee hosts Washington…
Memphis is at Minnesota…
Denver hosts New York…
San Antonio is at Utah

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Saturday)…
BUFFALO 4 – N.Y. Islanders 3 (SO)… Anders Bjork found the net twice in regulation and added the decisive goal in the shootout. Sabres goalie Michael Houser made 45 saves.

NEW JERSEY 4 – Boston 3 (OT)… Pavel Zacha scored at 2:42 of overtime to send the Devils past the Bruins. Yegor Sharangovich scored a tying goal in the third period.

Pittsburgh 7 – PHILADELPHIA 3… The Penguins clobbered the Flyers to regain first place in the East Division. Sidney Crosby scored two goals and assisted on another. Jake Guentzel had a goal and two assists.

CAROLINA 6 – Chicago 3… Andrei Svechnikov netted a pair of goals and had an assist for the Hurricanes. Teuvo Teravainen added a goal and two assists.

Edmonton 4 – VANCOUVER 1… Leon Draisaitl scored back-to-back goals in the second period to give the Oilers the lead for good in their win over the Canucks. Connor McDavid set up two goals.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Ottawa…
the N.Y. Rangers host Washington…
Nashville is at Columbus…
Tampa Bay hosts Dallas…
Anaheim is at St. Louis…
Minnesota hosts Vegas…
Winnipeg is at Calgary…
San Jose hosts Colorado…
Los Angeles is at Arizona

The Rundown for May 4, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,471,116 and the nation’s death toll stands at 577,500, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Florida and New York are rolling back pandemic restrictions. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday signed an executive order dropping all local emergency COVID-19 pandemic restrictions across the state. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that most capacity restrictions, including those on bars and restaurants, would be lifted on May 19…. The Food and Drug Administration is expected to authorize Pfizer/BioNTech’s coronavirus vaccine in children and teens ages 12 to 15 by early next week. Pfizer said at the end of March that a clinical trial involving 2,260 12-to-15-year-olds showed its efficacy is 100 percent and it is well tolerated. The vaccine is currently authorized in the U.S. for emergency use in people 16 and older.

WHITE HOUSE RAISES REFUGEE CAP… The White House yesterday raised the number of refugees who can be admitted into the U.S. from 15,000 to 62,500. The administration noted that 22,000 would be allocated to refugees coming from Africa, 13,000 to those from the Middle East and South Asia, 6,000 to those from East Asia, 4,000 to those from Europe and Central Asia, 5,000 to those from Latin America and the Caribbean and the remaining 12,500 would remain unallocated. President Joe Biden has acknowledged that the U.S. would not hit the cap this year and said the country must first rebuild the infrastructure needed to take in and support the refugees.

93 COPS KILLED ON DUTYIN 2020… Ninety-three law enforcement officers were killed last year in the line of duty, the FBI said in its annual report released yesterday. The total was only four more than was recorded in 2019. 46 of the fallen officers died as a result of felonious acts, while 47 died in accidents.

STORMS BATTER GEORGIA… Severe storms and tornados battered Georgia yesterday, leaving at least two people dead. Both of the victims were struck by fallen trees.. The National Weather Service confirmed an EF-1 tornado with 90 mph winds, with a path 250 yards wide and 1.5 miles long, struck Douglas County, flooding streets and downing power lines. The tornado may also have touched down in Fulton County where damage was reported.

BILL AND MELINDA GATES DIVORCING… Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their marriage after 27 years. In her petition for divorce filed yesterday in King County, Washington, Melinda Gates asked a judge to dissolve the marriage based on the couple’s separation contract. After meeting at Microsoft and marrying, the couple founded a philanthropic organization in 2000. Since then, the foundation has spent $53.8 billion on a wide range of initiatives related to global health, poverty alleviation and more, according to its website.

ENTERTAINMENT
SPACEY ACCUSER CAN’T REMAIN ANONYMOUS
… A judge in New York has ruled that a man who is suing Kevin Spacey for $40 million in federal court cannot proceed anonymously because he shared his sexual abuse allegations with other people over the years. The plaintiff, who is identified only as C.D. in court papers, accused Spacey of preying on him in the 1980s when he was just 14 years old. His accusations were published by New York magazine and other media outlets.

NEW ‘LAW & ORDER’ ORDERED… NBC announced yesterday that it has ordered the next installment in the “Law & Order” franchise. “Law & Order: For the Defense will take an unbiased look inside a criminal defense firm, putting lawyers and the criminal justice system under the microscope. No casting has been announced yet. The original “Law & Order” debuted in 1990 and ran through 2010.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
PHILADELPHIA 4 – Milwaukee 3
… The Phillies did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Brewers. JT Realmuto hit a two-run homer. Starter Vince Velasquez (1-0) pitched six sharp innings.

ST. LOUIS 6 – N.Y. Mets 5…… Nolan Arenado belted a game-tying three-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and Tyler O’Neill added a go-ahead RBI double as the Cardinals topped the Mets for their fifth straight win. Harrison Bader also went deep for St. Louis

SAN DIEGO 2 – Pittsburgh 0… Tommy Pham lifted a sacrifice fly and Nola doubled home a run as the Padres scored twice in the bottom of the seventh inning to slip the Pirates. Six San Diego pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

L.A. Dodgers – CHI. CUBS (ppd.)… Rain in Chicago forced postponement of last night’s Cubs-Dodgers game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

San Francisco – COLORADO (ppd.)… Rain in Denver forced postponement of last night’s Giants-Rockies game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
MINNESOTA 6 – Texas 5
… Jorge Polanco knocked in a pair of runs with a double and a triple and the Twins held off the Rangers. Starter Kenta Maeda (2-2) pitched two-hit ball over 5-1/3 scoreless innings.

Cleveland 8 – KANSAS CITY 6… Eddie Rosario blasted a tie-breaking three-run homer and Josh Naylor added a two-run shot during a five-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Indians past the Royals. Naylor also doubled home a run.

Tampa Bay 7 – L.A. ANGELS 3… Manuel Margot singled home a run and homered with a runner aboard to lead the Rays past the Angels. Mike Brosseau opened the scoring with a two-run single in the top of the third inning.

OAKLAND 5 – Toronto 4… Stephen Piscotty and Rámon Laureano hit two-run homers to power the Athletics past the Blue Jays. Jed Lowrie went 3-for-4 with an RBI double.

Baltimore 5 – SEATTLE 3… Cedric Mullins and Freddy Galvis cracked two-runs homers as the Orioles scored all five runs in the top of the eighth inning to upend the Mariners.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 4-2; Trevor Bauer, 3-1) are at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-3; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Colorado (German Marquez, 1-2; TBD) hosts San Francisco (Alex Wood, 3-0; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Arizona (Riley Smith, 1-1) is at Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 1-2)…
Washington (Joe Ross, 2-1) hosts Atlanta (Huascar Ynoa, 2-1)…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 1-0) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 2-1)…
St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jacob DeGrom, 2-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Zack Greinke, 2-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 2-2)…
Boston (Nick Pivetta, 3-0) hosts Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 1-1)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 3-0) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 2-0)…
Kansas City (Mike Minor, 2-1) hosts Cleveland (Sam Hentges, 1-0)…
Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 0-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 1-1)…
Oakland (Anthony Kay, 0-1) hosts Toronto (Cole Irvin, 2-3)…
Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 1-3) is at Seattle (Justin Dunn, 1-0)

INTERLEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 1-0) are at Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 2-1)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
Orlando 119 – DETROIT 112… Mo Bamba had career-highs with 22 points and 15 rebounds in leading the Magic past the Pistons.

WASHINGTON 154 – Indiana 141… The Wizards continued their playoff push by outgunning the Pacers. Rui Hachimura pumped in 27 points Russell Westbrook had 14 points, 21 boards and 24 assists. He joins Wilt Chamberlain, who did it twice, as the only players with at least 20 rebounds and 20 assists in a game.

Golden State 123 – NEW ORLEANS 108… The Warriors built an 18-point lead after the first quarter and cruised past the Pelicans. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 41 points. Draymond Green finished with 10 points, 13 rebounds and 15 assists.

ATLANTA 123 – Portland 114… Danilo Gallinari made seven 3-pointers on his way to 28 points and the Hawks fought off the Trail Blazers. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 25 points. Trae Young scored 21 points and dished off 11 assists.

Philadelphia 106 – CHICAGO 94… The 76ers made it five straight wins with their defeat of the Bulls. They got 21 points from Tobias Harris and 20 from Seth Curry.

New York 118 – MEMPHIS 104… Julius Randle scored 28 points and Derrick Rose delivered 25 off the bench as the Knicks topped the Grizzlies. Taj Gibson grabbed 12 boards.

UTAH 110 – San Antonio 99… The Jazz led by 17 points at halftime and coasted past the Spurs. Bojan Bogdanovic scored 24 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Rudy Gobert had 24 points and 15 rebounds.

L.A. LAKERS 93 – Denver 89… The Lakers hung on down the stretch to get past the Nuggets and snap their three-game skid. Anthony Davis led the way with 25 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at Cleveland…
Charlotte is at Detroit…
Milwaukee hosts Brooklyn…
Dallas is at Miami…
New Orleans hosts Golden State…
Sacramento is at Oklahoma City…
the L.A. Clippers host Toronto

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Saturday)…
BUFFALO 4 – N.Y. Islanders 2… Sam Reinhart scored two of the Sabres’ three unanswered third-period goals in the win over the Islanders. Tage Thompson had a goal and an assist. Goalie Michael Houser stopped 34 shots to win his NHL debut.

Boston 3 – NEW JERSEY 0… The Bruins blanked the Devils to clinch their fifth straight playoff berth. Goalie Tuukka Rask stopped all 20 shots. Patrice Bergeron had a goal and an assist.

Washington 6 – N.Y. Rangers 3… The Capitals closed with four straight goals to double up on the Rangers. Nic Dowd had a goal and an assist. Michael Raffl set up two goals.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – Pittsburgh 2… Claude Giroux scored two goals and assisted on another as the Flyers thrashed the Penguins. Shayne Gostisbehere added a goal and an assist.

CAROLINA 5 – Chicago 2… Sebastian Aho scored two of his three goals in the second period and the Hurricanes rolled past the Blackhawks. Dougie Hamilton had a goal and an assist. Vincent Trocheck added two assists.

Nashville 4 – COLUMBUS 3 (OT)… Roman Josi’s second goal of the game came 3:24 into overtime and sent the Predators past the Blue Jackets. Filip Forsberg had a goal and an assist.

MONTREAL 3 – Toronto 2 (OT)… Phillip Danault netted the tying goal with 52 seconds left in regulation and Cole Caulfield added the game-winner with 17 seconds to go in overtime as the Canadiens outlasted the Maple Leafs. Nick Suzuki had three assists.

OTTAWA 2 – Winnipeg 1… Nikita Zaitsev netted the decisive goal with 1:13 remaining as the Senators edged the Jets. Connor Brown scored a shorthanded goal in the first period. Filip Gustavsson made 28 saves at goal.

FLORIDA 5 – Dallas 4 (OT)… The Panthers recovered to outlast the Stars after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Aleksander Barkov scored the game-winner 2:50 into overtime. Owen Tippett had two assists.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Anaheim 1… Robert Bortuzzo netted his first goal of the season to break a third-period tie and help the Blues down the Ducks. Brayden Schenn opened the scoring with a power-play goal in the second period.

MINNESOTA 6 – Vegas 5… The Wild came from two goals down midway through the third period to stun the Golden Knights. Kirill Kaprizov and Jonas Brodin scored 26 seconds apart in the final minute-and-a-half. Nick Bonino scored goals and assisted on another.

Los Angeles 3 – ARIZONA 2… Alex Iafallo’s power-play goal in the second period gave the Kings the lead for good in their win over the Coyotes. Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist.

Edmonton 5 – VANCOUVER 3… Connor McDavid had two goals and two assists as the Oilers handled the Canucks and clinched a playoff spot. Leon Draisaitl assisted on two goals.

Colorado 5 – SAN JOSE 4 (OT)… The Avalanche came from two goals down in the third period to beat the Sharks. Andre Burakovsky found the net 43 seconds into overtime.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Buffalo…
New Jersey hosts Boston…
Pittsburgh is at Philadelphia…
Carolina hosts Chicago…
Edmonton is at Vancouver

The Rundown for May 3, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 32,421,534 and the nation’s death toll stands at 577,045, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Colorado Governor Jared Polis yesterday extended the state’s indoor mask mandate while relaxing restrictions for those who have been fully vaccinated. According to a press release from the governor’s office, the mask mandate applies to those in groups of 10 or more in all public indoor spaces in counties with more than 35 infections per 100,000 people. However, those in groups of 10 or more people are allowed to remove their masks indoors if 80 percent of them have proof of being fully vaccinated. Masks will still be required in schools, child care centers, indoor children’s camps, government facilities, prisons and emergency medical and other healthcare settings.

HUMAN SMUGGLING SUSPECTED IN CAPSIZED BOAT… The small boat that capsized in shallow water off San Diego yesterday morning may have been part of a human smuggling operation, Border Patrol investigators believe. Three people were killed after the boat crashed into the shoreline and then broke apart on the rocks. First responders pulled 27 people out of the water with “varying degrees of injuries,” a San Diego Fire Department spokesperson said.

VICE PRESIDENT HARRIS TO LEAD SPACE COUNCIL… The Biden administration confirmed over the weekend that Vice President Kamala Harris will lead the National Space Council. She will help the council shape important national space policies and national security strategies related to space for the White House. Administration officials say Harris will focus on several areas, including sustainable development of commercial space activity, peaceful borders and responsible behaviors in space, as well as climate change and enhancing cybersecurity in space systems. She will also focus on STEM education and diversity in the workforce.

TEXAS RUNOFF.. A pair of Republicans have advanced to a runoff election that fills a vacancy in the U.S. House of Representatives left by the February death of Ron Wright, who became the first sitting member of Congress to die of COVID-19. The late congressman’s wife, Susan Wright, was the top vote-getter among a crowded field of 23 candidates who were on the ballot in Saturday’s election. Wright will face Jake Ellzey, who finished finished second.

TUPELO TORNADO… A large and destructive tornado touched down last night in Tupelo, Mississippi. Emergency crews were assessing damage into early this morning. The National Weather Service in Memphis posted a series of tweets warning people to take shelter as the damaging tornado tore through the city. Earlier yesterday, another damaging tornado touched down in Yazoo City, about 170 miles southwest of Tupelo, as part of a round of storms sweeping across the Southeast.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘DEMON SLAYER’ SLAYS AT BOX OFFICE
… “Demon Slayer: Mugen Train” took in $6.4 million to become the first anime to top the weekend box office since “Pokémon: The First Movie” in 1998. “Moral Kombat” slipped to second place with $6.2 million. “Godzilla vs. Kong,” “Separation” and “Raya and the Last Dragon” completed the top five.

MONEYBAGG YO TOPS ALBUM CHART… Moneybagg Yo’s “A Gangsta’s Pain” sold 110,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. “The Slime Language 2” compilation from Young Thug and Young Stoner Life Records dropped to No. 2 with 62,000 units sold. Morgan Wallen’s ”Dangerous: The Double Album” remained in third place after selling 54,000 copies. Eric Church’s “Soul” opened in fourth place on sales of 53,000 units. Justin Bieber’s “Justice” finished fifth with 47,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 3 – Miami 1
… Max Scherzer (2-2) gave up just a run on five hits and struck out nine in a complete-game victory over the Marlins. He lost the shutout when Isan Diaz homered to lead off the top of the ninth. Ryan Zimmerman’s three-run homer in the third provided all the offense the Nationals needed.

St. Louis 3 – PITTSBURGH 0… Carlos Martinez (2-4) held the Pirates to five hits over eight innings and reliever Alex Reyes completed the shutout and notched his seventh save. Harrison Bader slugged a three-run homer in the top of the second inning.

CINCINNATI 13 – Chi. Cubs 12 (10 innings)… Nick Castellanos’ single in the bottom of the 10th inning scored with the winning run after the Reds blew a four-run eighth-inning lead. Castellanos also hit a two-run homer in the third, when Cincinnati also got got back-to-back homers from Mike Moustakas and Eugenio Suarez. Tucker Barnhart went deep, as well.

L.A. Dodgers 16 – MILWAUKEE 4… A.J. Pollock and Matt Beaty unloaded grand slams to highlight the Dodgers’ throttling of the Brewers. Pollock aded a three-run homer and finished with eight RBIs. Beaty knocked in seven runs.

ARIZONA 8 – Colorado 4… Stephen Vogt legged out a tie-breaking two-run triple in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Diamondbacks got back-to-back RBI doubles from Josh Rojas and Daulton Varsho in doubling up on the Rockies. Pavin Smith hit a two-run homer.

San Francisco 7 – SAN DIEGO 1… The Giants cruised past the Padres to salvage the series finale. Mike Tauchman hit a three-run homer and drew a bases-loaded walk. Tommy La Stella drove in a pair of runs with a single and a triple.

N.Y. Mets 8 – PHILADELPHIA 7… The Mets escaped with a win over the Phillies, thanks in part to a replay reversal in the top of the ninth inning that gave Rhys Hoskins a two-run double rather than a three-run homer. Pete Alonso’s bases-clearing double capped a six-run eighth for New York. Jonathan Villar sparked the rally with a leadoff homer.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 2 – Detroit 0
… Yankees starter Corey Kluber (2-2) allowed just two hits and struck out 10 over eight innings in notching his 100th career victory. Kyle Hagashioka doubled home a run and Brett Gardner lifted a sacrifice fly as New York scored both runs in the bottom of the second inning.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Houston 4… Austin Meadows belted a three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning and scored a tie-breaking run on Manuel Margot’s pinch-hit single in the seventh to lead the Rays past the Astros.

Cleveland 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0… Zach Plesac (2-3) pitched three-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and got help from three relievers in the blanking of the White Sox. Jose Ramirez homered with a runner aboard and Cesar Hernandez smacked a solo shot for the Indians. Amed Rosario went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

MINNESOTA 13 – Kansas City 4… Andrelton Simmons’ two-run homer sparked a seven-run bottom of the third inning and the Twins rolled past the Royals. Mitch Garver capped the big inning with a three-run homer. Alex Kirilloff completed the scoring with a three-run blast in the eighth.

TEXAS 5 – Boston 3… The Rangers erased a 3-1 deficit in their final two at-bats to down the Red Sox. David Dahl and Brock Holt produced RBI singles during a three-run bottom of the eighth inning. Isiah Kiner-Falefa homered to lead off the seventh.

OAKLAND 7 – Baltimore 5… A’s centerfielder Rámon Laureano made a leaping catch against the wall in the top of the eighth inning to preserve a tie and hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom half of the inning. Matt Olson also homered with a runner aboard for Oakland.

SEATTLE 2 – L.A. Angels 0… Mariners starter Justus Sheffield (2-2) allowed just two hits over six innings and four relievers did the rest in shutting out the Angels. Dylan Moore singled home a run in the bottom of the fourth inning and Mitch Hanigar lifted a sacrifice fly in the fifth to account for Seattle’s runs.

INTERLEAGUE
TORONTO 7 – Atlanta 2
… Marcus Semien slugged a tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the third inning and added a two-run homer in the eighth as the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep of the Braves.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 2-2) is at Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-3) host the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 1-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (TBA) are at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 0-3)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 1-2) hosts San Francisco (Aaron Sanchez, 1-1)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 2-2) is at San Diego (Miguel Diaz, 0-0)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Texas (Dane Dunning, 1-1) is at Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 1-2)…
Kansas City (Daniel Lynch, 0-0) hosts Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 4-0)…
Tampa Bay (Tyler Glasnow, 3-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 1-1)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 2-2) hosts Toronto (Steven Matz, 4-1)…
Baltimore (Dean Kremer, 0-2) is at Seattle (TBA)

NBA SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes May 16)…
MILWAUKEE 117 – Brooklyn 114… Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in a game-high 49 points and the Bucks fought off the Nets. Khris Middleton scored 26 points and brought down 11 rebounds.

Portland 129 – BOSTON 119… The Trail Blazers held off the Celtics for their fourth straight win. CJ McCollum pumped in 33 points. Damian Lillard scored 26 points and dished off 13 assists. Norman Powell tossed in 23 points.

Miami 121 – CHARLOTTE 111… The Heat took a 20-point lead into the fourth quarter and coasted past the Hornets. Bam Adebayo led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points and had 10 assists.

Sacramento 111 – DALLAS 99… The Kings got 27 points from Buddy Hield and 23 from Marvin Bagley III in downing the Mavericks. Sacramento swept the season series between the teams.

New York 122 – HOUSTON 97… Julius Randle scored 31 points before sitting out the fourth quarter of the Knicks’ blowout of the Rockets. Derrick Rose added 24 points and RJ Barrett tossed in 21.

Phoenix 123 – OKLAHOMA CITY 120… The Suns withstood a fourth-quarter rally to top the Thunder. Devin Booker led all scorers with 32 points. Chris Paul had 18 points and 12 assists.

Philadelphia 113 – SAN ANTONIO 111 (OT)… Ben Simmons’ tip-in at the buzzer sent the 76ers past the Spurs. Joel Embiid powered his way to 34 points and 12 boards. Seth Curry scored 22 points.

Toronto 121 – L.A. LAKERS 114… The Raptors bombed the Lakers 40-21 in the second quarter on their way past the Lakers. Pascal Siakam scored a game-high 39 points. Kyle Lowry had 37 points and 11 assists.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at Detroit…
Washington hosts Indiana…
Golden State is at New Orleans…
Atlanta hosts Portland…
Philadelphia is at Chicago…
Memphis hosts New York…
San Antonio is at Utah…
the L.A. Lakers host Denver

NHL SCOREBOARD (regular season concludes Saturday)…
Tampa Bay 2 – DETROIT 1… Mikhail Sergachev’s goal early in the second period proved to be the difference in the Lightning’s win over the Red Wings. Blake Coleman scored 16 seconds into the contest. Goalie Christopher Gibson made 22 saves.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Buffalo…
New Jersey hosts Boston…
Washington is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia hosts Pittsburgh…
Chicago is at Carolina…
Columbus hosts Nashville…
Toronto is at Montreal…
Ottawa hosts Winnipeg…
Dallas is at Florida…
St. Louis hosts Anaheim…
Vegas is at Minnesota…
Arizona hosts Los Angeles…
Edmonton is at Vancouver…
San Jose hosts Colorado

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for April 29, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for April 28, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for April 27, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Rundown for April 26, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SPORTS
MLB SCORES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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