The Rundown for June 22, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,554,339 and the nation’s death toll stands at 602,092, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Biden administration yesterday announced a list of countries that will receive the remaining 55 million COVID-19 vaccine doses that the U.S. has pledged to allocate by the end of this month. The U.S. will share 75 percent of the doses through COVAX, while 25 percent will be shared directly with individual countries. COVAX will split 41 million doses between countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. 14 million doses, or 25 percent of the next batch, will be shared directly with “regional priorities” in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe.

SUPREME COURT DISMISSES IMMIGRATION-POLICY SUIT… The Supreme Court yesterday dismissed as a lawsuit filed against former President Donald Trump’s immigration policy that forced tens of thousands of asylum seekers to await their U.S. court dates in Mexico. The high court remanded the case back to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals with instructions to vacate it as moot in light of President Joe Biden’s order to terminate the so-called “Remain in Mexico” program this month. Civil rights and immigration advocacy groups sued the Department of Homeland Security over the policy, which ended on June 1 after President Joe Biden its implementation on Biden’s first day in office.

JUDGE ISSUES LAFAYETTE SQUARE RULING… A federal judge yesterday dismissed a series of lawsuits filed against the federal government for its use of force to drive Black Lives Matter protesters out of Lafayette Square last year. U.S. District Judge Dabney Friedrich ruled that claims filed against local officers involved could go forward, but rejected claims for damages against former Trump administration officials and some current officials. Lawsuits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of Black Lives Matter D.C. and individual protesters alleged that protesters’ First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights were violated when U.S. law enforcement agents fired tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and flash bombs to force them and other peaceful protesters to disperse as Trump posed for photos at a nearby church.

TRUMP ORG COO UNDER INVESTIGATION… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Manhattan prosecutors are investigating the Trump Organization’s chief operating officer and his son over tax-free perks they may have received from the former president’s real-estate development company. The investigation targets Matthew Calamari, who began his career at the Trump Organization as Donald Trump’s personal bodyguard, and his son Matthew Jr., both of whom live at Trump properties. The Trump Organization’s chief financial officer, Barry Weisselberg, is reportedly being investigated on similar grounds.

3 DEAD IN COLORADO SHOOTING… A shooting in Arvada, Colorado, yesterday afternoon left three people dead, including a police officer and the alleged suspect. Police an officer responding to a report of suspicious activity was struck by gunfire. Another person who died was described as a “Samaritan” by police.

ENTERTAINMENT
AMBLIN TO MAKE NETFLIX FILMS
… Steven Spielberg’s production company, Amblin Partners, will make multiple feature films per year for Netflix, per an agreement announced yesterday. Amblin has a separate deal with Universal Pictures for theatrical releases. The company previously worked with Netflix on the Aaron Sorkin movie “The Trial of the Chicago 7.” Yesterday’s agreement didn’t specify what movies Amblin would produce.

PARAMOUNT+ TO RELEASED LOTTERY-WINNERS FILM… Paramount+ announced yesterday that it will premiere the original movie “Jerry and Marge Go Large.” The film stars Bryan Cranston and Annette Bening star as winners of a $27 million lottery who use the winnings to revitalize their community. Filming begins next month in Georgia.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 4 – Atlanta 2
… Domonic Smith’s bases-clearing double in the bottom of the fifth inning carried the Mets past the Braves in the opener of a doubleheader. Jacob DeGrom (7-2) pitched one-hit ball over five innings.

Atlanta 1 – N.Y. METS 0… Ian Anderson (5-3) held the Mets to three hits over 5-1/3 innings and two relievers completed the shutout as the Braves claimed a split of the twinbill. Ronald Acuña Jr.’s homer in the top of the fifth inning accounted for the game’s only run.

ARIZONA 5 – Milwaukee 1… Merrill Kelly (3-7) allowed just a run on five hits over seen innings and the Diamondbacks snapped their 17-game losing streak. Steven Vogt stroked a go-ahead RBI single during a three-run bottom of the second inning.

SAN DIEGO 6 – L.A. Dodgers 2… Yu Darvish (7-2) allowed just a run on two hits and struck out 11 in six innings as the Padres downed the Dodgers. Manny Machado belted a three-run homer to cap a four-run bottom of the first inning. Jake Cronenworth doubled home a run and homered with a runner aboard.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 10 – BALTIMORE 2
… The Astros pounded the Orioles and ran their winning streak to eight games. Yordan Alvarez slugged a three-run homer. Starter jake Odorizzi (2-3) pitched five no-hit innings.

TEXAS 8 – Oakland 3… The Rangers cruised past the athletics to win for the first time in eight games. Andy Ibanez and Jose Trevino hit three-run homers. Kyle Gibson (5-0) gave up two runs on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 4 – CHI. CUBS 0
… Five Indians pitchers combined on a six-hitter in the blanking of the Cubs. Tyler Naylor homered with a runner aboard and Bobby Bradley smacked a solo shot.

MINNESOTA 7 – Cincinnati 5 (12 innings)… Miguel Sanó cracked a two-run homer in the bottom of the 12th inning to send the Twins past the Reds. Both teams scored twice in the 10th. Nelson Cruz homered to lead off the second.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington (TBA) is at Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 5-3)…
the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman,6-5) host Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 6-3)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 6-2) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 8-6) are at San Diego (Blake Snell, 2-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Zack Greinke, 7-2) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-8)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 8-3) host Kansas City (Brady Singer, 3-5)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 5-4) is at Tampa Bay (Andrew Kittredge, 5-1)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 12-5) hosts Oakland (Cole Irvin, 4-7)

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati (wade Miley, 6-4) is at Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 0-0)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 3-7) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 5-5)…
St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-2) is at Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 4-7)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 4-6) hosts Toronto (Ross Stripling, 2-4)…
Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 0-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 9-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-4) host San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 7-2)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-2) is at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 6-3)

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
TAMPA BAY 8 – N.Y. Islanders 0… Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn each had two goals and an assist as the Lightning skated past the Islanders to take a 3-2 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Stamkos’ first goal came just 45 seconds into the contest and sparked a three-goal opening period. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 21 shots. The series returns to New York for Game 6 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Vegas hosts Montreal for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the series tied 2-2

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Phoenix for Game 2 of the Western Conference finals with the Suns leading 1-0

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