The Rundown for June 25, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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