The Rundown for July 29, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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