The Rundown for July 1, 2021

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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