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.

… 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.

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.

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.

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)

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)

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

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.

Milwaukee hosts Atlanta for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals with the Hawks leading 1-0

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.

the N.Y. Islanders are at Tampa Bay for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals

The Rundown for February 9, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 27,097,106 and the nation’s death toll stands at 465,072, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s leading infectious diseases expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, urged Americans to get both doses of the coronavirus vaccine for greater protection against the coronavirus variant first discovered in the U.K. Fauci emphasized the need to vaccinate as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time… Nearly three out of four people in the U.S. plan to continue wearing masks in public even after the COVID-19 pandemic ends, according to a survey conducted by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Four out of five said they also will continue to avoid crowds, and 90 percent of participants said they will maintain frequent hand-washing and sanitizer use after the coronavirus has been contained.

TRUMP SECOND IMPEACHMENT BEGINS TODAY… The Senate impeachment trial of former President Trump begins today with opening arguments. Trump is facing a charge of “incitement of insurrection” passed by the House last month following the attack on the U.S. Capitol. His lawyers deny Trump encouraged the violence and blamed it on “a small group of criminals.” House impeachment managers, meanwhile, maintain that the evidence of Trump’s conduct “is overwhelming.” Democrats would need the support of 17 Republicans to gain the two-thirds majority needed for a conviction.

CONGRESSMAN RON WRIGHT DIES… Republican Congressman Ron Wright died of COVID-19 on Sunday, his family confirmed yesterday. He was 67. Wright, revealed his COVID-19 diagnosis on January 21, is the first sitting member of Congress to die of COVID-19. He was elected to represent Texas’ 6th congressional district in 2018 and was re-elected in November. Wright was a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee.

RICHARD SHELBY TO GIVE UP SENATE SEAT… Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama announced yesterday that he won’t run for re-election in 2022. He joins fellow Republicans Rob Portman of Ohio, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Richard Burr of North Carolina in announcing they are giving up their Senate seats. The 86-year-old Shelby has been in Congress for 42 years and has chaired the Appropriations, Rules, Banking, and Intelligence committees over the course of his career.

CBO ANALYZES MINIMUM WAGE HIKE… Raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour would boost wages for some 17 million people and raise 900,000 U.S. workers out of poverty, but cost the United States 1.4 million jobs by 2025, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office. The analysis found that in addition to boosting the wages of millions of minimum wage earners, another 10 million who are “otherwise earning slightly” more than $15 per hour also could get a pay increase. Overall consumer demand for goods and services would also be boosted, the report said, because “lower-income families spend a larger proportion of any additional income on goods and services than do families with higher income.” However, faced with higher wages, employers might also have an incentive to invest in technology or machinery that cut jobs completely as wages rose.

… “Mank’ picked up 12 nominations to lead the field in the 26th annual Critics Choice Awards. “Minari” was close behind in second place with 10 nominations. “Mank” is up for Best Picture, Best Actor for Gary Oldman and Best Supporting Actress for Amanda Seyfried, among other awards. “Ozark” and “The Crown” lead television nominees with six nominations each. The Critics Choice Awards will air March 7 on The CW. Taye Diggs is returning to host for the third consecutive year.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS JOINS ‘BORDERLANDS’ CAST… Jamie Lee Curtis has joined Cate Blanchett and Kevin Hart in the cast of “Borderlands.” Curtis will play an archeologist in the adaptation of the popular video-game franchise. She last starred in the 2019 film “Knives Out” and next appears in the “Halloween” reboot sequels “Halloween Kills” and “HalloweenEnds.”


CHARLOTTE 119 – Houston 94… LaMelo Ball made seven 3-pointers on his way to 24 points and the Hornets cruised past the Rockets. Ball also had 10 assists.

Washington 105 – CHICAGO 101… Bradley Beal pumped in 35 points and the Wizards held off the Bulls. Rui Hachamura had 19 points and 10 boards.

Toronto 128 – MEMPHIS 113… The Raptors pulled away in the second half to put away the Grizzlies. Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet scored 32 points apiece.

DALLAS 127 – Minnesota 122… The Mavericks jumped out to a 43-22 lead after the first quarter and withstood a late rally to top the Timberwolves. Kristaps Porzingis scored 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Luka Doncic added 26 points. Tim Hardaway Jr. tossed in 24 points off the bench.

SAN ANTONIO 105 – Golden State 100… Dejounte Murray had 27 points and 10 boards in leading the Spurs passed the Warriors. DeMar DeRozan added 21 points and 10 assists.

PHOENIX 119 – Cleveland 113… Devin Booker lit it up for a season-high 36 points as the Suns downed the Cavaliers. Mikal Bridges added 22 points.

Milwaukee 125 – DENVER 112… The Bucks used a big second half to spurt past the Nuggets. Giannis Antetokounmpo dropped in 30 points. Kris Middleton scored 29 points and dished off 12 assists.

L.A. LAKERS 119 – Oklahoma City 112 (OT)… LeBron James piled up 28 points, 14 rebounds and 12 assists in his third triple double of the season and the Lakers outlasted the Thunder. Montrezl Harrell delivered 21 points off the bench.

Brooklyn is at Detroit…
Miami hosts New York…
Houston is at New Orleans…
Utah hosts Boston…
Orlando is at Portland…
Sacramento hosts Philadelphia

N.Y. Islanders 2 – N.Y. RANGERS 0… Goalie Semyon Varlamov stopped all 30 shots as the Islanders blanked the Rangers. Matt Martin had a goal and an assist.

COLUMBUS 3 – Carolina 2… Jack Roslovic netted a tie-breaking goal with 4:38 remaining and the Blue Jackets held on to edge the Hurricanes.

Edmonton 3 – OTTAWA 1… The Oilers skated past the Senators after spotting them an early lead Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist.

TORONTO 3 – Vancouver 1… Auston Matthews netted a go-ahead goal midway through the third period and Alexander Kerfoot found the net 12 seconds later in the Maple Leafs’ win over the Canucks. Frederik Andersen stopped 31 stops at goal.

Tampa Bay 4 – NASHVILLE 1… Anthony Cirelli scored to goals to provide all the offense the Lightning needed in skating past the Predators.

Arizona 4 – ST. LOUIS 3 (SO)… Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak scored in the tiebreaker to send the Coyotes past the Blues. Clayton Keller scored a goal and assisted on another.

Philadelphia is at Washington…
Florida hosts Detroit…
Edmonton is at Ottawa…
Nashville hosts Tampa Bay…
Chicago is at Dallas…
Calgary hosts Winnipeg…
Anaheim is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts San Jose

No. 1 Gonzaga 82, BYU 71…
No. 4 Ohio State 73, Maryland 65…
KANSAS 78, No. 23 Oklahoma State 66