The Rundown for July 2, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,679,489 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,019, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The number of Covid-19 cases in the U.S. rose 10 percent this week, according to figures released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. During a White House briefing, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky attributed the rise to the highly contagious delta variant and lagging vaccination rate. The delta variant, which was first detected in India, has been detected in all 50 states and it now accounts for a quarter of all new cases. Walensky warned that its rapid spread is sure to make it the dominant U.S. strain within the coming weeks, especially in states having lowest vaccination rates. Clinical trials and studies have shown that the three vaccines currently available in the U.S. all offer protection against the delta variant.

PELOSI PICKS JAN. 6 INVESTIGATION PANEL… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has announced her eight picks for the select House committee that will investigate the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Mississippi Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson will lead the panel. Others named to the committee were: Democratic Congressman Pete Aguilar of California; Republican Congresswoman Liz Cheney of Wyoming; Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren of California; Democratic Congresswoman Elaine Luria of Virginia; Democratic Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy of Florida; Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland; and Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff of California. Five remaining members will be picked in consultation with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

TRUMP ORG, CFO ENTER NOT-GUILTY PLEAS… The Trump Organization and its chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg, pleaded not guilty to tax charges in a Manhattan court yesterday. Both were indicted by a grand jury on Wednesday night. The 73-year-old Weisselberg was charged with 15 felony counts including grand larceny in the second degree. Prosecutors accused him of participating in a 15-year tax scam and hiding more than $1.7 million in taxable income.

SUPREME COURT DECISIONS SIDE WITH CONSERVATIVES… The Supreme Court sided with conservatives yesterday in a pair of ideological 6-3 decisions on its final day of session. The High Court upheld restrictive voting laws in Arizona and struck down a California law that mandates disclosures of political donor lists. Voter-rights advocates had argued that Arizona’s voting laws purposely makes it harder for people of color to vote, justices ruled that they were enacted with no racial intent and do not violating the federal Voting Rights Act. The California donor list law had been challenged as unnecessary by a couple California non-profits. The decision to strike it down was criticized by groups seeking greater transparency in political funding on the grounds that it will attract more “dark money” into the process.

SURFSIDE RESCUE CREWS SUSPEND SEARCH… Rescue crews in Surfside, Florida, early yesterday suspended search efforts for survivors of last Thursday’s condo tower collapse out of safety concerns. Officials ordered the suspension due to the threat posed by parts of the building that could still fall. President Joe Biden toured the site yesterday and met with victims’ families, local leaders and first responders. The death toll from the collapse stands at 18, with 147 people still missing.

ENTERTAINMENT
THE BOSS TO PERFORM AT NYC ‘HOMECOMING CONCERT’
… Bruce Springsteen has joined the list of performers who’ve agreed to perform at a “homecoming concert” planned for New York’s Central Park next month. Other performers set to perform include Paul Simon and Jennifer Hudson. Capacity for the event will be 60,000 people, according to a city official.

‘COCAINE BEAR’ GETS ITS STARS… Keri Russell and Ray Liotta have signed on to star in the upcoming Elizabeth Banks film “Cocaine Bear.” The story is inspired by the 1985 true story of a black bear in Kentucky that fatally overdosed on more than 70 pounds of cocaine that it found in a smugglers’ duffle bag dropped from a plane. The character-driven thriller begins shooting next month in Ireland.

SPORTS
NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD

MILWAUKEE 123 – Atlanta 112… The Bucks jumped out to a 14-point lead after the first quarter and retained control in downing the Hawks to take a 3-2 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Brook Lopez came up big in the absence of injured two-time NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo, scoring a game-high 33 points. Khris Middleton racked up 26 points and 13 rebounds. Jrue Holiday added 25 points and 13 assists. Bobby Portis tossed in 22 points. The series returns to Atlanta for Game 6 tomorrow.

MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 6 – WASHINGTON 2
(5 innings)… AJ Pollock connected a game-tying solo homer and Max Muncy blasted a grand slam in the top of the fifth inning to power the Dodgers past the Nationals in a game shortened by an oncoming storm.

Milwaukee 7 – PITTSBURGH 2… Corbin Burnes (4-4) held the Pirates to a run on four hits over seven innings. Tyrone Taylor stroked a two-run single. Daniel Robertson went 2-for-2 with a sacrifice fly.

CINCINNATI 5 – San Diego 4… The Reds scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Padres. Kyle Farmer slugged a game-tying homer and
Tyler Stephenson singled home Jonathan India with the winning run. Alejo Lopez went 4-for-5 and scored two runs.

ATLANTA 4 – N.Y. Mets 3… Freddie Freeman singled home Guillermo Heredia with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Austin Riley’s two-run homer capped a three-run first for the Braves.

COLORADO 5 – St. Louis 2… Elias Diaz belted a walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Rockies past the Cardinals. Brandon Rogers homered with a runner aboard in the second.

ARIZONA 5 – San Francisco 3… Josh Reddick hit a go-ahead two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning to help the Diamondbacks get past the Giants. Wilmer Flores also homered with a runner aboard. Pavin Smith hit a solo shot.

Miami – PHILADELPHIA (ppd)… Rain in Philadelphia forced postponement of yesterday’s Marlins-Phillies game. It has been rescheduled for July 16.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 7 – TORONTO 2
… Yusei Kikuchi (6-3) held the Blue Jays to a run on five hits over seven innings and the Mariners cruised to the win. Shed Long, Jr. Hit a two-run homer. Jake Fraley added a solo shot. Kyle Seager drove in two runs with a pair of singles.

BOSTON 15 – Kansas City 1… Rafael Devers and Danny Santana each hit three-run homers and knocked in five runs to lead the Red Sox in their drubbing of the Royals. Kiké Hernández and J.D. Martinez smacked bases-empty homers.

CHI. WHITE SOX 8 – Minnesota 5… Zack Collins led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a tie-breaking homer and singled home a run in the seventh as the White Sox completed a sweep of the series. Brian Goodwin also went deep.

Texas 8 – OAKLAND 3… Joey Gallo went 3-for-3 with a two-run homer and an RBI single, Nate Lowe homered twice with three RBIs and the Rangers ripped the Athletics. John Hicks also went deep.

Houston 7 – CLEVELAND 2… Jose Altuve unloaded a grand slam and Yuli Gurriel lifted a sacrifice fly during a five-run top of the fifth inning that carried the Astros past the Indians. Michael Brantley went 3-for-5 with a solo homer. Yordan Alvarez also circled the bases.

L.A. Angels – N.Y. YANKEES (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of yesterday’s Angels-Yankees game. It has been rescheduled for August 16.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-5) is at Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 6-4)…
Washington (Max Scherzer, 7-4) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 9-3)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 4-5) is at Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-7)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-4) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-1)…
Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-2) is at Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 5-3)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 2-5) hosts St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-4)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 6-3) is at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Tampa Bay (Luis Patino, 1-1) is at Toronto (Alek Manoah, 1-0) in Buffalo…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-4) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 7-3)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 5-1) is at Cleveland (Sam Hentges, 1-2)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 3-6) hosts Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 4-3)…
Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-4) is at the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 5-4)…
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 7-7) hosts Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-4)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 6-0) is at Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 2-2)

INTERLEAGUE
the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 6-3) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-2)

MLB ALL-STAR GAME STARTERS ANNOUNCED… Major League Baseball has tabulated votes from fans and announced starters for the July 13 2021 All-Star Game in Denver…

CATCHER
AL – Salvador Perez, Kansas City (6th All-Star Game start)
NL – Buster Posey, San Francisco (5th ASG start)

FIRST BASE
AL – Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto (1st ASG start)
NL – Freddie Freeman, Atlanta (3rd ASG start)

SECOND BASE
AL – Marcus Semien, Toronto (1st ASG start)
NL – Adam Frazier, Pittsburgh (1st ASG start)

THIRD BASE
AL – Rafael Devers, Boston (1st ASG start)
NL – Nolan Arenado, St. Louis (4th ASG start)

SHORTSTOP
AL – Xander Bogaerts, Boston (2nd ASG start)
NL – Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego (1st ASG start)

OUTFIELD
AL
Mike Trout, L.A. Angels (7th ASG start)
Aaron Judge, N.Y. Yankees (3rd ASG start)
Teoscar Hernández, Toronto (1st ASG start)

NL
Ronald Acuña Jr., Atlanta (2nd ASG start)
Nick Castellanos, Cincinnati (1st ASG start)
Jesse Winker, Cincinnati (1st ASG start)

DESIGNATED HITTER
AL – Shohei Ohtani, Angels (1st ASG start)
NL – Manager selects designated hitter

TONIGHT’S STANLEY CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at Montreal for Game 3 with the Lightning leading 2-0

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.

The Rundown for June 30, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,651,272 and the nation’s death toll stands at 604,436, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The pharmaceutical company Moderna said yesterday that a recent lab study showed that its COVID-19 vaccine showed promise against the Delta variant. The study, which has yet to be peer-reviewed, was conducted on blood serum from eight participants obtained one week after they received the second dose of the vaccine. According to Moderna, the vaccine was far more effective in producing antibodies against the Delta variant than it was against the Beta variant.

SEARCH CONTINUES FOLLOWING CONDO COLLAPSE… International crews have joined the search for 149 people who remain unaccounted for following last Thursday’s condo building collapse in Surfside, Florida. Mayor Daniella Levine Cava of Miami-Dade County said a body discovered yesterday raised the death toll to 12. The cause of the collapse has yet to be determined but Miami’s top prosecutor has vowed to have a grand jury examine the collapse. President Joe Biden is scheduled to visit the site of the collapse tomorrow and meet with first responders and families of some of the victims.

BORDER ENTRANTS CAN BE DETAINED INDEFINITELY… The Supreme Court ruled along partisan lines yesterday in deciding that the federal government can detain certain immigrants and refugees for an indefinite period of time while they await possible entry to the U.S. The high court ruled in its 6-3 vote that certain undocumented immigrants have no right to a bond hearing for release while the government weighs claims that they face torture or persecution if they return to their native land. The detention could last for months, experts say.

AFGHAN PULLOUT HALFWAY COMPLETED… U.S. Central Command announced yesterday that more than 50 percent of the U.S. pullout from Afghanistan, including departure of American troops, has been completed. According to a CentCom press release, the Department of Defense has withdrawn about 896 C-17 loads of material and turned over six facilities to the Afghan Ministry of Defense. The Biden administration announced in April that it expected the withdrawal to end by September 11.

HOUSE VOTES TO REMOVE CONFEDERATE FIGURES FROM CAPITOL… The House of Representatives yesterday approved a measure to move statues of Confederate figures from the U.S. Capitol. The vote was 285 to 120, with only Republicans opposing. The proposal also would replace a bust of former Supreme Court Justice Robert Taney with a bust of Thurgood Marshall. Taney issued the High Court’s decision that defended the enslavement of African Americans in the 1856 Dred Scott case. Marshall was the court’s first Black justice.

ENTERTAINMENT
KYLE MASSEY HIT WITH FELONY
… Actor Kyle Massey, who was best known or playing Cory Baxter on “That’s So Raven” and “Cory in the House,” has been charged with one felony count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. The 29-year-old Massey allegedly sent inappropriate videos and messages to an underage girl between December 2018 and January 2019. Police were given a thumb drive by the girl’s mother containing the sexual material Massey allegedly sent over Snapchat. Massey failed to appear for arraignment in King County Criminal Court in Washington on Monday and has yet to release a statement.

INDIANA JONES’ FEDORA SELLS OR $300K… A fedora worn by Harrison Ford in “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom” sold for $300,000 to an unidentified bidder yesterday during a Prop Store auction in Los Angeles. The hat had been expected to sell for between $150,000 and $250,000. A separate fedora that Ford wore in “Raiders of the Lost Ark” sold for more than $500,000 at auction in 2015.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
PHILADELPHIA 4 – Miami 3
… The Phillies took a 4-0 lead into the eighth inning and hung on to edge the Marlins. Rhys Hoskins smacked a solo homer. Vince Velasquez (3-2) pitched two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

San Diego 5 – CINCINNATI 4… Tommy Pham went 3-for-5 with a homer and a sacrifice fly as the Padres held off the Reds. Jake Cronenworth tripled home a run and scored twice.

N.Y. Mets 4 – ATLANTA 3… The Mets scored all four runs in the top of the seventh inning to overtake the Braves. James McCann belted a three-run homer and Francisco Lindor lined an RBI single.

MILWAUKEE 2 – Chi. Cubs 1… Brandon Woodruff (7-3) held the Cubs to a run on four hits over six innings and four Brewers relievers blanked them the rest of the way. Jace Peterson singled home a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the fourth inning.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Arizona 2… Carlos Martinez (4-9) allowed just a run on four hits over six innings and got help from four Cardinals relievers in the win over the Diamondbacks. Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer and Tommy Edman singled home a run for St. Louis.

COLORADO 8 – Pittsburgh 0… German Marquez (7-6) allowed only a Ka’ai Tom leadoff single in the top of the ninth inning and got plenty of support in the one-hit shutout of the Pirates. Charlie Blackmon went 3-for-4 with a RBI single to lead a 15-hit attack. Trevor Story knocked in two runs with a double and a single.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – San Francisco 1… The Dodgers made it five straight wins with the defeat of the Giants. Walker Buehler (8-1) allowed just an unearned run on three hits over 6-2/3 innings. Chris Taylor doubled home two runs in the bottom of the first inning and Max Muncy homered in the third.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 11 – L.A. Angels 5
… The Yankees got home runs from Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Miguel Andújar in their pounding of the Angels. Andújar also doubled home a run. L.A.’s Shohei Ohtani homered twice in the loss and leads the major leagues with 28 roundtrippers.

TORONTO 9 – Seattle 3… Marcus Semien opened the scoring with a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning and added a three-run homer in the seventh to lead the Blue Jays in their romp over the Mariners. Bo Bichette also connected for a three-run blast.

BOSTON 7 – Kansas City 6… J.D. Martinez’ two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning gave the Red Sox the lead for good in a hard-fought win over the Royals. Martinez also singled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly. Kiké Hernandez had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

Baltimore 13 – HOUSTON 3… Austin Hays and Maikel Franco drove in three runs apiece as the Orioles thrashed the Astros. Ramón Urías and Austin Wynns hit two-run homers. Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander added solo shots.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Minnesota 6… Gavin Sheets singled, doubled and knocked in two runs in his major-league debut and the White Sox fought off the Twins. Leury Garcia also had two RBIs.

Texas 5 – OAKLAND 4… Nick Solak’s two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning gave the Rangers a three-run lead and they escaped with a win over the Athletics. Joey Gallo smacked a pair of solo homers for Texas. Mike Foltynewicz (2-7) gave up two runs on four hits over seven innings.

Detroit – CLEVELAND (ppd)… Rain in Cleveland forced postponement of last night’s Tigers-Indians game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

INTERLEAGUE
WASHINGTON 4 – Tampa Bay 3
… Kyle Schwarber hit a lead-of homer and Juan Soto added a two-run shot in the bottom of the first inning to stake the Nationals to an early lead and they held off the Rays. Victor Robles also went deep for Washington. Joe Ross (5-7) allowed two runs on six hits over 6-1/3 innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona (Corbin Martin, 0-3) is at St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 1-5)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 3-4) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-8)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 2-4) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 4-6)…
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-4) hosts Miami (Cody Poteet, 2-3)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 4-6) is at Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 3-2)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 4-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (David Peterson, 2-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 3-1) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5)…
Toronto (Steven Matz, 7-3) hosts Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 5-7) in Buffalo…
Detroit (Wily Peralta, 0-1) is at Cleveland (Cal Quantrill, 0-2)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 5-4) hosts Kansas City (Mike Minor, 6-5)…
Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-9) is at Houston (Luis Garcia, 6-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Crease, 6-3) host Minnesota (Bailey Ober 0-0)…
Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-3) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 8-2)

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-2) is at Washington (Jon Lester, 1-3)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
ATLANTA 110 – Milwaukee 88… The Hawks rolled past the Bucks and tied the Eastern Conference finals at two games apiece despite playing without the injured Trae Young. Lou Williams got the start and scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 20 points. Milwaukee lost Giannis Antetokounmpo in the third quarter after he suffered a knee injury that appeared serious. The series returns to Milwaukee for Game 5 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at the L.A. Clippers for Game 6 of the Western Conference finals with the Suns leading 3-2

TONIGHT’S STANLEY CUP FINALS SCHEDULE
Montreal is at Tampa Bay for Game 2 with the Lightning leading 1-0

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.

The Rundown for June 28, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,625,036 and the nation’s death toll stands at 603,967 , according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Former Food and Drug Administration commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb warned of “very dense outbreaks” of Delta variant. During an appearance on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” said the outbreaks will be “hyper-regionalized,” and occur in pockets. The most vulnerable areas continue to be those with low vaccination rates and low rates of immunity from prior infections.

DEATH TOLL AT 9 FOLLOWING CONDO COLLAPSE… Authorities in South Florida say nine people have been confirmed dead following Thursday’s collapse of a condominium complex in Seaside. At least 156 people remained unaccounted for and 130 others were accounted for as crews continue to search. The cause of the collapse is still under investigation, but a 2018 engineering report warned of structural failure.

AIRSTRIKES TARGET IRAN-BACKED MILITIAS… The Pentagon announced yesterday that President Joe Biden ordered airstrikes on Iran-backed militias near the Iraq-Syria border over the weekend in response to unmanned aerial vehicle attacks. Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said the U.S. acted within its legal rights and said the airstrikes were a matter of self-defense. U.S. Air Force F-15s and F-16s from U.S. bases in the Central Command region carried out the airstrikes with precision-guided munitions.

FORMER ALASKA SENATOR MIKE GRAVEL DIES… Former Alaska Senator Mike Gravel died at his home in Seaside, California, yesterday after a battle with multiple myeloma. He was 91. Gravel was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1968, where he served until 1981. He gained widespread attention for reading the Pentagon Papers into the Congressional Record amid the nation’s war in Vietnam in order to help end it. After a failed presidential campaign in 2006, he joined the Libertarian Party and ran again in 2020 on the ending U.S. involvement in wars and cutting defense spending.

NORTHWEST FEELING THE HEAT… Meteorologists say the current heat wave in the Northwest is as unprecedented as it is dangerous. Temperatures in Portland, Oregon, are expected to reach 114 degrees today after reaching 115 yesterday. The highest temperature ever recorded in the state is 117 degrees, which was set in Umatilla on July 27, 1939. Seattle is expected to swelter in temperatures as high as 110 degrees.

ENTERTAINMENT
OLIVIA RODRIGO TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” sold 105,000 copies in returning to the top of the Billboard 200 album chart. Last week’s champ, Polo G’s “Hall of Fame,” slipped into second place with 65,000 units sold. Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” finished third on sales of 57,000 copies. Migos’ “Culture III” dropped to fourth after selling 54,000 units. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” remained at No. 5 with 49,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “F9: The Fat Saga” took in $70 million to blow away the weekend box office. “A Quiet Place Part II” finished in a distant second place with $6.2 million. “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” fell from first to third with $4.87 million. “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” made $4.85 million to finish fourth. “Cruella” capped the top five with $3.7 million.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 4 – N.Y. METS 2
… Zack Wheeler (6-4) pitched four-hit ball over eight scoreless innings and the Phillies held off the Mets. Nick Maton had a couple of hits, including an RBI double.

Atlanta 4 – CINCINNATI 0… Kyle Muller (1-1) limited the Reds to one it over five innings and five relievers preserved the shutout. Ronald Acuña Jr. and Austin Riley smacked solo homers for the Braves.

Washington 5 – MIAMI 1… Trea Turner and Josh Bell hit two-run homers in the top of the sixth inning and the Nationals put away the Marlins. Max Scherzer (7-4) gave up a run on five hits over six innings.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Colorado 0… Eric Bauer (2-3) allowed just two hits over six innings and got help from three relievers in the blanking of the Rockies. Omar Narváez and
Keston Hiura homered for the Brewers.

Pittsburgh 7 – ST. LOUIS 2… Max Kranick (1-0) pitched five perfect innings in his major-league debt and the Pirates handled the Cardinals. Gregory Polanco and Ben Gamel hit solo homers.

SAN DIEGO 5 – Arizona 4… Fernando Tatis Jr. stroked a tie-breaking RBI double double to cap a three-run bottom of the seventh inning and the Padres hung on to edge the Diamondbacks and finish off a series sweep. Tommy Pham homered to lead off the first.

L.A. DODGERS 7 – Chi. Cubs 1… Zach McKinstry unloaded a grand slam and Cody Bellinger homered with a runner aboard during a six-run bottom of the second inning and the Dodgers breezed past the Cubs. Bellinger added a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Clayton Kershaw (9-7) gave up a run on four hits and struck out 13 over eight innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 3 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2
… Taylor Trammell’s second homer of the game came with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and lifted the Mariners over the White Sox in the makeup of a game rained out the night before. Seattle reliever Hector Santiago became the first player to be ejected as part of Major League Baseball’s new foreign substance protocols when umpires tossed him after the fifth inning.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Seattle 5 (7 innings)… Zack Collins’ bases-clearing double capped a four-run bottom of the fourth inning that carried the White Sox over the Mariners in the nightcap. Yermin Mercedes singled, doubled and knocked in three runs.

TORONTO 5 – Baltimore 2… Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Cavan Biggio drove in two runs apiece for the Blue Jays. Ross Stripling (3-4) held the Orioles to two runs on six hits over five innings and four relievers held them scoreless the rest of the way.

L.A. Angels 6 – TAMPA BAY 4… Shohei Ohtani doubled, tripled, homered and knocked in three runs to lead the Angels past the Rays. Phil Gosselin singled home a run and homered.

DETROIT 2 – Houston 1 (1O innings)… Robbie Grossman bunted home Akii Baddoo with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Tigers outlasted the Astros. Badoo singled home a tying run in the seventh.

BOSTON 9 – N.Y. Yankees 2… The Red Sox cruised past the Yankees to complete a series sweep. Rafael Devers belted a three-run homer and singled home a run. Kiké Hernandez, J.D. Martinez and Christian Vazquez also went deep. Eduardo Rodriguez (6-4) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.

MINNESOTA 8 – Cleveland 2… Nelson Cruz blasted a three-run homer, Andrelton Simmons homered with a runner aboard and Josh Donaldson smacked a solo shot in powering the Twins past the Indians. J.A. Happ (4-3) surrendered two runs on six hits over six innings.

TEXAS 4 – Kansas City 1… Adolis Garcia tripled home a run and Joey Gallo hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and the Rangers coasted past the Royals. Jordan Lyles (3-5) gave up a run on seven hits over seven innings.

INTERLEAGUE
Oakland 6 – SAN FRANCISCO 2
… Matt Chapman and Aramis Garcia each had a pair of RBIs and the Athletics topped the Giants. Cole Irvin (6-7) pitched three-hit ball over eight scoreless innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 3-7) is at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-2)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 6-4) hosts Philadelphia (Spencer Howard, 0-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jerad Eickhoff, 0-0) are at Washington (TBA)…
Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 7-2) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 10-4)…
Arizona (Jake Faria, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 7-5) host San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 8-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-7) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Michael King, 0-3)…
Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 0-2) hosts Detroit (Matt Manning, 1-1)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-3) is at Boston (Garrett Richards, 4-5)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 8-2) hosts Baltimore (Thomas Eshelman, 0-1)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 3-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 5-5)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Milwaukee 113 – ATLANTA 102… The Bucks pulled past the Hawks in the fourth quarter and have taken a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals. Khris Middleton made six 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 38 points and pulled down 11 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo added 33 points and 11 boards. The series remains in Atlanta for Game 4 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Phoenix for Game 5 of the Western Conference finals with the Suns leading 3-1

STANLEY CUP FINALS BEGINS TONIGHT… Montreal visits defending-champion Tampa Bay tonight in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup finals. The Canadiens have made an improbable post-season run to reach the Cup Final for the first time since winning the championship in 1993. After finishing fourth in the North Division in the regular season, they outlasted Toronto in seven games, swept Winnipeg and eliminated Vegas in six games. Tyler Toffoli, with five goals and nine assists, leads the Canadiens with 14 points in the playoffs. Tampa Bay opened its defense of the Cup with a six-game win over Florida and then got past Carolina in five games and defeated the N.Y. Islanders in seven games. Nikita Kucherov, with five goals and 22 assists, is the NHL’s leading playoff scorer with 27 points.

The Rundown for June 24, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,577,613 and the nation’s death toll stands at 602,836, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A National Institutes of Health study published this week in Science Translational Medicine found that there may have been nearly 17 million undiagnosed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. during the early months of the pandemic. The study suggests that the prevalence of COVID-19 in the spring and summer of 2020 “far exceeded” the number of confirmed cases, especially in people who were asymptomatic.

BIDEN ADMINISTRATION TO CRACK DOWN ON ILLEGAL GUN SALES… President Joe Biden vowed yesterday that his administration will implement a “major crackdown” on illegal gun sales. Biden unveiled a plan that holds “rogue” firearms dealers responsible for violating federal gun laws, gives law enforcement resources to address traditional summer increases in crime, invests in community violence interventions, supports unemployment and youth programs and assists incarcerated people successfully re-enter society. The plan would also task the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives with addressing the flow of weapons used in violent crimes. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the agency will launch five new cross-jurisdictional law enforcement strike forces within the next 30 days focused on trafficking to New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.

VP HARRIS HEADING TO BORDER… Vice President Kamala Harris is scheduled to visit the U.S.-Mexico border tomorrow. Harris will be joined on the trip by Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. Harris leads White House efforts to stem immigration at the southern border, where government facilities have been overwhelmed by an influx of migrants. The vice president visited Guatemala and Mexico earlier this month in what she described as an effort to stem immigration by targeting the root causes.

SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST FARM-WORKERS UNION… The Supreme Court yesterday struck down part of a historic California law in ruling that agricultural landowners and food processors have a right to keep union organizers off their property. In their 6-3 decision, justices said the state’s “right of access” rule violates property rights protected by the Constitution, which states private property shall not be “taken for public use without just compensation.” The California Legislature in 1975 became the first in the nation to extend collective bargaining rights to farm workers led by Cesar Chavez and the farm workers union. Months later, a new agricultural labor board adopted the “right of access” rule to allow organizers to seek out those who were working on farmland. Landowners have challenged the “union trespassing” rule on the ground that it violated their property rights.

BORDER CHIEF REMOVED… Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott, who championed former president Trump’s border-wall plan, was removed as Border Patrol Chief yesterday. Scott said he wasn’t given a reasoning for his ouster but believes it was “so the new administration can place the person they want in the position.” Scott replaced Carla Provost as head of Customs and Border Patrol in January 2020. He previously was chief of Border Patrol’s San Diego Sector, which includes 60 miles of border with Mexico. Scott said his departure takes effect in 60 days.

ENTERTAINMENT
BRITNEY SEEKS FREEDOM FROM CONSERVATORSHIP
… Britney Spears spoke out for the first time in years yesterday at a hearing regarding her court-ordered conservatorship that has been in place for nearly 13 years. In addressing the Los Angeles court remotely, the 39-year-old pop singer pleaded to have her life back. She said she wants to start a family with her boyfriend but can’t because she has an IUD inside her and conservators won’t let her get it removed. “I truly believe tis conservatorship is abusive,” Spears told the judge.

ACTOR JARED ‘DRAKE’ BELL PLEADS GUILTY… Actor Jared “Drake” Bell pleaded guilty yesterday to charges related to inappropriately messaging a 15-year-old fan. The 34-year-old former Nickelodeon star appeared via Zoom at a courtroom in Cleveland, Ohio, after he was arrested earlier this month for having improper communications with the teen. Their conversations allegedly turned sexual at points. Bell pleaded guilty to the 4th degree felony of attempting to endanger children, as well as disseminating material harmful to juveniles, which is a 1st degree misdemeanor. Bell could face up to two years in prison.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 13 – PHILADELPHIA 12
… Starlin Castro lined a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the ninth inning to give the Nationals the lead for good after they erased five-, four- and one-run deficits. Castro’s RBI double sparked a five-run fifth. Josh Bell unloaded a grand slam. Kyle Schwarber blasted a three-run homer.

Milwaukee 3 – ARIZONA 2… Brandon Woodruff (6-3) held the Diamondbacks to a run on three hits over seven innings and struck out nine. He helped himself at the plate by singling home a run in the top of the fifth inning to open the scoring.

N.Y. METS 7 – Atlanta 3… Francisco Lindor hit a two-run homer and singled home a run to lead the Mets past the Braves. Jeff McNeil had three hits, including an RBI single.

SAN DIEGO 5 – L.A. Dodgers 3… The Padres completed a three-game sweep of the Dodgers and ran their winning streak to seven games. Victor Caratini smacked a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and lifted a sacrifice fly to cap a decisive two-run eighth. Jake Cronenworth and Manny Machado smacked solo homers in the first for San Diego.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 13 – BALTIMORE 0
… The Astros dismantled the Orioles and extended their winning streak to 10 games. Jose Altuve, Yordan Alvarez, Abraham Toro and Chas McCormick all homered. Jose Urquidy (6-3) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Kansas City 5… Gary Sanchez hit a game-tying solo homer and Luke Voit singled home pinch-runner Tyler Wade with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Yankees rallied past the Red Sox. Rougned Odor hit a two-run homer and Clint Frazier doubled home two runs for New York.

TAMPA BAY 8 – Boston 2… The Rays got a three-run homer from Brandon Lowe and two-run shots from Austin Meadows and Mike Zunino in their pounding of the Braves. Rich Hill (6-2) surrendered a run on three hits over five innings.

TEXAS 5 – Oakland 3… Brock Holt singled home a go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Rangers overtook the Athletics. Adolis Garcia ripped a pair of solo homers. Nate Lowe also went deep.

INTERLEAGUE
Chi. White Sox 4 – PITTSBURGH 3
… Yasmani Grandal lined a tie-breaking two-run double in the top of the fifth inning and the White Sox hung on to edge the Pirates. Leury Garcia smacked a solo homer in the second.

DETROIT 6 – St. Louis 2… The Tigers cruised past the Cardinals after spotting them an early two-run lead. Daz Cameron hit a tie-breaking homer to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning after Jonathan’s Schoop tied the game with a two-run double in the third. Matt Manning (1-1) gave up two runs on five hits over 5-2/3 innings in notching his first major-league victory.

Colorado 5 – SEATTLE 2… German Márquez (6-6) limited the Mariners to a run on two hits over eight innings. Trevor Story homered twice and drove in three runs for the Rockies. Brendan Rodgers homered with a runner aboard.

San Francisco 9 – L.A. ANGELS 3 (13 innings)… The Giants came up with seven runs in the top of the 13th inning to put away the Angels. Mike Tauchman’s three-run homer and Steven Duggar stroked a two-run single during the uprising. Duggar also doubled home a run in the 12th. Mike Yastrzemski homered with the bases empty for San Francisco.

Toronto 3 – MIAMI 1… Robbie Ray (5-3) held the Marlins to a run on four hits over six innings and three relievers shut the door. Teoscar Hernández doubled home a run during a two-run top of the first inning.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta (TBA) is at Cincinnati (Tony Santillan, 0-1)…
Miami (Cody Poteet, 2-2) hosts Washington (Jon Lester, 1-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 1-4) is at St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 3-8)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 7-0) host the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 4-4)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-7) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 1-4)…
Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-2) hosts Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 7-2)…
Baltimore (Dean Kremer, 0-6) is at Toronto (Anthony Kay, 0-2)…
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-2) hosts Boston (Nick Pivetta, 6-3)…
Houston (Luis Garcia, 5-4) is at Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-7)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-2) hosts Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-2)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Atlanta 116 – MILWAUKEE 113… Trae Young poured in 48 points and the Hawks held off the Bucks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Clint Capela converted a go-ahead put-back with 29.8 seconds remaining and finished with 12 points and 19 rebounds. John Collins had 23 points and 15 boards. The series remains in Milwaukee for tomorrow’s Game 2.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at the L.A. Clippers for Game 3 of the Western Conference finals with the Suns leading 2-0

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
N.Y. ISLANDERS 3 – Tampa Bay 2 (OT)… The Islanders came from two goals down in the second period to outlast the Lightning and force a Game 7 in the Stanley Cup semifinals tomorrow night in Tampa Bay. Anthony Beauvillier stole a puck and scored the winning goal 1:08 into overtime. Scott Mayfield netted a tying goal with 9:44 left in regulation. Jordan Eberle put New York on the board with a second-period goal. Matthew Barzal had two assists.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Vegas is at Montreal for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the Canadiens leading 3-2

The Rundown for June 23, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,565,289 and the nation’s death toll stands at 602,462, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The nation’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, noted yesterday that the Delta coronavirus variant now makes up more than 20 percent of all new cases in the U.S. The percentage doubled from the previous week and health officials believe the variant could become the dominant strain… The White House announced yesterday that the U.S. will likely not reach President Joe Biden’s goal of 70 percent of Americans receiving one dose of the vaccine by July 4.

SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK VOTING RIGHTS LEGISLATION… Senate Republicans successfully blocked voting rights legislation yesterday. The vote was 50-50 along party lines to advance the For The People Act, which fell 10 votes short of what the measure needed. The bill had the support of President Joe Biden, as well as more than 900 political scientists who issued a joint statement calling on Congress to pass the bill.

INDIAN BOARDING SCHOOLS TO BE INVESTIGATED… Interior Secretary Deb Haaland announced yesterday that her department will investigate abuse perpetrated at the boarding schools where Indigenous children were separated from their families in the 19th and 20th centuries. Haaland said the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative will produce authoritative reports and documentation on the cruelty of a previously obfuscated history. Haaland, who is Native American, said her own ancestors had endured the cruelty of the schools.

KHASHOGGI KILLERS TRAINED IN U.S… The New York Times reported yesterday that four of the Saudi operatives involved in the brutal murder of American journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 took part in a State Department-approved paramilitary training course in the U.S. just a year earlier. According to the report, a security firm called Tier 1 Group provided the training to members of the Saudi Royal Guard under a contract approved by the State Department. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and outspoken critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was never seen again after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in 2017 for marriage documents. It was later determined that he had been murdered and dismembered there by Saudi operatives, reportedly at the behest of the crown prince.

CONNECTICUT MAKES MARIJUANA LEGAL… Connecticut yesterday became the 19th state to legalize marijuana. Governor Ned Lamont signed a bill into law allowIng adults 21 and older to possess up to 1.5 ounces of marijuana on their person and up to 5 ounces in a locked container concealed in car glove box or trunk, starting July 1. However, growing recreational plants will remain illegal until July 2023. Criminal records will be expunged for people with certain cannabis convictions.

ENTERTAINMENT
SMALL TV STATION FEATURED IN HBO DOCUMENTARY
… HBO yesterday announced it will air a six-part, half-hour documentary series centered on an independent TV station in southern Nevada. “Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump” premieres August 2. The series follows the station’s staff during the months leading up to the 2020 presidential election.

PITBULL TO TOUR… Pitbull yesterday announced plans for a new North American tour with special guest Iggy Azalea. “The I Feel Good” tour will span 32 cities starting August 20 in Clarkston, Michigan. The tour closes October 13 in Tampa. Pitbull is scheduled to release his twelfth studio album later this year.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington 3 – PHILADELPHIA 2
… Max Scherzer (6-4) held the Phillies to a run on two hits over five innings and the Nationals escaped with the victory. Yan Gomes knocked in two runs with a pair of singles.

Atlanta 3 – N.Y. METS 0… Charlie Morton (7-3) pitched one-hit ball over seven innings and struck out 11 before two relievers preserved the shutout. Dansby Swanson slugged a three-run homer in the top of the third inning for the Braves.

Milwaukee 5 – ARIZONA 0… Freddy Peralta (7-2) allowed just one it over six innings and fanned 10 in the Brewers’ blanking of the Diamondbacks. Kolten Wong and Christian Yelich hit solo homers. Luis Urias singled home two runs.

SAN DIEGO 3 – L.A. Dodgers 2… Jake Cronenworth homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the first inning, pinch-hitter Ha-Seong Kim added a solo shot in the fifth and the Padres held off the Dodgers. Blake Snell gave up four hits over five innings in outdueling Clayton Kershaw (8-7).

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston 3 – BALTIMORE 1
… Zack Greinke (8-2) held the Orioles to a run on five hits over 7-1/3 innings. Myles Straw homered and singled home a run for the Astros.

Kansas City 6 – N.Y. YANKEES 5… The Royals used a four-run top of the eighth inning to get past the Yankees. Ryan O’Hearn homered and produced a run-scoring single.

Boston 9 – TAMPA BAY 5 (11 innings)… Rafael Devers’ two-run double sparked a four-run top of the 11th inning that carried the Red Sox past the Rays. Hunter Renfroe hit a two-run homer and singled home a run.

Oakland 13 – TEXAS 6… The Athletics jumped out to a 9-0 lead after three innings and never looked back in their throttling of the Rangers. Matt Chapman and Ramon Laureano hit two-run homers.

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 10 – MINNESOTA 7
… Tyler Naquin belted a tie-breaking three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. Tucker Barnhart also homered for the reds.

PITTSBURGH 6 – Chi. White Sox 3… The Pirates came up with four runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to overtake the White Sox. Adam Frazier hit a solo homer.

DETROIT 8 – St. Louis 2… Jonathan Schoop’s three-run homer capped a six-run bottom of the fourth inning for the Cardinals.

Toronto 2 – MIAMI 1… Lourdes Gurriel Jr. doubled home Cavan Biggio with a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and the Blue Jays hung on to edge the Marlins.

CHI. CUBS 7 – Cleveland 1… Kyle Hendricks (10-4) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and the Cubs cruised past the Indians. Kris Bryant, Willson Contreras and Patrick Wisdom smacked solo homers.

San Francisco 5 – L.A. ANGELS 0… Anthony DeSclafani (8-2) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the shutout of the Angels. Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning and Mauricio Dubón homered to lead off the second.

SEATTLE 2 – Colorado 1… Shed Long Jr.’s one-out homer in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Marlins over the Rockies.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Washington (Erick Fedde, 4-4) is at Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 2-2)…
Arizona (Caleb Smith, 2-2) hosts Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 5-3)…
Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (TBA)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 4-6) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 7-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Jose Urquidy, 5-3) is at Baltimore (Thomas Eshelman, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Michael King, 0-3) host Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-3)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 4-4) is at Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 5-2)…
Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-7) hosts Oakland (James Kaprielian, 4-1)

INTERLEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 5-3) are at Pittsburgh (Chase De Jong, 0-1)…
Detroit (Matt Manning, 0-1) hosts St. Louis (John Gant, 4-5)…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 8-1) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 3-1)…
Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 5-6) hosts Colorado (German Marquez, 5-6)…
Toronto (TBA) is at Miami (Trevor Rogers, 7-3)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
PHOENIX 104 – L.A. Clippers 103… Deandre Ayton threw down a Jae Crowder lob off an inbounds play at the buzzer to give the Suns a stunning victory over the Clippers and a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference finals. Ayton finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Cameron Payne scored a game-high 29 points. Devin Booker tossed in 20 points. The series moves to L.A. for Game 3 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Atlanta is at Milwaukee for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Montreal 4 – VEGAS 1… The Canadiens skated past the Golden Knights to force tomorrow’s Game 7 of the Stanley Cup semifinals in Montreal. Nick Suzuki scored a goal and had two assists. Goalie Corey Price made 26 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at the N.Y. Islanders for Game 6 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the Lightning leading 3-2

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

The Rundown for June 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,541,887 and the nation’s death toll stands at 601,824, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… 65.3 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID vaccine and 52.6 percent of the total eligible U.S. population, including children aged 12 and older, are fully vaccinated, according to data released yesterday by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention… An outbreak of Delta-variant cases have been rising in rural portions of Missouri and Kansas. Last week, the CDC upgraded the variant from a “variant of interest” to a “variant of concern” after it accounted for 10 percent of new cases nationwide.

CLAUDIA RE-STRENGTHENING… Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center expected Tropical Depression Claudette to restrengthen last night and produce up to 6 inches of rain across the eastern portions of the Florida Panhandle into North Florida, southern Georgia, central and coastal South Carolina into eastern North Carolina through this morning. Tropical storm warnings and watches were in place for both Carolinas from this afternoon to tomorrow morning. The storm is blamed for the deaths of at least 12 people in Alabama over the weekend. Authorities in Butler County say storm-related hydroplaning probably caused a multi-vehicle crash on Interstate 65 that killed 10 people, including nine children from a home for neglected or abused school-age youths.

U.S. LAND BORDERS STAYS CLOSED… The Department of Homeland Security announced yesterday that U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21. A month-long extension of the closure follows an extension announced by Canada on Friday. U.S. officials have been meeting with counterparts from Canada and Mexico about the travel restrictions and plan to continue meeting about every two weeks

MANHUNT FOR ALLEGED KILLER OF 3 CALLED OFF… A weekend-long manhunt for a suspect wanted in the deaths of three people in North Bend, Oregon, was called off yesterday morning after the suspect turned himself in to police in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 30-year-old Oen Evan Nicholson had been on the run since Friday, when he allegedly began a string of violent attacks against four people. Investigators believe his victims include his 83-year-old father, who was found dead at an RV Park.

AMERICAN AIRLINES CANCELING FLIGHTS… American Airlines is having to cancel hundreds of flights through at least mid-July amid spiking travel demand brought on by the lifting of pandemic-related restrictions. The airline cancelled 120 flights on Saturday and is expected to cancel 50 to 80 flights daily for the time being. Customers who had been booked through July 15 will be notified or have already received notifications if their flights have been canceled.

ENTERTAINMENT
POLO G TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Polo G’s “Hall of Fame” sold 143,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Migos’ “Culture III” opened in second place after selling 130,500 units. Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” dropped to third place on sales of 122,000 copies. Last week’s champ, Lil Durk and Lil Baby’s “The Voice of the Heroes,” slipped to No. 4 with 73,000 units sold. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” capped the top five with 50,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard” took in $11.675 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “A Quiet Place Part II” brought in $9.4 million to finish second. “Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway” finished third with $6.1 million. “The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It” made $5.15 million for a fourth-place finish. “Cruella” remained at No. 5 with $5.10 million.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 5 – N.Y. Mets 2
… Kyle Schwarber homered three times after hitting a pair of homers on Saturday to power the Nationals past the Mets. Patrick Corbin (5-5) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

St. Louis 9 – ATLANTA 1 (7 innings)… Adam Wainwright (5-5) held the Braves to three hits and struck out 11 in the complete-game victory to open a doubleheader. Paul Goldschmidt blasted a three-run homer and singled home a run. Nolan Arenado homered with a runner aboard and drew a bases-loaded walk.

ATLANTA 1 – St. Louis 0 (7 innings)… Drew Smyly (4-3) pitched one-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and got help from two relievers as the Braves claimed a split of the twinbill. Ronald Acuña Jr.’s third-inning homer accounted for the game’s only run.

CHI. CUBS 2 – Miami 0… Alex Mills (3-1) scattered six hits over six innings and three relievers completed the Cubs’ blanking of the Marlins. Jason Heyward scored the only run Chicago needed on a passed ball in the bottom of the third inning. Joc Pederson’s infield single added an insurance run in the fifth.

Milwaukee 7 – COLORADO 6… The Brewers recovered to top the Rockies after blowing a 6-0 sixth-inning lead. Daniel Vogelbach singled home Peterson with the decisive run in the top of the ninth inning. Kolton Wong hit a two-run homer for Milwaukee. Colorado homered four times in scoring all six runs to tie the game in the sixth.

SAN FRANCISCO 11 – Philadelphia 2… The Giants pounded out 15 hits in their thrashing of the Phillies. Mike Yastrzemski got things going with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. Brandon Crawford also homered with a runner aboard and added a two-run double. Wilmer Flores hit a bases-empty homer.

SAN DIEGO 3 – Cincinnati 2… Wil Myers legged out a two-run triple and scored on a throwing error in the bottom of the third inning and the Padres hung on to edge the Reds and complete a four-game sweep. Dinelson Lamet (2-2) pitched four-hit ball over five scoreless innings.

L.A. Dodgers 9 – ARIZONA 8… The Dodgers took a 9-1 lead into the sixth inning and held on to hand the Diamondbacks their 17th straight loss. Albert Pujols blasted a three-run homer. AJ Pollock went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and knocked in three runs.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
N.Y. YANKEES 2 – Oakland 1
… The Yankees turned their third triple play of the season to strand the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and hold off the Athletics. Gary Sanchez gave New York the lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Toronto 7 – BALTIMORE 4… Reese McGuire went 4-for-5 with three doubles and two RBIs in leading the Blue Jays past the Orioles. Hyun Jin Ryu (6-3) allowed just a run on three hits over seven innings.

KANSAS CITY 7 – Boston 3… The Royals cruised past the Red Sox after spotting them an early two-run lead. Jarrod Dyson stroked a tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the third inning. Whit Merrifield homered with a runner aboard in the sixth.

HOUSTON 8 – Chi. White Sox 2… The Astros came up with five runs in the bottom of the third inning to take the lead for good in their win over the White Sox. Carlos Correa homered. Yordan Alvarez lined a two-run single.

Minnesota 4 – TEXAS 2… The Twins made it four straight wins in dealing the Rangers their fourth straight loss. Byron Buxton connected for a two-run homer in the top of the first inning. Kenta Maeda (3-2) surrendered two runs on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Detroit 5 – L.A. ANGELS 3 (10 innings)… Daz Cameron came through with a two-run single in the top of the 10th inning and the Tigers made it stand in beating the Angels. Miguel Cabrera had a couple of hits, including a two-run single.

SEATTLE 6 – Tampa Bay 2 (10 innings)… Shed Long Jr. unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Mariners past the Rays. Ty France and Luis Torrens hit solo homers.

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland 2 – PITTSBURGH 1
… Tylor Naylor singled home Eddie Rosario with a tie-breaking run in the top of the seventh inning and the Indians held on to edge the Pirates and salvage the series finale. Harold Ramirez opened the scoring with a fifth-inning homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE

Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 4-3; Kyle Muller, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 6-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 2-7) hosts Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 9-2) are at San Diego (Yu Darvish, 6-2)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 1-3) is at Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-2)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 4-0) hosts Oakland (Frankie Montas, 7-6)

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 10-2) is at the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-5)…
Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 3-3) hosts Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-2)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
PHOENIX 120 – L.A. Clippers 114… The Suns mounted a 12-2 spurt to open the fourth quarter of a tied game and held off the Clippers in the Western Conference finals opener. Devin Booker racked up 40 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists in his first-career triple-double. Deandre Ayton added 20 points. Phoenix was without Chris Paul, who sat out because of COVID-19 health and safety protocols. L.A.’s Kawhi Leonard missed his third straight game because of a sprained right knee. The series remains in Phoenix for Game 2 tomorrow.

Atlanta 103 – PHILADELPHIA 96… The Hawks fought their way past the 76ers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals and advance to visit Milwaukee on Wednesday to open the East finals. Kevin Huerter scored 27 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Trae Young finished with with 21 points and 10 assists. John Collins grabbed 16 rebounds to go with his 14 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
No games scheduled…

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Vegas 2 – MONTREAL 1 (OT)… Nicolas Roy tipped in the winning goal 1:18 into overtime to send the Golden Knights past the Canadiens and even the Stanley cup semifinals at two games apiece. Brayden Nabb scored a tying goal midway through the third period. Robin Lehner got the start at goal and made 27 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Tampa Bay for Game 5 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the series tied 2-2

The Rundown for June 18, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,508,060 and the nation’s death toll stands at 600,933, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Biden administration announced yesterday that it plans to invest more than $3 billion in the development and manufacturing of antiviral medicines to create an evolving line of coronavirus treatments. The National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Biomedical Advancement Research and Development Authority will take part in the Antiviral Program for Pandemics, with the Department of Health and Human Services serving as the umbrella organization over most of the programs. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, said the multidisciplinary collaborations among leading scientists in academia and industry will help inspire medical innovation and build on the past success in developing COVID-19 vaccines.

BIDEN SIGNS JUNETEENTH INTO LAW… President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law yesterday, officially making June 19 a federal holiday and giving national recognition to a day commemorating emancipation. Most federal employees will observe the holiday today, since June 19 falls on a Saturday this year. Biden signed the legislation a day after the House voted 415-14 to create the nation’s 11th national holiday. The Senate cleared the bill on Tuesday without debate. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. on the day a Union general brought word to Galveston, Texas, that enslaved African-Americans had been emancipated and the Civil War was over. The news arrived more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

HOUSE VOTES TO REPEAL IRAQ WAR AUTHORIZATION ACT… The House yesterday voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. The vote was 268-161, with 49 Republicans joining all but one Democrat in supporting it. The bill heads to the Senate, where its support among Republicans is questionable. The bill carries the support of President Joe Biden, who cited a White House Office of Management and Budget report this week that claimed, “the United States has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis, and repeal of the 2002 AUMF would likely have minimal impact on current military operations.”

SUPREME COURT DISMISSES ACA CHALLENGE… The Supreme Court delivered another blow to the most recent legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The High Court dismissed a challenge from Republican-led states and the former Trump administration, who sought to block the entire law. In penning the 7-2 decision, Justice Stephen Breyer said that the challengers of the 2010 law did not have the legal right to bring the case. Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented. The justices noted that there is no harm to opponents from the provisions that they are challenging because Congress has reduced the penalty for failing to buy health insurance to zero. A Department of Health and Human Services report released earlier this month that shows a record 31 million Americans have health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, including 11.3 million people enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges as of February and 14.8 million newly-eligible, low-income people enrolled in Medicaid expansion as of December.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OPPOSES ANTI-TRANS MEASURES… The Justice Department sided against state laws restricting transgender rights yesterday by warning that measures introduced in West Virginia and Arkansas should be struck down in the courts. The DoJ argued that recent Arkansas laws restricting trans medical care for children violate the 14th Amendment. It also said West Virginia’s law preventing trans women from playing on women’s sports teams in schools violates Title IX.

ENTERTAINMENT
ACTOR FRANK BONNER DIES
… Actor Frank Bonner, who was best known for tacky radio-station sales manager Herb Tarlek on the CBS sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” from 1978 to 1982, died at his Southern California home on Wednesday of complications from Lewy body dementia, his wife announced yesterday. He was 79. Bonner also appeared as Father Hargis on the 1988-90 ABC show “Just the Ten of Us.” He then returned for “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” which ran from 1991-93.

BEATLES DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE DATE… Disney+ announced yesterday that Peter Jackson’s six-hour documentary series about the Beatles will and will debut over Thanksgiving episodes. “The Beatles: Get Back” consists of three two-hour-long episodes that will air November 25, 26 and 27. The series features never-before-seen footage to capture band members making music that carried worldwide impact.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
SAN FRANCISCO 10 – Arizona 3
… The Giants handed the Diamondbacks a historic pounding, as it ran their road losing streak to a record 23 games. Curt Casali hit a two-run homer, along with an RBI triple and run-scoring single. Mike Yastrzemski and Mauricio Dubon drove in two runs apiece.

Chi. Cubs 2 – N.Y. METS 0… Kyle Hendricks (9-4) pitched two-hit ball over six innings on his way to winning his seventh straight start. Three relievers held the Mets hitless over the final three innings. Javier Baez provided the game’s only offense with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.

ATLANTA 4 – St. Louis 0… Charlie Morton (6-3) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and got help from two relievers in the Braves’ blanking of the Cardinals. Guillermo Heredia hit a two-out solo homer to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ozzie Albies tripled home a run and scored on Abraham Almonte’s double in the sixth.

SAN DIEGO 6 – Cincinnati 4… The Padres powered their way past the Reds after blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead. Eric Hosmer hit a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and Victor Caratini followed two batters later with a walk-off two-run blast.

COLORADO 7 – Milwaukee 3… C.J. Cron unloaded a grand slam and Garrett Hampson added a solo blast in the bottom of the first inning and the Rockies cruised past the Brewers. German Marquez (5-6) limited Milwaukee to one hit over six innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
CLEVELAND 10 – Baltimore 3
…. Jose Ramirez and Bobby Bradley homered during a three-run bottom of the first inning and the Indians went on to extend the Orioles’ road losing streak to 19 games. Yu Chang singled home two runs and homered with a runner aboard.

N.Y. Yankees 8 – TORONTO 4… Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead two-run homer and pinch-hitter Chris Gittens singled home two runs during a four-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Yankees past the Blue Jays. Gittens added a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Gio Urshela went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer.

HOUSTON 10 – Chi. White Sox 2… Michael Brantley got things going with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and the Astros walloped the White Sox. Abraham Toro homered with a runner aboard and singled home two runs. Jose Altuve homered for the fourth time in three games.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – Detroit 5… Taylor Ward’s first career grand slam capped a five-run bottom of the seventh and the Angels held off the Tigers. Shohei Ohtani (3-1) allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

SEATTLE 6 – Tampa Bay 5… The Mariners scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Rays. Kyle Seager’s infield single scored Jake Bauers with the winning run. Shed Long Jr.’s RBI double tie the game fr Seattle. Luis Torrens homered to lead off the top of the fifth and Ty France homered with a runner aboard in the sixth.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the N.Y. Mets (Joey Lucchesi, 1-4) are at Washington (Joe Ross, 3-6)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 3-4) hosts St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 3-7)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 2-4) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 4-3)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-7) hosts Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 3-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 6-5) are at Arizona (Caleb Smith, 2-2)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 4-3) hosts Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 2-1)…
Cincinnati (Tony Santillan, 0-0) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 3-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland (James Kaprielian, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 1-4)…
Baltimore (Bruce Zimmermann, 4-4) hosts Toronto (Robbie Ray, 4-2)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-2) is at Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-7)…
Kansas City (Jackson Kowar, 0-2) hosts Boston (Nick Pivetta, 6-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 6-2) are at Houston (Luis Garcia, 5-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 4-2) host Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-6)…
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-1) is at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 3-3)

INTERLEAGUE
Cleveland (Jean Carlos Mejia, 1-1) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-6)

NBA PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
MILWAUKEE 104 – Brooklyn 89… The Bucks rolled past the Nets to force tomorrow’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Khris Middleton scored a game-high 38 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 30 points and 17 boards. Jrue Holiday tossed in 21 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Atlanta for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Hawks leading 3-2…
the L.A. Clippers host Utah for Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals with the Clippers leading 3-2

CARLISLE RESIGNS AS MAVERICKS COACH… Rick Carlisle resigned as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks yesterday. The 61-year-old Carlisle guided the Mavs to a 555-478 record during his 13 seasons and he coached the team to an NBA title in 2010-11. He had been the head coach for the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers before arriving in Dallas in 2008.

NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCOREBOARD
Tampa Bay 2 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1… Brayden Point scored a tie-breaking goal with 20 seconds left in the second period and the Lightning made it stand in edging the Islanders to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Yanni Gourde opened the scoring midway through the first period. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves at goal. The series remains in New York for Game 4 tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF SCHEDULE
Vegas is at Montreal for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the series tied 1-1