The Rundown for July 23, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,281,864 and the nation’s death toll stands at 610,177, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… White House coronavirus coordinator Jeff Zients warned yesterday that the spread of the Delta variant is overloading hospitals in areas of high infections. Zients said counties with the highest case rates have significantly lower vaccination rates than other areas. Florida, Texas and Missouri accounted for 40 percent of all cases nationwide last week, he noted.

U.S. SANCTIONS CUBANS OVER HUMAN RIGHTS… The Treasury Department yesterday announced new sanctions on Cuban officials accused of “serious human rights abuse and corruption” amid ongoing protests calling for economic reform and COVID-19 relief. The sanctions target Cuba’s Interior Ministry and Alvaro Lopez Miera, head of Cuba’s Ministry of the Revolutionary Armed Forces. The anti-government protests, stemming from an economic crisis and the pandemic, are the largest seen in decades in the island nation.

NEW DOCUMENTS SHED LIGHT ON KAVANAUGH INVESTIGATION… The FBI is being accused of failing to fully investigate sexual misconduct allegations against U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh following his nomination to the court in 2018. Seven Democratic senators, including Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island and Chris Coons of Connecticut, said a letter they received from the FBI last month shows the agency gathered more than 4,500 tips relating to Kavanaugh without any apparent further action by investigators. An FBI spokeswoman acknowledged that the department conducted only 10 additional interviews in its supplemental investigation. She said “relevant tips” from phone calls and messages were forwarded to the White House counsel’s office. It’s unclear what became of the tips after that.

HOUSE PASSES AFGHAN VISA MEASURE… The House yesterday overwhelmingly passed legislation that allows an extra 8,000 special immigration visas for Afghans who helped the U.S. and are at risk of retaliation as U.S. troops complete their pullout from Afghanistan after 20 years of war. The bipartisan bill passed by a 407-to-16 vote. Colorado Congressman Jason Crow, who led the group that sponsored the bill, said the additional visas would cover all potentially eligible applicants in the pipeline. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken acknowledged last month that there were about 18,000 possible applicants. The Special Immigrant Visa program is available to Afghans who worked with the U.S. government or U.S. military. The U.S. has granted 26,500 such visas since December 2014.

COMPUTER OUTAGES… A computer network outage temporarily took down a number of websites belonging to a variety of major companies yesterday. Delta Air Lines and Amazon were among the victims. Akamai Technologies, a cloud service and web security company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, fixed the problem by and is investigating the cause.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROLLING STONES TO RESUME TOUR
… The Rolling Stones have released rescheduled dates for the U.S. leg of its No Filter tour. U.S. dates were originally to begin in May 2020 but was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour will now kick off September 26 in St. Louis and end November 20 in Austin, Texas. The band has also added three new dates, including the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, Los Angeles on October 17 and Las Vegas on November 6. previously scheduled dates for Vancouver, Louisville, Cleveland and Buffalo could not be rescheduled.

SPRINGSTEEN, OBAMA PUBLISHING BOOK… Bruce Springsteen and former President Barack Obama have unveiled plans to publish a book based on their podcast conversations. “Renegades: Born in the USA” is scheduled for release on October 26. The 320-page book features handwritten Springsteen lyrics, annotated Obama speeches, and other archival material. The book is being published globally by Penguin Random House in partnership with Higher Ground.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta 7 – PHILADELPHIA 2
… Dansby Swanson unloaded a grand slam in the top of the third inning and the Braves coasted past the Phillies. Orlando Arcia also went deep. Charlie Morton (9-3) allowed two runs on four hits over six innings.

San Diego 3 – MIAMI 2… Blake Snell (4-3) gave up just a run on three hits over six innings and the Padres edged the Marlins. Jurickson Profar had a couple of hits and drove in two runs.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Chi. Cubs 2… Dylan Carlson homered to lead off the bottom of the fist inning, Nolan Arenado added a two-run shot in the third and the Cardinals held off the Cubs. Kwang Hyun Kim (5-4) surrendered two runs on two hits over six innings.

San Francisco 5 – L.A. DODGERS 3… The Giants scored four runs with two outs in the top of the ninth inning to upend the Dodgers. Darin Ruf drew a bases-loaded walk from L.A. closer to force home the tying run. LaMonte Wade followed with a two-run single.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
DETROIT 7 – Texas 5
… Eric Haase gave the Tigers an early lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the fist inning and they hung on to top the Rangers. Victor Reyes homered and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Tampa Bay 5 – CLEVELAND 4 (10 innings)… They Rays overcame a pair of three-run deficits to outlast the Indians. Austin Meadows singled home Randy Arozarena with the tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning. Yandy Diaz homered and Brandon Lowe doubled home a run in the ninth.

BOSTON 5 – N.Y. Yankees 4 (10 innings)… Rafael Devers raced home on a wild pitch and Hunter Renfroe lifted a walkoff sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Red Sox a come-from-behind win over the Yankees. Kiké Hernandez’s two-run double in the ninth forced the extra inning.

L.A. Angels 3 – MINNESOTA 2… Jack Mayfield’s three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning provided all the offense the Angels needed. Andrew Heaney (6-7) limited the Twins to two runs on four hits over seven innings.

Oakland 4 – SEATTLE 1… Sean Manaea (7-6) held the Mariners to a run on three hits and struck out 13 in a dominating seven-inning performance on the mound. Ramon Laureano stroked a pair of run-scoring singles for the Athletics.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-4) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 5-6)…
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 7-5) hosts Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-5)…
San Diego (Joe Musgrove, 5-7) is at Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-2)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3) hosts St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-1)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-5) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (David Price, 4-0) host Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 3-6)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 10-4) are at Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 7-5)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 5-3) hosts Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 6-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 7-3) are at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 5-5)…
Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 2-4) hosts Detroit (Wily Peralta, 3-1)…
Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-7) is at Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 3-5)…
Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-5) hosts Oakland (Frankie Montas, 8-8)

INTERLEAGUE
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 6-8) is at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-12)…
the N.Y. Mets (Tylor Megill, 0-0) host Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 9-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 8-6) are at Milwaukee (Freddy Peralta, 7-3)

The Rundown for July 22, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,226,820 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,862, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The seven-day rolling average for daily new cases in the U.S. rose over the past two weeks to more than 37,000 yesterday, up from less than 13,700 on July 6. Health officials blame the highly-contagious Delta variant and slowing vaccination rates. Just 56.2 percent of Americans have gotten at least one dose of the vaccine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

REPUBLICANS OFF JAN. 6 ATTACK INVESTIGATION… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday rejected two of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recommendations for the select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, prompting McCarthy to pull all of his Republican nominees. The two rejected recommendations, Congressman Jim Banks of Indiana and Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio, both voted to overturn the election results. Pelosi said their appointments could impact “the integrity of the investigation.”

SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… Senate Republicans yesterday blocked a procedural vote that would have advanced the nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill, claiming negotiators are still ironing out the details. GOP leaders had warned that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer’s effort to open debate on the measure was too soon. 49 Republicans voted against the bill but it has the support of others.

POLICY KEEPS JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WHITE HOUSE SEPARATE… A new Justice Department policy was enacted to ensure to emphasize that it operates independently from the White House. According to a memo released yesterday, the police creates stricter guidelines to keep the White House from being apprised of the DOJ’s criminal investigations or civil legal actions, with only a few exceptions. The guidelines cover any communication between the White House and Justice Department, outlining which officials in the White House are to communicate with each other for instances including requests for formal legal opinions, Supreme Court appeals, legislation, budgets, political appointments and pardons.

JUDGES SIDE AGINST RESTRICTIVE TRANS LAWS… Federal judges yesterday blocked two recently passed laws restricting trans teens’ access to healthcare and sports. Arkansas’ HB 1570 would have banned transition care for trans minors, prohibited doctors from providing gender-affirming hormone treatment, puberty blockers or surgery to anyone under 18 years old, and stopped doctors referring young people to other providers for the treatment. Another federal court temporarily blocked West Virginia’s HB 3293, which would ban all transgender athletes in middle school, high school and college from women’s sports across the state.

ENTERTAINMENT
MICHAELA COEL JOINS ‘WAKANDA’
… Michaela Coel has joined the cast of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.” The sequel to the 2018 hit Marvel superhero movie began production last month in Atlanta. The film is set to be released July 8, 2022. Coel wrote, produced, directed, and starred in last year’s HBO Max series “I May Destroy You.”

KENNEDY CENTER AWARDS NOMINEES NAMED… Entertainer Bette Midler, singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell, Motown titan Berry Gordy and “Saturday Night Live” creator Lorne Michaels were named 44th Kennedy Center Honor recipients yesterday. Also slated to be recognized for their career achievements are opera great Justino Diaz. The honorees will be the focus of a celebration in December that will be filmed and will air as a 2-hour special on CBS and Paramount+.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego 3 – ATLANTA 2
(7 innings)… Chris Paddack (6-6) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings and the Padres edged the Braves in the doubleheader opener. Fernando Tatis, Jr., homered with a runner aboard in the top of the fifth inning.

San Diego – ATLANTA (susp.)… Rain in Atlanta forced suspension of the second game of a doubleheader between the Padres and Braves. The game will resume on an undetermined date with San Diego holding a 5-4 lead after five innings.

N.Y. Mets 7 – CINCINNATI 0… Marcus Stroman (7-8) limited the Reds to one hit over eight innings and reliever Jeurys Familia completed the shutout. Domonic Smith unloaded a grand slam. Jonathan Villa and Luis Guillorme also went deep.

ARIZONA 6 – Pittsburgh 4… Pavin Smith and Daulton Varsho smacked back-to-back solo homers in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a tie and the Diamondbacks held off the Pirates. Nick Ahmed went 3-for-4 with an RBI double.

Miami 3 – WASHINGTON 1 (10 innings)… Jorge Alfaro doubled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and Miguel Rojas followed with a sacrifice fly as the Marlins outlasted the Nationals.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Chi. Cubs 2 (10 innings)… Yadier Molina singled home Paul Goldschmidt with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Harrison Bader doubled home a run and scored on Dylan Carlson’s double in the seventh.

San Francisco 4 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Wilmer Flores hit a two-run homer and Curt Casali drew a bases-loaded walk in the top of the ninth inning to rally the Giants past the Dodgers. Mike Yastrzemski homered in the first for San Francisco, which increased its lead over L.A. to two games atop the NL West.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 5 – Baltimore 4
… Austin Meadows’ connected for a two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Rays past the Orioles. Randy Arozarena hit a pair of solo homers.

Boston 7 – TORONTO 4… Kiké Hernandez hit a two-run homer and the Red Sox got solo shots from Rafael Devers, Michael Chavis, J.D. Martinez and Hunter Renfroe in the win over the Blue Jays.

DETROIT 4 – Texas 2… Tigers starter Matt Manning (2-3) held the Rangers to one earned run on four hits over six innings. Zack Short hit a two-run homer. Robbie Grossman and Akil Baddoo added solo blasts.

Cleveland 5 – HOUSTON 4… Cesar Hernandez hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the seventh inning and the Indians hung on to top the Astros. Hernandez opened the scoring with an RBI double in the third. Ernie Clement doubled home two runs in the sixth.

Minnesota 7 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Josh Donaldson’s two-run single in the top of the fifth inning broke a tie and Jorge Polanco belted a three-run homer in the sixth as the Twins put away the White Sox. Max Kepler opened the scoring with a third-inning homer.

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City 6 – MILWAUKEE 3
… Hunter Dozier produced a pair of run-scoring singles and Nicky Lopez lined a two-run double as the Royals doubled up on the Brewers. Jorge Soler homered with the bases empty.

COLORADO 6 – Seattle 3… Dom Nunez stroked a bases-clearing double during a five-run bottom of the first inning and the Rockies cruised past the Mariners. Austin Gomber (7-5) allowed three runs on three hits over six innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Philadelphia 5… Ryan LaMarre singled home Gary Sanchez in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Yankees over the Phillies. Rouged Odor homered with a runner aboard and Gleyber Torres added a solo shot for New York.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 6-3) is at Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1)…
Miami (TBA) hosts San Diego (Blake Snell, 3-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-9) are at St. Louis (Kwang Hyun Kim, 5-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 10-1) host San Francisco (Anthony DeSclafani, 10-4)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 2-9) is at Detroit (Tyler Alexander, 1-1)…
Boston (Tanner Houck, 0-2) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-5)…
Tampa Bay (Luis Patino, 1-2) is at Cleveland (Cal Quantrill, 2-2)…
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-3) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 5-7)…
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 6-6) is at Seattle (Chris Flexen, 9-3)

The Rundown for July 21, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,172,290 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,508, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said yesterday that the Delta variant is now responsible for 83 percent of new cases. The CDC warns that America remains highly vulnerable because only about half of the nation is vaccinated.

TRUMP ALLY ARRESTED… The chairman of former President Donald Trump’s 2017 inaugural fund has been arrested on federal charges for illegally lobbying the Trump administration on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. 74-year-old billionaire real-estate investor Thomas Barrack is accused with two others of “acting and conspiring to act as agents of the UAE in an attempt to influence the policy positions of the Trump administration,” according to the Justice Department. Barrack, a longtime Trump ally, was also charged with obstructing justice and making false statements.

SENATE PANEL TO PROVE CRYTOCURRENCY ROLE IN CYBERCRIMES… Michigan Democratic Senator Gary Peters, who chairs the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, is launching an investigation into the role cryptocurrencies play in encouraging cybercrime. Peters noted in a statement that ransomware attacks increased 150 percent from the previous year in 2020, with more than $412 million in cryptocurrencies paid to cybercriminals. Peters said the investigation will examine the rise in ransomware attacks, how cryptocurrency emboldens cybercriminals and what steps lawmakers and federal regulators can take to disrupt hackers from committing crimes to obtain cryptocurrencies. It will also examine current oversight and regulations into virtual currencies and how to ensure that Americans can safely access and benefit from cryptocurrencies.

DEA AGENT ARRESTED FOR CAPITOL ATTACK ROLE… An off-duty special agent for the Drug Enforcement Agency was arrested yesterday on multiple charges related to his participation in the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Mark Ibrahim of Orange County, California, allegedly carried his government-issued firearm during the insurrection and repeatedly flashed his DEA badge. Court documents said Ibrahim entered restricted grounds outside the Capitol shortly after they’d been breached by the mob and sent photos of himself there to a group chat on WhatsApp that included at least five other law enforcement officers.

WESTERN WILDFIRES… The National Interagency Fire Center said yesterday that fires are burning across 13 states and have charred 1.29 million acres of land. South-central Idaho, Northern California, the northern Rockies and south-central Oregon are among the hardest-hit places. The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon grew by more than 20,000 acres overnight into yesterday and is nearing the 400,000-acre mark, the U.S Forest Service said. The fire is only 30-percent contained and is already large enough to create its own weather.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘THE GOOD FIGHT’ GETS 6TH SEASON
… Paramount+ announced yesterday that it has renewed “The Good Fight” for a sixth season. Christine Baranski stars in the spinoff and sequel to CBS’ “The Good Wife.” Season 5 closed with Baranski’s Diane Lockhart questioning her role as partner at the Black law firm she runs with star Audra McDonald’s Liz Lawrence. Co-stars include Sarah Steele, Michael Boatman, Nyambi Nyambi, Zach Grenier, Charmaine Bingwa and Mandy Patinkin.

WEINSTEIN EXTRADITED… Disgraced Hollywood movie producer Harvey Weinstein has been extradited to California to face 11 charges of sexual assault in Los Angeles County involving five women. Weinstein has been serving a 23-year prison sentence at a maximum-security prison near Buffalo since his conviction last year on first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape charges. In Los Angeles, Weinstein faces four counts of forcible rape, four counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual battery by restraint and one count of sexual penetration by use of force.

SPORTS
BUCKS CAPTURE NBA TITLE
… The Milwaukee Bucks pulled away in the second half to down the Phoenix Suns 105-98 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals and claim the franchise’s second-ever league title, and first in 50 years. They made it four straight wins after dropping the first two games on the road. Giannis Antetokounmpo poured in 50 points and brought down 14 rebounds on his way to being named the Finals MVP. Khris Middleton continued his clutch shooting and finished with 17 points. Jrue Holiday had 12 points and 11 assists.

MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 6 – Miami 3
… Trea Turner singled home a tie-breaking run during a three-run bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Nationals the lead for good in their win over the Marlins. Josh Bell homered to lead off the eighth.

CINCINNATI 4 – N.Y. Mets 3… The Reds got solo homers from Jonathan India, Joey Votto and Aristides Aquino before holding off the Mets. Wade Miley (8-4) allowed two runs on seven hits over 6-1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned.

ATLANTA 2 – San Diego 1… Freddie Freeman’s solo homer broke a tie in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Braves hung on to edge the Padres. Touki Toussaint (1-0) came off the disabled list and limited San Diego to a run on three hits over 6-2/3 innings.

Chi Cubs 7 – ST. LOUIS 6… The Cubs erupted to score six runs in the top of the ninth inning and upend the Cardinals. Javier Baez singled home two runs and Ian Happ doubled in two more to cap the uprising.

ARIZONA 11 – Pittsburgh 6… The Diamondbacks erased a 5-1 fifth-inning deficit on their way past the Pirates. Josh VanMeter tripled home a run and doubled home two more during an eight-run bottom of the seventh inning. Nick Ahmed and Josh Reddick drove in two runs apiece.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – San Francisco 6… Will Smith cracked a three-run a pinch-hit, walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Dodgers over the Giants after they trailed 6-1. Chris Taylor homered twice and drove in thee runs for L.A., which pulled within one game of San Francisco atop the NL West standings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
OAKLAND 6 – L.A. Angels 0
… James Kaprielian (5-3) pitched five-hit ball over six innings and three relievers completed the blanking of the Angels. Matt Olson smacked his 25th homer and singled home a run.

TAMPA BAY 9 – Baltimore 3… Francisco Mejia homered with a runner aboard and legged out a bases-clearing triple in leading the Rays past the Orioles. Randy Arozarena also went deep. Shane McClanahan (4-3) surrendered a run on four hits over five innings.

DETROIT 4 – Texas 1… Tigers starter Tarik Skubal (6-8) held the Rangers to a run on four hits over six innings. Eric Haase hit a game-tying leadoff homer and Jonathan Schoop singled home a run in the bottom of the fifth inning. Robbie Grossman homered in the first.

HOUSTON 9 – Cleveland 3… The Astros used a six-run bottom of the fifth inning to put away the Indians. Kyle Tucker blasted a two-run homer between two-run singles by Yordan Alvarez and Michael Brantley. Luis Garcia (7-5) pitched three-hit ball over six scoreless innings.

CHI. WHITE SOX 9 – Minnesota 5… Jose Abreu’s three-run homer capped a five-run bottom of the eighth inning that carried the White Sox past the Twins. Abreu also opened the scoring with a run-scoring single in the first. Yoan Moncada homered with a runner aboard.

Boston – TORONTO (ppd)… Rain in Buffalo forced postponement of last night’s Red Sox-Blue Jays game. It has been rescheduled for August 7.

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City 5 – MILWAUKEE 2
… Ryan O’Hearn connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning as the Royals got past the Brewers. Jorge Soler also went deep. Mike Minor (7-8) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings. One of the runs was unearned.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Philadelphia 4… Brett Gardner, Gary Sanchez, Giancarlo Stanton and Estevan Florial all hit solo homers as the Yankees powered their way past the Phillies.

Seattle 6 – COLORADO 4… Dylan Moore homered with a runner aboard for the Marines. Cal Raleigh and Ty France lined two-run doubles. Marco Gonzales (2-5) gave up two runs on six hits over five innings.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 5-6; Reiss Knehr, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Kyle Muller, 1-2; Charlie Morton, 8-3) for a doubleheader…
Cincinnati (Jeff Hoffman, 3-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-8)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-5) is at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-6)…
Washington (Erick Fedde, 4-7) hosts Miami (Sandy Alcantara 5-9)…
the Chi Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 12-4) are at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 7-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 12-3) host San Francisco (Logan Webb, 4-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-5) is at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 2-2)…
Toronto (Robbie Ray, 8-4) hosts Boston (Tanner Houck, 0-2) in Buffalo…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-6) is at Detroit (Matt Manning, 1-3)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 7-2) hosts Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 1-3)…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 3-5) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-5)

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-9) is at Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-4)…
Colorado (Austin Gomber, 6-5) hosts Seattle (TBA)…
Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)

The Rundown for July 20, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,132,071 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,231, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Canada has announced plans to ease border restrictions for fully vaccinated, discretionary travelers from the U.S. on August 9 before loosening the Covid-19 measures for those from other countries on September 7. The Biden administration has yet to announce when it plans to roll back restrictions on the U.S. side of the shared border… The American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending that all students, teachers and staff older than age 2 should wear masks in schools regardless of vaccination status, the recommended Monday. In newly updated guidance for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. The organization also said it is “strongly encouraging” COVID-19 vaccinations for anyone eligible.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BACKS OFF JOURNALISTS… New Justice Department policy announced yesterday by Attorney General Merrick Garland formally prohibits federal prosecutors from seizing the records of journalists in leak investigations, with limited exceptions. The new policy tries to weigh the media’s First Amendment rights against government’s desire to protect classified information. The policy allows federal prosecutors to seize journalists’ records if the reporters are suspected of working for agents of a foreign power or terrorist organizations. There is also an exception for situations with imminent risks, like kidnappings or crimes against children.

4 CHINESE NATIONALS INDICTED FOR CYBERATTACKS… A federal grand jury has indicted four Chinese nationals for their involvement in a widespread cyberattack campaign that attacked dozens of companies, colleges and government agencies from 2011 to 2018. The Justice Department indictments accuse the at-large suspects of targeting numerous industries with cyberattacks, including aerospace/aviation, biomedical, defense, healthcare, manufacturing, maritime, research institutes and transportation. Prosecutors say the four men were acting on behalf of the People’s Republic of China.

CAPITOL INSURRECTIONIST SENTENCED… A 38-year-old Florida man who pleaded guilty to breaching the Senate chamber during the January 6 Capitol insurrection was sentenced yesterday to eight months in prison. Paul Hodgkins became the first Capitol rioter convicted of a felony to be sentenced following his guilty plea last month to obstructing congressional proceedings. The Justice Department had requested a 1.5-year sentence, saying it would deter future political violence and send a strong warning.

GOP MEMBERS NAMED TO JAN. 6 COMMITTEE… House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy has reportedly selected the five House Republicans who will serve on a special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. McCarthy has settled on Jim Banks of Indiana, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Rodney Davis of Illinois, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved to create the committee last month after Senate Republicans blocked a House-passed bill creating an independent commission. The committee has its first hearing scheduled for July 27.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT TOP MONEY MAKER
… Taylor Swift took in $23.8 million in 2020 to top Billboard’s 2020 Money Makers list during a year in which a pandemic shut down tours. Like other top-earning artists, Swift relied on streaming and physical sales for income. Post Malone was close behind in second place after making $23.2 million. Céline Dion was third with $17.5 million. The Eagles made $16.3 million to finish fourth. Billie Eilish was fifth with $14.7 million.

LADY GAGA, TONY BENNETT TO PERFORM… Lady Gaga confirmed yesterday that she and Tony Bennett will reunite “one last time” at a pair of shows next month at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The events on August 3 and 5 will honor Bennett on his 95th birthday. The legendary crooner has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
WASHINGTON 18 – Miami 1
… Juan Soto went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and five RBIs as the Nationals destroyed the Marlins. Trea Turner tripled home a run and blasted a three-run homer. Josh Bell, Berrera and starting pitcher Jon Lester also went deep. On the mound, Lester (3-4) pitched six-hit ball over seven scoreless innings.

N.Y. Mets 15 – CINCINNATI 11 (11 innings)… Jeff McNeill homered in the top of the first inning and singled home a run to spark a five-run top of the 11th inning that carried the Mets past the Reds. Pete Alonso, Michael Conforto and James McCann hit two-run homers.

ST. LOUIS 8 – Chi Cubs 3… Dylan Carlson had a couple of hits, including a two-run homer, and knocked in four runs to lead the Cardinals past the Cubs. Paul Goldschmidt homered and singled home a run. Jake Woodford (2-1) allowed a run on six hits over 5-2/3 innings.

ARIZONA 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Pavin Smith and Josh VanMeter hit back-to-back homers in the bottom of the second inning, Eduardo Escobar added a two-run shot in the fifth and the Diamondbacks held off the Pirates. Caleb Smith (3-6) gave up two runs on six hits over 6-2/3 innings.

San Francisco 7 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Thairo Estrada doubled home two runs during a four-run top of the seventh inning and the Giants put away the Dodgers. Buster Posey and Wilmer Flores homered during a three-run first.

San Diego – ATLANTA (ppd)… Inclement weather in Atlanta forced postponement of last night’s Padres-Braves game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota 3 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2
(8 innings)… Nelson Cruz homered in the top of the sixth inning and lifted a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the eighth as the Twins outlast the White Sox in the first game of a doubleheader. Jorge Polanco had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 5 – Minnesota 3 (7 innings)… Gavin Sheets’ walkoff three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning gave the White Sox a split of the twinbill. Jose Abreu and Yoan Moncada also went deep for Chicago.

Boston 13 – TORONTO 4… The Red Sox opened with an eight-run top of the fist inning and never looked back in their thrashing of the Blue Jays. Hunter Renfroe unloaded a grand slam to highlight the uprising. Kiké Hernandez homered twice and knocked in three runs. Jarren Duran and Rafael Devers hit solo homers.

Baltimore 6 – TAMPA BAY 1… Spenser Watkins (2-0) held the Rays to a run on four hits over six innings and the Orioles cruised to the win. Pat Valaika lined a two-run single to spark a four-run top of the sixth inning.

DETROIT 14 – Texas 0… The Tigers pummeled the Rangers with a 19-hit attack. Akil Baddoo opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning and singled home two more runs. Miguel Cabrera lined a bases-clearing double and added a two-run single. Five Detroit pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

HOUSTON 4 – Cleveland 3… Yordan Alvarez’s two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference as the Astros hung on to edge the Indians. Zack Greinke (9-3) surrendered two runs on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

OAKLAND 4 – L.A. Angels 1… Cole Irvin (7-8) scattered seven hits over seven shutout innings and the Athletics topped the Angels. Ramon Laureano’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning broke a scoreless tie. Matt Olson added an eighth-inning homer.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (Trevor Rogers, 7-6) is at Washington (Paolo Espino, 2-2)…
Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 7-4) hosts the N.Y. Mets (TBA)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 7-3) is at Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0)…
St. Louis (TBA) hosts the Chi Cubs (Trevor Williams, 3-2)…
Pittsburgh (Tyler Anderson, 5-8) is at Arizona (TBA)…
the L.A. Dodgers (TBA) host San Francisco (Alex Wood, 8-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 4-2) are at Oakland (James Kaprielian, 4-3)
Toronto (Alek Manoah, 2-1) hosts Boston (Garrett Richards, 5-5) in Buffalo…
Baltimore (John Means, 4-2) is at Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 3-3)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 5-8) hosts Texas (Dane Dunning, 3-6)…
Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 1-3) is at Houston (Luis Garcia, 6-5)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 7-3) host Minnesota (Bailey Ober, 1-1)

INTERLEAGUE
Kansas City (Mike Minor, 6-8) is at Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-4)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5) host Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 6-5)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-5) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 8-6)

NBA FINALS RESUMES TONIGHT… The Milwaukee Bucks will try to claim the franchise’s second NBA title, and first since 1971, when they host the Phoenix Suns in Game 6 of the NBA finals holding a 3-2 lead. Game 7 would be Thursday in Phoenix.

The Rundown for July 19, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,078,832 and the nation’s death toll stands at 609,018, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy shared his concern for what lies ahead in the coronavirus fight. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Murthy noted that the highly-contagious Delta variant has sparked an increasing number of cases in every state. Cases in the U.S. increased last week by 17,000 nationwide over a 14-day period for the first time since late fall. Meanwhile, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb appeared on CBS’ “Face the Nation” and warned Americans who are unvaccinated and become infected with the Delta variant, that the virus will be the “most serious” they get in their lifetime. On Friday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky said “this is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated,” as nearly all people who are hospitalized with COVID-19 have not been inoculated.

SENATORS PRESS ON WITH INFRASTRUCTURE BILL… Republican Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said yesterday that senators have removed beefed-up IRS enforcement from proposed ways to pay for the $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill. The proposal had faced stiff opposition among GOP lawmakers. Portman said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that lawmakers are “still negotiating” several “final details with the White House” and that he and other lawmakers from both parties would be holding additional talks later in the day. Senate Democrats hope to complete the bill before their monthlong August recess.

FIRES SPREAD IN THE WEST… Dry conditions and heavy winds continue to fan wildfires in the West. The Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon grew to more than 476 square miles and prompted expanded evacuations in rural areas. The blaze, which was 22-percent contained, has burned at least 67 homes and 100 outbuildings while threatening thousands more. The Tamarack Fire in Northern California spread across more than 18,000 acres yesterday and spawned a terrifying-sounding pyrocumulus cloud. Thunderstorms were on the forecast, but they are unlikely to bring enough rain to help firefighting efforts.

28 PATIENTS RELEASED AFTER CHEMICAL EXPOSURE TREATMENT… Authorities in Spring, Texas, said 28 people were released yesterday after being exposed to toxic chemicals at a water park. First responders decontaminated 86 people following the exposure in a children’s pool area at Six Flags Hurricane Harbor Splashtown on Saturday afternoon. Officials said 31 people were transported to local hospitals. Experts say it appears people were sickened by poorly-mixed hypochlorite solution and sulfuric acid, which are used to keep water clean at commercial facilities.

BEAR-SPRAY INCIDENT LEAVES DOZENS INJURED… Authorities in Florida are on lookout for the man who discharged bear spray in a Bath and Body Works store in Doral, Florida, on Saturday night. The incident left as many as 35 people injured, including the store’s manager, who was sprayed in the face. Police say the suspect also robbed the store of two bags of candles before getting in a yellow cab and fleeing.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEEKEND BOX OFFICE
… “Space Jam: A New Legacy” took in $31.6 million to open atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “Black Widow,” slipped to second place with $26.2 million. “Escape Room: Tournament of Champions” brought in $8.8 million to open in third place. “F9: The Fast Saga” dropped to fourth place with $7.6 million. “The Boss Baby: Family Business” capped the top five with $4.7 million.

OLIVIA RODRIGO TOPS ALBUM CHART… Olivia Rodrigo’s “Sour” sold 83,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart for the fourth time. Doja Cat’s “Planet Her” finished second for the third straight week with 61,000 units sold. Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” rose into third place on sales of 44,000 copies. Lil Baby and Lil Durk’s “The Voice of the Heroes” dropped to fourth place after selling 42,000 units. Polo G’s “Hall of Fame” finished fifth with 37,000 copies sold.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. Mets 7 – PITTSBURGH 6
… The Mets powered their way past the Pirates after spotting them a six-run first-inning lead. Michael Conforto drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning. Travis Blankenhorn came through with a pinch-hit three-run homer in the fourth.

San Diego 10 – WASHINGTON 4… The Padres pounded the Nationals in the continuation of a game suspended by gunfire outside Nationals Park on Saturday night. Fernando Tatis went 4-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles.

WASHINGTON 8 – San Diego 7… Alcides Escobar singled home Tres Barrera with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Nationals a hard-fought win over the Padres. Escobar and Juan Soto hit solo homers in the eighth.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Miami 2 (10 innings)… J.T. Realmuto homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the 10th inning to give the Phillies a walkoff win over the Marlins in the doubleheader opener. Andrew McCutchen lifted a sacrifice fly and Rhys Hoskins doubled home a run in the first.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – Miami 4… The Phillies came from two runs down to get past the Marlins and complete a sweep of the twinbill. Andrew McCutchen homered and knocked in a second run. J.T. Realmuto went 3-for-5 with two RBI singles.

Milwaukee 8 – Cincinnati 0… Brewers starter Corbin Burnes (5-4) held the Reds to five hits and struck out 12 over 8-1/3 innings. Willy Adames hit a two-run homer. Christian Yelich added a solo shot. Tyrone Taylor and Jackie Bradley Jr. each had two hits and two RBIs.

ST. LOUIS 2 – San Francisco 1… Harrison Bader’s single in the bottom of the seventh inning scored Jose Rondon with what proved to be the decisive run as the Cardinals clipped the Giants. Paul DeJong homered to lead off the third for St. Louis.

COLORADO 6 – L.A. Dodgers 5 (10 innings)… The Rockies came from behind twice in their final two at-bats to upend the Dodgers. Chris Owings’ run-scoring single in the bottom of the ninth inning forced an extra inning. Trevor Story lifted a sacrifice fly and Charlie Blackman smacked a game-winning solo homer in the 10th.

ARIZONA 6 – Chi. Cubs 4… Eduardo Escobar’s two-run homer win the bottom of the eighth inning sent the Diamondbacks past the Cubs. Merrill Kelly (6-7) gave up four runs on six hits over eight innings.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TORONTO 5 – Texas 0
(7 innings)… Hyun Jin Ryu (9-5) tossed a complete-game three-hitter in shutting out the Rangers in the doubleheader opener. Danny Jansen homered with the bases empty for Toronto. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had a couple of hits and drove in a run.

TORONTO 10 – Texas 0… The Blue Jays scored all 10 runs in their first two at-bats and never looked back in walloping the Rangers for back-to-back shutouts in the twinbill. Lourdes Gurriel, Jr., unloaded a grand slam to highlight a six-run bottom of the first inning. Vladimir Guerrero, Jr., George Springer and Randal Grichuk went deep in the second. Steven Matz (8-4) pitched three-hit ball over five innings.

DETROIT 7 – Minnesota 0… Wily Peralta (3-1) limited the Twins to four hits over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout. Jonathan Schoop and Jeimer Candelario hit two-run homers for Detroit. Candelario also doubled home a run.

Baltimore 5 – KANSAS CITY 0… Matt Harvey pitched three-hit ball over six innings and got help from four relievers in the blanking of the Royals. Ramon Urias had a couple of hits, including a two-run single, for the Orioles.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Houston 0… Carlos Rodon allowed just one hit and fanned 10 over seven innings before two relievers preserved the shutout of the Astros. Yoan Moncada and Tim Anderson hit solo homers for Chicago.

Cleveland 4 – OAKLAND 2… Daniel Johnson connected for a tie-breaking solo homer with two outs in the top of the seventh inning and Bradley Zimmer singled home a run in the ninth as the Indians put away the Athletics. Zach Plesac (5-3) surrendered two runs on four hits over six innings.

Seattle 7 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Ty France went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer in leading the Mariners past the Angels. Luis Torrens also went deep. Logan Gilbert (4-2) allowed two runs on four hits over 5-1/3 innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 9 – Boston 1… The Yankees got two-run homers from Rougned Odor and Ryan LaMarre in cruising past the Red Sox. Gleyber Torres also went deep. Jameson Taillon (5-4) held Boston to four hits over 5-1/3 scoreless innings.

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay 7 – ATLANTA 5
… The Rays came from behind twice on their way past the Braves. Yandy Diaz slugged a two-run homer. Wander Franco added a solo shot. Austin Meadows lifted two scoring fly balls.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (TBA) is at Washington (TBA)…
Cincinnati (Vladimir Gutierrez, 4-3) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Jerad Eickhoff, 0-1)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 7-3) is at Atlanta (TBA)…
St. Louis (Jake Woodford, 1-1) hosts the Chi Cubs (Alec Mills, 4-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chase De Jong, 1-3) is at Arizona (Caleb Smith, 2-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 1-0) host San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 9-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota (Griffin Jax, 1-1; Jose Berrios, 7-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 9-3; TBA) or a doubleheader…
Toronto (Ross Stripling, 3-5) hosts Boston (Nick Pivetta 7-4) in Buffalo…
Baltimore (Spenser Watkins, 1-0) is at Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 6-3)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-5) hosts Texas (Kyle Gibson, 6-1)…
Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-4) is at Houston (Zack Greinke, 8-3)…
Oakland (Cole Irvin, 6-8) hosts the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 4-1)

COLLIN MORIKAWA WINS THE OPEN… Collin Morikawa closed The Open with 31 consecutive bogey-free holes at Royal St. George’s to become the first player to capture two different majors on the first attempt. He captured the PGA Championship just 11 months earlier. The 24-year-old Morikawa’s 15-under 265 was a 72-hole record in 15 Opens at Royal St. George’s. Jordan Spieth finished two strokes back. Jon Rahm and Louis Oooshthuizen finished in a third-place tie at 11-under.

The Rundown for July 16, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,974,299 and the nation’s death toll stands at 608,387, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Surgeon General Vivek Murthy warned yesterday that the impact misinformation about the COVID vaccine is dangerous. Murthy said the false information shared on social media is driving vaccine hesitancy, especially among young people. During her press briefing yesterday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki noted that there are about 12 people who are producing 65 percent of anti-vaccine misinformation on social media platforms… A rise in cases and hospitalizations has prompted Los Angeles County to reimpose its mask mandate this weekend. The new order will require masking indoors regardless of vaccination status. The county has seen more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases each day for the past seven days.

BIDEN HOSTS MERKEL AT WHITE HOUSE… President Joe Biden hosted German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the White House yesterday in her final visit as head of state. The two leaders said they were united against Russian aggression related to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline while remaining at odds on some details of the project. “Good friends can disagree,” Biden said afterward. The president praised Merkel for her “strong, principled leadership” and for “never failing to defend human dignity.” Merkel’s tenure lasted through four American presidents.

TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST PROTECTIONS RESTORED… The Biden administration yesterday announced plans to reverse a Trump-era move to open up Alaska’s Tongass National Forest for logging and other business operations. The USDA will restore protections to the nation’s largest old-growth forest as part of a $25 million strategy to conserve natural resources in Alaska, according to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. Former President Donald Trump’s 2020 order opened the land to potential logging, mining and timber harvesting.

PAPERS HIGHLIGHT RUSSIAN SPY OPERATION TO SUPPORT TRUMP… The Guardian cited leaked Kremlin documents in reporting yesterday that Vladimir Putin personally authorized a secret spy agency operation to support a “mentally unstable” Donald Trump in the 2016 U.S. presidential election during a closed session of Russia’s national security council. The session occurred on January 22, 2016, the papers suggest, with Putin, his spy chiefs and senior ministers all present. According to the report, those at the session agreed a Trump White House would help secure Moscow’s strategic objectives, among them “social turmoil” in the U.S. and a weakening of the American president’s negotiating position.

CONGRESSWOMAN JOYCE BEATTY ARRESTED AT PROTEST… Democratic Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio, who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, was one of nine people arrested yesterday during a voting rights protest at the U.S. Capitol. The protest called for the Senate to pass a sweeping election reform bill that passed the House in March but is being held up in the Senate because of a Republican filibuster. The 71-year-old Beatty was charged with demonstrating in a prohibited area on Capitol grounds.

ENTERTAINMENT
LINDA RONSTADT HONORED ON 75TH BIRTHDAY
… Retired singer Linda Ronstadt was honored on her 75th birthday yesterday in her hometown of Tucson, Arizona. Mayor Regina Romero officially proclaimed the day as Linda Ronstadt Day earlier in the week. Ronstadt moved to Los Angeles in the mid-’60s to launch a singing career that spanned multiple genres, including rock, folk and country. She retired after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.

MOVIE PRODUCER ARRESTED FOR PROSTITUTION RING… A California movie producer whose credits include the 2018 Maggie Gyllenhal film “The Kindergarten Teacher,” was arrested yesterday for allegedly running a “long-running” prostitution ring across the U.S. and abroad. Manhattan federal prosecutors also accused Dillon Jordan of money laundering for allegedly funneling ill-gotten gains through two “front companies.” Prosecutors claim that the 49-year-old Jordan ran the prostitution ring from about 2010 to May 2017, maintaining a “roster of women who resided around the U.S. and who, in exchange for payment, performed sexual acts for Jordan’s clients…” The indictment charges him with one count of conspiracy to violate the Mann Act, one count of enticement, one count of use of interstate commerce to promote unlawful activity and one count of money laundering. If found guilty on all counts, Jordan faces up to 50 years in federal prison. Jordan’s other production credits include 2018’s “Skin,” starring Jamie Bell, and 2019’s “The Kid,” starring Ethan Hawke.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD…
Boston – N.Y. YANKEES
(ppd)… Last night’s Red Sox-Yankees game was postponed after multiple positive COVID-19 tests within New York organization. No makeup date has been announced. Yankees pitchers Jonathan Loaisiga, Nestor Cortes Jr. and Wandy Peralta have been confirmed as COVID-19 positive and placed on the COVID-19 injured list. Three other players have received multiple positive diagnoses from rapid testing and are being quarantined while awaiting lab results.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 5-8; TBA) is at Philadelphia (Matt Moore, 0-1; Zach Eflin, 4-6) for a doubleheader…
Pittsburgh (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-7)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-6) is at Washington (Erick Fedde, 4-6)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3) hosts Milwaukee (TBA)…
San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 9-3) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 7-5)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-8) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 11-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 11-4) are at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 4-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Minnesota (TBA; TBA) is at Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-8; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5) host Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-5)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-5) is at Toronto (Robbie Ray, 7-4)…
Kansas City (TBA) hosts Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-4)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 6-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 5-6) host Seattle (Chris Flexen, 8-3)…
Cleveland (Eli Morgan, 1-3) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 10-2)

INTERLEAGUE
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 2-2) is at Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 8-3)

BRAVES ACQUIRE JOC PEDERSON… The injury-plagued Atlanta Braves acquired outfielder Joc Pederson from the Chicago Cubs yesterday. In exchange, Atlanta sends Chicago minor league first-baseman Bryce Ball. The 29-year-old Pederson signed a one-year contract with the Cubs in February after winning a World Series with the Dodgers. He hit 11 homers and knocked in 39 runs during his half-season in Chicago. He’ll join an Atlanta team that has just lost Ronald Acuña for the season due to a torn ACL.

NBA FINALS RESUMES SUNDAY… Milwaukee visits Phoenix on Sunday for Game 5 of the NBA finals with the series tied 2-2.

The Rundown for July 13, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,886,713 and the nation’s death toll stands at 607,392, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Health officials said yesterday that Johnson & Johnson’s coronavirus vaccine may pose a “small possible risk” of a rare but potentially dangerous Guillain–Barré syndrome. Regulators have said that chances for developing the rare neurological condition appear to be three to five times higher among those receiving doses of J&J’s vaccine compared with the general population in the U.S.

BIDEN DISCUSSES GUN VIOLENCE STRATEGY… President Joe Biden met with U.S. police chiefs and elected officials at the White House yesterday as part of his effort to address a continuing nationwide surge in gun violence. Biden discussed strategy with Attorney General Merrick Garland and New York City Democratic mayoral nominee Eric Adams, along with mayors and police chiefs from major cities. Adams advocated for a “joint gang and guns” task forces.

HAITI PRESIDENT KILLERS HAD BEEN U.S. INFORMANTS… CNN reported yesterday that several men accused in last week’s assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse had previously served as informants for U.S. law enforcement agencies. One of the men was an informant for the Drug Enforcement Administration, according to the report. Christian Emmanuel Sanon and two other Florida residents of Haitian descent are accused of being ringleaders of a plot to install Sanon as president of Haiti. Authorities say 26 people pulled off the attack, with 19 now in custody and the others killed during a police raid.

TEXAS DEMS BLOCK VOTER-RESTRICTION EFFORT… More than 50 Democrats in the Texas state legislature bolted to Washington, D.C., yesterday in a bid to block Republican-led voting restrictions. The Texas House of Representatives was expected to approve the sweeping new restrictions in a special legislative session later this week but now lacks enough members for a quorum. Last month, Texas Democrats already successfully derailed voter-suppression legislation by walking out of the Texas Capitol.

CONDO COLLAPSE DEATH TOLL AT 94… The death toll from last month’s partial collapse of a condominium building in Surfside, Florida, rose to 94. Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava announced on Day 19 of the search effort that 83 of the 94 victims have been identified and 80 next of kin have been notified. Twenty-two people remain “potentially unaccounted” for, and 222 have been accounted for, she said.

ENTERTAINMENT
DRAKE BELL SENTENCED
… Actor Drake Bell was sentenced yesterday to two years of probation and 200 hours of community service, weeks after pleading guilty to child endangerment. The 35-year-old former “Josh and Drake” star actor must also register as a sex offender in the state of Ohio. Bell’s victim had accused him of forcing her to perform oral sex on him after a December 2017 concert in Cleveland. Prosecutors presented evidence that Bell sent the young girl “inappropriate social media messages” and had established a “relationship” with her before they met at the concert.

ACTOR CHARLIE ROBINSON DIES… Actor Charlie Robinson, who was best known for playing Mac the court clerk in the 1980s sitcom “Night Court,” died Sunday after a battle with cancer, family members announced yesterday. He was 75. Robinson also appeared in “Home Improvement,” “NCIS,” and other television shows during his 50-year career.

SPORTS
MLB ALL-STAR GAME TONIGHT
… National League manager Dave Roberts and his American League counterpart Kevin Cash have announced starting pitchers and lineups for tonight’s 91st All Star Game in Denver. Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani has emerged as a major attraction as he becomes the first player in the history of an event dating back to 1933 to serve as both a position player (he was voted in by the fans as the AL’s starting designated hitter) and a pitcher (he was voted in by his peers as one of the seven starters on the AL roster). Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals will start on the mound for the National League. It will be his fourth All Star Game start.

NATIONAL LEAGUE STARTING LINEUP
Fernando Tatis Jr., SS (San Diego)
Max Muncy, DH (L.A. Dodgers)
Nolan Arenado, 3B (St. Louis)
Freddie Freeman, 1B (Atlanta)
Nick Castellanos, RF (Cincinnati)
Jesse Winker, LF (Cincinnati)
J.T. Realmuto, C (Philadelphia)
Bryan Reynolds, CF (Pittsburgh)
Adam Frazier, 2B (Pittsburgh)

AMERICAN LEAGUE STARTING LINEUP
Shohei Ohtani, DH (L.A. Angels)
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 1B (Toronto)
Xander Bogaerts, SS (Boston)
Aaron Judge, RF (N.Y. Yankees)
Rafael Devers, 3B (Boston)
Marcus Semien, 2B (Toronto)
Salvador Perez, C (Kansas City)
Teoscar Hernández, LF (Toronto)
Cedric Mullins, CF (Baltimore)

ALONSO WINS HOME RUN DERBY… New York Mets slugger outlasted Trey Mancini of the Baltimore Orioles to defend his Home Run Derby crown last night at Coors Field in Denver. The event’s headliner, Shohei Ohtani of the Los Angeles Angels, was eliminated in a power-packed first-round duel with the Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto.

The Rundown for July 9, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,790,468 and the nation’s death toll stands at 606,475, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The pharmaceutical company Pfizer announced yesterday that it plans to seek federal approval for a third shot that would ideally be administered between six and 12 months after the second vaccine. The company said initial tests have shown that a booster shot could dramatically improve protection against the virus and even the Delta variant. Additionally, Pfizer and BioNTech are also reportedly developing an updated vaccine that would specifically target the Delta variant, which is now the dominant strain in the U.S. and many other countries. The companies said real-world evidence from the Israel Ministry of Health showed vaccine efficacy has declined in the six months following vaccination.

BIDEN PUSHES UP AFGHANISTAN PULLOUT… President Joe Biden announced yesterday that the U.S. will end its military mission in Afghanistan on August 31. “The United States did what we went to do in Afghanistan. To get the terrorists who attacked us on 9/11 and deliver justice to Osama Bin laden, and to degrade the terrorist threat to keep Afghanistan from becoming a base from which attacks could be continued against the United States,” Biden said in announcing the pullout. The president previously set an exit date of September 11 but the process went more quickly than expected. Biden added that the U.S. will keep providing civilian humanitarian aid to the country after ending military operations.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT AVOIDS HATE-CRIME CASES… A Justice Department report released yesterday found that the Justice Department declined to prosecute 82 percent of suspects accused of committing hate crimes. According to the report, of the 1,864 suspects accused of committing a hate crime between 2005 and 2019, state lawyers only prosecuted 17 percent of them with 1 percent having been disposed of by U.S. magistrates. “Insufficient evidence” was the most common reason for deciding against prosecution. Of the 310 defendants who were adjudicated, more than 90 percent were convicted. More than 85 percent of those convicted of a hate crime received an average prison sentence of 7-1/2 years with about 14 percent sentenced to probation and 1 percent given suspended sentences.

FLORIDA TOWER-COLLAPSE DEATH TOLL AT 64… The death toll from the condo tower collapse in Surfside, Florida, two weeks ago rose to 64 yesterday after searchers found the remains of another 10 people. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava said 40 of the 64 victims have been identified and 39 families have been notified. A total of 76 people remain “potentially unaccounted for” and 200 people have been accounted for, she added.

2 AMERICANS ARRESTED FOR HAITIAN PRESIDENT ASSASSINATION… Two U.S. citizens from Florida are among more than a dozen suspects arrested so far in the investigation of Wednesday’s assassination of Haiti President Jovenel Moïse. At least seven other suspects have been killed during the ongoing manhunt. Investigators are trying to determine why a hit squad of roughly two dozen men turned up at Moïse’s home and gunned him down.

ENTERTAINMENT
DMX’S CAUSE OF DEATH REVEALED
… The death of rapper DMX’s death was due to a cocaine-induced heart attack that caused a lack of blood circulation to his brain, Vulture reported yesterday, citing a source from the Westchester County, New York, medical examiner’s office. The source said cocaine was found in the rapper’s urine. The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was rushed to the hospital on April 2 but efforts to revive him failed. He was officially pronounced dead a week later. His eighth album, “Exodus,” was released one month after his death.

LIL BABY DETAINED BY PARIS POLICE… Lil Baby was taken into police custody in Paris, France, yesterday on suspicion of transporting illicit drugs. The rapper, whose real name is Dominique Jones, has been in Paris for Fashion Week. His companion, NBA star James Harden, was frisked by police but not detained. Police were alerted to the two by the smell of cannabis.

SPORTS
NBA FINALS SCOREBOARD

PHOENIX 118 – Milwaukee 108… The Suns took control with a big second quarter and held off the Bucks to take a 2-0 lead in the NBA finals. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Devin Booker’s 31 points. Myles Bridges added 27 points and Chris Paul tossed in 23. The series shifts to Milwaukee for Game 3 on Sunday.

MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
L.A. Dodgers 6 – MIAMI 1
… Julio Urías (11-3) held the Marlins to a run on five hits over seven innings and the Dodgers salvaged the finale of the four-game series. Chris Taylor knocked in two runs with a single and a double.

Colorado 9 – ARIZONA 3… Dom Nuñez went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the top of the sixth inning as the Rockies ripped the Diamondbacks. Yonathan Daza doubled home two runs.

Philadelphia 8 – CHI. CUBS 0… Zach Eflin (4-6) pitched five-hit ball over six innings and got help from three relievers in shutting out the Cubs. Brad Miller homered three times and knocked in five runs. Didi Gregorius added a two-run shot.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Cincinnati 3… Avisail Garcia opened the scoring with an RBI single in the bottom of the first inning and connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the eighth to lead the Brewers past the Reds. Keston Hiura doubled home a tying run in the sixth.

SAN DIEGO 9 – Washington 8… The Padres erased an 8-0 fourth-inning deficit to stun the Nationals. Trent Grisham singled home Tommy Pham with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Relief pitcher Daniel Camarena unloaded a grand slam to highlight a seven-run fourth. Fernando Tatis Jr. homered to lead off the big inning and capped it with a run-scoring single.

Pittsburgh – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Pirates-Mets game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader tomorrow.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland 2 – HOUSTON 1
… Frankie Montas (8-7) held the Astros to a run on five hits and struck out 10 over 6-2/3 innings and three Athletics relievers shut them down the rest of the way. Matt Olson doubled home a run in the top of the first inning and scored on Jed Lowrie’s single.

SEATTLE 4 – N.Y. Yankees 0.. Logan Gilbert (3-2) limited the Yankees to one hit over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the blanking of the Yankees. Dylan Moore homered with a runner aboard for the Mariners. Kyle Seager and Mitch Haniger smacked solo shots.

CLEVELAND 7 – Kansas City 5… The Indians used a late power surge to upend the Royals and snap a nine-game losing streak. Roberto Perez blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning and Franmil Reyes added a walkoff three-run blast in the ninth. Bobby Bradley also went deep.

MINNESOTA 5 – Detroit 3… Miguel Sanó hit a game-tying homer to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning and the Twins scored twice more to get past the Tigers. Ryan Jeffers also went deep.

Toronto – BALTIMORE (ppd)… Rain in Baltimore forced postponement of last night’s Blue Jays-Orioles game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader on September 11.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 10-4)…
Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-2) hosts Atlanta (Charlie Morton, 7-3)…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-8) is at the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-6)…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 3-3) hosts Cincinnati (Wade Miley, 6-4)…
Washington (Paolo Espino, 2-2) is at San Francisco (Logan Webb, 4-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (David Price, 4-0) host Arizona (Taylor Widener, 1-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 1-2) is at San Diego (Blake Snell, 3-3)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 6-3) are at Baltimore (Jorge Lopez, 2-11)…
Cleveland (Triston McKenzie, 1-3) hosts Kansas City (Brad Keller, 6-9)…
Toronto (Alek Manoah, 2-0) is at Tampa Bay (Shane McClanahan, 3-3)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 4-5) hosts Oakland (Cole Irvin, 6-7)…
Detroit (Matt Manning, 1-2) is at Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-3)…
Houston (Jake Odorizzi, 3-3) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Nestor Cortes, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 6-3) are at Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-5)

INTERLEAGUE
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 3-3) is at Boston (Garrett Richards, 4-5)

The Rundown for July 8, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,770,444 and the nation’s death toll stands at 606,218, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The global death toll from COVID-19 eclipsed 4 million yesterday amid mounting concerns over the highly contagious Delta variant. Vaccines have been credited for lowering average daily deaths to about 7,900 after peaking at more than 18,000 in January.

CONDO TOWER DEATH TOLL AT 54… Officials have called off the search for survivors in the rubble of the condo tower that collapsed June 24 in Surfside, Florida. No one has been found alive since the first hours after the collapse and authorities say they don’t believe there are any more survivors. The death toll rose to 54 yesterday after crews recovered 18 more victims from the rubble. Another 86 people remain unaccounted for.

RUDY GIULIANI LOSES D.C. LAW LICENSE… A local appeals court in Washington, D.C., has suspended Rudy Giuliani’s authority to practice law in the city Wednesday. The suspension comes in response to a New York appellate court suspending Giuliani’s law license last month, saying he made “demonstrably false and misleading” statements about last year’s election while serving as former President Donald Trump’s attorney. The action from the D.C. appellate court is required under the city’s bar rules whenever a lawyer faces disciplinary action in another jurisdiction.

ELSA ARRIVES… Tropical Storm Elsa made landfall along the Gulf Coast in northwestern Florida yesterday morning and continued on a path through Georgia. The storm, which weakened from a Category 1 hurricane the night before, had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued a state of emergency for 33 counties and the Florida National Guard activated dozens of guardsmen to serve at the State Emergency Operations Center and Logistics Readiness Center. A tropical storm warning was in effect for parts of New Jersey and South Carolina.

$1B MARIJUANA BUST… Authorities in Los Angeles County yesterday announced they made the largest marijuana confiscation in the county’s history. Agents seized some 372,000 plants and 33,480 pounds of harvested marijuana during a 10-day operation that launched June 8 in the Antelope Valley. The marijuana has a street value of more than $1 billion. At least 131 people were arrested in connection with the operation. Agents also seized 65 vehicles, $28,000 in cash and 33 firearms, he said, adding, 180 animals were rescued and 30 locations were demolished.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROBERT DOWNEY SR. DIES
… Actor and filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. died yesterday following a battle with Parkinson’s disease. He was 85. Downey’s filmmaking credits include “Putney Swope” and “Greaser’s Palace.” He also directed his son, Robert Downey Jr., in the films “Pound” and “Too Much Sun.” As an actor, Downey’s film appearances included “Boogie Nights,” “Magnolia” and “To Live and Die in L.A.”

ACTRESS SUZANNE DOUGLAS DIES… Actress Suzzanne Douglas, who was best known for work on the long-running Warner Bros. sitcom “The Parent ‘Hood,” has died of undisclosed causes. She was 64. Douglas played matriarch Jerri Peterson on the “The Parent ‘Hood,” which ran from 1995-99. Her other television credits included “Bones,” “The Good Wife,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” and “NYPD Blue.” She most recently starred as Grace Cuffee on Ava DuVernay’s limited Netflix series, “When They See Us.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
N.Y. METS 4 – Milwaukee 3
(8 innings)… Jeff McNeil’s two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning lifted the Mets over the Brewers in the opener of a doubleheader. Jose Peraza homered for New York.

Milwaukee 5 – N.Y. METS 0 (7 innings)… Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the Brewers blanked the Mets to claim a split of the twinbill. Manny Piña and Luis Urias hit two-run homers. Willy Adames also went deep.

Atlanta 14 – PITTSBURGH 3… Abraham Almonte singled home two runs and homered with a runner aboard to lead the Braves in their pounding of the Pirates. Ronald Acuña also went deep. Dansby Swanson had three hits and an RBI.

MIAMI 9 – L.A. Dodgers 6… Jesus Aguilar blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to send the Marlins past the Dodgers. Garrett Cooper homered twice. Jesus Sánchez also went deep.

CHI. CUBS 8 – Philadelphia 3… Seven different players drove in runs as the Cubs downed the Phillies. Patrick Wisdom capped the scoring with a two-run double.

ARIZONA 6 – Colorado 4… Eduardo Escobar’s three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning proved to be the difference in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Rockies. Nick Ahmed’s RBI single sparked a three-run second.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – St. Louis 2… Alex Wood (8-1) held the Cardinals to a run on three hits over seven innings. Darin Ruf belted a two-run homer for the Giants.

Washington 15 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Nationals throttled the Padres with a 17-hit attack. Juan Castro connected for a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. Josh Harrison knocked in three runs with a single and a double.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
TAMPA BAY 8 – Cleveland 1
(7 innings)… Kevin Kiermaier lined a two-run double and blasted a three-run homer to lead the Rays past the Indians in the opener of a doubleheader. Brandon Lowe and Brett Phillips also homered.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Cleveland 0 (7 innings)… Five pitchers combined on a seven-inning no-hitter and the Rays completed a sweep of the twinbill. Taylor Walls produced a pair of run-scoring singles for Tampa Bay and Yandy Diaz singled home two more.

Chi. White Sox 6 – MINNESOTA 1… Lance Lynn (9-3) held the Twins to a run on four hits over six innings. Leury Garcia homered with a runner aboard and tripled home a run. Tim Anderson went 4-for-4 with an RBI double.

Detroit 5 – TEXAS 3… Miguel Cabrera singled home a go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning and Tigers topped the Rangers. Jeimer Candelario homered for Detroit.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Boston 4… Jared Walsh homered twice and drove in three runs to help power the Angels past the Red Sox. Shohei Ohtani’s 32nd homer was a solo shot.

Toronto 10 – BALTIMORE 2… Bo Bichette singled home a run and hit a two-run homer in the Blue Jays’ trashing of the Orioles. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles.

HOUSTON 4 – Oakland 3… Kyle Tucker smacked a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Astros hung on to edge the Athletics. Jose Altuve cracked a three-run homer in the third.

N.Y. Yankees 5 – SEATTLE 4… The Yankees did all their scoring in their first two at-bats and held off the Mariners. Aaron Judge slugged a two-run homer. Gleyber Torres lined a two-run single.

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati 5 – KANSAS CITY 2
… Reds starter Sonny Gray (2-4) allowed just two runs on seven hits over seven innings. Jonathan India went 3-for-4 with a two-run double.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 10-3) are at Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 8-7)…
Arizona (Jake Faria, 0-0) hosts Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 2-5)…
Pittsburgh (JT Brubaker, 4-8) is at the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 7-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Adbert Alzolay, 4-8) host Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 3-6)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 7-3) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 5-5)…
San Diego (Yu Darvish, 7-3) hosts Washington (Max Scherzer, 7-4)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Oakland (Frankie Montas, 7-5) is at Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 6-1)…
Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 2-2) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 3-3)..
Toronto (Alek Manoah, 2-0) is at Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 0-4)…
Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 4-3) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 4-3)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 5-7) is at Minnesota (J.A. Happ, 4-4)

NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS SCOREBOARD
TAMPA BAY 1 – Montreal 0… The Lightning blanked the Canadiens in Game 5 to claim their second straight Stanley Cup. Rookie Ross Colton netted the game’s only goal at 13:27 of the second period. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped all 22 shots and finished the postseason with shutouts in all four of Tampa Bay’s series-clinching wins. Afterward, he was presented the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.

TONIGHT’S NBA FINALS SCHEDULE
Milwaukee is at Phoenix for Game 2 with the Suns leading 1-0

The Rundown for July 7, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,723,122 and the nation’s death toll stands at 605,567, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… President Joe Biden yesterday called for a renewed urgency to get more Americans vaccinated against Covid-19 amid case surges in parts of the country. The delta variant now makes up more than half of all new Covid-19 infections in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

TOWER DEATH TOLL AT 36… Another eight victims were pulled from the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South building in Surfside, Florida, yesterday, raising the death toll to 36. Authorities say 109 people remain missing. The search for more victims is carrying on despite the approach of Tropical Storm Elsa. Concerns over the storm’s impact prompted officials to demolish a still-standing section of the building on Sunday night.

RNC CONTRACTOR HACKED… Hackers working on behalf of the Russian government breached the computer systems of a contractor for the Republican National Committee. The Russian government-affiliated group known as Cozy Bear allegedly targeted the IT service company Synnex late last week. It is unclear what data may have stolen and the RNC itself has denied that any of its systems were breached. Cozy Bear is the same group that hacked the Democratic National Committee in 2016 and released reams of internal emails

ELSA STRIKES FLORIDA… Tropical storm Elsa strengthened into a Category 1 hurricane as it struck Florida’s southwestern coast yesterday. The storm brought heavy rain and 75-mph wind to Tampa and other cities on the Gulf of Mexico, prompting authorities to issue flood warnings as well as tornado and hurricane watches. The storm is expected to make landfall in Florida’s panhandle region in the coming days and continue into the southeastern U.S., though it will weaken as it moves inland.

ERIC ADAMS WINS NY MAYOR DEM PRIMARY… Former police captain Eric Adams has been declared the winner of the race to pick a Democratic candidate to be New York City’s mayor. Adams, currently borough president of Brooklyn, promised in his campaign to be tough on crime. Police figures last month showed crime in the city rose by 22 percent in the past 12 months and shootings were up 73 percent. Adams will be a heavy favorite over Republican candidate Curtis Sliwa in November’s general election.

ENTERTAINMENT
SPEARS COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEY RESIGNS
… The court-appointed attorney who has represented Britney Spears throughout the duration of her almost 13-year conservatorship has submitted a petition to resign. Samuel D. Ingham said in a court filing that the resignation would be effective upon the designation of new court-appointed counsel for Spears. On Tuesday, Spears’ manager of 25 years, Larry Rudolph, also submitted a letter of resignation, citing the singer’s desire to retire.

CAST ADDITIONS TO ‘GAME OF THRONES’ PREQUEL… HBO announced yesterday that actresses Milly Alcock and Emily Carey have joined the cast of the “Game of Thrones” prequel series “House of the Dragon.” Alcock will play a young Princess Rhaenyra Targaryen, with Emma D’Arcy to portray an older version of the character. Carey will portray a young Alicent Hightower, played by Olivia Cooke. Other cast members include Matt Smith as Prince Daemon Targaryen and Steve Toussaint as Lord Corlys Velaryon. The series is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones.”

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD
NATIONAL LEAGUE
PITTSBURGH 2 – Atlanta 1
… Bryan Reynolds drew a bases-loaded walk to force home Rodolfo Castro with the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Reynolds’ sacrifice fly in the third scored Adam Frazier with the game’s first run.

MIAMI 2 – L.A. Dodgers 1 (10 innings)… Starling Marte raced home on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Marlins outlasted the Dodgers. Jesus Aguilar singled home a tying run in the sixth.

Philadelphia 15 – CHI. CUBS 10… Andrew McCutchen unloaded a grand slam in the top of the first inning and Bryce Harper added a three-run blast to cap a six-run seventh as the Phillies outslugged the Cubs. Rhys Hoskins had three hits, including a homer, and four RBIs.

ARIZONA 4 – Colorado 3… David Peralta was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning to force home Stuart Fairchild with the winning run. David Peralta, Eduardo Escobar and Christian Walker produced run-scoring doubles during a three-run first.

St. Louis 6 – SAN FRANCISCO 5… Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer gave the Cardinals an early lead and they held off the Giants. Edmundo Sosa added a solo shot. Yadier Molina stroked a run-scoring single among his three hits.

SAN DIEGO 7 – Washington 4… Wil Myers homered, doubled and drove in five runs to lead the Padres past the Nationals. Manny Machado went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

Milwaukee – N.Y. METS (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Brewers-Mets game. It will be made up as part of a split doubleheader today.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
BALTIMORE 7 – Toronto 5
… Cedric Mullins and Anthony Santander hit two-run homers during a five-run bottom of the fifth inning that carried the Orioles past the Blue Jays. Pedro Severino also homered with a runner aboard. Spenser Watkins (1-0) limited Toronto to a run on three hits over five innings in his major-league debut.

TEXAS 10 – Detroit 5… John Hicks hit a two-run homer and singled home a run in leading the Rangers past the Tigers. Brock Holt and Adolis Garcia also connected. David Dahl went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI doubles.

HOUSTON 9 – Oakland 6… The Astros erased a 6-2 fourth-inning deficit on their way past the Athletics. Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-3 with two home runs and five RBIs. homered twice and knocked in five runs. Jose Altuve singled home two runs.

Chi. White Sox 4 – MINNESOTA 1… Carlos Rodon (7-3) held the Twins to a run on seven hits over six innings. Zack Collins provided all the offense the White Sox needed with a two-run single in the top of the second inning.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Boston 3… Shohei Ohtani (4-1) gave up just two runs on five hits over seven innings on the mound sparked a three-run bottom of the first inning with an RBI double in the Angels’ win over the Red Sox. Max Stassi hit a two-run homer. David Fletcher went 4-for-4 with an RBI.

N.Y. Yankees 12 – SEATTLE 1… The Yankees used an 18-hit attack to throttle the Mariners. Giancarlo Stanton and Rougned Odor belted three-run homers. Luke Volt went 5-for-6 and drove in three runs.

Cleveland – TAMPA BAY (ppd)… The threat posed by tropical storm Elsa forced postponement of last night’s Indians-Rays game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

INTERLEAGUE
KANSAS CITY 7 – Cincinnati 6
… The Royals came from five runs down in their final two at-bats to upend the Reds. Nicky Lopez tied the game with a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth inning and scored the winning run on Salvador Perez’ single. Andrew Benintendi homered with a runner aboard in the eighth.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Atlanta (Drew Smyly, 6-3) is at Pittsburgh (Wil Crowe, 1-5)…
Miami (TBA) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (TBA)…
Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 4-4; Brett Anderson, 2-5) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 7-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 3-2) host Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 6-4)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-7) is at Arizona (TBA)…
San Francisco (Alex Wood, 7-3) hosts St. Louis (Johan Oviedo, 0-4)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-7) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 4-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-3; Sam Hentges, 1-3) is at Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-2; TBA) for a doubleheader…
Minnesota (Michael Pineda, 3-4) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 8-3)…
Detroit (Casey Mize, 5-5) is at Texas (Kyle Gibson, 6-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-6) host Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 6-4)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 7-5) is at Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 3-9)…
Houston (Luis Garcia, 6-5) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 6-5)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 4-5) are at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-3)

INTERLEAGUE
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-4) is at Kansas City (Brady Singer, 3-6)

NBA FINALS SCOREBOARD
PHOENIX 118 – Milwaukee 105… Chris Paul pumped in 32 points to lead six players in double figures and the Suns cruised past the Bucks in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals. Devin Booker added 22 points. Deandre Ayton finished with 22 points and 19 rebounds. The series remains in Phoenix for Game 2 tomorrow.

NHL STANLEY CUP FINALS RESUME TONIGHT… The Tampa Bay Lightning hope to win their second straight Stanley Cup on home ice tonight when they host the Montreal Canadiens for Game 5. Tampa Bay had won the first three games of the series before falling Monday night in overtime. Puck drops at 8 p.m. Eastern.