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