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.

… 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.”

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.

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.

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.

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)

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)

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.

Milwaukee is at Phoenix for Game 2 with the Suns leading 1-0

The Rundown for July 6, 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… Pandemic restrictions on travel between Canada and the U.S. began to loosen for some Canadians yesterday, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said plans to totally reopen the border would be announced over the next few weeks. Restrictions barring all non-essential trips between Canada and the United States, including tourism, will remain in place until at least July 21.

TOWER DEATH TOLL RISES… Another victim was pulled from the rubble of the collapsed Champlain Towers South building yesterday, raising the death toll to 28. Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine said 117 people remain unaccounted for. What remained standing of the structure was demolished Sunday night ahead of of approaching Tropical Storm Elsa.

IRAQ MILITIA LEADER VOWS RETALIATION… The leader of an Iran-backed Iraqi militia is vowing retaliation against the U.S. over the deaths of four of his men in a U.S. airstrike along the Iraq-Syria border last month. Abu Alaa al-Walae, commander of Kataib Sayyid al-Shuhada, told The Associated Press in Baghdad that the electoral victory of Iran’s hard-line judiciary chief Ebrahim Raisi as president will strengthen Iran-backed militant groups throughout the Middle East for the next four years. U.S. Air Force planes carried out airstrikes near the Iraq-Syria border on June 17 against what the Pentagon said were facilities used by Iran-backed militia groups to support drone strikes inside Iraq.

ELSA HEADS FOR FLORIDA… Tropical storm Elsa produced heavy rain as it moved across central and western Cuba later last night and is expected to pass near the Florida Keys early this morning. The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm was carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour. Tropical storm warnings and watches were extended along the west coast of Florida.

ARREST FOLLOWING FIREWORKS EXPLOSION… Police in California have arrested a 27-year-old man on federal charges of illegally transporting tons of illegal fireworks following an explosion that rocked a Los Angeles neighborhood last week. Special agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested the suspect Saturday on charges of transporting explosives without a license, which carries a statuary maximum sentence of 10 years in federal prison. Last Wednesday, police attempted to seize about 10 pounds of the fireworks inside a bomb disposal trailer but they blew up, destroying the truck and injuring 17 people, including 10 law enforcement officers.

… Hollywood producer and director Richard Donner, who was best known for his work on the “Lethal Weapon” franchise and “The Goonies,” died yesterday of undisclosed causes. He was 91. Donner’s career in film and television spanned six decades. His directing credits include 1978’s “Superman,” 1985’s “Ladyhawke” and 1988’s “Scrooged.”

‘THE VOICE’ COACHES MARRY… “The Voice” coaches Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton married in Oklahoma over the Fourth of July holiday during a weekend wedding in Oklahoma. The two singers announced their engagement in October after meeting as judges on the singing competition show. Shelton was previously married to Miranda Lambert. Stefani divorced her former husband Gavin Rossdale in 2015.

St. Louis 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 3
… Matt Carpenter opened the scoring with a two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning and the Cardinals went on to top the Giants. Kwang Hun Kim (3-5) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings in outdueling Kevin Gausman (8-3).

MIAMI 5 – L.A. Dodgers 4… Jorge Alfaro cracked a two-out, tie-breaking homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to send the Marlins past the Dodgers. Jazz Chisholm, Jr., had a couple of hits, including a run-scoring single.

PITTSBURGH 11 – Atlanta 1… Ben Gamel went 3-for-5 with a pair of homers and six RBIs to lead the Pirates in their romp over the Braves. Ke’Bryan Hayes homered with a runner aboard.

N.Y. METS 4 – Milwaukee 2… Pete Alonso doubled home two runs and scored on Michael Conforto’s single in the bottom of the seventh inning to push the Mets past the Brewers. Five New York pitchers racked up 13 strikeouts.

Philadelphia 13 – CHI. CUBS 3… Odubel Herrera’s three-run homer highlighted a six-run top of the seventh inning that put away the Cubs. Rhys Hoskins homered with a runner aboard. Andrew Knapp and Eric Bohm added solo shots.

Washington 7 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Nationals jumped out to an early five-run lead and held of the Padres. Trea Turner and Josh Bell hit solo homers. Starting pitcher Jon Lester’s RBI single sparked a four-run top of the second inning.

TAMPA BAY 9 – Cleveland 8
… The Rays came from three runs down to upend the Indians after blowing a 5-1 fifth-inning lead. Wander Franco tied the game with an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth inning and Yandy Diaz’s infield grounder scored Randy Arozarena with the wining run. Brandon Lowe unloaded a grand slam for Tampa Bay.

MINNESOTA 8 – Chi. White Sox 5… Max Kepler homered twice and knocked in three runs as the Twins downed the White Sox. Nick Gordon legged out a two-run triple. Bailey Ober (1-1) limited Chicago to two hits over five scoreless innings.

Detroit 7 – TEXAS 3… Wily Peralta (2-1) blanked the Rangers on three hits over seven innings and the Tigers cruised to the win. Zack Short hit a two-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Boston 5 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Rafael Devers singled home a run and homered with a runner aboard in leading the Red Sox past the Angels. Christian Arroyo also went deep. Martin Pérez (7-4) surrendered two runs on eight hits over 5-1/3 innings. One of the runs was unearned.

Cincinnati 6 – KANSAS CITY 2
… Nick Castellanos smacked a game-tying leadoff homer and Eugenio Suarez added a three-run shot during a four-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Reds past the Royals. Victor Gutierrez (4-3) allowed two runs on five hits over six innings.

Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 2-5) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 7-2)…
Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 2-5) hosts Atlanta (Ian Anderson, 5-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 1-0) are at Miami (Pablo Lopez, 4-5)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jake Arrieta, 5-8) host Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-5)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 5-6) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 5-7)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 6-4) hosts St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 6-5)…
Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-7) is at San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 3-2)

Toronto (Steven Matz, 7-3) is at Baltimore (TBA)…
Texas (Dane Dunning, 3-6) hosts Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-8)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 6-3) are at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-2)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 5-1) hosts Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 9-2)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 9-4) is at the L.A. Angels (Shohei Ohtani, 3-1)…
Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 5-7) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 3-4)

Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 3-10) is at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 2-4)

MONTREAL 3 – Tampa Bay 2 (OT)… The Canadiens killed off most of a four-minute penalty before Josh Anderson’s second goal of the night gave them a Game 4 victory after they dropped the first three games. Alexander Romanov’s third-period goal gave Montreal a lead that it held for five minutes. Goalie Carey Price made 32 saves. The series returns to Tampa for Game 5 tomorrow.

NBA FINALS UNDERWAY TONIGHT… The Phoenix Suns visit the Milwaukee Bucks tonight in Game 1 of the 2021 NBA Finals. The Suns never have won an NBA championship and are their first NBA Finals appearance since 1993 and their third overall (they also made it in 1976). The Bucks won their only NBA championship 50 years ago (1971), in the franchise’s third season. This is their first NBA Finals appearance in 47 years (1974) and their third overall. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, who suffered a knee injury in the conference finals, is listed as doubtful for tonight.

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.

… 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.”

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.

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.

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)

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)

Tampa Bay (Rich Hill, 6-2) is at Washington (Joe Ross, 4-7)

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.

Milwaukee is at Atlanta for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals with the Bucks leading 2-1

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.

… 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.

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.

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.

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.

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)

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)

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.

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.