The Rundown for August 10, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 5.044,864 and the nation’s death toll stands at 162,938, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Data confirms it took 99 days to reach a million cases in the U.S., but that number doubled in 43 days, reached 3 million in only 28 days, surpassed 4 million in just 15 days and topped 5 million in 17 days. Heading into this week, California, Florida, Texas, New York and Georgia account for more than 40 percent of U.S. cases.

PELOSI CALLS TRUMP’S ACTIONS ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL’… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday called President Trump’s executive actions on coronavirus relief “absurdly unconstitutional.” During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Pelosi said her assessment follows counseling with constitutional advisers. Trump asserted executive powers on Saturday when he bypassed Congress to sign four coronavirus relief-related orders after the White House failed to reach an agreement with Democrats on a stimulus bill. The Trump administration rejected a Democratic offer to agree to a stimulus price tag of around $2 trillion with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin calling it “a non-starter.”

O’BRIEN WARNS AGAINST FOREIGN INTERFERENCE… White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien warned yesterday that any foreign power that seeks to meddle in the upcoming contest faces “severe consequences.” O’Brien said during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that the Trump administration is taking steps to counter foreign influence in the 2020 election, including by hardening election and cyber infrastructure and working with states. He acknowledged, however, that Russia, China and Iran have engaged in cyberattacks and phishing attempts. On Friday, an intelligence community warned that Russia is working to “denigrate” presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, and China prefers that President Trump loses his reelection bid. Iran may attempt to undermine U.S. democratic institutions and the president through online and social media content.

PROBLEMS PLAGUE PUERTO RICO PRIMARIES… Puerto Ricans are demanding answers after ballot-distribution problems plagued yesterday’s primary elections and forced officials to reschedule voting. It was the first time primaries have been halted on the island and was considered a blow to the U.S. territory’s democracy. Governor Wanda Vázquez and other officials from Puerto Rico’s two main parties have called for the resignation of election commission president Juan Ernesto Dávila.

1 DEAD, 20 WOUNDED IN D.C. SHOOTINGS… A shooting at a gathering in Washington, D.C. early yesterday left one person dead and 20 people injured. The victim was reported to be a 17-year-old male. At least seven victims were listed in critical condition at area hospitals. Police say that there were at least three shooters who fired from various locations but they don’t know the motive and have made no arrests.

… Simon Cowell is recovering at a Los Angeles hospital after undergoing surgery to repair a broken back. The entertainment mogul suffered the injury on Saturday after falling from an electric bicycle he was trying out in the courtyard of his Malibu home. Cowell will miss the beginning of this season’s live shows on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” The live shows will begin tomorrow and Wednesday without him, according to the network.

TAYLOR SWIFT REMAINS ATOP ALBUM CHART… Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” sold 135,000 copies to remain atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” rose into second place after selling 97,000 units. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” stayed at No. 3 on sales of 88,000 copies. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” jumped into fourth place with 66,000 units sold. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” capped the top five with 50,000 copies sold.

Atlanta 5 – PHILADELPHIA 2
… The Braves scored all five runs in the top of the fifth inning on their way past the Phillies in the opener of a doubleheader. Ronald Acuna Jr. struck the big blow with a two-run homer.

Atlanta 8 – PHILADELPHIA 0… Max Fried (3-0) pitched four-hit ball over five innings and two relievers completed the shutout as the Braves completed a sweep of the twinbill.

Baltimore 5 – WASHINGTON 2… The Orioles were leading the Braves when the game was suspended in the sixth inning due to a wet field. The game will resume on Friday at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The Nationals will remain the home team.

N.Y. METS 4 – Miami 2… Rookie Andres Gimenez went 3-for-4 and scored three runs as the Mets clipped the Marlins.

TAMPA BAY 4 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Michael Perez singled home Brandon Lowe with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Rays a come-from-behind win over the Yankees. Lowe and Mike Brosseau homered during a three-run seventh.

BOSTON 5 – Toronto 3… Mitch Moreland hit a pair of homers, including a two-run walkoff shot in the bottom of the ninth inning, to power the Red Sox past the Blue Jays. Rafael Devers also went deep for Boston.

Detroit 2 – PITTSBURGH 1… Spencer Turnbull (2-0) limited the Pirates to a run on five hits over seven innings and the Tigers finished off a series sweep. Miguel Cabrera singled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the eighth inning.

KANSAS CITY 4 – Minnesota 2… Hunter Dozier stroked a two-run single, Maikel Franco homered and the Royals topped the Twins. Brady Singer (1-1) allowed two runs on five hits over five innings.

MILWAUKEE 9 – Cincinnati 3… The Brewers came alive to score six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and put away the Reds. Christian Yelich homered and tripled home a run. Keston Hiura also went deep.

TEXAS 7 – L.A. Angels 3… Lance Lynn (2-0) limited the Angels to two runs on four hits over five innings and earned his 100th career victory. Shin-Soo Choo lined a two-run single.

SEATTLE 5 – Colorado 3… Mariners starter Justus Sheffield (1-2) held the Rockies to four hits over six innings and picked up his first major-league win. Dylan Moore got things going with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

SAN DIEGO 9 – Arizona 5… The Padres belted six home runs in their pounding of the Diamondbacks. Manny Machado went deep twice. Fernando Tatis Jr. homered with a runner aboard. Wil Meyers, Francisco Mejia and Ty France also circled the bases.

OAKLAND 7 – Houston 2… The Athletics cruised past the Astros to win their ninth straight. The game featured a benches-clearing skirmish in the seventh inning. Matt Olson blasted a three-run homer. Robbie Grossman and Matt Chapman added solo shots.

L.A. DODGERS 6 – San Francisco 2… AJ Pollock gave the Dodgers the lead with a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and Mookie Betts added a three-run blast in the eighth.

Cleveland 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 4 (10 innings)… Delino DeShields laid down a squeeze bun to score Jose Ramirez with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and the Indians made it stand in their win over the White Sox.

Atlanta (Sean Newcomb, 0-0) is at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 0-0) host Washington (Patrick Corbin, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 2-1) are at Detroit (Michael Fulmer, 0-0)…
Boston (Austin Brice, 0-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 2-1) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 0-0)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 0-0)…
Arizona (Robbie Ray, 1-2) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 0-0)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 0-0) hosts Seattle (Justin Dunn, 0-0)…
San Francisco (Lance Webb, 0-0) is at Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 1-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Julio Teheran, 0-0) host Oakland (Sean Manaea, 0-0)…
San Diego (Garrett Richards, 0-0) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 0-0)

Oklahoma City 121 – Washington 102
… Rookie Darius Bazley came off the bench to score 23 points as the Thunder dealt the Wizards their sixth straight loss.

Toronto 108 – Memphis 99… Pascal Siakam scored 26 points to lead six players in double figures and the Raptors handled the Grizzlies.

San Antonio 122 – New Orleans 113… DeMar DeRozan led a balanced scoring attack with 27 points and the Spurs got past the Pelicans. The loss, combined with Portland’s win over Philadelphia later Sunday, eliminated New Orleans from playoff contention.

Boston 122 – Orlando 119 (OT)… The Celtics got 31 points from Gordon Hayward and 28 from Jayson Tatum in outlasting the Magic. Boston has won three in a row.

Portland 124 – Philadelphia 121… Damian Lillard poured in 51 points to carry the Trail Blazers past the 76ers. 18 of his points came in the fourth quarter. Carmelo Anthony tossed in 20 points.

Houston 129 – Sacramento 112… Austin Rivers delivered a game-high 41 points off the bench and the Rockets used a big third quarter to surge past the Kings. James Harden added 32 points.

Brooklyn 129 – L.A. Clippers 120… The Nets used a hot-shooting first quarter to build a 21-point lead and cruised past the Clippers. Caris LeVert scored 27 points and dished off 13 assists.

Oklahoma City vs. Phoenix…
Utah vs. Dallas…
Toronto vs. Milwaukee…
Indiana vs. Miami…
Denver vs. L.A. Lakers

Columbus 3 – Toronto 0
… Goalie Joonas Kirpisalo stopped all 33 shots as the Blue Jackets skated past the Maple Leafs in the decisive Game 5 of the series and advanced to a first-round matchup with Tampa Bay in the Stanley Cup playoffs. Columbus got goals from Nick Foligno, Liam Foudy and Zach Werenski.

Washington 2 – Boston 1… The Capitals edge the Bruins in an Eastern Conference round robin and clinched the conference’s third seed to set up a first-round matchup against New York Islanders. T.J. Oshie and Tom Wilson found the net for Washington.

Dallas 2 – St. Louis 1 (SO)… The Stars outlasted the Blues in a Western Conference round robin and clinched the conference’s third seed to set up a first-round matchup against Vancouver. Denis Gurianov netted the lone goal in the shootout. Joe Pavelski tied the game with 31.4 seconds left in regulation.

Philadelphia (1) vs. Montreal (8) starting Wednesday…
Tampa Bay (2) vs. Columbus (7) starting tomorrow…
Washington (3) vs. N.Y. Islanders (6) starting Wednesday…
Boston (4) vs. Carolina (5) starting tomorrow

Vegas (1) vs. Chicago Blackhawks (8) starting tomorrow…
Colorado (2) vs. Arizona (7) starting Wednesday…
Dallas (3) vs. Calgary (6) starting tomorrow…
St. Louis (4) vs. Vancouver (5) starting Wednesday

GOLF… Collin Morikawa shot a 6-under 64 yesterday to capture the PGA Championship. He joined Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only 23-year-olds ever to win the tournament. Morikawa finished at 13-under, which was two strokes better than Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey. He played his way into the final round by shooting a 65 on Saturday and recorded the lowest score over the final 36 holes by a winner in major championship history.

The Rundown for August 8, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,883,582 and the nation’s death toll stands at 160,091, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Senior Trump administration officials failed to reach agreement on a stimulus bill during a three-hour meeting last night. Administration officials warned that President Trump would take executive action if no deal is reached by today… Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced yesterday morning that he had tested positive for the coronavirus — and then last night reported a second test came back negative. The reason for the discrepancy between the test results was not immediately clear.

FEDERAL TROOPS DEPLOYED TO MEMPHIS, ST. LOUIS… The Trump administration announced last night that federal law enforcement officers will be deployed to quell violent crime in Memphis and St. Louis. Attorney General William Barr said he has directed the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the U.S. Marshals Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to increase resources to the two cities in the coming weeks. The move is an expansion of Operation Legend, which began last month with the deployment of federal troops to Kansas City, Missouri.

DHS SECRETARY DEFENDS USE OF TROOPS ON PROTESTERS… Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf yesterday defended President Trump’s decision to send federal police to cities experiencing civil unrest. Wolf testified that instigators attacked federal officers nightly, and accused local and state officials of failing to guard government properties. Government officers withdrew from Portland last week after Oregon Governor Kate Brown had called them an “occupying force” that “brought violence and strife to our community.”

JUSTICE DEPT. SEIZES PROPERTY FROM UKRAINIAN OLIGARCH.. The Justice Department yesterday moved to seize property from the owners of one of the largest banks in Ukraine for alleged money laundering. Two civil forfeiture complaints against the owners of PrivatBank, Ihor Kollomoisky and Gennadiy Boholiubov, allege that they obtained fraudulent loans and lines of credit from 2008 through 2016 and laundered billions of illegally obtained funds through a series of shell companies’ bank accounts before transferring the money to the U.S. The complaints seek the seizure of an office park in Dallas and an office tower in Louisville, Kentucky, which the Justice Department estimates are worth a combined $70 million. Kolomoisky was tied to events that led to Trump’s impeachment proceedings earlier this year after two of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s associates met with him to try and get a sit-down with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

NY AG FILES SUIT TO DISSOLVE NRA… New York Attorney General Letitia James yesterday filed suit to dissolve the National Rifle Association. She accused the gun rights-advocacy organization’s senior leadership of violating laws governing non-profit groups, using millions from the organization’s reserves for personal use and tax fraud. James said current and former NRA leaders “instituted a culture of self-dealing mismanagement” that led to the organization’s loss of more than $63 million three years three years. The suit, filed in New York Supreme Court, names NRA executives including CEO and Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre, General Counsel and Secretary John Frazer, former Chief Financial Officer Wilson “Woody” Phillips and former Chief of Staff and Executive Director of General Operations Josh Powell.

TENNESSEE PRIMARIES… Democrat Marquita Bradshaw will face off against Republican Bill Hagerty in the race for the Tennessee U.S. Senate seat vacated by retiring Republican Lamar Alexander. The two were declared winners in their respective primaries yesterday. Bradshaw, a Memphis environmentalist, Black activist and single mom, defeated Nashville attorney and former Army helicopter pilot James Mackler. Hagerty was victorious over Nashville trauma surgeon Manny Sethi.

… The E! network announced yesterday that it has canceled “E! News” and two other programs in a cost-cutting effort brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “E! News,” which premiered in 1991, was canceled along with the celebrity news show “Pop of the Morning” and the interview series “In the Room.” E!’s parent company, NBCUniversal, said in June that it would shift its programming to “focus on streaming and away from traditional television.”

THE WHO PREPARES YOUTUBE CONCERT SERIES… The Who is planning a new YouTube concert series that will feature live and rare performances. The series, titled “Join Together @ Home,” will premiere on The Who’s official YouTube channel tomorrow at 1 p.m. Eastern. New episodes will arrive every Saturday for six weeks. Proceeds will benefit Teenage Cancer Trust and Teen Cancer America.

PITTSBURGH 6 – Minnesota 5
… Kevin Newman came through with a two-run pinch-hit single in the bottom of the ninth as the Pirates came from behind to snap their seven-game losing streak. Gregory Polanco homered for Pittsburgh.

COLORADO 6 – San Francisco 4… Daniel Murphy and Charlie Blackmon hit two-run homers during a five-run bottom of the seventh inning that sent the Rockies past the Giants. Trevor Story also went deep for Colorado.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 4… The Athletics made it six straight wins with their defeat of the Rangers. Matt Olson homered and Khris Davis singled home two runs.

L.A. Angels 6 – SEATTLE 1… Dylan Bundy (2-1) allowed a run on four hits and struck out 10 in a complete-game victory. The Angels got homers from Max Stassi and Shohei Ohtani.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – N.Y. Yankees 4… J.T. Realmuto blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning, Phil Gosselin stroked a two-run double in the third and the Phillies held off the Yankees.

CLEVELAND 13 – Cincinnati 0… Jose Ramirez homered from both sides of the plate and knocked in four runs to lead the Indians in their romp over the Reds. Carlos Carrasco (2-1) pitched one-hit ball over six innings and got help from three relievers on the shutout.

ARIZONA 5 – Houston 4… Kole Calhoun’s two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning lifted the Diamondbacks over the Astros.

KANSAS CITY 13 – Chi. Cubs 2… The Royals got home runs from Whit Merrifield, Maikel Franco ad Jorge Soler in their pounding of the Cubs. The victory was their first in seven games.

ATLANTA 4 – Toronto 3… Nick Markakis’ one-out homer in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the Braves past the Blue Jays. Freddie Freeman homered with a runner aboard in the first.

MIAMI 8 – Baltimore 7… Jonathan Villar went 3-for-5 with a solo homer, Brian Anderson knocked in three runs and the Marlins fought off the Orioles.

Milwaukee 8 – WHITE SOX 3… Jedd Gyorko homered and drove in three runs as the Brewers downed the White Sox. Christian Yelich legged out an inside-the-park homer and walked four times. Mark Matthias stroked a two-run single.

Baltimore (Tommy Milone, 0-0) is at Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Kyle Wright, 0-0) is at Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Daniel Castano, 0-0) host Miami (Michael Wacha, 1-1)…
Toronto (Tanner Roark, 0-0) is at Boston (Ryan Weber, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Jake Junis, 0-0) hosts Minnesota (Devin Smeltzer, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Aaron Civale, 1-1) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (Eric Lauer, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jon Lester, 0-0) are at St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 0-0)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 0-0)…
Houston (Zack Greinke, 0-0) is at Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 0-0)…
San Diego (Zach Davies, 1-1) hosts Arizona (Luke Weaver, 0-0)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 0-0) is at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Julio Urias, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 0-0)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 0-0)

Sacramento 140 – New Orleans 125
… Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a career-high 35 points as the Kings outshot the Pelicans. De’Aaron Fox added 30 points and 10 assists. Harrison Barnes tossed in 22 points.

Milwaukee 130 – Miami 116… The Bucks erased a 17-point halftime lead to upend the Heat and clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Giannis Antetokounmpo and Kris Middleton scored 33 points apiece. Antetokounmpo also grabbed 12 rebounds.

Phoenix 114 – Indiana 99… The Suns topped the Pacers for their fourth straight win. Deandre Ayton had 23 points and 10 boards. Devin Booker scored 20 points and dished off 10 assists.

L.A. Clippers 126 – Dallas 111… The Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter to get past the Mavericks. Kawhi Leonard led the way with 29 points. Paul George added 24 points. Ivica Zubak made all 10 field-goal attempts and finished with 21 points and 15 rebounds.

Portland 125 – Denver 115… Damian Lillard made 11 3-pointers on his way to 45 points and the Trail Blazers kept their playoff hopes alive. Gary Trent Jr. delivered 27 points off the bench.

Houston 113 – L.A. Lakers 97… James Harden piled up 39 points and 12 assists in leading the Rockets past a Lakers team that was without LeBron James. Ben McLemore dropped in 20 points.

Utah vs. San Antonio…
Memphis vs. Oklahoma City…
Sacramento vs. Brooklyn…
Philadelphia vs. Orlando…
Washington vs. New Orleans…
Boston vs. Toronto

Vancouver 3 – Minnesota 0
… Goalie Jacob Markstrom stopped all 27 shots as the Canucks blanked the Wild to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Brock Boeser and Elias Petterson each had a power-play goal and an assist. Quinn Hughes assisted on all three goals.

Philadelphia 3 – Washington 1… Scott Laughton netted a pair of goals as the Flyers beat the Capitals in an Eastern Conference round robin. Kevin Hayes had three assists. Trevor Konecny set up two goals. Philadelphia plays Tampa Bay tomorrow, with the winner claiming the top seed in the East.

Vegas 6 – ST. LOUIS 4… The Golden Knights scored three unanswered goals in the third period to rally past the Blues in the Western Conference round robin. Vegas would earn the West’s top seed with a win over Colorado tomorrow.

Columbus 4 – Toronto 3… The Blue Jackets came from two goals down in the third period to upend the Blue Jackets and pull within 2-1 in the series. Pierre-Luc Dubois scored his third goal of the game 18:24 into overtime.

Calgary 4 – Winnipeg 0… Cam Talbot made 31 saves at goal as the Flames shut out the Jets to win the qualifying round series in four games. Sean Monahan and Sam Bennett each scored a goal and had an assist.

the N.Y. Islanders vs. Florida in Toronto for Game 4 with the Islanders leading 2-1…
Vegas vs. Arizona in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Coyotes leading 2-1…
Pittsburgh vs. Montreal in Toronto for Game 4 with the Canadiens leading 2-1…
Edmonton vs. Chicago in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Blackhawks leading 2-1…
Toronto vs. Columbus in Toronto for Game 4 with the series tied 1-1…
Vancouver vs. Minnesota in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Canucks leading 2-1

The Rundown for August 6, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,821,287 and the nation’s death toll stands at 158,171, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Florida reported a record single-day increase of 621 hospitalizations yesterday, raising the state’s total to 7,622… Social-media platforms Facebook and Twitter took action against President Trump spreading coronavirus misinformation yesterday. Facebook removed from Trump’s page a video of him claiming in a Fox News interview that children are “almost immune” or “virtually immune” as he argues for schools to reopen. Twitter briefly banned the Trump campaign’s account from tweeting after it posted the video.

DEUTSCHE BANK COOPERATES IN TRUMP INVESTIGATION… There were more indications yesterday that the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation of President Trump’s business practices is wider in scope than previously known. The New York Times reported that prosecutors last year subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for Trump’s financial records, and the bank reportedly has been cooperating. The financial institution has lent the Trump Organization more than $2 billion since the 1990s. Manhattan lawyers declared in court filings on Monday that they were investigating possible bank and insurance fraud, referencing “public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”

SALLY YATES TESTIFIES… Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did not attempt to influence the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn during a January 2017 Oval Office meeting with top national security officials. Yates’ testimony was part of a Republican-led probe into the actions of the Obama administration in its final months. President Trump and his GOP allies had accused Obama and Biden of launching the investigation into Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI his communications with Russia’s then-U.S. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Yates said the lies were “absolutely material to a legitimate investigation.”

IOWA RESTORES FELON VOTING RIGHTS… Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds yesterday signed an executive order that restores voting rights for an estimated 60,000 of the state’s felons. Iowa was the last state in the nation that still sentenced all felons to a lifetime ban on voting. The new order makes those who have served their sentences and completed parole eligible to vote. Criminals convicted of violent crimes and sexual abuses will be obligated to make additional petitions to restore their voting rights.

STATE DEPARTMENT IG RESIGNS… State Department Inspector General Stephen Akard announced his resignation after just three months on the job. The department’s inspector general’s office said Akard will be replaced Friday on an interim basis by deputy Diana Shaw. Akard took over in May after President Trump abruptly fired Steve Linick. The firing came as Linick was leading two investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, including his role in a controversial $8 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The House Foreign Affairs Committee has been investigating the firing and on Monday subpoenaed four top State Department officials.

… Migos rapper Takeoff is targeted in a lawsuit filed yesterday by a woman who accused him of raping a her at a party in June. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of California by “Jane Doe,” whose lawyer said she “fears retaliation from speaking out.” Allegations against Takeoff include sexual battery, assault, gender violence and false imprisonment. In the filing, the victim says hospital staff “observed physical evidence of forceful rape and notified the Los Angeles Police Department of the same.” The plaintiff’s attorneys say police are still investigating the incident.

AMY ADAMS TO STAR IN NETFLIX SERIES… Amy Adams has signed on to star in the upcoming Netflix limited series drama “Kings of America.” The series centers on a Walmart heiress, a maverick executive and a longtime Walmart saleswoman and preacher. The women go to war against Walmart and their fight results in the biggest class-action lawsuit in U.S. history. Adams will be reunited with director Adam McKay, with whom she worked on 2018 the film “Vice.”

Philadelphia 11 – N.Y. YANKEES 7
… The Phillies slugged their way past the Yankees in the doubleheader opener. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homered.

N.Y. YANKEES 3 – Philadelphia 1… Mike Tauchman doubled home a tie-breaking run, Gio Urshela added an RBI single and the Yankees claimed a split of the twinbill. The loss snapped Philadelphia’s seven-game winning streak.

Miami 1 – BALTIMORE 0… Brian Anderson homered in the top of the fourth inning and the Marlins made it stand in clipping the Orioles in a doubleheader opener. Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

Miami 2 – BALTIMORE 1… The Marlins scored twice in the top of the first inning and held on to earn a split of the twinbill. Five pitchers limited Baltimore to four hits.

N.Y. Mets 3 – WASHINGTON 1… Rick Porcello (1-1) held the Nationals to a run on five hits over seven innings to record his 150th career win. Dominic Smith lifted a sacrifice fly and doubled home a run.

Boston 5 – TAMPA BAY 0… The Red Sox blanked the Braves to snap their four-game skid. Martin Perez (2-1) pitched four-hit ball over five innings. Four relievers provided hitless relief. Michael Chavis and Alex Verdugo homered for Boston.

Minnesota 5 – PITTSBURGH 2… Randy Dobnak (2-1) held the Pirates to three hits over six shutout innings, Max Kepler blasted a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Twins topped the Pirates.

CLEVELAND 2 – Cincinnati 0… Mike Clevinger (1-1) pitched two-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and got help from four relievers in the Indians’ blanking of the Reds.

Toronto 2 – ATLANTA 1… Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1) and four relievers combined on a three-hitter as the Blue Jays edged the Braves.

Chi. Cubs 6 – KANSAS CITY 1… The Cubs made it six straight wins with the defeat of the Royals. Yu Darvish (2-1) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings. Javier Baez produced a pair of RBI singles.

Milwaukee 1 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0… Adrian Houser (1-0) limited the White Sox to five hits over seven innings in outdueling counterpart Dallas Keuchel and the Brewers escaped with the victory. Eric Sogard singled home Mark Mathias with the game’s only run in the top of the third inning.

San Francisco 4 – COLORADO 3… Brandon Belt connected for a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and Wilmer Flores singled home a run in the sixth as the Giants got past the Rockies.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 4… The Athletics pounded out four home runs in downing the Rangers. Austin Allen drilled a go-ahead two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. Matt Olson homered twice and drove in three runs. Ramon Laureano also went deep.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – SAN DIEGO 6… Joc Pederson homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Dodgers past the Padres.

ARIZONA 14 – Houston 7… The Diamondbacks erupted to score nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase a 4-0 deficit and cruised to the win. David Peralta went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. Kole Calhoun legged out an inside-the-park homer. Eduardo Escobar and Nick Ahmed also went deep.

SEATTLE 7 – L.A. Angels 6… Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer and Austin Nola doubled home two runs as the Mariners held off the Angels.

Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (J.T. Brubaker, 0-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 0-0)…
Texas (Mike Minor, 0-0) is at Oakland (Mike Fiers, 0-0)…
Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 1-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0) are at Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 1-1) hosts Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0)…
Houston (Zac Gallen, 0-0) is at Arizona (Zack Greinke, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Tyler Chatwood, 0-0)…
Toronto (Nate Pearson, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0)…
Miami (Sterling Sharp, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Wade LeBlanc, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Gio Gonzalez, 0-0)

Utah 124 – Memphis 115
… Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Jazz handled the Grizzlies. Mike Conley added 23 points against his former team. Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Denver 132 – San Antonio 126… The Nuggets came up big in the fourth quarter to surge past the Spurs. Michael Porter Jr. had 30 points and 15 boards. Nikola Jukic added 25 points and 11 assists.

Philadelphia 107 – Washington 98… The 76ers held off the Wizards despite losing Ben Simmons in the third quarter due to a knee injury. Joel Embiid overcame foul trouble to put up 39 points and 11 rebounds.

Oklahoma City 105 – L.A. Lakers 86… The Thunder held the Lakers to 35-percent shooting in a runaway win. Chris Paul scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Toronto 109 – Orlando 99… The Raptors jumped out to a 26-11 lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Magic. Fred VanVleet scored 21 points and dished off 10 assists.

Boston 149 – Brooklyn 115… The Celtics blew out the Nets despite playing without injured point guard Kemba Walker. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures.

New Orleans vs. Sacramento…
Milwaukee vs. Miami…
Indiana vs. Phoenix…
Dallas vs. L.A. Clippers…
Portland vs. Denver
Houston vs. L.A. Lakers

Florida 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2
… Brian Boyle and Mike Hoffman scored 2:47 apart in the third period and the Panthers pulled within 2-1 in the series.

Arizona 4 – Nashville 1… The Coyotes scored three third-period goals to pull away from the Predators and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist.

Tampa Bay 3 – Boston 2… Tyler Johnson scored the decisive goal with 1:27 remaining and had an assist as the Lightning moved to 2-0 in the Eastern Conference’s three-game round robin. Alex Killorn also had a goal and an assist.

Colorado 4 – Dallas 0… Pavel Francouz stopped all 27 shots as the Avalanche blanked the Stars in the Western Conference round robin. Andre Burakovsky and Joonas Donskoi each had a goal and an assist. Erik Johnson set up two goals.

Montreal 4 – Pittsburgh 3… The Canadiens came from two goals down in the second period to upend the Penguins and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Paul Byron netted the game-winner with 4:10 remaining. Paul Byron had a goal and an assist. Ben Chiarot assisted on two goals.

Chicago 4 – Edmonton 3… Jonathan Toews’ second goal of the game came with 1:27 left to lift the Blackhawks over the Oilers for a 2-1 lead in the series. Connor Murphy scored a tie-breaking goal with 1:16 left. Matthew Highmore and Olli Maata each had a goal and an assist.

Vancouver vs. Minnesota in Edmonton for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Philadelphia vs. Washington in Toronto for an East round robin…
St. Louis vs. Vegas in Edmonton for a West round robin…
Toronto vs. Columbus in Toronto for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Calgary vs. Winnipeg in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Flames leading 2-1

The Rundown for August 5, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,771,087 and the nation’s death toll stands at 156,806, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Governors from seven states have formed an interstate compact to expand COVID-19 testing. The effort would fund the purchase of more than three million rapid point-of-care antigen tests for the coronavirus. Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Virginia and North Carolina are the states that have signed on.

PRIMARIES IN FIVE STATES… Five states held primary elections yesterday, with some high profile members of Congress vying against party challengers from within their parties. The upset of the day so far was 20-year U.S. congressman William Lacy Clay’s Missouri Democratic primary loss to Cori Bush, a nurse and Black Lives Matter Activist. Clay had represented his district since 2001. In a closely-watched contest in Kansas, U.S. Congressman Roger Marshall defeated Trump ally Kris Kobach in the Republican Senate primary and will face Democratic state Senator Barbara Bollier in the general election. Also in Kansas, first-term U.S. Congressman Steve Watkins was unseated by State Treasurer Jake Laturner in the Republican primary. Rashida Tlaib withstood challenger Brenda Jones in Michigan’s District 13 Democratic primary. There were also key races in Arizona and Washington state.

DHS PLANS UNIFORM REPLACEMENT… Acting Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli revealed in congressional testimony released yesterday that DHS is planning to replace the military-style camouflage uniforms worn by federal law enforcement officers in recent domestic crackdowns on protests. Cuccinelli said the department is moving rapidly to make the change. DHS was widely condemned for using officers in non-identifying uniforms to round up protesters in unmarked vehicles.

EX-GOOGLE ENGINEER SENTENCED IN TRADE-SECRET CASE… A founding engineer of Google’s self-driving car project was sentenced yesterday to 18 months in prison for trade secret theft. Anthony Levandowski was accused of loading more than 14,000 Google files onto his laptop before leaving the firm in January 2016. U.S. District Judge William Alsup in San Francisco called Levandowski’s crime the “biggest trade secret crime I have ever seen.” Levandowski went on to lead Uber’s robocar project but was fired in 2017 over the trade secret-theft allegations.

ISAIAS BLAMED FOR AT LEAST 6 DEATHS… Tropical Storm Isaias was blamed for the deaths of at least six people yesterday as it spawned tornadoes and dumped rain along the East Coast on its way into Canada. Authorities reported two deaths in North Carolina and one each in Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York City and Delaware. Isaias was downgraded to a tropical storm early after it made landfall around 11:10 p.m. Monday near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina.

… Neil Young has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against President Trump’s reelection campaign, alleging it used the musician’s songs at rallies without permission. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, alleges Trump’s campaign has been using Young’s songs “Rockin in the Free World” and “Devil’s Sidewalk” at campaign events. The suit wants Trump barred from using the Young’s songs at future events and seeks statutory damages.

‘WHO’S THE BOSS?’ REBOOT IN PRODUCTION… Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano have signed on to reprise their roles as father-and-daughter duo Tony and Samantha Micelli in a “Who’s the Boss?” sequel series currently in development. Sony Pictures Television announced yesterday that the modern-day sequel will take place in the same home where the original sitcom was set during its 1984 to 1992 run, but the update centers on the pair’s relationship 30 years later, when Samantha is a single mother. It’s not known whether original show stars Judith Light and Danny Pintauro will appear in the reboot.

MINNESOTA 7 – Pittsburgh 3
… The Twins ripped the Pirates for their fifth straight win. Nelson Cruz went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Jose Berrios (1-1) allowed just a run on four hits over six innings.

Cleveland 4 – CINCINNATI 2… The Indians rallied past the Reds after spotting them a two-run lead. Franmil Reyes belted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning. Shane Bieber (3-0) allowed two runs on five hits over 7-2/3 innings.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Boston 1… The Rays snapped a five-game skid and dealt the Red Sox their fourth straight loss. Charlie Morton (1-1) limited Boston to a run on five hits over 5-2/3 innings.

WASHINGTON 5 – N.Y. Mets 3… The Nationals built a 5-0 lead after three innings and coasted past the Mets. Howie Kendrick went 4-for-4 with a solo homer. Jose Harrison went deep with a runner aboard.

ATLANTA 10 – Toronto 1… Max Fried (2-0) held the Blue Jays to a run on four hits over six innings and got plenty of support offensively. Austin Riley blasted a three-run homer. Tyler Flowers and Matt Adams added solo shots.

Miami 4 – BALTIMORE 0… Pablo Lopez (1-0) pitched two-hit ball over five innings and got help from four relievers in the Marlins’ blanking of the Orioles. Jesus Aguilar and Francisco Cervelli homered.

Chi. White Sox 3 – MILWAUKEE 2… The White Sox came from two runs down in the sixth inning to edge the Brewers for their sixth straight win. Jose Abreu singled home the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh. Eloy Jimenez connected for a two-run blast.

CHI. CUBS 5 – Kansas City 4… The Cubs held off the Royals to run their winning streak to five games. They got homers from Jason Heyward, Jason Kipnis and Willson Contreras.

COLORADO 5 – San Francisco 2… German Marques (2-1) pitched into the eighth inning and the Rockies won their eighth in 10 games. Nolan Arenado homered with the bases empty.

OAKLAND 5 – Texas 1… Stephen Piscotty unloaded the Athletics’ second walkoff grand slam of the season in the bottom of the ninth inning. Matt Chapman also went deep for Oakland.

L.A. Dodgers 5 – SAN DIEGO 2… AJ Pollock came through with a pinch-hit go-ahead double in the top of the seventh inning and added a solo homer to lead the Dodgers past the Padres. Dustin May (1-0) allowed two runs on three hits over six innings.

Houston 8 – ARIZONA 2… The Astros used a five-run top of the fifth inning to break open a close game and cruised past the Diamondbacks. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa homered. Cristian Javier limited Arizona to a run on four hits over six innings.

L.A. Angels 5 – SEATTLE 3… David Fletcher and Albert Pujols hit two-run homers, Mike Trout added a solo shot and the Angels topped the Mariners. Andrew Heaney (1-0) surrendered a run on three hits over 5-2/3 innings.

Philadelphia – N.Y. YANKEES (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Phillies-Yankees game. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today.

Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 0-0; Aaron Nola, 0-0) is at the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 0-0; Jordan Montgomery, 0-0) for a doubleheader…
Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski, 0-0; TBA) hosts Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-0; TBA) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 0-0) are at Washington (Max Scherzer, 0-0)…
Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough, 0-0) hosts Boston (Martin Perez, 1-1)…
Minnesota (Randy Dobnak, 1-1) is at Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 0-0) hosts Cincinnati (Tejay Antone, 0-0)…
Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Sean Newcomb, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 1-1)…
Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 0-0)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Logan Webb, 0-0)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson, 0-0) is at Oakland (Sean Manaea, 0-0)…
San Diego (Garrett Richards, 0-0) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 0-0)
Houston (Lance McCullers Jr., 0-0) is at Arizona (Robbie Ray, 0-0)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 1-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-1)

Brooklyn 119 – Milwaukee 116
… Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot gave the Nets the lead with back-to-back 3-pointers and they held on to beat the Bucks. Luwawu-Cabarrot had a game-high 26 points on the night.

Dallas 114 – Sacramento 110 (OT)… Luka Doncic made a tiebreaking shot with 1:57 left in overtime and piled up 34 points, 20 rebounds and 12 assists in the Mavericks’ victory.

Phoenix 117 – L.A. Clippers 115… Devin Booker scored on a turnaround jumper at the buzzer to lift the Suns over the Clippers. Booker’s 35 points led all scorers.

Indiana 120 – Orlando 109… The Pacers cruised past the Magic for their third straight victory. T.J. Warren pumped in a game-high 32 points. Myles Turner tossed in 21 points.

Miami 112 – Boston 106… The Heat led from start to finish in their defeat of the Celtics. Bam Adebayo and Duncan Robinson had 21 points apiece. Adebayo also grabbed 12 boards.

Portland 110 – Houston 102… The Trail Blazers were too much down the stretch in downing the Rockets. Damian Lilliard scored 21 points and CJ McCollum added 20 to lead a balanced scoring attack. Jusuf Nukic had 18 points and 19 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony knocked down a clutch 3-pointer at the end and totaled 15 points and 11 boards.

Memphis vs. Utah…
San Antonio vs. Denver…
Philadelphia vs. Washington…
Oklahoma City vs. the L.A. Lakers…
Toronto vs. Orlando…
Brooklyn vs. Boston

Carolina 4 – N.Y. Rangers 1
… Sebastian Aho scored two of his team’s three third-period goals and the Hurricanes put away the Rangers to complete a sweep of the best-of-five series.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – Florida 2… Jordan Eberle netted a pair of goals, including the tie-breaker, as the Islanders doubled up on the Panthers to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Nashville 4 – Arizona 2… Ryan Johansen had a goal and an assist as the Predators downed the Coyotes to even the series at a game apiece.

Toronto 3 – Columbus 0… Goalie Frederik Andersen stopped all 20 shots and the Maple Leafs shut out the Blue Jackets to bring the series even after two games. Auston Matthews had a goal and an assist.

Calgary 6 – Winnipeg 2… Sean Monahan scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Flames skated past the Jets to take a 2-1 lead in the series. Mikael Backlund, Johnny Gaudreau and Elias Lindholm each had a goal and an assist.

Vancouver 4 – Minnesota 3… The Canucks fought off the Wild to even the series at a game apiece. J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist.

the N.Y. Islanders vs. Florida in Toronto for Game 3 with the Islanders leading 2-0…
Arizona vs. Nashville in Edmonton for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Tampa Bay vs. Boston in Toronto for an Eastern Conference round robin…
Colorado vs. Dallas in Edmonton for a Western Conference round robin…
Pittsburgh vs. Montreal in Toronto for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Chicago vs. Edmonton in Edmonton for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1

The Rundown for August 4, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,713,562 and the nation’s death toll stands at 155,403, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… An internal FEMA memo obtained by ABC News indicated an 8.8-percent decrease last week in new cases from the previous week, but there was a 24-percent increase in deaths. There were 7,925 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. between July 26 and August 2, according to the memo.

MANHATTAN DA SUGGESTS TRUMP INVESTIGATION… The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office suggested yesterday that the Trump Organization is under investigation for alleged insurance and bank fraud. Prosecutors told the judge that the demand was justified due to public reports of “extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization” and argued that the president wasn’t entitled to know the exact nature of the “complex financial investigation.” Trump’s legal team has argued that the subpoena for his tax filings was issued in bad faith and amounts to harassment of the president.

HOUSE PANEL TO PROBE FED RESPONSE TO PORTLAND… The House Intelligence Committee announced yesterday that it will investigate the Department of Homeland Security’s use of federal agents to quell protests in Portland, Oregon. Committee chairman, Congressman Adam Schiff called the response “troubling” in a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf. Oregon Governor Kate Brown announced last week that the government had agreed to withdraw agents from Portland, but Wolf and President Donald Trump have since insisted that protests must end first.

HOUSE PANEL SUBPOENAS IG FIRING ‘KEY WITNESSES’… The House Foreign Affairs Committee yesterday subpoenaed four “key witnesses” for an investigation into President Trump’s firing of State Department Inspector General Steve Linick in May. The panel will try to establish whether Linick was fired in retaliation for investigating Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s role in a controversial $8 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. Linick has testified that Under secretary of State for Management Brian Bulatao, tried to bully him into ending the investigation. Yesterday’s subpoenas went to Bulatao, State Department acting legal adviser Marik String, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs Michael Miller and adviser Toni Porter.

ISAIAS MAKES LANDFALL… Hurricane Isaias made landfall near Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina, yesterday with maximum sustained winds of 85 mph and is expected to max out as it travels north. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned of storm surges up to 5 feet and up to 8 inches of rain as it Isaias rips along the Carolina coasts. Forecasters warned of possible tornadoes in North Carolina this morning and from eastern Virginia to southern New England later today.

… MSNBC announced a shuffling of its weekday lineup yesterday. Nicolle Wallace, a former George W. Bush administration communications director and John McCain presidential campaign adviser, is getting a second hour added to her 4 p.m. show. Chuck Todd, whose “Meet the Press Daily” show had been airing at 5 p.m. ET, has been moved to 1 p.m. The changes take effect on August 14.

ACTOR RENI SANTONI DIES… Actor Reni Santoni, best known for his roles as Inspector Chico Gonzalez in “Dirty Harry” and Poppie the restaurant owner on “Seinfeld,” has died following an extended illness, friends confirmed yesterday. He was 81. Santoni got his start performing in off-Broadway productions and also appeared in the movies “Bad Boys” and “28 Days.”

… The Atlanta Braves have lost their top starting pitcher Mike Soroka for the season. Soroka suffered a torn right Achilles tendon during the third inning of last night’s game against the New York Mets in a freak injury. After J.D. Davis hitter a grounder toward first baseman Freddie Freeman, Soroka broke toward first to cover the bag but fell on his first step off the mound. The righthander, who turns 22 today, was an NL All Star for the Braves last season, when he went 13-4 with a 2.68 ERA.

N.Y. Mets 7 – ATLANTA 2
… Wilson Ramos homered with a runner aboard and singled home a run for the Mets. Robinson Cano also knocked in three runs.

COLORADO 7 – San Francisco 6… Nolan Arenado’s two-run homer sparked a five-run bottom of the fifth inning and the Rockies rallied past the Giants. Chris Owings also went deep.

SAN DIEGO 5 – L.A. Dodgers 4… Fernando Tatis Jr. Trent Grisham and Wil Myers drilled solo homers. Jake Cronenworth singled home the go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Oakland 11 – SEATTLE 1
… The Athletics came alive to score eight runs after there were two outs in the top of the fifth inning. Ramon Laureano and Chad Pinder produced two-run singles during the uprising. Starter Frankie Montas (1-1) allowed just a run on four hits and struck out nine over seven innings.

CINCINNATI 3 – Cleveland 2
… The Reds powered their way past the Indians after spotting them a two-run lead. Joey Votto blasted a two-run go-ahead homer in the bottom of the sixth inning after Nick Castellanos went deep in the fourth. Starter Sonny Gray (3-0) allowed a run on four hits over six innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 6 – Philadelphia 3… Gio Urshela’s three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning proved to be the difference in the Yankees’ defeat of the Phillies. Brett Gardner and DJ LeMahieu also homered.

Chi. White Sox 6 – MILWAUKEE 4… The White Sox pulled past the Brewers in the late innings to ruin their home opener. Jose Abreu belted a game-tying two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. Yoan Moncada went deep in the ninth.

MINNESOTA 5 – Pittsburgh 4… Nelson Cruz singled home Jorge Polanco with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Twins a come-from-behind win over the Pirates. Max Kepler stroked a two-run double as Minnesota tied the game with a four-run sixth.

CHI. CUBS 2 – Kansas City 0… Alex Mills (2-0) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the Cubs’ blanking of the Royals. Kris Bryant homered and Javier Baez lifted a sacrifice fly for Chicago.


Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 0-0) is at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, 0-0) are at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 0-0)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 1-1) hosts San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 0-0) are at San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 0-0)

Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 0-0) is at Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 0-0)…
Oakland (Jesus Luzardo, 0-0) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 0-0)…
the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 0-0) are at Seattle (Justin Dunn, 0-0)

Philadelphia (TBA) is at the N.Y. Yankees (TBA)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 0-0) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 0-0)…
Toronto (Matt Shoemaker, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Max Fried, 0-0)…
Baltimore (John Means, 0-0) hosts Miami (Caleb Smith, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 0-0) are at Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 1-1)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-1) host Kansas City (Brady Singer, 0-0)…
Houston (Cristian Javier, 0-0) is at Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-0)

Toronto 107 – Miami 103
… Fred VanVleet knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to a career-high 36 points in leading the Raptors past the Heat. Pascal Siakam added 22 points.

Denver 121 – Oklahoma City 131 (OT)… Michael Porter Jr. pumped in a career-high 37 points a the Nuggets outlasted the thunder. Nikola Jokic piled up 30 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Indiana 111 – Washington 100… The Pacers took the lead for good with a 22-2 third-quarter run. T.J. Warren led the way with 34 points.

New Orleans 109 – Memphis 99… The Pelicans got 24 points from Brandon Ingram and 23 from Zion Williamson in topping the Grizzlies.

Philadelphia 132 – San Antonio 130… Shake Milton’s 3-pointer with 7.2 seconds remaining lifted the 76ers over the Spurs. Joel Embiid had 27 points and Tobias Harris added 25 for Philadelphia.

L.A. Lakers 116 – Utah 108… The Lakers downed the Jazz to clinch the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs. Anthony Davis had 42 points and 12 rebounds. LeBron James added 22 points.

Brooklyn vs. Milwaukee…
Dallas vs. Sacramento…
Phoenix vs. the L.A. Clippers…
Orlando vs. Indiana…
Miami vs. Boston…
Houston vs. Portland

Carolina 4 – N.Y. Rangers 1
… Andrei Svechnikov recorded the first postseason hat trick in franchise history as the Hurricanes skated past the Rangers to take a 2-0 lead in the series.

Winnipeg 3 – Calgary 2… Nikolaj Ehlers netted a third-period goal and the Jets made in stand in edging the Flames to tie the series after two games.

Tampa Bay 3 – Washington 2 (SO)… Nikita Kucherov netted the game-winner in the shootout in Eastern Conference round-robin play.

Vegas 5 – Dallas 3… Will Carter found the net to break a tie with 5:12 left and the Golden Knights prevailed in Western Conference round robin play.

Pittsburgh 3 – Montreal 1… The Penguins got goals from Sidney Crosby, Jason Zucker and Jake Guentzel in downing the Canadiens to tie the series at 1-1. Goalie Matt Murray made 27 saves and came within 2:09 of a shutout.

Edmonton 6 – Chicago 3… Connor McDavid scored three goals in his first playoff hat trick and the Oilers doubled up on the Blackhawks to even the series at a game apiece.

Chicago vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Toronto…
Nashville vs. Arizona in Edmonton…
Columbus vs. Toronto in Toronto…
Calgary vs. Winnipeg in Edmonton…
Carolina vs. the N.Y. Rangers in Toronto…
Minnesota vs. Vancouver in Edmonton

The Rundown for August 3, 2020

Today is Monday, August 3…
the 216th day of the year… 150 days remaining
91 days until the 2020 presidential election

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,667,955 and the nation’s death toll stands at 154,860, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… White House coronavirus experts said yesterday that the U.S. is in a new phase of the outbreak, with infections “extraordinarily widespread” in rural areas as well as cities, according to White House task force coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx.

ASTRONAUTS RETURN IN SPACEX CAPSULE… Two NASA astronauts splashed down in their SpaceX Dragon capsule yesterday, less than a day after departing the International Space Station and two months after blasting off from Florida. The capsule carrying test pilots Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken parachuted into calm Gulf of Mexico waters about 40 miles off the coast of Pensacola. It marked the first splashdown by U.S. astronauts in 45 years.

MISSING SERVICE MEMBERS PRESUMED DEAD… The Marine Corps announced yesterday that seven Marines and a Navy sailor missing after Thursday’s sinking of an amphibious assault vehicle off the Southern California coast are presumed dead. There were 16 crew members aboard the craft when it went down. Eight Marines on board were rescued. One of them died soon after being hospitalized and two remain in critical condition.

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONS… Nearly 8,000 people were forced to evacuated their Southern California homes after the Apple Fire in Riverside County consumed more than 20,000 acres. Authorities report 0 percent containment on the blaze, which started on Friday. There have been no injuries or deaths reported but a single-family home and two outbuildings were destroyed.

ISAIAS LASHES FLORIDA… After weakening from a hurricane to a tropical storm, Isaias regained some strength as it lashed the southeast Florida coast yesterday. As of last night, the storm was located about 65 miles southeast of Cape Canaveral, Florida, and was moving north-northwest at 9 mph. Storm surge warnings were issued from Edisto Beach, South Carolina, to Cape Fear, North Carolina.

… Taylor Swift’s new release “Folklore” sold 846,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart. Logic’s “No Pressure” opened in a distant second place with 221,000 units sold. Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” slipped to third place on sales of 107,000 copies. Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon” dropped to No. 4 after selling 107,000 units. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” capped the top five with 71,000 copies sold.

LUKE COMBS MARRIES… Luke Combs and his longtime girlfriend Nicole Hocking in front of family at their south Florida home on Sunday, the country singer confirmed yesterday. The 30-year-old Combs had been engaged to his fiancée since 2018. They started dating in 2016.

ATLANTA 4 – N.Y. Mets 0
… Five pitchers combined on the shutout as the Braves won their fifth straight. Johan Camargo homered with the bases empty.

CHI. CUBS 2 – Pittsburgh 1 (11 innings)… Javier Baez singled home David Bote with the winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning.

COLORADO 9 – San Diego 6… Daniel Murphy went 4-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs in leading the Rockies past the Padres. Ryan McMahon and Matt Kemp also went deep.

L.A. Dodgers 3 – ARIZONA 0… Clayton Kershaw (1-0) pitched three-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and three relievers completed the Dodgers’ blanking of the Diamondbacks. L.A. got homers from Mookie Betts and Cody Bellinger.

BALTIMORE 5 – Tampa Bay 1
… The Orioles pulled away to complete a sweep of the three-game series. Hanser Alberto doubled home the tiebreaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning Renato Nunez and Pat Valaika homered.

Chi. White Sox 9 – KANAS CITY 3… The White Sox erupted to score seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to put away the Royals. Yasmani Grandal had three hits and drove in a run. Nick Madrigal went 4-for-5 with an RBI.

MINNESOTA 3 – Cleveland 1… Six pitchers combined on a two-hitter as the Twins clipped the Indians. Mitch Garver’s first homer of the season was a solo shot.

Houston 6 – L.A. ANGELS 5 (11 innings)… Alex Bregman singled home George Springer with a go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and the Astros made it stand in outlasting the Angels.

Oakland 3 – SEATTLE 2… Ramon Laureano blasted a three-run homer in the top of the fifth inning and the Athletics hung on to edge the Mariners. Chris Bassitt (1-0) allowed a run on three hits over 5-2/3 innings.

N.Y. YANKEES 9 – Boston 7… Aaron Judge belted a pair of homers and knocked in five runs to lead the Yankees past the Red Sox. He has gone deep in five straight games. Luke Voit also circled the bases for New York.

Cincinnati 4 – DETROIT 3
… Nick Castellanos homered twice and drove in three runs for the Reds in the doubleheader opener. Shogo Akiyama singled home the tie-breaking run in the top of the seventh inning.

Cincinnati 4 – DETROIT 0… Trevor Bauer (1-0) tossed a two-hitter in the seven-inning contest and the Reds finished off a doubleheader sweep.

Texas 9 – SAN FRANCISCO 5… The Rangers used a four-run top of the seventh inning to get past the Giants. Joey Gallo capped the uprising with a three-run homer. Shin-Soo Choo also went deep for Texas.


the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 0-0) are at Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 0-0)…
Colorado (Chi Chi Gonzalez, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 0-0) are at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 0-0)

Oakland (Frankie Montas, 0-0) is at Seattle (Justus Sheffield, 0-0)

Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 0-0) is at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 0-0) host Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 0-0) are at Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Lewis Thorpe, 0-0) hosts Pittsburgh (Derek Holland, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 0-0) is at the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills, 0-0)

BROOKLYN 118 – Washington 110
… Caris LeVert pumped in 14 of his game-high 34 points in the final seven minutes as the Nets came on strong at the end to down the Wizards.

BOSTON 128 – Portland 124… The Celtics built a big lead early and held off the Trail Blazers. Jayson Tatum scored 34 points and Jaylen Brown added 30.

San Antonio 108 – MEMPHIS 106… DeMar DeRozan’s two free throws with a second remaining lifted the Spurs over the Grizzlies. Dejounte Murray had 21 points and 10 rebounds for San Antonio.

ORLANDO 132 – Sacramento 116… Nikola Vucevic powered his way to 23 points and 11 rebounds as the Magic topped the Kings. Aaron Gordon scored 19 of his 22 points in the first half.

HOUSTON 120 – Milwaukee 116… The Rockets were too much down the stretch in holding off the Bucks. They got 31 points from Russell Westbrook and 24 from James Harden.

PHOENIX 117 – Dallas 115… The Suns erased a double-digit deficit on their way past the Mavericks. Devin Booker led the way with 30 points. Luka Doncic’s 40 points and 11 assists weren’t enough for Dallas.

Toronto vs. Miami…
Denver vs. Oklahoma City…
Washington vs. Indiana…
New Orleans vs. Memphis…
San Antonio vs. Philadelphia…
L.A. Lakers vs. Utah

Phoenix 4 – NASHVILLE 3… The Coyotes scored three first-period goals and fought off the Predators. Christian Dvorak had a goal and an assist.

Philadelphia 4 – BOSTON 1… Michael Raffl had a goal and an assist as the Flyers skated past the Bruins. Goalie Carter Hart made 34 saves.

COLORADO 2 – St. Louis 1… Nazem Kadri found the net at the buzzer to give the Avalanche a come-from-behind win over the Blues.

Columbus 2 – TORONTO 0… Joonas Korpisalo stopped all 28 shots in his first playoff start and the Blue Jackets clipped the Maple Leafs. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist.

Minnesota 3 – VANCOUVER 0… Alex Slalock made 28 saves as the Wild blanked the Canucks. Jared Spurgeon found the net twice and had an assist.

the N.Y. Rangers vs. Carolina in Toronto for Game 2 with the Hurricanes leading 1-0…
Calgary vs. Winnipeg in Edmonton for Game 2 with the Flames leading 1-0…
Washington vs. Tampa Bay in Toronto for the Eastern Conference Round-Robin
Dallas vs. Vegas in Edmonton for the Western Conference Round-Robin…
Pittsburgh vs. Montreal for Game 2 with the Canadiens leading 1-0…
Chicago vs. Edmonton in Edmonton for Game 2 with the Blackhawks leading 1-0

NFL… Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson informed his team last night that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Assistant head coach Duce Staley will be acting head coach in Pederson’s absence. Pederson will still attempt to conduct Zoom meetings while he’s absent, the team reported.

The Rundown for July 31, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,493,661 and the nation’s death toll stands at 152,040, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. Yesterday’s deaths included former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain, who had been an outspoken critic of masks and attended a President Trump rally in Tulsa without wearing one… White House coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN yesterday that it is impossible to know whether the U.S. is nearing the end of the pandemic or still in the early stages. He said the length of the pandemic will depend on how well Americans wear masks, socially distance and adhere to other guidelines.

ECONOMY POSTS RECORD DECLINE… The U.S. economy shrank by a shocking 32.9 percent annual rate in the second quarter—the biggest decrease since record-keeping began. The previous worst quarterly GDP plunge was a 10-percent decline in 1958. Meanwhile, the Labor Department announced that another 1.4 million workers filed jobless claims last week. It marked the 19th straight week that weekly jobless claims have topped a million.

FULL APPEALS COURT TO HEAR FLYNN CASE… The full Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit yesterday announced that it would reconsider a recent order dismissing the case against President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn. The review will begin with oral arguments on August 11. Last month, a three-judge panel ordered the case dropped, ruling that there was no reason to question the Department of Justice’s surprise decision to dismiss it. U.S. District Judge Emmett Sullivan appealed that decision and asked for a hearing before the full court. Flynn admitted that he lied to FBI investigators who had been asking him about conversations he had with Russian envoy Sergey Kislyak and pleaded guilty in December 2017.

MICHAEL COHEN FREE TO WRITE BOOK… The Justice Department is ending its efforts to prevent President Trump’s former attorney Michael Cohen from writing a tell-all book about Trump. Cohen, who had been serving the remainder of his three-year prison sentence under home confinement, was returned to prison early this month. He was released last week after the American Civil Liberties Union and a New York law firm filed suit alleging that Cohen’s rearrest amounted to retaliation for his plans to publish the book. The 53-year-old pleaded guilty in 2018 to charges of lying to a Senate committee about efforts to build a Trump Tower Moscow and coordinating hush-money payments to two women who claimed to have had extramarital affairs with Trump.

GHISLAINE MAXWELL DOCUMENTS RELEASED…. High-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andrew are accused of taking part in Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged sex ring of underage girls in court documents unsealed yesterday. The more than 600 pages of unsealed documents stem from a defamation lawsuit between Epstein’s associate Ghislaine Maxwell and a woman who has stepped forward as a victim of sex trafficking. The victim, Virginia Giuffre, said she had sex with Dershowitz “on numerous occasions while she was a minor, not only in Florida but also on private planes, in New York, New Mexico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.” Testimony also reveals that Dershowitz, in order to gain immunity for himself against rape charges, arranged Epstein’s 2007 sweetheart plea deal in which he pleaded guilty to two felony prostitution charges. Giuffre remembers seeing Bill Clinton at Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean but the former president hasn’t been linked to improper behavior. He has denied visiting the island. Maxwell remains jailed after pleading guilty earlier this month to charges that include sex crimes, conspiracy and perjury.

JOHN LEWIS FUNERAL… Three former presidents came together yesterday in joining others who honored the late civil rights leader and U.S. congressman from Georgia John Lewis at his funeral in Atlanta. The event capped a week of memorial services for Lewis, who died two weeks ago at age 80 after battling prostate cancer. “He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals,” former President Barack Obama said of Lewis in delivering the eulogy. Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also paid homage to Lewis.

L.A. CITY COUNCILMAN ACCUSED OF LEADING CRIMINAL ENTERPRISE… A Los Angeles city councilman is accused of leading a criminal enterprise and using his position at City Hall to enrich himself and his close associates. A federal grand jury yesterday returned a 34-count indictment against Jose Huizar as part of an ongoing corruption investigation. The 51-year-old Huizar was charged last month with one count of conspiracy to violate the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Prosecutors say he illegally accepted more than $800,000 in benefits from an unidentified Chinese billionaire who runs a multinational development firm and who owns a hotel in Huizar’s district. Huizar could face up to 30 years in federal prison if convicted on all charges. He is scheduled to appear via videoconference for his arraignment on Monday.

… Ellen DeGeneres has apologized to the staff of her daytime TV talk show following complaints of a difficult and unfair workplace. The apology came after Warner Bros. studio said “primary findings” revealed that an internal company investigation found some flaws in the show’s daily management. BuzzFeed News reported that one current and 10 former show employees complained about issues including being fired after taking medical or bereavement leave. One worker said she left because of comments about her race.

CINEMAX BRINGS BACK ‘WARRIOR’… Cinemax announced yesterday that it is bringing back the action-drama series “Warrior” for a second season in October. The series is based on writings by late actor and martial arts star Bruce Lee. It co-stars Olivia Cheng, Jason Tobin and Dianne Doan. The first season premiered in April 2019.

L.A. Dodgers 6 – ARIZONA 3
… The Dodgers got homers from A.J. Pollock, Cory Seager and Justin Turner in their defeat of the Diamondbacks.

San Diego 12 – SAN FRANCISCO 7 (10 innings)… The Padres came alive to score six runs in the top of the 10th inning and put away the Giants. Jurickson Profer stroked a two-run homer and singled home a run.

Chi. Cubs – CINCINNATI (ppd)… Rain in Cincinnati forced postponement of last night’s Cubs-Reds game. No makeup date has been announced.

N.Y. Yankees 8 – BALTIMORE 6
… Aaron Judge’s three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning lifted the Yankees over the Orioles after they had blown a three-run lead.

Cleveland 2 – MINNESOTA 0… Indians starter Shane Bieber (2-0) pitched three-hit ball over eight innings and struck out 13 before reliever James Karinchak completed the shutout. Francisco Lindor provided all the offense Cleveland needed with a two-run homer in the top of the third inning.

Kansas City 5 – DETROIT 3… Bubba Starling’s two-run double in the top of the eighth inning proved to be the difference in the Royals’ win over the Tigers.

Seattle 8 – L.A. ANGELS 5… Jose Marmolejos blasted a three-run homer in the top of the first inning and Shed Long’s leadoff homer sparked a five-run ninth that carried the Mariners past the Angels.

Washington 6 – TORONTO 4
… Michael A. Taylor homered with a runner aboard and Kurt Suzuki doubled home two runs for the Nationals.

Boston 4 – N.Y. METS 2… Christian Vazquez homered twice and drove in three runs as the Red Sox doubled up on the Mets.

ATLANTA 2 – Tampa Bay 1… Braves starter Max Fried (1-0) took a perfect game into the fifth inning and got help from four relievers on a four-hitter as the Braves edged the Rays.

St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 1-0) is at Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Sean Newcomb, 0-0) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Rick Porcello, 0-1)…
San Diego (Garrett Richards, 0-0) is at Colorado (Jon Gray, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 0-1) host Pittsburgh (Trevor Williams 0-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 0-0) are at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 0-0)

Boston (Ryan Weber, 0-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jordan Montgomery, 0-0)…
Baltimore (Alex Cobb, 1-0) hosts Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 0-0)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dallas Keuchel, 1-0) are at Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 0-0)…
Minnesota (Dobnek, 0-1) hosts Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 0-0)…
Houston (Lance McCulors Jr., 1-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Matt Andriese, 0-0)…
Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 0-1) hosts Oakland (Sean Manaea, 0-1)

Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0) is at Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 0-0)…
San Francisco (TBD) hosts Texas (Mike Minor, 0-1)

The NBA’s 2019-2020 season resumed last night with a pair of games played in Orlando…

Utah 106 – New Orleans 104… Rudy Gobert knocked down two free throws with 6.9 seconds left and the Jazz held on to down the Pelicans. Gobert finished with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Mike Conley and Donovan Mitchell scored 20 points apiece.

L.A. Lakers 103 – L.A. Clippers 101… LeBron James scored the decisive bucket with 12.8 seconds remaining and finished with 34 points in the Lakers’ win. Anthony Davis led all scorers with 35 points.

Orlando vs. Brooklyn…
Portland vs. Memphis…
Washington vs. Phoenix…
Boston vs. Milwaukee…
San Antonio vs. Sacramento…
Houston vs. Dallas

the N.Y. Rangers vs. Carolina in Toronto…
Chicago vs. Edmonton in Edmonton…
Florida vs. the N.Y. Islanders in Toronto…
Montreal vs. Pittsburgh in Toronto…
Winnipeg vs. Calgary in Edmonton

The Rundown for July 30, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,426,982 and the nation’s death toll stands at 150,713, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. Both California and Florida set new records for single-day coronavirus deaths yesterday… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi yesterday mandated the wearing of face masks in the U.S. House of Representatives, hours after Texas Republican Representative Louie Gohmert announced he tested positive for COVID-19. Gohmert, a vocal mask skeptic, was walking around without face covering at Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing.

U.S. REDUCES TROOPS IN GERMANY… The Trump administration announced a major repositioning of U.S. forces in Europe yesterday. Nearly 12,000 American troops are being removed from Germany and the headquarters of U.S. European Command is being moved from Germany to Belgium. The Pentagon said the moves were meant to deter Russia but President Trump later claimed they were in response to Germany not spending enough on its defense budget. According to the Pentagon, 6,400 of the U.S. troops stationed in Germany will return to the U.S. Another 5,400 will be moved to other locations in Europe that already house American troops, and troops from the U.S. will rotate into locations in southeastern Europe. There will remain 24,000 American troops in Germany. The decision triggered an onslaught of disapproval from Republicans, Democrats and former senior military officials, who said the move will benefit Russia, degrade U.S. national security and military readiness, cost U.S. taxpayers billions and undermine U.S. relations with Germany, NATO and Europe.

FEDS PULLING OUT OF PORTLAND… Oregon Governor Kate Brown and the Trump administration struck an agreement yesterday that will remove federal agents from downtown Portland following nightly clashes between law enforcement and demonstrators. Some federal officers guarding a U.S. courthouse that has been targeted during violent protests will leave today, Brown said. President Trump earlier this month sent agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the U.S. Marshals Service to quell downtown Portland protests against racial injustice. The deployment appears only to have angered protesters, who grew in number from a couple hundred to 20,000.

JUDGE BLOCKS ‘PUBLIC CHARGE’ RULE… A federal judge yesterday ordered the Trump administration to stop enforcing a sweeping wealth test on people applying for green cards and visas throughout the national emergency over the coronavirus pandemic. Judge George Daniels of the U.S. District Court in Manhattan agreed with the attorneys general of New York, Connecticut and Vermont, who had argued that the rules discourage immigrants from seeking public assistance during the pandemic. The “public charge” rule took effect in February after the Supreme Court left it in place and urged the states to take their cases to lower courts.

HOUSE PANEL GRILLS TECH CEOs… Members of the House Judiciary Antitrust Subcommittee yesterday grilled CEOs of four of the world’s biggest tech companies as part of its ongoing investigation into competition in the digital market. The questioning fell along party lines. Republicans complained about an effort to silence conservative voices online. most Democrat asked about monopolized markets, other antitrust issues and data privacy.

… Rapper Malik Abdul Baset, who was best-known as a founder of The Roots has died of undisclosed causes, the group announced yesterday. He was 47. Performing under the name Malik B., he recorded with the band through the 1999 release of the Grammy-winning album “Things Fall Apart,” which sold more than a million copies in the U.S.

TRACY MORGAN SUED FOR DIVORCE… Actor/comedian Tracy Morgan has been sued for divorce by his wife of five years. He and Megan Wollover married in 2015 after a four-year relationship and have a daughter together. Morgan currently stars on the TBS comedy “The Last O.G.”

CINCINNATI 12 – Chi. Cubs 7
… The Reds outslugged the Cubs to snap their four-game skid. Nick Castellanos unloaded a grand slam. Mike Moustakas and Nick Senzel also went deep.

Milwaukee 3 – PITTSBURGH 0… Brandon Woodruff (1-1) pitched one-hit ball and struck out 10 over 6-1/3 innings. Three relievers completed the shutout. Keston Hiura and Ben Gamel homered for Milwaukee.

SAN FRANCISCO 7 – San Diego 6… Mike Yastrzemski’s second solo homer of the night came in the bottom of the ninth inning and gave the Giants a walkoff win over the Padres. Donovan Solano homered in the eighth as San Francisco erased a 6-2 deficit.

Chi. White Sox 4 – CLEVELAND 0
… Luis Robert stroked a two-run single as the White Sox scored all four runs in the top of the ninth inning to break a scoreless tie. The game featured a duel between Chicago starter Lucas Giolito and his counterpart Zach Plesac, but neither got a decision.

DETROIT 5 – Kansas City 4… JaCoby Jones slammed a go-ahead solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Tigers made it stand in edging the Royals.

N.Y. Yankees 9 – BALTIMORE 3… DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks homered as the Yankees beat the Orioles for the 17th straight time.

SEATTLE 10 – L.A. Angels 7… Kyle Seager lifted a tie-breaking sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning and J.P. Crawford singled home two runs in the eighth to push the Mariners past the Angels. Dylan Moore’s three-run homer capped a five-run sixth.

Colorado 5 – OAKLAND 1
… German Marquez (1-1) limited the Athletics to a run on four hits over six innings. Charlie Blackmon had a couple of hits, including an RBI double.

TEXAS 7 – Arizona 4… The Rangers came up with five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning to upend the Diamondbacks. Joey Gallo belted a game-tying two-run homer.

Washington 4 – TORONTO 0 (10 innings)… Asdrubal Cabrera legged out a bases-clearing triple in the top of the 10th inning as the Nationals fought off the Blue Jays.

L.A. Dodgers 4 – HOUSTON 2 (13 innings)… Edwin Rios connected for a two-run homer in the top of the 13th inning and the Dodgers made it stand in outlasting the Astros after both teams scored in the 11th. Cory Seager also went deep for L.A.

BOSTON 6 – N.Y. Mets 5… Christian Vazquez hit a game-tying homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and added a two-run single during a three-run eighth as the Red Sox topped the Mets.

ATLANTA 7 – Tampa Bay 4… Freddie Freeman went 4-for-5 with a homer and three RBIs in leading the Braves past the Rays.

MINNESOTA 3 – St. Louis 0… Starter Rich Hill (1-0) got help from four relievers as the Twins blanked the Cardinals. The 40-year-old Hill pitched two-hit ball over five innings. Eddie Rosario homered for Minnesota.


the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish) are at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo)…
Arizona (Robbie Ray) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling)…
San Diego (Nelson Lamet) is at San Francisco (TBA)

Cleveland (Shane Bieber) is at Minnesota (Jose Berrios)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzalez) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy)…
the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ) are at Baltimore (John Means)…
Detroit (Ivan Nova) hosts Kansas City (Brady Singer)

Washington (Erick Fedde) is at Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz) host Boston (Martin Perez)…
Atlanta (Max Fried) hosts Tampa Bay (Ryan Yarbrough)

DODGER RELIEVER JOE KELLY SUSPENDED… Major League Baseball has handed L.A. Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly an eight-game suspension for his role in a benches-clearing incident that occurred in Houston on Tuesday night. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was issued a one-game suspension and Houston Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount. Kelly, who threw a fastball behind Alex Bregman’s head and then taunted Carlos Correa on the way back to the dugout, plans to appeal his suspension.

NBA REGULAR SEASON RESUMES TODAY… The 2019-20 NBA season resumes tonight with a doubleheader in Orlando, Florida. The New Orleans Pelicans meet the Utah Jazz at 6:30 p.m. Eastern, followed by the Lakers-Clippers to follow at 9 p.m. Eastern. Both games air on TNT. The NBA announced yesterday that of the 344 players tested for COVID-19 on the NBA campus since test results were last announced on July 20, zero have returned confirmed positive tests.


The Rundown for July 29, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,349,313 and the nation’s death toll stands at 149,235, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned of early signs that indicate a possible outbreak in Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Higher positivity rates are at the center of his concern, Fauci said during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America”… The American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.7 million school employees, has authorized its members to strike if schools decide to reopen without proper safety plans in place.

TRUMP CAMPAIGN ACCUSED OF SIPHONING $170M… A non-partisan nonprofit ethics watchdog group has accused President Trump’s reelection campaign of illegally concealing nearly $170 million worth of campaign spending. In yesterday’s 81-page filing with the Federal Elections Commission, the Campaign Legal Center claims Trump’s reelection campaign and campaign committee hid the money by running it through “pass-through” vendors linked to campaign leadership. According to the complaint, firms run by former campaign manager Brad Parscale and associates have essentially served as “clearing houses” that paid subcontractors and vendors without revealing where donor money actually went. Payments have not been reported in disclosure records as being paid by the campaign.

CONGRESS PANEL QUESTIONS WILLIAM BARR… Attorney General faced more than five hours of questioning from members of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. Subjects included the Justice Department’s handling of cases involving Trump associates, the federal response to protests and election integrity. In his opening remarks, committee chairman Jerrold Nadler accused Barr of enabling the failings of President Trump and said his tenure “has been marked by a persistent war” against the Justice Department’s “professional core in an apparent attempt to secure favors for the president.” Attorney General William Barr hesitated when asked on Tuesday whether it was proper for an American president to accept foreign interference in an election, claiming at first that it depended on the type of assistance given. In one of the more heated exchanges, Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline struggled to get Barr to admit that it would be “not appropriate” for the president to solicit or accept foreign assistance in an election. Barr also refused to answer Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond’s question about whether a sitting president can move a U.S. election.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO DENY DACA REQUESTS… The Trump administration announced yesterday that it will deny all new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals requests and limit renewal periods for current recipients. The decision follows a June 18 Supreme Court ruling the Trump administration couldn’t rescind DACA because in doing so it did not consider the effect on the people presently in the U.S. as part of the program. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a memorandum urging Congress to react.

BIDEN RELEASES RACIAL-EQUITY PLAN… Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden yesterday unveiled a plan to advance racial equity in the rebuilding of the economy. The plan, “Build Back Better by Advancing Racial Equality Across the American Economy,” would help families buy their first homes and build wealth by creating a new tax credit of up to $15,000, Biden said. The former vice president also said that he would invest in affordable housing, and call for more accurate, non-discriminatory credit scoring. The plan also calls for creating a new Small Business Opportunity Fund and legislation that requires the Federal Reserve to report data and trends on racial economic gaps and commit to a “real-time” payment system.

… HBO’s “Watchmen” received 26 nominations to lead the field for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. The show’s nods included Limited Series, Outstanding Cast for a Limited Series, Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Regina King and Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Jeremy Irons. Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” picked up 20 nominations. Netflix’s “Ozark” and HBO’s “Succession” each had 18 nods. The Emmy Awards show is set to air September 20 live on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony for the third time.

CHAINSMOKERS CONCERT ORGANIZERS FACE PENALTIES… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed yesterday that local officials could face “civil fines and potential criminal liability” over a packed weekend concert featuring The Chainsmokers in the Hamptons on Saturday night. The “drive-in” charity gig drew a crowd of 2,000 people and they disrespected fellow New Yorkers by defying social distancing restrictions, Cuomo said. Organizers insist they followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the show, despite footage that indicated otherwise.

… Major League Baseball has suspended Miami Marlins games through Sunday and Philadelphia Phillies games until Friday amid a coronavirus outbreak that infected half the Marlins’ team. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy.

Chi. Cubs 8 – CINCINNATI 5
… Javier Baez homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Cubs past the Reds.

PITTSBURGH 8 – Milwaukee 6… The Pirates erased a 6-2 deficit after 6-1/2 innings to top the Brewers. Adam Frazier blasted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.

San Diego 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 3… Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a three-run homer and Wil Meyers added a two-run shot to send the Padres past the Giants.

CLEVELAND 4 – Chi. White Sox 3
… Francisco Lindor and Bradley Zimmer each homered and knocked in two runs as the Indians held on to edge the White Sox in the doubleheader opener.

CLEVELAND 5 – Chi. White Sox 3… Carlos Santana belted a three run homer and Oscar Mercado singled in two runs to give the Tribe a sweep of the twinbill.

DETROIT 4 – Kansas City 3… The Tigers powered their way past the Royals after spotting them a three-run lead. Jonathan Schoop and Christin Smart connected for two-run homers in the bottom of the third inning.

L.A. Angels 10 – SEATTLE 2… The Angels got home runs from Anthony Rendon, Max Stassi and Albert Pujols in their pounding of the Mariners.

Toronto 5 – WASHINGTON 1
… The Blue Jays scored three unearned runs on their way to handing the Nationals their fourth loss in five games. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered with the base empty.

TAMPA BAY 5 – Atlanta 2… Yoshi Tsutsugo stroked a two-run single as the Rays scored all five runs in the bottom of the third inning in downing the Braves.

N.Y. Mets 8 – BOSTON 3… J.D. Davis homered with a runner aboard as the Mets dealt the Red Sox their fourth straight loss.

MINNESOTA 6 – St. Louis 3… Jorge Polanco drilled a two-run homer to cap a five-run bottom of the second inning and Josh Donaldson added a solo shot in the third as the Twins doubled up on the Cardinals.

Arizona 4 – TEXAS 1… Righthander Merrill Kelly took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Diamondbacks cruised past the Rangers. Arizona opened with a three-run top of the first.

L.A. Dodgers 5 – HOUSTON 2… The Dodgers got past the Astros in a feisty contest that featured a bench-clearing incident after L.A. reliever Joe Kelly was accused of throwing at Houston batters Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Dodgers scored all five runs in the fifth.

Colorado 8 – OAKLAND 3… The Rockies made it three straight wins with their defeat of the Athletics. Sam Hilliard homered with a runner aboard.


the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-0) are at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-0)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 0-1) hosts Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 0-1)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 1-0) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto)

the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 1-0) are at Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-1) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 0-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 0-1) are at Cleveland (Zach Plesac)…
Seattle (Justin Dunn) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney)

Washington (Max Scherzer, 0-1) is at Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu)…
Atlanta (Mike Soroka) hosts Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 0-1)…
N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom) are at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 1-0)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 1-0) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May) are at Houston (TBA)…
Minnesota (Rich Hill) hosts St. Louis (TBA)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 0-1) is at Oakland (Frankie Montas)

NFL… Former All-Pro defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield was found guilty of rape by force, oral copulation by force and false imprisonment yesterday by a jury in Santa Clara County, California. The 49-year-old Stubblefield, who played for the San Francisco 49ers in seven of his 11 years in the NFL, is facing 15 years to life in prison. Prosecutors accused Stubblefield of committing the crimes at gunpoint against a 31-year-old woman with developmental disabilities in 2015.



The Rundown for July 28, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,290,263 and the nation’s death toll stands at 148,011, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Health officials say outbreaks in Arizona, Florida and Texas appear to be slowing down as more people practice social distancing and states mandate face masks… Pharmaceutical company Pfizer and German partner BioNTech announced yesterday that they are ready to start a combined Phase 2/3 global trial of a coronavirus vaccine candidate. The trial will enroll up to 30,000 participants between the ages of 18 and 85 at about 120 clinical sites around the world, including in 39 states in the U.S.

SENATE REPUBLICANS UNVEIL RELIEF PLAN… Senate Republicans yesterday unveiled their $1 trillion pandemic relief plan. The proposal includes $100 billion for schools and stimulus payments of up to $1,200 to most Americans. The faces stiff opposition as it heads to the floor for debate. Democrats have called it “totally inadequate” and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said it was “too little, too late.”

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SEEKS SOCIAL MEDIA REGULATION… The Trump administration is urging the Federal Communications Commission to develop plans to regulate social media platforms. Yesterday, the Commerce Department sent the FCC a petition for rulemaking and asks the agency for clarification on a rule that provides online companies immunity from legal liability for the actions of their users. The petition also asks whether the rule protects social media’s content moderation decisions, the conditions under which content moderation and editorial decisions shape content to a degree that the law no longer protects them and what obligations social media companies have to disclose their moderation practices.

PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE MOVED… The first 2020 U.S. presidential debate has been moved to Cleveland after the University of Notre Dame announced yesterday that it was withdrawing as host due to the health precautions it might entail. The September 29 event will be co-hosted by Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. The debate between Republican incumbent President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger former Vice President Joe Biden will be held in the university’s Samson Pavilion.

6 MAYORS WANT FEDS OUT OF THEIR CITIES… Mayors of six major cities joined yesterday in asking Congress to halt the deployment of federal forces to their cities. The mayors of Portland, Chicago, Seattle, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Kansas City, Missouri; and Washington, D.C., say in a letter they sent to leaders of both parties in the House and Senate that the move has escalated tensions. Federal agents in Portland, Oregon, have drawn national attention for nabbing demonstrators in unmarked cars, beating military veterans, and tear-gassing activist mothers.

… “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” is the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following numerous accounts of workplace problems. Variety reported that executives from show producer Telepictures and distributor Warner Bros. Television sent a memo to staffers last week saying they have engaged WBTV-owner WarnerMedia’s employee relations group and a third party firm, who will interview current and former staffers about their experiences on set. Former employees of DeGeneres’s series have reportedly accused its producers of fostering an environment filled with “racism, fear and intimidation.”

ROBERT PLANT TO RELEASE ANTHOLOGY… Former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant is planning to release an anthology set featuring 30 songs from his 11-album career as a solo artist. “Digging Deep: Subterranea” is scheduled for release on October 2. The anthology includes collaborations with Patty Griffin, Jimmy Page, Phil Collins, Buddy Miller, Nigel Kennedy and Richard Thompson, among others.


Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred informed owners yesterday that there are currently no plans to cancel or pause the just-underway 2020 regular season. Instead, teams will “redouble health directives” and “reinforce on-field behavior prohibitions.” Concern was raised yesterday after at least 14 players and coaches for the Miami Marlins tested positive following a weekend series with the Phillies. The outbreak forced postponement of last night’s Miami-Baltimore and Philadelphia-N.Y. Yankees games.

SAN DIEGO 6 – Arizona 2
… Fernando Tatis Jr.’s bases-clearing triple highlighted a five-run bottom of the fourth inning for the Padres.

Chi. Cubs 8 – CINCINNATI 7… The Cubs built a 7-0 lead after 5-1/2 innings and hung on to edge the Reds. Anthony Rizzo belted his third homer.

Milwaukee 6 – PITTSBURGH 5 (11 innings)… Eric Sogard doubled home Brock Holt with the go-ahead run in the top of the 11th inning and the Brewers made it stand in a rain-delayed win. Ryan Braun’s two-run game-tying double capped a four-run ninth.

OAKLAND 3 – L.A. Angels 0
… Chris Bassitt and five relievers combined on the shutout. Mark Canha homered for the Athletics.

Kansas City 14 – DETROIT 6… Maikel Franco belted two of the Royals’ six home runs in their pounding of the Tigers. Whit Merrifield, Jorge Soler, Salvador Perez and Brett Phillips also went deep.

HOUSTON 8 – Seattle 5… Alex Bregman’s 100th career homer was a three-run shot that helped power the Astros past the Mariners. Jose Altuve added a solo shot.

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

Toronto 4 – WASHINGTON 1
… Teoscar Hernandez drilled two of the Blue Jays’ four solo homers in the win over the Nationals.

TAMPA BAY 14 – Atlanta 5… Hunter Renfroe homered twice and knocked in four runs as the Rays romped over the Braves. Jose Martinez, Joey Wendle and Mike Zunino also circled the bases.

N.Y. Mets 7 – BOSTON 4… The Mets got home runs from Michael Conforto, Pete Alonso and Dominic Smith in downing the Red Sox. Michael Wacha allowed just a run on five hits over five innings.

N.Y. Yankees – PHILADELPHIA (ppd)… Last night’s Yankees-Phillies game was postponed due to COVID-19 fears.

MIAMI – Baltimore (ppd)… Last night’s Marlins-Orioles game was postponed due to COVID-19 fears.


the Chi. Cubs (Alec Mills) are at Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle)…
Pittsburgh (Derek Holland) hosts Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom)…
San Diego (Zach Davies) is at San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija)

the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease; Carlos Rodon) are at Cleveland (Aaron Civale; Adam Plutko) for a doubleheader…
Detroit (TBD) hosts Kansas City (TBD)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval) are at Seattle (Justus Sheffield)…

Toronto (Tanner Roark) is at Washington (Austin Voth)…
Tampa Bay (Yonny Chorinos) hosts Atlanta (Kyle Wright)…
the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ) are at Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta)…
Texas (Kyle Gibson) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly)…
N.Y. Mets (TBD) are at Boston (Matt Hall)…
Minnesota (Homer Bailey) hosts St. Louis (Carlos Martinez)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler) are at Houston (Framber Valdez)…
Oakland (Daniel Mengden) hosts Colorado (Antonio Senzatela)….