The Rundown for Tuesday, June 5, 2018

MUELLER ACCUSES MANAFORT OF WITNESS TAMPERING… A court filing yesterday by special counsel Robert Mueller accuses former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort of witness tampering. Mueller claimed Manafort and an associate “repeatedly contacted” two individuals “in an effort to secure materially false testimony.” Manafort, who has been under house arrest, allegedly sent encrypted messages with the intent to “tamper with potential witnesses” and encourage them to lie to investigators. The filing concludes that Manafort “violated the conditions of his release.”

ADMINISTRATION TO APPEAL TWITTER-BLOCK ISSUE… The Justice Department will appeal a federal judge’s ruling last month that prohibited President Trump from blocking people from his Twitter account. Seven plaintiffs had sued the president over his habit of blocking users he doesn’t agree with and U.S. District Judge Naomi Reice Buchwald sided with them last month in ruling that it would be unconstitutional for the president to block Twitter users for their political views. Trump commonly announces policy and attacks critics through his Twitter account.

EAGLES WON’T VISIT WHITE HOUSE... The White House has canceled today’s scheduled visit of the Super Bowl-champion Philadelphia Eagles. President Trump said last night that the team was “unable to attend” and due to players’ decisions to kneel for the national anthem in protest of police brutality. Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney blasted the decision and said it “only proves that our President is not a true patriot, but a fragile egomaniac obsessed with crowd size and afraid of the embarrassment of throwing a party to which no one wants to attend.”

FORMER DIA OFFICER ARRESTED… The Department of Justice announced yesterday that a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer was arrested Saturday for allegedly attempting to send national defense information to China. A 15-count complaint accuses Ron Rockwell Hansen of “attempting to gather or deliver national defense information to aid a foreign government,” as well as “acting as an unregistered foreign agent for China” and smuggling cash and goods. Hansen allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars while illegally acting as an agent of China,” prosecutors say.

MAN ACCUSED IN 6 PHOENIX-AREA MURDERS KILLS SELF… Police acting on a tip by a retired police detective tracked down a man suspected of fatally shooting six people in the Phoenix area over the past few days. The suspect died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound yesterday as officers were closing in on the extended-stay hotel he was living in. 56-year-old Dwight Lamon Jones was connected to the crimes as the result of the victims’ involvement in his 2010 divorce. His ex-wife’s current husband is the retired detective who saw the divorce angle and notified police. The killings began Thursday with the fatal shooting of a prominent forensic psychiatrist who had analyzed Jones and testified as Jones divorce that he had anxiety and mood disorders and symptoms of a paranoid personality.

GOSPEL SINGER CLARENCE FOUNTAIN DIES… Clarence Fountain, a founding member of the award-winning gospel group Blind Boys of Alabama, died Sunday in a Baton Rouge, Louisiana, hospital, his manager announced yesterday. He was 88. Blind Boys of Alabama’s awards included four Grammys, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship.

NETFLIX TO AIR DOLLY PARTON ANTHOLOGY… Netflix announced yesterday that it will air an eight-part Dolly Parton anthology series next year. Each of the eight episodes will be based on one of Parton’s songs. The Emmy award-winning singer-songwriter will appear in select episodes.

WASHINGTON 6 – Vegas 2… The Capitals skated past the Golden Knights into take a 3-1 lead in the Stanley Cup Final. Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on four goals. T.J. Oshie had a goal and three assists. Nicklas Backstrom added three assists. The series returns to Las Vegas for Thursday’s Game 5.

SAN DIEGO 11 – Atlanta 4… The Padres came alive to score seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to put away the Braves. Eric Hosmer smacked a solo homer and doubled home a pair of runs. Franmil Reyes, Cory Spangenberg and Raffy Lopez also homered with the bases empty.

SAN FRANCISCO 10 – Arizona 3… The Giants got solo homers from Andrew McCutchen, Brandon Crawford, Pablo Sandoval and Nick Hundley in ripping the Diamondbacks. Sandoval also doubled home a run. Buster Posey added a two-run double.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – DETROIT 4… Greg Bird’s lead-off homer sparked a six-run top of the fourth inning that carried the Yankees past the Tigers in the opener of a doubleheader. Austin Romine’s three-run homer capped the big inning. Luis Severino (9-1) held Detroit to two runs on four hits over eight innings and struck out 10. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

DETROIT 4 – N.Y. Yankees 2… The Tigers eased past the Yankees in the nightcap to earn a split of the twinbill. Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with an RBI double. It was a rough day for Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge who struck out a total of eight times, including five punchoutss in the second game.

L.A. ANGELS 9 – Kansas City 6… Mike Trout’s third hit of the game was a single that scored Zack Cowart with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Angels scored twice more to put away the Royals. Justin Upton went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and RBI single. Albert Pujols produced a pair of RBI singles.

the L.A. Dodgers (Stripling, 3-1) are at Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 2-0)…
Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 0-0) hosts Colorado (Freeland, 5-5)…
Philadelphia (Eflin, 1-2) is at the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 4-4)…
St. Louis (Martinez, 3-2) hosts Miami (Ureña, 0-7)…
Atlanta (Newcomb, 1-1) is at San Diego (Lyles, 2-1)…
San Francisco (Bumgarner, 0-0) hosts Arizona (Corbin, 5-2)

the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 1-4; Giolito, 3-6) are at Minnesota (TBD; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Toronto (Estrada, 2-6) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 2-1)…
Detroit (Lewicki, 0-0) is at Boston (Wright, 1-0)…
Texas (Moore, 1-5) hosts Oakland (Manaea, 5-6)…
Seattle (Paxton, 4-1) is at Houston (Keuchel, 3-7)…
the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 2-4) host Kansas City (Keller, 1-1)

Tampa Bay (Eovaldi, 1-0) is at Washington (Scherzer, 9-1)…
Cleveland (Kluber, 8-2) hosts Milwaukee (Guerra, 3-2)…
Baltimore (Cobb, 1-7) is at the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 2-3)

NFL NEWS… Former San Francisco 49ers receiver Dwight Clark, who is best remembered for his catch of a Joe Montana pass in the back of the end zone to beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1981 NFC title game, died yesterday after a battle with ALS. He was 61. Clark played for the 49ers from 1979 and 1987, catching 506 passes for 6,750 yards and 48 touchdowns.

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